To further their training, some members decided to split off for a few days. Tiny and Burst went north to the Great Lakes, Blade and Shot made their way to the forests of South Carolina, Wing decided to take a trip around the world. while the rest stayed back.
“Since you all decided to stay back at base, I will be training each and every one of you for the next couple of days.” Screech laughed as they all began to back away, he looked around the room and picked the defender. “Shield!” He opened his palm to face her. “Block this” he smiled, letting out a concentrated vibration. She barely gets her shield up in time. Her shield begins to visibly crack under the barrage of his vibrations and her back leg begins to shake, ready to give out under the pressure. “Where is that defense you had when Fang and Blade were in danger.” He sighed, stopping his barrage. ‘I’ll force it out of you.” Aiming his palms at the other members, he clenched his fists.
Come on… please be there shield.
He allows the sound of his heartbeat to resonate within himself five times over. “PROTECT YOUR FAMILY” He commanded of her as he opened his palm, forcing this destructive, crushing force out towards them. With those words, she threw herself into the fray and slammed forearms together, forcing herself to generate the same shield she used to defend Fang and Blade.
“That’s not good enough!” He yelled, bringing his other fist to face her.
Sorry… but I’m gonna have to force you to evolve.
He opened his fist and let the intense vibrations force itself from his body.
Shit! I let it reverberate for too long.
“PROTECT THEM!” He screamed out from the bottom of his lungs but, her shield immediately breaks. His eyes widened and began to water as dirt and dust filled the air. Falling to his knees as that first tear broke through, rolling down his right cheek and leaving a trail for the rest to flow free.
I’ve lost my family again… please… even if it’s only one of you, say something.
The sky turns dark and decimated buildings litter the surrounding area. Screech is trapped, unable to pull himself from under the rubble. The man dressed in black appears in front of his as the smoke begins to clear, walking towards the pile of debris in which his son lay, picking him up from under the rubble. He places the barrel of his gun to the child’s throat.
“Dad… please.” His cry echoes through Screech’s mind. A tear runs down his cheek as his son extends his hand out to him. The man pulls the trigger, discharging the bullets from the barrel, destroying his larynx and stealing his ability to breath. Screech watched as he dropped his son to the ground, He clenched his fist and dragged his head away from the scene to see his team, his new family, calling out.
“I did it!” Shield screamed out from the void, her triumphant words seemed to force the sky to regain its blue color, clearing the smoke from the world around Screech and all that was left in sight was the dirt settling in front of a giant shield which guarded the entirety of the team. It fell forward and shattered; behind it stood everyone, no one harmed but all amazed of what stood in front of them. A mask of deep blue bones surrounded the bottom half of her face leaving her pale, gray eyes and black hair exposed. The rest of her body from the chest down was covered by bone plates which protruded from her skin, with small spikes protruding from the top of her hands and knuckles.
“Looks like you gotten to the next level.” He smiled as his dried my tears “Are you all ok?” I asked them all.
“Yea they’re ok.” A familiar voice came from behind me.
“Hey, El” Screech laughed “so, how did your training go?” His smile slowly became wide and his eyes followed. “Oh right, you didn’t come to train with us, you went to hide out somewhere.” It was apparent that she had become frightened by how she swiftly wiped the beads of sweat off her brow. “I’ll give you a head start.” He smiled at her as he opened the palm of his hands and faced them towards her. Without another word, she took off running into the woods while a barrage of vibration shots followed, dodging most but taking two shots into her right shoulder and center of her back.
“So, we’ll be here for a while.” Screech sighed “But, Smoke, you’re up next” He laughed as Smoke ran inside. “Come on El, At least try to fight back.” He smiled.
This is pretty fun, wonder how the others are doing.
Burst walks around the lake, examining the water to see a Trout jump from the water. Burst shoots it from the air and takes a hold of it just before it reaches the water.
“And we have lunch.” He laughed.
“Can we train for a bit now.” Tiny sighed as he stood up from the log.
“Sure” Burst shoots a spread of bone shrapnel into Tiny’s entire body. “You ready?” He exclaims to Tiny but, just before he starts charging at his brother, his gaze focuses on the flock of birds who had just fled their wooden abode.
“Somethings wrong,” Tiny said as they both looked into the distance. Burst turns back to see a man appear behind Tiny with his fist cocked. “Duck!” He yells at Tiny.
“Wha-” His fist collides into Tiny’s jaw, sending him a few feet back.
“I was told that you two would be pushovers.” The man laughed as he slowly tilted his head to the side and smirked.
“They do fit the bill.” A woman’s voice emitted from the lake behind us. Burst turned to see a fair skinned woman with blond hair, slowly rising out from the sea. Burst and Tiny stand back to back and face our opponents.
