|Darkness Before Dawn: Midnight Hour
Author: SoloWing PM
Maylu and Roll come out of retirement to save a local hospital from bankruptcy. But now, they must face their greatest opponent ever... Complete!Rated: Fiction K - English - Chapters: 13 - Words: 21,854 - Reviews: 96 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 10-12-04 - Published: 09-03-04 - Status: Complete - id: 2042142
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Author's Notes: I do not own MMBN or lay claim to any characters thereof.
Jill, I don't think so, although the Navi and Op retain their separate identities when in CF, the Navi does bond with the Op, so I'm assuming that any 'handicap' one has will affect the other.
By the way, did anyone get the ironic Dark-Man crossover from the original series?
"What?" Neither Famous nor I had thought that this might happen. "You can't?"
"No, I can't," Roll replied, "I never dreamed that this is what your world was like..."
"MOVE!" Mega-Man CF's voice yanked us out of our thoughts. Acting on instinct, I leapt to my right, and heard a laser shot rip past my head.
"Dark Energy Blast!" Dark-Man cried out.
I waited until I heard him unleash the attack, and then I hurdled over it, attempting to get close to Lan or Chaud, they would have to know about this.
"What's wrong?" Chaud's voice broke through the air; he evidently could see something I couldn't."Roll can't see while we're fused." I explained in a whisper, "we're fighting blind."
"Don't let that stop you." Our ally said, "You've overcome every obstacle in your path, and come farther than I ever thought that you would, you can overcome this too, but only if you believe in yourself."
"Chaud." I said in his general direction, "thanks.""Now, let's put a stop to this guy." The Netbattler turned back to the fight.
"He's right Roll," I said to her, "We can do this, we'll just rely on our hearing, like I do all the time."
"You're right," She replied, "Let's do this!"
"Roll Arrow." I formed the bow, and listened as Lan and Chaud activated their weapons, then I put all of my focus on detecting our opponent."Foolish humans." The dark Navi muttered. "I'll destroy you!" "I don't think so!" I raised my weapon. "ROLL ARROW!"
I heard our shots crash through the air, and collide with something, hopefully Dark-Man.
"Very nice aim." Our opponent muttered, "But try this! Berserk Blast!"
I heard and sensed something tearing at me."Left!" Roll screamed at me.
"You'll have to do better than that!" I headed her advice and threw myself to the left, avoiding the blast.
But the following sounds told me that he had been successful in hitting Lan and Chaud, knocking them out of the fight. If I didn't do something fast, then he'd be able to pummel them while they were down.
"Bubbler!" My Navi activated the chip.
"Cool it!" I felt the weapon form, and then pointed it in his general direction. That done, I cut loose, firing away.
At first, I didn't think I'd hit him, but as I played the cannon around the area, I heard our attacker shout, and then the Bubbler's stream of water crashing into something.
I kept firing, dousing him with the liquid."Geyser!"
I raised my free hand, and used the chip to unleash a powerful geyser behind my line of fire, after a few seconds I heard Dark-Man crash into the column of water. Now he was being attacked from the front and the rear.
"Nice job!" Mega-Man CF's voice came to me, "Mega Buster!"I heard the Bomber's shot collide with it's target.
"What? You think I'm going to miss the good part?" Proto-Man CF stated, "Sonic Boom!"
I was feeling confident; Dark-Man couldn't last long against this kind of assault. Could he?
"AREA STEAL!" The Navi shouted, just before I heard him warp away.
"Great." Mega-Man CF muttered, "Where's he going to come out at?"
"I hear you." I replied.
The weapon activated, and we all tensed just waiting for something to happen.
There was a slight hiss that came from behind me.
"HIIIAA!" I spun around; my sword extended, and caught something that had been sneaking up on me."Nice one!" The Bomber shouted, "Mega Buster!"
