When I had first started putting up stories here, I'm sure some people wanted to know more about Chopper and his background. I had a few ideas for his first adventure, but I never got to do much. However, now I've finally decided to get to it, and this is what you're seeing here.
And the funny thing is... This is probably one of the few chapters within the story that's probably going to be pretty dark. After that, not as much. Well, we'll see how it goes...
Anyway, this story contains a lot of original characters, so if you're not into that, then this story isn't for you. I do plan on putting some things related to other games in here, though. Hence why it is in the Game X-over section.
Chapter 1: How It All Began
On the planet, Mondrao, there lived a small boy in a lavender house, by the name of Chopper. As a pale green spherical-shaped being with short, short arms, white gloves with sock-like cuffs, forest green feet, and two short antennae that curved back, he was a little odd compared to most of his kind. Sure, there were chances of other people having his shape, it is usually not that common.
At the moment, Chopper was watching some TV. A show called "Crazy Toons" was playing, which starred a combination of a monkey and a bird known as Money Monird. He was being hunted by a blue hunter by the name of Plummer Crud.
"Don't think you can run now, Monird!" Plummer declared, aiming his hunting rifle at Money.
"Hold on, hold on! That's not how you aim a weapon!" Money countered.
"Yeah, you gotta change it like this!"
"This show is weird..." Chopper trailed as he blinked. He happened to notice Money turn the rifle's barrel around.
"There! See? All better!"
"All right... Well say your prayers, Monird!"
The sound of a shot was heard in the TV, and soon Plummer was covered in soot, causing Chopper to laugh.
"Heh heh heh… That show is so awesome, isn't it?" Chopper's father came in the room, whose body was shaped like a thick oval. Right now he was wearing his gold and green armor, with his red cape. His skin color was lime, and he also sported a black mustache.
"Yeah! It's really funny!" Chopper giggled.
"Yeah, it gives me a chuckle," Toalune agreed, looking over at the door. "Come on... Where the heck is she?"
"Your mother, duh! That's so obvious!"
Chopper was unsure how to react.
"She's...not here?" Chopper pondered.
"Oh... Tonya? Tonya?! ...Hang on a sec, Son. Lemme grab the TV remote."
Toalune grabbed the remote and changed the channel to something he preferred more compared to Chopper. As for him, when he looked at it, he had frowned.
At that point, the door opened. Walking inside the house was a person with the same kind of body as Toalune, but she was shorter and had light green hair in a ponytail and pale green skin like Chopper's. She was wearing a light blue tiara with a yellow star in the center and also light blue armor with brown, leather gloves. She also had a green plate on her chest and shoulders. On her back was a bow and quiver. Upon closing the door, her eyelids were halfway closed.
"Well, I'm back," Tonya sighed, putting down her bow and quiver before looking over at Toalune. "And why weren't you at the meeting?"
"Isn't it obvious? Sakura Sho-jos is on right now, and I don't wanna miss it!" Toalune answered loudly. "C'mon! Why don't you join Chopper and I?"
"Wait, what?" Tonya saw Toalune watching an anime called "Sakura Sho-jos", which starred four anime girls that had magical abilities involving cherry blossoms. To a lot of people, it sounded dumb, but for someone like Toalune, it was heaven.
"Daddy, I don't like the looks of this..." Chopper trailed, covering his eyes.
"C'mon, Chopper! Ya gotta man up! Especially when these girls are pretty!" Toalune explained, even though the girls were around sixteen years old. Tonya's eyes shot wide open, and she quickly turned off the TV. "Hey! What was that for?!"
"Toalune! You know that show's not for Chopper!"
"Aw, come on, Tonya! It's not like he's going to pay more attention to them than real girls."
"Well he will if he keeps seeing this. And isn't this anime for the older audience? Or is it something otakus love mostly?"
"What's an otaku?" Chopper asked, looking confused.
"Well, we like staying up at 9:30 to watch these shows! I mean, we do that all the time!" Toalune mentioned, which made Tonya look up at the clock and gasp.
