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Limbo Uprising – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 — Devastation Cometh

Jun 2, 1996 – Somewhere in Orange Park, FL

“Venus!  Heart Reflection!”  Someone screamed as a continuous beam of solar light zapped Ryan, knocking him backwards to the ground.

“Neptune!  Aqua Moon Medley!”  Someone else screamed as a strange portal-like phenomenon appeared, dumping water on Ryan, holding him down on the ground, not allowing him to get up.

(<PAMPH>)

“Great, looks like we’re just in time,” JT said as he and his comrades appeared.

“Who are they?”  Telly asked with a smile on his face.

“Not your concern Helix.  Soul Eternal Kiss!”  JT screamed, waving his hand as a sphere of energy flew towards Ryan, exploding on contact with his body.

“Well let me tell you that it hurts so bad… It makes me feel so sad… It makes me hurt so bad to see you again… Like needles and pins… People say “you’ve been making out okay… He’s in love don’t stand in his way,[1]” Diana sang as her body floated as Paul and Telly watched her.

“Why is she singing right now?”  Paul asked, looking at Telly and then over at Kayla as she shrugged her shoulders.  “I first thought she was doing that because she was connected to JT, but he’s here and he’s not singing.”

“It is possible that she could be channeling something else?”  Telly asked, looking at Diana strangely.

“Who knows, but right now, that’s not the biggest concern we have,” Kayla stated as she raised her hands quickly, using her powers to erect a shield to protect all of them as Brett, Amy, A’Mora, Hank and a strange young man appeared next to her.

“Where did they come from?”  Telly asked, looking at Kayla.  “Did you bring them here?”

“No, I have no idea where they came from and who’s that?”  Kayla asked as Celeste appeared next, her eyes crackling with energy as she flew towards Ryan.

“Don’t know what’s going on, but Malaphyion doesn’t look all that happy to be here!”  Paul yelled as JT turned quickly, moved out of the way and then waved his hand as the two young ladies that was fighting with Ryan were moved out of the way also.

“Playtime is over!”  Ryan screamed as he stood up quickly, his body glowing brightly as energy emanated all around.  “Fun and games are now over and done with!”

“Meaning what monster?”  JT asked as Necroloque appeared next to him.

“My boy, this isn’t going to end well at all,” Necroloque spoke just as Ryan gestured with his hand as energy zapped all of them, knocking everyone down to the ground.

“As I said, fun and games are over and done with,” Ryan said as he laughed.  “It’s now time that things progressed as planned.”

“We won’t let you,” JT weakly said as he tried to get up off the ground, but fell back down.  “I’m not going to let you…”

“Silly boy, you’ve already lost, there is no winning for your side,” Ryan said, laughing again.  “You should’ve listened the first time.”

“Good always triumphs over evil,” JT weakly said, falling back down to the ground.

“Tell me mirror, mirror… Mirror on the wall…  Thought you said…  You had the answer to it all…  Never told me I was gonna take a fall…  Tell me mirror, mirror… Mirror on the wall,[2]”  Diana sang as her body floated in place as the ground started to shake.

“Something’s wrong, something’s not right,” Necroloque spoke as his eyes sparkled with energy.  “No, the mirror!”

“What’s going on Uncle?”  JT weakly asked, still trying to get up off the ground as there was a flash of light near them.  “Please tell me that’s something to help us stop Ryan Hall!”

“Fool, I’m not going to be easily stopped.  With my powers and those combined with those of the mighty one, none of you pathetic fools can stop me!”  Ryan snapped as he waved his hand, projecting beams of energy all around as he continued laughing.

“Dear boy, you will be stopped!”  Ryan heard as he turned quickly, spotting an old woman near him.

“Oh come on, are you people serious?  You’ve resorted to sending little old ladies to fight your battles?”  Ryan asked, looking around as he shook his head and then laughed again.  “Is this some kind of joke?  You fools must be kidding me here!”

“Sometimes child, appearances can be deceiving,” the person spoke as Ryan shook his head as he held out his hand, projecting beams of energy at the woman as she held up her hand quickly.

“What is this!”  Ryan screamed.

“Mite of Spite!”  The woman screamed, holding up what looked like a book, using it to deflect the energy projected at her by Ryan.

“No, it can’t be,” JT weakly said, sighing as he shook his head.  “It can’t be her, what is she doing here Uncle?”

“This must be some kind of joke,” Ryan said, holding both hands up, projecting a continuous beam of energy at the woman.

“I can keep this up as long as you can child,” the woman said, continuing to hold up the book.  “I’ll do you one better though, Sash of Suffering!”

“It’s her!”  JT screamed, disappearing from the ground and then reappearing near the woman with scepter in hand.  “This is all your fault!  Silly woman, you didn’t think I noticed your psychic signature in Limbo, while I was there!  All of this is your doing, you evil witch!”

“No!  This isn’t my fault!”  The woman screamed as JT shook his head and then drew back with his scepter, preparing to strike her as Celeste aimed a beam of magical energy at him, knocking him down to the ground.

“No Psychic Warrior, leave her be, she’s helping us!  We can use all the help with can get right now, against this monster!”  Celeste screamed as Hank, A’Mora and Brett got up off the ground.

“Is that… Oh no, it’s his mom,” Hank said, shaking his head.

“How dare you Malaphyion!”  JT screamed as he got up off the ground and then waved his hand as his scepter flew from the ground, entering his hand.

“We don’t have time for this petty squabbling, that monster is trying to destroy this plane of existence!”  Celeste screamed as she was able to get up off the ground.

“This world is surely doomed now!”  JT snapped, shaking his head.  “Mother Divine’s actions here are not for our victory, but for her own!  Everything she does has a secret undertone to it!  She never does anything for others, always for one of her own plans!”

“Dude, that’s your mom,” Hank said as JT shook his head.

“She’s not my mother, she’s just a person I used to know,” JT stated as he floated towards Necroloque as Ryan zapped him with a magical energy beam, knocking him to the ground.

“Another score for me!”  Ryan exclaimed, laughing as JT lay on the ground.

“Sir, what is he talking about?”  A’Mora asked, using her powers quickly to deflect a stray beam of energy from Ryan.

“From what I can understand, he’s saying that the old woman there is responsible for all of this,” Paul said as he pressed a button on his armor.  “I don’t know the lady and all, but I can say, that she’s exhibiting some funky energy levels right now and they match the kid’s energy levels.”

“Meaning what Golem?”  A’Mora asked, looking around at Paul.

“Meaning that she’s using the same powers he is,” Paul answered as he pressed another button on his armor as his faceplate closed.  “We might want to heed Psychic Warrior’s words and take action against her!”

“I am not responsible for this!  I would never do anything to harm…” the woman said as JT got up off the ground and then shook his head.

“I’m really getting tired of people taking pop-shots at me,” JT said as he dusted off his clothes.  “You want to run that line on anyone else Mother Divine?”

“You can’t blame this on me!”  The woman screamed as she projected a beam of energy at Ryan, holding him against a wall.

“Yeah, like I can’t officially blame you for stealing my powers, having me kidnapped by people and having said people trying to kill me!”  JT snapped as his scepter glowed brightly in his hand.  “I’ve had enough of all of this!”

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – A Cavern Far from Castle Limbo

“Come forth my liege and rejoin your most sacred, here in the chosen path,” a young man spoke as he stood in front of an altar, holding a book in one hand and a crystal-like orb in the other as the ground started to rumble and shake as the visual features of his face changed, making him look like a demonic creature and then returned back to normal.  “My liege, your followers await you here, waiting for your commands.  Come forth my liege and…”

The crystal-like orb that the young man held in his hand, glowed brightly as the ground continued to rumble and shake.  An eerie ambient light filled the cavern, enveloping the young man in a glow that made him seen transparent.  The light clearing, the shadows in various places in the area converged on one spot on the ground, taking the form of what looked like a man.

