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The story begins in a wing of a hospital reserved for coma patients. A large room containing six people varying in age, gender and race is playing host to a visiting nurse making her rounds. Silently, her footfalls no louder than the low mishmash of beeps of the patients’ heart rate monitor, she moves from person to person recording vitals and cleaning where necessary. Finishing, she turns to leave when the rooms peaceful atmosphere is interrupted by the high pitch tone of a flatline. Rushing to the patients side, she begins to call for assistance and a crash cart, but the cry has barely left her lips when another device registers a flatline, and another, and another. One by one each of the six people, die. She begins to panic, and even before the bizarre nature of what just happen has had a chance to sink in, the monitors all halt their shrieking and the regular sound of a stable heartbeat begins again. All she hears though, is one single loud regular pulse, and as she turns slowly panic fades and the hair begins to stand up on her neck as the realization that every heartbeat is in perfect sync. What happens next removes panic completely, and fear takes its place. All at once, each body sits up, turns and leaves the bed, stands and takes a few steps forward assembling in a spaced circle. The nurse stands terrified in the middle, looking from one face to the next she’s greeted with closed eyes, but behind the lids a sickly yellow light glows. Again as one, the mouths of the patients open and a vile blackened yellow ichor floods out splattering the floor all around her. This is to much for even a hardened nurse and, screaming, she hunches forward as she runs between a gap and out of the room passing the doctor and crash cart team that had been summoned earlier.
Dani, being the only surviving member of Circus Stupendous and having come into a fair bit of money after completing the job at the end of story 1, has purchased a run down warehouse in the mostly abandoned coastal business district. She’s made the underground loading and assembling area a home for both her and the remaining members of the team formed back during story 1. Having taken one of the larger rooms available as her own she’s added her own touches her and there, the newest additions being her rusty, world war 1 replica motorcycle with sidecar and a pair of bullwhips take from the broken and bloody body of her former boss and ringmaster of Circus Stupendous. Having just finished a practice session above in the main warehouse she descends in time to see Tesla fire through air out of the janitorial closet, screeching as her smoking body arcs across the room slamming into the worn stained couch in its center with enough momentum left to flip the piece of furniture backwards. Dani glances into the closet trying to see through the smoke coming out of the tunnel excavated by the crazed child genius that leads to Tesla’s “custom built room”. Glancing away and towards the couch, a pair of short legs stick up towards the ceiling, the smell of smoke and ozone fill the air.
Rising to join the legs, a child’s hand wearing over-sized gloves curls into a thumbs up.
Behind Dani, coming down the stairs, appears Mason who has been crashing here after a few slip ups caused him to be evicted from his cheap apartment he never paid for. He called it “looking for other non paying opportunities” the rest of the world called it slumming. His cheap, but tailored, suit was a bit rumpled and the scene before him caused a frown to appear on his face but otherwise, nothing seemed out of the ordinary for these two.
mason’s phone rings. Sisters on the phone. Skip to fredrich
Friedrich is being greeted by a doctor in a hospital and given the results of tests taken earlier in the week. Doctor hears screaming. Skip to cynthia
Cynthia on west coast, receives a dream a week earlier, indicates trouble in new york that could spread to the world. Gathers things and begins the long drive to new york. Skip to marshal
Marshal is wandering the streets of new york and just enjoying being able to walk carrying all his gear without causing alarm since it’s halloween. Here’s a loud scream in the distance coming from the direction of the hospital nearby. Skip to mason/dani/tesla
Mason answer phone, his sister is on the line. In a panic and has locked herself in a closet. Mason can hear noises of “creatures” on the other side gathers the group to go to his sisters aid and heads to the hospital, mason in a stolen car, dani and tesla in the motorcycle. Skip to cynthia
Dreams leading up to today have given her little except that she might find the trouble at a hospital. Nearing the end of her list she begins to approach one of the largest ones. Hers a screaming coming from that direction and begins to head that way. Encounters evil clown that seems to threaten her with a giant hammer. Knocks over then kills clown. clown/hammer dissolve into yellow/black ichor.
Marshal is walking down sidewalk and is confronted by a mummy coming around the corner out of alley. Determines mummy is real. Using revolver fires twice. One going through the open mouth of the mummy tearing out a chunk of the back of the neck as it exits, the second a failed dragon fire round that reverts to regular bullet goes through the chest. The mummy continues forward. Using his rifle as a club, targets the head and bats it off and through the window of the nearby storefront which kill it. Mummy dissolves into ichor.
Friedrich in hospital room, doctor goes to investigate, hears the doctor scream. Friedrich goes to investigate and encounters a xenomorph from Aliens as it crawls across ceiling and attacks. Friedrich is quickly dispatched and the xenomorph dissolves into the ichor and invades friedrichs nose/mouth/ears as Friedrich passes out.
Mason/tesla/dani abandon vehicles as the come upon streets leading up to the hospital full of abandoned cars. From around a set of cars come 5 giant spiders. Dani attacks, tesla tries to ensnare but being denied a target instead sits down and pouts. Mason flees to the side and gets into an abandoned taxi using it as a fortified position takes a few shots at the spiders. Three spiders killed, mostly by dani. Two remaining surround her. Mason tries to start taxi using lucky quarter jammed into ignition but botches. Electrical systems fry, burning the quarter as the charge travels up his arm, numbing it. The airbag deploys and the car alarm as well as all the car alarms in a 5 car radius go off. The spiders change targets and turn towards mason in the taxi. In the distance, human figures are visible. As the car alarms continue, movement is seen coming towards the group. Various shapes rise and fall as they maneuver between the abandoned cars. Whatever is coming, it will be here soon.
Chapter 1 ends.