I am not well

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I have been suffering terribly from depression over the last few days.

I am on medication and have the support of friends and family around me, but its really tough. Even just getting up in the morning is an ordeal. Sadly this means that the Circus Master, Professor Fang and Doctor Who will be cancelled this week and most likely next week too. I’ll try and resume all 3 series soon, but right now I couldn’t even begin to try and write a story.

Thank you for your support and I’ll hopefully see you soon.

The Circus Master: Journey To The Centre of Evil: Part 5: The Underwater Palace

 

The two titanic monsters lunged at the tiny ship. Kile tried to pilot it to safety, and with a little help from Denika, who gave the ship a nudge with her magic, she was able to narrowly escape one of the two Demons clawed hands. However just as Kile had escaped one of the Demons clutches, the other monster raised its gigantic tail towards the vessel.

Only a last minute intervention from Denika who used her magics to quickly hurl the ship back stopped it from smashing to bits off of the Demons tail.

The original Kardon pushed the newcomer away. The second Kardon had no idea who the Circus Folk were and had just assumed it was anothe Rysteian vessel. The first Kardon wanted the Circus Folk alive however, and so he tried to grab the vessel before the other Kardon would destroy it!

The second Kardon however struck the first one back in anger. The monsters were so violent and bloodthirsty, that they needed little provocation, even to fight among themselves.

The two giants quickly became locked in a vicious fight for the tiny vessel, a sight which looked almost comical from a distance, but not for the Circus Folk who were almost crushed in the struggle between the two titans. Once again it was only through the team work of Kile and Denika that they were able to escape. Kile using all of her skill was able to narrowly avoid the two Demons strikes, and their trashing tails, whilst once they were free, Denika gave the ship an extra push that allowed it get a good distance away from the fighting giants.

“We made it.” Kile said in shock. “I can’t believe it. Thank you.”

“Well that’s okay” The Circus Master said proudly. “You’re not the first to doubt us you know, but in the end we always.”

Kile quickly interrupted him. “I was talking to her” referring to Denika. “You almost got us all killed! Besides we’re not free just yet. We still have to make our way through these wretched oceans to our base.”

“Honestly” The Circus Master said to himself. “If it wasn’t for us she’d still be rotting away in that ‘safe room’.”

“She’s an ungrateful bitch.” Ashlei said.

“Now, now” The Circus Master interrupted. “Lets go a bit easy on her. After all it can’t be easy living with the Kardons. Though I must admit I’m a bit perplexed about how your people have been able to survive all this time?”

“I told you that they kept us alive so they could make us suffer for their own amusement.” Kile said bitterly.

“Even then, the fact that some of you have been able to build facilities and hide from those giants for this long.”

“There’s only one facility left. The Kardons have destroyed every single other city and base.”

“Still for even one to survive against those monsters is incredible.”

“My mother was in the last facility those monsters tore apart!” Kile said in anger.

“I’m sorry” The Circus Master replied. “I just find it incredible given their power that there is anywhere to hide in these filthy oceans.”

“Well if you have any questions you can ask the leaders when we get there. Assuming those blood suckers haven’t found the base first. I should probably try and radio them now.”

Kile tried to contact base for a few minutes, only to be met with static. For just a second she feared she was the last of her kind left in these green waters. Fortunately her fears were quickly squashed when she heard a familiar voice come through the crackling line.

“Hello, we are picking up a signal from a vessel, come in, come in.”

“Listik, Listik is that you? Its me Kile. I’m the only survivor. The Kardons and the Ishica, they slaughtered the rest. There are other, well I don’t know what they are, but I’ve found other people. They’re not Demons, but they’re not Rysteians either.”

“What do you mean?”

“They claim to have come from the earth’s surface.”

“But that’s impossible.”

“You can question them when we get there.”

“It’ll take about another 20 or so minutes to reach us from where you are. I’ll keep in contact with you.” Listik said.

“Twenty minutes is a long time in these waters.” Kile replied.

The ship sped through the ocean, making its way through many Ishica and hideous, demonic fish that swarmed the ship every step of the way. There were so many of the creatures that it was hard to see out of the windows properly.

“I don’t think we’re missing much of a view.” Keptis said.

The Circus Master spent most of the journey pestering Kile with questions about her people and their history.

The Circus Master learned from Kile that her people had evolved naturally in the centre of the earth. The did not know magic until the Kardons arrived and even now their knowledge of the black arts was somewhat limited. The research facility that Kile was taking the Circus Folk too had been trying to find a way to break the barrier around the the earth’s core in order to allow the Rysteians to finally escape the Demons clutches. The project which had been under development for decades would create a small hole that would only last a short time, but be enough for the Rysteians to escape.

“I don’t understand?” Ashlei asked. “How can they punch a hole in a barrier that you say was created by Angels and Gods without magic?”

“Magic isn’t everything?” The Circus Master said.

” No offense Denika.” He continued. “It has an obvious advantage over the natural elements yes, but there are natural elements that can affect magic and other unnatural forces. How else do you explain a wooden stake through the heart being able to kill Vampires for instance? If the Rysteans have stumbled on the right element, or combination of elements, then yes. They just might be able to punch a hole in the Gods forcefield.”

“They won’t.” Kile said.

“Those monsters would never let us leave. We’re too precious to them.”

“Maybe, or maybe they’re bored of you?” The Circus Master replied.

“What are you saying.”

“Oh nothing, I’m sure its just a hunch, I get them from time to time. I’d like to take a look at the machine the Rystieans are building.”

“Well that won’t be up to me I’m afriad. We’ll just have to see what they think. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to let a weird guy in a stupid had, with big claws look at the machine they’ve spent decades building and that our entire species future hinges on.”

Just then another message from Listik came crackling through the speakers.

“Kile, Kile do you read me. You need to be careful, its back. Its hovering around the base as usual. We’re sending out a team to try and scare it off now, but you know how persistant that monster is.”

“Its okay, we’ve just escaped the Kardons themselves. We shouldn’t have too much trouble with that abomination.”

“What are you talking about, what abomination is this?” The Circus Master asked.

“Its an Ocotpus like creature that comes near the facility. It’s been corrupted by the Kardons evil like those Ishica creatures. Its managed to grab a few of the scientists who’ve been unlucky, but most of the time they’re able to scare it away. I wouldn’t worry about it.”

The ship soon reached its destination. There facility looked more like a floating palace. It was gigantic, square shaped and with 4 cone shaped towers emerging from each corner. The bottom section of the facility was purple in colour, whilst the towers were bright gold. A circle of red jewels surrounded the top of each of the golden towers.

The Rysteans always had a certain artistic flair as a species which had helped to sustain them through their dark days at the hands of the Kardons.

Three vessels similar to Kile’s stood guard outside of the palace.

Florence noticed that the Circus Master looked gravely concerned as they approached the floating fortress. He didn’t look scared, more deeply worried and almost guilty.

“What’s wrong?” Florence asked.

“Oh nothing, nothing. I’ll look forward to seeing what the inside of that place looks like. I’m only sorry that I didn’t get to visit the Rystieans at an earlier point in their history.”

Suddenly two of the three vessels guarding the fortress flew towards Kile’s vehicle. It wasn’t to welcome them however.

Instead the vehicles started shooting at something behind Kile’s ship.

It was the Octopus like creature hovering above their ship. It was gigantic, with each of its tenticles measuring over 80 feet long. Its skin was bright green, whilst its mouth was nothing but fire. With a few blasts of their lasers however, the guards were able to send the monster scurrying away.

The Circus Folk were shocked to see the monster retreat, particularly Denika who could recognise the magics in the Rysteians weapons were so weak. They were the strongest magics the Rysteans had, but that wasn’t saying much.

Kile was welcomed into the fortress as soon as the ship docked, whilst the Circus Master, as the leader of the group was taken to meet the head of the project.

The rest of the Circus Folk were quickly detained in a nearby cell. The inside of the facility was absolute beautiful. Just like Kile’s ship it was completely gold, with large green jewels and beautiful paintings encrusting the walls. Even the Circus Folk’s cell was bright and gold and beautiful.

“I don’ believe it.” The leader of the project said as he clapped eyes on the Circus Master.

“Yes well when you dress like I do you kind of want to stand out in a crowd.” The Circus Master said somewhat flippantly.

“I don’t know what to make of him.” Kile said.

“He’s weird and annoying, but he did help me. He could have just left me to the Kardons, but he didn’t.”

“Yes because its not at all like those Demons to let us think we can get away to prolong our torture?”

