Fates Entwined

Is It Armageddon Yet?

"Daria, are you doing alright?" Tom asked.

He and Kevin stood over her. All of them were in the nurse's office, or at least what remained of the nurse's office as half the room appeared to have been destroyed. Fortunately, there were medical kits that had not been engulfed by the fire, as Daria noted there was a large bandage on her head.

"Could be better," Daria got up. "What… how did we survive?"

"Well, the fire from the skies," Tom told her. "They didn't kill off everybody. Mr. Buzzcut is outside right now with the survivors."

"How many?" asked Daria.

"Not a whole lot," admitted Tom. "Out of everybody in this town… just a dozen or so."

"I'm going out there," Daria got off the bed.

"Daria, you sure you want to do that?" asked Kevin who was concerned for her safety.

"Yes," she got up. "I'll be okay. This is my mess."

Walking outside, she took note that Highland now resembled an apocalyptic wasteland. Cars were overturned. Buildings were ruined. There was much devastation wreaked upon the entire town and infrastructure.

"This is worse than I thought," Daria looked shocked.

"Daria, you shouldn't be out here right now," Van Driessen told her.

Her former teacher stood outside with Coach Buzzcut and the other survivors.

"Daria, you're alright!" Cassandra exclaimed.

"Relatively speaking," Daria walked towards the group. "Is this… everyone?"

"Afraid so," Buzzcut crossed his arms. "These are the only survivors we found in this town."

"I've lost contact with Washington," an ATF agent stepped forward. "I'm not getting any responses."

Daria glanced around. Buzzcut and Van Driessen were the only surviving teachers. There were also a few surviving ATF agents and only a few feet away from them were Beavis and Butt-head.

She also thanked the stars that Cassandra and Stewart had survived. Standing near an untouched bus were a few more Highland residents, two of whom Daria vaguely recalled to be Tom Anderson and his wife.

"Boy I tell ya," Mr. Anderson shook his head. "It's like the day of the Lord has finally come for all of us!"

"But why haven't we been Raptured into Heaven?" Anderson's wife asked quizzically.

"Because, this is something that pre-dates Christianity," Daria walked up to the two.

"So this isn't the Biblical Apocalypse?" asked Van Driessen.

"Well, not exactly," Daria replied. "It's difficult to explain."

"Daria," Buzzcut looked at her sternly. "I noticed all this time that you knew something but chose not to tell us. I think at this point, all of us are entitled to an answer."

"You're right," Daria admitted.

Daria saw a stone on the ground and stood on it in order to tell everybody the truth.

"I haven't been entirely forthcoming with you guys," Daria told her teachers, the ATF agents, her former classmates, and former townsfolk alike. "You're all probably wondering what's going on right now, with fire raining from the skies like it's the End Times. The truth is that all of this is connected to the murder cult you may have been hearing about on the news known as the Death Apostles. Their goal was to resurrect an ancient demon god from the Zoroastrian myths known as Angra Mainyu and as of today, they succeeded."

The Highland survivors looked and began muttering among themselves incredulously.

"Daria, why didn't you tell this to any of us?" asked Van Driessen with a hint of anger and impatience in his voice.

Even the normally calm and understanding Van Driessen appeared to be at the end of his wits due to the apocalyptic events he had undergone.

"I didn't tell any of you this directly because if I had, you wouldn't have believed me and I would have been ignored or sent off to the loony bin," Daria continued. "And for that, I'm sorry. But whether we like it or not, the prophecy for this demon god's resurrection was fulfilled and we'll need to rely on each other for survival."

"Uh, so we're, like, in a GWAR album?" asked Butt-head.

Daria sighed. "Yes Butt-head, you could say that."

"Listen," Daria got back to the task at hand. "Almost all of Highland has been wrecked and we don't know how much of the country or even the world has been ravaged. We'll need to band together and find other survivors to make it out of this."

"A nice speech," Buzzcut crossed his arms. "But how do we stop this demon god?"

"I was given a vision," Daria answered honestly. "There is a weapon in this town that I was told can stop him. But we'll need to—"

"We won't be able to do anything until we get food, supplies, and shelter," Buzzcut reminded her.

