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Limbo Uprising – Chapter 6

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.

(<PAMPH>)

“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,[1]” 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,[2]”  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

(<BOOOOOM>)

“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…

[1] Song Excerpt = Hurt So Bad by Linda Ronstadt

[2] Song Excerpt = Mirror, Mirror by Diana Ross

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Limbo Uprising – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 — This Mortal Coil Undone

Jun 1, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – A Few Miles from the Jacksonville Landing

“Help!”  Amy screamed as she struggled to get away from the tree that held her tight.  “I can’t believe I’m calling for help because a damn tree has me trapped!  How embarrassing is this shit here!”

“Calm down miss,” someone spoke as Amy looked around.

“Who’s there?  I can’t see you!”  Amy screamed, struggling with the tree as she zapped a few of the branches with magical energy beams from her eyes.

“You—you have super powers,” the person spoke, moving back from the tree.  “Are—are you a superhero or something?”

“Something like that, I just don’t seem so super right now,” Amy stated as she zapped a few more branches, trying to free herself as Brett appeared in a blur.

“Ames, are you okay?”  Brett asked as he noticed she wasn’t alone.

“I’m fine as can be now Speedster,” Amy replied as she zapped a few more branches and then fell from the tree as a loud booming noise could be heard again as she turned and looked in the direction that Brett had just come from.  “Oh no, that’s not good.”

“What’s not good?”  Brett asked, looking at Amy strangely.

“What was just said isn’t good,” Amy stated as Brett looked at her as if she was crazy.

“Nothing was said, it was just a loud noise,” Brett stated as Amy shook her head.  “Are you saying that loud noise is actually something being said?”

“Yes, it’s demonic magic,” Amy stated as she sighed.  “Where is Psychic Warrior?”

“The last I saw, before Illusion sent me away, against my wishes, he was fighting with the creature thing in the river,” Brett stated as he looked towards the mall.

“Could one of you tell me what’s going on around here?”  The person asked.

“Who are you buddy?”  Brett asked, looking at the young man.

“My—wait a minute, who are you?”  The young man asked.

“I’m Speedster and this is ah… Well, what is your name now?”  Brett asked, looking at Amy strangely.

“Phantasma,” Amy stated with a small smile as the young man frowned.

“I’m Mack,” the young man replied as the ground started to rumble as Brett and Amy looked around as things got dark around them.  “Why is it dark out, is there an eclipse today?”

“No, there wasn’t one scheduled,” Brett sarcastically replied as the young man grabbed a hold of Amy’s hand when the loud booming noise happened again.

“That thing is trying to pull Limbo to Earth,” Amy spoke as Brett looked at her.  “The way things are starting to look, it’s succeeding.”

“What do you mean by pull Limbo to Earth?”  Brett asked, looking at Amy strangely.

“I mean, that creature that JT is fighting is trying to turn this place into Limbo, so that it’s so-called brethren can reign here, as well as in Limbo,” Amy stated as there was a bright flash of light as an image of JT’s face was displayed in the clouds.

‘Everyone, listen to me, this is not a game and it certainly isn’t a dream,’ JT telepathically broadcasted his voice.  ‘A demonic creature called Celestus is trying to turn our world into a place of evil and darkness.  I need your help… I need all of your help to fight this evil!’

“How are we going to help that guy, fight a demonic creature?”  Mack asked, looking between Amy and Brett, still holding onto Amy’s hand.

“Do you even have any powers?”  Brett asked, looking at Mack strangely.  “Why are you still even here?  Why haven’t you gotten away from here?”

“I’m still here, because I believe I can help you guys out,” Mack replied as the loud booming noise was heard again.  “That’s really getting to be annoying.”

“Tell me about it,” Brett stated as he shook his head.

“Speedster, now isn’t the time for the… No, he’s not going to win this battle,” Amy stated as Brett looked at her.  “He’s down!”

“Who’s down?”  Mack asked, looking at Amy closely.

“We have to go, you get yourself to safety,” Amy stated as she grabbed Brett’s hand as the two of them vanished as Mack looked around to see that Hank’s body had disappeared also.

“I don’t know what just happened, but I am not going to leave here, when I can use my talents to help others,” Mack said as he looked around.  “It looks like things are going down at the riverbank.  I guess that’s where I’m headed next.”

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

“Listen to me woman, are you behind what’s going on?”  Necroloque asked, standing in front of a mirror in the castle’s catacombs, looking at a reflection of Mother Divine. 

“What are you asking me for?”  Mother Divine asked with a smirk on her face.

“You seem to be the new prankster around here all of a sudden,” Necroloque stated as he sighed and then shook his head.  “Some child popped up here, in this castle, a place he’s not supposed to be able to get into, because he’s not part of our bloodline, but yet he was able to and while he was here, he cracked the guardian mirror and freed Celestus from his prison.  Now Celestus is somewhere on Earth, free, doing only God knows what.”

“And what does that have to do with me brother?”  Mother Divine asked.

“How did that child, who is not part of our bloodline, get into Limbo or this castle?”  Necroloque asked.  “Someone in here, had to let him in.”

“I’m sure there’s another answer,” Mother Divine stated as she shook her head.

“That child had to be let in here, he isn’t part of our bloodline.  Something like that wouldn’t be part of the bloodline, that’s a travesty.   From the images I saw, he and his family tried to kill our sister to keep her from giving birth to our nephew.  So, do you want to tell me how that child got into this place?”  Necroloque asked, watching the reflection of Mother Divine.  “That child and his family are our enemies, they have no way of actually getting into this place without assistance.  So, the only one I can think of that gave them that assistance is you.”

“I assisted no one in getting into here, I am trying to get myself out of here,” Mother Divine replied as Necroloque shook his head.

“You want to get out of here, fine, you’re out,” Necroloque stated as he punched the mirror, shattering it as Mother Divine screamed out as the shattered mirror pieces hit the floor.

“Nooooo!  What have you done?”  Mother Divine’s voice could be heard.

“You wanted to be out, I’m sending you out,” Necroloque stated as the shattered pieces of the mirror started to glow and then the mirror reformed itself.  “Since she wasn’t any help, I think I need to return to Earth and help my boy out.  I think there is something greater than all of us going on here.”

Jun 2, 1996 – Downtown Jacksonville, FL – Roof of the Omni Hotel

“Are you okay JT?”  Tara asked, flying down to where JT landed.  “What’s happening?  What is that damn thing doing?”

“It’s trying to turn this realm into Limbo,” JT replied as he got up from the floor.  “Celestus wants this place to resemble Limbo, so he and others like him can be here.”

“Why are they trying to get here?”  Tara asked as A’Mora, Brett, Hank and Amy appeared.

“It seems, this place has what demons and demonphages of Limbo want,” JT stated as he sighed.

“What is it that they want here?”  Brett asked as he looked over at JT.

“The same thing Chaos wanted,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “They want to have their greatest emotional wants granted.  They can’t get that without a damn soul and here, there are tons of souls to choose from.”

“What!”  Brett snapped as he threw his hands up.  “Those mofos are trying to get here so they can chow down on the souls of normal people, is that what you’re telling us?”

“Yeah, that’s what they want,” JT stated as he sighed.  “As long as this realm remains the way it is, they can’t freely walk this plane, but if Celestus can complete the spell he’s trying to cast, this place will go up in smoke and every mortal around here will become demon lunch.”

“Oh that’s just fucking great, thanks a lot JT!”  Brett screamed as JT’s eyes widened as he reacted with his telekinetic powers and then slammed Brett into the wall.

“JT!”  Tara screamed as she grabbed him by the arm.

“I’m not going to stand here and allow him to blame me for this!”  JT snapped as he pushed Tara backwards.  “He want to blame someone, he can blame Ryan Hall or Mother Divine, but not me!”

“Who is Ryan Hall?”  A’Mora asked, looking over at JT strangely as she assisted Brett up off the floor.

“He seems to be a very sketchy character that tried to kill me as a baby,” JT stated as A’Mora and Amy looked at him strangely.

“Wait a minute, this person tried to kill you when you were a baby?”  A’Mora asked.

“Well he and his family tried to kill my mother, to keep her from having me, but it’s still the same damn concept,” JT stated as he glared at A’Mora.  “Had it not been for me and my uncle, they might have succeeded in getting rid of me.  Hell, the way things are, maybe I should’ve let that fool and his family kill me, then I wouldn’t have to constantly deal with the fallout from you guys!”

“Come on JT, don’t be that way,” Tara stated with a frown as there was a loud booming noise.

“Great, that fucker has started again.  He must’ve found what he was looking for,” JT stated as he flew up into the air as his body emanated magical energy as he streaked through the sky, flying as fast as he could as he made a connection with Celestus, setting the sky on fire.  “Stop!”

// You pathetic fool, you can’t stop the righteous of this world, // Celestus spoke as JT shook his head, spun around and then threw a ball of magical energy at the creature.

“You are not the righteous of this world,” JT stated as he reached behind his back as his scepter appeared.  “Saturn!”

(<PAMPH>)

“No!”  Necroloque screamed as he appeared behind JT, grabbed his scepter and then flew away with it.  “I have to put a stop to this madness.”

“Uncle, what are you doing?”  JT asked, flying towards Necroloque as he held out his hand as a magical energy barrier surrounded him, blocking JT from getting near him.  “What are you doing?  Give me my scepter back!”

“No my boy, it’s time that I did something with this, that should’ve been done a long while ago,” Necroloque stated as he closed his eyes and then held the scepter high above his head.  “Necroloque!  Soul’s Desire!”

“What did you just do?”  JT asked as the scepter disappeared from Necroloque’s hand and then reappeared in the sky above the both of them.  “What’s happening?  What did you command my scepter to do?”

“You’ll see,” Necroloque responded as the whole area was bathed in a gold-colored light as JT fell to the ground, hitting it like a sack of potatoes being tossed away.

“What in the hell is going on?”  Tara asked, flying closer to Necroloque as the light hit her and then she fell to the ground also.

“I just hope in this dream, my boy doesn’t end up in the hospital, that would be a nightmare to him and now I want him and his friends to have a beautiful dream,” Necroloque stated as he floated towards Celestus.  “Now it’s just the two of us monster.  Let’s do this.”

// Do you really think your puny magicks can compare to mine?  You don’t have the Sword of Legions to help you imprison me this time, // Celestus spoke as Necroloque projected a beam of magical energy at the creature, knocking it backwards a bit.

“I don’t need a toy to deal with you Celestus,” Necroloque stated as his hand crackled with energy.  “I am the sovereign supreme magical being of Clan Chosen, I am the power that can imprison you.”

(<PAMPH>)

“But you won’t imprison him!”  Ryan screamed as he appeared in a burst of light behind Necroloque, thrusting forward with a dagger, stabbing Necroloque through the chest.  “I finally found you my lord.  How may I serve you?”

“Fool!  What have you done?”  Necroloque screamed as magical energy emanated around his body.  “You don’t know what you’re doing!”

“I know pretty well what I am doing,” Ryan stated as he grabbed Necroloque by the neck, holding him tight.  “I am not going to allow you to destroy my master.”

“Your master has already been destroyed, same as you,” Necroloque stated as Ryan shook his head and then threw his body down to the ground.  “Owwww!”

“Master, I am here for you.  What should I do for you?”  Ryan asked as he reached out his hand to Celestus, making contact with the creature as the two started to glow with magical energy, their bodies becoming one.  “Yes, the power, I feel the power.”

“What have you done child?  You’ve doomed us all!”  Necroloque screamed as energy projected from his mouth, setting things near him on fire.  “Damn it, I must get myself under control before I destroy this plane, like they intend to.”

“My master and I are now one, what he wants, I want,” Ryan stated as he moved towards Necroloque.  “You may call me Devastation from this point on.”

“I will continue to call you a damn fool,” Necroloque stated as he smiled and then raised his hand, projecting a beam of magical energy in Ryan’s face, knocking him backwards to the ground.  “I’m not going to let you and your so-called master destroy this plane of existence!”

“You can’t win this,” Ryan stated as he got up from the ground.  “This has already been prophesized by the ancients!  This world will be ours!”

“This world already has owners and they are already here,” Necroloque stated as he gestured with his hand as the wound on his chest started to repair itself.  “You are no match for me child.  You were no match for Legacy Saturn, how would you be a match for me?”

“With the Master’s powers added to my own, I am more powerful than your whole collective,” Ryan stated as he waved his hand in Necroloque’s direction, using his powers to knock him backwards to the ground.  “I am a match for your pathetic attempts of using magic, so don’t waste my time here.”

“Child, you have a lot to learn,” Necroloque stated as he waved his hand, using his powers to create an eldritch shield around himself, deflecting Ryan’s use of magic against him.

“How dare you stand before one that has mastered all three powers of the so-called mighty one!”  Ryan screamed, lashing out with his powers, striking Necroloque’s shield, almost shattering it.

“Oh Papa Toony, we got a loony,” Necroloque stated, shaking his head as he held up both of his hand, maintaining his eldritch shield as he projected magical beams of energy from his eyes.  “There’s something wrong with you child.”

“There’s nothing wrong with me you vile cretin!”  Ryan snapped as he got closer to Necroloque, striking at his shield.  “There seems to be something wrong with you!”

“There’s something wrong with you child,” Necroloque stated as he vowed his head as duplicates of himself appeared around Ryan as the original disappeared.  “Child, thinking you have mastered the powers of the Mighty One, you must be out of your mind!”

“My Master mastered those powers long ago,” Ryan stated as Necroloque shook his head.  “Resurrection, he is back from the dead.”

“Your so-called master was never dead, he was just imprisoned elsewhere,” Necroloque stated.

“He mastered seeing into the future,” Ryan stated as he lashed out with his hand at Necroloque, striking him with magical energy.  “How did you think I was able to figure out where the great power would be?”

“You haven’t figured out where the great power is,” Necroloque stated as he struck Ryan with a bolt of magical energy, knocking him down to the ground.  “It seems there is a misconception about what the great power is.”

“There is no misconception fool, that lazy nephew of yours has the great power!”  Ryan screamed as Necroloque shook his head.  “He should’ve never been privy to that power!”

“Think what you must child,” Necroloque spoke, using his powers to wrap Ryan up in eldritch chains.  “I am not going to allow you to continue walking this plane of existence, thinking, what you are thinking.  You are totally mad.”

“I am not mad, I am confident in my Master, your soon to be savior!”  Ryan screamed as he projected beams of magical energy at Necroloque, enveloping him in an eldritch cage.  “This is over and done with!”

“Yes it is,” Necroloque stated as his hand crackled with energy.  “Ankh…”

“We have no time for your parlor tricks,” Ryan stated as he gestured with his hands as the eldritch cage shrunk in size.

“Ankh!  Egyptian Cruxata!”  Necroloque screamed as his body glowed brightly as energy emanated all around, causing the eldritch cage around his body to dissipate.

“No!”  Ryan screamed out as Celeste Preston appeared in a burst of light.

“Maybe I can be of some assistance to you,” Celeste spoke as she stepped over to Necroloque.  “Where is the Psychic Warrior?  I am not able to…”

“I put him and his friends into a beautiful dream,” Necroloque replied as he snapped his fingers as his costume changed.  “I didn’t need them getting involved in things, so I put them some please else, to keep them all busy.”

“I think it would be best if you undo what you did to them,” Celeste stated as she looked around.  “This child isn’t going to stop, mainly due to his soul isn’t the one at play here, but that of another.”

“He merged himself with a centuries old demon called Celestus,” Necroloque stated as Celested nodded her head.

“I know what he did, but you sir, need to undo what you did to the others,” Celeste stated.  “They are needed here, not where they are.”

“They have no magical might that would make an actual difference here,” Necroloque stated as Celeste shook her head.

“That’s where you are wrong,” Celeste stated as she gestured with her hands as JT, Amy, A’Mora, Hank, Brett, Tyler and the young man named Mack appeared.  “Who might you be?”

“What just happened to me?  Where am I?”  Mack asked, looking around and then looked at Celeste strangely.

“I guess I am responsible for you being transported here,” Celeste replied as she stepped closer to Mack.  “How are you mixed up in this matter?”

“I don’t know,” Mack replied as he looked at Celeste strangely.  “Strange clothes you have lady.  Are you going to a costume party or something?”

“No,” Celeste replied as she shook her head.  “My ambition now is to figure out why you are here, amongst them.  Do you know these people?”

“Not personally,” Mack responded as he looked around again.  “I saw a tree grab the lady over there.  The darn thing was trying to eat her, like she was some kind of meal for it or something.”

“A tree tried to eat her,” Celeste spoke as she looked at Mack and then back to Necroloque.  “It seems that things on the mortal plane has come undone.”

“Yes, they have and if things don’t get back to normal soon, this plane of existence will cease to exist,” Necroloque stated as he stepped over to where Celeste and Mack were.  “We don’t have time for…”

“No sir, we have no time for games,” Celeste stated as she looked at Necroloque closely.  “Please, use his scepter and undo what you did to them.  Wake them up from where you put them.”

“It’s not that simple,” Necroloque stated with a frown on his face.  “They have to wake up from the dream on their own.”

“What!  We need their help now, this plague isn’t just going to go away,” Celeste stated as she pointed her finger in Necroloque’s face.  “There has to be a way for you to undo what you’ve done to them!”

“The only thing that can wake them up from their beautiful dream is them,” Necroloque spoke as Celeste shook her head.

To Be Continued…

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – Disturbing Behavior

Jun 1, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – The Jacksonville Landing

“So, why are we here at the mall again?”  Hank asked as he, A’Mora, Brett and Tyler walked around, window browsing at different stores.

“Dang man, we talked about this yesterday,” Tyler stated as he shook his head.

“Yeah, are you really that much of a scatter-brain or what?”  A’Mora asked, looking at Hank as if he were crazy.  “We’re here to find a birthday present for JT.”

“This is really a big waste of time you know,” Hank stated as he sighed and then stopped in front of a store, cupping his hands up to the glass, admiring a clothing item.  “That looks nice, I would love that for myself.”

“What are you looking at?”  Tyler asked, stepping up besides Hank.

“That,” Hank replied as body shimmered with light, a sign that he was using his morphing powers.

“Are you looking at the cool jacket over there, the black leather one?”  Tyler asked as he nudged Hank in the side.

“Yeah, I am,” Hank replied as he looked over at A’Mora and Brett.  “We could be doing something else with our time, instead of being here, looking for a birthday gift.”

“Is there something you would rather be doing than hanging out with us?”  A’Mora asked, glaring at Hank.

“There are tons of things I could be doing right now,” Hank sarcastically replied.  “And none of those things involve looking for birthday gifts for people that haven’t been around.”

“Man you need to lighten up a bit,” Tyler stated with a sigh.

“Why?  No one has heard from JT in months,” Hank stated as he sighed and then folded his arms across his chest.

“Because we haven’t heard from him, it doesn’t mean that he’s not our friends and that we forgot his birthday,” A’Mora stated as she rolled her eyes, following Hank’s line of sight, noticing that he was eyeing some guys across the way.  “When JT returns from wherever it is he is, I want him to see that things are still the same and nothing has changed.”

“Ha, things have changed A’Mora, but in a way you are right about that.  We can all hope for him to return and things be normal, but that’s just wishful thinking.  In reality, we all know that nothing has really changed.  This is JT we’re talking about.  He does the same thing all the time.  When he’s pissed off, he runs off to Limbo and no one sees or hears from him for a while, like now,” Hank explained as A’Mora shook her head.

“If memory serves, had you not said the things you did a few months ago, he wouldn’t have left the way he did,” A’Mora stated, pointing her finger in Hank’s direction as her hair changed a lighter shade of purple as he sighed and then glared at her.

“Hey, you two need to cut it out, you’re drawing unneeded attention,” Brett stated as others started to gather round them.

“Babe, I didn’t start this, but for you, I’ll let this drop,” A’Mora stated as she turned to face him.  “I wonder would JT like that jacket.  Brett, what do you think about the jacket?  Do you think he’d like it?”

“I don’t know,” Brett replied with a frown.  “I’m not in the know about what he likes and don’t like.  Why didn’t you just ask Drew to come with us?”

“I didn’t ask Drew, because he’s not feeling things right now,” A’Mora stated as she looked at Brett strangely.  “For a telepath and being the sibling of a twin, you sure are clueless about your brother’s emotions.”

“I’m not clueless about his emotions ‘Mora, I try not to meddle in his life, like others do,” Brett stated as A’Mora shook her head and then rolled her eyes.

“I don’t see it as meddling, if you’re trying to help him cope with what happened in the past,” A’Mora stated as Hank sighed and then rolled his eyes as he walked passed his friends.

“When you two are done squabbling about mundane things, I’ll be on the second level, in the arcade, having some fun,” Hank stated as he walked towards the escalators.

“Let’s just pick up something and go,” Brett stated as he sighed.  “I’m in no mood for being in this place.”

“Fine, we’ll get him the jacket, get it wrapped and then we’ll leave,” A’Mora stated as she walked into the store, went over to the display case and waved at the store sales person to get their attention.

The Second Level – The Food Court

Hank’s POV

What in the hell was A’Mora thinking, tricking us into going shopping for a birthday present for JT.  Hell, she could’ve just used her magic and zapped up a present for him.  There wasn’t really a need for this public outing of sorts.  I would’ve been fine, just lazing around the complex in my room.  Hell, he’s been gone for months, what makes her think he’s coming back for a damn present for his birthday?

