Author: GradGirl2010 PM
Magic is rising in Manhattan, causing mayhem & panic. Elves, Witches, Warlocks, Gods - Eris will need her best tricks & friends in order to fight these foes. Because with all her power, Eris is still human. There's only so much she can do. She can't save everyone. Not even familyRated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Romance - Hudson & Macbeth - Chapters: 13 - Words: 104,380 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 03-16-13 - Published: 04-25-11 - id: 6939923
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I DO NOT OWN ANYTHING RELATED TO GARGOYLES. I just like writing fics
Here you go guys. The long awaited story. Please enjoy.
The months went as fast as they came. Eris and the gargoyles continued to watch over the city of Manhattan and protected its citizens with utmost vigilance. Balancing between patrolling at night and her school work, Eris would return to Elsa's feeling exhausted. She felt like she was so over worked, she and Elisa went to the PD and recanted Eris's temp application. Eris felt it was best. She wanted to wait until she had graduated from high school before she got a job. Waiting until trouble stopped would take too long. Though she did feel guilty for not having a job, and not helping Elisa pay her mortgage. Elisa told her not to worry. Eris helping her keep the city safe as Valkyrie was payment enough.
Eris finished her junior year of high school. Her friends went off to visit their families in other states. Xanatos was even gracious enough to take Owen and go off somewhere and not bother Eris for the summer. So basically he was going to be gone until September 16th. Taking advantage of him being gone, Eris had spent the summer practicing her magic and brushing up on her fighting skills. She and Elisa took a couple trips to water parks and other fun places. She wished that the Gargoyles could come, but they might lower the visitor's ratio. The only thing Xanatos did that annoyed her was take Odin's eye. For some reason Xanatos was fixed on keeping it. Eris planned on letting him keep it. At least until the magical forces bit him in the ass. That would be a true sight for her to behold.
Eris also got her license during the summer. Walking in the sun wasn't always her idea of fun. The last time she did, she nearly passed out from heat exhaustion. Getting her license meant she wouldn't be stuck sweating. There were times where she could borrow Elisa's car. But Elisa would need all of the gas she could muster for certain jobs. Unless it was unbearably hot, Eris would stick to walking.
As the month of August entered its final afternoon, Eris awoke to the sight of the X's on her calendar. She had been counting down until the first day of school. She dreaded returning to school, but she was excited to the fact that she was going to be a senior. She was looking forward to that trip to Knott's Berry farm. Prom…not so much. "Yeah…" she sighed, stretching out her arms, "A summer without Xanatos – Dad you've smiled on me again." She laughed. Then she sighed, "But he'll be back in a few weeks. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers." She shrugged. "I thinks it's time I got up. Elisa will probably think I died." She moved from the bed and ruffled through her drawers. She pulled out an orange sleeveless, hoodie shirt. It had a white flower on the chest. She threw on blew skirt and grabbed her boots. She put her long blue hair into a pony-tail, leaving her bangs and a few strands hanging out. She ran out of the room and saw Elisa sitting on the couch. "Hey there." She greeted.
"Well look who decided to wake up," Elisa taunted, "Make sure you're able to get back into your original sleeping habit. Remember, you start school in a couple weeks."
"Yes mother." She laughed.
She grabbed an apple and bit into it. "Got anything planned today?"
"Not really," Eris answered with her mouth full of apple, "I need to go to the school and do the whole I.D and book getting process."
"Do you need the car or do you get your lockers?"
"We'll get our lockers when we start school on the 16th."
"In that case, go ahead and borrow my car. I'll see you when you get back."
"Thanks Elisa. Bye."
Eris parked herself in the schools parking lot. She was happy that students didn't have to arrive until 2:00pm to get their books and everything. So that meant she had about an hour to just roam the school and look around. She reentered the halls, feeling as if it had been years since she's last gazed upon their glistening marbles floors and dented lockers. The smell of floor wax still emanated throughout the facility. Floor wax and the biology labs new clean supplies. Eris found herself revisiting the classrooms she had last year. She had to admit that she was going to miss being with them. Well…except Macbeth. He had taken over for the English teacher who moved away last year. Since he arrived, he had been harassing Eris to no end. Whether he was staring at her in class, kidnapping her, or attacking her friends, he always – for some reason – needed to bother her. And Eris had no idea why.
She found herself walking by his classroom. The urge to walk in and reminisce began to overtake her. Despite their back history he was a pretty good teacher – in and out of the classroom. On the other hand, she could just walk by and pretend like she forgot about it. Letting out a sigh she opened the door and entered. And lo and behold, sitting at his desk rummaging through his papers was Lennox MacDuff – Or otherwise known as Macbeth. Eris slowly backed up to the door, hoping to escape before he saw her. "Hello Eris," He chimed without looking at her. Eris froze. He put the papers down and leaned back in his chair, "It's been quite a while, hasn't it."
"Apparently not long enough," She hissed, "You still remember me."
