Eclipse Star: Chapter 75
Recap: Last time, Syrus flew to Trillium City with the group of teenagers hot on his tail. Though in possession of the Eclipse Star, he couldn’t stand up to all of them attacking at once with Lindsey finally leading in a simultaneous energy beam to finish him off once and for all. However, Chris doesn’t seem to feel the battle is won. As he stares at the crater where Syrus once stood, a sudden urge of dread overtakes him and the others. Genesis ends today, on Eclipse Star!
-A few blocks away, as civilians still flee in a mass panic, Glitch leans against a crumbling building, holding it up as it threatens to collapse.
Glitch: Everyone needs to evacuate the area! This is not a drill!
-He looks over and notices a terrified reporter limply holding a microphone as his cameraman just keeps filming.
Sam the Go-To Guy: I can’t believe it. The robots are back again…
Frank the Cameraman: Yeah but our ratings should skyrocket.
Glitch: (Almost in disbelief). You need to flee. What are you doing?
Sam: I’m, uh, I’m reporting.
Frank: (Shifts to face Sam). Into the camera, genius.
Sam: Oh, right. (Slowly pulls his microphone to his mouth). Hey Dave, hey Diana, it’s me, Sam. I’m out here near Franklin Parkway where it seems a lot of bad things are currently happening-
Glitch: HEY! You want to help?! Then go rescue some people! I’ve got civilians trapped in this building who need help!
Sam: I, uh…
Frank: (Bolting into the building). Let’s do this then.
Sam: Hey wait up! (Jogs after him).
-Back at ground zero.
Austin: Chris, your cheery optimism is always welcoming, but savor this victory.
-Chris’ eyes remain fixated on the crater.
Chris: We need to get out of here. We need to go, now.
Austin: I don’t-
-The ground starts rumbling all of a sudden. Everyone grows quiet and turns to the crater, watching in horror as debris begins levitating around the center.
-A hand bursts up from the rubble, tightly clutching the Eclipse Star.
Lindsey: No way!
-Syrus rips himself from the ground, dusty but unharmed, save for his tattered clothing.
Syrus: (His eyes are glossed over with rage as he practically froths at the mouth). You think that’s it? You think you children have won? You’ve accomplished nothing!
Jack: We need to hit him again!
Leena: With what? We’ve got nothing left!
-Syrus begins grasping the Eclipse Star so tightly that it pierces his skin, causing his hand to bleed.
Syrus: I will show you just how pointless this all is.
-His face contorts as he closes his hand completely around the Eclipse Star, embedding it in the deep flesh of his palm. He holds his hand in front of his face, shaking, as the area is hit with a violent quake.
-Syrus begins screaming as his hand shakes more and more. Everyone else is forced to shield their face as debris is getting hurled in all directions.
-The blood from Syrus’ hand stops dripping and suddenly sucks itself back up. Blackness starts creeping from his palm, coating his arm as dark tendrils engulf him. From his arm it spreads to his chest, then down to his legs and his other arm, finally snaking its way up his neck.
-Syrus lets out one final scream as a shockwave pushes everyone back.
-When they’re finally able to look up again they see Syrus looking himself over carefully. He is covered in a sleek black armor that comes to a point upwards from the knees and elbows. He’s seemed to calm himself a little bit, mostly due to curiosity at this new transformation, and steps out of the crater toward the group.
Derek: So that’s it, huh? Some black armor? That was the Eclipse Star’s true potential?
Jack: (Checking his Pulse watch). I’m not reading anything. My watch can’t even get a signal.
Derek: So it screws with technology. My dick screws with technology. Big deal.
Kevin: I think Chris may just be right about this…
Derek: You, too? Oh please. (Flicks out his sai). We beat him down once already; He can’t have anything left.
Chris: Derek, stay back…
Derek: HRAH! Fuck this noise!
-Derek rushes forward with his sai out, pulled back and ready to strike.
-Syrus continues looking himself over, paying no attention to Derek.
Derek: I’m putting you back in the ground!
-In an instantaneous flash, a long, thick blade appears from the back of Syrus’ hand as he imbeds it in Derek’s stomach. It goes through the other side as Derek gasps slightly, dropping his sai weakly on the ground next to him.
-No one makes a move forward as Derek stands rigid with shock.
-Syrus retracts his blade and grabs Derek, tossing him into the air.
-He starts firing energy blasts at Derek midair, blasting him relentlessly as the others watch, motionless.
-He brings his hand in close and points two fingers upward as he charges a peculiar new energy blast. It appears as if it’s a white-hot glowing atom. He points his arm straight at Derek and firsts this little blast.
-The sky explodes an unholy bright white, so intense that no one can keep their eyes open. The resulting boom presses them all to huddled positions, trying to keep themselves from being blowing away.
-As they look up to see what’s happened, they witness a spherical shape carved perfectly out of the buildings surrounding the explosion.
-Derek, however, is gone.