“They’re Zodiacs, be cautious about their abilities” Burst whispered.
“That’s obvious” Tiny sighs “You can’t beat me, but you know that already, don’t you?” He taunts the man, watching as he immediately became irritated, scratching his beard and turning his head more.
“I’m going to murder you, Kid” He smiled as he began to radiate a yellow glow. He grew to three times his original size, two horns protruded from his temples and the Taurus sign appeared on his forehead.
“Stop provoking him Tiny!” Burst yelled at him.
“Aw, you look like a big donkey.” He laughed, provoking the Taurus till a small ring appeared and hanged from his nose. “Oh my god, you have a nose ring” Tiny burst into hysterical laughter. In his rage, Taurus plunged his fist into Tiny’s stomach. “You know, I expected you to be so much stronger.” He pulls his fist out. “You’re just a weaker version of the original, aren’t yo-” He sends Tiny skipping across the lake like a boy had just tossed a stone across the lake.
“IM NOT DONE WITH YOU” The angered Taurus takes a leap and pursues him to the other side of the lake.
“So, I’m guessing you are the Aquarius than?” Burst ask her nervously.
Why do you look so sad?
“Yes, I am.” She smirked, “You don’t seem as cocky as your little friend, why is that?”
“Oh, you think he didn’t know what he was getting into” Burst chuckles
He has no idea what he’s getting himself into
“You two really know nothing about us?” He adds.
“What do you mean by that?” Her condescending demeanor changes into concern for her teammate.
“Look back at the other side of the lake real quick” Burst sighed.
I hope you’re not being thrown around like a ragdoll
They both watched as Tiny lifted the Taurus and toss him into the forest.
Unpredictable as always
Her eyes widen as Burst looks back at her. “So, what are you two exactly?”
“… We’re variants… lesser or incomplete versions of the Zodiac Gene.” The lake slowly begins to freeze behind her. “But we all are different you know.” She smiles as her body radiates a bluish-white glow, her fair skin turns to a paper white complexion and her blonde hair turns an icy white as she begins to smirk. “Sorry, but it looks like my team member needs some help.” She sighs as an ice wall forms behind her.
“Looks like you’re underestimating me as well” Burst smiled as the wall fired off hundreds of ice spikes into his body and freezing wherever they landed. His body froze completely where he stood.
“And that’s the end of that, you seemed like a kind person.” She walked away to help out her teammate but, the sound of ice breaking caused her to turn around slowly to see Burst breaking his way out of his frozen prison.
“Hi again” He laughs “That was a great idea but like I said before.” The remaining ice begins to disappear into his body. “You were underestimating me.” Burst’s body begins to transform, his brown hair turns as white as the Variant’s own. His body turned cold and spikes of ice appeared on his shoulders with frost traveling down his body. “So goddamn cold…” He laughs as his body shivers.
“How’d yo-” A barrage of ice needles bury themselves into her legs and freezing them, leaving her immobile.
“Well, I’m enjoying this.” Burst laughs as one of his spikes break off and frost begins to travel up his body.
I have a limit to how much I can use this, I gotta end this quickly.
Ice travels from the lake and freezes the ground around him.
“Drop dead.” She smirked as walls of ice surrounded him and began to close in.
“Yea, I’m tired of this.” Burst sighed as he placed his arms together and formed a cannon once more but, as he held it up, the spikes on his shoulder all submerged themselves back into his body and his white hair had turned back to its brown color, turning the construct into a mix of bone and ice. He aimed at where she stood and fired off a stalagmite of ice, destroying his cannon.
“Aw, you think that would kill me?” She creates a wall of ice, but the stalagmite slams right through. “WHAT!”
Her body immediately begins to freeze as the tip of the stalagmite pierces her chest, causing her eyes to widen as she coughs up blood.
“Looks like I’m the first to lose my life.” Her tears start to flow. “They gave me my life back and yet, I’m still gonna die like some damn dog.” Her voice becomes shaky.
“Hey, they gave you the option to have your life back and you took it, anyone would.” He walks towards her smiling and hugs her, his kind demeanor had gotten the best of him, she smirks as her remaining ice walls turn into spikes, shooting themselves towards Burst’s neck. “I’m glad I met someone like you.” His words caused her spikes to stop just before they could graze his neck.
“Why is that? She questions as the ice begin to take her neck.
“You fought for your life and with everything you had, that’s something that I’ll remember about you.” He begins to tear up. “When you came out from the lake, you would quiver and shake, not because you were cold or anything, but because this isn’t something you wanted to do. I already knew that you didn’t want to kill anyone, you just wanted to go on living.” The spikes immediately turned to water.
