Here we go again! Time for Zane and Crowler to be avenged as Claudio takes on the vampire Shadow Rider! Hope he brings the garlic and the wooden stake to the party...
Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh! GX or the rest of the franchise. I own Claudio, YugiNAtem117 owns Melody, AzureKite4 owns Kenji, Rocket Knight 777 owns Jethro, Jeremy Roswell owned by SulliMike23, Lily Rose Lee owned by Lily Truesdale and Alex Jacobs is owned by Digidramon.
Last time on Duel Academy Stories: After Crowler's soul was taken, Zane took it upon himself to face her; what Camula wanted the first place. During the duel, Zane was sure to get the landslide victory he was known for throughout his three years in the academy. But the Shadow Rider retaliated with Illusion Gate to take Cyber End Dragon leaving Zane defenseless. Normally, it wouldn't be a problem, since he could've held her off and win next turn. But the side effect to using Illusion Gate was that a soul had to be given up if the user loses the duel, and it didn't have to be Camula's... she ended up choosing Syrus for the payment. Not wanting to see his little brother go through that, Zane took the blast from his monster and lost his key and soul. And the entire scene left Claudio ticked off, wanting to duel. The question is, can he beat the Vampire duelist?
Chapter 40: Night of the Vampire Pt. 3
Chancellor Sheppard stood in his office, watching as another storm raged on outside. The only light present in the room was his computer's monitor, and the occasional lightning flashes. He had been briefed by Banner about the condition of the Gate that held the Sacred Beasts, and was concerned greatly for that.
"Three of the eleven Gates have been unlocked..." he sighed and shook his head, "This is not good,"
A whirring sound made him look over his shoulder. On the monitor, a dark figure with wires and tubes appeared.
"You disappoint me, Sheppard," the figure chuckled, "Your excellent duelists only excel in losing. Why don't you just give up and surrender the eight remaining Keys?"
"It's not over," Sheppard turned back to his window, "and if I know my students, they'll never give up, no matter what the odds. After all, they've come to this academy to become champions,"
"And they'll end up being victims," the figure taunted, "My vampire is ready to feed again!"
The screen turned off by itself, leaving Sheppard to himself.
Alexis sat at her brother's bedside once more, hoping that her brother would wake up, but so far, nothing had changed. Jeremy, Alex and Lily were the same way.
Movement from the other side of the room made her turn to see Jaden tossing a bit in his sleep, groaning in pain with every movement.
"Jaden, get well," she whispered, turning back to her brother, "After all, with my brother and the rest still unconscious and Zane's soul stolen, we'll need all the help we can get to fight the Shadow Games and that vampire Camula..."
Melody came into the room, to check on Alexis.
"Nothing?" She asked.
Alexis shook her head as she turned to see how Jaden was again, but stopped in mid-turn when she noticed something. The half-helmet next to Atticus began to glow brightly, and her brother's hands began to move, reaching for it.
"Atticus!" she gasped, looking at her brother's face.
The older Rhodes grunted and began to slowly open his eyes as he took hold of the object.
Suddenly two more golden shines appeared, coming from it, alerting her to Jeremy reaching out for his armlet and Lily reaching for the half-medallion around her neck.
"Jeremy! Lily!" Melody added running over to them.
"Who cut on the lights...?
Also, Alex started to rub his eye through the lights.
"Alex, too!?" Alexis said as she pulled out her pilot. "I have to call Claudio and Kenji!"
-That night, at the lakeside-
"C'mon, Professor Banner, you have to duel that vampire, you're a Shadow Games expert!" Syrus half-begged as he and Chumley pushed and pulled their reluctant teacher towards Bastion, Chazz, and Jethro, who were waiting for them a few yards away.
Banner tried to pull away from the Slifer boys, "But I can't duel! My key was taken!" He stated. "Besides, who will take care of my cat? Pharoah has a very specific diet!" he protested, holding his feline friend close.
"Don't worry about that, Banner," Chazz smirked, "This is clearly a job for Chazz Princeton" he said smugly.
Bastion turned away, "If you mean feeding the cat, I think you're right," he mumbled.
"I don't think he'll be able to fill Banner's shoes then..." Jethro said, trying not to laugh.
