The CROSS & SWORD Hero Origin Erebus Nyght “Daddy, when will you tell us what your life was like growing up in East Berlin?” My six-year-old daughter asked me. “You aren’t old enough to know, if I told you and your brother now, you would have nightmares for a week.” I said in my rocking chair. “Come on Dad, we can handle it, after all, we’re Inverts just like you.” My ten-year-old son said. “Technically, you’re only half-Inverts, since Mommy is human after all. Tell you what, I will tell you the origin story for every Invert on the face of the planet, you’ve been wanting me to tell you that after all haven’t you?” I asked them. I knew they were already going to say yes, because they constantly complained about wanting to know our interconnected family history, so I knew I had piqued their interest. “Very well, but first, let’s wait for the sun to go down so I can turn it into a bedtime story.” I said knowing that I would build up their anticipation by making them wait a few minutes. So, we had s’mores and then when the bell chimed nine, we went to their bedroom. I tucked both of them, and I waited for the sun to finally set and my transformation to begin. My skin grew darker as it always did when the sun went down, and my wings sprouted from my back. “Let’s begin.” I said as I levitated to the top of their dresser while they settled in. “Our kind was created many years ago, long before even the oldest town on the planet. It began in the beginning. Cavemen were tracking food, when a spaceship crashed down in a field near them. Them being ignorant, decided to see what it was. When they tried poking the ship with their spears, a door opened. Our creators, the Inverters, not to be confused with God who created the entire human race, emerged dying. They wanted to give us gifts, canisters of their ships energy source, Invertius, a rare element not found on earth until that time. Once they had died, the men opened the canisters, which released a gas into the air, and so the Inverts of the Earth were created. Not instantaneously mind you, but slowly, over many, many years. The chemicals altered our DNA, inverting our chromosomes from their X shape, to their 0 shape.” “But Dad, why have we not heard about them in school?” Zacchaeus asked. “This is where things get fun. The God-believers and non-believers have tried to make it sound like we don’t exist. The first time the powers of an Invert was also what history recognized as the first-time man created fire, do you remember what it was?” I quizzed them. They both looked at me blankly. “A hunter and his family was being chased by prehistoric predators, when the youngest son’s powers manifested. His mutation was the control of fire. History claimed it was caused a lightning storm. His family was afraid, as people are when they encounter something they don’t understand. They shunned him, as well as other Inverts that had begun to surface in other cavemen societies.” “But Daddy, I thought you said Inverts were worshipped as heroes in early times?” Jennifer asked. “This is where history turns in our favor. Many, many, more years later after they first stepped on Earth, the Inverters returned. They were after the Invertius in humans, but they couldn’t tell a human from an Invert, so they—” But before I could finish, I saw their mother, Drew, peek in from the door and give me a disagreeing look, so I knew I was going to have to wrap the story up quick as well as dial down the part I was about to tell. “- experimented on the humans, in painful ways. The Inverts banded together and rescued the captured humans, while the captured Inverts destroyed the fleet, and went to the Inverters home world and pacified the government, turning it into a democracy, but they also took their human wives with them, and they began a new society mixed of Inverters, Inverts, humans, and Invert/human hybrids, or the Invertus.” “But what happened after they rescued the humans?” Both my children asked at the same time. “The remaining Inverts on Earth were treated as heroes after their bravery, and so, they were made a part of society again. Farmers, peasants, artisans, merchants, kings, soldiers, they were especially used as soldiers. We were pitted against each other sometimes. We had most prominence in history when it came to major wars, there were just four events when there were no wars on earth, and we were not used for fighting, the Roman Peace, the Mongol Peace, and the Renaissance, and the Cold War, or at the first ten years of it, since there was no actual fighting, just rivalry between America and what is now Russia.” “But Dad, the Invertus, what happened to them?” Zacchaeus asked. “That is where the truly sad part of our history begins. When the Invertus were first spawned, they were half as powerful as their Invert parents. They also became evil, not only by the remaining Inverters, but also by the consumption of the food of the Inverters. The Inverts used our