When I heard about Kloza’s attack on Tokyo I was shocked. I couldn’t believe she was still alive, and even worse, angry. She was dangerous, and stubborn, how the heck will we even stop her? Killing her… Not again. I think I can speak for the entire team that killing her would never happen again. So now what? We could set a lure and capture her but what would we do after? Based on Zomborn’s descriptions of her, she had gotten much stronger thanks to her prosthetics, a cage or a holding room would not hold her. How did she leave the laboratories? I find it hard to believe she was just let out.
I got back into fixing my mech, I had needed to replace most of the electrics as they had been fried with the fight with Blazerk. Working and tinkering with mechanical things was a way of meditation for me. The world’s problems disappeared and I could just think.
How much time went by? Some hours? I didn’t check the time before I started working, but at 4:19 PM another alarm went off. Not even a week went by and there was another attack large enough to set out alarms. I ran to the meeting room and found nobody there. What? I checked the rest of the headquarters and it was empty, even Suleos’ room was empty. The alarm kept going off. I checked the computers for the location of the attack, the red dot was right on top of our headquarters. A glitch? Perhaps. I decided to go out of the main building and run to the hangars to make sure it was all fine. Just as I was entering the airfield one of the hangars in front of me exploded in a spectacular purple fireball. The blast sent me flying backwards, my ears ringing and my vision darkening. I stood back up dizzily and spun around to find a cloaked figure standing where the hangar had been. I couldn’t fight against Hellius without my suit, and even with it, what could I really do? I ran back to the main building and got into my suit. It was mostly functional, the flight system was broken and the automatic targeting system worked only half the time. It should be good enough.
I ran the mech outside and launched a single missile at Hellius’ feet. This forced him to levitate giving me time to engage all my systems. I needed to reach a ship and get out of here. Then I’d figure out the rest. I was reaching another hangar and it blew up the same way the first one had, another Hellius flew above me. How the hell? There was one hangar left, and when I got there it was empty. Had the team left me? No way.
“Oh so funny.” Hellius said, landing next to me.
“What… What is funny?” I said shaking.
“My illusion worked.”
“Oh nothing, I may have made an illusion of you and infiltrated your team. Then I set off the alarms and forced them to flee.”
“But why me?”
“You were the only one that was not with the team, it was easy.”
I then remembered today was the team’s anniversary… I hadn’t been there and Hellius’ illusion was there. I doomed the team. I turned off my mech, got out, and kneeled in front of Hellius.
“Oh Melluni, no need to kneel to me. I don’t want anyone following me around like a dog. I just need to kill each one of you individually. For the faults you committed.”
My body started floating, I started feeling my joints being separated, immense pain surged all across my body. A battle cry in the distance was the first thing I heard. Then a flash of green light and I dropped to the ground. My vision blacked out and I felt my body get lifted again. This time it was by hands. The hands of my friends.
It didn’t take us that long to notice that the Melluni in our ship was not the real one. The problem was that we were thousands of kilometers away. Nixus had left with the Sciontar, and we had an anniversary to celebrate. What a way to celebrate huh? We had to cut short Nixus’ search in order to save Melluni, whom we guessed would be back here at base. We got back just in time, I fear that a minute later and he would be a pile of bloody limbs. Viridi and Shox carried Melluni inside the headquarters.
Meanwhile Suleos was fighting Hellius with claws and blades. I was about to run to Hellius when Tennum walked up to me.
“Zomborn, we can hold him off. We need you to find Nix. She ran off, and I am worried only she can really help us with Hellius. You know… Because they-”
“Yeah I know, but she could be anywhere in the globe!”
“You can virtually reach lightspeed. Please.”
“Is there any place we know they may have hung out at before?”
“I’m fairly certain they went north, but I have no clue really.”
“I guess I’ll visit the north first then.”
I took off running. I reached my max speed in a matter of seconds, the world slowed down so much it seemed to be standing still. Now I needed to run the entire globe. Despite being able to run around the globe 7 times in a single second at these speeds, finding Nix was like finding a specific ant in an ant nest. It took me about 5 minutes to find her, after virtually scanning every single human on the northern hemisphere. And she was in the most random place of all. In the mountains of Greenland. I needed to convince her to come, and that would take precious time.
She was kneeling in the snow with a book in her hands. Crying. I slowly walked up to her and kneeled next to her.
No answer from her.
“I know you’re not feeling good. But we need you.”
“For what? What do you need me that you can’t all do as a team?”
“Calming down Hellius…”
She turned at me instantly.
“Nix, he attacked the headquarters and nearly killed Melluni. We need you.”
“I feared the day would come.”
“I don’t think that the day has come yet. I have hope there is still some of old Hellius left in him.”
“I sure hope so too… What am I doing, oh I’m such a mess.”
“Come on sister, let’s go and kick some butt.”