Next Epilogue. Only one left after this.
Yes it's long, not quite as long as the other one posted, but still pretty freaking long.
The Chronometal Panic
Tangent 2: Model M’s Return
Alone in her yard, still in mid day- it seems like an odd place for Barasia to be considering such ultimatums, such important scenarios and events. Almost completely oblivious to the fact that she has company, she mutters to herself.
“I can cause a... ten year causality loop. I will live for ten years, but by the end I will... kill myself, but in doing so- save the world with the newest of Chronometals...”
“Huh?” A voice behind her chirps. Barasia twirls around, completely baffled by the fact that she was so focused on the Ark that she didn’t even hear Ruby walk up to her. Even more amazing is the fact that she is already back from school. It has been 8 hours already, and the sun is already more than half across the sky.
“Oh, uh... I was just thinking out loud.” Ruby frowns, causing Barasia to worry. “What is it?” --- “You are going to go do hero stuff again... aren’t you?” Barasia pauses and thinks for a moment, and then she kneels down to Ruby and puts her finger to her chin.
“Hey. It’s going to be alright. I’ll just be gone for a minute or so. I’ll be fine, I promise.” Ruby says nothing back. She is incredibly uncomfortable with Barasia continuing to be a ‘hero.’ The concept of her being killed and leaving her alone just like her mother did continue scar her to no end.
“Look, I’ll even bet you I’ll be back in less than a Minute. I’ll bet you... this entire week’s bedtime!” Ruby is nearly set aback by the bet- almost as if she has heard this already. Her eyes regain their normal composure and innocence as she speaks up.
“I know never to take that bet ever again! You always win!” --- “See? Even you know I’ll be back. Now, be a good girl and run along. I have something to do.” --- “O-Okay. See you in a minute!” --- “A Minute! Got it!” Barasia happily states as she flies off.
However, after she is out of eyeshot of Ruby, her face sours and regains a serious demeanor.
“God damn it... I’m really about to do this, aren’t I?” She mutters to herself as she views the Ark, deadly seriousness crossing her face.
“I’ve never so much as MET myself from another time-line, and here I am about to go and... Kill myself...” She shakes her head and swallows her fear.
“Now is not the time for hesitance. Now is the time to save the damn world- again!” She opens an orange rip in space and time and flies into it!
Using a device, Utonium tracks the location of the Lunar Model M. It has just now left the dark side and is now approaching Earth. The sheer size of it is baffling.
“Yeah, this is definitely the place. *ACHOO!*” Buttercup says- and sneezes. Walking around aimlessly, she lazily eyes devices. They are all frozen over, but still seemingly functional.
Dexter walks to a red button- and presses it. Within moments, lights burst on and heating vents are reactivated. The second one turns on and blasts Buttercup, she lets out a very large sigh of relief.
Shaking the ice out of her hair, she turns around and meets up with the rest of the group.
“So, this is the other cannon. Are we going to use it to shoot the Model M out of the sky?” --- “That’s the idea. We don’t know how powerful it is, nor why it chose to avoid detection for so long. But it’s coming now. We are going to destroy it, and hopefully the South Pole Model M at the same time.”
Dexter taps the device a little bit with a grin on his face.
“There’s a little something special about this certain cannon.” He states as a device shoots out of the core. It seems to be a very large scale adapter of some kind, but the hole to put something in is so large. What could it possibly be used for?
“Professor, did you bring what I asked?” --- “Yes, Dexter. Here it is.” He states, rummaging through his bags and getting a hold on something. Blossom eyes the familiar technology. “Isn’t that the Chronometal to Energy adapter?” --- “Yes, it is.” Dexter says as he puts it in the perfectly sized hole.
He puts the slot back into the core and returns to the firing console.
“So... we are going to charge our Chronometals into the cannon?” --- “That’s the idea... but it can only be used by one person at a time. Given that you nearly died last time- I will gladly go first.” Blossom nods as she looks at the roof of the cannon.
The dome is opened up slightly to aim the protruded barrel and some snow is falling in. Blossom can barely make out something next to the mid-day moon. It must be the new Model M.
“So, when are you going to fire this thing?” --- “Well, given the precarious nature of the ‘fuel’ it uses and the fact that it can only be used, say about two times; One for me, one for you, I will only fire it if I have a perfect shot. Nothing would be worse than a Miss.”
“It’s so big...” Buttercup spills out. Dexter looks up to view the moon as well. “We don’t have a lot of time.”
Dexter activates the cannon, and large mechanical noises are heard all around them. “I will charge the cannon. You guys have to stop it! Keep it in one place!” --- “We don’t even know anything about this Model M! Is it safe to just engage it like this?”
