Chapter 8 — Chaos Goeth
Mar 15, 1996 – Jacksonville, FL – The X-Ternals’ Compound – The Infirmary
“What is the point of all of this?” Tara asked, trying to catch her breath.
“You said you didn’t know any of these people, so I’m introducing you to them,” the other JT stated as his eyes started to glow again as Tara turned her head away.
“Please continue,” Tara stated, looking down.
“Moving along then. I’m sure you remember the wimpy Carter Sellars,” the other JT stated, looking down as he sighed. “For all the power he has to control the weather, he was never able to handle a fight as Cyclone.”
“He’s not a wimp, he just doesn’t believe in fighting like the rest of us do,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head.
“If it wasn’t for his actions, the Prince never would’ve been injured by Master Power and had to wear that suit of armor that Paul Stanton now wears as Golem,” the other JT stated as he and Tara floated to the next person. “Do you remember little Jordan Logan, if not, here he is, all grown up. He’s not so little now. He’s a full-grown man, he even has hair down there now.”
“Psi Lad,” Tara stated as a few tears fell from her eyes.
“No woman, don’t you shed tears for that little fuck up!” The other JT snapped, his eyes flaring with energy as Tara screamed out. “Everything happens for a reason… Doesn’t it?”
“He didn’t deserve to lose his family the way he did,” Tara stated as she sighed and then sniffled. “Why are you doing this?”
“I’m doing this to show you why I’m here right now,” the other JT stated as the room shook as debris fell from the ceiling. “Shall we continue now or do you want to whine some more?”
“I wasn’t whining,” Tara stated as the other JT looked at her as his eyes flared with energy, shocking her as she held her composure, not giving him the satisfaction of her screaming out.
“Now we come to Barbara Parks, the joke of the team,” the other JT stated as he shook his head. “All she was ever good for doing was making mixed drinks with her powers. She could’ve been so much more, but she was scared of her potential. Glad I finally put her out of her damn misery.”
“What’s really the point to all of this Chaos?” Tara asked as the other JT shook his head again.
“Don’t interrupt me!” The other JT screamed as his eyes flared with energy as Tara screamed out this time. “Moving along now, we get to Telly Scott. He’s been going by the name Helix, but he doesn’t know what that really means. He’s been the resident teleporter for the team for a very long time, but the Prince could’ve provided transport for you all, without the drama and the comedic antics that he created for so long.”
“You have a point there,” Tara stated as the other JT looked at her again.
“That guy has the biggest and rudest mouth of the south. You know the guy thinks he knows everything, but he really doesn’t, but I do. Sometimes I wonder why the Prince allowed him to remain around here for so long. Then again, I wonder why the Prince remained here with you all for so long.”
“He remained here because he likes u and he likes helping people,” Tara stated, closing her eyes, fearing that she would be punished for speaking.
“Maybe you are right,” the other JT stated as the two of them floated over to where A’Mora was suspended. “The Princess of Endor, A’Mora Asland… a real princess, a real princess, just like the prince and she’s here among the rest of you. I think she could’ve used her magical powers differently, but instead of making herself happy, she chose to fight like the rest of you do, keeping the prince from experiencing his desires.”
“There are other things in this world besides experiencing desires Chaos,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head again and then turned to face her, slapping her across the face. “Did you enjoy hitting me Chaos?”
“Yes, I enjoyed that,” the other JT replied, smiling. “You’re making Chaos very happy with your actions.”
“Much obliged, I’m sure,” Tara stated as the energy cage around JT and Necroloque’s bodies flickered a bit. “Who’s this guy?”
“This is Benjamin Kane, his name is Lightspeed. I thought you knew him,” the other JT stated, looking at Tara strangely as they floated past the man. “This is his stripper girlfriend, Tamara Knight. She’s a superhero by day and a stripper queen at night. Instead of calling herself MidKnight, she should’ve just called herself Stripper Girl. It seems all she’s good for is taking her clothes off.”
“I already know Tyler,” Tara stated as the other JT smiled and then shook his head.
“I don’t know what you saw in Stryker to even bother trying to sex him up. He’s a confused young man,” the other JT spoke as he shook his head and then laughed. “Ezra Tyler Sheridan hasn’t been able to make up his mind about what he wants since the day he set food in this place. One minute he likes girls and the next he likes guys. I guess it depends on how big the dick is that he has to take up his ass.”
“Okay,” Tara said as a few tears fell from her eyes.
