Legion of Justice - Chapter 6 - The Battle of Yorktown, Conclusion
- Legion of Justice Chapter 6 Battle of Yorktown Conclusion
Though she was trapped inside a dense column of super-cooled ice,
harder than diamond, Star Lass wasn't worried. Even her
many-times-great grandpa Ted's prototype Gravity Rod could shoot a
heat beam, and her own Cosmic Rod, surgically grafted into her nervous
system, was many times more powerful than its primitive ancestor. She
literally added a twist to the heat beam, using a force field to shape
it and spin it like a drill bit, and quickly bored through the icy
covering. She then flexed the force field and the column shattered!
Bluefire had flamed off and was helping Absolut0 to her feet.
"Time for a new trick!" Theresa thought to herself. She used her own
natural powers to vastly increase Bluefire's weight, pinning the
Blazing Banshee to the ground. Before Absolut0 could react, she was
rising helplessly into the air, as Star Lass reduced her weight to zero.
"Zero suits you so well" the star clad heroine laughed at the floating
Frigid Felon. "Zero degrees, zero weight, zero chance!"
"You should know better than to mock your opponents before the battle
ends!" came a voice from above her, a voice she'd never heard before.
Before she could look up, Star Lass was struck savagely from behind, a
blow that flashed through her force field as if it didn't exist, and
knocked her out of the sky. Her Cosmic Rod was suddenly not working!
She tried her natural power, which still worked, and quickly reduced
her own weight, which saved her from serious injury when she hit the
ground. Her opponent was zooming down after her, a gleaming silvery
globe the size of a beach ball, totally unknown to her until this
She aimed a Cosmic blast at it, and still nothing happened. She
switched to increasing its weight, and it bobbled in its flight, until
suddenly a sparkling golden force field blocked her power. Hey! That
was HER force field! She barely ducked as the ball flashed through
the space where her head had just been. Going that fast it would have
injured her seriously!
She momentarily increased her weight and squatted, then dropped it to
almost nothing and jumped with all the power in her legs, right into
the path of the new flying foe. Just she hit it, she 'massed up'
again. The impact was like a car crash, and the ball was severely
dented. As it spun away through the sky, Theresa realized her cosmic
power was back!
She created a cylinder of force and swung it like a cosmic baseball
bat. The damaged sphere crumpled further, and spun out over the
river. There were some sparks when it splashed down, and some steam.
It might have floated had she let it, but a little extra weight and
it was gone.
She turned to help her teammates, and was appalled at what she saw.
While she'd been dancing with the power-stealing sphere, her opponents
had joined their teammates, and what had been a precarious stalemate
had quickly turned into a near-rout.
Bluefire had melted Sandy into a golden puddle. That wouldn't kill
him, but he wouldn't be able to control his malleable body until it
solidified. If parts of his body were splashed too far away, he would
need help getting it back together before he could control it. With
Kid Terrific and WildCat fighting against Sonix and Smashin, Absolut0
had been able to sneak up on them and freeze them into blocks of ice.
Their costumes would protect them, but they were out of the fight for
a while, at least. She and Hawk Boy were the only two active
At least, only one of their opponents could fly. But Sonix, Absolut0
and Boomer all had long distance weapons. As she and Hawk Boy weaved
through the sky, dodging heat beams, ice missiles, sonic blasts and
explosive concussions, she wondered if this was what fighter pilots in
the ancient wars felt like when they'd engaged in dog fights while
dodging anti-aircraft fire? And Hawk Boy had it much worse than she
did; he had to depend on his natural agility to escape all the blasts,
while she at least had a force shield.
She heard a sonic boom, and everyone looked up for a second. Another
Legion transport, this one much larger than the Dart, appeared over
the horizon. It would arrive in seconds. Timepiece spoke over her
radio, on the encrypted Legion secure channel.
"The cavalry has arrived, Star Lass! I've got the rest of the Legion,
and the Legion reserves, and the cadet senior class from the Legion
Academy, and General Urbane has called in the Special Forces teams
from the nearby Naval and Air Force bases. We'll be there in seconds!"
Apparently the channel wasn't as secure as they thought it was. The
Smash Squad gathered together and Boomer touched a control on his
belt, and they vanished!
Which had been Rexford's plan all along, Theresa discovered shortly.
Rexford was flying the transport by himself! He and Gernsbeck had
come up with this plan on their own. There would be hell to pay
later, as Urbane was sure to discipline him for leaving his station,
but for now the battle was over.
The repercussions were not, however. That night, the whole battle was
replayed on the most popular 3V program, "Cast Your Ballot". Every
night, the voting public had a chance to enact new laws, and tonight,
the issue was increased funding for the Guardians and the Legion of
Justice. The battle was replayed endlessly, though the replays were
all edited to show the Legion of Doom easily trashing the Forces of
Justice. The talking head of a host, the neutral voice of
rationality, stressed repeatedly how close this had come to being a
major disaster which could have lead to the deaths of millions of
Finally it was time to vote; the voters could choose among three options:
* raise taxes and use the new tax revenue to strengthen the Forces of
* transfer funding from Public 3V to Justice
* do nothing and wait for the next disaster, which would be even worse
than this one.
To vote, a citizen needed to touch the correct option displayed on the
screen; to prevent voter fraud, each 3V set could be used to register
only one vote. So if multiple members of a family wanted to vote,
that family had to have multiple 3V sets.
Voting and 3V access were Constitutional rights. Since members of the
entitled class had no income, in order to protect their rights, the
government supplied each entitled family with a new 3V set whenever
they needed one. Since the producer families had income, they could
purchase their own sets - or forfeit their rights. There were no free
rides in the Utopian States of America!
The audience for "Cast Your Ballot" was mostly members of the entitled
class. They outnumbered the producer class by about 4 to one and
always voted as a block, so producers never even bothered to vote any
more. Public 3V was the major source of entertainment for the
entitled, and they didn't pay taxes.
Still, the outcome of the vote was totally unexpected, as it was each
time taxes went up. Who would ever expect the voting public to
voluntarily raise taxes? The host lavishly praised the patriotism and
selfless public spirit of his viewing audience - the reason the
Utopian States of America was the greatest nation in the history of
the world! The public had once again made the world safer.
In his secret office, General Urbane smiled. He wasn't the
acknowledged ruler of the world, but he pulled all the strings. For
the moment, it was satisfactory.
- -A human survival tale indeed, also a hero outy of costume tale, and
being as how he's a masked archer I had him use a pistol [with a good
reason why he had one with him too].
Also with the title I felt it fit the story quite well,as well as
being well symbolic of my feelings about lack of feedback.
Which has gotten better overall, of course all of us got good reasons
to not comment on tales,but I think all of us should comment on as much
as we can.
As we can.
-- In theJSAallstarstorysite@yahoogroups.com, ddswanson <no_reply@...>
> Yeah, I did read it. Golden Arrow and a girl are trapped in a cave, I
> think in an avalanche, and GA thinks they are both going to die. Not
> bad. More of a human survival story than a super hero story, even
> though it has a super hero in it. I hadn't caught the significance of
> the title until now though.