“Does it look like we have another choice?” Bubbles lets out as she begins to fly off. “I guess not.” Buttercup also says, before flying off.
“Don’t overdo yourself, Dexter.” Blossom says with a quick nod, before she too flies off.
Confident in his own abilities, Dexter begins to charge the cannon using the set adaptor to make his own energy into the fuel for the cannon. “This is it...”
Halfway to intercepting the Model M, they are met by Barasia!
“W-Wha-? Barasia?! What are you doing here?” Bubbles slips, both worried and ecstatic to see her! “I came to help you guys.” --- “You couldn’t have picked a better time!” Blossom says, pointing to the moon.
“I know, Him told me.” Barasia says as Buttercup raises her eyebrow. “Him?” As she asks that, she feels herself surge with familiar power, as her green trademarks once again transforms into brown.
As they float there, Bubbles notices something behind Barasia, something she is hiding behind her back.
“What’s that?” She asks, inquisitive. Barasia shyly moves it toward her front for viewing. The group goes completely silent, with looks of awe across their faces.
“A... A...” --- “A Chronometal, Yes.” Barasia lets out. “Who?” Blossom lets out, asking who the Chronometal could have once been.
“No time, Bubbles, take this!” Barasia says as she throws the Chronometal to Bubbles, who catches it in one hand. “F-For me?!” As she asks that, the Chronometal- as well as her entire body are engulfed in dark light!
She does not resist, or scream. She knows what a Chronometal Transformation looks like. But after a few moments, she begins to feel strange! The transformation is very bright, regardless of the blackness that envelopes the light. The others cannot bear to look at it dead on.
After the light dies down, Bubbles is left wearing a beautiful bladed ebony Chronometal! The energy of which is staggering. It is slightly stronger than Dexter’s Chronometal, seemingly the strongest of the Metals- except M of course.
She feels the back of herself, she has long Black hair.
She flexes her arms and hands, pulsing her muscles in both her arms. “This feels great...!” She says happily before she notices something.
“I-I...! I have by arm back!” Blossom and Buttercup look upon Bubbles’ new Chronometal, and she does seem to have an additional arm! “It feels just like a regular arm but... I know it’s fake.” Bubbles lets out with a mixture of satisfaction and sadness.
She messes around with her right arm for a couple seconds, also viewing the glorious black accents on the armor. Barasia speaks up:
“Model B-2. The second in line.” –- “B-2? Does that make mine B-1?” Blossom asks, getting a nod from Barasia. “If Bell was B-1... who is-“ Blossom tries to ask as an ear splitting roar pierces the entire planet!
“Not now, later!” Barasia yells as she points to Model M, who is nearing Earth! “Right!” The three all say in unison. They begin to fly off, but Bubbles notices Barasia isn’t following.
“What’s the matter?” Bubbles asks and Barasia floats up to meet her closely at eye level. “I cannot follow you, not this time. I have a daughter to look after.” After a short pause, Bubbles nods. “Okay... thanks for the Chronometal.” Barasia looks away, almost ashamed... but nods. “You’re welcome. Save the world, Bubbles...” She says as she flies off.
Blossom, in Model B-1. Bubbles, in Model B-2. Buttercup, with the divine powers of Him. They all fire at this new threat. Are they powerful enough? ‘They better be.’ They think to themselves, leaving no room for doubt or compromise.
They burn out of the Planet’s atmosphere, and the blue sky disappears as they near the Newest of the Model Ms! It doesn’t seem to have any arms, legs... wings, or even a head. It seems like an amorphous mass of Iron and Steel. Blossom puts her finger to her ear.
“Dexter, you seeing this?” --- “Yeah, it seems pretty unconscious and easily traceable. I can line up a perfect shot in no time.” He says through the comm. device.
As they scan the device and Dexter begins to charge the cannon, something horrifying happens! “D-Dexter! Hold off on that! Something is happening!”
The amorphous metals coalesce into various shapes and patterns, before they see what seems like a torso, with arms and a head protruding from a ghastly iron comet!
“You have all come I see...” It hums, the group surprised it wasn’t a roar or screech. “Yes, we have come to destroy you!” Buttercup yells out, with new-found vigor and purpose!
“Destroy... me? Magnificence knows no weakness. I am unstoppable, perfect. The absolute epitome of the Power that is Model M!” --- “Magnificence, huh? Kind of a pretentious name for just another casualty on our list!” Blossom taunts.
“I see you are all prepared... more prepared than I thought.” Magnificence states as he views Bubbles. “But it is of no matter. I will crush you, and claim this pathetic planet- and all its inhabitants as my own!”
