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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.

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“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

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“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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If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 21

Chapter 21 — New Additions and Ultimatums

Jan 4, 2003 – Orlando, FL – The Poole-Walden Estates

“Come on baby, do you forgive me?”  Mark asked, holding JT in his arms as they stood in the doorway.

“Yeah, I guess so,” JT replied as he looked into Mark’s eyes.

“You guess so?  You guess so?  What kind of answer is that baby?”  Mark asked, looking down.

“It’s the only one you’re getting from me right now,” JT replied, kissing Mark on the cheek and then pulling away from him.

“Fine, I’ll get a better answer out of you later on tonight,” Mark said as he crossed his arms across his chest. “So, when will Justin, Nick, Dean and Angie start moving in?”

“Well, Nick is already moved in.  Justin is partially moved in,” JT replied as Mark looked at him strangely.

“He’s partially moved in,” Mark said as JT nodded his head.

“A few of his doctors aren’t on the same page as me yet,” JT stated with a frown.  “I’m trying to get them all to see the big picture through Justin’s eyes, but some of them are concentrating on his medical issues first and not on his privacy and freedom from the hospital.”

“I see,” Mark said as he shook his head.  “Is someone trying to keep the hospital’s profit margin up or is there something else at play there?”

“It’s a bit of profit, his health and the fame of things with him,” JT stated as he sighed.  “He may not be a big-name celebrity in the whole entire world, but he is a singer around this town, same as Nick and since they’ve been at the hospital, tons of fans have been camped out in the lobby.  The hospital has gotten tons of news coverage because of those two and the board likes it.”

“Well I’m glad you got their back, so you can see the big picture of things,” Mark said as he pulled JT to him and kissed his lips.  “What about Angie and—and Dean?”

“Angie has the movers putting most of her things into storage.  She’s going to stay here tonight and finish up with some things at her apartment tomorrow.  She’s taking the room down the hall that she normally sleeps in when she stays over.  Dean will be across from her and he’ll start moving in around Tuesday, maybe Wednesday.  He said he has to see his lawyer about some things, so he’ll keep me informed of things,” JT explained as he sighed.

“This place will be operating like a hotel sooner or later,” Mark said, laughing.

“That’s what I said earlier,” JT stated as he kissed Mark’s mouth.  “Before I left the hospital, I checked on Kai.  He’s ready to come home, but Andy wants him to stay a bit longer.”

“I bet he misses his room,” Mark said as JT shook his head.

“He wants to move up to the attic,” JT stated as Mark looked at him strangely.  “Should we let him?”

“If that’s what he wants, why shouldn’t we?  He’s almost fifteen and he would probably want to be far away from our room as possible,” Mark said, laughing again.

“He’ll be all the way up there, away from us,” JT said, hugging Mark as he looked down.  “Way up there in the attic, doing only God knows what.”

“Baby, it’s not like we don’t know how to go up there,” Mark said as he rubbed JT’s back and then slid his hand down into the back of JT’s pants.

“Hey now, you’re being naughty,” JT said, kissing Mark’s mouth again.

“Yeah I am, but you bring out the naughty in me.  Let’s go get our freak on, before everyone comes back,” Mark slyly said.

“No baby, we can’t do that, we don’t have the time,” JT said, pulling away from Mark.

“Hell, all I need is fifteen minutes.  Shit, all I really need is a good five,” Mark said, kissing JT’s cheek.

“Excuse me, I’m not going to just go jump into bed and rush things along for you,” JT said with a frown.

“Come on baby, it won’t take that long.  We’ll be done before anyone comes back,” Mark whined, trying to kiss JT’s mouth.

“Down boy,” JT said, turning Mark’s face away from his.  “I think you need to go take a cold shower or something.”

“But baby,” Mark whined.

“That’s what you want, but you’re not going to get it right now,” JT stated, shaking his head.

“Fine, why don’t you just fuck me then; I need some form of sex baby.  I need you, I need you in any way I can get you,” Mark said, his eyes pleading with JT as JT shook his head.

“No baby, just wait until later on.  I promise you, I’ll make it worth your while later on.  You’ll love that so much better,” JT said as he walked down the hall to his home office.

Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room’s Nurses Station

Angela’s POV

I can’t believe I’ve been here an extra hour.  I should’ve been gone an hour ago.  I bet JT and Mark are probably wondering where I am and why I’m not at their place.  I need to get my stuff and get the hell out of here before something else happens and I end up staying another hour.  The sooner I get out of here, the better things will be.  I’m going to say my goodbyes and get the hell on.

“I’ll see you tomorrow girl,” I said as Tamara walked passed me, heading for the exit doors.

I busied myself, finishing up my notes and then gathered the rest of my things so I could head over to JT’s house, doing my best not to be spotted by any other doctors or possibly patients that need my help.

“Where in the hell did I put those stupid keys?  Damn, I must’ve left them in the locker,” I said, shaking my head and then sighing.

Rushing back to the staff locker room, I heard my phone ringing.  I dreaded answering it, especially after last night.  Kevin has been blowing my cell up, trying to apologize for what happened, but I don’t want to hear anything he has to say.  I looked at the caller ID, not recognizing the number, I decided to answer the phone.  I flipped it open as I rummaged around in my purse, trying to find my locker key.

“Hello?”  I said, pulling out the key and opening my locker so I could change out of my scrubs.

“Angie, please don’t hang up,” I heard Kevin’s voice say quickly, trying to buy himself some time before the dial tone greeted his ass.  “Baby, I just want to talk to you.  Please don’t hang up on me.”

“Don’t call me Angie!  You no longer have the right to call me that.  I thought I told you to lose my number!  What the hell do you want from me?”  I asked in exasperation, not needing that kind of stress right now on top of everything else going on in my life.

“I—I just want to see you, so that I can apologize for what happened last night,” he replied quietly, so quietly in fact, I had a hard time hearing him.  “Angela, I really care about you.  I know that I fucked up, but please don’t let this kill us before ‘us’ has a chance to grow.”

“There is no ‘us’ Kevin, I told you that already.  I meant what I said when I last saw you!  Any ‘us’ that might’ve been, died last night when you called me by his damn name!  Now please, if you really care about me, leave me the hell alone,” I said, hanging up the phone before I started crying.

Damn him!  Why can’t he just leave me alone?  I already have too much on my plate as it is to deal with.  First, my baby Kai gets hurt and then Valgina fucking Williams comes back to make life a living hell.  To top things off, JT gets fired and that damn bitch is named his replacement!  I don’t know how much more of this I can take, before I have either a nervous breakdown or I catch a damn court case.

As I finished changing into my clothes, I grabbed the last of my stuff out of the locker so I could head out.  Stopping by the time clock, I made sure that all the nurses under my supervision remembered to clock out before I headed for the door.  Since I decided that it would be a good thing to move in with JT and Mark, I have a lot to do at home, so I hurried to my car, stopping dead in my tracks before I could get there.

Sitting on the hood of the car was a vase of at least a dozen perfect long-stemmed yellow roses, anchoring a clutch of helium balloons that said, ‘I’m Sorry’ on one side and ‘Please Forgive Me’ on the other.  I got close and could see that there are also a dozen teddy bears sitting on the hood of the car, each holding a pink rose and a card that read, ‘Please Forgive Me’.

I gasped in surprise; tears sprang to my eyes as I got closer.  I touched the roses gently, almost afraid that they might break.  I can feel my heart melting and I knew that Kevin was behind all of this.  I turned around to put my purse on the roof of the car so that I could find my cell, but just as I’m about to dial his number, my phone rang.

“Kevin?”  I said breathlessly, hoping that he had forgotten that I told him never to call me again.

“I take it you found my apology,” Kevin replied softly.

“Yes… It’s beautiful.  Thank you,” I managed to say before I started crying softly.  “Where are you?”

“Somewhere close by.  I didn’t want to come around, unless you said it was okay,” he replied.

“I need—to apologize—to you,” I spoke before I felt hands on mine, moving the phone away from my ear as I turned around to see him standing there.

“Don’t cry sweet girl,” he softly said as he wrapped his arms around me as I buried my face in his shoulder, holding onto him.

“I’m sorry that I slapped you last night Kevin.  It just hurt me so much when I gave myself to you and you called me by his name,” I finally told him as I cried, holding onto him.  His arms tightened around me, holding me closer to him.

“Baby, you have nothing to apologize for.  I’m the one who screwed up.  I wish that I could go back and erase the pain, but I can’t.  All I can do is say that I’m sorry for hurting you that way.  You’re so much better than I deserve and…” he stated as I cut him off.

“No!  You deserve me… And I deserve you,” I softly said.  “I just need to be a little more willing to forgive you when you make mistakes.  I’m so sorry for hitting you.”

“Hey, that’s in the past, remember?  Can we put last night behind us and concentrate on getting back to where we were?”  He asked as he smiled down at me.

“I think I’d like that,” I replied, kissing him gently.  “Would you like to be my date tonight?”

“Where are we going sweet girl?”  Kevin asked, kissing me as we began moving my gifts from the hood to the back seat of my car.

“We’re going to a barbecue at JT and Mark’s house,” I replied as I stole a quick kiss before I got behind the wheel and started the car.  “Oh and another thing.”

“Yes sweet girl,” Kevin said, looking at me closely.

“If you ever call me by another person’s name while we’re making love again, I will rip your head off and shove it someplace really painful.  Capeesh?”  I said as he nodded his head.

“Capeesh!”  He replied, laughing as I pulled out of the lot as he rested one hand on my thigh as I drove to JT’s house to share a special night with him and the new friends.

Late Evening – The Poole-Walden Estates – The Backyard

“Where’s everybody?”  JT asked, looking around the backyard.  “This is supposed to be a get-together and it seems no one is here.”

“Angie called and said she and Kevin are on their way and Nick and Justin are busy in their room,” Mark replied with a smile as he winked his eye as JT looked at him strangely.

“They’re busy?”  JT said as he looked down and then back at Mark.

“Yeah, I said they are busy as in they are gettin’ busy,” Mark said with a smirk.

“They’re having sex?”  JT asked with a surprised expression on his face.

“Yeah baby and from the sounds of it, Justin is doing a good job of taking care of business,” Mark said as JT slapped his arm playfully.

“That isn’t your business baby, you’re a big perv, you know that,” JT said, shaking his head.

“It’s not my fault, it’s theirs.  No one told them to leave the door cracked,” Mark said as he ducked another of JT’s slaps.

“Shut up you perv,” JT said, walking out into the backyard.  “Come on you big baby.”

“Where are we going?”  Mark asked, looking around the yard.

“We’re going to the pool house, so we can take a dip,” JT said as he winked at Mark as Mark looked at him strangely as realization hit as he took off running towards the pool house.

“Hot damn, I’m gonna get some,” Mark said, stopping at the pool house door as he waited on JT to get there.

“You could’ve at least waited for me,” JT said, pushing Mark up against the wall as he kissed his mouth passionately while groping at his crotch.  “One of these days you’ll stop and think about what it is that you’re doing.”

“I’m sorry baby,” Mark said as he hefted JT up on his shoulders and walked into the pool house as he closed the door behind them.

A Few Minutes Previously – Justin and Nick’s Bedroom

“How are you feeling baby?” Nick asked, kissing Justin’s cheek.

“I feel fine,” Justin replied, pulling Nick closer.  “I’m starting to like it here already.  I wonder how long JT’s going to let us stay here with him.”

“I don’t know, but our best guess is that we better keep an eye out for a place of our own, just in case,” Nick replied as he looked down.

“Do you think he’ll throw us out?”  Justin asked, looking at Nick with concern written all over his face.

“I don’t know baby.  We don’t really know him like that.  We just know that he’s our therapist and I think he only took us in because of our celebrity status,” Nick said as he looked down.

“I don’t think that’s the case baby.  I don’t think he’s concerned about any of that.  I think he genuinely likes the two of us.  Besides, his husband is known around town and is famous.  I don’t think him knowing the two of us would make a difference,” Justin stated as he kissed Nick on the cheek.  “Just forget about all that stuff and we’ll take things one day at a time.”

“Are you sure about that Justin?”  Nick asked, lying his head on Justin’s chest.

“Yeah, I’m sure, sure as the sky is blue and the fact that I love you Nick Canton,” Justin said as he rubbed Nick’s back.

“I love you too baby and that’s Nick Canton dash Tanner,” Nick said as he kissed the tip of Justin’s nose.

“We’re not married yet, but okay baby,” Justin said as he laughed.

“We’ll be married soon, I hope,” Nick said as his cell phone rang.  Sighing, he pressed a button to answer it, turning on the phone’s speaker.  “Hello, talk to me.”

“Nick, where are you?”  Nick’s brother Aaron’s voice rattled out through the speaker.

“I’m at my and Justin’s new home,” Nick replied.

“You’re at your new home?  Where’s that?  I wasn’t aware that you two had bought a place,” Aaron said as Justin giggled.

“We’re at JT’s place, you know JT Poole, the therapist,” Nick stated.

“You mean Mr. Poole, as in that Kasai guy’s father?”  Aaron asked.

“Yep, one in the same,” Nick replied.

“Cool, can I come over?”  Aaron asked.

“Yeah, I called you earlier and left the address on your voicemail.  There’s going to be a barbecue, so bring something to contribute,” Nick said as Justin shook his head.

“What should I bring?”  Aaron asked.

“Does it really matter?  It’s a cookout, think of something that you would want to eat at a cookout,” Justin said as he giggled again.

“Yeah, what he said.  I’m in the middle of something bro, I gotto go,” Nick said as he smiled at Justin and then closed the phone.

“You didn’t have to hang up on him baby,” Justin said, shaking his head again.

“Oh yes I did baby.  It seems your dick is ready for more action and I wasn’t expecting it,” Nick said as he moved into a sitting position atop Justin’s hips.  “Are you ready to go again?”

“Hell yeah,” Justin replied, holding onto Nick’s hips as he moved him up and down on his dick.

Later On – Upstairs – Angela’s Bedroom

Angela’s POV

“So, this is going to be my new home.  Well, at least until JT and Mark either drive me crazy or kick me out,” I said, gathering hangers as I walked over to the closet and slid the door open as I hung up clothes as I talked.  “Kevin, could you hand me those pantsuits please?”

“Sure baby,” Kevin replied, bringing me the pile of clothes as he kissed my shoulder.  “So, will I be allowed to come over for conjugal visits or not?”

“Conjugal visits?  You make it sound like I just entered prison or something silly,” I replied, laughing so hard I had to sit down next to him on the bed.  “JT and Mark said that it’s perfectly okay for me to have company as long as we keep it down to a low roar.  Damn, it’s going to feel weird living with him and Mark right down the hall.”

“Well at least you have your own room and plenty of privacy,” he said, kissing my shoulder again as he got up to open another suitcase.  He stared down at the contents wide eyed as I wondered what he was looking at.  “What’s this?”

“Wait, don’t look in that one!”  I yelled, ducking around him, trying to grab the small case.  Kevin moved the case out of my reach, blocking me from taking it away from him.  I sighed in frustration, blushing furiously as Kevin picked up piece after piece of lacey silk lingerie, inspecting each carefully.

“Well… You never told me that you had such good taste in lingerie Angela,” he said in a very sexy whisper, coming close and touching my face.  “Can I see you in some of it sometime?”

“Sure you can, but only if you’re a good boy and you finish helping me unpack all of my stuff,” I replied with a grin as I took the bag with the lingerie over to the dresser to be put away.  I carefully refolded the pieces, putting them away as he eyed me closely.  “Well I’m done for now.  How about we go downstairs to join the others?”

“How about you give me that show right now?  Screw the others,” he replied, wrapping me in his arms as he kissed my mouth passionately.  I melted into him, sighing softly when the kiss ended.  “So, can I have that show now?”

“Party now, show later, you horn dog,” I retorted as I pulled him down for one more lingering kiss before letting him go.  I turned to walk away from him, stopping when he wrapped his arms around me, pulling me close to his body again.  I grinned, reaching back to put my arms around him as we walked out the door together.

Out in the Pool House

JT’s POV

I must admit that I was really pissed off with Mark, mainly because of his constant temper tantrums.  It’s like damn, he acts like every guy I see, I’m going to leave him and go jump into bed with them.  Lord, I hope this jealousy of his goes away soon, if not, I don’t think I can continue putting up with it or him.

“Baby, what are you thinking about?”  Mark asked, smiling at me.

