Chapter 27: Final RevengeThe energized blade of the Delta-Z's force sabre hummed eerily in the evil mechanoid’s hand. With one single thought command from its pilot, Commander Makara, the sword lunged towards the Dai-X’s neck.The Dai-X only just managed to roll aside in time leaving the energy enhanced sword to cleave Gelma rock instead.The Dai-X got to its feet, X-Sabre in hand.‘I don’t know how that Alliance freak is still alive.’ said Hercules, ‘I thought we punched her lights out permanently.’‘She has a mechanoid just like us!’ said John Lee, ‘How?!’‘No time for questions guys!’ said Shiro, ‘If it’s a duel you want, Makara, then a duel is what you will get!’The two giant mechanoid’s sabres clashed producing a trail of lightning and a giant thunder clap. ‘Your feeble Dai-X is no match for the might of my Delta-Z, you pitiful human scum!’ said Makara, who parrying the initial clash of sabres found a space and struck the Dai-X’s shoulder which produced a pained electronic grunt from the giant mech.‘How’s that shoulder Hercules?’ said Shiro.‘Armour damage only!’ said Hercules, ‘Servo motors are running just fine. But we better not get hit too many more times by that thing!’The Delta-Z trying to pull a combination attack lunged for a second strike, this time targeting the Dai-Z’s legs, but space pilot John Lee was not asleep on this occasion. The Dai-X somersaulted away, avoiding the sabre’s deadly cutting arc.Now with the imitative, and a bit of distance from it and the Delta-Z, the Dai-X raised its right arm and fired its two super torpedoes at Makara’s giant mech.The Delta-Z just stood there and took the full impact of the twin explosions.When the smoke had cleared The Delta-Z was still standing and completely unscathed.‘Man! Not even a scratch!’ said Hercules, ‘Her armour is tough!’The Delta-Z started to run towards the Dai-X, but midway between the two of the it thrusted into the air. Then with a swivel and an extension of its leg, it propelled itself in the direction of the mechanoid, delivering a powerful flying kick to its chest which knocked the Dai-X to the ground and causing it to drop the X-Sabre.Makara’s mechanoid emitted a booming electronic laugh as it stood over the Dai-X once more. Makara spoke through the electronically altered tones of her behemoth.‘This is too easy!’ said the Delta-Z, ‘I thought you would at least put up some kind of fight for your worthless lives!’‘The fight’s not over yet Makara!’ said Shiro, as he tilted Dai-X’s head a little and fired two beams of red light from its eyes at the Delta-Z’s sword hand. The evil mechanoid gave out a synthesized scream as the claw-like hand melted causing its sabre to drop to the ground.’‘Great shot Shiro!’ said John Lee.‘Yeah, that showed her!’ said Hercules.‘I think its time to get something off our chest!’ said Shiro, who sent a targeting vector to his comrade housed in Mainbody.The Dai-X got to its feet once more and opened the doors to its chest compartments, revealing the multiple rocket launcher system housed there. In an instant, hundreds of rockets were spat out on a course above Makara’s position.The rockets impacted a nearby canyon ridge which caused an avalanche of rock to fall onto the Delta-Z, entombing it in a granite prison. ‘Take that Makara!’ said Hercules.‘Do you think she’s really dead this time!’ said John Lee.‘Nothing could have survived that avalanche, Lee!’ said Shiro.But just as Shiro had finished his sentence a low pitched sound could be heard coming from the makeshift tomb.The rock started to glow; first red, then white. A second later a massive explosion of molten rock erupted revealing the undamaged Delta-Z.‘That just can’t be!’ said Hercules.‘That thing seems to be practically immune to all forms of kinetic attack!’ said Shiro, ‘The only hit we’ve scored so far was with an energy weapon! It’s time to use X-Tracers!’The Dai-X got into the required stance and fired off a staggered burst of X shaped energy rays. The Delta-Z was too fast for them this time though and was able to activate a spherical energy barrier. The glowing red shielding absorbed the deadly energy attack with ease.Makara cackled.‘You must surely realise now that you have no chance of winning!’ said Makara, ‘This world will be your tomb!’With the threat of Dai-X’s X-Tracer taken care of, Makara lowered her defensive screen and unleashed a powerful energy beam from the Delta Laser mounted in her mech’s head unit.The beam struck the Dai-X’s left knee; cutting right through and severing the lower leg unit that John Lee currently inhabited. It then proceeded to do the same to the right knee.The Dai-X’s upper body toppled back onto the rocky ground and the two remaining lower leg stumps fell over like a pair of skittles.The Delta-Z stomped over the leg units; crushing them and causing sparks and electricity to fly everywhere.