Professor Fang: The Hopping Dead: Part 2: A Fathers Love

 

“What, what’s going on.”

The Emperor said as he stood up with a little help from his wife and son. The Emperor’s son had come to see him per his request one last time. In his final few moments he hoped to impart some last words of advice to his son, but unfortunately their planned final moment together had been interrupted by the palace guard.

“Its Lee Sian Ye your majesty. He’s escaped. He is threatening the town folk unless you show yourself.” The leader of the palace guards, named Hu Chan said. Hu Chan had known the Emperor for years. In fact he had been a friend of both Ye and the Emperor. However even he could see that the Emperor’s days were numbered. Though Chan would never say it, he hoped more than anything that the Empress would just let her husband sacrifice himself and finally end this conflict.

“Take me too him now.” The Emperor said in a faint, breathless tone.

“No you can’t sacrifice yourself.” The Emperors son pleaded. The Emperor’s son was no older than 6. He couldn’t possibly take in the threat of Lee Sian Ye to the people, or the greater evil that was growing inside his own father.

“You don’t understand son. One day you will learn that you have to make sacrifices for the kingdom.”

“You’re a dying man why does that monster not let you die in peace.” The Empress said.

“I told you. Its growing within me. I need to see him. He might be the only one who can” The Emperor suddenly clutched his sides in pain.

He screamed, so loudly that it echoed throughout the entire palace. His flesh turned completely white, his eyes started to go red and his teeth began to enlarge. Hu Chan even pulled out his sword instinctively at the sight of the Emperor. “Its too late” The Emperor said. “My love you must.” The Emperor collapsed before he could finish. His wife tried to rouse him, but it was no use. He was gone.

The Emperors son broke down in tears.

“I’m sorry we tried, we really did.” The Empress said as she cradled her distraught child. The guards meanwhile breathed a sigh of relief. Now there would be no more threats to the kingdom. They had all said goodbye to the Emperor long ago. They knew there had no hope for him as his condition had deteroriated.

The Guards took the Emperors body away, whilst Hu Chan comforted the boy. “He was a great man.” He said. “We will always remember the good he has done for this kingdom above all else.”

The Wizard had choked Kirsteen into unconsciousness, whilst Lindsey crawled along the floor. She could feel herself fading, and was so weak she could barely move. Still Lindsey didn’t give up and literally spat back at the Wizard.

“I’m impressed.” The Wizard said. “If only you had used that determination for good.” He continued as he used his magics to press harder on Lindsey’s throat.

Fortunately however all Lindsey had been aiming for was to distract the Wizard long enough for the Professor to get the drop on him. With one magical blast, the Professor sent the Wizard flying through a nearby house.

“Sorry” The Professor said as he helped Lindsey up. “He caught me by surprise”.

Lindsey ran to Kirsteen and tried to rouse her, whilst the Professor held off the Wizard. The two hurled magical blasts at one another for a few minutes, with both’s energy beams simply deflecting off of one another.

The Professor’s magic was undoubtedly more sophisticated, but he didn’t have time to chant them in the middle of the fight.

“You know, we could always just sit down and talk this over.” The Professor said somewhat jokingly in the middle of deflecting an Eshar beam (which would have been enough to vaporise an ordinary human in the most agonizing way possible.)

“I know your kind, bloodsucker. I know why you and those traitors fight to protect the Emperor.”

“I don’t even know who the Emperor is.” The Professor said as he deflected the Wizards blast enough to knock him back several feet.

“Why would a Vampire want to protect him?” The Professor thought to himself.

“Suddenly one of the guards came running into the square.

“Please, please stop your fighting. The Emperor is dead. We did not want to have to announce it like this, but he passed away just a few moments ago. There is nothing for you here.” The guard said with regret to Lee Sein, the Wizard.

Sein sank to his knees at the news, much to everyone there’s surprise. “I may already be too late. When did he die? What did you do with his body?”

“Why do you care?”

“You fool none of you realise. He has been infected with the curse of the Jiang Shi.”

The guard had no idea what he was talking about nor did any of  the villagers, but Professor Fang knew that name only too well as did Lindsey.

“I’m sorry we couldn’t find a way to save you.” Hu Chan said as he laid his body down on the altar.

There had always been the worry that the Wizards were right and that they would have to put the Emperor down, but now those worries it seems had been squashed.

“The Hissians were filthy cowards. Using black magic against him because they were afraid of a fair fight.” One of the guards said.

“Despite their dirty tricks, they still lost. Their kingdom lies in ruins, whilst ours has never been stronger.” Chan replied. “We have to make sure his suffering wasn’t for nothing. We have to.” As Chan spoke, the Emperor suddenly rose to his feet. His face now completely white, and his eyes bright red.

The guards all stood there in shock. Was it a miracle or a curse? The Emperor looked at his guards, his friends for a few seconds, almost like a confused animal. Hu Chan and indeed none of the other guards saw nothing of the Emperor in his face.

Hu Chan slowly pulled his sword out, as did the other guards as they backed away from the Emperor.

The Emperor’s confused, lost expression quickly turned to one of anger, and malice the likes of which they had never seen before. Even when facing his enemies the Emperor had never shown such sheer unforgiving rage. The Emperor jumped off of the altar towards one of the guards. He sunk his teeth into the guards neck. The others tried to pull their Vampiric former Emperor off of their comrade, but the monsters strength was far too great.

Within a few minutes the Vampire had drained its former servant dry. The Vampire then, with a lightening speed rammed its its claws into the chests of two more guards who it  lifted above its head before throwing halfway across the room, whilst still holding their hearts.

Hu Chan and the other single remaining guard held their swords out to the Vampire. They couldn’t believe it. Even with the various Wizards warnings, none of them had believed that a man of the Emperor’s strength could be turned into a monster. There truly was nothing left of the man they had all looked up to in the Demons face. It had all been replaced by a savage, unnatural bloodlust.

The Vampire moved quickly towards the two surviving guards. The way it walked was so peculiar. It hopped on both feet, with its arms outstretched. It looked almost comical in a way.

The two guards both rammed their swords into their former Emperor, but they both broke as soon as they touched the Vampires flesh. The Emperor roared like an animal and sunk its claws into Chan’s back as he and the other guard attempted to flee.

The other guard delived an air kick to the Emperor’s head, but he only nudged the beast back slightly. Chan managed to pulled free from the Demon’s iron grip meanwhile, but in doing so his flesh was torn off. He lost so much blood that he momentarily fainted.

The other guard still tried to help Chan, but the Vampire slashed him across the face with it’s claws, tearing out one of his eyes!

