Hell's Gates Shall Open

Chapter 17: Re-Ignited Flame and Epic

Nar-Korash's POV

I look up at what is left of the Powerpuff home. Much of it is destroyed but it still stands almost as if showing that even the HOME of the Powerpuffs won't go down without a fight. I turn my head to face the figure that holds an unconscious Blossom in his hands. He looks at me with a bittersweet smile, I respond with a look of guilt.

"You knew it would come to this didn't you?" he asked

"I tried to change it" I began "So that you could live the way you deserved. I never wanted it to end like this"

He shook his head

"Somehow…" he began looking out in the distance "I don't think anyone could have done anything"

I stood in silence the brim of my hat covering my face. He walked over to me and handed me the unconscious Blossom

"Get her far away from here" he said as I took her in my arms "Her and the others. I don't want them getting hurt"

I looked at Blossom before I returned my gaze to him

"I'll make sure that they won't" I said

Using my shadow energies I pulled out a black crystal from my pocket

"I'd hoped this would never need to be used" I said as he took it

"It's for the sake of everyone" he said as he pulled out a white crystal

We looked out as another explosion sounded far away. He looked at me again

"Take good care of Blossom and the others for me" he said

I nodded and without another word he rocketed off towards his target. With a lone tear cascading down my face and a heavy heart I flew off with the still unconscious Blossom to find the others as a large explosion went off in the direction he flew towards.

I woke up with a gasp. Breathing heavily I glanced around the room for no real reason. When I finally calmed down I banged my fist against the wall in frustration.

"Time is running out" I muttered to myself "I have to find a way…"

I trailed off as the events of the dream replayed in my mind. I pulled out the black crystal and gazed at it. I didn't want it to ever be used but if the dream became a reality…

I shook my head and pocketed the crystal. Wide awake I decided to take a walk. I decided to go to a special spot that only two people, one of them was me, knew about and to my surprise the other was there as well. I smiled to myself as I walked up to her.

"Enjoying the view?" I asked as I sat on the bench next to her

"I couldn't sleep" she said stoic as always

I chuckled and gazed out at the night sky. Our spot was simple at first glance; a simple bench under the cover of some trees overlooking a more open part of the city reveling the all the stars in the sky. The reason it was special was because it was at this very spot that me and Anna had officially started our relationship together. I glanced over at that very girl sitting next to me. She was staring out into the night as if thinking about something. She was fair-skinned but not as much as I was and under the moons glow her skin seemed to shine with a distinct brilliance. We sat for a while before a question rose in my mind

"So what are you thinking about?" I asked

"A dream I had" she responded

That caught my attention but I tried not to let it show too much. I reached into my pocket

"Did it have something to do with something like this?" I asked holding out my black crystal

"So you had a similar dream" she gathered pulling out the white crystal from my dream

We both stared at our crystals for a minute or two. I spoke first

"Time is beginning to grow short" I commented

She nodded as she pocketed her crystal and I did the same.

"Is the Legion ready?" I asked

She nodded again

We lapsed into a somewhat awkward and somewhat not awkward silence. This time she broke the silence

"You think we can actually win this war?" she asked

The question caught me a little off guard. I thought for a minute before responding.

"I don't doubt that we can end this war" I started "But I can rarely associate the word 'win' with any war"

She looked at me

"Why not?" she asked

"Because when a war ends it's always too bittersweet to really be considered a 'win'" I explained "And I feel this war will end no differently"

Another lapse of silence

"That said however" I started "I also feel that something will change in some radical direction. What direction that is though I can't say"

She thought about what I said for a moment before nodding.

"You can feel it can't you?" she asked

"Yep" I answered "Tomorrow will herald the turning point of the war"

"No telling what might happen" she mused

I had to take a small gamble right here

"Maybe we shouldn't let this moment go to waste" I threw out the hint

She looked at me

"No we shouldn't" she replied leaning in slightly

I did the same.

Our lips connected a second later.

We sat there for a good few minutes like that enjoying the simple pleasure that we both had sorely missed for all these years. We broke apart finally and I, ever the joker, had to mess up the moment a tiny bit.

"So I take it we're together again?" I said with a smirk

I expected her to smack me upside the head but instead was rewarded with a smile

"As long as you never pull another stunt like that again" she said half joking and half serious

My smirk became a smile and we leaned in again.

Several Hours Later – Still Nar's POV

I woke up with a yawn and noted that I was still sitting on the bench.

'Must have fallen asleep' I figured in my head

I looked to my left and found Anna still asleep and covered with my cape like a blanket. She looked so calm that I hated to wake her but I figured everyone must be curious about where we were. I gently nudged her and she slowly came to with a light groan.

"Morning sleeping beauty" I said gently

She took a few seconds to get her bearings before she stood up and returned to her normal no-nonsense attitude.

"We should head back" she said "No telling what happened while we were away"

"Alright" I said with a grin

The walk back was quite but unlike before it was a comfortable silence. All that came to an end once we stepped into the Golden Palace however. The Rowdyruffs had apparently got into some kind of a playful brawl and were zooming all around the Palace. The girls were simply watching from afar. I glanced over at Anna who was starting to get quite angry at the display

"ENOUGH!" she shouted at the top of her lungs

Everyone came to a dead stop as her shout echoed throughout the Palace. The boys then lowered themselves to the floor where they calmly, if mechanically, walked over towards the girls.