kind as puppets, sending them back to Earth during those four periods of peace. Although they declared independence from the Inverters, but they still wished to rule the world as what they believed to be the Superior species, and wished to kill the humans, the purebred Inverts, and the Earth hybrids dubbed the Invertos. So, to avoid a battle we knew history could not cover-up, we took the fighting to space, more specifically the moon. It was the Inverts and Invertos defending Earth, while the Invertus were aiming to colonize it. This is what we call the Invertuous Wars. We drove off the Invertos, and we believed they were gone for good.” “So, were Invertos and Inverts still seen as heroes after those wars?” Jenny asked. “No, after three nonconsecutive wars created by our blood, humanity turned on us, wiped us out, or drove us into hiding, though most of us were wiped out. So, for the next 300 years, we remained in the shadows. You know what regions of the world were littered with the most Invert and Invertos remains?” I quizzed them again. Both looked at me dumbfounded. “Europe, and Asia. In World War II, German archaeologists found hidden caves where there was historical evidence of our kind, and thinking it would turn the tide of the war in the favor of the Axis Powers, they dug up the remains of the dead, and captured us and put us in internment camps, and extracted the Invertius from our blood. Many were rendered human after that experience. The Japanese did the same, extracting our DNA and implanting it in their soldiers. But what neither super power realized was that by mutating the human soldiers through injection rather than breeding, it reduced the life span of their soldiers, turning the tide of the war in favor of the Allied powers. Russia and the other communist nations during the Cold War recreated the process only they injected people who already had the mutation, making them even stronger. We were wrong about the Invertus, though. Eventually though, the Invertus, as well as the Inverters, secretly returned to Earth and secretly formed an alliance with the communist nations of the world, forming the League of Inversion, and starting a religious cult called the Cult of Inverton. Inverton was what they dubbed the first Invert, and they believed that they could bring about his return and he would destroy the filth of the Earth in fire. The League still exists today, just been reduced due to the end of the Cold War. They are referred to by the humans as the Illuminati, and they based their prophecy after the last book in the Bible, Revelation, where God would destroy the Earth with fire.” I could see they were getting sleepy, so I decided to tell them the one thing that I knew would reimburse their wake and interest. “Now, for the part in history where I come in.” I said nonchalantly as they sprang up in bed. “Actually, it’s really time for the kids to be getting to sleep, Asher.” Drew said as she walked in. “Awe come on Mom, please!?” Jenny begged. “No, you heard me, it is five minutes past your bedtime, and it is a school night.” “Dad!?” Zacchaeus looked to me hoping to get Mom to change her mind. “Sorry kids, Mommy’s right. Maybe tomorrow night. Sweet dreams my little angels.” I said as I kissed them goodnight, followed by their mother, and as we walked out of their room, I used my telekinesis to turn off the lights. “I don’t think you should have told them,” Drew said as we got into bed. “It’s a part of their life, they have to know eventually.” I countered. “They aren’t ready, especially to know your personal history. When we first met, you told me you had nightmares for five years thanks to growing up in East Berlin, as well as by the murder, and the betrayal. Though I am curious about what was so bad. Tell you what, you can tell me your childhood, and when you finish, we’ll see if you can tell the kids tomorrow night.” I recollected my memories growing up in East Berlin, no matter how traumatic. “I grew up in East Berlin. My family was poor due to the communism, so I had to resort to stealing. My mother had had an affair while drunk before I was conceived, so I had a half brother and sister to greet me when I was born. The KGB found out about us though, so my father sacrificed himself to save us. The KGB officer who killed him was Lewis Smith, the father of my half siblings. My mother married a human, and then I had human step siblings too. My mother told me that there was a rare celestial event on the night I was born. It was a Friday the 13th, a leap year, and the moon was somehow in a mix of solar and lunar eclipse, so I was born more powerful than most Inverts, also I aged only on leap years, so I could live for much longer. Now for where I helped save the world, but also experienced great tragedy.”