The gaurd stumbled backwards in pain and lifted out his dagger in a futile effort to fend off his former emperor. He slashed it in the Vampires face, but blade broke just like his sword, and the Vampire then simply grabbed the guards arm and sunk its fangs into his wrist.

The guard tried to pull free, but the Vampire bit harder and harder until it bit his hand clean off.

The guard collapsed to the floor, barely conscious. He made a last ditch effort to crawl to safety, but the Emperor jumped on top of him and started to rip strips of skin off of his back. It then dug one of its talons into his other eye, whilst snapping his other arm with its inhuman strength, before sinking its fangs into his neck and ending his misery.

Chan was quickly awoken by his fellow guards screams. Dizzy and weak from the bloodloss. Chan saw it was already too late for his friend and tried to slip out of the room quietly while the Vampire was feeding. Just as Chan had almost reached the door, the Emperor quickly hopped towards him at a tremendous speed and grabbed Chan, throwing him all the way across the room to the altar.

The Vampire then jumped over 20 feet to Chan, who in turn jumped back over the altar and lifted it off the ground to try and fight the Vampire off. The Emperor however simply smacked the altar away. Chan then grabbed a shield from a statue behind the altar and tried to use it as a weapon. He managed to get a few hits on the Vampire, but it quickly grabbed the shield and snapped it in half.

In desperation Chan took the statue itself and smashed it over the Vampires head knocking him to the ground, but the Vampire instantly jumped up again. Knowing he’d never make it to the door, Chan jumped out of the nearest window. He fell two floors outside into the lake beside the castle, where he swam blindly in sheer terror to escape the Emperor. He wasn’t even sure if the Demon was following him anymore. Chan’s terror of the beast was so great that he thought nothing of fleeing from the Demon despite his vow to protect the Emperor’s family above all else. He wasn’t used to feeling vulnerable. Even when facing multiple enemies at once, he always knew there was a chance he could overcome them. With the Vampire Emperor however as far as he was concerned, no one could stand against such a monster.

“I hate to say it, but the Wizard’s right.” Professor Fang said.

“Even though he tried to choke both of us.” Kirsteen said, still gasping for air.

“Well obviously not at that, but if the Emperor is infected we have to get to him. The Jiang Shi are among the strongest, most vicious and dangerous breed of Vampire. Just one of them loose in this kingdom could bring it down. I’m just surprised that no one else here knows what a Jiang Shi is?” The Professor continued.

“We know nothing of these beasts you speak of?” The Guard said?

“The Jiang Shi are the apex Demons on the mainland of China. They’ve destroyed countless towns, villages, communities, they’ve even brought down some of the mightiest kingdoms. Yet for some reason this tiny little kingdom seems to have escaped their reach? None of you apart from the Wizard even know what  Jiang Shi is.” The Professor said to the scared villagers who had gathered round.

“It was once dominated by those inhuman monsters” Lee said.

“What do you mean” the guard, who genuinely had never even heard the name Jiang Shi before asked.

“This place was once a have for Jiang Shi, Demons and other horrors, but this is irrelevant. We have to stop that bloodsucker now, at any cost.”  He said as he hurled the guard into the air.

Whilst Lee was distracted the Professor fired an energy blast at the Wizard causing him to drop the guard.

“Look” Lindsey said firmly. “We’ve both encountered the Jiang Shi before. We’ve seen them take down entire civilisations, even worlds in the far future. We can help you, but only if you do things our way.

“Your way? You’re monsters.” Lee said.

“Yet who is it here that has just tried to murder innocent people. ” Lindsey fired back which actually made the Wizard stop for a moment and begin to realise how far his fear of the Jiang Shi had driven him.

“It can’t be”. The Empress said as she held her son back.

“Father, father.” The boy shouted in glee.”He’s come back to us.

“No son” The Empress said. “He hasn’t.”

The Emperor stood in the door way to their room,. Though he was concealed in the shadows, The Empress could see it wasn’t the man she loved.

“They were right, they were right.” She said to herself with regret as her husband hopped out of the shadows to confront his former loved ones.

To Be Continued

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Hopping Dead: Part 1: The Emperors New Clothes

 

“Its no use. Whatever that devil poisoned me with, even the most powerful magics can’t undo its effects.” The Emperor said as he embraced his tearful beloved.

“There must be something. After all you’ve done for this kingdom, its not fair that you should die like this.”

“I have no complaints. Thousands of other young men lie dead on that battlefield. I’m lucky that I was able to spend even a short time longer with my family. Its up to you now. You must.”

The Emperor suddenly clutched his sides in pain. “I don’t have much time left. Please I want to speak with our son one last time.”

“Don’t say that there are still.”

“No my love there is no hope. You must find a way to kill me now. I can feel the poison of the Demon growing within me. If you don’t act fast, the kingdom, everything we fought for could end.”

“Ah Kirsteen my dear. I was looking for you. We’ve reached our next destination.”

“Really already? That was quick.”

“Well the journey’s are unpredictable. It is a time machine after all.”

Kirsteen was still having trouble taking in what she had seen in the Abyss. She knew now after visiting that nightmarish place that she would never be able to get her old life back, but strangely enough she wasn’t that upset. There really was nothing waiting for Kirsteen back in the 20th century. Her family were long gone, and all of her friends had turned their backs on her. Even her career had been in taters. Kirsteen also quite liked what the Professo and Lindsey had told her, that after her “death” she was remembered as a legend for centuries to come. “Unlike most others I’ve lived long enough to enjoy being a dead legend.” She had joked to the Professor.

Still Kirsteen wasn’t sure what to make of her new life here. The monsters were terrifying enough, but now she knew if she made the slightest little mistake, she could end up trapped in that hell like those other poor souls. There were times where Kirsteen felt so scared and trapped she just wanted to scream for help. She knew it wouldn’t do her any good with the Professor. Most of the time he seemed rather indifferent to her. She had seen him risk his life for her against the Maliaks Demonic God, but she still couldn’t trust him.

Lindsey meanwhile Kirsteen felt she could trust. There had always been a somewhat more warm and caring aspect to Lindseym, but sadly since their last adventure she had been somewhat closed off.

Even the Professor hadn’t spoken to her much since their trip to the Abyss, as he knew there was nothing he could do.

“Please be a dear and fetch Lindsey would you, I have to prepare.”

“Where have we landed?”

“Earth. Many thousands of years in your past. The teleporter will take us to China specifically, though I’m afraid I don’t recognise the name of the kingdom. It appears to have been lost to time. I’m sure we’ll find out why soon enough.”

