My Anti-Self Becomes My New Brother With a New Name is the fifty-ninth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on February 28, 2016.
We took Zak Monday into the infirmary. Once there, Sarah started working on him. I wanted to help, but I couldn’t.
“Not to sound rude, or anything,” I said. “But why are so intent on helping him?”
“It’s kind of in my blood,” Sarah replied. “You know, my mom being the Protector of America and all.”
She finished and walked over to me. “He’ll be out for a while. I’ll wait here until he wakes up.”
“Can I wait with you?”
She thought about it. “Which do you prefer: bracelet, necklace, ring, uh, head band?”
I was confused. “Why?”
“Just answer my question.”
“Uh, necklace, I guess.”
She activated her powers and summoned a black lace chain to her hands and put it around my neck. Then she grabbed my hand and pulled me next to Zak Monday’s bed side. She looked around us like she was expecting something to happen, but nothing ever did.
“Ok,” Sarah said. “It works. Now just keep wearing that thing.”
“Because it keeps the fabric of the universe from coming undone when I’m near him,” I said, more like a statement than a question.
We sat down on the bed next to Zak Monday and talked.
“So,” Sarah began. “Argost is a cryptid. A yeti, to be exact.”
“Yeah,” I said.
“I had a feeling he was since the day I first met him last summer, which was also the same day I met you, but I wasn’t sure.”
She nodded. “Yeah.”
“Why didn’t you say anything before?”
She shrugged. “I don’t know. I guess I didn’t think it was important enough to say. But I think he’s immune to my aura. Some animals can be.”
Zak began to stir. We got off the bed and went to his bedside.
When he opened his eyes, he didn’t like it when he saw us. “Oh, please tell me this is a nightmare.”
“You are,” Sarah said. “Unfortunately, it’s real.”
He groaned and sat up.
“How do you feel?”
“Do you care?”
“I’m the one that wanted to help you and I treated you, so yes, I care. But you’re pushing it.”
“Well, then I feel like crap.”
She laughed. “And you probably will for a while.”
He glared at me. Then he looked around, confused. “Why isn’t the room going crazy with him so close to me?”
“Because of this,” Sarah said, summoning another black lace necklace and putting it on him. “It has a magical anti-barrier allowing you to be near your anti-self without everything around you falling to pieces. Only one of you needs to wear it, but I’ll have both of you wear it just in case one of you loses it.”
“Ok. But does it have to be a necklace?”
“Would you prefer a bracelet or piercing?”
He held his hands up. “Necklace is good. At least it’s black.”
Sarah and I laughed.
“I agree,” I said.
“Yeah, so, what happened?” Zak Monday asked.
Sarah and I explained it to him. He liked it better when Sarah told him instead of me. I couldn’t blame him.
“You’re lucky you survived,” Sarah said. “And I’m pretty sure Argost took your powers completely, especially since I can’t feel any kind of power surging from you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still try it.”
“Ok. On what?”
“Umm . . .” She turned toward the door and cupped her hands around her mouth. “Komodo!”
“Really?” I asked.
“I know, but he has to try on either him or Fiskerton.”
Komodo came into the room and stood next to her.
“Ok. Zak, try it on him.”
He held out his hand toward Komodo and concentrated, but nothing happened. “My powers are gone.”
“Yeah,” Sarah said. “Sorry about that.”
Oooook. I was a little jealous that Sarah was getting along with my anti-self, but I guess he was kind of like me and she likes me.
Then someone entered the room.
“Sarah,” Zack said.
“Zack?” she asked. “What are you doing here?”
“Mom wanted me to come here, because, for some reason, she wants me to hear whatever she, Doyle, and Drew have to tell us, and—” He faltered when he noticed Zak Monday. “What and how is he here?”
“Yeah, we also have something to tell them,” Sarah said.
“Then you better come—”
“Zack?” Raylee asking, entering the room with her Pikachu on her shoulder. “There you are. And the rest of you. Umm . . . I just came to warn you guys to stay at least ten or twenty feet, maybe even more than that, from Doyle and Drew.”
“Why?” Sarah asked.
“They’re really pissed right now. Honestly, I can’t tell which of them is more pissed.”
Pikachu said something.
“Yeah, I think so too,” Raylee said. “And you guys are about to find out why. Come on.”
“Ok . . .” I said, a little nervous.
“What?” Sarah asked.
She seemed to understand. “It’s ok. You’ll get through it. Eventually.”
“Ok,” Zak Monday said. “So what am I suppose to do while you guys are off chatting?”
“You’re gonna be with us,” Sarah replied.
“He is?” I asked in disbelief.
“Yes. Now come on.”
She grabbed both of our hands and pulled us out of the room. And since she has super strength, she didn’t need to put much, or any, effort into it at all.
We all were gathered in the control room where I saw my mom, Doyle, Zon, and Van Rook. Raylee was right: Mom and Doyle were pissed. And their moods didn’t lighten when they noticed Zak Monday.
“How did he cross our dimension again?” Mom asked.