Syrus: I suppose he was always the eager one, wasn’t he? (No one says a word). So then, who to pick next…?
-Syrus scans the group. As he does so they all unconsciously take a step backward. He takes his time slowly antagonizing them with a simple look, pausing on some with a chuckle.
Syrus: (Looking at Danny). Maybe you’d like to try? (Danny stops breathing as Syrus turns to Scott). Or do you have the stones to throw the first punch?
-This continues as he walks increasingly slowly without any direction.
Syrus: Come to think of it, I certainly wouldn’t want another inspirational moment, would I?
-He quickly turns to Lindsey and fires an energy ball.
-Chris sprints and hurls himself in front of the ball.
-It hits him hard, throwing him back into the concrete of a nearby building. He slides down to a slump, alive but heavily winded.
Lindsey: (She turns around to see him). Chris!
Syrus: Now what did that accomplish?
-Lindsey stops suddenly as a thin energy beam shoots through her chest.
-Chris leaps up as her legs give way, rushing over to her to catch her before she hits the ground.
Chris: Oh God, Lindz!
-She begins to sputter a bit, unsure where she is.
Lindsey: Did I just…? What just happened…?
-She starts to fade in and out of consciousness.
-Austin powers up anything he has left.
-Everyone takes this as a signal to fight desperately against whatever fate Syrus has in store for the group.
-Austin has ignited himself in a ball of flames as he rushes at Syrus.
-Syrus stomps his foot down, showering the area with chunks of cement. These hunks of pavement pepper Austin until he’s fully disoriented, allowing Syrus to easily swat him away with a backhand.
-Kevin tackles Syrus but can’t push him back. Syrus holds his ground, casually reaches down to grab Kevin, and pulls him into a swift headbutt.
-Kevin goes loose for a moment as Syrus grabs him by the face and hurls him to the side.
-Jack sends a volley of punches at Syrus, each getting slapped away like they’re coming from an amateur.
-Jack fires off an electrical charge at Syrus but watches sadly as it’s shrugged off before Syrus’ heel swings around and clocks Jack in the side.
-Things begin moving too quickly to differentiate between teenagers attacking as Syrus is moving in a fluid motion, rotating in circles as he punches one attacker into another or swings his momentum into the closest body he finds.
-Austin lets out a yell as he grabs the ground and tears up a chunk twice his size, flipping it at Syrus.
-Syrus turns at the slab touches down in front of him.
-Austin throws all his energy into a solid punch that breaks through the concrete, shattering it on Syrus’ face before landing his own punch with the follow-through.
-Syrus remains unflinching as Austin’s whole arm quivers.
Syrus: Well that wasn’t awful.
-Syrus clubs Austin in the neckbone.
-Then hammers him in the side of the head with a flat hook.
-And a snap shin strike.
-Then a downward headbutt that knocks Austin to a slump.
-That concludes with a heavy boot to the body that carries Austin into the air.
-Syrus instantly steps back and swings his arms out, punches colliding Willy and Scott.
-Syrus turns to punch Kevin in the gut, then to his side to bop Clinton in the nose, and kicks backward to catch Jack under the chin.
-As the three react in slow motion to their damage, Syrus moves at normal speed, standing upright before sending them skidding away with a pulse of energy.
-The group of teens huddles together, beaten badly and hurting.
Austin: Okay, we need a strategy here.
-Austin hardly has time to look up as Syrus plows into the group huddle, delivering a straight jab to his face.
-Syrus continues firing right-handed jabs at Austin’s face, pummeling him relentlessly while smirking.
Syrus: Ah-ah, no cheating now! Speak up so everyone can hear what you’re planning!
-As Syrus pulls his left hand back for a haymaker, Kevin dives on him, holding the punch back. The rest of the group dive onto Syrus as well, doing their best to hold him.
-Syrus chuckles deeply to himself before flying straight up into the air.
Syrus: Tenacious, aren’t you?
-He rockets back to earth, the majority of the group still clinging to him.
-As he slams down, everyone is thrown from his body, skidding along the street until they come to a stop at a building or some wreckage.
-Instead of relenting, Syrus speeds off to distribute fly-by poundings.
-Chris remains out of the fray, looking on with horror-struck eyes. Lindsey is coughing weakly and shivering in his arms.
Chris: C’mon Lindz, you can hold on. Just hold on a little while before we can get you some help.
-Chris catches sight of Jack looking over, staring intently at Chris, rather than Lindsey.
Chris: Why aren’t you helping?!
-Jack coldly turns away.
-Nearby, Syrus has managed to beat he spirit out of just about everyone. He walks up to Kyle, facedown on the pavement, and kicks him in the side.
Kyle: HAH! (Holds his side and scrambles to his feet).
Chris: (Looks on with his eyes wide, filled with dread). I’ve seen this all before…
Syrus: Why is it that suddenly none of you are worth my time?
-Scott rushes up behind Syrus and swings a metal pole as hard as he can.
