Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 6: Friends and Enemies

 

“You’re awake. Finally, now we can have a long and civilised talk like gentlemen.” The Maliaks “God” said mockingly to the Professor.

“Demons more like” The Professor said as he stood up, his hands and feet both chained to a wall.

“I know what you are” The Professor continued. “I’ve met a few gods on my travels to know a phoney when I see one.”

“Ah yes in your time vessel. I’m still not sure about that, but well we’re out of options for now. Such a disappointment about the Maliaks.”

The Professor looked around and saw no one else was around. “Where are Lindsey and Kirsteen. If you’ve hurt either one of them I swear.”

“You’ll do what? I may not be a god, but I can still take care of a miserable child of Khastran no problem.”

“Where are they” The Professor said showing no concern at all for the “God’s” threats.

“They’re on their way back to your vessel. One of the females said she knows how to pilot it. They’re going to deposit a weapon against the Demons in the sky. One capable of harming all Demonic life. Sadly by the time my people developed it those monsters had swarmed our world. There’d have been no way of getting it into space, but with your vessel? We just might have a chance.”

“I see you weren’t willing to detonate it here because you’d go up with it. You were happy to let the Maliaks all die just to save your own skin.”

“Why should I sacrifice myself for them”. The God said in anger.

“They were nothing without me. Another primitive race who’d probably never have made it to the stars and would have been swept away by a natural disaster, exploited by a more advanced species, or vanished without a trace when their sun died. I gave them a purpose and a special place in the universe.”

“To be wiped out by Demons?”

“Its not my fault they weren’t up to task. I gave them all the knowledge and magic they needed. I appealed to their feeble superstitious brains. Told them that I was their god, I even assumed his form.” The Demon said as he morphed back into his true form and back. The Demons true form was much large and more forboding looking. It had white plated skin, large green eyes, 6 horns on its head and 4 sets of large sharp teeth.

“Its funny they seemed to be on the verge of giving up on that superstitious belief when I arrived.” The Demon said. “I told them that I had grown displeased with my other creations across the universe and that it was their job as the only children I was proud of to cleanse the universe of life. At first under my leadership they did manage to conquer a few primitive worlds and exterminate all of their inhabitants. Then they moved on to more advanced planets and even toppled a few empires. I was so proud. Then however several allied planets fought dirty. They forced all of their Demonic races to ally against my children. They were unprepared for such a force. They’d fought Demons on many worlds before, but on most planets Demons are tiny scattered forces. We were overwhelmed and pushed back to the Maliaks home planet. If they fail this time then I’ll leave them to their fate. There are trillions of other worlds out there.”

“I just don’t understand why? Why take an ordinary race and advance them through science and magic. You’re a Demon? Why not find a way to make them creatures like you?”

“I tried that many times before. Demons have greater power than any of the natural creatures. Your average Demon could tear apart 5 of my Maliaks in a fair fight. Unfortunately however Demons are all such cowardly backstabbing, worms. They can never work together. Every time I tried to lead them it was a disaster. They were constantly trying to usurp me, stab me in the back, abandoning each other in times of need. I could never hope to mobilise them as an effective force.”

“Angels meanwhile” he continued. “Even if they did ever follow me would never take another life unless it was defence. The Gods meanwhile were too powerful for me to lead, and even if I could they only care about themselves and their own interests. Natural creatures however? They’re the perfect foot soldiers. They can have the necessary aggression and desire to dominate like Demons. However they can also possess loyalty to one another, and to a strong leader like me. Sure physically most of them are weak, but even then that can be amended to with a little bit of genetic tampering here, a little bit of magic there, and a few culls of the weak and infirm of their race.”

“I think I’m going to be sick” The Professor said.

“You seem to be something of an anomaly” The God said to the Professor, ignoring his insults. “You’re a Demon, but you actually seem to care about those two women?”

“I wouldn’t expect you to understand.”

“That’s okay I don’t need too. All I need is to know that I can use that to force you to share your secrets of other worlds with me. If you don’t those two women will suffer. Assuming they make it back of course. If they don’t well I’ll butcher one Maliak child in front of you every day until you tell me. Understand.”

“I understand. I’m going to have to kill you, and I’m going to enjoy every second of it.” The Professor said back to the God who didn’t show any fear of the Vampire whatsoever.

“I used to collect the spines of people who promised that as trophies. I can’t remember why I stopped.” The Demon said.

The Professor still didn’t show any fear much to the gods annoyance. The god quickly called on his guards to take the Vampire away.

“You’ll learn to obey me Vampire.” The God said as the Professor was taken away.

“You’re a god make me and show your followers.” The Professor said as he was carried away.

Lindsey and Kirsteen were taken to the area they could teleport to the Professors vessel by an escort of 6 Maliak troops including the leader of the platoon that had ironically helped Kirsteen and the Professor break into the Demons mountain. Lindsey and the Professor could sense where it was due to their connection to the ship. Kirsteen could even feel its presence somewhat too, though her connection obviously wasn’t as strong.

Along the way they saw hundreds of mountains flying over the planet. The Maliaks were able to keep out of sight however, knowing it would be foolish to fight them. At various points Lindsey thought about running. She knew the Demons would still kill her regardless, but she felt it was worth it not to let the time vessel fall into the Maliak’s hands. Ultimately however she didn’t for Kirsteen’s sake. She and the Professor had brought her into this mess after all. They couldn’t have returned her to her own time, but they should never have brought her to this planet when she was inexperienced. Lindsey vowed that no matter what she was going to get Kirsteen out of this mess.

They soon reached the spot. “Remember not to try any tricks. We still have the old man and if you try anything we’ll send him back to you in pieces.” The leader of the Maliaks said.

“Born again little bloodthirsty fanatic aren’t you.” Lindsey said to the leader who pushed his gun to the side of Kirsteen’s head in response.

Lindsey hoped to stall the Maliaks long enough for the Demons to find them. They were out in the open now so there was a chance they could be spotted. Lindsey pretended the spell wasn’t working for a few minutes.

“What do you mean its not working.”

“I dont know maybe those Demons managed to find our ship, but the magic’s not taking us up.”

The Maliak’s leader was no fool and in response he shot Lindsey in the leg.

“You think you can trick me. Next time I’ll blow off each of your fingers.” The Maliak said.

“Okay, okay” Lindsey said knowing she was beat. In a flash they were all taken back up to the Professor’s vessel.

“This place is dire” The leader said derisively.

“Well we didn’t have time to redecorate after a Demon tried to kill us all. He was a real monster. He’d make short work of you and your punk ass god. ” Lindsey said as she fought through the pain in her leg.

“Can you take me to the medi bay please? If I bleed to death  I can’t help you” Lindsey said.

“First take us to the control room. You can show us just before you bleed to death. The god however will not be kept waiting any longer.”

“God I hope those Demons eat you.” Lindsey said as the Demons made her limp down the corridor to the control room.

There Lindsey checked the controls and saw that there were hundreds of Demon ships outside.

“They obviously noticed there was something wrong with this area of space and they’ve gathered around it. There is nothing we can do to right now. If we move they’ll catch us for sure.”

“You’re lying.”

“I’m not take a look at the scanner.”

“Its an illusion, you will take this ship to the furthest reaches of the solar system or I’ll.”

Suddenly Kirsteen broke down into tears.

“Stop making that noise its pathetic” The leader said to Kirsteen, whilst Lindsey limped over and tried to comfort Kirsteen.

“I can’t take this anymore, I just want to go home.” She whimpered. “My old life was miserable, but compared to this I just can’t.”

Before she finished Kirsteen kicked the Maliak nearest to her in the crotch and pulled its rifle off of it whilst it was in pain. She then shot two more Maliaks dead before pushing Lindsey behind a nearby control panel.

“I’m impressed” Lindsey said.

“Thanks. To be fair what I said is true, this is a fucking nightmare, but still.”

The 4 remaining Maliaks shot at the the control panel. Lindsey took the gun off of Kirsteen.

“No offence, but I’m a better shot” she said.

Lindsey shot at the ceiling above the 4 Maliaks. The blast distracted them for a few seconds allowing Lindsey to jump towards to the corpse of one of the Maliaks which she quickly hoisted up as a shield.

The Maliaks blasted chunks out of the former soldier, whilst Lindsey shot three more of the creatures before throwing what was left of the soldier she used as a shield into the leader. Whilst he struggled under the corpse, Lindsey held her gun at him, but did not fire.

The Maliak tried to reach for his gun, but Lindsey shot his hand off before shooting him in the chest. Lindsey then sank to her knees and began to faint. All of the adrenaline she had used to overcome the monsters began to wear off and the pain and the bloodloss was beginning to catch up with her. Kirsteen managed to catch Lindsey just as she fell.

“Lindsey, Lindsey come on we need to get you help.” Kirsteen said desperately.

Whilst she was distracted however, little did Kirsteen know the leader of the Maliaks who was stronger than the others had survived the shot to the chest. He was dying, but with his last ounce of strength he managed to push the corpse off of him and jump onto the main control panel. He quickly pushed several buttons which thrust the ship forward into the Demon vessel.

The entire vessel was rocked back and forth from the collision and Kirsteen and Lindsey were sent hurling to the other end of the room as was the Maliak and its bomb which it clutched onto.

