To Protect and Serve – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 — A Dark History Lesson

Aug 7, 1995 – Somewhere in Texas – Marek’s Liar

“Hello my sweetie, how are you doing at the moment?”  Marek asked, rubbing his fingers across Tyler’s chest.  “I hope you’re enjoying your stay here with me.  I think that it’s time…”

“Keep your hands off me Marek!  Just stay back!”  Tyler yelled as his eyes glowed, but nothing more happened.

“Come on now, what are you going to do Mr. Sheridan?  You’re powerless to do anything to me now.  As long as JT keeps your powers locked away from your control, there’s nothing you can really do to stop me.  There’s no need for you to continue struggling the way you are,” Marek spoke as he slapped Tyler across the face and then leaned close and kissed his mouth.

“Stop it!  Leave me alone Marek!”  Tyler screamed, continuing to struggle to get free of the bonds on his wrists and ankles.  “JT, buddy help me!  Stop him from hurting me like this!  You hate him as much as I do!  Don’t let him do this to me!”

“You’re not my master.  I cannot do as you ask,” JT spoke as he stood in the corner of the room.

‘JT please help me.  I know you’re not happy being here.  Don’t you miss Joey?  Joey’s your boyfriend and he misses you very much.  Joey needs you, he needs you to snap out of it, so that you can protect him from Marek,’ Tyler mentally called out to JT.

No Tyler, stop with your lies!  I will not listen to them!  Joey doesn’t love me!  If Joey loved me, he would’ve told me so.  Instead, he pushed me away!”  JT yelled as his eyes crackled with energy as he projected a continuous stream of psychic energy at Tyler as Marek smiled and then laughed.

“Ahhhhhh!”  Tyler screamed out in agony as JT continued blasting him with psychic energy as Marek laughed.  “JT, please stop it, you’re hurting me!  Please stop!”

“Stop Demonloque, you’ll kill him if you continue doing that,” Marek said as he placed a pair of handcuffs on Tyler’s wrists as he removed the shackles that held him in place.

“What are you doing?  Where are we going?”  Tyler asked as Marek escorted him out of the small dungeon as he tried to get his breathing under control.  “Where are you taking me?”

“I’m going to do to you, the same thing I did to Mr. Chandler.  I’m going to have my way with your virgin asshole and you’ll love it the same way he did,” Marek replied as he waved his hand over Tyler’s head as Tyler’s clothing disappeared.

“No, get away from me!  I won’t let you violate me like that!”  Tyler screamed, mustering up enough strength to zap Marek with a bolt of radioactive energy from his eyes, since they weren’t near JT to nullify his powers any longer.

“What in the hell is going on?  Where in the hell am I?”  JT’s voice was heard as Marek turned around quickly and then fell to the floor.

“In here JT!  I’m in here!”  Tyler screamed, looking for something around the room to cover himself with.

“There you are.  Why are you naked and where in the hell are we?”  JT asked, waving his hand in Tyler’s direction as his costume appeared.  “I don’t remember anything, except for attacking the guys and then leaving.”

“I’m naked because that freak was going to do stuff to me!”  Tyler screamed as JT stepped backwards.  “I don’t know where the fuck we are, I just know that I’m ready to get the hell away from here, now that you aren’t under Marek’s control any longer!”

“How did I break his control over me?”  JT asked, looking at Tyler strangely.

“I blasted his ass a minute ago.  It seems when he went down, his hold on you was broken,” Tyler replied as he looked down as a few tears fell from his eyes.  “I’m just glad my powers started working when they did, I had to do what I can to keep him from hurting me more than he already had.”

“It seems you took him out,” JT stated as he looked at Marek’s body that lay on the floor with blood pooled around his head and abdomen.

“I’m not going to say that I’m happy about that, but I would rather we got the hell out of here, now!”  Tyler snapped as JT took his hand as the two of them disappeared in a flash of light.

 (<SPLINGK>)

“It seems my psychic illusion worked,” Marek stated with a laugh as he got up from the floor and then dusted off his clothes as if nothing was wrong.  “They aren’t rid of me just yet.  Once I’m done with them, all of the X-Ternals will be mine and they won’t be protecting anyone, but me.  It’ll be my world and I’ll be the king of it!”

Dec 27, 1993 – Jacksonville, FL – X-Ternals’ Compound

“Why are you here Tyler?  Why didn’t you stay with Hank?”  JT asked as he, Tyler and A’Lana Dayle-Miles known as Spider Girl walked down the corridor, heading towards the living quarters.

