I have been having fun with the story based on Metallica songs and their themes, so here is Chapter 2.
The town of “Devils Dance” never really lived up to his infamous name. It was always a quiet little town that housed a lot of the dock workers before the war. Trouble didn’t exist and the residents normally slept with doors unlocked and windows open.
However after the war the town saw a large cultural shift. The young started to demonstrate. The woman of the world started to liberate. The establishments that existed started to feel very threatened.
That is when The Metal Militia came to town.
When ‘E.B’ came back from the war he was changed. The innocence was gone. The dreams and hopes that his father had for him died in the war with the burning bodies of napalm and hydrogen.
Broken, beat and scarred, E.B tried his best to adjust to the normal way of life; however the streets that he knew had changed so much. Glorious shopfronts had bordered up signs and the ones that didn’t had dirty windows.
Along with four other vets in Frantic Frank, Dyers Eve and the twins, Stone D.F and Nole A.F. Clover they became secretly known as the “Unknown Five” and in social circles people knew them as “The Metal Militia”.
E.B wrote a lot of short stories while he was in Vietnam and he kept on mailing them to his home address. One of the stories had a poem in it that would become the mission statement for the new entity.
To Live Is To Die
We are the battery that will seek and destroy with no remorse
We are one identity as we are all the same fighting for one cause
On through the mist and the madness
We are trying to get the message to you
We are the Metal Militia
The title of the poem where the last five words that ‘E.B’ heard from his best friend “One” as his legless and armless body spasmed all over the jungle floor from an enemy landmine.
You see, when E.B was in Vietnam he found something spiritual and supernatural. Subsequently the task of protecting what he found was bestowed on him by the aging Buddhist monks who guarded the secrets. You see, the thing that should not be, is not something that someone will come across accidently. The guardians of it are natural selected. It’s evolution at play, where the strongest are selected to continue with progress.
E.B’s tour involved a lot of secret visits to The Temple of Wolf And Man. Under the tutelage of the Phantom Lord, E.B learned the ways of the Guardians, their fighting styles and eventually he found a way to tap into the spirit world. In one of his many meditation sessions he communicated with powerful old spirits. The words of that meditative walk through the spirit world still remain with him.
“What we have bestowed upon you must be kept safe at all costs for if it does fall into the wrong hands, it would be dangerous to humanity to possess. The spirit world entrusts this secret knowledge to you Edward Breadfan.”
Little did E.B know that while the Spirit World saw him as benevolent and good, another world was unleashing Five Evil Worshippers to sow confusion and reclaim the books of secret knowledge that are now in the possession of E.B.
–Current Day–The City Of Devils Dance
Change can be bad or good. It all depends on people’s point of view. Stone D.F has seen change happen around him. The upbringing of Orion has been entrusted to Stone and he is struggling with it. He doesn’t know much about Orion or his heritage.
Orion for the lack of a better word lives day-to-day. When he runs out of money to buy liquor, he gets small jobs as a stand over man until he has enough money to supply his addiction for a while. In between drunken stupors, Orion is haunted by a vision of a brunette lady and a legacy of what-ifs. He is at his favourite bar, “Whiskey In The Jar-O” when his phone rings.
Orion looks at the screen and it is from an unknown number. He never answers calls from unknown numbers. He waits until it rings out as the stripper spread eagles herself around the pole.
The phone rings again. Orion peers at the screen again and it shows up as No Number. Blank. No number whatsoever is present. Orion wonders how can that be and in the end curiosity got the better of him.
There is a silence on the other end.
Then a deep voice is heard. “Is this Orion Ktulu?”
“Who is this?” replies Orion.
For some reason the voice on the other side is satisfied that Orion is on the other line.
“You must return to the City of the Beholder. Your father has died.”
Orion is stunned. He didn’t envision the day turning into a mystery.
Who is the person asking him to return to his birth place?
A birth place that Orion cannot even remember and for the first time in his life it is the first clue he has received that deals with his past. He has no idea who his father is. His mentor Stone has told him that his father loved him and that in order to keep his only son safe, his father needed to send Orion away.
What Orion knows is that he was born in January 1976, during a freak lightning storm. One of the worst ever storms ever recorded.
His mother died in childbirth and throughout the years, Orion has felt the presence of a person who seemed to be there at the right time to save him from an unfavourable outcome.
Orion is about to respond.
The line is dead.
— Current Day–The City Of Carpe Diem
June Sowhat is a ten-year old girl who is watching television. She is flicking through the channels and her attention is caught by a picture of an overturned bus.
June gazes at the television screen. The aerial views show buses, trucks and cars all tangled up and in bits. There is a section that is all burnt out.
June gets up off the coach and reaches over to the notepad on the coffee table. On the notepad there is some writing.
“City Bus 1366 – 8.32am”
June puts her gaze back to the television. The news scroll at the bottom grabs her attention.
“The 8.32am City Bus overturned causing a large accident. The number of fatalities is high. Although unconfirmed, initial numbers estimate the death toll to reach the 300 mark. Emergency number is 1-300-555-777…”
June doesn’t take her eyes off the screen. She makes a small whimpering sound that no one hears.
–Current Day–The City Of Carpe Diem Sanitarium
An elderly woman screams.
At 8.34am she broke her arms and legs.
A minute later her skin started to blister like she was caught in a fire.
Sweet Amber Sowhat is the mother of Fixxxer. She can see a TV screen mounted on the wall opposite her. The number of the bus unsettles her.
–Current Day–The City Of Carpe Diem Hospital
Fixxxer’s eyes slowly open. The fluoro lighting while normally dull is super bright. Fixxxer blinks his vision back and he realizes that he is in a hospital bed. A doctor enters the room.
“How are you feeling?” asks the Doctor.
“Okay, I guess,” replies David as the Doctor flashes a light in Fixxxer’s eyes.
“Do you know where you are?”
“In an emergency room”, answers Fixxxer.
“You were in a serious accident. Do you remember it?”
“I remember the trip and picking up speed and then nothing. Why are you looking at me?
“When your bus overturned it caused a massive pile up and then an explosion. The bus was the epicentre of the accident and the explosion. They only found one person alive so far and that is you and you don’t have a scratch on you nor a broken bone nor any burns.”
Fixxxer notices another Doctor looking at him from a distance, Asian in appearance. His gaze unsettles him and the name tag even more so.