This is the continuing story of the Succubi called Storm Clouds… believe it or not.
It’s been a long time since I have written this story and I hope that, in some way, the wait is worth it.
Though it might not be, but then… We’ll see.
Stay tuned I hope…
Storm Clouds 181
Tom pushed Nina to the side of the elevator and out of sight of the guards, motioning for her to hold the elevator doors open. He stood opposite to her and tapped his gun against the elevator’s railing: “Four guards, one at the desk, three standing. Lousy odds. Got any ideas?”
Nina pressed the door button with her right hand and thought a moment, “Can’t kill them … can we, Tom?”
The look he gave her was one of disbelief, “You actually think I would do that?”
“No. You wouldn’t … but I would … if I had to.”
She took a quick look at the guards, “Well, two of them are the Dark’s pawns. As far as I’m concerned, killing them would be a mercy. The other two are innocent …”
“Nina, you can’t just kill for no reason. That’s …”
“It does, Tom. Regularly. It had Patricia killed for no reason.”
Tom took a long hard look at Nina, “You are not it; neither am I.”
Nina nodded in approval, “When we forget that, it wins.”
“So, what’s the plan?”
Nina’s tail swished slightly, “How about I give them something they’ll never forget?”
“Why does that tone bother me?”
Nina’s smile was a thin one: “Can I hurt them, just a little?”
Nina’s answer came in a shriek from the guards as they fell to their knees and then onto their sides clutching between their legs … while Nina looked at Tom with a smile he knew was much less innocent than it appeared to be.
“Scratch that. I don’t want to know.”
Tom looked towards the guards: “Really.”
“You’re no fun.”
“I’ll bet you’re a ton of fun at parties, too.”
Nina’s innocent smile became a smirk, “You are coming to my next one, Tom. Promise.”
“Great. Can hardly wait. Come on, time’s ticking.”
The two left the elevator and entered the lobby, making for the exit. Her heels clicked loudly on the floor as she ran slightly ahead of him.
“Why all the rush to get out of here, Nina?”
“We screwed with two of the Dark’s toys. That means we’re officially on it’s shit list. And knowing it, that means any kind of trap that’s ever been sprung is coming our way.”
Tom looked around, seeing only the guards on the floor, while the rest of the lobby was empty. “Something’s wrong. This place should have all kinds of people around. It’s never this empty.”
Nina kept her focus on the doors ahead of them, “Move your ass, Tom. Think later …”
They were about halfway to the exit when it happened. It wasn’t just that the lights went out, it was like the entire world was pulled out from under them and was replaced by complete and total blackness.
Nina grabbed Tom by the arm and the two skidded to a stop. “Shit! Tom, get behind me, cover my tail.”
Tom moved behind Nina and had the weirdest feeling when her tail brushed against his back. He couldn’t understand it, but … somehow, he felt like he had felt something like it before.
“What’s going on?”
Nina was silent, looking around them before she answered, “Seems like it’s trap was designed to scare the crap out of people and hold them in place until some of it’s minions could deal with the problem.”
Tom lowered his gun slightly, “Which means what?”
“Which means the exit is likely still in front of us, but we can’t see the floor or anything else.”
“But the floor is there.”
“Has to be, right? Otherwise how are we still standing here?”
Tom nodded at that logic, “Okay, Professor Nina: what now?”
Nina’s tail wrapped itself around Tom’s waist, “Now I keep moving and you watch behind us. Whatever happens, don’t let anything get near my tail.”
Tom remembered what Nina had said, “Count on it. Get us the hell out of here.”
They moved slowly, much too slowly for Tom’s liking, but this was Nina’s world, not his. Nothing happened for what seemed like hours until Tom thought he saw something move in front of him and shot at it, the gunshot loud in the silence around them.
“Something came close. Couldn’t tell what.”
“Right. Moving faster. Keep up.”
“Never fast enough for me.”
They moved on, nothing else happening until Nina bumped into something with a thud and complained about it, “Damn it. Okay, found the wall. Door’s got to be here somewhere…”
That didn’t sit well with him, but he didn’t say anything, instead just following her movements, until Nina moved suddenly and a blast of light pushed at the darkness around them, being swallowed up by it.
“This way out. Come on, Tom, move your …”
Whatever it was struck Tom in the chest and shoved him into Nina, knocking the wind out of them both. The next thing Tom knew, both he and Nina tumbled onto the pavement outside. He scrambled to his feet and moved to help her.
She was in trouble. Tom had gotten clear, but she was halfway inside the building, with something pulling at her legs and drawing her back inside, while her tail swatted at the blackness around her. She clawed at the concrete and yelled at him, “Tom! Get the hell out of here!”
He closed the distance between them and shook his head slightly, “Sorry, Nina. Can’t do that. Can’t leave my partner.”
The look in her eyes was one that Tom had never expected: fear. “This time, you have to! This is something you can’t deal with! Get the hell out of here!”
Tom, to his credit, didn’t. Instead he took hold of Nina with one hand and started shooting into the building at the same time.
“No! Not losing either of you!”
Whether it was Tom’s bullets, Tom’s anger, or something else, he would never be able to figure out …
… but whatever it was just let go of Nina and then slammed the door closed.
The two looked at each other …
“Persistent bastard, eh?”
“Obviously not as persistent as you.”
… and then the sound of metal shrieking made them look up as they both scrambled to their feet.
“Shut up and close your eyes!”
Anyone watching would have seen a window washing platform fall onto two people that had been unfortunate enough to stumble on their way out of the building and get in the way.
What they wouldn’t have seen was a purple puff of smoke and the smell of lemons in the air as Nina and Tom bampfed away …