"Rise and shine Rose marry! Dawn is upon our doorstep!"
Rose opened her eyes thinking she would see Dick, that was defiantly his voice! But all she found was herself sitting on a bench next to her grandmother.
"Come Rose! We better get up!"
They were already at the base's airfield, they got tired of the walk so they waited there on a bench.
Rose looked at Mandy and said:
"Tell the others not to bother say goodbye, I'm going nowhere!"
She then walked to the middle of the field and waited, soon others came.
Marv came first in a drunk march, yet he was very cheerful and was humming some Scottish song.
He was followed by Grim and Grim Jr. who were humming the same strange song.
"Her" and Dr. X followed, both looked nervous.
All shouted "Good luck" to Rose, she looked around and then shouted at Dr. X:
He looked around and pulled his shoulders, now looking more concerned.
"Da' clouds will retreat a lil' at dawn, 'nough fer us to see it's firs' shine! that's yer mark!" Shouted Marv.
"Such a cliche!" said Dick in an annoyed tone.
Rose looked forward, Dick stood there in complete calm even though a second ago he was no where to be seen.
So this was it, the moment she waited nineteen years for has finally come, soon Alex's murderer's corpse will be lying at her feet.
Dick's shiny smile was seen through his shadowy face, he adjusted his hat and looked excited, soon she will erase that smile forever from his face.
She held her scythe high, planing a course of action, she wanted this swift, she did it a hundred times before.
A distant sound of cracking ice was heard, but the sea was just near the airfield and the ice in it oftenly cracked, so it wasn't disturbing.
Now it was quiet, only the Russian tunes from the megaphones still remained in the air.
It seemed like no one dared to breath, everyone were looking towards the sea at the east, yet it was all dark, if it wasn't for the snow blizzard going around, the darkness would have looked almost solid.
And then something broke it, a crack so small it could barely be seen, it revealed dark orange sky.
Rose's heart leaped, she changed into her devil form and only stopped her hands from turning into pincers.
A small orange light, twinkling like a star at night, appeared at the bottom of the crack, then it closed.
"So" she heard Dick's voice "shall we begin?"
She heard something cutting through the air and managed to barely dodge a knife that was thrown at her way, it got stuck at the side of a plane hangar.
She looked at Dick and said:
She lifted her scythe high and charged at Dick, she tried to slice at his side yet he blocked her with his cane.
She swinged the scythe from above yet once again he held the cane high from above and blocked, she took the chance and attempted to kick him from the front but he pushed her scythe away and jumped back.
Dick now had a blade coming out of his cane, they ran at each other and exchanged some blows, Dick's blade gave a small shave to Rose's hair but she managed to give him a small scratch at the side of his hand.
She now ran at him with fast swings and tried to hit him but he backed off and swinged his blade at her once, making a cut at the cloth on her chest but touching no skin.
Dick looked at her and said:
"So we know how to swing blades, good! Now let's get serious!"
Dick fired a green lightning at Rose from his cane but she deflected it with her scythe.
She fired hellish fire from her hand which nearly engulfed Dick but he jumped high in the air and avoided it, yet he landed on something that was no snow or asphalt.
A long black and green tentacle with a dragon like head was coming out of Rose's back and was now binding itself around Dick's legs like a snake, before he could do anything, he was lifted in the air and brought upside down in front of Rose, she pointed her finger at him and said:
"Well that was a disappointment!"
Small flame came out of her hand and torched Dick's clothes, she then swong him over her head and thrown him away.
Dick flew like a flaming bullet and hit a fuel silo at the end of the runway, a huge explosion the filled the dark sky with light.
Flaming metal parts fell everywhere.
Rose looked at the explosion and smiled, finally, it's over.
But then all the fire was put out as if the fuel suddenly became water, the smoke then spread all around the place and cleared all of a sudden.
Rose found Dick standing right in front of her with not as much as a scratch to his skin, not even the one she gave him before.
"Thanks for the warming, it was getting cold!"
"It will get even colder when you stop breathing!"
She tried to catch him again with the tentacles but he jumped to a nearby rooftop and fired some dark projectile that barely missed her.
Rose was about to strike back when she realized Dick was nowhere to be seen.
"Where are you coward!"
She looked around, her eyes were glowing with red, she saw her relatives cheering for her, Bell was still not there.
She then retreated her tentacles into her back and spawned dark wings instead.
Rose gave a small push with her feet and lifted off the ground, her figure in the sky was barely visible because of the darkness, yet it was frightening none the less.
Rose looked at the base from above, her demonic eyes had no problem seeing in the darkness.
Meanwhile, Dick was standing on a nearby observation tower, impressed by his rival's performance.
He turned to the metal hatch on top of the tower when all of a sudden, Rose landed straight on it bending the metal cover so hard there was no chance of opening it.
