I’d just discovered that my best friend was responsible for the destruction of Australia’s Next Top Office. It didn’t make sense, but the proof was staring me right in the face on the director’s screen.
“It wasn’t me!” Space Wizard said. “I would never do something like this. There has to be some other explanation!”
I stepped toward him, a fist balled. “Who’s that on the video, then? It looks exactly like you. How could you do this? Don’t you know how many people rely on ANTO for entertainment? Now how are we supposed to win through designing fantastic office fitouts for Melbourne businesses?”
“You have to believe me, Bandit,” said Space Wizard. “I had nothing to do with this.”
“He’s telling the truth.”
We both turned toward the door. There stood a withered man, his flesh wrinkled and almost green. He carried a staff with a skull on it and wore a tall stone helmet. Archerak, the great arch-lich.
I immediately reached for a loose pipe in the corner, holding it as a weapon. Space Wizard shifted to a stance where he could more easily use his magic.
Archerak lifted a weak hand before us. For a second I thought he was casting a spell to liquify us.
“No need to protect yourselves,” Archerak said. “My magic has been stolen from me. I am nothing but an undead old man with a genius mind.”
I continued to hold the improvised weapon, unsure if this was a trick.
Archerak continued. “This Space Wizard was not responsible for the destruction which now prevents awesome office interior design. Melbourne is in great danger, for the villain in the film you see is much worse.”
“What do you mean, this Space Wizard?” I asked.
Archerak hobbled toward us, supporting himself on his staff. He pointed to the screen, where Space Wizard used his laser vision to destroy the town. “There are two of him now. I do not know why, but this one is the Evil Space Wizard. His eyes glow bright green instead of blue.”
“My gosh,” I said. “What do we do?”
Space Wizard stepped forward. “We work together to destroy my evil clone.”
Archerak and I nodded in agreement.