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If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 16

Chapter 16 — The New Year Ringeth In

Jan 1, 2003 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room’s Rape Trauma Unit – Kasai’s Room  

“Daddy, is that you?”  Kasai weakly asked, opening his eyes and looking around the room.

“Yes Kai, I’m here baby,” JT replied, standing up on wobbly legs.

“I—I’m so sorry Daddy, I’m really sorry,” Kasai spoke as the tears streamed down his face.  “I—I should’ve never snuck out of the house.  If I would’ve done what Daddy Mark told me to do, I would be okay right now.”

“Shhh baby, don’t talk about that.  Everything’s going to be all right.  You’re with us now,” JT said as he held Kasai gently in his arms as he cried.

“But Daddy…” Kasai said, sniffling as JT rubbed his back and stopped him from talking.

“Shhh son, it’s all okay now.  Don’t worry about that right now,” JT said as Mark wrapped his arms around him and Kasai.

“I—I love you both,” Kasai said, sniffling again.

“We love you too,” Mark spoke as he kissed the top of Kasai’s head.  “Happy new year son.”

Later on – Nick’s Hospital Room

“Come on Nick, we have to leave, now,” Janet stated, moving around the room as she gathered Nick’s things, trying to pick them into a bag.

“Where are we going?”  Nick asked.

“We’re going back to Tampa,” Janet answered as Nick stood in place, looking at her.

“Why are we going back to Tampa?”  Nick asked, rubbing at his head.  “We can’t leave, I have to stay here at the hospital.”

“I’m having you transferred into the care of a doctor closer to home,” Janet stated as Aaron jumped up from where he sat.

“What are you trying to pull here Mom?”  Aaron asked, glaring at Janet.

“I’m not trying to pull anything,” Janet replied, looking at Aaron strangely.

“Yes you are damn it!”  Aaron snapped, looking over at Nick.  “You don’t have to leave here Bro.”

“I don’t want to leave, but…” Nick spoke as Aaron shook his head.

“I—I thought you were in love with Justin,” Aaron said with a sad look on his face.

“I am in love with him,” Nick replied, looking at Aaron with tears in his eyes.

“If you love him, stay here with him, don’t leave,” Aaron said, glaring at Janet once more.

“Shut up Aaron, he has no choice in the matter,” Janet stated, pointing her finger at Aaron.  “You stay out of this, none of this concerns you!”

“It does concern me.  You’re interfering in Nick’s life, taking him away from something that he needs, because you can’t seem to see past your own stuck up vision!”  Aaron snapped, shaking his head.  “So, what if Justin’s in a wheelchair, that doesn’t fucking mean he can’t make Nick happy.  You don’t see how Nick changes when he’s with Justin.  When he’s away from Justin, he goes back into his own world.  When they’re together, Nick livens up and he’s part of our world.”

“I don’t care.  I don’t want that cripple anywhere near my boy,” Janet said as she shook her head.  “And to keep that from happening, we’re going back home.”

“We’re not going anywhere Mom.  You can leave if you want, but we’re staying right here,” Aaron stated, looking at Janet as he crossed his arms across his chest, standing proud.

“I’m your mother; who in the hell do you think you’re talking to?  You don’t talk to me that way!”  Janet screamed, pointing her finger in Aaron’s face.  “What in the hell has gotten into you?”

“Yeah, you’re my mother, big whoop.  You’re the woman that claims to love us so much.  You’re the woman that stole money from us and then tried to have our dad killed so you could get the damn insurance money.  So yeah, some mother you are,” Aaron stated, shaking his head as Janet’s eyes widened.

“That’s not true, that’s all a lie!”  Janet screamed.

“What’s he talking about Mom?”  Nick asked, walking over to where Janet stood.  “You said that Dad was trying to kill you, the reason you two…”

“She’s lying bro,” Aaron said as he shook his head.  “To start, Mom here has been stealing from the both of us, since our careers started.  I had my lawyers and their accounts go over my account spending with a fine-tooth comb and they found out that Mom here has been skimming money off the top of things.”

“What!”  Nick snapped, turning to look at Janet again.

“After further digging, I found out that she had both of us fraudulently sign power of attorney statements to have her in control of our finances and our lives,” Aaron stated as Nick frowned and then shook his head.

“What is he talking about Mom?”  Nick asked, looking between Janet and Aaron.  “Is any of what he said true?”

“No, it’s not true at all.  Aaron’s lying, he made all up that up,” Janet stated, shaking her head with a worried expression on her face.

“Come on Mom, I’m lying?  Really Mom, really?”  Aaron said as he walked over to his jacket and then pulled some papers from an inside pocket and then walked back over to Nick, handing the papers to him.  “Check this out.”

“What is this?”  Nick asked, looking at Aaron strangely.

“Just read those,” Aaron replied with a smile as Nick looked at the papers.

“Mom, this says that you were granted power of attorney of me and my finances over three years ago,” Nick stated, reading over the papers.  “What have you taken from me?”

“I—I haven’t taken anything from you,” Janet replied, shaking her head as she stepped backwards.

“That’s a lie and you know it,” Aaron replied, handing Nick more documents to read.  “These are your bank statements, showing all of your deposits and withdrawals.  This here is a statement of your earnings.  The figures on both documents don’t match.  They don’t match at all.”

“Wait a minute!  Both of you just stop!  I need to sit down on this,” Nick said, walking over to the chair that was next to the bed and sitting down as Aaron followed him while Janet just stood away from the both of them.

“Bro, she’s been stealing from both of us for years.  I had our lawyers go over everything and they’ve reversed the POAs that she had us falsely sign.  You’re in control of your own life Bro.  She can’t force you to go anywhere Nick.  Stay here and be with Justin if you want to be with him.  If you want, I’ll stay here with you,” Aaron stated, hugging Nick around the neck.  “You’re my brother and I want you to be happy.”

“I’m not going to stand here and listen to any of this,” Janet said, shaking her head.

“You don’t have to listen Mom.  It would be better if you just left.  You’ll be in court real soon any way.  I hope you haven’t spent the money you stole from us.  You’ll be giving it all back,” Aaron stated, crossing his arms across his chest, glaring at Janet.

“Do you honestly want to stay here Nick?  Do you really want to be with that damn crippled man?  Hell, he’s not even a real man, he can’t walk.  I’m trying to spare you from ending up, being hurt by this so-called relationship,” Janet said as she shook her head and then threw her hands up.  “You stand to gain nothing from being with him.   Ha, he can’t even stand at all.”

“I love him Mom.  I’m going to stay here.  I don’t care if he’s in a wheelchair or not.  Our love is more than something physical, it goes way deeper than that,” Nick spoke as the tears welled up in his eyes.  “I’ve gained his love and that’s enough for me.”

“I don’t understand you Nick.  I’ve tried… I’ve tried everything in my power to change your mind of this lifestyle.  I just wish you would stop all of this madness.  There’s a woman in this world, somewhere just for you,” Janet stated as she turned up her nose and then shook her head again.

“I’m gay, get over it already.  I’ll always be gay.  There’s nothing in this world, that’s going to change my way of living and I’m not giving up on Justin,” Nick stated, pointing his finger at Janet.

“But you being this way is a sin Nick,” Janet said, glaring at Nick as he waved his hand dismissively at her.  “You’re a sinner against God.”

“If he’s a sinner, then so am I,” Aaron declared, stepping in front of Janet as Nick and Janet both looked at him.

“What!”  Janet snapped, backing away from Aaron.

“That’s right Mom, I’m gay too.  I’ve always been gay, but I never chose to tell you, mainly because I saw the way you acted towards Nick.  Now I just don’t give a flying rat’s ass about it anymore,” Aaron stated as he leaned in and kissed Nick on the cheek and then walked out of the room.

“Oh God, both of my boys are gay, just like their father!  Am I being punished for something Lord?  I—I don’t believe this!  Is everyone in the world gay?”  Janet asked, grabbing her purse from the bed as she rushed out of the room, leaving Nick alone to read the rest of the documents that Aaron had left with him.

The Emergency Room’s Rape Trauma Unit – Kasai’s Room

Mark’s POV

This is a terrible way to start off the damn new year.  Last night and today have been very trying for all of us.  First JT gets his bad news about his childhood enemy working here at the hospital, in his department and then I get into an argument with Kai and then he ends up here because he got attacked.

I guess—I guess this is God’s way of testing us, to see how much we can handle.  This is all just a bit much I say, but I’m not the one in control of things.  JT’s a strong man, but he isn’t that strong.  My baby has gone through too much over the last couple of years.  I see this as the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Please God, please get us through this.  Don’t let this be how the rest of the year is going to go or we probably won’t make it.

“Daddy, Daddy help me, please help me,” Kasai spoke in his sleep.  “They’re hurting me, they’re hurting me, make them stop.  Please make them stop.  I’ll be a good boy, I promise, just make them stop.”

“Oh God, he must be having a nightmare about what happened to him,” I said, wrapping my arms around him, trying to comfort him.  “Oh God, please take this pain away from him.”

“Ah, hi there,” Aaron said as he walked into the room.  “I’m sorry for intruding, but Nurse Sebastian said that I could find Mr. Poole in here.”

“He—he went back up to his office, it’s up on the second floor,” I spoke, recognizing the guy as Nick Canton’s little brother.

“Ah, is everything okay?”  Aaron asked, looking at us closely.  “What happened, if you don’t mind me asking?”

“I do mind.  Could you please leave… my son and I would like to be left alone,” I told him as I continued hugging Kai as he opened his eyes again and then held onto me tightly as he cried.

“I—I’m sorry.  Thank you for telling me where to find Mr. Poole,” Aaron replied, turning around and walking out of the room.

“It’s going to be alright Kai, I promise you that.  It’s all going to be alright,” I told him as I rubbed his back.

“I’m so sorry Daddy Mark, I should’ve listened to you,” he said, sniffling as he coughed.

“Shhhh now, don’t worry about that.  Just get your mind off of that,” I said, rocking him back and forth in my arms.

“They hurt me Daddy Mark, they just hurt me… They—they wouldn’t stop,” he said, sounding like a person that’s lost everything.

“I know Kai, I know,” I replied, crying with him.  “The pain will go away; you just have to give it time.”

“I—I want it to stop—stop now!  I can’t take it Daddy Mark,” he said, crying harder as I did all I could to try and calm him down.

The Second Floor – JT’s Office

“Sir, you need to calm down and try to work with us here,” a police officer spoke as JT looked at the man and then shook his head.

“When they brought him into the ER, they did a rape kit on him!”  JT snapped, pointing his finger at the officer.

“Well there seems to be a problem, no one can seem to find the specimens that were collected,” the police officer stated as he stepped backwards from JT’s desk.

“What!  What in the hell do you mean there seems to be a problem?  Why can’t they find the damn specimens?  I saw the doctor on call, catalog them!”  JT snapped, pointing his finger at the police officer again.  “You need to go back down to the ER and speak with Andrew, Andrew Tripp!”

“Look Mr. Poole, you need to calm down and listen to what I’m trying to tell you here,” the police officer stated with a frown.

“I don’t need to calm down!  You need to get down to the ER and do your fucking job!”  JT screamed as he shook his head.

“Mr. Poole, if you would just…” the police officer started again as JT interrupted him.

“I SAID NOW!  GET THE HELL OUT OF MY FUCKING OFFICE, I MEAN IT DAMN IT!”  JT screamed as the police officer sighed, turned around and then walked to the door, opening as he bumped into Aaron.

“Ah, sorry kid.  I don’t think you want to go in there right now,” the police officer said as he put his hat on and then walked away from the door.

“Excuse me; I’m here to see you Mr. Poole.  Are—are you available to talk?”  Aaron asked, standing in front of JT’s desk as JT sat there with his eyes covered.

“How may I help you?”  JT asked, looking up at Aaron as he took a sip of his coffee.

“I’m Aaron, Aaron Canton, Nick’s my brother,” Aaron stated.

“Yes, I know, it’s nice to officially meet you.  Now, what can I do for you?”  JT asked.

“I would like to know what could be done about Nick’s status.  Basically, I want to know if my mother can force him to leave here, to go to another doctor, that’s if he doesn’t want to go,” Aaron said as JT looked at him strangely.

“She can’t force him to leave, if he doesn’t want to go,” JT replied. “If he says ‘no’, then she has no control over him, unless she has power of attorney over him or she has some form of guardianship over him.”

“She had power of attorney over him and me, but I had our lawyers overturn that,” Aaron said with a frown.  “What I’m trying to get at here is that, if his doctor was to say that he’s ‘crazy’, could she use that against him and force him to leave and go wherever she wants to take him?”

“She possibly could, but I doubt anyone here at this hospital would diagnose Nick as being ‘crazy’,” JT stated as he quoted with his fingers.

“What if she brings in an outside doctor to see him?”  Aaron asked as JT put his coffee mug down.

“She could do that, but if Nick isn’t exhibiting any negative behaviors to make anyone think that he’s ‘crazy’ or mentally unstable, then there’s nothing your mother can really do to him,” JT stated as he took another sip of his coffee.  “Does this have anything to do with Justin?”

“I think so.  She—she doesn’t want them together and she really doesn’t like the gay thing,” Aaron stated with a frown.

“Not to go into great detail or anything, but Nick is sane as anyone else around in this place.  He’s not crazy, he just had a little bit of bad luck in his life is all,” JT stated as Mark burst into the room.

“You’re the guy I just saw downstairs,” Aaron said, looking at Mark strangely.

“Sorry for the way I behaved down there,” Mark stated, frowning.  “I was just having a bad moment.”

“It’s okay,” Aaron said with a small smile.  “Mr. Poole, maybe we should reschedule this for a later time.”

“Yes, yes please.  Just leave me your number and a time for when it’s convenient to talk and I’ll give you a call,” JT said as Aaron shook his hand and then handed him a card as he waved and then left the room.

“Mark, why are you up here?”  JT asked, looking at Mark strangely.

“They have suspects baby.  One of the guys that hurt our boy has done it to someone else before,” Mark stated as JT got up from his desk.

“How do you know this?”  JT asked, looking at Mark like he was crazy.

“The cops are down in the lab with Andy.  They had him and another technician do the analysis.  The DNA analysis is complete and they’ve gotten a match to two of the people that was involved in hurting him,” Mark explained as he held JT in his arms.  “They’re going to get the guys and see if Kai can identify them.”

“I—I don’t think he’s ready for that.  Do you think he’s ready?”  JT asked, looking down, his hands trembling.

“No, but he needs to do it, so those guys can be punished for what they did to him,” Mark stated as JT’s pager beeped repeatedly.

“That’s Andy, let me call him and see what’s up,” JT said as he picked up the phone and called down to the ER.

“Yo’ JT, I think you and Mark better get down here and quick,” Dr. Tripp’s voice filled the room.

“What’s going on Andy?”  JT asked.

“I tried to get them to wait until you or Mark was here with him, but they took the guy that attacked Kasai into his room anyway.  He woke up and saw the man and now he’s freaking out really bad,” Dr. Tripp explained as JT shook his head.

“What in God’s name are those fools thinking?”  JT asked as he looked at Mark.  “Baby, get down there now!  I’ll be down there in a minute; just get down there now.  Get to my baby, he’s going crazy…”

Justin’s Hospital Room

“What’re you doing kid?”  Christina asked, walking into the room.

“Nothing,” Justin replied, looking around.  “I’m just sitting here, doing nothing, as always it seems.”

“You sound so down sweetie.  Are you still upset about this morning?”  Christina asked, walking over to Justin.  “Wait, don’t answer that.”

“Well…” Justin said, looking up at her.

“Don’t start downing yourself again.  I’m stopping you from doing that right now.  I want to hear something positive,” Christina stated as there was a knock at the door.

“Come on in,” Justin called out as Nick walked into the room.

“Hello Justin,” Nick softly spoke as he stepped a bit into the room.  “Hi there Christina.”

“Hi Nick,” Christina spoke, waving at Nick as she walked over and hugged him.

“Are—are you busy right now Justin?”  Nick asked.

“No baby, I’m never too busy for you,” Justin replied, reaching out his hand to Nick.  “Come over here.”

