Eclipse Star: Genesis Chapter Forty-Five

June 11, 2009 at 12:43 am (Eclipse Star: Genesis) (, )

Eclipse Star: Chapter 45

“Blue Light Special Part 2”


Recap:  Last time, the group made their way to the Trillium City Center Mall only to find the Hex-Duo robots waiting for them there.  Now, the battle continues today, on Eclipse Star!


-Hex-Duo 6 points its orders off to the various Hex-Duo robots whizzing by it as they fight.


Hex-Duo 6:  Come on.  Tear them apart.  (Points at Hex-Duo 10).  Number Ten.


Ten stops in mid-air and looks over to Hex-Duo 6.


Hex-Duo 6:  You, I want the roof striped from this building.


Ten smiles and nods as it zips off to do his duties.


Hex-Duo 6:  Number Four.  (Points at Four).  Stop going soft on these kids.  I want you to pull an arm from a socket already.


-Four nods and zooms back after whomever it can find.


Hex-Duo 6:  So Number Two?  Any sign of Jack?


Hex-Duo 2:  (Tapping its head).  Negative.  Granted, these kids are hardly making a blip right now, so any one trying to track them otherwise is gonna have a hell of a time getting a solid fix.


Hex-Duo 6:  (Acting completely calm).  Just make sure and let me know when he’s planning on showing up.  I don’t want surprises.


-Hex-Duo 1 is still roll-diving at Austin, slicing trenches due to the blade on its head.


Hex-Duo 1:  Stop movin’ around you little punk!


Slices at Austin, though it misses due to a quick dodge.


Hex-Duo 1:  I just wanna cut you into two little punks; is that so bad?!


After another dodge, Austin turns around to slam directly into a wall, stunning him slightly.


-Hex-Duo 1 rushes over, ready to take advantage.


Hex-Duo 1:  Now just hold still.  This should only hurt for a split-second.


Laughs at its own pun.


-Hex-Duo 1 lunges slightly forward, Austin wide-eyed and clenching his teeth, expecting to get a face-full o’ blade.


-Kevin shoots by, booting Hex-Duo 1 in the side of the face, giving Austin a chance to keep running.


-Kevin doesn’t even stop after his interruption.


Hex-Duo 1:  Blah!  Hey watch what yer doing there pal!


-Hex-Duo 1 shakes its head and turns around to see Hex-Duo 8 rolling after Kevin, incidentally in a collision course with Hex-Duo 1.


Hex-Duo 1:  Hey!


Hex-Duo 8 slams right into Hex-Duo 1.  The two are thrown into the air from this, both with a look of stupification on their faces.


-Hex-Duo 3 has chased Danny around the side of the mall, seemingly directly past open store windows.


Hex-Duo 3:  Slow down!  I’m not built for speed!


Danny:  (Kicking it into overdrive).  No way; that sounds like a trick to me!


Hex-Duo 3:  Fine, then don’t slow down!


Danny:  (Thinks to himself a second).  Something here also sounds like a trick…


Hex-Duo 3 catches up right next to Danny.


Hex-Duo 3:  Yipe!


Swing and a miss from Hex-Duo 3, concrete getting dug up as it’s moving.


-Danny’s once more ahead, running sporadically as fast as he can.


-Meanwhile, Kyle is still running through the mall trying to convince the shoppers to evacuate.


Kyle:  Everyone, come on!  Robots!  Big!  Death!  Bad!  Is anyone listening to me?


One guy looks up uninterested, shakes his head.


Kyle:  I didn’t think so.


Kyle looks over to the window right as Danny and Hex-Duo 3 pass by, no noise from their fight audible, just the mall’s jazzy-smooth soundtrack music.


-Danny kicks backwards at Hex-Duo 3, who recoils but punches forward at Danny, sending him into a roll that he quickly recovers from.


-Kyle points at the window.


Kyle:  See!  Look at that!


No one looks up as Danny and the robot pass from view.


-Finally a guy looks up and sees nothing.


-He looks back over to Kyle and gives him a very judging look.


