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TYP: Double-Cross - The Young Protectors: Double Cross Chapter Four—Page 21 Transcript

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PANEL 1

TEEN SPOOKY

AND SINCE YOU’RE TELLING ME WE CAN’T TRUST SIRCEA, WE NEED SOME WAY TO GET PAST THAT MIRROR DEFENSE. LIKE IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES.

PANEL 2

AMANDA

RIGHT.

(cont)

WELL… I ACTUALLY THINK I CAN HELP WITH THAT.

PANEL 3

AMANDA

ONCE YOU GUYS DISAPPEARED, THAT HAD TO BE PURE MAGIC, AND I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT WORKS.

(cont)

BUT BEFORE, WHEN YOU WERE FROZEN FOR A MOMENT, THAT WAS A PSYCHIC THING. IT FELT INSTANTLY FAMILIAR, AND I COULD LITERALLY SENSE PSYCHIC FORCE SEPARATING YOUR TWO MINDS. LIKE IT WAS CREATING A WALL.

FLYBOY

AND YOU THINK YOU COULD KEEP US ALL LINKED SOMEHOW?

PANEL 4

AMANDA

I THINK SO. AND THAT WAY WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIGHT THE OTHER PERSON’S DUPLICATE.

(cont)

IT WOULD DEFEAT THE WHOLE POINT OF THE TRAP.

TEEN SPOOKY

IT’LL STILL BE DANGEROUS. GOOD OR EVIL, WHEN IT COMES TO MAGIC, SIRCEA DOESN’T PLAY. BUT WE DON’T HAVE A CHOICE.

(cont)

ONCE WE GET THROUGH, I’LL GO FOR THE SWORD. AMANDA, YOU GO FOR THE SHIELD. MITCH, GRAB THE BOW AND ARROWS.

(cont)

AND THEN, MITCH, YOU NEED TO GET US ALL OUT OF HERE FAST, BECAUSE SHE IS GOING TO BE PISSED.

PANEL 5

AMANDA

READY?

PANEL 6

CAPTION

NOW.

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PANEL 1

CAPTION

“BECAUSE OF WHAT I SAW. HE LOST HIS SUNGLASSES FOR A BIT, AND I SAW HIS EYES WITH MY HAWK VISION.”

(cont)

“THEY WEREN’T HUMAN. NOT EVEN CLOSE.”

PANEL 2

AMANDA

SO YOU THINK HE TRANSFORMED HIS BODY WITH MAGIC? MADE IT TOUGHER SOMEHOW?

TEEN SPOOKY

THAT’D PRETTY MUCH BE IMPOSSIBLE.

(cont)

HEALING IS ONE THING. THAT’S JUST HELPING ALONG A NATURAL PROCESS. BUT DESPITE WHAT YOU READ IN FAIRY TALES, HUMAN CELLS RESIST TRANSFORMATION. EVEN SMALL STUFF.

(cont)

AT LEAST USING ANY MAGIC OTHER HUMANS CAN USE.

PANEL 3

TEEN SPOOKY

WHAT DID HIS EYES LOOK LIKE EXACTLY?

FLYBOY

BIG. THE PUPILS WERE VERTICAL SLITS. AND THE SKIN AROUND IT WAS LIKE A REPTILE.

(cont)

THEY LOOKED LIKE ALLIGATOR EYES, I GUESS. AND WITH THAT SAME LAVENDER GLOW AS THE MAGIC HE CASTS.

(cont)

SPOOKY, I CAN SEE REALLY TINY DETAILS. AND I’M TELLING YOU HIS FACE WAS PHYSICALLY DIFFERENT. EVEN ON A CELLULAR LEVEL.

PANEL 4

TEEN SPOOKY

BUT THEN…

(cont)

THAT CAN’T BE TRUE.

PANEL 5

AMANDA

YOU KEEP SAYING THAT ABOUT THIS GUY. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS?

TEEN SPOOKY

THAT EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENED WITH HIM IS STARTING TO MAKE A LOT MORE SENSE. AND THAT WE CAN’T LEAVE HERE WITHOUT THOSE ARTIFACTS.

FLYBOY

WHY?

PANEL 6

AMANDA

THOSE ARE DEMON KILLING WEAPONS.

(cont)

YOU’RE SAYING THE INVASION FROM HELL IS HAPPENING NOW?

PANEL 7

TEEN SPOOKY

I’M SAYING IF SHADES IS WHO I THINK HE IS, THE INVASION MIGHT ALREADY BE OVER.

