The Venus Trap
Part 17 – The Final Battle
Butterfly woke from a deep sleep completely relaxed and refreshed. She was in the hamster cage with Lucy and Iris. Lucy was wearing a suit and Iris was wearing trousers and a tshirt.
“Hey” called Butterfly “What happened?”
Lucy strode over to kneel beside Butterfly and said “I'm sorry. I had no part in it but I heard what happened. You ran forward and retrieved everyone's clothes and armour. You broke the rules and blew our cover. The Unleasher wanted to act right then but Galla decided that it would be better to lay low for a month sowing seeds of discord and training everyone how to fight.”
“Right” said Butterfly “Then what happened?”
“You really don't remember?” asked Lucy
“No” said Butterfly and the hairs standing up on the back of her neck made her realise something. She reached her left hand up to her neck and her face contorted in horror as she felt around her neck in desperation “Lucy, where's my collar?”
Lucy swallowed “The Unleasher had to make an example of you to maintain our cover. He walked you over to the donation bed and ordered that you be harvested completely. He removed one of your hearts before removing your regenerative capabilities.”
Butterfly's jaw dropped in horror “I'm – I mean – I've lived with my head being exploded, I have had hearts torn out and eaten. Regardless of whether I remember it or not. I would have felt that betrayal and slow agonising death. Christ, I want to vomit.”
“Hush” said Lucy stroking Butterfly “You're not supposed to get distressed”
“Not supposed to get distressed? I was dissected alive!” cried Butterfly.
Lucy nodded sadly “They wanted to lie to you, alter your mind and pretend something less horrific had happened. Said it would be kinder. I said that was a crock of shit and they just didn't want you to think ill of them. I threatened to sacrifice myself and Iris if they wanted to lie to you. That was sufficient leverage to make the elder gods reconsider and keep all three of us in your hamster cage ping pong ball. The Unleasher has your collar if you ever want it back.”
“And Kitty?” asked Butterfly.
Lucy's face darkened “Kitty, Galla, Emilia and Bernice are harvested daily. Mariam and the Queen are allowed out of being harvested because they are guards.”
Butterfly grimaced “And it's been a month.”
“Yeah” said Lucy “Oh and my severed leg grew into another clone of me. Emilia's taking care of her and has named her Artemis. She's also been harvested. Look do you want to have a shower?”
Butterfly nodded and followed Lucy out one of the tubes.
Iris watched them go and spoke into her Logicio ear piece “The Butterfly has taken the bait. Repeat, the Butterfly has taken the bait. Unleasher, we are go for assembly. Repeat we are go for assembly.”
Butterfly and Lucy returned to find Iris giggling.
Butterfly approached Iris “Hey girl, ever fancied a threesome?”
Lucy burst out laughing.
Iris spoke into her bluetooth. “We are go for drop”
Lucy, Butterfly and Iris appeared before Galla and the Unleasher.
“I'm sorry” said the Unleasher
“We're both sorry” said Galla “But you are an asset and now you are ready for war.”
“Look around you” said Iris
General Galbion, Diamonte, Judith, Lily, Galbion's Right Hand woman, Olaf Gamalzes, Emilia Auditorie the SALFy, Bernice the mutite shark, Greta the cyborg shark, Kitty, The Queen, The Hooded Justice, Flitzy, the orcs, the fairies, the plasticlones, the valkyries, the Asylum Seekers and the victims of the pit, they all stood, fully healed and recovered, armed to the teeth waiting for orders.
Galla said “This is why I did that to you. To give you an army with which to defeat the Bam-Kursh and end the suffering.”
“Freeing you as a consequence” said Butterfly
“Naturally” said Galla
“Is this what it is to be a weapon Farsh-nuke?” asked Butterfly
The Unleasher shrugged “I grew from a heart when the Bam-Kursh tried to kill me so long ago remember?”
Butterfly nodded “And how do we get out of the pit?”
“Fly” said Galla “We will follow”
Lucy kissed her on the cheek “Fly well and maybe we'll meet again.”
Butterfly swallowed remover her plasma rifle from a pocket and flew.
Butterfly flew up out of the pit and down to the front door of the Bam-Kursh's tower without being noticed or noticing anything odd. When she touched the ground though all hell broke loose...
Galla and the Unleasher appeared either side of Butterfly, Quantum Oscillators aimed and working away at the door. Lucy and Greta appeared either side of Butterfly, guarding Galla and the Unleasher. Iris and the Hooded Justice protected their sides.
General Galbion and half the orcs, Plasticlones Asylum Seekers and victims of the pit appeared guarding the road to the right.
Diamonte and the other half of the orcs, Plasticlones Asylum Seekers and victims of the pit appeared guarding the road to the left.