"And I shall for the next five generations." He retorted poetically. He smiled menacingly and looked up and down her body. Eris covered her body with her arms, feeling his gaze reach beyond her clothes. "I must admit, orange is a lovely color on you. It looks so much better than that beige shirt you always wore."
"Thank you," she replied cynically, "Your opinion over my style of dress means so much to me." Eris kept her eyes on the grey bearded man. She may not have seen him for a few months, but she hasn't forgotten how fast he can move. If she were to blink he could have a knife to her neck. The kiss…She touched a hand to her forehead, remembering the kiss he placed on her head. She could still feel his lips. His soft…smooth…lips…SLAP! She snapped herself back to reality. That was also the kiss he used to declare war with her. He said that the next time they met, they would be enemies. Her thoughts were interrupted by him chuckling. "Still remembering that little kiss I placed on you?" He chortled. Eris blushed slightly. "Hmm, hmm, I didn't think I had that much of a charm. So, do you think about it often or is it one of those memories where certain events trigger it?"
"The latter," she said happily, "Whenever I feel like I want to hurl up my breakfast."
"Such untoward speech," he remarked with feigned hurt, "And here I thought I was starting to win you over."
"Is this the same person who decreed that we would be enemies the next time we met?" She asked sarcastically, "Or am I thinking of another thousand year old Macbeth who became a high school teacher?"
"For the record, I'm 936 years old –thank you very much. And I did say that. But as it stands, I'm just a teacher," he rummaged through the papers again, "You're just a student," he held a paper to her, "Who's schedule I happen to have." Eris cocked an eye and meandered over. She took the paper from him and reviewed her classes. She had two skip periods – First and sixth period. So that only gave her four classes. Video Production – Mr. Hughes, English IV – Ms. Harold, Economics – Mr. Rutherford, Drama - Mr. Newman. "Oh goodie. I won't be stuck with you this year."
"No one will actually," He added, rising from his chair. Eris cocked an eye. "After...much consideration," he gazed out at the bright blue sky and ever so bright sun, "I have decided to retire from teaching."
"To pursue other interests. Like hunting Demona, seeking out mystical artifacts to add to my collection, things like that."
When Eris first met Macbeth, he admitted to needing her to find Demona. The female Gargoyle that he has been hunting for centuries. A few times Eris or one of her friends would almost get killed because of his selfish desires. But he always made one thing clear about himself. He always said that he was a man of honor. And like all those who fought with a sword, that sense of honor never dwindles. No matter how much time passes. Eris thought it would be weird not having him around. But it would also be a relief. She wouldn't feel paranoid when talking to her friends. "You almost seem crestfallen." Macbeth chortled. Eris's face flushed. "Don't tell me you're going to miss me."
"NOT IN THIS OR ANY OTHER DIMENSION!" She howled. "I wouldn't miss you if you were the last timeless king on earth!"
"As it stands, I am." Eris narrowed her eyes. He always had a way of twisting her words to his advantage. "So that must mean that you will miss me."
"Just remember what it was that you said," She snarled, "The next time we meet, we are enemies. And I won't hesitate to take you down. I'll find a spell that removes your immortal curse, and I'll watch as you turn to dust."
"I accept your challenge," He said with a bow at the hip. "Though I sincerely doubt you'll do something so baleful. You're too kind hearted."
"We'll see!" She took her schedule and stomped out of the room, slamming the door behind her.
Macbeth was astonished. He started to laugh. "She is a terrible liar."
Eris went through the whole agonizing process of acquiring her high school equipment. She got her I.D. and got it stamped so that it shows that she can arrive late and leave early. She got her books last – Drama II, English, economics disk, and French. Video Production didn't have a book. It slowly started to fall on 3:30. Eris still had a good two and half hours before the gargoyles woke up. So she figured she'd take Elisa's car back and walk around for a while. "ERIS!" Someone called as she entered the parking lot. It was Eris's friend Madison Harlow. He long black hair flowing in the breeze. Her brown eyes glistened happily. She wore a pink spaghetti strap top white pants and black Ugg boots. She was struggling with her books. Madison was one of those over achieving kids. She wanted to make sure she got into one of the best colleges. So she had a zero period plus her six classes. There were times where Eris worried that she'd make her head explode. "Hey…are you heading home?" She panted, her books almost slipping from her fingers.
"Looking for a ride Madison?" Eris smirked. Madison smiled as innocently as she could. Eris shook her head humorously. She opened the car door, "Throw your stuff in and come on." Madison cheered and didn't waste any time getting into the car. "What say you to a trip to Starbucks?"
"Sounds good." Madison cheered.
Eris started the car and she and Madison were off. They reminisced and asked one another what they did for the summer. Eris didn't mention the magic practicing. Madison was one of Eris's many friends who didn't know her secret. They didn't know she was the daughter of Odin. Or that she was really over 800 years old. One of Eris's fears was people learning who she was. She worried that those who called themselves her friends would burn her at the stake. Madison may have been different, but she was one of those girls where she hears a huge secret and has to tell the whole world. And besides, enough people know her secret. School was one of the places where Eris just wanted to feel human instead of a Demi-Goddess. People, however, did know that she had a different dad. Eris told them that his name was Oliver. A lame name, but funny.
