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"This meeting is adjourned." Vincent said as he stood up. "I hope all of you will continue to work as hard as you have been in the future." his tone made it sound as if he thought it was funny.
There was a shuffling as people began to get ready to depart. Some were more annoyed than others. Ripchord had managed to only crack the table as he expressed his rage towards Vincent- a great improvement, he thought. Nyx shifted through the notes that he had dreaded taking- well, kind off. Most of them were doodles that he had etched out while pretending to listen. He got the gist of what was going on. If the Coven wanted the details, they should have picked someone else to take notes. His eyes went to Miss Universe, who was still sitting. She was drinking a cup of tea, with no sign of her wanting to leave at all. She flashed a smile at him. "Uh, not ready to leave yet?"
"Hm? I haven't finished my tea. Its bad manners." she chuckled lightly. "Also, I was hoping I'd catch your attention."
"M-My attention?" 
"Yes..." her eyes went down to his papers. "Aw, is that me?" she pointed to the sparkly sketch taking up half of one of his pages. 
"Uh, yeah. I got bored." he smiled awkwardly. 
"I'd like to keep it, if you don't mind. No one's ever drawn a picture of me before."
"Sure." he handed it to her.
"Now, as I was trying to say. There's a little favor I was wondering if you'd do for me."
"Uh, I kind of need to check back with the Coven before..."
"Oh, you were chosen to be their representative, weren't you? And I'm sure they'd want you to do anything to show their loyalty to the Shadow Cabinet."
"Yeah but if you are asking..."
"They don't have to know it's me." she winked.
"Yeah... yeah. I like the sound of that. What did you have in mind?" He gave her a toothy grin.
Vincent had yet to leave the room. He narrowed his eyes as he overheard the conversation. This was something that annoyed him quite a bit.

-Salem, MA-
Riza walked out of the store, carrying several bags of various items. She mulled over them in her brain and mumbled to herself until she was sure she was done shopping. She glanced at her shopping list one more time before a blinding brightly colored flash caught attention out of the corner of her eye. It was accompanied with the screeching of many brakes and several horns blaring and then- nothing. The expected crash that usually followed- did not. She looked up, her face twisting in shock as she saw it. Caron was standing in the middle of the street. The was a magical aura around him that made the cars levitate rather than hit him. There was an echo of people yelling and screaming as this happened. "L-Lord Caron!" 
"There you are, Riza."
"What are you doing here?!"
"I'm here to see you, of course." he smiled in an unknowing way.
"Get out of the road!" Someone shouted.
"What the hell did he do-?!"
"Oh my god-!"
"Look at him!"
"He's a Celestian!"
"Ah. Nice to see they recognize their betters. Though I was attempting to lie low." Riza looked him up and down. A white long sleeved shirt with a collar, black pants and an ornate sash wrapped around his waste. He was the picture of normal Celestian citizen. However, that did not work here. 
"We-" her face was beginning to burn with embarrassment. "We should get out of here."
"Hm?" he walked to the window of a shop, spying the outfit on a mannequin. "No wonder everyone is staring. I am following the wrong fashion trends." With a wave of his hands, a lavender puff of smoke swirled around him and copied the outfit on the mannequin. "There. Much better."
"We... need to go!"
"But I just got here. I wanted to see what all the fuss is about this dimension-"
"Now!"
"As you wish." In another magical cloud of smoke, they disappeared.

-Salem Museum of Witchcraft and Mysticism-
Veronica scanned the papers that were scattered about on the table. "The Talisman of Azzar..."
"Here," she looked up as the red haired gentleman sitting across from her handed her the paper. "Its an energy siphon that drains the energy of mortals to magnify the powers of it's wielder. Don't touch it with your bare hands."
"Ah," she took the paper. "Thanks, Jason. You didn't have to help me with this, ya know."
"Nonsense. Now that I see that you literally meant you had a mountain of work to do, I could never have left you to do it all on your own." He smiled at her. "Though I am surprised your Master is still around after all this time. The last time we met, she was being chased by cultists-"
"Ugh. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have heard that story." She laughed. It almost sounded exhausted. "What she did to them was just... so bad." she shook her head.
"It was funny at the time." He laughed as well. "I can't believe that she actually leaves you in charge of the Archive. She's always been so-"
"Bossy? Rude? Psychotic?"
"Distrustful. But those also describe her too."
"When it comes to tracking down magical items and cataloging them, I'm kind of the perfect choice."
"Wish I had your state of mind when I worked under Merlin. I might have made less mistakes and wiser decisions."
"That's Merlin. I doubt you'll find someone as legendary who isn't nit-picky about every little detail."
"And Wisteria is not? Why did you start apprenticing under her?"
This caused Veronica to pause but she quickly blew it off. "It's a long story. Not really that interesting."
"I'd actually like to hear it sometime. In fact," he seemed to hesitate as he glanced around the dimly lit room filled with books and papers crammed into shelves. The curtains were drawn but small rays of light peeked underneath them. She was working by the light of oil lanterns set all across the table. "When I first arrived, I thought the atmosphere was quite... romantic." 
She froze, now looking at him. "Aaaah... you thought this was a date...? Oh my- I'm so sorry!"
"No, no. It's my fault for assuming-"
"The curtains are closed because my eyes are incredibly sensitive to light. UV light, especially. That's why I have the lamps. Oh... it does have that kind of feeling in here. doesn't it?" She put her hand over her mouth, dumbstruck.
"A little bit, yes. I am sorry. I didn't know."
"It's my fault. I probably didn't clarify."
"So your eyes," he scooted his chair closer. 
"They've always been incredibly sensitive to light ever since I was little."
"They're different looking. Not in a bad way.That golden glow your pupils have is..."
"Jason." She said quite briskly as he had leaned in close.
"Hm-? Ah-! Sorry. What was that?"
"It's because you have Etrigan. That light is the reflection of my magic. You know the saying 'the eyes reflect the soul'? Wisteria said I can see the threads of the universe that are holding it together. I can see what's 'right' and what's 'wrong', if that makes any sense."
"I understand."
"You and Etrigan are bound together. You're... a whole mess of right and wrong jumbled together, it's hard to explain. Demons and warlocks for some reason are drawn to my magic like bugs to a bug zapper. Even though I can 'correct' the situation, they always think that they can obtain my power." she shifted. "Anyways, we better get this done- if you still want to, I know you thought this was a date."
"Of course I'll help. I said I would. On the other matter, I could just... take you out to dinner or something. No magic, no work."
"Uh, yeah. Why not?" she smiled.
"You don't have to feel obligated-"
"No-!"
"I understand with Etrigan-"
"Jason. I'd love to."
"R-really? Then I'll make arrangements later."

-SGPA Headquarters, Pluto-
Cat stormed down the walkway towards the war room, others dodging her from the sheer effect of the feeling she was putting off. Terri was backing towards her, still talking to someone as she turned. "-yeah, I'll take a look- oh! Cat."
"Have you seen Solar Cat?" she said sharply. 
"Uh, yeah. She's talking to Elle. What's wrong?"
"Probably the same thing Elle is talking to her about. I can't believe that imbecile Caron dropped into our dimension with no thought as to what the repercussions are!" she growled. 
"Yeah, I heard about that." she said. 
"Not to mention the train wreck this is gonna cause with A.R.G.U.S. and the fact that the Justice League is going to grill me..." she shook her head. "I'm sorry, Terri. Didn't mean to explode on you."
"You've got a lot on your mind. Being multiverse cop can't be easy so go ahead and rant."
"Thanks." she smiled but stopped as she was about to walk off. "Oh and Terri, how come you never told me you had a crush on me?" This made Terri freeze in her tracks. She swallowed nervously as she turned to her. "You must have known I would've found out, being a contact telepath but you never said anything." 
"I didn't think I should. I mean, you were with Superboy and that whole ordeal... I just didn't think you liked me that way. I know humans have their preferences, I didn't know if Celestians-"
"We don't. I don't." she stated with a smirk. "The thing about me is I tend to let people decide their feelings for themselves. Just because I know, doesn't mean I should act. I'll catch you later." She left Terri standing somewhat baffled on the walkway as she entered the war room. Inside she could spy Phuong, Fafnr and Elle- who seemed quite aggravated. 
"I understand you're upset-" Fafnr started.
"You don't even know upset. Meanwhile, there's a public relations nightmare walking down the streets of Salem, in this country, on this planet- in this dimension. How could this happen?" she groaned. "I'm getting all sorts of calls all over about a Celestian disrupting traffic. Some asshole who's front bumper got nicked in the incident is screaming its the War of Abominations all over again which- by the way, everyone still thinks is our fault." she spotted Cat in the doorway. "And speak of the devil. Have you found him yet?"
"Yes. It seems he dropped in to see Synergy."
"What?"
"He was teaching her magic while she was in the Dimensional Rift, in Haven. She hasn't been back so he came to see her. At least, that's what he says."
"You're a contact telepath, what do you mean 'at least that's what he says'?"
"His feelings are quite genuine but the man... is my cousin and a noble high in the Celestial Court. If he simply disapproves of the world,"
"He could a threat." Fafnr said.
"True but unlikely. He seems to be here to sight-see, if you want to call it that."
"Okay then." Phuong finally spoke. "Have him make a statement that he is here as a tourist and is in no way in power to lay siege or to take leadership of this dimension. He is here strictly in a civilian capacity. Will that work for you, Elle?"
She frowned but then sighed. "Yeah, I can make it work."
"You're the best."
"Remind me why I love this job."
"The business trips?" Cat joked. 
"Oh, I do love those. Ilantheum is beautiful this time of year."
"I know we dump a lot on you so seriously, thanks."
"Pssht. You'd have to get Superman to drag me out of this job. I wouldn't give it up for anything."
"Glad that's done." Cat sighed.
"Sorry, Cathy. I know you're swamped." Elle said. 
"It's Halloween. I've been up to my ears in magical mishaps already." she sighed.