“You and those terrible jealousy fits you keep having,” I replied as he frowned and then looked down.  “Why are you so jealous all of a sudden Mark?”

“I’m scared you’ll stop loving me and leave me for someone else,” he replied, looking at the wall on the opposite side of the room.

“What gave you that notion Mark?”  I asked.

“It seems, for some strange reason, that all the people you’ve dated in the past or have been in a long-term relationship with, have resurfaced,” he said as I wrapped my arms around him, pulling him closer to me.

“So, what if Dean’s come back into my life, he’s only in it as a friend and that’s it.  I love you, you’re my husband Mark, not him,” I said, trying to reassure him that it was him I loved.

“What about that other guy?”  He asked, looking into my eyes as I wondered who he was talking about.

“You know, the guy that came by the hospital with the flowers and stuff, about two weeks ago,” he said, turning away from me again.

“Turn back around here mister,” I said, pulling him back to me.  “Mark, don’t do this to us.  I love you and only you.  There’s no other man that I love, well besides Kai, but you know what I mean.”

“Who was that guy baby?  Don’t be trying to change the subject,” he said, sitting up.  “Who was tht guy that brought the flowers and kissed you on the cheek?”

“His name is Ste… Ste Henderson,” I replied with a frown.

“So, what’s the deal with him then?”  He asked, the sadness hanging on his words like a moth to a flame.

“We dated in college, but that’s it,” I said, knowing he wasn’t going to accept that.  “He lives in London and each time he comes to America, he stops by to visit me, besides he’s married.”

“He’s married?  Why is he bringing you flowers and kissing you on the cheek?”  He asked as I sighed.  “He shouldn’t be doing those things for you.  He should be doing those things to the person he’s married to.”

“I’ve known him a long time Mark, we’re just friends, nothing more than that,” I said, getting pissed off with him.  “He’s been married for the last decade and has three beautiful kids.  Why would he jeopardize that life, trying to start something with me?”

“I don’t know, he may have a death wish or something,” he replied as I shook my head.

“You’re really pissing me off and you might not like the outcome if you keep this crap up,” I said, pointing my finger at him.

“What you trying to say baby?”  He asked, jumping up from the hammock.

“I’m simply saying that if you don’t stop with all this jealousy crap, I—I’ll divorce you.  I’m tired of all of this Mark.  Either you love and trust me or you don’t, it’s really that simple.  So, which is it?”  I asked, getting up as I walked over to him.

“You would actually divorce me?”  He asked as I could see the tears forming in his eyes.

“If I have to keep putting up with this crap, I’ll divorce you.  I love you Mark, but I won’t put up with the constant arguments about you suspecting me of sleeping with other men.  If you love me like you say you do, then you’ll stop this crap and show me that love, instead of wasting both of our time with those fucking accusations,” I told him, grabbing my clothes as I walked outside, not knowing that our guests were around.

“Well hello there big daddy,” I heard someone say as I turned around to see Marshall and Jamie standing there with their mouths gaping open.

“You might want to close your mouths, the flies might find a home in there,” I said as the two men realized they were staring.

“Baby, please don’t leave…” Mark said, realizing that we had guests too as he went red in the face, shoulders and his butt cheeks too.

“Well damn, look at that, he even blushes on his ass,” Chris Kilmartin said, walking up to Jamie and Marshall.

“I think your Irish pride is showing baby,” I said, laughing as he covered his crotch and then ran back into the pool house.  “We’ll be back in a few minutes.”

Florida Hospital – Kasai’s Hospital Room

“Hi there,” Aaron said, peeking his head into Kasai’s room.

“Hi,” Kasai replied, waving at Aaron as he came into the room.

“How are you feeling?  I told you I would come back to check on you,” Aaron said, smiling weakly.

“That you did.  What’s going on guy?”  Kasai asked, half-smiling.

“Nothing really.  I’m getting ready to head to your place.  It seems your dads are having a barbecue and I was invited,” Aaron informed him.

“Yeah, the famous barbecue.  Wish I wasn’t here,” Kasai said with a frown on his face.

“Why are you here, if you don’t mind me asking?”  Aaron asked.

“I got beat up by some guys and—and they hurt me pretty bad,” Kasai replied as he pressed the button on the bed to move the back up.

“Oh damn, I hope those creeps are in jail for doing that,” Aaron said as he looked down.

“From what I heard, one of them is and the cops can’t really find the others,” Kasai replied as he twisted around a bit in bed.

“I’m sorry,” Aaron stated as he looked down.

“Sorry for what?”  Kasai asked, looking over at Aaron, trying not to stare.

“I’m sorry that the cops haven’t caught the other creeps that hurt you,” Aaron stated as he weakly smiled again.

“Well it’s not your fault man,” Kasai said, keeping his eyes on Aaron, hoping the boy hadn’t noticed.

Aaron’s POV

Oh man, is this a dream or what?  I’m actually sitting here, in the room with Mr. Poole’s son and I can’t help but to stare at his beauty.  This guy’s a prime-time hottie.  I’ve been here for a while now and every now and then, I look up to see him watching me.  This guy is giving me a hard on and I don’t know if he’s gay or not.  I got to do something to find out if he is or not.  I just can’t take my eyes off of him.  Damn, just sitting here, watching him, talking him, I keep hearing that old song about not being able to take my eyes off someone, playing in my mind.  Whoever it was that sang that song, they knew what they were talking about.

“So, what do you like to do—do for fun?”  I asked, moving the chair closer to him as I could see him tensing up a bit.

“I—I like listening to music, playing computer games and stuff,” he replied, looking at me and then back down at the bed.  “How—how about you?”

“When I’m not on stage acting or performing a song like my brother, I get into about the same things.  So, who’s your favorite band or artist?”  I asked.

“Well I can’t choose just one, I have so many,” he replied.  “But I can stay that I do have a liking for the Rat Kids and Trashcan Man.”

“Cool, I’ve heard some of both bands’ music.  Isn’t Trashcan Man the band that guy arrested for running naked through the crowd at one of their concerts?”  I asked as he smiled and then giggled.

“Yeah, that’s them.  I like the lead singer of the band, he’s so hot,” he said and then blushed.  “I just love me some Ronnie Ray Days.”

“That name sounds so familiar,” I said, scratching the side of my head.  “Dang, he must be really hot, for you to be blushing like that.  Honestly, I can’t remember what the guy looks like, but I can say that I really like Nick Thawley of the Rat Kids, he’s a real hottie.”

“Not as much as Jess Lowe,” he said as I shook my head.

“No, Nick is the better.  I would…” I said, then caught myself, noticing how he watched me.

“Go on, what would you do?”  He asked.

“I would do very naughty things to him,” I replied, shaking my head.

“What kind of naughty things?”  He asked, looking at me strangely.

“Things that would probably put Ms. Skeeza of the Skeezas to shame,” I said, laughing as he laughed too.

“Okay, in the concept of their last video, would you be a naughty girl?”  He asked, sitting up in bed as he turned towards me as he pulled the sheet over his exposed legs as I caught a glimpse of the bruises there.

“For the right person,” I answered, smiling now that I knew that he caught on that I’m gay.

“Cool, I can be a naughty girl at times too, but I would rather be nice first,” he said as I got up, leaned in close to him and then kissed his lips gently.

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 20

Chapter 20 — A New Beginning for Jusitn and Nick

Jan 4, 2003 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – Kasai’s Hospital Room

“Hi there,” Aaron Canton spoke, walking into the room.

“Hi,” Kasai replied, pulling the sheet up to cover his exposed chest.

“I wasn’t trying to disturb you, but I was looking for your dad,” Aaron said.

“Which one,” Kasai said, looking at Aaron.

“Oh?  Yeah, that’s right, you have two of them.  Will you please forgive my ignorance today; I’m kinda slow right now.  I’m looking for Mr. Poole, is he here by any chance?”  Aaron asked.

“No, Daddy hasn’t been down here yet,” Kasai replied, sitting up in bed.  “Have you tried his office on the second floor?”

“Yes, I went there, but no one was there.  I assumed he would be here with you, but I guess I was wrong again,” Aaron said with a frown on his face.  “I’m sorry for bothering you.”

“It was no bother.  It’s always good to have company around here,” Kasai said with a smile.

“Well cool.  If I have the time, I’ll drop back by here later on to see what’s poppin’,” Aaron said, waving at Kasai as he walked out of the room.

“Damn, he’s hot.  I wonder what I have to do to get his digits,” Kasai said as Mark walked into the room.  “Hi Daddy Mark, where’s Daddy?”

Mark’s POV

I thought JT was here, but I guess he isn’t.  Where could he be right now?  He’s not up in his office and he’s not here.  I guess he’s somewhere else in the hospital.  Maybe I should’ve checked the gym before coming here.

“I have no idea kiddo, I thought he was here with you,” I replied, sitting down on the bed, leaning in and kissing his forehead.

“Well that guy that just walked out of here is looking for him too,” Kasai replied, pointing at the door.

“That was Aaron Canton, without the make-up and stage lighting.  He’s probably trying to find his brother still,” I said just as my cell phone rang as I pulled it out to see JT’s number flash across the screen.  “Hello baby, where are you?”

“I’m at home, where are you?”  He asked.

“I just got here to the hospital, to check up on Kai,” I said, smiling at him as I rustled his hair.

“Well damn, I guess we just missed each other.  I just got here to the house,” he said as I wondered what he was doing there.

“What are you doing at the house baby?  Aren’t you supposed to be here,” I said, shrugging my shoulders as patted Kai’s leg.

“No, Larry demoted me, so I quit and decided to go home,” he said as I shook my head.

“You quit?  Baby, what all happened?”  I asked.

“He told me that I was demoted and that Val-hootchie was going to be my boss, so I quit,” he responded as I heard him fumbling with something, probably his laptop, since I heard something beeping.

“Damn baby, so what are you going to do now?”  I asked.

“Well, since you’re there at the hospital, I guess I’m going back there, so I can spend the rest of my day with my two favorite men,” he said as I made a funny face at Kai as he giggled.

“Okay honey, I’ll see you when you get here,” I said, making some kissing noises into the phone as Kai turned up his nose.  “I love you.”

“I love you too baby,” he said as I closed the phone.

“You guys are just too mushy for me,” Kai said, laughing as he waved his hand dismissively at me.

“Whatever kid,” I said, grabbing him as I kissed his cheek and started tickling him as he started freaking out.

“Get off me!  Get off me!  Please don’t hurt me!”  He screamed out, pushing me off of him.

“Oh God baby, I would never hurt you,” I said, getting up off the bed quickly as I watched him as he cried.  “I’m sorry baby.”

“No Daddy Mark, I’m sorry.  I just… I just don’t know what to do,” he said, sniffling as he reached out to me as I moved back over to the bed and then sat down as he hugged me.

In JT’s SUV

JT’s POV

As I made my way out of the house, to head back to the hospital, I spotted Dean as he waited out in the yard, I guess for me.  Walking over to him, he told me that he needed to talk about something important, but wanted to discuss it with my husband as well.  Thinking about things, what could he possibly want to talk to me and my husband about.  Telling him I was headed back to the hospital to check on Kai, he asked could he tag along to see Kai and I agreed.

“So, what is it that you need to talk to us about Dean?”  I asked, turning onto Ventura.

“I think I’d rather wait until you were with Mark.  I don’t want him thinking I’m trying to get with you or something.  I still love you JT, but not like I used to love you,” he said, looking out the window.

“What is it Dean?  Why are you here all of a sudden?” I asked, trying to keep my eyes on the road.

“Fine, I guess I can tell you that part.  I got married a while back and now I’m divorced,” he replied as I almost ran off the road when I heard that.

“You got married?  To who?”  I asked.

“I—I married Shannon, you know the girl from my last agent’s office.  We got married last year and well—well she caught me sleeping around with someone else and now we’re divorced,” he told me as I shook my head as he continued to look out the window.

“So, who did you cheat on her with?”  I asked, turning into the hospital’s parking garage.

“Some guy from a movie I was working on.  I fell in love with him JT, but—but he doesn’t even love me.  He doesn’t love me at all.  It was all about the sex for him.  I—I sacrificed the relationship I had with her, for a guy that didn’t love me.  All he saw was a piece of ass to use as he wanted,” he said as the tears streamed down his face.

“I’m sorry Dean, I didn’t know,” I replied as I leaned over and hugged him.  “Everything will be okay, I promise you that.”

“You can’t tell me something like that JT, I’m heartbroken here.  Things will never be the same, ever again,” he said as we got out of the truck.

“Come on, let’s go see Kai,” I told him as we walked into the hospital just as my phone rang.  “Hello?”

“Hello Mr. Poole, Daniel Sylar here,” I heard the voice of one of the hospital board members on the phone as we stepped into the elevator.

“Hello Mr. Sylar, what can I do for you?”  I asked, wondering why he was calling for me, being that I was no longer a hospital employee.

“I was calling to convince you to take your job back,” Mr. Sylar said as I shook my head as the doors opened.

“I’m sorry Mr. Sylar, but I don’t want my job back.  As long as Valgina Williams would be my boss, I wouldn’t want to work for Florida Hospital, ever again,” I declared with a sigh.

“That’s just it Mr. Poole, you were never demoted, Valgina Williams isn’t your boss.  You are still the head of psychiatry services,” Mr. Sylar stated as I looked at the phone strangely as I stopped at Kai’s door, motioning with my head for Dean to go on in.

“But Larry told me,” I said as Mr. Sylar interrupted me.

“First of all Mr. Poole, I don’t care what Larry told you.  You are still the department head of psychiatry services.  As I see things, no paperwork has been processed for your resignation, so you resigning your job never happened,” Mr. Sylar stated as I scratched the top of my head.  “Also, Larry Tanner is no longer employed by the hospital.”

“What do you mean he’s no longer employed by the hospital?”  I asked.

“He’s been terminated, effective immediately.  Please Mr. Poole, please come back to work.  Myself, along with the hospital doesn’t want to lose your expertise around here,” Mr. Sylar said as I contemplated the options.

“So, Larry Tanner and Valgina Williams aren’t going to plague me at Florida Hospital?”  I asked.

“Larry Tanner won’t, but if I need to, I will make sure that Valgina Williams doesn’t cause you any trouble either,” he stated as I smiled.

“I—I guess I’ll come back then,” I said, walking into Kai’s room.

“Good Mr. Poole, I expect to see you in your office at your earliest convenience,” Mr. Sylar said.

“I’m already here in the hospital, I can be in my office in a few minutes,” I said, looking at my watch.

“Great, I’ll see you there in a few minutes,” Mr. Sylar said as the phone connection ended as I closed the phone.

“I wasn’t demoted,” I said with a smile as Mark looked at me strangely and then motioned with his head at Dean.  “I’m still the boss up there.  Yahooo!”

An Hour Later – Florida Hospital – Hospital Cafeteria

“I’m sorry to keep you two waiting,” JT said as he walked into the room and then took a seat next to Mark.  “Okay Dean, what is it that you want to talk to us about?”

“First, would the two of you stop looking at me like that, it’s scaring me.  Damn, I just wanted to ask you two a favor,” Dean said with a frown on his face.

“What kind of favor Dean?”  Mark asked, sliding closer to JT.

“I—I was wondering, wondering ah… I was wondering could… Well, could I move in with you guys?”  Dean asked, his head held down, fixated with some spot in his lap.

“What!?”  JT and Mark said in unison.

“Never mind, I’ll find some other place to live,” Dean said, getting up from the table quickly as he turned around.

“Dean, Dean wait,” JT said as he got up and then grabbed Dean’s hand, stopping him.  “Just sit back down and tell us why you need a place to live.”

“Well I told you about what happened with Shannon,” Dean said with a frown as he looked down at the table again.  “To start, the divorce is now final and I’m homeless.  She didn’t want to play fair at all.  I can understand with all that happened, she was mad, but she didn’t have to do what she did.  To not put her through any trouble, I decided to just settle out of court, but instead of that happening, she got a woman lawyer that was a totally bitch.”

“What happened?”  JT asked.

“Shannon listened to the damn bitch and put the screws to me.  She didn’t want to settle out of court, she wanted to air our dirty laundry for the rest of the world.  We ended up going to court and guess what, we got a female judge.  None of that went well at all.  The bitch gave Shannon my house, both of my cars and a whole lot of other stuff she didn’t deserve to have,” Dean explained as he sighed and then rubbed at his eyes.

“Damn man,” Mark said as he shook his head.

