Luthor saw that Ashley was thinking of something and his eyes widened.
“My dear, she’s planning something!” his voice made the hybrid immediately put its attention towards Ashley, throwing a powerful surge her way. It was enough to knock her unconscious as well, making J’onn narrow his eyes.
“Are you going to fight now, Martian? Or, do I have to hit someone else?” before he could respond, it threw lightning towards Bruce, rendering him helpless, “What will it take to make you fight? Oh… I know…” the hybrid did a Lightning Cloud towards the Martian and gave him a sadistic smile, “Don’t you wish you could go into my mind… to hear that human scream in pain…? She’s watching me destroy the ones she love, slowly, one by one… and when I’m done, I will destroy her soul!” it hissed. It was finally enough to make the Martian snap. He growled as he wrapped his hand around her neck, slamming her into the wall.
“If you hurt her…” he angrily grumbled but the hybrid only laughed.
“She’s already suffering! And there isn’t anything you can do about it…” it released another powerful surge, knocking J’onn away a few feet, “I expected the others to be weak but not you! Your weakness alone will be the very thing that kills this human!” it said. Before J’onn could make a move, Tony jumped in between the two. The hybrid gave him a shock but was taken by surprise when he laughed.
“Glad dawling didn’t tell you about that advantage…” he mentioned and released his proton beam. The power sent the hybrid across the room, nearly going through the wall. J’onn gave Tony a bewildered look as he shrugged, “I can absorb her powers, she should be able to absorb mine…”
“Which means, you’ve done nothing but piss her off…” Wally confirmed as the group went over to her. They prepared to strike as her body slightly convulsed. The Martian held his arm up, mentally telling the group to stand their ground. He carefully knelt down and studied the woman who looked right back at him, still convulsing. His red eyes softened as he took her into his arms; her eyes had flashed from the ominous black back to her whiskey brown: she was back to normal.
His joy was short-lived as he noticed that she was taking short breaths and continued to tremble. Her eyes misted over; he knew that she was in some serious pain.
“J-J-J-J’onn… it-it-it w-w-won’t s-s-s-stop… hurt-hurting me…” she confirmed sadly. He held her tighter, not caring who was looking.
“We’re going to get rid of that demon; I promise…” he half whispered, wiping the tears that formed in her eyes away. More tears appeared as she started to shake her head.
“I-I-It’s not… w-w-worth it. It’s… t-t-try-trying…” she swallowed hard and let out a sob, “J’onn……… k-k-k-kill me…” her words made him widen his eyes. The demon was putting her through too much pain trying to take control back over her body; she just wanted it all to end. She was holding on just long enough to let J’onn know what she felt.
“N-No; I won’t kill you! That’s not an option!” he glared down at her, the only emotion that he was going to let out. He couldn’t bear the thought of ending her life voluntarily; how would he live with himself?
“I-I-It’s… the only… w-w-way…”
“It’s not!” he held her even tighter. Tony put a gentle hand on J’onn’s shoulder.
“She’s suffering pretty bad, man. Maybe…”
“I am not going to kill her; no one is going to kill her!!” he gave Tony a menacing stare. He looked down at his girlfriend, continuing to wipe at her tears. He held his own tears in as he gently and lovingly kissed her on the forehead. The Martian didn’t know what to do. He knew that killing her was not something he wanted to do. However, he couldn’t deny the fact that she was suffering. He couldn’t think of any other way to get rid of the demon, especially seeing that Tala was unconscious. No sooner had he thought about it, the idea came to him. J’onn gently raised her head so that she was looking at him, “Tabitha… listen to me. I will not let that demon kill you… I’m taking that demon out of you, myself.” his words shocked everyone, “… This is going to hurt… a lot. Brace yourself…” he looked deep into her eyes. He waited until she nodded her head, giving him the go ahead before taking a deep breath. He became transparent and transferred himself inside of her body, becoming one with her. The group watched as she continued to tremble and sob, finally curling into a ball.
“What… what is he doing…?” Luthor asked no one in particular. Suddenly, Tabitha let out a long gasp before releasing a terrifying wail, thrashing around on the ground, “He’s… he’s killing her; stop him!!” he struggled against his restraints. Ashley finally came to and noticed a copper container beside Tala.
“… Seal of Solomon…” she grunted as she picked it up and went over towards the group. They all watched in horror as Tabitha continued to thrash violently, filling the room with deafening and shrill screams.
“There isn’t anything we can do for her… can we?” Peter asked.
“It just has to run its course; whatever John boy is doing to her. Trust me; this is hurting him more than it’s hurting her…” Tony noticed. Just as the others started to regain consciousness, her horrific screams ceased as she began to levitate a couple of feet from the ground. Her body was racked with even more violent shakes as her eyes grew wide. Moments later, J’onn separated himself from her body slowly, bringing a transparent dark figure along with him. It shrieked as he removed it from her body fully, holding it firmly by its head. No sooner had the two left her body, she grew limp and landed on the ground with a loud thud. Ashley ran up to the two, opening the container, letting the Martian place the demon inside, sealing it tightly. He glared at the box, trying to catch his breath; the emergency exorcism had taken a lot out of him.
“Oh… Tabby!” Wally’s worried voice grabbed his attention. He turned and saw that she was lying on the ground… and wasn’t moving.
“She’s… she’s not breathing. J’onn, she’s not breathing…” Ashley panicked. He could do nothing but stare in disbelief as Bruce tried to check her vitals. When he started to shake his head, the Martian’s heart simply dropped. It couldn’t be; she wasn’t gone. He was trying to save her; he thought that he was doing the right thing. The last thing he had wanted to do was watch her die.
“No…” J’onn immediately kneeled down beside her, gathering her in his arms, “Tabitha…” he started to apologize but came to his senses and began CPR. After a few moments of no response, Bruce tried to pull J’onn away.
“Stop… she’s gone…” he tried to reason with him however the heat radiating from the Martian’s body was enough to make him back away and let him continue his resuscitation.
“Tabitha, please; get up! I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. I never meant for this to happen! I was trying to save you! Breathe, breathe, breathe! You cannot leave me!! I… I lov…” his frantic thoughts were interrupted as he finally sensed that she was breathing. As he rose up, she gasped and opened her eyes, coughing at the sudden welcome of air. She blinked the cloudiness away and fully focused on the people looking down at her, all had a look of relief on their faces. She looked at them in a confused manner at first however when her eyes met the red eyes of the Martian’s, they widened in fear. Tabitha let out a terrified scream and tried her best to scramble to her feet, scooting away from the crowd of people. Currents of electricity flowed around her body as she looked at everyone in panic.
“What’s wrong with her? What did you do?” Bruce looked at J’onn, who shook his head slowly, still looking at the confused and frightened woman.
“All I did was try to resuscitate her…”
“Tabby…” Peter approached her. He quickly moved out of the way as her hand reached out, releasing uncontrollable streams of lightning his way.
“What’s the matter?” J’onn tried however his appearance only made her scream out.
“No, no, no, no; go away, go away!!” she tried to cover herself, tears jumping out of her eyes.
“Tabitha… it’s us…” Wally tried to put a hand on her shoulder only for it to be jerked away. The constant flow of lightning started to shock her, jumping whenever they hit her.
“Who’s… Tabitha? What… w-w-why do I keep… shocking myself…? M-Make it stop!” she panicked even more, curling herself into a tighter ball.
“I hate to change subjects but… they’re getting away…” Ashley pointed over towards Tala and Luthor, the woman using her magic to free him from the wall.
“We have a far more important problem…” J’onn continued to stare at Tabitha.