Chapter 3 - Reclaimed Memories
Sitting up from the bed, Nightmare rubbed her head and breathed deeply, feeling a bit lighter than before. Looking out the window, Nightmare saw the city, her eyes becoming misty as she sat down on a small chair. Looking down at her human hands, Nightmare told both Lifen Fong and Felix Fripp, “My name is Nightmare, and I am a Nara Beast, one of the guardians of the universe.”
“Felix, are you sure that you didn’t accidently fry her brain with that formula or your computer stuff?” Lifen Fong asked her boyfriend, raising at eyelash at these grandiose and fantastical claims.
“I couldn’t have, everything w-went normal f-for now.” Felix Fripp replied, taking a bit of offense over being accused of being wrong.
“No, for I was once a human who looked like this once when I was a young teenager, but a dark being named Abyss and his lackeys stripped me of my Nara Beast powers.” Nightmare explained with a sigh, slightly crossing her arms. Nightmare put her fingers on the window, seeing the rain begin to fall.
“G-Guys, I’m getting s-something big coming from above!” Felix Fripp cried out, pointing to something seem to fall from the sky.
Even as the fog itself began to the clear, the rain and the dark clouds began to bellow over the city of San Francisco. The loud roar of thunder seemed like a mighty lion asserting its dominance over the world. However, these weather conditions seemed to mute the sounds of a a completely black starship hovering above Golden Gate Park. The ship was fairly large, shaped flat, like a massive predatory bird that loomed, ready to strike down its prey.
“W-What should we d-do, Lifen?” Felix Fripp asked his half-monkey girlfriend, who summoned her red and gold staff. The staff itself was made of a mixture of different metals, and was about as long as her body.
“Let’s go see who came to visit, and then we can kick their ass!” Lifen Fong replied, giving nerdy boyfriend a confident smile and a light, playful slap on his ass. Felix Fripp blushed at this, grabbing a vial of the black goo and a small syringe, nervously heading out with his girlfriend and Nightmare.
Now heading out to the rainy, storming streets outside, the winds felt like they could knock down even the most gigantic boulders and even the massive buildings nearby. Lifen Fong, taking a stance like her mother would take and protectively stood in front of Nightmare and Felix Fripp, seeming like a powerful guardian. Now standing almost beneath the mysterious alien ship, Lifen Fong, Nightmare, and Felix Fripp saw a red light shine down from above, bringing a pair of beings down to the street.
“Greetings, small and insignificant beings of Earth, my name is Lacerta Agilis III, and we would like for you to surrender that brunette girl to us.” Lacerta Agilis III introduced himself to the group of three, pointing to Nightmare. Lacerta Agilis III was very reptilian, with emerald green scaly skin. However, his reptilian head was hidden by a mask, which was cylinder-shaped, being made of a deep silver material with a single eye at the front of the mask, which seemed to blink occasionally.
Lifen Fong looked at the two other members of the rather demanding extraterrestrial entourage, one she seemed to know while the other was unknown. The first of the two was Fortiss XVIII, the one who’d interrupted the battle between her older brother and his rival in Brazil. Fortiss XVIII now carried a large two-sided battle axe, held together by a large bone. The other was an unknown female, wearing a suit of black armor, with hair that seemed to form into large horns that seemed to grow a bit larger.
“Sorry, but this isn’t the girl you’re looking for.” Lifen Fong told Lacerta Agilis III, waving her hand slowly.
“Yes, that is the girl we’re looking for, her name is Nightmare.”
“No, I mean, this isn’t the girl you’re looking for.”
“Are you mocking me, inhabitant of Earth?”
“W-Why are you using a Jedi mind trick on h-him? The Jedi mind trick only w-works on the w-weak minded” Felix Fripp asked his girlfriend, tapping her shoulder.
“Even if you could use any kind of psychic attacks, they would be worthless against the mental might of Psychica XXIV!” The female alien told Lifen Fong and Felix Fripp, pulling out a pair of long, black spontoons, which were her weapons.
“I’m not sure why, I just thought a Jedi mind trick could work, I mean I’ve watched the first Star Wars like seven times!” Lifen Fong sighed as she stretched.
Fortiss XVIII pushed Lacerta Agilis III out of the way, slowly approaching Lifen Fong, Felix Fripp, and Nightmare. Lifen Fong looked to Nightmare and asked, “So, what kind of cool Nara Beast things can you do to fight them? Eye lasers? Frost breath? A healing factor?”
