Jenna lay on her bed, her body twisted and deformed from the disease ravaging her system. Tubes lead from machines to her as they maintained what life remained in her now broken form.
She was in one of her more lucid moments. Her eyes looked around the room she lay in. Curtains were drawn and there were small pools of light that danced on the floor. one beam of light illuminated one of her favorite pictures on the opposite wall. The picture showed two nymphs frolicking in a small pool next to a waterfall naked, the looks on their faces one of joy and contentment--something she had not felt in a long time.
In her broken state she had been looked after by her partner-in-crime Toybox. The small Gadroon had remained with her even after her health had started to deteriorate. In all the their time together Jenna had never realized that Toybox considered her a friend and this was something she regretted.
"You're doing better today Jenna. The new drugs are helping," the Gadroon croaked, trying to seem positive for her.
Jenna attempted a smile as she had lost the ability to speak two months earlier to this slowing advancing death of hers.
The constant sound of her medical machines and respirator were drowned out by the proximity alarm erupting to life. Toybox dropped his medical pad and reached for his gun. He looked at a display on his arm for the source of the problem.
"It's ok Jenna! I deal with this--keep you safe!" said Toybox as he ran from the room and headed to the balcony door.
Just as his hand went to the handle, the glass shattered from a blaster shot, hitting him in the chest an exiting through his back.
Toybox fell, his gun clattering to the floor as he landed in a heap. Blood pumped from the wound in his chest as one word escaped from his lips before he died. "J..Jenna."
Carefully places charges removed the front door from its hinges. The smoke from the charges filled the hallway of the apartment as black and yellow clad VIPER infiltrators spilled into the room in close quarter file. They checked every room for threats before one raised his hand to his comm and spoke, "Apartment secure."
As the smoke swirled around the shattered remains of the door, a figure stepped through the carnage. Her heels clicked on the marble floor, strewn with debris. A wry smile crept across her face as she toured the destruction and noted the dead Gadroon before heading towards her prize.
She leaned lazily against the door frame, her well toned form highlighted in a beam of light from the window.
"Knock knock." She smirked at the helpless Jenna on the bed.
Jenna's eyes widened in shock at the familiar figure of Blood Virus now leaning against the door frame as if on some social call. Her mouth opened, but no sound came out.
Blood Virus moved with grace across the room as she surveyed all of the machines attached to Jenna.
"Jenna Jenna Jenna. You don't write, you don't call, you left no forwarding address. Now whatever did I do to deserve such treatment, hmmm?" she purred, watching the helpless Jenna squirm on her bed as Blood Virus advanced.
"Look, we worked well together and VIPER was very impressed by your skillset, but you turned down our generous offer of employment. Well, we really don't want your skills going to waste on anyone else." Blood Virus moved around the bed like a cat with a cornered mouse.
"Hmm, but in your current state, you are not very useful to us or me."
Behind Blood Virus, a figure dressed as a VIPER medtech entered the room. In his hand was a cylindrical device the size of a cigar tube. He moved towards the bed and checked the readouts on the machine. Slowly he turned to Blood Virus and shook his head.
Blood Virus nodded and turned to Jenna. "A pity. Such a pity. It looks like we are going to have to do this the harder and more expensive way."
As she spoke, the medtech stuck the cylinder against Jenna's arm. It clicked and cut a deep sample from her arm, the whole left behind bleeding profusely. Jenna tried to scream, but could only squirm in the bed in pain.
The medtech nodded to Blood Virus before leaving the room. Blood Virus turned to the door and took two steps before spinning on her heels. She drew a a gun and smiled. "Goodbye Jenna. It truly was a pleasure to see you again." She raised the gun and fired, the shot hitting Jenna square between the eyes and ending her suffering.
Blood Virus walked slowly through the apartment, humming to herself. One of the infiltrators handed her a picture. She took one look at the familiar face of Bloodryn on it and smiled. "You're next my dear."
She took a dagger from her belt and pinned the picture to the wall before walking out, flanked by her operatives.
~Story by @Heca