The Peacock: HallowMass Destruction part Seven
A Hidden location
Oct 31, 2041
"Cut. CUT!! Damn it!! How the hell do you sing your stupid brain dead songs in concert?" Jack O Lantern lifted up his Doctor Malfactorium mask and started to yell at the shivering and sobbing 'actress' before him.
Kidnapped pop star Jenera who was portraying Maria Finari, the outspoken and head strong 1950's Italian communist/actress from the second Doctor Malfactorium film, began to sob and shiver in fear. A long black wig covering her natural blonde hair and a cob web/blood spattered wedding dress covering her slim, elite frame.
"WAHHHHH!! OH PLEASE..I'm Sorry..I'm so nervous..I need a teleprompter...I never did a movie before…sob! Please don't hurt me!!"
"The film is valuable and is being processed as we speak to convert to digital broadcast. Timing is of the essence!" Director/actor Jack O' Lantern yelled.
Behind him the Candy Corn twins portrayed his nurse assistants. The two women hated nurses for obvious reasons but were willing to don the uniform of their hated tormentors to please the man they would willing give their lives for. Behind them the hired goons were manning the 35 mm camera, an antique, and various lights and prop devices. Further in the back the dailies were being developed on antique film processing equipment and then immediately transferred digitally to an editing board on a laptop. The goons had been trained for this from money from Jack O lanterns and the Candy Corn twins past capital acquitted from past capers. There was plenty of ways to
hide and amass money in the underground economy in the further declining America. Ridgefield and Hanover asylum inmates knew their money was in good hands in between incarcerations due to the many brokers both legit and not so legit.
"We are behind schedule! I'm getting mad and I need to take it out on someone! Its still the morning but this has to be done in the afternoon. If we don't make it, I'm killing everyone in here other than the Twins!" Jack O' Lantern roared.
The unwilling actors and goons all started sweating. Goons in Nefcon City either made out or ended up dead. Like most things it was a roll of the dice.
Jenera was crying and Carl stepped up to console her. He embraced her and let her bury her head into her shoulder.
"WAAHAHHHHHH.. I'm sorry..I'm afraid…I don't want to cause anyone to be harmed..I'm not an actress. I mean my music videos take along time
to film. That australian guy, the director he is always yelling at me..sob.." Jenera cried.
Carl now felt bad he had slapped her before. She was barely out of being a teenager and probably had no life since she was a show business kid, groomed to be a money maker for some manipulative domineering parents and a sleazy business manager. In the end Carl was a man, his current outfit not withstanding, and he needed to take care of and help this woman even if the odds of their survival was slim.
"It's okay, luv. Just relax. You didn't ask to be here. Normal directors are psychotic control freaks enough, but this guy is that on steroids." Carl consoled her and stroked her head, while glaring angrily at Jack O' Lantern and his female assassin bodyguards.
"Oh? Because I demand excellence for my art, I am psychotic?" Jack O' Lantern retorted. The Candy Corn twins were poised to strike. They did not like Carl.
'No, because you are a bloody wacko and a criminal with the stupidest gimmick I have yet seen!" Carl exploded. He was angry not only for his current situation but also all the trouble this man had brought down on the head of the man he loved.
"HoHo! I am surprised at the amount of spirit you have shown. Do you think you have what it takes to portray Antonina Gasparino, in all her defiant glory!?"
Jack O' Lantern was grinning like his namesake.
"Oh? A challenge!? I'll show you! Give me the script!" Carl came forward. His black hair covered in a blond wig and made up like a tart. He would show his considerable show business skill and years of improvised drag show experience.
Within ten minutes he was giving the performance of his life, just to spite the enemies that had him and Jenera in their control.
"AHHHHH!! Oh where is my beloved Marco to help me? Ohhhh…" The fainting was perfect. Antonina was always in peril and
fainting left and right in the presence of horror and danger. Even Jenera was impressed. Jack O' Lantern had his hand on his mouth and was deep in thought.
"Nice. You are probably going to single handedly save this production! AHAHAHAHAH!! Let us proceed!!"
Carl inwardly laughed. He had better. He had watched the long deceased actresses performance nearly ten times in the last week thanks to
Matt and his rigorous study of the Doctor Malfactorium movie trilogy. Jack O' Lantern seemed pleased and this gave Carl some room to work with to think of a plan for escape or even sabotage. He didn't think those films were so stupid now.
