Chapter 6 — Devastation Cometh
Jun 2, 1996 – Somewhere in Orange Park, FL
“Venus! Heart Reflection!” Someone screamed as a continuous beam of solar light zapped Ryan, knocking him backwards to the ground.
“Neptune! Aqua Moon Medley!” Someone else screamed as a strange portal-like phenomenon appeared, dumping water on Ryan, holding him down on the ground, not allowing him to get up.
“Great, looks like we’re just in time,” JT said as he and his comrades appeared.
“Who are they?” Telly asked with a smile on his face.
“Not your concern Helix. Soul Eternal Kiss!” JT screamed, waving his hand as a sphere of energy flew towards Ryan, exploding on contact with his body.
“Well let me tell you that it hurts so bad… It makes me feel so sad… It makes me hurt so bad to see you again… Like needles and pins… People say “you’ve been making out okay… He’s in love don’t stand in his way,” Diana sang as her body floated as Paul and Telly watched her.
“Why is she singing right now?” Paul asked, looking at Telly and then over at Kayla as she shrugged her shoulders. “I first thought she was doing that because she was connected to JT, but he’s here and he’s not singing.”
“It is possible that she could be channeling something else?” Telly asked, looking at Diana strangely.
“Who knows, but right now, that’s not the biggest concern we have,” Kayla stated as she raised her hands quickly, using her powers to erect a shield to protect all of them as Brett, Amy, A’Mora, Hank and a strange young man appeared next to her.
“Where did they come from?” Telly asked, looking at Kayla. “Did you bring them here?”
“No, I have no idea where they came from and who’s that?” Kayla asked as Celeste appeared next, her eyes crackling with energy as she flew towards Ryan.
“Don’t know what’s going on, but Malaphyion doesn’t look all that happy to be here!” Paul yelled as JT turned quickly, moved out of the way and then waved his hand as the two young ladies that was fighting with Ryan were moved out of the way also.
“Playtime is over!” Ryan screamed as he stood up quickly, his body glowing brightly as energy emanated all around. “Fun and games are now over and done with!”
“Meaning what monster?” JT asked as Necroloque appeared next to him.
“My boy, this isn’t going to end well at all,” Necroloque spoke just as Ryan gestured with his hand as energy zapped all of them, knocking everyone down to the ground.
“As I said, fun and games are over and done with,” Ryan said as he laughed. “It’s now time that things progressed as planned.”
“We won’t let you,” JT weakly said as he tried to get up off the ground, but fell back down. “I’m not going to let you…”
“Silly boy, you’ve already lost, there is no winning for your side,” Ryan said, laughing again. “You should’ve listened the first time.”
“Good always triumphs over evil,” JT weakly said, falling back down to the ground.
“Tell me mirror, mirror… Mirror on the wall… Thought you said… You had the answer to it all… Never told me I was gonna take a fall… Tell me mirror, mirror… Mirror on the wall,” Diana sang as her body floated in place as the ground started to shake.
“Something’s wrong, something’s not right,” Necroloque spoke as his eyes sparkled with energy. “No, the mirror!”
“What’s going on Uncle?” JT weakly asked, still trying to get up off the ground as there was a flash of light near them. “Please tell me that’s something to help us stop Ryan Hall!”
“Fool, I’m not going to be easily stopped. With my powers and those combined with those of the mighty one, none of you pathetic fools can stop me!” Ryan snapped as he waved his hand, projecting beams of energy all around as he continued laughing.
“Dear boy, you will be stopped!” Ryan heard as he turned quickly, spotting an old woman near him.
“Oh come on, are you people serious? You’ve resorted to sending little old ladies to fight your battles?” Ryan asked, looking around as he shook his head and then laughed again. “Is this some kind of joke? You fools must be kidding me here!”
“Sometimes child, appearances can be deceiving,” the person spoke as Ryan shook his head as he held out his hand, projecting beams of energy at the woman as she held up her hand quickly.
“What is this!” Ryan screamed.
“Mite of Spite!” The woman screamed, holding up what looked like a book, using it to deflect the energy projected at her by Ryan.
“No, it can’t be,” JT weakly said, sighing as he shook his head. “It can’t be her, what is she doing here Uncle?”
