Chapter 1: The awakening part one
Scotland 994. A.D
A castle, near the edge of a cliff overlooking the water, is under attack by a band of Vikings. Catapults hurl huge boulders into the battlements and the castle's defense is failing.
“Stand fast! We can hold them back!” The captain encouraged his men as they fought.
“Aye, and catch boulders with our teeth while we're about it.” one of the soldiers disagreed.
“It's your choice, then, me lads. The catapult, ”The captain draws his sword, “or me?”, “Back to your posts,” the two soldiers rush back to their posts, “ In a few more minutes the sun will be down, “He glances up at the stone gargoyles perched on the tower, “ and then we'll see some fun.” He chuckles.
“Indeed we shall, captain,” Athena said as she walked his side and aimed an arrow at the Vikings, “And those Vikings will rue the day that they ever dare attack castle Wyvern.”
Another boulder was then launched from the catapults by the Vikings throwing back some soldiers as it hit the castle.
“Attack!” The leader of the Vikings shouted.
The Vikings did as their leader told and storm the castle. They overrun the defense and ascend the tower. Athena races to the top of the tower and as the sun sets just as she and the leader reach the gargoyle at the top of the highest tower. He stares unbelievingly as the statue's stony exterior cracks and falls away, revealing a living, breathing gargoyle underneath. The Vikings back away in fear as the other gargoyles come to life as well. Goliath, leader of the gargoyles and named by the humans, notices the Viking leader and picks him up by one arm.
“You are trespassing,” Goliath said to the Viking.
Undaunted, the Viking leader swings his sword at Goliath, who catches it. A slow trickle of blood oozes from Goliath's palm.
“Fight men! They are not invincible!” He shouted down to his men.
The Vikings swung their swords and fire their arrows at the gargoyles but they were unsuccessful and missed. The Viking leader managed to get a footing and lean back while he held onto Goliath causing both of them to fall over.
“Father!” Athena shouted. She ran over to the edge and saw the Viking leader swinging away on rope and Goliath was gliding down to the battle. Knowing that her father was safe, Athena rushed over towards the next towering, and when she arrived at the top of the tower she saw three gargoyles watching the fight. The first gargoyle was red with long white hair and a beak for a mouth. The second gargoyle was small, green, bald and his wings were attached to his arms in a web-like structure. The third gargoyle was large, round, and bluish green-skinned.
She walks up behind them and says, "Are you just going to sit there and let your brothers and sisters have all the fun, or are you going to join in, uncles."
The three turned around and looked at her. The red gargoyle then jumps off the tower and glides down to join the other gargoyles in defeating the Vikings.
“Not afraid are you?” The green asked the blue.
“Afraid? Me? Huh. Why, all of nature trembles at my passing,” The blue gargoyle said before he pushed up his stomach making it look part of his muscular chest but it didn’t hold long.
“I can see why,” The green gargoyle joked as he pokes the other’s stomach before gliding to join the others, and soon the blue one jumped off and joined the fighting.
“No matter how many years will pass, those three will still act like hatchlings,” Athena said before running off to fight the Vikings and defend her home. With each Viking that passed her she defeated, she then spotted the eldest gargoyles fighting a Vikings as another was sneaking up behind him until Goliath picked the Viking up and tossed him aside.
“Watch your back old friend,” Goliath advised the elder gargoyle.
“Watch your own,” He said back.
“Why don’t I watch them both for you,” Athena said as she joined them and threw a bolas at a Viking that the two did not see. The three then carried on with the battle.
Athena fought every Viking that she crossed paths with until she comes across the leader of the Vikings running away from the blue-skinned dog-like gargoyle who is like a pet to her. When the Viking leader reached the doorway he saw a female gargoyle with light blue skin and with hair and eyes as red as blood.
“Face me, human, if you dare,” She hissed as she revealed her fangs.
The Viking leader turned around only to have the end of a sword in front of his face and holding that sword was Athena.
“Not so fast, Viking,” She said.
The Viking leader was now surrounded by the female gargoyle, to his right, Athena, and the dog-like gargoyle, to his left, and a stone wall behind him, and soon Goliath glided down in front of him.
“I see you've met our watchdog. And my second-in-command and daughter as well,” Goliath grabs the Viking leader by the collar,” I grow tired of this. Take what's left of your men and begone.” He then throws him into a cart of hay.
As the Viking leader gets out of the cart he is covered in hay and shouts, “Argh! This isn't over, monster, I'll be back.” He and the rest of his men then flee from the castle as arrows were shot at them. When the Vikings were far enough the soldiers at the castle cheered in victory and all of the gargoyles gathered at one of the towers, and the second-in-command banged Goliath’s injured hand.
“Goliath, we owe you our lives,” The captain thanked.
“As we owe you ours, every day,” Goliath said to the Captain before turning to his daughter and placing a hand on her shoulder,” And I am very proud of you my daughter. You showed great courage tonight.”
“Your father is right my daughter. You have the spirit of a gargoyle,” The second-in-command told her.
“Thank you, Mother. Father,” Athena said before hugging her parents.
“Goliath, I want to invite you, your second-in-command, and daughter to the celebration tonight to be recognized for your bravery,” The Captain offered.
“We are honored,” Goliath accepted.
Later that evening, there is a celebration in the dining hall. Goliath, his mate and second-in-command, and Athena walked through the halls of the castle and to the dining hall. The door to the dining hall opens. Goliath, his mate, and Athena enter. The attendees at the banquet are outraged by the appearance of the gargoyles.
The Captain walked up to the princess and said, “Your pardon, Your Highness. I took the liberty of asking them to appear and be recognized for their bravery.”
“Captain, we are most seriously displeased,” She scolded.
“To allow beasts in the dining hall You speak wisely, Princess. These are unnatural creatures. No good can come from associating with them,” The Magus agrees.
The three walked up to them, the princess backing in fear of the gargoyles, and Goliath folds his wings into a cape and bows to the Princess.
The Captain walked up to him, “Goliath, we named you well, it seems. You are as good a soldier as the Philistine giant who fought David.”
The princess stood up from her seat and spoke, “You would do well to remember, Captain, that the biblical Goliath was also a bully and a savage.”
This caused Goliath’s mate and second-in-command's eyes to turn a bright red and growl at the princess, but she is soon calmed by Goliath.
“If you will excuse us, Your Highness,” Goliath said before he led his mate and daughter out of the dining hall. The Captain follows them down a hallway
”My apologies for this, Goliath,” He apologized.
“No apologies needed. We are what we are. Her opinion will not change that,” Goliath told him.
“Have you no pride? No sense of justice? We saved their lives and they repay us with contempt,” His mate argued.
“Mother is right, Father,” Athena spoke up, “You deserve better than this. You have protected them night after night and they still treat you so ungratefully.”
“These cliffs were our home ages before they built their stone fortress. They should bow to us.”
“It is the nature of humankind to fear what they do not understand. Their ways are not our ways,” Goliath took his mate’s hand.
She sighed, “There are times when your patience astounds me, my love.”
“It’s almost sunrise, Goliath. You all could use some rest after tonight’s festivities,” The captain informed them.
“Come, my loves,” Goliath said. He led his mate and daughter up to the tower. After saying their parting words before all of the gargoyles took their places and were turned to stone by the rising sun. After Athena finished watching her family enter their stone sleep, she returned to her room and fell asleep in her bed waiting for the moon to rise.
Moments before sunset, Athena awakens and rushes to the top of the tower to watch her family awaken from their stone sleep. When the sun sets, each of the gargoyles’ stone skin cracks, and each of them roared as they awakened.
“No matter how many times I witness this it never ceases to amaze me,” Athena said.
Goliath comes down from his perch, while his mate gilds up, and hugs their daughter but it is soon interrupted by the captain.
“Goliath, we need to speak,” He said.
Goliath removes the bandage from his hand, which has now healed.
“Those Vikings may return at daybreak, Goliath. I say, take all your gargoyles and make sure they're gone,” The captain continued.
“I agree,” His mate said,” Let us go out in force and put an end to these pigs once and for all.”
“Too dangerous. I don't want to leave the castle unprotected,” Goliath told them.
"Their leader swore he'd be back,” The captain reminded him, “It's best to hurry them far away now and not take that chance.”
“Very well,” Goliath reluctantly agrees, “ But I shall do it. I can scare those cowards away without any help.”
“That's too dangerous for you,” His mate argues, “Let me come along, at least.”
“You and the others will stay with the castle. You are my best warrior. I leave you in command.”
“No. I cannot let you," she argues.
“I won't go alone,” He reassures her, “Remember. You and I are one now and forever.” He then takes his leave.
Her mother turns to her, “Why don’t you go join the others and make sure they won’t get into trouble.”
“Of course, Mother,” Athena nodded and walked down to the bonfire in the courtyard, she sees the blue one eating, the red and green gargoyles tossing the ham back and forth keeping it away from the dog-like gargoyle playing a game. Athena sits down on one of the crates and watches in amusement as the dog-like gargoyles catch the ham. A boy from the nearby camp walks over to them.
“I'm Tom,” He introduces, “What's your name?”
“Except for Goliath and Athena, we don't have names.” The green gargoyle replies.
“How do you tell each other apart?” Tom asked.
“We look different.”
“But what do you call each other?”
“Friend,” The red gargoyle replies.
Tom’s mother runs over with a stick in her hand, “Tom. Get away from those monsters and the traitor.
“But they wouldn't hurt the lad, ma'am,” Athena tried to reason.
“Keep away from him, you traitor,’ She threw the stick and it hit Athena on the face making a small cut on her cheek.
Her mother glides down in between Athena and Tom’s mother, and her eyes were filled with anger.
“How dare you harm my daughter!”
“Stay away beast.”
“You're the beast, not us.”
“No,” The red gargoyle stood in front of the second-in-command, “If they think we're beasts and monsters-”
“Then, perhaps we'd better live up to the name.” The green gargoyle finished.
Their eyes glow, and they growl and advance toward the humans, who run away when the dog-like gargoyles barks at them. Goliath and the elder land in the middle of the foray.
“You three, down to the rookery until I return. I'll deal with you then,” Goliath said angrily. He points at the dog-like gargoyle,” And take him with you.”
Goliath, his mate, and Athena followed the four gargoyles to ensure that they would go to the rookery. The green one pushes the doors open and they look back before they enter.
“We meant no harm,” The red gargoyle apologies. But Goliath is not swayed, and they sadly go down into the rookery.
“Are you blind?” His mate scolds him, “ They were not at fault. The humans were. They harmed our daughter, her own kind, and called her a traitor.” She pointed at Athena’s injury.
“No matter who was at fault, I cannot condone fighting between their people and ours,” Goliath said, "Our daughter may have been born a human but she was raised as a gargoyle, she follows our ways, not theirs. I will make it up to them later. Now I have business to attend to.”
Goliath then leaves his mate and daughter as he goes to finish the Vikings. His mate stood there in a moment of silence before turning to her daughter.
“I suggest that you get ready for bed, my daughter. The sun will be up soon.”
“Of course, mother. I will see you under the pale moonlight.”
“And I, you. My little starlight.”
Athena leaves her mother in the rookery and returns to her room. She looks out her window and sees that moon setting before laying on her bed and letting sleep welcome her. Athena was suddenly awoken by the screaming and shouting she heard, she looked out the window and saw that the Vikings were attacking and that the sun was up, and that her family was stone and vulnerable. She grabs her sword and runs down to battle the Vikings and to protect her family.
Her heart raced as she rushes towards the tower where her family sleeps. When she arrived, Athena saw the captain.
“Captain! Captain! We have to protect them!” She said.
“Don’t worry lass, they are safe.”
“Not that I'm ungrateful for your help, but why? Why betray your own kind?” The Viking leader asked.
“They're not my kind,” The captain replied.
“Captain, what is going on? Why is he here?” Athena said as she placed her hands on the handle of her sword. She then notices that the people of castle wyvern are in chains and being led away.
The Viking leader walks over to one of the stone gargoyles and raised his mace, “Well, to work. There's little enough time for it.”
Athena runs in between the Viking and the gargoyles with her sword pointed at him,” Don’t you dare.”
“This is unnecessary,” The captain told the Viking leader.
“Are you mad? He questioned, “ In a moment they'll be flesh again and my men will be their prey.”
“Once your band is out of sight, they won't follow. It's not their nature,” The captain explained in hopes the Viking leader would leave the gargoyles.
“Ah, well. In that case,” The Viking leader knock the sword out of Athena’s hand before shoving her to the ground, and shoves the Captain out of the way and pinned him to the wall.
“Care to discuss the matter further?” He asked in a threatening tone.
“No,” The captain answered.
“I haven't lived this long by taking foolish chances,” The Viking leader said before he smashes all of the gargoyles to rubble.
“No!” Athena cried in honor, she then cried as the captain held her close.
After sunset, Goliath and the elder return to find the castle in flames. He alights on His mate’s perch, picks up her crumbled remains
“My angel of the night,” He then notices a familiar sword out of the corner of his eye and as he picks it up, he realizes that it is his daughter's sword and he roars in anguish for his mate and daughter.
On the ground, The elder examines the bowstrings and sees that they have been cut, "These bowstrings have been cut. There was betrayal here.”
The four gargoyles come out of the rookery and gasp at the devastation. Goliath lands next to them with his daughter’s sword still in hand, "Were any more down in the rookery?” He asks.
“None,” The blue gargoyle replied,” Only us.”
The elder walks over, “All the humans are gone. Taken prisoner, most likely, along with Athena.”
“Then we will find them,” Goliath’s eyes glow with rage, “We will save my daughter and the humans. And we will have our revenge!”
They fly off, with the gargoyles dog following on foot, to have their revenge on the Vikings.
At the Viking camp, a victory celebration is underway. Spirits are not so bright among the prisoners, however. In a nearby cave, the Viking leader and the Captain have the Princess, Magus, and Athena tied, who continues to mourn for her family.
“Hmm. The magus is worth more alive than dead. Barely,” The Viking leader said.
“True,” The captain agreed before kneeling to the princess,” but I'm sure your uncle, the king, will pay handsomely to see his niece returned alive.”
“You blackguard. if I had my book of spells, l'd-,” The magus’ threat was interrupted by the laughter of the Viking leader.
“Might you be referring to this book, Magus?” He picks up the book, "Magic spells. Ha! Makes me glad l can't read.” He then tears out a few pages and burns them.
“No! My spells!” The magus cried.
“Oh, traitor. I'll see you both hang for this!” The princess shouted.
“True as that may be, Princess. But you and your people have called the most kind-hearted lass in the world a traitor, the same girl with which you grew as a sister,” The captain said, he then pointed at Athena.
A roar, which made Athena smile, and the frightened cries of the Vikings are heard outside. The Viking leader and the Captain run out of the cave as the gargoyles attack the camp.
“You said they wouldn't follow us,” He questions the Captain.
“If you hadn't destroyed the others,” The captain snapped.
The Viking leader runs back into the cave and grabs the Princess, "Your precious gargoyles have come, Princess.”
“The gargoyles? You're a dead man, Hakon,” She Tells the Viking leader
“Maybe,” He agrees,” But not before you,” He draws a dagger. She breaks his grasp and runs off with Hakon and the Captain in pursuit.
“Let her go! Princess! Help! Somebody help! He's going to slay her! Princess!,” The Magus calls before he tries to free himself.
“Magus, my family will help the Princess,” Athena told him.
“All they’ve done is ensure her death,” He broke free of the rope and picked up his spellbook, "Now I will avenge her.” He runs out of the cave. Knowing her time was limited, Athena used the dagger she had always hidden up her sleeve to break free of the ropes.
“You fools! She'd be alive now if you hadn't come,” The magus shouted as Athena broke free and sneaks up behind him, “ They would have ransomed us both, but you invaded their camp and now,” He opens the book and flips through the pages.
“What's all this? Where's the princess and our niece?” The elder asked.
“The princess is dead, And could l but wield a sword, l would send you all to join her. But this will have to do instead. Dormiatis-,” As he began the spell he was cut off as Athena jumped on his back in hopes of bringing him down.
“Niece!” The gargoyles said with great joy but it was soon ended when the magus knocked her off his back and she fell to the ground, and he grabbed her by the throat.
“You will not interfere with my revenge,” He throws her down. She rolls the hill up the cave before landing near the gargoyles, whose eyes glowed with anger at the magus, “But you will not be left out,” He flips to another page and begins to recite the incantation, “Aterenae iuventutis, vitam aeternam, et ego maledictum nunc te ut aeternum hoc ambulare terra et nunquam iungere interitum!”
As the magus recited, winds surrounded Athena causing her to lift into the air and a bright white light soon emerged blinding the gargoyles. When the light faded, the gargoyles saw Athena lying on the ground and unconscious, and they ran to her aide.
“What did you do to her, sorcerer?” The elder asked with anger in his voice and his eyes were still glowing.
“I cursed her to forever walk this earth, and now it’s your turn, beast!” The magus said as he returned to the page he was on and finished the incantation,” Dormiatis dum castellum super nubes ascendat.”
Goliath soon returns to the camp and finds the others turned to stone at night.
“Stone at night? What sorcery is this?” Goliath thunders.
“Sorcery indeed,” The Magus tells him, “And now you shall join them,” The Princess walks out from behind Goliath,” Princess?” He sees her and drops the spellbook.
“Oh, Magus, what have you done?” She asks.
“l l-l thought you were dead, your Highness. l was mad with grief,” He answers.
Goliath picks him up, “Reverse the spell. Bring them back!” He demands with a roar.
“l-l cannot. The page with the counterspell was burned.’
Goliath drops him and hangs his head, "Now all I have is my daughter,” He looks around, “Where is she?”
They soon heard a moan and saw a hand behind the rock Goliath walks around to find his daughter lying on the ground unconscious, he picks her up bridal style and holds her close in his arms. Her eyes flutter half-open.
"Father..." She lightly said before falling back into unconsciousness.
Goliath walks back to the Princess, Magus, and tom, with his eyes glowing and his daughter, held close to his chest, “What have you done to my daughter!” He roared.
“I cursed her to forever walk the earth, she is immortal. I’m sorry,” The magus said with a heavy heart.
“You turned them to stone forever?” The princess asked about the gargoyles.
“The terms of the counterspell were that they would sleep until the castle rises above the clouds,” The Magus replies.
On their journey back to the castle, Athena had fully regained consciousness. Goliath told her with a heavy heart of what had happened to the rest of their family. Athena cried in her father’s arms and apologized that she was unable to do anything to stop it but Goliath said that there was nothing that could have been done.
Back at the castle, Goliath gently places the rest of his clan on their perches.
“We have done you a great wrong, Goliath,” The princess apologized.
“l know that no apology can be enough, Goliath,” The Magus apologized for his actions, “l wish there was something l could do.”
“What will you do now, Princess?” Goliath asked.
“I'll take my people to my uncle. it's no longer safe for us here.”
“And you, my daughter?” He asked
“I will use my immortality to help others, and I make this vow to protect, for it is a gargoyles’ nature,” Athena told her father.
“l have a request,” Goliath said.
“You have but to name it.”
“The eggs in the rookery will soon hatch. They will need guidance,” He told the princess.
“Never fear. We will watch over them as if they were our own,” She agrees.
Goliath turns to the Magus, “There is something you can do for me, Magus. Cast your spell one more time.”
Goliath, the Magus, the Princess, and Athena walk up to the top of the tower to Goliath’s perch. When they reached the top, Athena and her father hugged goodbye.
“I will miss you father.”
“Do not worry, My daughter. We will see each other again, until then we will always be in each other's hearts. This isn’t goodbye it is farewell, my daughter.”
“Farewell, father,” Athena said as a tear ran down her face and Goliath wiped it away.
Goliath takes his place on his perch before the Magus recites the incantation. The full moon shines over Goliath, sleeping until the castle rises above the clouds.
Chapter 2: The awakening part two
Manhattan, New York. 1993 A.D
At the 23 rd precinct, Detective Athena Wyvern is sitting at her desk and on the phone talking when fellow Detective Elisa Maza walks up to her.
Athena notices Elisa, “Yeah, I should be home around eight at the latest. Love you too.” She hangs up, ”What’s up?”
“Oh Nothing,” Elisa answered with a cheeky smile on her face.
“What’s with the smile, Elisa?”
“It’s just that you and Jason have been dating since our second year after graduating from the academy, that was almost seven years ago, and he still hasn't asked you to marry him.”
“We’re taking things slow and I’m fine with it, besides we got our whole lives ahead of us,” She explained.
“That’s sweet,” Elisa said, “Oh, just to let you know that some of the other detectives have started a pool on when Jason will propose to you.”
“What?” Athena questioned.
“Yeah, and I heard that some of the uniforms have joined. And the chief told me she wants to speak with you,” Elisa told her.
“Thanks, Elisa,” Athena got up from her seat and made the short walk over to the Chief’s office, and knocked on the door.
Athena opened the door and saw two other men one was tanned with dark brunette hair and the other was blonde with glasses,” You wanted to see me, Chief.”
“Yes, this is David Xanatos and his assistant Owen Burnett,” Chief introduced, “Xanatos said that he has something he wanted to discuss with you. I’ll leave you to discuss it.” She got up from her seat and left the room.
“Oh, what is it?” Athena asked Xanatos.
“Perhaps we can discuss this somewhere more private considering its private information,” He explained.
“Because it’s information concerning your family back in Scotland.”
Athena’s demeanor changed and she subconsciously touched the scar on her check she had gotten the night before the massacre, “I know where we can discuss this. Follow me.”
The three walked out of the office and walk into the broom closet. Athena shuts the door behind her and pulls down a hinged staircase. They climbed up the staircase that led up to the clock tower that was above the precinct.
“Alright, now that we have some privacy. How do you know about my family?” Athena asked.
“Owen, if you please,” Xanatos said, Owen then pulled out a familiar and old book from his briefcase and handed it to Xanatos.
“This is how,” He showed her the book and her eyes widened when she saw that it is Grimorum Arcanorum, “The Magus wrote down what had happened to you and your family.”
“How did you find me?”
“Finding you was difficult, well almost,” Xanatos pulled a folder from the briefcase and gave it to Athena. When she pulled out the contents of the folder she saw that they are historical photos of her from different times; her and other soldiers posing for a picture after winning a battle in both world wars, her at the Eiffel Tower when it was first opened, her marching with Dr. King and his followers for civil rights, and the last two were clippings from newspapers and in it, she was standing with several nurses outside the steps of a hospital holding infants and next to her was nurse Jean Ward in 1950, in the second one she was in the physical therapy room assisting nurse Elisabeth Kenny with a polio patient in 1939.
“it's not exactly difficult finding someone when they're at the scene at some of the most historical events in history, especially if pictures were taken, “He told her, “The magus also wrote that you made a vow to dedicate your immortal life to help others, that helped in finding you.”
“Why are you here, Xanatos?” Athena asked as she looked up from the photos.
“Because I want to help free your family from the curse.”
“And how exactly do you propose to do that?”
“Simple, I’ll destruct the castle and rebuild it on top of my building here in New York, and then they’ll be free,” He explained.
“But why did you tell me?” Athena asked, “You could have done all of it without telling me, I don’t own the castle or the land that it’s on, why tell me?”
“Because after a thousand years you deserve to be with your family, and I didn’t want to begin without your permission.”
“Thank you, Xanatos,” She said.
“When will you begin?” Athena asked.
“At the end of the week. You are more than welcome to join if you like?” He offered.
“Thank you, Xanatos. Guess he was right after all,” She said.
“Who was?” Xanatos asked.
“A few centuries back I asked a friend who could see the future if my family will ever be free and he answered very cryptically he said that a man who had fought my father will set them free. At first, I didn't know what he meant, but now I do. Your name is David and my father's name is Goliath. He was referring to the biblical tale of David and Goliath. Now, after so many centuries Mr. Xanatos I'm ready to be with my family."
“I’m glad,” He smiled, “I’ll send you a car at the station on Friday and it will take you to my building, and we’ll be off to Scotland.”
“Thank you, Xanatos,” Athena said.
Keeping true to his word a car was sent for Athena on Friday after her shift and was taken to his building. She was meant by his assistant, Owen, in the lobby.
“Glad that you were able to join us today, Detective Wyvern. Mr. Xanatos sent me to escort you upstairs. Please, follow me,” Owen said.
Athena followed him to the elevators and when they entered one, he pushed the button that took them to the top floor. When they reached the top floor and the elevator doors opened, Athena took a moment to admire the view of Manhattan.
“Enjoying the view?,” Xanatos asked, breaking her from the trance she was in.
“You can see all of Manhattan from here,” She replied, “I can’t wait for my family to see it.”
“Then let’s not let them wait a moment more,” He said before leading her to the helicopter. Once everyone was, they took off and headed to Castle Wyvern. When they arrived and landed near the castle, they saw that it was in ruins. Xanatos admires it and follows Athena to where her father is sleeping.
"Magnificent," Xanatos says.”Make the offer now, Owen. This instant.”
“May l say one last time, Mr. Xanatos, that the costs of this venture will be astronomical,” Owen reminds him.
“Start hiring crews. l want to begin as soon as possible.”
“It may prove difficult to find the necessary manpower. This castle has a bad reputation. The locals consider it haunted,” He informed him.
“You know the answer to that, Owen. Pay a man enough and he'll walk barefoot into hell,” Xanatos smirked before turning to Athena, who is staring out into the distance, “It must be hard to see your family like this after so long.”
“No, not really,” She told him, “Every year on the anniversary I come here to pay my respects to those of my family who were murdered that day and to visit those trapped in stone but now with your help, my family will live again. I don’t know how I can ever thank you.”
“Seeing you being reunited with your family is more than enough,” Xanatos said.
“The crew will be arriving shortly, Mr. Xanatos,” Owen informed.
After the work crews show up, they converge on the castle and begin to disassemble it. The gargoyles are carefully packed away in padded boxes. Barges and helicopters ferry off large pieces of the castle.
After a year, the castle sits atop the tower fully reconstructed and restored to its former glory. Above the skyline of New York City, Xanatos flies to his headquarters in his private helicopter. The chopper rises above the clouds near a massive skyscraper. The clouds part to reveal the castle perched on top of the tower. The helicopter lands in the castle courtyard as the sun begins to set. Xanatos walks to the top of the tower and stands next to Goliath.
"Don't disappoint me," he says to the statue. The cloud tops pass by beneath the castle. The sunsets and a storm brew. It begins to rain. The stone cracks and Goliath free himself from his long slumber. He stretches and lets out a mighty roar. On their perches below, the other gargoyles awaken as well. Goliath flies down to them, and they have a joyful reunion.
“Yes. We're awake. We're alive! We're together again,” Goliath said with joy and a smile on his face.
But the reunion is cut short when they notice where they are. They see the New York skyline and are awestruck. Xanatos walks up to them and is greeted by a growl from the blue dog-like gargoyle.
“You are the one called Goliath?” He asked.
“Yes,” Goliath answers.
“Excellent,” Xanatos smiles.
The gargoyles then follow Xanatos to his study.
“How long has it been?” Goliath asked.
“This may be a shock. A thousand years have gone by since the spell was cast,” Xanatos answered, “l learned about the castle and you six from an ancient book that recently came into my possession. The magus who cursed you wrote the whole story down in there. Now. I'm sure you have questions.”
“How did you break the spell?” The elder gargoyle asked.
“It was designed to end when the castle rose above the clouds.”
“The eggs in the rookery?” The green gargoyle asked.
“Gone, I'm afraid. You are the last of your kind.”
“Why have you done all this?” Goliath asked.
“I was fascinated by the magus' story. l wanted to see if it was true. And, I thought someone you know deserves to be with her family again," Xanatos said before looking in the direction of the small archway, and Athena stepped into the light. Her family gasped at her in joy and surprise, and the blue dog-like gargoyle runs to her and knocked her to the ground, and licked her face. The gargoyles rushed over to her and helped her up before giving her a long-overdue hug.
"I've missed you all so much," she said.
"How are you alive, lass?" The elder gargoyle asked.
"It was the magus. The spell that he cast on me that night gave me immortality," Athena answered.
The hug broke when Goliath stood in front of her with eyes filled with joy before picking her up in a hug.
"I have missed you, my daughter. Now, we are all together again," Goliath said as he placed her back on the ground, "Thank you for this Xanatos."
The reunion was cut short by the sound of a helicopter from outside.
“I'm not expecting anyone. You'll be safer if you stay here,” Xanatos then goes off to investigate.
They all look at each over before following Xanatos and see for themselves. Outside, a helicopter rises above the battlements and drops off several commandos. They disperse, surround Xanatos, and raise their weapons. The gargoyles and Athena watch from the shadows of the archway.
“What's going on? Who are these people?” The red gargoyle asked.
“They're attacking the castle, that's all we need to know,” The elder gargoyle said with his eyes glowing.
The gargoyles emerge from the shadows with their eyes glowing, roared and attack. Goliath swung his tail and tripped one of the commandos. The commando regained his footing and ran into Goliath, knocking him to the ground. The commando picked up his gun and aimed it at Goliath when Xanatos came to Goliath's aid, and knocked the gun out of his hands, and tossed him over his shoulder.
Xanatos went to reach for the gun when another commando placed their foot on it. The blue gargoyle growled at the commando and was ready to fight.
"Nice mask," The commando said before talking out a knife and swung it at the blue gargoyle, who fell on his back. The commando charged at him, but Athena caught him by the arm and threw him back.
The commando regained his footing and saw the elder gargoyle in front of him. He shot some type of device that electrocuted the elder gargoyle.
The red gargoyle flew down to aid the elder gargoyle, “ Leave him alone!” He roared as he threw the commando to the wall. The others rushed to help the elder gargoyle up when the commando regained his footing and pulled the pin of a grenade. The green gargoyle caught it before tossing it aside. Athena’s eyes widen, she acted fast and created a shield around them before it exploded
A moment later, Athena lowered the shield and fell to her knees.
“Are you alright, Lass?” The elder gargoyles asked.
“I’m fine. Just need to catch my breath,” She answered as he helped her up. She looks up and sees Xanatos firing his laser rips into the castle walls and debris falling on the commando Goliath was fighting.
“Are you a Viking?” The green gargoyle asked the female commando.
The commando fire at him making him dive off the castle and hide in the clouds. She looks over the edge and doesn't see him glide out of clouds behind her and knocked her to the ground.
“These weapons. We must be battling sorcerers!” The elder gargoyle exclaimed.
“Even so, we will protect this castle. It's all we have left,” Goliath reminded him.
“Catch!” One of the commandos throws a grenade at them. Goliath and the elder gargoyle managed to get out of the way before it exploded.
Xanatos aimed his laser at the commando that was fighting the red gargoyle and said, “Time to take the gloves off.” A commando knocks him off balance. The laser rips into the castle walls and sends debris flying into the street below.
A commando throws a grenade at Goliath. The explosion sends him sailing off the wall.
“Father!” Athena screamed.
She rushed to the edge and sees that his wings won't catch enough air to slow him down, so he dug his claws into the side of the building, and slowly comes to a stop.
“Don’t move a muscle,” A commando told her as he pointed his weapon at her.
“Adfishio Potentia,” She muttered before beams of light shot out of her hand and wrap around the commando. She turns around with her eyes glowing before she makes the commando hit the wall. Another commando throws a gas grenade and incapacitates Goliath. The other one runs out of the castle with a briefcase in his hands. The leader launches a flare to signal the helicopter. The chopper lands and the commandos run on board. Athena helps Goliath get away from the gas, they and the other gargoyles join Xanatos.
“I've never seen weapons like those before,” The red gargoyle panted, “And that flying creature that carried them off.”
“A dragon, without a doubt.”
“It wasn't a dragon. It was a machine called a helicopter,” Athena corrected the elder.
“Thank you. Without you and your friends, who knows what those thugs might have done,” Xanatos said.
“Someone I once trusted said the same thing to me. And then destroyed my people,” Goliath growled.
“Hm. l can see I'll have to work hard to earn your trust,” Xanatos takes out his phone and makes a call, Owen? We'll need a cleanup crew outside.”
“Why were you attacked?” Goliath asked him.
“The richer you are, the more enemies you have. And I'm very rich,” He walks up to them,” Goliath, this is your home as well as my headquarters. l hope you'll consider working with me to keep it safe.”
“it's your decision, lad, but we've nowhere else to go,” The elder gargoyle told him.
Goliath sighs, “This castle is our home, no matter where it has been taken. We will stay here.”
“Excellent,” Xanatos grinned, “I know you've been used poorly by men in the past, but all that is about to change. Trust me.”
“You broke the spell of sleep that imprisoned us, Xanatos, and reunited me with my daughter, and for that we are grateful. But we will never trust humans again.”
“l can tell this relationship is something we'll all have to work at,” Xanatos said.
Chapter 3: The awakening part three
The red, blue, and green gargoyles decided to explore their home and see what changes were to it, and Athena tagged along to make sure they didn't cause any trouble. Eventually, the gargoyles found the kitchen and are taken in by all the devices.
"Wow, look at all this stuff. It's fantastic," The green gargoyle said in amazement as they walked further into the kitchen.
The red gargoyle walks over to the stove, "What do you suppose this does?"
Athena turns to him and sees his hand on the burners, and that he is about to turn one of the dials.
"Wait, don't!" She shouted, but it was too late. He turned the dial and jumped back as the burner ignited.
He bumps into the green gargoyle, "Hey!" He shouted as he goes flying into a rack full of pots and pans, and a soup pot lands on his hand as some pots and pans fall.
The green gargoyle takes off the soup pot revealing an unamused faced at the red gargoyle.
"Next time if you have any questions about this new era's things, ask me. Are you okay?" Athena asked.
"I'll be fine by after morning," The green gargoyle answered.
She helped him up and helped put away the pots and pans that fell. When they were done, the green gargoyle saw the freezer door open and closed it.
"Hey! Let me out! It's cold in here!" They heard the blue gargoyle yelled from inside the freezer. They rush over to the freezer to help him.
"We'll save you," The green gargoyle yelled.
"You push, and we'll pull," The red gargoyle said before he and the green gargoyle pulled on the handle. Athena looked up and saw that the latch was closed and opened it. The door then flew open, and the gargoyles crashed into one another, and the piles of food from the blue gargoyle helped made a mess.
While they were cleaning up the kitchen, Xanatos and the elder gargoyle walked in on the mess after having heard the crash.
"What happened?" Xanatos asked.
"Let's just say that curiosity burned the gargoyle, knocked another into the pots and pans, and locked another in the freezer," Athena replied.
"I’ll have a crew come in the morning to clean up while you sleep."
Athena and the gargoyles left the kitchen and went back to the courtyard.
"A fine mess you made of that kitchen lads when I heard that crash I thought the-" The elder gargoyle lectured before being interrupted.
"Look!" The green gargoyle pointed up, "Goliath is talking to that human."
Athena focused on the human before she realized who it is, "Eliza, what are you doing here?" She muttered.
She and the others went up to the stairs and joined Goliath.
"Does anyone else know about you?" Eliza asked.
The eldest gargoyle stood by Goliath as the others stand behind Eliza as Goliath said, "Only the man called ‘Xanatos’, he brought us here, and my daughter.”
Elisa looks over both her shoulders and saw the other gargoyles, but not Athena.
“This can’t be happening,” she said.
“Oh, believe me, it is,” Athena said, revealing her presence to Eliza.
“Athena, what are you doing here?”
“Reuniting with my family,” She replied.
“Wait, this is your family? The same family in Scotland?” Eliza questioned.
“One in the same.”
“This can’t be happening,” Eliza repeated.
The red gargoyles sniff her before asking,” Is this a new friend, Goliath?”
“Boy, I hope so,” Eliza breathed.
“She is,” Athena told the red gargoyle.
“This is Eliza Maza, a Detective?” Goliath said hesitantly with Detective.
“Second class NYPD,” Eliza said, she pulled out her badge and showed it to the gargoyles.
“What exactly does a detective do, lass?” The elder gargoyle asked.
“A detective is someone who finds people who’ve done something wrong and put them away,” Athena explained.
“Who says what's 'wrong'?” Goliath asked.
“Well, we have a justice system,” Eliza replied, “Laws, penalties, assessments that the people decide.”
“You mean the humans decide,” Goliath growled before noticing that dawn is breaking. He turns back to her and yelled, ”You have to go now!”
“Wait! Will l see you again? I’d like to know more about you,” Goliath didn’t answer,” Look, you saved my life so l owe you. Let me help you understand this city,” Elisa said.
“She’s right, Father, you need to know how things work, and I can’t help you learn everything that has happened while you’ve slept by myself,” Athena agreed.
“If we're to defend the castle, l suppose we need to be prepared for whatever's out there, Very well,” Goliath allowed. The other gargoyles nodded with small smiles and Athena smirked.
“Good. Tomorrow's my day off. I'll meet you in the afternoon at. . .”
“After dark,” Goliath interrupted.
Eliza chuckled before commenting, “Why am I not surprised? OK. Here, after dark.”
“No. Not here. Over there, on that rooftop,” Goliath pointed to a nearby rooftop.
“Why there?” Eliza asked.
“Why were you sneaking into the castle?” Goliath countered.
“A good detective trusts no one,” She replied.
“That's one thing we have in common.”
Eliza turned to Athena and said,” You have a lot of explaining to do you,” she then left.
“It seems that much has changed from what we knew,” The elder gargoyle commented.
“Yes,” Goliath agreed, “And if we are to survive in this new world, we need to learn about it, and the humans who rule here.”
“Goliath. Athena,” Owen called.
Goliath and Athena walked down the steps to Owen.
"Mr. Xanatos wishes to speak with you and Athena," He told them.
They followed Owen to Xanatos' office he opens the door, and they walk in.
"it is almost dawn, Xanatos. My friends and l must sleep soon," Goliath told him.
"This won't take long," Xanatos assures him, "I'm asking for your and Athena's help, Goliath. That team who attacked us earlier stole something very important from me. The box they took contained three of these hard disks."
He hands Goliath a disk.
''Disks''?" Goliath repeated with a confused look.
"Think of them as magic talismans. Each one containing hundreds of spells," Xanatos explained, "It is vitally important that you and your friends get them back for me."
"Perhaps you should use a detective," Goliath suggested.
"You are learning fast. l can't go to the police. I've already had to forestall an investigation of the fight. Think of the trouble it would cause if they learned of you and your friends. You could be locked up for study or even worse. Remember you are the only gargoyles left. Humans will fear you."
"And betray us. What would you have us do?"
Xanatos walks over to a large screen and loads a videotape, "My sources have discovered the thieves were hired by a multinational company called Cyberbiotics."
"Amazing. It's like a living tapestry," Goliath said in wonder at the screen.
"Your naivety is refreshing, Goliath. The stolen data are being held at three different locations. The first is a research center on a small island in the bay. The second is deep beneath the city in a heavily fortified base. And the third is being kept in a huge air fortress that flies in a holding pattern over the city. All three places must be hit simultaneously so none will be able to notify the others. It seems an absurd amount of protection, l know, but, rest assured, the information is that important."
"Why do you want our help?" Athena questioned.
"This must be done before their scientists break the encryption codes. Before they translate the spells."
"This is much different than protecting the castle. It will endanger the lives of my charges. l cannot risk that," Goliath told Xanatos.
"Think about my request. I'm sure our enemies mean to use this information for some terrible purpose."
Goliath and Athena left the office and returned to the others. She bid them goodnight as they got on their perches and watched as they turned to stone when the sun rose.
After the gargoyles turned to stone, Athena left the castle and went to her home. Her home is a three-story Victorian-style brownstone townhouse built in the French Baroque architecture design with a Mansard roof. The first floor houses the foyer, drawing room, library, living room, dining room, and kitchen. The second floor consists of a bedroom, bathrooms, and a few guest rooms. The third floor is composed of a garden, a study, a library, and two storage areas the first for occult artifacts and the second for things from the past. A house with objects of magic that would not mix well with a gargoyle’s foolishness.
She unlocked the door and walked into her home. She closed the door behind her and locked it before walking up the stairs. She goes to the library on the third floor and opens the door to see Jason, a red-haired English man with a white streak, with his nose in a book and several other books on a table next to him. She snuck up behind him and surprised him by kissing him on the cheek.
He pulled her over his shoulder and she sat on his lap. They smiled at each other as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
"I trust the reunion went well?" Jason asked.
"Well, aside from being attacked, one of them getting locked in a freezer which resulted in a mess in the kitchen, and Eliza finding out the truth, it was pretty good."
"I heard about the attack on the news, and I'm just glad that you are safe and unharmed," He told her.
"So, when do you think I should introduce you to them?" Athena asked.
"Perhaps after a few days. They do need time to adjust to this new world, especially after being told they've been asleep for a thousand years."
"Or maybe you're afraid of them," Athena teased.
"Gargoyles are known for being protective, and your family doesn't know we're together."
Athena yawned, "Come on, let's go to bed. I have to get up early tonight, so I can be there when they wake up."