“Yeah I can’t wait.”

Kirsteen found Lindsey in her room, absorbed in one of the few books left on the ship.

“Lindsey we’ve”

“I know I’ve been on this ship long enough to sense it. You will one day too.”

“I hope not. No offense.”

“None taken. Its really not that great a life is it? Even with a time machine you still wish you could go back and do things differently.”

“Lindsey I don’t know what to say. I can’t imagine how hard this is, I’ve been through loss myself.”

“So have I. This isn’t just losing someone Kirsteen. I abandoned her Kirsteen. She was my friend and I left her to rot in that place forever.”

“There was nothing you could have done. I know that now. You can’t change  history.”

“I’m sorry Kirsteen.” Lindsey said as she put her book down. “I haven’t even thought about what visiting the Abyss must have done to you. To finally learn that you might never see your home again.”

“Its okay. As strange as it is I’ve made peace with it in a way. There wasn’t much for me back there. All my supposed friends had abandoned me, my family were long gone. It wasn’t much of a life if I’m honest. Though right now there doesn’t seem to be anywhere I can go.”

“Maybe this is the best place for you after all then. I was actually in a similar position to you when I first joined. I’d lost the people I cared about and didn’t really have anything waiting for me back home either, but I had the Professor for support.” She continued. “I’m sorry I’ve been so self pitying this entire time. Like it or not we are sent on these missions by a reason and the only way we can get through them is we support each other.”

The Professor waited patiently by the teleportation chamber, dressed in his long flowing  black cape and red frock coat. The Professor underneath his somewhat cold, hard exterior was deeply worried about Lindsey. In many ways the old Vampire viewed Lindsey as the daughter he never had. He didn’t contrary to what she thought dislike Kirsteen. He was just a little unsure of whether or not she would ever fit in. She was his first companion who had been forced on him by the time vortex himself. He also hadn’t been eager for another companion after what had happened with Hilioma.

Unlike Lindsey, the Professor carried no guilt over what happened to Hilioma however. He had made it clear to her not change history, yet she arrogantly had done so and had run the risk of condeming the Professor and Lindsey to the Abyss too. The Professor was still sorry for Hilioma, but he didn’t let it trouble him. He was more concerned with what meeting their former companion again had done to Lindsey.

“Lindsey, Kirsteen what took you so long.” The Professor said in an awkward, jovial mood. Lindsey however wasn’t really in the mood for his usual humour and spoke straightly with the Professor.

“Kirsteen tells me we’ve arrived back on earth.”

“Eh yes, China I believe. It’ll be good to go back to the motherland. I don’t think I’ve visited home in over 100 years.”

The trio teleported down to a large forest. Just a few miles up ahead they could see a large castle looming over a large city, whilst a large river flowed next to them, straight into the centre of the city. It was bright daylight, but there didn’t seem to be anyone around.

Lindsey started taking pictures of the beautiful countryside on her phone.

“I’ve always wanted to go to China.” Lindsey said as she snapped as many pics as she could.

“Come on the city is where we’re needed.” The Professor said.

“How do you know?”Kirsteen asked. “How do you know that what we’re doing is the right course of action for history.”

“Instinct my dear. Thanks to advanced magics I can sense when events are supposed to come together and when we’re on the right path and when we’re not. The city is where we need to go.”

As the three time travellers wandered through the woods, little did they know they had been spotted by a hunter who had seen them arrive in a ball of blue light.

“Wizards, there have been so many of them in the last few weeks. All trying to fix the Emperor.” The hunter thought to himself. “The Empress has bled the kingdom dry paying for these charlatans. This one seems to be the real deal though.”

“Bring me the Emperor now” The Wizard said as he hoisted several villagers into the air with his magic.

“Please I beg you don’t harm my boy.” The mother of one of the villagers the Wizard was holding hostage cried.

“I don’t want to harm anyone, but you have no idea what the Emperor will become. If he is not dealt with now, we’ll all be in danger. If he really cares about his own people then he will show himself now.”

The Emperor would have been more than happy to sacrifice himself, but sadly there  was no way the Empress would let him, even if he could. This was not the only Wizard to try and kill the Emperor in the last few weeks. Dozens of Wizards had been brought forth from various kingdoms to try and cure the Emperor, who was beloved by not only his own kingdom, but by those around him for leading the battle against the regenegade kingdom of Hissain. It was during the final battle against Hissain however that the Emperor had become infected by the evil that now threatened to claim his life.

Initially many of the most powerful Wizards and magic users from the various kingdoms were only too happy to help the Emperor (though various charlatans would also come along, claiming to have a cure.) A few who had examined him however, had subsequently attempted to slay the Emperor. They were ultimately always repelled by the other Wizards who remained loyal to the Emperor.

This Wizard however, Lee Sian Ye, had actually fought with the Emperor during the battle against the Hissain’s and had known him for many years, yet he had been the most determined to slay the Emperor from the start. He had actually tried to kill the Emperor the night he had returned home. Ye had only been imprisoned instead of being executed, due his role in defeating the Hissians.

“Tell the empress if she does not bring her husband down here in ten minutes, I will kill every single one of my prisoners.” The Wizards magics started to tighten around all 10 of the villagers he was holding in the air until they started to choke.”

“Do you hear me! How many people will you sacrifice for your husband who is already damned!”

The Professor, Lindsey and Kirsteen reached the gates of the city.

“Ah yes.” The Professor said to the two guards, struggling to think of a reason to let them in.”

“We are humble travellers here to do some business, if you don’t mind.”

“The only people the Emperor is interested in seeing are magic folk” One of the guards said. “If you don’t have any magic please leave.”

The Professors face light up. “You’re in luck.” He said as conjured up a quick energy ball in his hand. It was the most basic magic, nothing but a glorified party trick, but it was enough to get them in.

Once inside the Kingdom, the Professor could see several people floating in the distance.

“Looks like we found what we came for.”

The trio quickly ran towards the square where the Wizard was holding the prisoners hostage. Various guards had attempted to shoot the Wizard with arrows, but he had managed to turn them all back on them and kill them all.

As soon as the Professor arrived in the square the Wizard could sense his presence.

“What are you”. The Wizard said in an almost frightened tone.

“I could say the same to you” The Professor joked.

The Wizard dropped his prisoners and focused solely on the Professor. He fired an energy blast at the Professor, which the Vampire was quickly able to dodge. The Professor then leaped at the Wizard, only to be blasted backwards into a nearby house. Whilst Lindsey and Kirsteen tried to help the prisoners escape, the Wizard started to choke them both with his dark magics.

