“Most guns don’t,” she replied. “The bullets I use are military grade, specifically designed to eliminate Demigods. Your dad ensured that I was armed with them.”
I nodded, not wanting to speak more.
But I had to.
“I can’t go yet,” I told Olivia.
“Why not?” she asked.
Lightning Bee would be arriving at the school soon, and before he arrived, I needed to make sure Lazlo had been sufficiently broken and killed, and my new henchmen needed to vacate the premises.
But first, there was one pest that I needed to talk to.
Regaining my composure, I strutted back over to the unconscious Takato, Olivia following me like a good dog.
Looking down at him, I sneered. “Wake him up,” I ordered.
Following my order, Olivia picked him up by shirt collar and repeatedly punched him in the face, each punch drawing more blood than the last.
I licked my lips.
“Huh! What’s going on?!” Takato asked, waking up. “Wow. Nice legs,” he said, staring at Olivia’s long, exposed legs.
Olivia clearly wasn’t flattered, and responded to his comment by throwing him across the hallway.
“Ahh,” he cried. “What the Hell?”
I walked over to him, and put my heeled foot on his chest.
“Guess what, Peasant?,” I asked rhetorically. “The fire breather’s dead. And as much as I hate to admit it, you’re part of the reason I’m still alive.” Before continuing, I dug my heel into him. “So, I’ve decided to spare you.” Olivia made her way over to us, standing behind me with her arms behind her back.
“You see?” Takato asked smiling. “I knew you weren’t all bad.”
I smirked evilly.
“Instead, I’ve decided to destroy your life completely.”
“What?!” Takato said, his smile disappearing. “What do you mean?”
“Olivia, take a note,” I said. “When we’re done here, I want you to go the house of Takato Sakuraba and kill his parents.”
“Kill any other relatives living there as well. Then, I want you burn the house down, seek out any of his friends, and kill them too.”
“Why are you doing this?!”
“And after all of that Takato, I’m going to throw enough money around that I’m going to erase every trace of your existence. Oh yeah, I can do that.”
“You bitch!” he screamed, getting up and drawing his arm back for a punch.
Before he could touch me, Olivia jumped over me and spun kicked him in the face, blood flying out of his mouth as he was sent back down to the floor.
“What did I do to make you hate me?” Takato asked, starting to cry from the pain. “I’ve been nothing but nice to you.”
I bent down on one knee and got close to him.
“Kindness is for people who can’t just take what they want,” I said. “And frankly, your beliefs just frustrate me. People aren’t good. And supers aren’t either. The only reason anyone becomes a hero is for fame and glory.”
“You’re wrong,” he said with purpose.
“I’ve met Lightning Bee. He may be what you believe all heroes are like.” With a grin I said, “That’s why I’m going to kill him.” I got in even closer, so that my face was right over his. “And there’s nothing you can do to save him or your family.”
“So you do remember me?” Takato asked rhetorically. “I’m flattered.”
“Excuse me,” Del said. “You two know each other?”
Bearing his teeth, Takato exhaled right in my face.
“You ruined my life,” he growled.
“I…I’m so sorry.” I was practically whimpering.
“What’s going on here?” Carter asked. “Who are you?”
“Yeah!” Sammy jumped in. “And who do you think you are making my girl cry.”
Takato backed up a few steps, and looked up and down at Carter and Sammy.
“My name is Takato Sakuraba. Tell me: Do you know who your friend is?”
“Takato!” Badrah shouted, walking over to him. “These people were put in danger because of that, thing you created. Whatever grudges you have with them, apologize for that.”
“It’s okay Badrah,” I said in a subdued tone. “I know this is your house, but do you think you and your husband could give us the room? We have some things to work out.”
“Whatever you need to say can be said with adult supervision.”
“No my love,” Del jumped in. “We’ve been caring for Takato but we don’t really know these others that well. Their business isn’t ours.”
Badrah nodded, and the two made their way upstairs.
“Thanks guys,” Takato said.
