Chapter 10: A Monster Lurks Beyond Walls
Dream on my world
I live on my world
Going off my head down to somewhere
Goin' on the best of tune and pressure today
I blew a bad man away today
Had to go
Had to be told
I blew the man away
New Genius (Brother) by Gorillaz
Three girls walked around a vast woods that surrounded Ginger Town below them.
"Steven! Steven!" The girls yelled out.
"Where could he be? This morning, there were people screaming in terror, now it's just dead silence. I am extremely worried." The girl with orange pixie hair told.
"Hey Pearl, shouldn't we check out Ginger Town to see what's up? It's about time we do a little butt kicking." The short girl with purplish white hair suggested as she got out her whip.
"No Amethyst, our top priority is Steven." The tall girl with an Afro placed a hand on Amethyst's shoulder.
"Gee Garnet, you're no fun." She crossed her arms as her whip disappeared from sight.
"Besides, what ever terrorized those people in Ginger Town might still be there. Steven couldn't have thought it was a good idea at the time to check it out." Pearl told.
Suddenly, they heard a lone male voice screaming in an angry tone of voice.
"It's coming from over there!" Amethyst shouted as she ran through the forest.
"Amethyst, wait! We don't know for sure if its the monster that attacked Ginger Town!" Pearl warned as she and Garnet ran after her.
Suddenly, the short girl stopped after stepping through a few bushes.
They stopped before a trio of men.
One of them was screaming at the top of his lungs, and kicking the front of what it seems to be a Jeep.
"Um...excuse me? Can we talk to you for a minute?" Pearl questioned as she poked the man on the back to get his attention.
"Sorry, we won't be signing autographs today. It seems we're in a bit of a pickle with our Jeep." The man explained when he turned around.
At first, Pearl was taking aback by this man's gruesome looking face.
One of his eyes was a dark pink, his nose also looked like it was bent in a few places, and when he smirked, his teeth was shown to be a bluish-green.
"No, we're not looking for autographs. We're actually looking for our friend, Steven. He ran off when we heard about what was going on in Ginger Town."
"You heard about Ginger Town too? Geez, we were gonna have a concert down there and suddenly the people we were gonna perform for somehow vanished into thin air."
"Is that what happened to those people?" Amethyst asked.
"They also said that what was left of those people was their clothing, and holes in their shirts. Your story about your friend going missing is also a bit of a coincidence. When it happened, our lead guitarist, Noodle, went missing too."
"Wait, you don't think they were kidnapped by whatever was down there, right?" Pearl asked when she covered her mouth.
"No, of course not!" A blue haired man stood up.
"Noodle kicked a zombie gorilla in the face a couple years back, if she can do that, then they're alright."
"Ay! Sit back down 2D, and stop interrupting me when we're speaking."
The man growled in anger, rubbing his temples.
"Who are you guys anyway? It doesn't look like you're from around here."
"Pardon me sir, we forgot to introduce ourselves." Pearl cleared her throat.
"My name is Pearl. This is Garnet." She said, pointing at Garnet who stood on her left.
"And this is Amethyst." Pearl looked over to her right where she was supposed to be.
She then found Amethyst summer saulted all over the place.
"Amethyst!" Pearl shouted aloud.
"I'm bored, when are we gonna beat up something?"
The man looked back at Pearl.
"My name is Murdoc Niccals, the sole creator of the Gorillaz band. The blue head moron is 2D, and the big guy sitting over there is Russell."
Russell looked up at the trio, "Ey..."
"So you're named after a bunch of gems, huh?" Murdoc said as he crossed his arms.
"We are gems!" Pearl shouted.
"So is your pal a gem too or is he a..."
"Steven is both human and gem to be honest."
Murdoc sighed in surprise, "Well that's probably something you don't really see everyday. But we seen stranger things, like zombie gorillas, ghosts, a giant moose, random blow up cheer leading gorillas, etcetera, etcetera."
"Are you going to help find our kids, Mr. Murdoc?" Garnet questioned as she placed her hands on her hips.
"Oh sure, but I'm in it because we can't make new music without our guitarist. You can find your gem boy on your own. We will also have to go there on foot, after all, our Jeep is sort of out of commission for today."
"But what about the creature that took away the townspeople?"
"You seem to worry about everything, don't you?"
"I have to worry about Steven, it's our sole duty to protect him until he learns how to use his powers. He can't fight well on his own yet. I don't see you worry about your guitarist getting lost somewhere dark and terrifying."