They made it to the Starbucks. It was full of people. Reading, working on laptops, chilling out and hanging out with friends, or just escaping the heat. Their friend Julian had gotten a job there. He was Mexican and an amazing coffee maker. He was of medium build and had spikey hair. He was known as the debutant of Starbucks. He would follow the directions to a T, but would add something extra to make it special. Then he would add some lame pick up line and make girls swoon over him. That's why that Starbucks was so popular. Most of the girls who went there wanted to go out with him. He saw Eris and Madison. "Helloo ladies," He purred, batting his eyelashes, "Todays specials are the ice chocolate macchiato, Caramel bliss," he gripped their chins, "And a free date with me. Act now and you can have all three."
"Actually we'll have the first two," Eris remarked, removing his hand, "the last one you can put on hold for when hell freezes over."
"You're so mean Eris," he pouted, "How do you put up with her Madison?"
"I keep her in line and she keeps guys I don't like away from me." Madison smirked.
"Pfft! You two might as well be dating. What with the way you always hang out."
The two smiled and hugged. Madison put her arms around Eris's neck, while Eris put hers around Madison's waist. "What makes you think we're not?" Madison purred, brushing her fingers through Eris hair.
Julian blushed madly, "ARE YOU REALLY?" He gasped.
"NO!" The two laughed aloud. Julian let out a breath of relief. Despite his flirtatious behavior, he's always had a crush on Madison. Madison feels the same way, only she's more subtle with her feelings. She loved playing hard to get with him. It was her way of getting under his skin. "So about the first two specials," Madison brought up, "We would like those please."
"And maybe you'll take the third at 7:00pm tonight?" He said hopefully.
"Maybe if he gets us our drinks." She teased. Julian pulled ut the cups, marked them and started making the coffees. The two girls laughed at his diligence.
"So, when are you going to admit that you like him and stop jerking him around?" Eris smirked.
"When he stops flirting with other girls and tells me how he feels." She shrugged, "Until then, I'm going to tease and manipulate him."
"Madison, that sounds like something I would say. Maybe we are hanging around each other too much." Eris commented worriedly.
"Don't worry. It's not as evil as it sounds."
"I hope not."
"Here you are girls," Julian announced, "Two specials." Eris and Madison paid him and took a sip. The flavor exploded in their mouths. They couldn't help moaning. "How do you like 'em?"
"These are amazing Julian!" Madison hailed. "I hope you make them this good on dates."
"Does that mean we're on for tonight?"
Madison patted his cheek, "Just text me with where you want to go and meet me at my house." Madison made her way for the door.
Eris and Julian bumped knuckles. "Have a nice day Julian." Eris giggled. "And have an even better night."
"Oh believe me," he purred, "I will."
Eris continued on her way back to Madison's place. She lived in one of the private communities in the area. Eris has been to her house a few times. She just didn't stay long because Madison's mom seems to resent her. She would try to say she didn't, but Eris could see the red hatred in her eyes. Eris didn't let that bother her. She as more excited about Madison's date. "Madison and Julian," she said like a headline in a newspaper, "Lincoln highs cutest couple and possibly soon to be married high school sweet hearts. Madison, do you have any comments?" She held an invisible microphone to Madison.
"Well Eris, after all of that's happened, I can say with certainty that this is just a date between friends. I don't expect anything to special to happen tonight."
"Oh come on, Harlow," Eris nudged her, "Surely some part of you is hoping that Julian will finally kiss you. Finally making you both the most anticipated couple of high school?"
Madison blushed and looked away, "No comment." She glowered.
"And you saw that blush ladies and gentlemen! Madison Harlow is madly in love with Julian Gonzalez!"
"SHE IS NOT!" She roared, still blushing. Eris laughed at her expense. Quite frankly, she and many of the other students were praying for the day when those two would get together. So much in fact, that people have bets placed. Eris and a few say they will get together before graduation. Others say they'll seal the deal after. And the rest say it'll happen during graduation week. The cash is up to $200 dollars already. The science teacher, Mrs. Magdalene, is looking after the pot. Madison, wanting to desperately change the subject, decided to tease Eris next. "So…" Madison giggled.
"I saw you walk out of Mr. MacDuff's room earlier," she sang. Eris raised her brow. Then again she shouldn't have been surprised. Madison was also the type of people to help out at school functions. "So what's going on between you two, huh, huh?"
"Nothing!" She shouted, feeling flustered, "Why would anything be going on? HOW COULD IT? The man looks like he's in his 50's. If we got together the cops would be all over us every six seconds."
Madison kitty-cat smiled at Eris and sniggered, "Who said anything about you being together?" Eris's blush darkened. "HA! I KNEW IT!" She cheered, grabbing onto Eris arm. Eris skidded over into the next lane and back into her original. "You two are together! So when did it happen?"