34 years ago East Berlin, German Democratic Republic I was running from the baker, who was chasing me with a bread roller. I had stolen twelve loaves from his shop, and I was outrunning him easily thanks to my super speed, but he was a former Olympic athlete, so he was still keeping good distance. I ducked into an alley, and used my acrobatic skills to jump, swing, slide, and maneuver through the obstacle course that was the alleyway until I reached the rooftops. I could hear the baker cursing below as he tried to find the thief who robbed his store, thankfully, he didn’t think to look up at the rooftops, otherwise, he would have seen me in an instant. He ran off, and I ran to my hiding spot, an old abandoned ventilation system that hadn’t been used for a decade. I opened the rusted vent cover, and then slid down into the central convergence system where the abandoned apartment buildings vents met at. When I knew no one was outside, I climbed out, and stashed my extra items I used to help loot stores easier underneath a stair case. Then I teleported to my apartment in a wisp of black smoke. “Mom, I’m home.” I said as I manifested in the kitchen. She turned from what she was doing and hugged me. “Asher, you know I said only six!” My Mom scolded me. My mom was against stealing, but she understood that even with her and Damien, my step father, working eight hour shifts each day, and the country cheating them out of full pay, this was the only way our stomach would get filled. “I know, it’s just so that we could have leftovers for dinner tomorrow.” I was also against stealing, but I did it to help support my family. Before, both Mom and Damien worked eight hour shifts, but then he got a “promotion” where the factory would get more work out of him but not pay him as much under the pretense of maintaining a limited budget. So, Mom was left home to take care of me, my half siblings, and my step siblings. “Asher, I have been wanting to talk to you. What would you say if we fled here?” She said. “Where would we go?” I asked curiously. “Just to West Berlin, we would get more freedom since they are a democracy. How does that sound?” She said. “Yes! No more scrounging for food and looking for stuff to sell to pay bills, and no more antisemitism or communism!” I said as tears were streaming down both our faces. “I’m afraid I am going to have to be the bearer of bad news.” Damien said as he walked in to the kitchen. “Damien what are you talking about?” My mother asked as set the dishes to wash themselves using her telekinesis. “The manager made me sign a contract where I agreed to work for him until I am eligible for retirement, we are stuck here I am afraid.” He said very droopily. I saw Mom’s face getting red, which meant I had about 30 seconds before she suffered a telekinetic and telepathic outburst due to immense rage. With the telekinetic outburst, things would shatter, break, implode, explode, and just crash and fly everywhere, while her telepathic outburst would cause immense mental pain and a screaming voice in anyone within a 10-mile radius’s head. I went to my half-siblings’ room first which was shared between my half-brother and half-sister, Eliza and Matt. Eliza had hydrokinesis, cryokinesis, aerokinesis, and photokinesis while Matt had pyrokinesis, geokinesis, magmakinesis, and umbrakinesis. They were like Yin and Yang, darkness and light, they balanced each other out. I grabbed both of them and concentrated on my human siblings’ room. I puffed into their room in a cloud of black and dark blue smoke, and broke up an argument Jackie and Ben were having over bathroom privileges, and then teleported to my other step siblings room, Nico and Martha, who were half-Inverts. Nico had technopathy, electrokinesis, and basically control over anything man-made; Martha on the other hand had control over the elements and forces of nature, so they were not the best at getting along with each other. When I teleported in, they were having their usual contest which was a plant of Martha’s fighting a homemade robot of Nico’s. I used my telekinesis to make both fighters die in a violent stalemate, leapt towards my half-siblings, grabbed them, and then teleported back to the kitchen and grabbed my step-father, when I realized the smarter thing would be to teleport and send her through time to an unspecified location using my time travel to an uninhabited part of the globe, so her and I went to the deserts of the American west, some place outside of town called Roswell, I think around 1947. She vented her anger out, and I used the sand that was blown away to make crashed UFO in the base of the crater with my matter manipulation to make the disturbance in the desert less suspicious. When she calmed down, I read the future to make sure there would be nothing that would get tracked into the house and give me a reason to teleport to another part of the globe, and there was thankfully a 1% chance anything would get tracked back. We teleported back, and Mom started to cry. “CURSE YOU MARX!” She screamed at the top of her lungs. This is how it was for my teen years. We used