To Protect and Serve – Chapter 11

Chapter 11 – A Strange Entrance

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo


I’m so glad to be back here and away from there.  Why did he have to do that to me?  Why did they have to start asking questions?  I didn’t want to answer their questions, the reason I came here.  They can’t get here and I don’t have to listen to them.  I know I was wrong in using my powers on a normal the way I did, but that doesn’t really matter now.

“I can’t believe he did that to me!”  I yelled as the castle walls shook, almost knocking me down where I stood.

How—how could he cheat on me like that?  How could he stand by and idly kiss that man and think it wouldn’t hurt me!  Did he not care about what we were trying to develop?  I—I know we just got together and all, but that doesn’t mean he could just push me to the side and take up time with the ex!

“This is all the Elders fault!”  I yelled, turning around as I walked over to my scrying glass.  “If it wasn’t for their actions, I wouldn’t be here, hurting like this right now.”

Yeah, this is the Elders fault.  If they hadn’t meddled in my life, like always, I wouldn’t be here in Limbo; feeling like my heart had been yanked out of my chest.  I—I just can’t believe they orchestrated all of this to get me and Joey together, only to have him cheat on me like that.  What’s the meaning of all of this?

“I—I can’t handle this… I’m going to go lie down for a bit and once I’ve had some rest, then I’ll deal with this matter,” I said as I walked into my private chamber as something didn’t feel quite right.

“Tim!  Tim, where are you?”  I heard Wanda’s voice as I stopped walking and then turned around.

‘Wanda, I’m in my private chamber, resting.  What do you want and what are you doing here?’  I telepathically asked.

“I’m here to see you,” she spoke aloud as I shook my head and then sighed, regretting ever giving her the power to travel into Limbo.

‘Sorry Wanda, but now isn’t a good time to bother me, I’m not in the mood!’  I telepathically yelled, hoping that would scare off and send her running back to where she had come from.

“Sorry Tim, you can’t just scare me off.  Stop trying to avoid me man!”  She yelled as I shook my head again.  “I felt what you did and I came here to make you go back.  You can’t stay here in Limbo and hide away from your troubles.”

“Please leave me alone Wanda!  I can’t deal with this shit right now.  Just leave me be woman!”  I snapped as I waved my hand, using my magic to send her flying backwards through the corridor.

“Stop Tim, I’m not going to leave you here,” she said as she got up off the floor, vanished and then reappeared in front of me.

“I need to be left alone!”  I snapped, pushing her backwards to the floor.

“Stop this Tim!  You know you can’t stay here in Limbo for too long and you know this.  The more you stay here, the more you become like this place!”  Wanda snapped, using her magic to wrap eldritch bonds around me, holding me tight.  “I’m not letting you go Tim.  Get your ass together and let’s return back to the real world before it’s too late!”

“It’s already too late!”  I snapped, using my powers to cancel out her powers as I summoned the creatures of the castle to defend me.

“Stop this Tim, don’t do this!”  Wanda screamed as a few statues around her came to life and grabbed her, holding her in place.  “We have to leave, you have to go back!”

“I’m not going back and that’s final!”  I screamed as I waved my hand in her direction, as she and the creatures disappeared from view.  “Now, I can go lie down and forget about all that’s happened.”

“It’s not going to be that easy Tim, you forget, I’m just as powerful as you are,” I heard Wanda say as I turned around to see her walking towards me.

“You may be as strong as me, but this is my realm and I reign supreme here,” I said as she shook her head.

“I’m not going to give up until we go back,” she said as I sighed as I created a portal to go back to the hotel.

Aug 12, 1995 – Waco, TX – The Santa Clara Hotel – The Floor Reserved for All Star – Joey and JT’s Hotel Room


“You fucking bastard!”  Joey screamed as JT appeared in the room with Wanda.

“I think I’m going to take my leave now,” Wanda said as she sighed and then walked through the room door, not even opening it.

“Joey, please,” JT said as Joey shook his head.

“Please nothing!  You’ve been gone for two damn days and…” Joey said as JT sighed.

“Please let me…” JT said as Joey shook his head and then pointed his finger in JT’s face.

