Chapter 4: Dark Vengeance
“So…what do you want?” Abigail asked the woman. When she didn’t reply, it made Abigail wonder why she was here even more. “What’s your name?”
The woman turned and looked at her. “Dark Rose. Anything else you’d like to ask?”
“Yeah, I was wondering…are you waiting for something?”
“Yes. Dark Vengeance.”
“And why do you think she’ll come?”
“Because she attends this school,” she replied, as Dark Vengeance walked through the door.
“Well, you’re right about that,” Dark Vengeance told her, “but wrong about so many other things.”
“It’s about time you showed up.” She pointed her gun at Dark Vengeance.
“Come on, Rose. This is between you and me. Let them go.”
“Fine.” She pointed her gun at Abigail. “Everyone but Lancaster can leave. Now!” Everyone got up from their desks and ran past Dark Vengeance, out the door.
“Whatever you do to me or her won’t change what’s happened.”
“Maybe not,” she replied. “But have you stopped to think about why the cops aren’t here yet?”
“You have a plan B,” Dark Vengeance realized.
“So, this time, you’re on your own.”
“I was the last time we ran into each other, and look how that turned out.”
“Either way, I’ll still get what I want.”
“But why the Lancaster girl?” She took a step closer to Dark Rose.
“Crystals form,” Abigail whispered. Her skin turned to aqua colored crystal. Then, she stood up, walked toward Dark Rose, and kicked the gun out of her hands. As the gun flew through the air, Dark Vengeance ran up to Dark Rose and kicked her in the stomach, sending her flying through the hole in the wall.
“Look, kid, thanks for the help, but I don’t need a side kick,” Dark Vengeance said. “What do you call yourself?”
“The Crystal Girl.”
“Cool, now go home,” she told her. As she stepped through the hole, Dark Rose swung her leg low to the ground, tripping Dark Vengeance. She rolled over on to her back, as Dark Rose got on top of her and punched her in the side of the face, twice.
Dark Rose walked back inside the school. But before she could pick up her gun, The Crystal Girl punched her. Dark Rose looked at The Crystal Girl and kicked her across the room, sending her flying into the tables and chairs. Dark Rose then picked up her gun and walked to the hole.
“You are just like him,” Dark Vengeance said, as she stumbled to her feet.
“I know.” Dark Rose pulled the trigger and shot Dark Vengeance in the chest. Dark Vengeance fell to the ground as Dark Rose put her gun in her jacket. “My work here is done.” She walked out of the school and down to the curb, where a black van was waiting for her.
“Oh, my goodness.” The Crystal Girl got up and ran to Dark Vengeance. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, just…just give me a minute.” She slowly sat up with The Crystal Girl’s help.
“There’s no blood.”
“That’s what happens when you wear a vest.” She pulled the bullet out of the vest and through it across the yard. She stood, and started walking toward the road.
“Where are you going?” The Crystal Girl asked.
“To the police station.” She got on a motor cycle and drove away. A few minutes later, Dark Vengeance pulled up to the police station, and saw that half the building was on fire. She quickly walked past the fire trucks and ambulances until she found Kelley.
He quickly walked up to her.
“Is everyone okay?”
“Just a few burns, nothing to worry about,” he told her. “He’s over there.”
“Thank you.” She walked over to the back of an ambulance and saw her dad sitting on the bed. “You okay?”
He replied with a nod as he rolled his sleeve down. She can tell he’s mad about what happened.
“Good. Because we have a problem.”
“Yeah, I know,” Frank said, as Dark Vengeance climbed into the ambulance.
“No. I think it’s something bigger.”
“The school was attacked by Jonathan Brown’s daughter, Angel Brown. I’ve run into her in the past, but nothing like this.”
“Was anyone hurt?”
“Besides me, no.”
“Good.” He realized how that sounded. “I mean-”
“It’s okay, Dad,” Dark Vengeance said, as she looked around. “Deactivate: Dark Vengeance.” Then, a bright light covered her body, and when it disappeared, she was wearing normal clothes.
“Even if you would have been here, I don’t think it would’ve mattered.”
“Two kids, about your age, showed up with blow torches. When they got what they came for, they tried to burn the place down.”
“Well what’d they want?”
“Brown,” he replied. Rebbeca nodded to herself, thinking.“We tried shooting them. Put six bullets in the guy’s chest and three in the girl’s. My guess is they both had vests on.”
“So, Dark Rose was a distracting me so her buddies could break out her dad.”
“It sure seems that way.”
“Okay. I’m going to need the tapes so I can get a look at who I’m about to fight.”
