Chapter 6 — A Fractured Soul
Day 23 — Bensonhurst, NY — The Home of Darren and Tara James — The Backyard
“Hello everybody,” JT announced as he appeared in the area as Tara jumped up from where she sat.
“JT, where in the hell have you been? You’ve been gone for almost a week,” Tara stated with a mean look on her face as she walked towards JT as he held up his hands.
“What has turned you into a sourpuss?” JT asked as Tara shook her head and then slapped him across the face. “Tara!”
“Don’t damn ‘Tara‘ me! How dare you show your damn face around here after being gone for a whole damn week! No fucking words about you being okay or not! I’m able to communicate telepathically with you, so you had a way of communicating and contacting me!” Tara screamed as JT’s expression changed.
“I—I’m sorry,” JT replied as Tara shook her head again as she grabbed him by the collar of his shirt and then jacked him up off of his feet as she pushed him against a tree, holding him tight. “Tara, put me down!”
“No, I’m not going to put you down!” Tara screamed as her eyes sparkled with energy as she transformed into her costume.
“You—you transformed into Amazon without spinning around,” JT spoke as Tara smirked and then jumped into the air, taking flight with him in her grasp as he looked down with a scared look on his face. “Tara, what’s going on?”
“Let’s just say you’re not the only one capable of upgrades to yourself,” Tara stated as the two of them were close to the edge of the planet’s atmosphere, almost in outer space.
“Tara,” JT stated as she shook her head again.
“Shut up JT and listen!” Tara snapped as JT closed his mouth. “You were gone for a whole damn week!”
“I know that now Tara,” JT replied as Tara glared at him.
“While you were gone, our new friend, the lady you that you left with us, almost got all of us captured by the police and anybody else that wanted to poke and prod on us because she kept disappearing from my damn house!” Tara snapped as she pointed her finger in JT’s face. “It’s hard to find someone when you don’t know jack-shit about them!”
“I…” JT started to say as Tara slapped him across the face again, shutting him up.
“I’m not a real telepath JT; I can’t track that woman down!” Tara screamed as she rolled her eyes. “My empathic abilities can only do so much! I’m not you damn it!”
“Nobody said you were Tara,” JT replied as Tara glared at him again.
“You expected me to be, since you left that woman at my house and didn’t tell any of us, any pertinent information about her, except her damn name!” Tara screamed as she shook her head as a tear rolled down her cheek. “Did you know she had problems with her memory?”
“Ah—no, I didn’t know that at all, but that could’ve been a result of Ranger’s tinkering with her or him using that damn collar, that I zapped off of her,” JT stated as Tara frowned. “I’m sorry Tara, I had to leave. In that time that I got the call, I didn’t have time to do anything else. You know when you’re called, you must go.”
“That took you a whole damn week JT?” Tara asked as JT frowned. “JT?”
“I… Ahhhh… Well… I sorta went about my regular business, until I thought things were settled with another matter,” JT stated, averting his eyes from Tara as she shook her head. “I didn’t want to give Brian a chance to…”
“Speaking of Brian, the boy is totally crushing on you and you won’t even acknowledge that he even exists,” Tara stated as she pointed her finger in JT’s face again. “The boy is head over heels in love with you and…”
“And I don’t need that in my life right now. I don’t want to experience another…” JT stated as Tara glared at him and then smacked him across the face again.
“Cut that shit out JT,” Tara stated as she said. “Brian isn’t Jamie, he’s not Drew and he sure as hell isn’t Tyler.”
“You forgot about Tim, Joey and Donovan,” JT stated as Tara shook her head again.
“What in the hell is so wrong with having someone around that wants to love you?” Tara asked as JT looked at her as if she were crazy. “Answer me JT, what’s so damn wrong with that?”
“There’s nothing wrong with that, but Brian is so much younger than me and he—he has issues that he’s not willing to deal with,” JT stated as Tara’s eyes widened.