Chazz was about to retaliate when a dull roaring sound made everyone turn to the water. A small motorboat was coming onto the banks, with a couple of familiar faces as their passengers.
"The Calvary has arrived!" Alexis and Melody greeted loudly as they stepped out into the shallows.
"We don't need Banner when we've got Jaden, Kenji and Claudio," Melody stated.
As if on cue, the three boys rose up from the both with Jaden coming out from underneath a dark blanket, smiling.
"Hey guys." Claudio greeted.
"Nice night." Kenji waved.
"What's up?" Jaden said.
Syrus frowned seeing his friend up, "For the last time, you can't!"
"Yeah, you're still hurt, Slacker," Chazz reminded him.
Bastion nodded, "It's true,"
"Don't worry about that, Claudio made it perfectly clear last night, he wanted the honor." Jethro stated. "Remember last night?"
"Oh yeah..." Chumley said, and turned to the Jukebox Hero duelist. "You sure wanna do this?"
Claudio nodded. "And I'm not backing down."
"Besides, Jaden understands..." Alexis said, as the Slifer nodded. "See, we were back at the hospital..."
Alexis pulled off Atticus' oxygen mask, "You're finally awake!"
Atticus breathed slowly and looked up at her, "Alexis, I have to tell about her. The vampire known as Camula. You cannot defeat her like the others," he wheezed.
"But why not?"
"She has a Shadow Charm that gives her the power to use the Illusion Gate to steal souls." Jeremy added. "I'm sure you've seen her use it already."
"But you can stop her with another Charm..." Lily looked down at the half-pendant around his neck, rubbing it lightly. "Or in this case three..."
"Really..." Melody said. "So that means we can stop that Illusion Gate card from getting us!"
"Yeah, and with three of those charms against her one, you should be fine," Alex added. "You'll be able to push back her power away from anyone, if you bring them all."
"If we can stop her stealing souls, then we can duel her with all our might, without standing there scared," Alexis finished.
Chazz looked away, "I'm not scared of her..."
"Speak for yourself!" the Crowler doll in his pocket squeaked.
"So we fight fire with fire," Melody continued, "and with our own Shadow Charms!"
Jaden nodded as his and Lily's pendant halves clinked together, "Compliments of Lily..."
"Jeremy..." Claudio held up his armlet halves.
"And Atticus!" Kenji said, holding his helmet halves.
Everyone ran inside the mansion, more ready than ever...
"Alright, Camula, where are you!?"
Claudio and the others looked around as the giant slab of stone closed in place behind them after they entered the castle.
"I'm here for Zane and Crowler, and I'm not leaving without them!" Claudio yelled as a huge flock of bats flew out of the darkness.
The group dashed through the stairway corridor, protecting themselves from the bites and claws of the flying rats. They reached the top of the stairs and found themselves, once again in the ballroom with two balconies. Camula was on top of the one furthest away from them.
"Actually, truth be told, dear, you're not leaving here again." She stated. "Not a single one of you are!"
Claudio climbed onto the opposite balcony, duel disk at the ready, "We'll see about that!"
Both disks whirred to life as the two duelists drew their opening hands.
"Let's go Camula!" Claudio drew his card, "I was angry when Crowler was defeated, but it really got me ticked off when someone messes with family the way you did Zane and Syrus!"
"Well, let me tell you...I don't care," the vampire woman giggled.
Claudio looked the card he just drew, and then at his hand, "Maybe this will change your tune. I play Polymerization to fuse Jukebox Heroes JB and KG!"
Both monster jumped into the vortex and came out with their hard-rocking attire. (8/2600/2600)
"Welcome to the stage, Jukebox Hero Tenacious D!"
"Yeah, one of his best monsters!" Melody cheered.
"And with 2600 points on both stats, they'll be tough to beat." Jethro added.
"What a way to start the duel!" Syrus exclaimed, looking up at the duo.
"Claudio wants to end this quickly," Bastion explained, "With Tenacious D out there, he might just do that."
"I wouldn't count Camula out yet," Chazz muttered.
"Yes," Banner nodded, "After all, we've seen how strong her cards can be. Especially that Illusion Gate..."
"I hope she doesn't get to play it," Alexis murmured.
"But if she does..." Jaden looked at his medallion halves.
