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Stokes's Bristol Nightclub incident in detail (From: The Comeback Summer by Geoff Lemon)

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a place where misadventure could begin, you can’t go past Mbargo. The nightclub’s streetfront is painted a purple so bright you’ll see it in your dreams. Strings of giant sequins shimmer in the breeze. Its phonically inventive name is spelt in silver letters that climb its three-storey terrace facade. Inside are strips of burning neon, a few booths, floorboards so marinated in drink that they have an ingredients list. Bristol is a student city on England’s south coast crowded with music and nightlife and street art. This is Banksy’s home town, and the tourism board suggests in rather strong terms that ‘you would be a fool not to see his amazing work firsthand’. The same organisation describes Mbargo as ‘intimate’, which is fair for a place where you can catch an STI standing up. Students cram into its modest dimensions while people with names like DJ Klaud battle for billing with £1.50 drink deals over seven sloppy nights a week. To get a sense of the story about to come, consider that it’s the kind of place open until two o’clock on a Monday morning, and that at two o’clock on a Monday morning, Ben Stokes still thought it had closed too early.
The Ashes of 2017–18 had disciplinary bookends. It was after that series that Australia’s two leaders went off the rails in South Africa. It was a few weeks before that Ashes tour that England’s biggest star windmilled his way into his own disaster.
In the early hours of 25 September 2017, Stokes and teammate Alex Hales were barred from re-entering Mbargo after a night out on the piss. A Sunday thrashing of an abject West Indies in an ignored series at the fag-end of the season apparently required ample celebration. After arguing with the bouncer and hanging about at the door for a while, they wandered off to find a casino in the hope of more drinking. They’d barely made it around the corner before getting in the middle of a conflict between four locals. As is said on the internet, it escalated quickly.
The 26 September reporting was bloodless. Withholding names, police stated that a man ‘was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm’ while another went to hospital with facial injuries. England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss separately confirmed that Stokes was the arrestee, adding that he had been released without charge and that Hales had gamely offered to ‘help police with their enquiries’. Administrators had a good chance of hiding behind that investigation, and the next day Stokes was named in the upcoming Ashes squad as expected. But that night the video emerged.
Bristol student Max Wilson had shot it on his phone, then offered it to The Sun. What he thought was playing hardball was actually lowball: his opening price of £3000 was snapped up by a tabloid that would have paid ten times that. The Sun went on to make a mint by syndicating the rights worldwide. From a window above the fray, the vision showed six men on the street below performing the muddled choreography of a melee. One was right at the centre of it. One was waving a bottle, one dipped in and out, one tried to calm it. Two others floated around the edges. The central figure was unmistakable: red hair burning even in the streetlight as he launched into a series of blows against two of the men, falling to grapple with them on the ground, then following both across the street, swinging punches the whole way. Hales trailed behind, repeatedly and impotently shouting ‘Stokes! Stop! Stokes! Enough!’ The ECB could fudge issues that existed only in thickets of legalese, but not those captured in moving colour. Stokes was stood down from the next West Indies match, then suspended indefinitely. It emerged that he had broken his hand during the fight, something he’d done twice before while punching objects in dressing rooms.
The response in Australia was fierce: Stokes was a thug, a lowlife, a selection that would disgrace England. It was not entirely coincidental that a ban for England’s best player would be handy for the Aussie team, but there was also a cultural split. In England, plenty of people still minimise pub fights as lads letting off steam. In Australia, heavy media coverage as a succession of young men were killed had inverted that tolerance. The discourse now saw any punch as potentially deadly and accordingly reckless. This was more poignant in a cricket context given that David Hookes, the dashing Test batsman and state coach, was killed in 2004 by a pub bouncer’s fist.
The PR situation was bad for Stokes as details emerged of the injuries to the men he’d hit, and that one was a young war veteran and father. Stokes wasn’t officially removed from the Ashes squad through October but stayed behind when his teammates left, hoping for police to dismiss the matter in time for a late dash to Australia. His annual contract was renewed on the due date in case that came to pass. Then 29 October brought a twist in the tale.
‘Ben Stokes praised by gay couple after defending them from homophobic thugs,’ ran the headline. Kai Barry and Billy O’Connell had emerged. Not entirely out of nowhere: while Stokes had made no public comment, this story in his defence had initially been leaked to TV host Piers Morgan after the fight, as soon as the video appeared. Police body-camera footage played in court would later show that Stokes had given the same story to the arresting officer on the night. But no-one knew the identities of the fifth and sixth men in the video, and police appeals had turned up nothing.
It was The Sun again with the breakthrough. Kai and Billy were perfect for a readership not keen on nuance. ‘We couldn’t believe it when we found out they were famous cricketers. I just thought Ben and Alex were quite hot, fit guys,’ said Kai, who was memorably described as a ‘former House of Fraser sales assistant’. The paper had the pair do a full photo shoot: layering the fake tan, showing off chest waxes, mixing Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton into a range of outfits. Their best shot had them standing back to back, heads turned to the camera, in a mirror-image Zoolander moment.
Suddenly The Sun was the England team’s best friend. ‘Their claims could lead to the all-rounder being cleared over the punch-up and freed to play in the First Test in Australia next month,’ it gushed, then gave a tasting platter of quotes: ‘We were so grateful to Ben for stepping in to help. He was a real hero.’ ‘If Ben hadn’t intervened it could have been a lot worse for us.’ ‘We could’ve been in real trouble. Ben was a real gentleman.’ Would it be known forever as Kai and Billy’s Ashes? No. While the Bristol boys provided spin for Stokes’ reputation they didn’t influence the police. With charges still pending there was little choice – not given Strauss had previously sacked Kevin Pietersen for being annoying. Stokes remained suspended through the Ashes and a one-day series in Australia, and lost the vice-captaincy. It was January 2018 before the Crown Prosecution Service laid a charge.
That charge surprisingly came in as affray, a crime that can carry prison time but is classified as ‘a breach of the peace as a result of disorderly conduct’. The men he had punched, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, faced the same count, charged as equal participants in a fight rather than Stokes being charged with assaulting them. Alex Hales was not charged, despite being seen in the video to aim several kicks when Ryan Ali was lying on the ground. Given the underwhelming standing of the offence, Stokes was cleared by the ECB to tour New Zealand, and kept playing until his trial in August 2018, which he missed a Test to attend. None of the three defendants would be convicted.
The reasoning behind the charges was never released and was attributed vaguely to ‘CPS lawyers’. The service gave the case to Alison Morgan, a prosecutor of a class known as Treasury Counsel who usually handle serious criminal matters. Morgan had a scheduling clash and never ended up court for the case, but in 2018 and 2019 she would go on to win damages and admissions of libel from The Daily Mail, The Times and The Daily Telegraph variously for incorrectly reporting that she had been responsible for the inadequate and inconsistent charging decisions.
Morgan’s successor on the case was Nicholas Corsellis QC, who on the first day of trial was permitted by the CPS to request two assault charges be added against Stokes. ‘Upon further review,’ claimed a CPS statement, ‘we considered that additional assault charges would also be appropriate.’ This was patent nonsense from the service that eight months earlier had chosen the lesser charge. Any lawyer knows that no judge will allow new charges once a trial has begun, because the defence hasn’t had time to prepare. But such a request could deflect criticism of the prosecution service by technically making the judge the one who disallows the charge.
Working through the story from the trial and the tape is complicated. You had a Ryan and a Ryan, a Hale and a Hales, a Billy and a Barry and a Ben. You had several versions of events as to who knew whom, who was drinking with whom, who had insulted whom and who had merely engaged in ‘banter’, a word that in modern Britain has to do an unconscionable amount of lifting. The reporting had constantly mixed up the Ryans as to who had which injury, who was in hospital, who had played which part in the fight, and whose mum had which stern words to say about it.
Let’s agree that from now Ryan Ali is Ryan One, the firefighter who ended up with a fractured eye socket and a cracked tooth. Ryan Two can be Ryan Hale, the soldier who scored concussion and facial lacerations. Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell are best known per The Sun as Kai and Billy. In scorecard parlance we’ll leave the cricketers as Stokes and Hales.
Amid the confusion, Stokes and his lawyers built his case in a straightforward way. The UK legal definition of affray is ‘if a person threatens or uses unlawful violence or force towards another person, which causes another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their safety’. That means it doesn’t account for violence that harms a target, but violence that might frighten a theoretical bystander. The wiggle room for Stokes was with ‘unlawful’, because the charge excuses violence in defending oneself or others.
This interpretation hinged on the beginning of the video, where Ryan One waves a beer bottle about and takes a swing at Kai. The version from Stokes was that he was minding his own business walking down the street when he heard homophobic abuse. He intervened verbally and was threatened verbally by Ryan One – something that Ryan One denied but that couldn’t be proved or disproved. In fear for his safety Stokes had to nullify that threat by bashing Ryan One before it went the other way. He registered Ryan Two in his peripheral vision as another possible threat, and again had only one recourse.
Stokes also had to convince the jury to disregard testimony from Mbargo’s bouncer that he had been looking for a fight. A solid lump of a man, Andrew Cunningham had not enjoyed his patron’s attempts to get back into the club after the bouncer declined an offer of a bribe. ‘He got a bit verbally abusive towards myself. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a cunt and I replied, “Thank you very much.” He just looked at me and told me my tattoos were shit and to look at my job.’ Cunningham described these words as coming in ‘a spiteful tone, quite an angry tone’, and said that Stokes still seemed angry as he walked away.
These were details the doorman had nothing to gain by inventing, but each of them Stokes denied. By his own accounting he had drunk a beer at the game and three pints at his hotel, then ‘potentially had some Jägerbombs’ along with half a dozen vodkas at the club. He insisted that after all of this he was not drunk.
If I may take a moment here to call upon the wisdom of experience – a person who cannot definitively say whether they have had any Jägerbombs has definitely had some Jägerbombs. A Jägerbomb is an experience that does not pass one by. Further to that, a person who says they have ‘potentially’ done something has definitely done that thing and doesn’t want to admit it. A person who has had between 15 and 24 standard drinks in one evening is shitfaced. A person who tries to bribe a bouncer £300 – three hundred quid! – to get into Mbargo – Mbargo! – is beyond shitfaced.
If Stokes admitted that he was drunk then the prosecution could say he was out of control. He claimed clear recall of assessing a threat, feeling fear and deciding to protect himself with force. He confidently denied details from the bouncer’s testimony, like using the word ‘cunt’ or mentioning gold teeth. Yet on other details he claimed a ‘significant memory blackout’. He didn’t remember the punch that saw Ryan One taken away by ambulance. He didn’t remember what the Ryans had said to Kai and Billy, only that those words were homophobic. With no head injury, as one of the few people who hadn’t been hit, he had supposedly suffered this memory loss despite being sober.
The version from Kai and Billy was compatible but vague: they had been walking along, they ‘heard … shouts’ of abuse from an unspecified source, then Stokes ‘stepped in’ and thus they avoided possible harm. They claimed to have been bought a drink by Stokes at Mbargo, although CCTV showed them meeting outside. The overall implication from both accounts was that the cricketers had been pals with Kai and Billy, while the Ryans as per The Sun’s headline were a roving band of thugs.
The reality though is that the Ryans were the ones hanging out with Kai and Billy at Mbargo. Police discussed CCTV from inside the club in questioning and at trial. On that footage the four Bristolians bought drinks for one another, danced together, and Kai was noted to have variously touched Ryan Two’s crotch and Ryan One’s buttock. Ryan One told police that all of this was taken lightheartedly and wasn’t a problem. Indeed, when the Ryans called it a night the other two left with them.
This much is clear from footage out the front of Mbargo, which shows Kai and Billy exit the club and start talking with a subdued Hales and a demonstrative Stokes, who are stuck outside. The vision was played in court to determine whether Stokes was antagonistic towards Kai and Billy, as he appears to impersonate them and to throw a lit cigarette their way. More interesting is that after a few minutes the Ryans emerge, and all six actors in the fight video briefly form a prequel in the one frame.
Ryan Two pats Billy on the chest in friendly fashion with his right hand before clapping him on the back with his left. He moves past and does the same to Kai before leaving the shot. Ryan One stops to speak to Kai. They lean in for a moment, talking, then Kai turns and they walk out of frame together. Billy hangs around for a few seconds at the door and then looks after them and races to catch up. Stokes and Hales remain outside the club to remonstrate further with the bouncers. Whatever discord develops around the corner is between four men who left amicably together minutes earlier.
There’s no way to know what caused that friction. If Ryan One did use homophobic slurs, he might have been drunkenly obnoxious for no reason. He might have had an insecure macho response to some extra flirtation. He might have thought unkindness was funny – ‘banter’ once again. Or he might have said something that was misunderstood, as both Ryans insisted in court that they had not used nor had the impulse to use any abusive language.
What clearly didn’t happen was an attack by bigots on random passers-by. This kind of crime is regular enough that an audience understands the horror of it, and this is what was evoked by the public accounts of Stokes, Billy and Kai. All we know is that there was some verbal dispute among the Bristol locals, and that Stokes came along behind them and put himself in the middle of it. Ryan One responded to the interference aggressively and away they went. There are plenty of reasons to look sideways at the idea that Stokes was a saviour. Foremost, neither Kai nor Billy was called upon as witnesses in court. You’d think it would be ideal to have Stokes’ story backed up by those who benefited from his selflessness. But his defence team had developed the impression that the pair had shown a changeable recall of events amid a hard-partying lifestyle, and would be dismantled by the prosecution on the stand.
