April 1st, one year after Sunrise.
Every single television screen, computer monitor, telephone screen, everything with an audio-visual output flared to life.
A young man stood in a yellow room, a confident smile on his face.
[ HEY EVERYBODY! ]
[ WHO LIKES GEKIDO? ]
[ WHO LIKES KAZI? ]
[ WHO LIKES TEKU? ]
[ WHO ENJOYED SUNRISE? ]
[ I DIDN'T. ]
[ LOTS OF US DIDN'T. ]
[ IT'S THEIR FAULT. ]
[ ALL THE NEWDEATH'S, THE HASEO'S, THE FATALIS'S, THE MACKENZIES, ]
[ ALL OF THOSE MAN-GODS WHO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, ]
[ JUST BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY'RE SUPERMAN. ]
Taylor paused, and took a serious face.
[ WHAT IF YOU WERE SUPERMAN? ]
[ WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH ALL THAT POWER? ]
[ WHAT WOULDN'T YOU DO WITH ALL THAT POWER? ]
[ GUESS WHAT YOU ALL HAVE NOW? ]
[ JUST THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS! ]
[ EVERYONE WHO SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, ]
[ THE RISING GENERATION, ]
[ YOU HAVE THE POWER ]
[ TAKE THE WORLD THAT BELONGS TO YOU ]
[ THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS ]
At that moment, many of the screens in the world shut off, but many stayed online.
[ BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE OF YOU WHO AREN'T HAPPY? ]
[ YEAH, I GET IT ]
[ YOU'RE AN OUTCAST ]
[ ALWAYS UNDER ATTACK ]
[ ALWAYS COMING IN LAST ]
[ BRINGING UP THE PAST ]
[ NO-ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING ]
[ I THINK ]
[ YOU NEED A SHOTGUN BLAST ]
[ A KICK IN THE ASS ]
[ SO PARANOID ]
Taylor grabbed the camera and shook it violently.
[ WATCH YOUR BACK! ]
At that moment, many more screens shut down, and many walls around the world were torn down by violent lashes of power in unstable hands.
Taylor, on the other hand, backed from the camera and smiled politely
[ JUST KIDDING ]
[ THAT'D BE WAY TO SCARY ]
[ TEENAGERS SCARE THE LIVING HELL OUTTA ME ]
[ DON'T CARE WHAT THEY WANT ]
[ JUST KNOW THAT I'M GONNA BLEED ]
[ BUT DON'T WORRY, ALL YOU DADS OF THE WORLD ]
[ I GOT JUST THE SOLUTION ]
A wall fell down behind Taylor, revealing a large black sphere.
[ THIS HERE IS A GANTZ BALL ]
[ SEE, IF YOU DIE, AND YOU DON'T WANT TO ]
[ YOU WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING, ]
[ THIS'LL BRING YOU BACK ]
[ YOU GET THIS SKINTIGHT BLACK ARMOUR, JUST LIKE MINE, ]
[ EXTENDING SWORDS THAT CUT THROUGH ALMOST ANYTHING, ]
[ AND BOLTGUNS, ]
[ .50 CALIBRE PISTOLS, .75 CALIBRE RIFLES, AND 1.00 CALIBRE RIFLES. ]
[ ALL FIRE AT 200 ROUNDS PER MINIUTE, INFINITE AMMO, ]
[ ARMOUR PIERCING AND EXPLOSIVE ROUNDS, ]
[ THESE ARE MEANT FOR KILLING FOOLS. ]
[ YOU CAN BE JUST LIKE KAZI AND TEKU ]
[ IF THEY EVER DID ANYTHING USEFUL. ]
[ SEE, YOU CAN HAVE THE POWER TO STOP BAD PEOPLE ]
[ FIGHT EVIL ]
[ THAT'S FAIR, RIGHT? ]
At this moment, all the screens in the world shut down, except for three.
The one facing Newdeath
The one facing Keith MacKenzie
And the one facing Haseo.
[ OF COURSE, MY SUIT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THEIRS ]
[ MINE HAS A LITTLE MORE... ]
Black slime crawled up Taylors face, his smile widened to his ears, his teeth becoming pointed needles, and a long tongue slithered from his mouth.
[ VENOM ]
The slime receeded down his neck, and his face returned to normal.
