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Annie ran. All she had to do was make it to the corner ahead and she'd be home free. Her lungs hurt and each breath caught in her mouth. Something snatched her leg and she tripped. She hit the dirt hard and she threw her arms up to cover her face instinctively.
"Got you, Annie." Amumu muttered, tapping her on the shoulder. "You're it."
Annie puffed out her cheeks and pulled herself off of the ground. "You cheated!" She yelled, waving her arms about. "Using your bandages isn't fair!"
"Oh." Amumu looked to the ground. "I'm sorry..."
Annie frowned. She liked playing with Amumu a lot, but he got sad so easy. It made Annie feel guilty. "Well, uh. Just don't let it happen again, 'kay?"
"Okay!" Amumu nodded fiercely. "Do you wanna play some more?"
Annie opened her mouth to respond, but a louder(and older) voice rang out from the base. Lux was standing at the top of the stairs. "Hey, the summoners are ready, you two!"
"Oh." Amumu sighed.
Annie patted the mummy on the shoulder. "We can play more next time, 'kay?" She gave him a quick hug.
When Amumu spoke, a terrible smell choked Annie's lungs. It was horrid and rotten. Annie did her best to keep a straight face while she waved to Amumu as he departed to the other base(having being her opponent). She turned and rigidly walked up the stairs to the base.
"Are you okay, Annie?" Lux tilted her head slightly. "You look a little sick."
"Um." Annie shot a glance behind her to make sure Amumu was gone. "Um. Amumu's breath is really bad."
Lux laughed. "Oh, is that all? Well, he -is- a mummy."
"I guess." Annie mused as the two approached the summoners. The rest of their team had already departed. "I wonder if there's some way to fix it?"
"Why don't you check the Institute?" Lux offered. "The library has books on mundane spells, too."
"That's a good idea!" Annie smiled brightly. "Thank you, Miss Lux!"
Lux returned a smile, and the two were whisked away by the summoners. When the white cleared from Annie's vision, she was back at her home in the Voodoo Lands. It was mere moments before her mother scooped her up into a hug.
"Annie! Welcome home. How was the match?" She set her daughter down and gave her a pat on the head.
"Uh. It was fun, I guess." Annie shrugged.
Her mother turned and busied herself with some food on the counter. "Did you win?"
"No." Annie sighed. "That queen lady beat us up pretty bad."
"Ohhh." Her mother cooed. "Well, I'll fix you up a snack and you just don't worry about the match."
"Um." Annie shifted her weight from foot to foot and hugged Tibbers to her chest. "Can I go to the Institute?"
Her mother cocked an eyebrow. "May I ask why?"
"I wanna look up some magic to help Amumu." Annie flushed red slightly and looked to the ground.
There was a long pause. "Alright. Try to be back before nightfall. And keep Tibbers close!" Her mother waved a wooden spoon admonishingly.
"Yay!" She cheered and hugged her mother around the middle. "Thanks, Mom, I'll be back soon!" Annie charged upstairs into her room and pulled a small device out of her drawer. It was a small cylindrical wand with adorned with a crystal at the top and a button at the base. She pressed the button and the crystal glowed, sending a message to the Institute requesting a summon.
Less than a minute later, light engulfed Annie and she was whisked to the Institute of War. She thanked the summoner on duty and skipped off to the library. After crossing the large double-doors into the almost labyrinthine library, she used the magic in the air to trace out a path to the one thing that could assist her in her journey.
"Hi, Mr. Ryze!" She waved with both hands and charged down the aisle, Tibbers flying about.
"Oh no." Ryze groaned. "What is it?"
Annie pressed a finger to her chin. "Um, I want magic to make Amumu's breath smell less bad."
Ryze sighed and snapped his fingers. A small spark of electricity hung in the air. "Follow that, and leave me to my studies!"
"Thanks a lot, Mr. Ryze!" Annie smiled and followed the spark, holding Tibbers with one hand and the strap of her backpack with another. The spark eventually fizzled out in front of a deep aisle of books. Annie figured this is where the magic she needed was, and began reading the spines of the tomes.
One side of the aisle was filled with books about preserving bodies for various reasons. The other side was about changing looks and scents of things with magic. Annie briefly wondered why people were so concerned with keeping dead people fresh, but she figured if people didn't do that, she wouldn't have Amumu to play with.
She pulled several books from both aisles at random and shoved them into her bag, before looking for a table read them at. She found an empty table next to some summoners discussing something that sounded serious. When she sat down, they suddenly looked really worried and walked away. Annie shrugged--she was used to people doing that now--and pulled the books from her bag one by one, flipping through pages and looking for something helpful.
After a few hours, Annie finally had her answer. She skipped off to the alchemy lab and set to work. It wasn't very long before her concoction was complete--a white paste she quickly collected into a jar and skipped off to show Mr. Ryze.
She found him quickly--to his dismay, being a beacon of magic made him easy to locate--held the jar up to him. "Mr. Ryze, try this!"
Ryze grumbled, and snapped his book shut. "What is it, now?" He looked down at the girl and the smell of candy ran through his nose.
"Eat some of this!" Annie offered again, stretching her arm as high as she could for emphasis. Ryze hesitated for a moment, before sticking the tip of his finger into the goo and placing it in his mouth. His eyebrows suddenly rose in a large arc.
"Do you like it?" Annie asked nervously.
Ryze hummed for a moment. "It tastes like lollipops."
As he spoke, Annie giggled and puffed out her chest proudly. "Your breath smells like flowers."
A few days later, Annie was able to present her work to Amumu. As soon as the match ended(while nine of them were fighting on middle lane, Master Yi snuck into the enemy base and attacked their Nexus), Annie grabbed the jar from her pack and held it out to Amumu as he was climbing off of Katarina muttering some apologies.
"What's this?" He asked.
"Just eat some." Annie shoved a spoon into his hands. He tentatively dipped it into the mush and slipped it into his mouth.
"Whoa." He smiled. "This is really good!"
Katarina rose to her feet, brushing the dust off of her knees and eyed the jar curiously.
"Um." Annie pulled another spoon from her bag. "I brought enough for everyone."
Katarina took the spoon from Annie and sampled the paste. "He's right." She said after a moment. "This tastes like candy."
"And it makes you smell like flowers!" Annie cheered proudly. "Even Tibbers smells nice now!"
Soon, all the champions(and even some attending summoners) had tried Annie's concoction. The jar was completely empty.
Mundo pat the girl on the head, his hand encompassing her entire skull. "Mundo like. Would like to merchandise."
Annie's eyes widened. "Really?!"
"Yes." He nodded, his tongue flapping in the wind. "Champion franchises very successful. Make lots of money. Has happened before."
"Oh, wow, Mr. Mundo, thanks!" Annie's smile was so wide, she felt like her face would crack open.
"No need to thank." Mundo pat his chest. "Mundo sells what he pleases."
Annie was bouncing with excitement when the summoner finally sent her home. Her mother gave her a hug and pat her head. "Annie, you look so happy. Did something happen?"
"I'm gonna have a franchise!"