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L’appel du vide

"Now you," Sator said, glancing over his shoulder. "Megan Amazon, shatter yourself." I had to drop filters in place as Megan took a magical blast that went straight through her invulnerability, ran up every nerve ending, and back down, spasming all the muscles in her arms and legs. Meteor got an accidental punch to the nose from Megan, one that knocked her backward to sprawl on the floor.

On another "channel," I apologized quickly to the Wonderful House kids and dropped them out of the link entirely: Tom was in the ambulance with Brandon on the way to the hospital, Jeshri and Lizzie and Eartha were talking to the police and the Gold Stars.

Block her motor nerves, Watson said tightly. Do it now!

She was right, the spell wasn't stopping, and Megan was apparently strong enough to overcome her own invulnerability, judging from some of the pain I was reading. I stopped everything anomalous that was happening in her motor cortex and knocked her out. She dropped limply to the floor.

Meanwhile, Simon's shape swarmed up to human form (naked) and lunged for Brainchild. His hands couldn't touch her, but he managed to catch the glass fragment -- presumably magical -- that her spirit was standing on. There was a stab of pain as the razor edges of the glass sliced into his hands. Brainchild was stable for just a second, then her spirit turned and tried to grab onto the glass, as if she was being sucked into the funnel by some secret wind.

"Oh, let her fall, child," Sator laughed. "Let her fall and see my century-old plan come to fruition at last!"

Nereid hit him with a firehose blast... of blood. While he sputtered at the mouthful he'd got, she stared at her hands, and I could feel the hysteria welling up amidst her panic.

It's not permanent! the Equestrian snapped at her. It's just this place doing it to you. Do it again!

I can't help her! Simon exclaimed, gripping the glass that was slippery with his own blood and trying to pull it away from the machine without losing Brainchild. She's going to fall!

Meteor! Ira snapped. You're a spirit when you're not in that girl's body. Do something.

The Equestrian and Maelstrom were attacking Sator again to distract him. Nereid, to give the girl credit, pulled her shit together and added her geysers of blood.

Meteor hesitated. I'm not sure I can, she said. Can't Renata help her?

I can't reach her mind, I said. I've tried. And I'm not spiritually telekinetic anyway.

Meteor, you have to save her! Suzanne nigh-shouted. You're her only hope!

Feeling Meteor peel out of the body she was possessing was like nothing I'd ever felt: like someone burning their skin off, and then being totally without pain because there were no nerves any more. Her spirit leapt out of the woman -- G, Watson told me -- and threw herself across the mouth of the black abyss just as Brainchild slipped off the glass. Brainchild hit the "surface" that was Meteor and bounced off her onto the floor.

Meteor said to me, I only ever wanted to be a hero, before her grip slipped and she was sucked into the void, her mind sliding too far away for me to reach.

G staggered backward and fell over Megan. I apologetically seized control of her motor functions, got her ass up, and walked her out the door.

One less potential victim in that room. Go me.

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Date: 2011-09-29 02:10 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Meteor said to me, I only ever wanted to be a hero, before her grip slipped and she was sucked into the void, her mind sliding too far away for me to reach.

Well, HOLY SHIT

Date: 2011-09-29 02:41 pm (UTC)
pheyne: Cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] pheyne
Ditto. Oh the tears!

Date: 2011-09-29 02:43 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
DAMMIT I DON'T WANT TO FEEL SORRY FOR METEOR //sniffle

Date: 2011-09-29 02:48 pm (UTC)
pheyne: Cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] pheyne
I know. Damn writers!

Date: 2011-09-29 03:08 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
Hey! I've moved up the world. I'm pretty sure none of my stuff ever made you sniffly back in the old days. :)

Date: 2011-09-30 10:10 am (UTC)
pheyne: Cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] pheyne
In my defense, I was handicapped by adolescent writing taste buds :P

Date: 2011-09-29 03:12 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
At least she probably won't make us feel sorry for Sato....I THINK.

Date: 2011-09-29 03:19 pm (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
DAMMIT ME TOO NEITHER.

...oh well. I do anyway now.

Date: 2011-09-29 03:09 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
muahahahahaha

Date: 2011-09-29 02:13 pm (UTC)
akycha: (Default)
From: [personal profile] akycha
God-DAMN-it and I DON'T COUNT.

I know Renata was doing the right and really only thing but I can't help feeling sorry for G.

"I'm free! I'm free!"

No you're not. Get your ass out of there.

Date: 2011-09-29 03:09 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
I know! :) I'm sure G will have Words for Renata later.

Date: 2011-09-29 02:14 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Meanwhile, Simon's shape swarmed up to human form (naked) and lunged for Brainchild

....OK, that was for the Simon fans. AND WE APPRECIATED IT.

Date: 2011-09-29 02:45 pm (UTC)
pheyne: Cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] pheyne
I was going to play all cool about that but since you mentioned it...very nice! Thanks!

Date: 2011-09-29 02:47 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
We need T-shirts.

Date: 2011-09-29 03:08 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
But what would the t-shirts say?

Date: 2011-09-29 03:11 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
They would say SIMON IS HOTT, is what!

Date: 2011-09-29 04:04 pm (UTC)
pheyne: Cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] pheyne
Pic would say a lot of words. Very nice words

Date: 2011-10-01 01:32 am (UTC)
sbearbergman: a photo of my head and shoulders, dressed in a navy suit and bright blue shirt, face turned partly away (Default)
From: [personal profile] sbearbergman
Yes indeedy, we did.

Date: 2011-10-01 02:16 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Ain't no fen like Simon fen!

Date: 2011-09-29 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love how Renate "apologetically" seized control of G's motor functions. it's just such a cute way to describe doing something like that! :D

Date: 2011-09-29 03:09 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
Renata relies heavily on dark humor/cuteness to survive. :)

Date: 2011-10-01 12:38 am (UTC)
contrarywise: Glowing green trees along a road (Default)
From: [personal profile] contrarywise
Argh, indeed! Poor Meteor, she went out as a hero at last, saving someone else. Now I wonder if Sator had her killed as well, but her soul escaped his grasp. Hmmm...

Oh man, I can't wait to see what happens next!

Date: 2011-10-01 02:17 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Is Sator going to be able to use Meteor to power his continuum-busting thingum? //worries

Date: 2011-10-01 02:24 am (UTC)
contrarywise: Glowing green trees along a road (Default)
From: [personal profile] contrarywise
Ooh, that would not be good.

Date: 2011-10-01 02:30 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I am rubbish at actually trying to figure plots out, but

"Oh, let her fall, child," Sator laughed. "Let her fall and see my century-old plan come to fruition at last!"....Brainchild hit the "surface" that was Meteor and bounced off her onto the floor.....her grip slipped and she was sucked into the void, her mind sliding too far away for me to reach.

So that SOUNDS like, Meteor could substitute for Brainchild in becoming the linchpin that powers the interdimensional engine? Except maybe the machine is busted enough now it won't work?....heh, heh.

GOD, HAVE WE GOTTEN ENOUGH COMMENTS YET, THIS IS GOING TO KILL ME

Date: 2011-10-01 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] interleaper.livejournal.com
I don't think Meteor can substitute for Brainchild. All the other sacrificed souls were dead paras just like her. Brainchild's soul is extra valuable and powerful, as The Equestrian pointed out (last time, I think?), because her body is still alive, which was probably the point of saving her for last.

Date: 2011-10-01 04:29 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Ohh! very good point. See, this is why I suck at the plot stuff.

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