Derek explains things about stuff and joins the group. Plus... Party has a duck voice from a broken nose.
After the whole incident was pushed to the side, everyone had calmed down. I had to apologize to Party for almost breaking his face, trying my best not to laugh at him because of the tissues up his nose. Jet Star and Jack of Hearts were in another room with Derek, stitching up some of his wounds. Spike was in a corner, his head down in shame. Syanide was making some food for Derek, since he was probably starving half to death. Nightmare Fuel was decorating the gun Derek had, figuring that he might become one of us, he couldn't keep running around with a gun the color of our enemies. Everyone else was just talking.
Once Derek was through with his little medical treatment, he came into the room and sat down next to me. "So, when do I get to tell my story?" he asked.
"Depends on Party." I looked at the redhead, giggling at the sight of him. His head was tilted back and he was just leaning back in the chair. I have never seen him like this. "Hey Nosebleed!" Party looked at me.
"I can't believe he answered to that." Derek whispered, chuckling.
"Yeah. Me neither." Putting my attention back at Party, I continued to speak. "Can Derek tell his story now?"
"Go on ahead," he replied, sounding hilarious from the tissues.
"Did someone else hear a duck talk?" Radio Harlequin asked, looking around the room. "Seriously! Is there a duck in here? I just heard one speak." She can't be serious, right?
"Stop making fun of my voice!"
"Here, ducky ducky ducky." I was trying my best to hold my laughter. I watched as Kobra whispered in Radio's ear, explaining who the "duck" was. Her dark brown eyes then grew wide and turned her head to look at Party quickly, her jet black, curly hair whipped in the air as she turned. "Well ummm... sorry?"
Party squinted his eyes at her. "You will pay."
Radio then burst out laughing. "Sorry! It is so hard to take you seriously with your duck voice."
I laughed at the small girl, getting her enjoyment by making fun of Party. She was now making duck noises. "Quack! Quack!"
Missile Kid looked at Radio as if she has gone crazy, then started to laugh. "Her laughing is contagious." the ten year old laughed, rolling on the floor. "Oh man! This... is gonna be... the death of... me!"
"Yeah, and the you won't grow any boobies," I retorted, saying boobies in the strangest way possible. Derek just looked at me, giving me a "what the fuck?" look. "It's a long story," I mouthed.
"Do I even want to know?"
"No." Jack of Hearts and Jet Star came in the room, holding hands. "What took you guys so long? Derek came out here like... an hour ago."
"Actually it was five minutes ago."
"Shush boy. Now, what did you to do? A quicky for gucci gucci time?"
"Shadow, you pervert," Jet Star mumbled, taking a seat with Hearts.
Syanide Skull then came in the room with a plate of food and a drink for Derek. It was a sandwich with some chips, and a can of soda. "Here you go, Derek," she said kindly, giving the plate to Derek.
Syanide then looked at Radio and Missile, who were still dieing from laughter. "What's their problem?"
"Duck voice over there," I replied, pointing at Party.
"Oh, I thought it involved something with Ghoul and-"
"Nope... it wasn't that... I think. I don't know." Syanide smiled and took a seat next to Party. I looked at Derek, who was enjoying his sandwich. "I think now might be a good time to-"
"Can't you see I'm eating?" he interrupted me, talking with his mouth full. I put my hands up, my eyes widening. Derek finished his sandwich, and took a long sip of his soda. "Okay, now I can tell my story."
"FINALLY!" Derek punched my arm playfully to shut me up. "Ouchie."
Derek looked at Radio and Missile, still laughing. "Hey! You two! Shut ya yaps!" he told them, instantly making them be quiet. "Okay children, gather around. Derek is gonna tell you a little story."
"Ooh! Yay! Story time!" Radio squealed, scooting up to be closer to Derek. Her eyes were wide and so full of hope. "Is this about a kitten?"
Her jaw then dropped. "Well fuck that!" She then went back to her old spot, sticking her tongue out at my brother.
Derek just looked at her with a poker face. He then shook his head. "Anyway!" He took a breath. "I guess I have some explaining to do."
