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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Twenty

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part Fifteen, Part Sixteen, Part Seventeen, Part Eighteen, Part Nineteen

We ran. Well, Alex and I ran. I had Kelly hoisted over my shoulder in a fireman’s carry because she was in no shape to run by herself. I was surprised at how fast Alex was moving, but then again she is a paladin just like me.

I kept peaking over my shoulder to see if anyone was following us but so far no one was. It looks like Mygle and his gang of gremlins was keeping them pretty well distracted. I wasn’t really sure how the hell we were going to get out of there considering fields is the one who brought us in but we would find a way.

Eventually we made it into the town and there wasn’t a monster in sight. There was no doubt in my mind at that point that the monsters throughout the world had retreated at that point. People were wandering around the streets looking very scared and very confused. I didn’t have the time to try to make them comfortable.

“Wes,” Alex cried in between breaths. “What are we going to do?” She was on the verge of tears.

I put Kelly down and she fell to her knees.

“Listen,” I said as soothingly as possible. “I know you are scared and that this sucks. I promise you that I will explain everything but for right now we just need to focus on getting out of here, okay?”

She nodded her head like a champ and fought back the tears.

“Now,” I began, “we need a way out of here.”

“There’s a minivan over there,” Alex said, pointing to the side of the street.

“You want to steal it?”

“Well, yeah.”

“Do you know how to hotwire a car?”

“No.”

“I can,” Kelly contributed.

“Are you okay enough for that?” I asked her.

“Yeah.”

“Okay, but the minivan will be to slow. We need something faster.”

I looked around and could see why Alex recommended the soccer-mom car: it was the only one that wasn’t destroyed.

“Huh,” I sighed. “I guess are options are actually pretty limited.”

“There’s another one over there,” Kelly pointed out. It was a brand new looking black Dodge Charger.

“That is more like it.”

We all ran over to the car and it opened right up. Whatever idiot owned this car wasn’t dumb enough to lock it, which was nice because that meant I didn’t have to break the window. Kelly got to work.

“Won’t someone see us?” Alex asked me.

“Everyone is too distracted,” I pointed. “They were just attacked by imaginary creatures.”

Kelly cut some wires and rubbed them together and voila, the car came to life. All of us jumped in with me in the driver’s seat. We put Kelly in the back so she could lie down.

I pushed the pedal down and got out of there as quickly as I could.

“What’s going on?” Alex asked.

“Well you obviously know that there are monsters,” I pointed out. “We are paladins.”

“What does that mean?”

“We are kind of like monsters; strong and fast, but we’re the good guys.”

“Yeah?”

“We kill the monsters.”

Alex seemed overwhelmed. It wasn’t that she didn’t believe me but that she was just afraid of it. I didn’t really blame her.

Kelly fell asleep in the back seat and Alex stared out the window. I kept the car in motion, heading into the unknown. Everything had changed. The world looked a lot different now and I had know idea what was going to happen next…

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Twenty

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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Nineteen

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part Fifteen, Part Sixteen, Part Seventeen, Part Eighteen, Part Twenty

I definitely caught Fields by surprise. She obviously didn’t expect me to charge at her like that. I wasn’t kidding around at that point. I just saved the world and got rid of a tyrannical monster. There was no way the agency was going to arrest my sister, Kelly and me.

I faked like I was going to chop her head off and then kicked her in the stomach. It was true that I was digging myself a hole but at the time I didn’t care.

Roy pulled out his gun and pointed it at my head.

“Back up, Wes,” he warned me.

Fields got back up, quicker than I expected, and stepped in front of Roy.

“Leave this to me,” she ordered him.

“Are you stupid?” I asked her. “You can’t win against me. Not alone.”

“You wouldn’t be the first paladin I’ve fought in my lifetime.”

“I might be your last.”

“It’s threats like that that might convince me to not let you live.”

“I’m real scared, lady.”

She was facing one of her agents but when she turned around I could see she was wearing the same glove she was wearing when she took down the werewolf the day before. I will admit that I was a little bit nervous because I had seen what she could do. But there was no way she could beat me. I was faster, stronger and a better fighter.

“Let’s make this quick,” I said to her. “I have to get running soon.”

“You won’t be running anywhere,” she informed me.

I ran at her again, but when I went to hit her this time she dodge me and tried to punch me in the back. I spun, grabbed her arm, and brought her to the ground, putting her arm in a lock. She then punched me in the stomach with that massive glove and sent a jolt of electricity through my body. I obviously lost my grip and she stood up.

