Chapter 2 - Oh, Death
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"WILL IF YOU DONT GET OUT OF THAT BATHROOM I WILL PISS IN YOUR ROOM!" Clint screamed , pounding on the bathroom door.
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"IM GOING!" Will screamed back, as he emerged from the bathroom with. fluffy oink robe and slippers, a face mask and a towel hat. Clint shoved past him into the bathroom, kicking the door behind him. A sigh of relief was heard.
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Will walked downstairs, to see Talyn and sitting on the couch, in old, loose, crop tops since all the other clothes were in the wash.
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You could see their belly fat, but they didn't even care, even if their stomach wasn't perfectly flat, it's okay, cause they're still healthy. to
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As soon as Clint was out of the bathroom, Diana came into the house, a pizza box in her hand ith a caprisun box tucked under her armpit.
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"She sat down the pizza box as the four began to eat, drinking their caprisuns, as they recited their hunt trip to Diana.
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"I am very proud of all of you," Diana said, a smile on her face. "However, Tiyanaks are very easy to kill, so get ready for harder monsters. Tomorrow afternoon we have to go to a nice party, and I'm taking you all to introduce you to everyone else."
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Clint groaned. "Diana..."
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"Don't argue. you're going anyway."
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"Fine," Clint said.
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"Anyways..the Island is getting worse. Ever since that curse it's been slowly getting worse and worse. More monsters are drawn to it , so that's why you guys are here to Protect it. You're the defenders of the Island , the first ones. I feel it getting worse, kids. Something's going to happen. I don't know when, but when it happens, it'll be bad. "
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The four cast each other worried looks.
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Diana relaxed. "Oh..Don't worry. It won't be for a while now..it's not that bad at the moment. Now, get some rest. "
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They did not get rest. They watched movies, played video games, until they all passed out on each other at 3 a.m. All of then we're on the floor, controllers in Talyns and Clint's hands, in a tangle of limbs and blankets, fast asleep .
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Diana let them sleep up until noon, before waking them all up.
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Talyn and Iris went to go get ready for the party, grumbling.
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They sat in the bathroom, music on, playing Panic!At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy.
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As Talyn curled Iris's hair, they tried to decide what to wear.
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"I think I'll wear that tuxedo dress thing," Talyn said. "Or that blade dress with the lace sleeves. What do you think?"
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"Black dress. What should I wear?"
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"That midnight blue one. Oh, that one looks so good on you." Talyn smiled at It is in the mirror.
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Iris adjusted her glasses. "Yeah. I like that one."
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Talyn pinned back her hair with a pin, turning her in the spinny chair and getting out the makeup.
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"How do you want it?" Talyn asked.
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"Not too much."
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She began putting on makeup, singing along to Wilson(Expensive Mistakes).
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She applied the black eyeliner, blending in the eyeshadow, applying highlight, and a nude shade of lipstick.
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Talyn took out the pin, fluffed Iris's curls, and smiled. "There. Now go get changed.'
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"Thank you, Talyn.'
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In forty minutes, all of them were ready. Iris wore a dark Navy blue, knee high dress that hugged her figure, thigh high white boots, and a very nice sapphire ring. Her curls framed her face, her makeup kept casual.
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Talyn had her hair still done, her makeup dark, eyeliner on point, lipstick kept black. She wore a nice emerald green skirt, and a black tubetop, with thigh high black stockings and black heels, her fingerless gloves we're on, and she looked very nice.
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Diana's straight black hair was in a tight bun, with very little makeup and a long, straight, pink dress.
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Clint wore a white shirt with a blue jacket, and jeans , looking none too happy, while Will wore a white shirt and a silver, glittery jacket, and nice dress pants.
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They all got on their motorcycles.
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As they got there,Diana spoke. "In case anything goes wrong, there are your weapons in the car. And please, be nice. Kids your age will be there, looking nice. Okay? Clint, keep your temper in check. And Talyn, please make sure Will doesn't get too hyper active. Behave. If anything whatsoever goes wrong and you're at the center of it, consider yourself grounded for two weeks."
Even though she wasn't their mom, she sure acted like it. But she was all they had.
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They all said yes, then walked up to the large mansion.
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They stepped out, and walked to the door.
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A woman, wearing a white dress, with blonde hair pulled back opened the door and immediately smiled. "Diana!" The woman cried, pulling Diana into an embrace. "So good to see you!"