"I'll say. Do your worst, Doctor Malfactorium! Marco will save me! You dastardly villain!" Carl was really getting into the role.
Jenera started to chuckle. "Heh..you are good. You are gay, right?"
Carl merely smiled in return. If he could get Jenera to calm down, he might even be able to turn the tables on these freaks. He leaned over to her and spoke softly.
"Maybe. But no time for that. The two other 'actors' we have are useless. They are dead meat.You need to act like a real spoiled and arrogant woman who hates and even sabotages the efforts to save her due to her single minded devotion to an ideology that is merely a platform for her own ego. Do you understand. Be a real entitled bitch who talks about everyone being equal but lives like the worst aristocrat."
"Aris..to..what?" Jenera looked puzzled.
"Uh..rich, snobby people."
"Oh! Heh..yeah.." Jenera understood.
"Okay..ACTION!!" Jack O' Lantern
"Is this really necessary?" Matt felt uncomfortable being carried by Mega Nurse Miru as they flew through the blue skies of a clear Halloween morning.
"Well, it is quicker than your bike and you weigh next to nothing so it is easy to carry you, even if you are larger then me. Don't worry, this is strictly professional." Miru smiled.
This was awkward but it really was for the best. Miru was able to cover more ground and they needed to stay together as communication between them was not efficient otherwise.
"So you said you have seen the movies, Jack O' Lantern is inspired by. Did he have a secret hide out in the film?" Miru asked.
"It changed every film but it always took place on hallowed ground, either a church yard or graveyard. Probably a reaction against the catholic mores in italian society, although the director became a staunch catholic later in life. Typical radical to reactionary evolution."
Miru Laughed. "Oh yeah, it takes someone too smart for their own good to be a liberal pussy and then life shows them otherwise."
The Peacock felt offended but kept it in. The dreadful woman would be a right winger, perfect for her authoritarian occupation.
"Maybe you will go in that direction too! Ever thing about that mister Peacock?" Miru smiled.
"What?! How do you know what I think about stuff like that? You have no idea what my political or social beliefs are!" Matt retorted.
"Oh I can tell. Especially the defensive way you responded. I mean I have to bring back all the Hanover girls due to my orders, but you are a free agent and
you never kill them. I can smell a left wing liberal do gooder from a mile away. My boss is one, though I love her to pieces."
"You know nothing about me!" Matt was getting nervous. How much did Miru know? Obviously she had no idea that he had no interest in women like her but that was yet another secret he had to keep. How ironic that what he was open about in public what he had to be hidden about in a shadow world of masks and subterfuge.
"You're new to this, Peacock. You have been active for only two years from when I first saw you on television. You will learn. I just hope
that you don't get killed before you start to grow up and realize the truth." Miru's voice took a serious turn.
"I have no idea what you are talking about. Why can't we just focus on the mission at hand and forget the personal stuff, I mean in the end who are we to each other anyway?" Matt responded.
Miru did not respond right away. But when she did she responded almost with a sad voice.
"Who are we? We are the only superheroes in this world. Two heroes and thousands and thousands of villains. The comic books lied."
Matt pondered that profound insight. One he had thought about constantly on many dark nights.
"Yeah, they did.."
Immediately Miru changed her tone.
"Lets check out that abandoned church. It'll take a minute to sweep. I'll use my tachyon vision!"
Matt laughed at the irony. Batman was gay and Superman was a chick. Hadn't they done that in comics already? Yeah, back in 2025 just before the comic companies all went digital. But those had been gimmicks for sales. They were the real deal.
In A Hidden Location
"How is the editing looking?"
"Well boss, I mean its not a full length film but where getting somewhere. We just need to film the death scenes of the major characters and all. All the pick up shots were done before." A more literate henchmen answered.
"Good. Good." Jack O' lantern rubbed his hands together as was his habit.
"But uh..well.." The henchmen mumbled nervously.
"Well? What." Jack O' Lantern looked annoyed.
"Well, I mean..it seems incomplete. The movies always had that inspector guy show up and save the day. I know this time you want Doctor Malfactorium to win, but."
"I know, there is no Inspector Marco character in this. Yet. Our man will show up soon..hahahahah!" Jack O' Lantern laughed evilly.
"Show up?" The henchman was confused.
