“Identify threat,” Angel said.
“It’s me,” Glacier said over the speakers.
“Glacier,” Angel said. “How did you find us?”
“The reality engine is a massive source of energy. So, it wasn’t hard to find. By the way, don’t bother trying to escape, because I have your ship in a tractor beam. Also, I can see you on your security cameras. So, if you try to go into the reality engine control room and turn back time, and change course, I’ll blast your ship.”
“If you destroy this ship, you’ll also destroy the reality engine. If you destroy the reality engine, you could cause a time storm which could rip the universe apart.”
“True. But I can blast your ship with an electromagnetic pulse. It will disable all of your systems, including your oxygen. I’m sure we could get the reality engine up and running again, somehow.”
“So, that’s how it goes. If you can’t have the reality engine, nobody can.”
“Why do you want the reality engine so bad?”
“So I can take over the galaxy, and eventually other galaxies.”
Angel paused for a moment, thinking about what to do next.
“I have an idea,” Angel said. “We’ll fight for it in a tournament, just like on Oberon.”
“I don’t have to agree to this. Or is it ‘agree with this?’ Whichever one is grammatically correct.”
“What’s the matter? Are you chicken?”
“Nobody calls me chicken! You’re on. There’s a planet nearby that has air. On that planet, there’s an island. We will meet there. I’ll send you the coordinates. We’ll meet you there in two hours. Chow.”
Two hours later, the Space Time Menders and the Kratos Army landed on a planet that was seemingly devoid of sentient life. More specifically, they all landed on a small deserted island.
The rules of the tournament were as follows:
Both teams must have a team captain. The captain does not compete in the tournament. Instead, their job is to call strategy. That includes who enters each match.
Both teams must have the same number of fighters.
Every member of both teams will enter in at least one match.
There are only two competitors per match.
Powers and weapons are allowed.
You can win a match if your opponent is unable to fight or if he or she gives up.
The tournament is single elimination.
Since Shelly was pregnant, she was the
team captain for the Space Time Menders.
“I choose Clarence as my first fighter,” Glacier said.
“I choose Allison,” Shelly said.
“Are you sure?” Allison asked.
“Yes. You’re an excellent fighter. You got this.”
Allison kept throwing kicks, and Clarence kept blocking them.
“Come on, fight back!” Allison said.
Clarence gave Allison a front-kick, but Allison grabbed Clarence’s foot and tripped him up. Clarence was so enraged that he jumped to his feet and he kept hitting Allison rapidly like a school yard bully. Allison managed to block a few of Clarence’s hits, but she wasn’t a match for Clarence.
It looked like Clarence was going to win, but out of nowhere, Allison developed super speed. Allison kept kicking and punching Clarence using her super speed until he passed out from the pain.
“Clarence!” Glacier screamed. Glacier ran to Clarence’s side. “Clarence, wake up!”
Clarence slowly opened his eyes. “I need as aspirin,” he said in a soft, raspy voice.
Glacier smiled at Clarence.
“So, it seems like you all have special powers,” Glacier said. “Let’s see how you manage against my next fighter.”
Angel was shocked by who Glacier’s next fighter was. Glacier had chosen Bruno, the same man who killed Angel’s husband.
“Shelly,” Angel said. “Choose me as your next fighter.”
“Do you want to get yourself killed?” Shelly asked. “Look at the size of that guy.”
“Just trust me.”
“Fine. I choose Angel!”
Bruno and Angel stood face to face.
“Zees nah un equal schombah,” Bruno said. Translation: “This is not an equal match.”
“Yu ocidan mah yose,” Angel said. Translation: “You killed my husband.”
“It was a sanction match. It’s not like I intended to kill David. You’re being irrational.”
“So, you think I’m being irrational because I’m a woman.”
“What the? I didn’t say that!”
“You implied it, though.”
“No, I didn’t! Forget it. I forfeit.”
“Bruno, you fool!” Glacier said. “That was her plan!”
“Yeah, and it worked.”
“The fact that you won’t fight a woman makes you a sexist!”
“No, it means I have common sense.”
Glacier then directed her attention toward the Space Time Menders.
“How about we speed this up?” Glacier said. “Soldiers, attack!”
The Space Time Menders fought 20 Kratos Soldiers. During the battle, the Space Time Menders discovered their powers.