Kyle:  No really, there was my friend and a robot, they were just there!


Danny and Hex-Duo 3 pass by again going the other way, both locked in, shaking the other as they hover by.


Kyle:  See, there, again!


Kyle points.


-The guy looks up, sees nothing, and goes back to his business.


-Kyle puts on his irritated face.


Kyle:  This is just ridiculous.


-Back outside, Derek is currently fighting with Hex-Duo 5.


Derek:  As soon as I trash you, your leader’s next.


Hex-Duo 5:  (Completely monotone).  OUTCOME HIGHLY DOUBTFUL.


Derek:  We’ll see about that!


-Derek punches the robot in the chest, doing what looks like no real damage.


Derek:  So, just because you’ve got some heavy armor on you think you’re pretty strong, huh?




-Hex-Duo 9 comes up behind Derek as he’s trying to pummel Hex-Duo 5 and gets him in a full-nelson.


Hex-Duo 9:  I’m the one with the super armor!  Can’t you tell by the thickness of my features?!


Hex-Duo 5 pounds Derek in the gut with a heavy shot.


-Derek gasps from the blow.


-As the next one’s coming he pushes himself up slightly and catches Hex-Duo 5’s fist between his knees.


Derek:  Pretty tough talk coming from the Tinman!


-Derek twists his legs, setting Hex-Duo 5 off guard.


-He breaks Hex-Duo 9’s stranglehold with a quick flexing of his arms, turns, grabs the Tinman-wannabie, and smashes Hex-Duo 5 over the head with it.


Derek:  There!  Does this break through your defenses?!


-Hex-Duo 10 flies high over the top of the mall’s structure.


Hex-Duo 10:  Heeheehee…and now, time for some senseless carnage.


-Hex-Duo 10’s eye starts vibrating from all the twitching it’s doing, a hugely-spastic grin coming over its metallic face.


-Hex-Duo 7 flies under Ten, holding its arms up, pleading.


Hex-Duo 7:  Number Ten!  Please, you’ve got to stop!


Hex-Duo 10:  (Confused and outraged).  What?!  Why would I do something like that?!


Hex-Duo 7:  Because, these are good people.  Good, innocent people, and they don’t deserve any of this!


Hex-Duo 10:  (Pauses from all the twitching it’s doing, its whole body spazzing).  But that’s why it’s so much fun!!!


-Hex-Duo 10’s  eyes open again, no longer twitching as its arms point downward.


Hex-Duo 7:  Number Ten…


Hex-Duo 10:  Eeheehee…


The ends of its arms transform instantly into huge blasters.


Hex-Duo 7:  (Shaking from fear).  No!  No don’t do this!  I’m not going to fight you!


Hex-Duo 10:  (Looking disappointed).  You’re not?  Well then what’s the fun in that?!


-Hex-Duo 10 discharges a blast straight down at Hex-Duo 7.


-Hex-Duo 7, throws its hands up over its head, catching the blast, straining to keep it from destroying it and moving on to destroy the mall.


Hex-Duo 7:  No, I’m not letting you kill them!


-Seven pushes back against the blast, sending it up into the air and away from harming anyone.


Hex-Duo 10:  (Confused).  Hey!  You said you wouldn’t fight me!


Hex-Duo 7:  I’m not, but that doesn’t mean I’ll just let you hurt all these people!


-Still elsewhere, Scott is squared-off with Hex-Duo 4, fists up in a boxing stance.


Scott:  You want some of this big boy?  You wanna dance with perfection?


-Hex-Duo 4 is totally wrapped up in the moment, also with its fists up in a boxing stance.


Hex-Duo 4:  Oh you know it.  You mess with the bull and you get the horns.


-Four does the bull-gesture with one hand, pointing at the horns on its head.


Scott:  Hold on then for second.  (Puts up a hand, asking a pause in the fight.  He pulls out a cigarette and lights it, taking a long drag).  Ahhh, that ought to calm the nerves.  (Looks back over at Hex-Duo 4).  You smoke?