-Syrus whips around and grabs the pole with one hand, yanking it from Scott’s grip as he kicks Scott into a concrete slab jutting out of the ground.
-Syrus impales Scott through the stomach with the metal pole. Scott coughs a bit and slumps down, struggling to keep his head up as he pulls feebly at the pole.
-Clinton rushes forward to help his friend, charging something in his hands as he goes.
-Syrus knees up into Clinton’s stomach at the same time that he elbows down into his back, the spikes from his armor piercing him on both sides.
-Syrus grabs Clinton and tosses him to the side as he lies bleeding from two large holes in his body.
-Leena pulls out a throwing disc from her pocket and hurls it at Syrus while his back is turned.
-Jack sees this, curses under his breath, and bolts to Leena.
-As the whirling disc about hits Syrus in the back of his head, Syrus spins around and grabs the disc. He then spins around again and pitches the disc right back in one fluid movement. The disc screeches as it flies toward Leena.
-Jack throws himself in front of Leena and swishes his arm upward, knocking the disc away, but not before it slices to the bone.
-Jack holds his arm as blood flows out from behind his hand.
Chris: I failed. I wasn’t supposed to let this happen…
Lindsey: I can’t see anything…
Chris: (Looks down to see her rapidly fading). What?
Lindsey: I…I can’t breathe…
Chris: No! Don’t do this!
-She starts violently choking as she weakly reaches up a hand.
-It falls as her body goes limp.
-He touches her face and feels no warmth. He leans his head down to listen for breathing, but hears nothing.
Chris: She’s dead…
-Syrus stops at this, as does everyone else.
Jack: C’mon, that should do it already…
Austin: (Angrily puzzled). What?
-Chris just looks down and quietly sobs.
Jack: Why isn’t it working?
Syrus: (Casually walking up to Chris). Hnh. So she’s gone then?
Chris: Why did you have to kill her? Why did you have to do any of this?
Syrus: I said I’d bring Hell with me.
Chris: No. This isn’t how it ends.
Syrus: I’m sorry, but it is.
Chris: (Looks up, his eyes piercingly white). THIS ISN’T HOW IT ENDS!
-Light explodes forth from Chris as he screams, pushing Syrus and everyone back out of shock.
-Chris shuts his eyes tightly as the ground quakes around him, sending cracks rippling through the streets.
Syrus: (Shielding his eyes to the both the intense light and the dust whirling around Chris). What is this?
Jack: (Also shielding his face). About time.
Austin: What’s happening?
Jack: (Smiling). You’ll see.
-Chris’ cries carry out into the city, growing more and more strained and painful the longer he holds them.
-His hair suddenly flickers gold as his muscles tense.
Scott: (Barely keeping his head up). Khh…atta boy.
-A pillar of blue light bursts upward into the sky as Chris’ howling becomes its most severe.
-Chris falls silent as the light spirals upward and dissipates. His hair, however, is glowing bright gold.
-He quickly looks down at Lindsey and places a hand over the hole in her chest. The aura that surrounds him flows down from his hair and into his hands as he hums quietly. The light continues on and flows into Lindsey, causing her hair to shimmer faintly.
-Lindsey gasps suddenly and jerks upward as her eyes shoot open and then closed again. She passes out but heaves a long and healthy sigh.
Kyle: Holy shit.
-Chris stands up, still holding the now sleeping Lindsey in his arms. His hair has returned to its previous dull brown, but his hands still have a spark of gold surrounding them.
-He walks over to Scott and places Lindsey on the ground near him. Firmly grasping the metal pole, he pulls it from Scott’s stomach, holding a glowing hand at the spot of the wound.
-As Scott finally drops to his knees, released from his hanging position, he takes a deep breath and looks down to see his stomach completely intact.
Scott: Not a bad trick.
Chris: Also, you’re welcome.
-Chris picks up Lindsey and walks over to Clinton. He sets Lindsey down once again and reaches his hands out to Clinton, covering the open holes where Syrus punctured him. He closes his eyes as another healing takes place.
-Clinton sits up, weak but clearly out of the danger zone.
-Jack watches this as he holds his arm, wincing from the sharp pains. Chris gently cradles Lindsey and walks over to meet Jack, setting her down at his feet.
-He grabs a hold of Jack’s arm at the wound, causing Jack to flinch at this, but ultimately it’s apparent that the gash is healing.
Jack: Your hair looked a bit like mine there for a second, didn’t it?
-Jack’s injury healed, the light in Chris’ hands has completely faded.
Chris: Lindsey just died you know.
Jack: But you saved her. I knew you’d save her. (Bends down and picks her up). You always save her.
Austin: (Pats Chris on the shoulder). How do you always do this?
Chris: I want you all to get out of here.
Leena: But you, you’re…
Chris: I’ll be fine. I’m pretty resilient when I have to be.
-The group huddles closely as Syrus looks on, dumbfounded. Willy is carrying Clinton over a shoulder and Kyle is doing the same with Scott.
