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Faith of the Heart (Fan Chapter)
Part 1 Chapter 4
The Wizard of Arthur

Written by: Shadow20X6
(Continued from The Original Chapter )

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"That's not a problem at all Merlin, We can work as a great team, just as long as I'm in charge. " Marina said.

"Hey!" Donald interjected, "Nobody said you were leading, you are the least experienced in our whole group. I will lead."

"Donald, you can't lead, you lose your temper too often, You'll get us in trouble!" Marina retorted.

"Uh hold on a second, I think...." Goofy said, before he was cut off by Donald.

"Goofy keep out of this."

"Yeah, This is between me and Donald."

"Now hold on a moment" Merlin started, he was cut off by some angry quacking....

"I don't lose my temper I just get frustrated when no one does what I want... wuaaaa-wuack!"

"Oh Merlin, you see these three?" Archimedes piped in, "They will never be able to work together, they can't even settle their disputes to come to an agreement on who should lead. Already they do not understand, any true leader would rely on the counsel of their peers, and their agreements should be a mutual consensus for such a small group. Failing to understand that simple truth will spell disaster for this quest."

"Guys... Cut it OUT!" Mickey yelled. Silence immediately fell between the three quarreling friends. "Many times in the past, I've helped you put your differences behind you, I won't be there to break you up this time. You three need to learn to balance each other, support each other, and work as a team. Merlin... I think we can arrange a Codice Entarum Test to sort out their troubles working together."

Marina wrinkled her brow in thought. "Codice Entarum" but isn't that a spell for entering a book? How will that help us?"

Mickey turned to face Marina, "Since the three of you don't work too well together, we'll use a spell to send you into the pages of a book. Time passes slower in the book, and we will be able to see what you do. Plus, you guys will only have each other to rely on. No outside help. I think it's an excellent way to help you prepare for this quest.... What do you think Merlin?"

Merlin smiled, "I quite agree with you, your Majesty.  Now, let me see."  He walked over to a book shelf that held a few old books.  After skimming across them for a little bit, he paused as he studied the titles,  "Hmmm, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh? No that's not it." Continuing on, he scanned the next title, "Ah here it is, "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. This is the perfect story to test your teamwork."

"Sir?" Marina asked with curiosity.  "Why is that book so special?"  

"I take it you haven't read this one. Excellent excellent, We wouldn't want you to already know the ending. Spoilers, after all."Merlin pulled the book from it's place. The book was a very old indeed, with large hand printed font on the cover.  The pages were old and wrinkled, clearly they were made from an ancient time. As Merlin flipped through the worn pages, he continued, "This is a very important story to see how well you work. Not only will your mission require you to work as a team, but you will also be required to make decisions that could affect the denizens of the worlds you encounter." Merlin lifted his eyes from the book to see Marina's confused face.  

"How so?" Marina asked.  

"Things are not always clear cut black and white." he answered.  "You may be faced with situations where everything is not what it seems. It will be up to the three of you, to enter this world, and decide for yourselves the best course of action."

An excited smile spread upon Goofy's face, "Ah hyuck that's totally a cinch, we can save a damsel in distress, right some wrongs, and uphold the law "

"Wait just a moment Goofy, this story is no 'Rapunzel' rescuing a damsel from a tower... there is much more at stake here. Perhaps I should start at the beginning." Merlin closed the book and took a seat in his lounge chair. He set the book down on the end table. Marina couldn't help but giggle a bit; this setup looked like story time when she was a child. After clearing his throat, Merlin began,
              "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is a tale of the city of Nottingham. and the troubles they encountered. Nottingham is in danger, and it is up to the 3 of you to save it. The rules are very simple. You will be transported into Sherwood Forest, under the guise that you are mercenaries. The Characters in the story will not question you about your looks or your magic, so don't worry about either one. From there, it is up to you to decide what to do. You will have seventy-two "Book hours" from the start to resolve the situation as best as you can. If for any reason you are separated, or simply cannot continue, any of you may return to the portal in the woods, and all three of you will be brought out of the book."

Marina waited for Merlin to continue, but he didn't. She looked quizzically at the sage in front of her, "Merlin, I get the process of traveling into a book. I've heard about it. But you don't seem to want to tell us too much about the story before we go in. Wouldn't it be better to be prepared?"

