Chain of Memories
Lan woke up in a dark room. Everything was pitch black. Lan felt like the only person around for,
what seem to be miles.
"Hello? Is anyone there? Rock? Rush? Mom? Dad?"
Lan tried to sit up, and realized he was being held down by a metal brace across his chest.
ON NO! I MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY THAT ROBOT! I'M IN WILY HEADQUARTERS!
Lan struggled to slide out of the brace, but he could barley budge.
Suddenly, the room started to shake.
Lan felt himself go up and down, left and right, and spinning.
"HEEEEEEELLLLP!" He screamed. "SOMEONE HELP MEEEEEEEE!"
Even after everything settled, Lan was still screaming.
Until, finally, he saw a light.
Okay, at least I know I'm not al-
Peering closer, he saw something strange about the light.
Wait, is that a-
He started struggling in the brace again. GOTTA GET OUTTTA NO NO NO NO!
The light Lan saw, was a flame.
Suddenly, to Lan's side, another flame sprang up.
Lan tried to blow it out, but the flame only started to spread.
WHOOOOSH! Another flame poped up, this time near Lan's feet.
WHOOOOSH! And other.
Fire was starting to consume the entire room. Lan was starting to sweat from the heat.
"SOMEOOOOOOOONNNEEEE! ANYOOOOOONNNE! COME HELP MEEEEEEEEEEE!"
Suddenly, the flames starting moving back in toward Lan.
"NO! NO! NOOO! NOOOOOOOO!" Despite putting everything he had into trying to get out, all Lan could do was watch as the flames grew and bunched up like waves from all sides,
then converge as they crashed upon him.
Lan woke up in a cold sweat, sweating and shaking on every inch of his body.
IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM, ALL JUST A DREAM, ALL JUST A DREAM!
He heard a voice outside a the door. It was Auto's. "Doctors, Lan is awake."
Lan heard chair legs sqeeeeeaaaak against the floor as his father and granddad came to see him.
Lan sat up and gave his father a hug.
"Dad, w-w-what happened?"
"Just sit back in relax, Lan, I'm here."
"Ooooooooooough. My heeaaaad."
"You took a pretty nasty bump there to save Rock." Dr. Light said. "I'm proud of you Lan."
Lan looked around the room. "Wait, where is Rock..."
Rock stepped into the room, with a clammy and flushed face. "Lan, I'm so glad your okay.I
I'm so sorry-"
"Ah, don't worry about it." Lan said with a wave of his hand. "I know you'd do the same for me, right?"
Rock smiled, a tear coming down his cheek. "Right."
Auto came in the room. "Not to break up the moment, but do either of you remember what exactly attacked you? That Geo kid said it looked like a Red Power Ranger."
Rock shook his head. "The data in my memory banks is corrupted, I don't have anything to tell you."
"And just thinking about it makes my head hurt even more.."
Dr. Light laid Lan back down. "Don't worry about it Lan, you just get you some rest. Yuichiro, mind getting him his breakfast?"
"I''m on it Thomas." Dr. Hikari left the room.
"So Auto, how's Rush doing?" Rock said.
Auto shook his head. "Oh, he got blasted all right. I've been up all night trying to repair him. It's probably gonna take about another 5 hours."
Rock's face fell to the floor. "You know what?
I'm going out for a walk, get some fresh air."
As he turned to leave, Dr. Light said "Be careful Rock, whatever attacked you could still be watching you and hanging around."
Rock's entire body tensed up at the thought. "I'll be fine." He said, as he walked out.
I still can't believe,
That the great and mighty Mega Man,
Was taken down in mere moments,
by a mechanical Enzi Auditore!
The can he was kicking flew out into the air.
Because I was such an idiot, my brother had to get electrocuted just to bail me out!
We both should have been captured, or killed!
I don't know why that guy attacked me, but when I find him-
His thoughts were interrupted by a heavy dragging sound.
Geo Stelar was coming up the sidewalk, carrying a black duffle bag.
"Hey Rock." He said, taking a moment in to catch his breath.
"Sup Geo. Um, what's in the bag?"
"Oh, just a telescope and some other stuff. Why did you come all the way to the Ridge?"
"WHAT?" Rock whipped his head around. "What do you mean this isn't Dentech City?"
Sure enough, Rock didn't recognize a single street sign. "Ugh, I'm stupid." He said, face palming. "I can't even tell what neighborhood I'm in."
"No, your not. You just have a lot on your mind. Here," Geo gave Rock the bag. "You mind carrying this thing back to my house?"
"No problem. I owe you one for last night."
"So-" Geo said, giving the back to Rock. "How's Lan doing?"
"His brain got fried a little, but he'll make it, a full recovery in about a week or so."
"Me? I'm just fine, justI aching a little."
"Now how do you feel?"
Rock paused for a minute. "I feeling fine. No-No harm done right? We all got out okay. Bad days happen..."
Geo just looked at him. "Rock, this is me your talking to. Tell me how you really feel. Get it off your chest."
Rock took a deep breath, exhaling slowly. "Okay, you want to know how I feel?
The truth is I feel like a complete failure.
I mean, just look at my track record.
I get my ass kicked up and down downtown Dentech City. If it wasn't for every soldier in the American military waking up and not scrambling the Master, I would have died on my first night on the job!
