Sorry for being late of not posting chapters but I had been trying to get my focus on it as things had happened in my family a while ago. I will save what had happened later but for now, give the artists the credit and I will post the second one when I do.
Artists for the chapters
Icefir [Yours truly]
Jin Huang belongs to @mortal-kombattore-115
It doesn’t surprise the Doctor, in all honesty, he had gotten used to it for the past two days and soon to be Day 3 in Willamette, their escape from the zombie outbreak but he is not finished with this wonderland dream just yet.
As he was gently falling down from the cold night sky sprinkled with snowflakes, Richtofen watched his clothes change again into the Dead Wonderer attire as the mental realm was getting more corrupted and chaotic now.
Purple crystals are sprouting out everywhere, from the snowy mountains to the remaining floating islands that were parts of Alice’s wonderland. As it was said before; he wasn’t surprised that he had to go back into wonderland or Londerland in Alice’s mind or… it could be both.
His boots dug into the snow as it went nearly to his knees as he stopped his descent, Edward looked around the area he was in as the frost formed on his warm breath. He turned around and saw the head of same mech giant from the site.
“Funny,” he started to say, “I am in one of mein memories, zhis vas how ve had found und-”
“Captured his soul”
Cheshire Cat popped his head out into the Doctor’s view from the cockpit of the titanic robot’s head inside and then crawled out of it to approach him. “Such a stroll through the memory lane in a mind that had been fractured.”
“Cheshire Cat,” Richtofen greeted sarcastically, “Vhy am I not surprised.” as he crossed his arms while he looked at the cat approaching him before sitting down. “You had taken your time to return to your wonderland, the hunter had his thrill as it spread more across.”
“I had noticed zhat, Chechire Cat,” the Doctor interjected, “I had noticed it is spreading, I just need to find her now, I know zhat and believed to be the case of an powerful entity at vork here. Mentally und physically.”
“Such perseverance you had carried in your heart throughout the quest, Alice, however, is rather struggling to keep the Hallows at bay. Day to day, the corruption is all-too discussion turning into an eruption waiting to happen.”
“Mind telling me where she is now, I am getting tired of being in my own mind too much.” Edward snarled with impatience of this cat talking in rhymes and this cat knows it.
“Do not expect me to be a good wallow cat, yet, the path you took should be familiar as this realm is leaving the shallow end.”
The trees moved away as the doctor turned around to see what was happening as four sets of footprints came from the giant robot’s head and into the forest itself, making a trail.
“Dankeschön.” Dr. Richtofen said as he looked back to see the Cheshire Cat was no longer there as usual, he shook his head from the encounter as he turned back and then traveled down the path opened before him.
The breath exhaled from his mouth and frost formed in the air as the moon shined down on him as it helped him see ahead of him but it’s not helpful that the Hallows, a pack consisting of normal and Alphas, had appeared from the treeline.
The lights of the ray gun blasting across the area and balls of blue light hitting their targets as they tried to hop on him. Some of the normals are shattered into pieces as others had become Omegas laying down on the ground blanketed with snow.
As the snowflakes are falling down from the partly cloudy skies and landing onto the German as he continues to soldier on through the weather as he can see a familiar village ahead of them yet it is different from what he remembered as well. As he entered the village, it was a wonderland version of it as a few roofs are tea pots and books on top of them, few trees replaced with gigantic mushrooms, even the most houses themselves are made from playing cards.
As he carefully tread lightly in the village with ease as the lanterns provided a way for him to walk, he had approached to a big mushroom on where the water fountain was in the center of the village and on it was a caterpillar, smoking hookah and holding a fan as it uses it to keep itself cool even though it’s a cold night already.
The caterpillar didn’t respond but kept smoking.
“You must be zhe caterpillar.”
“Well, hello Richtofen.” the caterpillar then answered as he turned to look at the Doctor, annoyed look on his face as smoke exhaled from his lips. This is something that he is too familiar with when he smokes.
He shrugged it off and said “Do you know vhere Alice Liddell is? Zhe one vith a blue dress und white apron vith zhe omega necklace? Has she come through here?”
“Aaah,” the caterpillar said as he nodded, “Alice, yes I do see her and your white rabbit.”
“Rabbit Shaw?” P!Richtofen asked as he was a little surprised to hear that, let alone coming from a bug, “He vas here too, vhere are zhey?”
“In the castle now, I believe.” the caterpillar said as he nodded, “They both left for the castle, the castle of the wolves on the mountains, you will need a lift to get there.” he closed then pointed the fan towards the fog for Richtofen to look as he turned his head.
The fog cleared away and revealed a gondola, exactly how it looked like the last time he and his allies had taken it. “But I must warn you, Doctor Edward Richtofen, you can not go to where she was last seen or the cruel entity will steal you away for eternal slumber as well.”
“Seal me away?” he asked with an raised eyebrow, “Vhat do you mean by stealing me away?”
“It may be too late for her and it will happen the same to you if you go down to where she was now- a dream within a casket.” with that said, the caterpillar does some peculiar before the doctor’s eyes; butterfly wings had unfurled, on them was a predatory face of cat’s eyes and opened teeth that made Primis Edward Richtofem trembled for a moment and then it flew away into the snowflake-sprinkled skies.
Richtofen looked down at the snow on the ground and pondered for at least a moment, what did that smoking caterpillar mean by “too late for her?”
He then shook his head, no time to waste on something that crazy, crazy, that’s what people who knew his Ultimis self would say about him and himself. Two sides of the same coin yet different.
“I haven’t said zhat I am crazy but being like her.” he thought to himself as he turned without a word and then headed for the gongola as snow crushed under his feet. As he reached the lift, a crowd with orange glowing eyes appeared before him; their faces and bodies were blackened with dark ash yet their eyes were still visible for them as they glowed to look and gaze at the German as the door of the gongola had opened up for him to enter.
With little moment he had, he entered the gongola and then the door closed behind him, he looked at the window and saw a man, no… it was a zombie wearing overalls and a conductor hat as the lightbulb above him was shining down on it with flickers and flashes for a moment.
The zombie was facing the control panel when he lifted his hand, covered in blood as fingers had cuts and half-way ripped off from the stumps with bone exposing but with little effort, he pressed the button and a jolt was the feeling the Doctor felt as he watched the zombie looked up from the panel and stare as Richtofen as he slowly yet gaining little speed going up towards the castle from his memories;
Edward looked at the castle and like the village, it was a wonderland version of it as well yet it looked like a twisted version of the wonderland version of the Griffin Castle itself. The stained glass of the ancients are red hearts as bone and red flesh had replaced a few structures to keep the castle up standing with no fail.
It felt like a nightmare to him but he knew that he is in one as he stepped out of the gongola, slow steps echoed the landing area as he remained cautious as he recalled what happened the last time he was here with Takeo, Dempsey, and Nikolai- well, his Takeo, Dempsey, and Nikolai in correction of his thoughts.
What greeted him there was Rabbit Shaw, popping his head out of the pot he was hiding in, a pot that is big enough to fit a large rabbit inside as he jumped out of it and then walked over to the Doctor.
“Hallo Shaw,” Edward Richtofen greeted as he walked over to meet him as well, “Yes, I do recall zhat I am late.” he responded for the white rabbit as he stopped in his tracks. “Well, actually, Edward, you are on time with all honesty and I see you have gotten a bit of an attitude.”
“I am tired physically und mentally, but I need to know on vhy you had said zhat.” Richtofen replied as he turned to look at the gongola then back to Shaw, “Although, I had met the caterpillar.”
“The wise old Caterpillar that smokes hookah?” the rabbit tilted his head to the side, removed the top hat to stretch his head, “How much did that blue insect tell you?”
“Not to go to vhere Alice vas last seen,” P!Richtofen answered as he crossed his arms with pressing irritation. Rabbit Shaw lowered his head from the Doctor’s gase as he muttered “I fear you would say that…”
“Vhat do you mean?”
“Alice is held captive.” Rabbit Shaw managed to responded as he placed his top hat back on as Edward Richtofen was struck by the revelation, “Vhat? I am sure zhat she can-”
“I said she was held captive, mentally in a glass casket.”
“Possibility the one behind all of this.”
“The Broken?” P!Richtofen yap as his brows furrowed and teeth snarled. “I believe so.” the rabbit’s ears folded downward from the uneasiness the conversation. “I had to go und find her, vhere vas she?”
Rabbit Shaw seemed wanted to talk him out of the situation, but he wasn’t willing to anger him any further, “In the courtyard,” he spoke the truth, “But the-”
Primis Richtofen then quickly walked past his white rabbit while he was talking, the ray gun ready for use as Shaw realized where he was going and alarmed to know this, “Doctor Richtofen, where are you going!?”
“Going to get Alice,” he explained, “Vhatever had her, it can’t stop me from doing so.”
“You have realized that the caterpillar told you to run into a trap.”
“Then why are you going to the courtyard?!”
“Trust me, zhis vas from my own mind und memories here are my own. I can find veapons here.”
Rabbit Shaw was unsure but said nothing but walked with him to the courtyard as there is no way to talk him out of the situation he is putting himself in.
The puzzles are the same as he recalled them to be yet few new puzzles are a bit complex as he had realized. The Hallows weren’t troubling enough when he and Rabbit Shaw had fought them but the Card guards, however, proved to be a challenge.
Spears had hurt them with a slash and hack but they are able to fight them back, yet with a new weapon is a wonder weapon in this realm of mental material, both foreign and reconizible, a game of knucklebone was weaponized with a child’s rubber ball with real sharp jacks, the umbrella turned into a gun whenever it was spun by hand, the gravity dagger was wonderlandized into a normal dagger with orb yet if it is two, they can be yield by to hands, even the same case for the Wunderwaffe DG-2, the plans of it, same markings of the vorpal blade on it yet it requires the basic pieces but one piece to complete it, a special one: eye of the jabberwock that Rabbit Shaw had called it.
With an hour of troubles and chaos, Richtofen and Shaw managed to succeed in finding the last piece of the puzzle, a heart piece fitting perfectly in the hole and hearing the gears cogging and spinned from the wall within.
Soon, before the Doctor’s and Rabbit Shaw’s eyes, the wall itself had split apart as the two duo backed up for a little moment as it revealed itself on the courtyard on the other side, the courtyard that felt nogasic to the doctor as well with the sense of dread.
Edward Richtofan had begun to enter the courtyard without distress yet Rabbit Shaw remained behind as he noticed. “Shaw,” he began to say, “Vhat is-”
“Watch out! It’s the Jabberwock-!” he yelled as a roar had sounded off from the skies, the Doctor looked up and saw what looked like a mechanical dragon soaring through the skies as the shadow of the creature was glowed by the moon yet strangely a glowing yellow dot was following it.
From the creature’s mouth, it spewed fire and cut off the entrance Richtofen came out of, blocking off the escape route as Edward yelled before he jumped out of the way.
He panted with unease as he had got on his hands and turned his head to look at the fire before he heard something landing ahead of him, he turned to see a creature before him, the feature of it was reconizible yet differently.
The “dragon” had mechanical parts similar to his own creation of a Panzer Soldat, wings are bars and fabric as the chest itself was a power core as it glows yellow. The muzzle has a pair of four teeth and the scales are green and covered in blood, presumably whoever it had ate as a few of its scales are missing and skin had tears and bites coming out of its wounds all over the body.
The eyes are gold but bloodshot as it looked like it hadn't slept for so long.
“So, you are the Doctor that she had spoke about?” it spoke in a deep threatening voice, Richtofen scrambled to his feet, this creature was capable of speech?
“Yes, her,” it responded as he prawled around him with its long neck, making the Doctor get back on his feet in a hurry and taking steps backwards from the Jabberwock. “She had spoken of you, frightened of your world, your mind in pieces.”
“I am vell avare of zhat,” Richtofen found enough courage to speak back, “Und I zhink you und zhe other marine I know vill have somezhing in common; Being loud, annoying dummkopfs.”
“Shame on the pathetic creature like yourself to keep avoiding the task at hand,” Jabberwock jabbed back as it marched back and forth, the voice was filled with such malice and vile, “Keeping talking like you are doing at this very moment was misguided, condemning, inflamed and above all else; all errors in everything you could do and about to do.”
“Oh, is zhat it?” Edward cilchized, “People I know vould often say zhat to me.”
“He wanted to know what you have planned,” Jabberwock interrupted, “Nikolai always wanted to know what you had planned with the souls once collected, is it because what happened at the dig site within one of the bunkers themselves?”
Richtofen was taken aback by this but it continued,
“Just what were you doing with his brain most of all, was it going to be another one of your experiments while the world will have a castphotic plague spread like a wildfire after carelessly tossing a match, unknowingly it will spark an unstoppable inferno!”
“Ve didn’t know vhat ve unearthed in zhe tombs!” Richtofen tried to explain as his body twitching with unchangeable anguish and violet vex.
“Call it an “accident” when I call it “reckless abandon” on your part of unleashing an outbreak of the walking dead, craving for the flesh of the living and the blood water of life in their lust. With no regard of how it will end or what could’ve been, Maxis himself, isn’t he?”
He felt himself fervid with hot blooded sizzling in his veins, he started to retorte the Jabberwocky, “Do not bring mein friend into-”
“He expected you to come to him, didn't he? Maybe he hoped you would warn him about the infection as soon as hell broke loose on that day but you made him wait, waiting until he was infected too. He nearly died as a result but the further insult to injury; you tied him up and took his brain just moments during his turning into the rank of the undead.” Jabberwock marched back and forth as Primis Richtofen’s skin was turning pale again.