Damn, he’s been gone for a few months and it’s like nothing’s really changed among any of us.  There’s just too much damn drama.  When he’s around, there’s drama around us.  Hell, he’s gone and there’s still drama.  How are we going to stop all the damn squabbling?  I used to think he was the cause of all of our problems, but now that he’s not here, what’s really the cause?  He’s not here for an argument to be started, so maybe something else is the fault.

“Hank, didn’t you hear me?”  Tyler asked, walking up behind Hank.

“Ah no—no I didn’t hear you Ty, what’s on your mind?”  Hank asked, looking at Tyler strangely.

“I asked did you want to get something to eat first,” Tyler stated as Hank shrugged his shoulders and then looked around.

“Okay, sure, why not,” Hank said as he looked over at one of the vendors.  “I could go for a burger and some fries, maybe some pepper steak and rice.”

“Both sounds nice,” Tyler stated as he walked towards the food court.  “I think I’ll get me a couple slices of pizza.”

“Pizza sounds good too,” Hank responded as screams could be heard nearby as people started running around them.  “Oh come on, I didn’t get to eat.”

“Eating can wait, it sounds like something is going on,” Tyler stated as he rushed towards the level railing.  “Something’s happening in the river.”

“What’s happening in the river?”  Hank asked.

“It looks like there’s a giant hole in the river and all the water’s being sucked into it,” Tyler replied as Hank joined him at the railing.

“Man, that looks like some freaky…” Hank started as A’Mora and Brett appeared in a burst of light next to them.

“We have to get over there, something of a magical nature is happening,” A’Mora stated as she pointed out at the water.

“Oh that’s just great,” Hank stated as he shook his head.  “Would you happen to know who could be behind that?  Is it Setterwynd?  Tallisman?  Halloween?  Is this really happening right now?”

“No, I don’t sense Setterwynd, Tallisman or Halloween around here,” A’Mora stated as she shook her head.  “This magic is somewhat ancient, but it’s also new.”

“Meaning what woman?”  Hank asked as A’Mora glared at him.

“It means that someone new to the craft is using old magic,” A’Mora stated as more screams could be heard as more people are observed running away from the riverbank.

“Do you have your communicator on you?”  Brett asked, looking over at Hank.

“No, I left it back at the complex,” Hank replied as he glared at Brett.  “What was the point of bringing it to the mall, we weren’t looking for something to happen.”

“But here it is, we need it to call in the others,” Brett stated as he shook his head.

“But yet, you’re a member of the team, just like I am, yet you don’t have your communicator either,” Hank stated as he shook his head.  “To solve this problem, A’Mora, just teleport me back to the complex, I’ll send out a distress signal to the others and then I’ll come back here.”

“Works for me,” A’Mora stated as she gestured with her hands as energy enveloped Hank and he was gone.  “Now the three of us need to go out there and see what we can discover.”

“That’s our biggest problem right there,” Brett stated.  “When we go being nosey, trying to discover something, we end up getting our noses cut off, di…”

“Honey hush up, this is no time to be arguing,” A’Mora stated as she touched Brett’s shirt as his clothing changed into his costume as her hair color changed and she was wearing her costume.  “Tyler, do you want me to change your clothes?”

“I’m fine with what I got on,” Tyler responded as he pulled some shades from his pocket and put them on.  “I’m ready to go.  Let’s go be nosey.”

A Few Miles Away – The Roof of a Nearby Hotel

(<PAMPH>)

“Where are we?”  Tara asked as she and JT emerged from the portal.

“Apparently, we’re in Jacksonville,” JT replied as the light faded away from their bodies.  “I’m sensing strange magical harmonics around here.  I’m guessing Celestus is nearby and he’s responsible for what I’m sensing.”

“What about the kid?”  Tara asked as she looked around.

“I can’t sense Ryan around here at all,” JT stated as he sighed and then spun around in a circle as his costume changed into his regular costume.  “But we do have some old friends near.”

“We have some old friends near?  Who?”  Tara asked.

“A’Mora, Brett and Tyler are near Celestus,” JT stated as he gestured with his hand as a portal opened.  “Come on, let’s go get them out of harm’s way.”

“Naw, I think I’ll fly on my own,” Tara stated as she cut her eyes at JT.  “I’ve seen way too many demons, traveling with you is almost a heart attack in the making.”

“Those things can’t hurt you and you know that,” JT stated as he sighed again.

“They may not be able to hurt me, but just the sight of some of them is a bit too much to deal with,” Tara stated as she jumped into the air, taking flight as JT sighed and gestured with his hand again as the portal disappeared as he jumped into the air, taking flight also.

“The sooner we get to Celestus and stop what he’s planning, the sooner we can figure out what’s going on with the Ryan kid and what he has up his sleeve,” JT stated as he and Tara streaked through the sky, flying towards the river.

“Look, it’s Wonder Woman!”  Someone screamed as Tara sighed as she landed on the deck of a yacht that was anchored in the river.

“I’ll be glad when people call me Amazon, I am not Wonder Woman,” Tara stated as she sighed.  “It really hits a damn nerve when I get compared to some white chick on TV, that I don’t even look like.”

“I know Tara, but you have to remember, when I gave you the powers you have, I envisioned you as Wonder Woman and others see you that way as well,” JT stated as Tara shook her head.

“Don’t get me wrong bro, but I love saving lives and kicking ass, but I don’t like being idolized as some comic book, cartoon character you idolized as a kid when you were growing up,” Tara stated as she looked out at the water.

“You idolized her too, so come off it girl,” JT stated as he floated above the yacht, paying attention to the hole in the middle of the river that the water was flowing into.  “There seems to be a portal on the river’s floor that’s sucking the water into it.”

“Where is all that water going?”  Tara asked.

“I don’t know,” JT replied as there was a flash of light near him as A’Mora appeared on a floating disc with Brett next to her.

“Hi stranger, long time no see,” A’Mora stated as she smiled at JT.  “Do you happen to know what’s going on here?”

“Not everything,” JT responded as Tyler flew up to where he and the others were.

“Hey buddy, long time no see,” Tyler spoke, waving at JT.

“Hi,” JT replied as Brett cleared his throat.

“What’s going on here?  ‘Mora said she sensed a magical presence here.  Now that you’re here, are you the presence she sensed?”  Brett asked.

“Probably not,” JT replied as he sighed and then shook his head.  “Look, I’m here to find out what’s going on and when I do that, I’ll be out of you guys’ hair.”

“There’s no need for that kind of talk,” Tyler stated with a frown.  “We all just need to sit…”

“No time for that,” JT stated as he flew higher into the sky, putting distance between himself and the others.

“That went great,” Tyler stated as he shook his head.

“Well considering how things ended when we last saw him, I don’t think he’s come to terms with all that’s happened,” A’Mora stated as she looked down, noticing Tara on the deck of the yacht.  “Wonder Woman, what are you doing down there?”

“The name’s Amazon and I was just admiring the scenery,” Tara replied as she flew up to the others.  “My name is Amazon, remember it.”

“But we’re so used to calling you Wonder Woman,” Tyler stated as Tara glared at him.

“Why do you want to call me that?  Do I resemble a white woman on TV that fights crime?”  Tara asked, watching Tyler as he held up his hands and floated backwards.  “I didn’t think so.  Amazon is my name, don’t’ forget it.”

“Yes ma’am,” Tyler stated as A’Mora shook her head.

“You do know that everyone sees you as the character on TV, right?”  A’Mora asked as Tara looked at her strangely.

“What do you mean?”  Tara asked.

“When you are Amazon, people don’t see you for you, they see the image of Wonder Woman.  They don’t see you as the strong black woman you are, they see you as the white woman that used to be on TV,” A’Mora explained as Tara cocked her head to the side and then punched her hand into her fist.

“That’s what he meant when he told me that no one would ever see my true identity,” Tara stated as she sighed.  “When this is over, I’ll have to have him remove that from me.”

“Good luck with that,” A’Mora stated as there was a loud booming sound as they all covered their ears as JT and a tall creature came into view.

“You must stop!”  JT screamed as he floated in the air, projecting beams of magical energy at the creature.  “What you’re speaking will destroy this world!”

“What’s going on?”  Tyler asked as there was another loud booming noise as they had to cover their ears again.  “What in the hell is going on?  What’s that damn noise?”

“Stop damn it!  You’re using magic that shouldn’t be used on this plane of existence!”  JT screamed as he continued projecting beams of magical energy at the creature as there was yet another loud booming noise.

“What’s going on?” Brett asked as he looked at A’Mora.

“That creature is speaking in an ancient tongue, one that could destroy us all,” A’Mora replied as she kissed Brett’s lips and then gestured at him as he disappeared.  “Now that I’ve sent him away, I don’t want him to see what I can really do with my powers.”

“Stop it now!”  JT screamed as he flew higher into the sky as he looked around and then stopped.  “I’m not going to let you continue what you’re doing monster!”

“How can I help you with this?”  Tyler asked as he flew up towards JT quickly.

“You can’t help here Stryker,” JT replied as he created a ball of magical energy and then threw the energy ball at the creature.  “You need to leave, get as far away from here as you can.”

“You’re here, fighting this thing buddy, I am not leaving,” Tyler stated as JT shook his head.

“There’s nothing you can really do here, you have no magical powers,” JT stated as he created another ball of magical energy and then threw it at the creature as there was another loud booming noise.

“Whatever that thing is, I’m not going to let you face it alone,” Tyler stated as he grabbed JT’s hand, stopping him from moving away.  “I’m here to help you buddy, I am your friend.”

“Friend or not, you have nothing to help in this matter,” JT stated in a harsh tone as Tyler frowned.  “Again, you need to leave here quickly.”

“I am not going to leave,” Tyler stated as JT shook his head and then gestured in his direction as some strange energy wrapped around Tyler and then he vanished.

On Land – The Jacksonville Landing

“Hey Sarah, when did the Landing get another level to it?”  A young man asked his friend as they stood on the sidewalk in front of the mall.

“It hasn’t gotten another level to it, why do you ask?”  The young woman asked as the young man pointed at the building, noticing that it was growing in size.  “Oh my God, what in the hell is going on with that?”

“I don’t know, but I don’t think that’s supposed to be happening.  I think we should be going now,” the young man stated, grabbing the young woman’s hand as he drug her towards the parking lot across the street as Hank landed in front of the mall.

“Onyx here in front of the Landing and things don’t look right,” Hank stated, pressing a button on his communicator.  “I sent out a distress signal to the others, but so far, I don’t think the signal is getting through to anybody else.”

= The signal is getting through, there seems to be a barrier around Jacksonville, keeping others out. =

“A’Mora, do you think that’s JT’s doing?”  Hank asked as he shook his head.

= It could be his doing, but no one has established that just yet. =

“How are we going to stop this thing without help?”  Hank asked as there was a strange phenomenon near him as Amy Ramsey appeared next to him.  “Amy, what are you doing here?”

“I don’t know what’s going on.  One minute I was at home, minding my own business and the next, I’m here, seeing you,” Amy replied with a frown as she looked around.  “What’s happening that brought me away from my calm and peaceful existence?”

“Something of a magical nature,” Hank answered as Amy looked at him and then shook her head.

“So I guess me being here right now is JT’s doing.  I guess I’m here to be Phantasma,” Amy stated as her hand sparkled with energy as her clothing changed and she’s wearing her costume.

“Look out, that damn thing is alive!”  Someone screamed behind Amy and Hank.  “It’s trying to get us!”

“What the hell is that?”  Hank asked as he turned around to see what looked like a power pole grabbing people of the street.  “Amy, are you seeing the same thing I’m seeing?”

“Yeah, I see it,” Amy replied as she sighed and then leapt into the air, taking flight as she headed towards the people that were in the grasp of the power pole.  “So apparently, what I can gather, inanimate objects are coming to life because of all the ambient magical energy around in the air.”

“Yeah, whatever you say,” Hank said as he grabbed the pole, trying to hold it in place while Amy got the people from its grasp.  “You might want to work a bit quicker.”

“Is there something wrong Onyx?”  Amy asked.

“I don’t know, but something seems to be zapping my strength.  I feel like I haven’t had sleep in days,” Hank replied as his visage changed, revealing his normal, everyday appearance.  “Damn it, I’ve changed back to myself.”

“Are you able to change again?”  Amy asked, looking at Hank strangely.

“I don’t know, I feel so weak,” Hank responded as he fell to the ground, passing out.

“That’s not good,” Amy said as she waved her hand at the pole, using her powers to slash through different sections of the pole as the people held in the pole’s grasp fell to the ground.  “Run all of you, get away from here!”

= Phasing Girl, what’s your twenty? =

“I’m down by the bus depot, I’m trying to save people that are being dragged off by inanimate objects,” Amy spoke as she pressed a button on the communicator on her belt.  “Onyx is down, I’m going to need some help out here, quickly!”

= I’m on my way, keep your eyes open for me. =

“Okay, Brett, I’ll be looking for you,” Amy said as she looked around as she stood there as a tree grew arms and then grabbed her, trying to hold her in place.  “What the hell!  Get the fuck off of me, you fucking tree!  This can’t be happening!”

To Be Continued…

The Awakening – Chapter 16

Chapter 16 —End Game 

Washington, D.C. – The Pentagon – The Restricted Prison Cell Area

JT’s POV

Damn it, my head feels like someone used it to play a damn drum solo out on.  Did I get my ass beat or what?  What in the hell is going on?  Where in the hell am I?  The last thing I remember, I was on a date with Brian and now… Well, now I don’t know what’s going on and I can’t seem to get a fix on where I am.  Why can’t I get a psychic lock on my surroundings?  Are my powers working or is there something hindering me from using them?

“Uhhhh,” I groaned, opening my eyes but I didn’t see anything around me.

Am I in the dark?  I must be in the damn dark.  I can’t see anything, so I must be in the dark, duh.  But, being in the dark doesn’t explain why I’m not able to sense anything around me or where I am.  What in the hell is going on?  Where in the hell am I?

“Is there someone there?”  I heard a woman’s voice, but I didn’t know where the voice came from.

“Who are you?”  I asked, not able to get a psychic fix on the person the voice belonged to.

“I asked you first,” the woman spoke as I tried again to get a psychic fix on where the voice came from, but it seemed nothing worked in the mental power department for me.

“My name is Malevolent, what’s yours?”  I asked.

“What kind of name is Malevolent?”  The woman asked.

“It’s my name and it’s the only one you’re going to get out of me,” I replied, not knowing what to really expect, since I had no clue as to where I was, who this person was and who else was around.  I’m going to be using my codename until I get more information here.

“Fine, my name is Elaina,” the woman replied as there was a clicking sound and then there was light.  Finally, I’m able to see where I am and I’m not happy.  I’m in a big open space, a damn prison cell.  “You!”

“Me what,” I said, moving back quickly as there was a buzzing sound as she got up from where she sat and then moved into a fighting stance as her eyes glowed.  “Look, I don’t know who you are, but I’m not trying to get into a…”

“You don’t want to get into a fight… It’s way too late for that,” she said, waving her hand in my direction as I felt something lift me up off the floor and then I was thrown across the room, slamming into the wall.

“Owwww!”  I screamed, sliding down the wall.  “Look lady, I don’t know you.  I’m not going to allow you to do that again!”

“You have no choice in the matter!”  She screamed, raising her hand again as I shook my head, holding my hand out, trying to use my powers to block what she was doing.  It seems she’s psychic like me.  I wonder how psychic she really is.

Getting up from the floor quickly, I moved around, doing my best to avoid what she was throwing at me.  She’s trying to ram me with telekinetic energy.  I can feel the waves of energy from her, trying to push me backwards.  I have to stop this quickly, before it goes any further.  There’s no reason for the two of us to be fighting like this.  I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me.  Why did she come after me like that?

“Come on lady, I don’t know you.  I don’t want to fight with you here!”  I snapped as she took flight, floating over to where I stood as she attempted to punch me as I ducked and then pushed her backwards as she fell to the floor.  “Stop this!”

“No, I can’t!”  She snapped, getting up off the floor as she flew towards me as her hand sparkled with psychic energy as a mace materialized in her hand.

“Oh here we go!”  I snapped, using my powers to create my psychic sword, preparing to do battle with this unknown woman as she lunged at me with the mace, trying to pummel me in the head with it as I blocked her and then swung at her with my sword, knocking her down to the floor.  “Look, I don’t want to do this!  You might want to stop!  I am way more experienced at this than you are!”

“Don’t be so sure of that,” I heard someone else say as I looked around, trying to find out where the other voice came from.

“I’m not going to be easily defeated here,” I said as the woman got up off the floor quickly and then created a second mace in the other hand as she aimed both of them at me as I shook my head and then lashed out with my telekinesis, knocking her backwards to the floor.  “I take it that you are psychic and all and can pretty much do the same things as I, but I am far from just being psychic.  I am not going to let you hurt me damn it!”

“You don’t have a choice in the matter Malevolent.  She’s been mentally enhanced to your level, so she can defeat you,” the other voice spoke as I shook my head.

“I’m still not going to let her hurt me,” I said, keeping my eyes on her as I tried to detect anything else that could possibly happen around me as she tried to lunge for me again as I ducked out of the way as she fell to the floor.

“Are you going to use your magic on me Malevolent?”  The woman asked, getting up off the floor again and then lunging towards me again as I knocked her backwards again.  “Was that the use of your magic against me?”

“No, but it seems you’re looking for something,” I replied, waving my hand at her, holding her in place as I tried to think about what happened before I ended up in this place.

What in the hell did happen before I got to this damn prison cell?  How did I end up in this prison cell?  The last thing I remember happening, I—I was fighting… That’s it, I was fighting with someone, but who?  That’s it, I was fighting with Darren.  Damn it!  I can’t believe that fool was trying to take up for Ranger!

What in the hell is wrong with him?  I showed him all the things that Ranger did.  Why does he believe that Ranger is a good person and doesn’t mean us any harm?  I used my telepathy to show him all the things that Ranger had been doing to our kind of people, but it seems something else happened.  Damn it, Ranger must’ve done something.  What did that fucker do and how did I end up here with this damn woman, trying to kill me all of a sudden?  Then again, why is she asking me about my powers, mainly my magic?  Is there something else at play here?  Why do I get the feeling that there’s a bigger agenda going on?

Another Prison Cell Area

Tara’s POV

“No damn it, I would like to know what in the hell you were thinking!”  I snapped, looking over at Darren like he was crazy.  “What’s the deal with you and Malevolent?  Did you actually think you could win against him in a fight with magic?  He’s all powerful in…”

“I was thinking that I couldn’t allow him to use his magic to kill someone,” he replied, looking up at me.  “If he would’ve used his powers to kill that man, he would’ve thrown this world’s spiritual balance out of whack, dooming us all.”

“How do you know that?”  I asked, looking over at him.  “What’s really going on with you two?  A long while ago, he told me that there was more than meets the eye with you.  What did he mean by that Conjurer?  What is it that you’re hiding from me?”

“I’m not hiding anything from you baby,” he replied as I shook my head.  “I don’t know what he’s talking about.  He’s your friend, only you can decipher his cryptic messages.”

“Don’t be funny with me Conjurer,” I said as he looked down.  “I have a feeling you know what he means and you’re holding back something.  So, what is it?  Is there something about your powers that I don’t know?”

“Come on babe, you know everything there is to know about me and my powers,” he replied as I looked over at him strangely.

“I know everything,” I said as he nodded his head with a grim look on his face.  “I don’t’ really believe that Conjurer.  So, why don’t you enlighten me a bit.”

“Enlighten you in what way Darling?”  He asked as I shook my head again.

“You know what, I know you’re hiding something from me, but that’s okay.  I’m not going to worry about it right now, being that we’re trapped someplace with the enemy and we can’t seem to get out,” I said, hoping that would spark something in him to get him to use his magic to get us out of wherever it was we’re being held.  “We shouldn’t be trapped here like rats; we should be out of here, saving the others.”

“The others can save themselves, especially Malevolent,” he said as I shook my head, pissed off with his revelation.

“I’ve had enough of this!”  I snapped as I felt something deep within me open up as I slammed my fist into the wall, knocking a hole through to the other side, revealing a room where Zee, Walden and Caleb were being held.

“Darling!”  He exclaimed as I glared at him and then looked around quickly as I stepped through the hole, going to check out what was going on with the others.

“Alpha, Champion, Cat, are you guys all right?”  I asked, running over to where Walden lay on the floor.  “Alpha, can you hear me?”

“Yeah, I can hear you,” Walden replied as he opened his eyes and then looked up at me.  “What’s going on?  Where are we?  Am I on the floor?”

“Yeah, you’re on the floor, but I have no idea where we are or what’s going on,” I answered him as I looked around to see that Darren was helping Zee as I helped Walden stand.  “Have you seen Chase?”

“I haven’t seen the Speedy Gonzales wannabe since—since, I don’t remember when I last saw him,” Walden stated with a frown.  “What day is it?”

“That’s something I don’t know,” I replied as Zee and Caleb walked over to where we were.

“So, no one knows where we are, right?”  Zee spoke as I nodded my head at her.  “Something’s not right here.  I—I can’t change into the cat.”

“I don’t think any of our special powers are working,” I spoke as Walden looked at the wall and then back at me.

“If none of our powers are working, how did that big ass hole get there?”  Walden asked as Zee and Caleb looked at me strangely.

“I don’t think what’s going on here is effected by magic.  My powers come from magic,” I stated as Zee and Caleb raised an eye at me.