“I can assure you, eh, can I have your name?”

“No.”

“Well whoever you are, I can assure you that I am here to help. We are travellers in time and space. We have a craft made of magic that can take us anywhere and we have been sent here on an important mission, which I assume is to help you.”

“You expect me to believe that absurd”.

“Absurd? I wouldn’t have thought anything was absurd after living under the ocean for hundreds of years with Demon gods? Please scan the nearby area and you should be able to detect the magics from our craft. It landed on the bottom of the sea bed. Please what do you have to lose.”

The head of the scientific elite agreed to allow a quick scan and was genuinely surprised when something was detected on the sea bed, unlike anything they had ever detected before. The leader still didn’t believe the Circus Master completely, but he was more interested in what he had to say.

The rest of the Circus Folk meanwhile were content to wait in their cell. They were sure that the Rysteians would see that they were here to help in due time.

Still Denika searched for camera’s to make sure they weren’t being monitored in case they had to escape, whilst The Stange Boy was clearly still suffering from the effects of being near the Kardons.

“Poor little blighter.” Carlene said. “If only there was some way we could communicate with him.”

“I don’t think there’s anything going on under the surface.” Keptis said.

“Nothing more than just a faint echo of what he once was.”

“You’re letting your prejudice show love.” Carlene replied.

“You’re right, I just hope there’s not much of him left in there. I wouldn’t want anyone to be trapped in that state.”

“Trust me” Florence interrupted somewhat defencively. “There is more than just a trace of him in there. A trace wouldn’t be strong enough to hold that Demon back. Me, Carlene and the Circus Master know how hard it is.”

“The boy’s conquered it before, he’ll do so again. We best just leave him to it.” Florence said.

Keptis felt is was best to keep quiet. Florence, Carlene, the Circus Master and the Strange Boy may not have all been the absolute closest friends, but they all understood the struggle that they all went through every second, of evey day and did not ever like to see it trivialised.

“You’ve scanned our ship, you’ve seen that the magics in it are far beyond anything you could even imagine. Its what allowed us to enter the earth’s core. We can help you all escape too.”

The Rysteians all froze at the Circus Masters words. This had to be a trick. Surely? After all of their suffering, no one could just arrive out of nowhere and whisk them away.

The Circus Master got a quick look at a component of the machine, the scientists were working on.

“Impressive” The Vandal said somewhat nervously and with regret. “The method is still crude, but from the looks of things.”

“Take him back to the others.” The leader said.

“Now Mascia” Kile replied, “he might be.”

“We have a few hours to get this machine ready. With the power we’re using we’ll only have one chance. I don’t have time to listen to some Demonic trickster. If the machine fails, which it won’t, then maybe we can listen to this, whatever he is, but for now, take him downstairs.

“I refuse to believe that fool can do anything to help us.” Mascia said to Kile.

The Circus Master couldn’t hide his disappointment from the rest of the Circus Folk. Little did they know his absolute worst fears had been conformed.

“What do you make of their chances of getting out of here?” Florence asked?

“Great. Their machine from what I’ve seen could potentially break a hole in the barrier.”

“Well that’s great news surely.” Ashlei interrupted.

“We won’t have to fly them out of here. We just have to help them get through a portal.”

“I’m afraid not Ashlei.. I don’t think that’s what we were sent here to do at all. In fact I know its not. We’re here to stop the Rysteians from escaping.” The Circus Master said with regret.

To Be Continued

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Hopping Dead: Part 5: The Ghost

 

“This is your doing.” Lee said bitterly to the Empress.

“All of the sacrifices we made to protect this kingdom, and you’ve condemned it because you weren’t prepared to make a sacrifice of your own.”

“There’s no point in that now.” The Professor snapped. “We need to work together.”

“There is nothing that can be done.” The Empress said as she clutched her boy. “Those monsters tore through our personal guard in less than an hour. The villagers don’t stand a chance.”

“Your guards tried to use brute force. A simple tactic, which can sometimes be effective, but not in this case I’m afraid..” The Professor said proudly and somewhat smugly, which greatly annoyed Kirsteen, though Lindsey was used to it at this stage.

“Magic is the only thing that can stop these monsters and fortunately we have plenty of enchantments and spells back on my ship. The problem is getting there.”

“What are you talking about?” Lee asked impatiently?

“I have a craft, it operates by magic. I won’t bother to explain how it works to you as you wouldn’t understand, but up there we have all the magics we’ll need to take care of these monsters. Unfortunately there’s just one spot we can teleport back up to the ship from and its past the village.”

“I can’t take my son through those monsters.” The Empress said.

“If you don’t help us you’ll both die.” Lindsey interrupted. “Where will you go? No one else in this kingdom will know the magics to stop them, and they can’t fight the Jiang Shi any other way.”

Their conversation was soon interrupted by several of the Jiang Shi who had followed the Professor, Lindsey, Kirsteen, Lee, the Empress and her son from the castle. The bloodsuckers hopped furiously towards their prey, snarling, roaring and baring their blood stained fangs.

“Well that settles it then.” The Professor said as they all quickly ran towards the village as fast as they could.

The village however had been almost completely overrun. The Vampires just as in the palace tried to recruit as many as they possibly could.

The last of the Emperor’s guards who had stayed behind to protect the village had quickly given up trying to fight the Vampires, and ran just as helplessly through the village alongside a small group of civillians. The guard had tried to hold off the Vampires when they had first arrived at the at the gates, but the fight was over as soon as he stabbed his sword into one of the Jiang Shi, and it broke in half!

The blood sucker then grabbed the guards arm and sunk its fangs deep into his flesh. The guard had never experienced pain like it before, as the Demons teeth cut right into his bone. He tried to struggle free, but it was no use. In desperation, the guard managed to grab the blade from his broken sword. Rather than use it to try and fight off the Vampire however, instead he hacked off his upper arm which the Vampire was biting. It was his only option. If he had tried to use it on the Vampire it would have simply broken off of its flesh.

The guard then ran from the Vampire in his shame. He could barely stay awake from the blood loss, never mind fight back against the monsters. His lowest moment however came later when he was forced to rip a piece of clothing off of a mangled corpse to bandage his stump!

By the time the former guard reached the small group of desperate villagers he was now fleeing with, none of them even noticed, or cared for his uniform they were so terrified. He was lucky in this respect. If this were any other crisis they would decry him as a coward for fleeing, but now? The villagers knew that no one could protect them from the blood suckers.

The group of villagers had taken refuge in a small alley between two houses. In front of the house was the square. There were 6 Vampires in total, standing, completely motionless around several corpses in the centre of the square, that the beasts were clearly waiting on to rise.

On the other side of the building however was absolute chaos. People fleeing in the streets from the bloodsuckers, others trying to shelter themselves in their houses, some even trying to fight back. It ultimately made no difference whatever the villagers did. The Vampires would still tear them apart no matter what.

“There’s no way out. Those monsters have cut us off at both sides.” One of the villagers, a young man named Hin said.

“We have to stay here until.” Another one of the villagers, a women named Asika said only to be interrupted by Hin.

“Until what? No one is coming to save us, no one can.” He screamed.”

“Keep quiet you idiot, those things will hear us.”

“He’s right” The former guard said in a loud, but faint voice.

“The only way out of the village is by the square. I’ll have to distract them.”

“They’ll tear you to pieces.” Asika said.

“I won’t last anyway. I’m bleeding to death. It was my job to protect the Emperor, the village. I don’t want to live knowing that I failed.”

Asika didn’t bother to try and talk him out of it any longer. She like the rest of the village knew the guards devotion to their cause was so great that death would be preferable to failure.

The guard ran into the Vampires. He tried to make one last futile strike at the Demons, by trying to tackle one of them, but the Jiang Shi quickly dogpiled on the broken man and started to tear him apart. The rest of the villagers tried to run past the Hopping Demons whilst they were distracted, but unfortunately three of the corpses gathered at the centre of the square soon rose. One of them instantly pulled one of the fleeing villagers into the mass of bodies where it tore his throat out.

The rest of the Vampires soon turned their attention to the fleeing villagers. Even in death the guard had sadly failed his duty. The Jiang Shi soon caught up to all of the fleeing villagers in a matter of minutes, save for Asika. She managed to almost make it to the end of the village, but just as she as reached the gates, she found to her horror that its doors were locked from the outside. The two guards had not only deserted their post, but had sealed it shut to keep the Vampires in!