“You are careless, sporadic,” she taunted me. “You have a lot to learn.”

“Shut up and fight me,” I spat. She did.

She was a lot fiercer than I even imagined, which was a lot as it was. I wasn’t expecting that, especially from someone her age. I was still better, though.

I kicked her in the side, causing her to keel over, but then she caught me by surprise. I went to punch her in the head when she punched me in the shoulder, right where I had been stabbed. Couple that with the fact that she sent electricity through my body, I was in a lot of pain.

She was standing over me, gloating in her soon to be victory.

“I told you that you wouldn’t be running,” she pointed out.

“You can’t take us,” I tried.

“I can.”

She reeled her hand back, ready to punch me in the face. That’s when Mygle appeared in between us and kicked the director in the chest, sending her heels over head—is that right? The rest of his group was attacking everyone else, keeping them very preoccupied. He turned to me.

“Go,” he said.

“I can’t leave you,” I replied.

“Go. Now.”

I felt bad leaving them but I also didn’t want to be arrested. I grabbed my sister and Kelly, and took off…

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Nineteen

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Chapter Four, From the Ashes

 

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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Eighteen

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part Fifteen, Part Sixteen, Part Seventeen, Part NineteenPart Twenty

I wasn’t sure that I believed her at first. I knew Roy and there was no way he worked for the agency. How did I still not know the name? If he worked for the agency then that would mean he was spying on me.

“Roy,” I started, “tell me she’s kidding.”

Roy looked at me like he was about to tell me something that I was not going to want to hear.

“It’s true, buddy,” he said to me.

I felt the rage begin to build inside of me. “I’m not your buddy.”

“You can’t say you didn’t enjoy the time we spent together.”

“Shut up, Roy, or I’m going to kick your ass.”

“I don’t think you are in any position to do that.”

“Watch me.”

“You are always such a baby.”

“Want to see what this baby can do?”

“Enough, both of you,” Fields shouted out loud.

“Wes?” Alex said softly, tugging on my shirt. “What’s going to happen?”

“Don’t worry,” I replied just a quiet. “I’m going to get us out of this.”

“How?”

“I have no idea.”

I turned to Kelly again and she looked just as scared as my sister did—that felt weird to say, or rather type.

“How do you think Kelly is always able to get to you so quickly?” Fields asked. I never took my eyes off Kelly. “She was always following you. I needed to keep a close eye on you.”

The anger kept building inside of me. Kelly mouthed that she was sorry to me but I had a hard time believing her.

“It wasn’t enough, though,” Fields continued. “I needed to keep someone right next to you.”

“Maybe next time you could pick someone a little better,” I suggested to her with a smirk. “The idiot almost got killed on the first day.”

Roy charged at me but one of the other agents stopped him. Good thing for him to because I would have destroyed him.

“I don’t trust paladins,” Fields said to me plainly. “I don’t trust them anymore than I trust a werewolf.”

I started laughing.

“I know you didn’t just say that, did you?” I asked her rhetorically.

“I’m sorry, Wes,” she tried weakly.

“You could have said anything else: vampire, goblin, but no. You had to go and say werewolf.”

“There’s nothing that you can do.”

“You obviously don’t know me very well.”

“Wes, don’t.”

“Too late.”

I charged at Fields with my axes held out…

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Eighteen

 
 

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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Seventeen

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part Fifteen, Part SixteenPart EighteenPart NineteenPart Twenty

I stared at Fields for the longest time, waiting for her to deliver the punch line that never came. Everyone was pointing their guns at us.

“Excuse me?” I said.

“You’re under arrest,” she repeated.

“You can’t arrest us.”

“I can.”

“We have rights.”

“Wes, really?”

It was worth a shot. I was kind of in shock that she was telling me that I was under arrest.

“I just saved the world and you’re telling me that I am under arrest?” I asked her.

“Yes,” she confirmed.

“What is wrong with you? What about Kelly? We need to help her.”

“There is nothing that we can do to help her.”

“That’s it? Just like that? She’s dead to you?” I turned to Kelly. “Did you know that she was going to do this?”

“No,” Kelly promised me. I could see the shock in her eyes so I know she wasn’t lying to me.

I looked around at all the agents and noticed that the gremlins were all gone.

“I can’t let you kill her,” I said plainly.

“She will die on her own,” Fields pointed out.