“Awwww, that’s so sweet and romantic.  Should I leave you two alone?”  Christina asked as Nick sat down in Justin’s lap.

“You don’t have to leave because of me being here Christina.  I just wanted to come be with Justin.  You—you don’t have to go,” Nick replied, looking over at her.

“Cool,” Christina said just as there was another knock at the door.

“Come in,” Justin called out again as Joshua walked into the room.

“Hello Jus…” Joshua trailed off, locking eyes with Christina as his expression changed. “Chrissy wait, please… I just wanted to see how he was doing.  Don’t do anything, please.”

“What in the hell do you want Josh?  Why in the hell are you really here?”  Christina asked, glaring at Joshua.  “I thought I made myself clear a while back.  I thought I made it clear that you should never show your face here again.  It seems you don’t handle directions very well.  I guess I have to beat your ass again.”

“Look Chrissy, I’m not here for any trouble. I only came to see how he was doing,” Joshua replied, holding both of his hands up.

“As you can see, he’s doing fine, now leave!”  Christina screamed just as Jamie and Marshall walked into the room behind Joshua.

“What’s going on… What in the hell are you doing in here Josh?”  Jamie asked as Marshall grabbed him quickly, to keep him away from Joshua.

“Damn, I only came to see him.  I guess I better go since you have so many bodyguards around here,” Joshua sarcastically said as he walked out of the room, passing all of them as Jamie punched him in the back of the head and then closed the door.

“Good fucking riddance,” Jamie said, shaking his head.  “Are you okay Justin?”

“I’m fine, thanks you guys.  I’m glad you guys were here.  I really didn’t want to deal with him,” Justin stated as he sighed.

“Well you don’t have to deal with him.  Hopefully this time he got the message, loud and clear.  If it didn’t sink in, I can always beat his ass again,” Christina said with a smirk.

“Don’t do that, you’ve already beaten him once,” Justin said as he looked over at her.

“Whoa, you were the one that did that to him?  I better not get on your bad side,” Marshall said, stepping behind Jamie.

“I wouldn’t do that to you.  Besides, I’m quite sure you would give me a run for my money,” Christina said, patting Marshall on the back.  “But you know me, I’m better than Big Daddy.”

“Yeah, I still remember the song,” Marshall replied with a frown.

“Your ex inspired me to sing it,” Christina said as she sat down next to Justin and Nick.  “So, what do you two have planned, if anything?  Anything set up for the new year?”

“We’re going down to the solarium, we’ll chill out there for a bit and watch the festivities,” Nick said with a smile on his face as he caressed Justin’s.

“That really sounds nice and romantic,” Christina said, tilting her head to the side and smiling at Nick and Justin.

“It sure does.  Why don’t we do stuff like that anymore?”  Jamie asked, wrapping his arms around Marshall.

“Probably because we never have time for stuff like that, we’re both so busy,” Marshall stated as he looked down with a frown on his face.

“We have the time now baby.  We aren’t doing anything,” Jamie said, looking Marshall in the face with a pout.  “Let’s go do something nice and romantic.”

“Okay, come on then,” Marshall spoke, grabbing Jamie’s hand as the two of them waved and headed towards the door.  “Me and my love bunny here will be back in a few hours.  You guys have fun.”

“Oh wow, now it’s only me, all by myself,” Christina stated as she crossed her arms.  “What a way to start this new year off.”

“You can hang with us Chrissy, that’s if you like,” Justin told her.

“No, you two go on, I’m going to find me something to get into.  I’ll be back later on,” Christina said as she leaned in and kissed both guys on the cheek.  “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

“Great, that means we can do anything,” Justin said, laughing at the look on Christina’s face as she blushed and then shot him the bird.

“I’m gonna get you for that one mister,” Christina said as she laughed and then walked out of the room.

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 14

Chapter 14 — Down Memory Lane

Dec 31, 2002 – Orlando, FL – The Poole-Walden Estates – Kasai’s Bedroom

Kasai’s POV

“I’m not staying up here all the time.  I’m sneaking the hell out of here and I’m going to go have some fun,” I said, pulling my cell phone out and speed-dialing number two.  “It’s the last day of the year and I’m going to have some fun.”

“Hello,” my boy answered his phone.

“Hey, what’re you doing?”  I asked, looking down at my watch.

“I’m in algebra K, you know what I’m doing,” he replied as I hit my head.

“Oh yeah, I totally forgot, you’re still in school before the next break,” I said, rubbing my head.

“Yeah, I heard you got kicked out because of Brad and Dale.  I hope you kicked their asses real good,” he said as I smiled.

“I don’t know about that, but I did what I could,” I replied, scratching my balls.  “Look, I’m headed down to the mall.  You want to meet me there after school in the game room?”

“Yeah, I’ll meet you there,” he replied.

“Cool, I’ll see you then, kisses,” I said, closing the phone as I opened the window, stepping out onto the roof to make my escape from Daddy Mark’s punishment.

Half Hour Later – Downstairs

“So, you never told me about what happened to you three with that Valgina woman,” Mark said, looking over at JT.

“Hold on, let me go check on Nick and Justin,” JT said as he got up from his seat on the sofa and then walked out of the room.

“Just go ahead and tell me,” Mark stated with a frown.  “It seems I’m always the last one to know what goes on with you guys.”

FLASHBACK

“Look Angie, I can’t marry you.  I don’t think you’re the type of person that I want to be with for the rest of my life,” Derrick, the man Angela had been dating for a while spoke.

“What do you mean by that?  What is my so-called type of person, that you can’t fucking marry?”  Angela asked, looking at the man closely.  “What fucking type am I?”

“You’re the sluttish type,” the man stated.  “I can’t see myself being with someone that has slept with as many people as you have.”

“What!”  Angela screamed, smacking the man across the face.  “Excuse me, can you run that shit by me again?”

“You’re a slut,” the man flatly spoke as he shook his head.

“I’m a what!  What gave you the notion that I was a slut?”  Angela asked, folding her arms across her chest as she tapped her foot on the floor.

“Everyone around here knows that you’re a slut.  It’s all over this place.  If you would sleep with that guy you’re always hanging around with, you’ll sleep with anyone else,” the guy stated.

“What in the hell are you talking about?  I’m not a slut and I’ve never slept with John,” Angela stated as she got up in the man’s face.

“So you two were never together?  You never dated him?”  The man asked.

“I went out on a date with him once, but we never slept together,” Angela stated as she sighed.

“I don’t believe that shit at all.  You can’t be with a man and not sleep with him,” the man said as he shook his head and then pointed his finger in her face.  “You fucked him, like you fucked around with everyone else.”

“What the fuck is this?  Where in the hell did all of this damn drama come from?”  Angela asked.

“It came from you,” the man replied, shaking his head again.  “Just ask anyone around here, you’re nothing but a dirty slut.  All the guys are talking about your ass like it was the news.  You’re nothing but a dirty bitch.”

“You bastard!”  Angela screamed, slapping the man across the face again as he grabbed her hand, stopping her from doing it again.

“I might be a bastard, but don’t you ever put your hands on me again,” the man said as he pushed Angela backwards and then walked out of the room.

“Stop!  Come back here!”  Angela screamed out, rushing out of the room behind the man.

“What in the hell do you want Angie?”  The man asked, turning to face Angela once more.

“Why Derrick?  Why are you listening to the words of others and not listening to me or your heart?”  Angela asked.

“Why should I be listening to a slut like you?  I should’ve listened to Valgina Williams when she told me about you in the first place,” the man stated as he shook his head again and then started walking off.

“What!  Valgina Williams told you that I was a slut?”  Angela asked.

“No, she simply told me the type of person that you are,” the man stated as he shook his head.  “Now get the fuck out of my way and stay the fuck away from me.  You’ve ruined my reputation enough already.”

END FLASHBACK

“Well damn, now I see why you guys don’t like the bitch,” Mark said, looking over at Angela as JT walked back into the room.  “What’s wrong baby, you look mad about something.”

“I am mad, Kai’s not up in his room.  Is he down here somewhere?”  JT asked, standing in the doorway just as his legs gave out on him.  “Owwww!”

“JT!”  Mark exclaimed, rushing over to JT and scooping him up in his arms.

“Stop it Mark, I’m okay,” JT said as he shooed Mark away.

“No, you stop acting like a baby.  I’m going to help you up regardless, if you like it or not baby,” Mark said as he picked JT up off the floor and then carried him over to a nearby chair.

“Don’t worry about me, where’s Kasai?”  JT asked as Steve and Angela got up and searched through the house.

“I bet that little brat slipped out,” Mark said as he turned and left the room, heading towards the garage.

“That boy is trying my patience with him,” JT said as he shook his head.  “When I get my hands on that boy… oh he just wait until I get my hands on him.”

“Not before me baby,” Mark said as JT grabbed his crutches as he got up from the chair.  “I’m going to beat his lil ass when I find him.”

“No you’re not Mark, I’ll do it,” Angela said as she walked into the room as she shook her head.  “That boy knows better.  I wonder what was going through that head of his.”

“I don’t know, but this goes way beyond grounding.  He’s in for some major punishing,” JT said as the phone rang.

Mark’s POV

“That better not be the police,” I said, walking over to the phone and answering it.  “Hello.”

“Hi Mark, this is Anna down in the ER, is JT there?”  The woman asked.

“Yeah, what’s wrong?”  I asked as JT joined me by the phone.

“I think you two should get down here to the hospital quickly.  It’s Kasai and there’s a problem,” the woman stated.  “You two need to move it, pronto man.”

“We’re on our way,” I said, hanging up the phone.  “Come on baby, we need to get to the hospital, it’s Kai.”

“What?  What’s wrong with him?  What happened?”  JT asked in a frantic tone.

“I don’t know.  Nurse Anna, down in the ER said he was there,” I told him.

“Oh God, he’s gotten into another fight and someone’s hurt him bad,” JT stated as some tears fell from his eyes.  “We have to get Nick and Justin…”

“You two go on, we’ll handle Justin and Nick,” Steve said as he pushed me and JT towards the door.

“Oh God, my little baby, what’s happened to my baby?”  JT asked, getting into the van.  “Hurry up!”

Sometime Previously – Downtown – An Alley behind the Mall

“This isn’t funny Jared, just leave me the hell alone,” Kasai spoke, moving away from the other boy.

“Come on, you know you want this dick boy.  I’ve seen you watching me for a long time now.  I knew you were one of them fags,” the boy identified as Jared laughed as he rubbed his hand on his crotch.

“Look Jared, I don’t want any trouble, just leave me alone,” Kasai said as he backed away from the other boy, keeping his eyes on him.

“It’s too late for that.  You should’ve kept your eyes to yourself,” Jared stated as he moved quickly, punching Kasai in the face, kicking him on the leg and then punching him in the stomach as he fell backwards to the ground, moving into the fetal position.  “You’re going to suck this cock and enjoy it you fucking faggot!  That’s what boys like you enjoy doing, so do it fag boy!”

“Leave… me… alone man, just let me go,” Kasai said through his tears as one of his eyes started to blacken and swell as he held his stomach.

“I’ll leave you alone, only after you’ve done what I want.  I want you to oink like a fucking pig, you fucking fag boy,” Jared said as another boy walked into the alley.  “Yo Jake, guess what I got?  It’s the fag Kasai.  I told you he was a fucking fag.  You lost the fucking bet, it’s time to pay up!”

“What’s going on man?”  The other boy asked as he walked towards the other two boys.  “Oh man…”

“I’m going to make this lil bitch suck my dick,” Jared stated as he kicked Kasai again and then leaned down, grabbing Kasai by his ear, pulling him up off the ground into a standing position as he pushed him against the wall, hard.  “Suck my dick you fucking faggot!  If you do anything that I don’t like, you’ll fucking regret it!”

“Shit dude, you’re really going to let him suck you off?”  Jake asked, grinning like a Cheshire cat.

“Damn straight I am.  He’s a fag and that’s what fags do,” Jared replied as he unzipped his pants and then pulled his dick out of his boxers.  “Now get down there and suck me off bitch.  You better get me off and make me feel good or I’m going to kick your faggoty ass all over this place.”

“Please—please don’t make me do that.  Just let me go please.  You’ve beat me up already, just let me go.  I promise I won’t tell anyone, just let me go please,” Kasai begged as Jared grabbed him by the throat and then pushed him down to his knees, forcing his mouth open as he slid his dick into his mouth.

“Suck bitch!”  Jared snapped, still holding Kasai by the throat.

“Oh shit, that looks so hot,” Jake said as he rubbed his crutch, watching Jared and Kasai.

“Hell, pull your cock out man and we can use this bitch up,” Jared said, waving the other boy over.

“I—I don’t know man.  It looks like you’ve roughed him up enough already,” Jake said as he shook his head.

“He’s a damn fag man.  He deserves this kind of thing,” Jared stated as he grabbed Jake by his pant leg and pulled him closer.  “Just unzip and when I’m done, you can have your turn in him.”

“I—I don’t think…” Jake said as he looked around quickly.

“Tell you what, you can have your turn in his mouth right now, I’m going to try something else,” Jared said as he let his pants slid down his legs, bunching up around his ankles.  “You can have his mouth; I’m going to try his ass out.  You know fags like taking dicks up their asses.”

“I—I guess that’ll work,” Jake replied as he moved closer to Kasai as he unzipped his pants and then slapped Kasai playfully in the face with his dick.  “Open up kid.  You better not bite me or I’ll beat your fucking ass.  You think he roughed you up, I’ll fuck you up fag boy.”

“Just take it; he can’t take both of us on.  We have the upper hand here.  Just go ahead and put your dick in his mouth and enjoy it.  While you’re doing that, I’m about to see just what they get out of doing this shit,” Jared stated as he pushed his finger into Kasai’s ass, making him cry out.

“Damn, looks like he’s in pain man,” Jake said as he looked over Kasai’s body at Jared.

“When we’re done with him, he’ll know what it’s like to have a real man and not one of those wimpy fag boys he’s used to screwing him.  I bet my dick is going to rip you a new one fag boy,” Jared said as he pushed his dick into Kasai, all in one push as Kasai screamed out again, the pain overtaking him as he went limp as the tears streamed down his face.

Jared roughly fucked Kasai, going hard and fast into him from behind as Jake continued pushing his dick in and out of his mouth, causing more pain to him.  As Kasai cried out, he wondered to himself why he had to be the one that this sort of thing happened to.  Only if he had done what Mark told him to and had stayed home in his room, he wouldn’t be going through any of this pain right now.

Sometime Later – Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room

“Anna, Anna!  Where is Kasai?”  JT asked as he and Mark rushed up to the nurses’ station counter.

“He—he’s back here, come on,” Anna replied, rushing down the hall as JT and Mark followed behind her.  “He’s through there.”

“Why are we here Anna, this is the rape unit,” JT said as he looked at the woman strangely as realization of what had happened, hit him like a ton of bricks.  “Oh God, my baby!”

“Calm down baby,” Mark said, holding JT in his arms as they walked into the room to see Kasai, lying in a bed, bandaged up as they both noticed the scraps, cuts and bruises on his body along with the machines connected to him and the tube stuck in the side of his neck.

The Poole-Walden Estates

“Steve, what’s going on?”  Justin asked as he rolled into the room where Steve and Angela sat.

“Nothing’s wrong Justin, why do you ask?”  Steve asked, looking at Justin strangely.

“Didn’t I hear someone tear out of here in a big hurry?”  Justin asked as Nick came into the room behind him.

“JT and Mark left to go back to the hospital,” Angela replied.

“Is there something wrong?  Is everything okay?”  Justin asked with a worried look on his face.

“We’re waiting for one of them to call us and tell us something,” Angela answered as she looked over at Justin.

“So, when do we have to go back to the hospital?”  Justin asked, looking between Steve and Angela.

“Not for a while, unless you two are ready to head back,” Steve answered as Nick moved around in front of Justin.

“No, we’re not ready yet,” Nick spoke with a small smile on his face.  “We’re going back into the other room now.”

“Okay you two, enjoy yourselves,” Angela said as Nick and Justin left the room.  “Those two remind me of you and JT a long time ago.”

