Frank woke up with a hangover in the back of a police car. He was handcuffed with the cuffs behind him. One of the officers said something in Spanish that Frank didn’t understand. The other officer in the front of the car said, “just relax. We will be at the border soon.” Frank said, “you can’t do this. I have rights I can fight extradition.” The English-speaking officer said, “you don’t know your DEA, do you? You think you’re on your way to trial.” The other officer said in Spanish, “you’re on your way to a shallow grave in the desert.” Frank said, “I can pay you.” The second officer said, “with what? The feds took all your money.” Frank sat as far back in the seat as he could as the officers laughed. The English-speaking officer said, “they say your son was responsible for a terrorist level attack in your country with his drug.” The car came to a stop near a building in the middle of nowhere. The officers took Frank out and nearly carried him inside where he saw a well-lit concrete tunnel that ran north. Before they parted the English-speaking officer said, “just tell them what you know and who knows you might just live long enough to get the needle or electric chair.”
Standing in the rubble was the Scarlet Knight. Hendrick pulled his sword and started to go after Bill when he remembered the stories about Adam and Eve. Hendrick pointed to the city and yelled, “what happened?” Bill let the armor fade away. He looked at Hendrick then back to the ruins that were the city and said, “I think I just saw Adam, Eve and the Devil. I don’t know why he destroyed the city. He said he wanted me to witness something, but I don’t understand what.” The crowd parted, and Vot walked up to Hendrick and Bill. Vot turned to the soldiers and said, “to the west deep in the forest you will find an ancient city that will serve well as a new home, but none of you may enter the ruins.” One of the men walked up to the edge of the ruins and said, “no one tells my king no.” He put his leg over the border, and his leg dissolved. Hendrick remembered this from the barrier that blocked access to the old castle that was the foundation for his city. The Soldier fell into the field dissolving the rest of him down to the top of his boot that fell away with the foot inside. Hendrick pointed his sword toward the ancient city and said, “go, and I will join you when I’m done here.”
A large creature flew overhead. Bill looked around trying to see where he was. He walked over to the edge of what was a large plateau in the side of one of the mountains. The plateau was lined with stone with a large stone table in the middle and lined with stone chairs. There didn’t seem to be a way to get down or for people to get up to this place. Off in the distance, Bill could see something large moving in on the city. One of the shapes kicked the wall as pieces flew into the sky. Bill became the Scarlet Knight and took off into the sky on the way to the city. He passed a group of people as he passed over their heads. One of them seemed familiar, but that didn’t make any sense. He passed by and sped up. The closer he got, the more he could see it was a man and a woman. They had to be over thirty-foot tall and completely naked. The man was swinging a tree trunk as the woman was stomping on people in the street. Bill reached his top speed and collided with the man knocking him down. The woman swung connecting with the Knight sending him into the keep.
William woke up by the lake not understanding what just happened. One minute he was in front of two legends the next he was here. He remembered handing Adam the bottle then Adam turned the bottle and him hitting the ground. His last memory was of Eve saying something about your end, but that didn’t make any sense. As he sat there, he saw a group of women and children making their way into the woods on the other side of the lake. He started to follow when an intense flash of light came from the city then the light turned red, and the ground shook. He said to himself, “follow them and see where they are going? Go back to the city? Go back to the new kingdom? What should I do?” William left the lake and made his way back to the ancient Roman city to see what happened after he was gone. He went a long way around to avoid the city, but from a ridge, he could see the aftermath of the light, but he couldn’t see the city all he could see was a large bloom of smoke where the city should be. He turned to the ancient city and ran. At the base of the ridge overlooking the ancient city, he could see ruins and blood. He fell into a hole in the path that turned out to be a footprint. The footprints became smaller as he got closer to the city. At what was the entrance to the city he found the first of the bodies. A child of maybe nine or ten was crucified on an improvised cross. The body was broken as if something squeezed the life out of it.
Tina was going around asking if anyone knew anything about the Scarlet Knight when she noticed a change in the city. She rounded a block and saw her first swastika. The street was lined with white swastika banners and covered in white rose peddles. She followed the peddles back to the center of town where the signs of a gathering were being cleaned. A woman with a broom stopped sweeping and asked Tina, “are you going to the war miss?” Tina walked over to her trying not to become the knight. She asked, “what war?” The woman said, “The king is going to war with the castle……. something about…… I don’t know… Jews?” Tina looked around at the empty cases and a few of the rifles that were left behind. The woman said to Tina, “he wants to beat the American to make up for the loss and someone called Hitler’s plans.” Of in the distance, they heard the mines going off decimating the trees around the castle. Tina ran to the main gate and the sounds of the battle. The woman dropped her broom and changed back into the Deceiver happy with doing his job.