That raises the question of whether The Sun coached their quotes for the 2017 interview. Despite missing court, Kai and Billy clearly enjoyed the attention. In 2018 after the trial they did a follow-up spread in the same paper about how poor Ben had been mistreated. They got a television spot on Good Morning Britain and glowed about his heroism. In 2019 The Sun wheeled them out once more to say that Stokes should get a knighthood. In 2017 they had ‘never watched cricket’ but by 2019 were supposedly volunteering sentences like, ‘He saved us, now he’s saved the Ashes.’ Whether they were paid for these appearances is not known, but the chance to be famous for a day can be lure enough.
If you find this cynical, consider that on the night in question, the Bristol boys were so deeply moved and thankful for Ben’s intervention that they left him to be arrested and never attempted to find out who he was. Seconds after the video ended, an off-duty policeman reached the scene. You might think that someone grateful to a saviour would speak on his behalf. Instead, said Kai, ‘it all got a bit scary so we walked off. It was too much for me and we went to Quigley’s takeaway for chicken burgers and cheesy chips.’ They didn’t give their hero a thought for over a month while police issued multiple appeals for witnesses.
As for Stokes, he told his arresting officer that ‘his friends’ had been attacked. After three minutes of chat outside a nightclub, these friends were so dear to him that he has never contacted them again: not after the newspaper piece, not after the verdict. He didn’t want to see how they were or thank them for their support. He didn’t mention them by name in his solicitor’s statement after the trial.
The Stokes defence rested on Ryan One’s bottle, which he had carried out of Mbargo to finish a beer, not to use in a Sharks versus Jets amateur production. But once he turned it over to hold it by the neck it became a weapon. Intent and interpretation can change the material nature of things. Part of Stokes’ justification in court was that the bottle implied that the two Ryans might have ‘other weapons’ hidden away. You can understand how a jury could decide that created doubt.
Not being convicted, though, doesn’t give the contents of the video a big green tick. It does not, as his lawyer claimed, vindicate Stokes. Looking in detail, Ryan One is belligerent but his movements telegraph a bluff. Hales is the person he’s gesturing at, but they’re several metres apart when Ryan One cocks his arm ostentatiously, showing off the bottle rather than bracing to swing. He skips forward but Hales skips back and Ryan One doesn’t follow. Kai stretches out an arm to impede Ryan One, who has a drunken stumble, nearly eats pavement, then staggers towards Kai and hits him in the back. That hand is still holding the bottle, but his strike is a side-arm cuff on a soft part of the body. It’s all pretty tame.
This is where Stokes gets involved. Having moved across to protect Hales, he now takes three large steps to run around Kai and booms his first punch at Ryan One. They fall to the ground and the bottle clinks away. Stokes gets to his feet to punch down at the fallen man, while Hales arrives to kick him ineffectively then runs off across the street for some unknown reason. Ice-cream van? Stokes is soon back in the grapple having his shirt pulled up to show off his Durham tan. Ryan Two steps in for the first time to pull Stokes away, prompting a couple more random punches at this new target, then Stokes trips backwards over Ryan One and sprawls in the street. Hales chooses this moment to return and aim some solid kicks at the head of the man on the ground. Nothing so far is a triumph of moral philosophy or the pugilistic arts. But if it all stopped here, perhaps you could say it was somewhere approaching fair. Ryan One has behaved like a turnip and it’s not an entirely unjust world that would give him a whack across the chops. The antagonists have disentangled, Stokes has some distance, it’s time to dust off and go home. Ryan Two steps forward for this purpose with his palm raised in conciliatory style and says, ‘Settle down, stop.’
So Stokes punches him.
It’s roughly his fifth punch overall, and he really winds up into this one. He misses so hard that he stumbles away into the shadows of the shop awnings along the road.
Hales starts shouting for him to stop. Ryan Two backs into the street, still holding his palm up. Stokes closes on him from about five metres away, six large steps, to where Ryan Two is standing on his own. Stokes pushes him a couple of times, as Ryan Two keeps trying to placate him and saying ‘Stop.’ Stokes throws his sixth punch, largely missing as his target ducks.
Ryan Two keeps pulling away and reversing, into the middle of the street now. Stokes follows him, grabbing his sleeve to drag him back. By this point Ryan One has found his feet and walked around behind his friend. Both of them are in the same line of sight for Stokes, and both are backing away. Stokes aims his seventh and his eighth punches, which Ryan Two tries to deflect, as Hales walks up behind Stokes to grab him.
Stokes yanks away from his friend and switches to Ryan One instead, taking seven paces to grab him before throwing his ninth punch of the night. He grabs again; Ryan One blocks that arm and pushes himself back away from Stokes. Ryan Two again intercedes, putting himself between the two with his palms up and his arm extended.
Stokes throws his tenth punch, a right-hander at the face of Ryan Two, then shoves him backwards. Ryan Two backs away once more, four paces. Stokes follows, steadies, lines up, then launches his strongest punch yet, his eleventh, a proper right hook from a solid base, one that cracks across the man’s head and gives him concussion. Ryan Two ends up flat on his back in the middle of the street, his hands still outstretched for a moment in useless protest until they twitch and drop to the blacktop.
Stokes isn’t done. He once more shoves away the restraining Hales and follows Ryan One, who keeps backing away saying, ‘Alright, alright, alright.’ Five more paces from Stokes before another blow at the man’s head. Kai and Billy are now standing over the poleaxed Ryan Two. The video ends, but seconds later Stokes will punch Ryan One hard enough to knock him out too, before off-duty cop Andrew Spure arrives on the scene to bring down the curtain. When the body-camera footage kicks in some minutes later, Stokes is in handcuffs but Ryan One is still laid out in the street. Ryan Two has regained consciousness, folded his shirt under his friend’s head and is asking police for an ambulance.
‘At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others.’ This was how Stokes described that sequence to the court. An elite athlete with years of gym work and training to snap a bat through the line of a ball with astounding power and precision, swinging fists as hard as he can at men with none of those advantages. Punching so hard that he breaks his hand, and repeatedly shoving away a friend so he can punch some more. Frightened and threatened by two targets shouting ‘Get back!’ and ‘Stop!’
The off-duty officer testified that Stokes ‘seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to’ Ryan One, who was ‘trying to back away or get away from the situation’. The student who filmed the video can be heard on the tape at one stage exclaiming ‘Fuck!’ and testified that it was because ‘I felt a little bit sorry about the lad that had been punched and it looked like he had his hands up’. That tallied with the prosecutor’s depiction of ‘a sustained episode of significant violence that left onlookers shocked at what was taking place’.
The defendant stuck to his strategy. ‘No, my sole focus was to protect myself.’ All up, in the 33 seconds of footage after he falls over, Stokes takes 35 steps forward to keep hitting two men who keep trying to get away. Not once is he hit back.
After the verdict, Stokes’ solicitor positioned him as the victim. It had been ‘an eleven-month ordeal for Ben … The jury’s decision fairly reflects the truth of what happened that night … He was minding his own business … It was only when others came under threat that Ben became physically engaged. The steps that he took were solely aimed at ensuring the safety of himself and the others present …’ The statement was impossibly self-righteous and self-absorbed.
If there was anyone to feel sorry for it was Ryan Hale, the second of our two Ryans. He’s the one who emerged from the club with a friendly arm around the shoulder for Kai and Billy. He’s the one who interposed himself to end the fight, then kept putting himself back in the firing line, trying to calm an intimidating stranger while dodging blows. For his show of restraint he got laid out regardless, concussed in the street, then was issued a criminal charge equal to that of the man who hit him, and described in national media as a violent bigot in an untested story to support that man’s defence.
Lawyers for Ryan Two made a more convincing post-trial statement, noting that Kai and Billy, ‘neither of whom were relied upon by the prosecution or the defence team for Mr Stokes, have taken the opportunity to speak with various media outlets about the alleged homophobic abuse that they received in the early hours of September 25. Mr Hale has passionately denied this allegation throughout the course of this case,’ it continued.
‘It is upsetting to Mr Hale that although he was acquitted, the accusation that he was the author of such abuse remains. Both Mr Hale and Mr Ali were knocked unconscious by Mr Stokes, and although Mr Stokes has been acquitted of an affray, Mr Hale struggles with the reasons why the Crown Prosecution Service did not treat him as a victim of an unlawful assault.’Good question. Avon and Somerset police were the investigating force, and they were frustrated by the decision. Ryan Two was filmed clearly not hurting anyone, but police were instructed by the CPS to proceed with a charge. Hales (the cricketer) was filmed fighting but ‘a decision was made at a senior level of the CPS’ not to proceed. Police expected Stokes to be charged with assault but the CPS declined. It doesn’t take a wild cynic to think that placing the same lukewarm charge on three men for vastly divergent behaviour might ensure that none would be convicted, even as the trial would maintain the pretence that a defendant of influential standing had not been given a free pass.
A couple of years down the line, the original interview with Kai and Billy has disappeared. All traces have been scrubbed from The Sun website, its social media history, and even from the Wayback Machine internet archive. Given its headline of ‘homophobic thugs’ and text that names Ryan Two but not Ryan One, the libel liability isn’t hard to spot. Later interviews with Kai and Billy take the passive voice – they ‘suffered homophobic slurs outside a Bristol nightclub’.
The article that was once claimed to exonerate brave Ben Stokes now links only to a missing content page, with a picture of a dropped ice-cream cone and the phrase ‘legal removal’ inserted into the web URL. In terms of consequences, Stokes missed one tour. When he resumed his career in January 2018, the Australians hadn’t yet ruined theirs. Their year-long bans looked much more stringent. But the Stokes case dragged on in other ways. With no criminal liability, the Australians confessed promptly enough for the sporting world to give them the full length of the lash. Their situation was ugly but there was closure. Stokes got stuck in legal stasis, unable to be fully backed or condemned. Instead his issue was always present, a browser full of open tabs that the ECB swore they would read any day now.
Through 2018 Stokes was back but he wasn’t back, in the sunglasses and finger-guns sense. In his return one-day series he nearly cost England a match with 39 from 73 balls in Wellington. His first Test hit was a duck as England got rolled in Auckland for 58. At Trent Bridge while Stokes was injured, England posted a world record 481 against Australia. With Stokes three weeks later at the same ground they made 268. He crawled to 50 from 103, the second-slowest any Englishman had reached that milestone in 20 years. That span covered Alastair Cook’s whole career. It was apologetic batting, acting out responsibility via the scorecard. Stokes was creeping back into the team like he’d been kicked out in a blazing row and was hoping to tip-toe to the sofa.
It was December 2018 before the ECB disciplinary committee ruled on him and Hales. In a ‘remarkable coincidence’, wrote Simon Heffer in The Telegraph, ‘the punishment both players faced in terms of bans from playing at international level was covered by the amount of games they had already missed when dropped by England’s selectors, in the furore that followed the incident’. The verdict compounded the omissions around the case by not addressing the violence at its heart. Nor did Stokes, apologising only ‘to my team-mates, coaches and support staff’, and then ‘to England supporters and to the public for bringing the game into disrepute’.
The implicit next step was to rebuild that reputation. It might have been easier had his court defence not meant that he wasn’t game to admit any fault at all. It might have been easier if he or his advisers had been willing to change tack once the trial was done. Imagine a world where Stokes had stood outside court and apologised for overreacting, for the injuries he’d caused, and for the time and energy he had sucked out of other people’s lives. That would have been a show of responsibility beyond a scorecard. When the time came around to assess forgiveness, it might have meant forgiveness was deserved.
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Coastguard #9 - Those Whose Sins Mark Their Bodies

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Issue #9: Those Whose Sins Mark Their Bodies

Written by Fortanono
Edited by dwright5252, AdamantAce
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Meet-and-greets were always Marc Silvera’s favorite part of the day. Back in his youth, he loved the thrill of heroism, the adrenaline that came with fighting against dangerous people and bringing them to justice. Now, it was much less about adrenaline as it was before; he got his enjoyment from knowing that he made others’ lives just a little bit safer, helping them sleep more easily. Luckily, Josiah Power’s booths in the Polynesia Resort’s cafeteria boiled that right down to a science.
Dan and Courtney would always get the most fans, considering that they ran their own media platforms at one point; Helga and Curtis would occasionally hang around his booth for the fans. Ray and Thunder each had their own devoted lines, with their fans from Tulsa and Metropolis often making pilgrimages to New Coast to visit them. The ceremonially empty booth to the left of Marc was there for Vibe, who had attracted a lot of people placing down flowers and mementos, paying their respects. It was still hard for Marc to believe that he was really gone.
Marc’s was always the shortest line. He knew why; for a long time, the second Commander Steel was a small-town urban legend whose existence was unconfirmed. The name was also associated with a military group that many disapproved of or outright loathed, Marc himself chief among them after all these years, who was a willing participant in it. Finally, there was the third reason: Commander Steel was not a welcoming figure to most. His helmet kept out any sign that he was even a human, which was no longer a valid assumption for superheroes. In a lot of ways, he understood why children would even be scared of him. He liked to pretend that this didn’t bother him, but he knew deep down that it did, just a little.
Even still, he did have several people who came over to meet him. A tall woman with red hair and excessive amounts of makeup walked up to him, her young son in tow. He couldn’t have been more than seven years old, Marc thought. He sat down on a wooden chair nearby and smiled behind his mask.