“You’re not like us?”  Zee asked as I shook my head.  “Well, isn’t that special.”

“Right now, it is,” I said as I looked around at Darren.  “We need to get out of here and find Malevolent and Chase.”

“We need to find the Asian guy also,” Caleb stated as I looked at him, wondering who he was referring to.

“What Asian guy?”  I asked.

“The one that tried to help me out.  He was fighting with General Ranger’s men when they were trying to get me, but he got knocked down.  That was the last thing I remember,” Caleb stated as he looked down.  “I—I think I know him…”

“Well, I guess that’s another person to add to the search list,” I said as I walked towards the opposite wall and then punched it, knocking a hole through it, so we could leave the room.

Zee’s POV

What in the world is going on around here?  Why am I not able to transform into the cat right now?  Is there something wrong with me?  Everything that JT taught me how to do, it’s not working right now.  What’s wrong with my powers?

Where in the hell are we?  Are we somewhere with the government?  I don’t know where in the hell I am and I’m scared as hell right now.  I can’t take this.  I need to get out into the open and be free.  I need to be free to be me!  I feel like I’m closed in, but I don’t know if that’s the case or not.

All I know right now, I’m someplace, scared and it seems the people I call my friends have some issues of their own.  The way Tara and Darren are looking at each other right now, I can tell there’s something going on between them, I just don’t know what that something is.  Walden is a bit quiet, but then again, he always seems quiet where I’m concerned and when I’m around.  I wonder what that means.  Caleb on the other hand, he’s very vocal, but what he’s spouting off right now isn’t worth listening to.

All of this is just not working out for me.  Not knowing where I am right now is scaring the hell out of me!  Then again, that’s not really scaring me, not being able to transform into the cat is scaring the hell out of me!  I can’t do this.  I need to be able to transform into a stronger, more confident version of…

“Cat, are you okay?”  I heard Caleb say as I felt something tapping my shoulder.

“Not really, but we need to find the others,” I replied, looking around just as Tara stepped in front of me and then punched the wall a few times, creating an opening for us to walk through as we stepped  into what looked like some kind of barbaric arena where we found JT and some woman, the two of them duking it out like there was no tomorrow.

“What in the hell is this?”  Tara asked as she jumped into the air, taking flight.

“No, stop that woman!”  Someone yelled as some military men rushed into the area, surrounding us and then firing their rifles into the air.  “Stop all of them fools, don’t let them escape!”

“No!  Get away from me!”  I screamed as one of the men grabbed me, trying to hold me tight as I struggled to get away from him.  “Don’t touch me!”

“Saturn!  Anima et Mens concursorum gravium![1]”  I heard JT yell as a sphere of energy appeared above his head as he reached up with his hand, grabbed the energy and then threw it at the man that I struggled with as the guy screamed out.  “Cat, are you okay?”

“I—I’m getting there,” I replied as he smiled weakly as I kicked the guy and then moved away from him.  “What’s going on here Malevolent?”

“I would like to know that myself.  What’s going on here Mal, are you okay?”  Tara asked, floating down to where he stood as there was a blinding flash of light as I had to shield my eyes.

(<SPLINGKKKT>)

“Well, there you are,” I heard someone say as I moved my arm to see a black woman standing in front of JT and Tara as he moved quickly to avoid the other woman that was trying to hurt him.

“Miz Melody?”  JT spoke, looking at the woman closely and then moved around again as he grabbed her by the arm, pulling her with him as Tara moved out the way also.  “What are you doing here?  How did you get here?”

“No baby, what are you doing here?”  The woman asked as JT raised his hand, using his powers to deflect the other woman’s attack.  “What’s going on here?”

“What’s going on here, that woman is trying to kill me because a mad man named General Ranger told her to!”  JT snapped, moving again as he raised his arm, using his powers to deflect what the woman was doing as she slid across the floor.  “Her name is Elaina Burns, she some kind of psychic that Ranger and his people have genetically tampered with and brainwashed.  She’s exhibiting different types of powers, but I don’t know what her true power is.”

“Hey, why are your powers working, but the rest of ours aren’t?”  I asked as he looked at me strangely and then ducked quickly to avoid being hit.  “I can’t change into the cat right now!”

“My best guess is that they have a power dampening field around you, that’s stopping you from changing,” he replied as he shook his head and then stood in one spot as he held up his hand.  “Enough!”

“Uh oh,” I heard Darren say as JT’s body glowed brightly, crackling with energy.

“I’ve had enough of this madness!”  JT snapped, gesturing with his hand at the woman as she floated in place, struggling against an invisible barrier.  “It’s time that I put an end to you and everything wrong here.”

“What are you going to do baby?”  The black woman asked as she moved closer to JT.  “You seem to be displaying a whole lot of power right now.  Don’t you do something that will cause a bigger problem.”

“That’s the problem Miz Melody,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “Me, not using my powers fully is why that mad man is in control of things now!”

“Baby, don’t do something that’s going to make things worse,” the woman spoke as there was a blur next to JT and then Brian appeared.  I wonder where he’s been all this time.

“I’m going to do what I should’ve done a long time ago,” JT stated as the woman grabbed his hand as his eyes glowed brightly, projecting beams of energy through the area as everything got too bright to see.

“Malevolent, what are you doing?  What’s going on, I can’t see!”  I heard Brian yell as I heard others screaming around me.

I can’t see anything and I would like to know what’s going on to make people scream like that.  Attempting to open my eyes again, the light was still too bright and I wasn’t able to see anything.  What is JT doing?  What did he mean by he was going to do what he should’ve done a long time ago.  What should he have done?

“Malevolent, please stop!”  I heard Brian’s voice again, but still didn’t know what was going on.

“Baby, you might want to do what he says.  I’m not liking what I’m feeling right now,” I heard that strange looking woman say.  “You need to stop what you are doing and just come back with me.”

“I’m not going to stop and I’m not going back with you!”  I heard JT snap as someone else screamed.  “Those people are trying to take advantage of our kind and I’m not going to allow them to do that.  If it was all up to Ranger, he would want nothing more than for us to be his damn slaves! I am not going to be his slave!”

“Well if you’re not going back with me and you’re not going to stop, how can I get you to see the big picture here?”  The strange looking woman asked.  “You must stop what you’re doing or you’re going to destroy this world!”

“I am not going to destroy the world, it’s going to be cleansed—cleansed of this damn evil that monster created!”  JT screamed as I felt something deep within me tingle.  “That monster has plagued this world for far too long!”

“You stopping this monster will only open the door for more monsters baby,” I heard Brian’s voice next.  “There’s got to be another way.  Please stop what you’re doing, there has to be another way.”

“There isn’t another way!”  JT snapped as the ground started to rumble.  “Ranger and his followers will only continue doing what they are doing.  They don’t care about people like us!”

“But you killing him, will make you just like him,” Brian said as JT sighed and then there was another scream.  “Don’t be like him baby.  I don’t want to be married to a killer.  If you love me and want to marry me, you’ll find a different way to stop him.”

“Fine,” JT spoke as I heard what sounded like things falling to the ground.

“Thank God, I can see again,” I heard Tara’s voice as I moved my arm and then opened my eyes to see that the light generated by JT was gone.

“Stupid fool!  You should’ve killed me when you had the chance,” General Ranger spoke as he got up from the ground and started walking towards all of us as he laughed.  “You fucked up freak!”

“Guy, your life was spared, you should be thanking the stars that you are alive,” I said as the guy kept walking towards us, like he didn’t care.

“Condemning me to death would’ve only ignited a war between the humans and your kind.  Had that freak killed me, it would’ve only destroyed your kind in the end,” General Ranger spoke as Tara shook her head.

“Big talk for a small man,” Tara spoke as General Ranger turned and looked at her.

“As I was saying, you should’ve killed me, but now that you haven’t, a war will be waged and I’ll be victorious freak!”  General Ranger exclaimed as he raised both of his hands, laughing maniacally.

“Stand down General,” someone else spoke as I looked around, trying to see who it was as I noticed a man walking from the shadows.  “I’ve witnessed too much here and what I’ve been witness to, needs to change.”

“Who are you?”  JT asked as he stepped back a bit, taking on a defensive stance as his hands sparkled with energy.

“You needn’t worry about who I am,” the man spoke as he got up close to General Ranger and then punched him in the face, knocking him out as his body fell to the ground.  “What you need to worry about is getting out of here now, all of you.”

“You—you’re just going to let us go?”  I asked, looking at the man like he was crazy.

“This is a restricted military operations base, none of you should be here right now.  I’m going to disavow all knowledge of you all being here,” the man said as JT shook his head.

“Why are you going to do that?”  JT asked, looking at the man strangely as I moved closer to him, seeing that his eyes were glowing an eerie purple color.

“You’re not supposed to be here, any of you,” the man replied as he looked down and then stepped over General Ranger’s body.  “The longer you all remain here, the shorter that directive will go.  What I’m saying is, the quicker you get out of here, the less time it would take for someone here to take action to arrest you for breaking laws against the government.”

“We didn’t break any laws against the government, that fool…” JT spoke as the man shook his head.

“From what I saw, you young man did break the law.  A few days ago, you flew upon these grounds, using unknown, destructive means to destroy government property,” the man stated as he looked over at JT.  “That action alone would get one arrested, but seeing that in some strange sense, you were defending yourself against the moron’s past actions against you.  For now, I’ll look past that, but you all must leave here now.”

“Malevolent, I think we need to just call this a win and leave,” Tara stated as she grabbed JT’s hand.

“Come on baby, let’s just end this and leave,” Brian said as he grabbed JT’s other hand.

“He’s not stopped,” JT spoke, looking over at General Ranger’s body that lay on the ground.  “He’s an evil man that needs to be completely stopped.  He’s only going to resume what he was doing.”

“He’s not going to resume anything here,” the man stated as he dropped the cigar he smoked on the ground and then put it out with his foot.  “I can assure you—all of you, that you don’t have to worry about General Ranger.”

“Sounds very good to me,” the strange looking woman said as she looked over at JT.

“Come on, he’s stopped for now, let’s just take this for a win,” Tara spoke, tugging on JT’s hand as he sighed.

“Fine, you deal with that monster.  If he rears his ugly head again, I’ll take him down, that’s a promise,” JT stated as he looked at Tara and then at Brian as his eyes started to shimmer with energy as everything around him got bright.

An Ending…

[1] Translated from Latin = Saturn!  Mind and Soul Shock!

Operation Magic – Chapter 3

 

Chapter 3 — Silence of the Heart

A Week Later – Arlington, VA – The Home of John and Roland Donovan – The Backyard

John’s POV

“Did you think it was such a good idea, having a barbecue bro?”  Ramona asked, walking over to where I stood.  “I just told you last week that I saw you guys’ death and here you are, having a barbecue, with everyone in attendance from both your jobs.”

“We’re having this get together for a reason sis,” I said, smiling at her.  “This way, I can read everyone’s soul and see if there’s anything we have to worry about from the people we work with.”

“Clever bro, but I thought you told me once before that you couldn’t read everyone at your job,” Ramona stated, looking around as I frowned.

“That’s where you come in,” I replied, looking at her closely.  “Whatever I can’t see, you possibly can.”

“So, you want me to force visions out of people?”  She asked as I nodded my head.

Hell, if I can’t read their souls, to determine if they’re the cause of our untimely deaths, I would rather she see a vision of what they may possibly do to us in the long run.  Just the thought of us dying, leaving the boys to be raised by strangers has put a bad feeling in my spirit.  Having that bad feeling in my spirit isn’t a good thing right now.  I love those little boys with all of my heart and I’m not about to allow them to go through the same hell that me and Ramona went through as kids.  Had it not been for our gifts and our friends, I don’t know if either one of us would’ve made it this far in life.

“Hey baby, how are things on the grill looking?”  Roland asked as he walked over to where I stood, bringing over a tray of hamburger patties.

“Things are looking great and they smell good too,” I replied, turning a piece of chicken over as he handed me the tray so I could place the burgers on the grill.  “Where are the hot dogs?”

“I’ll bring those out on the next tray,” Roland replied with a smile as he fanned his hand in front of his face, breathing in the aroma of the meat cooking.  “I can’t wait to dig into a piece of that.”

“Hmmm, I say that about you sometimes baby,” I said, smiling as his face went red.  “I love it when you blush like that.”

“Baby, one of the boys could’ve heard you,” he said as I looked around, not seeing any kids near us.

“Oh cut it out, the boys aren’t even in earshot of us, they are off somewhere, playing with the other kids around here,” I said, patting his ass quickly as he looked around, the blush on his face darkening.

“You know I love it, when your face changes shades like that,” I said, turning another piece of the chicken on the grill as I picked up my water bottle and spritzed a few of the chicken pieces and then grabbed the bowl with the sauce.

“Wait baby, I want a piece without the sauce on it,” he spoke quickly as I noticed Gavin James, one of my co-workers, walking towards us as I spotted Ramona, hopping up from her seat quickly.

Okay, what’s going on here?  Is there something I should be concerned with?  Why did Ramona just jump up that way and why does she have that mean look on her face?  Is Gavin a person of interest I should be worried about?  What’s going on?  I’m not hearing her thoughts right now, so what has her on edge like that?

“Ramona,” I spoke as she looked at me and then looked around quickly.  “Ramona, is there something wrong?”

“Bro, something’s not right,” she replied as she looked at me and then turned and looked at Gavin.

“Something’s not right with who?  Is it Gavin?”  I whispered as she looked back at him and then back to me.

“Bro, I think you need to keep your eyes and ears open around him,” she said as she moved backwards as he got closer.  “If I have to, I’ll knock his ass out, before he gets to us.”

“I don’t think that’s necessary,” I replied, wondering what it was that she saw in a vision that has her acting this way right now.  “Roland, why don’t you go check on the boys, I’ll speak with Gavin and if there’s a problem, I’ll mind-call you.”

“Okay baby,” Roland replied, leaning in and brushing his lips across my cheek as he walked in the opposite direction.

“Bro, are you sure about this?”  Ramona asked, looking around again.  “You know I can solve this problem real quick.”

“I’m sure I don’t want you to create an incident that’s going to create a bigger problem,” I said as Gavin stood in front of me.  “Well hi there Gavin, are you having a great time?”

“One of the best,” he replied, looking around nervously as if he was waiting for something to happen.  “Ah John, I—I need to talk with you… I need to talk with you privately for a moment.”

“You need to talk privately about what?”  I asked, looking around, trying to keep my eyes on where Ramona stood and where Roland and the boys were.

“Can we go someplace else?”  He asked as he moved around the grill to get closer to me.

“Ah, I guess,” I replied, putting the fork and spray bottle down as I led him to an empty part of the yard.  “What’s on your mind Gavin?”

“Oscar Saunders,” he replied as he looked at me strangely as I wondered why he brought that fuck-up’s name up.

“What about him?”  I asked.

“John, we’ve known each other for a long time in different circles, but there’s a problem and you need to know what that problem is,” he said as I wondered where he was going with this.

“What about Oscar Saunders?”  I asked.

“You know him, don’t you?”  He said, getting closer to me, his eyes never leaving mine.

“Yeah, I know the fuck-up, why?”  I asked.

“Currently, he’s in danger.  There’s a bounty on his head,” Gavin stated as I wondered what that information had to do with the two of us, talking about him of all people.

“So what, he’s in danger and…” I said, waiting for him to say more about why I was here with him, talking about this.

“You worked with him in the past, right?”  He said as I crossed my arms across my chest, waiting for him to go into more detail about this.

“Gavin, why don’t you get to the part of what this has to do with me.  One, I can care less that Oscar is in danger, that’s something he’s good at doing.  Two, Oscar is…”

“Weren’t you two in a relationship together at one point?”  Gavin asked.

Why in the hell is he asking me something like this?  How could he have possibly known about the short-lived relationship I had with that fucker?  Why is he telling me about there being a hit out on Oscar of all people?

“Gavin stop, what does any of this have to do with things as they are right now?”  I asked.

“The bounty on Oscar’s head is very specific,” he replied as I shook my head.

“Specific how?”  I asked, looking at him closely as I tried to pry into his mind, but something was blocking me from getting the information I wanted to see.

“The contract I heard about, wants him and his family gone,” Gavin stated as he looked at me with a sad expression on his face.

“Okay Gavin, what does that have to do with me?  I’m not part of Oscar’s family,” I stated as he looked down again.

“Apparently, you’ve been out of the ‘know’ for far too long,” he said as he sighed.  “The person, whoever that may be, listed you as one of the people connected to Oscar and you are to disappear too.”

“What!”  I snapped as other people around in various places in the yard, turned and looked at the two of us as he waved his hand, trying to quiet me down.  “Are you fucking serious?  I’m not related to Oscar, I have no connection to that fucking bastard!  How did you find out about this?”

“One of my contacts saw you at the office last week and showed me the information about the bounty,” he answered, looking around quickly as I thought about who his contact could’ve been.  “The person that put the hit out on Oscar, he wants everyone connected to him, gone.”

“Oh God, that could be the cause of everything,” I said, waving my hand at him, using my gifts to freeze him and everything around me in place.

Oh God, how could this be happening?  My life… my family’s lives are in danger because of some damn fool I fucked around with for a weekend!  That damn fool broke my heart and almost caused me to do the unthinkable and now this!  How could this be happening to us?  Why would someone think that I’m connected to Oscar Saunders of all damn people?  I haven’t seen that fucker since that damn night he walked out on me.

Hell, if someone would look at things logically, I should be the one putting a hit out on his damn life.  That fucker tricked and used me!  He left me in a damn hotel in the middle of Peru!  A place where where wars were breaking out all around!  At the time, he was a double agent and I didn’t know he was working for the other side.  I had no idea that he had taken a pay off to get secrets against me and my team.  Had I not used my gifts, we all would’ve perished over in Peru.  Because of me, I let my heart, emotions and lust cause me to let my guard down.  I won’t make that mistake again.

‘Baby, is there something wrong?  Did you happen to freeze time or something?’  I heard Roland’s voice in my mind.

‘I just heard some bad news that I’m not happy with,’  I mentally spoke to Roland, extending my thoughts to him and to Ramona.  ‘I was just informed that there’s a hit out on someone else and that someone else extends to me… possibly to us.’

‘Bro, what are you going to do about this?’  I heard Ramona’s thoughts.

‘I need you yo come over here and see if you can pull a vision from him.  I want to see what his future holds,’ I mentally spoke to her as I waved my hand in Gavin’s direction, using my gift to pull him away from our world into another one, but something wouldn’t allow us to leave.

“Apparently, I am not able to pull him into the other dimension,” I spoke out as Ramona made her way over to where we stood as she grabbed his head as her eyes shimmered an eerie gold color.

“He’s not the cause of what happens Bro, but he has a secret that involves all of us,” Ramona stated as she touched my hand, allowing me to share in the vision she saw.

What in the hell is this?  He’s not the cause of what’s going on, but he’s a big part of things.  He’s not who he claims to be.  He’s not mortal, he’s like us… he’s one of us.

‘What are you talking about babe?’  I heard Roland’s voice.  ‘If he’s like us, then why didn’t you detect that sooner?’

‘If he’s like us, he could be using his gift to hide that.  Maybe someone put a spell on him to keep him from being detected,’ I mentally stated as I looked around, wondering how this guy was able to get close to me all those years ago and I never knew he was like us.

“Bro, something’s happening, he’s unfreezing,” Ramona spoke as she took on a defensive stance as Gavin looked around.

“Trying to pull me into another world isn’t a good thing to do when you have a yard full of guests,” Gavin spoke as he frowned at me.

“What are you talking about Gavin?”  I asked, looking at him closely as I waited for him to tell me more.

“John, I know you aren’t mortal,” Gavin stated as I looked over at Ramona and then back at him.  “I know about you, your sister Ramona and your husband Roland.”

“What is it that you supposedly know?”  I asked as he frowned and then stepped backwards as his eyes shimmered and then he was gone.

“Bro, what the hell just happened here?”  Ramona asked, looking around.  “Did he just slide away?”

“Apparently so,” I replied, frowning as I used my gift to unfreeze the area, making sure that no one would notice the body that was now missing from the yard.  “If he’s like us and he can slide away, that’s a threat all on it’s own.  That means he can be anywhere he wants to be and being that I can’t detect him, that means you guys can’t either.”

“Makes for a bad enemy,” Ramona stated as she sighed and then looked around.  “What are we going to do?”

“I don’t know,” I replied, looking down.  “Maybe we should consult with…”

“Don’t go there Bro,” Ramona stated, shaking her head.  “The last time you tried to talk wit them, they almost trapped your spirit with them.”

“How else are we going to find out who this guy is?”  Ramona asked.

“Don’t know, I’ll find a way,” I said as the smell of something burning grabbed my attention as I rushed back over to the grill to see about the chicken.

Huh, freezing time didn’t actually stop the chicken from cooking.  I guess there’s even things that my gifts can’t control.  I think I better work on that.  I wonder what else went unfrozen when I thought things were frozen.

Somewhere in Sierra Leone, West Africa – An Unknown Village

Gavin James’ POV

Why do I get the feeling that I just made a big mistake, revealing myself to him and his sister that way?  I was trying to help him, but I fear I’ve made things worse than what they really are.  She has the powers of the mind, just like he does, but he’s an ultimate, like I am, I wonder what they were both able to see about me.

