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Jaden sprinted forward, his duel disk engaged. He stopped a foot short from the monster and drew a card from his deck. Neos, I need your help! Jaden thought. "Let's go!" he yelled, summoning his silver hero.
"Neos, atta- gah!"
Jaden was sent flying backwards. The worm had turned on him and smacked him away with its tail. He landed with a thud a few feet away. Jaden groaned slightly before managing to get up on his hands and knees.
"Jaden! Are you all right?" Alexis asked worriedly.
"I'm okay, Lex. Don't worry," he assured. "Now, where was I? Oh yeah, Neos! Neos? Where'd ya go?"
The Neospacian had disappeared. Jaden looked down at his duel disk and saw that his monster card was gone. It must have fallen off when that monster sent me flying. It's gotta be around here somewhere. Over here? No. Maybe-
"Jaden, look out!" Alexis screamed.
The giant duel worm was coming at him again. Jaden stood up quickly and retreated a few steps. "Neos," he called out, "where are you?"
"Jaden," he heard his favorite monster reply.
"Keep talking so I can find you."
The duel spirit did so but with all the sand around him and the duel worm chasing him, Jaden couldn't locate where his card was.
Ian watched the adults try and fight off the enormous monster and was deliberating on whether or not to join them when he heard someone speak his name.
"Ian," a feminine voice whispered.
At first, he didn't know where it came from, but then he glanced down and saw two chocolate brown eyes gazing up at him.
"Hannah!" he cried with relief. "What is it? Can I do anything for you?"
"Ian, yeah…can you get out…my black deck case?" she asked between deep breaths.
"Sure, but don't breathe like that. Take a small breath, as small as possible."
"'Kay," she said tiredly.
Ian dug through her bag until he found her black deck case. "Okay, I've got it."
"Find Vix Level 5 and summon him."
"Level 5? I thought you just had that little pup form of him; the one that's your duel spirit."
"Yeah but… he can be sacrificed to summon… his Level 5 form. He can help out my…parents…" she said softly, her eyes closing.
"Okay. You just rest now," Ian replied.
She gave a small nod of acknowledgement. Ian turned back to her deck case and rifled through her cards till he came across the one she'd mentioned. He looked at the more advanced form of her duel spirit. It resembled a wolf more than a fox, what with its spiky coat but the tail was unmistakably fox-like. Where the coat would've been reddish-orange on a real fox, it was a bright electric blue. It had the same white underbelly though. And, like on her Colosso dragon, there was a strange symbol on its chest.
Ian placed the card on his duel disk and watched the monster form before him. The significantly larger fox turned to look at him.
"Why have you summoned me?" he barked.
Ian was surprised that the fox could talk and froze up.
"Speak, human! Why have you…" he trailed as his gaze found Hannah on the ground.
Noticing where the monster was looking, Ian finally found his voice. "She wanted me to summon you for her so you could help fight off that giant worm over there," he said, pointing in the general direction.
The creature turned its head in the direction of the chaos and understood. "Very well then, I shall do as you say. Take care of my master for me," he said.
The large fox sprinted away from the two teens and sped towards the fight.
Meanwhile, Jaden was retreating from the oncoming worm, trying to think of how to defeat it without Neos. Alexis could only look on since she didn't have her deck with her. I hate being useless like this, she thought angrily. Her resentment vanished quickly though when Jaden stumbled backwards and fell. He was cornered by the worm now. The giant monster started to swing his tail in the brunette's direction to finish him off.
"Noooooooo!" Alexis yelled.
Jaden threw up his arms in defense and shut his eyes, waiting for the imminent danger to crush him. But it never came. A snarl ripped through the surrounding area followed by a sound similar to that of nails scratching against a chalkboard. Jaden opened his eyes hesitantly and gasped.
A large, blue fox had sunken its teeth into the worm's tail before it could hit him. He growled ferociously, really digging his fang-like teeth into the worm's flesh. It made the high keening screech again, obviously in pain. It struggled to pull its tail away from the other monster defending Jaden but the fox was strong and refused to let him be moved by the force of the worm.
Sensing defeat, the worm began to burrow back underground. The fox relinquished his grip and sprang back out of the way. Once the worm had completely disappeared from view (it most likely tunneled away under the sand), the remaining duel monster relaxed and turned to Jaden.
"Are you okay?" it asked gruffly.
"Y-yeah," Jaden stammered, also taken aback by the fox's ability to speak. "You saved my life. How…?"
"My master summoned me to help," he replied, nodding its head in Ian and Hannah's direction.
"Ian?" Jaden wondered incredulously.
"Well, I suppose he summoned me but Hannah is my true master," the fox stated. "By the way, your card *sniff sniff* is just over there, by that rock. It's partially covered in sand."
"Thanks," Jaden said appreciatively. "But, how did you know where it was?"
"Let's just say I have a knack for sniffing out duel spirits."
So Jaden got up, dusted himself off, and went to retrieve his card. Alexis ran to meet him. She threw her arms around him and hugged him.
"Oh, Jaden! I'm so glad you're okay. For a minute there, I thought…" she didn't dare finish her sentence.
"Shh, Lex. Don't worry," he soothed, "Hannah and Ian saved me. Everything's all right now."
"Hannah and Ian saved you?" she said curiously.
"Yeah. She had him summon that wolf thing."
"I'm a fox, not a stupid canine," said monster barked.
Alexis smiled. That's my girl.
"We should get going again. We really need to get her taken care of," Jaden said seriously.
Alexis nodded and the two started to jog back to their daughter and Ian. Vix followed behind them. Before they could reach the teens though, the ground in front of them erupted. Sand sprayed everywhere as the giant duel worm resurfaced. Vix launched at the monster's throat and sunk his teeth in again. It was a futile effort though. He was a fraction of a second too late. If he'd reacted sooner, he might've been able to stop the beast from lashing out against the two adults. Jaden and Alexis were knocked down hard into the desert sand. Vix chased the worm back into the earth but the damage had been done.
"Lex, Lex, Lex! A-are you okay? Are you hurt? Ah!"
Jaden, who hadn't been hit as severely, was now kneeling by his girlfriend's side. She was pale and unconscious though she appeared to be unscathed from the blow. That, however, was not the reason why Jaden yelped in alarm. Her body was dissolving in thin air. At first, Jaden thought it was a trick of the eyes, but soon, her entire left leg had vanished.
Yubel! Jaden mentally screamed, What's happening to her?
My effect on her is slipping. She's returning to her body in the real world. I'm sorry, she thought back.
It's okay. It's not your fault.
Hurry and get to the portal. It's getting smaller and smaller by the minute.
All right. We're almost there anyways.
He broke the mental connection and looked back to Alexis. She was almost completely gone now. Pieces of her face were slipping away every second. Jaden was sad she couldn't cross through the portal with him but relieved that she was safe now.
"I guess I'll see you on the other side, Alexis," Jaden sighed in resignation. "Ian! Let's get a move on!"
"Okay, Mr. Yuki," he called back, unsure of what just transpired before him.
Vix approached him and said, "Put her on my back. I'll run her the rest of the way. You two can follow on foot. It'll be much faster this way."
Ian carefully slung Hannah over her monster's back. Then the fox began to run in the direction in which the group was originally headed. Jaden and Ian ran to catch up.
Wait for me, Lex. We'll be there soon enough, Jaden thought.
We're finally going home. Guess we'll find out if we changed the future, won't we, Hannah? Ian smirked to himself.
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