Austin: I’m not leaving you. Not this time. You need me.
Kevin: And me. (Places a hand on Chris’ shoulder). I trust you, and I trust that you shouldn’t have to be alone.
Chris: (Nods at Kevin and Austin, then instantly looks around). The rest of you, get as far away from here as fast as you can.
Leena: Are you su-
Chris: (Barks). NOW!
-Everyone except for Austin and Kevin takes off at a sprint away from Chris.
-Syrus finally snaps out of his stupor and blinks.
Syrus: You think they can just leave? What makes you think they can just leave?
Chris: Your fight is with ME! (He crouches down and powers up to max). This is what you wanted, isn’t it?!
-Austin and Kevin also power up what little they have left.
Syrus: (Turns his head inquisitively, searching for some sort of deception). And now you’re willing to fight, just like that?
Chris: Let’s go!
-Chris launches himself at Syrus as Austin and Kevin follow a few paces behind him.
-Syrus growls a wicked smile as he readies himself for the battle.
-As Chris strikes Syrus, they both disappear with a sonic boom.
-Austin and Kevin skid to a halt, stunned at their sudden disappearance.
BRAM! BRAM! BRAM!
-They look up to see Chris and Syrus exchanging blows in rapid succession in the air, disappearing and reappearing with every hit.
-Chris flies toward Syrus, throwing a punch out. Syrus grabs his arm and socks him in the ribs.
-Chris kicks out at Syrus, catching him in the head, then slams him with a double-handed smash.
-Syrus reappears with a punch to Chris’ gut.
-Chris vanishes and reconnects with an elbow to Syrus’ back.
-Syrus turns the tables with a heel kick.
-Chris returns with a solid knee to Syrus’ body.
-They both disappear and reappear with a straight cross, each connecting with the other’s fist.
-Syrus fires a quick energy blast at Chris, sending him away.
-Chris struggles against the blast but maintains control, tossing it away.
-Syrus comes straight down onto Chris’ head with a stomping double boot.
-Chris careens out of the air and lands with a crack to the pavement.
-He looks up as Syrus slams his fist down, just barely dodging out of the way.
-The two zip off after one another down the street.
-Syrus blasts a hard jab into Chris’ face, getting stopped by a full cross defense. The jab still pushes Chris back as the force carries the two further down the street.
-Syrus opens his mouth and starts charging a blast.
-Chris grabs the ball of energy forming in Syrus’ mouth, pushing back as it reaches completion.
-The two struggle against one another, Syrus trying to fire his blast and Chris trying to prevent it.
-Austin and Kevin come down hard on Syrus’ head with a foot each, causing him to clasp his jaw shut and harmlessly swallow the blast.
-Chris instantly pulls back and fires a strong Pulse explosion at Syrus’ stunned face, pitching him away from the trio.
-Syrus flips end over end before slapping the ground to right himself. He digs his feet in, skidding to a stop before launching forward again.
-He flicks out the blades from behind his hands and swings them above his head for a strike.
-Chris pushes Austin and Kevin away as he flips backward to avoid the strike.
-Syrus continues slashing at him, missing by mere hairs as Chris dodges and ducks, moving away as fast as possible.
-Syrus boots Chris in the chest, tossing him to the pavement.
-As Syrus comes down with a blade, Chris instinctively grabs at the item lying next to him, a sai, and deflects the blade into the ground where it imbeds itself.
-Chris grabs the other sai and stabs it at Syrus’ face.
-Syrus stops it with his other blade, pushing Chris back to give them some room.
-They both leap at each other, the metallic sounds of their weapons clashing against one another as they frantically try to make a damaging strike.
-Syrus finally gets the upper hand and rakes Chris on the shoulder.
-Chris winces and clangs the sai together.
-The sonic boom blows Syrus away and puts some distance between the two fighters.
-Chris grabs his shoulder to inspect for any significant damage.
-Syrus comes barreling back, his blades sheathed again, kicking upward into Chris’ body.
-Chris stumbles backward, dropping the sai as Syrus pulls his arm back, firing a devastating haymaker.
-The punch collides with Chris’ face. He takes a few steps back where he falls down, stunned.
Syrus: (Stands upright and takes a moment to exhale deeply). So, this is fun, isn’t it?
Chris: (Rubbing his cheek, still in some slight pain). You could have killed me there if you had your swords out. Why prolong this?
Syrus: Oh, you know, it’s just so rare that I’ll have a chance for a match like this again. I figured I’d savor it just a while longer.
Chris: That’s a pretty bold mistake.
Syrus: Hmm, you think? Do I look damaged to you in the slightest? And I’ve been holding back on you, too. There’s no other way for this to end and you know it.
Chris: (Massaging his shoulder now). Yet you’ve been so patient waiting for this fight.
Syrus: Oh yes. (Sighs). Pity though, if you’d used the Shimmer Form to fight me, you might have had the advantage for a few fleeting seconds before it faded.
