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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

Let me know any questions, comments or requests.
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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."

--------------------
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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Genius.

“For just one measly dollar, you can get yourself the perfect view of the meteor shower!” Eddy’s voice bellowed to the others as they crowded around.

“A dollar? What happened to a quarter?” Johnny asked.

“Jeez, what are you, in elementary school still?” he rolled his eyes.

I wouldn’t call myself a genius.

“What’s so great about this spot?” Kevin asked skeptically.

“Double D said it’s the best place to see the evil space men attack planet Earth and claim it for their own!” Ed shouted dramatically.

“I did not say that! I said that based on the geography of our neighborhood and my calculations, this is the most suitable spot in the cul-de-sac for everyone to watch this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“Come on, Kevin. It sounds like fun.” Naz elbowed him playfully.

“Fine.” He rolled his eyes and gave in.

“Who brought the snacks?” Nat asked.

“Damn it! I knew we forgot something!” Eddy grumbled.

“Then it is good for you that Rolf has brought enough of his homemade meat surprise for everyone!”

“Um. No thanks, Rolf.”

“Look, Sarah!”

 I am quite intelligent, incredibly so.

“I see them, Jimmy!” she said excitedly. “They’re beautiful!”

“They look so cool.” Naz added.

“Plank wants to know if we should move.” Johnny shifted nervously.

“Molten death is falling from the sky!” Ed hollered.

“Jeez, where do you get these things?” Eddy grumbled.

“Should we be worried?” Nat inquired.

“The meteors should burn up in the atmosphere before they even get close to us.” Double D reassured him.

“Hey, Double Dweeb, then why does it look like they’re getting bigger?!”

 But I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a genius.

“Everybody run!”

Panic set in as the flaming rock bombarded the area. They immediately stumbled into a run as they clumsily rose to their feet.

“Not that way!” Nat pulled Sarah back as a meteor struck a tree down in front of them.

“Aaaaaah!” Ed screamed.

“Stop with the call of the banshee, Ed boy!”

“We’re all gonna die!” Johnny cried.

“Naz, stay with me!” Kevin pulled her out of the way as the next one blew up the ground near them.

“Sarah!” Jimmy cried. They had now noticed that part of the tree branches had fallen on top of them.

“Jimmy!” She ran towards him.

“Ed must protect his baby sister!”

“That’s suicide!” Eddy’s words came too late as more crashed down in front of them.

“How could this all have gone so terribly wrong?!” Double D went an even lighter shade of pale.

“Don’t just stand there-!”

“Double D, look out!”

Because in the time we live in…

There was quiet. The world had stopped shaking around them. The fires had died out in the night, somehow extinguished. Double D could feel pain all over as he awoke. There was a weight on top of him, not quite as heavy as he’d assumed being crushed by a meteorite would be. It was only when he opened his eyes that he realized it wasn’t burning space rock on top of him- it was Kevin. “Wha…?” the last thing he could remember was being shoved as he froze in the face of a green ball of fire heading right for him. He attempted to sit up, seeing that the back of Kevin’s hoodie was severely burned. “Kevin-! Kevin!”

“Quit shouting in my ear…” Kevin grumbled as he sat up. “I’ve got this crazy headache.”

“You’re hurt-!”

“Huh? I’m fine. Can’t say the same for my clothes.”

“But-! That’s impossible-!”

Getting called a genius gets you noticed.

“Look, I’m fine.” He took off the scraps of his shirt and hoodie that were left. His back was a little dirty but uninjured. “See.”

“But how…?”

“Everyone else alright? Make some noise.” He shouted as Double D eyed him curiously.

“Dude… my skin burns…” Naz groaned.

“The son of a shepherd requires no medical attention.”

“I’m okay.” Sarah called.

“Ed is A-okay!”

“Plank’s still in one piece!”

“What I wouldn’t do for a shower right now.” Nat added as he attempted to rub some of the dirt off of his shirt.

“Bite me, Kevin.” Eddy added last.

“Sarah, how’s Jimmy?”

“He’s alive but unconscious! He needs a doctor!”

“Yeah, someone call 911…ugh…” Kevin’s stance swayed.

“Kevin-!” Double D snapped out of his thoughts and attempted to provide some leverage so that Kevin didn’t fall.

“My head is seriously killing me…”

“That may not be the only thing, Kevin, you’re glowing.

