The Awakening – Chapter 11

Chapter 11 — Time Travel, Nah Uh — Part 2

Sometime in 2014 — A Home in Sparrows Point, MD

“Is this the place Townes?”  A tall man that wore a ninja outfit asked.

“This is it Raymond,” the man replied as he rubbed the side of his head.  “The woman is in there.”

“Good, is there anyone else in there with her?”  The first man asked.

“I—I don’t know,” the second man replied as the first shrugged his shoulders and then pulled what looked like a mini-rifle from his duffle bag.  “What are you going to do with that thing?  This is only an information collection mission, nothing more.”

“For you, but not for me,” the first man spoke as he smiled and then pulled a mask over his face as he looked around and then rushed towards the house, firing his weapon at the door as he got closer to it and then kicked it as the door fell to the ground.  “Tango one to Flash four and five.  I’m inside and there are others with the main one.”

“What in the hell are you doing?”  The second man asked as he looked around as a gang of men dressed like ninjas rushed the house as screams and cries from children could be heard.

“All right Townes, stop with the damn whining and silence them now or I’ll kill them.  Which do you prefer?”  The first man asked as he held a woman in his arms that struggled to get away from him.  “Hurry it up and do your damn hocus pocus!”

“Fine,” the second man said as he placed his hand on the woman’s head.  “You’ll be calm… This is just a dream.  You’re completely safe; this is just a bad dream.  You should think about love, think about happy things.  You are completely safe.”

“Hurry up with this,” the first man said as the second man turned to another man that held two kids in his arms as another one came outside of the house with another kid in his arms.

“What are you doing to these people?”  The second man asked.

“If you don’t get them quiet right now, we’re going to kill them.  That’s totally up to you,” another man said as the second man moved over to the kids.

“This is all bad dream… This isn’t really happening to you.  You watched a scary movie before going to bed and you’re just having a bad reaction.  Be calm, be quiet, be happy.  This is all just a dream, nothing more than a dream.  None of this is happening, you are just dreaming,” the second man spoke as one of the men looked at him strangely and then shrugged.

“Why is this one still crying?  Either you shut him up or I’ll shut him up, permanently,” the man said as he placed his hand around the little boy’s neck and started squeezing.  “It wouldn’t take me long to crush his windpipe at all.”

“Please, give me a few minutes more,” the second man spoke as the first two kids drifted off to sleep as the third one continued crying, the man’s hypnotic suggestion having no effect on him at all.  “I need more time here.”

“Nope, times up!”  The man exclaimed as he squeezed the boy’s neck, cutting off his air supply, crushing his windpipe as an audible pop could be heard as the crying stopped and then he laughed as the second man gasped and then covered his mouth.  “You should’ve done your hocus pocus a bit faster.”

“You fucker!”  The second man screamed as someone hit him in the back of the head with a blunt object, knocking him out as his body hit the ground, hard.

“Let’s go, the boss is waiting for this one.  She’s been missing for a long time, but she’s been found again,” the first man said as he smiled and then turned around.  “One of you pick that piece of shit up and throw him in the back.”

The Present — Day 77 — Washington, D.C. — A Secret Area of the Pentagon — General Ranger’s Main Lab

General Ranger’s POV

What is it with these super enhanced humans?  What makes them tick?  Why is it that I can’t discover what it is that makes them do, what they’re able to do?  If I can just discover that little key, I’ll be the most important person in the damn world.  I’ll be invaluable to the nation’s security.  If I’m able to find that connection, I can make my own super enhanced humans and take over the world, shaping it to the way I see fit.  I’ll be able to shape the world into a place where the strong will inhabit the earth and the weak shall vanish.  Only the strong can be a part of my utopian vision.

“Excuse me sir, but I have the information you requested,” a cadet spoke, snapping me out of my reverie.

“Let me see that,” I responded, snatching the folder from the young man, being that he had interrupted my thoughts of the future.

Catching a glimpse of his face, I was shocked momentarily.  His face… He has a face that reminds me of how my son used to look a long time ago, when he was still alive.  That was a time when I was happy—truly happy.  Before those super enhanced humans  appeared and destroyed my family, my life was perfect.

“Sir, will there be anything else?”  The young man asked as he saluted.

