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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Professor I.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

“You freaks. You’ve doomed us all.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Maliak foot soldiers dragged the Professor in before leaving.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Exactly. Even for Demons its a hell.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You slimy treacherous, cowardly.”

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

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

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

“Well no, but.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Shut up.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We’ve lost contact with them.”

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

“What do you mean?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“To be wiped out by Demons?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I wouldn’t expect you to understand.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What do you mean its not working.”

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

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

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

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

“This place is dire” The leader said derisively.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You’re lying.”

“I’m not take a look at the scanner.”

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

Suddenly Kirsteen broke down into tears.

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

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

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

“I’m impressed” Lindsey said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Perhaps it conceals a weapon sir.”

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

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

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

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

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

“I’m sorry my liege.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Bomb what bomb” Kirsteen asked.

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

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

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

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

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

Kirsteen looked at the leader of the Maliaks.

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What’s going on?” Lindsey asked.

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

“What?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both began to stir.

“Oh thank god.”

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

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

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

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

“We better help the men.”

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

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

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

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 2: Behind Enemy Lines

 

“LINDSEY!” The Professor shouted in despair as the monster carried her high into the sky.

There was nothing Kirsteen or even the Professor could do to help Lindsey however. The Professor tried to jump over thirty feet using his Vampiric strength to catch the Demon, but the monster was too high, and the Professor simply went crashing back down.

“We have to follow her.” The Professor told Kirsteen as he ran ahead over the hill, not even bothering to look back and see if Kirsteen was following or not. The Professor recognised the Demon. At least he thought he did. It was a particularly nasty breed native to the planet Ghastriax. The Professor and Lindsey had helped rebel an infestation of the monsters in the largest city on the planet many years ago (from their perspective at least.) The Professor had created a magical blast that wiped out thousands of them. He still remembered the formula, but he obviously didn’t have the time to whip it up now.

As the Professor made it over the hill however, several hideous undead Demons suddenly came crawling out of the ground. The monsters were utterly hideous in appearance. Their skin was rotting, and slimy, whilst their teeth were long, thin, white and extremely strong. They had no eyes and long, grey flowing hair. About twenty of the monsters in total emerged from the ground.

Kirsteen stood near the Professor and picked up a rock for defence. It probably wouldn’t do her any good but she had to try something.

The Professor bared his fangs and ran into the monsters. He tossed three of them through the air and punched a hole in another’s chest, tearing its heart out, before throwing him to the others.

The Vampire then used his fangs to rip the throat out of one Demon, before spitting its flesh and blood in another attacking Demons face, distracting it long enough for the Professor to then break its neck.

Kirsteen was quite taken aback at the display. She knew the Professor was a Vampire, but to see him degenerate into such an animal shocked and terrified her.

The Professor was still in complete control however. He knew that his blood lust would never vanish. As a Vampire it was part of who he was, so he would always make sure to channel it against monsters instead of people.

Whilst the Professor was clearly stronger than these beasts, one of them was able to catch him unaware. The monster was still underground, and it reached its hand out and grabbed the Professor. It only held him in place for a few seconds but it distracted the Professor long enough, for three more of the Demons to jump him from behind and pin him down. The monsters started to bite and claw at the Professor. Kirsteen tried to help the Professor by striking one of the Demons from behind with her, but it quickly spun round and knocked the rock out of her hand.

As it tried to hold Kirsteen still to get a good bite however, Kirsteen was able to grab one of its arms and flip it over her shoulder. Whilst the monsters may have been a good bit stronger than the average human, they were very slow. Kirsteen quickly dodged another one of the monsters and punched it in the stomach and then the face. Whilst she was fighting this monster however, the beast she had flipped over her shoulder managed to grab Kirsteen from behind and within a few seconds, three of the monsters were swarming her.

Just as all seemed lost, the monster holding Kirsteen from behind collapsed to the floor with a smoking hole in its back. Kirsteen looked around to see three strange soldiers standing at the side, wielding large laser rifles. They mowed down all of the undead Demons in a matter of seconds.

Kirsteen instantly went to the Professor was lying on the floor, covered in bite and scratch marks aid.

“I’m okay. A bit worse for wear, but I’ll heal. My clothes won’t sadly. I’ll have to toss this suit out. Shame. I loved the cape. Thank you, and thank you gentleman.” He said to the soldiers. “May I ask who were owe our lives to?”

The soldiers however simply fired at both Kirsteen and the Professor’s feet.

