Superheroes V.S. Randomness
PART 3 OF 5
Previously on Superheroes V.S. Randomness, he picked up the device and on the back it said, “Warning: Leads to parallel universe.” Tushu clicked it anyways, They were on a different universe that looked like Earth but everything was backwards. Tushu dropped the device. Tushu asked Adrian Grey if he could fix the parallel device. But first Adrian Grey asked them if they could help him with his partner, Drake Whitman. Drake said he had seen Santa Claus when he was little but had a bad experience with Santa. Adrian Grey was Santa Claus and he tried to kill Drake. “A long time ago, Drake threatened to kill my family if I didn’t rob from the bank of London. He knew I was Santa Claus and he knew I was jolly enough to take the blame. I went to the Bank and met Drake there. I knew I had to kill him or I would ruin my whole reputation as Santa Claus scaring people for life, so I pulled the trigger on my gun but the bullet wouldn’t come out and he ran away before I could even kill him. This is why I need your help, so he doesn’t see my face. Plus, Drake has one of the tools that you need to fix your parallel device.” Adrian pleaded. Tushu agreed to go, soon the four finished packing and started off on their journey. The four found Drake and asked him if he would come along with them and help them fix the device and Drake agreed and they left Drake’s house reloaded with food. They remembered there was a mountain called, “Peaks of Death.” They decided it would be best if they went through there instead. Tushu went to his backpack to see the route back home but he couldn’t find the map! They were lost!
They were freaking out, they had no solution. Their phones were out of charge and they were stuck in the middle of nowhere. They couldn’t find anybody around them so they decided to split up and look for somebody. The first thing Tushu saw was a dog and Tushu went over to pet him. He asked Adrian if he should keep him and he was fine with that. Vihaan found the map they had lost. Unfortunately, it was ripped to in half so they kept looking for the map and some people. They did not find anybody so they decided to camp out for the night and eat the food prepared. They decided to tell scary stories. Vihaan started with a story called, “The Blackboard” Vihaan said, “When Felix Agnus put up the life-sized shrouded bronze statue of a grieving angel, seated on a pedestal, in the Agnus family plot in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, he had no idea what he had started. The statue was a rather eerie figure by day, frozen in a moment of grief and terrible pain. At night, the figure was almost unbelievably creepy; the shroud over its head obscuring the face until you were up close to it. There was a living air about the grieving angel, as if its arms could really reach out and grab you if you weren't careful.
It didn't take long for rumors to sweep through the town and surrounding countryside. They said that the statue - nicknamed Black Aggie - was haunted by the spirit of a mistreated wife who lay beneath her feet. The statue's eyes would glow red at the stroke of midnight, and any living person who returned the statues gaze would instantly be struck blind. Any pregnant woman who passed through her shadow would miscarry. If you sat on her lap at night, the statue would come to life and crush you to death in her dark embrace. If you spoke Black Aggie's name three times at midnight in front of a dark mirror, the evil angel would appear and pull you down to hell. They also said that spirits of the dead would rise from their graves on dark nights to gather around the statue at night.
People began visiting the cemetery just to see the statue, and it was then that the local fraternity decided to make the statue of Grief part of their initiation rites. "Black Aggie" sitting, where candidates for membership had to spend the night crouched beneath the statue with their backs to the grave of General Agnus, became popular.
One dark night, two fraternity members accompanied new hopeful to the cemetery and watched while he took his place underneath the creepy statue. The clouds had obscured the moon that night, and the whole area surrounding the dark statue was filled with a sense of anger and malice. It felt as if a storm were brewing in that part of the cemetery, and to their chagrin, the two fraternity members noticed that gray shadows seemed to be clustering around the body of the frightened fraternity candidate crouching in front of the statue.
What had been a funny initiation rite suddenly took on an air of danger. One of the fraternity brothers stepped forward in alarm to call out to the initiate. As he did, the statue above the boy stirred ominously. The two fraternity brothers froze in shock as the shrouded head turned toward the new candidate. They saw the gleam of glowing red eyes beneath the concealing hood as the statue's arms reached out toward the cowering boy.
With shouts of alarm, the fraternity brothers leapt forward to rescue the new initiate. But it was too late. The initiate gave one horrified yell, and then his body disappeared into the embrace of the dark angel. The fraternity brothers skidded to a halt as the statue thoughtfully rested its glowing eyes upon them. With gasps of terror, the boys fled from the cemetery before the statue could grab them too.
Hearing the screams, a night watchman hurried to the Agnus plot. To his chagrin, he discovered the body of a young man lying at the foot of the statue. The young man had apparently died of fright.
The disruption caused by the statue grew so acute that the Agnus family finally donated it to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.. The grieving angel sat for many years in storage there, never again to plague the citizens visiting the Druid Hill Park Cemetery. They were all scared to death of this story so they went to sleep.
In the morning, they kept exploring and found “Peaks of Death”. They decided it had been long since they seen people and they lost hope in finding anyone else so they went through Peaks of Death.
Drake started first, then Adrian, then, Tushu, then Revy, then Vihaan. They reached the top of the mountain and started heading down. Suddenly, Drake pushed Adrian and Adrian went falling down the mountain. Tushu raced down there and checked to see if Adrian was breathing and he wasn’t. Tushu started to say, “Drake you coward” but Drake ran away. They had no phones. They waited there for hours hoping someone would come. They had no food or water because Drake took it. They started to get sleepy and slowly stopped breathing. 48 hours later the police had so them. After that the police handled it but these words came out in the newspaper the next day. Although recovering bodies from the Death Zone on Peaks of Death is extremely dangerous, it has been done. One such example was the recovery the body of 4 kids. On April 26, 2016, they died trying to descend the mountain. The dangers of dying and having your body left behind on the mountain are not unknown to climbers, in fact, some Peaks of Death guide services have climbers sign a form asking them to choose to remain on the mountain should they die, or have an attempt made to recover their body (which can cost upwards of $30,000).
The 4 kids died very near the summit, at an altitude of over 8,000 meters (nearly 27,000 feet). This would make their recovery very challenging. First a team of 6-8 must climb the mountain to reach their body – dangerous enough on its own. Then the real danger begins. The only way to bring down a body from that altitude is to place it in a sled, slowly, carefully, lower it (in a controlled slide) down the mountain at angles as steep as 60 degrees. They also need to pick up the body and lift it by hand over any crevasses encountered along the way. The police took them to Tobyrinthia hospital. The 4 are asleep right now (This is the end of the newspaper). 3 days later, the hospital's beat rate machine went off staying at a constant tempo. A doctor came in and said, “They are dying, we need medical attention!”
TO BE CONTINUED IN SUPERHEROES V.S. RANDOMNESS PART 4
Coming May 13, 2016
Find out in Superheroes V.S. Randomness Part 4 if the four kids survive.