On the latest mission Helen, Ashley and Will went on they brought back three women from a crypt. We had out them on some beds in the infirmary with Helen and I tending to them everyday.
"Three not-so-dead women found in coffins. Just another day at the office." Will commented on our guests.
"All three are comatose. Fortunately, brain functions and vital organs seem to be intact." Helen told him.
"So they're normal?" He asked us.
"As fat as we I can tell. The scans aren't detecting any physical anomalies, but they can only tell us so much. we're administering a time-released stimulant. It should bring them back to consciousness slowly, with as little physical trauma as possible." I told him.
"What about emotional trauma?" He asked.
"That's more your department, I should think. Until they wake up, we have to rely on more traditional forensic methods. Now, this fella..." Helen moved to a bed with one of the keepers of the dead on it.
"Fond memories." Will stated looking at it.
"These creatures detected our presence early and possessed unnatural speed and strength." Helen stated ignoring him.
"Definitely not normal." Will commented.
"Well, he is an abnormal." I reminded him. "He wasn't normal. Not as you would define it. Helen and I were about to gather some fluid samples. Care to assist?" I asked smiling at him.
"Ah...I'd love to, but...I'd better get back to my office and get the whole head-shrinking operation up and running." He told us.
"As you wish." I said as he walked out.
"After we collect the samples I want to do an autopsy on this creature." She told me, starting to get her samples.
"Alright." I told her taking off my gloves from one of the girls and moving to the next one.
We had started on the autopsy when Will walked in during Helen's dictation.
"These creatures exhibit a terrifying propensity for violence. Physiology appears human in base form, though significant anomalies to the face and torso indicate the possibility of mutation at a base genetic level." She said in her recorder.
"Okay, you need to...you need to put a sock on the door or something before you do that." Will told us.
"He's breathtaking, isn't he?" Helen asked us.
"He's amazing." I told her.
"Yeah, that's one way of putting it." Will told us.
"How are our guests doing?" I asked him.
"Confused. At least the one who's awake is. She mentioned a disease that was killing people in her village, called the "miasmas"? Which translates from the greek meaning "poisoned air"." He told us.
"Plague, actually." I told him.
"The bubonic plague, specifically however, the last reported serious outbreak was in Scotland in... 800 AD." He told us.
"Meaning?" Helen asked.
"She's crazy." He told us, flat out.
"Is that your professional opinion?" She asked him again.
"Look I know there's a lot of things that are outside the realm of our knowledge, blah, blah, blah, but logically, if she were from 800 AD,
she wouldn't speak English the way we do. I'm guessing that linguistics and grammar have evolved somewhat since then." He told us.
"My little brother would say "de-evolved"." I told him.
"You have a younger brother?" he asked me.
"I do have family outside of the Sanctuary, Will." I gave him a small look.
"Whatever. The point is that we wouldn't understand her. Which makes her a very sweet, very delusional woman." Will explained.
"Possibly." I told him.
"If you have a theory, please, share it with the class." He told me sarcastically.
"The liquid you found the three of them in bears similar chemical properties to suspended animation formula used by southern voodoo cults." I told him.
"The human body cannot survive intact for 1,200 years; I don't care what kind of magic bath products you use." He told me.
"And I agree. So...these women are either far more than they appear, or...to use your incredibly clever vernacular..."
"Crazy." He finished for me.
"The question we should be asking is why the Keepers were so anxious to stop us from getting into that crypt. What is it about these women that they don't want us to know?" Helen asked looking at us.
In the lab Helen and I were working on the keeper as Big Foot entered with tray.
"Excellent timing. I'm starved." Helen told him.
"They are beautiful." He said admiring the keeper on the table.
"They truly are. In all my years alive, I've never seen anything like them." I told them admiring the creature on the table.
"They are frightened." I looked up at him and saw him looking at the monitor that showed the women.
"Well, it must be quite confusing, I'd imagine. Waking up here, no memories believing you're from the middle ages." I told him.
"Are they?" the Big Guy asked us.
"Well, there's the rub; I can't quite rule the possibility out. When Will entered the crypt, he said he set off some sort of mechanism that drained the coffins of a green-hued liquid, which, thankfully, I was able to preserve." Helen told us.
"You think this kept them alive?" I asked her.
"I don't know for certain, but it does contain several key elements that could induce a form of cryogenic stasis in humans." Helen told us.
"If they are not abnormals..."
"I know. Why guard them so ferociously?" She finished for him.
"What do you make of these? I found them on the right-hand index finger of each of the three women." Helen asked later in the med lab. I grabbed on of the rings and looked at the designs.