“This must be some kind of joke,” Ryan said, holding both hands up, projecting a continuous beam of energy at the woman.
“I can keep this up as long as you can child,” the woman said, continuing to hold up the book. “I’ll do you one better though, Sash of Suffering!”
“It’s her!” JT screamed, disappearing from the ground and then reappearing near the woman with scepter in hand. “This is all your fault! Silly woman, you didn’t think I noticed your psychic signature in Limbo, while I was there! All of this is your doing, you evil witch!”
“No! This isn’t my fault!” The woman screamed as JT shook his head and then drew back with his scepter, preparing to strike her as Celeste aimed a beam of magical energy at him, knocking him down to the ground.
“No Psychic Warrior, leave her be, she’s helping us! We can use all the help with can get right now, against this monster!” Celeste screamed as Hank, A’Mora and Brett got up off the ground.
“Is that… Oh no, it’s his mom,” Hank said, shaking his head.
“How dare you Malaphyion!” JT screamed as he got up off the ground and then waved his hand as his scepter flew from the ground, entering his hand.
“We don’t have time for this petty squabbling, that monster is trying to destroy this plane of existence!” Celeste screamed as she was able to get up off the ground.
“This world is surely doomed now!” JT snapped, shaking his head. “Mother Divine’s actions here are not for our victory, but for her own! Everything she does has a secret undertone to it! She never does anything for others, always for one of her own plans!”
“Dude, that’s your mom,” Hank said as JT shook his head.
“She’s not my mother, she’s just a person I used to know,” JT stated as he floated towards Necroloque as Ryan zapped him with a magical energy beam, knocking him to the ground.
“Another score for me!” Ryan exclaimed, laughing as JT lay on the ground.
“Sir, what is he talking about?” A’Mora asked, using her powers quickly to deflect a stray beam of energy from Ryan.
“From what I can understand, he’s saying that the old woman there is responsible for all of this,” Paul said as he pressed a button on his armor. “I don’t know the lady and all, but I can say, that she’s exhibiting some funky energy levels right now and they match the kid’s energy levels.”
“Meaning what Golem?” A’Mora asked, looking around at Paul.
“Meaning that she’s using the same powers he is,” Paul answered as he pressed another button on his armor as his faceplate closed. “We might want to heed Psychic Warrior’s words and take action against her!”
“I am not responsible for this! I would never do anything to harm…” the woman said as JT got up off the ground and then shook his head.
“I’m really getting tired of people taking pop-shots at me,” JT said as he dusted off his clothes. “You want to run that line on anyone else Mother Divine?”
“You can’t blame this on me!” The woman screamed as she projected a beam of energy at Ryan, holding him against a wall.
“Yeah, like I can’t officially blame you for stealing my powers, having me kidnapped by people and having said people trying to kill me!” JT snapped as his scepter glowed brightly in his hand. “I’ve had enough of all of this!”
Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – A Cavern Far from Castle Limbo
“Come forth my liege and rejoin your most sacred, here in the chosen path,” a young man spoke as he stood in front of an altar, holding a book in one hand and a crystal-like orb in the other as the ground started to rumble and shake as the visual features of his face changed, making him look like a demonic creature and then returned back to normal. “My liege, your followers await you here, waiting for your commands. Come forth my liege and…”
The crystal-like orb that the young man held in his hand, glowed brightly as the ground continued to rumble and shake. An eerie ambient light filled the cavern, enveloping the young man in a glow that made him seen transparent. The light clearing, the shadows in various places in the area converged on one spot on the ground, taking the form of what looked like a man.
“Welcome back my liege,” the young man said with a smile as he placed the book on the altar and then stepped forward as the form of the man became clearer. “I await your every command sire.”
“Where am I? What am I doing here boy?” The man asked, looking around the area. “Is this place hell?”
“Somewhat my liege,” the young man answered as he bowed his head and knelt down on one knee, showing respect to the man. “To answer your question, the chosen one of this realm has been weakened and you can now, with my aid, take back what was once yours.”
“Take back what was once mine? What do you speak of boy?” The man asked.
“You can regain control of this realm and the power that goes with it,” the young man replied, standing back up as the man turned slightly and then hauled off, smacking him across the face, knocking him down to the ground. “My liege!”