Its arms lash out at the group who dodge nimbly! They attack him in perceivable weak points, such as the head and heart; but nothing seems to work! As the battle pushes on, they notice the Comet that is Magnificence is still moving toward the Earth!
“Blossom, you guys can’t let him break the atmosphere!” Dexter yells through the comm. device. “I’ve gotten a good reading of it! It feeds off of the residual life of all things living! Neither their death- nor their emotions! This thing will continue to exist as long as life does! If it nears Earth, it’s power would at least double! You have to stop it while I charge this cannon!” --- “Got it!”
“Girls! We have to push him back! We can’t let him reach Earth! If we do, it’s game over!” The two nod, as Bubbles uses her new-found power to charge into Magnificence’s chest in an attempt to halt him!
Buttercup crosses her arms and begins to glow red! Divine flames engulf her as she emerges in her demon form! Multitudes bigger than she just recently was, she charges for the base of Magnificence’s torso and begins to beat him back!
“Such Barbarity...” He lets out as he bats them away effortlessly. “HRA!” He roars as chains burst from the comet and flies at mach speeds toward the Earth! “THE HELL IS THAT?!” Buttercup roars!
On Earth, the chains crash into mountains and buildings before digging into the crust of the planet and seem to be swirling in red energy! As the chains remain, Magnificence seems to gain in size and strength!
He is absorbing the power from Earth itself! “We have to break these chains!” Blossom yells out, attempting to break them, but her strength is too little! Same for Bubbles, but Buttercup in her demon form snaps through the chains with ease!
As the chain breaks, it burns away into a dark red light, but before they begin to pat themselves on the back- more chains fire out and impale the Earth! “YOU GUYS STOP MAGNIFICENCE; I WILL STOP THE CHAINS!” Buttercup states as she flies off, splitting chain after chain!
Bubbles uses her newly acquired B Saber to slice at Magnificence as he attempts to bat her back, but her speed is also heavily accented! They succeed in holding off Magnificence, but the chains continuously gouge the planet. The repercussions unknown.
“Blossom! Come in!” --- “Yeah Dexter?” --- “The Model Ms on Earth have begun acting erratically! They are attacking in large numbers, but they are also turning on each other! Something is causing them to go insane!” Red mist seems to leave the south pole of Earth and float toward Magnificence!
“Dexter, this Model M up here seems to be sapping the life energies from the Model Ms! We will continue the fight, if we can win this... we can take out Mother and Magnificence in one blow!”
Blossom readies her B saber as well and joins Bubbles in her attack on the Human-Meteor-Hybrid that is Magnificence. “Annoying gnats...” It states as he expels a large amount of energy to blast them back with a red wave! Chains continuously fire out from the core of the Meteor, but most of them are being stopped by Buttercup!
They put up ample resistance, but their energy is reaching its limit, as does Magnificence. “This is insane... why am I so tired...?!” Blossom huffs to herself, panting. Magnificence also pants and huffs, but is also chuckling under his breath.
“Red... Mist...” It lets out simply. The two of them look around, noticing the mist from the South Pole has stopped going into Magnificence, and is instead swirling around them in space! It’s sapping the energy of everything in the area! Before they can run away, they are already so tired that they cannot move.
“Hahaha...!” It cackles manically! It raises its hands in an attempt to smash them, but it is blocked by Buttercup- who seems completely immune to the red mist! Being blocked and Battered by Buttercup, Magnificence merely grins as more chains fire out!
“GRRR!” She growls out as she is forced to once again tend to the chains!
“Blossom... I am... so tired...” Bubbles says, barely keeping her eyes open. Blossom, more attuned to her Chronometal has slightly more power than Bubbles. She weakly floats to her and grabs her by the chest.
“What are... you...?” She tries to ask as she passes out. Blossom gives her a forceful push and sends her out of the red mist, toward the Earth! Struggling to stay conscious, she looks back at Magnificence, who is also seemingly drained. He raises his arms, and the red mist is sucked into him!
After a short moment, he seems to be back at near full power.
“Pointless...” He spits as he fires more and more chains at Earth in baffling numbers! Buttercup cannot even stop half of the chains anymore! She blasts them in half, one by one. They burst into crackling sparks, but are always replaced with newer chains!
Blossom puts her finger to her ear. “Dexter... how’s the charge... coming along?” --- “Almost done! Are you alright?!” He yells, worried. “I’m... fine... Tell me when it’s ready!” She shakes her head, trying to psyche herself back into the battle.
Her vision ebbs and churns in an out of focus as her consciousness becomes questionable.
