Chapter 16 —End Game
Washington, D.C. – The Pentagon – The Restricted Prison Cell Area
Damn it, my head feels like someone used it to play a damn drum solo out on. Did I get my ass beat or what? What in the hell is going on? Where in the hell am I? The last thing I remember, I was on a date with Brian and now… Well, now I don’t know what’s going on and I can’t seem to get a fix on where I am. Why can’t I get a psychic lock on my surroundings? Are my powers working or is there something hindering me from using them?
“Uhhhh,” I groaned, opening my eyes but I didn’t see anything around me.
Am I in the dark? I must be in the damn dark. I can’t see anything, so I must be in the dark, duh. But, being in the dark doesn’t explain why I’m not able to sense anything around me or where I am. What in the hell is going on? Where in the hell am I?
“Is there someone there?” I heard a woman’s voice, but I didn’t know where the voice came from.
“Who are you?” I asked, not able to get a psychic fix on the person the voice belonged to.
“I asked you first,” the woman spoke as I tried again to get a psychic fix on where the voice came from, but it seemed nothing worked in the mental power department for me.
“My name is Malevolent, what’s yours?” I asked.
“What kind of name is Malevolent?” The woman asked.
“It’s my name and it’s the only one you’re going to get out of me,” I replied, not knowing what to really expect, since I had no clue as to where I was, who this person was and who else was around. I’m going to be using my codename until I get more information here.
“Fine, my name is Elaina,” the woman replied as there was a clicking sound and then there was light. Finally, I’m able to see where I am and I’m not happy. I’m in a big open space, a damn prison cell. “You!”
“Me what,” I said, moving back quickly as there was a buzzing sound as she got up from where she sat and then moved into a fighting stance as her eyes glowed. “Look, I don’t know who you are, but I’m not trying to get into a…”
“You don’t want to get into a fight… It’s way too late for that,” she said, waving her hand in my direction as I felt something lift me up off the floor and then I was thrown across the room, slamming into the wall.
“Owwww!” I screamed, sliding down the wall. “Look lady, I don’t know you. I’m not going to allow you to do that again!”
“You have no choice in the matter!” She screamed, raising her hand again as I shook my head, holding my hand out, trying to use my powers to block what she was doing. It seems she’s psychic like me. I wonder how psychic she really is.
Getting up from the floor quickly, I moved around, doing my best to avoid what she was throwing at me. She’s trying to ram me with telekinetic energy. I can feel the waves of energy from her, trying to push me backwards. I have to stop this quickly, before it goes any further. There’s no reason for the two of us to be fighting like this. I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me. Why did she come after me like that?
“Come on lady, I don’t know you. I don’t want to fight with you here!” I snapped as she took flight, floating over to where I stood as she attempted to punch me as I ducked and then pushed her backwards as she fell to the floor. “Stop this!”
“No, I can’t!” She snapped, getting up off the floor as she flew towards me as her hand sparkled with psychic energy as a mace materialized in her hand.
“Oh here we go!” I snapped, using my powers to create my psychic sword, preparing to do battle with this unknown woman as she lunged at me with the mace, trying to pummel me in the head with it as I blocked her and then swung at her with my sword, knocking her down to the floor. “Look, I don’t want to do this! You might want to stop! I am way more experienced at this than you are!”
“Don’t be so sure of that,” I heard someone else say as I looked around, trying to find out where the other voice came from.
“I’m not going to be easily defeated here,” I said as the woman got up off the floor quickly and then created a second mace in the other hand as she aimed both of them at me as I shook my head and then lashed out with my telekinesis, knocking her backwards to the floor. “I take it that you are psychic and all and can pretty much do the same things as I, but I am far from just being psychic. I am not going to let you hurt me damn it!”
“You don’t have a choice in the matter Malevolent. She’s been mentally enhanced to your level, so she can defeat you,” the other voice spoke as I shook my head.
“I’m still not going to let her hurt me,” I said, keeping my eyes on her as I tried to detect anything else that could possibly happen around me as she tried to lunge for me again as I ducked out of the way as she fell to the floor.
“Are you going to use your magic on me Malevolent?” The woman asked, getting up off the floor again and then lunging towards me again as I knocked her backwards again. “Was that the use of your magic against me?”
“No, but it seems you’re looking for something,” I replied, waving my hand at her, holding her in place as I tried to think about what happened before I ended up in this place.
What in the hell did happen before I got to this damn prison cell? How did I end up in this prison cell? The last thing I remember happening, I—I was fighting… That’s it, I was fighting with someone, but who? That’s it, I was fighting with Darren. Damn it! I can’t believe that fool was trying to take up for Ranger!
