The 3 villains were battering Lady Victory and keeping her off
balance. Aquon was pulling softball-sized spheres of something solid
from the big aquarium and throwing them at the heroine. The exploded
with about the force of a quarter stick of dynamite, Red Rocket
thought. Not enough to hurt her through her armor, but enough to
prevent her from attacking. As she ducked a lasso thrown by the
Ghast, Balefire blasted her with a flying battering ram created out of
sickly-looking yellow energy. She blocked this with her shield, but
it knocked her backwards into a wall - just as Rocket slammed into the
trio of villains, scattering them like bowling pins.
"OK, I've HAD it!" Lady Victory sprang to her feet and threw her
shield directly at Balefire's head. "You want me pinned to a wall, buy
a poster!" She charged after her shield at full speed. Balefire
blocked the shield with a hastily formed force field around his head,
but he was unable to fend off the charging Lady Victory, who slammed
her shoulder into his stomach. He folded over her shoulder and gagged.
"Hey! Now I know why your uniform's that awful pukey color! " she
mocked him. "So you don't have to wash it later!" She dumped him on
the ground, and glared down at him, fists on hips. "Buddy boy, I sure
hope you try getting up!"
"When she gets like this, guys, the smart bad guys just surrender!"
Rocket quipped, as he swung a punch at the recovering Ghast. "But you
don't look that smart
" The Haunted Heel blocked, and launched a
vicious sweeping kick at Rocket's head. His force field protected him
from major harm, but he was knocked backwards - the villain must have
some kind of armor reinforcement in his boots! RedRock used his
gravity control to regain his balance, and aimed a focused high
intensity ultra-sound beam at the Eidolic Evildoer, who dropped to the
ground, screaming as he covered his ears and writhed in agony.
"Hey! Save me some fun!" yelled a woman. Her voice was unknown to the
heroes. Her shout was followed by an unusual sound, like the twang of
a giant bowstring. and a large blue ball, perhaps the size of a truck
tire, flew into the room at high velocity. It thudded into Aquon's
head, dropping him to the ground. The ball rebounded high into the
air, and as it came down, it changed form to a woman in a light blue
costume. She managed to slam a kick to head of the Terror of the Sea
as he tried to rise, and he fell motionless to the floor.
"Thanks for the assist. Who are you?" Red Rocket wanted to know.
"Why, um, err, you can call me... Elastique!" she smiled.
With so many unknown super powered villains making their unexpected
debuts tonight, Red Rocket and Lady Victory weren't inclined to
immediately trust this super powered newcomer. They approached her
warily, alert for a trap. Unfortunately, the villains took advantage
of their divided attention.
The Ghast turned his agonized writhing into a weapon against his foes.
He managed to pull a handful of small capsules from his utility belt,
and used his twists and turns to throw them throughout the room. They
burst and filled the room with dense gray smoke.
There was some kind of irritant in the smoke, and the heroes bent
over, coughing. Lady Victory and Red Rocket sealed their costumes and
switched over to internal life support. She grabbed Elastique, who was
by now screaming in agony. "I've got the heroine, you get the crooks!"
she radioed to her partner and ran towards the door.
Rocket switched to infravision and discovered that the smoke must be
hot - and the glare from the smoke blocked everything else. He
smoothly switched to echolocation - which didn't work either. The
Ghast's own natural echolocation produced high frequency noises that
confused his systems. The Ghast seemed to be just as blind as he was.
But he had been prepared for the smoke. Louder than possible for any
normal human, he screamed.
"Balefire! Get us out of here!" Although the heroes couldn't see it
through the smoke, thin ribbons of pale yellowish green flame streamed
from Balefire's power band (which looked sort of like a set of brass
knuckles on his left hand), stretching out to engulf each of the
villains. Then, the 7 of them lifted skyward. As they burst through
the ceiling, the Ghast tossed an incendiary grenade into the hall.
Red Rocket was occupied saving civilians, and the bad guys disappeared.