-Harvey's Cafe, Salem-
"So." Sheila started as she stared across the table at Kahlil. The waiter placed two cups of coffee and some cakes in front of them. 
"You said you don't go out with SGPA members because it might compromise the team."
"So not a date?"
"Not a date." he smiled. "Besides, you said there wasn't something you wanted to talk about."
"Uh yeah." she rubbed her fingers on the crystal around her neck.
"If you keep playing with it, you're gonna wear out the concealment charm and we'll have to explain to Elle why we were in Salem on Halloween."
"Enchantments don't wear off that easily."
"No but it got you to smile."
"Yeah..." she glanced at the cake in front of her.
"Its about Soco's vision, right?" Kahlil asked. "You don't have to tell me what it is. I can kind of guess anyway. You made the decision on your own. It was your choice and you chose us."
"But... there's a chance I might change my mind. That's what the vision tells us."
"I think the only chance of that is if you doubt yourself." he said. "If you let doubt win, then yeah. There's a chance but you're stubborn. You'll pull through.
She smiled. "And you said this wasn't a date."
"It's not a date."
"Then why are you sweet talking me?"
"Isn't that why you talked to me?" he joked. "Let's eat this cake before-"
There was an explosion coming from outside that shook the cafe. "You were saying?" He followed Sheila out the door. A car was launched through the air, flying their direction. With a wave of his hand, Kahlil forced a gust of wind that gently set the car done. "Date's over." she said as she removed the charm from her neck. In a swirl of glowing fire, her outfit changed and her staff appeared. 
"Not a date!" he shouted as he ran after her. Her only response was a laugh. He was surprised as he saw the tree in the center of the shopping district. The leaves were gone and black goop was flowing out of it. He heard a familiar cackling.
"What is this? I was expecting a kitty cat to come my way. Not Captain Planet and the runaway princess." Nyx was perched in the tree, leaning on one of the branches. "But this could be a lot more fun." he jumped out of the tree, his body seemed to slump before he stood up straight. "Shall we give these lovely people a show?" he grinned.
"Get him away from that tree." Sheila whispered. 
"Why?"
"It's a defense charm. I can sense it. The Black Cat must have put it up to guard Salem against magical threats while she was cleaning up everywhere else."
"Nyx didn't have a problem getting in."
"It's supposed to protect things from getting out, not in. If it corrodes any further-" they lunged out of the way as a blast of dark matter struck the ground between them.
"I'm sorry, am I interrupting something?" Nyx said as little black bubbles floated around him. Kahlil disrupted the ground underneath him, causing it to send him flying away from the tree. "Uh oh. The wittle planeteer is mad that I hurt his tree friend." he jumped to avoid another earth attack and flung the bubbles towards him. Sheila put up a wall of fire to soften the blast. 
"He's right though. That tree isn't looking good."
"I don't know how to fix it! We need a sorcerer." 
"Then I guess it's a good thing I got the alert." There was a violet blast as a force slammed Nyx through a wall. They turned to see Riza and Caron. a shimmering smoke swirled around Caron's hand, showing that he was the one who had just attacked.
"Huh. And I was about to call humans dull." Caron smirked.
"Salem, what's going on?" Riza asked.
"No time! Synergy, you need to-" she was interrupted by a horrifying cracking sound. They turned to see the tree was cracking. With a blinding blast, it sudden exploded into splinters. There was a black haze everywhere. Riza had put up a barrier to shield them from it.
"That doesn't bode well." Caron said as the barrier vanished. 
A hollow laugh echoed down the street. The sky distorted, turning dark. "Hello, little lambs." The smoke began to clear to reveal a red head of hair. That alone was enough to unsettle Riza. The figure was squatting on the ground, it arose to it's feet. There was an ominous jangling as broken chains seemed to scatter about the ground. She felt pain surge through her entire body as a pair of golden eyes set on her. Her foot shifted backwards, an almost retreat that she cursed herself for as Caron grabbed her hand. He had apparently sensed her fear but he didn't take his eyes off of the figure- a man or so he would appear.
"No..." Kahlil was breathless.
"Grae the Red- on Earth?!" Riza choked on the words.
"So this is what the air tastes like." Grae breathed in. "It's polluted... I like it!" he grinned. "I'm honored really. A few brave volunteers have come to sacrifice themselves to celebrate my arrival. I would shed a tear if I had any." 
"What manner of thing is this? I'm curious." Caron spoke.
"Ah. One of the People. I haven't feasted on Celestian's energy in such a long time."
"I take it back. Let's destroy it." Caron frowned. 
"It's not that simple..." Sheila said as she pointed to the civilians that were previously coughing from the smoke. They're eyes turned black, a darkness that seemed to crack down their faces. They breathed out the black haze. 
"What?"
"Grae is chaos incarnate! He's an immortal. That smog was caused by a pulse of his own energy that causes this dimension to warp into another, causing a madness that he can control." Sheila spoke.
"I see, Riza's barrier was fortified with Celestian spell techniques. We're immune to the effects of dimensional warping."
"Hm? I wonder how fragile humans really are? Let's find out." With a wave of Grae's hands, the people lunged at the group like animals. Riza threw up another barrier.
"You all speak as if you've faced this monstrosity before?"
"We have just not here. We do a little interdimensional work from time to time." Kahlil said. "I didn't think that the Black Cat would hide his prison here."
"I see. Knowing my dear cousin, she dropped him into a pocket dimension that is completely separated from the Rift by this dimension's wall but at the same time separated from this world. The tree is one from our home. Clever of her to use it as a prison. It is immune to most magic."
"How did Nyx get him out then?" Kahlili asked.
"His dark matter is not typical magic. It's a cosmic level of rift magic." Riza said. "Which I hate to break it to you but he's back on his feet."
"Quite the endurance to take a hit from me- oh for the love of Feyroron!" he face-palmed. "Ri- I mean, Synergy, you remember what my last lesson was?"
"About healing- oh! Oh!" she realized what he meant.
"Precisely. The tree is from my home which means its no ordinary tree. It was a construct of magic and emotion. Find it's greatest moment and restore it to life."
"I don't know if I can-!"
"You don't have a choice." Sheila snapped. "Elemento and I will keep Nyx occupied. Caron can push Grae back towards the tree."
"You've got this. You've done it before. Find the memory."
Caron gave her a nod as she dispersed the shield, blasting the people back. "Don't hurt the civilians!"
Caron sent a blast towards Grae, causing him to slide back a few feet. "How interesting..." Grae chuckled as his form began to change. The monstrous shape let out a deafening shriek. "I didn't think you could get any uglier." His tail wrapped around a car and launched it at Caron. In a puff of smoke, the car vanished.
"Childish move." he said until he realized Grae had lunged at him. He grappled with him. He began shoving Grae back. "I am not some mortal you can push around-!" Grae's tail pulled Caron's legs out from under him, causing him to fall on his back. In a deep breath, Caron could spy a dark mass down Grae's throat. He pulled his knees up and rolled, kicking Grae off. Sheila waved her staff, sending a wall of fire towards Nyx who rolled out of the way. Kahlil knocked back the civilians with a blast of air, being sure not to cause them any physical harm. 
"Oh, and I thought you like things a little wild, hellion." Nyx taunted. 
"Shut up, rag doll!" She avoided another dark matter surge which tore up the tiled walkway. She jumped in the air and slammed an inferno down on him. It vanished as it beat down on a dark matter shield. It blast up at her. She slammed her staff into the force, causing an explosion.
"Salem-!" Kahlil tossed a man to the ground that had jumped onto his back. 
She slid back out of the cloud of smoke. "I'm fine."
Riza waved her hands over the tree remnants as her hands glowed. "Come on, give me something to work with." she let out a deep breath. "Block out the fighting."
She could spy the ethereal figures crowded around the tree, on a darkened purple- the Black Cat.
["-The people of Salem are honored to have the Black Cat as our very own superhero." the man standing next to her said.
"Thank you, Mayor. And I hope you'll accept this tree as a gift from me. It is a tree from my home. It will be a symbol of peace and bring hope when it seems like we've run out luck." she chuckled at the joke and the crowd laughed.
"C-can I take a picture with you?" A little girl asked.
Cat ruffled her hair. "Of course, Rosie."
"You know my name?"
"Of course."
"How?"
"It's a secret." she winked.]
"There it is. The day they honored the Black Cat. Now," a bright glow emanated from her hands.
Grae noticed the light and with a shriek, sent a blast wave towards her as Caron tackled him. "Riza!" he shouted. 
She noticed it too late to move. Suddenly- nothing. "I am getting really sick of interdimensional immortals."
She looked up to see Veronica. "Aletheia-!" 
"Another one? Human shelled? What hides within that body?" Grae buzzed with questions.
"You are a whole mess of wrong." Veronica's eyes narrowed. A citizen lunged at her but she caught his face with the hand. A light glow emanated and the man returned to normal.
"Wha...? I'm-"
"Free but not safe. Get out of here." Veronica said. The man nodded and ran.
"What is this?!" Grae's tail swung at her but evaporated when it came in contact with her hand. 
"Get the prison ready." Veronica said. 
"O-Okay."
"What are you, woman?"
"Wouldn't you like to know." she smiled. She blitzed towards him. Caron's eyes glowed as he blasted Grae, who had already begun to back away from Veronica. Grae grabbed a hold of a car and threw it at her. She dodged, not slowing down in the least. Her fist glowed as she sucker punched him- his monstrous form dissolving. She twirled, booting him back. He stopped and grabbed her next swing and smashed his head into hers.
"Aletheia!" she heard Jason's voice. She could spy him throw something. She caught it- the Talisman of Azzar. Her whole body glowed, causing Grae's skin to burn. She punched him in the jaw again before grabbing him by his collar and flinging him towards the now glowing tree. The glow had warped into a strange portal. Caron cast a spell to tie up the civilians still attacking.
"No, no, no-!" 
"You don't belong!" With a final blow, he was knocked back through the portal as it closed. An energy pulsed through the area, causing the clouds to disperse and the people to revert back to normal. 
Riza swayed, a bit dizzy. "I got you." Caron grabbed her. "Well, hello there." he smiled as she looked at him.
"How cute." Nyx cackled. "You're playing lovebirds with a human way too out of her depth."
"Silence, creature." Caron barked at him.
"I can see it. A selfish being who does what he wants and takes what he wants."
"I said silence." his eyes narrowed.
"Does the monk know? What lies beneath the pretty face you wear? Show her your true face-!" In a flash, Nyx suddenly exploded from the inside out.
"I said silence." The glow in Caron's eyes faded. "Wretched thing."
"He'll be back." Veronica said.
"I know that. Nothing would that kind of magical power stuffed into its skin will die from something as simple as that. He'll reform back with his master before long." Caron grumbled. "I assume you've had dealings with it before."
"He's... uh, yeah. A lot. Though I think blowing him up was a bit much..."
He paused. "I apologize, Riza. I didn't mean to offend..."
Veronica wrapped the talisman in a cloth as Jason walked up to her. "How-"
Sheila froze as she spotted Jason before becoming enraged. "You!" She hit him with her staff- glowing in fire, sending him crashing to the ground. In a sudden flare, Jason transformed into Etrigan.
"What trick is this?" Etrigan looked up to see Sheila. 
"Servant of my father hiding in human skin! You thought you could hide from me?!"
"Salem-!" Kahlil tried to stop her but she pulled away from him.
"What does he want?!"
"Salem, stop!" Veronica stood in front of him. "This is Etrigan, Jason Blood's other half."
"Ha, the weakling seems to have made new friends. Be careful, those who do meet violent ends."
"Etrigan... right. Sorry." she shook her head.
"You can go back now, Etrigan."
"Woman thinks she can order me? I was drawn out by her fire and now you wish me gone."
Veronica frowned. "Please."
"Haha!" His laughter echoed. "Very well but tell the runaway she should not hide with you long. As much as I hate him, Lucifer likes to taunt me to the point where he leaks information. He is planning something big. I suspect it'll be fun to see." In a blaze, Etrigan vanished to reveal Jason again.
Veronica helped him up. "Well, I was planning to introduce you to Etrigan when we've at least had our third date." he joked and she smiled. "How did you stop that creature?"
"I told you, I can see the what's wrong. He didn't belong in this dimension and everything about him is meant to make chaos by warping and mangling dimensions together. I'm the perfect person to handle him. How did you charge the talisman?"
"A little bit of life energy is nothing for someone who's immortal." he smiled.
"What was that?! A foreboding message from a demon, an interdimensional demon and your warlock boyfriend just let the only one we could interrogate escape by blowing him up." Kahlil snapped. 
"Etrigan is right. Something has every demon in Hell stirred up." Jason spoke.
"Which now makes me wonder. What should we be more worried about? The demons all riled up or the Celestian Lord who conveniently destroyed our only lead." Kahlil looked at Caron, giving him a glare that he returned in kind.

