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Worlds at War

A few hours later, the League were back where they had started this latest adventure; in the Nautilus's dining room, finishing off yet another scrumptious meal. Logan and Frank had parted ways with them at the docks, but Hartdegen had given them a couple of radios he'd managed to pick up; should the League ever need their assistance, they'd call them, find out where they were, and then arrange to meet them.

Once back in the Nautilus, the League had decided to finish what they'd started a few days ago, and have Sawyer reveal his mystery entertainment to them. With that, Nemo had told the crew to remake the food again, before the League had all changed for the party. Even Terry had nipped off to the kitchens to help out; then again, he did need some food by now, so there was another reason.

After a second delicious meal, the League were only waiting for Skinner to finish his chocolate ice cream. Finally, the former gentleman thief placed the bowl down on the table in front of him.

"Ah, excellent," he said, smacking his lips and looking over at Sawyer. "So, what's this mysterious entertainment, Tom?"

*****

"Here it comes," Sawyer replied, smiling as he glanced over at the stage he'd set up. Looking up, the League saw something rather unexpected; Terry was standing on the stage, one hand on a long stick in front of him while the other one was out to his side. All around him were black box-shaped devices of various sizes, plugged into what resembled one of Nemo's electrical generators.

"Mr Sawyer, what exactly is this about?" Nemo asked, glancing over at the former American spy.

"Well, it's simple really, Nemo," Sawyer replied, smiling at his friend. "With some advice from Hartdegen, I had they idea that Terry could perform a miniature concert for us, of songs from the future. They're all related to one of us in some way or another; I practically insisted on that when we were finding them. They're a bit different from what we know, but they're interesting. The equipment behind him plays the actual tunes, and the stick makes his voice sound louder."

"Ah," Nemo said, looking over at Terry. "Well, begin when you wish, Mr Nator."

"Of course," Terry replied, nodding at Nemo. Then he coughed, although the League knew it was just to make him seem more human, and held the stick closer to his mouth. "To open up, 'Yellow Submarine'," he stated simply. Then he began to sing, in a voice very unlike his usual one.

"In the town where I was born,

Lived a man who sailed the sea,

And he told us of his life,

In the land of submarines.

"So we sailed up to the sun,

Till we found the sea of green,

And we lived beneath the waves,

In our yellow submarine.

"We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,

We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

"And our friends are all aboard,

Many more of them live next door,

And the band begins to play.

"We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,

We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

"As we live a life of ease,

Everyone of us has all we need,

Sky of blue and sea of green,

In our yellow submarine.

"We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,

We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

"We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,

We all live in a yellow submarine,

Yellow submarine, yellow submarine."

Terry bowed at the League. They all clapped politely, although they were mostly a bit confused.

Skinner voiced the opinions of them all. "Interesting, certainly, but a little odd," he said.

"Yeah, sorry about that, but it was the only song I could find with a reference to a submarine in it," Sawyer explained. He glanced over at the figure on the stage. "Terry, next up... try 'Invisible'."

"Agreed," Terry replied, nodding at Sawyer.

"What?" Skinner asked, glancing back at the American.

"Just listen, Skinner," Sawyer smiled.

And, as Skinner turned back to listen, Terry began to sing again.

"What are you doing tonight?

I wish I could be a fly on your wall.

Are you really alone?

Still in your dreams.

Why can't I bring you into my life?

What would it take to make you see that I'm alive?

"If I was invisible,

Then I could just watch you in your room.

If I was invisible,

I'd make you mine tonight.

If hearts were unbreakable,

Then I can just tell you where I stand.

I would be the smartest man,

If I was invisible

(Wait... I already am).

"I saw your face in the crowd,

I called out your name,

You don't hear a sound.

I keep tracing your steps,

Each move that you make,

Wish I could be what goes through your mind.

Wish you could touch me with the colours of your life.

"If I was invisible,

Then I could just watch you in your room.

If I was invisible,

I'd make you mine tonight.

If hearts were unbreakable,

Then I can just tell you where I stand.

I would be the smartest man,

If I was invisible

(Wait... I already am).

"I am nothing without you,

Just a shadow passing through...

