Eclipse Star: Genesis Chapter Forty-Four

June 11, 2009 at 12:40 am (Eclipse Star: Genesis) (, )

Eclipse Star: Chapter 44

“Blue Light Special”

 

Recap:  Last time, as a few days of peace went by for the group, Jack found himself in the apartment of an old friend, only to find that the friend had been reporting everything Jack told him in confidence to the Demon Regime.  Sadly, after contacting Syrus, Jack’s friend Nate was killed by Syrus himself, leaving Jack a place to stay but with one less friend.  Elsewhere, the Hex-Duo robots were completing their upgrades and just waiting for a direction in which to track the kids, finally getting it after Derek tried calling his father.

 

Clinton:  (Walking along an alleyway with the group).  Is everyone accounted for?

 

Derek:  (Comes running into the group, shoving to get to the front).  Yeah, looks like everyone’s here.

 

Clinton:  Where were you?

 

Derek:  Doesn’t matter.  Come on, you wanna get to the City Center, right?  It’ll take us the better part of the day if we’re traveling on foot the whole way.

 

Kyle:  Excuse me, question.

 

Derek:  (Whips around).  What do you want?

 

Kyle:  So me and the guys-(Quick jab from Leena)-right, and some of the girls, anyways, we were thinking that maybe it’d be a good idea to travel via bus or plane or rickshaw or something other than feet?  Eh?  You wanna ride a rickshaw?  Huh?

 

Austin:  Sorry Kyle, as much as I’d have fun doing this any other way, we’ve gotta stick to the shadows and such, like ninjas or something.  Crazy, teenage ninjas running from cybernetic assassins.  (Nods).  Yeah.  (Pats Kyle).  And that’s why we can’t ride the bus.

 

Kyle:  (Strokes his chin).  Hmm…your strange logic makes sense to me, for I have always thought of myself as a ninja.

 

Leena:  (Rolls her eyes and starts walking).  And I’ve always thought of you as an idiot.

 

Kyle:  Hey, at least I ain’t some hoity-toity Yankee skank.

 

Leena:  (Turns on him).  What did you call me?

 

Kyle:  Honestly, I have no clue.  (He starts walking on).

 

Austin:  (Walks up front with Derek, getting in close to his ear).  Hey, where’d you just get back from?

 

Derek:  A little town called “None-yo Business.”  Now leave me alone.  (Shrugs Austin off and walks ahead).

 

Hex-Duo 7:  (He and Lindsey are walking more towards the back).  Hey Lindz?

 

Lindsey:  Yeah?

 

Hex-Duo 7:  I don’t know quite how to ask this…

 

Lindsey:  What’s up?

 

Hex-Duo 7:  If we run into the other Hex-Duo robots, don’t fight them.  Just run away.

 

Lindsey:  (Slightly surprised).  Hah, what?  Run away?  No way, if those things attack us I’ll attack ‘em right back.

 

Hex-Duo 7:  I know but…it’s just…I don’t want to see you get hurt or anything.

 

Lindsey:  (A little offended).  Trust me, I can take care of myself.

 

Hex-Duo 7:  Not against these things you can’t.

 

Lindsey:  We’ll see.  (Walks on ahead).

 

Hex-Duo 7:  Yeah, sadly we probably will.

 

*          *            *            *            *

-Hex-Duo 6 and the other robots of the group are all gathered around the main lab of Charles Robotics after finishing their upgrades.

 

Hex-Duo 8:  What’s up Six?  Did you learn anything new?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Hold on.  We’re still waiting on Number Four.

 

-The last chamber finally pings and opens with a cloud of steam.

 

-Hex-Duo 4 steps out looking somewhat groggy.

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Huh?  Why’s everyone staring at me?

 

Hex-Duo 3:  You’re last buddy boy.

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Probably because I wasn’t just rushing to finish.

 

Hex-Duo 3:  Hey, you implying that I didn’t take this seriously?

 

Hex-Duo 4:  I don’t know; you tell me.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Shut up, both of you.  (They both instantly stop and turn to Six).  I’ve just received word from Octavious that they know where the kids are headed.