Now that I’ve left them the way I did, how am I going to fix what I did?  Damn it, I really need my head examined.  The others are going to really freak the hell out when I tell them what I’ve done.  I shouldn’t have been so quick to blurt out that I knew about him, his sister and his husband.  They probably think they are the only ones in the world like them, but I’m sure by now, they are figuring things out.

As I think back on how things started, I should’ve just stayed on the topic at hand, dealing with Oscar Saunders and not letting it slip that I was like him.  The way he and Ramona looked at me, I knew they had used their powers on me.  But then again, I should’ve just eased him into the conversation and not blurting everything out.

“Where in the hell am I?”  I asked, looking around as I spotted a few things that looked familiar.  “It can’t be… Oh God, I didn’t… I did…”

I guess in my frenzied state of trying to get away from John and his sister, I slid all the way to Sierra Leone, one of the worst war torn places in the world.  I haven’t been here since 1991, when civil war broke out.  Had it not been for Liberia and some secret help from me and the others, this place wouldn’t exist right now. 

“Why did I end up here of all places?”  I asked aloud, wondering if there was another factor at play here.  Did I slide here of my own will or did John or his sister send me here?

Looking around again, I didn’t sense anything out of the ordinary and I’m not able to feel any hostile thoughts pertaining to me.  So, if someone else is responsible for me being here, I’m not able to sense their spirit.  I’m just shocked that I ended up here.  Why does this village look like a war has been fought here?  Since the government was overthrown, there shouldn’t be any military of any kind around here.

“You there!”  I heard behind me as I turned around quickly to see a military officer there with his gun pointed at me.

“No thanks man, you can save that for someone else,” I said, gesturing with my hand as he floated into the air and then was slammed into a nearby building.

I’m not going to give him the chance to hurt me or raise any alarms.  I have to get out of here quick, before something else happens.  I just need to concentrate on getting home so I can get the hell away from here.  The sooner I get home, the sooner I can attempt to smooth things over with John, his sister and his husband.

The Home of Oscar Saunders – The Bedroom

Oscar’s POV

I’ve been gone a whole week and it doesn’t seem like things have changed at all.  What am I going to do to solve this problem?  I can’t keep running, looking over my shoulder at every turn.  I have to find the person behind this and convince them to undo what they’ve done.

Now that Anne and her parents are safe someplace else, I can concentrate on trying to solve this problem.  My problem is, who is behind this?  Who do I know, that has the guts to orchestrate something like this?  Who has the pull and the money to put such a bounty on my head and my family?  For anyone to actually act on this hit, they must hate me or there’s tons of money involved.  So who’s the richest person I’ve pissed off?  Who’s the person that I’ve pissed off the most, that would want to take me out just for the hell of it.  Hell, I can think of only two people that fit the bill for wanting me gone, John Donovan and Max Kingsley.

Damn it, I just saw John last week.  Is he the one that’s going to kill me?  Hell, with what I did to him, he has plenty of reasons to hate me enough to kill me.  I left him stranded in the middle of a war-torn village of Peru, where he would surely die, but somehow he didn’t.  I wonder how he was able to get out of that.  I only got out, because I had people smuggle me out of there, but how did he get out?  That’s another mystery that I haven’t been able to solve about him.  I wonder does how he got away from Peru have anything to do with how he was able to slam me into a damn wall without touching me.  How did that fucking shit happen?

I haven’t seen Max Kingsley in a few months, but the last time I saw him, he wasn’t too happy with me.  He’s one of the richest guys I know and for the right amount of money, I’m sure he would take my ass out too, for what I did to him.  Damn, is that what I’m only capable of, just screwing guys over?  Is that the reason for there being a hit out for my life?  All I seem to do is use guys, get what I want out of them and then I leave them alone.  It’s no wonder that I’m alone right now, in this big ass house.

“One day, I’m going to have to work on changing that part of me.  I can’t keep on doing that to guys, especially those that I really like,” I said, sighing as I walked over to the closet and grabbed a few things hanging up.  “Had I not been such a prick to John, maybe I would be married to him right now.  I would have the family life he has right now, a loving husband and kids.  I’ve always dreamt of having that kind of life, but being an agent, really fucked all of that up… well I guess it didn’t fuck that up for John, he seems to have it… or is that a cover he’s playing right now?”

Does John really have that kind of life or is that a damn cover?  Is he really a happy man with a husband and kids?  Or is he currently undercover, trying to take someone down?  Maybe I looked at things all wrong.

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 — Chaos Goeth

Mar 15, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – The X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary

“What is the point of all of this?”  Tara asked, trying to catch her breath.

“You said you didn’t know any of these people, so I’m introducing you to them,” the other JT stated as his eyes started to glow again as Tara turned her head away.

“Please continue,” Tara stated, looking down.

“Moving along then.  I’m sure you remember the wimpy Carter Sellars,” the other JT stated, looking down as he sighed.  “For all the power he has to control the weather, he was never able to handle a fight as Cyclone.”

“He’s not a wimp, he just doesn’t believe in fighting like the rest of us do,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head.

“If it wasn’t for his actions, the Prince never would’ve been injured by Master Power and had to wear that suit of armor that Paul Stanton now wears as Golem,” the other JT stated as he and Tara floated to the next person.  “Do you remember little Jordan Logan, if not, here he is, all grown up.  He’s not so little now.  He’s a full-grown man, he even has hair down there now.”

“Psi Lad,” Tara stated as a few tears fell from her eyes.

“No woman, don’t you shed tears for that little fuck up!”  The other JT snapped, his eyes flaring with energy as Tara screamed out.  “Everything happens for a reason… Doesn’t it?”

“He didn’t deserve to lose his family the way he did,” Tara stated as she sighed and then sniffled.  “Why are you doing this?”

“I’m doing this to show you why I’m here right now,” the other JT stated as the room shook as debris fell from the ceiling.  “Shall we continue now or do you want to whine some more?”

“I wasn’t whining,” Tara stated as the other JT looked at her as his eyes flared with energy, shocking her as she held her composure, not giving him the satisfaction of her screaming out.

“Now we come to Barbara Parks, the joke of the team,” the other JT stated as he shook his head.  “All she was ever good for doing was making mixed drinks with her powers.  She could’ve been so much more, but she was scared of her potential.  Glad I finally put her out of her damn misery.”

“What’s really the point to all of this Chaos?”  Tara asked as the other JT shook his head again.

“Don’t interrupt me!”  The other JT screamed as his eyes flared with energy as Tara screamed out this time.  “Moving along now, we get to Telly Scott.  He’s been going by the name Helix, but he doesn’t know what that really means.  He’s been the resident teleporter for the team for a very long time, but the Prince could’ve provided transport for you all, without the drama and the comedic antics that he created for so long.”

“You have a point there,” Tara stated as the other JT looked at her again.

“That guy has the biggest and rudest mouth of the south.  You know the guy thinks he knows everything, but he really doesn’t, but I do.  Sometimes I wonder why the Prince allowed him to remain around here for so long.  Then again, I wonder why the Prince remained here with you all for so long.”

“He remained here because he likes u and he likes helping people,” Tara stated, closing her eyes, fearing that she would be punished for speaking.

“Maybe you are right,” the other JT stated as the two of them floated over to where A’Mora was suspended.  “The Princess of Endor, A’Mora Asland… a real princess, a real princess, just like the prince and she’s here among the rest of you.  I think she could’ve used her magical powers differently, but instead of making herself happy, she chose to fight like the rest of you do, keeping the prince from experiencing his desires.”

“There are other things in this world besides experiencing desires Chaos,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head again and then turned to face her, slapping her across the face.  “Did you enjoy hitting me Chaos?”

“Yes, I enjoyed that,” the other JT replied, smiling.  “You’re making Chaos very happy with your actions.”

“Much obliged, I’m sure,” Tara stated as the energy cage around JT and Necroloque’s bodies flickered a bit.  “Who’s this guy?”

“This is Benjamin Kane, his name is Lightspeed.  I thought you knew him,” the other JT stated, looking at Tara strangely as they floated past the man.  “This is his stripper girlfriend, Tamara Knight.  She’s a superhero by day and a stripper queen at night.  Instead of calling herself MidKnight, she should’ve just called herself Stripper Girl.  It seems all she’s good for is taking her clothes off.”

“I already know Tyler,” Tara stated as the other JT smiled and then shook his head.

“I don’t know what you saw in Stryker to even bother trying to sex him up.  He’s a confused young man,” the other JT spoke as he shook his head and then laughed.  “Ezra Tyler Sheridan hasn’t been able to make up his mind about what he wants since the day he set food in this place. One minute he likes girls and the next he likes guys.  I guess it depends on how big the dick is that he has to take up his ass.”

“Okay,” Tara said as a few tears fell from her eyes.

“And then we come to that bitch… I mean the witch named Celeste Preston, also known as Malaphyion.  I don’t even know why she came here.  Did she think her puny magicks could stand up to the might of Chaos?”  The other JT asked, moving towards her as he waved his hand at her face as her mouth reappeared as a few energy cages behind them flickered.  “Ah yes, the coveted Mara Drake or what’s her name again… That’s right, her name is Masquerade, like that bad seventies TV shoe.  Mara Drake has been a thorn in my side for a very long time.  Because of her actions, the Prince has been confused about his life, mainly because he believed that if he married her, she would produce the magical children that he met years ago, as if that would ever happen in this life…”

“And that guy there,” Tara stated, noticing that the more the other JT spoke, the more the energy cages behind them flickered.

“This is Kevin Page; he’s an Indian with the ability to heal what he touches.  The Prince met him at a gay activist place and the two became quick friends, but that changed when Kevin Edenfield got in his way.  It seems the Mystic Healer didn’t want anything to do with this team when Kevin Edenfield was around.  Come to find out, the Healer was in love with the Prince, but couldn’t handle his feelings,” the other JT stated as his eyes flared with energy as Tara screamed out.  “That was for you trying to distract me with meaningless thoughts of the past of you and that terrible freak back there.  So, we’re moving along.  We get to Henry Hart, the so-called prankster of the team.  Onyx really cracks me up, but he looked better as a cute little puppy dog.”

“He looked better as a cute little puppy dog?  I didn’t know Hank could change into animals,” Tara stated.

“He can’t, but I changed him into the cute little puppy dog myself,” the other JT stated with a smile.  “So, be careful about what you say to me, I could easily get offended and change you into a mink coat and leave you on a nightstand somewhere.”

“Noted,” Tara stated as the other JT turned around and then waved his hand as a few of the cages moved around.

“I know you remember Kayla Reyes, you were here when she was rescued from the accident that gave her the powers she has right now,” the other JT stated as Tara shook her head.

“What accident are you referring to?”  Tara asked.

“Come on Wonder Woman, I know you remember the fight between Talisman, the Prince and the rest of you that resulted in this young girl gaining her magical powers,” the other JT stated as more energy cages behind him flickered as the one around Necroloque disappeared completely.

“I—I think I remember it now,” Tara stated as the other JT floated over to the next person and then waved his hand as she moved next to him.

“This is Laura Lynn, she is known as Plastyque, but you know that already.  You already know how the Prince met her, since you and Laura hung out in the same places, growing up, both of you being the little common thieves you were on the street,” the other JT stated as Tara shook her head.  “Anyway, that bulky guy there is Mack Unger, he goes by Rock, but I think he’s more like Mud.  The Prince met him in a hospital a few years back, after he was attacked by some thugs at the Mall that you guys used to frequent a lot.  Like you, the Prince used his magic to grant a wish and the pathetic fool wished to be strong so no one would ever pick on him again and viola, that’s what you get in return.”

“I didn’t make a wish to become the way I am,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head.

“No, you didn’t make a wish, but the Prince did use his magic to give you the powers that you have now, did he not?”  The other JT asked, waving his hand through the air as the area shook.  “Stop interrupting me damn it!”

“I’m sorry,” Tara stated as the other JT’s eyes flared with energy as she screamed out again.

“Now, where was i?  Oh yeah, this is Daniel McCulloch, he gained his powers from his Indian ancestors. On the day of his birth, his grandmother blessed him with the powers of the bear, hence the name Running Bear,” the other JT stated as he smiled and then moved over to where a woman was suspended as Tara gasped.  “Then we come to Amy Ramsey, Phantasma…”

“What happened to her?”  Tara asked.  “Is—is that her arm at her feet?”

“Why yes, that’s her robotic arm down at her feet,” the other JT replied, smiling as he shook his head.  “I told you to stop interrupting me!”

“I’m sorry,” Tara replied as the other JT’s eyes flared with energy once more as she screamed out again, her torture session lasting longer than the others.  “Please… Please stop!  I—I can’t take any more of this!”

“Now we come to the famous twins… who, in their right mind, would give their children the same damn first name?  I guess we would have to ask the mother of Andrew Brett and Andrew Bradley Claybourne to get that answer,” the other JT stated as Tara smiled weakly.

“He prefers to be called Andy and he prefers to be called Drew!”  JT screamed, stabbing the other JT in the back with his psychic sword as Necroloque floated down behind him.

“You!”  The other JT screamed, moving away from JT and Necroloque quickly as he turned around as the wound in his chest emanated psychic energy from his chest and back.  “How—how are you free right now?”

“Nope, we’re asking the questions now,” JT stated as he looked around.  “It seems you have everyone here, but where is Donna?  Why isn’t she here?”

“She’s not here because I couldn’t find her again,” the other JT replied as he looked up at JT.  “Is that because she went crazy and killed herself or…”

“What did you do to her?”  JT asked, floating closer to the other JT.

“I didn’t do anything to her at all,” the other JT replied.  “She did it to herself.”

“No, you had to do something to her!”  JT screamed, holding his psychic blade out in front of him.

“The only thing I did was remove the psychic blockers you had in her mind, restricting her powers from her use,” the other JT stated with a smile as the psychic energy continued to flare around his wound.

“Oh no, you didn’t!”  JT screamed, shaking his head.

“What’s that for JT?”  Tara asked as JT frowned.

“She—she couldn’t handle all the power she possessed,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “She—she probably went insane and…”

“And killed herself because she couldn’t handle all the voices in her head,” the other JT said with a smile on his face as he got back up on his feet.

“You monster!”  JT screamed, lunging towards the other JT again as he stabbed the psychic sword through his head.

“Oh God, no, the deathblow!”  Necroloque screamed as the other JT screamed out as energy and ribbon flared around JT’s body.

“What—what’s happening?  My—my transformation is coming undone!”  JT screamed out, as he, Tara and the other JT fell to the floor as all the energy cages above flickered and then disappeared.

“Tara, I think you need to do your thing,” Necroloque stated as Tara got up off the floor and then spun around in a circle as her body exploded in light, changing her into Amazon.

“Necroloque, what’s going on here?”  Tara asked, looking at JT and the other JT’s body that lay on the floor.

“I don’t know, but I think we’re about to get some answers,” Necroloque stated, moving over to JT’s body, kneeling down and caressing his face.  “Come on my boy, talk to me… What’s going on here?”

“It—it’s a demonphages,” JT spoke as the energy and ribbon hung off his body.  “It’s a demonphages that was created from my psychic essence that was left behind in Limbo that had mingled with the soul energies of Limbo also.  In a sense, it really was me, just not the flesh and blood me.  I—I did this Uncle, I did this.  I hurt so many people with my anger…”

“No my boy, you didn’t do this,” Necroloque stated as he shook his head, a few tears falling from his eyes.

“Donna, I can’t sense Donna anywhere on the planet,” JT stated as Necroloque’s eyes glowed.

“That’s because she’s not on this planet anymore my boy,” Necroloque stated as JT screamed out as psychic energy emanated around his body, taking on the form of a giant bird as it expanded so much that it enveloped all the people in the area, connecting their minds and souls to one another.

All it once, all the things JT felt was experienced by all the members of the X-Ternals that were in the room with him.  Screaming out, his tears fell as psychic energy set the building on fire.  Moving away from Necroloque, JT moved into a standing position and then reached behind his back, grabbing for air as his scepter appeared.

‘My boy, what are you doing?’  Necroloque telepathically spoke to JT, not getting a response.

“Necroloque, what’s going on?  What’s he doing?”  Tara asked as she and A’Mora moved over to where Necroloque stood, figuring out what was about to happen and then making a move to get to JT, not reaching him in time.

“I can’t allow this… Saturn!  Silent World!”  JT screamed as he threw the scepter into the air as it glowed brightly, the energy bathing everything around them all.

“No!”  Necroloque screamed, flying through the air as fast as he could, grabbing the scepter as he struggled to hold onto it as the energy expelled from it, blinding him, keeping him from seeing what was happening around him.

“JT, what have you done?”  A’Mora asked, reaching him first.

“All of this is my fault,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “None of this would have happened if I’d just stay away from you guys and never met any of you.”

“So, you think destroying the world is going to change that?”  A’Mora asked as JT nodded his head.  “You’re crazier than any of us ever thought!”

“Maybe so, but when I’m done, none of you will know me, never have met me,” JT stated as Necroloque landed down on the floor a few feet away from him.

“My boy, you have released energies that must be stopped,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.

“Let the world be rewritten without me in it,” JT stated as Tara and A’Mora looked at him strangely.

“You are crazy!”  Tara screamed.  “I didn’t let you turn me into Wonder Woman, so you could just off yourself!”

“You turned into Wonder Woman so you could help people that couldn’t help themselves,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I can’t be helped anymore.”

“Destroying this world isn’t the answer damn it!”  Tara screamed, grabbing JT by the collar of his shirt and shaking him like a ragdoll.  “Stop your damn scepter before it kills us all!”

“I won’t,” JT stated as everything froze around him and Tara.

“What the hell is going on?”  Tara asked, noticing that things around them had stopped moving.  “We’re still moving, but everything else has stopped.”

“I take it this is one of the Elders’ doing,” JT stated as he got up off the floor as he turned around.  “They don’t want this place destroyed; they are doing what they need to—to keep this place protected.”

“They have a right to do what’s needed to keep this place protected JT,” Tara stated as she looked around as Necroloque appeared next to them as he handed JT his scepter.

“My boy, this belongs to you, but I suggest you undo what you’ve already done,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head and then accepted his scepter as it glowed brightly.

“I’m not going to undo what I’ve done,” JT stated as he shook his head as the ground rumbled underneath them.  “Because of my actions, a demonphages took on my appearance and tried to kill all my friends and succeeded in driving one to kill herself!  That’s unforgiveable damn it!”

“But you aren’t responsible for this my boy,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.  “You are not responsible for the creation of that demonphages.”

“I might as well be,” JT stated as he shook his head again.  “It was my powers, it came from my domain… It was my anger… My anger caused all of this madness!”

“No my boy, you did not cause this,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.  “Your anger was created by another factor, a chaos factor that had nothing to do with you.”

“A factor that created a thing that called himself Chaos, used my powers against all of my friends and only the heavens know what he did to…” JT trailed off as psychic images were displayed in the area around him as the other JT’s body dissipated into nothingness.

“Let’s just say he did a good job torturing most of us,” Tara stated as she looked down.  “That thing enjoyed zapping me… I can’t say what he did to the others… Besides, it told me that it turned Hank into a dog.”

“Yes, we know about that,” JT stated, shaking his head.

“Well then, I still can’t tell you more than what he told me, except giving me a brief history on how you met most of the team and how he felt about certain members,” Tara stated as JT’s eyes glowed an eerie purple color as Tara’s glowed the same color, indicating that JT used his powers to link with her mind.

“I remained around here for so long because there are times I feel I have no place else to go, that I don’t have a home elsewhere, but here,” JT stated as he looked at Tara.  “Most of you are my friends and after tonight… I don’t know how long that will last.”

“JT, they are your friends… Because of what happened tonight, that’s not going to change,” Tara stated as people started moving around in the area behind them.

“How do you know that for sure Tara?”  JT asked.  “When I got here, they were all blaming me for what happened… What makes you think they’ll believe me when I tell them that a demonphages was behind all of this?”

“Because we all saw things with our own eyes,” A’Mora stated, walking over to where JT and Tara were.  “We all saw and heard the things that went on.  When you connected with us telepathically, we all felt what you felt… We all saw what you saw… When you stabbed your psychic sword through its head, we saw what truly happened.”

“And I still don’t know what to think about what happened to Donna,” JT stated as he looked down as a few tears fell from his eyes.

“You didn’t do it JT,” A’Mora stated, rubbing his shoulders.  “You have to keep in mind that you didn’t do it, but the demonphages did.”

“I know that, but it had my face, my powers,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “When you guys think about all the things it did, you would see my face, not someone…”

“As I said JT, we all know the truth here,” A’Mora stated, leaning in and giving JT a hug as JT looked over her shoulder to see Drew and Andy moving towards them.

“There’s the truth and then there’s the things that happened with all of you,” JT stated as he looked over at Drew and then turned around and looked at Kevin.  “I don’t know what I can do to…”

“There’s nothing anyone can do,” Necroloque stated as he stepped up to JT and looked at him.  “You’re the only one that needs to do something right now.  You need to take back that energy that you released into the universe, before things unfreeze and the world ends.”

“I—I don’t know if I can,” JT stated as he looked down.

“Think about all of us,” Hank stated as he walked up next to JT.  “Thank about all the things none of us would get to do, if the world is destroyed!”

“Think about the lives we would never have with the ones we love,” Andy said as he stepped up next to A’Mora, taking her hand as he looked over at JT and then at Drew.

“Think about our future,” Drew said as he took JT’s hand.  “Think about what we mean to each other.”