"Certainly," "Merlin said, "It is always best to be prepared. But out in the real galaxy, you may not have that luxury. Part of this test will be to see what choices you make based on your observations."

Archimedes flapped a wing to get attention, "The three of them in the Adventures of Robin Hood? I'm certain this will end in calamity for Nottingham."

"Now Now Archimedes," Mickey chided, "That's why it's a test." He turned to the group. "I won't spoil the story, but the three of you take care. And remember, even though this is a practice test, do your best. Even if you fail here, learn something from this. We all make mistakes, it's better for the three of you to make your mistakes here in the privacy and safety of a book, rather than on a world with indigenous people. Good luck!"

"Thank you Mickey."Marina said, "I'm ready to go, what about you guys?"
"Right behind you!" Donald quacked.
"Let's Go!" Goofy exclaimed.

Merlin raised his hand over the book and wiggled his fingers saying, "Librar-ius be-various liv-a-rious!!  Librar-us be-var-ous lif-ous!!"

The book glowed dimly in a golden light under Merlin's fingertips and slowly hovered off the table.  As the light became brighter, the cover opened up a few pages, revealing an illustration of a rooster with a lute. As the light grew brighter, Marina swore she could have seen the rooster start to move.....
So I'm doing a short miniseries here. I'm trying my hand at a fan chapter of Faith of the Hearts. This is the prologue to my 3 chapter revision.

We start with the ending of Chapter 4, Part 1, changing the relevant text to a new sort of story. Instead of traveling to the world of Winnie the Pooh, the crew is teleported into the book "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood".

The prologue is a bit of a blending with the original Chapter 4, you will probably notice a few similarities if you view one then the other. I did this somewhat consciously, since the next chapters would be brand new, I wanted to use some elements from the existing story to lead into the new stuff. Obviously, most of the same things are altered heavily. One tip I came up with right away: If you have trouble making Madame Leota speak in rhyme, change her character to be a powerful force that only speaks when spoken too. I don't see any reason she had to interject on the scene. Also for my version of the prologue, just pretend Chip, Dale, and Jiminy Cricket aren't there.

The story of Faith of the Hearts is of course from :icondisneyfan-01:

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EDIT: A few minor changes here and there, thanks to :iconchapinfan: for pointing out you should spell out numbers when possible.
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Chapinfan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I still spot two numbers that haven't been spelled out. One of them is a three and there's a seventy two that is still in numbers.
Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
fixed. Thanks
Bella-Who-1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Artist
I like it so far. But I have to agree with Chapinfan on the part were as you should use "3 of them".

But other then that for me it looks good so far indeed. I want to know what happens next right away!
Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I should have the next chapter up either by this weekend or next week.... depending on how fast I type.
Chapinfan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I probably would have made this chapter a bit longer. I'm just saying that if it was me, I probably would have shown them at the start of their journey into this book before I finished it. But that's just what I would have done.

Also, when you have the other characters refer to the "3 of them" of would have spelled out the word three.

Donald's a character that I'm trying to observe the dialogue for. One thing I pride myself in is my Donald Duck impression but I don't have perfect diction. But the point that I'm trying to make is that when Walt and his guys were writing for Donald, they had a list of phrases that he could use. I didn't really spot anything wrong with that here but I'm just letting you know I'll be paying attention to Donald's dialogue.

I can't say much about Marina for this chapter but once you get this adventure rolling, I'll be able to say more. Let's see how she responds to everything.
Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah you're right about the 3 of the them, it should be spelled out instead as "three of them". I'm just lazy. An an Engineer. I'll try to spot that in the future but no guarantees.

Eh, I just got tired of leaving this prologue sitting on my computer, so I decided to upload it. the proloque is just a basic rewriting of the chapter before their adventure, suited to setting up this one instead.

Believe me, the next chapters will be much longer.

Oh goodness, I've got a character actor proofreading my work. I'll have to start paying better attention to what Donald and Goofy Say. I'd better get my character editor (my brother) on this one.
Chapinfan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
More character than actor.

I've only read the first to chapters of DF01's story. I was wondering if I should have read that chapter before I read this.
Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
It probably would help. It's sort of a replacement only to the end of Chapter 4, the original chapter is longer. See if you can spot the differences though.
DisneyFan-01 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Not bad. Not bad at all. I look forward for the next.
Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for that. I hope you'll like what I do in the future.
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