Prologue: End of an Era

On the edge of darkness, but still out of the light there exists the city of Meridian. In Meridian every sin and vice exists, and there is no shortage of those who seek to exploit that sin and vice. Few, if any, in the city are untouched by the crime. Even the police have been corrupted.

Out of all the corruption and filth a few heroes have emerged to battle the darkness. However, one of those heroes is about to fall.

"Rex," spoke a voice from the darkness. "My old friend. You and I have been at each other's throats for years. Sadly, tonight our little dance comes to an end."

A spotlight was shining directly down on Rex from the ceiling. Rex himself was hanging from the hands, arms, and shoulders by chain hooks with his feet barely off the ground. His body bore almost countless ugly bruises. His face was caked in several layers of dried blood. One of his eyes was almost completely swollen shut while the other had been gouged out completely. "You son of a bitch!" Rex cursed. "Do you really think it's over?"

"The game never truly ends, Rex," the voice said as its owner emerged from the darkness. "Only the players change. Tonight you leave the game. On another night, I will leave the game. That is the way of things. However, the night on which I leave the game will not come for me as soon as it has come for you."

"Damian," said Rex. "Your day will come sooner than you think."

"Then I will be seeing you in Hell before you know it, my friend," Damian said with a smile. Slowly he drew forth a large knife. "If it is any consolation to you, I don't want to do this. However, given our long history with one another, I wouldn't let anyone else except me do it. And I know that you wouldn't have it any other way. By the way, this is going to be painful, so if you feel the need to scream please do so."

Without any further word Damian plunged the knife into Rex's chest and began to cut downwards. Blood poured freely from the wound and covered the front of Damian. Unbothered by the gore, he just kept on calmly cutting. Rex remained defiantly silently through it all.

Satisfied that the job was done, Damian looked Rex in the face and a sad smile came to his face. Suddenly, he hugged Rex tightly to his chest. "I love you, my friend," he whispered in Rex's ear as the last of Rex's life-force left him. "I will miss you most of all."

To be continued…