The Chaos Factor – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – A Comet Strikes, Not!

Feb 3, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Command Center

JT’s POV

“Computer, what is the status of Team One?”  I spoke, tapping keys on the computer’s console as I waited for the computer to tell me the information I requested.

= The current ETA for team one is ten minutes =

“Thank you computer,” I spoke, continuing my task of tapping keys as a view screen next to me activated as Michura’s image was displayed.  “Hello Michura, is there a problem?”

= Not a one boss.  Just checking in to let you know that we’re on our way back to HQ. =

“Okay, I’ll see you guys when you get back here,” I said as the image on the screen changed and I saw Joey Fallon’s face.

= Okay boss, Atlantis out. =

“Base out,” I said, tapping a key on the console as the view screen shut off.

I suppose today is my lucky day—a day I’ve been somewhat dreading, since I returned back here from Texas six months ago.  I shouldn’t be dreading this day, but I mainly fear what will happen when I see Joey Fallon in person again.  It’s been six months since I’ve seen him and I fear the distance that was created between us when I decided to leave the tour will cause a bigger problem in the long run.

I guess I shouldn’t be scared of what could possibly happen when we reunite.  I guess I should be more fearful of how things will play out when my true feelings come into play.  On instinct, at the height of the tour, I told the others that I couldn’t be objective enough to be Joey’s bodyguard and had someone else replace me in that regard.  The team put up a fuss about my decision, but after voicing my fears of what could happen and telling a little bitty lie about a vision I supposedly had, they agreed that me being Joey’s bodyguard and being in a relationship with him would cause some issues.  So, based on multiple observances of past events between the two of us, I decided that it would be beneficial to the team and to Joey that I return back here to the complex while A’Mora guarded him.

“God, I don’t know what to really think here,” I said aloud, turning away from the computer console as I covered my eyes.  “JT, what are you going to do about the situation you’ve caused here?  What’s going to happen here today, is going to be my own doing.  I won’t be able to blame anyone else for this madness.  The only one to blame for this is me.”

So JT, how are you going to solve this big problem that’s about to brew here?  I wish there was an easy method of fixing this, but I doubt there is one.  I’m currently in a bind that I don’t know how or even if I should try to get out of… Why am I even fretting about this?  This is the fault of the Elders of the Universe.  The Elders claim that Joey and I are destined to be together, that he’s my soul mate.  I know they are the means to all things in the universe, but are they sure that Joey Fallon is my soul mate and not Drew Claybourne or Kevin Edenfield… those are the guys that have touched my heart in some way and those are the guys that I think about when I envision the future.  So, the Elders telling me that I’m destined to be with Joey, I’m skeptical of that fact.

Regardless of what I do, today is the day that I’ll be reunited with the man that’s destined to be my soul mate and believes that we’re in a relationship together.  Due to my commitments here to the team, I’ve done what I could to keep myself busy, so that I haven’t had much time to actually spend with Joey or to pursue anything with him, further than just a phone call here and there.

When I heard that the tour was over and the guys of All Star would have some down time, I was scared and elated at the same time.  Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, I don’t know if seeing Joey Fallon would be a good idea or not.  Regardless of how I feel about seeing him, I have no choice in the matter now that the jet just touched down in the hanger.

A Few Stories Down – The Hanger

“Alright guys, it’s safe for us to disembark from the jet,” Michura stated, removing her seat belt and then pressing a button on the console as the jet doors opened. “Let’s get to JT and give him our reports and call it a day.”

“I’m with you on that one,” Barbara stated as she, Hank and Tyler stepped out of the jet as Michura turned around and looked at A’Mora and then Joey.

“A’Mora, is there something wrong?”  Michura asked, stopping at the exit doors.  “You’ve been quiet since we left LA.”

“I feel something’s wrong,” A’Mora stated, shaking her head as she got up from the seat as Joey walked past her.

“What could possibly be wrong girl?”  Barbara asked, walking over to A’Mora as Joey walked past her.

“I—I don’t know right now.  I—I just have this feeling that something’s going to happen,” A’Mora stated as Barbara frowned.

“Did you have a vision of the future or…” Michura spoke as Barbara interrupted her.

“We’ve been villain free for weeks.  Please say we get to have some much-needed down time,” Barbara stated as Joey looked at her and then frowned.

