Stood there in the wreckage that was once a prominent building in Wasusy with two out of the three people I was with down temporarily really didn't feel so great. Wasusy always has a way of throwing something at you when you least expect or need it. That's when the noise came... but it was more than a noise, it was a sensation. A thumping sound growing ever clearer and louder, a thumping vibration going along with it moving from the ground and up my legs into the pit of my stomach and the top of my skull as I heard it each time, each time ever clearer, sharper and harder than the time before. Something was coming.
I turn.. Oh, THAT'S what's coming. Yup... Wasusy can be a real bitch when she wants to be.
Looking down the street I see that it's full, full of... me? Thousands upon thousands of MetalNinja's. One steps forward as I tread closer to the crowd:
"I'm guessing you're the MetalNinja of this pitiful universe." The spokesmen of the crowd stated pretty clearly. He seemed completely confident in whatever it was he was here to do. Looking round the crowd though, I could tell they were all me but... different, looking round there were gangsters with tommy guns, samurai warriors, huge muscular guys, smaller, faster-looking guys and hell even ninjas and what you'd call masters of the fine arts of combat.
"If you're looking to recruit me to come and join your gang, you better start treadin', I ain't going nowhere out of this city and I've already got a partner," I said as I signalled toward my downed teammate.
"HAHA! That's sweet, you think we're here to get you to join us? The only reason we banded together was to come here and destroy you MetalNinja. You and this disgusting city."
Preventing my face from projecting the surprise of hearing such a thing I ask why.
"We ain't completely sure, but this city, we know, is a mess. And orders are orders... you should know that. So here we are, first we're gonna start with you, then your pals over there and in 24 hours this whole city is going to be wiped room the memories of the multiverse. The door is shutting on your world for good."
"You really think you can do that?!" I shout, directed at all of the crowd assembled in front of me. "You think I'll let you do that?!"
"You have no choice! Take a look around you! Do you really think you can defeat all of us?"
"I guess there's only one way to find out isn't there? But let me guess... you all fall unconscious from time to time? And even if in the most dangerous circumstances you don't seem to die or come out with serious injuries? .... well your silence tells me that ones a yes, but, I wonder if you have the same... ability that I do?"
The blank look across every single one of their faces explains it all, they have no idea what I am on about, looks like the people in this Wasusy have certain... things about them that are completely unknown to their other selves. Damn I love this city.
"I'm a reader, since you didn't know. I can read anyone's moves, no matter what they're doing and examine it in seconds so as to perform the task they are myself, to an average degree. Of course to master it takes all of my concentration, but still faster than it would take for anyone else. Say.. three days tops?"
"Right then, guess we'd better get this started hadn't we? You all know the rules - one at a time, to the death. That's the honourable way, THAT'S why we're called MetalNinja... partially at least."
In seconds a circle has formed round me by the other MetalNinja's and the first challenger has stepped forward - the spokesman for the group.
Taking him out in a matter of minutes, a flow of MetalNinja's coming at me one by one seems like a wave, no break for a breather, no rest for the wicked, just a constant bombardment of guys with different skills for me to study, imitate and use to find their weakness and exploit it. But I don't care about not having any breaks... I need to do this, I need to prove myself.. prove myself to Owen, my partner in crime, the guy I look up to more than anyone else, the only person in this city I could call a friend... I need to prove myself to Robin, she's down for the count a second time and once again I can help, but this time it's only I who can help... and Miss P, I can't let them get to her - the city needs someone like her, it needs her... I can tell.
Storing all of the details of skills as I go for the hours upon hours of combat, I finally come to the last MetalNinja. Huh.. a Ninja.. who'd have thought? This guy's harder than the rest... these skills could REALLY come in handy for the jobs with Owen, I remember this for later. This set of skills is going to take me a freakin' week to learn though. It'll be worth it. The Ninja-me is dealt with after half an hour, guy was definitely the best of the bunch.. well.. other than me that is.
Fatigue kicks in as I fall down onto one knee and Miss P kindly rushes over, checking I'm ok.
"What the hell was that?!" She exclaims
"Don't ask" I answer
As I stumble to Owen's side he looks at me, seemingly better than he was before:
"I never knew you could do that, what other surprises do you have for me?"
"Maybe another time my friend, get some rest."
"At least I know how you got so good at shooting now, the way you took out that clown outside Pearl's by shooting it in exactly the same place I did was unbelievable."
I smile as he smiles back, letting out a little chuckle as he does. "It's my turn to protect you, Owen... until you get your strength back, Miss P will look after Robin."
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