"WE'RE NOT TOGETHER!" Eris moaned, cursing herself for walking right into that. "We don't even like each other."
"Don't give me that. I saw it, Julian saw it – everyone saw it. Every chance MacDuff got he would stare at you and you would stare back."
"Because I was glaring at him," she hissed, "The loser worked for Xanatos once upon a time ago. So every time I saw him, it felt like Xanatos was watching me."
Madison then went silent, feel ashamed that she kept pressing the matter. She twisted her hair nervously as she recollected what happened between Xanatos and Eris. Xanatos announced that Eris had recently moved out due to some family issues they were having. He sounded confident that she would come back sooner or later. Eris however had different plans. She told everyone at school that she wasn't going back. Xanatos had used her one too many times and lied to her, her entire life. She wasn't going back until she makes sure she raises all sorts of hell for him. "I'm sorry," she squeaked, "I didn't mean to pry."
"Don't be," Eris sighed, "You wouldn't have to if I would have just told you." Madison smiled brightly. That's better. As they pulled into the private community, Eris thought about how she hated seeing Madison sad. Whenever Madison frowns, Eris always feels like crying. She may not have been friends with her as long as Sabrina, but Eris and Madison had grown close in since they met freshman year. And friends don't let friends be sad. "The truth is Macbeth and I do have our moments where we do get along. But those moments are only fleeting. He only talks to me because he thinks this woman he's been chasing will come."
"You almost sound bitter towards this woman." Eris nodded. "What's her name?"
"De…ominique," she caught herself, "Dominique. She hurt MacDuff some years ago, and now he wants revenge. She also broke up with her previous love because he…liked a certain group of people. That group killed her family many years ago. Greg being friends with them didn't win her approval. Now she hates him, MacDuff, and anyone associated with them. Oddly enough she puts up with Xanatos. But she has tried to kill me before."
"That's so horrible!" Madison gasped, "If I ever met this woman, I'd send her to doctor Phil, Oprah, Maury – anyone I can think of. She clearly needs help. This hatred she feels has to be derived from something."
"It is," Eris said, stopping at Madison's two story home, "But it's something she will never admit to." Madison and Eris got out of the car. Eris helped her with her books. "Madison, this woman's bitterness has transcended far beyond her life span. If she were to die, you would still be able to feel it. I seriously think she's beyond help."
"That may be," she unlocked her door, "But unless someone tries, that bitterness will eat at her. All you have to do is believe she will change." Eris smiled and gave Madison the rest of her books. "You're one of those people who have a certain air about her Eris," Madison complimented genuinely. "You're a kind hearted person. And that kindness has a weird way of off rubbing off on people." She closed her door, pulling an ancient wisdom moment of Eris.
"I hate it when she does that." Eris smiled. She sauntered back to the car. A helicopter was heard from above. It was Xanatos's. DAMMIT! He must have decided to come back early. She snarled in her head. The off thing was that he wasn't heading back towards the castle. "Now I wonder where he's heading." She sneered. She barely turned on the car and a news broadcast came on. This just in! Three of the four Pack members who were arrested have just escaped from the Rikers Island federal prison. They were seen fleeing with a man in a coyote costume. People are being advised to report any information they may have, and to not engage these fugitives for they are armed and extremely dangerous. Eris thought that was too convenient. Xanatos's chopper just happened to fly over and now this broadcast. Coincidence…I THINK NOT! She turned on the gas and headed back to Elisa's. And there was only an hour left until the gargoyles woke up. "Just what I didn't need!" she grumbled, cutting off a few people off. "Lexington's going to have a fit when he hears about this." Lexington was still ticked off about the Pack using him to get to Goliath. Every time they were mentioned, he would turn into Rambo and start hunting them down. But it'll be worse if Elisa and Eris didn't tell him. Because then he'd never forgive them. Eris got on her phone and called Elisa. "Elisa, where are you right now?"
"Matt picked me up. I'm at the police station."
"I'm on my way then," she turned on Elisa's siren and made an illegal U-turn. "You focus on finding the Pack. I'll break the news to Lex and the guys."
"Make sure to be gentle about it with Lex. You know how he feels about them."
"Believe me, I haven't forgotten."
The sun had finally set beyond New York. The orange glare slowly left the gargoyles. The shadows finally covered them. The stone began to chip and break. They gargoyles awoke and roared yawningly at the night filled sky. Lexington scratched the remaining chips from behind his ear with his foot. As the gargoyles walked into the clock tower, they were greeted by Eris in her Valkyrie form. "Eris, what is wrong?" Goliath asked.
"I know you guys just woke up, but we have a problem." She informed them apologetically, "The Pack just escaped from Rikers Island an hour ago."
"WHAT!" Lexington snarled.
"Ooh," Brooklyn groaned, covering his ear, "nice wake up call."
"We've got to track them down NOW! Before the trail gets cold!" He demanded. He ran up to Eris and shook her wildly, "How'd they get out? WHO DID THIS?"