"If I was invisible,

Then I could just watch you in your room.

If I was invisible,

I'd make you mine tonight.

If hearts were unbreakable,

Then I can just tell you where I stand.

I would be the smartest man,

If I was invisible

(Wait... I already am)."

"Wow," Skinner said, clapping along with the rest as Terry finished that song.

"Wait for this next one," Sawyer smiled, before he looked over at Mina. "I picked this one for you, from me."

"Really?" Mina asked, intrigued. She turned back to look at Terry, as he broke into song again- this time in a woman's voice.

"You with the sad eyes,

Don't be discouraged.

Oh I realize,

It's hard to take courage,

In a world full of people,

You can lose sight of it all,

And the darkness inside you

Can make you feel so small.

"But I see your true colours

Shining through,

I see your true colours,

And that's why I love you.

So don't be afraid to let them show

Your true colours,

True colours are beautiful,

Like a rainbow

"Show me a smile then,

Don't be unhappy, can't remember

When I last saw you laughing.

If this world makes you crazy,

And you've taken all you can bear,

You call me up,

Because you know I'll be there.

"And I'll see your true colours

Shining through,

I see your true colours,

And that's why I love you.

So don't be afraid to let them show

Your true colours,

True colours are beautiful,

Like a rainbow."

Mina grinned thankfully at Sawyer as she clapped along with the rest. "Is that true?"

"Exactly," Sawyer replied, grinning at his love. "You may have been cursed by a demon, Mina, but, you ask me? You're an angel, no matter what."

Mina didn't know how to reply to that in words. So, instead, she leaned over and kissed Sawyer sweetly on the lips. It was these little details that made her realise how much she loved him. Then the two of them turned back to Terry, and, after a moment's contemplation, Sawyer called out, "This time, do 'My Heart will Go On', OK?" He glanced over at Hartdegen. "Alex, my friend, think of this as being from you, to Emma."

"Pardon?" Hartdegen asked, puzzled.

"I was in your room once and I noticed a page on your diary mentioning the funeral of a woman named Emma," Sawyer explained. "I only glanced at it, but that was enough. As I said, think of this as being from you to her."

Hartdegen nodded, and turned back to the stage as Terry once again began to sing in a woman's voice.

"Every night in my dreams,

I see you, I feel you,

That is how I know you go on.

"Far across the distance,

And spaces between us,

You have come to show you go on.

"Near, far, wherever you are,

I believe that the heart does go on.

Once more you open the door,

And you're here in my heart,

And my heart will go on and on.

"Love can touch us one time,

And last for a lifetime,

And never let go till we're one.

"Love was when I loved you,

One true time I hold to,

In my life we'll always go on.

"Near, far, wherever you are,

I believe that the heart does go on.

Once more you open the door,

And you're here in my heart,

And my heart will go on and on.

"You're here, there's nothing I fear,

And I know that my heart will go on.

We'll stay forever this way,

You are safe in my heart,

And my heart will go on and on."

Hartdegen had to wipe away a tear as Terry finished that song. He looked over at Sawyer, and whispered simply, "Thanks."

"You're welcome," Sawyer mouthed back at him. Then he looked over at Jekyll. "This next one was intended to be something around you, but I just had trouble finding anything to do with double personalities. So, I had to settle for the next best thing; something about how you may feel at the moment regarding..." He stopped talking there, but Jekyll knew what he meant.

Regarding how he felt about Mina.

Terry coughed again, and began to sing in a fifth voice- his third male one of the night.

"If only I could get through this,

I get through this.

"I gotta get through this,

I gotta get through this,

I gotta make it, make it, make it through.

I'm gotta get through this,

I gotta get through this,

I gotta take my, take my mind off you.

"Give me just a second and I'll be all right.

Surely one more moment couldn't break my heart,

Give me 'til tomorrow then I'll be okay.

Just another day and then I'll hold you tight.

"When your love is falling like the rain,

I close my eyes and it falls again,

When will I get the chance to say I love you?

I pretend that you're already mine,

Then my heart ain't breaking every time

I look into your eyes.

"If only I could get through this,

If only I could get through this,

If only I could get through this,

God, gotta help me get through this.

