"Well that will be all for today class! Have a nice day!"
Lan barely managed to crawl out of the classroom.
"Oh god... I was not ready, I need two more weeks, PLEASE!"
Maylu sighed. It was the same, overly dramatic act she had to deal with for years. Lan would spend the first few weeks being SUCH a BABY.
"Oh grow up Lan, I think Ms. Mari is pretty cool."
"Yeah, Ms. Swiss Rolls' nice, but I don't want to be in school!"
"Ms. Swiss Roll?"
"Yeah, because of the way her hair curls up at the end. They're like Swiss Rolls! Mmmmmmmm, Swiiiissss Rolllllsss."
Maylu knocked Lan upside the head with her backpack. THWAP!
"Lan Hikari, you are such a rude, disrespectful JERK! I can't believe you sometimes!"
"Yeah not gonna lie Maylu, they do kinda look like Swiss Rolls." Roll smirked. "Good one Lan."
Maylu cut Roll a menacing look. Roll shrank back, getting ready to run.
"Not. Helping. Roll."
"YO GUYS! ARE YOU GONNA GET UP HERE?" Rock's yell startled his friends, who proceeded to race up to him and Geo.
"Soooo, you guys wanna stop at the curry shop? I think they have back to school sales there too right?" Lan licked his lips.
Rock turned to Lan, a bit sheepish.
"Lan, aren't you forgetting something?"
Lan looked around, checking himself. Then he realized something.
"Yeah you're right. We should probably call mom and dad first."
Rock face-palmed. "Damn it Lan! We have to swing around the school and get Roll. You know, Roll! Your little sister?"
Lan made a big Oh with his mouth.
"Sorry about that. Lets go there now."
"See you tomorrow guys!" Roll was waving good-bye to some of her classmates. The she sprinted for Rock and gave him a big hug.
"Already making friends I see! Your're such a great girl!"
"Thanks Rock! How was your day?" She whispered into his ear. "How did Geo react?"
"Its was good." He leaned in. "We'll talk about it later."
"SOOOOOOOO." Lan put his shoulder of Rock winking, "Now that we are all here, let's go eat?"
Rock sighed. "Ugh, you win. Let's go get some curry."
"Ahhh, another fine day at #1 Curry."
Lan Hikari sat back ion his chair fully satisfied, and about 3 times bigger.
"Yeah, you know that Lan is full when the chair starts creaking." Maylu cupped her ears. "You can hear it too. Sqeeeeeee!"
"Oh really, we'll your're..."
While Lan and Maylu were arguing again, Roll was calling Glyde on her cell phone. Or at least trying to.
"Huh... that's weird, no reception."
She stood up. "Well then, I guess we better go home then."
BZZZT BZZBT BZZZT ZZZRP! ACRRSSHHSHS! SHSHSCRSSHRS! BZZZT! CHRASHS!
The light's went out.
For about 5 second, the place seemed completely void of life. Not one sound echoed around the restaurant.
Roll sat back down, more than slightly terrified. "OKAY! OKAY! WE'LL PAY NOW! HERE'S A 100$ TIP TO GO WITH IT!" She shrank under the table "I wanna go home."
A voice hissed out from the kitchen in the back. "YAHOOT!" GET THE LIGHTS BACK WORKING!"
"Wait Maddy, maybe we can get a $200 tip out of them! A voiced squealed out in delight
"Yeah, along with the cops Zap! Brilliant idea!"
"Wait where did they go? Lemme get a flashlight..."
The flashlight's yellow beam revealed $175 dollars in total on the counter.
"Its no $200 dollar tip." Zap said, picking it up "but it'll do."
The group had managed to sneak outside, with out a single word being said. Only until after they were in an alleyway a black from #1 curry did they dare speak.
"Okay, remind me to never go back in there. Damn it! C'mon Glyde, PLEASE pick up. Ugh, the phone connection is STILL down."
Rock noticed something, and he could feel his body start to tremble all the way down to his circuits.
"Guys, I dont think the family-friendly folks at #1 Curry are responsible for the lights going out. Look at the crowd, look at the buildings."
A crowd had gathered in the streets of the surrounding area.
Geo was puzzled. What are all of these people doing onside? Shouldn't they all be working..
"Woah, I think the whole city is in a blackout guys." Maylu looked at the buildings. Not a single light appeared to be on in the shops, not in the stores,
Not in the towers, not anymore. The streets where filled with tension and fear.
For there seemed to be no power, anywhere.
She set her tea glass down, her mind relaxing.
Lost in the surrounding air of calming plants and smooooooooooooooth jaaaaaaaazzzzzzzz, where Hope Stelar's fears, worries, stress, pain.
"Ken! I'll be back soon!"
As the reached the door.
