Chapter 7 — Is It the End or What?
Mar 15, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary
“Stop!” Everyone heard, but didn’t see the person the voice belonged to.
“That voice,” Hank said, looking around. “It sounded like Michura, but—but no one has seen or heard from her since the other night, after the fake comet sighting caper.”
“Now now, where do you freaks think you’re running off to? You know I’m not going to let you get away from me. I’m all power now! I’ve told you fools many times before that I would kill all of you and I meant what I said,” JT stated, his eyes crackling with energy while glowing an eerie red color.
“No! I’m not going to let you do such a thing my boy,” Necroloque stated, waving his hand in JT’s direction, using his magic to wrap JT in eldritch bands, holding him tight.
“Let me go old man!” JT screamed, his eyes glowing brightly as he struggled to get free. “Let me go or I’ll sear the flesh from your bones with my powers!”
“No my boy, I’m not going to let you go,” Necroloque stated as the area filled with water, catching all of them by surprise and disrupting Necroloque’s concentration as the eldritch bands around JT’s body dissipated. “What’s happening? What’s with all this water?”
“Michura,” Hank spoke, looking around. “Michura!”
“Star Heart Power, Transform!” Joey screamed, appearing in a blinding flash of light as he transformed into Legacy StarHeart.
“What the… another one,” Necroloque stated, looking at Joey strangely as he looked over at JT. “Why am I the last to know when a new chosen one is discovered?”
“Hmph, I take it JT didn’t tell you about this guy,” A’Mora stated as the light faded away from Joey’s body.
“Why am I here?” Joey asked, looking around. “I—I was at my hotel, in my room, minding my own damn business when I heard this voice telling me that I needed to be here and then the next thing I know, here I am.”
“Hmmmm, it couldn’t have been Divine,” Necroloque stated, looking down as JT’s eyes glowed as his body floated upward. “Oh no you don’t!”
“Stop!” Everyone heard again, but didn’t see the person the voice belonged to.
“Michura, if that’s you, please show yourself if you can,” Hank stated, looking around again.
“I don’t think it’s Atlantis,” Joey stated as Hank looked at him.
“You look good in that costume by the way,” Hank stated with a smile on his face.
“There’s no time for that,” Joey said, looking over at Hank as he shook his head. “I see that you’re okay, after being knocked on your ass by him.”
“I’m fine,” Hank stated, looking down. “Thanks for bringing that back up.”
“You’re welcome,” Joey replied as JT floated down to the floor.
“So, it’s all true then… Joey is like JT. He looks really cool in that costume. He looks like one of the Legacy Chosen members that I’ve actually gotten the chance to see,” Barbara stated, staring at Joey.
“Hello Joey,” JT spoke, stepping closer to Joey as Joey stepped backwards. “I heard that you left here in a huff.”
“Yeah, I left here, you tried to kill your best friend,” Joey stated as JT shook his head.
“No, I didn’t’ do that, it wasn’t me,” JT stated as his eyes stopped glowing. “I haven’t been here since the beginning of February. I haven’t been here to do anything to cause you to leave here in a huff.”
“That’s a lie, you—you struck Hank with some kind of energy,” Joey stated as JT shook his head.
“No Joey, that wasn’t me,” JT stated as he looked down, shaking his head again. “I—I can see the images in your mind, but that person… the thing that was with you, while you were here, it wasn’t me.”
“It looked like you, sounded like you, acted like you… it was you,” Joey stated as JT sighed and then looked over at Necroloque and then back to Joey.
“I’m really sorry Joey, but that thing wasn’t me,” JT stated as he turned away from Joey with a sad expression on his face.
“I don’t believe you, you’re Demonloque right now. Where is the real JT?!” Joey demanded as JT turned around quickly.
“No, you still have me confused with someone else. I may be wearing the garb of Demonloque, but I’m pretty much me… I’m myself,” JT stated as his right hand crackled with energy as a psychic dagger appeared in the left hand.
