Rage Alone III: Ambitions - Part Three
Eight pods were lined up along the side of the shattered
mountains to the south. Each metal pod stood twenty meters high and were buried
nearly three meters into the craters they left from landing. Four mutant Grundos
stood around each pod as guards while thirty Grundos, both green and mutant, searched
through the mountains with scanners and energy cutters while Sloth looked over
Sloth yelled out to his minions, "I don't want
to see any slacking from any of you. The sooner we make progress, the safer
you all are."
A green Grundo with his laser cutter holstered
at his waist, his scanner in his left hand, and a small crystal shard in the
left, ran to Sloth as fast as he could. After stopping beside Sloth, he quickly
bowed and excitedly said, "Master, I found a piece of it. It was sitting on
top of a pile of rocks."
Sloth immediately reached out and snatched the
crystal from the Grundo's hand. After examining it with his eyes for a moment,
he looked down at the Grundo and asked, "Are you sure this is from Fethva?"
The little Grundo nodded and added, "It's of
a unique element that I've never encountered before. The scanner had trouble
with telling heads or tails of it. Hairline fractures suggest that it was shattered
like you reported, sir."
"It's a start," Sloth said to himself. He then
looked out over the other Grundos and announced out loud, "Readings from the
crystal itself will be sent to everyone's scanners. I want everyone to isolate
and recover and pieces you can find. In the meantime, I will have some of you
assemble the proton drill. And make it quick."
The Grundo then asked, "Did you want me to take
the crystal to one of the pods for you?"
Sloth answered, "No, I'll keep it until we get
the rest of it. Did you find anything else where you found the crystal?"
The Grundo shook his head, "No sir, only two
bodies. Neither one has any vitals, and one appeared to be more recent than
the other from what I got from the scanner. There's nothing out of the ordinary
Sloth placed the shard into pocket, "Then get
back to work. The others still need those readings."
During that time, Draicus, Simpha, and Gorrem
rushed through the house to get what equipment they felt was needed. Gorrem
and Simpha gathered elemental wands, lightning guns, and daggers while Draicus
got rope, two-foot strips of cloth, and communication helmets. When they looked
at what one another gathered, Draicus shook his head slowly and said, "You two
need to put more thought into things."
Simpha sighed, rolled his eyes, and responded,
"When you come across a Grundo armed with a really big gun, our stuff will actually
help. And I don't know about the rest of you, but I plan on having us stick
Draicus placed one of the helmets on his head
and told Simpha, "Well I'm not wanting to take any chances. I plan on having
the two of you in contact at all times."
Gorrem walked towards the door and told them,
"We're wasting time by talking, so it's my plan to get this over with as soon
as we can. Now let's get out there. We can make a plan on our way back to the
The three of them walked out the front door
while covered in weaponry. Draicus and Gorrem immediately took flight while
Simpha had to stick to the ground; although, he was fully capable of keeping
up with them. As they moved, they noticed some familiar Neopets headed for their
house. There was a blue, female Shoyru, a red, male Poogle, and a red, male
Peophin. Draicus and Gorrem landed in front of them and Simpha stopped next
to the others.
The Shoyru started spoke first with, "Word is
out that the Virtupets are back. The Neopian government won't do anything until
they can estimate the danger, but a lot of people are already preparing for
Gorrem nodded and said, "Understandable, Miermah,
but we're not waiting. We plan on going out to the landing spot in the south."
The Poogle looked across the two of them and
asked, "Where's Jyrados? Shouldn't he be fighting with the rest of you?"
Simpha rose his arm and started to rub the back
of his neck with a nervous look on his face. "Umm, yeah, about him..."
Miermah grew a look of concern on her face.
In a soft voice, she said, "Something's wrong with him, isn't there? What happened?"
Gorrem looked down and told her, "Jyrados was
taken by Sloth. That's why we're going there. We figured that Jyrados might
be held amongst the group down there if he's not on the cruiser."
Draicus then asked, "Any news on what the government
is going to do about the cruiser in orbit?"
