story begins with Michael alongside
young Sarah Cooper. They are trapped within her nightmare in the
substratum. Michael entered her nightmare through a child-sized door in
the back of her closet. Within this nightmare is the Quantum demon
as Lurk. Lurk claims that the nightmare is his world.
threatens Lurk and tells him to
leave the girl alone. Lurk tosses Michael away effortlessly. Michael
and Sarah asks Michael if he is an angel. Sarah tells Michael that Lurk
won't let her leave. Once again Lurk tosses Michael around
Michael rushes back and tells Sarah that her fears give Lurk power over
her. Lurk tosses. Michael is once again tossed away, but this time he
tossed back through the door he entered. Michael is tossed completely
of the substratum and back into the real world. He is tossed back into
her room. Sarah's parents hear Michael land on the floor and rush into
the room. Michael tells them he knows where their daughter is, and he
the girl's stuffed bunny toy. Michael leaves their home because the
to Lurk's world in the girl's closet has vanished .
shifts to an area known as Hell's
Kitchen in New York City. The Puritan sets up a podium, a crate, to
to the people. The Puritan begins preaching about the sins of
and seeks to enlist others. Only one man heeds the Puritan's words.
shifts to Michael's apartment.
Michael is taking notes about Lurk. In frustration, he shifts to the
and sees that Flopso the stuffed bunny is alive in the substratum.
helps Michael get back into Lurk's world through a back
shifts back to the Puritan. A
crowd has gathered to listen to him. The crowd argues with each other
the merits of his preaching.
shifts once again to Michael.
Flopso and Michael have come to Sarah's freestanding room and find it
in huge chains. Flopso says it is from Sarah's guilt. Michael breaks
chains to enter her room. They enter. Michael finds Sarah chained to
bed. Michael frees Sarah, but Lurk enters her room from the closet.
grabs Michael, but while Lurk is distracted, Flopso helps get Sarah
Lurk lets go of Michael and goes for Sarah. They all get away
hide. While hiding, Michael convinces Sarah that her guilt gives Lurk
strength. Lurk's face takes on the look of Sarah's father and it
evident that Sarah's guilt is tied to abuse inflicted by her father.
gains courage and awareness that she is not to blame for the abuse
she had been subjected to. Her lack of fear causes Lurk to shrink and
to come back to her home with
Michael. Flopso says he can't go to the real world and his animated
merges with the lifeless stuffed bunny in the real world.
Sarah come back to the real
world through her closet again. In the room he confronts Craig Cooper
explains that he knows what has been going on. Michael shifts into the
substratum and destroys the demon wrapped around her father's quantum
concludes with a very alive and well
incarnation of Lurk coming out of Craig Coopers closet at night. Craig
screams "not again". Michael in his own apartment contemplates the
problem on the substratum and writes more notes about Lurk.
story is where a renewed quality
becomes evident. This story features a pin-up style page from Michaels
diary. This diary page tells about Lurk.