Brooklyn pulled him off. Lexington still thrashed about. Eris expected that to happen. Goliath approached her and put a gently hand on her shoulder, "How did this happen?"
"Dingo and some guy dressed as a coyote took them out quick and clean."
"WELL WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?" Lexington boomed, "Let's get moving!" He jetted up the stairs, skipping a step to quicken his trip.
"Where do we start?" Broadway asked, "Manhattan is a lot bigger castle than the one we used to protect."
"Pack media Studios," Lexington decreed, "They'll go back to it like snakes to a nest. And I'll be waiting for them." He ran over to the rail and prepared to take off.
"LEXINGTON WAIT!" Eris cried, flying in front of him. "The police are already checking the studio." She warned him. The last thing they needed were the police hunting Lexington down. "And that aside, maybe one of us should go." She suggested softly.
"What do you mean?" He hissed, "Why can't I go?"
"Your head isn't on straight. You're so wrapped up in your desire for revenge that you done have your priorities straight."
"Say's the Demi-goddess who nearly killed Demona!" he retorted with glowing eyes. "Why don't you put some of your magical voodoo to actual use and help us, instead of being a half human burden?"
Eris was taken aback. Hudson and Broadway gaped astonishingly. Eris still had nightmares of that day. She nearly killed Demona out of anger. And she would have if Hudson wasn't there. But Lexington's comment made her feel like a hypocrite. "LEXINGOTN," Hudson roared, "that was completely uncalled for! And whether you like it or not, Eris is right! Your anger might very well get you killed."
Lexington scoffed and took off. Eris watched as he disappeared into the night. "That's why I'm going with him!" Brooklyn volunteered, running up. He stared at Eris, "I'll keep him safe." He promised. Bronx ran up, wanting to go. Brooklyn picked him and took off.
"Eris," Hudson said walking up, "Don't take what Lexington said to heart. You know how he gets when the Pack is involved."
"I'm over it," she lied. "But the Pack may not be the real problem. I saw Xanatos chopper flying away from the direction of Rikers moment before the Pack was reported to have escaped."
"Then it looks like we're paying Xanatos a visit." Broadway declared, cracking his knuckles. "But are you sure you're ready to see him Eris. You and he have some pretty bad blood yourselves."
"Oh don't worry," she tuned mischievously, "He already has something that guarantees that I'll be laughing at his expense."
"He still has the Eye of Odin, doesn't he?" Hudson commented scolding her. A wide smile snaked its way across Eris's face. "Has anyone ever told you about Karma?"
"Yes, and it's about time it bit Xanatos in his overpriced ass."
Eris and the gargoyles neared the castle. They descended upon the garden area, keeping a look out for any of Xanatos's little shooting toys. Eris explained to Goliath, Hudson and Broadway that Xanatos was on vacation. The fact that he returned early and the Pack escaped only convinced them that he was somehow involved. They touched down into the garden. Goliath and Broadway went to inspect the area before they entered the castle. Eris drew her sword in case some rampaging robot decided to come out and play. Her red eyes started to glow angrily. She didn't care if a fight was needed, just wanted to carve Xanatos and Owen like a turkey. "Eris!" Hudson touched her back. She glanced at him, "Control your anger lass. Lexington is already overcome with anger and leaping head on into battle. I don't need you not thinking straight as well."
Her eyes returned to normal as her anger began to blow over. "You're right, of course," she breathed, touching a hand to her forehead. "I'm sorry."
Hudson turned her to him, holding her in place, "Your mood swings have been coming and going ever since that last battle with Coldstone," he started fretfully, "Are you sure that nothing has happened that you aren't telling me?"
"I've told you many times before, nothing's wrong. I'm a teenager. Mood swings are as common as sneezing." She assured him. Truth is Eris didn't know what to think. Her mood swings aren't so bad that she's been declared bipolar, just enough to get someone's attention – especially Hudson's.
"Hudson! Eris!" Goliath called. He motioned for them to come along. Eris and Hudson exchanged one last glance and then followed after Broadway and Goliath. Eris and the gargoyles came to the grand hall doors. Goliath thrust them open. The slams exploded throughout the hall. Standing in the center was Owen, typing on his PDA. "We're here to see Xanatos." He commanded.
"I'm afraid Mr. Xanatos is not in at the moment." He informed them.
"Don't give us that Bull!" Eris jeered, pushing passed Goliath. "I saw him fly in earlier this afternoon! So don't even tell me he's not here!"
"Allow me to correct myself then," He suggested, putting the PDA into his jacket. "Mr. Xanatos is in Manhattan, but he is not in the castle at the moment." Eris clenched a fist. She could see that he was being snide. "Besides, he is not the one you anyway. I believe you have business with the pack." He added slyly. "Their schedule shows them arriving at Pack Media studio's any moment. Should you be going there?"
"We need to expect a trap." Eris stated simply. Owen cocked a humored eye. "Any time this four eyed loser gives this much info, there's usually a trap waiting."