“How so Angie?”  Steve asked, looking at Angela strangely.

“Remember when you and he first met, you tripped over him and his wheelchair,” Angela said, laughing as she shook her head.

FLASHBACK

“Thank you Ms. Tandy, I’ll have this book back by the end of the day,” JT said as he placed the book in his backpack and then zipped it up.

“No worries John, you can keep it the rest of the week if you like,” the woman told him.

“Okay, thank you very much,” JT replied with a big smile at the woman.

“You’re very welcome John.  Do you need me to get the door for you darlin’?”  The woman asked.

“No ma’am, I got it,” JT replied, wheeling over to the door and pushing it open as he wheeled out of the library, just as someone tumbled down on top of him.

“Oh my God, I’m so sorry dude,” the young ma said as he got up off the floor.  “I didn’t see you coming.  Are you okay?”

“I’m fine, don’t worry about it.  The question is, are you okay?”  JT asked, looking at the young man closely.

“I’m okay,” the young man replied, watching JT and then fell down again.

“Are you sure you’re okay?”  JT asked, reaching his hand out to help the guy out.

“Yeah, I’m sure you’re okay,” the guy spoke as JT looked at him strangely.

“What’s your name?”  JT asked, still holding his hand out to the guy. “I’m John.”

“Steve, I’m Steve,” the guy replied, fumbling a bit, almost falling down again.

“It’s nice to meet you Steve,” JT stated with a smile.  “Are you sure you’re able to get where you’re going without a problem?”

“Yeah, I’m okay, just a little bit dizzy is all,” Steve replied as he smiled weakly.

“Dizzy, why?”  JT asked, watching the young man.

“You look so cute, oops,” Steve replied as he ran away from JT, heading down the hall quickly.

“Wow, he’s cute and he thinks I’m cute.  This year won’t be so bad after all,” JT said as he starred at the back of the young man as he continued moving down the hall.

END FLASHBACK

“How did you know about that Angie?”  Steve asked, rubbing at his head.

“I hadn’t met you two yet, but I actually saw you guys’ interaction.  I was sitting in the library after he had left,” Angela stated with a soft smile.  “That one event was the chain reaction to all of our lives it seems.”

“So, you knew we were gay and you never said anything, why?”  Steve asked.

“It wasn’t my business,” Angela replied.

Sometime Later – In the Den

“You’ve been so nice to me Justin and Mom’s treated you like trash,” Nick said as he sat in Justin’s lap.  “Are we going to make it?”

“Yes, we’re going to make it Nicky,” Justin replied with a smile.  “We may have some problems right now, but things will come together, I promise you that.”

“Don’t make promises you can’t keep Justin,” Nick said as he looked away from Justin’s face.

“That’s a promise I’m going to do my best to keep, count on it,” Justin said, using his hand to turn Nick’s face to see him as they kissed.

“I love you Justin,” Nick said as the tears streamed down his face.

“I love you too Nicky,” Justin replied as the tears streamed down his face.  “I don’t care what your mother thinks; I’m going to hold on to you as long as I can.  I’m not letting you go.  I just found you.”

“I’m not going to let you let me go.  We just found each other and nothing’s going to break what we have,” Nick said as Steve and Angela walked into the room.

“Sorry guys, but it’s time for us to be getting back to the hospital,” Angela announced, walking over to where Justin and Nick were.  “I know you guys want more time, but believe me, JT and Steve will get you two together again.”

“It’s okay Angela, we’re cool,” Justin said as he and Nick pecked each other on the lips quickly.

“Are we ready to go?”  Steve asked, walking around to them.

“I guess we are,” Nick replied, looking down with a sad look on his face as he got up out of Justin’s lap.

“Perk up partner, this isn’t the last show at the rodeo,” Angela said with a smile, rubbing Nick’s shoulder as he walked past her.  “Stay positive.”

“I’ll try,” Nick said as the four of them headed towards the garage door.

“It’s getting really late in the afternoon,” Steve stated as he looked at his watch.

“Let’s get back,” Angela stated with a frown.  “I wonder what’s happening at the hospital with Mark and JT.  It’s odd that they haven’t called us yet.”

“I don’t know, but I hope everything is okay,” Steve said as he helped Justin outside and into the van.  “Alright Nick, get on in.”

“Let’s get on back to the hospital before something else goes wrong.  We don’t need JT having problems with Larry,” Angela stated as she closed the door.  “Larry’s already on JT’s case because of that damn Danielle and Valgina.”

“The more you say her name, the more it becomes a bad nightmare,” Steve said as he started the van.

Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room’s Rape Trauma Unit

“Is he going to be alright Andy?”  Mark asked, hugging onto JT, trying his best to calm him down.

“I really can’t give you that answer,” Dr. Tripp stated with a frown.  “Whoever did this to him, was meaning to kill him.”

“Oh God!  Why—why couldn’t he have just stayed home like I told him to?”  Mark asked, crying out.  “This… This is all my fault.  If I hadn’t grounded him and made him mad, he wouldn’t have snuck out of the house the way he did.”

“It’s not your fault.  Don’t do this,” JT said, caressing Mark’s face.  “This is one of those things that happen when you least expect them to.”

“Well it did happen and it happened to our little boy,” Mark said as he hugged JT as his cell phone rang.

JT’s POV

“Hello,” I spoke into the phone, trying to hold it up to my ear.

“Where are you guys?”  I heard Angie’s voice.  “Me and Steve are in your office.”

“We’re still down in the ER with Kai,” I replied with a sniffle.

“What happened to him J?”  She asked.

“He—he was raped by someone and then they tried to kill him,” I stated, not able to hold it in any longer as my tears overtook me as I thought about what happened to my little boy.

“Oh God, I’m coming down there,” she said as she hung up the phone.

Almost Half an Hour Later – Dr. Andrew Tripp’s Office

“Do you guys have any clues to who could’ve done this to him Andy?  Did they leave any specimens?”  Angela asked, looking over at Dr. Tripp.

“We collected five semen samples that were found on him and one of those samples belonged to Kasai,” Dr. Tripp stated as he flipped through the report in front of him.

“What the hell!  You’re saying four guys raped him… did—did you tell this to JT and Mark?”  Angela asked.

“No, I didn’t tell them, not yet anyway,” Dr. Tripp replied as he shook his head and then looked down.  “I think I’ll wait until the both of them have calmed down some.  JT’s in pieces as it is.  I don’t know how he would react if Mark wasn’t there with him.”

“That’s his baby.  JT loves him very much, regardless of…” Angela said as the door to the room opened and a woman walked in.

“Good afternoon, I’m here to see Dr. Andrew Tripp,” the woman said, smiling brightly.

“What in God’s name!”  Angela snapped, turning around and locking eyes with Valgina Williams for the first time in a very long time as the woman stood in the doorway, looking back at her.

“I don’t believe it, it’s Angela Sebastian,” the woman snidely said.  “Wow, this must be my lucky day.”

“What in the hell are you doing in here Vagina, I mean Valgina?”  Angela asked, getting up from where she sat.

“I work here,” the woman replied as she looked over her nose at Angela.  “What are you doing here?”

“I work here,” Angela replied in a stern voice.

“Not for long,” the woman said under her breath as she walked past Angela, heading over to Dr. Tripp’s desk.

“So, you ladies know each other?”  Dr. Tripp asked, looking at both women with a scared look on his face.

“Yes,” both women spoke in unison and then looked at each other with angry looks.

“Okay, so what can I do for you, Ms. Williams, is it?”  Dr. Tripp asked.

“I was told that the new head of Therapy Services was you and that I could find you here,” the woman replied.

“I’m not the head of Therapy Services around here.  You would be looking for JT Poole,” Dr. Tripp stated as he looked at the woman strangely, wondering why someone would tell her that he was the head of a department that he didn’t even work in.

“Did you say JT Poole?”  The woman asked, looking at Dr. Tripp strangely.

“Yes,” Dr. Tripp answered.

“So, he took Danielle’s place when she resigned?”  Angela asked.

“Yeah, I guess Larry hasn’t told him yet.  The board met this morning, right before lunch and they went ahead and gave it to him, instead of hiring someone else outside of the company to do it.  I thought he knew that already,” Dr. Tripp stated as Angela shrugged her shoulders and then smiled.

“It seems this is getting better by the minute,” Angela said with a grin on her face.

“So, I have to speak with this JT Poole then?”  The woman asked as Angela nodded her head.

“That’s right Ms. Williams and right now, he’s not in his office.  Is there something I can do for you?”  Dr. Tripp asked.

“Do you know when he’ll be available?”  The woman asked.

“Frankly, I don’t know that answer ma’am,” Dr. Tripp replied with a frown.

“So Valgina, why don’t you just leave here and call back and schedule a time to see him,” Angela said as the smile grew on her face.

“I—I guess I have no choice but to do that then,” the woman stated as she crossed her arms across her chest.

“I’m going to check on things.  I’ll be back later on Andy,” Angela stated as she walked past the woman, heading towards the room door.

“Bitch,” the woman said under her breath as Angela stopped walking.

“Oh no hell you didn’t just call me a bitch!”  Angela snapped, turning around as she looked at the woman.

“Well if the shoe fits…” The woman stated as Angela interrupted her.

“If the shoe fits up your narrow ass, you better hope the people in the ER can get my foot out of your ass if you start some shit that you can’t finish,” Angela stated, pointing her finger in the woman’s face.

“Ladies,” Dr. Tripp said as Angela turned and glared at him.  “Never mind.”

“The same ole Angela,” the woman stated as she shook her head.

“No, you mean the same ole Valgina, always causing problems for other people, wherever she goes,” Angela stated as she returned to the door as Dr. Tripp watched the interaction between the two of them.  “Don’t cross me Valgina, I won’t hesitate to kick your ass from this point on.  We’re not in high school anymore and I’m not going to allow you to do anything to hurt me or anyone I know.”

“That speech is played out and old, just like you are Angela.  Lay that speech on someone that really cares to hear it,” the woman stated as she walked past Angela out of the office.

“Angie, girl you need to calm down before you get yourself into trouble,” Dr. Tripp stated as he rubbed her shoulders.  “She’s new here and…”

“Don’t worry about me Andy, I’m going to be okay.  Someone needs to worry about her, she’s the biggest trouble maker I know,” Angela stated as she sighed and then walked away.

To Be Continued…

Operation Magic – Chapter 3

 

Chapter 3 — Silence of the Heart

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

John’s POV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What about him?”  I asked.

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

“What about Oscar Saunders?”  I asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somewhere in Sierra Leone, West Africa – An Unknown Village

Gavin James’ POV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Home of Oscar Saunders – The Bedroom

Oscar’s POV

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 — Chaos Goeth

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

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

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

“Please continue,” Tara stated, looking down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE END… For Now At Least

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 — Is It the End or What?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<SPLINGK>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<ZAMF>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Where’s Donna!”  Hank screamed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somewhere Else in the Compound

Tara Kent’s POV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Few Minutes Later – The Infirmary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 — Time, The Clock of the Heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<ZAMF>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Where is that place?”  Hank asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Moment Earlier – Down the Corridor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Does this have anything to do with Marek’s actions?”  Hank asked.

“I don’t think so, but that could be the case,” Necroloque stated with a frown as he touched JT’s forehead.  “With all that’s happened, maybe he left a hypnotic suggestion in JT’s mind.”

“Damn, I thought all of our problems were over when Marek was captured.  This new shit just adds new flare to everything,” Hank stated as he walked behind the examination table that JT laid on.

“No, it just means that I need to reverse what I did and unbind JT’s powers and put things back right,” Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head.  “If I do that, maybe things could go back to the way they were and one of this stuff would’ve happened.”

“Yeah right,” Hank stated as Necroloque looked at him.

“Hank, you get upset way too easily,” Necroloque stated as Hank shook his head.

“Yeah, you two are related,” Hank stated, shaking his head again.

“Very intuitive of you,” Necroloque stated as Hank rolled his eyes.

“Well excuse me o’ powerful one, but some of us are not as powerful and god-like, like you and your nephew there,” Hank stated as Necroloque looked over at him as his eyes stopped glowing.  “If there’s an inkling of Marek in his mind, I wasn’t able sense it.”

“You’re psychic too?  I didn’t know you were psychic Hank,” A’Mora stated as Hank turned and looked at her strangely.

“I’m not as strong as JT or Donna, but I have psychic potential,” Hank stated as he looked over at A’Mora.  “He—he helped me develop my limited psychic abilities, but I tend to not rely on it, mainly because it’s so limited.”

“Non-sense Hank,” Necroloque stated, looking over at Hank.  “You could’ve been a strong psychic, but it seems you’re scared to use…”

“Get out of my head man,” Hank stated, pointing his finger at Necroloque.  “You’re acting like JT and Wanda.  I’m glad she’s not a real psychic… she’s only capable of projecting her voice into the minds of others, using her magic, whereas he can do that and read our minds.”

“Wow, go ahead and give a complete history of all the X-Ternals’ powers and weaknesses Hank,” JT spoke as Hank turned and looked at him.  “Yeah, I’m awake and no, Marek is not in my body.”

“Get out of my head man!”  Hank snapped as JT shook his head and then rolled his eyes.

“Mainly, a head that most wouldn’t want to be in anyway,” JT stated, looking over at Hank.

“Jerk,” Hank said, rolling his eyes again as he turned his back to JT and Necroloque.  “So, if there isn’t a sign of Marek in him, then what’s causing all this crap that’s happening?  Why did he…”

“I’m not responsible for what happened to you guys,” JT stated, looking down.

“If you’re not, who is?”  Hank asked as JT’s body crackled with energy as Necroloque stepped back.

“Oh no,” Necroloque said, covering his eyes as JT’s clothing started to change as ribbon and energy flared about his body as the light faded.  “Demonloque!”

“In the flesh,” JT spoke in a cold tone as Necroloque shook his head.

“It seems when you went searching for Marek in his mind, you found something else instead!”  Hank screamed, stepping backwards as he bumped into the wall and then slid down it as he tried to make his exit from the room.

“What in the hell is going on around here?  Why is Demonloque here again?”  Barbara asked as she and Wanda walked into the room, taking on fighting stances.

“No time for talking, we might need to take the defensive here and get moving.  It seems JT isn’t looking to play around and be nice,” A’Mora stated, her hair changing color as her costume reappeared.  “We need to get out of here, pronto!”

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 13

Chapter 13 — A Friendly Gathering

Dec 31, 2002 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – Angela’s Nurses’ Station

“She’s a horrible, horrible person,” Steve said as the tears streamed down his face.  “I was so humiliated that day, I…”

“Shhh Steve, calm down honey.  That was a long time ago.  Get a grip man,” Angela said as she tried to calm Steve down.

“Get a grip?  She hurt you, just as bad as she hurt us Angie,” Steve said as the memories flooded back in Angela’s mind of what Valgina had done to her.

Flashback

“Charlie, what in the hell is going on here?”  Angela asked, walking over to a car to see her boyfriend and Valgina sitting there, wrapped up in each other’s arms, kissing.

“What does it look like bitch?”  Valgina asked, throwing her drink through the window, the liquid hitting Angela in the face.

“What the hell!”  Angela screamed, yanking the driver’s side car door open and pulling Charlie out of the car first and then grabbing for Valgina as Charlie struggled to hold her back.

“Angela stop, what’s the use in you causing a scene.  We’re over,” Charlie said as he pushed Angela backwards.  “I don’t have time for a silly bitch like you.”

“What!  I thought you loved me,” Angela said, sitting down on the bench near the car as she cried.

“You thought I loved you?  Hell, I didn’t love you.  Bitch, you were just a quick piece of ass.  Take your silly ass on, no one wants you here,” Charlie said as he got back into his car and then drove down to the stop sign as Valgina held her head out the window.

“Ha ha, you silly ass bitch, I told you I could pull your man,” Valgina stated as she shot Angela the bird as the car continued travelling from her as she continued to cry on the bench.

“Hey girl, it’s going to be okay,” Angela heard as she turned around to see a guy from school.

