______ _ _ _ ____ _ ____ _____ ___ _ _____ _____ | | | | / \ | | | | | | |___| | |____ \___ |BLiP| | _ | | | | | | | | | | | | | \ | | | | | | | |--- | | | ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ | #2 | | | | | | |\ | | | (An ACROPHOBE Imprint) | | |/ \| \ / | \ | | | ~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~ ~~~~ FEATURING: Squeaky Clean and Captain Cleanup [Cover is split diagonally. Top left shows Squeaky sitting by a hospital bed, with Captain Cleanup lying on it hooked up to life-support. Bottom right shows Maurice standing is a field of daffodils, looking at Eugene's gravestone.] -------------------------------------------------------------------------- "A Clean Mind In A Clean Body" TUESDAY: Well, it was definitely a party, Squeaky Clean decided, but not like any party he'd ever been to. People ate, people talked, people danced. But, no-one seemed to enjoy it. They looked more as if it was a duty rather than something they should enjoy. <The Phantom Walker pushed the button.> Squeaky looked for his uncle and mentor, Captain Cleanup. Currently, Cleanup was chatting to someone dressed as a wolf, complete with long snout and whiskers. At least he looked happy enough. <Other than a door opening, nothing else happened.> A shiver ran down Squeaky's spine. It was familiar to him. It was the same sort of shiver he got whenever there was cleaning to do. He carefully studied his surroundings, trying to find some cause for this warning. <That was until someone's head flew from their shoulders.> *THERE!* Somewhere, through the throng of people in _that_ direction was the cause of whatever mess was happening. He craned his neck, looking for the disturbance, but wasn't tall enough to see over everyone. <A trail of heads flew across the room, leading in one direction.> His eyes bulged when he finally saw what was going on. Heads were flying, literally. He could see detached heads moving up through the air and descending in a slow arc. For some reason, he was quite detached from it all, and was able to tell, from backtracking where the heads were, just where the whatever it was was. <At the end of the trail was Captain Cleanup and Squeaky Clean.> Now other people starting noticing as well. Their first reaction was screaming, their next was running. Mindless figures forced their ways through statues, people frozen in shock, sending them tumbling down beneath their feet. A path cleared between Squeaky Clean and the whatever. A wide path. A totally clear path. No matter how hard he stared, Squeaky was unable to see anything that could be causing this panic. A gash appeared in the back of one of the patrons, and he fell forward, gasping his last. Nothing had ripped the man's back open, but it had parted nevertheless. Time slowed. Out of the corner of his eye, Squeaky could see Captain Cleanup turning towards him, his mouth opening to ask what was happening. Squeaky wanted to tell him to "Get back!" and "Keep away!", but knew that this time syrup would hinder Cleanup's understanding. Another guest was killed, closer to Squeaky. He still couldn't see whoever was doing this, but something else was happening. Although he couldn't see the being, he could... 'feel' him. Some sense of his was kicking in, allowing him to tell where the source of the mess was, allowing him to strike back at this source, disable it, and clear the smear of its presence away. Concentrating, he formed a mop in his hand, and then he swung. Slowly, oh so slowly, the mop arced towards where the presence was. Over by the side of the room, two people, a man and a woman, stood calmly while everyone else around them ran like decapitated chickens. "Did you really need all these people here?" asked the man. "It causes quite a mess." "I had to find out how good the Fribith was, didn't I?" replied the woman. "Maybe, but you gave the heroes help. You cause a mess, they can clean it. It's their speciality." "You mean, they are going to win?" "...Yes," the man admitted. The woman sighed. "Then, I'd better help them. Keep them on my good side, as it were." The man shrugged. "You don't need them, but if you particularly want to..." The man frowned. "_We_ aren't in any danger, are we?" "Of course not," the woman answered, setting off into the crowd towards the heroes. "It's programmed to only attack humans." The mop swung... swung... swung... and... connected. It bounced off of a patch of seemingly empty air. Squeaky now knew that this was where his adversary lay. Something grabbed him by the shoulder, and he was pulled around to see Captain Cleanup looking at him, talking. Squeaky was unable to make the words out, and shook Cleanup's hand from his shoulder, and turned back to face his opponent. However, his senses were now telling him that the Fribith (for that is what it was called) had moved. Swinging slowly, Squeaky sought out the beast, 'feeling' for him. It had obviously circled around him, trying to get behind, where it couldn't be hit. As Squeaky