“Moments after you cut him open, they came to take you for their nations and saw the aftermath. Do you think that you will do the same to them or kill them in self-defense? No, what you are and what you have done was beyond trust and redemption, not wrothly for forgiveness for a wasted life you have. Your parents will despise you if they were still alive but you were worse than your Ultimis self. You are the one that zombies had existed and killed everyone, you are a demon, not a monster!”
“NOOOO!!” His voice yelled throughout the night as he broke through the breaking point at what this vile creature had said, he knew it’s true but the Jabberwock had pushed his limits now it’s going to get real ugly.
The blood was streaming from his eyes once more as he felt his heart beating within his chest, threatening to rip itself out as he charged aggressively at the monster with the desire of ripping it apart, piece by piece. Rabbit Shaw had overheard it all with morbid rasp but he managed to yell at the Doctor “No Richtofen! That’s what it wants!”
But it was too late, Edward was too far gone into his burning rage as his feet were beaten against the stone ground with the raygun in hand as he aimed it and opened fire.
Blue balls of radiation launched towards the Jabberwock as a few managed to hit it directly on the face, neck, chest and right arm as it screeched in pain. The creature growled and then spouts out fire from its mouth at the mad doctor but he dodged it as he had put away the ray gun and then got out the jacks with the ball resting on top.
Jabberwocky spewed fire again and this time, the Doctor seemingly was burned in the inferno as Shaw cried out “Richtofen!”
But the white rabbit version of Stanton had watched on and noticed something astounding, butterflies, but they are not butterflies themselves but moths, blue-purple Gab-Split Moths spewed forth and then they formed a shape of a man running before soon Richtofen was formed once again.
Bleeding from the hand after he is holding the jacks too tightly in his palm but he doesn’t take note or acknowledge the pain he could feel yet he is enduring it as long as he is holding it in his clutches as he tossed the ball at the Jabberwock.
Jacks did little damage to the dragon of wonderland but it was too distracted to notice the Doctor charging in with the knife he had in its hoist and then began to slash around its legs. It roared painfully and then turned its tail around and then managed to hit the insane man before him.
He was thrown across the courtyard and hit the wall as he yelled in agony upon impact. He was still angry but he can now feel the large amount of pain affecting him, he holds his side with a moan with blood trailing down from the corner of his mouth with his eyes shut.
He heard a roar that caused him to look up to see the Jabberwock flying towards him, he tried to shuffle away but the pain was preventing him from getting away from the monster. But what happened next was a miracle yet tragedy on both sides of the coin.
Footsteps came towards the fight happening and then standing between the Doctor and the Jabberwock was Rabbit Shaw who threw what looked like to be another potion at the Jabberwock before he was smacked out of the way by it on full force and he crashes onto a wall as Richtofen saw it before his eyes.
The potion made contact and then it exploded on the right side of the Jabberwock’s face, it roared in a nasty wail of anguish. It held the side of its face as it was melting from the fire and then the eye fell out of its socket. Shaking from the stinging pain, it was forced to fly away, retreating as the Doctor slowly returned to normal and the injuries healed as steam flew off of his body as he turned to the injured white rabbit and cried “Shaw!”
His broken body was lying on a pile of snow, his top hat inches away from him and his brace snapped in two, he was coughing up blood from his mouth when the Doctor came over to his side, kneeled down to access the scene before him.
“Vhat happened?” Richtofen quickly said he could hardly remember what had happened earlier or recall the little details. The rabbit weakly looked at him and answered as he coughed “Well, you had gone mad, if I do say so myself, after what it had said. You just began to attack it.”
“Ah… Ah…” Richtofen said as he rubs his neck, “I do admit, vhat he said is true but-”
“But you let it get into your head.” he interrupted the doctor, holding his side as he looked at the ground. “Still, I had managed to get you the last piece to the DG-2. Jabberwock’s eye is yours to have. My time is almost up.”
“Shaw, don’t, I could use zhe key und-”
Rabbit only looked at him with annoyance, making Primis Edward Richtofen realize that even though he has the Summoning Key itself, he isn't in this state of a mental realm. “Ah… Right…”
“But Edward… Jabberwock is gonna try again but this time, it will kill you both.” He explained further as he coughed again, “Broken is going to be sasfacted if this happens, driving you both insane in reality and I can’t bear the thoughts of it alone.”
Richtofen looked away from his white rabbit for a moment, “You're going to have to kill it to save her, save yourself and… Just… Don’t let me die in vain.” with the last breath leaving him, he collapsed onto the soft snow below him.
The Doctor looked at the dead rabbit for a moment in disbelief and shaking his head, he hung his head low and full of regret.
Before them, was the grin from thin air itself and then with it were eyes of a familiar cat, soon, Cheshire Cat manifested before the scene before him as he walked over to Edward in sorrow.
German doesn’t seem to know the cat is here as he muttered “Everything I do, I can’t feel when someone dies but it felt like I had lost a piece of mein self.”
“No time for self pity, Edward, you must find her and admit mistakes for your flaws later.” he then dissipates into the air, vanishing from existence before his eyes. The Doctor took for a moment to process the demise of the white rabbit, his white rabbit version of Stanton.
He had to sacrifice himself to get the eye and he died as a result, part of him believed it was his fault as the other that Rabbit Shaw had done it for the cause, his cause, for Alice.
P!Richtofen shook his head and put his doubts aside, he knew that he had to build it, avenge the rabbit’s death and not let him die in vain. Revenge? Yes please but he calls it “justice” for Rabbit Shaw.
But he can’t leave his corpse on the snow as he looked at him and then the snow before turning to his hands, “I shall give you a proper burial, White Rabbit.” he said as he uses his hands to dig through the snow as his cloves hands go through effortlessly into and pulling the soft sands of snow and chunks of almost formed ice made from snow.
Rabbit Shaw was placed inside the hole with his paws on his chest as he was buried under the snow by the German. After a while, he found a stick to mark the grave and placed his top hat on it as the wind blew softly on the grave marker.
P!Richtofen looked at the grave for a few more moments before he turned and then walked away from the grave itself and picked up the eye of the Jabberwocky itself. He walked towards a part of the Griffin Castle that he knew so little of yet it is useful to his benefits: his room, his Ultimis self’s room.
He had what he needed and required the parts to build the Vorpal Wunderwaffe DG-2, once he has it completed, he is going to kill the Jabberwock for killing Rabbit Shaw and try to pray answers from it yet he wanted to make sure that he… it will die a slow, painful death.
He wanted to make sure that promise wanted to come into fluinition as he pieced the pieces together bolt by bolt, his fingers danced upon the tools he had at his building as he is much more familiar to this design of his other self’s making which it’s crazy to admit but he does know how to make a weapon from the element 115 itself.
He then placed one last piece into the rifle; the Jabberwock’s Eye, it was placed perfectly inside the circle slot and it glowed a golden yellow as it shines in his eyes. “Now,” he said under his breath as he held the Wunderwaffle in his hands, “Time to go find Alice.”
He then looked out the window and seemed to notice his reflection on the mirror of the looking glass and saw his other self, his Ultimis, zombified self on the other side of the mirror itself. Skin and flesh were scratched or bitten off here and there on his forearm, right side of his face, his left side of his neck to nearly his throat and on his thigh.
His eyes are red from the horrific bloodshot yet pupils are golden yellow and seemed to pierce his own when he rose his chin up to greet his Primis counterpart and between his eyes was a bullet hole that Edward knew too well since he recalled the time he had killed him for the plan to set in motion to save the universe he and his crew lived in.
“You often knew you are this insane yet it was very lively that is beyond the grave.” he heard Cheshire’s voice spoke from behind just as Zombie Ultimis Richtofen smiled an insidious grin and revealed bloodstained teeth and bits of flesh in between above and below bloody bony enamel-coated structures.
P!Richtofen shook his head and then began to leave the bedroom he called his own as his reflection stayed in place of the looking glass as he watched him go out the door and then closed on the way out.
Boots echoed into the stone halls and pulsating veins of the castle as the Doctor was holding his Delta necklace for examination as he felt the presence beside him as he let go of the necklace and then said “Do you mind telling me?” as he walked through the halls that seemed to be twisting around him and his companion, “Is zhere a reason vhy I had to come here? Just to know vhat kind of entity ve are facing soon? I don’t vant it to be a bloody end.”
“The Broken?” Cheshire Cat asked, “Things are said and done but oftentimes, they are better left unspoken and spared a few dimes for thought is worth the torment.” as he walked with him as the halls had spiriled and twisted into the void behind them both as thunder was heard from outside.
They both walked in the castle’s hallways that seemed to go on forever and never-ending as they kept going until they noticed a clearing ahead of them so Richtofen finally stopped on the floors with the patterns of checker-board game. Then cards began to fall gently from the light above then as he looked up at the spot of light from the middle of the endless void.
He had gotten a hand full of cards in his hands as he had missed one and watched simply land perfectly on the floor with the ace of spades face up then suddenly, the knife, the Vorpal Blade, fell in front of him and stabbed the card, pinning it to the floor.
“Zhe Vorpal Blade?” He kneeled down to inspect bitas the Cheshire Cat walked over to face the German Doctor, “From Alice without the doubt, yet it is troubling to know the Queen of Hearts has her locked away.” he said.
“Vhat do you mean by zhat?”
“The last place she went to, this is what the Caterpillar had foretold this and yet the bloodlust queen had her trapped in the same case when the Knight hasn’t had a chance to embrace his fate in his frozen slumber.”
“Knight?” he questioned, “You mean Dempsey?”
“The same and name mattered in mind, shattered as hopes of the people of Willamette are getting , you must pick up the pace yet I fear Alice will not survive.”
“You will see as you will erase the Red Queen from the living by a dozen ropes, I suggest you take the blade as you will need it.”
Richtofen waved his head and placed it on his head, “Are you sure zhis vill help me as it did before und vith Alice…?”
Cheshire Cat grinned and answered “No time to elope with such worry as the Vorpal Blade itself is swift and keen to cut through anything smooth as butter and knife such as this is always ready for service .”
Richtofen nodded as he grabbed onto the handle and then wedged out of the floor with little effort. He examined the blade once again as he held the blade before he looked up and noticed that the door wasn’t there before the blade had fallen from the sky above them. He walked over to them and then pushed them open with a little force and feat.
He then entered to what the room is beyond the door, he found himself in a courtyard of the castle where they had defeated the corrupted keeper who was keeping the other marine in the case.
He looked around for a moment until he heard a roar and he turned just in time to see the Jabberwocky flying down and then breathed fire at him but it only got the door when he had managed to jump out of the way of the attack.
“So you came back to me then?” it spoke once it landed in front of the Doctor. “To avenge your friend? Such shame that you can’t even escape your fate from the burning home or the walking dead!”
P!Richtofen only sneered at the dragon before him, “You could be right about zhat,” as he put the vorpal blade away in a hoister shared with another knife, “Revenge? could be, but vith you here:” he then got out the Wunderwaffe DG-2 with the barrel glowing a golden aura, “I am going to use zhe eye against you.” he growled as his teeth are bared from the anger boiling within but can’t let it overcome him again.
This will anger Jabberwocky and he knows it yet he is going to use it to his advantage however, as it lets out a battlecry and flew towards the Doctor who was standing there seemed uninterested, he pulled out the pocket watch and his thumb pulled the button on top of the watch and as the hands on the clock had stopped, time itself had stopped; Jabberwocky had stopped, snow stopped falling, everything around Edward had stopped but himself.
Yet, he is immune to it as he muttered “He had said that timing is everything, zhen I can use zhis to mein advantage.” he then puts it away the pocket watch and opened fire at the Jabberwock with the rifle, he then puts it away and then getting out the game set of sharp knucklebone and threw just as the beam had stopped as well.
As the jacks and a ball stopped, he then pulled out the ray gun and then fired a few plasma ray balls of blue light at the Jabberwock before he got out the pocket watch again and then pressed the button with a click.
Time resumes as if someone had hit the play button and all of the projectiles are flying towards the charging dragon and then the hits are direct success as they had caused damage on the Jabberwock as it crashed and slid across the courtyard as Richtofen managed to get out of the way.
The wings are damaged from the attack as it turned to growl at him as it can still stand on his legs with the chest burning as a normal ferunce. Jabberwocky ran at him on its four legs towards P!Richtofen responded by opening fire on it with the Ray Gun with a dead stare.
It roared in agony as it felt the organic limbs it had been put in a pit of red hot burning spikes but it endured and then got close enough to breath fire at him but he antipecaplated this and dissipated into moths and flew around him.
Jabberwock had smashed and dashed its claws at the Gab-Spit moths around him until they all disappeared when they all floated up into the mist of the fog around it. It was looked around the fog to finding him until it noticed cyan light from above it and then looked up to see P!Richtofen came down with two daggers as he yelled “I afraid zhat you have a severe case of gravity!”
He smashed two daggers onto the ground and several items, the Jabberwocky and debris floated upward in the air upon impact. P!Richtofen had taken this chance and got out the Wunderwaffe once again and then opened fire at the dragon. One plasma fired onto the cyberized winged creature after another as it roared in pain.
The anti-gravity roared off and Jabberwock fell onto the ground as a jack in a box was in front of it and the handle was moving while music was playing until it slowly came to a stop and then it popped out a puppet Primis Richtofen before it exploded.
He watched the inferno from where he stood as fire flowed freely in the wind as wisps danced around and then he saw it, the Jabberwock jumping out of the flames and towards Richtofen whom had tried to jump out of the way as well but he was hit by its claw and he was send flying backwards as it roared in anger.