“Welcome back my liege,” the young man said with a smile as he placed the book on the altar and then stepped forward as the form of the man became clearer.  “I await your every command sire.”

“Where am I?  What am I doing here boy?”  The man asked, looking around the area.  “Is this place hell?”

“Somewhat my liege,” the young man answered as he bowed his head and knelt down on one knee, showing respect to the man.  “To answer your question, the chosen one of this realm has been weakened and you can now, with my aid, take back what was once yours.”

“Take back what was once mine?  What do you speak of boy?”  The man asked.

“You can regain control of this realm and the power that goes with it,” the young man replied, standing back up as the man turned slightly and then hauled off, smacking him across the face, knocking him down to the ground.  “My liege!”

“You stupid fool!  You disturbed my slumber for some silly ploy to try to take this realm from destiny, are you mad?”  The man asked as the young man looked up at him with wide eyes.  “You can’t go against destiny boy, you will always lose!  If that’s what you brought me back here for, it was a waste of your power, your time and the use of your misbegotten soul!”

“But my liege, there is a chance that this place…” the young man spoke as the man turned around, moving away from his original spot as his body started to fizzle, seeming to cause him pain.  “You’re not completely whole as of yet.”

“What the hell was that?”  The man asked, moving back to where he originally was as the dissipation of his body stopped.

“It seems you need more of my spirit to maintain cohesion of your body,” the young man said with a smile on his face.

“I would prefer you sent me back to…” the man spoke as the young man interrupted him.

“Not yet, we have things to do.  When I’m done with you, then I’ll return you back, since you don’t want to reclaim what should rightfully be yours,” the young man stated with a sly grin on his face.

“What are these things you want done?”  The man asked, looking at the young man strangely.

“Simple, you’re going to help me get all that I want,” the young man replied as he walked back over to the altar and picked up the book he previously had.  “You’re going to help me obtain the powers of this realm and to help me get rid some annoyances I call family.”

“How am I going to do that?”  The man asked as the young man smiled and then waved a hand at him as the man’s body glowed brightly, his skin-tone, hair and eye color and body mass changing.

“Now that you look like my father, you’re going to Earth and you’re going to take out a few do-gooders that think they can win the good fight,” the young man said with a smile as he flipped some pages in the book and then grabbed the crystal-like orb again as he motioned with the orb over the book as a strange portal-like phenomenon appeared in the area.  “Step through there and go do my bidding.  Once you’ve done what I want, I’ll give you what you want.”

“Fine,” the man said as he stepped through the portal, disappearing.

Jun 3, 1996 – A Yacht off the Coast of Atlantic Beach, FL

“Why are we hiding out on a damn boat?”  Paul asked as he and a few of his friends sat around a table on the yacht’s deck.  “We should be out there, kicking that kid’s ass, not sitting here, sulking or whatever the fuck it is we’re doing right now.”

“We’re not sulking, we’re taking a breather,” Telly responded as he looked at Paul strangely.  “What’s gotten into you man?  Since we’ve been here, you’ve been acting like—like a spoiled baby.”

“I’m not acting like a spoiled baby!  You guys are acting like wimps!”  Paul snapped as he stood up.  “We should be with the others, kicking ass, not here, sitting on our damn asses, doing nothing!”

“No, we should be right here, staying out of the way,” Telly stated as he shook his head.  “The big dawgs are handling things, let them do what they need to do.”

“It sounds like you’re calling the rest of us little pussies or something!”  Paul snapped as he stepped closer to Telly, getting closer to his face.  “I can handle my own in a damn fight!”

“Alright, cool it you two,” Brett said with a frown.

“No, I’m not about to cool anything!”  Paul snapped, pointing his finger at Brett.  “Are you on his side too?”

“I’m on nobody’s side in this,” Brett replied with a sigh.  “There’s no need for us getting all in an uproar, for no apparent reason.  We should be resting up and staying alert, just in case we’re needed.”

“That’s the point man, we are needed!  That kid is probably kicking their asses all over the damn place and here we are, sitting on our damn asses, doing nothing!”  Paul snapped as he shook his head and then turned his back to Telly and Brett.  “Hank, what do you think about all of this?  Do you think we should be here, hiding out or with the others, fighting?”

“I think I don’t want to get into the middle of that argument,” Hank replied as he got up from the table and then walked to the other side of the deck.

“What about you Tamara?  Benji?”  Paul spoke as he looked at two of his other friends.

“Paul, let this go dude,” Benjamin spoke, getting up and walking over to where Paul stood and patting him on the shoulder.  “The super magical people are doing the fighting right now.  Let them get things done and when they need us, they’ll call us.”

“It’s not all about damn magic and shit!”  Paul snapped as he shook his head and then sighed.

“Yes it is Paul,” Tamara stated as she stood up from the table.  “The others are fighting a creature of magic, which is something we can’t do, we don’t have magical powers.  What can our powers really accomplish against a being of pure magic?”

“We can still kick some ass,” Paul stated as Tamara shook her head.

“The right people for that sort of thing is fighting right now.  We’re doing our part in things, we’re waiting for them to call on us, if they need to buddy,” Tamara stated as she placed a hand on Paul’s shoulder.  “That in no way means that we’re weaker or lesser beings, it’s just that our powers wouldn’t be of any use against…”

“I understand what you’re saying and all, but I think all of us could be beneficial to the big picture,” Paul said as an alarm started buzzing on his armor.  “Something’s up guys, be on the lookout!”

“What is your armor detecting?”  Brett asked, moving closer to Paul.

“Something is heading this way, fast!”  Paul yelled as he pressed a button on his armor as he vanished.  “Scatter!”

“Evasive maneuvers guys!”  Brett yelled as all of them left the yacht in their own way.

A Few Miles Away

(<BOOOOOM>)

“Are you okay?”  Necroloque asked, landing on the ground next to where JT lay.

“I’m fine Uncle, don’t worry about me, get to Malaphyion, Phantasma and Illusioness!”  JT snapped as he faded away as Necroloque vanished.

“You pathetic fools!”  Ryan screamed as his body grew in size.  “I’m tired of this game playing!”

“We’re tired of it too!”  Celeste yelled as Kayla appeared next to her.  “Soul to soul, heart to heart, stop this thing, leaving no part!”

“Oh that’s never going to work!”  Kayla stated as she flew into the air, projecting beams of magical energy at Ryan’s body.  “We’ve been at this for only the Fate’s know how long.  We can’t keep going like this!”

“You have a point, but what can we do?”  Celeste asked as she looked around.  “I have no idea where this creep is getting so much power.”

“Something’s got to give,” JT stated as he appeared in the air next to Kayla.  “The kid isn’t that powerful and Celestus’ power shouldn’t be like this.  There has to be something fueling this kid’s powers, but what?”

“Your guess is good as mine,” Kayla stated as Ryan’s foot came crashing down to the ground, creating a dust storm, darkening the area.  “This is ridiculous!”

“Yeah, I’ll say it is,” JT responded as he shook his head as he waved his hand, using his powers, trying to clear the air around them to see.  “Uncle, I have a question?”

“What is it my boy?”  Necroloque asked.

“Is it possible that Ryan is drawing his powers and energy from Limbo?”  JT asked, looking at Necroloque strangely.  “Being that all of this started there, is it possible that…”

“It could be possible, but you would all be wrong!”  They all heard as JT turned around quickly.  “Mr. Hall!”

“Who?”  Necroloque asked, moving quickly to avoid the person that was near.

“You all will die now!”  The man yelled as his eyes crackled with energy.  “Starting with you, the enemy of my enemy!”

“Say what!”  JT snapped, holding his hand up, using his powers to create a shield of magical energy, deflecting the man’s attack, but barely.  “Mr. Hall, what has gotten into you?”

“You shall die now!”  The man yelled, lunging at JT again, striking his shield with a beam of energy, causing it to ricochet and strike Celeste.

“Owwww!”  Celeste screamed out, her body falling towards the ground as Necroloque took off to catch her.

“Mr. Hall, I don’t know what’s going on here, but you need to stop!”  JT screamed, holding up both of his hands in front of the man.  “I… I didn’t know you had powers.”

“Not your place to know!”  The man yelled as his hands glowed brightly with energy as he started attacking JT again, striking his shield as sparks flew in various directions.

“What’s going on here?  Who is this guy?”  A’Mora asked, looking at the man and then at JT as she gestured with her hand, using her powers to wrap the man up in eldritch chains.

“If I’m not mistaken, this is Mitchell Hall, Rebekah Hall’s husband,” JT stated as A’Mora’s eyes widened as she looked at the man strangely.

“Wait a minute, I thought Diana and Donna’s father was dead,” A’Mora stated with a frown on her face.

“I thought so too, but maybe things aren’t as they seem in the land of magic,” JT stated as he turned quickly, using his powers to deflect an attack from Ryan.  “Now we’re under a two-pronged attack!”

“Yeah, is this crap going to get any better?”  Celeste asked as she and Necroloque walked over to where JT and A’Mora stood.

“Until we find a good way to stop Ryan, Celestus and now his father, I don’t think so,” JT stated as he shook his head and then sighed.

To Be Continued…

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

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

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Limbo Uprising – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 — Family Matters, Not!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What you two talking about?”  Telly asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<SPLINGK>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<PAMPH>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Calling out, how?”  Rebekah asked.

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

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

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

To Be Continued…


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

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

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

[4] Song Excerpt = Nobody Knows Me by Madonna

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 — This Mortal Coil Undone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<PAMPH>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<PAMPH>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued…

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – Disturbing Behavior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Second Level – The Food Court

Hank’s POV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Few Miles Away – The Roof of a Nearby Hotel

(<PAMPH>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What do you mean?”  Tara asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Land – The Jacksonville Landing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Is there something wrong Onyx?”  Amy asked.

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

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

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

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

= Phasing Girl, what’s your twenty? =

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

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

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

To Be Continued…

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 — Definition of Royalty

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

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

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

(<PAMPH>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What’s going on Uncle?”  JT asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You act like you’re so damn important,” Ryan stated as he got up off the floor and then rubbed at his head.  “Who says I was spying on you?”

“Well who in the hell else were you spying on, if you weren’t spying on me?  Who else do you know, that I know?”  JT asked, looking at Ryan strangely.

“You’d be very surprised by that,” Ryan replied with a sly smile on his face.

“I don’t have time for the game you’re trying to play here,” JT stated as he reached behind his back again, grabbing for air as his scepter appeared.  “I’m going to put an end to you and make sure that you don’t plague me ever again.”

“Didn’t you do that already,” Ryan stated as he looked at JT.  “You did that already and yet, here I am, plaguing you again.  Haven’t you figured it out already, you can’t get rid of me.”

“I can’t get rid of you,” JT said as he shook his head.

“Remember what happened the last time you tried to get rid of me,” Ryan stated as he smiled.  “You stabbed me in the forehead with your sword!”

“Yeah, I did and your point,” JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy.

“And what happened to you in the process of doing that?”  Ryan asked, smirking at JT.

“My transformation melted away and I almost died, mainly because someone in your family, cast a spell on me, to tie your soul to mine, so whatever I did to you, I would do to myself,” JT explained as Tara’s eyes widened.

“This is getting drawn too far out,” Tara stated as she looked over at JT.  “Where did that monster go?”

“That’s something I can’t say,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I don’t even think he knows, since I wasn’t able to see it in his head.”

“Time’s a wasting here,” Tara stated as she shook her head.  “We need to stop that thing, before it hurts somebody.  We can deal with this child later on.”

“True, we do need to stop Celestus, but that’s something we can’t do, if we don’t know where he could possibly be,” JT stated as Ryan laughed and then tapped his foot on the ground as another strange phenomenon appeared as he jumped through it quickly, disappearing from the area.  “What the hell!”

“Now he’s gone,” Tara stated as she shook her head.  “Do you happen to know where he’s going?”

“I am not able to see anything outside of Limbo, now that my mirror has been broken,” JT stated as he sighed.  “The only way I’m going to see anything out of here, is for me to leave here.”

“Then what are you waiting for, let’s go,” Tara stated as she looked at JT strangely as Necroloque stepped over to JT.

“She has a point my boy.  You need to go find Celestus and that child and put a stop to whatever they are trying to do.  While you do that, I’ll see how Divine ties into things and I’ll join you two later on.”

“Fine,” JT stated as he looked at Tara, took her hand and then snapped his fingers as the two of them disappeared.

To Be Continued…


[1]Latin Translation = Saturn!  Soul Eternal, Change Up!

Limbo Uprising – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 — Home Coming

Mar 16, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – The X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary

“Oh God, I didn’t think I could do it,” JT spoke, floating down to the floor as his costume changed to his regular clothes and his scepter disappeared as Tara rushed over to where he stood.

“Are you okay JT?”  Tara asked, checking his body over.  “That took a lot of power and you look like…”

“I look like hell warmed over,” JT stated with a frown on his face.  “Is that what you were going to say Tara?”

“No, I was going to say that you look like you need some sleep,” Tara replied with a frown.

“Yeah, I’m tired, but I don’t know where I’m going to get sleep.  How am I supposed to sleep right now?”  JT asked, looking around.  “It’s going to take some time to come to terms with all that’s happened here.”

“Like your uncle said, none of this was your fault JT.  You shouldn’t be dwelling on this,” A’Mora stated with a frown.

“But you know he’s going to dwell on it anyway,” Hank stated, looking over at JT.

“I have no choice but to dwell on it,” JT stated, looking down.  “This mess is my fault and there’s nothing I can do to change any of it now.  All that’s happened is stuck in the timeline and there’s nothing anyone can do to change it, to the way it should be.”

“Change it to the way it should be… What are you talking about J?”  Tara asked, looking at JT strangely.

“I’m talking about Donna being here.  She’s supposed to be here, with the rest of us, not dead.  She was supposed to be here to live her life, to have a family, to have a successful career.  She was supposed to…”

“From what has been said already, all we can really do is move on with our lives JT.  There’s nothing we can really do about Donna’s actions,” Tara stated as she looked down.

“Those were not Donna’s actions, it was the demonphage’s actions!”  JT snapped as the area around them shook.  “If it hadn’t removed the power blockers from her mind, that restricted her powers, she would still be here now!”

“Calm down J,” Drew stated as he walked up to JT and rubbed his back.

“I’m not going to calm down!”  JT snapped, jerking away from Drew’s touch.  “One of my friends, your friend too, killed themselves because of something I could’ve stopped!”

“How could you have stopped the demonphage JT?”  Drew asked, looking at JT strangely.  “You’re powerful, but you’re not that powerful JT.  You’re not God.”

“I never said I was God,” JT stated, turning away from Drew.

“No, you didn’t say it, but sometimes you act as if you are,” Drew stated as he folded his arms across his chest.  “You can’t control everything that goes on in the world JT.”

“I do no such thing,” JT stated as he turned back towards Drew, glaring at him.

“Come off it JT, you’ve been acting that way since I’ve known you,” Hank stated as he stepped up behind Drew.  “You know you have power and you’ve always done everything you can to display that power to the rest of us and the people we’ve taken down.  So, don’t stand there and say you don’t act like you’re God!”

“I—I’m sorry, if that’s the impression I’ve given you guys, I’m really sorry,” JT stated as he shook his head and then sighed.  “That’s another reason why I should’ve been able to do what I had planned to do moments ago.”

“No, that’s just another sign of you trying to act like you’re God!”  Hank snapped, pointing his finger at JT.  “There are things in the world that shouldn’t be controlled.  There are things in this world that even you can’t change.  Donna’s actions, ending her life is one of those things!”

“I have the power to…” JT started as Hank rolled his eyes and then sighed.

“Yep, you have the power, but did you ever use it the way it was supposed to be used?  Even though you’re a psychic with the power to see into the future, that doesn’t mean you can see the outcome of everything that’s going to happen.  You can’t control the outcome of every living being on the planet JT.  We can make our own damn decisions!”  Hank snapped, throwing his hands up.  “Everything isn’t about you always coming to the damn rescue!”

“You have a point,” JT stated as he waved his hand in the air, creating a portal as he shook his head and then flew into it as Tara shook her head and then flew in behind him as it closed.

“Hank, I think you said too much,” A’Mora stated as she looked down.

“He needed to hear it though,” Hank replied, looking down as he shook his head.  “Besides, you all were thinking the same thing I was, go on and admit it.”

“He might have needed to hear that, but he didn’t need to hear it the way it was delivered,” Drew stated, looking down.  “I guess we have to wait until he calms down for him to come back.”

“I guess so,” A’Mora replied, looking around.  “Who wants to start the clean-up process?”

“You all can be my guest,” Hank replied, making a move towards the door as Drew grabbed him by the arm, stopping him.  “Damn it, I was so close.”

“If we have to clean up this place, so do you,” Drew stated as he sighed and then walked out of the room.

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

“I thought after he took back his power and the world continued, things would be different, but as you can see, things are not,” Necroloque spoke as he walked past a mirror with Mother Divine’s reflection in it.  “Things in the real world will never be alright for my boy.  Do you see what your actions have done?”

“No Sidney, nothing I did was responsible for any of that,” Mother Divine spoke as Necroloque looked at the scrying glass and then snapped his fingers as the images changed.

“You have a point there.  I can’t blame everything Chaos did on your actions, but I can contribute most of what it did to your meddling in Timmy’s life,” Necroloque stated as he shook his head.  “So, what do I do with you now?  I can’t hold you in that mirror for…”

“No, you can’t hold me in this mirror forever, trapped like this brother,” Mother Divine stated as her eyes glowed an eerie purple color.  “You will pay dearly for entrapping me this way.”

“Remember sister, I reign supreme here, not you,” Necroloque spoke as his eyes crackled with energy.  “You are just a visitor to this realm, keep that in mind.”

“I may be a visitor here, but my powers will set me free and when they do,” Mother Divine spoke as the castle walls shook.  “What’s happening?”

“I don’t know, but that shouldn’t be your main concern right now,” Necroloque spoke as there was a flash of light in the area as things seemed to fade in and out around them as new walls appeared around himself and Mother Divine, blocking them from the rest of the castle.

(<PAMPH>)

“Where are we JT?”  Tara asked as she looked around the area as she covered her mouth.

“Limbo,” JT answered as he looked around and then sighed as he waved his hand as another portal appeared.  “You’re leaving here Tara.”

“Nope, I’m not leaving here JT.  You might as well hang that idea up,” Tara stated as she looked at him as if he were crazy.  “If you’re not with me when I go, I’m not going anywhere.  If I go damn it, you go!”

“I’m not going anywhere and you can’t stay here in this domain,” JT stated as he looked around again.

“What happened to this place JT?”  Tara asked as she looked around again.  “It looks like a battle took place here.”

“I—I don’t remember this happening while I was trying to leave here,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I don’t think I did all of this.”

“I’m sure you didn’t,” JT heard as he turned around and then stopped in his tracks. “Hello Timmy.”

“Grandma!”  JT yelled, the walls of the castle shaking and vibrating as Tara looked around again and then backed away from where JT stood.  “How—how did you get here?  How did you get to Limbo?”

“This was once my domain, a lifetime ago,” the woman spoke, smiling at JT as she walked over to where he stood.  “And as you know, your bloodline can enter Limbo freely, without you being here.”

“I thought that only applied to the chosen ones, not my entire bloodline,” JT stated as the woman shook her head.

“No so,” the woman stated as she waved her hand as it glowed brightly as a portal appeared.  “Your magical bloodline is able to enter Limbo at will, not just your family bloodline.”

“I’m confused a bit,” JT spoke as the woman shook her head.

“There’s nothing to be confused about my child,” the woman spoke.  “As long as our bloodline is the highest on the Winding Way, our bloodline is the strongest and has access to this realm.”

“So, this place isn’t just mine as I’ve always thought,” JT stated as he looked at the woman strangely.

“Not so much as this place being yours, but you are the gatekeeper here,” the woman spoke as JT looked down.

“All that time, I thought this was my domain and mine only,” JT stated as he shook his head.

“It is your domain, as it is all in our bloodline,” the woman stated as she walked down the corridor as she motioned with her head for JT to follow her.

“But—but I thought this place was tied to me and was just mine,” JT stated as the woman shook her head again.

“My child, Limbo belongs to no one in particular,” the woman stated as her eyes glowed brightly as she doubled over as if she were in pain.

“Grandma!”  JT screamed as he moved past a mirror in the area, noticing his reflection and the reflection of the thing that was posing as his grandmother.  “What the hell is going on here?”

“Is there something wrong JT?”  Tara asked as she landed next to JT.

“That’s not my grandmother,” JT stated as he waved his hand, using his magical powers as magical energy chains shot through the air, grabbing the woman, holding her tight as her visage changed.  “Who in the hell are you?”

“Come now Prince, that’s no way to talk to your dear old grandmother,” the woman stated as she laughed.

“You’re not my grandmother!”  JT screamed, his eyes crackling with magical energy as Tara stepped behind him.  “Now, who in the hell are you?”

“You’re not going to get the answers you want that way Prince,” the woman stated as she struggled to get free of the magical chains that held her tightly.  “Release me and I’ll tell you what you want to know.”

“I’m not releasing you at all,” JT stated as Tara looked at him and then at the woman.

“JT, what’s going on here?”  Tara asked as she moved backwards, stepping in front of a mirror, noticing her own reflections as she jumped and then screamed.  “No!  That—that’s not what I look like, is it?  This—this must be some sort of damn trick!”

“Snap out of it Amazon!”  JT snapped as he grabbed her hand as she stopped screaming.  “That’s my scrying glass… It sometimes reflects a person’s inner demons to them.”

“So, you’re saying I think I look like a damn demon?  That’s not right JT; I don’t see myself as the thing I just saw in that damn mirror!”  Tara screamed a JT shook his head, sighing as he kept his attention on the woman he held in his magical chains.

“I didn’t say that at all Tara,” JT stated as the woman’s eyes started to glow as the chains vibrated, some of them dissipating.

“Then what in the hell are you saying damn it?”  Tara asked as she moved away from JT as she stood in front of the mirror again, seeing a different image as she jumped backwards and then looked behind her as if someone was there.  “This is some crazy shit here!”

“Tara, please calm down, I can’t concentrate on what I need to do here and worry about what’s going on with you,” JT stated as he floated off the floor as Tara’s eyes widened.

“Are—are those demon wings on your back?”  Tara asked as JT sighed.

“No, that’s just the appearance of my cloak,” JT stated as his eyes glowed an eerie red color.  “There’s some foolery afoot in my domain and I intend to find out why.”

“Come on JT, stop playing.  You—you have demon wings on your back!”  Tara screamed as she pointed at JT as he flew towards a balcony above her.

“No, I told you it’s just my cloak taking on the form of wings.  It’s just a means of easy transportation for when I’m here,” JT stated as he landed down on the floor as the so-called wings disappeared from his back.

Somewhere Else in Castle Limbo

“What’s happening around here?”  Mother Divine asked as she slammed her hands on the glass of the mirror, having no effect of releasing her from the mirror.

“You’re not going to get out of there, regardless of how much you try.  You’ll stay in that mirror until I release you from it,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed.

“What’s happening out there?  What’s going on?”  Mother Divine asked.

“I don’t know what’s happening right now, I can’t seem to put my finger on it,” Necroloque replied, looking at Mother Divine as he waved his hand, trying to create a portal, but nothing happened.

“What’s wrong my brother, something wrong with your powers?”  Mother Divine asked with a sly smile.

“Is this your doing woman?  What are you up to?”  Necroloque asked, looking at the mirror that contained Mother Divine.  “Are you behind what’s happening right now?”

“You’ll never know,” Mother Divine replied as her image flickered on the mirror’s surface.

“What have you done?”  Necroloque asked as he shook his head.

“What should’ve been done a hundred years ago,” Mother Divine replied as she disappeared from the mirror’s reflection and then appeared in front of Necroloque.

“You’re free,” Necroloque stated, stepping back from Mother Divine.

“Yes my brother, I said I would be at some point,” Mother Divine stated as she stepped forward and then turned around quickly as she lashed out with her powers. “Divine, Sash of Suffering!”

(<PAMPH>)

“I don’t think so!”  Tara screamed, appearing in front of Necroloque as she deflected the magical energy beam that Mother Divine directed at him.  “Sir, are you alright?”

“Wonder Woman, how did you get here?”  Necroloque asked, looking at Tara strangely.  “What’s going on around here?”

“Let’s just say that JT has his hands full, but he sent me to help you,” Tara replied, grabbing Necroloque’s hand and flying through the air with him. “Is that really your sister?”

“I—I don’t know,” Necroloque replied.

“Something tried to trick JT into thinking it was his grandmother, but he somehow saw through the disguise,” Tara stated as she landed on a cliff, releasing Necroloque’s hand.  “He told me to give you his cloak.”

“Hmmm, why would he give me this?”  Necroloque asked, looking at Tara strangely.  “This only works for him, it was enchanted by the elders to allow him to…”

“We don’t have time for all of that sir,” Tara stated with a frown.  “He said for me to give it to you and that you shouldn’t trust your eyes.”

“With that being said Wonder Woman, can you be trusted?”  Necroloque asked, stepping back from Tara as he snapped his fingers as her costume disappeared, revealing her true visage.  “So, you really are the Wonder Woman.”

“I don’t know what’s going on in this place, but I’ll be glad when one of you figures it out,” Tara stated as she looked around.

“I’ll tell you what’s going on,” someone spoke as there was a flash of light as the castle walls started shaking.

“Who’s there?”  Necroloque asked, looking around, not seeing anyone.

“The once and former king of this realm, you are king no more,” the voice spoke as there was another flash of light and Tara and Necroloque gasped.

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 — Chaos Goeth

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

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

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

“Please continue,” Tara stated, looking down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE END… For Now At Least

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 — Is It the End or What?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<SPLINGK>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<ZAMF>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Where’s Donna!”  Hank screamed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somewhere Else in the Compound

Tara Kent’s POV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Few Minutes Later – The Infirmary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 — Time, The Clock of the Heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(<ZAMF>)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Where is that place?”  Hank asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Moment Earlier – Down the Corridor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary

“I would very much like to know what’s going on here,” A’Mora stated, looking at Necroloque and JT.  “It seems you two are the only ones that can answer the questions of what’s really going on around here.”

“I don’t have an answer for this,” Necroloque replied, looking over at JT’s unconscious body.

“Well maybe JT has an answer in his head,” Hank stated, looking over at Necroloque.

“I guess I could take a peek at what’s in his head.  Maybe there’s something I’ve missed,” Necroloque stated as his eyes glowed brightly.

“Does this have anything to do with Marek’s actions?”  Hank asked.

“I don’t think so, but that could be the case,” Necroloque stated with a frown as he touched JT’s forehead.  “With all that’s happened, maybe he left a hypnotic suggestion in JT’s mind.”

“Damn, I thought all of our problems were over when Marek was captured.  This new shit just adds new flare to everything,” Hank stated as he walked behind the examination table that JT laid on.

“No, it just means that I need to reverse what I did and unbind JT’s powers and put things back right,” Necroloque stated as A’Mora shook her head.  “If I do that, maybe things could go back to the way they were and one of this stuff would’ve happened.”

“Yeah right,” Hank stated as Necroloque looked at him.

“Hank, you get upset way too easily,” Necroloque stated as Hank shook his head.

“Yeah, you two are related,” Hank stated, shaking his head again.

“Very intuitive of you,” Necroloque stated as Hank rolled his eyes.

“Well excuse me o’ powerful one, but some of us are not as powerful and god-like, like you and your nephew there,” Hank stated as Necroloque looked over at him as his eyes stopped glowing.  “If there’s an inkling of Marek in his mind, I wasn’t able sense it.”

“You’re psychic too?  I didn’t know you were psychic Hank,” A’Mora stated as Hank turned and looked at her strangely.

“I’m not as strong as JT or Donna, but I have psychic potential,” Hank stated as he looked over at A’Mora.  “He—he helped me develop my limited psychic abilities, but I tend to not rely on it, mainly because it’s so limited.”

“Non-sense Hank,” Necroloque stated, looking over at Hank.  “You could’ve been a strong psychic, but it seems you’re scared to use…”

“Get out of my head man,” Hank stated, pointing his finger at Necroloque.  “You’re acting like JT and Wanda.  I’m glad she’s not a real psychic… she’s only capable of projecting her voice into the minds of others, using her magic, whereas he can do that and read our minds.”

“Wow, go ahead and give a complete history of all the X-Ternals’ powers and weaknesses Hank,” JT spoke as Hank turned and looked at him.  “Yeah, I’m awake and no, Marek is not in my body.”

“Get out of my head man!”  Hank snapped as JT shook his head and then rolled his eyes.

“Mainly, a head that most wouldn’t want to be in anyway,” JT stated, looking over at Hank.

“Jerk,” Hank said, rolling his eyes again as he turned his back to JT and Necroloque.  “So, if there isn’t a sign of Marek in him, then what’s causing all this crap that’s happening?  Why did he…”

“I’m not responsible for what happened to you guys,” JT stated, looking down.

“If you’re not, who is?”  Hank asked as JT’s body crackled with energy as Necroloque stepped back.

“Oh no,” Necroloque said, covering his eyes as JT’s clothing started to change as ribbon and energy flared about his body as the light faded.  “Demonloque!”

“In the flesh,” JT spoke in a cold tone as Necroloque shook his head.

“It seems when you went searching for Marek in his mind, you found something else instead!”  Hank screamed, stepping backwards as he bumped into the wall and then slid down it as he tried to make his exit from the room.

“What in the hell is going on around here?  Why is Demonloque here again?”  Barbara asked as she and Wanda walked into the room, taking on fighting stances.

“No time for talking, we might need to take the defensive here and get moving.  It seems JT isn’t looking to play around and be nice,” A’Mora stated, her hair changing color as her costume reappeared.  “We need to get out of here, pronto!”

To Be Continued…

The Chaos Factor – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 — Reality or …

Mar 2, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Complex – Donna James’ Quarters

“What in the hell is going on around here?  It feels like I’m losing my damn mind,” Donna said as she shook her head.

“Maybe you are,” Donna heard behind her as she turned around to see JT standing there in the shadows.

“JT, what’re you doing in here?”  Donna asked.

“No Donna, the question is, what are you doing here?”  JT asked, smiling evilly as he moved closer to where Donna lay on the bed as her eyes glowed, signaling that she was using her telepathic powers.  “Nah ah, you can’t use those mind powers on me Donna.”

“What in the hell is going on here JT?  What are you doing?”  Donna asked.

“It’s not a matter of what I’m doing, it’s a matter of what I’m not doing,” JT replied, smiling again as he moved closer to her as he waved his hand as she floated off the bed.

“What in the hell are you going?”  Donna asked.

“I’m releasing you from the constraints of this life,” JT stated as he moved his hand in a ‘Z’ formation over Donna’s body as she screamed out.  “Have fun Tele Girl, I’m sure you’ll love it!”

Somewhere in Georgia – An Unknown Medical Complex

“Courtney!  Courtney, where in the hell are you?” JT called out, walking into a hospital exam room.

“What’s the deal JT?  What’s with all the screaming?”  A young woman asked, walking into the room behind him.

“What in the hell is going on?”  JT asked, looking at the young woman.

“What are you talking about?”  The young woman asked.

“Don’t play with me Courtney, I’m not in the mood right now,” JT stated, looking at the young woman closely as if there was something wrong.

“What’s going on?”  The young woman asked, patting JT on the shoulder.

“Look, I don’t know what’s going on, but something’s not right here,” JT stated, shaking his head.

“What’s wrong JT?”  The young woman asked, looking at JT strangely.

“I wasn’t trying to get here.  I was trying to get to Mother Divine’s house so I could stop her, finally,” JT stated as the young woman looked at him strangely as he tapped his foot.  “What’s going on?  Why did I appear here and not there?”

“What are you talking about?  Where is this Mother Divine’s house?  Who’s that?  Did you get a pass to leave?”  The young woman asked as JT looked at her strangely.  “JT, are you okay?”

“Yes, I’m okay Courtney.  What’s the big deal?  Why did I appear here and not at Mother Divine’s house?”  JT asked.  “Once I take care of her, I can get back to my life and go find Joey and have a good time with him.”

“You can have fun with Joey?  Who’s Joey?”  The young woman asked.

“Oh come on, you should know who he is, he’s the guy I’ve been dating.  You know, the boy band member from the singing group All Star.  Joey Fallon, he’s my boyfriend,” JT stated, looking at the young woman strangely.

“I don’t know who you’re talking about JT.  When did you get a boyfriend JT?  Are you gay?  What happened to Danielle?”  The young woman asked.

“What?  Danielle?  Have you been drinking girl?”  JT asked, shaking his head.  “You know I’m gay and I’ve always been that way.  Stop playing stupid girl.”

“No, I haven’t been drinking, but maybe you have,” the young woman stated as she walked over to JT and then touched his forehead, acting as if she were checking his temperature.  “Did you go and have one of your special dreams again?”

“Did I have a special dream again?  What are you talking about Courtney?”  JT asked, looking at the young woman strangely as he looked around the room.

“Now I get it, that’s what it is.  You did have one of your special dreams again.  Come with me,” the young woman stated as she took JT’s hand, leading him down the hall to a room.  “Let’s get you back to bed and get you your medication.”

“What!  What in the hell is going on here?  I don’t take medication!”  JT screamed, pushing the young woman away from him as he tried to move away from her.  “Get away from me!”

“Come on JT, get back into bed.  It seems you’ve had a bad night,” the young woman stated.

“A bad night!  I didn’t have a bad damn night!  What are you talking about?  Where’s Joey?”  JT asked as the tears streamed down his face.  “Uncle!  A’Mora!  Pamela!  Ashley!”

“Come on JT, calm down buddy,” the young woman stated as she waved her hand at JT.

“No!”  JT screamed.

“You stay here and I’ll go get Danielle,” the young woman stated as she walked out of the room.

“What in the hell is going on here?  Where’s Joey?  Why is she talking about Danielle?  Maybe—maybe I’m losing my mind again.  Am—am I still with those crazy people that were trying to convert me from being gay to straight?  What in the hell is going on here?  Did the others really rescue me or was that all a dream?”  JT asked as the young woman returned to the room with a familiar looking, unwanted girl.

“Are you okay JT?  Courtney told me that you were having a bad time.  Have you taken your medications today?”  The girl asked.

“Danielle Drake?!  God please tell me that I’m dreaming!”  JT snapped, closing his eyes as he waved his hand as if he was trying to use his powers to teleport away, but nothing happened.  “Oh God, nothing’s happening!”

“JT, what are you doing?”  The girl asked.

“I’m trying to teleport away from here!”  JT snapped, backing away from the two young women as he backed up against the wall.

“Oh no, he’s feeling trapped.  I was afraid this was going to happen,” the first young woman stated as she shook her head.

“Get away from me!  I’ll kill both of you if you don’t stay away from me!”  JT yelled, holding his hand out in front of his body, expecting something to happen, but nothing did.

“JT, what are you doing?  What has gotten you into such a mood tonight?”  The girl asked.

“Stay away from me!  Don’t come near me!  This must be some kind of sick game!”  JT snapped, pushing past the two young women as he ran from the room.

“We don’t need this tonight.  Call Martin and tell him that JT is having one of his moments again,” the first young woman spoke as she walked out of the room to locate JT.

“Hi Martin, Danielle here… It seems JT has flipped out again.  I need you to find him and then bring him back to his room.  Be warned, you might need to restrain him if he’s acting a little off,” the girl spoke into a walkie-talkie.

= Gotcha boss lady. =

“It couldn’t have been a dream… it was so damn real.  It was all so real,” JT stated, hiding in the corner as he cried.  “I know I’m not that crazy.  They were real… it was all real.  I was there, my friends, the X-Ternals… they are all real.  I’m not crazy.  I—I’m not crazy.  I’m still asleep… That’s what it is.  I’m still dreaming, I have to be dreaming.  This—this isn’t make any sense.  I—I was happy—I was so happy.  I was a super hero.  I—I finally had someone that—that I was supposed to love, that’s supposed to love me. I…”

“You know… you really have some weird dreams JT,” JT heard as he looked up to see the young woman standing there, looking down at him.  “Alright JT, come on, let’s get you back to your room.”

“I don’t want to go.  Just leave me alone,” JT stated, wiping at his eyes.  “I just want to be left alone.”

“Well what you want right now isn’t what you’re going to get.  You’re going back to your room and back to bed.  Come on buddy, let’s go,” the young woman stated, grabbing JT by the hand as she pulled him up to his feet.

“Let go!”  JT screamed, kicking the young woman on her leg.

“Owww!  I didn’t want it to come to this,” the young woman stated as she pulled a syringe from her pocket, pulling the cap off as JT shook his head.

“No!”  JT screamed.

“I’m sorry JT,” the young woman stated as she stuck the needle into a bottle and then inserted the contents of the syringe into JT’s arm.  “You should be feeling that any moment now.”

“What have you done to me?  Why are you doing this to me?”  JT asked, shaking his head as he fell backwards against the wall, feeling the effects of the medication that was injected into him.  “No, I don’t want to sleep, I need to find Joey… Why Destiny, why did you…”

“That’s right JT, go back to sleep,” the young woman stated with a frown.

“No, I—I was his… I was—I was his… I was his super hero,” JT spoke as he slid down the wall, falling into a deep sleep.

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo

Necroloque’s POV

Lawd, what have I done to my boy?  Why did I do that to him?  I know what I’ve done is going to cause a bigger problem in the long run, but I just couldn’t allow him to return to Earth to kill my sister, his aunt.  The way he acted, he was hysterical and he was going to do any and everything he possibly could to carry his wishes out.

This is all one big damn mess.  I shouldn’t have done things the way I did, but it seems I had no choice in the matter.  I couldn’t allow him to do what he had his mind set to do.  I now when his memory returns of what I did; he’s going to be just as upset with me, as he is with his aunt for what she did to him.

“There’s really no easy resolution to this matter,” I heard behind me as I turned around see my sister, the person responsible for all of this madness in the first place.

“You, how did you get here to Limbo?”  I asked as she frowned.

“I thought you would’ve asked why was I here, not how I got here,” she said as I shook my head.

“There’s no reason for you being here.  You’ve caused enough problems as it is,” I said as she shook her head.

“I wasn’t trying to cause a problem my brother,” she said as I sighed.

“What in the hell were you trying to do then?”  I asked as she looked down.

“I was trying to save his eternal soul,” she replied as I turned my back to her and then turned around quickly, not knowing if she would try something stupid with me too.

“There’s nothing wrong with his soul,” I said as she looked at me strangely.  “If there were something so wrong with him, do you think the Elders would put so much faith in him and…”

“He’s a chosen one, just like the rest of us,” she said as I shook my head again.

“Yes, he’s a chosen one and yet you used your powers against him!”  I snapped as she looked up at me as if I had slapped her.  “You took his powers away and almost allowed some damn mortal to kill him!”

“That’s not…” she said, stepping backwards as the castle walls shook.

“Why did you do that to him?  Had I remained on the mortal plane with you all, would you have done the same thing to me?”  I asked as she looked around quickly as the castle walls continued rumbling.

“I—I don’t know the answer to that,” she replied, looking down again.  “I don’t know what I would’ve done in regards to you.”

“Then why in the hell did you have to do it to him?”  I asked.  “Do you know how hard his life has been without your damn meddling?”

“I—I wasn’t meddling in his life,” she spoke up as I shook my head as she looked around again as the creatures of the castle grumbled.

“Where should I start woman?”  I asked as she looked at me as I waved my hand at the scrying glass as it glowed brightly.

“What are you doing?”  She asked.

“I’m showing you what your meddling has done over the years to cause a big problem,” I said as she looked at me strangely.  “I may not be on the mortal plane with the rest of you, but I do see what you do.”

“What are you talking about?”  She asked.

“Let’s start here,” I said as the images in the mirror stopped flashing, showing an image of one of my boy’s best friends.  “Strike one, you used your powers on his best friend to cause a problem in the lives of others.”

“You have to be a bit clearer than that.  Who’s that in the mirror?”  She asked, looking at me as if I were crazy.

“Okay, play crazy then,” I said as she shook her head.  “You cast a spell on Hank Hart and made him assume the form of Timmy.  You used your powers, playing with his mind, actually making him think he was Timmy for a time.  You had that lil white boy doing all sorts of things with other men while he looked and acted like Timmy.  Hank’s actions led Kevin to believe that Timmy was sleeping around with other men, which led to the problems that developed between the two of them.  That mess screwed Timmy’s mind up so much that he broke the Elders’ rules and went back in time to see what actually happened.  In the process of him investigating in the past, he made a mistake somewhere and things changed, which rewrote the present, changing Kevin’s name from James Jack to Kevin James.”

“I—I had nothing to do with that, you’re lying… You’re wrong!”  She snapped as I shook my head and then waved my hand at the mirror as the images changed, showing her casting the spell on Hank as her expression changed.

“Am I wrong now?”  I asked as she looked down.

“Strike two,” I said as she sighed.  “Danielle Drake, Mara Drake’s daughter from an alternate future.  Why in the hell did you conjure that evil charlatan whore from the whole in time she came from?”

“Who are you referring to?”  She asked as I shook my head, snapping my fingers as the images on the mirror’s reflection changed.

“That’s who I’m referring to!”  I snapped as the castle walls shook and rumbled again.  “You allowed that tramp to come back to the past and she did nothing but cause problems for Timmy and his friends.  Do you know the actual hell she created for him and his friends?”

“I did no such thing,” she stated as I shook my head, snapping my fingers again as the images in the mirror changed, showing an image of her as the person she had summoned from the future emerged from a time portal.

“You allowed that vixen to come back to the past and trick him into thinking that she was Mara.  Everyone thought that Danielle was Mara for over a year, before she slipped up and was figured out when Timmy used his psychic powers against her,” I explained as she had this blank look on her face.  “The stuff that lil tramp did to him and his friends wasn’t a pretty sight.  The things she did, a teenager shouldn’t have to experience.”

“That wasn’t my fault, I can’t control what a person does when…” she said as I shook my head and held up my hand, stopping her from saying more.

“Okay then, what about the Sword of Legions?”  I asked as she closed her mouth.  “Ah, I see I have your attention now.”

“He—he wasn’t ready for that,” she said, looking down again.  “He would’ve destroyed this planet if he held onto that sword for too long.”

“So, to keep him from mastering it, like his destiny says he must, you go back in time, find it before he does and hurls it into Limbo, where it was lost for millennia; only to be found by the souls of this realm and corrupted with their energy, which in turn, changed his destiny,” I stated as she shook her head.

“No no, that wasn’t supposed to happen,” she said.

“What did you think would happen to the world, having it be here and not where it was supposed to be woman?  How would he find it here and learn to use it to save the lives he was meant to save?  Because of your actions, he mastered the powers of Limbo a little bit too late!”  I screamed as the castle walls rumbled.  “Because of your damn actions, countless lives were ruined!”

“Stop this!  Stop this right now!”  She screamed as her eyes glowed.

“Sorry sister, this is my domain, I rule here, not you,” I said, floating off the floor as chains flew at her from multiple directions, grabbing her and wrapping her up.  “Because of your actions, your meddling in the life of my boy, I had to erase his memory and heart of the hatred you created!  I sent him back to Earth, recycled!  What’s happening to him is all your fault!”

“No!  Let me go!”  She screamed as I floated above her as my magical chains held her tight.

“No my sister, I am not going to let you go.  I’m going to leave you locked up here in Limbo,” I said, turning away from her.  “You’ll stay here until there’s a resolution to what you’ve done!”

“Divine!”  She screamed as the castle walls rumbled again.  “Divine!  Might of…”

“We won’t be having any of that!”  I screamed as I held out my hand in her direction.  “Ankh!  Egyptian Cruxata!”

“No!”  She screamed out as I used my powers to seal her mouth, not allowing her to speak.

“As I was saying, until I find a way to fix things with my boy, you will remain here so you won’t cause any more trouble for him or anyone else,” I said, floating down to the mirror, snapping my fingers as an image showed of my boy as he lies in bed, crying in the place that I had put him, tricking him into thinking that he had no powers and the life he’s led has been nothing but a dream.  How am I going to fix this problem that she created, that I’ve helped her make worse?

“My liege… there seems to be a mystical occurrence that involves the Prince of this Realm,” the spirit of the mirror spoke as I turned around to look to see was my sister where I left her.

“What kind of mystical occurrence?”  I asked as the reflection in the mirror changed, showing my boy in Jacksonville with one of his friends and he’s fighting.  “What in… That’s not possible.  My boy isn’t there in Jacksonville, he’s where I put him.”

“My liege, that is the essence of the Prince of this Realm,” the spirit of the mirror spoke again.  “The mystical occurrence tied to that essence is channeling chaos magic and warping the spiritual plane of the Earth, creating multiple variances in the plane.”