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PANEL 1

TEEN SPOOKY

ARE YOU SAYING I WAS GOING TO KILL HER? EVEN WHEN I DIDN’T HAVE TO?

PANEL 2

FLYBOY

SHE SLAUGHTERS LITTLE CHILDREN, SPOOKY. BY THE DOZEN. FOR RITUALS. FOR POWER. AND WITH NO REMORSE.

(cont)

MAYBE IT HASN’T ALL BEEN FOR TOTALLY SELFISH REASONS, BUT THAT’S WHO SHE IS. AND YOU KNEW SHE NEEDED TO BE STOPPED.

PANEL 3

TEEN SPOOKY

BY MURDERING HER. THAT’S SOMETHING I KNEW

PANEL 4

FLYBOY

SPOOKY, YOU’RE A GOOD PERSON. IN MY TIME, TOO. THE BEST OF US. BUT THAT’S MY POINT. IF YOU WERE WILLING TO DO THAT, THEN YOU KNEW SHE COULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO KEEP DOING WHAT SHE WAS DOING.

TEEN SPOOKY

BECAUSE I’M GOOD. AND SHE’S BAD.

PANEL 5

FLYBOY

THAT’S NOT WHAT I MEANT… ALL I WAS TRYING TO SAY IS WE CAN’T TRUST-

TEEN SPOOKY

I GET WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO SAY.

PANEL 7

AMANDA

YOU’VE MADE YOUR POINT, MITCH. AND WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME HERE.

(cont)

NOW, HOW DID YOU KNOW SHADES COULD HAVE SURVIVED A HUGE FERRIS WHEEL DROPPED ON HIS HEAD?

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PANEL 1

TEEN SPOOKY

NO. WHEN I FIRST TRIED TO TRACK HER DOWN, THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT SHE WAS DOING, TOO.

(cont)

SHE WAS TAKING KIDS, WHICH WASN’T OK.

PANEL 2

TEEN SPOOKY

BUT IT WASN’T FOR BLOOD RITUALS. IT’S JUST THAT HER INVESTIGATIVE MAGIC SUCKS, AND SHE WAS TRYING ON HER OWN TO FIND THIS HYBRID.

(cont)

I MADE SURE THAT SHE HADN’T HURT ANY OF THOSE KIDS. IN FACT, SHE ACTUALLY CURED A BUNCH OF THEM OF SERIOUS DISEASES. AND ONCE SHE MET ME, SHE STOPPED TAKING ANYONE.

PANEL 3

FLYBOY

SHE DIDN’T STOP, SPOOKY. I’VE SEEN THE RITUALS WITH MY OWN EYES.

TEEN SPOOKY

MAGIC IS WEIRD, MITCH. MAYBE… MAYBE IT WASN’T WHAT YOU THOUGHT.

PANEL 4

FLYBOY

I KNOW YOU WANT TO SEE GOOD IN EVERYONE. AND I’M SURE YOU DON’T WANT TO THINK SHE FOOLED YOU. BUT SHE’S HAD THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO LIE VERY WELL. AND WHATEVER YOU BELIEVE NOW, I’M TELLING YOU FUTURE-YOU KNEW SHE COULDN’T BE REDEEMED!

TEEN SPOOKY

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

PANEL 5

FLYBOY

I MEAN, RIGHT BEFORE I GOT SENT HERE, YOU WERE FIGHTING HER. I COULDN’T SEE YOU, BUT WITH MY POWERS, I COULD HEAR THAT YOU GOT THE UPPER HAND. YOU HAD HER AT YOUR MERCY. AND YOU WERE GOING TO…

(cont)

WELL, LET’S JUST SAY THAT UNLIKE WITH SHADES, YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT WHAT YOU NEEDED TO DO.

ADULT SPOOKY (OFF)

YOU’RE JUST EVIL AND I’M DONE PLAYING.

(cont)

THIS TIME, I’M TAKING YOU OUT FOR GOOD.

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PANEL 1

TEEN SPOOKY

YEAH. OK. THANKS.

(cont)

GOOD TALK.

PANEL 2

AMANDA

RIGHT. SPILL. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SIRCEA? AND ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS ABOUT HAVING HER HELP US FIGHT SHADES?

FLYBOY

SPOOKY, CAN SHE HEAR US?

PANEL 3

TEEN SPOOKY

NOT ANYMORE.

PANEL 4

FLYBOY

OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE OF THE TIMELINE, I CAN’T TELL YOU MUCH. WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT SHE’S A VILLAIN. WORSE THAN THE ANNIHILATOR. WORSE THAN ANYONE.

