Dead Set Part 28

I know, I know. I’ve been slacking. It’s been over a month since I posted the previous chapter. Since that time, you might have forgotten what was happening in the story. So, I will link Part 26 and Part 27 (along with the rest of them, just in case you haven’t read any of it yet). I will also give you a countdown to the end. Not the end of the story, just the end of the parts that I have written. After this one, only 29 and 30 are done. I’m still not sure if I’m going to finish the story or not. It’s been so long since I’ve written in this storyline that I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get back into it. Anyways, here’s Part 28.

Dead Set by Revis Edgewater

Dead Set by Revis Edgewater

DS and Father Michaels exchanged confused looks. They were still in Christian’s house, but both felt as if they had just arrived. Because of his confusion, it took DS a few moments to remember why Father Michaels was there. When the realization hit him, he moved threateningly towards the priest.

“Peace, DS,” Father Michaels cried. “I mean you no harm.”

“Bullshit!. You came here to kill me.”

“If I wanted to kill you, I would’ve done it when Gabriel had you distracted.”

“What did I ever do to you, priest? Why did you want to kill me?”

“I was manipulated by that being that was helping Gabriel.”

“Death,” DS laughed. “Why would Death get a priest to do something he could easily do himself?”

“I don’t know,” he honestly replied.

“I’m sorry, Father, but I can’t let you live. You now know classified government information. As much as I hate having to kill a priest, I have no choice. It’s my job.”

“I understand. Maybe this is the punishment I’m to receive for my sins.”

DS began to unleash his powers upon the priest, but was interrupted by another blinding light. This was happening far too often for the assassin’s liking. Fighting the blindness, he tried to open his eyes. They didn’t want to follow his instructions. Suddenly, the light vanished and DS’s eyes would open again.

“You shall not harm this man,” a melodic voice spoke.

“Let me guess, you’re another eternal,” DS sarcastically replied.

“Correct. My name is Light.”

“Great. Will I ever get away from you freaks, or will you just keep fuckin with me?”

“When we are through with this discussion, you shall never hear from any of us again, unless you cross paths with Life once more.”

“Somehow, I doubt it.”

Light ignored the assassin’s last comment and turned to Father Michaels. “I have a mission for you,” he told the awestruck priest.

“The last time I was given a mission, I ended up a murderer. No thank you.”

“Do not fault yourself, priest. There are not many who can withstand the awesome power of Death. Those that can are not mortal. You should feel proud that you were strong enough to reject him in the end.”

“That doesn’t change the fact that I have killed and the guilt of it will bury me.”

“What if I told you that you can redeem yourself with what I offer you? Would you be interested?”

“Of course, but…”

With another flash, Light was gone. DS looked around and saw that he took the priest with him. The assassin began to question everything. Why wasn’t anything simple anymore? It seemed as if nothing would ever make sense to the man again. Sighing, he turned to leave. He had to contact the Division. They’d never believe this. I just hope they don’t think I’ve snapped, he thought.

From nowhere, something crashed into him. Seeing that it was a person, DS quickly got into his fighting stance. He put his guard down when he realized who it was. It was Christian and he wasn’t moving. Finding the eternal’s pulse, he thought about what could possibly do this to the indestructible man. Another complication, DS thought, shaking his head. At least this is one he could pass along. Picking up the phone, he called Samantha.

“Hello?”

“Samantha, it’s me”

“I told you I didn’t want to hear from you for a while.”

“Look, this is about your dad. Something’s wrong with him.”

Suddenly concerned, she asked, “What is it?”

“I don’t know. He just appeared out of nowhere and he’s out cold. What do you want me to do?”

“Stay there. I’ll be over as soon as I can.”

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Flashing badges, they walked past the police tape. The place was a mess. It was obvious that the body had not been disturbed. Rally looked at the corpse with a smirk. Leaning down, she whispered into the dead man’s ear. “You should’ve watched who you dealt with, Mountain.” Getting up, she beckoned for the detective working the case. “What happened here, Detective…”

“Peppers. Jason Peppers.”