Vot opened a folding beach chair on a hill overlooking the castle as Hendrick’s army moved in. He was in a blue Hawaiian shirt with brown and green palm trees, white cargo shorts, and a straw hat. He opened another chair then sat down in the first. Cathern walked over to the other chair and sat down. She handed Vot a glass with a yellow drink with chunks of pineapple and an umbrella. Vot looked at the glass and asked, “so my dear kitty what do we have here?” Cathern smiled and said, “my piss little man, with a hint of pineapple.” Vot took a drink and said, “pineapple and rum.” Cathern whispered, “with a hint of piss.” Cathern took a sip from her glass then she put it down on a small table between the two chairs. Vot turned to Cathern and asked, “so tell me kitty, why are you here?” Cathern smiled. Vot shifted his head trying to understand her. He asked, “where have you been Cathern? It was your job to try and stop me but, where were you?” Cathern leaned in and said, “I see what you are doing, and I know.” Vot leaned in and asked, “what am I doing kitty?” Cathern leaned in and whispered something to Vot that made him smile.
Off in the distance, there was a bright white beam of light. Both Bill and Tina saw the beam. Bill was in his apartment while Tina was just outside the wall. In seventy-two years, Hendrick had never seen something like this. Bill turned to the Scarlet Knight and went to see what the light was. As he passed overhead, Tina turned to the Gold Knight and followed him. The Gold Knight couldn’t fly, but she could run. A mile away from the city, Bill saw a glint of gold on the ground. The Scarlet Knight dropped in the path of the Gold Knight and waited for her. Tina saw him land and knew he was waiting, so she sped up. She formed a spear, and as the Scarlet Knight came into view, she threw the spear at him. The Scarlet Knight formed his shield to block the spear, but the spear pierced the shield nearly hitting him in the shoulder. The Scarlet Knight dropped the shield and formed his sword as the Gold Knight came down with her sword. He stepped to the right and struck her across the chest, but the blade was still blunted from the assault the night before. The blow sent her bent over into the trees about ten feet away.
The next morning after a night of watching the castle, Bill watched the news to see when school was going to start back up after the event. The news was calling that night the event. The first hour was the usual talk about the fire then someone was interviewed about a head-on accident. She said how she tried to turn, but the other driver met her turn, and they connected. The youngest of her children said, “Sir Red saved us.” The mother leaned in and whispered something when a reporter asked, “who?” The mother mentioned a video her son watched as she put it, “all the time” about a group of knights in colored armor and one of the knights was named Sir Red, but he was the bad guy. The little boy looked angry when the news turned back to the news anchor who went on about the fire. The news went to a commercial and came back with a video from outside a strip mall near Chapel Hill Mall. She was talking about how the school system just rented most of the shops and would reopen next week. She also said how the state would allow students to move to charter schools or private schools. A knock at the door and Bill found Tina on the other side in a long winter coat. Bill opened the door and said, “I guess we have today off.” Tina opened her coat to show she had nothing but a bra and panties on. She said, “speaking of things being off.”
Tina sat on the floor next to her parents in their living room watching the news as they pull burnt bodies out of the school. When she left the school, it wasn’t on fire. The news was playing the story as a tragic accident with no overtones of what really happened. Tina looked at the phone then back to the television. Her mother took hold of the top of Tina’s head and lightly turned it to face her. She said, “it’s OK to worry and yes go call him.” Tina faked a “who do you mean” look, but her mother just said, “don’t play me the fool Tina I know all your friends and where you have been going at night, and I already know Bill.” Tina’s father growled a little. Tina looked back to the phone then back to the television then back to the phone. Before she could ask her mother said, “absolutely not. You are here for the night, and that is just that. I’m sure his parents feel the same way.” Tina closed her eyes and said, “Bill’s parents both left town a few days ago and……. They kicked him out of the house. His mother rented him a room at that motel near route Eight, but his mother basically disowned him saying she never wanted to have him.” Her father said, “I never liked either one of them. What kind of people do something like that.”
Bill was taken into a room in the police station and cuffed to a table. On his way in he saw several bottles of the water. The station had a strange smell and a vibe that made the place feel less than official. He could hear sounds from the room next to him. At first, it sounded like an officer was asking questions about the school then the tone turned odd. Muffled Voice, “how do I know you don’t have a weapon on you……… that bulge doesn’t look safe.” A zipping sound then sounds of smacking. The Muffled Female voice, “I had no idea a fifteen-year-old could be so big……. Oh, fuck me hard you bad, bad little boy.” Then a door opened and muffled sounds of a scuffle followed by a gunshot and the sounds of two bodies hitting the ground. Three more shots followed by someone saying, “now do me.” Another gunshot then a click, click, click. Bill’s door opened, and a man came in closing the door and locking it. He turns and sees Bill pointing his gun at him.