I heard Lan's shot collide with Dark-Man, and then Chaud entered the fray."Sonic Boom!" The Op shouted as he unleashed the attack. "You're finished!"
"Not quite, Barrier!" Our attacker shouted.
I jumped backward to gain some distance, I didn't want him getting too close, because there was no way I could hold my own in a sword fight.
"Now, Berserk Blast!" The renegade shouted.
"Not so fast!" The Red Raider retorted.
I heard him slash through space, evidently landing a hit on our opponent."Uh, this isn't fun anymore." Our adversary wheezed. "Mega Buster!" Lan shouted. "Heater!"
"Let's heat things up." I raised my cannon, and fired at the vicinity that Dark-Man was in.
"It's time to end this!" Mega-Man CF shouted. "Ready guys?"
"I'm set." Chaud replied.
"So am I!"
"I here you. We've got one chip left, let's put it to good use."
"Sonic Boom!" Proto-Man CF shouted."Mega-Buster!" Mega-Man announced.
"And, Piranha Virus!" I joined them. "Attack!""NO!" Our opponent bellowed as the attacks crashed into him, "THIS CAN'T BE!"
"We've beaten him, so the Dimensional Area's fading!" The Raider gasped. "Hurry! Drop out of Cross-Fusion!"
"Done." Lan's normal voice came through the air."Same as." Chaud replied.
"I'll be waiting..." She replied. "Deactivating Fusion."
I felt the Fusion drop away, and the strange energy that had flooded the room fade out of existence.
"Now, let's find out who our opponent was." Chaud's voice came to me. Then I heard him gasp, "I never dreamed..."
"Who is it?" I waited on someone to clue me in."Sanderson," Lan explained, "The guy that made off with the Hospital's money."
"So let me get this straight." I asked as Lan and I left the Youth Hospital. "Sanderson was working for this Nebula group, and so he embezzles the Hospital's money, and used some of it to research and test this dimensional doohickey...?"
"That's right." Lan replied.
"And from what we'll recover of the hospital's funds." Chaud broke into the conversation, "And from what this 'Anonymous Donor' gave them, they should be out of the red in no time.""Someone made a donation?" I hadn't heard that bit of news.
"They did, almost a million dollars," Chaud remarked, "the odd thing was that it was done anonymously..."
"Chaud, that was very nice of you." I thanked him.
"Oh, sure, give HIM the credit." Lan's voice broke into the conversation.
"What?" I couldn't believe how wrong I had been. "You mean to tell me that you made the donation?"
"You aren't the only one that cares around here." My brunette friend replied. "I tried to tell you back at the tournament, but you ignored me after the match and then Ribbita nailed me for an interview... But anyway, we got the hospital out of that mess, and we stopped Nebula."
"What I want to know is," I continued, "Who or what is Nebula?"
"I wish I knew." My friend replied, "They're up to something, we just don't know what, but we'll figure it out, we always do."
"I know, there's not a lot that can stop you is there?" I grinned at him.
"Correction." I could hear the grin in Lan's voice; "There's not a lot that can stop us. You showed some fast thinking back there, so whatever happens, we can handle it!"
"Maylu." Chaud's voice came through the air, and it was all business. "Now that that's over with, we need to talk. Now."
"What's wrong?" I slowed to a stop, and waited for him to continue.
"What you did when the dimensional area went up." The Official muttered, "You put the entire mission on the line, and endangered yourself and the people in the hospital."
I stood there in stunned silence, this couldn't be happening.
"Plus, you made it difficult for me and Lan to put a stop to it." He continued.
So Chaud thought that I had blown it, that could mean I was in huge trouble."But," He didn't stop for an instant, "You came through, and I'm not sure that we could have stopped Dark-Man without you. So, I guess that what I'm trying to say is, good work, but don't be so stubborn next time."
"Next time?" I took a moment for me to digest that phrase."That's right." The Op finished, "I'm sure we'll be seeing you in action again. And to be honest, I can't wait until we do."