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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Sixteen

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My heart and my brain just froze. I didn’t know what to do or what to think, so I just stared at him, eyes wide and mouth open. Larry has been following me since I was 11 years old and he is the reason that my parents were killed. It was a hard thing to take in. The whole time I thought that werewolves just happened into my area and felt my presence. But that was a lie. Did Drake—to remind you, he was the paladin who trained me—know this and lie to me? Was he afraid that I would go after Larry? If so he would have been right because I definitely would have.

“It was necessary,” Larry said to me. It sounded like we were both underwater I was so mad.

“I’m going to kill you,” I whispered angrily.

“I think you’ve already tried that.”

I didn’t say another word but just attacked him with everything that I had. It was futile, though. He outmatched me and put me in my place like I was a child throwing a tantrum.

“I think I have had enough of this,” Larry stated. “Come meet me in Massachusetts tomorrow night. We have much to discuss and I would rather we were alone. I will call you later with the location.”

He shot out a huge gust of fire at all of us. It didn’t hit us but was more of a distraction so he could get away, because when the fire had cleared he was gone. I was so hot with rage I didn’t even know what to do.

“Is he gone?” Lenny asked.

“Yes,” the director answered.

“How can you be sure?”

“He’s gone.”

“But he didn’t even kill you.”

The director turned to him. “Does that disappoint you?”

“No,” he replied straightening up. “We just figured that killing you would be the worst thing he can do.”

“As much as I would dislike it, dying would not be the worst thing. He has already done enough damage.”

“He tore this place apart,” I chimed in, never taking my eyes off the place I last saw Larry. “All communications were destroyed and several agents were killed. I would say he did enough damage here.”

“He’s right. Everything has been destroyed, including most of our combat equipment.”

“What do we do now?” Kelly asked.

I stood up and turned to face everyone. “I go to Massachusetts to kill Larry.”

I didn’t care what it took or how I was going to do it. I wouldn’t stop until I killed Larry. This was personal…

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Sixteen

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Chapter Two, From the Ashes

 

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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Fifteen

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“Was that the director?” Kelly asked me.

“Yeah,” I answered her. “Her earpiece was damaged.”

“And?”

“I think Larry already got to her.”

“Then we need to get to her quick. Where is she?”

“The training area.”

Without another word Kelly took off with the rest of us closely on her heels. The place was significantly more quiet but full of many different corpses—not just monsters. It was hard to go more than a few steps without getting blood on the bottom of your shoes. There was more carnage here than I had ever seen before, even that time in the White Mountains. There weren’t this many agents on the ground ten minutes earlier but that was before Larry traveled through.

I wondered if we were going to make it to the director in time. The wonder was short-lived, though, because we eventually made it to the training area and she was still alive. Larry and her were just staring at each other, neither of them making a move. It looked as if neither of them wanted to, which I found very weird.

Larry turned and noticed that we had entered the room. It broke him out of his trance and he prepared himself to attack. I took out one of my Desert Eagles and fired at him before he could hit her. He jumped out of the way, avoiding getting shot. It didn’t look like he was really trying to kill Fields, or at least he was hesitant to. I think that was the only reason I was able to stop him.

“Always there just in time, aren’t you Wes?” Larry asked me.

“Not always,” I bitterly corrected to him. “I’m done with you. This ends now.”

I attacked him with a renewed energy, hell bent on ending his life once and for all. For once I felt like I actually stood a chance against him.

I swung at his head, but he ducked and punched me in the gut. I backed up from the impact and then managed to slice his arm as he tried to block my next attack.

“Maybe I underestimated you,” Larry said with a hint of pride. There it was again. What’s up with that?

I felt a rage building inside of me.

“Most usually do,” I replied.

“I have noticed,” Larry stated as he checked his wound. Well, it was more of a scratch.

“You have done enough and I have let it go on for far too long.”

“Let it go on? You haven’t let anything ‘go on’. You cannot stop me despite the fact that you think you can.” I honestly didn’t think that I could.

“It doesn’t matter.”

I felt another surge of anger and attacked him like a wild beast, swinging wildly with murderous intentions. Larry put up a fight but I got a few more hits in, cutting up his arms and chest.