"... We got the back-up plan ready." Kenji finished, holding the bag with his helmet halves in it.
"I'll place a facedown and end my turn," Claudio inserted a card into his disk, "Now, show me what ya got!"
"If you're in such a hurry to lose...fine!" Camula drew her card and smiled when she saw what it was, "I play Illusion Gate!" she cried, holding up the card.
Claudio winced as the huge stone doorway appeared behind her, "Not again..."
"I'm sure you remember its effects. To start, all the monsters on the field are destroyed, then I get to summon any monster that you've played," Camula smiled as her necklace began to glow once again, "All I have to do for this, is pay a soul to the Sacred Beasts should I happen to lose this duel. Now..." she looked down at the witnesses as the Gate opened up, "...who shall it be?"
The others began to cough as black smoke from the Illusion Gate wafted around them.
Camula raised her hand, rubbing the necklace gently, feeling its power, "Oh dear me, the choices are so difficult. How about I just put all of your friend's souls at stake?" she giggled.
"What?!" Claudio looked at his friends, then at the vampire.
"Never underestimate the power of the Shadow," Camula smiled, tapping her gold piece of jewelry, "With this necklace, I can do anything!"
"Well so can I!" Claudio shouted, and turned to Jaden and Kenji. "Boys, time to bring out the hardware!"
"You got it!" They shouted.
Jaden put together his two medallion halves together, combining them.
Kenji opened his bag and put on the already made helmet over his head.
Claudio then pulled out his other armlet half and connected it on his arm.
The three Shadow Charms were now shining a bright golden light that pierced even the darkest recesses of the room.
Camula watched, astounded as the dark smoke from the Illusion Gate was pushed back away from the group, the Gate itself closing behind her.
"What's happening?!" Chazz yelled.
Alexis smiled widely, "The boys' Shadow Charms canceled out the power of her necklace!" she cried happily.
"Just in time, too!" Bastion added, "I thought we were all done for!"
"Now Claudio can win this!" Melody cheered.
Camula screamed as the light blinded her.
'Jeremy, Atticus, Lily, Alex, thanks for the help!' Claudio looked back up at Camula, "If you still wanna play, get that cheating card off the field so I can beat you down!"
"How about not?!" she hissed, "Illusion Gate, open your doors and accept my soul as a sacrifice!"
'She's actually putting her own soul at risk?!' Claudio noted, 'She's way too confident in that card.'
"Now, unleash your power upon the field!"
Claudio was startled as the Gate opened up and a dark mist shot forth, crashing right into his own monster, destroying him.
"Oh don't worry, you'll be seeing them again soon enough," Camula smiled wickedly, "But they'll be fighting for me!"
The Illusion Gate closed up, but as soon as it opened up again Tenacious D returned, with the duo bit darker looking than before, as if it was being covered by a veil of shadows. (8/2600/2600)
"Well, since Tenacious D was destroyed at the time, JB and KG come back from the graveyard!" Claudio grinned.
Both members returned in their original attire, separately. (4/1400/1200), (4/1200/1400)
"You see, keep trying to break my monsters apart, and they'll bounce back sooner than you think!"
"Well, you'll see soon that'll be all in vain... I summon Vampire Lady in attack mode!"
The familiar vampires from Zane's duel appeared, smiling menacingly at Claudio. (4/1550/1550)
"Then I play the Overpowering Eye with my Vampire!"
Claudio freaked out when he saw two giant eyes stare at him from behind Camula.
"Now my Vampire Lady can attack you directly!"
The Vampire Lady hissed as she flew over to Claudio side stared him with a terrifying face. Suddenly, the Jukebox Hero duelist felt a jolt in his head as he held it in pain.
"Are you alright!?" Melody called out seeing her boyfriend in pain.
"And when Vampire Lady strikes your life points, you lose another card from your deck." Camula continued. "Time to send a monster card to the grave."
Fighting through the pain, Claudio searched through his deck and sent another monster card to his graveyard.
"Now, Jukebox Hero Tenacious D attacks JB!"
The converted band raised their guitars and shot down dark lightning at JB, frying him on the spot.
"I think I've done enough damage for now, darling" Camula smiled again, "I'll just set this and end my turn."