(cont)

MAYBE SHE’S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED THAN I THOUGHT, BUT THERE’S NO WAY WE CAN WORK WITH HER. AND WE NEED TO GET SPOOKY OUT OF HER CLUTCHES AS FAST AS WE CAN.

PANEL 5

FLYBOY

IT’S A RISK, BUT I THINK IF I FLEW US STRAIGHT UP FROM THAT OUTSIDE WALKWAY, WE COULD MAYBE GET PAST THE RUNES!

TEEN SPOOKY

HOLD ON, MITCH. SIRCEA’S DEFINITELY DONE A BUNCH OF SKETCHY STUFF. SHE’S ACTUALLY THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD, AND THINGS WERE PRETTY BRUTAL BACK IN THE DAY.

(cont)

BUT I’VE GOTTEN TO KNOW HER. AND I BELIEVE THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD IN HER. MAYBE IF WE JUST TRUSTED HER A LITTLE BIT-

PANEL 6

FLYBOY

SHE KILLS CHILDREN, SPOOKY. FOR BLOOD MAGIC.

(cont)

I’M SURE SHE HAS HER REASONS, BUT THAT’S WHO SHE IS.

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PANEL 1

FLYBOY

sigh

(cont)

SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW YOU AS WELL AS SPOOKY DOES.

(cont)

BUT… MAYBE THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE.

PANEL 2

FLYBOY

YOU’RE RIGHT. I AM MORE THAN JUST SOME RANDO POWERED KID. BUT BRINGING YOU IN IS A HUGE RISK. ONE I NEED TO BE ABSOLUTELY SURE ABOUT.

(cont)

I KNOW YOU’RE ANGRY, BUT CAN YOU GIVE ME JUST ONE MORE MINUTE ALONE WITH MY FRIENDS?

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

AFTER PROVIDING YOU WITH A ENTIRELY NEW LUNG, BOY, I WOULD THINK I HAVE GIVEN YOU MORE THAN ENOUGH ALREADY!

PANEL 3

TEEN SPOOKY

SIRCEA, YOU’VE MADE YOUR POINT. AND YOU’RE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. WE’LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING.

(cont)

BUT YOU HAVE TO ADMIT, IT’S BEEN, LIKE, FIVE MINUTES AND THIS IS A LOT FOR THEM TO TAKE IN.

PANEL 4

TEEN SPOOKY

LOOK, IF WE’RE GOING TO REALLY STOP THE WALLS BETWEEN HELL AND EARTH FROM FALLING, THERE’S A TON OF WORK AHEAD OF US.

(cont)

AND IT’S BETTER IF WE DO IT ALL AS FRIENDS, RIGHT?

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

I DON’T NEED ANYONE’S FRIENDSHIP. AND IT LITERALLY IS THE END OF THE WORLD IF THE WORK DOESN’T GET DONE IN TIME.

PANEL 5

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

BUT… VERY WELL. I’VE ALREADY WAITED DECADES. AND, AT THIS POINT, I HAVE TRULY HAD MY FILL OF GOING IN CIRCLES IN MY OWN CASTLE TALKING TO CHILDREN.

(cont)

DON’T TAKE ONE MINUTE, SWEETIE. TAKE TEN. I STILL HAVE A FEW PREPARATIONS FOR OUR RITUAL THAT I NEED TO MAKE.

PANEL 6

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

BUT THEN YOU WILL TELL ME WHAT YOU ARE FIGHTING. AND YOU WILL HELP ME AS YOU PROMISED.

(cont)

OR YOU WILL DISCOVER FIRSTHAND THAT THERE ARE VERY UNPLEASANT CONSEQUENCES FOR WASTING MY TIME!

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PANEL 1

AMANDA

YOU DIDN’T KILL HIM. OR EVEN INCAPACITATE HIM. HE’S STILL OUT THERE.

(cont)

THIS IS BAD.

PANEL 2

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

DIDN’T KILL WHO, SPOOKY? I HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY PATIENT WITH YOU AND YOUR PLAYMATES. BUT AFTER ALL I’VE DONE, IF NOTHING ELSE, I AM ENTITLED TO AN EXPLANATION FOR WHAT EXACTLY YOU ALL WERE UP TO.

(cont)

ESPECIALLY SINCE, AS YOUR MYSTERIOUS NEW COMRADE SO APTLY PUT IT, I AM THE PROTECTOR OF THIS WORLD AND HAVE BEEN FOR MUCH LONGER THAN ANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN ALIVE!

PANEL 3

TEEN SPOOKY

MITCH… SHE HAS A POINT.