-?????-
Miss Universe leaned back in her chair as Vincent sat across from her. "What a pleasant surprise, Vincent. I hadn't expected you to call me for a private visit."
"Let's cut the pleasantries. You were never subtle. You have been trying to get your precious little nails hooked into Coven for a long time. Using the Shadow Cabinet as a proxy is bad manners."
"Oh? You think I'd something to jeopardize our alliance?"
"I think you're just as self motivated as the rest of us. Do you think that you can't trust me to take your agenda into consideration? Bewitching Nyx to break out a world destroying demon. A former lover of yours perhaps?"
"No, no, no. You misunderstand. It's not that I don't trust you, I don't like you." she said as she playfully tapped his nose. She rose to her feet. "But I can see the benefit of sharing information. It was not the prisoner I was interested in but something in the prison itself." She strolled away.
"Should I?" Echo asked. 
"You don't need to show Miss Universe her severance package just yet. I'm quite interested in where this will lead."
"I am quite interested as well." Neophyte spoke as he emerged from the back room. "This woman," a glowing orb was floating in his hand. In the glow Vincent could spy Veronica- Aletheia. 
"She's one of the SGPA members. Though I don't remember her being quite as tough."
"That is not what interests me. It is her very unique power."
"Oh? Did it give you an idea?"
"Possibly. I must see it for myself. It seems I must make a house call."

TO BE CONTINUED...
SGPA [The Series] Issue #4/Hollowed Hearts
Yay~ next issue~!
IT was supposed to be out on Halloween but my router blew out and no internet :'D
I am not even remotely sorry for this set up. Have more confusion. XD

Solar Cat, Space Girl and Grae belong to our wonderful founder, Meibatsu 
Vincent and Echo belong to MyDearBasil 
Salem belongs to renkaz 
Elemento belongs to coolmoon51 
Sprite and Elle belong to lmbrake 
Miss Universe belongs to merit 
Nyx belongs to LilWicky 
Aletheia belongs to SAmaryllis 
Synergy belongs to LegibleGrub 
and the Black Cat and Neophyte belong to moi~
Jason Blood/Etrigan is a DC character. Look him up in Demon Knights XD
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Myra Mahariel by Enthaga
Myra Mahariel
This is from like two years ago XD
I got bored so I colored it in.
My Dalish Grey Warden, Myra Mahariel from Dragon Age.
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Young Justice

Mission 7/ Hard Learned Lesson

Marvin skated around the other students, whistling the tune from his head phones. He spotted Conner and M'gann walking up to the school. He changed directions and headed straight for them. "Hey! Konner, Megan!" He stopped and stomped on his board, flipping it up. He caught it. He noticed Conner carrying something; not something, someone. Cat rested on his back, piggy-back style. Her face was in the back of Conner's neck while her arms hung around it. "Who's that?"

