The Vanisher: Stray

The Vanisher returns in this sequel to help the MCU on a strange case.
With new dangers lurking everywhere, no one is safe.
With Campbell gone, a new threat has come to Brimswood, and no one knows how to stop it.
A mystery causes people to break apart, for an end to trust, and death to arise throughout the city.
The Vanisher, almost a year later, has returned to solve the case, and the one respinsible comes as a shock to all.


22. Guilty

"What?" I respond, not sure I heard them correctly.

"Ragan, you're the match." Jones repeats.

"No, that's impossible.  I never killed anybody-"

"We're not sure if you did anything yet, Ragan.  You're DNA was found at every scene, which makes sense because you were at every scene.  Ming is going to run some tests.  We hope for the best but, given the circumstances, we think the moonstone may be more dark and dangerous than we anticipated."

I sit there silently and swallow.

"Okay." I say.

The rest of the night, Ming pricks and prods me with needles and questions and different tests.  

Around 3 in the morning, I doze off.  And I start having a nightmare.

"Ragan." Campbell's voice echoes throughout the cave.  "Come back...." 

I'm running through the woods, trying to escape him.  I can hear his pet wolf coming up behind me.  The beast tackles me and digs its fangs into my neck.  I scream out and transform into the Vanisher.  I push the wolf off me and tear its stomach open.  I then turn to Campbell, who has transformed.  He looks normal, but his eyes are yellow.

Those yellow eyes.

I charge at him and jump up into the air to kick him down.

"Ragan!" I hear a vioce cry out.  "Ragan, stop!" 

Ming?  I blink my eyes hard.

I'm suddenly awake and find myself in Ming's lab, on top of Jones, who is bleeding from his forehead.  I back up off him quickly on all fours until I hit Ming's lab table.  I'm breathing heavily.  My claws are out and my hair is gray, not purple.  

"Ragan?" Ming speaks softly.  I wrap my arms around my knees and bury my face into them.  "Ragan?"

"What's happening to me?" I squeak out.  Ming kneels down next to me.  

"Ragan, open your eyes." She touches my knee and I shake her off.  "Ragan, it's okay, you're safe.  Open your eyes, please."  I slowly look up and Ming bites her lip, sadly.  She turns and pulls out a small mirror.  She holds it up so I can see my reflection.

The whites of my eyes are black.  The black and white eyes.

"Ragan, I'm so sorry-" Ming starts, but I beat her to it.

"I'm the murderer." I barely whisper.  Ming looks down and nods.  

And then it hits me.

"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God-" I start freaking out, trying to stand up and falling down over and over.  Ming and Jones rush to me.

"Ragan, calm down-" Jones speaks. 

"I-I-I" I start slamming my head into the wall.  "No, no, no, no-"

"Ragan stop, you're going to hurt yourself-" Ming begs me.  Jones grabs me and pulls me away from the wall.  I sets me down on Ming's table and holds me down.  Tears start to come out of my eyes.

"Ragan, we can fix this-" Ming begins.

"I killed him, I killed James, I-" I start to convulse and rip my arms out of Jones' grasp and curl up into a ball.

"Ragan-" Jones says.  Ming stops him.

"I think we need to give her time to process." The two of them walk out of the lab and I lay there, a ball on Ming's table, sobbing.

I killed mothers, fathers, friends-


Oh my God.

I killed James.

I was there that night.

I was the one who ripped out his heart.

I killed him.

How the hell do I apologize for what I've done?

How do I live with it?

Oh my God.

How the hell do I tell Tim?

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