Two of the Demon vessels were knocked out of orbit by the Professors vessel, but the hundreds of others began to surround the ship, ready to attack.

To Be Continued

Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 5

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“She’s just a child”

“I don’t care. You sent me down. You betrayed me when I tried to help you.”

In the middle of the war zone the city had become, this former prisoner had managed to track down the woman who he hated more than anyone else on Heglozia, Fastera. The prisoner had been in love with Fastera for almost his entire life, and during the famine the two had entered into a relationship. Unfortunately however when Fastera’s daughter had stolen some food out of desperation, she framed the former prisoner for the theft.

She had no choice. Under Asica’s laws, Fastera’s daughter would have gone to prison and she couldn’t bare to lose her child. Every night she had felt guilt over her actions, but she didn’t regret them. Until now that is. Fastera’s daughter had thrown herself in front of her mother and pleaded with the former prisoner. Fastera did not fear death, but she didn’t want her daughter to see her die and begged her former lover to let her child go.

“I loved you”. The former prisoner said as he prepared to fire.

“I’m sorry” Fastera said, genuinely. “I didn’t want to hurt you. I just couldn’t lose her. Please don’t let her see this.”

Fastera’s daughter cried and pleaded. “Don’t kill my mum. It was my fault I’m sorry, please.”

The former prisoner still pointed his gun at Fastera, but after a few moments he lowered it.

“You’d better get out of here”. He said. “The streets aren’t safe.” He woud never really have done it. He had been a good man once. Sadly however like most of the people on this planet the desperation of the war had changed him, made him a mere shadow of his former self.  Neither Fastera or her daughter even acknowledged what the former prisoner said however. Instead they both stared up at the sky in absolute horror. As the prisoner turned around he saw the most terrifying sight he had ever seen. Hundreds of thousands of Daleks flying toward the city. No one else below had noticed. They were all too busy fighting and killing each other.

The prisoner and Fastera ran through the chaos shouting at everyone to flee but it was no use. In a matter of seconds the Daleks were over the city and started to open fire.

“EXTERMINATE” the monsters all started to shout in unison as their rays cut down men, women, even children and levelled entire buildings. There was nowhere to hide from the monsters. Each individual Daleks ray would cover an area of 40 feet and would melt absolutely everything it came into contact with. Some tried to fight back, including the prisoner, but they were the first to be cut down. In less than twenty minutes all that was left of the city were ruins and flames. Only a handful of civillians had managed to flee to the wilderness outside, Fastera and her daughter among them. They tried to hide under some nearby rocks, as more and more Daleks descended from the sky.

“ALL HEGLOZIANS MUST BE EXTERMINATED” A black Dalek that hovered in the centre of the swarm of Daleks screeched. “THERE WILL BE NO PRISONERS. THIS PLANET WILL BE CLEANSED!”

“It can’t be, it can’t” one of the civillians said from behind. “They’re here’ we’re doomed. Our entire world.” He then put a gun to his head. The others tried to stop him but he was too far gone.

“I’m ending it on my own terms than dying at the mercy of those monsters” He said before blowing his head off.

Unfortunately his gunshot alerted the Daleks and they swarmed the few survivors who all ran in different directions only to each be gunned down. Fastera and her daughter were the last two to be cornered by the Daleks.

The two embraced for their final moments. Fastera much like her former lover was not a bad person. She had just been forced to go to such extreme lengths to protect her daughter. Now it had all be for nothing. She just hoped in her final few seconds that the Daleks would kill her first and she wouldn’t have to watch her little girl die.

“EXTERMINATE!”

The Doctor, Dana and Asica stared at the ruins of the generator for a few seconds, none of them sure what their next move was.

“We need to get back to the palace.” The Doctor said.

“You what? Why?” Asica replied.

“Zoella, she sacrificed herself so we could get away. If there’s a chance she’s still alive we have to help her.”

“What about the people out there?” Asica asked.

The Doctor hesitated to respond. “We have to focus on helping who we can now.”

“What are you saying? That there is no hope for my people.”

“I don’t think there’s hope for any of us now. If the Daleks find the TARDIS before we do, we’re finished.”

“Then shouldn’t we reach the TARDIS first” Dana said.

“We’d never make it. Its across so much open field, we’d be cut down. At the very least we have to find some other form of transport first.”

Suddenly the trio heard several screams down the corridor followed by the all too familiar battle cry of the Daleks.

“EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!”

“We have to get out of here now” the Doctor said as he darted down the corridor. As the trio ran they heard the sound of several of the rebels pleading, begging with the Daleks, that they just wanted the fighting to end only to be gunned down.

The trio soon came across the young rebel woman whose kneecap Asica had shot.

“Please help me” she pleaded with the three of them. “They’re killing everybody.”

“Now you want my help? You fools helped that monster destroy the generator.” Asica said bitterly.

“We can’t just leave her” Dana protested.

“She deserves it. Besides she’d only slow us down.” Asica said as he headed down the corridor. The Doctor hesitated for a moment. He knew Asica was right. They needed to get out of here fast, and she had helped to bring the monsters down on them. Still he would never forgive himself if he left her and so the Doctor lifted the young woman up over his shoulders.

The Doctor, Dana and Asica were soon forced to hide in a small room as three Daleks glided by. The rebel girl was whimpering from the pain in her leg, but Dana put her hand over the girls mouth and put her finger over her own lips. The slightest noise and it would be all over for them.

The Doctor couldn’t bare to look at the three Daleks they repulsed him so much. He wanted to tear their putrid, withered bodies from their casings and rip them apart with his bare hands. He wanted to kill every single last one of the monsters not just on this world, but across the galaxy. Still he had to keep his cool. The only option right now was to flee. There was no weaponry on this world that could harm them. If only the Doctor and Dana had arrived earlier in the war when the planets were still united he might have been able to sway the battle in the Heglozians favour. Now he could only hope to help a few of their people escape to another planet.

“They’re gone, we need to move now”. The Doctor said. When the 4 made it outside however they could see hundreds of Daleks above. Fortunately none of the metal monsters noticed them. The Daleks were all heading towards the main cities instead. In the distance the Doctor, Asica, Dana and the rebel girl could see flames and corpses strewn across the wastelands.

“We’re all dead. All of us, there’s nothing we can do” Asica said as he sank to his knees.

“Shh” The Doctor said quietly. “Don’t make a sound. I don’t have time to convince you. Either you come with us, or you get left to the mercy of the most evil creatures in the universe.” He said to Asica who instantly stood back up. It was the kings hatred of the Daleks that motivated him at this stage more than anything else. He wanted to at least take some of those monsters down with him before he went.

The three slowly and quietly walked across the wastelands with Dana looking up at the Daleks to warn the others if any of the metal monsters had noticed them. Unfortunately whilst they were busy looking up at the sky, they failed to notice one of the Daleks creeping up from over a nearby hill.

“STAY WHERE YOU ARE!” The monster shouted.

The Dalek scanned the Doctor and Dana who it felt looked somewhat different to the other inhabitants of this planet. . “YOU ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD! EXPLAIN! EXPLAIN!”

“Well what can I say my life story is one of adventure, discovery and I’m proud to say, one that involves lots and lots of humiliating defeats for the Daleks” the Doctor said in a mock cheeful tone.

Dana quickly reached into the earth and threw a slab of dirt at the Daleks eyestick, temporarily blinding the creature. In its panic it fired, but fortunately its ray missed them. The Doctor placed the young rebel girl on the floor and told her not to move. Dana and Asica meanwhile rushed the Dalek and grabbed it from either side, whilst the Doctor grabbed it from behind. All three struggled to even hold the monster in place its strength was so great. The Dalek quickly swivelled its mid section 360 degrees, knocking all three of them off. Its mid section then turned to face the Doctor, but Dana quickly jumped up and kicked the Dalek with all her might. She barely moved it an inch and nearly broke her foot on the metal. Still she distracted the Dalek long enough for the Doctor to jump up and wrestle with the monster again. Up above the Doctor could see one of the flying Daleks aiming its gun at them. “Watch out” The Time Lord shouted to Dana and Asica as the Dalek above fired. All 3 quickly jumped out of the way only for the Dalek aboves ray to hit the Dalek the Doctor and the others had been wrestling with instead.

After the Dalek below’s top section blew up, the Doctor quickly grabbed its gun and fired up at the other monsters in the sky. He moved the Dalek gun to full setting which doused the entire area up above with radiation killing 10 Daleks.

The young rebel woman meanwhile had managed to limp to safety behind a nearby rock. The Doctor tried to run towards her, but one of the surviving Daleks flew there first. The Doctor tried to shoot firs,t but the Dalek managed to blast the young woman on full power. The Doctor, Dana and Asica were barely able to scramble to safety as the entire area was overrun with radiation, and Asica was still caught in the very edges of the rays blast which singed his skin and hair.  It didn’t kill him, but the pain was so overwhelming he could barely stand up. Every single part of his body hurt.

“Just leave me, I can barely walk.” He said.

“No like I said, we don’t leave anyone behind.” The Doctor replied as he and Dana helped the former monarch up. The Doctor then quickly fired back at the Dalek and blew the monster up in the sky.

