F L A M E W A R S I I I - PART 3 OF 6 ______ _________ _____ ____ ____ _______ _____ ___ ___ | | | | / _ \ | \| | | /\ \ / _ \ \ \ / / |BLiP| | |~~~~~ / / \ \ | | | | \/ | / / \ \ \ | / | | | ~~~~~| | ~~~ | | | ____ | / | | | | | | |#11 | | |~~~~~ | ___ | | | | | | | /\ ~| \ \ / / | | | | | | | | | | | |\ | | | | ~~ / \ ~ / | | ~~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ [The cover is focusing on a man with a glass skull. He is holding Net.ropolis in one hand. In the other can be seen Barry Knewbee and Contraption Man, standing zombie like. The man is saying in a large speech bubble "ALL THAT I HOLD, IS MINE!"] -------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Mmm. Mfp." Fan.Boy woke up, grappling with something in his mouth. He tore a piece of cloth off, and held it, peering at it. It moved in his hand, and he threw it away, startled. He heard it scamper off. Fan.Boy groaned. This was not how he wanted to start the day. However, as he was now awake, he may as well get up. He reached for his glasses and slid out out of bed. While getting ready, he considered his duties. He had spent the rest of the previous few days cleaning the hanger bay, as due penance for stealing a net.thingee. While he had got to know Captain Cleanup quite well by then, he knew he couldn't face another day of it. Perhaps he could sneak out with out the Ultimate Ninja noticing. Yeah, and Guitar Man might play something people could listen to. Speaking of which, perhaps he'd better check up on GM's goldfish. _-~-_ Downstairs, Barry Knewbee crept through the hallways. In an attempt for anonymity, Barry had decided to go for a non-spandex look, leading to jeans and a t-shirt with "I survived a Constantine" printed on it. As he passed the reception desk, he waved to Mike Nilsen, a new temp. Outside, he had barely enough time to get down the steps before he heard someone say "Ah, just the sort of person we've been searching for," and then something over took his mind. _-~-_ An explosion had occurred here, not too long ago, but the damage had been erased. It was amazing what money could achieve these days. Light filled the room, a bright luminescence, which slowly lessened from the outlying areas to concentrate in the centre of the apartment, taking on a shape as it did so. Soon, an outline hung in the air, a form of anti-silhouette, outlining a man's body. The radiance died, revealing a man frozen in position with his eyes closed. His eyes snapped open, and he looked around the room. "Bah," he muttered. "Alive again." Although he knew there were things he should be doing, he sat down sulkily on the couch. He folded his arms and stared ahead, refusing to acknowledge anything. #GET ON WITH IT# "Shan't" the man said, in a childish voice. Although there was no visible response he eventually stood up. "Oh, all right, but stop doing that. What do you want me to do?" #YOU KNOW# The man nodded moodily. That was the problem. He did. "Buffer," he sighed. He hated going to the Legion of Net.Heroes' Head Quarters. He generally considered the place beneath him. This time, he needed to fetch something. He walked out of the apartment. He opened the doors to the lift shaft, and peered down into the darkness. Taking a deep breath, he jumped. _-~-_ Barry Knewbee turned around. At least, his body did. His mind was doing something more like 360s. "Boy, we require your aid." Before Barry stood three individuals. Two of them were similar in appearances. They wore long blue cloaks, had orange skin, and the tops of their heads were made of plastiglass, allowing Barry to see the brains inside. Barry received the impression that one was male and the other female, but this was not obvious from physical observation. The other figure lay at their feet, in a huddled mass. Although his body was that of a 19 year old, his attitude was one of a whipped dog. His clothes were dirty and torn, and his body was in a state of severe food deprivation. Barry thought he'd like the hurt figure more than the masters. "We are Pjack and Pjill, come back to now to sample the delights of your wonderfully quaint city," the male figure, Pjack, said. "However, as we don't really know our way around, we decided to pick up a guide." Pjack smiled faintly. It wasn't a nice smile. Barry managed to control his body enough to gesture towards the figure lying at their feet. "Who's that?" Pjill deigned to look down at Barry's interest. "Him? Oh, he's our pet. Dreck, say hello to the nice insect." Dreck looked up, and Barry's heart immediately went out to him. The bruises and sores on Dreck's face made Barry want to hold and comfort him. "H... hello," Dreck croaked. "There," said Pjill, smiling sweetly. Sickeningly. "Isn't that nice?" "We wish to be amused," said Pjack. "Show us the... night