"Anybody know of any grocery stores nearby?" asked Tom Anderson.

"Well, there was this grocery store a few blocks away from the school," Van Driessen brought up. "It's right over there in fact."

As Van Driessen pointed to the location of the grocery, Daria and the others turned their attention to what appeared to be a leveled building that had been destroyed by the fire.

"So much for modern conveniences," Tom shook his head.

"Alright, anybody know of any other place in town?" asked Daria.

"Uh, there's this Maxi-mart Beavis and I always go to," Butt-head chimed in. "We can see if they're still open."

Daria looked at the rest of the survivors.

"Tom, Kevin," Daria asked her two Lawndale friends. "Can I count on you two to look after these people while I'm gone?"

"I'll do my best," Tom agreed reluctantly.

"Are you alright?" asked Daria.

"I… well, to be perfectly honest, I just don't know what to make of all this," Tom admitted wearily. "It feels like just yesterday we had our breakup and now we're facing total annihilation. It's a lot to take in. I… just want to make sure my family is safe back in Lawndale."

"Yeah, me too," confessed Kevin. "I didn't think I'd lose my girlfriend and face the end of the world after that."

"I'm sorry guys," Daria told them. "I didn't mean for any of this to happen. If I could go back in time and make sure none of this happened, I'd do it in a heartbeat."

"I don't blame you, Daria," Tom told her. "Just go."

"Yeah, like I said, we're with you to the end of the line," Kevin promised her.

"Thanks guys," Daria smiled.

"I'll come with you," Buzzcut told her.

"No complaints from me," Daria replied, realizing having a guy like Buzzcut on her side would only strengthen the group's chances of survival. "You know where that Maxi-mart is?"

"I know the location," Buzzcut told her. "No guarantees it's still standing though."

"Understandable," Daria nodded.

"Here, take my keys," Van Driessen told his colleague, handing his car keys over to the former PE coach.

Buzzcut nodded in thanks and walked off with Daria. Thankfully, the hippie van that Van Driessen drove was also unharmed from the apocalyptic firestorm.

Daria glanced back briefly and saw Beavis and Butt-head loitering around. After a brief look of pity, she realized that they too were victims in all of this who had no idea of what they were being used for.

"Actually, hang on a second," Daria told her former coach.

She walked over to the two delinquents.

"Come with me," she told them.

"Uh, what?" Butt-head raised an eyebrow.

"What in tarnation are you doing?" Buzzcut demanded of her.

"To be perfectly honest, when you two drove McVicker insane and got him to commit suicide, I wanted to kill you two on the spot," Daria said to the pair.

"Can't blame you," Buzzcut muttered.

"Beavis has that effect on everyone," Butt-head guffawed. "Huh huh huh!"

"She's talking about you too, Butt-head!" Beavis growled.

"But all the eggs are out of the basket," Daria shook her head. "And I've come to realize that you two are victims in this, manipulated into doing this by forces beyond your control."

"Huh huh huh!"

"Heh heh heh!"

"Which is why you two are going to come with me," Daria told them. "It's time you took responsibility for your actions and helped me destroy this demon god."

"Uh, you want us to do what?" Butt-head raised an eyebrow.

Buzzcut took Daria aside.

"Do you seriously want to do this?" Buzzcut asked. "You'd have an easier time teaching algebra to a donkey than getting these idiots to do anything responsible!"

"My sister and I were both manipulated into helping Angra Mainyu walk the earth again," Daria replied, "just like they were. They deserve another chance to right the wrongs they were tricked into doing. Besides, don't you want Beavis and Butt-head to finally give back to the community they accidentally helped to destroy?"

"Well, you may have a point," Buzzcut conceded somewhat reluctantly.

He looked at Beavis and Butt-head. Then he noticed Kevin.

"You there!" Buzzcut glowered over Kevin. "What's your name?"

"Uh, Kevin sir!" Kevin Thompson stood up straight.

"You're the only one here with a physique that looks like it could make it out of a warzone," Buzzcut told him. "You come with us!"

