He woke up on the sidewalk.
Around him, he could hear the groaning and moaning and shallow breaths of wounded men.
As in living.
As in alive?
Ace sat up.
All he saw was a sea of camouflage.
The soldiers had been gathered, and piled in the Middle of DenTech square.
And for what purpose?
Then he saw them.
The Robot Masters who had wrecked his army.
And two more.
Ace guessed that the two newcomers had something to do with air support not showing up.
They were looking at the JumboTrons.
Waiting for their leader.
Then in a flash, he appeared.
The first thing Ace noticed was the self-satisfied smile.
His grin stretched from ear to ear. Going all around his bald ass head.
A grin so stuck on his face, it could not be surgically removed.
He was clapping slowly, congratulating his minions.
"Well done Robot Masters, well done!"
He gave a hearty peal of sickening laughter.
"Do you see this, world? Do you see what I have done to part one of your best armies?"
"I made it look primitive."
"Because this is the dawn of a new era."
"The dawn of a world where machines rule mankind. Where humans are mere slaves! All led by brilliant mind ME! DR. ALBERT WILY!"
"AND to prove just how many rings my army can run around the US's, just look."
"In the pile below, you will see the bodies of 10,000 of the finest soldier the US has to offer. Every single soldier that came tonight is in that crowd."
"And here is the kicker," Wily leaned into the camera.
"They are all still alive."
"That's right. My army is so advanced, so POWERFUL."
"It doesn't even need to kill its enemies. Its opponents are even worth killing."
He raised his arm up. "So theoretically, the world COULD rise up in rebellion." He shot his arm down. "And i could put them right back down."
Arm up. "And they could rise back up again.
Arm down. "And I could put them right back DOWN."
Arm up again. "And they could rise up AGAIN!"
Arm down again. "AND I COULD PUT THEM RIGHT BACK DOWN!"
"BECAUSE I AM THE GREATEST MIND THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN!"
"But, I won't give the world the opportunities to rise up again."
"Consider tonight, your first, LAST, and FINAL WARNING."
"Because next time you decide to challenge me, I will not be so merciful."
"My Robot Masters are the most powerful weapons mankind has ever created.
Cut Man, Guts Man, Ice Man,Bomb Man Fire Man, and Elec Man, each one tenfold more powerful than any master assassin."
"Details on the Earth's surrender will be sent to the UN. Surrending now will prevent much pointless bloodshed."
"Resistance is futile. For no one,"
"Is even CLOSE to the level of ME."
"ALBERT W. WIL-"
One of the JumboTrons exploded, leaving sparks, fire, smoke, and a very shocked Wily.
For a second, there was nothing but tense silence.
Wily sat back to in his chair, stunned.
Who DARED to interrupt him, to shoot his face?
He turned red with rage.
"WHO DID THAT? SHOW YOURSELF!"
He turned to his Robot Masters.
The Robot Masters snapped to attention.
"Search!" Elec Man yelled.
He scanned the crowd of soldiers below. He could have SWORN each and every single weapon had been destroyed. Yeah, those soldiers were stripped..
Wily's loud voice must have put a spark to them. He reasoned.
"Hey Fire Man!" He hollered. "Where are those Mets at again?"
"On their way back to the deploy base! I don't think they can hot-tail it back here fast enough!"
So the Mets were gone, a mysterious enemy had shown up, and below, a dozen thousand soldiers were reawakening.
"Yeah its time to go." Elec Man was ordering the evac vehicle.
Wily was still screaming from the 3 remaining JumboTrons.
"I HAVE THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS HOSTAGE RIGHT THIS MINUTE! SURRENDER NOW OR FACE THE CONSEQU-".
Another JumbroTron exploded.
"GIAHH! ROBOT MASTERS! WHERE IS HE?"
"We are tracing his movements! I think he's over there!"
"THEN GO OVER THERE AND DESTROY HI-" The third went down.
Elec Man caught the bullet this time. It was yellow-white, oval shaped. Not as bright as the one Mets fired.
"ROBOT MASTERS! GATHER!" Wily said, from the final JumboTron. "WHAT EVER HAPPENS! DO NOT LET THIS ONE BE DESTROYED!"
They shielded their leader. They weren't gonna be beaten 4 TIMES. They stood ready to fight.
Wily cracked a smile. " DO YOU SEE THIS YOU RAT? THIS IS THE POWER, THE TEAM WORK, OF THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE EVER DEVISED, THE ROBOT MAST-"
The last Jumbotron exploded, knocking the Robot Masters off the building.
They all turned on their rockets.
Fire Man was almost off his rocker. "WHERE THE FIERY HELL DID THAT COME FROM?
Elec Man looked up. "THERE!"
He saw some kind of board in the sky. If had a laser cannon on its back. It quickly jetted away into the distance.
"OH NO YOU DON'T!" Cut Man flew after it.
"My flame o' justice will have its revenge on you!" Fire Man followed him in pursuit.
Before the rest could follow them, Elec Man signaled them over to another building.
Ice Man was confused. "Shouldn't we be following that thing to put it on ice?"
"There are two of them Ice Man."
Gut Man felt uneasy? "How do you know that?"
"The ballistics were different. The first two were yellow-white pellets. That last one was a red laser."
"S-S-S-So then," Bomb Man started. "If that was one, then where is the other-"
The ground beneath them exploded, launching them all upward.
He rose through the explosion like a phoenix.
Blasting his 4 suspended, helpless targets, in four different directions, he heard them crash and go through buildings as he checked his com-link.
"How are you doing Rush?"
He could see the two Robot Master still tailing Rush, getting closer,
Rush turned around
He let out Sonic Bark, sending shock waves of force point blank at his enemies.
They flew back, crashing into the streets.
"Good boy Rush,"
He looked up. He was wasting precious shock time.
If we wanted to live, he needed to move.
Time to go after "Guts Man."
Flying fast, he found Guts Man lying in a building, holding his head.
He let out a flurry of bullets from his left arm cannon, which he affectionately called a 'Buster'.
Guts Man was just taking punishment. Each blast connecting with the robot's huge, slow body.
Guts Man scurried away, getting nicked and pelted every step of the way.
He managed to hide behind some stone. He was screaming on his communicator. "SOS! SOS! HEEEELP! THAT THING IS TEARING ME APART!
Guts Man looked to his left.
A hole big enough for a man to crawl through was just taking up space."A five feet hole? HE CAN MAKE A 5 FEET HOLE?"
BOOM! BOOM! More holes were appearing.
"OK TIME TO LEAVE!" Guts Man ran though the other side of the building.
"OH NO YOU DON'T!" Rock was about to pursue him,
but in a a flash, electric bolts came at him.
He ducked to the side, the blast throwing debris everywhere.
Rock turned to his new enemy.
"I like your spark." The Master said. "Who are you?"
Rock paused. Running on nothing but pure adrenaline, he forgot how terrified he was.
He wasn't used to his new name, nor did he knew if he really liked it."
But that's what he had become.
He summoned up his courage to speak.
is MEGA MAN!"
Elec Man laughed as he summoned an electric blue ball on his fingers.
"Ha! Well then MEGA MAN! Get ready for some truly en-lightning shock therapy!"