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"Hello, Melanie," Diana said and they broke apart, and she gestured to the four, who stood behind her. "These are my kids, Talyn, Will, Clint and Iris."
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"Oh, it's nice to meet you!" Melanie beamed, shaking each of their hand vigioursly.
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"Come in, Come in!" She opened the door and they stepped in.
As they got closer, Talyn noticed that she had white cat ears and a long tail. She looked at her eyes, which were yellow, like a cats as well.
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Melanie closed the door as they exited the hall, into a large living room. People were laughing, drinking, talking, dancing. The lights were off, but flashes of colour danced into the room, deafening music playing. Little kids ran around, playing tag, as their parents and adults told them to be careful as they raced around.
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Will went over to the sugar table, with Talyn following right after.
Clint had stalked off somewhere, shoulders hunched.
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Diana had too went to catch up with old friends, so that left Iris alone.
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She stood there awkwardly, wanting someone to talk to her.
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And her wish seemed to come true.
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Well, not exactly. As she had started walking, she tripped, and someone had caught her, dipping her.
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She looked up to see a boy with red hair and grey eyes.
She straightened up, blushing furiously. "Oh! Sorry!"
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"You're fine," the boy said. "Are you okay?"
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"I'm okay. Yeah. " Iris smiled. "Cool party, huh?"
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"Definitely." He smiled. "Nice dress."
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"Icarus. And you are?"
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"Like the flower, huh?"
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"I've heard about you Iris," Icarus said.
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"Everyone is talking about you and your friends. The defenders. Protectors of the Island. Sure takes courage."
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Icarus nodded. "Do you have a pen?"
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Iris grabbed a pen from a nearby table. "Sure do."
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"Let me see your arm."
Iris held out her arm and Icarus began to write on it.
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When he was done, she looked at it, and it was a series of numbers.
She looked back up, and he winked, before disappearing into the crowd .
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Clint leaned against the wall, arms crossed, scowling.
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"Having fun, hon?"
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He turned, to see a woman with a blood red dress, dark skin and curly chocolate brown hair approach him, a wine glass held in her hand.
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"Oh yeah," Clint answered with a sigh. "Parties just aren't my thing."
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"Weren't you here with your boyfriend?" The woman tilted her head. "The pink haired one."
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Clint's eyes widened. "Will? Uh, oh no. no, no ,no. I don't think he even likes me all that much."
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"I wouldn't doubt it," The woman said, sipping her wine. "You keep staring at him."
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"I do not."
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"Yeah you do. " She shrugged, smirking a little bit.
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"We'd never start dating. Never. "
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"Alrighty, then. Just seems like it," The woman smiled at him, her eyes flitting to Will, who was drinking from a cup, swaying to the beat, as Talyn helped herself to the sweets.
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Diana laughed at a joke Melanie had just told. She had never felt this happy in a long time.
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She looked out the window, sighing deeply, finally content.
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And then something caught her eye, a flash of white seen outside. It was there for a split second, she tensed and stared out the window, but nothing was there.
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"must've been my imagination," Diana thought to herself, turning away back to Melanie, trying to push any thoughts of worry away.
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Suddenly, there was a loud scream of terror. The music and conversations stopped, someone dropped a glass.
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Diana tensed up, looking towards the scream
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"What was that-?!" someone asked in confusion, breaking the silence rhay had suddenly fallen.
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Iris glanced at Diana, and then she spoke. "Stay here.Talyn, Will, Clint-!"
Talyn Will and Clint came out, eyes narrowed.
Iris turned to Diana. "Get out weapons. Hurry. As for everyone else, stay inside. Everyone go to the living room while me and my group will check this out."
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"And why should we listen to you, kid?' Some man shouted. Others murmured in agreement.
"Because maybe if you don't, you'll be the next to scream in terror," Iris said calmly. "So I advise you listen."
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The man muttered angrily, but followed everyone else into the living room.
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Diana hurried in a moment later, handing out their weapons.
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Suddenly, Melanie jumped as a woman cried out, "My son! He's outside!" She tried pushing out, but Clint stepped in front. "Stay there. We got this."
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The four moved quickly outside, as another scream tore through the air.
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Weapons held tight in their hands, they saw outside, a creature standing in the large backyard.
The creature stood on a table, crouched. It had a human figure, but it had pale white skin, stained with a red liquid, large, completely black eyes, and a large mouth stretching up to where either ears would be, as a human arm was clamped in it's mouth.
