(Disclaimer: A warning to those who continue. This is a sequel to a previous story. Both of these were written in the mid-1990’s. While the first one was slightly edited and vanity press published, this one has not been touched in over 20 years. I figure I should do something with it and people may get a laugh or fright from how I used to be. Every author comes from somewhere, so this is part of my origin. To that end, I am deeply sorry for whatever nightmares I will inflict on the literary world and the American English language. Enjoy?)
As the Earth and Venus guardians land the space skimmer on one of the Twin Towers, the villains that they are going to face are awakening. But Adriana is having a little bit of a problem getting her head together. The massive blood lose put her out for a long time and left her giddy while her body produces new blood.
“Where are you, Tegam? I can’t see anything. Did you lock me in a damn closet again?” whispers Adriana from inside a body bag. When someone finally opens it, she sits up and focuses on Tegam’s smirking face. She groggily sits on the metal table and pulls off the little card on her bare toe. She is handed her clothes so she can quickly get dressed and warm up.
“You seem to be having a really bad day. First, Hydrana and now the police knock you out for a couple of hours. This has got to be leading to some permanent brain damage. Feeling better?” says Tegam as he helps her off the table.
“No. At least, we brought those new clothes that can fix themselves. No sense walking around barely dressed in this city. Of course, I don’t think anyone would care if I did that. This body is far too gorgeous to keep hidden under anything. Still, remind me to thank Mindtrigger about his invention as soon as we get home. Anything happen while I was out?”
“Draveon and Cybro were fighting the police at a zoo. Draveon had encountered Hydrana and severely beat her up and he encountered Fate a half-hour ago. That fight destroyed the Yellowstone Bridge. Everyone has gone into hiding, but they should be easy to find. In Draveon’s defense, he was attacked and only fought to survive just like you said. I saw another space skimmer land nearby and I heard a report that two people left it in a hurry. One had a set of wings while the other was in some sort of yellow bubble. They will be here within a few minutes.”
“It sounds like Miracle and Infinity are coming here since the other two guardians have already landed. Fate is definitely going after Hydrana, which takes away one of our problems. I seriously doubt that the Mars guardian could lose to that redheaded nut-job. Where did those cops put my weapon?” She silently pulls a nearby door off its hinges and lets the sunlight from an alleyway warm her body. In a nearby corner of the room are their weapons, which the police managed to pry out of their hands. The two villains are armed and on the street within seconds.
“Long time no see, prankster!” yells Miracle when she dives at him. Adriana quickly pounces on the Venus guardian and rips the bat-like wings off. The wings disappear in the villain’s hands, which takes the still dazed blond by a mild amount of surprise.
“I still owe you for biting my face, guardian. This should make us even,” states the evil immortal before biting Miracle on the neck like a vampire. Adriana gets kicked off and the two female warriors start to repeatedly punch each other in the face. Miracle throws one punch that puts Adriana’s head through the pavement.
“My hand!” moans Miracle.
“Who cares about that stupid thing? You broke my cute, little nose,” complains Adriana. She knees the ebony-haired guardian in the stomach and backhands Miracle through the morgue’s wall.
“Give me a hand, Tegam!” The jester is about to give his leader a round of applause, for the obvious joke, but a lamppost suddenly wraps around his body. Infinity drops behind him and kicks the carrot-topped immortal into a full trashcan.
“Let the women handle it on their own. How are you holding up, Kelly? I mean, Miracle,” asks Infinity.
“She’s doing fine. But you don’t have to worry, Steven. I know all of your real names. There’s no longer any need to be so formal when we talk. By the way, I’m great. Thanks for asking, gorgeous,” answers Adriana, who has the Venus guardian in a tight chokehold. As soon as her grip slips for a moment, Miracle breaks away and spin kicks Adriana in the ribs. The blond stumbles a little before catching the hanging leg that struck her, but the guardian flips her body in a way that sends the seducer sailing back into the morgue.
“Don’t you ever shut your mouth, psycho slut? Your voice gets annoying very quickly,” says Miracle. She hits Adriana on both sides of the head with wooden hammers that disappear on contact. For a split second, the guardian stops, which allows the injured immortal a chance to grab Miracle’s legs and slam her into the floor. She keeps a hold of the guardian’s legs and smashes her through the floor.
“Psycho slut? I really, really hate that nickname. Doesn’t anyone here believe that I am not a psycho? Now, where is that Earth guardian? I feel like ripping into someone besides you, Kelly,” mutters Adriana into the gaping hole she just made. When she sees Infinity, he is growing patches of blue and white feathers. She leaps out of the damaged building and sprints away before he becomes a giant, blue and white bird with a killer attitude.
“Coward. Why are you still here, Tegam?” the bird caws. It destroys the metal restraint on the prankster with deadly lightning bolts that come from its white eyes. Once free, the jester vanishes from sight.
Soon his voice is heard saying, “I don’t feel like fighting for a cause that I think I am against. Without Psylon’s morning star nearby, I’m getting my real memories and motives back. But I’m not free of its influence yet. It would be in all of our best interests, Infinity, if you left me alone. Just in case you decide to follow me, this will definitely change your mind.”
The whip of matter appears for a brief second as it hits the broken building that their fight was centered around. Slowly, the building turns dark red and grows scaled limbs. Within minutes, it has become a terrifying, red dragon that soars into the cold, winter air.
“Miracle is in there!” shouts Infinity.
“I know. You have about ten minutes before the thing grows a stomach and begins to digest her. Since I created it, the dragon is capable of killing her. And only you can save her, bird boy. Have fun,” replies Tegam, who is still invisible.
“I seriously hate that guy,” mutters the bird as it flies after the retreating dragon at full speed. The monster sees him following and belches a ball of fire at him. Luckily, Infinity’s lightning blast stops the fireball and continues through the air to cut off one of the liquid-like arms.
“I can’t hit it with a full lightning bolt because I could hurt Miracle. This is something Fate is a lot better at handling than I am. There is one chance that I have, but it’s going to be tough. Thank god, I love a good challenge. Just wish Kelly’s life didn’t depend on it. Pressure is not on my list of favorite things,” thinks Infinity while he dodges a rain of smaller fireballs. He gets right above the dragon and cuts into its soft back with his talons. The monster roars before trying to bite the guardian, but it barely misses his head.
“Too close. Way too close,” mumbles Infinity. He rapidly pecks at the dragon’s solidified skull, which causes the red scaled creature to go into a savage frenzy. Infinity flies off with the dragon close behind him and soon he sees the twin towers looming before him.
“This idea had better work.” Infinity changes back into a human as he comes to the space between the towers. He harmlessly passes through them and grabs a window ledge before he falls. The dragon follows, as planned, but it is too big to fit through. Since it wasn’t fully formed, the creature explodes into big blotches of red liquid on the sides of the towers and Miracle is stuck to the wall.
“This is disgusting,” says Miracle when Infinity picks her up.
“Maybe so. But at least you’re safe and not injured too badly,” the pale-eyed guardian responds.
“Not for long,” growls a low voice before a pair of muscular arms crash through the nearby wall and pulls the guardians into silent darkness. The last thing they see, before they feel something hard and heavy hit them over their heads, is a pair of red, demonic eyes.