“He—he didn’t want to be with me.  He seems to have this crush on some other guy.  He said he wasn’t going to be touched by any other man, not until he knew what would happen with the guy he has a crush on,” Tyler stated as the tears streamed down his face.

“I’m sorry Tyler.  I—I thought he was over that crush.  He said he was going to try to move on with his life,” A’Lana said as she rubbed Tyler’s back.

“Well he told me that he couldn’t fall in love with anyone else, not until his crush was resolved,” Tyler stated as he shook his head.  “Which I believe to be a big waste of time and…”

“Tyler… Tyler wait, let me talk to him,” JT said as Tyler shook his head again, moved past JT and then flew down the corridor that led to the exit.  “Tyler wait!”

“No JT, no!”  Tyler screamed, pressing the button on the panel as the doors opened and then he made his exit from the compound.

“What are we going to do with those two JT?  Hank is going to end up hurting someone and himself, all over a stupid crush,” A’Lana said as she inserted the keycard into the door to her living quarters.

“I don’t know, but I’ll think of something.  I just don’t want to go messing with either of their minds, it would make me feel way uncomfortable,” JT stated as he shook his head and then vanished from the area.

“I hope he figures something out soon,” A’Lana spoke with a sigh as she stepped into her room as the door closed.

Aug 7, 1995 – Somewhere in Texas – All Star’s Tour Bus

“Oh hell!”  Joey screamed, moving back quickly as JT and Tyler appeared in front of him in a burst of light, causing him to stumble and fall to the floor as JT waved a hand in his direction, using his telekinesis to lift his body up from the floor and levitating him up to his side.

“Put him down you freak!”  Justin yelled as he pointed his finger at JT.

“Justin please… I—I need to talk to Joey, I’m okay now,” JT stated as Lance and Justin looked at each other and then back at JT.

“How are we supposed to know that?  This can be some kind of trick!”  Justin snapped, stepping back a bit.

“Listen… He’s talking normal.  He sounds okay.  Is he okay Tyler?  Did he try to hurt you too?”  Lance asked as he looked over at Tyler and then back at JT as a strange phenomenon appeared in the room as a little boy appeared before all of them.

“Okay, this is turning freaky again.  Who’s kid is that?  What in the fuck is going on around here now?”  Chris asked as he moved backwards.

“I don’t believe this,” JT said as he floated past Joey, Lance an Chris and moved over to where the little boy stood, lifting the child’s face, inspecting him.  “Something is wrong here.”

“Please save me… save me from the Demon Master, he be after me.  Please save me… he’s after me!  He’s trying to get me… he going to kill me!”  The little boy screamed as Justin covered his head as Lance moved to hug him.

“Who is this little boy?  Who’s this Demon Master?”  Justin asked, looking around.

“What is going on here?”  Hank asked as he looked at JT and then looked at the little boy.  “That little boy is JT from the past.”

“That’s JT from the past,” Justin said as he shook his head.  “How is the little boy from the past?”

“I don’t know.  What in the hell is going on around here?  How did he get here?  Is someone messing with time again?”  Hank asked as he looked around at Wanda.

“Don’t look at me; I have nothing to do with this.  This is not my doing,” Wanda replied, looking over at Hank.

“I don’t understand what’s going on here.  Where did you come from little one?”  JT asked as the little boy tried to hide behind a seat.

“The last thing I ‘member, I was with Uncle… we were sangin’ and then this big black man was trying to get me.  He said he was going to have me and then I see you… the light flashed ‘round me,” the little boy replied as JT looked at him strangely.

“I don’t believe this.  Is your name Timothy?”  JT asked, moving closer to the little boy as his image fizzled a bit and he was wearing his regular street clothes.

“Yeah, how did you know my name was that?”  The little boy asked.

“Something’s not right here,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “Okay everyone, get to the back of the bus now!  I believe this to be another of Marek’s tricks!”

“Is this really a trick?”  Hank asked, looking at JT.  “I thought Marek was a psychic.”

“He is a psychic, but I don’t know how or why he’s messing with time.  He can’t be trying to get me in the past, is he?  Is he trying to make me fall under his control as a child?”  JT asked, looking down as he scratched at his head.

“That could be a possibility JT,” Tyler stated as he looked down.  “JT, I don’t think Marek was dead when we left his hideout.  You teleported us out of there so quickly, I was just so happy to get away from there before he could do more to me.”