"Hell yeah you do," Duck Voice said, making Radio laugh again. "Oh shut it."
Fun Ghoul spoke. "How come you showed up at our base?" he asked. "Out of any other place, why come here?"
"Good question... Ghoul, right?" Ghoul nodded. "Well, let me start off at the beginning."
"Basically during the beginning of all this... there was a bombing. The beginning of Better Living was in 2013, and my father and I were kidnapped. Jaz-" I nudged Derek on the arm, signalling for him not to use my name. "Sorry... SHADOW... ran away because our father told her to before we were out of the house, so she wouldn't be in the same mess we were in. Well, the people that kidnapped us were a bunch of Dracs and they took us to this building, which is now known as Better Living Headquarters."
"We were forced to work there, no matter if we said yes or no. After a while, there was the S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W unit, which was a year after. They treated us as if we were slaves. If we did one thing wrong, they would either paralyze us or have the leader of the unit do something worse."
"Who's? The leader of the unit?" Nightmare Fuel asked, walking up to Derek and giving him a now decorated ray gun. "There you go. New and improved." She then took a seat on the floor.
"Thanks. And to answer your question, her name is Nastasia." I gasped as I heard the name. Derek looked at me. "Remind me to talk to you later." I just nodded.
Derek then continued. "Nastasia is Korse's assistant but she runs that unit. They are basically the ones who use the higher form of brainwashing. All Nastasia has to do is push her glasses up her nose then, BAM!" I jumped a little as Derek clapped his hands together loudly. Fun Ghoul snickered at me, causing me to flip him off. "You get brainwashed by some pink square like laser that surrounds you and closes in. The next thing you know, you are another mindless person."
"That's horrible!" Syanide gasped, putting a hand over her mouth.
"It is." Derek said, looking at her. "But this story really isn't about that." He then continued the story. "Since S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W was being a dick in the ass, they said that we all have to live in separate apartments, which were all white. It would blind you and you would get tired of the color white. And the worst part, you couldn't be anywhere near family. The only time you could see your family, was at work, but you would never talk to them unless you wanted to get in trouble. So I lost contact with my father."
"Later on, a Drac would come into your apartment with a cup that holds a pill. The brainwashing pill. They said that you had to take it. Of course, I didn't. I would tell the Drac that I would get water from the bathroom and take it there, then wash the pill down the drain. They never suspected anything. I would have to act though, and pretend that I was different. And when I came to work a week later, I saw my dad and he truely was different. He wasn't the man that I knew and loved AT ALL!"
Derek looked like he was about to burst in tears. Derek, if it's that hard you don't have to go on," I said, rubbing my brother's back, trying to comfort him.
"No. It's fine." He took in a deep breath, and continued. "He worked for another week, then he never showed up again. I thought I would never see him again, but I did. He was no longer a worker in the factory. Oh no, he was in a better unit. And when I saw him in the halls of the building, he spoke with me. He... he said that he disowned me because I was a pathetic excuse for a son. He would visit me once in a while in my apartment, but that was to argue with me and slap my face, or beat me. I would show up to work with new bruises every single FUCKING day."
"Derek..." I whispered.
By now, Derek was in tears. "And he would always remind me of that night when all of this fucking shit happened. Saying that I should have at least tried to fight those stupid motherfucking Draculoids! Saying that I should have died that night!"
"So,I got tired of all of the bullshit. I attempted to runaway from Battery City plenty of times. It was difficult since Battery City is fenced in, and has security cameras everywhere. It's a crime to runaway from there. I got caught my first four times, and was punished by being electrocuted. Finally on my fifth try, I made it out, but patrol was sent after me. If they had found me last night, I wouldn't be here and I would probably be dead."
"I came here to look for my sister. I heard that she was a Killjoy. Posters of you guys are SURROUNDED in headquarters. I saw Shadow's picture and knew I had to find her. That's also another reason why I left. And I figured that if I came here, maybe JUST maybe, you would accept me." Derek sighed. "And that is my story."
I looked at Derek and hugged him tightly. "Derek. I'm so sorry..." I let go of him and looked at Party. "Please Party. You have to let him in."