“If only she’d listened and not tried to crawl away we could have got to her in time. We need to stick together if we have any hope of getting through this.” The Doctor said as he looked at the young rebel woman’s corpse whose face was twisted into the most heinous expression of agony.

“What’s that?”

“I don’t know maybe the people gathering outside to celebrate their brave new heroes.” Zoella said with disdain. The rebels took no notice of her however.

“We haven’t heard anything back from the commander in a while.” One of the rebels said. The whole room began to shake and the three rebels soon heard the croaking sound of a Dalek coming from above.

“HUMANOID LIFE FORMS DETECTED! ADVANCE! ADVANCE!”

“They’re here!” Zoella said in panic. “You have to release me now. We all have to get out of here”, but again the rebels took no notice of her.

“Its okay. We can reason with them.” One of the rebels said to himself. “They want this war over as much as we do.”

“You idiots!” Zoella shouted, which finally prompted a response from one of the rebels who hit her in the face.

“Maybe when we give them one of the soldiers whose slaughtered their kind in cold blood they’ll be happy.”

Zoella just laughed as the Daleks drew closer. Up above there was the sound of fighting and rubble started to fall from the ceiling.

“I’m sure those poor misunderstood Daleks are just thanking you for toppling the evil king” Zoella said with disdain.

As the celing began to collapse, the lock holding Zoella’s chains broke too and she was able to escape. Whilst the rebels guarding here were distracted by the Daleks, Zoella wrapped her chain around one guards neck and snapped it in a matter of seconds. The other guard turned around aiming his gun, but Zoella quickly punched him in the face with her chains and didn’t stop hitting him on the floor until he was dead.

After the gruesome deed was done, Zoella looked up to see her son standing there in shock at what his mother had done.

“I didn’t ever want you to see this. I swore I’d do anything to keep you safe. Even if that meant missing you grow up, even if that meant becoming a monster. I don’t care if you hate me. Just as long as you are alive at the end of this.”

To her surprise however Zoella’s little boy hugged her.

“Mother I could never hate you. I’ve missed you so much.”

“I know son. I promise that no matter what we’re going to get out of here.”

Zoella walked slowly ahead of the young boy. She had to hold her chains up by one arm. The weight on her broken arm was unbearable, but she didn’t even flinch once such was her determination.

As Zoella looked aroud the corner she saw one Dalek gliding towards her.

“HALT STAY WHERE YOU ARE!” It screamed. Zoella surprisingly however turned to face it with her non broken arm up.

“Well I’m here. I take it you don’t come in peace?” She said sarcastically. The Dalek raised its gun to her, but Zoella threw her chain around the Daleks gun stick and pulled. With all her strength she wrenched the Dalek gun stick out of its socket and grabbed it, shooting the monster dead.

“I can’t tell you how satisfying that was.” She said to her son. From behind the Dalek Zoella however could see more of the metal monsters emerging down the dark corridors. As she and her son tried to run back the way however, more Daleks came down that direction too. They were trapped with seemingly no hope of escape.

To Be Continued

 

The Circus Master: An Eye For An Eye: Part 6: The Hylexans Revenge

 

“I told you that the planet was to be spared until we had enough Quilax for the main event”. The Emperor of the Hylexans screamed at his second in command.

The Emperor of the Hylexans was bright gold. He was also somewhat larger and certainly more powerful than any of his subordinates. One of touch of his tentacles could vaporise almost any life form into nothing but dust.

The Emperor reached his tentacles out to surround his second in command.

“Emperor please. We only destroyed the planet as we know that a city of those monsters had managed to flee into space using magic .”

“And where is this city now?”

“We eh, we don’t know sir, but their magics are primitive. We shall find them.”

“You have 30 minutes or else.” The Emperor said as it moved its tentacles to within a fraction of an inch towards its lieutenants trembling body before leaving.

“We need to find them fast” The second in command said in panic to its subordinates.

“Our scanners can’t pick up any traces of magic. For all intents and purposes they have vanished from this solar system sir.”

“They can’t have!” The lieutenant shouted as he tried to desperately think of an idea.

“It seems we have no choice”. He said with regret. “We shall have to unleash the firax.”

There was a silence for a few moments.”I understand you are scared of failing the emperor but.”

“I will not miss out on seeing the end of the wretched Quilax do you understand. The Firax are our most powerful magics. They corrupt and devour any other magic in the nearby area. If we unleash it in the solar system near where the traces of magic they Quilax have left behind are, then we’ll destroy their city.

“You could destroy all of them. You could destroy our entire fleet.”

“Either I do nothing and miss out on what I’ve waited for my whole life, or I take the chance and go down in history as the Hylexan who destroyed the last of the Quilax. This is not open for discussion. You will obey.” He shouted at his minions.

The city had almost reached the end of the solar system. Denika had been forced to slow it down as the faster it went the more unstable the city’s structure became.

The Quilax had been singing the praises of the Circus Folk throughout most of the journey. They had even started to carry Carlene and Ashlei around the city. Carlene felt a bit awkward about the whole thing, but didn’t want to be rude to the people by shooing them away.

The Circus Master and Ashlei both revelled in their praise meanwhile. For Ashlei who had spent her entire life on the streets feeling worthless, it was an almost unbelievable feeling for people to view her as a hero.  She felt like crying. The Circus Master always loved attention and here was no different. He even started to boast about his previous victories and adventures which made Denika roll her eyes. “Honestly, we’re far from safe now, what’s he playing at!” Denika thought to herself. “He really can be the most insufferable braggard.”

Carlene managed to break away from the crowd who were all gathered around the Circus Master and lit up a cigarette. She hadn’t had one since they landed on the Quilax’s former home planet and she really needed it after the day she’d had.

“What’s that?” One of the Quilax asked. It was the young female Quilax that she, Ashlei, the Circus Master and Denika had encountered when the city’s floor had engulfed them. Her real name was Askiro.

“Oh just a little thing from my world love. Its not good for you, but since I’m dead anyway it doesn’t matter.”

Askiro wasn’t sure what she meant by that, but felt it was probably best not to ask.

“Thank you for all you’ve done for us” Askiro said.”Though I think your friend over there is being a little bit premature.”

“Well I don’t know him that well darling”. Carlene said. “From what I can see he can be a litte bit over enthusiastic about things to say the least.” She continued. “He really does mean well though.”

“Well I’m not sure he, and the rest of you aren’t wasting your time.”

“Don’t say that love, we managed to get away from those monsters and we’ll do it again if they come after us.”

“Its not that its just.”

“What?”

“Our people, the Quilax. I’m not sure we deserve a second chance. If you’d arrived just a couple of decades earlier we would have been the monsters you’d have to fight. The only reason we’re not is because we ended up creating bigger monsters.”

“You know what your people did was wrong. I’m sure others feel the same way.”

“It shouldn’t have taken a genocide to show us though. I can’t help but feel if we do get somewhere safe, build ourselves up and mastered magics, then we’d go back to being the monsters. Maybe it would be better if you just let the Hylexans take their revenge and end the cycle here.”

“It won’t end with that. You can end it by surviving and not having to follow in your predecessors footsteps. I come from a race of monsters too. You’re lucky enough not to know them, but most of my people are worse than the Hylexans. I’ve found a way not to let what I am define who I am. Your people need to do the same.”

Ashlei called on Carlene. She wasn’t able to entertain the crowd with her adventures, as she had so few of them. (She also wasn’t eager to discuss her previous adventure with the Vampires either.) Ashlei hoped Carlene could entertain the crowd with some of her exploits. “Alright love I’m coming.” Carlene said. “Maybe I can sing, though I don’t know how you lot feel about singing? Is that a thing in your race?”

“What’s singing?” One of the crowd asked to Carlene’s frustration.

The Strange Boy meanwhile as always just stood at the side not saying or doing anything while all this was going on. Keptis sat at the very edge of the city, staring out into the endless black void of space where the Quilax’s home planet had once been. None of the Quilax themselves could bare to look back that way, which was another reason they were all so focused on the Circus Folk.

Florence felt she had to speak to the Martian. She knew that she (along with Carlene) were probably the last people Keptis wanted to speak with now, but she couldn’t leave him like this.

“Keptis, I’m, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to stop them from hurting you.”

“You can’t begin to imagine how they hurt me” He said to the Siren.

“Please you can talk to me, you can tell what did they did to you in the pit.”

The Martian looked down.

“Their magics made me see Mars as it once was. I saw my friends, my family….. My children, all alive again. I had no memory of what happened to my people, of the Circus, of the other worlds. I was actually happy.” The Martian began to tear up.

“Then right in the middle of playing with my children in the beautiful Martian fields, it all began to fade. Memories of the monsters that ravaged my world began to creep back in, the world around me began to waste. The fields dried up and were replaced with a red, barren desert. My family, right in front of me they, they began to rot away. Losing them again was even more painful than the first time. As soon as it was over and I remembered, they thrust me back into the dream world, only to rip it from me again. Each time it was over I remembered all of the previous times they had torn it from me. If you hadn’t saved me, I would have had to go through the pain of losing my family over and over again forever.”

“I’m so sorry Keptis.”

“I know you are. You’re a good woman Florence. I’m sorry I judged you for what you were. You saved me from the worst hell and I’ll never forget it.”