[ IT'S JUST LIKE ME REALLY ]
[ WE BOTH LOVE OUR CARNAGE ]
Taylor grinned, pacing around the room.
[ NOW, YOU'VE GOT YOURSELVES A PROBLEM. ]
[ IT'S JUST YOU AND YOUR MERRY MEN AGAINST ME NOW ]
[ BUT THE WORLD'S MERRIEST MEN ARE AGAINST YOU ]
[ AND I HAVE MY ARMY TOO ]
[ A BUNCH OF RAGTAG MISFITS ]
[ JUST LIKE ME ]
Taylor raised his head to talk to the Camera man.
[ VARGO, WHAT DO THE SCOUTERS SAY ABOUT OUR POWER LEVELS? ]
Someone muttered something indiscernable, and Taylor shook his head.
[ NO, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SAY 'OVER 9000'. ]
Taylor shrugged, and smiled again.
[ NEVER MIND, BUT ANYWAY ]
[ MY FRIENDS ARE GONNA KEEP STIRRING THE POT FOR YOU ]
[ REMEMBER SUNRISE? ]
[ THAT'S NOTHING ]
[ YOU DON'T NEED SOME MYSTICAL POLES TO CREATE MALICE ]
[ JUST GIVE A KID A GUN AND SEND HIM TO SCHOOL ]
[ AND THERE'S A LOT OF KIDS WITH A LOT OF GUNS NOW ]
[ AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD IS THE BEST SCHOOL THERE IS ]
[ AND THESE KIDS ARE NO PUSHOVERS ]
[ EACH ONE IS ABOUT AS TOUGH AS MISTER JACK ]
[ ON AVERAGE ]
[ I THINK ]
[ SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS ]
Taylor pulled a pipe from his pocket and got into a relaxed stance.
[ NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING ]
[ HOW DID AN EFFORT NULLIFIER DO ALL THIS? ]
[ WELL... ]
[ THAT WAS A LIE ]
[ I DO THAT SOMETIMES ]
[ I'M NOT LYING NOW THOUGH ]
[ I FAKED A LOT OF MENTAL DISORDERS TO GET THIS FAR ]
[ TO BE HONEST, I JUST NEEDED TO GET LAID ]
[ SO I DID ]
Taylor walked across the room, and a young woman with long red hair and two horns protuding from behind her ears was sat in the corner of the room, chained up in black sludge.
Her eyes were dead, but she was breathing.
Unfortunately for her.
[ THAT'S LUCY ]
[ ANY CHILD OF HERS, WELL... ]
[ WE ALL KNOW DANGEROUS BEANS ]
There was more muttering behind the camera.
[ YOU KNOW, BATTLE HEINZ ]
[ HONESTLY VARGO, IF YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN THE JOKE ]
[ THEN IT STOPS BEING FUNNY ]
A flash of anger burst in the redhead's eyes, and Taylor quickly dodged to the side, his face getting cut as the camera fell to the floor, a crack appearing on the screen as Taylor launched black sludge into the girl's face, slamming her head against the floor.
[ NOW, LOOK AT THAT? ]
[ YOU'VE GOT BLOOD ALL OVER THE WALLS ]
[ AND I NEED TO GET A NEW CAMERAMAN AGAIN. ]
Taylor picked up the camera and set it on something and stood before it.
[ SORRY ABOUT THAT LOVERS SPAT ]
[ I'M GONNA HAVE TO GO NOW, THE MISSUS NEEDS SOME LOVIN' ]
[ I'LL BE BACK IN 2013 ]
[ IF THE WORLD'S STILL HERE THAT IS ]
[ I'LL JUST POSE ONE QUESTION FIRST ]
[ HOW DID I SET THE SEEDS OF POWER IN ALL THOSE KIDS? ]
[ AFTER ALL... ]
The camera was raised to show a white double door against the yellow walls.
Above the door was a black window with some letters printed in reverse.
POLICE CALL BOX
[ IT'S NOT LIKE I'M IN A TIME MACHINE ]
The camera was set down again, and Taylor drew a knife from his pocket, walking out of vision.
[ I BELIEVE IN MIRACLESSS... ]
[ WHERE YA FROM? ]
[ YOU SEXY THIIIIING? ]