Bob looked around as Sev rested with Grey. Bob felt like he remembered being inside here but not sure when. Bob saw 2 guards passing by and as he walked down the corridor, he saw an empty cell area and remembered this location. "I was here..." Bob muttered and looked around and did not see anyone, all the cell are empty.
Bob heard footsteps and waited for a guard to pass and grabbed him and pulled him into the room. "Hey, where did this old guy come from?" The guard shouted as Bob tried to subdue him. The guard was inhumanly strong as well and he shrugged Bob off and shoved Bob to the cell door and rammed a punch into Bob's back. "Thought we sent them all back...." The guard said as Bob twitched in pain. The guard grabbed Bob and placed him in a sleeperhold and Bob flailed helplessly and was choked unconscious.
Meanwhile, the Devil named Casper L. Davis was having plenty of fun passively watching the chaos from the shadows. He'd already collected some of the black ooze to study, now he only had to observe its effects on this town. The potentially apocalyptic scenario was fascinating.
It was a shame that Grey had messed up, but Casper knew the kid couldn't help it. It was adorable, really; Grey wanting to help a little lab rat out of the maze, but soon he'd have to come home. Casper knew that Grey was potentially in danger, but he wouldn't let anything happen to him. Not too much, at least. He'd step in when things crossed the line, but for now, he was occupied by the task of taking apart one of the four armed monsters to see how its anatomy worked... while it was still alive.
Sev woke up and saw Grey still asleep. "Grey must be very tired." Sev muttered and looked around. "Much less people here, there used to be more." Sev looked around and could not find Bob. "Let me see what's changed." Sev passed some labs and they look empty. Sev heard footsteps and saw 3 guards walking by and hid in the corner for them to cross.
At the next city, the state police called for the city's police department to support. "Suspect was spotted in the library, suspect armed and dangerous..." A state trooper said to a team of cops that arrived. "Move in pairs to search." The cops spread out and looked for Vice, the mercenary and as 2 cops passed a corridor, Vice looped a belt around the rear cop's neck and dragged him around the corner. "Hey Jeff?" The other cop said and turned around. Vice covered his mouth and punched his throat. The cop choked and Vice grabbed his head and snapped his neck.
2 cops turned a corner and saw Vice in front of them. Vice punched them in the gut and grabbed their necks and placed it under her armpit and choked them. A plump cop heard "Ahhh. Tazer..." His partner was tazered as he was grabbed and choked. "Shhh..." Vice said and rubbed his head. "Less mess...." Vice said and snapped his neck.
An old cop stood below and arch and Vice grabbed his shotgun and choked the old cop. A sergeant saw the old cop on the ground and Vice was already behind him and rubbed his balding head. "What the..." Vice covered his mouth and punched his gut. Hugging the sergeatn, Vice kissed him and inserted a black ooze into his mouth.
The trooper walked over and Vice nodded at him. "Is that all?" Vice asked and the trooper nodded.
Sev managed to sneak around, passing through some walls to avoid detection. "Where is Bob?" Sev asked and went to the cell area and saw all the cells empty, except one and Bob was inside. There was a guard at the main door. Sev quickly returned to Grey and said, "Bob is captured..."
Sev tried to wake Grey, but it was no use. He was breathing, but it was like he was dead. Grey had told Sev not to let him fall asleep. It was too late now. Who knew when he'd wake up or what state he'd be in.
Vice followed the city cops into the police station and she approached the desk sergeant. She grabbed 2 old cop chatting and dragged them into the closet and choked them. Then she clubbed a fat cop over the head and the desk sergeant was confused to see the other sergeant beside Vice and Vice hugged the desk sergeant. The desk sergeant flailed helplessly as he was crushed and he could not breathe. Dropping the desk sergeant on the ground gasping for air, Vice took a black ooze and shoved it into his mouth.
Sev shook Grey, he was not waking up. "Nooo..." Sev said and tried to find ways to wake Grey up. Sev heard footsteps and saw a young girl entering and she was chased by 2 guards. As the guard grabbed her, she gestured and a force pushed them away. Sev was shocked as the guards seemed a lot more tougher than before. Sev ran behind a guard and grabbed him and shoved him into the upside down. The guard was confused and Sev ran through the dark shadowy undergrowth and found his way out and saw the other guard trying to grab the girl again and she screamed as the guard grabbed her again and suddenly, the guard paused and blood came out of his eyes and ears and the guard collapsed.
