Chapter 3 – Warning Signs
Feb 29, 1996 – Somewhere in Twin City, GA
“Yes! I am powerful again!” I screamed, feeling my body warming up from the cold I’d been subjected too for too long.
“Ah J,” A’Mora spoke, frowning when I floated over to where my captor floated near the ceiling. “Ah J, what are…”
“Who in the hell are you?” I asked, my body growing in size as I felt my fingers tingling, the chill that was on them, now gone. “Who in the hell are you damn it?”
“Ahhhh!” The man screamed as I shook my head, using my powers to transform my hand into a Gryphon’s claw as I grabbed him, holding him tight.
“Who are you damn it!” I screamed, grabbing him by the throat with my other hand, pulling him close to me as the expression on his face told me all that I needed to know.
“J stop, you’re going to kill him!” A’Mora screamed out.
“Pamela… Ashley… Please tell me that you two don’t know this man,” I said, throwing the guy down to the floor as I used my mental powers and zapped his mind. “You both know this man? You knew he was capable of this crap and you didn’t tell me, why?”
“We didn’t know this Timmy,” Pamela spoke with a frown on her face.
“Enough!” I screamed, raising my hands as psychic fire surrounded my body.
“Uh oh,” A’Mora said, shaking her head. “J, stop this, enough is enough already.”
“No! I’ve just begun!” I screamed, lashing out with my pyrokinetic powers, setting the place on fire. These fools won’t be using this place to torture anyone else.
“Oh God, we have to get out of here! This place is going to come down!” Kevin yelled as he looked around.
“We gotta get these people out of here!” Pamela yelled.
“No, leave them!” I snapped, floating towards Pamela as she backed away as I used my telepathy, locking onto her, Ashley, A’Mora and Kevin as I teleported all of us out of there, heading to the one responsible for this travesty.
Somewhere in Swainsboro, GA – The Home of Mother Divine
“You!” JT screamed as he and his passengers appeared in a burst of light as he stepped close to Mother Divine.
“Momma, look out!” Pamela screamed as JT lashed out with his telekinetic powers, knocking Pamela down to the floor.
“Oh God, he’s gone mad!” A’Mora screamed, waving her hand as her clothing changed into her costume. ‘We have to do something to stop him. Brett, I need you to get Hank, Barbara and the others… I need your help!’
“What in the world is going on here?” Mother Divine asked, trying to get away from JT.
“Saturn! Mind and Soul Shock!” JT screamed, floating into the air as his body spun around in a circle as a sphere of energy projected from his body, blasting Mother Divine, knocking her backwards to the floor.
“Divine! Might of Spite!” Mother Divine screamed, using her powers to shield herself from JT’s attack.
“Saturn! Psi-Sonic Reflection!” JT screamed as psychic and sonic energy blasted Mother Divine, pushing her body backwards as she held up what looked like a book, shielding herself from JT’s attack. “Fine, I know how to stop you permanently!”
“JT, don’t!” Kevin screamed.
“Saturn!” JT screamed as he reached behind his back, grabbing for air as he held his hand up as his scepter materialized in his hand.
“JT, don’t do this!” Kevin screamed again.
“Saturn! Cosmic Power Ignite!” JT screamed as his body glowed brightly as ribbon and energy flared around his body as he held the scepter high above his body. “Saturn! Silent World!”
“No!” Everyone screamed as JT floated higher in the room, his powers blowing the roof off the house as cosmic energy poured from his body and scepter, raining down on Mother Divine and everyone near her.
“My child, what have you unleashed?” They all heard as things around them stopped moving.
“Oh my God, we’re all going to die, he’s killed us all!” Pamela screamed, falling to the floor, covering her head.
“What’s happening? It’s like everything’s frozen and not moving,” Kevin spoke as he looked around the room, trying to touch debris that was frozen in mid-air.
“No! You can’t do this to me! She’s supposed to die damn it!” JT screamed, shaking his head. “You can’t stop me, you just can’t!”
“Please child, the energies you’ve released will extinguish this world,” they all heard as Guardian Hephzibah appeared above all of them in the clouds, her body shrinking down to the size of giant as she grabbed JT, taking his scepter from his hand.
“I don’t care about this damn world being extinguished!” JT screamed as he struggled to get his scepter from Guardian Hephzibah.