“Well I’m glad the damn judge didn’t mess with the rest of my assets, but I do have to pay Shannon an ass-load of cash on a monthly basis for alimony for the next two years,” Dean stated as he shook his head and then sighed again.  “Right now, I don’t know what to do.”

“Damn, who did you cheat on her with?”  Mark asked as JT elbowed him in the side.

“Does it really matter?”  Dean asked, looking down at the table again.

“Oh man, you didn’t,” Mark said, getting up from the table as he looked at JT with a hurt expression on his face.  “I knew it!  You show your face for one minute and you two are back together again!”

“What?  What in the hell are you talking about?  Dean didn’t sleep with me, if that’s what you’re thinking,” JT said, glaring at Mark.  “Dean, just go ahead and tell him who it was you were caught sleeping with.  I don’t feel like having this argument again.”

“She—she caught me with some guy on a movie I was working on,” Dean replied with a frown.  “Look Mark, I understand how things seem, but me and JT haven’t been together for a very long time and basically, I don’t have the same feelings for him, like I used to.  It’s just a friendship, family type of bond we share, nothing more than that.  It has nothing to do with romance or anything like that.”

“Yeah right,” Mark said as he looked down and then shook his head.

“I thought we went through this already.  If you don’t have enough sense to trust me, then I think it’s time for us to go our own separate ways.  I don’t need the constant temper tantrums, accusations and these so-called fits of jealousy,” JT stated as he grabbed his bag and his crutches and started walking away.

“Baby don’t, I’m sorry.  You know I trust you,” Mark said as he followed behind JT.

“If you trusted me so much, you wouldn’t be so quick to think I would jump into bed with someone else.  The only man I love and sleep with is you and only you Mark.  When are you going to get that through your thick skull?  I married you, not him,” JT said as he punched Mark in the shoulder and then walked away from him with tears in his eyes.

“JT, JT wait!”  Mark called out as he followed JT down the hall, leaving Dean sitting at the table with a confused look on his face.

A Few Hours Later – JT’s Office

“Well hello you two,” JT spoke as Justin wheeled into his office with Nick following behind him.  “Glad to see you.  So, where have you been most of the day Justin?  The nurses and some doctors have been looking for you for a bit.”

“Ah, well…” Justin trailed off, looking down.

“Did you forget about your session this afternoon?”  JT asked.

“I—I’m sorry,” Nick replied with a nervous look on his face.  “I didn’t mean to cause any problems.  I—I took Justin on an outing for a few hours.  I didn’t think it would be a problem.”

“You took him on an outing?  Where did you two go, if you don’t mind me asking?  Did you have fun?”  JT asked, looking at the two men.

“Yeah, it was quite fun and very interesting,” Justin replied with a blush creeping around the corners of his cheeks.

“Well I’m glad you two had some fun.  What can I do for you guys?”  JT asked, leaning against his desk.

“I want to know when can I leave the hospital, for good,” Justin said as he looked up at JT.

“Leave the hospital for good?  What are you asking here Justin?”  JT asked.

“I don’t want to be here JT, I would rather be someplace else without all the—interruptions,” Justin stated with a sigh. “I want to go back to my life, if you know what I mean.”

“Justin, you’ll be cleared to leave here, when your doctors and I believe that you’re ready to go out into the world and actually be able to handle day-to-day living,” JT stated as he walked around his desk and then took a seat, picking up a folder from his desk and opening it.  “Justin, you still have medical issues that haven’t been addressed yet and do you really think you can get around and manage your life daily, without…”

“That’s just it JT, I think I’m ready to do that,” Justin said as he looked down.  “I just need to get out of here to see.”

“Okay, where are you going to go Justin?”  JT asked as he stood up and then walked around his desk, leaning against it when he got back in front of Justin.

“Well ah… Well, I could… Well, we haven’t thought that far along yet,” Justin replied as he looked over at Nick.

“Where were you planning on going?”  JT asked, looking at Justin and then over to Nick.

“We would go to Nick’s hotel,” Justin answered.

“You would go to Nick’s hotel.  Do you think that’s a good idea?”  JT asked, looking at Justin with a concerned look on his face.

“Right now, it’s the best idea I got, if I want to get away from here,” Justin replied with a frown.  “Until I can get into a place of my own, that would be the next best thing.”

“Where would you look for a place of your own Justin?”  JT asked, crossing his arms across his chest as Justin looked at him and then looked down.

“Well, I—I don’t know where to look JT,” Justin stated as he looked down again and then sighed.

“That figures,” JT said as he moved back around his desk again.  “Justin, if you don’t have a place to go, I just can’t up and agree to you leaving here.”

“Why not JT?”  Justin asked in a whiny tone.  “I can’t stay here forever.  Besides, people are starting to circulate rumors around this place and I’m getting scared that some of those might get out to the rest of the world.”

“What kind of rumors are we talking about here Justin?  Nick, do you know what he’s talking about?”  JT asked with a frown.

“I’m talking about the rumors about us being romantically involved,” Justin stated as he moved closer to JT’s desk.

“Ah, those are not rumors Justin,” JT said as he looked at Justin and then shook his head.  “You two are romantically involved.”

“I know that, but that’s nobody’s business but ours and our friends that know about us,” Justin said as he sighed and then shook his head.  “I want to get out of this place, mainly because I don’t have any privacy here and I want to spend every waking moment that I can with the man that will soon be my husband.”

“You want to spend time with the man that will soon be your husband?  Really now,” JT said, blinking twice.

“Yeah, I’m going to be Nick Tanner soon,” Nick said with a smile.

“Well I guess congratulations are in order for you two,” JT said with a smile.  “So, when’s the big day?”

“We—we haven’t decided on a date just yet.  We’re trying to solve one problem at a time,” Nick said with a frown.  “Besides, we have other problems to solve, before we can get married to each other.”

“What problems are those?”  JT asked, looking at Nick with concern.

“I don’t want to talk about any of that, that can be saved for a later time, maybe during a session or something,” Nick said as he looked down.  “Our main concern right now is finding a place to live.  Since you don’t agree with the hotel, do you have any suggestions as to where we can go, that will be suitable for us?”

“Now that I think of it, I do,” JT replied as Justin’s head shot up.  “I have the perfect suggestion.”

“What’s the suggestion JT?”  Justin asked, looking at JT as it looked like he was thinking something over in his head.

“How would you two like to move into my house?”  JT asked, looking between both men.

“Your house?  Really?”  Justin said, looking at JT strangely.  “Are you sure about that JT?”

“Yes, I’m sure Justin.  My house is already wheelchair accessible and all the rooms are equipped for all possible needs for wheelchair bound individuals.  I have two rooms on the main floor that are vacant, that you two could use,” JT stated as Justin and Nick looked at each other.

“We would only need one room,” Nick said with a smile.

“Are you sure?”  JT asked, looking at Justin and then at Nick.

“Yeah, one room is all we’ll need,” Justin and Nick said in unison and then giggled as JT shook his head.

“Ohkay, stereo much, that was just weird,” JT said, laughing.  “If you two want to move in, I’m all for it.  I’m sure Mark wouldn’t mind.  Hell, he better not mind, it’s my house anyway.”

“Well, if it’s going to be a problem, we can look elsewhere JT,” Justin said with a frown.

“Nope, it’s settled,” JT said, giving them the thumbs up.  “Let me go ahead and say this first though, if you live with me, I can no longer be your doctor.  I’ll have to assign other therapists here to your cases.  You two want that?”

“Would it be somebody we can trust?”  Justin asked, looking at JT.

“I’ll be sure to put you in good hands,” JT stated.

“Okay, I guess that’s something we’ll just have to deal with,” Justin said, looking up at Nick.  “You cool with that?”

“Sounds cool to me, if that’s what you want,” Nick replied, leaning in and kissing’s Justin’s cheek.

“Cool, we’re in JT,” Justin said as JT moved back around his desk.

“Nice, let me call everyone.  We’re going to have a barbeque today,” JT stated, picking up the phone on the desk.

“Really, why?”  Nick asked.

“To celebrate the new people moving into the house,” JT replied with a smile.  “We have a hotel running at the Poole-Walden estates.”

“Ah, okay,” Justin said with a giggle.  “You make it sound like there are more people there besides you, your husband and your son.”

“There are more people besides us.  Nurse Sebastian is moving in and a friend of mine is moving in too.  Steve also spends a lot of time around there too,” JT stated as he pressed a button on the phone.  “Hi Angie, pass the word around to the gang that there’s going to be a cookout at the joint.”

“Cool man cool,” Angela’s voice rattled out through the speaker in the room.  “So, your hubby tells me that you’re mad with him.  Is it safe for me to move in?”

“Yes it’s safe for you to move in,” JT said with a smile.  “About damn time that you did girl.”

“Yeah, I know it is.  I’m going to take you guys up on the offer this time.  Hell, it would be nice to be around my baby boy Kai,” Angela said as JT shook his head.

“Oh yeah, I can see you spoiling the boy rotten.  He’s already rotten now,” JT said, laughing as Nick and Justin just looked at each other.  “Oh yeah, before I go, I got a surprise for you.”

“What is it?  Don’t keep me waiting, tell me already,” Angela said.

“Besides you, Nick and Justin are moving in downstairs,” JT said with a smile as he winked at Justin.

“Really?  Great, gets them out of the spotlight of nosey central.  How long are they staying for?”  Angela asked.

“They’ll be staying as long as needed.  I’m in no hurry, it’s all about healing,” JT said as he looked over at Justin and Nick.  “Okay, I have to get things done on my end.  Don’t forget to pass the word, oh and don’t invite Tamara, she’s too damn greedy and I don’t think others enjoyed her slutty demeanor the last time we got together and she was around.”

“Oh alright, I was only trying to give Andy someone to keep him company.  I guess he’ll go at it alone, again,” Angela said as she sighed.

“I’m quite sure Andy can round up his own tail,” JT said as he laughed again.  “I’ll see you at the house later on and bring something.”

“Yeah yeah, I’ll stop by the store on my way to your place, since I’ll be getting off in a few minutes or so,” Angela spoke.

“Okay girl, bye,” JT said as he pressed the button to turn the speakerphone off.

“So, it’s a party.  Can we invite some people?”  Nick asked.

“Sure,” JT replied with a smile.  “But first, you two need to get your stuff and get going to the house.  I’ll get Steve to take you two there so you can pick one of the rooms that you want, while I go talk with a few doctors.”

“Okay cool,” Justin said, smiling.  “JT?”

“Yeah,” JT said, looking over at Justin.

“Come here,” Justin said as he waved JT over to where he was.

“Yes Justin,” JT said as he leaned down to Justin as Justin pulled him down closer and then kissed his cheek and then hugged him.

“Thank you JT, you’re the coolest person I know,” Justin said as Nick hugged JT too.

“You’re welcomed, just doing what I can to enhance the lives of my patients,” JT said with a smile.

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 19

Chapter 19 — What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger

Jan 4, 2003 – Orlando, FL – The Poole-Walden Estates – JT and Mark’s Bedroom

 “You are kidding, right Angie?”  JT spoke, looking down at Angela as she shifted in his arms.  “Why do I get the feeling that I’m not liking where this is heading?”

“If you shut up and let me finish telling you what happened, then you’ll know where things went,” Angela said as JT sighed.

FLASHBACK

Downtown – The Movie Cineplex

Angie’s POV

We practically ran out of the theater, stopping only when some fans recognized him, clamoring about to get autographs and to take pictures with him.  I stood by impatiently as he signed their items and posed for pictures, smiling when he winked at me over the head of one of the little girls.  When he was done, we walked hand-in-hand back to the car, kissing and giggling like teenagers on the way.

“My place or yours,” I asked as soon as we were on the road again, cuddling up to him as he drove.

“My hotel is closer, let’s go there,” he answered, kissing me quickly as he tried to keep his mind and eyes on the road.  I slipped a hand under his shirt, teasing the taut skin on his chest and stomach as he squirmed a bit.  “Angie baby, if you don’t want us having an accident, then you need to behave yourself.”

“Oh alright, you big baby,” I said with a pout, moving back into my seat, letting him drive in peace.

Looking out the window, Kevin reached over, touching the skin on my thighs as he rubbed slow circles over my skin, teasing me, as I had teased him.  I shifted again, opening my legs a little further so that he could touch as much as he wanted.  My mind, on sights out the window, I was shocked to hell when he slipped a finger under my panties, lightly teasing my lips, while never taking his eyes off the road.

This man shocked the hell out of me.  He kept me on the edge, but never let me get too far ahead of him as he damn near caused an accident in his haste to get to his hotel.  By the time we pulled into the hotel parking lot, I was soaking wet and ready to make love as soon as we hit the room.  Kevin got out, tossing my car keys to the valet, but letting them know that the car was mine as we made our way inside to the elevators.

The doors to the elevator didn’t even close before we were all over each other again.  Kevin pushed me back against the wall, squatting and then standing with me wrapped around him like a second skin.  We tongued the hell out of each other; the whole while Kevin is freeing himself from his pants.  I could feel him, hot and hard, ready to enter me, but with his history there’s no way in hell he’s getting inside my sugar walls without a raincoat.

“Kevin… Stop… Oh fuck… We… Ahhhh… Need…  Condom,” I gasped as he brought me down against him again.  I clung to him, drowning in warm sensuality as he sucked on my bottom lip.

He reluctantly let me down, catching me when my knees buckled as he attached himself to the side of my neck from behind.  When the bell dinged for his floor, he didn’t even stop kissing me to walk to his room, he simply led me down to his room before opening the door and pushing me inside.

I swung back around, divesting myself of clothes as quickly as possible while still attached to him at the lips.  He pulled away from me long enough for the both of us to pull our shirts over our heads, lips fusing again in liquid need as soon as the deed was done.  I could feel the fear and uncertainty starting to creep up on me, but I brushed those thoughts away like gnats, intent on finding satisfaction with Kevin as soon as possible.

Kevin touched the side of my face, concern marring his features.  “We don’t have to do this Angie.  I can wait you know.”

“No, I want to do this,” I replied, not meeting his eyes as I lay down on the bed and reached for him.  “Come to me now Kevin.”

He wasted no time joining me on the bed, kissing me with an almost savage passion as I rolled the condom onto him.  He pushed me down; lips dueling with mine as he entered me in one savage thrust that made me see stars.  He stopped, allowing me to adjust to his hard length before he started to move.

He started with slow shallow thrusts, teasing me with the promise of fulfillment, but refusing to speed up when I practically begged him to fuck me harder and faster.  He captured my lips, sucking on my tongue in rhythm with his thrusting hips, driving me to the point of no return, before beginning his real assault on my senses.

“Oh fuck baby… So good,” Kevin whispered, panting as he looked deep into my eyes.  He began to thrust faster, punctuating each thrust with a kiss.  “So… Beautiful.”

“Please… Faster Kevin,” I begged, moving my hips in rhythm with his powerful thrusts.  I whimpered when he slammed into me, pushing me closer to the edge.  “Oh fuck… Like that!”

He didn’t respond verbally, he only pushed himself harder to satisfy me.  I could feel my body tighten, a sure-fire sign that I was about to have a monstrous orgasm.  No sooner did I think about it, the explosion began, working its way up from my toes.

“Kevin… I—I cominggggggg!”  I screamed, as spasm after spasm shot through my body.  I could feel Kevin shake as his orgasm slammed through him.

“Fuck… Jayce, so fucking good!”  He yelled, his body jerking as he filled the condom.  I laid there for all of a few seconds before the realization of what he said sank into my foggy brain.

“What in the hell did you just call me?”  I asked, pushing him off of me as I sat up. “I can’t believe you just called me by his fucking name Kevin.  What the fuck is your problem?”

“Angie wait… I—I’m sorry sweetheart.  Please let me explain,” Kevin stammered, reaching for me.  I turned quickly, slapping him so hard that I hurt my hand in the process.

“Keep your fucking hands off of me, you nasty son of a bitch!  I knew trusting you was wrong!  How could I let you convince me in to giving you another chance, when you told me that you were in a relationship with him?  How could I be so fucking stupid!  Screw you Kevin!  If I ever see you again, it’ll be too fucking soon!”  I screamed, grabbing my clothes, trying desperately not to break down in front of him.

I ran into the bathroom, swearing under my breath as I fought to get dressed.  As soon as I was done, I opened the door and grabbed my purse, not stopping to let Kevin say a damn word.

“Angie please… Don’t walk away from us like this,” he said as I walked past him.  I stopped in my tracks, tears slipping down my cheeks as I shook my head.

