The Hellions #17 - Promethean Scream - A Madman's Dream

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The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Dream
Post by Wreck on Jul 17, 2007, 8:12pm

The Hellions #17 - Promethean Scream - A Madman's Dream

$3.50

Cover Art: A zoom of Blight, only an upper portion of his face visible. The Hellions look to be in some degree of agony, trapped within Blight's toothy right eye

A Madman's Dream - Blight has been granted the power of a god. Will he use it for good or ill?

What do YOU think?

Guest Starring: A good portion of the Marvel Universe

Written by: Dan Abnett
Penciller: Frank Teran
Colorist: Christie Scheele

Release Date: Friday, July 20th at noonish. Or whenever is good for most


Re: Hellions: Interlude - A Madman's Dream
Post by Wreck on Jul 17, 2007, 8:15pm

And yes, this is my guest spot. So expect a horrifying car crash of a story :P


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Jesse "Masstress" Buchanon on Jul 17, 2007, 8:24pm

Car crash? I'll be there!


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 17, 2007, 8:30pm

Make that Friday, since I've been informed there's another mission astonishingly scheduled to go up at the completely random time I picked <_<


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Protoman on Jul 17, 2007, 8:30pm

I'll try to be here…should be.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by sam2 on Jul 17, 2007, 8:50pm

I should be there.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:02am

A normal day on the bus. All is surprisingly quiet. No attacks from supervillains, or misguided police. If one listened carefully enough, they could hear birds chirping outside in an almost cliched example of nature's serenity.

Then, the assorted Hellions suddenly hear Wreck's voice over the PA.

"Hello, my friends. Please assemble in my room posthaste. We need to have a chat."

Silence for a moment. Then an odd bit of chittery laughter, before the PA dies with a rather awful squeal.

[Alrighty, check in. Though no real hurry with this one. Just show up whenever you show up]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Jul 20, 2007, 11:05am

~Kelly~

"Wreck?"

I went to his room earlier, and it was a mess…. Nothing there, no sign of him but the place being trashed. Where has he been?

I head back to his room as quickly as I can.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:14am

The first thing Kelly would notice is the blood soaked wall. The large "AVENGE" has been replaced just as it was before, with her own picture resting shattered beneath it.

Sitting next to the overturned bed, Blight glances up. The skullstaff (for once), is conspicuously absent.

"Hello. Long time no see."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:17am

Oh my god.

That wasn't there on the wall before. As soon as I see it, I have to keep myself from throwing up.

Failing at that, I do throw up.

I try to think - form any coherent sentence, but it just doesn't come.

"Wreck, what-?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:23am

"Wreck?"

Raising a fist, Blight knocks on the side of his own head.

"It would appear Wreck's not home. You're to blame….blame? Blame implies something bad. This is a good thing. His whining was intolerable."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:25am

"Not home?"

It takes a moment for it to dawn on me. To understand what he means - who he is.

"You. I thought you were gone. Get out of Wreck! How dare you blame me for your vile acts! And how dare you take over his body again! Get out of him!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 11:27am

Darya walks in, face flushed with tears, she's a little tipsey too.

"Shades…"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:27am

"Darya? You've been drinking…."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:30am

"Take over? There wasn't anything left for me to take over but a shell. You saw to that."

He blinks.

"Oh, my dear Darya. Life got you down? I know the feeling. In fact, that's why I called you here. It would appear that we're all doomed to be family from now on, so we may as well start getting along."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:32am

"I saw to it? Liar! I wouldn't ever do anything like that!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 11:32am

"Not since we last talked, still a little."

She sighed and struggled a bit to load her gun, she'll have to shoot left handed.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:35am

"But you did. Yes, yes. I think the best way of answering is with slides."

Blight raises a hand, and a remote control appears in it. As soon as he clicks a button, a projector and screen appear out of nowhere.

On the screen, the events of a few days ago play forth. It starts with Kelly in Dillon's room, apparently trying to seduce him. A flash forward to Dillion running away. A flash to "Kelly" sitting in front of a very sullen looking Wreck, removing his brain with a light gauntlet.

"Oh, now that just wasn't very nice, was it?"

A cartoony bolt of lightning appears on the screen, as Wreck flops onto the bed. Blight calmly sits up in his place.

"And then I was born. Hip hip hooray."

He extends a hand towards Darya.

"Hi, I'm Blight. I'll be replacing Shades on this little excursion, since he's, well…..dead."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 11:37am

"Ah then. Question one, did you or did you not kill Kelly? Same goes for Shades."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:39am

[Actually, both bits there should be ‘Kelly’. I need to explain that somewhere other than in Alexander’s room, at some point :).]

My eyes widen as the little ‘show’ plays – things that couldn’t have happened. That I would have never done.

"No! You’re showing me lies! I wouldn’t do that! Stop showing me lies, and tell me the truth!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:41am

"Truth? It's all the truth. Why wouldn't it be? What would I possibly gain by lying?"

The screen on the wall suddenly changes scenes, flipping through various slides of Dillon bashing Kelly's head open against a wall.

Blight arches an eyebrow.

"Oh, yes, I forgot that part. Jealous sort, isn't he? Anyway, Wreck had a brief period where he was simply all 'grr, I must avenge my love and scribble such on the walls with my own gashed wrist. Wah wah wah.' But fairly soon he realized that was pointless and just….shut himself down. Gone now. Gone for good."

The scene flips back to the previous, of Kelly holding Wreck's brains in her hand with a cheerful expression.

"In any case, I suppose that answers Darya's question too. Yay."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:44am

"What?"

I very quickly lose feeling in my legs, and grab for the wall for support, but I'm unable to reach it in time. My legs buckle beneath me, and I end up half sitting, half kneeling on the floor.

"No, I don't understand…. None of this can be true, why would it be? You love hurting people…. Why are you hurting us? Leave Wreck alone and go somewhere where you can't hurt anyone…."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:48am

"Hurt? I don't want to hurt anyone. I want to be friends."