Hex-Duo 4:  Now why would I smoke?


Scott:  What, you a pussy or something?


Hex-Duo 4:  (Furious).  WHAT?!  No way!  Gimmie one of those!


Scott:  (Coddling his pack of cigarettes, turning away from the robot).  No.  These are mine, go buy your own.  There’s a mall right there pal.


Hex-Duo 4:  Come on!  (Reaching around Scott, trying to grab the pack).  Gimmie gimmie gimmie!  Don’t be a jerk about it!


Scott:  Hey, don’t take another man’s smokes.  I don’t stand for that sort of behavior.  Shameful.


Hex-Duo 4:  Come on!


-Hex-Duo 4 basically starts hugging Scott, trying to wrestle the pack away from him, finally prying it from Scott’s grip.


Hex-Duo 4:  Aha!  Suck on that!


-Four smacks Scott with the back of its hand.


-Hex-Duo 4 struts a few feet and starts fiddling with the pack.


-Scott stumbles from the hit, falling to his hands and knees.


Scott:  No, my babies!  (His expression shifts to extremely violent as he gets to his feet in a full fighter stance).  You dirty gutter rat!  No one pulls that with me!


Hex-Duo 4:  (Waves him off as it smokes the entire pack at once).  Check it ya greaser.  Who’s manly now?


Scott:  Filthy bastard!


-Scott leaps at the robot, both fists cocked and firing at once, hitting Hex-Duo 4 with intense force.


-Lindsey’s running through the mall with Leena trying to get everyone to clear out as best she can.


Lindsey:  Please, why won’t you people just leave already?!


Leena:  Yeah!  Two beautiful women are telling you to do something; why aren’t all of you listening to us?!


Kyle:  (Runs up, looking distraught).  Hey, I know you two beautiful women told me to do something, but I failed.


Leena:  Great.  Just great.


Kyle:  I’m out of ideas.  Anything?


They look between the three of them, all three shrugging back and forth between them.


Willy:  (Via the mall’s speakerphone).  Attention mall shoppers:  The time is now half-past nighttime and our stores are closing.  Please make your way to the exits as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your cooperation.


People all look up and start heading for exits.


The three look at each other straight faced.


Kyle:  Now why didn’t any of us think to try that?


Lindsey:  They’re not leaving fast enough though.  Keep moving; get them out quicker if you can.


Leena:  You got it Lindz.  (Runs on).


Kyle:  Yeah Lindz, you got…it.  (Looks over at Leena, who looks back like he’s an idiot.  The two run on).


-Outside, Derek is finding that fighting two robots isn’t exactly easy to do as Hex-Duo 5 is too huge to fight head-on and Hex-Duo 9 is too well armored to inflict real damage to.


-As they’re fighting in the air, Derek’s put himself in a ready stance between the two, checking back and forth for whoever’s about to strike him next.


Derek:  Double-teaming me?  Cowards, every last one of you.


Hex-Duo 9:  Shut up you!


-Nine fires itself at Derek in a corkscrew-spin, blasting Derek higher into the air.


Hex-Duo 9:  Hah!  How’d you like that one?!


Appearing right above Derek as Derek’s turning around.


Hex-Duo 9:  And now, time for my super special attack!


-Nine points its head directly at Derek with the tip of its funnel-head aimed pointblank at Derek.


Hex-Duo 9:  Hahaha!  Just tell yourself there’s no place like home!


A swirl of energy begins charging around the point of the funnel.


-Derek instantly reacts by straightening himself and stuffing his thumb in the end of the funnel.


-Hex-Duo 9 discharges the heavy attack, although all it gets is the backfire from it, combusting right back at it and sending it hurling out into the clouds.


Derek:  Hah, tell Dorothy I send my regards from the other side of the rainbow.


Hex-Duo 5:  (Flying steadily towards Derek, staunchly and unemotionally).  YOUR BANTER SHALL NOT SAVE YOU FROM DEFEAT.


Derek turns around to get a fist coming at his face.


-He hardly has time to react but does so by guiding the fist away from him.


