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

 

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Living Spaceship: Part 5: Old Friends and Enemies

(Sorry about the delays. Once again my computer was acting up. I was getting a new internet provider, and there were some problems that left me without the internet for a few days. Sadly I wasn’t able to get Doctor Who done in time. Fortunately the connection is now completely fixed, and Doctor Who, The Circus Master and Professor Fang will be back at all their usual times this week.)

The Demon slowly emerged from the hall, allowing the prisoners to get a good look at the monster.

It was gigantic. It stood about 9 foot tall, had thick black plated skin, pointed ears like a bat, long pointed teeth, claws and spikes from its head all down its back made of fire, and a long, spikey tail. that ended in a purple spike made of bright, purple energy. Jenna gripped Kirsteen hard. Kirsteen was just as helpless as she was, but Jenna instinctively clung to the woman she had looked up to for her whole life.

The Demon stared the petrified crowd down for a few minutes before its tail reached out at a lightening speed and grabbed the little urchin.

The boy screamed as the monster shone its purple flame into his face. The old man instantly ran at the Demon, but it managed to slash him with its flaming claws. Flames started to appear in the old man’s chest. The old man knew he was done for, as his body began to twist and change into something else.

“Run all of you” he screamed in pain as he rugby tackled the Demon to the ground. The Demon quickly overpowered the old man and started slashing and biting him. The 4 others (including Kirsteen) realising there was nothing they could do quickly ran past the Demon, but Jenna, who trailed along at the back, was impaled by the beasts tale.

Kirsteen turned around to see the monster impaling Jenna, before it ran its tail right up through her, slicing her in half up the middle. Kirsteen would never forget the final look on Jenna’s face for the rest of her life before it tore her in half. For just a short while on this horrible night, Jenna had taken Kirsteen’s mind off of her troubles, not just here, but in general. She had made Kirsteen feel more accepted than ever before and now her life had been cut short in the most cruel way. Kirsteen wanted to tear the Demon’s head off, and she almost went to attack it, but the soldier pulled her back before the Demon could claim her too.

The old man writhed in agony on the floor as the flames consumed him, whilst the boy meanwhile’s face hadn’t been burned by the purple flames, but instead had been twisted into a hideous Demonic form.

The old man soon rose up, his body now completely made of fire. All humanity had literally been burned out of him and he was now a Demon.

The child and the old man bowed to their new master Slekovora, who said calmly “this ship is dead. We need to take the one its docked too. Gyster. I shall infect him and he will be my new servant. There is nothing I can’t accomplish with the living ship at my disposal.”

The 3 survivors included Kirsteen, the confederate soldier, whose real name was Luke, and a woman from the far future named Alice. Alice had been born on a space station known as Eden. Eden was created entirely through magic. It was an experiment to see if humanity, could create a hospitable environment entirely through magic.

The experiment was a success at first. Two entire generations were born on the magical station of Eden, but sadly during the time of the third, mankind became involved in a war with a hostile race of Demons from another world. The Demons were able to find a way to twist the magic of Eden into black magic, corrupting the people on board into monsters.

Gyster abducted Alice from just a few months before the station was corrupted. Luke meanwhile was chosen simply because of his status as a soldier. Gyster would often pluck people from random wars, often not caring what side they were on (apart from a few circumstances) to use as foot soldiers.

“If only I had a gun” Luke said in frustration as they ran down the dark corridors.

“I don’t think that would make a difference with that thing” Kirsteen said as she ran behind them. They could see the old man, now a hideous fire Demon at the other end of the corridor chasing them. He lit up the entire corridor!

The fire Demon shot a ball of flame at the three time travellers, who barely managed to duck in time. Alice was the first to get up and she quickly ran down the other end, whilst Luke tried to help Kirsteen up. Alice had lived a relatively sheltered life in a beautiful magical kingdom, so she wasn’t exactly used to facing creatures like Slekovora, though neither were Kirsteen or even Luke either.

When Alice saw that her two companions weren’t behind her, she did run back for them, though it was more out of fear of being alone on this ship than anything else.

The fire Demon proved to be too fast and quickly advanced on the three petrified travellers. As it raised its hand to hurl another fire ball in their direction, suddenly the monster became distracted by a groaning sound at the other end of the corridor.

It was a Zombie. The monsters had managed to make their way to the dock of Gyster, and without any magic protecting the Professor’s vessel, they easily tore it down and were now swarming the Professor’s ship.

“How tiny you seem to me now” the Demon said as it laughed at the puny, shuffling Zombie. Thinking quickly, Luke grabbed the Zombie as it stumbled near and pushed him into the fire Demon. The fire Demon quickly overpowered and destroyed the Zombie, but Luke’s actions gave the 3 time travellers enough time to flee down the corridor.

Slekovora meanwhile had made his way to the bottom floor of the ship where Professor Fang kept his collection of art, literature, and films, gathered from planets all over the multiverse. Photograph’s Lindsey had taken of all the planets they had visited all over the universe were also stored here.

The Demon started to burn them all. It was a petty, childish act. It knew how much the Vampire and Lindsey adored their collection. The Demon didn’t want to destroy the Professor’s vessel for now. It may need it, if Gyster’s will and magic proved to be too strong. Still for the time being it was taking a great pleasure in destroying the the collection, the Professor and Lindsey had spent years gathering together. Many of the works of art and literature they had collected, represented the last known copies in the entire universe that would sadly now be lost forever.

Kirsteen, Alice and Luke had managed to evade the fire Demon. It had become distracted by two more Zombies who had jumped it in one of the corridors, thinking it was one of the humans in the dark.

The fire Demon effortlessly tore the two undead creatures to bits and burned the remains, but the Zombies had unintentionally given Kirsteen, Luke and Alice a good head start on the Demon and they were able to slip down a nearby corridor.

The three quickly made their way to the main room the Professor and Lindsey had brought them too in the first place. Unfortunately it was now filled with Zombies.

The three kept hidden just outside the room, watching the monsters shuffle and groan. There was no way they could make their way through the Zombies, but they couldn’t go back either. They could hear the flame Demon coming up the other way. There was no other way out.