"Uh, okay?" Kevin scratched his head.

"Hey Butt-head, now that the whole town is gone, where do we get TP for our bungholes?" Beavis asked his buddy.

"Uh, huh huh huh!" Butt-head chuckled. "You could try using a cactus!"

Immediately Buzzcut was on to them, staring them down and making the duo tremble.

"Stand up straight you two!" Buzzcut barked. "Whether you like it or not, you're going to serve your country!"

"Or what's left of it," Daria remarked from the side.

oooo

It had been a bumpy ride thanks to the potholes in the ground and certain roads being wrecked from the apocalyptic fire but finally they reached Maxi-mart.

Out on the sidewalk was a charred skeleton with a barely visible metal nametag. Most likely it had been the Maxi-mart employee who was caught up in the apocalyptic sound and fury.

Daria, Kevin, Buzzcut, and the dynamic duo all got out. The young brunette woman looked down at the charred skeleton and shook her head sadly.

"Hey Butt-head, think we can get TP here?" asked Beavis as he and Butt-head entered the store first

"Beavis you butthole, they don't sell TP at gas stations," Butt-head reminded him. "We have to steal it from the bathroom!"

Luckily for the gang, the Maxi-mart had not been totally destroyed in the inferno. However, it wasn't exactly in sterling condition either, as most of the front glass of the store had been shattered and a lot of food products lay on the floor.

Daria looked around. Thankfully, the water bottles and gallons were still intact so they still had a supply of H20 to last them for some time. The food in the place included chips, candy, beef jerky, and even some sandwiches.

"Well, it's the end of the world," Daria said, looking at both Kevin and Buzzcut. "Who are we to complain?"

"Take what you need," Buzzcut said to Kevin, Beavis, and Butt-head.

Beavis walked over to the alcohol section of the station and got out a beer, opening it up and guzzling it down. In only a few moments, he spit it out in disgust.

"Aaaaahhhh!" Beavis cried. "This beer is warm!"

"Huh huh huh!" Butt-head laughed. "Dumbass…"

Daria shook her head as she watched the two while simultaneously putting sandwiches into her backpack to take back to the group.

"Well Beavis," Daria pointed to the now-defunct cooling system and air conditioning, "when civilization comes to an end, these things tend to happen since infrastructure and electricity get knocked out."

"Not to worry," Kevin told the two as he got a whole cooler of beers. "We'll find a way to cool them down again."

"I thought we were only supposed to take what we need," Daria looked at Kevin strangely. "We need water more than we need beer."

"Yeah, but it's the end of the world," Kevin shrugged and smiled. "You never know what comes next so why not live a little and enjoy what you can, when you can?"

Daria looked like she was going to protest as Kevin took the beers back to the van but held off from doing so. At the very least, he was maintaining a cheery attitude despite the dire situation they all found themselves in.

"At least somebody's making the best of things," Daria shrugged as she got back to gathering food.

oooo

The food and water they had gotten from the Maxi-mart appeared to be enough to last the group for the time being. But even then, such supplies would eventually run out and they'd need more food and resources sooner or later.

Daria looked out the window in silence as Buzzcut drove, wondering what she would have to do next and whether or not her family and Jane had survived the apocalyptic firestorm.

"So Kevin, what are you athletic credentials?" asked Buzzcut.

"Well Mr. Buzzcut, I was quarterback of the Lawndale Lions," Kevin replied.

"I see," Buzzcut nodded. "You lead your team to victory?"

"Yes sir, plenty of times," Kevin confirmed.

"That's good," Buzzcut smiled. "Real good. In this brave new world, we'll need men of your athletic ability."

Daria listened in on the conversation they were having. And while she had never given athletics much of a passing thought in the past, even she had to admit right now that Buzzcut had a point.

"Academics," Buzzcut narrowly drove past a fallen tree, "I don't think it'll count for much now that we're basically living in hell on earth."

"Hear that guys?" Daria turned towards Beavis and Butt-head in the backseat. "Now everyday is like Summer Break... only in the ruins of civilization."