He sighs sadly.

"My explanations just won't suffice, will they? No one trusts a former serial killer."

Another click of the remote, and the paused image of "Kelly" on the screen blinks. Before flopping over dizzily and falling straight through the projector screen, ending up on the floor next to Blight. Very much alive, and very real.

"You. You're up, silly cow."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:48am

[Hm. Do you want me to do the first post with her and then hand it back over to you?]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:51am

[Absolutely any way you want to do it :P]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:56am

~Lisa~

I'm beginning to hate this place. I really, really am. I mean, there's way too much inside out and upside down going on. I mean, come on! Not even the Qlippoth through me around this much.

Getting trapped back inside that girl's head was enough of a pain when that pale faced freak called me in here. Well… there was the added benefit of being able to lead her actions, but that's kind of worthless if I'm being thrown about too much to see the result of ruining her life!

Huh. Whatever happened to amends, I wonder? I was sure I had that notion in mind when I escaped the Qlippoth. It's like it just passed right out of my mind when I got here. I should probably blame the pale-face for that.

And now this. Where the hell am I? There's- oh, it's teeth. Fun. And hell. Her.

"You know, you'd better have a really bloody good explanation for this, and you'd better be quick with it, or I'm going to tear all you bints in two."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 11:58am

"You know, if you'd just stop talking in your own head for once and say things out loud, we would have progressed nicely in sorting this entire mess out. But nooooooooooooo….."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 11:59am

~Lisa~

I shrug and get up off of the floor.

"I like talking in my head. It keeps me company. Are the aforementioned explanations forthcoming, by any chance?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 12:01pm

Darya just leans against the wall right hand to her forehead, shw was having a massive headache.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:02pm

"What- who is she?"

I glance at Darya with a pleading expression. At a complete loss… I can't really do anything but ask for help.

"Darya, help…."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:04pm

"Your explanation is that you're a completely annoying twat and getting yourself killed was far too easy an out. So here you are again. I'd like you to explain to the nice drunk and your twinner exactly what you've been up to these past few days. Be good, and I might just put you back in the projector."

The skullstaff appears in Blight's hands again. He leans on it tiredly.

"Well? Go. We haven't all eternity."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 12:05pm

"I don't know about this anymore than you do, just… if it comes to a fight, get out of here."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:07pm

~Lisa~

I don't like being told what to do. I never have. Didn't like it when I was in her head - though, that was less being told what to do, and more being shunted off into a corner. I didn't like it when I was working for the Qlippoth, but at least I liked the consequences. Well… some of them, at least.

So I don't like it when he tells me what to do.

A light skullstaff forms in my hands and I lean on it, mocking him.

"No."

~Kelly~

"I can't leave you to this, Darya…."

I glance between the person who looks like me, and 'Wreck'.

"Who is she?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:11pm

"Near as I can tell, your evil twin. This would be the one leading to so much confusion between you and Shades, back when he was alive."

Blight glares at Lisa.

"I say again, you can explain this far better than I can. I'm trying to reform here, so please don't test my patience by making me repeatedly kill you."

Out of nowhere, a cinderblock flies through the closest window and straight through Lisa's head, shattering it. She slumps to the ground…..then reforms. Not unlike Wreck's usual reforming act, actually.

"Oops."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:19pm

~Lisa~

I clutch my head and get back up, glaring at him.

"That… wasn't… nice. Fine. Wanker. Evil twin is wrong. The only thing alike between us is the sparkles. I don't even have those fancy empathic tricks. I'm… the best way to describe it, is that I'm Erebus' most potent work. His creation, of sorts. I only festered in her… I'm nothing like her, and I'm not a part of her. It would sicken me to even entertain the notion that I am.

"I've been here since you met Nightmare, actually. He. Was. Bored. A part of the game… a part of the dreaming. He brought me - well, not really me, I'm somewhere else, but the closest thing, really - and forced me back into her your head. This time, I got to guide, though. Not entirely, but enough that I could screw her up badly. Enough that I could mess up everything that she would do, and her happy little life."

I turn to her with a smirk.

"We met once before, actually. I'm surprised you don't remember me. I pretty much punched a whole straight through you, and damn near killed you, you stupid bint. I actually did manage to kill you a few days ago - not me, myself, but through my actions. It isn't fair that you get to come back…. Why you? Why do you get to come back?

"Doesn't matter," I tell her with a shake of my head. "I'll fix that soon enough."

[Back to you.]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by sam2 on Jul 20, 2007, 12:23pm

« Uh… Recap? »


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:23pm

"Well, there you have it," Blight shrugs. "I guess. Now, the question remains, what to do with you two?"

He looks to Kelly.

"On the one hand, I can tell you're just never going to accept me as a part of the family, no matter how nicely I ask."

He looks to Lisa.

"On the other hand….I really don't like you at all. You're unpleasant."

He looks to Darya. Then after a moment, snaps his fingers and causes a bottle of Smirnoff nearly as large as the room to appear in front of her.

"On the other hand….third hand? I'm fairly indifferent. So here's a present."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:24pm

[Nothing's happened so far. Blight called everyone to Wreck's room, is trying to make peace, and for some reason, brought Lisa back to life.]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:25pm

A blast goes through the bottle.

"She's depressed! She doesn't need to be drinking, it'll only make things worse!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:25pm

[Not much yet. "Wreck" called everyone to his room, but it ended up being Blight. He showed Kelly a slideshow of the stuff that's happened recently with her getting killed and whatnot, then dragged Lisa to the real world when that didn't quite take. And now he's given Darya a giant bottle of vodka for no real reason whatsoever]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Jesse "Masstress" Buchanon on Jul 20, 2007, 12:28pm

Mmm… Booze.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by sam2 on Jul 20, 2007, 12:31pm

"You have no right to interfre with the drinking of others."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:31pm

Blight's eyes roll. Well, the closet they can come to rolling, anyway.

