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

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

 

Professor Fang: The Hopping Dead: Part 3: The Demon King

 

(Apologies for the delays in Doctor Who, The Circus Master and Professor Fang over the last few weeks due to my illness. Everything will be back to normal with all 3 series resuming over the course of this week.)

“Please, please Cheun if you can hear me” the Empress said in desperation as her husband stood, seemingly motionless by the door. Was there still something of him in there after all she thought? Why hadn’t it attacked yet?

Whilst the Empress tried to keep her husband distracted, one of the guards jumped the former Emperor from behind, but the Jiang Shi quickly spun round, grabbed the guard and sunk its fangs deep into his neck. The Empress in response grabbed a chair and smashed it over her former husbands back, but he didn’t even flinch. The Empress then reached for the guards sword that he had dropped and thrust it into her husbands back, but the sword broke in half. The Empress then reached for a large pot, but the Emperor dropped the guard’s lifeless corpse to the ground before turning round to face his former wife.

Up close the Empress could see for sure now that this monster was not her husband. His mouth, which was dripping with the blood and flesh of his own loyal men, started to distort into a hideous fanged grin. There did perhaps appear to be more under the surface to this beast, but it wasn’t in any way shape or form the man she had once loved.

The Emperor with one hit sent his wife flying across the room, before turning his attention to his son, who was so overcome with terror he didn’t even attempt to flee.

The Empress quickly jumped up and delivered an air kick to the Vampire Emperor’s back, causing the Vampire to spin round and face her. The Empress tried to punch her husband, but the Vampire grabbed her arm and brought the Empress to her knees, before sinking his fangs into her shoulder. The Empress had never felt pain like it before in her life. The Vampires fangs cut clean through her skin, muscle and bone!

The Empress desperately grabbed a nearby candle stick and started to hit her husband repeatedly which did nothing to deter the Vampire. Almost blacking out from the pain, the Empress with her last ounce of strength rammed the Vampire into a wall which caused the beast to loosen its bite slightly, allowing her to wiggle free. The Empress had lost all use in her arm however as a result of the Vampires bite. Most people would have fainted by now, but the Empress’ iron will drove her on.

When the Vampiric Emperor tried to move in for another bite, the Empress rammed the candle stick down her former husbands throat and pushed him back. The Empress then quickly picked up her son with her remaining arm. Her son had been to terrified to even move during the Empress fight with her former husband. Not that there was anything he could have done, but it was traumatic for the boy that he couldn’t even look at what was going on. “This can’t be happening.” He said to himself over and over again. “My father could never be taken over by any curse.” Whilst the Emperor bit through the candle stick and tore it apart with his claws, the Empress jumped over the bed with her son and out of the room.

Outside however the Empress could see to her horror, her entire special guard lay slain. Some of them had bite marks on their throats, others faces were mangled beyond recognition, some had even had their heads torn off!

“What have I done”. The Empress said to herself. “If only I had listened. Those poor men. All of them deserved so much better.” Suddenly one of the slain guards rose, followed by another and another. They all had the same expression of rage and hunger that the Emperor had, and all bore the same yellow fangs and red eyes that he did.

The Empress quickly jumped over the monsters and ran down the hall screaming for help as the horde of bloodthirsty Jiang Shi, including her husband hopped after her, but there was no one around to help. She could hear her servants and guards screaming for help from the lower levels.

The Empress reached the end of the main hall and prepared to descend down the stairs, but she could see a whole horde of Jiang Shi ascending from the bottom of the stair case. Caught between two hordes of monsters, the Empress simply sat hugging her boy.

“Its okay, it’ll be okay.” She said to her boy knowing that it wouldn’t be. As she prepared for her last breath, the Empress quickly noticed that the guards and her husband were fighting among themselves. They were all nothing but animals now, clawing and biting at each other for the last bit of food.

The Emperor still appeared to be the strongest of the Jiang Shi. He tossed the other guards aside effortlessly, but it didn’t take long for the other Jiang Shi to dogpile on the Emperor and start clawing at him. The Empress seized her chance and ran past the ravenous Vampires, and down the other side of the hall.