turned, Cleanup moved around to face him. This meant, when the Fribith attacked, it was Cleanup who was in the way of its weapons. Cleanup screamed as red-hot pain lanced into his left leg, behind his knee. Something had struck hard into it, something sharp. He could almost feel each tendon being cut. He collapsed backwards, and felt something pushing him to one side, but he was unable to see what. Squeaky roared in anger when Cleanup fell, and struck out wildly with his mop. He connected with some part of the beast, and pushed down, hoping to break something. It turned out to be the Fribith's arm, as the sharp end of it cut into Cleanup's now exposed stomach. Squeaky looked on helplessly, unable to stop, and he pushed down with the mop, pushing the arm further into Cleanup. Finally, he reacted, pulling away, trying to force the arm away, trying to wish the damage away, damage that he had created. The Fribith's arm came out, but only after cutting away more of Cleanup's abdomen. Squeaky's mind snapped with hatred, and he poured blow after blow onto the Fribith's body, knocking the Fribith back, disabling it. Eventually, it slumped to the floor, more damaged by the mop than any visible sign could show. Squeaky kept pounding away, flailing at the beast with all his might, working his anger out on it. A hand grabbed at his arm, holding it, forcing Squeaky to come to a stop. He stood there, panting, holding the mop above his head, his arm caught in an unmoving grip, staring at the spot which held the beast that had caused his friend so much pain. He managed to turn his head, and saw who was holding him. It was the man who had brought him here, the man who had brought Cleanup here, the man who had brought Cleanup here so he could be butchered. With renewed anger, he fought to release him arm so he could bring the mop down on a new target, that being the head of the man who was known as the Phantom Walker. However much he tried, he could not release his arm. He felt his arm shaking as time returned to normal. He could now make out that Walker was saying something. "Get a grip, Eugene. Maurice needs you. Get! A! Grip!" Maurice! Captain Cleanup! He spun, his arm now free, to look at the figure lying on the floor. Captain Cleanup lay in an ever expanding pool of blood. Squeaky dropped down beside him. "No," he whimpered. He noticed someone else by Cleanup's side. Looking up he saw what he would later realise to be the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Now, he merely saw someone who might be able to help. "Can you get help? Now?" The woman nodded, and moved away. He looked over Cleanup's body. Most of most his stomach was now lying outside of his body. Squeaky wondered if he could use his powers to clean up Cleanup, but didn't dare try anything. The woman returned. "They be here in a minute." "He might not have a minute," Squeaky cried. Cleanup groaned, and Squeaky realised that he was still conscious. Squeaky winced as he thought of the pain Cleanup would be in. "Do you have anything to put him out?" he asked. The woman thought, then reached into a pocket in her dress. She withdrew something tiny, and hit it against the floor. Rapidly, a baseball bat grew in her hand. "We could use this." "That's not even funny," said Squeaky, flatly. "We don't have much choice." "Are you still trying that?" the Phantom Walker asked the woman. "Whatever happened to your Inflatable-Glow-In-The-Dark-Heroes anyway?" The woman frowned briefly. "We couldn't get the mentality right. The only one we created went insane and thought it was a villain. It turned up at the LNHQ, and was destroyed. Actually, it did eventually become a hero, but I don't have much hope for the products." "Whatever," said Squeaky. "We're still not going to hit Captain Cleanup unconscious." The woman shrugged. "I could arrange to have him run over by a horde of psychotic green kiwis." At that moment, an ambulance arrived outside, and orderlies rushed in with a stretcher. _-~-_ From then on, events became rather blurred for Squeaky. After a ride in the ambulance, Cleanup's body was rushed through hospital corridors. Squeaky was stopped before he could run into the operating theatre, and he hopped about impatiently, one of the nurses trying to calm him down. "Sir, we need a few details. If you could help us..." Finally, Squeaky turned away long enough to fill out forms, but soon returned to waiting outside the operating theatre doors. He fell asleep in one of the chairs, and one of the nurses covered him with a blanket. _-~-_ WEDNESDAY: Squeaky woke up to someone shaking his arm. "Wha?" "Sir? Sir? You've been asleep for twelve hours. Sir?" Squeaky woke up fully with a jerk. "Maurice? What's happened to Maurice?" "He was transfered to one of the wards on the seventh floor. I'm afraid that he's slipped into a coma." "Where is he? What room?" "Room 751." Squeaky reached the door of room 751, but hesitated. Dredging up his resolve, he pushed open the door and entered. Maurice