“Hello there,” Marc chuckled. “What’s your name, young man?”
“Collin,” he smiled, hiding his face in his hands, his dirty mop of red hair covering his eyes.
Marc laughed heartily, almost as if he were a mall Santa. He felt like the kids needed to know that he wasn’t as scary as he seemed behind the mask, and laughing was the best way of doing that. Collin couldn’t see how wide he was smiling behind the visage, the tear of joy running down one of his eyes. “Now Collin, why don’t you sit on my lap and we can take a picture together?”
“Yeah!” Collin said. “I love you, Commander Steel. I want to be a superhero like you when I grow up.”
“Oh, is that so?” Marc said joyfully, smiling as Collin climbed up into his lap. He hid a grimace; as much as he enjoyed the job, seeing someone so young determined to be someone who put their life on the line was very off-putting to him. The camera flashed, taking a picture of Collin with his hero, and Marc just let the moment rush over him.
“Remember to enjoy your stay at New Coast Polynesia Resort!” he called out behind them as they left the line. He always felt weird saying that, but Josiah told them to, and it wasn’t like he didn’t want them to have a fun vacation.
The next person moved forward in the line, a teenage boy wearing a camo button-down shirt. “Hey, Commander Steel,” he said gleefully. “You’re so awesome. It’s so cool that I get to meet you.”
Marc went through the rounds, but he wasn’t focused on the boy anymore. Instead, Marc stared transfixed as the next woman in line, a middle-aged Black woman with a short bob of shoulder-length grey hair, wearing a black dress with grey and blue accents. His stomach dropped as he finished up with the kid in camo, turning to the woman in front of him.
“Jenna,” he said, coming out as little more than a breath. He stood up from his chair. “Why are you here?”
“Trust me,” she said with her lips pursed. “I didn’t want to come just as much as you probably don’t want to see me. Something came up.”
Marc stared at her, not saying anything.
“Richards’ sentence is up,” Jenna muttered coldly. “I was hoping he’d changed, but he’s on a bus straight to New Coast. I just wanted to warn you and your team, knowing what he’s capable of.”
“Yes, of course,” Marc said as his former wife left the line. He turned to her and called out as she walked away. “Hey, hey, you have a fantastic rest of your life, whatever you’re doing.” She didn’t respond.
Marc turned to the next guest, his mind not fully there. As his experience with Jenna faded from his mind, he realized that something much worse was about to happen, and he had to warn the team about it.
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“Okay,” Curtis said, his back against the wall of Room 103. The members of Coastguard were gathered in their costumes, having come back from the meet-and-greet minutes earlier. “A quick recap on the Phosphorus situation for Courtney: We’ve been able to take out some street-level guys who were peddling narcotics, but none of them claimed they had ever seen the man’s face. He apparently keeps very little company; only those he trusts ever see who he truly is.”
“By the way,” Anissa said, “Congrats to Courtney for the awesome work she’s done in Opal City! We’re starting to see headlines roll in, and it’s very impressive.” Immediately, everyone in the room around them began to clap and cheer, turning to Courtney who was sitting in her new red-and-green costume.
Courtney looked between her teammates and smiled. “Thanks guys,” she said. “It means a lot.” She turned to Curtis, her expression turning more serious. “Anything on ThirteenthFloor? That seemed like a really big deal when I left, but no mention of it so far.”
Curtis nodded. “Yeah, yeah, that’s a thing. Helga and I are working on reverse-engineering the tech in the buildings, but no results yet. Anyone else have pressing concerns?”
Helga raised her hand. “As you may recall,” she began, “Acrata managed to escape from New Coast after arrest. I recently received word that she may be returning to the city, planning something big. If you spot her, do not be light when apprehending her, and bring her to me as soon as you can.”
“Dammit,” Dan said. “I was hoping I’d never have to see her again. That fight kept me sore for days. We’ll be on the lookout if she returns.”
“Anything else?” Curtis asked.
Marc removed his mask and raised his hand slowly. “Yes,” he said meekly. “Unfortunately, there’s… someone else has shown up here. An old enemy. Curtis, bring up records for Mark Richards, also known as the Tattooed Man.”
Curtis turned to a nearby monitor and began searching the web. He pulled out a mugshot of a tall, bald man with a tattoo of a dragon coiled around the top of his head. On the side of one of his cheeks was another tattoo, a small piece that resembled a rose with a thorny stem. “This your guy?”
“Yes,” Marc said. He stood up and took a deep breath, addressing his teammates. “A long time ago, I lived in a small town in Maryland called Liberty Hill. Standard small-town fare; most of the criminals were just normal people who had a bad run. This man was different. He showed up, and within months he had killed any gang members who didn’t work for him. With every man he murdered, he got a new tattoo, and these weren’t ordinary tattoos. They gave him powers, and every time I fought him he had a new trick up his sleeve.”
He sighed and paused before continuing. “I became obsessed with him. It was unhealthy, and it cost me my marriage. Finally, 15 years ago, I caught him. He served his time, and now it seems like he’s come back for revenge. I'd like to humbly request your help in finding him and making sure he doesn't cause further harm. Mark Richards is incredibly dangerous, and we need to treat any encounter we have with him with utmost caution. He will kill us if we don’t.”
The room fell silent for a few seconds before Curtis broke the silence. “Okay,” he said. “The Tattooed Man, Public Enemy Number One. Don’t worry, Marc; we will make sure that we stop him before he can hurt us.”
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Mark Richards knocked on the door of a townhouse in what looked like any other upscale neighborhood. This development was designed by one of Josiah Power’s friends, he had remembered, but it had never seen use as the designer’s company went down for fraud several months ago. Even though it looked like an ordinary housing development, a far cry from the tourist trap in New Coast’s city center, it was also the home of many of New Coast’s more sinister elements. With the development never having been in use, it was the perfect place for shadowy figures to hide in such a bright city.
The skull on Mark’s forearm sensed some sort of danger. Mark willed it to be quiet as a young woman, tall and lanky with blonde hair and blue accents, opened the door. She seemed to have a lot of tattoos herself. “Wow,” she said, staring at him up and down. “I’m going to need the name of your inker. That is some good art.”
“I’ve had a lot of inkers,” Mark chuckled. “My first tattoo was from a slave-driver in Moldora. The second one was from a serial killer. I tend to get them from the worst of the worst, and it pays off.”
“Ooh, nice,” she said. “I take it you’re here to see the big man? I’m sure he’ll be glad to see you. You should hope so, at least.”
Mark nodded. “I believe we already had an appointment scheduled.”
“You are correct,” she laughed. “He's been talking about you all day.”
Mark walked into the house and down the corridor to a room at the end. If an ordinary homeowner lived here, the room he entered would probably be furnished as a dining room, possibly as a playroom for their children. However, the New Coast crime lord that lived here had turned the room into a sort of makeshift casino; slot machines padded the sides of the walls while a poker table served as the room’s centerpiece.
In the far corner were two couches, on one of which sat the man Mark presumed to be Phosphorus. He looked young and arrogant at first glance, reminding Mark of a cocky kid who thought he could run a business back in Liberty Hill, but who would always fall to Mark in the end. The heart tattoo on the left side of Mark’s chest came from him; his sins were driven by his heart rather than his brain, and that’s why Mark had defeated him. It was a fitting tattoo to remember him by. The major difference between Phosphorus and that kid was abundantly clear, though. Phosphorus wore an unbuttoned white jacket with no shirt; across his chest and extending down his left arm, his skin glowed a brilliant red-orange. Underneath the glow, Mark could see his ribcage, lit up by the man’s special ability.
“Heh, on time I see,” Phosphorus chuckled. “I knew I could count on you.”
Mark took a seat on the couch across from the crime lord. “Of course,” he said. “This business is always about impressions, and I’ve come to know that that means dependability as well as fear. Meet your opponents first, before you destroy them. And I believe that in a couple of months, I may have to destroy you.
“So it’s true then,” Phosphorus said. “You’re gonna hang around a while? That’s unfortunate. Oh well.”
“Nice to meet you. I’d shake your hand, but I’ve been told that’s not really a good idea.” Mark stretched out on the couch, throwing his arms behind his back. “So you’re the Phosphorus, huh? I expected someone a little older to have been behind the work you’ve done. It’s impressive.”
“Call me Alec,” Phosphorus said. He paused for a second. “I’m old enough. Besides, I’ve got a damn good reason why I’m doing this. Pardon the wordplay, but it’s a fire in my heart, so to speak, y’know? A drive.”
Before Mark could respond, Alec’s breathing started tensing up. He turned his head to the doorway of the room. “Melanie! Food!” he shouted. The blonde woman from before quickly came over with a man in a suit, tied up and restrained. She dropped him at Alec’s feet before leaving, not saying a single word.
The man’s expression turned frantic. “No, wait, please. Do anything. Ta--take my kids, instead. My wife. I can help you!” He was quickly shut up by Alec’s searing-hot left hand on his mouth, as the man quickly vaporized into thin air. Only a skeleton remained of where he was once standing.
“Wow,” Mark said, shaking his head. “That is impressive, I have to say. Not exactly a good dude there, either. Guess you know how to pick ‘em.”
“Yeah,” Alec laughed. “I only eat the rich types, people who have no spine or soul. That, and people who disappoint me, of course.” Alec paused for a second. “You know, I never wanted to be a criminal. I started this because I had to; if I don’t feed, I’ll die, and feeding ain’t exactly something you want to do in the open. But now? I’d say it feels pretty good. Not perfect, y’know? But it’s getting there.”
Mark nodded. “I get it, I really do. You know, you and I have the same power, so to speak.”
Alec gave him a confused look.
Mark cleared his throat. “I was on deployment in Moldora several years ago. I was a young soldier, about your age, and I had just killed a few men for the first time. Every day, their voices screamed in my head. So we were taking down this horrible waste of a human being; he had enslaved thousands of men, women and children to work for the worst kind of people. And the night before the raid, I asked him how he did it. That man showed me the art of sin-grafting; for every sin he committed, he added just a bit more ink to his body. He kept the memories of those he killed in the tattoos. Well, I thought it was bullshit, but then he tattooed this dragon onto me.” He pointed at his first and favorite tattoo, the dragon that coiled around his bald head.
“From that day on, whenever I kill someone, I tattoo myself with something to remind me of them. And I always use this special ink, which gives the tattoo life. Power. Doesn’t make it right, but it makes it damn near worth it. Now you, you have to kill people to live. I dunno how you got into that predicament, but you realized the same thing I did. If you get power from your sins, then it’s more than worth committing them, don’tcha think?”
Alec’s expression soured. “I think you’re fucking wrong about me,” he said. He stood up, towering over Mark. The skull on his shoulder sensed that he was in an incredible amount of danger. Mark said nothing; he wanted to see where this would go.
“I’m not a monster,” Alec huffed. “I was a good kid who wanted to do the right thing, and this bitch made me into who I am now. And my father just lets her stay by his side. He doesn’t notice shit. He doesn’t realize who that woman is. And so I’m here to fucking destroy the city he’s created, to burn it down to the bedrock on which it stands.”
Mark raised an eyebrow. “Your father is Josiah Power? I see it. I think you’ll realize you’re a lot more like him than you imagine.”
Alec lunged at Mark, nearly putting a hand on him. Acting quickly, Mark summoned the dragon from the tattoo on his head. Immediately, the ink turned into a violet energy construct of a serpent, lunging forward at Alec and releasing a sonic blast. Alec flew across the room, landing among the slot machines on the other wall.
“See, you’ve got this terrifying power,” Mark chided. “But I got so many years on you it’s hard to imagine. That, Alec, is why I will take this city.”
Alec writhed in pain as Mark stood over him and left. This was not the pain he felt when he hadn’t fed in a while, nor was it the pain he felt from Mark knocking him into the wall. No, this was omnipresent, coating every nerve of his body like it did when he was hungry, but ten times stronger. He cried out, bringing himself to his feet and stumbling out the door of the room. He had someone he needed to see.
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“Help,” Alec gulped, grabbing Helga’s wrist in the hallway of the New Coast Polynesia Resort. He was wearing gloves, of course; he couldn’t let anyone else know about his abilities. Nearly collapsing, Alec straightened himself using Helga’s body as a support.
“Alec,” Helga said, faking a smile. “You know, you are the last person I expected to see today. I have to say, I am very impressed with what you’ve managed to accomplish with your abilities. Seems like they’re treating you better than I had expected.” She paused for a second, looking around for bystanders. There were none. “Come into Room 104 with me, and we can talk. I don’t want to have to do to any others what I did to you.”
The two of them walked further down the hall, entering Helga’s personal lab as Helga closed the door behind him. It was just as pristine, Alec thought, as the one Helga had imprisoned him in, although it was considerably smaller. Alec had only seen the inside of this lab from the small glimpse he had gotten when he had asked Helga to help save the day. The worst mistake of his life, Alec thought. He cared about his father for one moment, wanted to help save his life, and it cost him gravely.
“I take it you have questions about your newfound powers?” Helga turned to the door and latched it shut. “Don’t worry; I’ve soundproofed the room much better since our last encounter. I could yell at the top of my lungs that you were Phosphorus, and Curtis in the next room wouldn’t do so much as to look up from his computer.”
Alec nodded. “You said that this power would kill me. Everything’s starting to hurt like a bitch; I fed on my way here and it didn’t help. I need answers.”
