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The Trump Card

Like many creatures, there are many people in this universe who make there paths as villains or heroes. Some also like to state there claims as being completely neutral. That they are keeping balance in what is left in the world, for which there is none, or even helping people they come across in there time. In this reality neutrals are very vague and always have hidden motives, but one thing is clear, they are only out to help themselves.

Brandis and Ivory slowly make their way to the Sinister Jet unnoticed by the stoned soldiers who guard the ships docked upon the iced island. Whispering to each other as they make their way to the jet.

Ivory: This is perfect… how are we going to get the sword out of here with an army up against 3 of us… that’s if LD is still alive…

Brandis: Don’t talk like that… He should be ok…

Ivory: What makes you think so?

Brandis: Because if he was not then the ships and soldiers would be gone by now… I’m guessing they haven’t found him or the sword yet…

Ivory: So what do we do then?

Brandis: Going to have to go and find LD and the sword myself…

Ivory: How are you going to find either?

Brandis: Sometimes smell and hearing can replace sight… I should be ok tracking him…

Ivory: Ok… I’ll go with you then…

Brandis: No… you’re still weak from the stasis field… need you to stay here…

Ivory: Why? I can take care of myself…

Brandis: I know… but not now… not in your condition… I can’t watch out for you and LD at the same time… stay here… please…

Ivory listens to Brandis and stays by the ship. Brandis then begins to make his way to the mountains. Meanwhile LD looks for the sword in the area of the mountain the reader claims the sword lies and is soon confronted by the white stranger and several soldiers.

White Stranger: Interesting finding you here…

LD: What do you want?

White Stranger: I believe it’s the same as you…

LD: I don’t know what you’re talking about Blondie…

White Stranger: Haven’t we grown past the lying… and especially the name calling… please call me Christopher…

LD: Interesting… a saint named after the Saint of travelers…

LD says with a blank look on his face.

Christopher: So you know what I am and know what I have come for… (chuckles a bit) well I am a man of many journeys… especially of the great rivers and water of this world…

LD stairs at Christopher still.

Christopher: So my son… why don’t you please just back down and hand the sword to me.

LD: You mean this sword?

LD reveals to the sword behind him standing up out of the surface of the mountain top. The sword is made of a silver blade and broad golden hilt with angelic marking on its blade. It looks to have barely rusted or aged.

LD: I’m not handing anything over to you SAINT Christopher…

Saying as he removes his own sword.

Christopher: why can you not understand that what I am trying to do here is for the best…

LD: Destroying existence? I highly doubt that’s going to do any good…

Christopher: That’s where you are wrong…

Christopher begins to walk closely to LD who stands with his sword pointing down at Christopher the closer he walks to him.

Christopher: See starting over… is always good… god has been doing it since time begin… he washed the land clean after 40 days and 40 nights… when man kind thought it was more powerful than he… he showed them by destroying the first space shuttle… now look around us… he’s collapsed reality on its self… the rapture is upon us… and only those who are willing to change it…start over… will be saved from hell on Earth…

LD: So you consider yourself to be finishing his work…fighting for a better day…

Christopher: It’s the only way friend…

LD: I understand…

LD lays his sword down and begins to give the sword to Christopher who opens his hand to accept it. LD suddenly uses a hidden knife concealed in his sleeve and stabs Christopher through the heart. Christopher stares at LD with a shocked and blank look of death on his face as LD begins to remove the knife from him.

LD: This dagger cast from liquid fire from a phoenix… your power won’t work… I’m sorry… but there are more ways than death to saving the world…

The stone soldiers begin to surround LD as Brandis sees this and quickly makes his way up the mountain to help LD.

Christopher: You know no one has every tried to use fire on me before… yet alone a dagger with a flame inside it… very nice try… But my faith is stronger than you think… nothing will end me until my journey is complete.

Saying as he materializes a broad sword in his hand and the wound heals.

LD: Full of surprises…

Christopher: Like wise!

The two then begin a full out sword battle (the two move like Jedi from star wars-skilled warriors) with no interference from the stone soldiers. The sword remains lodged in the mountain. LD eventually loses his sword in the battle due to some tricky maneuvers from Christopher. LD lies on the ice mountain defenseless and at the mercy of Christopher.

Christopher: Ye of little faith… perhaps my son when you are reborn in the new dawn of existence you will have stronger faith in the light of god…

Brandis jumps into Christopher kicking him in the jaw sending him flying across the mountain. The soldiers then intervene and LD and Brandis find themselves fighting in the middle of several stone soldiers fighting them off.

LD: GRAB THE SWORD AND GET OUT OF HERE!!!!

Brandis: I would! But have a small problem!!

Other soldiers pull Christopher back to the mountain top and he makes his way toward LD and Brandis. Jumping toward them Brandis moves LD out of the way fast.

Christopher: SINNERS!!!

Christopher begins to attack LD and Brandis but everyone is distracted as the Sinister Jet makes its way to the top of the mountain with Ivory piloting it.

Brandis: What the?!?!

Ivory opens the door to the jet.

Ivory: Come on I can’t keep this up for long!!

Brandis and LD waste no time at there escape. Brandis grabs the sword.

Brandis: Here take it get to the jet!!

LD grabs the sword from Brandis and runs to the jet (which is hovering over the surface of the mountain). Brandis starts to follow but only after punching the surface to cause a tremor strong enough to shatter the ice underneath the ground in an attempt to bury the stone warriors and Christopher. He and LD then board the Jet. As the Jet begins to take off Christopher goes to stop it.

Christopher: NO!!

He holds out his palm and screams.

Christopher: BOMBARDA!!!

A burst of energy leaves his hand and takes out a wing on the jet causing it to plunge toward the water. With LD and Brandis not fully in the jet, Brandis loses his grip and begins to fall from the ship. In a panic to save him LD drops to save Brandis catching him in one hand and grabbing the door of the ship with the other. Doing so the ship continues to plunge and the sword falls back to the shores of the island. LD sees the sword falling and gazes in disappointment as the Jet falls to the ice water beginning to sink. As Ivory, Brandis and LD resurface to the top of the water they see Christopher the saint boarding his ship in the water; with the ancient sword in his hand.

LD: Shit!!

Ivory: What are we going to do now?

Brandis: I don’t know…

Christopher ships begin to sail off into the water away from Ivory, Brandis and LD. Moments later everyone is slightly blinded by water, cold air, and fog. When it all settles they look up to see familiar faces.

Nightmare: Need a hand?

The doors of the Death Bat hover open with the ship in front of Ivory, Brandis and LD and the extended hands of Zero and Nightmare out to help them from the water.

As everyone boards the ship they head to the bridge.

Zero: So I take it since you do not have the sword… so your mission was a failure…

LD: Not a failure…

Nightmare: What do you mean?

Brandis: Don’t worry about it.... did you get where you were going ok?

Zero: Actually yes…

Nightmare: Took a bit of convincing…

Interrupting.

Zero: …but strange enough when we told her what was going on she seemed more than willingly to help…

Brandis: So you got her?

Zero: If it was no…we would be having a very different conversation…

Saying as the doors open to the bridge and inside the others are rejoined with Athame’ who sit in the gazing out a window, talking to another familiar face sitting in the co pilot chair. Turning around in the chair.

Mistress Mortis: A very different conversation indeed…