“Come on my boy, what’s on your mind right now?” Necroloque asked as A’Mora and Hank stepped away from JT and Joey.
“I—I might not know how to use the powers that I have, but I’m not going to let you scare me here. I’m not going to allow you to hurt me or anyone else here!” Joey screamed, stepping backwards, bumping into Hank.
“Look, you’re not going to change what’s already happened here, so you might as well be quiet and just stay out of the way,” JT stated, glaring at Joey as he walked past him. “This stuff is out of your league anyway, so just go on back to wherever it was you came from. I think we can handle this ourselves.”
“No! Star Heart Reflection!” Joey screamed as beams of energy projected from his eyes, zapping JT, knocking him backwards against the wall. “I’m not going to give you the chance to attack me or anyone else here, the way you attacked Hank that night!”
“Oh here we go,” A’Mora stated, shaking her head as JT got up off the floor and then dusted off his clothing as he turned and walked towards Joey.
“Stop this Joey, you don’t want to do this. Don’t be trying to hurt me,” JT stated as Necroloque watched the interaction between the two men.
“This isn’t going to end well,” Hank stated, shaking his head.
“It’s about to end right now,” JT stated as he spun around in a circle as energy and ribbon flared around his body. “Star Prism Power!”
“Oh great, it’s really about to hit the fan now,” Hank said as he looked around. “Joey man, you might as well give it up and just surrender.”
“I am Legacy Saturn!” JT screamed, standing before Joey as his eyes crackled with energy. “Don’t make me end this Joey. Please don’t make me do this.”
“I—I thought you were… I thought you were Demonloque,” Joey stated as he looked down. “I—I was trying… I thought… I was trying to stop your evil side.”
“Yet, I told you multiple times that I wasn’t Demonloque and that I wasn’t the person or the thing that had attacked Hank, yet you didn’t listen to me at all,” JT stated, shaking his head as Joey looked down.
“So, if you aren’t the person that attacked Hank, then that means you’re not the person I made love with,” Joey spoke as JT sighed, looked down and then shook his head. “Oh God! Who in the hell was I with?”
“That would have been me fat boy,” They all heard as the other JT appeared in the room as Hank and A’Mora both jumped backwards and then covered their mouths.
“You!” Joey screamed, taking on a fighting stance as he raised his hand as the other JT shook his head and then waved his hand in Joey’s direction, using his powers to send Joey crashing into the wall head first.
“No you, the pathetic weakling,” the other JT spoke as JT, Necroloque, A’Mora, Barbara and Hank watched.
“Who are you?” JT asked, stepping closer to the other JT.
“No need to ask, I am you,” the other JT answered with a smirk.
“No, you’re not me, you can’t be,” JT stated, reaching out to touch the other JT as his hand sparkled with energy.
“No my boy, don’t you dare touch it!” Necroloque screamed as JT snatched his hand back as the other JT smiled and then turned his attention to Necroloque.
“I’m getting really tired of your meddling Lord,” the other JT said with a sly smile on his face. “I guess I’ll have to take care of you like I took care of Donna, Drew, Kevin, Paul and Michura.”
“What! What did you do to them?” Hank asked as A’Mora had to hold him back. “Where’s Donna?”
“Like you really care about Donna, you’re a faggot!” The other JT yelled as Hank shook his head.
“Where’s Donna!” Hank screamed.
“She’s around here somewhere,” the other JT replied, laughing as he waved his hand at Hank dismissively. “But I’m sure she won’t be any use to any of you. You see, her mind is not around here with her.”
“What! What is that supposed to mean?” Hank asked, looking at the other JT strangely as realization kicked in. “Why you lousy…”
“I’m not too keen about you people making too much noise around here,” the other JT said as Hank’s mouth disappeared from his face. “Does anyone else want to lose the ability to speak? If so, please speak up and I’ll be happy to remedy that situation for you.”