Once they were gone, Sammy sucker punched Takato in the stomach.
“Sam, no!” I shouted.
Carter pulled him back away from Takato as Sammy said, “That was for making her cry.”
Takato moaned in pain. Sammy wasn’t super strong, but he was muscular. Takato on the other hand was just a big dork. He was a bright, scholarship student with a chipper attitude who loved marionettes.
And now all I could see in him was anger and pain.
Because of me.
“I’ll ask again,” Takato said, shaking off the pain and standing up straight, “Do you know who your friend is?”
I knew what he was really asking. He was wondering if they knew that I’d been Queen.
I turned to Carter, who was just letting go of Sammy, and looked at him in the eye. Carter could always tell what I was feeling, and usually, what it meant.
“Yeah,” Carter said, walking up next to me. “We do.”
Sammy clenched his fists.
“Do you even realize what she’s done?! She didn’t just rob banks. She didn’t just hold hostages. She killed thousands of people! She took away my life! She murdered my family!” As he screamed, he started crying, and I resumed doing so. “My baby brother…”
Oh damn, I heard my voice say. You had Olivia kill a baby.
No. Not again.
Isn’t it funny how no matter how many times you start to feel better about yourself, I come back?
“Ahhhhhh,” I moaned softly.
I think it’s pretty funny.
Carter looked at me and then back and Takato. What was he going to say?
“I’m sorry. I really am. I don’t expect you to ever forgive Raina for what she’s done. If anyone hurt…killed my sister, I’d never be able to forgive them. But please believe me when I say that Raina changing from Queen to Fencer wasn’t just a cosmetic or PR change. She really has become a good person.”
No you haven’t, my voice said playfully.
“You know what? Sammy said. “I don’t believe you. All this cunt is doing is spreading her evil out even further. Just look at how she’s corrupted Lightning Bee! He was a true hero of justice, and now he’s working with her.”
“Lightning Bee isn’t corrupted at all!” Carter shouted. Oh no. Carter please don’t say what I think you’re about to. “I know because I am Lightning Bee.” Damn it.
And just like that, all of Takato’s rage went away.
He dropped to his knees and his crying became hysteric.
“Nooooooooooo!” he screamed. “She’s really gotten to you then. No. You were my hero! Why?!”He coughed. “Why would you do this?!”
“Well, this guy’s a mess,” Sammy commented.
“Shut up Sam!” I shouted, tears still in my eyes.
“Please Takato,” Carter said. “I’m still a hero and I always will be. Raina hasn’t corrupted me. I’ve helped bring out the good in her.”
“There is no good!”
Takato’s face had become red and puffy, snot dripping from his nose.
I would have been grossed out, but I was pretty sure my face looked the same way.
Come on. Mock his face. He already hates you. It’ll be fun.
“I’m not some sadistic monster!” I accidentally screamed. “I’m not a monster.”
“Raina,” Carter said softly.
“Alright, this isn’t going anywhere,” Sammy said, walking up to where the rest of us were. “Maybe you two forgot, but this guy summoned a fucking demon earlier tonight.”
Takato sneezed three times, each sneeze progressively louder than the last.
“And I’d do it again,” he said. “I got a real good look at you that day at school. That’s how I was able to figure out who you were when you went on TV and became Fencer. I summoned that demon with its only order being “Kill Raina Davenport.” He tried to laugh, but it just became a cough. “And unless you kill me, I’ll summon it again. And next time, I’ll send it after your family.”
No one threatens Daddy. Kill him. Kill him now!
“She doesn’t have to do anything,” Sammy said. “You don’t seem like a bad guy, but we can’t just let you keep sending demons out into the city. So either you go to jail with them, or you die by me. Right, Carter?”
Then, I saw a fierceness in Carter’s eyes I’d only seen once or twice.
Without hesitation, he spun around and blasted Sammy with his lightning, sending him across the living room and into the kitchen.
“Sammy!” I shouted, worried about my boyfriend, even amongst everything that was going on.