"Great!" Claudio drew. "I summon to the field Jukebox Hero LP Angel!"
Descending from the field; was a winged, blonde man in black dress shirt and jeans. He carried a microphone that he raised to the sky. (4/2100/0) (A/N: Think of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington)
"A new monster?" Camula raised an eyebrow.
"Yeah, I remembered what you said the first time when you dueled Crowler...
Chazz stared, wide-eyed, "She knows Crowler's moves before he even makes it!"
The vampire mistress chuckled as her jaw shrank back to normal size, "It's so easy to know people's moves and decks when you have a hundred flying bats..."
"So, after the last time you dueled Zane, I redid my deck right before I came here." Claudio grinned. "You won't find my deck as predictable as you think. In fact here's another one new one for ya..." The field spell slot opened up letting Claudio set a field spell there. "I play the field spell, Live Stage- Starship City!"
The inside of the mansion was replaced by a nighttime city filled with buildings with neon signs around them. The prominent building was behind Claudio, with neon lights saying "We built this city!"
"Welcome to the place where the Jukebox Heroes come to unwind, Starship City! Where all Jukebox Heroes gain 1000 ATK when they attack a monster stronger than they are!"
The Vampire gasped.
"Claudio's really confusing Camula right now!" Chumley said.
"Well, what did you expect; he's bringing out cards no one's seen been before!" Jaden added.
"Next, I'll switch KG into attack mode, and have LP Angel attack Tenacious D!" Claudio commanded.
LP Angel jumped into the air, gaining power from the field spell's lights. (4/2100-3100/0) Then he headed straight towards the possessed singing duo, while shouting into his microphone, breaking up the band. Camula shielded herself from the digitized pieces and as Illusion Gate disappeared.
"And now since Tenacious D was destroyed I get JB back since the monster goes to my graveyard!"
JB returned Claudio's side of the field, happy that he was back on Claudio's side. (4/1400/1200)
Camula scowled as the Gate faded away, "Go ahead and bring them back, I'll still win!" she hissed.
Chazz smirked at the move, "Looks like Claudio keeps showing off a few new tricks..." he mused.
"I hope so!" the Crowler doll muttered from within the confines of Chazz's pocket.
"Don't worry, there's more to come!" Claudio said, "Alright, time to drive the stake on that Vampire Lady! JB, she's all yours!"
"Taste rock!" JB shouted as his music was amplified by the field spell. (4/1400-2400/1200) ripped apart the Vampire Lady.
Camula growled, but kept her cool, "How quickly you forget; I activate Thirst for Blood, letting me summon another Vampire Lady in defense mode!"
Her deck glowed and a second Vampire Lady appeared on the field, defending. (4/1550/1550)
"And you forget that KG will take her out since Starship City's on the field!" Claudio returned as KG powered up. (4/1200-2200/1400) "Attack Vampire Lady number 2!"
"Nighty-night!" KG ripped through the second lady.
"You'll pay for this!"
"Well, I'm not worried too much," Claudio said as LP Angel kneeled in defense mode. "Even if LP Angel goes to defense; I end my turn."
'Fool! You have much more to worry about! This next turn should prove that!' Camula drew her next card, "I play the Spellbook inside the Pot!" She and Claudio drew three more cards from her deck giving her five and Claudio four. She looked at them and giggled, "Claudio... do you know what's worse than a vampire mistress?"
"Huh?" Claudio raised an eyebrow.
"A vampire mistress with a grudge," She smiled, "So what if you changed your monsters!" She played another card. "I play Card Destruction! Sending all cards in our hands to grave and making us draw new ones!"
Claudio looked at his hand remorsefully and he discarded and re-drew. Camula did the same but had happier expression.
"From Claudio's face, he gave up some good ones." Jethro said.
"Don't worry; he's still got a new hand to use that could help." Melody said. "Plus he has three monsters on the field to her none!"
"But it may take time, since he probably had a plan with the last hand." Bastion said.
"Now then, I cast the field spell Infernalvania!"
Starship City was demolished as the haunted town of Infernalvania was built in its place.
"Oh no, Claudio's monsters will be demolished!" Syrus cried out.
"Now, I discard my last Vampire Lady to destroy all of your monsters!"