The Peophin answered, "They sent the Space Faerie
to investigate, but she was found unconscious in space. A small freighter had
to recover her. There's no real news about the cruiser or what'll be done about
Draicus then said to everyone, "Then it's best
we get moving, Depthcharge. Thanks for the update. We'll be sure to come back
with Jyrados safe and sound."
Tumarche simply told Draicus, "We're coming
Simpha decided to interrupt with, "Sorry, but
we're a little less than covert as it is. Too large of a crowd will make it
so they spot us before we can even see if we have a chance at succeeding."
Miermah looked over the equipment on Simpha
alone and said, "Looks like you've got enough stuff for all of us. We're coming
and I don't want to hear you complaining. I want to know exactly when Jyrados
Gorrem reached out with a paw and put it on
Miermah's shoulder, "Look, we would love to debate this, but we're in a hurry.
You have my promise that he'll be fine."
Depthcharge just told them, "Look, we can either
follow you, or travel beside you. Either way, you're not getting rid of us.
Now why are we still standing here?"
There was a moment of silent stare between the
six of them. Then, rather suddenly, Gorrem jumped into the air with his wings
outstretched and glided over everyone as he said, "Then let's get moving already."
Draicus and Miermah took to the sky to join
Gorrem's side while the others ran along the ground with great speed. In the
air, Gorrem pulled out a wand from a belt around his waste and tossed it to
Miermah. She caught it and held it close to her chest as she flew. On the ground,
Simpha removed two Lost Desert Daggers from his own belt and tossed them to
the sides. Tumarche and Depthcharge caught them by the hilts with their mouths
as if they had done it before.
On board the Virtuclaw, the Grundo who interrogated
Jyrados sat in the captain's chair quietly. The Grundos around the bridge looked
through control panels as usual. The lead Grundo wore a bored look on his face
until a smaller Grundo behind him said, "Sir, internal sensors have been picking
up some unusual power surges in sector five off and on for the past ten minutes."
The Grundo rotated his chair to look at the
smaller one and casually asked, "Is it a problem with the generators in that
"Negative," he answered, "it's coming from the
prisoner cell. The shields are running at one-hundred percent, but it's periodically
interrupted by one percent by a sudden spike in the energy matrix."
The Grundo followed up with, "Can you isolate
the energy pattern?"
The smaller one told him, "It's not strong enough
for an analysis. However, I might be able to isolate it if it occurs a few more
times. I'll keep you updated when I can, sir."
The Grundo turned back around and said, "See
that you do. Just don't forget to keep an eye on the station while you're at
Jyrados sat on the bench in the cell with his
back against the wall. His eyes stared at the shield with focus and rage. His
heart raced almost as fast as his mind, which could only think about what he
would do to the Grundo and Sloth when he gets out. He knew it would come sooner
or later, and that he would savor the actions committed by him.
While he stared, he would blink every few minutes.
Whenever he did, the outer edges of the shield would flicker with blue energy
for half a second. Jyrados never noticed because of his blinking, but did feel
slightly warmer for a moment after it happened.
Out of boredom, Jyrados stood up and outstretched
his wings. He then placed his hands close together and attempted to focus on
his darkness. Although he wore the collar, he was curious about whether or not
it worked as much as Sloth wanted. For a few minutes, nothing happened at all.
He even held his breath to stress his body while focusing. As before, it gave
no results. He finally exhaled and gave up, and for a second, the Grundo passed
through his memory and between his hands, a blue light flashed for just an instant,
and shocked Jyrados back onto the bench. He had no idea what just happened,
but he didn't want to find out at that moment.
On the bridge, the small Grundo jumped back
for a second and yelled, "Sir, we just experienced a large spike, but not in
the energy matrix. I've isolated it in the same cell as the prisoner is in."
The commanding Grundo turned around quickly
this time and asked with a demanding tone, "What type of energy signature is
The smaller Grundo answered, "Unknown. I'm running
an analysis now and will tell you when I get the results. It's not elemental,
so it'll be a couple minutes."
The commander told him, "Make it so, and tell
me immediately. I don't want any complications when Sloth returns."
To be continued...