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Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

Oct-24-2009 18:47

October 24, 1938- Heimlich VonVIctor felt a chill run down his spine. Autumn always had that effect on him. He looked up at the multitude of colors adorning the trees and placed his hands in his coat pockets. The pungent aroma in the air told him that, somewhere, leaves were being burnt. He took a deep breath and looked down, to the place he had visited as many times as he could in the past two years. The cold hard stone hadn’t changed a bit, and never would. It would always be a testament to the man resting under it.

FEBRUARY 10, 1892-
JUNE 15, 1936
“Justice for all. Above all else.”

He took a deep sigh. He never left anything behind, nor did he suspect that Richard would want anything left for him. He leaned down and placed his hand on the stone, “I’m doing alright Richard. Eric and I started up another agency. We’re doing it right this time, and Sergei is getting better at English every day. He’s even solving cases now; you wouldn’t believe how well he’s doing.”

“Excuse me, detective VonVictor?” a voice called behind him

Heim whirled around to find himself face to face with a young uniformed officer, “What do you want?” he demanded, “Can’t you see I’m in a cemetery?”

“Yes sir,” he responded, “and I’m terribly sorry to disturb you, but I’ve been asked to fetch you right away, it’s a matter of life and death!”

Heimlich let out a sigh, and leaned down to touch the stone again, “It never ends Richard, it never ends. I have to go now, but I’ll be back real soon.”


Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-5-2010 21:24

Josèe Nin sat on the floor, tears ran down her face. Ropes bound her tight, keeping her from getting away. The golden necklace hung around her neck. She looked over and saw her Aunt Vulkie lying on the ground as a hooded figured stood over her with a strange golden object. The man everyone had called Socrates sat before her on his throne, and the hooded man to her right grabbed her hand and dragged her onto the eye carved into the floor.

She started to squirm, "No!" she shouted, "Let me go!" she bit down on the man's hand hard.

"Ouch!" he shouted as he held it up, seeing that the child had drawn blood. Anger overcame him and he smacked her across the face leaving her limp on the ground.

He held up the little bottle of blood and exclaimed, "Now my lord, you will truly be all powerful. Our day of jubilation is at hand!"

"Get away from my daughter you son of a bitch!" Anais Nin shrieked as she flew forward before being restrained.

Elias Marie shook her head. "No Anais! You mustn't! Socrates has lost the war. Hera has come!" she proclaimed. Immediately Socrates' eyes grew large.

"Hera?" he exclaimed stepping forward, "Here? Impossible!"

The girl stepped forward and eyed Socrates. She let out a hiss and threw her arm in his direction. Immediately Socrates began to scream out in pain. His skin began to turn red, his veins bulged out, and he dropped to his knees.

"Master Eisle! Use it! Now!" he shrieked.

Without another word, the man guarding Vulkie pointed the device at Hera. A beam of light shot out of the front of it and hit her head on blinding them. It took a second for them to regain their vision, and by that time the damage had been done.

Hera was dead, the beam had blasted her into the wall snapping her neck. Her lifeless body lay on the floor beside them. A chasm five feet wide had opened in the ground cutting them off from Socrates. One glance into it showed that the water was rising dangerously high.

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-5-2010 21:45

Eisle took aim at them again, but Joseph and Eric quickly drew their revolvers peppering him with shots. Eisle slumped to the floor, the artifact clattering to the ground next to him.

Socrates let out a laugh. "You're too late fools! Nothing can save her now!" he shouted.

No sooner had the words left his mouth than Anais Nin jumped across the chasm, falling just short and grabbing the edge with her fingers. "Touch her and I'll kill you!" she shouted.

"Anais No!" Elias Marie called, "He must be made to answer for his crime!"

"The blood! Now!" Socrates bellowed in an inhuman tone, "I must be complete!"

Hollis' hands were shaking, but he poured the blood on the necklace. As the necklace began to glow, Hollis turned and ran. He had just about reached the door when a loud crack sounded and he felt a spectacular pain in his knee as he hit the ground. He looked to see his kneecap blown to pieces, and a woman on the ground smiling at him.

"Not so fast you slimy bastard!" Vulkie said, "You're going to answer for your crimes!"

Anais Nin had just pulled herself up when she saw Hollis turn to run. She saw the necklace glow and her heart seized in her chest.

Socrates laughed. "You see Ms. Nin, the game is already over!" he bellowed with delight.

"No!" Anais shouted as she charged at him. She threw all of her weight against him and leaped forward. As if in slow motion, the two tumbled off the edge of the overhang. With all of her strength Anais grabbed at the necklace with both hands. She pulled her hands away from each other with every ounce of will that she had. With a triumphant snap, the necklace broke free from Socrates' neck and Anais held it over her head as they both hit the water below.