The Martian looked back at the Quilax celebrating the heroes who had “rescued” them.

“Now these poor people have been through the same thing I have. They’re in denial. They can’t believe the horror they’ve witnessed so they’re putting all their faith into us. Sadly I don’t think I’m going to be much use to them.”

“You can’t let those monsters win Keptis. They’re cowards. They had to resort to the lowest, dirtiest tactics to try and beat you. That shows that they’re terrified of you, and of us.”

The two’s conversation was interrupted by the sound of Denika screaming. All of a sudden Denika felt an intense pain surge right throughout her entire body. The Circus Master instantly rushed to her aid as did the others, but there was nothing any of them could do.

“Denika, Denika please.” The Circus Master said frantically. Denika couldn’t even speak she was in so much pain. All she could do was scream.

“We have to get her back to the tent.” The Circus Master said as he lifted her up. The entire city however soon began to shake.

“The Hylexans have found us.” One of the Quilax shouted in fear, but there were no ships around.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but don’t worry we’ll stop it, whatever it is.” The Circus Master said as he ran back to the Tent.

The inside of the tent was glowing bright red. The engine was still functioning but it was fluctuating to the point where it was threatening to explode.

“Dear god” The Circus Master said as he ran towards the fountain, dropping Denika in the process.

“What are you doing? She needs help.” Ashlei shouted as she and Carlene entered the tent.

“We’ll all be dead if I don’t act fast.” The Circus Master said as he examined the fountain.

The Circus Master tried to use a magical chant but as soon as he did, he fell to the floor in agony. As Ashlei tried to help him up several beams of fire began to shoot from the fountain of the tent.

“We have to get out of here” Ashlei said as she pulled the weakened Circus Master out. Carlene meanwhile lifted Denika over her shoulders to safety. Outside Keptis’ flaming saw began to vanish as the whole city shook violently.

The section around the city the Tent, Carlene, Keptis, Florence, Denika and Ashlei were on began to break away from the rest of the city.  Worse as the magic began to fade the Quilax, Ashlei and Denika began to choke as only the magic was keeping the air in. Carlene grabbed Ashlei and jumped to the other side. The Circus Master meanwhile jumped to his feet and did the same for Denika, whilst Florence carried Keptis to the other side.

Several of the Quilax tried to jump across too, but they all failed to reach the other side. Carlene, The Circus Master and Florence jumped back across to try and get more of the Quilax, but they only managed to grab a handful of them. Soon the other side broke into tiny bits and hundreds of Quilax drifted into space. The Circus Folk and the remaining Quilax, Askiro and the general among them, could only watch in horror. The Tent drifted off with the pieces of the city too and as it floated off the rest of the city began to break up and crumble.

The Quilax fled in all directions and hundreds more were crushed by the falling buildings, or drifted off as the gravity began to fade. Ashlei nearly floated away but Carlene managed to grab hold of her and then grabbed onto the road, digging her claws in. Unfortunately however this meant that she couldn’t help anyone else, and the Vampire was forced to watch as several more innocent men, women and children around her float away to their deaths. One of them was the general who pleaded with Carlene to help him in his final moments.

“Please we can’t come this far and end like this!” He screamed as he floated off to his death.”

Ashlei started to choke as all the air in the city began to fade. She even passed out.  Florence and Keptis meanwhile both almost drifted into space as the area they were in’s gravity completely faded, but at the last minute Florence managed to grab onto a nearby building and then grabbed onto Keptis. The Circus Master similarly held onto Denika and tried another enchantment. Once again pain ran through his body, but the Circus Master managed to fight through the pain and complete the enchantment that shielded Denika.

“What’s, what’s happening” Denika said.

“Those dirty Hylexans. They’ve performed some kind of spell that’s turning our magics against us. With the magic in your body, it would have killed you, but I managed to put a shield around you. I couldn’t apply it around the Tent. It was too big. Now its gone and this whole city’s breaking apart.”

“There’s nothing we can do.” Denika said as she looked around at the grim sight.

“If we work together we can maybe put a forcefield around part of the city.”

“It won’t hold.” She said.

“Its our only choice!” He said.

As more of the city began to break to bits, the building Florence held onto started to crumble. Just as all seemed lost a blue field appeared around the city. Barely two hundred Quilax were left however. Most of the city had crumbled and around the city were the floating corpses and wreckage.

“We did it” The Circus Master said.

“It won’t last for long. And we were only able to save about 40 feet if that.” Denika said as she looked around at the corpses and the crying, whimpering survivors.

“Only a couple of hundred of them survived.”

“You pathetic excuses for heroes” one of the Quilax shouted at the Circus Master.

“All that time you spent boasting and we were in danger.”

“I had no idea they had magics that powerful.”

“Maybe if you’d”

Askiro interrupted. “Enough! Without them we would have never gotten this far.” She screamed at the angry crowd who started to back down.

“Thank you” The Circus Master said meekly.

“I meant it. Even if it doesn’t matter now anyway.”

“We have to get to the Circus” Denika said. “If we could do that, then together we could put a forcefield around it and use it to power this rock out of here.”

“If we work together Denika we can make what’s left of this city move.” The Circus Master replied

“Doing so could break what’s left of this city apart.”

“I hate to say it, but it’s our only chance. This forcefield has a few minutes at best.” The Circus Master said grimly.

Together the Circus Master and Denika started chanting. The city started to move forward which caused more rubble to fall from the remaining building, and the blue forcefield to fade. The surviving Quilax all huddled together in fear, but what was left of the city managed to reach the Circus; pushing its way past the floating corpses of thousands of Quilax along the way.

Just as it reached the Circus however, a large yellow beam appeared around the Circus and then around the city.

To his horror the Circus Master could see dozens of Hylexan crafts come into view above.

“Of course the invisibility spell wore off. They have us now. We’re done for.”

Hearing the Circus Master of all people say that sent a shiver done the rest of the Circus Folk’s spines, but they knew he was right.

The Quilax all screamed in terror and begged the Circus Folk to help them, but there was nothing they could do.

“Yes we have them” The Hylexan commander said.

“There’s probably only a handful left on that tiny rock. The Emperor will not be pleased there’s so few. Those magics could have easily backfired on us too. I told you we should have waited to try and breach their magics in a more practical way.” One of the underlings said.

“You dare to question my orders. We have enough to make their deaths an event this galaxy will never forget. Our revenge will soon be complete!

To Be Continued

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 5 The Demon Bomb

 

Lindsey awoke to see the Professor standing over her with a large piece of rubble sticking through his chest. The Vampire wasn’t even remotely phased by it. He just wanted to make sure she was okay. Lindsey could also see Kirsteen perched over a nearby rock wincing in pain, with blood running down the side of her head.

“Thank god for a second there Lindsey I thought”. The Professor couldn’t even finish that sentence.

“She’s okay, can we please just get out of here?” Kirsteen moaned.

“Honestly Kirsteen. Its just a few bruises. Try being impaled, which by the way only happened because I pushed you out of the way.” The Professor said as he pulled the shard from his stomach.

“Where are the Demons and the aliens?” Lindsey said as she scrambled up.

“Well most of the Demons flew away when we crashed and of the aliens, all but the leader didn’t make it. Even then I don’t know if he’s alive I just haven’t found the body yet.”

“I can assure you I am fine” The leader said from a distance. As the three time travellers turned around they saw he was surrounded by dozens and dozens of Maliak foot soldiers.

“As for you lot however? That depends on if you do as we want” He continued.

“Well isn’t that just the way.” The Professor said. “We help you escape from Demons who want to eat you and.”

“Actually your harebrained scheme got my entire platoon killed” The leader interrupted angrily.

“Personally I think you’re not a tenth as clever as you think you are, but the master has ordered you be brought to him..” The Leader continued.

“The Master? Just a short while ago you were proclaiming him to be a false god.”

The Maliak leader looked somewhat nervous and quickly punched the Professor. “LIAR I ALWAYS REMAINED LOYAL” He said in rage.

“If any of your platoon had survived they would back me up”. The Professor said.

The leader simply grabbed the Vampire who didn’t even look remotely scared.”Our leader will see through this fools bluster and lies.” He said as the soldiers gathered around the three time travellers.

“There’s nothing there!” The Demon screamed at its subordinates.

“It is obviously some form of magic my lord.” The underling said nervously.

Several Demon ships and mountains had gathered near a seemingly empty area of space, just outside the Maliak’s home planet. Any of the Demon vessels that tried to cross through this area would be held back. In truth it was the Professor’s vessel. Its magic shielded it from detection

Unfortunately however one of the Winged Demons flying mountain’s had stumbled upon the ship when trying to get to the Maliaks home planet and Fnag’s ships forcefield prevented the mountain colliding with it. Now dozens of Demon spaceships had gathered around the ship. None of them could see the ship, and none of their weapons could harm whatever was there.

“It doesn’t make any sense? The Maliaks don’t have that kind of magic. Also if they did, why would they only use it to block one tiny little area in front of their planet?”

“Perhaps it conceals a weapon sir.”

“Then why did they wait for us to destroy the surface of their planet before using this weapon? Nothing about this makes sense. Whatever the case I want to know what’s in there. Order all units to attack this forcefield or whatever it is.”