“No, you made a damn promise to me and you broke it!  I thought you loved me, but I see you didn’t love me enough to trust me or keep your fucking word!  You should’ve given me a chance to explain the situation, before you started reacting with the powers of death flaring all around!  You reacted to things that weren’t right!”  Joey yelled as he walked away from JT.

“Joey, I am so sorry.  Please—please just let me apologize and explain from my point of view of things.  I want you to see what I saw,” JT stated as Joey shook his head.

“I don’t want to see what you fucking saw, you lied to me!”  Joey screamed.

“Okay, I see your point there, but if you see things the way I saw them, then you would understand why I was so mad and upset,” JT stated as Joey shook his head again.  “If you saw what I saw when I turned around and saw you guys…”

“That’s not the fucking point!  You promised me that you wouldn’t use your powers against me like that and you did it again!  You could’ve killed us when you used your powers the way you did and slammed us against the fucking wall!  How am I ever going to be able to trust you again?”  Joey asked as JT looked at him and then looked down.

“Joey… Just let me show you,” JT stated as Joey shook his head.

“Don’t try using your psychic powers to erase my mind of this.  If you did that, that would make me hate and despise you for messing with my mind that way,” Joey stated as he walked out of the room and then slammed the door behind him.

“Damn it, I knew I shouldn’t have let Wanda talk me into coming back here.  I should’ve just stayed in Limbo where I was.  I’m not wanted here and the way things are, I feel my place is in Limbo, a place where I am wanted,” JT stated as he looked around the room, waving his hand at his belongings, teleporting them away.  “With all that’s happened, Joey doesn’t love me at all.  I guess I should just leave here and have someone else take my place as his bodyguard.”

Downstairs – The Hotel Lobby

“Excuse me, can you tell me what all the commotion is on the seventeenth floor?  I’m on the sixteenth and it sounds like someone is throwing a wild party up there or something,” a young woman stated as she stood at the check-in desk, speaking with the concierge.

“I’m very sorry ma’am, I’ll go up and check it out and make sure that everything is okay.  I’ll make sure that it doesn’t happen again, whatever it may be.  I am so sorry that you were disturbed,” the concierge spoke as he led the young woman to the elevator.

“Well I hope they quiet it down up there, I have a very important meeting to go to in the morning,” the young woman stated.

“Again ma’am, I’ll make sure it gets quiet,” the concierge said as he and the young woman stepped into the elevator.

“Good, I’d like to be fully rested for my meeting,” the young woman said as the elevator dinged and the doors opened.

“You can return to your room and I’ll go ahead and check to see what’s going on,” the concierge stated as he waved as the young woman stepped off the elevator, walking down the hall, heading to her room as the doors closed.

Lance and Hank’s Room

“Lance… Lance, are you okay?”  Hank asked, walking over to where Lance sat.  “You haven’t spoken a word since we got in here.  What’s wrong honey?”

“I—I’m sorry Hank; I—I just got a lot on my mind,” Lance replied as he looked up at Hank.  “I wasn’t trying to ignore you or anything.”

“It’s okay,” Hank stated as he sighed.  “What’s going on with you guys?  Since that guy popped up, all of you have been acting strange.”

“I don’t like Kevin,” Lance stated as he shook his head and then sighed.  “When he and Joey first started dating, he always seemed as though he was hiding his true self from everyone.”

“Sounds like your everyday bisexual man,” Hank stated as Lance shook his head.  “Why don’t you like this guy, besides the fact that he dumped your friend?”

“He and Joey got really heavy.  They were making plans to be together and then a couple of months later, he up and dumped Joey without even a goodbye.  That hurt Joey very badly, which hindered his performances with the group,” Lance explained as Hank just watched him.  “After a while, things with Joey returned to normal, or so we thought.”

“Meaning what,” Hank said as Lance shook his head.

“Joey was just putting up a front for all of us,” Lance stated as he stood up.  “We didn’t know what was going on until we found out he had been drinking and possibly using drugs.”

“Not good,” Hank spoke as he walked over to Lance.

“No it wasn’t good, but with some help from us and his family, he came around and started getting better,” Lance stated as he sighed again.

“Well that’s a good thing,” Hank stated as Lance laid his head on Hank’s shoulder.

“It was a good thing until the news broke that Kevin had gotten married and then Joey cracked up again,” Lance stated as he sniffled as the tears fell from his eyes.