They went to their room and slept until it was almost sunset. Athena got ready and headed to see her family. She reached where her family slept a few minutes before they wake up.
When the sunset, her family awakens. The red gargoyle jumps off his perch and prepares to leave.
Goliath jumps off his perch and asks, "Where are you going?"
"To explore the city. After all, we can't spend the rest of our lives in the castle," The red gargoyle explained.
"He's right," The green gargoyle agreed, "if we're going to live here, we've got to know all about this city. its people, its devices. . ."
"it's food," The blue gargoyle added.
"Don't worry father, I'll make sure that they'll stay out of sight," Athena said.
Goliath pauses for a moment before sighing, "Oh, very well. The three of you may explore. But stay close to the building, stay out of sight, and keep Athena out of danger."
"Father, I've survived a thousand years in this world, I'm sure I can survive a few hours with them," Athena said, "Time for you guys to see Manhattan."
She then wrapped her arms around the red gargoyle's neck before they jumped off to explore the city. Athena showed them the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn, Broadway, Lexington, Bronx, Central Park, and so many others.
They landed on a rooftop with gargoyle statues, and they talk about what they've seen.
"I've never seen so many wonders," The blue gargoyles said admiring the sites.
"Look!" The green gargoyle said. The three of them looked at where he was pointing.
"That's a motorcycle. It's like a horse," Athena told him.
"I've got to see how it works," The green gargoyle said excitedly before he jumped off and glided down.
"No!" Athena shouted, but it was too late. The green gargoyle was gliding close to the man riding the motorcycle.
"What a beautiful device," The green gargoyle said. The man turned around and saw him. He screamed and fell off the motorcycle before running away.
"Wait! Come back," The green gargoyle called out. Athena and the others joined him on the ground.
"Goliath said not to let anybody see us," The red gargoyle reminded him.
"l didn't mean to let him see me. l just wanted a look at his machine," The green gargoyle sighed. He picked it off the ground and sat on it, "Do you know how this machine works, Athena?"
"Yeah, here's the basics, this is the throttle, it's what helps the motorcycle go, and that is the brake," Athena told him.
"Be careful," The blue gargoyle warned him.
"It looks easy enough," The green gargoyle said.
Realization dawned on Athena's face, "Oh no, what have I done?"
Before she could do anything, the green gargoyle went speeding down the street on the rear wheel. Athena and the others run after him, and he was getting closer to the brick wall.
Athena says, "Ortis," and the green gargoyle is taken off the motorcycle just as it crashes into the wall, catching on fire.
"Let's not tell my father about this part of the tour," Athena said.
"Agreed," The three gargoyles said in unison.
Athena and the gargoyles continued their tour of the city, and along the way, the blue gargoyle had gotten hungry and spotted a hot dog cart.
He glided down to the cart and scared the vendor. As he glided up to rejoin them, he scarfed down a bunch of hot dogs.
As they flew above the city, the only sound that they hear is the sound of the blue gargoyle eating hot dogs, one after another.
The others gave the blue gargoyle glare as he took a bite out of the last one, he turned to them and said, "These are great, you should try some."
"We would have if you hadn't eaten the entire cartful," The red gargoyle muttered.
They landed on a nearby rooftop, and the red gargoyle let Athena down before the green gargoyle crash lands.
The green gargoyle sighed, "This city is big. My wings are tried."
"Mine too," The red gargoyle agreed. He turns around, "And it's a long way back to the castle."
He peers over the ledge, watches a man hail a taxi in the street below, and gets an idea. They then glide down and hide in a doorway, waiting for a taxi. The red gargoyle sees an approaching taxi. He steps out into the street, while Athena still couldn’t believe that she let him do this and waited for the inevitable, he mimics the gesture he saw the man used earlier, and says, “Yo, Taxi!”
The driver sees what was hailing him slams on the brakes making a screeching noise, turns around, and speeds off. The others stepped out from the doorway.
"Looks like we walk," The blue gargoyle said.
Athena looked at her watch, "We have about an hour and a half until the sun rises. Why don't we get back on the rooftop and take a little break before we go home sound good?"
The three gargoyles nodded before climbing up to the roof and rest.
Chapter 4: The awakening part four
Once they were rested, they headed back to the castle. When they arrived at the castle, the elder gargoyle and the gargoyle dog were waiting for them.
"It's about time you came home," He told them as they landed.
"This city is a fascinating place," The red gargoyle said.
"Underground tubes with giant metal snakes," The blue gargoyle said.
"Lights so bright they turn night into day," The green gargoyle said.
"Huge metal ship," The red gargoyle said.
"All kinds of food!" The blue gargoyle exclaimed with joy.
"It was an eventful night," Athena told the elder gargoyle.
"Have you seen Goliath?" The elder gargoyle asked them.
"He's not back?" Athena asked with worry, "But he would have been home long before we got back, and it's almost dawn."
"Aye," He said, "That's what worries me."
"Elisa was showing him the city she's probably still with him. I'll call her and see what I can find," Athena told them.
"Just be careful, lass. We lost you once, and we're not going to lose you again," The elder gargoyle said before he and the others took their place.
Athena walked down the stairs and left the building. As she walked along the street, Athena pulled out her phone and, as she was about to call Elisa, her phone started ringing, and the caller ID read Elisa.
"Hey, I was just about to call you," Athena said.
"Athena it's Goliath. We were attacked and they shot him with a dart, it made him weak and then he turned to stone. I managed to lose them, but I don't know what to do about him," Elisa told her in a panicked voice.
"Elisa, calm down. A gargoyle turns to stone during the day, it's how they sleep and heal. So, when the sun sets he will be fine."
Elisa took a breath, "Okay. I'm okay."
"Good. Where are you now?" Athena asked her.
"Central Park. I don't think you'll miss the new statue."
"Okay, I'll be there soon," Athena hanged up.
Athena got to Central Park as fast as she could, and when she arrived, she started looking for Elisa and the park's new statue. After a while of searching, Athena found them. And Elisa was soaking wet.
"Elisa, what happened to you?" Athena asked.
"The goons that were chasing me," She replied, "led them to a boathouse, and then I had to hide under the docks."
"Thank you for saving my father. I can't thank you enough."
"What are friends for," Elisa said before they sat down next to Goliath, "Your father told me about you, and I gotta admit you look good for someone who's over a thousand years old."
"Immortality does wonders for the complexion," Athena joked, and the two laughed.
"So, does Jason know about you, your family, all of it?" She asked.
"So, what was it like being raised by Gargoyles?" Elisa asked.
"It was interesting, but not that different from many other families in that era. I was loved, looked after, and taught the gargoyle ways. Both the elder gargoyle and the captain of the guard taught me how to fight in battle. I had also been tutored alongside princess Katherine. My father thought it would be best for me to learn from humans as well. Prince Malcolm agreed, and for a while, his daughter the princess and I were best friends, but something happened, and she blamed the gargoyles."
"What happened?" Elisa asked.
"The Prince was poisoned by a traitor, and she blamed us for not protecting him. And even though her father was saved, she still hated us. But after what happened to my family on the day of the massacre at Castle Wyvern, and those who survived who saved her people that night, I think she forgave them."
“I’m sorry about what happened to your family. No one should go through that," Elisa comforted her.
"Thank you, Elisa."
The two continued their talk for the rest of the day. They eventually took turns sleeping until the sun was setting.
"We should step back a bit," Athena said.
"Why?" Elisa asked.
They then got up from the ground and took a few steps away from Goliath. When the sun had set, the stone cracks and falls off as Goliath awakens from his stone sleep.
Goliath looks over and notices Athena,” Daugther? Why are you here?”
“Elisa called me. She told me about what happened and I rushed over here,” Athena explained as she and Elisa stood at her father’s side.
“Are you okay?” Elisa asked Goliath
“Of course,” He replied.
“That sedative seems to have worn off.”
“Sleep rejuvenates us,” Goliath told Elisa.
“Athena told me about that,” She said.
“You and my daughter stayed with me throughout the entire day?” Goliath asked.
“Yeah, well, someone had to make sure those comic book rejects didn't find you,” Elisa answered.
“Thank you. lt is very possible that you saved my life,” Goliath held out his hand to Elisa.
Elisa took his hand and shook it, “So now we're even.”
“l must return. They'll be worried about me,” Goliath said as he and Athena turned to leave.
“Indeed, father,” Athena said.
“l understand. So, uh later tonight?” Elisa asked.
Goliath nodded yes before he and Athena found somewhere high enough for him to climb on and glide back to the castle with Athena in his arms.
When the castle was in view, Athena and Goliath saw the others standing there with smiles on their faces. Athena was placed gently on the ground by her father after they had landed.
“We were worried about you,” The red gargoyles told Goliath.
“What happened?” The blue gargoyle asked.
“It appears we have enemies,” Goliath told them before turning to the elder gargoyle, “Given what happened, l wish you had accompanied us last night, Hudson.”
“Aye, it's my name. And what would you make of it?” Hudson asked.
“ lt's a fine name. ''Hudson.” Uh, l-l like it,” The blue gargoyle replied in a nervous voice.
“We should choose names too. Names that suit our new lives here,” The red gargoyle suggested.
“Oh? And what might they be?” Goliath asked.
“Hm. Brooklyn. I'm Brooklyn.”
“Broadway,” The blue gargoyle, now Broadway said.
“Uh, Lexington. Do you like it?” Lexington asked.
“They're all fine names,” Goliath answered.
“Perfect for your new life here,” Athena told them.
“l guess he'll need one as well now,” Goliath gestured to the gargoyle dog.
“Oh, I've got one for him too. From now on, you're ''Bronx,” Brooklyn said.
Bronx huffs in response before walking away.
Lexington chuckled, “l think he likes it.”
Owen appeared standing at the doorway before walking towards Goliath and Athena,” Mr. Xanatos wants to see you both.”
The two followed Owen to Xanatos’ office. The door opened and the two walked in and towards Xanatos.
“You wish to see us, Xanatos?” Goliath said.
“Goliath. Athena. There's someone here l want you to meet. An old acquaintance, l believe,” Xanatos told them. He gestures to a door and it opens automatically.
“Who?” Goliath asked.
Goliath and Athena gasp when her mother, his mate steps out from the shadows and to them.
“Goliath. My love. Athena. My starlight.”
The three then hug each other, and Goliath and his mate wrap their wings around the three of them.
“My angel. lt really is you,” Goliath said.
“Oh, Goliath. All the days that I’ve dreamed of you and this moment.”
“Oh, mother. I’ve missed you so much,” Athena said to her mother with tears.
“My darling starlight, I thought I would never see you again. How is it that you’re still alive?” She asked.
“The Magus cast a spell so I would never die, but I am grateful that he did because I am able to be reunited with my family.”
Xanatos clears throat and the three break from their hug, “I’m very happy for you both.”
“This man has brought us together, my love. We owe our reunion to David Xanatos,” Her mother said.
“But how? You were shattered by the Vikings,” Goliath asked.
“No. l feared for your safety, so l left the castle to find you. But l lost my way and the sun rose before l could return.”
“But how did you survive all these centuries, mother?” Athena asked.
“When l returned to the castle, the magus had already turned your father to stone and you had left for your journey. l begged him to cast his spell on me so that we might awaken together,” She told her story.
“l saw her a year ago and was so impressed, l acquired her for my private collection.
Then, after l woke you up, it seemed plausible that a trip to the castle might have the same effect on her,” Xanatos explained.
“With you alive, l can start to live again as well,” Goliath said.
“As you said, you and l are one, now and forever,” She agreed, “And we are now a family again.”
They, expect Xanatos, left the room and walked back outside to join the others and to show them what Xanatos wanted to tell them. When they arrived, the other gargoyles stopped their conversation and were filled with shock and surprise when they saw Goliath’s mate and Athena’s mother alive.
“Lass! ls it really you?” Hudson asked as he and the others ran up to her and Bronx started licking his face.
“lt's impossible,” Brooklyn said.
“How did you-” Broadway began to ask.
“ I’ll answer your questions later. lt's just so good to see all of you again,” She told them before she stood up and turned to Goliath, “My love, l must ask a favor of you.”
“Anything,” He replied.
“Xanatos has told me of the disks that were stolen from him.”
“He wants our help in retrieving them.”
“Yes, and l think we should help him, out of gratitude for reuniting us, if nothing else.”
“l agree. And perhaps by helping him, we can rid ourselves of the humans who hunt us.
Besides, with you by my side, l can do anything,” Goliath told her.
They all gathered in Xanatos’ office, where he explained the plan of retrieving the disks that were stolen.
“I’ve explained the strengths and weaknesses of each fortress and given you what l think are the best plans of attack. Only your speed and strength can stand against their defenses,” Xanatos said.
“We will take the air fortress,” Goliath gestured to him and his mate before pointing at the trio, “You three will breach the tower.”
“Cool,” Brooklyn said.
“What?” Goliath asked confused.
“lt's a new word we learned last night,” Broadway explained.
“It means something really great,” Athena told her father.
“Ah. Hudson, the underground base is yours, but take Bronx with you,” Goliath said.
“’m perfectly capable of -” Hudson began before he was interrupted.
“Take him with you. He needs the exercise.”
“What about me, father?” Athena asked.
“You will stay here,” Goliath replied.
“Father we have been through this over a thousand years ago. I can fight and since that day I’ve learned different fighting styles, and, besides, I’ll just sneak out and join one of you.”
“Fine, you will join Broadway, Lexington, and Brooklyn. But be careful,” He said with worry,” I don’t want to lose you. Be careful, all of you. Humans are much more dangerous in these times.”
“Come on, then,” Hudson said.
They all left the office and headed to the tower. They stood on their perches before flying off to their missions. Hudson and Bronx left first.
Brooklyn held Athena in his arms, “Let's go!”
He, Athena, Lexington, and Broadway jump off the perches and glided in the wind.
“They'd better not be harmed,” Goliath said as he watched them glide off.
“They are young and impetuous, but they are also warriors like our daughter, trained by the best,” His mate held out her hand to him.
“To soar with you again, it's like a dream,” He told her.
“We've dreamed for a thousand years, Goliath, it's time for our dreams to come true,” SHe said before jumping off and gliding to the air fortress with Goliath jumping off after her.
The trio and Athena glided to the large tower near the bay with fortified walls around it and they landed on the roof.
“The magic in this century is so so -” Lexington began but stumbled trying to find the right word.
“Cool?” Brooklyn suggested.
“Exactly,” Lexington greed.
“We need a way in,” Brooklyn said before they spot an entrance.
“No problem,” Broadway cracked his claws before ripping the door off its hinges. They climbed down the ladder.
“Xanatos said it's four floors down,” Brooklyn said before he prides the elevator doors open.
Broadway looks at the empty elevator shaft and said, “This isn't like the elevators back at the castle.”
“Those are the cables that allow the elevator to go up and down. The elevator is probably at the lower levels,” Athena explained to them.
“Not enough room to glide down,” Lexington said.
“Well, we'll just use this rope here in the middle,” Brooklyn said before jumping onto the cable and sliding down. Lexington and Broadway looked at each other before following Brooklyn down the cables.
“Good thing I had these in my pocket,” Athena took out her leather gloves out and puts them on before she follows the trio down the cables.
“One. Two. Three. Four,” Brooklyn called off the levels before reaching the destined one, “Looks like this is it,” He then jumps onto the ledge and begins prying the doors open.
“This is easy. We'll have that disk and be back in time for supper,” Broadway said.
Brooklyn manages to open the doors, revealing several armed guards on the other side.
"A late supper," Broadway rephrases.
“Uh oh,” Athena said.
Chapter 5: The awakening part five
In Cyberbiotics' tower lab, the guards take aim at Brooklyn, Lexington, Athena, and Broadway.
Brooklyn grins, shrugs, and says, "Sorry, wrong floor."
The guards open fire as they retreat back up the elevator shaft. Broadway opens the door to the floor above, and the three of them dive into the hallway as the guards fire up the shaft.
"Now what?" Lexington asked.
Athena’s phone suddenly rings and she takes it out of her pocket to answer.
“Athena, it’s me, Elisa. Listen, I found something interesting about the people who attacked me and Goliath the other night,” Elisa told her.
“Listen, Elisa. I’m in the middle of something. Can we discuss this later?”
“I’ll explain it to you and Goliath later tonight,” She replied.
“Good. Bye,” Athena hangs up.
In the lab on the fourth floor, the scientists nervously watch the door as an alarm sounds. Suddenly, part of the ceiling caves in and the lights go out. The three gargoyles and Athena drop in and the lights come on. The technicians recoil as Broadway growls.
Brooklyn picks up a nearby scientist by the collar and asks, “Where’s the disk?
The scientist point to a console. Lexington surveys the controls and finds the disk, “Got it.”
The guards begin to come in the door but are blocked by Brooklyn,” I think it's time to go.”
Broadway picks up a large piece of equipment and hurls it through a window. The three of them fly with Brooklyn holding Athena, with the guards shooting at them from the tower.
Lexington rolls over in flight and shouts, "We did it!" They fly back to the castle
Not long after the arrived at the castle, where Xanatos was waiting for them, Hudson and Bronx joined them followed by Goliath and Athena’s mother, who hands over the disk to Xanatos.
“My friends, you have my profound thanks. Rest assured that the knowledge on these disks will be put to beneficial use for humans and gargoyles alike,” Xanatos told them before walking away with the disk.
“l have promised to meet a friend. I’ll be back soon,” Goliath told his mate and turns to leave.
“A friend? Who?” She asks, “Not one of us.”
“No. A human. Elisa Maza,” He replied.
“I need to come with you, father. Elisa said that there was something she wanted to tell us,” Athena told her Goliath.
“Aside from Xanatos, we have no human friends. Nor should we. Humanity is our enemy, Goliath. l thought you learned that a millennium ago.”
“l cannot make war upon an entire world,” Goliath told his mate, “Doesn't Xanatos and our daughter prove that there are good humans, as well as bad?”
“Can you forgive the humans for what they did to our kind?” His mate questioned him.
“But, mother the ones responsible for our family’s deaths have been dead for a thousand years,” Athena told her.
“Then their descendants shall pay. l will have blood for blood,” Athena’s mother snapped at her.
Athena, never in all her life until now, became frightened by her mother.
“You said the centuries have changed me. They've changed you, too. You've become hard, unforgiving. You are not as l remember you. Our daughter and I going to see our friend now,” Goliath told her. He and Athena walk past her mother.
“So be it,” His mate said.
Goliath takes hold of Athena in his arms before jumping off and gliding to meet with Elisa on a nearby rooftop. When Goliath landed and placed Athena on the ground, Elisa ran up to them.
“Where have you two been?” She asked, “ I’ve been looking all over town for you.”
“Why?” Goliath asked.
“Three Cyberbiotics installations have reported robberies by some kind of creatures, one reported a woman was with the creature, and l saw you and another gargoyle flying away from the plane wreck. What's this all about, Goliath? Athena?”
“The disks were stolen from Xanatos. We returned them to him,” Goliath explained.
“Remember this?” Elisa pulls out a piece of paper with a beetle logo on it from her jacket, “l traced that emblem. lt's the logo of a robotics firm that's owned by are you ready? Xanatos Enterprises.”
“Are you saying that Xanatos is responsible for the attack in the park?” Goliath questioned.
“That's exactly what I’m saying,” She replied, “He probably planted that bug on you himself.”
“But those were the same men who stole the disks from him,” He told her.
“Goliath, nothing was stolen. l checked. Those disks were Cyberbiotics' property. He must have staged the theft to trick you into stealing the disks. He used you. He used both of you. He's been using both of you from the beginning.”
Goliath turns away from Elisa. She gently pulled him back to face her.
“Listen, Goliath. We haven't known each other very long,” Elisa admitted,” But Athena and I have known each for years, and l know you don't have any good reason to trust humans but you've got to trust somebody in this world, and l think you'd be better off with me than Xanatos.”
Goliath looks down at the emblem before crumpling the piece of paper and growls. Elisa smiles and says, "You won't regret it."
Goliath and Athena glided, while Elisa drives in her car, back to the castle. When Goliath and Athena return, they see that their clan is under attack by robots that look like Goliath.
“Father, drop me close enough to the ground and help the others,” Athena told him. Goliath nodded and glided closer to the castle grounds before placing her on the ground before gliding back up to help the trio.
One of the robots takes aim at Lexington. The blast knocks him out in flight, but Brooklyn catches him as he falls. Brooklyn struggles to fly with the added load, and the robot takes aim at him as well. Just as the robot is about to open fire, Goliath catches him in midair and drives him into one of the castle walls. The robot explodes, and Goliath flies toward Brooklyn.
“Give him to me,” Goliath said to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn gives Goliath Lexington, and Goliath lands next to Broadway. He pushes a stone off of Broadway and lies Lex next to him. Athena rushed over to her father and the unconscious Lexington and Broadway.
“Stay here and watch over them,” Goliath said to Athena before going off to fight.
Athena knew that they were going to need help in this fight and decided to cast a summoning spell,” Magic Forces black and white, reaching out through space and light. Be he far or be he near, Bring me the demon Etrigan here,” and hoped that he would be here soon.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn glides under the castle and catches a support column. He climbs back up the castle and rejoins the battle. Hudson and Bronx run out of the castle.
"What's all the noise?" Hudson asked.
As if to answer his question, a robot flies around and fires on the two of them. Bronx leaps after the robot as it flies by and catches its tail. He forces it to the ground. The robot fires on Bronx, who easily avoids the blasts. Hudson draws his sword and descends on the robot from above. With a roar, he cleaves the machine neatly in two.
"Never a dull moment, is there boy?" He asked Bronx.
Athena sees one of the robots flying towards and aiming it’s weapon at her, Lexington, and Broadway.
“Mercuta Verditis,” She said and a blue beam of energy shoots from her hand and causes the robot to explode.
Goliath then manages to get on the back of one of the robots and steers it into a another one attacking. Both blow up. Soon Lexington and Broadway regain consciousness.
“What’s going on?” Lexington asked Athena.
“I don’t know, but it’s not over yet,” Broadway said with widened eyes as he pointed to the last of the robots that were attacking them. The robot took aim and fired at the three, but Athena had put up a shield allowing them to be unharmed by the attack. Lexington and Broadway stood there bewildered by what they saw. When the robot left, Athena puts down the shield.
“H-how were you able to do that?” Lexington asked.
“Years of practice,” Athena replied, “Let’s go meet up with the others.”
The trio and Athena rush to the courtyard and met with Hudson and Bronx, but unaware of them, the last robot was taking its aim at them. Goliath and Brooklyn, both hiding behind the wall of a broken tower, see the robot. They waited till the robot was close enough and pushed the wall on top of it. The robot it then crushed when it hits the ground before exploding.
“And they say that the middle ages were barbaric,” Hudson said.
“We won dude!” Brooklyn cheered.
“Dude?” Goliath asked confused.
“You haven't won anything, fools,” Athena’s mother told them. Goliath and Brooklyn turned to her and see that she’s aiming a missile launcher at them and Xanatos at the rest of the clan. Her mother fires the rocket at Brooklyn and Goliath, but were able to dodge it, barely. Brooklyn lands next to the rest of the clan and Athena, while Goliath lands in front of his mate.
“What are you doing?” Goliath asked his mate.
The gargoyles and Athena get ready to fight, but Xanatos stops them by keeping his missile launcher aimed at them, “Hold it. Let's just let them play out their little drama, shall we?”
Athena silently casted a spell of illusion to make it seem that she was still there and to make her invisible so she can sneak up to her father’s side.
"Goliath, you're a fool,'' she replies, "But then, you always were, weren't you? if you'd only taken the rest of our clan away from the castle that night.The plan was perfect."
“Plan?” Goliath asked confused.
“lt would have succeeded.”
“l made a bargain with the captain,” His mate explained, “l was to get us all out of the castle so that the Vikings could sack it.”
“What?” Goliath asked.
“lt would have worked,” She continued confessing, “And after the humans were gone, we would have had the castle all to ourselves. But you ruined it. You had to protect the humans. You made us stay at the castle when we should have been with you. When the Vikings attacked, the captain said he'd protect us. But l didn't trust him. l've stayed alive because l don't trust anyone.”
“But why did you do it?” He asked her.
“You can ask me that?” His mate snapped, “After how they treated us, how they treated our daughter, they had to pay. All humanity has to pay for what they did to our kind and my daughter.”
“There's good and evil in all of us, human and gargoyle alike. You should know that more than anyone. Don't you see? None of this would have happened if it weren't for you,” Golaith told her.
“Don't say that!” She snapped again. She lowered her gun before speaking in a clam voice, “ Goliath, this is your last chance. Humanity is a poison that must be purged from this planet. Together, you and l can create a new world for our kind. You trusted me once. You loved me once.We have found each other again after a thousand years of solitude. Does that mean nothing to you?”
Goliath didn’t reply and looked away from her, but she knew his answer.
“Very well, then. lf you are not my ally, then you are my enemy,” Her eyes glow red as she levels the gun and fires it. Goliath barely dodges it and lands on his back.
“l have a name, too, Goliath. The humans gave it to me long ago. You should know it before you die. l am Demona. Goodbye, Goliath,” She aimed the gun right to his chest.
“No!” Athena screamed as she makes herself visible. Elisa and Athena run out to Demona. They knock into her, and the rocket goes astray, hitting the top of the nearest tower. The falling debris knocks out Xanatos, who held the rest of the clan at bay while Demona tried to handle Goliath. Another huge piece hits the battlements, which crumble, throwing Elisa, Athena, and Demona off and sending them to a long plummet down to the ground level.
Goliath glides down and catches Elisa, but as he was about to get Athena a yellow-skinned demon with wings dressed in medieval knight garb caught Athena and flew back up to the castle. Goliath glides back up to the castle and sets Elisa down before watching Demon, with debris and stones, falling to the ground until she is out of his sight.
Goliath let out a roar before falling to his knees. He then saw that Xanatos was regaining consciousness, Goliath grabs him by his jacket and hold him over the edge of the castle.
“She wanted me to destroy humanity. I think I'll start with you,” Goliath said with anger.
“Go ahead. Without me, you'd still be gathering moss and your daughter would be without her family,” Xanatos taunted him with no fear.
“No, Goliath. Don't do this,” Elisa shouted.
“Give me one good reason not to drop him!” Goliath demanded.
“Because if you do, you're the same as Demona.”
“She's right, father,” Athena agreed with Elisa,”ls that what you want?”
Golaith looks back at Xanatos before shaking his head, “No.” and throws Xanatos onto the stairs in front of Elisa, Athena, and Hudson.
Elisa cuffed Xanatos before talking him down to the lobby and giving him to the police officers. When she rejoined the gargoyles, Athena, and the nameless demon, Goliath and Hudson were overlooking the streets below.
“You did the right thing, lad,” Hudson told Goliath.
“Do you think she survived?” He asked.
“lf she did, we'll know soon enough, l imagine.”
A moment passed before Athena thought that it was time for some introductions.
Athena walked hand and hand with the demon and said,” Father, Uncles, Elisa, there is someone I’d like you all to meet,” She smiled at the demon,” This is Etrigan, the demon who won my heart, but Elisa knows him as someone else.”
“Gone, gone O’ Etrigan! Rise again the form of man!” Etrigan then enrupt in a burst of flames and turns into Jason.
“This is Jason Blood, my husband of almost a thousand years,” Athena introduced.
“Husband? You said that Jason was your boyfriend,” Elisa questioned.
“The younger we say we are the longer we can stay. So, saying that we’re dating allows us to stay longer," she explained. Athena and Jason took noticed of the gargoyles walking closer to them.
“It is an honor to meet my wife's family. Athena has told me so much about you," Jason said. He and Athena could see the glares he was receiving from the gargoyles, "I can assure you that I would never dare harm Athena. She is the love of my life and she would no doubt beat me in the fight."
The glares from the gargoyles softened and Goliath said,” Thank you for looking after my daughter.”
Taking their places to sleep for the day, Brooklyn's searching for his sunglasses.
“Hey, where are my sunglasses?” Bronx found them and brings them to Brooklyn, “Thanks, Bronx,” He puts them on and sees them breaking apart.
“l wish l had time for a snack,” Broadway said.
“You just ate,” Lexington groaned.
“Yeah, l know. Chinese food. lt was good, too. But, for some reason, about an hour later l was hungry again.”
At his perch above the others, Goliath talks to Elisa, Athena, and Jason.
“lt's nice to know l have at least a few humans friends in this new world,” Goliath said.
“l hope you have more - lots more. But whether you do or not, l'll always be your friend, Goliath,” Elisa said before asking, “Same time tomorrow night?”
“l wouldn't miss it,” He told her.
“Good. Maybe we'll catch a Giants game,” Elisa told them.
“'Giants''?” Goliath asked confused. The sun rises up, freezing the look of surprise on his face for another day.
“Hm. l wonder if this city's ready for you guys,”Elisa ponders, looking into the rising sun.
“Only one way to find out,” Athena said before the three of them went back to their homes.
Chapter 6: Thrill of the hunt
As Athena and Elisa drove in her car on their way to visit Athena’s family, Elisa was asking Athena some questions.
“So, how did you and Jason really meet?” She asked.
“It happened almost a year after Castle Wyvern. I had begun to develop magic, but I didn't know how to control it, and I feared I would harm someone, so I lived in solitude. One day, I heard someone and told them to stay back, or else I would harm them. The man told me that I had nothing to fear and that he can help me control my magic. I asked how he knew and he answered that he too has magic and introduced himself, 'Merlin'."
"Wait, 'Merlin'? As in the wizard from Camelot?" Elisa questioned.
Athena smiled, "The same. He took me to Camelot and introduced me to King Arthur, who welcomed me. For 3 years, He trained me and in that time I fell for one of Arthur's knights, Sir Jason Blood. I told Jason who I was and what happened to me. I told him that he should be with someone he can grow old with, but he said that he didn't care and would gladly spend the rest of his life with me."
“That’s kinda romantic,” Elisa said.
“Yeah, it is,” Athena agreed.
When they arrived and walked into the lobby of the Eyrie building, they were met by Owen.
“Detectives, please follow me. Your family and friends will be waking up soon,” Owen told them. Elisa and Athena followed Owen to the elevator, he pressed a button and it took them to the castle.
When the doors opened and as they walked out, Elisa said, “l have to tell you, Mr.Burnett, we still surprised at being asked back here, seeing as how we busted your boss.”
“Mr. Xanatos is not the sort to harbor a grudge, Detective Maza, and he wouldn't dream of denying you the opportunity of seeing your friends and Detective Wyvern her famil,” Owen told them as they walked up to the tower.
They reached the top and were walking towards the statues as the sun was setting. Soon the stone began to crack and the gargoyles awaken from their stone sleep with a roar.
“lf you'll excuse me,” Owen said before leaving.
Goliath turns around and steps down from his perch, “Elisa. Athena. What a pleasant sight to greet us as we awaken.”
“Well, it's a slow night and Athena and I were in the neighborhood,” Elisa told him.
“Good to see you again, lass,” Hudson said as he and Bronx left.
“Catch you later,” Brooklyn said before he, Broadway, and Lexington jumped off and glided away.
“They're in a hurry,” Elisa commented.
“They are fascinated by the things they see on the television. Every night they rush to turn it on. But welcome to our home. Especially now that Xanatos has been defeated and this castle is truly ours once more.”
“That's what we wanted to talk to you about. You know that Xanatos was only convicted of receiving stolen property.”
“Convicted?” Goliath asked confused.
“He was accused of that specific crime and that's what he was sent to prison for,” Elisa explained, “But he only got a six-month sentence and we were lucky it wasn't suspended. His lawyers will probably get that time cut down. The point is that it's not safe here for you guys.”
“What are you saying?” He questioned. Athena could tell by the expression on his face that he wasn’t going to like the answer.
“What she’s saying, father is that you'll have to find a new place to sleep during the day. A new home, father,” Athena told him.
“No!” Goliath roared, “This castle is our home.”
“Sorry, but it's not,” Elisa said, “ Xanatos bought it, lock, stock, and gargoyle. Do you understand what I’m saying? Every minute you stay here, you're in danger.”
“You worry too much, Elisa. Xanatos was defeated. We are safe here,” Goliath insisted before walking away.
“I think your head stays rock hard even at night,” Elisa said, “Is there anything you can do to convince them, Athena?”
“I’m afraid not, Elisa,” She replied, “From my experience, a gargoyle is one of the most stubborn beings in the world, but I’ll try and figure something out”
Elisa left while Athena stayed behind at the castle. Athena tried to convince her father that they weren’t safe at the castle anymore during the day, especially when Xanatos gets out of prison, but he wasn’t convinced. Athena spent the rest of the night in the library of the castle. When she saw the sun rising, Athena went up and joined her family at the tower, but Lexington wasn’t there.
“Almost dawn and he’s still not home,” Goliath growled.
“He always cuts it too close,” Hudson sighed.
“There you are!” Broadway said as Lexington flies to the tower and lands.
“Where were you?” Goliath asked.
“I’ve made us some new allies,” Lexington replied with joy.
“You don't mean the Pack?” Brooklyn asked.
“l sure do. They're just like us. They defend the innocent, and they do it on television.”
“Lexington, I’m sorry, but their not. The Pack are just actors. People who pretend to be someone else,” Athena told him.
“You let them see you?” Goliath asked.
“Uh, yes, l did. And why not? You made friends with Elisa,” Lexington said.
“That was different,” He told him.
“This argument will have to wait for nightfall, lads,” Hudson told them as he pointed to the sun.
“This isn't over,” Goliath told Lexington.
“You bet it isn't,” He said. The sun then rose and they were frozen in stone. Athena rubbed her temples before she left and started her shift at the station.
When her shift was over, Athena drove to the Eyrie building and headed up to the tower where her family was a few seconds before the sunset. The gargoyles broke free from their stone sleep.
“Why is Elisa different?” Lexington questioned, “These guys are defenders of the realm, just like she is.”
“He may be right, Goliath,” Hudson said, “I’ve seen them on the picture-box. They are constantly attacked by these ''evil ninjas.”
“Maybe they could use our help,” Broadway said.
“Look, it's not like l revealed all our secrets. I’m not stupid. They don't know we turn to stone during the day. They don't even know where we live,” Lexington told Goliath before asking, “Look, will you please meet them before you judge them?”
“l think if anyone would understand us, they would,” Brooklyn told Goliath.
“We can't hide from the whole world up here,” Lexington said, “There are kindred spirits out there for us, but we've got to look for them and we've got to give them a chance. Or else, we'll always be alone.”
Goliath sighs, “All right. Take me to meet them. if it's safe, we'll arrange introductions for the rest of you.”
“I’m coming with you two, and don’t bother trying to say I won’t. I’ll just follow you if you do,” Athena said.
Goliath picked her up and held her in his arms before he and Lexington jumped off the tower to meet the Pack.
When they arrived at the studio and walked in, no was there, it was dark and empty.
"I don't like this," Goliath growled as he puts Athena down.
"They said they'd be here," Lexington said with confusion.
Suddenly a bright light shined in their faces blinding them. A grenade was thrown at them and exploded, causing them to be thrown back.
“lt's a trap!” Goliath shouted before he, Lexington, and Athena ran as bullets were being fired at them. They run into a metal maze that is inside the studio. Then Hyena jumps out and attacks Lexington. Hyena runs away and Lexington chases after her.
“Lexington!” Goliath called out before he and Athena chase after him. Lexington nearly falls prey to the spikes coming out of the walls before Goliath pulls him out of the way.
“Cowards! l thought you fought with honor,” Lexington shouted with rage.
Goliath and Lexington bash the spikes aside and continue to run until metal doors slam shut in front and back of them.
“Welcome to the Gauntlet. Normally, the traps in here aren't lethal, but we've juiced them up a little just for you three,” Fox told them.
Goliath tears through the metal wall and grabs the engine to the wall before throwing it through the second wall. The three escapes throw the holes and into a room with a skylight.
“The roof. Hurry,” Goliath said. Athena climbs onto Goliath’s back and holds on as he and Lexington climb up the wall and escape. They glided over to a roof top far away, and Goliath placed Athena down when he and Lexington landed.
“No sign of them,” Goliath said.
“l can't believe it. They attacked us,” Lexington said with anger.
“Yes, l think they planned to do so from the moment they met you.”
“But why? We're not their enemies. They're no more than animals.”
“Worse than that. An animal hunts because it's hungry. These hunters do it for sport.
“I’m never trusting anyone again,” Lexington growled.
Suddenly, a bladed boomerang explodes in front of them, causing Lexington to be nearly thrown off the roof. Goliath goes to help Lexington, but Dingo ropes Goliath. Goliath is briefly dragged backward.
“Interdamotor Elaborator,” Athena said. An energy blast of pure heat hits the rope burning it and setting Goliath free. He grabs Lexington and they run.
“I’m all right,” Lexington irritably protested. Goliath puts him down and picks up Athena before gliding away.
As they fly, Jackal tosses a knife at a nearby power line, which breaks and collides with the gargoyles, electrocuting them. Goliath manages to grab hold of a ledge and catch Lexington's hand. They climb up the side of the building but are immediately caught in another explosion. Stunned, they fall to the ground below and lie stunned in the rubble. The Pack creeps in towards the fallen gargoyles and Athena.
As the Pack closes in on the unconscious gargoyles, they are spotted by two of their young fans.
“Hey, look! lt's the Pack.”
“We love your show.”
The children run over from their parents and start peppering their heroes with questions.
“Can l have your autograph?”
“How do you do those stunts?”
“Can we get tickets?”
“Wonderful. Our adoring public,” Fox groaned.
“Perfect timing,” Hyena mumbled.
The distraction gives the gargoyles and Athena enough time to recover and they begin to rise from the rubble.
“What are those things?” The boy pointed to the gargoyles.
“Susan, Billy, come away from them,” The mother said.
“Yeah, they're shooting a movie or something. You'll get in the way,” The father told them.
“Get back. These are dangerous monsters sent by the evil ninjas,” Wolf picks up the children and carries them back to their parents, “We'll protect you,” Wolf then runs back and bodyslams into Goliath before putting him into a hold “Take that, beast.”
Lexington confronts Dingo, who throws a weapon at him that explodes in a flash of bright light.
“They're monsters!” Billy said.
“They're attacking the Pack. We've got to help them,” Susan told her brother. The two children try to help the Pack by tossing some discarded cans at Lexington.
“Stop it!” Lexington growled. The children recoil into their parents' arms.
Athena rushes past the fight and over to the parents and their children. She takes out her badge, “NYPD, Sir. Ma’am. I’m sorry, but you have to leave for you and your children’s safety.”
“Of course, Officer,” The father said to Athena before saying to his children, “lt's just a publicity stunt or something. Come on.”
“lt looks awfully real,” The mother remarked as they left.
“Now, while the street's deserted, finish them quickly,” Fox told the other as Goliath and Wolf battle. Jackal and Hyena run at Goliath, but he pulls the plug off a nearby fire hydrant and they are forced back by the spray. Lexington and Athena run to stand beside Goliath.
Lex points out a fire escape,” This way.”
Athena climbs onto Goliath’s back and holds on as he and Lexington head up it. Dingo tosses another exploding boomerang at the gargoyles but fails to hit them. The Pack uses grappling hooks to scale the building. Dingo is startled by a stone gargoyle as he reaches the top and blasts its head off.
“Argh! A needle in a haystack,” Fox growls as she and the rest of the Pack quickly realize that the entire rooftop is covered with stone gargoyles, making their hunt much more difficult. The pack searches the rooftop for Athena, Goliath, and Lexington.
Jackal stops and looks behind him only to realize that Hyena wasn’t there, “Hey. Where's Hyena?”
They turn around as one of her gloves drops behind them. The pack hurdles together, back to back.
“Stay together,” Fox told them. Lexington then grabs Dingo's gun and kicks him.
“I’m out of here,” Jackal decided.
“No. We can take them,” Wolf told him.
“Forget it. This wasn't in my contract,” Jackal then runs away, abandoning the hunt.
“Jackal, no!” Fox called out. When Jackal turns at the corner, he is attacked by Goliath. Fox and Wolf try to run away.
Athena hides behind one of the statues and says, “Gargelia Vortium.” A red smoke comes from her hands. The smoke seeps into the eyes and mouths of the gargoyle statues before four came alive. The gargoyle statues jumped off from her pedestals and corner Wolf and Fox.
The statues step aside to let Goliath and Athena pass, Goliath pins Wolf and Fox against the roof, which gives way and all four of them fall onto a set where a photoshoot is taking place. Fox grabs Athena as a hostage.
“Relax and you'll live through this,” Fox told Athena and Goliath roars in anger.
The photographer snaps some pictures of the action. Fox and Wolf make their way out the door with their hostage while Goliath cautiously follows them. As they all exit the building, Lexington dives down at Fox and pins her, knocking her gun away and setting Athena free. Wolf grabs Lexington off of the unconscious Fox.