Asika pounded on the doors and screamed for help, but it was no use. There was no one around and the bloodsucker was closing in on her. Asika didn’t try and run past it however. It was much too fast for her anyway. She had just one chance. She would have to trick the monster into using its strength to tear the doors down.

The blood sucker reached its arms out to try and slash Asika across the face, but she managed to narrowly dodge its attack. The monster tore a hole in the door, but it was not near the lock. The beast tried to slash her again, but this time Asika was not so fortunate and the monster clawed her across the stomach. Asika collapsed to the floor in pain, but when the monster reached out for her a third time, Asika grabbed both of its hands and thrust her foot into its chest, pulling it forward ove her into the two doors which the monster crashed through. Asica then quickly ran past the Vampire into the woods outside. The bloodsucker however instantly jumped up and hopped after her at a lightening speed. Asika knew it wouldn’t be long before the Vampire caught up with her and in desperation tried to crawl up a nearby tree to safety, or even just to hide. The Vampire however started to crawl up after her with its long claws. Once she had reached the top, Asika tried to kick the Vampire in the face. It did nothing at first, but when the Vampire tried to reach out and grab her foot, Asika was able to land a good kick in its chest, which caused the monster, now only holding on with one hand, to go tumbling back, taking the piece of tree it was holding onto with it.

The Vampire hit the ground head first, but it instantly jumped up again and started to slice at the tree with its claws. Asika tried to jump to the tree next to her, but she merely fell through the branchs. Worse the tree she had jumped from soon collapsed thanks to the Vampires actions into the tree she had tried to flee too causing them both to fall.

Asika was caught between the two tree logs, which broke both of her legs. She still tried to crawl free as the Vampire hopped slowly towards her. The Demon seemed to be prolonging her torment for as long as it could. It simply stood over Asika for a few seconds, staring at her. Though the Jiang Shi were for the most part animals, they were still able to derive a certain twisted pleasure in their victims suffering. Like all children of Khastran, his evil ran through their veins. Asika however didn’t give in and show fear. To the end she still tried attack the Vampire throwing anything she could find on the forest floor in a series of futile attacks on the Vampire. The beast responded by quickly finishing her and sunk its long yellow fangs into Asika’s throat, draining her dry in a less than a minute.

Unfortunately however it was not over yet for the poor woman. As soon her life faded for her, Asika found herself standing right beside the bloodsucker in the woods. At first she tried to flee, only to see that the corpse it was feeding on the floor was her.

Asika had become a ghost, more importantly the first ghost to exist within her kingdom for centuries. The same magics which prevented any supernatural creatures from entering the kingdom also ensured that no spirits existed either.

Asika didn’t even know what a Ghost was. She tried to rationalise it that she must have escaped the Demon and it was creating a duplicate of her. When her corpse rose as one of the monsters, Asika almost couldn’t look at ot. The Jiang Shi were not really the people they took over in life. They were Demon souls, merely inhabiting human corpses. Asika tried to grab the Demon that bore her face, but to her horror, Asika’s hands passed right through the Vampire.

The Professor, Lindsey, Kirsteen, Lee, The Empress and her son had managed to escape the Jiang Shi in the woods thanks to Lee’s magic. He had managed to conjur up a small blast which knocked the Jiang Shi off of their feet, for just a few moments that allowed the Professor and the others to get a head start on the Demons. Once they reached the village, they quickly took shelter in a small house on the Professor’s urging, keeping out of sight of the Jiang Shi who were too preoccupied with the fleeing villagers.

The Empress’ son had remained completely quiet since they left the castle. His mother had carried him the entire way, holding him so tight he could barely breathe. The boy barely even acknowledged his mother however. Whenever she tried to tell him it would be okay, he’d simply respond with a blank stare.

“Why are we stopping here?” Kirsteen asked whilst the Professor rummaged through the living room of the small house.

“I thought you said we needed to get back to the ship.”

“We do Kirsteen, but its going to be rather difficult don’t you think? We need a weapon. Ah found it!” The Professor said excitedly.

“What?

“Sticky rice.” The Professor said as he held up a few small bags.

“Sticky rice? You’re seriously not going to tell me.”

“Yes I am. Its not so ridiculous is it? Some Vampires can be repelled by garlic, or putting two sticks together.”

“Rice though?” Kirsteen said

“Demons are repelled by natural elements Kirsteen, though not all Demon or Vampire breeds are repelled by the same natural elements. Some Vampires are vulnerable to wood, others to silver, others to the light of day, and in this case sticky rice, among other things.”

The Vampires who had followed the time travellers from the Castle soon arrived, hissing and roaring. The Professor placed a small line of rice in front of the door, causing the Vampires to instantly hop backwards.

Kirsteen started to laugh.

“Sorry” she said to the others. “Its just such a relief to see them backing down for once.”

“They can’t cross a line of sticky rice, but we obviously can’t stay here.” The Professor said.

“We’ll get more work done if we split up. Lee and Lindsey, you need to try and get as many of the villagers as you can somewhere safe.” He continued whilst handing Lindsey the remaining bags of rice. “Remember only use this rice to create a barrier around the villagers once you get them to safety. Kirsteen and I will make our way back to the ship.”

“We will?” Kirsteen said somewhat nervously.

“Would you rather stay here? Besides you keep saying you want to be a more proactive part of the missions”

“No I said I want you to take me home and stop dragging me to places with Demons, Aliens, Zombies, Vampires and god knows what else!”

“I’m pretty sure you said you realised that there are some terrible things in the universe, that need to be fought and that you wanted to do your part in the good fight? No? Well you should have said that, but still we don’t have time to talk it over.”

“Okay fine but if I come back as a Vampire please make sure you chop my head off.”

“You don’t even have to ask”. The Professor responded.

“No wait, please”. The Empress interrupted.

“Please take my son with you.”

“Empress I don’t think.” The Professor tried to say, only for the Empress to cut him off again.

“You said your, whatever it was would be the safest place. Please take him there. He certainly can’t stay here. I want to help, and I can’t do that if he’s here.”

The Professor realised she was right and picked up the boy.

“I promise.” He said. “Those monsters won’t harm him.”

Again the boy did not react.

Suddenly there was a crashing sound coming from upstairs.

Lindsey, the Professor, Kirsteen, and Lee quickly went upstairs. The Empress meanwhile stayed behind with her son.

Up stairs there was just one room, with 3 beds. The bottom section of the house was nothing but the living room.

It was very dark, but they could see that the window was broken. As Lindsey got near it to have a better look, she was suddenly jumped by a Jiang Shi that emerged from the darkness. The Professor and Kirsteen tried to pull the Jiang Shi off of Lindse, but the Vampire backhanded them across the room. Lee fired his magics at the beast but it ended up sending it tumbling out of the window, with Lindsey who it still held onto.

Outside Lindsey found herself surrounded by 4 more Jiang Shi who closed in on the time traveller.

To Be Continued

Doctor Who Vs Scratchman: Part 6

 

                         Based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter

“Well which one of you wants to go first.” The Inquisitore said with a sadistic delight.

The flame had grown stronger and thicker with all of the villagers, standing behind Elena and Yarox, both of whom were just as terrified, despite how much they tried to hide it.

The Inquistore wandered up to a small boy who it could clearly tell was more scared than the others.

“It seems to me like he’s volunteering.” The Inquisitore said.

Elena quickly tried to jump the Inquistore from behind whilst the Goblin was distracted, but two more of the guards instantly pounced on her. Elena however managed to flip the Inquisitore over her shoulder and into one of the guards behind. The other she knocked down with a hard kick to the face.

Yarox and many of the villagers wanted to help, including Stanley and Mrs Tulloch (who held her daughter tighter than ever) but the Goblins had them completely surrounded with their weapons.

The Inquistore however was able to catch Elena off guard with a quick strike of lightening from its hand, knocking her down. Yarox foolishly ran to help her, but the Goblin knocked him out with another blast.

“Save the cyclops for last. I want her to see what’s in store for her. Get the boy.” The Inquisitore barked.

Stantley however quickly pushed the boy behind him and told the monsters to take him instead.

“Please he’s just a boy.” Stanley pleaded. “He has his whole life ahead of him. I’m an old man.”

Stanley’s pleas naturally fell on deaf ears at first, but the Inquisitore soon believed it could have some fun with the old man. He seemed so brave and self sacrificing and the monster wanted to see if it could break him in front of the others.

“Okay” The Goblin said whilst smiling.

Stanley froze.

“What’s wrong. Didn’t think I’d really take you up on your offer.”

Stanley tried to control himself as best he could, but he started to tremble.

