Psyren’s Redemption | Ch 12 Pt 1
AEGIS Agent Amelia Van den Broeke appears on scene to witness the wreckage caused by fight between individuals with extraordinary abilities. There she finds Everett Howard, an ordinary old man, unconscious, the only living witness to this attack. What follows will change both of their lives in ways neither could have ever foreseen and forever intertwine their fates.
February 16, 2016
New Hebron, California
With as much muscle Kwrump had packed onto his massive frame, a person might expect him to be slow moving, but he moved with the swiftness of an olympic runner. Sapphira had been caught off guard by his sudden charge and he came hurdling into him the moment he was back on his feet.
If he’d had a longer start he would have hit the other exemplar with enough force to send him flying across the mall. Fortunately, as he had only been a few feet away, he’d only picked up enough momentum to send Sapphira tumbling to the ground. It was enough to knock the wind out of him and he went careening sideways into a nearby garbage bin.
Kwrump loomed over Sapphira, a grin stretch across his blood splattered face, and all he could do was moan in pain and clutch at his chest. Had it not been Van den Broeke, he might have met his end there that night.
Van den Broeke opened fire drawing Kwrump’s attention away from Sapphira and he was able to stumble to his feet. Not quite recovered from the attack, he staggered forward teetering on his feet as Kwrump advanced on the agent. More gunfire followed and he shook his head bringing both hands up to grip the sides of his head. The lights flared overhead and it was all he could do to keep his eyes open. His head was throbbing and he thought perhaps he might loose his lunch.
While Sapphira had stood there in a disoriented haze Amelia emptied another clip into Kwrump’s chest. Each bullet hit, producing splatters of blood every time, but somehow the giant never seemed to notice.
Though she had moving back the entire time Kwrump advancing toward her, he was quickly gaining ground. Amy gritted her teeth, and reached into her jacket for another clip, but before she could grasp hold of it, her aggressor charged forward and slammed into the agent pinning her against the wall. She screamed out as her left shoulder was thrown back and into the wall, producing a sharp crack.
Her gun clattered to the ground from numb fingers, and all she could do was watch in horror as the aberrant pulled back his fist preparing for another strike. She closed her eyes, knowing that such an attack from Kwrump meant almost certain death. When the blow never came, she opened her eyes only to find him standing there motionless his fist still pulled back.
Kwrump slid back, still frozen in position, and Amy fell to the ground clutching at her fractured shoulder. She blinked, momentarily confused, but comprehension dawned on her when Sapphira resplendent in his superhero garb stepped between the two of them.
“This ends now.” Sapphira threw his hand out and Kwrump went soaring away, but he tightened his hand into a fist and the giant stopped hanging their in the air, still in the same position he’d been in when he’d been so close to pummeling the agent.
Sapphira gritted his teeth, and growled out a single word. This time putting every bit of force into it that he could. “Sleep!”
Once again, his command failed, and Kwrump fell slamming down a strong enough thump to crack the ceramic titles and shake the floor around them. This time, prepared for the possibility that his abilities would not respond, Sapphira did not hesitate, but rather readied himself for another attack from the giant.
Which was fortunate since Kwrump was back on his feet before the other exemplars could blink. Not one for planning strategies or thinking thoughts more complicated than ‘kwrump smash’ or ‘kwrunp bash’ the giant was all too predictable. He came charging toward the pair of them smashing everything and anything that got in his way.
“Hey you big dumb brute! Over here,” Sapphira called, waving both hands over his head just before he took off running once the giant got close. His telekinesis might have been unreliable, but his physical abilities seemed to work just fine. Both moved with a speed beyond that of any ordinary human. That being said. Kwrump was fast, and Sapphira was faster.
Kwrump took the bait coming up behind him as he led the other away from the injured agent. Sapphira led him, down through the corridors past store after store before finally stopping in front of a large stone wall. He waited for the giant to come and once he finally did Sapphira leapt out of the way, Kwrump tried to backpedal, but with the momentum he’d already picked up it was impossible.
He smashed into it with such force that entire wall came crashing down around him in cloud of dust and bricks. For a moment, Sapphira let a grin stretch across his face, believe, that he had, perhaps, managed to defeat the other exemplar, but that smile faded quickly as the dust cleared and Kwrump’s gigantic frame rose from amongst the debris.
“Ah hell,” Sapphira cursed between gritted teeth and took off running once again. Clearly, this wasn’t going to be as easy as he’d hoped.