The Fountain of Youth

by Stovohobo
originally published at 11:09PM on Friday, August 03, 2007

“You must be wondering how all of us look so young,” the Marshall said. This mind-reading thing was getting annoying. “Surely you have heard legends of a glorious place upon the summit of yon mountain. Well, I have journeyed to the summit of the so-called Infinite Peak, and have actually discovered something. A beautiful spring sat atop the mountain, surrounded by greenery and abundance. The legends do tell us of a Fountain. Indeed, the Fountain of Youth.

“I drank from this Fountain and found myself revitalized, then decades later, still living. Unfortunately, this was also the time I set you three to work on the Corridor. I had unknowingly released underground vapors from the Fountain when you dug into the mountain. You’ve been working in these vapors ever since, and, as the case may be, have lived for as long as you have. So, in my most glorious discovery, I had also unleashed its bounty upon my enemies.

“Now, like I said, I have told you all this before. And each time, I used the Forget.”

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Comments

  • from Storykeeper of Fae:

    Ah. I looked at the title of this and DUH . The answer thwacked me in the face. I need to do that more often, check out the titles…

    Ah!!! That’s why he’s telling him this so readily, and why he knows the questions Dali’s going to ask before he does…
    Ok, so, if I’m right, the Marshall will use the Forget unless Dali can stop him, ending this vicous (still rather enigmatic) cycle

  • from blueyedwonder:

    wat does that mean, “released underground vapors”? is that like the mountain was right by the Fountain? cuz my first thought was he farted them out…gross i know…just thinking here…

  • from Stovohobo:

    The Fountain is on top of the mountain, on the summit. Since it was on top, it had numerous tunnels and ways for vapors from the Fountain to leak into the Corridor when it was being built. They were working in the Fountain’s under_mountain_ vapors, I guess.

    Not the Sovereign Marshall’s farts.

  • from Alexa ♥:

    _ in my most glorious discovery, I had also unleashed its bounty upon my enemies_
    I hate it when I do that!