“You will accompany us or you will die”.

The Professor smirked. “I’m afraid that won’t kill me” before rushing the soldiers. All three fired at him, but their rays didn’t even slow the Vampire down. The Professor tossed two of the soldiers aside, and grabbed the gun from the leader of the group that he quickly snapped in half.

Unfortunately one of the soldiers however quickly grabbed Kirsteen and held its gun to her head.

“Are you so sure that our weapons won’t harm her?”

The Professor stopped. “I need to stop travelling with humans. They’re too easy to kill.” The Professor said bitterly as he put his hands up.

The winged creature carried Lindsey to a large mountain where it dropped her in a pit with various other strange creatures.

The creatures belonged to the same race as the soldiers who had abducted the Professor and Kirsteen, though Lindsey of course didn’t know this.

The creatures all had a yellow, greenish skin, thick lizard lips, a large, almost neanderthal brow, 4 rows of white hairy spikes that ran from the top of their heads, straight down their back. Three eyes, which were long, and purple with a yellow iris, and three rows of sharp teeth. They were all relatively large. Not one of them was below 6 feet, and they all had large builds too.

The monsters all turned their attention to Lindsey. She tried not to show any fear. She wasn’t even sure if they meant her any harm. They all seemed to be more curious of her than anything else.

“What are you?” One of the creatures asked.

“I’m from earth” Lindsey said somewhat nervously. “Its a small blue planet.”

“I’ve never heard of it.” The creature interrupted.

“Oh well you should go. The food and the music is to die for. The people not so much.” She joked.

“You don’t look like a Demon?” It said.

“No just a passer by. I don’t suppose one of you minds telling me what.”

The creatures attention was diverted to several of the giant flying beasts, hovering over the pit.

“They look tasty, I can’t wait for the feast tonight.” One of the smaller creatures said whilst licking its lips.

“I don’t like the look of that weird one.” Another one of the flying Demons said referring to Lindsey. “Its head’s got too much hair, and that’s the best bit.”

“I want to see what it tastes like, its a one of a kind.”

“I want its fingers. I love fingers.” Drooled another one of the monsters.

“Its all mine” shouted the monster that captured Lindsey. “I caught it.”

The Demon’s started to fight over who got to taste the strange, pink alien’s flesh below.

“Well I don’t know about you” Lindsey said to the other creatures. “I don’t intend to become Demon droppings.”

“You mean escape? I don’t know why none of us ever thought of that before.” Replied one of the strange creatures from behind in a sarcastic tone.

“I see sarcasm is a universal trait among sentient life forms? Well not to toot my own horn, but I’ve encountered these creatures before. I assume we’re in the Myserik Galaxy?”

“Actually that’s the neighbouring Galaxy. We’re being invaded.”

“Well wherever we are, I know a spell that can hurt these creatures. If you give me a few minutes I can create just a small amount magic.”

“Why only a small amount?”

“In order to to broadcast the spell wide enough to take out hundreds of those monsters I’d need the proper equipment. However if I remember the enchantment I might be able to take down a few.”

“A few? There’s millions out there.”

“Fine I’ll do nothing and we can just get eaten.”

“How long will you need.”

Back in the aliens camp which just a short while away from where they were captured, the Professor and Kirsteen were brought before their leader. The leader was much larger than the others and his horns were bright red though other than that there was little physical difference between the aliens.”

“What are these creatures? Are they Demons?” The leader barked?

“Well I am technically but I’m one of the nice ones.” The Professor joked only to get thumped in the face in response by one of the aliens.

“Please we’re just travellers, we don’t mean any harm, a friend of ours, well his, was taken by those flying things. We have to find her!” Kirsteen interrupted.

The leader sensed it could trust Kirsteen. Unlike the Professor who it thought there was something off about, it felt her pleas sounded genuine.

“If those things got your friend, then I’m sorry. They’re already dead. It won’t matter though, soon our entire race will be.”

“NO!” Shouted another one of the aliens from the back.

“THE MASTER WILL SAVE US ALL! HE WILL CRUSH OUR ENEMIES.”

The leader laughed. “Absolutely pathetic that you still cling to that liar’s promises.” Three underlings tried to attack the leader in response, but he simply shot them down.

“Don’t worry aliens. I didn’t kill them, though at this stage it would probably have been better than to let them get torn apart from those winged beasts.”