Beyke, stripped of his usual Captain Cleanup uniform, lay in a pristine bed, wires and tubes connected to his face and arms. He was hooked up to machines, which not only monitored his condition, but also helped keep him stable. Squeaky was unable to see his stomach due to the sheet over him, and didn't remove it to see. He sat weakly by Maurice's side, and tears started running down his face. _-~-_ Eugene Clean sat sedately at the side of Maurice Beyke. He had found out that Maurice has slipped into a coma, with no idea of when, or even if, he would recover. His knee was completely ruined. He would never be able to walk with it again. He would need a crutch, or at least a cane, to move around. Eugene had considered calling the LNH, and letting them know what had happened, but had decided against it. This was his problem, and there was nothing they would be able to do, anyway. Hearing someone behind him, he looked around. Who he saw caused him to spring to his feet. Standing at the end of the bed, holding a bunch of brightly coloured flowers in a vase, was the Phantom Walker. "What do you want?" Eugene hissed. The Walker sighed. "I came here to deliver these flowers. They're from my boss." "You mean to say you don't even have the common decency to bring them from yourself." Eugene sighed. "Just put them over there and leave." He pointed to a cabinet by Maurice's bed. The Walker did so, but didn't leave. Eugene waited, but the Walker showed no signs of moving. "Well, what are you waiting for? Another chance to try and kill him?" "I didn't have any choice," Walker said. "I never do." "Everyone has a choice," said Eugene. "Or so they delude themselves," replied Walker. Eugene turned away. "Just go." The Walker stood there for a few more moments, then turned and walked away. Eugene stayed where he was, facing the window, and didn't see a spore float from the flowers and land on Maurice's face. _-~-_ Maurice awoke in a field of daffodils. He was lying down, and the daffodils limited his vision to straight up. Above him was a clear blue sky, the kind he liked to remember. Maurice sat up. Actually, this was sort of field he liked to remember as well. It was the kind of field that grew at the back of his home when he was a kid. Maurice stood and gazed around him. In fact, he could swear that this _was_ the field of his past. He turned around slowly. Yes, yes. This was the place. He was home! He worked out in which direction his house must lay, then started to run. When it came into view, Maurice's heart raced. It was his home, the house where he grew up. He ran to the front door, and opened it. Smells hit him first. The warm smells of the kitchen, the musty smell of the coal, and the tobacco smell from where his father sat in his den and smoked. Maurice entered slowly. He could hear his mother in the kitchen, removing a loaf of bread from the oven. His stomach rumbled and Maurice felt the harsh pangs on hunger. When had he eaten last? Maurice stopped and frowned. What had he been doing before he came here anyway? He concentrated, but had to give up. Right now, it didn't really matter to him anyway. "Is that you dear?" he heard his mother ask. "Yes, mother," he replied. "Make sure you wipe your feet on the mat first. You always forget to wipe your feet." Guiltily, Maurice dragged his feet across the mat, wiping the grass from his boots. He looked down and suddenly noticed what he was wearing. A thick red shirt covered him down past his hips, now probably stained with the green grass. He smiled. This was how it always was. His pants were a durable corduroy. It occurred to him that he hadn't been wearing this recently, but something more... white. He couldn't remember what that was about, either, and gave the thought up. "If you're done, come in and have some bread." The thought of the soft, hot loaf set Maurice's mouth watering. He quickly entered the kitchen. Before him, standing at the table in the middle of the kitchen, was an older woman, her hair showing just a hint of white. The light glinted in her eyes, and humour twitched at her lips. This was Maurice's mother. This was the reason he had came home. He sat down and gratefully accepted a piece of the freshly baked bread. _-~-_ THURSDAY: Eugene carefully studied Maurice's peaceful face. He noticed that it was starting to shine in patches, but he wasn't sure what was causing it. The doctor's weren't mentioning it, so he supposed that it meant nothing disastrous. (He failed to notice that the flowers by the head of the bed had lost a lot of their brightness.) He thought of the party again, going over events in his mind. He knew logically that it was an accident that had placed Maurice between the Fribith and him, but there was no way his emotional side would let him see it that way. _He_ had pushed Maurice away. _He_ had pushed Maurice into the path of the Fribith. _He_ had pushed Maurice further onto the Fribith's arm. _He_ had forced the arm downwards, gutting Maurice. _He_ had