“Servants of evil, you shall die alongside your inhuman master.”

To Be Continued

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 8: The Abyss

(Sorry for the delay. This ended up being longer than I thought. The final part will be up on Monday, and next week all 3 series will return to normal and there will be more opinion pieces.)

The Professors vessel went hurling through the vortext, throwing Lindsey and the three Demons all over the place. Lindsey however in the confusion managed to crawl out of the room and sealed it shut behind her. It would probably only hold the Demons back for a few minutes once they got back on their feet, but that might be enough. As Lindsey ran towards the weapons cabinet, she could hear the moans and screams from outside.

She had a feeling she knew were they had landed but it was too horrible to admit. Still she had to be sure, so Lindsey first went down to check the scanner which was just below the room with the weapons cabinet.

To her horror Lindsey saw where they had landed. It was in the Abyss. The Abyss was an area of time and space where time travellers who had changed history were taken by hideous creatures known as the Guardians.

Time could not be changed in any way shape or form. Doing so would create a paradox that would threaten to poison the timeline and destroy the universe. The Guardians job was to fix any paradox’s and imprison time travellers who created them.

Time had no meaning in the Abyss. Anyone who was imprisoned there would remain so forever. The Abyss itself was nothing but a large, dark, empty wasteland. Prisoners were not made to suffer by the Guardians, but at the same time there was nothing for them to do. Prisoners couldn’t have children in the Abyss, there were no resources for them to even build houses or shelters, just endless sand. There were certainly no luxuries or forms of enertainment either. Life in the Abyss was just an endless tedium which would almost always drive its occupants insane! Many of the occupants would attack and kill each other just to have something to do.

It wouldn’t take long for the Guardians to notice a time ship had crashed. They would most likely just return it to the vortex, but Lindsey didn’t want to take the chance that they might see the Professors’s ship as a rescue attempt and decide to just imprison her anyway. You did not want to be on the Guardians wanted list. No time traveller had ever escaped the monsters. Their power was beyond comprehension.

Above all else Lindsey hoped to escape before her former friend, Hilioma found them.

Hilioma was the travelling companion of the Professor and Lindsey before Kirsteen. She came from a world that had been conquered by the evil Hylexans. She had seen her family slaughtered by the monsters and had endured years of torture herself at the monsters slimy tentacles.

Though The Professor and Lindsey were able to repel the Hylexans and free her people, Hilioma would later attempt to wipe the Hylexans from history. She had been given fair warning from the Professor and Lindsey about changing time, but she refused to listen to them. When the three time travellers visited the Hylexans world at an earlier point in their history when the Octopoids had first mastered magics, Hilioma would deliberately sabotage one of the Hylexan’s spells to destroy their world.

Just as the Professor could have predicted, the changes Hilioma had created lasted all of 3 seconds before the Guardians arrived, undid her actions and sent her kicking and screaming into the Abyss. Hilioma had never taken the Professor’s warning seriously. She believed that if push came to shove, he and Lindsey would have to find a way to save her from the Guardians.

Sadly there was literally nothing the Professor could do. No power in the universe could even harm the Guardians. Lindsey had pleaded with the Professor to try and help Hilioma, but he always refused which nearly led to her leaving the Vampire.

In time however Lindsey came to understand, but she would still be haunted by the image of the Guardian pulling her friend through a black hole. The Guardians were absolutely revolting creatures. They had completely grey bodies, with long thin fingers, covered in slimy suction cups. Their bodies had a rougly humanoid shape, though they appeared to be somewhat slimy and maleable. When The Professor tried to punch one, his hand just went clean through the monsters chest without even harming it.

They also appeared to have the power to change their bodies to any size and shape they wished. The Professor speculated if they only assumed humanoid shapes to communicate with humanoids.

The Guardians bodies looked wet and the flesh was lumpy. Their faces had just one large, green eye with a black pupil and a massive mouth filled with sharp, yellow, pointed teeth, that was locked into a hideous grin.

On the top of each of the monsters heads were 4 long tubes which writhed constantly.

Outside the Professor’s vessel, Lindsey could see in the darkness, several humanoid figures from races all over the universe gathering around. They had all once time travellers like her who thought they could change their destiny in some way for the better and had paid a heavy price for it.

Many of the prisoners had been driven mad to the point where they simply jumped around the time machine like animals, but a few began to inspect it. Lindsey so wished she could help them, but if she even lifted a finger for any of the prisoners then she would join them in a second.

Lindsey quickly went for the weapons chest and pulled out the largest weapon she could find, a Gylsegion canon. The Gylsegion’s were vicious warrior Demons who had weapons built into their bodies. The canon was a trophy from one of the Professor’s greatest victories in stopping a Gylsegion invasion of a world in the Heavenly realm. He ripped it from the leader of the Gylsegion’s arm, though it had taken the Vampire ages to scrape off the last bits of Gyslegion flesh from the canon. The Professor generally tended not to use his weapons chest unless he had too.

He didn’t have anything against using them in defence. The Professor, much like Lindsey preferred non violent means, but was willing to use them if need be.

Still the Professor often felt that his weapons got in the way more than anything else. The Professor felt his spells which he could recite from memory, were often more effective in dealing with magical creatures. His spells unlike the weapons could not be disarmed or taken away from him, and were easier to hide.

Nevertheless Lindsey was glad the Professor hadn’t thrown them out now. She quickly ran back down the corridor to where she had left the Demons, but they had already broken out of the control room and were waiting for her.

Lindsey quickly raised the Gyslegion canon and shot at the first rock Demon. The canon was so strong however that she stumbled back a little when she fired, and hit the monsters shoulder instead.

The blast was strong enough to take the Demon’s shoulder and arm below clean off. Lindsey quickly fired a second shot into the Demons chest, blowing a hole in it. The Demon then sank to its knees, where Lindsey delivered a final shot to its head blowing it up.

The other two Demons fled down a nearby corridor. Lindsey tried to run after the monsters, but she suddenly saw three humanoid figures standing at end of another corridor beside her. They were all dressed in ratty clothes, with a confused look of despair on their faces.leading.

“Help us. Please I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been a prisoner for.” one of them said before Lindsey raised her canon. The prisoners, (who had been able to enter through a hole in the ship the Demons had created with their weapons) very presence here could make the Guardians think Lindsey was helping them.

“You need to get out NOW.” She said with regret. The woman got on her knees and started begging Lindsey. She hated herself for it, but Lindsey rammed her canon into the young woman’s ribs.