The Professor interrupted. “I don’t understand? I recognised the stars. This isn’t the Myserik galaxy. Those monsters out there I know them. Asikori Demons. Vicious little brutes, but they’re a long way from home. How? When I fought them before, they were just beasts?”

“Yes well they’ve had a little help in attacking us.” The leader replied.

“I didn’t recognise those Demons that came out of the ground? Are they not from the same world as the Asikori?”

“They are not even of the same solar system. All of the main Demon races from the neighbouring galaxy have formed an alliance. An alliance to destroy us.”

“Why you” Kirsteen asked.

“Well its not just us. Any life forms they come across. These monsters, after they overrun their own worlds, they decided to form an army to take over as many others as they could.”

“Tragic.” The Professor said shaking his head. “I visited Ghastriax many times. It was a beautiful planet and its people were among the finest I’ve ever encountered. Far better than yours Kirsteen.”

“All right you were once one of us too.”

“Yes but not anymore.”

“So you’d much rather be a Vampire then?”

“Touche Miss Williamson.”

“Enough!” The leader shouted in frustration.

“What do you mean you’ve faced these Demons before?” He continued. “How did you escape them?”

“Well I didn’t just escape them. I beat them. I had help, but still. It was through magic.”

“Could you recreate this magic for us.”

“Not on the same scale I’m afraid. I had help from the people of Ghastriax. Their technology allowed me to blast the magic over a city wide area.”

“I think you’ll find that we have the same resources.” The leader said.

“Well maybe. You don’t look as if you do? Still for the time being I could whip up a few spells. Enough to save Lindsey, if you’ll help.”

“WHAT! YOU WOULD DARE TO FORCE US TO HELP YOU” shouted one of the monsters at the back before being shut up by its leader.

“I’m not telling you. I’m asking. If you won’t help? Fine, we’ll go ourselves.” The Professor said.

“Of course we’ll help you.” Said the leader much to everyone, including the Professor’s surprise.

“Well that I was not expecting.” The Professor said.

“The way I see it. We have no choice. We’re beaten anyway so either we sit and wait to die, or we help you and you help us.”

“Why don’t you just try and force me to give you the magics?” The Professor asked, with Kirsteen nudging him to shut up, not that he acknowledged her.

“You don’t strike me as the sort of man who breaks easy. Like I said we don’t have the time.”

“I just wish those little runts would stop hiding.” Said one of the Asikori as it sat over the pit Lindsey and the aliens were held in.

“Well to be fair considering what we did to their friends can you blame them” Said another of the abominations.

“No I suppose not.” It laughed thinking of the horrors it had helped to inflict on the people of this world. Its just been days since we last found any of them. I’m starting to wonder if this lot are the last left.”

“Did you hear that” it taunted whilst leaning over the pit. “You lot might be the last of your kind. When we kill you, well”….. The Demon stopped as it noticed something strange in the pit.

All of the aliens were attacking Lindsey. They were throwing her around and striking her before dogpiling on her.

“They’re killing the rare meat quick, quick stop them.” The Demon screamed.

All of the Demons around the pit quickly flew in causing the aliens to scatter from Lindsey.

They gathered around her for a few seconds, poking her to see if she was alive, before Lindsey jumped up and cited a strange enchantment from memory. She had been doing so for the last few minutes in order to draw the magics out, now she just needed to say the final part.

The spell killed the two Demons in front of her and knocked the other three to the floor. Wasting not time the aliens quickly seized their chance and tore the Demons apart.

“Hope we didn’t hurt you too much.” One of the aliens said to Lindsey.

“Oh not at all I’ve been through worse. Besides we had to make it look real. Still now the hard bit begins.”

To Be Continued

 

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 1: Men and Monsters

 

“Please don’t leave me” the soldier begged as he struggled to lift himself up his injuries were so severe.

“We were told to face our deaths with dignity. You bring shame to our master” said a fellow soldier who had known his injured comrade for virtually his entire life, as he left him to bleed to death.

The winged abominations had butchered the two soldiers entire team. The two men were now completely surrounded. The soldier who had left his injured, former friend was aware of how grim the situation was, and wanted to take as many of the monsters down as he could with his last breath.

“Over here, come on you freaks!” he shouted at the top of his lungs.

“What are you doing?” the injured man spluttered out.

“Going out in a way our master would be proud” the other soldier said as he lifted out a small bomb, powerful enough to take out several of the creatures.

“COME ON!” he shouted at three of the winged beasts who descended slowly towards him.