"…Oh, no! It's past your bedtime, Chopper!" she grabbed Chopper and carried him upstairs to his room, where there was a blue carpet and a spacey wall. Along with that, there was a TV a few feet from the bed.
"I can't believe I forgot about your bedtime. Oh well. I'm sure that will never happen again. Good night, Chopper." Tonya put Chopper in his nice little bed, tucked him in, and kissed his forehead. She slowly closed the door while smiling at Chopper and went downstairs.
Little did she know that this would be the last time she would ever give Chopper a goodnight sleep.
"So… This is the planet... I expected it to be much bigger in size." remarked a Demon Knight in a black helmet with three gray spikes protruding from his helmet pointing up. Along with that, his helmet had a single gray stripe on the sides of his helmet, along with a T-shaped stripe on the front near his glowing red eyes. He also sported red and black body armor, black gauntlets with a red stripe on them, red shoulder pads with black spikes pointing downward from the bottom, a red belt, gray and black leg armor, red diamond-shaped portions above his knees, a black cape, and black boots with a red stripe going down. At the moment, he was looking at a black crystal ball within a large, black and red ship near the planet. "Well, unfortunately, this planet will be meeting its doom pretty soon."
"Nyeah heh heh har! These fools will be in shock when they discover what will happen to them and their home!" a short, red wizard with a black robe with a gray trim, a black wizard's hat sporting a dark gray brim, a wand with a red orb on it, a gray beard, a monocle, and also a red broomstick with spikes at the ending part was beside the Demon Knight.
"Pipe down, Camikon," the Demon Knight told his wizard, gesturing him to stay quiet. "So this is the planet I've been seeking this entire time..."
Maquano used his dark magic to reveal a bedroom with Chopper sleeping in bed, sucking his thumb. He felt disgusted by the image, so he changed it to another image. It revealed a living room, but with a giant stereo with loud music. It was so loud, that the sound waves came through the crystal ball and sent Camikon flying off his broomstick and onto the wall.
"Ack! My poor, old ears!" Camikon cried.
"Gah! Who puts on music this loud?!" Maquano opened his hand and changed the crystal ball's image to a town. With the music gone, Camikon fell to the ground and returned to Maquano. "There. Much better. Hmmm…"
"What is it, Your Evilness?"
"…Destroying the planet would be too easy. I want to see these people fight against us. We'll send the Tartaras down there and see how well these people can hold their own. Then we'll obliterate them all."
"Nyeah hah hah hah har! I like the sound of that! So much, that I can feel my facial hair jumping in joy!"
"…Don't ever say that again," Maquano commented with a confused look. Regardless of that comment, he rose his arms, and appearing before him were red and black lizard-like beings. These monsters sported fiery orange eyes and black wings, and they wore red and black armor and carried laser rifles. Their size ranged from being pretty small to large, depending on the type of Tartara. "My fellow Tartaras! We have some unwanted guests to destroy! Come with me and we shall take care of them!"
"But, Lord Maquano! We haven't had lunch yet!" one of the Tatara Soldiers cried out.
"Well now's not the time for lunch, you fools! You can have it after we destroy the planet! Got that?"
"Err... Yes, Lord Maquano!" the Tataras saluted and teleported out of the vicinity. Maquano grinned in satisfaction as he stared down at the planet.
"Good. Everything's going just as planned." Maquano chuckled. "These people deserve what's coming to them after what they did to me..."
The night had finally passed, and Toalune and Chopper were out on the walk. The former held a picnic basket in his hand, while the latter was skipping excitedly on the sidewalk.
As they continued walking, a blue spherical-shaped creature kind of like Chopper wearing a mask with yellow eyes behind it, a blue cape which wrapped around himself and also purple metallic shoes approached them. He walked past them, but Toalune turned around when he recognized him.
"Well, hey, Meta Knight, buddy! I didn't know you were here!" Toalune gaped. The masked man, known as Meta Knight, turned around. He didn't say much, but he walked over to the two.
"Toalune… I was just looking for you, actually." Meta Knight mentioned as he noticed Chopper. "…Who's this boy?"
"Who? Chopper? Didn't I tell you before? This is my son! We're just going on a little father-son picnic!"