The last vampire girl vanished on the field castle behind Camula began to glow. All of Claudio's monsters were destroyed.
"Next, I activate Book of Life to summon Lich Lord, King of the Underworld!"
Rising up from the ground a skeleton figure in a torn red cloak appeared. It also had black wings, and wielded a bone staff with a glittering crystal on the field. (6/2400/1200)
"And then, I'll remove Jukebox Hero Tenacious D from your graveyard to compensate for my king's arrival..."
Tenacious D slipped out of Claudio's grave as he pocketed it.
"Now, Lich Lord attack! Underworld Magic!"
Raising its staff, the zombie unleashed a dark lightning that shocked Claudio, making him writhe in pain.
"Claudio!" Melody cried out as she seen him dropped to his knees after the shock.
"Do not fret dear; you will join him after I win." Camula smirked.
"Fat chance!" Claudio stood up. "I'm still here."
"And you won't be for long." The vampire smiled.
"Well, let's see about that!" Claudio drew. "And you know, thanks for discarding my hand last turn."
"It activated a special ability of a new monster I had."
"Not another new monster!" The vampire whined.
"Don't whine, considering this monster's type is right up your alley!" Claudio smirked as his monster card came out of the grave. "Now I special summon to the field Jukebox Hero Thriller!"
(Play the first minute of Michael Jackson's Thriller (Album version))
A door creaked open from behind Claudio, alerting everyone. Then the lights dimmed out, as footsteps approached the field.
Claudio never paid it any mind even as the new monster walked past him.
Then the lights cut on.
"AAHH!!" Syrus and Chumley screamed at the sight of the new monster.
It was another zombie, and it looked like Jukebox Hero Smooth Criminal! Except he wore an old and torn red jacket over a black shirt, red pants and black shoes, and like all zombies had that undead stare... (8/2750/0)
"Pretty cool, huh?" Claudio grinned to the spectators.
"Wow, almost three grand." Kenji noted. "Strong."
"And creepy..." Syrus shivered.
"Not only he's strong, he's got another effect: by paying 500 life points..."
"... I can summon any Jukebox Hero from my graveyard, by making it a Zombie and having 0 DEF! Which is another important thing about you discarding my hand, it had one monster had to tribute!"
"Yeah!" The spectators cheered.
"Now come out Jukebox Hero Kroeger!"
From the ground, a sandy-blonde guitarist in a brown leather jacket and jeans appeared with blue guitar. And then with Thriller's effect, he became undead looking as his some of his skin began to gray. (6/2300/1200-0)
"Now Thriller, show Camula the real terror of the night by attacking her King of the Underworld!"
Thriller leapt towards the Lich Lord, and broke it apart with two kicks to the skull and chest.
"Now Kroeger attack her directly!"
Kroeger also jumped in the air, and slammed Camula with his guitar, sending her skidding back.
"I'll set some facedowns, and leave it to you!" Claudio declared as two reversed cards appeared at his feet.
"What a comeback!" Alexis said. "He turned Camula's strategies to take out his deck, and used it to his advantage!"
"Keep going, Claudio you're doing great!" Melody cheered.
"There's something you forgot about..." Chazz stated, grabbing the girls' attention. "Infernalvania's still on the field; Claudio's monsters are toast."
"That's right!" Camula hissed as she showed off her fangs and long tongue as she got up.
"Aw put that thing back in your mouth!" Claudio waved off. "Nobody wants to see that!"
"Make jokes, will you?" Camula drew. "Time to activate Infernalvania again!"
"Not quite, I reveal one of my facedown cards! Go Burn it to the Ground!"
A trap activated showing a Jukebox Hero Kroeger, playing while Pandemonium is being torn down in flames.
"With this trap, I can destroy the current field spell and deal 500 points to you!" Claudio explained. "Kroeger, take it away!"
(Play the chorus of Burn it to the Ground by Nickelback)
As Kroeger played his guitar, fire spread throughout the entire field, even striking Camula a little.
We're going out tonight! (Hey!)
To kick out every light! (Hey!)
Take anything we want! (Hey!)
Drink everything in sight! (Hey!)
We're going til the world stops turning!
While we burn it to the ground tonight!
In a firey explosion, Infernalvania was burnt to the ground!