“That werewolf,” I began, “the huge one.”

“What about him?” Larry asked me, not surprised that I brought him up.

“He killed my parents.”

“Your point?”

“You helped him escape.”

“Of course I did. I required his assistance.”

“He killed my parents!” I was shouting at that point.

Larry started chuckling. It was light at first but then turned into full-blown laughter. I was a little more than annoyed.

“Something funny?” I asked him as I swung for his neck. He knocked my arm out of the way and threw me into a wall.

“Who do you think sent them?” he asked. “Did you think that the werewolves just found you?”

I felt a white hot rage build inside of me, coursing through every vein in my body. It was like I was going to explode right then and there.

“I sent them to find you and kill your parents,” he said…

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Fifteen

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Chapter Two, From the Ashes

 

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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Fourteen

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I wasn’t really sure what Director Fields expected me to do against Larry. He was much faster and stronger than I was and considering I had no idea that he could wield fire there was no telling what else he could do. If there was going to be some way that I could take him down it was going to have to be some sort of miracle.

“We need to go after him,” I said.

“Are you crazy?” Lenny asked. “Did he hit you too hard in the head? There is nothing that we can do to stop him.”

“That doesn’t mean we don’t try. Even if it means death we have to do everything that we can.”

“Maybe you’re ready to die but I’m not.”

I stormed over to Lenny and got right in his face.

“We don’t have a choice,” I said, practically shouting. “If we don’t kill him and he wins then the monsters will eventually get you and there will be too many of them for you to handle. And it will also be a much worse death. So you either come, try to help me, or I will kill you myself.”

Lenny stared right back at me and remained silent. He didn’t back down or look away but he didn’t fight back either.

“Fine,” he said.

I backed away from him, keeping my eyes steady with his for the first couple of steps.

“Where do you think he’ll go?” Roy asked.

“He needs to get to wherever he can make the biggest impact in one blow,” I pointed out.

“Where would that be?”

We both turned to Kelly.

She shrugged her shoulders.

“I don’t know,” she admitted. “He’s already taken out our security system and let all of the monsters free.”

“Think. What else could he do?”

She thought about it for a minute.

“The director,” she said.

“She seems like she can take care of herself,” Roy suggested with a shrug of his shoulders.

“As can Wes.”

“Good point.”

“We need to get to her then before Larry does,” I said, stating the obvious.

A part of me felt like I should let Larry kill her because I had a bad feeling about that woman. But I can’t willingly allow a monster to kill a human being, even if I didn’t trust them. Yes, let’s be honest with each other here. Larry isn’t a human being and he definitely isn’t a paladin. He is a monster, plain and simple.

“Director?” Kelly said over her earpiece. “Director.”

My phone started to ring. I picked it up.

“Hello?” It was an unknown caller.

“Wes,” Fields responded. “My ear piece was damaged and you are the only one who answered.”

“How do you have my number?”

“Never mind. I need you. Come to our training facilities immediately. Oh no.” There was a click.

“Hello?” No response. “Hello?”

She actually sounded kind of scared. This wasn’t good…

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Fourteen

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Chapter Two, From the Ashes

 

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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Thirteen

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I don’t really have to tell you that Larry was a much better fighter than me, not again anyway. So, you can pretty much guess that he was kicking my ass really badly. One good thing, though, was that because Roy and the other two were there they were able to fight the four monsters that were with Larry while I fought him.

I swung at Larry with the axe in my right arm but he ducked, so I caught nothing but air. Before I had time to recover he came up with a fist right into my stomach, almost knocking the wind right out of me. He tried to punch me in the face with his other hand but I did a back spring and kicked him the face. For a second he waited, unaffected but my hit.

I tried to get my breath back.

“I was wondering,” I began.

“What?” Larry asked, not really that curious.

“How do you manage to keep the hat on?”

Larry chuckled, humoring me.

“I can really appreciate your attitude sometimes,” he stated with a weird sense of pride.

“Most people don’t,” I muttered.

He charged at me with a sudden fury and hit me so many times that I lost count. It was like that scene in the Matrix where Agent Smith just pounds on Neo a bunch of times so fast that his fists are a blur. It wasn’t really that fast but it was beyond the ability of any human.

