Disclaimer: I do not own the darkness.
We made our way through a pool hall and down some alleyways when we found Dutch Oven Harry's secret spot. We gave them the pass word we got off of a bum and they let us in. We walked through the basement of the building ignoring the empty stares of Harry's thugs. We made our way to the back of the basement where we found some short guy in a suit.
"Hey get a move on, I got a hot date tonight!" The little prick snapped. "What do you two want?"
"We want Harry," I growled. "So why don't you stop being a waste of oxygen and tell us where he is?"
"You've got some nerve." He growled as his phone started ringing.
He picked up the phone as the voice on the other line started yelling. The little guy's eyes widened as Jackie pointed his .45 into the center of his head and blew his brains all over the wall. This alerted everyone as I drew my glocks I got off of some cops who won't need them anymore.
Course I didn't need them as Jackie summoned his demon heads and went to town on the bastards. His right one sliced through them like a knife through butter as the left one tore out their throats, hearts, and ripped their heads off. It was disgusting but at the same time exhilarating. Jackie wasn't some punk with untold power he was a god.
Jackie took a slug in the leg and the arm as he fell to the ground. I pulled him around the corner as I pointed my gun down the hall and shot the bastard between the eyes. I ran down the hall and took a corner around the wreck room as three more thugs started running towards us. I pointed my guns around the corner and unloaded both guns blindly killing the three. I threw my empty guns on the ground and picked up two uzi's that were on the ground. I checked the guys for clips and found some duct tape and started tying them together.
"Jackie you okay back there?" I asked as I tightened the clips together.
"Yeah, actually I'm perfectly fine." He said in astonishment as he walked into the wreck room where the thugs were chilling.
"Perfectly fine?" I scoffed. "You got shot in the leg and arm you should be hobbling," I was cut off as Jackie walked in looking at his arm. There was a tear from the bullet hole but his skin was perfectly healed. I looked down at his leg which was also healed as well.
"Jackie," I whispered. "Did that thing heal you?"
"When I fell I started clutching my leg and then some black shit started spewing out." He explained. "I mistook it for blood and kept pressure on it when the pain started to fade away. Before I knew it my leg was healed. Then I looked over at my arm and it was healed too."
"Geez, are you immortal?" I asked in awe.
"I dunno, but I'll tell you what I really am," He said as he loaded his .45's. "And that's pissed!"
I grinned as I nodded at him. Jackie's grin widened as we left the basement and went back outside.
"Dammit, where the hell is that prick Harry?" Jackie asked.
Our question was answered when a bullet whipped past us from up above. Jackie and I both swore as we took cover behind the corner of the building. Jackie looked around the corner to see a man standing on fire escape. He wore a black suit and wielded magnum as he was laughing his ass off.
"Ya looking for me you emo pricks?" The man who we assumed was Dutch Oven Harry.
"Yeah, thanks for saving us the trouble you little prick!" Jackie yelled as he fired a few rounds at Harry.
Harry ducked back into the building as we chased after him.
"Okay Jackie, I'll cover you while you make your way up!" I said as I aimed my Uzi's at the fire escape. Jackie climbed up the ladder as I covered him. Once he was up I followed him and we went after Harry. I took point as we walked through the tenements of the crappy apartment building.
"Get ready guys they're coming for us!" Harry shouted.
Guns were clicking as guns were being loaded and Harry's men were getting ready for us. I readied my Uzi's and went to town on the fuckers.
My bullets scattered all over the crappy little living room as they fired their guns at me. Some bullets almost hit my head as I loaded some new clips into my guns. Jackie took another corner and started killing anyone who got in our way. The lights were still on so Jackie couldn't use his power unless we shot the light bulbs.
The building was a real shithole perfect for pushing and making drugs. Big gaping holes cut through other apartments as we followed Harry to see him run up a stairwell. We slowly crept in when I was jumped by one of his men. He knocked the guns out of my hands as Jackie got in a fire fight with three other guys at the end of the hall.
They paid attention to him and ignored me whether it was out of concern for their friend or they thought he had me down for the count. Either way I had some time to waste this bastard. I had a firm grip on his gun and pointed it away from me as he fired a few rounds around the room.
I kneed him in his sides as we both fell to the ground. I pointed his gun away from me and tried aiming it at the light bulb that hanged from the ceiling. He fired a few more times before hitting it causing the room to go pitch black.