“I’m sorry ladies, I don’t think there is any way out of this. I could always distract some of those freaks, but there’s so many, they’d spot both you when you tried to run past.”

Alice broke down into tears. Kirsteen was terrified too, but she still couldn’t believe the situation she was in. She almost felt like laughing. “I always thought I’d OD or be in a clumsy accident. I didn’t think I’d be eaten by space Zombies!” She thought to herself as she constantly looked behind for the Demon.

Suddenly however the three prisoners heard a voice echoing in their heads. It was Gysters.

“I am sorry. I dragged you into this. All of you would have died anyway had I not abducted you. Please believe me I was only trying to help.”

“Did you hear that?” Kirsteen said, wondering if she was going mad.

“It is I Gyster. The ship who abducted you. I only ever wanted you to be my new crew.”

“I’m sorry did you say you were a ship?” Kirsteen said.

“Yes, a living vessel, made from magic. I can help you escape from here, but only if you follow my instructions.”

“Its a trick” Luke protested. “Its that Demon”

“Trust me, if I was that Demon I wouldn’t waste time with tricks. You can get out of this, but you have to do exactly as I say.”

“Alright fine” Kirsteen said much to Luke and Alice’s surprise.

“Well like you said, we’re all dead anyway. Either eaten alive or burned to death. What difference does it make?” Kirsteen responded.

“Okay now what I want you to do is imagine you are somewhere safe.” Gyster said.

“What do you mean?” Luke responded.

“I’m still weak after the operation, but I might still have enough power to send you all weapons. They will help you deal with the Zombies, but if you see the Demons run. If you imagine you are out of this nightmare, then my limited magic will do it all it can to help you, by sending you a weapon.”

“That’s ridiculous” Luke shouted.

“No trust me I’ve lived my entire life with magic. He’s telling us the truth” Alice said.

Before Luke could protest, he was suddenly distracted by the sound the fire Demon roaring from down the corridor.

The three instantly started to think of their homes. Luke thought about his wife and child that he had left behind during the war, Lucy and Jonathan. Jonathan was just 3 when Luke had been drafted. He wanted nothing more than to see his little boy again, but he had prepared himself over the last few years for the possibility that would never happen. Still he thought hard about his family, and how he was determined that he would see them again in spite of the monsters.

Alice meanwhile thought about her mother, Noella. Noella had raised Alice by herself, as her father had been killed in a tragic accident when she was young. Noella had been there when she saw Alice be abducted by Gyster. Eden had detected the presence of Gyster arriving, but they thought their defences could take care of it. Sadly for Alice they were mistaken. Alice was determined to see Noella again, not just for her sake, but because she couldn’t bare the thought of her mother losing her only daughter as well as her husband.

Kirsteen meanwhile didn’t have anyone to think of back home. All she had was her dingy little home, and her old life of feeling rejected by her friends and the public. She tried to think of the fact that her music would be remembered, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

Two weapons appeared in Alice and Luke’s hands. Luke quickly pulled the door open, alerting all of the Zombies. They stared at Luke for a few seconds before all lurching towards him. Fortunately Luke and Alice were able to mow them all down with their new death rays.

“What kind of an evil could turn men into these things” Luke said bitterly as he looked down at the burnt remains of the Zombies.

“The kind of evil that just saved your life”,  Gyster said in a somewhat angry tone.

“Listen to my instructions and you can make your way back to me.”

“Aren’t there hundreds of Zombies on your ship.”

“Yes but there I and two other people can help you now move, that Demon’s on your tail.”

Back in Gyster, Lindsey and the Professor were still trapped behind a blue wall of energy that blocked off the corridor. Not all of Gysters wounds had healed yet.

“You can’t wait for that wound to heal.” Gyster said.

“Besides he’s waiting for you on the other side.”

“Jiazan” Lindsey said?

“Yes, he’s been waiting for the last few minutes. You won’t escape from him in here. He’s even stronger than you Professor, and your little stick won’t slow him down this time.”

“Well I suggest you teleport us away like before.” The Professor said indignantly.

“I can’t, as you said I’m still weak. You’ll have to climb to the top of this room. There’s a vent up there, but”. He paused

“But what.”

“It only leads to my zoo.”

“Zoo?”

“Yes where I collect animals from all over the entire universe. When you crashed into me, the power to the cages went down. Fortunately I was able to lock the door to stop those things from getting out, but.”

“So it seems to escape from one monster, you want us to run through a room with hundreds?” Lindsey replied.

“Trust me you’ll have a better chance up there. Most of my creatures will have probably killed each other by now, and there is more space to run. Hurry you don’t have much time.”

The Professor quickly ran up the wall. He may have looked like a frail old man, but his Vampiric powers meant he could move really fast. Lindsey meanwhile struggled behind him as the wall of blue light began to fade. The Vampire quickly jumped back down and pulled Lindsey to safety, just before the blue light vanished and the furious Zombie below emerged, screaming impotently for revenge.

The Professor and Lindsey crawled through the vents into a large room that stunk even worse than the Zombies.

In the pitch black they could see several empty cages as well as in the distance, what appeared to the remains of a gigantic four legged, blue creature! Its guts had been torn out and its head had been ripped clean off.

The two time travellers slowly crept through the room, careful not to draw attention to themselves. They could hear screams and moans of other animals in the distance.

“Just keep walking ahead, you’re near the door, I’ll open it” Gyster said.

Suddenly however Lindsey and the Professor heard a thumping sound coming behind them. They slowly turned round to see what looked like a large, predatory Dinosaur in the distance.

It was an Allosaurus. Lindsey recognised it right away even in the dark. Lindsey had seen many Dinosaurs out in the wild on her journey’s, but even before she had become a time traveller, Lindsey had been a huge Dinosaur fanatic.