Dr. Light's invisible technology was the only reason I didn't get blown up the second time.
If those government guys didn't show up, I would have been metal scrap in the Russian Siberia.
And now, I can't even protect my own brother, who has to stick his neck out for me, just to save me from Boba Fett!
And the worst part,
the WORST PART OF IT ALL IS,
I'M SUPPOSSED TO BE THE BIG HERO,
THE ONE EVERYONE LOOKS UP TO, THE ONE EVERYBODY IN THE WORLDS TRUSTS TO SAVE THE DAY,
TO STOP WILY,
AND I CAN'T DO A DAMN THING!
FACE IT GEO, I'M WORTHLESS!
I SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE!
I DON'T DESERVE TO BE ALIVE!"
Rock sunk to the ground, burying his face I his hands, tears streaming down his face.
"Rock, that's not true."
"HOW IS IT NOT TRUE?"
"Look at what you've done when you've had a real chance. You beat Bomb Man by yourself.
You beat Guts Man by yourself.
And besides, despite all the beatings, your still here. That counts for something. At least you know your tough enough to take enough punishment.
Even if your not a master at this, your good enough to get by. Now you just gotta get better.
Rock, your all the world has. And I trust you.
And apparently, you matter so much to someone that they are willing to get barbecued over you. Now come on-" Geo helped Rock up. "You can still do this Rock. Just get back up on your feet. Your not alone, and you never will be."
Rock smiled. "Thanks Geo."
Getting to Geo's house, Rock peered in the door as he gave Geo the bag. " Now that I think about it, this is the first time I've ever been at your place. You mind if I come in?"
"Um, sorry, not right now. Mom came in last night a little drunk, she's lying down right now. I don't want to wake her up."
"Okay then, It's cool. I'll stop by some other time."
"Yeah man thanks for the bag. See you later."
"So, I just assume you spent all of last night partying at Luna's house, probably watching a movie. While I was saving the fate of the world." Lan Hikari bounced a baseball against the wall.
"Its too bad all that shock therapy didn't turn you into a likeable person." Maylu Sakurai threw a Reese's at him. "Consider that your reward, punching bag."
"Mom's got curry cooking in the kitchen, you should stay."
"Why? So all I have to listen to over dinner is how brave little Lan is? Give me a break. I think I'll take my meal to-go."
Lan smirked. "I love you too. So, where is Caskett? Did you push her away with the same charming disposition?"
"No. Glyde never came to pick Roll up, so she decided to finally walk home around midnight."
"Is she okay? Nothing happened to her right?" Lan started to look a little worried. "There was someone dangerous out there last night. You did make sure she got home, right?"
Maylu's face broke instantly. Terrified, she reached for her phone, hands shaking. "Ohmygodyesshetextedlastnight." Maylu said, with gasps of relief."
She sat on Lan's bed. "Oh yeaaaah, I remember now. She texted me at like 3 A.M. I threw my phone across my room to shut it up.
Soooooooo-" She clasped her hands. "I oughta check about that curry." She turned to leave the room.
Lan grabbed her hand. "Listen, Maylu-"
Maylu wretched her arm away. "Oh, its alright." She added a smile. "Everything's just fine Lan." She hurried the down the stairs.
Lan was still about to go after her, then he crumpled to the floor, clutching his head.
He crumpled to the ground, clutching his head.
a vision came in his head.
That, that red robot,
from last night.
Still holding his head, he crawled over to his desk, got out a notebook, and started drawing the robot.
Getting down every detail, Lan that about his name.
B-B-B-Break Man. That's it, Break Man!
Lan's head started to reside, and he leaned against the desk panting.
Well... that wasn't so bad. And at least I remember Break Man now.
I better go tell Granddad and Rock...
But as Lan went to get up, the pounding in his head came back, beating him back down to the floor.
EEEEEAAAAAGGHGHGHGH! MY HEEEAAD! IT HURTS SO MUCH!
Lan was breaking down in tears. A blue robot had just opened a window, leading into the pitch black of night.
"BLUES! BLUES PLEASE!" Lan pleaded. "PLEASE DON'T GO!"
Lan could see tears running down Blues' black visor, he was crying too. "I'm sorry Lan, but-but,
I have too."
"But WHY? WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GO?"
Blues lowered his head.
"Mom, and dad, and grandpa. They're,
they're gonna get rid of me."
Lan shook his head. "No, no they won't!"
"You didn't see what I saw. I saw-"
Break Man paused, and look outside.
He stepped down form the window.
Lan smiled. "I knew it! Your not gonna leave me!"
Blues turned to face Lan. "Its not that Lan. I can't have you telling on me. I need some time to get away."
Lan's smile turned to horror as Blues took a step towards him."No! I-I-I WON'T LET YOU!"
As Lan started running away, he tripped over a floorboard, and crashed into the ground.
"Don't make this even harder Lan, PLEASE!" Break Man said, walking over as Lan got to his feet. He put his head on Lan's forehead.
"You don't have to go." Lan said, in one last effort to keep his brother.
"Yes, I do. Remeber, Lan, don't trust your family." He lifted up his visor, showing his hazel eyes, rimmed with red.
"I'm sorry Lan. I love you."
Lan snapped out of his dream, again shaking. Who,
who is Blues?