The searing heat covered her entire body. Almost immediately Anais could feel her skin begin to pull away from her. The necklace she was clutching in her hand melted away as if it were made of clay.

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-5-2010 21:47

She suddenly couldn't see any longer, and the pain slowly began to dissipate. She could see again, but not the water. It was Lisette. One Christmas long ago. Then so many others. Those she had forgotten, and those she had lost. Then one final image. It was her and Josèe, and... him. He was there, they were happy. Was this the future that never was? Never could be? Oh God how could it be over now?

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-5-2010 22:15

"Mommy!" Josèe yelled as Anais and Socrates went tumbling over the edge. A moment later there was a splash, and the necklace around Josèe's neck stopped glowing.

The group hurriedly leaped across the chasm and ran to the edge of the overhang. There was no movement in the water, just bubbles as the water continued to boil. Josèe let out a wail, and Joseph quickly pulled her close to him.

"It's alright," he said although tears were coming down his own face, "I'm here now Josèe, and I'm never going to leave you again."

Elias Marie's face was solemn. "The girl did not have to die," she said, "she had so much to live for."

Heimlich shook his head, "No, that's just it," he said, "most of us have everything to live for, so we shield ourselves from danger. We find ourselves rationalizing that our lives are only worth their salt as long as we exist. Anais Nin didn't view herself that way. As long as I knew her, she had nothing to live for, and everything to die for. That's what made her better than most. I thought of her as my daughter, and yet she was so much wiser than me."

"Look!" Albert shouted pointing down at the water, "What's that?" They stared down at the rising water to see it bathed in a radiant blue light. Slowly the light became brighter as what appeared to be blue fireflies emerged from the surface.

"Something is returning!" Elias Marie exclaimed, "Of course!" She walked over and picked up Hera's lifeless body. She kissed her on the forehead and laid her on top of the eye.

The blue lights drew closer and swarmed around the group, one landed on Josèe's cheek, and she giggled. The lights moved softly and quietly through the room before settling in the eye. Soon they had all come to rest in the carved eye, giving it a blue aura.

There was a humming, and the blue light shot up, encircling Hera's body, blinding the rest of them.

"Can't you see?" Elias Marie cried out, "The eyes are more than just tools of destruction!"

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-5-2010 22:23

The humming began to die down, and the light began to dissipate. Slowly the room returned to normal, or as normal as could be under the circumstances. The group let out a collective gasp of astonishment.

There, lying on top of the eye, where seconds earlier the body of Hera had been, was Anais Nin, wearing Hera's clothes. She opened her eyes, looked at the group in confusion and said, "Well if you're all here I guess it's not heaven."

She didn't get another word in before the group surrounded her with hugs, kisses, and tears. Josèe hugged Anais tight. "Mommy! Daddy said he's never going to leave! Does that mean we can stay?"

Anais just placed her chin on top of her daughter's head and ran her fingers through her hair. "It's all going to be alright now sweetie. Everything for the rest of your life is going to be alright." she said.

Anais Nin
Anais Nin

May-7-2010 08:17

Just then, her visions before she died came back to her full force. Weeping, she clung harder to her second child, and shook with the force of her sobs.

Joseph was instantly there, drawing Anais and his daughter close and holding them, looking worriedly at the group. He said nothing, just held them, at a loss of what else he could do to stench the flow of tears.

Josèe kissed her mother's cheek, murmuring "It's ok, Mummy, it's ok now."

"I know, sweetie. I know," Anais managed through her sobs. "I got to say goodbye. I got to say goodbye!"


May-13-2010 03:53

"Uhm..." Vulkie began, "Guys... the water... it's still rising..." Vulkie said, as she began to stand up and lean against a pole.

Vulkie pointed towards the other end of the room, where Socrates had fallen down and saw that the water began to flood the floor.

"Hurry!" Joseph shouted and dragged Anais and Josèe away. Everyone else present left the room. Vulkie was still left with Marc, who decided to drag her away. Albert took care of Mayor Hollis, making sure he was secured and barricaded by the detectives, so he had nowhere else to flee to. As the detectives ran up the stairs, they could hear the sound of water rising up the stairs and the thundering sound of the room collapsing under the pressure the water made by rising.

***5 minutes later***

"I'm so tired..." Vulkie murmered and kneeled down on the stairs. Marc looked at her, just before Vulkie had a small vision of Acemaster.

"Don't give up.... Your friends count on you... I'm waiting here...." Acemaster said and immediately disappeared. Vulkie fainted afterwards

"Is she ok?" Vulkie heard softly. "She's been through a lot today... And she suffers from blood loss also. Thanks to that rifleman... " the other voice explained.

