16. The Jewel At Last
The Crystal Eye sparkled marvellously in the dark room. Rarity said with disbelief "I cannot believe we found it Spike". Spike said while in a daze "neither can I". Rarity looked at the blood scrawled poem written above the priceless jewel. 'You succeed, so now proceed, full of greed, you will soon plead'. Rarity chuckled to herself as she edged closer to the jewel, reluctant to decipher the eerie poem first. Spike asked uneasily "uh Rarity..." Rarity mumbled under her breath, not really listening to a word Spike was saying. "yuh huh". Spike gulped before slowly saying with a cold shiver "what was the rhyme implying?" But no sooner had Spike asked Rarity his question, he then got a flashback of the start of their journey. Spike saw Princess Celestia, as she repeated from the eavesdrop 'The rare jewel is a green crystal eye. Only one was ever made. This is why it is so rare. Rumour has it that it is still cursed with the shadowed soul of King Sombra if it is ever touched by another unicorn...Another Unicorn... Another Unicorn'. Spike heard the last two words repeated over and over, before something in his mind snapped. "Another unicorn... RARITY!!!! DON'T TOUCH THAT CRYSTAL EYE!!!!" But Spike was too late, greed had taken over her soul as she cried out "THE JEWEL SHALL BE MINE!!!!" With that she then clamped both her hooves around the Crystal Eye, and threw her head back, to look up at the ceiling, crying out in agony. Purple mist spilled from the sides of her eyes, as her eyes began to turn bright green once again. Spike cried out in desperation "RARITY NO!!!!" As he ran towards her, and tried to grab a hold of her, in order to pull her away from the cursed Crystal Eye. But all Spike achieved was a sharp volt of electricity coursing through his body, causing him to fly backwards, smashing into a wall, where he now led unconscious. Rarity continued to cry out in pain, as she convulsed violently, as dark magic flowed like a stagnant river, taking over her delicate body. As she threw her head back one more time, she opened her mouth, and black smoke billowed out of her mouth like that of a train. As the last of the black smoke exited her body, the green glare on the ceiling flickered out, as her eyes faded back to normal, and she collapsed to the floor in a lifeless heap.