I heard Ash's voice in my head again from the green chakram thing because I accidentally cut myself on it when the world was blowing up, so he had a direct link to my nerves, which lead to the old headcase.
[[You may open your eyes now, Koen.]]
Okay, so I opened one eye. Still couldn't see anything.
"Dave? Wouldja mind letting go of my head?"
"Oh yeah...sorry Boss."
It 's desolate as always down in this crater next to New Babbage that everybody knows about but is afraid to even talk about. Because they don't want whatever happened down here to happen up there. But I think it just did.
"No more flames, that's a good sign. Is it safe? I'm feelin' a little woozy. How much oxygen we got left with all of us..."
[[Not enough. Scanning. Atmosphere is safe.]]
A big rush of air, hot and dry like the Wastelands. Thank Bast! Let me tell ya I don't think any of these kids have ever taken a bath in their lives!
[[Scanning life forms. All accounted for...except two.]]
Whoa! Was that a shot of anger I felt coming out of him? Ash is always the cool calm and collected one, at least in front of strangers.
[[I must investigate. Severing connection.]]
[[Rephrasing. Disconnecting. I will seal the wound. Please stretch out your paw.]]
Yeah, the fur on my arm was pretty soaked. Luckily my fur was the same color as my OW SHIT THAT HURTS blood. And there he goes floating off to reconnect with his body. His soul chip must have been fused into that thing.
"Boss! Is that Ryan down there?"
In a flash I'm four-pawin' it down there. I don't know how it happened, but Ryan was STILL frozen under thick ice and holding that Doctor Brain dude over his head like he's gonna throw it down!
"Now this? This doesn't make any sense!"
"The energy shield for my armor is integrated into my escape unit."
Everybody jumped back. That has Cold Dead Hans' voice! He's still in that jar!
"I was able to use it to protect this carrier instead of the one of I built. If only I set to protect from internal explosions..."
"Yeah well you won't be so smug when that ice melts off! And that's gonna happen fast. You stay there. I gotta check up on my Dad."
He was cursin' somethin' at me but I didn't give a shit. There's the blown up armor thing up ahead. Gettin' closer.
"Don't touch that puddle, kids. I think that was the pink girl..."
"Mister Koen's Dad? Is you still livin'?" I heard crunching sounds.
Oh. Freakin'. BAST.
"GET OFFA HIM!"
I think I'm gonna be sick. He's burnt to a crisp...hunched over...
I perked an ear. There's breathin'. Two people breathin'!"
"Sorry Dad let me just...lift you off here..."
He wasn't so badly burned on his front. His gas mask was still on. The girls have some blisters and singed eyebrows but...they're alive!
"HEY! This ain't the time for jokes! That was my..." I looked up. Yep, it was Him.
"No pun intended, child."
"Hey Boss, who's da guy wit' da wings?"
"He's...he's my Grandpa. You guys try ant tie down Ryan again and get that jerk in the jar. Me and the big guy gotta talk."
They high-tailed it out. They never seen a demon before.
"Yagi and Darien are gone? Is this how you planned it?"
"They are unfortunate casualties of war. But their sacrifice was not..."
I got pushed aside. HARD. I'm lookin' up and Ash is back in his body and he's lifting BW up by his throat!
"Ethical parameters overloaded! Moral compass shattered! FATAL ERROR!"
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