As Vulkie opened her eyes closely, she saw the face of Charlie above her.

"Charlie?" Vulkie murmered. "I thought you stayed back in New York..." she added.

"I just got here... I couldn't leave you guys alone on the job... But I'm here, for you, now..." Charlie said and he gave a small kiss.

Molly gave a small sigh and said dramatically : "Get a room you two...". Molly raised her eyebrow afterwards

Vulkie laughed. Everyone laughed.

As she was seated straight up in the sand, she looked back and noticed that the ruins disappeared. "Where did the ruins go?" Vulkie asked.

Molly Maltese
Molly Maltese
Old Shoe

May-13-2010 10:39

Rolling her shoulders and squinting back at the absent ruins, Molly gave a deep sigh. She was just happy that everyone was all right, especially the children.

"Alright. Bad guy vanquished, heroine brought back to life, children to be home in time for supper..." she ran a hand through her damp red hair. "After everything thats happened, everything we've seen, I just have one question."

Everyone turned to look at her expectantly, and she pointed to Charlie and Vulkie, who had just shared a kiss.

"Where can I get one of those?" she asked petulantly, and despite the general exhaustion, everyone chuckled.

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-24-2010 16:57

--Two Weeks Later"

Heimlich lifted his glass to his lips and felt the cool frosty ale slide down his throat. The bar was surrounded with the usual characters, but was unusually empty. It was 3 pm, and the mayor was holding a press conference at City Hall. Heimlich knew exactly what he would say, but didn’t want to dignify him with his presence.

“Cyrus,” he called, “turn up the radio! I want to hear the mayor’s address.” Heimlich had spoken to O’Boyle days before and had known exactly what was about to play out. Despite their venerable leader being destroyed, the order still held power in town, and in many circles, the mayor’s power was still absolute. Still he could tell from the look in O’Boyle’s eyes that the order had not come from him, but rather from above.

“Citizens of New York,” Hollis’ voice crackled through the radio, “I stand before you today to speak of great tragedy in our city.”

“Are these seats taken?” a voice asked. Heimlich looked up to see Joseph and Eric standing next to him.

“It’s a free country.” Heimlich said, but secretly was glad to have his friends nearby. As they each took a seat on either side of him, he downed the rest of his beer. He hadn’t told anyone the truth about what he knew.

“Several weeks ago,” Hollis continued, “there was a robbery at the museum. During that robbery, museum guard John Kincaid was murdered. My heart goes out to Mr. Kincaid’s family during this difficult time.”

“Son of a bitch!” Eric spat, “His heart goes out? The bloody bastard probably ordered it!”

“Shortly after the robbery, we arrested Captain Graham Barnes, and acting on the best evidence available, we believed that he was the guilty party. Unfortunately, new evidence has come to light, that has proven damning against another individual. That individual has been identified as Officer John Louis Marsh.” Hollis said calmly.

Zeo spit out his beer. “What!” he demanded, “Marsh! They’re sticking it on Marsh?”

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor

May-24-2010 16:58

“Our investigation has shown that Officer Marsh, unbeknownst to his superiors, was a low level member of the Order of Socrates. After locating several members through community outreach projects, we have determined that Officer Marsh acted independently of the Order, and without their knowledge. We just received word hours ago that Officer Marsh was killed in Cairo while trying to fence the jewel that he stole.” Hollis continued.

Eric gripped his glass so hard his knuckles began to turn white. “What about this is fair?” he demanded, “Where does this bastard get off?”

“This is a mark on our fair city, and a reflection on all of us,” Hollis continued, “but we must persevere. We must carry on, trust our neighbors, reach out our hands in friendship, and be an example for the world.”

“I think I’m going to be sick.” Eric scoffed.

“In light of this evidence,” Hollis said, “I have asked Prosecutor O’Boyle to dismiss any and all charges against Captain Barnes, and to begin the process of having him released and reinstated to his former rank and honor within our police force. I am proud to have such fine men as Captain Barnes serving our city.”

“Okay now I’m going to be sick.” Zeo said sarcastically.

“As much as I love this city,” Hollis said with a note of sadness, “I must do what is best for it. During a recent automobile accident, I sustained massive injuries as I’m sure many of you can see. My doctors have told me it will take several months for me to heal completely, and I do not feel that I can continue to serve the city on a part time basis. Therefore I will be resigning as mayor of New York City effective at 9:00 am tomorrow. I will be appointing deputy sheriff Frank Williams to serve out the remainder of my term until the 1940 election. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the people of New York, the greatest city on the earth for as long as I have. God bless you all!”

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