"Have you searched the database?" The Big Guy asked her.
"Not yet. It's on my "to do" list. But such distinctive markings generally indicate a connection to a larger collective or group." She told us.
"If they belong to a society of some sort..." The Big Guy dropped off.
"Then someone will definitely have noticed that they're missing." I told them.
"That assessment may be far more accurate than you realize." I heard Helen ask that night as I walked by her office that night.
"How do you mean?" I walked into the office to see Will and Helen talking.
"Have you ever heard of the Morrigan?" She asked him.
"The Morrigan? No, but, then again, I haven't been able to memorize that monster manual you gave me yet." Will told her.
"They're part of an ancient legend dating back to medieval times; three women with supernatural powers whose sole purpose was to destroy men." I told him making him jump and turn to me.
"Will you not do that?" he asked me.
"Probably not. The Morrigan haven't been seen for nearly 1,200 years." I told them.
"So I see we're back to the 1,200-year-old bath products theory." He told me.
"The Morrigan first appeared during the reign of King Arthur. According to legend, when the Morrigan appeared on the battlefield, Arthur's enemies simply began dropping dead. Their souls drained of life. Entire armies were wiped out in mass." I told them.
"Do you honestly believe that they're witches? From the middle ages?" He asked looking between us.
"What history would have defined as a witch could have simply been someone with abnormal powers." Helen told him.
"Yeah, but they don't have any said so yourself when you two checked them out." Will told us.
"None that we've yet detected. Each of them was wearing one of these." I told him giving him one of the three rings.
"Now, this is the mark of an ancient cabal of collectors who sought and exploited abnormals for their own personal gain and apparently guarded their possessions fiercely." Helen told us.
"So, why would this cabal hold the sisters prisoner if they don't have any powers?" Will asked.
"Another reason why I'm not sleeping." She told him.
In the cell area Helen and I watched the sister floating. Helen fired a weapon at the sisters and they fell to the ground.
"That's quite enough of that." She told them.
"I had everything under control." Will told us before passing out.
We were all in the med room watching the girls.
"You know how when stuff blows up and I say "Man this is gonna cost you," and you say, "Henry, stop being so dramatic"?" Henry asked her.
"Henry." She warned.
"This is gonna cost you." He told her.
"What was affected?" I asked him.
"Well, the central lab, mostly. Diagnostics, MRI systems are gonzo and I think our Internet is down." Henry listed.
"What about security protocols?" I asked him.
"Well, redundancies kicked in, so nothing mean and ugly got free, which is good, but our perimeter alarm systems are totally fried, which is bad." I pulled out my gun and made sure it would be ready for anything.
"Focus on external defenses. Leave the lab for later." Helen told him.
"Why, are we expecting more trouble? Yeah, no, that was a stupid question. I'm outside." Henry said leaving.
"Witches from the middle ages, okay, I'm almost there. But assuming their physical forms could somehow be preserved...again, how is it possible that they can speak like us?" Will asked.
"I'm assuming that each of them is a teleaesthetic, enabling them to quickly learn our vernacular of English." Helen told him, making sure he was okay.
"Psychic powers, mind reading, well, now we know what this cabal wanted them for." I told them.
"Yeah, for all the good it's done us. Hold still." She told will.
"Hey, you didn't know what they could do." Will told her, trying to make her fell better.
"I should have, the moment I connected them with the cabal. Performed more invasive scans, psychotropic drug therapy..." She listed all the tests off.
"You're running a medical facility, not Guantanamo Bay, cut yourself some slack." I told her.
"You don't understand; assuming the cabal are after them, and we'd be fools not to, the amount of kinetic energy that they released could hardly go unnoticed. We're all in imminent danger. They cannot remain here." Helen told us.
"And what does that mean?" Will asked.
"It means that if the legend of the Morrigan is even slightly true, they could conceivably swipe out hundreds, even thousands of lives, given the chance." I told him.
"We're not talking about a bunch of velociraptors here. Before their memories came back, they were calm, rational women and even when they did let loose with their powers, they didn't kill me. They just...melted my brain a little bit." Will said defending them.
"And destroyed half my facility." Helen told him.
"Well, they've been held prisoner for hundreds of years; they had a right to be pissed. It doesn't mean we can't reason with them." Will told her.
"All three will remain under sedation, at least for the time being." Helen decided.
"How long is that? Forever? How does that make us any different than the cabal who imprisoned them in the first place?" Will asked us.
Later that day Helen and I were staring out the window in the hallway, talking.
