“If you didn’t want your toys broken, you shouldn’t have thrown them at us.” Sandstorm said as he stood stiff and clenched his fists.
“Perhaps. Watching you struggle with them was amusing in its own right.”
“Come out from behind your little force field and we’ll see who struggles.” Anubis growled.
“In good time. But first, I see that we are missing a few people.” Stormy snapped his finger and Nightfall, Atomizer and Redeagle appeared near their friends. “That’s better.”
Redeagle instantly drew his pistol.
“Don’t shoot! There’s a barrier.” Electrode warned.
“You obviously want to tell us about your sick plan.” Sandstorm said. “So quit wasting our time.” All the while, he applied his elemental senses to the area around him, looking for a weakness to exploit.
“You’re all here for the final act. You were supposed to die, but that hardly matters when I get to sacrifice all of you to him.”
“You think we’re going to let you release Chaos? That’s what this is about right?” Anubis said. “We’ve been told.”
“So everything was just to do as much damage as you could, even if it didn’t succeed in destroying everything?” Electrode said.
“Exactly. The living hurricane, the 7 artifacts, every single challenge you’ve faced so far, meant to do damage that wouldn’t otherwise be done. Whether or not it killed any of you, would merely be a bonus. You were meant to come here. You were meant to be sacrificed to Chaos.”
“I think we’re going to surprise you.” Atomizer said before he suddenly put a hand to his forehead.
“Your powers are triggered by mental command, Atomizer. My mystical neural net will prevent you from blowing up so much as a toothpick.” Stormy said proudly.
“Okay, that’s it! Wait! I can’t move!” Anubis dropped his lance and stood rigid in place.
“That’s from my gift given to you at the beach, Anubis. You assumed it was part of your armor and gifts, but you’re too new to have realized it wasn’t. My magic ring will keep you from doing anything but watch your friends die. It was so easy to slip it on your finger. You must learn to pay attention, but you won’t live to use the lesson.”
Nyhtwulf lunged forward but collapsed to the ground, holding his ears in agony. Stormy stood up from his throne with cane in hand.
“That horrifying pitch in your ears and brain is something only you can hear, demon. You can’t even stay intangible.” Stormy stepped down from the throne.
Blacktide’s body suddenly engulfed in swirling shadows from his power as it overloaded and strained is ability to control. He dropped to his knees trying to hold it all in.
“You’ll find me more difficult to deal with.” Galose said as he stepped forward.
“I doubt it.” Stormy tossed a small device at Galose who instinctively caught it. All systems suddenly went to static. Readings weren’t working and multiple systems were starting to shut down. “That’s a little gift from the Maker. It’s designed to shut down any form of technology; even of the mighty Cyborians. Before you can override it, your armor will be dead.”
Stormy stopped in front of Sandstorm, Electrode, Nightfall and Redeagle.
“Well? What is the great and powerful Sandstorm going to do?”
“At the moment? Nothing.”
“Really? Fascinating!” Stormy shot a bolt of energy that hit Nightfall and knocked her out instantly. “Even if I start hurting your friends?”
Redeagle attacked. His powerful swings were blocked effortlessly. Stormy spun and drove the end of his cane through the agent’s midsection. Stormy fixed his eyes on those of Sandstorm as he gave his cane a jerk and dropped Redeagle to the floor. Electrode almost moved forward, but Sandstorm put a hand on his shoulder.
“Don’t. He’s tapped into the powers of all the other people in those cylinders. They’ve amplified his abilities beyond our reach.” Sandstorm said as he held Electrode back.
“Very intuitive, Sandstorm. You’re exactly right.”
From the swirling abyss a great shadow formed of a hand that made them all seem like ants in comparison. Stormy smiled.