“Well,” Helga said, “I wish I could give you all the answers you need. Primer is a very imprecise science, and it reacts differently for every person that it works on. That being said, none of the powers triggered by your specific primer have killed anyone in less than 6 months. Trust me when I say I’ve done extensive research on this one.”
Alec winced. He imagined Helga Jace, the kind hearted TV personality dedicated to treating people with metahuman conditions, giving hundreds of people the same treatment he had. It made so little sense, but with what he had seen of Helga in the past few months, it still fit perfectly.
Helga continued as Alec sat himself down on a nearby hospital bed draped in thin paper. “That being said, any sort of pain you might experience is par for the course, and none of it is a sign of your impending death. Most of it will make you want to die, but you’ll be fine for several more months at least. Now, unfortunately, I still have work to do that my team can’t know about, so curing you would not benefit me. But so far, you’ve been exemplary in your discretion about these matters. Not to mention the immense distraction you’re providing for them; they barely have time to think about anything I’m doing.”
Alec nodded. He resisted attacking Helga outright, as he knew she was his only chance at salvation. That did not mean that he wasn’t ready to do so. Instead, he looked her in the eyes and weakly spoke. “Will this new pain go away?”
“Hard to tell. I could help run some tests, but as hard as it may seem to imagine, I don’t know everything about every power that comes my way. Most likely, though, there will be high points and low points, as there are with every disease. I can tell from your demeanor, for example, that you’re feeling significantly less pain than when you literally grabbed me, even if it doesn’t feel that way. By the way, don’t scare an old lady like that, especially with your specific ability.” Helga chuckled wildly. Alec felt sick to his stomach, even though these past few months had hardened him. This, he thought, was what true monsters looked like.
“Fine,” Alec said, standing up. “You know what? I don’t need any more help. I got money, I got power, I got ladies, and it’s all because of your experiment. When the power does start to kill me, I’ll be here. But until then, I’m not coming through this door again.”
Alec left Room 104 and began to leave the hotel. Helga was right; as he got up, the pain had begun to fade. After a few seconds, it had all but disappeared for the time being. He got to the lobby, where he immediately noticed a new complication. Josiah Power, his father, was standing over the desk, talking to the receptionist. Before he could turn the other way, he saw Alec standing there. He fell silent, his gaze softening.
“Alec,” he muttered, coming closer. “I thought… I thought you left the city.”
The rage that Alec felt that first night in the hotel began to bubble up again, but he kept it down. “Hey, Dad. Yeah, I was gone for a while, but I’m… I couldn’t leave.” He paused, considering his next words carefully. “I think I’m ready to talk to you again.”
“That’s fantastic,” Josiah smiled. “Take your time; you don’t owe me anything. But if you want, maybe we could get dinner sometime?”
Alec nodded. “I think I’d like that.” It was a lie, he told himself; he had to come up with something on the spot. But it worked in his favor; if he had a relationship with his father again, the betrayal would be much sweeter when he got to that point. He couldn’t wait to see Josiah’s face as he realized who he truly was. But that had to wait.
As he left the lobby, he smiled. The pain may come back, but those who deserved it would also feel his pain in due time.
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”Alright,” Curtis said through his microphone. ”We’ve spotted the Tattooed Man in Kim’s area. Anyone currently in the field, converge on 44th Street and H. We need to take him down sooner than later.”
“Got it,” Ray said, hovering high above Josiah’s central shopping district in New Coast before taking off due west. Below him, Thunder, Blue Devil and Commander Steel patrolled the streets; each of them began to make their way to the location in question through a series of Dan’s portals. As he arrived on location, Ray began to take in the sites around him.
The area of the city that one of Josiah’s associates, Terrence Kim, developed felt much more like a normal city than a theme park. That said, it still felt like a theme park, if only because of how sleek and untouched the buildings were. Towering white-and-blue skyscrapers surrounded the wide streets of this area, with tropical foliage in planter boxes along the sidewalks. Palm trees dotted the curbsides, which featured parking spaces where the cars would face the curb. What took Ray by surprise the most, however, was how empty this part was. Not all of Kim’s territory was available to the public yet; only the bare minimum was completed.
Ray landed on the street as Dan, Anissa and Marc portalled in behind him. Several blocks ahead of them, the Tattooed Man was smoking a cigar. He quickly noticed them and put it out before turning to them.
The Tattooed Man let out a hearty chuckle as he took a few steps forward. “Well, well, well. You finally found me. Hey Marc, how’s the missus doing? You know, I could tell that she was stalking me when I got out. I served my time, why do I need to get harassed for what I’ve already done?”
“Seems like it was well worth it,” Commander Steel said. “Considering where you ended up, Mark, you can’t take the high ground here..”
“This small talk was never my favorite part. Let’s get this over with.” Two violet wings of energy sprouted from the Tattooed Man’s back, allowing him to tower over the other heroes. Ray immediately met him in the sky. From a sword tattoo on his left arm, he summoned a blade of energy that he immediately gripped with both hands before charging at Ray.
Ray dodged the Tattooed Man’s first attack, responding with a barrage of light blasts. From the ground, Commander Steel fired his own bolts of energy from the wrist-cannons Helga had designed for him. The sword dissolved and was replaced by a shield that grew from a small tattoo on the back of the criminal’s left hand. For several seconds, the Tattooed Man sustained the heroes’ continuous fire, but it was interrupted when the Blue Devil portalled onto the shield and began punching at it over and over again. The Tattooed Man dissolved the shield and dived out of the way, flying higher to avoid further attacks. Ray chased after him and Dan portalled himself back onto the ground.
“Now this, this is fun,” the villain chuckled to himself. “Marc, why couldn’t you learn to fly, or build some glider or something? Sky battles are awesome!” The dragon on the top of the Tattooed Man’s head came loose, chasing after Ray. He fired out a concentrated beam of light while flying away, but the dragon kept going. Before he could stop it, the dragon screamed, letting loose a powerful high-pitched sound, and Ray fell to the floor.
The Tattooed Man landed on the ground, his wings dissolving as he stood over the fallen hero. “Now this will be a fun one to ink. I wonder, how should I remember you by? I’d do a lightbulb, but I don’t think you’re that bright to begin with.”
A bolt of energy from Marc’s cannon stopped the villain from finishing Ray off, hitting his right shoulder and making him turn to the other heroes. Thunder leapt up onto the side of a nearby high-rise, tackling the criminal from behind as he was distracted. She began to force a pair of handcuffs onto him, but the Tattooed Man quickly summoned his wings again, knocking Thunder down as he turned to the skies.
The lightning tattoo on the villain’s right arm began to let out a violet glow. From the skies, he fired powerful beams of lightning. The first hit Anissa, knocking her down; the second and third were fired at Commander Steel. A metal shield expanded from the hero’s own right arm, protecting him. As the Tattooed Man flew down, a portal from the Blue Devil intercepted him and brought him face-to-face with the two heroes left standing.
The Tattooed Man readied another bolt, knocking Dan clean out. “Now,” he chided, “it’s just the two of us. Like old times, isn’t it?” He resummoned the sword and began exchanging blows with the soldier. Commander Steel quickly discharged another energy blast, which knocked the Tattooed Man a few steps backwards as he began to charge up another lightning bolt.
He stopped. The skull tattoo on his shoulder began to sense another presence nearby.
From above, another hero flew down, clad in a pristine silver costume with glowing accents. In the center was the letter “T” in a circle, clearly the symbol of the hero Mister Terrific. He glided on what looked like two green glowing disks that appeared to be made of pure energy. He looked down at some sort of holographic console emanating from his wrist. The Tattooed Man quickly recognized that this must be the Blue Devil’s associate, the one who once worked for Mister Terrific. The villain was used to recognizing Commander Steel’s body language, even behind that mask of his, and he knew that his enemy was just as surprised as he was.
The new hero’s drones quickly surrounded the Tattooed Man, opening fire with green laser-blasts all around him. The Tattooed Man couldn’t take it, and quickly fell unconscious himself.
”Hey,” Curtis said as he flew down. ”I noticed you needed help.”
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“So, wait,” Ray began to say as the heroes converged in Room 103. Helga had just finished performing medical care on the three members of Coastguard who were knocked out during the battle, and they were now calling a meeting to discuss what had happened. “You’re--you’re a hero now? When?”
Curtis nodded. “Not always; I’ll be on comms for a lot of the time. But when you guys need it, Helga and I developed this suit. I’ll be calling myself the Technocrat.”
“Cool,” Ray said. He poked at the Technocrat suit, which was standing up in the corner of the room, connected to a charger.
“I’d have to disagree,” Anissa said. “Curtis, you’re incredibly important to us. We can’t risk something happening to you.”
Curtis nodded. “Well, unfortunately, it’s not really your choice. I’ll make extra sure to choose my battles; don’t worry. But it’s important to me that you are all safe. The Tattooed Man would’ve killed all of you if I hadn’t come out there. And with Courtney in Opal half the time and Cisco… you know… we need more hands on deck.”
“He would’ve killed you, too, if he had known you were coming,” Anissa remarked. “And now, everyone who comes to New Coast will know about you. Nothing’s changed; you just had the element of surprise this time.”
Dan, who was sitting in the corner, finally spoke up. “Look,” he said. “I get why you’re worried, Anissa, I really do. I’m worried, too; like, really terrified outta my mind that my friend’s gonna get hurt doing this. But if there’s someone who can pull off this stuff, it’s Curtis. I wouldn’t try and stop him, either; he’s a very stubborn man.”
“Alright,” Anissa huffed. “But I’m not gonna like it.”
“The only question,” Marc laughed, “is what flavor of ice cream he’s gonna be. I can’t think of any grey ice-creams.”
“That’s for Josiah to figure out,” Curtis smiled. “If I had to pick? Probably mint chocolate-chip. All of your weird fruit flavors are upsetting to the palate.”
Everyone laughed around them, except for Anissa. It still didn’t feel right for Curtis to be going out there, and she knew that feeling wouldn’t change. But they were right; she had to deal with it.
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Mark Richards woke up. His surroundings didn’t feel familiar, but they clearly weren’t any sort of prison. The building he found himself in was some sort of makeshift cabin made of wood. He was tied to a wooden chair on a grass floor. He looked at the ceiling; above him, the panels of wood were ornately painted in patterns of green and silver.
“Where am I?” he asked, dazed.
A man walked over to him in a red-and-brown robe. Draped over him was a green cape decorated with one glowing red gemstone on it. The first thing Mark noticed about his face was his two piercing green eyes, which seemed to see into his soul.
“Greetings, Mark,” the man said. “I know you have many questions, but trust me when I say I am not an enemy.”
Mark chuckled dryly. “When I’m tied to a chair like this, that’s usually hard to imagine.”
“We both know that those bindings would not hold you if you did not want them to,” the man said in a monotone voice. “We simply had to restrain you, as you tended to flail around when unconscious.” He walked over to Mark and untied the knots that kept him tied to the chair. “My name is Samuel, and we have the same goals: to destroy Coastguard and to rule New Coast City. I am gathering people close to the Coastguard, people with vendettas against their members. You fit these criteria easily; another one of these people has already been clamoring to meet you.”
A tall, thin man with pale skin and dark hair walked over to him. He wore a suit and tie that had clearly been hastily put on. Mark stood up and shook his hand.
“Hi,” he smiled, speaking in a nasal voice. “Michael Clarion, occultist extraordinaire. Pleased to meet you. I also just got out of prison. Now, I have a lot of questions about your tattoos. They are mystical in origin, correct? I’m very interested to discuss the finer points of this with you.”
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Let’s sugar, baby! Part 1

I am Penelope Kaye Teague, a fiery bombshell that doesn’t know when to shut the fuck up. So gorgeous, that I got a complete stranger to stop me while I was shopping alone. He held a paper and a wad of cash out to me. He was shaking. “Ma’am, this is strange and out of the blue, but. Would you be willing to read this?”
“Honey, do I get the cash,too?” I would read anything for money. I read the paper, it was a non-disclosure agreement. I screamed in the store. The gentleman ran away dropping a few one hundreds. “HE WANTED ME TO BE HIS SUGAR BABY!” I screamed in surprise. My green eyes focused while my greedy hands reached for the money. I picked up about eight Bennies off the ground and whipped out my iPhone. When my hot boyfriend, Thatcher Hank Holden, answered his stupid Android. “Yes, babe?” His velvet voice vibrated to my lady garden. “A pervert approached me in public with money and a straight up NDA.” I could almost hear his eyebrows and jaw twitch. Then the toothpick in his mouth was spit out in his floorboard.
“Excuse me?”
I started to laugh and he sputtered out something stupid. “Listen!” I shouted over his bitching. “You are laughing after telling me you were approached by a perv!” “LISTEN!” I screamed in the receiver, I heard him scream out a curse and something about his ringing ear. “I have an idea. Meet me at home.” I had left the items I was buying on a random rack on my way out the door to catch a cab.
Lakeview City was a gorgeous bigger town. It was a very spread out lake village in Northeastern Oklahoma. It’s spread all the way to the four corners. The southern point of it over an hour from big T-Town, Tulsa. The city still had the small town feel but had everything a huge city could offer. Ma and pop restaurants, cafes, casinos, hotels and resorts, cinema and live theatre, mega churches, and even an amusement park! Oh, and tons of boating, fishing, and swimming in the beautiful Lake Kee. It was so clean and clear you could see the bottom pretty far out. The town and lake was under four hundred square miles split up in three sections.