The creature sat the human arm down, as it turned to the four.
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It gave a shrieking cry, imitating the scream of terror they had heard before.
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"Ah, sh.." Clint muttered as more came running over, making a giant circle. At the edge of Wills vision, he saw a flurry of movement. A brown haired boy, no older than six was hiding behind one of the couches, a cut on his cheek.
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The creatures all stretched out their mouths, showing off their jagged, white, teeth and long, black tongues.
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The creature who had called them let out another cry and the creatures lunged, as more came and went inside the house.
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"No-!" Iris called, as her whip wrapped around ones torso. She jerked her sword, and it jerked back, she whipped it back, tossing it into the air, and sending it crashing into another.
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"I've got the ones inside!" Iris shouted to the others, running inside before they could respond.
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Will slashed at one, jumping back as it jumped and noticed, as it cut the front of his shirt, that it had claws, too. The creature snarled, lunging again, slashing with it's claws.
Wills arm got cut, but he then plunged his blade into it's chest, ripped out his blade and kicked it aside.
Clint however, could barely hit a few of them before they stabbed and clawed.
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He was getting cuts on his face as he became more angered, more distracted, more reckless.
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Suddenly, Talyns arrows all pierced their chests, collapsing around Clint.
She was perched on a tree, a boy clinging to her back as she shot Creatures at random.
About three we're trying to climb the tree, clambering over each other, clawing at the tree, leaving deep gouge marks.
Talyn shot one down, but she was running out of arrows.
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Clint looked at the creatures crowding Will. He was bleeding and holding his arm, his swords away from him, he could only dodge now.
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Clint's eyes widened as a surge of angry surged through him. He was running to Will, and he cut off the heads of three in a row, kicking Wills swords to him.
Will retrieved the sword,, flashed Clint a look of thanks and a wide grin, and rolled back to his feet, a glint in his eye.
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Meanwhe, Iris was inside, guarding the door while many other creatures ran inside. Her sword had been knocked out of her hand, and was a long way away from her.
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Her hands were glowing, producing her plasma spheres as she blasted the creatures back, instantly killing them.
She wheezed, this taking a lot of her energy. Her eyes flickered, as she sent off three, hitting three. She looked at her sword as she slumped to her knees, continuing to make the spheres, her vision blurring.
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She bit her lip. She had to get that sword. She got back up and ran, heading for her sword. One lunged at her and she rolled,dodging narrowly, and back on her feet in a second. She dove for her sword, seizing it and rolling on to her back, whipping ones throat as soon as she got it.
She got back to her feet, smirking a little, as she slashed and killed the creatures with ease.
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Talyn had run out of arrows.
Just as they had figured out how to climb the tree.
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She climbed further up the tree, the boy holding on tight.
The creatures climbed up, flicking their tongues, as one lunged up.
Talyn jumped up onto another branch, her bow slipping from her grip and falling down to the earth below.
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She swore, and continued to climb, up onto the highest branch. She stood there, looking around, trying to keep her cool.
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They slashed at her with their claws, and she kicked at them, eyes wide. One grabbed her leg and as she jerked back, only made the creature rake it's claws down her leg. She cried out a little, biting down on her tongue as she proceeded to kick it with her heels. One jumped on to the same branch as her, hissing. It tried to knock her down, and she fell, the boy holding on tighter as she grabbed onto a branch, stopping their fall abruptly. She gasped, the boy handing onto her side, refusing to even look up. Talyn was only holding on with one hand, above Melanie's pool. Her arms were shaking as she attempted to pull herself up but a creature jumped up on the branch, and with it's extra weight the branch cracked.
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Diana was trying to get all the conversation to stop as they stood in the living room, telling them that everything would be absolutely fine.
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"They're just a bunch of kids! They're probably dead already!" One man shouted at her.
Diana's temper boiled. "They're not normal kids, Craig."
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"They're still just stupid, scrawny, kids," Craig retorted, eyes narrowed, mouth twisted in a scowl.
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"Kids who are risking their life for yours," Diana snapped back. "They're out there fighting for us, and you're in here, complaining about it, sitting on this couch like a lazy fuck. You don't even give a damn they're out there, fighting for all of us. For you! No, you just care that they're teenagers. So shut the fuck up and suck my nonexistent dick."
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Craig stared at her, eyes wide.All he could manage to say was, "It doesn't look good for lady to swear."
