*Aftan adjusted her own stance in response to Matt's stance, she judged that he was fairly confident in his skills as well as his augmentations. He would try to bully her with his strength. Her advantage would be her speed and agility, built up from years of refinement starting at the age of 4.*
*Matt's powerful swing caused the air to whistle as he brought his augmented strength to bear. The shield projector flared to life again as Aftan blocked the attack, slamming her against a wall*
"This is no way to be fast, you fool.*She cursed herself as she moved away from the wall.*
*Another powerful swing came at her. Using the wall, she flipped her body over the swinging blade and landed, sending a long leg flying at Matt's head, merely annoying him with the impact.*
"I have to finish him soon"*She thought to herself as her lungs started to burn from the effort.*
*Cadolbolg groaned as he impacted Dillon's body, taking the love drunk madman off his mount and to the building roofs below.*
*Turtling up, Cadolbolg impacted the ground and watched as Dillon merely floated to the ground using the power of his ring.*
"Good he's distracted."*The older voice said in Cadolbolg's head*
Cortex woke up surrounded by light, blinding his eyes as he opened them.
He picked himself off the ground and looked around.
"uuuuuhhhhh...What in the Name of Uka Uka Happened?..." He groaned as he looked at the shiny Glassy walls all around him.
"Where am I?..."
*Puce sighed as he leaned against the walls of the Star Sapphire, Kurumu sat next to him.*
"Do you want the long story or the short story, Dr. Cortex."*Puce asked, looking at the confused little scientist.*
*Puce frowned but held Kurumu's hand. He was hopefully, but had a nagging doubt that they would be released any time soon.*
Shadow was propped up on top of a vey tall building in the 'arena' and was looking for a target. He was remembering the deal he made with Calypso just a while ago.
"Fine I will do this job new job, but I want 101 serums made...."
And that's basically how he ended up on the roof. He saw Dillion the whole time going stone bonkers freezing his own teamates. He decided he was goin to "get shot up" just a little bit. He started lining up his sights and humming a tune.
"Puce?...What the hell happened? Last thing I knew I was trying to get my truck going then...A strange light...and now I'm here..." He slowly said as he pieced together what just happened.
"...Dillon...I SWEAR I WILL TEAR YOUR HEART OUT AND USE IT TO POWER A COFFEE MACHINE!" The Mad Doctor shouted as he pounded on the Sapphire Walls.
"LET ME OUT! I NEED THAT WISH! I WANT TO finally kill that...Mammal..." He started out high but slowly lost his composure.
"...We aren't leaving...are we?..."
-PLOTS THE EVENTUAL REMOVAL OF DILLON'S RING FINGERS-
*Puce chuckled for a second as the Doctor started driving his fists into the wall of their Sapphire prison before feeling gloomy again.*
"I trust that some one will try to break us out. However, it might come down to all of us being trapped in here."*Puce thought aloud*
"I wonder though... if Dillon could do this to us... what could the others do..."
"Puce! Don't think like that."*It was Kurumu who spoke this time.*
LET ME OUT!
Cortex was starting to despair and was half thinking of blowing his brains out with his...
"Ray Gun..." He said before reaching into his coat and getting it.
"A-HA!" He exclaimed before charging it and firing it at the Sapphire Walls, leaving a barely notable scorch mark on it.
"...Dammit...Mmmmm...If I had the right tools..." He left that to hang in the air while he thought of what he could use.
*Kurumu watched as the good doctor frantically shot the crystalline walls repeated in the same spot, leaving a barely noticeable scratch, but a scratch none the less.*
"Puce! Look at that."*Kurumu said excitedly, pointing to the flaw in the Sapphire's surface.*
"What about it. It's just a scratch from the... ray gun?"*Puce remarked before realizing what Kurumu was getting at.*
"Dr. Cortex... does that ray gun have an explosive overload setting?"*Kurumu asked in the friendliest voice she could muster.*
*Puce, refusing to share in the excitement mentally prepared himself.*
Cortex laid the gun on the ground and explained "This is a custom Cortex Power MkIV Energy Blast Gun. It uses a Self Sustaining Microfusion Reactor to power it...What if I?...???....Mmmm..."
He thought long and hard about this.
"...You can control metal and such, right?..." He asked before pulling out his notebook and drawing blueprints for a MkV Ray Gun.
