Chapter 43: The Battle
“What is taking them so long?” Foreshadow asked. Alley Cat, The Crystal Girl, The Princess of Peace, and Foreshadow hid behind the bank across the street from City Hall. But these days, City Hall is better known as Whitney’s headquarters.
“I’m sure they’re fine,” The Princess of Peace said, as she put her hand on his shoulder.
“So, David’s on board?” Sam asked, walking up to them.
“Yeah…what happened to you?” Foreshadow asked.
“Are you okay?” The Princess of Peace asked.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Where’s Rebbeca?” Alley Cat asked.
“That’s an even longer story.”
“Oh, boy,” Foreshadow sighed. “This can’t be good.”
They heard a motorcycle in the distance. They looked around the building just as Dark Vengeance zipped past on her motorcycle.
“Believe me, this was not my plan,” Sam said.
“Oh, I know,” Foreshadow said, as Dark Vengeance pulled up next to them.
“Hey, guys.” She got off of the motorcycle.
“Are you trying to get us killed?” Alley Cat asked. An arrow flew by, grazing the back of Dark Vengeance’s shoulder, before it hit the ground. She grabbed her shoulder and fell forward. Sam and Foreshadow caught her, pulling her behind the building.
“Let me see,” Foreshadow said, as he pulled back her fingers. “Okay, it’s just a scratch.”
“That’s not what it feels like,” Dark Vengeance told him.
“It’s Bandit. He’s up on the roof,” Sam said.
“I could have told you that,” Alley Cat spat.
“I told you he’d come,” Dark Vengeance looked at Sam.
“Now, what?” he asked.
“We fight. And don’t stop until we’re dead or Whitney’s behind bars.”
“Are all of the pep talks like this?” Alley Cat asked Foreshadow.
“Pretty much,” he replied, smiling at Dark Vengeance. Sam got the black back pack from the motorcycle and handed Shock Guns to everyone. They all nodded to each other and stepped out from behind the building.
Standing in front of them were over one hundred Eels. Sam distracted Bandit while the others headed for the Eels. Dark Vengeance ran toward the Eels, dodged Shock Blasts, and slid underneath them, landing in the center. She disarmed, and shot any and all Eels that she came in contact with.
Eels were dropping left and right, but more came out of the building. Soon, more were coming out than they could kill. Dark Vengeance shot two Eels and spun around, but didn’t pull the trigger when she saw who it was. “What are you doing here?”
“I came to help,” John Hall replied, and shot an Eel behind Dark Vengeance.
“Thanks. I thought you couldn’t.”
“Yeah, well, that’s a chance I’m willing to take.” He shot another Eel. Then, Hall looked up at the sky. “Looks like your back up’s here.”
Dark Vengeance looked up and saw a helicopter hovering above them. She looked back at Hall, but he was gone. Two figures came down out of the helicopter and landed on the ground. Slowly, she made her way to them. When she got there, she found one of the men was dressed just like her.
“You rang,” he said, in a deep voice. Even though he tried to deepen his voice, she still knew who he was.
“Bryan MaGreen,” she scoffed. “Should’ve known you were Riverstone’s guardian.”
“Well, one of them. And I prefer Dark Arrow.” He held up his bow and fired an arrow.
“You new to this?” She shot an Eel.
“Actually, Steel and I have been doing this for quite some time.”
Dark Vengeance looked behind him and saw Steel, a tall, dark haired man, in a black trench coat with two swords in his hands and two empty sword sheathes strapped to his back.
“Thanks for coming.”
“To be honest, we’ve been waiting for this day.”
“Well, I’m glad to be fighting with you.”
“Me too, Rebbeca.” He shot an arrow. Then, he turned to her and smiled. Dark Vengeance saw a shadow drop over her. She quickly got low to the ground and swung her leg along the ground, knocking over the Eel. Then, she stood up and shot him. “Nice.”
“Thanks. Shawn taught me, actually.” She looked around and saw that the City Hall doors were open. “I’m going to try to get inside.”
“I’m going with you.” He turned to Steel. “Find Foreshadow and tell him we’re going in.” Steel nodded and disappeared into the crowd. Dark Vengeance and Dark Arrow slowly made their way through the crowd of Eels.
Dark Arrow held the door open. “After you.”
Dark Vengeance walked inside with Dark Arrow behind her.
“Looks like a dungeon.”
“Well, that’s Whitney.”
They walked down the hall.
“She’s always taking something good and turning it bad.”
“So I’ve heard,” Dark Arrow said. “What’s the plan, by the way?”