“What can you tell us, Detective Peppers?”

“It was discovered by the landlord, who came by to collect some late rent. This guy has all kinds of wounds on him: bruises, cuts, gunshot wounds. Someone didn’t like him. We’re thinking it was the guy who lived here., but nobody’s seen him in at least a week, maybe longer.”

“Find anything in the apartment?”

“A shitload of weapons. Looks like this guy was preparing for a war.”

“This investigation is now ours, Detective Peppers. I would like all of your people out of here. This man will accompany you back to your station to retrieve all of the files you have on this case.”

“You can have it,” Peppers said as he turned to instruct his people to leave.

When they were gone, Silver approached her. “What do you think,” Rally asked her.

“It wasn’t DS. There’d be nothing left to find if it was. Whoever it was took a beating before finishing Mountain off. Look at this place. He didn’t go down without a fight.”

“Was DS here when it happened?”

“At first. He did not witness the killing blow, though. Where do you want to start?”

“He got a locater?”

“No, he was in before they started that.”

“Ok. He’s got a weakness for his kid. We get the kid, he’ll tell us everything we want to know. If he doesn’t…. well it wouldn’t be the first time I killed a kid.”

 

Dead Set Part 27

Dead Set by Revis Edgewater

Dead Set by Revis Edgewater

 

Christian began to kick Light, but found himself unable to move. Chains grabbed his wrists and ankles. Light got back on his feet and looked at his fellow eternal. “I had hoped it would not come to this,” Light explained. “You have forced my hand, however. I am sending you away. Where you go is up to you. You can either recreate Earth, or you can go to the Creator. Which will it be?”

Only a growl escaped Christian’s lips. His anger didn’t work against Shadow, but he was sure it would work against Light. Shadow is strengthened by pain and hatred. Light is weakened by it. That strategy didn’t work. The chains held.

“What kind of treachery is this,” he demanded.

“No treachery, Life. I have help in this endeavor.”

“From who,” Christian asked. The remaining three eternals revealed themselves at that moment. “And you said there was no treachery.”

“You have your choices, Life. Which shall it be? Earth or the Creator?”

“None of you care about Earth. You’re just scared of the Creator. Why should I spare you his wrath?”

Gray responded, to the amazement of everyone in attendance. This was the first time they heard him speak outside of the Meeting Place. “For all your complaining, Life, you are only correct about one thing. There is much pain in the world. You have suffered more than any other, but there is a flip-side to that coin. You have also felt more joy than any other. The birth of your children, their first steps, first words, and birthdays. These are things that you treasure, that you still carry with you.

“I do not ask this of you for fear of the Creator. I ask this of you because I have shared that joy with you, along with the pain. I have done so with all of the people of the world. You seek oblivion to numb your feelings, but I feel such a thing would be a crime. Feelings are the true meaning of life. To deny your life is to dishonor the memory of those who have ever been loved by you, those you claim to grieve for.”

Gray paused, looking to see if his speech was having any effect. Christian simply stared at the floor. Glancing at the others, he noticed that Light was the only one that seemed to be moved by his impassioned words. Gray had expected as much. Shadow and Death felt nothing but anger. Undaunted, Gray continued.

“You seek the end. You see the end as something final. I know better. No ending is ever final. Do the characters of a story cease to exist where the book stops? No, they live on to start another chapter. That is what the end is. It is the beginning of something new. The nights ends to begin the day. The verse ends to begin the chorus. Life ends to begin the afterlife.

“Do you expect to be any different, Life? You know the afterlife as well as any of us. Would you be able to tolerate the afterlife any more than you tolerate life? Would you seek a way out of that as well? You must face facts, Life. Even if we grant your death wish, you would not find peace in the afterlife.”

Lifting Christian’s chin, Gray forced him to look into his eyes. “Do us all a favor,” he pleaded. “Go remake the world.”