“Finally, some real action,” Wolf said after he tosses Lexington aside before taking on Goliath. The two fight hand to hand and Goliath is victorious, knocking out Wolf. Hearing police sirens approaching, Goliath and Lex leave the scene.
“The police are coming,” Lexington said.
“Then we will leave our foes to them,” Goliath puts his hand on Lexington’s shoulder, “Come. We don't have much time. Will you be coming with us, Daughter?”
“I catch up with you at the castle,” Athena replied, “I’ll stay behind and tell the police what happened. Minus some interesting parts.”
“Be sure to return before sunrise,” Goliath said before he and Lexington climb up a building. The two then jump off and glided back to the castle.
When the police pulled up, Athena showed them her badge and told them what happened and where the other Pack members are. A short while later, a news crew showed up just as the Pack was being put in the back of the police cars. Another car showed pulled up to the scene, Athena saw it was Jason as he got out of his car. Athena rushed over to him and Jason pulled her into a hug.
“I sensed that you were in danger,” Jason said, “I’m sorry that I didn’t get here sooner.”
“It’s alright. Nothing I couldn’t handle and I had my father and Lexington with me,” Athena told him, “Now, let’s go and join them at the castle.”
The two then walked to the car and left for the castle before sunrise.
At the castle, Jason and Athena stand with Goliath and Lexington on the tower.
“l feel like a fool, letting the Pack talk me into luring you there,” Lexington said.
“Because of who we are, we have to be cautious about trusting strangers,” Goliath said.
“l was so totally wrong.”
“No, Lexington, you were right. We can't hide from the world. We must live in it. We must search for allies. Kindred spirits. And sometimes we must take chances like we did tonight. To do otherwise is to remain forever alone,” Goliath told him.
“It’s true, Lexington,” Athena agreed with her father, “Jason and I have taken chances in the past with sharing our secret with others and, in return, we gained close friends.”
“lt's nice to know there are still some heroes left,” Lexington said with a smile as Brooklyn and Broadway return from their night out.
“We just watched the news,” Broadway said.
“The Pack's been arrested. They have photographs of Fox holding Athena hostage,” Brooklyn added.
“l thought they were the good guys. Maybe we shouldn't believe everything we see on television,” Hudson said before they took their places on the castle tower and turned to stone as the sun rose.
Chapter 7: Temptation
Inside an abandoned garage, Lexington is working on a custom motorcycle with Brooklyn, Broadway, and Athena’s help. Brooklyn and Broadway wait impatiently as Lexington finishes up.
“Isn’t it finished yet?” Broadway asked, “We've been here every night for a week.”
“Come on, you've ridden one of these before,” Brooklyn said.
“I wouldn’t say “ridden”. I would say that Lexington crashed it into a wall and almost blew up with it,” Athena told Brooklyn.
Once finished Lexington pulled the bike upright and put the kickstand out, “You rode a horse once. Could you build one from spare parts?”
Brooklyn shrugged and went over to the table. He grabbed the helmet and poked two holes on the top of it before placing it on his head.
“Why bother with a helmet?” Broadway asked jokingly, “Your head's hard enough.”
Brooklyn wrapped his wings around his waist and put a leather jacket on, “Hey, it's all part of the look.”
“There. lt's ready,” Lexington told Brooklyn.
Brooklyn sits on the motorcycle before putting on sunglasses, “All right!”
Brooklyn revies the engine before kicking back the stand and speeding off out of the garage. Lexington and Broadway cheered Brooklyn before they stopped and looked at one another.
“Don't we get our turns?” Broadway asked.
“Maybe not tonight, but perhaps tomorrow night. Let’s head back to the castle,” Athena said. The three prepared to leave and return to the castle, but what they didn’t know was that they were being watched.
They returned to the castle and join Goliath, Hudson, and Bronx in the TV room. Hudson and Bronx were watching tv while Goliath was reading a book with a few more beside him.
“Where's Brooklyn?” Goliath asked.
“He's out joyriding,” Broadway replied.
“Joyriding''?” He asked in a confused voice before continuing his book.
Athena looks at her watch, “I better get going. I have a shift tomorrow afternoon and I promised Jason that we send sometime before that, but I’ll see you guys tomorrow night,” She leaves the room and hides down to the lobby of the Eyrie Building. Athena gets into her car and drives home.
Brooklyn rode through the streets having the time of his, “Oh, this is great! l love this bike.”
He then rode past a cop car, going well past the speed limit. The cops turn their siren on and begin pursuit. Brooklyn sees them coming in his rearview mirror and escapes by driving into an alleyway and up a ramp formed by some trash, spreading his wings, and gliding over a wall, bike and all.
“You want to call that in?” The cop asked his partner.
“Call what in?” He replied with disbelief of what they saw.
The cop looks down at the box of donuts before tossing them out the window, “That's it. I’m off sugar.”
Now safe from the police pursuit, Brooklyn refolds his wings and spots some fellow bikers driving by, “Yes! Kindred spirits.” He drives up alongside them.
“Hey, righteous hog, man,” One complimented on his motorcycle.
“Glad you like it.”
“Where'd you get it?” Another asked.
“My friends and l made it,” Brooklyn answered. He then removes his helmet revealing that his horns were not apart of his helmet.
“What? lt's a freaking monster! Get him!” The first biker shouted before he and the rest go to attack Brooklyn.
“Hey, what are you doing?” Brooklyn asked before they gather around and started punching him. Brooklyn throws them off him. His eyes glowing white and his jacket ripped off revealing his wings,” You want a fight? You got it.”
A biker runs towards Brooklyn with a metal wrench but Brooklyn catches him before throwing the biker to the motorcycles causing them to be knocked down. Brooklyn fends them off until one of them pulls out a gun and points it at him.
“Enough! Let's see if you're bulletproof, freak.”
The shadowy figure that's been trailing Brooklyn swoops down and strikes the biker's arm with its tail. The stray bullet misses Brooklyn, but hits the bike, making it explode into flame.
“My bike!” Brooklyn yelled enraged.
When the one biker pulls his gun again and starts firing, Brooklyn's unknown friend pulls him out of the line of fire and into a back alley. They climb up the side of a building to safety. Now out of bullets and the only one still conscious, the biker hops on his motorcycle and drives away, disappearing into the night. Brooklyn follows the other gargoyle to the rooftop.
“Broadway? Lexington?” Brooklyn called out.
“None of the above,” The gargoyle steps out from the shadows revealing to be Demona.
“Don't be afraid. l just want to talk,” She said in a soft voice.
“Uh-huh. Yeah, last time we met you just wanted to blow me away with a bazooka,” Brooklyn told her as he back away.
“That was then.”
Brooklyn opens his wings and hops on the railing, “And this is goodbye.”
“Wait. Please. I’m sorry, Brooklyn. l know l shouldn't have shot at you.l was crazy with rage and fear. lf you only knew what I’d gone through for hundreds of years, dealing with the humans.”
“Hundreds of years? l thought you were under the sleep spell like we were.”
“lt's a long story. Centuries long. I’d like to tell you about it, if you'll let me.”
“l don't trust you, Demona.”
“Wasn't this like old times? Fighting together, side by side? Comrades in arms?” She walks closer to him.
“Stay back,” Brooklyn demanded.
“l saved your life just now. Doesn't that at least entitle me to a moment of your time?”
“All right. I’m listening.”
“I want to help you, help all the gargoyles. Those humans you just met, what did you do to provoke them?”
“I did nothing! They just attacked me!”
“Exactly, that’s what humans are like.”
“But Goliath said once they get use to us…” Brooklyn said before Demona interrupted him.
“They were use to us a thousand years ago! Did that stop them from betraying us and destroying our kind?”
“I… I don’t know.”
Demona jumps and stands stop the railing, “You don’t know the depths humanity can sink my young friend, but I do. Over the centuries I’ve seen horrors that would blast your soul. Come, let me show you what mankind is really like.”
Demona holds out her hand to him. Brooklyn hesitates for a moment before taking her hand. The two jump off the railing and glide over the city. Demona takes Brooklyn to a roof overlooking an alley where a woman is being mugged.
The mugger runs away with the woman's purse as she screams for help from the police,” Help! Police! Police!”
Brooklyn moves to help , but Demona stops him,” What would you do? Capture him for human justice? He’d be out of jail and back on the streets in a day.”
She takes Brooklyn to a family home where a husband and wife have a terrible argument about their son.
“His grades stink! His friends are hoodlums!” The man shouted.
“What do you care?! You’re never home,” The woman screamed at him before throwing a vase at his head which he managed to dodge. What neither of them noticed was their son crying as he ran out of the house.
“They can’t even share their own homes without fighting, and you think they will share this world with us?” Demona asked.
Finally, Demona shows Brooklyn a crime scene that police are investigating. A chalk outline of a body is drawn on the pavement. A handgun is placed inside an evidence bag. Figures load a body wrapped in a sheet into an ambulance.
“They hold each others lives completely without worth, do you really think they would except us with open arms?”
“No,” Brooklyn replied with a defeated sigh.
“And this is not the worst of it, we must make Goliath see the truth, humanity will never trust or except us.”
“But not all humans are like that. Elisa is our friend and Athena, a human you and Goliath raised,” Brooklyn pointed out.
“Perhaps the police woman and my daughter are the exceptions that prove the rule, but can she keep you safe from the rest of humanity? Only we can protect each other, Brooklyn. We must be united and strong and willing to deal with the humans as they would deal with us. Goliath thinks we can hide in their midst like mice and hope for their understanding. This is not possible. Remember a thousand years ago we we treated as monsters by the humans. Athena, My daughter and your beloved niece was treated like an outcasted by her own kind. Remember what happened to Goliath, Lexington, and my daughter? They hunted like animals because Lexington trusted the pack.
“How did you know?” Brooklyn asked.
Demona ignores the question and dares him, “If you think I’m wrong then show yourself to them.” Brooklyn makes no move and merely looks down at the humans below them.
“Very wise, Brooklyn,” She praised, “They would have shoot you down like a dog.”
“Let’s say your right, what do we do?” Brooklyn asked, “Goliath still believes that human will accept us eventually.”
“Goliath must be made to see the truth for the good of all of us. There is a way, the Magnus’s spell book, bring it to me, there is a spell of truth in it’s pages, with it I can open Goliath’s eyes, once Goliath understands the rest will follow.”
Brooklyn takes one last saddened look down at the departing paramedics and police before gliding away, and Demona smiles, knowing she's won him over.
At Athena and Jason’s home, The two are practicing their combat skills on one another. Jason tries to punch athena, but she doges and grabs ahold of his hand. She pulls him forward as she pivots on her right foot by stepping back with her left foot. She drops her hip and turns her arm until it is directly underneath Jason’s left armpit. She snaps her hip by twisting counter-clockwise. She tugs his right arm closely to herself for control as she throws him over her hip, landing on his back. Athena holds his arm as she places a foot on his chest.
“I believe you have won,” Jason said.
“Yep. I thought you had me for a second,” Athena told him as she helped him off the floor.
The two heard the phone ring and Athena went over to answer it, “Hello?”
“Hey, Athena,” Elisa greeted.
“Hey, Elisa. What’s up?”
“I’m on my way to your place to pick you up.”
“Why?” Athena asked.
“I got a reminder that Xanatos’ jail time is almost up and I think it would be best if the guys heard it from both of us. You know that there going to have to find another place to sleep,” Elisa replied.
“I know, let me get changed and I’ll meet you outside,” she said before hanging up.
“What’s wrong?” Jason asked.
“Elisa told me that Xanatos is going to be out prison soon and that we need to tell my family. She’s going to be here soon, so I’m going to go change,” Athena replied.
Athena went to their room and changed before going to the front door and outside. Elisa pulled up a moment later and they drove to the Eyrie building.
At the tower of the castle, the rest of the clan waited for Brookyln’s return before the sun rises. A short while later, Brooklyn returns to the castle.
“How was your joyride?” Goliath asked.
“Illuminating,” Brooklyn answered.
“Goliath,” Elisa called out as she and Athena came up to the tower, “I’m glad we were able to catch you before dawn.”
“Yes, Elisa. Daughter,” Golaith greeted, “Is something wrong?”
“There will be, Xanatos time in jail is almost up. He’ll be out of jail in a month,” She replied.
“So you’ve said before why does this concern you?”
“Father, it concerns you and the clan,” Athena told him, “You have to find another place to live. I would suggest that the clan live at my home, but there are somethings that would not mix well with three certain gargoyles’ curiosity. But Elisa and I might have found the perfect place.”
“There is no need for that, Xanatos has been beaten, the castle is ours now,” Goliath argued.
“How do we know that? What if he tries to reclaim it?” Brooklyn asked.
“We will deal with it if and when it happens but until then we are not leaving our home.”
“But Goliath….” Brooklyn begins to argue, but sunrise prevents him from saying more as they turn to stone.
“Why do you have to be so stubborn?” Athena asked as he looked at her father in his stone sleep.
“I believe that would be one of life’s greatest mysteries. Come on, let’s go,” Elisa said.
After leaving the Eyrie building, Elisa took Athena back home.
“I just don’t know how we’re going to convince my father to leave the castle,” Athena said.
“Don’t worry. We’ll find a way,” Elisa told her.
“I hope so,” Athena got out of the car,” See you later.”
Athena closed the passenger door and waved as Elisa drove away before going inside. Athena and Jason spent the morning before her shift in the afternoon going out to breakfast at a diner they went to during their first time in New York in the 20th century, the Capitol Restaurant. When they were finished, Jason and Athena took a walk around central park reminiscing about the memories they’ve had in New York through the centuries. After sometime, Athena’s shift was about to begin and Jason drove her the precinct.
After her shift was done, Athena saw that the sun was setting and her family would be waking up soon. She took a taxi to the Eyrie building and went to the top of the castle’s highest tower. The sun sets once more that evening and the gargoyles reawaken.
Goliath steps down from his pedestal and hugs his daughter, “Good evening, daughter.”
“Good evening, father,” Athena smiled.
“Daughter, you have spent a great time in this new world while we slept. Perhaps you could show me as you did with Brooklyn, Lexington, and Broadway?” He asked.
“Of course, father.”
Goliath picks her up before jumping off the tower and gliding through the night sky. During the tour Athena gave her father, she told him the history of most of the places they visited and what memories she had of them. When they returned to the castle, Goliath sat on his pedestal and Athena sat on the one to his right.
A short while later, Brooklyn flew over to them and landed on the pedestal to Golaith’s left.
“Goliath, I found the most fantasinating place,” Brooklyn said with enthusiasm.
“How so?” Goliath asked.
“It’s just like the world we came from. It’s called the cositers, maybe you and Athena could see it?”
“I’ve heard of it. It could be perfect for the clan,” Athena said to her father.
Goliath smiled and picked her up before following Brooklyn across the city. They landed at the cositer, a beautiful place with stone walls, columns, and a garden with a stone path.
“It’s beautiful, I wish we’d brought the other,” Goliath said.
“It’s good you didn’t cause we wanted you here alone.”
Goliath and Athena turned behind and saw Demona stepping out from the shadows with a spellbook in her hand and Brooklyn goes to her side.
Demona smiled at her daughter, “Hello, my child. I am glad you decided to join.”
“Demona, how did you survived?” Goliath growled.
“I always survive,” She snapped at him.
“Brooklyn, what is going on here?”
“Just listen, Goliath, please, she has something very important to say to you,” Brooklyn replied.
“He’s right, Goliath. Listen and obey,” Demona said before she opened the book and Athena realized that it was the Grimorum Arcanorum. The book started to glow green as she spoke the incantation,” Sine dubio, instantatum.”
Goliath runs towards her, but a green fireball shoots from Demona’s hand, striking Goliath and enveloping him while Athena shields her eyes from the light. Goliath roars in pain then stops, his eyes glowing a strange green.
“Father?” Athena looks at him, consumed with worry, before looking at Demona with hatred,”Release him from the spell now!”
“What’s happening?” Brooklyn asked confused, “I thought the spell was suppose to open his eyes.”
“It will, watch,”Demona turned to Goliath, “Humans are our enemies.”
“Humans are our enemies,” Goliath repeated, devoid of emotion.
“This wan’t the plan! I wanted to free his mind not enslave it!” Brooklyn snapped at Demona.
“I think this was her plan along, Brooklyn. Wasn’t it, Demona?!” Athena asked as she summoned the sword she was given centuries ago and had kept.
“You are correct, Daughter. You wanted him to know the truth, Brooklyn,” She replied,”Now what we tell him will be the only truth he knows.”
“You’re insane! Give me that book!” Brooklyn charged at her.
“Brooklyn wait, you must trust me,” Demona said holding the book away from him.
“I was a fool to trust you,” His eyes glowed white and he attacked her.
“Goliath, restrain him!” She commanded.
Goliath goes to stop Brooklyn and he grabs him, allowing Demona to escape.
Brooklyn breaks free of Goliath's grasp and tries to reason with him, “Goliath! It’s me! Brooklyn! Stop!” But Goliath ignores and tries to attack him.
“I’m sorry, Father. Emocha Objectia,” Athena’s hands are covered with balls of bright blue glowing energy and fires them at Goliath, knocking him back.
Goliath gets back up and purses Athena and Brooklyn. Brooklyn breaks down a door to escape and they hide from Demona and the lumbering Goliath.
“Wait, Brooklyn,” Demona said in a soft voice, “I won’t hurt you, don’t you see this is the only way? This is only temporary. He will obey whoever holds the spell, we can protect him from his native until we reach our goals. My daughter, I know that you bear the bane of humanity like your father, but can’t you see that the humans have not changed in the millenia you have lived through.”
Athena steps out from behind a column and walks toward Demona, "Perhaps you are right, Mother. The humans are still as barbaric as they were a thousand years ago."
Brooklyn steps out from hiding," Athena, what are you doing? Don't you know what she has done?"
"All she has done, Brooklyn, is merely show me and my father the truth of humans," She replied.
"Thank you, daughter," Demona smiled, "Incendium," A red fireball shoots from Demona’s hand, striking Brooklyn and knocking him down. Demona prepares to cast the mind control spell on Brooklyn, "I hate to do this, but you leave me no choice."
Brooklyn begins to laugh, and Demona becomes confused by this, "What are you doing? Why are you laughing, Brooklyn?!"
"I'm not Brooklyn," He smirked before turning into Athena.
"I am," The Athena beside Demona said before turning into Brooklyn. He knocks the Grimorum out of her hands with his tail.
Demona pounces on Brooklyn and retrieves the book, she holds him against the wall, “You fool! Do you think I’ve waited this far to let you stop me now?” She tosses him aside and Athena runs to him, “Goliath! Destroy him!” Goliath does not move, "I hold the book, you must obey me."
“You may hold the book, Demona, but I hold the spell,” Brooklyn said showing Demona the page. Demona gasps and opens the Grimorum discovering the page was missing.
Brooklyn hands the spell to Athena, “Goliath, get her!”
Goliath obeys and attacks her, but Demona avoids him and drops a banner over him to slow him down. With the Grimorum in hand, she leaps up to the second story of the Cloisters. Still following orders, Goliath goes after her. Goliath tackles Demona, but they smash through a window to the outside and she escapes again. Goliath continues his pursuit and Brooklyn , carrying Athena, follows him out the window. Demona tears some pages from the Grimorum, just as Goliath swoops upward and dives down on her. She strikes him with the book and the two crash to the ground. Demona picks up a large boulder and throws it at Goliath. Goliath dodges and the boulder breaks a tree instead. Demona hears a roar and looks up to see Brooklyn flying towards her.
She dodges Goliath charging at her and runs with the Grimorum to the edge of a cliff. She throws the book towards the water below. Forcing Brooklyn to dive down after it instead of chasing her after he quickly placed Athena on the ground. Brooklyn just manages to catch the Grimorum before it plunges into the water. Brooklyn and Athena look up at the sky and saw Demona escaping.
Brooklyn and Athena look at Goliath before Athena says, “Goliath pick me up and let’s go back to the castle.”
Goliath picked her up and they flew back to the castle. When they arrived, the others asked what had happened and Brooklyn explains to them.
“I’ve gone through the book page by page, but I don’t how to reverse the spell Demona put on Goliath,” He said.
“You mean he’s going to be like this forever?” Broadway asked.
“I don’t know if you can understand me, Goliath, but… I’m sorry, this is all my fault, if I hadn’t let Demona talk me into stealing the book…”
“How are we going this help him?” Lexington asked, “We can’t defeat the spell.”
“I might have an idea. I think it’s time we try a little thing called fighting fire with fire. Uncle, can I have the spell?” Brooklyn hands the page over to Athena and she stands in front of Goliath, “Father, I order to not be under the spell.”
Goliath close his eyes and shakes his head before opening them, revealing the green is gone and he was back to normal, “Very clever, daughter. “
The clan rejoices for Goliath and praises Athena.
“Goliath, I’m sorry-” Brooklyn begins to apologize, but is stopped when Goliath raised his hand.
“You’ve apologized once already, Brooklyn. I could hear even though I could not act.”
“What Demona said sounded true at the time.”
“Of course it did, it’s a half truth that she has embraced but it’s not the whole truth, come, the sun is rising and I for one could use some rest.”
Sunrise is near, so the gargoyles take their positions on the tower.
“Hey, what happened to the motorcycle?” Lexington asked,
“It blew up,” Brooklyn admitted.
“Oh…” Lexington said calmly before reacting, “What?!” Lexington's horrified reaction is frozen on his face as the sun rises.
Chapter 8: Deadly Force
It was night outside and at the 23rd precinct, Elisa and Athena are in Captain Chavez's office having a small argument.
"Come on, Captain. It's Dracon, and you know it!" Elisa argued, "Who else could it have been?"
"Look, Captain. Just give us a warrant and we'll drag that scum back here and-" Athena began.
"We've got no evidence," Captain Chavez told them, "He's bulletproof."
"Big surprise. What exactly was in that crate he stole?" Elisa asked.
Captain Chavez looks at the piece of paper on her desk, "Non-projectile weapon prototypes from Xanatos Enterprises."
"Non-projectile? You mean like lasers?"
At that moment, Owen enters the office, "Something like that detective. They are the latest design and high collimation charged particle beam technology. The laser is just for aiming, the particle beam itself is invisible."
"How many of these guns were stolen?" Captain Chavez asked Owen.
"Three-hundred and twenty-two of various styles, sizes, and power ranges," He answered.
"Great," Elisa mumbled before she and Athena headed toward the door.
"Where are you both going?" Captain Chavez asked.
"To do our job, Captain," Athena replied before she and Elisa left the office and went out to find Dracon.
Inside the Park Manor, Elisa and Athena wait for Dracon to show up. A short while later, they see him and his associates walking down the stairs. Elisa and Athena run up and confront him.
"Dracon!" Elisa shouted over the crowd.
Upon seeing Elisa and Athena, the four bodyguards went defensive but backed down after Dracon gave them a small wave. He stepped forward until he, Athena, and Elisa were almost eye to eye.
"Something on your mind, honeys?" Dracon asked, his voice dripping with malice.
"We have a few questions for you about that armed hijacking that took place earlier today," Elisa retorted, unfazed by his antics.
"Hijacking?" Dracon asked in mock confusion. "Sorry honey, but you got the wrong guy. I'm just a businessman."
The bodyguards began laughing, only angering Elisa and Athena more than they already were.
"I assume you have an alibi then?" Athena asked, slightly annoyed.
"I was with these guys, " Dracon replied, gesturing to his bodyguards. "We were out doing the town."
He walked pasts them with a smug smile on his face, followed one by one by his bodyguards, who each took turns smirking at Elisa and Athena. Elisa soon spoke up again, walking after the group.
"One of these days, you're gonna slip up Tony." She warned him. "And when you do, We'll be there."
Dracon stopped walking and turned back to them.
"Hey… I told you two, I'm not the guy." He told them, "And if I was the guy, you couldn't do a thing about it. In fact, if I were to tell one of my associates to go and sell off some merchandise to raise some operating capital, you couldn't do anything about that either. Face it, sugars. You got nothing."
With that, Dracon and his men walked off, leaving Athena and Elisa steaming with anger.
The two returned to Elisa's apartment, Elisa removes her jacket and her holstered gun and hangs both upon her coat rack. Her cat Cagney starts meowing at her and rubs lovingly against her leg.
She picks him up, "Hey, Cagney. You hungry, Cagney? Be glad you got a home Cagney the streets just got a whole lot meaner."
They went into the kitchen and after Elisa gave Cagney his food, she began cooking a meal while discussing Dracon with Athena. A while later, the two hear Broadway.
"Elisa? You home?" He called.
"Is that you Broadway?" She asked.
"I was in the neighborhood," Broadway replied as he hops in from the window," Hey, Athena, what are you doing here?"
"Me and Elisa are just discussing a case," She answered.
"Cool," He responded.
"Make yourself comfortable. I'll throw in a couple of steaks," Elisa told him.
While Elisa and Athena continue discussing Dracon, Broadway looks around at Elisa's house admiring a photo of her family. Then something else catches his eye: Elisa's gun in its holster on the coat rack. Broadway gently pulled it out of the holster, holding it in his claws and looking at it with fascination.
"Cool," Broadway said as he wedged his large finger onto the trigger, then began pointing it around the room, shouting, "Watch out Pilgrim! And don't forget the horse!"
He jumps around the apartment, aiming the gun. Elisa and Athena's backs are turned to him and they don't notice what he's doing, assuming that he is just fooling around. Broadway turns toward Elisa and Athena when the gun goes off in his hand.
"Sorry!" he called out as he placed the gun back where he'd found it, "My fault! I was playing with the gun. Stupid of me. I hope I didn't break anything."
He looks over at Elisa's kitchen and sees that the meal she was preparing is still cooking on the stovetop, but Elisa and Athena, themselves, are not visible. Feeling concerned, he carefully approaches and is horrified to discover Elisa and Athena lying on the floor in a pool of blood, not moving and their eyes closed.
"No… Athena! Elisa!" He screamed.
He looks at the gun and drops it before running to their side, picking Athena up and trying to get her to wake up. Unfortunately, she was as limp as a rag doll in his grip.
"No, no, wake up Athena! Elisa!" he cried. "Wake up!"
But they didn't stir. Broadway was beginning to fear the worst and knew that there was only one way to save them, he scooped Athena and Elisa up before flying out the skylight.
Broadway glided as fast as he could towards the nearest hospital, where two empty gurneys had been left by the emergency room doors. He laid them down as gently, and when he pulled away, he was horrified to see his hands covered in their blood.
"What have I done…?" he gasped.
At that moment, he heard the sounds of footsteps approaching. He dove behind the hospital's dumpster just as two medics came walking out to take care of the gurneys. However, when they saw Elisa and Athena laying on them, they quickly ran to their side.
"What happened?" One asked.
"They've been shot! I can't get a pulse!" the other quickly replied.
They each grab a clean rag before pressing it down onto the wounds.
"Get Them inside. Stat!"
The two medics ran inside with the two gurneys carrying Elisa and Athena as Broadway watched hidden behind a dumpster. He looked up to see the sun about to rise, knowing he wouldn't make it back to the castle in time. He climbed up to the top of the hospital, still looking at his bloody hands.
"Elisa, Athena" he prayed silently "Please be alright…"
A short while later, Jason had woken up and saw that Athena was not in bed beside him. He quickly dismissed it as he assumed that she must still be with Elisa or at the castle. He continued with his morning routine and was on his way toward the door when the phone started ringing. He placed his briefcase down before picking it up.
"Hello?" Jason answered.
"Is this Jason Blood?" A woman on the other end asked.
"This is Captain Chavez of the 23rd precinct, I work with Athena. I believe we've met once or twice," Captain Chavez said.
"Ah, yes, Captain Chavez. If you are asking for Athena, I'm afraid she's not here at the moment," Jason replied.
"I know. That's actually why I'm calling you."
"What do you mean?"
"Over half an hour ago, Athena and Elisa were found on two gurneys outside a hospital. They had gunshot wounds and are currently in surgery," Captain Chavez explained.
"How?" Jason asked.
"Elisa and Athena were working a case that involved a few cases of high-tech weaponry. They were very determined to get those guns off the streets. We're thinking that the crime boss, Dracon, who stole them shot Athena and Elisa"
Jason clenched his fist, "Do you know what hospital they were found?"
"Yes, it's Manhattan General," She answered," I'll let them know you're on the way and we'll keep you informed of any updates."
"Thank you, Captain," Jason hangs up the phone. He closes his eyes in anger, "Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!"
As he roared and flames erupted, he transformed into Etrigan. When the flames ceased, a ball of fire shot from his mouth and hits the wall. The flames disappeared and caused no damage to the wall as Etrigan waved his hand, "Those who harmed the hair on the maidens' heads, shall face my fury before they're dead."
Etigan soon calmed down and spoke the chant to turn back into Jason, "Gone, gone O' Etrigan! Rise again the form of man!"
Now back to his human form, Jason rushes out of the house and drives to the hospital as fast as he can.
After what seemed like an eternity to Jason, he had arrived at Manhattan General. Once he parked his car, Jason rushed into the hospital and only stopped when he was at the resignation/ admissions desk.
"I'm here for Detective Athena Wyvern. Captain Chavez called ahead to let you know that I was on my way. My name is Jason Blood," Jason informed the nurse at the desk.
"Yes, Captain Chavez did call ahead. Unfortunately, Detective Wyvern is still in surgery," The nurse informed him," But if you wait out there in the waiting room, I'll let you know when they move her out and into a room."
"Of course, thank you," Jason reluctantly said before taking a seat in the waiting room. Every passing second felt like torture to Jason as he waited to hear the Athena was in her room. He tried to keep himself busy by reading one of the magazines or watching the news on the TV in the room, but nothing helped.
After hours of waiting, the nurse told him that the surgery was over and Athena was being transferred to a room. She told him that he was going to wait a few more minutes before going in. Once that time had passed, a doctor approached Jason.
"Are you Mr. Blood?" She asked.
Jason stood up from the seat, "Yes, I am."
"I'm Doctor Elton. I operated on Athena," Dr. Elton told him.
"Is she alright?" Jason asked.
"She made it through without any complications. Luckily, the bullet didn't hit anything important and was a through and through, there was some blood loss but she's going to be fine," She explained.
"Thank you, Doctor Elton. Can you take me to her?"
"Of course, follow me," She replied.
The walk to Athena's room was not a long one but it felt as if it was to Jason. They eventually reached the room and stood outside the door before Doctor Elton opened it for Jason.
"I'll leave you two alone, but if you need anything a nurse will come in," She told him.
"Thank you, Doctor," Jason said. Doctor Elton nodded in response before leaving. Jason closed the door behind him and walked to an unconscious Athena's bedside. He kneeled on one knee and held her hand in his. A moment passed before Athena's eyes fluttered open.
"What brings a guy like you to a place like this?" Athena asked in a joking tone.
Jason chuckled, "There was a woman I had to see. Maybe you've seen her; hair as black as the night sky, skin almost as pale as the moon, and eyes that could be jewels. She also was raised to be a very powerful warrior. Beautiful yet deadly."
"I might have seen her around," Athena smiles at him," Jason, you know what you must do."
"Of course. I love you," Jason kissed her hand before reciting an incantation, "Forces of magic, dark and light, I command you to weaken my enemy's might. Attenuare!"
Athena's eyes fluttered for a moment before they closed and she went back to sleep. Jason kissed her forehead, but before he could leave the room something from the window in the room. When the window opened, Goliath stepped into the room and his eyes were filled with sadness when he saw Athena and walked toward her before holding her hand.
"We heard what happened to them when we visited Elisa. I promise to find the man who did this to them," Goliath vowed, "Why is she here? I thought my daughter was immortal?"
"She is, it's just that it takes a certain amount of time for her to heal depending on the injury," Jason explained," We had a plan should something like this happen. One would cast a spell on the other to slow down the healing enough so no one would grow suspicious of us."
Goliath's eyes glow, "I must go now and avenge them," He moves toward the window to leave but stopped by Jason.
"I'm coming with you. I know that Athena will heal and have no physical remnant of the injury, but I want the man who harmed her to pay," He said.
"Very well. I heard a woman named Maria say that Elisa and Athena confronted him at the Park Manor, so there must be a chance that he lives there," Goliath told Jason.
"He does," Jason confirmed," I will meet you on the roof of the building across from here before we find Dracon."
Goliath nodded before gilding out the window to the building's rooftop. Jason left the room and as he walked down the hall, Jason saw Doctor Elton and approached her.
"Alert me if anything happens," Jason told her.
Doctor Elton nodded and said, "Of course."
"Thank you," He said before he continued walking out of the hospital. Once he was outside, Jason went into an ally way and made sure that no one was around before he recites the chant, "Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!"
Flames erupted as he transformed into Etrigan before he dug his claws into the wall and climbed up to the roof of the building next to the hospital. Once he was on the roof, wings sprouted from his back and he flew to the other rooftop and met Goliath.
"The fool who harm the maidens under the cover of darkness is a coward, with the flames of revenge he shall be devoured," Etrigan said before he and Goliath jumped off the roof with their eyes glowing with anger and flew across the city to the Park Manor.
When the two reached the Park Manor, they landed on the balcony of the penthouse and saw through the doors, and sure enough, there was Dracon and some of his men were there. The two listened in on the conversation taking place inside the penthouse.
"Our buyer is gonna pay top dollar for this Buck Rogers stuff, " Dracon gloated.
"We're set for midnight down at the docks," A henchman wearing thick glasses said, "I'll meet you there."
Out on the highway, Chief Chavez and her driver were doing their best to discretely follow Dracon. However, despite their best efforts, Dracon's driver spotted them. The driver then quickly swerved, nearly cutting off a large semi. While Chavez and the driver did their best to get around the same truck, Dracon's driver managed to make a hard right. As the police continued down the street, Dracon's car speeds up for the cops to lose visual contact with him. The driver pulls into a garage and the door shuts behind the car. Once the cops drive past, the garage opens again and Dracon's car drives off in the other direction. Though the driver has successfully eluded the police, Goliath and Etrigan watch the car drives off perched on the rooftop above, before flying after it.
Goliath and Etrigan land on the roof of a warehouse as Dracon and his men enter. They have the stolen guns and are just waiting for the buyer to arrive. Broadway glides over and joins Goliath and Etrigan on the roof.
"How did you-" Goliath began before cutting himself off. "Never mind. You're just in time to help us deal with the one who shot Elisa and Athena."
Broadway gasped, "What?"
"That's right. You don't know," Goliath remembered," Elisa and Athena were shot and the human responsible are in that building."
"Come while the moon high, our vengeance is nigh," Etrigan said before he and Goliath jumped off the building, with Broadway behind them.
Etrigan, Goliath, and Broadway burst through the warehouse wall.
That was when Goliath, Broadway, and Brooklyn all tore through the wall of the warehouse, running straight at the thugs. Dracon's eyes became as wide as saucers as he backed away.
"Shoot 'em!" he shouted.
Dracon's men began open firing on the gargoyles, but they quickly dodged the shots which hit Dracon's car, diving behind crates of merchandise. Goliath found the circuit breaker and destroyed it, plunging the entire warehouse into darkness. The goons huddled together, guns drawn and ready to fire. However, they didn't notice Broadway was above them. Broadway jumped from the rafters, landing behind Dracon and his goons.
"You're mine!" Broadway snarled, eyes glowing bright, "All of you!"
He tosses one of the men aside and strikes another down with his wing. Dracon backs away and tries to disappear amongst the shipping containers, but Goliath and Etrigan see him. Dracon's remaining thugs try to shoot Broadway, but he dodges until he's close enough to attack the first one and grab the other one's hand from above with his tail and fling him into a crate.
One of the goons tries to shoot Broadway, but he quickly dodges him, before snapping the gun in half and throwing the goona across the warehouse. Another was randomly shooting around before Broadway wrapped his tail around the goon's arms and throwing him into a crate.
Broadway sees Goliath and Etriagn pursuing Dracon up a scaffolding. Dracon reaches the landing and fires a few shots at Ertigan and Goliath. He loses sight of them until Goliath's tail reaches up, grabs the gun from Dracon's hand, and tosses it away. Goliath breaks through the floor of the scaffolding and chases Dracon. Dracon nearly falls to the ground below, but he catches him by his leg.
"You are the one who shot Elisa Maza and my daughter!" Goliath stated with anger as he dangled Dracon over the edge.
"Stop!" Broadway cried as he climbed up to them, "You can't kill him!"
"You think not?" Goliath asked, "Elisa and Athena will have their revenge… through me."
"But he didn't shoot Elisa and Athena! I did," Broadway admitted.
The glow from both Goliath's and Etriagn's eyes faded and they both stared at Broadway in confusion.
"What?" Goliath asked.
"It was an accident…," Broadway explained, "I was looking at Elisa's gun… and it went off…."
Etrigan and Goliath both narrowed their eyes, and Broadway wrapped his wings around himself, effectively flinching.
"I'm sorry…" he whimpered.
Brooklyn looked at his rookery brother, then up at Dracon, still caught in his tail. Sighing, he pulled the gangster back onto the scaffolding, then ripped a piece of the guardrail off. He wrapped it around the thug, entrapping his arms.
"Come," Goliath said softly. "We have much to talk about."
Etrigan and Goliath made their way back down to the first floor, with Broadway following them like a condemned prisoner.
Goliath looks back down at Dracon dangling from his grasp. He breaks off a metal rail from the scaffolding, hauls Dracon up, and twists it around him, securing his arms.
The three rounded up Dracon's thugs and the rest of the stolen weaponry was gathered up. The sound of the warehouse's main doors opening drew their attention, and Goliath couldn't help but snarl as Owen walked in.
"You were the buyer?" he asked.
"Mr. Xanatos needed to retrieve the stolen guns," Owen replied, "No matter what the cost."
"Are they all here?" Goliath asked.
Owen examined the containers and let out a small sigh, "Unfortunately, it appears that 37 of the weapons are missing. Pity.
"Today we must take a stand, weapons such as these do not belong in the hands of man," Etrigan summons a ball of fire before aiming it at the stockpile of guns. Owen's eyes widen and reached towards the demon.
"What are you-?"
Etrigan shoots the ball of fire before Owen could finish, setting the guns ablaze and thus destroying all of them, except for one.
"Mister Xanatos is not going to like this…" Owen warned them.
"I'd be more than happy to discuss the matter with him," Goliath replied.
Etriagns handed the last gun to Goliath, and he ripped it in half before placing it in Dracon's lap.
"What are you doing?" Dracon asked.
"Making sure the police link you with the stolen property," Goliath answered. He turned to Broadway, "Come we have two sick friends to visit."
"You mean… Elisa isn't dead?" Broadway asked hopefully as he perked up.
A glare from Goliath and Etrigan made his face fell and the three left the warehouse for the hospital.
At the hospital, Athena slowly began to regain consciousness. She sees a nurse checking her IVs before noticing that she is awake.
"Well, good morning or just about, sleeping beauty," The nurse greeted.
Athena tried to get up but stop when she felt pain in her shoulder and grunted in pain. The nurse gently helps her back down.
"Careful, you may have not gotten the worst of it but it will still hurt," She told Athena.
"My friend is she alright?" Athena asked.
"She's fine," The nurse replied, "I can get a wheelchair if you would like to see her?"
The nurse left the room and soon returned with a wheelchair. She helped Athena into the chair and wheeled her into Elisa's room. The nurse placed her next to Elisa before pushing the pedal down locking the wheelchair.
"I leave you two alone for a while and if you need anything just call," The nurse told Athena before she left the room.
"Hey, Athena," Elisa softly said.
"Hey, Elisa," Athena returned.
The window opens and Goliath, Ertigan, and Broadway enter.
"Hey, guys…" Elisa murmured.
"Elisa, it was all my fault. I was playing with your gun and it went off," Broadway confessed. She reaches out a hand to him and he takes it, "I'll never touch a gun again."
"I should have been a lot more careful where I left it. We both made mistakes," Elisa told him.
"Yeah…" Broadway agreed. "But you and Athena nearly paid for those mistakes."
"Then let's not repeat them," Athena suggested.
Etrigan walked over to Athena's side and held her hand in his, "Though one's actions have caused heartache, we can only try to not repeat our mistakes. Many do not bother, but it is important to forgive each other. Gone, gone O' Etrigan! Rise again the form of man!"
Flames erupted and Jason was transformed back into his human form. He and Athena smiled at each and he kneeled beside her.
"Come, she needs her rest," Goliath told Broadway.
"Goliath…" Elisa called.
Goliath gently shushed her, "Sleep now…, " He strokes her hair gently, then heads out the window himself, "You're safe."
As dawn comes, Elisa drifted into a peaceful sleep, and outside her window, two stone gargoyles stood guard watching over her.
Chapter 9: Enter Macbeth
Elisa, with crutches, Athena, with her arm in a sling for show, and Jason were trying to make their way up the tower before the sunsets. When they reached the top, there was a man standing there. Elisa, Jason, and Athena knew they had to get him out of here before the sunsets.