“Fuck you Kevin!  There’s no more us!  You made sure of that when you called me by his fucking name!  How could you?  What the fuck did I do to deserve that?”  I asked, fighting for control of my raging emotions.

Kevin made his way cautiously over to me, touching my face gently as he took me into his arms when he saw that I wasn’t fighting him.  I surrendered to the pain for a second, letting the hurt wash over me, before I remembered that this is the man who caused my pain.  I struggled and slapped at his chest, fighting to get away from him.

“Let me go damn it!  I hate you!  You bastard!  Get your fucking hands off of me!”  I screamed, finally succeeding in breaking the hold he had on me.

“Angie—Angie, please don’t leave me.  I do care about you,” he softly said as the tears flowed down his face.

“You should’ve thought about that before you fucked up again.  Goodbye Kevin,” I shot back over my shoulder before I ran out the door.  I needed to get home before I completely lost it and that was coming quickly.  First that bitch Valgina, now this shit here.  How much more can I take before I go completely fucking stark raving mad?

END FLASHBACK

JT’s POV

“Oh girl,” I said as she looked at me and then shook her head.

“I’ve been crying about this ever since I got back to the apartment,” she said, looking at me with a sullen look on her face.

“Oh Angie, I’m so sorry things didn’t turn out like you wanted them to,” I said, hugging her close.

“That’s just part of the problem,” she said, rubbing at her eyes.

“Don’t tell me he did more than that,” I said, letting her go.

“No, it wasn’t him then, but it’s just as bad.  That damn Kendall is throwing me out of my apartment.  He claims that I pose a threat to him, since I kicked Valgina’s ass,” she said, crying harder as I shook my head.

“What?  How do you pose a threat to him?  How does he know that you kicked her ass anyway?”  I asked.

“They’re related, she’s his cousin,” she replied as she sniffled.  “I have no idea why I didn’t put two and two together before.  They both have the same last name and he told me that he knew me in high school.  I should’ve figured it out then.”

“Ah, so you’re still here,” Mark spoke as he walked into the room, carrying a tray with plates of food on it.  “I bought enough for all of us.  Are you hungry Angie?”

“Yeah, I guess I am,” she replied, taking a plate of food from Mark.  “This looks good Mark.  What’s in the omelet?”

“Ham, cheese, tomatoes, onions and some peppers,” he replied, handing her a knife and fork.

“This smells and tastes good,” she replied, chewing her food.

“You could enjoy meals like this every day, if you moved in here with us,” I told her, knowing she probably didn’t want to move back in across the street with her mom.

“I can’t move in here with you guys.  I would be invading your space.  You two would never have any privacy if I moved in here,” she said, taking another bite of her omelet.

“Girl, you know you wouldn’t be in the way.  I have like five rooms in this house free.  You’re welcomed to have one on the other end of the hall,” I said, popping a piece of cantaloupe into my mouth.  “If you want it, it’s all yours.”

“I don’t know JT,” she said, looking down.

“Girl, just take the room.  It’s not like we don’t know you.  It’ll all be good,” Mark said, kissing her on the cheek.  “I wouldn’t have to go far to get help to get him to agree to things.”

“Ha ha ha baby.  Like you and Angie can actually gang up on me to get what you want,” I said just as the phone rang.  “Hello?”

“Is this JT?”  I heard a voice ask that sounded a bit like Aaron Canton, but I wasn’t really sure because the person was crying.

“Yes, this is JT, who’s this?”  I asked.

“I’m sorry to bother you, it’s Aaron Canton,” I heard him say.  “Look, have you seen or heard from my brother Nick?  He’s missing and I don’t know where he is.”

“I’m sorry no, I haven’t heard from him at all.  He should be at the hospital,” I replied.

“No, he’s not there.  I haven’t heard from him since he was released and I have no clue as to where he went.  I’m scared that he’s tried running away from Mom again and he’s somewhere hurt,” Aaron frantically said.

“Calm down Aaron.  Give me a half an hour and let me make some calls and I’ll see if I can have some answers for you,” I said, trying to calm down the boy.

“Thank you sir,” he said as the connection went dead.

“What’s going on baby?”  Mark asked, watching me.

“Apparently Nick Canton is missing.  Aaron hasn’t seen him since he was released from the hospital,” I said, sliding out of bed.

“Ewwww!  You said he was decent,” I heard Angie say as I realized I was standing in front of her without any sleep pants on.

“Sorry girl, I forgot.  At least he had a top on.  I forgot he didn’t have bottoms on,” I heard Mark say as I turned to see him covering Angie’s eyes.

“Now I know why I don’t want to move in here.  I might see something like this again,” Angie said, getting out of bed with her plate in hand.  “I’m going downstairs to wait for you two.”

“I’m sorry Angie, I said I forgot,” Mark said as I walked into the bathroom with a towel around my waist.

Half Hour Later – Hyatt-Regency Hotel – Nick’s Hotel Room

“How do you feel baby?”  Nick asked, leaning up on the sofa.

“I feel better, so much better baby,” Justin replied as Nick laid his head on his chest.

“I have something to say to you Justin,” Nick said, playing with Justin’s nipple.

“What is it Nicky?  Go ahead and say what you need to say,” Justin sadly said.

“I—I want to be with you forever and ever Justin. I can careless if you’re in that wheelchair or not.  I don’t care what my mother thinks; I don’t care what anyone else in the world thinks.  The only person that matters to me is you and only you baby.  I love you Justin Tanner and I hope to be Nick Tanner someday,” Nick declared as the tears streamed down his face.

“Is—is that what I think it is?”  Justin asked as the tears ran down his face.

“If you think it’s a marriage proposal, then yes baby, that’s what it is,” Nick replied, leaning in and kissing Justin’s lips.

“I—I don’t know what to say baby,” Justin said, hugging Nick close to his body.

“Well I hope you say yes,” Nick said, looking Justin in the eyes.

“Yes baby, yes I want to marry you,” Justin said as the two of them kissed again.

Later that Day – Florida Hospital – JT’s Office

JT’s POV

“Look, I really don’t want to be here, of all places, working.  So, just go ahead and tell me what the deal is Candy.  I’ll stop wasting your time, once I find out what I need to know,” I spoke into the phone.

“I’m sorry Mr. Poole, but I’m under strict orders from Mr. Tanner to keep that information private and confidential,” Candy, the nurse on duty on the prison floor stated as I shook my head.

“Excuse me; I really don’t want to have to go up there.  I’m really having a bad day and I’m not in the mood for this crap.  I asked you a direct question about the patient I’m supposed to be talking with right now and you’re giving me some line about Larry telling you not to tell me anything.  I’m the head of psychiatry services and I won’t put up with this impudence,” I said, just as Larry Tanner walked into my office.  “Oh, never mind Candy.”

“What seems to be the problem here Mr. Poole?”  Larry asked, sitting down in front of my desk.

“You can start by telling me why I’m getting the run around with Brian Lang,” I said, slinging Brian’s patient folder at him.  “I’ve been on the phone for a good hour, being bounced from person to person in this hospital, trying to get some information about this guy.”

“Had you asked me first, you would have known the deal Mr. Poole,” Larry sarcastically said with a smirk.

“Why in the hell do I need to ask you anything, before I talk with a patient that’s on my list?”  I asked, standing up as he motioned with his hand for me to sit back down.

“To start, I demoted you,” he said with a cheeky smile on his face.  “You’re no longer the head of psychiatry services around here, Valgina Williams is.  Also, you don’t have the necessary clearance around here to get information on anybody that’s considered confidential.”

“You did what!”  I snapped as he smiled again.  “You can’t do that Larry!  If you’re demoting me and putting Valgina in control of things, then I fucking quit!”

“Well you do what you have to do then JT, but my word stands as it is.  Valgina Williams is the new department head around here,” he said, getting up from the chair as he waved with that damn evil smirk on his face as he walked out of the office.

“Fuck this shit, I’m outta here,” I said, grabbing my knapsack as I picked up my crutches.

Half Hour Later – The Emergency Room Lobby

“Hey JT, what’s going on?  Where are you going?”  Angela asked, walking over to JT.

“I quit this bitch,” JT replied, walking through the lobby.

“You did what?  What are you talking about?”  Angela asked, watching JT like a hawk.

“I quit,” JT replied, pushing the door open with his crutch.  “Larry demoted me, so Val-hootchie is now the department head of psychiatry.”

“He did what?  You can’t just quit.  What about me, what about Steve?  You can’t just leave us here, with that bitch,” Angela said as she shook her head.

“Oh yes I can.  There’s no reason for me to stay here, being subjected to whatever madness that ho has in her twisted damn mind to inflict upon people.  So, I’m saving a whole lot of time, trouble, future possible lawsuits and jail time,” JT stated as he walked into the parking garage.

“What will you do JT?  What about money?”  Angela asked as JT looked over at her and then rolled his eyes.

“I can get another damn job elsewhere if need be, if not, I really don’t need to and you know this girl.  I have money and investments,” JT said, stepping into the elevator.  “Is there anything else Angie?”

“I—I guess not,” Angela replied, looking down.

“Will you be stopping by for lunch?”  JT asked.

“I guess so, probably Steve too, after he finds out that you’ve gone on and quit,” Angela said as her cell phone rang.  “Hello?”

“I’ll look for you two later on then,” JT said as Angela shook her head, holding the door.

“I have nothing more to say to you Kevin.  Lose my fucking number!  Don’t ever call me again!”  Angela snapped, pressing the ‘end’ button on the phone and then sliding it into her pocket.

“What was that all about?”  JT asked.

“Just Kevin, he’s wanting to talk again,” Angela replied, sighing as she shook her head.

“Aren’t you going to talk to him girl?”  JT asked, looking at her.

“Hell no, I’m not going to talk to him.  I told you this morning about what he did,” Angela said as she turned away from JT, shaking her head.

“Yeah, you told me with your words what he did, but you also told me with your body language of how you felt about things.  You have strong feelings for him.  It was just something that happened in the heat of passion.  You told me that he had a relationship with a man, maybe he was thinking about you, but said the wrong name,” JT stated as Angela rolled her eyes.

“Are you even listening to yourself on this one JT?”  Angela asked, crossing her arms across her chest.  “Don’t pull that psychiatry crap on me.”

“I know it sounds strange Angie, but give him a chance to explain his actions.  Just see what he has to say, before you write him off,” JT said, opening the door to the SUV as he got in.

“I can’t do that J, I just can’t.  we were making love and he—he called out another person’s name, a man’s name no less.  How do you think I felt, when I heard him call out Jayce?”  Angela asked, looking at JT as she leaned against the van door.

“I know that hurt you, but like I said, people say things in the heat of passion.  Just hear what he has to say and make sure you listen objectively Angie,” JT said as he started the vehicle.  “It’s Saturday, have a good day girl.  I know I will as soon as I get home.  I’ll be back later on to check up on Kai.”

“Alright you brat, I’ll see you at lunch,” Angela said, sighing as he walked back towards the elevator to head back inside the hospital.

Sometime Later – Larry Tanner’s Office

“Good afternoon Larry, I need to talk to you for a moment,” Larry heard someone say as he walked into his office, noticing someone sitting behind his desk, in his seat.

“Mr. Sylar, how are you doing this afternoon?  What an honor to see you sir,” Larry said, shaking the man’s hand.

“I’m doing fine Larry,” the man replied as Larry sat down in the chair in front of his desk.  “I came here to talk to you because I just heard the strangest thing.”

“You heard the strangest thing?  What was it that you heard sir?”  Larry asked, placing his hands on the desk as he looked at the man intently.

“To start, I just heard that JT Poole quit his job earlier.  I was told he quit because you told him that he wasn’t the head of psychiatry services anymore.  Why did I hear that Larry?”  The man asked.

“Well sir, I—I was told—told that he was being demoted and that the new employee, Ms. WIliams would be the new department head,” Larry stated, stumbling over his words as the man watched him.

“You heard that from where?  Where could you possibly heard that information from Larry?”  The man asked as he watched Larry fumble with his hands.

“I—I heard it in the emergency board meeting this morning,” Larry replied.

“Are you sure you heard that Mr. Tanner?”  The man asked, leaning on the desk, getting closer to Larry.  “I was in that board meeting this morning and I have no recollection of hearing what you just told me.  Which board member made that statement that you’re referring to?”

“Well sir, I—I don’t know which board member it was that made the statement,” Larry replied.

“Well I can honestly agree with you on that note.  I don’t know who said that either.  Mr. Tanner, answer me this.  Why would the hospital promote a new employee to a position of authority over an employee that’s been with us longer than the new employee has been in the field of study?”  The man asked, looking at Larry with mean look on his face.

“I don’t know the answer to that one sir.  I was just going by what I heard sir,” Larry replied as he looked down.

“Again, I don’t know what you heard, but what you’ve done here today constitutes your termination from this company Larry,” the man stated as Larry’s eyes widened.

“What?  What are you talking about Mr. Sylar?”  Larry asked, the tone of his voice rising a bit.

“When I heard that Mr. Poole had quit, I talked with some other employees around here today and they all informed me that you’ve had it in for Mr. Poole for a while now.  After reading some of Mr. Poole’s reports about things you’ve done and then reading reports from other staff members here, it seems everything you’ve done here today; you did because of Mr. Poole’s sexual orientation.  All this information leads me to believe that you only told him he was demoted, just to get under his skin to make him quit.  As of this moment Larry, you’ll tender your resignation to the board and I will assure you that you’ll leave with severance pay.  If you fight me about this matter, you’ll lose and leave with nothing,” the man stated as Larry stood up, shaking his head.

“Mr. Sylar please,” Larry said as the man shook his head.

“I want you out of this hospital by the end of business today,” the man declared as he got up from the chair and then extended his hand to shake Larry’s, but Larry refused as he shrugged his shoulders and then walked towards the door.  “Be out of here by the end of business today or I will have security escort you out.  What you’ve done here today won’t be tolerated in this workplace.”

“I don’t fucking believe this.  I’ve been fired all because of a faggot.  He’ll pay for this,” Larry said to himself, walking around the office, gathering his things.

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 18

Chapter 18 — Romance is in the Air

Jan 1, 2003 – Orlando, FL – El Valentera – The Parking Lot

“Angela—Angie, stop!”  Kevin yelled, rushing to catch up to Angela as she strode across the parking lot.  Angela came to an abrupt stop, swinging around to face him.  “Angie…”

“What do you want Kevin?”  She asked, anger glinting in her eyes.

“I want to know who that woman was and why did she attack you like that,” Kevin replied with a frown on his face.

“That… The bitch was the bane of my damn existence.  Her name is Valgina and for four years in high school and several years afterwards, she made my life a living hell.  She stole my boyfriends and eventually my fiancée,” Angela retorted, turning to walk away from Kevin before he grabbed her arm, stopping her.

“Wait… Angie, are you okay?”  Kevin softly asked, brushing her hair away from her face, before letting his fingers stroke her cheek.  Angela visibly relaxed under his careful caresses, letting the anger she felt dissipate.

“I’m okay now,” Angela replied, turning her face into the soft touch like a cat.  A smile began to play across her lips as she looked up at Kevin.  “You called me Angie.”

“I guess I did, didn’t I,” Kevin replied with a grin, leaning down towards her as their eyes locked in a very heated gaze.  “Is that a good or bad thing?”

“When you say it, it’s a very good thing,” Angela responded, her eyes never leaving his.

“Well then I guess I’ll just have to call you Angie from now on… won’t I,” Kevin whispered, covering her lips with his own, both of them oblivious to the whistles and catcalls from the patrons coming out of the restaurant.

“I—I think we need to stop, before we get into something neither of us is ready for yet,” Angela spoke softly as she rested her head on Kevin’s shoulder when they finally broke the kiss.  Kevin held her close, hugging her tight before letting her go.

“You’re right… Let’s go see that movie we didn’t see last night,” he replied, taking her hand in his as the two of them walked hand-in-hand towards the car.

After Midnight – The Poole-Walden Estates – The Family Room

JT’s POV

It’s well after midnight and I’m sitting here, like a fool, wondering what’s going to happen next.  Since coming back home after his misunderstand, Mark hasn’t come in here.  Sometimes I wonder about Mark.  Why is he so jealous?  He should know by now that If I wanted to leave him, I would’ve left already.  If I wasn’t going to leave, it wouldn’t be with Dean of all people.  As for Dean, I told him to leave and not to come back here.  I don’t know what the hell he was thinking, coming here in the first place.  Damn, it’s the first of the new year and I don’t need all of this fucking drama.  Something’s got to give and real soon.  With the way the new year came in, I wonder what’s going to happen next.