“We have the aliens sir.” The leader of the Maliaks said to its so called god who as always concealed his face behind a cloak.

“I was just about to give up on your people. I chose you all to cleanse this universe, and look how easily you’ve been conquered by those savages.”

“Sir if you would only let us use the Demoniatria then we would triumph.”

“NO, that weapon is an abomination against this universe. How dare you question my will again.”

“I’m sorry my liege.”

“You should have heard what he was saying about you outside.” The Professor said smugly.

The Maliak’s god however paid no attention the Professor’s taunts. He was far more interested in what the Professor was.

“You’re a Vampire?” A child of Khastran. I can see his stench all over you. Your breed is not the kind who decimated the red planet? How did you get this far from home. How did you get past the Demons above?”

“Well you know how it is, I’m terrible at directions. I was just trying to get to the pub and I ended up here.” the Professor said flippantly. The “God” was not amused however.

“You think the destruction of an entire world is funny do you little man? Of course you do you’re a Vampire. Children of the most deplorable Demon in all of existence.” It said back. “Still you are not going to withhold any secrets that could potentially help my children?”

“Children? Well it depends on if you lot deserve my help.” The Professor replied.

“What are you talking about” Kirsteen said. “You saw those Demons out there. What they did to us? How could you be on their side?”

“I never said I was on their side. You don’t always have to be on one side in a war. There isn’t a good guy in every fight.”

“What do you care about morality Vampire?” The God sneered.”We are talking about the survival of an entire species.”

“Why can’t you help them?” The Professor asked. ” I mean you’re their god and everything.”

There was a silence before the God grabbed the Professor and started to beat him. The Professor tried to fight back, but it was hopeless. Lindsey and even Kirsteen tried to intervene but the Maliaks held them back with their guns.

The monster continued to beat the Professor until eventually Lindsey, unable to take it anymore screamed out.

“STOP…. Please. I’ll tell you everything if you spare him.”

By now the Professor was beaten to unconsciousness. The God held his beaten and bloody body up with one hand.

“Tell me now or I’ll rip his head off.”

“We’re time travellers. The Professor he created our vessel by magic. Its in a state between the present and the time vortex to allow us to enter it, but to protect it from intruders. That’ll be why those Demons couldn’t find it. We can take you there.”

The God wasn’t sure whether to believe Lindsey or not. Her story was fantastic, even by his standards but she didn’t seem to be lying. The fear in her voice was genuine at least.

“This vessel can travel across time and space you say?”

“Yes” Lindsey said nervously. “You can’t change time I’m afraid. Not without being trapped in an empty space forever.”

“I don’t care about that. I am not someone who ever looks back over mistakes.” The God said as he looked at the Maliak soldiers with disdain. A plan began to form in its head. “Bring me the Demoniatria”. The God said.

The Maliaks all looked shocked. “But sir you said.”

“I know what I said, but now it seems we might have a way of depositing the bomb against our enemies.”

“Bomb what bomb” Kirsteen asked.

“The Demoniatria is a weapon devised by my people. It attacks Demons. They don’t belong in this universe and so its able to single them out. I would never allow its use.Its too unstable and unpredictable. Up above however when its safely away from our people. Then you can launch it.”

“You mean to say you’re happy to sacrifice us.

“What are three lives for the sake of a world?” The God said. “Besides as you two are not Demons then the bomb will not harm you.”

“What do you mean you two?” Lindsey asked.

“The Vampire stays here. The bomb will kill him too. Besides I have a feeling he is the most useful of you all.”

Kirsteen looked at the leader of the Maliaks.

“After all you said back in the camp, you’re now willing to follow this asshole again?”

“They would all follow me to the end of the universe. I was the one who raised them from mediocrity and with your help. I’ll do it again.”

“If you kill us you’ll never be able to enter the ship.” Lindsey said.

“I’ll find a way eventually and if I don’t I’ll make sure you suffer most of all. You will help us. One way or another.” The God said as it held the Professor by the throat.

Lindsey knew there was nothing she could do against this monster now. For the time being they were its slaves as much as the Maliaks.

To Be Continued

 

Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 4:

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“She’s a tough one. If this were the king that coward would have cracked by now, but her? I’m impressed”

The rebels had been torturing Zoella for the last two hours. They had beaten her unconscious several times, burned her with lasers and stabbed hooks through her hands and feet.

After each session however Zoella who never screamed throughout it, would just spit back in her tormentors face.

“All men and women can be broken. You just have to find their weakness. Isn’t that right my dear.” The leader of the rebels said as he entered the room with a young, deathly pale, little boy, no older than 8 years old.

“I believe you know this young man” the leader said.

“You’ve reached a new low.” Zoella said as she spat out one of her last teeth. “Threatening children.”

“Why not? That king you so willingly served murdered thousands of innocent children.”

“I didn’t serve him you fool. I served us. I fought against those monsters out there that threatened our entire world. You were either too scared or stupid to realise the danger we are all in.”

The leader responded by hitting Zoella across the face.

“Believe me when I tell you that I’ll kill him. Your own son right in front of you if you don’t tell me where the king went.”

Zoella’s son, Misaca was the only family she had left. Her husband and daughter had both been tragically killed many years ago in a riot for resources. Her son had since fallen into the care of one of her friends, Estelica who had cared for him for the past two years, whilst Zoella had been fighting the Daleks.

“What did you do to Estelica.”

“Lets just say you’ll have to find a new babysitter”

“You sick, cowardly.”

The rebels leader held his gun to Misaca’s head. “Last chance.”

“Okay, okay. The two strangers the King fled with were aliens from another world. They have a ship that can take him out of here. Its in the badlands, in the wreckage of the ship I crashed in.”

The leader was skeptical, but he didn’t think Zoella was lying. For the first time he could see how scared she was for her son.

Another one of the rebels came bursting into the room.

“Sir, Sir, in the lower levels of the cavern we have discovered a spaceship. Its huge.”

“Is it a war vessel?”

“No sir. According to one of the King’s special guard that we interrogated, it was an escape vessel. Whilst idiots like this woman here were hopelessly fighting against those monsters, the King and his elite were going to leave them all behind.”

“Does it work?” The leader asked which caused Zoella to burst out laughing.

“What are you laughing at? You’re the fool who was happy to sacrifice herself for a coward.”

“Just like your followers are?”

The leader of the rebels grabbed her son and threw him towards Zoella who instantly stood up in her chains.

“Keep them both here whilst I investigate the vessel. If she tries anything, shoot her son first.”

Zoella had never hated anyone as much as the rebels leader. She hated him even more than the Daleks, but she had to bide her time for now. The chains were unbreakable. None of it probably mattered anway she thought. The Daleks most likely kill all of them in a few hours anyway. She just hoped that they would kill the rebels first.

The Doctor, Dana and Asica headed towards the forcefield’s generator. Along the way below they saw nothing but constant fighting among the people. It was absolute chaos.

“There won’t be any of them left when the Daleks get here.” Dana said. “We have to do something. We have to tell them what’s really going on.”

“They won’t listen”. The Doctor replied. “No offence, but I don’t think having his majesty here on our side will exactly endear us to them. We have to stop that Dalek or they’ll all die.”

“I didn’t want it like this.” Asica said. “Believe me. Every second of every day and night I’m awake I think about what I’ve done to our planet.”

“Well I’m sure that’ll make them all forgive you. I’ve done horrible things, but I’m really sorry about it.” Dana said sarcastically in response.

“You have no idea what those creatures are capable of.”

“Yes I do, which is why I don’t judge you” The Doctor said. “I don’t agree with anything you’ve done, but I understand that there are no easy options against a race like the Daleks.”

The ship came to a giant facility which housed the generator. Outside there were hundreds of Heglozians fighting with one another. The guards of the facility and the terrorist group Heglozia first. The national guard were too preoccupied with putting down the riots in the cities caused by the Dalek releasing the prisoners, whilst the King’s forces had similarly been overtaken by the rebels and the escaped prisoners working together.

The guards still appeared to have the upper hand in the fight, due to their more advanced weaponry, but more and more people were joining the side of the rebels. They foolishly believed that destroying the forcefield would bring an end to the war.

“We have to scatter them.” The Doctor said. “The guards can’t possibly hope to fight both that army and the Dalek. What kind of weapons does this ship have?” The Doctor asked.

“You’re not seriously thinking of killing the rebels.” Dana said in shock.

“Why not” Asica interrupted. “They’re about to doom this world.”

“Of course I’m not going to kill them.” The Doctor said whilst ignoring Asica. “I need to scatter them though.”

“You lack the stomach and courage to do what’s necessary” Asica said with disgust.

The Doctor gave Asica a glare. “You have no idea. Unlike you I don’t believe in senseless murder. Maybe if you’d thought the same then we wouldn’t be in this situation. We do things my way, understand.”

The Doctor fired several missiles at a small hill beside the facility, blowing it up and sending many of the rebels and eco terrorists fleeing. Several of them however still stood their ground and opened fire on the King’s vessel. Their rays however simply bounced off of the vessel and the Doctor fired several shots back. Again he aimed for their feet and simply knocked the rebels off balance.

Just as most of the rebels fled, which was met with a resounding cheer from the guards. Something struck the King’s vessel from behind.