Sarah had the power of fire. Three soldiers ganged up on Sarah. They pointed their guns at Sarah. However, Sarah kept throwing fireballs at them with rapid-fire delivery.
Melody had the power of water. While Sarah took on three soldiers, a Kratos soldier fired his gun at Melody. During that time, however, Melody turned into water. Melody then returned to her solid state, completely unharmed. Melody then turned her attention to the ocean and she used her powers to conjure up a tidal wave.
While Melody was in the process of conjuring up a tidal wave, Shelly saw that a Kratos soldier was about to shoot Melody.
“Melody!” Shelly screamed. The soldier fired his gun. However, Shelly jumped in front of Melody, blocking the gunshot.
“Shelly!” Melody screamed.
“I’m okay,” Shelly said. “I guess I have the power to create shields or something.”
“Cover me, while I create a tidal wave.”
While all of this was happening, several soldiers kept firing at Allison. However, she was too fast. These Kratos soldiers kept shooting at Allison until they ran out of ammunition.
A couple of Kratos soldiers held Steve
and Michael and gunpoint.
“Any last words?” a soldier asked.
“Before you shoot my brother and my friend, you might as well shoot me as well,” Alex said as he walked by Steve’s side.
“What the hell are you doing?” Steve asked.
“We need to give up. Go ahead, shoot us.”
The soldiers didn’t hesitate; they fired their guns at Michael, Steve and Alex. However, when the soldiers fired their guns, bullets didn’t fly out of the barrels. Bubbles came out instead. Alex used his reality warping powers to change the bullets to bubbles. Michael walked up to one the soldiers and grabbed his gun and he snapped it in half like a twig. Meanwhile, Steve discovered that he telekinesis, because he flung several soldiers, several feet in the air by waving his hand.
“Tidal wave!” Shelly screamed. Allison used her super speed to help her friends back to the ship before the tidal wave struck land.
“We won’t make it off the ground before the tidal wave hits,” Angel said. “Hold on tight.”
The tidal wave washed away everything on the island. The tidal wave destroyed most of the Kratos Army ships, but Glacier’s ship as well as Angel’s ship remained in one piece. Angel’s ship ended up on a beach and Glacier’s ship ended up in a forest.
“Is everybody all right?” Angel asked.
“I think so,” Shelly said.
Angel checked the ship’s system.
“Shit!” Angel said. “One the engines is flooded. So, we’re trapped on this planet.. It looks like we’ve entered a new chapter in our travels.”
“If we’re stuck on this planet, that
means the rest of the Kratos Army are stuck here, right?” Steve asked.
“I assume so.”
Both the Space Time Menders and the
Kratos Army have been on an unknown earth-like planet for a few days. Everybody
reached the point where they had to either look for food or reach civilization.
Alex, Allison and Michael went out for a hunt. It was pretty boring, so Michael tried to strike up a conversation.
“This is exciting,” Michael said. “We have powers, we’re traveling through space, and we’re on a mission to save the world. I couldn’t have written a better story.”
“It is exciting,” Allison said. “But I miss Earth. I also hate being on that ship for so long.”
“I agree with Allison,” Alex said. “I miss my friends and my family. Maybe I can use the reality engine to check up on them.”
“I would like to know what happened to my dad,” Michael said. “He was deployed somewhere over a year ago, and I’ve never heard from him since.”
As Michael, Allison, and Alex hid in the forest, they saw a local animal. It looked like an elk or a deer. The main difference is that it had blue fur.
“Do we think we can eat that?” Alex asked.
“I don’t think it’s going to matter” Clarence said as he and Hack and Buzz stood behind them at gun point. “Put your hands behind your heads and stand up slowly.”
“Let me guess,” Michael said. “You’re gonna take us back to your ship for random, right?”
“Well, yes, actually,” Clarence said. “How did you know?”
“Also, do you remember how your guns went from shooting bullets to shooting bubbles?” Alex asked. “I did that and I can do it again before you can pull the trigger.”
“If you don’t come with us, I’ll hurt your friends,” Clarence said.
“Why are you kidnapping us for?” Michael asked.
“So, I can use you as ransom. Oh wait, that’s not gonna work. I’ll think of another plan. Retreat, boys.”
Clarence, Hack, and Buzz lowered their weapons and they ran away.