life." "But, it's early morning," replied Barry. "Nothing will be open." "Don't worry," said Pjill. "They will be." _-~-_ It was a room in the LNHQ that belonged to an LNHer. In the general sense. Of being an LNHer, that is. The room contained a bed, a chest of drawers, a few chairs, a goldfish bowl, with goldfish, a large stuffed panda holding a sign saying "Has anyone got a pot of hot water?", and was decorated with dried flowers. Out of the closet stepped a man. He looked around through squinted eyes. People actually lived like this? Oh well, better get started. First, however, the man carefully moved the goldfish bowl onto a chair, and put it out of the way. No sense in incurring more trouble than usual. Brittany, or Weirdness Girl as she preferred to be called, opened the door to her room into a mess. It wasn't her usual sort of mess. In fact, she had recently tidied her room. It had been done by accident, she had really only been looking for a pencil, but, nevertheless, it hadn't looked like this. She had only just helped Savannah back to her room, after they had gotten back from fighting some chick with wings. Being rather on the worn side, Brittany had decided to change her outfit for something fresh. And now found this. Her bed was on its side, with slashes in the material. Her drawers had been emptied, then tossed onto the floor. The frame of the chest of drawers had been broken into little pieces. In panic Brittany looked around for Binky, a cosmic being currently incarnated as a fish, and breathed a sigh of relief when she saw him sitting in his bowl, perched on a chair away from the rubble. The sound of splashing reached her ears, and Brittany noticed that the door to her bathroom was open. She started in that direction, almost dreading what she might encounter, when a man came out. He was wearing dark trousers with sensible shoes. He also had a white shirt on, but had the sleeves rolled up. His arms were wet. Brittany couldn't immediate imagine why this man was here. Fortunately, the man wasn't wasting any time. "Please, where is it?" At least he was a polite burglar. "Where's what?" Brittany asked sweetly. The kind of sweetness usually followed by a round of bashing by, say, a large plush fish filled with rocks, or, perhaps, sitting down with your significant other, and showing them your baby pictures in retribution. "That damned sword. I know it's around here somewhere." The man peered around. "I don't know what you're talking about," said Brittany carefully. "Why don't we sit down over a cup of arsenic and discuss it." "No, thank you. I'm trying to give it up." Brittany slowly manoeuvred through the room, circling around the man who seemed more interested in strewing the debris than her. When she reached the closet, she opened it carefully, but the man saw her. "Ah, it's in there. Of course." Brittany quickly opened the closet fully and reached onto the top shelf. "Get back," she said, grabbing what was there, and pointing it at the man. "Or, I'll attack you with this... note?" Brittany got a good look at what she was holding. It was indeed a note. She read it: "Dear Brittany, I was up here going through your underwear, and trying on your clothes when I came across this great sword. I have borrowed it for a while. Hope you don't mind. Ta, Cheesecake Eater Lad." Brittany crumpled the note in her hand. "Of course," she muttered under her breath, "you realise this means weirdness." She ran out of the room, ignoring the man, with far more important business on her mind. The man looked upwards. "Was that really necessary?" Not receiving an answer, he went over to the closet, reaching upwards. He grasp a handle and drew out a sword named Dirmawr. "You and me have a little business to discuss." The man entered the closet, pulling it closed behind him. Brittany reentered a few moments later, to yell at the man to get out, and... and noticed everything was back to normal. Her bed was back in position, and her clothes were back in their proper drawers, which lay in an unbroken frame. She cast a look at Binky, now back on the chest of drawers, but he just burbled happily. _-~-_ Below her, on the second floor of the HQ, Contraption Man limped into a tech lab. He winced slightly at the pain of his injuries, but determined to ignore them so he could work on this black box he carried. He had found the black box in a sub-basement of the LNHQ, as well as a heavily armoured man by the name of Flashback. The black box had been part of his equipment he had come back to retieve, but Contraption Man had fought him off, with the somewhat help of a newbie called Kid SqueezerCheeze or something. Thanks to Limp-Asparagus Lad and Footnote Lass, he had been taken to the Sick Bay in time to be saved from death. The kid was in Sick Bay, still shaken