North City, The Rich of the rich live here. Doctors, lawyer, The mayor, various other officials. Basically anyone white, powerful, and shitty. Midtown is home to yours truly and the rest of the hard working middle to upper class. Most of us are life long residents of the area, this is also where most of the business and day to day errands would be ran. South Lake is the biggest area of them all, the amusement park, tourist traps, and college are in this area. There isn’t really a “bad,” part of town. It’s more of everywhere is potentially dangerous depending on the situation you are in. The problem of not having a “ghetto,” we don’t have a place for the poor or homeless to reside in. So the people of North City do their best to have them bussed to Tulsa and dropped at shelters like stray pets. This place hits for the most part, but my boyfriend is hot and my mom refuses to move.
“3434 Lady Lane,” Says the cab driver as I exit. I walk up to my front door to unlock it. An early 00’s model white truck came barreling around the corner of the block. I could see Thatcher, he was deliciously shirtless and his windows down due to the lack of A/C. God, I hated that truck.
“Hey, babe!” He says swinging out. He slams his truck door on his way up the four step stoop. We stood on my modern Victorian style porch. He gave me a sweet kiss as he snaked his long arms around my torso. “Now...who is this perv.....”
“Ah, ah, I’m starving and still thinking on a plan for my idea I mentioned..”
“Egg sandwich it is then.” He smiled at her as he left her to head inside.
Thatcher Hank Holden, was actually homeless himself previously. His mother died very young and he never knew his father. At age 13 he was found under Riley Throttle’s front patio when child services were going to put him in the system and take him from Lakeview. Old lady Throttle adopted him soon after. She died five years later from cancer, she had left him EVERYTHING. He currently uses her old three bedroom home as an AirBnB so he doesn’t have to have a regular job. It pays what is left that was owed on her new car. He refuses to drive her 2018 Dodge Charger because he feels like a cop. I make him drive it in the winter and dead of summer when I’m with him.
I was twirling a strand of my coppery hair as I go to sit in my living room. My kitchen mother owns a clothing store and was the only employee currently. So for the past three months she has been gone everyday. I don’t mind, it makes Thatch and I feel like we’re playing house. I know, gross. But I love him. I could smell the cheese and egg as I entered the kitchen. Bacon was popping in the nearby pan for my sandwich as well.
“So,” Thatcher quietly mumbles as I look up from my freckled hands. “What is your idea?” His eyes were dark as his almost black hair. His skin a smooth velvet caramel. My eyes were enjoying the plains of his toned body from precious construction work. The pan popped when he went to flip the bacon. “YOWCH!” He shouted making me throw my head back and cackle. “DUMB!” I say as I go around. While he rinsed his belly, I made my sandwich. I went to his side and kiss his cheek. “Thank you. Want me to make you one since you hurt yourself?” He shook his head no as he messed with the peeling skin. “Just a little burn. It’s good.” He left to go up to my room. I started to make his as he returned with a shirt over his flat stomach. My nails burning to scratch along his sinews of muscle. He took over for me when he returned. “Sooooo!!! What is your idea?” He asks abruptly as he continued making his bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
“I’m going to be a sugar baby.”
His eggs hit the floor mid transportation from frying pan to toast. “Uh...I-“ he cleared his throat making a very mean face. His mean face he makes when he’s beyond upset and doesn’t know how to communicate well. Thatcher and I have been working on communication since his putting holes in the wall days when we first started dating. I saw the potential. “I....” he stammered his mouth closed. “I don’t know how to feel about you making that choice.” He said gritting his teeth. Good boy...no controlling me? We have gained GROWTH. I kissed his cheek after that reply. “You didn’t let me finish. I’m going to seduce them....we meet up with these sugar daddies that are trying to buy my pussy....and then we black mail them....” His mean face was instantly gone. I could tell by his half lidded look he gave me, along with a crooked smile meant he was throughly impressed by me.
“You sneaky bitch.”
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Erebus (The Phoenix)

Player: u/Drplague90
Name: Erebus (The Phoenix) {Tier3}
Alias: E
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Race: Phoenix
Appearance: Short orange spiked hair light skinned Green eyes scar on his neck slim but lean built
Racial Traits: excellent healing tears can heal which he sells to the highest buyer extremely strong and fast able to morph
phoenix Form: can morph his limbs into a phoenix and fly around!
Erebus Firestorm- erebus creates a giant flaming tornado which changes the climate around it to intense heat and burns things away in its path
phoenix psychokinesis: able to toss medium things like a car or a person
phoenix flames: able to control flames to his will
Heat Check: The hotter the battle gets the stronger erebus gets!
Soul of a phoenix: E turns himself into a man phoenix humanoid enhancing his abilities even further
Tears of healing: a phoenix tears can heal he doesn't like for people to see him cry so he sales them to the highest bidder for money
Sacred flame: when Erebus activates his Phoenix he heals non fatal wounds (once per fight"
childish rebirth: erebus after taking a killing blow will be reborn into a child his growth is rapidly but his abilities' are child like can relearn new abilities' after rebirth
phoenix orb: erebus can create three flaming orbs the hotter his battles get the larger they can become shredding armor and leaving burns
Fist of a phoenix: Erebus releases a power flame attack from his fist that shapes into a fist and burns terrain around it causing damage and burns opponents
phoenix roar: erebus releases a large wave of flames from his mouth (great fire annilation)
Dark Sense: E can sense a target he's already "marked" he can mark up to 3 people at any time and find them WITHIN THE SAME borrough. So if he's chasing someone around Bohan he can keep track of them but if they move to Algonquin its too far unless he's like in line of sight.
Light of judgment: E creates multiple shards of light with four lines going through each shard that can be thrown at a target.
Hellish light grenade: e makes a grenade of light throwing it it blinds the targets in the area and causes massive light damage
Basic knowledge: uses Three swords mainly only has one with him which is a silver katana made of silver he won from off of a demonic ronin extremely skilled in close combat and long has trained in mostly every fighting style known to man and traveled the globe to learn them. Drives a Dodge Demon
Weakness: binding magic and Dark Magic
Weapons/Specs: phoenix claws katana
location: Name: FireFly island
Type: The Area that E calls home it is by the beach area and surrounded by water a party pad you could call it. The area was given to him by the Matriarchal in the city for erebus to roam and have a good time long as he behaved in the rest of the city! he invites his buyers over and special guest that he sees fit.
Rough Area: Beach hot spot for all types of activities Other Useful Information at the bottom of broker massive beach area with hove beach and beach gate surrounding it.
Bio: born from chaos and war Erebus has whole world has been nothing but violence and who owns what and who you know hes never met another phoenix so he thinks he may be the only one alive he came to newyork because he had gotten wind of alot of strong people bing in the area and a lot of good buyers for his tears.
he can be found at Satin Star Casino/Hotel [Leftwood, Alderney] his pockets stay heavy from his tears and his other behaviors
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the world is run by Jesuit assassins, I think I pissed them off

Richson White found himself in unfamiliar surroundings. he stared out ahead of him. At a long dimly lit corridor. the walls were cold grey concrete, with a red and purple carpet at his feet. One that had a bright and garish color. that shone vivid and bright under the heavy beam of overhead lights. he moved hesitantly forward a few inches. casting a concerned glance around him. behind him, the din of battle could be heard, gunshots and expolsions.
the whole air of the corridor was unnerving. as it was entirely unfamiliar to him. where was he? the corridor was wholly empty. Just as he'd hoped it to be. ahead of him was a single door, the only one in the corridor. As Richson took a single step towards it. the lights over head went out. plunging the corridor into darkness. He stood motionless. staring ahead at the door. he could see a faint outline of light coming from beneath the door.
A faint whisper behind him made his blood run cold. Richson was unable to clearly hear the whisper. as it came and went quickly. lasting only a few brief seconds. before silence once again settled over the corridor. he crept slowly forward. making his way towards a door at the end of the corridor. Upon reaching the door. he extended a hand to grip its handle. placing an ear against the door to listen for any movement on its opposite side.
upon slowly opening the door, Richson was greeted by an old priest, siting hunched over a desk. in what seemed to be an office. one with white sterile walls, and the scent of rubbing alcohol throughout. Richson approached the priest slowly. closing the door to the corridor behind him. upon hearing the door close, the priest looked up. Glaring at Richson. as he sat down at the desk across from him. drawing a silenced berreta, and cocking it. "hello old man" "id say its nice to see you again, but i was never a good liar" sneered Richson.
The priest glared at him. "you are to address me as father" he replied. Richson growled at this. "no" he stated. the two glared at each other. Then Richson raised his pistol. standing up from his chair. "time to die old man" "your schemes are at an end" he stated. Just as his finger brushed the trigger. the door behind him thudded open. Richson reacted quickly, drawing a second pistol. to aim at the intruder. He was a tall and pale man. dressed entirely in black. he held a pistol in one hand. which he held at the ready.
Richson aimed his gun, "Drop it, or i kill the old man" he commanded. the stranger did as he was told. his gun clattering to the floor. the stranger glance over at Richson. A single word on his lips. "why?" he inquired. Richson shock his head. "you know why" he sated. firing a bullet into the preists head. The stranger than fell to his knees. His mind recalling the path that had brought him there. As Richson leveled both guns at him.

Agent 1776 came to in the van. he stirred awake. sitting up from where he had passed out some hours before. Groggily he checked to see if he had his pistol. his hand patting the side of his pants. to his relieve. it was exactly where he'd left it. holstered on his right side. he took in his surroundings. finding himself sitting in a parking lot. In front of a luxury hotel. One that sat along the vegas strip. it was late at night, and the lights of the city illuminated the darkness. casting long shadows onto the sidewalk below. 1776 glanced up at the hotels glowing neon sign.
"the ultra luxe" it read. in glaringly red bright letters. that towered high above his head. He than removed an envelope from the glove box of the van he'd woken up in. carefully removing a single photo from it. he stared at it for several seconds. commitng the man's face to memory. after this. the agent turned the picture over. "Rodney Tailor, room 325" "eliminate target" "no witnesses" "destroy this note after reading" his instructions read.
1776 climbed out of the van. feeling a hot blast of dessert air blow by his face. he stood on the Vegas strip. Amid the flashing lights of casinos and nightclubs. in the middle of the hottest month of the year. just before summer ended. taking a few tentative steps forward. He ripped the picture to shreds. dropping them to the sidewalk. before crossing the street. to approach the front doors of the ultra luxe. As he reached the front doors of hotel. a bellhop held it open for him. earning a polite nod from 1776.
Once inside he, took note of his surroundings. the lobby was fancy and posh. the sort of thing one might find in any decent hotel. it had a black leather couch, that sat before a flat screen attached to the wall. 1776 strolled over to the front desk "yes, may I help you?" inquired an employ from behind the counter. He wore a white hotel unifrom, and his name tag read Adam. the agent nodded in response, flashing adam a fake smile.
"I'm a courier sent to bring a message to room 325" informed 1776. "very well, you'll find that room of the 3rd floor. near the ice machines" replied the employ. the agent nodded his thanks. then made a b line for the nearest elevator.
walking past a chatting couple on the couch. who were oblivious to his presence. As they talked amongst themselves. the agent summoned the elevator to the lobby. stepping in and ascending up. This wasn't his first hit, nor would it be his last. he cheked his pistol, before steeping out of the lift. to glance down the hallway. at a room near the end of hall.
it was there that a single secret service agent waited. 1776 approached him. his hand reaching down to draw his pistol. cocking the hammer as he did so. the security guard had no time to react. his eyes widening as a bullet pierced his skull. sending his lifeless body falling to the floor.
1776 then moved forward. kicking open the rooms door. suprising a woman inside, who wore nothing but a bathrobe. she only had time to let out a single muffled scream. before two bullets found her chest. painting the wall with her blood. in the bathroom her husband screamed. falling in his attempt to leave the shower.
1776 showed him no mercy. firing a shot into his head. as he lay tangled in the shower curtains. he then emptied his pistol into the man. not wanting him to escape. upon lowering the gun. 1776 took a final glance around the room. seeing no one else, his gaze fell upon the tv set in the corner. it displayed a newscast. upon seeing what the screen displayed. the agents eyes widened. as he recognized the men A fellow agent of the order.
there were three of them in total. all of them having been caught. After assassinating several politicians. two senators, and a congress man. all three confirmed killed. the agent shook his head. holstering his pistol. he needed to leave. now, before he was caught. his superiors never rewarded failure.
As 1776 fled the room. he could hear approaching sirens. He sprinted for the elevator, frantically pressing its button. to summon the elevator to his floor. once inside, he holstered his pistol. as the elevator descended. bringing him back to the lobby. where he fled back onto the street. escaping in the van he'd woken up in.

Richson stood above the agent. who starred down the twin barrels of his pistols. "you really shot a powder keg, didn't you?" he accused. glaring at the agent. who remained silent. "the whole US is on fire after what you did" "killing those politicians led to a full blown civil war" "tell me why you did it" Richson demanded. The agent glanced up at his would be killer. "we needed to remove the protestants from power" "they stood in the way of our master plan." he explained. "what is the master plan?" Richson inquired.
