ARCANE DEUX: chapter 33
My birthday. I forgot all about it. With going between stopping the city from tearing itself apart, and taking down an ancient cult, I forgot about such a trivial thing. The cake was well-decorated, a frosting copy of my original mask resting on top with plenty of fondant (love the taste of it) weaponry scattered across it.
"It's chocolate on the inside!!" An overly enthusiastic Cardinal said, her wing looking a lot better than it did a week ago.
Her clothes were strange though, I guess 'casual' for her on her planet involved little to no coverings up top, her chest covered by a thin, strapless bikini top made with animal hide, and a see-through dress with a bikini bottom on her hips of the same material.
"Is this what they call 'clothes' on your planet?" I asked her bluntly.
She tilted her head at me, just like a puppy, I'd almost call it adorable if I wasn't so confused by her garb.
"It's customary for the princess of Can-torr to pleasure the one of whom three hundred moons have pa
ARCANE DEUX: chapter 22
I was working at my job in the Comic Dungeon, setting out that week's new releases, part of the job I absolutely loved. To see the new covers all lined up on the shelf, knowing that fans would come in a revel at the new issues, it was one of the few things that brought a smile to my face those days. It was while I was setting up the newest issue of Owlman when I heard the call. On the first day of being part of the Guild, one year ago, the Green Bolt installed a special setting in my phone...
(One year ago)
"This device will allow any other members of the Guild to contact you without using phone numbers. That way, nobody can track us." The Green Bolt said, snapping a device into the phone, he pressed a button on it, and the phone lit up with a green flash.
"Thanks, I guess." I responded.
"Now, if you ever need us, just tap this button." He showed me a button on the side of the phone. "And it'll alert the nearest member of the Guild to come to your assistance. Also, I have to reveal a
ARCANE DEUX: chapter 11
We took off down the hallway, dodging left and right as the walls around us broke open, a long serpent flying from hole to hole, trying to bite into us with his venomous fangs. My teammate took to her wings, zooming down the hallway faster than I could keep up on my feet. Luckily, after joining the Green Bolt's superhero Guild, I was given some upgrades to my equipment. I leapt into the air, quickly clicking a button on the outer edge of my ankles. As soon as I did, three wheels snapped into place onto the bottom of each of my feet. I sped down the hallway after her, my feet producing a steady stream of blues sparks. The snake dove at me me from above, his teeth grazing my armored boots. He crashed through the floor again, burrowing deep under the metal floor. The hallway led to a large circular room filled with computer monitors and key pads, Cardinal was at the end waiting for me. I dove into the room, hitting a button as I slid past. The door came down from t
ARCANE DEUX: prologuePROLOGUE
My name is Jason Reneau, though my city would know me by a better name: Arcane. The vigilante superhero determinate to cleanse the city of its suffocating evil. I've been on this job for quite a while now, four years to be exact. With my small team of operatives: Backhand the bomber, Redhead the acrobat, and Specs the tech guy, we had been doing our absolute best to take down shady corporations as well as put corrupt civil leaders behind bars. It wasn't until a year ago that I actually became part of the world of heroes and superpowers though. Let me elaborate. After exposing the truth about a corrupt businessman and the chief of police, I found myself confronted by two masked men known as Kabuki, the underlings of a shadowy cult known as the Sacra. I then made it my duty, as well as the duty of my team, to find and take down this cult. Around the same time I met the most wonderful girl in the world, Abigail Cameron, who I met through the comic shop I work at. Hilarious
"They've accepted him into the Guild now." The man in the suit said to him, nervously keeping his distance from his masked boss.
His boss pressed a button on his golden helmet, unlocking it, he slid it off his head and set it down on the desk next to him. He strode over to the large window of his office, his red cape swimming through the air behind him.
"Damn. I knew we should have moved in sooner." He said, looking out upon Metro City. "Now we'll have to deal with the Guild as well."