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"I don't give a damn whether I look good swearing or not. I'm certainly not worried about your opinion, you asshole."
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"They're still teenagers! they have no idea what they're doing, Diana!"
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Diana seized his arm,forcing him up and pulling him close to her face, her eyes flashing black and spoke in a calm, but terrifying voice. "And you will? Fine, Craig, if you know everything, then by all means, go out and fight with them. Be my guest!"
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Craig stared. "N-no- Diana I didn't-"
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"Don't you dare speak disrespectfully of my kids ever again," Diana snarled and she shoved him away forcefully. He sat down, staring at the floor.
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"Anyone else?" Diana looked around.
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"I , for one, believe they're all very brave," Icarus said suddenly, in his cool, calm voice.
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"Thank you, Icarus."
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Icarus just smiled.
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Talyn fell, into the pool, hugging the little boy close to her. They plunged into the water as Talyn swam back up, gasping, and the boy coughed s little, looking up for a moment. There was a shrieking cry, and all the creatures immediately froze. Another cry, and then they all fled, running into the forest nearby.
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Talyn swam to the steps, and was helped out of the pool but Will send Clint. The boy refused to let go of Talyn. She checked him over. He only had a few cuts, and was otherwise okay.
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The door to the living room opened. Everyone turned, to see the four, standing there, hair ruffled, scratches and bruises and blood on their faces, clothes ripped, and with Talyn soaking wet.
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The boy jumped out of Talyns arms and ran to his mother who scooped him up and began sobbing.
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Iris shook her hair out of her face. "Well, uhm. Most of them got away. Melanie, what were those things?"
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Melanie hesitated. "Let's go into a more..private setting," she said slowly, glancing at all the guests. In a louder tone, she added, "All of you are free to leave of course, but you may also stay as long as you like. "
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She looked back at the four and Diana, then beckoned them to follow her and went upstairs.
They went into a large room, probably Melanie's office, where it was decorated with beautiful paintings.
"Did you make those?" Iris asked, pointing.
"Oh no, my son, Icarus did."
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"Icarus is your son?" Iris said, startled. "I met him at the party. He seems really nice .'
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"Thank you," Melanie said quickly. "Anyways.." She say down and sighed.
"Those creatures are Aswangs. They like eating little children only, babies..We've never seen them on The Island before.No monsters were here..until.. Since..well..I'm sure you know the tale of Victor, right? They only eat once every twenty years-"
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"Oh, no," Will said, looking confused . "We've never heard the tale. "
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"I'll explain later, " Diana said, not looking at them.
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"As I was saying," Melanie continued, throwing a look at Diana for a split second, "They only eat once every twenty years. They've been hunting in this neighborhood..We never saw them..so everyone was confused and scared. "
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"How did you know what they were?" Clint asked, eyes narrowing.
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"M-My mom got turned into one. They're shapeshifters, you see. She never turned me into one!' She added hasitly. "You can tell when someone's an Aswang. Your reflection is upside-down in their eyes. My mom killed herself in fear she would hurt me. I did research..They're killed from decapitation. Holy water burns them. "
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"Right," Clint said. "We'll take care of this pack..Thank you, Melanie."
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Melanie just sighed and nodded. "You kids be careful."
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"Okay," Clint said as they sat around the table. "Tell us, Diana."
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Diana hesitated. She sighed. "I'll show and narrate at the same time..To make it easier to understand.."
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Her eyes flashed white, as she made a square motion and a rectangular "screen" appeared.
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On the "screen" was Diana, looking much younger, hair cut short, with her family. Her mom had the same black hair as her, but frizzy, her dad with blonde hair and pale skin.
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"My family and I were the first to come to the Island," Diana said. "It was filled with luscious, green fields, sparkling , clear water. No monsters..None at all."The screen changed to show gorgeous green fields, and then changed to the water." People started coming over, building, moving into homes and people with magic came, hybrids, regular humans came too, and lived in harmony with them. Everyone just called it "The island With No Name." We loved it.."
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The screen changed again, to show a boy with messy black hair, light jade eyes and a thin face.
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"Then Victor came. We didn't listen to him when he came, wanting to keep it our way. But he had other ideas. He wanted his Island, HIS kingdom.. HIS way.
He proved he would do any means necessary, killing us off, calling us filthy animals. He burned our homes, our children. Buried people alive.