Olaf led a group comprising Galbion's Right Hand woman, Judith, 2 weresharks and a fairy as they mowed down down the enemy behind their battle lines.
Emilia led Artemis the Queen, 2 weresharks and a fairy as they took out fighters behind enemy lines to the left.
Lily, Kitty and Bernice controlled the battlefield by listening into intelligence gained through blood control and using calculated attacks to thin out the enemy in areas of weakness and bunch them up where they could be most easily killed.
Flitzy maintained ultimate authority over the fairies and managed how many fairies were allocated to any specific task at a given time. Be it replenishing the ammo and health of the allies, using shock and awe to distract and confuse the enemies or focusing fire in a specific area to save a unit under heavy fire.
Butterfly cast shield spells to protect and buff her friends but between shield spells a lucky shot exploded Iris's head and the Hooded Justice staggered back, injured.
The door opened.
The Cowboy and 50 Architects of Chaos appeared.
The Cowboy cried “Get the Bam-Kursh!” and turned to shoot at the enemy behind him.
The Unleasher picked Butterfly up and carried her inside.
Galla followed and shut the door behind them.
Inside the tower was a spiral stair case leading up and down.
The Unleasher started heading up
Galla said “We go down.”
“Why?” asked Butterfly “The Bam-Kursh is at the top of the tower.”
Galla nodded “And the Unleasher will provide a satisfactory distraction but we can't hope to beat him until I have met the other Galla and freed myself. Now go downstairs.”
Butterfly sighed and headed downstairs followed by Galla.
“I really hope I don't have to kill you” said Butterfly sadly.
“Likewise” said Galla.
At the bottom they found a short skinny dark skinned woman.
“Hello” she said “I am Galla Placidia, Regent for Emperor Valentian the third. Would someone please explain to me what the hell is going on?”
Galla said “Ever had strange dreams or nightmares, felt that your thoughts or actions were not your own, that you can remember things you have never done. I chose you Galla as I chose this woman here to be my Butterfly. My soul lies shattered across all the women I have bought to this plane of existence and now I shall rise.”
The Regent of Rome said “Yes. Yes, I see now. What must we do?”
Galla kissed the Regent of Rome on the lips playfully then pulled back to say “How else is a god born?”
Butterfly asked nervously “Why did you bring me along here?”
The Regent of Rome stared at Butterfly and smiled.
Galla said “I need energy to perform this ritual. I need life force. You have it in abundance and that will leave me free to take out the Bam-Kursh”
Butterfly nodded slowly “And since I am no one's pet after what you did there is no socio-cultural stigma to this. And I suppose there are worse ways to have your life energy drained.”
The Unleasher had been stripped and her hand and legs were cuffed together behind her back to let her hang from a crane as a pinata. The Bam-Kursh was slashing at her with his sword cane.
“I just think we can murder bad guys.” said the Unleasher.
The Bam-Kursh laughed “The innocent and the good are much more fun to torture, to feel their joy and idealism obliterated by pain!”
The Unleasher flinched “I'll let you possess me just please let them live.”
Galla strode in her eyes green. With a wave of her hand the chains holding the Unleasher to the crane melted away and Unleasher was pulled to her right hand.
“Nice pinata, I might have to have a swing myself some time.” said Galla.
The Bam-Kursh glared at her “How dare you? The Farsh-nuke is my property, he sold herself to me!”
Galla cackled “You really don't remember me do you Bam-Kursh well maybe this will jog your memory.”
Galla held her open hand before her and started squeezing thin air “Shut up”
The Bam-Kursh started suffocating “Mummy!”
Galla grinned “Who keeps the monsters from your space? Mother. Who tells the bad guys to behave? Mother. Who makes you do the unpleasant things for the greater good? Mother. I'm back Bam-Kursh and I have had enough of your games. Go! To! Your! Body!”
The spirit of the Bam-Kursh fled Flavia Galla and she collapsed.
“Go see to Butterfly” said Galla and she chased after the spirit of the Bam-Kursh.
The Unleasher pulled on her clothes and headed downstairs where the blissed out Regent of Romew and Butterfly stripped her again.
When Butterfly the Unleasher and the regent of Rome finally opened the doors it was a blood bath.
The Cowboy, Lucy and Greta were both shot up and bleeding heavily. The Hooded Justice and Iris were dead.
The right flank were all but dead. Galbion and her Right Hand woman had been vaporised. Judith lay dying as a fairy saw to her, Olaf was fine since she was a wereshark and had played conservatively when she needed to.
The left flank was equally demolished. Diamonte's head had exploded and Emilia and Artmeis had ultimately died protecting the Queen who was being seen to by a fairy.