“Are you kidding me here? I’m hearing this from the man that has more issues than a fucking magazine subscription!” Tara snapped as she threw her hands up. “I’ve known you most of my life JT, but sometimes I wonder about you. How crazy are you?”
“I’m crazy enough to know not to get involved with someone I don’t know, that can cause me to hurt more than I already do,” JT stated as he looked down.
“Did you ever think that the guy has been hurt enough and he needs someone to show him something positive in his life? It’s not always about you JT, damn!” Tara screamed as she slapped JT across the face again and then turned away from him. “One day, I hope you realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you! Because you’re a damn Prince in a magical dimension, doesn’t mean you’re one here!”
“Tara,” JT said as Tara shook her head and then flew in the other direction, leaving him floating alone. “I—I can’t believe she just did that.”
Day 35 — Washington, D.C. — The Pentagon — A Secret Restricted Area
“Come on Ranger, I would like to know what’s going on with those super freaks,” a tall white man spoke as he shook his head and then walked around the table, getting in General Ranger’s face.
“Nothing’s going on sir,” General Ranger replied as the man raised an eye at him.
“What in the hell is going on with those super-enhanced humans Ranger?” The man asked, folding his arms across his chest. “You’ve had two cycles to get what we want and so far you’ve turned up nil.”
“There’s nothing to worry about sir. I have everything under control,” General Ranger stated with a smile. “Pretty soon, we’ll have everything we want.”
“What? You have everything under control? Are you fucking kidding me here?” The man asked as he looked at General Ranger strangely as he turned away from him and then walked over to a computer console and pressed a button as a monitor turned on. “Does this look like you have things under control?”
“As I said sir, things are under control,” General Ranger replied as he and the man watched footage of JT attacking his mind with his psychic powers. “I had a minor set back, but things are as I said, under control.”
“Have you been smoking something Ranger?” The man asked as he grabbed General Ranger by the collar of his shirt and then jacked him up. “You let that woman get taken from you and your men! That woman provided a big clue as to how we can remain in power, but you let her get taken away from you! Tell me David; tell me how you have things under control!”
“Sir, if you’ll let me go, I’ll explain it to you,” General Ranger spoke as the man let him go and he was able to sit back down in his chair.
“Go on,” the man said as he looked at General Ranger closely.
“The woman isn’t fully lost to us,” General Ranger spoke with a sly smile as he pressed a button on the computer terminal and pointed. “I know where the woman is.”
“You know where she is? Why in the hell isn’t she back here then?” The man asked.
“She’s in Bensonhurst, New York,” General Ranger stated as he pressed another button on the computer console. “She’s been there since she was ‘taken’ from me.”
“If you know where she is, why in the hell haven’t you gone to get her back?” The man asked.
“Simple, I want to get all of them,” General Ranger stated as the man looked at him strangely. “I want to get her and her new friends. Once I have them all, then we’ll have what we need to remain in power.”
“How are we going to remain in power David?” The man asked as General Ranger walked around the table and then pressed a button on another console.
“Here’s what we’ve seen so far,” General Ranger stated as he pressed another button on the console as multiple images displayed on the monitor. “There’s the original woman that can open doorways to other places.”
“Right and that’s what we need,” the man stated as he looked at the images on the screen.
“Yes, but that could be so much better with this woman here,” General Ranger stated with a smile. “This woman is a powerhouse all by herself. She can fly, she seems to have super strength and she does wonders with a lasso you won’t even believe.”
“It sounds like she can be a viable weapon,” the man said with a smile as General Ranger pressed another button on the console. “And what does that man there do?”
“I don’t know what all he does, but each time I’ve come in contact with him, he’s displayed a different skill,” General Ranger stated. “In our first meeting, he displayed the skill of levitation and flight. He was able to take the guns from my soldiers with just a wave of his hand. He was also able to pull lightning from the night sky the same way. He threw soldiers around the area like they were rag-dolls.”
“Impressive, but what is the force behind that?” The man asked as he looked at General Ranger.