"You got her now, Claudio!" Jethro cheered.
"I think not, I play Pot of Greed!" Camula drew two cards. "Next, I play Premature Burial to revive my Vampire Lord!"
Camula's male vampire made his appeared. (5/2000/1500)
"But now, I shall remove him from the game to summon Vampire Genesis!!!"
For the third time since she arrived, Camula's strongest vampire, the same one that Zane and Crowler fought against, arrived.
"Did ya see that?!" Syrus whimpered.
"Yeah..." Chumley nodded.
Chazz growled, "3000 ATK!!? He's stronger than both of those monsters!"
"As well as a powerful special ability," Bastion added, "Claudio will have his work cut out for him,"
"Next, I'll use the Spell card Genesis Crisis!" Camula declared as she inserted the card into her custom disk, "Now, once every turn, a Zombie-Type monster is transferred from my deck and into my hand," she plucked a card from the pile of cards on her disk, "With Vampire Genesis, I can discard that monster in order to summon another one, as long as it's a lower level. So I'll be discarding Despair from the Dark to bring out a familiar yet deadly face! Rise Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon!"
"What!?" Claudio and the spectator gasped seeing another Red-Eyes Black Dragon! Except that it looked more like a corpse of the Darkness Dragon version, and its wings were expending blue flames! (7/2400/200)
"A Red-Eyes Zombie!?" Claudio stepped back.
"That's right, dear! Now suffer its wrath!" Camula hissed. "Undead Inferno Blast!"
The Zombie opened its mouth and fired a blue flame at Kroeger, incinerating it to ashes.
"Now the effect of my dragon activates, when he destroys a zombie in battle, I can resurrect to my field!"
"Oh no, Kroeger was a zombie thanks to Thriller's effect!" Melody realized.
Claudio gritted his teeth as Kroeger reformed from his ashes and reformed on Camula's side. (6/2300/1200)
"Now whose plan backfired!?" Camula laughed bringing her faced to normal. "Vampire Genesis attack Thriller! Crimson Storm!"
Genesis roared and transformed into a cloud of dark mist that flew towards Claudio's monster. It wrapped itself around Thriller's body and soon, the Hero exploded, leaving Claudio defenseless.
Chazz grit his teeth, "So much for that Jukebox Hero Thriller; now Claudio's a sitting duck!"
"And she's has another monster to attack with guys!" Syrus murmured fearfully.
Camula giggled as her Genesis returned to her, "Now, feel the pain of your own monster! Kroeger, attack Claudio directly!"
Kroeger jammed his guitar loudly, making his former master cover his ears. Claudio stumbled as the attack finished, but still managed to stand.
Camula scowled, "How fortunate for your life points. But you won't be able to postpone the inevitable. Make your move."
Alexis looked at her friend, "Claudio's hanging on, but Camula still has way more Life Points,"
Chazz nodded, "Shadow Charm or not, how could we ever let him duel Camula? He's just not at the top of his game! We might as well hand over our Spirit Keys now,"
"There's still hope. But I'll admit that with Vampire Genesis and that Genesis Crisis card, it's not that much hope," Bastion added.
"He still has cards to play, and can get a good draw on his turn." Kenji said.
"But look at him," Jethro pointed out. "He's staggering."
"Maybe we can reason with her," Banner suggested, "Perhaps we can get her connected with a local blood bank?"
Everyone else turned to see Melody gripping the railing in front of them. Her knuckles were turning white, meaning that she was holding onto it hard.
"Claudio!" she screamed, "Hang in there! Beat her and get Zane and Crowler! I don't want to lose you too!! I care too much about you to see you lose like this!!"
Claudio looked down at his friends and girlfriend and smiled, then turned back to the duel. "I care lot about you too, Mel! Thanks, I needed to hear that!"
"But Professor, as much as vampires may crave blood, I think this one craves our Spirit Keys and souls a lot more..." Claudio continued.
