Tezz skidded to a stop, his heart pounding in his chest as he gazed up to where the figure in a black jumpsuit stood atop Arc de Triomphe. "No," he whispered when the wind caught the figure's hair, blowing the ponytail out dramatically. Tears stung his eyes as the figure created a glowing golden bubble around his body to ward off the capture attempts of the local gendarme. "Lapushka, please, no. Not today."
[BGM: 'Eternal Blaze' - Nana Mizuki]
A scream caught his attention, and he watched as Akuma-Lex used a part of his shield as a force ram to propel some innocent bystanders into a nearby fountain. Swiping his sleeve against his eyes, he pushed his other sleeve up and activated the transformative properties of his communicator band. Tracing the number '5' on the screen sent a pulse of copper-orange light flowing across his body. A copper-colored body suit replaced his jeans and turtleneck, silver armor forming over his chest and on his shoulders. Electricity sparked around his right hand, forming his gauntlet.
As Akuma-Lex prepared for a secondary attack Tezz launched himself from his hiding place, electricity crackling around his gauntlet. Throwing himself into the line of fire, he unleashed a lightning bolt that temporarily shorted out the shield generator.
"You!" Akuma-Lex snarled, the band around his left wrist shining with indigo light. "Ye shall pay for that!"
"Lapushka, do not force me to fight you," the Russian replied.
"I'm nae forcing ye ta do anything," the possessed Irishman replied, "ye are fighting me o' yer own accord."
Off to one side of the plaza Agura and Stanford came to a stop, the duo's trains of thought in perfect synchronization.
"I swear, if Spinner was here he'd think we were part of one of his JRPGS," the Brit said, pushing his left sleeve up to reveal his communicator band.
The huntress chuckled as she pushed her own sleeve up, revealing the green and silver watch-like device around her wrist. "Love," she said, tracing the number '5' on the screen of her watch.
"Melody," Stanford said, also tracing the number '5' on his own screen.
"UNITED AS ONE!" they said in unison as green and violet light surrounded them respectively. "Synchronity Chain!"
The light died away, revealing the pair in their upgraded shock suits. Agura clapped her hands together before pulling them apart slowly, a whip forming in her grasp. Beside her rings of light flowed down from Stanford's wrists, a pair of hand-held sonic cannons forming in the Brit's hands. Nodding to one another, they dashed in opposing directions, keeping themselves between Akuma-Lex and any innocents who may get in the way of one of his attacks.
"Lex, mate, you really need to stop this!" Stanford called before firing a warning shot at his best friend.
"Think of what you're doing!" Agura added.
"What I'm doing?" Akuma-Lex snarled, "What I'm doing is messing up yer plans, that's what I'm doing! Now fall!"
Juniper and Mimi chose that moment to arrive, the girl and stuffed rabbit ducking behind a building to remain safe. Juniper squeezed her eyes shut and hugged Mimi close as the area around them shook, Akuma-Lex having used the full power of his shield generator to create a force hammer. A large impact crater was now in the center of the plaza, the Arc de Triomphe showing cracks in its facade from the force of the strike.
"Please," Juniper whimpered, tears forming in her eyes as she peered out to see Sapphire and Vert appear on the scene as well. "Please, I want to help."
She cringed as the area shook again, and cracked one eye open to see her parents engaging in sword to sword / dagger combat with Akuma-Lex, the Wheeler parents managing to hold their own against the enhanced skills of their possessed friend. Closing her eyes, she clasped her hands together and prayed with all of her heart.