“I first thought he was a psychic with telekinetic powers, but I think there’s something more with him,” General Ranger stated as he looked down and then pressed another button on the console. “This guy here, he said strange words and things happened. I can only assume that he’s some sort of witch or magician. The black guy was able to say similar words also, so I think the two men have a similar nature.”
“Isn’t that the same black man that was captured here some time ago?” The man asked as General Ranger nodded his head. “Then how in the hell did he get away from here? Were the power dampeners in their proper place and active?”
“The power dampeners were there and active, the reason which I believe he has some kind of witch-like nature, since that man and woman were able to get in and help him get away,” General Ranger stated with a frown. “I have a different plan to get them all, including the little one that hurt the maker.”
“How is the Maker right now? Is he able to proceed with our plans?” The man asked as he pressed some buttons on the console as the image on the screen changed to display a medical report. “It seems he didn’t do a good job, his first time out in the field was a disaster.”
“It wasn’t a disaster sir, it was more like he was hindered by…” General Ranger stated as the man interrupted him.
“Is he going to be a liability to the cause? How is he going to be beneficial to us, if he’s not able to properly defend himself? Is his skill going to be an asset to us or not?” The man asked.
“His skill is already an asset to us sir,” General Ranger stated with a sly smile on his face. “I installed a little device at the base of the Maker’s skull that allows me to imitate his ability, even giving me control over him, just in case he turns his back on the cause.”
“Is that so? What about the woman? Did you do the same thing to her?” The man asked as General Ranger smiled and then nodded his head. “If she has the same thing in her head, why is she where she is right now?”
“As I stated before sir, I’m waiting for the right moment to get them all,” General Ranger stated as he walked closer to the man. “Just give me a little bit more time and I’ll promise you, we’ll have the bounty that we want.”
“Fine David, you have a week’s time to have those freaks here, under lock and key,” the man said as he turned, tipped his hat and then walked out of the room as General Ranger saluted.
“Great, how am I going to get those freaks in that time span?” General Ranger asked as he shook his head, sighed and then walked out of the room as well, leaving the console monitor on with pertinent information to his plans displayed on the screen.
A Few Hours Later — A Few Meters Below — An Exam Area
“Stop! Let me go damn it!” A young man screamed as he struggled to get off of an exam table. “Let me go right now!”
“There’s no need for you struggling here Derrick,” General Ranger stated as he stood at the edge of the exam table, leering at the young man. “You’re here for a very important reason.”
“Where’s my sister?” The young man asked as he continued struggling to get off the exam table. “That man said my sister was in danger and that she needed my help! Where is she damn it?!”
“I guess your sister is perfectly fine, wherever she may be,” General Ranger stated with a sly smile. “I have no idea where your sister is, she wasn’t the one we wanted. Besides Derrick, your sister shouldn’t be your concern right now.”
“If there’s nothing wrong with my sister, then let me go, now damn it!” The young man screamed as General Ranger shook his head as he waved his hand over the young man’s face.
“In time dear boy, in time,” General Ranger stated as he pressed a button on the exam table as he stepped back quickly as protective covering shield came down from the ceiling and surrounding the exam table as a gas filled the inside as the young man stopped struggling. “Good, he’s out again.”
“Sir, we have a problem,” a cadet spoke as he stepped into the room behind General Ranger and then saluted.
“What’s the problem cadet?” General Ranger asked just as a siren sounded. “Never mind slowpoke!”
= All hands, security level red! =
“What in blazes is happening around here cadet?” General Ranger asked as he rushed past the cadet.
“Sir, we’re currently under attack!” The cadet yelled as he followed behind General Ranger down the corridor.
“Damn! We have to get out of here!” JT yelled as he swung his psychic sword at a soldier as it fizzled a bit. “I got Nest, but he’s out cold! The power dampeners around here are zapping my powers heavily! I can’t keep up at this level of fighting! This guy is deadweight right now and I can’t protect us for long!”
“There are more people in the cells!” Jennifer yelled as she flew past JT.