"A friend of ours. She's starting here today." Conner shifted his shoulders as he slowly put her down. She rubbed her eyes in a daze. M'gann handed her a to-go cup of coffee.

"Sweet. I'm Marvin." He held out his hand to shake.

"Catherine Lord." She bowed her head and then yawned.

"You're not much of a morning person I take it." He chuckled.

"She usually isn't up before noon." M'gann laughed. At that moment Mal Duncan brushed past seemingly in a bad mood, bumping his shoulder with Conner's and knocking the coffee cup out of Cat's hand.

"Hey!" Cat looked at her coffee which was now a puddle on the ground. He didn't stop or look back until- the coffee cup pegged him in the back of the head. "I was talking to you." Cat wore an annoyed expression that seemed to surprise Mal. "You see that?" She pointed to the puddle. "You knocked my coffee out of my hand and didn't even apologize." Everyone grew quiet, stunned.

"Uh, Cat-" M'gann started.

"No, it was my bad. I wasn't watching where I was going. I'm sorry." He apologized.

"See?" Cat smiled. "Simple. Apology accepted."

Mal laughed. "You're one strange girl."

"So you're the one Megan was talking about." The cheerleaders swarmed in an instant.

"Y-yes! I'm Catherine Lord." She stuttered nervously. She noticed Mal give Conner a dirty look and Conner glared back. "Stop that!" She covered his eyes.

"Cat?!" He moved her hands.

"Don't pick fights with people." She turned to Mal who had a devilish smirk on his face. "And you! Just because you're in a bad mood doesn't mean you should pick fights either." His smirk vanished.

"Well, I didn't expect such a lively new student." Mr. Car approached them. "Miss Catherine Lord, I presume."

"Yes." She bowed her head nervously. "Nice to meet you."

He placed his hands on her shoulders and made her stand up straight. He grabbed her hand. "It's nice that your formal and respectful but I'm not a king. You don't have to bow your head to everyone. A simple handshake will do."

She smiled and shook his hand. "Okay."

"Now I'm we can find someone nice enough to volunteer to show you where your classes are."

"We wouldn't mind." Wendy offered.

"Sounds easy enough. What do you have?" Marvin asked.

"Um…" She pulled the paper out of her pocket and unfolded it. They peeked over her shoulder.

"You have history and physics with us." Conner said as he glanced at her schedule.

"And you have Girls Athletics with us." M'gann smiled.

"Whoa, you're taking dance?" Wendy asked.

"Yeah, why?"

"The dance class is filled with some of the most high class, stuck up girls in the school. Believe me, girl. They can be vicious to new people." Karen said.

"Vicious?" She frowned.

"Don't fill her head with stupid information." Conner interrupted. "She'll be fine." He started walking towards the school building.

"Conner, wait up!" Cat followed him.

"She's following him like a puppy dog." Karen said as she raised an eyebrow.

She paused and looked back. "Megan, you coming?"

"She's sticking with the people she knows." M'gann ran to catch up.

"If you say so." Wendy sighed and followed.

"Teenagers." Mr. Car shook his head and followed them into the school.

-YJ-

Cat walked across the balance beam and then quickly back-flipped onto the ground. All of the girls, except for three, cheered for her. They gave her very observant and piercing glares. Cat blew it off. "Good job, Lord." The coach praised her. "Lang, get up there." One of the girls stopped glaring and walked towards the balance beam. She couldn't resist giving Cat a devious smile as she passed.

"Who's she?" Cat asked Wendy and M'gann.

"Maria Lang. She'll be in your dance class."

"She's one of the top dancers in the school."

"And-" Maria did a double back flip off of the beam. "She's also one of the best acrobats."

"She's pretty good." Cat clapped, surprising Maria. "What? Did I do something wrong?" She looked around.

"No…you must be the new student that everyone's talking about." Maria smiled. "Catherine, was it?"

"Uh-yes! Nice to-" She was about to bow her head but she stopped herself. "Oops! Mr. Car told me I don't need formalities."

"I don't mind. I think its adorable." Maria complimented. "I'll see you later, Catherine." Maria walked back to her friends who were giggling for some reason.

"That was… weird." Wendy said.

"I don't know. Maybe they like me." Cat said nervously.

"Hun, they don't like anyone who could take the spotlight away from them." Karen shook her head.

"Maybe…" Cat noticed the boys athletics class. They were playing soccer, Conner was the goalie. Suddenly the soccer ball went flying as someone kicked it.

"Watch out!" Someone shouted as it flew their direction. As it came soaring at her, Cat flipped and kicked it back towards them. She landed on her feet and turned to see Conner catch it. She smiled and waved, he did the same.

The guys stared at her as they gathered around Conner.

"Nice girlfriend you got there, Kent." A guy whom he recognized as Marshall said.

"Catherine's not my girlfriend."

"Oh, so you won't mind if I talk to her then?" He laughed and walked away.

-YJ-

"So who can tell me who JFK is?" Mr. Car looked around. Many hands were up except-"Catherine?"

"Uh- President John F. Kennedy."

"Can you tell me what president he was?"

"Uh- um." She frowned as she tried to think. "The 35th president. He was in office during World War II."

"Correct." He smiled and turned back to the board. "Now…"

'You didn't have to give me the answer.' Cat thought.

'He put you on the spot.' M'gann replied.

'I know but I really didn't know the answer.'

Later, after the bell rings-

"Catherine, can you stay after?" Mr. Car stopped her.

"O-okay." She walked up to his desk as the rest of the students crowded out of the room.

"I noticed you were having some problems."

"Y-yes. To be honest, I didn't know the second answer to the JFK question. Megan told me."

"Did she? Thank you for being honest."

"I have problems remembering things if they aren't numbers and symbols."

"I could tell. Mr. Kelly spoke so highly of you. He said you were one of the brightest students he's ever had in his physics class."

"He did?" She seemed surprised.

"Yes, he did. Maybe what you need is a tutor. Why don't you ask a friend to help you? And you can come in in the morning if you need any extra help."

"O-okay. Thank you."

"Anytime, don't be afraid to ask for help." he gave her a few words of advice as she walked out of the classroom.

Conner was waiting in the hallway. "You didn't have to wait for me."

"It's fine. I can tutor you if you want me to."

"Really? Thank you. That'd be nice." She smiled.

"Hey, Catherine." A girl walked up.

"Uh-yes?"

"Maria wants to see you in the cafeteria."

"R-really?"

"It's about your dance class initiation."

"Okay." She shrugged and they followed her into the cafeteria.

"Yo, Conner!" Marvin walked up to him. Cat ran up to Maria who was waving at her.

"Hey, do you know what that's about?" Conner pointed to the crowd of girls around Maria Lang.

"Uh oh." Marvin frowned.

"Why 'uh oh'?" Conner asked. Suddenly the crowd jumped back as a bucket hanging from the ceiling dumped red Jell-o all over Cat.

"That's why 'uh oh.'" The cord of the bucket snapped and it landed on top of Cat. "Okay, that wasn't supposed to happen." The cafeteria erupted with laughter. "Something the dancers do to embarrass their new members but they've never dropped the bucket on someone before."

Cat lifted the bucket off her head and threw it. The sound reverberated as it hit the wall, silencing everyone. Her face was expressionless as she walked out of the cafeteria.

"Whoa."

"What's her deal?"

Whispers spread through the crowd. M'gann frowned and looked at Conner who was furious. 'Conner, don't!'

'They humiliated her in front of everyone!'

'I know… but she doesn't want us to do anything.' She shook her head.

-YJ-

"She's right there, Mr. Smith." The secretary pointed to Cat who was sitting on the bench outside the office. She had her knees pull close to her chest, her clothes were stained red for the Jell-o. She was still expressionless.

"Thank you." He told the secretary as she walked back to her desk. He walked up to her, staying silent for a moment. "I brought the extra clothes you asked for." He looked her up and down. "What happened?"

She frowned and tears started streaming down her cheeks. "Humans are terrible creatures." He patted her on the head.

-YJ-

There was a knock on the door of the dance studio. Ms. Hart opened it. Cat was standing outside of the classroom with the secretary. After a few words at the door, Ms. Hart led Cat inside. She was slurping a milkshake.

"Class, this is Catherine Lord."