“Are you coming up to bed baby?”  I heard behind me as I felt arms wrap around me.

“Do you want me to come to bed?”  I asked, turning slightly to look him in the face.

“You know I do.  You shouldn’t be down here, in the dark, all alone like this,” he said as I sighed.

“Maybe I should be down here, alone,” I said, moving away from him.  “You made up your mind Mark.  You didn’t even give me a fucking chance to say what had happened, you just jumped to conclusions, like you always do.”

“I know I did baby and I’m very sorry for that.  I shouldn’t have did what I did.  I should’ve listened to you.  I know you wouldn’t do something like that to me.  You love me too much to hurt me that way,” he said as I shook my head.

“I do love you Mark, but you need to get a grip on your anger, before you actually break us up,” I told him as he sighed and then sat down next to me.

“I know baby, I know.  I’m stressed with everything that’s happened,” he said just as the phone rang.

“Who in the hell could that be at this time of night?”  I asked, reaching over to the phone, answering it.  “Hello?”

“Yo’ JT, hey, is my bud Mark around?”  Jordan, one of his friends asked as I sighed and then handed him the phone.

“It’s Jordan… Why is he calling for you, at this time of night Mark?”  I asked, looking at him strangely, wondering why his friend, a friend he used to be really close with in the past was calling here this late.

“What’s up Jordan?”  He asked, looking at me strangely as he pressed the speaker button on the phone.

“Yo’ man, me and Joe are at a club and we need a ride.  We’re at the Playa’s Club down on Figueroa  and we need you to come pick us up and take us home,” Jordan’s voice rattled out through the speaker as I shook my head and then looked at him as I turned up my nose.

“I’m not coming out to get you two fools.  Call a damn cab or wake up Danny,” Mark said.

“Come on man, I don’t need the publicity of being seen leaving a gay club, riding in a damn taxi with the paparazzi taking pictures of me,” Jordan said as he shrugged his shoulders.

“Maybe you should’ve thought about that before you started drinking then.  I have other things going on.  Night Jordan, tell Joe I said hi and bye,” he said as he pressed the button to hang up the phone.

“So, the unhappy couple need a ride,” I said as I looked at him, wondering was he really going to leave them hanging like that.

“They just need a ride.  Both of them are drunk and you heard him, he doesn’t want to be seen by the paparazzi,” he said, shrugging his shoulders again.

“Just call them back and tell them that you’re going to pick them up,” I told him.

“No, I’m not leaving here.  I’m here with you; this is our time baby.  We’re talking,” he said, leaning in as he kissed my lips.

“They’re your friends and more than likely, they’ll call back,” I said.

“So what, you’re my husband,” he said, pulling me closer to him as he wrapped his arms around me, kissing my lips again.  “And that’s all that matters, you, me and our son.”

“Oh Mark,” I said, lying back on the sofa as I pulled him on top of me.

“This would be so much better in our bed upstairs baby,” he said, getting up off of me as he pulled me up.  “I love you baby.”

“I love you too,” I replied as we walked towards the stairs.

Jan 4, 2003 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – Justin’s Hospital Room

“Good morning Mr. Tanner, how are you feeling this morning?”  Amy, the morning nurse asked as she walked into the room.

“I’m feeling damn fine!”  Justin snapped, rolling over in the bed, turning his back to the woman.

“I’m sorry Mr. Tanner; I didn’t mean to disturb you,” Amy replied, backing away from Justin’s bed.

“No, I’m sorry.  I—I shouldn’t have snapped at you like that,” Justin said as he rolled back over in the bed, facing the woman.

“It’s quite alright Mr. Tanner.  My name is Amy, I’ll be the nurse on duty today,” Amy informed him, smiling as she wrote her name on the dry-erase board in the room.

“Okay,” Justin replied, lying his head back down on the pillow.

“If you need anything, anything at all, just press the call button to let me know,” Amy stated as she waved, smiled and then turned to leave the room.

“Okay Amy thanks and again, I’m very sorry for the way I acted earlier,” Justin stated with a frown.

“It’s quite all right.  I’ll be back later on to check on you,” Amy replied, waving as she left the room.

“That was no way to speak to the nurse Justin,” Nick spoke as he walked into the room.

“Nick?  Baby, what’re you doing here?”  Justin asked as he looked up.

“I’m here to check on my boyfriend.  Has that become a crime?”  Nick asked as he sat on the edge of Justin’s bed.

“No—no, it’s not a crime baby.  You know what I meant,” Justin said, looking at Nick closely.  “Why are you here?  You know I can’t do what you want me to do.”

“Yes, you can.  All I want you to do is love me Justin, that’s all I want from you,” Nick softly spoke as he leaned in close and kissed Justin’s lips.  “Stay right here, don’t go anywhere, okay.”

“I’m not going anywhere for obvious reasons,” Justin stated as Nick shot him a knowing glare.  “Sorry.”

“Don’t start baby,” Nick said, walking out of the room.

“I wonder what he’s up to,” Justin said as Nick came back into the room a moment later.  “What did you just do?”

“That’s none of your business baby.  Get up, you’re coming with me,” Nick said, grabbing Justin by the hand and assisting him over to his wheelchair.

“What do you mean, I’m going with you?”  Justin asked, looking up at Nick strangely.

“Just what I said, you’re coming with me for the day.  So, stop wasting time baby,” Nick said as he tapped his foot, waiting for Justin to get moving.

“I—I don’t want to go anywhere,” Justin whine as he folded his arms across his chest.

“Come on baby, you have to go.  I have a surprise for you back at my hotel, in my room,” Nick stated as he leaned in close and kissed Justin’s lips again.

“Oh alright, help me get started,” Justin stated, motioning with his head at the bathroom.  “I’m going in there; I’ll be out in about thirty minutes or less.”

An Hour Later – The Hyatt Regency Hotel

Justin’s POV

It didn’t take us very long to get here.  After I finished handling my business and had gotten dressed, Nick came back to my room.  I don’t know what’s going on.  Before we left the hospital, he was watching me rather strangely.  As I asked him questions about what was going to take place, he did his best to avoid all of my questions as he walked around the room, gathering things he thought I would possibly need and put them in his knapsack.  The way he moved around the room scared me a bit.  He acted as if he was in a rush, trying to get everything before someone possibly caught us or something.

Before we left my room, the nurse came in with a small bag and handed it to him as he accepted it and placed it in his knapsack also.  Apparently, he talked with the nurse and arranged for me to get some pain medication, just in case I needed it.  It seems he thought of everything for our little outing today that he hasn’t told me more about.  All I know is that I’m going to be with him today and that he has a surprise for me back at his hotel room later on.

After a few minutes, we were downstairs in the parking garage as he got me into his rental care.  After that short task, we were on our way, heading someplace for our day together that would lead to my surprise at some point, that I desperately wanted to know what it was.  We rode around for a few minutes and not once did he give me any clues to where we were headed, in such a big hurry.  Should I be worried here?  What’s really going on?  What in the hell was I in for?  When we finally stopped, we were outside of a hotel.  Okay, why are we at the hotel first?  Smiling at me, he drove around to the parking garage, found his spot and then smiled at me again.  Okay, what’s about to happen to me here?

“Nick, what’s going on?  Where’s my surprise?”  I asked as he smiled and then got out of the car as he got my chair out of the trunk and then came around to my side, assisting me with getting into the chair as he wheeled me through the back of the hotel, passing the restaurant.

“We’re going up to my room silly,” he replied with a smirk on his face.

“We’re going up to your room?  Are you done with the hospital?”  I asked.

“I was officially released when Mom tried to nab me, to take me back to Tampa with her,” he said as we stopped at the elevator.

“So, you’re out of the hospital and staying here, at this hotel?”  I asked, looking down.  “Is this why I haven’t seen you in a few days?”

“Somewhat,” he replied as the doors opened as he pushed me inside and then stepped in behind me.  “I’m staying here until I can find a place to live out here.  When are you getting sprung from the clink?”

“I don’t know when I’m getting out of the hospital, it’s been weeks now,” I told him.  “They say people in my condition normally stay in the hospital for months, depending on the damage.”

“You’ve been there for a while, but I feel that will change real soon,” he said as the elevator dinged and then the doors opened as he pushed me out of the elevator and then down the hall as we stopped at a door, I guess was his room.  “Welcome welcome.”

“You’re in room 1234, why am I not surprised.  That’s the easiest room number I’ve ever seen,” I told him, laughing as he opened the room door as we both went in.

“Well this is your home for today, until you’re tired of this place and want to go back,” he said as he sat down on the sofa and then gestured with his hand for me to join him.

“What do you want Nicky?”  I asked.

“I want my man to lay down on the sofa with me,” he replied as I rolled over to him.  “Come on, do you need me to help you?”

“No, I think I can do it,” I replied as I put the brakes on and then slid out of the chair, easing over to the sofa with him.

“Move over, I’m coming down there where you are,” he said, moving down to the end of the sofa where I was.

“Why do you want to lay down here with me Nick?”  I asked.

“My name isn’t Nick, it’s baby,” he said, looking at me sternly.  “Why are you acting so strange Justin?”

“I’m not acting strange,” I replied as he shook his head.

“Yes you have been, it started the other night.  I’m still waiting on your excuse for leaving me the way you did,” he said, looking at me closely.

“I—I told you that I—I couldn’t be with you.  I—I can’t do what you want me to do,” I said, feeling the tears building up in my eyes again as I looked away from him.

“Hush baby, I’ll prove you wrong,” he said as he used his hand to turn my face to look at him as he leaned in and kissed my lips.

“What’re you doing baby?”  I asked.

“I’m proving you wrong,” he replied as he unbuttoned my shirt.

“Nick stop!”  I demanded, hoping I didn’t just scare the hell out of him.

“Nope, I’m not going to stop baby.  When you admit that you’re wrong, only then will I stop, but by then, you probably wouldn’t want me to stop and you wouldn’t have to admit that you were wrong either,” he said, kissing my lips again.

“Why—why are you doing this to me?  You’re only in for a big letdown,” I said as the tears streamed down my face.

“Let down no, something big, maybe.  I have to be sure to go slow with you,” he said as I sniffled and looked at him strangely.  “If the rumors are true about you, I’ll have a good time making love with you.”

“What rumors?”  I asked, looking at him strangely, sniffling as he kissed my lips again and then wiped at my eyes.

“The rumors floating around the industry about you being hung in the dick department,” he replied, groping my crotch now.  “Mmmm, now that’s what I call potential.”

“Please stop baby, I don’t want to ever disappoint you,” I told him, sniffing more as he shook his head.

“You will never disappoint me baby,” he said, moving down a bit.

“What’re you doing Nicky?”  I asked, feeling his hand slide under the waistband of the track pants I had on.

“I’m doing this,” he replied, his hand making contact with my dick as he moaned and then licked his lips.

“Baby don’t,” I said.

“Baby, I love you, but right now, I want you to be quiet,” he said, removing his hand from my pants as he stood up and started taking off his clothes.

“I won’t be quiet,” I said as he smiled, shook his head and then pulled my track pants down my legs.  “Give those back… Give me back my track pants!”

“No baby, not going to happen,” he replied as I sat up on the sofa, getting angry at him.

“Give those back to me damn it!”  I snapped, not knowing what to do right now because he was going to prove that I am less of a man, a man that can’t give him what he wants.

“I’m not giving you back anything, you’re going to stay here with me and enjoy this,” he said, kneeling down in front of me.

“Please Nick, just give me back my track pants and we can…” I said as he shook his head, placing a finger to my lips.

“Baby, be quiet,” he said as he touched my legs as he stared up at me.  It’s like his eyes were piercing deep into my soul

What’s going on?  I’m pissed off with him, but something in my heart is pushing that anger away.  I could feel him trying to get past my barriers and I wondered what it was he was trying to see.  He took my hand into his own and then kissed the top of it.  He massaged my legs and then smiled up at me.  I don’t know what was happening, but it felt nice.   It’s like my whole world turned upside down or something.  I felt things at that moment, that I didn’t think I would ever feel again.  He looked up at me again and then got up off the floor as he moved me back into a lying position on the sofa.

“Nick,” I said as he shook his head, placing a finger to my lips again.

He smiled and then straddled my waist as he leaned over me, kissing me tenderly on the shoulder and then down my chest as he nipped at both of my nipples.  His actions created a pleasure within me, a pleasure I hadn’t felt in a long time.  Oh God, this feel so good.

“Oh baby,” I moaned out.  “This feels so good.”

I could hardly take it.  He’s making me feel things that I thought I could never in a million years, feel again. Oh God, he’s doing things to me that I would’ve never dreamt possible, since the accident.  He’s better than anyone I’ve ever been with.  I love him so much.

“Baby, are you okay?”  He asked.

“Yeah, I—I’m okay,” I replied as he sat down on me.  “Baby, what did you just do?”

“You’re all the way in me Justin,” he answered as he leaned down and then kissed my lips.  “We’re going to take this very slowly.”

“I’m all the way in you?  What do you mean?”  I asked as he nodded his head and then smiled.

“I mean you’re all the way in me,” he replied, motioning with his head in a downward motion as he gave me the thumbs up and then smiled again.  “You’re so thick.”

“Oh God, this feels so strange, but wonderful all the same,” I said as he moved slowly up and then he came back down as that motion sent a new sensation through me and I actually felt tingles in my lap.

“Baby, do you want me to stop?”  He asked as I held onto his hips, controlling how fast he moved up and down on me.

“No—no, don’t stop baby,” I told him as he moved faster on me.  “Oh baby, I think I’m close… I think I’m close to coming.”

“I am too baby,” he replied as I felt myself going over the edge of oblivion as mini fireworks went off in my mind.

“Oh God baby, I love you!”  I screamed, my orgasm overtaking me.

“I love you Justin,” he said, stroking himself faster as he shot his load all over my chest, some of it landing on my chin.

“Oh God, baby that was wonderful,” I told him.

“Yes it was baby.  Do you still believe that you can’t make our love physical?”  He asked, looking at me with a serious expression as I was about to speak as he burst into laughter.

“I don’t believe that anymore baby.  Thank you for showing me that I’m still a man,” I said as he laid his head on my chest with my dick still buried in his ass as I felt a few tears escape the corners of my eyes.

“I love you Justin Tanner,” he said as we both drifted off into a wonderful sleep.

The Poole-Walden Estates

“Who could that be, knocking on the door right now?”  Mark asked, walking down the stairs, heading to the front door with a mean expression on his face as he got to the door and then opened it.  “Hello Angie, what’s up?  Is there something wrong with Kai, is he alright?”

“Last I heard, he was okay.  Where’s JT, I really need to talk to him,” Angela replied as she walked into the house.

“He’s upstairs, let me go get him,” Mark said as she smiled and then shook her head.

“Is he decent?”  Angela asked, looking at Mark closely.

“Yeah, he decent,” Mark replied.

“Fine, I’ll just run up and talk to him,” Angela stated with a smile.

“Okay then, let him know that I’m headed into the kitchen to fix us some breakfast,” Mark stated, kissing her on the cheek as he walked into the kitchen as she headed up the stairs.

JT’s POV

It’s an early Saturday morning and I’m lying here, in bed, basking in the afterglow of our morning lovemaking.  I really do love Mark with all of my heart, but sometimes I wonder did I make the right decision, being with him.  Mark, in all the things I love about him, he has a bad temper and when things don’t go his way, he goes off the deep end on anyone around, including me at times.  I can admit that when I was with Dean, I didn’t have to worry about bad tempers and him going off on someone when things didn’t go his way.  Hell, the problem with Dean was he was never around when I needed him to be.  When I chose to be with Mark, over Dean, I thought I was making the right decision, but sometimes I still wonder about that.  It’s been ten long years and we’re still together.  Will our love last longer than it already has?  Being that I’m getting older and I don’t think anything else is going to change with my life, I hope things between us get better.  I love Mark, I shouldn’t be thinking like this, besides Dean could never devote enough time to me and Kai.  Our relationship was mainly me, Kai and a dog and the dog spent more time in bed with me, than Dean did.  Rubbing at my eyes, the sound of knocking on the door, brought me back to reality a bit.

“Who’s knocking?”  I asked as the door opened as Angie walked in with a somewhat strange, but serious look on her face.

“Well good morning, it is a good morning, isn’t it?”  She asked, sitting down on the edge of the bed as she looked down, twiddling her fingers.