"As long as they're conscious, they are a threat. As long as they're here, they are a threat." Helen told me.
"According to Will, Danu's psychological state is so fragile right now, any more trauma, any more amnesia, she may never be this self-aware again. I think he can get through to her. He just... needs more time." I told her.
"Time is not something we have in abuncance, Elizabeth." She told me.
"Listen to me. You've always listened to me in the past, so listen to me now. She has been brainwashed to think this cabal is all-powerful." Helen's phone ran and she answered it.
"Ashley." a few moments later the keepers attacked. We ran down hallway with the Keepers not far behind.
"Magnus?" Will asked as we ran down the hall. Helen activated the security measures to bring doors down, locking off sections of the Sanctuary.
"That works." I told her.
"What's going on?" Will asked us.
"Keepers attacked us." I told him.
"We need to get the Morrigan out of here immediately." Helen told us.
"Agreed. Any ideas?" He asked us.
"Near the SHU, there's an escape tunnel with an exit leading to the river and a safe house just outside the city. There's a map programmed into this. Take this." She said while I pulled out my gun and checking my pockets for extra ammo.
"What are you gonna do?" He asked us.
"You wanted time? I'm going to buy you some." I told him. I went down the hall and started fighting the keepers. The Big Guy arrived and joined the fight with us.
"Where the hell have you been?" Helen asked him.
"We need weapons." He told us.
"We need Ashley." I told them as we kept fighting, leading them away from Will and the Morrigan.
"I want you to stay and defend the habitats at all costs. If we fall, initiate level-9 lockdown protocol and seal yourself inside." Helen told the Big Guy. He started to protest but Helen interrupted him. "Please. Do as I say." The Big Guy left to protect the habitats.
"Mom, I'm home!" We heard Ashley tell on on the walkie.
"Good. Grab what weapons you can and meet us in the catacombs. Will's headed to the river gate with the Morrigan; the Keepers are following. We'll make our stand there. Henry?" Helen called in the walkie.
"Hello." We heard Henry call.
"You heard the plan?" She asked him as I kept the Keepers off her.
"Weapons, catacombs, check. I'll see you in five." Then there was radio silence as we all made our way down to the catacombs.
Later Ashley and Will met us at the catacombs.
"Mom! Liz! Are you okay?" Ashley asked his.
"We're fine. Did you get them out?" She asked Will.
"I think, if they can read Google maps; they should be on their way." Will told us.
"Where the hell is Henry?" I asked looking around.
"Here." Henry entered with a man behind him. We all raised our weapons at the man behind our friend.
"This is a private medical facility. You are trespassing on my property." Helen told him.
"Trespassing? You have stolen what is ours. The Morrigan belong to us. Hand them over now or we tear this place apart." He told us.
"I don't know what you're talking about." She told him.
"My Keepers are keyed to find them, no matter where they go." He told us.
"Your Keepers are dead all over my house. Do you have any more?" Helen told him and he was silent for a few seconds.
"Last chance. No more games." He told us.
"It'll get messy, but just say the word." Ashley told Helen.
"We're beside you all the way." I told her.
"Take their weapons." Before his men could move they were thrown to the ground by an invisible force. Danu, Carid, and Tatha then entered the room.
"Stop. There will be no more killing. We will go quietly. But we ask that you leave these people unharmed." Danu told him.
"You don't make demands. You do as we say." The man told her.
"They did not take us out of greed, but out of charity. We ask you leave them unharmed." Danu told them once more.
"It seems that a taste of freedom has changed their demeanor." I told him.
"We take back what's ours, you and I have no problem." He said, pointing to Helen.
"These women are under my protection; they're not leaving with you or anyone else, for that matter." Helen told him.
"Then we have a problem." He told us.
"Danu, please, stay with us. We can protect all of you." Will pleaded with her.
"If we stay, none of you will ever know peace." Danu told him.
"You have shown us a path, a truth we have never seen before." Carid said with a small smile on her face.
"And we are grateful, for all that you have done." Tatha thanked us.
"No. No, you can't go, not now." Will begged them.
"Our freedom must be earned. In our own way. We know who we are now." Danu told him.
"Put them in separate trucks. I'd be careful what you do next; the people I work for aren't the forgiving type." The man told us.
"Neither am I. Tell them this is far from over. Now, get off my property." Helen demanded. The man left laughing at us. We waited until we were sure he was gone before saying anything.
"You think we've lost them?" Will asked her.
"You tell me." She told him.
"I think I needed more time." He answered her honestly.
"I think you've done more good than you realize. We gave them the choice to be free. What they do next is up to them." I told him.