Derek:  Couldn’t wait for your turn, eh Sasquatch?


Hex-Duo 5 fires more punches as Derek narrowly dodges each.




-Hex-Duo 5 opens its arms wide, bringing two punches at Derek from either side.


-Derek catches both but struggles not to get squashed in between.


Derek:  Is that all you can do?  (His arms are shaking as he’s pushing back).  It’ll take more than a few big punches to end this!


Hex-Duo 5’s chest instantly opens to reveal a cannon at face-level with Derek.


-Derek is definitely surprised.


Derek:  HAH!  Not good!




-Hex-Duo 5 lets loose, hitting Derek with an incredible amount of force from the blast.


-Back in the mall, Kyle shoos people along near one of the main exits.


Kyle:  Go, everyone!  Hurry, quick, like a bunny!


No one seems to care as they’re just walking at their own casual pace.


Kyle:  Why does no one care?!




-Derek comes crashing through the three-story window, blowing it apart in a shower of glass and metal on his way towards the marble floor.


-Instantly everyone starts screaming and running frantically out the door.


Kyle:  Oh, sure, now you’ll all listen.


Lindsey:  (Runs up to Derek’s landing position).  Oh my God!  Derek!  Are you alright?!


-From around Derek, sparks begin shooting and the ground starts quaking.




Derek blows a large hole, hovering over the ground, fully powered and seemingly unharmed.


Derek:  I’ll tear them apart piece by piece!


-Derek blasts off through the opening he had been shot through.


Hex-Duo 2:  (Tapping its head as it’s scanning the area).  Hey now, there was a significant power jump.  They’re all starting to jump a bit, but still not at their limits.


Hex-Duo 6:  Once we start trying you’ll be surprised how fast they jump to their absolute limits.


Hex-Duo 2:  (A beeping noise can be heard coming from its head).  Whoa, I’m picking up someone new.


Hex-Duo 6:  Jack?


Hex-Duo 2:  Um…yep.  He’s on his way.  Seems he’s just now getting the news that there’s actually a fight happening.


Hex-Duo 6:  Good, let him join.  It’ll make it easier than having to go find him later.


Hex-Duo 2:  (Startled a bit).  What?  That’s weird; he’s gone now.  Where’d he go?  He was a mile off and now he’s gone; I don’t get it.


-Above the mall, Hex-Duo 10 and Hex-Duo 7 float within feet of each other, Ten jabbing now and then.


Hex-Duo 10:  Hey Seven, you don’t have to worry too much about fightin’ us!  It’s only Number Six you should be worried about!  Hah, well, that’s not true; we’d all like a piece of you now!


-Ten grabs Seven by the throat as Seven struggles against it.


Hex-Duo 10:  Too bad you won’t fight back, huh?


-Ten’s free hand converts to a blaster again, crackling with electricity.


Hex-Duo 10:  And one more for the road, eh?


About fires another blast without giving Seven the chance to defend itself.


Hex-Duo 7:  Don’t do this…


Hex-Duo 10:  Goodbye Seven!




-A water-grenade hits Hex-Duo 10, discombobulating it as it flails around like an idiot, sparks jumping around its body.


Hex-Duo 10:  What the hell?!  Who threw that?!  (Still getting shocked from the reaction with water).  Owowowowow!


-Lindsey stands on the glass top of the roof, holding a small blue stone in one hand.


Lindsey:  Seven!  You alright?!


Hex-Duo 7:  (Confused and worried).  Lindsey?  Get out of here!  I told you to run if things started getting out of hand!


Lindsey:  I’m capable of taking care of myself!  Why aren’t you trying to defend yourself?!


-Ten shaking itself fiercely, somewhat dry but finally back in working order.


Hex-Duo 10:  Cheap shot!


Both of Ten’s arms explode into miniguns.


-Both Hex-Duo 7 and Lindsey look up just a little too late to do anything but put on their “oh dammit” faces.


Hex-Duo 10:  Now who’s laughing?!  HAHAHA!  You little shits!