“I didn’t think he was still alive, being that he was lying in a pool of his own blood and…” JT stated, being interrupted by Wanda.

“But did you telepathically make sure he was dead?  Did you sense any brainwaves from him?”  Wanda asked, looking at JT strangely.

“No and right now, I’m sensing that little boy to be the real me from the past,” JT stated as he looked down.  “He needs to get back to where he belongs and quickly.  He’s seen too much here.  Wanda, do you have a magical spell that can put him back to where he came from?”

“If I send him back, wouldn’t Marek or whoever that be, be able to get to him and cause bigger problems?”  Wanda asked.

“If he’s with the Uncle that I think he’s with, I’m sure he would know what to do to protect him and stop Marek or whomever that is, that’s trying to cause the problem,” JT stated as Wanda’s eyes glowed as she took JT’s hand.

“Are you sure about this JT?”  Wanda asked.

“He looks to be around three years old.  If his Uncle is around, then things are going to get rough.  When he returns to where he was, Uncle will take care of things.  As soon as he starts talking about the things he’s seen here, then Uncle will more than likely erase his memory and then he’ll try to find out who this new person claiming to be Demon Master is,” JT stated as his eyes crackled with energy as Wanda used her powers to channel her energy through JT as the little boy screamed and then disappeared.

“If I remember correctly, your uncle was a sorcerer, correct?”  Wanda said as Hank looked at her with a confused look on his face.

“Yes he was Wanda.  As soon as he appears back there, I’m sure Uncle will solve the problem on that end,” JT stated as Joey approached him slowly and then wrapped his arms around JT’s waist.

“What do you mean he would solve the problem on that end?”  Joey asked as he leaned in and kissed JT’s cheek.

“What are you doing Joey?  If I remember correctly, you broke up with me.  You said you were scared of me and…” JT trailed off as Joey interrupted him with another kiss to his lips as he pushed Joey back a bit and then moved away from him.

“I—I’m sorry JT… I—I was scared and I didn’t know if you— the you that was in the state of mind that you were in, was going to hurt me—us,” Joey tried to explain as he looked down.

“I think we’ll have to talk about that matter later on.  To answer your question, my uncle, before he died, was a very powerful sorcerer.  When my younger self returns back to the past and starts talking about anything of what he saw here, my uncle will take the appropriate action to erase his memory of things and then he’ll more than likely do what he can to find out who this person claiming to be Demon Master is and stop him,” JT stated as Joey looked at him strangely.

“Your uncle will find the person that is claiming to be this Demon Master?  That sounds strange.  Why would someone claim to be someone else?  This isn’t making any sense,” Joey stated.

“Let me put it this way then.  My Uncle was once called Demon Master.  There isn’t any reason for my Uncle to be chasing me around, trying to hurt me as a child,” JT stated as Joey, Hank and Wanda looked at him strangely.

“What!  Your uncle was the Demon Master?  But—but I thought the Demon Master was a centuries old sorcerer that couldn’t…” Wanda trailed off, looking down at the floor.

“That isn’t true,” JT stated, shaking his head as he looked down, feeling the eyes of his friends on him.

“Then what is the truth then,” Hank stated as he moved closer to where JT stood.

“When my uncle first started practicing the dark arts, he was approached by an elder named Legion.  The elder warned him that if he continued using that form of magic, he would be bound to it forever.  The elder told him that if he stayed on the path that he was on, his soul would forever be entwined throughout time and space with a demonic creature that he had used divination to communicate with in a future time,” JT explained as Wanda looked over at him.  “So my uncle didn’t change his ways and he was approached by another elder, urging him to change his ways because of his destiny.  Uncle didn’t listen to him and as a punishment, he was cast into Limbo, given the name Demon Master, to be the gate keeper of the realm.”

“Wait a minute,” Tyler and Hank said in unison.

“I thought you were the gate keeper of Limbo… Didn’t you tell me that,” Hank said as he looked at JT strangely.

“Yeah, what he said,” Tyler said as he looked at Hank and then looked at JT.  “I thought that’s how you developed all of your magical powers, by being the ruler of Limbo.”

“I’m not the ruler of Limbo, just the gate keeper there for the time being.  My uncle was the gate keeper there before me.  Once his physical body died, his spirit lived on, just enough to teach me the dark arts,” JT stated as Hank shook his head.  “What is it Hank?”

