The League has been forced to enact the separation policy with the advent of the war. It is... worrying. Worrying that the situation has taken such a drastic turn for the worse in such a short time... it is but a month after the arrival of the Stars line, and already casualties are heavy on both sides.
It does not help that I must fight my closest friends to keep up the ruse, nor the fact that those of us in the war know not what will happen to those remaining outside of it. I hope they remain okay, and I hope the other members of the League and I never come to blows.
I can feel the presence of him... of ALMIGHTY in my mind. I fear I may soon fall to his power again. I fell to it once. I could fall to it again.
-Takadox, Agent T
Chapter 9 – Over Again, Again
“So Evo, what month is it?” Rocka asked.
“Well, it was late March when that weird dude did whatever he did...” Evo said, searching the computer screen. “And it says now that it is... late September.”
“Late September?!” Surge cried out. “That’s impossible!”
“Why is it impossible?” Evo asked.
“It’s impossible because time travel doesn’t exist!” Surge said.
“I’d beg to differ.” Rocka said. “Time travel most likely does exist.”
“But that’s literally impossible, the laws of physics don’t allow-”
“Surge, it is possible. It’s happened here several times.” Nokama said, interrupting. “So don’t bother fighting it. I would also recommend you not think about it too much.”
“Man, this place sucks.” Surge muttered.
“Tell me about it.” Rocka said, nodding. “It’s the fatty who’s operating the computer!”
“I’m not fat!” protested Evo.
“You know, I’m wondering why nobody has stopped us from using the computer yet.” Rocka said, glancing around the Bedroom. “Why is it so empty?”
“Everybody is hiding.” a new voice said.
“Vezok, what are you doing here?” Nokama asked.
“I’m here to help you guys become informed, of course.” Vezok said. “Well, not so much some of you specifically....”
“Can I get an answer as to why my presence here wasn’t even mentioned yet?” Thok asked.
“Shut it, Thok. I’m explaining stuff.” Vezok ordered.
“Well, explain it then.” Thok muttered.
“Basically, Lewa Mata is – wait a minute, where’s the red one?”
“What red one?” Thok asked.
“Not you, Thok. I’m asking the Hero Factory sets.”
“Oh, you mean Furno?” Rocka asked. “He’s... uh... hey... did anyone happen to see Furno leave?”
“Yeah, he left about fifteen minutes ago.” Evo said. “He said something about having a really urgent conversation and then being right back.”
“And you didn’t tell any of us?” Nokama asked.
“To be honest, it didn’t seem all that important.”
“Well, it was.” Nokama said.
“Alright, here’s the deal then everybody.” Vezok said. “We are going to go down to the Living Room and gather the Hero Factory sets we can before Lewa Mata hunts you down.”
“Why would he do that?” Rocka asked.
“Yeah, it’s not like he’s our leader or anything.” Surge said. “Furno never agreed to it.”
“Hey geniuses, what do you think Furno went to do just now?” Thok asked.
The three Hero Factory sets contemplated the issue for a minute before responding.
“We’ll go with you.” Rocka conceded.
“I said it before and I’ll say it again... this house sucks.” Surge muttered.
“Why did you bring him to me?” Lewa Mata asked.
Takanuva Stars shrugged, glancing around the Kitchen, annoyed that he’d never actually looked inside any of the cupboards.
“He didn’t bring me, I came myself.” Furno said. “Gamma sent me.”
“Who the heck is Gamma?” Lewa Mata asked. “Why would I trust you?”
“You wouldn’t, Toa.” Turaga Onewa said, chuckling. “However, you trust me, yes? And I was given the duty of telling you to listen to what the hero has to say before you kill him.”
“Alright then... better hurry it up Furno. You have approximately forty-five seconds before the deep freezer is ready to be activated again.”
“Well, when we were with the Vezons reviving Tahu Nuva, something froze everyone except for me that was within the vortex.” Furno explained. “This voice started speaking in my head – he told me how there was a certain ‘channel’ or whatever for each set, and the one we’d called back was Nex 2.0.”
“Which one did you call back?”
“Nex 2.0... or at least, we almost did.” Furno said. “However, the voice said that if I focused hard enough on his voice, we could revive him instead and we’d save everything. Stop ourselves from causing a huge disaster.”
“No doubt you would have.” Lewa Mata muttered.
“Sounds like a reasonable suggestion.” Turaga Matau said.
“Continue on, Furno.” Lewa Mata said, waving his hand.
“Well, obviously I concentrated really hard, and the guy got revived. He called himself Gamma, told me to come speak with you about the issue of whether or not to fall under your leadership.”