“Oh honey, I’m so sorry,” Hank stated as he rubbed Lance’s back.  “I’m here for you, don’t cry.  I don’t know what all that happened to Joey and that guy, but hopefully things will be okay this time around, now that he’s with JT.  By the way, why is that guy hanging around here?”

“He—he said he came here for vacation, but I think he’s lying.  He said he was trying to get away from his friends, but it’s rather odd that he appeared here.  He says he being here with us is all a big coincidence, but I don’t believe that or him,” Lance stated as he wiped at his eyes.

“I don’t know the guy personally, but I hope JT didn’t hurt him too badly when he threw him up against the wall the way he did,” Hank stated as he leaned in and kissed Lance’s forehead quickly and then turned and walked over to Tyler as Joey walked into the room.

“Joey, are you okay?  I heard that JT was back and you two were talking,” Lance stated as he walked over to where Joey stood, looking very angry.

“I’m done talking to him!  He broke his word to me and I don’t have anything more to say about it!”  Joey snapped as Lance looked at him strangely.

“But… But you just found him… The two of you just found each other,” Lance stated with a frown.  “You two can’t be breaking up already.”

“We’re not breaking up, I just don’t have anything more to say to him, for a while at least, until I feel I can trust him again,” Joey stated, sitting down on the sofa in the room as the tears fell from his eyes.

“It’s going to be okay Joey,” Lance stated as he sat down besides Joey and then pulled him close, hugging him.

“He—he promised me,” Joey said as he cried on Lance’s shoulder.  “He said he would never use his powers against me and he… He threw me against a fucking wall.”

“I know,” Lance responded as he sighed, rubbing Joey’s back, hoping his friend wasn’t slipping into a pat condition that would be hard to break out of.

“I—I thought he loved me… He didn’t even give me a chance to explain things, he just jumped the gun and threw me away,” Joey said as there was a bright flash of light in front of them as JT became visible, grabbed his hand and the two of them disappeared.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that sort of thing on a regular basis,” Lance said as he held his chest.  “That man can pop up anywhere, at any damn time.  That’s totally scary.”

Kevin Williams’ Hotel Room

“Who in the hell could that be?”  Kevin asked as he sighed and walked over to the room door, opening it.

“Hello Mr. Williams, is everything okay here?”  The concierge asked as Kevin stood in the doorway, looking at him strangely.

“Yes, everything is fine here, why do you ask?”  Kevin asked, folding his arms across his chest as he watched the man.

“There have been several complaints from the occupants below you that they’ve heard some very disturbing noises.  So again, is everything okay here?”  The concierge asked.

“Everything’s fine here sir.  I think the complaints resulted from my playing of the television too loudly.  I’m sorry for disturbing the other patrons here.  I’ll make sure it won’t happen again sir,” Kevin stated, shaking the man’s hand as he turned to close the door but the concierge stopped him.

“Wait just a moment Mr. Williams,” the concierge stated with a slight smile.

“Yes,” Kevin said in a cold voice.

“See that you do abide by the hotel policies,” the concierge stated as Kevin nodded his head and turned to close the door again as he stopped the door from closing.  “Beyond that, I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here.”

“Yes sir,” Kevin stated as the concierge back away from the door, allowing it to close.  “I guess the little thing I walked in on the other night with Joey and his new friends has been causing some problems for the people below.  I wonder what got people complaining about me, being that I haven’t done anything remotely noisy.  Since I’ve been here, I haven’t watched TV or listened to any music.  The only thing I can think about is Joey.  Damn!  I wish I had him back with me.  There must be something I can do to get him away from that guy and back in my arms again.”

Kevin walked away from the door and then walked into the bathroom.  Handling his business there, when done, he moved over to the sink and looked at his reflection in the mirror.  Running a hand through his hair, he sighed and then shook his head.  Turning the water on in the sink, he washed his hands and then splashed some water in his face.

“Getting Joey back is going to be a hard task.  Justin and Lance don’t trust me, but I think I can get Chris and Joshua on my side to help me out, but I feel that’s going to take some motivation from some friends of mine,” Kevin stated as he turned around and stopped in his tracks as if he were frozen.

‘Hello Mr. Williams,’ Kevin heard in his mind, while standing in the bathroom.