‘Lee!? Do you read me? Lee!?’ said Shiro, fearing that his comrade might be crushed in the mangled metal.‘If you’ve killed him, Makara I‘ll...’ started Hercules, but he was interrupted by Makara’s sinister voice over their com channel.‘You will do nothing but die!’ said Makara, as she began cutting The Dai-X’s arm offs, one by one with the unstoppable energy beam.‘Shiro, blast her with the X-Tracers again!’ said a desperate Hercules.‘I can’t! There’s not enough power for another burst.’ said Shiro.Once the Delta-Z had finished removing the Dai-X’s arms it leant over the disabled mechanoid and opened its chest compartments. Two large drills shot out and pierced the mech’s chest armour and burrowed their way inside. ‘Bail out Hercules!’ said Shiro, ‘Grab the core and bail out!’Hercules begrudgingly complied and pressed a button that opened a small hatch in front of his feet. A small energy pod the size of an orange was passed up to him by a mechanical lift. This was the alien power core of the Dai-X.He grabbed the orb and then, opening the cockpit, he made his way out of the carnage and in the remains of Legtrax.Shiro did the same to the amusement of Makara.‘Haha! Like rats leaving a sinking ship!’ she said.Hercules ran over to what was left of Legtrax’s cockpit unit and to his relief found that it had not been completely crushed. John Lee was unconscious though which was still cause for concern for the tough lieutenant. He pulled his friend out and checked for a pulse. John Lee was alive, but barely.Shiro ran over to Hercules and helped him pick John Lee up.‘How bad is he Hercules?’ said Shiro.‘Bad! Pretty bad! said Hercules.At that point the Delta-Z stood upright, picking up the Dai-X’s torso with it’s drill appendages. As it did so, It turned to face the three Star Fleet pilots.‘Say goodbye to the Dai-X!’ said Makara, as the Delta Laser ignited once more and slowly cut through the centre of the mechanoid, from the top of its head unit all the way down to its lower torso.The Delta-Z’s drill units retracted leaving the two parts of the once mighty Dai-X to fall to the ground.‘My god!’ said Hercules.‘Come on! We need to head for the high ground! said Shiro.The two of them shocked by the loss of the Dai-X picked up their injured friend and made their way up a ridge that overlooked the great chasm below. At the bottom of this 3 mile drop, resided the recently re-imprisoned Omnibeast within The Temple of the Ancients.
Makara laughed and the Delta-Z laughed too accompanied by the intermittent laughter of another, far away in the distance.‘Oh, this is delicious!’ said Makara, ‘I’ve defeated your great red monster, now I will swat you like the pathetic insects you truly are!’The Delta-Z stomped up the ridge behind the escaping trio. Makara was playing with them; she could snuff their lives out with one thought; one final blast from her lethal Delta Laser, but it was much more fun watching them scurry away in fear.The trio made it to the top of the ridge, but now had nowhere left to go.In front of them stood the dreaded Delta-Z. Behind them was the gaping chasm.This was the end of the road.Makara teased them with the claw-like hand of the Delta-Z. The razor sharp pincers snapped dangerously close to the three of them, but without ever striking flesh.'How does it feel?' said Makara, 'To live in fear! To suffer! I endured a living hell after your attack. I vowed to destroy the monster and its three beating hearts. Well, the monster is slain and one of its hearts has almost stopped beating.''Damn you Makara!' said Hercules.'Now is that anyway to speak to someone who is willing to offer you salvation? I offer you a bargain. Throw your injured friend into the chasm below and I will spare your lives!''You are sick and twisted, Makara!' said Shiro.'Lady, you must have a screw loose if you think we'd go for that!' said Hercules.'Then you will all die!' said an angry Makara, as she prepared to lash out with her razor sharp claw hand.With nowhere to run, Shiro and Hercules' instincts took over. After a brief knowing look at each other they threw themselves and John Lee off the ridge and into the gaping chasm below.Makara watched on as Shiro, Hercules and John Lee bodies fell and were claimed by the darkness of the chasm. Although she would have preferred to have made the killing blow, she was quite satisfied that the red monster that had haunted her dreams for so long was dead along with its three human hearts.'Final revenge is mine!' cried out Makara, ecstatic in her victory. The Delta-Z also accompanied her jubilation with a synthesized roar of its own that echoed throughout Gelma 2.When the twisted cries of triumph had died away, Makara