Party just looked at me. "I'm sorry... but...
Fun Ghoul rose out of his seat. "For crying out loud Party. Loosen up a little." I looked at Ghoul, shocked at what he was saying. "They are brother and sister and they haven't seen each other for like six fucking years. Let the man join the goddamn group!" Ghoul was on my side for once? Ghouls looked at me and mouthed some words. "I got this."
Party sighed. "But we have too many people and-"
This time Kobra Kid spoke. "And what bro? What is with you lately?"
Missile spoke up next. "You took me in. You let Spike join the group! What harm can be done with Derek joining?" Words cannot describe how happy I am feeling now.
"Party, imagine Kobra being Derek right now. If that was Kobra, you would say yes," Syanide said, getting up from her seat. "And you would be totally lost if you didn't have Kobra. Imagine how lost these two were. You have to let Derek join."
"Dude. You can't say no to your girlfriend," Fuel snickered. "But I'm on everyone else's side. Plus, having one more person equals to us beating the shit out of BL/IND." She raised a fist and punched her left hand, showing her point.
By now, I was smiling. No one else would have taken my side if this was a different situation.
"Let Derek join Party! Don't be a motherfucking party pooper, otherwise you would have to change your name to Party Pooper." Radio giggled.
"I'm agreeing with everyone else." Jet Star added. "Did you not hear the dude's story? Or were you to busy being an ass hat?"
"Who knows what Derek could be hiding though!" Party fought back. "He could be a spy."
"Yeah, a spy searching for his sister so they could go on secret missions. Get real Party," Hearts scoffed.
Ghoul spoke again. "So, it's the whole group, versus you. Hmmmm... I wonder who will win."
"Nuh uh! It's not the whole group. Toxic still hasn't made a decision!" Party looked around for the green haired girl. She was no show. "Well... fuck..."
Ghoul smirked. "Does this mean he's in?" he asked.
Party groaned and looked at me. "Because I don't want you to break my face, yes. Derek... is in."
I literally jumped out of my seat. "OH MY YAY! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!"
"He has to come up with a killjoy name though, and he needs new clothes. Since he's your brother-"
"Oh shut up Party Pooper!" I said, realizing I called him that. "Whoops... hehe...
Party then left the room, storming off.
Everyone was standing up, circling Derek, our new killjoy. I then looked at Ghoul and smiled at him. What shocked me was that I went up to him and hugged him. "Thanks for being the first one to speak up," I told him.
Ghoul just stood there awkwardly before hugging me back a little. "No problem." I then let go and looked at him. "Besides, he's your brother. You deserve to have him back in your life." And after that, he left the room. I just looked at him. Was he seriously being nice for once?
I jumped when Derek came up to me and tapped my shoulder. "We get to kick ass together, bro!" I said cheerfully.
"Hell yeah! Oh and... later, when everyone is in bed, I need to talk to you about something." he said. "It's about dad and everything else... stuff I didn't tell..."
I just nodded. "At nine, kay?" He nodded and went to go sit down on the couch, Spike jumping on him and licking his face. I giggled a little bit, but I was worried. What was he going to tell me about dad?
As Ghoul was walking to his room, he decided to stop by Toxic's room and tell her about having a new killjoy. When he came up to the door and was about to knock, Toxic's voice was heard.
"The dog nearly killed him but Shadow saved him." Ghoul put his ear up to the door. "Yeah, and they're all cheering out there. I'm guessing he joined the group." There was a short pause. "I'll keep you updated sir, I promise." Another short pause. "Tomorrow? Okay. Tomorrow it is. Okay, goodbye sir."
Who was she talking too? Ghoul thought. He jumped back when Toxic's door opened. She seemed a bit shocked to see him. "Hey Toxic," Ghouls nervously said.
"What are you doing?" she asked, a little pissed off.
"Oh! I... ummm.. just wanted to tell you that Derek joined the group. Yay!" Ghoul raised a fist in the air and laughed nervously. "I'm going to go now."
"Yeah... I think you should."
Ghoul went around Toxic and walked quickly to his room. Who was she talking to? And why was she telling the person about what happened?
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