to be a family of three; me, Mom, and Adam, my Invert Father. But before my Mom and Dad met, my mother worked at a nightclub, where she fell in drunken love with a (secretly Invert, we wouldn’t know until later) KGB agent and American traitor names Lewis Smith, and the result was Eliza and Matt, my Invert half-siblings. Later though, he wanted to leave her and demanded custody of the children. She refused, so he murdered Adam, and we fled to an apartment complex in East Berlin. Everything in our lives was stressful, overpriced school tuition, the crappy pay Mom received working at the sausage factory. Things got a little better when we met Damien and his kids, Jackie and Ben, my human step siblings, and Nico and Martha, my half Invert stepsiblings and the result of Damien and his Invert wife’s marriage before she died of cancer. Damien worked at the car factory, while Mom worked at the sausage factory. Both received crappy pay, but their paychecks combined made sure we met end’s meet and had food in our bellies and clothes on our back. The KGB regular showed up at our doorstep for their “contraband inspection”, which was really them just hoarding off any extra money and goods we may have had so they could keep us almost at middle class level. “Whose Marx?” Nico asked. “Karl Marx! The person who invented communism and socialism, and subsequently caused the Russian Revolution, the Soviet Union, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs invasion, as well as the Vietnam War and the separation of East and West Berlin, among many other terrible things.” She screamed while her China cabinet exploded. “What’s the difference between communism and socialism?” Martha asked. Just then, there a was loud knocking on our door. Damien opened it to reveal the “Democratic” Premier of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, accompanied by a dozen KGB agents, five personal bodyguards, a miniature marching band made up of a tuba player, flute, bass drum, snare, cymbal, and clarinet player, as well as ten flag girls. “So, my little maiden, you want to know the difference between communism and socialism? Well, let us explain it to you in a fun way!” He said as he assumed the position of a conductor, and the band played, while the flag girls twirled their batons, rifles, and flags while singing. “Odin, dva, odin-dva-tri-chetyre!” He said in Russian, which translated to ‘A one, a two, a one-two-three-four’. “Too understand the works of communism and socialism, one must first look at life like a triangular prism,” the flag girls sang. “the three dimensions of life being capitalism, communism, and socialism! With capitalism, there is a society whose economic structure is based on private ownership and different social classes based on wealth, which is corrupt and unfair! Socialism is an economic policy where there is no private ownership of property and no social wealth classes, which is like a rickety, unsafe wooden stair. Finally, communism is the political version of socialism where anything produced by the state goes to the head of it, and industrialization takes place to modernize the country! This is the greatest since not only does it provide a stable government, but it also eliminates economic and social sundry!” They sang. When they finally finished, Brezhnev dismissed them to go back to Russia, which they did in a squished carpool. But then for some reason, Brezhnev had a look of malice on his face. He had the KGB surround us, and he made sure the door was shut. “We have been monitoring you for a while now, Mr. and Mrs. Cody. You all have tried to keep a low profile, but we know what you are, you putrid O-zers!” He said while spitting in our faces. In the countries that knew about the existence of Inverts, and especially discriminated against them, O-zer was the derogatory term for Inverts, since the Inversion process of DNA in a human flipped the shape of a human chromosome from the X shape, upside down, to make it shaped like a 0, or more specifically a diamond, but people thought it would be better sounding like that. You have probably been wondering how a simple mutation to the structure of the human chromosome such a drastic effect as can have giving humans superpowers. Let me explain this: when a chromosome gets inverted, and makes a zero shape, it changes the structure of DNA. DNA normally is in a spiral staircase formation where it stops when it reaches the end of the chromatid. Inversion eliminates this limit by making the DNA go in an infinite loop around the chromosome, and a special catalyst, referred to as Invertius Polymerase, constantly goes around the chromosome, amplifying genes, to give basic powers like enhanced strength and speed, but in certain parts of the body, such as the brain, or the skeleton, more special abilities are created. With chromosomes in brain cells, as well as other specific body parts, The Invertius Polymerase not only enhances those