"Alright then. Since I don't particularly care for either of you right now and neither of you can come up with any decent suggestions, I suppose you'll just have to fight to the death."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 12:33pm

"Alright good."

She aims her gun at Blight.

*Bang*
*Bang*
*Bang*
*Bang*

"Even left handed and drunk I still am a decent enough shot to ventilate you from this range."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:36pm

"Fight to the death? No-one's going to die!"

I wrap him in a skin tight light shield, which stops at his wrists, squeezing there.

"Someone get the staff away from him! He gets his power from his staff!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Jesse "Masstress" Buchanon on Jul 20, 2007, 12:38pm

"Well I hope he's paying them well, if he gets his power from them…

Fuck you, I haven't been sleeping much."

Jesse goes to reduce the mass of the staff, and throw a rock at it.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:42pm

The bullets manage to all bounce off of the light shield. One ricocheting in the general direction of Kee'an's face.

"See? I try to be nice, and everyone continues to torment me! Fine then. See if I care."

Blight throws his arms out melodramatically, and the light field bursts. The bus begins to shake, and before the Hellions know it, a mammoth platform has risen beneath their feet.

Scant moments later, a cage surrounds the platform. Bleachers rise, and legions of screaming fans cheer, as Kelly and Lisa find themselves in the center, with everyone else on the opposite side of the cage.

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls," Blight's voice calls from everywhere at once. "In one corner, we have Kelly. A nice girl, but altogether dense and gets herself killed every other Tuesday. In the other corner, we have Lisa…..ah, I don't know what the hell she is and I don't care. Now, fight!"

A bell rings.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by sam2 on Jul 20, 2007, 12:44pm

"Heh, that was pretty funny. Ow…"

I rub my face.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:44pm

"… What? No, I'm not going to play your games! I'm not going to fight! I don't even know who on earth she is!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 12:49pm

"Jesse, try breaking the cage."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:49pm

A shadow looms over Kelly's head. She looks up just in time to see a colossal monument of stone crash straight down upon her.

To anyone looking from a distance, it would be plainly visible that the monument is, in fact, a rock carving of the word "DUH". Kelly, however, is too busy being squishy beneath it to read.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 12:50pm

"Damn it!"

She looks around.

"Where the hell are you?! Blight!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 12:56pm

"I'll just say again, I tried to make peace. You were the one who wanted to fight instead."

A section of cage suddenly shuts around Darya. She finds herself lifted and then dropped to a subsection of the greater cage structure, still in plain view of the rest of the colosseum.

A far door creaks open. The crowd roars as a growling sounds forth, followed shortly by what looks like a very large sabertoothed tiger. It gently pads towards Darya.

"Here, kitty. Got you a ball of yarn to play with."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 20, 2007, 12:58pm

[Have to go. Knock her out, beat her around, eviscerate her… as you like, really :) .Bye.]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 12:58pm

Darya aims and shoots the thing in the head, square between the eyes.

"Fuck you."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:03pm

The shot would have been dead on. Darya's gun however refuses to fire a bullet, instead only extending a large "BANG" flag instead.

"That would have simply been cheating. I can't have that, can I?"

The tiger, less than amused, leaps for her throat.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 1:06pm

Her throat unravels as the Tiger bit on it, moving with it's jaws, not letting itself being torn. She lets herself fall back under the weight, dropping the gun and grabbing her combat knife, swinging it towards the tiger's throat.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:10pm

The tiger is momentarily thrown off by the unraveling of Darya, as it does indeed seem to grow temporarily enamored with the thread. Unfortunately, while it plays with her neck, the knife manages to slice something messy, resulting in a gusher.

Roaring in agony, the beast backs off, stopping only to blindly swipe at Darya with a pawful of disturbingly huge claws.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by sam2 on Jul 20, 2007, 1:12pm

I walk past Darya, aiming to bring both my fists down in the Tiger's head as hard as I can.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 1:14pm

Darya body starts turning into string as the paw moves to hit her. Collapsing on the ground to dodge.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 20, 2007, 1:24pm

«…Recap? No idea this was today.»


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:28pm

[Blight calls everyone to his room, and shows Kelly a slideshow of everything to happen to her in the last week, followed by dragging Lisa back to life. After a bit of failed peacemaking involving trying to bribe Darya with a giant bottle of vodka, she tries to shoot him, which leads to all of the Hellions being shunted into a giant cagelike colosseum]

[Kelly and Lisa are in the center, with Kelly currently being squished to death beneath a big stone monument (that coincidentally says "DUH" in big letters). Darya and Kee'an are in a separate area (still in view), fighting with a sabertoothed tiger]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:32pm

Before Kee'an's blow can land, he feels something grab his arm. This is followed by a rather awful burning sensation, and the feeling that the entire arm itself is coming detached at the seams. A moment later, it does so, and he turns to see this

[image]

With a nonchalant shrug, it attaches Kee'an's arm to his own shoulder.

"Sorry. Ferocious thing."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 1:39pm

I'm going to hope that Darya can take a Tiger and Kee'an can take… whatever that is. For now atleast.

I break towards the rock formation in the center of the arena to attempt to lift the giant "Duh" off of Kelly. Before it… kills her. Assuming it already hasn't.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 1:45pm

Darya reforms some distance off.

"Ugh, my neck's covered in drool now."

She leaps towards the tiger, hoping to get on it's back and stab at it.

"You're dead! Act like it!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:47pm

Kelly is out cold. Lisa however is still just fine nearby.

She looks about to say something snide, when out of nowhere, something swoops in from above. In a scene that would be familiar to anyone who's played a certain console RPG, Blight impales her through the back with the sharp end of the skullstaff.

"Did I mention I don't like her very much?"

He pulls the staff free with a sickening schuch. Then seems to notice Cadmus for the first time.

"Oh, how do you do. Name's Blight. Good to meet you."

