Disclaimer: none of the characters in my story are mine :( (With the
exception of the Link), I'm just borrowing them for a while. Don't worry,
I'll return'em when I'm done ;)
Spoiler: Slight one for "The Wall"
Feedback: sure, constructive criticism is always welcome as long as you're
nice about it (I don't mind it if you write to tell me how good it is
(A/N: Things didn't quite go as planned, Nick's actions at the end weren't
supposed to happen until later on but I just went with the flow and got
swept away with my story. You know how it is, you come up with a good
storyline, a good plot, and a good villain, and the story practically
writes itself. Anyways, so bare with me.)
Spatial Unit 2
The night was dark and Jerry was just finishing his shift at his
newest job, night watchman at a power plant. To anyone looking, he would
have made a humourous sight indeed. He had dirty blond hair--left long and
holding a surprising resemblance to a surfer-dude's--and wore both a
security guard's uniform, and a dumb, slightly vacant look to his eyes.
Along with his idiocy, his eyes also held a glimmer of hope and joy. This
was his second week and he still hadn't been fired. Best of all, he had not
once seen anything too weird, yet. 'Finally' he thought 'a job I can do. No
monsters, no Special Unit 2, and the job isn't too hard, either. This job
Little did he know, his luck was about to change.
As Jerry was walking to his car, he heard the fence surrounding the
power plant rattle. He went to check out what the noise was and saw a man
standing just inside the fence. The man's back was turned to him so all
Jerry could see was the man's silhouette.
"Hey!" Jerry yelled to the man "You're not supposed to be in there.
Can't you read? The sign says: 'Danger, High Voltage! NO trespassing!'"
The man appeared not to hear him. If he did, he didn't show it. He
just stood where he was, staring at the power lines above him. He looked as
if he were listening to them hum. He slowly raised his hands in the air, as
if reaching for them. He did so as if he were in a trance.
As this was going on, Jerry had taken out his flashlight and shone it
on the man. Or at least that was his intention. Just as the beam was about
to reach him, it suddenly went dead. It was as if the man absorbed the
energy from the flashlight.
As a bewildered Jerry looked on, the hum of power lines grew louder
and sparks started shooting out of them.
"Hey, mister, you should get out of there, it's not safe." Jerry
warned the man.
Again, the man just ignored him. The sparking started to get worse,
but the man continued to reach out for the power lines. It was almost as if
he was trying to grab the sparks. Soon the sparking got so bad that they
started to get dangerously close to him, and still he didn't retract his
arms. Even though the sparks were lighting up the sky, the man remained
shrouded in darkness.
This caused Jerry to get a very uneasy feeling in the pit of his
stomach. He's had enough experience with monsters and other creepy things,
to know that something very bad was going on.
The shadowed man was drawing the sparks towards himself, seemingly
At this point, Jerry knew he had to do something. The problem was, he
had no idea as to what. Before Jerry could think of what to do, the man
turned around. He had one of the ugliest faces Jerry had ever seen.
Just then, the shadowed man stretched one arm out towards him. Sparks
flew from the man's fingers and hit Jerry, knocking him unconscious. In
Jerry's eyes, all became black.
Michael Landes as: Detective Nicholas O'Malley Alexandra Lee as:
Detective Kate Alice Benson, Danny Woodburn as: Carl the Gnome, Richard
Gant as: Captain Richard Page and Jonathan Togo as: Jonathan
Mike Rad as: Jerry, and Pauley
Perrette as: Alice
All was quiet in the underground headquarters of Special Unit 2. It
had been two weeks since Nick and Kate had their run-in with the Revenants
at Kate's high school reunion. For two weeks, the only link problem they've
had to deal with was Carl's kleptomania.
It was so quiet in fact, that Nick had started to fall asleep at his
desk. He lay back in his yellow chair with his feet upon his desk and his
head drooped until his chin rested on his chest. His well-muscled arms
were crossed loosely over the lower part of his toned chest, and his
eyelids slowly fell over his chocolate brown eyes. Just as he began a sweet
dream, "O'Malley! Benson! In my office, Now!" came Page's booming voice,
waking him from dreamland. The dark-haired detective grudgingly moved
himself from his comfortable and relaxing position and followed his blond
partner into what could only be compared to a dragon's lair.
Seconds later, he was in Page's office, wondering what he had done
"We have just received a report about Link activity downtown. It's
apparently draining energy from the power plant there. I want you two to go
and check it out, while Jonathan does some research on what this thing is."
Page informed them. Nick sighed inwardly, grateful about the fact that he
wasn't about to be chewed out for something by the tall, powerful black man
seated before him. He couldn't think of anyone --or thing for that matter--
in their right mind who would not be at least intimidated, if not
terrified, by Captain Richard Page.
"Yes, sir, we're on our way." Kate replied, also relieved that both
she, and her partner, had evade his wrath.
A short while later, at the power plant, the sky was being lit up
with sparks. A tall dark figure could be seen silhouetted. It was facing
the sparks, and the sparks were apparently being drawn into it.
Then, suddenly, a black doorway appeared in the space in front of it.
The shadowy figure stepped into the opening and disappeared.
"What the hell was that?" Nick inquired in his usual harsh mannerism.
Then a little calmer, he added, "Did I just see what I thought I saw?"
"Though I do question your sanity at times, if this was one of your
hallucinations, then I must have been dreaming too." Kate responded. She
was almost as stupefied as her partner. "I think we had better check in
with headquarters, see if Jonathan has found anything out yet about what
were dealing with."
"Good idea." was all the response she received.
They spent the entire trip back in not-so-companionable silence.