“I’m lost here,” Hank stated as he sighed.  “When did this all happen?  We’ve been together and I don’t remember…”

“A few years back, after the fall of Gideon, I was approached by an elder and he basically made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  So, I had no choice but to take the offer and now I’m the gate keeper of Limbo, granted all the powers and status of that title, even though it’s been made out to be an evil one, even though it’s not,” JT stated as Joey backed away from him.

‘Actually, you are not the gate keeper of Limbo any longer!  From this point on, you’ll be recognized as the slave of Master Marek!’  Marek’s voice was telepathically heard by everyone inside the tour bus as it shook violently.

“God no, that voice!”  Joey screamed, looking around.

“Not this again.  I’m really getting tired of this.  Wanda, help me out here.  Let’s teleport the whole bus on to the new location.  We need to get them away from here and to the hotel quickly,” JT stated as he and Wanda joined hands.  “Once they get to the hotel, we’re going to put an end to Marek and take care of this madness.”

“Are you guys able to teleport this whole bus?”  Barbara asked, looking at JT and Wanda as the tour bus was flooded with a gold colored light that enveloped everything around JT and Wanda.  “It looks like they’re doing it.”

“I don’t think so!”  Tyler screamed as the surroundings outside of the tour bus changed.

“Something’s wrong!”  Hank screamed as everything went black and then their surroundings outside of the tour bus were different as JT and Wanda collapsed to the floor.

Aug 7, 1978 –  A Small Town in Georgia – The Home of the Demon Master

(<SPLINGK>)

 “Uncle!  Uncle help me!  Help me!”  A little boy said, crying frantically as he appeared in a burst of light as he ran over to a taller black man.

“What’s wrong Timmy?  Why are you crying boy?”  The man asked as he looked at the little boy closely.

“The Demon Master tried to get me!  The Demon Master tried to get me!”  The little boy yelled as he cried on the man’s shoulder and hugged him tightly around the neck.

“What?  What are you talking about child?”  The man asked.

“I was playin’ in the back when—when this hand touched my back and it—it pulled me into a hole while I sang.  I was runnin’ uncle… I ran so much that I got tired.  When I stopped, the man grabbed me and said he was gonna kill me because I would grow up to be his rival.  Then I was gone.  When I opened my eyes, I seen this man and girl.  She sounded like a cat.  She talked to the man and said something about you being the Demon Master.  The man looked at me and started crying.  He said that he and her would use their magic to send me home and that when I got back to where I belonged, that you would know what to do to solve the problem.  He started glowin’ and he said something about the powers of Limbo and Eldah (Elder) something and then I was running again and then you picked me up,” the little boy explained as his uncle contemplated the story he was just told and then he shook his head.

“I—I don’t believe this!  It’s too soon.  The paradox has started.  You’re in trouble child and I must do what I can to prepare you before my time runs out,” the man said as he put the little boy down on his own feet and then walked over to the corner of the room as he started chanting in a strange language.

“Uncle, what’s going on?  What are you saying?”  The little boy asked as his body floated off the floor.

“Elders of the universe, heed my call… please Elders, grant me the power I ask of you!  The child before you is one of your chosen ones.  He is one of light and darkness.  This child is the one that will bring forth the apocalypse, the chaos-bringer, the child that will be blessed with the universal awareness of life and death.  This child will be for your use my elders!  Please awaken in this child the light that he possesses, so that he may cancel out the darkness that can kill!”  The man chanted until the little boy’s body started to glow as thunder clapped around the house as lightning flashed through the clouds, a bolt striking the boy.

“Uncle, what’s happening to me?  What’s going on?”  The little boy asked.

“Demon Master, we have granted your request.  Upon this child entering pre-adulthood, his power that is natural to his body will manifest and when it does, he will be one of our watchers as you have been,” the man heard a strange voice from the heavens.

“What?  No, he’s not slated for that task Elders!”  The man screamed as thunder crashed through the sky.

“Once this process has taken place, your role as gate keeper of Limbo will be no more.  You would be free to rest.  You would return to your rightful place among the cosmos and he will take your place as Demonloque, which at that point, his light and darkness will be the focal point of his life,” the voice from the heavens spoke again.

“No Elders, that can’t be,” the man stated as he shook his head.

“To save his life, it will be,” the voice from the heavens spoke again.  “His life is spared and he will forever be chosen.  His natural powers will forever protect him, but his protection lies with how he approaches the prism of his soul.”