“Somewhat girl, why are you here so early in the morning?”  I asked as she looked up at me and then sighed.

“I went out with Kevin again last night,” she answered as she twirled her hair as I shook my head.

“Great, how was it?”  I asked.

“Well, I think it went okay, I just have conflicted feelings,” she replied as she moved to the head of the bed, getting close to me as she sat up against the headboard, looking me in the face.

“Why do you have conflicted feelings Angie?”  I asked.

“Kevinwasinarelationshipwithamanoncebefore,” she quickly said and then looked down as I had to look at her to try to figure out what she said.

“Whoa whoa whoa, go back and tell me that part again, I don’t think I caught all of that,” I said, trying to play over what she had said in my mind, but I wasn’t getting it.

“I said that Kevin was in a relationship with a man once before,” she said again as I noticed she had tears in her eyes that were threatening to fall.

“Girl, why do you keep putting yourself in these situations?”  I asked, holding her in my arms as she sniffled and then sighed.

“I guess I keep falling for the wrong people,” she said, wiping at her eyes.

“It’s going to be alright.  Tell me about this.  I seem to be out of the loop on this one,” I said, hoping to gain some background on this guy because all I knew about him was that he’s Nick’s friend.

“Last night, we went out and let’s just say that I had a good time, but I knew about his past and it’s going to interfere with things,” she told me as I looked at her strangely.

FLASHBACK

Downtown – The Movie Cineplex

Angie’s POV

“Well, since I don’t know what you like, I figure that seeing ‘Chicago’ with Catherine Zeta Jones would be a safe bet,” Kevin said, pulling into the parking space as he turned the car off.  When I started to open the car door, he put a hand on my arm, stopping me.  “Let me get that for you Angie.”

“Okay,” I replied with a smile as I waited for him to come around the car to open the door.

“Come on sweet girl, we’re missing the movie,” he said, offering me his hand as he kissed me softly on the lips, before closing the door behind me.

Kevin held my hand as we walked towards the theater, laughing and talking softly as we went.  I stood by the entrance, waiting while he paid for our tickets, accepting mine before we walked inside the cool, brightly lit building.  Once we got snacks and sodas, we headed hand-in-hand to the theater where our movie was showing, making it in time to see the last of the previews.

We found seats in the back of the theater and got settled in.  We sat side-by-side, sharing popcorn and kisses all throughout the movie.  I had to admit, I loved the way he made me feel when we kissed, but at the same time, I’m afraid that he’s still feeling something for the man I saw him with.  I’m trying to put that out of my mind, but it kept sneaking back in.

“Are you enjoying the movie Angie?”  He asked as I snapped out of my reverie, smiling and nodding, but my mind was obviously elsewhere and I think he noticed.

“It’s pretty good,” I replied, still not paying the screen any attention.  I looked over at his face in profile.  He is totally focused on the movie again, so I continued exploring his face with my eyes.  I love the way he looked, so intense when he’s trying to concentrate, but I’m feeling a little bit naughty.  I decided that now was a good time to redirect his attention to more important things.

I sat up a little straighter in my seat, shifting so that I was facing him.  I put my head on his shoulder, yawning loudly so that he didn’t suspect what I was about to do.  He shifted closer to me, wrapping one arm over my shoulder to bring me closer to him. I reached up and nuzzled the side of his neck with my nose.  I noticed that even though he’s still watching the movie, he’s not as intense in concentration as before.

I flicked my tongue over the shell of his ear, tugging gently on the lobe as I breathed softly on the wet skin.  Kevin shivered slightly, but still continued trying to watch the movie.  I licked a trail down the column of his neck, pausing to lick and suck lightly on the skin at the crook of his neck.  Kevin squirmed in his seat, trying to find a comfortable position, but failing miserably as I continued charting a path of kisses across his body.

I could feel his pulse under my tongue.  It’s becoming more and more erratic as I teased him, but that’s a good thing.  I ran my tongue over his Adam’s apple, swirling over it with lips and soft nips before I attached myself to it.  Kevin groaned, but not loud enough for the people near us to hear, but loud enough to let me know that he enjoyed himself.

“Angie, you—you need—fuck, to stop,” he managed to say, before I pulled his head down and attacked his lips.  I licked his lips, softly tracing the shape with the tip of my tongue, before I moved to taste his mouth.  I slipped inside of the soft, wet cavern, teasing him until he’s panting and straining to find some kind of release.

“We need to go,” he abruptly said as he stood up and then pulled me along with him.

“Wait… What about the movie?”  I innocently asked.  Kevin moved lightning fast as he spun us around and pinned me to the wall of the theater, grinding into me.  All I could do was gasp, feeling the hardness against me.

“Still want to stay for the movie?”  He asked, rocking against me as I wrapped myself around him.  I whimpered when his mouth claimed mine again, my body clinging to him like a vine.  He continued gyrating his hips, whipping me into a frenzy of passion.  He finally broke the kiss, looking down into my eyes.  “I didn’t think so… Let’s go.”

END FLASHBACK

“Wait a minute girl, are you telling me, what I think you’re telling me?”  I asked as she sniffled as I felt her moving around in my arms.  “You didn’t, did you?”

“You know how long it’s been since…” she said as I sighed this time and shook my head, wondering what else she was going to tell me.

To Be Continued…

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 — Family Matters, Not!

Jun 2, 1996 – A National Park, Somewhere in Georgia

“Everybody, are you okay?”  Kayla Reyes asked as she and her passengers appeared in a burst of light.  “It seems I’m not able to transport us into Jacksonville, where I sensed the others.”

“What’s really going on Kayla,” Paul Stanton asked as he stepped out of his robotic suit.  “Why can’t we get to the others?”

“There’s some kind of barrier that’s blocking me from using my magic to transport us anywhere near where the others are,” Kayla replied as she looked around.  “Telly, have you had any luck trying to teleport into Jacksonville?”

“No,” Telly replied with a frown.  “Whatever’s going on, that’s some real powerful shit.”

“Yeah, I guess so,” Kayla replied as she sighed.  “Whatever it is, it’s blocking my magic.  I can’t see what’s going on near the complex or anywhere around.  I know the others are there, I just can’t pinpoint any of them.”

“What are we going to do?”  Tamara Knight asked, looking around at the others.  “They sent out a distress call, so they must need our help.”

“Yeah, help is needed, but at what cost?”  Kayla asked as she sighed again.  “There are some very powerful magics at play to keep me out of a whole town.”

“What are you getting at girl?”  Telly asked, looking at Kayla strangely.

“The world could be in grave danger here,” Kayla responded as she sat down on the ground, closing her eyes as she floated off the ground as her body emanated energy.  “I’m still not able to see into Jacksonville.  What in the world is going on?”

“Don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s bouncing me all over the place,” Telly stated as he shook his head.  “Do any of you have any ideas?  Paul, Tamara, Benji?”

“Man, you lucky I even decided to come with you when you popped up at my place,” Benjamin Kane stated as he looked at Telly with a mean expression.  “I don’t take to kindly to associates popping up at my parent’s house while we’re having a party.”

“Come off it buddy, you looked like you were bored out of your mind,” Telly stated as he shook his head.

“I might’ve been bored, but I don’t need anyone in my family finding out that I’m a freak,” Benjamin stated as Tamara Knight sighed and then shook her head.

“Why aren’t you able to accept who you are?” Tamara Knight asked, stepping over to Benjamin.  “You act like you have it so damn bad!”

“Okay you two, this is not the time to get into an argument,” Kayla stated as she stood up on her feet and then gestured with her hands.  “Has anyone heard from Diana lately?”

“Are you kidding me?”  Telly spoke, looking at Kayla strangely.  “You do know what happened, right?”

“No, what happened?”  Kayla asked, looking at Telly closely.

“She—she’s in the hospital, she’s been in the hospital for months,” Telly stated as he looked at Kayla as if she were crazy.  “Where have you been?”

“Apparently I haven’t been keeping up with what’s been going on with everyone,” Kayla stated as she sighed.  “How did she end up in the hospital?  What’s the diagnosis?”

“It seems her mind shut itself down as the doctors put it,” Paul replied with a frown.  “We went up against some fools from someplace strange back in August.  One of them had this strange looking device and they zapped her with it.  Since then, she’s been in Memorial, comatose.”

“My vision,” Kayla stated as she shook her head and then turned her back to Paul.  “I—I told John about this and he didn’t do anything about it?  Why didn’t he stop that before it happened?”

“Don’t know, I can’t give you an answer for someone’s actions,” Paul replied as he looked down.  “He was nowhere around when this happened.  Had he been around, we wouldn’t have gotten our asses kicked the way we did that night.  Electra wasn’t the only casualty we had that night.”

“What else happened?”  Kayla asked as Telly stepped up next to her.

“What you two talking about?”  Telly asked.

“I’m updating her on what’s happened so far with the team,” Paul stated as Telly shook his head.

“Did you tell her about JT having another boyfriend to string along?”  Telly asked as Paul sighed.

“That’s not of any importance here,” Paul stated as Telly pointed his finger at Paul.  “Well it’s not.  JT’s personal life is his, we have no say of what he does and doesn’t do.”

“Kevin, Drew, Jamie and now a Joey,” Telly stated as he shook his head.  “The guy really needs to keep it in his pants.”

“You need to keep your nose out of it,” Paul stated, shaking his head.  “It’s always you, sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong.”

“Whatever,” Telly stated as Kayla waved her hand, using her powers as an image of Diana Hall was displayed.  “It’s Diana with her mom in the hospital.  How were you able to see that?”

“I don’t know, it’s the first thing from Jacksonville, I’ve been able to see,” Kayla stated with a frown.

“Well if you can see that, maybe you can take us all there,” Paul stated as Kayla smiled and then gestured with her hands as all of them disappeared.

Jacksonville, FL – Memorial Hospital – The Room of Diana Hall

“Nurse, can we get the doctor in here?”  Rebekah Hall spoke, standing at the doorway of the room where Diana Hall lay comatose in bed.  “The machines are beeping rather loudly and she’s opened her eyes.”

“Yes ma’am, I’ll call the doctor,” the nurse on duty spoke as the brainwave activity monitor connected to Diana Hall started to beep louder, the register tape spitting out tons of paper.  “Oh my, there seems to be massive readings.”

“What’s happening here?”  Rebekah asked as Diana’s body started to glow.  “Diana, honey can you hear me?  Diana, Diana baby, Momma’s here baby.”

“Inferni Igne Perituri Mundi Regnant[1],” Diana spoke as the glow around her body faded away and then her eyes closed.

“What just happened?  What did she say?”  Rebekah asked, looking at Diana closely as she gently shook Diana’s arm.  “Come on baby, what did you just say?”

“What’s happening here?”  A tall white man asked, walking into the room.

“I don’t know Doctor,” Rebekah replied as she shook her head.  “She opened her eyes and then said something and then her eyes closed back.”

“That could’ve been just a random reaction to some synaptic response deep within her brain,” the man stated as Rebekah shook her head.

“No, that wasn’t random,” Rebekah stated as she looked down at Diana and then back at the doctor.  “I know my baby and something odd just happened here.”

“Mrs. Hall, what do you expect me to do here?”  The man asked.

“Run some damn test or something!”  Rebekah screamed as Diana’s body started to glow again and then she opened her eyes as there was a flash of light in the room as Kayla and her passengers appeared.

(<SPLINGK>)

“Hello Mrs. Hall,” Kayla spoke as the light faded from around her and her passengers.

“Phenomena,” Rebekah responded, moving towards Kayla.  “What are you all doing here?”

“This was the only place I was able to transport us too, that didn’t bounce us around the world,” Kayla replied with a frown.  “How is she doing?”

“Something strange just started happening,” Rebekah stated as the doctor just stood there watching.

“Can it ya’ll, we got a normal bystander in the room,” Telly stated as he motioned with his head at the doctor.  “You might want to do something about that before it turns into something else and those special authority people start showing up to try to take us to the other place.”

“Not worried about that,” Kayla stated as she waved her hand in front of the man’s face as he looked like he had been entranced and then walked out of the room.  “I’m sure my spell will keep him busy for a bit.”

“Et Viri Justi Regnant Serviet Excelsis[2],” Diana spoke as a beam of psychic energy projected from her head, striking Paul, knocking him against the wall as he trembled.

“What just happened?  Is there something wrong with her?”  Rebekah asked, looking around as Telly assisted Paul up off the floor.

“She—she’s connected to what’s going on,” Paul stated as he rubbed his head.  “There’s something wrong with the others, but in her current state, she can’t help them.  She’s fully aware of what’s happening, she’s trapped in her own mind.”

“She’s trapped in her mind, how?”  Benjamin asked, looking at Paul strangely.

“She knows what’s been happening all around here, since she got put in here,” Paul stated as he pressed a button on his suit of armor.  “I think I’ll turn on my psychic dampeners to keep me protected.”

“Keep you protected from what?”  Tamara asked, looking at Paul strangely.

“There seems to be some kind of psi-wave, emanating around this place.  I don’t know where it’s coming from, but it’s communicating with her and each time the wave hits her, she projects,” Paul stated as he pressed another button on his armor, projecting an image of energy levels in the area.

“I’ve seen that before,” Telly stated as he looked at Paul closely.  “Are you sure that’s an energy level and not a brainwave pattern?”

“It’s the energy levels emanating around this place,” Paul stated.

“The graphs look like JT’s brainwave pattern,” Telly stated as he looked at Kayla.  “Remember that time when Master Power tried to kill him and he was left coma… Oh this is starting to get freaky.”

“No Telly, keep going,” Kayla stated as Rebekah just watched them.

“Master Power tried to kill JT, he threw some kind of psychic grenade at him that knocked him unconscious and he was out for a while,” Telly stated with a frown.  “Had it not been for someone in JT’s family, JT probably would’ve still been in the coma.”

“This isn’t making any sense right now,” Rebekah stated as she folded her arms across her chest.

“I wish JT was here, so he could better explain what happened to him,” Telly stated with a frown.

“Well apparently he’s not here,” Kayla stated as she shook her head.  “It seems he’s somewhere here in Jacksonville, hidden from my sight.”

“He’s not hidden from your sight, he’s in a beautiful dream,” Necroloque spoke, appearing in the room.  “Electra has been here all this time?”

“Who are you, how do you know my daughter?”  Rebekah asked, looking at Necroloque closely.

“Oh here we go, enter the spooky, crazy shit,” Telly stated as Necroloque cut his eyes at Telly as the young man closed his mouth quickly and then stepped behind Paul.

“This is Psychic Warrior’s uncle,” Paul answered as Telly just stood there, watching as Kayla vowed her head.

“There’s no need for that child,” Necroloque spoke, patting Kayla’s shoulder.

“Not to sound rude, but what are you doing here?”  Paul asked, looking at Necroloque strangely.  “Warrior told me that you only appeared here when there was something of a spiritual nature, going on.”

“It seems a powerful creature has escaped from another realm and has come here to take over,” Necroloque answered as Paul gasped.

“See, something freaky and it has something to do with magic,” Telly stated as he shook his head.

“Mr. Scott, please keep in mind that I can still do what I did the last time,” Necroloque stated as Telly closed his mouth and hid back behind Paul again.

“Mrs. Hall, I was led here because of your daughter and another of your relatives,” Necroloque stated with a sigh.

“Another of my relatives, who?”  Rebekah asked, looking at Necroloque strangely.

“Ryan Hall,” Necroloque stated as Rebekah just looked at him as if he hadn’t said anything.  “Ryan Hall, your…”

“He’s nothing to me, you might want to ask my husband,” Rebekah stated as she turned her back to Necroloque.

“Mrs. Hall, is there something wrong?”  Kayla asked, turning Rebekah around to face her.

“Nothing’s wrong at all,” Rebekah stated as Diana’s body started to glow again as she opened her eyes.

“How come you can’t explain it… The way you’re acting recently… It seems that everything is changing…  ‘Cause I can tell the way you’re treating me…  I believe that you still love me…  But you find it hard to show…  Don’t throw away the chance…  ‘Cause it might be your last… And I won’t let you forget…[3]” Diana sang as everyone in the room looked at her strangely.

“I know that song,” Tamara stated as she looked at Benjamin and then over at Kayla and then to Telly.  “Didn’t JT sing that song a while back?”

“If so, why is she singing it right now?”  Paul asked, looking at Telly and then over at Necroloque as one of the alarms on his armor went off.  “We have a problem guys.”

