Dark Unto Days
“There’s something off about him.” Pridak said.
“Who is off?” Takadox asked.
Pridak gestured towards the window. Takadox and Ehlek joined him as he stared down at Lewa Mata, who was on the lawn socializing with the Toa Nuva. The 2012 Hero Factory winter line had just arrived.
“I’m not seeing it.” Ehlek said.
“Tahu Mata said he saw you somewhere.” Pridak told Ehlek. “He said that... you were in a paradox with him. A paradox that I and Nex created.”
“Yeah, we did.” Ehlek shrugged. “I have some memories of it now. Everybody he spoke to does. So what?”
“Haven’t you ever wondered why Lewa Mata wasn’t a part of the group that helped you save Tahu?”
“Well... not really.”
“Stupid move, I’m guessing?” Takadox guessed.
Pridak nodded. “Nex corrupted Pohatu Mata with ease, as did ALMIGHTY. Who’s to say he didn’t hit another Toa Mata member as well, and we’ve simply never known it?”
“He does seem to be... off.” Takadox commented.
“Well, we didn’t really question it at the time.” Ehlek responded. “I mean, our main goal was to get Tahu Mata into the past so that we could fix things. I don’t remember clearly... my memory is fuzzy. After all, the events never really happened to me, did they?”
“Why do you have memories of it then?” asked Takadox.
“Because it’s a paradox.” Pridak said, his shoulders slumping. “If I’d never gone back, Nex wouldn’t get control and the whole thing wouldn’t occur, but then neither would the Tahu vs. Tahu war, meaning I never went back, and... well, you get the rest.”
“Certainly confusing.” the blue Barraki nodded. “I don’t see what you want to do about it.”
“I don’t know.” Pridak shrugged. “Quite frankly, I’d usually send some sets to spy on him... but I just don’t care.”
“We could send the Piraka.” suggested Ehlek.
“Hey Lewa, what’s up?” Pohatu Nuva asked.
“Oh you know, the usual.” Lewa Mata answered. “Repairs to the house go well, although it’s bringing things with it.”
“Things?” Gali Nuva asked.
“Yes... pieces. Of those that are... gone now.”
“Not so much, no. Just worrisome, as I do not wish to have the new Hero Factory sets going on a rampage for information. There’s no need for them to know anything.”
“Why can’t they know?” Kopaka Nuva asked.
“I think that’s a reasonable request.” Pohatu Nuva interrupted. “Thank you for letting us know, Lewa.”
“But of course, Pohatu... speaking of which, if you don’t mind, I would like to speak with you in private.”
The two Toa walked away from the group, leaving the remaining Toa Nuva to stand together. Kopaka Nuva stared after them suspiciously, thinking on the rather out of character personality Lewa Mata had been showing since the end of the war.
“He isn’t the same.” the Toa Nuva of Ice said.
“None of us have been since the war.” Onua Nuva said gruffly.
“No, I mean... he’s too different. And he was too powerful in that fight. He survived attacks from Torch and killed Nex 2.0 with one arm... and that was just in the battle we saw.”
“What do you mean?” Gali Nuva asked.
Kopaka Nuva’s gaze darkened. “Strakk told me about a battle he, Lewa Mata and Tahu Mata fought against a group of Throwbots, Matoran and Nex a few days before the war ended. Lewa Mata took down every Throwbot and Matoran, and nearly defeated Nex then. All by himself.”
“You’re not serious.”
“Yes, I am.” Kopaka Nuva said, glancing up to a window of the house. The three Barraki could be seen backing away, deep in discussion. “And I’m not the only one to notice Lewa Mata’s changed behaviour.”
“Takanuva Stars hasn’t been the same, either.” Onua Nuva pointed out.
“That’s different... Lewa Mata demoted him for a silly outburst about Tahu Stars. He’s become bitter and recluse ever since, and the way Lewa Mata’s been using him in a twisted way doesn’t help at all.”
“You’re just saying this to be mean.” Gali Nuva said. “Stop it right now. Tahu Nuva is gone, you can’t do anything about that.”
“I don’t give a rat’s Do NOT bypass the filter. -B6 about Tahu Nuva!” Kopaka Nuva snapped. “It’s Lewa Mata I’m concerned about! He’s not right! It’s almost like he’s serving someone... serving... oh please, let me be wrong....”
“Hey, you’re name is Pridak, right?” a voice asked.
Pridak froze at the sound of a voice behind him, staring at the computer screen he’d been typing on.
Tahu vs. Tahu: The Story that Must be Told
With a slow hand, Pridak reached over and clicked the monitor off before turning around and sighing with relief.
“Oh, it’s just some of the newbies. What’s up?” he asked.
“You are skinny, man.” the fat yellow hero said. “Good grief man, put on some weight!”
“I am not skinny!” Pridak scoffed. “You, my friend, are just outright fat.”
“See Evo? I told you that you’re fat.” the gold hero smirked.
“Shut up, Rocka! I don’t care about your opinions!”
Pridak slumped down into the chair. Already he could tell it would be a long afternoon.
The attic entrance creaked open slowly as a green medium sized set crawled through. It snapped shut a moment later, and the set was left in the darkness for a moment before a fearsome source of light appeared somewhere before him.
“Come, my most faithful servant.” a voice rumbled out of the darkness. “We have much to discuss, you and I.”
“Do we? I thought we’d accomplished our goal.”
“We have accomplished but one of our goals. We will do great things together, you and I... but first, you must have knowledge and memory.”
“Knowledge is power. Memory is the key. Ambition is strength. Ideas are control.”
“You have done well to remember those. They have served you just as well as you have served me... but you have been hoping to speak with me too, yes?”
“I...I have, sir.”
“Ask away, my servant. I will answer all questions it is prudent to answer at this time.”
“I... I want to know about Nex, sir. Why did you pick Nex?”
To Be Continued in Dark Unto Days Part 2.
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Edited by Black Six, Dec 08 2012 - 08:47 AM.