genes, but they also secrete a chemical that activates hidden sub-genes below the nucleotides, which give a human their super power. In the brain, powers that can surface are telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, future prediction, as well as other kinesis’s. The chemical can actually alter the structure of your DNA by Inverting the nucleotides so that any pair can go together, not just the A-T or G-C or A-U rule, which can allow humans to change the chemical make-up of their body, hence, my ability to change my body into a pillar of smoke or any natural element. With the hands and feet, the process can give an additional layer of skin between the toes and fingers, creating a webbed membrane which is ideal for swimming, which I also have, and a light weight membrane can also develop of the stage of puberty to give a person bat-like wings, again, also have. Anyway, back to the situation at hand, Brezhnev had confronted us about being Inverts, and we had a feeling it was about to get much worse. “You all are coming with us, so that we can understand your genes and create super soldiers to use against the United States and impose communism on the World and become the dominant super power. Your human family will have to die I’m afraid, since we have no use for them and there can be no witnesses. Gotov! Tsel' ...” He said, and in case you are wondering, the last bit he said translated to Ready! Aim… But much to our surprise, as well as Brezhnev’s, they turned their guns from us to him. His face turned as white as snow. “What is the meaning of this!? You serve me! Guards! Execute the traitors and the humans!” Brezhnev’s guards unsheathed hidden knives they had, and, further to our surprise, and to Brezhnev’s horror, brutally stabbed the Premier. The KGB also were phoning in what I presumed was back up to eliminate any witnesses, and then they took off their masks, as well as their uniforms, to reveal they had no affiliation with Russia or other communist countries, but rather, NATO, the United Nations, and specifically, America, West Germany, France, Japan, and England. They rushed towards me at a fourth of my speed. “You’re the teleporter, right?” The head soldier asked while shaking me violently. “Yeah!? Who are you? What are you-” I began to ask before he cut me off. “No time to explain, teleport us somewhere we can all hide!” He said as he grabbed me, Mom, Damien, Nico, Martha, Eliza, Matt, Jackie, and Ben. I began concentrating very hard on my hiding spot, and in a puff of grey smoke, we were on the rooftop I was at earlier. Moments later, a battalion of KGB agents with a tank pulled up to our apartment complex, shot at every window with a machine gun, fire what appeared to be either a napalm bomb or a grenade, and after walking away, it exploded. “You all hold on until we can call in a chopper to get us out of enemy territory, it won’t be long now before they realize we weren’t in the building, but were going to need to insert a look-a-like of Brezhnev to keep suspicions down.” He said as his fellow soldiers kept guard and the West German soldier was giving orders to someone on the phone. “Who are you all? It’s clear you aren’t Soviets, KGB, or even communists, since none of them would murder their own leader.” Mom said while jabbing her finger in his face as it started to rain. “My fair lady, we are spies, who as you probably figured out, work for NATO, the United Nations, and each of us specifically serve our country of origin. I am American, the German over there has been keeping tabs on you from West Berlin, and those other two are from England and France. The Japanese man monitors relations between North Korea, China, Laos, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union. My name is Joshua McClain, the German is Johann Krueger, the French man is Jacques Clément, the English man is Charles Fitzpatrick III, and the Jap is Akira Reo, he’s the brains. We are part of a special division of the United Nations, known colloquially as the Agency for the Usurpation of Communist Regimes and Totalitarianism, or AUCRT for short, we are also part of the Strategic Scientific Western Study Division for NATO, or SSWSD, for short. We have two main purposes, to overthrow communist dictators, and to watch for possible recruits. We were also sent by the Global Security Taskforce division of SSWSD to recruit you.” He said. After what seemed like 4 hours, the chopper finally arrived and we shuffled on board and then took off to what I presumed was West Berlin, but instead, we flew over it, so I then presumed we were either heading to West Germany, France, England, the United States, or Japan. Me being the impatient teen I was, grabbed everyone and teleported us to the United Nations Headquarters when I eavesdropped on the pilot. Unfortunately, though, I did not manage, however, to teleport the chopper with us, so it is lost somewhere in the Atlantic, but I’m sure they’ve