“How about you tell us what happened to you two and why you’re so pissed, and we’ll tell you our story, because I’m pretty sure that ours is longer,” Sarah suggested.
Mom and Doyle did and we could understand now why they were so mad. Argost had been the one that attacked and killed their parents and separated them from each other for over twenty years. It was rough, and I could tell that they wanted revenge.
“Alright,” Mom said. “We told you our story of the day, now it’s time for you boys to tell us your story.”
I looked at Sarah. She gave me a encouraging nod, so did Dad.
I took a deep breath. “Doyle, do you remember when I asked you to look into Argost’s past for me a few months ago so that I could get an edge on him?”
“I never told you why I needed to get some sort of edge on him. Now I have to.”
I told them all everything, from the night on top of the Empire State Building to today. When I finished, I was breathing hard. I hadn’t realized that I kind of rambled through it without taking a single breath.
Sarah rubbed my arm for reassurance.
Mom was surprisingly calm. “Ok. We clearly have a lot to talk about and do if we ourselves need a cryptid army. But before we do anything about that, what are we going to do about him?”
She was gesturing to Zak Monday.
“He can help us,” Sarah said. “That is, if he wants to.”
We all looked at him.
“Do I have a choice?” he asked.
Sarah and I looked each other.
“Well, the smoke mirror is broken again,” Sarah said. “So we can’t send you back to your dimension, and I know you don’t want to go back—”
“You’re right,” he said.
“—you also no longer have your powers, which I’m sure you want revenge for, and we’re not going to leave you to fend for yourself. At least, I’m not. So, no, you don’t really have a choice.”
He sighed. “Fine. So what are you going to do with me?”
Sarah looked at me. “You two can be brothers.”
My family and I stared at her. “What?”
“Oh, come on, guys. Why not? Yes, I know, Zak, he’s your ‘evil-clone’, but now you can have a brother that’s human and not animal. Not that there’s anything wrong with having an animal for a brother, of course. I mean, I consider the cubs as my brothers and sisters sometimes. But, Zak, you’ll have to promise not to pick a fight with any of us. And I’m talking to both you Zaks, but mostly you. So what do you say?”
Zak Monday looked at me, then at the rest of my family. He sighed. “I guess you guys would be better than my family.”
“Perfect,” Sarah said. “How about you guys?”
My family and I looked at each other.
“And I guess we could give it a shot,” Mom said.
“Yes!” Sarah exclaimed.
Raylee laughed. “You are my daughter.”
“Yeah, and if anything goes wrong with him, you can blame her for it,” Zack said.
“Yes, you can,” she agreed. “Now we just need to change your name.”
“Excuse me?” Zak Monday asked.
“You heard me.”
“Why do I need my name to be changed?”
“Because we have enough Zaks as it is, and we don’t need another to make it more confusing to which one we’re referring to. And if I have to do that, I’m going to go crazy, and you don’t want that. So we have to change your name.”
“Why my name? Why not theirs?”
“Because I’ve known them longer than you, and we just need to change your first name, ok?”
He sighed. “You’re not that different from Danielle. Honestly, Zak, I’m surprised you’re still with her.”
“She’s not like that all the time,” I said.
“Ok. So you agree on changing your name?” Sarah asked.
“Yes. But I have to like it.”
“Well, of course. It’s your name. Now I guess we should start naming names until you hear one you like”
“Oooo, how about Set?” Raylee suggested.
“Really, Mom?” Zack asked. “That’s not really a name.”
“Yes, it is.”
“Oh, yeah?” Sarah asked. “Where did you even get that name from?”
“It’s actually the name of an Egyptian god, the god of evil.”
“The god of evil? There’s such a god? I thought all of the gods were evil.”
“They are,” Raylee said. “But sometimes, and I do mean sometimes, they’re ok.”
“And this particular god’s name was Set?” Zak Monday asked.
“That’s a weird name.”
“They’re all weird,” Sarah said. “Now do you want that to be your new name or not?”
He thought about it for a moment. “What the hell. I’ll take it.”
Sarah smiled. “Ok. Everybody, meet Set Monday.”
We waved with barely any enthusiasm.
“Ok,” Sarah said. “This is gonna take some getting use to.”
“Or a lot,” I muttered.
She glared at me. “Please try to get along with your new brother at least. And the same goes for you, Set. For me.”
We looked at each other and sighed. “Fine.”
Sarah was gesturing me to Set.
I held out my hand to him. “Welcome to the family.”
He shook it. “Thanks for accepting me into your family.”
“Don’t make me regret it.”
Sarah smiled. “Thank you.”
I wasn’t sure which of us she said that to, but she gave us both a hug, a kiss on the cheek for Set, and a kiss on the lips for me.
“Alright,” she said. “Now that that’s settled with, let’s go plan our army.”
None of us argued.
Well, Sarah seemed to take a completely different turn toward Zak, now, Set Monday unlike the last time she met him. What do you guys think about Set joining the family? How do you think it'll go? You guys know how the series ended, right? We're at the very last episode of The Secret Saturdays, but my version is going to have a bit of an alternate ending that I don't think you're going to want to miss.
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