"It's okay, Ms. Hart. We've already met." Cat smiled at Maria and her group off girls. "Oh yeah." She snapped her fingers. She opened her cup and splashed the milkshake all over them. "My thank you for the initiation and the time it wasted for my uncle to leave work and bring me new clothes."

"Ugh! You-" Maria whined.

"You girls did that Jell-o thing again, didn't you?" She glared and they realized it, they were in trouble. She turned to Catherine. "I apologize. This is not how my class should act."

"It's okay, I repaid them in full." she smiled.

-YJ-

'Recognize, Black Cat. B.1.3. Recognize, Miss Martian. B.0.8. Recognize, Superboy. B.0.7.' They walked through the front entrance of the cave as it called out their I.D.'s. They met with Kaldur in the training room with Black Canary. Kaldur's attention deterred for a second and Canary knocked him to the ground.

"You should've stayed focused." She helped him up.

"We're home!" Cat announced.

"How was your first day?" Kaldur asked.

"Eh." Cat shrugged. "Black Canary, what are you doing here?"

"I heard you had some problems on your first day." Canary said with a curious glance.

"Red Tornado told you?" she frowned.

"All he mentioned was that your clothes were stained red." Kaldur replied. "What happened?"

"A dumb prank. The girls in my dance class dumped Jell-o in me as part of their initiation."

"Jell-o? Really?" Wally zoomed into the conversation.

"Yeah but I got them back." She smiled.

"I heard you dumped a milkshake all over them." Conner said.

"Yup."

"Wow." Dick and Artemis walked up. "You must be pretty whelmed right now."

"I didn't think you had it in you." Artemis chuckled.

"I didn't either but there you go. Honestly, I wanted to run and hide but then I realized that wouldn't change anything."

"So you dumped a milkshake on them?" Artemis smirked.

"Yup and then I embarrassed them with my awesome dance moves. Ms. Hart was so impressed."

"That's great." Wally chuckled. "Maybe you can give us a demonstration some time."

"So school wasn't as bad as you thought it would be." Conner smirked.

"Yeah…" she frowned and pushed him playfully. "Wipe that look off your face!"

"Haha, what look?"

"That one!" She twitched and her attention went to the zeta tube.

'Recognize, Batman. 0.1. Recognize, Red Tornado. 1.6. Recognize, Wisteria. 2.1.' 

"Hey, we have a mission?" Wally smiled.

"Yes, you do." Wisteria smiled. Elegance and sophistication came off her in vibes yet her eyes shone with danger like wildfire.

"You seem to be showing up a lot lately." Dick said.

"You're an interesting bunch of young heroes. I guess you can say I'm observing."

"This mission comes directly from the Green Lantern Corp. so I want the best from all of you." Batman's eyes seemed to narrow as he spoke.

"Whoa, sounds pretty epic." Wally smiled.

"So what's the mission?" Artemis asked.

"A prisoner broke out of the Lantern Corps. Maximum security prison. For unknown reasons, he's chosen Earth as his hiding place." A picture of a muscular, grayish-purple alien man with rigid claws and four eyes appeared on screen. "They call him-"

"Maliphor the beast." Cat finished his sentence. M'gann could feel a sharp sense of fear stabbing at Cat.

"You know him?" Conner raised an eyebrow.

"I'm part of the reason he was in prison." She frowned.

"Whoa, really?" Dick was astonished by it.

"Yeah, he was the first bad guy I ever took down."

"There was a picture of you and the League after your first take down in your journal but there wasn't anything written about it." Conner pointed out.

"I didn't get the journal until after that." She shook her head.

"Wait, no way Bats and the League would let you fight a baddie like that on your own. Especially back then." Wally said.

"She didn't." Red Tornado cut in.

"There's a reason I didn't write anything about it in my journal."
"How come?" Dick asked.
Her hand went to her neck and touched the collar. "Because it was something I didn't want to remember."

"Let's focus on the task at hand." Batman switched the topic back "You'll be assisting a Green Lantern in his investigation and if possible, catch Maliphor before acts."

"Let me guess, the Lantern Corps. don't want anyone to know about this." Dick guessed.

"Correct." Wisteria smiled.

"A Green Lantern?" Kaldur inquired.

"Hal or John?" Wally asked next.

"Neither." Wisteria shook her head. "You'll be working with a more distant member of the League."

"Guy Gardner." Batman finished her train of thought.

"Guy?!" Cat's face lit up.

"Oh yeah. I've heard of him." Dick said. "You know him, Cat?"

"Know him? I worked with him… I guess you could say he was my mentor."

-YJ-

"Approaching Venice, Italy." M'gann flew the bio-ship through the sky in camouflage mode.

"Why Venice, I wonder." Dick asked.

"Why not Venice?" Cat shrugged. "Guy loves Venice."

"So he picks it as a meeting spot?" Artemis frowned.

"I'm sure he has his reasons."

"You never did explain how you were partners."  M'gann inquired.

"Well, I'm not sure it counts as partners exactly. I don't remember all of it but Guy and Superman were the ones that found me. They found me near a collapsing black hole. I was comatose for three months afterwards.  After a while, Guy started taking me with him on his missions."

The bio-ship landed in a clearing. Everyone looked around as they exited the ship. There was no one really in the area but voices and cheering could be heard from the festival a short distance away. 'Okay. Where is he?' Artemis looked around.

'I don't know… he should be here.' Cat and Conner noticed something. There was a figure hiding in the shadows, obviously watching them. In a split second Artemis spun around and shot the tree next to the figure with an arrow. It exploded, flooding the area with smoke. With a blink, Conner could see through the smoke.

"Its human." Conner slid his foot back, ready to battle if their mystery guest made any moves.

"Wait!" Cat stopped them. They could hear coughing as a ginger haired man stepped out of the smoke.

"No frickin' duh I'm human!" he coughed as he spoke. He was wearing green and black clothing dawned with the symbol of the Green Lantern Corp.

"He's a Green Lantern." M'gann floated to the ground.

"Really? What gave me away? My clothes, my ring or the glowing?" His tone carried his sarcasm.

"Guy!" A smile illuminated Cat's face.

"Well if it isn't my little stray." he smirked. She hugged him. "Whoa whoa whoa. We're on the job, remember? Hugs come later."

"Right, professionalism." Cat stood up straight, soldier like.

"Atta girl." he turned to the rest of the team. "So you're the extras Batman sent when I only asked for the Black Cat."

"They're my team. Where I go, they go." Cat got a determined look on her face.

Guy paused for a moment, staring at her. Cat seemed to waver and he smiled. He flicked her forehead. "Don't sass me."

She covered her forehead. "I'm not."

"Now," Guy turned to the team, seemingly more serious in his demeanor. "Truthfully, I could catch Maliphor on my own but it's much faster to have Cat track him."

"I can track him through the energy waves be puts off." Cat explained. "His waves make a distortion in the Earth's energy field. It's not strong enough to noticeably or physically distort anything."

"And with that said, when we find him I want Superboy to stay a good distance behind." Guy added.

"Why?!"

"Because." Cat drew everyone's attention. Her violet irises seemed to glow. "The energy we're tracking is from Kryptonite."

"Kryptonite?" Kaldur couldn't believe it.

"Since the forming of the Justice League and it's rising fame throughout the universe, the Lantern Corps. thought it'd be a good idea to put a ban on Kryptonite. Unfortunately, it's worth a lot on the black market now so everyone's trying to get a hold of some. Maliphor is a major dealer. He was around the stuff so much it comes off of him like radiation." Guy shook his head. "When me and Cat took him down, we only found four out of five of his stashes."

"You think the last one is here." Artemis realized.

""It would explain why he's hiding here on Earth of all places." Wally added.

"Hello, M'gann! But- why are we in Venice?"

"Because, who doesn't like Venice? I've been seen here all the time. It's one of my favorite places in the universe." he smirked, hinting at something.

"You're trying to lure him out." Dick realized.

"Ding ding! The Boy Wonder is correct! Maliphor is the kind of man who likes revenge."

"You were trying to lure him out." Kaldur said. "Yeah but I got tired of waiting. Then it dawned on me to ask Bats to send Cat my way and I'd find him much faster. So let's get this over with. It's a school night, ain't it?"

"Okay." She backed away from them. "Give me some space." She closed her eyes, almost like she was entering a meditative state. The air around them became eerie and strange. Her eyes snapped open suddenly. "There's a large amount of Kryptonite creating a distortion near Rome."

"So close by."

"Don't just stand there, let's move!" Guy barked as they rushed into the bio-ship.

