A/N: I am so, so, sooo sorry for the extremely long delay! I just needed a break from writing and now I realize it totally wasn't fair to you guys. I am so sorry about that! Anyways, now i'm back and ready to update as usual.
chapter 6: Death Awaits
Marron's shreiks were getting louder and Pan couldn't think, couldn't MOVE.
*What ARE these things?* she wondered. They were insects, obviously. But the largest, most revolting kinds she had ever seen. These were no ordinary bugs, she realized with growing horror, they were multiplying by the second and in no time, they covered every inch of the room.
They jumped up on the bed, desperately trying to keep the insects away.
"Get them away! Get them AWAY!" Marron was in hysterics, as the black, red-eyed insects crawled up her arms.
"Calm down! Marron, they aren't real! They can't physically harm you, it's just another one of Darren's torments!" Pan yelled back.
"I can FEEL them, Pan! How are they not real?" Marron sobbed as the insects continued to crawl up her body.
Bra tugged at the door, but of course, it refused to budge. "Damn it," she grumbled. "There's not even anything to kill the stupid things with!"
But for Marron there obviously was. She had picked up the huge lamp that sat on the table beside her and aimed it at the insects on the floor.
"Marron, NO!" Bra cried out, but it was too late. Marron had flung the lamp at the insects.
Everything happened at once. The bugs didn't decrease, they multiplied into several hundred more. And as soon as the lamp hit the floor, the entire room burst into flames.
Everyone began shouting, gasping for breath, and trying to avoid the huge flames that rose from every corner.
"PAN!!" Marron yelled."BRA! DO SOMETHING!"
Pan stared at the huge flames, and for the first time since the game had begun, she realized two things: One,you really could get hurt in this deadly game. And two, this was no dream.
One snake sank his razor-sharp teeth into Trunks's arm. The pain he felt from it was so strong, it was unlike any pain he had ever experienced. The snake bite he had gotten as a child was nothing compared to this.
"You.." Trunks tried to get the words out, but couldn't. He was in too much pain. Weakly, he sank to the floor.
He cried out. "DARREN! I HATE YOU! YOU HEAR ME? I HATE YOU! AND YOU KNOW WHAT? SO DOES PAN!"
The snakes instantly disappeared, and in their place stood Darren.
He looked Trunks over, smirking. After a long pause, he spoke.
"If you must know, I practically have her already."
Trunks thought he didn't hear him correctly. "What?"
"I kissed her."
Trunks felt the blood drain from his face.
"And.." Darren said slowly, "She enjoyed it."
"You liar!" Trunks couldn't contain his anger. "You son of a-"
"Don't believe me? I didn't think you would. Fine, then," he sighed. "You may see for yourself."
The crystal ball suddenly changed, and showed an image of Darren and Pan kissing, while Pan was breathlessly running her fingers through his hair.
Trunks could only gape.
"Believe me now? You've seen it with your own eyes, lover boy. Give it up." His voice suddenly turned cold. "She belongs in the Shadow World. If you say the word, I can release you right now, you know."
*Pan would never do something like that! This has to be fake, he's lying..* Somehow, Trunks managed to find his voice, and said very clearly, "I love Pan, and will love her until the day I die. You can't change that, nobody can. And I will remain with her until I die, even if that means dying in front of your fuckin face!"
There was a long pause. "You don't want to make me angry again, lover boy," Darren finally spoke through clenched teeth. "Just don't say I never gave you a chance."
"Just get out of my sight!" And with this outburst, Darren vanished, leaving Trunks to gape after him once more.
"PAN! BRA! DO SOMETHING!"
The room was catching fire quicker than anything Pan had ever seen. Trying to calm the growing panic in her, she yelled out, "GET ON THE FLOOR! EVERYONE, STAY ON THE GROUND!"
In response Bra answered, "I CAN'T OPEN THE FUCKIN DOOR!"
"I don't understand," Pan murmered, "There has to be a way out, Darren promised he would play this game fairly.."
"Get them off of me! Oh, God, oh GOD!"
Pan's head snapped up as she heard Marron's pleas for help. Coughing, she made her way towards her.
When she finally reached her, what she saw made her scream. Marron was entirely covered with bugs. Some even crawled on her face, a few were trying to get into her mouth.