“I mean it.” She said more forcefully. The young woman began to back off somewhat as did the others.

“I’m sorry, I really am. I wish there was something I could do, but if you don’t leave you’ll doom me and my crew.”

“Misery loves company.” The young woman said whilst smiling. Suddenly a large figure appeared from behind and grabbed Lindsey in a bear hug. Lindsey struggled to break free, but its strength was immense.

Lindsey looked up to see that the figure was a member of a race of creatures known as the Mystelians. Mystelia was a dead world. At least by the time the earth had formed. It was one of the oldest planets in the universe. Lindsey had never visited it. Nor had the Professor. Its timeline was so closed off that virtually no time traveller had ever been able to visit it. However the Professor had managed to obtain a few artifacts from a pod sent from the dead planet. The pod had come from an early point in their timeline, when the Mystelians were first branching out into space. It was sent out to represent their culture to other potential races, but had instead become lost and somehow survived for possibly millions of years until The Professor had found it.

Lindsey had actually enjoyed reading the novel that had been left in the pod, which was regarded as the greatest work of fiction, at that point, that their race had ever produced. The novel itself was actually fairly mediocre, but Lindsey felt it gave a fascinating insight into this lost race. To now actually see a Mystelian in the flesh was incredible even for a time traveller like Lindsey.

Lindsey stared at the creatures strange reptillian face for a few seconds before it tightened its grip on her.

“All I wanted was to save my people. Yet here I am condemned to this nightmare forever. If you can travel here, then you can leave. Take us with you.” The Mystelian said.

Lindsey didn’t even respond to the alien. She simply tried to struggle free, but it soon shoved her against a wall and grabbed her by the throat.

“You will help me. You will help my people. Its all that’s kept me going in the thousands of years I’ve been locked up here. As long as I live there is a chance for my people.”

Lindsey gasped for air as the beast throttled her, but she soon relieved, ironically to see the two Demons she had chased away earlier sneeking up on the alien.

They both grabbed the Mystelian from behind and pulled it away from Lindsey. The Mystelian however proved to be stronger than anyone there thought as it tossed both Demons away with each hand.

One of the Demons charged at the Mystelian, but the alien easily overpowered the rock monster and quickly tore its head off. The other Demon quickly fled, but whilst the Mystleion was distracted Lindsey quickly grabbed the Gyselgion canon and fired it at the Mystelion, blowing it too pieces. Death had no meaning in the abyss, and within a matter of minutes the Mystelion’s body would reform again. If you were a visitor and you died in the Abyss however then you could never leave without dying on the outside.

Lindsey quickly ran to the communications area on a lower level of the ship. The other humanoids dared not to follow her out of fear and any others she encountered she quickly warded away with her weapon. In the communications rooms was a magical device which could allow Lindsey to communicate with the Professor wherever he was.  Assuming he had remembered to bring the amulet. She couldn’t remember if he had under that cloak. He could be so absent minded.

“Professor, Professor.” Lindsey shouted through the communicator that was a giant glowing purple sphere in the centre of the room.

A voice came through the sphere, faint, but clear.

“Lindsey will you please keep it down. I’m trying to stay hidden from a group of Maliak’s and Demons fighting up ahead.”

“Thank god you’re alive. I need your help.”

“Yes well I could be doing with some help myself right now.”

“Its the engine. The Demons blew it out. The repair unit should fix it, but I can’t afford to wait that long. The ship’s been blown into the Abyss.”

The Professor’s blood ran cold at the mere mention of that place. “I’m going to need a more powerful spell to repair the engine. Its completely destroyed. I can only remember the basic regeneration spells”

“Now Lindsey I’ve tried to make you remember all the regeneration spells. If only you listened to me just once in a while.” The Vampire moaned.

“Yes well you can bore me with this later, but if you don’t mind I’d rather not spend an eternity in this wasteland. Even one of your lectures is better than that.”

The Professor started to repeat the spell, whilst keeping his eyes on the warring Demons and Aliens up ahead.

“Thank’s Professor. We still have the bomb. When we get back to the Maliaks home planet we’ll set it off after we’ve teleported you back on board.”

“You’ll have to detonate it as soon as you arrive on the planet Lindsey.”

“Professor you’re a Vampire, a Demon, the spell will destroy you.”

“Yes I’m aware of that.” The Professor said impatiently. “The Maliaks so called God is planning to suck this entire world into hell. As evil as the Maliaks may seem they’ve just been lied to by a false god. There are innocent civilians, even children among their ranks who’ll  suffer eternal torment if you don’t act as soon as possible.”

“Professor I.”

“No but’s Lindsey I’ll expect you to do all you can to save the Maliaks.”

Suddenly in the middle of their argument the door was broken down by horde of moaning prisoners of the Abyss. Lindsey lifted her cannon, but the prisoners swarmed her against a wall, making her drop her weapon.

These prisoners were more wild and feral. They started to bite, kick and scratch at her. Lindsey tried to fight back, but she was soon overwhelmed by a sea of dirty hands.

Back in the medibay the Maliak commander and Kirsteen grew impatient and scared. They could hear the sounds and moans of the prisoners.

“What the hell is going on out there.” The Maliak Leader said.

“I don’t know but I’m starting to think it was maybe a good idea to leave us in here.” Kirsteen replied somewhat nervously.

Suddenly the door came crashing down and the last of the rock Demons emerged.

“Maybe you both can tell me what is going on here? Or I’m going to have to get rather unpleasant.” The Demon said as it cornered its two helpless prisoners.

To Be Continued

 

 

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 7: The Demon Fleet

 

The Demons started to fire at the ship rocking it back and forth. Kirsteen struggled to get Lindsey out of the room as the control panel started to explode. Outside Lindsey started to wake.

“We have to get to the medibay now.” She said in a faint and weak voice.

The leader meanwhile having been burnt from the explosion grabbed one of the guns from one of his fallen comrades and cornered Lindsey and Kirsteen outside. He could barely stand he was so weak from the pain and blood loss, but the soldiers determination drove him on.

“You freaks. You’ve doomed us all.”

“Why don’t you just pray to your god.” Lindsey said mockingly. The leader raised his weapon and Kirsteen got in the way of Lindsey begging him to stop. Lindsey quickly pushed Kirsteen out of the way however.

“STOP!” Lindsey said. “If you kill us both now, you’ll die and your whole world will die too.”

“I knew neither of you would face death with dignity.” He sneered.

“We have a medibay with healing magics.. It can patch up your wounds. Either you let us help you, or you die now and fail your false god.”