“Still the fires of your mind and heart child. Think about what you’ve done here child,” Guardian Hephzibah spoke.
“I already thought about it; she needs to die!” JT screamed as the tears streamed down his face. “She tried to kill me! She almost killed me!”
“My child, that’s neither here nor there,” Guardian Hephzibah stated as she held JT in her hand.
“She tried to kill me! If they hadn’t found me when they had, who knows what those damn people would’ve done to me! She—she cast a spell and got rid of my powers! I couldn’t save myself from those people! I couldn’t save myself! She meant for those people to kill me!” JT screamed as there was a burst of light as Necroloque appeared.
“Child, what you’ve done here can’t be allowed to continue. This must be reversed at all costs,” Guardian Hephzibah stated as her eyes glowed.
“No!” JT screamed as he disappeared from Guardian Hephzibah’s hand and then reappeared on the floor with scepter in hand as he drew back to swing the scepter at Mother Divine. “Soul Eternal…”
“No Timmy, you can’t do this,” Necroloque stated, waving his hand in JT’s direction, causing JT to fall to his knees, totally out cold.
“What did you do to him?” Kevin asked, moving closer to where JT was.
“He’s currently asleep,” Necroloque answered, his eyes glowing brightly. “He’ll be fine later on. This is a tragedy that must not be allowed to continue.”
“You don’t say,” A’Mora stated as Necroloque looked at her strangely. “You people sure do know how to screw up somebody’s mind.”
“This is a Legacy matter and you are not a part of it,” Necroloque stated as he looked over at A’Mora.
“Sometimes I wonder why he would want to be a part of something that tried to kill him,” A’Mora stated, shaking her head as Kevin gestured with his hand, trying to stop A’Mora.
“Because one thought that way, it doesn’t mean we all do,” Necroloque stated as he waved his hand in A’Mora’s direction as she disappeared from the room. “It would be in your best interest not to say anything here Legacy Pluto, as I am not in the mood to deal with you right now either.”
“Yes sir,” Kevin replied, bowing his head as he looked down.
“Get him to safety and when he awakens, he’ll feel at peace,” Necroloque stated with a frown on his face.
“I don’t think that’ll be the case. I think he’s going to hold onto this hurt and pain for a very long time,” Kevin stated as a few tears fell from his eyes.
“I’m sure he will, but right now, we’re stopping the world from ending because of his actions and her hatred… and sadness,” Necroloque spoke as he turned around as he and Guardian Hephzibah disappeared.
“Mother Divine, you’ve avoided death today,” Kevin said as he knelt down close to JT, waved his hand as he and JT disappeared from the room, leaving Pamela and Ashley alone with Mother Divine.
“Momma, what in the world were you thinking?” Pamela asked, looking at Mother Divine closely.
“I was trying to save his soul. I was trying to keep him from going to hell,” Mother Divine stated as Pamela and Ashley both shook their heads.
“Yeah, I think you’ve caused a bigger problem, than just trying to save his soul Momma,” Pamela stated with a frown. “I don’t think this is over with. I love you Momma, but what you did was wrong. Like he said, they almost killed him.”
“They didn’t kill him,” Mother Divine spoke. “They were only…”
“Momma, when I saw the images in his mind of what was going on with him when we finally located him, I was shocked that he was still alive!” Pamela screamed as she threw her hands up.
“They weren’t going to kill him, just make him see the error of his ways,” Mother Divine stated as she shook her head and then looked around. “Being with those—those men have corrupted his soul and for him to be an angel, he can’t be that way.”
“They nearly kill him, the reason he came here and tried to kill you Momma!” Ashley snapped, throwing her hands up also. “Don’t you understand that?”
“As I said, they weren’t going to kill him,” Mother Divine said as she turned her back to Ashley, walking over to a mirror in the room as she waved her hand in front of it, viewing the reflection that showed where JT and Kevin had teleported off to. “He’s with Kevin again. I thought they were over.”
“They were over, but it seems your actions have brought them back together,” Pamela stated, looking at Mother Divine strangely. “Kevin hadn’t been with Timmy in a long time. The only time Kevin would be around is when he was needed as Legacy Pluto and nothing more than that. Kevin moved on with his life, but your hatred here has pushed him right back to Timmy, so you only have yourself to blame for sending his soul back to hell, as you see it!”
