Return of the Gamesmaster

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A/N: Well, this is the last chapter! It took a while but I got there! I hope you like it and please review!

Chapter 12: Epilogue

"Man, I will never take hot showers for granted again!' Duke announced, entering the crowded room of the hidden military hospital where Serpentor and Destro were patients. A day and a half had passed since they were rescued from the island.

"I know exactly what you mean, Duke," Scarlett replied from where she sat next to Snake-Eyes on what looked to be a very uncomfortable couch. "You never realize how good one truly feels until you're someplace where you can't take one." Snake-Eyes squeezed her hand. She yawned. "Now all I want to do is sleep at least two days."

"You and me both," Duke said.

"How can you two talk about sleep at a time like this?" The Baroness asked incredulously from where she sat next to Destro's bed, holding his hand. Destro was asleep. He had second degree burns on his side, minor internal damage, and a bruised pelvis on that side. But he would make a full recovery within a few weeks.

Serpentor's injuries on the other hand, were more serious. He had a concussion, bruised ribs, two cracked ribs, damage to his spleen, and a sprained right wrist. He had already underwent surgery to repair his spleen, but had been kept sedated for the last several hours to help his concussion heal. Both of them also had minor bumps, bruises, and scrapes as well. But so did the other former captives.

"Hey, he's going to be just fine, Baroness," Scarlett told her.

"She nodded. "I know," she replied. "But still…" her voice trailed off and she shuddered, probably thinking about what could have happened.

"I just hope Serpentor will be," Dr. Mindbender spoke up quietly from next to the other bed. There was worry in his voice.

"I think he will be," Lifeline answered. "It just may take more time."

"I just wish he would wake up," Zarana said from where she sat in between her brothers on another uncomfortable looking couch.

"The sedation is helping the swelling in his brain go down," Doc reminder her. He had flown in as soon as he had heard about the rescue and the injured men.

"He'll be all right, sis," Zartan assured her, in a tone that was softer than any of the Joes had heard from him before. Zandar put his arm around her reassuringly.

"I hope so," she whispered. "Seeing him smash into that tree and not get up was scary." There was a slight quiver in her voice.

Scarlett was surprised. It seemed like Zarana had feeling for Serpentor! Some of her actions on the island made more sense if she did!

"It sounds like you like him, Zarana," Ace spoke up.

She quickly shook her head. "I do not!" She answered. But the blush on her cheeks said otherwise.

"There's nothing wrong with it, Zarana," Scarlett told her.

Duke looked at her in shock. There was plenty wrong with it, starting with the fact that he was an egotistical, maniacal megalomaniac, followed with much more!

"Scarlett's right," Zartan said. "If you like him, then tell him how you feel when he wakes up."

Duke couldn't help it. He guffawed. The thought of Serpentor's reaction to that was hilarious! Apparently he wasn't the only one. Several other Joes were laughing as well.

"It's not funny, you morons!" Zartan snapped angrily.

"It's the thought of Serpentor's reaction that's funny!" Gung-Ho replied.

Zartan shot to his feet. "You little…" He began.

"Calm yourself, brother," Zandar cut him off. "Ignore them. This is not the place for fighting."

"Yeah, you're right," He said, and sat back down.

"Hey, to change the subject, what happened to the Gamesmaster?" Lady Jaye wanted to know.

"He's in federal custody right now, awaiting trial," Duke answered. "He'll be in prison a long time if he's found guilty."

"He is guilty!" Beachhead exclaimed.

"We all know that, but since he wouldn't confess, it'll go to trial," Duke replied.

"What a waste of taxpayer money," Ace grumbled.

"I know, Scarlett agreed. Snake-Eyes nodded.

"But what can we do?" Flint asked. "Anyway, I'm going to grab something to eat. Anyone want to join me?"

A bunch of people did so they all left together. The rest of the afternoon and early evening was quiet. A lot of people left for a while and the patients slept. The Baroness remained by Destro's side, though. Suddenly he groaned. She squeezed his hand. "Ugh, it feels like I've run over by a truck," he moaned.

"Not quite," she told him. "But pretty close from what I've heard. She kissed his cheek.

He reached up and stroked her hair. "I thought of nothing but you while I was on that island," he whispered. "How worried and scared you must have been."

She opened her mouth to reply, but seeing him with the bandages on his side and looking so tired and weak and thinking about what could have happened suddenly overwhelmed her. She began to shake as tears spilled down her cheeks.

"Oh sweetheart, don't cry!" Destro said. "I'm going to be okay. Everything's going to be fine."

"Oh Darling!" She cried and snuggled up next to him on his good side. "But you might not have been! What if…"

"Shhh," he cut her off, stroking her hair. "It'll take a lot more that what that freak did to us to get rid of me. You're just going to have to get used to the fact that you're stuck with me!"

"That's the best thing I've ever heard, Destro!" She exclaimed. She pulled away enough to look into his eyes. "Destro, I know I haven't always shown it, and I've often taken you for granted, but I love you with all my heart. These last few days have opened my eyes to a lot, and I'll never do it again!" She kissed him gently.

"Oh, my beautiful Baroness, I'm guilty of doing those things to you myself," he replied tenderly, after the kiss was over. He caressed her face. "But I never will again. Anything can happen and I love you too much to ever take you for granted again!"