The Doctor was thrown into the wall and he yelled upon impact and fell onto his knees to hold his side in pain before he got on his right knee as he stumbled to get back on his feet. He then noticed the colors of a flaming fireball coming at him. He cursed and then rolled out of the way from the attack and watched as the wall he hit was charred.
“Und I hoped it could kill it…” he muttered in disbelief as he looked up to see what is in the skies and he felt his blood ran cold when he saw the Jabberwocky in the air, claws unfurled and teeth gnashing, ready to rip a human apart, limb by limb so to speak.
He ran away from the spot as he felt a body had impacted the ground behind him that made him trip for a moment and bits of pebble flew from behind him. He ran around to a pillar as it was chasing him and it was looking behind each pillar to search him. “Come out, come out, wherever you are~” it sung that made the Doctor feel he was being stalked as he looked around his pouch to find the weapon.
With the creature humming a melody of the same song as he got out the Vorpal blade once again as he peeked from behind the pillar with weariness in his step and saw nothing from the several other pillars ahead of him.
Confused, he walked from the pillar he was hiding and looked around the area as it got eerily quiet when he walked around. Quickly, his gut is telling that it wasn’t a good idea and he wasn’t sure why but that is until he felt something thin wrapped around his neck and forearms.
Whatever it was had tighten and then choking the Doctor as he grunted in shock, something was holding his arms back by force as he felt the life leaving his being but his mind was flipped into survival mode as the hand that held the knife had let go and both arms were ordered to force go towards the neck and while it was happening, Edward had gotten a look what was wrapped his arms and around his throat; red threads, a dark shade of blood red on them as he was kneeled onto his knees as blood was started to pour out of his mouth as he croak “Nein… Nein…!”
Song was sung by voices, children’s voices, as if on cue with the music was growing louder, shadows of small people, presumably children yet they were far from it as their eyes are red and empty of life as their smiles are sharp and pointed that is also red.
As strings wrapped themselves around you,
Fate is taking hold of you, waiting for the grim reaper
to take you away to a peaceful paradise.
As they sing this haunted lullaby while the Doctor watched and struggled, the “children” are playing in the snow that is now stained in blood from his fight of the Jabberwock and throwing crimson and white checkered snowballs at each other as they giggled and laughed in their snowfight, others are lending their mouths on their ears and whispering something as if they are sharing a secret.
In other words (Other words)
There is no escaping from it.
Nein, Changing history had done nothing but chaos.
Nein, Doing something can't rewrite the future.
Nein, Mistrust coming from those around is comforting.
Nein, Betrayal and hatred are long time friends since the dawn of time.
Edward is really worked up, he had his hands on the threads and tried to tear them from his neck so he can feel the air getting to his lungs and desperately trying to shut out their onslaught taunting song as the “children” are remorseless and unpitying as they continue.
Hear them laugh, hear them cry
Hear the screams of the damned echoed out to you
Most of the shadows are dancing stunningly with no fail as the cruel strings of fate continued to tighten mercilessly on the helpless German who was pleading to whatever god is out there to save him.
Each choice will make the lives break away
Each consequences will shatter worlds
Each mistake will be your blood
“Mein gott…” he choked out as he could see the darkness begin to cloud his vision in the corners of his eyes, “Just let me breathe!” then, he thought of something and, feeling unbeliebely stupid, he began to search for the blade he had dropped fraumently until he felt the handle of that too familiar blade and before he is ready to cut the thread, a roar was heard and the Jabberwocky’s prescene was known before the Doctor.
The Cycle continues on…
It ran for the immobilized Doctor with mouth opened wide with teeth stained purple matter and claws reaching out for him to grab and ready to tear him apart. Edward, growing weak from the suffocation, had made one move that would end the insidious song and possibly… The Jabberwock itself.
His arm thrust towards the dragon with strength he had left of him and he felt the blade sinking deep through something hard yet soft as blood spurred out and drenching his face in a spray of it.
Soon, a roar screech of anguish was heard afterwards as he felt the threads were snapped away and allowing his lungs to reel in the precious oxygen as he writhed on the ground before he looked up to see the handiwork he’d done; the Jabberwocky’s head had the Vorpal Knife in its skull and blood was spraying from the inflicted wound as it held its head with its own claws while it was howling in pain.
The chest of the furnace is burning more than usual as the Doctor held his bruised neck as purple, red and blue formed from where the threads had left their marks and from the sounds of the sputtering and fire cracking from within are not mistakenable to know. He scrambled onto his feet and then ran back towards the pillars and then got behind one of them and then covered his ears.
A pop and then soon a loud bang and a heavy gust of wind was blown from where the Jabberwock once shown as Edward grunted as he felt the force of the impacting explosion as debris flew past the doctor as he sprinted his eyes shut and hands covered his ears.
The way it sounded like a car engine finally giving up and soon combusted itself after being damaged too much as Edward opened his eyes as soon as it ceased what smells afterwards was cooked lizard, smoke and ash.
He peeked out from behind the pillar and soon walked out of the pillar towards where the Jabborwock now lay, in a matter of factly, in pieces rather than just one.
Meat and scales had decorated the stone ground as metal pieces and organs covered in blood are on the floors, debris and the walls as the Doctor looked around and then soon kneeled down in exhaustion, bringing a hand to his neck, he could still feel the marks as he muttered “Zhis…” as tears began to form in his eyes, “Zhis is just a coincidence… Hopefully…”
He then gasped in pain as he then had his hand to hold onto his side as it was lacerated with burning pang, “I-it just started to feel like it’s agonizingly sore all of sudden…” he choked out, but he then said “It c-could be zhe adrenaline slowing down after a vhile.” he then stumbled onto his two feet again and then goes over to a nearby large rib bone of the castle. “Don’t zhink on it, Edvard, not too much, you just need to lay down and rest for a bit.” he didn’t care if the bone’s too hard and uncomfortable for him to lay on but he has to save up his energy for now as he is rubbing his raw bruise on his side.
He then softly chuckled to himself with a weak smile on his face, “Zhat cyberized creature had broken a few ribs in you, Edvard.” he looked up at the skies covered in a never-ending snow-giving cloud above him.
“I now vish I could be Takeo and sense vhenever danger is near unexpectedly…” he sighed as he had gotten somewhat comfortable with his back against the bone and closed his eyes for a moment.
But then, his moment was interrupted when he felt like he's not the only one in the battlefield right now and he opened his eyes to see who it was and he smiled softly again. “Oh… Hello, mein friend.” as he saw himself in his rage form and familiar bleeding eyes glaring a laser onto him.
“I can tell zhat you wanted to hurt me, Edvard…” he muttered as he looked back at him politely, “Matter of factly,” he began to explain himself, “It’s been nearly three days since ve had seen each other, is it, Edvard? You are truly zhat persistent as hell, I do give you credit for zhat.” but he noticed that his other self’s glaze had softened a bit, his arms were shaking for a moment but something about him had changed the demeanor in him.
Edward tilted his head to the side and asked “Edvard? Vhat is zhat expression for?” but then he realized what his other half was confused about, “Ah… No need to tell me about it; you are more used to toying around vith your prey vhan killing. Zhen, I am sorry for ruining your fun zhen!” he laughed, holding onto his side as he did so but then he frowned.
“I know… it’s vhy I needed you.”
The rage counterpart seemed to hesitate for a moment, allowing Primis Richtofen to get back on his feet weakly, adjusting himself to make his appearance more profitable. “I had created you in mein mind, to wreak havoc in my waking nightmare. Created for you to tear me down over situations zhat are beyond mein control.” he continued to talk as he looked at himself, his own eyes are leaking out blood as if he had been crying for a while.
“In all honesty, zhis ordeal in particular, vas one of zhe situations.'' He lamented as he looked down, his insane counterpart seemed to be a bit angerier more he talked, “Still, you vanted to rip me apart since I came here. I do understand.”
His rage counterpart stood still as the Doctor had reached the same height as him, just both of them facing each other almost like they were twins of the same coin.
“So, I can’t fight back or run away.” he hung his head, “Go on, kill me. I am sure it vill be enjoyable for you if it vill be a slow und painful death.”
Nothing, his counterpart wasn’t doing anything but standing there, clenching the knife in his hand.
Himself then walked over to the Doctor who was unmoving and soon, he grunted in agony as soon as he felt the blade pierced his gut and warm water coming out of the cut. The doctor could hardly smile from the pain but a part of him is not going to make him for his sanity’s sake.
“I hope you are happy now…” he croaked as his body was shaking a little but then he was left in confusion again once he heard whimpering, his own whimpering.
He looked down at the knife and it was still being held by his counterpart but then he heard it was directly to his ears, at first, he believed he was laughing by the way his shoulders are shaking but the more he realized this, he was crying, softly before he placed his head onto his shoulder, sobbing into it and staining Edward’s trench coat.
“Vhat did I do…?” he heard him using his own voice in a whimper, “Gott… Vhat did I do…!?”
Richtofen knew this was self pity by this point yet he needed comfort and feeling a little awkward that he had to do this but he had his arms raised up and then delicately wrapped them around his crying self’s torso as he felt him flinching a minute before he accepted this embrace.
Primis Richtofen felt him hugging back as his shoulders shook a little, he was repeating what he said earlier as thick blood trailed from his eyes. “Edvard,” P!Richtofen managed to say through the pain, “you never wanted to, but you did. You should be proud-”
“Nein…!” The other whined, “I vanted t-to feel zhat but… I now regret zhis…!”
P!Richtofen sighed as he looked at him, “I know…” he comforted, “I know vhat it is like… vhen I read zhat book in zhe first place.”
The world felt so still for himself- well, two of them here as they held onto each other. Then, before Edward’s eyes, he watched his other self start to slowly disintegrate into dust in minutes but it seemed to be forever.
“I am sorry, Edvard…”
“Do not vorry,” the orignal answered, holding him close to himself, “Ve both are but yet soon, I vill not regret zhese decisions to keep trying und fighting for not only us but everyone else.” as he made sure that his counterpart didn't feel scared until he was nothing more than dust with serenity and peace.
Richtofen was on his knees when his other half had been reduced to sand of ash and it was blown away in the wind. He groaned unconsciously as his head was swimming in a sea of haze but he is still aware yet just a thread above both brain and mental fog.
“I am so tired…” he moaned as he could hardly comprehend what was happening to himself and his body but he knew what he needed to do next. He reached to his chest but his fingers slipped from the handle of the Vorpal Blade, he steadied himself and this time on the sixth time, he had managed to grab the handle.
“Vhy… Vhy do I feel like I am dying?” he murmured as he began to pull it out of his abdomen but he was surprised that he was barely feeling any pain. He hissed when he did feel a little sharp of it and he knew that he had to be careful. Another tug, he growled yet he was surprised that his voice almost sounded like that familiar sound from the zombies he fraught.
Another tug, a great pain was introduced to his being and he violently pulled the blade out of his abdomen and he screeched in agony, he was on the ground and writhed as he allowed the wound to heal up slowly and clothing repaired.
[Drawn by TikTak, also known as @this-person-is-slowly-dying on Tumblr]
He felt something coming down on his left check, he put his hand to it and realized that it’s his scar, he put it down to see what it was; blood.
“Forgiveness has been resurrected yet you invented the dawn of the dead.” Cheshire Cat stated as Richtofen had realized what was happening as his delta pendant glowed dark red. He had gained another form; the Untoten.
He weakly stumbled onto his feet, pushing back the state of pain throbbing all over his body yet he preserved and endured. The pain slowly faded after as the wounds that had reopened and bleeding had started to heal up as smoke rose from the wounds as they closed up and soon the scars were left behind as his pale skin was restored to its color as he lets out a sigh of relief as he closed his glowing yellow eyes as he looked up.
When he opened them, his eyes were restored as well as he rubbed one of them. He then noticed and took a hold of it while it was still dimming a dark red glow before it disappeared. “Vhat kind of power I have now?” he asked as he turned around to see the Cheshire Cat once again who was sitting down on a stone like it was an ordinary day.
“Like the dead, you can summon them well, common them well and die in battle they will.”
Richtofen looked at the pendent again before he let it go back down as he started to walk again towards the tunnel of Griffin Castle. Cheshire Cat hopped down from the stone piece and then ran over to the Doctor and then like before, he was walking beside him.
“Please leave me be.” Richtofen said as he walked through the tunnel which is now, technically, a strange windpipe. A spine and rib bones stretching out from where they came in, pulsating mass of flesh and organs under their feet and paws and above them.
“It is never too late to turn back, Edward, it has gotten quite menacing ahead of us.” Cheshire Cat warned as the red and blue veins lightening the way through the tunnel as water mositions and squished under his feet.
“I von’t, zhis is vhere Alice vas seen, ja?” he shrugged off his concerns while he continued to walk down the path ahead of them. “Of course, Doctor Richtofen, where she has been and where the Queen sits and waits for one to come to face her.” Cheshire Cat proposed as they could see what is at the end of the tunnel.
A large double door, a royal type of the large double doors, red hearts on each other and patterns on them was quite gothic for a sight. Cheshire Cat then walked over so he could sit in front of them and still grinning, he spoke.
“By this point on, where she had gone to, I longer can not contain the truth I kept from you as you suffered quite much to such a tune of reign one’s realm’s horrific torture.” he disappeared before he reappears beside him as he jumped in shock. “You had lost some yet you had little to gain such time to remember the worlds around you, even from memories written in your mind.”
He once again disappeared and then reappeared in front of the Doctor for the last time as he spoke “But do understand that in times like this, I must speak the truth of the Red Queen and Alice Liddell and why they seemed to be fated to this.”