"Heh heh heh!" Beavis smiled. "That's cool!"

"Yeah," Butt-head guffawed. "School sucks! Huh huh huh!"

"Glad you feel that way," Daria smirked. "Now if only there were air conditioning and TV to make up for it."

"Uh," Butt-head immediately frowned. "Wait a minute…"

"Wait, you mean we don't have any of those things anymore?" Beavis grimaced.

"Considering this extinction level event basically knocked out electricity and a lot of infrastructure, I don't know if you'll have access to any TV… not even the channels that suck," Daria said truthfully.

"Really?" Beavis shook his head. "That sucks."

"Hey, you still have some nachos in the back," Daria tried to point out the bright side. "But who knows how long they'll last."

"Uh, can we, like, rewind all of this with a remote?" Butt-head asked in a manner that made Daria cringe. "Armageddon really sucks! Uh, huh huh huh huh huh!"

Daria felt a strong urge to bang her head against a window.

"No Butt-head," Daria sighed. "I don't think it works that way…"

"Maybe this event will do the two of you some good," Buzzcut cut in. "Force you to grow up and become real men for once in your miserable lives!"

"That would be nice," Daria remarked. "But let's not put all of our eggs in one basket here."

Once again, Daria looked out the window. It was nice that she still had some people to talk to in order to prevent her from going insane… but it wasn't quite the same as talking to her best friend Jane. All she wanted to do at this point was drive back to Lawndale to see how things were.

Suddenly, Daria noticed a building on the way.

"Mr. Buzzcut, can you stop the car?" asked Daria.

The van came to a halt.

"What is it?" demanded Buzzcut.

"I want to go inside the Highland Museum for a few short minutes," Daria replied. "Can you let me off there?"

"Uh, what do you need in a museum?" asked Kevin.

"I had a vision of something," Daria answered. "I was told that the Spear of Destiny was the only thing that could stop this demon god."

"Everybody else is waiting on this food and water," Buzzcut reminded her. "I don't think we should make any pitstops to—"

"Please Mr. Buzzcut," Daria insisted. "If there's any way to stop the creature who destroyed our world, shouldn't we do it?"

"Well, you have a point," Buzzcut said reluctantly.

"I say we go for it," Kevin added, in support of Daria.

"Thanks," Daria opened the door. "This won't take long."

She got out with everybody else. However, Buzzcut made sure to stop Beavis and Butt-head from going any further.

"You two stay right here," he ordered. "We don't need you screwing things up worse than you already have!"

In a way, Daria didn't blame Buzzcut for his attitude. They did, after all, trigger the apocalypse for all intents and purposes.

"Hmm, I see a side of the building that's been destroyed," Daria pointed out. "We can get in through there."

"And don't screw with anything in the van," Buzzcut pointed his finger at the two. "Or I'll kill the both of you!"

As the rest of the gang wandered off to the museum, Beavis and Butt-head stood there, looking at each other with no clue as to what was really going on.

"Um, what're they doing?" Beavis scratched his head.

"Well, since Daria's one of those smart chicks, I bet she wants to go inside that museum and read about boring crap, huh huh huh!"

"Oh yeah, heh heh heh," Beavis smiled. "So, like, since it's the end of the world and stuff, whaddya wanna do?"

"Uh, I guess we don't have TV anymore," Butt-head looked about. "And Buzzcut will probably kill us if we touch anything in the van…"

"You mean we have to do boring stuff like reading now that there's no more TV?" Beavis looked aghast. "This sucks… this really sucks!"

Butt-head scanned the entire area looking for something… anything that would entertain them.

"Hey Beavis, Buzzcut told us not to touch the van," Butt-head pointed out. "But he didn't say we couldn't touch that."

Beavis turned towards where Butt-head had pointed out. Not too far away was a construction site and around that site were scores of charred bodies. However, one thing remained intact and that was a large construction vehicle with a wrecking ball tied to it.

"Whoa, that looks cool!" Beavis exclaimed. "Heh heh heh!"