“Who—who are you?”  Angela asked, looking at the young man strangely.

“I’m John, but you probably know me as JT the fag,” JT stated as he sat down next to her on the bench.

End Flashback

“You’re right, she hurt all of us, but we can’t let this one person destroy our lives around here,” Angela said, shaking her head.  “You just wait until I see that Danielle though; I’m going to kick her ass three ways from Sunday.”

“Be my guest.  If she wasn’t in Larry’s office, I’d probably be doing that right now,” JT stated as he sighed and then got up as his and Steve’s pagers went off at the same time.

“What’s up guys?”  Angela asked, looking at both men.

“It’s Justin, come on, let’s go,” JT said as he sighed. “Oh well, New Year’s Eve is bombed already.”

Nick’s Hospital Room

“Where’s Nick?”  Kevin asked as he and Alex walked into Nick’s room.

“He’s not here, you might try looking for him up in Justin Tanner’s room,” Aaron replied as he came out of the bathroom, burped and then stretched his arms over his head.

“Hey there little man, how have you been?”  Alex asked, hugging Aaron.

“I’m cool.  So, I guess you’re here for Brian’s trial,” Aaron stated with a frown.

“Yeah, but it’s not what you think.  I’m here to support Nick, not Brian,” Alex replied as the tears welled up in his eyes.  “I should’ve done that a long time ago, but it’s too late now.”

“What’s too late?”  Kevin asked, looking over at Alex.

“It’s too late to stop Brian from hurting Nick,” Alex said as he sat down in a nearby chair.

“What do you mean, stop Brian from hurting Nick?”  Kevin asked, standing in front of Alex with an angry look on his face.

“I—I knew about some of the things he had been doing to him,” Alex answered, looking down.

“What kinds of things?”  Aaron and Kevin asked in unison.

“I—I knew about Brian’s sexual and physical abuse of Nick,” Alex replied, taking in a breath as his tears came out full force.

“What!  You knew something was going on and you didn’t say anything!”  Aaron snapped, lunging for Alex as Kevin grabbed him quickly, holding him back.

“Yes, but at the same time, I didn’t want to get involved, mainly since Nick didn’t complain about it,” Alex said as he looked down.  “I—I thought he was into all the things he and Brian did together.  I—I thought he was into all the S and M stuff or something.”

“What!”  Kevin snapped, shaking his head.

“Could there have been a reason for why he didn’t complain?  Could it be that Brian had him strung out on drugs and mesmerized all the damn time?”  Aaron asked, shaking his head.  “I thought Nick was your friend.  How could you allow those things to happen and not tell anyone else?”

“I just told you.  Since Nick wasn’t complaining about how Brian treated him, I didn’t want to get involved,” Alex said as he wiped at his eyes.

“How—how long have you known about this Alex?”  Kevin asked, glaring at Alex.

“Since—since we came back from Europe,” Alex replied as Kevin and Aaron gasped.

“What!”  Kevin exclaimed as Aaron had to push him backwards to stop him from grabbing at Alex.  “All that fucking time and this has been going on and none of us knew about any of it!”

“Wait a minute.  Are you saying that Brian and Nick were together, when you guys started out as a band?”  Aaron asked, crossing his arms across his chest.

“Not—not exactly,” Alex replied.

“Then tell me how exactly,” Aaron said as he got up in Alex’s face.

“Well… Ah… The—the last couple of weeks before we were scheduled to come back home, Nick started acting strange.  From that point on, I started keeping an eye on him.  One day, after we got back from dinner, I saw him and Brian go into a room at the arena.  Suspicious, I walked down to the door and listened.  After a couple of minutes, I heard what sounded like a slap and then I heard Brian yell at Nick for looking at other men,” Alex explained as he looked down.  “As I continued listening, Brian ranted and raved about Nick keeping his eyes to himself and then I heard the sound again that sounded like a slap.  After that, Nick said he was sorry and I thought it was all over until I heard Nick cry out.  When I peeked into the room, he and Brian were having sex, rather roughly.  Brian had him pinned against the wall with his hand over his mouth.”

“Oh my God, he was raping Nick all that time,” Kevin said as he looked away as the tears streamed down his face.  “What kind of friend am I?  I—I never saw any signs of this going on.”

“They—they didn’t want you to see any signs,” Alex replied.

“So, tell me this Alex.  All the bruises that Nick just happened to have on his body, those weren’t from him falling or hurting himself during dance practice, was it?”  Kevin asked.

“No, it was all Brian,” Alex replied.

“Fuck this!  He better hope the court hinds his ass guilty and he goes to prison or I’m going to hurt him myself,” Aaron said as he shook his head.  “You guys are supposed to be his friends!  How—how could to be around him all the time and not know that something like that was happening to him?  I—I don’t believe this!”

“I—I’m sorry Aaron,” Alex said with a frown.  “I—I just…”

“You didn’t want to fucking get involved.  You said that already Alex.  Do you have any other damn excuses?”  Aaron asked, walking over to Alex and then slapping him across the face.  “You’re just as guilty as Brian!”

“Aaron stop, don’t hit him again,” Kevin said as he held Aaron in his arms as he cried.  “I know you’re hurt and upset, but it’s not Alex’s fault that Nick got hurt, it’s Brian’s fault.”

“No, it’s all of your faults!”  Aaron screamed out as more tears fell from his eyes.  “You all should’ve known something was going on with him… with them!”

“It’s hard to tell when something’s wrong with someone, when they hide it so well,” Kevin said as he shook his head.

“You still should’ve told them and us what was going on Alex.  You probably kept that info to yourself because you thought it would break up the damn band,” Aaron said as he pointed his finger in Alex’s face.  “Fuck the Fifth Avenue Boys!”

“That’s not true Aaron,” Alex responded as he shook his head and then looked down.

“Why are you here now Alex?”  Aaron asked, glaring at Alex.  “You have nothing to lose now that you guys aren’t together anymore.”

“Aaron please,” Alex said as more tears fell from his eyes.

“Why don’t you just fucking leave here!  I don’t think you need to be here,” Aaron said as he sniffled and then turned his back to Alex as he continued crying.

“Please Aaron,” Alex said as Aaron raised his hand, interrupting him.

“Just go Alex, I—I don’t want to see or hear from you ever again,” Aaron said as he walked to a corner of the room and wiped at his eyes again.

“I—I guess I’ll go then,” Alex said as he walked out of the room.

“He—he needs to be on trial with Brian,” Aaron stated as he shook his head.  “All of you do.”

The Gym

“Come on Justin, you’ve been quiet all morning.  What’s wrong with you man?”  Steve asked, rubbing Justin’s legs.

“Nothing,” Justin replied with a frown.

“Come on man, I know something’s bothering you.  You were all smiles last night when I left you and now you look like someone stole your cute little puppy,” Steve said, watching Justin’s face.

“I said nothing alright!”  Justin snapped, sighing as he turned his head, looking away from Steve.

“I—I’m sorry Justin,” Steve said with a hurt look on his face.

“No, I’m sorry Steve.  I—I shouldn’t have yelled at you like that,” Justin spoke, reaching out to Steve and hugging him.  “Will you please forgive me; it’s not your fault that Janet Canton is a bitch.”

“Okay, what happened?”  Steve asked, coming to the realization who Justin was talking about.

“She—she doesn’t want Nick being my boyfriend,” Justin replied, sighing.  “She doesn’t want him seeing me.”

“Why not?”  Steve asked, watching Justin.  “What does she have to do with you and him dating?”

“She—she doesn’t want him with me because I’m a cripple.  She doesn’t want me around him.  She claims us being together is unhealthy for Nick,” Justin stated with a frown as he shook his head.

“I thought I told you not to use that word again,” JT said, walking into the room with Mark and Kasai.

“Well hello boss… Hey, what are you doing here little man?  It’s a little bit early for school to be out,” Steve said, looking over at JT and then over at Kasai.

“I had to go pick him up from school, he was in a fight today,” JT stated as he walked over to the mat and then sat down next to Justin.  “He wanted to leave school so quickly, he couldn’t wait for the New Year’s break.”

“Oh man, you were in a fight?  What happened?”  Justin asked, rolling around on the mat with Steve so he could see Kasai.

“Some kids at school were picking on me,” Kasai replied as he looked down.

“Go on,” Mark said, tapping Kasai on his shoulder.

“So, I decided to beat on each of them,” Kasai added as he looked up at Mark.

“And…” Mark said, nudging Kasai.

“And I threatened to kill everyone,” Kasai said as Steve’s eyes widened as he shook his head.

“Whoa lil man, that’s enough to get you kicked out of school,” Steve said, looking at JT and then at Mark strangely.  “Did you get kicked out of school?”

“Oh no, he didn’t get kicked out of school, but he’s suspended for a few days, after school starts again,” JT stated with a frown.

“Aww man, see what happens when you don’t think things through,” Steve said, turning his attention back to Justin.

“They didn’t have any business bothering me.  I wasn’t bothering them and it seems no one else was trying to stop them,” Kasai stated as he sat in a chair close to the door.

“Come on Kasai, you know better than that.  Because people bother you, you don’t take that and turn around and use violence to solve the problem,” Steve stated as he shook his head again.

“Violence solves a whole lot of fucking problems,” Kasai said as he realized what he just said as his eyes widened.  “Oops.”

“What did you just say Kasai Martin Poole?”  JT asked, getting up from where he sat and then walked over to where Kasai was.

“I—I didn’t say anything Daddy,” Kasai replied with a scared look on his face.

“Oh yes you did.  How long have you been using that kind of language?”  JT asked, looking at Kasai with a stern look on his face.

“I—I…” Kasai stuttered out as JT shook his head and then waved his hand dismissively.

“Never mind, I don’t even wanna know,” JT said as he turned his back to Kasai.  “Mark hone, deal with him.”

“Daddy,” Kasai said as his eyes widened in fear.

“I hate to do this Kai, but you’re grounded for the next two weeks,” Mark stated as he looked over at JT.  “During that time, you won’t be watching TV, playing video games, no fun, just staying in your room.  You will only leave your room to eat and go to the bathroom, nothing more than that.”

“Daddy… please,” Kasai whined, looking between Mark and JT with an agitated look on his face.

“You heard what your father said,” JT said, waving his hand again as he turned his attention back to Justin and Steve.

“Okay, fine then,” Kasai said with a sigh.

“Mark honey, can you enforce your punishment right now?  I don’t want to see that boy,” JT said as he shook his head again.

“Honey…” Mark said as JT looked over at him.  “I guess I can.  Are we still having lunch together today?”

“Yeah we are.  Are you going to cook or should I bring food with me?”  JT asked.

“I’ll cook,” Mark answered as he looked at Kasai and then back to JT.

“Cool then.  Could you cook enough for six?”  JT asked, looking over at Mark.

“Six,” Mark said, looking at JT strangely.

“Yeah six.  One, two, three, four, five, six,” JT said, holding up his hand and counting off his fingers as Mark and Steve looked at him strangely as he started laughing.  “I’ll be bringing Justin, Nick, Steve and Angie home with me.  I’m sure you know how to add.”

“Ha ha, real funny baby,” Mark said with a smile.  “I’ll see what I can do.  I’ll see you guys in a bit then.”

“Yep, you sure will,” JT said, laughing again.

“What’s that all about?”  Steve asked, looking at JT strangely again.

“I have the wildest idea,” JT said with a smirk.

“What kind of idea?”  Steve asked.

“I overheard you two talking,” JT said as he looked over at Justin.

“Oh?  You know that Janet Canton is a bitch that doesn’t want this cripple associating with her son,” Justin sarcastically said, sitting up on the mat.

“You aren’t a cripple and who cares what Janet Canton says or thinks?  I think you should see Nick as much as you can,” JT stated as he moved over to his duffle bag.  “This is why I’m taking you and him to my place for lunch.  It’ll give you and him some time to be together and you can think of it as your first date or something.”

“How are you going to get us out of here?”  Justin asked, looking at JT closely.

“Simple, I’ll just say it’s part of your therapy session,” JT replied with a smile.  “Since you do need to learn how to get around outside of the hospital, I thought I would introduce you to that a little bit early.”

“Ah cool, I think,” Justin said as he hugged JT.  “That makes me happy.”

“Wow, he hugged someone and he’s happy,” Steve said, laughing as Justin smacked him on the arm gently.

“I’m glad you’re happy Justin.  I’m going to call Angie so she’ll be ready to go,” JT stated, pulling out his cell phone.

Sometime Later – The Poole-Walden Estates

“Honey, we’re here,” JT called out, walking through the front door with Angela, Steve, Nick and Justin, following behind him.

“I’m in the kitchen baby,” Mark called out.  “Everything’s almost done, go ahead and get comfortable.”

“Alright, we’ll be sitting out in the family room,” JT said as he threw his things down at the door.  “Where’s Kai?”

“He’s up in his room, where I sentenced him to,” Mark replied.  “What do you all want to drink?”

“I think there’s enough iced tea for all of us,” JT stated.

“There is?  Where is it?”  Mark asked, peeking his head from the kitchen.

“It’s out in the garage’s fridge,” JT replied, walking out of the room.

“How are you feeling Justin?”  Angela asked.

“I’m feeling a whole lot better, now that we’re here together,” Justin answered as Steve got up and then walked away as Angela smiled and then walked over to where he stood.

“Where are you going Steve?”  Angela asked, looking at Steve strangely.

“I’m going to check on Kasai and talk with him a bit,” Steve replied, walking over to the stairs.

“Alright, so how long do we have here?”  Angela asked, looking around.

“We’ll be here for two hours, why do you ask?”  JT asked, walking back into the room.

“I just wanted to know whether or not I had to gobble my food down like a mad woman,” Angela said as she laughed as JT sat down.

“No, you don’t have to gobble your food down in a hurry.  We have a whole lot of time here today, so take your time.  I got you cleared to stay here with Nick, since you’re his main nurse,” JT said with a smile.

“Cool, so what did Larry have to say about that?”  Angela asked, looking at JT.

“Nothing much.  Since Justin and Nick are both high priority cases at the hospital, I’m allowed to take whatever means necessary to make their therapy program work for them,” JT stated as Mark walked into the room.

“Alright guys and girl, it’s time to get down,” Mark said as everyone laughed.  “It’s on.”

“I bet it is,” JT said, hugging Mark.  “So, what are we having?”

“On today’s menu, there’s baked chicken, parsley potatoes, broccoli with cheese sauce and garlic rolls,” Mark replied as he kissed his fingertips.

“Oh, so you think you have it like that, it better be good man,” JT stated, snapping his fingers.

“You know everything that I make is always good and delicious, so you better watch your tongue young man,” Mark said as JT laughed and then shot him the bird.

“I just love it when you say things like that to flatter me, calling me a young man, how cute,” JT said as they went into the dining room.

“Is Kasai coming down to eat with us?”  Steve asked, leaning over the stair railing.

“Yeah, tell the little bugger to come on down,” Mark said, smiling weakly.

“Are you sure about that baby?  It’s a little bit too early for parole,” JT said, looking over at Mark.

“He can come down to eat a meal.  When he’s done eating, he’ll be going right back up to his room to serve his sentence,” Mark said, kissing JT on the cheek.  “Okay guys and girl, dig in.”

“This looks wonderful Mark,” Justin commented, moving over to the table as Nick started to sit next to him.  “It smells yummy too.”

“Wait, you two sit over there,” JT said, pointing to the end of the table.  “Steve, you sit here and Angie, you are here.”

“Kai will sit here, right next to me,” Mark said, patting the seat next to him.

“I don’t want to sit there,” Kasai replied, moving away from Mark.

“You will sit there Kai, now sit down,” Mark said in a stern voice.

“You heard what your father said, now sit down,” JT said, waving his hand at Kasai.

“I don’t want to sit there,” Kasai argue, his voice rising a bit.

“Don’t make me get up from this chair boy,” JT said, looking over at Kasai with an angry expression on his face.  “If I get out of this chair, you’ll not like me when I make first contact with you.  Now sit your lil ass down boy.”

“Do you need more time added to your current sentence?”  Mark asked, walking over to where Kasai stood.  “Just sit down and stop making a scene in front of our guests.”