Magnificence swipes at her and she still has enough energy to dodge around, but Model M doesn’t care. He is amused as the barely conscious husk that continues to resist him.
Chains continue to crash into the planet, giving him more and more energy. The chains break sky scrapers, level bridges, crush mountains... they are ruining the entire planet!
The life energy coursing up the chains cause storms and rains! The entire world is engulfed in a hurricane of sorts! What was once day is transformed into a violent night! Quakes begin to shake the very foundation of the planet, as not even the South Pole is safe from the tremors! The rogue Model Ms turn on each other and break apart as the storms cause flash floods to wash them away!
Panicked civilians run to bomb shelters and wherever they can go to save themselves and their families!
“Blossom! It’s ready! Tell me when it’s safe to fire!” Blossom thinks to herself with a barely conscious brain. She begins to fly off, but is caught by Magnificence. “I heard that... You aren’t going anywhere!” He laughs to himself as he embraces Blossom to his chest.
“Now, Dexter...” --- “A-Are you safe?” --- “NOW DEXTER!” She yells!
A large drum shattering explosion is heard, and even the clouds and storms part as the giant cannon fires at Magnificence! Pure gold energy engulfs the entire sky as the chains burn away!
Buttercup flies up and holds Magnificence in place as it tries to coast out of the way. “END OF THE LINE!” She yells as she holds the entire comet!
“RAAAAHHHHG!” Magnificence roars in pain as it is engulfed in the pure energy of the Chronometal Cannon! Blossom, also caught in the blast is suffering! Magnificence’s fingers burn away and she takes the brunt of the attack! She is blasted so harshly, that she is burned into Magnificence!
Her Chronometal fuses to the tyrant’s iron as the beam begins to waver. Magnificence is left barely alive as the beam fades, but he is still alive!
With a mangled jaw and melted frontal half, he begins to cackle. “Gha gha gha! You have accomplished NOTHING!” He roars as he begins to fly toward the Earth again!
Burning through the atmosphere, but now out of the red mist, Bubbles wakes up in a free fall. “W-What the?! She asks herself as she manages to stop herself before hitting the ground. She looks up to see a melted and burnt Model M in the sky, but it is still alive- and being held by Buttercup!
She notices the residual energy from the cannon and dashes for it!
She bursts in, noticing Dexter is panting on the floor. “DEXTER!” --- “No... Time... Cannon... ch-charge...!” Bubbles; afraid, nods. She reaches the cannon and freezes.
“I... don’t know how...” --- “Hands... box...” She views the console, there are two hand sized slots to put her ‘hands’ in and she does just that. “Okay, now what?”
Dexter, with barely open eyes, staggers to one leg as he activates the aiming protocols. As he punches in the last action, the cannon begins to spin up again. Bubbles feels her energy burn away, and course into the cannon!
“What happened up there?” She asks with her hands in the conduit. Dexter, barely even leaning against the console manages to blurt out- “Console went out... radio silence... I don’t... know...” He passes out from sheer exhaustion.
“Blossom... Please be safe!”
Stopping the chains at the source, Buttercup begins to wrap Magnificence in his own energy sapping chains! Yet he says nothing, he only laughs. “WHAT’S SO FUNNY?!” Buttercup roars, un-amused. “You will see... in time!” He lets out enigmatically.
Another large explosion noise is heard and another laser is fired! This one is a stark black color instead of gold! As the laser approaches, Buttercup once again pins him in place, but this time... all he does is laugh. And Laugh. AND LAUGH!
The laser hits and this time- it hits even harder! His entire front side is blasted away while the chains flail and burn into nothing! Blossom, still melded to the front, does her best to defend herself, but it’s no use! The cannon fire is too strong and her Chronometal is completely blown off! Her skin is engulfed in the dark energy!
Magnificence’s energy reaches a critical low as a voice is heard from behind it!
“NOW BUTTERCUP!” Him yells, declaring she deliver the Coup de grâce! She roars as she punches into his very core, and blasts him toward the atmosphere with all her energy!
Magnificence begins to burn up in the atmosphere, and the storm caused from the loose energy begins to tear him to pieces! The darkness of space disappears as the flames of the atmosphere engulf them.
“This is it... you know...” He states quietly, addressing only one being. “Y... yeah...” Blossom says hoarsely, her throat- and pretty much everything else burned beyond recognition.
“You killed yourself to kill me... was it worth it?” --- “I... had to... stop you...” She coughs, as the flames begin to engulf even where she is. The pain, excruciating... but being a super-human, she doesn’t instantly die.
The flames build and build as Magnificence lets out one final question.