The Demon hesitated for a few seconds, more because of the pain it was in than anything else. It almost blacked out before quickly raising its gun again.

“Alright but any tricks and I’ll make sure you all die with me.”

The Maliak leaders and general had been waiting for half an hour for their God to show up. They always dreaded these meetings. At least a few of them wouldn’t make it out alive. Normally when things weren’t going to plan, the God would take his frustrations out on a few of the leaders, often just to serve as an example to the others.  The God naturally always loved to make his servants wait for long before he turned up. Fortunately for the Maliaks, these meetings were rare due to their diminished numbers. Still now that the war had ended so badly, they all felt they were for the chop.

The God came bursting into the room in a surprisingly good mood for once.

“He must have something really nasty in mind for us to be that happy.” One of the leaders thought as she gripped her chair in terror.

“You’ve all failed me miserably.” The God said to his followers. “You’ll all suffer for what you’ve let the Demons do to this planet, but don’t worry. You may not have the deaths of your entire species on your conscience. Bring him in.”

Two Maliak foot soldiers dragged the Professor in before leaving.

“That feeble old creature?” One of the Maliak leaders said, almost not sure if their God was joking, though he quickly stopped laughing when the God glared at him.

“This creature has an intellect far beyond any on this planet. He can build weapons that can allow even a miserable race like the Maliaks to actually win in a fair fight. Imagine that.” The God said mockingly.

“What do you want of us oh master.” One of the soldiers said sheepishly.

“Oh nothing. That’s the point. I just wanted to let you know why you were all being replaced. I only felt it was polite. Now goodbye.” A portal suddenly began to open in the centre of the room, causing several Maliaks to fall into it. The others scrambled for safety but a magical barrier prevented them from escaping.

“You’ve heard of the Garisja haven’t you Professor.”

“Its one of the most heinous hell dimensions. I take it that’s where you’re from?”

“Exactly. Even for Demons its a hell.”

“Please oh lord show mercy.” The last of the leaders said as it clung to the edge of the floor over the expanding pit.”

“You fool. I’m not a god. I’m a Demon. A lower level Demon actually from the pit you’re about to fall into.”

“No, it can’t be you’re lying, this is a test of loyalty.”

“I’m afraid not.” The false God said as it morphed back into its original Demon form much to its servants horror. The last Maliak leader let go of the ledge and fell into the hell its master had come from. It wouldn’t have survived much longer anyway, but it couldn’t bare to see that the God it had devoted its life to was nothing more than a phoney. It was a worse punishment than anything the Demons below could do to him, and the false God always loved to let its minions who had failed know that before it killed them.

“Now then lets see about you helping me win this war then shall we Professor?”

Lindsey, Kirsteen and the Maliak leader made their way to the medibay. The Demons had stopped firing on the ship and were attempting to break their way in.

“I don’t know how long it will hold them.” Lindsey, who had repaied her leg completely with magic said as she used a similar spell to heal the Leaders wounds. The leader kept his gun on the two time travellers at all times.

“Now that we’re alone and since we may only have a few minutes left anyway, why not be honest with us here.” Kirsteen said.

“When me and the Professor first met you, you doubted that God of yours. Now you’re desperate to prove your loyalty again? Are you just a coward? You don’t seem to be one?”

The leader was silent for a few moments. He didn’t seem to even acknowledge Kirsteen before she prodded him again. He raised his gun to her in response.

“I do not have to answer anything to you, I”. Suddenly the Maliak started to feel faint. “What have you done to me.” He said as he dropped his weapon.

Lindsey quickly grabbed the gun and pointed at the former leader.” Oh I forgot to mention, since we control the magics in here, and they’re now fused to your body, I can kill you in an instant if I want.”

“You slimy treacherous, cowardly.”

“Relax, I didn’t say I would kill you. Unlike you I don’t believe in senseless slaughter. Its only if you lay a hand on Kirsteen. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to see if the back up control panel is still working. For your own sake both of you stay here.”

“Wait a minute I save your life out there, you can’t just leave me here.” Kirsteen protested.

“Okay Kirsteen. You know how to reprogramme a magic time machine?”

“Well no, but.”

“Trust me you’re safer in here. Two’s a crowd.” Lindsey said before quickly exiting the room and shutting the door behind her.

Kirsteen was furious. “Honestly if she gets shot in the leg this time who’ll bail her out.”

The Leader just rolled his eyes. “God must really be testing me if he locked me in a room with you.”

“Yes about that why are you such a born again? Don’t worry I won’t tell. We’re both probably going to die anyway.”

“What would you understand. You live your life without any reason.”

“Well my life hasn’t exactly turned out as I planned, but at least I haven’t based it around a liar.”

“He is not a liar he’s.” The Leader froze for a few minutes before speakng. He was almost trying to make sense of his behaviour to himself more than he was to Kirsteen who he didn’t even bother to look at. “I had a crisis of faith. For my entire life I believed our God that we had been chosen to cleanse the universe of his mistakes. For forty years we always triumphed until this war. When the Demons crushed us it was more than just a defeat. Everything we had fought for seemed like a lie. Our God appeared weak. We were weak. All of the enemies we had slaughtered. I started to wonder if they had deserved it. If we were not the supreme beings, who were we to have judged them. Then it hit me. God was testing us. Until now he had given our race everything we needed. We had no reason to be truly loyal except out of gratitude. This was to test our mettle to see if we were truly above the others. We had to stick together, still believe in him even through strife when all of his other races wouldn’t. I failed him, but clearly the Maliaks passed his test as now he has delivered your craft which will allow us to win the war.”

“I can assure you us coming here had nothing to do with that thing.”

“Of course it did. You may not know it, but he guided you here. Why else would you have come at this time at this place.”

“I just have the worst luck That’s why. The fact that I’m on this ship in the first place is proof of that.”

“You are part of his plan. We all are. I was a fool not to see it.”

“You’re a fool now. Actually no you’re not. You just can’t admit that your life has been a waste. When you thought you were going to die it didn’t matter but now?”

“Shut up.”

“Its sad in a way. You’ve been duped into thinking you’re above the rest of us, and none of you have been able to choose your own destinies. You all follow what someone else wants.”

The leader tried to strike Kirsteen only to collapse to the floor.

“The magics remember. Our magics kept you alive whilst your God sent you to die. ”

Lindsey reached the emergency control panel. It was damaged, but not to the same extent as the first control panel. With a little magic she might be able to accelerate its self repair unit.

Lindsey tried to remember the spell, but suddenly the alarm went off. “How did they get in here? Its not possible.” She thought to herself.