“Hey! What are you doing here?” Elisa asked.
“I hate to spoil the surprise for you two lovely ladies,” The stranger told Elisa and Athena.
“Too bad we hate surprises,” Athena said as she and Elisa showed the man their badges,” Now, tell us who you are?”
“I am called Macbeth,” He replied.
Athena noticed that the sun was getting closer to setting and calmly said, “Let’s step inside and discuss this.”
“You protect no secrets, I know all about these creatures.”
Athena, Jason, and Elisa look at each other nervously as the sunsets. When the gargoyles awoke from their stone sleep, Macbeth didn’t flinch but smiled at them as they shed their stone skin and roared. The clan turned around and saw the man standing with Athena, Jason, and Elisa.
“Elisa, Jason, Athena, who’s your friend?” Lexington asked.
“This guy bothering you?” Broadway asked as Bronx growled.
“I’m here to offer you an invitation,” Macbeth said, “Leave this drafty old castle and be guests at my home.”
“I’m afraid we must refuse,” Goliath answered without a second thought.
“And I’m afraid I must resist,” Macbeth pulls the sides of his jacket back to reveal two powerful guns, “I didn’t stoop so low as to destroy you while you slept, but now…”
“I don’t like your attitude…” Broadway interrupted, “I think you better leave.”
Broadway went to grab Macbeth, but suddenly, Macbeth grabbed Broadway's wrist, tossing him at Hudson. They fell off the tower and into the courtyard below. Macbeth then threw several gas bombs at the gargoyles, Athena, Elisa, and Jason, making them choke and blinded.
Macbeth put on a special pair of glasses, allowing him to see through the smoke. Bronx was running toward him, but Macbeth stepped out of the way and Bronx ran into Lexington. Macbeth took this opportunity and he pulled out a net gun. He fired it and the electrified net landed right on top of Lexington and Bronx, who began howling in pain.
Jason and Athena were back to back ready to fight when Jason spoke the chant, “ Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the de-Ahhh! Iron!” Jason cried in pain as a collar latched onto his neck and before Athena could help him a dart hits her in the neck causing her to pass out.
Goliath charged at Macbeth, but he was able to jump over Goliath and knock Brooklyn down off the tower. Macbeth lands beside Brooklyn and fires the electric net on him. Brooklyn howled in pain for a moment before passing out. Goliath jumped off the tower and Macbeth then fired next to him, knocking Goliath out of the way and fell to the ground, landing on his back. Goliath got off the ground and shaked his head before Macbeth kicked him on the back, sending him into a powerbox and electrocuting him.
“Mr. Macbeth,” Owen said as he walked toward Macbeth, “Mr. Xanatos hired you to fumigate his castle, not destroy it.”
“Quite right,” Macbeth agreed, “We’ll continue this elsewhere.”
Owen nodded and then walked away. Macbeth pulled a controller out of his jacket and a high tech plane appeared above the castle. A hook latched onto the electric nets and carried them up to the plane. Macbeth raced back up the tower and carefully gathered Athena in his arms. He placed her in the back seat of the plane before he got into the driver’s seat. Goliath jumped onto the nose of the plane, but Macbeth quickly got rid of Goliath by electrifying the hull. Goliath fell into the castle courtyard with a large thud, and could only watch helplessly as Macbeth flew off with his friends and daughter.
Hudson ripped off the iron collar around Jason’s neck and the pain eased. Jason rubbed his neck as he stood up, “Thank you, Hudson.”
“Think nothing of it, lad,” Husdon replied. The two went down to the courtyard to join Goliath, Elisa, and Broadway.
"I don't want to hear anymore!" Goliath shouted.
"You're not safe here,” Elisa told him.
"No, you don't understand!" Goliath argued. "We have lost our clan, our world, our time! This castle is all we have left and we will not abandon it."
"What will take for you to listen, the castle falling on you?!" Elisa yelled at Goliath "Read my lips, you're not safe here!”,Goliath walks away, but Elisa follows him, "What if the next goon Xanatos hires come with a sledgehammer at high noon?!" she questioned. "I can't protect you during the day, and neither can Athena or Jason."
Goliath ignored her and walked over to what remained of his clan.
“I’m going to find them. And you two will stay here and protect our home,” Goliath told Broadway and Husdon before climbing up the tower and flew off to find them.
“I will go and help him, Elisa,” Jason told her before speaking the chant, “ Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!”
Flames erupted as he transformed into Etrigan and when the flames eased, wings sprouted from his back as he said, “The maiden is in danger, but why was she taken by the stranger? When we meet the consequences shall be dire and he shall face hell’s fire.”
Etrigan’s wings opened to its full wingspan before taking off and following Goliath in the search for Brooklyn, Lexington, Athena, and Bronx.
"Why won't he listen to me?" Elisa asked, "It's obvious you can't stay here!"
"I think Elisa's right, " Broadway agreed.
"What you say makes sense, lass," Hudson stated, "but, Goliath is our leader. I cannot go against his wishes."
Elisa placed her hand on Hudson's shoulder and remind him, “Your loyalty is admirable, but he said 'protect our home'."
“Aye, that he did.”
“Hudson, you and I both know this isn’t your home anymore.”
In a large castle on a cliffside, Athena groggily awakens on a bed in a windowless bedroom with a reinforced steel door. Athena felt something around her neck and when she moved her hands to touch it, she realized that it was an iron collar.
“I’m glad to see you are awake,” Athena heard Macbeth’s voice, no doubt coming through a speaker.
“Where am I? Why am I here?” She asked.
“You are at my home,” He answered, “As to why you’re here I simply need you and the others to lure someone to me.”
Athena got off the bed and walked toward the door as she said, “Well, we don’t intend to stay any longer. Emocha Objectia.”
Strange and horrifying, nothing happened to the door. Athena looked at her hands before repeating the spell and, again, nothing happened.
“Don’t bother trying any spell. The dart I shot you with was filled with Lobelia flower which has been known to weaken the power of magic and the same can be said for the iron collar around your neck. You will be powerless for hours,” Macbeth told her, “And do not bother trying to remove it, the collar has a powerful electromagnetic lock on it as well the door.”
“My family will come for me,” Athena said.
Macbeth gave an evil chuckle, “Oh, I plan on it, my dear.”
Athena knew that she couldn’t sit and do nothing, so she decided to look around the room she was in to see if anything could be used to help her. Sometime later, she noticed that the lights in her room were dimming and heard screams on the other side of the door. Athena runs over to a chair and breaks one of the legs off it. She wedges the leg in between the doorframe and the door itself before wedging it open. She rushes out of the room and finds herself in some sort of cavern with Lexington and Brooklyn barely conscious in a cage and Bronx standing in front of a cage with a huge hole in it.
“Bronx, go get help. I’ll stay here with them. Now go!” Athena told Bronx.
Bronx nodded before running, Athena had heard a door broke and she knew he had managed to escaped. Athena rushed toward Brooklyn and Lexington’s cage checking to see if they were alright before trying to figure out a plan to get the iron collar around her neck off.
Meanwhile, Etrigan and Goliath fly over the city before hearing people scream and cars avoiding a crash, or crashing into each other, on the ground below. They looked down and saw Bronx running on the streets. They glide down to the street and land in front of Bronx.
“Bronx,” Golaith said as a crowd began to form around them. Goliath kneels on one knee and asks, “Where are Lexington, Athena, and Brooklyn?”
Bronx takes off running and Goliath and Etrigan follow after him. While Etrigan merely had to flap his wings to become airborne, Goliath hopped onto a taxi and a truck before being able to gilde, and they followed Bronx to where Athena, Lexington, and Brooklyn are being kept.
Eventually, the three arrived at a castle and crashed through the front door. Goliath’s and Etrigan’s eyes glowed with hatred as Macbeth stood before them.
“Don't bother knocking. After all, we're old friends,” Macbeth said.
“Find Brooklyn, Athena, and Lexington,” Goliath ordered and Bronx took off to find them. Goliath and Etrigan approached MacBeth but back away when he pointed a gun at them, “Come ahead, then. Smart beasts. But you'll lose anyway. l defeated you in your home. Do you think l wouldn't be ready for you in my own?”
Macbeth runs off with Goltiah and Etrigan chasing him. They entered a stone hallway, and as Macbeth entered an archway, a wooden door came down. Goliath and Etrigan pounded on the door in anger, but it didn’t make a dent. Their howls echoed throughout the castle as they scratch the door.
Down below the castle, Lexington, Brooklyn, and Athena could hear the howls of Goliath and Eitrgan.
“Bronx must have found Goliath,” Lexington said.
“Yeah,” Brooklyn agreed.
“And Etrigan as well,” Athena added.
Goliath and Etrigan managed to break through the door. They stalked down the stairs and into the hallway, they each peer through a different archway as the continued down the path. Suddenly, a large iron gate dropped down on the ceiling. Goliath goes to grab it but was electrified. Angrily, he grabs a suit of armor and throws it at the gate.
The two soon heard laughter behind them and turned around to see Macbeth before he shoots a gun at them. Etrigan takes in a deep breath before fires shoots from his mouth, burning the net. Macbeth took off down the hallway with Goliath and Etrigan chasing after him. Again, a large metal door had cut them off, but Goliath and Etrigan tore door apart. However, all they found on the other end was a room with large brick walls.
The two howled again, but this time the howls were inhumane. Goliath and Etrigan eyed the wall before they tore it down. After clearing the wall, the two found themselves in a room filled with full body mirrors. They walked in slowly, Goliath spotted Macbeth and charged at him, but was rebounded off from the glass.
“Oh, it's not that easy, monster,” A different reflection of Macbeth laughed.
“Why are you doing this? Did Xanatos pay you?” Goliath asked as Etrigan helped him up.
“Aye, l asked him for money,” Macbeth replied, “If I'd offered to do this for free he'd have been suspicious.”
“Then, why?” Goliath demanded, “We've done you no wrong.”
“lt's not you l'm after,” He admitted, “You're just a pawn. l want your queen.”
“Queen?” Goliath repeated confused, “We have no queen.”
“No? What about Demona?” Macbeth asked confidently.
“You know Demona?” Goliath gasped and his eyes widen in shock.
“Know her? l named her, ”Macbeth laughs loudly. Goliath and Etrigan soon fall through a trap door where Macbeth was waiting for them with a torch in hand, “lf l capture you, the last of your kind, she will come to free you. lt's her l want.”
They stood up and face Macbeth, who had a smile on his face.
Goliath gives a wicked laugh before he responds, “Then you are a fool. She is our enemy. She wouldn't lift a talon to save us.”
Macbeth clenches his teeth, “Ah, no matter, I knew it was wise to capture the girl. Demona’s daughter.”
Etrigan’s eyes glowed and he snarled at Macbeth, “For what you have done, you shall face my wrath. And when I am done, it will be a bloodbath.”
Macbeth throws the torch into the vase of oil and it lit the room, revealing a medieval dungeon and torture room. Goliath tackled Macbeth, who quickly freed himself. Macbeth then grabbed a large spiked table, flipping it and tossing it at Goliath. He swung his tail, breaking the table in half, and he jumps up quickly grabbing onto a gibbet hanging from the ceiling. He swung towards Macbeth and tackled him once more.
When Macbeth worked his way free, he attempted to battle Goliath in hands on combat. They traded punches, dodging and weaving through the dungeon. Macbeth manages to punch Goliath, sending his on his back. Etrigan breathed fire in his hand before he clasped them together and as he pulled them apart to form a sword. He chagres at Macbeth, who pulled out another gun, and they fought. Etrigan punches Macbeth, sending him right into the oil container he had set ablaze, knocking it down and setting the floor on fire.
Using the flames to his advantage, Macbeth made a break for it. Goliath and Etrigan follow after him, but only found an iron maiden in front of them. Cautiously, Goliath quickly pried it open, revealing an escape route on the other side. He and Etriagn run through and found a stone staircase leading upwards, Macbeth's shadow already halfway up the staircase. Goliath and Etirgan quickly followed after him. Down below the castle, Bronx came running down the stairs and rammed into the cage, allowing Brooklyn and Lexington to escape.
“Good boy, Bronx,” Brooklyn praised.
“Come on, let's get out of here,” Athena said before the four of them rush up the stairs.
The secret passage led up to Macbeth's weapons room, where he immediately went for a sword hanging on the wall. He turned just as Goliath and Etrigan reached the top of the stairs, and the three charged at one another. Macbeth swung at Goliath, but the he ducked, then leapt into the air, landing on one of the chandeliers. The swords of Macbeth and Etrigan clashed against one other. The fixture swung towards the wall, where Goliath grabbed a mace, which he then used to sever the chain holding the chandelier. Macbeth moved to dodge the falling fixture as Goliath leapt off it towards Macbeth.
The three clashed, sword versus mace and sword, smoke from the fire downstairs spreading upwards, filling the room. Fire began to reach the tapestries hanging on the walls. Still the three clashed, the ringing of their weapons echoing over the roar of the fires. Etrigan breathes fire from his mouth, melting the sword in Macbeth’s hand and Goliath manages to hit Macbeth with the mace and knocking Macbeth to his knees.
"Blast you!" Macbeth shouted.
He pulled out a gun and went to open fire on Goliath and Etrigan. However, Goliath knocked the gun out of his hand with his tail, then hoisted the man into the air by his wrists. Crushing the gun in his hands, Goliath then grabbed Macbeth by his coat.
Macbeth quickly ditched the coat, dropping to the ground and bolting for the exit. Goliath and Etrigan tried to follow, but the flames had spread throughout the building.
"Goliath! Etrigan!" Athena shouted from the main entrance, "This way!"
Goliath and Etrigan ran towards Athena’s voice, escaping just as the flames completely consumed the castle.
They stood outside the burning castle as Macbeth flew away in his plane just as the castle collapsed.
“Let's go home,” Goliath said.
As they flew over the city back to their home, Lexington and Brooklyn were carrying Bronx while Etrigan carried Athena and they followed behind Goliath when they heard Broadway’s voice.
“Goliath!” Broadway called.
They all looked down and saw Broadway, Elisa, and Husdon standing on a rooftop. They glided over and landed on the rooftop.
“What are you doing here?! Why aren't you guarding our home?!” Goliath questioned with anger in his voice.
“You don't live there anymore,” Elisa told him.
“What?!” He screamed.
“l found you a new home,” She added.
“How dare you?! l told you, that castle is our home.”
“No, Goliath. She's right,” Broadway stood in front of Elisa, “lt's suicide to stay there.”
Hudson walked over, “Lad, they're right, you know. lt's just a place of stone and wood. Home is more than that, Goliath. Home is the eight of us. Wherever we can be together and safe, that's our home.”
Goliath roars in rage before turning to the castle.
“Come, Goliath. Let's be going,” Hudson said.
“Give me one minute and my daughter,” Goliath told them. Athena walked over to her father and he picked her up before jumping over the edge and gliding to the castle.
In the great hall of the castle, Goliath and Athena found Owen cleaning up shards of broken glass. Owen looks up at Goliath and Athena.
“l have a message for your master. We're leaving. But we'll be back. We'll be back to claim that which is ours,” Goliath warned. He and Athena turned around and walked away.
“l'll deliver your message,” Owen promised.
Later that night, everyone was gathered inside the clocktower that sat above the precinct where Elisa and Athena worked.
“l'll, uh, l'll bet l could get this thing working again,” Lexington muttered about the clock that hasn’t worked in years.
“Why would you want to?” Brooklyn asked him.
“lt's not so bad. There's a place right over there for a television,” Hudson said.
“OK, it's a fixer-upper. But a few throw rugs, some flowers? lt could be home,” Elisa told them.
“Yes,” Goliath agreed, “As long as we're together, it's home.”
Chapter 10: The Egde
In Captain Chavez's office, Athena and Elisa were getting some news from the captain.
"Captain, this is a joke, right?" Elisa asked.
"No joke. l'm assigning you a partner. Since the investigators believe that you were the intended target, Wyvern won't be assigned a partner, but she will help you and your partner from time to time. Now that you're back on duty, we're gonna make sure you stay there,"
"You think l need protection? Getting shot, l mean, that was an accident."
This isn't open to discussion," Captain Chavez said as she walked toward the door to her office and opened revealing a man, who could only be the partner, "This is Detective Matt Bluestone. He worked with me to close the Dracon business."
Matt walked into the office and hold out Elisa's phone in his hand, "You dropped this."
"Thanks," Elisa said as Matt places the phone in her hand.
The three of them walk down the hallway after leaving the Captain's office.
"No offense, l'm sure you're a great cop. But l don't need a partner. And l don't want a partner. I got Athena if I need her," Elisa told Matt.
"Hey, l understand," He said, "Problem is, you have a partner. Me. Guess we have to just make the best of it."
"There must be some kind of conspiracy going on to make my life difficult," Elisa sighed.
"Wouldn't surprise me."
Athena looked at her watch, "Me and Elisa have something to take care of. We'll be back in a while, so just wait."
"l'll meet you outside in 20 minutes," Elisa added. Matt waved them goodbye as they walked up the stairs.
Elisa and Athena entered the broom closest and Athena pulled down the
Elisa looks over at the tv she had brought in and says, "You guys better appreciate this."
"I'll go up first and you'll follow behind," Athena told her as before the two went over and picked up the tv. As two carried it up the ladder, Broadway approached them.
"Let me help you, Elisa, Athena," He took the tv from them.
"Thanks, Broadway," Elisa and Athena said to him. A moment later, a remote control toy car drove by Elisa and Athena's feet. They looked behind them and saw Lexington with the controller.
"Neat toy, huh?" Lexington asked them.
"Yeah, slow it down or l'll give you a ticket," Elisa joked before asking, "Where's Goliath?"
"Down in the library," Broadway answered, "You staying for breakfast?"
"No, thanks. l gotta get back to work soon," She answered before leaving the clocktower. Athena stayed behind and helped her family with the tv and soon they had it working by the time Elisa and Goliath returned.
"Well, it's not a six-foot screen, but l hope it'll do," Elisa siad.
"lt's a grand gift, lass. Thank you," Hudson told her.
Brooklyn flipped through the channels with the remote before stopping when Xanatos appeared on the screen.
"Xanatos!" Goliath exclaimed. Brooklyn then turns the mute button off on the tv.
"This is Travis Marshall at the Museum of Modern Art, where one of the world's most priceless jewels, the Eye of Odin, is being donated by David Xanatos from his private collection.
This is quite a philanthropic act, Mr. Xanatos. The Eye is worth millions. To just give it away?" Travus asked him.
"Well, Travis, I just felt that the Eye should be shared with the world, instead of locked away in my personal museum," Xanatos answered before joking, "Besides, it's a great tax write-off."
"A grand gesture from a man known for grand gestures."
Goliath's eyes glowed as he roared with rage before he charges out of the clocktower.
"A few more donations like this, and New York might even forget about your prison record," Travis added.
"l made a mistake, Mr. Marshall. l paid my debt to society. All l'm trying to do now is give something to benefit others," Xanatos said, "Would you rather l kept the Eye?"
Owen appeared on the screen , "Your limo is ready, Mr. Xanatos."
"Perfect timing, Owen. As always. lt appears l'm not appreciated around here," Xanatos left and Brooklyn turned the tv off.
A while later in the early morning hours, Athena was at her desk filling out some paperwork when Elisa and Matt returned from their patrol.
Elisa walked over to Athena, "Hey, I need to talk you to privately. The guys should be asleep by now, so meet me in the clocktower. "
"Why?" Athena asked.
"Something weird happed to me and Matt when were answered a call at the Museum earlier," She answered, "Weird as in the perpetrator flew away from the crime scene."
"Of course," Athena got up from her desk and followed Elisa to the clocktower. Once they were up there, Elisa told Athena everything that happened to her and Matt.
"We arrived at the museum with something broke through one the window and flew away. I swear it looked like Goliath, and when Matt shot at it the bullet ricochet right off and it sounded like metal," She said.
"Let's see if the Captain knows about any other suppose "Gargoyle" sightings," Athena suggested.
Elisa and Athena were in Captain Chavez's office discussing what Matt and Elisa saw at the museum.
"According to sightings all over town, there are at least three of these things," Captain Chavez told them as she looked at the file, "Well, they're not shy about being seen."
"This doesn't make sense," Athena muttered.
"What's that, Wyvern?" The Captain asked.
Matt walks into the Captain's office, "Check this out," He turns on the tv in the office and it was the news with Travis Marshall.
"This station has acquired the security camera coverage of the robbery last night," The three saw the silhouette of a gargoyle walk up to a glass case and shatters it before taking the eye of Odin and walking away, "According to witnesses, this gargoyle-like creature attacked a guard and then flew away from the scene," Matt turns the tv off.
"You two saw that thing. Care to speculate?" Captain Chavez asked Elisa and Matt.
"All l know is, l hit it with a .38 slug and didn't even slow it down," Matt told her.
"Maza, any ideas?"
"Not yet," She answered.
That night, Elisa and Athena went up to the clocktower to tell the others what happened.
"Hey, Elisa. Hey, Athena," Broadway greeted them.
"Hey, guys. We got some bad news," Elisa told them.
"What do you mean, lass?" Hudson asked.
"This morning Matt and I responded to a call from the museum and when we got there something broke through a window and it looked just like a gargoyle. So there you have it. Someone's impersonating you, Goliath," Elisa finished the story.
"Do you think it's possible there are other gargoyles alive out there?" Brooklyn asked.
"You guys are tough, but you're not bulletproof tough," Athena said.
"l heard Matt's slugs bounce off metal," Elisa added.
"Xanatos' robots," Goliath spoke.
"The Steel Clan? But l thought we destroyed them all," Broadway said.
"We did. He must have made more," Goliath said.
"lt makes no sense. Why would Xanatos donate the jewel to the museum and then have it stolen?" Hudson questioned.
"No doubt he has some sort of devious plan in mind. Hudson, you and Bronx guard our new home. The rest of you, come with me,'" Goliath walks toward the stairs leading to the balcony of the clocktower with Lexington, Broadway, and Brooklyn following him.
Athena in front of Goliath and stops them, "Where are you going?"
"To deal with Xanatos," He answered
"Hold on, father. You shouldn't be taking any chance of being seen, any of 're not rating very high in the public opinion polls right now," Athena told he father.
"No, Athena. No more hiding. Xanatos will answer to me for this," Goliath said before he pushes Athena aside and continues up the stairs.
"Goliath, wait," She pleaded, but there was no use. The four gargoyles jumped off the balcony and glide to the Eyrie building.
Athena went back inside the clocktower, "Elisa, go to your car and I'll meet you at the Eyrie building."
"But how will you get there?" Elisa asked.
"I have another mean of transportation in mind," She responded before Elisa rushed down to get to her car. Athena stepped out onto the balcony and spoke a spell, "Yarva Demonicus Etrigan.
Change, change the form of man. Free the prince forever damned. Free the might from fleshy mire. Boil the blood in heart of fire. Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!"
A vortex of fire appears in front of Athena and when the flames cease, Etigran was kneeling in front of her with his head down.
Etrigan looked up at her and stood up as he says, "You have summoned me at your request. Tell me, my dear maiden, what is my quest?"
"Etrigan, I need you to take me to the Eyrie building. My father and the trio are going to face Xanatos," Athena replied,"And I have a bad feeling."
"Though I know we should be wary, I shall follow your command and take you to the building of Eyrie," Erigan responded before he picks Athena up in his arms. He opens his wings and jumps off the balcony for the Eyrie building.
They manage to arrive not long after Gargoyles and the trio did. Etrigan landed next to the trio and watched as Goliath confronted Xanatos in the courtyard.
"Athena? Why are you here?" Brooklyn asked.
"I just have a bad feeling about this," She answered, "So, be glad we're here."
"Xanatos!" Goliath exclaimed, "You have gone too far. First you steal our home, and now you steal our very identities."
"You've got it all wrong. l'm the best friend you have in this world," Xanatos told Goliath, causing him to growl before roaring in rage. Xanatos continues, "You see, soon everybody in the Big Apple will be hunting gargoyles."
"Because of you," Goliath responded.
Xanatos waves his finger at Goliath, "lf you want to be picky, we won't get anywhere. Let's try to focus on the big picture, Goliath. l've got a research facility upstate, where you and your friends could be comfortable and protected."
"What?" He questioned.
"Doesn't seem a difficult choice to me. Stay here in the city and be hunted down like animals, or be my guests in a safe haven. What do you say?"
Goliath roars before smashing a light post to the ground and jumps up the stairs to join the others.
"Let's go," Goliath said as he ran passed them and glided away from the Eyrie building, the others followed him to return to the clocktower.
"You're taking this much too personally," Xanatos yelled.
"So what happened?" Brooklyn asked as the glided above the city, "Did Xanatos admit he was-"
"l don't want to talk about it," Goliath interrupted with a harsh and angered tone. Suddenly, a laser shots from behind them, hitting Goliath in the wing.
"Father!" Athena cried as she watched him fell, landing on a satellite dish and held on. Athena looks over Etrigan's shoulder and sees three Steel Clan robots, one of which is red and appears to be taking the lead, "lt's the Steel Clan!"
The Steel Clan begins to fire lasers at the them. The gargoyles and Etrigan scatter across the sky and dodge the the Steel Clan's blasts, left and right.
"What do we do?" broadway asked as he narrowly escaped a blast.
Down on the roof, Goliath managed to dodge a blast from the Steel Clan leader. He replies, "We've beaten them before. We can do it again."
The robots fire their lasers at the gargoyles, causing them to separate while the red one focuses on Goliath. One of the other robots managed to hit Broadway in the back. He went down and rolled across a roof until a large brick wall stopped his momentum. Lexington was next to be hit in the back and went down. He struck a metal railing hard enough to wrench it loose, and his limp form dangled from it before Broadway rescued him. Brooklyn tried to remove the head of the one of robots, but was electrocuted and flung away before landing in front of Goliath. Broadway and Lexington soon joined them.
"Etrigan, when I say 'Now', I want you to throw me at the Steel Clan robot," Athena told him before saying, "Metallicus!" Her skin, hair, and clothes transform into metal.
"Time for a revival as they say. We shall make this fiend rue this day," Etrigan said.
Athena waited for the Steel Clan robot to get closer them before yelling, "Now!"
Etrigan then holds Athena with one hand like a spear before throwing her at one of the robots. When Athena collided with the robot, it exploded. Etrigan caught Athena as she fell and she turned back to normal.
Suddenly, one of the Steel Clan robots shot Etrigan in the back with a laser. As they fell, Etrigan held Athena tight to his crest and wrapped his wings around her, trying to shield her, before he landed on his back on the same roof top in front of the others. The Steel Clan dive and went through the wall, causing the bricks to topple on top of them.
They managed to break free from the brick, and Etrigan unshield Athena with his wings, to see the Steel Clan diving toward them before stopping just a few feet away
Lexington woke up and says, "Hey. We're still alive. How come?"
"lt's it's like they're waiting for something," Brooklyn commented.
"No doubt for us to lead them back to our new sanctuary," Goliath reasoned.
"But why? Why not just kill us?" Broadway wondered as they stepped out of the bricks.
"Because Xanatos doesn't want to destroy us. He wants to dominate us," He answered.
"He's probably controlling them by radio, like that toy car l have," Lexington said.
"Yeah, so what do we do now?" Brooklyn asked.
"We can't lead them back to the clock tower, and we can't stay here. lt's not long till sunrise," Goliath said.
"Your right, father," Athena agreed, "You all would be sitting ducks."
"We could tackle 'em again," Broadway suggested.
"Yeah, l'm really looking forward to that," Brooklyn said sarcastically before saying seriously, "They're a lot tougher than the last batch we fought."
"Yeah, particularly that one," Lexington pointed to the Red Steel Clan robot.
"We must continue the fight someplace isolated. Come," Goliath said.
Etrigan picks Athena up and everyone jumps off the roof of the building before flying away with the Steel Clan following them.
"Where are we going, Goliath?" Lexington asked.
"There," Goliath points to the Statue of Liberty. They soon landed atop her head and watched the robots coming their way, "You take the others. l'll handle the leader."
The Red Steel Clan robot fires a laser at them and they jump out of the way, off the the Statue of liberty's head. While Goliath deals with the Red Steel Clan robot, the trio deal with one of the two other Steel Clan robot and Athena and Etrigan deal with the other one.
"Metallicus!" Athena yelled, transforming her skin, hair, and clothes into metal, "Etrigan, I think it's time for we take one out of the game."
"As you wish, my dear maiden," He said.
Etrigan throws Athena at the Steel Clan robot and once she clodies with the robot, it explodes and Etrigan catches Athena.
"Thanks for the catch," Athena said before she and Etrigan joined the trio in the Statue of Liberty's torch.
Circling above Lady Liberty's torch, Goliath and the Red Steel Clan robot one followed each other close. Occasionally, one would swipe at the other, hoping to bring their opponent down. Goliath then attempted a different tactic. He flew high into the air, then dove down so he was right on top of the Red Steel Clan robot.
He nearly succeeded in bringing it down, but at the last second, it increased the power of its jet propulsion system, sending the two back into the sky.
"No machine!" Goliath growled. "You'll not get rid of me that easily."
There were two long metal tubes on the front of the robot's armor. Goliath grabbed one, then the other. The robot began to descend towards the head of the statue. The two of them landed on the status's head before standing up and ready to fight. The robot went for its laser gun, but Goliath effortlessly ripped it off its arm, crushing it in his grip.
Without its weapon, the Red Steel Clan Robot decided to punch Goliath in the face. Goliath took the punch, then punched the Red Steel Clan Robot twice. The robot grabbed ahold of Goliath's wrist and toss him over his shoulder. Goliath landed on his back and rolled out of the way before the Red Steel Clan Robot stomped on him with great force. Goliath then used his tail to knock the robot off its feet. Goliath went to punch the robot, but it grabbed his fist and kicked him. Goliath staggered back. The Red Steel Clan Robot was about to attack but stopped when the other gargoyles, Etigan, and Athena joined Goliath and surround the robot.
"Time to give up, Robo-Gargoyle," Athena said as balls of fire form in her hands. They all close in on the Red Steel Clan Robot, it looked over the head and saw the other Steel Clan Robots were destroyed. Then the Red Steel Clan Robot shot up into the sky and flew away.
Athena then noticed something out of the corner of her eye and saw a helicopter coming their way,"We need to leave now or else you guys are going to be international news."
Etrigan picked up Athena and everyone jumped off the statue to return to the clocktower.
As dawn approached, the Gargoyles took their places on the stone railing of the balcony. Elisa, Athena, and Jason were with them.
"The public's been reassured that the gargoyles were robots," Elisa told them.
"As for who created them," Athena added, "That is still under investigation."
"Xanatos tried to force us to reveal our new home," Goliath said before a smile came to his face, "We defeated him. And, if we did it once, we can do it again.
"And we will," Elisa smiled, "Together."
The sun soon rose and the gargoyles turned to stone in its light.
Chapter 11: Long way to moring
Athena stood on the balcony of the clocktower, waiting for her family as the sun was setting. Soon, the gargoyles’ stone skin cracked and they roared as they awoke from their slumber and stepped off the stone perches.
"What's for breakfast?" asked Brooklyn as the group entered inside.
"I was thinking plinces," Broadway said excitedly.
"You seem introspective my old friend, are you alright?" Goliath asked as Hudson stared at the scenery before him.
"Just dreaming old dreams," He said somewhat solemnly as he stared at Castle Wyvern.
“I know what you mean,” Athena said to Hudson. She couldn’t help but think back to a night from her childhood.
Scotland, 984 A.D.
It was a stormy night at Castle Wyvern. Inside the walls of the Castle, Prince Malcolm, Princess Katherine’s father was putting his daughter and Athena to bed since the two girls share a room.
“But, father, we don’t want to go to bed,” Katherine protested, “We want to stay up for the feast. We’ll miss the troubadours and the jugglers.”
“Please, Prince Malcolm, please let us stay up,” Athena begged, “If only for a while.”
“Hush, now,” Malcolm insisted, tucking the young girls into bed, “The Gargoyles will getcha if you don’t behave.”
At that moment, a strike of lightning lights the room, revealing the elder gargoyle carrying his small sword. Katherine gasps in fright while Athena smiles at the gargoyle she sees as her grandfather. The gargoyle steps forward.
“It is only me, Princess,” He assured,” We must speak, Prince Malcolm.”
“Of course,” Malcolm told him.
He left his daughter's bedside, walking out of her room with the gargoyle. Athena got out from her bed and quietly made her way across the room before hiding behind the door and listen in on the conversation between the elder gargoyle and Prince Malcolm.
"You shouldn’t frighten the girl her with threats of gargoyles, my liege." The elder one said. "We would never harm a child."
Malcolm gave the elder one a smile, chuckling and tells him, "Oh, you're too sensitive. But I take it this is not why you wanted to speak with me."
"Aye… I'm concerned about the Archmage." The elder one admitted. "I'm not sure banishment was enough to end his threat."
"He attempted to use magic to usurp my throne." Malcolm angrily replied. "Let him dare to return and I'll-"
"You will die, pompous fool!" an old man's voice proclaimed from behind the pair.
Malcolm and the old gargoyle both turned to see the Archmage standing on the stone steps of the castle. His long white beard nearly touched the ground, and his spell book, the Grimorum Arcanorum was clutched close to his chest.
"You thought you could banish me!" He snarled, the storm swirling around him. "I'm not so easily disposed of, Prince Malcolm!"
The Archmage then pointed his bony hand at the gargoyle and shouted out a spell, "Fulmenos… VENITE!"
Lightning shot from the Archmage's hand, striking the old gargoyle straight in the chest. He went flying back, hitting the castle wall hard. Malcolm walked forward, facing the Archmage boldly.
"What do you want?" Malcolm demanded.
"Why, revenge of course." The Archmage replied cruelly.
The Archmage produced a blowgun, which he aimed at Malcolm. He blew out a small dart, which struck Malcolm right in the chest. The elder gargoyle attempted to stop it, but he was a second too late. He looked down at Malcolm's fallen form, then at the Archmage. The old warlock cackled in vile glee, then leapt off the steps and disappeared into the storm.
The elder gargoyle quickly ran to Prince Malcolm's side, gently cradling his head. He could see the dart sticking out of Malcolm's chest, and the pained expression on his face.
"Father…" Katharine's voice suddenly called from her room.
The elder gargoyle turned to see the young princess, dressed in only a night gown walking out into the storm. She saw her father on the ground, the gargoyle standing over him, and her eyes instantly went wide.
"Father!" she cried, running to his side.
"Lass…" the old gargoyle tried to warn her, "It's not safe for you-"
Katharine turned to the gargoyle, angry tears streaming from her face. She began beating on the old gargoyle, her childlike fists hitting his arms and chest.
"Get away!" she ordered, "Leave him alone!"
The elder one accepted this small beating, then gently stepped back, watching helplessly as the young princess cried over her father's prone form in the pouring rain. Athena moved to stand beside the elder gargoyle and held his hand. Later on, Elisa came to the clock tower and told everyone that Demona had came to ther apartment and shot her with a dart, telling her that she would be dead in twenty four hours.
"Lucky for me the dart hit my badge," Elisa said as she finished her story.
"What's Demona's game this time?" Brooklyn asked angrily, not forgetting when she manipulated him.
“I don't know, but we're going to find out," Goliath stated as he walked towards the stairs that led outside.
"I'm okay you don't have to go, you know it's a trap," Elisa protested as she started to walk after Goliath.
"If he doesn't go now, Demona will know her plan failed, she'll go after you again," Hudson said gravely.
"We've got to stop her," Broadway said determinedly.
"Yes, but how? We can't lock Demona up here and I refuse to discuss the other alternative" Goliath said as he turned to the rest of his clan.
"You are our leader Goliath, as such you are responsible for all of the gargoyles," Hudson said wisely.
"Maybe, maybe I can reach her. At least I have to try," Goliath said hopefully.
"Let me come too, I have a few things to settle with her," Brooklyn said angrily.
"No, you stay here with Bronx and guard the tower," he ordered, as Brooklyn nodded dejectedly, "Broadway, you and Lexington escort Elisa home, and stay until sunrise she should be safe from Demona until then.”
"Athena, you will stay here with Brooklyn and Bronx, Hudson, you come with me," Goliath said firmly as Hudson looked surprised.
“But father, I can help. You trained me to be a warrior and I have magic,” Athena tried to reason with her father, “And besides, I do have a history of following after you when you told me to stay behind.”
Goliath sighed, “Very well, but the moment it is unsafe for you, I want you to leave.”
“Got it,” She responded.
Goliath held Athena in his arm before he and Husdon jumped off the balcony and glided to the opera house.
"Perhaps you should have brought the others," Hudson suggested as they drew closer to their destination.
"No Brooklyn is still too angry at Demona. I need someone I can rely on, and who can control their temper," Goliath said assuredly.
They soon landed on top of the opera house, Goliath set Athena down, and looked around for any sight of Demona.
"She was here, within the last few minutes," Hudson noted as he looked at the claw marks on the roof.
They continued to follow the claw marks which led up to a chimney where Demona stood atop; they quickly ran away from the area as she hopped down and fired at them. Hudson managed to hop off the side of the roof with Athnea and hold on but Goliath rolled as he was blasted with the gun and looked stoically at Demona as he got up and she shot him right in the chest.
"NO!" Hudson yelled as he defensively stood in front of Goliath with his sword out. As Demona fired a laser at him he reflected it with his sword as it bounced of and went off in other direction.
“Emocha Objectia!” Athena yelled. Bright blue glowing energy forms from her hands and fires at Demona, knocking her off.
The two watch as she fell off the roof and managed to grab her gun and dug her claws into the stone as she caught herself.
Husdon and Athena quickly went over to Goliath and Hudson threw one of Goliath's arms over his shoulder as he struggled to pull Goliath along.
"Come on," He said encouragingly.
"Well done ole soldier and daughter, but you're only prolonging the inevitable," Demona complimented as she stood on top of the rooftop.
"I could say the same to you, lass. It's not that long till sunrise, when we'll all change, and when Goliath awakens he'll make short work of you" Hudson retorted as he continues to drag Goliath along.
"Hehe, you won't make it to sunrise," Demona said acidly.
As Hudson looked around panicked for a place for him Athena, and Goliath to hide.
"I'm sorry it had to end this way," Demona said chuckling as she fired and Hudson jumped into a window where he, Athena and Goliath fell.
"Give it up old one, why prolong Goliath's suffering," Demona said, as Hudson helped Goliath move undercover.
"Leave me," Goliath pleaded knowing he was slowing Hudson and Athena down.
"Never, the dawn will heal ye, we can hold out till then," Hudson said optimistically.
“Don’t worry, Father. We will not let Demona win,” Athena told Goliath.
"You can run but you can't hide, in fact, you can't even run," Demona taunted as she hopped down into the hole.
Hudson carefully sat Goliath down along the side of a big stage boat, as he pulled out his sword. In Prince Malcom’s room, the Prince layed in bed with his daughter standing at his bedside. He was alive, but was gravely ill. The royal healers and captain of the guard were in the room. Athena stood beside the old gargoyle far from the bed.
“Well, what is wrong with me?” Malcom asked the Magus, the Archmage’s former pupil.
"It is poison, made far more potent by a magical spell." He explained. "By sunrise, you will die."
"Can you cure me?"
"If I had the Grimorum, yes." Magus replied solemnly. "The antidote would be written in its pages, of that I have no doubt."
"This is all your fault!" Katharine exclaimed, glaring at the elder gargoyle. "You caused this!"
The elder gargoyle's face fell and he looked down at the ground. Malcolm then turned to a lady in waiting,” Take her back to her bed.”
The princess went reluctantly, not wanting to leave her injured father's side. As she walked past the old one, she glared at him with a look of hatred.
"We know you are not to blame." Malcolm assured the old gargoyle, "She doesn't understand."
"No…" The elder one interrupted, "She's right. I failed you."
The elder one waited atop the castle's highest tower for his second in command and his mate, Athena’s adopted parents, to join him. The pair of gargoyles landed on the roof, wrapping their wings around themselves like cloaks.
"You called for us?" Goliath asked.
"Aye." The elder one said with a nod. "I need your help."
"We are at your command." The female told him.
"Good." The old one remarked with a small nod. "We must find the Archmage and take from him is magic book, and we must do it before sunrise. If we don't, then Prince Malcolm's life is on my hands."
He turned towards the castle walls, spreading his wings and taking off into the night. His two companions went to follow, the female turning to her mate with concern.
"Perhaps it's time he stepped down." The female commented, giving the old one a worried look. "I've never seen him look so old."
"His age brings wisdom," Goliath replied. "That's why he leads."
He then took off into the night, following his mentor. Not long after that, the female joined them as well. Athena stepped out from her hiding place and watched as the gargoyles glided away from the castle. She quickly rushed down to the stable and got on a horse before following the gargoyles. "This game is feutal," Demona said continuing to look around the room for them, “"You were too old to play it a thousand years ago.”
