Eclipse Star: Genesis Chapter Sixty-Eight

July 24, 2010 at 1:54 am (Eclipse Star: Genesis) (, )

Eclipse Star: Chapter 68

“Hard Restart”

Recap: Last time, both groups ran into hardships shutting off the army of Hex-Duo robots when their respective control consoles were utterly destroyed. Now, Lindsey’s group must deal with a huge robot in a robot factory while Chris’ group gets to deal with the same problem in a massive underground warehouse. There’s got to be a way to shut these robots down, today, on Eclipse Star!

Chris: Alright Derek, you ready to pull out the flavor?

Derek: You know it.

Chris: Awesome.

-Chris and Derek both power up to their maximum power as the monster Hex-Duo robot lunges toward them.

-They both hit max at the same time and lay the robot out with two full-powered haymakers to the head.

-The huge robot flips back and smashes into a row of crates, spilling the contents everywhere.

Willy: Great, the crates down here are filled with more robots.

Chris: Well what else are they gonna be filled with?

-Derek shoots past Chris, leaping over the Hex-Duo before it can get to its feet, and fires a blast straight down.

-A giant robotic hand rockets up from the beam and grabs Derek, smashing him into the thick ceiling.

Kevin: Come on, we’ve got to find another active console around here.

Willy: Right.

-As those two run off, Chris throws a blast at the downed robot as Derek breaks open the robot’s grip and flies straight down again, smashing the robot with everything he’s got.

-The robot manages to hit both attackers at once with a chest beam, sending them flying.

Chris: Great. That’s just great. (Gets up). It’s like this thing doesn’t want to be destroyed.

Derek: Fine, that makes it more fun.

-Meanwhile, at the Charles Robotics factory where the other group is standing their ground…

Lindsey: Glitch, where’s the next nearest console?

Glitch: Charles’ office. That’s the only other one I can think of.

Lindsey: Where is that?

Glitch: It’d take too long to explain.

Lindsey: Then show me.

Glitch: Fine. Come on!

-Kyle keeps jumping right out of the way as the one big Hex-Duo robot tries to destroy him.

Leena: Kyle! Keep doing that! I think it’s helping!

Kyle: How?!

Leena: Because I’m not having to do anything!

-Another batch of Hex-Duo robots exits the assembly line and begins attacking.

-Leena throws a gust of wind near her feet and shoots out of the way as the new robots start firing at her.

-Austin and Danny run next to each other, smashing robots as they go. Danny bursts into flames as Austin throws him at the biggest Hex-Duo.

-Danny hits his target and explodes in its face, knocking it backward.

Danny: Hey Kyle.

Kyle: Hey Danny.

Danny: You think I got it?

Kyle: Oh probably not.

The robot turns itself over and gets up, pointing its canon at Danny and Kyle.

Danny: Well darn, I really thought I had him.

-The robot prepares to charge its canon, sucking up energy.

-Kyle looks at this and smacks Danny in the back of the head.

Danny: BLAH!

-Danny accidentally fires a mouth blast at the robot’s canon, colliding with the part still charging.

SHOOP-DOOM!

-The canon backfires and blows the arm clean off the robot.

Danny: Why’d you hit me!

Kyle: Hey, can’t argue with results.

-Lindsey and Glitch rush down a narrow hallway toward the end. Glitch leads as Lindsey follows, firing blasts to clear their advance since Hex-Duo robots keep popping up.

Lindsey: How much further?

Glitch: Luckily, just the end of this hall.

Lindsey: Well good, because I don’t know how much more I can do about these stupid robots. Uh, present company excluded.

Glitch: Right.

-On the factory level, the large Hex-Duo is working to reform its arm, slowly rebuilding from discarded pieces of other Hex-Duo.

Austin: We’ve got to take that thing out for good.

Leena: You got a plan?

Kyle: Well let’s see, you can fire bend, and Leena here seems pretty good at airbending.

Leena: What the heck are you going on about?

Kyle: Oh right, forgot, we’re based off Dragonball Z, not Avatar. Uh, I mean, totally original.

Danny: Why don’t we just hit it at the same time with some big explosion?