CRICK! CRZAAASH! DOOOOMMMMMM!
The lights went out in the store.
"Ken, are you alright?"
It had been a slow day a the plant shop where she worked.
She looked at the clock, 3:45.
He should be out of school by now. I wonder what he will say about his friends being at school with him.
She giggled. Surprise sweetie.
She sat up her seat. "Ohh that reminds me," she said, picking her car keys, " I should get Geo a cake."
She hollered toward the back part of the store.
Hope slowly made her way back to the register desk, getting a flashlight from the drawer.
She heard a crash from the side of the shop.
"Ken! Just stay were you are! I'm coming!"
Picking up a spare flashlight, Hope made her way around the shop, ducking leaves and flowerpots.
She found Ken Suther lying on the ground, hold his knee, and... tearing up?
"Ken! What happened?"
"Owowowo. Hope, I uh, saw the light go out, and as i ran to the fuse box, I kinda ran my knee into the shelf. Just gimme like, 10 minutes."
"Ken, you did remember to pay the electric bill, right?"
Ken thought about it. "Yeah... I think I did."
"To be honest Hope, I think the light bulbs just went out. I'm pretty sure i paid the bill."
"Okay then, I'll run to the store and get more then."
Before she could exit the store again, a loud THUMP knock her off balance.
THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! THUMP!
The whole store was trembling.
Flower pots began to fall off the shelves
Hope's tea glass fell off the counter and crashed to the floor.
It's an earthquake! She thought.
A horrible thought passed through her mind.
GEO! I have to call him!
She pulled out her cell phone and dialed his number.
There is currently no phone reception in your area.
"WHAT?" She rushed to her car.
I've got to find him...
It had been 4 and a half hours since the earthquake and subsequent blackout.
Police and rescue crews were trying to dash around the city, but the streets were crowded with terrified civilians.
The last bit of sun had dipped below the horizon, shrouding the city in black and leaving people, quite literally, in the dark.
"And now the sun has gone down. AND WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT! ITS A NEW MOON! JUST HONKY DORY! Well, at least we got street car lights and flash light."
He made his way through the crowds, bullhorn in hand. His radio was screaming like crazy, at least, it was when he turned it off. All those cries for help... looking for missing children. it was detracting. It made him sick to his stomach to think about it. Why today? Of all days, why the first day of school? It was almost as if someone had planned this...
No. That was insane. He had to focus. Gotta get to the top of DenTech Square. That's where he could get the who city's attention. Be right in front of everyone and play crowd/riot control. That's where the big electronic signs where.
This may have been the biggest job of his decade on the force, but Bob Copper would not be deterred.
Foot by foot, he made his way to the square, jostling through body after body. It seemed endless, but finally, he reached an intersection, and the Square came into view.
he noticed as he got closer, the bodies stopped moving so much. Curious, he looked up.
It only took him 1 second to find out what was the answer.
The four building with the largest, identical jumbo-trons were all filled with static.
In a city without power, static was a sign of power, that there was electricity.
They must be working on them. Maybe... i should just start focusing on the people around me...
But something felt off.
Why start with the Jumbotrons? I mean they are pretty big, but couldn't they have just sent blimps or something if they wanted crowd control?
Something felt wrong, something felt VERY wrong. he rethought everything in his head.
Wait, the power went out BEFORE he earthquakes right? About a good minute or 2 before?
And Dentech City hadn't gotten an earthquake since he had been on the force..
And no warning of one either.
Could this have been man-made?
"No way, that's...impossible."
But was it really so far fetched?
Impossible? Did you forget who the hell you used to be? What you used to do?
Bob Copper thought about his past life. his adventures, his wars. He had seen things decades ahead of their times. Too many to list. It seems everyday that he was seeing something "impossible"
And now he was certain, or at least no longer ruled it out, that it was entirely possible that some group was behind all of this.
But how they avoided detection, that was a mystery, at least for the moment.
"Oh my God. I am old, I am fat, and I am out of shape." Bob Copper groaned and wheeeeeeeeezed his way up to the top of one the Dentech Square Towers.
"To be able to think...ow,.. that I used to be one of the most dangerous people in the world. I guess 10 years really does wears away at your body. That and alcohol, and service injuries..."
He had worked up quite a sweat getting up to the top. Of course the elevators were out, and OH GOD THOSE STAIRS! SOOOOO! MAAANNNNNNNYY! STEHEHEHEEEEPS!
He could feel his muscles stretching, barely clinging for dear, begging for a break.
"I can't stop now, I'm pretty sure I'm at least halfway to the top."
"... On second thought, maybe just a slight rest. I mean, I do deserve one."
"COME ON PENNYWORTH! MOVE YOUR ASS! WE BOTH KNOW YOU'VE GOT PLENTY MORE THAN THAT!"