“I don’t think I can say that Barbara,” A’Mora stated as her eyes glowed an eerie pink color as her hair changed from its normal light purple color to a darker purple color.

“I’m still new to all of this, but what’s going on with her hair?”  Joey asked, stepping backwards away from A’Mora.  “I’m sure her hair isn’t supposed to be doing that.”

“Are you okay A’Mora?”  Barbara asked as A’Mora waved her hand, disappearing from the area.  “Okay, something’s definitely wrong with this picture.”

“Yeah and I’m not happy about it,” Michura said as they all stopped when the red alert siren sounded.  “Oh that’s just fucking great!”

“Let’s get to the command center,” Barbara stated as she tapped some numbers into the keyboard on the exit doors as the doors opened as they all rushed out of the area, heading down the corridor quickly.

The Command Center

“Computer, switch to aerial view!”  JT demanded as a few view screens in the room activated.

(<SPLINGK>)

“What’s going on here JT?”  A’Mora asked, appearing in the room.

“Apparently, a whole lot is going on,” JT replied, pressing buttons on the computer console as a few of the view screens changed.

“Oh God, what is that thing?”  A’Mora asked, pointing at one of the screens.

“It looks to be a comet,” JT replied as A’Mora walked up behind JT.

“That can’t be a comet JT,” A’Mora stated as she shook her head.  “That thing is moving rather fast to be a comet.  If that was a natural phenomenon, it wouldn’t be…”

“It can’t be a real comet,” JT stated as he turned around.  “I normally detect natural occurrences such as this, but I didn’t detect it.  Had it not been for our satellites, I never would’ve known it was up there.  It seems that thing has caught the attention of every satellite in space, opening the eyes of every space agency on the planet.”

“So, we’re not the only ones tracking this thing,” A’Mora said as JT nodded his head.  “Well that’s just great.”

“I believe there are separate agencies in the government tracking this thing as well as us,” JT stated as he pressed a button on the computer console.  “But it seems our satellite picked it up first and that thing has done something to knock our satellite out of its original orbit.”

“How are we seeing this stuff right now then?”  A’Mora asked.

“I had to use my skills to hack into a different satellite.  I piggy-backed on one of the other satellite signals to get the current images we have” JT replied, pressing another button on the console.  “Our satellite is trapped in the tail of that so-called comet and it, along with our satellite is heading towards the planet at a tremendous speed.”

“What!  Why are we sitting here then?  Why aren’t we trying to stop that thing?”  A’Mora asked as the doors to the room opened and the others rushed in.

(<BLINK>)

= Spatial Travel Intruder Detected =

“Yo’ bro, what’s going on?”  Telly Scott asked, appearing in the room.

“Helix, what are you doing here?”  JT asked, looking at the young man that appeared across from him.

“I saw on the news that something from space was heading this way,” Telly replied as he smiled widely.  “So, is the X-Ternals going to knock that thing out of orbit or what?”

“What’s with the red alert JT?”  Michura asked, standing at the table.

“There seems to be a strange, unearthly phenomenon heading towards the planet from space,” JT stated, pointing at one of the view screens.  “That thing is going to crash down real soon and…”

“Look at the size of that damn thing!”  Barbara screamed, covering her mouth.  “If that thing crashes down somewhere, it’s going to destroy a whole lot!”

“Bro, we can’t allow that to happen,” Telly stated, shaking his head.

“What in the hell are we waiting for?”  Barbara asked, looking over at JT.

“I’m waiting to see if anyone in the government tries to do something about that thing first, before we act and cause a bigger problem,” JT stated as Joey looked at him strangely.

“We would be saving the planet J,” Michura stated, looking over at JT strangely.  “Fuck what those crazy humans think!”

“That’s what we’re trying to avoid,” JT stated, pressing a button on the console as a news station channel appeared on the view screen.

“Come on man, why you have to go and turn on the news?”  Telly asked as JT looked at him strangely.

“I would like to know what the government is planning to do about the situation, before we go blazing out, trying to stop whatever the hell that is and scared the hell out of people,” JT stated as he tapped a button on the console as the volume in the room rose as they all heard the news report.