Kyle: This is a good idea. I like this idea. This is my favorite idea ever. Imma start chargin’ mah Dammit Blast.

Austin: Clinton, what was that crazy finger cannon thing you did before.

Clinton: The what now?

Leena: OH YEAH! That was like, what, back when we were running from the Demon Regime? Heck yeah! That was awesome!

Austin: Yeah why don’t you do that anymore?

Clinton: I don’t get much reason to.

Danny: Hey! I just thought of a good reason!

-The Hex-Duo Master Bot finishes repairs and stands up straight.

Danny: Yeah that thing!

-The Master Bot lets out an ear-piercing screech.

Austin: FIRE!

-Clinton fires his rapid-burst cannon, an attack that he fires from his index fingers like a gun, while Danny fires another mouth blast.

-The attacks hit the Master Bot, taking it off balance, allowing Austin to blast a stream of lava which Leena cools via her air gust.

-The Master Bot is ripped to bits from the flying shrapnel, still screeching as it’s destroyed.

Kyle: Dammit Blast fire!

-The world famous Dammit Blast makes contact with its foe and explodes the remaining parts, sending the twisted chunk spinning across the floor and into the far wall next to the hallway.

Austin: Not bad work guys. That almost looked like we knew what we were doing.

-The Master Bot explodes, taking down the wall next to the hallway, sealing it up.

Lindsey: What the heck?!

Glitch: No time, this might work better anyway.

Austin: Ah. We just trapped our team leader and tech guy in a one-way hallway, didn’t we?

Leena: (Sigh). Yes we did.

Clinton: And we still have more robots.

-The five get back-to-back as they’re circled by a mob of Hex-Duo robots.

Danny: How is Team Stingrays gonna make it out of this one?

-Leena facepalms.

-Back in Brooksboro, Chris and Derek continue exchanging blows with their own Master Bot.

Chris: We’ve got to work together on this or we’re not going to do enough damage!

Derek: Maybe you won’t, but I’m not done pushing harder!

-Derek fires a gnarly blast that connects with the Master Bot, though it holds its ground somehow.

Chris: We’ve got to get it off balance!

-Derek continues firing blasts at it head-on, doing nothing.

-Chris runs around behind the Master Bot and starts charging something.

Chris: It’s all about weight ratios really.

-Chris creates two balls of energy connected with an energy tether and throws it at the robot’s legs. The energy bola wraps around, connecting behind at the leg joints and exploding.

GraDOOM!

-Derek fires his blast once more at full power, hitting the robot as it falls backward.

-The Master Bot is thrown onto its back.

-Chris and Derek leap onto its chest and both fire straight downward, putting everything they can into a huge explosion.

GIGASHOOM!

-In one big explosion, their problem is eliminated. They finally take a moment to rest and breath again, panting heavily.

Chris: Heh, heh, that was, ha, that was pretty good, Derek.

Derek: Heh, phew, yeah. (Inhales deep). You think we’ll see any more?

Chris: Definitely. (Looks around). This whole warehouse down here needs to go.

Derek: Yeah.

-Derek and Chris stand back-to-back and take a deep breath. They charge up again and both fire straight ahead, turning clockwise to blow up everything in sight as far as they can see.

-Glitch and Lindsey make it to the end of the hallway where Glitch changes his arm into a railgun and starts firing, tearing open a hole in the door.

Glitch: Good, the console in here is still fine.

Lindsey: So now what?

Glitch: I’ve got to hack into their collective mind.

-Glitch starts ticking keys as fast as possible.

Glitch: Willy? You there?

Willy: Yeah, we’re alright. Chris and Derek just blew up a hell of a lot on our end.

Kevin: Duck!

-Kevin and Willy hit the deck as another sweep of energy beams rips by them.

Willy: We’re in some sort of sub-sub-basement level that looks like a warehouse. Any clue where we could find another console?

Glitch: Hold on. (He ticks some more keys and brings up the blueprints for Willy’s location). I’ve got good news. That new building is littered with access terminals.

Willy: Awesome! Where are they?

Glitch: According to this the upper levels are essentially mainframe storage.