“How dare you talk to me like that!” Mother Divine snapped, pointing her finger in Pamela’s face.
“It’s about time that someone did,” Pamela said as she turned away from Mother Divine. “I’m leaving!”
“What? What do you mean?” Mother Divine asked.
“It means that I’m getting out of here to go somewhere else. If you’ll do something like that to a man that you call your son, I wonder what you’ll do to me,” Pamela stated as she shook her head and then waved her finger in a ‘Z’ formation, creating a dimensional portal as she sighed and then jumped through it.
“I guess you’re going to leave too,” Mother Divine said as she looked over at Ashley and then back at the mirror’s reflection as Ashley walked out of the room. “I was only doing what I thought was right. I was just trying to save his soul. I didn’t want my baby boy going to hell for his sinful ways.”
Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Combat Room
“Whoa! I could’ve seriously hurt you,” Hank said, floating down to where A’Mora appeared on the floor in the room. “Why would you teleport in here?”
“I didn’t teleport myself here, JT’s uncle did it,” A’Mora replied with a frown.
“So, you guys were able to find him?” Hank asked as A’Mora nodded her head. “So, where was he been held up lately?”
“That’s a long story,” A’Mora replied as Hank looked at her. “Okay, it seems he was in some place in Georgia at a de-gaying camp.”
“He was at a de-gaying camp? What?” Hank said, shaking his head as he looked at A’Mora strangely.
“Yeah, someone arranged for him to go to this place to have the gay demon removed from his body,” A’Mora stated as Hank shook his head.
“So, he was at that place all this time?” Hank asked as A’Mora nodded her head.
“Yeah, pretty much,” A’Mora stated with a frown. “Someone kidnapped him and held him prisoner at the place where we found him. They nearly killed him. When we finally connected with his mind, the images that I saw, I don’t know how he survived the ice baths, the constant dunking his body into the water, the electro-shock stuff on his nipples and balls and the beating.”
“What? He has power, he could’ve survived…” Hank said as A’Mora shook her head. “What’re you shaking your head for?”
“No, he couldn’t have survived, he was powerless, no powers what-so-ever,” A’Mora stated as Hank looked at her strangely. “There was a magical spell on him, keeping him from using any of his powers. He was helpless as a baby.”
“So, what happened next?” Hank asked, looking over at A’Mora.
“His sisters got him free, I used my powers to get rid of the magical spell that was on him, blocking him from using his powers and then he set the place on fire and when we left,” A’Mora stated with a frown.
“Why do I feel like you’re leaving something out, like that part that tells how you ended up in here, claiming that JT’s uncle teleported you here,” Hank stated as he looked at A’Mora as he crossed his arms across his chest.
“We appeared at his mom’s house and he tried to kill her!” A’Mora screamed.
“Say what? He tried to off his mom?” Hank asked, shaking his head. “That’s some fucked up shit!”
“Well considering that she tried to have him de-gayed and all,” A’Mora said as she looked down. “If I was in his shoes, I don’t know what I would’ve done. The person he trusted most with his life, used her powers against him, so someone else could hurt him. What would you have done Hank?”
“I don’t know what I would do. I can’t believe it was his own mother though,” Hank said as he shook his head. “Where is he right now?”
“I don’t know,” A’Mora replied with a frown. “His uncle whisked me out of there in a hurry.”
“And that’s how you ended up here, with me almost clobbering you,” Hank said as A’Mora nodded her head as he turned around. “I guess we can ask Kevin when he comes back.”
“That’s if he comes back,” A’Mora stated with a frown as she looked down. “Kevin’s a changed…”
“A changed what, man? Why wouldn’t he come back here? He’s still part of the team and some of us like him, even if he’s not dating JT,” Hank stated as A’Mora shook her head again.
“You already got a man,” A’Mora stated as Hank stopped moving and then sighed. “Hank…”
“Lance dumped me,” Hank replied as he continued walking towards the door.
“What? Why would he do something like that? A few days ago, you two were talking about something long term,” A’Mora stated as Hank shook his head.
“I—I showed him what I truly look like and he—he screamed, threw up and then ran out of the room,” Hank stated as A’Mora looked at him strangely. “I haven’t seen him since then.”