“Your words are pretty,” Christian said as he tore his head away from Gray’s hand. “But you win. I’ll go put everything back the way it was. Before I go, I’m going to make a few things clear. First, I’m still going to look for a way to die. You guys can tell me it’s impossible all you want, but there’s always a way. Second, if I ever see any of you again, I will beat the shit out of you. And last, Death, if you come anywhere near my family, DS included, I will kill you. I don’t care about the consequences.”

“What if it is their time to die,” Shadow asked.

“From now on, they have no time to die. Enough of this. Send me back.”

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The void disappeared, replaced by everything that once was. All beings opened their eyes at the same time. For the first time in human history, everything that was capable of thought had the same thing on their mind at the same time: “What just happened?”

 

 

Dead Set: Part 26

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“You idiot! Do you realize what you have done?”

Christian couldn’t see anything. He knew it was Shadow who spoke, but couldn’t tell where he was. The voice seemed to surround him. A soft glow began to illuminate the area around him, but there was still nothing to see. This must be Shadow’s home, he thought.

“Where are we,” Christian asked.

“This is the Shadow Realm, and you, my friend, have made a huge mistake.”

“Oh really? And what’s that?”

He felt a force throw him up against a very solid wall of darkness. Pain erupted inside his head. The room was spinning. What was going on? He hadn’t felt pain like that in a long time. It wasn’t something he wanted to experience again. Continue reading

Dead Set Part 24

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Christian and DS looked for their targets for the entire night, with no luck. They went to Father Michaels hideout, but found nothing there either. Finally, completely exhausted, DS demanded that they rest. The eternal agreed. DS wasn’t about to go to sleep without getting some answers first. “Who was that guy last night? And how exactly did Gabriel come back from the dead? What the hell is going on here?”

Christian shook his head. It couldn’t hurt to tell him, he thought. “Fine. His name is Shadow. He’s an eternal, like me. Gabriel was sent back from the afterlife by Death. As to what’s going on, I have no clue. But whatever it is, it’s not good for me.”

“Oh, great. So you’re just gonna take me down with you?”

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Dead Set Part 23

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Darkness. Emptiness. Void. There is nothing, not even herself. The world is gone. Everything has disappeared. She was scared. She wanted her Mommy, but she was gone too. She wanted to scream, to cry, but you can’t do that when you don’t exist. Finally, a light appears to save her once again.

Bethany opened her eyes. She screamed as she stared at her nightlight. Her grandfather had bought her that one to replace the one that was broken when he had fought with Bethany’s father. It was special, then, because it came from him. Now, it was special because it rescued her from her recurring nightmares. Even during the day, she found it’s presence comforting, but didn’t know why. Her mother ran into the room.

“What’s the matter, baby,” she asked, although she already knew the answer.

“I had the dream again,” Bethany replied, still crying.

“It’ll be ok, honey. These dreams will pass.”

Samantha wasn’t so sure, though. She had a premonition that her father and DS would come to her, but they hadn’t. Something had gone wrong. Her visions didn’t always come true, but they had only changed before when she had somehow gotten involved. This time, she did nothing and it still changed. Something bad was going to happen. All she had to do is figure out what.

After getting Bethany back to sleep, she focused herself. Normally, this is when she would see the future, but there was nothing. All she saw was darkness, a never ending void. She saw Bethany’s dream. Awakening from her trance, she knew why her daughter was afraid. She was afraid, too. Something bad was going to happen, and there was nothing she could do to stop it. Continue reading

Dead Set Part 22

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DS jumped awake. A smack to the back of the head tends to do that. Looking up, he saw Christian standing over him with a smirk on his face. “Was that necessary,” he asked the eternal.

“I needed something to wake your ass up. Besides, there’s a story on the news that we should see.”

The newscaster began, “To recap our top story, we now have footage of the men who have been terrorizing our streets at night. This video was shot last night by a security camera. The Rosewood Hills Police Department asks that if you see either of these men, you contact them immediately. Do not engage them in any way. They are armed and very dangerous.” Continue reading