He bows, as Lisa thuds to the ground.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:49pm

The poor tiger is too busy losing blood to do much more than weakly paw at Darya. It tries once, twice, then crashes to the ground with a mighty boom.

Nearby, Terror claps, the feathers of Kee'an's stolen arm ruffling.

"Bravo."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 1:51pm

"Do you like anyone very much?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 1:52pm

Her left arm unravels and swings to drive the knife into Terror's head.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:54pm

"I'm trying to," Blight complains. "But no one will even give me a chance. Whose fault is that?"

He glances down, then punts Lisa in the ribs.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 1:56pm

The knife buries itself in Terror's temple. Which causes him to shift his glance over to it quizzically.

"That wasn't nice. It's hard to get new heads."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 2:02pm

I'm reluctant to attack the entropy slinging, indestructible bad guy who's recently come into large quantities of extra power, apparently. Just doesn't seem wise. But what else, if not that?

"I think the 'agressive nihilist' thing that you have going on may be at the root of that. Mellow out."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 2:03pm

The knife gets pulled out as Darya rushes towards terror, sending a kick to hit stomach.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:04pm

Sitting next to the Duh monument, Blight merely nods.

"What can I say? It's the role I was cast into. I didn't ask for it. And when I try for better things, this happens."

He gestures about to the arena, where the crowd is still roaring for blood.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:07pm

With surprising quickness, Terror sidesteps the kick and leaps onto Darya. She immediately feels a burning at the base of her neck.

"Hm. No good. Wouldn't attach properly. Is this yarn?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 2:11pm

"So the Russian lady shot at you. You're indestructable. If anybody can afford to - excuse me a moment."

I turn around and level a thunderclap in Terror's direction to hurl him from Darya.

"Where was I? If anyone can be a little patient with people attacking you, it's you. Doesn't sound like you tried too hard."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 2:12pm

"Get the fuck off!"

Her body starts unravelling and whipping Terror.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:16pm

Terror goes flying into a cage wall, his already ramshackle parts scattering.

Unfortunately, his head lands right side up. It scowls at Darya, and a moment later his severed arm is rapidly dragging itself towards her leg.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:18pm

"It was a lost cause to begin with," Blight mutters. "I'm only alive because the village idiot here….."

Blight prods Lisa with a toe.

"…..decided it would be funny to kill Sunglasses Lad. We can't coexist, and frankly, I don't like him enough to give up my existence on his behalf. So then we're at a bit of a standstill."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 2:19pm

She starts reforming herself and if she notices the arm, she'll take her knife and impale the palm into the ground.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 2:20pm

"Killed him? That was possible?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:24pm

"Well, of course," Blight exclaims, gesturing madly. "He'd already gotten himself sent along to hell once. That's where I came along in the first place."

He shakes his head.

"Although this was more of a permanent death. Idiot Girl killed him, but he stayed dead because he wanted to stay dead. With Pollyanna over there gone, he didn't have much of a reason to even keep going. I don't even know where he is now. Could hear him wailing for awhile, but now it's all silence."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:25pm

The knife manages to pin Terror's arm to the ground. A bit away, his head frowns.

"Don't suppose you'd be willing to come over here and let me bite you?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 2:32pm

"I'd shoot you from here if my gun worked."

She walked up to Blight and tried to punch him.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:36pm

"You see!? I can't even have a normal conversation without someone trying to pick on me!"

Blight astonishingly picks up the entire DUH monument in one hand, swings it and smashes Darya flat.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 2:40pm

"Stupid emo bastard…" I mutter with the realization that Wreck's unwillingness to live got us into this mess. "If he wasn't dead, I would kill him myself…"

Then Darya punches Blight. I was avoiding the physical confrontation, but ultimately I'm unsure of how things can progress otherwise. Eh… she's string… she'll survive the flattening, I hope. … I should probably get that off of her. Lifting it off her - noticably not having as easy a time as Blight did, I continue talking.

"You know, Blight is it, if existence is such an affront to you, why not leave it? I mean it can't take more than a couple seconds to not… be here anymore."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:46pm

"And how would you propose I do that? I'm immortal. The only way Wreck could do it was by giving his consciousness over to me. Since he's already gone, there isn't anyone left to take over on my behalf. I'm stuck."

Blight grimaces. A bit away, Terror's head whistles.

"Yoohoo, little help? Anyone? Dammit."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 2:52pm

"Will you shut up?" I hurl one of my swords towards Terror's head to split his jaw apart, hoping to silence him.

"You said it youself, Wreck died and went to hell before." I say turning back to Blight. "Do that. Whatever it was that sent him there."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 2:57pm

Blight abruptly giggles.

"Ha, no. He went to hell in the first place because of some deal or another with Mephisto. Meanwhile, I was chucked out of hell because of some deal or another with Mephisto. Clearly, Mephisto wants his soul pretty badly and wants mine as far away as possible."

The giggle stops. He pulls himself up on the rock, sighing.

"No, I fear the only course of action is my original course. Smash everything to bits, and that's the end of the story."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 3:01pm

Darya starts reforming again after being smashed.

"Ow…"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 3:01pm

"The shame about that is that it leaves me with one thing to do, futile as it may be."

I backhand Blight across the face. Hard, thought not as hard as it could be, really. Killing him is a wasted action, so I'm going to be focusing on try for the knock out.

"Let it not be said that I didn't try to be civil."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 3:11pm

The blow catches Blight totally off guard. Down he goes, slumping against the rock.

All is silent for a moment.

And then that damned skullstaff begins glowing. A flare of energy bursts from the eyes, knocking Cadmus for a loop. As the energy grows in scope, Blight disintegrates. Only to reform with a shout of rage, that only increases in volume as he grows to roughly 75 feet in height.

"I…..HATE……YOU!"

His foot lowers upon Cadmus, with a sickening crunch. Then, the same glow from the skull engulfs the arena…..