up after having a ceiling fall on him. Now, Contraption Man had left Sick Bay (still feeling slightly dizzy), and was investigating the device that had sparked a memory in him. He knew about the black box, but couldn't remember where from. He placed it on a bench, and studied it thoughtfully. It sparked a memory in his mind, but the spark wasn't bright enough to enlighten. As he thought, he kept his hands busy, cannibalising parts to make something like a large microscope. He wasn't sure what devices the thing contained to defend against its contents, but he knew the five prongs on the bottom weren't just for adornment. The five prongs! That was it! Five prongs were used on information dumps many years ago. As least, years ago as far as he was concerned. These things won't come about for a few years yet. Anyway, these information dumps were in vogue a while back as memory modules, a sort of electronic diary. The five prongs were a safety feature. Hook it up to a terminal in the wrong order, and kaboom! Contraption Man remembered that he had one of these things in his room somewhere, and a decoder for it. He wouldn't be able to use it for this one, 'cos the code would be different. Contraption Man finished the device he was building, a particle reverser. Always useful for looking at the inside of the forbidden. What was on the outside would be on the inside, and what was on the inside would be outside. Well, for a few moments anyway. These devices were rather unstable. As an afterthought, Contraption Man focused a camera on the object to catch whatever was revealed. He threw the switch and watched in smugness as the box inverted, exposing the circuits inside. All too soon, the particle reverser exploded, showering Contraption Man in sparks. But, now he had a copy of the insides, and would be able to access the box in safety. _-~-_ The niteclub was indeed open. Now. Not many things remained the way Pjack and Pjill didn't want them to be. Barry had tried to raise a protest, something along the lines of "There wont be anyone in there. They've all gone home." but got no further than "Ther-" before feeling his throat constrict painfully. In fact, there were people in there, either asleep or unconscious on the floor. Several chairs and tables were broken, signalling that a rather violent, albeit pointless, brawl had taken place. "My, my, my," Pjack commented. "What a messy establishment. We'll just have to tidy things up a little." He waved his hand and things jumped. Chairs unsplintered, and fused together in normal wholes. Tables righted themselves, and glasses jumped back onto them, the contents pouring themselves back in. The people on the floor also moved. They were lifted and placed in chairs, on the stools at the bar. Their eyes opened, and consciousness returned. Control over their bodies didn't though. Barry could see confusion, panic, and just plain terror mirrored from their souls. "Stop this," he said, partly surprised he could say anything. "You're hurting them." "No, we're not," replied Pjill. "We're enjoying ourselves. That's far more important, don't you think? And so much more appropriate for a _bar_, a place of fun, is it not?" "Not like this," Barry pleaded. "I do think we need to let him onto a secret," Pjack said to Pjill. "I do think you're right." She turned to the figure at her feet. "Dreck, darling, do teach him the lesson." Dreck rose pathetically, using the table to help right himself. With a broken look in his eyes, he made his way towards Barry. "No," instructed Pjill. "Choose someone else. We haven't finished with him." Dreck swerved to one side, but kept his attention on Barry. He stopped in front of a man, sitting in a chair, but who was nearly going to the toilet in his trousers. "Dreck, here, is a rather amusing experiment that the more clinical of us thought up," Pjack commented, as Dreck reached out and placed a finger on the man's chest. "Essentially, Dreck is electricity made form." Dreck's fingernail glowed, then his finger, his hand, and his entire arm became a blaze of light. Energy licked over the man's chest, and the man juddered as power coursed through him. "At times, he does have to rest. We keep him in a battery." Pjack smiled. "One of his very own." Barry's face became one of disgust as the burning smell permeated the air. He tried to look away, but was unable to turn his head. His eyes were riveted to the body of the man, now the corpse of a man. "You see," Pjill said. "We can do anything we like. Any_way_ we like. Do not presume to tell us how we may conduct ourselves. Dreck, darling, that's enough." Released, the man's remains fell to the floor with a sickening thump. When they were freed, there'd be a of of sick patrons. "Come," said Pjack, standing. "We've tired of this little game. I