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Midnight Adventures Episode 2: To Hell and Back

Updated: Mar 19

Some time has passed since the heroes from other worlds appeared. They’ve all had to acclimate in their own way. Shameka has been recruited by Oracle to help out on The Watchtower.

Oracle: You’re doing a great job out there. The Lords of Order, Project Cadmus and Magnus robotics have stepped up to offer a hand. Why don’t you go chat with Will Magnus in the tech wing. He’s one of the premiere tech minds of this generation and definitely the go to guy to learn about Research and development.

The Grey: Perfect, maybe he can help implement my tech to help with this universal displacement. If we could just figure out a way to triangulate the ripples in space time to an exact point maybe we can get everyone home.

Oracle: Maybe, I’m sending Mr Terrific your tech schematics now so maybe he can figure something out.

The Grey: Let me know what you find out.

Oracle: Will do. Oracle out.

Shameka walks through the watchtower seeing the multitude of heroes flying and zipping past. Some are sparring with one another, others forming alliances. Shameka is still amazed by this world full of heroes. Just before she gets lost in her thoughts she reaches Dr. Magnus.

Dr. Magnus: Hello, you must be Shameka Day, I’ve heard about your work. Your tech has helped to delve deeper into the mysteries of quantum energy. Outstanding work.

Shameka puts her hands on her hip and smiles excitedly.

The Grey: Thank you Dr. My hope is to extend this tech further and figure out a means of universal travel or at the very least stabilize the universe.

Dr Magnus: If you need any assistance with your next inventions just know that Magnus robotics is at your disposal.

The Grey: Well as a matter a fact…

Dr. Magnus and The Grey are interrupted by the appearance of John Constantine. Constantine uses a magical means of teleportation to make a dramatic entrance.

Constantine: There you are. How’ve ya been?

The Grey: Well I…

Constantine: Alright Alright, I’ll cut the chumminess. I’m collecting things with power and I hear you’re looking for enough power to get back home.

The Grey: How’d you…?

Constantine: Come with me and I’ll give you the details.

Shameka looks over at Dr. Magnus who shrugs his shoulders.

Dr Magnus: I’ll be here when you’re ready.

Shameka nods at Dr. Magnus.

The Grey: Alright let’s go then.

Constantine: Good, for a moment there I thought you weren’t interested in power beyond your wildest dreams.

The Grey: What kind of power are we talking about here?

Constantine: Artifacts.

The Grey: What kind of artifacts?

Constantine: The kind of artifacts that you want out of the hands of the monsters carrying them. You in or out, mate?

The Grey: Feel like you just dragged me into something that has nothing to do with what I'm looking for.

Constantine: Doesn’t sound like an objection to me. First stop… we’re going to Hell. I mean why save it for last, let’s just jump right in, eh mate?

The Grey: Excuse me? Did you just say…

Constantine opens a portal that pulls the two of them into the fiery depths of the underworld. The two land

Constantine: Let’s make this quick. I’m pretty sure they’re keepin my seat warm.

The Grey: Wonderful. First the discovery of a multiverse and now I’m trapped in hell. What else will I be dragged into?

Constantine: Alright, we’re after the Rings of Azar. Pretty little things imbued with the souls of long past Azarathians. The hippy folks that long stood against Trigon. You may have seen rings like these before. Your friend Raven has a set to keep the demons at bay. The demons inside.

The Grey: Raven?

Constantine: Not familiar? Figured you were all chum with the heroes topside by now. Anyway, ladies first.

Constantine gestures towards a spiraling staircase that leads into darkness.. Waiting for them below are a group of blood cultists. The two battle it out against the waves of underworld cultists. Shameka effortlessly uses her gloves to over power the enemies. Shameka uses her gloves to propel herself into the group shooting blasts that slow down and make her opponents heavier. Constantine is seen in the background shooting magical energy defeating a separate group of cultists.

The Grey: Thought I would see more demons down here.

Constantine: Different section of hell.

The Grey: How big is this place?

Constantine: Big enough to potentially fit the souls of everyone who ever lived. Pretty damn big I'd say.

The two turn the corner to find a dead end. Demonic Statues are on either side of the wall and seemingly out of place.

Constantine: Seems like we’ve got a puzzle on our hands. I assume it has something to do with…

The Grey shoots down the door with her blasts.

The Grey: You were saying.

Constantine smirks and the two take off deeper into the depths of hell to find Brother Blood absorbing the energy of the Entwined rings of Azar.

Brother Blood: Ahh so much power.

The Grey: Well that’s no good.

Constantine: Stop him!!!

Brother Blood: It’s just the two of you. You’re nothing with the power I now wield.

The Grey: It doesn’t take the whole justice league to take down a bunch of idiots that choose to go to hell.

Constantine: We choose to come to…

The Grey: You dragged me here. I didn’t choose this.

Brother Blood: I will finish you off myself.

The Grey: Watch out!!!

Constantine gets hit by a blast from Brother Blood. The Grey charges energy in her gloves as well as forms a shield of quantum energy around her.

The Grey: Let’s see what you got.

Brother Blood attempts to shoot magical energy at Shameka however projects her shield onto the blast instead of her. She spins around flinging the ball of energy back at Brother Blood. Once it gets close she releases her shield causing brother blood to get hit with his own blast. Brother Blood gets knocked through a wall as he regains his bearings.

Brother Blood: You think that would be enough to take me down! I am…

Brother Blood looks up to see the grey in the air kicking an energy projection that she created at him.