And the Hellions find themselves back in Wreck's room on the bus. Scattered, they lay on the floor. Blight is nowhere to be seen.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 20, 2007, 3:14pm

I sit up… very… very… very… confused.

"Please tell me that somebody has an idea of what just happened…"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 20, 2007, 3:15pm

Darya is still aching everywhere.

"No fucking clue…"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 20, 2007, 3:19pm

[And that's it for today. Basically right back where we started <_<]

[There's more, but I'm gonna have to clarify something about the ending first. Probably'll pick up again tomorrow]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Lisa "Nephy" Nephrahim on Jul 20, 2007, 4:25pm

« Sorry about ducking out. »


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:24pm

[Alright, check in and let's finish this miserable failure of an experiment. Though I make zero claims to the quality, since this is basically a 180 from what I had planned before <_<]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:25pm

[Check.]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 1:26pm

[Check]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:31pm

The Hellions all find themselves back in Wreck's room on the bus. All is quiet. The door to the room is shut. More to the point, the door appears to be sealed by several chains, attached to padlocks, attached to more chains. Attached to more padlocks.

Someone does not want them going out.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 1:32pm

She looks at the locks.

"Fucking hate this."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:33pm

It feels better, that's true. Not being all squishy, that is. It doesn't make me any happier about the situation.

"Where's Wreck?!"

Not in the room, that's for sure. I turn to the door and slam my shoulder into the room, over and over again.

"Let us out!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:36pm

The door refuses to budge an inch. If Kelly would look behind though to the windows, she'd notice that something is decidedly odd with the scenery. Mainly, it all seems fake. A bad prop cutout of what should be a garden variety landscape.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:38pm

"Ow…." Even with my strength, the door seems insistent on not giving way. I move away from it, rubbing my sore arm.

"Where are we? This isn't the bus - just look outside…."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 1:41pm

Looking out the window, Darya grabs her gun on the ground.

"Fucking."

*bang*

"Asshole."

*bang*

"Blight."

*bang*

Firing at the prop cutouts.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:43pm

"Stop that, please… it's not going to help with anything. Maybe we should leave through the window."

I try to smash through the window to do just that.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:47pm

The window seems to be made of less stern stuff than the door, as it shatters easily. Fake hills and fake trees wait beyond, past a frame of broken glass.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:48pm

I didn't think it would give that easily… I tumble to the floor outside.

"Everything out here's fake! For cripes sake! What do you want, Blight?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 1:49pm

Darya jumps outside after grabbing her knife.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:52pm

As if in answer to Kelly, a song rings forth over the horizon.

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows,
Everything that's wonderful is what I feel when we're together

Then the music dies, creaking to a slow halt. Strangely enough, the landscape surrounding flickers briefly, like a television with bad reception.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:54pm

"Rainbows? I can do rainbows."

I’m about to make one, when I hiccup and a sort of rainbow contained in a bubble floats out of my mouth instead.

"Whoops."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:55pm

[I should add that absolutely anyone is free to pop up with whatever character they want here. It's not particularly supposed to make sense, so go nuts >_>]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 1:56pm

"I swear when I find this fucker I'm going to shoot him and bury his god damn immortal body six feet under so we don't have to worry about him again."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 1:58pm

Another flicker of the scenery, and the serene….er, surroundings are briefly replaced by a scene of total carnage. Bombs drop from the air, Sentinels fly overhead. All in all, it appears that the apocalypse has visited the earth. In the middle of the carnage however, a glowing path can be seen, leading straight through the destruction.

Then, another flicker. Back to fake paradise, with no path at all.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 1:59pm

"Please don't. We can sort this out some other way. Probably. No, no, we definitely can!"

I tilt my head up and cup my hands around my mouth.

"Come down here, Blight! What do you want us to do? What will it take for you to give us Wreck back and leave us alone?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:00pm

As soon as the scene flickers to the mayhem that stands steady, I push a shield around both myself and Darya.

When it flickers back, I drop the shields, perplexed.

"What was that?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:07pm

From behind one of the trees dances a line of midgets.

…..no, not midgets. Not quite. They are, in fact….

[image]

Munchkins.

"Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road. Follow follow follow follow follow follow follow…."

They seem to grow caught on the word and refuse to move on, dancing in place.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:08pm

Whatever it was, the path to take is pretty clear. Unless Blight's playing with us. Like little mice.

"That path probably isn't going to be safe, Darya… don't go through until I say whether it is, or not. There's no need for both of us to get hurt."

Flying low, I try to take the path that became clear with the flicker.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 2:08pm

Darya whips one in the head.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:09pm

I spin around, flying backwards and still following the path.

"Wjat are those?!"

After Darya hits one;

"Oh! Don't hurt them! They haven't done anything!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:12pm

The Munchkin that Darya whipped holds his head, then growls at her in a decidedly non-Munchkin baritone.

"Hey, what's your problem? We just want to bring you joy and happiness. We got feelings too."

It then kicks her in the shin.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:13pm

"Don't hit her! That wasn't a nice thing to do."

I focus around the Munchkin and try to form a bubble around him, still following the path.

"Time out for you!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 2:14pm

"Fuck this."

She looks to the sky.

"BLIGHT! GET YOUR PANSY ASS OUT HERE NOW!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:18pm

The Munchkins that aren't currently surrounded by light bubbles surround that one that is, forming a (very tiny) human wall. They fold their arms.

"You just don't get it!", one of them squeaks. "Violence is never the answer, so he'll kill you all just to get some peace!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:20pm

I stop in my tracks, completely confused by that statement.

"Exactly, violence isn’t the answer. So isn’t him killing people to get peace extremely contradictory?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:21pm

One by one, the Munchkins look to each other in confusion.

"….well, no one ever said he wasn't crazy," one of them says while scratching his head.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:22pm

I cross my arms and hover a little higher.

"So what do we do?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:25pm

After a moment of silence, one of the Munckins gets an odd gleam in his eye.