“We’ve been hit. The back engines have been damaged. None of the rebels have firepower that strong.” Asica said.

“Which can mean only one thing.” The Doctor said as he checked the monitors to see the Dalek flying behind the vessel.

“Its here, we just might have enough power to take it down.” The Doctor said as he tried to adjust the weapons.

The Dalek however opened fire again, sending the ship spinning through the air. Several of the guards turned their attention to the Dalek and they managed to distract it for a few minutes, before it started to exterminate them.

The Doctor managed to stablise the ship, but as he prepared to fire two missiles at the Dalek. The ship came under more fire from the rebels. As the back part of the ship had been blown open by the Dalek, this time their fire actually affected the vessel and began to cause it to fly out of control again. As the ship hurled its way through the sky, the Dalek opened fire on the vessel again causing it to crash. Several of the guards ran towards the vessel whilst the combination of the Daleks and the rebels cleared out the remaining guards in front of the base.

The Doctor, Dana and the King had managed to survive the crash, though the king broke his arm in the process.

“My liege thank god you’ve survived. The cities have been overrun.”

“Its the Dalek” The Doctor said.

“It released the prisoners . All of the terrorists and rebels and the people his majesty just locked for stealing a loaf of bread are attacking you. They’re not your biggest problem however.”

Suddenly a barage of rays hit the wreckage of the ship. The rebels were zeroing in on the Doctor and the others.

“I’ll have to give myself up to them now” Asica said. “I’ve no choice. That Dalek can’t be allowed to get near the generator.”

“It won’t do any good” the Doctor said. “These people don’t just want you dead. They want to tear down the forcefield too.”

“We’ll hold them off” the leader of the last of the guards said.

“You’re outgunned now. They’d slaughter you” The Doctor told him.

“We promised to defend the forcefield with our lives. We’ll do just that as long as you stop that monster.”

“Yet more young men and women dying in my name” Asica said bitterly.

“Make our sacrifices worth it.”  The commander said before he and the handful of men and women left went out to face the rebels. They lasted just a few minutes before being overwhelmed, though it was enough for the Doctor, Asica and Dana to slip by. Along the way Asica made sure to grab a gun from one of the fallen soldiers.

When the Doctor, Dana and the former King entered the facility they could see its corridors were already littered with dead bodies.

“He’s been through here. We may already be too late” the Doctor said.

Three rebels emerged from down the corridors firing at the two time travellers and former despot who took shelter behind a nearby corridor. Asica fired back at the rebels and managed to hit the leg of one of of the rebels, a young woman. As another tried to help her up, Asica shot both of them in the chest and head. The surviving rebel screamed in rage, but her anger clouded her judgement and she started to fire at Asica blindly allowing him to pick her off easily. Asica managed to hit her in the kneecap, shattering it. As she lay on the floor, bleeding and helpless, Asica raised his gun to finish her off.

“No Asica there’s been enough senseless killing”. The Doctor said. Asica hesitated for a few minutes before relenting.

“You’re lucky that there are more important things to deal with now. Still know that whatever happens your actions may have doomed this world. Far more than mine.”

On the upper level the Dalek was fighting its way through the surviving guards alone. The monster in spite of its power had needed help to make its way through the Heglozian forces, but now only a small skeleton force of soldiers were left between it and the forcefield’s power source.

They fought valiantly but the Dalek cut them all down effortlessly in a matter of minutes before reaching the main generator.

The main generator was a gigantic cylinder in the centre of the building which reached its way to the very top of the building and above it.

A few blasts from the Daleks gun would be enough to tear it apart. As the Dalek prepared to fire Asica, accompanied by the Doctor and Dana shot at the monster from behind.

The Dalek turned to face them and they all retreated to behind a nearby wall.

“YOU ARE THE DOCTOR YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE DALEKS! YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED” The monster shrieked as it opened fire. In between its shots Asica would try and fire back at the Dalek, but each shot simply bounced off the monsters armour.

The Doctor quickly grabbed the gun from Asica.

“What are you doing.” Ascia asked.

“No offence I’m a better shot.” The Doctor said. “This gun won’t even dent the Daleks casing, but there are weak points.”

The Doctor quickly jumped out and fired at the Daleks eyestick destroying it.

“MY VISION IS IMPAIRED” the monster screeched as it fired blindly all around, but the Doctor next fired at the monsters gun stick. He managed to shoot right down the barrel of the gun which caused it to explode. The Doctor next fired at the monsters sucked arm, completely disabling it too. The Dalek was now completely defencless and blind.

“You’ve failed Dalek.” The Doctor said. “After all your dirty, cheap little tricks.” The Dalek wasn’t beaten yet however.

“SELF DESTRUCT INITIATE.” It said much to the Doctors horror. The Daleks self destruct unit would be more than enough to destroy the generator.

The Doctor opened the Daleks casing with his sonic screwdriver. He tried to reverse the process but it was no good. Dana and Asica got a glimpse of the hideous creature within for a split second, which was enough to make them instantly look away in disgust. Even the Doctor with all he had seen could barely stand to look at it.

Realising there was no way he could reset the monsters self destruct device, the Doctor tried to take control of its motor power, but the monster had anticipated this and blown its motor unit. The Doctor, Dana and Asica tried to move the monster by force, but it had used all of its excess energy to magnetise itself to the floor. They pulled and pulled with all their strength, but it was no use.

“We have to move now.” The Doctor said.

“NO WE CAN’T LEAVE THE GENERATOR” Asica screamed.

“There’s nothing else we can do.” The Doctor said as he was forced to overpower Asica and drag him away along with Dana. Just before the Dalek blew up it declared.

“THE DALEKS DO NOT FEAR DEATH! THE DALEKS ARE ABOVE SELFISH DESIRES! THE DALEKS ONLY CARE FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR RACE! THAT IS WHY WE WILL TRIUMPH!”

The explosion completely destroyed the generator and within seconds the forcefield around the planet vanished. The Doctor, Dana and Asica had only just managed to escape, though the explosion still threw them. The Doctor quickly jumped up and ran back to the smoking ruins of the generator. He sank to his knees in despair.

“We’ve failed this planet Dana. The forcefield is gone. In minutes an entire battle fleet of Daleks will be here.”

To be Continued

The Circus Master: An Eye For An Eye: Part 5: Death of a Planet

 

“You fool if you don’t let me go now, we’re all dead.” The Hylexan commander shouted at Florence.

“She knew he was right, but at the same time if she released him she and Keptis would most surely die. Maybe it was better to take the monsters down with her than let Keptis suffer in the pit?

The ship started to rock back and forth as the monsters attacked it.

“Release the prisoners from the pit and I’ll release you” Florence said more firmly.

Knowing he was out of options, the Hylexan commander was forced to agree.

“Release the Quilex’s and the strange green alien for now.”

The Hylexan soldiers however refused.

“You heard what I said. Release them now!”

“We cannot obey commander. A Hylexan commander must never give in to enemies demands. You have forefieted your right to command.”

The Hylexans magic was linked to how obdient they were. If any Hylexan disobeyed their superior’s orders, then their own magic would destroy them. The Hylexan commander knew this of course, but was finally willing to sacrifice his life in order to pass on his command to another member of the crew afer some hesitation.

The red Hylexan’s skin started to turn black as the magic of the vessel upgraded the red Hylexan to the rank of commander, whilst another blue Hylexan’s skin turned red as it was upgraded to the rank of second in command.

The black Hylexan in the Circus meanwhile screamed as it began to vanish into a puff of green smoke.

“DESTROY THOSE MONSTERS” The new Hylexan commander shouted as magics fired from the flaming craft into the giant ravenous Lystergia’s outside. One of the beasts exploded completely whilst the others began to scatter. As the Hylexan commander prepared to fire another missile however, he suddenly saw something else come into view. It was a gigantic flying, glowing city!

“Incredible. I can’t believe the Quilax’s have created such a thing!” The Commander said.

“You are not allowed to praise our enemies” The second in command said or rather thought angrily.

“I apologise. The city may look striking, but it will easily crumble before our weapons.”

“It doesn’t even look striking” the second in command said bitterly.

Florence meanwhile searched frantically through the weapons chest to try and find a weapon that could hurt the monsters. Unfortunately almost all of the magic on board the tent had mysteriously vanished? Florence felt that it had to be the work of the Hylexans, but how? “How could those freaks drain our magics? If they can do that, why not just come in and get me now?”

Whilst Florence was searching for a suitable weapon, the Strange Boy grew impatiant and hopped out of the tent. Florence didn’t even notice at first, and neither did the Hylexans. The Strange Boy jumped out of the tent and onto the back of the new Hylexan commander.

Before the octopus like creature could respond, the Strange Boy dug his talons into both sides of the monsters amoprhous body and pulled with all its strength, ripping the Hylexan in half down the middle. Without the commander the ship began to spiral out of control.

The second in command’s skin started to turn black. The ships had to be powered by a being of incredible magical power, the commander. Only the strongest members of the Hylexans could become the commanders however.

There would always be a few back ups on each vessel, but if the Strange Boy could kill them all then the vessel would crash. The Strange Boy quickly grabbed the red Hylexan as it was in the process of changing’s tentacles and pulled it towards him, impaling the octopoid on his hand.

