Chapter 10 Past

Julie POV

"This is bad!" Keith said putting his hand on his forehead.

"I can't believe I let them beat me, know they have the chip!" Marucho said in shame.

"Chip? What chip?" I asked. What have they been hiding?

"Yeah guys, what's going on?" Mira asked.

"Keith and I have been working on a project." Marucho said.

"It's a weapon that can destroy a robot like Bakugan like some of the Vexos have." Keith continued.

"What?" Baron asked.

"Yes, I know we didn't tell all of you but we haven't even built it yet. We only have the blueprints figured out and the blue prints were on that chip, so-." Marucho said getting interrupted.

"That weapon in the hand of the Vexos! Who knows what will happen!" Ace yelled.

"I agree, Yumi the new Vexos member was a decoy for the Vexos." Shun said calm.

"And they have Runo held captive, what are we going to do?" Dan asked. This is bad, the Vexos have that weird chip thing and they all think Runo's held captive. What should I do?

"All these problems at once, it's too much to handle, and that Yumi girl." Mira said.

"Yes we need to be cautious with her, we don't know much about her." Keith said.

"So what's our plan?" I asked. Everyone paused; it was silent with the only sound coming from Marucho's big TV in the living room.

"Saving Runo of course and getting that chip back." Dan said crossing his arms. "Let's not be so hasty Dan." Shun said eyeing Dan.

"What? Why, we can't let the Vexos get away with this!" Dan said glaring at Shun.

"Dan, you're being irrational and stupid. You're letting your angry get the best of you." Shun said harshly. They both went close as if ready to punch one other. I ran between them.

"Stop this! You guys can't be fighting." I said pushing them both away from each other.

"Fine." Dan said.

"We should like wait a couple of days and train before running after the Vexos." I said.

"That would be the best thing to do for now." Mira said trying to keep things peaceful.

"Yeah, I still have a bad feeling about this Yumi girl. She's a strong opponent who's fearless and shows no mercy." Baron said looking down. Everybody agreed on training a couple of days and left the room except Dan and Mira.

"Julie I want you to join us when we go to the Vexos, We'll need a good Brawler like you." Dan said.

"Really, but it's been such a long time since I've battled." I said.

"Julie you've helped me when I needed help with my brawling skills, I know personal you're a great brawler." Mira complimented me.

"Well in that case I'll come." I said with a slight chuckle. I still don't know if I should break my promise and tell them. Dan left the room saying something about food. "Julie I have some questions to ask? Would you mind?" Mira asked. Oh no! What can this be?

"Oh, um sure." I said.

"When was the last time you saw Runo?" Mira asked.

"The night when we all went to the amusement park. After that I slept over at her house." I said nervous.

"I see, was Runo still mad that night?" She asked.

"I don't know?" I answered.

"Okay, do you think the Vexos captured her at the camp? Mira asked.

"I really don't know Mira." I said uncomfortable.

"Alright thanks, see ya later. I'm heading over to the Café to see Runo's parents." Mira said.

"Okay, say hi to them for me." I said. This is bad Mira knows something!

Runo POV

"Wrong! Try again Runo and this time be ruthless!" Mylene hollered at me for showing mercy to a hologram bakugan for training.

"Okay, okay!" I said annoyed and getting angrier by the second.

"Good Runo, showing mercy will just allow your enemies to stab you in the back." Mylene said as I beat the hologram.

"Yes Mylene." I said bowing.

"Good, well I suppose you're done with this training exercise. Next we'll head to the weight room." Mylene said walking out of the room. I followed.

"For the next 10 minutes you will run on this running mill. I'll be back getting your food for your break." Mylene said as she went out of the room. Volt was also in the room using the weights by the running mill. I went on the running mill and pushed the button and jogged.

"How's the training going?" Volt asked. I looked at him.

"Oh, just hard work." I said. It was quiet.

"What made you want to join?" Volt asked. I looked at Volt surprised. He looked serious as always. That was upfront. I might as well be upfront too.

"Revenge." I said causally. Volt stopped pulling his weights.

"Whys that?" He asked. I don't have to tell anything to him.

"Why are you a Vexos?" I said irritated. Volt went to serious to blank. He just spaced out as If he was remembering something. I had lost my temper like always.

"Oh, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have snapped at you." I said looking down at my feet.

"No problem' I shouldn't have asked a personal question." Volt said walking out of the room. Mylene walked in with a plate of food.

Volt POV

It seemed that Runo wasn't willing to talk about the reasons for joining. I passed Mylene in the hall holding a plate full of food. I assume for Runo. Runo's question. "Why are you a Vexos?"

A question I ask myself everyday.

*Flashback*

"The winner is Volt!" The announcer said. A roar of cheers came from the crowd. I caught my bakugan.