“Hank, what are you talking about?” A’Mora asked, walking up behind Hank, placing a hand on his shoulder as he jerked away from her.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Hank stated as A’Mora frowned as he walked out of the room, bumping into Donna James as he went.
“Okay, what just happened girl?” Donna asked, walking over to where A’Mora stood.
“Just some minor drama with Hank is all,” A’Mora replied with a frown as she turned around.
“Have you seen JT?” Donna asked, looking at A’Mora closely. “A’Mora, are you okay?”
“I’m okay, just not feeling the best,” A’Mora stated, turning around. “I have no clues as to where JT is right now. The last time I saw him, he was in Georgia, trying to kill his mother.”
“What!” Donna screamed, her eyes glowing brightly as a few items in the room floated off the floor.
“Donna, calm down!” A’Mora exclaimed, grabbing Donna’s hand. “Get a hold of yourself and control your powers!”
“Why in the world would JT be trying to kill his mother?” Donna asked as her eyes stopped glowing.
“She had him kidnapped,” A’Mora answered as Donna looked at her strangely. “She had him kidnapped and taken to one of those places where the people try to cure a person of being gay.”
“What!” Donna screamed again as A’Mora sighed.
“So, myself, along with Kevin, Super Girl and Vogue had to pool our mental powers together to try and find him. His mother placed a spell on him that rendered him powerless and no one was able to mentally locate him. The spell was so strong, even the computer wasn’t able to locate him,” A’Mora explained as Donna shook her head as her eyes crackled with energy as things in the room banged against the wall.
“That woman has gone too far this time. It was one thing when she used to keep him from his father, but going as far as having him kidnapped and trying to cure him of being gay just takes the damn cake!” Donna screamed as a few more items in the room floated off the floor and then crashed into the wall.
“Donna, if you don’t calm down, you’re going to destroy all the equipment in this room,” A’Mora stated as Donna sighed and then shook her head as some tears slid down her face.
“I’m sure that caused a big problem,” Donna said as she turned around. “I came to work out, but I think I’ll go lay down now. I have a feeling that the coming days are going to be bad.”
“Okay, take it easy girl,” A’Mora said as she patted Donna on the back and then walked out of the room. “I have a feeling that she’s totally right about that. I don’t think things with JT and his mom are over and done with. With all that I saw, I’m sure there will be more.”
Somewhere in Georgia – A Lone Cabin in the Woods
“Hi there,” Kevin spoke as JT opened his eyes and then looked up at him as the two of them lay in bed. “You’re okay… everything’s okay buddy.”
“Everything’s not okay buddy,” JT sarcastically said as he slid away from Kevin on the bed and then got up. “Where are we?”
“You already know where we are,” Kevin replied, looking away from JT.
“Why are we here?” JT asked, folding his arms across his chest as he looked down at the floor. “Why did you bring me here?”
“This is where I’ve been and I thought you would…” Kevin stated as JT held up a hand, stopping him.
“Why Kevin? Why this place?” JT asked as he sighed. “Why bring me to a place where I…”
“I’m sorry,” Kevin said as he sighed. “At the time, I didn’t know we were going to end up here. I keep forgetting that transportation spell takes you back to where you came from.”
“So much for you being sorry Kevin,” JT stated as he shook his head. “You cheated on me with some damn woman here!”
“I didn’t cheat on you, you left me, remember,” Kevin said as he turned around to face JT. “I wasn’t the one that left, you did!”
“I left because you told me that you couldn’t do this anymore,” JT stated as he shook his head.
“I was tired of lying to myself, my family and my friends… what little friends I had,” Kevin stated as he shook his head. “Do you know how hard it is to be gay in a small town?”
“Hello, I grew up in the same damn town that you did, but I haven’t wavered away from being me!” JT snapped.
“No JT, you didn’t only grow up in Swainsboro, you grew up in Jacksonville too, a place where you met most of the others and the so-called love of your life, Speedy,” Kevin said as he pointed his finger at JT. “You cheated on me, long before I even thought about…”
“Robin, Christy, Jill, Missy and Laura,” JT said as Kevin just shook his head. “We were best friends for a very long time and then we became lovers. You allowed our friendship to go down the damn drain because you didn’t want those girls knowing you were associated with a so-called sissy… a sissy with enough psychic power to turn their brains to mush!”