Jack O' Lantern walked back to the set. "Okay, back to filming. Get ready girls, I need you to really get into your characters."
The Candy Corn twins remained expressionless. They both thought they looked silly in their slutty halloween nurse costumes unlike their very tasteful candy corn costumes.
"No! NO!!! You cannot kill me..NO..My life is for Italy and my life is for the workers!! You are an agent of the bourgeois! Trying to stop the march of the international! No..No! Mussolini could not stop me, you will not either. My life is for the struggle. You can never kill the revolution!!! I die for socialism!"
Jenera seemed to almost be possessed by the character of Maria Finari. She writhed defiantly in her bonds, attached to a horrible torture contraption that slowly ground up its victim.
Jack O' lantern was smiling under his Doctor Malfactorium mask. This was going great. The little singing idiot had somehow turned around and began acting for all it was worth. It looks like that drag queen had brought out the best in her. What a shame they both had to die shortly!
Jenera then turned her head away and closed her eyes, ready for her fate. In the actual film the actress had put on a speech and then became totally craven and begged for her life at the end. This was a controversy in Italy for decades as the director seemed to be a leftist but apparently eschewed marxism. He of course argued at the time that it was aimed at fake 'cafe marxists' as he said it, but years later said he had unconsciously meant it. He had become quite a traditionalist catholic at the end. Those crazy Italians..
"Cut! Excellent! Excellent!"
Jenera smiled and had momentarily forgotten that she was in mortal danger.
"Wow..I can't believe I pronounced that italian guys name right! Those names are tricky..heh.."Jenera exclaimed in reference to the
historical figure who lead the Fascista in the first half of the 20th century.
Carl aka Antonina was tied to a combination rack/iron maiden. He gave Jenera a smile to show support and approval. She really had talent within her, totally wasted by the low culture music of top 40 garbage.
"Okay, Antonina..now for your little performance. Do you think you can match the dumb blonde?" Jack O' Lantern sneered.
"I can be as dumb as they come, mate!" Carl snapped back. "Let see if you can handle this.."
Carl cleared his throat and closed his eyes. He was already into the character of gutsy but way out of her league amateur investigator (but professional damsel in distress) Antonina Gasparino. Focus.
"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! HELP ME MARCO!!! HELP ME!!!! YOU FIEND! WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"
Carl was screaming at the top of his voice and affecting as feminine a register as was possible. Vainly struggling on the rack, it was the pure old school helpless heroine waiting for the hero bit. Quite refreshing in this day and age as every action hero in the movies were now almost entirely women.
"Yes! Yes! This is great!" Jack O'Lantern was thrilled beyond belief. This performance brought out the diabolical spirit of Doctor Malfactorium!"
"AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! Foolish woman! There is no chance for you..pretty young thing. The only difference between you and the rotting masses in the nearby cemetery is that they have already made the crossing you are yet to make! Consider me your Ferryman on the River Styx of this unworthy and pitiless world!! AHAHAHAHAHAH!!"
Damn. He was pretty good, Carl had to admit. He must have watched those movies a thousand times. He had every nuance and inflection and gesture down pat.
Also to be fair he had a lot of experience to draw on being an escaped disfigured criminally insane genius mastermind himself.
The Candy Corn twins did their acting bit. They put their hands defiantly in the air..and said nothing.
It was Carl's turn again.
"NOOOO!!! You maniac, Marco will stop you. Ohhh!! Please, PLEASE someone save me! Oh Holy Father Please!! Oh Holy Virgin Mother! SAVE ME!!
WAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Oh won't someone save me, sob!"
Carl could not believe that he was going all out as that annoying damsel in distress character in the movies. Well he was probably going to die anyway. might as well go 100%. Then again Jack O' Lantern seemed pleased and that might buy him and Jenera some time. To say he was infusing his own fear into the performance was a quite accurate assessment.
"AIEEEEEEEEE..Oh PLEASE HELP ME!!!! SOB!! SOMEBODY, ANYBODY!!!! WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"
"Cut! Cut! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! Perfect. Perfect! You will be the last to die. You should be honored although you might have a chance if your precious 'Marco' can save you!" Jack O' Lantern hinted.
Carl looked over and had to turn his head to get the rather itchy blonde locks of his wig off his nose.
