Bonus Chapter 4
The Mohra demon knocked Duck and Wendy into the wall.
Ace and Austin started to fight it off, but it just knocked Austin to the floor and launched Ace into a pile of boxes.
Austin grabbed his sword and started fighting the Mohra demon. He moved to hack it, but it punched him in the face. He prepared to pierce it, but it grabbed him and tossed him over its shoulder. He move to pick his sword back up but the demon stepped on it and pushed him into a pillar. He started to run off.
Back at the tower…
Kelly came in the living room, looking around. "Austin?"
Jack was there. "Nope, just me."
"Hey, Jack," Kelly said, disappointedly.
"I'm fine, actually, how are you?"
"Sorry. Did Austin leave a message about where he went or something?"
Jack said nothing.
Kelly walked over to him. "If you know where he is, can't you just tell me?"
"He told me not to tell you." He then realized how that statement might give up his position and covered his mouth.
"Is he in trouble?"
Jack just looked at her.
Kelly pulled him up from the couch. "Jack, what are we, in second grade here? Just tell me!"
"Look, you want to talk about being mature? Maybe you need to grow up and realize that you can't have everything. You can't have your perfect boyfriend and save the world. In fact, it's your fault that he went to fight that thing without—" He then realized what he'd said.
Kelly stared at him. "What thing?"
Back at the factory…
Austin ran from the demon, now alone.
The demon knocked him over onto a wood platform. It moved to chop him with its sword, but instead, let both of them fall through the wood and into the tiny cavern beneath.
Austin started to get up.
The demon got up and stepped on him, pinning him to the ground. "The end of days has begun and can't be stopped," it spoke in a dark and raspy voice. It lifted its sword. "For every one of us that falls, ten shall rise."
Kelly fell through the hole in the floor, landing on her feet by the demon, and knocked the sword from its hands. She held up the Guardian Strike Sword (she'd found the others on her way in and, unable to wake any of them up, grabbed Ace's sword). "You hurt my boyfriend!"
The demon grabbed its sword and held it up. "A great darkness is coming."
"Got that right." She engaged him in a sword fight. She knocked him into the wall. "Come on, this is the great warrior of darkness?" Suddenly, the demon knocked her into the wall.
It walked over to her and grabbed her by the throat, holding her to the wall. "Together, you are powerful. Alone, you are dead!"
Austin grabbed some salt from the floor.
The demon cackled. "What do you think of the great warrior now?"
It turned to look at Austin.
Austin got up. "Needs salt." He threw the salt in the demon's eyes, producing the blinding effects and making it drop its hold on Kelly. He started to help Kelly up.
The demon knocked Austin out of the way and grabbed Kelly again.
She kicked it, making it drop her again. She picked the Sword back up and started to fight it.
Austin then noticed something… "1,000 eyes… The jewel in his forehead! You have to smash the jewel!"
Kelly jabbed the sword into the demon's forehead, breaking the ruby-like jewel stuck to it.
The demon fell against the wall and slowly dissipated as a blindingly-bright red light encompassed him and finally took him away.
Kelly knelt down next to Austin and rested his head on her leg.
"Kelly, are you…" he groaned.
She shushed him. "It's alright. It's OK. He's gone. You're safe. And we're together."
A few hours later…
Austin emerged in the Oracles' sanctuary.
The female walked forward. "What have you brought me?"
Austin held up a red vase. "Famille rose vase. Ching dynasty." He threw it at her and she caught it perfectly. "Circa 1811."
"Why are you here, lower being?" asked the male.
"The Mohra demon said the end of days had begun," Austin explained, "That others were coming, soldiers of darkness. I need to know if he was telling the truth."
"As far as such things can be told," the male answered.
"And what happens to the half-Vampire and her family when these soldiers come?"
"What happens to all mortal beings," said the female, "Albeit, sooner in their case."
"They all will."
"Then I'm here to beg for their lives."
"It is not our place to grant life and death," the male said. He started to lead the female off.
"And ask you to take mine back."
The Oracles stopped and faced him.