“Huh?”

 By all of the wrong people.

-Seven Years Later-

Eddy walked down the hallway to the large set of glass doors. He casually set his thumb on the scanner and it only took a moment for it to beep pleasantly as the doors opened. He proceeded down the hallway, pulling a cigarette from the pack in his hand and replacing the rest back in the coat pocket of his suit. He lit it as the last set of doors opened and the sound of electricity cracking, metal creaking and the News flooded his eardrums. Double D was hard at work on some kind of android. From what Eddy could see, he was playing with its limbs for some reason, probably not working right. “Whatcha got for me?”

“The pressure function on their limbs is off. They couldn’t hold a tea cup without shattering it, let alone be precise enough to handle assembly lines. And may I remind you, Eddy, that my lab is a No Smoking area?” he hadn’t even glanced at Eddy as he rolled his chair to his desk and held a canister towards him. Eddy frowned before dropping the cigarette bud into it. It quickly sealed and the red light turned green.

“See, now that we can sell.”

“My cigarette disposal unit?”

“Yeah! Imagine how much money we’d save people when their houses don’t get burned down because they forgot to put out their cigarettes? And we’d be making friends with those insurance tightwads who hate paying for repairs.”

“You loathe insurance agents.”

“Only when they’re investigating us. You’d think the giant hole in the wall makes it obvious when you say ‘A super villain broke in to steal one of our prototypes’ but noooo.” His eyes wandered to the television.

[“-currently happening in the Megatropolis Shopping District, the Red Avenger and Cherry Bomb are taking on an army of robots-”]

“Hello~?” A voice echoed through the room as Lee came bouncing in.

“Ugh, yeah, what do want?” Eddy grumbled.

“Is that any way to greet your loving wife?” she pouted but quickly got over it. “I’m going out for a girls night so I came by for my weekly allowance.” She held her hand out expectantly. He rolled his eyes before pulling out his wallet and handing her money. “Thanks, honey bunches~!” she kissed him on the cheek before skipping out the door.

“Remind me again why you married her.” Double D raised an eyebrow curiously.

“Still trying to remember that myself actually.” He frowned. “She signed a prenupt when we got married so it’s not like she could just take my money.”

“And yet she still manages to stay married to you just to drain it out of you anyways. What does that remind me of… oh yeah, a leech.” Double D said sourly.

“I know, I know. Jeez. Every time I think I’m gonna bring it up, she changes the subject somehow.”

“Uh huh.”

[“-it seems that the majority of the robots numbers have been cut down by the super powered duo. And in related news, the Cul-De-Sac Corporation is now offering to pay for the damages inflicted upon the city by the growing meta-human, super villain menace. They now offer a kind of insurance against anything from super villains to mutated wild life and vegetation incidents that have developed since the Meteor Fall seven years ago. They’ve come a long way from upgrading household appliances and building amusement park rides-”]

“And you said you were going to get on their good side.”

“Pfft, why do you have the TV on anyways? You’re not even watching it!”

“And you’re changing the subject. I like to hear about how our friends are doing.”

“Double D-” Eddy was interrupted by an explosion that shook the entire building.

“Goodness! That felt like it came from the chem. building!”

“Ed’s carrying the chemical bins for waste disposal right now.” Eddy said as he waved his hand and a holographic screen appeared. He quickly hit a button and it linked him right into the camera. “Yo, lumpy! You better not have dropped any of that crap-”

[“There’s a giant rock snake in here, Eddy!”] Sure enough, a giant snake slithered through the building on the screen, slamming into the walls- which shook the rest of the place.

“What the-?!” he ran for the door. “Why the hell weren’t the security protocols activated?”

“It baffles me as well-”

“I’m gonna go make sure Ed doesn’t break anything important while he wrestles that thing! Get those security droids deployed ASAP!” Eddy barked as he rushed down the hall. He didn’t even bother to stop to investigate how all of the doors were open. He jumped onto the railing of the stairs and slid down it. He caught himself as he landed on the ground, everything shaking around him. He bolted down the hall but screeched to a halt as the giant stone snake flew through the walls in front of him. Ed stepped out of the opening.

“Eddy!”

“Where’d the snake go?!”

“I threw him that way! He is such a playful little scamp!”