When they returned to headquarters, they told Jonathan and Captain
Page what had happened. Jonathan reacted with his usual enthusiasm, nearly
vibrating in place with excitement. His brown eyes twinkled with
exhilaration. Page did not look happy, or amused.
"The link you saw was a Gremlin" Jonathan told them in a rather
exuberant tone. He was all too eager to share his wealth of knowledge on
all things link related. After all, that's what he did as a "scientist",
willingly relinquish his affluence of xenobiological information.
"Wait a minute" Nick interrupted, "I thought Gremlins only took stuff
apart. Since when do they suck energy out of power lines and then
"The Gremlin you're familiar with is the First Stage Gremlin, or FSG
for short. The First Stage Gremlins are the ones seen in World War II
dismantling planes while they were still in the air. They're the most well
known, mostly because they have not yet become smart enough to avoid being
"Get to the point, Jonathan" Page demanded.
"Y-Yes, Sir. Okay, so there are three stages that gremlins go
Stage One- They dismantle things. They then feed off of the
energy derived from the objects they destroy.
Stage Two- Their metabolism adapts to allow them to absorb the
energy around them, in small quantities. If they consume too much energy at
once they will overload. Therefore all you have to do to destroy them is
shoot them. Once you give them too much energy, they'll explode. Much to
In the first two stages, the gremlins are pretty easy to stop. But if
they are able to reach Stage Three, like the one you saw."
"What, Jonathan?" Kate insisted.
"Well, it's just that. It's just that Stage Three gremlins are able
to open tears in the fabric of Space-Time. This makes them nearly
impossible to catch if they get strong enough." Jonathan answered
"You mean to tell me that this thing can travel through time?" Nick
inquired. "How are we supposed to kill something if it can travel anywhere
"It can't travel just anywhere in Space-Time." The xenobiologist
corrected him. "Its range is limited. I doubt that this one can go so much
as five seconds through time. And its range of distance can't be more than
five meters. In all likelihood, the STG is probably still in the vicinity
of where you last saw him." He emphasized the time and distance with eagre
"Okay, so how do we kill it?" Nick repeated.
`"W-we don't know." Upon seeing the annoyed look on Captain Page's
face, he quickly added an explanation. "As you know, the STG feeds on
energy. That means that the more energy you shoot at it in an attempt to
kill it, the stronger it'll get. So you'll have to catch it not kill it."
"And how do we do that?" Kate questioned, brushing a strand of liquid-
gold coloured hair from her eyes and behind her ear.
"Well I could probably reconfigure your rifles to produce energy
disrupter pulses, which should drain the STG of enough energy to make sure
it can't go anywhere while you apprehend it. To do that we'll supply you
with a Restraining Ring that you will snap around its neck and will disable
its ability to absorb energy. Then all you'll have to do is cuff it and
bring it in." was Jonathan's lengthy reply.
"How long will these reconfigurations take, Jonathan?" Page asked
"About an hour for the rifles, two for the Ring." Jonathan answered.
"All right, get to it. Benson and O'Malley, I want you two to return
to the power plant. See if you can find out where it's headed. Alice, go
with them and make sure there are no witnesses." Page commanded.
"Yes, Sir." All four said in unison.
When Nick, Kate, and Alice returned to the power plant, Jerry was
just regaining consciousness. It took him a couple of minutes to recollect
what happened. As he stood up and looked for the weird guy with the sparks,
he noticed Nick and Kate.
He raised his arm and pointed to them. "You guys again." When he said
that Nick rolled his eyes. He and Kate have heard him say that many times
before. Alice just smiled her exceptionally charming smile and led Jerry
While Alice was talking to Jerry, Nick and Kate went to survey the
"So what excuse do you think Alice will use on this one?" Kate asked
him when they were out of earshot.
"Do you really think she needs one?" Nick asked her.
"You're probably right. I mean this is Jerry we're talking about.
He's got the tension span of-Look! There's the Link." She said as she
pointed to the STG.
"Let's follow him. Maybe we can catch it before him makes another
portal- thing." Nick commented.
"Okay, how are we going to do that when we don't have any ammo to use
on it?" Kate challenged.
"Now I wouldn't say we don't have any ammo that'll work." Nick said
in a nonchalant way as he loaded his spare riffle.
"What are you using?" She wondered warily.
"Tranks. The way I figure, they'll knock him out for long enough to
get him back to headquarters. We can keep him sedated while were there.
When Jonathan finishes with the Restraining Ring. We can snap it on the STG
and throw him in the Hole." Nick explained. The Hole he was referring to
was the inhumane jail cells located seven floors below the stationhouse,
where they imprison the fiercest Links they catch. Long or short term,
some of the Links had been down there for centuries.
"Good idea. One question though, what if the tranks only make it
stronger rather than knock it out?" Kate inquired.
"Well, there's only one way to find out." He then proceeded to charge
up his gun and shoot at the Link in question.
"Nick, don't you think we should come up with a plan of attack
first?" Kate asked him.
"Now why would we do that? By the time we think of something, the STG
will have already have gotten away." Nick responded even as he started
running and shooting at the suspect.
Seeing Nick, the Link ran away, Nick and Kate in hot pursuit. They
chased it around to the front of the power plant. Just when it thought it
escaped, it ran into Jerry and Alice. It turned around to run back the
other way, only to come face to face with Nick and Kate. Realizing that it
had nowhere to run, it raised its hands and drained the power plant dry.
Nick and Kate shot at it, but to no avail. The tranks didn't even faze him.
When it felt it had enough energy, it opened another spatial rift and went
"You're not getting away that easily." Nick commented. He then acted
in a very Nick way. He followed it through the opening. Kate just rolled
her eyes and went on in after them.