Chapter 40: One Last Time
They spent the next five hours, slowly, making their way through the city.
“Dawn,” Alley Cat said, as they approached the stone gates that border the Lancaster property.
“That’s just what we need, since no one’s supposed to come out of their homes after dawn,” Foreshadow said, as they walked past Abigail’s house.
“So, what happened with you two anyway?”
“Me and Abby?”
“Well, after Rebbeca died, she made it her mission to find Angel. But while she was doing that, she blocked out everyone, including me and Sam.”
“So, you called it off?”
“I just always thought you’d be the one getting dumped, not the one doing the dumping.”
“You know, when I said I wanted it to be like old times,” Dark Vengeance said, “this isn’t what I meant.”
They walked up onto the front porch. Foreshadow knocked on the door and then waited. Sarah J opened the door and was clearly shocked to see them.
“You were the last person I went on a mission with before I died,” Dark Vengeance told her. “When we were chasing Coal Dust, you asked me what you should do, and I told you to tell the others to stay where they were. And from what I’ve heard, that’s exactly what you did when Whitney took over: you told them to stay put and wait it out. Well, the waiting’s over and we could use your help stopping Whitney. So, will you join me one last time?”
Without a word, Sarah J reached out and hugged Dark vengeance.
“I’ll take that as a yes…?”
“Yes,” Sarah J said. “Yes, I’ll help you.” Sarah J then led them inside, where they all took off their masks. “Let me guess, you’re going to wait until after we save the day to tell us how it is that you’re alive.”
“Yes, because right now we have business to attend to,” Rebbeca replied. “Where’s Sam?”
“Out back, chopping wood.”
“I’ll go tell him,” Drake said, and left the room.
“So, what’s the plan?”
“I don’t have one,” Rebbeca said.
“Right now, I’m focused on getting the team back together.”
“Don’t you think a plan is kind of important?”
“Yeah, I’m working on it.”
“Well, Sam was a part of the team and he’s not going to want me or him to join a new one.”
“Why?” Bella asked.
“Because he was a cop. In fact, he’s probably the only one left. She even put a bounty on his head and then, told the citizens to kill him if they see him. If they don’t, she’ll kill them.”
“That sounds familiar.”
Drake and Sam entered the room.
“What is going on here?” Sam asked.
“I’m asking everyone to re-join for one last time,” Rebbeca said, as she stepped forward.
“Well, as you know, I’ve kind of been dead for the past year.”
“Yeah, I know. So, how is it you’re here?”
“This whole thing is confusing for everyone and I know me being here doesn’t help. But I haven’t been giving you guys a straight answer because I don’t know how it is I’m here. I met this guy, and he told me he was going to send me back. He didn’t say how or why or that it was going to be a year later, and that Whitney had taken over the city.
“All he did was warn me about something. He told me: someone you know will remember something they have forgotten and you will forget someone you have remembered. Right now, Sam, all I know is that the city needs our help. Someone has to stop her, and if you’re not going to help me, then, that’s fine, because I’m still going to do it, by myself, if I have to.”
“Then, it sounds like you’re fine without me.”
“What do you think is going to happen?” Bella asked. “She wants us dead more than she does you.”
“And we’ll be by your side the whole time,” Drake added.
“I never asked for any of this,” Sam said.
“Yeah, well neither did I. Sometimes these things just happen,” Rebbeca said. “And it’s up to us to decide what to do with it. I’ll be over at Abigail’s. Let me know what you decide.” Rebbeca walked out of the house and slammed the door behind her. She walked across the driveway to Abigail’s house and knocked on the door.
“Abby,” she yelled, knocking again.
“Come in.” She could barely here Abigail’s voice. Rebbeca opened the door and walked inside. She walked down the hall to the office. Abigail was sitting at the computer with her back toward Rebbeca.
“Deactivate: Dark Vengeance,” she whispered, and walked closer. “Did you ever think about saving the city, first?” she asked, as Abigail turned around. “Or did you just let your depression completely take over?”
Abigail got up, walked over, and hugged Rebbeca. “How?”
“It’s a long story. But right now, that’s not important.”
“Then what is?”
“No, don’t give me that. You were the only one that remained a hero, and you slacked off when the city needed you most.”
“I was looking for your killer.”
“You know it could’ve waited. Besides, if you’re so determined to find her, then why haven’t you?”
Abigail told Rebbeca all she wanted to know with her silence.
“Whitney wants her dead too. So, knowing Angel, she and her father are probably in their log cabin in the mountains of St. Nova.”
Abigail didn’t seem impressed.
“I’m putting the team back together.”
“That’s not a good idea,” Abigail said.
“Tell that to Drake, Bella, Sarah J, and possibly Sam, who have all joined me.”
“You can’t just walk in there-”
“I know the risks, and so do they. It’s going to be hard, but it will get even harder if this continues. Wearing a cape puts a target on your back. And if we die, then we die fighting for the city. We die protecting the city. I’m done talking about this, are you in or not?”
“How long will the team be together?”
“Long enough to stop Whitney. After that, you guys can go back to your lives. I’ll go back to being a solo act and we can all forget we even knew each other.”
“Fine. I’m in.”
“Good, now follow me,” she said, and left the room. They left the house and walked toward Sam’s house as Sarah J, Bella, Drake, and Sam met them half way.
“So?” She walked up to Sam, who was dressed in his old police uniform.
“Only if I can leave all of the butt kicking to you.”
“You’ll be on damage control.”
“Fine, I’m in, but I’m gone when this is over.”
“Good, I mean, okay,” Rebbeca said, with a smirk.
“Did anyone else just hear a truck back fire?” Bella asked.
“I heard it, too,” Drake said.
“Come on.” Sam led the others to the side of Abigail’s house, where they hid out of sight. They waited for the truck to pass before they stepped out.
“That was close,” Bella said.
“Well, it’s about to get even closer,” Rebbeca said. “Bella and Drake, go tell David to start plan B; Sarah J and Abby, you guys meet up with them when they’re done. Then, find a place to hide.”
“What’s plan B, and who’s David?” Drake asked.
“You’ll find out. I’m going back to my house; there’s something I need there.” Then, she turned to Sam. “I need you to go to Headquarters and help us from there.”
“The second you turn on the lights, Whitney will know, and most likely, come after you.”
“I know.” He smiled. Everyone set off to complete their mission as Rebbeca walked to her house.