“That’s not how it was and you know it,” Kevin said as he walked over to JT.
“Then how in the hell was it!!” JT snapped, looking Kevin in the face. “Everything was fine between us until those girls came along in the fourth grade. We hung out during recess every day, had lunch together and then they came along and you had no time for me. Anytime someone wanted to find you, all they needed to do was look for one of those damn girls!”
“I spent time with you,” Kevin said as JT shook his head.
“Fighting bad guys with your ninja and samurai powers don’t count!” JT screamed as the cabin shook. “The only time you spent around with me was when we were fighting bad guys and then when the bad guys were gone, so were you. You would have me send you back home to your girlfriends so things would be back to so-called normal.”
“Oh come on buddy, things between us were never normal,” Kevin stated as he grabbed JT’s hand and then pulled him close. “I loved… love you. I’ve always loved you, regardless of how much we fought and wherever we were on the planet.”
“You’re lying!” JT snapped as he pushed Kevin away from him. “If you loved me, you would never do anything to hurt me.”
“Oh, like you sleeping with Drew didn’t hurt me!” Kevin snapped, looking down as he balled his hands into fists. “How do you think it feels, walking into your room to surprise you for your birthday and find you having sex with another man?”
“Now you’re just making things up,” JT stated, shaking his head.
“I’m not making things up!” Kevin snapped, his eyes crackling with magnetic energy.
“Oh yes hell you are, because I’ve never slept with anyone on my birthday,” JT stated as he turned around. “All of my birthdays have been spent with my mother or my father or both, but not boyfriends. So, you didn’t surprise me on my birthday, to find me having sex with anyone!”
“I’m not going to argue with you about that, I know what I saw,” Kevin stated as he shook his head.
“I don’t care what you think you saw. I know I didn’t sleep with Drew on my birthday, any of them,” JT stated as he shook his head. “You trying to explain away all the times you’ve slept with women by saying it’s my fault for sleeping with Drew is a damn sham! I wouldn’t have to sleep with Drew, if you would’ve been man enough to be my boyfriend and stop worrying about what others thought about you!”
“There it is,” Kevin said as he shook his head and then smirked. “All of us aren’t as strong as you are Jt. We all don’t have strong psychic shields like you do to keep us protected from harm. Better yet, I don’t have the psychic power to change a person’s mind, especially when they get upset with me. All of us can’t use those powers to make people like us!”
“How dare you!” JT screamed, throwing his hand up as Kevin’s body floated up off the floor and slammed into the cabin wall.
“Go ahead, beat me up,” Kevin said as he leaned up on his elbow. “If that’ll make you feel better, go right ahead and beat me up. Do it!”
“You are a low-down dirty rat!” JT screamed, shaking his head as the tears streamed down his face.
“Call me what you want!” Kevin screamed as JT shook his head and then turned around as his costume glowed as ribbon and energy flared around his body. “JT, what are you doing?”
“I’m leaving here,” JT replied, his eyes crackling with energy as he shook his head.
“Don’t leave!” Kevin screamed as he grabbed JT’s hand, stopping him from moving.
“No, don’t touch me!” JT screamed, lashing out with his telekinetic powers, sending Kevin crashing into the wall again. “There’s no reason for you to be touching me. For all I know, I have no reasons to be around, since all I’ve done is sued my powers to make people like me! That means no one ever really liked me in the first place. I—I’m just a freak! I’m a lonely freak that no one ever liked!”
“JT, stop that!” Kevin screamed as he got up off the floor as the energy and ribbon that flared around JT’s body stopped and then collapsed upon his body, revealing a new costume.
“What is it that you want me to stop James?” JT asked, his voice sounding cold and strange.
“What’s going on here?” Kevin asked, looking at JT strangely.
“Why do you care James?” JT asked, smiling evilly as he raised his hand as Kevin went crashing into the wall again. “I hope you said your goodbyes to the Psychic Warrior, he’s now dead. You can welcome Chaos to the world!”
“Oh God, what—what have I done?” Kevin asked as JT smiled and then turned around as he stepped through a teleportation portal, disappearing from the cabin.
To Be Continued…