The Professor was carried down the hall to the main lab of the facility by the Demon/God itself. The Professor made sure the Demon had to carry him every step of the way. He dug his claws into the ground when the God tried to drag him. The Demons strength dwarfed that of the Vampires, but the Professor loved making it difficult for the Demon as much as he could.

When they reached the lab, the Demon beat the Professor for his insolence. “Oh how I wish I could just kill you here and now.” “I have a talent for being annoying. Its one of my many skills.”

“I want you to look at our weapons Vampire. Together we should be able to cobble something together to stop those.”

Just then the whole room began to shake, and a Maliak came running into the room. “Master, Master the Demons have found us. They’re attacking.”

“It can’t be. There’s no way they could have…. What news is there of the bomb.”

“We’ve lost contact with them.”

“Well then I’m afraid that is it for the Maliaks.”

“What do you mean?”

The God responded by tearing the minions throat out. The Professor meanwhile slowly reached for a crude weapon on the table whilst the Demon was distracted.

“I don’t always enjoy it you know. Centuries I spent building these creatures up. I genuinely thought they were the ones. I hate to have to do this again.”

“You’re just a sentimental guy aren’t you.” The Professor said mockingly.

“Well on the plus side I don’t have to keep you alive anymore.”

The Professor quickly flipped backwards, and as he did he fired the small gun he had picked up with both of his hands, tied behind his back. The Professor shot the Demon in both eyes. The Professor then shot at the chains breaking them. The Professor then grabbed various weapons from the tables and started shooting at the Demon. The weapons drew the Demons blood, but all of its wounds instantly healed over. The Professor soon threw a bomb at the ceiling and then jumped through the hole it created. Whilst the God was stronger, the Professor was faster and he soon god out of the Demons reach.

“Its no matter. He along with the rest of this world and those Demons will soon fall into the Garisja forever. That fool can barely manage me.

Lindsey had completed the spell. She was beginning to pilot the ship. She hoped to pilot the ship back to the planet and set off the bomb there. Like The Professor, Lindsey had correctly deduced that the God was a Demon.

Unfortunately as the ship began to make its way into the vortex, several of the Demons broke their way into the emergency room. These Demons were different to any Lindsey had seen on the planet. They were roughly 7 foot tall and had black, rock like skinn, large green eyes, and parts of their bodies glowed red.

Lindsey tried to fire at the monsters, but her magical rays simply bounced off of the beasts. One ray struck the emergency panel just as the ship was about to dematerialise.

“You fools, you’ll create a rip in the vortex.” Lindsey shouted as the ship began to whirl out of control.

To Be Continued

 

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

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

 

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 3: The Flying Mountain

 

Lindsey and the strange aliens quickly ran from the pit. They didn’t even know where they were going, but at the very least they all agreed it would be better to go out fighting above than to die in that wretched hole.

Several Asikori Demons soon emerged from behind several rocks above, hissing and screeching at aliens.

“DON’T LET THE SPECIAL MEAT ESCAPE!” One of the Demons shouted whilst pointing at Lindsey. The aliens were not able to stand against the Asikori in one on one fights. The winged beasts were simply so fast that they were never on the ground long enough for the aliens to fight them properly.

The Demons would swoop down in a flash and lift the aliens into the sky, where they’d either tear their throats out or throw them back into the pit.

Lindsey was at the front of the fleeing mob of prisoners. As she was a lot smaller than the aliens, she could run a lot faster. All of the aliens at the back were picked off first. Within a few minutes only Lindsey and 6 others remained. The alien straight behind Lindsey was grabbed by an Asikori, but this time Lindsey came to its aid. There was nothing she could have done for the others, but this alien was right behind her and she couldn’t leave it to the mercy of those horrors.

Lindsey grabbed the alien by its feet as it was pulled into the sky. She only held it down for a few seconds before the Demon started to pull her off the ground too. Still it was a long enough delay for two more aliens to join in and together with Lindsey’s help they pulled the Demon to the ground. The three aliens then dogpiled on the Demon and tore it apart. Two of the aliens ripped its wings off which they then used as weapons to bat other Asikori away. Nevertheless two more aliens were still carried away back to the pit.

The alien that Lindsey had saved was shocked at her actions. “We’re all in this together.” She said to the alien before they were forced to flee from more Asikori’s. Lindsey and the few surviving aliens managed to make their way to the edge of a cliff that led to a valley below filled with thousands of Asikori!

They couldn’t go back the way as not only were there hundreds of Asikori, but it simply led back to the pit and a dead end beyond that.

“Out of the frying pan” Lindsey said to herself as she struggled to think of a way out. She wouldn’t have time to recant the ritual now. Two of the aliens just simply ran into the valley. One of the aliens was grabbed and tossed into the air, whilst another was jumped by three of the Demons who quickly tore him to pieces.

Lindsey and two more aliens (who were all that was left of the refugees from the pit.) Huddled together in fear, lashing out at any Demon that came close. They knew they couldn’t hold on for long and so Lindsey decided to act.

“Follow my lead. When one of them grabs me. You jump on him. We can maybe use one of those freaks to fly over this valley.”

Lindsey didn’t give the aliens time to disagree and she quickly ran down the valley. Sure enough one of the Demons flew down and grabbed her. The two aliens quickly jumped on top of the Asikori that tried to fly back to the pit, but the aliens punched and kicked the Demon causing it to fly off course over the valley. In the ensuing struggle, the Demon let go of Lindsey. She still tried to hold on, but the monster kicked her off. Lindsey fell from over 80 feet in the air, but a tree broke her fall. One of the aliens quickly jumped after Lindsey, whilst the other alien still tried to fight the Demon. The two spun through the air for a few minutes, until the Asikori flew into a flock of Asikori who ripped the alien apart.

Lindsey and the sole surviving alien quickly jumped down from the tree. They had landed near the middle of the valley in a small forest area. The cover of the trees made it somewhat easier to hide from the Demons. On the ground the alien was more of a match for the Demons, though they were greatly outnumbered.

The alien used its strength to rip a giant piece of wood from a nearby tree to use as a weapon against the Demons. He managed to impale one of the monsters in the chest when it swooped down on him, and quickly broke the arm of another when it tried to grab him from behind.

Whilst the alien fought with the Demons Lindsey went behind a tree to try and chant the ritual. One of the Demons however quickly spotted her and and flew towards the time time traveler. The alien threw the piece of wood through the Demons chest before it reached Lindsey, killing it stone dead.