"Brooklyn, Lexington, and Bronx may have sprung it already!" Broadway fussed. "We should leave, NOW!"
"Then we shall deal with Xanatos some other time." Goliath specified to the angry Eris.
She nodded her head. But before they left, Eris ran a hand through the air. Owen became encased in ice, a shocked expression on his face. Eris flew over and knocked on the ice, "Stick around. I plan to come back." She and the gargoyles took their leave. They needed to move fast. Who knows what kind of trouble Lex anger has gotten them into?
Lexington, Brooklyn and Bronx were thrown in the ship's cargo area. Lexington's pride was so bruised he took it out on the walls, trying to get out. Brooklyn tried to tell him that he wasn't off to a good start. But Lexington wasn't listening. He kept clawing at the walls. "Lex, your anger is out of control!" Brooklyn commented. "Look at where it's gotten us."
"Who cares! Just help me find a way out!"
"Not until you calm down!" He pulled Lexington away from the wall. "Do you even realize what you've been doing the last few hours? You yelled at Eris and insulted her ethnicity – TWICE!"
"She's a tough girl!" He spat, pushing Brooklyn's hands off of him. "She'll get over it!"
"That's not the point, Lex! Eris isn't here to help us get revenge or to kill those that we don't like. She's here to help us protect the city. And by saying the things you did, we may lose an ally."
"Come on! I couldn't have hurt her that much. It looked like my insult barely reached her."
"Her emotions may not have shown it, but her eyes did. She already knows she's a Demi-Goddess. But if you recall, she hates being reminded of that. It makes her feel like she can't do as much as a full god."
"Please! Eris is better than any full god."
"Then maybe you should tell her that when we see her." He walked over to Bronx. "Might make a good apology."
Lexington puffed up his chest then let it loose. He knew Brooklyn was right. Eris didn't have to help them. When he thought about it, Eris could have left them the moment she met them a year ago. But she has chosen to stay. And he probably ruined it with what he said. He slumped against the metal hull and sighed, "Eris…I'm so sorry."
The four mad it to the studio. When they entered, there were definitely signs of a fight. But it was hard to tell who won. Or more appropriately if it was even Brooklyn and Lex who were the ones fighting. "Eris, do you sense anything?" Goliath asked.
"Brooklyn and Lexington definitely put up a fight," She assessed, running a hand over the walls, "But it looks like The Pack pulled out on top. I just can't tell you where they went to next."
As if reading her mind, the studio phone started to ring. Broadway was wary about answering it, thinking it might be some sort of trick. He glanced back to Goliath. The lead Gargoyle nodded. Broadway answered it. "Uh…hello?"
Eris and Hudson moved in, hoping to hear whatever it is that's been going on. That was when Eris's phone went off. "Hello?"
"Madison?" Eris looked at the time on her phone. It was Midnight. Madison went on her date five hours ago. "Madison, how did your date go?"
"It's still going." She replied cheerfully, "Julian and I are heading to the docks. He's going to take me to a good spot to gaze out at the moon when it's high in the sky." Eris looked out the sky light. There was a quarter moon tonight. Made sense. It was going to be gone tomorrow. And Madison loved a quarter moon. It reminded her of the Cheshire cats smile. "What are you up to?"
"Oh…you know…nothing special…" she laughed nervously, "Just uh…reading a book." She cursed herself for lying to her. "So, are you and Julian finally going to…?"
"Like I said," Madison interrupted abruptly, "I'm waiting for him to make the move. But I'll call you when something does happen. Enjoy your book."
"Enjoy your man." She crooned. She hung up before Madison could protest. Broadway hung up the studio phone. "What happened?" She asked excitedly.
"The pack has 'em. They're on an oil tanker in the middle of the bay. He said to be there at midnight."
"That would be now." Eris smiled. "So let's not keep them waiting." She raised her hands to a wall. "Prodigium, the oil tanker in the middle of the bay." Sparks flew from her fingers and struck the wall. A swirling vortex took form.
"A bit specific, don't you think?" Broadway commented.
"With magic, you have to be," Eris explained plainly, "If I would have just said oil tanker in the bay that could have been any tanker."
"Be that as it may," Goliath stopped them, "We must hurry!"
The pack readied themselves and their weapons on the deck of the tanker. Laser guns, pistols, knifes, brass knuckles – they were ready for an all-out war. The fog had just rolled into the bay, obscuring them from any peering eyes that may have been out in the water or on the docks. The water had an eerie calm about it. And with Dingo being an old war veteran, calm usually meant trouble was on its way. But he did have his doubts. "Do you think they'll come?" Dingo questioned skeptically, "They've got to know it's a trap."
"They'll come." Coyote answered confidently.
A surge of energy formed around them. The Pack directed their attention and weapons to it. The vortex acted as a vacuum and took their guns. "WHAT THE?" Wolf snarled.