The Allosaurus stood about 15 feet tall and was close to 40 feet long. It’s body was positioned in a horizontal frame, whilst it stood on two kangeroo like legs, counterbalanced with a long stiff tail behind. Its forearms were long and thin, and each ended in three sharp claws. Its neck was long and ended in a long crocodile like head, with two large, red crests above its eyes. The monsters face was still smeared in the blood of its previous victims.

The Allosaurus had been the apex predator of its home era, the Jurassic, over 150 million years ago. Ironically this species had always been a big favourite of Lindsey growing up, but now it seemed to be focusing on Lindsey more than the Professor.

The Professor was a Vampire and therefore dead to the Allosaur. Even though the Dinosaur could see him moving, he still smelled cold to it. Lindsey was alive and warm and so the monster viewed her as prey. The creature let out a roar and chased Lindsey, though the Professor ran too at first, it soon became apparent that it was after Lindsey more.

The Professor jumped out of the Allosaurus’ way, and after it ran past him, he grabbed it by the tail.

He briefly held the Allosaurus in place for a few seconds with his Vampiric strength, allowing Lindsey to get a good distance from it. The Allosaurus however flipped the Professor over twenty feet in the air with its tail before charging at him.

Lindsey paniced for a minute. She didn’t know how to help the Professor, but she still grabbed the Professor’s magic staff that he had dropped when dodging the Allosaur. If she could revive one of the larger fallen beasts, maybe it could distract the Allosaur long enough for the Professor to get away.

Lindsey looked ran back to the corpse of the giant four legged creature and fired the staff at the creature. It briefly revived the beast which started to crash into some of the cages.

The Allosaurus had cornered the Professor, but it hadn’t attacked him yet. It was more curious about this strange smelling, small, yet strong creature. Still the giant headless behemoth managed to distract the Allosaurus, who again stared at the beast more out of curiosity than anything else. The Allosaurus had actually killed the giant just a few hours earlier!

Whilst the Allosaurus was distracted, Lindsey would revive another one of the creatures using the staff. Behind one of the cages, she saw several Raptors, feasting on the corpse of a gigantic, green bipedal, Wolf like creature.

As soon as Lindsey revived the monster, it scattered the Raptors, managing to grab one in its jaws and crush it.

The Wolf then instinctively went for the other giant predator in the room, the Allosaur. It was about as large as the Dinosaur. Once again however the Allosaur was more confused by the sight of the larger Wolf than anything else. The Wolf however struck the Allosaur, and it hit it so hard that its own, rotting, putrid arm came off!

The Allosaur in response rammed the Wolf, shoving it back into one of the cages, whilst Lindsey and the Professor ran ahead to the door Gyster had already opened for them.

Once they made their way out. Gyster closed the door before the Allosaurus, or anything else could follow them. (With both the Wolf and the giant having died again.)

Unfortunately however before Lindsey could get her breath back, the two time travellers suddenly heard a growling sound and looked up to see a Sabre Tooth Cat at the other end of the corridor. It had managed to sneak its way out when the door was open.

The prehistoric monster went for Lindsey again, much like the Allosaur, but the Professor managed to tackle the Cat to the ground just as it pounced on her, and with one strike to its face, knocked it out cold.

“I hope more didn’t get out. The Zombies were enough” the Professor said as he adjusted his suit.

Back on the Professor’s ship, Luke, Kirsteen and Alice had managed to make their way through more Zombies, following Gysters directions to the dock of the ship.

Luke handed his gun to Kirsteen, telling her to fire at any Zombie or Demon she sees, whilst he and Alice try to pull the door open.

Kirsteen didn’t know how to use a gun, but she hoped she wouldn’t have to.

Luke and Alice pulled and pulled at the massive door until it started to open a little bit.

Just then however a noxious substance from above splashed into Luke’s face causing him to collapse in agony.

It was the young urchin child who had been turned into a Demon. He had managed to make his way to the end of the ship first and had been waiting for the right moment to strike.

The boy, who was now completely unrecognizable. He had morphed into a hideous, horned, goblin like creature, jumped on top of Luke and started to bite and claw at him.

Knowing he was done for Alice pulled at the door which came open a lot more easily now. As soon as she opened it however, several Zombies came pouring out!

To Be Continued.

 

Professor Fang: The Living Spaceship: Part 4: Old Demons

 

(Sorry this was delayed by a few days. My internet connection has been non existent for the better part of the past 4 days meaning I couldn’t get any work done on it. Apologies for the delay and enjoy! PS Doctor Who part 5 will be back this Saturday at the usual time after all, as will the 5th part of Professor Fang,  but sadly due to delay’s and other real life issues, part 5 of The Circus Master will be delayed for a whole week.) 

As Jiazan raised the Professor over Gysters heart, Lindsey quickly grabbed the Professors staff and fired it at the undead monster. The staff, just as before had a brief effect on the Zombie causing some of its wounds to heal.

Disoriented by the magic, Jiazan dropped the Professor and turned his attention to Lindsey. Lindsey kept firing the magic at the Zombie however and whilst it didn’t revive Jiazan it appeared to have a much greater mental effect on him than even the Professor could have imagined. Memories of the man Jiazan used to be started to creep back into his rotting skull.

He had once been a kind, brave man, a hero even. After he had been revived however all that was left was the bitterness, and jealousy he had occasionally felt in life.

Zombies were never fully the people they had once been in life. Raising the dead exactly as they were was a rarity in the universe, even with the strongest magics. Often physically the body would be a rotting husk, but even if the body was repaired, then mentally there would still be something missing.

Indeed most Zombies were the work of crude magics and therefore both mentally and physically they were nothing more than shambolic, repulsive husks, barely on the level on animals, living for nothing but to feed on the living, or obey their masters orders.

Even those who were almost completely perfect physically however would still often be lacking mentally in something vital they once possessed in life.

Now however for a few moments, Lindsey gave everything back to Jiazan and it was enough to almost kill him. He ran screaming from the room and down the corridor, consumed with guilt over the people he had killed. After just a few moments however Jiazan could suddenly feel his old self slipping away again, as the effects of the staff wore off. “No, no, I must remember who I am, I am a good man, I am a good man!” He kept saying to himself as the homicidal rage and jealousy slowly crept its way back into his very soul.