"No. Now's not the time for a picnic. You see… A while ago, I stumbled upon a red and black starship. Some monsters came out of it with a small wizard and their leader, a Demon Knight. They began to attack the forest, destroying whatever was in sight."
"What? …Maybe this was what Tonya was talking about. Dang! Why did I think it was a prank pulled off by a fourteen-year-old?!" Toalune took out his communicator and began to talk to his wife. "Honey! You remember that prank you said someone pulled out? …Well Sir Meta Knight saw this army of evil lizard things attacking the forest!"
"What? So it wasn't a prank? Great… I shouldn't have ignored that." Tonya sighed. "Toalune, get Chopper back home. We need to go stop those monsters from attacking our planet!"
"There is no time to take the boy back," Meta Knight objected. "If we go back to your house, we'll be putting more people in danger. I'm sorry, Toalune. You can't listen to your wife."
"Ummm… I'm sorry, dear. Sir Meta Knight said that would be a big risk, and we can't make that. I agree with him too. I'm sorry…" Toalune put away his communicator and sighed.
"Come, Toalune. I've got everyone else ready to fight against them. Come with me. We'll make sure your son is safe." Meta Knight unwrapped himself with his cape and pulled out his silver sword with a gray handle.
"What's going on, Daddy?" Chopper asked.
"An evil Demon Knight's attacking our planet," Toalune sighed as he picked up his son. "If we hold them back, we'll be safe. But if not… …NO! We can't think about losing! We must focus on winning!"
He began to follow Meta Knight toward the forest with his glowing yellow sword out, ready to fight. He held onto Chopper with his other arm. They knew that going to the forest would be dangerous, because they saw some trees burnt down up ahead.
Back at the house, Tonya was trying to contact her husband again, but her signal was blocked. "How could Toalune not listen to me about bringing Chopper back? It's dangerous for a four-year-old to be out in a battle! Ugh…"
Tonya grabbed her bow and arrow, and put on her light blue headband, mumbling, "…I have to find him and get Chopper back," as she hurried on out of the house. There was no way she was letting Toalune keep their son with him now.
Near the forest, Toalune saw the sky was covered in dark clouds. Meta Knight said he would meet him in the forest, by a camp they set up. He even gave him a map to tell him where to go.
"All right, Sir Meta Knight. I'll find you soon." Toalune promised. Meta Knight slowly nodded and looked back at Chopper. His cape was gone and he spread his wings out to fly into the forest. Up in the sky, some evil witches could be seen up there.
"Daddy… I'm scared!" Chopper cried.
"I know, Chopper. I know…" Toalune trailed as he saw a couple of Tatara firing at a few buildings, dealing some serious damage to them. "We can't stay here. We gotta go!"
Toalune began to run into the forest, but the Tataras noticed them and began to fire. One with a sword flew over to Toalune and blocked his way.
"Well well well! It looks like we got a father and son! It sure is my lucky day!" the Tatara swung at Toalune, but he parried it and slashed its body with his Sword of Light. He then stabbed the monster's foot to slow it down.
Tonya made her way into the forest, but she didn't see Toalune in the forest either. Her shaking fists and narrowed eyes were enough to tell how ticked off she was.
"Toalune, once I find you, I'm not letting you get away out of bringing Chopper here!"
Before she could continue on, she heard something from the bush.
"Huh? What's that?" Tonya pulled out her bow and aimed her Arrow of Light at the bush. She wasn't sure to fire or not, but before she could let go…
"Wait! Don't shoot the arrow!" a tall, muscular warrior came out of the bush, wearing silver armor, a helmet, a silver shield that was on his back, and a sword that was on his belt.
"Jack? Is that you?" she gasped. "What are you doing here? Are there any others?"
"Yeah! We're right at a camp!" Jack nodded. "We're not too far from here. But, why did you come alone? You know these woods are a dangerous place."
"I came looking for my husband. He took Chopper with him, and I'm not happy about it. Is he in camp?"