Willy: This whole building is one big ROM?

Glitch: If I’m reading this correct, yup.

Willy: Kev, Glitch says we gotta go up.

Kevin: That, uh, could be a problem.

-Chris and Derek stop blasting.

Derek: That looks like everything.

Chris: If any robot pieces come back to life, I owe you five bucks.

Kevin: (Runs up to Chris with Willy). We have to get back to the upper levels.

Derek: Why?

Willy: This whole building is a backup unit for the Hex-Duo system and the upper levels contain the important data.

Derek: You’re kidding me! Why the hell did we come all the way down here then?!

Chris: Hey, this works out alright. We just totaled more equipment and material than I know what to do with, and I don’t think we were cracking this from street-level.

Derek: So let’s fly up and destroy this building, eh?

Willy: Uh, one problem.

Kevin: We could do without problems right now.

Willy: While you guys were fighting, those chutes we used to get down here closed up completely.

Derek: How do we open them?

Willy: My guess? Some basic terminal. (Deadpan). See if you can spot it.

Derek: Fine.

-Derek looks around and sees everything completely destroyed and scared.

-He turns and sees Willy just staring him in the face.

Derek: Alright, you’ve made your point smart guy.

Chris: Something’s got to be out of place…

-Chris looks around for anything that will get them out. His eyes come across a pipe sticking out of the wall, leaking.

-He stops for a moment on it before looking up at Kevin. Kevin smiles. Chris sighs.

-Austin’s group of five continues fending for themselves in the main factory room, smashing robots as they advance on them.

Leena: What’s taking them so long? (Smash).

Austin: They couldn’t get the shutdown code to work the first time, so it’s probably going to- (Smash) –probably going to take a few more minutes.

Danny: You think Chris and the others are okay? (Smash).

Austin: Oh definitely. (Smash. Smash-smash).

Kyle: They’re probably fine.

Austin: Ahem.

Kyle: Oh right. (Smashy-smash). There.

Leena: You know what I really wish we knew right now? Jack’s barrier move. (Smash).

Kyle: Pff, that thing’s overrated. It’s not like it has an awesome name or anything, like my Dammit Blast. (Smash).

Leena: You’re the only one with names for your moves.

Danny: Chris has got a move name! (Smash, spin, smaaaash).

Austin: He does?

Danny: Yeah! The Gigadoom Beam! (Block, smash).

Leena: The what?

Danny: That’s the sound his big attack makes. Giga-doom!

Austin: Catchy.

Clinton: We’re still outnumbered here. They’re getting pumped out faster than we can deal.

Austin: So you wish we had a barrier technique? I think we can manage that.

-Austin’s arms begin glowing bright orange before they turn to magma. He sprays it in a ring around the five before lifting his arms to create a lava dome.

-He looks to Leena and nods. She acts stunned for a moment before blowing a wind gust inside the dome, causing it to harden.

-Clinton flicks on his fingers with a little energy ball.

Danny: Whoa, Austin, that was pretty cool.

Clinton: It’s not going to hold for too long.

Austin: It just needs to hold for long enough.

-Back in the Brooksboro annex, on the upper levels of the building, a wall starts to bubble and crack before bursting open and shooting water everywhere.

-The water reforms into the four teenagers.

Chris: (Coughing). Alright, Willy, tell me you see a mainframe somewhere.

Willy: (Coughing). Kah! Yeah, hold on.

-They get a chance to look around and see nothing but mainframes.

Willy: Oh that’s just sweet.

-He runs to the nearest mainframe and begins punching buttons.

Willy: Glitch, I’m at a mainframe, guide me through this.

Glitch: Right.

-Hex-Duo robots begin pouring into the upper levels of the building.

Chris: Any time you’re ready there, Will. (Smash).

-In the little office where glitch is working, Lindsey is doing her best to stop Hex-Duo robots from entering.

Lindsey: I’m not holding out forever!

Glitch: Then your wish is my command.

Willy: Alright! Anyone got a shutdown code?! (Smash next to him).

Chris: Shut down code?

-Chris rushes over to the console and yells into the mic.