“You moron, that’s the prototype wing!”  They followed the trail of destruction. The snake’s body could be seen curling through the smoke. “It’s about to attack again!” It struck again, ramming into Ed as hard as it could. It was surprised as its body sprung together like a slinky as Ed grabbed ahold of its mouth and stopped it a matter of seconds.

“Bad Mister Snake!” Ed slammed its mouth shut and the creature shattered, releasing a green light that vanished through the air ducts.

“Aaargh! Where did it go?” he brought up a map of the air ducts on his holo-screen.

“Waaaaah! Eddy! I did not mean to kill Mister Snake!” Ed cried, tears pouring down his cheeks.

“Damn, it’s long gone by now.” He said as he walked back to the chemical tanks. “It doesn’t look like it broke anything important.” There was a beep behind him, he turned to see several drones floating behind him. “Totally late, sockhead! Ed already smashed the thing!” there was a long pause. “Double D?” he was beginning to get a bad feeling. His gut was immediately proved right when the lenses of the drones turned red and began to shoot lasers. He quickly ran and slid back behind a crate for cover. ‘Damn. What is Double D doing?! Is it a malfunction?’ he thought. He pulled a high tech looking pistol from the inside of his coat. He attempted to peek at the machines but quickly retreated as more laser fire came at him. One circled around the other side of the crate and he didn’t even hesitate to shoot it. He looked around curiously for an idea when his eyes stopped on the glass shards scattered across the floor from the broken window. He could spy the drones’ reflections in them. He pulled his lighter out of his pocket and threw it into the air. The drones blasted it, igniting the gas. A small little puff of smoke filled the air and in that moment, Eddy turned and shot every single drone out of the air.

“Eddy is okay!”

“No thanks to you! Why weren’t you helping?!”

“Eddy said not to touch so that Ed does not break them.” He recited proudly.

“The one time you listen.” He tapped an icon on his holo-screen. “Double D, the targeting system is set to friendly fire on your stupid drones.” There was a long pause of static. “Huh? Yo, sockhead!” Still no answer. “Why do I… oh no!”

Being a target is unavoidable with my job.

Double D sat wedged between two masked men in the back seat of a car as it sped down the road at Mach speed. There were two more men in the front and they were all snapping at each other noisily. “We got the genius, the Gorgon Sisters better be ready to cough up the cash-!”

“You kidding? With as many of their resources we used up, they’re probably gonna cut our pay!”

“They better not!”

“We had a deal, we get the scientist from Cul-De-Sac and they give us ten mil.”

Oh dear. That is rather high. I didn’t realize I was worth that much.

“And a bonus if we kill that smug C.E.O.”

“You did kill him, right?”

“Puh-lease! I set his own robots on him. It’ll look like an accident.”

“You didn’t check?!”

“He’s as good as dead! Ain’t nobody that lucky!”

You don’t know Eddy. It’s… kind of his super power.

“Let’s hurry up and get to the rendezvous point before one of them supers show up.”

And that would be my queue.

“I’m terribly sorry, gentleman, but is this a CDS model car?”

“Uh yeah.” One answered.

“You shouldn’t even be talking!” another barked.

“I- I know! I was just saying it’s an incredibly smooth car ride. Is it an electric?”

“Of course!”

“What kind of people you think we are?”

“We’re mercenaries not Earth killers, yo.”

“That is quite nice to hear. My apologies in advance but this seems to be my stop.” He lunged forward before anyone could react and placed his hand on the console. Static danced around his hand as the car lurched forward, screeching and spinning to a halt. Double D was thrown back into his seat as it all happened.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa! Nobody said this guy was a metahuman!”

There were repetitive sounds of the car attempting to start as the kidnapper in the driver’s seat turned the key. Much to Double D’s annoyance, it did. “Okay, we’re back in business.”

“Try that again,” the one next to him pointed a gun at him. “And we won’t be playing nice anymore.”

“Hey, guys.” One started as the car started moving. “What’s that red dot in the sky?”

“That’s-”

“Oh god-!” he was interrupted as it came crashing down onto the hood of the car. It was a man. But not just any man- “It’s Red Avenger!”

“Run!”

Kevin. Of course with such an entrance, who else would it be?

Kevin’s hand went right through the cracked windshield of the car and grabbed the man in the driver’s seat. He yanked him right through and dangled him off of the ground.