“You stupid fool! You disturbed my slumber for some silly ploy to try to take this realm from destiny, are you mad?” The man asked as the young man looked up at him with wide eyes. “You can’t go against destiny boy, you will always lose! If that’s what you brought me back here for, it was a waste of your power, your time and the use of your misbegotten soul!”
“But my liege, there is a chance that this place…” the young man spoke as the man turned around, moving away from his original spot as his body started to fizzle, seeming to cause him pain. “You’re not completely whole as of yet.”
“What the hell was that?” The man asked, moving back to where he originally was as the dissipation of his body stopped.
“It seems you need more of my spirit to maintain cohesion of your body,” the young man said with a smile on his face.
“I would prefer you sent me back to…” the man spoke as the young man interrupted him.
“Not yet, we have things to do. When I’m done with you, then I’ll return you back, since you don’t want to reclaim what should rightfully be yours,” the young man stated with a sly grin on his face.
“What are these things you want done?” The man asked, looking at the young man strangely.
“Simple, you’re going to help me get all that I want,” the young man replied as he walked back over to the altar and picked up the book he previously had. “You’re going to help me obtain the powers of this realm and to help me get rid some annoyances I call family.”
“How am I going to do that?” The man asked as the young man smiled and then waved a hand at him as the man’s body glowed brightly, his skin-tone, hair and eye color and body mass changing.
“Now that you look like my father, you’re going to Earth and you’re going to take out a few do-gooders that think they can win the good fight,” the young man said with a smile as he flipped some pages in the book and then grabbed the crystal-like orb again as he motioned with the orb over the book as a strange portal-like phenomenon appeared in the area. “Step through there and go do my bidding. Once you’ve done what I want, I’ll give you what you want.”
“Fine,” the man said as he stepped through the portal, disappearing.
Jun 3, 1996 – A Yacht off the Coast of Atlantic Beach, FL
“Why are we hiding out on a damn boat?” Paul asked as he and a few of his friends sat around a table on the yacht’s deck. “We should be out there, kicking that kid’s ass, not sitting here, sulking or whatever the fuck it is we’re doing right now.”
“We’re not sulking, we’re taking a breather,” Telly responded as he looked at Paul strangely. “What’s gotten into you man? Since we’ve been here, you’ve been acting like—like a spoiled baby.”
“I’m not acting like a spoiled baby! You guys are acting like wimps!” Paul snapped as he stood up. “We should be with the others, kicking ass, not here, sitting on our damn asses, doing nothing!”
“No, we should be right here, staying out of the way,” Telly stated as he shook his head. “The big dawgs are handling things, let them do what they need to do.”
“It sounds like you’re calling the rest of us little pussies or something!” Paul snapped as he stepped closer to Telly, getting closer to his face. “I can handle my own in a damn fight!”
“Alright, cool it you two,” Brett said with a frown.
“No, I’m not about to cool anything!” Paul snapped, pointing his finger at Brett. “Are you on his side too?”
“I’m on nobody’s side in this,” Brett replied with a sigh. “There’s no need for us getting all in an uproar, for no apparent reason. We should be resting up and staying alert, just in case we’re needed.”
“That’s the point man, we are needed! That kid is probably kicking their asses all over the damn place and here we are, sitting on our damn asses, doing nothing!” Paul snapped as he shook his head and then turned his back to Telly and Brett. “Hank, what do you think about all of this? Do you think we should be here, hiding out or with the others, fighting?”
“I think I don’t want to get into the middle of that argument,” Hank replied as he got up from the table and then walked to the other side of the deck.
“What about you Tamara? Benji?” Paul spoke as he looked at two of his other friends.
“Paul, let this go dude,” Benjamin spoke, getting up and walking over to where Paul stood and patting him on the shoulder. “The super magical people are doing the fighting right now. Let them get things done and when they need us, they’ll call us.”
“It’s not all about damn magic and shit!” Paul snapped as he shook his head and then sighed.
“Yes it is Paul,” Tamara stated as she stood up from the table. “The others are fighting a creature of magic, which is something we can’t do, we don’t have magical powers. What can our powers really accomplish against a being of pure magic?”
“We can still kick some ass,” Paul stated as Tamara shook her head.