“And then we come to that bitch… I mean the witch named Celeste Preston, also known as Malaphyion. I don’t even know why she came here. Did she think her puny magicks could stand up to the might of Chaos?” The other JT asked, moving towards her as he waved his hand at her face as her mouth reappeared as a few energy cages behind them flickered. “Ah yes, the coveted Mara Drake or what’s her name again… That’s right, her name is Masquerade, like that bad seventies TV shoe. Mara Drake has been a thorn in my side for a very long time. Because of her actions, the Prince has been confused about his life, mainly because he believed that if he married her, she would produce the magical children that he met years ago, as if that would ever happen in this life…”
“And that guy there,” Tara stated, noticing that the more the other JT spoke, the more the energy cages behind them flickered.
“This is Kevin Page; he’s an Indian with the ability to heal what he touches. The Prince met him at a gay activist place and the two became quick friends, but that changed when Kevin Edenfield got in his way. It seems the Mystic Healer didn’t want anything to do with this team when Kevin Edenfield was around. Come to find out, the Healer was in love with the Prince, but couldn’t handle his feelings,” the other JT stated as his eyes flared with energy as Tara screamed out. “That was for you trying to distract me with meaningless thoughts of the past of you and that terrible freak back there. So, we’re moving along. We get to Henry Hart, the so-called prankster of the team. Onyx really cracks me up, but he looked better as a cute little puppy dog.”
“He looked better as a cute little puppy dog? I didn’t know Hank could change into animals,” Tara stated.
“He can’t, but I changed him into the cute little puppy dog myself,” the other JT stated with a smile. “So, be careful about what you say to me, I could easily get offended and change you into a mink coat and leave you on a nightstand somewhere.”
“Noted,” Tara stated as the other JT turned around and then waved his hand as a few of the cages moved around.
“I know you remember Kayla Reyes, you were here when she was rescued from the accident that gave her the powers she has right now,” the other JT stated as Tara shook her head.
“What accident are you referring to?” Tara asked.
“Come on Wonder Woman, I know you remember the fight between Talisman, the Prince and the rest of you that resulted in this young girl gaining her magical powers,” the other JT stated as more energy cages behind him flickered as the one around Necroloque disappeared completely.
“I—I think I remember it now,” Tara stated as the other JT floated over to the next person and then waved his hand as she moved next to him.
“This is Laura Lynn, she is known as Plastyque, but you know that already. You already know how the Prince met her, since you and Laura hung out in the same places, growing up, both of you being the little common thieves you were on the street,” the other JT stated as Tara shook her head. “Anyway, that bulky guy there is Mack Unger, he goes by Rock, but I think he’s more like Mud. The Prince met him in a hospital a few years back, after he was attacked by some thugs at the Mall that you guys used to frequent a lot. Like you, the Prince used his magic to grant a wish and the pathetic fool wished to be strong so no one would ever pick on him again and viola, that’s what you get in return.”
“I didn’t make a wish to become the way I am,” Tara stated as the other JT shook his head.
“No, you didn’t make a wish, but the Prince did use his magic to give you the powers that you have now, did he not?” The other JT asked, waving his hand through the air as the area shook. “Stop interrupting me damn it!”
“I’m sorry,” Tara stated as the other JT’s eyes flared with energy as she screamed out again.
“Now, where was i? Oh yeah, this is Daniel McCulloch, he gained his powers from his Indian ancestors. On the day of his birth, his grandmother blessed him with the powers of the bear, hence the name Running Bear,” the other JT stated as he smiled and then moved over to where a woman was suspended as Tara gasped. “Then we come to Amy Ramsey, Phantasma…”
“What happened to her?” Tara asked. “Is—is that her arm at her feet?”
“Why yes, that’s her robotic arm down at her feet,” the other JT replied, smiling as he shook his head. “I told you to stop interrupting me!”
“I’m sorry,” Tara replied as the other JT’s eyes flared with energy once more as she screamed out again, her torture session lasting longer than the others. “Please… Please stop! I—I can’t take any more of this!”
“Now we come to the famous twins… who, in their right mind, would give their children the same damn first name? I guess we would have to ask the mother of Andrew Brett and Andrew Bradley Claybourne to get that answer,” the other JT stated as Tara smiled weakly.
“He prefers to be called Andy and he prefers to be called Drew!” JT screamed, stabbing the other JT in the back with his psychic sword as Necroloque floated down behind him.
“You!” The other JT screamed, moving away from JT and Necroloque quickly as he turned around as the wound in his chest emanated psychic energy from his chest and back. “How—how are you free right now?”