What in the hell is wrong with him? I showed him all the things that Ranger did. Why does he believe that Ranger is a good person and doesn’t mean us any harm? I used my telepathy to show him all the things that Ranger had been doing to our kind of people, but it seems something else happened. Damn it, Ranger must’ve done something. What did that fucker do and how did I end up here with this damn woman, trying to kill me all of a sudden? Then again, why is she asking me about my powers, mainly my magic? Is there something else at play here? Why do I get the feeling that there’s a bigger agenda going on?
Another Prison Cell Area
“No damn it, I would like to know what in the hell you were thinking!” I snapped, looking over at Darren like he was crazy. “What’s the deal with you and Malevolent? Did you actually think you could win against him in a fight with magic? He’s all powerful in…”
“I was thinking that I couldn’t allow him to use his magic to kill someone,” he replied, looking up at me. “If he would’ve used his powers to kill that man, he would’ve thrown this world’s spiritual balance out of whack, dooming us all.”
“How do you know that?” I asked, looking over at him. “What’s really going on with you two? A long while ago, he told me that there was more than meets the eye with you. What did he mean by that Conjurer? What is it that you’re hiding from me?”
“I’m not hiding anything from you baby,” he replied as I shook my head. “I don’t know what he’s talking about. He’s your friend, only you can decipher his cryptic messages.”
“Don’t be funny with me Conjurer,” I said as he looked down. “I have a feeling you know what he means and you’re holding back something. So, what is it? Is there something about your powers that I don’t know?”
“Come on babe, you know everything there is to know about me and my powers,” he replied as I looked over at him strangely.
“I know everything,” I said as he nodded his head with a grim look on his face. “I don’t’ really believe that Conjurer. So, why don’t you enlighten me a bit.”
“Enlighten you in what way Darling?” He asked as I shook my head again.
“You know what, I know you’re hiding something from me, but that’s okay. I’m not going to worry about it right now, being that we’re trapped someplace with the enemy and we can’t seem to get out,” I said, hoping that would spark something in him to get him to use his magic to get us out of wherever it was we’re being held. “We shouldn’t be trapped here like rats; we should be out of here, saving the others.”
“The others can save themselves, especially Malevolent,” he said as I shook my head, pissed off with his revelation.
“I’ve had enough of this!” I snapped as I felt something deep within me open up as I slammed my fist into the wall, knocking a hole through to the other side, revealing a room where Zee, Walden and Caleb were being held.
“Darling!” He exclaimed as I glared at him and then looked around quickly as I stepped through the hole, going to check out what was going on with the others.
“Alpha, Champion, Cat, are you guys all right?” I asked, running over to where Walden lay on the floor. “Alpha, can you hear me?”
“Yeah, I can hear you,” Walden replied as he opened his eyes and then looked up at me. “What’s going on? Where are we? Am I on the floor?”
“Yeah, you’re on the floor, but I have no idea where we are or what’s going on,” I answered him as I looked around to see that Darren was helping Zee as I helped Walden stand. “Have you seen Chase?”
“I haven’t seen the Speedy Gonzales wannabe since—since, I don’t remember when I last saw him,” Walden stated with a frown. “What day is it?”
“That’s something I don’t know,” I replied as Zee and Caleb walked over to where we were.
“So, no one knows where we are, right?” Zee spoke as I nodded my head at her. “Something’s not right here. I—I can’t change into the cat.”
“I don’t think any of our special powers are working,” I spoke as Walden looked at the wall and then back at me.
“If none of our powers are working, how did that big ass hole get there?” Walden asked as Zee and Caleb looked at me strangely.
“I don’t think what’s going on here is effected by magic. My powers come from magic,” I stated as Zee and Caleb raised an eye at me.
“You’re not like us?” Zee asked as I shook my head. “Well, isn’t that special.”
“Right now, it is,” I said as I looked around at Darren. “We need to get out of here and find Malevolent and Chase.”
“We need to find the Asian guy also,” Caleb stated as I looked at him, wondering who he was referring to.
“What Asian guy?” I asked.
“The one that tried to help me out. He was fighting with General Ranger’s men when they were trying to get me, but he got knocked down. That was the last thing I remember,” Caleb stated as he looked down. “I—I think I know him…”
“Well, I guess that’s another person to add to the search list,” I said as I walked towards the opposite wall and then punched it, knocking a hole through it, so we could leave the room.
What in the world is going on around here? Why am I not able to transform into the cat right now? Is there something wrong with me? Everything that JT taught me how to do, it’s not working right now. What’s wrong with my powers?
Where in the hell are we? Are we somewhere with the government? I don’t know where in the hell I am and I’m scared as hell right now. I can’t take this. I need to get out into the open and be free. I need to be free to be me! I feel like I’m closed in, but I don’t know if that’s the case or not.