“The right people for that sort of thing is fighting right now. We’re doing our part in things, we’re waiting for them to call on us, if they need to buddy,” Tamara stated as she placed a hand on Paul’s shoulder. “That in no way means that we’re weaker or lesser beings, it’s just that our powers wouldn’t be of any use against…”
“I understand what you’re saying and all, but I think all of us could be beneficial to the big picture,” Paul said as an alarm started buzzing on his armor. “Something’s up guys, be on the lookout!”
“What is your armor detecting?” Brett asked, moving closer to Paul.
“Something is heading this way, fast!” Paul yelled as he pressed a button on his armor as he vanished. “Scatter!”
“Evasive maneuvers guys!” Brett yelled as all of them left the yacht in their own way.
A Few Miles Away
“Are you okay?” Necroloque asked, landing on the ground next to where JT lay.
“I’m fine Uncle, don’t worry about me, get to Malaphyion, Phantasma and Illusioness!” JT snapped as he faded away as Necroloque vanished.
“You pathetic fools!” Ryan screamed as his body grew in size. “I’m tired of this game playing!”
“We’re tired of it too!” Celeste yelled as Kayla appeared next to her. “Soul to soul, heart to heart, stop this thing, leaving no part!”
“Oh that’s never going to work!” Kayla stated as she flew into the air, projecting beams of magical energy at Ryan’s body. “We’ve been at this for only the Fate’s know how long. We can’t keep going like this!”
“You have a point, but what can we do?” Celeste asked as she looked around. “I have no idea where this creep is getting so much power.”
“Something’s got to give,” JT stated as he appeared in the air next to Kayla. “The kid isn’t that powerful and Celestus’ power shouldn’t be like this. There has to be something fueling this kid’s powers, but what?”
“Your guess is good as mine,” Kayla stated as Ryan’s foot came crashing down to the ground, creating a dust storm, darkening the area. “This is ridiculous!”
“Yeah, I’ll say it is,” JT responded as he shook his head as he waved his hand, using his powers, trying to clear the air around them to see. “Uncle, I have a question?”
“What is it my boy?” Necroloque asked.
“Is it possible that Ryan is drawing his powers and energy from Limbo?” JT asked, looking at Necroloque strangely. “Being that all of this started there, is it possible that…”
“It could be possible, but you would all be wrong!” They all heard as JT turned around quickly. “Mr. Hall!”
“Who?” Necroloque asked, moving quickly to avoid the person that was near.
“You all will die now!” The man yelled as his eyes crackled with energy. “Starting with you, the enemy of my enemy!”
“Say what!” JT snapped, holding his hand up, using his powers to create a shield of magical energy, deflecting the man’s attack, but barely. “Mr. Hall, what has gotten into you?”
“You shall die now!” The man yelled, lunging at JT again, striking his shield with a beam of energy, causing it to ricochet and strike Celeste.
“Owwww!” Celeste screamed out, her body falling towards the ground as Necroloque took off to catch her.
“Mr. Hall, I don’t know what’s going on here, but you need to stop!” JT screamed, holding up both of his hands in front of the man. “I… I didn’t know you had powers.”
“Not your place to know!” The man yelled as his hands glowed brightly with energy as he started attacking JT again, striking his shield as sparks flew in various directions.
“What’s going on here? Who is this guy?” A’Mora asked, looking at the man and then at JT as she gestured with her hand, using her powers to wrap the man up in eldritch chains.
“If I’m not mistaken, this is Mitchell Hall, Rebekah Hall’s husband,” JT stated as A’Mora’s eyes widened as she looked at the man strangely.
“Wait a minute, I thought Diana and Donna’s father was dead,” A’Mora stated with a frown on her face.
“I thought so too, but maybe things aren’t as they seem in the land of magic,” JT stated as he turned quickly, using his powers to deflect an attack from Ryan. “Now we’re under a two-pronged attack!”
“Yeah, is this crap going to get any better?” Celeste asked as she and Necroloque walked over to where JT and A’Mora stood.
“Until we find a good way to stop Ryan, Celestus and now his father, I don’t think so,” JT stated as he shook his head and then sighed.
To Be Continued…
 Song Excerpt = Hurt So Bad by Linda Ronstadt
 Song Excerpt = Mirror, Mirror by Diana Ross