Lindsey helped the Professor up to his feet and handed him back his staff. “Thank you Lindsey in another minute I’d” he was interrupted as suddenly the whole ship began to break and more beams of blue light began to burst from parts of Gyster.

Gyster let out an ear piercing scream. “Please I can’t hold on much longer.”

The Professor started to work on the ships heart. He used his staff to heal some of its injuries and then began a healing ritual to fully repair the heart, though even as he was performing it, the heart still fluctuated, causing massive flashes of blue light to appear all over the ship.

One flash of light very nearly vaporised Lindsey, who barely managed to get out of the way in time. The Professor meanwhile took no notice of the magical blasts and continued to chant the ritual.

Fortunately one of the blue flashes of light appeared in the corridor just in front of Jiazan, (who had now fully regressed back to being a monster) which prevented him from interrupting the ritual again.

As more and more holes began to appear in the ship, all seemed lost until suddenly the shaking stopped.

Gyster let out another groan. “I can feel the pain going away.”

“You have nothing to worry about now” The Professor said smugly. “An old healing ritual from the planet Skrelian. Its like a magical bandage over your wounds, or think of it as like magical stitches. You’ll never be as strong as you once were though. Don’t over exert yourself or they might pop.”

“Thank you Vampire” Gyster said. “I’m afraid however my lack of strength is going to be a problem for you too.”

“What do you mean?”

“In those last few minutes, when it looked like your ritual wasn’t going to work I drained the energy from your ship. Forgive me. I had no choice, and if I hadn’t I probably would have exploded before your spell could have worked. You’d all be dead now.”

A look of horror came over The Professors face. “Please tell me you left the emergency banks alone.”

“I am afraid.”

“You fool, do you realise what you’ve done.”

“I am sorry Vampire. I know how much you cared for that vessel, but it is not more important than my, or your, or Lindsey’s or any of the people I chose to be my new crew’s lives. All of you can stay here and be my new crew.”

“Believe me, as horrifying as the idea of us being part of your new crew is” The Professor snapped. “You don’t understand. There was a creature locked away deep inside my ship. A monster that makes all of your Zombies look like the pathetic runts they truly are.”

Jiazan waited patiently for the blue light to disappear. He wanted to make Lindsey pay for making him feel guilt. He started to thump the walls in frustration until he heard the faint sound of music in the distance. It was coming from the old disco.

Surely no one could be in there now of all times, dancing to music? It must be an old jukebox, he thought. Still the monster didn’t want to take the tiny chance there was someone in there that he’d let go and so he decided to investigate.

Sure enough when he peered through the doors he saw the two Zombies dancing to romantic music. It almost seemed like a comical sight in the middle of everything that was going on.

Jiazan kicked the two doors down in rage. How dare they think they can just dance and have a nice time whilst I’m on a rampage, Jiazan thought.

The male Zombie pushed the female behind him and spoke, somewhat nervously to Jiazan.

“Please I know you. We travelled together for many years, decades even. We fought side by side, we slew monsters, saved worlds. Please, me and wife we just want to spend our last few minutes together. Let us have that. Remember the man you used to be. Jiazan.”

Jiazan responded by punching a hole through the lesser Zombies chest before throwing him 10 feet across the room.

The female Zombie let out a scream before picking up a chair and smashing it over Jiazan’s head. It didn’t even make him flinch, and the female Zombie in response quickly picked up one of the chairs legs and jabbed it into Jiazan’s eye. It still did nothing. She then ran across the room, with the giant, psychotic Zombie in hot pursuit. She grabbed two bottles from a nearby table as she ran and threw one at Jiazan’s head but the monster still wasn’t hurt and managed to grab her.

In desperation she smashed the other bottle off of a nearby table and tried to jab it into the larger Zombies face, but Jiazan just threw her over another table, before mounting himself on top of her.

The Zombie grabbed her throat with both hands and prepared to tear her head clean off her shoulders.

Before he could however the male Zombie grabbed Jiazan in a bear hug from behind and pulled him backwards.

“You’re nothing but a pitiful monster now. I’ll put you out of your misery.” The male Zombie said as he tried to pull on Jiazan’s neck.

Jiazan however quickly overpowered the lesser Zombie and tore both of his arms off, before lifting him over his head.

“PLEASE, PLEASE FOR PITY’S SAKE, WE’LL DO ANYTHING.” The female Zombie shouted and begged in desperation. Jiazan however didn’t even acknowledge her screams and instead ripped the male Zombie in half.

The female let out a scream and ran at Jiazan, who effortlessly knocked her to the ground with a quick strike. He then picked up the severed arms of her former lover and started to beat her relentlessly with them.

Jiazan’s strikes were so fast and so relentless that the female had no time to defend herself, even if she had wanted to.  Jiazan broke her ribs, her spine, and both of her legs, using her former lovers own severed arms, before smashing her skull in.

With her last actions the female Zombie crawled around the upper half of her lover and wrapped her arm around him.

Like the other undead creatures on the vessel, the two love Zombies were not the people they once were. In life they had been great heroes who would have done all they could to help the still living members of Gysters crew who were in danger, and even Gyster himself.

Now however all they cared about was each other. Even if they had seen a child being torn to pieces by Zombies outside, then they still wouldn’t have bothered to interrupt their dancing to help him.

Still at the very least, unlike Jiazan the two were even as Zombies able to retain the selfless love they had felt for another person in life, and in her final few seconds, the female made sure that she was still by the side of the man she loved no matter what.

Jiazan meanwhile laughed at the female’s final display, muttering “pathetic” under his breath.

Slaughtering the two lesser Zombies had been an amusing distraction for the monster, but his thoughts soon drifted back to the Professor and Lindsey. They had evaded and in his mind humiliated them. “You two got off lightly compared to the Vampire and his little bitch” Jiazan said bitterly as he looked down at the beaten and mangled corpses of his previous two victims.

“Who was this Demon?” Gyster asked, not sure if he wanted to know the answer.

