I'm not cheating! Or at least I'm not trying to. Someone else is-
??: That would be me. I do not want my prisoner trapped in crystal. I want her alive. *steps foward from the shadows, revealing a cloaked man with a coyote's head*
Hey! *frantically jams finger on crystal* Not that I want to, but - why - isn't - it - WORKING??
??: I sucked the magic from it- delicious, by the way. You're coming with me. *lifts Eventide over his shoulder easily and begins to walk away*
*tries to free self* Hey- ow! Let! Go! Of! Me! This! Instant! OR ELSE!
Or else what?
I'll - um, um...
(Dun worry Hoots, I have a plan...)