A roar was heard from the vortex. Goliath came down and kicked Jack and Hyena back. Broadway tackled Dingo and threw him into the rail. He heard a series of banging coming from a chained down hatch nearby. He went over and started to work on opening it. Hudson came down from the portal, with Eris hanging onto his back. He landed onto Wolf, pinning him with his talons. Eris pulled herself over Hudson and connected her feet with Coyote, kicking him into the steel wall. Hudson hoisted Wolf over his head and tossed him into Coyote. "Sorry we're late," Eris smirked, "We lost track of time."
Coyote pushed Wolf off of him. "Not to worry," Coyote waved off, "I'm just glad you came." He back flipped onto the second level. "Now I leave all of you to it." He ran down the way and around a corner. Goliath flew after him. Wolf made his way to Broadway, who was still working on the hatch.
Eris and Hudson were going to go assist him when Dingo blocked their path. Jackal and Hyena came in next. The two swords masters were surrounded. The five stared each other down, waiting for one to make a move. Jackal rubbed his claws together, sharpening them to cut deep into their skin. Hyena licked her claws, thirsting for blood. Dingo raised his fists. He just wanted to get the fight started. Hudson and Eris both drew their swords, their eyes began to glow. "Come on then," Hudson challenged in a gruff tone, "Ain't none of us getting any younger."
"Least of all you Hyena," Eris smirked to her, "I think I'm starting to see crow's feet." Hyena charged for her, dragging her claws along the ground. Sparks shot up. Hyena darted her hands up, missing Eris's face by a few inches. Eris bent back and brought her foot up. She kicked Hyena in the chin, making her stagger back. Eris then sprang forward. She twisted her arm back and sliced for Hyena's waist. Jackal blocked her. "Still protecting your sister, huh?" She mocked, straining against his strength. "FINE!" She pushed him back. "Then maybe it's time I got serious." She clapped her hands on her sword hilt. As she parted them, another sword appeared in Eris's other hand. She twirled them around and took a stance. "Please give me a decent work out, kiddies. I'd like to say I accomplished something this night, instead of saying I paddled the asses of old fossils."
"How dare you look down on us, you brat!" Jackal ran for her. Eris stopped him with one sword. Hyena came up and Eris caught her blades with her sword. The two brought up their free hands and aimed for Eris's face.
"Glacies!" She blew ice from her mouth. It froze the blood twin's arms together. Eris flew up and Hudson tossed Dingo into them. "Thanks for the assist."
"My pleasure lass. LOOK OUT!"
Dingo rammed into Eris, pinning her down. Her sword fell from her hands. "Now let's see you do your spells now!" He dared. Hudson charged for him. Wolf rammed him into a pole. "Come on Shelia," he continued to mock, "Where be your mystic mumbo jumbo? Show me what the great Valkyrie is capable of!"
"If you insist!" she stared deep into his eyes. "Don't blink! Caecus rabies! (Blind Fury). A bright light flashed from her eyes, blinding Dingo. He slapped his hands over his eyes. "GRR!" Eris levitated him off the ground and tossed him aside. Unfortunately he hit Broadway. The two managed to knock the hatch off, but they crashed into oil drums. Oil began to spill everywhere. Lexington, Brooklyn, and Bronx emerged from the hold. Lexington tackled Wolf, getting him off of Hudson.
Jackal and Hyena managed to get the ice off and went back to fight. Brooklyn and Eris decided to take them. Hyena leaped onto Eris. The two began to wrestle, struggling to keep the other down. Brooklyn glowered to Jackal and grimaced, "Now to make you pay for what you did to my side!"
"Sorry about that," he held up his knifed fingers, "Next time I'll actually kill you. How does that grab you?"
"Not well. Because I plan to kill you FIRST!" He grabbed Jackal by his wrists and pushed him back. Jackal tripped him up. Brooklyn fell back with Jackal on top. Brooklyn brought his feet up and kicked him off and into Hyena. The two lied back on their backs.
Eris came over them with a grim expression and her swords drawn back. The two screamed as Eris swept the swords down. She cut their finger knives off. She was then blown back. Someone first a laser and it ignited the barrels of oil. The ship was lit aflame. The fires traveled along the oil, to every corner of the ship. Eris, the Gargoyles and Pack were now in a fight for their lives. For whoever won would escape a fiery or watery death. Eris heard Goliath roar. She looked back to him and saw he was battling Coyote. But something was different. He didn't have his mask on. He had the head of Xanatos. "THAT…BASTARD!" She hovered off the ground and jetted for him. Xanatos saw Eris coming as she rammed him into a pole. She held him there, her feet off the ground, and eyes glowing a deadly red. "So this is what you've been doing this whole time? You release the Pack and kidnap my friends? Well no more!" She touched a hand to his chest. "Now you'll join Lady Hel in the underworld."
"ERIS NO!" Hudson cried.
"BOMBARDA!" Eris's hands began to glow light orange and a giant hole appearing in Xanatos's chest. As Eris realized what she had done, something fell onto her hands. "You are…" she gasped. His chest was full of wires and circuitry. Xanatos/Coyote was a robot. Eris backed away from him as he fell forward. "Who's next?" Eris smiled.