“Nope, we’re asking the questions now,” JT stated as he looked around. “It seems you have everyone here, but where is Donna? Why isn’t she here?”
“She’s not here because I couldn’t find her again,” the other JT replied as he looked up at JT. “Is that because she went crazy and killed herself or…”
“What did you do to her?” JT asked, floating closer to the other JT.
“I didn’t do anything to her at all,” the other JT replied. “She did it to herself.”
“No, you had to do something to her!” JT screamed, holding his psychic blade out in front of him.
“The only thing I did was remove the psychic blockers you had in her mind, restricting her powers from her use,” the other JT stated with a smile as the psychic energy continued to flare around his wound.
“Oh no, you didn’t!” JT screamed, shaking his head.
“What’s that for JT?” Tara asked as JT frowned.
“She—she couldn’t handle all the power she possessed,” JT stated as he shook his head. “She—she probably went insane and…”
“And killed herself because she couldn’t handle all the voices in her head,” the other JT said with a smile on his face as he got back up on his feet.
“You monster!” JT screamed, lunging towards the other JT again as he stabbed the psychic sword through his head.
“Oh God, no, the deathblow!” Necroloque screamed as the other JT screamed out as energy and ribbon flared around JT’s body.
“What—what’s happening? My—my transformation is coming undone!” JT screamed out, as he, Tara and the other JT fell to the floor as all the energy cages above flickered and then disappeared.
“Tara, I think you need to do your thing,” Necroloque stated as Tara got up off the floor and then spun around in a circle as her body exploded in light, changing her into Amazon.
“Necroloque, what’s going on here?” Tara asked, looking at JT and the other JT’s body that lay on the floor.
“I don’t know, but I think we’re about to get some answers,” Necroloque stated, moving over to JT’s body, kneeling down and caressing his face. “Come on my boy, talk to me… What’s going on here?”
“It—it’s a demonphages,” JT spoke as the energy and ribbon hung off his body. “It’s a demonphages that was created from my psychic essence that was left behind in Limbo that had mingled with the soul energies of Limbo also. In a sense, it really was me, just not the flesh and blood me. I—I did this Uncle, I did this. I hurt so many people with my anger…”
“No my boy, you didn’t do this,” Necroloque stated as he shook his head, a few tears falling from his eyes.
“Donna, I can’t sense Donna anywhere on the planet,” JT stated as Necroloque’s eyes glowed.
“That’s because she’s not on this planet anymore my boy,” Necroloque stated as JT screamed out as psychic energy emanated around his body, taking on the form of a giant bird as it expanded so much that it enveloped all the people in the area, connecting their minds and souls to one another.
All it once, all the things JT felt was experienced by all the members of the X-Ternals that were in the room with him. Screaming out, his tears fell as psychic energy set the building on fire. Moving away from Necroloque, JT moved into a standing position and then reached behind his back, grabbing for air as his scepter appeared.
‘My boy, what are you doing?’ Necroloque telepathically spoke to JT, not getting a response.
“Necroloque, what’s going on? What’s he doing?” Tara asked as she and A’Mora moved over to where Necroloque stood, figuring out what was about to happen and then making a move to get to JT, not reaching him in time.
“I can’t allow this… Saturn! Silent World!” JT screamed as he threw the scepter into the air as it glowed brightly, the energy bathing everything around them all.
“No!” Necroloque screamed, flying through the air as fast as he could, grabbing the scepter as he struggled to hold onto it as the energy expelled from it, blinding him, keeping him from seeing what was happening around him.
“JT, what have you done?” A’Mora asked, reaching him first.
“All of this is my fault,” JT stated as he shook his head. “None of this would have happened if I’d just stay away from you guys and never met any of you.”
“So, you think destroying the world is going to change that?” A’Mora asked as JT nodded his head. “You’re crazier than any of us ever thought!”
“Maybe so, but when I’m done, none of you will know me, never have met me,” JT stated as Necroloque landed down on the floor a few feet away from him.
“My boy, you have released energies that must be stopped,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head.
“Let the world be rewritten without me in it,” JT stated as Tara and A’Mora looked at him strangely.
“You are crazy!” Tara screamed. “I didn’t let you turn me into Wonder Woman, so you could just off yourself!”
“You turned into Wonder Woman so you could help people that couldn’t help themselves,” JT stated as he shook his head. “I can’t be helped anymore.”
“Destroying this world isn’t the answer damn it!” Tara screamed, grabbing JT by the collar of his shirt and shaking him like a ragdoll. “Stop your damn scepter before it kills us all!”