noticed the sound of distant thunder and an unnatural laughter that was more terrifying than her own. This had been present throughout her battle with the Dai-X and was now getting louder and louder.She decided to investigate the sound and flew off in the direction of the unearthly cackling. She weaved in and out of canyon walls and after crossing a mighty ridge she located the source of the dread tones. In a massive clearing, bolt after bolt of lightning was striking a single point. The strikes continued in there frequency until all was light and sound.Then... there was silence for a few brief seconds before the unholy rocky ground started to give birth to an age old evil.Rocks came together and formed a body, then arms and legs and finally a head. A familiar head.'I am reborn!' boomed the giant rock-like figure.'Imperial Master!' said an awestruck Commander Makara. A short while after, the crippled X-Bomber flew into the vacated battle-zone that had been the theatre of battle for two titanic confrontations that day.Professor Hagen and Emma Steel looked in horror at the scattered burnt out wreckage of the Dai-X.'Oh no! My son, Hercules, Lee, what have I done?!' said the Professor.'Shiro!' said Emma, who feared the worst after seeing the burning remains of the Dai-X.'PPA! Scan the area for life forms!' said the Professor.'Who could have done this?' he thought, 'There was no sign of the Omnibeast at all. It couldn't have been its handiwork because if it was still free, this sector of space and all those residing within it would now cease to exist.''No sign of any life forms Professor!' said PPA, 'I'm not reading any energy signatures pertaining to either the Omnibeast or Shiro, Hercules and John Lee.''Widen the scan, they can't be dead!' said a tearful Professor.'I've widened the scan!' said PPA, 'I'm now reading two energy anomalies. One is most peculiar the other is incomputable!''Give me a visual on the main view-screen!' said The Professor.Professor Hagen and Emma Steel were struck dumb at what they saw.They were white as ghosts as they looked at the image of the reborn Imperial Master and his mechanoid second in command.'No! He's back!' said the Professor, 'What could have become of Lamia?''It was their war that got us into this mess!' said an enraged Emma, 'Because of her and those freaks out there, Shiro, Hercules and Lee are dead! Well, she's not around to answer for this, but they are!' With that, Emma ran off of the bridge and headed to the ship's docking bay.'Emma wait!' said the Professor, 'We can't engage the enemy like this. We need to inform Star Fleet Command!'The Professor wanted to strike out at the Imperial Master and his servant every bit as much as Emma, but it would be suicide. Countless star systems would suffer if they were not forewarned of the rebirth of The Imperial Master. They were obligated to send the word back to earth or Shiro, Hercules and John Lee's sacrifice will have been for nothing.'PPA! Lock the docking bay and take us out of Gelma 2 through the hole in the planetary defence system!''Yes Professor!' said PPA in a sad tone. His logic circuits concurred with the Professor's course of action. The human part of his programming, however, wanted to avenge his friends.Emma Steel jumped into her battered X-Fighter, she knew she had no chance of defeating The Imperial Master and The Delta-Z, but she didn't care. She didn't want to live without Shiro.She tried again and again to fire up her fighters engines, but to no avail. PPA had locked down the bay and all the craft inside it.Emma punched her console and broke down in tears. She hated the Professor for bringing them all here on the whim of Lamia who was now nowhere to be seen. She could feel the X-Bomber beginning to soar upwards. They were leaving.'I'll get them for you Shiro!' said Emma, 'There will be another time. You, Herc and Lee will be avenged!'On Gelma 2 The newly reborn Imperial Master was wasting no time in implementing a new plan for galactic domination.'You have done well Makara!' said The Imperial Master, 'Together we will rebuild the Gelma Empire and crush all those that oppose our conquest!''By your divine guidance!' said Makara.'You have exacted a most terrible revenge on your enemies and you have helped bring about my re-birth. There is to be a new executive council and you will be by my side at the head of it!''You are most generous Imperial Master!' said Makara.'Now, there is much work to be done!' said The Imperial Master, 'We will travel to Gelma and from there we will recall the Alliance fleet. My time in the ethereal realm has taught me patience. We will build our forces and when the time is right we will reduce the planet called Earth to cinders!'
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