= Professors and Scientists at the University of North Florida have yet to identify the object that seems to be heading towards Earth.  Professor Graham Marshall says the object seems like a comet, but has a different energy pattern, unlike any other natural phenomenon that has been observed before.  Technicians at the International Space Exploration Agency has yet to release any information regarding this phenomenon while others speculate what can be done to stop its decent to Earth. =

“What does all that mean JT?”  Telly asked as JT pressed a button to mute the volume of the view screen.

“It means that no one knows what to do about the so-called comet that seems to be heading this way,” JT stated, shaking his head.  “That thing isn’t natural and…”

“If it’s not a comet, what the hell is it?”  Joey asked, walking over to JT and then leaning in, kissing his cheek as Telly gasped.

“What the hell is…” Telly said as Michura and Barbara both shook their heads, getting him to stop.

“Not now Telly,” Michura said as Telly looked at her strangely.

“Then when?”  Telly asked, looking at JT and Joey as if they were crazy.  “What in the hell is going on?  Where’s Drew?  What about Kevin?”

“Not now Telly!”  JT snapped as Telly threw his hands up and then walked out of the room.

“What was that all about?”  Joey asked as the doors to the room opened again as Hank walked in.

“What’s going on guys?  What has Helix so upset?”  Hank asked as JT shook his head and then sighed.

“He’s probably wondering why Joey just kissed my cheek,” JT stated as Hank shrugged his shoulders and then sat down at the table.

“So, what’s going on?  What’s with the red alert?”  Hank asked, looking around the room at everyone.

“You just now decided to come ask that question?”  Joey asked, looking at Hank strangely.  “We’ve been in here for half an hour and where did you go off to?”

“I went to go talk with Lance,” Hank stated with a smile as he placed his hands on the table.

“How sweet,” JT replied, walking over to the table and then taking a seat as he pressed a button on the table as a view screen above the table came on.  “Here’s the problem at hand.”

“Oh no,” Hank whispered as he watched the view screen.  “Starcade.”

“Something you have to contribute Hank?”  JT spoke, looking across at Hank.

“That’s not the question at hand JT,” Michura stated as her hair swished around on her head.  “Are we going to do something about this problem or what?”

“Since the government hasn’t done anything, I guess we need to try something,” JT stated, pressing a button on the table as the red alert siren stopped, but the lights continued flashing.  “I’ve sent out an alert for the others to respond.”

“I don’t think Donna is going to show, she’s having trouble with her family,” Barbara stated as JT got up and then walked around the table.

“So, is this all we got?”  JT asked, looking around the room.  “Computer, show active communication devices.”

= Processing information.  Psychic Warrior, Helix, Golem, Onyx, Psy Lad, Tele Girl, Frosta, Atlantis, Speedster, Illusioness, Stryker, Murderess, Midknight, Lightspeed, Amaryllis have active communication devices. =

“Computer, are you able to coordinate a way for the team to stop that phenomenon?”  JT asked.  “Computer, would we need to call in extra help with this situation?”

“We don’t have time for this man.  We have a good enough group right here.  Let’s go do this,” Barbara stated as the pupils of her eyes turned white as her whole body changed to ice.  “I’m ready for action right now.”

“What happens if we’re not enough to stop that thing?”  JT asked, looking over at Barbara.  “That thing will crash down somewhere on this planet and destroy all life around it!”

“We can be stopping that thing right now!”  Michura screamed, shaking her head.  “We’re sitting here, wasting valuable time arguing.  Let’s go do this!”

“Fine,” JT said, snapping his fingers as his eyes crackled with power as everyone in the room disappeared.

Hundreds of Miles Above X-Ternals’ Compound

(<SPLINGK>)

“Ahhhh!”  JT screamed as he and his passengers appeared, floating in air.

“JT?  JT, are you okay?”  Joey asked, floating near JT.  “Baby… Baby, are you okay?”

“I think he’s out cold,” Hank stated, floating next to JT and Joey.

“I would like to know what that thing was we just saw… How—how did that—what was that fucking thing?”  Joey asked, looking around at the others as he moved away from JT as he grabbed A’Mora’s hand as she looked at him strangely.

“JT?  JT, are you with us?”  Michura asked, looking around.