feel like..." "Spot the invisible bomb," said Pjill brightly. Pjack's eyes gleamed. "Yes. I do believe that would be next." Pjack and Pjill swept out of the bar, Dreck following them, and Barry was forced to keep up. Outside, Pjack was scanning the skies. Without a word, he lifted off the ground, and floated up through the air. Barry was surprised to find that he was rising as well, all four of them were. When they reached the tops of the surrounding towers, they stopped, hovering in mid-air. "What.. what are you people?" Barry gasped. "Haven't you worked that out yet?" said Pjack, sounding disappointed. "I had so hoped you could arise above your own stupidity. Oh well, I should never hope for the impossible." Pjill responded. "We're from the future. Well, a future. We are beyond the limited concept of a single timeline. We'd heard that this time period was so primitive when compared with what they could have been. Unfortunately, they do appear to be right." "Time travellers? Oh dear. You are in a lot of trouble." Pjack snorted. "Come, my dear young thing. We are beyond being hurt by anything in this period." "But, there a psycho out here. He's on the look for time travellers. He wants to kill them-" "Enough," said Pjack, waving his hand, and silencing Barry. "I have spotted our bomb." He extended a magnificently coiffured finger, pointing at a aeroplane as it roared through the sky, coming in for a landing at Net.ropolis aeroport. Pjack blinked, and the plane vanished. "What have you done to it?" "It's invisible, dear boy," said Pjack. "Light just passes right though it." "But, how will they land? The aeroport can't see them." "My dear boy. _They_ can't see _themselves_. As I said, light just passes right though them." "They'll crash!" "Yes, but who knows where? That's what makes it so fun!" _-~-_ The man stood nearby in an alleyway, only keeping half an ear on the conversation. He was looking upwards, staring at a patch of sky that seemed to contain nothing. Absently, he hefted the sword, weighing more than just metal, and slid it across the palm of his hand, letting it bite and draw blood. The blade soaked the blood up, not letting a rivulet away. The man looked down at the sword. Soon, they'd be able to have a chat. _-~-_ Barry and the time travellers landed back on the ground, and settled down to wait. Sooner or later, the aeroplane would hit the ground, somewhere, and there was nothing Barry could do to stop it. He had no useful powers, just to be a fan to every superhero he could find, and an ability to stun people by pronouncing punctuation. He had tried to stun Pjack and Pjill by swearing, but had ended up having to go a minute without a mouth. Or a nose. "Imagine their panic," breathed Pjack. "Their fear, their hopes as the search turns up nothing, their terror as they think of the plane crashing. All these emotions, all over one little scrap of metal and a few useless lives." "How do you you wont be wiped out?" asked Barry. "One of those people might be your ancestor." Perhaps he could paradox them into freeing the plane. Pjack shook his head. "Our future has already split. Technically, we are from another dimension, but we never let technicalities get in the way of a good holiday. One company," he held up a finger as emphasis, "one company in your history stopped experimenting on people, stopped creating superhumans. That never happened in our timeline. They kept on going. And we, and Dreck here, are the products of those experiments. We are separate from this timeline, so we can do whatever we like to it." Pjill spoke. "I can feel the tension in the air. These people are pathetic. They'll never find it in time." "Is that part of the game? Actually finding the plane?" "It adds to the fun." "Then," said Barry, hope coming to him, "let me make a phone call. I'll get more people onto searching. That'll increase the game." Pjill clapped her hands. "Why yes. That would be nice. To have an actual challenge. Very well, you may call." Barry hurried to a nearby phone booth, digging in his pockets for a quarter. He picked up the phone and dialled. "Ah, Mike, Fan.Boy here. Put me through to the Ultimate Ninja.... No, I don't want to hear about your dreams of being forced to watch cheesy movies with two robots. Put me through to the UN... Uh, hi, sir, Fan.Boy here." Barry held the phone away from his ear as the shouting came through. "Yes.. yes, I know.. yes, I... Sir... People are dying!" Well, it was one way of getting his attention. _-~-_ Contraption Man watched the computer run through the last few possibilities. He had the module interfaced with the computer, and was now trying to access the passworded files. Finally, the combinations settled, and the computer opened the files. They were encrypted. Of course. There were many