“Vhat do you trying to say, Cat?” P!Richtofen asked out of confusion what the Cheshire Cat was trying to say to him.
“I am trying to say that the Red Queen and Alice Liddell are both sides of the same-” before Cheshire Cat could finish, he was suddenly encased inside a purple crystal with a yowl and froze still as the Doctor watched what happened before his eyes.
He stood there, in shock at first but then, shock turned to anger then from anger to rage. Richtofen growled as he clenched his hands into fists as he had never felt this level of despair and sorrow like this before.
His eyes began to well up in bloody tears but he quickly slapped himself back, they went away quickly, no rage, no sorrow, and no blood tears flowing.
He took a few deep breaths as he had shut his eyes for a moment and regained his composure. He then opened them back up and then released a sigh, patting his chest for a moment as he calmed himself down.
“It’s now or never…” he said softly under his breath as he approached the doors and then he placed his hands on them and then, with little strength he had left, he pushed them open.
Doors creaked and moved for the German to walk through and head into the large throne room, red, fleshy and bone royal throne room and on the throne was a woman, a queen, the Red Queen.
Edward Richtofen glared daggers at her as he fast walked towards the center of the throne room, the face of the queen was red, eyes golden blaze, hair was nothing but tentacles as one of them adjusted the crown on her head, she seemed to be smiling like a demonic killer herself.
“Red Queen…!” he said as he held the vorpal knife behind his back, “You have her, vhere is she?!”
Red Queen, Alice’s Queen of Hearts, rested her head onto her tentacled hand as if she was in boredom right now and then she said. “Above you.”
Primis Richtofen raised an eyebrow in confusion but he looked up and saw what appears to be a device he recognized: the capsule that contained Ultimis Dempsey inside but he knew fully who else was inside.
“Alice…!” He said, wided eyed before he turned his attention back to the queen, he got the knife from his back to let her know that he was armed. “Vhat did you do to her?” he spoke softly and harshly towards the queen who sat up right with a smile.
She then ordered “Off with his head.” before her face, a mask made from skin had came off of her head and revealing behind it was a blank, litteral blank empty face was in its place and then she was gone upward with a tentacle attached to her back and hair and lower half tenaculums danced about on their accord as Richtofen stand his ground.
Holding onto the pendant in his hand tightly, his eyes are trained on her as he prepares to fight. The Red Queen flashes a beam at him as he gasps and then jumps out of the way.
The blast knocks him ahead from where he stood and landed onto the ground with a thud and a grunt. He ran towards one of the pillars the moment he had stumbled onto his feet again and then took deep breaths while he patted his chest.
“Zhink, Edvard! Zhink!” He muttered under his breath as sweat goes down from his brow but he felt like he had been elevated off the ground, when he took down to his feet and was in shock that he was floating upward and soon he was thrown towards a pillar closest to him.
He yelled as he hurled towards the pillar but then remembered the ability and then he focused into it as he held tightly on the delta pendant and his eyes screwed shut.
Himself was split apart and formed moths as their wings flew open and then they went into two halves, missing the pillar just inches from making contact with it as they flew towards the ground and they all formed a body and Primis Richtofen was then in one piece again.
Edward shuddered as his body shook from the power as he rubbed his arms with his gloved hands in tiresome disgust. “I hardly got used to it…” He started to say, “Yet, I felt like I was split apart!”
He lets out a breath of rush and then he notices the Queen is attacking again so he runs for cover once again.
He is more aware of the queen’s attacks now as he had gotten the Raygun out, breathed in and then he took a careful aim at the Red Queen.
He opened fire directly at the head as he snarled his teeth and yelled as the Queen cried in return. He watched the queen thrashed right to left, he took the chance right away and continued to fire.
Blue spheres of light are flying and hitting their target as Richtofen ran to dodge the appendages hurled towards him in an attempt to crush him. Ran out of ammunition and ran for cover to reload as the Red Queen’s attacks began again.
He clasps the muzzle back on and then soon runs out from the pillar while she continues to attack but he had the opportunity to use that new ability he gained. Remembering from before, he focused hard on the power and already he can feel the scar reopened and a stream of blood flows down his cheek once again.
He had never thought of this being caused by primal instinct or something that is animalistic but he knew this was what a zombie would do. He screeched an eerie howl and around him, ground broke through and soon, the undead corpse of soldiers of Germany crawled forth and a few screeched the same as they ran towards the Queen of Hearts.
Fetch me her soul!
He yelled as his orange glowing eyes blared forth with heat rising in them, it wasn’t a question for his horde, it was an order. As they managed to somehow to grab onto the tentacles and scratched and bite onto them, as others failed and were catapulted into the corridor walls and exploded like bugs on windshields, pieces of bone and flesh shattered about the floor from where the undead had splatted and blood rained down.
The queen had failed to pay attention to Edward as the balls of ray light returned, striking her in the chest as she screeched in pain. The undead Primis Richtofen glared at her idly as he had aimed the Vorpal Ray Gun at her with glowing eyes filled with malice and determination to free Alice as he reloaded.
The muzzle was clasped once again with fresh new batteries as the Doctor held on to it and as he ran to open fire once more on her and got behind a pillar again. He put the Ray Gun away and soon got the wunderwaffe out of inventory, he'd double checked to see if he had just enough ammo for this; Only two.
Sh!t… he thought with a scowl on his face, he then turned his attention back to the capsule high above him and then back to the ammo thoughtfully.
He looked at the three glowing bulbs on the side of the wonder weapon as they faded to red, worried and frustrated as he became, his attention was caught by the zombies death screeching as fewer and fewer of them were being killed off.
It won’t be long now.
“It’s time.” He thought and then released a breath from his mouth, made his decision and soon, he jumped out from behind the pillar and then aimed the weapon at the Red Queen again and then pulled the trigger.
A bolt of lightning shot forth from the rifle and eletroced the Queen of Hearts on the chest with sparks of electricity spurting from it. Queen was screeching as the appendage she was attached to had frailed around vigorously, hitting her onto pillars and walls, blood splatters across the barriers of the flesh-bound castle.
This violent defeat had caused the capsule to become untangled and fell downward from above as the Doctor looked up in time to see it swirled towards the ground and then soon, with a mighty bang and crush, the capsule smashed into the ground, leaving a good sized crater around it.
Richtofen had to drop the Wunderwaffle and shielded himself with his arms from the debris as the queen fell down onto the ground with heavily spat and fleshy bloody body parts scattered across the floor, decorating it with flesh and chunks of meat and paintings of blood spatters.
Primis Richtofen panted as he recovered from the butterfly effect he caused and his eyes looked inside the capsule and a young woman was inside, her eyes closed as if she was sleeping but he knew she was frozen in a cryogenic sleep as Edward muttered “Alice…!” before running towards the capsule and stopping at the control panel. He reached his hand toward it and-
He stopped when he heard that familiar voice from behind him, he turned to see a man, he was wearing clothing eerily similar to Rabbit’s… Well, his Rabbit anyway.
Digitally drawn by Meaghan “Icefir” Halter
This man has a rabbit mask that is quite like Rabbit Shaw’s face, his ears are bent but the latter is perfectly straight upward, had a goatee like Stanton’s and a full crimson suit with braces on his arm and leg.
He bowed down, head facing him and a smile under the mask, he then stood upright in a polite manner. He said “Time is running out, free Alice and get ready for the Broken to come.”
“Vhat do you mean?”
“I will find you both later, but for now, you have to free Alice.” Those were his last words before he faded into thin air, leaving the doctor alone with his confusion and the capsule containing Alice.
He turned his head towards it after a while of idling with thoughts in mind, thinking back on what the Cheshire had tried to tell him but was crystalized.
He let a sigh escape from his lips and closed his eyes tightly, he turned to the control panel of the capsule and then he began to input the codes to release her, looking behind him once in a while as he focused on the task at hand.
The hiss spuns to life as the Doctor looked at the capsule and then took a couple of steps back from it as he heard the mechanical wiring and clinking was coming from the machine itself as he watched it open and a woman coming out of it.
He was genuinely surprised that she was wearing a different attire than the original dress she had, her dress is blue but her long sleeves are stitched, suspenders and belt she is now wearing along with a handbag as the dress had a slit as the white apron had the pockets with symbols of yin and yang on them as her boots now had extra belts than usual yet her hair was tied in a messy bun as she was able to get out and planted her feet lazily on the cracked ground below her.
Alice was disordernated when she got out of the capsule, hand to her forehead as if she was pushing against a headache as she moaned tiredly before her eyes fluttered open gently and looked who her rescuer was.
“Hallo, Alice Liddell. I assume it is your name.” he answered as he cleared his throat as they stared down at each other.
“Ah, I figured you knew my name, as that cat told you?” she asked as she was able to stand upright again with her two hands behind her back. Primis Richtofen shook his head and said “An old vhite rabbit told me about you und your Londerland.”
“Then you know more than I do.” she replied with sarcasm, “Strange… You and I are from different time periods but you used that sphere to get across other lands?” she tilted her head to the side, like she knew what he had been doing.
Edward knew this to be true, she had been to his “wonderland” and knows about himself, the Summoning Key, his allies, his old friend, Dr. Monty, and even his fate coming his way if he and his crew were to get back on track once this is all over.
“Ja.” He looked away and then at the ceiling where light seemed to shine down on them in the corridor, “You already know me too well and you know what has to be done if I… I mean ve, vere to return to our respective dimensions.” he explained himself, “Und I can tell what you found vas… Unpleasant.”
“Unpleasent, I am sure, but what I do not understand that you seemed to be at peace with your fate.”
“Ja,” Primis Richtofen nodded, “But zhere’s one zhing zhat he doesn’t have a clue, he believed zhat I do not know but in truth, I do.”
“And the blood you had will insure that you’ll stay alive?” she asked again. Edward nodded and said “Besides the point, I assume zhat you don’t remember how you’d got here as vell?”
Alice rocked back and forth a little as she continued to look at him, “Very little, in all honesty. But I had, at least, an idea or two. Something called-”
“Of course.” She answered as she looked at his hoister with a raised brow, Richtofen was confused until he looked at his shalth and realized what she was looking at. “Oh, your knife.” he muttered as he unsheathed it as she came closer step by step.
“I do believe that I had lost it after I was placed inside a coffin.” She said as Edward held the knife for her to take, “A capsule, Mrs. Liddell.” he corrected her as she took it from his hand and then inspected it.
“I had found it in another room,” He explained, “Before I fought zhe Queen of Hearts.” as Alice turns from the Vorpal Knife to look at him. “Did you defeat her?” she asked. “I had to but-”
He was cut off when they felt a rumble and he turned to see what it was and the corpse of the queen had begun to move with the tentacle still attached to it towards the throne and he cringed when the body naturally folded in the middle to make it easy for it to go inside the hole itself where the tentacle had entered.
Then the ground began to shake violently as if it was a 10.5 earthquake, making the two tople from where they stood, the floor below them had split and grumbled into nothing but a purple crystalized hexagon shaped paneled floor that shined in the light.
“Vhat is happening?!” he shouted as he and Alice struggled to maintain their balance from falling over. They looked around as the room they were in had split and then broke apart into pieces revealing the outside of the throne room.
There were islands made from the same crystals as they are from in a shape of the same panels yet in different height and length of them suspended in the air as crystals are formed from them as the platform they are on was floating upwards in the dark purple skies and an orange light glowing from below them.
They grunted when they felt the platform had stopped and pieces of the flatten pieces of the hexagon-shaped crystals had came together and formed more of an area of sorts as a few pieces raised upward and a couple had shrunken a bit and then rose up again before stopping, forming pillars as the two had prepared to fight if possible.
A hexagon ahead of them had darkened a little and then stars, then purple waves swirled before a mass of it had risen out of it like a dark shadow of a phantom had been resurrected to haunt those who had awakened it.
Crystal pillars had shaken before they started to cracked and then shattered like glass and then they launched towards the dark purple galactic mass with stars that shines like diamonds and then as the mass formed a body of a person, pieces of the pillars are flew around and then began to piece by piece from toes to the top head of the body.
They formed feet and legs that turned to boots that had cracked and purple faded to a purple galactic mass with black lines seemingly keeping it in as a light blue skirt with brown belt that keeps it up, then a light grayish purple cape that goes over it’s chest before white gloves were made on it’s hands.
Then a face was made from the crystal pieces, it had a jack-o-lantern mouth that smiles and eyes pitch black with eye lanches as yellow pupils within the eyes are formed that look at them in the eye as elf ears are formed. Appearing as bald but its scalp was lit aflame and a same purple galactic mass was formed as its hair that flowed downward and shorted.
[Drawn digitally by @sampoststuff on Tumblr 1/2]
“Surprised to see me!?” The familiar voice echoed out the crystalized world around them as she was floating still. The Doctor raised the Raygun towards the entity as Alice down the same with her knife as he asked “Und you must be-?”
[Drawn digitally by SamPostStuff on Tumblr 2/2]
“THE BROKEN!” She shouted out before he could finish. Alice, brow raised with confusion then said “I believe this is the source.”
Broken then floated down gently onto the ground with a clack, hair flowed upward before it fell down slowly behind her. “I am very happy to have you two here, Richtofen and Alice. Ah, yes, I know who you two are, let it stink it” she boosted happily with that smile and arrogance. “To think that learning one universe after another about a thing or two about itself was a very entertaining knowledge.”
“Und you happen to aduct us for entertainment?” P!Richtofen scowled as he looked at her with Alice as she held onto the knife tightly.