“How do you know?”

“Only a paladin can be turned into a phoenix.”

“You’re suddenly an expert. Why are you trying to arrest me and my sister?”

Fields drew in a deep breath and then let it out slowly, like all of this was bothering her.

“Monsters cannot be tolerated,” she stated the obvious. “Paladins can turn into a phoenix and therefore are just another monster.”

“Larry is dead,” I pointed out.

“There could be more.”

“You don’t know that.”

“That is why we can’t take the chance.”

I laughed. I had no better reaction than to laugh.

“You are unbelievable,” I said to her. “Do you really think that Kelly is going to try to bite me or we are going to run into another phoenix?”

“As I said,” she began, “we can’t take that chance.”

“You need me.”

“We have become very efficient at killing monsters on our own. We have eliminated so many monsters that you weren’t aware of.”

A looked over at Roy, feeling like I had let him down, but then something occurred to me.

“You didn’t say Roy was under arrest,” I said, pointing right at him.

Fields nodded her head and I could tell that whatever she was about to say that she really didn’t want to.

“Roy is one of my agents,” she informed me…

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Seventeen

 
 

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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Sixteen

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part Fifteen, Part SeventeenPart EighteenPart NineteenPart Twenty

That was it; Larry was dead. I watched his severed head roll on the ground and his body turned into a pile of ashes. I had finally killed him.

All of the monsters that were attacking everyone scattered, obviously scared that their leader had been defeated. I had my suspicions that the worldwide attack would cease now that there was no one to lead them. Even Mygle and his gremlins were now gone, which was good because there was no telling what Fields would do to them. Well, what she would try to do, anyway.

I walked over to Alex and kneeled down in front of her.

“Are you okay?” I asked her.

“I think so,” she replied. It was obvious that this was going to be a lot for her to take in but she was like me—I hoped—so she would get through it.

“It’s over. He’s gone.”

She leaned into my shoulder as I stood up and started crying. I wrapped my arms around her and held her tight.

I looked around at the aftermath of the battle and there were dead monsters and agents everywhere. It was an utter mess.

Fields made her way over to Alex and me.

“I’m glad you are okay,” she said to me.

“I was just forced to kill my father and all you can say is ‘I’m glad you’re okay’?” I asked her.

“Does it upset you that you had to kill him?”

“Not at all.”

“Then I am glad you are okay.”

I once again surveyed the aftermath, taking it all in.

“What happens now?” I asked Fields.

“We clean up the mess,” she answered me.

“It’s a big mess.”

“That it is.”

Something occurred to me.

“How did you know that was going to happen to him?” I asked.

“I found an ancient text describing the phoenix,” she explained to me. “Took me five years to find it. It explained that if a phoenix infected another then the phoenix would eventually die.”

“Makes sense. Glad he didn’t know that.”

“Yep.”

“Did you know that the whole time?”

“Yes.”

“So what was your plan? If I didn’t kill him wait for him to infect me and then kill him and me?”

“Something like that.” Her voice was suddenly flat.

I turned to look at Kelly, who was kneeling right behind me.

“What are you going to do with her?” I asked Fields, suddenly very afraid.

“Wes Parker, Alexandra Fleming and Kelly Johnson,” Fields stated out loud for everyone to hear, “you are all under arrest…”

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Sixteen

 
 

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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Fifteen

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part SixteenPart SeventeenPart EighteenPart NineteenPart Twenty

It’s always the same story ladies and gentlemen: surrounded by monsters with no way out. The only difference was this time I really didn’t see any way out it. Larry was strong enough to defeat all of us, even by himself. With 40 or so monsters on his side we were definitely helpless.

Larry picked up one of the axes that I dropped during our scuffle and threw it on the ground in front of me.

“Pick it up,” he ordered. “We end this now.”

I didn’t do it because he told me to, but rather that I needed to. I was going to fight him just like he wanted me to, and I was going to kill him. I didn’t know how but it didn’t matter to me.

I grabbed my axe and stood up, ready to fight Larry.

“Come on,” he taunted me. “My monsters will stay back until you and I are done.”

I attacked him, fiercely. I swung hard and I swung fast. Larry, though, was something else. I wasn’t able to get a single cut on him by the time he kicked me in the chest. After stumbling backwards I went after him again.

Larry continued to dodge or block my attacks but there was something that I noticed: he was slowing down. With my right arm I swung my axe at him but he ducked. I took my other axe and managed to cut his arm. He recoiled and stepped backwards. He looked furious.