Chris: (A sly grin crosses his face as he gets to his feet). Who says I can’t do that again?
Syrus: (Shakes his head as he walks casually toward Chris). Hah, you must be delirious from that last punch to the head.
Chris: (The ground around his shakes slightly as he smiles, giving a quick laugh through his nose). Hngh.
Syrus: (Raises an eyebrow). Eh?
Chris: You wanted to see Hell? I’ll show you Hell!
-Chris powers up again, instantly causing a shockwave to boom out from him.
-Syrus pauses, surprised at this.
-Austin and Kevin look on, also surprised at Chris’ spike in Pulse energy.
-As Chris screams, his power raises near his maximum level, cracking the area slightly. Chris grunts quietly with his head down as his body tenses.
Syrus: (Sighs and shakes his head again). Foolish boy, you have no idea how this works. You can’t reach the Shimmer Form by simply powering up. (Chuckles and takes a few steps, until he sees Chris’ hair and freezes).
-Chris’ hair flashes gold for a second before fading again.
Syrus: That’s not possible.
-Chris looks at Syrus as his eyes clear up again, tensing his body even further as he resumes screaming.
-A vicious earthquake resonates from Chris’ spot, shaking the area so badly that Austin and Kevin instinctively fall to their hands and knees for balance.
-A ways away, Jack and rest of the group continue running as fast as they can.
Lindsey: (Slowly opens her eyes). Jack? (Intensely confused). What’s going on?
Jack: (Not looking down). Chris is fighting with Syrus.
-A shockwave reaches the group, pushing them forward to the point of nearly tripping.
Danny: What was that?
-They look back as the ground starts shaking. A light is glowing in the distance.
Jack: I need to be there. (Tosses Lindsey to Danny). Stay here!
Lindsey: Jack! What are you doing? Jack!
-Jack sprints back toward the battlefield. Meanwhile, at the center of it all, Chris is screaming louder and louder.
-A bright aura sparks off Chris’ body in places as his muscles tense, shooting cracks of electricity here and there.
-Fissures snake from his feet all around in a crater as his voice cries louder.
Syrus: (Looking all around, shocked). This isn’t how it works! You don’t understand!
-Chris clenches his fists, shaking them from holding them so tightly. His hair continues to fade in and out between gold and brown as chunks of the pavement nearby start coming up from the ground.
-A few blocks away, Glitch, Frank, and Sam continue leading civilians away, stopping to look up at the glowing light.
Sam: What’s that? (Frank swivels around and points his camera at the glowing sky).
Glitch: I don’t know. (Turns away from the glow). There’s no time to worry about it right now. There are more people that need help.
-Back with the source, Chris is pulling himself in tightly, his hair glowing freely now.
-Jack runs up and joins Austin and Kevin.
Jack: He’s doing it again, isn’t he?
Jack: I knew it!
Austin: Has he done this before?
Jack: Twice. Once at the Regime’s base and once against Derek.
-Jack checks his Pulse watch, hoping to gage just how strong Chris is getting. His watch has stopped entirely.
-The three look up as Chris, still tense, is pushing himself harder than they could imagine, tears streaming from his eyes.
-The camera zooms inside Chris’ head, showing flashes of Lindsey fighting at various times, sustaining injury and damage against multiple foes such as the Hex-Duo, the Octa-Rangers, and Syrus. These quick moments alternate faster and faster between them, flashing so rapidly that it’s impossible to make out a clear image over the sound of Lindsey crying out.
-Something snaps as Chris opens his eyes, energy detonating from him as he screams at the top of his lungs.
-The pillar of blue light streaks into the air as the shockwave pulsates forth, shattering the glass from every window and streetlight in the area.
-Everyone shields their eyes as dust and glass spray them.
-When Syrus moves his arm to watch as the dust clears, his mouth instantly hangs open in a gasp.
-Chris is hovering a foot above his little crater, eyes closed and at peace, his hair shimmering bright gold.
-He gently lands, takes a deep breath, and snaps his head upward in Syrus’ direction as he opens his eyes. They’re clouded over for a few moments before they fade into glowing pupils.
Syrus: (A fearful smile pulls at the side of his face). You can’t be serious. This is nonsense.
Chris: This is what you’d wanted, isn’t it? A real challenge?
Syrus: (Regains his composure). Please, it’d be in your wisest interest to attack me while you can still maintain the transformation.
-Syrus sprints forward and throws a punch.
-Chris hardly steps to the side, dodging it easily.
Syrus: So, you have a bit of speed, do you?
-Syrus sends a volley of punches in Chris’ direction. None of them can hit their target.
-Syrus begins throwing in kicks as well, furiously acting at a lightning-fast pace. Still, he can’t land a single hit.
-As Syrus punches, he carries through so hard that the force from each continues past Chris and rips up the ground. And yet, Chris remains untouched.
Syrus: You think this is funny?