The darkling appeared behind the thug I was fighting as he placed a finger to his lips and shushed me. He chuckled darkly as he picked up a piece of broken glass and crept around him. Before he could figure out what had happened the darkling had grasped the top of his head and stabbed the glass into his throat. He let out a gargle of blood as Jackie's demon heads rushed over and slaughtered the remaining thugs.
"I owe you one." I said to the darkling as I picked up the thugs gun.
"Ah, don't worry about it. I've got it covered." He said as he pulled out the dead guys wallet and his cash.
"What are you gonna do with money?" I asked.
"I dunno," He shrugged. "Get laid." He pocketed the cash as I stood there dumfounded before shrugging.
"Eh, good enough." I said.
"C'mon guys lets go after him!" Jackie said as he ran up the stairs.
We ran up the stairs and made our way up to the roof as we heard Harry yelling at someone.
"They're here Paulie blow it up!" He yelled.
"Paulie's here!" I yelled as I started sprinting up the stairs.
"I wouldn't put too much thought into it Jayden. Paulie rarely gets out." Jackie said.
"This human is evil." The Darkness stated.
We burst through the doors as we saw Harry screaming into a cell phone.
"Blow it up Paulie, blow up the orphanage!" He yelled as an explosion went off on the other side of the block. Jackie's used his dark tentacle to knock Harry off of the building. It wrapped it's tentacle around my waist as it carried Jackie and I down to the train tracks. Harry laid their dead as the Darkness spoke up again.
"Feed me." It said as Jackie's right demon head ripped open Harry's chest and tore his heart out. It chomped down on it with ferocious hunger as we made our way down the tracks.
"What the hell just happened?" I asked as we ran down the tunnel.
"I know this neighborhood well," He said. "And the only orphanage I know is Saint Mary's Orphanage!" My blood turned to ice as I looked at Jackie.
"You mean the place you and Jenny met?" I asked.
"Yeah, and Paulie just made a big fucking mistake!" Jackie shouted.
"He killed all those kids." I whispered.
"Don't worry I'll make things right."
"Watching Jackie destroy Paulie's crew and operation all by himself made me happy that I was on his side." Jayden said as he paced under the light. "He ripped through Paulie's men like they were nothing. They shot him they couldn't kill him he was unstoppable I'm so excited that it scares me."
He then had a solemn look on his face as he slumped down on the ground.
"That's the thing though, whatever the Darkness is it's not doing it for free. It wants something in return from Jackie the question is what?"
Jackie was currently on the phone with Jenny who had heard about the orphanage blowing up. He was trying to calm her down as she was being very frantic. Jackie said his goodbyes as he hung up and walked over to me.
"What's the word?" I asked.
"Jenny is with Jimmy at the Fulton subway terminal near the orphanage." Jackie explained. "She's there to see what she can do to help."
"She's really committed to it, it was our home after all." He said as we walked over to our train.
Just then my cell phone started to buzz as I looked at the number. My eyes widened when I saw it was Paulie. I slowly flipped the phone open and pressed the button and held it close to my ear.
"Hello?" I said cautiously.
"You little fucker you," Paulie snarled. "You know Jackie had something when I took him into my family and I always knew he'd screw me over but you, YOU? You were nothing but a bum when I found you, you don't even have the blood or the right to make a move on me!"
"Why the fuck did you blow up the orphanage Paulie," I snarled. "They were kids you fucking monster!"
"Kid you obviously don't know who I am, do you? I am the boss around here I decide how things run. I want you to think of me kid and all those little kids running around on fire screaming for help. Because that'll be you when I find you. You and Jackie are fucking dead. Like I told him I hope you took one last look at the sky, because it is the last moment of piece in the rest of your short miserable existence."
Jayden started chuckling as he made sure Paulie had heard him.
"You stupid fat pig," Jayden chuckled. "You don't know who you're fucking with. Jackie got himself a nice little birthday present this year and he's been using it to tear your little faggot friends up. So I hope you made peace with God because you're gonna be meeting him soon."
"You little bastard." Paulie snarled.
"I'll be seeing you soon, piggy." I said as I clicked the phone off.
"It was him wasn't it?" Jackie asked as I sat back next to him.
"Yeah, he called you too didn't he?" I asked.
"Yeah, but don't worry we'll handle Paulie soon enough." Jackie said as we made it to Fulton.
We got off and met Jenny and Jimmy the Grape near the exit to the orphanage.
"Oh god Jackie it's horrible." Jenny sobbed as she wrapped her arms around Jackie. He did the same to comfort her as I walked over to Jimmy who was wearing his purple suit.
"Hey Jimmy." I said as I held my hand out.