“Alright, Einstein! Let’s go!” One of the men yanked Double D by his lab coat out of the car as the others stumbled out into a run.

“W-wait-!”

Kevin’s eyes went to the familiar voice. He was surprised to see who it was. In a glowing flash, he was right front of one of the men. He grabbed him by his collar, punched him once and then threw him into another. Two of the others attempted to shoot at him but he leaped into the air and came crashing down on top of them. “Back off, goody goody. Or the nerd gets it.” The last man standing had the gun to Double D’s head.

“N-now there’s no need for this to get any worse-!” he stammered but he was obviously quite frightened.

“Dork.” Kevin grumbled in a sigh. He took a step forward.

“I’m warning you! I’ll kill him!”

“And then I’ll kill you.”

“You hero types don’t kill!”

“Try me.” The tension in the air was only making Double D begin to panic a little more until Kevin grinned. “Psych.”

“Huh- aaagh!” he was blasted from behind. He dropped to the ground, unconscious.

“Geez, took you long enough, Cherry Bomb.”

“Dude, don’t even go there. You just suddenly took off-” she paused when she spotted him. “Double D?”

Of course with Kevin here, Naz wouldn’t have been far behind.

“Wow! It’s been a while!” she smiled as she hugged him.

Kevin spied the blush on his face. His eye’s narrowed for a moment before he turned. “Come on, let’s bounce before the police and the fans get here.”

“W-wait-!” Double D latched onto the back of Kevin’s jacket, much to his surprise. “Uh….” When Kevin turned to him, he froze. “Time for your checkup…?”

It was a pathetic excuse but he let it go for some reason.

Kevin sat on the table as Double D hit several buttons on his holo-screen. “Vitals are normal… energy signature is strange but no surprise there…” he mumbled as he switched through the x-ray screens and scan results.

“You know,” Kevin started, slightly annoyed by Double D’s lack of interest. “I’m surprised. You haven’t called me in for one of these checkups in over a year.”

“Hm…? Well, it certainly has been some time… your bone structure has strengthened and hasn’t caused any strain… good….” He continued mumbling.

“You just snagged me and Naz off the street for this-”

“Not just you and Naz, Kevin. I called everyone. You’re all overdue for a checkup.”

“You used to call us in twice a month, then they got farther apart until you stopped.”

“Once I was certain the meteors radiation had no other side effects, they were no longer a necessity. I was checking for differences over different lengths of times-”

“Don’t give me that.” Kevin grabbed his arm as he turned, catching his attention. “Come on, you won’t even look at me. You still think this is your fault, don’t you?”

“Jimmy-”

 Nobody could have known that was gonna happen!”

I should have.” He pulled his hand away and turned back to his screens. “So how are you and Naz?”

“Huh? You don’t know?” Kevin accepted Double D switching subjects without a hint of question. “Naz and I broke up.”

“When?”

“A while back.” He shrugged. “A superhero dating another superhero. She just wants something normal, ya know? I think dating a normal person would be hard because they don’t understand why we can’t put our relationship first.”

“And the constant disappearing doesn’t help either.” Double D chuckled. “You’re fine. Healthier than ever.” He smiled before stepping out of the room.

Kevin always sees right through me. I try to act brave and he points out the cracks in my armor. It’s been this way… well, since that day.

“Hey, Double D!” Sarah greeted Double D with a smile as she pushed Jimmy’s wheelchair.

“Salutations.” He smiled. “It’s been some time. How are the both of you?”

“We’re great.”

“If Sarah wasn’t always taking such good care of me-”

“I told you, Jimmy, I do it because I want to.” She smiled at him.

“We were surprised that you called us up.” Sarah added.

“Yeah, dude. You’ve been kind of a hermit lately.” Naz agreed.

“My work has made me a little reclusive as of late.”

“Take a break then. We’ll go out for drinks tonight, right Kevin?” Nat turned to him as he walked in, fully dressed.

“Huh? Yeah right.” His tone made Nat’s eyes narrow suspiciously. “Double Dweeb would be passed out in ten seconds flat.” He flashed a mischievous grin.

“I beg your pardon. I can hold my liquor as well as anyone else.” Double D seemed to get flustered at the comment.

“Drinks?! Ha ha! Count me in too, guys!” Johnny chimed in.

“Jeez, it’s turning into a circus in here.” Eddy grumbled as he walked in followed by Ed.

