Water Shadows is the first issue in Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds, and the twenty-fifth overall issue of the W.I.T.C.H. comics.

Synopsis

Irma met a peculiar old man named Jewell at her father's office who appeared to know everything about Irma and her friends' status as Guardians of Kandrakar. He also told her that he knows a way to help them, but when he was kidnapped, the W.I.T.C.H. girls had to come to his rescue.

Plot

Irma was at the police station, dropping off documents for her father who was held up with the arrest of Mark Zibosky and his gang. As he handled some urgent business, she bumps into a friendly looking man in handcuffs who called her "Queen of water". She was confused and he said she had the power to free him, but he didn't mean from being arrested. He was led away by the police.

Elsewhere, the detectives from the Elyon case, McTiennan and Medina, were waiting in the office of their colleague, Sylla, who wanted to talk to them. They mentioned he was always out on cases and that he dealt in mysterious situations, much like the two of them have experienced. On Sylla's desk, they found files on the W.I.T.C.H. girls and McTiennan mentioned that Sylla had come across a report from the Green Bay police officers who saw Khor, which mentioned the W.I.T.C.H. girls as witnesses; then Sylla saw the reports about the Elyon case and wanted to know more about them. Sylla arrived at that moment and said he's certain they're hiding something.

Officer Lair finished his work and said he and Irma will be taking someone else for a ride, the mysterious man she saw earlier, Mr. Jewell. However, unlike what she thought, he was just a prisoner of Zibosky's gang and not an accomplice, who called himself a fortuneteller. They'll be taking him to the local homeless shelter.

Irma was nervous but the man felt familiar to her and seemed to read her mind. He asked for a pen and as he wrote something in a book. She wondered if she could ask him questions, though he said he can't see too far into the future. He told her that her friends were in trouble now and that, if she wanted to help herself, she must first help all of them.

At the school, Knickerbocher was scolding the teachers who were having a dispute. There was an uncovered hour is school time because their computer science teacher was not showing up to work, which no one else wanted to take over. Knickerbocher put Collins in charge of it and promised to find a solution. After the extra history hour, Irma was still reeling and while her powers would have given her an advantage, she couldn't concentrate. She revealed a few things to Hay Lin that Mr. Jewell said including a premonition that she's "made a new, close friend" which she assumed to mean Eric.

Finding Cornelia, Irma tried to gently break the news to her that she should take up ice skating as a way to get past her heartbreak over Caleb, but Cornelia took it the wrong way and stormed off. Will arrived next and Irma tried to tell her her prediction, but they saw Matt who had been ignoring Will since her blowup about Mandy, which she understood. They moved on to the prediction which was about her father, warning her not to get too attached to him as he'll just make her suffer. Like Cornelia, Will stormed off angry. Only Taranee was left but she ran off after the bell. Irma's prediction for her involved a secret she's carrying; she must make a decision and tell the right person.

Taranee was with her mother who scolded her not to tell anyone about something, which Taranee snippily says she didn't. They argued about the file she found and Taranee accused her of putting Will's mother on trial which Teresa defended as it is her job. The argument escalated until Taranee left the car, refusing to stop as she declared to her mother she'd changed. Both women were left depressed but as luck would have it, Taranee ran into Nigel.

At Irma's house, she spoke to her dad about the concept of fate and he revealed Mr. Jewell had gone missing, which was troubling because Zibosky was also out on bail. Irma's mom came in, saying Jewell just came to the door and while Irma's dad rushed out to find him, the two women argued over it. Irma snapped about her not being her real mom and Anna broke into tears, running to the bedroom. Irma found her as she gazed on her wedding photo which includes Irma and Chris, revealing Anna is Irma's stepmother. Irma apologized and they reconciled while Anna revealed that Jewell actually wanted to see Irma, having left her a book.

The W.I.T.C.H. group met and Irma explained about Jewell but also showed them his book, which was about aquatic mythical creatures, including ones called Water shadows. Meanwhile, Knickerbocher hired the replacement for the computer science professor, Ralph Sylla.

At school the next day, Sylla was a hit; the girls thought he's handsome and the boys liked his motorcycle. But Cornelia and Will weren't impressed as he kept glancing their way while they tried to research Water shadows. Sylla then popped up and, hearing their search, gave them a list of websites to check out about these "sea monsters" while admitting legends hold some truths and that mysteries are his hobbies.

Meeting the others, the girls explained what they found. Water shadows are being with magical powers and compared to elemental spirits, like the girls, but with bodies made of their elements. As such, Water shadows blend in well with their water. They often go unseen by fishermen, but are said to resemble the shadowy outlines of humans. Cornelia didn't believe Earth could have magical creatures, but Irma pointed out their own existence. They also fiund a return slip to the library the book came from and went to investigate.

The librarian wouldn't give up the name of the person who last checked it out, but the girls distracted her while they learned the borrower was Benjamin Crane, also getting his address. Cornelia sensed something amiss and as she hustled the group into leaving, Sylla was revealed to be tailing them.

The girls headed to the address which is a rundown place by the docks. They knocked and when greeted by a man who says he was Crane, Irma knocks him out, having recognized him as a thug caught by the police the other day. Irma ran in and founds someone who looked like Jewell held captive but when she released him, he said his name is actually Benjamin Crane.

Mr. Crane is just a simple fisherman but months ago, out at sea, his boat was wrecked and he fell into the water. He was saved by magical water and when it brought him to shore, it took on his appearance. From there, "Jewell" became his dear friend and with his predictive powers, helped Benjamin improve his fishing like never before, only wanting to see him happy. But when Mark Zibosky noticed his good luck, he captured Benjamin and held him hostage, blackmailing Jewell for predictions he used for betting in exchange for "his brother's" life.

Cornelia found it all unbelievable but Crane said he did research on Water shadows, checking out books from the library and learning they have clairvoyance and are shapeshifters. But once they took on human appearance, they can never go back to her previous forms. Irma now understood what Jewell wanted from her, to help turn him back to his original form. Will believed her story and, going from what they learned from Crane, they headed to the lighthouse where the two met using tele-transportation. Sylla, who was waiting for them, was left behind.

At the lighthouse, Jewell had already been cornered by Zibosky's thugs, but the Guardians came to assist him. Zibosky was startled by their appearance and fell from the lighthouse, dragging Jewell over the edge with him. Irma saved Zibosky and with her magic, transforms Jewell back to his water form as he disappeared into the ocean.

Days following, Irma sat at the lighthouse where Hay Lin found her to say how Zibosky was arrested with Crane's testimony. Irma had been thinking about how useful Jewel's predictions were for Cornelia (who does consider skating again, with hope that she can move on from Caleb) and Taranee (who saw her mom changed her mind, now wishing to help Susan, not knowing she's being photographed by somebody in the shadows. Will was still skeptic of what Irma said since she wouldn't believe her dad would betray her while she was still upset about Matt. Irma revealed to Hay Lin what Jewell predicted for herself; that she doesn't attach to people easily but when her true love arrives, Jewell will tell her personally. After all, she can still hear his voice, as it's the voice of the sea.

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