“We find Whitney and take her out.” She saw something move up ahead. She pointed it out to Dark Arrow. He nodded, but kept his head forward. A figure appeared about twenty feet in front of them. They heard a small whistle; a whistle Dark Arrow knew all too well.
An arrow pierced through Dark Vengeance’s cape, pinning her to the ground. “Bandit.”
“What?” He readied an arrow.
“His name is Bandit. He’s an archer, like you.”
“I kind of got that part, since he just tried to shoot you.” He looked down the hallway and shouted, “And missed!”
Bandit shot three more arrows at them.
“What did you do to make this guy want to kill you?”
“I’m his brother’s ex.”
“You really get around.”
“And I don’t even remember it.”
“That’s probably a good thing.”
“What is that supposed to mean?” She pulled the arrow out of her cape and started walking down the hall.
“What I mean-” He fired two arrows. “Is that I would give anything to forget my ex, so if I were you, I’d see it as a blessing, not a curse.”
Dark Vengeance pulled out her Crystal Gun and shot Bandit three times. He fell to the floor as they walked up to him. “Why, what happened?”
“She died.” He put hand cuffs on Bandit. “So, like I said…I’d give anything to forget.” He started to walk away.
“But why would you want to forget someone you love, or loved?” She followed.
“It’s a long story.”
“I have a few of those.”
They entered a large room.
“I knew your death was too easy,” a woman’s voice said. “But I’m glad we finally get to meet…that is, if it’s really you.” The woman stepped out of the shadows.
Anger flooded Dark Vengeance. “Whitney.”
“So what’s your plan, Big Hero?” Whitney asked. “Come back from the dead and then take back the city?” She circled them, looking over every inch. “Well, I hope you know I’m not going to make it easy.”
“I’d expect nothing less.”
A door in the corner opened, and two people entered.
“I believe you know Shadow Sweeper and Dark Rose,” Whitney smiled.
“How could I forget? My best friend’s father and the brat that killed me.”
“In the flesh,” Dark Rose said, almost bragging.
“You kids have fun. I’ll be in the next room. Be sure to let me know when someone’s dead…again.” She smiled and then left room.
“Round two?” Dark Vengeance asked Dark Rose.
“Please.” She pulled out her gun.
“You’re not getting away this time.” Dark Vengeance dodged a few bullets and then jumped behind some crates.
“Come on, old man,” Dark Arrow said to Shadow Sweeper. “You’re too old for this. Just give up while you still can.” Shadow Sweeper smiled and pushed something on the floor with his foot. A four foot by four foot square of the floor opened in front of him. Dark Arrow watched as a machine gun rose up out of the floor.
“Let’s see who surrenders now.” Shadow Sweeper put his hands on the machine gun.
Shadow Sweeper started shooting and hit Dark Arrow in the leg as he jumped behind a stack of crates in the corner. Dark Vengeance looked over at Dark Arrow and saw him holding his leg, just above the ankle. Then she saw the blood. Dark Rose kept shooting at her, slowly backing up.
She reached the door she entered through. “I dare you to follow me.” She turned ran through the door. Dark Vengeance looked at Dark Arrow. She sighed and then got up and ran after her. She pulled out her Crystal Gun as she walked through the door. Dark Rose was standing at the end of a hall way about twenty feet away. Both girls pointed their guns at each other.
“So, Angel. Are we really going to do this again?”
“You tell me. We all know how our last encounter ended.”
“This one’s not going to have the same outcome.”
“Maybe for you. But what about your friends?”
“What about yours?”
She laughed. “You and I both know these people are not my friends.”
“Then what about your dad?” Dark Vengeance asked. “How’s he going to feel when you’re behind bars?”
Dark Rose smiled. “I’d ask you the same thing, but your dad’s been dead for… how long, now?”
“That was low, even for you.”
“I try.” She pulled the trigger. Her bullet hit Dark Vengeance’s chest. She stumbled back a few steps, got her balance, and then stood up straight.
“I learned my lesson last time.” She quickly aimed and shot Dark Rose. The bullet hit her in the shoulder. She hit the wall and slid down to the floor.
“Thanks to you.” She walked up to Dark Rose, as the door next to her opened. She froze, and pointed her gun at the door. She relaxed when she saw Hall. “What are you doing here…again?”
“We came to help.” He and The Crystal Girl stepped in to the hall way.
“Who’s shooting?” The Crystal Girl asked. Dark Vengeance cuffed Dark Rose, then, paused and listened. She heard the machine gun and realized that she had blocked it out. “Come on, Dark Arrow’s in trouble!” She stood and ran to the door she came through.