“You could say that.” Broken answered as she tilted her head to the side, as she has their attention now, “Others for wealth, others looking to better their situation or others for power beyond your wildest thoughts and desires.”
“Und vhat type of power are you talking about?” he asked as he is training his eyes on this entity, “Well, in this game we play, it’s a battle royale to see who or whose team will be the last one standing is a winner and we all know who: Me.”
“I would love to play games but yours is inhumane, Broken.” Alice injerrected, Broken tilted her aside again, “Huh, no one wants to play? For the fun of it, fear and competition can be good friends as the ones that don’t want to play are subjects to being good roleplayers, taking roles to being subjects of ones who were ripped piece by piece,” She stated, “Limb by limb, so to speak.” It wasn’t a happy statement she is saying, it sounded more like an idle threat.
“Vhat are you, Broken, made from polygons?”
“Well, since you had asked.” Broken answered with a glare soften and a jack-o-lantern smile still present, “The body I have was flesh and bone yet I found a crystal, a special kind of crystal I had discovered in a cave far from where I used to live, what the crystal did to me has done wonders on me and my body, I really loved the other power ups that came with it and what I did next is sweet, sweet .” she purred as her yellow pupils seemed to dilate on her next move as Alice spat at her “Mortal or playing god?”
“True, the question is that way.” Broken commented as she stopped in front of them, “Still, bringing you all here is a chore with the hope for you to fight each other but working together is a minor setback.” She looked at the crystal short pillar and then graced her fingers gently as a purple wave and white stars floated before disappearing into nothing.
“Kinda a disadvantage you two have right now; There’s only one god and only two of you unless one of you has to fight to the death then so be it.”
Silence fell unto the three, nothing but the sounds and feelings of the stile wind blowing in the the place that can be presumed as a crystalized hell landscape islands formed with hexagon platforms.
Edward and Alice looked at each other, weapons still in hand before they turned back to the Broken who were standing there, expecting something to happen and they knew it.
Minds made up on their thinking, they stood their ground and then readied themselves to fight her as she watched with an unimpressed expression on her face.
“Too bad then.” She said as she rolled her eyes and then jumped into the air leaving them in distress and then landed onto a floating pillar closest to her and then in both hands, she threw it at them with the speed of a race car.
It was hurling towards the duo as their eyes had widened in shock, they turned and then ran out of the way as the pillar had paled itself into the ground as glass shattered into pieces.
“Damn it!” Richtofen muttered as he took cover behind one of the pillars as Alice stood her ground upon recovering herself, Broken landed on one leg and head facing her as it was upside down and again, Broken smiled as cracks all over her formed and then she shattered into pieces and then they formed a new body.
P!Richtofen watched the Broken turn into that creature from his recent trip to his wonderland, the dog-like monster with a mouth of a blooming horrific flower as she let out a roar. Showing her needle teeth as she got down on all fours and then she ran towards Alice who took steps backward away from the creature.
Claws slashing at Alice who was dodging her attacks, growling left from the monster’s mouth as saliva dripped from it. A hiss soon came as it longed for her while Alice was finding a good timing to attack and it was a good timing of it as well.
She slashed her knife at its chest and dark purple blood spattered onto her face and a painful roar soon came after as a thud came from behind her. Creature laid there as its claw on its chest as Edward was in the mixture of shock and impressed. Wound on her chest was flowing with dark purple blood as its attention was returned to Alice and growled before it’s four-petaled mouth opened to let out a roar before balls of blue light were fired into it and exploded as Alice shielded herself from the blast.
Footsteps soon came after fast and Primis Richtofen was right back on her side, steamed from the Vorpal Ray Gun from its recent discharge of ammo. “I vas zhinking zhe same as on vhat zhe creature is, mein best guess is a Apocthicon.” he commented on the situation at hand as Alice looked at him, P!Richtofen looked at her back and said “Und your guess on zhe creature vould be?”
“Unsure, a bogeyman, maybe?” She sarcastically answered as she and Edward saw the creature getting back on its hind legs while the dark purple liquid was still pouring a little bit from the chest where she had inflicted upon and mouth steamed from Edward's attack.
The beast started to crack all over as it snarled before it roared afterwards upon being split and then broke down again. This time, they were prepared for it as they shield themselves from the flash of light and then recovered to see what it had turned into next.
P!Richtofen had never said he hated spiders yet he hates this one in peculiar as soon as the Broken had transformed into; the spider was very large for its size as the plastating blisters glowed green and orange on the big abdomen attached to cephalothorax a size of a normal tire.
It’s eyes are about four as the same as its legs gripping onto the pillars as its mouth unusually had four pedipalps on each corner of the mouth as it rose upward and then let out a roar.
“Just as copying mein memories…” he muttered to himself as Alice looked at him and then asked “You had taken care of it before, did you now?” as Richtofen looked at her back. “It vas once on an island.” he half-answered as he took a stance as the spider roared again.
P!Richtofen quickly opened fire on the spider as it charged at them again and as it crawled over them with eight legs supporting its weight.
The orange blisters were noticeably moving then they suddenly grew eight legs of their own as the spider’s, soon they were able to pull themselves out of the abdomen and then fell down to the glass floor below them. They were oversized up like turtles for a moment until they threw themselves onto their scopulaes and then hurryingly ran towards the duo sickly yet fastly.
“Don’t let them bite you!” he yelled as he started to shoot at them one at a time as Alice slices the first one that came to her and bits of glowing orange sundance lands on her face. Small borned spiders were coming towards every direction as they were screeching and crawling.
Those that got close were crushed under their boots and spattered orange-glowing blood from where it was and staining their heels.
“Disgusting creatures…!” she hissed with hate as she kicked another infant spider as Richtofen shot one after another with a pump of adrenaline coursing through his veins once more with a rhythm of his heart.
The giant spider was coming closer to them without noise as it descended onto them with an open mouth. P!Richtofen felt a saliva dripped onto the back of his neck as he was busy crushing more of them making him look up to see her on time as she was getting ready to attack but he saw it coming.
He pointed the ray gun at the opening and fired a few rounds into it, making the creature above them to screech in pain as its head arched upward and then it landed onto it’s back and then its legs curled onto as the small spiders around them began to shake and then soon they began to confused soon eventually exploded as their blood splashed across the area.
“Vell, zhat vorked…” P!Richtofen muttered under his breath as he and Alice surveyed the surroundings before they turned their attention to the dead mother spider just as cracks were appearing all over it and then it shattered into pieces while they shielded their gaze on the dark purple light.
On the ground was the Broken back to her original form as she was wiping the corner of her lip, staining her white glove in a dark purple blood as she was looking down at the ground as the duo are coming closer.
“It’s over…” P!Richtofen panted as he and Alice walked over to her, “It’s over now, Broken…”
“Oh no…” she muttered as she suddenly jumped onto the next pillar that was floating high above them as they looked in shock and the Broken having that same jack-o-lantern smile as she said “The game’s just begun.” and then leaped off it and into the void below much to their bewilderment.
They looked at each for a moment before the ground below them began to shake as they looked down at it and saw the patterns of the hexagon had splitted and opened up a way into the void below.
A violent shake knocked them both from each other and landed onto each part of the platform with a grunt, Primis Richtofen recovered from the violent shock and muttered something to himself when he painfully turned to look and saw that the half was carrying him off and away from her as well.
“Alice…” He shouted as he stumbled back onto his feet in a flash and then ran over to the edge of the platform, “Alice…!” He called her name and reached his hand out to her and she did the same as soon as they knew it; they were holding onto each other as the platforms were drifting away into different directions.
“I can’t go right now,” he pleaded as he felt like losing grip on her, “I still do not know vhere you are in zhe mall yet!”
“Eddie,” Alice said as she is simply looking like she is going to let go of him right away, “You’re gonna have to let go.”
“Nein, I had just-”
“Edward” she cut him off, “We’ll meet again shortly after this, things don’t go the way we planned but there are more options than just blood saving you. I know you will do the right thing for real eventually.” she comforted the complexed Doctor, “You don’t have to accept but I know you can do it.”
Primis Richtofen continued to look at her for a moment as he was processing what she had said to him. She knew a little too much already about him, but he had no choice but to admit that she was right. That moment will come eventually.
He took a breath deep, then without a moment too soon, he let go and let the platform take him away. Watching her go while everything faded away.
Primis Edward was woken to Dell’s voice as he looked around and noticed Medic rushing towards the security door that was opened wide, he got onto his feet right away as he heard Brad’s voice in the room.
“Who is that? Was she hurt?”
As Richtofen entered the room, he was greeted with a sight; Frank West carrying the woman that U!Takeo had talked about and behind him was a familiar woman, Alice Liddell, who looked at him as a flashback of her in battle with the source of their situation.
Medic and Jessie had helped Frank to get Isabelle onto the bed to lay down on, allowing Medic to look at the injury on her arm. “She had bled out but she can be treated.” Medic said as his gloves’ fingertips dipped in blood as he examined it. “It looked she was-”
“She was shot.” Frank West interrupted, “She is our source.” U!Takeo had said as Brad looked at him and asked “Source of what?”
Frank’s time to speak up the answer, “You’re all looking at the bad guy’s sister.” he replied, earning exchanges from the people around him in the room. “Hai. it is true.”
“Hold on a bleeding moment.” Shaw interrupted, “You are saying that this is the sister of the one who caused the outbreak to happen?”
“Sounds like it, Professor Shaw.” Jessie as she handed Medic a medical kit that was used for Brad’s sickness, “Tak’s right about that.” Frank answered as he ushered Alice to join the others in the next room. “Her son-of-a-bitch brother had started a zombie outbreak.” he explained as he rubbed his shoulder to sooth the cramp from carrying the injured.
P!Richtofen closed the door to give them time to treat the woman as Alice patiently stood there for him before he turned and walked to the helicopter landing with Alice close behind him with U!Dempsey and Diego looked at them rather curiously.
“Well, things have gotten interesting now, my American friend.” Diego said as the marine had his back on the wall who looked over to him, “Either Frank is going to get his scoop of this outbreak at last or the fact that Doc seemed to know that lady, Diego?”
Diego tilted his head a little, smile seemed a little faint with a raised eyebrow and said “Eh? The Victorian woman you said?” he then turned to the stairwell, “It is impossible, they are both from different worlds, different times with one ahead of the other, Corporal.” he replied as he looked at him.
“Still, If him visits la-la land, it is weird enough.” he said as he got off from the wall and then headed to find Ash, leaving him alone with thoughts on the situation. While back in the office, they are discussing what had happened from Frank and U!Takeo with things at a stand still.
“His sister?” Brad says as he points at her, while Medic is finishing up on wrapping the wound with Jin’s, Jessie’s and Shaw’s help, “What the hell is going on here?”
“Brad, I would ask the same myself.” Shaw muttered as he got up from the ground to pace around a little bit, “As much as I am confused, does she have something to do with the announcement we heard earlier?” he asked, turning to look at Frank and U!Takeo.
Frank lifted his hand a little before replying “I don’t know much more than you guys, okay?” He then looked over to a sleeping Isabella, “But he shot her, I can tell you that.” he then looked back to Brad, “And just so you know, it would be the one that shot you.” they then looked back to the sight before them.
Medic rubbing his gloved hands with a cloth after a job well done with U!Jin by his side with Shaw looking over his shoulder to Jessie sitting close next to the unconscious woman on the bed.
“Frank.” P!Nikolai perked up, getting the two men’s attention as he closed the door behind him, “I heard what happened from Engie, I wanted to ask you something.”
Brad and Frank West stood as P!Nikolai walked over, “Has she said what his ultimate goal was? What is Carlito planning?”
“We don’t know, Mr. Belinski.” Brad said as he shook his head and rubbed the back of his neck, “Yeah, we don’t know what it is but according to her; his plan is not over yet… Not by a long shot.”
They turned to look at the scene again, “Whatever it is, we need to know more.” Nikolai suggested as he looked at the two men again. Brad finally declares “Fine.” he then points at Isabella as he backs up for a moment “Consider her in DHS custody, we’ll start questioning her when she wakes up.”
Half way through the chapter, half way done!
Once again, it features @mortal-kombattore-115's CODZ OC, an Ultimis version this time ^^
He had risen out of where he was sleeping, yelled in terror with sweat rolling down his brow as it had caught his allies’ attention. “Are you alright, Edward?” Shaw was the first one to ask as Scarlett and P!Nikolai had walked over to where he was.
He breathed heavily as he was wide awake with a chilling feeling going down his spine, trying to form words of what he had dreamt or what he had seen in that dream.
“Ha… Ha... “ he then shook his head with a chill up his spine, placing his hand on his forehead as he had to shrug him off as he stumbled onto his feet with Frank West walking into the hall with his arms crossed and said “Well well well. Look who finally woke up, after we managed to get Dr. Barnaby here today.”
That got his attention and he had the courage to look at the photojournalist with a stare, then finally he asked “How… How long vas I out?”
“A couple of hours into the morning,” he answered before looking at the security door and continued “The old man was kidnapped by the guy who might be the one who started all of this-”
“And you two managed to get him back here, unconscious.” P!Nikolai added to his story as he and others looked at him as Dell then said “But Brad was injured before they could catch that yellow-bellied terrorist.”
Richtofen looked at Dell with little surprise and looked at Frank West, “Vas he alright?” he is concerned honestly, since that dream was bad enough, he felt like in this reality it could be worse.
“Medic, Jessie and Shaw had managed to stop the bleeding but he’s sick right now.” Frank continued as he looked at P!Richtofen and several others then asked “Which is why we have to get medicine for him.”