"Pathetic mortal, you have no idea what I crave!" Camula snapped, "Centuries ago, the vampires were a proud and peaceful race. We lived in harmony with our mortal brothers and sisters. That is, until the Dark Times... until the War. No one knows who struck first, but the fighting was fierce. Neither a soldier nor child was spared as the horror as hatred decimated both our peoples. I, the last of my race, had no choice but to go into hiding. For years I slept, a coffin as my home. Then, one day, a strange approached me, the dark power of the Shadow coursing through his body. He offered me a choice: to spend eternity hiding from the world or to join him in his quest for the Sacred Beasts..." Camula reached up and touched her golden necklace, "For each soul of every duelist I defeat in battle, I would be that much closer to resurrecting my defeated army of vampires, and we would suck our revenge from the bloated vein of humanity!"
"Wow...little too much information there," Jaden shifted in his place, "So, if Claudio goes down here, you'll get his Spirit Key and his soul to start an army of the undead?"
Camula smiled at the Slifer, "You're smart... for a mortal." She then turned to Claudio. "Maybe you'll do the right thing for both of us and just give in, Claudio...I promise I'll make it painless for you," she offered.
"Lady, if you think I'm gonna give up, you really have bats in your belfry!" Claudio yelled.
"Just try and stop me!" The vampire mistress challenged.
'Alright, it all comes down to this. So here goes nothing!' Claudio drew his next card, "I'm starting with my Pot of Greed. This allows me to draw two more cards!" he reached down and swiped two cards from his deck, "Camula, time to take the stake on ya!"
"Huh?" Bastion asked.
"He's got something big coming up..." Melody gripped the railing again, "C'mon... bring it out Claudio..."
"Now, check it out..." Claudio held up the cards from his hand, and pointed to his face down card that flipped up. "Jaden and Kenji are not the only ones with a triple fusion up their sleeve; I activate the Scratch n' Sniff Revival Spell Card!"
A spell appeared that looked like colors of the Polymerization on a black record being spun around.
"What's that?" Kenji asked.
"A fusion card exclusively for Jukebox Heroes, I just need to remove them from either from my hand or graveyard!" Claudio explained. "And the monster I'm calling for needs one to be at least level 5! And I've got Jukebox Hero Tupac to fulfill that requirement! And the other two monsters I'm using are Jukebox Heroes Bon-Fire and Nirvana! So boys, get ready for a little fusion action!"
The three Jukebox Heroes stood at attention on the field with a multi-record looking Polymerization. Once on, the record started spinning, fusing the three monsters together and picking up speed.
(Play: The Ring in Return by Coheed and Cambria)
Camula hissed and covered her eyes as a bright light ripped through the darkness of her castle's ballroom. Everyone watched and Claudio smiled as a new monster appeared. From the light above the ceiling, descended a man in Roman armor. Strapped to his back were a bow and a quiver of arrows on his back.
Claudio turned around to his monster and said...
"Hello Apollo, where should I begin?" (A/N: Oh, I had to do this! I know it's different with C&C, but I still needed to get this out)
The new monster nodded to Claudio in acknowledgement before facing the opposition. (10/3500/2500)
Claudio nodded back and turned to Camula.
Camula scowled, squinting from the light, "Apollo? Another card I've never seen before!? You must be cheating. You put all of these new cards in your deck when I wasn't looking, didn't you?!"
"Uh...yeah, before this duel! And besides, you had the nerve of sending your bats to spy on us and our decks," Claudio stated.
"And besides," Claudio crossed his arms. "Me and the gang figured since you were all about the Shadows, I should pack something that's bright, and that's what this new monster is all about: Jukebox Hero Apollo, Deity of Sound! Derived from the God of Music, thank you very much!"
Camula scowled, "Fine, use him. Even if he has 3500 attack points to take down Genesis, he won't defeat me long enough to take you down!"
"Actually, Camula, he will. You see, for his effect, all monsters in my graveyard and that are removed from the game return to my deck, and for each Jukebox Hero returned, Apollo gains 400 attack points!"
"Wait a sec..." Syrus tried to count with his fingers, "How many cards are in his graveyard and removed from play,"
"I lost count awhile ago..." Jaden said.
"Claudio lost Tenacious D with Book of Life, plus the three monsters he used to summon Apollo." Alexis counted. "So that's four on that he removed from the game equaling 1600."
"Then KG, JB, and Thriller are in the graveyard... which makes 1200 more." Kenji added. "So altogether that's 2800!"