"I gotta get through this,

I gotta get through this,

I gotta make it, make it, make it through.

Said I'm gotta get through this,

I gotta get through this,

I gotta take my, take my mind off you.

"Give me just a second and I'll be all right.

Surely one more moment couldn't break my heart.

Give me 'til tomorrow then I'll be okay.

Just another day and then I'll hold you tight.

"When your love is falling like the rain,

I close my eyes and it falls again,

When will I get the chance to say I love you?

I pretend that you're already mine,

Then my heart ain't breaking every time

I look into your eyes.

"If only I could get through this,

If only I could get through this,

If only I could get through this,

God, gotta help me get through this.

If only I could get through this,

God, gotta help me get through this.

If only I could get through this,

God, gotta help me get through this.

If only I could get through this..."

Jekyll sighed as he looked over at Sawyer. "Thanks," he said, nodding at Sawyer. "It was a very accurate expression of me."

"I thought so," Sawyer replied, smiling at his friend.

"Just remember something, Doctor," Mina said, looking over at the man. She knew how he felt about her, and a part of her regretted that she didn't return those feelings. "I may not love you that way, but I will always be your friend. And another thing; some day, you'll meet someone who does, and she'll be a very lucky woman. Remember that."

Jekyll gave Mina a little smile at that, and then they turned back to the stage. Terry was currently standing perfectly still in the centre of the stage, but when they looked back at him, he bowed at them and walked off.

"Huh?" Skinner commented, looking back at Sawyer. "That was it? What about your song?"

"Well, it seemed a bit self-centred to pick one out for myself," Sawyer explained, shrugging slightly. "Besides, I figured we had enough songs for one night."

"We did, however, take the initiative," Hartdegen said, smiling a little.

"Pardon?" Nemo said, looking over at his fellow scientist. "What do you mean?"

Suddenly, Mina looked over at Hartdegen with an expression that was part disbelief and part joy. "That poem..." she said, whispering a little.

"What?" Sawyer asked, looking over at Hartdegen. "What's going on here?"

"Well, I picked out certain parts of a couple of lyrics that I thought had some kind of relevance to Mina's feelings for you, and showed them to her claiming they were poems I'd found," Hartdegen explained. "One she'd picked one, it all worked out from there." He looked back at Terry. "It's time for Mina's song to Sawyer, Terry."

Terry nodded, got back up onto the stage, and started to sing in a woman's voice once again, for the last time this night.

"Some say hearts

Grow silent.

In a world where no one cares,

Love keep slipping away.

Some say time

Is the healer,

But in a house where no one speaks,

Love keep slipping away.

"Tell me,

Why do we fight when we know it's all wrong?

Why do we play that same old song?

Is it just because

We're lonely?

"Love me, love me,

But don't be sorry,

Help me chase the shadows away.

Love me, love me,

When you've got nothing to say,

Say something anyway.

"Some say tears

Run dry, but

In my heart I've cried forever;

Only you can take it away.

"Tell me,

Why do we fight when we know it's all wrong?

Why can't we see what's going on?

Is it just because

We're lonely?

"Love me, love me,

But don't be sorry,

Help me chase the shadows away.

Love me, love me,

When you've got nothing to say,

Say something anyway.

"Anything to break the ice,

Anything at all;

Anything to break the ice,

Anything at all.

"Love me, love me,

But don't be sorry.

"(Oh), love me, love me,

But don't be sorry,

Help me, chase the shadows away (the shadows away).

Love me, love me,

When you've got nothing to say (you've got nothing to say),

Say something anyway.

Help me chase the shadows away,

Love me, love me,

When you've got nothing to say,

Say something anyway....."

"Wow..." Mina whispered, looking over at Hartdegen. "A very apt choice, Mr Hartdegen. Thank you."

"Any time," Hartdegen smiled, as Terry sat back down. "Now, let's eat."

With that, the League laughed and joked around with each other all through the rest of the night. Skinner taught Terry a couple of practical jokes, Hartdegen and Nemo transported the equipment somewhere safe, and the League were themselves again.

No worries, no foes, no strategies needed.

At present, their services weren't needed anywhere else in the world but there, with their friends and comrades.

For now...