“Lifen, I can’t fight them, I don’t have any of my Nara Beast powers! This is a thing that I can’t control!” Nightmare replied, a fear present in her voice as the two alien beings smirked at her.
“Okay, Nightmare, that whole Nara Beast thing is not a thing, that’s a thing!” Lifen Fong told Nightmare as she pointed to Fortiss XVIII, who pushed a parked van with his weapon, sending the inactive vehicle into a small house.
“Alright, I’ll try.” Nightmare sighed as she stood forward, taking a deep breath as she tried to channel whatever energy was left in her body. Nightmare’s eyes began to glow a bright blood red, ready to strike, but the Nara Beast energy seemed to run out rather quickly as Nightmare collapsed to the ground.
“Well, that was an epic failure,” Lifen Fong groaned under her breath as she helped Nightmare up, giving the once Nara Beast to her boyfriend. “Felix, get as far away from here as possible, I’ll make sure you get out without a scratch!”
“You’re not getting away, human insect!” Fortiss XVIII roared as he charged towards Lifen Fong, Nightmare, and Felix Fripp. However, Lifen Fong jumped up, dodging the head of the battle axe and striking the titanic alien in the face with her staff.
Felix Fripp began to run away, carrying Nightmare on his back. Both Lacerta Agilis III and Psychica XXIV chased after the nerdy boy like a pair of trained hunting dogs after a wild fox, who was huffing and wheezing as he tried to run away. Felix Fripp looked over his shoulder, seeing both aliens chasing him, seeming to jump over cars and other pieces of debris. Looking at the syringe in his pocket, Felix Fripp shook his head and kept running away.
As Lacerta Agilis III summoned his halberd, which was shaped out of a dark metal. Throwing the weapon at the slowing down Felix Fripp, Lifen Fong moved to smack away the halberd with her own rod. Psychica XXIV charged with both of spontoons, intercepting Lifen Fong and allowing Lacerta Agilis III to blow past the half-monkey.
Lifen Fong was cut off from her swear as Fortiss XVIII grabbed the half-monkey by her tail, throwing her across the street and away from her boyfriend and Nightmare. Crashing through the window of a house, Lifen Fong landed into a collection of pillows, sending a flurry of feathers across the room, along with a couple large containers of water. Fortiss XVIII chuckled, smashing his way into the house and sniffing around.
“Hey, big and ugly! Do you wanna know how a bird feels?” Lifen Fong asked as she spun her rod, sending a mixture of water and feathers at Fortiss XVIII, like a wet, fluffy cyclone. Most of the odd mixture covered the massive alien’s face, who was now blinded as Lifen Fong struck Fortiss XVIII in the crotch with her metal rod.
Screaming out in pain, Fortiss XVIII fell to the ground, holding his crotch as he groaned painfully. Lifen Fong chuckled at the pained grunts of the savage, brutish alien, running back out to find her boyfriend and Nightmare. Felix Fripp was still running, catching his breath as he hid behind a hybrid car. However, Psychica XXIV began to use her psychic abilities to lift up the car, revealing Felix and Nightmare’s location.
“You can run, but you can’t hide from the servants of Abyss!” Lacerta Agilis III declared, pointing his halber at Felix Fripp and Nightmare.
Lifen Fong attempted to strike the back of Lacerta Agilis III’s head, though the reptilian alien was quick to grab the rod with his green, scaly hand. Lifen Fong’s expression changed from one of excitement to one of shock as she was tossed to the ground, hitting the ground in front of Felix Fripp and Nightmare. Helping up his girlfriend, Felix pulled out his phone while grabbing Nightmare’s hand and carrying Lifen Fong on his back, running away and barricading themselves in a small shop.
Felix Fripp caught his breath, handing the phone over to the human Nightmare, telling her through breaths, “N-Nightmare, you need to call Nick Wolfe and Angel, they’re the only ones w-who can h-help us now.”
“And what are you going to do? You can’t really fight them either!” Nightmare questioned the nerdy boy, dialing the number on the cell phone and beginning the call, though there wasn’t any signal.
“I’ve g-got to use my s-secret w-weapon, let’s just h-hope this w-works.” Felix Fripp sighed, taking out the syringe, which was full of the black goo. Taking a deep breath, Felix injected the black goo into his arm, going straight into his veins. The black goo immediately began to spread through Felix Fripp’s body, almost like it was crawling into every nook and cranny of his human anatomy.