“Do you think the world you left behind will be safe, Blossom? I am but one of many problems...” Blossom has not the strength to respond, although she would love to.
The flames grow in intensity before she is completely blinded by fire. She closes her eyes and takes it all in.
“WHERE’S BLOSSOM, HIM?” Him remains silent. “ANSWER ME!”
“I...” He stalls. “WHAT IS IT?! WHERE?!” Him retracts his power and she fades back into her original form. She looks down toward Earth.
Magnificence burns away, and pieces of it shatter and separate from the original mass and incinerate in the atmosphere.
“Dexter...” Bubbles gasps as she disconnects herself from the cannon. “We won, Dexter... Haha... We won...” She looks up, as pieces of the cruel machine that was Model M burn away. The larger pieces crash into the surrounding area, but missing vital areas of the town. Casualties are kept to a minimum...
“But... where’s Blossom...?” She asks herself as she too passes out upon the floor.
... ... ...*An hour passes.*
“I still can’t find Blossom...” Buttercup whimpers, nearly breaking into tears. Bubbles and Dexter as still far too exhausted to do anything, but they listen and share her worry. “I... I’m sure she is fine...” Dexter says, upon the hospital bed, out of his Chronometal. As is Bubbles.
“I’ll... keep searching.” Buttercup says as she is interrupted by one of the Military men.
“Report...” Buttercup says sadly. “We found... something...” She raises her head, fearing the worst.
At a nearby lake, she takes the ‘thing’ and nearly breaks into tears. She collapses to her knees.
“Leave me... alone...” The soldiers merely nod and walk away. “You too Him.” She fades back into her Green Coloration.
She holds it in her hands, looking at it deeply.
A singed red bow. She looks at it in her hands. Tears begin to hit it. She breaks into sadness, and holds the bow to her chest and cries.
“Damn it Blossom... Why? This was all for you! Why?! WHY?!”
She squeezes the bow and roars-
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” She slams her fist into the ground, breaking it all to pieces...*Several hours pass, and everyone meets up in the Chronometal Tomb.*
A quick funeral passes and eulogy is passed, but those performing the ceremony seem to have a very large schedule. Blossom was not the only person killed by this event, nor was she even in the first hundred.
Buttercup, Bubbles, Utonium and Dexter all stand over her grave, with her bow placed over it.
Dexter looks to the ceiling. It was caved in by one of the many pieces of Magnificence falling to Earth. The urns and tombs were untouched however. The gash in the ceiling extends all the way into the horizon.
The sun is setting. It is still raining slightly, but it is dying down. Most of the people here have remained silent. The crying and mourning has ended, now they simply look into the sunset.
Model M has been destroyed... Magnificence absorbed so much energy from the South Pole that even Mother was destroyed. There is nothing left on the planet that could possibly pose a serious threat anymore...
But Blossom is gone, for good.*As the Hours pass, the only person left standing over the grave is Dexter.*
Night has fallen, and a midnight mist flows in through the gash in the wall, as does someone else.
“Dexter?” He turns around, and looks at the person talking. “Barasia...” --- “I heard what happened...” Dexter says nothing, still standing over the large internal grave.
Barasia stands there too. “I’m... so sorry...” Dexter clenches his fists and begins to tear up again. Barasia nears him in an attempt to comfort him- and he lunges at her!
He embraces her. He does not cry, but he holds on for dear life. Barasia does so too, she knows what he is feeling. For the longest time, she thought of herself as a mindless Killing machine and one of the few people she could ever call friend has died.
It was Blossom who helped summon her to this universe in the first place. It was Blossom who saved her from herself. It was Blossom who went back and forth through time to save the entire omniverse. Everyone on Earth has lost Blossom, not just them.
The fog engulfs the area, and their silhouettes seem to vanish into the night.
The panic has ended.
The Chronometal wars have ended.
The world is safe, but it came at a catastrophic price. Dexter doesn’t know why Blossom chose to kill herself. Given only a few more moments he could have compensated for her location... but perhaps that would have let Magnificence live. Without the time given to have actually made the decision, it is impossible to foresee what would have happened...
So many variables, but there are a few things that Dexter knows now.
He knows he is one of the few people left on Earth to protect it. Even the People who he swore to kill will look upon him as a hero. The fallen hero. The 'only' hero. He looks upon the dark horizon. The world has turned its back on him, and he turned his back on it... but what is left is all that is left. They need each other.
Neither side is too ecstatic about this, but with the quick appearance of Magnificence, and the price at which everyone had to pay in order for him to be destroyed... the world cannot afford to not have such a hero. The hero the world needs...And he will never make the same mistakes again... He will never lose anyone else!