Two more Hylexan soldiers wrapped their tentacles around the Strange Boy and started to dig their tentacles under his skin and shock him. The Strange Boy tried to fight through the pain. He was by far the strongest member of the Circus Folk physically, but as more and more tentacles poked their way under his skin; the Vampire child was unable to even move.

Florence having heared the Hylexan’s cries when they were slaughtered by the Strange Boy struck both of the Hylexan’s attacking the Vampire with an axe. The axe was not magical and so it only produced a minor wound on both monsters which quickly healed, but it was enough to distract them long enough for the Strange Boy to escape the beasts tentacles.

The Strange Boy then jumped onto the new commander who was in the process of changing. This commander however managed to run several of his tentacles through the Strange Boy’s chest. The Vampire and the Alien wrestled with each other, whilst Florence distracted the guards. She spent most of her time simply dodging their attacks and occasionally striking at their tentacles with her axe. Each time she sliced a part of them off however, the tentacle would simply grow back.

Whilst the two Vampires held off the Hylexan’s, over in the city; the Circus Master prepared a weapon to use against the alien invaders. The Lystergias meanwhile had been commanded by the Quilax to hold off the approaching Hylexan army from behind.

The giant monsters didn’t last long. Whilst they were capable of breaching the Hylexan’s defences they were vastly outnumbered. In under a minute the Lystergia’s were whittled down to just one by the Hylexan army. The final Lystergia was only able to distract the Octopoids rather than fight them.

With Denika’s help the Circus Master began to cobble together some of the magics from the city itself. He was forced to make a weapons building disappear in the process. Some of the soldiers complained about losing one of their buildings, but the Circus Master assured them that all of the weapons in the building combined couldn’t take down one Hylexan vessel.

“It took us ages to build that. It was our main defence centre. You better know what you’re doing” the angry general said.

“I’ve only known them a short while, but trust me they do” Carlene replied.

The Circus Master and Denika constructed the gun in a matter of minutes through various enchantments. The Circus Master seemed to do most of the work. Whilst he may not have been as skilled as Denika at magic. In some ways the Circus Master’s knowledge of magic eclipsed hers in certain areas.

“There that finally seems to be it. Denika, you just be ready to catch it when it falls.” The Circus Master said as he aimed the glowing, red cannon.

“Care to fill us in?” Ashlei asked.

“I’ve cobbled this weapon together from spare magics in this city and some spare magics from Denika. It won’t be able to destroy the vessel up ahead, but if I’m correct then we might be able to shut down all of the magics in the ship, reducing it to just a hollowed out metal shell. Denika will have to catch it afterwards if we are to get our ship back.”

“How good a chance do you give us?” Ashlei asked. The Circus Master didnt respond and simply fired the canon. The Hylexan’s ship began to spin out of control. Inside the floor began to vanish, as did all of the equipment.

The Hylexan commander managed to throw the Strange Boy across the room as the Vampire was distracted by the ship rocking. The commander then took control of the ships remaining weapons and fired them at the city.

Denika was barely able to block the blast with her magic and doing so threw her 20 feet from the edge of the city.

Fortunately Carlene managed to catch her in time, but Denika was knocked out cold.

“What are you waiting for?” One of the Quilax commanders shouted as the Circus Master.

“I can’t fire. Denika can’t catch it in our current state. We’ll lose the ship.”

“If you don’t fire it will destroy us”

“Yes but if I knock them out of the sky, my ship will be destroyed and this city which draws energy from it will fall out of the sky.”

The Circus Master ran towards Denika and tried to help Carlene rouse her, but again it was no use.

The last surviving Lystergia attacked the Hylexan vessel Florence, the Strange Boy and Keptis were locked in. Due to their magical nature the monsters could sense when their Quilaxen commanders were in danger. Whilst the Lystergian distracted the Hylexans, Carlene and the Circus Master were finally able to wake Denika.

“Finally. Great time to blank out on us Denika.” The Circus Master said angrily.

“Sorry I only got hit in the face by a giant magical death ray!” Denika replied.

The Hylexan fleet quickly vaporised the Lystergia from behind. The Quilax watching from the city all bowed their heads in respect. The Lystergia had been the last of its kind. Their race had existed for millions of years before even the Quilax themselves. The Lystergia had always been seen as symbols of great power and beauty among their people and were even worshipped as gods by the Quilax’s early ancestors. Now if the last of the Quilax survived, none of their descendants would ever set eyes on one of these beautiful creatures. Nevertheless the creatures sacrifice had bought the Circus Master enough time to blast the Hylexan vessel containing Florence and the others with his cannon, completely destroying the magic of the ship.

Denika managed to catch the empty metal shell the ship became in a magical tractor beam. It was an incredible strain for the Witch just to hold it in place however.

As the Hylexan fleet drew closer, the Circus Master started firing at them. He managed to bring down dozens more ships, but the Hylexans also managed to fire several shots at the city too. They destroyed dozens of buildings, killed hundreds of Quilax civilians, and caused the back section of the city to collapse.

Carlene and Ashlei ran to the areas that had been hit to try and help any survivors, but there was only a handful of survivors.

Inside the Hylexan vessel containing the Circus meanwhile the dark matter dungeon vanished and all of the Quilax, the Hylexans, the Circus as well as Keptis were thrown together inside a small metal room that could barely contain them.

The Quilax instantly started to attack the Hylexans but they were easily overpowered and ripped to pieces. Keptis meanwhile overcome with rage grabbed his flaming saw and stabbed it into the Hylexan commander from behind whilst it was distracted by the Quilax, before slicing it straight down the middle.

Whilst they were fighting, Florence quickly ran back into the Tent to search for more weapons. She managed to find a few of Carlene’s spare gas bombs which she used to scatter the Hylexans. Florence’s Vampire senses allowed her to see through the gas and she quickly snatched Keptis, the Strange Boy and the three remaining Quilax back into the Tent.

“I’m glad I got the commander at least.” Keptis said.

“Actually that was a different commander, but he deserved it anyway.” Florence said as she piloted the ship. Florence thought about the Circus Master as she threw the coins into the main fountain hoping it would take her to him. She didn’t know what situation he was in, but she felt she had to find the rest of the team to warn them about the Hylexans.

In a flash the Circus vanished in a puff of smoke and appeared at the every edge of the city in front of Denika, the Circus Master and the crowd of Quilax.

“Thank god” Denika said as she let the Hylexan vessel fall thousands of feet to the ground. She couldn’t take the strain of holding it up much longer.

Florence, The Strange Boy, Keptis and the Quilax soon emerged from the tent. The two surviving Quilax’s families quickly ran to them.

“Glad to see you made it from those vengeful Octopus'” The Circus Master said cheerfully, though Keptis was in no mood for his humour.

“Can one of you be a dear and hold off the fleet for a bit. I need to check inside.” The Circus Master continued.

Keptis grabbed the Cannon. “After what I went through in that pit I want to take down as many of these monsters as I can.” He said bitterly.

The Circus Master searched through the Circus. So much of it had vanished and been reduced to nothing but bland stone. Fortunately the city would not drain the vessel completely. Its power created by the Vandals and modified by both Professor Fang and The Circus Master himself was constantly able to renew itself. At the same time however as more and more of the ship was drained then its defences and most of its kitchen and its toilet (both kept below the living room.)

“I spent so long decorating this place” the Circus Master mused to himself as he looked at the engine of his beloved vessel, the fountain. The Circus Master began to chant over the fountain. He hoped to infect it with an invisibility spell. He and Denika had collected some invisibility spells on their travels, which were now being drained. Invisibility spells could only work on one person at a time. They also weren’t full proof. Vampires for instance could still trace people by scent, whilst other Demons and even magical creatures could sense the magic used to create the invisibility. In some cases it could ironically make things worse!

Still it was the city’s best chance of escape. There is no way, even with the Circus Masters weapon they could fight the Hylexan fleet off, and they couldn’t outrun them too.

The Circus Master hoped that as the city was drawing from the Circus for power that if he could make the Circus invisible, then the spell would spread out over the entire city. The Vandal just had to find a way to stop the remaining invisibility spells from being converted into the magic for the city.

Outside Keptis fired at the Hylexans with rage taking down dozens more of their vessels. Florence had never seen him overcome with such anger. “My god I think he hates these things more than Vampires.” She thought to herself.

The Hylexans rained down more lasers and magical blasts on the city, killing hundreds. Carlene and Ashlei frantically ran around the city to try and help the fleeing Quilax, but there was really nothing they could do.

The Strange Boy meanwhile simply stood there watching the chaos, completely disinterested. He only seemed to enjoy helping if there was a chance for him to fight. Otherwise he was completely dead to everything around him.

Keptis was so busy attacking the Hylexans that he didn’t care about the civillians either. Florence was forced to push him out of the way of one of the Hylexan’s rays just in time, but in the process he dropped the cannon that was completely destroyed by the Hylexans rays.

“You stupid Vampire”. He screamed. Florence was worried. As miserable and moody as Keptis always was, she’d never seen the Martian quite like this. What had those slimy Octopuses down to him?

Some of the Hylexan vessels began to hover over the city. Clearly they were getting ready for a landing to scoop up whatever Quilaxans they could for their twisted master. Just as they were on the verge of victory however, to the Hylexan’s shock the city suddenly vanished. The Circus Masters spell had worked!