 

Hex-Duo 2:  Where to?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  They’re on their way to the Trillium City Grand Arena area near the City Center.

 

Hex-Duo 1:  The mall?  Why’re they going to the mall?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  They think that they can blend into the crowds of people and they’re under the assumption that we won’t attack the innocent.

 

Hex-Duo 9:  We are though, right?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Yes, but they don’t know that.  And right now what they don’t know will kill them.

 

Hex-Duo 2:  Alright, the City Center’s just about an hour from here, assuming that we’re not flying or anything.

 

Hex-Duo 8:  Hey, does anyone wanna take the bus?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Eight?

 

Hex-Duo 8:  Yeah?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Shut up.  (Eight droops its head).  Let’s go.  (They all take off).

 

Hex-Duo 9:  Hey Six?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Flying with its arms crossed and eyes closed).  Yes, Nine, what is it?

 

Hex-Duo 9:  So the kids…they’re…they’re not gonna be able to put up much of a fight…are they?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  They’ll put up a better fight than last time but nothing that I’m worried about.

 

Hex-Duo 9:  Should I be worried about it?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  No.

 

Hex-Duo 9:  But what if one of them learned something new in the past few days?

 

Hex-Duo 1:  Hah, as if Nine.  What could they possibly learn in two days time?

 

Hex-Duo 9:  (Corrects One).  Three days.

 

Hex-Duo 1:  Fine, in three days time?

 

Hex-Duo 9:  Maybe they learned some new super technique that we don’t know about.  Or maybe they’ve grown exponentially stronger.

 

Hex-Duo 5:  (Being its usual monotone self).  HIGHLY ILLOGICAL.  THE HUMANS DO NOT POSSESS THE CAPABILITIES TO LEARN ANYTHING DEVASTATING TO US WITHIN THE SPAN OF THREE DAYS.

 

Hex-Duo 9:  But they’ll be stronger and faster and better rested and they know more about us now!

 

Hex-Duo 5:  ILLOGICAL!

 

Hex-Duo 3:  You know what this sounds like?  Sounds like someone’s trying to break this team up.

 

Hex-Duo 9:  (Huffy).  Oh shut up.  (Crosses its arms in a huff).

 

Hex-Duo 10:  (Its upgrade seems to have calmed it a bit, although it’s still twitching every now and then).  You know who I’d like another crack at?  Syrus.

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Don’t we all.

 

Hex-Duo 10:  Yeah, him and that other kid.  The prime target.  Almost wish we hadn’t have killed him already.  Just wanna take by turret arm to his squishy head and PLABALA-PLABALA-POW!

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Trust me; you wouldn’t have enjoyed fighting him much anyway.  He was bed-ridden and near death as it was.

 

Hex-Duo 9:  But what if he wasn’t?!  Just think of what he could have done to us!

 

Hex-Duo 6:  He might have annoyed us to death, which is what you’re starting to do to me right now.

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Still…think what it would nave been like fighting him in top condition.  (Pounds its fist into its palm as it thinks to itself).  What a fight that would have been.

 

Hex-Duo 2:  Guys, the data on him was pretty clear, alright.  He was strong but he didn’t know how to use it and furthermore, it wasn’t stable enough to use anyway.  As long as we didn’t push him to go crazy then he wouldn’t have been able to do anything to us.  Come on, read into the reports.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Two brings up an important point.  (The others are startled a bit by Six’s nonchalant interjection).  The main thing we have to be careful about when dealing with the humans is not to bring up anything that would set them off.  If we’ve learned anything it is that when pushed to the emotional breaking point they can do things that they shouldn’t be able to.  Just because the initial target was the only one to show us this in full force doesn’t mean that any of the others wouldn’t be able to if pushed to their limits.  Do not gloat in our previous victories, do not mention any of their fallen loved ones, and do not threaten to hurt any of the less-capable fighters just to make sport.

 

Hex-Duo 8:  Hey Six?  Where’d we get the tip-off about the City Center?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  The target known as Derek attempted to contact his father but failed and left a message that revealed where they were headed.