Brother Blood: No!!! All the magical energy will be lost!

Brother's blood screams as he is knocked unconscious into a different corner of the catacombs.

Constantine: Great job taking down the bloody bastard.

The Grey: Some help you were.

Constantine: You figured it out all the same. Our next stop is the lovely suburb of oa. In the old days it woulda been a real trick getting across the galaxy, but now ole’ Johnny boy’s got Sector oh on speed dial. Last one there’s a duffer.

The Grey: What the hecks a duffer? And where is OA?

Constantine: Nevermind that let’s go.

The Grey follows Constantine into another portal.

The Grey: WOAH!!! This is Oa?

Constantine: Yea, The guardians and their GREEN Lanterns are usually more the recycling type. They’re not keen on outsiders digging through their garbage, but they won’t miss what they don’t know’s missing.

As they are walking and talking the two run see an Orange Lantern by the name of Glomulus.

The Grey: What the heck is that?

Glomulus: You’re no green lantern. Who are you?

Constantine: There's a lantern for every color of the bloody rainbow. Let’s blast em and be on with it.

The two get into a beam struggle with Glomulus, the combined might of magic and quantum energy make short work of the orange lantern. Having defeated another enemy Shameka looks at her gloves amazed.

The Grey (thinking to herself): These upgrades I’ve acquired here have truly powered me up. Yara will be so impressed when she hears about what I’ve been able to do. She probably wouldn’t believe me.

The grey grabs the starheart fragment showing constantine.

Constantine: Since you’re such a fan of galavanting across the universe, I picked a very special location for our next expedition. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Constantine proceeds to open up two portals. Shameka, being able to see the other side of the portal, sees apokolips.

The Grey: Are we going back to hell?

Constantine: Not quite. However you don’t have to worry about that portal. I’m taking that one.

The Grey: Where am I headed?

Constantine: Somewhere a little less exciting.

The Grey: Go on…

Constantine: If you’re ever looking for something powerful that no one person should ever have, look no further than the United States government. They’ve got all sorts of dangerous things. Let's go get some. Whaty’dya say?

The Grey: We could’ve started here you know.

Constantine lights a cigarette and jumps in his portal as the Grey shakes her head and jumps into her portal. Shameka lands in a warehouse full of crates.

The Grey: Great he didn’t tell me what artifact I’m looking for here.

Shameka starts sorting through the various crates.

The Grey: Alternate reality versions of the declaration of independence. Doubt that’s it. Fruit? I don’t even want to know why that’s in here. Nth metal? That sounds promising. I'll hold onto that for study.

Shameka sees a set of stairs and groans. She slowly makes her way upstairs upset that she got dragged into this. She finds another box.

The Grey: A gold chest that says Do not open. I’m definitely not touching that one. A stack of three dollar bills. This is gonna take all day.

Shameka eventually gets to the last box.

The Grey: This has got to be it. Dilustel Refractor. I’ll take it to Constantine and see if this is what he’s after. Crap how am I going to get out of here.

Major Force: I don’t know who you are punk and I don’t care. You mess with the Major, you get the Force! Haah!

The Grey: That was awful. Hope you don’t go around saying that to everyone you run into.

Major Force: I’ve killed people for less than this.

The Grey: Am I supposed to be worried right now? I’ve literally been to hell today.

Major force grunts and begins shooting energy at Shameka. Shameka absorbs it and begins firing at Major Force with little effect.

The Grey: What the heck?

Major Force: Looks like we got the same type of energy. But I’m willing to bet you ain’t got super strength.

The Grey: That’s not good.

Major force flies in for a powerful punch. The grey puts up a shield but she is still sent flying into a wall taking some damage from inside her shield.

The Grey: UGH!!!

Shameka coughs up some blood and struggles to get up.

The Grey: Somethings definitely broken.What am i gonna do now?

Shameka thinks back to her earlier battle with Brother Blood.

The Grey: I can contain him within a barrier of my own. He can’t project as much energy as I can. Right?

Shameka goes ahead with this plan. Removing her shield and focusing all the energy her gloves can muster into containing Major Force.

Major Force: Do you really think this will work?

The Grey: there has to be a limit to what you can hold. So go ahead and absorb as much as you like. Guarantee you pop before I run out of energy.

Major Force: That’s a stupid gamble. But it’s your funeral.

Major Force absorbs the energy and begins to laugh at her. That’s when from out of nowhere a portal opens up and Constantine is seen jumping through. As he dives through he creates a construct that pulls Major Force towards the portal and into the being chasing Constantine.

Major Force: What the hell?!

It’s revealed that the being chasing Constantine is Steppenwolf. As the two crash into each other.

Steppenwolf: From Earth to the Source wall I will hunt you down Constantine

Constantine closes the portal.

Constantine: Well that was definitely quite the adventure.

Constantine sees the artifact shining in Shameka’s utility belt.

Constantine: I knew you’d come through mate. What you’ve got there is Dilustel. The same silvery stuff that’ll break your hand if you try to punch old Captain Atom or Major Force in the nose. If you get boxed a lot, this might be the one for you.

The Grey: That’s great and all can we leave now. I’ve had enough galavanting for one day.

Constantine:Well mate, you collected every last artifact on my list. Since you did so well, pick one.

The Grey: Just take us back to the watchtower.

Constantine shuts up and creates a portal. He goes and helps Shameka up as the two walk through the portal back to the watchtower.

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