Chapter 39: Friends, No Matter What
Dark Vengeance and Alley Cat slowly made their way to Drake’s new house. They got to the driveway and stopped.
“Which one of us do you think he’ll take it better from?” Alley Cat asked.
“I don’t know.”
“Well, I’m a wanted fugitive. Besides the fact that I tried to kill him.”
“The day I told him I’d be careful, I got myself killed,” Dark Vengeance said, as she looked at her. They both knew Drake would not take the news easy. They gave each other the same look at the same time, like they both realized they were trying to come up with an excuse not to see Drake.
“How would you tell your best friend you’re alive and now need his help killing his ex-girlfriend’s mother, who has taken over the city?”
“Well, when you put it that way….”
“Bella, I’m not joking. I’m tired of lying to him.”
Alley Cat followed her to the front door. “What are you going to do?”
Dark Vengeance rang the doorbell. An older man answered the door. “What do you want?”
“We’re here to see Drake Mathews,” Dark Vengeance replied.
“Please, the fate of the city is at stake.”
“Say what you want, you’re not taking another one of my kids.”
“What do you mean?” Alley Cat asked.
“You know exactly what I mean. You guys took everything I had, including my daughter, and then come back for more?”
“They took Tiffany?” Dark Vengeance asked.
“Stay away from my family.”
“Mr. Thorne, we’re the good guys,” Alley Cat said.
“Then, where were you when they took over the city? Where were you when they killed my wife or took Tiffany?” the man asked, as he stared at Dark Vengeance. “Where were you when we needed you?”
“I’m sorry for everything that’s happened, but, please, I need to see Drake,” Dark Vengeance practically begged the man.
“No!” He slammed the door.
“That went well,” Alley Cat said.
Dark Vengeance glared at her.
“Stay hidden, I’ll be right back,” Dark Vengeance said, as she jumped onto the railing. She climbed onto the roof and then walked over to an open window. She looked in the window and saw Drake sitting at his desk.
She changed her clothes, sat on the window seal, propped her feet up in front of her, and then looked out over the city. “I remember the day I told you I didn’t know what I’d do without you. So, when you were kidnapped, I didn’t know what to do. But most of all, I was scared I’d lost you. And you know how determined I get when I’m scared.” She looked at Drake. Seeing tears in his eyes brought tears to hers. “Is that how you felt when I died?”
“Yeah,” he whispered, as she stepped into the room.
“I’m so sorry I wasn’t careful.”
Drake stood up as she ran to him and threw her arms around him. “It’s okay,” he could barely make out the words.
“No, it’s not.” She pulled away and looked at him. “I should have been there, Drake.”
“You had no idea this would happen.”
“And look where that got us.”
“How are you here, anyway? Last I heard, you were dead.”
“I don’t really understand it all myself. But you know that’s not why I’m here.”
“You’re here to kick bad guy butt.”
“Why did you crawl through the window?”
“Thorne wasn’t very happy to see us.”
“What unlucky person is following you, now?” Drake asked.
“Bella. She and her friend found me, and filled me in.”
“Thorne told us what happened.”
“That’s why you came in the window. Did he get the shot gun?”
“No.” She studied his face. “Drake, I’m sorry. I can only imagine how all of this has made you feel.”
“First, I lose you, then Abby, and then, just when I think everything’s going to be okay, Tiffany’s mother is killed and she’s taken.”
“I could have stopped all of it from happening, and you know I’m right. I could have made you wait for the team, before you went after Danny. I could have stuck by Abby instead of leaving her. Had I kept the suit on, I could have saved Tiffany and her mother.”
They sat down on his bed.
“None of this was your fault. If you’re going to blame anyone, blame me. You know that there was no way you could have stopped me. I’m not going to say anything about Abigail because that’s your problem, not mine. But you put the suit away like everyone else did. And if you were going up against Eels, then, no offense, but you didn’t stand a chance.”
Drake unbuttoned the top three buttons on his shirt and revealed a piece of Rainbow Crystal on a gold chain.
“It fell off of her neck when they took her.”
“Why did they want her?”
“I don’t know.”
“Wait, so she can’t see right now?”
“Nope,” Drake replied. “Only shadows.”
“How long ago was it that she was taken?”
“We’ll get her back, Drake. I promise.” She could tell he doubted her ability to keep that promise. “So, do you want in?”
“I’m putting the team back together.”
“Bella told me what happened. At first, I was mad that you guys weren’t being the heroes I’d hoped you’d be in my absence. But then, I realized that if you would have stuck together, you probably would be dead, too. Even Abby’s no match for Whitney, alone.”
“We broke up for a reason.”
“I don’t expect you guys to forget all that’s happened. I’m just asking you to join me one more time…it will be our last stand, our final fight, call it what you will. Drake, will you fight by my side one last time?”
Drake got up and walked over to his closet. He opened the doors and pushed all of the clothes out of the way, revealing a safe that goes from the floor to the ceiling. “Open: code red.”
The safe unlocked, the handle turned, and the door popped open. Drake opened the door revealing his suit. He looked at Rebbeca. “One last time.”
She got up, walked over to him, and hugged him. “Thank you.”
“Hey, you’re the one that made me promise we’d be friends, no matter what. Now leave the way you came. I’ll tell Thorne I’m leaving and then, meet you.”
She replied with a nod and walked to the window. “And for the record, I was six,” she said, “Activate: Dark Vengeance.” Her clothes transformed as she climbed out onto the roof.
She walked to the edge of the roof and jumped off. The second her feet hit the ground, she rolled forward, stood up, and walked across the street to Alley Cat.
“Took you long enough,” Alley Cat said. “How’d it go?”
“Good. He’s in.”
“Good,” she said, as Drake, dressed as Foreshadow, walked up to them. He shook hands with Alley Cat.
“Next stop: Sarah and Sam Lancaster’s house,” Alley Cat said.
“Man, that sounds weird,” Foreshadow said, as they started walking.