“I’m not the one making the scene here, you two are,” Kasai replied, glaring at Mark.

“You know what; I’m tired of hearing this.  Go on, get up to your room and don’t come back down until I tell you to,” Mark said, glaring at Kasai.

“I…” Kasai said, looking over at JT.

“Nothing Kai, you heard what I said, now move,” Mark said, pointing at the stairs.  “Get!”

“Daddy,” Kasai whined.

“You heard what Mark said, get to stepping boy,” JT said, turning away from Kasai.

“Fine!”  Kasai exclaimed, running up the stairs to his room quickly as the sound of a door slamming could be heard.

“That went fairly well,” Mark said with a frown.

“Okay, what’s going on with him guys?”  Angela asked, looking at JT.  “It’s like he’s a whole new person now.  That’s a new side of my nephew that I don’t like.”

“Don’t know what’s going on with him Angie and I don’t like this new side of him either.  I think something’s wrong, that he’s not telling us,” JT said with a frown.  “There has to be something more to this, than what we already know.”

“There’s nothing wrong with that boy.  He’s just smelling himself like my mom used to say it.  He just doesn’t want to follow the rules around here.  We give him an inch and he expects a foot in return,” Mark said, sitting down at the table.

“Kids,” JT said, shaking his head.  “I’m sorry you all had to witness that.”

“We were kids too.  We’ve all done something like that at some point or another.  I now I acted worse than that at times,” Justin said, chuckling as JT raised an eye at him.

“That’s just not nice to laugh about Justin.  They’re trying to make an example,” Nick said, looking at Justin with a strange expression on his face.

“Oooooh, he’s talking, he’s talking,” JT said, pointing at Nick with a smile on his face.  “I actually thought his voice was non-existent.”

“I can talk.  I only talk when I have something important to say,” Nick replied, looking down.

“Everything you say to me is important Nick,” Justin said, kissing Nick’s hand.

“Awww, that’s was so sweet,” JT said, turning and looking over at Mark.  “Why don’t you say sweet stuff like that to me?”

“I do, you just don’t listen all the time,” Mark said, shaking his head.

“Oh whatever man,” JT said, smiling at the way Nick and Justin watched each other.

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 12

Chapter 12 — Unfriendly Revelations

Dec 31, 2002 – Orlando, FL – The Home of Joshua Charles and Justin Tanner

Joshua’s POV

“Come on in Kevin, you know where everything is,” I told him, closing the door behind him.

“Hurry up Josh, hurry and get out of those clothes,” Kevin demanded, pushing me down on the sofa.

“Aren’t we going to take this up to the bed?”  I asked, moving back on the sofa as he tried to get my pants open.

“No time for that, I want your ass right here, right now,” he replied, peeling out of his shirt and kicking off his shoes.  “Get the hell out of those clothes Josh.  I’m going to fuck you until you can’t walk straight.”

“Hot damn baby, come on,” I replied, grabbing the buckle of his belt and yanking his pants open.  “I’m ready for you right now.”

“Assume the damn position,” he said, pushing me backwards on the sofa.  “When I’m done with you, you’d know you’ve been fucked by the best.”

“We could do that from my bedroom,” I said, sliding from under him and pulling him to his feet, leading him up the stairs and around the corner to my bedroom as I pushed him down on the bed and then dropped to my knees, taking his dick into my mouth.

“Suck me bitch, suck that dick,” he said, placing his hands on the back of my head, encouraging me to deep throat him.

Kevin thrashed around under me as I continued sucking his dick.  The more I sucked, the more he pressed his hand down on my head, pushing me further down on his dick.  My nose is in his pubes now and I’m close to gagging.  Doing my best to get all of him down my throat, he stopped moving and then pushed me off of him.

“No, I can’t do this Josh,” he said, pulling his pants back up.

“What?  Why can’t you do this?  We’re here and the mood is perfect for this,” I said, pushing him back down on the bed.

“Get off of me Josh!  Because of you, a beautiful woman is upset with me!”  He snapped, walking to the other side of the room.

“Okay, does this have anything to do with the bitch you were talking to at the hospital,” I said as the expression on his face changed.

“She’s not a bitch and yes it does,” he said, getting up in my face as I grabbed him around the neck and kissed his lips.  “Stop it Josh, I’m not going to let you entice me to stay here with you.  If I stay here, I’m blowing all chances with her.”

“Fuck her, you can be here, blowing me right now.  You can have me right now and anytime you want and she’ll probably make you wait before you get to tap that ass,” I told him as I grabbed his ass.  “You know I’m the one you want.  You don’t need a woman.  You need me, I know what you want Kevin.  I know what you like.”

“I—I don’t know what I want right now, but I know I want to get to know her and see what’s possible for the two of us,” he said, rubbing his head.  “Fuck, I don’t know what to do here.  I can’t continue living my life like this.  I’m pissing off everyone in my family being with you and the other men I’ve been…”

“Fuck what everyone else wants Kevin.  It’s your life, not theirs.  If you want to fuck me and other men, then that’s what you want to do.  You don’t have to please anyone but yourself,” I told him as I leaned in and kissed his mouth and he didn’t resist me.

“Maybe you’re right Josh,” he said as he lay back down on the bed.

“You know I’m right Kevin.  I can give you what you want,” I told him, kissing his lips as we started grinding our hips together.

“You can give me what I want?  Josh, you can’t stay committed to any one person for longer than a night,” he said as he pushed me off of him again.  “You’re a ho Josh and you know it.  You’re only as good as your next fuck.”

“Excuse me,” I said, slapping him across the face for insulting me that way.

“You’re excused.  I’m going back to the hospital to check on Nick and then I’m going back to my hotel.  Stay away from me Josh.  You’re not what I need or want.  If you were a different person, things might’ve been different for us, but you’re a whore, a two-bit whore and that’s not the kind of person I’m looking for,” he said as he walked out of my bedroom.

“Fuck you Kevin, I hope you end up with a woman and be miserable forever!”  I screamed out as I heard the front door of the house open and then slam close.

The Poole-Walden Estates – JT and Mark’s Bedroom

Mark’s POV

“Is Kai sleeping baby?”  I asked as JT walked into the bedroom.

“No, he’s still awake.  He’s reading a book, trying to burn some energy, so he can get some sleep,” he replied, sighing as he walked over to the closet.

“I—I think I should go talk to him,” I said, getting up and walking over to where JT stood as I kissed his neck.  “While we ate, he avoided looking at me.”

“Just leave him alone for tonight.  He wants to be left alone,” he said, kissing me on the cheek.  “Have you had a shower yet?”

“Yes, but I can go in there and shower with you baby,” I told him, kissing around his neck again, helping him take off his clothes as he moaned.

“Are you trying to seduce me baby?”  He asked, turning around in my arms as he leaned against the wall and then kissed my lips again.

“Yes, I’m trying to seduce you baby.  I need my daily fill of you baby,” I told him, gently biting his lower lip as he grinned.  “I need to make love to you.”

“Oh really?”  He said, looking at me with that evil grin of his that I love so much.

“Yes, really baby.  I’ve been thinking about you all day long.  I wanted to pull you back into your office earlier and do some naughty things on your desk, but I didn’t want anyone walking in on us and thinking I was a naughty girl or something like that,” I told him as he laughed.

“I don’t think anyone would’ve thought you were a naughty girl, I know what’s between your legs,” he said as he laughed again and then winked at me.

“How about we go get that shower,” I suggested.

“Might as well.  I’m tired and I would really like to get some nookie before my head hits the pillow,” he said, pulling me towards the bathroom.

“Please baby, turn on some warm water.  I don’t feel like freezing like you froze me this morning,” I told him as he turned the water on in the shower.

“Oh alright, you big ole baby,” he said, dropping the rest of his clothes on the floor as he stepped into the shower stall.

I got into the shower behind him and then kissed his mouth as I closed the stall door.  We stood there, allowing the water to wash over our bodies as we stood there, locked in each other’s arms.  I picked up the soap and washcloth and lathered it up quickly.  Washing his back, he held onto me as I continued kissing his neck.  I love this man.  I thank the stars that I have him in my life.  I love him so much.

“Turn around baby, so I can do your front,” I told him, kissing his neck gently as he turned around in my arms.

“You’re just trying to get me hot,” he said, leaning up against the wall of the shower as the spray flowed down his body.  “Come on baby, I’m hot and bothered by you.  Are we going to stay in the shower forever or are we going to dry each other off and go make love?”

“Hell, you don’t have to ask me twice,” I said, turning the water off, stepping out of the stall and leading him out as I grabbed a towel to dry him off.

“Slow down, are you trying to break me in half or something?”  He asked, laughing at the speed I used to dry him off.  “If you don’t stop, I’ll end up having towel burns all over my body.”

“Sorry baby, but I need that milkshake.  You have taught me already, so there’s no need to charge,” I told him, laughing at the expression on his face.

“I’m not Kelis, but come on anyway.  I would just have to settle for you,” he said, teasing my mouth with his lips as he walked past me.

“Hey!  Are you saying you would drop me for a woman?”  I asked, following him back into our bedroom.

“Hell no, I’m sprung on dick and that’s all I want out of life,” he said, plopping down on the bed.  “I’m ready for my close-up Mr. Poole.”

“Hot damn, I’m gonna get some.  Wait until the boys in gym class hear about this,” I said, jumping on the bed as he laughed uncontrollably.

Early Tuesday Morning

JT’s POV

I slept very soundly, until that damn phone rang, disturbing me from my peaceful sleep.  I tell you the truth; someone up there has it in for me when it comes to me getting my much-needed sleep.  Every time I’m having some good sleep, something always happens to disturb it.  It’s like I’m not meant to get the good rest that I need and want.

“Hello,” Mark spoke into the phone that was conveniently on his side of the bed.  “Hold on just a sec Danielle.”

“Hello,” I said into the phone, holding it to my ear.  “What’s wrong Danielle?”

“Nothing’s wrong J, I just called to let you know that I’m resigning from my position at the hospital and moving out to California,” she stated as I slid up in bed.

“You’re moving out to California, why?”  I asked, shaking my head as Mark rolled over.

“Well, all of my family is out there and I finally have the chance to open my own practice,” she replied as I somewhat knew the real reason for her leaving.  “I’m even getting married.”

“You’re getting married?  Lawd, to who?”  I asked, shocked, not figuring her to be the type to marry the guy she’s been dating, being that I didn’t think he was right for her in the first place.  I hope she didn’t lower her standards to marry that creep.

“I’m marrying my high school sweetheart.  He moved out to California a year after we graduated,” she said as I looked at Mark, shrugging my shoulders since I knew the guy she’s dating now isn’t her high school sweetheart.

“So, Malcolm moved out to Cali?”  I asked, rubbing my head.

“No J, Cal, my high school sweetheart moved out to California and he asked me to marry him and I said ‘yes’.  So, basically, I’ll be completely moved out there by the end of the week,” she giddily said.

“What about Malcolm?  What about your patients at the hospital?”  I asked.

“Well you and the new therapist will take them on,” she stated as I’m sure my eyes went wide.  I’m in no mood to deal with psyche cases and my caseload is already heavy as it is.

“What new therapist?”  I asked, sliding around on the bed.

“The one you will meet today,” she said as I got a strange feeling deep down in my gut.  “Don’t get bitchy.  You knew I was going to leave one day.”

“I’m not acting bitchy, yet.  I just don’t like this kind of stuff sprung on me at the last minute Dani,” I stated.  “You know what, we can finish this conversation when I see you at work.”

“Calm down baby,” Mark said as he got up and then wrapped his arms around me as I pressed the button to disconnect the call.

“I am calm,” I said, glaring at him.

“Okay, since you’re so calm, why is that vein in your forehead bulging out like that?”  He asked, kissing my neck.  “Just calm down baby.  Think about something calming and refreshing.”

“Okay fine, I’m not calm,” I replied, getting up and walking over to the closet to pick out what I would wear for the day, sighing as I picked out a few items and threw them on the bed.

“I love you baby,” he declared.

“I love you too Mark,” I replied as there was a knock on the bedroom door.

“Come on in Kai,” Mark said as Kasai walked into the room.

“Hey Daddy, Daddy Mark,” Kasai replied as I turned around and waved at him.

“What’s up buddy?”  I asked as he walked over and hugged me.

“Do I really have to go to school today?  I don’t want to face Lisa or anyone for that matter,” he said with a frown.

“Why don’t you come back after I’ve gotten dressed and I’ll give you an answer then,” I told him.

“Daddy please, please don’t make me go,” he pleaded with me.

“I said I’ll give you an answer after I’ve gotte dressed, now scoot,” I said, smacking him on his behind and sending him on his way back to his room.

“You’re not seriously thinking of letting him stay home from school, are you?”  Mark asked.

“He had a bad night,” I said as he shook his head.

“You spoil that child rotten,” Mark said as I looked back at him.  “Well you do.”

“I’m not spoiling him,” I said, turning back around.

“You let him get away with murder baby.  He does what he wants, when he wants and he talks back to me.  When I try to punish him, you stop me and take his side,” Mark said with a frown.  “The boy is spoiled.  Baby, I urge you to make him go to school.  I know he had a bad night and all, but still, you let him walk all over us and that kind of behavior needs to stop.  All it takes is for him to cry or whine and you melt like butter for him.”

“Okay fine, I’ll tell him to go to school then,” I said, walking into the bathroom and started the shower.  “Are you coming in or not?”

“Yeah, I’m coming in,” he said, walking into the bathroom and closing the door behind him.

“Ready for round two?”  I asked as he stepped out of his boxer shorts and then stepped into the shower with me.

Two Hours Later – Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room

“Good morning Angie… Damn, you look like shit.  What happened to you?”  JT asked, walking over to where Angela stood.

“Don’t ask,” Angela replied, putting her nametag on her shirt.

“Does this have anything to do with the date you went on last night?”  JT asked with a frown.

“Yeah and before you even start JT, I don’t’ want to talk about it.  Just leave it alone,” Angela said as she picked up her clipboard as they walked to the elevator.

“Okay, fine with me.  I guess we all had back luck last night then,” JT said as they stepped into the elevator.

“Where are you going?”  Angela asked.

“I’m going up to my office first and then it’s up to Justin’s room to find out what actually happened last night,” JT replied as he checked his watch.

“What was your bad luck last night about?”  Angela asked.

“Kai got arrested last night for fighting,” JT stated as his pager beeped.

“Lawd, why was that boy fighting?”  Angela asked.

“He went to talk to Lisa last night and he told her that he was gay,” JT stated as Angela looked at him.  “When he was done, she had some of her friends jump him.”

“Well damn.  You know that lil bitch needs her ass beat down,” Angela said as she shook her head.  “You know, if you want me to, I’ll take care of her for you.  I never liked that lil tramp any ole way.”

“Stop that Angie, we have enough drama going on as it is,” JT said as his pager went off again.

“Someone is persistent,” Angela stated.

“I better call and check this out, it looks like one of the patient codes,” JT stated as the elevator dinged on his floor as the doors opened.  “I’ll see you up there in a few minutes.”

“All right, enter a whole new bad day,” Angela said as JT got off the elevator as the doors closed.

“Good morning boss, what’s up?” Steve asked, walking towards JT.

“Did you just beep me?”  JT asked, pulling out the keys to his office.

“No boss, it wasn’t me,” Steve replied, pulling out his keyes.  “I just got here myself.  I’m running a little late today.”

“I see.  So, what’s on the agenda for the day?”  JT asked, sitting behind his desk as he picked up the phone to call his pager service number.  After connecting, he listened to his messages, sighed and then hung up the phone and then got back up.  “That girl has gotten on my last nerve.”

“What’s going on boss?”  Steve asked as JT walked towards the door.

“I have to get to a meeting to deal with Danielle’s replacement,” JT said with a frown.

“Deal with her replacement?  I didn’t know she was leaving,” Steve said as he looked over at JT.

“I didn’t either until she called me before day this morning,” JT stated as his pager went off again.  “Damn, who’s this now?”

“Just go up to your meeting and I’ll get started with Justin and Eric,” Steve said as he waved JT on.