"What'd I tell you, Beavis?" Butt-head began walking towards the construction site. "Still plenty of cool stuff to do during the end of the world… huh huh huh!"

oooo

Having stepped over several charred corpses of the museum's personnel, Daria made it into the museum along with Kevin and Buzzcut.

"Wow, what a mess," Kevin pointed out.

He had a point. Most of the display cases were shattered. And a lot of the dinosaur fossil bones had been scattered across the floor. The only thing that remained undisturbed was a giant stone statue of what appeared to be a monster with the body of a lion and a scorpion's tail.

"So what was this spear again?" asked Buzzcut.

"The Spear of Destiny," Daria explained. "It's said to have pierced the side of Jesus Christ during his Crucifixion in the Gospel of John."

"Sounds like quite a weapon," Buzzcut acknowledged. "But where is it?"

"Hopefully not wrecked like a lot of other displays here," Daria looked at the wreckage.

Finally, she saw something that resembled the spear. It was in a long glass display case that had managed to not fall apart during the chaos.

"We're in luck," she said to her companions.

All of them went over to the display. Surely enough, it was the Spear of Destiny as had been described on the display's label.

"I'm not going to question how or why a historical artifact like this got to a backwater town like Highland," Daria finally allowed herself a sigh of relief. "I'm just glad it's here."

Kevin and Buzzcut took hold of the glass that covered the spear and took off, setting the glass on the ground.

Kevin picked up the spear and offered it to Daria.

"Here Daria," said Kevin.

"No, you or Mr. Buzzcut can have it," Daria told them. "Even after all I've been through, I'm not much of a warrior."

"Well, I'm more of a football guy than a javelin thrower," admitted Kevin.

The two young adults looked at Coach Buzzcut.

"Alright," Buzzcut promised, taking the spear. "I'll do it. It's been a while since I've used a long range weapon like this but it'll come back to me sooner or later."

"All we need to do is pierce Angra Mainyu with this and hopefully his reign will end," Daria speculated.

"So, like, does it undo Armageddon and stuff?" asked Kevin out of genuine curiosity.

"I… I don't know," Daria sighed sadly. "But I would err on the side of caution and say no."

"Either ways, we need a good shot at him," Buzzcut gripped the spear tightly.

From the corner of her ear, Daria thought she could hear something. It was a feint buzzing sound but it was unmistakable, like a phone that was left with the "talk" button on and had yet to be shut down.

"Hang on for a second, guys," Daria walked towards the source of the sound.

"Looking for something else?" asked Kevin.

Daria opened up the door to an office that formerly belonged to the museum's curator. Luckily, most of the room had not been destroyed. On the desk was a phone that was on the floor with its curly wires dangling from the phone set.

Now that she realized there was a working phone, Daria realized exactly what call she needed to make.

oooo

"Banzaaaaiiiii!" screamed Beavis, pulling down on a lever.

The wrecking ball swung forth and destroyed another building.

"Uh, huh huh huh!" Butt-head laughed, sitting on the seat next to Beavis on top of the construction vehicle. "This is cool!"

"Yeah, this is, like, even better than that time we took Anderson's steamroller!" admitted Beavis. "Heh heh heh!"

"Uh, huh huh huh!"

"So, like, are there any people in these buildings we're smashing?" asked Beavis, showing a small sign of possessing something resembling a conscience.

"Uh, everybody's dead!" Butt-head exclaimed. "So we can, like, do whatever we want!"

"Oh yeah, heh heh heh!"

"Okay Beavis, you've had your fun," Butt-head nudged Beavis. "Now it's my turn to wreck some buildings!"

oooo

Daria waited in anticipation as she held the phone in her hand. Outside Buzzcut and Kevin were waiting for her.

Again she felt the familiar feelings of uncertainty and dread. She had no idea what happened to her family in Highland or if they were still alive. Before she left, she had made sure to get the landline phone number of the Sloanes' rental home.

Finally, somebody picked up the phone on the other end.

"H-Hello?"

Daria recognized the voice. It was her mother Helen Morgendroffer.

"Mom?"

"Oh Daria!" Helen's voice almost cracked. "Where are you? Are you alright?!"