“Slekovora, the curser of worlds.” The Professor responded. “He is said to come from the darkest world in all of the hell universes. Each planet he visits he transforms into a copy of his own world, through black magic. According to the legends, unlike most other Demons, he hated the hell he was born into, and despised other races that he felt were born into more privileged worlds. He targeted the most peaceful, and advanced planets in all of creation and would condemn them through the blackest magics.”

“Yes I’ve heard of him.” Gyster responded with regret. “He destroyed my favourite world. The planet Hystari. I saved its people from an invasion of Vampires many millennia ago. They hailed me and my then crew as their greatest heroes. We would visit their world many times after, often helping them against some other threat. Sadly however the last time we visited Hystari it had been twisted into a hellworld.” The ship paused for a moment. “I’ll never forget seeing the people who had once cheered me as I flew by, twisted into monsters, tearing each other apart. I lost 5 of my crew to that world.”

“I’ve visited Hystari.” The Professor replied. “Its’ now known as one of the worst hell planets in its galaxy.  I never knew it was anything other than that. I’m sorry. I can relate however. We encountered Slekovora on one of our favourite planets. Liova. It wasn’t as far gone as Hystari however. Its people for years had been working on a spell to contain Slekovora. Doing so drained their world of all magics and left them a burned out husk, but they were eventually able to trap that monster.

The last few surviving Liovans gave his cage as it were, to us. Since we’re never in one place too long, they figured it would be safer with us, as his minions couldn’t track us across all of time and space. For years Lindsey and I tried to find a way to kill that monster while he was vulnerable, but we couldn’t do it. No magics were powerful enough to actually harm him.”

“And now” Lindsey interrupted. “He’s escaped. We’ve failed. We’ll have the death’s of billions of worlds on our conscious”

“Come on we can’t think that way. We’re all responsible, but if we work together, we can put him back in his cage.” Gyster responded with faux optimism.

“We’re not all responsible. You are, you drained the power from my ship” The Professor snapped.

“You were the one who crashed into me, and wasted too much time dicking about with those Zombies out there.”

“Okay, okay” Lindsey interrupted. “It doesn’t matter whose fault it is, first things first we need to get back to the ship. Those poor people you abducted think they’re safe back there, when in truth we’d have been better bringing us with them”.

Back on the Professor’s ship, Gyster’s would be crew were alarmed at the room suddenly going black. A door also appeared at the far end of the room as the magic was filtered out of the room. None of them were brave enough to be the first to go through it however.

“Is it a power cut? I thought this ship was supposed to be magic or something” Kirsteen grumbled.”

Suddenly the group could hear something shuffling in the corridor.

“Is it one of they Zombie things?” The young urchin said. “I don’t like this, that creepy old man is in league with them I tell ya. He’s left us here to be eaten by em.

“Now, lets not jump to conclusions. I don’t know what he’s up to but.” Kirsteen said as suddenly the door began to open.

The crowd all backed against the wall in terror. They couldn’t make out what was standing in the doorway, but they knew it wasn’t even remotely human. All they could make out were its red eyes, piercing through the darkness.

To Be Continued.

 

 

Professor Fang: The Living Spaceship: Part 3: The Forgotten Heroes

 

“I still don’t trust you Vampire”, the old man from the future said with anger and revulsion to the Professor.

“I don’t care. The fact is you need to stay in here until we have repaired the vessel.”

The Professor and Lindsey had taken the humans Gyster had kidnapped to the emergency room of the ship. It could only be accessed with a specific spell that the Professor knew.

He felt that it was the only place they would be safe, as there was always the possibility the Zombies could get into Fang’s vessel now that they were both docked.

“You’ll be perfectly safe in here” Lindsey said more softly.

After the two left the former hostages went frantic. The confederate soldier and the old man started to hit on the walls desperately. There were no doors in the room as it could only be accessed by magic.

Kirsteen meanwhile simply sat at the back, absorbed in her thoughts. She stared at the table of drinks ahead of her. Even in these circumstances she didn’t want to undo all of the great work she had done in conquering her addictions.

“I’m still waiting to wake up” she thought to herself. “Vampires, aliens, Zombies, time travel. I could maybe take one, if I was pissed, but all of them. The girl seem’s nice but that guy? God I’ve never wanted a drink more than now” she thought as she flicked her way through the books on a nearby shelf, looking for something to kill what might be her last few hours. “It’d have to be a good book to take my mind off of the fact that I might be eaten by spaces Zombies in a few minutes” she thought.

The young girl who had recognised her from earlier, Jenna, sat beside Kirsteen, eager to strike up a conversation.

“Sorry I was just wondering, are you really Kirsteen Williamson?” she said nervously.

“Yes” Kirsteen said as she flicked through her book, hoping Jenna would go away.

“Unbelievable. I’m sorry to bother you, but I love your music.”

It had been a long while since Kirsteen had heard anything positive about her music.

“Thanks that’s rare to hear someone say that, though not as rare as it is to hear someone play one of my songs.”

“Nonsense. I grew up listening to you non stop. My parents were huge fans of yours. You were my main inspiration. I started my band because of you.”

Kirsteen put her book down.

“Really? Well thank you my dear, you know that’s always the nicest thing to hear. Tell me what year are you from.”

“2023”

Kirsteen could barely contain her joy. She couldn’t believe people would still be listening to, never mind getting inspired by her music 40 years on.

“I’ve been in a band for a couple of years now. Sadly we haven’t really gotten anywhere. I was wondering if you could maybe give me any advice.”

“I’d love to darling, but I’m not sure if even I know how I made it. Also I’d imagine the music scene’s probably changed a bit in the 5 decades between us.”

Kirsteen could see her answer had upset Jenna a little bit.

“Come tell me about yourself.” Kirsteen said.

“Me?”

“Yes, my life’s been rather boring of late” Kirsteen said. “I’d like to know what the future is like, though please don’t let me know what happens to me. If I die horribly I’d rather not know. As long as people still listen to me I’m happy”.

“Oh trust me they do.”