“Eric?”  JT said, not knowing who Steve referred to.

“I got an e-mail last night that Eric Johnson was turned over to me for therapy, so I’ll do him and Justin at the same time,” Steve said, shrugging his shoulders.

“Okay, I’ll come find you when the meeting is over,” JT said as he walked out of the office.

“Alright boss,” Steve replied, waving again.

The Hospital Director’s Office

“I’m glad you could join us Mr. Poole.  Now that you’re here, we can start this meeting,” Larry Tanner, the hospital’s director stated as he glared at JT.

“I’m sorry that I’m late, but I wasn’t aware that there was a meeting scheduled for this morning, pleas I had some things to deal with in my office,” JT stated as he took a seat at the table.

“I called and left a message for you this morning,” Danielle stated, turning around to look at Larry.

“Well I didn’t get a message from you Danielle.  The only messages I received were from Mr. Tanner and I just got those,” JT stated as he pulled the pager from his belt and placed it on the table to show her.  “There are no messages from you Danielle.”

“Regardless of that, this meeting was called to discuss Danielle’s resignation,” Larry stated.

“What’s going to be done with her patients?”  JT asked, turning to look at Danielle with a mean look on his face.

“At the moment, you will have to take them over, until her replacement can be brought up to speed on things,” Larry stated as JT turned and looked at him.

“What!”  JT snapped.  “I’m already backlogged with patients as it is now.  I’m ten patients over the amount I’m supposed to have now.”

“Well you shouldn’t be.  What is it that Mr. Lambert is doing?”  Larry asked.

“Steve is a physical therapist, not a psychologist,” JT stated as he sat forward in his seat.  “Steve is only certified to work with patients that need physical therapy, not the ones that need psychotherapy.”

“So, are you telling me that you can’t do the job JT?”  Larry asked.

“It’s not a matter of doing the job Larry, it’s a matter of having the time to do it,” JT stated as he got up.  “Right now, I have a total of thirty-two patients that I see.  I’m only supposed to have twenty on my caseload here.”

“Well the way I see it JT, you either handle the patients we assign you or you can find yourself another job,” Larry suggested as JT’s eyes widened.

“This is just too much,” JT said as he walked towards the door.  “When does this new replacement start?”

“Valgina Williams will start on Monday,” Danielle announced as JT turned around quickly.

“Valgina Williams?  What the hell!”  JT snapped, walking back over to the table.  “Are you kidding me here?”

“No kidding at all.  Valgina Williams will be taking over for me,” Danielle stated with a smirk on her face.

“Why do I get the feeling that you had something to do with the hospital hiring her Danielle,” JT stated, glaring at her.

“I had nothing to do with her being hired at all,” Danielle replied as JT shook his head.

“I—I don’t fucking believe this.  I believe you set all of this up for the hell of it,” JT stated as he pointed his finger in Danielle’s face.

“I had nothing to do with that at all,” Danielle said as she shook her head.

“Like hell you didn’t!  You orchestrated all of this madness!”  JT snapped, getting up in Danielle’s face.  “You knew what you needed to do to get a rise out of me and some other people around here.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about JT,” Danielle stated as she shrugged her shoulders and moved back a bit.

“You know damn well what I’m talking about Danielle,” JT said as Larry stood up.

“Maybe you need to leave and calm down a bit JT.  I suggest that you go on about your daily duties and when you calm down, then you can come back and discuss this calmly with me.  If you don’t do that, then I suggest you go clean out your desk and leave,” Larry stated as he sat back down with a smile on his face.  “Are we clear on this JT?”

“Crystal,” JT replied, walking out of Larry’s office quickly.

A Few Minutes Later – Angela’s Nurses’ Station

“What’s wrong with you JT?  Now you’re the one that looks like hell,” Angela said, walking from behind the desk.

“Would you like to take a wild guess at what just happened?”  JT asked, looking at Angela with tears in his eyes.

“No, what happened?”  Angela asked.

“Danielle’s leaving and Valgina Williams, the same Valgina from high school is coming to take her place on Monday,” JT stated as Angela dropped her clipboard to the floor.

“What the hell?  Tell me you’re joking JT,” Angela said as she bent down to pick up her clipboard.

“No, I’m not joking Angie.  Danielle did that shit on purpose,” JT stated as he sat down behind the counter, sniffling as he wiped at his eyes.  “That heffa knew what she was doing and tried to act like she was all innocent and shit!”

“Does this have anything to do with you guys not inviting her to the Bahamas?”  Angela asked.

“I don’t know what it has to do with, but we’re screwed big time come Monday morning,” JT said as he shook his head.  “The new year is going to kick off with a real big bang.”

“What’s going on you two?”  Steve asked, walking up to the counter.

“Bad news dude, guess what?”  Angela asked, looking at Steve as he shrugged his shoulders.

“What?”  Steve said, looking at both of his friends strangely.

“Valgina Williams is back in town,” Angela replied as Steve looked at JT, smiled and then shook his head.

“Come on, stop joking now,” Steve said as JT looked at him with a stern look on his face.

“No joke buddy, she’ll be working here on Monday,” JT stated as Steve looked at him and then looked at Angela.

“What the fuck!”  Steve screamed and then covered his mouth, realizing what he’d just done.

“Calm down Steve, she’s not here yet.  She won’t be here until Monday, that’s when she officially starts work here.  She’s replacing Danielle,” JT stated.

“That’s just fucking great.  I can’t work here with her,” Steve said as he looked around, his expression showing a panicky one.  “It’ll be like high school all over again.”

“I know sweetie, I know,” Angela replied as she walked around and hugged him.

“We’ll do what we can to keep her away from you,” JT replied with a frown.  “You know he has a point Angie.”

“I know JT,” Angela replied, sighing.

Flashback

Sometime in the Past

“I knew you two were might close for a reason,” Valgina said, walking around the table in the school’s lunchroom.

“Look Valgina, we don’t want any trouble here,” Steve said, looking up at the girl.

“I don’t care what you want Stevie.  You should’ve thought about that before you started looking at my man,” Valgina said, pulling out a note from her purse.

“What’s that?”  Steve asked, looking at the piece of paper in Valgina’s hand.

“This is the proof that I have of what you are, you fucking faggot,” Valgina ssaid, laughing as she walked to the front of the lunchroom.

“Oh God, what is she doing JT?”  Steve asked, following Valgina around the room with his eyes.

“I don’t know, but whatever it is, I don’t think it’s going to end well,” JT replied, shaking his head.

“May I have everyone’s attention please?  Listen up guys and girls; I have proof here that we have two unique fags among us in this very school.  That’s right guys, I said fags.  Beware of John Poole and Steven Lambert.  Those two guys right over there are booty bandits.  Look out, they might want you too.  If you want to know if you’re on their radar, check out this list,” Valgina announced, standing on top of a lunch table as she held up the piece of paper she had in her hand.  “This piece of paper is a list of all the guys they want to have sex with.  Come and look and see what the fags said about you.”

“Oh God,” JT said as he grabbed Steve’s hand as the two of them left the lunchroom quickly.

End Flashback

To Be Continued…

If I Ain’t Got You – Chapter 11

Chapter 11 — Dramatic Pause

Dec 30, 2002 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – Nick’s Hospital Room

JT’s POV

“Hello,” I spoke into the phone.

“Baby, have you seen Kai?”  I heard Mark’s voice ask.

“No I haven’t, why?  Is there something wrong Mark?”  I asked, not liking the sound of his voice.

“We—we got into an argument and he ran off from me and I can’t find him,” Mark said as I shook my head, wondering what they had gotten into this time.

“What do you mean he ran off and you can’t find him?”  I asked, not realizing I had raised my voice.

“Baby, stop screaming,” he said as the call waiting beep sounded on the line.

“Hold on Mark, I have another call,” I said as I switched over to the other line.  “Hello?”

“Daddy, I need your help,” I heard Kasai’s voice on the line, sounding as if he was crying.

“Kasai, where are you?”  I asked.  “Mark’s on the other line, telling me that you two got into it again and that you ran away from him.  What’s going on boy?”

“Not now Daddy, I need you to come down to the police station and get me,” Kasai stated as multiple images flooded my mind of the reasons why he was there.

“I need to go to the police station and get you?  What’re you doing there?”  I asked, angry with him now.

“I—I got attacked, I just need you to come get me,” he said as he sniffled.  “I told the officers to take me to where you were, but instead they brought me here and said that I needed my parents to come get me.”

“Oh God son, are you okay?”  I asked, my anger fading.

“I will be, as soon as you come and get me.  I’m scared here and I want to go home,” he said as there was a loud scream and a gunshot in the background.

“Kai, what’s going on there?”  I asked, my mood turning into a frantic one.

“Some guy just got shot.  He was raping another prisoner here.  Daddy hurry up and come get me!”  Kasai demanded.

“I’m on my way,” I replied, closing the phone and walking towards the door.

“Is everything okay?”  Janet asked, watching me.

“No, it’s not okay.  We’ll he to finish this some other time.  I need to go,” I stated, walking out the room.

A Few Minutes Later – The Lobby

JT’s POV

“How could you treat him like that Mark?  Sometimes I wonder about you.  If he’s gay, he’s gay.  So what, we’re gay!”  I snapped, walking through the hospital doors.

“Yeah and look at all the crap we’ve had to go through in the last couple of years together,” Mark said with a frown. “I don’t want him going through the same shit we’ve had to go through baby.  I love him and I don’t want to see him hurt in any way.”

“I know you love him, but sometimes you can be a little bit harsh,” I said, getting into the van as I closed the door and then got the seatbelt buckled.  “We’ll just have to smooth this over later on, right now we just need to go get him and get him home.”

“Baby, you know I wouldn’t do anything to intentionally hurt him,” he said, leaning over and kissing me on the cheek.

“I know Mark, just drive.  While I talked with him on the phone, I heard a gunshot,” I told him as he swerved and looked at me.

“You heard a gunshot?”  He asked as I nodded my head.

“Yeah, Kai said that one of the prisoners was being raped and from the sounds of things, I guess the guards had to shoot the one doing the raping,” I told him as we arrived at the police station.  “Come on.”

“Baby, why don’t you stay here while I go in and get him,” he told me.

“I’m not staying out here… I’m going in there to get my child.  You can stay out here if you like, but I’m not,” I told him, opening the door and grabbing my crutches.

“Wait for me baby,” he said as I walked up the steps and got to the door.  “I got that.”

“Thanks,” I said as we walked down to the windowed counter.  “Hi, I’m JT Poole and I’m here to pick up my son, Kasai Poole.”

“You’re the kid’s dad?”  The man behind the counter asked as I looked at him funny.

“Yes, I’m his dad.  What seems to be the problem?”  I asked.

“You don’t look like a queen,” the officer said as I looked at him funny, wondering where this was going.

“I don’t look like a ‘queen’?  What is that supposed to mean?”  I asked, watching the man as my anger level rose.

“Your son was brought in here for starting a fight.  He shot his mouth off to some guys that were bigger than he is and he couldn’t handle it.  From what I heard, he was defending his gay dad,” the man stated as Mark stepped up behind me.

“I’m his gay dad, what’s your fucking point mister?”  I asked, slipping into bitch mode.  “I came here to pick up my son and I’m still waiting.”

“Hold your horses there.  Sheesh, I guess you are a queen,” the man said as he moved over to another part of the counter and grabbed a folder and then picked up a phone.

“Keep on talking mister and I’ll sue you and this entire place for your actions.  You’re pressing your luck with me tonight,” I stated as a police officer came around the corner with Kasai.

“Daddy!”  Kasai screamed, running over and hugging me tightly.

“Are you okay kid?”  I asked as he cried in my arms.  “I guess that’s a no.”

“What did you people do to him?”  Mark asked, looking at the two men.

“We didn’t do anything to the little wimp.  He’s been sitting back there in a cell since we brought him in,” the first man spoke as I looked at him like he had lost his damn mind.

“Why was he sitting back there, in a damn cell?”  I asked, my pissed off mood coming back full force.

“He broke the law.  When someone breaks the law, we put them in a jail cell.  That’s why it’s called jail,” the first man spoke as I shook my head.

“Okay, before this goes any further, is he free to go?”  I asked, starring the officer down.

“Yeah, he’s free to leave here.  Just make sure he stays out of trouble,” the first man spoke as he looked at me like he wanted to say more.

“Well thank you officer, we’ll be leaving now.  Have a good night,” I said as we walked out and headed back to the van.

“Are you okay?”  Mark asked, looking at Kai, getting no answer as we got to the van, opened the doors and got in.

“How did all of this start Kai?”  I asked, turning around in my seat a little bit so I could see him.

“After I left Daddy Mark at the hospital, I walked over to Lisa’s to talk about what we talked about earlier.  I got to her place, we talked and I was going to change my mind about telling her, but then I thought it would be wrong to lead her on.  I told her about my feelings and then she kicked me out.  After I left her place, some of her friends ran after me and tried to beat me up.  That’s when the police arrived and took us all to jail,” Kasai explained as Mark shook his head.

“So, Lisa sent her friends to attack you because you told her you’re gay?”  I asked.

“Yeah,” he replied as he sniffled.  “I wasn’t trying to hurt her.  I was only trying to keep from hurting her, but it seems it didn’t matter either way.  This is just great.  I won’t be able to show my face around school now.”

“Why is that?”  Mark asked.

“She’s going to tell everybody that I’m gay and her friends will too,” Kasai said as he sniffled.

“You have to be strong son.  Regardless of what she or anyone else thinks of you, you’re being true to yourself and trying to be true to her.  If she’s that small minded and inconsiderate, then she never liked you in the first place,” I told him as I climbed into the backseat with him and pulled him into my arms, holding him tight as he cried.

“It’s going to be okay, just don’t worry about any of this,” Mark stated as he looked in the rearview mirror.  “This will pass, I promise you that.”

“I hope so Daddy Mark, if not, I might be able to handle it,” Kasai stated as he held onto me.

“You’ll be just fine son,” I told him, kissing the top of his head.

“We’re almost home.  Do you guys want to go grab something to eat or order something in?”  Mark asked, turning onto Ventura.

“Kai, do you want to stop and get something?”  I asked.

“No, not really Daddy, I’ll get something out of the kitchen at home,” he lightly spoke.

“Alright,” I replied, smoothing his hair back on his head.  “Baby, what did you do with the food I had left over from Chili’s?”

“I ate it baby, I told you if you didn’t finish it, I would,” Mark said, laughing at me.

“Well damn, I guess I’ll cook something then,” I said, shaking my head.  “Mr. Greedy.”

“Fine, I’ll cook something.  You and baby boy go into the family room and I’ll prepare a nice late dinner,” Mark said as we turned on our street.

“Could we watch a movie?”  Kasai asked as I nodded my head.

“Sure, what do you want to watch?”  I asked as we pulled into the driveway.

“I don’t care what we watch,” Kasai replied as Mark smiled.

“How about we watch one of our favorites baby?  Why don’t we watch a Ricki Lake movie?”  Mark asked as he turned off the van, unbuckled his seatbelt, got out and closed the door, walking around to the passenger side to help me out.  “We could maybe watch ‘Serial Mom’ or ‘Miss Winterbourne’ this time,” Mark suggested as I shook my head.

“Or we could watch ‘Babycakes’ or ‘Hairspray’.  I love those movies the most,” I said as Mark shook his head as he helped me out of the van.

“Why don’t we try ‘Babycakes’.  I keep falling asleep on that one when you play it,” Mark responded and then laughed.

“That’s because you’re always half asleep when I’m watching it,” I said as I kissed him on the cheek as he held me up.

“Do you need your chair baby or do you think you can make it?”  He asked as Kasai moved around the two of us.

“I think I can make it handsome,” I replied as I took my crutches from Kasai as we walked up to the front door.

“Why don’t we call Aunt Angie and see if she wants to come over,” Kasai said as he looked at me.

“Sorry bud, but Angie’s not available at this time,” I told him, just as the phone started to ring inside the house.  “Go in there and get the phone Kai.”

“Okay Daddy,” Kasai said as he unlocked the door and then ran into the foyer to grab the phone.