"NOBODY!" Brooklyn cried. "Look!" They all looked back towards a flaming door. The flame were engulfing the ship, heading down towards the main oil reserve. "Unless we book it, we're all going to become extra crispy!"
"Agreed," Jackal said. He grabbed Hyena, "Let's book sis!" The Pack made their way for the edge of the ship. They had a submarine waiting for them.
"NO!" Lexington roared, running for them. As he neared their sub, he heard Eris scream. The Coyote had her restrained. He was dragging her towards a flaming area that was ready to blow. Eris couldn't risk using her magic. There was a high chance she might increase the flames. Lexington battled between which to go for. He wanted his revenge. But he couldn't let Eris be killed. Least of all for the sake of his revenge. He growled and flew for Eris. "LET HER GO!" He roared. Coyote looked back. Lexington latched onto him. He tore his head clean off. The rest of Coyotes body then fell like a rag doll. Lexington then grabbed Eris and ran. The explosion blew them both off the ship. Lexington Spread his wings and guided Eris up into the sky. The two hovered for a moment. "Are you alright?"
"I am now." She sighed heartfelt, "Thanks Lex."
"No prob," he laughed nervously, "I just needed to get my priorities straight. I'm sorry for what I said to you."
She moved over and kissed his cheek. "I forgave you a long time ago." KABOOM! The ship was about to go. Eris flew down. The rest of the gargoyles were gathered in one spot. "SPREAD YOUR WINGS GUYS!" Hudson and Broadway took hold of Bronx. They all spread their wings. "AERO LEVO!" A gust of wind blew them upward. The gargoyles took flight. They watched as the tanker imploded and sank to the bottom of the bay, forever to remain. Hudson flew over to Eris and stared at her crossly. Eris folded her hands behind her back, feeling reprimanded by his gaze. "I'm sorry."
"I know you don't mean to do it, but thanks to your magic your anger is more fanatical. You must not let it control you." He advised. "If that were really Xanatos, what would you have done?" He scolded.
"I don't know. I just felt the pain of his betrayal. It's very strong."
"We all face betrayal once in our lives. It's up to us on whether or not we let it control us." Eris nodded slowly. Hudson patted her shoulder sympathetically. "Let's go home." Eris smiled and followed behind her gargoyle master.
Out on the rocks by the dock were Madison and Julian. They could see the smoke emerging from the water. They wondered where it was coming from. Then they saw something. They saw Valkyrie flying from the smoke and passed the moon. "Valkyrie?" Julian marveled. Madison saw his eyes beaming at the goddess. She held herself and glared at the ground. Way to ruin my date Valkyrie! She cursed. "I love watching Valkyrie fly around," Julian commented dreamily. Madison's resentment grew. "It's like she's dancing with the stars."
"You sound…like you really like her." Madison commented grudgingly.
"Like her? I love her!" Julian admitted. Madison's shoulders fell. "Sometimes I wished that I could fly up and there with her. I've even thought about marrying her."
"Then maybe you should!" Madison hissed. Julian coked a confused brow and looked back. Madison had yanked up weeds, grass, and dirt and threw it at his face. "Because like every other guy you don't want an ordinary girl! You want the goddess! Well that's just fine!" Tears streamed down her face. "Because I never wanted you in the first place!" Madison turned on her heels and began to stomp away.
Realizing what he had done, Julian ran after her."WAIT! MADISON!" Madison pretneded to ignore him as she continued on her way. "Madison wait! I didn't mean anything by it!" He tried assuring her. He cught up to her and walked along side her. "Madison please, I really didn't mean naything by it. The only hting i love about her is that she can fly. You know how crazy I am about flying."
"And what does marrying her have to do with flying?" Madison wheezed.
"That was a year ago." He strained. "A year ago i wanted to marry her. But that's like wishing for me to win the lottery. There's a once in a blue moon chance it'll happen." Tired of her trying to to walk away, Julian got in Madison's path. He grabbed her by the shoulders and stopped her. "Madison!" He shouted, getting her full attention. "I swear to god I meant nothing by it." He decreed heartfeltly. "You know you've been the only girl for me since the day we met."
"I have?" She asked shockingly.
"You have." He let go of her shoulders. "I just didn't think you felt the same way." He smiled warmly, "Besides, in my opnion, you're way cuter than Valkyrie." Madison's cheeks flushed bright red. Steadily, Julian brought her in for a hug. Madison was surprised by the hug at first. But she eventually brougth her hands around his back. They both parted from the hug, gaing deep into each other's eyes. Julian didn't know what he was doing. He cupped his hands on her cheeks and brought his head down closer to hers. Madison closed her eyes. And after what seemed like hours, she finally felt his lips touch hers. They were warm and soft. They pulled each other closer, not wanting the kiss to end. This is the best summer of my life.
The next chapter will come soon. See you guys next time.