"Oh, Destro!" She cried and crushed her lips to his. He returned it hungrily, and everything else faded away as they sank into a loving, passionate embrace.

Meanwhile, a surprised Beachhead back away from the door a couple of steps. They really do love each other! He thought. Sure, he knew they had been a couple for practically forever, but the way they were always fighting made him think they weren't all that serious about each other. But now he knew that they were.

Shaking his head, he suddenly spotted Cover Girl coming toward him. His heart began to beat faster as he gazed at the beauty approaching.

"Hi, Courtney," He greeted her, using her real name.

"Hi, Wayne," She replied, using his. "Can you believe this? I mean, Joes and Cobras together like this and not trying to kill each other!"

"I know," he replied. "It seems unreal."

She grinned. "It won't when Serpentor wakes up," she pointed out.

"Then the fireworks will start!" He said, shaking his head. He wasn't looking forward to that at all. Then, he came to a decision. He couldn't wait any longer. "Courtney, can I ask you something?" His nervousness was evident in his voice.

"Of course, Wayne," She replied. "You can ask me anything." She smiled reassuringly.

His heart was pounding. "Courtney, I, uh, was wondering, if uh, you would like to maybe go to a movie of something with me sometime," he asked in a rush. Then he barreled on, not seeing the huge grin appear on her face. "Of course, if you don't want to, that's okay. I just thought that maybe you…"

"Wayne…" She interrupted.

"Might want to go out with me somewhere, but if…"

"Wayne," She said more loudly and firmly. It was enough to startle him out of his rambling.

"Huh? What?" He asked, flustered. He just knew he was making a fool out of himself. But when he looked at her, he saw that she was smiling!

"I thought you'd never ask!"

Beachhead could hardly believe what he was hearing. "You mean you'd want to?" Disbelief filled his voice.

She cupped his chin with her hand. "Of course I would! I'm crazy about you! But I thought I'd have gray hair by the time you finally asked me!"

Now Beachhead smiled. "I'm just not that good at this sort of thing, even though it's been months since I fell for you, and I thought that you'd never been interested in someone like me, and-I better shut up before my mouth gets me into trouble," blushing, he trailed off.

She giggled. "You need to relax, Wayne," she said, even though he was so cute when he blushed and his confession of having fallen for her made her heart race and her knees weak. She's been in love with him for a long time, too! Then she grinned mischievously. "And I know just the thing to do that." She leaned forward and eagerly pressed her lips to his.

Beachhead was so surprised that it took him a moment to respond. But then he did, slipping his arms around her and pulling her closer. Her arms came around his neck as she deepened the kiss. When the kiss ended, another one began. He moaned softly, feeling happier than he could ever remember feeling.

About an hour later, when they had finally pried themselves apart, and after some coffee in the cafeteria, they went into the room. A lot of people had come while they'd been downstairs. The Baroness was still snuggled up to Destro, and Zarana and her brothers were sitting on a couch near Serpentor again. Duke, Hawk, Ace, Gung-Ho, Lady Jaye, and several more Joes were scattered around the room as well. Dr. Mindbender, Cobra Commander, and Tomax and Xamot also were there.

"Hi, Beach, hi, Cover Girl," Lady Jaye greeted them.

"Hi, guys," Beachhead replied.

"Ooh, look at you two!" Scarlett exclaimed suddenly.

"Huh, what?" Beachhead asked, confused.

"They're holding hands!" Ace said excitedly.

"Who cares," Cobra Commander muttered as Beachhead blushed beet red.

Cover Girl just smiled and squeezed his hand a little tighter. "We're together!"

"Whoopee," Cobra Commander said before any of the Joes could speak.

"Zip it, moron," Gung-Ho snapped at him.

A loud groan sounded before Cobra Commander could shoot off an angry retort.

"What was that?" Duke asked no one in particular.

"It's Serpentor!" Zarana exclaimed. "He's waking up!"

They all looked at him. Sure enough, he was stirring. He groaned again and opened his eyes. "Where am I?" He asked groggily.

"In a hospital," Dr. Mindbender answered. Duke left to get a doctor.

"Where are the robots?" He asked, looking around frantically. "The…"

"They were destroyed," Zarana replied. "Just relax."

"But how did I get here? What happened to the Gamesmaster?" He was still looking around frantically. "And why does my head feel like it was run over by a truck?"

"Serpentor, you must stay calm," Dr. Mindbender insisted. "Or else you'll aggravate your injures."

"The doctor will be right in," Duke announced, coming back into the room.

"I'll tell you what happened," Zarana said. "But you need to stay calm." She proceeded to tell him all that had happened after he was knocked out, including what his injuries were.

"We were worried sick," Dr. Mindbender added when she was done. A few Joes snickered softly.

"Where is this freak?" He demanded hotly. "I will make him suffer for this!"

"He's in federal custody," Hawk spoke up. "And I don't think they will let you beat him up." This was met by more snickers by the Joes and some Cobras.

"Well, he got damn lucky!" Serpentor growled. Duke rolled his eyes, but before he could say anything, the doctor came in.

As he started examining Serpentor, he and the other Cobras started bickering amongst themselves.

Hawk looked at Duke. "It's good to see some things never change!"

Duke grinned. "Definitely!" The other Joes agreed. And as the bickering continued, they were glad everyone was going to be okay and that things would soon be back to normal.


A/N: So what did you think? Was the story good? Please review and let me know how it was!