-Syrus’ speed increases as the punches become blurs, sounding as if a propeller were buzzing about Chris. Every so often Chris blocks a punch instead of just letting it whiz harmlessly by.
Syrus: Fight back already!
-Chris thrusts forward with an elbow, catching Syrus in the face. The attack rawks him so fully that he screeches down the block.
Syrus: (In disbelief as he flies). How did he do that? No one’s that fast!
-A wisp of dust trails next to Syrus, suddenly…
-Chris reappears behind Syrus, kicking him into the air.
-Syrus spirals into the sky, high above the buildings. He can hardly keep his eyes open as his teeth are clenched to the point of nearly shattering from anger.
-Chris vwings above Syrus, clasping his hands together and bringing them over his head in a strong arc before clubbing Syrus with his full strength in a double-handed smash.
-Syrus zooms to the ground, smashing into it without even being able to right himself.
-He lays for a moment or two, looking up to see Austin, Kevin, and Jack worriedly looking at him.
Syrus: You little-
-Chris spikes into Syrus’ back with his knee, slamming down so hard and with such follow-through that the area craters around them and explodes.
-The three onlookers take a step back and cover their faces to block the debris.
-Syrus leaps from the cracked earth, only to get decked in the face from a fist coming out of nowhere.
-A series of hits like this go back and forth, pinballing Syrus throughout the street.
-Syrus lands and dodges a punch by a few inches, Chris’ fist gracing his cheek.
-The force of the punch tears a swath in the street as Syrus leaps back, shocked at what he’s witnessing.
-He looks back at Chris, but he’s gone.
Chris: You scared yet?
-Syrus jumps from the voice behind him. He turns to see Chris hovering lightly above the ground, completely calm.
Austin: This is just unreal.
Jack: It’s exactly how I predicted it.
Kevin: I don’t like the idea of using Chris as a tool, though.
Austin: Me either.
Jack: Right now it doesn’t even matter. Syrus can’t land a decent hit, so all that’s important is the end result.
Chris: (Walking toward Syrus). Boy I wonder what’s going through that head of yours right now.
Syrus: (Smiles and calms down a bit). So a few strong blows and already you assume the fight’s over?
Chris: Yeah, it’s been over for some time now.
Syrus: How long do you think that form will hold out? Another minute? Maybe a few more seconds?
Chris: I can do this all day if I have to.
Syrus: Hah! I think you’re bluffing. (Grabs the metal pole from earlier and swishes it around). Mind if I test your theory?
Chris: Please do.
-Syrus steps up to Chris and swings the pole horizontally, to which Chris ducks out of the way.
-Syrus repeats this, swishing it around, missing Chris every time.
Syrus: Hmm, not bad, but you could do better.
-Syrus heaves the pole at Chris, striking with a metal CLANG! as Chris blocks the attack.
-Gritting his teeth, Syrus spins the pole around, flips it above his head, and brings it down on top of Chris’ head.
-Chris blocks it yet again with a loud and echoing CLANG!
-Breaking down to frantic swings, CLANG ringing out each time, Syrus is unable to inflict any damage to Chris.
-Chris grabs the pole from Syrus, plucking it from his grasp with one simple tug before disappearing.
Chris: Let me show you how it’s done.
-Chris shows up behind Syrus, battering him with the weapon.
-Syrus recoils, partly from the surprise, and spins around as Chris swings the pole again into him.
-Syrus manages to block with the usual CLANG, but Chris keeps advancing, pushing Syrus back as he flips the pole around in a stylish manner.
-Chris leaps forward and slams Syrus in the head with the pole.
-Syrus grabs his head as Chris flips behind him, hitting him again with a wide swing.
-Chris pummels Syrus unrelentingly, TANG permeating the air in a rhythmic fashion.
-Finally, Chris appears in front of Syrus and swings the pole like a bat, holding it at the very end, and clubs Syrus in the face so hard that the metal bends clean in half.
-Syrus spins onto his back as Chris disappears.
-Suddenly a kick strikes Syrus into the air. He rights himself and tries to block but takes a damaging gut punch.
Chris: This is where I’d say, “you’ll pay for hurting my friends.”
-Chris thrashes Syrus left and right with harrowing blows, hammering him as he speaks.
Chris: I’d probably say, “that this one’s for Scott!” BOOM! “And this one’s for Kyle!” BOOM! “And for Danny” BOOM! “and Willy” BOOM! “and Derek!” BABABOOM! “Maybe one for me!” KABOOM!
-Syrus is tossed high into the air as Chris cups his hands and pulls them back, instantly charging a huge blast.
Chris: AND THIS ONE’S FOR HER!
-Chris fires his signature blast directly at Syrus.
-Syrus manages to defend himself, pulling himself in tight to withstand the blast as best he can.
-Right before it hits, Chris lurches his hands upward, causing the blast to shoot straight up and away from Syrus.
-It carries into the sky and dissipates harmlessly.
Chris: Yeah, something like that.