"Well, I have yet to see the actor portraying Inspector Marco so either you are playing game with me..or."
He then looked over at Chief Wagner who was strapped into a chair with many tiny drills waiting to finish him off in a quite grisly manner.
Carl's eyes widened. He then turned to Jack O' Lantern again.
"That Fat loud mouthed fuck is not Marco is he?!"
"MGPHHHHHHHH!!" Chief Wagner grunted. That little bastard boyfriend of Matt Donahue! Wagner had to publicly worship gays and lesbians to make any headway in the progressive hierarchy of Nefcon City. Progressive or not he was still a fat white male aka 'a white guy' and the antipathy in society to 'white guys' was now overt unless maybe one was in lockstep with the prevailing zeitgeist of ethnomasochism. But he still hated that little bastard if only for the nasty looks he gave him all the time. What did he ever do to him?
"Oh, no heavens no. How could this quivering idiotic mass of blubber be the hero, Inspector Marco? AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!"
"MGPHHHHHHH!!!!!" Chief Wagner was going to get that squashed head bastard if it was the last thing he ever did. At least after he dealt with the Peacock And the little faggot!! Oops..that was going too far. Even facing death he still wondered if any one had heard his faux paus. He had been trained well. Oh yeah he was gagged. Whew! No one would ever know he had used the dreaded 'F' word.
"Well I do hope my darling hero arrives to save my ass. I really don't feel like dying today. You know "Jack" you really have ruined my plans tonight." Carl said his annoyance undermining the seeming danger he was in.
"Oh, Have I? Well, after your great performance tonight I must say you have my apology but to be honest, A lot of people's plans are going to be ruined tonight. After this film is finished Halloween is going to end with a Bang! New Years might as well as start now, after tonight Nefcon City will NEVER be the same again. AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!"
Jack O' Lantern laughed maniacally. Everyone on the set and in the back had chills go up their spine, except of course for the Candy Corn Twins who began to join in.
The roof exploded as a blast of energy shook the hidden location, a vast underground vault under the Olde Nefcon Cemetery.
The Henchmen and crew scattered as the helpless actors tied to their devices shuddered from the force.
Jack O' Lantern and the Candy Corn Twins turned to face the their new guests.
Mega Nurse Miru floated down through the hole she made with a tachyon blast with the Peacock in her other arm.
Carl looked at his salvation! He always came through! Always! Many feelings rose within him.
Oh, the Mega bitch was with him. Oh well, right now he was Miru fan. Wait, was she? Slapping his butt!?
Matt was shocked.
"YOU!!" Carl strained on the rack angrily.
"Go get em 'Cock',heh." Miru laughed.
Matt turned with an angry look but only for a moment. Without Miru he probably would never have found Jack O' Lantern. This was her version of flirting. More important concerns were on the table.
"Well, well. Your beloved Marco has come to rescue you, dear Antonina! AHAHAHAHA!!!"
Another shock. Matt stiffened. He knew..his secret was known to Jack O' Lantern. Oh God..
Feelings of both panic and anger shot into him.
Just when he felt as if his prayers were answered another blow to the crusade of the Peacock. How, how could he have figured it out!?
Carl also stared with a shocked look. He was also wondering if Jack O' Lantern knew of their secret relationship and thus the
Peacock's secret identity.
The Candy Corn twins faced the duo with their blades in the ready. They seemed slightly hesitant. Even they knew they could not take Miru..at
"Well, well, well..the Cavity twins, Yella and Carrot top. You know you ladies were scheduled for a ton of special therapy before you escaped, you didn't run out to avoid the new electro reflexology did you?" Miru smiled sadistically.
The normally expressionless Candy Corn Twins seemed to look slightly nervous but only for a brief moment. The killing countenance soon returned. They got their blades ready.
Miru got ready. She was not entirely immune to sharp objects, it was the energy that protected her so she could not take them lightly but their defeat was most likely a foregone conclusion.
"Oh Miru! Before you start to wallop on my loyal and lovely but overmatched amazons maybe you should look at the TV screen!" Jack O' Lantern gloated.
Miru looked at the screen and saw the center of Nefcon City and its annual Halloween celebration almost ready to start as soon as the sun went down.
"Uh, yeah. Its the Halloween celebration, big whoop?"
"Look at all those lovely, lovely Pumpkins. Hundreds, nay thousands! Ready for tonight! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!"