“What in the hell are you doing?” JT asked, his eyes glowing brightly. “Oh my God, what have you done to Drew, Kevin and the others? I—I can see the remains of what you did to Kevin!”
“Apparently you didn’t listen to me. I just said I wasn’t too keen of people making loud noises!” The other JT screamed as he waved his hand in JT’s direction as JT’s eyes glowed brightly as the other JT was thrown against the opposite end of the room, crashing into the wall. “You—you were able to touch me… how?”
“I can telekinetically touch anything,” JT stated as he floated backwards. “I think it’s time for an upgrade around here!”
“No my boy,” Necroloque said as he shook his head as JT turned around and then reached behind his back, grabbing for air as his scepter appeared.
“I must do this Uncle… Saturn! Soul Eternal Change Up!” JT screamed as energy and ribbon flared around his body as his clothing changed as his body glowed brightly as the other JT got up off the floor.
“I’m not going to allow you to stop me Prince!” The other JT screamed, waving his hand in JT’s direction.
“Saturn! Silent…” JT started, but stopped in mid-sentence.
“That’s right, there will be silence,” the other JT spoke as he held his hand out at JT as it seemed he was frozen in place.
“What in the hell is happening?” Hank asked, looking up from the spot he was hiding from under the exam table.
“Chaos,” Necroloque stated, floating up towards the other JT. “You must stop what you’re doing, before you destroy this plane of existence. Your use of magic and energy is disrupting the spiritual balance of this plane. Please stop before…”
“Never!” The other JT snapped, waving his other hand at Necroloque, sending him crashing down to the floor.
“Look Chaos, you can’t keep doing this. The spiritual plane is becoming fluid with your use of magic and energy,” Celeste spoke, appearing near the other JT. “You must…”
“No Malaphyion, I’m not going to stop, you will!” The other JT snapped, his eyes crackling with energy. “You won’t be controlling the outcome of anything here today. Your magic can’t save you or anyone else here tonight!”
“Chaos please… You must stop what you’re doing,” Celeste stated as her eyes glowed. “If you continue what you’re doing, there won’t be a world for any of…”
“Silence!” The other JT screamed, waving his hand at Celeste, using his powers to knock her down to the floor as her mouth disappeared from her face. “There will be silence here!”
“Leave her alone!” A’Mora screamed as a crystal-like substance appeared around her body as the other JT shook his head.
“As I said, there will be silence here! She no longer has a mouth to speak spells. There’s no way for any of you to stop me,” the other JT stated with a smile. “I’ve already stopped the Prince and I have silenced all of your heavy hitters. What are you going to do now X-Ternals?”
“Oh no, what’re we going to do now?” Barbara asked, looking around as Hank shook his head as A’Mora stood behind her crystal-like shield, protecting herself from the other JT’s powers. “It seems that JT and his uncle, working together was our strongest ploy, but we need something else.”
“There isn’t anything else,” A’Mora stated as Barbara shook her head and then lashed out at the other JT with her ice powers. “No!”
“You bitch! Do you really think your ice bolts are going to stop me? I have survived far worse attacks than this! Sit down in your little corner and don’t move from there!” The other JT snapped, waving his hand at Barbara, using his powers to zap her, sending her body crashing into the wall, shattering into many pieces as she lay lifeless.
“Guys, I think we better make a run for it here,” A’Mora stated, grabbing Hank’s hand, helping him off the floor as scratched at his face where his mouth was supposed to be.
“Hey now, I thought I turned you into a puppy dog once,” the other JT said as he snapped his fingers as Hank’s body glowed as A’Mora let out a blood-curdling scream as the glow around Hank’s body disappeared and Hank was once again a dog. “There’s nothing you people can really do to stop me, I have already defeated all of you!”
“Please Chaos, please tell us what it is that you want,” A’Mora stated, walking around JT and got in front of the other JT as she watched how JT and his uncle floated in mid-air, not moving.
