PART 4

Syn groaned and rolled over. She should of fallen off of the matress. Confused, Syn rolled back and sat up. Party was snoring softly on the bed next to her. Ghoul was sprawled out on the floor on her matress. Syn rolled her eyes. "Damn you, Ghoul" she cursed silently. Syn pulled on her boots and shoved her gun into her belt.. Syn tiptoed out of her room into the main room. No one was awake that she could see. Memories from last night hit her. The bodies, the silence, the smell. She gagged from the smell. She sniffed, but no tears rose, she'd cried her river and could cry no more. Syn collapsed into one of the chairs and closed her eyes.

Grace giggled softly. The sun had already risen, but it was still early. Lith and Grace were out front talking and being normal. Grace didn't understand why everyone was upset. They were both told that the plans had changed and that they were going to a different safe house instead. They didn't ask questions. Lith was pulling lumps of metal from the cadiliac, cleaning them and then putting them back.

Dr D and Kobra were talking in the kitchen area. "fuck knows what we're going to do next," sighed Kobra. "Something will turn up and things will sort themselves out kiddo," Dr D replied. Living in the desert, it was hot. But today was HOT. Kobra could feel the heat on him although he was inside. He'd left his jacket in his room. Dr D was still in his full clothing. He'd been out in the desert longer than anyone and knew how to forget about the heat. Suddenly there was a blood burdling scream from outside.

Grace screamed. A drac staggered toward them smiling from inside his mask. Grace cowered into Lith. Lith held onto Grace tightly. They were both going to die. The drac's gun aimed at the pair and began to light up. Dr D and Kobra ran outside. They both saw the drac and the kids. Kobra stood there unable to move from shock. Dr D sprinted forward, he threw himself infront of the pair as the gun shot a white spark. Dr D fell to the floor. Syn burst threw the back door with Ghoul, Red and Party on her tail. She angrily pulled the gun from her belt and shot the drac in the back of the head, causing him to fall forward with a thump on the floor. "Everyone okay?" she asked. Gasps came from the floor by the drac. Syn's eyes widened. She walked towards Dr D. Her knees buckled infront of him. She held out her arms supporting him. Dr D coughed producing a red liquid. He wiped his mouth with the back of his hands. Tears rolled down Syn's cheek. The killjoys gathered round sobbing silently. Dr D laughed. "Alright children, the lights are out and the party's over. It's time for me. Dr. D to start running and say good bye; For a little while. And I know you're going to miss me. So I'll leave you with this. You know that big ball of radiation we call the sun? It'll burst you into flames if you stay in one place to 's if the static don't get you first. So remember even if you're dusted you may be gone. But out here in the desert. Your shadow lives on without you This is Doctor Deathdefying." Dr D paused, his voice growing weak. "Signing off" he whispered, closing his eyes for the last time. Dr Deathdefying was dead. He'd saved the kids from being killed. Why? Party had alot of questions to ask, which annoyed people. "I'd rather ask questions, then answer them," was always his reply. They'd buried Dr D with his gun. They all hummed the national anthem. This war could no longer be resolved with peace. Korse and his dracs had gone too far. They were going to die.

Kobra, Ghoul, Jet and Syn stood round he kitchen table with the map spread out. Party went into his room and sat down on the bed. He had his head in his hands. Lith and Grace were kids. This wasn't a world for kids. They didn't belong in California in 2019. Party snuck into Dr D's and made a call.

Party threw some bags into the spider car. "Lith! Grace!" he shouted out. They came out of the house. Syn came along confused. "what the fuck do you think you're doing?" she asked. "Taking them somewhere better than California" he murmed. Lith and Grace got into the back of the car. Party walked round to the side and got into the drivers seat. Syn opened the passenger door "I'm coming," she muttered. She got in and they drove off.

After hours of driving. The sun was starting to set. They finally got to their destination. An abdoned safehouse that was no longer on the map. Syn checked the house to make sure that it was safe. Syn came out giving it the all clear. Grace and Lith stepped out of the car tears rolling down their cheeks. They were being left behind. Left to runaway from the war. Syn tried to be strong as she said her goodbyes to her little brother, but she couldn't she sat by the car with lith on her lap. She rocked him humming to him. Lith clung onto Syn. She'd been more of a mother to him then anyone and it felt like her heart ripping out from her chest leaving him to fend and fight for himself and Grace. "Lith, I want you to have this," she sniffed. She undid the clasp of her locket and put it on Lithium. "But, it's yours," he argued. "Something to remember your big sister by," she said. Syn pushed Lith off of her lap gently and stood up. "you can live forever if you've got the time Lith," syn laughed. Their mother used to say it all the time to them and Lithium felt reasurred when she said that. Syn pulled Lith into one final hug "I love you," she whispered to him. "Bye Loz," he sniffed. "Go inside," Party ordered. "Someone will come get you two soon," he promised. Syn and Party unwillingly got into the car and drove back to the safehouse. "Lith, I'm scared," whispered Grace finding his hand to hold. "I'm here, I'll protect you," he promised, not letting his fear show. "Thank you," Grace whispered a tear rolling down her cheek, gently she pecked Lith a kiss on the cheek.