programs Contraption Man knew to decode the files, but they all took time. He sighed as he instructed the computer to begin, wanting to do more than just wait. A beep from a nearby intercom drew his attention. He flicked the com channel open. "Contraption Man here." It was the Ultimate Ninja. "We've got more time travellers. These ones are very advanced mentalists, but that's not the problem." "Flashback is bound to go for them." "Yes, but they've made a plane invisible. Completely undetectable to radar. It's somewhere above the city and could crash into anything, anywhere." Contraption Man drew breath. This was serious. "I've got Kid Kirby, Continuity Champ Junior, and Search Lass out looking for it. Doctor Stomper and Deductive Logic Man are trying to work out where it is by logic. If Errand Boy was here I could send him to help as well, but we can't find him." "What do you want me to do?" asked Contraption Man. "Get to where the time travellers are. Fan.Boy's with them. Try to get them to keep the plane from crashing. Keep an eye out for Flashback, and keep him away. We don't need his interference to mess things up." "On my way." _-~-_ Barry tried to hop from one foot to the other, but Pjack kept him still. It was this waiting, how could anyone stand it? Something had to happen soon. On cue, something did. A man in a power suit came around the corner, the sunlight being swallowed up by his black armour. Pjack and Pjill took no notice of him until he backhanded Pjill across the face, knocking her backwards. The response was immediate. Dreck's upper body dissolved into energy tendrils that wrapped themselves around the suit, trying to short it. The man ignored this attack, and shouted. "I am Flashback, and I have seen the death of all. You shall not be the cause of it." He leapt at Pjack. And made about a metre. Pjack's will power blasted Flashback into immobility. Although Flashback strained his power units, he was unable to move a muscle. "Naughty, naughty, don't get haute," warned Pjack. Pjill sat up, her hand touching her bleeding lip. "Make him suffer, slowly." "No, wait." Barry managed to turn his head to see the newcomer. Barry immediately recognised him as Contraption Man. If Flashback recognised him, and was sdurprised to see that Contraption Man was still alive, Barry was unable to tell. "Don't hurt him." "And who are you that dares give us commands?" asked Pjack slowly. Contraption Man finally realised what sort of people he was dealing with. "I.. I meant, he under my care. I'm supervising him, and he escaped. He's not quite all there, if you get my meaning." "Oh, I get your meaning," said Pjack. "But, I like my meaning better. Not all there, you say? Well, let's see what happens when his arm isn't there." "No," cried out Contraption Man. "Silence," ordered Pjack, and Contraption Man was. "Never tell me what to do. The more you plead, the more your friend," Pjack indicated Flashback, "will suffer." "In that case," said Contraption Man, struggling to get the words out. "Kill him." "Don't worry," advised Pjack. "I intend to." He turned his attention back to Flashback, when both he and Pjill felt something slice across the napes of their necks. They put their hands up, and brought them in front of their faces to see their hands wet. With blood. Their blood. "Who dares?" Pjack said hoarsely. "I dare." Pjack and Pjill turned around to see a man holding a sword standing in front of them. Although the sword must have gotten blood on it, it was gleaming clean. "What does your kind have to do with this?" asked Pjack. "With him," the man replied, indicating Flashback. "Your not going to stop him from doing what he has to." "Hah. Dreck," Pjill ordered. Electricity passed from Dreck to the sword, earthing itself through the man. He grimaced in pain, and fell to one knee, but no further. Barry could see the sword glowing from the power that passed through it, and had to give grudging admiration to the man that withstood the pain. Dreck ceased, staggering slighty. Recent events had drained him somewhat, leaving him not a powerful as he should be. The man took full advantage of this. "Here," he said, "catch." He threw the sword, and Pjack and Pjill automatically reached out to grab it. They both touched it at the same time. _-~-_ Power. He could feel their power as he stepped into them. True, it wasn't magic, but it was still power. Power he could take, power he could use. Dirmawr possessed Pjack and Pjill, and ravaged their souls. _-~-_ Contraption Man saw the man swaying slightly, as if caught in some kind of backlash. However, he was now free of Pjack's control, and turned to take care of Flashback. Who was already acting. Flashback had somehow grown a heavy duty laser pistol from his armour, and drawn a bead on Pjack and Pjill. "No," screamed Contraption Man, lunging at Flashback, and feeling rather surprised when a large object crashed into him, knocking him to one side. He looked up to see the man, his head still jerking slightly. "This must be done." Contraption Man heard one blast, then another. Two thuds. He didn't want to look, but knew there was someone else to also look out for. He took a gamble. "Get Dreck out of here," he yelled. The next thing he heard was "Oh ^&^!, !