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Why would he try calling his father?  Doesn’t he know that he’s dead?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  No.  Check your data files, Four.  He hasn’t been in contact with his father for the past half-year since joining the Legion.  His father died while Derek was away and he didn’t know.

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Maybe I’m just not seeing it in the data files, but did he know how his father died?

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Getting annoyed).  If he didn’t even know that his father was dead how would he know how he died?

 

Hex-Duo 4:  Good point.  (Shakes its head).  Kinda a shame.  I mean, having yer dad die while you were gone and not even knowing how he died.

 

Hex-Duo 3:  Well which is worse: not knowing your father was killed, or actually being the father and getting killed when the Regime’s base blew?

 

Hex-Duo 10:  The Primary Target blew the base up, right?  I’m jealous just thinking of all the flesh he seared off with that blast.  If he were here, I’d sear his flesh, and the flesh of every one of those kids, just to make him fight for real.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Everyone shut up.  I’m tired of hearing all of these hypothetical questions.  The important thing is, don’t tell Derek that his father’s dead.  Is that clear?  (General agreement).  Good.  Now get ready because I don’t want to have a third part to our encounter with the kids.

 

*          *            *            *            *

 

Derek:  (He and the group have been trekking all day).  Well Clinton, looks like we made it to your spot.  (Points off across the street at the massive mall that is Trillium City Center).  What were you planning for when we got here?

 

Clinton:  Oh now I’m excepted to have a plan?  (Sigh).  We should be pretty safe around here, but we’ve still gotta keep moving.  I say we head for the mountains.

 

Derek:  Why there?

 

Clinton:  Well, they wouldn’t expect us to go there.

 

Kyle:  He’s got a point, because I wouldn’t expect us to go there.

 

Leena:  Hey, can we do some shopping before we move on?  I mean, since they don’t know where we are and everything?

 

Clinton:  Why would you want to go shopping at a time like this?

 

Leena:  What?  We’ve been running around in the same clothes for three days, eating bread and cereal and generally being unhappy.  Excuse me for wanting to bring some joy back to this group.

 

Scott:  Question.  How did you plan to pay for any shopping we did?

 

Leena:  Um…(Smiles big).  I was hoping that you’d help me out a bit with that.

 

Scott:  Sorry hon, I only steal for the good of me and the attractive women of this world.

 

Leena:  (Getting pissed).  I meant you could pay since you’ve been making so much money off illicit gambling!  (Pause).  And I am one of the attractive women of the world!

 

Scott:  Keep telling yourself that.

 

Kyle:  (Leena storms off in a huff past Kyle).  Hey, I still think you’re attractive.  (Leena groans without looking back).  Mmm, feisty.

 

-Everyone’s basically dropped their guard and walked across the street to the main entryway of the mall, a wide open area with part of the mall wrapping around it.

 

Austin:  So Derek, what would your plan be for where to go next?

 

Derek:  Pff, like anyone’d really care all that much.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Actually I’m a bit curious if you wouldn’t mind.

 

Everyone whips around completely surprised to hear the voice.  Naturally, they’re all terrified.

 

-Hex-Duo 6 is hovering just slightly above the ground behind the group with the rest of the Hex-Duo robots floating nearby.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  You kids sure have been difficult to track, and that’s only to say the least.  Pity you weren’t just a little better.

 

Danny:  What?  All that running for nothing?  And now that we made it here they’re here, too?  That’s not fair!  No WAY am I letting it end like this(He gets a serious look on his face).  Let’s do it!

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Well he’s a go-getter.

 

Derek:  (Powers up).  Prepare for battle!

 

-Derek flies directly at Hex-Duo 6.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Chuckles slightly).  Well that can’t be smart.  (Turns to the rest of the Hex-Duo).  Strike them down.

 

The robots all yell “Hooah” again and take off after the various good guys.

 

-Derek about slams Hex-Duo 6 in the face with a punch, but disappears before making contact.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Huh?

 

-Hex-Duo 6 looks above it to see Derek charging a wicked blast above its head, about to launch it downward.