“I’m sorry it ended like this for you.” He cuts her off and sighs. “I understand what your feeling because at one point, I had to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have dreamt of doing to survive, for me and my brother over there. I think we could’ve been friends if the situation hadn’t had pitted us against each other.” They both smiled.
“You’re such a baby” She laughs a little. “Don’t worry about it kid.” The ice takes the back of her head. “Thank you, for this talk, it’s making this part all the easier for me… somewhat” She laughs as she froze completely, shattering in his arms.
“Told ya, you can’t beat me.” Tiny smiles as he continues to fight the Taurus Variant on an equal playing field.
“Come on and show me your true power.” The Taurus chuckles as their fists collide. “You’ve been holding back while I’ve been fighting with all I got.” He smirks at him.
“Hmm” Tiny considers his request. “Alright” he jumps back and forces all that sheer strength and power he gathered during their brawl all throughout his body.
“Whoa…” The Variant watches as Tiny’s body grows bigger than his own.
“To contain this power, my body must grow to match it, this ends up making me huge or slim depending on what type of attacks I’ve been absorbing.” Tiny smirks. “Now, face your own power.” Tiny laughs as he lunges forward.
“Bring it, boy!” The man throws a left hook at Tiny’s chin, he dodges under it and slams his fist into the Variant’s chest. “Almost” He laughed as he took the hit without wavering. He grabbed Tiny and slammed him into a white pine tree.
“Hey, I gotta meet back up with my brother.” Tiny stands back up and stretches. “I’m gonna finish this.” He sighs and gets into a sprint set.
“What? You think I’m gonna let you lea-” Tiny’s fist slams into the Variant’s throat, crushing his windpipe, causing him to suffocate.
“That was an amazing fight,” Tiny said. “Sorry that I had to end it like this.” He runs off as steam emits from his body. He sprints around the lake where Burst stood saddened by the death of his adversary turned friend.
“Hey, Tahir” Burst smiles.
“Just use our new names” Tiny chuckles a bit. They turn away from the lake to see as a bush begins to rustle. “Come out from there.” Tiny commands as a child, no older than nine, walks out from his hiding spot.
“Hi…” The kid shies away from them as the steam stops emitting from Tiny’s body.
“I guess you watched it all happen then.” Burst laughs and scratches his head.
“Yea.” The kid looks at them and starts to smile a little. “Did you guys beat them win?” His voice lost the original nervousness and sounded as if he was excited. “You guys were so cool!” The child laughs as the team of two chuckles.
“It was nothing,” Tiny says and walks closer to him. “What are you clutching behind your back,” Tiny asked calmly.
“Oh, this?” He pulls out a drawing book. “It’s just my drawing book.” He opens it up to a drawing of Tiny and Burst, sitting at the shore, attempting to catch fish. “I was trying to draw the lake but, you two came into view so I decided to draw you two instead.” He smiles. “Can you two sign it?” He adds with a laugh as they get closer, signing their names on the sky. He gasps and squeals a bit. “Will you guys take this as well?” He pulls out a pen. “It’s old, I know but, it’s still my favorite one.”
“Sure” Burst laughs as the boy places the pen into his hands. “we gotta make it back home… It was nice meeting you.”
“Same, Bye heroes!” He yelled as the brothers left back to Bus stop.
“Tiny, did he seem familiar to you?” Burst places his hands over his mouth and tries to remember where he has seen that boy before as they walk onto the bus.
“Nah, but don’t worry about it, let’s just get back home and report on what happened.” Tiny sighs and slowly begins to drift to sleep. Burst looks out the window and gazes into the sky.
Meanwhile, in the skies of Alabama, Wing soars into the chest of a Libra variant, who tosses him to the side. Neither of them had said a word, only striking each other with everything they had. She stood in the air, smiling at Wing as he glides to her left.
I need to make this quick and explain the situation to Screech.
She grips the air and throws her hand downwards. Watching the air bend towards him, he doesn’t move or try to dodge it, instead, he braves the intense air current.
So, this how she threw me out the way, she just a trickster.
His wings begin to open wider as he opens his mouth and inhales the current. She tilts her head, confused about what occurring, he swings her arm horizontally, creating another highspeed air current to force him away. He stands his ground, forcing his own Jetstream out from the back of his wings. He soars forward, cutting through her current. She jumps back and attempts to descend but, Wing grabs her by the hair, and drags her down to the ground at 558 mph. Just before hitting the ground, he glides just above it ground, dragging her across the rugged asphalt. He let’s go, sending her bloody body into the woods, crashing through several ash trees before slamming her back against a stone.
Wing lands next to her and watches as her eyes slowly gaze up at him.
“Nice try but, you’re not strong enough to beat me just yet.” He laughs.
“Just die already!” She cries as she causes an air current to whip up behind Wing, launching rocks and tree bark at him from across the creek.