(&@, and #@&*." [ _-~-_ Barry pulled Dreck along after him, slightly hampered by Dreck's stunned body. Once they were away from the scene, Barry waited for Dreck to come around.] "Wha? What happened back there?" Dreck asked muzzily. "You're free," Barry told him. "Free now. Free to do whatever." "I.. I don't understand. Free?" "Yes," Barry insisted. "Pjack and Pjill are gone. You're free now." "Free?" Barry sighed. "Look, what do you want to do?" "Rest. Need rest." Dreck staggered and fell against Barry. Barry held onto him, lingering his hands on Dreck's body. "Where do you rest?" "Power source. Need electricity." "Right, I know just the place." _-~-_ ################## Mmmm. Mmmmmm. Wha? What? ######################### What's happening? Is someone there? ############################### ##### Is there someone there? Please... please answer me? Is there anybody there? ####1234567890!@#$%^&*()----ACTIVATED--------- Please. Is someone there? Anyone? Please. I'm so alone down here. Please. Is there anybody there? ---------------------- -------CONTROL ENGAGED--------SYSTE/ RE*JECT%ON------INTE@RATING---- Hello? Anybody? There's no light here. Is there no-one there? Anybody? ------ -----CONTROL----ENGAGED NEW PROGRAM---ENGAGE NEW OVERRIDES---ENGAGE NEW PA RAMETERS--ENGAGE Is it happening again? Please, not again. SYSTEM--ENGAGE--SYSTEMS ON LINE----- Please. _-~-_ Contraption Man kicked the wall in disgust. He had a perfect opportunity to take out Flashback, and he'd let it go. True, the man had winded him so the man did have time to retrieve the sword (what was that thing, anyway?), and then threaten Flashback into leaving, so there wasn't much he could have done anyway. But, still. He should have done something. At least Kid Kirby had managed to get the plane done safely after Search Lass had found it. Doctor Stomper and Deductive Logic Man had worked out had to return the plane to normal. Contraption Man turned his attention to memory module. The computer had decrypted the first file. He quickly brought it up. It read: "This... this is my first recording. I'm not sure if this thing is working or not. I took it from Contrap.... Oh gods. *sounds of sobbing* I took this from Contraption Man's room. He won't miss it. He's.. he's dead. Oh gods, they're all dead..." _-~-_ Barry crept through the power station, dragging Dreck with him. This was the only place he could think of. The Net.ropolis Power Station. The city's source of electricity from geothermal vents. He propped Dreck up against a wall. "Listen to me. This is where you can rest. Do you understand me?" As Dreck came round, he strengthened somewhat. "Yes. Yes, I can fell it here. Power." He felt the wall, hugging it, trying to draw the energy into himself. Barry looked on concerned. "Is there something that you need? Some way of accessing the power?" "Yes, yes. A socket of some kind. An access port to the electricity." Barry looked around. Fortunately, there was a wall socket close. "Here," he said, guiding Dreck. "Will this work?" "Yes," said Dreck, feeling the socket. "Yes." He looked up at Barry. "Thank you." Dreck converted himself to pure energy, and flowed into the socket. Lights flicked on and off as Dreck settled himself in. Barry threw them a look worried. Splashpage: A momentary flicker in the lights reveals Barry's face. A tear runs down one cheek. He is whispering "Goodbye." "...Pjack fell down and broke his crown, and Pjill came tumbling after." by Jamas Enright -------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEXT ISSUE: Well, first off, Flame Wars III continues. The next exciting installment is in _Writer's Block Woman (and Mouse) #21_. Find out what secrets are held in the memory module. Then, Fan.Boy starts a journey of self discovery, as the Ultimate Ninja orders him to investigate the Peril Room's final collapse. All in FAN.BOY #12: "The Little Room of Perils" -------- Credits: Fan.Boy belongs to me. Pjack and Pjill belong in the ground. Dreck doesn't belong to the power station, but they've got him anyway. The man wielding the sword belongs to me, but the sword belongs to Mistlock, as does Brittany ("Weirdness Girl!"). Contraption Man belongs to no-one, 'cos he's Public Domain. Flashback belongs to the Flame Wars III crew (and they can have 'im :), and what a crazed bunch they are.Back to the Index.