“Who’s there?”  Kevin asked, turning his head to look around the room as he noticed something strange in the mirror’s reflection.  “What in the hell is that?”

‘Hello Mr. Williams, my name is Marek,’ Kevin heard in his mind as he looked at the image in the mirror strangely and then reached out with his hand to touch it as something strange happened, it looked like electricity had flowed from the mirror, shocking his body as the image in the mirror’s reflection changed and Kevin Williams no longer looked like Kevin Williams.  ‘You’re mine now Mr. Williams!’

Down the Hall – Joshua and Tyler’s Room

“Hi Tyler, may—may I talk to you for a minute?”  Joshua asked, walking over to Tyler.

“Sure thing, what’s on your mind?”  Tyler asked, looking up at Joshua as he put his magazine down.

“I don’t know how you’re going to take this, but I—I want you and I want you bad,” Joshua stated, leaning in and kissing Tyler’s mouth.

“Joshua, what are you doing?  I—I thought you were straight!”  Tyler snapped, pushing Joshua backwards and getting up from the sofa.

“What did it feel like I was doing?”  Joshua asked, moving closer to Tyler as he tried to lean in and kiss him as Tyler did his best to avoid Joshua’s actions, pushing him away again.

“No Joshua, stop!  I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but I’m not going to touch you.  I think something’s wrong with you and you’re not in your right mind right now,” Tyler stated as Joshua smiled and then grabbed his arm, pulling him close again as he grabbed his crotch, squeezing it a bit.

“No lover, I’m in my right mind, are you?”  Joshua asked, unzipping Tyler’s pants as he tried to get them down with one hand.

“Joshua please… I’m not going to do something we both will regret later on,” Tyler stated, pushing Joshua again and then floating towards the main room door as Joshua was amazed at what he saw.

“Cool, you can fly, but I’m not going to regret anything lover,” Joshua said, running behind Tyler as he stopped at the door.  “Come on Tyler, I know you want to do it.  I’ve seen you eyeing me when you thought no one was watching.  I know you want this ass.”

“Just stop it Joshua,” Tyler stated as he pushed Joshua backwards once more.  “I’m locking you in here until JT gets back so he can scan you, to see what’s going on in that head of yours.  I think something’s very wrong with you right now.”

“Come on handsome, you’re worrying about the wrong head,” Joshua said, unzipping his pants and then sliding them down his legs as he looked at Tyler.  “See this cock, it’s aching for you.”

“No it’s not,” Tyler said, walking out of the room, closing the door behind him quickly as he used his powers, melding the door shut so Joshua couldn’t leave the room.

“Are you kidding me?  Unlock the door man!  Come on Tyler, open this damn door!  Let me out of here or you get your cute ass back in here with me!”  Joshua screamed as he banged on the door.

“Not going to happen,” Tyler said as he walked down the hall, heading towards Hank and Lance’s room with tears in his eyes.

Between Here and There – The Limbo Dimension – Castle Limbo


“What the hell did you bring me here for JT?”  Joey asked as he and JT appeared in the main chamber of the castle.

“I brought you here so we could talk.  I want to do what I can to save what little we have left,” JT stated, walking over to Joey and kissing his mouth as there was a strange humming sound emanating within the castle.

“Kisses aren’t going to make everything alright between us.  I—I need a little time to evaluate this… to evaluate what we have and what we may have,” Joey stated as he moved away from JT.

“Fine,” JT said, waving his hand in front of his scrying glass and then moved away as it showed an image of Joey and Kevin, standing in the hotel hallway, kissing.

“That—that’s Kevin and me, we… we’re kissing,” Joey said as he walked over to the scrying glass, staring at it in awe.  “That makes it looks like I welcomed what he did, but I didn’t!”

“You did Joey, you didn’t do anything to stop him,” JT said as Joey turned and then stopped when he saw the look on Kevin’s face in the scrying glass’ reflection.

“I didn’t know he was going to kiss me JT, honest I didn’t,” Joey stated as he sighed and then groaned when he noticed the evil looking grin on Kevin’s face, a grin he knew very well.  “He—he set me up JT.  Look at the grin on his face.”

“Yes, I saw the grin on his face,” JT replied as Joey walked around to him and then looked down as the image faded away from the mirror.

“JT,” Joey said as JT shook his head.