-YJ-

The bio-ship hovered above the ground. Seat belts were off and they were moving. Cat didn't wait for the door to open, she teleported out. Everyone but Conner and M'gann took a line.

'Superboy should stay in the ship.' she thought before he could jump out.

'What? Why?'

She swallowed nervously. 'Because of the Kryptonite. You'll be useless.'

'Cat's right, kid. Stay put. I'm not your leader or anything but I am a Green Lantern. It's my job to look out for you. This isn't the usual kryptonite that's watered down by other variables. It's in its purest state, directly from the source. Regular kryptonite can weaken you but pure kryptonite will kill you.'

'He's right. Stay here as back up.' Kaldur ordered. 'Everyone in stealth mode.' Within a moment, their clothes transitioned to black and Guy's glow died down. They begain moving, leaving Konner in the camouflaged bio-ship. They followed Cat as she hid behind a pile of rubble.

'The kryptonite is in there.' She pointed to a broken down temple. It was closed off in the typical 'Do Not Enter' fashion.

'He's hiding kryptonite in a historical site closed off to the public?' Dick thought.

'Not a bad idea.' Wally added.

'He took the risk that humans might discover it?' M'gann asked.

'That's not his style.' Cat stated to their surprise. 'Why would he risk it in an active planet where it could possibly be discovered? He may be big but he's not stupid. It was either guarded by someone who owes him a favor or he just recently moved it here. Likely the second option.'

'Good thinkin,' Cat. You've gotten better.' She blushed modestly as Guy passed her the compliment. 'Maliphor doesn't trust any one, especially when it comes to his merchandise. He probably had it stashed somewhere else.'

'Then why move it to Earth? He's more likely to get caught here with the Justice League.' M'gann asked.

'He'd only move it for one reason.' Guy stated.

'A buy is going down.' Dick realized.

'Yeah but who do you think the buyer is? Sportsmaster?' Wally suggested.

'Why do you say Sportsmaster?' Guy asked, unknowingly.

'He works for the Light.'
'Who's that?'
'Think major baddies like Vandal Savage, Luthor, Queen Bee and Klarion. They've been at the center of some major deals lately. Buying supped up Cobra venom, attemping to assassinate the Rhelasian leaders, things like that.'
Wally explained.

'Suped up? How?'

'Mixing it with Cadmus's Blockbuster formula.'

'None of them have the brains for that kind of thing.' he thought.

'…but we know someone who does.' Cat realized something. 'Who was it that bragged he could use 80% of his brain? Surge.'

'Who's Surge?'

'An evil genius with an ego larger than Canada.' Artemis frowned at the thought.

'We're not even sure he has anything to do with this.' M'gann added.

'A major nerd like Surge would kill to get his hands on a resource like that.' Dick explained.

'Let's not count any one out yet.' Kaldur quieted his teams mind.

'What's that glow?' M'gann pointed it out. Once they reached the opening, they knew what it was. Tanks filled with glowing crystals. It was so bright they couldn't look directly at them. The tanks lined the walls and were stacked across the floor.

'That's a lot of kryptonite.' Wally was in disbelief.

'There's Maliphor.' Cat pointed him out. He was standing next to a tall, ominous cloaked figure, obviously Creeper, and a shorter cloaked figure.

"Here it is." Maliphor's voice was raspy and deep. He handed the shorter cloaked person a box. "The sample. I have enough kryptonite here to kill an army of Kryptonians. Not even the great Superman can survive this in its pure, untainted form." The short man lifted a small tube of bright whitish-green kryptonite out of the box. Seemingly satisfied, he replaced it back it the box.

"Excellent. But you neglected to mention that we'd be entertaining an audience." he pointed them out. M'gann knew the voice, Psimon.

'Go!' Kaldur ordered and the team sprung into action. Cat vanished from sight and Dick threw several explosive discs. They struck Maliphor and- KABOOM!

"Creeper, Ember." Psimon ordered.

"Whoa!" Wally slid under a blast of fire. "Her too?"

"Oh~ did you miss me, speedster?"

"About as much as he misses school." Artemis pelted Ember in the back with an arrow, it exploded into foam.

Creeper dispersed in to the shadows and rose up behind M'gann. He was pushed back by a telekinetic field only to get electrocuted by Kaldur. He spun around and knocked Artemis back. Cat appeared behind Psimon, swinging his foot down on his head. It clashed with a force field and he threw her back. Maliphor beat on Guy's glowing shield. He forced back and knocked him into a pillar. He rose to his feet.

"Come on. You can do better than this." Guy taunted him.

"You're right, I can."

"But he doesn't have to." Psimon smiled. "Psimon says-"

"No!" M'gann dropped her guard momentarily to shield her mind only to get slammed by one of Creeper's tentacles.

"Sorry buddy, but I could do without the headache today." Wally slid into him, knocking him over. Artemis shot Creeper with two arrows which exploded into a high frequency flash. He shrieked and turned to run. He was nailed with a flying kick to the face from Dick.

"Too bright for ya?" Dick chuckled.

"Don't worry, boy wonder. If you're afraid of the dark, I'll lighten things up for you." Ember was back on her feet and burning like wildfire.

"I thought you doused this flame, Artemis." Dick flipped to the side, dodging a fire ball. The flames chased him as he ran.

"She must be one of those trick candles." Wally joked as he blitzed away from a fireball.

'Careful, Ember. Don't damage the merchandise.' Psimon warned her. He faced M'gann who was struggling to contain the newly risen Creeper. He was deflecting Kaldur's swordplay while violently lashing out at M'gann. 'Creeper has the advantage at night but-' he spotted Cat and Guy taking on Maliphor. '-this fight is not a winning one. Psimon says- Sleep.' At that point the whole team dropped. Maliphor grabbed Cat out of midair and flung her to the ground.

"Took you long enough." Maliphor growled.

"My apologies. The Martian was shielding their minds from me." he bowed his head slightly.

"No matter." Maliphor kneeled next to Cat. He grabbed her braids and lifted her head to look at her face. "I hadn't planned on taking my revenge until after I'd conducted my business but the Green Lantern and the Black Cat have brought themselves to me."

"Along with their team." Ember frowned. "Wait… where's the Kryptonian? What's his name?"

"His name… is… Superboy." Cat growled.

"She's still awake? What a strange mind she has." Psimon knelt in front of her.

"This little brat? Ha! She's not even fit to be a sidekick. When the Green Lanterns were hunting me down, they had to check all over. She stumbled onto my hiding spot by accident and didn't even wait for her partner to back her up." He ripped her collar, revealing her scar. "Ain't it pretty? A little gift from me. Do you know what a cat sounds like when you skin it?" he laughed.

"I-I'm not the same-!"

"You're the same as you ever were! Just carrying some more dead weight."

"I-I'm not!" She grabbed his wrist, attempting to pull herself up. He scowled and threw her over the opening, off the cliff and into the water.

"Why'd you do that?" Ember asked.

"The little kitten can't swim." He chuckled. He turned. "What are we going to do with these?" He motioned to the team.

"It is quite a conundrum. If we kill them-" Psimon started.

"We'll have the League and the Green Lantern Corps. Breathing down our necks." Maliphor grunted. "What a pain."

Cat drifted in the ocean, holding on to what breath she had. She was sinking like the Titanic, no way to stop it.

To Be Continued…

Mission 7/ END

YJ:Mission 7/ Hard Learned Lesson
Reposting some of the edited versions. XD Once I'm done with them all I'll go thru and post the links to the previous and future chapters before continuing on.
This one is the first of a two parter with the lovable Guy Gardner. XD

