|Wonder City Stories (wonder_city) wrote,|
@ 2011-09-29 08:45 am UTC
|Entry tags:||brainchild, brandon_dejong, eartha, g, gold_stars, ira, jeshri_patel, maelstrom, megan, meteor, nereid, renata, sator, simon, suzanne, tam_lane, the_equestrian, tin_lizzie, tom_nguyen, watson|
"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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