The Professor and Lindsey opened the hatch to Gyster. There was a long seemingly empty corridor ahead. Once they entered it they heard Gyster’s voice booming.

“About damn time” the living ship complained. “What took you so long.”

“Well you know how it is, trying to fix a broken down living spaceship, I just need the right tools.” The Professor said sarcastically.

The Professor had a large staff that ended in a green glow. It was a powerful magical healing device. The Professor hoped it could at least eleviate some of the symptoms as he fixed Gysters core engine with enchantments.

“I just hope we don’t run into any of your friends” Lindsey said. “I’ve always hated Zombies, but if I die don’t you dare turn me into one of of your little pets.”

“You’ve not earned that privilege” Gyster said, which made Lindsey wince in disgust.

“There is one that you should be scared of. My former favourite, Jiazan.” Gyster continued.

“Who?”

“He was once the greatest of all my warriors. He was a beautiful, kind and generous soul. He was killed by Vampires, monsters like you Professor on a mission to save the planet of Amercos.” Gyster said with anger.

“When I brought him back I thought he would be happy to help me again. Instead he tried to kill my latest friends. He ate them. This was years before you crashed into me. I laid him to rest again. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Just before I killed him a second time, he told me that he couldn’t bare the fact that I had replaced him. Now he is killing everyone on board and not just killing them. He crushes them into nothing. He wants to be the only one here forever. If you see him run.”

“Yes thank you for the warning. I already had a couple of nasty little encounters with your former friend.” The Professor said. “In fact I was barely able to rescue your last hostage from him. Please though whatever you do, don’t ever consider me and Lindsey your friends. It seems they suffer more than your enemies.” The Professor said mockingly.

“If only you could know the great things my crew have done over the years. The worlds we saved. I elevated them to heroes. Heroes whose story will vanish unless you save me.”

Gyster continued to bore The Professor and Lindsey with tales of his former crews heroics and tedious small talk, as they ventured through the large catacomb of tunnels and corridors.

“I”m not normally quite so dark and dank you know” Gyster said.

“Please we have to concentrate. There could be Zombies round any corner.” The Professor snapped.

“I was just trying to make conversation. Anything to avoid thinking about my impending death.”

“Well no offence intended, but being eaten by Zombies, is really not much worse than having a conversation with you” The Professor said.

“You’re a miserable old git aren’t you. I can’t believe my fate rests in the hands of someone so mean!”

“I’m mean” the Professor gasped. “I don’t turn people into monsters.”

Lindsey rolled her eyes. “To be fair” she thought. “The Professor is quite rude at times.”

Suddenly a Zombie came peering round one of the corridors. It was a young woman. She appeared to have died only recently. She was carrying a large blunt instrument and hissing at the two time travellers. The Professor fired his healing ray at the Zombie. It confused and disoriented the monster for a short while and some of its scars began to heal, but the creature was too far gone for the spell to revive it completely.

It tried to attack the Professor in rage, but Lindsey managed to kick the monster’s weapon out of its hand, which she then picked up and used to smash the monsters head in.

She turned to look at the Professor, somewhat annoyed. “What the hell were you doing?”

“I just wanted to know if I could heal a Zombie. Since I first got this little contraption a few months ago, I’ve been wondering if it can actually raise the dead.”

“You know only the most advanced magics can do that. Everything else, even if it patches up the body, always leaves something out.”

Suddenly their discussion was interrupted by several more groaning sounds coming from down the corridor. There were dozens more Zombies, coming their way.

As the two time travellers turned to flee they saw Zombies coming back down the other way too.

They were completely trapped. The Professor might be able to fight through that many Zombies, but there was no way he could protect Lindsey at the same time. She was a highly skilled fighter, but that many Zombies would be too much for any normal human.

“Do something” The Professor said in panic.

“Oh so now you want my help?” Gyster said indignantly.

“Fine we’ll die painfully, and you’ll die painfully.”

Just then a red light appeared, followed by the sound of Gyster gasping in pain.

“Get in, now!” Gyster shouted. Lindsey and the Professor ran through the light, and suddenly found themselves in a large disco.

“Where are we”

“In the disco. The core engine is just right around the corner from here. I teleported you here with my last ounce of strength. I’ve shortened my life however in the process. I have about 10 minutes left. You have to hurry.”

Lindsey and The Professor ran through the large empty Disco, but as they reached the end of the room, they were suddenly distracted by a most peculiar sight.

Two Zombies were dancing with one another near the only door. Their faces were both decaying. The male Zombies face had rotted to the point where it was almost unrecognisable.

Both Lindsey and the Professor stared in amazement at the creatures for a few seconds, before Gyster started to groan in pain. Unfortunately this alerted the two Zombies who suddenly noticed the Professor and Lindsey at the other end of the room.

“Please don’t hurt us” the female Zombie said.

“Don’t hurt you?” Lindsey said in response, completely puzzled.

“Please we don’t know how much longer we have left. We just want to spend it together.”

The male Zombie spoke up.

“We were picked by Gyster thousands of years ago. We first met each other on this very floor at a party Gyster held to welcome his new friends.”

“Prisoners more like” Lindsey said under her breath.

“We were from two different worlds and two different eras, but we fell in love. For years we journeyed the universe together, fighting evil, slaying monsters, saving planets. Unfortunately Gyster never let us have children. He wanted to be the only one who decided who got to live here.

“The more and more I hear about Gyster the more I like him.” The Professor said sarcastically.

“We both understood. We were not angry with him. Had it not been for Gyster we would never have met and never done all the great things we did. Sadly however our time would come to an end. Slakia was killed defending a group of children from a Marishu beast. Nasty creatures. When she died I did too.” The male Zombie said as he clutched her hand. “I’d spent the rest of my life on Gyster, never bothering to visit another world, and constantly waiting for that wonderful day when we would be reunited again. Now it has finally come. For just a few hours we can be together again. Its a miracle.”

“Miracle? You’re missing half of your face!” The Professor said in shock.

