Rosalina heard Jame’s call and one of her hands released Guile to rest upon the communicator in her ear. “James! Guile is hurt! Naija is here trying to help me keep him stable. We’ve been attacked. The enemy is fleeing!”
Guile bore his bloodied teeth, and then turned his head to spit the blood that had welled in his mouth upon the floor. With his mouth cleared, he attempted to drink Naija’s strange bubble concoction. The healing effects of the soup were working just as hard as the Lumas’s magic to seal Guile’s wound. It didn’t seem to be an ordinary injury that health items from a normal video game could cure. No matter how much the wound tried to heal, it remained open, as though his health continued to plummet. The injury was abnormal in a game verse. It could have been caused by a weapon with bleed affects, but even those affects had a duration. This injury didn’t seem to have one. Cheating?
Rosalina watched as Guile’s wound shrank only to gradually reopen. Tears bubbled in her eyes as she exclaimed to James: “Nothing is working!”
Just then, a pink ball flipped through the air to land before Rosalina, Naija, and Guile. Its beady eyes were narrowed and cheeks puffed in anger.EY!
the pink marshmallow known reputably as Kirby called out to the leaving Meta Knight. He was sporting a blue bandaid on his arm with a yellow star on it. He was freshly vaccinated.
Meta Knight stopped, his cape swaying to a standstill. “Kirby…”
the knight muttered on a low and ominous voice.
Kirby said nothing and only continued to scowl at the villain. Meta Knight stood there silently as though conflicted. The Waddle-Doos and Dees gazed back at their boss as they shoved Moneybags into an invisible dematerializing beam.“HEEE~LP!”
Moneybags cried as his voice faded as he was turned into thousands of particles and warped up to the ship.
“Boss! Come on! We gotta go!” a Waddle-Dee cried.
Meta Knight reluctantly took two steps toward the beam before he stopped and spoke without facing Kirby or the other heroes: “If you’re strong, then this won’t be the last time you see me. If not, then your power was nowhere near comparable to my own. When you feel worthy of my blade, come find me.”
The knight strode off.“Ey!”
Kirby angrily shouted after him and raising his nubby arms he charged for the villain. His pink shoes became a blur as he dashed across the castle’s marbled floors. The pirates warped away in the beam just before Kirby could reach them. The pink ball struck the wall, flattening into a disc before he peeled off and dropped upon the floor. His body instantly inflated in a cartoony manner with a pop!
, causing him to leap to his feet. Kirby landed and looked about in confusion, multiple question marks sprouting about his head like weeds. They were gone!
Kirby gazed back at Rosalina, Guile, and Naija and raced over to them. There was a saddened frown on the marshmallow’s face as he gazed upon Guile who was looking worse for wear. No matter what anyone did his health was depleting. Rosalina started crying.“Nothing is working!”
she wept. “Don’t die Guile!”
Guile frowned, appearing to be exhausted and worn. “Shit…”
he cursed. They had been fearing the virus the entire time, but the enemy had another trick up their sleeve.
Meanwhile in Platform City...
The cloaked creature stopped when the Halberd began backing away from Tetris Castle. Rising into a bipedal stance, it watched as the pirate ship began to turn and fly off back into the System. While the cloaked being was distracted, Sparx reared back his abdomen and exclaimed, “HIYAH!”
Clubbing the cloaked figure in the back of its head with his body, the cloaked being released a “ROWR!”
of pain before they both collapsed upon the roof. Sparx fell upon the shillings in a daze and the cloaked figure fell forward, the cloak sliding up his back to reveal cat-like legs, bottom, and spots. Sparx slowly levitated back into the air and exclaimed victoriously to the others: “I got him! Quick! While he’s down! I got the bad…”
The dragonfly stared at the familiar cat-like backside. “…guy…Hunter
Tossing his head back, his cowl tumbled to reveal his lengthy lynx-like ears and sharp-green eyes. The cheetah warrior smiled sheepishly, “Hey there Sparx old pal.”“Hunter! It is you!”
Sparx cheered. He flew a circle around the cat’s head and then yelled to the others, “Guys! It’s Hunter! (as though they knew who he was)”
Cheesing happily, his excitement only lasted a moment before he asked, “Wait. What are you doing here?”
The cheetah sighed and rose to his white-pawed feet. “I was trynna’ get aboard that ship, but whoever it was seemed to finish their business. I was hoping that I could stow away upon it in order to return to Dragon Land. I had been tracking Moneybags since the day he snatched you up, and when I saw these guys save you, I…”
Sparx scowled. “You thought you could sneak off without me and leave me here.”
The cheetah’s ears shot up in surprise and he waved dismissively at his assumption. “No; no; no; you got it all wrong. You’re safe here. I figured these guys would protect you.”“Well, you’re wrong. We were planning to return to Dragon Land and save Spyro.”
Hunter’s eyes widened a little. “You’ll just be falling right into Ripto’s trap. He is hoping you will return looking for Spryo so he can gnab you and use you for his evil plans—whatever those are…”
Sparx narrowed his eyes. “And what were you planning to do?”
If the cat wasn’t covered in yellow fur, then he would have been seen blushing. “Well uh…I was gonna secretly bust him out I guess…”“You’d just wind up in his trap too! He may even turn you against us.”
Hunter’s ears folded against his head. “It worked out well in my mind at least.”