Storybook Sidenote - Battle of the Bands
'Welcome to the Show' is from 'MLP Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks'
"Stanford?" Tezz gasped as the smoke began to clear. The Russian blinked as a tall, red-haired man stepped forward. "Comrade, I am happy to see you."
"You should have stayed away," the redhead stated coldly as two more people clad in dark cloaks flanked him.
Behind Tezz Fortune, DS, Red, and Star assumed defensive stances. "Those... are your friends?" DS asked the stunned Russian.
Tezz nodded slowly. "Dah," he replied, taking a step backward as a loud bass beat began to pound throughout the chamber.
The two cloaked figures threw back their hoods, revealing an African-American woman with her braided hair pulled up into an ornate bun to Stanford's right, another woman with blond hair pulled up into pigtails to his left. The trio began to vocalize in time to the music that was slowly swelling.
"Welcome to the show," Stanford sang, his voice reverberating throughout the chamber, "we're here to let you know. Our time is now. Your time is running out."
The trio resumed vocalizing as red light flared up around their bodies, gems in the clasps on their cloaks glowing. Tezz brought his arms up to shield his face as an ethereal wind began to fill the chamber.
"Feel the wave of sound / as it crashes down / You can't turn away / We'll make you wanna stay," the trio sang in perfect harmony. "We will be adored / tell us that you want us / We won't be ignored / it's time for our reward. Now you need us / come and heed us / Nothing can stop us now."
DS slammed the butt-end of his hammer into the floor, a magic circle spiraling out around them to create a shield against the sonic attack and dark energy that their opponents were throwing their way. He looked at his friends, then at the trio who were using music against them. Taking a deep breath, he sang, "Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, I've got the music in me."
Glances were exchanged among the other four members of their team. Fortune took a tentative step forward before taking up position as lead vocalist.
"Don't need to hear a crowd / cheering out my name," she sang, her voice slowly gaining strength, "I didn't come here seeking / infamy or fame."
"The one and only thing / that I am here to bring," DS, Star, and Red joined in singing, "Is music, is the music / Is the music in my soul."
Light flared up around the quartet as they activated various Drive-forms. "Gonna break out (Out!) / Set myself free, yeah. / Let it all go (Go!) / Just let it be, yeah. / Find the music in your heart / Let the music make you star / To set yourself apart!"
Stanford narrowed his eyes, an evil smile playing across his lips. "So you want to turn this into a real battle of the bands, eh lovely?" he asked.
The glow around the redhead and his companions flared up in intensity as they activated their own Drive forms. "What we have in store / All we want and more / We will break on through / Now it's time to finish you!"
A wave of raw dark energy slammed into DS's shield, causing it to crack and shatter. The sudden collapse of their defense threw the members of Team Fortune to the floor, with Tezz somehow managing to land in a crouch. Turning his head to see that Fortune, Star, Red, and DS were slowly recovering from the sonic attack, he returned his gaze to Stanford and his other two friends under the influence of dark powers. "You're never gonna bring me down," he sang as he pulled himself to his full height, "You're never gonna break this part of me / My friends are here to bring me 'round / Not singing just for popularity."
He helped Fortune to her feet, the maiden nodding her thanks before she joined him in singing. "We're here to let you know / that we won't let it go..."
"Our music is a bomb and it's about to blow," Red, DS, and Star sang in chorus with Tezz and Fortune.
"And you can try to fight / But we have got the light of friendship on our side!"
A brighter light flared up around Tezz as he unlocked his own Drive form. The same light flared up around Team Fortune, rejuvenating their energies. "Got the music in our hearts / We're here to blow this thing apart," all five sang, the light growing stronger, reaching into the darkest corners of the chamber, "And together, we will never / Be afraid of the dark. / Here to sing our song out loud / Get you dancing with the crowd / As the music of our friendship survives / Survives!"
A bolt of pure white-light shot from the center of Tezz's chest, the light wrapping around the trio in front of them. A cracking sound filled the air as the red glow began to leave the trio. A pulse of rainbow light flowed up and around them, shattering the gems.
Tezz began to take a step toward his friends, only to have the shadows rise up and whisk the unconscious trio away. "Bohze moi," the Russian muttered as he fell to his knees in despair. "We were so close."
"And we will save them," Fortune said, clapping a hand on his shoulder. "as the Maiden of Hope, this I promise."