nearly killed Maurice. Eugene turned away, sickened with himself. It was now that he noticed the nurse in the doorway. She was on the small size, with blonde hair tied into a bun. He thought he might have seen her when they had come in, but he didn't remember much of that. He remained staring at the nurse, not really seeing her, just... remembering... when he realised that she had been looking directly at him for the past few minutes, all without saying anything. Eugene shook himself out of his revie. "Is there something that I can do for you?" he asked. Eugene was surprised to see the nurse blush. Why was she blushing? He was the one who had been ignoring her. "I.. I saw you come in the other day." She came in, and moved to the end of the bed, somewhat uncertain. She glanced at the still form of Maurice. "Um, I'm sure he'll be all right." The conversation lagged, and Eugene could tell that there was something else the nurse wanted to say. Despite the silence, Eugene continued to wait. "Um," the nurse crept around the bed, coming nearer to Eugene. He wasn't sure why, but he began to feel uncomfortable. "There is something else, something I've been wanting to tell you ever since I saw you." She cast her eyes down to her shoes. "I... I couldn't really believe it, you actually being here. I've seen you on television, doing various superhero things." This wasn't totally true. It was just, as he was usually the one cleaning up afterwards, he was the one around when the news vans showed up. "Um-m, I..." The nurse rushed for Eugene. Surprised, he wasn't able to stop her throwing her arms around him and hugging him tightly. "I love you. Ever since I saw you. And when you finally came here. I can tell you. Everything I feel. Oh, I love you so much. I know you must hate me for saying this, but I'm glad your friend was hurt. It means we can now be tother. Oh Squeaky Clean, I love you." Eugene, always able to take care of whatever situation turned up, merely blinked. _-~-_ Maurice lay in his bed and relaxed. He had just woken up in the light of a brand new day, and he felt wonderful. Whatever the day would bring, Maurice knew he could handle it, because... well, just because he was home. Nothing was ever a problem here. With his ever loving parents, he knew that he could face the day. He slowly got up and dressed. As he went downstairs he could hear Mother in the kitchen again, this time making breakfast for him. Probably porridge. Sometimes he was given something special, but usually it was porridge. As Maurice sat at the table, Mother turned to him. "Your father would like you to do some work in the field out back. The daffodils need tending to." "Of course, Mother." Finishing off his porridge, he left the table, washed up and headed out back. The same field that he had woken up in yesterday still had its sweet promises today. Instead of tending daffodils, Maurice wanted to jump and play, feeling joyous and alive here in this place. He ran through the daffodils, feeling them, whip at his heels. Nothing could hold him back, and he ran till he collapsed on the ground. He lay there panting, enjoying the sensations around him. Something caught his eye, and he raised his head to look at some rock jutting out of the field. Something seemed unnatural about it. It was too well formed, to properly placed, to be anything natural. He got to his feet and slowly walked over to investigate. As he neared, shapes clicked in his brain and Maurice realised what he was looking at. It was the back of a gravestone. Maurice stopped, feeling bewildered and scared. This wasn't here. This was never here. This was his field, his field of peace and happiness. Nothing died here. Nothing lay buried here. Slowly, he crept around to see the front of the headstone. There was writing on it, freshly carved. He read it slowly, not taking its meaning. Then Maurice remembered. He remembered the name. He remembered sensations. And he knew something was wrong. It read: "R. I. P. Eugene Clean" _-~-_ Eugene slowly broke the embrace. He stared straight into her eyes. He could see tears glistening. She really thought she loved him. He knew that it was just that. She _thought_ she loved him. It was the glamour and air of mystic that surrounded the entire LNH that developed into situations like this. Actually, off the top of his head, he couldn't remember any other LNHer having situations like this. "What's your name?" asked Eugene gently. "J..Janice." "Now, Janice, this may seem harsh, but you don't really love me." Squeaky held up his hand before Janice could continue. "You've just seen me on TV and built up fantasies around me. The same thing happens to a lot of media stars." "No," Janice cried. "It's not true. What I feel for you is _real_." "No it isn't. You know it isn't, you just don't want to believe it," Eugene turned away from Janice, feeling like a heel, but forcing himself to look at Maurice. "I'll ignore that remark about Maurice. Leave now, and we might still