“Who is it?”  I asked.

“It’s someone from the hospital,” Kasai replied as he stood by the kitchen entrance, holding the phone in his hand.

“Do you have to go back to work baby?”  Mark asked, sitting my wheelchair down in front of me.

“I don’t know.  I haven’t even taken the call yet.  Let me find out what’s going on first,” I told him as I took the phone from Kasai.  “Hello…”

“Mr. Poole, there seems to be a problem here at the hospital that requires your approval,” I heard the voice of Candy, one of the nurses from the sector Nick was currently in.

“What requires my approval Candy?”  I asked, wondering what she would be calling me for at this time of night as I looked over at Mark strangely as he shrugged his shoulders and then started making funny faces.

“There’s a problem concerning Mr. Canton.  He’s in Mr. Tanner’s room and he’s refusing to leave.  He stated that he wasn’t leaving the room and that he was going to remain there until morning,” Candy explained as I shook my head, wondering why she was calling me for something like that.

“So let him stay in there.  I don’t see any harm with that.  Did you call Dr. Warrenton or Dr. Donaldson about this matter?”  I asked.

“They both said whatever you said goes, since Ms. Michaels isn’t available,” Candy replied as I shook my head again.

“I don’t see the harm in him being in Justin’s room.  Let him stay in here.  They’re in the same therapy group and they’re adults.  It’s quite alright,” I stated.

“Okay Mr. Poole, I’ll make a note of this,” she said as I shook my head.

“Is there anything else Candy?”  I asked.

“No sir,” she replied.

“Alright Candy, have a good night then,” I said, hanging up the phone and then walking into the kitchen where Mark was mixing some stuff in a bowl.  “What are you making Mista Poole?”

“I’m mixing some sauce for the steak kabobs that are on the grill in the back Mista Walden,” he replied, kissing me on the cheek.

“You do realize it’s cold outside, right?”  I asked, walking over to the refrigerator.

“Yes baby, I do realize that,” he said with a smile.  “I’m only cooking the steak kabobs out there.  I have baked potatoes in the oven and I’ve already prepared a garden salad.”

“Oh my, you’re on the ball in here,” I said as he smiled.  “Where’s Kai?”

“He said he was going to shower,” he replied as he put the bowl down.  “Baby, grab the buzzer, the potatoes are ready.”

“Okay,” I replied, walking over to the oven, opening it and smiling at the smell of the potatoes.  “Those look good.  What did you top them with?”

“No baby, no tasting until it’s time to sit down at the table,” he said, smacking my hand.

“Well hurry up, I’m ready to eat,” I said as he shook his head.

“Who’s being greedy now?”  He asked as I shook my head and then threw a towel at him.  “Hey, watch it baby.”

“Yeah yeah, whatever,” I said as he walked over and kissed my mouth.

Dec 31, 2002 – The Spot Nightclub

“Hey baby, what’re you doing here?”  Joshua Charles asked, walking up to Kevin Richards as he sat on a barstool at the bar with a beer in his hand.

“Oh hell no, just leave me alone Josh.  Just stay far away from me,” Kevin stated as he put the beer down and then got up from the bar and started walking towards the exit.

“I’m not going to leave you alone Kev, I know that look.  Someone has hurt your dick’s feelings.  Was it that chick from the hospital that you were talking to earlier?”  Joshua asked.

“Just mind your own damn business Josh,” Kevin said as he continued walking.

“Come on Kevin, you know you don’t want me to leave you alone,” Joshua said as he got closer to Kevin, grabbed his arm and stopped him from walking away as he placed his hand on his crotch, squeezing gently.

“Cut that out Josh,” Kevin said as he smacked Josh’s hand away from his crotch.

“I won’t.  You know you love it when I do that.  You never complained about me squeezing you there before.  You used to love it when I played with your cock and sucked it until you came all over my face,” Joshua stated in a seductive tone as he rubbed his fingers slowly across Kevin’s chest.  “You know you want to fuck me tonight.  You know you want me to touch…”

“No I don’t,” Kevin replied, his voice trembling a bit.

“Yes you do Kevin, your voice is betraying you right now.  I can hear it in your voice of how much you want to screw me right now,” Joshua said as he leaned in close and kissed Kevin’s neck while he slowly massaged his cock through his pants.  “Come on Kevin, let’s just go back to my house and make love like we used to all night long.”

“I don’t want to do that Josh, just leave me alone, please,” Kevin said in a small voice.  “I—I can’t do that anymore… I—I’m a changed man.”

“Okay Kevin, have it your way.  You know you could be at my place right now, fucking my ass, over and over again.  In and out, in and out, over and over again, filling me up with your cum, making me beg you to pound me, harder and harder, faster and faster,” Joshua said as he punctuated each of his words with a squeeze to Kevin’s cock.

“Damn it Josh, you know I can’t resist you when you do that to me,” Kevin said, panting like he had been running in a marathon.

“Come on Kevin, why don’t we take this back to my place, so I can make you really breathe heavy.  When I’m done with you, you’d have a reason to breathe like that,” Joshua said as he leaned in and kissed Kevin’s mouth and then pulled him towards the door.

Florida Hospital – Justin’s Hospital Room

“It’s very simple really, all you have to do is make sure that no one comes in the room,” Justin said as he shook his head.

“You know you can’t do that Justin.  The nurses have to come in and check on you hourly, to make sure your body is functioning properly,” Jamie said as he walked over to where Nick and Justin sat on the bed.

“Why not, we just want to be here, in peace,” Justin said with a frown.  “We can’t have peace with everyone in and out of here, all the damn time.”

“The hospital isn’t a place for meetings Justin, this is your life we’re talking about here,” Jamie said as Marshall walked back into the room.

“Don’t you two understand where I’m coming from here?”  Justin asked, frowning as he looked at Jamie.

“I understand you Justin, but now isn’t the time.  You need to wait until you’re released in a few weeks,” Jamie stated as he sighed.

“I don’t want to wait a few weeks, we have now,” Justin said as he held Nick’s hand.

“I give up, we’ve been here for the last hour, trying to explain this to you.  You just don’t want to listen, you’re too darn stubborn,” Jamie stated as there was a knock at the door.

“Hello Mr. Tanner,” a nurse spoke, peeking her head into the room.  “I need to check your colostomy bag, if it’s okay if I come in?”

“Sure,” Justin replied as the nurse stepped into the room.

“Thank you.  Can you all please leave the room,” the nurse spoke as Jamie and Marshall moved towards the door but Nick didn’t.

“That includes you too sir,” the woman stated, looking at Nick.

“He can stay,” Justin responded as he looked at the woman, the expression on his face, speaking volumes of it’s own.

“Okay then,” the nurse stated as she picked up Justin’s chart, checked off some things and then moved around the bed to where he and Nick were.  “I need you to lift your shirt.”

“Yes ma’am,” Justin replied as he lifted the nightshirt he wore as the nurse pulled on a pair of gloves and then examined the tubing that was inserted into his abdominal wall.  “Is this going to take long?”

“Not at all Mr. Tanner,” the nurse replied with a smile as Justin frowned as she moved over to the sink, opened a cabinet and grabbed a gauze packet out and opened it.

“Is that thing going to be removed or do I have to keep it forever?”  Justin asked, pointing at the small pouch on his side as the nurse came back over and used the gauze to wipe around the opening.

“Right now, you have to have this until your intestines have healed and you can fully use the bathroom on your own,” the nurse answered.

“That’s just great,” Justin replied as he sighed again.

“Didn’t the doctor explain all of this to you?”  The nurse asked, disposing of the gauze and then removing the gloves as she went over to the sink and washed her hands.

“Probably so, it probably went over my head though and I had no idea what they were talking about,” Justin stated as the nurse motioned with her hand that he could put his shirt back down.

“Well if you like, I can have your PT tell you all about this stuff again,” the nurse stated as Justin just looked at her strangely.

“My PT?  What’s that?”  Justin asked.

“Your PT is your physical therapist.  I see that you have Mr. Poole and he’s also your counselor,” the nurse stated with a smile.

“Yeah,” Justin said, nodding his head.

“Well I’ll just make a note on your chart so he can go over this stuff with you,” the nurse stated as she picked up the chart again and then flipped some pages.  “Is there anything I can get you before I leave sir?”

“No thank you,” Justin replied as Lynn, Janet, Jamie and Marshall walked into the room.

“You have a good night sir,” the nurse stated, walking out of the room as Janet and Lynn looked at each other and then started arguing.

“What’s going on here?”  Justin asked, looking between his mother and Janet.

“You two need to cut it out,” Jamie suggested as Janet looked at him strangely.

“You stay out of this, you have nothing to do with this,” Janet said as she pointed her finger at Jamie.

“Don’t talk to him like that!”  Lynn snapped, pointing her finger at Janet.  “I can’t believe you said that about my son, I ought…”

“I’m telling the truth, I’m not trying to be hurtful or anything.  I don’t believe they should be together,” Janet stated as she glared at Lynn.

“I feel the same way, but not for the same reasons as you,” Lynn stated, walking over to the table and sitting down.  “I want Justin to get better before he starts dating someone.”

“I don’t think Nick would be in a good, healthy relationship, being with your son.  He’s a cripple and that doesn’t make for a good life,” Janet said as Lynn got up, walked over to where Janet stood and then smacked the hell out of her as Jamie and Marshall had to move quickly to grab her, holding her back from hitting Janet again.

“You bitch!”  Lynn snapped, fuming mad as she struggled to get away from Jamie and Marshall as the nurse returned.

“There’s too much noise in here, I’m calling security,” the nurse stated, standing in the doorway to the room.

“Lynn, you need to calm down,” Jamie stated as he tried to hold Lynn back from hitting Janet again.

“Please stop Mom,” Justin begged as he slid out of the bed and got into his wheelchair.  “Please stop fighting.”

“Look at him, I’m right, can’t you see that!”  Janet snapped, pointing at Justin.  “Do you actually see yourself being with someone like him Nick?  Speak to me son.”

“Yes Mom, I do see myself being with him,” Nick answered for the first time, since he’d been in Justin’s room.  “He’s nice to me.  He’s making me happy right now.”

“How in the hell is he making you happy?  He can’t walk!”  Janet snapped, walking over to Nick as she pointed at Justin.

“He’s not Brian, he’s not Jacob and he’s definitely not James,” Nick stated as he looked up at Janet.  “I can feel it.  Justin’s different.  I don’t believe he’ll hurt me, not like they did.”

“Of course he’s different, he can’t walk away from you like the others did,” Janet said, shaking her head.  “Please tell me this isn’t a pity relationship.”

“Thank you Mrs. Canton,” Justin stated as he wheeled out of the room.

“Justin, Justin wait, please don’t go,” Nick said as he got up. “Thanks Mom, thank you very fucking much!”

“What in the hell is wrong with you?”  Lynn asked as she got away from Jamie and Marshall.  “There must be something wrong in that blond head of yours!  Do you realize what you’ve done?”

“I don’t really care,” Janet said as Lynn shook her head and then hauled off and smacked her in the face again.

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – Warning Signs

Feb 29, 1996 – Somewhere in Twin City, GA

JT’s POV

“Yes!  I am powerful again!”  I screamed, feeling my body warming up from the cold I’d been subjected too for too long.

“Ah J,” A’Mora spoke, frowning when I floated over to where my captor floated near the ceiling.  “Ah J, what are…”

“Who in the hell are you?”  I asked, my body growing in size as I felt my fingers tingling, the chill that was on them, now gone.  “Who in the hell are you damn it?”

“Ahhhh!”  The man screamed as I shook my head, using my powers to transform my hand into a Gryphon’s claw as I grabbed him, holding him tight.

“Who are you damn it!”  I screamed, grabbing him by the throat with my other hand, pulling him close to me as the expression on his face told me all that I needed to know.

“J stop, you’re going to kill him!”  A’Mora screamed out.

“Pamela… Ashley… Please tell me that you two don’t know this man,” I said, throwing the guy down to the floor as I used my mental powers and zapped his mind.  “You both know this man?  You knew he was capable of this crap and you didn’t tell me, why?”

“We didn’t know this Timmy,” Pamela spoke with a frown on her face.

“Enough!”  I screamed, raising my hands as psychic fire surrounded my body.

“Uh oh,” A’Mora said, shaking her head.  “J, stop this, enough is enough already.”

“No!  I’ve just begun!”  I screamed, lashing out with my pyrokinetic powers, setting the place on fire.  These fools won’t be using this place to torture anyone else.

“Oh God, we have to get out of here!  This place is going to come down!”  Kevin yelled as he looked around.

“We gotta get these people out of here!”  Pamela yelled.

“No, leave them!”  I snapped, floating towards Pamela as she backed away as I used my telepathy, locking onto her, Ashley, A’Mora and Kevin as I teleported all of us out of there, heading to the one responsible for this travesty.

Somewhere in Swainsboro, GA – The Home of Mother Divine

(<PAMPH>)

“You!”  JT screamed as he and his passengers appeared in a burst of light as he stepped close to Mother Divine.

“Momma, look out!”  Pamela screamed as JT lashed out with his telekinetic powers, knocking Pamela down to the floor.

“Oh God, he’s gone mad!”  A’Mora screamed, waving her hand as her clothing changed into her costume.  ‘We have to do something to stop him.  Brett, I need you to get Hank, Barbara and the others… I need your help!’

“What in the world is going on here?”  Mother Divine asked, trying to get away from JT.

“Saturn!  Mind and Soul Shock!”  JT screamed, floating into the air as his body spun around in a circle as a sphere of energy projected from his body, blasting Mother Divine, knocking her backwards to the floor.

“Divine!  Might of Spite!”  Mother Divine screamed, using her powers to shield herself from JT’s attack.

“Saturn!  Psi-Sonic Reflection!”  JT screamed as psychic and sonic energy blasted Mother Divine, pushing her body backwards as she held up what looked like a book, shielding herself from JT’s attack.  “Fine, I know how to stop you permanently!”

“JT, don’t!”  Kevin screamed.

“Saturn!”  JT screamed as he reached behind his back, grabbing for air as he held his hand up as his scepter materialized in his hand.

“JT, don’t do this!”  Kevin screamed again.

“Saturn!  Cosmic Power Ignite!”  JT screamed as his body glowed brightly as ribbon and energy flared around his body as he held the scepter high above his body.  “Saturn!  Silent World!”

“No!”  Everyone screamed as JT floated higher in the room, his powers blowing the roof off the house as cosmic energy poured from his body and scepter, raining down on Mother Divine and everyone near her.

(<PAMPH>)

“My child, what have you unleashed?”  They all heard as things around them stopped moving.

“Oh my God, we’re all going to die, he’s killed us all!”  Pamela screamed, falling to the floor, covering her head.

“What’s happening?  It’s like everything’s frozen and not moving,” Kevin spoke as he looked around the room, trying to touch debris that was frozen in mid-air.

“No!  You can’t do this to me!  She’s supposed to die damn it!”  JT screamed, shaking his head.  “You can’t stop me, you just can’t!”

“Please child, the energies you’ve released will extinguish this world,” they all heard as Guardian Hephzibah appeared above all of them in the clouds, her body shrinking down to the size of giant as she grabbed JT, taking his scepter from his hand.

“I don’t care about this damn world being extinguished!”  JT screamed as he struggled to get his scepter from Guardian Hephzibah.

“Still the fires of your mind and heart child.  Think about what you’ve done here child,” Guardian Hephzibah spoke.

“I already thought about it; she needs to die!”  JT screamed as the tears streamed down his face.  “She tried to kill me!  She almost killed me!”

“My child, that’s neither here nor there,” Guardian Hephzibah stated as she held JT in her hand.

“She tried to kill me!  If they hadn’t found me when they had, who knows what those damn people would’ve done to me!  She—she cast a spell and got rid of my powers!  I couldn’t save myself from those people!  I couldn’t save myself!  She meant for those people to kill me!”  JT screamed as there was a burst of light as Necroloque appeared.

“Child, what you’ve done here can’t be allowed to continue.  This must be reversed at all costs,” Guardian Hephzibah stated as her eyes glowed.