Glitch/Chris: Emergency Shutdown Code One-Nine-Eight-Six!

-A ripple effect seems to go out from both buildings as every Hex-Duo robot suddenly shuts off and falls over.

-Austin peaks his head out of his makeshift barrier once they stop hearing noise.

Austin: Uh, I think they did something.

Derek: (Socks Chris’ arm). Hah, so you just happened to know a “special” shutdown code?

Chris: I just now remembered what Charles used to stop the Hex-Duo last time.

Kevin: Well the important thing is, they stopped.

Chris: Yeah, but we’re not done.

-Derek blows a hole in the side of the building, allowing the four to fly out over the top.

-They share a nod and all fire energy beams down at once.

KSHDOOM-DOOM-DOW!

-The building a smoking crater, they exhale and fly off toward the city.

Lindsey: (Opening the office door). Yeah, whatever you did worked this time. They’re down.

Glitch: I don’t know for how long, though.

-Glitch runs up to the caved-in entrance of the hallway and slams his hands against it. A section comes off of each forearm and pounds the concrete like a piston, blowing a hole wide open.

Leena: Hey, nice of you two to join us again.

Lindsey: We need to take this place out.

Glitch: Shouldn’t be a problem.

Lindsey: Why?

Glitch: I set the self-destruct to go off in a few minutes.

Lindsey: Okay, that’s info we really need to know ahead of time.

-Everyone hurriedly gets back into the elevator and hit the button for ground floor.

-The elevator reaches the main floor, spilling the seven out into the original hallway. They book it as fast as they can to the main entrance, getting welcomed by a Master Bot-size Hex-Duo shut down in the space between the main doors.

-They get outside just in time for the whole building to detonate.

SKeeeeeeBOOM!

Austin: Hah. Hahahaha! That was AWESOME! We won!

Lindsey: (Looking around and yelling). Scott! Are you okay?!

-Scott walks out from an alleyway smoking a cigarette, carrying a young woman.

Scott: You kidding? I haven’t had a smoke since we went up north. I’ve never been better.

Leena: Uh, who’s that?

Scott: Who? (Looks down). Oh yeah, I saved her from that big-ass Hex-Duo in the front entrance there. Everyone meet, uh, what’s your name hon?

Girl: It’s-

Scott: Second thought, it’d just be weird if I knew your name now. Run along and tell your sisters to meet me when this is all over. Triplets. Gotta love ‘em.

-Scott sets the girl down and she runs off.

Danny: You didn’t, you know…relations…?

Scott: That chick? Hell no. I hardly had time to get her clothes off, what with the shit going on around here.

Leena: Well great. Glad I didn’t waste any time worrying about you or anything.

Scott: Hey, you want to get naked, you’ve got all the time in the world now.

BOOM!

-A distant explosion can still be seen over the buildings.

Lindsey: There’s no way. We stopped this!

Austin: I don’t think this is Hex-Duo work.

Jack: (Coming in over Glitch and Willy’s earbuds). Whatever you guys did brought the news back online.

Willy: Jack?

Derek: Jack’s calling?

Willy: How’d you-?

Jack: Yeah, I knew you swiped some earbuds; I’m Jack. You’ve got bigger problems.

Willy: Bigger problems?

Glitch: What are you seeing Jack?

Jack: The TV stations just came back on. Glitch, you can patch into the feeds.

Glitch: Yeah, so what’s-oh.

Lindsey: I don’t like the sound of that “oh.”

Willy: Help me out Jack; I don’t know what’s happening.

Chris: I think I have a good idea.

-Chris’ group finally gets a look at the city, seeing a ninety-story Hex-Duo robot smashing everything it steps on.

Derek: Okay fearless leader, how do we combat that thing?

Chris: Uh.

Jack: You’re really not going to be happy when you see who’s piloting that thing.

-Jack watches on TV in the Northern Lodge as the monstrosity of a Hex-Duo marches through the city, right as a camera pans up to the head, revealing the pilots.

Octa-Rangers: OMEGA BUSTER FIRE!!!

-Next: The Mega Zord!

-To Be Continued!

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