"And adding to the base 3500," Bastion continued. "Apollo has 6300 ATK!"
"Quite right!" Claudio emptied out his pocket and raised his duel disk and cards to the sky. "Boys, back to the deck!"
The graveyard shined as the monster cards flew out and surrounded both Claudio and Apollo, empowering them both and then slid inside the deck. (10/3500-6300/2500)
"That means my Vampire..." Camula's eyes widened.
"...is about to bite the dust!" Claudio pointed to the Genesis monster, "Apollo, show this lady how we do things back at Duel Academy! Attack Vampire Genesis with Solar Light Arrows!"
Apollo grabbed his bow pulled back on it, creating an arrow of energy. He fired and the arrow struck Genesis dead center. Camula gasped as her monster exploded into holy light, and it extended to Camula and illuminated the room once again, lighting every corner of the room, and dealing a massive amount of damage to the Shadow Rider.
The Vampire Mistress fell to her knees as the light died down. It was over...she had lost.
Claudio: 900, Winner
"Game over!" Claudio thrust his fist towards Camula just as the Illusion Gate appeared behind Camula again, "Huh?"
The vampire turned around as the Gate opened up, horrified as a huge spectral hand appeared and passed through her. The hand retreated back into the Gate and it closed up, leaving Camula on the balcony.
Camula's body slowly turned into dust as a small figure amongst Camula's remains became large and familiar, "It's Zane!"
"Big Bro!" Syrus, Kenji and Alexis ran over to help the Obelisk.
Chazz rolled his eyes, "Bout time this is over with..." he mumbled just as he felt something heavy around his waist. He looked down and was terrified to see Crowler back to normal, hugging him around the stomach in gratitude.
"GET OFFA ME!" Chazz yelled.
"Finally, I'm out of that stinking pocket!" the head of Obelisk Blue sobbed.
Claudio sighed in relief of his duel.
"You won!" Melody ran over hugged Claudio from behind.
"With the monster I had, there was no doubt." He grinned.
Suddenly, as everyone was rejoicing at Claudio's victory, the entire castle began to shake violently.
Jaden looked around, "What's going on?!" he shouted.
"Guys!" Alexis screamed, "Since Camula was defeated, the castle is falling apart!"
Kenji hefted the unconscious Kaiser over one shoulder while Chumley ran over and took his other shoulder, "We've got to get out of here, let's go!" he shouted.
Everyone made it out safely and watched from the lakeside as Camula's castle crumbled into nothingness, leaving a huge cloud of dirt rising into the air. Shortly after, the clouds disappeared and the sun shined brightly in the sky.
Miss Fontaine noticed the change in the light and looked out the window while Jeremy smiled, raised up towards the others in the room.
"Looks Claudio did it guys," he said weakly before lying back down on the bed.
Alexis looked up at the beautiful morning sky, smiling, "At last, the nightmare is over..."
"This one at least..." Claudio said holding out Camula's Shadow Charm necklace, and staring at his newly formed Shadow Charm armlet "Camula was the fifth of the Shadow Riders which means more are on the way. We gotta be ready you guys..."
Jukebox Hero LP Angel
When this card attacks your opponent successfully, this card is switched to Defense position at the end of your turn.
(This card is based off of the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington. Submitted and created by Herostar14. All creative rights go to her.)
Live Stage- Starship City
When a "Jukebox Hero" monster attacks, if its ATK is lower than the ATK of the attack target, the attacking monster gains 1000 ATK during damage calculation only.
(Submitted and created by Rocket Knight 777. All creative rights go to him. Based off the song "We Built this City" by Starship.)
Jukebox Hero Kroeger
Any monster this card destroys by battle is removed from play.
Burn it to the Ground
Destroy a Field Spell on your opponent's side of the field and deal 500 points of damage to the opponent.
(The above two cards are based off of the lead singer and one of the songs made by Nickelback. Submitted and created by Lily Truesdale. All creative rights go to her.)
Finally, Camula's defeated! I almost felt sorry for her soul to be taken, but she brought it on herself instead of getting rid of the card! Also, all the other cards seen in the chapter are also on my profile page if you want to see their effects.
Next Time: The gang feels the need to unwind after all of that Shadow Rider business, so Claudio's putting on another music concert.
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