He scared us," Diana muttered. "He enslaved our Island." The screen changed, to show the island, with withering plants, dark lakes, locked and bordered up homes. "And it was like this, under his rule. My parents were forced to fight for him ,to patrol the streets, checking for people out of bed after curfew, anyone breaking a rule, stepping a toe out of line. They became bad poeple..As we all know there's only one way to kill my kind, with that sword. I used that sword. Still have it to this day. " It showed Diana on her knees beside her parents, sword clutched in her hands and dripping Scarlet blood, as tears ran down Diana's face. "Then ..The Angels came to fight. It was secret at first, as the Angels built their army in secret, recruiting people who wanted to take their home back." The screen flashed to show people sneaking past someone in red armour." We thought for sure it would win. But the angels either died in battle or fled,"the screen changed again to show an angel, charred stumps on their back where their wings would be, running." but they killed Victor. Rumor says, that just before he died, he cursed the island with monsters, drawing monsters here, making bad things happen. That's our history. I lived through it all."
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"Oh," Clint said, eyes wide.
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The next day, the stood at the forest by Melanie's house, weapons ready, as the sun was starting to set.
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"You guys all set?" Iris asked, tilting her head.
"Sure are," Clint answered, and he walked in, the rest following behind him.
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They walked around, weapons set, eyes narrowed.
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They had convinced Diana to stay with Melanie, after she was having a major headache.
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They walked in, just as they heard that one cry, but it was very faint.
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They all froze, but then Iris shook her head, "It was quiet. They can't be far-" She finished abruptly, just as one Aswang came out of hiding, fangs bared, ready to pounce.
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Will looked both confused and surprised-" BUT-" he dodged an attack-, kicking it into a tree. "I THOUGHT THEY WERE FAR?!"
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"APPARENTLY NOT!" Clint shouted back as more came our from hiding, launching themselves at the four.
Talyn was climbing up a tree again, shooting as many as she could.
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Clint was ducking and slashing and killing,Iris's whip kept slashing at the Aswangs, slitting their throats, stomachs and if they were close enough, slicing off their head.
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Will was strikingly fast, cutting their throats and chests.
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He was grinning wildly, laughing, as more and more Aswangd dropped.
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Blood was everywhere, on the four, in their hair, ,the trees, the grass, and rocks. Nothing around them was not covered in hot crimson liquid.
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In an hour, all of them were dead, and they stood panting, wheezing.
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"That went well," Talyn said, jumping down from the tree, only a little bit of blood on her face.
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Iries grabbed her jacket and wiped her face on it, smearing the jacket with blood.
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"Hey!" Talyn said, moving back, Iris just grinned.
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"Melanie said there could be hostages. Aswangs live in caves. "
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They hurried off into the forest, and soon came across a dark cave.
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They walked inside, Iris making her hands glow to provide a faint purple light.
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Talyn let out a cry of surprise as she nearly stepped on a head. Iris directed the light towards it, and the light grew brighter, illuminating more of the cave.
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The head was still bloody, and it looked like a child's. More limbs were scattered across the floor, as well as bones and dry blood. the smell was putrid and Will wrinkled his nose. He caught glance of the head and his eyes widened, then watered. Clint and Talyn saw this, but the turned away, closing his eyes, as if it reminded him of something.
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"Keep going.."Iris said after a few minutes. "Nothing we can do now.."
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They kept moving, careful not to step on anyone's limbs and soon they reached the end.
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A group of around four people were hugging each other tightly, and they looked up, eyes wide.
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"Relax," Will said gently. "We are here to help. "
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They all broke apart slowly, and saw that three of them were children and one was a pregnant woman.
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Their hair was matted and dirty, clothes torn, with scratches and cuts on their arms legs, faces having spatters of blood and mud. Their eyes remained wide and fearful.
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Will checked their eyes, relieved too see his reflection was not upside down.
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"Let's go," Iris said, pulling a child into an embrace. Will carried one on his back and Talyn also carried one, Clint helping the pregnant woman.
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"Are you all Alright?" Clint asked as they began walking out.
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"I'm fine," the woman said.
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"We're going to the hospital, just in case. "
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They made it out and all the children and woman were in the hospital recovering. A few days later, the pregnant woman had her baby. She thanked them all, as she held her baby.
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Will smiled, but then it faltered, remembering the child's head she had almost stepped on. He couldn't save him. if he had been quicker..he might've been able too...
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