“Well, have you come to a decision regarding that?” Lewa Mata asked.
“Yes, I have.” Furno said. “I’ve decided to welcome you as our leader. I hope you’ll accept the 2012 Hero Factory sets into your reign.”
“You realize that means he can punish them however he wants for anything?” Takanuva Stars asked.
Furno shrugged. “Gamma told me to do it... I’m sure he wouldn’t lie to me.”
“No, I’m certain Gamma would never lie to you.” Lewa Mata said, his eyes glinting. “Turaga, where are they right now?”
“They are most likely in the Living Room.” Turaga Onewa said. “Would you like to request additional forces?”
“No, there’s no need.” Lewa Mata said. “Furno, you’ll help us, right? I think we could learn a lot from you if you help us detain your friends, and you could learn a lot from us too.”
“I agree.” Furno said, nodding. “I’ll help you do whatever it takes.”
“That’s what I’ve been hoping for all along, Furno.” Lewa Mata said.
“Hey Zaktan, where are the other two?” Hakann asked.
“Yeah, Thok and Vezok vanished awhile ago.” Avak said. “They didn’t take me, the stupid Skakdi.”
“I think they went to hang out with the new Hero Factory sets.” Zaktan said.
“Those sets are stupid.” Reidak muttered.
“I agree... who on earth goes into the Basement?” Avak asked.
“Lots of people, believe it or not.” Zaktan said casually. “Indeed, I go there on a weekly basis.”
“Well, how else do you think I’m discovering how exactly I’m still alive?”
“Well... you have a good point.”
“I always have a good point... you Piraka just never listen to them!”
“Alright, here we are.” Vezok said. “Man, it’s been awhile since I was here.”
“You must not visit very often.” Evo commented.
“No, I don’t. There isn’t much of a reason to... or at least, there wasn’t until recently. Old habits die hard, I suppose.”
“Indeed they do!” a voice called from behind.
“Curses!” Thok yelled. “It’s Lewa Mata!”
“Thank you, Thok, for the rather anti-dramatic entrance.” Lewa Mata said sarcastically. “It’s very welcome.”
“Hey, nobody insults me like that!” Thok yelled. “I’m the master of sarcasm... sort of. Sets, assemble!”
Thok rushed towards Lewa Mata, Rocka and Evo following his lead. Lewa Mata grinned, and punched Evo away. Rocka dived towards him but was kicked to the ground, and then Thok received a fist to the face.
“Yes, all of you attack me!” Lewa Mata called. “I’m putting you all under arrest, and fighting back only makes it worse!”
“I’ve got Surge!” Furno yelled.
“I get Nokama.” Takanuva Stars said grimly.
“I will take Vezok.” Turaga Onewa said.
“Wait, who am I supposed to fight?” Turaga Matau asked.
“Who cares?” Lewa Mata asked. “Just keep score.”
Lewa Mata’s three opponents all stood to their feet, each of them a little out of breath. Rocka stepped forward as Thok and Evo took positions on either side of him.
“Alright Evo, you’re gonna have to work harder than Thok and I.” Rocka said. “On account of how fat you are.”
“I am not fat!” Evo protested.
Evo pushed him aside and ran forward, his feet thumping on the ground. Lewa Mata readied his axe as Evo charged, firing off several shots from his tank blaster. Lewa Mata ducked and dodged around them all, before running at Evo too. Evo roared an animal-like yell as he readied his tank arm for impact, and he crashed into Lewa Mata with so much force that the Toa stumbled back into the wall.
“Wow, you really are fat.” Lewa Mata commented.
“I am not!”
“You are too.”
Lewa Mata swung his axe, clubbing Evo in the head. He kicked the hero in the face and sent him sprawling, before Evo fell to the floor. Lewa Mata stood over him and swung his axe down broadside, clubbing Evo even harder than before and knocking him out cold.
“Alright... so who’s next?” Lewa Mata asked.
Rocka and Thok glanced at each other and then around where the private battles were beginning to rage.
“So typical of Evo to be the first one out.” Rocka muttered. “He is fat after all.”
“Oh, give it a rest.” Thok mumbled. “We have bigger problems.”
“Well, first of all, Lewa Mata is about to whoop our butts.”
To Be Continued!
Coming up next week in the finale of The AfterWords Season 1!
-Will anyone actually die this season?!
-Has Furno truly gone to the dark side?!
-Will the Piraka do anything important?!
-AND... What is Takadox a part of?!
Find out next week (or not)