-Jack rockets onto the scene, hitting Hex-Duo 10 with a barrier-ball technique, bouncing the robot out of sight.


Jack:  No reason to get nasty about it.


-Jack drops his barrier and looks at where the robot headed.


Jack:  I leave you guys alone for roughly a day and this is what happens?


Lindsey:  (Her face lights up with more excitement than can be contained).  JAAAACK!!!


-Lindsey fires herself at Jack, latching on.


Jack:  (Smiling and returning the closeness).  Hey, I missed you.  (Grabbing her chin and tilting her head up so their eyes meet).  You have no idea how relieved I am to know you’re alright.


-Lindsey’s eyes are starting to tear up from happiness as Jack begins leaning in for a kiss.


Lindsey:  Oh Jack, you’re alive…


Hex-Duo 7:  (Noticeably angered).  Hey!


Jack and Lindsey both snap out of it and look over at Seven.


Hex-Duo 7:  We’ve still got a mall full of innocents here!  Let’s get them out!


Jack:  Lindz, get everyone out; I’ll help stall the robots in the meantime.


Lindsey:  (Hands him the blue stone).  Here.  You hold onto this.  You’ll need it.


Jack:  (Takes the stone and puts it into his pocket as he smiles).  Yeah, I probably will.


-Jack and Lindsey aren’t separating fast enough, so Hex-Duo 7 grabs Lindsey’s arm and drags her with it.


Hex-Duo 7:  C’mon, we don’t have much time.


Jack:  Be careful Lindz!


-Jack runs off the roof and dives into the open area at the main entrance, landing next to Kevin, Danny, Austin and Scott, all who seem pretty tired and panting heavily.


Jack:  Hey guys.  Surprised you’re not all dead.


Scott:  Surprised the same thing myself.


Austin:  Jack!  You’re alive!  Haha, that’s great!


-From in the air the five look on as Derek fights with three Hex-Duo robots at once, sadly not holding his own well enough and getting knocked to the ground near Jack’s feet.


Jack:  Nice to see you Derek.


Derek:  (Quickly getting to his feet).  Up yours Jack.


Jack:  Anyone mind telling me why one of the robots is on our side?


Danny:  Oh yeah!  (Points Jack out to everyone else).  He doesn’t know that the robot’s on our side.


Scott:  Clearly.  (Points at Jack).  Looks like someone finally isn’t completely in the know.


Kevin:  Jack, one of the Hex-Duo robots, the one numbered Seven, decided to run away with us and help us hide for the past few days.


Danny:  We were doing good for the most part up until we got found today.


Jack:  (Shoots Derek a dirty look).  I wonder why that is…


Derek:  (Offended).  What the hell are you lookin’ at me for?


-All the Hex-Duo robots have gathered around Six again as they float just above Jack and the rest of his fighters.


Hex-Duo 6:  Pardon me, but are you all ready to get back to business?


Jack:  (Talking low to the others as they all get into their various fighter stances).  Okay everyone, we’ve got to keep stalling them until the others have enough time to finish clearing the mall out.


Danny:  (Pointing his finger upward and waggling it in a distinguished manner).  That should be obvious.


Austin:  So what’s the plan Jack?


Derek:  Jack’s back for three minutes and already you’re asking him what to do?


Kevin:  This isn’t the time to argue.  We need to think of a good diversion until the others can get everyone out.  We can’t beat them without the full group but we can’t fight until the area is clear.


Jack:  Don’t worry, I’ll think of something.


Derek:  Forget thinking.  ATTACK!


-Derek flies off towards the group of robots.


-The others have no choice but to hurriedly follow his lead.


-Clintons runs around inside the mall, hustling people out the door.


Clinton:  I don’t get it, why doesn’t most of the mall know that something bad’s happening?


-He hurries over to a fire alarm near a staircase, quickly pulling it.


-The fire alarms start going off all over the place.


Clinton:  Why didn’t anyone think about doing that?  Come on guys…


-He runs on as even more people are now pushing to get out.


-Kyle meets up with Leena again as they’re running on.