“I could just rake this room with the laser and there's no way you'd escape. I'm giving you one last chance Hudson," she offered, as Hudson struggled as he pushed Goliath towards the steel bars that led to outside,”My daughter, listen to me. I will lead our kind to victory and the humans will pay for all the pain that they have caused us.”
“Eterla Morbulou,” Athena whispered causing the bars to crumble.
"Goliath's time is over, I'm the leader now. Swear fealty to me and I will let you live, very well then I will let you die. Fine die hiding like the cowards you are," Demona growled when there was no response from Hudson and Athena. She raked the room with the laser destroying everything in its path to reveal, the crow bars that had been torn apart.
"Please, leave me here save yourself," Goliath tiredly.
"Gargoyles don't leave their warriors behind," Husdon said warmly.
“Husdon, over here quickly,” Athena pointed to a sewer. The two opened it and carefully help Goliath go underground.
Under the street, the three trek their way through the sewers, trying to get as much distance between them and Demona.
“We'll get through this night yet lad. Never fear, you're a tough one, I've always known that. Remember the search for the Arch Mage, now that quest took gumption, and a certain young lass who wouldn’t stay," reminisced Hudson
"Tracking won't be easy when the storm breaks," Goliath said as he referred to the ominous clouds above them that rumbled with thunder.
"He's not even trying to disguise his trail,” The elder gargoyle remarked, “He favors speed over stealth. That could mean he's expecting pursuit.”
There was a clap of thunder and they jumped when they heard a child's scream. They turned around and saw a horse running toward them with Athena clinging to its mane. The horse suddenly stands on its hind legs causing Athena to be flown off the horse. Goliath catches and holds her tight, while the horse runs off in the direction it came.
"What are you doing here?" Goliath asked with a growl as he placed Athena on the ground
“I wanted to help, Father. I could not just stand by while you face the Archmage,” Athena answered.
"What should we do," Goliath’s love asked as she looked at her adopted child with concern.
"We can't leave her out here all alone, we'll just have to take her with us,” The elder gargoyle sighed as he moved towards Athena, "Lass, now I need you to listen, you can come along only because we can't turn back but if we tell you to do something you have to do it, okay.”
Athena nodded in response before Goliath picks her up and held her in his arms.
“It could also mean he'll be laying traps," The elder gargoyle continued.
"You younger, stronger, he should be following you,' Goliath's love whispered to Goliath.
"You are wrong, my love, he is the best one to lead us, and in any event now is not the best time to argue," Goliath said patiently as he moved forward with Athena securely tucked in one arm. They quickly moved forward toward the cave.
"He's gone to ground there," The elder gargoyle said as he urged them forward and lit a torch to light their way.
"Our wings will be useless in here, and we're going against a powerful magician," Goliath’s love argued.
"I did not travel this far just to give up now," The elder gargoyle said determinedly.
"And I will not let him do this alone," Goliath added as he quickly followed after him.
"I don't know who's the bigger fool him for going, you for following or me for not leaving you both," She whispered to herself.
They made their way down a long hallway in the temple, where large grotesque statues lined the walls. Athena buried her face in Goliath’s chest to try and not look at the frightening statues.
"What do you think this all means," Goliath’s love asked as she ran her clawed hand lightly against the wall, but pulled back and gasped at what looked like a gargoyle being killed by a human.
Hudson briefly stopped and turned to the Athena and says softly, "Lass, now I need you to listen, you have to stay right here, and we'll be back soon.”
Athena nodded as Goliath gently sat her down and patted her head before entering the room. Athena waited a moment before quietly following after the gargoyles and when they stopped at a large canyon, she hid behind a large rock.
"The Archmage!" The old one called out.
The Archmage turned to see the three gargoyles, and quickly pointed the Grimorum Arcanorum at them, "Fulminos Venite!"
Lightning shot from the book and the gargoyles all scattered to avoid getting hit. They rolled into a hard landing off to the side of the cavern.
"It's hopeless Hudson, my daughter, save yourselves," Goliath said weakly.
“Father listen to me, we go together or we don’t go at all. That is what you taught me,” Athena whispered as she and Hudson helped Goliath through the sewers.
"Your courage is admirable, but ultimately futile," Demona said as she quickly shot at the three as they narrowly dodged the laser.
The two managed to run quickly through the water with Goliath, but stopped as they saw the waterfall leading into the lake. Hudson pulled out his sword with one hand as he supported Goliath with his other.
"I'll make it quick old soldier and I ensure that you, my daughter, will not be harmed," Demona promised as Hudson and Athena threw themselves into the water below. They panted tiredly as they pulled Goliath towards the shore starting to get tired.
"Stay with us lad, we've been in worse scrapes than this remember," Hudson said as he wrapped his wings around Goliath. The elder gargoyle hastily pulled himself up as he ran behind a pillar of stone and proclaims to the Archmage, "We've come for the Grimorum.”
The Archmage was far from done and shouted the spell, “ Fulminos Venite!"
The elder gargoyles was thrown back when the lighting hit the pillar of stone he was hiding behind. The female gargoyle went in to attack the Archmage, but was blasted as well. The second in command, however, had managed to dodge the blast. He leapt across the canyon, spreading his wings and gliding through the cave. He landed directly behind the Archmage and tackled him to the ground.
Athena watched helplessly from the sidelines, and foolishly forgetting what she was told scrambled down to where the battle was. Goliath managed to knock the Archmage down and as the book started to fall into the deep abyss in the ground. Before Goliath could run and grab it he saw the Athena jump into the abyss as she struggled to grab the book and grabbed onto a small corner sticking out. She tries to pull herself up but didn't have to climb far as Goliath leaned down and grabbed her by the scruff of her shirt and pulled her up.
"Goliath! Did you see me? I got the book!" Athena said excitedly as she held up the book for Goliath to take.
"That was extremely foolish, you could have been hurt!" Goliath yelled as her excited expression turned sad as she lowered her gaze to the ground.
"Are you both alright?" The young female asked as she ran towards Goliath and their daughter.
"Yes, and now so is the prince now," Goliath said as he held the book in one hand, and held Athena close to him with the other.
The Archmage suddenly screamed in anger, lifting a large stalagmite into the air.
"You filthy beasts give it to me!" The Archmage screamed as he ran towards them with a spear of stone as the young female gargoyle managed to push Goliath and Athena out of the way, causing the Archmage to fall into the abyss. The trio then made their way to the elder gargoyle.
"Good work you, two," The old gargoyle praised as he rubbed his sore head.
"Don't talk, save your strength," The female gargoyle chided as she picked up Athena in her arms, noticing that she had grown sleepy.
Hudson and Athena help carry Goliath away from the water and into a cemetery. They gently placed Goliath down on the ground, Athena stays with Goliath while Hudson quickly scouts. He hide behind a cross and watched Demona stalk forward. Hudson moved Goliath's arm over his shoulders, as they started to move him towards the crypt a couple feet away. Hudson opened the creaky doors, and the two placed Goliath down inside.
"Stay here lad, I'll be back for you," Hudson said.
"You can't face her," Goliath argued back weakly.
"I can face her, I just can't beat her. Athena stay here," Hudson ordered as he walked out of the crypt.
He crouched down in front of a statue as he pulled out his sword waiting for Demona. Looking into his sword he saw Demona's reflection as she sat on top of an angel statue, and quickly moved out of the way. Hudson ran behind another statue to protect himself as Demona approached him.
"Join me or join Goliath in death," She threatened.
"Don't be a fool, together we can rule this world," She continued passionately.
Hudson let out a growl as he charged forward and his sword met her gun in a clash, as Demona fired shot after shot while Hudson managed to avoid each one. Getting angry her eyes began to glow an eerie red as she continued to attack him.
Hudson hid behind another tombstone as Demona walked past him, and right as he striked down at her from behind him, she moved out of the way. Causing the angel behind her to be cut in half right where she had stood.
Goliath groaned in pain as he and Athena watched Hudson battled Demona.
"Enough of this!" Demona shouted as she jumped on top of the crypt where Goliath was underneath, "Time to die old fool.”
Hudson jumped out of the way as she fired the laser at him and glided up to where she was as he started to make his own attacks with his sword. Athena quickly ran out of the crypt and rushed to help Hudson. Hearing Hudson's growls Goliath pulled himself up as he called the small crypt to where Demona and Hudson were.
"I would have ended this quickly, but now you will suffer," Demona warned as she tried to hit Hudson with the butt of her laser gun.
Their weapons continued to clash as Goliath grabbed Demona's gun temporarily stopping her.
"Demona, no," Goliath panted tiredness showing on his face.
"Goliath, so good of you to join us," Demona said smirking as she looked back at him.
Demona hit Hudson causing him to fall down as she then hit Goliath, and he collapsed. Demona was bout to strike the two but Athena blocked the attack with her sword.
“Face it, Demona. You will never win,” Athena told her.
"The lass is right. Give it up, girl, you can't win," Hudson yelled over the rain and thunder.
"I'm smarter, stronger, I'm younger than you, your pride will cost you your life," Demona yelled as she managed to knock Hudson's sword out of his hands as he fell on top of Goliath.
"But I know something you don't, something that only comes with age," Hudson said loudly, as he stood up and preventing Demona from attacking again with Athena by his side.
"I know how to wait," He finished as the sun shone through the clouds as Athena smirked at Demona as the gargoyles turned to stone a top of the crypt. Athena casted a glamour spell to hide them from anyone who entered the cemetery before laying down and went to sleep.
"The antidote has worked you will recover," Magus assured the prince as who laid in his bed relieved.
"Thank the stars, you were able to bring the Grimorum in time," The prince said thankfully as he helped out his hand to the old gargoyle.
"It wasn't me," The elder gargoyle said as he gripped the prince's hand, “It was Athena.”
Athena stepped forward to the prince’s bed and he held his hand to her.
“Is this true, Athena?” He asked.
“It is my prince,” She replied.
“Thank you for what you have done.”
“Come lass, let’s go find your parents,” The elder gargoyle said.
The two left Prince Malcolm’s room and walked up to the tower, where her parents are.
"I'm only saying the clan needs a young leader," The female gargoyle proposed from behind Goliath.
"You're wrong," Goliath protested.
"No, she is right," The elder gargoyle said from behind them, as they both turned to face him.
"It's time for me to step down, and for you to lead," He said confidently as he stared at Goliath.
"It was your skills that lead us to the Archmage, I cannot take command now," Goliath disagreed.
"It is time, my friend," The elder gargoyle assured as he laid a clawed hand on his young friend's shoulder.
"Then I will, but only if you stay by my side, I will need you wisdom to guide me," Goliath compromised as the edler gargoyle smiled and nodded.
Athena had woken a few mistunes before the sun was about to set and took her position with her sword in hand and waited for the sun to set. Soon, the sky became dark as the sun set and with it, the gargoyles awoken from their stone slumber.
"Now it ends," Demona growled as her eyes glowed red.
Hudson with new found strength stopped the gun and smiled, "Yes, lass it now it ends," he agreed as Goliath stood up from behind Hudson
"Feeling alright lad, lass?" Hudson asked as he turned to look at the Goliath behind him still holding Demona's gun.
"Yes," Goliath breathed.
“Welcome back, father,” Athena said.
"You think you've won, but you've forgotten, why you came, your human friend. By now the poison has wrung its course, and there is no antidote," Demona sneered as she glided away and let out a cry that sounded practically feline.
"It's probably best that she doesn't know, Elisa is alive," Goliath suggested.
"Aye or as long as we can keep it a secret," Hudson smiled.
"Thank you for keeping me alive, Hudson, Athena, there is no one else I rather have at my side," Goliath said thankfully.
"Ah, I have forgotten that at a time. I thought my warrior days were over," Hudson chuckled.
"Nonsense, there are years of fighting left for you," Goliath said joyfully.
"Ha, there's something to look forward too," Hudson said somewhat sarcastically as they both laughed.
Chapter 12: Her brother's keeper
Athena was currently at the Manhattan Diamond Exchange with Jason because a friend of theirs had invited them after donating money to the History department that Jason works at the University. The two were currently walking around the room and looking at the various diamonds when Athena spotted Jackal and Hyena.
“Oh, no,” She sighed. Jason took notice of Athena and looked over to see Jackal and Hyena.
“What are they doing here?” Jason growled as his eyes glowed red.
“Jason, you have to calm down or else we’re going to have a panic on our hands with Etrigan,” Athena told him.
Jason took a deep calming breath and when his eyes opened, they were normal, “Thank you, my love.”
“Your welcome,” She smiled and kissed his cheek.
“Isn’t that sweet,” Xanatos commented. The two turned to face him, “Funny meeting you two here. Didn’t really picture this as your kind of scene.”
“We were invited by a friend,” Athena told him.
“I don’t believe we had the pleasure of being formally introduced,” Xanatos said to Jason and held out his hand, “I’m David Xanatos.”
Jason shook his hand, “I’m well aware of who you are, Mr. Xanatos. I’m Jason Blood. And I believe the last time we met was when my father-in-law had visited you at the castle.”
“Is there a reason why you’re here Xanatos? Or did you just come here to bother me and my husband?” Athena asked.
“Actually, I’m here to purchase the Coyote Diamond,” He replied.
Athena looked over and saw a worker open the case of the diamond, no doubt the one that Jackal and Hyena were trying to open to steal the diamond, was open and was removed by the worker. A moment later, the worker walked over to Xanatos with the diamond, which he examined with an almost predatory gleam in his eye.
"This should look nice next to the Star of Arabia." He mused.
“I bet it would be even nicer next to The Eye of Odin,” Athena whispered to Jason.
Suddenly, Jackal leaps into the air, somersaulting across the room until he lands directly behind Xanatos. He roundhouse-kicked the man in the back of the head, knocking into Athena and Jason, then snatched up the diamond as he dropped it. He tossed it deftly over his shoulder, into the waiting hand of his sister. He smiled down at the diamond with a chilling grin. Her brother then ran over to her, placing his hand on her shoulder.
"Time to go, sis." He said through his teeth.
"I don't take orders from anyone!" Hyena snapped. "Not even you brother."
"Let's just go!" Jackal insisted.
Jackal turned on his heels, dashing for the elevator. Hyena followed close behind, her knife still gripped in her hands. As the doors closed behind them, Xanatos stood up and rubbed the back of his head.
"Call the police, Owen." He ordered.
Athena opened her clutch purse and took out her badge and gun, “This why I always carry my badge and gun, Jason. You never know when things might get exciting.”
Athena kissed him on the cheek before placing her badge on the strap of her purse and ran after Hyena and Jackal. When she reached the roof, she saw Jackal and Hyena with air gliders, ready to jump off the roof, but before they could, Derek and Elisa rose above the roof in the helicopter, blocking their path.
"This is the police!" Derek called through a megaphone. "Stay where you are!"
The wind caused by the helicopter blades spinning blew the air gliders out of the hands of Jackal and Hyena. The two then ran away and split up. While Athena went after Hyena, Derek and Elisa stayed with Jackal.
“Come out, come out, where ever you are,” Athena called out to Hyena, who was hiding somewhere on the rooftop. As Athena makes her way around the corner, Hyena jumps off and tackles Athena.
“Not so tough without those freaks of yours,” Hyena chuckled as she pinned Athena to the ground. Athena headbutts Hyena, knocking her back.
“I can do pretty well on my own,” Athena stood up from the ground and got into a fighting stance.
Hyena rubbed her sore head before running away from Athena and she chased after her. Meanwhile, Jackal scrambled back over to his bag and pulled out a large bazooka.
"I don't think so." Jackal sneered.
He aimed the Bazooka at the helicopter and Derek quickly went to dodge. Xanatos arrived on the roof and tackled Jackal to the ground before he could fire. The shot went wild and struck the rear motor of the helicopter rather than the cockpit. It began to spin out of control with Derek wrestling against the controls to try and keep it stable. But, he managed to land the helicopter safely, and not a moment too soon.
"You just made your last mistake, rich man," Jackal snarled
Xanatos looked to see Hyena and Jackal surrounding him with their knives drawn. However, the sound of a gun being cocked drew their attention. They looked over at Athena and Elisa, who had their guns drawn on them.
"Drop the knives and put your hands in the air!" Elisa called out. "Do it now!"
The two exchanged glances before quickly ditching Xanatos. They began running back to their air gliders, righting them and taking off into the sky. Xanatos watched them leave, then shook his head.
"Never a gargoyle around when you need one," He said.
Elisa watched as Xanatos walked across the roof towards the edge, where he found the Coyote Diamond sitting on the ground. He picked it up, dusting it on the lapel of his jacket, then placing it in his pocket and walked over to Derek.
"I saw you land that rig without the rear rotor. Impressive,” Xanatos commented.
Derek rubbed the back of his head, "Well, uh, I didn’t really have a lot of choices.”
“I wonder, would you be interested in a job with my company?” He asked, “I need someone as a pilot and personal bodyguard. I can guarantee the job will be less risky than police work. And I can probably pay better, too. Much better."
“Well, uh, th-that is I,” Derek began.
Xanatos pulled out a small card, handing it to Derek.
"Think about it," He insisted. "Nice meeting you. Detectives. Always a pleasure."
Xanatos walks away and leaves the rooftop.
“Ignore him, Derek. He’s just using you to annoy me,” Elisa told her brother before trying to take the card away from him.
Derek moves the card away and behind his back, “Oh, right. It couldn’t possibly be that he actually thought I was good.”
“You’re not saying that you’re actually considering.”
“Hey, sis. Why don’t you use your cop instinct to figure it out?” Derek suggested before walking away.
“You got lucky with having no siblings, Athena,” Elisa told her.
“Actually, I kinda did have a sibling. I was a year older than Princess Katherine and I considered her my little sister, but just give Derek space and time. It is his life,” Athena advised. Later on, in the clocktower, Elisa was telling everyone the situation that had happened earlier.
“He can’t work for Xanatos. What am I gonna do?” Elisa wondered.
“Tell him the truth,” Goliath simply said.
“The truth?” She repeated, “The whole truth? Including the part about gargoyles living in New York? And the part that my friend was raised by the gargoyles over a thousand years ago in Scotland and is married to a knight who is bound to a demon that rhymes? That’s not my secret to tell.”
“It shouldn’t have to be,” Broadway said, “He should trust you.”
“Trust doesn’t mean a whole lot without honesty,” Brooklyn remarked.
“Excuse me, but aren’t we missing the point here? Jackal and Hyena are loose in the city. We should be tracking them down,” Lexington brought up.
“Derek is your brother, Elisa. Tell him the truth. Show us to him if necessary. He must be made to believe,” Goliath told her. It was not after the sun had risen and the gargoyles were now in their stone sleep, that Jason and Athena were at her desk waiting for Elisa to tell them how her talk with Derek went.
“I just wish I could have been up there to protect you,” Jason voiced his thoughts about what happened on the rooftop at the diamond exchange.
“Jason, I know that you worry about me from time to time, but I’ve fought a lot worse than Hyena. And all I ended up with from that fight was a slight bruise,” She told him, “Besides, as I said that night, I don’t think we need a panic on our hands with Jackal and Hyena or everyone in New York knowing about Etrigan.”
“Do you think Derek will listen to Elisa and decline Xanatos’ offer?” He asked Athena.
“I don’t know. Derek is an adult and can do whatever he wants to do with his life,” She replied, “But I know that Elisa just wants to protect him.”
The two then saw Derek leaving the assembly room and Elisa not long after. Elisa walked over to Jason and Athena.
“So, how did it go?” Athena asked.
“Not great,” Elisa replied, “Derek decided to take Xanatos’ offer. I got to go and talk to dad about this. Maybe he’ll have an idea about how to stop Derek,” She then left to call her dad.
“Come on, let’s go home,” Jason said, “I think we could use some rest after the excitement we had earlier.”
“I could use a nap. Maybe after we can get some lunch from that diner in Queens?” Athena suggested.
“That sounds wonderful.” The next night, after Elisa went into the male officers’ locker room and failed to convince Derek to not quit, Elisa was telling Goliath, Hudson, Athena, and Jason the situation while the trio was working on the tv.
“I just can’t talk sense to him. He can’t see that Xanatos is up to something,” Elisa said.
“Is there anything we can do to help?” Goliath asked.
“I’m glad you asked. If you, maybe even Etrigan, could keep an eye on Derek, for his own good.” She replied.
Goliath looked over at the trio, “You three. Station yourselves near the castle and watch for any signs of trouble. And please, try to get along. Later that night, the trio had returned to the clocktower after saving Derek and Xanatos from Hyena and Jackal and hid their damaged helicopter.
“I think I can have it airborne by tomorrow night,” Lexington said.
“Why would you want to?” Broadway asked, “What do we need with a helicopter?”
“As long as Derek is flying Xanatos’ chopper, we may need one just to keep up, “ Elisa spoke.
“Etrigan and I will take over surveillance of Derek and Xanatos tomorrow night. You three get the Pack’s helicopter working,” Goliath told them.
Lexington smirked and says, “Don’t worry. I’ll tell you what has to be done.”
“Oh, yeah? You and what Starfleet?” Brooklyn remarked before he and the others went up the stairs to take their place before the sun rose.
Goliath stayed behind and placed his hands on Elisa’s shoulders, “Elisa. You must talk to Derek. You must tell him the truth about us.”
“I’m not sure that’ll be enough now. I need proof of whatever Xanatos is planning to convince Derek,” She told him.
“Bring him here,” Goliath offered, “When he sees us, he will have the proof he needs.”
Goliath then walked away and up the stairs to take his perch.
“No, Goliath. It’s gonna take more than that.” That evening, Elisa and Athena thought it was time to pay a visit to an old friend of theirs, Fox, in prison. Elisa and Athena sat in a visiting room. As Fox took her seat, she had a smug look on her face.
“Fox, we’re here to find out-” Elisa began.
“I know why you’re here,” Fox interrupted, “David told you you’d come. He created the pack, you know. Got us together, me, Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, Dingo. Put us on the air and made us stars.”
“Then why are the psycho twins trying to kill him?” Athena asked.
“They don’t know he’s the boss. Only I do,” She explained, “David told me to have them hit the Diamond Exchange, and then make himself the next target.”
“He set up his own assassination attempt,” Athena realized.
“But why?” Elisa asked Fox.
“He wants your brother. And what David Xanatos wants, he gets.”
“So why are you telling me all of this?” Elisa questioned. She chuckles, “Because he left you to rot in jail?”
“You haven’t got a clue. You’re so far behind him it’s pathetic,” Fox taunted, “He told me to tell you. He doesn’t have to hide his plans from you. There’s not a thing you can do to stop him. He’s the most brilliant man on the face of the earth.”
Elisa and Athena made their way out of the prison. Elisa then pulled out a recorder she had hidden in her jacket pocket. She hit the replay button, the conversation she had with Fox replayed.
“There’s not a thing you can do to stop him. He’s the most brilliant man on the face of the earth.”
"Nothing I can do to stop him, huh?" she repeated, a smug look on her face. "Well, we'll just see about that."
Elisa stopped the tapes and says, “Let’s see how brilliant he feels when I play this for Derek”
Athena and Elisa were in the parking lot, heading to Elisa’s car when Goliath and Etrigan landed atop the car next to Elisa’s. Scarring both Athena and Elisa.
“Father, Etrigan, what are you doing here?” Athena asked.
“Derek and Xanatos left in the helicopter faster than we could follow,” Goliath replied.
“We followed them as far as we could go forth, but they headed north,” Etrigan added.
“He’s probably headed for Xanadu, his upstate retreat,” Elisa said, “Come on. I hope Lex and the guys have got the Pack’s chopper working.”
Goliath picks up Elisa while Etrigan picks Athena up and the four were then on their way back to the clocktower. They flew over to where Lexington had stashed the Pack’s helicopter and got in it before taking off.
“This thing looks like a flying junk pile,” Broadway said.
“Yeah? I suppose that if you designed it’d be covered with food,” Lexington retorted.
“Boys, play nice,” Athena told them.
“We’ll get there in time, Elisa,” Goliath reassured her.
“I hope so,” She responded.
Eventually, they arrived at Xanadu. Jackal and Hyena fired at them, but it bounced right off the helicopter.
“Still think that the armor is dumb?’ Lexington called out to Broadway before turning on the high beams, blinding both Jackal and Hyena. The two then ran away.
“It’s Jackal and Hyena. Take them out quickly,” Goliath ordered.
Lexington smiled and then hit the missile button. The missile was immediately dropped and it went straight for the two. The missile then released a net trap that quickly snared them both. Unfortunately, the two were able to cut through the net and ran away again. They only stopped when they fired and tried to take the helicopter down. While Broadway and Brooklyn went after Jackal, everyone else followed Hyena.
Etrigan picks up and holds Athena in his arms before flying out of the helicopter and lands on the ground not far from Hyena.
“Plures fallaciae,” Athena spoke.
Athena stepped out from behind a tree and said, “Hello, Hyena.”
“And goodbye, freak,” Hyena said as she took aim and fired at Athena. When the shot hit Athena, she disappeared into smoke. Another Athena appeared and Hyena shot her. Then another and Hyena shot her as well. Every time Hyena fired at one Athena, another would appear.
“What is this?” Hyena asked as she kept firing.
“A distraction,” Athena replied.
Hyena turned around only to be met with a punch to the face and fell to the ground. Soon backup arrived and Jackal and Hyena were taken away. The gargoyles and Etrigan stood off to the side, while Xanatos, Derek, Elisa, and Athena were speaking.
“Detective, I’m sure your brother was more than capable of handling the situation. But thank you for your help just the same. And you as well, Athena. Now, you’d probably like a private moment,” Xanatos said before walking away.
“So they are real,” Derek spoke.
“What do you mean?” Elisa asked.
“Xanatos told you, didn’t he?” Athena asked.
“Yeah,” Derek replied, “Showed me a videotape of them and Etrigan. And he told me the truth about Athena, but I still find it hard to believe. He said he tried to help them, but they rejected him. He also admitted he made a few mistakes in dealing with them. And with you.”
“A few mistakes?!” Elisa exclaimed.
“Xanatos tried to kill them,” Athena told Derek.
“So you can give up trying to get me to quit because it’s not going to happen,” Derek told Elisa, ignoring Athena.
“You have to quit!” Elisa insisted, “He’s using you!”
“It’s my life!” He snapped, “Butt out!”
“Quiet, both of you!” Goliath yelled and the two stopped fighting. Goliath steps forward, “You don’t know how lucky you are to have siblings to fight with. All of my rookery brothers are dead. And there is nothing, nothing more important than family,” He placed his hand on his daughter’s shoulder, “Let’s go home.”
The gargoyles and Etrigan holding Athena flew away and returned to the clock tower as it snowed. Back at the clock tower, Elisa, Athena, and Jason watched as the gargoyles prepared for sunrise. Broadway turned to Lexington.
"Hey, Lex. Good job on that helicopter," He said.
"Yeah," Brooklyn replied. "That armor really helped."
"I couldn't have done it without you two," Lexington told them.
The three then took their places and as the sun rose, the gargoyles turned to stone.
Chapter 13: Reawakening
Snow falls over Manhatten. At the clocktower, the trio are getting ready to go to the movies.
“Going to the movies, Hudson. Want to come along?” Broadway asked.
“Thank you, lads, but no,” He replied, “Why go to out in the snow to see something that will be on cable soon enough. Besides, someone had to stay here and guard our home.”
Brooklyn chuckles, “Hudson, we live above a police station. What could happen?”
“You know the old saying, “A gargoyle can no more stop protecting the castle…”
“Than breathing the air,” The trio and Athena finished.
As they walked out of the clock tower towards the terrace, Lexington said, “We don’t live in a catle anymore.” Lexington spots Elisa as she walked in, “Bye, Elisa!”
“Bye, Elisa!” Brooklyn said before he flew out into the snowy weather.
“Do we have time to eat before the show?” Broadway asked before he and Lexington flew out.
“Whoo! Nasty out there,” Elisa said before asking, “So, how you guys surviving this cold?”
“Cold does not brother us,” Goliath answered from his spot looking out throught one of the four clocks.
“Maybe not, but something is,” She replied.
“Is it not time to go on duty?” Goliath asked, turning away from her.
“Yeah, I guess it’s time for me and Athena to do the ole Pprotect and Serve’,” Elisa said.
“Protect?” He asked, turning to Athena and Elisa, “And serve?”
“The police motto, “Elisa exalpined, “it’s what we live for.”
“Protect whom? And serve how?” Goliath asked as he landed in front of them.
“The good and honest people of the city, Father,” Athena answered, “We protect and serve them. And we do it for each other. Just like gargoyles.”
“You mean the police,” He surmised, “Your clan, and my daughter’s other clan.”
“Right. Our Clan,” Elisa agreed, “Who will disown me and Athena if we’re late to work.”
“I’ll go with you. Perhaps I can learn something from this,” Goliath offered.
“Sure,” She allowed, “Why not? My car is big. I’m sure my partner won’t even notice you.”
Athena followed Matt and Elisa in her car while her father followed them from up above. In one of the rougher districts of Manhattan, Elisa, Matt, and Athena parked across the street from a local grocery store.
“Come on, Matt, what’s up?” Elisa asked.
“Nothing. I know the guy who owns this place,” He replied, “He’s been robbed three times this month alone. He’s a tough old bird. Born and raised her. He won’t let street sum drive him out. I just wish we could protect him better. Coming?”
“Go ahead. I’ve got some thinking to do,” Elisa replied.
“I’m gonna stay here and keep her company,” Athena said.
“What? Afraid your brain will overheat if you come in out of the cold?” Matt walks across the street and goes into the store.
“Father?” Athena spoke into the com on her jacket collar. Goliath landed on a small rooftop overlooking the grocery store, “Pretty cool, huh? State of the art. We don’t even need to talk loud. This thing picks up everything.”
“Yes, a most amazing device,” Goliath agreed, “I can hear you perfectly. Why does that man keep his shop open? He could be robbed again. Why does he not leave?
“This is a dying neighborhood, Goliath. The big markets won’t come here. If he closes this store, people will have no place to buy food. That’s more important to him than hiding in his own castle,” Elisa explained.
“His… community needs him,” He realized.
Suddenly, the police radio goes off, “All units. Code 3 to Times Square!”
“Matt!” Elisa called. Matt ran out of the shop and got back in Elisa’s car as Athena got back in her’s before taking off to Times Square.”
Arriving at Times Square, Matt, Elisa, and Athena saw the large mass of cop cars in the area. A bus was currently laying on its side with firemen helping to get people out. At least three fire hydrants were broken, and about five electrical poles were laying on the ground.
“Morgan, what’s happening?” Elisa asked.
“You got me. Whatever it is, it’s big and it’s mad,” He replied.
Matt, Elisa, and Athena took cover behind the bus before running out and aiming their guns at the suspect.
“Police! Freeze!” Matt yelled.
“You’re under arrest!” Elisa added.
“Keep your hands where we can see them!” Athena added.
The suspect then picked up a car and prepared to throw it at them. Matt, Elisa, and Athena fired at it, but their bullets ricocheted. Aa the three ran away, Goliath glided down and tackled the suspect. Matt, Elisa, and Athena dived as the car flew at and nearly missed them. Goliath was then thrown back and hits the bus.
“Goliath, what is that?” Elisa asked.
Police lights when there shined on the suspects, showing a living gargoyle mixed with robotics. A gargoyle that Athena had known as an uncle.
“It is an abomination,” He answered.
“Rookery brother? You betrayed us!” Uncle aimed a laser at Goliath, Elisa, and Athena before firing at them. Goliath grabbed Athena and Elisa and got them out of the way. Goliath goes to attack the other gargoyle, who fires the laser causing debris to fall.
“Goliath/Father!” Elisa and Athena cried.
“Come on! Before they knock the whole building down!” Matt told them as he pulled them back.
“Yarva Demonicus Etrigan. Change, change the form of man. Free the prince forever damned. Free the might from fleshy mire. Boil the blood in heart of fire. Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!” Athena muttered under her breath. A vortex of fire appears in an alley and when the flames cease, Etigran was kneeling with his head down. When he looked up, Athena signaled him to wait.
The gargoyle holds Goliath up above his head, “Now you will pay for destroying me and our clan!”
Broadway throws a hub cap at the gargoyle, cutting his arm and drawing his attention to the trio and Etrigan. Athena quickly casts a glamor on herself before running over to them.
“Put him down, ugly! And I mean now!” Broadway yelled.
Brooklyn throws one, but it misses Uncle. Goliath frees himself and joins the trio, Athena, and Etigran.
“Goliath, what is that thing?” Brooklyn asked.
“It is one of us… or used to be,” He replied.
“More traitors! You will pay!” The gargoyle shouted.
“Why are you attacking us?” Goliath asked as he and the others, Etrigan keeping Athena behind him, approach the gargoyle.
“You betrayed the clan. Destroyed it!” Uncle replied.
“We were all betrayed.”
They all looked up to see Demona fly down to a nearby rooftop with the Red Steel Clan robot and a grey one.
“You told him these lies,” Goliath growled before roaring, “I lived for my clan!”
“And they died for you! Smashed to dust by the humans you trusted! We have each created our own clans now, Goliath. You have yours and I have mine,” Demona said.
“You have no clan. You don’t know the meaning of the word,” He told her.
Demona was silent for a moment before she said to Uncle, “Destroy them, Coldstone.”
“No, Uncle!” Athena called out as she stepped out from behind Etrigan and toward Coldstone.
“Daughter,” Demona gasped as she saw Athena.
“Niece,” Coldstone whispered in a mix of scared, surprise, and relief.
“Coldstone, bring my daughter to me. Destroy the others and we will survive!” Demona ordered.
“Survive? Like this!” Coldstone roared at his appearance.
“Appearances mean nothing. We are the true gargoyles!” She snapped, “They have been corrupted by the humans!”
“Uncle, Demona is lying to you,” Athena walked up and grabbed his hand that was flesh, “I saw what happened that day a thousand years ago. We were not betrayed by the humans we had swore to protect, but by Demona. It’s time you see the truth,” Athena placed her hands on both sides of his head, “ Verum Fulsi! There had been enough death, Uncle.”
“Goliath, we don’t want this on the 11:00 news,” Elisa alerted them through of the comm.
“Xanatos, I’m sure you can communicate via your robots. And I doubt you want to see any more destruction done to your city,” Goliath said, “Perhaps we should move to someplace less… fragile.”
“No! We finish this now!” Demona refused, but the Red Steel Clan robot stopped her.
“An excellent suggestion, Goliath,” Xanatos agreed, “I propose we reconvene at the George Washington bridge.”
“I’ll be there, Goliath. And I’ll bring help,” Elisa said.
Demona and the Steel Clan Robots took off, Coldstone following close behind. Athena climbs onto Etrigan’s back before he and the gargoyles climb up a building. When they were high enough, Etrigan placed Athena in his arm and they flew away.
When they arrived at the bridge that was under construction, Demona, the Steel Clan robots, and Coldstone were no where to be seen.
“Hey, looks like we beat’ em here,” Lexington said as he looked around.
Laser was fired at them, sending them in opposite directions in the snow covered bridge. Etrigan had wrapped his wings around Athena to keep her safe from the blast.
“Remind me to be fashionably late next time,” Brooklyn groaned.
Brooklyn goes to fight Demona, Broadway and Lexington each fight a Steel Clan robot, and Goliath was fighting Coldstone. Athena was going to join in and help them, but Etrigan stopped her.
“Etrigan, get out of my way. I need to help them,” Athena told him.
“There has been many dangers tonight and I will not let you out of my sight. Though I will allow you to fight at some degree, I only ask that you stay with me,” Etrigan insisted.
“Very well,” She agreed.
Etrigan and Athena saw Broadway tangled in the bridges’ steel cables and the Red Steel Clan robot was heading right for him.
“Metallicus!” Athena spoke. Her skin, hair, and clothes transform into metal, “Etrigan, throw me at the Red Steel Clan robot.”
“To hep a friend this villainous might must end,” Etrigan said before he threw Athena at and hitting the Red Steel Clan robot. They crash into the snow on the bridge. Athena jumps off the Red Steel Clan robot and gets into a fighting stance with her sword in hand and Etrigan beside her. The Red Steel Clan robot shakily stands up, pulling at its head and revealing Xanatos.
“Xanatos,” Athena gasped.
Suddenly, a loud roar rang out across the bridge. Everyone turned to see both Coldstone and Goliath falling off the bridge. They splashed down into the icy water, much to everyone's horror.
“Father! No!” Athena cried. She ran to the side and tried to go help her father, but Etrigan held her close to him. A moment later, Coldstone burst out of the water holding Goliath. As the two landed on the bridge, Coldstone turned towards the captive gargoyles. He aimed his blaster, shooting the cables binding Brooklyn and Broadway. Etrigan lets go of his hold on Athena and she approaches Goliath.
"Is he-?" She began.
"He lives," Coldstone assured her and placed Goliath down.
Goliath began to cough up water, slowly regaining his senses as the clan gathered around him.
"But you're not," Demona swore.
Everyone turned to see her standing before them, aiming a laser at them.
"Thank you for saving Goliath for me, Coldstone," She snarled, "Now I can destroy him myself."
"I won't allow it!" Coldstone snapped. "You say that destroying my brother is the only way to survive. Is that all there is for us? Mere survival?"
"Isn't that enough?" Demona retorted.
"No." Goliath replied, rising to his feet. "Gargoyles protect. It's our nature. Our purpose. To lose that is to be corrupt, empty... lifeless."
"What do you protect?” Coldstone asked.
"Enough of this!" Demona shouted.
She fired a shot, Coldstone quickly jumped in the way, taking the shot himself. He fell back, sparking with intense electricity. He stumbled some more before falling off the bridge and into the water below.
"NO!" Goliath shouted.
Goliath and Athena dove into the water after Coldstone as Demona leveled another shot. However, this time Xanatos stopped her by blasting the gun from her hands with his arm blaster.
"I told you before I want them alive," He told her. All of a sudden, he was tackled to the ground by Bronx.
“Don’t move!” Elisa ordered, “It’s over, Xanatos.”
"Not quite." He replied.
Xanatos then hit the thrusters on his suit, sending Bronx flying off of him and into the snow. As he made his getaway, he managed to grab Demona on his way out. As they disappeared, Elisa stowed her gun and looked around.
"It took me a while to lose Matt and get Hudson. What happened to the monster?” Elisa asked.
"He was not a monster," Goliath replied, dripping wet from the river with Athena,"He was family. And now he’s gone."
Etrigan pulled Athena in to hug her and used his demon body heat to keep her warm.
The gargoyles, Etrigan, Athena, and Elisa all looked at Goliath, who sighed in sadness and grief.
"Let's go home," He declared. They stood atop the bridge and looked out the city from where they stood.
“Goliath? Lexington began, “When you told Coldstone that gargoyles protect…”
“Like we breathe, boy. You know that,” Hudson added.
“But what do we protect?” Brooklyn asked.
“No. That is merely where we sleep. This Island, Manhattan. This is our castle. From this day forward, we protect all who love here. Human and gargoyle alike,” Goliath said.
“Are you alright? Is there anything you need?” Elisa asked Goliath.
“Yes. I need a detective,” He replied, “And my daughter.”
Later on when the sun had risen, a robber made his way into Wilkin's Grocery, a look of abject terror on his face. Recognizing the robber from his attack not too long ago, Mr. Wilkin's sighed and put his hands in the air.
"Not again, " Mr. Wilkins sighed, "Can't you rob somebody else this time?"
The robber approached the counter, sweating and scared.
"I'm not robbing you, man, " He told him, setting the gun down and pulling a large sack of cash out of his coat. "Do me a favor. Call the cops so I can turn myself in.”
"What? Why?" Mr. Wilkins questioned.
"Because some witch and her seven monster friends just told me to, " The robber answered.
Outside the store, perched on the rooftop across the street, Elisa, Athena, and Jason stood with the statues of the gargoyles watching.
“You know what, guys? This city feels safer already,” Elisa said.
Chapter 14: Leader of the Pack
It was just before sunset that Elisa and Athena had been notified that the Pack, except Fox, had escaped from prison. They knew that Lexington was not going to be happy about this news. Elisa and Athena stood inside the clock tower waiting for the sun to go down. A few minutes passed by before Goliath, Lexington, Broadway, Brooklyn, Hudson, and Bronx walked into the tower.
“What is it, Elisa? Athena?” Goliath asked, seeing their scared faces.
“Bad news I’m afraid, the pack escaped from jail,” Elisa replied.
“What!?” Lexington shouted with rage causing Brooklyn, who was standing next to him, to cover his ears.
“Nice wake-up call,” Brooklyn said.
“We gotta track them down before the trail gets cold!”
“How did it happen?” Goliath asked his daughter.
“Dingo and somebody dressed in black and gold with an animal mask took them out quick and clean,” Athena explained.
“What are we waiting for? Let’s get moving!” Lexington said as he hopped from one foot to another before running up the stairs to the balcony.