"Well… Unfortunately he's not. Sir Meta Knight gave him the map, but he hasn't come here. Maybe he gave him the wrong map… But we'll take you to camp so you're safe." Jack led Tonya to a camp, where they found some logs with other soldiers, such as a lavender female named Garlude, an old guy that looked like a ball of fur named Kit Cosmos, and a knight that was similar-looking to Meta Knight with light green and gold armor named Sir Arthur. There were others, but they were normal soldiers. Meta Knight was standing up right at the moment.
"Ah, Tonya. I'm glad you could make it. It's safe here." Meta Knight assured. "That Demon Knight, known as Maquano, has not found our camp grounds, so we should be safe here. Unfortunately, your husband's not here."
"Yes, it's been a while… It seems like he could've been lost. I'm starting to get worried…" Garlude said with a worried look. They all looked at the fire, which a boar was being roasted. Everyone was completely silent.
"…I'll go look for him," Meta Knight announced as he got up and began to walk away from the camp.
"Wait! I need to come with you! I NEED to find Chopper!" Tonya cried.
"Don't worry. If I find your husband and son, I'll make sure they're safe. You can trust me." Meta Knight pulled out his sword and headed deeper into the woods.
Toalune began to study the map carefully. "I don't think this is the right way… This map… I don't know what it is? It's…pointing somewhere else? Could Meta Knight have given me the wrong map?"
The two were lost in the woods, with Chopper feeling scared. Toalune himself was a bit nervous as well.
"Daddy… Are we going to be safe?" Chopper asked.
"Oh, don't worry… You'll be safe."
Toalune turned around and saw Maquano standing in front of them. At the same time, it had started to rain.
"You..." Toalune began, staring at the evil Demon Knight. "Who are you?"
"I'm glad you asked," Maquano grinned sinisterly, drawing his red claymore. The hilt was a black color with a guard pointing outward. "I am Demon Knight Maquano, but you can just call me Maquano. And this sword is my good friend Oblivion."
"What do you want? Are you the one responsible for this invasion?"
"Absolutely. I considered just sitting this one out to go wipe out another planet, but this is Mondrao. I deserve to be responsible for its destruction, starting with you..."
"I'm not afraid to take you!" Toalune retorted as he drew his sword out too. Maquano took notice of Chopper and smirked, making the antennae boy wince.
"Oh, now... You have a child with you? Maybe I'll allow him to watch you die before me first before I decide to take my time with him!"
"Leave him out of this..."
"Not likely," Maquano chuckled, aiming his sword at the two. "Maybe I'll be fair and let you put him down. ...Unless, you want me to do it for you."
Chopper felt uneasy upon hearing that and buried his face in Toalune's chest. Maquano raised his sword, but before he could strike, Meta Knight had landed in between the two, making him stop.
"Meta Knight! Boy, am I GLAD to see you!" Toalune sighed in relief.
"Toalune, I must get you two to safety!" Meta Knight shouted.
"Oh, I don't think so..." Maquano hissed. "I've come to fight someone, and I'm not leaving until that happens."
"Then you can fight me," Meta Knight declared, aiming his sword at Maquano. However, Toalune placed a hand on his shoulder and shook his head.
"No… Meta Knight, this bozo challenged me to a battle. I accepted it." Taolune stated. "I ain't changing my mind now."
"Toalune, you have no idea who you're going up against!"
"I said I ain't changing my mind! Now stand aside and let me battle this freak!"
"Hmph... So be it..." Meta Knight sighed. "I won't stop you."
"Thanks... But can you do me a favor…" Toalune brought Chopper over to him. "Take my son to a safe place, will you?"
"When will you be back, Daddy?" Chopper asked.
"I'm... I'm not sure, Son..." Toalune trailed, closing his eyes. "But I just want to let you know that I love you, Son."
"Well, I love you too, Daddy..."
Meta Knight put his sword away and grabbed a hold of Chopper, who looked at his dad and then back at Maquano.
"Listen Toalune, I will come back to you once I put your son somewhere safe," Meta Knight stated.
"That's fine. Now go!"
Meta Knight nodded and spread his wings out before he flew off with Chopper, with Toalune waving goodbye to him.
"Now, then… We were going to fight, right?" Toalune brought his attention back to Maquano.