"We had no clue they even knew of his existence! We never anticipated that he knew of the Sacra."
The man in the red cape swung a fist at desk, breaking off a large chunk of wood from the middle.
"Rasputin has been meddling too much. He knew I was targeting Arcane. Why did he have to set up his labortory in MY city??"
"We tried to stop him multiple times sir. But, he had the Cre'ars with him at all times, we couldn't do a damn thing to force him out of the caves!"
"How many men did I lose?"
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I stood in silence, I had absolutely no clue what to do now. Rasputin smiled at me, his white teeth gleamed with victory. What was I to do?
"You've been given the responsibility as Arcane to protect people, and to defend Metro City from evil. Now is your chance to prove to us that you have what it takes. Can you?" the Green Bolt's words struck me deep down.
"That really doesn't help much, I hope you know." I smarted back.
"Deep inside, you know what to do Arcane." the Green Bolt said, "be the hero."
"Twenty-five seconds remaining boy... make your decision soon." Rasputin really was looking to pressure me.
Green Bolt was right, I knew what to do.
I turned to Cheshire, who nodded. Hopefully, she knew what I was going to do. I tightened my grip on my blade, leaping into the air, I slashed at Rasputin's face, my blade, of course, shattered upon contact. All according to plan. While he was distracted with me, Cheshire ran up, aiming a kick right into his jaw. He grunted. The attack
ARCANE: chapter ten10
The two Cre'ars charged at Rose and I as soon as the gun shot, their arms transforming into long, sharp-looking scythe blades. They began to swing wildly, cutting up everything in their path. The blades were slashing into each other's body as well, though, the wounds were healed over instantly. Damn. that's some power. I turned tail and ran, followed close behind by Rose. We were outmatched, and we knew it.
"How do we fight this??" She asked, reloading her handgun. "I mean, we've seen how our weapons affect them from out past fights, but, we won't even get close enough to even scratch either of them!!"
We turned to face our foes, unsheathing our trench knives. It was all we could do. They closed in on us, still swinging their scythe arms wildly. As they were just about on top of us, we ducked underneath the blades, the thin edges of them slashing into our backs. Holy shit. That was not pleasant. Simultaeneously, Rose and I slashed upwards, cutting deep into th
ARCANE: chapter nine9
I landed, painfully, onto the hard floor at the end of the long drop downwards deeper into the Sacra base. Thankfully, the pain from landing on my feet didn't last long. I drew myself to my feet, surveying my surroundings.
I was in what looked to be an operating room. Blood was splattered all across everything from the once clean floor to the expensive looking machinery surrounding a single operating table. Whatever had been going on in here was rushed to be finished, and whatever needed the work was gone. For now. After seeing the bat creature from before, I was just about ready for anything. I mean, seriously, who wouldn't be?
Cautiously, I began investigating the room, looking for anything that could help me on this rescue mission. Sitting on a table just out of reach of the blood was a set of papers hastily placed there, someone was in a rush.
I thumbed through them, nothing obviously helpful. Most of the paper talked about "The Project," which I figu
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"How do you think Specs is doing?" Backhand asked. "I mean... as far as fighting a giant bat-man goes."
I shot a stern look at him, knowing Specs was all that was on Redhead's mind at that moment.
We trudged through the caves, the light fading out in my Coredriver, the battery wearing down from the excessive usage. The caves went on for what seemed like forever, journeying deep underneath Metro City.
"He loves me." Redhead said, "You two heard that, yes?"
"Whether or not we heard that, we definitely saw it Rose." I said.
Her face looked distraught, her eyes filled with worry.
"I should've stayed behind with him, he needs me."
I stopped her, wrapping my arms around her.
"He will be fine. This is Specs we're talking about. Keep calm and focus on the mission now, okay?" Sure, wasn't my best pep talk, but it got the point across. "Let's keep moving, we have to get out of these caves before my Coredriver dies."
We started walking again, journeying deeper into the dar