Galloway stepped outside and breathed in the air. A few days of non-stop potion making could make anyone sick. He sighed, then checked his watch. They should be here any second now.
Just then, T.K. and Kari arrived on the boat. They were their normal, cheerful selves, except for the slight lack of patience they were experiencing.
“Sorry, kids,” said Galloway, “but I nearly got blown up again. We’re not even close to a cure yet.”
“What?” asked T.K. “You said you’d be done by now! In fact, you vanished without a trace for days, then come back minus Matt and Tai! What’s going on?”
“Yeah!” said Kari. “I’m sorry, but we can’t wait anymore! Mom’s gone nuts over this!”
“Give me a little more time,” said Galloway. “At least three more days.”
“Well…” Kari began. However, Galloway’s eyes had darted behind her. Something was not right.
Suddenly, a tentacle shot out, striking Kari in the back. She fell to the ground, trembling with pain. Another shot out and hit T.K. while he was trying to help her. Galloway quickly sliced through them and pulled what was left out of the kids. The tentacles rotted and fell apart in his hands.
He turned, and saw another tentacle coming straight at him. He sliced through it easily then grabbed onto the remaining part of it and pulled. A voice screamed in pain.
A rotting, monstrous thing jumped onto the street across the way. A few nearby plants immediately rotted into pieces. The tentacle withdrew to the man and entered an opening in his hand, which quickly sealed. Galloway quickly flew over to him.
Chris opened the door to find out what the noise was about, and found T.K. and Kari lying there. He then saw Galloway and the monster. After taking the kids inside, he took everyone else to the boat except Weiila and F. Galloway, who stayed behind to keep tabs on the kids.
Galloway looked at the freakish thing in front of him. It took out a large black mace and held it in front of him. “I am called Darkmare,” said the man. “I served the god Naar, who you mercilessly destroyed. Now, you shall suffer the same fate.” Galloway powered up to SSJ and watched his opponent carefully.
Just then, Val and Chris docked the boat and joined the battlefield. Darkmare regarded this turn of events with surprise; he had obviously expected Galloway to be alone. However, he quickly got over it and slammed down the mace. The three barely had enough time to dodge the attack. When the dust cleared, a massive crater was all that was left of that area.
“Damnit!” said Val. “This guy’s like a God!”
“A God?” said Darkmare, amused at Val’s comment. “I guess I could be considered one, follower of Odin.” He then shot out two tentacle. They connected with Val and Chris’s chests before Galloway could warn them, or they could dodge.
The tentacles went back into Darkmare’s hand. He then turned back to Galloway. “Face it,” he said, “you are no match for me. Unlike your world, this one will be slow to infect, but mark my words, it shall be destroyed. And now, I leave you to suffer.” He then dissapeared.
Galloway grabbed Val and Chris and carried them back to the boat. Strangely, their bodies felt somewhat…cold…
(to be continued)