Alarmed, Bob turned around. There was no one there.
"Drew? Is that you?" He shook his head.
"Just a voice in my head... A voice that's 100% RIGHT!"
With renewed vigor, Bob Copper charged up the stairs.
"I can't stop now, these people need me! Hup! Hup! Hup! Hup! Hup!"
After a few dozen flights, he had finally made his way to the top.
He opened the door, and the rush of fresh air was quite refreshing to him.
He stood on the cornice, and took a moment to survey the vast crowd. The masses that crowded DenTech Square were nervous, on edge. It seemed that even they knew something was not quite right, not quite normal about he situation.
Already people were looking at him.
"Look, there's someone on the building!" "Who the hell is that?" "I think that's police chief Copper!"
Looks like its showtime, gotta calm them down really good, or it could break into all out havoc.
"Attention Everyone!" Bob Copper yelled into his bullhorn. "I need you all to remain calm. Police and Rescue Crews are working diligently to remedy the situation!"
"Now I know that some of you are worried about your children-"
A collective gasp ran throughout the crowd.
"WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?" "WHO IS THAT?" 'WHAT IS THIS?" "WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?"
Copper turned around. The Jumbotron had stopped showing static.
Replacing it, was a chair.
The chair was turned back, no way of telling who, what, or if anyone was sitting in it.
"WHO ARE YOU? SHOW YOURSELF? STOP PLAYING GAMES!" Bob Copper yelled into the bullhorn.
I guess someone really is behind all of this. Bob Copper's fears were confirmed.
Someone had taken control of the electrical power, and now DenTech City was being held hostage.
He rammed through the door, holding his wife's hand.
"THOMAS!" Yuichiro Hikari was fighting a mental breakdown.
"I can't find the boys anywhere! I looked all over town! What are we gonna do?!"
He found Thomas Light sitting in front of a TV screen.
"THOMAS WHAT THE HELL? WHAT ARE YOU DOING WATCHING TV AT A TIME LIKE THIS?"
Did that old codger go senile? He was watching TV! TV off all things.
Watching TV... in a city... without power.
"Wait, how are you watching TV?..."
Dr. Light was watching a chair. the back of a chair, more specifically.
"THOMAS, ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME! THE BOYS ARE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE! FOCUS!"
Thomas stood up.
"Dear Lord, I prayed that this day would never happen."
"But he's back. And no doubt..."
He whistled, and Rush bounded into the room. The Great Dane mirrored the fear, the worry, the ANGST, that Dr. Hikari felt in himself.
"Rush, I need you to go find Rock, and bring him to Light Labs."
Rush crawled through the doggy door out of the house.
Dr. Hikari was lost for words. Mrs. Hikari however, was not.
"Dad, what is going on? What do you know?"
"Not now Haruka." Dr. Light was putting was on his coat.
"I'll explain everything on the ride to the Labs."
Just as Thomas Light was about to open, he felt a hand grip his shoulder tightly.
Yuichiro Hikari was looking him right in the eye, with an ferocious intensity Thomas had not seen in a long time.
"If you are responsible for this in any way... and if my children are harmed in any way, I swear to you, old bastard..."
Bob Copper felt his heart racing. Behind him were several thousand people, all as terrified as he was.
In front of him was a chair; the one sign of the mysterious identity of the people that held his city hostage.
A silence fell over the air, every single person looking at the Jumbotron, waiting for a response.
The silent tension seemed to go on for forever.
He couldn't take it anymore.
"WELL?" He waved his hand out to the crowd.
"YOU HAVE TAKEN OUR POWER, OUR PEACE OF MIND! YOU HAVE OUR FULL AND UPMOST ATTENTION! SO ANSWER ME!"
"WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHY DO YOU ATTACK US?"
It went from fear and terror to anger and rage. How DARE these people attack this city, frighten these citizens.
"WELL? WERE WAITING! DID YOU DO ALL OF THIS JUST TO RUN AWAY?"
"HAVE YOU REALIZED JUST WHAT A MISTAKE YOU HAVE MADE?"
"WHAT KIND OF HOST DOESN'T SET THE PARTY FOR HIS GUESTS?"
Still no response.
"THIS WAITING GAME HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH! SHOW YOURSELF VILLAIN!"
Just an empty chair faced his words.
"Screw this, how do I unplug these things..."
"I suppose you are right Mr. Copper. Bob Copper jumped back, almost falling off the building again.
He could hear the crowd gasp again, and he felt them shrink back.
He turned around in his chair, finally revealing himself.
He had certainly dressed for the occasion.
Brooks Brothers suit on.
He had some pretty freaky bat-like hair with a corresponding mustache, but that was being taken care of surprisingly well.
