Chapter 36 – All Villains Defeated
Krakua could do little as the gauntlets of Helryx lanced chain lightning through the machine. He was too busy holding on as the earthquake rocked the room. He released his barrage of sonics at the being, but it seemed to have little effect.
Except the chain lightning stopped.
The room settled. Some rubble fell from the sky and crashed to the floor. Heat vision lanced from Helryx’s eyes, meeting a bitter gas cloud. Powers flashed as the Toa and the rogue spirit battled.
* * *
Atilucen was snapped out of his daze by Hahli Mahri yelling “No!” as both of the cannons fired at once.
“What?” Atilucen said.
“Krakua is in there!” Hahli said. “We have to stop him!”
“A little late for that,” Belocka said.
To everyone’s surprise, the cannons fired energy that didn’t punch two holes in the robot’s chest. Instead, the energy from the cannons spread from their contact point, enveloping the robot in an eerie white haze. It stumbled and fell backwards. Atilucen’s boat was driven even further away by the choppy waves. He was forced to forget the entire battle in an effort to keep himself alive, driving the boat away from the scene in order to flee.
* * *
Krakua hurled a blast of sonics at Teridax. The distraction was just enough for the Water Toa as she hurled a blast of lightening that burned the antidermis to shreds. As the burst of Sonics faded, the Toa heard an ominous sound.
The sound of water.
He looked at Helryx.
“Bend your knees.”
The next thing he knew, he was falling into water. Around him, there was a bunch of Vortixx and a group of Skakdi.
“I hate water!”
“This was the worst vacation ever! I lost all of my money gambling and spent too much time bounty hunting! I want a refund!”
Krakua looked on. “We might have a bigger problem,” he said, pointing to the giant cannons that were adjusting their aim to go right at them. He began swimming that direction. Meanwhile, a current of water began pushing him forward. A wind battered the cannon ships as fire caught on board: two of the Skakdi were using their powers in combination.
Krakua swam on, only to see a familiar face in the midst of the flames. Quantrasil!
He was typing on the controls furiously, even as they burned. Still too far away…
One of the boats exploded, the cannon sinking into the water. Krakua felt himself being pushed upward, out of the water, tackling the Bo-Matoran to the floor of the vessel. The De-Toa wasted no time in jumping off the vessel, taking Quantrasil along with him right before other boat exploded. He frantically swam to safety.
“You idiot!” Quantrasil shouted. “I needed those to reawaken the robot so Makuta could have it!”
“Makuta is dead,” Helryx said. “I killed him.”
Krakua sighed. Distantly, he wondered if he could have stopped this from happening. But there was no time, and he didn’t know what he was doing. He looked up to see two Red stars in the sky. “This place is fast becoming a giant robot graveyard.”
“This is not what is meant to be,” Helryx said.
“Now that’s real useful,” One of the Skakdi commented. “Maybe if I wish real hard, I’ll be on dry ground again too.”
A Vortixx closed her eyes. Krakua paddled over to her…and then they were
on dry ground again.
And it didn’t feel like a teleportation either.
“What is meant to be?” He said to Helryx.
“We were supposed to provide guidance to Mata Nui, and share in his wisdom,” the water Toa said.
“Who is we?”
“Us. We are antidermis, its essence. We were once within a certain being’s shell, and it was destroyed, and this one brought to life. So we took possession, to fix the wrongs of the others.”
Krakua nodded. “Helryx is dead…or is that just the form you took?”
He looked on sadly. Helryx had once been his friend and mentor. To see his friend…inhabited…in such a way left him bitter. He scrambled to his feet and walked into the sea a short way.
“Perhaps, I could take another form. Would that help?”
“I meant, to abandon this Toa’s form and take another. We would need materials to build a form, but it could be done.”
“Yes, I would prefer that.” He wanted to mourn his friend’s passing properly.
“It shall be done,” The being said.
“Wait” Krakua said. “Why did you rescue me all of those times?”
“You were meant to live. It was your destiny that one of my other selves attempted to destroy. He has altered many destinies, but I seek to see yours fulfilled.”
Krakua sighed. He still had so many questions, and, it seemed, so few answers. And as he forcibly led his Bo-Matoran prisoner away, he felt it would be a long time before he got any real ones.
* * *
Atilucen was wondering the exact same thing as his boat made the trip back, which seemed to be an awfully short compared to the trip before. Maybe it was the waves that shoved him away.
The mood on the boat was somber, as it seemed that everyone knew of someone who had died in the effort to stop the tsunami. The revelation that the Vortixx had been lured away after Atilucen’s party left had done nothing to improve his spirits. And although Belocka frequently derided him for his big conscience and told him the deaths weren’t his fault, it did little to deaden the sense of loss and blame.
Why do I always think of myself, and then everyone else?
Still, there was nothing to do but go home and accept his fate. Atilucen, murderer. It seemed that he could do nothing without leaving a huge trail of death in his wake.
But finally, finally, the boat landed on the Spherus Magna shortline. He immediately began tying the boat down and yelling “Everyone off!”.
“Hey, you’re getting in the way of my nap!”
Atilucen looked down to see a familiar Vortixx lounging in the sand. He looked around, only to see a bunch of them lying in the sand in front of him. “Sorry,” he said.
Another Vortixx stuck her tongue out at him. “Lounging on the beach – best vacation ever. Peace out.”
Atilucen sank to his knees in relief. “Have you seen the Skakdi or Krakua?”
“Skakdi? Those filthy dogs left long ago man. Where have you been?”
“Krakua left with that Matoran that was on the boat launching cannons at us, you know, green and blue guy? Argh, he was the worst vacation-killer ever.”
Atilucen dropped to his knees in relief. “They’re not dead.”
Belocka laughed. “See, you’re not as bad of an evil villain as you thought.”