“Denika get us out of here now” The Vandal shouted as he ran from the tent. Denika was able to pilot the ship out into the sky and into the planets atmosphere, evading all of the Hylexan war ships along the way.

Within a few minutes the surviving Quilax were able to look down on their planet from the stars. Unfortunately the Circus Folk could not use the Circus Tent to help the Quilax escape. As it was so linked to the city’s core, if they were to use it to escape the city would break apart. Not all of the Quilax would be able to fit in the tent for one journey either.

Hundreds of the Quilax had escaped, but sadly up to half of the city’s entire population had been slaughtered in the bombardment. Carlene, Ashlei, the Circus Master and Florence tried to help the few survivors whilst Keptis just sat at the edge of the city.

Florence was the most concerned about him. In spite of their differences she knew Keptis better than anyone else and could see the Martian was practically a broken man. Sadly she didn’t have time to help him now as there were dozens of Quillax still lying under the rubble.

Suddenly however the entire city’s attention was drawn back to the Quillax’s homeworld. In the distance the planet began to burn in a blaze of magical fire.

The Hylexans knew that somehow the Quillax city had escaped the planet. Their vessel could pick up faint traces of the city’s magic in space, though they couldn’t place its exact location.

Still they knew that several of the Quilax were in space and so they had no need for their planet anymore. They were more than capable of destroying it before now. They only didn’t because they wanted the last of the Quilax to hand over to their leader. Thus the Hylexans finally ordered the planets destruction.

It only took a few minutes for the Hylexan’s dark magics to burn the planet into nothing. The Quilax knew their world was beyond saving. Still to see it go shocked them all. Even the Circus Folk with everything they had seen had to look away at the planets final few moments.

“An entire world. Gone in a flash. Even at our worst we were never capable of such senseless destruction. We truly are the only survivors now” the Quilax commander said as he bowed his head.

“I’m sorry commander. No one should have to see their world end like that. Still this does not need to be the end of your people. Your world can live on through all of you.” The Circus Master said.

The soldier composed himself. “You are right strange alien. Thank you. Thank all of you” He said to the Circus Folk. “We have to do all we can to help the civillians now. We can’t let this all be for nothiing.”

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 4: Special Meat

 

The Demons three heads on its three tails started to attack the soldiers, whilst its front head held off the three time travellers and the Maliak that had escaped the pit with Lindsey.

The Professor jumped over its single front head and onto the monsters back. He then grabbed its two poison tipped fangs from behind. Their poison may have been toxic to most life forms, but as a Vampire, the Professor was completely immune.

The three heads on the monsters tails quickly turned to face the Professor instead. They all bit him, but again their poison had no effect on the Vampire. The three heads bit hard and tried to pull the Professor off, but he held on with all his inhuman strength. The three heads instead simply tore massive chunks of the Vampires flesh off. The three heads then started to all repeatedly bite the Professor who tried to ward them off.

Whilst the Demon was distracted, Lindsey, the Maliak and Kirsteen tried to help the wounded soldiers get away to safety, but the monster quickly threw the Professor off. Overwhelmed from so many Demon bites the Professor eventually lost his grip and was thrown across the room.

Lindsey, the Maliak and Kirsteen all stood in front of the soldiers as the monster towered over them.

“I’ve got to wake up any minute now” Kirsteen thought to herself.

The entire room began to shake and rocks began to fall from the ceiling. The monster stumbled a little whilst Lindsey and the Maliak both grabbed large rocks that had fallen from the ceiling and started to fend off the monsters heads with them.

“Get the men to safety” the Maliak shouted at Kirsteen. One of the creatures three heads however batted the rock from the Maliaks hands. The monster tried to strike at the soldier, but Lindsey got in the way, holding the rock up, causing the monster to bite the rock instead breaking its front teeth in the process.

As the creatures three heads rose up to tear Lindsey and the Maliak to pieces. The Professor having healed from his wounds, jumped onto the beasts back whilst carrying a massive boulder, (larger than his own body.) Before the monster could even react, the Professor brought the boulder down on the monsters main head. With a few strikes the Professor smashed the monsters head in, before using the rock to impale it through the spine into the ground.

The three heads on the creatures tails began to writhe and scream in desperation and the Professor quickly jumped onto the middle head and started to choke it. The other two heads started to bite him, but Lindsey and the Maliak seized their chance and attacked the heads at either side. The Maliak struck the neck from behind with a large, sharp rock repeatedly until he cleaved it in half. Lindsey meanwhile faced the monster head on. When it tried to bite her she would hit it with a rock. She hit it a few times until the head collapsed from the pain and bloodloss before she finally brought it down on the monsters skull smashing it open.

Kirsteen meanwhile had roused the few surviving soldiers. Only 4 of them had survived the fall including the leader. One had a broken leg, whilst another had several broken ribs. The leader meanwhile was barely even hurt. The room began to shake again, with Lindsey only barely managing to push the Maliak out of the way of another falling boulder in time.

“We need to get the men out of here now” The Professor said as he dusted his torn clothes and wiped the Demon blood off his hands.

“What is going on?” One of the winged Demon commanders shouted.

“Its the Maliaks. They have ensnared us in their tractor beam.”

“I thought we destroyed all of their bases?”

“We never found the one their supposed god was hiding out in.”

The general laughed. “The fool. Even if he caught us, he’s just exposed where he is to our armies.”

“Why would he take such a risk for a scout ship?”

“It must be the special meat. Whatever it is we can’t let them have it!”

The time travellers were lost in the catacombs below. The Professor carried two of the soldiers, whilst Lindsey and the Maliak carried the other.

“Well no offence special meat.” The Maliak said to Lindsey. “Your friends here aren’t quite what I was expecting?”

“I just helped to save you all from an ugly four headed monster. Isn’t that enough?” The Professor said sarcastically as he looked around the dark, dank caverns.

“His last plan didn’t exactly work out. My entire platoon almost completely dead.” The leader of the Maliaks said with regret and sorrow.

“I’m sorry” The Professor said. “These Demons since I last saw them, they’re a lot more dangerous. I still don’t understand it? How were they able to get hold of this technology. They’re just animals.”

Suddenly one of the Asikori Demons grabbed one of the soldiers the Professor was carrying from above. The Professor held onto the soldier. His strength was slightly above that of the average of Asikori, but several more of the monsters soon descended from the darkness above.

There were too many of the Asikori for the time travellers and the surviving Maliak soldiers to fight back, though it still took three of the monsters to restrain the Professor. The Demons flew their prisoners up a large shaft where they were taken to the leader of the Asikori vessel.

“I’m impressed.” The Demon leader said. “You’re the first prisoners to escape the Hiliaxar Demon in those caves. Though I suspect it was more down to the eh, special meat, than these pathetic creatures who were tricked by a false god.”

“I’d rather you just eat me than keep calling me special meat” Lindsey said as she winced in disgust.

One of the Demon’s grabbed Lindsey from behind.

“Whatever you are you may just well have helped us find their god.”

“What do you mean” One of the Maliak’s said with fear.

“It seems your god has an interest in the special meat too. So much so he’s willing to risk everything.”

Whilst the Demon was talking the Professor used his chance to jump over the leader’s head. Rather than try and fight him however, the Professor simply fled.

“Where are you going? You got me into this you fucking coward!” Kirsteen shouted after the Vampire.

The Maliak leader meanwhile quickly jumped the Asekori leader. Catching the Demon off guard he managed to pull the winged abomination to the ground and started to beat him.

Lindsey and the Maliak survivor from the pit both joined in and started to attack the Asikori, whilst Kirsteen helped the Maliak leader. She jumped the Asikori leader from behind just as it had overpowered the Maliak commander.

Kirsteen’s intervention proved timely as it allowed the Maliak commander a chance to grab the Demon in a headlock where he snapped its neck.

The other Demons gasped in horror at the sight of their leaders death, before desecnding on the Maliak commander who they started to savagely attack. Kirsteen, Lindsey and the survivor from the pit tried to help him but they were all easily overpowered.

Just as all seemed lost the Demons were suddenly knocked to the ground. The Professor had managed to say the enchantment in time. He had run away only so that he could say the enchantment in peace.

“Thank you Professor. Sorry about the whole calling you a coward thing” Kirsteen said.

“Now, now Kirsteen if you’re going to be part of this team you’re going to have to accept my more unorthodox methods.” The Professor said proudly.

“I don’t want to be a part of this team” Kirsteen snapped back.

The whole mountain began to shake again as a large green light enveloped the mountain.

“What’s going on” Lindsey asked.

“Its one our bases. Its pulling the mountain towards it in a tractor beam.” The Maliak leader said.

“Can you stop it.”

“Not without activating the security system, which only their commander can operate.”

“And you had to kill him”. Kirsteen said.

“It probably wouldn’t have worked anyway.”

The mountain was suddenly tipped to its side causing two of the wounded Maliak soldiers to fall off the top. The Professor, Lindsey, Kirsteen, the leader and the survivor from the pit all held on as the mountain went hurling towards the ground.

“Hold on this is definitely not going to be a smooth landing!” The Professor shouted.

To Be Continued