Sev ran towards her and there was an invisible force blocking him and the girl saw Sev and suddenly Sev was thrown into a wall by an invisible force. It really hurts and Sev shouted, "I'm one of you..." The girl looked confused and saw Mike walking in with several guards behind him. "Oh, Seven, you are back... Twelve... No one is going to hurt you." Mike put up his arms and Sev saw Twelve walking over and hugged him. Mike was looking at Sev and gestured with his arm.
"No, I'm not coming over." Sev said. "I have found my purpose, which is to stop all of this... "Sev pointed at the upside down. The guards approached Sev and as Sev concentrated, he created a small portal to the upside down in front of him and was about to jump in before he levitated above ground. Sev tried to reach it but he was just kicking in the air. "Why are you doing this?" Sev asked the girl and the guard came and took Sev away. They spotted Grey and carried him away as well. Grey was placed in the cell opposite Bob and Sev was brought to the lab again and tied to a chair.
Mike walked over and smiled. "I knew you would be back." Mike said. "You are just confused, the outside world can be a confusing place.
Bob woke up in the cell, cuffed and it seemed familiar like he was locked in here before. Bob looked around and spotted the cuff key wedged in a link of chain of the bed. Bob uncuffed himself and went to the cell door, but it was locked. When Bob looked outside, he saw Grey in the opposite cell. "Where's Seven?"
"Let me out! I'm a police officer." Bob shouted and no one responded again. Bob needed a plan as the guards seemed stronger and faster than him. "How do I get out?"
"Please.... stop...." said Grey weakly, sobbing quietly.
"You're just going to get them killed. You should have minded your own damned business. Why do you care anyway?"
Grey didn't have an answer. Here, trapped inside himself, Grey wasn't alone, and it wasn't just in his head. The voice tearing at him was very real, and though it sounded identical, it wasn't his own.
"You think they're like a parasite? A virus? Takes one to know one. I never invited you."
"I didn't ask for this..." said Grey. "Neither of us did."
"Yet you're the one who gets to be alive while I sit here and rot. You think helping some little lab brat will change anything? You can't change the monster you are. You can't undo the things you've done. Hell, you can't even control the things you're going to do. If you'd just done what you were told, you wouldn't be in this mess."
"I can't... I hate it so much..."
"At least you get to make decisions! You're suicidal, and I'd kill to have your place, but neither of us can have what we want, now can we? So what if you have to kill to survive? That's how it works, isn't it?"
"I'm not like you... I care. People deserve to live."
"Don't you dare tell me that! What am I then? I wasn't a person? I didn't deserve to live? You weren't awake for the pain I suffered when you were shoved in here to take my place. You don't have the memories I have! You don't even remember most of your own pain! You're so weak that you suppress most of the memories. Shall I show you? I can retrieve them all right now!"
"No!" Grey pleaded. "Please don't! I can't- I don't want-"
Bob can still feel the pain in his back and his kidney still hurts. "Need to think fast..." Bob said and decided to make as much noise as possible. Eventually, the guard came and Bob started shouting at the guard. "Shut up!" The guard shouted but Bob continued to swear at the guard until the guard entered the cell and Bob surprised the guard and simply bolted and ran out. The guard was shocked that Bob got free and did not expect an old cop to move that fast and Bob close the cell door and continued to run.
Bob reached the guard's desk and grabbed the baton on the table and found a set of cell keys and quickly ran back to unlock Grey's door. "I'm going to get you..." The guard said as he tried to open the cell door and Bob kicked the keys off his hands and picked it up. "Not today..." Bob said and opened Grey's cell.
Another guard ran towards Bob and Bob readied his baton and swung at the guard. The guard seemed very confident and Bob's first blow to the head stunned the guard and Bob hit the guard's throat and the guard choked. Bob used 2 hands and slammed the baton on the back to the guard's head and he slumped. "I did it!" Bob said and dragged the limp guard into Grey's cell. "What kind of idiot would not block a blow from the baton?"
Vice ambushed the cops in the police station one by one and took out most of the cops. She walked into the recreation room and turned off the lights. Moving towards the confused cops, she made quick work of them. She proceeded to the lieutenant's office and the lieutenant was confused and she grabbed him and forced a black ooze into his mouth. A few other state troopers entered the police station and she let them in the secured areas and the city cops were placed in the cells to be processed.
"So, you brought them here..." Mike said and looked at Sev who stared at him angrily. "Why did you have to run? We got the other kids to do what you were supposed to... most did not return. We found their bodies... Why did you cause them to die?"
Sev was afraid, he had not seen all the kids but he was crying. Mike injected a serum into Sev's neck and said, "We need to find a way to fix this." Mike had another syringe of black liquid. "This will make you stronger, but it will not make you one of them..."
