Battle Force 5 - Aftermath ReBOOTED Extra Boss - Finale
['Stronger Than You' is from the Steven Universe episode 'Jailbreak']
Flames flared up around Vert's body, melting away the remains of his clothing while blanketing him in red light. Clenching his hands into fists, he punched the air with his right hand, flames siwrling around his hands to created his gloves. Throwing his head back and his hands down to his sides, the flames melted over his body to create a red and gold suit of armor. Tapping his heels together created a pair of knee-high boots with red-gold armor over the shins.
Drawing his sword, he snapped the blade at Adonis, a wave of fire pushing the cyborg away from the now recovering Irishman. "Rook, I believe you have something you wish to say," their leader said, preparing for anything that Adonis could throw at him.
Rook nodded and clasped his hands together, red-gold light flowing around his feet as a magic circle / sigil flared into existence. "Rebirth Flame!"
Red-gold flames and feathers of the same color swept across the battlefield, Rook's pact with the Phoenix pulling Lightning, Gem, and Blink back from the brink of death. The same light swirled around each member of the team, healing their wounds while revitalizing them. Rook cracked his knuckles, a set of kickboxing gloves forming around his hands. Beside him Lightning brought the knuckles of his hands together, a second gauntlet forming around his left hand.
"How on earth?" Adonis gasped as he recovered from Vert's flame strike. Clapping the dust from his hands, he snorted. "No matter. I know what you both are, so quit embarrassing yourselves."
Lightning and Rook shared a look before nodding to one another.
/This is Garnet
And I'm never goin' down at the hands of the likes of
you, because I'm so much better.
And every part of me is saying, "Go get her."/
"The two of us ain't gonna follow your rules," Rook sang as he launched himself at Adonis, green light flaring up around his fists. He ducked Adonis' punch and slid between his foe's legs. "Come at me without any of your fancy tools.
"Let's go, just me and you," Lightning sang, the pitch of his voice and intonation matching Rook's. He hopped up onto Adonis's extended arm and delivered a kick to their foe's face before flipping backward as Adonis moved to strike him. Landing in a crouch beside Rook, he added, "Let's go, just one on two."
"Go ahead and try and hit me if you're able," the pair of Lightning and Rook sang as they dodged Adonis' strikes, each combatant landing several blows before being caught by their foe. Adonis threw them into the ground, both fighters bouncing before rolling back to their feet. "Can't you see that my relationship is stable? I can see you hate the way we intermingle," they added, giving one another a high-five before kicking Adonis in the head. Flipping back to their feet, they added, "but I think you're just mad 'cause you're single."
/And you're not gonna stop what we've made together
We are gonna stay like this forever.
If you break us apart, we'll just come back newer.
And we'll always be twice the gem that you are./
"I am made o-o-o-of," Rook sang as he delivered a crushing blow to Adonis' midsection, sending their cybernetic foe reeling.
"Lo-o-o-ove," Lightning sang, driving both of his fists into Adonis' back. He released an EMP burst, temporarily shorting out their foe's cybernetics.
"O-o-o-of/ Lo-o-o-ove / Lo-o-o-ove / Lo-o-o-ove," they sang in unison as they charged and delivered twin uppercuts to Adonis, propelling him skyward.
Adonis righted himself in midair and dove, pressing Lightning and Rook into the ground. He pulled himself to his feet in time to see Rook helping Lightning to stand.
"This is who we are," Lightning sang.
"This is who I am," Rook added.
The duo charged, both vanishing from sight. Adonis recoiled as he was struck several times by a duo who moved at the speed of lightning.
"If you think you can stop me, then you need to think again, because I am a feeling, and I will never end."
Aelita stared at the static-filled screen before turning her attention to the vital signs of the five combatants. "It looks like A-Squad is back on their feet," she said as Spinner and Odd shared a high-five behind her.
"I can't believe we're missing the battle, though," Odd said, growing serious as he waited for the screens to clear. They'd lost video several times during the combat situation, but this time they had lost audio as well.
"Don't give up on them yet," Reeve said, "I know they'll pull a victory from the jaws of defeat."
"Speaking of victory," Sage said as she set her phone to speaker. "Would you mind repeating that Jazzy?"
"We found their hideout," Jazzy reported. There was some background chatter as she spoke with someone in her squad. There was additional background noise before everyone in the command center could hear Jazzy say, in a very authorotative tone, "Artemis Skye, you have the right to remain silent!"