And Marron was desperately flailing her arms, trying to pull them off, but they remained firmly stuck to her like glue. Pan tried to help her but it was no use.
"I can't get them off, Marron!" she said anxiously. "I don't know why they're all over you and not coming near us..probably because it's your nightmare."
Marron burst into tears. Pan desperately tried to console her saying, "It'll be okay, Marron, it'll be all right. Just remember, they're just an illusion. A realistic illusion, but an illusion nonetheless."
"This is not real," Marron kept muttering. "This is not real."
"MARRON! PAN! THE DOOR OPENED!" Bra's voice sounded so far away to Pan.
"Bra? Where are you?"
"By the door! Hurry up! There's no freakin' time!"
"Marron, come on!" The two girls made their way to the door, where Bra was waiting for them, one hand on the door to keep it open, and the other extended towards Pan.
"Give me your hand!" Pan extended her hand towards Bra, who pulled her out safely.
"Marron! Give me your hand!" Bra yelled.
"I can't, Bra." Marron said in a strange voice. "It's too late..I..can't."
"What do you mean you can't?" Bra screamed shrilly. "GIVE ME YOUR HAND RIGHT NOW!"
Bra's loud voice seemed to snap Marron out of whatever trance she was in. She hurried towards them, but suddenly, the rest of the room caught fire. There was no way for Marron to get out without burning herself to ashes.
"Oh, my God." Pan breathed softly. "Come on Marron, just do it, run through!"
But they couldn't even see Marron anymore. Pan only saw a glimpse and what she saw nearly made her gag. It seemed as if the insects were swallowing Marron up, eating her whole.
"I'm going in after her," Pan said, but Bra grabbed her arm.
"No! If you go back in there's no way you're coming back out alive!"
"We can't just leave her!" Pan cried hysterically, "She'll die in there!"
"Yeah," Bra said grimly. "But if you go, you'll die too."
"I don't care! It's my fault if she dies, I'm the one who brought this stupid game in the first place!"
The door was closing.
"Let go of me, Bra, let GO!"
"No, Pan, you can't go back-"
The last thing Pan heard before she blacked out was a shrill scream; a piercing cry of agony and despair.
"Pan? Pan, wake up!"
Bra's voice sounded so far away. The world had suddenly become a dim and hazy place.
With a jolt, Pan opened her eyes. Bra was peering at her cautiously, tears in her eyes.
"Bra.." she mumbled. "Why are you crying?"
"You mean you don't remember? About Marron?"
And then it all came rushing back to her so suddenly she thought her head might explode.
Marron pleading for them to help her, the insects closing in around her, and her anguished scream.
Pan closed her eyes.
"Listen," Bra said after awhile. "You've been out for a half hour. I've been so worried, I thought you might be dead too. God knows how much more time we have left, if any, and on top of everything I can't stop feeling guilty about Marron."
*Guilty about Marron...*
"No," Pan whispered. "She can't be dead."
"Oh, but i'm afraid she is." A silvery voice spoke from behind them.
"You!" Pan glared at him, hatred in her eyes. "Murderer! Liar! Cheater!!!"
"If you don't remember," Darren spoke with an eyebrow raised. "I believe I explained the rules to you before we began playing. And, if I remember correctly, I did tell you that someone would die."
"That's not the point!" Pan let the tears fall freely now. "What did she do to deserve such a horrible and painful death? You twisted, sick-"
"Hey, Pan. Don't cry, don't cry in front of Darren." He gingerly wiped her tears.
"You're the one who's making me cry! You just murdered my friend! Do you not have any feelings at all?"
Darren silently stared at her for a few minutes.
"I have feelings...only for you."
Pan's head snapped up and she gave him an icy glare.
"I have feelings...that want to make you my own."
Pan continued to glare at him, pure hatred in her beautiful eyes.
"I have feelings...that don't care what I have to do in order to take you for myself. Even if that means killing people who get in the way."
And with a sly grin, he disappeared.
"Oh, Bra," Pan's voice echoed in the room. "Why me?...why me?"
And with that, she broke down into heavy sobs, never feeling more alone in her life.
A/N: Poor Panny. What did she do to deserve this? How does Darren know her anyway? Find out in the next chappy! Also, is this the end of Marron? Where's Goten??? And what will happen to our faviorite lavender haired "lover boy"? You'll see in the next chappy!