“Where do we start?” Broadway asked, “Manhattan is a bigger castle than the one we’re used to protecting.”
Lexington turned around and continued going up the stairs as he said, “The Pack Media Studio, they’ll go back to it like snakes to a nest and I’ll be waiting for them.”
Goliath, Elisa, and Athena rushed up the stairs and out onto the balcony as Lexington was on the railing, preparing to jump.
“Lexington wait!” Goliath ordered, preventing Lexington from leaving.
“The studio is the first place we’re checking,” Elisa told him.
Brooklyn ran out and jumped on the railing next to Lexington, “Ok Lex, you and me, we’ll check it out.”
Athena walked up to the two gargoyles with Bronx by her side, “If you two are going to do something like this then you’re going to need some backup.”
Athena got on Brooklyn’s back while he and Lexington grabbed ahold of Bronx to carry him before they jumped off the railing, flying to Pack Media Studio.
The four landed on the rooftop of the building across from Pack Studio.
“Looks like we’re not the only ones who figured they’d be here,” Brooklyn commented on the police cars outside of the studio.
“The police can have them after I’m done with them,” Lexington glared.
“Lexington, I know how you feel, you put your trust in them and they used you. They nearly killed you, me, and Goliath,” Athena looked down, “Every time someone mentions Demona, I feel so foolish that I didn’t see her for who she truly is, but you can’t let it consume you, you need to remember what’s really important. Family, protecting our home.”
“You have your priorities and I have mine,” Lexington snapped at her.
“I gotta tell ya, Lex, your starting to worry us,” Brooklyn told him.
“Look!” Lexington pointed at the police cars that are now leaving.
“Looks like they were a no-show,” Athena said.
“I’m checking it out,” Lexington jumped off the rooftop and glided down to the studio.
“Come on you two, let’s go make sure Lexington doesn’t get himself in trouble,” She told Brooklyn and Bronx before they followed Lexington down to the studio.
When they snuck into the Pack Studio, there was nothing and that made Lexington furious.
"Nothing?" Lexington exclaimed. "Nothing?!"
"The Pack wouldn't return here," Brooklyn surmised.,"They know we know about their hideouts."
Lexington sighed in frustration, "Maybe your right…"
The four of them turned to leave, but about that time, the ground began to shake. Turning back to the warehouse, they watched as a bright light began to emanate from the floor as a hidden landing pad began to lift into the warehouse. Seated on the pad was one of the biggest airships any of them had ever seen.
“Now they know how to make an entrance,” Brooklyn commented. The ship’s bay doors open and the pack, except Fox, came out.
Lexington's eyes began glowing so brightly, his face was obscured by the light. Brooklyn and Athena grabbed ahold of him to stop him from doing anything stupid.
“Lexington, wait, we need a plan,” Athena tried to tell him but he threw them off, causing them to hit Bronx, and launched at the Pack. He landed right on Wolf, claws and fangs bared as he attempted to attack him. Brooklyn rubbed his head and helped Athena up to her feet.
"I knew this wasn't gonna end well," Athena said.
The three of them entered the fray as well, with Brooklyn going after Dingo and Bronx going after Jackal. Hyena saw Athena and let a cruel smile played on her face.
"Payback time, you freak," She sneered, “And no hubby around to protect you.”
Athena materialized her sword from thin air and got into a fighting stance.
"Bring it on," Athena challenged with a glare.
Hyena attacks Athena, forcing her to dodge. She brought up her sword to block Hyena's attacks before punching her in the face.
"I went easy on you last time," Hyena told Athena as she rubbed her jaw, "I'm not doing that again."
She spun kicked Athena, connecting with her stomach and sending her flying right into the wall, knocking her unconscious. Hyena was then able to put Lexington in a headlock despite the furious struggled the gargoyle put up.
Brooklyn taps on Hyena’s shoulder, getting her attention. She turns around just in time for Brooklyn to punch her in the face, freeing Lexington and knocking her back. Meanwhile, Dingo was trying to hold Bronx back before throwing him aside. Jackal goes after Brooklyn and Wolf goes after Lexington.
Coyote appears at the top of the ship and Bronx attacks him by biting his arm. He throws Bronx aside, causing him to hit the wall. Bronx tries to get up but falls back down. Hyena rejoins the fight and attacks Brooklyn, who dodges every attack of hers before he punches her in the stomach.
“That’s no way to treat a lady,” Jackal scolded Brooklyn.
“That was no lady,” He responded.
Dingo then throws a metallic disc onto Brooklyn’s back and electrocutes him before he becomes unconscious. Meanwhile, Lexington was still fighting Wolf but was now at the point of mocking him. Wolf goes to punch Lexington but he trips him and causes Wolf to fall on his back.
“You miserable, little, lizard! I’ll turn you inside out!” Wolf exclaimed before he went to attack Lexington again. Lexington was able to dodge Wolf’s punches before landing one of his own. Coyote sneaks up behind him, he lifts his arm, a small ray gun came out. He fired it, sending the hallucinogenic rays at Lexington. Lexington became disoriented from the mind-warping hallucinations before he passes out next to Brooklyn.
Athena was soon able to regain consciousness and saw that her family had been defeated. She was still too weak to do much, but she knew that they were going to need backup.
“Yarva Demonicus Etrigan. Change, chang-” Athena began summoning Etrigan but was stopped as she was being dragged over to Lexington and Brooklyn by Wolf.
“Not so fast, my dear,” Coyote told her, “We don’t need your Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde of a husband to make an appearance.”
Dingo handed Coyote a tranq gun and injected a substance in Athena’s neck causing her to return to an unconscious state. Coyote then placed an iron, electro-magnetic collar around her neck.
“A little extra precaution,” Coyote said.
"Nighty night…" Jackal taunted them as they lost consciousness, "Don't let the bedbugs bite." Sometime had passed before the rest of the clan and Etrigan arrived at the Pack Media Studio after Etrigan had heard Athena’s summoning. Hudson walked over to the wall that had a few cracks on it from when Athena was sent flying toward it and examined it.
“There was a struggle here,” Hudson announced.
Suddenly, the phone on a nearby wall was ringing. Broadway went to answer it but stop as he was about to and turned to Goliath. Goliath nodded and Broadway answered the ringing phone.
“Uh… Hello?” Broadway spoke.
“Good evening, uh, Broadway, is it?” Owen said on the other line, “I’ve been instructed to invite you to an intimate soiree the Pack is having tonight. If you and your friends are free around midnight, please consider attending on the oil tanker Otoshiana Maru in the middle of the bay. I believe some of your party are already in attendance.”
Owen then ended the call.
“The Pack has them,” Broadway told the others. When they woke up, Athena, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Lexington saw that they were in a cargo ship. Bronx ran toward the wall and began clawing it in hopes of breaking free. Athena felt the collar around her neck and tried to get it off, but was not successful.
“Not again,” She muttered.
“Solid steel and I don't know how many feet thick. No way we're getting out,” Brooklyn told Athena, Lexington, and Bronx.
“We almost had 'em!” Lexington yelled in outrage.
“Oh, yeah,” Brooklyn rolled his eyes, “They were begging for mercy. How come the four of us always wind up like this?”
Bronx eventually stopped clawing at the wall and walked over to Athena. He laid down and placed his head in her lap.
“Don't worry, Bronx. My father and the others will find us,” She comforted him.
“I don't need Goliath's help! I can take them by myself,” Lexington then ran to the wall and pounded his fists on it repeatedly.
“Lex, you're not off to a great start,” Brooklyn told him. Meanwhile, the Pack was getting ready for the arrival of the gargoyles and Etrigan.
“Do you think they'll come?” Dingo asked, having doubts about the plan, “They've gotta know it's a trap.”
“They'll come,” Coyote said.
The pack and Coyote huddle together with their back facing inward. All of them were armed and watching for any sign of the gargoyles and Etrigan. Eventually, they heard a roar and saw two figures flying in the fog coming toward the ship.
“They're coming in from the side,” Coyote alerted the pack. Coyote fires his weapon and manages to hit Husdon. Etrigan catches Hudson from falling into the water and places him on the ship before flying off.
Broadway comes in from the other before he rams into Wolf, Dingo, and Jackal knocking them down. Coyote runs and jumps over Broadway before landing on the desk. He then runs and Goliath follows him.
Etrigan lands next to Broadway and says, “Athena and the others are near, and when we are done the pack will run in fear.”
The two then heard a loud pounding noise and saw the hack was chained. They then realized that it is where Athena, Lexington, Bronx, and Brooklyn are being kept.
“With thundering pounds, their location has been given to us by sounds,” Etrigan added.
The two then walked over toward the hatch and as Etrigan was about to open it. Wolf walked up from behind and tried to attack but was caught by Etrigan holding him up by his collar.
“Attacking a man from behind is the strategy of a coward and there is no honor, but it will not matter for long because soon you will be a goner,” Etrigan’s eyes glowed with anger before tossing Wolf aside.
Meanwhile, Hudson was surrounded by Dingo, Hyena, and Jackal. Hudson drew his sword and waited for one to make a move.
“Come on, then. None of us getting any younger,” Hudson said.
Dingo charged at Hudson, but he jumped up to dodge the attack. Jackal went in to attack Hudson with his claws, but they were cut off by Hudson’s sword. He then grabbed Jackal by the collar and tossed him aside. Hyena jumped and Hudson used his wing to protect himself from her attack before he pushed her away.
Etrigan breathed fire onto the chain and hatch causing them to melt away. Lexington, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Athena climbed out of the hatch. While the other gargoyles went to help fight, Athena stayed behind for Etrigan to remove the collar around her neck.
“Thank you, my love,” Athena said, wrapping her arms around his neck.
“Your safety is all that matters and it seems the Packs’ plan is now in scatters,” He said.
Coyote hid from Goliath and waited for an opportunity to strike. Goliath landed and his back was turned to Coyote. Coyote lifts his arm, a small ray gun came out. The sound alerts Goliath and he lunges at Coyote but is stopped by the hallucinogenic rays from the weapon. With Goliath slightly disoriented, Coyote readies to fire his other weapon. Goliath slams his fist to the ground causing Coyote to lose his aim and fires at the barrels of oil that soon exploded into a fire.
Goliath pins Coyote to the wall and removes his mask. Goliath gasps, “Xanatos!”
“It's nice to see you too, Goliath,” Xanatos breaks free from Goliath’s hold and jumps down closer to the fire. Goliath follows him down and the two continue to fight.
While the rest of the clan was succeeding in defeating the pack, Etrigan was keeping Athena by his side to protect her. Athena saw that Xanatos had the upper head in his fight with Goliath and was about to push him into the fire when Bronx tackled Xanatos to the ground. Bronx then bit into Xanatos head before he was pushed off. Xanatos stood up and everyone saw that half of his face with metal. Bronx had torn away half of a mask. This Davis Xanatos was not the real David Xanatos, but a robot.
“He's a robot!” Dingo gasped.
“A robot? Even better..” Hyena said.
The Xanatos robot began to charge at Goliath but stops after Lexington used one of the Pack’s guns to shoot a hole through his stomach.
The robot falls to his hands and knees, “I will have my revenge…”
The Xanatos robot stands up. Goliath jumps up and knocks off the robot’s head before it landed in front of the Pack. The Pack stared at the robot head before looking up at the gargoyles, Etrigan, and Athena standing together and ready to continue the fight.
‘Who's next?” Lexington asked the Pack.
Jackal turns around and saw that the fire from the oil barrel explosion was spreading by the second.
“Things are about to become complicated. Let's book, sis,” Jackal said to Hyena before they ran away, followed by Wolf and Dingo.
“No!” Lexington cried.
The Pack jumps over the edge of the ship and into their airship. Lexington reached the edge just as the Pack climbed into the airship before taking off into the night. Lexington aimed his weapon, but another explosion prevented him from firing. The explosion had also sent Brooklyn flying. He hit his head on a metal pole and became unconscious.
Lexington aimed his weapon, ready to fire but saw that Brooklyn was at the edge of the ship under the railing and was slipping. Lexington dropped the gun and grabbed Brooklyn’s tail before he fell into the water that was on fire from the oil.
The others had gathered around the head of the Xanatos robot before it blasts off.
“Blast! They got away. All of them,” Hudson shouted.
Suddenly, another explosion blew a large hole in the hull of the ship and water began to pour in. The ship began to lean to the point where it was almost horizontal.
“We need to get out of here now!” Athena told them.
Brooklyn had awakened just before they flew off. Broadway was carrying Bronx and Etrigan was carrying Athena.
“Thanks for saving my bacon before it got fried,” Brooklyn told Lexington.
“Hey, I'm used to it. Besides, it helped me get my priorities straight,” He responded.
Chapter 15: Metamorphosis
Athena and Jason were enjoying their night off from their jobs when Elisa called them and said that Lexington, Broadway, and Brooklyn had something to tell them. After they had paid for their dinner, Jason and Athena drove to the precinct and headed up to the clock tower. When everyone was there, the three gargoyles told them of their encounter with a feline-looking gargoyle.
"As soon as they left, we caught the first updraft back," Broadway finished the story.
"She was so frightened," Brooklyn said.
"Yeah. Of us," Broadway told Brooklyn.
"She needed our help," He argued.
"We talking about the same person? From where I sat, she didn't want our help."
"She wanted mine," Brooklyn insisted.
"Loverboy took this off her wrist," Broadway showed a bracelet to Elisa and Athena for them to examine.
"Well, it was a tracking device. Digital, long-range, expensive," Elisa explained.
"The symbol was on the ambulance, too," Broadway told
"Gen-U-Tech," Athena read the name on the collar.
The next day, Matt, Elisa, and Athena visited Gen-U-Tech. Doctor Sevarius greeted them and gave them a tour of his lab. Unfortunately, they didn't find anything suspicious and were forced to return to the precinct empty-handed.
After sunset, Elisa and Athena met with the gargoyles in the clock tower.
"I don't trust that Doctor Servatius," Elisa said while pacing back and forth. "He's hiding something. I know he is."
"Can't you arrest him?" Brooklyn demanded, sounding disappointed in their efforts.
"There's not enough evidence," Athena replied. "Without probable cause for a warrant, our hands are tied."
"Well, mine isn't," Brooklyn snarled, marching towards the balcony and took place on his perch before the sun rose and turned them to stone.
That night, Athena went up to the clock tower just as her family returned with the female feline gargoyle with the appearance of a lioness. The female gargoyle was slowly coming to. She rubbed her head and looked around, nearly screaming in fright at the sight of Bronx sniffing her. She backed right into Brooklyn, who tried to gently lift her.
"It's alright," He said softly, trying to comfort her, "You're among friends."
The gargoyle scrambled away, then noticed Athena among the group. In an almost desperate motion, she ran over to her, clinging to her arm.
"Where am I?" she asked.
"You're in the clock tower above the Manhattan precinct," Athena explained, gently pulling the female to her feet, "I promise you, you're safe. We mean no harm"
The female looked around at the Manhattan clan fearfully and tightened her grip on Athena's arm.
"Were they human once too?" she asked.
"No," Goliath said.
Brooklyn went to try and comfort her, but the female just clung to Athena tighter in fear. Athena wrapped her free arm around the woman.
"What's your name?" Athena asked.
"M-Maggie…." She replied. "Maggie Reed. I'm from Ohio…"
"You'll be safe here, Maggie," Lexington said.
"Safe?" Maggie replied, looking up from Athena's shoulder, "This isn't safe. I don't need to be safe. I need a cure. I'm not like this. I'm not a monster!"
Brooklyn then stepped forward, crouching in front of Maggie.
"We're not monsters either," Brooklyn tried to explain, "Please, don't be afraid."
He tried to reach out for Maggie, but she flinched violently, her claws digging into Athena's arm so hard she began drawing blood. Goliath approached Brooklyn.
"The dawn is coming," Goliath said, placing a hand on Brooklyn's shoulder, "And we all need rest."
Brooklyn looked down at Maggie, his face softening somewhat.
"Once night falls, we will find you the cure you seek," Brooklyn promised, "Even if it means confronting Xanatos at his castle."
The gargoyles went towards the balcony as Maggie slowly let go of Athena's arm. The two then followed the gargoyles and watched them pose for the rising sun. Brooklyn looked back at Maggie, as the sun rose, etching an expression of longing and sadness into his stone face. Maggie gasped in fright, then turned towards the trap door before bolting for it.
"Maggie, wait!" Athena called out.
Maggie stopped and turned to her. Maggie's face with filled with fear and horror.
"I can't stay here," Maggie insisted, "I need to find a cure. I can't stay here with these monsters!"
"I wasn't going to make you stay," Athena told her, causing Maggie to blink in surprise, "I have somewhat of an idea of what you are going through. Years ago, I had lost everything. I was scared, angry, and I didn't know who to trust. My family had been betrayed and were imprisoned or dead, I was left alone in the world. But I found good people who helped me with what I was going through. Maggie, what I am trying to say is that don't turn away a helping hand. It's up to you to decide what's next."
Athena left the clocktower to allow Maggie some time to think. When she got to her desk, Elisa and Matt told her that there was a break-in at Gen-U-tech. They quickly got into their car and drove off to the scene.
In the ruins of the Gen-U-Tech facility, the crime scene investigators were taking photos of everything from the holes in the different ceilings to the broken containment unit. Eventually, they got to the shattered eel tank surrounded by dead eels. Matt looked at the mess, nudging one of the eels with his foot.
"Whatever happened here, sure made a mess of things," Matt commented.
"Tell me about it," Elisa agreed, already having a good idea of what happened along with Athena.
Athena then noticed a pile of papers that seemed to have been knocked aside during the struggle and picked them up. She examined them and grinned.
"Well, well, well," Athena let out, "Look at this."
"What is it, partner?" Matt questioned.
Elisa looks at the papers and says in a triumphant tone, "Turns out Xanatos owns Gen-U-Tech."
"Happy days are here again," Athena said.
After hours of combing through everything at the facility and spending the entire day there, Elisa and Athena left to have a word with Xanatos.
Athena and Elisa arrived at the Eyrie building only a few minutes after the sunset. After being allowed to go up to the castle atop the building, Athena and Elisa found a battle. The gargoyles were fighting feline gargoyles much like Maggie. There were three other feline gargoyles with Maggie and were male. The male gargoyles were a tiger, a cougar, and a black panther. Athena and Elisa saw Goliath fighting a black panther gargoyle.
The black panther gargoyle was able to electrocute Goliath, bringing the large gargoyle to his knees. However, before he could deliver the final blow, both Athena and Elisa rush over and aimed their guns at him. Xanatos and Owen were not far behind.
"FREEZE!" They shouted.
The black panther looked up at them and starred down the barrel of the guns. He stepped away from Goliath, his arms slightly raised in the air.
"Good," Elisa said in a softer tone, "Now, who are you?"
"Call me… Talon," He decided after a minute.
Satisfied with the answer, she began to inch her way towards Goliath while Talon inched the opposite direction.
"Alright then Talon, why were you stomping on my friend?" She asked.
"Your 'Friend' made me like this," He hissed angrily.
"Impossible," Athena countered as she slowly helped her father to his feet, "Goliath would never intentionally harm anyone."
Talon snarled but said nothing. Elisa then walked towards Talon, her gun now safely holstered.
"Look, I want to help you," Elisa told him.
"Promise?" Talon asked.
"Cross my heart," Elisa told him, drawing an X over her heart.
On instinct, Talon repeated the gesture as he spoke, "And hope to-"
Elisa gasped before she softly says, "Derek?"
Talon immediately began backing away. Elisa then reached out for him.
"Derek is that you?!" she asked.
Talon tried to hide in his wings, tears of shame running down his face.
"No…" He whispered.
"Xanatos did this to you!" Elisa surmised.
"It was an accident." Talon tried to explain. "He's trying to help me."
Elisa tried to push through Talon's wings, hoping to meet her brother's eyes.
"No!" She yelled, tears forming in her eyes as well, "Don't you get it? He's lying! He's always lying to you!"
Almost instinctively, Talon released his electrical powers and they struck Elisa, forcing her backward. Talon turned, reaching for his sister to help her, but stopped when he saw the expression of terror on Elisa's face. He screamed in a combination of anger, hatred, sorrow, fear, and self-loathing. Talon took off across the castle and into the night sky, the other three mutates not far behind him.
"Should we go after them?" Broadway asked as he and Lexington landed next to Goliath.
"No..." Brooklyn replied as he landed next to Elisa and helped her up, "Let them go. She doesn't want my help…. She doesn't want me…"
Elisa turned on Xanatos with a look of anger.
"Now it's war, Xanatos." She told him, her voice laced with hatred, "You're going down for this. No matter what it takes or what I must do, I will make you suffer for what you've done."
Goliath walked over to Elisa, picking her up and flying off. The rest of the clan followed their leader, Broadway was carrying Athena, leaving Xanatos alone to contemplate Elisa's threat.
Not long after returning to the clocktower, Elisa fell to the ground crying under a staircase with Athena's arms wrapped around to comfort her. Brooklyn was staring out a window in a depressed state and Lexington placed a hand on his shoulder.
Goliath, Hudson, and Broadway watch their friend suffer the pain of losing her brother, possibly forever. Broadway shook his head in disappointment that Elisa had been hurt while Goliath and Hudson looked at each other before looking back at Elisa. Athena knew that there was not much she could do besides comforting her friend, but she knew not to give up hope.
Chapter 16: Legion
Athena pulled herself into the clocktower through the wooden hatch door before helping Elisa in. Elisa had a headset in her hand for Lexington. Goliath and Lexington walked down to meet them.
"You're in luck, Lexington. Matt just got the call," Elisa tossed the headset and Lexington catches it before putting it on.
"Are they testing it out?" Lexington asked, excited.
"That's right," Elisa nodded.
"Testing?" Goliath asked.
"It's called 'RECAP', father," Athena explained as she and Elisa placed earpieces in their ears, " 'Reconnaissance Emergency Cyber-Automated Probe'. It's just a machine we use for dealing with high-risk situations."
"'Just a machine"? Huh! Just the latest in robotics technology hooked to virtual reality," Lexington said.
"Virtual reality?" Goliath asked, confused by what Lexington said.
"The next best thing to being there. Come on," Elisa said before she and Athena went down the ladder through the wooden hatch.
Outside the Golden Cup building, police cruisers, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles gathered near the front entrance. Medics gathered up all the staff that the police managed to successfully evacuate, loading the injured into the back of the ambulances. Within minutes, everybody was evacuated. Athena, Elisa, and Matt, along with the rest of the Manhattan police force, stayed behind to finish their job.
Across from the Golden Cup building, Goliath and Lexington watched from atop the roof. Matt stood by one of the large police vans, taking a large remote control in his hands and placing the connected visor onto his face. Elisa and Athena watch him with a hint of worry in their eyes.
"Are you sure you know what you're doing?" Elisa asked.
"I didn't spend six months reading instruction manuals for nothing," Matt retorted playfully.
Matt began to maneuver the RECAP robot, that resembled a miniaturized Mars Rover.
"Besides, it's simple," Matt continued, "The virtual reality hookup transmits directly to this visor. I see everything RECAP does."
"I just hope you handle that vacuum cleaner better than a squad car," Athena teased him.
"How would you know? You never let me drive," Matt used the remote control to move RECAP out of the truck and up to the main door of the building. Athena quickly muttered a spell that would allow her to see what Matt is seeing through the visor.
Through RECAP's camera, Matt could see the deserted hallways, as well as the carnage wrought by the as-of-yet unseen intruder. He sent RECAP to the Server Room and saw Coldstone was attempting to escape from the building. Athena was in shock to see her uncle alive and not at the bottom of the Hudson River.
"THIS IS THE POLICE!" RECAP's loudspeaker broadcasted Matt's voice loudly, "STAY WHERE YOU ARE!"
Coldstone ignored RECAP's warning, advancing on the probe. Matt took this as a hostile force and had RECAP fire a tear gas grenade. It did little more than bounce off Coldstone's metal chest, and the gas didn't even faze the beast. It then caused Coldstone to become enraged and turn to RECAP furiously.
"Why did you bring me here only to attack me?!" Coldstone howled.
"Tear gas doesn't even slow it down!" Matt exclaimed.
Matt quickly realized that this situation was escalating too fast and quickly began trying to get RECAP out of there. Unfortunately, Coldstone was able to keep up with the robot, so Matt activated the tasers. These were much more effective than the tear gas.
Unfortunately, Coldstone activated his laser pistol, blasting RECAP into scrap metal. Matt howled in pain, tearing the visor off his face as if it was burning him. As he did this, the wall a couple of stories above the street exploded, and the wrecked remains of RECAP came flying out onto the street. As Matt, Athena, and Elisa went to see if the robot was salvageable, Coldstone approached the hole with only one thought in mind.
"FREEDOM!" He cried taking off into the night.
Athena looked up at the sky and watched her uncle fly away. Athena spoke into her comm piece, "Lexington, Coldstone is alive. Follow him."
"Already on it."
Athena turned to Elisa and whispered to her, "Coldstone is back. Goliath and Lexington are following him."
"Alright, let's try and keep a lid on things here," Elisa said.
Matt, Elisa, and Athena went back into the Golden Cup building with the police were to clean up the mess Coldstone had made. As they worked, Elisa, Athena, and Matt examined the large hole in the server room doors.
"I'm telling you, it was the same creature that attacked Times Square last winter," Matt insisted, "City's crawling with 'em."
"Elisa! Athena! It's me Lex," Lexington said through the earpieces.
"Listen, Matt. Elisa and I will clean up here. You finish taking statements so we can call it a night," Athena suggested.
"Sounds like a plan," Matt said with a smile before walking away.
"What's up with Coldstone, Lex?" Elisa asked.
"We're not sure," He replied, "Do you know what he was doing there?"
"The witnesses say he tried to steal data from these files," She answered.
"But he picked the wrong computer to tap into. It was full of government defense specs for top-secret weapons, so they protected it with a powerful new computer virus capable of wiping out any unfamiliar program it infects," Athena added.
Elisa and Athena could hear a quiet gasp of horror from Lexington.
"That explains a lot. Listen, Elisa, Athena, I'm gonna need a favor," Lexington said.
"What kind of favor?" Elisa questioned.
"I need to borrow some parts of RECAP to help Coldstone, but you will get them back."
"Alright, go ahead, Lex," Athena told him, "But try not to damage anything."
Outside, Lexington landed on the truck holding the remains of RECAP. He went in and took RECAP's Visor and VR hook-up before leaving with Brooklyn and Broadway.
After they were done in the Golden Cup building, Matt, Elisa, and Athena went back to the RECAP van for Matt to make sure that everything was there, but he soon discovered that the Visor and VR hook up. Matt was practically tearing RECAP's van apart in frantic motions. Elisa and Athena watch him search.
"Is something wrong?" Athena asked, already knowing the answer.
"RECAP's visor and VR hook up are missing!" Matt exclaimed.
"Maybe someone took them back to the station," Elisa suggested, hoping he'd buy it.
"Without telling me first?" Matt scoffed, "I don't think so. But not to worry. RECAP comes complete with a homing beacon. And I personally wouldn't be surprised if it leads us right to our creature."
As Matt activated the tracker, Athena grew worried about her family. Knowing that she had to help her family, Athena quickly made up a lie that she was heading back to the station to fill out the reports of the Golden Cup break-in. Matt believed it and Elisa knew what she was going to do.
After driving to the station in her car, Athena went up to the clocktower to get away from any prying eyes. Now alone, Athena contacts Lexington.
"Lex, it's me, Athena. Where are you guys?" She asked.
"We're at Ellis Island," He replied, "We hooked up the visor and VR to Goliath and he is in Coldstone's mind helping him."
"I'm coming over there," Athena said before casting a spell, "Dea Pro Mihi, Audite Meus Dico... Patepacio Prodigium Pro Nos Totus!"
When the spell was cast, dark blue smoke consumed Athena and when the smoke faded, she was gone.
On Ellis Island, the gargoyles' attention was on their leader and rookery brother, but they looked away when they saw dark blue appearing near them. The gargoyles readied themselves for a battle but stood down when the smoke faded away to reveal Athena.
"Lass! What are you doing here?" Hudson asked.
"I'm here to help," Athena replied, "Matt noticed the visor and VR hook-up was missing. He's using the homing beacon and It won't be long before he finds you. I'm going into Coldstone's mind to help my father."
Athena walked over to her father, who was covered in a halo of energy same as Coldstone.
"Be careful, lass. This is dark sorcery," Hudson warned her.
"Don't worry, I'll be safe. And besides, I have you guys here," Athena smiled before kneeling in front of her father. She placed her hands on her father's head and touched foreheads with him.
Athena's eyes glowed blue and her consciousness was transported into Coldstone's mind.
Athena opened her eyes and saw that she was standing in a twilight-colored place that seemed to go on for miles. She stood in front of a bridge and under it is a gaping, orange wormhole with long, almost mechanical appendages protruding from it. In the distance, Athena could see Castle Wyvern.
Athena rushed across the bridge, dodging the mechanical tendrils trying to grab her. As she got closer to the Castle, Athena saw her father and Xanatos talking to each other. She could also see atop the main tower of the castle, three gargoyles in their stone form, which she immediately recognized as Coldstone, his mate, and brother. Athena had remembered that Coldstone's brother wanted his mate for himself and would try to get her by any means.
Athena had once told a friend of their tale and he was inspired to write Othello, the Moor of Venice. He had written Coldstone's mate as Desdemona and his brother as Iago.
"Father!" Athena called.
Goliath turned in the direction of his daughter's voice in time to see one of the tendrils grab her. But before the tendril could, Athena appeared next to her father.
"Your both welcome," Xanatos said with a smirk.
Goliath glared at Xanatos before asking Athena, "Daughter, what are you doing here?"
"To help you," She replied, "Lexington didn't know that RECAP had a homing beacon and Matt is using it to track the equipment. It will only be a matter of time before he reaches the clan in the real world."
"Isn't that touching," Xanatos said with a mocking tone, "I find it so sweet when family helps one another."
Angered by the Xanatos program, Goliath launched at it, only to watch it vanish without a trace. As Goliath once more got to his feet, he and Athena hear the sound of cracking stone. They looked up and see the three gargoyles shedding their stone skin, awakening once more. Upon waking, Coldstone almost promptly collapsed, most likely from the strain of the war waging within him. His bother went to his side, playing an act of being concerned while his mate flew down to Goliath and Athena.
"Goliath! Athena!" She called before landing in front of them.
"Rookery sister," Goliath hugged her with joy before asking, "How can this be?"
Desdemona pulled away from Goliath and explains, "Coldstone was created from pieces of different gargoyles. Now all of our souls are trapped inside."
As Desdemona and Goliath spoke, Iago whispered more of his lies into Coldstone's ear.
"See how he steals your love away from you?" Iago coaxed. "It was the same a thousand years ago."
The Xanatos program materialized next to Coldstone, adding his fuel to the flames.
"And now, once again they betray your trust," Xanatos added.
"No!" Coldstone yelled with anger and jealousy coursing through him.
He jumped off the tower, diving towards Goliath and Desdemona. Goliath saw him coming and pushed both Desdemona and his daughter to safety. Seconds later, Coldstone pushed Goliath off the edge of the castle and into the waiting embrace of the virus.
Goliath quickly dug his claws into the stone wall, trying to climb back to solid ground, but the virus' mechanical tentacle wrapped around his leg, attempting to drag him down. He struggled to keep his grip on the wall as more and more tentacles wrapped around him, slowly but surely dragging him to his doom.
Goliath pulled against the virus' fatal grasp, fighting as for every inch he climbed up the castle. His efforts were paying off, for he could see the top of the tower. As he reached it, Coldstone suddenly launched at him and sent him back down into the virus' grasp. Desdemona leaped after him and Athena, standing at the top of the tower, watched in horror. Desdemona grabs ahold of Goliath's arm, as well as the castle's main gate to stop them both from plummeting into the vortex of the virus.
Desdemona struggles to keep her grip on Goliath as well as the gate. She looks around for a way to safety but is unable to because the virus is slowly eaten the castle away. Soon more of the virus' tendrils began to wrap out Goliath and Desdemona, Coldstone landed on the gate above them, his voice dripping in malice and jealousy.
"Do you think me blind?" He snapped, "I know why you come to his defense."
Desdemona met his gaze evenly, "My love for you is eternal, and Goliath is not your enemy, but your brother and true friend."
She then pointed up to Iago, who watched the scene unfold from the safety of the tower with a wicked smile on his face.
"It is he who is the betrayer," She insisted, "He who sought to turn you against Goliath, and against me. He is doing exactly what he tried to do a thousand years ago."
"Uncle, try to remember. Please," Athena begged.
Coldstone clutched his forehead as he tried to remember, "My memories... They're clouded. Why should I just you?"
Desdemona glared at her mate, then her gaze softened.
"If you can't trust me, then trust your heart," She told him.
More tendrils grabbed at Goliath and Desdemona's grip on his arm was slipping as they both held on for dear life. But soon, she could hold on no longer, and Goliath slipped from her hand.
He didn't fall very far before Coldstone grabbed him, meeting his eyes for the first time not with hatred, but acceptance. With one mighty pull, he ripped Goliath free of the virus' deadly grip, and the two brothers climbed up the gate to safety. The two climbed up the gate and rejoined Desdemona.
"Our enemies are working together for control over this mind," Goliath explained. "We must hurry."
What remained of the castle began to quake as Iago's voice echoed through the sky.
The castle began to morph and bend, the very gate they clung to transforming into a large hand, which grabbed ahold of Desdemona. Athena teleported herself off of the tower and to what remained of the ground. Coldstone and Goliath let go of the remains of the gate and could only watch in horror as the castle remains transformed themselves into a large form of Iago. He merged with the Xanatos Program, and with a maniacal grin, beckoned the two gargoyles with his captive prize.
Without hesitation, both Coldstone and Goliath went to attack the large Iago, only to be taken down in a single blow. Iago scooped up the fallen gargoyles, along with Athena, preparing to crush them in his hand.
"Merge yourself with me, sister. Then we can finally be together, as I always knew we should be," He told Desdemona, "Why do you still resist me, my love? We are destined to be together for all eternity!"
"I will choose who I love!" Desdemona declared before sinking her fangs into Iago's hand.
Iago howled in pain, unintentionally releasing not only Desdemona, but Goliath, Athena, and Coldstone as well. Now free, the three gargoyles, with Athena on Goliath's back, flew in circles around the desperate Iago, who could claw at them, catching only the air. As he struggled to recapture his prey, the virus' tendrils began wrapping around Iago's legs and slowly traveling up to his stomach.
The gargoyles took notice of the virus and continued their flight patterns, distracting Iago up until the tendrils reached his shoulders. By then, it was too late for him.
"NO!" Iago snarled in rage, trying his best to pull away from the virus, "This body is mine! You cannot take it from me!"
It pulled him off the large slab of rock, some of the only remaining solid ground in this virtual world, and into the swirling and orange abyss below. Now safe from Iago's attacks, the three gargoyles and Athena made their way to the bridge. Landing on the end of it, the four of them could see the virus continuing its campaign of destruction.
"You must return to your body, brother! Niece!" Coldstone declared, "Before the vortex consumes everything!"
"But what about you?" Goliath shouted over the noise.
"We are finally together," Desdemona replied, "That is all that matters."
"If we cannot defeat the virus, then so be it," Coldstone decided, taking Desdemona's hand, "Even if we fail, we will still be together for all time."
The four of them quickly dodged a virus tendril, which snapped the bridge in half, almost completely cutting off Goliath and Athena's way back. With no other choice, Goliath and Athena ran for a light in the swirling purple clouds. With one last look towards Coldstone and Desdemona, Goliath and Athena dove through the portal, returning to reality.
In the real world, the electrical halo died around Coldstone and Goliath. Athena's eyes returned to normal and she removed the visor from her father's face. As Goliath rubbed his eyes and got his bearings once more, the other gargoyles landed next to them.
"We can't hold them off any longer!" Brooklyn declared frantically, scooping up Willow to escape.
"Then let us leave this place quickly," Goliath ordered.
Lexington yanked the VR hook-up out of Coldstone, allowing for Goliath to gather up the still form of his brother. Leaving the equipment behind, the gargoyles and Athena took their leave of Ellis island just minutes before Matt and his SWAT units converged.
"We're right on top of it!" Matt cried out, a crazed note to his voice, "Now we'll see what this thing looks like up close."
Shining his flashlight across the ground, he found the hook-up, which was being sniffed by a small brown rat.
"Looks like a rat to me," Elisa commented, trying not to laugh and show relief.
Matt practically screamed in outrage at the thought of missing his monster again as Elisa leaned against a wall.
At the Clock Tower, Goliath gently leaned Coldstone's still form against the wall as the other gargoyles and Athena gathered around.
"Someday, I trust, you will find your way back, my brother, my sister, and when you do, I want you to be among friends," Goliath said, softly.
Inside Coldstone's mind, Coldstone and Desdemona flew hand in hand through the purple sky. The virus's tendrils swirled around them, but neither of them cared. They were now, and forever, together.
Chapter 17: A Lighthouse In The Sea Of Time
In Wales, one of the oldest parts of Great Britain and is said to be the location of the legendary Kingdom of Camelot, two Archeologists, Dr. Lydia Duane and Dr. Arthur Moorwood-Smyth, are in the middle of their greatest discovery. They had located a large mineshaft that dated back centuries. They were cautious as they moved through the caves because time had taken its toll and many of the tunnels had caved in.
"Duane!" Arthur called out, "Duane! I'm through!"
"We can't be too careful down here," She insisted as she made her way to him, "The whole hillside could collapse on top of us."
Arthur gave a nod as the two made their way deeper and deeper into the tunnels. Inside, they found what they could only describe as a lab fit for a master alchemist or a wizard that was alive centuries ago. The two smile at each other as made their way through the room, careful not to disturb anything.
Suddenly, the sound of a lyre playing drew their attention. The sound was drawing the two archeologists towards its source. They ventured deeper until they stumbled across a most alluring sight. There was a shining golden lyre that was playing itself.
"It can't be…" Arthur gasped.
"True magic…" Duane whispered.
Beneath the lyre sat a small wooden chest that, like the rest of the lab, was still in amazing shape despite the centuries of abandonment. Blowing away the dust and dirt, Duane discovered a golden plate on top of the chest's lid.
"Ancient Celtic…" Duane said in surprise.
"What does it say?" Arthur asked.
Adjusting her glasses, Duane read the inscription, "The seeker of knowledge need fear nothing here; the destroyer, everything."
Desperate to unlock the secrets inside, Duane opened the chest without a second thought. Once the lid opened, the room was flooded by swirls of blue light that wrapped around the two archeologists. They watched in frozen shock as the swirling light briefly look the form of an old man's face. After a moment, the light slowly faded, retreating into the chest. Once the last of the light was gone, both archeologists could move once more.
As they acted more carefully, they approached the chest and slowly lifted the lid. Inside, they could see wax-sealed scrolls.
"The Scrolls of Merlin," Arthur said in a reverent tone.
In the clocktower, after the sun had set, Lexington was reading a magazine aloud for the rest of the clan, Elisa, Athena, and Jason to hear.
“The Scrolls of Merlin are being taken to the Metropolitan Museum for further study." Do you think they were really written by Merlin?” Lexington looked up from the magazine in his hands.
“Athena, Jason, didn’t you two know Merlin?” Elisa asked them.
“We did, indeed, Elisa,” Jason answered.
“It was Merlin himself who found me and brought me to Camelot to train in magic. He even introduced me to Jason at a ball that took place the night after my arrival,” Athena said.
“Merlin... He was a wizard, right?” Brooklyn asked, “Like the Magus.”
“Yes,” She answered, “He was a white wizard in our century.”
“If you're interested, the library downstairs is full of books about him,” Goliath added.
“Why stare at marks on a page? Rent the video,” Broadway stated plainly after eating a hoagie.
“They aren't marks when you know how to read,” Lexington said as he pulled a magazine out from under a sleeping Bronx.
“Well, I can't read, and I don't think I'm missing anything,” He dismissed.
“Uh-huh. Ignorance is bliss. Right, Hudson?” Brooklyn asked.
“Ooh, leave me out of this. It's time for Celebrity Hockey. Come here, Bronx,” Hudson called from his recliner in front of the tv.
Athena looked at the watch on her wrist, “We better gotta go, Elisa. We’re assigned to the scrolls escort team with Matt.”
“Do they know what the scrolls contain?” Goliath inquired.
“Not yet, they’re still sealed. The archeologists who found them think they contain magic spells,” Athena replied as she and Athena walked over to the wooden hatch.
A storm was raging with pouring rain and lighting to illuminate the dark sky as the small police convoy arrived at the HMS Churchill on the choppy and wild waves. Careful not to fall into the water, Elisa, Athena, and Matt began climbing the ladder onto the Churchill.
"We didn't think you'd make it!" Dr. Duane called over the storm.
"I wouldn't have missed this if I had to swim!" Elisa called back.