"No." Twelve shouted. "Don't hurt Sev"
"This needle is only going to hurt a bit, then Sev will be better." Mike said.
"Sev does not need that..." Twelve shouted and the syringe flew out of Mike's hand.
"How dare you use your powers on me?" Mike said sternly. "Have you forgotten what will happen to you?"
2 guards ran towards Twelve and Twelve turned around and stared at the guards. She gestured her hands at the guards and before the guards could reach her, he were lifted off the ground and she clenched her fist and the guards were folded into a ball and they were crushed and their bones were broken.
"You don't do that to our property..." Mike said and fired a dart into Twelve.
Twelve turned around and gestured at Mike and Mike staggered backwards. "How dare...." Suddenly Mike felt a force around his neck and he could not breathe, but soon, Twelve collapsed and Mike carried her away. "I'll deal with you later." Mike said to Sev.
As Grey was forced to relive some of his worst experiences in his mind, his body shook and his breathing was compromised of short gasps through clenched teeth. The lights flickered with his breath, the nearest lightbulb popping with a burst of blue flame that quickly vanished.
Back in the lab where Sev sat alone and in tears restrained to the chair, someone entered the room. Sauntering into Sev's view came Casper, dressed in casual clothes and a friendly smile.
"Hey there, kiddo," he said. "You don't like it here, do you?" He didn't wait for an answer. "You don't like all the needles and experiments... You don't like the way people treat you here."
He put a comforting hand on Sev's shoulder. "You know Grey. He helped you. We're close, he and I... He's like a son to me. Would you like to be a part of our family? You could be like Grey's little brother. You'd never have to see this place again. You could learn and have fun without being afraid... You could eat all sorts of new foods and see new things. You'd be so happy."
He smiled kindly. "Would you like that? No more labs. No more experiments... And you could stay with Grey. I can give that to you if you want it. All you would have to do is come with us."
Sev looked at Casper and asked. "Did I cause the other kids to die?" Sev did not really pay attention to Casper. He was just another stranger to him. Then screams can be heard as Sev can hear the voice of Twelve. "Enough!" Twelve's voice echoed through the rooms and there was a strong tremor. It was like a brief earthquake. Sev felt uneasy, he felt something big happened and Twelve has lost it.
Sev concentrated and he entered the upside down briefly and escaped his restraints and returned in a blink of an eye beside the chair. Sev quickly ran towards where he heard Twelve. Twelve was seen just killing everyone in the way. As Sev approached, he saw guards ripped in two and bodies lined the corridor. The floors were cracked and Twelve was walking in a direct path and destroying the doors in her way.
The guards exited the cell area and saw Twelve and approached and were suddenly crushed by an invisible force and formed 2ft x 2ft cubes on the ground. All their armor and helmet were crushed. Sev ran towards her and she continued her slaughter and blood was streaming out her nose. 2 guards saw Twelve and shot her but the bullets did not reach her and she gestured at the guards and they were thrown through a wall. Twelve walked through the cell area and Sev saw her destroying the cells doors and ran towards her.
Twelve destroyed the guard in the cell ripping him and saw Bob and Grey in the other cell. Sev managed to stand in front of Twelve and as she gestured, Sev created a portal to the upside down and her attacks went into the upside down. "Please don't hurt them..." Sev said and Twelve did not seem to bother much and continued her rampage.
Sev hugged Bob and Grey and felt his nose bleed again. He was not sure what happened earlier, but he certainly created a portal to the upside down and deflected an attack inside.
Bob was trying to wake Grey up and saw a kid killing some guards and as the kid approached, it did not look like the kid was on their side too. The kid gestured at the cell doors and it was destroyed and the kid killed a guard, ripping him in half. Bob was simply shocked at what he was looking at and Sev ran in front of him and Grey and as the kid gestured Bob could see the upside down appear in front of them and the attack did not hit them. The kid did not bother to attack further and Bob grabbed Grey and made a run for it.
Following the kid was a good idea as the kid killed everything in the path and made hole through the walls and walking out is a straight line. "Grey, it would be great if you can help here..." Bob said.
From deep inside himself, Grey barely heard Bob's voice call his name. In a greatly weakened state, he couldn't think. He only knew he had to wake up. He tried to pick himself up. To pull himself together.
The other voice laughed. "You're such an idiot. Stay down! You heard what Casper said, you're going to lose control. Not only will they die because of you, but you'll be the one killing them. You can't help them. Just give up already."