“I’m not a coward like you attacking defenceless children.” Stanley spat back.

The Goblin simply laughed at him and put its hand on his shoulder. With one squeeze it brought Stanley to his knees, before grabbing him by his throat.

“We’ll see who the coward is.”

The Doctor struggled with the Goblin. He tried to reach for the wires at the back of the creatures head, but it was too fast and grabbed his hand which it started to crush slowly.

The Doctor however reached his other hand into a tiny hole in the monsters metal chest which had been created by the fall. The Goblin grabbed still managed to grab the Doctors other hand too just as it reached inside, but the Time Lord had still got good grip on the wires inside and pulled on them. The cybernetic Goblin fell backwards clutching its chest in pain whilst the Doctor quickly got his key out and opened the TARDIS.

Before the Doctor could shut the TARDIS from the inside however, the Goblin hurled itself at the doors. The Doctor tried to push back, but its strength was too great, even in its weakened state and it managed to push the Time Lord back onto the console.

The Goblin staggered into the TARDIS, limping and clutching its chest and struggling to breath. It soon collapsed to its knees before barely even reaching the console. The Doctor approached the creature carefully. He knew it was spent, but he was still cautious. Even on its death bed the creature could and would still try and tear his throat out.

The Goblin tried to hurl itself at the Doctor again, but it clumsily fell on the console instead, barely able to hold itself up.

“Please.” The Doctor said softly. “What’s the point anymore. Just let me help you. Maybe I can repair.”

“Never! For those who fail the master there is but one fate.”

“There doesn’t have to be. Please.”

Before the Doctor could even finish the Goblin reached into its chest and tore more of its own wires and innards out.

“Such a waste” The Doctor said as he examined the console. A large web of red tissue appeared to have grown from the bottom of the console to the top.

“Fools” The Doctor thought to himself. It was obviously a clumsy attempt to link the TARDIS with the beast he was trapped inside. The Doctor was still impressed however that the Goblins had been able to penetrate the TARDIS’ defences at all, but ultimately these red vines would soon wither and die. Perhaps the Time Lord could use them however.

The TARDIS was connected to this creature, which was in turn connected to the portal Scratchman hoped to enter this world through. The plan had been to drain the TARDIS’s power to widen the portal, but the Doctor now believed he could drain the power the creatures were using to stay in this world, using the TARDIS. He would reapply the dematerialisation circuits to create a partial lift off. It was risky and doing so would cause the TARDIS a tremendous amount of pain. Still he had no choice.

“I’m sorry old girl.” The Doctor said as he gently tapped the console. “This is going to hurt. It’ll be pain that you’ve never experienced before, but we have to to save the others.”

As soon as the Doctor was finished resetting the controls however the TARDIS console began to go up and down frantically and smoke began to appear in the room which choked the Doctor.

“Old girl please. I don’t want to do this but we have no choice.” He said whilst gasping for air.

As the Doctor reached for the controls again he was suddenly thrown towards the doors by an invisible force.

The TARDIS would never harm him. Clearly something else had got inside the TARDIS. The Doctor ran to try and help it again but something was holding him back and more red vines began to crawl up from under the console. It seems he had misjudged the Goblins. The Doctor using all of his strength managed to push through the force field and grabbed onto one of the tentacles.

The Doctor tried to pull it from the console, causing more of them to wrap themselves around him. Just as all seemed lost, the old dematerialisation sound started to chime in and the tentacles became limp.

“Thanks old girl. I knew you wouldn’t let me down.” The Doctor said as he brushed his suit down.

It would take less than 10 minutes for the TARDIS to absorb the power, but there were two major obstacles. The creatures who could enter the Tardis would all be down here to stop him. Also the Doctor would have just ten minutes to try and find Elena, Yarox and the others. If they were not in the TARDIS when the power was drained, they would be pulled into Scratchman’s hell!

The Doctor would have to hack into the Goblins monitors to find where they were, and then teleport the TARDIS to save them, which he could do as the two ships were now connected. However he would have to wait until the Hydra’s last few seconds in this dimension after its power had been drained. If he broke the link before then, the power wouldn’t be drained. If he was lucky, the Doctor would have just 30 seconds to rescue his friends.

The Time Lord quickly adjusted the scanner and to his horror saw where the Goblins were holding his friends.

He could see Stanley being brought to the flaming portal, but there was nothing he could do. Stanley could hear the screams of others who had been trapped in the flames as he was brought closer, but he still did not back down.

The Inquisitore was getting angry. He was sure that Stanley was weak and would have broken down and begged for mercy by now.

“Why are you willing to sacrifice yourself like this? Do you not know what awaits you? Are you a fool?” The Goblin said.

“Of course I’m scared. I’m absolutely petrified, but unlike you I’m not going to let that fear turn me into something I’m not. You’re only doing this because you’re afraid of your master, or because he’s already broken you. I pity you. He’s taken everything you once were away and replaced it with his own perversion.”

The Inquisitore spoke in a more calm, and serious tone to Stanley. “You will lose yourself eventually. No matter how hard you fight. No one has been able to withstand.”

The whole room started to shake, which was followed by the alarm.

“ALERT, ALERT THE HYDRA IS BREAKING FREE FROM OUR CONTROL.”

The Hydra could sense the Doctor draining the energy that was keeping them in this dimension and started to panic. Despite the Goblins conditioning the Dragon’s self preservation instincts kicked in. It flew wildly threw the air, and started to burn the forest on the island below. Several Scarecrow’s were caught in the monsters flame breath. The beast nearly flew itself into a small mountain before the Goblins were able to reassert control over the Dragon.

During the confusion meanwhile, Elena siezed her chance and jumped the Inquisitore. Her mutated metabolism had allowed the Cyclops to recover from the monsters blast a lot quicker than Yarox. Elena grabbed the Inquisitore from behind and after a brief struggle, she was able to use her larger body weight to push the Inquisitore into the fire. Just before the Goblin was thrust into the flames it let out a pitiful scream for help.

Stanley meanwhile tried to tackle the Goblin guard beside him, only to be hopelessly overpowered. Still he had not only bought Elena enough time to deal with the Inquisitore but distracted the guard long enough for Elena to then jump it from behind. She then threw the beast over her shoulder and into the flames to join its master.

“Yes” the Doctor said enthusiastically. “Just hold on for a little longer Elena.”

The rest of the villagers seized the opportunity and jumped the Goblin guards after they had all been thrown across the room by the Hydra. However the villagers were no match for the monsters. Only Yarox was able to put up a decent fight. Elena jumped straight onto two of the beasts from behind and ripped the wires from the back of their heads before they could get back up.

The rest of the Goblins then turned their attention to Elena. She was able to dodge the Demons blasts from their hands, though she wasn’t able to attack the monsters either. Whilst they were distracted, Yarox grabbed the arm of one of the two Goblins that Elena had killed and was able to fire it at three more Goblins knocking them to the ground. When they turned to face him Elena jumped two more and ripped the wires from the back of their heads, whilst Yarox blasted two more.

Unfortunately before Elena and Yarox could celebrate their victory, several more Goblins came pouring into the room.

“There must be something I can do.” The Doctor said as he frantically tried to work the controls.

Just then the Time Lord heard a thumping on the door. Several more of the Goblins had arrived back at the TARDIS. The Doctor had tried to block the two doors with various bits and pieces of furniture from the lower rooms that he had managed to drag up stairs in the short space of time. (He hated being away from the scanner for even a second.)

The Doctors clumsy barricade however didn’t do much to hold the Goblins back and he ran to the doors to try and push the Goblins back. All he needed was a few more minutes.

The Goblins however pushed the Doctor away and soon tore through the furniture.

“You have lost Time Lord.” The monsters said as they fired at the console.

“No stop you’ll rip us apart.” The Doctor screamed, but it was too late.

The Goblins blast caused black smoke to erupt from the console, flooding the entire room, as lightening bolts began to fire everywhere.

To Be Continued

The Circus Master: Journey To The Centre of Evil: Part 4: The Demon Gods

 

The Ishica came to a grinding halt as soon as it saw the Kardon hovering above the city. For the first time Carlene was able to get a good look at the monster above her.

It was completely black, with large piercing red eyes, though its iris was just as black as its skin. Its mouth was filled with massive silver fangs and a long pristine tongue, whilst it had a snout like nose. Its ears meanwhile were shaped like a bats, whilst two gigantic reptillian looking wings emerged from either side of its back. The creatures entire body was scaly, whilst a long tail ending in a spike emerged from just above its legs.

