Far below, in the streets of New York, cheering could be heard. It sounded faint at first, but quickly grew in volume. With the Rotanian ship gone, the dark field around the Earth was lifted. For the first time in too many days, the sun could be seen again.
Sandstorm stood and felt the warmth on his face and knew that everything up to this moment was worth it. Anubis and Nyhtwulf rushed to heal injured friends. Atomizer, Nightfall and Redeagle had taken the worst beatings.
As he was being healed by Nyhtwulf, Atomizer stared up at the blue sky.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see anything in my entire life.”
“Do you think they really crashed into the sun?” Electrode asked Galose.
“I can’t be sure. If they didn’t, their ship still requires serious repair. They won’t be back anytime soon.”
“I sure hope that’s the case.” Nightfall said.
“We’re still far from done.” Anubis said. “We need to get Stormy, the psycho yet.”
“We have to find out where he is.” Nightfall said.
“Don’t waste your power, I’m not actually among you. You see me with the power of illusion.”
“What’s wrong? You afraid to come out and play for real?” Anubis chided.
“Hardly. I’m here to give you an invitation. I’m going to create a mystical beacon in Los Angeles that at least one of you should be able to detect. Come after me if you dare.” Stormy vanished and Anubis stabbed his lance into the rooftop.
“Take it easy, Anubis.” Sandstorm said. “Commander Larratus will kill us if he starts getting rained on.”
Anubis grumbled and used his power to repair the hole he had just made.
“Guys.” Atomizer groaned from where he sat. “I don’t know if I can do much more of this. I’m glad to be healed up, but I was still hurt worse than I think I’ve ever been hurt.”
“It’s our job.” Redeagle said. “But we need to go in and report to Larratus. Then we’ll see where Stormy’s beacon shows up.”
Redeagle helped his partner stand up. All of them went inside to find Commander Larratus.
“You did it! You sons of guns did it!” Commander Larratus shouted in greetings. “Everything across the globe has turned back on. People are cheering around the world.”
“How are you since your injury?” Electrode asked.
“Oh, I’m fine.” Larratus waved him off. He was fully healed since being attacked by the Deformer and rushed to medical support. “We have guys who can fix anything. Just look at yourselves.”
“Well, we aren’t quite finished yet.” Sandstorm filled the Commander in on the event from the rooftop.
“So he’s calling you all out. That’ll be a trap for sure.” Larratus grumbled.
“All the same, we have to be careful. Not everyone is a cosmic dynamo like you.” Nightfall said.
“You know what?” Larratus said. “I have an idea for you. You all just hang out here for the night and let this guy stew until morning. You all need to recharge and rest anyway.”
“Except I don’t think we can afford to do that.” Sandstorm said. “All we’ve learned so far, says he’s trying to free an entity called Chaos. How much longer before he manages to pull that off?”
“Some of us are better at going without sleep than others.” Atomizer said. “I don’t feel bad saying that I’m totally exhausted.”
“I am too.” Nightfall said. “I don’t think I can be of any help at this point. I can see from Redeagle’s face that he feels the same way.”
“I wasn’t going to admit it.” Redeagle responded.
“After having my powers jacked up by Death, I can’t say I’m feeling tired at all.” Blacktide said. “If you want to go forward, I’m with you.”
“It’s okay.” Anubis said to Nightfall. “You should stay here and rest. You’ve more than earned it.”
“It looks like it’s just the three of you who need to stay.” Sandstorm said. “I think the rest of us can handle this. It’s just not safe to wait.”
“I’m with you as well.” Galose said. “I can go without sleep for several Earth weeks.”
“Alright then,” Nightfall said to Anubis, “Turn human for me.”
Anubis changed to his human form of Hakim and Nightfall planted a hard kiss right on his lips. No one missed it and everyone watched with interest. When she finally pulled away, Hakim just stared.
“That’s for luck.”
“Yeah, okay.” Hakim stumbled on the words as he changed back to Anubis. “Heck yeah!”
“Galose, Nyhtwulf, or Anubis, are any of you picking up on Stormy’s beacon?” Sandstorm asked.
“I have located an energy surge in the Los Angeles area that may be the location.” Galose said.
“I have also sensed something in that area.” Nyhtwulf reported.
Anubis’s eyes changed from glowing to a window of stars as he concentrated. “Yes, I have something too.”
“Then each one of you take one of us and let’s go.” Sandstorm said. “Hopefully we all end up in the same place.”
All six of the heroes appeared on a vacant Los Angeles street facing a long alleyway. Before they could take in the scenery, a savage roar shook the street. On top of one building facing them, a golden scaled dragon spread its wings and shouted.
“I am Stananteon! You who defeated my minions must pay with your lives!”
“Uh, what minions were those?” Anubis asked as they all tensed for the fight.