Bob Copper definitely did not see this coming. He expected some radical extremist, religious, anarchic group. Maybe some kids who thought it would be funny to mess around with an entire city.
Not some old man a bit pudgy in the stomach.
"EXCUSE ME SIR! WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT RETIREMENT HOME DID YOU ESCAPE FROM?"
"Belittle me now Mr. Copper, because very shortly, it truly begins." He spoke with a German accent.
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT BEGINS?"
Wily ignored him and turned his attention to the crowd.
"Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. The name's Wily... The one and only, the brilliant scientist, Dr. Wily! It may seem rather sudden to you, but I've decided I'd like to take over the world! Nuhah! Nuhahahaha! NUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
"THIS IS RIDICULOUS WILY! GIVE US BACK OUR POWER AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM!"
"Robot Masters! You can come out and play now! Make this city an example for the rest of the world. I don't wan it destroyed. I want it RAZED."
He got up from his chair.
"That's enough from me, he's a word from my associates. Tata, for now..."
"WILY! GET BACK HERE YOU PIECE OF-"
The screen changed, and all of a sudden, it was a dark empty room.
Then a flame lit.
And a face.
He had a helmet with a mouthpiece.
And the candle sized flame was coming from his... his hand?
Bob Copper couldn't believe his eyes.
There were more.
The man... thing, waved his hand.
There were more.
One was a gremlin-looking thing with a huge pair of hedge trimmers on his head.
Another was a fat, eagle looking thing?
A third was... woah. That one looked like he could lift the whole gym. He was huge, and he was JACKED.
Quite a contrast to what was on the behemoth's shoulder.
Wait, was that a child? Was that a child in Eskimo gear?
And the last one. He had an electric bolt on his mask and on his vest.
He was the one that spoke.
He blew out the flame.
Shrouding the screen in darkness.
And then the JumboTrons went off again.
Leaving Bob Copper, an entire city, and the world that was watching, completely terrified. Frozen in fear.
They had been left to wonder just what the hell they in for.
Just what the hell
"What are we gonna do Lan?" Maylu was tugging on his shirt.
Lan was fixated on the Jumbotron, just like everyone else. That crazy man Wily, had just told just his freak "Robot Masters" to RAZE the city.
Was everyone gonna lost their homes?
Were people gonna get hurt?
"Lan LAN LAN FOCUS!"
"I don't know! This is just nuts!"
"We have to find your parents!" Come on, don't make me slap you!"
"I agree with Maylu." Rock turned around. "We have to get out of here."
The whole crowd was becoming alive. They were starting to surge out of the square. A panic in the process.
Bob Copper sensed the impending disaster.
"PEOPLE! EVERYONE REMAIN CALM! I NEED YOU ALL TO REMAIN CALM AND FIND IMMEDIATE SHELTER. WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE IMPENDING ATTACK IS COMING-"
The JumboTron came back on.
"3 hours. Enough time for an evac and military preparation." Copper whispered under his breath
The crowd gasped.
Copper was quick. "OKAY EVERYONE!" WE HAVE 3 HOURS! I NEED EVERYONE TO GO HOME! MEET WITH YOUR FAMILIES! PACK UP YOUR VALUABLES, AND EVACUATE THE CITY! PLEASE, DO NOT PANIC! THIS NEEDS TO BE AN ORDERLY EVACUATION IF EVERYONE IS TO LEAVE SAFELY!"
The crowd was settling, calming down as Copper serenaded them with promises and orders.
Rock was busy getting his friends out of there.
They found there way into a deserted playground.
Geo stopped. "I gotta get home." He started for his house
Rock grabbed him. "That incoming crowd could trample you. Please, stay here with us.
Geo tried to wrench free. "Mom is expecting me there rock! Let me go home!"
"I'm not risking your safety, Geo. Your staying with us! Were closer to my house. We'll meet up with your mom later."
"I won't take that risk Rock! LET ME GO!"
Lan got in between them.
"Both of you guys chill right now! Now Geo, think about it! The only reason you're with us is because you've been with us all day! You cant possibly hope to find her! Not in that crowd!"
"But...Lan, she's worried about me! I just... I just know it!" Tears were starting to run down his face.
"And if you leave us, so will we."
Geo looked in the other direction.
It hurt, so much.
But it just made too much sense.
"Fine, I'll stay." He wiped his face. "Where are we going again anyway?"
"We're going to our place-"
"RUFF RUFF RUFF!"
Rush ran across the playing, hitting Rock at full speed.
"OOF! OOOOOOH that hurt... good to see you too boy."
Rush immediately got off of Rock, and started to run from the direction he came.
When he realized no one was following him, he came back, ran in circles, and jerked his head.
Lan figured it out "I think Rush wants us to follow him."
"You heard the dog! Let's go!"