“I will go, we owe Brad so much.” P!Nikolai was the first before looking at P!Richtofen, “Since we have doctors here, besides Barnaby, to watch over him. And Dell is coming too.”
“Well, Ah can’t deny the bracket,” before looking over to U!Takeo with a soft smile, “Do ya think ya can come with us too?”
Ultimis Takeo bowed as he said “I am honored to go.” as Scarlett crossed her arms, “We’ll let you know if anything happens.” Shaw had said with little hope for them, “For a strange reason, we need to be more cautious, something about the mall is becoming uneasy to be in, not the zombies.”
“The psychos,” Frank understood his worry, “I am sure we can handle them with numbers.” before he turned and left the room with P!Nikolai, U!Takeo and the Engineer following behind.
They walked towards the North Plaza with Frank West leading the way, on the way, zombies, not too many yet a small group of them, they had no trouble killing them here and there but one thing that caught one of them off guard was a bug buzzing over the Engineer’s head.
Dell ducked and he looked to see what the bug was; a wasp, hovering over the Texan with gestation before going for him with fast speed but Frank intervened, pushing him out of the way as he said “Get back!”
The photojournalist swatted the hornet to the ground and one of its wings was damaged as P!Nikolai and U!Takeo found another group of the undead and took careful aim but they’re confused with the horde’s sudden change in their behavior. Zombies’ eyes were wide open and groaning in pain as one of them raised its hand to it’s head as if its suffering a headache.
Frank West was watching this as well but he was the only one that wasn't as surprised as the other three as he nudged Engie for this part and said “Watch this.” in a inhale of breath before he stomped onto the wasp that had advanced onto Dell, killing it.
The four of them had watched as zombies cried and blithe in agony as some of them had fallen to the ground and much to the three’s surprise and shock, their heads exploded, brain matter and blood caked the floor in puddles. Most of them were lagging behind before they too had met the same fate as their comrades while P!Nikolai had lowered his shotgun as U!Takeo stood down as they watched the bizarre scene happen right in front of them in confusion.
“What has caused these demons to die without either of us killing them first?” The warrior was confused as Frank had stepped away from the crushed wasp.
Dell looked at the photojournalist and said “Ya think these bugs had something to do with this?” as Frank looked back. He nodded.
“I had figured that part out already before we found you guys.” as he looked at the dead wasp again, “My guess is the same as yours, Engie.”
“And whenever you kill a wasp, it kills a whole horde, correct?” P!Nikolai had asked as he and Takeo looked over their shoulders. “Yeep, that saves you guys the trouble.”
Nikolai looked at the corpses and thought about it, if this is true, it could be useful to their advantage. Heck, it could save their ammo unless whenever they need to use them if there’s too much. This city is populated with zombies now after all.
“Is there any way to trap the wasps?”
“Jars are useful to keep these bugs in, then tossed it at any group of zombies you saw.”
“Rhen re rill make a note of it, West-san.” Takeo nodded as he turned and then looked at the store as wondered for a moment.
“Rhe store may be at the end of the hall, re must getting close.” before walking towards the end of the hall where the store is located with the other three behind him.
“You are good at leading the way when I was,” Frank was a little bit envious of U!Takeo walked to the doors. “I was using a map for this mall when you already knew it like it was on the back of your hand without one.” as the doors opened for them to enter.
Music in Seon's Food & Stuff grocery store was playing softly when they entered it, as they looked around; no zombies around but they couldn't let their guard down just yet but Frank seemed that he wanted to. Engineer looked at P!Nikolai and spoke up first after a long silence. “They started playing music in the 1930’s.”
The three looked at the Engineer as he continued “But stores aren’t the only ones to play it in them, boys.”
“...It is not comforting when it comes to zombies though.” P!Nikolai had stated the fact as he feared that Frank’s world was on the verge of a zombie apocalypse. He can only hope that even if his story gets out, the people and the government could be able to stop it, somehow.
U!Takeo walked over to the windows of the store with the sign that read “Pharmacy” and peered into them, scanning the room until he noticed something inside it and on the desk: a first aid kit.
He had called them over and Takeo pointed the first aid inside. Frank West smiled and patted his back as he said “Good to say heads up.” and then goes over to the double doors to go inside but when he tried to push them open, they were locked. He cursed under his breath.
“What is wrong, Frank West?” P!Nikolai asked upon seeing what he was trying to do, “The doors are locked,” Frank looked at them before looking at the doors again, “We need a key to open it.”
Nikolai patted his shoulder as he looked at the double doors, “Hold on.” Then he had gotten ready to kick it down and he did, a sound surrounded the store as the doors stood still but when he got ready to try again; a sound of a single cart was coming from the aisles nearest to them. Frank West looked to where it was coming from and so did P!Nikolai as well.
“Re are not alone…” he sensed someone in the store with them, the Engineer nodded as he looked at him and soon they went over to the aisles with weapons in their possession, looking into each aisle, expecting someone or something to be on the other side.
They then went into the aisle on the right in the middle, when they did this however, they heard someone pushing a cart from where they came and making U!Takeo unsheathed his sword to look but no one was found so far as others followed suit.
“Ahright,” Dell muttered, “This store wasn’t empty as we were led to believe it to be.”
“You think?” Nikolai was stern to the situation happening, “Keep your guard up.” he cautioned with a shotgun at the ready. Frank was ahead of them when something fell onto the floor and rolled into their mist, a lone canned food on the floor and a feeling had gone up his spine.
They turned to look for whatever caused it and a man was there, with a shopping cart that had torches, a pitchfork and knives stuck into it, making it into a weapon. Inside the basket was a woman, a familiar one laying in it unconscious.
This man appeared to be a normal manager of the store itself, he’s partly bald with brown hairs on top and on the sides of his head, yellow dress shirt, a green apron, tan pants and black shoes.
A name tag on the apron was “Steven Chapman” with a picture of himself as he scratched under his chin and the back of his neck then adjusting his red tie for a moment to compose himself as silence fell onto the grocery store and it was suffocating them as it felt like hours. Finally Steven places his hand onto the handle of the cart, seemingly normal until-
“THIS IS MY STOORE!!”
That caught them off guard when he exploded in an outburst, he then advanced towards them threateningly as he breathed slowly “all four of you… came to rob my store? HUH??” while they backed up slowly to keep a healthy distance from him then he yelled at them again “NOT ON MY WAAATCH!!”
“C-Calm down, sir! Someone is hurt and we are only here for medicine please!”
“It’s true, Nikolai is telling the truth!” Frank backed him up on their story, hoping this insane manager would let them have the keys to the doors but that seemed to anger him even more as he roared “Hurt!?”
Steven then grabbed the woman’s hair and then shook her head as he explained in a bellow, “That’s what this b!tch said when she came to vandalize my store!”
“Maybe she had the same reasons as us to do, we have to-”
“Shut it!” the crazed manager interrupted, “As you can see, I don’t take vandalism too kindly around here… I won’t allow it!” he gripped the handle of the weapon cart tightly so that his knuckles turned white from holding it.
“Now all of you listen to me, and listen good, partners…” he then roared “I DO NOT DORATE VANDALISM IN MY STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!!!” as he bug eyed and spit flying.
It wasn’t loud enough to wake the dead, but it shook the world around them as they looked at the manager who then ran towards them with the fire flying from the flares. They turned and ran off to different directions as he came out of the aisle they were in.
P!Nikolai turned around to look and he was after the Engineer as he yelled at them to get out of his store. “Words are not going to go through to him…” his brian said as he got out the hatchet and then tossed it at the manager, it barely got him on the arm but it did make him turn around towards the Russian’s direction. P!Nikolai found himself regretting that decision right away as Steven ran towards him and P!Nikolai ran to another aisle.
“No choice…” the sergeant thought as he cocked the shotgun back while he ran, “Have to take him out…!” as he spotted Frank West who waved him over, “Over here!”
He ran over to the photojournalist as the manager had barely missed him and stood by him with short breath. “Psychopaths…” he breathed, getting much generous oxygen in his tired lungs. “Is this what you meant, Frank?”
“Pretty much,” Frank had hidden behind the aisle that was located at the far end of the store, “Got a plan?”
“We have to put him down, if he does this to us then-”
“Nick, I am aware of how "putting someone down” is, and it’s not the first so far.”
“Me and my allies had done it before.”
Sounds of shotguns firing in the store that made both men ducked a moment as they heard Engineer cursing as he reloaded. “That was Dell…!”
“Mr. West, hold on.” Primis Nikolai peeked from the asie and saw Steven, with a shotgun rifle of his own as he was firing buckshot after buckshot until U!Takeo slashed him from behind. It had done damage but not enough as the manager turned his attention towards the samurai and rammed his cart into him. He grunts in pain from the flames.
“Takeo…!” he muttered as Frank stopped him, “Hold on, we need a plan!” as Nikolai turned to look at him.
Nikolai wondered for a moment and answered “We will distract him, you can get him while he is unaware.” and handed the rifle to him, “Do you know how to use it?”
“I’ve been trying to get a good aim.”
Engineer had wacked the manager, then ran off from him as he roared at him about assault with the cart with flames throwing from the canned flares. “Let’s hope your aim is good enough, I had to trust you with our lives for this.” as the Russian got out the hatchet.
“I am a lot better with a camera but yeah, I’ll give it a shot.”
He nodded as he listened closely to where the Engineer and Steven were, much to his surprise, they were making their way over to them, to where they were with stomping echoing the food store.
“Switch places.” He cautioned the confused reporter and he did, he was on the right side and Frank on the left,weapons at the ready.
“Get ready to run.” P!Nikolai stood his ground, waiting for one of them to pop out from the end of the aisle as his eyes were fixated towards. Feet are stomping louder and soon, a familiar hard hat wearing Texan appeared with the Frontier Justice in his hands as Nikolai shouted “Go!”
Frank felt like his feet had grown wings as he took off from the direction of the yells from the three, one was the Sergeants, the other the Engineer and the third being the manager.
He had found Ultimis Takeo patching himself up from the wound Steven had caused behind register 4, sword at his right side. “Ya alright?” he asked as he knelt down.
“I am.” he lied, to keep his pride in. “Liar.” Frank knew that from that tone of voice before he started to help but the samurai hastily refused. “I can treat my own wounds.”
“And risk an infection, best not.”
“I can do rhis myself, West-san. '' He does not want him to see the vines he had hidden inside his sleeves. “I rill have Medic rnd Richtofen treat me rater now rhat is the situation right now?” as he shakingly got up at Frank’s charging.
They heard a buckshot before the latter could explain, the Engineer was shouting at P!Nikolai to take cover and then threw a wrench at the manager. Frank then turned to Ulitmis Takeo and said “You guys gonna have to distract him while I had to blow him away…” before looking at the shotgun that the Russian had given him, “Literally…”
Takeo looked at the scene a bit longer before he nodded, turned to Frank West once again.
“You must take him down, res?”
“I have little strength left in me to distract the manager.”
“Are ya sure?” Frank looked at U!Takeo who got up with his katana in his hand.
“I am, reporter.” as he buttons his shirt and coat with stains of blood on them. “In order to do that, re must have him facing towards you.”
Frank nodded, looking at the warrior as he limped and running towards the scene that’s unfolding before them. He paused and then whistled for their attention.
Engineer and P!Nikolai looked to see him as Steven was charging at them again, they hardly felt the impact when he rammed into their backs, making them fall down to the floor and ran for Captain Takeo who stood ready, closer and closer and closer the cart had caught up towards him.
The moment had come right before him and he stepped out of the way and, as he planned for the manager, he turned away from the cart to scream but he turned to yell at the young man with a command. “Now!”
The rifle was triggered, a noise rose to life, soon droplets of blood as well with Steven stumbled and made the weaponized cart fall and the unconscious woman fell out of it as well. Steven then limped over and grabbed one of the registers closest to him.
“My store…!” gasping with his blood pooling the ground. “My store…! Who will run my store if I’m gone!?”
One buck shot to the heart was critical, one quick way to kill a bear or a human mad man as Frank and others looked on Steven, unsure to help him, maybe out of fear that he would finish what he started.
“My food…? My sales…? And with them, my…” he coughed up blood that dripped onto the register with one arm dropped down. “Customers…?” before he adjusts his tie slightly before looking at the reader, strangely and says his last words.
“Have a nice daaay…” and fell to the ground. Silence was flooding the store-
“CLEAN UP!” Steven raised his head up, he shouted at someone that was non-existent, spooking the four in the process, “Register Six!” he then fell back down to the floor, finally bleeding out and gone.
The four walked over to Steven and inspected the handy work of Frank West, P!Nikolai was going to ask for his Olympia rifle back when he spotted the woman, laying unresponsive on the floor.
They all turn to look at the woman, Frank firstly thought it wasn’t a coincidence until it hits him: it’s the same lady from the Entrance Plaza as they went over to her. A groan from her and she rose up, the other three were a little tensed by this but Frank kneeled down as she only sat up right and held her forehead.
“Still with us in the land of the living?” he looked at her with a soft tone, “You are one tough cookie.” before he helped her up but she then pushed him away with a foul when she looked at him.
“Re are not here to hurt you,” U!Takeo tried to explain to the angry lady, “Re only wanted to help-” she then cuts him off. “I don’t need any help from the four of you! You don’t know a damn thing!”
“Heya, let’s not get off on the wrong foot here, ma’am-”
“It was you Americans on the ‘wrong foot’ here!” she spat out with hate, “You always looked after yourselves with fat meat!”