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-Poseidon Cruise-liner, Atlantic Ocean-
There was laughter in the air as families celebrated and enjoyed the many attractions of the cruise ship. March walked along the railing of the ship, looking out at the ocean as he spoke on the phone. "-and God, I wish you could see this view, Aly."
["I see the ocean everyday, March."]
"It's not the same. Swimming around in it under the surface, you don't really get to see how beautiful it really is."
["I guess it must be a bit different on the cruise ship."]
"Ha, maybe you should have come with me."
["I would have considered it but you're there on business."]
"Pfft. I literally sit around half the day and don't even give me that fake excuse."
["I know, March. I've just been so busy lately in Atlantis. I didn't even have time to go to the Hiatus lift meeting at SGPA."]
He leaned on the ship's railing. "I guess finding out you're Aquawoman's sister has taken up all of your free time."
["Queen Mera. She hates being called Aquawoman."]
"But she's married to Aquaman."
["I know, it's silly. And thanks, by the way."]
"For what?"
["Ya know, still talking to me."]
"Okay, first off. Don't thank me. I don't care what Ocean Master did, you didn't have anything to do with that. I'm not gonna develop some prejudice against all Atlantians because one of them didn't have their head screwed on straight and others were dumb enough to listen to him because he was royalty. That's the reason why a lot of races hate most humans."
["Haha, thanks. I really did need to hear that."]
"Anything you need, Aly-cat, I'm here for you when you need to come up for air."
["So, anything interesting happen on the cruise yet?"]
"I saw a man eat three hundred hotdogs."
["Gross. That's not what I meant."]
He smiled as he heard her giggle. "I don't know. Right before the ship was getting ready to leave, I saw them loading some large crates on board totally last second. I would have assumed it was entertainment supplies."
["Except?"]
"There's some shady looking people I keep noticing on board. Plus the security is way too tight for a cruise."
["How so?"]
"If I had to make a guess." he glanced around at some suspicious looking men dressed in vacation wear. It was obvious to him from their appearance and the gun hidden from the untrained eye that they were trying to blend in. "It's almost like a military escort. They're good at blending in though, I'll give them that." he heard a scream come from the other side of the deck. "Hold on a sec, Aly." He walked around the corner, hearing a lot of banging and a strange roar. He turned to see a fish man lunge over the railing, onto the ship. He appeared to be some kind of tiger shark. He slammed one of the guards that had blown his cover and pulled out a gun into the ground. The sheer force of it made blood splatter all over. He arose from the ground and roared viciously, causing the crowd to cringe and retreat. March's eyes grew wide as he realized the roar was a signal because more fish men came flying over the railing on board the ship. One in particular, he recognized immediately- Ripchord.
"This ship now belongs to Marianas Marauders!" The shark man shouted. He paused at the sound of gunfire. All the the guards who were disguised as tourists had open fired on Ripchord- with little result. He walked right up to one as the bullets bounced off of him. When the clip finally emptied, Ripchord ripped the gun from his hand and pulled him towards him by his wrist. He swung the man around and in one quick motion of his hands, snapped the man's neck. The shark man took it as a signal, he grabbed another and crushed his windpipe in his hand. "Exterminate the trouble makers! Everyone else get below deck unless you want to meet your end early."
"I'm extremely annoyed, Thrasher, by the fact that you just let those humans shoot at the boss so casually." Neptuna frowned.
"He's not complainin'. Besides, not like it had any effect on our skin." he turned to the humans who were flinching. "Now get movin', ya miserable squibs! -I said squibs not squids, Kreos. Don't get yer tentacles in a knot."
"What do they want?" Someone said.
"They're gonna eat us!" Someone else cried.
"Why do 'umans always assume we want to eat 'em?" Thrasher grumbled. "They're squishy and their muscles get stuck in me teeth."
"So you're sayin' you tried one, Thrasher?" Ripchord smiled. 
"O' course. I'm a shark. I'll take a bite outta anythin' at least once." he beamed.
Neptuna's eyes scanned the crowd and spotted March. "There!"
"Oh shit-!" He turned to run only to slam right into another fish man, dropping his phone. Thrasher stepped on it, crushing it.
"What do we do with 'im?"
"I-I was already on the phone when you climbed on board!"
"Put him with the rest of the hostages." Ripchord ordered.
"What if he called for help?" Neptuna asked.
"I have no doubt the captain has already sounded the alarm. It'd be impolite of me to climb on someone's ship and not greet her captain."
"You heard the boss, Neptuna! Take a school and round up any more stragglers!" Thrasher barked at the others. "The rest of you lot get ready. We're gonna be entertainin' some guests." he grinned, flashing his teeth.

-LATER-
Thrasher walked up to Ripchord who was looking over the edge of the ship, out at the sea. "Oi! The humans are below deck and all resistance has been wiped out."
"Good. The SGPA will be here shortly." 
"What makes you so sure it'll be them?"
"Aquaman is currently dealing with some problems of his own." Ripchord flashed him a smile but it quickly vanished. "You look like you wanna say somethin'."
"Yeah," Thrasher rubbed the back of his neck, unsure where to start. "Me an' the other mates were thinkin' about this whole thing and," he cleared his throat. "We're not sure about this 'ole Shadow Cabinet thing-"
"Then leave." he stated brashly. "If you don't like the way I lead, then don't follow."
"Now, I think you're misunderstandin'. We don't follow you because we have to, we do it 'cause we want to." he started. "We chose to follow you because we respect you and admire you. Now when some 'uman steps in and starts barkin' orders at ya, it makes us mad. We like seein' you free- smilin'. We may not be the prettiest or the smartest fish in the sea, but we's loyal. We's family." he paused to see if Ripchord was going to speak but then continued. "You've always done right by us and we don' expect ya to stop now so whatever you decide, I'm with ya, chum. Just wanted you to know."
"Th'all." Thrasher stopped as Ripchord spoke. "What do ya think about it?" he looked at Thrasher who stopped for a moment before giving a toothy grin.
"Don't need 'em. We were ravagin' the high seas long before those shady 'umans gave us an offer an' I don't like all this sneakin' about. It ain't good for a fish to swim in murky waters, ya know?"
"Fine then." Ripchord smiled. "After this job, I'll tell Morsetti to count my Marauders out. Now get back to patrollin'."
"Aye aye, Cap'n." he smiled as he walked away. 

-Central Plaza, Metropolis-
Dysta eyed the window displays curiously. "If I make my money stretch just right..."
"Dysta." she nearly jumped at the male voice and the hand on her shoulder. 
"Oh, it's only you, Wil." she sighed. "Don't scare me like that."
"Kat said you wanted to talk to me." he was right to business.
"Yup." she started walking, eyeing the store windows.
"What did you need?"
"Nothing really, I just wanted to check up on you." He grabbed her shoulder, causing her to stop and look at him before he crossed his arms and gave her a skeptical look. "Okay, I know things got weird between us before and with what happened, I wanted to know..." she said awkwardly.
"I figured if you were just looking for information, you would've had Kat ask me but this makes more sense." he sighed, seeming to relax a little more. "I'm not having those nightmares any more if that's what you mean."
"That's good." she smiled. 
"Here, let me get you some ice cream." he walked over to the man standing in front of the ice cream cart and returned two waffle cones. "Here, extra sprinkles."
"Thank you." she took it from him. "I do... actually need information. Sorry."
"It's fine. Ask away."
"Recently, Moonseed chased a forest spirit all the way from his home to the eco-facility Eden."
"Yeah, I heard about that. Figures a spirit being attacked turned your head. But the SGPA arrested Moonseed. Congrats on the end of the hiatus, by the way."
"If it was just that, it wouldn't worry me. But I just got an alert that we had to dispatch a team to a ship in the middle of the ocean being taken over by fishmen led by Ripchord."
"Marianas Marauders. Ripchord gained quite the following after Ocean Master was knocked off of his pedestal. There's something you're not saying, Dysta." 
"Solar Cat had a dream of the future, only it was as if it was a message through time telling us about devastating events that might happen."
"Teia confirm it?" She nodded. "The end of the hiatus, suddenly filling up your roster; it all makes sense now. And you're worried because now that the hiatus suddenly ended, a bunch of the villains the old SGPA faced are emerging out of the blue."
"This mission worries me in particular too. Space Girl chose the team for immediate dispatch so I didn't hear about it until they left but... in Solar Cat's dream, Ripchord kills Lightning."
"And Lightning was put on the team for this mission."
"I know it won't happen now but that just means," she looked at him. "Something happens on this mission that makes Ripchord target her."
"What do you want to know?" 
"I want... We want you to keep your ear to the ground and let Kat know if anything brings up some red flags. But I want you to be careful. I'm getting a feeling that you won't be able to stay neutral for long and if something happens, I want you to call me."
"You mean Kat."
"No," She tossed the napkin in the trashcan and started walking away. "I meant me."
"Dysta, you should know," she stopped. "There's something important on that cruise-liner."
"You shouldn't be telling me. I don't have enough in my wallet for that information." she joked.
"It's on the house." He lit a cigarette before he continued speaking. "It's all pretty hush hush so I don't know what it is but," he handed her a piece of paper. "It'll have this symbol on it."
Her eyes grew wide. "Yes, thank you. And thanks for the ice cream." 
"Anytime."