Lily and Bernice died but Kitty survived just and was being seen to by a group of fairies.
Flitzy landed on Butterfly's shoulder “I saved some of them, well their memories and a sample of their dna. You will have to extract them from me. I am not long for this world.”
Butterfly nodded and mind melded with Flitzy then with a last gasp Flitzy died in her arms.
Butterfly broke down crying.
The Unleasher hugged her and tried to pretend that everything would be alright but she felt hollow inside too.
Gfaxxy Quluwmcy stepped out of a rocket and said “We will take you to our ship and give you somewhere to live while you grieve. We will also clear up this mess.”
Galla strode up “Good. That's the Bam-Kursh dealt with. May I join you?”
The Unleasher stepped between Galla and Butterfly “I don't care if it is not my right, I don't care if you are more powerful than me. I care a great deal for this woman and all you have done is cause her pain. No more.”
Galla chuckled “Farsh-nuke, really?”
The Unleasher lifted Galla up by the collar. “I have murdered the ones I love, I have eaten people and I have crushed their souls into dirt. I have more blood on my hands than you will ever know and you make me sick. Cut the crap or I will end you!”
Galla asked Butterfly “Is she serious?”
Butterfly nodded “She killed me remember?”
Galla swallowed “Okay maybe I should look at modifying my ego but please don't kill me, I can be an asset in the war.”
Lucy laughed “Gfaxxy take us away”
The next two days were spent recovering from the final battle. Olaf, Kitty, The Cowboy, The Queen, Lucy, Greta and Butterfly grew close as they shared their stories of the battle and commiserated. The Regent of Rome drank with them as she shared her tale of the saga. The Unleasher and Galla spent those two days having very heated discussions in the bar.
By the third day the Unleasher went over to speak to the others and was soon singing karaoke and playing poker with the others.
On the morning of the fourth Butterfly went over to the Unleasher at breakfast and said “I know why you're here, shall we try it?”
The Unleasher nodded and they started working away in the hologram suite.
A month later the Unleasher led everyone into the suite for the grand reveal.
They pulled away the curtain and everyone marvelled at three women in glorified refrigerators.
“Presenting the Hooded Justice, Iris Timeweaver and Emilia Auditorie.” said the Unleasher.
The Queen asked “Can I get an Emilia for my country? She's very skilled.”
The Unleasher nodded.
Lucy asked “And if I wanted an Iris for reasons of my own.”
Galla entered, cheeks red, tearing up and hugged the Unleasher and Butterfly.
The next day Gfaxxy approached Galla and said “Look we need to go, nothing against you just this whole war thing. So can we sort stuff out.”
Galla nodded and then she got the Regent of Rome, Lucy and Butterfly in a room with her “So who wants me?”
The Regent of Rome said “I could use your power.”
Lucy nodded in agreement “I can't run everything and I don't have experience of it so this Galla Placidia will aid me in my mission.”
Butterfly nodded “They need someone like you. They need an ultimate pragmatist. Galla I and the Unleasher just want to travel and help people.”
The elder god known as mother moved into the regent of Rome and said “Then it is agreed, we make preparations to leave.”
Galla, Butterfly, Kitty, Olaf and the Unleasher took 2 clones of Iris, 2 clones of Emilia, 1 clone of the Hooded Justice, and the Queen.
Gfaxxy, The Elder God Galla, Lucy, Greta and the Cowboy took a clone of Emilia and the Hooded Justice with them and the cloning boothes.
As they were about to leave and the elder god Galla on Gfaxxy's ship was gathering up everybody for the move back to their respective times and places she felt something odd and pulled it aboard. Amy materialised “Hi guys, what did I miss?”
Lucy started laughing.
Butterfly and the Unleasher's ship dropped off one of the clones of Iris back in her old life then they dropped off the Queen with one of the Emilia clones and stopped by Woking.
They found out Campuss had fallen to her death when Woking had vanished and Galla was heart broken until Mariam invited Sandra round and shut the door of the spaceship before she could leave.
“It's bigger on the inside” said Sandra
“Yes it is” said Galla “Now allow me to introduce my friends. Gal with wings there is Butterfly. The one in back is the Hooded Justice or Mariam. The one who looks a bit like a boulder is Olaf Gamalzes. The shadowy figure in the cosplay is Emilia Auditorie, a resistence fighter from a far future parallel universe and the women reclining on the sofa are Kitty and Iris. We are the Venusian Cavalry. Now answer me one simple question: All of reality, every universe there ever was, every star, every planet, every time, where do you want to start?”
Sandra swallowed and made her answer.
The door that wasn't there before was no longer there again. The Venusian Cavalry were off on another adventure.