Syrus: Why…why did you do that?
Chris: (Crossing his arms). Oh come on, like I’m ending the fight while spewing some garbage like that.
Syrus: And so you feel you’re just toying with me, right?
Chris: (Thumbs at his hair). Notice your theory didn’t pan out.
Syrus: Have you forgotten that I possess the Eclipse Star?
Chris: Just about, yeah. It’s not like it’s doing you any good.
-Syrus lets out a howl as he charges his energy, a dark light emanating from the armor.
-He pounds Chris in the face with a strong hit, sending Chris flying through the air.
-Chris zips back and punches at Syrus, getting his fist caught and held.
-Syrus pulls Chris to the side and smacks him under the chin with a palm strike.
-Chris twists to the side and kicks at Syrus, getting blocked.
-Syrus grabs Chris’ feet and zooms to the ground, slamming him into the pavement with a sharp crack.
-Chris juts a punch up, missing Syrus slightly. Syrus punches back, also missing slightly.
-They both keep punching, missing every time.
-Finally, their fists collide and Chris winces, pulling his fist back.
-Syrus blasts Chris in the face multiple times with punches, slapping him around.
Syrus: Hahaha! You feel it yet?!
-As Syrus continues his punching, Chris suddenly stops reacting to the damage, standing perfectly unmoved despite Syrus’ continued assault.
-Chris chops at Syrus’ chest, hitting him hard.
-Syrus stops punching and takes a step back.
-He leaps straight at Chris, blasting a huge stream of Pulse energy right at Chris, engulfing him.
-Syrus stops, as there is only a cloud of smoke where Chris is standing. He lets out a thankful sigh.
-A kick rips out from the smoke and sends Syrus high into the air.
-He spins around and shudders energy around him, stopping instantly.
-Chris vwings to Syrus’ location, his arms crossed.
Syrus: (Breathing heavily, in a contained rage). You’re just a child. How are you doing this? How are you sustaining that transformation?
Chris: I initially did it because I had to, but now, I just sort of want to.
Austin: (Yelling up). Any time you want to finish this would be great!
Chris: (Waves Austin off). I’m busy right now, thanks.
Austin: Chris, we’re all, very proud of you, yes, but there’s no reason to prolong this!
Chris: (Faces the three on the ground, turning his back to Syrus completely). Don’t tell me how to do this!
Kevin: Austin’s right! Don’t make a mistake that could hurt us in the long run!
-Syrus realizes he has a slim opening and watches carefully.
Chris: NO! He’s caused every bad thing in our life for the past year and now that I’m finally not afraid of him I’m returning the favor!
Austin: Well we’re pretty well still terrified of him, so if you could do us a solid and twist his head off right now I’d really appreciate it!
Chris: Are you the one in control here? No, you’re not! (Noticeably on edge, clenching his fists and pointing at himself). I’m in control! I’m the one with the power! I’m the one who makes the decisions! And until you reach this level, you don’t have a say in it!
-Syrus sees his chance and strikes.
-Syrus unsheathes his blade and slashes right at Chris’ neck, following clean through.
-Everything freezes for a moment as silence overtakes the mood.
-Finally, the tinkling sound of metal falling to the pavement breaks the pause.
-Syrus’ blade has shattered on Chris’ neck.
Chris: (Giving an arrogant smile). Ah-ah-ah, can’t you see I’m talking with my associates? (Turns around and faces Syrus, not a scratch on him). I’d have thought you of all people would appreciate the few moments before they talk me into killing you.
-Syrus stares in disbelief at what he just witnessed. Slowly he floats higher and higher in the air, furrowing his brow with a serious anger.
-Chris watches him fly upward, smiling.
-As Syrus climbs to a point far beyond the buildings, up in the clouds, Chris allows himself to drift to the ground next to the others.
-His arm shoots up above his head as Syrus begins charging a black energy ball. The others look on with curiosity.
-Without saying a word, Syrus gradually increases the size of the ball larger and larger, causing it to pulsate with each expansion, sucking in a dark power from all around him as tendrils lash from his armor.
-Three of the teenagers on the ground feel their eyes go wide and their jaws lull open at this sight.
Austin: That does not look good.
Jack: (Astonished). Something that size is going to destroy everything from here to the Northern Lodge. If he throws that he’ll kill himself, too.
-Chris just smiles and watches with his arms crossed. Syrus builds the attack’s power to the bursting point, so large that it eclipses the sky almost entirely.
Syrus: Try this one!
-Syrus tosses it toward the group on the ground. It slowly comes crashing down, humming loudly as it falls.
-Austin, Jack, and Kevin all dig in their feet and start frantically charging energy blasts.
Jack: Ready, on my signal!
-Chris casually strolls past them as they charge up. Upon seeing him they lose their concentration and stop charging, letting their guard down, entirely baffled by Chris’ reaction.