"Can we just go already? Geez, all I wanna do is find Noodle and get the heck outta Ginger Town before anything crazy happens." Russell walked by, throwing his hands up in the air.
Murdoc and Pearl glanced at each other in surprise, then looked away.
Yohi, Oliver, Teto, Kick, and Gunther made it out of the abandoned town they recently just escaped from.
"Yeah! We made it out!" Gunther cheered.
"We made it without a scratch. So worth the awesomeness." Kick held his fist into the air, and started playing an imaginary electric guitar.
"Don't get too excited guys, those goons might end up looking for us sooner or later. So we need somewhere to take shelter and hide." Teto reminded as she looked around.
The five spotted a small town up ahead.
"There!" Oliver shouted.
"Okay, let's go!" Yohi told as they began to run towards the town.
As soon as they got there though, they couldn't find anyone around.
Although, the first thing they found lying around the streets was clothing, with holes on their shirts.
"Another abandoned town? Why did they leave their clothes behind?" Kick questioned as he examined the different coloured clothing.
"Strange, when we got here, there's a sign that said "Ginger Town, home of 10, 000 people." What the heck happened to them?" Yohi asked himself as he looked at the hole on an orange coloured Polo shirt.
Teto walked to Yohi's side.
"What do you think did all this?" She asked.
"To be honest, I have no idea. It could be anything like some special knife. One stab and the person disappears into thin air. But the stab mark looks a bit small. How did they..." Yohi looked to the ground to find a rifle gun just lying on the ground near a police uniform.
"What are you doing?" Teto questioned as she dropped the Polo shirt.
Yohi picked up the gun and pumped it, seeing an empty bullet shell fly out.
"Ha! Good to see this baby's loaded." Yohi smiled as he practiced aiming.
"Hey, aren't you a bit young to be holding a gun?"
"If an apocalypse happens, anything is legal."
"Okay, so you got yourself a weapon, big deal." Teto crossed her arms in anger.
The five continued walking down the streets of Ginger Town.
"There's even clothes falling out of cars, and open windows. It creeps me out." Gunther shivered.
"What are we even doing here anyway?" Oliver questioned.
"Trying to find shelter, and possibly some survivors of this God-forsaken town." Teto answered.
She couldn't see it at first, but even Teto found herself shivering at the thought of how these people might have disappeared.
"It's like a ghost town. Ugh..." Kick rubbed his arms.
"Quiet you guys, we're trying to focus here." Teto looked over her shoulder.
"Oh sure, we don't want you guys to get hit by these abandoned cars." Kick retorted with a smirk on his face.
Suddenly, they stopped on their tracks.
"Why did we stop? Did we find a survivor?" Gunther looked around.
"Okay seriously guys, shut up! What the heck is that noise?"
They stood still as they heard noises coming from the city.
They heard the sound of water dropping from a vent coming from a nearby alley.
The next thing they heard was the sound of footsteps, metallic like footsteps.
They also heard a little boy whimpering in fear.
Oliver clutched onto Yohi's jacket, while Gunther held onto Kick for dear life.
Yohi lifted up his gun at an alleyway where the sound of footsteps got progressively louder.
Teto rose up her fists, seeing them as her only weapon left to use.
Yohi's eyes widened as they watch as a creature emerged from the shadows of the alleyway.
Gunther screamed at the sight of the creature.
The first thing the gang saw of this creature was his reptilian like slit eyes, staring into their very souls.
He also looked like a bug, with the oval shaped beak, the shape of his head, and not to mention his green coloured wings, and a long tail with sharp needle like end.
In his hand held a boy, who was around 10 years old.
Yohi held up his gun at the bug creature.
"Who are you? What the heck are you?"
After that, the creature only chuckled lowly, sending chills up their backs.
"Don't even bother asking for my name, boy. You'll soon forget by the time I rip your souls from your precious little bodies."
"So you're the one who took the people of Ginger Town! Where are you hiding them, bug man?" Kick pointed at the bug creature.
The creature looked over to the small daredevil.
"Hmm...who ever said I was hiding anyone? Didn't you all see the stab marks on the clothing on your way here?"
Kick looked over to Gunther, then back at the creature.
"Well if you're not hiding anyone, then what the heck is going on here?" Teto questioned as she gripped her hands tightly.
The creature smirked.
"Let's answer that, shall we?"
He threw the boy in between him and the gang, setting him free.
"Help me..." the boy whimpered, holding out his hand.