“Damn it you idiot!” Carter shouted. “Can’t you see how much pain these two are in? This isn’t the time to be making threats!”
Carter crouched down next to Takato.
“You can’t let hatred consume your heart. If you do, it’ll destroy you.”
In response, Takato spit at Carter.
“You can quit it with the heroic adages. No matter what you say, you still align yourself with Queen, and like it or not, that’s who she’ll always be.” Takato stood up and clenched his fists. “And I’m not going to let you spread your evil to the good hito who’ve taken me in.”
“Takato,” I said softly.
“Get out! Kill me or get out, those are your choices! What’s it gonna be?”
Come on. He’s pretty much telling you to kill him.
“NO!” I howled.
Carter sighed with defeat, bringing me in for a hug.
“Come on Raina. Let’s get out of here”
Carter pointed a finger and fired a small string of electricity out of it at Sammy’s chain necklace, pulling him over to us by it.
“You are so going down for that one,” Sammy said.
As Carter let go of me, I bent down and kissed Sammy on the forehead.
“It’s time to go.”
I wasn’t sure exactly what Carter said, but I laughed hysterically at it.
“That was funny,” I said, chugging back what was either my 5th or 6th glass of whiskey.
“Yeah it was,” Carter said, sounding like a dope. Heh. Dope. That’s a funny word.
Carter was just as drunk as I was, though he was just finishing up his second beer.
“Hey. Hey Raina. Raina Raina.”
“Yeah?” I said, on the edge of my seat as to where he was going with this.
“What happened to Sammy? Did I kill him?” He asked before falling down and assuming a laying down position of the couch we were sitting in in my room.
“No, you didn’t kill him,” I said. “He just went home.” I laughed. “I think he really hates you.”
“You know,” Carter said, gesturing at me with his beer bottle. “I think you’re right.”
We both laughed hard.
“Hey,” I said, trying to be serious. “How are you so good with, God I hate calling myself this, kids?”
“What do you mean?”
“Me, Takato, you seem to know just what to say. Even if the results are mixed.”
“Oh, it’s nothing special. Shay, my awesome big sister, helped me through a lot of tough times when I was your age. I’m just doing my best impersonation of her. Of course without a huge nose, my impersonation will never be perfect.”
We laughed again.
“It would have been fun to know you when you were my age,” I said. “Didn’t you burn down your school or something? I keep hearing about it, but you’ve never given me the whole story.”
“Well now you’re getting it!” Carter shouted, excitedly giddy, sitting up straight. “You know Bladeburst of course, rank 5 in the Guardianship. His calling card was leaving the initials BB in flames wherever he stopped a criminal.”
“Oh no,” I smiled, having an idea where this was going.
“One year, one Super hero Appreciation Day, I decided to pay tribute to him by leaving my initials in fire outside my school. But I set up the gasoline wrong, and long story short, the school was reduced to a crisp.”
“Ha ha ha,”
“Yeah, it was pretty dumb.” Carter stared down at my purple carpet. “My dad beat me so bad for that one.”
“Wait,” I said, losing my smile and brushing my hair back. “Your dad beat you?”
“Yeah. He’s a major dick. Shay always tried to help me, but there wasn’t much she could do against him.”
“Sorry,” I said.
“No worries,” he said. “I found people to look up to in the Guardianship. People like King Power.”
I put my glass down.
“Are we bad people Carter?”
“What?! We’re super heroes. No way are we bad.”
“But I’m a mass murderer. And you’re okay with that. I think that makes us pretty awful.”
Carter put an arm around me.
“There’s nothing you can do to change what you did in the past. But who you are now? You’re a super awesome, beautiful, and intelligent girl who is doing everything she can to help others. And if being friends with that person makes me evil, than I don’t what evil is anymore.”
“I love you Carter.”
“I love you too Raina.”
Then, I did something I probably wouldn’t have done without all the alcohol in me.
I closed my eyes, and leaned in towards Carter, with my lips.