“As I said, it looks like he’s out cold,” Hank stated, looking over at Michura.  “Michura, are you okay?”

“Don’t worry about me, we need to be worrying about that thing that’s headed towards the planet, wherever the hell it is,” Michura stated with a frown on her face, her body looking to be dissipating a bit.

“If he’ out cold, how are we up here, floating like this?”  Joey asked, looking around at the others.

“Duh, we’re on the edge of the atmosphere right now,” Hank stated, looking over at Joey as he shook his head.  “No gravity to hold us down, the reason we’re floating right now.”

“Okay,” Joey replied, shaking his head as there was a flash of light as Telly appeared next to Barbara.  “Whoa, what the hell?”

“Well it’s about damn time that I found you guys.  It took me a few jumps to get up here,” Telly stated, looking over at Joey and then frowning.  “What’s he doing here?  Is he part of the team now or something?”

“Another matter for later Telly,” Michura stated as she touched JT’s face as his body started to glow.  “JT?  JT, are you with us buddy?”

“Stop!”  JT screamed, his eyes shooting open as his body moved into an upright position as Michura floated backwards.  “Oh God, that must’ve been a dream, I thought…”

“What must’ve been a dream?”  Michura asked, looking at JT strangely.

“Where are we?”  JT asked, looking around and then looking down.  “Why are we in space?”

“Are you okay JT?”  Barbara asked, looking at JT strangely.

“I’m okay, but why are we in space?”  JT asked again as a few of his comrades looked at him strangely.

“We’re up here, looking for a rogue comet,” Michura replied as JT’s eyes glowed as he turned around quickly.

“No we’re not,” JT stated, his eyes no longer glowing as he raised his hands and then disappeared.

“What the hell is he going on about?”  Michura asked, screaming out as different parts of her body started dissipating.

“Michura, I think we need to get you back down on the planet,” Telly stated, grabbing Michura’s hand as he, along with her and Barbara disappeared as A’Mora shook her head, snapped her fingers and then disappeared as Hank just floated there with Joey.

“I guess you’re my responsibility now,” Hank stated as he grabbed Joey’s hand as the two of them started to descend towards the planet.

“What’s going on Hank?”  Joey asked as he and Hank floated downward.

“I don’t know, but the only way we’re going to find out is at HQ,” Hank replied as he shook his head.

Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Command Room

“What in the hell is going on around here JT?”  Telly asked, walking into the room as he grabbed JT by his arm, snatching him around.

“Are you out of your mind Telly?”  JT asked, moving backwards away from Telly as Michura and Barbara walked into the room.

“I’m not the one that’s out of his fucking mind!  What in the hell are you doing with another guy?”  Telly asked, looking at JT like he was crazy.  “What’s with the new guy?”

“First of all, that’s none of your business” JT stated as Telly shook his head.  “Second…”

“No, it’s our business when it comes to the stability of this team,” Telly stated as he pointed his finger in JT’s face.  “You hugging up with another guy can cause problems for the rest of us!”

“How so Telly,” JT stated as Telly threw his hands up and then turned around.  “Did you two know about this new guy?”

“Yeah,” Michura replied as Telly shook his head and then turned back around.

“What about Drew?  What about Kevin?”  Telly asked, walking around to where JT was.  “I know it’s been awhile since you two have been together, but the boy got some hope in his heart that you two would get back together.”

“This team has nothing to do with my personal life Telly,” JT stated as Michura sighed.

“He has a point Telly,” Barbara stated.

“Are you kidding me here Barbara?  You know the first thing that’s going to happen is that there will be fighting among us and it’ll be because he’s acting like a homo gigolo,” Telly stated as JT’s eyes crackled with energy.

“What!”  JT snapped as Michura moved around in front of him.

“Please JT, he doesn’t mean it,” Barbara stated as she moved around Telly, getting in front of JT quickly.

“That’s it, he’s lost his mind!”  JT screamed as the whole building shook.

“JT please,” Barbara stated as she turned away from him and then rolled her eyes.  “We don’t have time for this petty arguing… We need to know what’s going on with the comet.”

“There wasn’t a comet,” JT stated as Michura and Barbara looked at him strangely.

“If it wasn’t a comet, then what in the hell was it Mr. Know It Fucking All?”  Telly asked, pointing his finger in JT’s face.  “Did you have something to do with that thing, whatever the hell it was?”