“Leave us alone you heartless bastard” Slakia shrieked. Just then the whole ship began to shriek and a large blue light came bursting through the floor, narrowly missing Lindsey and the Professor. It burned a hole right through the roof. Slakia and the male Zombie huddled together in fear.

The blast was followed by an ear piercing scream from Gyster. “Please I’m dying!” He screamed.

The Professor and Lindsey ran past the two love zombies and down the corridor outside of the disco which ended in a T junction.

“Which corridor Gyster. Gyster!” The Professor shouted, but all he heard were groans of pain. Just then the Professor noticed a large flash of blue light coming from down the left corridor.

“Well I guess we don’t go down that way then” Lindsey said. The Professor however had the opposite reaction.

“No I think its this way” The old man ran down the corridor, much to Lindsey’s annoyance.

The Professor felt that the flash’s of blue light, in reality magic, were the ships blood, and the closer they got to the light, the closer they got to Gysters “heart”.

When they reached the  light however they had to stop. It was burning to the touch and would have incinerated them both within seconds. The Professor however was able to make it disappear by using his magical healing staff to close the “wound” the light was emerging from, allowing he and Lindsey to cross.

Just ahead was a room with a massive oval shaped, metallic, floating object above.

“The core engine that radiates magic throughout the entire ship and gives Gyster life. I reckon I have about 15 minutes before it explodes.” Said the Professor.

The Professor got to work with his staff, trying to ease some of the more unstable areas of the “heart”.

Unfortunately both he and Lindsey were too distracted by the heart to notice the lumbering, Zombie giant, Jiazan slowly sneaking up on Lindsey. The monster had also made its way to Gysters heart, hoping that it could control it and make Gyster its puppet to go exploring the universe with.

Before she could even react, the monster grabbed Lindsey from behind and started to throttle her.

The Professor quickly jumped up and started to grapple with Jiazan. Unfortunately the monsters strength was far too great and it batted the Professor across the room easily.

Sensing that he was the greater threat, the monster tossed Lindsey aside and picked the Professor up. It dragged the Vampire across the room to the unstable “heart” of the ship. Just touching it would be enough to vaporise the Professor.

Fang struggled in the monsters grip, but it was no use. Lindsey also attempted to help by hitting the monster repeatedly, but it quickly knocked her out with one punch.

The Zombie then lifted the Professor up over its head and prepared to throw him into the ships heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Living Spaceship: Part 2: The Chosen Few

 

The old man and Kirsteen were trapped in a sea of hideous rotting corpses all reaching out and trying claw at them.

The largest Zombie at the back however to the old man’s surprise started to attack the other creatures. It pulled a short female Zombie up off the ground by her hair and then placed its hand on her shoulder and pushed down hard, effectively tearing her head off.

Two of the other Zombies turned their attention to the giant, but they too were quickly torn to pieces by the larger creature. The other Zombies started to run alongside the Professor and Kirsteen.

The larger Zombie seemed to go to for the other members of its kind, allowing Kirsteen and the old man to escape back down another corridor.

At the end of that corridor was a dead end. “No it can’t be” The old man screamed in frustration.

Kirsteen saw that the larger Zombie was coming their, holding the severed head of one of its victims in one hand. It moved a lot faster than its large size would suggest. Kirsteen prepared to try and run past the monster, but the old man held her back.

“Trust me you wouldn’t make it, get behind me”, he said as he raised his cane in defence.

Just then a blue circle started to appear at the end of the corridor. “Quick get in” the old man shouted as he pulled Kirsteen into the circle.

The larger Zombie suddenly ran at its two intended victims with a look of panic on its face, but before he could reach them, the old man and Kirsteen vanished in a blue light.

Kirsteen suddenly found herself in a large, brightly lit room with a massive book case behind her, and a massive 20 inch screen tv and some recliner chairs in front of her. At the very centre of the room hung a massive gold chandelier.

On the left hand side of room were two huge wooden doors, whilst on the right hand side was a large dining area, fit with a huge 20 foot long table, and a small kitchen behind it.  There were several, scared looking people huddled together over the table. There were about 7 people in total. One of them, an old man was constantly downing several shots of whisky.  They all looked as though they had come from different eras. One, the youngest boy at the back looked like a little street urchin, whilst another appeared to be dressed in a confederate uniform from the wars of independence. At the back of the table was a young, attractive woman with long dark hair who appeared to be separate from the others. She looked less confused and disoriented and was holding a strange device. The woman rushed towards the old man as soon as he arrived.

“I’m so sorry Professor. I had to temporarily get rid of the portal when that creature discovered it. He would have used it to come here and.”

“That’s quite alright Lindsey I understand, the important thing is that we got the last survivor, now we can get out of here.”

“Excuse me” Kirsteen shouted. “Can someone please tell me what the fuck is going on here? Am I on drugs again? Are you lot hallucinations.”

Lindsey approached Kirsteen. “Relax don’t worry, we’re here to help you. You’ve been abducted by aliens. That ship my friend here, Professor Fang rescued you from, it collided with ours. We’re not sure who created it yet, but it appears to run on magic.”

“Magic!” Kirsteen shrieked in surprise. “Aliens is one thing, but magic?”

One of the people at the back suddenly piped up, a young woman in her 20s named Jenna. “Hang on a minute she looks like Kirsteen Williamson.”

“She could very well be”. Professor Fang said as he tinkered with some device by the wall.

“But that’s impossible, she died about 30 years ago!”

“So?” the Professor said. “I told you I haven’t had time to check what era we’re in, but we could very well be 30 years in your past, or 1000, or we could be in another universe altogether. Most of you are from different times. Still if you’ll give me a few minutes though we can find out where we are.” He said somewhat impatiently.

Kirsteen was deeply disturbed by this conversation and begged Lindsey to let her go. There was something about Lindsey that seemed non malicious. Even in this strange environment, Kirsteen didn’t feel threatened by her. Professor Fang however was a different story. Even though he had saved her life, there was something off putting about Fang. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it.

“Please we don’t really know what’s going on here either, but we’re doing the best we can. Just trust us, you’re safe in here.” Lindsey assured Kirsteen.

