The final chapter...
Fun Ghoul pushed Party down as the blue light shot over the top of them, Fun screaming in pain as the heat of the laser scorched his back, burning his flesh. Party moaned and got up as Fun whimpered and slumped onto the tarmac. His arms, shoulders and chest stung like hell and it felt like his skin had tightened dramatically, making it agony to move. His hair was singed and the gagging stench of smoke pervaded his nose, making his eyes water and his lungs rattle with each cough.
Party scrabbled up to an upright position, staggering slightly, his elbows grazed and he felt the all but too familiar warmth of blood begin to pool there. He looked down to help Fun up but stopped in mid motion, barely believing what his eyes could blatantly see. Fun's back was red and raw, still smoking and in some places, the skin was blackened. His hair was burnt at the ends and he lay there limply, still semi-conscious but just not being able to move.
Korse laughed and snatched out his own gun, reminding Party that he was totally defenceless in this fight. Korse fired at Partys feet and he just about missed the blast, almost falling back over. Korse sneered and began to speak in his cold, icy, heartless tone which was his voice.
"Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run...Here comes Korse with his gun, gun, gun...BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG--" On each bang he fired the gun, causing Party to leap and dodge about, dancing to avoid the hot beams. "Goes Korse's gun...So run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run..."
Korse went to shoot again when Destruction and Violet rounded the corner, their pistols raised. Jet and Kobra had also got to their feet, their faces contorted with raw anger and rage. Shockwave just watched the scene with blank eyes, awaiting her Master's call. Bob had got to Fun's side, his soothing words the only sound breaking the thick silence that had fallen upon them. Violet shifted slightly and scowled,
"You're outnumbered, Korse. Give it up and give us Shockwave back."
Korse chuckled but it sounded like a threatening growl.
"Ahh, Jennifer...I trust you enjoyed your little 'meeting' with Tim?"
Violet snarled, her purple hair with rusted roots fanning out in the slight breeze.
"Yeah. I enjoyed it so much I killed the fucking bastard."
Korse lost his grin. Without Tim around, there was no threat that he could use against her and Violet could become extremly dangerous. He began to panic, when he remembered;
"Girl." He commanded, referring to Shockwave. "Remove the danger. Now."
Shockwave nodded simply and knelt on one knee, her right hand to the floor and her left arm stretched out behind her.
"GET TO THE FLOOR!!" Bob bellowed, pressing himself to the ground and using his arms to hold Fun down in a safe position. Violet, Destruction, Jet and Party dropped down as they were told. Kobra, however, remained standing, transfixed as Shockwave's eyes began to glow yellow, her head tipped back slightly and her blue hair rising with static electricity. Party spotted his brother,
"BRO, GET DOW--" He was too late. The ground vibrated and rumbled, the tarmac cracking and black dust spewing up from each fault line.
A massive shockwave rippled across the road with such force that it caused cracks along the buildings. Kobra was swept back off his feet and hit a far concrete wall, his head smacking off it and he collapsed in a crumpled heap, blood trickling from his forehead.
Fun whimpered slightly as Bob took an old canteen from Fun's belt and began to tip the cool water over the burns. Party's ears rang and his head spun but he forced himself to stand up before hurling himself at Korse with all the blind anger and pain for what he had suffered all those years. Korse fell back as Party brought a heafty fist up to meet his face. Korse's gun clattered to the floor and without a second's hesitation, snatched it up.
Korse suddenly smiled and Party felt an unnaturally strong hand clamp around his arm. He twisted around to see Shockwave, her palm mere inches from his face, a small blue, circular cut of glass glowed there and it seemed to be getting brighter and brighter, humming as the pressure built up inside. Party looked into Shockwave's pale, emotionless features and whispered,
"I'm sorry..." He took Korse's gun and rammed it into the power panel at the base of her neck, cracking and shattering the plate. Shockwave gasped and juddered under the force of the impact. Party's eyes prickled and he just let the tears flow freely, running silvery rivers down his scraped and scuffed up cheeks, making the cuts sting as the salty water cleansed them. He wrenched the gun to the side and Shockwave released the grip on his arm.
"I-I love y-you..." he breathed and made the final move...
He pulled the trigger.
The electrical force overpowered Shockwave's wiring and blue sparks leapt across her body and face. Party withdrew the gun to reveal the cavernous, smouldering black hole that gaped at the base of her neck. Shockwave's knees buckled and Party caught her, laying her down gently on the road as she shuddered and bucked, the blue sparks still flying left right and centre.
Party had to do it, it had to have been done; she was too far gone for saving now, if he had found her quicker than maybe they wouldn't even be here at this moment. Party felt everyone's gaze on him, staring at him and his dying daughter with grim but understanding expressions. Violet bowed her head and made the Killjoy salute; holding the side of the ray gun over the middle of her chest before saying the five words,
"Another gone, but never forgotton." The others, excluding Kobra, Fun and Party, joined in with the salute, muttering the words softly.
"NO!" Korse roared as he saw Shockwave finally give in to Death's awaiting arms, the sparks taking a few moments to cool down before vanishing completely. Party closed her eyes with the softest touch of his fingertips then kissing her forehead tenderly, his tears pouring onto her cold, lifeless skin. Korse looked desperately around,
"Doctor Bryar! Fix her! NOW!"
Bob looked up coldly as he momentarily paused from tending to Fun Ghoul. He relied simply,
Korse grew angry,
"I am your Master, you do as I command!"
"You are NOT my Master anymore Korse. Don't you get it you bald prick?! I am a Killjoy now, I've seen first hand and participated in the horrors that go on behind your closed doors, and I don't wanna be a part of it anymore."
Korse snarled angrily and pulled out a blade, charging whilst Party's back was turned. Suddenly, Party snapped round and slapped the knife out of Korse's hand with ease.
"I lost both my daughters because of you, you dick. And now...I'm gonna kill you too."
Without warning, Party fired two blasts that hit Korse squarly between the eyes and he collapsed. Party dropped the gun and clung his dead daughter to his chest, the tears just running free and running fast. He loved her, he loved her so Goddamn much and now she was dead because of him.
There was the wailing of sirens in the distance and Violet and Jet took Party of his daughter's corpse. He yelled and begged to let them take his daughter too; give her a burial but they didn't answer him. They were going to leave Shockwave here for the Dracs to dispose of. Destruction supported up a just about conscious Fun Ghoul, kissing him tenderly and telling him everything was going to be okay and that he would be fine. Party snatched his arm free of Jet and clutched onto Violet tightly, sobbing heavily. Violet looked at him, tears snaking down her face as well,
"She will always live on in our memories..." She whispered before pressing her lips to Party's.
Bob slung an unconscious Kobra around his shoulders and followed the others to the Trans Am. Only Party and Violet remained.
Violet covered Shockwave's body over with a sheet she had taken from her Truck's trailer and Party kneeled down, removing his yellow mask from round his neck and looping it around the small girl's face before covering her head entirely with the sheet.
"Goodbye Shockwave." He whispered at turned away, leaving the dead bodies of Korse and Shockwave in the middle of the street, fresh tears threatening to spill down his his face from his tierd, red and puffy eyes.
But maybe if he had stayed just a second longer he would have seen Shockwave's hand twitch...