“Listen to us,” Nikolai stepped up to try to reason with the strange woman, “If it is what you hate, two of us beside the two men are foreigners as well and we had heard you are in need of medicine as well, maybe we can help each other.”
“He’s got a point there,” Frank added with little hope, “we’ll take you back to where-”
“I said I never wanted help! Americans like you are the ones that started all of this!” She is surprising and confusing them more and more at the same time, “You ruined Santa Cabeza and began this nightmare!”
She then turned without any more words and quickly walked out of there, leaving the group in confusion. Primis Nikolai watched her leave and out of sight, as he turned to look at Frank West and asked “What does she meant by “You ruined Santa Cabeza?””
“I don’t know but I think this has something to do with the zombies and the-”
“Wasps” Takeo interrupted with an annoyed tone, “I do believe they are related somehow.” as he looked down and something gleaming on the floor, he lowered his upper body and reached his hand out for the metal piece with a tag attached to it; a key.
On the tag itself read PHARMACY in capitalized letters, he turned and gave Frank the key in his hand as he said “Now let’s get rhat re came for.”
Engineer walked over to the doors with Nikolai, fearing that if there’s one mad man here then there could be more. He couldn’t blame them for that, the outbreak has put everyone on edge he thought as he goes over to them and with caution, he puts the key inside the slot and turns.
The sound gave way as the doors slowly opened for the group to enter freely. They looked around the hallway with shotgun rifles, a bat and a sword in their hands. They entered the check-in counter where the first aid is located.
Frank sagged it from it’s place and muttered “Let’s get the hell out of this store.” as Takeo nodded to acknowledge him.
Nikolai and Engineer are on the lookout for a horde of zombies but now with the information that they can use to their advantage as Takeo and Frank walk out of the check-in counter. Leaving the store without looking back except when the feeling of the undead and… something else was here. Watching them go.
*Something is following you…
Nikolai’s heart is pumping with fear and adrenaline, the text just below his chest wasn’t helping. He has to speak up for his group, just a peep. “Men…” was the first word that he could think of saying to the three, making them all turn to face him.
“I do not want to fear you all but Nikolai has the feeling that we are being followed.'' He informed them, Ultimis Takeo could sense the fret in his voice and much as he didn't like his Nikolai but he respected the Primis one better. The reason why is that he knew the battles and wars well, survival instinct and most importantly; he’s sober.
But something about the alternate version of the Russian had him on edge, if Nikolai was this tense up by sensing something threatening yet horrifying, whatever or whoever it was following them must be bad.
“You must be sensing that something is following us.” Takeo peeped up, he began to feel the same thing from the situation. Frank West seemed confused by this and spoke out “It could be just a feeling of paranoia, it could be nothing.”
“Frank West,” Engineer places his gloved hand on the photojournalist's shoulder, “Ever heard of the gut feeling when something ain’t right boy?” he spoke softly with the Frontier Justice resting on his shoulder. “If that’s the case, best keep your guard up.”
“He is right, we…” he muttered as his breath was lynched with worry, “We need to use it, somehow. We can’t lead it back to the security room.”
Frank seems to worry now but he keeps his cool as he thinks of a plan for this and half-remembers the zombies. “Well, since this town is infested with rotten walking corpses. We can just run through and let it deal with them while we leg it.”
“Rith weapons, re can be able to fight back if your plan does not go rell, West-san.” U!Takeo informed him, making him look at him with acknowledgement, Nikolai and Engineer stood by, already seeing a big horde of zombies ahead of them, seemingly unaware of their presence and stumbling by each other as others tripped.
“One… Two… Three!”
Without a word, they dashed towards the undead army as they began to notice. They ran in and began to fight their way through them. The other zombies behind them were shrieking in pain as well, a severed arm flew into Nikolai’s point of view and landed with a resounding thud just centimeters away from where he was when he was struggling to get the zombie away from him.
That confirms what he believed his guts to be the sense of dread; someone was following them. He now knows that and knows he can’t let them follow them back to where they were hiding, he can’t risk the summoning key falling into the wrongs. Much as he doesn’t want to admit that it was in Richtofen’s to begin with but still.
Primis Nikolai had mustered enough strength in him and pushed the rotten corpse off of him as it was met with a barrel at it’s temple and a bullet ripped through it.
“Frank!” he catches his attention, thrill and robustness in the fight for their very survival, “The wasp!”
Frank nodded and then he held the zombie with a bat holding it inches from him, rummaging as he didn’t notice one of them had grabbed onto his arm. “Hey, F*** off!* he shouted as he struggled for the untoten to let go of his forearm as it tried to bite into it but only getting the sleeve.
Sword came from the above out of the blue and two heads of the zombie rolled onto the floor, the face of Ultimis Takeo looking at Mr. West as he had taken care of the problem. “Thanks!” he yelled as he managed to get the jar with the same wasp in it.
Engineer is shooting one zombie after another as blood decorating his rusty brown overalls in drops as he yelled “Time to make an exit!” as Frank got ready to throw, a hatchet came out of nowhere and it struck Dell on the shoulder, making him yell in pain. Nikolai turned to look at what happened and he ran over to the injured Texan.
Engineer fell onto the floor, holding his right shoulder where the hatchet had struck him from behind as he muttered “Aww hell.” as he greeted his teeth, it was almost like the time back in 2Fort where BLU Scout had got him on the back with a medieval bat with spikes, yes, spikes on it. “Haven’t felt a hit like that since the Gravel War. I feel like I am going to pass out in a minute…” but his head rose up to meet the faces of the undead, he got a good look at them from up close and too personal for comfort.
Alarming and deathly faces with life-threatening injuries on their heads and faces, flesh and muscle revealing teeth and eyes ghostly white, empty of life and murky is almost soul-destroying thing he had to see. Corpses would eventually decay once the soul leaves the body.
“Uuugh…! More like any secon’!” he thought as he gazed at one face in horror. It reminds him of a song his father had sung after his mother had died. He almost swore that a woman was slinging this in his mind for anyone to hear.
Won't you spare me over 'til another year?
Well what is this that I can't see
With icy hands takin' hold of me
Well I am Death, none can excell
I'll open the door to Heaven and Hell
“Well, this is it.” and he shut his eyes but what he heard next was glass shattering and the pained groans of the damned. He opened his eyes to see a familiar face, alive and well that helped him onto his feet.
No wealth, no land, no silver no gold
Nothing satisfies me but your soul
“Come on!” It was Frank who helped him onto his feet and managed to throw the jar at a horde that was surrounding him while he bled from the gash inflicted by the hatchet. Wobbled back on his feet, he held the injury with his shaking hand and cringed when he felt the warm blood pooling out of it.
“Ah gotta need a medic…!” he groaned in pain, Frank wanted to use the first aid but Dell had to stop him, “It’s for Brad! We’ll worry for mahself later.” as he is still holding the Frontier Justice in his other hand. A scowl on his pain purified on his face as he clanged onto the wound on his back.
When God is gone and the Devil takes hold
Who will have mercy on your soul?
Ultimis Takeo ran over to his side and helped the Engineer to stabilize his footing as he raised the rifle just beside Frank’s head as he jumped in surprise before a loud bang was heard.
The zombie that was coming towards Frank from behind fell down with a chunk of its head missing, brain matter and crimson pooling on the tiled floor.
Soon, four men were surrounding as a horde marched in, again, “There’s just so many!” Frank yelled in annoyance as he held the bat close to himself as he looked around for a way out.
Oh, I am Death.
I have come to take your soul.
Leave the body and leave it cold.
“この地獄を気に入れ..!” He raised his sword upright, pointing it at the several zombies on his way, he cannot use the power he had literally in his sleeves and as much as he does not want to use it around Frank West but he’s highly considering that option.
Nikolai was looking around but he was looking where he had gotten the feeling from, a figure that would confirm it and he had the feeling in his chest that they had hurt Dell to get them in a vulnerable position. He rather not know but he hoping, yes, hoping that the horde will kill them before they could.
My name is Death and the end is here...
They were ready, to fight or to die and be eaten trying to do so. Accepting their fate to be dinner for the walking dead but when the horde was getting closer, a hair ornament flew out of nowhere and struck one of the zombies’ forehead, making it fall backwards in a flash.
They were confused when they felt a figure run past them, wind following close and swiped the pin out of it’s skull. An Asian woman, dressed in Chinese WWII Medic uniform, white gloves, short unkempt raven hair as she clenched the ornament in her hand, blood stained the glove as she went to her another victim unfortunate enough to be in her line of sight.
It felt like the odds are even so they are able to go through the horde, guns blazing, beating, and stabbing too. Literally what they did with weapons as they had massacred their path through. They only stopped when Nikolai had stopped to turn to see if zombies or their stalker was following but much to his solace, whoever had thrown the hatchet was too busy slashing stumbling corpses surrounding them.
“We have to get away, right now!” The woman grabbed P!Nikolai by the forearm that snapped him out of his trance as he shook his head in bewilderment before running with them.
“That was insane.” the woman commented, out of breath as he ran. “Don’t mention it, come on, to the warehouse.” Frank West replied as he led them away from the scene fast.
“Hold still, this will help a little.” The woman was giving Dell a bottle of medical alcohol. She had a bag of bandages, bandages, medicine, medical equipment and almost an empty pack of cigarettes in it.
He had drunk it a little as he did not want to waste the whole bottle, he felt like she needed it to clean the blood off his back and gave it back to her as he felt his throat burn with that warm feeling, the beverage was numbing the pain so it worked a little.
“Ah do appreciate the timing of you coming out of nowhere to save our skins but we handled the aggressive negotiation with the lovely residents of Willamette.” he lightly joked to her, making the WWII Medic giggled while U!Takeo, P!Nikolai and Frank West are keeping watch for any undead corpses walking around and any objects falling from the above, the storeroom with that cautious error will make any worker aware, even with an initial zombie outbreak if survivors are not careful enough.
The dress shirt was more red with his blood, even staining the overalls, and an undershirt with the sleeves ripped a little on the edges. The woman soaked a rag with the same drink and then went behind to clean off the blood. He hissed in pain when he fit the rag making contact on the wound, she was being very gentle on the injury as she is focused on it.
“Mind if Ah ask ya a name, ma’am?” Dell had turned his head towards her with his blue eyes, his helmet on one of the crates and goggles on his forehead since he could hardly see sometimes. It was often a manner of a soft-spoken Texan and it’s both a gift and a curse from his father and mother.
“I am Jin Bai Chen.” the woman introduced as she ringgit the rag to get the red liquid fall onto the floor, coloring the concrete. “I am a medic and I had heard they called you Dell?”
“Dell Conagher, Miss Chen, mah friends call me Dell but with mah teammates call me “Engineer.” or “Engie.” so call me the latter.”
“It is nice to meet you Mr. Con-ugh-er?” she mispronounced the surname, “It’s going to take a while for me to pronounce it, Engineer.” she continued awkwardly. The Engineer lightly chuckled under his breath, trying his best to ignore the pain on his shoulder. “Ah had gotten that a lot when I’d first join the RED Team”
“You can say that again, Dell.” Frank had his arms crossed as he looked at the two, making note that the way they wore may seem a few decades apart. Jin’s Medic uniform is from the late 30’s to early 40’s and the Engineer’s 60’s two years away to the first years of 70’s.
Jin shook her head as she finished cleaning the wound, she gave the bottle to Dell and said “I think you may need this.” as he took it from her with little confusion but he felt like she was going to do what he believed she was going to do.
She rummaged through her bag as he looked at her over his shoulder with interest, she got out a surgical suture, he kind of jumped and drink the liquor as she had realized what he did and shook her head with a soft smile curled on her red lips.
“I had gotten reactions like that from the soldiers.” she had explained as she got the thread through the suture and gotten it ready for its use. “Them being scared by a tiny sewing needle or just wanted to risk letting a cut get infected?” he asked as he closed the bottle, he can feel the alcohol hit him a bit better now. “It could be both, still since I had survived a war and I had never thought I would participate in this one.”
Frank got the warrior’s attention and they both look over to the procedure, “Do you think he could use something to bite down on, Jin?” he asked out of curiosity, she simply shook her head and said “No, they don’t but unless their limbs needed to be amputated then I could consider it.” and she then pierced the skin with a small needle, a sharp pinch had reignited the fire on the right shoulder of the Engineer, he could feel it through his drunk haze but it was numbed enough for him to burly feel it.
He greets his teeth through the agony with his eyes screwed shut, “Damn…!” he muttered as he clenched his fist that rested on his knees. She was very careful piercing through the skin as thread had danced over the injury as it bled a little again.
“Do you like to come back with us?” Primis Nikolai offered as the Engineer, being brass as nails, had endured the pain as much as he could, Sergeant Belinski can see why he preferred the medicine the Medic had and would never have to go through this again until today.
She had finished sewing the skin, the thread over the cut and open, she cautioned “Dell,” making him look at her, “This next part will hurt a little but brace yourself.”
He nodded and braced himself for the worse, it’d slowly happened and he was recovering from the alcohol-induced numbness and it was a bad timing as she pulled the thread gently yet hard to fully close the cut, pulling the skin together.
The injury was fully closed and Jin lightly tapped his shoulder while he was going to open the bottle again with his hands due to the aching. “Can I trouble you with that?” she asked as she pointed at the same bottle. He snakingly gave it to her while Frank came over to them with concern and cringed to the scene that happened.
“It must’ve hurt like hell.” He had commented as he kneeled to Engineer as he nodded and said “It hurts but ya know the medics had given soldiers a drink in the civil war?” as he looked at Frank West. “The alcohol beverage helps numb the pain so they can’t feel the doctors sawing their legs off.” Engineer finished as he felt the rag on the injury after she had it closed with a surgical knot and dressed it with the medical alcohol to clean it again.