-SCIENCE AND MAGIC = SMAGIC?-
*Puce thought to respond as he tried to focus on the Ray Gun's microfusion reactor. Looking at it, Puce sensed that it was remarkably like the Fusion Reactor that powered Spectre Mk.2 but smaller.*
"He can control the Earth Elements... including metal, rocks and... gems.*Kurumu smiled her respond and emphasized the last word in her sentence.*
*Puce merely nodded as he started wondering if he would be able to absorb the total output of the microfusion reactor as it exploded.*
"Doctor, I want to cause a catastrophic failure in the reactor and absorb the released energy and use that energy to shatter the Sapphire. However, I'm not sure if I can absorb all that energy... I've never tried. So if you have a better suggestion..."*Puce suggested, waiting to see if Cortex was in the mood to test their luck.*
Cortex took that idea into consideration as he finished his blueprint.
"We'll keep that on the table for now, but lets try this first..." He said as he showed a drawing for a improved Ray Gun with greater power but more unstable.
"Try to reform the gun like that and I'll see if we can't get anywhere with it first, I'm not a fan of blowing reactors." He recommended before handing Puce the Ray Gun.
*Puce looked at the blueprint and focused on the internal working of the MKIV Ray Gun.*
"So the oscillating array connects with the trihexial release. The heat exchange conduit needs to be contracted."*Puce started murmuring to himself as he began to draw energy from the Ray Gun's own micro-fusion reactor and reshaping the weapon itself.*
*Slowly the Ray Gun disassembled itself and finally reassembled itself into the new MKV model that Cortex had devised.*
"There."*Puce said, feeling a bit drained from the effort.*
*Kurumu let him lean against her as they watched Cortex pick up the Ray Gun*
"I hope he's not planning on using that against us."*Puce thought to himself*
As Dillon stood up on the ground, an El Camino rammed into him, sprawling him on the road.
"Sorry my son, but I cannot let you win like this, the destruction that can be caused by your desires is too great a risk."
Preacher got out, walking over to the dazed man. He grabbed the Sapphire out of his pocket and jumped back into Brimstone. He then set about returning to the rooftops.
Cortex checked out the new model, The Core was more exposed and prone to damage, but the lens allowed for a higher charge.
"Alright...Lets try this out..." He said as he began charging it, While the MkIV glowed, This gave off green light like a welder, forcing Puce and Kurumu to cover their eyes.
Despite this, He fired at the Sapphire walls...
Brimstone pulled up at the top of a multistory car park. Preacher then grabbed the Sapphire and threw it to the ground, shattering the gemstone along with its prison.
The second the Gem broke, The Trio stuck within reappeared at Preachers feet.
"Huh...ha- A-HAHAHAHAH. SCIENCE! WINS! AGAIN!" Cortex laughed madly as began to kiss the ground.
After spitting out some bird droppings, he looked up and saw the Preacher.
Re-post of Preacher's Appearance:
"...Errr...Sorry, Father...I get a little wild when something actually works..."
YAY FOR COINCIDENCE!!!
*Puce and Kurumu heard the sound of shattering glass and felt the nighttime air hit their bodies.*
"We're free!*Kurumu exclaimed as she uncovered her eyes.*
"He did it? It actually worked?*Puce asked, not believing it at first.*
"You did it Corte...I mean Dr. Cortex! You got us out!"*Kurumu shouted with glee, grabbing the mad scientist into a busty hug and tossing him up in the air before catching him.*
"Who's that..."*Puce asked. Seeing the Preacher standing there.*
Preacher smiled slightly at Cortex "Do not worry my child, we have an important task ahead of us."
Preacher turned to face all three.
"Now that I've freed you from that crystal prison, we can finally stop this madness".
The Second Preacher revealed he had in fact freed them, Kurumu stopped throwing Cortex just in time for Gravity to take over, causing him to Faceplant into the ground behind them.
"...owwww..." He groaned as he pulled his face off the dirty rooftop.
"Wait...Are you part of Twisted Metal?..." he asked as he realised he still had his ray gun.
*Puce stared at Preacher for a moment, his eyes having gone cold and distrustful of the man who had freed them moments ago.*
"Why should we trust you?"*Puce asked.*
"Puce! He just freed us. You could at least thank him."*Kurumu scolded, staring at Puce in disbelief.*
"But why did he free us and why does Twisted Metal need to be stopped?"
The whole time Tomoya was actually watching the whole thing. Sometimes he isn't allowed to intervene but he does what he wants. Seeing the Preacher release the two and ramming Dillon, Tomoya wanted to actually do that but he was glad that someone else then himself did the good work for once.
In a holy sense, the clouds parted due to Tomoya not being angry anymore and let in some light, then Tomoya started to decent with his wings. As he touched down he saw everyone. "Good to see you guys got free, I wanted to do it but this stranger beat me to it. Who are you?" Asked the Preacher still having his lightning wings out.
"Look at the carnage that has been inflicted during this competition. This cannot go on, I have been sent by the Lord to tear down this accursed contest!"