The scrolls are sealed in these two canisters.
Now safely aboard the ship, Dr. Duane led them into the safety of the main cabin and showed them the scroll
“The scrolls are sealed in these two canisters,” Dr. Duane told them.
As Duane and Arthur began recounting their tale of discovery to Elisa and Matt, Athena remembered her time with Merlin. How he had helped her and introduced her to Jason. She also wondered if those were spells as the archeologists think or something else Merlin had written on the scrolls.
The ship's sonar began beeping as it shows two blips. Outside, two harrier jets were descending on the ship, high-tech weaponry primed and ready to fire. The jets fired on the boat, the blast shattering the glass of the ship's windows. Matt, Athena, Elisa, the archeologist, and the crew fall to the ground to protect themselves from the glass and any more shots.
The Churchill's captain grabbed the ship's intercom radio, “Mayday! Mayday! Coastguard, this is HMS Churchill. We are under attack! Repeat, we are under attack!”
Matt, Athena, and Elisa readied their weapons. Through the wind and the rain, Elisa and Athena could make out the figures of two large fighter jets, as well as six inhumane silhouettes. The Gargoyles and Etrigan.
“You were right, Goliath. Those machines must belong to Xanatos,” Hudson said.
“Harrier jets. They can land and take off like helicopters,” Lexington explained, “I read about 'em.”
“When your life is this exciting, who needs books?” Broadway declared.
The jets land on the deck of the Churchill as two mercenaries armed with electrical guns got out. The ship's crew attempted to intercept these mercenaries but were easily shot down.
In the cabin, Elisa, Matt, and Athena aimed their guns at the door while the Captain kept trying to reach the Coast guard on the radio.
“Coastguard, come in!” He called into the radio.
The Captain’s call was cut off when the cabin door was blasted off its hinges, striking both Matt and the captain, but barely missing Elisa and Athena.
“Matt!” Elisa and Athena exclaimed, before turning their attention to the advancing mercenaries.
Both Athena and Elisa managed to let off a few shots before the mercenaries tackled them, snatching both of their weapons from them. The female mercenary walked over to Duane, who was holding them to her chest.
"Come on, " The female mercenary demanded, "Give 'em up."
"No!" Duane shouted, "These scrolls are priceless."
"Oh, man!" She said, her voice dripping in sarcasm, as she face-palmed herself and pit her weapon away, "What was I thinking?"
Duane smiled and was hopeful that the scrolls would not be taken. Suddenly, the female mercenary performed a leg sweep, knocking Duane to the ground and the canisters into the air. She caught them and tossed one to her partner before they made their way back to the jets. Powering up, the two began their getaway. While the jets were in the air, Hudson smashed through the glass of one of them, grabbing for the canister. Goliath went after the other jet and dug his claws into the wing. Elisa and Athena rush out of the cabin.
“Father! They have the scrolls!” Athena exclaimed.
Soon the mercenary realized what was going on and he activated the ship’s defense field, electrocuting Hudson and sending him plummeting down, canister in hand. The other jet fired a laser at Goliath, who let go of the wing before it could hit him. Soon, both of the jets fired lasers at the gargoyles to keep them away. The gargoyles managed to dodge everyone that was fired. With the gargoyles no longer on the jets, the mercenaries high-tailed it out of there.
“Where are Hudson and Broadway?” Goliath asked as he and the others followed the jets.
“Over there,” Lexington pointed to Broadway, holding onto the belly of the jet.
“Hudson's probably on the other one,” Brooklyn said.
As the ship sailed and the Gargoyles and Etrigan flew off towards the docks, Hudson floated unconscious amidst the waves.
With the storm finally moving away and the ship safely docked, the police were working in full force to find out exactly what had happened. As they interviewed Dr. Duane about possible suspects.
“No, no one specific. I mean, who wouldn't want them?” Duane told the officer.
Athena and Elisa broke away from the group, heading towards the dense shadows provided by large shipping crates. The three gargoyles and Etrigan were gathered in the shadows.
"I feared the scrolls would present too great a temptation…” Goliath snarled as Elisa approached.
"Xanatos is behind it!" Elisa practically screamed, tossing her cap off, "He made me and Athena look like total amateurs!”
“But I've got no proof!” Athena said, “And without proof-!"
"Without it," Goliath interrupted, "It falls to us."
After flying to the Eyrie building, the three gargoyles, Etrigan, and Athena land in the courtyard. Goliath pushed the doors open to the parlor and enter with the others behind him. Owen was sitting on the computer typing, but got up and approached them.
"Xanatos," Goliath demanded, "Broadway. Hudson. Where are they?"
"I suppose they could be anywhere," Owen responded.
"No game! Take us to him,” Goliath said, eyes glowing white. Owen smirked and looked at the notebook.
"You should know I can't do that," He said.
"Then we will find them ourselves," Goliath swore. The Gargoyles, Eitrgan, and Athena left the parlor to search the castle.
They had searched all they could, but they found nothing. The gargoyles, Eitrgan, and Athena go to Owen’s office and find him reading a newspaper.
"Goliath. They aren't here." Lexington said. Elizabeth looked at the clock.
"And the sun is about to come up,” Athena warned them, looking at her wristwatch.
"You didn't find them?” Owen asked, “I'm not surprised."
"We are running out of time. You know where they are. Tell us!" Goliath demanded with a growl.
“Know this little man, we are filled with wrath. Should you anger us any more there will be a bloodbath,” Etrigan said to Owen with his eye glowing.
"All of Mr. Xanatos's vertical and landing craft are in the shed. You might want to try Macbeth," Owen suggested.
The three gargoyles, Etrigan, and Athena walked out of the office and flew back to the clock tower just in time for the gargoyles to turn to stone.
In the wooded area surrounding Macbeth's castle, Goliath, Brooklyn, Etrigan, Athena, and Lexington all gathered. They could see the two mercenaries from the ship walking along the battlements of the castle walls, armed with high-tech weaponry and night vision goggles.
"What now?" Lexington asked.
With a loud thump, the gargoyles, Athena, and Etrigan turn around to see Hudson behind them.
"Now we go in," He replied.
"We were worried!" Lexington exclaimed.
“Where’s Broadway?" Hudson asked.
“We thought he was with you,” Goliath replied.
“I have not seen him since the battle.”
“Then he must be with Macbeth,” Athena concluded.
“Up there," Lexington said, pointing towards the mansion where smoke was coming over the walls. Knowing that time was possibly short, they then quickly came up with a plan.
Macbeth had finally found the safest way to open the scrolls. He mixed the necessary ingredients into a strange red solution before pouring it into a clay bowl, which then began emanating puffs of thick purple smoke. But before Macbeth could continue, his mercenaries called out from the battlements.
"We got trouble!" The female mercenary shouted.
He looked up just as the silhouettes of the gargoyles and Etrigan, carrying Athena, that could be seen on the horizon.
"Then take care of it," Macbeth replied, turning back to the scrolls.
The two mercenaries scrambled into action, activating a pair of laser guns. The mercenaries began to open fire on the gargoyles and Etrigan, who dodged and weaved through the laser blasts. As they flew, they could see Broadway chained to a large pedestal near where Macbeth was working.
"Broadway,” Goliath said. When he tried to go down to help Broadway, he was forced up by the blasts from the mercenaries.
Debris from the blasts fell and almost hit Broadway and Macbeth.
“It's all over now, Macbeth!” Broadway exclaimed in victory.
Macbeth dips a paintbrush into the clay bowl before brushing the liquid contents onto the scrolls’ wax seal.
"We can't get past those cannons!" Lexington exclaimed.
"I have an idea," Hudson suggested.
The mercenaries watched the gargoyles and Etrigan, carrying Athena, scattered throughout the sky. They randomly fired at the skies, trying to get a hit. Suddenly, Goliath landed right on top of one of the guns. Grabbing ahold of the mercenary, he tossed him off, then smashed the gun to pieces with his bare claws. The remaining mercenary continued to fire. Hudson rammed the side of the gun, causing the shot to go wild, hitting part of the castle wall.
Macbeth fell to the ground as he dodged falling rubble before he opened the scroll in his hands and stood up.
"’ He was a scabby, bony boy when first I saw this once and future king," He read, growing more confused with each word, "Had I not known what his destiny held, I would have laughed aloud? What's this? "Though young and not yet formed, his mind was open and eager...” He tossed the scroll back and picked up another, “‘Today, amidst chaos and destruction, was love and beauty for I had the honor of performing the ceremony of marriage between my apprentice Athena of the Wyvern Clan and Sir Jason Blood, a knight of the table round?’ This is a diary! Where are the spells?”
He was so distracted that he didn't see Goliath coming until it the gargoyle knocked him to the ground. He fell hard as Goliath grabbed the two scrolls.
“You caught me in a foul mood, monster,” Macbeth went to attack her but Goliath jumped over him. The other gargoyles, Etrigan and Athena landed behind him.
"Release Broadway," Goliath demanded. Macbeth pulled out his gun and pointed it at them.
"Or what?" Macbeth asked.
"Or I'll burn the scrolls," Goliath holds the two scrolls towards the fire.
"Go ahead. They are worthless. No magic at all," He said.
"No, they are magic. Don't burn them, Goliath. You can't. It's Merlin's life. In his own words. When you read them, they take you there. It is magic, Goliath. Precious Magic," Broadway told him.
"Broadway is right, father," Athena said, with a smile and Etrigan’s hand on her shoulder, “Those scrolls are a glimpse into Merlin’s life. A key to the past and it should not be destroyed.”
"Aye, lad. Would be the greatest shame to lose them," Hudson said in agreement.
"Your all trespassing. Take the scrolls and leave." Macbeth said, pulling a remote control from his jacket. He pushes a button and Broadway is released. Goliath turned towards Athena and handed her the scrolls. Etrigan picked her up before they flew off.
Flying over Manhattan, Athena held the scrolls with a smile on her face because she held the memories of a dear friend.
"We'll take Athena to the clocktower so that she and Elisa can return the scrolls to the museum. I can read them to you if you like," Goliath said, looking at Hudson.
“Och, no thank you. We'll read them ourselves as soon as we learn how." Hudson said, earning a smile from Athena.
Later that night, Robbins sat in his home, a braille version of the newspaper in front of him. Setting it down, he looked over at Gilly and smiled.
"You know Gilly, all this fuss over those scrolls has gotten the old juices flowing," He told her, "There may be another book in me yet."
Robbins picked up a tape recorder, hitting the record button with a smile on his face.
"The Sword and the Staff: A Book of Merlin. Frontispiece," He began, clearing his throat slightly, "The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses, erected in the dark sea of time."
Standing outside Robbin's home, Hudson listened to the dictation and a pleasing smile graced his face.
Chapter 18: The Mirror
Perched on a rooftop across from the New York History Museum street, Demona watched the guards close the museum, locking and barring all the doors. Demona leaped from the roof with a determined grin on her face as the night guards were oblivious of her.
Inside the museum, the Captain of the Night Watch was briefing two recent recruits, who are Athena and Elisa undercover, on the proper procedure.
"Alright," The captain began, "The front doors are locked, the laser grid is on, and you go patrol inside."
The two walked into the museum as the captain shouted one final note at them.
"And don't get too close to the displays!"
In the darkened halls of the museum, the recruit passed by several historic exhibits including an ancient Incan statue and a large silver mirror. Elisa stopped in front of the mirror, striking a dramatic pose just for the fun of it and Athena chuckled. As they did this, they heard commotion off in the distance before they quickly went to investigate.
Demona tossed a male security guard across the museum, where he hit a bench and slumped. She then turned just in time to see Athena and Elisa aiming their guns at her.
"Police!" Elisa shouted, "Don't move!"
Demona's eyes glow red as she snarled, recognizing the recruits as Athena and Elisa.
"You, most useless member of a craven, puny race!" Demona yelled at Elisa before asking Athena, "My daughter, do you think you and this puny human can stop me?”
"Probably not," Goliath called out as he and Etrigan stepped out of the shadows and stood behind Elisa and Athena, "But we can."
Demona began backing away slowly, walking past the large mirror from before and up to the Incan statue. Demona scooped up the statue, hurling it at Elisa. Goliath quickly intercepted the large statue, placing it upright as Demona made a speedy retreat. The four followed closely behind her, only for Demona to attempt to topple another exhibit. Etrigan caught it before it shattered, giving Demona the time she needed to grab a spear from the Native American exhibit and leap out the window.
Following her out the window and into the courtyard of the museum, Goliath, Athena, Etrigan, and Elisa gave chase, leaving the museum unguarded. With all the guards out of the picture, two men in ski masks slipped through the skylight, sliding down in front of the large silver mirror.
"I'll say one thing for the lady," One thief commented, "She does her homework. Let's go."
The two thieves worked fast, wrapping the mirror safely in a tarp before binding it into place. Soon enough, they made off with the mirror.
Meanwhile, Demona continued to run, Goliath, Athena, Etrigan, and Elisa hot on her tail. She made it to the museum's outdoor display of an Egyptian monolith before turning to face her pursuers, spear in hand. Goliath and Etirgan bared their fangs as Elisa and Athena readied their guns.
With a cruel smile, Demona tossed the spear, aiming right at Elisa. Acting on pure instinct, Goliath shoved Elisa out of the way, catching the spear seconds before she was skewered. Demona used these scant seconds to climb to the top of the monolith, using it as her launchpad into the sky. As Demona disappeared into the night, Goliath and Etrigan went to pursue her, but Elisa and Athena stopped them.
"Let her go for now," Elisa suggested, "It's not like we can take her to jail without answering a lot of complicated questions."
“Don’t worry. We’ll get her next time,” Athena said,
Goliath let out a sigh of disappointment but relaxed his stance, "At least Demona did not get the mirror.”
Across town, a red van pulled up to a large imposing gate with the words 'Private. KEEP OUT' written across them. Rolling down the driver's side window, one of the thieves pressed a button on the gate's speaker. A security camera focused on his face.
"Who is it?" Demona asked in a demanding tone as her voice called through the speaker
"Oberon sent me, "He replied.
There was a loud click as the gate opened, revealing a large, and somewhat gothic, house. The two thieves pulled the van up to the front of the house, carrying the wrapped mirror up to the front porch and leaning it next to the front door.
"Who lives here anyway, Dracula's daughter?" The second thief asked.
A snarl from a gargoyle-shaped figurehead on the front door silenced him. The first thief placed his hand on the other one’s shoulder.
"Relax," He told him, "It's okay. I've dealt with this client before."
An envelope slid from the figurehead's mouth and the first thief grabbed it.
"Take your money and go," Demona ordered them through the figurehead, "While you still can."
The thieves took the envelope and left without another word, leaving the strange silver mirror.
Later on, Demona stood in front of the mirror with iron chains wrapped around it in a dungeon mixed with a wizard's chambers.
"So far my plans have been thwarted," Demona muttered to herself, "One after the other. But tonight, I take control."
She lifted a silver bell, ringing it four times using a golden ring before reciting a spell.
"Cum aescerat argentum et aurum involare."
Demona then picked up a small white feather, which she blew towards the mirror. The second it touched the glass, the mirror rippled like water, absorbing the feather
"Postea Puck ad speculum Titania penetrare!"
The Mirror begins to glow with bright green light, illuminating the entire room. A swirling figure began to appear in the glass through the light, growing bigger as if it was coming closer. Finally, the figure seemed to push through the glass of the mirror before the light died completely.
Kneeling on the ground in front of the mirror, arms bound in the very chains once wrapped around its silver frame, was a small elven figure with long, pointed ears. He was dressed in brightly colored clothing. He looked up at Demona through long, thick locks of white hair with an extremely displeased frown.
In the Clock Tower, Brooklyn, Broadway, Lexington, Jason, Goliath, Hudson, sitting in his chair, and Bronx were gathered around the TV. Soon, Elisa and Athena entered the clock tower through the wooden hatch and walked over to the gargoyles and Jason.
“Well, we got bad news,” Athena announced, “Captain Chavez just confirmed it. Demona was a decoy. Thieves took the mirror while we were chasing her around the park.”
“I should have expected such deviousness from her,” Goliath said.
"So how bad is this?" Elisa asked. "What can she do with an antique mirror?"
"It's not just a mirror," Athena told her, "It's Titania's Mirror. Titania, Queen of the third race."
"Third race?" Elisa asked.
"You know, Humans, Gargoyles, and Oberon's children," Broadway explained.
“I thought everybody knew this,” Lexington said.
"Yeah, that guy Shakespeare wrote a play about them. A Midsummer Night's Dream," Brooklyn said.
“Scotsmen call them "the Fair Folk." The Vikings call them "Dark Elves." They are changelings, shapeshifters, creatures of pure magic,” Goliath explained to Elisa, “And their possessions, like the mirror, are vessels of great power.”
"Wait, wait, wait. Shapeshifters, elves, fairies. You mean they're real?" Elisa asked.
"As real as I am, if the stories are true," Hudson said.
Puck struggled against the thick iron chains pinning his upper arms to his sides, his hands and forearms were still free to move, but it was no use. Sighing in anger, Puck ceased struggling and crossed his arms as best he could.
"Is this how you treat all your guests?" He asked in an annoyed tone.
"Anywho may betray me," Demona replied, "And you are no guest. You serve the human, and now you can serve me."
"Serving humans is fun. They have a sense of humor," Puck said with a smirk before it went away as he crossed his arms again, "You have none."
"Perhaps not," Demona replied, grabbing Puck by his chains and lifting him into the air, "But I have you."
In the clock tower, the gargoyles, Elisa, Athena, and Jason were still in conversation about the mirror.
“Hey, wouldn't it be great to be a shapeshifter?” Brooklyn asked, suddenly.
“We wouldn't have to hide,” Lexington said, “We could fit in anywhere.”
“We could find new friends, maybe even love,” Broadway added.
“Be careful what you wish for, lad,” Hudson advised them.
“Hudson is right,” Athena spoke, “Sometimes what we want is not always what we need. A wise friend once said that who we are is what we are meant to be.”
Back in Demona’s home, Demona stood with her arms crossed watching Puck with annoyance.
“Well, let's just get this over with, shall we?" Puck asked. He flew around the room, “How can I be of service? Hmm? Out with it. I haven't got all night."
Puck came to a stop in front of Demona with a smirk on his face.
"You've got all Millennium, if I choose," Demona said, swinging at Puck, who moved away. She returned to her thoughts, "I'm too vulnerable during the day. I don't want to turn to stone anymore."
"Of course, you want to stroll down 5th avenue in the sunshine. I'm sure you'll fit right in," Puck said, in a sarcastic voice.
"I could if there were no blasted humans!" Demona shouted, swiping at Puck again. Suddenly, an idea came to her, one that made her smile evilly, "Yes, Puck! I want you to get rid of the humans. All of them!"
"Does this look like Aladdin's Lamp?" Puck asked, gesturing to the mirror, "I have limits, after all,” Puck’s face dawn a clever little smile as he tilted his head at Demona, "What is it you really want?"
He touched the mirror and a green light came from the glass and a swirl until an image of Goliath appeared.
"How quaint," He mused, "After all these centuries you're still carrying a torch. Well, if that's what you want, I can make him love you again. Piece of cake, given your charming personality."
Puck rested his head against the mirror as Elisa strolled into the mirror's scene. She leaned on the reflection of Goliath with a loving expression.
"That's it!" Demona snarled, her eyes glowing red with anger, "That's what I want! If you cannot get rid of all the humans, then at least rid me of that human! Elisa Maza!"
Puck gave Demona a mischievous grin as he mentally replayed her request in his head
"Did you say, 'that human' or 'that human'?" He questioned, emphasizing the alternate words before shrugging, "Oh, never mind, I'll figure it out. This just might be fun after all."
Puck flew over to the mirror, which now had an image of Elisa alone. Puck closed his eyes and his hair started floating.
"Thy sight Demona doth offend, so Puck will hasten to amend. Begone Elisa, human born, and be no more as you were formed!"
A bright green light shot out of Puck's eyes and mouth, hitting the mirror where it was seemingly absorbed, sending the spell's energy after its target.
"Mirror or no mirror," Elisa said, "Demona's no match for the eight of us together. We just have to wait until she makes her move."
Suddenly, Elisa was engulfed in a bright green light, she was lifted off the ground and pulled into the center of the Clock Tower. Then, Elisa was engulfed in an explosion of light that blinded the Gargoyles, Athena, and Jason. When the light faded, Elisa was not what she once was. Her skin had a more orange tinge to it. Her eyebrows were gone, replaced by slight horns. Her hands now claws. She was taller, with legs like a gargoyle, tail, and she had a large pair of gargoyle wings.
Everyone stared in utter fascination and confusion as Goliath slowly approached her.
"Elisa…?" He said softly.
Elisa's eyes opened before she met Goliath's eyes with a wide smile and hugged him in utter joy.
"Goliath, this is wonderful," She said happily. "You've been turned into a gargoyle."
Goliath gently pulled Elisa off him, more confused than before, "What?"
Back in Demona's manor, Puck hovered about an inch above the ground as Demona approached the mirror, surprised to see the image of Elisa has vanished.
"Did it work?" She demanded.
"The human Elisa Maza is no more," Puck replied.
"Then let's do the same to every human in the city!" Demona declared.
"You don't know what you're asking," Puck warned her, sighing, "Believe me."
Demona grabbed the front of Puck's chains again, forcing him to meet her eye.
"Is it possible?" She demanded, shaking him frantically, almost maniacal motions, "Tell me, can it be done?!"
"Yes…" He answered finally, "But not from here."
Back at the Clock Tower, Goliath was trying to explain to Elisa what happened.
"We've always been gargoyles," He told her, gesturing to the clan who was still staring wide-eyed with jaws on the floor, "It is you who has been changed. Probably by Demona and the Mirror."
"I've always been a gargoyle," She replied with a smirk, revealing gargoyle fangs, "I think I'd know if I wasn't."
"Then how do you explain me and Jason?" Athena asked as she and Jason stepped forward.
Elisa looked at her friends and gasped, "What happened? Jason, I get because he transforms into Etrigan, but how did you get turned into a human?"
"Try to remember, Elisa," She insisted. "You, Jason, and I are humans. Not gargoyles. We've always been humans."
"No, I'm a gargoyle," Elisa replied, "Goliath, tell her."
Goliath didn’t say anything, but he took Elisa's hand, leading her out onto the balcony. The others followed close behind.
"How did we first meet?" Goliath asked her.
"I fell off a skyscraper, and you glided down and caught me," Elisa answered.
"Think," He said, "If you've always had wings, why did you need me to catch you?"
"Uh, I can't glide with these," She muttered, looking at her wings confused, "Can I?"
Goliath smiled, "Yes, you can."
Goliath puts his arm around Elisa's waist and the two jumped off the balcony, both spreading their wings as if it was instinct. Everyone ran to the balcony to watch, still in awe of what had occurred. The rest of the clan jumped off the balcony to follow Goliath and Elisa. Jason quickly turned into Etrigan before picking up Athena and following the others.
The top floor of one of the towers went off like a beacon as green lightning crackled above it. In a flash of light, Titania's mirror appeared on the open balcony on the top floor. The glass rippled as Puck glided through it, Demona following behind him holding the end of his chain like a leash.
"Ah…" Puck sighed happily as he gazed out into the night with thundering clouds in the distance, "What a lovely view."
Demona yanked on the chain, "We are not here for you to enjoy the sights."
Puck had a look of annoyance on his face but put his feelings away before flying back toward Demona, "Oh, all right. I just need to muster my forces, so to speak. This may take a while."
Flying over the city, Goliath couldn't keep himself from staring at Elisa. He enjoyed seeing the smile on her face.
"I never realized, when you were human, how beautiful you are," Goliath commented.
"You mean, you thought I was ugly?" Elisa asked with a playful smile.
Goliath blushed for a minute, his tongue tripping over the words, "Well- Uhm- Careful! Updraft!"
The two gargoyles recovered from the sudden change in the wind, and Elisa couldn't help but laugh as she still held onto Goliath's arm.
"I can't believe I've never done this before!" She cheered.
"You couldn't," Goliath told her, "You were human. Look."
Elisa looked down to see the many citizens of New York walking through the streets. She gasped in absolute shock, pointing down at them.
"Oh no!" She cried out. "Look at them all! It wasn't just Athena!"
"Perhaps we should land so we can talk," He suggested.
They landed on a nearby rooftop and were quickly joined by the remaining gargoyles, Etrigan, who turned back into Jason, and Athena.
“Did you see?” Elisa asked the others in a panicked voice, “Everyone in Manhattan's been turned into a... a human!”
“No, no, no, no, no…” Goliath said, shaking his head in defeat.
"Look!" Athena shouted as she pointed off into the distance.
Everyone turned to see crackling, green electricity from the top of one of the world trade center towers.
On the top of the tower, Puck was spinning like a top, his form practically buzzing with energy. He slowly came to a stop, his hair raised high in the air and his eyes glowing brighter than ever.
"All humans on this concrete isle, Demona finds your presence vile. So do you now as I command, and be not woman, child, nor man!"
Releasing the power once more, it shot into the mirror, then used the spire of the building as a focal point before sending out hundreds upon hundreds of green streaks of lightning all over the city.
A streak of lightning came straight for the rooftop where the gargoyles were, striking Athena and Jason straight in the chest.
The light blinded the gargoyles and Elisa. Soon, the light faded. Everyone opened their eyes to see Etrigan standing in place of Jason, but the real shock came when they saw Athena. Her eyebrows were gone, replaced by slight horns. Her hands are now claws. She was taller, with legs like a gargoyle, a tail, and she had a large pair of gargoyle wings, except hers did not have little claws on them. Her skin is a mixture of blue and green.
Etrigan walked over to his wife and placed his hands on her shoulder, “My love, you and I have been changed by the mirror’s power, I a demon and you a gargoyle. But how we remember our human selves is a garboil.”
Athena thinks for a moment before concluding, “It must be because of our shapeshifting abilities. I must admit, it will be nice for a change to shapeshift without being exhausted from keeping the form and without the use of glamors.”
"What was that?” Elisa asked, referring to the light.
“It can only be Demona,” Hudson concluded.
The gargoyles jumped off the roof and flew toward the tower. Etrigan and Athena stayed behind with Elisa.
“Wait!” Elisa called before she tried to follow but looked down and became dizzy, “Whoa... Uhh!”
Elisa steps away from the ledge and composes herself.
“Stay here, Elisa. Etrigan and I will follow the guys,” Athena said, “We’ll be back soon.”
Etrigan and Athena jumped over the ledge and followed the gargoyles to the tower.
At the tower, Demona stands on the railing looking at the city in triumph.
“Take me to see my empty city,” Demona said.
Demona looks over her shoulder to see Puck lying on the ground unconscious. She hopped down from the railing and walks over before poking him with her tail.
When they neared the tower, Hudson tackles Demona to the ground. Demona roars and kicks Hudson off her.
"Your too late, old soldier," Demona said as Hudson got up. The Gargoyles, Etrigan, and Athena land on the building.
"You can't fight all of us, lass," Hudson told her.
Demona's eyes land on Athena and her eyes widen when she realizes who she was. Happiness could be briefly seen in Demona’s eyes before she picks up Puck along with the mirror.
"Curse you, Puck. This is no time to sleep," Demona said before she tosses the mirror off the side.
"No! The Mirror!" Athena shouted.
Hudson runs to the side and dives after the Mirror. The rest of the clan takes off after Demona. Hudson catches the Mirror a few feet before it would have hit the ground. The clan flew over the street and saw a most peculiar sight. All humans in the city were turned into Gargoyles.
Demona wrapped her wings around a sleeping Puck as she dove for a subway tunnel. The clan attempted to pursue, but the narrow tunnels quickly tripped them up as their wings scraped along the walls. Goliath, Etrigan, and Athena landed in front of the tunnels before wrapping their wings around themselves. They gave chase while the rest of the clan picked themselves up.
Demona landed on the opposite side of the subway tracks just as a train emptied. She uses the crowd to her advantage and slips aboard the subway before getting away. Unfortunately for the clan, they were unable to find Demona due to the crowd of gargoyles.
"This is like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” Broadway said.
They all starred at the transformed gargoyles. A couple of female "gargoyles" walked back the group, shooting a wink at Brooklyn.
"This is too weird…" Lexington commented. "Kinda cool, but weird."
"With Demona involved, it's more than weird," Goliath told them, "It's dangerous."
Hidden in a back alley in downtown Manhattan, Demona angrily tossed Puck to the ground, which roused the fae.
“I wanted you to destroy the humans, not give them the gift of being a gargoyle! Change the gargoyles to humans!" Demona shouted, her eyes bright red with rage.
Puck sat up, leaning against a car, "I must… regain… my strength…"
Demona grabbed him by his chains, she pulled him to his feet. She snarls, "I've noticed you're not too tired to make yourself invisible to the crowd.”
"Ok. Ok," Puck grumbled. "I was just catching my breath."
Puck looks over to the side mirror of the car and smiles slightly, where a cracked hand mirror was laying, Puck smiled slightly, Don't worry. I'll do exactly as you ask.”
The gargoyles, Etrigan, and Athena returned to the rooftop that Elisa and Hudson were waiting for them along with the mirror. They all now stood in front of the mirror.
“All right, we've got the mirror. Now what?” Brooklyn asked.
“That was one of Oberon's children with Demona, no doubt about it,” Hudson said, sitting on a box and stroking his chin.
“Ah... She called him "Puck," Goliath recalled.
“In Shakespeare's play, Puck was a harmless trickster,” Elisa mentioned.
What happened below wasn't harmless. Come, we must continue our search for them. Huh! I'll never get the hang of jumping off rooftops. I'll always be there to catch you. See? It's easy.
"What happened below, wasn't harmless. Come, we must continue our search for them." Goliath said. He walked over to the edge and jumped on the side. Elisa looked over the edge.
"I’ll never get the hang of jumping off rooftops," Elisa said.
"I'll always be there to catch you," Goliath said. He jumped off and circled and stopped flapping in the air, "See? It's easy."
Goliath gave an encouraging smile at Elisa and she moves to follow. However, she stopped on the edge, gasping. Goliath hovered a few feet away from the roof. Elisa smiled and prepared to jump. However, a green light coming from the mirror drew everyone’s attention. Turning, they saw the mirror crackling with green lightning.
Five streaks of lightning suddenly shot from the glass, hitting each of the gargoyles. When the light disappeared, the gargoyles were all gone, replaced by human versions of themselves. Elisa and Athena turned back to the edge of the building just as a now human Goliath began plummeting from the sky.
"GOLIATH!" Elisa screamed.
Without a moment's hesitation, Elisa leaped from the balcony, diving after Goliath. Swooping down just in time, Elisa grabbed Goliath. Catching a quick updraft, they made their way back up the building, strong claws digging into the stone wall to stop their descent. Athena and Etrigan helped and pulled them up to safety.
Goliath and Hudson had not changed much, they had lost their obvious gargoyle features and their skin had changed too. Goliath’s was a chestnut color and Hudson’s was pale. Broadway was even paler with a tuft of blonde hair on his head. Lexington was a scrawny teenager with close-cropped brown hair. Brooklyn's beak was gone, replaced with a sharp nose and a pair of thin lips, his long white hair had remained.
"We don't want anything else jumping out from this thing," Hudson said.
Hudson took a sheet from a clothesline and tossed it over the mirror, effectively covering the glass. Soon, Goliath began to regain his senses.
"There was a light…" Goliath recalled. "Then, I fell… I've never fallen before."
He then looked up at Elisa and Athena and seemed to be relieved.
"Elisa… Daughter.." Goliath called, pulling them into a hug, "You've returned to normal."
"No, we haven't," Elisa explained, as she and Athena pulled free of the hug.
"You've changed,” Athena added, “You're a human. You fell because you don't have wings.”
“Uh, Athena?” Brooklyn questioned, “We've always been human.”
“Aye, we've never needed wings to glide before,” Hudson said.
“Uh... Wait a minute,” Lexington spoke, “We must have used wings. How else could we glide?”
"They're right," Goliath said. "We are supposed to be gargoyles, but we're not. The rest of the city is supposed to be human, but thanks to Demona and Puck, they're not."
Back in the alley, Demona was slowly becoming impatient with Puck.
"Is it done?!" Demona demanded.
Puck sighed, this time in exhaustion rather than annoyance, "Yes…"
Leading Puck by his chain leash once more, Demona emerged from the alleyway, only to find that the humans are still gargoyles.
"I told you to turn the gargoyles to humans!" She snarled.
Hovering in the air with his legs crossed, Puck gave a small smile.
"You mean these gargoyles. I thought you meant Goliath and his clan," He quipped, "My mistake."
Demona grabbed Puck, pulling him toward her and she hisses, "Your last mistake.”
"Wait a minute!" He cried out, "I thought you'd be pleased."
Demona paused to hear him out.
"Goliath is a puny human now," Puck told her, "And at your mercy."
The red faded from Demona's eyes at the prospect and Puck breathed a sigh of relief.
The clan had no choice but to walk. Bronx, who had not been transformed by the last spell, walked with them through the streets of Manhattan. Hudson held the covered mirror under his arm. As they walked, the gargoyle citizens ran in fear from them, screaming in terror about humans and calling them monsters.
"Are you sure this is a good idea?" Hudson asked.
"Without our wings, we have no choice," Goliath replied, "If we are to stand a chance against Demona and Puck, we must keep the fight here on the ground, where her wings will be of no use."
The clan soon found a deserted Rockefeller center that was perfectly suited for a battle. Athena and Elisa vanished, as Hudson set up the mirror.
“Unwrap the mirror,” Goliath ordered. Hudson pulled the sheet free and out from the mirror sprung Demona, now toting a large laser rifle. Following close behind was a still bound Puck.
Demona let off a shot, which struck the window of a medieval display, with actual weaponry that the clan quickly picked up. Etrigan summoned his sword by breathing fire into his hands. Goliath grabbed a longsword, snagging a rolling shield before it passed. As he got into a defensive stance, Demona leveled her weapon again.
"I would recognize you no matter what your form, Goliath," Demona said as she fired.
The shot ricocheted off Goliath's shield, causing him to stumble back, but not fall.
"Take care of them, Puck," She ordered.
“As you wish,” Puck smiled as he jumped into the air, narrowly avoiding a three-way attack from Brooklyn, Broadway, and Lexington. He lands on the arm of the Rockefeller statue, "Humans love a battle hearty. So does Puck; come on, let's party!"
Lightning shot from Puck's eyes, striking the weapons the clan had picked up. They all started glowing, then beginning to morph and change. Broadway's spear became a large sunflower that tried to eat him. Brooklyn's mace suddenly took off like a rocket, entangling him in a large umbrella off to the side. Lexington's ax started chopping at him, then began spinning like a fan. Hudson ran to help the boys but found his feet stuck in a large puddle of tar. Puck laughed hard at the four struggling fighters, kicking his legs in hysterics.
Puck turned around to see Bronx coming right at him, growling and showing teeth.
"Let's improve your looks, shall we?" Puck said, aiming right at Bronx.
A blast of magic struck Bronx, transforming him into a large Doberman, much to Puck's dismay.
"Should have gone for the Chihuahua," He remarked before running away with Bronx chasing after him.
Puck ended up knocking over Broadway's man-eating sunflower right into Lexington's spinning ax. The ax got stuck in the thick stem of the flower, allowing Lexington to ditch it and pull Broadway free. Brooklyn manages to break from the umbrella. The trio ran to help Goliath, leaving Hudson still stuck in the tar. Meanwhile, Puck was still on the run from Bronx. Puck kept looking back to see if Bronx was still behind, that he didn’t pay attention in front of him and bumped into Etrigan.
Puck looked up at Etrigan, who had an emotionless expression on his face, nervously, “I don't suppose you would be open to a truce, would you?”
Etrigan gave Puck a wicked smile, “You ask for a truce, then you are quite foolish if you think I’ll accept. You work for the gargoyle who has hurt my wife and her clan, and in battle, you will be decked.”
Puck gulped nervously before continuing his run, now with Etrigan and Bronx chasing after him
Goliath was not faring well in his battle with Demona as a human. Demona had him by the throat, prepared to strike the final blow.
"Enough of this farce," She snarled.
Before she could go through, she was tackled by the trio, forcing her to drop Goliath. As the trio did their best to pin Demona down, a couple of "gargoyles" spotted them.
"Hey!" One of the onlookers shouted. "Those monsters are attacking that lady!"
"We gotta help her!" Another agreed.
A group of about five gargoyles came charging into the park, forcing the Trio to release Demona so they could defend themselves. Leaving them to deal with the ‘“gargoyles”, Demona recovered her laser gun, aiming it directly at Goliath.
"You're no match for me as a pitiful human," Demona taunted
"My strength has never depended on brute force, Demona," Goliath explained.
Elisa took that moment to swoop down, driving Demona into the pavement with a flying kick.
"But on true friends," Goliath finished with a smile.
Back with the trio, the "gargoyles" were closing in fast, forcing the three of them to slowly back away.
"There's no way we can take them all," Lexington whispered.
"Wait a minute…" Brooklyn suddenly realized. "We're the monsters, remember?"
Catching on, the three of them began growling, clawing at the air like children pretending to be evil monsters. Fortunately, the "gargoyles" stopped their advance and began running away as fast as they could.
“Who are you to interfere with...?” Demona asked with a snarl as she recovered quickly. She then recognized the gargoyle as Elisa, “You! What does it take to destroy you?”
Demona launched at Elisa. But she was quickly knocked down by a punch to the jaw from Athena, who had swooped down.
“Father, run!” Athena told him as she and Elisa stood side by side, “We'll handle Demona."
"We'll handle her together," Goliath replied, preparing to fight.
Demona dove for the laser gun, letting off a shot. The three quickly dodged as Elisa kicked the gun from Demona's grasp. Goliath grabbed her from behind, holding onto her as tight as he could, but struggling against her superior strength. Within seconds, Demona successfully sent Goliath flying across the park and into a stone wall.
Goliath did his best to stand but found himself back on the ground as Demona flew over. She stalked toward him and had an evil smile on her face
A single laser shot rang out, taking out an overhang right above Demona. It fell on top and trapped her. Goliath looked up as Athena blew a line of smoke away from the barrel of the laser gun with Elisa by her side.
Down in the Rockefeller center, Puck, with legs crossed, was just floating in the air with his attention toward Etrigan and Bronx. Hudson had a trashcan in his hands as he got behind him and put the trash can over Puck, who let out a yell of surprise.
"Party's over," Brooklyn said.
They return to the Tower with the help of Puck. Demona was wrapped in chains as Puck stood in the middle of the clan.
"It ends now, Puck. Change everyone back to the way they were before Demona summoned you," Goliath said, "Do it and you'll earn your freedom."
Puck bows with a smile, "It will be my pleasure. But afterwards, I'm going to need a long nap."
Puck turned towards the mirror, "First, the humans I'll attend."
He lets green light fly through the mirror towards an antenna to change all of the humans back to normal. His eyes glowed as he turned to Elisa, Etrigan, and Athena. Lightning struck the three and they fell to the ground, back to their human forms. Goliath came to Elisa’s side and helped her up. Jason stood up as he helped Athena up.
A green light surrounded Goliath and Brooklyn, pulling them back to the other Gargoyles. "Then the Gargoyles will I mend,” Another flash of green light and the Gargoyles back to their normal selves.
Puck then floated in front of them, an almost desperate look in his eyes, "If his efforts you commend. Free Puck; let him homeward wend."
Goliath took the chains in his hands, snapping them like twigs. Puck smiled widely, stretching his arms and spinning in the air.
"You’re free," Goliath told him.
Puck flew towards the mirror, grabbing Demona by her chains and He then dove through the glass with her. The mirror erupted into bright green light. Shielding their eyes, the gargoyles, Elisa, Athena, and Jason watched as the mirror seemed to implode, before disappearing.
Puck and Demona reappeared in Demona's home. Demona was freed from her bindings in transit. She now sat on a gothic throne, brooding over her defeat. Puck, however, was happily zipping around the room.
"Oh, that was a romp indeed!" Puck cheered.
Demona was despondent and turned away from Puck, leaning back in the chair in an exhausted manner.
"Spare me your gloating…" She said with a sigh, "Just go…"
Puck then appeared beside her, an expression of mock shock on his face, "Without giving you something in return for all this merriment? Puck is many things, but never a poor guest."
Turning away from him again, Demona began making shooing motions with her claw and practically begs, "Please… leave."
Puck was offended by her sudden dismissive behavior and scowled at her before disappearing. However, he didn’t leave. Suddenly, his voice seemed to be coming from all corners of the room.
"You wanted to be your gargoyle self by night, and not turn to stone by day, then so be it."
Puck then reappeared, hovering above Demona with a vengeful, almost malicious grin on his face.
"Fearsome creature who would stay. Unchanged by the light of day, remain you thus throughout the night, and be thou flesh by dawn's fair light."