I couldn't help the laugh that followed

"Glad to see you all are having fun" I said

They chuckled nervously but didn't say anything. Most likely due to fear of Anna.

Anna opened her mouth, most likely to start a lecture, but was cut off when a messenger ran into the room.

"Lord Nar, Lady Anna, and Chosen Warriors" he said as he kneeled before us "You're all to report to the War Room immediately"

The Chosen didn't know any better but Anna and I knew that a summons to the War Room meant only one thing.

"Thank you for the message" Anna said "Dismissed"

The messenger bowed before he took his leave. The Chosen looked at us with questioning looks

"Sooo… anyone wanna tell us what's going on?" Butch asked

"We'll explain at the War Room" I said

We walked at a brisk pace with the Chosen trying to keep up. In one fluid motion Anna and I walked up to the doors to the War Room, opened them and walked in like a couple of bosses. We were greeted by General Darren, Anna's superior.

"Nar, Anna; glad you could get here as quick as you could" he glanced over at the boys "I hope you three got the fun out of your system"

Said boys tried to look innocent

"Anna was actually about to chew them out until your messenger ran in" I pointed out

He raised an eyebrow

"Oh?" he asked looking at Anna "You'll have to take a rain check then"

"Of course" Anna responded in a voice that I could tell was sending shivers down the boy's spines

"On to more pressing matters" Darren continued "If our readings are accurate, then Lucifer's forces have recently mobilized"

The news brought gasps from the Chosen but Anna and I suspected as much.

"How recently?" I asked

"A few hours ago" he responded "And the readings that we've been getting aren't doing much to bolster any confidence"

"How many are the readings showing?" Anna asked

He paused as if to clarify the information himself

"Though an exact total is impossible we have a rough estimate" he began gravely

We said nothing and waited for him to continue

"We estimate that Lucifer has amassed enough numbers to fill at least twenty Earth-sized planets" he concluded

No one could say anything. The shock of the numbers that was far above anything we had anticipated struck us like a meteor.

"And… how many do we have?" Bubbles asked timidly

He looked at her gravely

"Enough to fill three Earth-sized planets" he said

The room was silent for what seemed like forever. That is until it was broken in a way no one would have expected.

Butch started laughing like crazy

"Now THAT is the kind of thing I'm talking about!" he exclaimed

We all looked at him like he was crazy

"Oh come on now!" he said primarily to his brothers "You know this is something we've dreamed about!"

They thought about it before they too began to grin

"Oh yeah!" Boomer said "Our dream to face the biggest army in all existence!"

"I had forgotten all about it" Brick said

"You think this to be a joke boy?!" Darren demanded

"Hell no!" Butch said "I think of this as an opportunity to show how strong we are"

He turned to Anna

"Think about it!" he said "Think of feeling you would get knowing that the soldiers that YOU trained succeeding in defeating the enemy of that size!"

She thought about but said nothing. I could tell however that his words rung true in her ears. He turned back to Darren

"So don't start bringing the mood down on us" he said "Think past all your 'soldiers' logic' or whatever you may call it and down to a part of you that enjoys the fight. You know that even you're excited for this"

Darren stared at him with the most unreadable expression for the longest time. Then he burst out laughing.

"Ya got guts kid" he said as he slapped him on the back "Most people who talk that way to someone like me get back-handed into last week"

I chuckled at a joke that only I knew he was making

"But I like the spark you got going for ya" he continued "And for that I'll let it slide"

He then pulled him into a head-lock

"I wouldn't recommend doing it ever again" he said in threatening voice

Butch gave him a thumbs up and he let him go.

"So what's the plan?" Blossom asked

"The plan is simple" I said "We go in and we kick ass"

"Sounds good to me!" the boys said in unison

All the women in the room face-palmed

"A simplified version but accurate" Darren said with an 'Oh Brother' look "The way battles work in this realm is different than that which you are used to"

The girls nodded

"There are three main realms in which this war is concerned" he began bringing up a hologram of three different realms all connected by what looked like an arch bridge "First we have Heaven and Hell I'm sure I need not go further"

The Chosen nodded

"The middle ground is what we call the Barren Lands" he said pointing to the realm in the center "This is where all the fighting takes place. The Barren Lands are a… unique case"

"How so?" Buttercup asked

"It was created originally a blank and empty Abyss; no offence Nar" he said

"None taken" I reassured

"However it is unique as once some life form enters it a planet is created for said life form to exist on" he continued "And if need be several planets are created, all modeled for whatever the life forms on it need. As such they are normally blank and lifeless balls of rock that serve solid ground to stand on"

"And then everyone starts the blood bath" Brick finished

"Indeed" Darren responded

The hologram faded and Darren turned to face us all

"The fate of everything hinges on what happens on that battlefield" he said "I wish you all the best of luck"