All I know right now, I’m someplace, scared and it seems the people I call my friends have some issues of their own. The way Tara and Darren are looking at each other right now, I can tell there’s something going on between them, I just don’t know what that something is. Walden is a bit quiet, but then again, he always seems quiet where I’m concerned and when I’m around. I wonder what that means. Caleb on the other hand, he’s very vocal, but what he’s spouting off right now isn’t worth listening to.
All of this is just not working out for me. Not knowing where I am right now is scaring the hell out of me! Then again, that’s not really scaring me, not being able to transform into the cat is scaring the hell out of me! I can’t do this. I need to be able to transform into a stronger, more confident version of…
“Cat, are you okay?” I heard Caleb say as I felt something tapping my shoulder.
“Not really, but we need to find the others,” I replied, looking around just as Tara stepped in front of me and then punched the wall a few times, creating an opening for us to walk through as we stepped into what looked like some kind of barbaric arena where we found JT and some woman, the two of them duking it out like there was no tomorrow.
“What in the hell is this?” Tara asked as she jumped into the air, taking flight.
“No, stop that woman!” Someone yelled as some military men rushed into the area, surrounding us and then firing their rifles into the air. “Stop all of them fools, don’t let them escape!”
“No! Get away from me!” I screamed as one of the men grabbed me, trying to hold me tight as I struggled to get away from him. “Don’t touch me!”
“Saturn! Anima et Mens concursorum gravium!” I heard JT yell as a sphere of energy appeared above his head as he reached up with his hand, grabbed the energy and then threw it at the man that I struggled with as the guy screamed out. “Cat, are you okay?”
“I—I’m getting there,” I replied as he smiled weakly as I kicked the guy and then moved away from him. “What’s going on here Malevolent?”
“I would like to know that myself. What’s going on here Mal, are you okay?” Tara asked, floating down to where he stood as there was a blinding flash of light as I had to shield my eyes.
“Well, there you are,” I heard someone say as I moved my arm to see a black woman standing in front of JT and Tara as he moved quickly to avoid the other woman that was trying to hurt him.
“Miz Melody?” JT spoke, looking at the woman closely and then moved around again as he grabbed her by the arm, pulling her with him as Tara moved out the way also. “What are you doing here? How did you get here?”
“No baby, what are you doing here?” The woman asked as JT raised his hand, using his powers to deflect the other woman’s attack. “What’s going on here?”
“What’s going on here, that woman is trying to kill me because a mad man named General Ranger told her to!” JT snapped, moving again as he raised his arm, using his powers to deflect what the woman was doing as she slid across the floor. “Her name is Elaina Burns, she some kind of psychic that Ranger and his people have genetically tampered with and brainwashed. She’s exhibiting different types of powers, but I don’t know what her true power is.”
“Hey, why are your powers working, but the rest of ours aren’t?” I asked as he looked at me strangely and then ducked quickly to avoid being hit. “I can’t change into the cat right now!”
“My best guess is that they have a power dampening field around you, that’s stopping you from changing,” he replied as he shook his head and then stood in one spot as he held up his hand. “Enough!”
“Uh oh,” I heard Darren say as JT’s body glowed brightly, crackling with energy.
“I’ve had enough of this madness!” JT snapped, gesturing with his hand at the woman as she floated in place, struggling against an invisible barrier. “It’s time that I put an end to you and everything wrong here.”
“What are you going to do baby?” The black woman asked as she moved closer to JT. “You seem to be displaying a whole lot of power right now. Don’t you do something that will cause a bigger problem.”
“That’s the problem Miz Melody,” JT stated as he shook his head. “Me, not using my powers fully is why that mad man is in control of things now!”
“Baby, don’t do something that’s going to make things worse,” the woman spoke as there was a blur next to JT and then Brian appeared. I wonder where he’s been all this time.
“I’m going to do what I should’ve done a long time ago,” JT stated as the woman grabbed his hand as his eyes glowed brightly, projecting beams of energy through the area as everything got too bright to see.
“Malevolent, what are you doing? What’s going on, I can’t see!” I heard Brian yell as I heard others screaming around me.
I can’t see anything and I would like to know what’s going on to make people scream like that. Attempting to open my eyes again, the light was still too bright and I wasn’t able to see anything. What is JT doing? What did he mean by he was going to do what he should’ve done a long time ago. What should he have done?
“Malevolent, please stop!” I heard Brian’s voice again, but still didn’t know what was going on.
“Baby, you might want to do what he says. I’m not liking what I’m feeling right now,” I heard that strange looking woman say. “You need to stop what you are doing and just come back with me.”
