My name is Mercedes Whitman and I'm a hero on a foreign world. I am the daughter of two heroes, and was trapped on this Earth during an Event that sealed the way back home forever. They call me Black Sapphire when I’m out patrolling, and these are my Blogs.
Sapphire’s eyes snapped open and she gasped for breath. She looked around wildly and her hands lashed out to try and grab anything solid just to prove to herself that she had awoken in the real world.
Her fingers dug deep into the stone of a side table and it cracked under the pressure of her strength, bits crumbled to the ground and rested quietly. Then the screaming started from somewhere outside and she forced herself to stand. Her legs held her wait and she pulled herself out of the room, bumping into the tables, chairs and walls and eventually the door.
A man in a top hat appeared in front of her. She blinked at him and kept walking avoiding his gaze. “You know what you must do Mercedes Whitman, save the Hunter, the Woman in White must not break free of this prison.”
“Shut up, you aren’t real, I’m sick and you’re a hallucination.” She fell to her knee’s and continued moving toward the screaming.
“I am the Black King and it is my job to watch the Woman in White and keep her contained within the Hollow City which itself is the Black Room and her prison.” His image flickered and he was in front of her again and this time his chest was glowing slightly illuminating his rib cage. “I was once a man named George and my friend Clarissa asked me to watch over the void reborn, and I agreed because I am very powerful, if I wanted, even in this place I could rip the Earth apart with little effort.”
“I guess its good you’re a hero then.” Sapphire paused and vomited all over the cobblestones.
“I never said I was a hero.”
Mythology 109 - Part 4 “…of all Trades”
The Woman in White carved Wynn’s chest slowly and she watched as the tattoo’s reflected his future and they always ended with him dead, and this pleased her. The skin was flayed and she watched the muscle twist and turn as Wynn struggled against his bonds.
She began to laugh and watched as the Orrery twisted into a new position overhead. Her freedom was at hand.
Mercedes turned to look at the Black King. “Then stop her.”
“Not my place, she is your responsibility. Mine is making sure she does not leave this place, and she will not leave for it is her duty to choose a vessel to carry her special plague into the universe, and that door is quickly approaching us.”
Sapphire wretched one more time and forced herself to stand straight up. “Okay chuckles I can save the universe once more with feeling.” She clenched her hands at her side and steeled herself as another wave of temporal chaos pulled at her soul. She took a breath and released and walked towards the continued screaming and broke into a run as it started to break off and start again.
She slide around the corner and to a stop as she saw the cities center for the first time and the fountain that Wynn was tied to, blood poured from the gaping wound in his chest, the flesh had been pulled back, the muscle lay loose around the edge and the woman in white had begun to crack the ribs open and tear them loose, casually dropping them to the ground at her feet.
Sapphire growled and ran, her speed augmented with her abilities and she leapt instantly releasing the speed and pumping up her muscles and strength to deliver a blow that tore through the shoulder of the woman and smashed it like porcelain. She screamed and spun away as the force drove her from Wynn’s side. The knife clattered across the cobbles away from them.
“You whore!!” The Woman screamed at Sapphire.
“Been called once,” she smirked, “But I really need to ask what your deal is. You seem to be leaking all over the place.”
The Woman grabbed her shoulder and the white energy pouring from the wound slowed to a stop and the shoulder regenerated before Sapphires eyes. “He is the vessel to spread my divine word, he is perfect and you brought him to me in your pathetic quest to save your false father. You cannot purge the darkness of the seed within him. He is Death, and his goal is to claim the universe just as mine is its obliteration.”
“I would call you mad but everyone has a purpose, just like mine is to beat your ass and leave you stuck here and make sure the mystic society back on earth knows to never come here again. You lose bitch.” The Orrery overhead clicked into place and the energies of the Hollow City coalesced into another portal. In a second Sapphire was slamming back into the woman and send her hurtling through the walls and across the city away from them.
Sapphire smiled. “It’s always nice to be able to hit something with full force and not have to worry about it dying.” She pulled a blade from her pack and sliced the leather straps holding Wynn to the fountain, already his wounds were healing, the bones re-growing as the muscle shifted back into place and the flesh knitted the hole closed. “Come on chief lets go home.” She picked him up and started to leap into the portal.
His eyes snapped open and he pulled away from her as she passed into the event horizon of the mystic opening that pulled her back into reality, she managed a glimpse back before she was gone. Wynn was sad and reaching into the healing hole as he fell back to the cobblestones and ripping his heart from the open wound which was glowing white, Sapphire could hear the Woman roaring in anger. Wynn managed to mouth the word Sacrifice before she was gone and the heart exploded.
She slammed into the ground of Sham’bala and the Proctors were waiting, each had a different look of sadness on their face. “Victory always comes at a huge price young one.” Thaddeus said as he helped her to her feet.
“You won this day and lost an ally but the universe lives on.” Kimalia spoke from his side.
“He lives on in you now,” Annelletta whispered, “but not literally. Go home now, you’ve earned it.”
She finished her story of the last few weeks and waited for Walters to comment. He stood up from the chair and his cane clicked on the stone floor. He paused and glanced back over his shoulder at her. “So you did all of that and accomplished nothing in the end.”
“I found out I can’t save Alex and stopped a god from destroying all of reality, so I would say I accomplished enough to keep me from getting fired.” Sapphire retorted.
“Who said anything about getting fired?” He replied.
“You did on the phone last week when you called to bitch at me for not watching the city.”
“I never called you…” He was interrupted as reverb from all of the speakers in the Avenging Cave turned on at once and a voice spoke a single word.
“ONE,” Walters turned to her and started to run as the first explosions shook the foundations and were quickly followed by secondary and tertiary Sapphire screamed as the flames overtook Walters and the concussion ripped into her.
YEAR ZERO coming this November, barring any unforeseen circumstance that is…
TBC in Stand Alone 10