 

-As the robots all descend upon the group, everyone seems to be about ready to fight back.

 

Kyle:  C’mon, can’t we just talk this out?

 

Hex-Duo 8 blitzes after him.  Kyle shrugs.

 

Kyle:  Guess not.

 

-Derek unloads his blast at Hex-Duo 6, creating a serious flash, but no real damage.

 

-During this time, everyone goes nuts and fires their own respective energy-based attacks, all creating mostly a lot of light and not a whole lot of power.

 

-Instantly they’re all in the air and doing their best to make it to the roof of the mall.

 

Hex-Duo 7:  Alright everyone, again!

 

Everyone fires once more, creating a good number of diversions but no real pain upon the enemies.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Scanning around with what limited vision it has, unamused).  Typical.

 

The blasts stop and the kids are supposedly gone.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  So you’ve been helping the kids, huh Seven?!

 

Everyone’s on the roof, hiding as best they can, not making a sound.

 

Hex-Duo 7:  Keep absolutely quiet…

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Turns to Hex-Duo 2).  Where did they go?

 

Hex-Duo 2:  They’re doing a pretty good job of confusing the calibration on my sensors.  I’ll need a few more minutes before I can get a decent fix of them.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  No matter.  (Flies up into the air).  Attention all condemned individuals.  You have three seconds to show yourselves before we obliterate this mall and everyone in it.

 

Clinton:  What?!  No way they’d do that!

 

Kyle:  (Quickly pokes Leena).  You owe me a Coke.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  One!

 

Austin:  We’ve gotta clear out the mall before they kill everyone.  Two teams, one goes to fight, the other evacuates the building.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Two!

 

Derek:  Austin, Scott, Danny, Kevin, c’mon, let’s go!

 

Austin:  Everyone else, clear ‘em out!

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Charging a blast in one hand).  Two and a half!

 

Hex-Duo 7:  (Throwing itself up into the air, pleading).  Six!  Leave them alone!

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Nope, I won’t be doing that.  Three!

 

Derek, Austin, Scott, Kevin and Danny all shoot into the air at the various robots.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Aha, how nice of you to join us.

 

-Lindsey, Leena, Kyle, Willy and Clinton all rush off the roof in the confusion and through the front door.

 

Lindsey:  Let’s split up!  Just get them all out!

 

Kyle:  No problem.

 

-Kyle dashes through the mall, looking for anyone he can find.

 

Kyle:  Hey, everyone!  It would be strongly advised that you all vacate the premises!

 

No response from anyone.

 

Kyle:  C’mon, just do it!

 

-Lindsey is running through the center of the mall, coming to an open area near an escalator.

 

Lindsey:  Okay then.

 

-She whistles to get people’s attention, which actually works.

 

Lindsey:  Excuse me!  Everyone needs to leave the mall right now!

 

Random Guy:  (Uncaring and nasally).  Why?

 

Lindsey:  Because it’s under attack from a group of killer robots.

 

Random Guy:  Killer robots?

 

Lindsey:  From the Demon Regime.  (The guy starts laughing at her).  Oh shut up.  (Runs on).

 

-Meanwhile, Derek has decided that his combatant will be Hex-Duo 6.

 

Derek:  Hey metal face!  I’ve got all you’ll need for a fight right here!

 

Elbows downward at the robot, easily getting blocked.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Sorry to disappoint you but you’d hardly be a challenge for me.

 

-Hex-Duo 6 quickly grabs his arm and swings him around and around, sending him in the direction of Hex-Duo 10.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Here, go play with someone who cares.

 

Austin runs along the ground next to Hex-Duo 1.

 

Austin:  That’s right, this way you Mohawk-wearing toaster!

 

Hex-Duo 1:  Mohawk?!  (Points to its head).  This is a wicked sick blade!  I’ll slice you in half for that!

 

-Hex-Duo 1 does a quick rolling-dive at Austin.

 

-Austin spins just out of the way as a chunk of the street next to him is converted into a perfectly cut trench.

 

Hex-Duo 1:  Hey, don’t you dodge from me!