“Enough of this,” he bellowed before he burst into flames again. “I’m going to kill you and then take your sister.”

He attacked me like his life depended on it, giving it everything that he had. It didn’t seem like that at the time but I would realize in a couple minutes that it was. It didn’t seem like he was really trying because he wasn’t able to hit me. I was starting to win. At the time I might have attributed it to the fact that he was threatening my sister and I had a burst of adrenaline. It was kind of weird since I just found out that she existed but I would do everything in my power to keep her alive.

“ATTACK!” Larry shouted. All of the monsters converged on us at once. I hoped that everyone had it handled and kept my attention on Larry.

I chanced a quick look, though, and saw that everyone had formed a circle around Alex, which made me feel a lot more comfortable.

Larry and I continued to fight and I continued to hit him over and over.

“How is this happening?” Larry asked, beginning to worry.

“I don’t know and I don’t care,” I replied.

“I will kill you.” He was starting to get desperate.

“Don’t you know, Larry?” Fields shouted. “A phoenix will die and then is reborn.”

Larry looked as confused as I was.

“For a phoenix to be reborn it must first die,” she continued, kind of repeating what she just said but it was starting to make sense.

Fields looked over at Kelly and then back at the two of us. He bit her, meaning that she was going to change. Therefore he was going to die.

“You’re going to die,” I said.

I could see the horror in his face as he realized it. I could just let him die whatever death would come to him. He fell to his knees, struggling to stay up. How did he not know that was going to happen?

“I hate you,” he said.

That was the icing on the cake.

“I hate you too,” I replied, right before I chopped his head off…

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Fifteen

 
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From the Ashes Chapter Four Part Fourteen

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part FifteenPart SixteenPart SeventeenPart EighteenPart NineteenPart Twenty

Kelly yelled in pain and for a second I could hear her skin start to sizzle from the fire. I pushed past my pain and my inability to fully move my arms and jumped up. I stuck my leg out to kick Larry in the face. It all worked out rather nicely because he let go of Kelly and didn’t move out of the way in time, so my foot connected. Larry fell backwards and tumbled head over feet. I ran up to Kelly.

“Are you okay?” I asked her. I knew before I even said it that she was screwed. My blood wasn’t going to heal her.

“I’ll be fine,” she tried to assure me.

I looked over her bite and it was straight up nasty. There were large bite marks and the skin was beyond raw. The one positive thing was the flames cauterized the wound so she wasn’t bleeding. There’s always a plus side to everything.

“We’re going to get you out of here,” I promised her.

“I don’t know how,” she said. “We can’t beat him. Oh my god. What’s going to happen to me?”

“I don’t know. We’ll figure it out. Let’s not worry about that right now, though.”

“No,” Larry said. “You have more important things to worry about.”

I stood up and stalked toward Larry, my a-hole father.

“I’m really sick of this,” I said to him.

He simply laughed.

“This ends right now,” I told him.

“I agree,” he replied.

I took my axe and swung at his neck, fighting the fact that I had two holes in my shoulders. He ducked so I swung with my other axe but he just pushed it out of the way. Left and right, up and down I swung my arms trying everything I could to kill him, but he dodged every one of them—nothing new there. Then he started attacking me.

I tried as best I could to block or dodge him but he was just too strong for me to beat him. It was all a wasted effort.

Larry threw a fist at my face so I ducked, but he kneed me in the face and then punched me anyway when I stood back up. I stumbled back until I fell to the ground, tripping over a root.

“Time to die, Wes,” he warned.

“Not another step!” Fields shouted. I looked up and saw everyone pointing a gun at him. Mygle and the rest of his gremlins were also standing by ready to help.

“Oh, Director Fields. You don’t actually expect to kill me, do you?”

“No, but I expect to occupy you while Wes does. You are outnumbered.”

“Hahaha.”

“What’s so funny?”

“You.”

“Come on,” I moaned. I knew why he was laughing.

“Why am I funny?” she asked him. It was stupid for her to ask. She should have already known why too.

“The fact that you think I am outnumbered,” he said.

Right on cue a bunch of monsters came out from out of the woods and completely surrounded us. There had to be over 40 of them waiting eagerly to eat us. We were never going to catch a break with this guy…

From the Ashes: Chapter Four Part Fourteen

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Chapter Four, From the Ashes

 
 
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