got plenty in stock. When we arrived, we were quarantined for any illnesses or diseases, then, we were escorted into a large hangar area that made a college football stadium look like little league field. Out of the shadows came three figures: a military official, a scientist, and the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. Afterwards, Damien, Ben and Jackie were escorted to a lunch room to get a bite to eat, while were peacefully subjugated to experiments performed by the scientist, who was a famous scientist by the name of James Watson for the discovery of the structure of DNA. When he was finished with the examination, he gave his report to the military official and President Carter. Then we were asked to sit down. “We have been keeping tabs on your family for a while now, but only a while back were our suspicions confirmed. We know you are Inverts, and we have a job for you, the military commander here is General Charles, but everyone just calls him Charlie. I have tasked him with creating a world security force made up of people like you. Sarah Cody, Invert with powers of telepathy and telekinesis, Matthew Cody, power of pyrokinesis, geokinesis, magmakinesis, and umbrakinesis, Elizabeth Cody, power of hydrokinesis, cryokinesis, aerokinesis, and photokinesis. You two have been fighting your whole life, but never been able to triumph over the other, because you are meant to balance each other out. Matthew, you can control fire, earth, lava, and darkness, and Elizabeth, you control light, air, water, and ice, you are Yin-Yang Inverts, or Invert twins with opposite powers, believe it or not, if you work together and you combine your powers are you invincible, and like it or not, you must work together in order to keep the team together.” He finished over Matt and Eliza complaining. “Nico Cody, power of electrokinesis, technokinesis, and anything artificial, you and your sister are equally powerful as well, and are also Yin-Yang Inverts, your control of anything artificial balancing Martha’s control over natural and organic materials. Finally, I reach you, Asher Cody, you are the most powerful Invert in not only your family, but also in the history of the universe. You are a very rare type of Invert, a half Celestial/ half Cosmological Invert, or a Cosmolestial Invert. You were born on a Friday the 13th of a leap year, during a combined solar and lunar eclipse, this means your DNA is constantly evolving-” But I cut him off. “You mean adapting, right? We are very religious and don’t believe in evolution.” I proclaimed. “Yeah, sure, anyway, this mean your DNA, cells, and everything about you is constantly adapting for potential situations, giving you more abilities than the average Invert. The combination of the Sun’s position, and the placement of the moon at the time of your birth, a special type of wave, a lunar-solar wave very rarely witnessed, mostly due to it being invisible unless using a UV light, shined its invisible ray on you once you were born, putting your DNA and Invertius polymerase into overdrive, hence the constant adaptation. Now I must attend to important matters and will let General Charles take over.” He said as he walked out of the hangar with his Secret Service agents. “The team is going to be made up of Inverts and humans, and the goal is to keep global peace, and to slowly usurp communist and totalitarian regimes, as well as defend the Earth from extraterrestrial threats. The team will be labeled the Earth Security Force, and if you join, you will receive American citizenship and you will get paid good money. You will need to adopt codenames for when you are on missions. Mrs. Cody, since your powers are mental, you will be called Menrfa, just pronounce it as Menfra. Nico, you shall be referred to as Tæknos, and Martha will be Gaia. Eliza, you are Yang since one of your powers is control over light. Matt, you are Yin due to your manipulation of darkness. Finally, Asher, you have multiple themed abilities, but most of your powers seem to be Night themed, so in keeping with themed names, you shall be Erebus.” He finished. “Can I personally call myself Erebus Nyght?” I queried. “Welcome to the team, Erebus Nyght.” He finished while shaking each of our hands. So, for the next decade I trained to improve my powers, learning to use my attack abilities and time travel to send attacks through time to hit enemies off guard. I learned to completely go invisible in shadows, and in 1989, my life changed. When I met my non-familial team, I met Drew Ellis, Charles grandniece, and Samuel Eris, President Carter’s adoptive grandson. I had a special connection with Drew the second I laid eyes on her, unfortunately though, so did Samuel. Samuel and I were best friends, but the one thing we were hostile towards each other for was competing for Drew’s affection. Eventually, though, Samuel was transferred to the Asian division, after Drew chose me to be her boyfriend, which