“Wow,” His wings fold down and harden, defending him from the barrage of stones and bark. “Calm down and let me help.” He laughs.
“Who the actual fuck do you think you are” She laughs as he grabs her arm, She tries to pull away from him. “Let me fucking go, you glorified pige-” He grabs her throat and slowly strengthens his grip. She gasps for air and struggles, kicking him and fighting back with her mangled arms.
“Just take a nap.” He sighs as he derives her brain of oxygen, leaving her unconscious. “Finally.” He laughs while forcing her dislocated shoulder back into place. He uses the bark and foliage to create a splint, supporting the broken ulna of her left arm and shattered femur of her right leg. “Now you won’t be in as much pain… hopefully.”
Now I gotta report this to Screech. Wing leaves the unconscious woman and takes flight. If I don’t make it back in time, only Screech will be able to defend the base from the air and if he falls, we all fall.
Meanwhile, In California, Blade watches as Shot leaves the bar with the bartender. Her features were captivating, her dark brown hair was kept to the side in a French braid, her Amber eyes resembled the orange leaves that fell when Summer had vacated the world and Fall took its place. With a slim build and her cheerful personality, she held onto Shot’s hand guiding him through the city lights of LA. Blade follows from a distant, clenching her fist as she watches them laugh together.
I am going to murder this bitch.
“Are you ok?” The woman stares at Blade who, in her rage, had stepped onto the woman’s back heel.
“Yea!” She accidentally yells out, drawing the attention of the surrounding bystanders. “I’m sorry.” She whispers while taking a glance at Shot and slowly backs away, Shot takes a step to follow her but is pulled back by the bartender.
“Well, that was weird.” She laughs a bit. “So… would you mind coming back to my apartment.” She slowly pulled his arm closer and smirked.
“I’m not so su-” She pulls his chin down and stares into his eyes.
“Come with me to my apartment.” She commands as he smiles and nods. After five minutes, they walk into her apartment. “Take a seat.” She smiles and goes into the other room. He lays his head back on the sofa. Why can’t I control myself now? The woman steps back out dressed in black lingerie. Never mind, this might be worth it. Shot begins to smile as she spreads his legs. This is definitely worth it. She takes a few steps back. “You ready for the main course.” She smirks as he nods, biting her own thumb, her body glows a greyish color and the Scorpio sign appears on her right breast, causing Shot to jump back and off the couch.
“Thought it was too good to be true.” He sighs “This explains why I was unable to do anything about Blade…” He looks down and constructs a bone sniper. “I’m gonna murder you.” He stares at her and takes aim.
“You think you can even hit me with a sniper” She laughed as she immediately closed in on him. She’s to fa- She grabs his face and tosses him into the wall. “I thought you’d be tougher.” She laughed. “Let me show you my finished form” She jumps back and kneels as her base spreads back and six spider-like appendages grow from her it. “Do you like?” She laughs as she begins to bite her finger.
“You see, a sniper isn’t going to work on you.” He smirks, as his bone rifle begins to change and resemble an assault rifle. “Do you like what you see?” He laughs as he aims it at her, but just before firing off a round of bone bullets, the woman sends out a web from her mouth, clogging the muzzle.
“Does that answer your question.” She laughed. “My spinnerets are in my mouth, so I don’t need to turn around to eject a web”
“That’s cool, but I’m gonna need you to die now.” Blade’s voice emits from behind the spider woman. Just as she turns to attack her, a blade runs through her abdomen, pinning her in place while she screams. “Now Shot.” Blade yells out as she twists it, causing the woman to scream out once more.
“So demanding.” Shot sighs as he pulls the web from his barrel and immediately fires off a few rounds into the woman’s body. Blade pulls her arm out and watches as the woman scurries to the window.
“IM GONNA KILL YOU!” She screams out while jumping out the window and flees the scene.
“And she’s gone… Thank you for the help.” Shot sighed as he went to give her a hug.
“Touch me and I’ll cut you.” She presses her blade against his chest. “You made me feel like shit and left me.” Her face goes red.
“That wasn’t on purpose” He laughed “She had done something to me make me obey her until she turned into… that.” He smiles at her, causing her to drop her guard. He pulls her in and smiles.
“Let go!” She yells at him and starts to blush.
“Nope. You’re enjoying- FUCK” His suddenly screams as Blade cuts his thigh. “WHY WOULD YO-” She places her bladed arm to his neck.
“Don’t hug me unless I say so.” She stares at him while changing her arm back to normal. “I’m leaving back to base” she turns and walks out the apartment, hiding her smile. “Come on, we got to get out before someone calls the cops.” She laughs.
He belongs to me… I’m gonna murder that bitch when I see her again!