Kyle:  I don’t think there’s anything more I can do to get people out of here.  You watch over the others, I’m gonna go help the guys outside.


Jack tears in from above, hitting the ground, closely followed by Hex-Duo 10.


-Jack gets to his feet and jumps out of the way as the robot comes at him, landing with a punch into the ground where Jack was.


-Hex-Duo 10 looks up and jumps after Jack, leaving Kyle and Leena standing there still unharmed.


Kyle:  Hey I think I can still help you guys shuffle people out the door.


Leena:  Good plan.  (They run on).


-On the outside, Derek begins trading blows with Hex-Duo 4, their fists meeting each others.


-Hex-Duo 4 tries headbutting Derek, though Derek moves to the side and axe-kicks Hex-Duo 4 in the back of the head, sending its horns into the ground where they get stuck.


-Derek chuckles for a second but that’s broken up when Hex-Duo 9 slams into Derek from behind with a shoulder rush.


-Scott comes up and fires a blast at Hex-Duo 9, startling it and making it shake its fists in frustration, running after Scott.


-Hex-Duo 4 finally dislodges its head, pulling up a chunk of sidewalk in the process.


-Derek comes down on top of Hex-Duo 4’s head, cracking the rock and pissing the robot off even more.


-They take off after one another.


-Danny rushes by being chased by Hex-Duo 8 who soon gives up running and rolls into its ball form again, picking up speed and plowing over things once more.


-Danny looks behind him as the spherical robot gives chase, panicking and tripping over his own feet.


-He lands on his stomach but quickly pushes against the ground and throws himself into the air, just high enough for him to somehow unwittingly land on Hex-Duo 8 as he passes by, forcing Danny to hysterically scuttle on the rolling ball as Hex-Duo 8 continues on to chase after Kevin.


-As Kevin sees the rolling mechanical wonder, he keeps running, glancing over and seeing Austin running next to him with Hex-Duo 1 roll-diving with his slicing attack.


-They both catch eyes, shrug, and change positions.


-Danny looks down at this, still scurrying along the top of Hex-Duo 8, with a fed-up look on his face.


-He clenches his fists and grabs the side of a flagpole passing by, spinning around and booting Hex-Duo 8 as hard as he can from the side, sending it off course and into Hex-Duo 1.


-The two collide once more and roll off harmlessly.


Willy:  (Running outside).  Danny!  You alright?


Danny:  (Brushing himself off).  Yeah, I think I’m okay.


Willy:  Good, I was getting worried.


Hex-Duo 4 vwings up, grabbing them both by the heads and clocking them together, then kicking each hard in the face, landing and running after them.


-Jack and Hex-Duo 10 are in the air firing blasts at each other, each dodging out of the way after one fires a blast, the two spinning around as this is happening.


-Derek is punched in between he two firing blasts at each other, righting himself just in time to catch the blasts coming at him from both angles.


-The three all look back and forth for a split second before Derek throws the blasts behind him and kicks with both feet upwards, connecting with Hex-Duo 3 right as the robot’s coming in to attack.


-Hex-Duo 10 punches Derek at Jack, who catches him.


-Jack gives a frustrated look and throws Derek back at Hex-Duo 10, who also catches him with an equally frustrated look.


-Derek shakes his head clear and grabs Hex-Duo 10 right back, throwing it at Jack.


-Jack catches the robot and holds onto it for a second.


-Derek grabs Hex-Duo 3 before it can fully recover and throws it at the same time Jack throws Hex-Duo 10.


-The two robots collide in the air, followed by Jack and Derek stomping down on their metallic heads, each with a solid kick.


-Hex-Duo 6 floats about, looking bored and annoyed.


Hex-Duo 6:  My patience is starting to wear thin with everyone…


Hex-Duo 2:  Are we ready to stop playing yet?


Hex-Duo 6:  Yes, I’m tired of this.  (Uncrosses its arms and floats above the mall).  Who’s to say I’m not supposed to have a little fun?


-Hex-Duo 6 begins powering up.


To Be Continued…


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