“Mr. Scott, you might want to learn to control what you’re doing, before someone actually does some changing for you,” JT stated as Telly smirked.

“Bring it on mental boy,” Telly said, balling his hands into fists as he stepped closer to JT.  “Unlike the others, I’m not afraid of you.  You fuck with me and I’ll teleport you ass into the damn sun.”

“You’re not scaring me any,” JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy, flaring brightly.  “That doorway to the sun can go both ways.  You ready to travel?”

“Guys please,” Barbara stated as JT shook his head.

“There’s nothing pleasing about this,” Telly stated as he shook his head and then turned around.  “One of these days, I’ll make you eat those words.”

“Nothing but air and opportunity Telly, take the chance,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “I’ve had enough of this so-called attitude from you.”

“What are you going to do about it?”  Telly asked, turning back around to face JT.

“Guys, please stop this,” Barbara pleaded as Michura just watched.

“You know what, I think I’ll take my leave on that note,” JT stated as Michura grabbed his hand, stopping him from leaving.

“No JT, you can’t leave, not until we find out what’s going on with that comet,” Michura stated as JT waved his hand at the console as a view screen came on.

“There was no comet,” JT stated, looking around at the view scree.  “It seems someone was trying to pull a hoax on all of us.  Someone tied a video feed into a satellite and tricked the world into believing that a comet was going to land some place and cause devastation and destruction.”

“Wait a minute,” Barbara stated, stepping in front of JT.  “But you and A’Mora sensed that thing before the others knew about it.”

“No, I felt that it wasn’t a natural occurrence and as things are, it wasn’t.  As for A’Mora, I don’t know what she sensed or felt,” JT stated as he turned around and then waved.  “Goodbye all.”

“JT!”  Michura screamed as JT faded away from the room.

“Are you out of your fucking mind Telly?  He could’ve beat your ass and then what?”  Barbara asked, looking at Telly like he was crazy.  “What’s gotten into you?”

“As you saw, he decided to leave instead,” Telly stated, shaking his head.  “It’s not what’s gotten into me, it’s what’s gotten into him.  What in the hell is going on with him, Drew, Kevin and this new guy?  Does the new guy know about Drew and Kevin?”

“Don’t know,” Barbara stated as she looked down.

“Then why in the hell is he dating someone else before ending things with the one he’s with?”  Telly asked as he sat down at the conference table.

“I can’t tell you that, I don’t have an answer to that one,” Barbara stated with a frown.

“I don’t either, but haven’t you guys noticed that things between him and Drew have been shaky as of late?”  Michura asked, looking over at Barbara and then at Telly.

“If things are shaky, it’s because JT doesn’t know how to keep his dick in his pants or whatever,” Telly stated as Michura sighed.

“Why are you acting like this Telly?”  Barbara asked.

“Because I’m tired of our so-called leader acting like a dumb ass bimbo,” Telly replied, looking at Barbara.  “Don’t you think things would go smoother around here if he didn’t act like he was a cheap whore?  Come on, one week he’s with Drew and the next he’s with Kevin and now he’s here with someone new.”

“First, we don’t know what’s going on between him or any of them.  It’s not our business.  Second, you need to cut this out, it’s not funny and if he found out what you just said, there will be trouble and we don’t need that mess around here,” Barbara stated.

“I don’t care if he found out,” Telly said, shaking his head.  “Maybe he needs to find out so he’ll stop acting that way.  He needs to act like somebody with some sense and stop leading people on.”

“Why do I get the feeling that there’s a personal message in there somewhere,” Michura stated as Barbara looked over at her.

“I’m not gay!”  Telly snapped as Michura shook her head.

“On that note, I’m going to go get some rest,” Michura stated, walking towards the door.  “It seems our little jaunt into space took a lot of my energy.”

“I’ll see you here, later on girl.  I think I’ll do monitor duty until someone else comes in to take my place,” Barbara stated with a frown as she glared at Telly.  “I wouldn’t be doing this, if someone hadn’t ran the person that was doing monitor duty off.”

“It wasn’t my fault,” Telly said as his eyes flared with a sparkle of energy as he disappeared from the room.

To Be Continued…