The Demons wingspans were all over 30 feet long, whilst their bodies were all over 8 feet. Their skin was red and slimy, whilst their arms were far longer than their legs, and each of the 4 beasts had a long, forked tail. Each of their faces meanwhile had 4 green eyes, no nose and a massive mouth filled with razor sharp teeth.

The lead Demon made a move towards the soldier who instantly raised his weapon and started to activate it. Whilst he was distracted however another one of the Demons from the side managed to whip the bomb out of his hand with its tail.

As the soldier tried to reach for the weapon, the Demon from the back pinned him to the ground, whilst the centre Demon flew towards the bomb, picked it up and threw it using its super strength several miles away before it exploded.

Now completely helpless the soldier understood his comrade’s terror, but still tried to keep his cool as the monsters tore into him. The wounded soldier meanwhile who watched the gruesome sight from a short distance, pulled his gun out and said “May the Master forgive me!” before shooting himself to avoid the same fate.

Kirsteen had spent the last few hours sitting alone in the living quarters of Professor Fang’s vessel. Lindsey had attempted to comfort her, but Kirsteen seemingly just wanted to be alone.

“I’ve never needed a drink more than today.” She thought to herself. “Vampires, Zombies, Demons. I just hope they both take me home.” Even though Kirsteen didn’t have anything waiting for her back in England, she knew she wanted out of this insane place as fast as possible. She had been working up the courage to try and ask the Professor for the last few hours to take her back. She didn’t like the Professor. She thought he was creepy and nasty, but she was really scared that he wasn’t going to take her back. She had a feeling that she would have stay here.

The Professor meanwhile was searching through the library or rather what was left of it. Absolutely nothing had survived.

“I’m sorry Lindsey. That blasted Demon has destroyed everything. I forgot how petty Demons can be.” The Professor said bitterly.

Lindsey was absolutely devastated. She had spent years building up her collection. It included the final copies of some classic works that had been lost in wars, migration to other worlds, and alien invasions. Lindsey felt tremendous guilt for not making more copies while she had the time, or making them public to various civilisations and colonies. Lindsey felt she had deprived future generations of classic literature, and in many ways she had.

“That damn Demon, I hope he suffered.” Lindsey spat out, almost in tears as she held the charred pages of one of her favourite books in her hands. She could still make out a tiny part of the title on the cover, but other than that it was burnt to a crisp.

Kirsteen heard Lindsey’s crying from down the corridor and went to comfort her.

“I’m sorry. Who was it” Kirsteen said assuming that Lindsey and the Professor has lost someone to the Demon.

“My collection. That monster burned it all. I’d spent years building it up, that thing destroyed it. So much great literature, art, music now gone forever, and its my fault.”

“Are you serious” Kirsteen said in anger. “All of those innocent people were torn to shreds by those monsters. That young girl Alice, she told me about her mother Noella when you locked us up in that room. She told me how she couldn’t bare the thought of Noella losing her only daughter, and never knowing what happened to her. Now that’s happened, only its worse. Alice’s mother will be waiting for the rest of her life to find out what happened to her and she’ll never know, and you’re whining about some fucking books! You’re partly responsible! Feel guilty for that.”

“Well” the Professor interjected. “Having listened to some of your music Miss Williamson, it doesn’t surprise me that you have no appreciation for great art.”

“Now you listen to me you creepy old bastard.” Kirsteen replied before Lindsey tried to break them up.

“Okay calm down the pair of you. Of course we regret what happened Kirsteen. We did all we could to save those people and if wasn’t for us, you’d be dead. You could show a little gratitude.”

“You’re right, I’m, I’m sorry. Its just I, I don’t belong here” Kirsteen replied. “Please just send me home where I can get pissed enough into thinking this was all just some fucked up dream.”

“Well now seems like as good a time as any to tell you miss Williamson.” The Professor said in a somewhat more soft tone than usual.

“I’m afraid that you can’t go home.”

“What do you mean?”

“According to the history books, when that ship abducted you, you were never found. It has to stay that way.”

“I don’t understand.”

The Professor sighed which greatly irritated Kirsteen.

“You can’t change history. You make history. For instance if you were to travel backwards in time and stop a great war from happening, then you’d create a time paradox. A paradox eats away at the universe, traps people, planets, races to relive the same moments over and over again. The universe will send creatures known as the Guardians to capture the person responsible and seal them away in an abyss forever, never ageing never dying. If we were to take you back they would come for all three of us. Since we haven’t exactly got off on the best foot Miss Williamson, I don’t think an eternity together would be desirable.”