-Poseidon Cruise-liner, Atlantic Ocean-
Thrasher walked down the quiet open area of the ship, grumbling and sighing. "Now I know what what being a minion feels like." he chuckled. "Ain't no one else I'd rather be a minion for." he twitched, noticing a presence and turned on his heel. "Hey-!!!"
There was a huge flash of electricity  and an inhuman screech echoed across the ship, catching everyone's attention, including Ripchord's. He followed several of the fishmen to the source of the noise to hear many of them release cries of terror and disgust.
"What in the name of Amphitrite is that smell?!" Ripchord asked but no one spoke. "Outta my way!" he growled as he shoved them aside.
"Boss, you don't wanna go that way." Kreos stood in his way, swinging his multiple arms to block his view.
"Outta my way, ink-breath!"
"But Boss-"
"I. Said. Move." Kreos reluctantly moved and Ripchord regretted it after second after he did. He finally knew what the source of the smell was- burnt flesh. Laying in front of him was a gory, steaming mess of a body. The head was gone but any of them could recognize the body by the tiger stripes over it's shark like skin. It was Thrasher. "No...No. No, no, no, no, no!" he grimaced.
"Boss-"
"Who did this?!" he roared but everyone took a weary step back.
"Boss, we've got SGPA members on board-!" Neptuna stopped as she ran towards him once she noticed the body. "Oh no-! Th'all!" she covered her mouth in shock.
"Did you say... SGPA?"
"Uh- yes, sir!"
Ripchord stood up straight, turning on his heel. The rage coming off of him made them all shiver. "Find 'em! Crush 'em! Sink 'em!"

Skyla disappeared and reappeared behind a fishman like a flash of lightning, stunning him with a simple zap. She shut the door behind her, making sure it was locked. "Aquarius, I'm in. Starting up motors now." she said as she pushed several buttons and pulled the lever.
["I read you. Coming aboard."]
"Then I'll meet you on deck after I locate the hostages."

Alyss flipped onto the deck of the cruiseliner, followed by Lagi and Ridley. They were immediately met with a swarm of fishmen. "Of course. Wouldn't be much of a mission otherwise." She twirled the trident in her hand, sweeping in under one's feet as she dodged another nailed him in the back. 
"Be careful, your majesty." Ridley warned as she slashed a fishman with her spear. "They are more ferocious than they appear. Both Atlantis and Poseidon have had trouble with these Marauders."
"If anything were to happen to you, Queen Mera would not be happy." Lagi added as he jumped over a fishmen, grappled him from behind and slammed his head into the deck backwards.
"I know it's your job to protect me but I don't need it or want it." With a wave of her hand, a gush of water sprung over the side of the ship and blasted back the fishmen charging at her. "Besides, we have to make sure the hostages are okay and I want to meet this usurper."
"Usurper?!" A fishman shouted. "Ripchord is the rightful ruler of the ocean! Grandson of the goddess Amphitrite! You pathetic-" 
Alyss nailed him upside the head with her trident. "Loud mouth. At least we know where their delusion came from."
"Be wary!" Ridley dodged an electric charge that surged along the puddles on deck. "That eel woman is here!" Neptuna came flying at Ridley, who dodged her swings. Ridley slashed at Neptuna, cutting her leg shallowly. She dodged when she realized it hadn't effected her as Neptuna let more electricity discharge. "It seems you have same jellyfish immunity that most Atlantians do."
"No, I just won't be taken down by some pathetic Earth poison. Go back to your pond, little fish. Or better yet, don't. I would just love to fry you all for what you did to Thrasher!"
"What? Azure, look out!" Alyss's words came too late as Neptuna's electricity shot at Lagi who was easily wrestling fishmen to the ground. Suddenly, Skyla appeared in a flash in front of Lagi. She absorbed the electricity. 
"You want to play with lightning, gills, then play with me." Electricity danced around her as her eyes glowed.
"Nice timing, Lightning." Lagi breathed as caught another fishman in a choke hold. "I don't think I taste good barbecued."
"It's what I do." she smirked.
"FOUND YOU!" The menacing roar came from the shadow that was cast over her. She looked overhead to see Ripchord flying at her. 
Alyss jumped in the way, parrying his claws with her trident. "You want my friend, you go through me!" she shoved him back.
"Aquarius." he scowled. "We meet again at the worst time. My men wanted me to take ya on your own field of battle but this'll have to do." He charged at her again, narrowly dodging her trident as it scratched his cheek. He knocked it out of her hand and hit her in the gut. She returned a strike to his jaw. They seemed to go back and forth, both refusing to dodge as if it were some extreme game of chicken.
'It's like watching the video of Ocean Master and Aquaman fighting. This is something else.' Skyla dodged Neptuna, blitzing around her strikes. 'This one is no slacker either. If I'm not careful, her claws will get me if she doesn't knock me overboard first.'
Ridley dodged Kreo's arms. She swung her spear, slicing off a tentacle as it wrapped around her arm. It regrew after a few seconds. "Interesting."
"Hurry up and beat that guy, Aquarius!" Lagi rolled out of the way of a fishman's claws before turning on his heel, grabbing the one behind him and sent him flying into the other.
"I'm not exactly going easy on him!" They grappled, hand in hand. He was pushing her back, inch by inch.
"You're not as strong as you think you are." 
"Yeah but I can do something you can't." Her eyes glowed as water rushed over the edge of of the ship and blasted him back. He unleashed a sonic shriek that shattered the wave. In that moment, Alyss grabbed the trident, a storm brewing overhead. 
"What?!" Neptuna's gaze went up. "Everybody overboard now!" The fishmen didn't hesitate to run and leap over the edge. Ripchord gave an annoyed grunt as he ran for the edge. A flood of water arose in the air, even the puddles on the deck as the sky roared. A blinding flash of lightning came down on the trident, surging around it. In a single swing she sent the water and lightning flying at Ripchord. He leaped over the edge right as it grew close. The sky settled as the boat was quiet.
Alyss dropped to one knee, using the trident as leverage. "Your majesty!" Ridley rushed to her side.
"I'm fine." She pulled herself up. 
Lagi peered over the edge. "He's long gone. The water's still. Nothing has ever been able to out swim Ripchord from what our reports say."
"What about the hostages?" She looked at Skyla. 
"Well-"
"Aquarius!" March ran to her. "Thank you for the rescue." he smiled at her and she smiled back.
"Ugh. More Atlantians?"
"I've had enough of fish people!"
"Yeah, go back to the ocean!"
"Excuse you?" Skyla glared at them. 
"These humans should be thanking her majesty for even considering to save them." Ridley stated as she frowned.
"Are you people stupid? Aquarius just saved our lives!" March objected.
"Please. We probably just got caught between their territory fight."
"Hey-" 
"It's fine." Alyss said. "I don't need to be thanked. Let's go."

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Vincent sat back behind his desk, sorting through papers. "This certainly is a messy situation you've dragged me into." he sighed but then a smile spread across his face. "But with the death of his right hand, Ripchord is now firmly invested in our little alliance just because of the idea of revenge. And that I have you to thank for, my dear." he shifted in his chair. "He was always the spontaneous choice for this party but it's good that we didn't have to put him down."
"What do you mean?"
"'No' is not an option. If you hadn't killed Thrasher in a fit of jealous rage, we would've had to take your precious leader." he turned in his chair and crossed his legs. "Don't worry, Neptuna, your secret is safe with me but if you'd like it to stay that way, I expect you to do a few things for me." Neptuna was leaning against the window, looking out it thoughtfully.
She turned to him. "What did you have in mind?"
"You'll do anything?"
"If it keeps Ripchord safe," she grabbed his collar. "I'd even kill you." her eyes went up at the click of a gun barrel. Ezra had his gun inches from her face, a blank expression as always. "Down, boy. I'm not some Atlantian you can put down like a terrorist. I swam through stars to get here."
"Now, Echo."
"What if my finger accidentally slipped." It was more of a question than a statement.
"Please show our guest out." With those words, she let go of Vincent's shirt. "And Neptuna, I'll let you know if anything comes to mind."
TO BE CONTINUED...
SGPA [The Series] Issue #3/Blood in the Water
Woo Woo! Issue 3~!
This one was one I was looking forward to.
Yes.
To rip your hearts out. >:D
omg cry 

Ripchord belongs to aegis-of-justice 
Neptuna and Aquarius belongs to AquAlannis 
Azure Bull and Anteres belong to freaKANIME780 
March belongs to isi-a 
Wil and Dysta belong to our wonderful founder Meibatsu 
Lightning belongs to SevenObessed77 
Ezra and Vincent belong to MyDearBasil 

I think I got it all. Let me know if I missed anyone.

PEACE!!!!
~Ryo
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