No One Lives Forever- CH16
Stardust Crusader Wolf Pack AU
[From the beginning- CH1]
A dwindling number of party attendees twirl on the ballroom floor, weaving between light and shadow of the burnt-out candles of the chandeliers overhead. Intoxicated stumbling of patrons is compounded with the hazards of broken flooring and the occasional chunk of ceiling falling onto the gathering. From the darkest shadows otherworldly creatures lurk closer to the festivities, ready to pluck dancers from the crowd as they pass.
The main feast table is more barren than ever, scraps of meats and heels of bread leftover on large platters. The fresh dishes lack the elegance and garnish of before and are now immediately recognizable as humanoid. Other body parts belonging to werewolves and other supernatural creatures are intermingled on the plates, the chefs apparently uninterested in disguising or cooking the hunted game.
The witch Enyaba makes her way to the lone figure at the head of the feast table, her cane clacking over stones as she ignores and passes the creatures of the dark. In contrast to his deteriorating surroundings, Dio seems to radiate energy, his eyes sharp as ever as they fall on the witch. He waits patiently like a snake coiled to strike as she bows before him and awaits his signal to rise.
“Arise, Enyaba.” Dio says with a chuckle, “What news do you bring me this time?”
“My Lord, some of the foot soldiers sent out have successfully encountered the Joestar pack on their way back to the city. I have instructed the rest to close in and find their new den.” Enyaba grins and grips her staff tighter, “But the most exciting news is yet to come. Please, follow me and I will show you.” She turns from him and waves her hand to motion him her way.
He rises from his throne without objection and lets her lead the way through dim corridors and broken hallways. Parts of the castle are crumbling away and revealing the courtyard beyond the walls. They quickly reach Enyaba’s instrument room, a large mirror sitting center stage and surrounded by impossibly complex runes carved into the stone floor.
A quick incantation and the mirror’s surface flickers as a new image appears. The reflection of a city street takes form for only a moment before it fades and a view of what looks like a building lobby takes its place. This too fades and is replaced, the mirror cycling through images as Enyaba curses. “Damn them. They must have the protection of another sorcerer on their side. They are thwarting my attempts to see!”
“This is what you wanted me to see?” Dio’s eyes narrow as he glares at her, “You interrupt my meal for this?” he hisses.
“N-no my Lord! This is merely a setback, but this- this is what you must see.” The surface of the mirror ripples once more before setting on a new view. This one seems to be the reflection of a police car’s rearview mirror, metal caging obscuring some of the backseat and a dense forest outside its windows.
The view is suddenly shaken as something slides across the trunk of the vehicle, leaving a wet trail in the moonlight. A human-ish hand is the only thing clearly visible as a shadow follows the path of the thrown object. Its fingers give away the fact that this shade is clearly not human though, easily twice the size of a normal human hand and tipped with wicked claws. A single reflective eye is visible as the creature turns for a brief moment towards the mirror before it is gone out of view again.
Dio is startled from the vision as Enyaba cackles and pointe her cane at the mirror. “Ha! Behold my masterwork- my greatest creation yet!” Dio quickly composes himself before the old witch turns to him, ignoring the uncomfortable bead of sweat that rolls down the back of his neck.
“This creature, your ‘masterwork’. How exactly is this of benefit to me?”
“Ah, this is the next phase of my plan, my Lord. While the expendable lesser creatures search and aim to flush out the Joestars, this creature will instead act as a lure. You see, my child and the silver wolf Polnareff share a common history, though they have not yet met in person.”
“And you are confident this… thing will be enough to defeat my enemies?”
“You have my word, my Lord! My son and the other assassin I sent to these woods will be the demise of the entire Joestar pack. Yes, yes,” Enyaba rubs her hands together as she chuckles to herself, “My son the wendigo will make quick work of whomever he encounters.”
The waning mood provided little light as the state trooper tried desperately to reach his car. The dispatcher had warned of the possibly dangerous scenario, but nothing could have prepared him and his partner for the scene they stumbled upon.
The cabin door had been ripped from its hinges before they arrived, light from inside spilling out over the porch illuminating numerous puddles of blood, a trail leading to the woods surrounding the camp. With pistols drawn, the officers first searched the cabin but no signs of life were found. The interior looks undisturbed, the occupants not able to reach its safety in time.
The officer quickly put a call in for more backup before turning to investigate the entry to the woods where the blood trails led. Approaching slowly and taking care to scan the environment was not enough to save the first officer from the creature that lunged from the shadows with a hideous shriek.
Blood sprays across the second officer’s face and chest before his instincts take over and he tries to retreat to the safety of the squad car. He’s not fast enough and the creature outpaces him within a few steps and suddenly he’s airborne from the force of the hit to his side, he slides across the back of the car and is barely conscious enough to turn over to face his attacker. A scream bubbles in his chest as the last sight he sees is a skeletal humanoid with razor sharp teeth in its protruding maw descending upon him to strike the killing blow.
Yup, DIO up to no good. I decided to make the hanged man into the scariest creature I know of just in time for Halloween! I got my rhythm back for writing, real life has been in flux for a while of work requirements changing, roommate moving in, I got side tracked by some craft projects (still jojo related, cant escape the jojo brain-rot). BUT I have a production plan in place again, I'm planning on posting a new chapter every other weekend!
Also if you have any questions or want some info about this AU in general feel free to send me some asks! I'd love to talk about this more in-depth!