“Think about how good life can be, with you here, living it with your friends my boy,” Necroloque stated as he patted JT on the back.

“Okay,” JT stated as he held his scepter up in the air as his eyes glowed brightly.  “Saturn!  Soul, Eternal, Change-Up!  Wise ones of the universe, give me the wisdom, the strength, and the power I need to undo what I have done!”

THE END… For Now At Least

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 — Is It the End or What?

Mar 15, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary

“Stop!”  Everyone heard, but didn’t see the person the voice belonged to.

“That voice,” Hank said, looking around.  “It sounded like Michura, but—but no one has seen or heard from her since the other night, after the fake comet sighting caper.”

“Now now, where do you freaks think you’re running off to?  You know I’m not going to let you get away from me.  I’m all power now!  I’ve told you fools many times before that I would kill all of you and I meant what I said,” JT stated, his eyes crackling with energy while glowing an eerie red color.

“No!  I’m not going to let you do such a thing my boy,” Necroloque stated, waving his hand in JT’s direction, using his magic to wrap JT in eldritch bands, holding him tight.

“Let me go old man!”  JT screamed, his eyes glowing brightly as he struggled to get free.  “Let me go or I’ll sear the flesh from your bones with my powers!”

“No my boy, I’m not going to let you go,” Necroloque stated as the area filled with water, catching all of them by surprise and disrupting Necroloque’s concentration as the eldritch bands around JT’s body dissipated.  “What’s happening?  What’s with all this water?”

“Michura,” Hank spoke, looking around.  “Michura!”

(<SPLINGK>)

“Star Heart Power, Transform!”  Joey screamed, appearing in a blinding flash of light as he transformed into Legacy StarHeart.

“What the… another one,” Necroloque stated, looking at Joey strangely as he looked over at JT.  “Why am I the last to know when a new chosen one is discovered?”

“Hmph, I take it JT didn’t tell you about this guy,” A’Mora stated as the light faded away from Joey’s body.

“Why am I here?”  Joey asked, looking around.  “I—I was at my hotel, in my room, minding my own damn business when I heard this voice telling me that I needed to be here and then the next thing I know, here I am.”

“Hmmmm, it couldn’t have been Divine,” Necroloque stated, looking down as JT’s eyes glowed as his body floated upward.  “Oh no you don’t!”

“Stop!”  Everyone heard again, but didn’t see the person the voice belonged to.

“Michura, if that’s you, please show yourself if you can,” Hank stated, looking around again.

“I don’t think it’s Atlantis,” Joey stated as Hank looked at him.

“You look good in that costume by the way,” Hank stated with a smile on his face.

“There’s no time for that,” Joey said, looking over at Hank as he shook his head.  “I see that you’re okay, after being knocked on your ass by him.”

“I’m fine,” Hank stated, looking down.  “Thanks for bringing that back up.”

“You’re welcome,” Joey replied as JT floated down to the floor.

“So, it’s all true then… Joey is like JT.  He looks really cool in that costume.  He looks like one of the Legacy Chosen members that I’ve actually gotten the chance to see,” Barbara stated, staring at Joey.

“Hello Joey,” JT spoke, stepping closer to Joey as Joey stepped backwards.  “I heard that you left here in a huff.”

“Yeah, I left here, you tried to kill your best friend,” Joey stated as JT shook his head.

“No, I didn’t’ do that, it wasn’t me,” JT stated as his eyes stopped glowing.  “I haven’t been here since the beginning of February.  I haven’t been here to do anything to cause you to leave here in a huff.”

“That’s a lie, you—you struck Hank with some kind of energy,” Joey stated as JT shook his head.

“No Joey, that wasn’t me,” JT stated as he looked down, shaking his head again.  “I—I can see the images in your mind, but that person… the thing that was with you, while you were here, it wasn’t me.”

“It looked like you, sounded like you, acted like you… it was you,” Joey stated as JT sighed and then looked over at Necroloque and then back to Joey.

“I’m really sorry Joey, but that thing wasn’t me,” JT stated as he turned away from Joey with a sad expression on his face.

“I don’t believe you, you’re Demonloque right now.  Where is the real JT?!”  Joey demanded as JT turned around quickly.

“No, you still have me confused with someone else.  I may be wearing the garb of Demonloque, but I’m pretty much me… I’m myself,” JT stated as his right hand crackled with energy as a psychic dagger appeared in the left hand.

“Come on my boy, what’s on your mind right now?”  Necroloque asked as A’Mora and Hank stepped away from JT and Joey.

“I—I might not know how to use the powers that I have, but I’m not going to let you scare me here.  I’m not going to allow you to hurt me or anyone else here!”  Joey screamed, stepping backwards, bumping into Hank.

“Look, you’re not going to change what’s already happened here, so you might as well be quiet and just stay out of the way,” JT stated, glaring at Joey as he walked past him.  “This stuff is out of your league anyway, so just go on back to wherever it was you came from.  I think we can handle this ourselves.”

“No!  Star Heart Reflection!”  Joey screamed as beams of energy projected from his eyes, zapping JT, knocking him backwards against the wall.  “I’m not going to give you the chance to attack me or anyone else here, the way you attacked Hank that night!”

“Oh here we go,” A’Mora stated, shaking her head as JT got up off the floor and then dusted off his clothing as he turned and walked towards Joey.

“Stop this Joey, you don’t want to do this.  Don’t be trying to hurt me,” JT stated as Necroloque watched the interaction between the two men.

“This isn’t going to end well,” Hank stated, shaking his head.

“It’s about to end right now,” JT stated as he spun around in a circle as energy and ribbon flared around his body.  “Star Prism Power!”

“Oh great, it’s really about to hit the fan now,” Hank said as he looked around.  “Joey man, you might as well give it up and just surrender.”

“I am Legacy Saturn!”  JT screamed, standing before Joey as his eyes crackled with energy.  “Don’t make me end this Joey.  Please don’t make me do this.”

“I—I thought you were… I thought you were Demonloque,” Joey stated as he looked down.  “I—I was trying… I thought… I was trying to stop your evil side.”

“Yet, I told you multiple times that I wasn’t Demonloque and that I wasn’t the person or the thing that had attacked Hank, yet you didn’t listen to me at all,” JT stated, shaking his head as Joey looked down.

“So, if you aren’t the person that attacked Hank, then that means you’re not the person I made love with,” Joey spoke as JT sighed, looked down and then shook his head.  “Oh God!  Who in the hell was I with?”

(<ZAMF>)

“That would have been me fat boy,” They all heard as the other JT appeared in the room as Hank and A’Mora both jumped backwards and then covered their mouths.

“You!”  Joey screamed, taking on a fighting stance as he raised his hand as the other JT shook his head and then waved his hand in Joey’s direction, using his powers to send Joey crashing into the wall head first.

“No you, the pathetic weakling,” the other JT spoke as JT, Necroloque, A’Mora, Barbara and Hank watched.

“Who are you?”  JT asked, stepping closer to the other JT.

“No need to ask, I am you,” the other JT answered with a smirk.

“No, you’re not me, you can’t be,” JT stated, reaching out to touch the other JT as his hand sparkled with energy.

“No my boy, don’t you dare touch it!”  Necroloque screamed as JT snatched his hand back as the other JT smiled and then turned his attention to Necroloque.

“I’m getting really tired of your meddling Lord,” the other JT said with a sly smile on his face.  “I guess I’ll have to take care of you like I took care of Donna, Drew, Kevin, Paul and Michura.”

“What!  What did you do to them?”  Hank asked as A’Mora had to hold him back.  “Where’s Donna?”

“Like you really care about Donna, you’re a faggot!”  The other JT yelled as Hank shook his head.

“Where’s Donna!”  Hank screamed.

“She’s around here somewhere,” the other JT replied, laughing as he waved his hand at Hank dismissively.  “But I’m sure she won’t be any use to any of you.  You see, her mind is not around here with her.”

“What!  What is that supposed to mean?”  Hank asked, looking at the other JT strangely as realization kicked in.  “Why you lousy…”

“I’m not too keen about you people making too much noise around here,” the other JT said as Hank’s mouth disappeared from his face.  “Does anyone else want to lose the ability to speak?  If so, please speak up and I’ll be happy to remedy that situation for you.”

“What in the hell are you doing?”  JT asked, his eyes glowing brightly.  “Oh my God, what have you done to Drew, Kevin and the others?  I—I can see the remains of what you did to Kevin!”

“Apparently you didn’t listen to me.  I just said I wasn’t too keen of people making loud noises!”  The other JT screamed as he waved his hand in JT’s direction as JT’s eyes glowed brightly as the other JT was thrown against the opposite end of the room, crashing into the wall.  “You—you were able to touch me… how?”

“I can telekinetically touch anything,” JT stated as he floated backwards.  “I think it’s time for an upgrade around here!”

“No my boy,” Necroloque said as he shook his head as JT turned around and then reached behind his back, grabbing for air as his scepter appeared.

“I must do this Uncle… Saturn!  Soul Eternal Change Up!”  JT screamed as energy and ribbon flared around his body as his clothing changed as his body glowed brightly as the other JT got up off the floor.

“I’m not going to allow you to stop me Prince!”  The other JT screamed, waving his hand in JT’s direction.

“Saturn!  Silent…” JT started, but stopped in mid-sentence.

“That’s right, there will be silence,” the other JT spoke as he held his hand out at JT as it seemed he was frozen in place.

“What in the hell is happening?”  Hank asked, looking up from the spot he was hiding from under the exam table.

“Chaos,” Necroloque stated, floating up towards the other JT.  “You must stop what you’re doing, before you destroy this plane of existence.  Your use of magic and energy is disrupting the spiritual balance of this plane.  Please stop before…”

“Never!”  The other JT snapped, waving his other hand at Necroloque, sending him crashing down to the floor.

“Look Chaos, you can’t keep doing this.  The spiritual plane is becoming fluid with your use of magic and energy,” Celeste spoke, appearing near the other JT.  “You must…”

“No Malaphyion, I’m not going to stop, you will!”  The other JT snapped, his eyes crackling with energy.  “You won’t be controlling the outcome of anything here today.  Your magic can’t save you or anyone else here tonight!”

“Chaos please… You must stop what you’re doing,” Celeste stated as her eyes glowed.  “If you continue what you’re doing, there won’t be a world for any of…”

“Silence!”  The other JT screamed, waving his hand at Celeste, using his powers to knock her down to the floor as her mouth disappeared from her face.  “There will be silence here!”

“Leave her alone!”  A’Mora screamed as a crystal-like substance appeared around her body as the other JT shook his head.

“As I said, there will be silence here!  She no longer has a mouth to speak spells.  There’s no way for any of you to stop me,” the other JT stated with a smile.  “I’ve already stopped the Prince and I have silenced all of your heavy hitters.  What are you going to do now X-Ternals?”

“Oh no, what’re we going to do now?”  Barbara asked, looking around as Hank shook his head as A’Mora stood behind her crystal-like shield, protecting herself from the other JT’s powers.  “It seems that JT and his uncle, working together was our strongest ploy, but we need something else.”

“There isn’t anything else,” A’Mora stated as Barbara shook her head and then lashed out at the other JT with her ice powers.  “No!”

“You bitch!  Do you really think your ice bolts are going to stop me?  I have survived far worse attacks than this!  Sit down in your little corner and don’t move from there!”  The other JT snapped, waving his hand at Barbara, using his powers to zap her, sending her body crashing into the wall, shattering into many pieces as she lay lifeless.

“Guys, I think we better make a run for it here,” A’Mora stated, grabbing Hank’s hand, helping him off the floor as scratched at his face where his mouth was supposed to be.

“Hey now, I thought I turned you into a puppy dog once,” the other JT said as he snapped his fingers as Hank’s body glowed as A’Mora let out a blood-curdling scream as the glow around Hank’s body disappeared and Hank was once again a dog.  “There’s nothing you people can really do to stop me, I have already defeated all of you!”

“Please Chaos, please tell us what it is that you want,” A’Mora stated, walking around JT and got in front of the other JT as she watched how JT and his uncle floated in mid-air, not moving.

“That’s very simple woman, I want everything and I want nothing,” the other JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy.  “I know what you’re trying to do here A’Mora Asland.  You can’t do what you’re planning.  I know every possible plan that you can try to use against me.  I am a telepath!”

“Yes, we all know that you’re a telepath Chaos,” A’Mora stated, sighing.  “is that why you hurt Donna and Drew, because they are telepaths too?”

“No!”  The other JT screamed as his eyes flared with energy as A’Mora went flying across the room, knocking her into a wall as she slid down it to the floor, the sound of bones breaking could be heard.

“Owwww!”  A’Mora screamed, leaning up on her elbows a bit as she tried to move into a sitting position on the floor as the blood poured from a wound on her side.  “Why are you hurting us like this?”

“I’m hurting you all for the years that you all hurt me,” the other JT stated as A’Mora looked at him strangely.

“How could any of us hurt you, when we don’t even know you?”  A’Mora asked, coughing up some blood as she groaned and then lay down on the floor.

“You all know me very well bitch!”  The other JT screamed, zapping A’Mora with a bolt of energy, sending her body slamming into the wall again as she groaned and her eyes closed.

Somewhere Else in the Compound

Tara Kent’s POV

“What in the hell is going on around this place?”  I asked, walking through the corridors, trying to find some signs of life.

Is there anyone alive in this place?  The place is dark, darker than some of the caves in Limbo I’ve seen.  This place looks like a bomb went off in here.  Hell, if it wasn’t for that big ass hole in the damn exterior wall, I don’t think I would’ve been able to get into this place, since I couldn’t raise anyone on the communicator to allow me authorization to the entrance on the other side of town.

“What happened in this place?  It seems… feels like I’ve been walking around here forever.  Where is everyone at?”  I asked, pressing buttons on the communicator, but still, nobody responded.

Damn, is this thing even working right now or what?  I’ve tried contacting all the active members of the team and no one is answering me.  What could be going on right now, to keep someone from answering the damn line?  If something is going on, shouldn’t someone be answering this thing to inform others of what’s happening?

“This all seems spooky to me… I feel like there’s a whole lot wrong in this place,” I said aloud as I stopped at JT’s living quarters, pressed the button to open the door and then looked around inside, but no one was there.

I’m really not liking the way I feel right now.  When I feel like this, it normally means that there’s something terribly wrong and I end up getting busy as Wonder Woman.  Walking down the corridor, I checked through all the other living quarters and I didn’t see anyone in those either.  It’s the middle of the damn night.  Where are these people at?  I checked the command center when I felt through that damn hole in the wall and no one was there either.  Hell, there wasn’t any clues to what actually happened to produce the giant hole in the wall and why this place looks the way it does.

“I’m shocked that no one was on monitor duty,” I said, stopping at the end of the corridor.  “That’s probably the reason why no one would let me in, because they didn’t know I was down there, trying to get in.”

I’ve checked all the places that you would expect to find people in and I’ve come up with nothing.  They’re not in the command center, the combat room or in the entertainment theatre.  What’s going on around this place?  The way things feel around me, it’s like this place has been deserted and hasn’t been inhabited for some time.  I know that can’t be the case here, I was just here the other day.  If the team moved someplace else, I’m sure someone would’ve told me.

“I guess they would’ve told me if they were… Hey, I haven’t checked the infirmary yet,” I said, turning around as I headed towards the elevator as the communicator thing started blinking.

Hmmm, why is the communicator blinking like that?  Is that a sign that I should recognize?  The indicator light is blinking, but I don’t know why.  Oh well, I still haven’t checked the infirmary yet, so I’m headed there to see what I find.

A Few Minutes Later – The Infirmary

“Well hello there Wonder Woman,” Tara Kent heard as she entered the room.  “You should know by now that you can’t sneak up on a telepath.”

“I wasn’t trying to sneak up on you J,” Tara stated, walking around JT to see what was happening in the room as she stopped in her tracks and then covered her mouth.  “There are two of… What in the hell is going on here J?”

“No, it’s not hell yet, but almost,” the other JT stated, floating down to the floor as he approached Tara slowly.  “I’m so happy to see you Wonder Woman.  Are you ready to be added to my collection?”

“Am I ready to be added to your collection of what?”  Tara asked, looking around as the other JT pointed up as she looked up to see all the members of the team, suspended above the two of them in what looked like cages made of energy.  “JT, what’s going on here?”

“I’m not your precious JT, I am Chaos!  Don’t you like the name, I like it!”  The other JT screamed as the area shook and vibrated as Tara flinched backwards a bit.

“Okay Chaos, what’s going on here?  Why is everyone up there, suspended in those cages like that?”  Tara asked.

“They’re up there, because that’s where I put them,” the other JT responded, his eyes crackling with energy.  “Pretty soon, you’ll be up there with them.”

“But why are you doing this Chaos?”  Tara asked, backing away from the other JT as he smiled and then walked towards her.  “Please stop this, whatever the hell this is.”

“I can’t stop this,” the other JT stated as his eyes started to flare with energy.

“Why can’t you?  What have you done to them?  Who are all of those people anyway?”  Tara asked, not knowing everyone that was held prisoner.

“My dear, those people are the X-Ternals… or I would like to call them, the people that have caused the Prince to be taken away from his true desires, to handle mundane duties—duties that didn’t allow him to experience life to the fullest, the way he should have,” the other JT stated as Tara looked at him strangely.

“But who are all of these people Chaos?”  Tara asked, looking around again.  “All these people, they can’t all be members of the X-Ternals.”

“But they are Wonder Woman,” the other JT stated as he waved his hand at Tara as she moved closer to him as the two of them floated into the air.

“You’re hurting me,” Tara spoke as the other JT smiled as they continued floating upward.

“We’ll start here,” the other JT stated as he stopped in front of the first cage.  “This is Jennifer Blake, also known as Amaryllis.  She met the Prince a long time ago when you all were kids.  She ended up a friend of his, mainly because her mother was abusive to her and the Prince felt a kinship to her.”

“Owww,” Tara groaned as the other JT smiled again.

“This is Michura Hino, an Asian young woman that has seen too much hurt in her life.  After hanging around the Prince and learning to use her powers—powers she gained from being experimented on by her father and other men that worked for him, she took on the name Atlantis, after the Atlantis Corporation that shut down the company that ended her father’s life,” the other JT explained with an evil smirk on his face.  “If she had never splashed down at his feet, while he was at the beach that summer the two of them met, she wouldn’t be a part of his life right now.  If it hadn’t been for the thoughts of her being sexually abused by those men, calling out to the Prince, he probably wouldn’t have given two cents about her life.”

“That’s not true,” Tara stated as the other JT turned to face her.

“That is true,” the other JT stated.  “He was trying to have a good time, but he couldn’t do that because her thoughts of being sexually abused by others called out to him.  He had no choice but to help her get away from that terror, regardless of the terrors he’s faced in his own life.”

“JT enjoys helping other people,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head.

“That’s the problem,” the other JT stated, waving his hand as the two of them moved on to the next person.  “This is Wanda Langley, the bitch that tried to use her magicks to get rid of me.  Someone should have told her to stop while she was ahead of the game.  Isn’t it sad that she shares her soul with another…”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about Chaos,” Tara stated as the other JT’s eyes glowed as she screamed out.  “I… My mind can’t handle all of the images, make them stop… Please make them stop!”

“Next, we have Prudence Rast, what a prude she can be, but you probably know her as Bliss.  Bliss came into the Prince’s life because she thought he was a straight man and she was going to use her powers against him, to get his money.  Bad move on her part,” the other JT stated, shaking his head.  “Someone should have told her that the Prince likes dick way too much to ever change over.”

“You don’t have to be crass about this Chaos,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head as she screamed out.

“Don’t interrupt me while I’m experiencing a moment here!”  The other JT screamed out as his eyes glowed brightly as Tara screamed out again.

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 — Time, The Clock of the Heart

 Mar 15, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Command Room

“This is all just pudding in the fucking dish,” Hank said, shaking his head as he walked into the room and sat down at the table.  “Why in the hell is this shit happening?  What could’ve happened to…”

“Are you seriously asking that?”  Barbara asked, looking across the table at Hank as she rubbed at her head.  “This all has something to do with the things that happened with Marek.”

“Marek’s gone and he’s no longer within range to control anyone around, JT said so.  From what JT said, Marek won’t be bothering anyone again for a very long time,” Wanda stated as she sat down across from Barbara.

“Yeah right,” Hank said as Wanda glared at him.

“Marek’s telepathic hold on everyone ceased when he was banished by JT’s uncle,” Wanda stated.

“And you always believed what he said.  You’re such a fool Wanda,” Hank stated as Wanda stood up from the table as Hank moved backwards to avoid her grabbing claw.  “Stay back Wanda, I’m not scared of you!”

“You two need to cut that shit out!”  Barbara yelled, shaking her head.  “I was almost killed today!  We have a big problem to deal with and we don’t have time for this petty squabbling and bull…”

(<ZAMF>)

“Please excuse the intrusion friends of the Prince of Limbo,” Necroloque spoke as he appeared in the room.

“What the hell!”  Telly screamed, jumping up from his seat, taking on a fighting stance.

“Stand down Helix, this is Necroloque, JT’s uncle,” Wanda stated as she stood and then bowed her head as Necroloque shook his head as the others around the table just looked at her strangely.

“That’s not needed,” Necroloque spoke as A’Mora stood up and then walked around the table.

“Are you here to help your nephew kick our asses”  A’Mora asked, standing next to Necroloque.

