Read Judgement (The Twelve) Online
Authors: Jeff Ashcroft
ped at her
blank white eyes
up close but
then did a double take. Her long white hair was
actually moving on its own! There was no wind blowing in here yet it moved around as if she was under water.
Huntress smiled and offered Chris a nod of acknowledgement, “I can put an arrow through a one inch hoop at three hundred feet.
This is a very special compound bow,
based on the English Long Bow.
It’s the most powerful bow in the world and only I can pull it.”
pointed out the cowboy,
“Another one just as deadly at long range, t
called Bulls eye.
The man pulled a gun free with lightning speed, spinning it this way and that, both horizontally and vertically, “
ew John Wesley Hardin, nearly
as fast as me. Billy the Kid was nothing but a back shooter as was the James boys. Old Doc Holliday, he was fast but died sort of early
, mad as a coot, loved killing
? I kept myself to myself
people don’t know your name they can’t come a lookin for you. After two or three try and prove they’re faster than you, you either end up loving the kill or hate it. I hated it.
run by Bill Cody
Then one day a kid came back stage, he said he knew who I really was and pulled a cheap rusty old Remington on me. Said I’d killed his pa. I could have shot him dead a dozen times by the time he’d cocked the thing but I guess I was fed up with killing so….The next thing I knew was Anvil was helping me out of an undertakers coffin and here I am.
se are the same
but I’ve had
, real fast
I can send a bullet through that there hoop Huntress mentioned with my eyes shut.
The bullets are called hydro bullets. The tips are filled with holy water blessed by Priest.
kill things that ordinary bullets won’t kill.”
He finished by spinning the gun back into
noticed the man
had a slight
orth American accent and
wondered what the hell ordinary bullets couldn’t kill
but didn’t ask just yet. He was still listening to the one called
nodded to the last leather clad male,
“Last but not least is Hot
ross, as you can see he has a very special…..talent.
He used to be an assistant with the Edison Electric company when it was first formed. They didn’t go in for Health and Safety then, died when they electrocuted an elephant in 1903. The elephant was uncontrollable and extrem
ly dangerous. Instead of shooting it they decided
to use Edison’s electricity to
. Guess they already were thinking of the electric chair.
Speed laughed, “
was holding onto the iron
chain around its leg
, when they juiced the poor thing
was in his
a thin hawk like face with
spiked short blond hair. He wore a tight fitting shiny leather coat buttoned up to his neck. He
grinned and allowed arcs of electricity to flash from hand to hand, “
hold onto the damn chain
; I fell over the bloody thing
He showed Chris a fantastic display of arcing electricity between his fingers,
sed to work for the electricity board, now I am the electricity board
Chris was staring wide eyed at the electrical display when
Patch forced herself
out from between the others on her
settee and walked over to
” Ignore his jokes. They only get worse.”
Hot Cross looked pained,” Hey Patch not fair! You know I’m
fun to be around.” He let a flash of electricity explode into the air.
frowned at him, “You set fire to another
and I’ll have to let Rage punish you.”
Hot Cross suddenly stopped
as Rage grinned.
Patch looked intently at Chris’s face,
him. You saw his bruised and swollen jaw. Now look at him, good as new.
What do you think he is
Chris noticed she showed a great deal of excitement in her question. The others mov
closer to stand alongside
He felt suddenly very
, “Been waiting over seven thousand years
lways full of hope
Priest took a step closer to Chris
swore the floor shook
as he moved
, “He can’t be
a normal mortal,
but you were never called.” He said this to
“You were never called and he never died.
agreed but added
, “But he
has the power, he hurt the damn thing,
hand to ash. No human has that sort of power.”
Priest nodded, “I know and that confuses me. But look at the facts.
He can see Shades.
His touch burnt
He saw Speed and Slash in the In Between, which is impossible for a human.
He heals fast, faster than us.
, “He answers the description
“Test him.” Heartless
Chris was getting fed up with being ignored, fed up and angry.
Look….whoever you are. An old man was murdered not fifteen feet from me. Why doesn’t that bother you? Why bring me here instead of calling the police. What the fuck was the thing that killed Wally and how the hell did I burn off its hand?”
Patch whistled, “He really burn one
Speed head jerked up and down like a hummingbird, “Saw it with my own eyes.
d was there one second gone the next, fizz, pop, flash.
Chris stared around at the group, “I want
Huntress stepped forward to lay a hand on
“Take him on a hunt.”
thought it over, “
es a hunt. Good idea.”
Chris’s head was swimming,
What the hell
Without knowing it he’d let his mouth hang open in confusion.
shut that mouth kid makes you look kind of stupid!”
Patch took Chris under her wing. For some reason he didn’t immediately leave. He wanted to know more about these weirdo’s but more importantly,
ey fed him
a meal after
he was starving.
on his personal hygiene
and offered the use of a
shower. It was an old bathroom with black and white tiles and an old gas fired heater on the wall, connected to the shower. He felt as if he was stuck in the sixties!
But boy did that hot water feel so good.
Anvil bought him a pair of jeans, new socks, combat boots, army fatigue tee shirt and a leather jacket.
“You guys love leather.” He joked but accepted the new clothing gracefully. Anvil didn’t return the smile just walked away.
them waiting for him in the living room. He was given over to
who he liked
best of all. Also joining them were
going to be the
had a ton of questions. All
had gone un-answered and he
was beginning to feel
like a prisoner
. An hour later t
hey took him from the building, which turned out to be a detached boarded up
two storey pre war house set in
own grounds, surrounded by a crumbling brick wall and
dense over gro
passed as a garden
was one of many they owned all over the country.