Her wings retreated into her back and the dragonish tentacles emerged yet again.
This time, Dick was using his cane to push the tentacles away, Rose smiled and said.
"Perhaps you need more of a challenge Dick! That's what I'm here for!"
She wanted to see him deal with what she planned next, she concentrated and suddenly over a hundred more tentacles emerged from her body, all surrounded Dick, looking at him with their green pupil-less eyes and their drooling mouths.
"It's over! Nergal arms! Get ready!"
Dick looked around at the hungry faces, smiled and said:
At that second, all the arms prayed on him, slashing and reaping, Dick's cane was thrown away.
"Bring him in front of me!" shouted Rose.
The arms held Dick from each of his limbs, sinking their teeth deep into the skin, now that his hat was off his face was revealed to her, even though he must have been in his late thirties he looked very young, no older older then her, he had short spiky black hair and reddish brown eyes with a strange green glare in them.
"Such a waste!"
He was still awake, but his cloths were torn and he was bleeding, Rose brought his head close to her and whispered him:
"This is going to be very slow, slow like the nineteen years of nightmares you gave me!"
She punched him in the gut which caused him to spit blood out of his mouth.
"Now you will feel the wrath of the underworld!"
Jets of electricity sprang out of the arms that held Dick, causing his body to twist and turn, yet he made no sound.
Rose became angry.
"Scream!" she shouted "Scream like the scream I hear every time I think of you! Scream like the woman you murdered in front of an innocent little girl's eyes!"
Dick raised his head and said in a calm voice:
"Too bad Danezer will never get to meet you again, he would have become your best friend, you share the same cruelty."
"Danezer will never get to meet you again either!" Said Rose in a dark tone.
Rose's nergal arms lifted her and Dick in the air , while other arms banded around the building, and slowly they lowered them to a nearby military parking garage.
The arms left the building and retreated into Rose's back, only the arms that were holding Dick remained.
They lifted him up and slammed him on the ground, lifted him again and slammed him into every wall and pole around.
Rose saw that though Dick looked bad, he was still smiling.
She electrified him again and said:
"Let's move to play with bigger toys!"
Four arms emerged from her back and banded themselves around two nearby military tanks.
Slowly the arms lifted the two tanks in the air and held them at each side of Dick.
Rose gave Dick another surge and the left only one arm holding him from the ankle.
"Now you'll scream!"
"I doubt it, there's a higher chance of me screaming if you'll take off these cloaks of yours!"
Nearby, Rose's family was watching, both Mandy and "Her" said:
"He's gonna' be sorry for saying that!"
Smash! the two tanks collided in the air, smashing Dick between them, the crushed bunch was dropped to the ground.
"And now for the disgusting part!" Said Rose.
The arms were now digging in the pile of steel, but what they found was not yet a mutilated corpse but a heavily bleeding yet quite smiling and quite awake Dick.
Almost all his cloths were in pieces, most of his limbs were turning the wrong way like a broken doll, yet he didn't seem bothered at all.
"Is that all you got girl?" he mumbled.
The arms now slammed him against the floor multiple times and then at the nearby base wall which was made out of thick cement.
Dick was pressed against the wall, receiving more surges of energy.
"Now for the finish!" shouted Rose.
She began to feel real excitement inside, she came close enough to Dick so that they could stare at each other in the eyes.
She looked at his and felt surprised, there was still no clue of fear in his eyes, only mockery, well he can choke with it as far as she cares!
She changed her hand into a pincer and gripped Dick's neck, squeezing tighter and tighter.
Dick looked at her and started talking, his voice seemed unaffected by the choking.
"Why do you hold false hopes?" he said.
"False hopes of what?"
"Your demon part is already screaming with fear, I can hear it as clear as I can hear you, why do you work so hard to be in control of this fight?"
"I am in control of this fight you deluded freak!"
She squeezed as hard as she could.
"Soon he will be finished just like Alex and I will have my revenge! at last!"
Dick whispered to her:
"Did you know that your dear Alex died because of you? The truth is I came for you in that night! But you were too young! So I appetised on your baby sitter!"
"Try to piss me off, you will only hasten your end! Bell is like another sister to me and you will not live to have her or me!"
"Like a sister? How touching!" said Dick.
Rose suddenly felt a terrible surprise:
"How did you...?!"
"Why I read your thoughts of course, like I did ever since this battle started! I can read your memory too, but why even bother? you will be dead soon enough! Deep inside you already know it!"
"No I wont! The only one to die now is YOU!"
The most powerful electrical surge yet came out of Rose's Body, the whole area was lit with blinding green light.
All the watchers felt a shockwave.
"He is through! Yay!" shouted Grim Jr., both "Her" and grim looked at him and smiled.