Eventually he stopped and allowed for me to drop to my knees and regain my composure.

“I told you that you can’t stop me,” he pointed out.

Lenny just finished killing the last monster. I looked over at them and they were waiting for me to do something.

I flashed my beam of light to distract Larry. I went to chop his head off but he punched me in the face before I could move.

“Those stupid tricks won’t work on me,” he explained to me as if I were a child.

How did that not blind him? That works on everyone and everything except me.

I didn’t really have to contemplate it before he lifted me into the air and threw me at the other three. We all crashed into each other turning into a ball off legs and arms.

“I have spent enough time with you,” he said to us. “I’ve decided you will all live for now. The monsters will need something to eat when this is all over.”

He was walking away and I started to chase him but he threw a wave of fire, which appeared out of nowhere, right at me. I stumbled backwards and fell to the ground as the extreme heat nearly singed the hairs right off my face. I have some facial hair. I guess its just stubble really. Focus!

By the time I stood back up Larry was gone.

“He can control fire?” Kelly asked. “Did you know that?”

“I didn’t,” I informed her. How could he do that? What was he?

“He kicked your ass,” Lenny pointed out, but without the satisfied tone I would have expected.

“I know that. I was there.”

“We’re screwed. He threw you around like a rag doll.”

I didn’t respond and neither did anyone else. We all knew that Lenny was right. We were screwed…

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Thirteen

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Chapter Two, From the Ashes

 

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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Twelve

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That’s right, we did give him a name. Why did I forget that?

He was standing with four monsters: two at his side and two behind him, all of them waiting for his command. I really didn’t like that he had that kind of pull over all the other monsters. What could I do though?

“How did you get in here?” Kelly asked Larry.

“I have certain skills,” he replied, emphasizing the last word.

“Who are you?”

“I don’t like her. If she speaks again I’m going to kill her.”

I turned around so Kelly could see my “shut your mouth” face, and then faced Larry again.

“Aren’t you going to kill her anyway?” I asked him.

I saw a smile form under that hat of his but he didn’t respond.

“Right,” I said, breaking the very awkward silence. “I don’t suppose you are going to tell me what you want me for yet, are you?”

He shook his head. “It’s not time.”

“Then what are you doing here?”

“The biggest threat to my plans is here.”

“Me.” I wasn’t asking but instead stating the obvious.

He laughed. “No my dear boy, you are part of my plans but you are not a threat. This agency is.”

“Really?”

“I know. As ridiculous as it may seem these humans are quite pesky. Although they pose no threat to me directly they have become quite efficient at hunting monsters and there are a lot of them. I can’t allow them to get in my way.”

“They have stations all throughout the world, though.”

“Wes, are you friggin kidding me?” Kelly asked in a harsh whisper.

“Sorry,” I replied. I really need to think before I speak.

Larry turned his attention to Kelly. It still bugged me that I couldn’t see his face.

“Do you think that I don’t already know that?” he asked her matter-of-factly. He turned back to me. “They will all be dealt with.”

“So what now?” I asked him, gripping my axes.

“I finish what I came here to do.”

“And that would be?” I don’t know why I asked him. I knew what it was.

“To tear this place apart from the inside out.”

I let out a sigh.

“You know I can’t let you do that?” I pointed out to him.

“You know that you can’t stop me?” he retorted.

It wasn’t like he was wrong. I really had know idea how anyone expected me to beat him. But I had to try and I would do everything I could to beat him.

“You guys should go,” I said to Roy and the other two.

“We’re not leaving,” Roy replied defiantly. I appreciated the bravery but I really wished they would run.

“I would much rather they stay,” Larry said to me right before he attacked. Here we go again…

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Twelve

 
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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Eleven

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We walked over to the director, who did not look phased by the fact that she just took down a werewolf. Roy and I stared at her in bewilderment.

“What?” she asked.

“Nothing,” I said, quickly composing myself. I didn’t want to give away that she actually kind of terrified me.

“Then let’s keep going. Find the man.”

“Right away.”

We started moving but the director didn’t follow.

“You coming?” I asked her.

