Chapter 38: A Year Without Dark Vengeance
On a cold dark night, she ran through the streets like her life depended on it. She finally stopped when she saw her destination: a two story house. She crossed the street and ran up to the door. She rang the doorbell, but no one answered.
“Come on, David,” she said, banging on the door. She saw a light turn on and then, the door opened.
“Bella, why are you here?” the man asked.
“I need your help.”
“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”
“It is three in the morning.”
“Do you know what you’re asking? It’s against the law for me to even be talking to you, let alone, helping you.”
“I found one of my friends in an alley, and I think she might be hurt.”
“You and I might be friends, but I don’t even want to meet one of your friends.”
“I told you, I’m not Alley Cat anymore. Whitney is hunting me, David. So, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not exactly on her side.”
“Fine, if it will get you to shut up.” He got his coat and led her to his car. When they got there, Bella led him down the alley.
“Are you going to tell me who it is?”
“If this person is your friend, why did you leave’em here?”
“I’m a fugitive running from the law, and there is snow all around us that is two feet deep. So, I’m not exactly in the right position to help anyone right now.”
“Good point.” David shined his flashlight across the concrete. His light came across a pair of boots, something silver, and a black suit. David froze when he came across the woman’s face. “This is a joke, right?”
“No joke. I found her about twenty minutes ago.”
“This is impossible.”
“She’s supposed to be dead.”
“So how is it that you found Dark Vengeance in an alley, Alley Cat?”
“I told you, I don’t go by that name, and I have no idea how she got here. Right now, the only thing I know is that I need to get her out of the snow.”
David handed Bella the flashlight, bent down, and picked her up.
Rebbeca opened her eyes and looked around the room. She sat up on the couch, and saw Bella walking toward her. “Long time no see.” She sat down next to her.
“What happened?” Rebbeca asked.
“First things first. What’s your name?”
“And the other name?”
“Good. So, long story short, you died.”
“Great. How long ago?”
“A year. So, I guess I should be asking you, what happened?”
“I remember dying and then meeting some guy.”
“You mean, like…on the other side?”
“I don’t know,” Rebbeca said. “But he told me: someone you know will remember something they have forgotten, and you will forget someone you have remembered.”
“Yeah, but that’s all I can remember about what happened.”
David walked in the room.
“Rebbeca, this is a friend of mine, David Star,” Bella said.
“More like, I’m a friend of hers against my will.” He shook Rebbeca’s hand. “By the way, big fan.”
“Thanks…?” She looked at Bella. “So, what has the team been doing all this time? Do they even know I’m back?”
“Beca, you’re going to find out sooner or later,” Bella said. “After Angel killed you, she framed Danny for your death.”
“Everyone was in court fighting for Danny, even though the odds of winning weren’t in his favor. Three months and two million dollars later, the judge declared him innocent and a bounty was put on Angel’s head. Keeping Danny out of jail was the last battle they fought. The very next day, they went their separate ways.”
“Oh, boy….” Rebbeca said. “I was really hoping you were joking about the ‘being dead for a year’ part. Where are they now?”
“Well, Drake closed down Headquarters and locked his suit away. After he broke up with Abigail, he moved in with his sister and they live with her parents on the other side of town. Abigail has spent every minute looking for Angel. Sarah packed away her suit and then, married Sam. Keko flew back to Israel and Proto ran away.”
“What about you?”
“I, too, put away the suit and have been trying to stay out of Whitney’s way.”
“What do you mean?”
“Rebbeca, the city is not like you remember it,” David said, sitting down. “And The Crystal Girl’s not doing anything about it.”
“She has her heart set on finding Angel,” Bella explained.
“Well, thank you, both,” Rebbeca said, as she stood up.
“Where are you going to go?” David asked.
“Apparently, my team hasn’t been the team I hoped they’d be. But now that I’m back-”
“You can’t just go out there, gather your team, and start some heroic ending to the story,” Bella said. “Rebbeca, Whitney has taken over the city.”
“What are you talking about? What has Whitney done?”
“Eight months ago, Whitney attacked the city,” David said. “And the Guardians weren’t there to stop her.”
“She brought an army of Eels into the city led by John Hall. She killed most of the important people like fire fighters, cops, and doctors,” Bella said. “The only reason David is alive, is because I stopped Whitney’s Eels from killing him.”
“Why did they want you?” Rebbeca asked him.
“Because I’m a doctor,” David replied. “At the time, I didn’t know who Bella was, so she filled me in.”
“She put up barricades so no one could leave or enter the city,” Bella continued. “Then, Whitney began killing the people she didn’t trust. Danny, Angel, and I were able to escape. But no one’s seen Sky or Samantha, so we’re guessing they’re dead. No one can leave their houses in daylight, they have to wait until nightfall, and even then, you have to watch out for Eels. Then, she created check points. At each check point, they ask for your ID number, or as Whitney calls it, your hostage number. And if you don’t check out, they make a copy of you and then kill you.”
“How many have died?”
“At least four hundred.”
“This has got to stop. I’m going to gather my team and end Whitney’s killing spree once and for all.”
“What if they don’t want to help you?” David asked.
“Then I’ll do it by myself. Either way, Whitney is going to be stopped. Even if it kills me…again.” She looked down at her suit and saw the bullet holes. Then, she looked at Bella. “Two days before I died, you asked if you could join our team. But at the time, I wasn’t ready to trust anyone else. So, now, I am asking you to put our past behind us and join me in my quest to take back the city.”
“Even though I might be the only one that considers it…I’ll still be honored to fight by your side.” She shook her hand. “Even if we did try to kill each other.”
“Well, if we’re playing it that way…you started it,” Rebbeca joked, and looked at David. “Are you willing to be ready to patch us up when this is all over?”
“Of course. Just try not to get too banged up.”
“Well, then, there’s one thing I have to do.” She looked at her watch. “Watch: on.” Her watch lit up as the word “Hello” scrolled across the screen. “Call all members.”
“What are you doing?” Bella asked.
“I’m sending hope to my friends and fear to my enemies.” Then, she looked at her suit. “Activate: repair.” Thread by thread, her suit stitched itself back together.
“Wow,” David said.
“Yeah, that happens a lot,” Bella said, as Rebbeca looked at her.
“Do you still have your suit?”
“Yeah, I’ll go get it,” Bella said, and left the room.
“Here, take this.” Rebbeca handed David an ear piece. “I’ll call you if I need back up.”
“What am I supposed to do?”
“If I need back up, call Joe MaGreen.”
“Believe me, he’ll know what to do.”
Bella came back into the room wearing her Alley Cat costume.