“I’ll send you back to Earth and I’ll remain here.  You’ll have a new bodyguard in the morning,” JT stated as he looked down.  “I do love you Joseph Fallon.”

“Stop it!  You’re not sending me anywhere and you’re not staying here neither!  If I go, you go too!  If you love me so much, then you’ll do as I ask and give me the space that I need so we can work this out,” Joey said as he walked over to JT’s thrown and sat down.

“I don’t want to hurt you or cause you any pain.  It seems that, as you said it, I don’t love you enough to trust you.  When it came down to it, apparently I didn’t.  As I said, I will remain here and you’ll return back to where you belong,” JT stated, waving his hand as he used his powers to create a dimensional portal.

“I’m not leaving here JT!  If you make me leave, then you’re the one ending this relationship for the both of us, not me,” Joey stated as he looked at JT.  “That tells me that you don’t have what it takes to be my lover or partner in the future.”

“You know I love you Joey, but…” JT stated as Joey interrupted him.

“But what JT?  Go ahead and say it, whatever it is.  It seems that what we’ve shared is not worth saving in your eyes!  Damn it JT, I love you too, but things aren’t always automatic,” Joey stated as he looked down.

“Meaning what Joey?”  JT asked as Joey sighed again.

“I love you, don’t you get that?  You’re the guy that I want to try to spend forever with.  I don’t want to be with another person.  I want to be with you, my lover, my partner, my super hero,” Joey stated as he looked down as the tears fell from his eyes.

“I don’t know what to say,” JT said, watching the man in front of him as his body glowed as Joey stopped crying and then turned and kissed his lips.

“JT, be mine.  Be the person that stays with me forever.  Be the person that I grow older with. Be the person that I never stop loving.  Be the person that I start a family with and love forever and ever, until the end of time.  JT I love you and I don’t want to lose you.  When all of this is over, I want you to be the person that I get to go home to, the person that will be with me, no matter what.  I want you to be the person that will love me for me and I want that forever with you.  Marry me JT, marry me when we can finally be together…” Joey said as he and JT embraced as their bodies continued glowing and then they disappeared.

Aug 13, 1995 – Waco, TX – The Santa Clara Hotel – Justin and Barbara’s Hotel Room


“Hello, anyone here?”  Joey asked as he and JT appeared in the room.  “Hey!  Where’s everybody?”

“Where could they be?”  JT asked, his eyes glowing brightly.

“Honey, are you able to sense anyone here?  Do you happen to know where everyone is?”  Joey asked.

“Something’s not right here.  Something’s very wrong!”  JT screamed, his body floating up off the floor as he used his psychic powers, scanning the entire hotel.

“What’s wrong honey?  What’s got you so upset?”  Joey asked as JT’s eyes flashed a red color.

“It seems we have unwanted company here.  Justin’s not here, Hank and Lance are in their room, having sex it seems, Joshua is trapped in his room, Chris is asleep and my security team is out in the hallway, save for Hank, who seems to be having way too much fun,” JT explained, opening the door to the room to see what was going on.

“What are you two doing in there?”  Barbara asked, grabbing JT by the arm and yanking him from the room and then grabbing Joey, doing the same to him.

“Barbara, what’s going on?  I’m getting strange vibes from all over the place,” JT said as Barbara shook her head.

“Earlier tonight, Justin and I were watching TV and well… He disappeared out of the damn blue,” Barbara stated as she looked at JT strangely.

“How did that happen?  Is he special like us too?”  JT asked, looking at Joey and then back to Barbara as she shrugged her shoulders.

“Don’t know JT, we were just sitting there, watching TV and all of a sudden, his body was surrounded by a gold-colored light and then boom, he was gone,” Barbara explained as JT shook his head.

“He was surrounded by a gold-colored light and then he was gone?  Was it anything like when I teleport people?  What time did that happen?”  JT asked, his clothing changing back to normal.

“It happened about an hour ago,” Barbara stated as JT shook his head as Michura walked over with a communicator in hand.


“Wanda,” JT said as the light faded away as Wanda stepped into view.

“What’s going on here?  I felt something strange… I had no choice but to come and investigate it,” Wanda stated, moving over to JT and Joey.

“I’m so glad you came back Wanda,” Barbara stated, hugging Wanda as they all heard someone banging on a door.

To Be Continued…