Whilst the Ishica was distracted by the giant, Carlene reached into her beehive and pulled out a silver knife. Now that the creature was still she had a far greater chance of hitting it. She didn’t have a choice anyway. She had to get Ashlei away from that monster as soon as possible. Carlene hurled her knife right into the Ishica’s heart, killing it instantly.

Ashlei quickly pushed the dead Demon away and swam back towards Carlene, who headed towards Ashlei as fast as her Vampiric strength would allow her.

The Kardon however reached down and managed to scoop both Carlene and Ashlei up in its immense claws, (smashing through the ruins of several buildings in the process.)

Carlene could scarecly believe the monster could even see her and Ashlei it was so large. The monster however had a very special interest in them. It knew right away that they did not belong here and wanted to know how they been able to enter the earth’s core.

Carlene and Ashlei both lay in the palm of the monsters hand, but before it could close into a fist and seal them in, Carlene jumped through the monsters fingers whilst holding Ashlei.

Just being near that monster was enough to make Carlene want to tear Ashlei’s throat out and crush her bones. Still Carlene had spent her entire life fighting the evil of the Kardons within her, that she was able to remain in control no problem.

Carlene and Ashlei quickly headed for the ruins of a nearby building, but the monster reached down and tried to grab them again, taking a large chunk of the building this time. Carlene and Ashlei however evaded the Demons giant hand this time, and Carlene using her superhuman strength, managed to propel herself and Ashlei through the water to ground of the city below. The landing would have killed Carlene (who absorbed the shock of the impact) had she been human.

The Kardon soon started to smash the ruins to pieces in order to try and find its tiny prey. The rubble from the buildings went flying everwhere, and Carlene did her best to try and shield Ashlei from it as they scrambled through what was left of the city to try and find a safe place.

Several large pieces of rubble hit Carlene. A few even impaled her, but she barely noticed them she was too focused on protecting Ashlei.

The Kardon spoke, its voice echoing through the oceans. “Who are you strangers? How did you break down the wall? Why would you choose to come here of all places? If you tell us I will allow you to join my children. If not? Suffer as those fools who defy us now.”

Florence meanwhile despite the giants presence was still focused on finding the Strange Boy who had vanished into a small part of the city. The Siren swam to behind a small crumbling building she had seen the Ishica head for. As she neared it however one of the Ishica’s heads floated by. When Florence got behind the building she could see the Strange Boy wrestling with one of the Ishica. Despite his smaller size the child Vampire had the upper hand in the scuffle. The little Jiang Shi managed to clamber on top of the Ishica’s shoulders and dug his talons into the Demons head. Though the Ishica tried to throw him off it was no good. The Strange Boy was absolutely savage in dealing with the Demon and tore massive chunks of its flesh off before crushing the Demons entire head.

Even after he had killed it, the Strange Boy continued to tear chunks off of the Ishica’s body in fury. Florence approached the child Vampire slowly and carefully.

The Boy hissed at the Siren, but she didn’t back down.

“Please its me Florence.” She said softly.

“Try and remember, we’re friends, well sort of, well not really, but we travel together.” Florence said.

The Strange Boy made a sudden jolt towards her, but Florence still didn’t back down. She simply floated there, staring the Strange Boy down, hoping that something would click in his mind.

The Boy stared at her for a few minutes before Florence’s attention was drawn to the sound of the Kardon crashing over several nearby buildings towards them. Florence quickly grabbed the Strange Boy and swam in the opposite direction. The Strange Boy didn’t appear to react to anything around him. In truth he was doing all he could to hold back his bloodthirsty urges that were now stronger than ever thanks to the presence of the Kardon. The Strange Boy had fought against them his entire life, but the Demon inside him was stronger than the one inside Carlene, and he was still in spite of everything else, just a boy.

Ashlei and Carlene meanwhile had managed to take refuge inside a large building, though the Kardon had still caused a large part of it to collapse, simply by passing it.

One bit of rubble had fallen on Ashlei knocking her out. She was badly hurt, and worse she was bleeding and her blood was travelling through the water, drawing several Ishica in like Sharks to a feeding frenzy.

Carlene pulled a long silver blade out of her beehive and started to fight the Ishica off. She managed to slice the head off of one of the Demons, and stabbed another Ishica through the heart, before slicing the hand off of another that reached out to grab the unconscious Ashlei.

The remaining three Ishica quickly backed away from Carlene, but 6 more soon arrived. She couldn’t keep this up for much longer, but she couldn’t just swim past the monsters either.

“Its just round here.” Kile said.

Her ship had been concealed beneath the sea floor to protect it from the Ishica. Kile quickly summoned the vehicle with a remote device, though as soon as she did more Ishica emerged from the various ruins around them.

“Go I’ll cover you all.” The Circus Master shouted as he started to hurl weapons from his hat at the monsters.

Kile’s ship was bright green, the same as the murky waters that surrounded them. It had a circular shape with a large red strip running down the middle and a golden circle at the top which was the hatch.

When the Circus Folk made it into the ship, they saw that the inside of the ship was completely gold too. It looked absolutely beautiful, more like the inside of a luxury hotel than a war ship.

“Why do you need a ship if you can breath underwater.” Denika asked as she slowly regained her strength.

“Well to start with we’re amphibians, and second of all we need these vessels because we can outrun the Ishica and the Kardons with them. See here.”

Kile piloted the vehicle through the horde of Ishica that had begun to gather round the vehicle sending them all flying across the ruins of the city before speeding past hundreds of the other Ishica. In the distance, Kile could see the Kardon pursuing a small figure. She tried to turn the ship around, but the Circus Master stopped her.

“That’s Florence and the Strange Boy out there. We have to help them, and Carlene and Ashlei if possible.” The Vandal said.

“Its too late, your friends won’t escape from the Kardon, and neither will we if we don’t get out of here now.” Kile said whilst trying to wrestle free from the Circus Masters grip.

“Please we can’t just leave her at the mercy of that thing.” The Circus Master pleaded, but it was no use. Kile was so terrified of those creatures having seen exactly what they were capable of to a greater extent than anyone else.

Denika soon took over and using her magic started to propel the ship forwards. She wasn’t really piloting it, she was simply pushing it with her mind, but as she hurled it closer to the Kardon, Kile frantically tried to stop the ship to no avail.

The Kardon soon noticed the vessel and instantly headed towards it. Denika released the ship, but Kile still simply tried to take the vessel in the opposite direction. The Circus Master was forced to stop Kile from driving the vehicle.

“You fool do you have any idea what that thing will do to us?”

“Yes, believe me I know, but we can’t leave Florence or the Strange Boy, or Carlene or Ashlei.”

Kile waited for a few seconds. She couldn’t possibly escape the Vandals iron grip, but she hoped he would see reason. As the Kardon came closer she eventually relented.

“All right, release me and I’ll no doubt kill us trying to save your friends.” Kile sneered.

Kile managed to evade the Kardon’s clawed hand narrowly and sped towards Florence and the Strange Boy. Florence continued to swim from Kile’s vessl however, until Denika fired a magical signal.

Kile took the vessel under Florence and opened the hatch allowing her to and the Strange Boy to get in. Unfortunately however the seconds the ship waited to allow Florence and the Strange Boy to enter were enough for the Kardon to catch up to them. The Kardon only managed to to graze the ship with its claw before Kile piloted it away, but the monsters vast strength caused the ship to go spinning through the oceans.

Denika using all of her strength managed to stop the ship in its tracks with her magic before it smashed into the ocean floor. Kile quickly managed to get the ship started, but again the Circus Folk would divert her course.

“We need to get back to the ruins. Ashlei and Carlene are still there.” Florence said.

“You are not serious.”

“Lets not have that discussion again.” The Circus Master said.

Kile took the ship down through the ruins, narrowly missing the Kardon in the process. As the monster chased after them it smashed its way through the entire city in rage.

After a few minutes the ship came across Carlene, still fighting the Ishica off. At the sight of the Kardon, Carlene instantly retreated back into the ruins to protect Ashlei, not noticing the tiny vessel.

“Damn it. I’ll need to get out and find them.” The Circus Master said.

“Are you insane?” Kile said.

“You said it yourself this ship is supposed to outrun those Demons.” The Circus Master said as he prepared to open the hatch.

“Just give me 3 minutes. Please!” The Circus Master said genuinely.

“Okay fine. Not that I have a choice with you freaks.” Kile said bitterly.