But Mandy didn't smile, she saw Marv was looking annoyed, so she asked him:
"Was that too fast for you? Didn't get time to enjoy the fight?"
"Are ye' kiddin' meh? Why does it take so long fer' t'ings teh get interestin'?!"
Mandy looked at the fainting light and said:
Rose saw once the light fainted that Dick at the edge of her pincer was full of burns and his head was on his chest, finally!
Suddenly she heard a small voice, but it was growing stronger, it was a laugh, the same evil laugh as nineteen years before, Dick lifted his head and said:
"I am the master of darkness here! Not the demons of the underworld! You would have had a better chance with real electricity but you used dark energy! It barely tickles!"
She got mad.
"Why don't you die?!"
"Oh! you got into the top of your fighting only now dear, now I can finally test my skills, starting with a lesson to you!"
"What are you talking about?!"
"You think you can control the power of darkness? Well let me show you what a true dark lord can do! I bet you don't know this trick!"
Suddenly Rose felt something pulling her arms from behind, first just weak nudges but then real ferocious pulls, yet it was so dark she could see nothing over her shoulder.
Dick was laughing, Rose suddenly noticed all the blood on his wounds was shining in green, his bones were returning to place, his cloths were being fixed his hat appeared and jumped on his head, his cane flown into his hand.
She lost her grasp of him completely, what in the devil was pulling her so strong, she looked again and now she saw what it was, it was the darkness itself!
She looked again and saw that Dick disappeared, suddenly a green fire hit one of her arms, she could feel it stinging and she saw Dick's evil smile glimmering from the direction it came.
She fired her fire there but nothing was there, the darkness and her arms were fighting, scratches purring green glowing blood appeared all over the arms.
"Where are you Dick?!"
She could hear his voice but it sounded as if it was switching places all the time, this darkness was no good.
She retreated her arms into her body and spread her wings again, she flew high yet a green jet of lightning hit one of her wings.
She barely managed to steer herself into landing back at the very barracks street into which they emerged from the portal earlier.
"It's well lit here, good!"
"You know! The light is not as safe from me as it used to be!"
She saw Dick standing on the edge of the megaphone pole, his long coat was flying in the wind as he looked down at her menacingly.
"Well we will soon find out wont we?!" shouted Rose as she allowed houndreds of arms out of her back again.
Dick looked at them and widened his smile, he pulled a blade out of his cane again and moved a finger in a welcoming to attack fashion.
Once again he was prayed on but this time he jumped down, cutting some of them.
He then started to move in weird steps on the ground, Rose didn't realize why but then she understood he dancing to the tunes of the waltz coming out of the megaphones, he was mocking her yet again.
She sent an arm at him from above but he lifted his blade in a dancly fashion and without even looking he cut away both arms.
And so no matter what she did, he either avoided or cut away every single arm she sent at him and he did also as if all his moves were a one well rehearsed dance, sometimes he even closed his eyes and seemed to be completely focused on the music, yet he always managed to intercept her attacks.
Eventually, she felt so much stinging in her back and heard the nergal part of her screaming so hard, she knew it would take time before she could use any nergal power again, but of course, she still has devil and reaper powers and she was yet to use her ultimate attack.
"So? we move back to the old fashioned style, finally!"
Rose pulled her scythe and Dick approached her with his blade.
This time Dick was much more challenging then before, he forced her to turn her hands into normal hands again after she noticed she needs more complicated block moves.
"Fencing is so much fun I can go like this all day long, can you?" said Dick in a complete calm while blocking and upper blow and retreating like before.
He then made a quick spin with his blade and made a quick cut at the back of Rose's clothes causing her entire lower area of cloaks to fall off, lucky she wore and extra pair of shorts, though she now felt the cold very well.
Dick looked at her and said:
"I take back what I said earlier, Nice body! I hope you can tolerate the local climate though!"
"I'll warm up with your fancy coat if anything of it will remain after this!" She shouted and hit the ground with her scythe, causing shining bolts of energy to appear out of nowhere and hit all around.
Dick Prepared for another attack as the area was blasted by a strong shockwave that nearly caused him to fly away in the air, Rose stormed first, slashing faster then before, he could barely keep up with her, she then managed to trip him and before he could touch the ground she shouted:
She hit him hard in the chest with her scythe, now the ground beneath was supposed to crack open and fire an energy beam that will obliterate Dick, that was her greatest attack, but instead Dick pushed her away with the scythe still in his chest and aimed his cane at the ground, shooting a powerful bolt of darkness at the crack that blocked the energy from coming out, everything stopped shining again.
"Last requiem indeed, yours! By the way, these are boys underwear!" He said and pointed at what was under the now torn shorts.