"Who did you send to get them?" Syn croaked on their silent car journey back. "People that owe me," Party replied, his voice expressionless. "They'll be there within a few days," he voice softened as he gazed at Syn. She felt his eyes boring into her. "Keep your eyes on the road," she gritted through her teeth. Party flinched from the venom in her voice and kept his eyes on the road and tightened his grip on the steering wheel. The carried on driving home. Silently.

"Sorry," Syn muttered to Party. Party relaxed. "Don't worry about it," "M-my friend died in a car crash," Syn stammered, a lump raising in her throat. "I'm sorry," murmured. Syn coughed back her tears, "It was a long time ago,". "Loz?" Party asked. "Short for Lozzie.. my name," she replied. "what was yours?" she whispered. Party tensed. "Gerard," Syn smiled. "No secrets now, eh?" Party's brow furrowed. "I.. I think we should let the others make a descion whether to fight or not." Syn nodded. "I'm not backing out," Syn said. "Neither am I, I want this done and over with" Party replied.

Party and Syn arrived back at the safe house. Dinner was made. All the killjoys gathered around the table to eat. Syn pushed her food round her plate and finally dropped her fork. She interlinked her fingers with her elbows on the table and rested her head against he hands. "Okay," she breathed. She looked around at the killjoys. Her friends. "So, as you know. We're going after the dracs and Korse. Party and I decided, to let you have your own choice. You can leave now and not fight. Or you can stay and fight. Either way you won't be judged." Jet, Fun and Kobra all nodded and told Syn and Party that they were going to be with them until the end. "Sharpie?" asked Party. Sharpie hadn't looked away from her plate. "Chemical Sharpie?" Party raised his voice and clicked his fingers infront of her. Her head snapped up. "Korse has killed alot of people. People I've known and loved, I won't go down without a fight," she answered. "How about you Poisoned?" asked Syn. "I'm in," "I'm with you guys," answered Spider Venom and ElexTRIX at the same time. "Pepsi?" asked Syn. "You saved my life, I owe you." she said smiling. "Indigo, you don't have to," said Party seeing reluntancy cross her face. "No, I'll fight." she answered. Valentine Venom nodded. She wasn't of many words. Vinilla grinned. "I'm staying with my family," Finally Syn looked at Red. "I'm going wherever you go Syn. You're my sister." They were all going to fight.

Syn sat outside the safe house smoking. Indigo slipped out of the house silently and sat next to her. "You okay Indigo? You seem a little on edge.." Indigo laughed uneasily. "Oh ya know.. Lith and Grace aren't here.. and neither is Dr D.. or the others.. so it's a bit quiet," Syn put her arm round Indigo. Indigo burst into tears and pressed her face into Syn shoulder. Syn didn't say anything. She just hugged Indigo. "S-S-Syn.. I've seen it.." Indigo stuttered. "Seen what?" Syn asked softly. Indigo pulled away from the hug. Her face serious. "I've seen the end," she said her voice monotone. "The end of what?" Syn asked confused. "The outcome of this war," Indigo hissed. Syn gulped. "What did you see?" Indigo pulled a small sketchpad from her bag and flicked to a page. Indigo handed Syn the pad. Syn took the pad and gazed down at the page. It was brightly coloured. Oranges, reds and yellows mixed together. "What does this mean?" asked Syn. "I don't know," replied Indigo, taking back the sketchpad and putting it away. "The vision wasn't vivid enough. Everything was blurry and looked like that," she continued. "Okay, Thanks Indigo," Syn said, biting her lip. "Syn?" asked Indigo "Hm?" "Don't tell the others about this," Indigo urged. "Hm? Oh sure. Your secret's safe with me," Syn replied nodding. Indigo went back inside. "Fuck," said Syn to herself.

Party raised from his bed. Today was the day. They'd been planning out everything and down to the last detail. They'd trained day and night and now their hard work was going to pay off. Party lay back down and turned over. He noticed that Syn wasn't in the room. He got out of bed and tiptoed past the sleeping Fun Ghoul and stepped out into the main room. Light hit his eyes blinding him until his eyes adjusted. It was probably past noon. A few killjoys wered playing a card game. Poisoned, Spider and ElexTRIX were cleaning their weapons. Kobra was looking back over the map making sure that everything was perfect and timed right. Syn was pacing the kitchen floor. "Syn, you're creating a draft. Sit down." Red laughed. Syn nervously sat down in a chair tapping her feet and biting her nails. Red rolled her eyes and went back to reading. Party walked over to his brother and patted his arm on Kobra's back making him jump slightly. Party leaned over Kobra's shoulder. "Morning sleepy head," said Kobra. "Everything ready?" Asked Party resting his head on Kobra's shoulder. "Yep, I have a good feeling about this," Kobra said revealing one of his rare smiles.