The others started to protest, but Fang quickly shut them down by slamming his stick on the table.

“I don’t like any of you being here either. This is my home, and I’m normally very picky about who I let stay here. Still we all have to stick together for the time being. Not all of you were lucky enough to get this far, or need I remind you.”

A deathly silence fell over the room.

“Exactly, now please give us some peace while we try and get us all out of this situation.”

After Fang and Lindsey left the room, Kirsteen went over to the table. The people almost didn’t pay attention to her they were so wrapped up in their own problems.

“So” Kirsteen said somewhat awkwardly. “Any chance any of you could tell me who, or rather what took us here.”

Only one of them answered Kirsteen, the old man that had been drinking the whisky, who was dressed in somewhat tattered clothes. ”

“None of us do. We’re all from different times it would seem. I’m from the year 3892. There I was, in the middle of the fight of my life with the Vampire scum, Felesca, and his pet Tyrannosaurus when suddenly I was in a tiny little room, with several rotting corpses pounding on my door.

“I’m sorry did you say Vampire?”

“Yes. I can only assume you come from a time before their filth covers our entire world? I’m convinced the man who brought us here is one of them.

“A Vampire?”

“Yes, I know one when I see it. I’ve spent years running away from them to know one when I see it. Still I don’t think he’s behind the ship. Him and that girl, they’ve got something else in mind for us. If they try anything though don’t worry. I’ve killed more than my fair share of those bloodsucking monsters.”

Meanwhile the Professor and Lindsey had made their way to the control room. It had been somewhat damaged in the crash, but fortunately not only could the Professor repair it in no time, but the ship had a sort of magical healing factor that would repair any damage automatically anyway.

“Honestly you’d think they’d be grateful we pulled them out of that nightmare” The Professor said to Lindsey as he adjusted the controls.

“To be fair Professor, we may have been the ones who got them into this awful mess.”

“Nonsense my dear. You heard them. They were prisoners on board that ship before I eh crashed into it. Its strange that we didn’t find any pilots when we were searching for the survivors.”

“Apart from those horrors. God do I hate Zombies. I’ve never met one I liked you know. Even Vampires and Demons can be pleasant, but Zombies? They’re always bad company.”

“I quite agree my dear, but still there is no way those brutes could build a craft like that. No this is something else. Once we’ve gotten those people back to their own time, then I intend to investigate.”

The Professor attempted to start the ship, but nothing happened. He heard a strange whirring sound for a few seconds afterwards, before trying the controls again. This time however there was a crashing sound and the whole ship began to shake violently for a few minutes.

“I don’t understand, it should have repaired itself by now” The Professor said as he opened up the controls.

“No everything is in place, I don’t know why it won’t take us out of here.”

Just then a strange noise, like someone groaning in pain began to echo through the ship.

“I don’t like the sound of this” Lindsey said as she began to check the communication device. “According to this there’s nothing coming through.”

“Of course not. This noise is poking its way into our very minds Lindsey.” The Professor said in a worried tone.

The voice began to speak.

“Please help me, you, you are the only ones who can. I was too weak to contact you again.”

“Who are you?” The Professor said defiantly.

“I am Gyster, I am the vessel you clumsily crashed into with that bat shaped excuse for a vehicle.”

“Gyster? Of course I should have known. I’d heard stories about you. A lot of people dismissed you as a legend, but I have a slightly more open minded than most.” The Professor said which made Lindsey roll her eyes somewhat.

“Who is Gyster” Lindsey asked trying to get the conversation back on track.

“Gyster is a time and space ship made from magic. It was constructed by the Frexeia civilisation. They built it to explore all of time and space. The magic used to build it however caused the ship to develop sentience as you can see for yourself.

The ship loved its crew however. They were its friends, they all enjoyed travelling through time and space together. When the crew died, according to the legends Gyster would begin abducting other beings from all of time and space to be his new crew. ” The Professor said.

Lindsey had sudden realisation. “Oh my god. Those Zombies, they were his previous crew members.”

“I didn’t kill them!” The voice protested.

“They died themselves of old age. Most of them were not happy at being taken at first, but in time most of them came to appreciate the lives I gave them. When they died I kept their corpses preserved in magic as a sign of respect.”

“There’s a huge but isn’t there”. Lindsey said.

“If my ship was ever breached by an outside menace, then I would bring them back as Zombies to protect my current crew.”

Both Lindsey and the Professor felt sick at the revelation.

“I was honouring them!” The voice protested. “I was giving them a chance to be heroes again after their passing. I was allowing them to save the next generation.”

“The ones I met didn’t seem to see it that way Gyster” The Professor said with disdain. “Why were they trying to kill your current crew?”

“That is on your head Vampire. When our vessels collided in the vortex, you ruptured my engine. The magic from my core seeped out and revived the Zombies. They’re crazed, feral, but they are the least of my problems. In a few hours the rupture will become so great that I will explode.”

Lindsey could see that the vessel’s words had affected Fang. “Well you could have looked where you were going too.” She snapped.

“Neither of you are leaving until you repair my core. Your vessel is caught in a trap of my creation. Its draining the energy from your core. It’ll put off my death by a couple of more hours. After that, I’ll die, but your vessel will be trapped here, powerless unable to move, and you’ll be caught in the blast.”

“I don’t intend to help you carry on taking people and defile their corpses. You’re a monster” Lindsey protested.

“Sadly we don’t have a choice I’m afraid. He holds all the cards for now. We need to fix that engine, for those people out there. We’ll talk about his poor lifestyle choices later” The Professor said in a grim tone.

“You will not take my new friends” The voice boomed! “This is the best collection I’ve ever assembled. Heroes, artists. They’re mine!”

“Like I said we’ll discuss that later. First let us teleport back to your ship.”

“I’m afraid not. If I let you have enough power to teleport then you would have enough power to break free. I docked my vessel beside yours.

“If you think that I’m going to make my way through those Zombies.” The Professor protested.

“Like you said. I hold all the cards.”