Anna saluted him

Butch slammed his fists together

Brick grabbed the hilt of his sword

Boomer snapped his fingers creating a spark

Buttercup crossed her arms and smirked

Bubbles created a small Hippocampi that snaked around her arm

Blossom flipped her hair back before striking a pose with her bow

I pulled out my Abyssal Walker, spun it around a few times, snapped it down then pulled my hat down low

"YES SIR!" we said in unison

Later Again – Barren Lands – Still Nar's POV

I gazed out and began to understand Butch's way of thinking. The sheer number of hellspawn that roared, growled, and hissed several yards away from me did nothing more than get my blood pumping. I glance to my left and see Anna and the Powerpuffs all standing with weapons at the ready. I look to my left and see the Rowdyruffs in a similar stance. And with a quick glance behind me I see all of Heavens Legion all battle ready. I think back to before any of this had happened; back then a fair number of them would have looked about ready to piss their pants. But they had survived Anna's training regiments; they had no fear of anything at this point. I look back to the front and found Nir'volung standing at the head of his army.

I smirked a little

"HEY NIR!" I called to him "IS THAT YOU?!"

"WELL IF IT ISN'T NAR-KORASH!" he called back "I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU SINCE THE TIME YOU STOLE THE TITLE OF DEMON OF BLOOD!"

"HEY! IT'S NOT MY FAULT YOUR BROTHER WAS A CHEAPSKATE!" I countered "IF HE WOULD HAVE SIMPLY PAID THE FIFTY DOLLARS HE OWED ME AND IF HE HADN'T HAVE BEEN SHOOTING HIS MOUTH I WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO EVISERATE HIM!"

I could tell I was getting some weird looks

"WELL IT'S TIME I TOOK BACK WHAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGS TO ME!" he called

"WHAT? YA MEAN AND AN EVEN BIGGER ASS KICKING THAN THE ONE I GAVE TO YOUR BROTHER?!" that brought out some chuckles from the Legion

He didn't reply but I could almost see the steam coming out of his ears. I turned towards Anna

"Anna" I started "He's a talker so try not to let anything he says get to you"

"Don't get your cape in a bunch" she said "I'll be fine"

I nodded and turned towards the Legion

"LISTEN UP!" I called to them "WE'VE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE FALL OF THE ARCHANGEL! AND I KNOW YOU ALL WERE PUT THROUGH SOME SERIOUS HELL THESE PAST FEW WEEKS! BUT THAT WAS TRAINING AND TRAINING IS NOW OVER!"

They all stood quietly as I continued

"YES I KNOW WE ARE OUTNUMBERED BUT THAT ALONE MEANS NOTHING!" I continued "ANY ARMY CAN HAVE NUMBERS BUT THAT ALONE DOES NOT MEAN AN ARMY WILL ACHIEVE VICTORY!"

Resounding cheers came from all around

"WHAT TRULY MAKES AN ARMY VICTORIOUS IN BATTLE IS HONOR! COURAGE! AND AN IRON WILL!" I said as they continued to cheer "AND I LOOK AT YOU ALL NOW AND SEE THAT EACH OF YOU HAVE THOSE THREE THINGS IN SPADES!"

I took my Abyssal Walker in hand

"Abyssal Walker:"

I gave it a sharp twist to the left and heard a familiar click noise *A/N for those who forgot Saber Mode was a twist to the right*

"Rifle Mode!"

Within the hook part opened up a trigger. I raised it high in the air

"THIS SHOT!" I said getting their attention "IS NOT THE FIRST SHOT TO BE FIRED IN THIS WAR AND IT CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE THE LAST!"

They all watched on

"BUT LET IT BE KNOWN THAT UPON THIS DAY! AND UPON THIS NIGHT! WE FACED IMPOSSIBLE ODDS AND FOUGHT TO THE BITTER END!" another round of cheers "THIS SHOT SYMBOLIZES THE BEGINNING OF THE END TO THIS DAMNEDABLE WAR!"

The cheering thundered through the land

"WE. ARE. THE LEGION!" I called out amongst the cheers "AND WE SHALL STAND TALL TO THE END!"

I aimed my rifle towards the crowd of hellspawn

"SHADOW TECHNIQUE:"

I squeezed the trigger

"MIDNIGHT'S DECADENCE!"

A pea-sized pure black orb shot out of my rifle and sped towards its targets. It ripped off several heads of hellspawn before finally it exploded in a giant black hemisphere that disintegrated all who stood in its radius. Nir simply looked on in anger.

I switched to Saber Mode and raised the blade up high. Anna did the same

"LEGION!" we called together

We brought down our blades and pointed them towards the enemy.

"ATTACK!" again in unison

And without a moment's hesitation:

Anna

Blossom

Bubbles

Buttercup

Brick

Boomer

Butch

The Legion

The Hellspawn

And myself

Charged headlong at our respective enemies.

Me: Done!

Nar: I must say you did an excellent job with this one

Me: Thank you I think I did pretty well myself

Nar: The speech was epic as all heck

Me: I've got something of a knack for it

Nar: Well it was put to good use

Me: Well all things said and done, tune in next time for a battle of epicness!

Nar: R&R!

Me: Enjoy Life and Later Days!


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