-He walks past them and looks up at the incoming death ball. He shuts his hand and quickly charges an energy ball in it, clasping his hand shut around it as light sprays from between his fingers.
-Chris pitches his little energy ball directly at Syrus’ massive black sphere, rocketing up at a ridiculous speed. He turns around and walks back between his friends, not even looking up to see if his counter will do anything.
-The smaller ball collides with the larger ball, instantly plunging itself in a few inches as it stops the death ball’s progress completely.
-Syrus’ finishing attack goes in complete reverse from the force of Chris’ baseball-sized blast, picking up speed the higher it gets.
-It finally moves past Syrus as he stares on, wordless in his moment of stunned silence.
-The ball clears the clouds and breaks out of the atmosphere, heading up, up up…
Chris: (Whips around and clenches his fist). And boom goes the dynamite!
-The two balls detonate somewhere in space, piercing the sky with strobbing lights before fading as if nothing had happened.
-Syrus’ rage wells up to uncontrollable levels as he pants louder and louder, his veins bulging anywhere his skin is visible.
-He lets out a guttural scream as sections of the sky tear away and glow black.
-He fires himself directly at Chris.
-Chris turns around right as Syrus catches up with him, completely taken off guard as Syrus grabs him by the face and slides him across the ground.
-Chris breaks the hold and decks Syrus in the face. They continue skidding across the ground, throwing damaging blows to each other, pounding without caring to defend.
-Syrus grabs Chris by both shoulders and forces him into a strong headbutt that Chris jerks back from.
-Chris strikes back, resulting in the two clenching up and struggling against each other.
Chris: (Completely serious). So, this is what you were talking about, huh?
Syrus: I will not be beaten by a child!
-Syrus shoots an energy beam from his mouth, nailing Chris in the face.
-As Chris flips back, Syrus lays in with a combination of attacks, each meeting their mark as Chris genuinely attempts to dodge them.
-Syrus finds a grip on Chris’ ankles and fiercely swings him around, making a buzzing noise. He changes the angle of the swing and starts chipping into the ground, slamming Chris over and over before hurling him into a building.
-As the structure crumbles, Chris bolts out, only to get shot away with an energy blast.
-Every time Chris tries to move away, Syrus pops him in the face with a powerful hit.
-Syrus finally grabs Chris by the shirt and hangs him above the ground, charging an energy beam in the other hand.
Syrus: Where did all your confidence go?
-Chris reacts quickly to this, embedding his fist in Syrus’ stomach up to the wrist.
-Syrus coughs out loud, trying to breathe.
-Chris continues landing these unforgiving hits in the exact same spot.
-Syrus reaches out a hand to grab Chris, but Chris grabs it back, clenching his fist around it and breaking the hand.
-This causes Syrus to reef back and distance himself from Chris, his breaths raged and strained.
Chris: (No longer arrogant and cocky). Austin’s right; I’m ending this.
Syrus: (Through gritted teeth, blood oozing from his lips). You won’t take this from me…
Chris: (Holds out a hand and charges energy in his open palm). I gave you fair warning.
-Syrus pulls his remaining working hand up near his face and forms the same white-hot energy attack that was fired at Derek.
-Chris stops charging for a moment, surprised as Syrus instead points his hand and his attack at himself, as if holding a pistol to his head.
Syrus: I’ll see you in Hell.
-Chris tries to quickly fire his attack before Syrus’, but he is too late.
-Chris is hurled from the explosion point as the area is once more enveloped in an unholy white light, shredding the city block as the blast implodes upon itself, leaving nothing behind.
-Syrus is gone.
-A few moments pass as nothing stirs, a slight breeze blowing through to swirl the dust.
-Chris pushes out of a pile of rubble and coughs. His hair is back to normal and he finally looks like he took a serious beating.
-Jack, Austin, and Kevin also emerge from piles of fallen concrete, busty but relatively unharmed.
-The four get to their feet and brush themselves off.
-Chris looks down and sees Derek’s sai. He picks them up and looks them over.
Kevin: Is Syrus gone?
Chris: I think so.
Lindsey: Thank God! You’re okay!
-Lindsey and the others come rushing into the eerie clearing.
-Chris looks up and sees Lindsey sprinting toward him, crying from joy. He smiles as he sees her.
Lindsey: Jack! You’re okay! (She brushes past Chris, bumping him as she dives into Jack’s confused arms, kissing him). Don’t do that! Don’t do that! You could have been killed!
Jack: (Awkwardly going along with it, embracing her back). Y-yeah, I’m fine.
-Chris watches this, all happiness fading from him, leaving only a powerful feeling of isolation.
-He closes his eyes and screams out in rage, powering up.
-The others turn to see him explode away from the scene, flying off towards the now-rising sun in the distance.
-No one speaks as Glitch and a large number of Legion soldiers march into the open, quickly checking for anyone in need of their help.
-Glitch sees that no one is speaking.
Glitch: What’s happened?
-No one says a word.
End of Eclipse Star: Genesis!
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