Cortex looked across the rooftops back to the battle, His Truck was still there, the other team just figured that without the driver, that wasn't worth the trouble.
"Alright, We'll help you Preacher...once I get my wish..." Cortex said under his breath as he wished he could jetpack his way back over there.
As Tomoya heard Preacher's answer he was left speechless. "......Well...I didn't know that he had sent someone else. Unless you obey someone different...because as you see...Archangel of Lightning..." Tomoya said as he waved behind him at his wings. Hoping that the Preacher knows who is actually in front of him. Actually Tomoya was surprised that he had sent someone else...but to help or burden him?
*Puce thought about the Preacher's words. He couldn't quite trust the man but he knew that he was right about the competition.*
"Okay... I'll help you."*Puce said, unsure if he was doing the right thing.*
*Kurumu had taken off, using her wings to glide down to Spectre Mk.2. Firing up the engines, she pulled the fighter out of the building and landed on the roof, waiting for Puce to climb aboard.*
"What about him?"*Puce indicated Dillon, who was still down on the street.*
"It is imperative that you stop your renegade friend from getting his wish, There is no telling what Calypso will do to him and to us given that opportunity".
Just then a voice cut in on Brimstone's radio. "Jebediah, my most pious of friends. It's good to see you again".
Seeing Puce about to head to the fight, Cortex quickly climbed in and got in the back.
"Mind Giving me a lift?...Seeing how I nearly freed you and all..." He pleaded with a smile that was both genuine and un-convincing.
*Puce sighed as he once again expanded the read seat to accommodate another passenger.*
"The last time I did this, Chrysalis nearly got us killed. I trust you're not going to do the same."*Puce remarked coldly as he climbed into Spectre Mk.2*
*Kurumu rolled her eyes at the memory before preparing to lift off.*
"We still don't know what to do about Dillon."*She remarked as she put power to the vertical thrusters.*
"Leave it to me. Don't worry I won't kill him."
*Down on the street, a set of four arms rose from the asphalt and held Dillon in place by his limbs. A head rose from the ground as well and began chanting over and over.*
"You'll never save her. You'll never save her. You'll never save her. You'll never save her."*The head droned.*
"Rest assured, I merely need to get back to my truck before they take it over." Cortex explained as he tried to find the Seatbeats.
Might keep this new Ray Gun, the extra fire power never hurt...
He was soon dropped off by Juggernaut and he got in just in time to avoid being hit by Axel.
Dillon, who had been attacked was not in the mood to be psychologically attacked.
Violet fire set the arms aflame then when he was free he blasted the head away.
"HOW DARE YOU, I SHALL DESTROY YOU FOR DOING THIS TO ME. YOU SHALL NOT BE THE CAUSE OF MY LOVE'S DEATH YOU HEAR ME.
FOR HEARTS LONG LOST AND FULL OF FRIGHT.
FOR THOSE ALONE IN BLACKEST NIGHT.
ACCEPT OUR RING AND JOIN OUR FIGHT.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL WITH VIOLET LIGHT"
Once Dillon completed his oath he began to glow brightly, he was at full power, and his commandments involving not hurting his friends were now very limited in fact only Amaya, Riolu, and Carol were on that list of not being hurt.
Reaper and Darkside arrived in front of Angelus, reaper lobbed another Flaming Chainsaw in her direction.
What beautiful misunderstanding, snip
The dragon flapped her wings in confusion of the recent events,
"Who's the priest?"
"I don't know, but apparently he is our ally, from what I'm gathering... And Dillon's gone mad again."
"Let them know we'll keep em safe from the enemy cars while they hold off Dillon."
The dragon complied, and conveyed their message to the group as she went forward to destroy some cars.
This is what I get for being slow, snip
Caim stood atop the dragon, and ran forward. He jumped, and then batted the Chainsaw away with Hymir's Finger. As he fell, he smiled knowing the Chainsaw was flying in a completely different direction.
Angelus, being the dragon she was, wasn't going to let Caim become splattered, and dove down to catch her partner. In a twisting maneuver, she caught Caim and found herself ascending the air once again. Caim switched back to his favored blade as the dragon let loose fire at the annoying motorcycle.
Reaper was set ablaze, it attempted to get away before being completely enveloped.
Darkside used its Turbo Ram, launching off of the building speeding towards Angelus in mid air.
Angelus snorted with satisfaction as Reaper caught afire, but was given an alarm about a quickly arriving enemy. With Caim's alert to the oncoming enemy; the dragon snarled and took in a deep breath; and fired her homing barrage. She was hoping to save that for Dillon, but that would have to wait. She did not know if she had hurt the car enough; and as she flew upwards to dodge the passing car, she screeched as it scraped her underside.