"I can't protect her or anyone this way, not as a man."
"You're asking to be what you were?" asked the female, "A demon with a soul? Because of a half-breed?"
"This is a matter of love," said the male, "It does not concern us."
"Yes, it does!" Austin quickly debated, "The Mohra demon was sent to take out a warrior of your cause. He succeeded. I'm no good to you like this. And I want to make this right. Please."
"What is done cannot be undone," said the male.
"But what is not yet done can be avoided," said the female.
"Temporal folds are not to indulge the whims of lower beings."
"You are wrong! This one is willing to sacrifice every drop of human happiness and love he's known for another and her family. He is not a lower being."
The male considered. "There is one way. But it is not to be taken lightly."
"We swallow this day," said the female, "as if it never happened. All 24 hours from when the demon first attacked you, we take it back."
Austin thought about that. "That means that…this never happened…Kelly and I… What will stop us from doing the exact same thing?"
"You. You and you alone will carry the memory of this day. Can you bear that burden?"
Kelly was pacing in her room.
Austin walked in and closed the door behind him. He looked at her, sadly.
"I'm guessing that expression isn't because they were all out of fresh OJ at the deli."
He kept looking at her.
She stopped smiling. "What happened?"
"Nothing happened." Austin walked over to her bed. He sighed. "I just…"
"Where have you been?"
"I went to see the Oracles…to ask them to turn me back."
"Because now more than ever, I know how much I love you."
"No. No, you didn't." She started to leave.
He stopped her. "If I stay a mortal, one of us will wind up dead, maybe both of us and your family. Just like Mohra said."
"Mohra is gone. We killed him!"
"And eventually more will come."
"They always come! And they always will! But that's our problem now, not yours!"
"No. I won't stand aside and let you fight and die alone."
"Then we'll fight together!"
"You saw what happened this morning. If anything, I'm a liability to you. You take chances to protect me. And that's not just bad for you, it's bad for the people we were meant to help."
"So what? You just took a whole 24 hours to weigh the ups and downs of being an average Joe and decided it was more fun being a superhero?!"
"You know that's not it. How can we be together if the cost is your life? …Or the lives of others?"
She sniffed, holding back tears.
He hugged her. "I couldn't tell you. I wasn't sure if I could do it and I woke up and you weren't there one morning."
"So what happens now?"
"The Oracles are giving us back the day. So I can kill Mohra before his blood makes me human."
She looked in his eyes. "When?"
He looked at her clock. "Less than a minute."
"A minute?! No! No, it's not enough time!"
"How am I supposed to go on with my life knowing what we could have had together?"
"You won't. I'm the only one that's gonna remember. It'll be like it never even happened—"
"No! It did. It did, I know it did." She put her hand on his chest. "I felt your heart beat."
They looked at each other and wrapped up in a long and passionate kiss.
Kelly finally pulled away and looked at the clock. 15 seconds. "No! No, it's not enough time!" She burst into tears.
He held her close. "It's OK…" He almost started crying with her.
"I'll never forget…I'll never forget…I'll never forget…"
Suddenly, Austin was back in the living room.
"…maybe it's best if we just stick to the plan."
He looked at Kelly.
"Keep our distance at least for a few hours a day and once enough time is passed, we should be able to—"
She looked at him. "Right."
He gazed at her.
"So, I guess I should just go and, you know, start forgetting." She started to walk off to her room.
The Mohra demon burst through the window.
Austin grabbed the book on the table. He ducked the demon's sword moves and slammed the jewel with his book.
The Mohra died again.
Kelly stared at Austin. "That was…weird. How'd you know how to kill it?"
"It's a Mohra demon. I've had a lot of time to catch up on my reading."
"Right. So, I guess we've covered it, right?"
"I guess that's all there really is to say."
"So that's it."
Kelly walked off to her room.
Austin looked at the clock. "Yeah…that's it."
Yeah, that's it! Thanks for reading, the next one will be up tomorrow and promise: it will be much more epic. Anyway, reviews are appreciated, see you tomorrow!