“Sorry, but they’re toast.”
“I thought you might say that,” she said. “Which is why I hooked up a…well, the point is, since I joined, everyone and everything that’s ever stepped into the police station, is recorded on backups…at home.”
“You are so much like your mother. It stopped being funny a long time ago.”
She climbed out of the ambulance, turned around and smiled. “I’ve got to go. I’ll see you at home.” She walked up to the motor cycle, climbed on, and headed back to the school.
After she parked the motor cycle, she headed inside the school. Police and reporters filled the halls, but Rebbeca had one goal: to get to her locker, get her stuff, and get out.
“I have been looking everywhere for you,” Drake said, as he walked up to her. She opened her locker and started putting books into her bag.
“Everyone thinks you’re dead!”
She rolled her eyes, grabbed his arm, and pulled him into the girl’s bathroom. “Okay, what rumors are spreading?”
“Abigail’s telling everyone that Dark Rose threw her into the chairs and knocked her out. She came to to the sound of a gunshot, and by the time she got outside, you two were gone.”
“That’s so not what happened!”
“I figured. Here’s the chip with all the footage from the police station.” He handed her the chip.
“Thanks, Drake,” Rebbeca said. “But, what I really want to know is why Abigail is lying to the police.”
“Maybe she’s returning the favor.”
“Maybe. Have you seen her?”
“No, too many reporters.”
“Yeah, I’m going to bale before that happens to me.” They walked outside the bathroom. “While we’re on the subject, why haven’t you asked her out?”
“Come on, Drake. I know you like her, and she’s told me she likes you. Anyway, I’ll see you later.” As she was walking out of the school, Rebbeca’s phone started ringing. “Stone,” she answered the phone.
“Are you okay?” May asked. “I just heard about what happened.”
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Good. How’s Drake?”
“He’s fine, why?”
“No reason. Just making sure everything’s okay.”
“Okay, well I have to go. I’m a hero, remember?”
“Yes. Yes, I know. You and your father are always busy.”
“Yeah, I know,” she said, before hanging up. Then, she started her long journey home.
“Hey, Rebbeca,” she heard Sam’s voice a few seconds later.
“Here we go.” She sighed as Sam caught up to her. She stopped and faced him.
“Hey. Where’re you going?”
“Home.” She looked at his uniform. “You?”
“Your dad assigned me to this case.”
“Cool. Got any leads?”
“Well, from what everyone has told me about Dark Rose, and from what has happened at the police station, I think she was Jonathan Brown’s daughter, but I have no proof.”
“What about the tapes?”
“Some were erased and the rest burned.”
She looked at him. “What are you doing?”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m talking about you showing up at my house on the weekends, telling my father we’re together.”
“I can explain-”
“So can I,” Rebbeca said. “Let me make myself clear. I do not and will not love you. I like you as a friend, if that. So, stop coming over to my house and stop talking to me. Is that clear enough for you?”
“Good.” She turned to leave and saw Danny. She quickly walked his way, not daring to look back at Sam. As she approached him, he looked up from his bag and at her. She sighed. “Get me out of here.”
He raised an eyebrow questioningly at her, before his eyes settle on a spot behind her. He nodded toward the car. “All yours.”
“Thank you.” She quickly got into the passenger seat. Danny tossed his bag in the back seat and then got behind the wheel. She was still fuming about her conversation with Sam.
“He’s gone,” Danny’s voice broke her from her thoughts.
“The guy you’re running from? He left.”
She nodded. “It’s not really like that. He just…won’t go away.” She sighed. “I’m sorry, maybe this was a bad idea. I mean, the school was just attacked-”
“No,” he interrupted. “I’ve got nothing better to do. So, where to?”
“The same place you found me?” she asked. “If it’s not too much of a bother.”
“Not for you.” He started the car and then drove to Rebbeca’s house. They spent the whole trip in silence.
“You can drop me off here,” Rebbeca told him, pointing to the curb.
“You sure?” He pulled over.
“Yeah, my dad’s the sheriff…and well, you know.”
“Yeah, I do.”
They got out of the car and then looked at each other across the roof.
“Do you mind if I take a rain check on this afternoon?” Rebbeca asked. “I’ve got a lot to do after everything that happened.”
“No, not at all. I was going to ask the same thing.”
They both stood there trying to come up with something to say.
“Well, I better go.” She picked up her back pack.
“So, I’ll see you later?”
“Tomorrow. Jim’s Diner?”
“Sure. I’ll pick you up at eight.”
“See you then.” She started walking as Danny drove away.