“What is it Golem?”  Rebekah asked, looking at Paul.

“The psi-wave I spoke of earlier, it’s getting stronger, more intense,” Paul replied as he pressed another button on his armor.  “Incoming!”

“No!”  Diana screamed as she opened her eyes as psychic energy emanated from her body, striking all around her, knocking Necroloque down to the floor as he held up his hand, trying to use his powers to shield himself from the attack.

“Stop child!”  Necroloque screamed as his eyes crackled with energy as the beam of energy projected against him, pushed him backwards as Diana’s boy floated off the bed.

“What in the hell is going on here?”  Rebekah asked, covering her mouth as she watched as Kayla jumped in front of Necroloque, trying to assist him with shielding himself from the attack.

“I don’t want to hurt her, in her current condition!”  Necroloque screamed as his costume changed and he’s slammed against the wall.

(<PAMPH>)

“No!”  JT screamed as he appeared in the room, standing in front of Necroloque, using his powers to shield Necroloque from Diana’s attack.  “Diana, wake up, stop this madness!”

“I’ve had so many lives… Since I was a child… And I realize…  How many times I’ve died…  I’m not that kind of guy…  Sometimes I feel shy… I think I can fly…  Closer to the sky,[4]” Diana sang as JT shook his head as tears fell from his eyes.

“Diana, wake up!”  JT screamed as his eyes crackled with energy as he gestured with his hand, striking her with a beam of magical energy as Telly and Paul tackled him, taking him down to the ground.  “Get the hell off of me!”

“We’re not going to let you do something to hurt her!”  Telly yelled, punching JT in the chest as Kayla gestured with her hands, trying to use her powers to restrain Telly and Paul.

“All of you stop, you’re drawing unneeded attention to us,” Kayla stated as Necroloque got up off the floor as his costume changed back to its normal appearance.  “Psychic Warrior, is everything okay?”

“No, everything isn’t okay,” JT replied as he looked at Necroloque.  “Why Uncle, why did you do that?”

“I didn’t need you and your friends interfering,” Necroloque stated as things started to rumble and shake.

“Well regardless of what you wanted, Celestus is still apart of Ryan Hall and we have to stop him,” JT stated as Rebekah looked at him strangely.

“What does Ryan have to do with this?”  Rebekah asked, looking at JT.

“Uncle, you didn’t tell her?”  JT asked, looking over at Necroloque.

“When I asked, she didn’t give me any relevant information,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.

“Your cross-dimensional relative is trying to bring hell to Earth,” JT stated as he sighed and then spun around in a circle as his hand glowed as his costume changed.  “Uncle, the next time you want to trap me in a dream, make sure it’s a happy dream, not one where I’m a lonely singer, that has nothing left to live for, not able to count on anyone.”

“I’m sorry my boy,” Necroloque stated as he looked down.  “What about your friends, did they wake from their dreams?”

“I don’t know,” JT replied as he floated over to Diana and then touched her head.  “Diana, I know you’re in there, you’ve been calling out to me, since I stepped back into this realm.”

“Calling out, how?”  Rebekah asked.

“Duh, because she’s in a coma, doesn’t mean her mind and psychic powers stop working,” JT stated as he looked at Rebekah.  “I’m sure you knew that already.  Ryan must be stopped and it’s going to take all of us to do it.  Oh and Telly, I’ll kick your ass later on.  You want to take pop shots at me, I’ll give you a chance to do that all you want.”

“We don’t have time for this petty arguing,” Kayla stated as JT looked at her, smiled and then waved his hand as all of them faded away, leaving Rebekah standing there, looking around the room.

“Where did they go with my daughter?  How am I going to explain this to the hospital?”  Rebekah asked as she sighed and then covered her eyes.

To Be Continued…


[1] Latin Translation = “The world will be destroyed by fire and hell will reign supreme.”

[2] Latin Translation = “The righteous will reign supreme and the mortals will serve the highest power.”

[3] Song Excerpt = Who Found Who by John “Jellybean” Benitez with Elisa Fiorillo.

[4] Song Excerpt = Nobody Knows Me by Madonna

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 2

Chapter 2 — Definition of Royalty

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

“Who in the hell do you think you are?”  Tara asked, taking on a fighting stance, pushing Necroloque behind her.  “I don’t know who you think you are, but I’m not letting you get close to the king.”

“As I said, he’s not the king of this place anymore,” Tara and Necroloque heard as the light took on the form of a person.  “Welcome to my domain, this is Limbo no more!”

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“Not so fast there,” JT spoke, appearing behind the person, grabbing them quickly as his eyes glowed brightly as he and the person vanished and then reappeared again.  “What the hell happened?  We were supposed to had appeared outside!”

“No my boy, there’s something amiss here,” Necroloque stated as he waved his hand and nothing happened.

“Uncle, are you okay?”  JT asked, looking back at Necroloque as the person threw him to the ground.  “Owww!  Something’s wrong with my psychic armor, I actually felt that.”

“You’ll feel more than that!”  The person screamed, waving its hand as magical chains sprang up from the floor, wrapping around JT and Necroloque.

“No!”  JT screamed, his eyes dimming as his hands sparkled with energy.  “Amazon, get down!”

“Gotcha!”  Tara screamed, falling to the floor as JT’s eyes crackled with energy.

“Gravata Sinova Clatorim!”  JT screamed as demonic fire shot from his eyes and mouth, enveloping the person that stood before him and Necroloque.

“Did you really think that was going to do anything to me?”  The person asked as JT’s eyes widened.  “That was nothing but an amateur parlor trick.  You might want to upgrade to something else.”

“Speaking of an upgrade, let’s do it!”  JT screamed as his eyes sparkled with energy as the chains that were wrapped around his body disappeared as a strange looking crystal appeared in his hand.  “Soul Eternal, Change-up!”

With JT’s words, a bright light filled the area as a ribbon-like energy surrounded his body, changing his clothing.  When the light faded, JT stood there naked as the day he was born.  The person laughing and pointing, JT looked down, noticing that he was naked as he looked at Necroloque and then looked back at the person.

“Why—why didn’t I transform?”  JT asked.

“I don’t know my boy, I believe something is blocking our powers,” Necroloque responded as JT shook his head, accepting the cloak from him, covering his naked body.

“Can’t be, my powers are working just fine,” JT stated as Necroloque shook his head.

“You seem to be relying on your innate powers, not the powers you possess due to Limbo,” Necroloque spoke as he gestured with his hand and nothing happened.

“Awww, is the wimpy king and prince, wondering what is happening with their powers?”  The person asked with a smile on their face.

“JT, who is this person?  How did they get here?”  Tara asked, moving along the wall, trying to get closer to JT and Necroloque.

“I can’t mind-tap them to find out,” JT replied with a frown.  “Why do I get the feeling that something else is going on here, that I don’t know about.  Uncle, is there something you’re not telling me?”

“Divine could be behind this,” Necroloque stated as JT’s eyes flared with energy as Tara sighed and then shook her head.

“Oh, here we go,” Tara stated as JT looked back at Necroloque and then back at the person.

“Who are you?”  JT asked, looking the person straight on.  “Why are you here?  How did you get here?”

“To simply answer your question,” the person spoke, waving its hand in mid-air.  “I was here, way long before your pathetic grandmother and kingy here took over the place.”

“You’re an elder?”  JT sarcastically asked, looking at the person and then back to Necroloque.  “Is that right Uncle, is this person one of the Elders?”

“Not any elder that I know of,” Necroloque replied as the person shook their head and then gestured with their hand in his direction as he’s knocked against the wall and held in place.  “This place isn’t going to hurt us, it belongs to us.”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” the person stated with a smile.  “Castle Limbo is no more under the control of Clan Chosen.”

“Who is it under control of?”  JT asked as his hand sparkled with energy.  “Last time I checked, this was my castle, my domain!”

“Oh, you silly boy, you don’t know what you speak of,” the person spoke, shaking their head.  “Apparently they didn’t tell you the rules of magic and how magic completely works.”

“What are these so-called rules that they didn’t tell me about?”  JT asked, tapping his foot on the floor.  “What is it that I don’t know?”

“Apparently, there’s a whole lot you don’t know about,” the person stated, walking past JT and over to the mirror that stood in the room.  “Mirror, what are you?”

“It’s a damn mirror, what kind of question is that?”  Tara asked, looking at the person strangely.  “You can’t just ask the mirror something like that.”

“The mirror can answer any question posed to it,” the person responded as JT shook his head.

“She has a point, why are you asking the mirror what it is?”  JT asked, looking at the person strangely.

“To prove a point,” the person answered with a sly smile on their face.  “Mirror, what are you?”

“Should I answer the question my liege?”  The voice of the mirror asked as JT shook his head.

“Knock yourself out,” JT replied as the mirror’s reflection cracked.  “What in the hell just happened?”

“My boy, get away from there, get away from the mirror,” Necroloque spoke as JT looked over at him and then moved quickly to get away from the mirror and the person.

“What’s going on Uncle?”  JT asked.

“I don’t know, but something’s not right,” Necroloque replied as the mirror started to glow and then the mirror’s shards exploded inward, creating a portal-like phenomenon as it grew in size as a creature stepped out of it.

“No, Celestus,” Necroloque whispered as Tara turned and looked at him.

“Did you say something sir?”  Tara asked as things shook up around them.

“Why do I get the feeling that I’ve met these creature before,” JT said as Necroloque shook his head.

“I’m sure you have Prince,” the person stated as the portal closed and the creature was fully in the room.  “Welcome King Celestus.”

“King Celestus,” Tara and JT spoke in unison.

“What in the hell are you the king of?”  JT asked, stepping back as he reached behind his back, but nothing appeared in his hand.

“I am the king of this domain,” the creature spoke, it’s feet stepping on the ground as things in the area started to change around all of them.  “Your kind took this place from me centuries ago and now it’s time for me to reclaim what’s rightfully mine.”

“Nothing was taken from you centuries ago Celestus!  You misused and squandered the power the elders entrusted you with!”  Necroloque snapped, moving in front of JT and Tara.  “You used this place as a dumping ground for your wrongdoing and they took this place from you and passed it to someone that would not misuse it.”

“And you think Princey here is using it the right way?”  The person asked, looking at Necroloque.  “Both of you have used this place for years as a means of…”

“A means of what… A means to get away from others,” JT spoke as he stepped in front of Celestus.  “I’ll admit it, I’ve done that tons of times.  When I want to escape what’s going on in my life, I come here, so I can avoid others.”

“Limbo wasn’t designed for that,” the person stated as JT shook his head.

“If memory serves correctly, this place was designed as the stopping point for souls to go to their final resting place,” JT stated as he shook his head and then folded his arms across his chest.  “This place is the nexus between heaven and hell!”

“You’re almost right,” the person stated as Necroloque sighed and then shook his head.

“What do you mean I’m almost right, I am right,” JT stated as the person shook their head and then laughed.

“Kingy here hasn’t told you the true meaning of this place it seems,” the person stated as he walked over to Celestus and bowed his head.  “May I King?”

“Yes you may,” Celestus replied as the person tapped it’s foot on the floor and then stepped backwards as a portal-like phenomenon opened under all of them.

“No!”  Tara screamed, grabbing Necroloque as she floated off the floor with him, holding him by the collar of his top as she took off her lasso and used it to rope a column, using the lasso to hold her and Necroloque from being pulled into the phenomenon.

“What in the hell are you doing?”  JT asked as he held onto a column in the area as the phenomenon started to pull things around them into it.  “It’s sucking everything into it!  Make it stop!”

“Why should I make it stop, I’m enjoying this way too much,” the person stated as JT eyes started to glow an eerie purple color.

“You will stop it right now,” JT spoke as his hands sparkled with energy.  “Saturn! Anima aeterna, Change Sursum![1]

With JT’s words, his eyes crackled with energy as his body is enveloped by the ribbon-like energy and his costume appeared.  Still holding onto the column, JT reached behind his back with one of his hands, reaching for air as his scepter appeared.

“Stop my boy, don’t do that!  No isn’t the time!”  Necroloque screamed as JT waved the scepter through the air as he floated away from the column, spinning around in a circle.  “My boy, you can’t do that here, not now!”

“I must do something to stop these fools!”  JT screamed, holding the scepter high above his head.  “Saturn!”

“No JT, I think you need to listen to him!”  Tara screamed, still holding Necroloque by the collar of his shirt as JT spun around in a circle, waving the scepter in a strange formation.

“No, don’t listen to them, do your worst Princey,” the person stated as he moved to stand in front of Celestus. “Go ahead Princey, do what you want.”

“Saturn!  Soul Eternal Kiss!”  JT screamed as he aimed the scepter at the person and Celestus as a manifestation of energy, shaped like lips, struck the person, knocking him down to the ground as Celestus smiled and then laughed out.  “You think that was funny monster?”

“I wish these parlor tricks would come to an end,” Celestus spoke, moving towards the phenomenon, entering it, disappearing from view.

“Where did that monster go?”  JT asked as the phenomenon started to close.

“I have a strange feeling that he’s headed to Earth,” Necroloque stated as he and Tara landed on the floor as the person got up off the floor and then looked around.

“No!  He left here without me?  Where did the master go?”  The person asked, his expression changing to a frantic one.

“Apparently, you’ve been left behind, whoever you are,” JT spoke, landing in front of the person.  “So, who are you?”

“I’m not going to tell you,” the person stated as JT shook his head.

“Either you tell me or I’ll find out for myself, the hard way,” JT stated as Tara shook her head.

“I doubt you would want to do that Princey,” the person stated as JT’s eyes flared with psychic energy as the person’s eye color changed to match the energy of his eyes.  “What are you doing?”

“I’m discovering who you are,” JT stated as dropped to his knees and screamed out.  “No!  This—this can’t be!”

“What’s going on JT?”  Tara asked, rushing over to JT as she tried to touch him, but an invisible force knocked her backwards.  “JT!”

“He… This… Oh God, what in the hell is going on?”  JT asked, shaking his head as he looked over at Necroloque.  “This fool is supposed to be dead!”

“Who’s supposed to be dead?”  Tara asked, getting up off the ground and walking over to where JT was, doing her best, avoiding touching him again.

“Uncle, this fool isn’t supposed to exist right now,” JT stated as he got up off the floor, holding his side.  “Remember Uncle, remember the day of my birth, the day you pulled me from the future, to help you stop an attempt on my life.”

“What are you talking about?”  Necroloque asked, looking at JT strangely.

“On the day of my birth, you pulled me from the future to help you stop a crazy family from killing me, to take my powers, so they could get ahead of us on the Winding Way.  This is one of the fools!”  JT snapped, his body emanating psychic energy brightly, the manifestation taking on the form of a firebird.  “Remember Uncle, this fool is the one that was acting as if he were Legacy Osiris!  This is Ryan Hall, he’s supposed to not exist!”

“I have no idea of what you speak of,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.  “How do you know this person?  When did his family attempt to kill you?”

“This is getting us nowhere,” JT stated as he moved over to Necroloque, grabbed his hand quickly as his eyes glowed an eerie purple color, a sign that he was using his psychic powers to share information mentally.  “Do you remember things now?”

“My boy, I—I have no recollection of this ever happening,” Necroloque responded as his eyes stopped glowing.

“You may not, but I do,” JT replied as he moved away from Necroloque, turning his attention back to the person standing near them.  “That fool is Ryan Hall and he’s not supposed to exist right now.  He needs to be stopped.”

“If he’s not supposed to exist right now, why is he here now, in Limbo of all places?”  Tara asked, looking at JT strangely.  “He’s standing right there.  Unless this is another trick of the mirror, then something is drastically wrong.”

“Yeah, something is drastically wrong here,” JT stated as he looked back at Necroloque.  “They brought the mirror.  What’s going to happen because of that?”

“I don’t know, but it can’t be good,” Necroloque stated as he moved over to the person identified as Ryan Hall and waved a hand in front of his face.  “How did you get here to Limbo?”

“Limbo doesn’t belong to you,” Ryan stated as JT shook his head.

“You keep saying that, but all of us here know that not t be the truth,” JT stated as he waved his hand as a Japanese katana blade forged of psychic energy appeared in his hand.  “Come on now, don’t make me use this on you again.”

“No my boy, we don’t need to go that route again.  I saw from your mind, what happened the last time you did that,” Necroloque stated as he shook his head.  “Put that away and let’s look at things logically here.”

“Logically, he broke my scrying glass and released Celestus into only God knows where,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “Where did Celestus go?”