“This is all, you’re dismissed cadet,” I replied as he turned and then walked away as I opened the folder, viewing the results from the scientists that had analyzed a few of the patrons that had been tested here, mainly that Stroyer woman, when she was under my control.

This is all interesting.  It seems the Stroyer woman is able to move matter from one place to another, regardless of where that place is.  It seems she’s able to open a doorway to other places, but the tests only show that the doorways don’t stay open for long.  With this information, using her the way I planned wouldn’t have worked fully.  The tests only show that her doorways can only transport one bodily mass at a time.  That means she wouldn’t be able to transport more than one body at a time and not the group of soldiers envisioned to do what I want.

“Damn it!”  I snapped as a few of the scientists in the room looked in my direction.

That woman has the power that I want.  Her power is the one that can catapult me to the top of the nation’s power chain.  There has to be a way to enhance her power so that she’ll be able to transport more than one body at a time.  There has to be an answer.  Wait, that black man…

That’s the answer to the problem at him.  That black man that I faced in Jacksonville has the powers that I want.  He can transport multiple bodies at a time.  I have to look at the analysis of him.  That black man got into our stronghold and was able to stealthily do so without our instruments detecting him, until it was too late.  That’s what I need.  I need his powers to do what I want.  I need to be able to use his powers to do what I want.

“Sir, are you all right?”  One of the cadets asked as he stood in front of me, saluting.

“I’m fine,” I replied as I gathered the things I needed and then walked towards the door.  “Cadet, I need you to assemble a few of your buddies for me.  We’re going on a mission.”

“Yes sir,” the cadet said as he saluted and then walked away.

It’s time I strike at those freaks and this strike will be the end of all strikes.  When I’m done, I’ll have all the information I need, to do what I want.  I know where the Stroyer woman is and I know how to get her back.  Once I’ve gotten to them, I’ll get that black man and the others with him and turn them to my view of things so they can help with the cause.  It’s time for things to change for the better.

Between Here and There — The Limbo Dimension — Castle Limbo — The Throne Room

“I know you can hear me Psychic Warrior,” Tara’s voice was heard as JT stood in front of a mirror, watching her.  “I’m not going to just let you throw me away into a damn mirror!”

“Why can’t she understand that I’m only doing what I feel is necessary for her to have a normal life?  If she’ll only just let the mirror do it’s job, she’ll see that I’m trying to help her—help her from being saddled with protecting me and others with her life forever.  She can’t be Amazon forever, she just can’t.”

“Come on Warrior, I’m going to use the powers you gave me to resist this!  Just let me out of this and we can get things back on track,” Tara’s voice could be heard again.

“I can’t do that Tara, you have to have a normal life and a normal life is what you’re going to have, even if it kills me,” JT spoke as the mirror started to shimmer as a hand reached out from the surface of the mirror and grabbed him, pulling him into it.  “No, Tara!”

“Hello JT,” Tara spoke as JT appeared next to where she stood .  “Remember this?”

“Why did you do this Tara?  You’ve made a grave mistake here,” JT stated as the two of them watched scenes of his younger self and a younger Tara, play out in front of them as a battle took place between JT’s younger self and a possessed evil young man.

“I didn’t make a grave mistake here JT, you did,” Tara stated as they watched as the younger JT fought to keep the younger Tara protected.  “Before I was changed into Amazon, I always admired the way you fought to keep others protected.  I always wished that I could do the things you were able to do.”

“Do you think I’ve always enjoyed doing the things I do?”  JT asked as he looked at Tara and then looked down.  “When I was a kid, I always wanted to be special, to be a super hero, but as I got older, that wish changed.  I stopped wanting to be a super hero and wanted a normal, regular life for myself.”

“Why?”  Tara asked as she looked JT in the face.

“Because I couldn’t have the things that I truly wanted,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “Being a super hero stopped me from having love—having the love that I wanted.”

“Being a superhero didn’t stop me from finding love,” Tara stated as she caressed JT’s face.  “I found Darren, you’ve found Brian.  Why did you do this?”

“You can’t have the life that you want, being Amazon,” JT stated as he sighed.  “How are you going to have the family you want, if you’re always fighting for what’s right in the world?”