“I won’t,” JT stated as everything froze around him and Tara.
“What the hell is going on?” Tara asked, noticing that things around them had stopped moving. “We’re still moving, but everything else has stopped.”
“I take it this is one of the Elders’ doing,” JT stated as he got up off the floor as he turned around. “They don’t want this place destroyed; they are doing what they need to—to keep this place protected.”
“They have a right to do what’s needed to keep this place protected JT,” Tara stated as she looked around as Necroloque appeared next to them as he handed JT his scepter.
“My boy, this belongs to you, but I suggest you undo what you’ve already done,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head and then accepted his scepter as it glowed brightly.
“I’m not going to undo what I’ve done,” JT stated as he shook his head as the ground rumbled underneath them. “Because of my actions, a demonphages took on my appearance and tried to kill all my friends and succeeded in driving one to kill herself! That’s unforgiveable damn it!”
“But you aren’t responsible for this my boy,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head. “You are not responsible for the creation of that demonphages.”
“I might as well be,” JT stated as he shook his head again. “It was my powers, it came from my domain… It was my anger… My anger caused all of this madness!”
“No my boy, you did not cause this,” Necroloque stated as JT shook his head. “Your anger was created by another factor, a chaos factor that had nothing to do with you.”
“A factor that created a thing that called himself Chaos, used my powers against all of my friends and only the heavens know what he did to…” JT trailed off as psychic images were displayed in the area around him as the other JT’s body dissipated into nothingness.
“Let’s just say he did a good job torturing most of us,” Tara stated as she looked down. “That thing enjoyed zapping me… I can’t say what he did to the others… Besides, it told me that it turned Hank into a dog.”
“Yes, we know about that,” JT stated, shaking his head.
“Well then, I still can’t tell you more than what he told me, except giving me a brief history on how you met most of the team and how he felt about certain members,” Tara stated as JT’s eyes glowed an eerie purple color as Tara’s glowed the same color, indicating that JT used his powers to link with her mind.
“I remained around here for so long because there are times I feel I have no place else to go, that I don’t have a home elsewhere, but here,” JT stated as he looked at Tara. “Most of you are my friends and after tonight… I don’t know how long that will last.”
“JT, they are your friends… Because of what happened tonight, that’s not going to change,” Tara stated as people started moving around in the area behind them.
“How do you know that for sure Tara?” JT asked. “When I got here, they were all blaming me for what happened… What makes you think they’ll believe me when I tell them that a demonphages was behind all of this?”
“Because we all saw things with our own eyes,” A’Mora stated, walking over to where JT and Tara were. “We all saw and heard the things that went on. When you connected with us telepathically, we all felt what you felt… We all saw what you saw… When you stabbed your psychic sword through its head, we saw what truly happened.”
“And I still don’t know what to think about what happened to Donna,” JT stated as he looked down as a few tears fell from his eyes.
“You didn’t do it JT,” A’Mora stated, rubbing his shoulders. “You have to keep in mind that you didn’t do it, but the demonphages did.”
“I know that, but it had my face, my powers,” JT stated as he shook his head. “When you guys think about all the things it did, you would see my face, not someone…”
“As I said JT, we all know the truth here,” A’Mora stated, leaning in and giving JT a hug as JT looked over her shoulder to see Drew and Andy moving towards them.
“There’s the truth and then there’s the things that happened with all of you,” JT stated as he looked over at Drew and then turned around and looked at Kevin. “I don’t know what I can do to…”
“There’s nothing anyone can do,” Necroloque stated as he stepped up to JT and looked at him. “You’re the only one that needs to do something right now. You need to take back that energy that you released into the universe, before things unfreeze and the world ends.”
“I—I don’t know if I can,” JT stated as he looked down.
“Think about all of us,” Hank stated as he walked up next to JT. “Thank about all the things none of us would get to do, if the world is destroyed!”
“Think about the lives we would never have with the ones we love,” Andy said as he stepped up next to A’Mora, taking her hand as he looked over at JT and then at Drew.
“Think about our future,” Drew said as he took JT’s hand. “Think about what we mean to each other.”
“Think about how good life can be, with you here, living it with your friends my boy,” Necroloque stated as he patted JT on the back.
“Okay,” JT stated as he held his scepter up in the air as his eyes glowed brightly. “Saturn! Soul, Eternal, Change-Up! Wise ones of the universe, give me the wisdom, the strength, and the power I need to undo what I have done!”
THE END… For Now At Least