(If you’re reading the original edition, this is Chapter 11.)
Remember when I said that Kara is in an unknown realm face-to-face with the Dark Sorceress? I lied. Kara is actually in an astral plane with a mirror-image of Lucinda, who just so happens to look exactly like the Dark Sorceress. I know, they’re supposed to be sisters, but seriously….
Anyway, Lucinda is shielding Kara from the Dark Sorceress somehow, because the Dark Sorceress is trying to steal
Avalon’s Kara’s magic yet again. In the new edition, there’s also some interesting stuff about the Unicorn Jewel:
“I am very happy to meet you, blazing star.”
Kara looked closer at the figure in the mirror. The unicorn jewel was reflected in a ghostly image around Lucinda’s neck, glowing with a warm, rosy light.
“The jewel that adorns your neck was once mine.” Lucinda’s bright eyes met Kara’s. “It as been waiting for the right match.”
“You have the wrong girl.” Kara wrapped the jewel in her hand.
“I know how confused you must be.” Lucinda’s eyes gazed at Kara compassionately.
Lucinda shows Kara scenes from her life to prove that each past event influences future ones. These mini-flashbacks start from when Kara was very young (getting second place in an equestrian competition), and end with Kara’s first encounters with the party. Through this, Kara realizes that she’s been a selfish bitch for the majority of the series, but the party accepts her just the way she is.
Now that Kara’s learned a lesson, Lucinda reveals that Blazing Stars don’t use their magic for themselves, but to help others. Okay, so she’s a support-type mage, good to know. She also tells Kara that she knows what the Dark Sorceress is capable of, like mind-raping people through their dreams.
And then, to drive the point home, she shows Kara a possible Bad Ending: The Dark Sorceress prepares to conquer the Magic Web. But wait — it’s not the Dark Sorceress, it’s Kara! And she apparently took Adriane’s and Emily’s Sparkly Rocks for herself! The scene is even longer in the original edition:
A beautiful teenager, seventeen years old, golden blond hair trimmed neatly below her shoulders, stood at the entrance to the Ravenswood Preserve, cold blue eyes looking through a chain link construction fence. Bulldozers cut through the still morning air, and trees toppled over as the destruction of the preserve began.
Shock, grief, and guilt consumed Kara. Why hadn’t she stopped this from happening?
After the scene ends, Lucinda tells Kara that she can change the Bad Ending. And then Kara falls out of the astral plane somewhere nearby the dying fire horse.
Kara takes out the Blue Rose and gives it to the horse, causing it to regain its shape. She then makes a proper introduction to the horse. Sadly, the horse admits that it has no name or memories; it just knows that it was made to attract the Power Crystal. So Kara names the horse Starfire and gives it all of her memories, bonding her to it. (And apparently, Kara now considers Starfire to be male.)
Kara mounts her kick-ass fire horse and rides off, hopefully with a heavy metal soundtrack playing in the background.
Kara bonds with: Starfire!
Kara learns: Protection from Fire! (You kinda need it when riding a fire horse.)
Next time: Kara gets a quest.