"We want better wages!"

Another one seems to ponder this, then nods.

"I agree! We don't even get a dental plan on this job!"

One by one, they thrust their fists into the air.

"Union! Union!"

Followed by the lead bubbled midget joining in.

"Union!", he booms in his deep voice, thrusting his fist in the air. Which connects with the force bubble, causing him to wince in pain.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:26pm

"Oh! Sorry!"

The bubble dissolves.

"So what do you actually do? What’s your job?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 2:28pm

"This is a waste of time…"

She rubs her temple and groans.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:29pm

"We're supposed to get you to follow the path. But I guess we got sidetracked."

The Munchkins all shrug at once.

"Actually, our job was twofold. We're either supposed to get you to follow the path, or we're supposed to all transform into Gremlins and eat you. We don't know, the contract was confusing. Like it was written by two different people."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 2:31pm

"Let me guess one of them was shades, the other was Blight?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:31pm

"Two different people? So Wreck's still in there?" I ask, turning to Darya.

I calm down and turn back to them.

"What does the path lead to?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:33pm

"Ding ding ding, the rude lady wins a cigar!"

Free of his bubble, the lead Munchkin pulls out a cigar, sticks it in his mouth and lights it.

"But she ain't getting mine."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:35pm

"We never actually found out," one of the far Munchkins squeaks to Kelly. "It could be that Blight wrote that bit and the other guy thought it'd be better for you all to just be eaten. Never know, do you?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 2:35pm

She points a gun at one of the munchkins.

"Cigar or a cigarette, now."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:37pm

I place a hand on the gun.

"Darya, please…."

I sigh and look at the Munchkin.

"Well, I suppose at any rate, we have to follow the path…."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:39pm

The Munchkins nod in unison. Then they link arms and begin dancing.

"Follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 2:40pm

~Zephyr~

Ugh…what the hell?

I was asleep, I'm pretty sure of that much. Dozed off while watching Goodfellas, which was surprisingly not as good as I remembered. And…now I'm here. Dream?


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:41pm

I wince slightly before turning back to where I thought I saw the path lead.

"Could you stop that, please? It's fairly disconcerting. If… if it is as bad as the possibility that Wreck wrote the eating part would suggest, I want you to stay here until I give you a signal that it's safe, Darya. A multi-coloured flare'll do it."

I hover down the path.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:42pm

And I stop with a start when Zephyr pops in.

Confused, confused, confused!

This isn't conducive for thinking… not at all….

Alright, alright, focus. This is probably Blight messing around a bit more. Ignore it and focus. Continue down the path.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:43pm

"Wait, you're all supposed to go!", one of the Munchkins shouts. "All at once! I do remember that was specifically…..specified. Else we don't get paid."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 2:44pm

"…Kelly?" I float over to them, taking a moment to spot the munchkins. "What are you doing in my dream?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 2:45pm

Darya points to him.

"Who are you?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:48pm

I stop again. And then I poke his forehead.

"Okay… maybe you’re real. Maybe you’re not. Blight could still be messing with us… His name’s Zephyr, Darya. He’s a friend of mine, and a friend of Wreck… but I’m not sure if he’s actually here, or if Blight’s just messing with us."

I glance at the munchkins.

"What happens if we don’t go together?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:49pm

"We don't get paid!", the Munchkin next to the center one growls…..though his voice doesn't make for much of a growl. "And then we'll be a disgruntled bunch of Munchkins. You don't want to see Munchkins when they're angry."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 2:49pm

"Of course, I'm real!" I rub the spot where she poked. "What's going on here, really?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:53pm

"I have no idea! Things have been weird this whole week and I missed a bunch of stuff and then things didn’t make sense and Blight came along and Wreck was gone and then he started making wacky stuff happen and then everything went back to Wreck’s room only it wasn’t really his room and we went out the window and everything in the landscape was fake and then it flashed and we saw bombs coming down to hurt people and Sentinels and crazy stuff and a path and then it went back to normal and the munchkins turned up and then you appeared!"

I pause and take a breath.

"You’re real?"

I latch onto him in a hug.

"You are! You’re real!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 2:56pm

I hug her back - hesitantly. "…yeah, even my dreams couldn't make something this weird. Hey, Kelly."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 2:58pm

I let go and spin on the spot to face the munchkins.

"Okay! Don’t worry, you’ll get paid!"

I spin again to face Darya and Zephyr.

"We’ve got to go down that path – well there was a path there when things flashed, I’ll show you the way, Zephyr – together, or they won’t get paid! Come on!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 2:59pm

"Could you hurry along the path?," yet another Munchkin grumbles. "We were supposed to break for lunch five minutes ago. Or we could just do the transforming and eat you thing."

At this the Munchkins pause. After a moment, they huddle together and start mumbling.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:00pm

I face the Munchkins again with my hands on my hips, sighing rather profusely.

"You know, I don’t want to, but if you do that, we’ll have to end up hurting you."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 3:01pm

"I say we just go down the path." Never been one to argue with midgets.

I start floating down the way.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 3:02pm

Darya follows, silently.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:04pm

I follow too.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:07pm

The invisible path leads into the nearby woods, cutting a winding route through the trees. Finally a clearing is reached, with one huge, hollow tree stump resting in the center. Next to it, a signpost with an arrow attached points towards it invitingly.

Suddenly from somewhere behind the group, the Munchkins can be overheard again. They seem to be yelling something about double pay and clauses for excessive mayhem, as leaves crunch and branches break.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 3:08pm

Darya reloads.

"So Zeph or whatever, what can you do?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 3:09pm

Weirder and weirder - I try and sense the air around, see if anything's about to get the jump on us.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:11pm

"Whoever’s up there, we know you’re there, and we know who you are! You’d better not try anything!"

I turn to the other two and lower my voice.