“The same way I have for so long,” Tara stated with a smile.  “I’m happy being Amazon and I’m happy being Conjurer’s wife.  I have the best of both worlds.  I have love and I have actions.  I get to be romantic and I get to kick some ass every now and again,” Tara stated as she waved her hand as things started to change around them as the younger JT and the younger Tara disappeared to show Tara and Darren’s lives, before JT came back into her life.

“Things were different for you,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “If I hadn’t come back into your life, you two would be happy.”

“Who says we’re not happy?”  Tara asked as she looked JT in the face.  “Before you came back into my life, I was still Amazon.  I was still fighting for justice and Darren was doing a good job helping me.  The only difference is that when you came back into my life, Darren started using a code name.”

“But your life…” JT said as Tara shook her head.

“My life has been everything I wanted it to be,” Tara stated with a smile.  “Since that day you wished me into being your version of Wonder Woman, I’ve been a very happy woman.  That day changed my life; it gave me the means to experience new things.  I’ve seen things that if I hadn’t been Amazon, I don’t think I ever would’ve experienced.  I probably never would’ve met my husband if I wasn’t Amazon.”

“I don’t think you want to spend the next few hundred years, fighting for what’s right,” JT stated as he shook his head and then looked down.

“Maybe I do, maybe I don’t, but that depends on me JT, not you.  My life doesn’t revolve around you, using your powers to see into the future to make decisions for me.  I’m the one in control of my life, not you.  You need to undo what you’ve done here.  Give me my husband back and bring the others back from your mirrors,” Tara calmly demanded as she pointed her finger at JT, poking him in the chest.  “Go ahead JT, undo what you did with your magic mirrors.”

“Fine,” JT stated as he raised his hands as he and Tara disappeared and then reappeared back in Castle Limbo.

“Where are the others?  Where did you send them?”  Tara asked as she looked around the area.  “Why aren’t they here?”

“You’ll have to give me a moment here,” JT stated as his eyes flared with magical energy as mirrors popped up in multiple places in the area.  “Now we just have to reach in and grab our friends and pull them back here.”

“Are you sure of that?”  Tara asked as she looked at JT strangely.  “Is this some kind of trick?”

“It’s not some kind of trick Tara,” JT replied as he stepped over to one of the mirrors as he touched the reflection as it shimmered and then glowed as his hand disappeared as his eyes flared with magical energy as he stepped back quickly as the mirror shattered into many pieces.

“JT!”  Tara screamed as there was a blinding flash of light as JT appeared with Brian in his arms.  “You’re okay, what about him?”

“He’s all right, probably just a bit dazed.  He’ll be confused for a bit,” JT stated with a frown.  “I’m thinking maybe this isn’t a good…”

“Get a move on man,” Tara stated as she pointed at JT.  “Where’s Darren?”

“He’s over there,” JT stated as he waved his hand as the mirror floated towards Tara.  “All you have to do is reach in, grab him and then pull him out.”

“Are you sure of that?  What happened to the mirror that Brian was in?  Why did it shatter like that?”  Tara asked.

“That’s probably because he didn’t want to leave the new world he was in,” JT stated with a frown.  “He was a very happy man.  When he figures out that I’ve changed his destiny from the carefree life he was happy with, back to this one that caused him so much pain, he’ll never like me again.  He had everything he wanted and now he’ll have…”

“You’re wrong about that.  I’ll have you.  I don’t like you JT, I love you,” Brian spoke as he opened his eyes and then pulled JT’s face to his as they shared a kiss.  “I wasn’t happy where I was, I’m happy here with you.  I don’t care about the struggle here as long as I have the man that I love in my life.”

“You hear that JT?”  Tara asked with a smile.  “Is there a simple way of getting everyone back here?”

“I’ll see what I can do about that,” JT stated as he placed Brian down on a cushion next to a window as he floated over to where the mirrors were as his eyes flared with magical and psychic energy as psychic clones of himself appeared in front of each mirror.  Taking a breath, each of the psychic clones reached into the mirror’s reflection, pulling someone out.  “Ahhhh!”

“Are you okay JT?”  Tara asked as all the mirrors disappeared, leaving behind the person that was trapped in the mirror earlier.