 

-Hex-Duo 1 keeps roll-diving at Austin, just barely missing him each time.

 

-Kevin and Danny are running together.

 

Kevin:  Danny, look out above you!

 

Hex-Duo 3 punches down just over Danny’s head, leaving Danny to quickly look up, panic slightly, and flips backwards out of the way, leaving Hex-Duo 3 burying its fist into the ground.

 

-Danny recovers from his backflip and kicks the robot in the head, sending it forward.

 

-Hex-Duo 8 breaks into the fray from behind Kevin, rolling with its head and limbs tucked into its body, making a rather large and deadly ball on its way after Kevin.

 

Kevin:  Wah!

 

Hex-Duo 8 rolls after Kevin.

 

-As he frantically runs, he leaps over a bench.

 

-Hex-Duo 8 plows right over it.

 

-Kevin keeps diving over items that turn up in his way, going over a large planter, a cement divider, and even a car, with Hex-Duo 8 demolishing each as it follows Kevin, finally getting ramped into the air as it flattens the car, setting off the alarm.

 

Kevin:  Slow down!  You’re damaging property now!

 

Kevin runs towards a light fixture, sprints up the side a few feet and vaults backwards as Hex-Duo 8 slams into it, leaving Kevin just slightly above the giant ball looking downward.

 

-Right as he lands, Hex-Duo 9 comes up from the side and kicks Kevin out of the air.

 

Kyle:  (Stopping some random person in the mall).  Hey, you there.  You should leave, or else the robots will kill you!  Go now!

 

The guy looks at Kyle a second and then starts laughing in his face, pointing and almost rolling over but generally being a jerk.

 

Kyle:  No seriously.

 

Guy doubles over with laughter.

 

Leena:  (Runs up).  Why aren’t you getting people out?!

 

Kyle:  I’m trying.  This guy laughed at me.  (Points at the guy).

 

Leena:  What?!  (Walks over to the guy).  Hey!  (Slaps him.  He starts crying).  The man told you to flee now flee!

 

Stranger:  (Crying).  You didn’t have to hit me!  Waahhh!  (Runs off).

 

-Derek and Hex-Duo 10 wrestle around in the air, spinning around and around as Derek holds the robot’s arms tightly, grappling as they spin, a few punches coming from the robot every so often that Derek easily dodges.

 

Hex-Duo 10:  C’mon man, just let me put a few bullets in your face.  You’ll love it!  It’s like freaking crack!

 

Derek:  Not interested.

 

-Derek knees Hex-Duo 10 in the chin and grabs his attacker by the head, flipping it straight down over his shoulder.

 

-Hex-Duo 10 smashes into the street before smacking its fists against the ground and turning around, changing its right arm into a gun turret and unloading at Derek.

 

-Derek refuses to move, standing still as bullets ricochet off him.

 

Derek:  (Sneering, unfazed).  That sort of crap isn’t gonna do much to me at this point.

 

Hex-Duo 10:  Oh yeah?  How ‘bout this sort of crap?

 

-Hex-Duo 10’s other arm breaks away to fire a missile at Derek.

 

-Derek narrowly dodges the missile, cringing.

 

Derek:  Missiles?!  They’re throwing missiles?!  And that’s supposed to make me scared?!  You piece of shit!

 

-Derek bolts down onto Hex-Duo 10, smashing directly on top of it, cratering the immediate ground.

 

-Both Hex-Duo 6 and Hex-Duo 2 are floating above the rest of the action, uninvolved while Hex-Duo 2 taps its head, getting readings on everyone.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  They aren’t doing too badly.  They’re almost holding their own right now.

 

Hex-Duo 2:  I’ve got a hold on pretty much all of them, so they aren’t escaping again.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  Any surprises coming?

 

Hex-Duo 2:  I haven’t gotten any readings from Jack, but I can’t expect that he’d leave ‘em alone for this long without trying to get in contact again.  He’ll show up sooner or later, I guarantee that much.

 

Hex-Duo 6:  (Smiles).  Good.  This will just get more interesting then.

 

To Be Continued…

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