“Young woman…” Necroloque spoke as A’Mora shook her head and then glared at him.

“First, he goes after his mother to kill her and now he’s come after all of us, trying to kill us too!  What’s going on here man?”  A’Mora asked.

“Hold your tongue girl,” Wanda stated, popping A’Mora in the back of her head as A’Mora turned around quickly, zapping her with a magical energy bolt, knocking her backwards to the floor.  “You need to learn respect for…”

“Ms. Langley, that’s not…” Necroloque said as Telly stepped closer to him, looking him up and down as he walked around him.  “Is there something wrong with you boy?”

“So, you’re JT’s uncle,” Telly stated, looking at Necroloque strangely.

“Yes, I’m his uncle,” Necroloque responded as Telly shook his head.

“Why are you dressed like that?  Are you some kind of whacko too?”  Telly asked as Wanda and A’Mora both shook their heads.

“That will be enough out of you,” Necroloque spoke, waving his hand in Telly’s direction as a portal opened under Telly’s feet and he fell through it, screaming.  “We don’t have time for this madness.”

“What madness don’t we have time for?  Why are you here?”  A’Mora asked, looking at Necroloque again.

“There’s something wrong here, but it’s not what you all think,” Necroloque stated, waving his hand as a crystal orb appeared in his hand.

“What is it that we think here?”  Barbara asked, looking over at Necroloque.

“My boy isn’t behind who has attacked you,” Necroloque stated as A’Mora and Wanda looked at him strangely.  “The person or thing that attacked you is not my nephew.”

“If that’s not JT, who in the hell is it?”  Hank asked, walking closer to Necroloque as a portal opened in the room as Telly appeared with an angry look on his face.

“I trust you will keep your mouth closed from here on out, until someone asks for your words,” Necroloque stated as Telly’s eyes widened and then he stepped backwards away from the man.  “Back to what I was saying… The person or thing that has attacked all of you isn’t my nephew.”

“If it’s not JT, then who is it?”  Hank asked, looking at Necroloque again.  “The person looks like him, they talk like him and they have the same powers as him!”

“But it’s not my nephew that’s attacked you,” Necroloque stated as he waved his hand over the crystal orb as it glowed, projecting images to all of them where JT was.  “JT isn’t the one that’s behind this, I put him some place where he won’t bother anyone, until I’ve figured out how to solve some problems among our numbers.”

“Where is that place?”  Hank asked.

“I—I put him in a hospital and…” Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head.

“You know, you people are really fucked up!”  A’Mora screamed as Necroloque looked over at her strangely as her hair changed color.  “First his mother slash aunts tried to have him cured of being gay and now you’ve gone and put him in a damn hospital!  What in the hell is he in a hospital for?  He’s not sick!”

“I—I put him there to try to help him deal with the current situation,” Necroloque stated as he looked down.

“And what situation is that man?”  A’Mora asked as she looked over at Necroloque with an angry look on her face.

“You were there with him.  You helped Venus, Earth and Pluto save him.  You saw how angry he was when you all got to him. You saw what that anger did to him and almost did to this planet,” Necroloque stated as a tear rolled down his cheek.  “My boy almost destroyed this planet because of his anger, hurt and pain.”

“Yeah, I saw that, but nothing more than that because I mysteriously appeared back here,” A’Mora stated, crossing her arms across her chest as she tapped her foot on the floor.  “No one said ‘thank you’ or anything, I was just whisked away, like some damn unwanted trash on the street, blowing in the damn wind!”

“That’s not how…” Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head.

“So, why did you stop him from doing what he was going to do?  Why in the hell did you release him on the rest of us?”  A’Mora asked.

“I didn’t release him on anyone,” Necroloque stated, shaking his head as he held up the orb again.  “When I sent you away, I sent him to Limbo to try to calm him down, but I wasn’t successful in that task.  The more I tried to calm him down, the angrier he got.  He fought me hard and wouldn’t stop.  So, I—I had no choice but to bind his powers and lock him in the place he’s in now.  I had no…”

“You people are just… Crazy!”  A’Mora snapped as Wanda shook her head.

“Young lady…”  Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head again.

“You did the same thing that his aunt did to him!”  A’Mora snapped as Hank watched both of them with a strange expression on his face.  “So, what you did to him, is that the end result?”

“No young lady, that’s not the end result,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed.  “I’m trying to tell you all that JT’s here in this hospital; he’s not the one that attacked you.”

“If it’s not JT, then who in the hell is it that kicked our asses earlier?”  Hank asked, moving closer to Necroloque.

“I don’t know, but that’s why I’m here to help all of you,” Necroloque stated as Barbara looked down.

“So, if JT’s in a hospital, what’s going to happen to him when he gets out of the hospital?”  A’Mora asked, looking down.  “Is he going to start the whole, I’m going to destroy those that hurt me and go after you too?”

“Hopefully, that won’t be the case,” Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head again.

“You people are just heartless,” A’Mora stated as she turned and walked towards the door.  “I want no part of this madness.”

“A’Mora… Wait!”  Hank yelled, running out of the room behind her.

“It seems I’ve upset the Princess of Endor,” Necroloque stated as Barbara, Telly, Andy and Wanda looked at him strangely.

“She—she’s a real princess?”  Andy asked, looking up at Necroloque as he sniffled as some tears rolled down his cheek.

“Yes, she’s a real princess,” Necroloque replied as there was a loud crash outside of the room as Andy took off running.

A Moment Earlier – Down the Corridor

“Oh no, he—it’s here,” A’Mora stated, covering her mouth as she backed away as JT came into view with an evil smirk on his face.

“Oh come now Illusioness, what’s wrong?”  JT asked, floating closer to A’Mora, descending down to the floor in front of her.  “I’m no illusion baby, this is the real thing.”

“Stay back!”  A’Mora screamed, holding her hand out in front of her, using her powers to create a magical shield as a staff appeared in her other hand.

“Oh, like that puny little thing can stop me,” JT said as he waved his hand at the magical shield and then walked through it.  “Your magicks can’t stand against mine.  You are a pathetic ant compared to me, you small and insignificant woman!”

“Keep away from her!”  Hank screamed, flying towards JT as JT waved his hand, using his powers to slam Hank into the corridor wall, putting a big dent there.

“It seems some people never learn their place,” JT said, smirking as he looked in Hank’s direction.  “I guess he’s really a dumb puppy dog… I might as well turn him into one.”

“What… No!”  A’Mora screamed as JT’s eyes crackled with energy as Hank’s body glowed brightly as Hank’s body transformed into a small hound dog.  “No!”

“Oh yes, isn’t he cute?”  JT said, laughing maniacally as he moved towards A’Mora.  “Now what should I do with you?”

“Sorry, but I’m not about to let you do anything to her!”  Andy yelled as JT grabbed A’Mora by her hair, yanking her backwards and slamming her into the floor.

“Like you can actually stop me Speedy,” JT said as Andy stopped in place, moved and then turned around.

“Sorry, wrong person,” Andy said as he looked at JT and then took off running down the corridor as he stopped in mid trip, turned around and then ran towards JT as JT held out his hand, stopping him quickly.  “Ugggghhhhh!”

“Oh no, I have the right person,” JT said with an evil smile on his face as he floated to where Andy lay on the floor and then grabbed him by his throat as he floated into the air.

“Let… Me… Go…”  Andy managed to speak as JT shook his head and then tossed him down to the floor, using his powers to slam Andy down hard, repeating the process multiple times.

“Stop this!”  Necroloque yelled as he and the others arrived in the corridor.

“Well hello there Lord,” JT said as Barbara looked at him and then looked around.

“Oh God, he took out Hank, A’Mora and Andy,” Barbara stated as JT smiled and then waved his hand as he disappeared from the area.  “Where in the hell did he go to now?”

“It’s not gone, it’s still here,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed.

“You mean, he’s still here,” Barbara stated as Telly, Paul, Laura, Tyler, Wanda and Celeste joined them in the corridor.  “How are we going to stop this man, if his own uncle can’t stop him?”

“See, this is why we should be taking care of our own and not relying on outside help,” Telly stated as Necroloque looked at him again and then shook his head as Telly stepped backwards.

“What are we supposed to be doing here Telly, since you know it all… Come on, tell us what we’re supposed to be doing here,” Barbara stated as she looked over at Telly.  “How are we going to stop JT with just us?  He’s already taken out most of the active team.”

“It just means we need to call others in to help us out,” Telly stated, looking around.  “I’m sure we can…”

“Do you really think any one of us can stand against him?”  Barbara asked, looking down.  “We need to just give up before he takes the rest of us out.”

“Well, with that kind of damn attitude, we have no choice but to be taken out.  He’s already done something to Donna.  Nobody can find her and I haven’t heard from Michura or Kalya,” Telly stated as Hank barked and then wagged his tail.  “And what in the hell are we going to do about this damn dog?”

“Ah… Did Hank turn into a dog on his own, using his own powers or what?”  Barbara asked, looking around.

“If Hank changed himself into a dog, I’m sure he could change himself back, but I believe this to be JT’s doing,” Celeste stated as Hank barked again and then walked over to her, sitting at her feet as he looked up at her as he barked again.

“This is just freaky,” Telly said as Necroloque knelt down in front of Hank, waved his hand in front of Hank’s face and then stepped back up as Hank’s body glowed brightly as his body started to transform.

“You will be a dog no more,” Necroloque stated as Hank’s body stopped transforming and he changed back into his human form, revealing his true image.

“Hank, is that you?”  Barbara asked as Necroloque turned away from them and then waved his hands over A’Mora and then Andy’s body as both people opened their eyes, looking around quickly.

“Oh man, what happened to me?”  Andy asked, sitting up on the floor as he rubbed at his head and then got up.

“It seems you were a victim of the new and improved JT,” Telly replied, looking over at Andy and then helping him away from Necroloque.

“There’s something wrong,” A’Mora stated, looking around as she shook her head.

“What do you mean there’s something wrong?  That’s really an understatement around here with all that’s going on girl,” Barbara stated with a frown on her face.

“No, there’s really something wrong… There’s something wrong with JT,” A’Mora stated, looking over at Necroloque.  “He—he’s really enjoying using his powers the way he is.  It… It’s like he’s being turned on by it all.”

“Are you trying to say our boy is jerking off to hurting us?”  Telly asked as A’Mora and Barbara both shook their heads.

“Sometimes, I wonder if he thinks before he speaks,” Tyler stated as he shook his head.

“This guy has no kind of tact at all,” Wanda stated as she waved her hand in Telly’s direction, using her powers to place an eldritch band around his mouth, stopping him from talking as he struggled to remove the band with his hand from his mouth.  “Sorry, I’m not letting that off until you learn to still your tongue.”

“Thank you, I couldn’t have done it better myself,” Necroloque stated, grabbing his head as he dropped to his knees.

“Are you okay sir?”  Wanda asked, rushing to Necroloque’s side.

“There’s something else wrong,” Necroloque spoke as Celeste stepped over to the two of them.

“No, that’s really an understatement,” Celeste stated as there was a strange phenomenon in the room as JT appeared and then another JT appeared.

“Hello again Lord,” JT said with a smile.

“What in the hell… There’s two of them!”  Hank screamed.

“Uncle, is that you?”  The second JT asked, rushing over to where Necroloque was on the floor and then knelt down to him.

“How did you get here my boy?”  Necroloque asked.

“I—I was at the hospital in bed and he—he appeared in the room.  He grabbed me and said there was something I needed to see.  He—he said that we had some place else to be, that I didn’t belong in the hospital and that once I came with him, I would know what I should do,” the second JT stated.  “He said that there was a spell on me and that someone here tried to kill me.  Is that true Uncle?”

“Go ahead, tell him!”  A’Mora screamed, standing over Necroloque as Celeste’s eyes glowed.

“They’re not supposed to exist at the same time, in the same place,” Celeste stated as she pointed at both JTs.  “They’re both drawing energy from the same power source.”

“A power source that is Limbo,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed.  “One of them is not the real Prince and the other is just a performer on a stage, set up by I don’t know who.”

“How could something like this happen?”  The second JT asked as the first JT raised his hands, using his powers to create a cosmic flash bomb, throwing everyone in the area through the wall and outside to the ground.

“Who cares how it happened, it did and now you’re all dead!”  The first JT said, laughing as he disappeared as the others lay on the ground.

A Day Later – New York City, NY – The Park (Gay Bar)

“So, what’re we doing here babe?”  Drew Claybourne asked as he and JT walked into the building.

“We’re here because you said you wanted to have some fun with me, so here we are,” JT stated as the two of them walked over to the bar.

“But baby… We—we’re not old enough to be here,” Drew stated as he looked at JT.

“Don’t worry about that babe, I’ve got that covered too,” JT stated, smiling evilly.

“No baby, don’t use your powers that way,” Drew stated as JT’s eyes sparkled with energy as the bartender turned around and then looked at the two of them.

“What can I get for you two hot boys?”  The bartender asked, looking at JT with a smile on his face.

“I would like a Vodka and cranberry on the rocks,” JT requested as Drew looked at him strangely.  “How about you Drew?”

“I—I’ll just have a cola,” Drew stated, looking down.

“Come on handsome, is that really all you’re going to have?”  JT asked, smiling at Drew.

“Yeah,” Drew replied as the bartender smiled and then started preparing their drinks.

“Come on Drew, you have to let your hair down some time,” JT stated, pulling Drew close and then kissing his mouth.

“Baby no, we shouldn’t be doing that in here, like this… Someone would see,” Drew said as he looked around quickly.

“Good, let them all see, it’s a gar bar silly,” JT stated as Drew looked at him strangely again.  “This is where people like us, go to have a really good time.”

“How did you find this place baby?”  Drew asked, looking around as he stopped, noticing two guys in the corner kissing as he tapped JT on the shoulder.  “Oh God baby, it’s two guys kissing.  We’re in trouble here baby.  Someone’s going to catch us and try to lock us up.”

“We’re not in trouble babe.  No one is going to do anything to us,” JT stated, leaning in and kissing Drew’s lips as the bartender placed their drinks in front of them.

“Oh God, he saw us,” Drew said as he pulled back from JT in a hurry and then looked down.

“That’ll be seven fifty,” the bartender stated as JT smiled and then took a plain piece of paper from his pocket, tapped it with his finger as the paper changed into a twenty-dollar bill.

“Thanks man, you can keep the change,” JT stated, handing the paper to the man as the man smiled and then walked away.

“That wasn’t real money baby,” Drew said, looking at JT closely.  “What’s going on here?  You—you’re never this careless with the use of your powers.  What has gotten into you?”

“Nothing has gotten into me at all Drew.  I just want us to have a good time babe, don’t you?” JT asked, looking at Drew closely as his eyes sparkled with energy.

“Of course I do baby, but not at the expense of you using your powers the way you are,” Drew stated, looking JT in the face.  “I love you baby, but I don’t want your soul…”

“You shouldn’t be worried about my soul Drew, you should be worried about your own,” JT stated, smiling evilly again as he snapped his fingers as Drew disappeared.

“Hey!”  The bartender yelled, rushing over to the bar where JT stood.  “What just happened to your buddy?  How did he leave like that?  Are you two freaky, like those people they talk about on the TV?”

“I suggest you watch your mouth guy,” JT said as he smiled again.  “That’s the perfect idea.”

“What,” the guy said as JT’s eyes glowed as the man’s mouth disappeared from his face.

“That’s so much better… There’s peace and quiet, the way it should be,” JT said as he laughed and then turned around.  “Okay, who’s next?”

Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary

“I would very much like to know what’s going on here,” A’Mora stated, looking at Necroloque and JT.  “It seems you two are the only ones that can answer the questions of what’s really going on around here.”

“I don’t have an answer for this,” Necroloque replied, looking over at JT’s unconscious body.

“Well maybe JT has an answer in his head,” Hank stated, looking over at Necroloque.

“I guess I could take a peek at what’s in his head.  Maybe there’s something I’ve missed,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed brightly.

“Does this have anything to do with Marek’s actions?”  Hank asked.

“I don’t think so, but that could be the case,” Necroloque stated with a frown as he touched JT’s forehead.  “With all that’s happened, maybe he left a hypnotic suggestion in JT’s mind.”

“Damn, I thought all of our problems were over when Marek was captured.  This new shit just adds new flare to everything,” Hank stated as he walked behind the examination table that JT laid on.

“No, it just means that I need to reverse what I did and unbind JT’s powers and put things back right,” Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head.  “If I do that, maybe things could go back to the way they were and one of this stuff would’ve happened.”

“Yeah right,” Hank stated as Necroloque looked at him.

“Hank, you get upset way too easily,” Necroloque stated as Hank shook his head.

“Yeah, you two are related,” Hank stated, shaking his head again.

“Very intuitive of you,” Necroloque stated as Hank rolled his eyes.

“Well excuse me o’ powerful one, but some of us are not as powerful and god-like, like you and your nephew there,” Hank stated as Necroloque looked over at him as his eyes stopped glowing.  “If there’s an inkling of Marek in his mind, I wasn’t able sense it.”

“You’re psychic too?  I didn’t know you were psychic Hank,” A’Mora stated as Hank turned and looked at her strangely.

“I’m not as strong as JT or Donna, but I have psychic potential,” Hank stated as he looked over at A’Mora.  “He—he helped me develop my limited psychic abilities, but I tend to not rely on it, mainly because it’s so limited.”

“Non-sense Hank,” Necroloque stated, looking over at Hank.  “You could’ve been a strong psychic, but it seems you’re scared to use…”

“Get out of my head man,” Hank stated, pointing his finger at Necroloque.  “You’re acting like JT and Wanda.  I’m glad she’s not a real psychic… she’s only capable of projecting her voice into the minds of others, using her magic, whereas he can do that and read our minds.”

“Wow, go ahead and give a complete history of all the X-Ternals’ powers and weaknesses Hank,” JT spoke as Hank turned and looked at him.  “Yeah, I’m awake and no, Marek is not in my body.”

“Get out of my head man!”  Hank snapped as JT shook his head and then rolled his eyes.

“Mainly, a head that most wouldn’t want to be in anyway,” JT stated, looking over at Hank.

“Jerk,” Hank said, rolling his eyes again as he turned his back to JT and Necroloque.  “So, if there isn’t a sign of Marek in him, then what’s causing all this crap that’s happening?  Why did he…”

“I’m not responsible for what happened to you guys,” JT stated, looking down.

“If you’re not, who is?”  Hank asked as JT’s body crackled with energy as Necroloque stepped back.

“Oh no,” Necroloque said, covering his eyes as JT’s clothing started to change as ribbon and energy flared about his body as the light faded.  “Demonloque!”

“In the flesh,” JT spoke in a cold tone as Necroloque shook his head.

“It seems when you went searching for Marek in his mind, you found something else instead!”  Hank screamed, stepping backwards as he bumped into the wall and then slid down it as he tried to make his exit from the room.

“What in the hell is going on around here?  Why is Demonloque here again?”  Barbara asked as she and Wanda walked into the room, taking on fighting stances.

“No time for talking, we might need to take the defensive here and get moving.  It seems JT isn’t looking to play around and be nice,” A’Mora stated, her hair changing color as her costume reappeared.  “We need to get out of here, pronto!”

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 — Reality or …

Mar 2, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Complex – Donna James’ Quarters

“What in the hell is going on around here?  It feels like I’m losing my damn mind,” Donna said as she shook her head.

“Maybe you are,” Donna heard behind her as she turned around to see JT standing there in the shadows.

“JT, what’re you doing in here?”  Donna asked.

“No Donna, the question is, what are you doing here?”  JT asked, smiling evilly as he moved closer to where Donna lay on the bed as her eyes glowed, signaling that she was using her telepathic powers.  “Nah ah, you can’t use those mind powers on me Donna.”

“What in the hell is going on here JT?  What are you doing?”  Donna asked.

“It’s not a matter of what I’m doing, it’s a matter of what I’m not doing,” JT replied, smiling again as he moved closer to her as he waved his hand as she floated off the bed.

“What in the hell are you going?”  Donna asked.

“I’m releasing you from the constraints of this life,” JT stated as he moved his hand in a ‘Z’ formation over Donna’s body as she screamed out.  “Have fun Tele Girl, I’m sure you’ll love it!”

Somewhere in Georgia – An Unknown Medical Complex

“Courtney!  Courtney, where in the hell are you?” JT called out, walking into a hospital exam room.

“What’s the deal JT?  What’s with all the screaming?”  A young woman asked, walking into the room behind him.

“What in the hell is going on?”  JT asked, looking at the young woman.

“What are you talking about?”  The young woman asked.

“Don’t play with me Courtney, I’m not in the mood right now,” JT stated, looking at the young woman closely as if there was something wrong.

“What’s going on?”  The young woman asked, patting JT on the shoulder.

“Look, I don’t know what’s going on, but something’s not right here,” JT stated, shaking his head.

“What’s wrong JT?”  The young woman asked, looking at JT strangely.

“I wasn’t trying to get here.  I was trying to get to Mother Divine’s house so I could stop her, finally,” JT stated as the young woman looked at him strangely as he tapped his foot.  “What’s going on?  Why did I appear here and not there?”

“What are you talking about?  Where is this Mother Divine’s house?  Who’s that?  Did you get a pass to leave?”  The young woman asked as JT looked at her strangely.  “JT, are you okay?”