“I have my own business to attend to. Go find him.”

Roy, Lenny, Kelly and I kept going and left the rest of the group we had just run into.

“That was something,” I said.

“There’s a reason she is the director,” Kelly pointed out.

“She just took down that werewolf like it was nothing. What were those gloves she was wearing?”

“Not really sure. Must be a prototype. I guess they work.”

“I’m sure if she wasn’t wearing those then she wouldn’t have been able to take down that werewolf so easily,” Roy commented, clearly jealous.

“Don’t be so sure. I’ve seen her do some pretty amazing things.”

It was unsettling. Even with those gloves it looked like she would have had a relatively easy time taking the monster. Still, I knew they would have some pretty crazy technology. Maybe they even had some stuff that would give me a run for my money.

We continued down the hallway and guess what we did? It’s okay. Take your time. Ready? That’s right! We killed some more monsters. It was good that the agency didn’t care about saving them still, trying to recapture them. Now that I think of it, though, why weren’t they?

I just finished killing a monster. I honestly don’t remember which one it was.

“You were holding these monsters, for testing, right?” I asked Kelly.

“Yeah,” she replied with no remorse. It wasn’t like I cared for the monsters but just thought it was a bad idea to hold them.

“Why aren’t we trying to recapture them?”

“It would be impractical. Fighting a monster one on one with a large group makes it easy to capture. Dealing with a large mix makes things much more difficult.”

“Fair enough.”

Roy and I were behind the other two.

“I don’t buy it,” Roy said to me quietly.

“It makes sense,” I argued. “They can just recapture them again at some point. New ones I mean.”

“That seems more impractical.”

“If you can come up with a better reason as to why then I am all ears.”

“I don’t know.”

We ended up in a large round room that looked like a cafeteria.

“Let’s not worry about it and find the man in the trench coat,” I said.

“Wes Parker,” the man said, standing behind us. “I thought I told you my name is Larry…”

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Eleven

 
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From the Ashes Chapter Two Part Ten

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The lights started to flicker until they finally went out. The back up lights came on covering everything with a harsh red glow.

“Why are back up lights always red?” I asked.

“What?” Lenny responded.

“Backup lights are always red.”

“No they aren’t.”

“Most of the time they are.”

“You’re making that up.”

“Well they’re red now and it’s annoying.”

Okay. So I was a little angry and I was taking it out on the red lights, but they really didn’t help. I’d rather have no lights and rely on my sight. Just a reminder I can see in the dark. It’s not exactly like having the sun out but more like looking through night vision goggles.

“Do you know what office he was talking about?” Roy asked.

“I don’t think he meant that literally,” I suggested.

“So what then?”

“We go find him and hope he doesn’t kill us.”

“Can’t you take him?” Lenny asked me.

“My fights with him in the past haven’t turned out too well. The fact that I’m the best shot on killing him doesn’t bode too well for us.”

“Great.”

“Let’s keep moving,” Kelly ordered.

We continued down the maze of hallways, searching for the rest of the monsters. They were everywhere. I knew having them all locked up was a bad idea. I guess I should have known they were down here before I saw them but I figured I had felt them because of the imminent invasion. If you forgot, I can feel when a monster is close.

I was ahead of the pack and barreled through a doorway right into a group of agents. I knocked all of them over.

“Watch it you moron,” one of them complained.

“Why are you standing right behind a door?” I asked, equally aggravated.

“Staying out of the way.” She pointed down the hall where a werewolf stood with its back to us.

“Why aren’t you trying to kill it?”

“She told us to stay back.”

“Who?”

The werewolf twisted around and its paws were locked with Director Fields hands. She was wearing some weird gloves and was surprisingly holding her own. She could only do so much, though, and the werewolf was pushing her down. I took a step forward but the agent stopped me.

“Just wait,” she said with a smile.

The director’s hands sparked and the werewolf jerked. Fields then ripped the massive beast down and drove a knife into its head. My mouth just about dropped right off my face.

“Shall we?” she asked, motioning for us to follow her.

I couldn’t believe what I just saw. I knew this woman was scary…

From the Ashes: Chapter Two Part Ten

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Chapter Two, From the Ashes

 

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