I'm not worried about my parents yet. They have been on longer missions in the past with the Guild and the fact that they are being broadcast 24/7 fighting Xzbytb's minions across the nation and the world allows me and the other super kids to keep a tab on our parents. I will say, however, that I'm starting to get a little concerned. Although no one from the Guild has been hurt (knock on wood) they don't seem to be making any headway against the endless throngs of otherworldly demons at Xzbytb's command. The Guild seems to be barely holding their own against these disgusting creatures and they have yet to take the battle directly to Xzbytb's himself. The news media is speculating that Xzbytb is the massive entity literally hovering in the sky over Los Angeles protruding through what could only be described as a tear in space.
Everyone is assuming that the creature in the sky is Xzbytb because it hasn't moved since it first appeared in the sky and the majority of smaller creatures attacking people on Earth seems to centered in the Los Angeles area. The newscasters are speculating around the clock as to the reason Xzybtb has come to Earth. Some of them have actually even blamed George W. Bush for the invasion of Earth while others have blamed the Obama administration for cuts in the space program. Meanwhile, I saw a cooking show preparing calamari inspired by the squid like tentacles extending from the hole in the sky and groups of hippies-freaks have taken to the rooftops in order to "welcome Xzbytb to Earth" by offering food and dancing for the creature. Personally I think this invasion is just a convenient excuse for potheads to simply get stoned. Some of them have been killed in their sit-ins for peace. Literally they were eaten by some of Xzbytb army and yet these people think that they can communicate a message of non-violence and peace by sitting. If one of your cheeks gets chewed off I don't think that it is a wise decision to turn so that one of these creatures can get a bite out of the other cheek.
I and the rest of the kids of the Guild are far away from the action in Wyoming at Mrs. Callahan's ranch. The skies are red here too but other than that one would be hard pressed to know that the world is in a battle for its very existence. So, we are bored. Mrs. Callahan has had us locked up in the ranch house for days now. She finally let us out of the pit yesterday but she still wouldn't let us go outside. So when she went to sleep last night we formulated a plan.
All of the security alarms and devices at the ranch are operated by a hand held remote control that Mrs. Callahan keeps with her. She has been keeping an especially tight control over it during this stay because she was instructed by our parents to keep us inside. She was actually told to keep us in the pit until this particular world ending event was over but Mrs. Callahan got so tired of listening to use whine and complain about being stuck down there that she eventually let us out but she has drawn the line at letting us go outside. On our side,however, is Suzie, Micro-Woman's daughter, who has inherited her mother's ability to shrink. Last night we convinced Suzie to shrink down to her six inch fighting height and sneak into Mrs. Callahan's bedroom to get the remote from her nightstand. Suzie maintains her full size strength when she shrinks so navigating Mrs. Callahan's bedroom; climbing the nightstand and carrying out the remote wasn't difficult for her.
With the remote in hand we were free to go outside. Suzie, Dan, Jennifer, Scott, Michelle and myself all ventured outside for our first taste of fresh air in several days. We left the "Trouble Twins" because they are too young and just too much of a handful to deal with. Dylan and Erins' moniker is not simply the workings of cruel adolescent minds. Due to these toddlers inability to control their shape-changing abilities they have actually earned that nickname by the grief that they cause for anyone trying to take care of them. So not only are they two young to be hanging out with us in the middle of night but we really don't want to have to figure out which lizard is a lizard and which one is Dylan or Erin. We asked Shivaughn to join us but she just yelled and told us to get out of her room. Unfortunately, Suzie made us invite Mickey. She is too nice. I would have left that guy but Suzie is always worried about every one's feelings.
So we snuck outside, Suzie, Dan, Jennifer, Scott, Michelle, myself and Mickey. There really isn't a whole lot to do at 1:00 a.m. in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming but we felt like we were being wild and crazy by just sneaking out. So we headed for the barn. Then things got even crazier. We were hanging out and running around and then we discovered that Mickey had stolen a bottle of vodka from Mrs. Callahan's cabinets. None of us are old enough to drink. I know that I've never had anything to drink before outside of a couple of sips of champagne at my cousin Dave's wedding but I'm not sure about the rest of the group. When Mickey pulled out the bottle Suzie, Michelle and Scott let out a loud cheer. The bottle was passed around a couple of times. We didn't have any glasses so we just drank straight from the bottle. Vodka tastes like what I think gasoline must taste like...and then it got better.
Scott suggested that we play spin the bottle. We weren't finished with the vodka yet so we decided to use one of Mickey's shoes. I've known everyone here my entire life so this was really confusing. I couldn't decide if it felt more awkward to kiss Michelle or whether or not this constituted cheating on my girlfriend Stacey Williams. Either way, like the Vodka, I got over it after awhile. I even started to like it. The vodka may have had something to do with it but Michelle was a really good kisser. Then Suzie "spun the shoe" and it landed facing towards me. I began to sweat and my heart started racing a bit. This was completely unexpected. Suzie is one of my best friends. I had never thought about her in a romantic way. I had never even formed an opinion as to whether she was cute or not. I had really just never thought about her before other than as my buddy and yet as she began crawl across the circle I started to notice a lot more about her.
For the first time I had really noticed the way her nose slightly turned upward and the freckles that decorated her slightly flushed cheek bones and the contrast of her pale skin against her jet black long hair. She got closer and I thought to myself that at that particular moment I really wanted to kiss Suzie. Just as she was about to kiss me she stopped.
"I can't do this" she blurted.
Then she started to laugh. Not what anyone wants to hear before they were about to be kissed.
"I'm sorry Blake. I just can't kiss you. You're like my brother" She said.
I responded that I thought it would be weird too but inside I was definitely disappointed. Then the unexpected happened. We were expecting Mrs. Callahan to bust up our party at some point but what we weren't expecting was for Shivaughn to join the party. She walked in to the barn. She appeared to be nervous and unsure what to do. Shivaughn has tried to make an effort of late to be closer to the rest of us. She even recently helped Suzie, Dan and I track down a vampire in St. Christopher but for her to just hang out with us is still new territory for Suzie. She sat down quietly in the circle.
"What are we doing?" she asked.
"We're playing spin the bottle...with a shoe." Mickey said
"How do you play?" she asked.
"I'll show you." Dan spun the shoe and it wound up pointing towards Jennifer and Dan scooted over to kiss our half-alien friend. Shivaughn didn't express any emotion at all after seeing Dan kiss Jennifer. I'm not sure what she thought of the situation and I may never know because at that moment Mickey sneezed.
Mickey is the son of Prometheus (who like all of our parents is a member of the Guild of Heroes) and like his father he can spontaneously generate fire. Mickey,however, hasn't achieved the status of sidekick like Suzie, Dan and myself because Mickey lacks control over his power. He also apparently has allergies and being in a barn surrounded by hay wasn't a great place for him to be especially since he forgot to pack his antihistamines before coming to Mrs. Callahan's ranch. Combined with the vodka in retrospect it was inevitable that something bad was going to happen that night.
Thankfully Mickey turned his head when he sneezed because a ten foot stream of fire shot out of his nostrils like a flamethrower when he sneezed and would, have seriously hurt or killed anyone in our group but me if he had hit them with it. Instead he just set fire to the hay in the barn. Which in turn set fire to the barn. The Guild, had refurbished the ranch house but the barn was simply an old barn made out of old dry wood. It went up like a tinder box. Even at super-speed I only had time to get my friends out of the barn before anyone was hurt. Maybe if I wasn't drunk I could have saved the barn too but I was hammered.
As we stood watching the barn burn to the ground Mrs. Callahan came out of the Ranch House. She was not very happy with any of us. I think we may be going back into the pit.