left Samuel embittered towards me. I thought it would go away after a while, but little did I know it would only get much, much worse. His replacement was Morgan Galahad, an Invert that had pseudo-magical abilities, therefore, he was referred to as Merlin. In 1989, the World Security Taskforce received word that resistance groups were planning the overthrow of the communist regimes in Europe, but then we received word that the sectors for the World Security Taskforce were disappearing. The humans turned up dead, and the Inverts were rendered human, and then subsequently, dead as well. Intel told us it was the work of some terrorist with an unknown agenda. We were tasked to find the terrorist, who dubbed himself S.A. in the encrypted video message we received. After tracing the call back to its origins, we discovered it came from outer space specifically, from Jupiter. We thankfully had a spacecraft on standby and had a surplus of flight suits. We took off for Jupiter and were nearly killed by the asteroid field. We arrived on the planet’s surface and so we began to scout out the surface for anything unusual. Drew was forced to stay behind on the orders of General Charles. We found nothing but then the ground broke open, and out from it arose S.A. standing on top of a spacecraft, covered in black gloves, a black ski mask, and a black turtle neck and trench coat with black jeans and black boots, fully covering everything except for his eyes, along with an army of Jupiterian rock monster soldiers, and a large ray. “Hello Invert and human scum, did you miss me?” He asked in a falsetto sympathetic voice. “You have murdered countless humans and Inverts, why?” General Charles asked angrily. “I did it because of him!” He said while pointing his gloved hand at me. “What did I do to you? All I know about you is you’re a psychopath!” I screamed while flying up to him and jabbing him in the face. “Oh, you know me, Asher, you just don’t recognize me. Let me refresh your memory.” He said in a cold voice. He took off his trench coat, mask, and gloves, to the person who had left us and had been my rival for the longest time. When he had revealed himself, everyone below me gasped. “No, it-it can’t be…Samuel?!” I screamed while crying. “Oh yes, but it’s not Samuel anymore! It’s not even Samuel Eris anymore! You are looking at Samael Ares, the demonic Convert of War!” He said as he transformed. His skin when from Caucasian to the color of a black hole; his fingers and toes became claws; his muscles grew twice their size and his eyes turned blood red, and he sprouted black angelic wings. His voice also grew much deeper. His end result was essential a muscular, angel-winged, solid shadow that looked exactly like a demon. “Wait, what’s a Convert?” I asked after getting over my shock from his transformation. “So, glad you asked. You see, after Drew chose you over me,” as he said this, he gave a side-glance full of malice and a wicked smile. “I lost everything I ever wanted. I wanted revenge, not only against you, but against the world for taking everything I ever loved away from me, but I wanted revenge on the Global Security Taskforce. I started eliminating each of the world’s sectors one by one, killing the humans, and taking away the powers from the Inverts. I used this,” he said as he gestured to the giant ray which I now realized was aimed at Earth’s orbit. “to take away their powers so they would not be able to stop me. In its purest form, it is a liquid, and I found when it is mixed in with the human bloodstream, it converts a human into an Invert, hence the name. I am also a member the Cult of Inverton, and I am Inverton, Convert of Fire, and the cleanser of this world, the army you see before you are the Imperial Inverters, the evil Inverts and communist armies of the world, with armor I have provided. I shall purge the world with this ray gun, which will destroy the world in a massive fireball, and take away the Inverts’ abilities and cause them to spontaneously combust, it’s set on a timer, but I want to test its effects on a mass of Inverts, so let’s test it!” He said as he shot a smaller ray at Nico, Martha, Eliza, Matt, and Mom, causing them to be rendered human, and burst into flames. He then unleashed his army on us, and I got into a flying fist fight with him. When it looked like it was over for me, I had one last idea. I used the last of my strength to send Inverton, not Samuel since Samuel and even Samael no longer existed, due to be consumed by anger and the spirit of Inverton, to the beginning of time. He would die in his physical form, and there would be nothing with enough human intelligence to possess for him to keep living, so he could never return to our time. Without his powers, the army slowly died due to the lack oxygen. I lost not only my family on that day, but my best friend. The only members of our team left were me, Drew, General Charles, Damien, Jackie and Ben. Drew