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Crash and Freeze

Chapter Nine

"Kid, where the hell are you?!?" Ben roared into the phone, catching the immediate attention of Reed and Sue. "What do you mean you aren't sure?!?"

Seeing Ben was about to lose his cool, Sue quickly grabbed the phone from him and put it to her own ear. "Johnny, what's going on?" Puzzlement crossed her face as she listened to Johnny as he explained as best as he could, but she could tell that he was weakening. "Ally? What…? Just stay put! We'll come get you— "

Johnny's "NO!" was loud enough to be heard by the other two in the room. Sue frowned in concern as she listened to her brother.

"Johnny? Johnny!" she cried as the other end of the phone suddenly went silent. Tears began to stream from her eyes as she realized that her brother wasn't going to answer. The sudden dial tone that emitted from the phone made her jump.

"We were cut off," she explained as she desperately dialed his cell. "Dammit!" she swore as it went to voicemail.

"Sue, what's happening?" Reed asked, trying to get her to focus.

"That bitch Allison is what happened! She's killing my brother!"

"What?!?" Shocked horror was written on both Ben and Reed's faces, with good reason. The Allison McKall they knew was a sweet, if competitive, girl with a fierce sense of justice.

"Why would Ally hurt Johnny?" Ben asked in confusion.

"I don't know and don't care. The fact of the matter is that she used her little invention to control Johnny's powers, and I'm gonna kill her for daring to mess with my little brother." Sue's eyes burned with anger, and neither Ben nor Reed even thought about trying to stop her.


She crept quietly into the lab, her clear blue eyes darting back and forth between the control panel in front of her and the door behind her. She had to hurry. That…woman? Thing? That monster would be back soon, and if she were caught here…

But she would not let her invention be used for evil! She swept a few stray strands of bright red hair out of her eyes and focused on the task before her. She typed furiously, trying desperately to reprogram the device and deactivate it.

"Now, Dr. McKall, you know better." She whirled around to face her tormentor. The imposing bald figure smirked. "Now, maybe you need a reminder of who you are dealing with."

"Ah!" Allison cried out, clutching her head in pain and falling to her knees. White hot pain lanced through her psyche, making the world fall away from her consciousness until all she knew was agony. Then, just as soon as it had begun, it stopped.

"Let that be a lesson to you. Do not try and defy me. I would hate to have to kill you before I am done with my plans you. You wouldn't want that, now, would you?"

She just sat there, panting, trying to calm the shaking of her body at the sudden removal of the pain. She hated her, this thing that wore the face of a human. She couldn't possibly be human, could she? What human could be this cruel?