There was somewhere she could run on the top level. A safe passage for her and the Emperor during emergencies which led to a backdoor exit from the castle. She just hoped that monster that bore a twisted caricature of her husbands face didn’t remember the safe passage either.

The safe room was hidden through a secret passage in a wall, just beside the Empress and the Emperors room. She hadn’t ran to it before as her Vampiric husband had blocked the way, but now that he was distracted, the Empress who kept a key for the room at all times was able to quickly enter it with her son. The room was relatively small, narrow and dark, but still they were both able to fit reasonably well. The Empress told her boy to wait whilst she checked the exit which lay below at the bottom of a spiral staircase.

At the bottom of the stair case the Empress opened the door which led to a small garden path outside the castle. In the garden however lay two guards corpses, whilst another of the former Empress’ guards wandered dazed and aimless, clutching at his neck which dripped with blood. The Empress could see one of the Jiang Shi, a young female hopping towards the guard from behind. The guard was in too much pain to notice the monster creeping up on him. The Empress was torn. She couldn’t leave one of the guards who had sworn to protect her above all else just be torn to pieces, but at the same time there was nothing she could do to help him. She was struggling just to stay awake herself. Furthermore if she tried to fight the Jiang Shi she would be exposing her son upstairs, to this and possibly other monsters that were around.

With regret the Empress shut the door quietly and headed back upstairs, though she could hear the guard screams of agony, as well as the Jiang Shi’s ravenous roars as the Demon tore her loyal servant to pieces.

The Empress barely made it up the stair case she was so weak. The adrenaline that had helped her fight through the pain and blood loss was beginning to wear off. Back at the top she almost fainted and her boy quickly ran to help her up. The Empress son sobbed almost uncontrollably as his mother almost collapsed, but she quickly regained her composure.

“Please, please son you have to stop crying. You can’t make a sound. If those Demons hear us.” The Empress said faintly as she struggled to stay awake.

Every second was torment as the Empress and her son heard the Jiang Shi’s roars and hisses from outside, terrified that at any second the monsters could tear the wall down and find them. The screams and cries of her guards, maidens and servants rang through the entire castle.

Worse still the Empress knew she was infected. For all she knew she could turn at any minute. It had taken her husband several months, but the guards and servants had risen in a matter of minutes.

She would have happily gone outside and allowed the monsters to tear her to pieces to save her boy, but doing so would alert them to him. “Who will come to save us?” She thought. Those monsters tore their way through the elite guard effortlessly. How would the villagers be able to cope? What would become of the kingdom?

“What have I done.” She said to herself over and over again.

The Professor, Lindsey, Kirsteen, and Lee had reached the palace doors. The Guard who had come from the palace had decided to stay behind in the village in case any of the creatures had come down from the palace. There was no one in sight, and an eerie silence to the place.

“I fear we are already too late.” Lee said, before the giant doors burst open. Two guards came running out, both covered in blood, and bites and scratches.

“Run those monsters, they” The two men shouted before the Professor and Lee stopped them in their tracks, though the Professor was more gentle in stopping his guard.

“Relax we’re not going to hurt you” The Professor said as he held his in guard in place, whilst Lee hoisted his up in the air using his magic.

“Please lets us go its the Emperor, he’s, he’s become a monster.” The guard who was held in the air said.

“He started to attack the guards, some of them, they, they’ve become monsters too.”

“Wait a minute I thought you said the Emperor was bitten months ago?” Kirsteen asked? “How are the guards changing so fast?”

“If the Jiang Shi kills its victim then the change happens faster. If you’re alive it can take months.” Lindsey said. “Its worse if you live however.” Lindsey continued. “The Demon is allowed to grow over a longer period of time and become stronger. The Emperor will be extremely powerful from the sounds of things. The undisuted leader of the new pack of Jiang Shi.”

“There’s nothing we can do.” Lee said as he lowered the guard to the ground.”My magics aren’t powerful enough to deal with what the Emperor has become.”

“Well you’re in luck.” The Professor said boastfully. “I know a thing or too about the Jiang Shi. Even before I became a Vampire I had more than a few encounters with them. Granted it will take time to get together some of the spells, but.”

“We don’t have time. Bloodsucker.” Lee spat back. “They got us in the end. They got us.”