“Conjurer, Chase! Do what you can to get those people out of the cells! Get as many of them as you can to safety!” JT demanded as he continued fighting with the soldiers.
“Malevolent, are you able to telepathically lock onto the people in the cells?” Tara asked as she floated near JT. “Is there a way you can lock onto them and teleport them out?”
“I’m sorry Amazon. The spell Conjurer placed on us to keep our powers working, isn’t fairing well against those damn power dampeners,” JT stated as he grabbed one of the soldiers and then tossed him through the air as his eyes glowed momentarily. “They are providing me with enough bio-energy to fuel my tactile telekinesis and strength. I can’t keep stealing soul energy from these men. I—I don’t want to do that!”
“We have to do something else. There are way too many of them!” Tara screamed as she used her lasso to rope a few of the soldiers together as she flew them into the air and then released them, letting them fall to the floor. “The more I take them out, the more that come back to fight!”
“I know what you mean,” JT replied as he threw another soldier through the air as he did his best to defend himself and the person he had retrieved from one of the exam rooms.
“Are those guys even real? I’m not feeling anything from them at all. They remind me of your demonphages!” Tara screamed as she flew through the air with a few soldiers in her arms as she slammed them into a wall.
“They are definitely real!” JT yelled as he slashed a few of the soldiers with his psychic sword. “If they weren’t real, my sword wouldn’t have any effect on them! They have to have some kind of mind or soul for my sword to work on them.”
“Malevolent, we’re not getting anywhere here. We’re not going to win this,” Tara stated as she roped a few of the soldiers with her lasso and then slammed them against the side of a building as JT’s eyes flared with psychic energy as images of himself appeared in different places around the area. “That’s great, the psi-clones again. I hope these things work out in our favor here.”
“There’s only so much I can do for now,” JT stated as the person with him opened his eyes just as JT stabbed his sword through the forehead of one of the soldiers, causing the soldier to scream out in agony as the person witnessed this and started freaking out. “Calm down Walden.”
“Calm down? What in the hell is going on here? Who in the hell are you?” Walden Nest asked as JT moved in front of him quickly, blocking him from being attacked by one of the soldiers.
“My name is Malevolent and I’m trying to keep these guys from killing you,” JT replied as he punched a nearby soldier in the face and then grabbed Walden by the arm, moving them around in a circle quickly, getting away from the soldiers. “Do you know how to use your powers? Do you know how to fight, using them?”
“I know how to fight,” Walden replied as JT smiled and then waved his hand as his psychic sword appeared in his hand again.
“Stay close to me so you won’t get hurt,” JT instructed as he continued fighting with the soldiers as Walden pitched in, punching the soldiers that approached them.
“Boss man, we have a big problem,” Darren stated, appearing next to JT.
“What’s the problem Conjurer?” JT asked as he moved the two of them around as he waved his hand, sending a few of the soldiers crashing into the side of a building.
“I opened one of the cells to release the prisoner and that’s what happened,” Darren stated as he turned JT to face one of the buildings that was on fire.
“That fire,” JT replied as his eyes flared with psychic energy. “No!”
“What’s going on Malevolent?” Darren asked as he looked at JT strangely.
“That fire happened because you opened a cell?” JT asked.
“Yeah and problem is, she looks just like you,” Darren stated as JT looked at him strangely.
“What do you mean she looks just like me?” JT asked as his eyes glowed brightly as Darren’s eyes flashed the same color, signaling that JT had used his psychic powers to read Darren’s mind. “Oh God, that—that’s my sister!”
“Damn, I think we have a bigger problem here now,” Darren stated as he snapped his fingers as Tara appeared next to him. “Darlin’, I think the shit is about to hit the fan.”
“What’s going on Conjurer?” Tara asked.
“I think they captured your friend’s sister and abused her,” Darren replied as Tara’s eyes widened.
“Oh God no, I hope that’s not the case,” Tara stated as there was a loud explosion as the shockwave knocked her and Darren down to the ground. “Oh God! That totally wasn’t a good thing!”
To Be Continued…