“That’s very simple woman, I want everything and I want nothing,” the other JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy. “I know what you’re trying to do here A’Mora Asland. You can’t do what you’re planning. I know every possible plan that you can try to use against me. I am a telepath!”
“Yes, we all know that you’re a telepath Chaos,” A’Mora stated, sighing. “is that why you hurt Donna and Drew, because they are telepaths too?”
“No!” The other JT screamed as his eyes flared with energy as A’Mora went flying across the room, knocking her into a wall as she slid down it to the floor, the sound of bones breaking could be heard.
“Owwww!” A’Mora screamed, leaning up on her elbows a bit as she tried to move into a sitting position on the floor as the blood poured from a wound on her side. “Why are you hurting us like this?”
“I’m hurting you all for the years that you all hurt me,” the other JT stated as A’Mora looked at him strangely.
“How could any of us hurt you, when we don’t even know you?” A’Mora asked, coughing up some blood as she groaned and then lay down on the floor.
“You all know me very well bitch!” The other JT screamed, zapping A’Mora with a bolt of energy, sending her body slamming into the wall again as she groaned and her eyes closed.
Somewhere Else in the Compound
Tara Kent’s POV
“What in the hell is going on around this place?” I asked, walking through the corridors, trying to find some signs of life.
Is there anyone alive in this place? The place is dark, darker than some of the caves in Limbo I’ve seen. This place looks like a bomb went off in here. Hell, if it wasn’t for that big ass hole in the damn exterior wall, I don’t think I would’ve been able to get into this place, since I couldn’t raise anyone on the communicator to allow me authorization to the entrance on the other side of town.
“What happened in this place? It seems… feels like I’ve been walking around here forever. Where is everyone at?” I asked, pressing buttons on the communicator, but still, nobody responded.
Damn, is this thing even working right now or what? I’ve tried contacting all the active members of the team and no one is answering me. What could be going on right now, to keep someone from answering the damn line? If something is going on, shouldn’t someone be answering this thing to inform others of what’s happening?
“This all seems spooky to me… I feel like there’s a whole lot wrong in this place,” I said aloud as I stopped at JT’s living quarters, pressed the button to open the door and then looked around inside, but no one was there.
I’m really not liking the way I feel right now. When I feel like this, it normally means that there’s something terribly wrong and I end up getting busy as Wonder Woman. Walking down the corridor, I checked through all the other living quarters and I didn’t see anyone in those either. It’s the middle of the damn night. Where are these people at? I checked the command center when I felt through that damn hole in the wall and no one was there either. Hell, there wasn’t any clues to what actually happened to produce the giant hole in the wall and why this place looks the way it does.
“I’m shocked that no one was on monitor duty,” I said, stopping at the end of the corridor. “That’s probably the reason why no one would let me in, because they didn’t know I was down there, trying to get in.”
I’ve checked all the places that you would expect to find people in and I’ve come up with nothing. They’re not in the command center, the combat room or in the entertainment theatre. What’s going on around this place? The way things feel around me, it’s like this place has been deserted and hasn’t been inhabited for some time. I know that can’t be the case here, I was just here the other day. If the team moved someplace else, I’m sure someone would’ve told me.
“I guess they would’ve told me if they were… Hey, I haven’t checked the infirmary yet,” I said, turning around as I headed towards the elevator as the communicator thing started blinking.
Hmmm, why is the communicator blinking like that? Is that a sign that I should recognize? The indicator light is blinking, but I don’t know why. Oh well, I still haven’t checked the infirmary yet, so I’m headed there to see what I find.
A Few Minutes Later – The Infirmary
“Well hello there Wonder Woman,” Tara Kent heard as she entered the room. “You should know by now that you can’t sneak up on a telepath.”
“I wasn’t trying to sneak up on you J,” Tara stated, walking around JT to see what was happening in the room as she stopped in her tracks and then covered her mouth. “There are two of… What in the hell is going on here J?”