"Um… we do know who they are, right?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:11pm

Zephyr senses….wait for it…..a group of angry Munchkins, charging through the woods in their general direction. One of them is smoking a very smelly cigar.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:19pm

"So, um… what now?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 3:19pm

A blur rushes past the group towards the munchkins, dust kicking up. The cigar vanishes from the ones mouth and the smoke trail finds it's way back to our group of 'heroes' as a familiar red head skids to a stop with it in her fingers by her lips, taking a light puff.

"Eh, what's up doc?"

One puff is too much though, and she keels over puking


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Jul 21, 2007, 3:20pm

Darya takes her cigar and smokes it herself.

«And got to leave now, sorry.»


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 3:20pm

"Uh, guys, hate to break it to you, but we got a bunch of very small problems heading our way."

I start to whip up a few whirlwinds, when the blur distracts me. "What?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:21pm

"Sara!"

I dash over to her and look at the cigar, extremely annoyed with it. A little swat sends it back to the Munchkins.

"Are you okay?" I ask, conveniently forgetting the first question of ‘where did you come from’.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:22pm

The Munchkins finally make it to the clearing. The lead, baritone voiced Munchkin seems quite perturbed at losing his smoke. He falls to his knees, shouts in pain. Then, his skin bursts, and he stands. Looking a bit like this

[image]

This is followed by several others that look just like him. All seem to be drooling and growling various things, all having to do with money.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 3:24pm

"Ugah"

She pants and rubs her mouth

"Not cool, not cool, why do the movies always lie?!"

She falls back on her ass and smiles up at Kelly.

"Iono how I got here, but I'm glad I am!"

Little wink before looking over at the dwarves.

"IT'S A FUCKING GREMLIN!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:25pm

I stare at the gremlins for a moment before frowning and crossing my arms.

"I asked you nicely not to do that! It wasn’t a nice thing to do. Turn back!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:26pm

The cigar smoking gremlin completely ignores Kelly's request and dives straight at her. Meanwhile several others fall out of the trees towards Sara, as yet another rockets straight past Zephyr's head. It does manage to smack straight into Darya, who tumbles into the hollow tree stump.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 3:28pm

"EEEK!"

Sara screeches as they fall, her speed kicking in as she starts trying to punch and kick them away from her as fast as possible.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:29pm

"What did I say? You’re- being- mean!"

I try to stay hovering and try to twist and throw the gremlin to the ground.

"Cut it out!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:31pm

One gremlin gets punched by Sara. Two. Three. Then a fourth lands right on her face, scratching at it and biting.

Cigar Gremlin gets tossed by Kelly, only to land on his feet.

"Money, money, yum."

It launches again, latching onto her leg with very sharp teeth.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 3:33pm

"AHHHHHHHHHH!"

Sara screams out with tears in her eyes before trying to drive her fist straight through the gremlins chest at her top speed, purely out of survival instinct


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:34pm

I flail with my leg, shrieking as the gremlin sinks his teeth into it.

"Ah! Getoffgetoffgetoffgetoff!"

I let off a couple of flashes without thinking and aim a blast at the Gremlin.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:36pm

Sara's fist does manage to go straight through the Gremlin. It twitches, shrieks terribly and flops. She now has a dead Gremlin, buried up to her wrist.

Cigar Gremlin flies straight off of Kelly, slamming into a tree. Persistent thing that it is though, it's quickly back up, along with what looks like six other gremlins. They make a beeline for her.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:38pm

"No, no, no, stay away! I don’t want to fight, don’t you get that?"

I put a bubble around myself and try to expand it to force them away.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 3:43pm

"EWWWWWWWWW!"

Sara starts trying to shake it off, freaking out, bleeding out from the bites and scratches on her face.

"GETITOFFGETITOFFGETITTHEFUCKOFF!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:43pm

The Gremlins are momentarily pushed back by the field. Then they actually try to climb it, with varying degrees of success.

Cigar Gremlin himself seems to have vanished during all of this….until suddenly he appears behind Sara, clonking her over the back of the head with a shovel. She finds herself stumbling towards the tree stump.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:45pm

I drop the field for a moment when I see the gremlin hit Sara. Dashing over to her, I try to push the gremlin away and grab onto her to keep her from falling, but lose my balance and stumble into the stump.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:49pm

Kelly and Sara find themselves falling in a hole that should be dark, but instead is blindingly bright. The walls race by, but rather than what they would expect from such a thing, they seem to be zipping past huge lines of white static.

As they drop, astoundingly enough, a few of the Gremlins dive in after them. Not hindered at all by the fact they're in a freefall, Cigar Gremlin reaches out and tries to scratch Kelly's face.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:50pm

"Get off!"

I fire a concussive light blast out of my eyes, trying to knock the Gremlin away from me.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 3:52pm

Sara grabs tight to Kelly's waist and starts kicking her legs at super speed to try and slow their descent.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 3:54pm

[Back in a few. Sorry!]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 3:55pm

All of the Gremlins go sailing out of view, barring Cigar Gremlin, who grabs onto Sara's leg.

"Money, money, money, mon"

And then stops abruptly as he looks down, just in time to go splattering off of solid ground. Kelly and Sara meanwhile slow and sit gently next to his corpse.

Looking a bit expressionless, Blight scoops up the dead body of the Gremlin, shaking his head.

"Can't even hire good help these days."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 3:59pm

[Aw, damn, sorry, I had a problem come up. Back now.]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 4:03pm

"Enough!" I start kicking up one of my better whirlwinds, hoping to send as many baddies as I can skyward.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:05pm

Blight glances upward, folding his arms.

"Pardon me a moment."

At the top of the stump, he tilts his head at Zephyr.

"Your friends are down below. Aren't you going to join them?"

And then he gives him a shove, sending him tumbling into the tree stump. No amount of flying seems to work, and soon he thuds right at Sara's feet.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 4:06pm

Sara pulls her legs in tight and looks at Blight and Zephyr before turning back to Kelly confused.