(cont)

GOD, THIS GUY IS SO STRONG! MAYBE WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT TELLING HER EVERY-

FLYBOY

NO!

PANEL 4

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

REALLY? AFTER ALL YOU’VE SEEN, YOUNG MAN, YOU STILL DON’T TRUST ME. IT’S GETTING TO BE HARD NOT TO TAKE IT PERSONALLY. WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION —

(cont)

— WHAT HAVE I EVER DONE TO YOU?

PANEL 5

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

YOU HAVE ONE OF THE RAREST POWERS IN THE WORLD. YOU HAVE THE POLISHED UNIFORM OF A GOVERNMENT AGENT, BUT YOU AREN’T IN ANY OF THE REGISTRIES. YOU CLEARLY KNOW NOTHING OF MAGIC, BUT YOU FELT LIKE YOU COULD FACE OFF AGAINST NOT JUST ONE, BUT DOZENS OF BLOODTHIRSTY WIZARDS. AND YOU HAVE RESIDUAL ENERGY IN YOUR BODY I CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO COMPREHEND!

(cont)

NONE OF WHICH MAKES ANY SENSE AT ALL!

PANEL 6

AMANDA

Um, FOR THE RECORD, I WAS THERE, TOO.

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

YOU’RE SPOOKY’S FRIEND. THIS BOY IS A STRANGER.

(cont)

ENOUGH WITH THIS CHARADE! YOU’RE NOT JUST SOME POWERED TEEN WHO’S SOMEHOW MANAGED TO EVADE THE ATTENTION OF THE GOVERNMENT.

(cont)

WHO EXACTLY ARE YOU?

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PANEL 1

FLYBOY

I’M SURE YOU DID WHAT YOU HAD TO DO, SPOOKY. BUT… WITH WHAT I SAW, THAT STILL MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ENOUGH.

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

AND WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?

PANEL 3

FLYBOY

WHAT’S DOWN THIS WAY?

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

CERTAINLY NOT YOUR MANNERS.

PANEL 4

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

I ONLY ASKED BECAUSE WHILE YOU WERE RECOVERING FROM THE FIRST OF MY TREATMENTS, I WENT BACK TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK. I THOUGHT SPOOKY WOULD APPRECIATE ME TYING UP ANY LOOSE ENDS.

(cont)

YOU UNDERSTAND, TO BUILD TRUST.

(cont)

BUT THERE WEREN’T ANY LOOSE ENDS. NO BODIES, NO BULLETS, NO TIED UP DRAGONS. IF I HADN’T SEEN THE ORIGINAL AFTERMATH WITH MY OWN EYES, I WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED A MAGICAL FIGHT HAD OCCURRED THERE AT ALL!

(cont)

THAT LEVEL OF CLEANSING REQUIRES AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF THAUMATURGIC STRENGTH. PERHAPS EXCEEDING MY OWN.

PANEL 5

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

IN FACT, ONE MIGHT EVEN SAY THAT KIND OF POWER COULD THREATEN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

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PANEL 1

TEEN SPOOKY

YOU DON’T NEED HOSTAGES, SIRCEA. I ALREADY SAID I’D HELP YOU.

PANEL 2

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

AND I SAID WE BOTH NEEDED TO BUILD TRUST.

(cont)

I DON’T KNOW THESE TWO. YOU STILL HAVE YOUR SECRETS. AND IN TERMS OF OUR ARRANGEMENT, AT THIS POINT, YOU HAVE BEEN DOING MUCH MORE TAKING THAN GIVING. WITHOUT ANY MOVEMENT IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.

(cont)

YOU WANT TRUST? THEN TELL ME EXACTLY WHO YOUR MYSTERIOUS NEW ACQUAINTANCE IS.

PANEL 3

PLATINUM PRIESTESS

NO? THEN HOW ABOUT WHAT YOU WERE FIGHTING IN THAT AMUSEMENT PARK? AND WHY YOU WERE WILLING TO RISK YOUR FRIENDS’ LIVES TO DO SO?

PANEL 4

TEEN SPOOKY

THERE’S… NO POINT. HE’S NOT AN ISSUE, ANYMORE.

PANEL 5

TEEN SPOOKY

THERE SOMETHING I HAVEN’T TOLD YOU GUYS.

(cont)

WHEN YOU BOTH WERE HURT, THERE WASN’T ANY TIME. SO, I USED MY POWER TO CRUSH SHADES WITH THE FERRIS WHEEL.

PANEL 6

TEEN SPOOKY

I… I KILLED HIM, MITCH. I KILLED SOMEONE.

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