become-" "Don't say it," interrupted Janice. "We will be more than friends, whatever you think." Eugene heard her footsteps quickly leaving the room. Eugene sighed, and speculated what Maurice would have to say about this. Right now, he'd be happy to hear Maurice say anything. He wondered what Maurice was thinking about. _-~-_ Maurice stumbled backwards, and fell over. He sat on the ground, hard. How could this be? Eugene, little Eugene? Dead? Another thought hit him. Who was Eugene? Why did he feel his death so strongly? Maurice thought hard about this. Somehow he knew a Eugene Clean, someone who had meant a lot to him. But why didn't he remember who he was? Maurice inspected the grave site, but was unable to see where the ground had been dug up. Perhaps this was just a marker, something raised to remind him of someone special. Something else occurred to him, which might explain why he had been thinking so oddly the previous day. Perhaps something had happened to him, some part of him had died, and he had left, had gone home, and buried those memories. Some part of his life symbolised by Eugene Clean. Obviously, Eugene had died, and Maurice had given up whatever he was doing, had suppressed his memories, and retreated home. He tried to puzzle out what he had been doing. Something dangerous certainly, and something involving... white clothing? Maurice shook his head. He couldn't figure it out. He decided to leave it for now and tend to his chores. The daffodils still needed tending to. Maurice turned his back on the gravestone, and went to work. _-~-_ FRIDAY: Eugene wandered around his cousin's apartment. The hospital had finally ordered him home to rest. He had gone reluctantly, and only after extracting promises that they'd ring him if anything, _anything_, happened. Luckily, he hadn't met Janice again before leaving. He considered ringing the LNH and asking some of his friends for advice. However, they'd also ask how things were going, and he knew he wouldn't be able to lie to them. He didn't want anyone else to become worried about this. This was family. And he was all the close family Maurice had around. He finally got undressed and lay in bed, staring at the ceiling, Eventually he lapsed into unconsciousness. _-~-_ "You're very quiet today, Maurice. Is anything the matter?" "No, mother, everything's all right." "Are you sure?" "Mother... how long was I away?" "What do you mean? You were only out in the field yesterday for a few hours." "I mean before that. How long was I away from home with Eugene Clean?" "I don't understand. Who's this Eugene Clean. Is he a new friend of yours?" "I think so. I met him out in the field yesterday." "That's nice, dear." "May I go now, mother?" "But you haven't finished breakfast yet... Maurice?... Maurice!?" _-~-_ Most of the spores had left the flowers now. Only a small handful remained. Even now, one was leaving the plant and floating through the air. Gently, it landed on Maurice's face, joining the others there. Watching over this carefully was the Phantom Walker. _-~-_ SATURDAY: Eugene ducked into a side corridor. He had spotted Janice and had decided to get out of the area quickly. He walked along the corridor and soon found himself lost in the maze of the hospital. At last he managed to find room 751. Inside, Maurice Beyke still lay, still in the position of rest that Eugene had seen him in before he had left. Maurice's face was now noticeably shiny. Eugene fetched a washcloth and wiped at Maurice's face without any effect whatsoever. Looking around, Eugene saw that the flowers the Phantom Walker had brought were now faded and wilted. He picked them up and walked over to the bin to throw them out. As he did so, the last spore fell from the flowers and floated through the air. It came to rest on Maurice's face, filling in the last gap. Out in his field of daffodils, Maurice sat and watched Eugene's gravestone. He had cleared a little area of daffodils around it, but had let the rest of the immediate area go. He shivered as he looked at the grave, sure that it meant more than he could grasp. He shivered again, but realised that this time it was from cold. Maurice looked up and saw dark, menacing clouds crowding out the sun. The wind picked up and Maurice no longer felt like staying outside. He got up and started towards the warmth of home when the headstone exploded. Eugene turned back from the bin in time to see Maurice's whole body twitch violently. He gasped when Maurice's back arched and he quickly crossed the room, reaching for the buzzer. A hand grasped his arm, and, even before he turned, Eugene knew who he would see. The Phantom Walker was holding him back, stopping him from helping Maurice. Again. Eugene drew up his strength and pushed. The Walker stumbled backwards, letting Eugene go. Instead of pushing the buzzer, Eugene turned to face the Phantom Walker. "Why? Why now? Why this?" "Do not interfere. You cannot understand the forces that make me do this. Events must happen, and this