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"I see. Thank you regardless, Miss Nicole." Cabba bows to Nicole and the Guardians, then flies out.
Nik suddenly sprints up closer, panting a bit. "Okay, first, hi Nicole, second, was that fucking Cabba just now, and third, am I interrupting anything?"
Sucre stops arguing in order to hold Hugo. Dedan, meanwhile, tries to argue with Nicole too, but as he gets up he prompty falls back on his behind.
"... urgh, fine.", he eventually relents. "How are we gonna get all of us back though? If she's holding Hugo, who'll help me and the merchant."
"Zacharie.", Hugo softly corrects him, apparently having picked it up from Zacharie himself. Dedan blinks for a moment.
"Ah, yes, Zacharie.", he says, finally mentioning him by his actual name for once. "Anyhow, Japhet's pretty beat too, but he can sit on someone's head. There's still two of us who need help getting back... as much as I hate to admit it."
Japhet, having become somewhat intrigued by Cabba, nods to him to say goodbye before he leaves. He and Sucre then look at Nik, with Dedan looking a little bit later. Hugo clings to Sucre, having become wary right now.
"A friend'o yours, Nicole?", Dedan asks.
Nicole greets Nik with a smile.
"Heh... long time, no see, Nik. Yeah, that really was Cabba and don't worry, you actually got here at a good time."
Her gaze flickers back to Dedan and co.
"Yeah, this here's my pal, Nik, she's a half-dragon like me. Maybe she and I could help carry Zach and Dedan, provided she's up for it."
Nik sprouts wings and approaches Dedan. "Pretty sure I can carry the big guy at the very least. Where to? NLA?"
Dedan narrows his eyes, looking Nik over suspiciously for a moment.
"... well, I trust Nicole.", he eventually says. "So alright. Yeah, just drop me off somewhere in NLA. From there I'll be able to make it to our little appartment on our own."
Sucre coughs once, and Dedan looks hilariously annoyed.
"... fine, I'll tell you which appartment you can drop me off on.", he concedes.
He'll let her carry her if she tries to, Japhet sits on his head, and Sucre helps Zacharie up onto Nicole's back with her free hand, after which the group of them can go back unimpeded, with Hugo having fallen asleep in Sucre's arms.
A few minutes after everyone has left, the Batter appears on the former battlefield, looking around.
That's all he says before he takes off. Luckily for the group, he heads for Cauldros instead.
"Thanks, Bumpy. Stay safe now!"
The good professor switches back to his regular self and walks off.
Mr. Pew Pew slaps his portable hole on the floor so everyone has a way right back to the Arena. He promptly jumps in.
Blade Wolf and Mega Man follow him.
Nik lifts up Dedan and starts walking to NLA.
Now carrying Zacharie on her back, Nicole also starts walking towards New Los Angeles with Nik and co.
Konngara follows through the portal, and eventually, so does Tarboy, with some reluctance. He almost wants to stay behind and continue his one-man genocide crusade on the mechanical oppressors, but remembering how it went last time, wisely decides to wait for the next organized offensive.
Jiren stands back and begins to charge up as well, though he does not attack.
Bokuko opens up the hole and Dres kind of wait for her to get in... before being pushed inside by Bokuko, who leap after her !
Anilaza continues gathering its energy, which now forms above it as an absolutely gigantic sun-like ball of burning power. Were this not the Arena, letting the sphere impact the ground could tear several planets asunder.
As heat builds in the air around them, Saitama stoically looks on with his memetic "OK" face.
Jiren merely stares at the attack, keeping his arms folded as his energy build up tremendously.
"We must not allow this attack to land."
Anilaza throws the gigantic Ki sphere down at Jiren and Saitama.
"Whew, that one's looking pretty big. I guess you can probably stop it?"
"Yes, but I need to ensure your cooperation." says Jiren. "First off, you should take some distance."
Jiren's ki build up to form a towering blaze, almost covering the whole area with his energy and causing the sky to redden significantly. The Ki malestorm builds up as a shield of some sort, stopping the mighty attack as Jiren let loose a scream for the ages, causing tons of earth to rise up nearby, although most of the updraft is blown away by the shockwave.
Jiren then gathers his ki into his fist and leap forward to punch the massive energy ball with his Power Fist !
The Might of Heroes
Anilaza attempts to meet Jiren's charge by increasing the size and power of its attack.
However, this is Power Rush.
With each impact starting from the first punch, a bit of energy erodes off of Anilaza's sphere, causing harmless particles of orange light to scatter as it slowly shrinks down.
With Jiren's final punch, Anilaza's last-ditch ultimate attack completely disperses.
"Wow. That move is actually really impressive. I'm motivated to learn something for the first time... ever." Saitama prefers raw force to technique, and Power Rush is just enough about power to keep his interest while still requiring some measure of skill.
"Anyway, it's my turn now." Saitama leaps up above Jiren, flying straight at Anilaza's forehead.
Anilaza, caught totally off-guard after the Power Rush, gets its energy reactor completely shattered into dust like glass, leaving it completely drained of any kind of power. It falls to its hands and knees.
Saitama casually turns away, ready to do a badass power walk as soon as Jiren lands the final blow. "I cut your victory short after that exploding fireball attack, so I'll let you do the honors this time."
Jiren witness Saitama's powers and his eyes briefly widen, wondering how he got such a power in spite of his casual disposition and behavior. Still, he keeps his focus and directly attack, gathering his energy and running up to Anilaza before trying to punch the massive robot up in the air. If he succeed, he turn around, fold his arms, and...
"It's over." he says, triggering the massive ki explosion.
This time, it's actually over. Like in the kinds of shows which the Pride Troopers are based on, Anilaza gets hit by Jiren's signature Power Impact and every atom of its being is promptly replaced by an explosion.
Saitama stands proudly, his front framed in shadow by the enormous explosion.
Then, after the smoke clears, he turns to Jiren. "You know what? I like you. You've shown me that even raw power can be honed into skill. Let's meet up again some other time, Jiren."
Jiren nods in a manly way, somehow.
"And you've shown me the value of the other heroes in the worlds that dwell beyond mine. Farewell, Saitama, may we soon cross paths again."
"See ya, buddy." Saitama zooms away.
The Batter is walking around, seemingly aimlessly, though his path is never one without purpose.
Where is Zacharie? He usually always shows up whenever my goods start running out. Fighting that strange bug knight that escaped me left me wounded enough to use up too many of my tickets. , he ponders to himself.
Edited by DevilPsyco on Oct 11th 2018 at 8:38:03 PM
S.T. Johnson is practicing his swing nearby, and overhears The Batter's fooststeps.
He comes running over, and upon seeing a man very similar to himself, he stops. "Finally, someone else who respects the way of the bat."
Edited by KiriK on Oct 11th 2018 at 1:43:37 PM
He glances at S.T. Johnson for a moment, then fully turns to him when he notices his appearance, looking him over.
"It depends on what way you're referring to." , he says, sounding somewhat monotone, but not unfriendly.
"Well, as a way of passing the time and a sport, but also as a weapon. You look like you've had a number of battles with that bat, Sir."
"I have. I'm on a sacred mission to purify the world from the impure, Specters or otherwise. ... I don't have much time for sport." , he says, adding that last part as a quick note.
"I see. I used to have a mission of my own, but... I fell from grace and never came back. What makes someone impure to you?"
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