Miru looked at the Peacock with an annoyed look. "We'll stop by Ridgefield first and dump him there on the way back to Hanover." Jack O'Lantern was a diabolical genius but not a great fighter and would be less of a fight than the CC twins. Miru had walloped plenty of Ridgefield villains. Men, Women, Other..all were punching bags for Miru's fists.
"Surrender Jack O' Lantern! Its over! You failed. If you give up peacefully maybe I won't beat the hell out of you like last time!" Peacock snarled.
"Oh No, the camera's are still running my friend. The main star of this movie has arrived!"
Both Miru and Peacock had a puzzled look.
"The Crimes of Doctor Malfactorium starring The Peacock!" Jack O Lantern shouted at the top of his lungs.
"MGPHHHHHHHHHH!!!" Chief Wagner was also trying to shout at the top of his lungs. His eyes filled with hate at the sight of the blasted
vigilante trouble maker the Peacock. That fact he was there to rescue them was seemingly irrelevant.
"Alright enough of this crap time to drag you all back to the nut house." Miru's fists began to glow.
"The Pumpkins! Miru! Look at the Pumpkins!" Jack O' Lantern pointed excitedly at the TV Screen.
"Yeah so what, I see a Pumpkin right in front of me. Its talking and I wanted to punch its face in!" Miru chuckled.
"Henchmen..show Miru our little science experiment." A Pumpkin was rolled out by some of the goons.
"Watch this." Jack O' Lantern pulled out a device. Pointing it at the Pumpkin he pressed a button on the handle.
The loud explosion reverberated through the vault. Smoke rose from where the Pumpkin sat, its innards and seeds all over the wall and on some of the actors still fastened to the torture devices.
"Ach!! Oh ..Bloody hell..get this off me.." Carl caught the brunt of the pumpkin slop.
Matt looked at Carl and was filled with a desire to call out to him and free him immediately. He was safe other than the gourd gore but for how long with this maniac who had somehow booby trapped Pumpkins possibly throughout the whole city. No, he had to keep his emotions hidden. Carl understood.
"Now look at the screen again, Miru." Jack O' Lantern grinned. She understood.
"I have to stop all these Pumpkin time bombs!" Miru turned to the Peacock.
"You know this was the plan all along to deal with you, right?" The Peacock gritted his teeth.
"Yeah, I know." Miru's mouth was a perfect straight line.
"You didn't think I knew you would show up, Mega Nurse Miru!?" Jack O' Lantern snarled. "Tormenting my poor girls, well this is how we negate all your vaunted power! Even if you save most of the city, you can't save them all. Now away with you! or I set them all off now!"
Miru got angry but had to back off. For now.
She flew up and out to try and figure out a plan but the Peacock was alone. She should be concerned for the city but in truth Hanover was more her concern…and Rainbow boy. And the CC twins.
"Damn. Think girl..think!"
The Peacock was now alone and surrounded by both the Candy Corn twins and about ten henchmen.
"You sick fiend, you are not going to get away with this. Before Halloween is over you will be defeated like before." Matt knuckled up.
"Hey boss, let me pop one of the hostages. That will make bird boy think twice about fighting us." Lou Manello whipped out his gun and pointed at Carl's head.
Carl gritted his teeth. He was being used against Matt and it was tearing his heart out.
"No..what is the point of that? You fool. We are still filming a movie,after all! The main star is before you! The film editing is done. Now we go digitally!"
The CC twins and the henchmen all put on small sport motion cameras on their chests clipped on with an elastic band.
"Get ready to broadcast!"
"Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for the Vengeance of Doctor Malfactorium!! He will succeed where Jack O' Lantern failed!! AHAHAHAHAH!!"
Jack O' Lantern slipped on his Dr Malfactorium mask.
Once again the Peacock was alone. What else was new.
Jack O ' Lantern was ever more insane if that was possible. On the plus side, there was no mention of his identity. Carl's apprehension really was
an ironic if demented coincidence.
All that mattered now was saving Carl. No matter what. That meant LETHAL force if necessary.
Nothing else mattered. Not the ungrateful city. Not Wagner or that dumb singer. Not anything.
"ACTION!!" Jack O' Lantern screamed.
"You want action, boys and girls?!" The Peacock smiled. "You got it!"
TO BE CONCLUDED