The agent refused to answer. as an explosion sounded in the background. "ill tell you nothing more" he spat. leaping to his feet and dashing out the door. Richson's bullets grazed the agents back. narrowly missing a direct hit. agent 1776 fled down the corridor. nearly tripping as he made his escape. As Richson burst out of the room behind him. He escaped through the door at the end of the corridor. emerging into chaos.
the room beyond had once been a common room. where agent 1776 and his companions took their meals between jobs. it was in ruins. bodies lay scattered about. he bolted for cover. As machine gun fire sailed over his head. "over here" a man shouted. The agent found himself surrounded. he was backed into a corner. with four guns pointed at him. Richson laughed at him. slowly clapping his hands.
He shock his head. holstering his pistols. "you seem like a fighter, I like that" He laughed. steeping up to the agent and raising his fists. "I wont be wasting a bullet on you" he stated. throwing a devastating right hook. The agent dodged this. punching Richson in the face. Making him angry. He violently shoved agent 1776 against the wall. drawing his switchblade, then plunging it in the agents throat.
For a moment Richson watched the light leave his eyes. Than he let his lifeless body fall to the ground. The hunt was on, and he was just getting started.
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Battle for Hope Island Ep1: The first day of rewinding (This is overdue by one day. Sorry.)

Match: Yeah, I know. She was so surprised. Ruby: Really? Pencil: Just so we're clear, who are we talking about? Match: Flower of course Ice Cube: Oh I remember that! Book: Flower was screaming so loudly! Flower: Hey guys, what are you talking about? Bubble: We were talking about you finding that bug. Flower: Good thing Blocky squashed it for me Lollipop: Hey, want to buy my Fork Repellent? Match: Hi, Lollipop. And yes. Lollipop: Sales have skyrocketed since I sent it to the ad company
Yellow Face: Are you tired of forks being thrown at you? Then buy our Fork Repellent! It will produce a coating that can defend you from any silverware thrown at you! So yeah! Buy now! Ad-chan: This ad was brought to you by the Submit an Ad foundation
(Commercial end)
Flower: Isn't the Submit an Ad Foundation the best? Lollipop: Mhmm! Braceletty: Ah! Icy! I'm such a fan of you! Ice Cube: Oh, hi, Braceletty
(Meanwhile) Blocky: Hey, Golf Ball. What are you building? Golf Ball: I'm building a new type of recovery center. The Handprint-Activated Recovery Center Pen: How does it work? Tennis Ball: You put your hand onto the pad and think about who you want to recover. Golf Ball: To demonstrate, I got my assistant Basketball here. Basketball: I know what you want me to do (Stabs herself) (Golf Ball places her hand onto the activation pad. Basketball gets recovered) Golf Ball: It even works on mechanical minds. I built a robotic replica of your friend Flower Robot Flower: Heya! (She self destructs) (Golf Ball recovers Robot Flower) Robot Flower: I'm alive! Blocky: Where's Eraser (Eraser comes in) Pen: Haha! Look at yourself! Eraser: What? (He looks into a mirror He has hearts drawn on him) What the? Who did this? Blocky: I saw Bell do it. Eraser: Bell, why did you draw hearts on my face Bell: AH! I didn't Blocky: I saw you do it Pen: Yeah!Bell: I... I didn't do it because I like you, Eraser! I don't know what came over me! Blocky: Maybe you like him Bell: No it... I'm leaving! Hmph! (She leaves) Pen: That Bell doesn't know her own feelings
(Leafy and Firey were outside a cafe) Leafy: Isn't this great, Firey? Firey: Yeah. It's our first date and I'm already excited (They saw Stapy and Foldy) Leafy: Hey Foldy! What are you doing here? Foldy: Me and Stapy are taking a walk around the city. Leafy: Have you heard about Teardrop? Foldy: That silent girl who is friends with Ice Cube? Firey: Yeah. She's being taking ballet lessons. Stapy: Wow! If it wasn't for Ice Cube, she'd be still living in that alleyway. Firey: It's amazing how she understands mute people so well Foldy: I'm heading towards my sister's grave right now. See you soon!
(Taco is walking towards Cloudy, Naily, Gaty and Lightning) Taco: Hello! What's up! Gaty: We're helping Cloudy collect more things Cloudy: Yeah! Widh these dhree, I gan gollegd more dhings muj vazder! Donut: Hey, I found these explosive blueberry seeds lying around. Naily: Put them in that pot (Donut does so) Pin: Hey, has anyone seen my blueberry seeds? Taco: Uhh.... Pin: I hope they're not in a pot, they're extremely fast growing! Needle: Yeah! (The seeds grow) Needle: I think I found your seeds Pin: Ah! So you did take them! Coiny: It's no big deal. I can get you some new seeds Pin: Should we take that plant? Needle: I think so (Pin swipes the pot away) Cloudy: Hey! Lightning: Don't worry. It's easily replacable. (Replaces it with a new pot) (Donut notices a stack of forks) Taco: I wonder what they're doing there Donut: I'll go check
(Donut walks over to the stack. Woody and Bottle is giving Gelatin and Puffball forks, who are using them to build the stack) Donut: Bottle, what's this? Bottle: They're forks Donut: Yeah, I know that, but why? Gelatin: Because it's a fun project. Puffball: Fries and Eggy are helping too. (Eggy and Fries return) Eggy: Oh, hi. Donut Fries: Interested in our fork triangle? Cloudy: I bed my gollegdion will be bigger dhan your vorgs! Woody: ✓ Bottle: It's on! Donut: Woody, I've been meaning to ask, but how did you get that scar? Woody: 💐💧👎🦵🏻🪵 Taco: Wait, you gave Teardrop flowers? Donut: Could it be that you got a crush on her? (Woody nods) 8-Ball: Hey, Bottle. What's your favourite number? Taco: 5. Why you ask? 8-Ball: Nothing. I just want to tell you that I don't have a favourite number Cloudy: I have dhirdy-zeven vavouride numbers! Puffball: Wow! How do you have so many? Cloudy: I uzed do gollegt them over the years
(Meanwhile, Pie and Cake were playing Tic Tac Toe. Cake won) Cake: Oh my gosh, I won. Sorry, Pie. No hard feelings, right? Pie: Whatever. You win some, you lose some Marker: Hey, Cake, Pie. Wanna play Toss the Dirt? Pie: Sure. I'm down Cake: I would love to play (Cake steps on Grassy) Cake: Woah, Grassy. I didn't see you there. Grassy: A lot of people step on me! Pie: Well, we were about to play Toss the Dirt Grassy: I love that game! Fanny: I hate it Nickel: Fanny, why do you hate everything? Fanny: Because self-improvement only occurs when we acknowledge that our own behaviors are far from perfect, and, dare I say, worthy of hate. Pie: So... You hate yourself? Fanny: Yes! (Clock arrives with Teardrop and Tree) Clock: Hello, guys (Teardrop waves) Tree: Hows it going! Pie: Hi, Clock, Teardrop, Tree Tree: Playing toss the dirt, I see? Marker: Yeah. Wanna watch? Clock: Sure, I'm down. (Marker, Cake, Pie and Grassy started digging) (Dora appeared then started digging) Dora: Digging! How novel. If I am to construct and produce islands for consumption, acquiring dirt in this jubilant manner seems most appropriate. I love islands so much that I have written my very own island song. Would you like to hear it? Never mind - I don't care about your opinion. I'm going to sing it anyway. It goes - "Islands, islands! Yum, yum yum! Islands, islands! Chomp. Islands! They are so delish! Gimme islands now! Gimme! Gimme gimme, gimme! Gimme. Islands! Yum! Islands. Glorp. Shlorp! Gobble! Gloop! Gulp! Lala! Islands."
(Meanwhile, Snowball was hang-gliding. He hit a mountain. He walks down and sees Rocky) Snowball: Woah! Rocky! (He shakes him) Wake up! Rocky: Wha? Hi, SB? (Snowball throws him) (Rocky lands in barf bag) Rocky: Bulleh! Barf Bag: And that's how you make a rope Spongy: I'm starting to get the hang of it. Saw: Hey, guys! Barf Bag: Woah! You look different Saw: Yeah, I replaced my handle with crystals. See? Pillow: NYA! (Pillow bites Saw) Saw: Pillow! What was that for? Pillow: I was just hungry-nya. Barf Bag: Bad kitty! Black Hole: Sorry about that. I would get her on a leash, but I'm a black hole. Barf Bag: See, Spongy. This is why ropes are useful. (She makes a leash and ties it onto Pillow) Balloony: I heard you were making ropes. (He sees what's going on) Why do you have Pillow on a leash Barf Bag: She's been acting so cat like. Bomby: Hi! Saw: Oh, Hi Bomby. Haven't seen you in a while. Pillow: How many lines do you have this episode? Bomby: Two! Barf Bag: Pillow, what are you talking about? Pillow: Nothing, nya! David: Aw seriously! Remote: Oh, hi. TV: What's up? Saw: I have no idea. First, Pillow bit me like she was a kitten, then Bomby appeared and now, David. Remote: David is so annoying David: Aw seriously! Liy: Hey, I found this (Liy puts down Roboty) Barf Bag: What's this, Liy? Liy: It's one of Golf Ball's prototype AI. Barf Bag: Can it speak? Roboty: -.-- . ... Barf Bag: Wow! It can speak! Saw: This place never runs out of surprises Spongy: I know. Barf Bag: I wonder what will happen next (Announcer falls out from the sky) Announcer: Hey guys. Would you like to battle for an island? Barf Bag: What do you mean? Announcer: Well, everybody, they're building the island of luxury. It's called Hope Island. A whole square mile of paradise, a five star hotel, a casino, six restaurants, robot servants, and the winner even gets to decide who gets to come in and who doesn't. Barf Bag: So, how much will it cost to join? Announcer: Not even a penny! Barf Bag: Then I'll join Saw: Me too Spongy: And me. Pencil: Hey, I want an island Match: Me too! (Everyone starts to talk about the island) Announcer: Shush, be quiet. Announcer: Now, let the games begin
(The 62 of them are all gathered at the contest area) Blocky: Hey, weird speaker thing. Who are these two? Announcer: These are our mascots, Winner and Loser Winner: Hi! Loser: Hello! (Everyone starts cheering over Loser) Announcer: Be quiet. Announcer: Let's start with the teams. Who would want to be the team leader? (Everyone lifts their hand up) Announcer: Since the 63 of you- Golf Ball: But I only count 62 (Announcer speed counts) Announcer: Yep, we're missing someone. (A portal appeared. Someone walked out of the portal) Firey Jr.: Hello! (Everyone started chatting about the new guy) Firey: He looks awfully a lot like me Announcer: Anyways, since the 63 of you all want to be team leader, we must settle this with a contest. Poof
(Everyone teleports onto a balance beam) Announcer: Whoever stays on the bar the longest wins. Puffball: Good thing I can fly Announcer: People who can fly are disqualified for this challenge (Puffball, Cloudy, Black Hole and Lightning get shot by the Laser Powered teleportation device) (Leafy moves over to Pin) Leafy: Let's form an alliance Pin: Yeah. Of course, Coiny should join. Leafy: And Firey too! (Firey and Coiny move closer, working together to not fall off) Firey: That sounds like a great idea Coiny: Let's do it! Golf Ball: But don't you know? An alliance of more than or equal to four will most surely divide into opposite sides. Firey: (Knocks Golf Ball off) Shut up, bozo Flower: Out of my way, I need my space! (Pushes over Eggy, Eraser, Fanny, Firey Jr., Foldy, Fries, Gaty, Gelatin and Firey) Firey: Ah! Coiny! Help! (Coiny grabbed Firey) Firey: Thanks
(Pillow bites Pie. She explodes pushing Pencil, Pillow and Leafy off) Leafy: Oh no! Pin: I'll help you! Remote: I'll help you help her (She and Remote worked together to catch Leafy) Leafy: Thanks Robot Flower: Out of my way! I need my space! (She pushes Pen, Leafy, Pin, Remote, Roboty, Rocky, Ruby and Saw. Leafy, Pin, and Remote dodge. Everyone else does not) Leafy: Want to join our alliance? Remote: Sure.
(Book and Bubble find their way to Ice cube and Match.) Bubble: So what do we do since Pencil and Ruby are gone? Match: Let's avenge her by running Flower over! Book: Good idea! (The four run to Flower, bulldozing off Firey, Coiny and Grassy) (Flower kicks them) (They land near Leafy and Pin) Book: Help us! Leafy: You knocked over Firey and Pin, so I won't let you. Ice Cube: Revenge! Bubble: Go get them (Ice Cube knocks Leafy and Pin off) Announcer: Wow! Looks like they didn't win this time
Remote: What should I do? I'm right next to Robot Flower (She gets an idea) (She knocks over Robot Flower) Robot Flower: Hey! What are you doing! (Remote kicks her) Remote: And for my next trick... (She downloads a bomb into TV) (He explodes causing Taco, Teardrop, Tennis Ball, Tree, Woody and Yellow Face off)
David: ... AW SERIOUSLY!!! (That "Aw seriously" scared Clock and Donut off) Dora: David, I absolutely hate you. I think you should burn in hell. You don't deserve Hope Island since I hate you. You are my least favourite thing in the whole world. Every time I try to kill you, that stupid David Cloner brings you back. And now, you're about to scare me so I don't win Hope Island. Islands are my only food, and, as such, I need as many islands as I can get! Many people refuse to sell me islands because they know that I will just gobble them up, and that is true, but what harm would that do to them? We island-eaters are tired of the discrimination we receive from society in general, and would greatly appreciate if just one ray of light was shone on our people in the form of Hope Island! You are about to destroy that ray of light and now I'll knock you off. (Dora knocks David off)
Basketball: I got this weird idea. What if we form an alliance with everyone whose names start with B Balloony: That's a great idea. Blocky: I'm in. Braceletty: Yeah! Bell: But that means we have to include Book and Bubble. And they're already in an alliance. Blocky: She's right, you know. Basketball: Let's form it anyways. Maybe they can be in both alliances.