"We'll we be heading back home Volt?" Brontes my bakugan asked.

"Yes, we are, now that this tournament is done." I said as a camera man, crew and reporters came toward me.

"You've won this tournament Volt! How do you feel?" A blonde reporter asked.

"Great." I said.

"I see, would you like to give a shout out to anyone who's watching this?" Another women reporter asked.

"Yes." I smiled. "I couldn't have done it without my families support. Thanks for the help." I said. I headed toward the exit. A number of camera crews and news reporters kept asking me questions as I tried to leave. I hate all this media stuff. Big deal, I won the tournament. There are a lot still bigger tournaments out there. Perhaps the media is interested that a guy from the smaller cities is winning. Most people who win the tournaments are from bigger cities, usually higher ups, not normal kids from a small city. All of the Vexos members are higher ups in the big cites, Spectra, Mylene, Shadow, and Gus. I walked to the parking lot trying to find my car.

"Volt, can I have your autograph?" A little boy asked with all of his friends.

"Oh sure." I said surprised. The boy handed a picture of me and my ranking and a pen. My autograph? I didn't know I had fans.

"Oh! Thank you so much! I'm a big fan of your! You're my hero!" The boy said. His hero?

"Yeah, you inspired all of us to battle." One of the boy's friends said. I've inspired people? I signed the paper and gave the pan and paper back to the boy.

"Thank you Volt!" The boy said.

"No, thank you for supporting me." I smiled at them. The boys nodded there heads and walked away, smiling.

"Cheers! For a great win for Volt. Father said lifting up his glass up.

"Cheers!" My family said.

"I can't believe my brother won another tournament. Eila my little sister said.

"Should I take that as a compliment?" I teased. "Well, I'm proud of you Volt." My mother said as she kissed me on the cheek.

"Thanks everyone." I said as I took a sip of my drink.

"Good night everyone." I said to my family as they headed to bed. The party was over. I walked outside to the porch, sat down and looked at the stars. I wonder if I should enter the big tournament. Am I good enough?

"Volt shouldn't you be going to bed?" Eila asked.

"I should be asking you the same thing sis, I'm older than you. I said.

"Well, you got me there." She chuckled.

"You know I always come out here at night to gaze at the stars." I said.

"Yeah, I know." She said. "Be careful big bro in the bigger league."

"I know." I frowned. Eila just gave me a half smile.

"We may live in a small city but at least we get to see the stars here, unlike the other big cities. Eila said. I remained quiet. Her comment was just her showing how much she resented the other big cities. And the resentment toward the King, our leader.

"Don't talk like that Eila it's unpatriotic." I said worried. Why does she always have to be a rebel?

"Having a opinion is unpatriotic?" She said. I stared at her, thinking of what she said. "Goodnight Volt." Eila said walking out of the porch to her room. But I just stayed outside looking at the stars.

"Volt, you have guests." My mother said. Guests? I wasn't expecting any one. I walked to the living room seeing none other than the Vexos. Well just two, Shadow and Mylene. Both of them just sitting on the living room couch.

"Um...hello." I asid sounding like a dork. What else was there to say I was shocked. "Hello Volt, I'm Mylene of the Vexos." She said as if know one knew who she was. Everyone know about the Vexos. The top battlers and they served the king. They were celebrities.

"And I'm Shadow!" Shadow said sticking his tongue out.

"Nice to meet you both." I said.

"Well your probably wondering why were her?" Mylene said getting straight to business. What do the Vexos want with me?

"An offer!" Shadow said chuckling. What's wrong with him? Mylene looked annoyed at him.

"Yes, like what Shadow said, us, as in all of the Vexos are offering you a spot in the Vexos." Mylene said.

"A spot in the Vexos?" I asked surprised.

"Yup, consider yourself lucky hahah!" Shadow laughed. "So what's your answer?"

"You're joining the Vexos! My son! Joining the Vexos!" father said in awe as he

Bear hug me.

"Yes, I know father." I said.

"I'm so happy for you Volt." Mother said joining in the bear hug.

"They will come and pick me up in two days so I better start packing." I said getting out of the bear hug.

"Yes, you should start packing." Mother said.

So, you're joining the Vexos." Eila said with a frown on her face. She was leaning against my door. I stopped packing and looked at her.

"Yes I am." I said.

"Why are you joining the Vexos Volt?" She said glaring at me.

"It's an honor to join the Vexos and serve the king." I said.

"This isn't what you want Volt." She said.

"I know what I want Eila." I said.

"I just-." Elia said.

"I will make a difference." I interrupted her.

"But the Vexos and our king our corrupt." She said.

"Don't say that. It's not true." I said getting angry.

"Believe what you want to believe, be in denial. I just hope you don't become corrupt as them when you join." Eila said leaving my room, leaving me to think about her last comment.

*End of Flash back*