Felix Fripp cried out as he collapsed to his knees, his vision starting to blur. Lifen Fong pulled Nightmare back, hiding behind a counter. Feeling his body beginning to change, Felix Fripp felt the muscles inside of his body bulge and surge with raw power. His face began to change its shape, becoming more and more like that of a big cat. A tail began to sprout from his waist, his nails becoming sharp, like claws. Black, coarse fur began to grow all over his now incredibly muscular body.
“I’m gonna kill you for humiliating me, monkey!” Fortiss XVIII roared as he through a car into the store. However, for about a minute, there wasn’t a response. Then the car thrown came flying back at Fortiss XVIII, seeming to knock the large alien into a small house.
As Fortiss XVIII rubbed his head, both Lacerta Agilis III and Psychica XXIV approached their comrade, keeping their weapons raised at whatever was now in the small shop. A large, furry first punched through the window, revealing Felix Fripp, who was now completely different from before. Now, Felix Fripp wasn’t the scrawny nerdy boy anymore, he was a gigantically buff panther man, who was about nine feet tall, his body covered with black fur and quite a large number of muscles.
“WEREPANTHER SMASH PUNY ALIENS!” Werepanther, once the nerdy Felix Fripp, roared as he quickly charged at both Lacerta Agilis III and Psychica XXIV, knocking them both out of the way.
Fortiss XVIII picked himself up from the rubble, throwing his weapon at Werepanther. However, the gargantuan creature punched the weapon, stopping its movement as he continued his reckless rush. Lifen Fong smiled as she ran out with Nightmare, both being stopped by Lacerta Agilis III and Psychica XXIV, who had their weapons ready to strike at the half-monkey and the depowered Nara Beast, though Lifen Fong was quick to defend with her rod.
“Do you really think that you can take the both of us by yourself, monkey girl?” Lacerta Agilis III asked Lifen Fong, materializing a second halberd weapon into his hand, which Lifen Fong kicked out of the reptilian alien’s hand.
“Nightmare, does that phone have any signal right now?”
“Yes, yes it does!”
“Then call Nick Wolfe!” Lifen Fong instructed Nightmare, pushing Lacerta Agilis III away from herself. Nightmare found a nice spot, quickly dialing the number and waiting for Nick Wolfe to respond.
Fortiss XVIII and Werepanther immediately began to collide against each other, their titanically strong fists slamming against each other. Werepanther grabbed one of Fortiss XVIII’s hands, roaring as he felt the alien’s bones shatter with a single powerful squeeze from his paw-like hand. Fortiss XVIII roared as he smacked Werepanther across the face, though Werepanther grabbed a piece of concrete and smashed Fortiss XVIII’s head with the piece of broken concrete, which shattered into many pieces.
Meanwhile, on the other side of San Francisco, Nick Wolfe and Angel were clearing up the debris from powerful winds and the rain. Angel groaned as she lifted up a large piece of cement, which had blocked the way for cars and people escaping on foot. Nick Wolfe was helping load of up trucks with the remains of people’s lives, hoping for them to head down to an unaffected part of the city.
“Alright everyone, I strongly recommend that you all go to South San Francisco, the storm doesn’t seem to be affecting the industrial area that much!” Nick Wolfe instructed a large bus full of people, who was able to drive down the road free of debris.
Suddenly, Nick Wolfe felt his armored phone vibrate, picking up the phone and seeing Lifen Fong’s number on the screen. Nick Wolfe immediately answered the ringing phone, responding to the call, “Are you alright, little sis?”
“This is Nightmare, I’m a friend of Lifen Fong, and we need your help! There are some scary alien guys, and we’re outnumbered, please come as soon as possible!” Nightmare cried out as the phone cut out, disconnecting the call.
“Angel, we’ve got to Lifen and her boyfriend, they’re in trouble!” Nick Wolfe told Angel, who had finished up clearing debris.
“Sounds good to me, let’s go help them out!” Angel declared, heading with Nick Wolfe to a sleek, silver car. Both of the doors automatically opened, revealing there was five seats inside of the car, which were made of a fancy polyester. The rain seemed to bounce off the car, whose engine started like the roar of a mighty predator, heading off deeper into the city.
(To Be Continued)