"Of course..." Maquano grinned. "However, I will let you know that no one has ever managed to beat me! So, you're basically just getting sent to your grave earlier than you expected."
"I doubt it," Toalune retorted, getting his sword out. "You don't look so tough!"
"Oh, really? Why don't you prove it?"
"All right! Here I come!"
Toalune let out a battle cry and charged at Maquano with all his might.
Back at Chopper's house, Meta Knight flew down to the front door. He opened the door and put Chopper down.
"Stay here, Chopper. You will be safe in here." Meta Knight assured. "I would take you to the camp grounds, but that would put you in even more risk. You're safe, and that's all that matters. I'm going back to your father."
"Is he going to be OK?" Chopper asked.
Meta Knight froze for a moment. He knew what the outcome would be, but would he really go as far as to tell the truth to someone who was four?
"Well, do you know?" Chopper wondered, not hearing an answer from the knight.
"Ummmmm... Yes. He's going to be fine." Meta Knight nodded. "For now, please stay here. It's probably one of the only safe places around here at the moment..."
"But what will I do?"
"Hmmmmmm... Try to find a way to entertain yourself. Look, I have to get going now. I need to see how your father is doing." Meta Knight turned away and walked outside. His cape began to drag along the dirty ground as it got wet. He spread his wings out and flew off, leaving only Chopper.
"I feel so lonely..." the four-year-old frowned as he closed the door and walked over to the couch.
The rain was getting harder, and the sun had already come down. Everyone was starting to get worried. Toalune, Chopper, and Meta Knight hadn't come back. Tonya was worried the most.
Some Galaxy Soldiers had gone off, one being Kit Cosmos. He decided to go back to his ship to go pick up something important to him.
"Oh, dear… I can't believe that all of this is happening… I'm so worried about Chopper right now… I don't feel like I can even smack Toalune now…" Tonya trailed, her head hung low. Garlude was there to comfort her.
"There, there, Tonya. They should be back here no problem." Garlude assured. Everyone saw the rain stop, and they heard some rustling coming from the bushes. Everyone had gotten their weapons ready for whatever was hiding in there.
To their surprise, it was Meta Knight.
Meta Knight raised his arm, gesturing everyone to stay quiet. Everyone obeyed and began to listen to him.
"OK… Tonya… I'm not sure what to say…" Meta Knight trailed, approaching her. "But I ask you to stay calm. I have some good news…and I have bad news. Which would you like to hear first?"
"Well... Maybe..." Tonya began until she was cut off.
"No… Let me start with the good news first." the masked warrior decided, taking a deep breath. "Your son, Chopper… I was able to bring him back to his house. I thought bringing him back here would put him in more risk of danger. Don't worry, Tonya. He is safe."
"Oh, thank goodness! I was starting to get worried…" Tonya sighed in relief.
"…But I'm not done yet. As for the bad news… Well… I went back to see how Toalune was doing. He accepted a duel against Maquano. For the bad news… The bad news is… …It's what I saw there. I saw…" Meta Knight looked at everyone. They were anxious to hear what was going on. He then let out a sigh. "I saw your husband lying motionlessly on the floor."
Everyone stood back in shock, except for Tonya. From the look of her eyes, it looked like she was going to cry.
"Toalune… He… He's...gone?" Tonya gasped, feeling tears come down her face.
"I'm sorry, Tonya..."
"No... I can't believe it!" Jack sniffled loudly. "Toalune can't be dead!"
"Poor Tonya..." Garlude was trying to comfort her young friend, but it didn't do much. Tonya quickly wiped her tears away.
"…I guess that means this Maquano is a true threat…" Tonya trailed. Everyone looked up to see a huge ship towering over them. Many shots were being fired from above as well.
"That ship's huge! Oh my gosh… Are they planning on wiping the entire planet?" Jack asked.
"We gotta get out of here!" one soldier cried.
"Yes, we must get the ships and evacuate immediately!" Sir Arthur ordered. "We must round all the people up and leave!"
"But how is that possible? Do you know how many people there are on Mondrao?!" Garlude gaped.
"Guys! