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!”
“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.”
“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…