"Better finish this before you look like a strip poker loser!"
Dick took Rose's scythe and thrown it into the darkness which held it away, his wound quickly healed.
"I could have stopped you sooner, but the time has come to rid you of your delusions Rose Marry, victory was never at your grasp at any point of this fight, I was just warming you up so you will give all you have to this!"
She changed her hands back into pincers and stormed at him with battle cry, he smiled and retreated his blade.
She felt his cane moves, but before she realized where she was tripped and fell to the ground, she quickly got up only to get a powerful hit from the edge of Dick's cane in her face, she could taste her own blood coming out of her nose and mouth.
He hit her multiple times in a martial artist fashion eventually slamming his cane at her chest, she spatted blood and felt her legs tripping, her nergal arms refused coming out, her scythe was held by the darkness and now she noticed her skin was pink again and her hands were normal.
she felt the cap of her torn cloaks being pulled upwards with her whole body, she saw Dicks face blurly.
Something shined in orange near them, she could feel fiery warmth and a warm hand holding her chin causing her head to turn lower then Dick's face.
"I say she's through, bu' 'er replacemen' 's not 'ere! Sorry lass!" said Marv's voice
The warmth ended and Dick seemed happier then before.
"She can sink into such fantasies that girl, today she was dreamier then ever, I didn't hear a thing coming from her head, she probably lost her grasp of time, oh well, I hoped you'll get to end this way anyway!" Said Dick in such an evil tone Rose wished she had the strength to slap him.
He lifted her so she would face him again and said.
"I started looking through your memories, quite boring I say, felt like bad Disney remake I say! I stopped once I saw what you did to the digital angel, quite shocking, but then again, good philosophy.
I'll will give you the same homage!"
She felt his face getting close and a sudden touch of his freezing cold lips was felt at her own and she felt a small sucking.
He took her away from him and said:
"I wonder who was the idiot who thought of this as a way of expressing love?"
She felt a small swing and then she zoomed away from Dick landing next to a spotlight that lighted the whole area.
She looked at the place where Dick was, he was there no more.
She then heard a strange sound, she saw one of the lights on a distant pole has turned off.
She looked harder and then another light turned off, soon all the distant lights did, she knew now what was happening, the darkness grew close with every light that turned off, when only the spotlight was left she closed her eyes.
She could hear as it was cut off as well, now it was all dark and cold, Dick's dark coldness was coming from everywhere as she heard Dick's voice saying in a whisper, very close to her ear:
"What do you fear?"
She fainted, in her dream she hoped she would die of her wounds before Dick would have the chance of finishing her like Alex, the cold was growing ever close, everything was full of voices and whispers, that was it!
Suddenly a horrible pain came to her left cheek and then to her Right cheek and she opened her eyes, it was warm again, she saw a bunch of greenish brown eyes looking at her.
"Jhon?" she tried to say but she was too weak to make any sound, then she noticed it felt too bright, no sunglasses and the eyebrows were red.
"We' gal' do ya' take da' replacemn' e'r not?!"
It wasn't Jhon, it was Marv, he had greenish brown eyes too she now remembered.
She looked and saw Bell next to Marv looking at her, everything was lit by a flame coming out of Marv's hand.
Dick was standing at the back, he seemed focused on Bell, Rose noticed something indeed felt different about her, more lively.
"Come on Rose let me in!" Shouted Bell, even her voice was more alive.
"She's a good ass kicker fro' wha' I heard, I wouldn' wanna' miss it!"
Rose thought as hard as she could:
"Don't let her in! Don't let her in! Let him take me! Tell Marv you can kill me Dick!"
But Dick was staring completely at Bell, something in his expression was not right, for the first time he looked nervous.
Marv now saw her lips move, he got close and put his ear in front of her mouth and she gave all her strength to say:
Marv naturally did not understand, He looked at Bell with excited expression and she could hear him mutter to himself sarcastically:
"Oh wha' da' hell? o' will catch meh? da' referee?!"
He got up and Rose saw him pointing his finger slowly at her head.
"Do ya' except da' replacemen'?"
Suddenly something pushed her head up and down into a nodding move, no matter how hard she tried to resist.
"No! no! let me stay! Marv please!" she tried to say but she wasn't heard.
"Tha's 'nough fer meh!" said Marv and now openly pointed at her and her whole body lifted in the air and landed on Marv's shoulders.
"Telekinetic show off!" she heard Bell saying.
As marv walked away with her floating by he said:
"I'll signle ye' when te' start wit' a dragon shaped flare K'?"
Bell nodded, then looked at Rose and smiled, then she looked at Dick, Rose expected her psychotic look to appear but Bell's expression was an inquisitive one, as if she saw Dick for the first time in her life.
Dick on the other hand, looked confused and surprised.