"I… I'm still alive," Daria confirmed.

"Oh Daria, it was horrible!" Helen said to her daughter. "Fire started raining down from the skies and nearly destroyed everything! A lot of Lawndale was destroyed!"

"Are dad and Quinn alright?" asked Daria.

"They are," answered Helen. "Oh Daria, you need to make it back home to us!"

"I… I will mom," Daria promised as her own voice grew sadder. "But first there's something I need to do. Is Jane… still there?"

"I don't know," Helen replied, completely in the dark. "I don't know what happened to most of the people in Lawndale. The only thing that saved us was being out in the middle of nowhere in this country home!"

"Mom, I'll make it back home as soon as I can," Daria promised. "But… it could take me a while."

"Alright Daria… just please make it back home safe," Helen said almost pleadingly.

"I will," Daria promised. "And mom… I love you."

"I love you too, Daria," Helen sounded like she was about to break down.

Solemnly, Daria put down the phone and hung up. She walked outside where Kevin and Buzzcut were waiting for her.

"Good news," she told them. "There are survivors across the country."

"That's satisfying to know," Buzzcut sighed in relief.

"As for the bad news," she went on, "my hometown is about half-way across the country right now and while my family managed to survive, there's no guarantee the rest of my town is in any better shape than Highland right now."

"So you think Lawndale is alright?" Kevin asked nervously.

"I don't know for sure," Daria replied. "But we won't know until we go back…"

"Well, there's not much left of Highland to save," Buzzcut looked around. "Maybe we should set out to see if there are any other survivors across the country and maybe make it to someplace more livable."

"Think the food we have will last us for a few days?" asked Daria. "I mean, long enough to reach the Mid-Atlantic, that is."

"It better," Buzzcut answered. "Just don't expect any gourmet food along the way."

"If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about keeping your expectations low, it's me," Daria said jokingly.

"I couldn't agree more," an alien voice interrupted.

The three turned around and from the shattered glass ceiling above, the dark god Angra Mainyu floated down in Ted's body.

"You!" Daria grasped her crossbow and fired at him.

As soon as the arrows flew towards Angra Mainyu, however, they burned to ashes before even striking Ted's body.

"I grow stronger by the hour," Angra Mainyu declared. "You can do nothing."

At that moment, Coach Buzzcut charged with the Spear of Destiny. For a brief moment, Angra Mainyu had something resembling fear on his face as he saw the holy weapon. He thrust a hand forward and threw Buzzcut back with a simple telekinetic push. Buzzcut was thrown to the floor on his back as his weapon dropped to the floor harmlessly.

"You've done your research," the demon god complimented. "But this weapon won't be much use if you can't even graze me with it."

With that, Angra Mainyu used Ted's foot to stomp down on the spear itself, shattering the spear tip into pieces.

"No!" Daria cried out.

Buzzcut and Kevin both got back to their feet as they stared at the situation helplessly.

"Now let's play a game," Angra Mainyu announced, floating over towards the giant stone lion monster.

With a simple touch, he tapped the stone and almost immediately, the creature came to life with an ear-splitting roar. The scorpion tail on its back also thrashed around like a whip.

"The manticore hungers," the demon god told them. "Have fun with my beast now…"

Angra Mainyu vanished into the shadows as the stone monster roared and charged at the three.

Daria opened fire with her crossbow but unfortunately for her, all of them bounced off the creature's stone hide.

"Move!" shouted Buzzcut who grabbed Daria.

Kevin leaped to the side, as did Buzzcut with Daria while the manticore smashed through a mammoth fossil collection behind the three. The creature got up again from the wreckage and bellowed once more.

"We need to leave now!" Buzzcut ordered.

All of them ran towards the exit but the beast quickly ran towards the side and blocked the exit door just in time.

Quickly, Kevin slid under the beast's legs, managing to make it to the exit door.

"Hey!" Kevin yelled. "Over here, you ugly son of a—"

The manticore turned towards Kevin and roared. Thankfully, Kevin's football slide gave Buzzcut an idea. As the beast's back was turned, he ran towards the creature and leaped onto its back, grabbing on to the scorpion tail that whipped around.