“No!”  JT screamed as he disappeared from Guardian Hephzibah’s hand and then reappeared on the floor with scepter in hand as he drew back to swing the scepter at Mother Divine.  “Soul Eternal…”

“No Timmy, you can’t do this,” Necroloque stated, waving his hand in JT’s direction, causing JT to fall to his knees, totally out cold.

“What did you do to him?”  Kevin asked, moving closer to where JT was.

“He’s currently asleep,” Necroloque answered, his eyes glowing brightly.  “He’ll be fine later on.  This is a tragedy that must not be allowed to continue.”

“You don’t say,” A’Mora stated as Necroloque looked at her strangely.  “You people sure do know how to screw up somebody’s mind.”

“This is a Legacy matter and you are not a part of it,” Necroloque stated as he looked over at A’Mora.

“Sometimes I wonder why he would want to be a part of something that tried to kill him,” A’Mora stated, shaking her head as Kevin gestured with his hand, trying to stop A’Mora.

“Because one thought that way, it doesn’t mean we all do,” Necroloque stated as he waved his hand in A’Mora’s direction as she disappeared from the room.  “It would be in your best interest not to say anything here Legacy Pluto, as I am not in the mood to deal with you right now either.”

“Yes sir,” Kevin replied, bowing his head as he looked down.

“Get him to safety and when he awakens, he’ll feel at peace,” Necroloque stated with a frown on his face.

“I don’t think that’ll be the case.  I think he’s going to hold onto this hurt and pain for a very long time,” Kevin stated as a few tears fell from his eyes.

“I’m sure he will, but right now, we’re stopping the world from ending because of his actions and her hatred… and sadness,” Necroloque spoke as he turned around as he and Guardian Hephzibah disappeared.

“Mother Divine, you’ve avoided death today,” Kevin said as he knelt down close to JT, waved his hand as he and JT disappeared from the room, leaving Pamela and Ashley alone with Mother Divine.

“Momma, what in the world were you thinking?”  Pamela asked, looking at Mother Divine closely.

“I was trying to save his soul.  I was trying to keep him from going to hell,” Mother Divine stated as Pamela and Ashley both shook their heads.

“Yeah, I think you’ve caused a bigger problem, than just trying to save his soul Momma,” Pamela stated with a frown.  “I don’t think this is over with.  I love you Momma, but what you did was wrong.  Like he said, they almost killed him.”

“They didn’t kill him,” Mother Divine spoke.  “They were only…”

“Momma, when I saw the images in his mind of what was going on with him when we finally located him, I was shocked that he was still alive!”  Pamela screamed as she threw her hands up.

“They weren’t going to kill him, just make him see the error of his ways,” Mother Divine stated as she shook her head and then looked around.  “Being with those—those men have corrupted his soul and for him to be an angel, he can’t be that way.”

“They nearly kill him, the reason he came here and tried to kill you Momma!”  Ashley snapped, throwing her hands up also.  “Don’t you understand that?”

“As I said, they weren’t going to kill him,” Mother Divine said as she turned her back to Ashley, walking over to a mirror in the room as she waved her hand in front of it, viewing the reflection that showed where JT and Kevin had teleported off to.  “He’s with Kevin again.  I thought they were over.”

“They were over, but it seems your actions have brought them back together,” Pamela stated, looking at Mother Divine strangely.  “Kevin hadn’t been with Timmy in a long time.  The only time Kevin would be around is when he was needed as Legacy Pluto and nothing more than that.  Kevin moved on with his life, but your hatred here has pushed him right back to Timmy, so you only have yourself to blame for sending his soul back to hell, as you see it!”

“How dare you talk to me like that!”  Mother Divine snapped, pointing her finger in Pamela’s face.

“It’s about time that someone did,” Pamela said as she turned away from Mother Divine.  “I’m leaving!”

“What?  What do you mean?”  Mother Divine asked.

“It means that I’m getting out of here to go somewhere else.  If you’ll do something like that to a man that you call your son, I wonder what you’ll do to me,” Pamela stated as she shook her head and then waved her finger in a ‘Z’ formation, creating a dimensional portal as she sighed and then jumped through it.

“I guess you’re going to leave too,” Mother Divine said as she looked over at Ashley and then back at the mirror’s reflection as Ashley walked out of the room.  “I was only doing what I thought was right.  I was just trying to save his soul.  I didn’t want my baby boy going to hell for his sinful ways.”

Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Combat Room

(<PAMPH>)

“Whoa!  I could’ve seriously hurt you,” Hank said, floating down to where A’Mora appeared on the floor in the room.  “Why would you teleport in here?”

“I didn’t teleport myself here, JT’s uncle did it,” A’Mora replied with a frown.

“So, you guys were able to find him?”  Hank asked as A’Mora nodded her head.  “So, where was he been held up lately?”

“That’s a long story,” A’Mora replied as Hank looked at her.  “Okay, it seems he was in some place in Georgia at a de-gaying camp.”

“He was at a de-gaying camp?  What?”  Hank said, shaking his head as he looked at A’Mora strangely.

“Yeah, someone arranged for him to go to this place to have the gay demon removed from his body,” A’Mora stated as Hank shook his head.

“So, he was at that place all this time?”  Hank asked as A’Mora nodded her head.

“Yeah, pretty much,” A’Mora stated with a frown.  “Someone kidnapped him and held him prisoner at the place where we found him.  They nearly killed him.  When we finally connected with his mind, the images that I saw, I don’t know how he survived the ice baths, the constant dunking his body into the water, the electro-shock stuff on his nipples and balls and the beating.”

“What?  He has power, he could’ve survived…” Hank said as A’Mora shook her head.  “What’re you shaking your head for?”

“No, he couldn’t have survived, he was powerless, no powers what-so-ever,” A’Mora stated as Hank looked at her strangely.  “There was a magical spell on him, keeping him from using any of his powers.  He was helpless as a baby.”

“So, what happened next?”  Hank asked, looking over at A’Mora.

“His sisters got him free, I used my powers to get rid of the magical spell that was on him, blocking him from using his powers and then he set the place on fire and when we left,” A’Mora stated with a frown.

“Why do I feel like you’re leaving something out, like that part that tells how you ended up in here, claiming that JT’s uncle teleported you here,” Hank stated as he looked at A’Mora as he crossed his arms across his chest.

“We appeared at his mom’s house and he tried to kill her!”  A’Mora screamed.

“Say what?  He tried to off his mom?”  Hank asked, shaking his head.  “That’s some fucked up shit!”

“Well considering that she tried to have him de-gayed and all,” A’Mora said as she looked down.  “If I was in his shoes, I don’t know what I would’ve done.  The person he trusted most with his life, used her powers against him, so someone else could hurt him.  What would you have done Hank?”

“I don’t know what I would do.  I can’t believe it was his own mother though,” Hank said as he shook his head.  “Where is he right now?”

“I don’t know,” A’Mora replied with a frown.  “His uncle whisked me out of there in a hurry.”

“And that’s how you ended up here, with me almost clobbering you,” Hank said as A’Mora nodded her head as he turned around.  “I guess we can ask Kevin when he comes back.”

“That’s if he comes back,” A’Mora stated with a frown as she looked down.  “Kevin’s a changed…”

“A changed what, man?  Why wouldn’t he come back here?  He’s still part of the team and some of us like him, even if he’s not dating JT,” Hank stated as A’Mora shook her head again.

“You already got a man,” A’Mora stated as Hank stopped moving and then sighed.  “Hank…”

“Lance dumped me,” Hank replied as he continued walking towards the door.

“What?  Why would he do something like that?  A few days ago, you two were talking about something long term,” A’Mora stated as Hank shook his head.

“I—I showed him what I truly look like and he—he screamed, threw up and then ran out of the room,” Hank stated as A’Mora looked at him strangely.  “I haven’t seen him since then.”

“Hank, what are you talking about?”  A’Mora asked, walking up behind Hank, placing a hand on his shoulder as he jerked away from her.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Hank stated as A’Mora frowned as he walked out of the room, bumping into Donna James as he went.

“Okay, what just happened girl?”  Donna asked, walking over to where A’Mora stood.

“Just some minor drama with Hank is all,” A’Mora replied with a frown as she turned around.

“Have you seen JT?”  Donna asked, looking at A’Mora closely.  “A’Mora, are you okay?”

“I’m okay, just not feeling the best,” A’Mora stated, turning around.  “I have no clues as to where JT is right now.  The last time I saw him, he was in Georgia, trying to kill his mother.”

“What!”  Donna screamed, her eyes glowing brightly as a few items in the room floated off the floor.

“Donna, calm down!”  A’Mora exclaimed, grabbing Donna’s hand.  “Get a hold of yourself and control your powers!”

“Why in the world would JT be trying to kill his mother?”  Donna asked as her eyes stopped glowing.

“She had him kidnapped,” A’Mora answered as Donna looked at her strangely.  “She had him kidnapped and taken to one of those places where the people try to cure a person of being gay.”

“What!”  Donna screamed again as A’Mora sighed.

“So, myself, along with Kevin, Super Girl and Vogue had to pool our mental powers together to try and find him.  His mother placed a spell on him that rendered him powerless and no one was able to mentally locate him.  The spell was so strong, even the computer wasn’t able to locate him,” A’Mora explained as Donna shook her head as her eyes crackled with energy as things in the room banged against the wall.

“That woman has gone too far this time.  It was one thing when she used to keep him from his father, but going as far as having him kidnapped and trying to cure him of being gay just takes the damn cake!”  Donna screamed as a few more items in the room floated off the floor and then crashed into the wall.

“Donna, if you don’t calm down, you’re going to destroy all the equipment in this room,” A’Mora stated as Donna sighed and then shook her head as some tears slid down her face.

“I’m sure that caused a big problem,” Donna said as she turned around.  “I came to work out, but I think I’ll go lay down now.  I have a feeling that the coming days are going to be bad.”

“Okay, take it easy girl,” A’Mora said as she patted Donna on the back and then walked out of the room.  “I have a feeling that she’s totally right about that.  I don’t think things with JT and his mom are over and done with.  With all that I saw, I’m sure there will be more.”

Somewhere in Georgia – A Lone Cabin in the Woods

“Hi there,” Kevin spoke as JT opened his eyes and then looked up at him as the two of them lay in bed.  “You’re okay… everything’s okay buddy.”

“Everything’s not okay buddy,” JT sarcastically said as he slid away from Kevin on the bed and then got up.  “Where are we?”

“You already know where we are,” Kevin replied, looking away from JT.

“Why are we here?”  JT asked, folding his arms across his chest as he looked down at the floor.  “Why did you bring me here?”

“This is where I’ve been and I thought you would…” Kevin stated as JT held up a hand, stopping him.

“Why Kevin?  Why this place?”  JT asked as he sighed.  “Why bring me to a place where I…”

“I’m sorry,” Kevin said as he sighed.  “At the time, I didn’t know we were going to end up here. I keep forgetting that transportation spell takes you back to where you came from.”

“So much for you being sorry Kevin,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “You cheated on me with some damn woman here!”

“I didn’t cheat on you, you left me, remember,” Kevin said as he turned around to face JT.  “I wasn’t the one that left, you did!”

“I left because you told me that you couldn’t do this anymore,” JT stated as he shook his head.

“I was tired of lying to myself, my family and my friends… what little friends I had,” Kevin stated as he shook his head.  “Do you know how hard it is to be gay in a small town?”

“Hello, I grew up in the same damn town that you did, but I haven’t wavered away from being me!”  JT snapped.

“No JT, you didn’t only grow up in Swainsboro, you grew up in Jacksonville too, a place where you met most of the others and the so-called love of your life, Speedy,” Kevin said as he pointed his finger at JT.  “You cheated on me, long before I even thought about…”

“Robin, Christy, Jill, Missy and Laura,” JT said as Kevin just shook his head.  “We were best friends for a very long time and then we became lovers.  You allowed our friendship to go down the damn drain because you didn’t want those girls knowing you were associated with a so-called sissy… a sissy with enough psychic power to turn their brains to mush!”

“That’s not how it was and you know it,” Kevin said as he walked over to JT.

“Then how in the hell was it!!” JT snapped, looking Kevin in the face.  “Everything was fine between us until those girls came along in the fourth grade.  We hung out during recess every day, had lunch together and then they came along and you had no time for me.  Anytime someone wanted to find you, all they needed to do was look for one of those damn girls!”

“I spent time with you,” Kevin said as JT shook his head.

“Fighting bad guys with your ninja and samurai powers don’t count!”  JT screamed as the cabin shook.  “The only time you spent around with me was when we were fighting bad guys and then when the bad guys were gone, so were you.  You would have me send you back home to your girlfriends so things would be back to so-called normal.”

“Oh come on buddy, things between us were never normal,” Kevin stated as he grabbed JT’s hand and then pulled him close.  “I loved… love you.  I’ve always loved you, regardless of how much we fought and wherever we were on the planet.”

“You’re lying!”  JT snapped as he pushed Kevin away from him.  “If you loved me, you would never do anything to hurt me.”

“Oh, like you sleeping with Drew didn’t hurt me!”  Kevin snapped, looking down as he balled his hands into fists.  “How do you think it feels, walking into your room to surprise you for your birthday and find you having sex with another man?”

“Now you’re just making things up,” JT stated, shaking his head.

“I’m not making things up!”  Kevin snapped, his eyes crackling with magnetic energy.

“Oh yes hell you are, because I’ve never slept with anyone on my birthday,” JT stated as he turned around.  “All of my birthdays have been spent with my mother or my father or both, but not boyfriends.  So, you didn’t surprise me on my birthday, to find me having sex with anyone!”

“I’m not going to argue with you about that, I know what I saw,” Kevin stated as he shook his head.

“I don’t care what you think you saw.  I know I didn’t sleep with Drew on my birthday, any of them,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “You trying to explain away all the times you’ve slept with women by saying it’s my fault for sleeping with Drew is a damn sham!  I wouldn’t have to sleep with Drew, if you would’ve been man enough to be my boyfriend and stop worrying about what others thought about you!”

“There it is,” Kevin said as he shook his head and then smirked.  “All of us aren’t as strong as you are Jt.  We all don’t have strong psychic shields like you do to keep us protected from harm.  Better yet, I don’t have the psychic power to change a person’s mind, especially when they get upset with me. All of us can’t use those powers to make people like us!”

“How dare you!”  JT screamed, throwing his hand up as Kevin’s body floated up off the floor and slammed into the cabin wall.

“Go ahead, beat me up,” Kevin said as he leaned up on his elbow.  “If that’ll make you feel better, go right ahead and beat me up.  Do it!”

“You are a low-down dirty rat!”  JT screamed, shaking his head as the tears streamed down his face.

“Call me what you want!”  Kevin screamed as JT shook his head and then turned around as his costume glowed as ribbon and energy flared around his body.  “JT, what are you doing?”

“I’m leaving here,” JT replied, his eyes crackling with energy as he shook his head.

“Don’t leave!”  Kevin screamed as he grabbed JT’s hand, stopping him from moving.

“No, don’t touch me!”  JT screamed, lashing out with his telekinetic powers, sending Kevin crashing into the wall again.  “There’s no reason for you to be touching me.  For all I know, I have no reasons to be around, since all I’ve done is sued my powers to make people like me!  That means no one ever really liked me in the first place.  I—I’m just a freak!  I’m a lonely freak that no one ever liked!”

“JT, stop that!”  Kevin screamed as he got up off the floor as the energy and ribbon that flared around JT’s body stopped and then collapsed upon his body, revealing a new costume.

“What is it that you want me to stop James?”  JT asked, his voice sounding cold and strange.

“What’s going on here?”  Kevin asked, looking at JT strangely.

“Why do you care James?”  JT asked, smiling evilly as he raised his hand as Kevin went crashing into the wall again.  “I hope you said your goodbyes to the Psychic Warrior, he’s now dead.  You can welcome Chaos to the world!”

“Oh God, what—what have I done?”  Kevin asked as JT smiled and then turned around as he stepped through a teleportation portal, disappearing from the cabin.

To Be Continued…