Lindsey was able to finish the ritual knocking 50 or so Demons in the nearby area out. The alien and Lindsey then ran through the forest searching for anywhere they could hide. Several more Demons started to circle the area, though they kept their distance for a short while as thy were not sure how Lindsey had been able to knock the other Demons out.

The alien spotted a small cave at the edge of the forest, but as he and Lindsey ran there a particularly bold Demon swooped down through the trees and grabbed onto the alien. Lindsey however reached into the earth and threw dirt into the monsters eyes, temporarily blinding it, whilst Lindsey and the alien made their way into the cave.

Though more Demons had spotted the two fleeing prisoners, they didn’t pursue them.

“Fools” said one of the Demons. “When they see what’s in that cave. They’ll have wished they died in the pit.”

“What? You can’t be serious? They’ve surrendered? The Maliaks do not surrender.” The leader of the Asikori said.

“It’s true my lord. The last platoon in this area are at the bottom of the mountain waiting for us. They claimed to have captured two strange aliens that they want to hand over as a show of good faith. They also claim to be willing to hand over their supposed leader.”

“Well” the Demon smiled. “Its seems they’ve finally realized what a liar and fool that so called God of theirs is.” “Still” he continued. “I better check this out for myself. Maliaks are such slimy, treacherous devils.”

The Maliak troop along with the Professor and Kirsteen had been brought to the foot of the mountain after seemingly surrendering. A large green magical ray pulled them right to the top of the mountain right before the Asikori leader and 20 other elite Demons.

“Well I never thought I’d see the day.” The leader of the Demons taunted the Maliak’s.

“Our father is no better than you.” The leader of the Maliak’s said back. “I refuse to die for him. We will hand over his location as well as these freaks.” He said whilst pointing at the Professor and Kirsteen. “As long as you let the last of us live and rebuild.”

“I can’t promise that.” The leader of the Demons laughed. “You at least will be killed quickly though. Well quicker than your team mates here.”

The Maliak leader smirked. “And here I was feeling bad that we’d tricked you. NOW” He shouted as the Professor finished the same chant as Lindsey that similarly knocked out all of the Demons, except for the leader. Being stronger than the rest he was thrown back, and greatly weakened by the spell but it didn’t knock him out.

“Clever. You must be from our world to know those magics? Are you a Demon of some kind? Why side with these monsters! They’ll kill us all.”The Asikori leader shouted. Three Maliak soldiers however jumped the Demon and started to beat it. The Demon with its last ounce of strength to thrust its hand through the chest of one of the Maliak soldiers.  The leader of the Maliak’s however grabbed the Demon from behind and prepared to snap its neck.

“NO” The Professor shouted. “We need him alive as leverage.”

“Well it seems my spell still works.” The Professor said smugly. The Professor roused one of the fallen lackeys.

“Tell them I have your leader. I know what you Asikori’s are like. You may be Demons but you have an undying loyalty to your King or Queen. If you don’t release all of your prisoners then I’ll tear his head off.”

The lackey however simply laughed. “Did you really think it would be that easy?” Suddenly an alarm system went off and the ground began to shake.

“What the hell is going on?” Kirsteen said as she was thrown off her feet.

“Your little magic tricks won’t work on him.” The beast taunted before flying towards the leader who he carried away. Some of the aliens tried to stop him, but the ground was shaking so hard that they could barely stand.

Suddenly the ground began to disappear and one by one the aliens fell into a black abyss. Grabbing Kirsteen the Professor jumped over twenty feet to the edge of the cliff , but it too began to crumble.

“Please” Kirsteen begged as the Professor held her over abyss. “I don’t want to die.”

“I’m sorry Kirsteen I” before the Professor could finish the entire structure crumbled and they both went tumbling into the seemingly endless darkness below.

“I don’t like this.” Lindsey said as she and the Maliak wandered through the dark tunnels.

“Why aren’t they chasing us? Those things really wanted to eat me.”

“Clearly there’s something down here that they think will do the job.” The alien said with regret. “We have to keep moving forward though. I’d rather deal with one monster than 1000.” He continued.

As Lindsey and the Maliak made their way deeper into the cave suddenly it began to shake again.

“What’s going on?” Lindsey asked.

“The mountain. Its flying!” The Maliak said.

“What?”

“These mountains are ships constructed through magic. The Demons use them to travel through space. I’m sorry Lindsey but there’s no hope for us now. We can’t escape now. They’ll take us back to their HQ or let god knows whatever’s down here deal with us.”

“Don’t give up. My friends will find us. I’m sure of it. They have a ship that can get us all out of here. I just hope they get to us first.”

“I’m sorry my liege.Our armies have been beaten back.”

“That is not possible. I chose the Maliaks because I saw a strength in you, of all my creations to cleanse the universe of my mistakes and you have let me down.”

The cloaked figure stood out of its chair and began to conjure up a fire ball in its hand.

“Tell me why I shouldn’t destroy you and your miserable race.”

“We have a report of several strange aliens on the surface of the planet, who have reportedly aided some of our soldiers.”

“That’s not possible. Those Demons have this entire solar system cornered off. Also why would any intelligent life form want to help us?”

“I have no idea, but they found a way through the Demon blockade. Sadly according to our latest communication they are the prisoners of the Asikor in a mountain that was last seen fleeing the planet.”

“Find them now. I want to know who these aliens are. That mountain must not be allowed to leave this planet!”

As Lindsey and the Maliak made their way through the tunnels, they could see a light shinning ahead.

The light lead a to a large, empty room where the bodies of several Maliak were scattered. Right at the far edge of the room Lindsey could see the bodies of Professor Fang and Kirsteen.

She ran towards them in panic. “Kirsteen!” “Professor!”

Both began to stir.

“Oh thank god.”

“It was a close thing” The Professor said as he dusted himself down.

“The ground gave way and we fell over 200 feet. I was able to break Kirsteen’s fall.”

“Thank you Professor” Kirsteen said as she hauled herself up.

“Don’t mention it. I did get you into this to be fair.” The Professor said as he looked around.

“We better help the men.”

Suddenly however a gigantic roar bellowed from above. The three time travelers looked above to see a gigantic monster crawling down the wall.

The beast was over 30 feet long. It had a squat face with 4 black eyes like a spider, two massive poison tipped fangs, a large serpentine tongue, 4 pincer like limbs, a long body with massive spikes that ran down the centre, and three tails, all of which ended in similar hideous squat heads.

Quick as a flash the monster jumped in between Lindsey, the Professor, Kirsteen and the soldiers, with its heads at both ends being ready to strike.

To Be Continued