“Double D!” Ed cried as he swung Double D around in a hug. “I was so scared that you were gone!”

“Now now, Ed. It’ll take a little more than that to kidnap me.” He said as Ed put him down.

“Pfft, yeah. Especially when you have me save your butt.” Kevin added.

“I did not-!” Double D frowned. “You just had remarkable timing and didn’t Naz say you ran off in the middle of a fight?”

“Only because you looked like you needed saving.”

“Get a room, you two.” Eddy shook his head, annoyed.

Kevin’s attention was now turned to him as well as Double D’s, though Double D went straight to business. “Any word from Rolf?”

“Nope. Probably lost his phone. Again.”

“I assumed he wouldn’t show.”

“Since I you’re here,” Kevin spoke, glaring daggers at Eddy. “How about you explain how Double Dweeb got kidnapped right under your nose.”

“What’d you say?” the battle had begun.

“You heard me. CDS has the highest level security on the planet and yet you can’t keep your employees from being kidnapped.”

“Mister Snake came to visit!” Ed added, cutting into the conversation. “He was such a cute little snakey.”

“Mister Snake?” Naz questioned.

“Don’t look at me. I don’t speak Ed.” Nat shrugged.

“A giant snake that appeared to be made out of stone started destroying the building right before I was kidnapped. It was likely a distraction.”

“But Sarah, CDS has force fields, doesn’t it?”

“You’re right, Jimmy. How did that snake get in in the first place? Someone had to have shut down the security network.”

“Why not just check the camera feeds?” Naz asked.

“I would if whoever did it hadn’t deleted them!”

“Then how-” Eddy clenched his teeth, obviously to refrain from speaking anymore. Kevin’s eyes grew wide as he realized it. “You think someone from the inside did it!”

“I don’t know anything yet!”

“Start talkin’ before I pummel it out of ya!” Kevin threatened.

“Don’t come in here threatening me with your high and mighty superhero act, shovel-chin!”

“You can’t luck your way out of this!”

“I don’t believe in luck!”

“Oh please! You couldn’t even earn a stupid quarter for a jawbreaker when we were kids. You get hit by a meteorite and suddenly you’re a multi-millionaire!”

“I got here with my hard work! Nothing else! Luck had nothing to do with it!”

“I don’t know. I think you’ve dodged more bullets in your life than a politician dodges prostitute accusations.” Nat added in his two cents.

“Gentlemen! It’d be best to calm down before this matter escalates any further-!”

“Can it, dork! This jackass has had this coming for a long time!” Kevin popped his knuckles. “I want to see you try to get lucky in this fight.”

The tension in the air was cut by the sounding of an alarm. Lights were flashing everywhere.

“It’s too loud, Sarah!” Jimmy cried.

“Hey, fathead, turn that thing off!”

“I thought you said this place was secure.” Nat looked at Eddy.

“It is!” he said as his holoscreen appeared.

“Mister Snake is back!” Ed cheered.

“Shut up, Ed!” his eyes suddenly grew wide while he checked the alert. “It’s sounding from our prison.”

“You own a prison?” Sarah asked.

“It’s a privately owned facility meant to house metahuman villains and neutralize their powers during their sentence.” Double D explained.

“What’s happening?”

“It’s- oh no.” he grumbled as he turned to them. “Marie Kanker just broke out of jail.” Her frightening mug shot appeared on a larger screen in front of them. Her eyes looked sinister and crazed.

-Meanwhile-

The smoke snake crawled out of the drain and seeped under the crack in the limousine door. Lee sat in the car, smoking a cigarette in a relaxed manner as she noticed it. “Oh, come to mama.” She held out her hand and the smoke slithered around her wrist. It coiled up her wrist and settled onto her neck, sinking into her snake tattoo. “This party’s just getting started.”

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

EEnE Superhero!AU Part 1

So I wrote this for C2ndy2c1d  because she draws wonderful stuff. So yes, there will be KevEdd shipping. I even put Nat in there for her (though I probably didn’t capture how wonderful he is right) You no like, go somewhere else. XD If she likes this first part, I’ll make a series of it who knows? 
I'll get a chapter pic for this eventually.

I’ll probably put up a page on my tumblr to tell abt everyone’s powers and such if people like it.

my tumblr- ryoutamisaki.tumblr.com

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