A cheer rose in the command center as Adonis' external assistance was cut off. "Firewalls are down," Kanako reported.
"Secondary systems are offline," Beiko and Emiko reported in unison. "Their backup has been blocked and flatlined."
"All systems are back to green status," Sephy and Mamoru reported, their avatars giving high-fives.
Gem shuddered as energy coursed through her body. She felt Vert's arms wrap around her shoulders, and looked up into the blonde's eyes. "I'm fine," she replied to his unasked question. "Better than fine," she added a moment later, "First time I've felt right since he leveled up to G-rank."
They looked across the battlefield to where Lightning and Rook were still fighting Adonis. Sparks were visible from every part of his cybernetic frame.
"I won't let you hurt my planet," Rook and Lightning sang as their fists collided with Adonis' own heavily armored hands. Cracks formed the length of gloves on both sides of the battle. "And I won't let you hurt my friends," the duo added, both flipping away as one of Adonis' gloves exploded. Landing in crouches, they resummoned their weapons, Lightning's gauntlets sparking golden as they drew upon Rook's Phoenix power. Charging at their foe, they sang, "Go ahead and try and hit me if you're able. Can't you see that my relationship is stable?"
"I know you think I'm not something you're afraid of," Rook sang, slamming his glowing fists into both sides of Adonis' face, shattering his visor.
"Cause you think that you've seen what I'm made of," Lightning continued, discharging an EMP burst directly into Adonis' chest.
"But I am even more than the two of them," the duo sang in unison as they linked hands, Phoenix energy melding with raw electricity. "Everything they care about is what I am."
"I am their fury..."
"I am their patience...."
"I am a conversation."
/I am made
And it's stronger than you.
And it's stronger than you/
Lightning and Rook cried out as they unleashed their combined attack, the pooled power slamming into Adonis' chest before detonating. One cybernetic arm spiraled through the air before crashing down behind them. The duo dropped to their knees, their energy more or less spent. Amid the dust came maniacal cackling, blue light visible as Adonis prepared for a near fatal assault.
Gem and Vert stepped forward, Gem preparing her bow while Vert steadied her. They both took a deep breath, their energies synchronzing and harmonizing as they felt the power of Lightning's and Rook's song.
"Two hearts beating as one," Gem and Vert said in unison, the former thief drawing her bowstring back while the crimson one set his hands on her shoulders. A glowing golden arrow formed, tongues of flame surrounding the arrowhead. "Duel strike - Heart of Flames!"
Gem released the arrow, a trail of golden light shining in its wake before it punched through the temporary barrier formed by the energy pooling in Adonis' chest. The arrow continued through the accumulated energy, the attack destabilizing as the arrow dissipated. Electricity crackled around the cyborg as his own attack began to eat away at him from the inside.
Rook punched his fist into the ground, an energy dome forming around his team as Adonis detonated, the countryside receiving a facelift. As everything faded to white, five voices shouted, "LOG OUT!"
Silence fell over the command center as the system confirmed that five people had logged out of the server. In the background the familiar tune of a victorious battle from the Final Fantasy game series began to play from someone's cell phone. Sage answered the call, Jazzy's voice announcing that they had also taken Andre into custody giving everyone some peace of mind.
After Sapphire pouncing on Vert and crying into his shoulder; following the revealation that someone who wasn't Lex had granted Vert a rebirth; and the crimson one deciding that he was rather hungry, a collective sigh of relief was exhalted throughout the various levels of the Hub.
"Would someone be kind enough to bring me some takeout from Zeke's?" Spinner asked as he pulled up several screens worth of data and computer code. "Large BLT pizza and a medium smoothie."
"For me too, please," Aelita added, "a garden salad, though. And a smoothie as well."
"You're not going to join the victory celebration?" Odd asked.
Spinner and Aelita shook their heads, "We need to beef up security to the Aftermath system," Spinner replied
Odd nodded. "Roger that," he said, "your food will be here in thirty minutes or it's free."
Spinner cracked his knuckles. "Ready for some heavy-duty coding, princess?"
Aelita smirked. "But of course, kind sir," she replied as she pulled up some music on her phone. "I even mixed some music for such an occasion."
Spinner bobbed his head before he set to work, the sound of clicking computer keys mixing seamlessly with the beats of Aelita's music. It promised to be a long night to make sure that the Aftermath server and system would remain secure.