“No, it’s not hell yet, but almost,” the other JT stated, floating down to the floor as he approached Tara slowly. “I’m so happy to see you Wonder Woman. Are you ready to be added to my collection?”
“Am I ready to be added to your collection of what?” Tara asked, looking around as the other JT pointed up as she looked up to see all the members of the team, suspended above the two of them in what looked like cages made of energy. “JT, what’s going on here?”
“I’m not your precious JT, I am Chaos! Don’t you like the name, I like it!” The other JT screamed as the area shook and vibrated as Tara flinched backwards a bit.
“Okay Chaos, what’s going on here? Why is everyone up there, suspended in those cages like that?” Tara asked.
“They’re up there, because that’s where I put them,” the other JT responded, his eyes crackling with energy. “Pretty soon, you’ll be up there with them.”
“But why are you doing this Chaos?” Tara asked, backing away from the other JT as he smiled and then walked towards her. “Please stop this, whatever the hell this is.”
“I can’t stop this,” the other JT stated as his eyes started to flare with energy.
“Why can’t you? What have you done to them? Who are all of those people anyway?” Tara asked, not knowing everyone that was held prisoner.
“My dear, those people are the X-Ternals… or I would like to call them, the people that have caused the Prince to be taken away from his true desires, to handle mundane duties—duties that didn’t allow him to experience life to the fullest, the way he should have,” the other JT stated as Tara looked at him strangely.
“But who are all of these people Chaos?” Tara asked, looking around again. “All these people, they can’t all be members of the X-Ternals.”
“But they are Wonder Woman,” the other JT stated as he waved his hand at Tara as she moved closer to him as the two of them floated into the air.
“You’re hurting me,” Tara spoke as the other JT smiled as they continued floating upward.
“We’ll start here,” the other JT stated as he stopped in front of the first cage. “This is Jennifer Blake, also known as Amaryllis. She met the Prince a long time ago when you all were kids. She ended up a friend of his, mainly because her mother was abusive to her and the Prince felt a kinship to her.”
“Owww,” Tara groaned as the other JT smiled again.
“This is Michura Hino, an Asian young woman that has seen too much hurt in her life. After hanging around the Prince and learning to use her powers—powers she gained from being experimented on by her father and other men that worked for him, she took on the name Atlantis, after the Atlantis Corporation that shut down the company that ended her father’s life,” the other JT explained with an evil smirk on his face. “If she had never splashed down at his feet, while he was at the beach that summer the two of them met, she wouldn’t be a part of his life right now. If it hadn’t been for the thoughts of her being sexually abused by those men, calling out to the Prince, he probably wouldn’t have given two cents about her life.”
“That’s not true,” Tara stated as the other JT turned to face her.
“That is true,” the other JT stated. “He was trying to have a good time, but he couldn’t do that because her thoughts of being sexually abused by others called out to him. He had no choice but to help her get away from that terror, regardless of the terrors he’s faced in his own life.”
“JT enjoys helping other people,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head.
“That’s the problem,” the other JT stated, waving his hand as the two of them moved on to the next person. “This is Wanda Langley, the bitch that tried to use her magicks to get rid of me. Someone should have told her to stop while she was ahead of the game. Isn’t it sad that she shares her soul with another…”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about Chaos,” Tara stated as the other JT’s eyes glowed as she screamed out. “I… My mind can’t handle all of the images, make them stop… Please make them stop!”
“Next, we have Prudence Rast, what a prude she can be, but you probably know her as Bliss. Bliss came into the Prince’s life because she thought he was a straight man and she was going to use her powers against him, to get his money. Bad move on her part,” the other JT stated, shaking his head. “Someone should have told her that the Prince likes dick way too much to ever change over.”
“You don’t have to be crass about this Chaos,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head as she screamed out.
“Don’t interrupt me while I’m experiencing a moment here!” The other JT screamed out as his eyes glowed brightly as Tara screamed out again.
To Be Continued…