“What happened to me?”  Walden asked as he looked around.  “For the life of me, why do I feel like I’ve been asleep for a long time?”

“It’s a long story, but we’ll save that for another day,” Tara stated as she floated over to Darren, wrapping her arms around him.  “If you don’t mind, I would like to go back to my home.  Let’s get the hell out of here!  No pun intended.”

“You got it,” JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy again as everyone around him disappeared in a flash of light.

Day 81 — Washington, D.C. — Restricted Area of the Pentagon

“Good morning Admiral, I hope your visit here has been a great one,” General Ranger spoke as the man looked at him and then looked back down at the report in his hand.  “Let me start out by saying sir, that I really…”

“Can it Ranger,” the man said as General Ranger closed his mouth.  “I don’t need you trying to kiss my ass here.”

“Sir, I wasn’t trying to kiss your ass.  I was just trying to tell you that if you need anything, everyone here is at your disp…”

“If I need something, I know how to ask for it.  I don’t have time for this ass kissing show you’re trying to put on here,” the man said as General Ranger’s eyes widened as the two of them walked down the corridor.

“Yes sir,” General Ranger replied as the man walked past a special door and then stopped in front of it.

“What’s in this room Ranger?”  The man asked as General Ranger looked down and then back up at him.  “Well, what’s in the room Ranger?”

“Well… Ah… Sir… That… Is… Ah… Well…” General Ranger stuttered as the man stepped closer to him, looking him in the face.

“I don’t want to hear your damn stuttering Ranger!  Now tell me what’s in this room right this instant!”  The man snapped as General Ranger’s eyes widened.  “Are you looking to be court mars…”

“That there is the—the… Ah… Well… Ah… Yeah, that is the super enhanced human testing lab,” General Ranger replied as the man looked at him strangely.

“The super enhanced human testing lab?  What kind of testing goes on in that lab?”  The man asked.  “Go ahead, open the door, I would like to see inside there.”

“Sir, I—I don’t think you have the proper clearance to…” General Ranger spoke as the man grabbed him by the collar of his shirt, lifting him up off of his feet.  “Yes sir, anything you want sir.”

“Just open the damn door!”  The man demanded as General Ranger grabbed his badge quickly and inserted it into a card scanner next to the door as there was a loud beep and then the door opened.  “So, this is where the magic happens.”

“Whatever you say sir,” General Ranger spoke, rubbing at his neck as he and the man walked further into the room.  “Is there anything in particular you want to see in here?”

“No, just looking around,” the man replied as a strange beam of light shown down on him as his image blurred and then completely changed.

“You!”  General Ranger yelled.

“Damn, I guess the cat’s out of the bag now!  Oh well, so where’s my friend?”  Jennifer asked as she moved back to avoid General Ranger’s grabbing hand as she floated into the air and then over to a set of prison cells in the room.  “Where is the woman you kidnapped from Jacksonville?”

“You’ll have to be a bit more specific,” General Ranger stated with a smile as he pressed a button on his wrist cuff as an alarm sounded.  “You’ll never find who you’re looking for and you won’t be leaving here either.”

“You’re wrong on that account,” Darren’s voice could be heard, but he wasn’t able to be seen.  “Span out gang!”

(<PAMPH>)

“Hurry, there are more people in the cells.  It seems General Ranger has been very busy lately,” JT spoke as he flew past General Ranger, floating in mid-air as his eyes glowed as all the prison cell doors opened.  “I’ve detected five super enhanced humans here and it seems…”

“It seems what freak!”  Someone screamed, zapping JT with a bolt of energy from behind that knocked him out of the air.  “I hope you have a nice sleep freak!”

“You know, that wasn’t very nice, not at all!”  JT snapped as he leaned up on his elbows as his body shimmered with magical energy as a shadow-like image of himself leapt from the floor and flew off.

“What in the hell was that?”  General Ranger asked as he followed the shadow-like image of JT.  “You—you’re lying on the floor.  How is your shadow moving around like that?  That’s not possible!  What kind of trickery is this?”

“No trickery at all, it seems you don’t know how to act when you’re wrong,” JT stated as he appeared next to General Ranger, punching him in the face and knocking him across the room as he smashed into a wall as he smiled and then rubbed his hands together.  “Now we get what we came here for.”