“Thank you Elders, thank you for sparing and protecting his life and protecting the future from dangers of his darkness,” the man said as the glow faded from the little boy’s body as he fell to the floor.

Aug 7, 1995 – Somewhere in Waco, TX

“Hey!  Are those two okay?”  Chris asked, looking over at JT and Wanda as their bodies lay on the floor.

“I don’t know, but I’m quite sure they’ll be out for a while,” Tyler stated as he looked around.  “With all the power they just used to teleport all of us and a tour bus to another location, I’m sure they’re tired.”

(<SPLINGK>)

“What the hell… Who is that?”  Chris asked, looking at the woman that just appeared in the room.

“A’Mora, what are you doing here?”  Tyler asked, backing away from the woman.

“Are you okay?  I sensed that something was wrong, especially when I wasn’t able to sense JT’s psychic signature,” the woman identified as A’Mora replied as the tour bus door opened as someone stepped up onto the bus.

“Michura, I’m so glad to see the both of you.  I’ve missed you both over the last couple of weeks,” Tyler said as he hugged both women.

“Who are these women?”  Chris asked, watching the scene unfold before him.

“This is A’Mora and that’s Michura.  They work with us, so they basically know what’s up,” Hank said as he sat down besides Lance as he ran his finger through his hair.

“Well, it seems your wish finally came true Hank,” A’Mora said, noticing that Hank and Lance were sitting close and touching as Tyler looked away.

“So, do any of you know what’s up with Marek?  I can’t seem to sense him or detect where he is at all.  I don’t have a clue to where he can be,” A’Mora stated, walking over to where JT was as she knelt down and touched his face.  “I don’t want him appearing and attacking us right now with two of our strongest members down.”

“Is—is he going to be okay?  I want him to be alright… He’s my boyfriend and I—I’m scared for him,” Joey stated, sitting down on the floor besides JT as he caressed his face as A’Mora watched the interaction between Joey and JT.

‘I’m okay Joey… my body hurts really badly right now.  I need to get up from here and lay down on something soft,’ JT telepathically spoke to Joey as his body crackled with energy as he floated up from the floor and then moved in the direction of the bunk area.

“He said he’s okay, he just needs to rest on something soft,” Joey said as he got up off the floor, following behind JT’s floating body.

(<SPLINGK>)

“Timmy!  Timmy, where are you boy?”  Everyone heard as they turned around to see a tall black man, standing near the front of the bus, wearing what looked like royal attire.

“I’m here Uncle,” JT replied as he appeared in front of the man and then bowed his head.  “I stand before you Uncle.  Why are you here?  Is there something wrong?”

“Get up my child; you don’t have to kneel in front of me,” the black man said as he shook his head.  “Get up child.”

“Yes sir,” JT replied as he stood up.

“It seems you’ve turned out to be the warrior and protector I trained you to be.  I’m so proud of you my child.  I’ve been watching you for many years now.  I’m happy to say that you did well against Marek,” the man stated as JT looked at him strangely.

“I did well against him?  He’s still out there somewhere, waiting to try again,” JT stated as he shook his head and then looked down.

“No my boy, he’s trapped in Limbo and he’ll remain there until he’s released by you or the Elders,” the man stated with a smile as JT looked at him strangely.  “You and your friend teleporting here the way you did, knocked his astral form out of his body, trapping him in Limbo when he wasn’t able to possess a body.  He stayed out of his body for too long.”

“Well I guess that’s a good thing to hear,” JT stated as he looked down again.  “Uncle… Uncle, how did you get here?  You’re dead.  I saw you die when I was younger and…”

“My child, I’m magical like you are.  I’m here through the same magic that we both possess.  When you were younger, you saw my physical body die, but my mind and soul are very much alive.  I’ve been watching over you and other chosen ones for the last couple of years.  Continue doing what you’re doing and remember that I’ll always be with you, right there,” the man said as he touched JT’s chest.  “Remember child… for now and forever, you are the light and the darkness.  You are Demonloque, the protector and gate keeper of Limbo.”

“Uncle…” JT said as the man smiled and then faded away from view as JT turned and looked down.  “I feel a lot better now.  Joey, we need to talk.”

“Okay,” Joey replied as JT grabbed his hand as the two of them faded away.

“Where did they go to?”  Hank asked, looking over at Barbara and Wanda.

To Be Continued…