“I don’t understand though, didn’t you change history by saving me? If I’m supposed to have died on that godforsaken ship.”

“I never said died, just that you didn’t get home. I’m sorry Kirsteen but you absolutely can not go home.”

“What if you bring me back in secret and I go into hiding.”

“No I’m afraid not. There’s still a risk. We have two options. Either we find you another time and place to live. The ship will monitor if you can be slotted in there without interfering. That could take years however, if we even find you a place. Or you’ll just have to stay with us.”

Those words filled Kirsteen with horror.

“You’re joking. Surely you’re joking!”

“I’m not thrilled about this either Miss Williamson, but I don’t see any other choices.”

“I am not staying on this ship, not another minute.”

Suddenly the ship came to a halt.

“Ah we’ve landed somewhere. Come on.” The Professor said almost ignoring Kirsteen’s pleas. Kirsteen turned to Lindsey.

“Please I know you’re not like him, you have to tell him that I don’t belong here.”

Lindsey paused for a minute. “I’m sorry Kirsteen, its”

“I don”t want to hear some time travel bullshit. I want you to take me home.”

“I can’t” Lindsey said firmly. Kirsteen still didn’t accept it and followed the Professor down the hall.

The Professor was preparing to use magic to teleport to whatever world they had landed near below. The planet was not in the ships memory banks.

“I do so love visiting a new world for the first time.” The Professor chuckled.

“Excuse me” Kirsteen shouted much to the Professor annoyance.

“We hadn’t finished talking.”

“We had. Well at least anything of any relevance. I am sorry Miss Williamson I really am. Believe you me if I could I would take you back home in an instant. I can’t, its as simple as that. Maybe we can find somewhere nice and peaceful for you to live. Until then you’re stuck here with us.”

Kirsteen knew deep down that he was right, but she didn’t want to believe it yet.

“Why don’t you come with us in exploring this new planet.”

“What” Lindsey said in shock?

“You want her to go exploring some alien world? She’s just a pop singer?”

“Hey I helped you against those Zombies” Kirsteen protested.

“Yes I know, I just meant that its not fair to put someone untrained and inexperienced through this kind of mission.”

“How is she ever going to learn otherwise? Its like I said, she could be with us for a long time. We might never find a world she is supposed to settle on? You want her just to cooped up in this ship all the time. That’d drive anyone mad. Even more so now that our collection is gone.”

“I want to go down”. Kirsteen said, much to Lindsey’s surprise.

“You’re not getting rid of me, at any point until you take me home.” The Professor rolled his eyes in response. “Also” she continued. “If anything happens to the pair of you I want to know. I don’t just want to be left rotting on this ship for the rest of my life.”

The Professor smiled. “Smart woman. Trust me you’ll get used to this in time.” The Vampire said as he prepared the spell that would send them to this new unidentified world. The magic that brought them there would make sure that they could breath, regardless of the atmosphere.

Before Kirsteen could even prepare for the magic to work, in a flash she found herself on a strange new alien world.

The landscape ahead was dark and seemingly barren. There was nothing but scorched rocks ahead.

“Not quite what I was hoping for, for our new recruits first planet.” The Professor said with a hint of regret.

“I’m not a recruit” Kirsteen snapped, with the Professor once again ignoring her as went on to explore ahead.

“Remember Miss Williamson, we can only teleport back up on the exact location we arrived in. You’ll always be able to sense where it is regardless.” The Professor said as he ran ahead

“How do you put up with him.” Kirsteen said.

“Well he has his good points. For a Vampire he’s quite charming.”

“Well I’m sure he is” Kirsteen said sarcastically. “Still. How did you end up with him? You seem somewhat normal.”

“It was a long time ago. He was there for me when I needed someone. Fighting monsters, saving people, I was doing that long before I met the Professor.”

“How Long?”

“Before my son was born”

Kirsteen felt she shouldn’t push it any further after that revelation.

The Professor meanwhile had climbed up a nearby hill to get a better look at the landscape. To his shock he could see scores and scores of dead bodies littered ahead on a massive field. “Looks like we’ve landed in the middle of a bloody war” the Professor thought to himself.

As he looked round to let the two women know what he had seen, the Professor saw a giantic winged Demon hovering above Lindsey and Kirsteen, who were completely unaware.

Before he could shout out to them, the creature quickly swooped in and landed on Lindsey, grabbing her in its massive claws.

To Be Continued