"Hey kiddo, how are ya?" He asked. Jimmy and I got along right away when Jackie introduced us. He was the brains of the organization but like the rest of us was completely unappreciative of our hard work.
"Not good Jimmy, first Paulie freaks the fuck out over a little money and now he blows up an orphanage." I said.
"I know kid, Jenny just told me." Jimmy grumbled. "This is not our way Paulie has gone too far this time."
The news came on as it explained the gravity of the situation. A lot of kids died and the ones who didn't are scared physically and psychologically for life. Jenny started to freak out when a small explosion erupted from the orphanage.
"Oh God Jackie it's horrible, no one's heard from Sister Mary." She whimpered. "The police said It was a gas leak but I don't know it feels like they're hiding something."
"Our Sister Mary," Jackie asked in disbelief. "Jesus, what about the kids?"
"Two or three died. One of the firemen told me some have severe burns." She said.
"I know dear it's a terrible thing a terrible thing," Jimmy sympathized. "You mind if I have a quick word with the boys?"
"Okay, I guess…" She mumbled.
We walked around the corner so Jenny couldn't see us. When we were out of sight Jimmy lost it.
"I've seen this happen time and time again Jackie ever since that fat fuckin Paulie took over the mob." he snarled. "You boy's understand he's out of his fucking mind. Last week he cut off Tony Lucchesi's big toe. Why? Over a disagreement over a lousy baseball game."
"Yeah because he thinks he can't be touched he thinks everyone fears him." Jackie snarled.
"Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong," Jimmy shot back. "He's gonna be touched oh boy is he gonna be touched. You know if you boy's go down to Grinders lane and burn all the money he's holding for the Chicago guys, they might start to lose interest in the way Paulie does things around here."
"You know out of respect I would never do anything like this Jimmy," Jackie started. "But if I do this will you promise to look after Jenny?"
"As if she were my own Jackie." Jimmy swore.
"Me too," I said as the two looked at me. "I'll look after Jenny you take care of those fucks at Grinders lane."
"You sure kid Jackie's gonna need some help?" Jimmy asked.
"Don't worry Jimmy, he'll have help." I chuckled as Jackie smirked.
Jackie ran over to Jenny and told her about what he was gonna do.
"Listen Jenny," He started. "I'm gonna go get some friends to go help. Jimmy and Jayden are gonna stay with you until the gates open alright?"
"Okay, Jackie please be careful." She whimpered.
Jackie kissed the top of her head and held her close.
"I'll be back before you know it I promise." He said.
He ran past me and I nodded at him as I leaned on the wall next to the gate.
"How are you holding up sweetie?" Jimmy asked.
"It's just horrible. I can't stop thinking about those kids." She said as she looked over at me. "Jayden?"
I broke out of my daze as I looked over at her.
"Yeah?" I asked.
"Does this have something to do with what you and Jackie told me earlier?" She whispered.
I said nothing as I looked away shamefully. She let out a gasp as I tried to find the right words.
"Jenny, listen we just wanted a chance in life." I said. "A chance at happiness a chance to live freely and just to figure out where we belong."
"Jayden, you and Jackie belong with me." She snapped. "You don't need to kill people for no reason."
"Wrong, we have reason now." I snarled. "I need to kill Paulie and that cocksucker Shrote and end their evil once and for all. As long as those monsters are alive we'll never be free of the darkness."
"Jayden, there's always a little light in the darkness." She said softly.
"Not from what I've seen." I said thinking back to Jackie and his power and how it caused all that pain and destruction. I remember how cool it was but how terrifying it was as well.
It's been ten minutes since Jackie left and the gates finally opened. The cops unlocked it as Jenny and I tried to make our way to the orphanage but the cops wouldn't let us go.
"What the hell is your problem?" I snapped.
"Oh nothing," A cop said. "By the way Captain Shrote says hi."
He pulled his gun out and tried to shoot me when I grabbed his wrist and gave it a twist. He dropped it as I slammed his head into the wall. I fought off the other one as Jimmy pulled out his magnum ready to help me. Before we could waste the bastards we were jumped by Paulie's men.
"The boss needs to have a word with you and your girlfriend." The thug said as he held his gun to Jenny's head.
Jimmy dropped his gun as the cop from before knocked him out with a smack to the back of the head. They held me at gun point as they took my guns away and cuffed me.
"Oh, you fucks have just made the biggest mistakes of your lives." I chuckled as they knocked me out.
We were dead, I was just too damn dumb to accept it.