“I’m not going to stop and I’m not going back with you!” I heard JT snap as someone else screamed. “Those people are trying to take advantage of our kind and I’m not going to allow them to do that. If it was all up to Ranger, he would want nothing more than for us to be his damn slaves! I am not going to be his slave!”
“Well if you’re not going back with me and you’re not going to stop, how can I get you to see the big picture here?” The strange looking woman asked. “You must stop what you’re doing or you’re going to destroy this world!”
“I am not going to destroy the world, it’s going to be cleansed—cleansed of this damn evil that monster created!” JT screamed as I felt something deep within me tingle. “That monster has plagued this world for far too long!”
“You stopping this monster will only open the door for more monsters baby,” I heard Brian’s voice next. “There’s got to be another way. Please stop what you’re doing, there has to be another way.”
“There isn’t another way!” JT snapped as the ground started to rumble. “Ranger and his followers will only continue doing what they are doing. They don’t care about people like us!”
“But you killing him, will make you just like him,” Brian said as JT sighed and then there was another scream. “Don’t be like him baby. I don’t want to be married to a killer. If you love me and want to marry me, you’ll find a different way to stop him.”
“Fine,” JT spoke as I heard what sounded like things falling to the ground.
“Thank God, I can see again,” I heard Tara’s voice as I moved my arm and then opened my eyes to see that the light generated by JT was gone.
“Stupid fool! You should’ve killed me when you had the chance,” General Ranger spoke as he got up from the ground and started walking towards all of us as he laughed. “You fucked up freak!”
“Guy, your life was spared, you should be thanking the stars that you are alive,” I said as the guy kept walking towards us, like he didn’t care.
“Condemning me to death would’ve only ignited a war between the humans and your kind. Had that freak killed me, it would’ve only destroyed your kind in the end,” General Ranger spoke as Tara shook her head.
“Big talk for a small man,” Tara spoke as General Ranger turned and looked at her.
“As I was saying, you should’ve killed me, but now that you haven’t, a war will be waged and I’ll be victorious freak!” General Ranger exclaimed as he raised both of his hands, laughing maniacally.
“Stand down General,” someone else spoke as I looked around, trying to see who it was as I noticed a man walking from the shadows. “I’ve witnessed too much here and what I’ve been witness to, needs to change.”
“Who are you?” JT asked as he stepped back a bit, taking on a defensive stance as his hands sparkled with energy.
“You needn’t worry about who I am,” the man spoke as he got up close to General Ranger and then punched him in the face, knocking him out as his body fell to the ground. “What you need to worry about is getting out of here now, all of you.”
“You—you’re just going to let us go?” I asked, looking at the man like he was crazy.
“This is a restricted military operations base, none of you should be here right now. I’m going to disavow all knowledge of you all being here,” the man said as JT shook his head.
“Why are you going to do that?” JT asked, looking at the man strangely as I moved closer to him, seeing that his eyes were glowing an eerie purple color.
“You’re not supposed to be here, any of you,” the man replied as he looked down and then stepped over General Ranger’s body. “The longer you all remain here, the shorter that directive will go. What I’m saying is, the quicker you get out of here, the less time it would take for someone here to take action to arrest you for breaking laws against the government.”
“We didn’t break any laws against the government, that fool…” JT spoke as the man shook his head.
“From what I saw, you young man did break the law. A few days ago, you flew upon these grounds, using unknown, destructive means to destroy government property,” the man stated as he looked over at JT. “That action alone would get one arrested, but seeing that in some strange sense, you were defending yourself against the moron’s past actions against you. For now, I’ll look past that, but you all must leave here now.”
“Malevolent, I think we need to just call this a win and leave,” Tara stated as she grabbed JT’s hand.
“Come on baby, let’s just end this and leave,” Brian said as he grabbed JT’s other hand.
“He’s not stopped,” JT spoke, looking over at General Ranger’s body that lay on the ground. “He’s an evil man that needs to be completely stopped. He’s only going to resume what he was doing.”
“He’s not going to resume anything here,” the man stated as he dropped the cigar he smoked on the ground and then put it out with his foot. “I can assure you—all of you, that you don’t have to worry about General Ranger.”
“Sounds very good to me,” the strange looking woman said as she looked over at JT.
“Come on, he’s stopped for now, let’s just take this for a win,” Tara spoke, tugging on JT’s hand as he sighed.
“Fine, you deal with that monster. If he rears his ugly head again, I’ll take him down, that’s a promise,” JT stated as he looked at Tara and then at Brian as his eyes started to shimmer with energy as everything around him got bright.
 Translated from Latin = Saturn! Mind and Soul Shock!