Aaron struggled to get to his feet. Of all people, a rookie girl had brought him to the ground. He twisted, pulled, and attempted to push the pole holding him down away. Finally giving up and looked at her in defeat. All of a sudden, a look of realization replaced her smile.

"Charlie?" She asked, eyes wide.

Ch4p73r 0n3

Charlie Landers was enjoying his teacher workshop day sitting at home. After a while, he logged off of Hero Rising and stared out his window. Something was bothering him, though he couldn't put his finger on it. Maybe it's the homework due tomorrow that he has yet to do. He sighed and pulled his binder off the floor.

Charlie stared at a page in his geometry book for at least a half an hour before giving up. Geometry was created to torture high schoolers. He knew it. Why else would they require it in the curriculum?

He heard a light tap on his window and turned to see Emma.

He got up and walked over to the window. "Hey," he said, after unlocking it.

"STAN wants you. You being home alone meant the door was locked downstairs." She quickly moved through the room and went downstairs.

"Of course, just my luck. My one day off, I get a mission," Charlie said to himself, merely thinking out loud.

He grabbed his jacket off his bed and headed out the door.


Aaron Stone sat in the cockpit of the S.S.J. He stared out the window at the passing countryside.

"Where are we going, anyways?" He asked, glancing at STAN.

STAN looked at Aaron cautiously. "The southern edge of New Mexico, it's very close to the border of Texas."

"Oh." Aaron sat in silence, watching the scenery change.


"Aaron Stone. I knew it was only a matter of time before you got here," Dr. Necros said calmly.

"Yeah, well, I'm here. Let's get this over with," Aaron said while making sure his gloves were strapped on. He looked at his surroundings, seeing only the inside of a warehouse. Several shelves were stacked around the room. As they always are in a Defiance hide out, Aaron thought to himself. Behind Necros was a doorway with light streaming out of it. It lit up the room he was in partially, but it was still dim and tinted blue.

"Very well. Kenly, you're up." Kenly? He thought to himself, must be a new guy.

A girl walked out of the room, replacing Dr. Necros' spot, both on the floor and in Aaron's attention.

"You're a girl!" Aaron said out of shock and amusement. He only knew one female Kenly, and she was long gone now.

"Is that so hard to comprehend, gamer boy?" She shot back, a smile spreading across her face.

Aaron tugged on his gloves. This is going to be a long fight.

Kenly swiftly pulled out a short pole, about one foot. That won't do her much good, Aaron thought, bemusing himself. She held it in front of her and it extended to about five feet.

S***

Kenly went at Aaron with her stick, and he dodge quickly. He grabbed his own pole off of a nearby shelf, and they engaged into a pole fight. After making her back up considerably, Aaron went for a big hit. She stops his pole with hers, and keeps it locked there.

"You could just give up," Aaron said, smiling.

"Fat chance," Kenly replied. She then grunted, tripped him, and brought him to the ground. His pole skidded across the floor, a few feet away.

Aaron struggled to get to his feet. Of all people, a rookie girl had brought him to the ground. He twisted, pulled, and attempted to push the pole holding him down away. Finally giving up and looked at her in defeat. All of a sudden, a look of realization replaced her smile.

"Charlie?" She asked, eyes wide.

AN: Hey guys, sorry it's so short for a chapter :P I tried hard, really hard, to get this done. It took me a lot longer than it should have, cuz I had an idea for the fight scene, and I'm not very happy with how it turned out. Ah well, tell me what you think!