The Circus Master jumped from the vessel as it sped off from the Kardon. The Kardon was too preoccupied with the vessel to bother with him, but as soon as the Circus Master made his way to the ruins where Carlene was, he was jumped by several Ishica. The monsters quickly overpowered the Vandal. He fought back valiantly, but they were able to restrain him before he could reach for the weapons inside his hat.

In desperation he shouted on Carlene, but the monsters started to beat and claw at the Vandal. Fortunately Carlene heard his cries for help and she quickly threw her machete into the Ishica that was holding the Circus Master from behind. With his arms now free, the Circus Master started to slash at the monsters in front of him, driving them away before pulling several weapons out of his hat which he used to slay a further two of the Ishica. Carlene soon joined him and together the Vampire and the Vandal were able to drive the Demons away.

Unfortunately almost as soon as Carlene and The Circus Master had finished dealing with the lesser Demons, the Kardon soon turned its attention to them. The Kardon could always sense the presence of it children, which the Circus Master and Carlene were. The evil within them that they had fought their entire life, was ultimately created by the Kardons. The Demon had barely noticed that these strange creatures were its children at first due to the presence of so many of its other children, the Ishica nearby, but now that it was so focused on them it had noticed a sense of familiarity which intrigued the Demon even more.

As it reached out to grab the Vampire and the Vandal, Kile quickly and bravely flew her vehicle straight into the Demons face. She hoped that the the Demon might be taken by surprise by the boldness of her action. Sure enough the Demon instantly was taken aback a little, having never seen any creature run towards it before.

Carlene and The Circus Master used this opportunity to rescue Ashlei from the ruins. Carlene carried her out.

The Kardon flew into a rage and started to strike at the tiny ship, with Kile only just managing to dodge its blows.

The ship sped past the Kardon and towards The Circus Master and Carlene.

“This is their last chance.” Kile said. “If they don’t get on this time I’m not going back.”

The Circus Master and Carlene both jumped onto the ship as it sped past them. The Circus Master was able to hold on by digging his talons into the side of the ship. Carlene meanwhile wasn’t able to get a good grip and nearly fell off whilst holding Ashlei. Fortunately the Circus Master managed to grab onto her with his other hand and hurled Carlene over onto the top of vehicle to the golden hatch, after which Carlene then pulled him up into the hatch.

“See I told you it would be easy.” The Circus Master said after he entered the ship.

“Its a good thing I’m dead darling or I’d have had a bloody heart attack.” Carlene said, as Denika tended to Ashlei to heal her wounds.

“Thanks love, I, we owe you one.” Carlene said to Kile who didn’t acknowledge her.

“She’s not a people person, don’t take it personally.” Keptis said.

“Oh right she’s like you then.” Florence said jokingly to Keptis.

The Kardon continued to pursue the ship through the seemingly endless green waters.

“I can’t shake him, we should have just left before he spotted us.” Kile said in panic.

“We have a ship at the bottom of the ocean, if you take us too it then we can.” The Circus Master said before the ship suddenly ground to a halt.

In the distance, Kile and the Circus Folk could see two more gigantic red eyes emerge in the distance. Another one of the Kardons had spotted them .

Within a few minutes the two monsters had completely surrounded the small ship. There was seemingly no way out.

To Be Continued

Professor Fang: The Hopping Dead: Part 4: The Kingdom of the Dead

 

The Emperor slowly strangled the former Wizard. With his last ounce of strength Lee managed to conjur up a magical energy blast from both of his hands, which he thrust into the Jiang Shi’s chest. It ultimately did nothing however but singe the monsters robs. Lee was too weak to use the full power of his magics, and as the Wizard felt his life slowly slip away, he could see a hideous smile form on the Vampires face. It was almost as though the Vampiric Emperor could remember the Wizards betrayal in life. With its strength the Vampire could have snapped Lee’s neck like a twig in an instant, but it seemed to be savouring every second of its old friend’s torment.

Lindsey and Kirsten tried to pull the beast off of Lee, but it’s strength was virtually limitless compared to theirs. After Lee fainted, Lindsey quickly grabbed a large block of wood and tried to pull the Vampire back by the throat with all her strength, but again the Vampire didn’t even react to her presence. Suddenly however the monster jumped backwards in pain, as sparks flew from its chest. Lindsey and Kirsteen turned around to see Professor Fang standing where the Jiang Shi had been with a glowing sword.

The former Emperor retreated as the Professor continued to slashed at the bloodsucker, landing two more strikes across its chest, which knocked the Emperor flat on his back.  Kirsteen tended to Lee, whilst the Professor handed both Lindsey and Kirsteen similar glowing swords.

“What is that?” Kirsteen asked.

“I enchanted a few of the guards swords that I found on the floor, with a very basic Jiang Shi repellent. It’ll only last for a few minutes before the swords go back to normal however, lets use them wisely.” The Professor said confidently.

Both Lindsey and the Professor stabbed their swords into Emperor as the Demon jumped back up to face them. Neither stabbed too deep however as the sword could become embedded in the Vampires thick flesh. The Professor instead made a swing for the Emperors neck, which the monster only barely managed to dodge before jumping back on both feet.

The Emperor looked absolutely terrified. In its short time on this earth it wasn’t used to pain. The Vampire jumped back a few more feet into a wall, almost cowering like a frightened animal. The Professor and Lindsey confidently moved towards the Vampire brandishing their swords, when suddenly two of the corpses behind the Professor and Lindsey instantly rose up and tried to grab them. Lindsey noticed it in time and stabbed her Vampire in the stomach, whilst the Vampire behind the Professor sunk its claws into both of his shoulders, and lifted him over its head before throwing the Professor back across the room, to three more corpses that soon rose as Jiang Shi around him.

“Damn I forgot how crafty these Demons could be.” Lindsey said as she realised the Emperor had lured them to corpses it knew would rise as Jiang Shi.

Lindsey was now left to face three Vampires by herself. She repeatedly slashed at the three Demons as they tried to strike at her. She even managed to slice the fingers off of one of the monsters. As she backed away however, one of the corpses, a young maiden behind Lindsey suddenly rose up and grabbed her in a bear hug. Lindsey however still clutching her sword, was able to stab the Vampire in the leg causing it to release her. One of the Vampires quickly tried to jump Lindsey in the confusion, but she stabbed her sword into the bloodsucker’s eye. She stabbed her sword in so deep that she had trouble pulling it out. It was only because of the Vampire that threw her several feet backwards that she was able to pull the blade out. Kirsteen and Lee meanwhile were both preoccupied with holding off 5 more corpses that had risen as Jiang Shi around them.

“How many of these things are there.” Kirsteen said as she nervously held her sword up to the bloodsuckers.

“All of the corpses in this room that haven’t been completely torn to pieces no doubt.” Lee said grimly. “They want to create as many as they can.”Lee coprse as he looked round with regret at the corpse of the woman he had once loved. He picked up a sword and quickly parted the her corpse’s head from its shoulders.

“I couldn’t help her before, but at least I can save her from becoming one of them.”

Kirsteen slashed at the Jiang Shi as they drew closer, but each time the monsters were too quick for her and backed away before she could land a hit. Lee meanwhile was able to conjur up an energy beam that knocked one of the Jiang Shi off its feet and sent it hurling backwards into a near by pillar, though it did no lasting damage to the beast.

Whilst she was distracted, one of the Vampires quickly grabbed Kirsteen by the neck and lifted her off the ground. Kirsteen with all her strength swung her sword backwards into the monsters hands, severing them both. She then stabbed her sword straight into the Vampires heart, creating a small explosion that hurled it several feet across the room, taking the sword with it.

The other 4 remaining Vampires soon closed in on Kirsteen, but Lee quickly send them all back a few feet with an energy blast.

The Professor meanwhile had managed to fend off the three Vampires that had cornered him, even slicing one of the Demons heads off with with one swing of his glowing sword. He then headed for the Emperor who he tried to do the same too, but the Vampire grabbed him by the hand and threw the lesser Vampire into the two Jiang Shi behind who were advancing on Lindsey. The Professor simply bounced off of the two beasts however, causing one of them to turn round and begin throttling him. Lindsey seeing the Professors plight slashed the Jiang Shi that was closing in on her in the throat, before stabbing her sword into the Vampire that was grabbing Professor Fang. This time however she simply heard a snapping sound, with the Vampire not even reacting to her strike.

Lindsey looked down and saw, much to her horror that her sword, which was no longer glowing, had broken in half! As she looked round, Lindsey saw the magic on the Professor’s sword had worn off too.

The Professor struggled to break free from the Jiang Shi’s inhuman strength, but it was only with the help of Lee who quickly fired an energy beam into the beast that he was able to escape.