“Yes, I’m okay Courtney.  What’s the big deal?  Why did I appear here and not at Mother Divine’s house?”  JT asked.  “Once I take care of her, I can get back to my life and go find Joey and have a good time with him.”

“You can have fun with Joey?  Who’s Joey?”  The young woman asked.

“Oh come on, you should know who he is, he’s the guy I’ve been dating.  You know, the boy band member from the singing group All Star.  Joey Fallon, he’s my boyfriend,” JT stated, looking at the young woman strangely.

“I don’t know who you’re talking about JT.  When did you get a boyfriend JT?  Are you gay?  What happened to Danielle?”  The young woman asked.

“What?  Danielle?  Have you been drinking girl?”  JT asked, shaking his head.  “You know I’m gay and I’ve always been that way.  Stop playing stupid girl.”

“No, I haven’t been drinking, but maybe you have,” the young woman stated as she walked over to JT and then touched his forehead, acting as if she were checking his temperature.  “Did you go and have one of your special dreams again?”

“Did I have a special dream again?  What are you talking about Courtney?”  JT asked, looking at the young woman strangely as he looked around the room.

“Now I get it, that’s what it is.  You did have one of your special dreams again.  Come with me,” the young woman stated as she took JT’s hand, leading him down the hall to a room.  “Let’s get you back to bed and get you your medication.”

“What!  What in the hell is going on here?  I don’t take medication!”  JT screamed, pushing the young woman away from him as he tried to move away from her.  “Get away from me!”

“Come on JT, get back into bed.  It seems you’ve had a bad night,” the young woman stated.

“A bad night!  I didn’t have a bad damn night!  What are you talking about?  Where’s Joey?”  JT asked as the tears streamed down his face.  “Uncle!  A’Mora!  Pamela!  Ashley!”

“Come on JT, calm down buddy,” the young woman stated as she waved her hand at JT.

“No!”  JT screamed.

“You stay here and I’ll go get Danielle,” the young woman stated as she walked out of the room.

“What in the hell is going on here?  Where’s Joey?  Why is she talking about Danielle?  Maybe—maybe I’m losing my mind again.  Am—am I still with those crazy people that were trying to convert me from being gay to straight?  What in the hell is going on here?  Did the others really rescue me or was that all a dream?”  JT asked as the young woman returned to the room with a familiar looking, unwanted girl.

“Are you okay JT?  Courtney told me that you were having a bad time.  Have you taken your medications today?”  The girl asked.

“Danielle Drake?!  God please tell me that I’m dreaming!”  JT snapped, closing his eyes as he waved his hand as if he was trying to use his powers to teleport away, but nothing happened.  “Oh God, nothing’s happening!”

“JT, what are you doing?”  The girl asked.

“I’m trying to teleport away from here!”  JT snapped, backing away from the two young women as he backed up against the wall.

“Oh no, he’s feeling trapped.  I was afraid this was going to happen,” the first young woman stated as she shook her head.

“Get away from me!  I’ll kill both of you if you don’t stay away from me!”  JT yelled, holding his hand out in front of his body, expecting something to happen, but nothing did.

“JT, what are you doing?  What has gotten you into such a mood tonight?”  The girl asked.

“Stay away from me!  Don’t come near me!  This must be some kind of sick game!”  JT snapped, pushing past the two young women as he ran from the room.

“We don’t need this tonight.  Call Martin and tell him that JT is having one of his moments again,” the first young woman spoke as she walked out of the room to locate JT.

“Hi Martin, Danielle here… It seems JT has flipped out again.  I need you to find him and then bring him back to his room.  Be warned, you might need to restrain him if he’s acting a little off,” the girl spoke into a walkie-talkie.

= Gotcha boss lady. =

“It couldn’t have been a dream… it was so damn real.  It was all so real,” JT stated, hiding in the corner as he cried.  “I know I’m not that crazy.  They were real… it was all real.  I was there, my friends, the X-Ternals… they are all real.  I’m not crazy.  I—I’m not crazy.  I’m still asleep… That’s what it is.  I’m still dreaming, I have to be dreaming.  This—this isn’t make any sense.  I—I was happy—I was so happy.  I was a super hero.  I—I finally had someone that—that I was supposed to love, that’s supposed to love me. I…”

“You know… you really have some weird dreams JT,” JT heard as he looked up to see the young woman standing there, looking down at him.  “Alright JT, come on, let’s get you back to your room.”

“I don’t want to go.  Just leave me alone,” JT stated, wiping at his eyes.  “I just want to be left alone.”

“Well what you want right now isn’t what you’re going to get.  You’re going back to your room and back to bed.  Come on buddy, let’s go,” the young woman stated, grabbing JT by the hand as she pulled him up to his feet.

“Let go!”  JT screamed, kicking the young woman on her leg.

“Owww!  I didn’t want it to come to this,” the young woman stated as she pulled a syringe from her pocket, pulling the cap off as JT shook his head.

“No!”  JT screamed.

“I’m sorry JT,” the young woman stated as she stuck the needle into a bottle and then inserted the contents of the syringe into JT’s arm.  “You should be feeling that any moment now.”

“What have you done to me?  Why are you doing this to me?”  JT asked, shaking his head as he fell backwards against the wall, feeling the effects of the medication that was injected into him.  “No, I don’t want to sleep, I need to find Joey… Why Destiny, why did you…”

“That’s right JT, go back to sleep,” the young woman stated with a frown.

“No, I—I was his… I was—I was his… I was his super hero,” JT spoke as he slid down the wall, falling into a deep sleep.

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

Necroloque’s POV

Lawd, what have I done to my boy?  Why did I do that to him?  I know what I’ve done is going to cause a bigger problem in the long run, but I just couldn’t allow him to return to Earth to kill my sister, his aunt.  The way he acted, he was hysterical and he was going to do any and everything he possibly could to carry his wishes out.

This is all one big damn mess.  I shouldn’t have done things the way I did, but it seems I had no choice in the matter.  I couldn’t allow him to do what he had his mind set to do.  I now when his memory returns of what I did; he’s going to be just as upset with me, as he is with his aunt for what she did to him.

“There’s really no easy resolution to this matter,” I heard behind me as I turned around see my sister, the person responsible for all of this madness in the first place.

“You, how did you get here to Limbo?”  I asked as she frowned.

“I thought you would’ve asked why was I here, not how I got here,” she said as I shook my head.

“There’s no reason for you being here.  You’ve caused enough problems as it is,” I said as she shook her head.

“I wasn’t trying to cause a problem my brother,” she said as I sighed.

“What in the hell were you trying to do then?”  I asked as she looked down.

“I was trying to save his eternal soul,” she replied as I turned my back to her and then turned around quickly, not knowing if she would try something stupid with me too.

“There’s nothing wrong with his soul,” I said as she looked at me strangely.  “If there were something so wrong with him, do you think the Elders would put so much faith in him and…”

“He’s a chosen one, just like the rest of us,” she said as I shook my head again.

“Yes, he’s a chosen one and yet you used your powers against him!”  I snapped as she looked up at me as if I had slapped her.  “You took his powers away and almost allowed some damn mortal to kill him!”

“That’s not…” she said, stepping backwards as the castle walls shook.

“Why did you do that to him?  Had I remained on the mortal plane with you all, would you have done the same thing to me?”  I asked as she looked around quickly as the castle walls continued rumbling.

“I—I don’t know the answer to that,” she replied, looking down again.  “I don’t know what I would’ve done in regards to you.”

“Then why in the hell did you have to do it to him?”  I asked.  “Do you know how hard his life has been without your damn meddling?”

“I—I wasn’t meddling in his life,” she spoke up as I shook my head as she looked around again as the creatures of the castle grumbled.

“Where should I start woman?”  I asked as she looked at me as I waved my hand at the scrying glass as it glowed brightly.

“What are you doing?”  She asked.

“I’m showing you what your meddling has done over the years to cause a big problem,” I said as she looked at me strangely.  “I may not be on the mortal plane with the rest of you, but I do see what you do.”

“What are you talking about?”  She asked.

“Let’s start here,” I said as the images in the mirror stopped flashing, showing an image of one of my boy’s best friends.  “Strike one, you used your powers on his best friend to cause a problem in the lives of others.”

“You have to be a bit clearer than that.  Who’s that in the mirror?”  She asked, looking at me as if I were crazy.

“Okay, play crazy then,” I said as she shook her head.  “You cast a spell on Hank Hart and made him assume the form of Timmy.  You used your powers, playing with his mind, actually making him think he was Timmy for a time.  You had that lil white boy doing all sorts of things with other men while he looked and acted like Timmy.  Hank’s actions led Kevin to believe that Timmy was sleeping around with other men, which led to the problems that developed between the two of them.  That mess screwed Timmy’s mind up so much that he broke the Elders’ rules and went back in time to see what actually happened.  In the process of him investigating in the past, he made a mistake somewhere and things changed, which rewrote the present, changing Kevin’s name from James Jack to Kevin James.”

“I—I had nothing to do with that, you’re lying… You’re wrong!”  She snapped as I shook my head and then waved my hand at the mirror as the images changed, showing her casting the spell on Hank as her expression changed.

“Am I wrong now?”  I asked as she looked down.

“Strike two,” I said as she sighed.  “Danielle Drake, Mara Drake’s daughter from an alternate future.  Why in the hell did you conjure that evil charlatan whore from the whole in time she came from?”

“Who are you referring to?”  She asked as I shook my head, snapping my fingers as the images on the mirror’s reflection changed.

“That’s who I’m referring to!”  I snapped as the castle walls shook and rumbled again.  “You allowed that tramp to come back to the past and she did nothing but cause problems for Timmy and his friends.  Do you know the actual hell she created for him and his friends?”

“I did no such thing,” she stated as I shook my head, snapping my fingers again as the images in the mirror changed, showing an image of her as the person she had summoned from the future emerged from a time portal.

“You allowed that vixen to come back to the past and trick him into thinking that she was Mara.  Everyone thought that Danielle was Mara for over a year, before she slipped up and was figured out when Timmy used his psychic powers against her,” I explained as she had this blank look on her face.  “The stuff that lil tramp did to him and his friends wasn’t a pretty sight.  The things she did, a teenager shouldn’t have to experience.”

“That wasn’t my fault, I can’t control what a person does when…” she said as I shook my head and held up my hand, stopping her from saying more.

“Okay then, what about the Sword of Legions?”  I asked as she closed her mouth.  “Ah, I see I have your attention now.”

“He—he wasn’t ready for that,” she said, looking down again.  “He would’ve destroyed this planet if he held onto that sword for too long.”

“So, to keep him from mastering it, like his destiny says he must, you go back in time, find it before he does and hurls it into Limbo, where it was lost for millennia; only to be found by the souls of this realm and corrupted with their energy, which in turn, changed his destiny,” I stated as she shook her head.

“No no, that wasn’t supposed to happen,” she said.

“What did you think would happen to the world, having it be here and not where it was supposed to be woman?  How would he find it here and learn to use it to save the lives he was meant to save?  Because of your actions, he mastered the powers of Limbo a little bit too late!”  I screamed as the castle walls rumbled.  “Because of your damn actions, countless lives were ruined!”

“Stop this!  Stop this right now!”  She screamed as her eyes glowed.

“Sorry sister, this is my domain, I rule here, not you,” I said, floating off the floor as chains flew at her from multiple directions, grabbing her and wrapping her up.  “Because of your actions, your meddling in the life of my boy, I had to erase his memory and heart of the hatred you created!  I sent him back to Earth, recycled!  What’s happening to him is all your fault!”

“No!  Let me go!”  She screamed as I floated above her as my magical chains held her tight.

“No my sister, I am not going to let you go.  I’m going to leave you locked up here in Limbo,” I said, turning away from her.  “You’ll stay here until there’s a resolution to what you’ve done!”

“Divine!”  She screamed as the castle walls rumbled again.  “Divine!  Might of…”

“We won’t be having any of that!”  I screamed as I held out my hand in her direction.  “Ankh!  Egyptian Cruxata!”

“No!”  She screamed out as I used my powers to seal her mouth, not allowing her to speak.

“As I was saying, until I find a way to fix things with my boy, you will remain here so you won’t cause any more trouble for him or anyone else,” I said, floating down to the mirror, snapping my fingers as an image showed of my boy as he lies in bed, crying in the place that I had put him, tricking him into thinking that he had no powers and the life he’s led has been nothing but a dream.  How am I going to fix this problem that she created, that I’ve helped her make worse?

“My liege… there seems to be a mystical occurrence that involves the Prince of this Realm,” the spirit of the mirror spoke as I turned around to look to see was my sister where I left her.

“What kind of mystical occurrence?”  I asked as the reflection in the mirror changed, showing my boy in Jacksonville with one of his friends and he’s fighting.  “What in… That’s not possible.  My boy isn’t there in Jacksonville, he’s where I put him.”

“My liege, that is the essence of the Prince of this Realm,” the spirit of the mirror spoke again.  “The mystical occurrence tied to that essence is channeling chaos magic and warping the spiritual plane of the Earth, creating multiple variances in the plane.”

“How did that happen?  How did this essence take on the form of the Prince?”  I asked.

“That query is unknown my liege,” the spirit of the mirror replied as I looked around, checking to see that my sister was still where I had left her as I waved my hand at the mirror to see that my boy was still where I had placed him.  “I guess this means I’m going to find out what this essence is.”

“I advise against that my liege,” the spirit of the mirror spoke.

“Why is that?”  I asked.

“You would become susceptible to the effects of the chaos magic that the essence is channeling,” the spirit of the mirror spoke again.  “Your spirit could become corrupted and you would become Necroloque…”

“I’ll find a way around that,” I said, waving my hand in the air, creating a portal to take me to that thing so I could get to the bottom of why that thing was pretending to be my boy.

Mar 15, 1996 – Downtown Jacksonville, FL

(<BOOM>)

“Ha ha ha!”  JT laughed, flying past A’Mora as he threw a sphere of energy at her, knocking her off the earth-slide she stood upon.  “Hear me X-Ternals, no longer am I the man that you knew and loved, I am forever Chaos!  Beware, for I will kill you all!”

“What in the hell is up with all of this shit?”  Barbara asked, projecting beams of ice at JT, missing him.

“Silly woman, do you really think your ice can stop me?”  JT asked, laughing again as he flew past Barbara, zapping her with a bolt of energy, knocking her off of her ice-slide as she fell to the ground, her body shattering into small pieces of ice.

“Oh no, that doesn’t look good at all!”  Andy Claybourne said as he stopped in place.  “Something’s wrong with him, I can’t reach him telepathically.”

“Have you ever been able to reach him telepathically before Speedster?”  Hank asked, flying past Andy as A’Mora appeared next to him.  “Has anyone been able to find Donna yet?”

“I haven’t heard from Donna, Telly or Paul,” Andy replied, looking up.  “Has any of you?”

“Telly, you near?”  Hank asked, tapping a button on his communicator.

“I’m right here buddy,” Telly replied, appearing in a strange phenomenon in mid-air.  “I got Golem with me, but he’s not feeling so hot right now.  Is Barbara okay, is she going to reform or what?”

“I can’t answer about Barbara right now.  What’s wrong with him?”  Hank asked, looking at Telly.

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but JT isn’t acting normal right now and that should be the question on everybody’s mind,” Telly stated, looking at Hank strangely.

“How am I supposed to fight him?”  Paul Stanton asked, looking at Hank.  “I’m just an ordinary guy in a robotic suit of armor.”

“Do your best my friend, that’s all any of us can ask,” Hank stated as Telly and Paul disappeared and then reappeared on the ground.

“What in the hell are we going to do?  This is JT here!”  Laura Lynn screamed, running past as she threw an explosive energy sphere at JT.  “He’s one of us!”

“He was one of us, now he’s the evil doer!”  Hank yelled, flying past as he grabbed Laura by her hand, carrying her through the air.  “Team two, come on through!”

“This hit and run shit isn’t working Onyx,” Laura stated as she and Hank streaked through the sky.

“What do you expect us to do here Plastyque?”  Hank asked as the two of them floated in mid-air.  “He’s more powerful than all of us put together.  How do we stop someone with the powers of a god?”

“Hah, your guess is good as mine,” Laura replied as JT appeared in front of the two of them, waving his hand as waves of telekinetic might knocked her and Hank down to the ground.  “Damn it… How are we going to stop a telepath that knows our every move?”

“You can’t!”  JT screamed, appearing down on the ground in front of Hank and Laura as he smiled evilly as he waved his hand, using his powers to slam both of them against a wall.

“Damn it!  Has anyone been able to find Donna?”  Hank asked, leaning up on his elbows as he rubbed at his head as he looked over at Laura.

“Donna shouldn’t be your main concern right now,” the two of them heard as JT smiled as his hand crackled with energy.

“It shouldn’t be your concern either,” the three of them heard as Hank got up in a hurry as JT disappeared.

“Celeste, what are you doing here?”  Hank asked, moving over to the woman.  “Is there something wrong?”

“Oh yeah, there’s something very wrong,” the woman replied as she looked at Hank closely.  “The fate of the planet is at stake at this very moment.”

“Oh great… There’s something else to worry about,” Laura stated, walking over to where Hank and the woman stood.

“If I remember correctly, you said you would never appear, appear here, unless there was something happening that threatens the planet,” Hank stated.

“And that’s why I’m here right now,” the woman stated, waving her hand as there were multiple flashes of light as different X-Ternals’ members appeared.

“What in the hell is going on?”  Telly asked, appearing as he looked around.  “We were getting ready to drop down on JT when we vanished and then appeared here.  What the hell happened?”

“I brought you here,” the woman stated as Telly shook his head.

“I should’ve known… Malaphyion, why are you here?”  Telly asked, looking around at the others near him.  “Are you here to tell us that there’s some drastic thing happening to the universe right now?  If so, take a damn number, we’re already knee deep in shit of our own.  We’re currently fighting a fool and now she has something new for us.  I’m not into it lady!”

“Don’t listen to his rants and ravings Celeste,” A’Mora stated, looking at the woman.  “Why are you here though?  What can be happening, bigger than what we’re dealing with right now?”

“What’s happening is chaos.  Chaos has been released into the world,” the woman identified as Celeste spoke.  “If that chaos isn’t stopped and put back where it belongs, this world will surely end.”

“Well it’s very funny that you mention that,” Hank said, shaking his head.  “JT’s now calling himself Chaos.”

“What?  Oh no,” Celeste stated, looking down at her hand, looking at an image there.  “If that’s the case, he’s ben inhabited by the spirit of Chaos.”

“That’s just what we fucking need right now!”  Telly yelled, shaking his head again.  “How are we going to stop him?”

“There isn’t a way to stop him,” Celeste replied, looking down.

“There has to be a way to stop him and to make things right,” A’Mora stated, frowning as she shook her head.

“Regardless of what’s going on right now, I think he’s done something to Donna,” Hank stated as he looked up at Celeste.  “No one knows where she is.”

“Why is that?”  Celeste asked, looking at Hank strangely.

“Probably because she would’ve been able to telepathically sense that something was wrong with him,” Hank stated, punching his hand into the nearest tree.  “She’s the only one of us that is a good enough telepath like he is that could…”

“I don’t think that’s the case Hank,” A’Mora stated, looking around.  “Andy could’ve easily used his telepathy to detect that there was something wrong with…”

“No he couldn’t, he hasn’t been around lately,” Hank stated, glaring at A’Mora.  “He’s been at home, brooding about things he change!”

“Cut it out Hank, we don’t have time for that,” A’Mora stated, sighing as she looked over at Celeste.  “Regardless of that, Andy could’ve used his telepathy to detect if something was wrong with JT and so could Wanda, myself or Kayla.  Donna isn’t the only one of us with an affinity to detect when something is amiss around with the psychic world.”

“But Donna is the only one of us that is able to use her telepathic abilities on a level that rivals JT’s powers,” Hank stated as he looked over at A’Mora, waiting for her to say more.  “When it comes to psychics on his team, it’s JT and Donna that reign supreme in that area.”

“You have a point, but there are other means of detecting…” A’Mora stated as Hank shook his head, interrupting her again.

“We don’t have time for this argument!”  Hank snapped, turning around.  “I think we need to get back to HQ and figure out what we’re going to do to solve things with JT and this so-called chaos that has been released into the world.”

“Yea, we need to tend to our wounded also,” A’Mora said as she glared at Hank as she and Andy walked towards where Barbara lay on the ground.

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 — Chaos Cometh This Way

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

“You need to calm down my boy,” Necroloque spoke, standing in front of JT.

“No Uncle, no!”  JT screamed as Necroloque shook his head.

“Screaming about this isn’t going to make things right,” Necroloque spoke.

“Are you kidding me here?”  JT asked, looking at Necroloque strangely.  “If Pamela, Ashley, A’Mora and Kevin hadn’t popped up when they did, those fools would’ve killed me!”

“You’re not dead though my boy,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head as he waved his hand as his scepter appeared.

“I’m not dead, but she needs to be!”  JT screamed as the castle walls shook.  “How dare they send you and Hephzibah to stop me from killing her!”

“You can’t kill her,” Necroloque stated as he looked down.  “What is it going to take for this to be put to rest?”

“It will take her being put to rest!”  JT snapped as he looked at Necroloque again.  “Don’t you understand the seriousness of this?”

“Yes, I understand it very much my boy,” Necroloque replied as he looked down again.

“What if she had done to you, what she did to me?  Would we be having this argument right now?”  JT asked, looking at Necroloque again.  “She’s your sister!”