Grey didn't even hear what he was being told. He was trying too hard just to open his eyes. To move.
Bob dropped Grey in surprise, nearly getting burned as Grey's entire body burst into engulfing blue flames. The fire vanished as suddenly as it appeared, leaving Grey twitching on the ground, clutching his head, shoulders hunched.
Bob reached towards him to help, but Grey shouted as if in pain. "STOP!! Damn it... get away from me!"
"Grey, it's me-"
Grey let out a shuddering gasp. If only he'd sucked it up and warned them about himself before now. If only he'd listened to the other voice. "You don't get it... RUN!!" He roared. His skin was quickly turning an unnatural pale color, and his limbs were visibly stretching, and his clothes tearing in places, causing Grey to scream in pain, his voice turning to an inhuman screech. He was changing.
Sev saw Grey in pain and a blue flame around him and Bob seemed to be hurt by the flames. "What's going on?" Sev asked and saw more guards coming. "Over there!" Sev pointed and not sure what he could do. Sev wanted to just leaped into the upside down but not sure if he could get out. Sev was hesitant, he was not very tired but his nose was already bleeding.
Bob dropped Grey as he was covered in flames and Grey was in pain. Bob was very concerned and Sev pointed at the approaching guards. Bob quickly prepared and picked up a baton and got ready. The first guard came and tried to grab him and Bob smashed the baton on his head and the guard was dazed and Bob was preparing to swing the baton again but the other guard grabbed Bob's hand.
The guard was inhumanly strong and Bob could not break free and kicked the guard but he seemed unimpressed. Bob was tossed aside and the guard proceeded towards Sev and Bob ran over to grab the guard. "I've some cop friends and don't want to kill you..." The guard said and grabbed Bob by the neck and tossed him on the wall. Bob smashed on the wall and was in pain. "Sev... run!" Bob shouted.
As his limbs lengthened, Grey's muscles and skin tore only for new flesh to heal it over. His face was mutating into something that looked like a dragon, his finger tips were turning to claws, and a long whip-like tail sprouted from the base of his spine. This new beast looked nothing like Grey apart from the color of its feral eyes and now greatly exaggerated lankyness. It's breathing was deep. The air could be heard flooding in and out of its lungs, sounding like a growl. It still lie on the floor, its chest expanding with every breath.
At first, it didn't seem like it was going to do anything, but then there was a scream that was quickly cut off from the guard. With twitchy, spider-like movements, the beast had sprung at the guard, dozens of needle teeth closing down on his throat and shoulders. Blood poured down the creatures snout, splattering the ground, then with the help of its spidery hands, it tore the guard's head off with a series of pops from the bones and muscles snapping. Holding the body down, it snapped and tore at the guard's torso, pulling the armor off and devouring the flesh.
Bob, frozen in fear and disbelief, could only stare. The beast, seeing him, let out a deafening screech, enormous jaws agape and sending specks of blood flying everywhere.
Bob did not notice what happened as he was still trying to get up. Bob saw a guard approaching again and was bracing himself and suddenly a beast ripped the guard apart. Bob did not know what to do, his baton does not seem much of a weapon against the beast and he heard gunshots. 2 more guards arrived and began shooting at the beast. Bob did not know what to do but run.
Each bullet only had about as much effect as a flick. The beast roared, grabbed one of the guards by the head, and slammed him into the other guard, both of them crashing into the wall. Grey, or the thing that used to be him, snapped down on a guard's leg, then whipped him from side to side like a dog with a toy until the leg tore off.
Bob saw Sev standing there and simply grabbed him and ran. As the guards were busy with the creature, Bob and Sev actually made it out of the lab. Bob saw a few police cars and told Sev to wait for him while he check out the cops. "Hey guys, thanks god you're here...." Bob said to the cops as he approached. "Guys?" Bob approached the cops and they started surrounding him. Bob reached for his gun and the other officers grabbed him and forced him to the ground. Bob was overpowered and with a punch to the back of his head, Bob went limp.
Sev was confused. He could sense Grey in the creature and it seemed to be just a beast. Then Bob grabbed him and brought him out of the lab. Sev could sense the pain of Grey and he could sense Twelve ahead. Then he saw Bob getting overpowered by the cops and Sev ran ahead and grabbed a cop and shoved him into a portal he created to the upside down. The other cops saw Sev and ran towards him and he opened a portal front of a cop and the cop stopped and did not fall in the portal. From his side, the cops reached him and Sev was shoved to the ground and a tazer was shoved to Sev's neck and Sev was shocked unconscious as well.