Flower: I need more space! (Liy stabs her) Remote: Yay! You got rid of the evil Flower. Stapy: I still don't like you, but I'm happy because you avenged Foldy Liy: Yay! Let's form an alliance! Remote: How about you join my alliance Liy and Stapy: Yeah! Remote: Come over here (Liy and Stapy do so, knocking over Lollipop, Marker, Naily, Needle, Nickel, Snowball and Spongy) Spongy: Uh-oh
(Final 14) Basketball: It's us vs them. and 8-Ball and Cake and Dora. Remote: Make them fall off! (Liy pushes over Dora, Cake, Braceletty and Bottle. She hits Bomby which makes him explode) (The B-Alliance hid behind Bell, but Blocky fell off) Announcer: Stop. Since there are seven of you left, you get to be the team captains! Bell: Yay! Announcer: Here, each person is responsible for the death they caused. So Liy, go to the recovery center and recover everyone you killed. Liy: Fine Announcer: Poof (Teleports them to the main area) (Liy recovers Flower, Dora, Cake, Braceletty and Bottle) Announcer: Flower, you too
(5 minutes later) Announcer: So, Everyone, pick your team. 8-Ball, you first 8-Ball: I don't have a favourite number, but I'll pick Golf Ball Announcer: Balloony, you're next Balloony: I pick Cloudy Basketball: Balloony, we agreed on choosing the B-Alliance members first! Balloony: Oh, right. Barf Bag: I'll choose Black Hole Black Hole: Oh, sweet! Basketball: I'll pick Blocky, Bell will choose Bomby Bell: You can't pick for me! Basketball: Who says I can't? Announcer: Remote Remote: I'll choose my entire alliance Stapy: What? Why did she pick five members at once Announcer: Who says you can't Stapy: Well, I pick Foldy Golf Ball: I pick Tennis Ball Balloony: I pick the rest of my alliance Announcer: Next Barf Bag: I pick my friends, Spongy, Saw and Taco. Blocky: I pick my friends, Pen and Eraser Bell: Sigh. Announcer: Bell, who's next Bell: I'll guess I'll pick Yellow Face and Gelatin Announcer: Since Remote's team has already picked, Stapy Stapy: Marker Marker: Oh yeah! We can play Toss the Dirt! Announcer: Next! Golf Ball: Based on my calculations, we need at least two mechanical minds in order to outsmart the other teams, which are lacking in mechanical minds! TV, Robot Flower, you've been selected by my formula for a successful team! TV: (Visual of flower blooming and sound of birds singing) Announcer: Back to Stapy's team Stapy: Hmm... I'll choose Pencil, since she is also an art supply. Pencil: What! You should let me stick with my alliance! Stapy: If teams have nine members, and that team already got six, they can only allow three more people Pencil: Then I switch with Braceletty! Announcer: I'll allow it. Braceletty: But I want to be on a team with Ice Cube! I switch with Bottle! Basketball: Then let Bottle on my team! Announcer: Fine then! But Stapy's team. You still need to pick another member Stapy: Well, Needle then Needle: Yeah! Announcer: Bell's team, you're next Gelatin: I choose Woody and Puffball! Need my fork stacking boys with me Woody: 😊 Puffball: I'm a girl! Announcer: Stapy's team Needle: How about Snowball? Blocky: Ooooh, they're in LOVE! Needle: No, Blocky, I like Coiny more! (Snowball, Coiny and Pin gasp) Blocky: Did you just SAY THAT?! Needle: I didn't mean to! Robot Flower: If we have two only mechanical minds, then Remote's team can pick the last one! Golf Ball: Good point. I choose Roboty Announcer: Barf Bag's team Saw: I choose Lollipop Lollipop: Good choice Announcer: Basketball's team, who do you choose? Bottle: Donut! Announcer: Stapy's team, who is still fighting, who do you choose Foldy: We'll choose Ice Cube, so Snowball can calm down Snowball: Wait, Icy? Pencil: No fair! We called dibs on Ice Cube Ice Cube: Yeah! I'm swapping with Balloony Basketball: No! If Balloony is moving teams, then we'll take him Cloudy: I wand do be on the zame deam as Balloony! Announcer: Okay. I'll allow Ice Cube switching teams, but I won't allow Balloony to switch teams since he's a team leader. Stapy's team, you still need to pick someone Stapy: Teardrop, then Announcer: 8-Ball's team Robot Flower: I pick Flower! Flower: Yeah! Announcer: Barf Bag's team Barf Bag: I pick Rocky. He affectionally barfed in me. (Rocky goes to Barf Bag, then barfs in her) Donut: I pick Naily, Gaty and Lightning because I need my fellow collectors to compete with the fork stackers Naily: Yeah! I nailed it! Gaty: Nice Lightning: Alright! Announcer: Bell's team Puffball: Fries Firey: I pick that weird guy who looks like me Marker: I pick Cake and Pie Flower: Grassy and Tree, because they're plants Pencil: I pick my alliance Ruby and Match: Yeah! Barf Bag: I choose Pillow because someone needs to keep her in control Pillow: NYA! Fries: I chose the two nicest contestants left, Eggy and Nickel. Pin: I don't want to choose David or Dora, so Clock and Fanny is my choice. Fanny: I hate this! Barf Bag: Shit. Well, I pick Dora. Sorry David David: Aw seriously! Stapy: I guess David is on our team David: Aw seriously!
Announcer: Now choose your team name Golf Ball: If we want to win, we must choose the best name Announcer: Then your team is called The Best Name Golf Ball: What, no! Pencil: We're like the alliance, right Balloony: Correction: we're two alliances Pencil: Let's be The Two Alliances Barf Bag: Okay, our team name has to be something solid, that stands out, and isn't dumb. Spongy: I agree. Taco: I agree. We can't end up with something lame. Rocky: Bulleh! Black Hole: If we come up with something relevant and sensible... Pillow: Nya! Announcer: Since you can't think of a better name, we're naming your team "Nya" Barf Bag: What? Announcer: Moving on Donut: In honor of Cloudy's collection, we're naming ourselves The Collectors Cloudy: Aw! Dhat's zo zweed! Gelatin: In honour of my stack of forks, we're naming ourselves Team Fork Announcer: Remote's team Pin: We're also an alliance Leafy: Let's call ourselves The Other Alliance Announcer: The Other Alliance it is. Finally, Stapy's team Marker: Dirt Foldy: I don't want to name ourselves Dirt Marker: Not Dirt Announcer: Okay! So there's The Best Name, The Two Alliances, Team Nya, The Collectors, Team Fork, The Other Alliance, and Not Dirt
The Best Name The Two Alliances Nya The Collectors Team Fork The Other Alliance Not Dirt
8-Ball Balloony Barf Bag Basketball Bell Remote Stapy
Golf Ball Cloudy Black Hole Blocky Bomby Leafy Foldy
Tennis Ball Book Spongy Pen Yellow Face Pin Marker
TV Braceletty Saw Eraser Gelatin Firey Needle
Robot Flower Pencil Taco Bottle Woody Coiny Snowball
Roboty Bubble Lollipop Donut Puffball Liy Teardrop
Flower Ice Cube Rocky Naily Fries Firey Jr. Cake
Grassy Ruby Pillow Gaty Eggy Clock Pie
Tree Match Dora Lightning Nickel Fanny David
Announcer: The first actual contest is to build a boat, get in it and row it across the Goiky Canal. Barf Bag: But it's about 500 miles wide! Announcer: Is it? Oh well. Leafy: Yeah, I think it's no big deal Announcer: If you are the first to cross the line, your team wins, and one of you you'll get one of twelve tokens, items that may or may not help you during elimination. The last team to do so loses and one of their members gets kicked out of the game. (Go)
Golf Ball: Okay, Team Best Name. We can use that pile of junk over there to build our boat Grassy: Okay Tree: I'm on it! (They leave)
Pencil: Hey, Cloudy. Can't you fly us across? Cloudy: Ogay! (Everyone hops on Cloudy and he leaves) Bell: Puffball! Fly us across! Puffball: Right! I'm on it! (Everyone hops on Puffball and she leaves) (It's a race between The Two Alliances and Team Fork) (The Two Alliances miss the finish line) Bubble: Cloudy! Turn back! We missed it! (Puffball flies straight into the finish line) Announcer: Team Fork is in first. And The Two Alliances are in second. Since Puffball was the one who ripped the finish line, she gets a token. Puffball: Oh! What is it? Winner: This is the First Token. If you use it, only the first vote that gets posted counts. Puffball: So the first one to vote is the only voter? Winner: Yes
(Meanwhile, where Team Nya is, Spongy is being a raft) Spongy: I like being a raft. Paddle faster Barf Bag: You've heard him! Paddle! Lollipop: I hate being an oar.
(Meanwhile, at The Best Name) Flower: How's that yacht doing? Tennis Ball: It's all finished. Now we just need the motor Grassy: I got the motor right here! (puts it on) 8-Ball: Now all we have to do is get in (The Best Name gets in) (The yacht starts) Lightning: Everyone! The Best Name team has finished building their yacht! Basketball: Build faster!
Leafy: Okay, we've finished. Now we need the motor Pin: Uh, Leafy? The Not Dirts took the last motor Firey: I know just the solution (He puts Fanny at the back of the boat) Fanny: I hate motors (The boat moved fastly)
Lightning: Hey, we only need one person to go to the end of that finish line, right? Donut: (gasp) Of course! (Lightning flew to the finish line) (Lollipop saw it) Lollipop: Wha? Ya-you could do this the whole time? I didn't actually have to be used as an oar? Barf Bag: Black Hole! Go! Black Hole: I'm on it! (Black Hole moved faster than Lightning, and sucked up the finish line) Announcer: Wow! Team Nya place in third. However, as the finish line no longer exists, I'm the new finish line. Lightning: You're the finish line Announcer: Yes. The Collectors place in fourth.
(It's a race between The Best Name, The Other Alliance, and Not Dirt) Remote: Can this boat get any faster? Fanny: This is as fast as I can go! Remote: Then I'll make you go faster (Remote hacked Fanny to make the boat go faster) 8-Ball: Tennis Ball. Activate Super Speed Mode Tennis Ball: On it (He pressed a button to make it go super speed mode) Needle: Whelp, we don't have a super speed mode.
(The Other Alliance finish in 5th and The Best Name finish in 6th) Announcer: Well, since Not Dirt has yet to make it to the end, they are up for elimination
Loser: Vote in the comments using letters in square brackets unto who you want to be eliminated from BFHI. The person with the most votes leave
(The rest of Nya were still stranded) Barf Bag: We should get back now (Not Dirt with The Collectors appeared) Stapy: Need a ride?
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Ghost Adventures Episodes in Chronological Order

Unfortunately there's no 100% agreed list of GA seasons and there never was one. Various platforms and Travel Channel affiliates provide contradictory episode listings. It was discussed numerous times over the years, recently we had yet another discussion on the matter. Somebody asked me on PM if I can share with them the chronological listing I've been using, so I've decided to post it here as well. Keep in mind this is not an "official" list, but it's a recommended one if you want to binge watch the whole show from beginning to end or if you're a new fan looking for specific episodes.