event certainly will." "I will help him this time, and I will not suffer you in my way!" "You can try." Maurice picked himself up. Where the headstone used to lie there was now a large steaming crater. He didn't know what was happening, but he knew he wanted no part of it. He ran for home and so wasn't knocked over when the ground behind him also exploded. Maurice's body spasmed again, and Eugene flinched. He should be getting help, not rising against the Phantom Walker! "I will summon help myself." This stunned Eugene. "I'll do it." He turned away again. "No. I must. Later." "When?" "Later." "I'll do it now then." "NO!" Enraged, Eugene raced towards the Walker, intent on knocking out him of the way. He quickly discovered problems as the Walker stepped out of the way, and grasped Eugene. With a quick turn-and-thrust manoeuvre, the Walker threw Eugene out of the 7th-floor window. As Maurice neared, he saw his father running as well. he had been working in another field. His father waited for Maurice to catch up, then bundled both of them inside. Once in the hallway, Father bolted the door closed. "What's happening?" asked Mother. "Get below," Father ordered. "Maurice, get your mother into the cellar." Taking his mother's hand, Maurice lead her to a door, then down a small flight of stairs. At the bottom was a small room enclosed by earth. Maurice lit up a match from a packet that lay on a small table, then fired up a lantern. The pale glow revealed his mother's worried face and his father's large form as he came down the stairs. "Looks like a storm's coming. Bad one." Maurice knew that this was going to be no ordinary storm. The Phantom Walker watched as Maurice's body thrashed about. Calmly he reached out and pressed the buzzer. Stepping back into shadows, he wondered where the nearest phone was. A nurse rushed in and immediately saw what was going on. He turned around and shouted into the corridor. "Emergency! Get a doctor here immediately! Bring an electroshock unit!" Above them, the house creaked as forces pushed it about. Mother clung to Father, and Maurice was struck with how disproportionate the situation was. Disproportionate with what, he wasn't certain. The roof of the cellar, floorboards of the hallway above, bulged and broke. Splinters rained down on them and Maurice sheltered his face under his arms. He sensed that the end was coming. Beeep beeep beeep "Open his shirt. He's going into cardiac arrest. Get those pads ready!" Beeep beep bep bep bep "Ready!" "Clear!" Bep bep bep bep bep "Again!" The roof of the house collapsed inwards, crashing down through the second floor and hitting the first. "Clear!" Bep bep bep beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee The ceiling of the cellar smashed downwards, crushing its occupants beneath it. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee "Clear!" Eeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee The dust settled on the bodies. Eeeeeeeeep. _-~-_ In a phone booth, elsewhere in the hospital, the Phantom Walker picked up the receiver and dialled. "Come and get him." _-~-_ SUNDAY: Eugene raged at himself. He was lying on a hospital bed with his leg in a cast, suspended above him. After falling 7 stories he had been lucky enough to land in a manure truck that was passing below. His leg had snapped, but the doctors had been able to set it properly. It would take a while, but he would be able to walk normally again. They had told him of Maurice's death. He told them that the Phantom Walker was responsible, but no-one had seen anyone looking like the description Eugene gave. Not today, and not yesterday. Eugene raged. How could he let this happen? First, he nearly kills Maurice, then he gets thrown out a window leaving the Walker to do whatever he wants. Some might say he didn't have a lot of choice about this last part, but not Eugene. Not having the Walker here to blame, he prosecuted himself. Eugene heard someone enter, looked up and groaned. This he definitely did not need. "Hello, Squeaky," said Janice. "I arranged to have this shift so we can be together. I know you are distraught about your friend's death, but I'm sure I can help you get over it." She sat down on Eugene's bed and lay her head on his chest. Eugene resisted the urge to take out his anger on her and, say, strangle her to death. He gazed fixedly at the ceiling. "Janice," he began. "There's something we need to discuss-" "Come on, son, don't worry too much," a new voice interrupted. A voice Eugene knew all too well. "We'll soon have you out of here." Eugene looked and gasped in shock. Standing at the bottom of the bed was Maurice Beyke, aka Captain Cleanup. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Next Issue: Explanations? I doubt it. -------- Credits: Squeaky Clean and Captain Cleanup are Public Domain, although I'll probably be banned from using them ever again. :) The Phantom Walker and The Queen Bee belong to me. Janice belongs to Squeaky Clean. :)Back to the Index.