“You’re going to regret that!” General Ranger yelled.  “Flashpoint!  Jinx!  Take him down, now!”

“What!”  JT screamed as his eyes glowed brightly as energy emanated from his body that moved him quickly, avoiding the two people that arrived on the scene.  “No!  He’s got more super enhanced humans fighting on his side!”

“Try not to hurt them!”  Darren yelled as he appeared nearby, growing taller than his normal height as he used his hand to swipe a few of the soldiers down to the floor.

“You might want to tell that to them!”  JT snapped as he held his head as his surrounded changed.  “Okay, something’s not right here!”

“Hey Daddy, what are you doing here?”  JT heard as he stopped and then looked around.  “Daddy, don’t you hear me talking to you?”

“Xander?”  JT spoke as he looked around, trying to figure out where the voice was coming from.  “No, something’s wrong here, this isn’t right!  Xander’s dead!”

“Snap out of it buddy,” Darren said as he moved over to where JT stood as he snapped his fingers in his face, trying to snap him out of the trance he was in.  “Come on buddy, what’s going on?  Who’s Xander?”

“What kind of game is this?  I don’t like it when people muck around with my mind!”  JT snapped as his eyes flared with psychic energy as his body caught on fire, the fire manifesting as a giant bird.  “Who in the hell are you?  What game are you trying to play here?”

“Malevolent, come back to us buddy,” Darren spoke as he backed away from JT.  “Come on buddy, what are you hearing and seeing?”

“You!”  JT snapped as he gestured with his hand as the woman identified as Jinx floated off the floor as her body caught on fire as it looked as if she was being held by a giant claw made of fire. “You’re not a psychic, so how did you do what you just did?”

“Come on buddy, stop this.  We have a job to do here,” Darren spoke as JT waved his hand in his direction, lifting him off of his feet also, looking as if he was being held by a giant claw made of fire.  “Malevolent, put me down!”

“Woman, what is your game here?”  JT asked as the tears streamed down his face.  “How did you make me see those images if you’re not a psychic?  Tell me damn it!  Tell me!”

“What did you do to him lady?”  Darren asked as he struggled to get free of JT’s power.

“J, what’s going on?”  Jennifer asked as she floated near JT.  “You’re attacking one of us man!”

“You have me confused with someone else,” JT spoke as he looked at Jennifer as she covered her mouth.

“Oh no, we have a big problem here,” Jennifer stated as her image shifted, her form changing to that of a big burly man with chain mail armor on as she grabbed JT.  “Come on man, snap out of it!”

“What’s going on Amaryllis?”  Darren asked as he continued struggling against JT’s power.

“He’s zoned out and he’s not himself!”  Jennifer snapped as she shook her head.  “What did he say before he changed?”

“He spoke of someone named Xander,” Darren replied as he waved his hand as he shrunk down to size, escaping JT’s grasp as he grew back to his normal size.  “Who is Xander anyway?”

“I don’t know,” Jennifer replied as she did her best to hold JT in her arms as the woman named Jinx screamed out, sounding as if she were in agony.

“Be careful of his flames Amaryllis,” Darren warned as he looked around.

“His psychic fire can’t hurt me much,” Jennifer stated as the fire around JT’s body disappeared as his costume started changing.  “Come on buddy, you need to get back to normal here.  We’re already in a bad spot.  We don’t need you zonking out on us.”

“She—she’s like us and she has the power to warp reality,” JT spoke as his eyes sparkled with energy.  “She—she showed me another dimension.  She’s very dangerous.”

“You deserve to die, people like you are evil!  People like you stole my kids from me!”  The woman screamed as JT looked at her strangely.

“I didn’t steal anything from you,” JT stated as he moved away from the woman as his eyes stopped sparkling.  “We have to get away from here, quickly.  Your friend isn’t here Amaryllis.  It seems Ranger has her locked away someplace else.”

“Where is she damn it?”  Jennifer asked as the lights went out in the area.  “What the hell is wrong now?”

“She and the other one is doing it,” JT stated as he raised his hand as his body glowed brightly.  “Let’s make waves right now!”

“Fine by me,” Darren stated as the three of them disappeared from the room in a burst of light.

To Be Continued…