It hurts, yes but Dell doesn't complain when she finishes again, Jin rummages her bag and then gets bandages out and then begins to wrap around his shoulder and chest. Jin had done it again at least a few more times until Dell’s right shoulder and chest was covered in bandages.
She cut the bandage with a knife and tied it to secure it, she then lightly patted his back. “Alright, I am all done now.” as she got the undershirt for the Engineer. He placed it on and as well with his crimson and normal red dress shirt and then placed the straps of his overalls. It almost looks as good as new except the blood.
“Engineer, do you rhink you can still walk until we get to the office?” Takeo asked as he helped his teammate up onto his feet again. “I had been through something like this before so it’s nothing new to me, boy.” Engineer smiled as he placed the goggles over his eyes once again and the helmet back on his head.
He groaned in pain, holding his right shoulder to sooth the warm, hurtful feeling coming from the wound. Jin looked at Dell with concern.
“Do not rub it too much, Dell, it will rip the stitches.” she placed her hand on his shoulder, he looked at her and simply nodded. It’s best to be careful until he goes to the Medic while he is fighting for his life.
“Are there others with you?” she asked as she looked at the three remaining members. “There are.” Frank answered, “But I think you’ll fit in the World War II section because of Tak and a marine.”
“Wait, one of the marines is here?” she was astonished, “Yeah. a corporal I think.” he rolled his eyes, the marines often get the girls, he thought.
“Then take me to the office, right now.” she demanded, P!Nikolai obied and then cocked the rifle back before saying “We must go now, we must not keep Brad waiting longer than we already have wasted.”
When he said that, Frank West looked at his wristwatch to check the time.
“Shi…” he muttered before turning and then running, leading the way with four teammates back to the rooftop.
Ultimis Takeo had no idea why but Jin Bai Chen looked familiar to him, had he met her before… Well, meeting her again?
September 19th, 2006
Brad is going to be just fine, thanks to Jesse and Shaw and Jin’s help. A hand placed on his forehead to check the temperature, only normal warmth so far. “Mr. Garrison is stabilized,” looking at Jessie over his shoulder, “He’ll be fine for now.”
Jessie sighed in relief as Jin was sitting down next to Brad, in case that she’s still needed. Shaw looked at her, “You have done enough for now, Miss Chen, go meet up with the others in the back please.” he said, Jin bowed and then went into the back, closing it behind her.
“Still, two men injured yet survived the odds.” Shaw muttered, as he looked at Frank West, “I cannot comprehend how you would manage that.” Frank simply shrugged and then crossed his arms. “Pretty much, Shaw.” he replied but Jessie noticed something on his dress shirt: a spot of blood.
“Frank, are you alright?” she asked, Stanton looked at Jessie and then towards Frank in confusion. He too noticed the blood spat as well. Frank looked at them confused when she said ”You’ve got blood on you.”
Frank realized and looked at the blood, remembering what had happened earlier yet he was amazed how quickly he forgot about it. “Oh yeah, it must’ve come from the girl we have saved.”
“The girl?” Shaw was a bit taken aback, standing up on his feet to face the reporter, “Was she hurt or…?”
“She’s alright, professor.” Frank had stopped him, Jessie walked over to the two men with worry.
“Where is she?” she questioned as she adjusted her glasses. Frank looked down at the ground as he turned around. “We had offered to help but she took off, I kinda wished we would’ve convinced her otherwise.”
Shaw shocked his head before checking his watch, “I guess she doesn’t have time to decide to trust in others.” he rationized. Jessie agreed, “Stanton is right, you can’t blame her for running away from your good looks.” she teased, earning a nod from Frank West in return.
“Anyway, she was saying something about Santa Cabeza before she left.”
“Santa Cabeza?” Jessie asked, inquired as she looked at Frank West with Shaw raised an eyebrow but they had heard a noise, they all turned to face the storage room as Jessie walked over to the door as Shaw tried to do the same.
The door opened and the same old man, Dr. Barnaby, was on the floor awake and alarmed to see her, he crawled away from the entrance as Jessie maintained her composure with a little delay.
“Dr. Barnaby,” she politely said, “You’re awake.”
Shaw had once heard from his old friend, Alistair, that looks can kill. He had laughed about it but now he had the feeling that Scarlett’s father was right as he saw that look on the fellow professor’s face: disgusted, confused, and angry.
“Santa Cabeza…?!” he growled, finally finding the words to say to this new information. “I should’ve known this…! I thought everything about that village was erased and forgotten!” he snapped angrily, looking at the group with a look of kill, “You have planned to dispense justice now?!”
Stanton Shaw and Frank West were confused and taken aback from what Barnaby had said, Jessie kneeled down, “Calm down, Doctor,” she reassured him as she reached for his arm, “We’re only following orders, we have to protect you-”
Dr. Barnaby pushed her arms away and shouted “Protect?!” wrenching his arm away, “More like imprisoned!” he accused, pointing a finger at this monarchy.
“Doctor Barnaby, is it?” Shaw walked over to the confect, “as a fellow professor, you must’ve known what Santa Cabeza was.” As he kneeled down, the brace on his leg squeaked a little as Dr. Barnaby’s attention was gone to Shaw. “And I think that Jessie is right.”
“Of course,” she insisted, “If you want us to protect you, we need to know the truth. All of it.”
“Just help us here, talk to us.” Shaw urged but then they heard a click and a snapping sound, they turned to see Frank West holding up his camera as he was standing there, awkwardly.
Shaw was annoyed and unpleased as he shooed Frank back a bit, grabbed the doorknob and then pulled the door to a close. Frank raised his hands in the air and let them hit his sides with fixed and crossed.
“Fine!” he mumbled, “I will get my information somewhere else, thank you very much.” as he walked a bit, his attention turned to the monitors as he headed towards it with an idea already formed in his head.
“Maybe I can track down that woman again…” he muttered under his breath, looking at the screens as Jin, Diego and U!Takeo walked in the room, wanting to inspect what had happened.
“What had happened-” Diego started to say but Ultimis had to stop as he looked at the monitors as well, on one of the monitors, the woman from before came up on a motorcycle in front of the store, she then got off of the bike and then entered that same store.
“You intended to go after her.” Ultimis Takeo said as he clearly knew that’s what Frank West was going to do, he nodded and got the bat off the floor and headed out, turning to the two and said “Re rill be back, wait here.”
“Of course, Takeo.” Jin nodded as they watched them go out the door. Diego and Jin looked at each other and the latter said “Well, since you are new, senorita, would you like to know me?” with a smile that a woman will fall for.
Jin shook her head and giggled before turning and returning to the room, she had been introduced to the group and already one man that caught her interest was the Ultimis Tank Dempsey, she had knew one of the marines is here and yet, she had jokingly said he may be the last one. To him, it felt like it was back in the times of him killing wave upon wave of zombies and like Takeo, something familiar about this woman but he can’t tell why.
Jin walked towards Medic as he was making another medicine with blood, medicine, yellow water that came from a body, and electricity to power it. “Oh Jin,” Medic greeted the woman with a soft smile. “Have you come to know what I have been making?”
“No thank you, Doctor,” she answered, “I am curious on how the Engineer was doing now.”
Medic was disappointed, “Oh, Dell, he is on zhe roof vith Pyro and Corporal Dempzey I believe, on zhe heilpad. I would’ve be happy to tell you all about zhis healing medicine.”
“I would love to, Medic.” She smiled a little yet this German was almost like the Butcher she had heard from the Chinese Soldiers and Marines but she maintained a polite expression however, he’s the field medic so they should be safe with one.
She walked up the stairs and found them, with a makeshift campfire made from a trash can, broken bench pieces as the metal scraps of what was once a trash can to begin with was cut away to make it a form of a barrel.
Fire softly danced inside the green barrel as U!Dempsey fed it with wood he had broken from the benches as the Engineer was sitting close to it with Pyro by his side, holding an axe close to themself.
A scar left behind by the injury is visible on the back of his right shoulder as his back faces the entrance to the security office. A noticeable bruise on his left shoulder as the skin was darkened a little from something that was heavy while he carried it.
The Engineer was singing softly under his breath, maybe to lighten the mood of the situation they were put in by an unknown entity as he sang “The sky is clearing and the night has cried enough. The sun, he comes, the world to soften up. Rejoice-”
Dell jumped out of his skin as Pyro and Dempsey were getting ready to fight but was relieved to see it’s Jin. “Jeaus Christ, Jin, don’t scare us like that!” Dempsey breathed in air from the jump of adrenaline.
“I am very sorry, I thought I could check up on the Engineer and see how he is doing.” She explained her reason for being up here, sitting down on one of the chairs they had pulled up here and looking at the fire.
U!Dempsey scratched the back of his head with little unease, walking over to the forth one at the end, settled beside the medic and muttered “still, it’s badass that you saved their skin.”
Jin simply shook her head a bit with a soft smile that made the Marine a bit flustered with her eyes closed, “I happened to be there when I had come to.”
Come to? The three surrounded her had turned their heads to look at her, has the same thing happened to her as well? “Let me guess,” Dempsey was the first one to question her story, “You blacked out when you were doing something?”
Jin only shook her head, “I don’t remember anything but I had remembered being put inside a capsule that had the numbers 935 and that was it.”
U!Dempsey had a flashback when she had recalled, looking at the fire as a memory came back to him.
Dempsey was thrashing left and right to break free from the Nazis before being shoved inside something metal and glass placed over him. He was pounding on the glass as he saw a familiar man looming over the mechanical coffin by his side with a white lab coat and a sinister smile. It was Richtofen. On the coat was the number 935.
The memory ended there as he grasped at his forehead with a groan, Jin looked concerned as she placed her hand on his shoulder before asking “Corporal, are you alright?”
Ultimis Dempsey looked at Jin with bewilderment yet relaxed a little, “I’m fine, alright?” he answered as he removed the hand from his head to let it hand in front of it, “I’d just expressed a flashback, that’s all.”
“What’s it about, soldier boy?” Engineer asked out of curiosity, looking at Ultimis Dempsey with Pyro who tilted their head. “Something similar to Jin’s, I was forced inside a tin can with a 935 doctor looking at me like a damn weirdo.”
Jin was surprised, no doubt that number had to be related to their amnesia that could be also related to the events of what’s happening they were in.
“How did you wake up?” it was the only question Dempsey could think about. “I had woken up in a store with a startled man, it’s no doubt I am in the U.S.A since he had answered that.” she had explained herself, “He had also explained that these zombies had taken over the town of Williamette. I didn’t believe him at first but when I saw the horde myself, I wanted to wake up from this nightmare.”
“It’s a reality we lived in,” Dempsey said as he looked at the evening skies with his hands resting on the back of his neck and his legs resting on the other. “I knew my way around a meatbag or two.” before looking at her with a smile. The way he smiled had dusted pink on her cheeks and hooked her hair back a little.
“The different kind is this reality is the parasite type of a zombie,” Engineer had added, “The zombies had been affected by the element from where we had come from and here, they were affected by parasites in the form of wasps. The stinging pests.”
Jin was confused, where did they come from? Engineer could see Jin’s expression and said “From our own realities, dimensions if you like to call.”
“I know that,” Jin said softly as she rubbed her arms, “I just didn’t think the same thing happened to you all as well.”
“Tell me about it.” Dempsey commented sarcastically, Jin looked at him and then back at the Engineer, “What happened before you came is a long story…”
Project: Hunger Games
Willing Test Subjects:
Thomas “Tank” Dempsey (Primis)
Takeo Masaki (Primis)
Edward Richtofen (Primis)
Nikolai Belinski (Primis)
Albert “Weasel” Arlington
Michael “Finn” O'Leary
Abigail “Misty” Briarton
Samuel J. Stuhlinger
_ _ _ _ _ _ “_ _ _ _” _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Ultimis)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Ultimis)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Ultimis)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Ultimis)
Propose: What human will react and think in a post- apocalyptic environment after zombie outbreak, what will contain sanity while the other loses it in a bloody battle royale to see who is the last one standing.
Overseer of the Project: [Your name here.]
Status of the Project: Active
Goal: Record, write down what happens.
Code: HiquKRFw (Click on “Load Session”)
Begin Project?: Y/N
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It has come to my attention that many people are confused by what Supernatural characters are and are not Sam. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of all non-Sam characters under the cut.
Scarecrow (Fan Fiction)
Sgt. Joe Phillips
Sgt. Miranda Bates
Sheriff Al Britton
Sheriff Alden Roy
Sheriff Barrett Bishop, Jr.
Sheriff Ben Anderson
Sheriff Christine Barker
Sheriff Donna Hanscum
Sheriff Jake Devins
Sheriff Jake Miller
Sheriff Jody Mills
Sheriff Len Cuse
Sheriff Mason Romero
Sheriff Melvin Dodd
Sheriff Rick Carnegie
Sheriff Roy Dobbs
Steve, Reggie and Tim
Sue-Ann Le Grange
Teddy the Suicidal Teddy Bear
Walt and Roy
Whitman Van Ness
Whore of Babylon
The Wicked Witch of the West
William Anthony Harvelle
The Wizard of Oz
Zachariah (Apocalypse World)
Dean again but specifically in 1x12 Faith
Misha Collins, real human man
I dont think My country needs me anay Longer.
Sergeant Alex Shaw to Mr. E. M. Stanton, November 19, 1865
2, 26, 30 :-)
2 & 30 answered !
26. three favourite non-English songs
& a few extra to make up for the others 🦢