“How did that happen?  How did this essence take on the form of the Prince?”  I asked.

“That query is unknown my liege,” the spirit of the mirror replied as I looked around, checking to see that my sister was still where I had left her as I waved my hand at the mirror to see that my boy was still where I had placed him.  “I guess this means I’m going to find out what this essence is.”

“I advise against that my liege,” the spirit of the mirror spoke.

“Why is that?”  I asked.

“You would become susceptible to the effects of the chaos magic that the essence is channeling,” the spirit of the mirror spoke again.  “Your spirit could become corrupted and you would become Necroloque…”

“I’ll find a way around that,” I said, waving my hand in the air, creating a portal to take me to that thing so I could get to the bottom of why that thing was pretending to be my boy.

Mar 15, 1996 – Downtown Jacksonville, FL

(<BOOM>)

“Ha ha ha!”  JT laughed, flying past A’Mora as he threw a sphere of energy at her, knocking her off the earth-slide she stood upon.  “Hear me X-Ternals, no longer am I the man that you knew and loved, I am forever Chaos!  Beware, for I will kill you all!”

“What in the hell is up with all of this shit?”  Barbara asked, projecting beams of ice at JT, missing him.

“Silly woman, do you really think your ice can stop me?”  JT asked, laughing again as he flew past Barbara, zapping her with a bolt of energy, knocking her off of her ice-slide as she fell to the ground, her body shattering into small pieces of ice.

“Oh no, that doesn’t look good at all!”  Andy Claybourne said as he stopped in place.  “Something’s wrong with him, I can’t reach him telepathically.”

“Have you ever been able to reach him telepathically before Speedster?”  Hank asked, flying past Andy as A’Mora appeared next to him.  “Has anyone been able to find Donna yet?”

“I haven’t heard from Donna, Telly or Paul,” Andy replied, looking up.  “Has any of you?”

“Telly, you near?”  Hank asked, tapping a button on his communicator.

“I’m right here buddy,” Telly replied, appearing in a strange phenomenon in mid-air.  “I got Golem with me, but he’s not feeling so hot right now.  Is Barbara okay, is she going to reform or what?”

“I can’t answer about Barbara right now.  What’s wrong with him?”  Hank asked, looking at Telly.

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but JT isn’t acting normal right now and that should be the question on everybody’s mind,” Telly stated, looking at Hank strangely.

“How am I supposed to fight him?”  Paul Stanton asked, looking at Hank.  “I’m just an ordinary guy in a robotic suit of armor.”

“Do your best my friend, that’s all any of us can ask,” Hank stated as Telly and Paul disappeared and then reappeared on the ground.

“What in the hell are we going to do?  This is JT here!”  Laura Lynn screamed, running past as she threw an explosive energy sphere at JT.  “He’s one of us!”

“He was one of us, now he’s the evil doer!”  Hank yelled, flying past as he grabbed Laura by her hand, carrying her through the air.  “Team two, come on through!”

“This hit and run shit isn’t working Onyx,” Laura stated as she and Hank streaked through the sky.

“What do you expect us to do here Plastyque?”  Hank asked as the two of them floated in mid-air.  “He’s more powerful than all of us put together.  How do we stop someone with the powers of a god?”

“Hah, your guess is good as mine,” Laura replied as JT appeared in front of the two of them, waving his hand as waves of telekinetic might knocked her and Hank down to the ground.  “Damn it… How are we going to stop a telepath that knows our every move?”

“You can’t!”  JT screamed, appearing down on the ground in front of Hank and Laura as he smiled evilly as he waved his hand, using his powers to slam both of them against a wall.

“Damn it!  Has anyone been able to find Donna?”  Hank asked, leaning up on his elbows as he rubbed at his head as he looked over at Laura.

“Donna shouldn’t be your main concern right now,” the two of them heard as JT smiled as his hand crackled with energy.

“It shouldn’t be your concern either,” the three of them heard as Hank got up in a hurry as JT disappeared.

“Celeste, what are you doing here?”  Hank asked, moving over to the woman.  “Is there something wrong?”

“Oh yeah, there’s something very wrong,” the woman replied as she looked at Hank closely.  “The fate of the planet is at stake at this very moment.”

“Oh great… There’s something else to worry about,” Laura stated, walking over to where Hank and the woman stood.

“If I remember correctly, you said you would never appear, appear here, unless there was something happening that threatens the planet,” Hank stated.

“And that’s why I’m here right now,” the woman stated, waving her hand as there were multiple flashes of light as different X-Ternals’ members appeared.

“What in the hell is going on?”  Telly asked, appearing as he looked around.  “We were getting ready to drop down on JT when we vanished and then appeared here.  What the hell happened?”

“I brought you here,” the woman stated as Telly shook his head.

“I should’ve known… Malaphyion, why are you here?”  Telly asked, looking around at the others near him.  “Are you here to tell us that there’s some drastic thing happening to the universe right now?  If so, take a damn number, we’re already knee deep in shit of our own.  We’re currently fighting a fool and now she has something new for us.  I’m not into it lady!”

“Don’t listen to his rants and ravings Celeste,” A’Mora stated, looking at the woman.  “Why are you here though?  What can be happening, bigger than what we’re dealing with right now?”

“What’s happening is chaos.  Chaos has been released into the world,” the woman identified as Celeste spoke.  “If that chaos isn’t stopped and put back where it belongs, this world will surely end.”

“Well it’s very funny that you mention that,” Hank said, shaking his head.  “JT’s now calling himself Chaos.”

“What?  Oh no,” Celeste stated, looking down at her hand, looking at an image there.  “If that’s the case, he’s ben inhabited by the spirit of Chaos.”

“That’s just what we fucking need right now!”  Telly yelled, shaking his head again.  “How are we going to stop him?”

“There isn’t a way to stop him,” Celeste replied, looking down.

“There has to be a way to stop him and to make things right,” A’Mora stated, frowning as she shook her head.

“Regardless of what’s going on right now, I think he’s done something to Donna,” Hank stated as he looked up at Celeste.  “No one knows where she is.”

“Why is that?”  Celeste asked, looking at Hank strangely.

“Probably because she would’ve been able to telepathically sense that something was wrong with him,” Hank stated, punching his hand into the nearest tree.  “She’s the only one of us that is a good enough telepath like he is that could…”

“I don’t think that’s the case Hank,” A’Mora stated, looking around.  “Andy could’ve easily used his telepathy to detect that there was something wrong with…”

“No he couldn’t, he hasn’t been around lately,” Hank stated, glaring at A’Mora.  “He’s been at home, brooding about things he change!”

“Cut it out Hank, we don’t have time for that,” A’Mora stated, sighing as she looked over at Celeste.  “Regardless of that, Andy could’ve used his telepathy to detect if something was wrong with JT and so could Wanda, myself or Kayla.  Donna isn’t the only one of us with an affinity to detect when something is amiss around with the psychic world.”

“But Donna is the only one of us that is able to use her telepathic abilities on a level that rivals JT’s powers,” Hank stated as he looked over at A’Mora, waiting for her to say more.  “When it comes to psychics on his team, it’s JT and Donna that reign supreme in that area.”

“You have a point, but there are other means of detecting…” A’Mora stated as Hank shook his head, interrupting her again.

“We don’t have time for this argument!”  Hank snapped, turning around.  “I think we need to get back to HQ and figure out what we’re going to do to solve things with JT and this so-called chaos that has been released into the world.”

“Yea, we need to tend to our wounded also,” A’Mora said as she glared at Hank as she and Andy walked towards where Barbara lay on the ground.

To Be Continued…