hadn’t been on the mission to Jupiter, so she didn’t know at all what had happened, just that my family gave their lives to save the world. In the year 2004, Drew and I married, then had Zacchaeus in 2008, and Jennifer in 2012. “And that is where I stop.” I said concluding my past. Drew had tears streaming down her eyes. “I had no idea it was that bad. First you lost your father, then you lost your mother and step and half siblings. But, despite what you may think when I say this, the children need to know. It is a part of both of our histories, and they need to know the truth as to why they never get to see their grandmother, aunts, or uncles. But, there is one question I have, didn’t you say during the story that Samuel grazed you with the beam when you flew to attack?” She queried while wiping her eyes. “Yes, why?” I asked dumbfounded. “If he managed to absorb some of your power before you sent him to prehistory, couldn’t he come back with your complete array of powers?” She queried. Before I could answer, I heard a crashing downstairs, and we both jumped out of bed and ran downstairs. In the kitchen were the kids, tranquilized and wearing collar that cancelled their powers, and holding them hostage, was Samuel. “You should have thought more carefully about your plan. You tried to send me to prehistory, but due to lacking full strength, you only sent me to 30 A.D., and I managed to absorb your powers when I grazed you with the beam, allowing me to slow my aging process. I managed to regain control of my body, suppressing Inverton unless my anger got the best of me, or when I wanted to create chaos, or needed to be stronger. I want to finish what we started, if you refuse, I kill them.” He said gesturing his eyes towards my flesh and blood. I turned around and started whispering with Drew. “How am I supposed to defeat him? He has my powers, and can summon Inverton to make him stronger? He’ll kill me no matter what I try.” I said knowing I was at least going to be able to see my mother again. “Wait, Inverton is basically a demon, right? Created when the soul of the first Invert and his anger from when he was alive and shunned and ridiculed merging into a malevolent deity, and you have attained high priesthood in church right?” She asked while looking over her shoulder at Samuel. “Don’t try my patience!” He yelled while jabbing a knife in the kids’ direction.” “Exorcise Inverton when he summons him and use the Catholic gesture on his body so that he can’t resummon him, as well as one us to protect us. Then you can go back in time to before he turned evil, and make so he doesn’t have incentive to turn evil.” She finished. It was complicated, but it was brilliant. I turned back to Samuel. “Fine, one condition, if you kill me, don’t force Drew to marry you, and at least help take care of my children for her.” I begged falling to my knees. “Fine, but first, time to do a little summoning, one moment please.” He said as he drifted off into thought and began the summoning ritual. I knew that I had a minute to make sure Drew, the kids, and I were protected from the evil of the demon, so I performed the gesture on each of us, saying ‘Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit’ in English as well as Latin. When I finished, the demon had finally been summoned and taken control of Samuel. I used my future vision to anticipate his attacks while I held a crucifix towards him and began reciting the Lord’s Prayer while ducking, jumping, sliding, and leaping out of the way to avoid him turning me into an Invert pancake. “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen!” I finished, throwing the crucifix right at his chest, exorcising the demon. Before he could regain control of his senses, I used my powers to do the Catholic gesture on himself, rendering him uninhabitable for the demon. It was just him and me at this point. We exchanged punches, tried to use our telekinesis to throw knives at each other, and tried to teleport to different locations for surprise attacks, all of which proved futile. We were evenly matched except for one thing, I had half-Invert children, who were slowly and quietly regaining consciousness, and were sneaking behind the counter to prepare a tag team attack. They were half-Inverts; Jennifer had the powers of levitation, and she could unleash her full power which would make her more demonic looking due to her powers taking control of her, and she could absorb an Inverts powers then transmit them to other lifeforms, and Zacchaeus had super speed and strength. As Samuel was about to finish me off, Zacchaeus used his combined super speed and strength to tackle and hold down Samuel, while Jean levitated over the counter, unleashed her true potential, and drained Samuel of all his abilities, rendering him human once more. When he was almost fully human, I used all my powers combined to finally destroy him permanently. The deed was done, Samuel was dead.