“She’s your aunt,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.

“Not any longer!”  JT snapped as he waved his hand in the air, using his powers to create a dimensional portal.  “When I return to Earth, I will kill her!”

“In that case,” Necroloque spoke as he waved his hand at the portal that JT created and it disappeared.  “I can’t let you leave here.  I can’t allow you to do what you did again.  I have to safeguard the planet and if allowing you to return back to Earth threatens that balance, then you’ll remain here in Limbo, forever if need be.”

“No Uncle!”  JT screamed, raising the scepter high in the air as another portal appeared as Necroloque waved his hand again, causing the portal to disappear.

“I won’t allow you to return to Earth in that state of mind my boy,” Necroloque stated as he sighed.  “I’m not going to give you the opportunity to destroy the planet, to get your revenge on Mother Divine.  You have to let this anger go.  If you keep at this, your anger will consume you and your soul will resemble this place.”

“I don’t care!”  JT screamed, floating into the air as Necroloque projected a beam of magical energy at him, knocking him down to the floor.

“Please my boy, don’t make me do this,” Necroloque said as JT got up off the floor and then took off running down a corridor.  “Timmy, please!”

“No, I’m going to kill her, one way or the other!”  JT screamed, stopping at a set of double wooden doors as he pushed the doors open to a room filled with what looked like doorways to other places.

“No my boy, don’t do that!”  Necroloque screamed as the room shook, knocking JT down to the floor.  “Asa M’Doo’az Jal K’Taj Prees!”

“No!”  JT screamed as strange looking chains made of magical energy appeared from the floor, wrapping around his body and then pulling him towards a glowing doorway across the room.

“I won’t allow you to return to Earth in your current state of mind,” Necroloque stated as he shook his head as a few tears fell from his eyes.  “So, I’ll keep you here.”

“You can’t stop me, you just can’t!”  JT screamed as his eyes crackled with energy as the castle walls shook and rumbled.  “I won’t let you stop me Uncle, I won’t let you!”

“You have no choice boy, I can’t let you do that,” Necroloque stated as the doorway that JT was pulled into glowed brightly.

“No!  Star Cosmic Saturn Power, Change-Up!”  JT screamed as the ribbon-like energy exploded from the doorway, enveloping JT with energy as his clothing changed as he landed on the floor as a staff appeared in his hand.  “I’m sorry Uncle, I love you, but I won’t be denied this.”

“You—you upgraded yourself to your ultimate form,” Necroloque stated as his eyes widened as he backed away from JT.

“I’m doing what I have to, to put right what has been done wrong,” JT stated as he looked at Necroloque.

“Please my boy, please don’t do this,” Necroloque stated as he grabbed JT’s hand.  “Let the Elders handle her, you leave her alone.  Don’t do evil for evil.”

“Those people could’ve killed me because of her,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I won’t allow that to happen again.”

“It won’t happen again,” Necroloque stated, looking at JT closely.  “You just transformed into your ultimate form, meaning that you are your superior self.  She won’t be able to hurt you again.”

“I’m not going to believe you on that one,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “As long as she lives, there’s the possibility of her hurting me again and I can’t allow that.”

“She’s not going to hurt you again,” Necroloque stated as JT nodded his head.

“I know, I’m going to stop her,” JT stated with a smile.

“Really, she’s not going to hurt you again,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.

“You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep Uncle,” JT stated as he waved the staff through the air as a portal appeared and he got ready to step through it as Necroloque waved his hand, trying to dissipate the portal as his eyes glowed.

“I’m sorry my boy, I can’t let you go,” Necroloque stated as the portal disappeared as he gasped and then held his chest.

“We’ll just have to keep playing this scene out until I get what I want,” JT stated as Necroloque shook his head.

“No we won’t,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed as JT fell to the floor, knocked out cold.  “I’m sorry my boy, but I can’t let you get what you want this time.”

Mar 1, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – Joey Fallon’s Quarters

“I’m really glad to see you baby,” Joey said as he and JT walked into the room as the door closed behind them.

“I’m glad to see you too Joey,” JT stated, leaning in and kissing Joey’s lips as Joey pulled back and then looked him in the eyes and then leaned in and kissed his lips.  “I thought you were mad at me.”

“I was, but I’m not now,” Joey replied as he led JT over to the bed and then motioned for him to sit down.

“Why aren’t you mad with me now?”  JT asked as Joey looked down and then back up at him.

“Because you had a lot going on and I can’t hold you responsible for that,” Joey stated as he leaned in and kissed JT’s lips again.  “I remember that when you go to Limbo, time passes differently, so that’s why you were gone so long, right?”

“Yeah, that’s right,” JT replied as Joey smiled and then kissed his lips again.

“So, what’s with this new look of yours?”  Joey asked, admiring the new costume JT had on.  “Is this something to do with your so-called bad side?”

“No, I don’t have a so-called bad side, this is just me,” JT answered as Joey raised an eye at him.

“This is just you?  What about… what’s his name… yeah, the Demonloque,” Joey stated, looking JT in the face.  “Isn’t that another part of you, like that Legacy Saturn thing is a part of you?”

“No, I don’t think so.  My so-called bad side was with me before I discovered I was Legacy Saturn.  Demonloque isn’t bad per se, he was just me.  My body was imbued with the magical and cosmic energies that I now possess and the power somewhat corrupted my personality and identity.  You could say the power was too strong for me to handle alone and with Marek’s mind tampering; he was able to bring some of my so-called bad desires to the surface and that power created a personality that didn’t care about anything, but what he wanted,” JT explained, laughing coldly as Joey looked at him strangely.

“Damn,” Joey stated as JT smiled slyly.  “So go on.”

“Due to the will of the Elders and my father, that part of my personality was silenced and the person for which you know as me was put in complete control.  Only when I get upset or too weak, that personality is able to take control and do what it wishes to do,” JT stated.

“Well that explains a lot baby and I’m totally glad that Marek creep is gone.  Now hopefully things will calm down and we can spend some time together, just the two of us,” Joey stated, wrapping his arms around JT.

“Your lips really taste good.  What have you been eating?  I can’t really explain what it is that I taste on your lips,” JT stated, smiling again.

“I haven’t eaten anything yet.  Oh wait, I had a Twinkie© before you appeared in my apartment to get me,” Joey stated as JT giggled and then shook his head.

“Why are you laughing?”  Joey asked.

“I can just imagine you sitting on the sofa, in your apartment, stuffing your face with those snack cakes,” JT stated, laughing again as Joey frowned.  “Filling yourself up, just putting on another layer… You’ll start to look like those snack cakes soon.”

“Oh, so you think it’s funny huh?  Well how funny is this?”  Joey asked, pushing JT backwards on the bed and then folding his arms across his chest.  “It’s not funny to talk about someone’s weight!”

“Why isn’t it funny?”  JT asked, getting up as he looked Joey in the face.  “If you can’t handle people commenting on your weight, you shouldn’t eat so much!”

“You’re a rude fucking jerk!”  Joey screamed, making a move to punch JT, but was repelled backwards as JT’s eyes sparkled with energy.

“I’m not a rude fucking jerk, I’m just a guy that’s about to be fucking your sweet ass,” JT stated, his eyes glowing as Joey’s anger seem to dissipate as Joey stepped closer to him and then kissed his lips.

“You want my sweet ass?”  Joey asked as JT smiled as Joey pushed him backwards on the bed and then crawled on top of him, straddling his waist.  “I can tell you want my ass, I can see how big you are.”

“I’m glad you see it, I’m going to use it on you,” JT stated as Joey bent down, kissing his mouth passionately.

Breaking the kiss, Joey trailed his fingers down the front of JT’s costume, groping him in different places and even tweaking his nipples.  Kissing JT’s lips again, Joey reached down and unbuttoned JT’s belt and then pulled it from around JT’s waist.  Stopping, Joey smiled and then pulled the shirt from JT’s body, revealing his chest.

“I love those pecs,” Joey said, leaning down to kiss JT’s chest.

“I can care less if you love the pecs, I want you naked so I can see that ass,” JT stated as Joey looked at him strangely.  “Better yet, it’s time for me to take things up a notch.”

“What do you mean?”  Joey asked as JT’s eyes glowed as all of their clothes disappeared, leaving both of them naked as the day they were born.  “Oh I like where this is going.”

“Good,” JT stated as Joey stroked his cock, arousing him as they started to consummate their love for each other.  “Do you really want to be doing this right now?”

“Yeah, I’ve missed this for a very long time,” Joey stated as he rose up on JT’s cock and then slid back down on it.  “I want you right now.  You don’t have to do anything, just let me do all the work baby.”

“Damn Joey, that feels good, work that fat ass,” JT stated, slapping Joey’s ass as he rose up and then slid all the way back down on his cock again.  “It feels like you are tight as hell.  Oh God, this feels like… it feels like heaven and hell.”

“Baby,” Joey said as JT slapped his ass again as he rode up and then back down on the cock.  “Oh God yes, I’ve missed this… I missed you while you were gone.  I didn’t think I was going to see you again when you went away.”

“I didn’t have to worry about seeing you, I can spot this fat ass from out of space,” JT stated as he smacked Joey’s ass again and continued using his ass.

“Oh God, I love you baby, I love you,” Joey said as he leaned in and kissed JT’s lips again.

Donna James’ Quarters

Donna’s POV

What in the world is going on?  I’ve been trying to sleep for hours, but I can’t seem to.  What’s up with me?  I’ve been tossing and turning in this damn bed for only God knows and it’s not doing me any good.  God, why can’t I damn sleep?

“This is getting out of hand,” I said, getting out of bed as I walked over to the mirror, stopping in front of it as I looked at my reflection.  “What in the hell is going on?  That—that’s not me!”

Oh God, what in the hell happened to me?  Where is my face?  What in the hell is going on?  This must be a damn dream!  That’s not what I look like!  What’s going on?  Oh God, this can’t be real… This is all a damn dream!  It’s all a dream!

“That’s it, it’s only a dream,” I said, walking over to the mirror again to check my reflection, not recognizing the person there.  “What in the hell is happening?  Where is me?”

(<BLEEP>)

“Go away!”  I screamed at the door, not actually knowing who was on the other side of the door.

Something’s really wrong here.  Why can’t I sense anything?  I should be able to sense who and what is on the other side of that damn door, but I’m not able to.  What in the hell is going on?  Are my powers falling me or what?

(<BLEEP>)

“Donna!  Donna, open this door!”  I heard Paul’s voice as I walked over to the door, pressed the button on the wall to open the door to let him in.

“What is it that you want Paul?”  I asked as he looked at me strangely.  “What is it?”

“Are you okay?  You’ve been screaming for almost an hour,” Paul replied, looking at me closely.  “What’s going on in there?  Were you having a nightmare or something?”

“I’m okay Paul,” I replied as he shook his head.  “Really, I’m okay Paul.”

“Are you sure?”  He asked as I nodded my head as he turned around and then stepped out of the room.

“Donna, if you need to talk about something, you know I’m here for you,” he said as I pressed the button, closing the door as he just stood there.

What in the hell is going on?  Is this all a dream or what?  This can’t be happening… Maybe it is just some—some minor issue that’s… I don’t even know how to explain this madness to myself, so how would I explain it to someone else?  What is this madness?  Is this something wrong with me or is there something going on because of something or someone else?

“Oh no, this must be Setterwynd’s doing again,” I said, shaking my head.  “I—I don’t thin I can deal with that crazy witch, mucking with my head again.”

Oh God… Oh God, oh God!  If Setterwynd has done something to me again, I—I can’t function… I don’t know what I’ll do if Setterwynd has taken control of me again.  The last time she got to me, she—she made me think that I had killed everyone.  I don’t want to go through that kind of hurt and pain again.

“Wait a damn minute!  It couldn’t be Setterwynd, she’s dead!  It can’t be something she’s doing to me,” I said, walking over to the mirror again.  “This has to be something else, but what?”

Hank Hart’s Quarters

Hank’s POV

How could he say those mean and hurtful things to me?  How could he just up and dump me like that?  He—he treated me like some damn groupie or one of their fans!  This—this is my own fault.  I—I should’ve just listened to the others when they told me not to get involve with him.  Hell, I should’ve listened to Tyler when he told me the same thing.  I just thought he was being jealous.  Damn it to hell!  Had I turned my back on Lance and just come back here to the complex, like JT did, I wouldn’t be feeling the way I’m feeling right now.  Damn it, damn it, damn it!

“Damn it to hell!”  I screamed, shaking my head as I walked over to the bed as the door beeped to let me know I had a visitor.  “Who’s there?”

Not getting an answer, the door beeped again.  Sighing, I turned around and walked towards the door as it beeped again.  Whoever it is, I’m sure they heard me ask who it was.  If they can’t reply, then they don’t need my damn attention.  I’m not in the mood to deal with any…

(<BLEEP>)

“Who is it?”  I asked again, standing in the center of the room, waiting for a reply from whoever it was on the other side of the door, still not getting one.  “Damn it, who’s there!”

Sighing again, I turned around and sighed as I walked back to the bed.  I’m just going to lie down and rest my nerves while I can.  The sooner I forget about Lance, the better off I’ll be.

(<BLEEP>)

“Who’s there?”  I called out again, still not getting a reply from whoever was there.

Walking over to the door, I pressed the button to open the door, but didn’t see anyone outside.  Okay, what in the hell is going on?  There’s nobody there and I’m not in the mood for whatever the hell this is.  Looking down both corridors, I sighed and turned around, pressing the button to close the door back and to lock it.

“I’m going to bed,” I said, heading back to the bed as the door beeped again.  “Okay, this isn’t funny anymore.”

Sighing, I turned around and then pressed the button to reopen the door, but yet no one was there.  What’s going on?  Is there something wrong with the door alarm?  Is there a problem with one of the computer’s systems?  Looking down both corridors again, I still didn’t see anyone.  This is getting really annoying.  Stepping back into my room, I pressed the button to close and relock the door.  Sighing, I walked back over to the bed, pulled the covers back and then got inside, pulling the covers over my head.

“I’m just going to sleep my memories away,” I said as I felt the bed move.  “What the hell…”

“No hell baby,” I heard a familiar voice as I pushed the covers down to see Lance in bed with me, totally naked.

What the hell is going on?  What is he doing in here?  How in the hell did he get in here?

“Lance, what are you doing here?”  I asked as he moved closer, leaning in and kissing my lips.  “Lance…”

“No words baby,” he said, kissing my lips again as he pushed me backwards on the bed as he crawled on top of me.

“What’s happening here?”  I asked.

“Any and everything you want baby,” He said, leaning in and kissing my lips again as his other hand moved down my chest, tickling me a bit.  “Don’t you want me baby?”

“Yeah, I want you Lance,” I replied as he smiled at me and then leaned close, kissing my lips again as he gyrated his hips on top of mine, grinding his ass into my dick.

“If you want me baby, do what you want,” he said, lifting up a bit as he maneuvered his ass over my dick, stroking me, getting me hard.

“But Lance…” I started as he shook his head, kissing my lips again, shutting me up.

“My butt is waiting for you to take it,” he said, sliding down my legs, getting down to my crotch as he sucked my dick into his mouth.

“Oh God!”  I screamed as he looked up at me, continuing to suck my dick as I felt him playing with my balls.

Oh God, what’s happening here?  One moment he’s mad with me and telling me that he never wants to see me again and now he’s here with me, sucking my dick and getting ready for me to fuck him.  I don’t care how he got here, I just care that we’re together now and we’re having fun together.

“You ready baby?”  He asked, sliding up my body again as he positioned my dick at his entrance, smiling wide as he sat down, going slowly as my dick popped into him.  Damn, he’s so tight.  “Oh God, you feel so big baby.”

“You feel so good to me,” I said, placing my hands on his hips as he placed his hands on my chest, leaning down to kiss my lips as he started moving up and down on my dick.

“You feel good to me too,” he said, speeding up his movements.  “Oh yeah baby, that’s it right there!  That’s the spot right there!”

“Oh yeah!”  I screamed as he continued bouncing up and down on my dick.

“Oh shit, you’re going to make me shoot!  I can’t take it anymore… Give it to me baby!”  He screamed, continuing to bounce up and down on my dick as he leaned down close, holding me tight as he worked his ass muscles, bringing me closer to orgasm as I felt my juices building.  “Come on baby… Make me shoot baby… Make me shoot this load all over us!  Come on Hank, stop holding back and give it to me baby!”

“Oh God, that feels so good baby,” I said as he continued grinding his ass on my dick as I felt myself go over the edge.

“That’s it baby, let it go!”  He screamed, sitting up on my dick, still bouncing up and down as he started stroking his own dick as he threw his head back and then shot his load on my chest as the floodgates opened and I’m sure I coated his insides with all I was worth.  “I can feel you inside me baby.  Let’s go another round.”

“Oh God Lance, don’t you ever get enough?”  I asked as he looked at me strangely as I recognized a strange, but familiar glint in his eyes.  “You act like you don’t get dick on a regular basis.”

“I don’t get dick on a regular basis, not like how you give it to me baby,” he said as he started moving on top of me again as I felt my dick harden between us.

About an Hour Later – Joey Fallon’s Quarters

“Yeah honey, right there… You know just how I like it,” JT moaned as Joey massaged his back.

“I know baby, I want you to feel good. I don’t want you achy and tired when you have to go off to fight those evil creeps again,” Joey stated as he moved in close and kissed JT’s cheek.  “I love you JT.  I’m so glad that we’re together now.”

“Okay,” JT replied, not even looking at Joey.

“Out of all the guys I’ve been with in my life, you’re the one that I truly love and—and feel love from,” Joey stated with a far-away look on his face.  “How about you baby?  Do you feel the same way?”

“Oh yeah, I love you too Joey,” JT replied, his eyes sparkling with energy for a quick instance as he smiled slyly.  “I’m glad you came into my life too.”

“That’s so sweet,” Joey said, continuing to massage JT’s back.

“It is, isn’t it,” JT said, smiling brightly as he adjusted himself on the bed.  “As those Elders said, you’re supposed to be the light to my darkness.  I hope our love continues to shine.”

“You’re so romantic baby,” Joey said, smiling again.  “I hope our love withstands the test of time.”

“It will,” JT stated as the room alert sounded to signal that someone was outside the door.

“Who’s there,” Joey called out.

“Open up, we need to talk guys.  Come on, it’s important!”  Hank yelled.

“Damn it,” JT said as he disappeared from the bed and then reappeared at the door with clothes on as he pressed the button to open the door.  “What is it that you want Henry Hart?”

“Well hello to you too JT,” Hank spoke as he stood in front of JT as JT just stood there with an angry look on his face.  “Is there something wrong?”

“Yeah, there’s a lot wrong Henry,” JT replied as Hank and Joey looked at him strangely.

“Ah JT, why are you calling me Henry and not Hank?”  Hank asked.

“You interrupted our personal time,” JT stated, his eyes crackling with energy as he stepped back, turned around quickly and then spun around, waving his hand through the air, throwing a ball of cosmic energy at Hank, knocking him out of the room and slamming him into the wall out in the corridor.

“JT!”  Joey screamed as JT laughed and then shook his head.  “What in the hell is wrong with you?”

“Hmph, he got what he deserved!”  JT exclaimed, laughing again as he faded away from the room.

“Oh my God, Hank!”  Joey yelled as he pressed a button on the wall as an alarm sounded.

“What’s going on out here?”  Barbara asked, rushing down the corridor.

“JT did this,” Joey stated as Barbara knelt down to assist with Hank.

“Oh my word… What happened?”  Barbara asked, looking at Joey and then back at Hank.

“JT hit him with some kind of energy,” Joey stated as the tears streamed down his face as Barbara looked at him closely.

“It—it was—was a—a—cosmic—cosmic energy—bolt,” Hank spoke as his eyes closed.

“Hank!”  Barbara screamed as Michura and A’Mora appeared in a flash of light in the corridor.

“What’s happened?”  A’Mora asked, looking around.

“JT happened,” Barbara stated as Joey stepped back, leaned against the wall as he cried.

“What do you mean JT happened?”  A’Mora asked, kneeling down to Hank.  “Hank… Hank, can you hear me?”

“I don’t think he can,” Michura stated, shaking her head as she looked around.

“What in the hell is going on?  Why in the hell would JT do something like this?”  Barbara asked, standing up.  “Computer, is JT in the complex?”

= Psychic Warrior is not within vicinity of the complex =

“He’s not here; he faded away after he zapped Hank!”  Joey screamed, rushing back into the room.  “I—I can’t stay here, I—I have to go!”

“What?  Why are you leaving?”  A’Mora asked as Joey rushed around the room, grabbing various things in the room, throwing them on the bed.

“I’m not going to be with someone that can do what just happened!”  Joey screamed as he stopped moving, looking at A’Mora.

“What happened to make him do this?”  A’Mora asked, looking at Joey closely.

“Hank stopped by and said he needed to talk and then JT said something about him interrupting our personal time and then bam!”  Joey exclaimed, throwing his hands up.

“That doesn’t sound right,” A’Mora said as Joey shook his head and then looked at her as if she were crazy.

“That’s what fucking happened!”  Joey screamed.

“There has to be a logical explanation for this,” A’Mora stated, looking down.

“There is,” Joey said as he walked over to the bed, grabbed his things and started putting them in a bag.  “JT is crazy and I’m not going to be here when he gets back.  I’m outta here!”

To Be Continued…