Lindsey, Lee, The Professor and Kirsteen all gathered round each other as more and more corpses in all directions began to rise as Jiang Shi. There must have been over 30 of the bloodsuckers in the main hall, and more were emerging from rooms on both the ground floor and balcony above.

The exit was completely cut off. 12 or so of the Jiang Shi or so stood between the time travellers, the Wizard and the front door, with the Emperor being among them.

The Jiang Shi were unlike anything Kirsteen had ever seen on her travels with the Professor and Lindsey so far. The Zombies had been on the level of animals, whilst those trapped in the Abyss were more pitiful. Even the hideous winged Demons she had faced at least had some intelligence. These beasts however were nothing but sheer rage and bloodlust. They constantly kept hissing and snarling, baring their yellow, sharp fangs and clawing at their intended prey. Some of the bloodsuckers even fought with each other they were so desperate to get at the fresh blood. Kirsteen could barely stand to look at the Jiang Shi. The idea that anyone could be reduced to this horrified her more than anything else she had seen.

Lee tried to hold the monsters off with his magics, but there were too many of them. The Professor frantically tried to enchant an axe he had found with the anti Jiang Shi magics as the monsters closed in on them from all angles.

“I don’t mean to hurry you Professor but.” Kirsteen said in panic. Just then the blade of the axe lit up and the Professor quickly swung it at an attacking Jiang Shi, parting its head from its shoulders.

“We can’t get out the front, there’s too many of them that way.” Lee said. “We’ll need to get upstairs.”

“We can fight our way out.” The Professor said confidently as he ran to attack the Jiang Shi. He managed to decapitate another one of the Demons and drive a few more of them back, before the Emperor himself grabbed the axe from the Professors hand. The Emperor placed his hand around the glowing blade. Though it burned his flesh horribly, the Vampiric emperor eventually crushed the blade to pieces, before backhanding the Professor back across the room into Lindsey, Kirsteen and Lee, using the same burned hand it had crushed the axe with.

“On second thought.” The Professor said as Kirsteen helped him up.

“Maybe a less direct approach is needed.”

The foursome ran up a near staircase ot the balcony aboe. There was only one Jiang Shi at the top of the stairs as the others had jumped off the balcony to get at the fresh blood below. The Professor and Lee, using their magics together were able to throw the Vampire over the edge of the stair case into the Jiang Shi below. Once they reached the top of the stair case however, more Jiang Shi began to pour out of every room and corridor.

“Jesus Christ how many of these bastards are there.” Kirsteen said in despair.

“Its what the Jiang Shi always do. They’ll kill as many as quickly as they can to create an army. Its part of why they’ve become Apex Demons.” Professor Fang said.

Lee tried to hold as many of the Vampires off as he could, but it was no use. The Professor with nothing to lose jumped on one of the Jiang Shi coming down the main corridor. Catching it by surprise he managed to push the Vampire into a nearby wall, but with one punch the Jiang Shi smashed the Professor backwards into another wall. The blow would most surely have killed the Professor were it not for his Vampiric constitution.

Still he bought Lee enough time to knock the Vampire the Professor was fighting off its feet with a quick blast. It was the only Vampire down that particular corridor, and so whilst the Vampire was temporarily down, Lindsey, Kirsteen, Lee and the Professor quickly ran down the corridor, with a horde of bloodthirsty monsters in pursuit.

The foursome were forced to retreat to the very top of the castle where the Emperor and Empress’ room were. The only way out, as far as they knew was a window at the end of the corridor. It was a huge drop below however, one that would kill Lindsey and Kirsteen under normal circumstances. Fortunately Lee could use his magic to slowly lower them to the ground, but the Professor still went ahead to see if the coast was clear below.

Outside of the window, the Professor could see there were dozens of Jiang Shi in the garden hopping aimlessly around whilst several more were heading out of the palace gates and into the village.

“We have to stop them.” The Professor said.

“They’re making their way to the village. If they reach there the entire kingdom coul be in danger.”

“What can we do now.” Lee said. “I warned them, I tried to, but now they will pay the price.”

“Maybe if you, you know didn’t try and kill them they’d have listened to you.” Lindsey said.

She was soon interruptedby the moans of more of the Jiang Shi hopping up the stair case after them.

“We’re trapped.” The Professor said as he tried to think of way past the Jiang Shi below. Suddenly the wall just ahead of them opened and a young boy stepped out. It was the Emperors son.

“Please you have to help my mother.” The boy said tearfully.

The foursome quickly followed the boy into the passage and shut it behind them. Inside they saw the boys mother lying on the floor bleeding.

“Its the Empress.” Lee said. “She caused all of this. Let me put her out of her misery. Its more than she deserves but still.”

The boy screamed and begged Lee not to harm his mother, but it took Lindsey getting in the way to stop him.

“We don’t know if she’s been infected yet. We’re not going to let you take another life.” Lindsey said firmly.

The Professor sat next to the Empress and chanted a quick spell which healed her. The Empress was quickly jolted awake and quickly recoilled in disgust at the sight of Lee.

“Keep away from my son you monster.” She said as she pulled her son towards her.

“I only ever wanted your husband. I wanted to end this plague before it could begin, but you stopped me. You have the blood of all those people on your hands not me.” Lee fired back.

The Empress offered no defence. “I know, I know.” “I don’t deserve to live after this.”

“You won’t. One of the beasts infected you.”Lee said with an almost perverse glee.

“We don’t know if she will yet.” The Professor interrupted. “I managed to heal her wounds with magic, but if she was infected then. We’ll know in a few hours.”

Two Jiang Shi’s claws suddenly came bursting through the wall behind them.

“They’ve found us? How.” The boy said.

“Its our friend here, and me.” The Professor said. “They can sense magic from a mile away. Its just about the only thing that can harm them, so it sends the monsters into a fury. We have to go.”

The time travellers, the Wizard and the Empress and her son quickly headed down the stair case before the Vampires tore down the wall and into the garden below.

Outside lay the body of the guard the Empress had been forced to leave. His head had been ripped clean off by the Jiang Shi that had attacked him, and his guts had been ripped out. One of his arms had also been ripped off and his heart appeared to have been torn out too. The Jiang Shi in its ravenous fury had left little of him.

“At least we won’t have to worry about him getting up.” Lee said callously.

Suddenly 5 more Jiang Shi emerged from behind the trees forcing the 6 reluctant travellers to quickly flee out of the garden, sealing the gate behind them.

In the woods outside, the Professor, the Empress, her son, Lee, and Lindsey and Kirsteen could see the village whose people were fleeing and panicing in the streets as the Jiang Shi descended on them.

“All is lost.” The Empress said as she held her boy.

To Be Continued

 

Doctor Who Vs Scratchman: Part 5

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                                     Based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter

 

“What, what’s going on” The Doctor said as he was jolted awake.

“Its okay, it’s okay Doctor, well it isn’t, but at least we’re not dead.” Elena said as she helped the Time Lord up.

“I remember there was a giant dragon and it ate me, and you and Yarox too. Well obviously that can’t be right, so I must have dreamed it. Tell me then where are we?”

“We’re in the beasts stomach Doctor.” Elena replied.

The Doctor looked up and saw that the roof appeared to be made of flesh and was even pulsating. The walls and the floor meanwhile were all cold and hard metal. Clearly the Dragon that had devoured them was a cyborg that had been turned in a vessel of some kind, or more likely a war ship.

All around the Doctor could see the villagers huddled together in fear, whilst Yarox stayed closer to Elena. Yarox clearly felt safer with Elena than anyone else there, even the Doctor. The Doctor wasn’t surprised. On his first adventure I did get him eaten after all, though perhaps there was more to it than that, the Doctor thought to himself.

Before the Doctor could even attempt to figure out what was going on, the two doors behind him opened and a hideous, robed creature emerged.

The monster’s robes bright red, whilst its head was squat and green. It had no nose, just a snout, whilst its mouth was filled with small, pointy teeth. Its eyes meanwhile were bright red and set deep into its skull, whilst two tiny bat like ears protuded from either side of its head. Its cape was long and red, and though the Doctor couldn’t see it yet, there was a strange black symbol on the back of the monsters cloak. The alien appeared to be part creature, part machine, just like the Dragon they were trapped in. Its arms were competely mechanical, and its entire squat chest was also covered in gold metal, whilst large wires emerged from the top of its head, right down the back of its neck, much like hair would on a person. The entire creature was short. It stood no higher than 5 feet tall.