“I’m not telling,” Ryan stated with a smile as he folded his arms across his chest.  “You could’ve handled things totally different, but you wanted to be the powerhouse that you are.”

“What are you spouting on about now?”  JT asked as he stepped in front of Ryan.

“Like your friend Hank said, you can’t change everything in the world,” Ryan stated as JT looked at him with wide eyes.

“How—how did you know what Hank said?  Have… You’ve been watching me!”  JT snapped as he grabbed Ryan by the collar of his shirt, jacking him up off of his feet and then tossing him through the air.  “How long have you been spying on me?”

“You act like you’re so damn important,” Ryan stated as he got up off the floor and then rubbed at his head.  “Who says I was spying on you?”

“Well who in the hell else were you spying on, if you weren’t spying on me?  Who else do you know, that I know?”  JT asked, looking at Ryan strangely.

“You’d be very surprised by that,” Ryan replied with a sly smile on his face.

“I don’t have time for the game you’re trying to play here,” JT stated as he reached behind his back again, grabbing for air as his scepter appeared.  “I’m going to put an end to you and make sure that you don’t plague me ever again.”

“Didn’t you do that already,” Ryan stated as he looked at JT.  “You did that already and yet, here I am, plaguing you again.  Haven’t you figured it out already, you can’t get rid of me.”

“I can’t get rid of you,” JT said as he shook his head.

“Remember what happened the last time you tried to get rid of me,” Ryan stated as he smiled.  “You stabbed me in the forehead with your sword!”

“Yeah, I did and your point,” JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy.

“And what happened to you in the process of doing that?”  Ryan asked, smirking at JT.

“My transformation melted away and I almost died, mainly because someone in your family, cast a spell on me, to tie your soul to mine, so whatever I did to you, I would do to myself,” JT explained as Tara’s eyes widened.

“This is getting drawn too far out,” Tara stated as she looked over at JT.  “Where did that monster go?”

“That’s something I can’t say,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I don’t even think he knows, since I wasn’t able to see it in his head.”

“Time’s a wasting here,” Tara stated as she shook her head.  “We need to stop that thing, before it hurts somebody.  We can deal with this child later on.”

“True, we do need to stop Celestus, but that’s something we can’t do, if we don’t know where he could possibly be,” JT stated as Ryan laughed and then tapped his foot on the ground as another strange phenomenon appeared as he jumped through it quickly, disappearing from the area.  “What the hell!”

“Now he’s gone,” Tara stated as she shook her head.  “Do you happen to know where he’s going?”

“I am not able to see anything outside of Limbo, now that my mirror has been broken,” JT stated as he sighed.  “The only way I’m going to see anything out of here, is for me to leave here.”

“Then what are you waiting for, let’s go,” Tara stated as she looked at JT strangely as Necroloque stepped over to JT.

“She has a point my boy.  You need to go find Celestus and that child and put a stop to whatever they are trying to do.  While you do that, I’ll see how Divine ties into things and I’ll join you two later on.”

“Fine,” JT stated as he looked at Tara, took her hand and then snapped his fingers as the two of them disappeared.

To Be Continued…


[1]Latin Translation = Saturn!  Soul Eternal, Change Up!

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!

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 — Home Coming

Mar 16, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – The X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary

“Oh God, I didn’t think I could do it,” JT spoke, floating down to the floor as his costume changed to his regular clothes and his scepter disappeared as Tara rushed over to where he stood.

“Are you okay JT?”  Tara asked, checking his body over.  “That took a lot of power and you look like…”

“I look like hell warmed over,” JT stated with a frown on his face.  “Is that what you were going to say Tara?”

“No, I was going to say that you look like you need some sleep,” Tara replied with a frown.

“Yeah, I’m tired, but I don’t know where I’m going to get sleep.  How am I supposed to sleep right now?”  JT asked, looking around.  “It’s going to take some time to come to terms with all that’s happened here.”

“Like your uncle said, none of this was your fault JT.  You shouldn’t be dwelling on this,” A’Mora stated with a frown.

“But you know he’s going to dwell on it anyway,” Hank stated, looking over at JT.

“I have no choice but to dwell on it,” JT stated, looking down.  “This mess is my fault and there’s nothing I can do to change any of it now.  All that’s happened is stuck in the timeline and there’s nothing anyone can do to change it, to the way it should be.”

“Change it to the way it should be… What are you talking about J?”  Tara asked, looking at JT strangely.

“I’m talking about Donna being here.  She’s supposed to be here, with the rest of us, not dead.  She was supposed to be here to live her life, to have a family, to have a successful career.  She was supposed to…”

“From what has been said already, all we can really do is move on with our lives JT.  There’s nothing we can really do about Donna’s actions,” Tara stated as she looked down.

“Those were not Donna’s actions, it was the demonphage’s actions!”  JT snapped as the area around them shook.  “If it hadn’t removed the power blockers from her mind, that restricted her powers, she would still be here now!”

“Calm down J,” Drew stated as he walked up to JT and rubbed his back.

“I’m not going to calm down!”  JT snapped, jerking away from Drew’s touch.  “One of my friends, your friend too, killed themselves because of something I could’ve stopped!”

“How could you have stopped the demonphage JT?”  Drew asked, looking at JT strangely.  “You’re powerful, but you’re not that powerful JT.  You’re not God.”

“I never said I was God,” JT stated, turning away from Drew.

“No, you didn’t say it, but sometimes you act as if you are,” Drew stated as he folded his arms across his chest.  “You can’t control everything that goes on in the world JT.”

“I do no such thing,” JT stated as he turned back towards Drew, glaring at him.

“Come off it JT, you’ve been acting that way since I’ve known you,” Hank stated as he stepped up behind Drew.  “You know you have power and you’ve always done everything you can to display that power to the rest of us and the people we’ve taken down.  So, don’t stand there and say you don’t act like you’re God!”

“I—I’m sorry, if that’s the impression I’ve given you guys, I’m really sorry,” JT stated as he shook his head and then sighed.  “That’s another reason why I should’ve been able to do what I had planned to do moments ago.”

“No, that’s just another sign of you trying to act like you’re God!”  Hank snapped, pointing his finger at JT.  “There are things in the world that shouldn’t be controlled.  There are things in this world that even you can’t change.  Donna’s actions, ending her life is one of those things!”

“I have the power to…” JT started as Hank rolled his eyes and then sighed.

“Yep, you have the power, but did you ever use it the way it was supposed to be used?  Even though you’re a psychic with the power to see into the future, that doesn’t mean you can see the outcome of everything that’s going to happen.  You can’t control the outcome of every living being on the planet JT.  We can make our own damn decisions!”  Hank snapped, throwing his hands up.  “Everything isn’t about you always coming to the damn rescue!”

“You have a point,” JT stated as he waved his hand in the air, creating a portal as he shook his head and then flew into it as Tara shook her head and then flew in behind him as it closed.

“Hank, I think you said too much,” A’Mora stated as she looked down.

“He needed to hear it though,” Hank replied, looking down as he shook his head.  “Besides, you all were thinking the same thing I was, go on and admit it.”

“He might have needed to hear that, but he didn’t need to hear it the way it was delivered,” Drew stated, looking down.  “I guess we have to wait until he calms down for him to come back.”

“I guess so,” A’Mora replied, looking around.  “Who wants to start the clean-up process?”

“You all can be my guest,” Hank replied, making a move towards the door as Drew grabbed him by the arm, stopping him.  “Damn it, I was so close.”

“If we have to clean up this place, so do you,” Drew stated as he sighed and then walked out of the room.

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

“I thought after he took back his power and the world continued, things would be different, but as you can see, things are not,” Necroloque spoke as he walked past a mirror with Mother Divine’s reflection in it.  “Things in the real world will never be alright for my boy.  Do you see what your actions have done?”

“No Sidney, nothing I did was responsible for any of that,” Mother Divine spoke as Necroloque looked at the scrying glass and then snapped his fingers as the images changed.

“You have a point there.  I can’t blame everything Chaos did on your actions, but I can contribute most of what it did to your meddling in Timmy’s life,” Necroloque stated as he shook his head.  “So, what do I do with you now?  I can’t hold you in that mirror for…”

“No, you can’t hold me in this mirror forever, trapped like this brother,” Mother Divine stated as her eyes glowed an eerie purple color.  “You will pay dearly for entrapping me this way.”

“Remember sister, I reign supreme here, not you,” Necroloque spoke as his eyes crackled with energy.  “You are just a visitor to this realm, keep that in mind.”

“I may be a visitor here, but my powers will set me free and when they do,” Mother Divine spoke as the castle walls shook.  “What’s happening?”

“I don’t know, but that shouldn’t be your main concern right now,” Necroloque spoke as there was a flash of light in the area as things seemed to fade in and out around them as new walls appeared around himself and Mother Divine, blocking them from the rest of the castle.

(<PAMPH>)

“Where are we JT?”  Tara asked as she looked around the area as she covered her mouth.

“Limbo,” JT answered as he looked around and then sighed as he waved his hand as another portal appeared.  “You’re leaving here Tara.”

“Nope, I’m not leaving here JT.  You might as well hang that idea up,” Tara stated as she looked at him as if he were crazy.  “If you’re not with me when I go, I’m not going anywhere.  If I go damn it, you go!”

“I’m not going anywhere and you can’t stay here in this domain,” JT stated as he looked around again.

“What happened to this place JT?”  Tara asked as she looked around again.  “It looks like a battle took place here.”

“I—I don’t remember this happening while I was trying to leave here,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I don’t think I did all of this.”

“I’m sure you didn’t,” JT heard as he turned around and then stopped in his tracks. “Hello Timmy.”

“Grandma!”  JT yelled, the walls of the castle shaking and vibrating as Tara looked around again and then backed away from where JT stood.  “How—how did you get here?  How did you get to Limbo?”

“This was once my domain, a lifetime ago,” the woman spoke, smiling at JT as she walked over to where he stood.  “And as you know, your bloodline can enter Limbo freely, without you being here.”

“I thought that only applied to the chosen ones, not my entire bloodline,” JT stated as the woman shook her head.

“No so,” the woman stated as she waved her hand as it glowed brightly as a portal appeared.  “Your magical bloodline is able to enter Limbo at will, not just your family bloodline.”

“I’m confused a bit,” JT spoke as the woman shook her head.

“There’s nothing to be confused about my child,” the woman spoke.  “As long as our bloodline is the highest on the Winding Way, our bloodline is the strongest and has access to this realm.”

“So, this place isn’t just mine as I’ve always thought,” JT stated as he looked at the woman strangely.

“Not so much as this place being yours, but you are the gatekeeper here,” the woman spoke as JT looked down.

“All that time, I thought this was my domain and mine only,” JT stated as he shook his head.

“It is your domain, as it is all in our bloodline,” the woman stated as she walked down the corridor as she motioned with her head for JT to follow her.

“But—but I thought this place was tied to me and was just mine,” JT stated as the woman shook her head again.

“My child, Limbo belongs to no one in particular,” the woman stated as her eyes glowed brightly as she doubled over as if she were in pain.

“Grandma!”  JT screamed as he moved past a mirror in the area, noticing his reflection and the reflection of the thing that was posing as his grandmother.  “What the hell is going on here?”

“Is there something wrong JT?”  Tara asked as she landed next to JT.

“That’s not my grandmother,” JT stated as he waved his hand, using his magical powers as magical energy chains shot through the air, grabbing the woman, holding her tight as her visage changed.  “Who in the hell are you?”

“Come now Prince, that’s no way to talk to your dear old grandmother,” the woman stated as she laughed.

“You’re not my grandmother!”  JT screamed, his eyes crackling with magical energy as Tara stepped behind him.  “Now, who in the hell are you?”

“You’re not going to get the answers you want that way Prince,” the woman stated as she struggled to get free of the magical chains that held her tightly.  “Release me and I’ll tell you what you want to know.”

“I’m not releasing you at all,” JT stated as Tara looked at him and then at the woman.

“JT, what’s going on here?”  Tara asked as she moved backwards, stepping in front of a mirror, noticing her own reflections as she jumped and then screamed.  “No!  That—that’s not what I look like, is it?  This—this must be some sort of damn trick!”

“Snap out of it Amazon!”  JT snapped as he grabbed her hand as she stopped screaming.  “That’s my scrying glass… It sometimes reflects a person’s inner demons to them.”

“So, you’re saying I think I look like a damn demon?  That’s not right JT; I don’t see myself as the thing I just saw in that damn mirror!”  Tara screamed a JT shook his head, sighing as he kept his attention on the woman he held in his magical chains.

“I didn’t say that at all Tara,” JT stated as the woman’s eyes started to glow as the chains vibrated, some of them dissipating.

“Then what in the hell are you saying damn it?”  Tara asked as she moved away from JT as she stood in front of the mirror again, seeing a different image as she jumped backwards and then looked behind her as if someone was there.  “This is some crazy shit here!”

“Tara, please calm down, I can’t concentrate on what I need to do here and worry about what’s going on with you,” JT stated as he floated off the floor as Tara’s eyes widened.

“Are—are those demon wings on your back?”  Tara asked as JT sighed.

“No, that’s just the appearance of my cloak,” JT stated as his eyes glowed an eerie red color.  “There’s some foolery afoot in my domain and I intend to find out why.”

“Come on JT, stop playing.  You—you have demon wings on your back!”  Tara screamed as she pointed at JT as he flew towards a balcony above her.

“No, I told you it’s just my cloak taking on the form of wings.  It’s just a means of easy transportation for when I’m here,” JT stated as he landed down on the floor as the so-called wings disappeared from his back.

Somewhere Else in Castle Limbo

“What’s happening around here?”  Mother Divine asked as she slammed her hands on the glass of the mirror, having no effect of releasing her from the mirror.

“You’re not going to get out of there, regardless of how much you try.  You’ll stay in that mirror until I release you from it,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed.

“What’s happening out there?  What’s going on?”  Mother Divine asked.

“I don’t know what’s happening right now, I can’t seem to put my finger on it,” Necroloque replied, looking at Mother Divine as he waved his hand, trying to create a portal, but nothing happened.

“What’s wrong my brother, something wrong with your powers?”  Mother Divine asked with a sly smile.

“Is this your doing woman?  What are you up to?”  Necroloque asked, looking at the mirror that contained Mother Divine.  “Are you behind what’s happening right now?”

“You’ll never know,” Mother Divine replied as her image flickered on the mirror’s surface.

“What have you done?”  Necroloque asked as he shook his head.

“What should’ve been done a hundred years ago,” Mother Divine replied as she disappeared from the mirror’s reflection and then appeared in front of Necroloque.

“You’re free,” Necroloque stated, stepping back from Mother Divine.

“Yes my brother, I said I would be at some point,” Mother Divine stated as she stepped forward and then turned around quickly as she lashed out with her powers. “Divine, Sash of Suffering!”

(<PAMPH>)

“I don’t think so!”  Tara screamed, appearing in front of Necroloque as she deflected the magical energy beam that Mother Divine directed at him.  “Sir, are you alright?”

“Wonder Woman, how did you get here?”  Necroloque asked, looking at Tara strangely.  “What’s going on around here?”

“Let’s just say that JT has his hands full, but he sent me to help you,” Tara replied, grabbing Necroloque’s hand and flying through the air with him. “Is that really your sister?”

“I—I don’t know,” Necroloque replied.

“Something tried to trick JT into thinking it was his grandmother, but he somehow saw through the disguise,” Tara stated as she landed on a cliff, releasing Necroloque’s hand.  “He told me to give you his cloak.”

“Hmmm, why would he give me this?”  Necroloque asked, looking at Tara strangely.  “This only works for him, it was enchanted by the elders to allow him to…”

“We don’t have time for all of that sir,” Tara stated with a frown.  “He said for me to give it to you and that you shouldn’t trust your eyes.”

“With that being said Wonder Woman, can you be trusted?”  Necroloque asked, stepping back from Tara as he snapped his fingers as her costume disappeared, revealing her true visage.  “So, you really are the Wonder Woman.”

“I don’t know what’s going on in this place, but I’ll be glad when one of you figures it out,” Tara stated as she looked around.

“I’ll tell you what’s going on,” someone spoke as there was a flash of light as the castle walls started shaking.

“Who’s there?”  Necroloque asked, looking around, not seeing anyone.

“The once and former king of this realm, you are king no more,” the voice spoke as there was another flash of light and Tara and Necroloque gasped.

To Be Continued…