As Puck disappeared once more in a shower of green sparks, Demona gave him a growl.
Dawn was soon approaching as the gargoyles prepared for their stone sleep, taking their places on their perches of the clocktower.
“It's almost dawn,” Broadway noted.
“I'd like to have seen the sun, just once,” Hudson said.
“Don’t worry,” Athena told the gargoyles with her arm linked with Jason’s, “Who knows, maybe one day you will be able to.”
Goliath turned to Elisa, trying to find the right words to say.
"Elisa, I-" Goliath began.
"Yeah, I know," Elisa interrupted. "You're as relieved as I am that things are back to normal."
Goliath shook his head, "That's not what I was going to say-"
Elisa shushed him just as the sun rose, turning Goliath and the rest of the clan to stone.
"I know..." Elisa muttered, "but that's the way it is."
Athena could tell that her friend was upset by the events that transpired during the night as Elisa walked back inside the clocktower, knowing that the night allowed them to be free.
Back in Demona's manor, she stood in front of one of the large open windows, feeling the sunlight pouring through for the first time in her entire life.
"I don't believe it…" She gasped in utter shock. "He actually did it. And the sun is so warm. I never dreamed it would feel this good."
Stretching and enjoying the sun, Demona turned to see her reflection in Titania's Mirror and her enjoyment turned to utter horror. Her wings, gargoyle legs, and blue skin were gone. Puck had turned her into a human.
"NO!" Demona screamed.
Chapter 19: Silver Falcon
Athena was sitting in the library in her home with Jason in front of the fireplace. The couple sat in chairs that were next to one another with a grandover round end table between the chairs. Jason was reading a book on ancient Rome, while Athena was reading ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ for the sixteenth time. But this time was different. As she read the book, Athena could not help but think of Demons and her need for vengeance against those who had betrayed her.
Their reading was interrupted by the sound of their doorbell. Athena placed a bookmark in the book before setting it on the table and standing up.
“I’ll go see who it is,” She said.
“I’ll come with you,” Jason said as he set the book aside and stood up, “Given the history of our enemies attacking us at our homes. I think it would be wise for you to have back up.”
The two walked out of the library and over to the front door. Athan looked through the peephole and saw Elisa standing outside before she opened the door.
“Elisa, what are you doing here?” Athena asked.
“Chavez called. She said that Matt hasn’t checked in forty-eight hours and I’m gonna go check” She replied, “Want to come with?”
“Sure,” Athena replied before turning to Jason, “I’ll be back soon. If anything changes, I’ll let you know.”
“See you then,” Jason kisses Athena on the cheek before she and Elisa leave for Matt’s apartment.
After a drive in Elisa’s car, the two arrived at Matt’s apartment building before standing in front of the door to his apartment. But unbeknownst to them, a masked man was in the apartment that is now trashed.
“Matt? You home?” Athena knocked on the door, “Matt! It's me, Athena. Elisa is here with me.”
When no one responded, Elisa stood on her toes and felt the top of the door frame before finding a key for the door. In the apartment, the masked man takes out a gun and aims it at the door, ready to fire. But behind him, on the balcony, an inhumane shadowed figure wearing a trench coat and fedora. It was Broadway.
Broadway noticed the gun in the masked man’s hand and opened the balcony door with a roar. The masked man turned around and dropped the gun when he saw Broadway charging at him. Hearing the noise inside, Athena and Elisa took out their guns before kicking down the door in time to see Broadway holding the masked man above his head. He then tossed the man through the door. Athena and Elisa ducked the masked man, who hit the hall wall behind them.
The masked man got up and began running away. Elisa and Athena aimed their weapons, but Broadway got in between them and the masked man.
“Got you covered, partner!” Broadway said before chasing after the masked man.
“He’s been watching old detective movies, again. Hasn’t he?” Athena asked Elisa.
“I’m afraid so,” She replied.
The masked man ran into the elevator and pressed the button for the doors to close. Broadway quickly closed in on the masked man. The doors closed and Broadway rammed into them. The masked man was sent back against the inside of the elevator.
Broadway prided opened the elevator shaft doors before grabbing the cables, stopping the elevator from going down any further. Broadway then manipulated the cables, pulling the elevator up to him. In the elevator, the masked man watched as the floor numbers went up before it stopped a floor below Matt’s apartment was on.
Broadway jumped atop the elevator before tearing off the escape hatch and roaring at the masked man as he jumped in. Meanwhile, Elisa and Athena arrive at the elevator. They quickly step aside as Broadway throws the masked man out into the hall. Broadway then hops out of the elevator shaft and stands in front of Elisa and Athena.
“Mind explaining what you're doing here?” Elisa asked.
“Helping you,” He replied, “What does it look like?”
“We don't want to get into it out here,” Athena said before pointing to the masked man, “Bring him and follow me.”
Broadway picks up the unconscious masked man and follows Athena and Elisa back to Matt’s apartment. When they were all inside, Athena closes the door as Broadway lay the masked man on the couch. Elisa then takes off his mask to see who he is.
“Nobody I know,” Elisa said, “Athena, think you know him?”
Athena looks at the man, “No, but I'll lay odds he's a pro.”
“Sure made a mess of things,” Broadway commented as he looked around the apartment, “If we only knew what he was looking for.”
Elisa pulled a sheet of paper from inside the man’s jacket, “This might be something. The writing is definitely Matt's.”
Elisa walked over to Matt’s desk and moved move papers before coming across a desk calendar. She holds the sheet of paper next to it, “And it's off his calendar.”
“The computer might tell us even more,” Broadway said.
The masked man awakes with a gasp before yelling, “Don't!”
But it was too late, Broadway had already pressed the ‘on’ button for the computer and it began emitting a whining sound.
“He booby-trapped it!” Elisa exclaimed.
Thinking quickly, Broadway grabbed Elisa, Athena, and the man before jumping off of the balcony. Suddenly an explosion sent him forward. Broadway let go of the three humans he held onto as he rolled on the roof of the building across from the apartment. Broadway went over the ledge and grabbed onto it before he fell. Elisa and Athena quickly rushed to his aide and helped him up to safety. The three then noticed that the man was gone.
“Ugh! We lost him,” Elisa groaned.
“Can't win 'em all,” Broadway said, with a happy disposition before asking, “Where do we go from here?”
“We don't go anywhere. You're calling it a night, Athena and I are keeping an appointment,” Elisa told him as she and Athena walked over to the rooftop access door, “Under today's date, Matt wrote, "Hacker, 10 pm, Cleopatra's Needle,” She looks at her wristwatch, “I've got just enough time to make it.”
“Cleopatra's Needle?” Broadway questioned.
“Good night, Broadway. Glide home safely,” Athena told him.
Elisa and Athena walked through the door and began walking down the stairs.
“Athena, Elisa, I'm sorry about the bomb,” He apologized, following them to the door, “But it proves how dangerous this case is.”
“Too dangerous for an amateur detective playing out a movie fantasy,” Elisa said, “We’re alone on this one.”
Broadway jumped over the railing and landed in front of them, “Matt was no amateur and he worked alone. Where'd it get him? Athena, Elisa, let me be your partner.”
Elisa and Athena thought it over for a moment and shared a look before allowing Broadway to help him.
Later on, Elisa and Athena waited by Cleopatra's Needle for Hacker to show up. They hoped that this Hacker won’t back out when he only sees them and not Matt. A few moments later, a man wearing glasses and a Docker hat approached them.
“Detective Maza and Detective Wyvern, right? Matt Bluestone's partner? I'm Martin Hacker,” He introduced himself and shook hands with them, “Matt showed me your pictures. Said you were the best partners he's ever had. Guess that makes me runner-up.”
“Excuse me?” Elisa and Athena questioned, confused.
“He never told you two he used to be FBI?” Hacker asked.
“He neglected to mention it. And now he's disappeared,” Elisa said.
“What?!” He questioned.
“Do you know what he was working on?” Athena inquired.
“He called me last week with a new lead on the Illuminati Society. According to Matt, that's a secret organization that's so powerful, it's supposed to be running the world,” Hacker explained.
“Yeah, he's mentioned the Illuminati. We know he's determined to prove their existence,” Elisa said.
“It got him booted from the bureau. The higher-ups thought he was a bit obsessive,” He informed Elisa and Athena, “But for old times' sake, I had this letter authenticated. It dates back to the '20s, a gangster named Mace Malone who vanished in 1924. Matt believed Mace had ties to the Illuminati.”
Hacker takes out a zip-top plastic bag with a folded piece of paper in it from his cat pocket before taking the paper out and handing it to Athena and Elisa.
Athena unfolded the letter and read it aloud, "DD, Our little society has racked up quite a nest egg. Every day I see the Silver Falcon, I have to smile. -Stay in touch, partner."
“The ink and the paper date correctly. Signature checks, too. The letter's legit. It's from Mace,” Hacker said.
“But how did Matt find it?” Athena asked.
“Who was DD? And what on Earth was the Silver Falcon?” Elisa questioned.
“Good questions. I wish I had answers,” Hacker responded.
"3150 Third Avenue. 45-D’,” Athena read aloud the address.
“A 70-year-old address. Not much to go on,” Elisa said.
“If you want some help, I…” Hacker offered.
“We can handle it. But thanks.”
Athena folds the letter back up and puts it in her jacket pocket. Hacker tipped his hat to them and walked away. Thre men dressed in suits approached Athena and Elisa. The two women recognized the man in the middle as the man who wrecked Matt’s apartment.
The man pulled out a gun and says, “Payback time.”
“Now, Broadway! Now!” Athena yelled, looking up at Cleopatra’s Needle.
“Who's she talking to?” One of the men asked.
Broadway jumps down from the top of the needle and lands in front of the men,
“She's talking to me.”
“You again! Plug him!” The unmasked man ordered the two men.
Before they could shoot, Broadway tackled the two men to the ground. The unmasked man tried to make a run for it, but Elisa and Athena aimed their guns at him.
“Stop, or we'll shoot!” Elisa yelled. The man stopped with his hands up and dropped the gun as turned around to face Elisa and Athena.
“Go ahead, boys. Knock yourselves out,” Broadway said as he picked up the two men and knocked them into each other.
Suddenly, a car was driving toward them with the headlights on. It drove in between the two women and the man. They slowed down enough for the man to jump into. Elisa and Athena fired a couple of shots at the car before they saw it speeding toward Broadway.
“Broadway, look out!” Athena warned him in a yell.
Broadway’s wings broke through the back of the coat and he jumped over the car just before it almost hit in.
“New York drivers!” Broadway shook his fist angrily at the car. He then walked over to Elisa and Athena, who were handcuffing the two men together, “How are we doing?”
“Not so good,” Elisa replied, “If our escaping friend overheard enough, the Illuminati will hit Mace Malone's office.”
“Then we just have to get there fast and first,” Athena said with a determined grin.
After a drive, Elisa and Athena arrived at the address that was in the letter. The two stood in front of the apartment. Elisa knocked on the door and a few seconds later, an old man answers.
“Oh. Come back tomorrow, young ladies. Business hours are between…” The old man began before Elisa and Athena showed him their badges.
“Police. May we come in, sir?” Athena asked.
“Of course. Please come in,” The old man stands aside and lets them in, “I’m Benton.”
“I know this is a long shot, Mr. Benton, but did you know that your office has a history?” Elisa asked the old man.
Athena saw from that out the large window, on the Apex towers across the building she was in, was Broadway perched on one of the falcon gargoyles.
“Yes, yes,” He answered, “A rather scandalous history, wouldn't you agree? That's why I rented this space. I'm something of a Mace Malone buff. All these years later, and the curious still flock to see 45-D. Why, just the other day a red-headed whippersnapper came by…”
“Was his name Matt Bluestone?” Athena inquired.
“Yes, it was. Odd fella. The moment he caught a glimpse of this, he ran outta here lickety-split,” Benton picked up a framed picture of two well-dressed men, “That's Mace. I can't identify the sharp-looking young fella there, but your friend Bluestone seemed particularly interested in him.”
Upon closer inspection of the picture, Elisa and Athena saw a monogrammed ‘DD’ on the lapel of the suit worn by the unidentified man.
“DD!” Elisa gasped.
“Do you know where this picture was taken?” Athena inquired.
“That was the Silver Falcon nightclub, Mace's pride and joy. It stood on First Avenue and Eighth. Been torn down for ages now,” Benton explained as Elisa got his coat and placed it on his shoulders, “Young woman, what are you doing?”
“No time to explain, sir. But 45-D just isn't safe tonight,” She told him as she, Athena, and Mr. Benton walked out of the room.
Athena writes down a number on a piece of paper and hands it to him, “When you call that number, you'll get Captain Chavez. Fill her in. Tell her there are two thugs cuffed to a grate by Cleopatra's Needle. And tell her we said send backup to First and Eighth.”
Elisa and Athena run down the hall and rush out of the building to meet Broadway on the ground in an alley.
Thunder and lighting scattered throughout the night clouds. Broadway landed in front of the building before he placed Athena and Elisa on the ground.
“First and Eighth. You sure this is the place?” He asked them.
“Only one way to find out,” Elisa responded.
With their guard up, the three ventured toward the abandoned building. The door was locked with a chain, but Broadway broke it like a twig. They slowly opened the door before they walked into the building. As they walked further in, the trio noticed light coming from a large open hatch in the floor.
Broadway let out a gasp and Athena holds a finger to her lips, signaling him to be quiet before the three of them walked down the step. When they were down in the cellar, they saw one man watching to other men using laser weapons to drill a brick wall.
“You'll rest when I tell you to rest, not before,” Glasses told the two men.
“I know that guy from somewhere,” Broadway said.
“He's called "Glasses," and he's Anthony Dracon's right-hand man,” Athena informed him.
“Dracon!” Broadway’s eyes glow with anger at the mention of Dracon’s name, “I hate that guy!”
“He's not one of my and Athena’s favorites either. But what does he have to do with the Illuminati?” Elisa questioned.
Athena notices a man blindfolded and tied to a chair In the corner of the room before realizing who it is.
“There's Matt,” Athena said to Broadway and Elisa as she pointed to him.
Glasses signals the two men to stop and they turn to him, “Our overdue guests have finally arrived.”
Glasses turn around swiftly and hold out a remote control before pressing the button. Broadway, Elisa, and Athena heard two beeps before an explosion caused a cave-in on them.
“So much for the cavalry, Bluestone. That was your partners we just buried,” Glasses told him with a smirk on his face.
“Wha...?!” Matt gasped in horror.
Underneath the rubble of the cave-in, Broadway was holding up what he can to prevent it from falling on top of Athena, Elisa, and himself. Broadway’s glowing eyes were providing him with some light.
“You all right, Broadway?” Athena asked him, concern in her voice.
“I've had better nights,” He replied.
“I've got a pocket flashlight,” Elisa said before she coughs, “Not much air in here. Tell me those claws of yours can dig us out.”
“I... don't think so,” Broadway said. His eyes suddenly stopped glowing. Elisa takes out her flashlight and shines it on Broadway. Athena and Elisa then discover Broadway turned to stone and realized that the sun must be up.
“Uh oh,” Elisa muttered, “You did your best, Broadway.”
“Now it's our turn,” Athena said, “Just stay safe, Broadway.”
The two women found some loose rubble and carefully removed them. Meanwhile, The two men untie Matt from the chair, his hands tied behind his back, and keep their hold on him.
“Dracon tells you to eighty-six Mace Malone's letter, so you bury Maza and Wyvern alive?” Matt questioned him, “Smart, Glasses. Real smart.”
“No one will ever read it in there,” Glasses said as one of the men removed Matt’s blindfold.
“Thing is, you don't know for sure she had it on her. What happens when you tell Tony it's done and the letter shows up somewhere else?”
Inside the cave-in, Athena and Elisa notice a hole of light coming through the rubble and know that someone was removing the rubble from the outside.
“Must be our lucky day,” Elisa said before turning to Broadway, “But it won't be yours, not if they find you.”
“Sorry, Broadway,” Athena apologized, “But this is the best we can do right now.”
Elisa and Athena kick a wooden beam that was holding up some of the rubble. After they kicked it, the rubble fell and covered Broadway. Elisa and Athena cough from the debris as they climbed up out of the cave-in before the two men grabbed ahold of them.
“No sign of the big guy in the trench coat. He must be in deep,” The second man said as he looked down the hole.
“Forget him. I got what I wanted,” Glasses said as he tossed aside Athena and Elisa’s guns and found the letter in Athena’s jacket pocket. He then tore the letter.
“You all right?” Matt asked Athena and Elisa.
“I've had better nights,” Elisa replied.
“Trust me, I’ve survived worst,” Athena replied.
Suddenly, the old elevator reached the cellar, and the doors open to reveal Tony Dracon, with a white streak in his hair, and a few of his goons.
“Hi, gang,” Dracon greeted as he and his goons walked over to them, “Glasses, don't just stand there. Grab yourself a drill and dig in.”
“Uh... Sure, boss. Sure,” Glass complied before picking up a drill and started working on the wall with the two other men.
“First Bluestone, then Maza and Wyvern. This is like a cop convention,” Dracon smirked at the three detectives.
“Digging under the Silver Falcon must cost a bundle, Tony,” Matt said before asking, “You sure you'll still come out ahead?”
“Twenty times over,” Dracon said, in front of Matt’s face, “The uncut stones Mace and my grandfather stole are worth millions,” He then walked over to one of his goons and says in a hushed voice, “Once we're finished, remind me to bury them together.”
“His grandfather?” Athena asked Matt.
“Dominic Dracon,” He replied.
“DD? The man in the picture?” Elisa asked.
“Right. Seems DD and Mace were partners in a jewel heist. Mace disappeared without splitting the take,” Matt explained.
“Gangsters squabbling over loot? Not exactly Illuminati material,” Elisa noted.
“Tell me about it. I found the letter months ago. A search warrant turned it up in Dracon's files. I jumped to the wrong conclusions about the Illuminati. And, worse... I didn't bring you in on it. I'm sorry, partner,” Matt apologized to Athena and Elisa.
“It happens sometimes,” Elisa said, accepting his apology.
“It could be worse,” Athena added.
The drills break through the wall and the bricks tumble to reveal a tall safe.
“Now, that's what I call pay dirt. Don't stop now, boys. Make my night complete,” Dracon ordered.
Glasses fires the laser at the door, causing it to open. But there was nothing in it, except a folded piece of paper.
Dracon picks up the paper and unfolds it before reading aloud, “Right idea, wrong falcon. Better luck next time, partner. Love, Mace."
Dracon crumbles the paper in his hand before throwing it with an angry yell. Athena and Elisa share a look of realization and know something that Dracon didn’t
“Tony, Tony. Don't get mad,” Athena advised him, having an ace up her sleeve Not when you can still get even. I know where Malone stashed your family jewels. So does Elisa.”
“Wyvern, don't play with me,” Dracon warned her.
“It's not a game. It's a negotiation,” Athena told him as she walked toward him, “You want those stones, you have to let Detective Bluestone, Maza, and me go free.”
“OK, Wyvern. We have a deal,” Dracon then shook hands with Athena, “My word as a Dracon.”
“Great,” She said.
“After you... sugar. Where are we going?” Dracon asked as they all went into the elevator.
“Pace yourself, Tony. I'll take you there. But it's a little too public for broad daylight. We wait for dark,” Athena told him.
Two of the goons closed the elevator doors and the elevator went up.
When the sunsets, Dracon, a few of his goons, Elisa, Athena, and Matt, handcuffed, flew in a helicopter. The helicopter hovered high in the sky next to Apex tower. Elisa was telling Matt about what she and Athena did the previous night that led them to their current predicament.
“He blew up my apartment? D'ah! Elisa, Athena, you two know as soon as you two show him the jewels, our lives aren't worth beans,” Matt told them.
“Don't worry. We called for backup…” Elisa said.
“We hope,” Athena added, in a mutter.
“OK, move it, honeys,” Dracon told Athena and Elisa before the three of them jumped onto the ledge of the tower. He then showed them the gun in his jacket pocket, “No more sweet talk, Maza, Wyvern. It's do or die time.”
“Behind you, Tony. What do you see?” Athena asked.
Dracon looked over his shoulder and saw the building with Malcone’s office in it before turning back to the two detectives, “Malone's old office. What about it?”
“Quite a view Mace had. Last night, Athena and I checked it out,” Elisa said as she and Athena walked past Dracon and stepped onto one of the falcon gargoyles.
“All we saw was a dingy old skyscraper and a few gargoyles,” Athena added. They then got on their hands and knees to crawl on the falcon, Elisa in front of Athena, before reaching the falcon’s head.
“But wipe away 70 years' worth of soot,” Elisa wiped the eye of the falcon with her jacket sleeve to reveal silver, “And you might just see what Mace saw.”
“A falcon. A silver falcon,” Dracon said. Elisa then reached inside the mouth of the falcon and pulled out a satchel. The two turned around and crawled into the middle of the falcon. Dracon smiles at them, “Maza, Wyvern, you two are beautiful.”
Elisa and Athena take a look inside the satchel and find something that they were not expecting before Elisa closed it.
“So are your stones, Tony,” Elisa said.
“We had a deal. Once I have the gems, I'll let you go. Trust me,” Dracon stretched out his arm for Elisa to hand the satchel over.
“Trust you?” Athena questioned him, skepticism dripping from her voice.
“Look down, sugars,” He said, “You see any other options here?”
Elisa and Athena look down to see Broadway on one of the window ledges below them.
“As a matter of fact, we do,” Elisa said.
Elisa and Athena nodded to each other before they jumped off the side of the falcon. Broadway caught them and pulled them onto the ledge with him.
“No! Go! Go! Get us down there fast!” Dracon yelled, running onto the helicopter, “Maybe we can scoop up some gems off the street.”
The helicopter then flew away from the falcons and went down to the street. Not noticing Broadway, Elisa, and Athena on a window ledge.
“I did it, Athena, Elisa. I figured out where the falcon was,” Broadway said with a smile on his face.
“We knew you would, Broadway,” Athena said, smiling too.
“Now it's Matt who needs a hand. We'll be OK. Go!” Elisa told him.
Broadway jumps off the ledge to go help rescue Matt, while Athena and Elisa stay behind on the ledge. They watched Broadway slam his fist into the helicopter, forcing it to land. Fortunately, it didn’t crash land. A bright light engulfs Athena as uses her shapeshifting abilities to transform herself into her gargoyle self.
“Hop on,” Athena said to Elisa before she jumps on her back.
Athena dugs her claws into the building as she climbs up to the top. When they were both safely on the ledge, Athena turned back to normal and would have fallen to her knees if Elisa hadn’t caught her.
“Thanks,” She said to Elisa, “Don’t know why, but shapeshifting always takes a lot of out me.”
“You both have indomitable spirits,” Benton said, stepping out of the shadows, dressed in a suit and holding a gun at Elisa and Athena, “Detective Maza, Detective Wyvern. I always admire that in my opponents.”
“Hello, Dominic,” Elisa greeted, holding Athena up, “We were wondering when you'd show again.”
“I'm impressed. How long have you known?” He asked.
“Ever since your grandson's men set a trap to bury us. You were the only one who knew we were going there,” Elisa explained.
“My humble apologies. It's just that I've been waiting so long to get these jewels. I tore Mace's nightclub down to find 'em. It was Tony's idea to look under the foundation, for all the good that did. But let's make a fresh start. Hand over the satchel and no harm will come to both of you,” Dominic offered a deal.
“Your word as a Dracon? I don't think so,” Elisa throws the satchel onto the falcon.
“No!” Dominic drops the gun and rushes onto the falcon.
Elisa helps Athena lean against the wall before she jumps onto the falcon as Dominic crawls toward the satchel and opens it. The contents of the satchel were not was Dominic was hoping they were.
“What's this? Marbles?!” He pulls out a handful of marbles before reading the letter inside the satchel aloud, “‘I feel sorry for you, DD. You still haven't learned crime doesn't pay. Your old partner, Mace." Mace! No! No! No!”
“Come on, Dominic. Let's get you out of the cold,” Elisa said as she helped Dominic up and walked with him toward the ledge.
Early in the morning, after the sun has risen, cop cars fill the area. Dominic, Dracon, and his goons were arrested and are escorted into a police van. Athena was sitting on the rear of the ambulance as she was getting checked by the paramedics. Matt and Elisa walked over to her.
“So, what did the paramedics say?” Elisa asked.
“It was just some fatigue and to get some rest,” Athena replied.
“Thanks for everything,” Matt said, “You two pulled it off.”
“We pulled it off…” Elisa said. When Matt leaves, Athena and Elisa look up at Broadway, in his stone sleep, perched on a window ledge, “Partner.”
Chapter 20: Eye of The Beholder
Elisa and Athena were walking out of a store, each carrying two large bags in their arms. As they placed the bags in the back seat of Elisa’s car, they heard a scream. They looked over at Wilkin's Grocery across the street. Something was thrown through the store window, breaking the glass as the store's door flew open, Mr. Wilkin's running away as fast as he could. The lights in the store then went out. Drawing their guns, the two made their way across the street.
Elisa and Athena peered into the darkness. Near the back of the store, they could hear the rattling of cans and other groceries. They slowly walked into the store, careful to avoid any of the fallen groceries. The noises got louder and louder until the two were certain they were close to whatever was in the store. The two took a breath before turning the corner and gasped at what they saw.
“Oh, man,” Athena muttered.
A large creature that could only describe as some sort of werewolf was kneeling on the ground, tearing away what looked like Mr. Wilkin's whole chickens. Its fur was bright red, save for a strange blue patch over the thing's left eye. A metallic glint around the thing's neck revealed a sort of necklace, almost like a medallion of some sort.
"Police freeze!” Elisa demanded.
The creature snarled loudly at them before darting behind the store racks. Elisa and Athena went after the creature. They turned to the corner and aimed their guns past the rack, expecting to find the creature, but they didn’t. The creature appeared next to them from the third rack, catching them by surprise. Its claw then swiped at them, knocking the gun from their hands. Elisa and Athena were backed up against the counter. The creature then swiped at them again, but the two dodged the claw and landed next to the stacked sacks of flour. Thinking fast, Athena threw the sack into the creature’s face with an explosion of white powder.
As the creature wiped the flour from its face, Athena and Elisa scrambled for their guns. Just as they managed to find it, bright lights and police sirens gained their attention. They turned around, seeing a few cop cars were in front of the store and the cops aiming their guns at the store. Elisa and Athena quickly turned their attention back to the creature, but it had mysteriously vanished.
Later on, news vans arrived to report the most recent sighting of the creature that’s been terrorizing New York since the beginning of the month. After giving their statements, Elisa and Athena were cleaning the flour out of their hair.
Morgan walked over to them and said, “Happy Halloween. I can't get through a shift without mopping up after that thing.”
“Yeah. Every night's trick or treat in the Big Apple,” Elisa responded before she and Athena got into her car and drove away.
All through the streets of Manhattan, little children were running around in amazing costumes, arms laden with bulging sacks of candy. Far above them in the clock tower, the gargoyles began to awake from their stone slumber. Their stone skin cracked loudly before they awoke. Elisa, Athena, and Jason managed to get up to the clocktower and were able to watch the gargoyles wake up from the balcony doorway.
“Oh, Halloween! Tonight is the night. I can hardly wait,” Lexington said as he jumped off his perch.
“We can walk around the streets, and nobody will know who we are,” Brooklyn said with the same excitement as Lexington.
“Better yet, no one will know what we are,” Broadway added.
“Hi, guys,” Elisa said, gaining their attention as she approached them, “Got a minute?”
While Elisa was talking to Goliath out on the balcony, Athena was inside with Jason and the rest of the clan. Athena was giving Brooklyn, Broadway, and Lexington their costumes.
"Alright," Athena began, holding one of the bags out, "One WWI fighter pilot costume for Lexington."
Lexington took the costume with a large grin of anticipation on his face.
"One Crime Noir detective costume for Broadway." She continued, holding out the second bag.
Broadway snagged his costume, already pulling it from the bag to pull it on.
"And one pirate costume for Brooklyn," She concluded, holding up the final bags.
“What do you think Elisa and Goliath are talking about?” Lexington wondered, “Do you know, Athena?”
“I think I do,” She replied.
“Is it about those sightings?” Broadway inquired. Athena nodded, “What happened?”
“Last night, Elisa and I were grabbing your costumes when we saw Mr. Wilkin running out of his store. We went in and found this creature that looked like a werewolf. It managed to claw our guns out of our hands. I hit it with a sack of flour before Elisa and I went to grab our guns. We got distracted by the cop car arriving on the scene and the creature got away,” Athena finished telling them what had happened the night before.
“Did anyone get hurt?” Brooklyn asked.
“Aside from a few whole chickens and Mr. Wilkin’s store, no,” She answered, “The Halloween street party starts a little later tonight. Once Elisa and I are done at the precinct, we’ll all head out.”
After Elisa and Goliath came in from the balcony, Elisa and Athena went down to the precinct to see if the police had found anything on the creature behind the attacks during the month. While Jason went down to the library with Goliath. Down in the precinct, Elisa and Athena had gotten a call. When Elisa answered it, the person on the other line told them where to find the creature from Mr. Wilkin’s store before hanging up. The two women looked at each other before heading over to the library to inform Goliath and Jason.
“Father? Jason?” Athena called them as she and Elisa walked through the library.
They eventually found the two, Goliath was sitting on a ladder and reading a book while Jason was looking for a book in the bookcase.
“We just got an anonymous tip about where to find... whatever that thing was that Athena and I tangled with earlier,” Elisa informed them, “I think after what we saw, Athena and I might need back-up.”
Goliath looked down at the open book in his hands, the book was open on a page about Werewolves, before closing it, “Etrigan and I will come with you.”
“Good,” Athena commented before nodding to her husband.
“ Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!”
A fire consumed Jason and when it ceased, Etrigan stood in Jason’s place.
“On All Hallows Eve, a night for tricks and treats. The creature's reign of terror on this night will cease," Etrigan declared.
The four made their way to the roof of the library, the way Goliath had gotten in before Goliath picked up Elisa and Etrigan picked up Athena. Goliath and Etrigan then jumped off and flew off in the direction of where Elisa and Athena said they could find the creature. The four soon near the meat depot and saw the creature jump out from a window. It landed on the loading dock below and began panting heavily. As it stood there, two silhouettes appeared in the sky. The creature looked up at the sky just as Goliath landed a kick right in the creature’s face. The creature went stumbling back into boxes as Etrigan landed next to Goliath.
As Goliath and Eitrgan set Elisa and Athena down, the creature bursts from the boxes before jumping onto Goliath’s back. Goliath stumbles backward as he tries to grab onto the creature. Etrigan pulls the creature off of Goliath and tosses it into the garage door. It hits the ground, knocked out. The four cautiously walk toward the creature, Elisa and Athena aiming their guns at it. Xanatos landed behind the unconscious creature, wearing his exo-suit that appeared to have taken some damage. Without hesitation, Elisa aimed her gun right at the man.
“Xanatos! What are you doing here?” Elisa asked.
“This is a private matter,” Xanatos replied, approaching the creature, “I'd appreciate no interference.”
“Is this another of your mutated victims?” She questioned.
“Let's just say I feel a certain responsibility for it,” Xanatos reaches for the amulet.
The second he touches the amulet, electricity runs through him and he screams in pain. Goliath and Etrigan quickly shield Elisa and Athena before moving away as Xanatos goes flying into the boxes.
"Goliath!" Elisa called.
The creature goes to attack Goliath, but he manages to interlock his claws with the creature’s and the two were now wrestling for control.
"You don't have to fight us," Goliath said, shoving the creature off him, "If Xanatos is your enemy, then believe me. We are your friends."
The creature jumps and knocks Goliath down and runs into a dark alley.
"Wait!" Goliath called after it. There was a crash and trash can rolled out from the dark. Xanatos turns to see Athena, Etrigan, and Elisa turned on him. The women were both aiming their guns at him and Etrigan was glaring at him.
"Your not going anywhere, Xanatos," Elisa told him.
"Sorry, business. You understand," Xanatos said before taking off into the air.
Elisa looked sadly at the ground. Athena wrapped her arm on Elisa’s shoulders out of comfort because she knew that the creature was reminding her of her brother Derek.
“Goliath, that poor creature must have been human once. Just like my brother. Xanatos wants the jewel around her neck. We have to gather all the gargoyles and make sure we get it before he does,” Elisa said.
Goliath looks up at the sky, seeing Xanatos’s silhouette in the moonlight near the Eyrie building, “Perhaps we should find out the truth.”
The two women climbed onto the back of Goliath and Etrigan before they climbed up the wall. When they reached the roof, Elisa and Athena hopped off their backs and were picked up by them before flying off to the Eyrie Building. Xanatos landed on the top of the Eyrie building, where he was greeted by Owen.
"It would appear that Plan B was unsuccessful,” Owen commented as they walked down the steps into the courtyard.
“True. But now plan C is in place. Goliath and company are, as usual, determined to thwart me,” Xanatos said, “They'll pull out all the stops to get the Eye from Fox before I do. They'll do all my work for me.”
“I fail to see how it will be any easier to get the Eye from the gargoyles than from Fox.”
"Your manipulations have failed, Xanatos," Goliath snarled. Xanatos watched as Goliath and Etrigan landed in front of him with Elisa and Athena in their arms before setting them down, “I don't suppose you have a plan D? This time we won't be your pawns, Xanatos. Come. We're done here.”
Goliath, Etrigan, Elisa, and Athena begin walking away.
“Wait,” Xanatos called. They stopped and turned to face him, “This situation is out of my control. I thought I could handle it, but... The creature you saw? It's Fox. She's been affected by the jewel she wears. Legend says the Eye of Odin is supposed to endow the wearer with power and insight. I had no idea it had metamorphic capabilities.”
“Perhaps it can give you some insight into Fox's real character. It seems to have made her more like herself,” Goliath said.
“Goliath, please…” Xanatos began.
“Don't listen to him,” Elisa told Goliath, “It's a trick. He couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it.”
“But my life doesn't depend on this. It's Fox's life we're talking about,” Xanatos told them.
“I have no more love for Fox than I have for you. Even if what you say is true, why should I help her?” Goliath asked him.
“Because you know what it means to lose someone you love,” He replied.
“Don't even think about it, Goliath. Can't you see? This is his plan D. If it fails, he'll move on to E or F,” Elisa said.
“A noble effort, Xanatos. But another failure. Not a good night for you,” Goliath said as he and Etrigan picked up Elisa and Athena before leaving the Eyrie building. Down in the streets of Manhattan, the block party was in full swing. All around, people were in so many different costumes. The trio’s costumes were the most popular since so many people thought they were wearing two costumes.
Elisa, wearing Belle’s golden dress and having her hair done in the hairstyle, walked arm in arm with Goliath. Athena was dressed as Esmerelda and had a bright scarf in her hair. Jason was dressed as Phoebus which was achieved by casting a spell on his knight armor to change its appearance for the night. Athena and Jason were also walking arm in arm.
The two couples walked into an area where other couples were dancing. They bowed and curtsied to their partners before dancing gracefully across the street. As they danced, Broadway, Brooklyn, and Lexington watched with happy expressions.
"They should have Halloween more often," Lexington commented.
"Yeah…" Brooklyn agreed.
“You look so beautiful,” Jason commented on Athena as they danced.
“Thank you,” Athena replied, “You don’t look so bad yourself.”
“I still remember our first waltz. You looked so beautiful in your gown and the white lilies that were in your hair,” He reminisced, smiling, “I was so speechless when I first saw you. I was also nervous as I walked up to ask you to dance. And you are still as beautiful as the day we met.”
“You are such a romantic,” Athena smiled, “I was also nervous when you walked up to me that night, but that nervous feeling stopped when we danced.”
“I knew from the moment my eyes first fell on you that I wanted to marry you,” Jason said, “I love you, Athena Blood.”
“I love you too, Jason Blood.”
After a few minutes of dancing, Goliath and Elisa walked away, while Athena and Jason continued to dance until they heard a howl. They run over in the direction of the howl. They turned into an alley just as a man wearing a werewolf costume ran out. They turned their attention back toward the alley and saw Goliath and Elisa standing there.
Having a good idea of what might have happened, neither Jason nor Athena asked questions as they walked into the alley, joining Goliath and Elisa.
“Things are not always what they seem,” Goliath said.
“What do you mean, father?” Athena inquired.
“What if Xanatos was telling the truth?” He wondered, “What if that thing is Fox? And she's dying?”
“You can't believe anything he says,” Elisa told him.
“I know. But that creature is still a danger to my castle, my city. And if Xanatos speaks the truth, if someone like him can love, perhaps there still is hope for this world,” Goliath said.
“You're gonna help him, aren't you?” She asked.
“Yes,” He replied.
"Good," Xanatos's voice came from behind. The four all turn to see Xanatos standing in a trench coat over a smaller, blue version of his exo-suit.
“How did you find us?” Elisa asked.
Xanatos walked over and pulled a tracking chip off Goliath’s shoulder, “Old habits die hard,” He pulled out a small device, which had Fox's location broadcasting on the screen, "She's not far.”
The four then followed Xanatos out of the alley and back toward the party. Screaming came and they hurried towards a building that had food in where they could hear Fox inside. Lexington, Brooklyn, and Broadway were about to go in to fight her.
"Stay here. We'll handle it." Goliath told the three as Elisa and Athena pulled out their guns.
Goliath went in first and Elisa and Athena followed with Jason, with his sword unsheathed, and Xanatos right behind them. They stop in the middle of the building and look around. Elisa and Athena take out their guns. Xanatos closed the door behind them.
They walked a little further into the building. A shadow jumps onto a railing above them and they look up to see the creature standing on the balcony as it roars. The creature jumps towards them and Goliath and Jason pull the two women out of the way. The creature tackles Xanatos to the ground.
Goliath quickly runs towards the creature and pulls it off Xanatos. He pulls the creature away and Elisa points her gun. Xanatos grabs her gun, as well as Athena’s, and squashes the guns so they were unable to be used. The creature throws Goliath off of itself and out of the building. The creature heads out the door. Lexington, Brooklyn, and Broadway were with Goliath as he stood as the creature ran towards him.
“Gone, gone the form of man, Rise the demon Etrigan!” Jason spoke. Flames engulfed him and he was transformed into Etrigan.
"Real monsters!" People were shouting as Athena, Etrigan, and Elisa ran outside and watch as the creature jumps on the car and jumps onto a building.
Goliath jumps on the vehicle and starts climbing the building after it. Elisa turned and saw Xanatos pulling off his jacket to show he was wearing a new jacket. Elisa ran towards him and she threw her arms around his neck. Xanatos looked surprised.
"I trust you more than I can throw you, Xanatos," Elisa said.
"I don't have time to argue," Xanatos said as he wrapped his arm around her and he took off.
Athena looked at Etrigan, “We can’t let them have all the fun, now, can we?”
Etrigan merely nodded in reply before they two rushed over toward the wall. Athena climbed onto his back and he started climbing the wall. Elisa, Xanatos, Athena, and Etrigan got onto the roof at the same time. Elisa lets go of Xanatos while Athena lets go of Etrigan as the Creature jumps in front of them.
"Fox. I know your in there. It’s David," Xanatos said.
The creature approaches and it was breathing hard. The creature’s eyes seemed to go back to Fox's eyes. The creature's eyes land on Elisa they go back to the creature's eyes as it growls. The creature then lunges at her.
Elisa ducked as Goliath grabs the creature from attacking her. Goliath throws the creature into a sign and it hits the ground. Elisa, Athena, Etrigan, and Xanatos turn as the Creature gets up.
"We need to get that necklace off her," Athena said as Goliath gets up, eyes glowing. Goliath runs towards the creature and slams it into the sign. It roars in pain as it was electrocuted by the sign
"Now, Xanatos!" Goliath called. Xanatos runs over and grabs the necklace. Elizabeth runs to help as Goliath and Xanatos yell in pain. The power sends them all flying. Xanatos hits the ground, clutching the necklace in his hand. Elisa, Athena, and Etrigan rush over to Goliath.
They look towards the creature as it screams in pain. The creature falls to the ground, huffing in pain as it turns back into Fox. She was breathing hard with no clothes on and falls to the ground. Elisa pulls off her skirt as she runs to Fox's side. Elisa wraps the skirt around Fox as a helicopter sound comes and lands.
“She's alive. The Eye. Give it to me,” Goliath said.
Xanatos looks at the Eye of Odin in his hand, “A trade?”
“Let's just say... I don't trust you with it,” He replied.
“So now you know my weakness,” Xanatos said as he hands the Eye of Odin to Goliath.
“Only you would regard love as a weakness,” Goliath said.
Xanatos walked over to Fox and picks her up. Elisa got up and walked over to Goliath, Athena, and Etrigan as the trio joined them up on the roof.
"Goliath?" Broadway asked.
"It's all over. Let's go home," Goliath said.
Goliath picked up Elisa and Etrigan picked up Athena before they all took off towards the clock tower.