This is a list of Ghost Adventures episodes in order based on the original air date. I've been keeping it since I began watching the show during the first season and it mostly overlaps with the wikipedia listing, and a few other season lists. It includes every single episode, including all specials and compilation episodes. "Extra Pulses" are not added since there is no additional content compared to the original episodes. For the first 7 or so seasons this is how The Travel Channel listed their seasons before they nuked their site and started grouping them by production date and not air date. A few things of note:
Season 1
Start: October 17, 2008
End: December 5, 2008
Season 2
Start: June 5, 2009
End: July 24, 2009
  • Preston Castle
  • Castillo de San Marcos
  • La Purisima Mission
  • Magnolia Lane Plantation
  • Birdcage Theater
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Moon River Brewery
  • Ancient Ram Inn
Season 3
Start: October 30, 2009
End: January 22, 2010
  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum LIVE (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum LIVE: Post Mortem (Special Highlights Episode)
  • Pennhurst State School and Hospital
  • Poveglia Island
  • Ohio State Reformatory
  • Remington Arms Factory
  • Washoe Club and Chollar Mine
  • Linda Vista Hospital
  • Execution Rocks Lighthouse
  • Prospect Place
  • Clovis Wolfe Manor
  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum LIVE: The Cutdown (Special Behind the Scenes Episode)
  • Poveglia Island Special (Special Episode with 30 minutes of additional footage)
Season 4
Start: September 10, 2010
End: June 10, 2011
  • Best Evidence (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Scariest Moments (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Gettysburg
  • Rolling Hills Asylum
  • Return to Bobby Mackey's Music World
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
  • Stanley Hotel
  • Hill View Manor
  • Vulture Mine
  • USS Hornet
  • La Palazza Mansion
  • Fort Chaffee
  • Amargosa Opera House
  • Old Fort Erie
  • Villisca Axe Murder House
  • Kell's Irish Pub
  • Pico House Hotel
  • Return to Goldfield Hotel
  • Bonnie Springs Ranch
  • Longfellow's Wayside Inn (Valentine's Day Special Episode)
  • Salem Witch House
  • Jerome Grand Hotel
  • Yorktown Hospital
  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
  • Sacramento Tunnels
  • Hales Bar Marina and Dam
  • Kentucky Slave House
  • Tooele Hospital
  • Loretta Lynn's Plantation House
Season 5
Start: September 23, 2011
End: December 16, 2011
  • Ashmore Estates
  • Mizpah Hotel
  • Old Town San Diego
  • Winchester Mystery House
  • Lizzie Borden House
  • Letchworth Village
  • Return to Virginia City
  • Rocky Point Manor
  • Rose Hall
  • Old Charleston Jail
Season 6
Start: February 24, 2012
End: July 20, 2012
  • Horror Hotels and Deadliest Hospitals (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Wickedest Women, Houses of Terror and Bloodiest Battlefields (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Shanghai Tunnels
  • Peabody-Whitehead Mansion
  • Copper Queen Hotel and The Oliver House
  • The National Hotel
  • Return to Linda Vista Hospital
  • The Galka Family
  • The Riviera Hotel
  • Hellfire Caves (Special Episode)
  • Fort Horsted (Special Episode)
Season 7
Start: September 14, 2012
End: April 19, 2013
  • Central Unit Prison
  • Excalibur Nightclub
  • Point Sur Lighthouse
  • The Palmer House Hotel
  • Black Moon Manor
  • Sedamsville Rectory
  • Cripple Creek
  • Dead Men Walking (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Brookdale Lodge
  • Tor House
  • Union Station
  • Death By Wild West (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Crazy Town
  • Clinically Dead (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Killer Nightlife (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Do Not Disturb (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Home Sweet Hell (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Wyoming Frontier Prison
  • Sailors' Snug Harbor
  • Passport to Hell (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Dungeons and Demons (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Bewitched and Bothered (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Obsessions and Possessions (Compilation Special Episode)
  • New Orleans
  • Market Street Cinema
  • Armies of Darkness (Compilation Special Episode)
  • First Timers (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Goldfield Hotel Redemption
  • Glen Tavern Inn
  • King's Tavern
Season 8
Start: August 16, 2013
End: November 15, 2013
  • Pioneer Saloon
  • Black Swan Inn
  • Tuolumne Hospital
  • Missouri State Prison
  • Yost Theater and Ritz Hotel
  • Haunted Victorian Mansion
  • Up Close and Personal (Compilation Special Episode)
  • Exorcist House
  • Alcatraz
  • Mustang Ranch
  • Thornhaven Manor
  • Transylvania (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Battle of Perryville
Season 9
Start: February 15, 2013
End: July 12, 2013
  • Sharon Tate Ghost
  • The Myrtles Plantation
  • George Washington Ghost
  • Bannack Ghost Town
  • Fear Factory
  • Heritage Junction
  • Battle of Los Angeles
  • Netherworld: Paris Catacombs (Special Episode featuring only Zak, aired in the middle of the season)
  • St. James Hotel
  • Fox Hollow Farm
  • Haunted Savannah
  • Overland Hotel and Saloon
  • Old Licking County Jail
Season 10
Start: October 4, 2014
End: March 7, 2015
  • Queen Mary
  • Lemp Mansion and Brewery
  • Zozo Demon (Nick's last regular episode)
  • Island of the Dolls (in the og edit it was mentioned Nick couldn't make it for filming)
  • Ireland's Celtic Demons (Halloween Special Episode, Nick's last appearance as part of the GAC)
  • Bell Witch Caves (new intro, Jay and Bill introduced as permanent GAC investigators)
  • Sallie House
  • Nopeming Sanatorium
  • Apache Junction
  • Return to Tombstone
  • Demons in Seattle
  • Texas Horror Hotel
Season 11
Start: August 22, 2015
End: November 7, 2015
  • Edinburgh Manor
  • Old Montana State Prison
  • Manresa Castle
  • Old Lincoln County Hospital
  • Haunted Harvey House
  • Los Coches Adobe
  • Grand Canyon Caverns
  • Haunted Hollywood
  • Odd Fellows Asylum
  • Clown Motel and Goldfield High School
  • Deadwood: City of Ghosts (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Lava Hotel Springs Inn
Season 12
Start: January 30, 2016
End: August 6, 2016
  • Black Dahlia House
  • Secret Scientology Lab
  • Bracken Fern Manor
  • Return to the Riviera
  • Chinese Town of Locke
  • Star of India
  • Leslie's Family Tree Restaurant
  • Hell Hole Prison
  • The Domes
  • Nevada State Prison
  • Return to Winchester Mystery House
  • Stardust Ranch
  • The Haunted Museum
Season 13
Start: September 24, 2016
End: January 14, 2017
  • Colorado Gold Mine
  • Mackay Mansion
  • Palace Saloon
  • Reseda House of Evil
  • Dorothea Puente Murder House
  • Route 666 (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Hotel Metlen
  • St. Ann's Retreat
  • Twin Bridges Orphanage
  • Dumas Brothel
  • Zalud House
  • Dakota's Sanatorium of Death
  • De Soto Hotel and Concordia Cemetery (Spliced Part 1 of the Route 666 Halloween Special)
  • Goatman's Bridge (Spliced Part 2 of the Route 666 Halloween Special)
Season 14
Start: March 25, 2017
End: July 15, 2017
  • Stone Lion Inn
  • Freak Show Murder House
  • Samaritan Cult House
  • Double Eagle Restaurant
  • Silent Movie Theater
  • Exorcism in Erie
  • Skinwalker Canyon
  • Upper Fruitland Curse
  • Witches in Magna
  • The Viper Room
  • Asylum 49
Season 15
Start: September 23, 2017
End: January 13, 2018
  • Golden Ghost Town
  • Ogden Possession
  • Haunting of Vicksburg: Mcraven Mansion (Special Episode)
  • Haunting of Vicksburg: Demons and Dolls (Special Episode)
  • Haunting of Vicksburg: Spirits Under Siege (Special Episode)
  • Haunting of Vicksburg: Champion Hill Battlefield (Special Episode)
  • Museum of Madness (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Annabelle's Curse (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Albion Normal School
  • Museum of the Mountain West
  • Pythian Castle
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Wolf Creek Inn
  • Eureka Mining Town
  • Sin City Exorcism
  • Phelps Dodge Hospital
  • The Slaughter House
Season 16
Start: March 24, 2018
End: July 14, 2018
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • The Alley of Darkness
  • Kennedy Mine
  • Old Gila County Jail and Courthouse
  • Hotel Leger
  • Enchanted Forest
  • The Washoe Club Final Chapter
  • Lewis Flats School
  • Kay's Hollow
Season 17
Start: October 6, 2018
End: January 12, 2019
  • Graveyard of the Pacific: Astoria Underground (Special Episode)
  • Graveyard of the Pacific: Norblad Hostel (Special Episode)
  • Graveyard of the Pacific: Commander's House (Special Episode)
  • Graveyard of the Pacific: Cape Disappointment (Special Episode)
  • The Haunted Museum LIVE (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Idaho State Reform School
  • Westerfield House
  • Crisis in Oakdale
  • Tintic Mining District
  • Terror in Fontana
  • Riverside Plane Graveyard
  • Curse of the River Bend: Mineral Springs Hotel (Special Episode)
  • Curse of the River Bend: McPike Mansion (Special Episode)
Season 18
Start: February 23, 2019
End: July 20, 2019
  • Gates of Hell House
  • Palomino Club
  • Lutes Casino
  • Melrose Hotel
  • Binions Hotel and Casino
  • The Woodbury
  • Crescent Hotel
  • St. Ignatius Hospital
  • Mount Wilson Ranch
  • Panic in Amarillo
  • Union Hotel
  • Idaho State Tuberculosis Hospital
  • A Haunting in Scottsdale
Season 19
Start: October 5, 2019
  • Serial Killer Spirits: H. H. Holmes Murder House (Special Episode)
  • Serial Killer Spirits: John Gacy Prison (Special Episode)
  • Serial Killer Spirits: Axe Killer Jail" (Special Episode)
  • Serial Killer Spirits: Ted Bundy Ritual House (Special Episode)
  • Curse of the Harrisville Farmhouse (Halloween Special Episode)
  • Albion Castle
  • Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
  • Pasadena Ritual House
  • Horror in Biggs
  • Franklin Castle
  • Union Brewery of Death
  • Nightmare in Antelope
  • Goodwin Home Invasion
  • Haunted Hollow Forest
  • The Chinatown Poltergeist
  • Beneath the Bonanza
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The Second Journey Book One Chapter One: Memories in a Shot Glass

Note: This story contains swearing, drinking, sexual references and trauma. You have been warned
Many say that New York is the city that never sleeps. For Japan Tokyo is exactly that and at the moment one man was part of it. He wore a dark green jacket over a t-shirt of the same color and dark green jeans with basic black sneakers. His face was covered by a large bushy beard and untamed hair. He walked into the local Izakaya. He ordered a glass of beer and sat down at an empty low table. As he drank he looked back at how he got here. Sitting in a poor pub looking into a shot glass.
It was years ago. Back before he had even come to Japan. When China was safe. It happened slowly at first. Some didn’t even notice. He caught sight of a statue being ripped down by the locals. He thought perhaps it was a small riot and it wasn’t that important. He continued on his travels, making sure that the leavings on the altars were being eaten. But a few years passed and he noticed his power was leaving him. Yet still nothing terrible was happening perhaps he was simply getting old. Then a few more years passed and someone disappeared he couldn’t quite remember. One of his friends was enraged and worried he to would fade yet instead his power faded. Slower yes but it still faded. Then it all happened so quickly. His home crumbled and he had to run. China had become dangerous and so he escaped to South Korea before sailing to Japan. So many memories now barely comprehensible. His thoughts were interuptted by a man sittin down in front of him.
“Mister Wujing?” The man asked.
“Huh? Oh yes apologies old memories. Now do you have the information?” Wujing asked.
“That depends do you have what I want?” The man asked.
“Of course I do but first the information,” Wujing replied.
“Fine. I have found barely anything about Miss Yin, Mister Bajie and Mister Huang. The first is apparently a charity worker in a poor foreign country. I’m not sure which one though. As for Mister Bajie he’s apparently a gambler. Mister Huang has gone off the map. He’s a part of a secret service. That’s all I can tell you,” The man replied.
“What about Sun Wukong?” Wujing asked.
The man chuckled, “Sun Wukong is a character in Journey to the West. He doesn’t really exist. I suggest you see a psychologist. Now give me what I want.”
“You’re wrong about Wukong. As for what you want….I don’t have it,” Wujing replied, “It was a religious artifact. I didn’t take it.”
“You did what motherfucker!? Fool no one gets information from me without giving me what they want! Men! Take this asshole to the dojo.” The man said as he snapped his fingers. Four men stood up and rushed Wujing. Wujing quickly dodged one of them and grabbed the one he dodged by the back of the man’s coat. He then tossed the man into the bar desk. Another man tried to punch Wujing square in the face but his hand was caught by Wujing and then broken. Wujing then kicked the man with the broken hand into the wall. The third man ran after seeing what had happened and so did the fourth. The man who had met with Wujing before tried to run but Wujing grabbed him by the collar and slammed him against the wall.
“You’re keeping things from me! Now tell me which country is Quan Yin in!? Where is Baije gambling!? Which secret service is Huang in!? And where is Wukong!?” Wujing asked.
“Alright alright! I can’t tell you everything but I do know Mister Baije is gambling in Las Vegas in America!” The man quickly said.
“Good now you get to take a nap,” Wujing said before slamming the man against the wall hard enough to knock him unconscious. Wujing left the pup and headed back towards his hotel. As he walked he thought how violent the world had become. Yes years ago there were demons and evil men but now any man or woman could betray their fellow brother, sister, mother, father, comrade, or lover. Betrayal seemed to be engraved in the hearts of every human now and he was part of that betrayl. He had the capacity to do exactly what that man had done back there. Of course Wukong had the capacity to betrayal so did Baije and Huang...at least he thought so. The only name he could clearly remember was Wukong. Even then he had trouble rmembering what kind of person he was. Of course he thought he was forgetting someone but he couldn’t put his finger on whoever it was. Perhaps sleep would help.
It didn’t. The next morning he had trouble remembering what he had been told if he hadn’t written it down he would be back to square one. He quickly rushed to the main Tokyo airpot to catch to earliest flight to Paradise Nevada. A few hours passed and after going through security he waited in a relatively empty area of the airport. A man wearing a black suit and black sunglasses sat down next to Wujing.
“Mister Wujing. We have heard you have been pursuing a dangerous personal goal,” The man said.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Wujing replied.
“A man by the name of Mister Baije is currently in Paradise Nevada. Leave the airport now. Step away from this path. You will only invoke our wrath if you continue to pursue Wukong,” The man then stood up and walked away. Wujing continued to wait until he was informed the gate was opened. The man’s words did nothing to deture him from going onto the plane. He spent another twelve hours sleeping before he was woken up. He quickly passed through Paradise airport trying not to encounter any of the black suited men. After getting a cab by using google translate to request a drive to the largest casino he thought back on the previous years. Now he had finally begun to find the answers he wanted but what did Baije have for him? Then a name pushed itself into his mind.
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