TIME LAPSE!

"Stupid fucking car" Party cursed kicking the tire of the Cadilliac. Syn was under the hood fumbling around with wires "don't be mean to this beauty," she soothed stroking the glossy paint work. Syn connected two wires together and a spark of light formed. Syn smiled, "start her up," she told Party. Party slid into the drivers seat and twisted the key in ignition. The car spluttered at the first try. Party twisted the key again. The Car rumbled and then purred. It was working. Syn slammed the hood of the car down and got in next to Party. "How long do you think we've been out here for?" Party asked steering onto the road. "Hmn? 30 minutes and hour? I don't know.." Syn replied. "Shit, the other must be there by now...". Syn nodded with a lump in her throat.

"Where are all the fucking dracs?" asked Syn. Party shurgged. "They pretty much KNOW that we're attacking today, I would've thought that Korse would've put them in the way as an obstacle or something.." Syn continued. "What are we going to do when we get in there then?" asked Party. "Fight of course, we'll all get to Korse together" Syn said nodding to herself. Party pressed his foot down harder on the accelrator. They were flying through the BL/IND tunnel. It only felt like yesterday when Syn and Red were retrieving the bodies of the fabulous killjoys. Finally they saw a light at the end of the tunnel, "get ready," ordered Party gripping tight to the steering wheel. Syn nodded and pulled her nameless flame coloured gun out of her belt. Party dramatically swerved when he reached the outside of the tunnel. They ran out of the car and fired back at the white beams of light flying at them missing them completely. Party and Syn helped mow down the first set of dracs outside the building. The second set was stronger and harder to kill. Korse had been working hard to actually give them some competition. "Syn Party! We can handle this! Get to Korse!" shouted Sharpie. She fired at the drac that had just taken down Spider Venom and ElexTRIX. Party dragged Syn through the rays and into the building. Ghoul, Kobra and Jet were camped behind a desk and firing at the dracs. Ghoul's arm was bleeding but was still carrying on. "Kobra! Cover us!" Party shouted. Kobra nodded without looking and shifted his aim to the evalvator firing off dracs. Syn and Party were walking over to it back to back shooting at dracs. Finally the elavator came down and Syn and Party escaped to face Korse.

The elavator pinged at the top floor, Korse's office. Korse was holding a glass of orange liquid and overlooking the scene by the window. Syn motioned to put both the guns away. "I'm glad you made it," Korse said smiling. "Please," he said turning to face his guests, "sit." she continued motioning his hand at two chairs. Syn cleared her throat and squared her shoulders. "No thanks, we'll stand." she said bitterly. "My, my, child. You've grown up well," said Korse looking Syn up and down. Confusion crossed Syn's face. Korse laughed lightly. "Don't you remember me, dear?" he asked, his voice dripping with a sickly sweetness. Korse walked over to his imaculate desk and set down his drink. He smiled at a photo frame and stroked the picture. He lifted it and offered it to Syn to take. Curious, she took the photo frame and glanced down at the photo. She choked on air when she saw the tall figure standing next to Korse. It was James. Syn's heart broke into a million pieces again and again. Korse looked sickly pale. There were dark purple rings under his eyes and his irises were lifeless. Yet he still managed to pull a genuine smile the skin stretching to it's maxium over his cheek bones. His lips were chapped. Korse had his arm around James and Jame with his arm around Korse. "I..I don't.. understand.." Syn managed to say from her trembling lips. Korse took the photo from Syn and placed it back on the desk. He sat on the edge and rubbed his hands together. "My real name was Grant. Grant Morrison. James was my son. I had cancer, terminal. James and I had lost my wife to cancer when james was younger. I was furious with the world. I experimented with medicines to make myself better and found a cure. James didn't agree with me and said that I was messing with life and fate. He died. I'm part swedish and have fluently spoke the language since I can remember. I changed my name to Korse, which translated means cross. I showed the government my idea and they like it. They made me in charge of medicine. Finally I took over the government and now nearly the whole world." Korse got off of the desk and stood by the window onlooking the scene of the fight. "Look's like your not doing too well out there," Korse said smirking. Syn silently went to the window and lightly pressed her fingers to the window. "No.." she breathed seeing dead bodies all on the floor. Beams of light were still being fired. Korse walked over to Syn and lightly placed his cold hand opn her bar shoulder. Syn flinched from the touch. With his other hand, Korse lifted her chin up with his thumb and forefinger and gripping tightly, forcing Syn to look into his eyes. "We could've saved James," He said softly. "Join me, we can save everyone from feeling the lose of a loved one. Join me, my child." he continued. Suddenly a pink beam of light fired into Korse's chest, where his heart was. Blood spluttered from his mouth. Korse looked down at his chest and laughed mockingly. Korse turned around with his arms open at Party. Party still had smoke exiting his gun. Party put his gun away. Korse stopped laughing and frowned. "You fool.." he said. "When I die.. so do you all. I'm the self destruct," He laughed. Korse pointed to his heart. "When this stops beating, the self destruct will set off. You loose," Korse carried on laughing. "Fuck," Party muttered. He'd fallen right into Korse's trap. Korse stumbled over to his desk and picked up his drink. He grinned, blood staining his teeth. "Cheers," Korse said raising his glass to Party who was glaring at Korse. Korse raised the glass to his lips. Korse dropped the glass and his face fell. Korse gasped for breath and fell to the floor on the shattered glass.