"Who are you people?! How did I even get here?!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:07pm

[Back.]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:09pm

"Honey, that’s Zephyr, you know him. Or you did. And that other guy, he’s… taken over Wreck’s body. You knew Wreck, too. He’s nasty, he’s been hurting people. I’m guessing we’ve got to take him down."

I turn from Sara to Blight, raising my voice.

"What do you want from this, Blight? Why won’t you just give Wreck back and leave us alone?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:11pm

Blight looks to Kelly with an expression of genuine sorrow.

Then that fades quickly into his usual scowl.

"You say that like I were holding him hostage. He went away quite on his own…..well, sort of. You helped by chopping out his brain."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:12pm

"How many times to I have to say that I did not, and would not do that!" I scream, sparks flying out of my eyes.

"Now get out, and get lost!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 4:13pm

"I got nada on either, but did the thing a few weeks ago actually happen?"

Not the time or the place, head out of the gutter, decent amount of blood and not all of it is theirs. Oops.

"How did I get pulled into this?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:15pm

"I should rephrase. The other you chopped out his brain. You only chopped out his heart."

Blight disappears. A moment later, he is sitting on top of an absolutely colossal skull. One that more than resembles the skullstaff, and one that most certainly couldn't have been there a moment ago. Else someone would have noticed it.

"I don't even want him. Frankly, I'm tired of living. Look around you. This mess is what goes on in my head every waking moment. Could you live here?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:15pm

"What thing, honey? Never mind, we’ll talk later."

The glare doesn’t lift from Blight’s direction.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:16pm

"I wouldn’t do that, either, and if you don’t want to be in there, then GET OUT! We don’t want you here, either!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:19pm

"And yet you did. Got yourself killed, and he suicided in grief. Simple story, told millions of times over the years. Confusing details don't matter much."

Blight nods to Sara.

"Nice to meet you. Wish it were under better circumstances, but I can't dictate them. Even when handed the power of a god."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 4:20pm

I stand up, groggy from the fall - not used to falling, really. "Sara?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 4:21pm

"Killed? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?!"

Sara starts freaking out a bit as she gets to her feet and gets ready for a run


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:24pm

Blight looks sad again.

"My god, do I look like that when I go all spastic?"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:25pm

I settle down and stop the sparks for long enough to turn to Sara.

"Sara, calm down. He can’t do anything to us. Not if we don’t let him."

I turn to him again, the sparks back.

"I’m going to say this once more. You’re not wanted here. Leave him, and leave here."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:27pm

"And you aren't listening. He's dead. Gone. Contrary to popular belief, you just can't come back to life once you've died. It's not right."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:30pm

"If it isn't right, then I shouldn't be here! If it isn't right, then do the same to me as has bappened to him!" I scream, completely losing my sense of mind.

"I've seen your power! You can do it! So either do it, or stop lying and give him back!"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 4:31pm

"Says who? Happens all the time, in case you haven't noticed." I scratch my head, still a little groggy.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:35pm

"I can't make anyone happy. It's just not in the cards."

Blight's expression sinks. He lays his face in his hands.

Then raises it again. His eyebrow arches.

"Eh?"

If the group would turn a bit, they would see Wreck sitting on the ground. Though he appears to be more of a ghost, flickering in and out of view.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 4:37pm

"Huh? Hey, Jason!" Finally, something good out of this mess.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 4:37pm

Sara's hand courses right over the top of her head


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:40pm

Wreck looks about to say something. Then glances at Kelly, and quickly looks away again.

"I'm the one doing this," Blight says very quietly. "Why am I doing this? Hate is all I am. Wasn't made to be much more."


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:41pm

"Then fade away and everyone has peace," I say quietly, not taking my eyes off of Wreck.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:48pm

Blight looks about to say something. Then thinks better of it, shutting his mouth.

He puts a hand to his eyes, and if one listened carefully, they might hear a strangled sob. He nods…..

And the Hellions (along with Zephyr and Sara, oddly enough) find themselves in Wreck's room. The mess from before is repaired, returned to the state it was in.

Wreck lays on the bed. Blight stands over him, his "eyes" wide and a bit dumbstruck.

"He'll take it away from me. The gift was on a loan, after all. But I've already done something irreparable."

Blight glances upward. And smiles.

"That's what happens when you give a dummy like me too much power. I think I'll take Lisa's advice. Try to go out and live a normal life….or what passes for one."

He looks to Wreck again. And with another smile, disappears without a trace.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 21, 2007, 4:48pm

I go over to Jason, try and see if I can help him up or…do…something.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Sara "Radical Dreamer" Lincoln on Jul 21, 2007, 4:50pm

Sara's face goes blank and she grabs at Kelly's arm.

"I have no idea what just happened"


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Wreck on Jul 21, 2007, 4:51pm

[Post mission here]


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 21, 2007, 4:56pm

"Neither have I, honey," I tell her, eyes still on Wreck.


Re: The Hellions #17 - P. Scream - A Madman's Drea
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Jul 21, 2007, 4:57pm

~Nightmare~

I lean on the skull staff, watching the Hellions and company lazily. I yawn and then glance at the skull staff, kicking it out from under my own arms.

"Silly me. I don’t need this thing, do I?"

I look at the Hellions again, clapping my hands and then rubbing them together as if I’m about to do a magic trick. When I separate them and snap my fingers – well, what happens is kind of magic. All of my lent out power runs back into me.

"Well, that was a bit of a disappointment. I thought you would all do something about my chronic boredom, but no… not a thing. Nope, nada, zilch. How terribly dreary. It just ended up being fairly depressing, really. I mean, what kind of supervillain just escapes the conflict in that manner?" I shake my head, looking down with a sigh.

"It just won’t do, will it? No." I clap my hands together again, but it’s only once. Like a zen clap of acceptance.

"It looks like it’s rest time, now! There’ll be fun and games later, but to be honest, after that depressing little show, I’m just not feeling it. And I don’t think you are, either."

I warp out.


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