“We have your TARDIS, Doctor. You will accompany me now.”

Elena and Yarox both stood by the Doctor.

“What do you want with him.” Elena said defiantly.

“That is of no interest to you. You are all simply pawns for the Master. Try to get in his way and.” The creature shot an energy beam at Elena, bringing her to her knees in pain.

“Stop it, please” The Doctor begged the creature, who quickly released Elena.

“I’ll do much worse if you don’t help the Master.”

“Okay, okay.” The Doctor said begrudgingly. “Just so you know though, I don’t have the best track record with people called the Master.” The Doctor said as he left the room with his strange captor.

“The Time Lord’s vessel is in our custody sir.”

“Brilliant.” The Inquistore interrupted. “Now we can finally begin the sacrifice.”

“The sacrifice is not essential.” The section leader snapped back. “The Master simply thinks that it will help speed things along.”

“All the excuse I need.” The Inquistore said with glee.

“You never need any excuse.” The leader said with disgust.

The section leader was the oldest of all the strange creatures there. He remembered when their world was actually a beautiful planet, and their race a proud one. Long before he came, the abomination that the others now so willingly call Master. The section leader could hardly judge his underlings however, as much as they may have disgusted him. They had been born under the Masters rule. They had all been conditioned to be his warriors, creatures of hate who would kill for him without a seconds hesitation. It was the only reason his species had been allowed to exist. In all his own hundreds of thousands of years of existence however the Leader had never dared even lift a finger against the Master. He was happy to condemn thousands, millions if need be to the Demons pit if it meant he didn’t end up there. It wasn’t fair, he knew that and hated himself for it, but ultimately he didn’t have the strength to make the sacrifice that others had against Scratchman.

The Doctor was brought to the control room, which was also a weird combination of flesh on the roof with steel floors and walls. At the end of the room, several of the strange creatures gathered around a monitor, which contained images of the island from above. The Doctor could see several of the Scarecrow’s now wandering aimlessly in the woods below.

The commander of the Goblins, who was somewhat larger and had a long, gold cape to represent his rank approached the Doctor.

“I don’t understand why the Master cares so much about you? You look like one of those animals we have caged below?”

“Well.” The Doctor said modestly. “Appearances can be deceiving my good sir. For instance you look like an eldritch abomination, but I’m sure you’re actually a lovely person.”

The alien commander walked towards the monitor where it brought up an image of the Doctors Tardis, contained in what looked a large stomach. It was obvious to the Doctor where they were.

“Ah yes I’ve heard you’ve wanted my vessel. To bring someone who claims to be the Devil or something into our world.”

“You mean the Master? Yes the primitives of this world believe him to be a figure from their mythology, but the truth is far worse.”

“What is he?” The Doctor asked out of as much interest as fear.

“Even we don’t know exactly, but he is a creature from another universe. He devours each universe he visits. He feeds on negative emotions such as fear, hatred, and suffering. Whenever he visits a universe he tends to work in the shadows at first, playing us against each other, starting wars, until he is strong enough to not only take over, but reshape it in his own image.”

“Our reality is what these primitives would call hell.” The alien said with contempt. “The natural laws no longer apply. He can bend them anyway he wants, condemn any torture he wishes on us. Once he had finished with us he intended to move on as always, but this time he was imprisoned.”

“By who?”

“Creatures from many universes. After the great powers of our reality fell and our universe began to bend itself to his will, the final resistance travelled to other universes, and met with their great powers, the empires, the federation of planets, and managed to gather them together against the threat of Scratchman. Unfortunately the great powers weren’t able to destroy Scratchman either. Rather than lose billions of people fighting against the Demon, the great powers decided to place a barrier around our universe. They sealed us in with the beast. As far as they were concerned our universe was past saving and maybe it was. For an incalculable time Scratchman took his frustrations out on us to a greater extent than he had any of the universes he had conquered before. Our reality became the worst of all the hells he had created. Then a few centuries ago he discovered a tiny tear in the barrier. It led to one, seemingly insignificant planet.”

“This world.”

“Exactly. Scratchman wasn’t able to enter this world, but he was able to project his thoughts into it. Enter the minds of men, influence them throughout the planets history. He was also able to draw the minds of several earth people into his universe after they had died.”

“How many.” The Doctor asked in horror.

“Only a very few at a time, though over the centuries possibly millions have come to us, which in turn led to myths about hell or similar places appearing around in every culture in this world. The Master was even able to send some of us into your world, through the tears in reality. As time went on the tears became bigger, but not big enough for Scratchman himself to escape. Worse the more he tore at our reality, the less he was able to use it as a food source. Even Scratchman was beginning to give up hope until he saw your machine.”

“I don’t think I like where this is going.”

“Yes the master has been observing your visits to this world for quite a while Doctor. Your vessel, run down and obsolete as it may be, is still a relic of arguably the most advanced race in your universe. The power it contains will be able to widen the gaps just enough for Scratchman to enter this world. Then your universe will become like ours. Just think of what the Master will do with your race, Time Lord.”

“It will never happen.” The Doctor said proudly.  “Why do you serve that monster? There must be some part of you that still remembers what it was like think for yourself.” The Doctor said in desperation.

“Before Scratchman came to our universe we were conquerors. We had an empire spanning hundreds of galaxies. Now thanks to Scratchman we shall conquer universes. Scratchman chose us to be his most loyal foot soldiers. He believed that out of all the life forms in the universe we were the strongest.”

“Or maybe he knew you were the weakest and would be most likely to bend the knee.” The Doctor hit back.

The Goblin grabbed the Doctor by the scruff of his frock coat and held him up for a few moments before dropping him.

“Take him to the vessel. He can help us divert its power to the tears. I don’t have to tell you what will happen to those animals below who you seem so desperate to protect if you disobey us.”

“I take it back.” The Doctor said. “You’re clearly not a very nice person.”

Little did the Doctor know the Goblin was lying to him. All of the villagers and Elena and Yarox had been brought to the lower section of the Goblins stomach, just below where the Tardis was kept.

The Inquistore couldn’t wait to have his fun with the prisoners. Even though the section leader had strictly forbidden him from sacrificing any of the prisoners before the time was right, the Inquistore went ahead anyway as he often did.

“Why have you brought us here?” Elena said a she stood in front of the others.

“What a strange creature.” The Inquistore said at the sight of Elena.

“I like its large eye. I’ll keep the eye after I’m done with it.”

Elena went to attack the the Inquistore, but it blasted her with its gauntlets. Elena however fought through the pain and actually managed to grab the Inquistore, who was more impressed than anything else. Ultimately however the pain was too overwhelming and the Goblin quickly overpowered her.

“Perhaps the Master will have use for you after all. The rest of you meanwhile, you are here to help his ascension.”

A large ball of fire began to appear in the middle of the room.

“What is that.” One of the villagers cried out in fear.

“A little piece of home.”

The Goblins led the Doctor across a large walkway. 50 or so feet below, the Time Lord could see the TARDIS.

“It must be hard for you two Demons from hell not to have to kill me.” The Doctor said.

“It is.” One of the Demons answered back. “We’ve helped to break so many who looked like you when their minds come to our domain.”

“Yes but you need me. You need me to help rewire my own ship to bring your vile Master into this world, so there’s only one thing I can do” The Doctor said as he quickly jumped over the railing of the walkway. One of the Goblins reached out to grab him, but the Doctor who held onto the railings with grabbed onto the Goblin as it reached for him, and pulled it over the railing. The Doctor then hurled himself over the railing into the other Goblin as it came nearer.

“I’m a lot more spry than I look.” The Doctor said as he tried to subdue the Goblin with a bit of Venusian karate. The creature however proved to be immune and pushed the Doctor back before firing its energy beam back. The Doctor however quickly ducked and rammed into the Goblin to try and push it over the edge. The monster however quickly overpowered the Time Lord, and in desperation the Doctor ripped the wires from the back of the Goblins head. The creature staggered back in pain before collapsing dead.

The Doctor stared at its lifeless corpse as well as that of the Goblin below for a few seconds. He hated having to do this, but the monsters had left him no choice.

The Doctor quickly ran to the end of the walkway and down the stairs to where the TARDIS was.

“Oh old girl I honestly though I wasn’t going to see you again.” The Doctor said with affection as he reached for the key.

“Don’t worry. I won’t let them.” Suddenly the Goblin the Doctor had pulled over the edge of the walkway reached up and grabbed him. It was still alive and strong enough to crush the life out of the Doctor.

To Be Continued