"30 SECONDS TILL SELF DESTRUCT" called out a robotic voice, the voice started counting down. "I'm sorry," said Party in a monotone voice. "No," said Syn. "No BL/IND, the world is safe, just a few lives lost, causing a better life for the next generation," Syn explained walking over to Party. Party smiled with Syn. "20 SECONDS TILL SELF DESTRUCT" "Would it be stupid to say 'I love you' when we're just about to die," asked Party. Syn laughed. "No," Their lips pressed together passionately. "10 SECONDS TILL SELF DESTRUCT" Syn pulled away smiling. "Would it be stupid to say 'I love you too'?" Party wrapped his arms around Syn's waist and shook his head. "No," he laughed. "5 SECONDS TILL SELF DESTRUCT" "Let this world explode" Syn muttered wrapping her arms around Partys neck and then she kissed him. "4, 3, 2, 1" The building went up in flames of orange red and yellow and exploded. A yellow mask with 3 blue dots on landed on the floor next to the crash flames dancing around it. .

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"Lith, did you hear that?" asked Grace desperately. "Yeah, the ground shook completely," Lith answered his voice quivering. The pair huddled together and pulled the blanket tighter around themselves. They heard tires crunch along the sand and finally stop. Grace slid her clammy hand into Lith's who squeezed it comfortingly.
A harsh knock came to the door making Grace and Lith jump. "Cmon, we haven't got all day," called a sarcastic and annoyed voice. "Bullet, you're probably scaring the crap out of them," said a softer female voice. The door creaked open allowing a dim light to enter the room. "Hi," called the female voice again. She stepped into the room. "No need to be scared guys, I'm Alteration Lover" she said motioning to herself. Then she pointed outside, "That's Bullet Distorion out there. He's abit cranky cos he hasn't slept and drove all day," she said quietly. She pointed to Lith, "You're Lithium Extract? Synthestetic Flame's little brother?" Lith nodded a lump forming in his throat. Alt nodded and pointed to Grace, "You're Grace, right?" Grace nodded. "Party told us to come and get you. Come on, we'll get out of here," she said turning to the door and motioning for Lith and Grace to follow. Their hands were still entwined when they entered the car. "It's okay," Alt said facing the frightened pair in the back seats. "You're safe now," she smiled.

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A tall man with dark windswept hair leaned against the doorframe of his front door. The sky was orange and the sky was fading slowly beyond the horizon. Absent-minded he picked the locket between his thumb and forefinger and rubbed circles into it. "Daddy, come on!" two young children called from inside the house. The man snapped his head. The two children raced up the stairs. He smiled and shut the door and followed the children into their room where their mother waited on an armchair. Her hair was dark, wild and curly. Her eyes were a greyish blue and her skin slightly tanned. The man smiled at her. How could he get so lucky? He pressed his lips onto her forehead, causing her to blush. "Ewww" the children called out in disgust from their beds. "Hush, Gerard and Lozzie." their mother told them. The man sat on the armchair opposite his wife. "Mummy, Daddy, tell us a story," the girl begged. Their mother smiled. "Okay, I will tell you a story about a long time ago. 2019 in California was a place BatteryCity. Better Living Industries was an evil corperation that brainwashed people into not feeling. They didn't feel love, hate anything. However, there were Killjoys. Killjoys rebelled against Better Livings actions. There were many brave Killjoys. There were Party Poison, Fun Ghoul, Jet Star, Kobra Kid, Synthestetic Flame, Red Dead there were lots! There were two children as well.." "Lozzie and Gerard!" the girl interrupted. Their mother smiled, "No, their names were Grace and Lithium Extract, They're you're mummy and daddy," Grace smiled and glanced at her husband that was engrossed with her story telling. "Tell us more Mummy!" called impaitient children. "Well.." Grace continued telling the story of their pasts.