“Who?” Lindsey asked.

“The Hissians. A rival kingdom of ours. We fought for centuries, and just when they we were on the cusp of victory they destroyed the ancient magics that had protected our kingdom for years.”

“What do you mean?” The Professor asked?

“The reason nobody here knows about the Jiang Shi is because many, many centuries ago, a great sorceress, with a far greater knowledge of magic than you or I banished all Demons from this land. As I told you before the unholy monsters used to dominate what would one day become our and the Hissians kingdoms to a greater extent than in any of the other kingdoms.

The Sorceress named Asia Moon would go on to be celebrated as our greatest hero. Whilst the Jiang Shi spread all over the rest of our land like the plague they are, our tiny little patch of land enjoyed a freedom from their evil.

Unfortunately however as time went on and we had no need for the black arts, very few in our kingdom came to knew about magic. Even the Demons passed into legend. The Hissians were the same, but when we were on the brink of victory, the Hissians made a discovery that would allow them to doom us even as their kingdom fell.”

Lee continued. “They discovered the ruins of the first kingdom beneath theirs, the one the Jiang Shi and other Demons had destroyed. I was part of a slave force to dig the ruins out. In their desperation they hoped they could find some powerful form of magic to use against us. They found the amulet that Moon had used to constantly repel the Demons from kingdom and they destroyed it.”

“That doesn’t make any sense? They’d die too?” Kirsteen asked.

“They knew they were beat. Their leader tried to blackmail The Emperor Cheun. He told him that they would unleash the dark forces if Cheun didn’t surrender, but Cheun didn’t believe them. The Hissians would rather die than live under us. As soon as they broke the amulet one of the Jiang Shi returned to our kingdom, though they may have brought it here I don’t know. I was liberated just after the Emperor had been infected. I had been able to transcribe the old ruins left by Moon where I learned the truth of the ancient beasts that once roamed the land. I just managed to seal the original Jiang Shi in the old ruins, but when I tried to warn the Emperor that he too would become one of those monsters, his wife refused to listen to me. She is a remarkable woman in many ways. She fought at his side, she helped to save the kingdom from the Hissians, but now she has helped to doom it.”

“Well I can’t say that we can permanently purge this kingdom of evil like this Moon woman did, but we can help deal with the Jiang Shi” The Professor said. “Please help us. From the sound of things you’ve been through a lot for this kingdom already. Do you really want to give up now?”

“Well I suppose I don’t have anything to loose?” Lee said begrudgingly.

“First however we must stop the spread of evil.” Lee said before he quickly snapped the necks of both prisoners.

“You murdering scum.” Kirsteen said in rage.

“They were infected by the beasts. If you are serious about protecting this kingdom then you will do the same too.”

“They might not have turned.” Lindsey snapped. “Not all those the Jiang Shi bite become members of their kind. We could have had time to see.”

“Its that type of thinking from the Empress that doomed the kingdom.”  Lee said as he hurried into the castle not wanting to discuss it anymore.

“I’m still not sure if he’s the real monster.” Kirsteen said.

The inside of the castle was filled with corpses, all mangled and in some cases torn to pieces. There were no signs of the Jiang Shi however.

As the foursome wandered through the blood stained palace, Lee was suddenly struck by the sight of one of the corpses. It was of a young woman who he had known many years aho, one of the palace guards. Though their relationship had ended a long time ago, and she too had come to despise Lee for his crimes against the Emperor. Still Lee had always maintained his feelings for her, and broke down at the sight of what those monsters had done.

Unfortunately whilst Lee was distracted, neither Lee, nor Lindsey, nor the Professor noticed the Emperor himself slowly creeping towards them from the upper balcony. Covered in cuts and bite marks, the Emperor had nevertheless managed to fight off the other JIang Shi and establish his dominance.

The Vampire jumped from the balcony behind Lindsey, and Kirsteen who he quickly tossed aside. The Professor tried to fight the monster off, but it quickly hurled him through the air too and went straight for Lee. It seemed to target him above the others.

Lee tried to repel the beast with his magics but it was no use. The Emperor grabbed him by the throat and started to slowly crush the life out of its old friend.

To Be Continued

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