Oliver ran up to help him.
When he took his hand though, the creature's tail smacked him out of the way.
"Oliver!" Yohi yelled out.
The next thing the gang saw was the end of the creature's tail stabbing the little boy in the back.
The boy cried out in horrific pain.
"Oh my god!" Teto suddenly shouted, then covered her mouth.
Yohi looked back at the scene before him and stared in utter horror.
"The tail! It's drinking him!" Kick yelled.
Gunther tried to keep in the vomit that was about to burst out of his mouth at any moment.
The boy's face began to sink in, giving him a wrinkled look.
His eyes felt like they were gone, and he could no longer see anything in front of him.
The creature drank the poor boy until his body disappeared from sight.
He pulled his tail out of his new victim's clothing.
"So, does that explain anything to you?" The creature asked when Yohi looked up at him.
"Yeah...uh...yeah, it did...in fact, I want to shoot you for it." Yohi stuttered as he aimed his gun at him.
"I'd like to see.you try, boy." The creature laughed.
Yohi took aim and shot at the creature.
But then, the creature used only a single hand and slapped the incoming bullet out of the way, sending it flying towards a street light.
Yohi looked back at the creature in a state of shock.
"What are you?"
Oliver stood up and shook his head, checking if he had any headaches after that hit, in which he did, and ran back to Yohi.
"You brats really want to know my name, don't you?"
"Honestly yes!" Kick chimed in.
"Very well then...you might as well call me Cell."
"Why Cell of all names?" Gunther shivered.
"I was created by the DNA of the world's strongest fighters. And as you saw here, I take the cells of people in order to become stronger. That is why I considered my name to be Cell."
"That's a disgusting thing to even think about." Teto noted.
"True, but I love the sight of a person in front of me disappear. Plus I was sleeping for quite some time now and I wanted to find something to eat." Cell explained as he crossed his arms.
Oliver gripped onto Yohi's jacket once again.
"I take it that we're next on your "To Eat" list, correct?"
"If you keep standing around here like statues, then yes, and it would be quite easy for me to devour you little brats."
Just then, Cell's tail flew towards Kick and Gunther's direction.
Gunther screamed when Kick pushed themselves out of the way before the tail got a chance to hit them.
"Run!" Teto screamed as she grabbed both of the boys and sprinted for her life.
Yohi used the strap of the gun to hang it over his shoulder, then grabbed Oliver and ran after Teto.
"All too easy..." Cell muttered to himself when he leaped into the air, flying over the town, giving the gang a good run for their money.
"They couldn't have gone far." Murdoc responded as the six looked around for Steven and Noodle.
Suddenly as they stood at the end of the street, a few kids ran by, carrying smaller children.
Above them was the creature named Cell chasing the children by air.
"What the heck is that?" 2D asked as he cupped his hand over his eyes.
"Amethyst, catch it!" Garnet ordered as Amethyst summoned her whip, twirled it around like a lasso, and threw it at Cell.
It wrapped around his tail, and was pulled to the cold, hard ground by Amethyst.
When he tried to get back up again, Russell ran towards him and pulled him back by his tail.
"You ain't going nowhere, bug man!" Russell took a couple of steps back, trying his best to keep Cell back.
Yohi and the gang stopped and turned around, seeing Cell struggling to escape from Russell's tight grip.
"Is this the guy that took our potential fans?" Murdoc questioned.
Garnet turned to the gang.
"What are you kids still doing here?! He cannot hold this creature back forever! Run!" Garnet yelled, cupping her hands at either side of her mouth.
Cell kept on struggling to escape Russell's grasp, until he used the claws on his feet to slash at the man's arm.
Russell cried out in pain, letting go of the bug creature and held onto his bleeding arm.
Cell sped up towards the gang, ready to full on attack them.
Garnet ran by him and stood in front of the gang.
"What?!" Cell screamed when Garnet used her gauntlets to punch him back.
"Who is this creature?" Garnet ask as she turned to Yohi.
"He calls himself Cell, he says he's made up of different people, and he's the reason why the people of Ginger Town are gone."
"Were you able to injure him with that gun of yours?"
"N...no! He slapped the bullet out of the way before it even hit him."
Garnet walked towards Cell and rose her large fists, getting ready to fight.
"You made a big mistake of trying to hold me back, woman." He said as he wiped his mouth and stood up.
"And you made a mistake of hurting children."
Garnet turned her head to the gang, "Get to safety."
Yohi nodded and ran down the street with the gang.