"Get out of here!" Buzzcut shouted. "I'll hold this thing off!"

With the manticore now on the person on his back, Daria ran towards the entrance where Kevin stood.

"C'mon, Daria!" Kevin told her.

"But… Coach Buzzcut," Daria looked at the man struggling with the manticore's tail.

"He can take care of himself!" Kevin took her arm. "Right now we need to get you to safety!"

Reluctantly, Daria went out with Kevin as the creature thrashed about with Buzzcut on its back.

By the time Kevin and Daria had exited the museum, however, the creature smashed through the entrance completely, landing right in front of them. In the chaos, none of them noticed a construction vehicle with a swinging wrecking ball moving towards the scene.

With a whip of its tail, the creature finally threw Buzzcut off of him, sending him crashing into Kevin and knocking both men down.

The creature then moved towards Daria, easily swiping cars aside with its stone paws.

Finally, it towered over Daria, roaring down at her. Overwhelmed with the realization that she was helpless before the massive unstoppable beast, Daria simply sank to her knees, waiting for the end to come.

From out of nowhere, a huge wrecking ball swung in from the side and struck the surprised manticore, smashing the stone creature to pieces.

"Uh, huh huh huh! That was cool!"

"Nice shot, Butt-head! Heh heh heh!"

Daria looked up. In a giant construction vehicle were here two saviors. Beavis sat on the passenger side while Butt-head had been the one operating the vehicle.

"My heroes," Daria tried to suppress a smile but couldn't quite manage it.

"Uh, is there anything more to smash?" asked Butt-head.

"No, everything in the museum got wrecked," Daria shook her head.

The two stopped what they were doing and got out of the construction machine.

"Damn it! I wanted to destroy more stuff!" complained Beavis.

"Well, you saved my life," Daria told them. "Thanks."

"You're welcome Dia-err, Daria," Beavis smiled, stopping himself from calling her by her old pet name again.

"Huh…" Buzzcut dusted himself off as he helped Kevin up. "Guess those two were useful for something after all."

"You guys okay?" Daria asked Kevin and Buzzcut.

"I'll live," Buzzcut shook his head to clear some cobwebs as Kevin nodded.

"So, uh, did you guys, like, find that thing in the museum?" asked Butt-head.

"Yes," Daria replied, realizing once more how desperate the situation was. "But… I can't use it anymore."

"Actually, I think this situation may be salvaged," Buzzcut informed her.

"Really?"

"Come with me," Buzzcut told her.

He went back into the museum as Daria and the others followed behind. After looking around in the rubble, Buzzcut finally found the fragments of the spear tip that Angra Mainyu had broken with his heel.

"It's been a while but I've had some wilderness survival training when I was younger," Buzzcut told her. "With a little work, I can turn these spear fragments into arrows for your crossbow."

"You… you can do that?" Daria suddenly found herself with hope again.

Buzzcut nodded firmly. He picked up the fragments of the spear and put them in a bag he had.

"It's not over yet," he patted Daria on the shoulder.

"T-Thanks," Daria smiled. "I don't know what else to say."

"Don't say anything," Buzzcut assured her. "Just shoot and kill that demonic son of a bitch!"

"Well, I guess we'd better head back and bring everybody the food we got," Daria nodded.

"Yeah, I'm starting to get hungry," Kevin noticed his stomach growling.

"Yeah, yeah!" Beavis exclaimed. "I wanna eat some nachos!"

In his excitement, Beavis turned around to head to the van but stepped on a curved mammoth fossil that swung up and slammed into his head.

"Aaaaahhh!" cried Beavis.

He fell down and rubbed his forehead in pain.

"Uh, huh huh huh!" Butt-head laughed. "You just got boned, Beavis! Huh huh huh!"

"Ow, heh heh heh," Beavis smiled despite the pain. "Boned… heh heh!"

Daria shook her head but did smile ever so slightly. True they were now living in the End Times, but at least with the duo in her life again, things would never get boring.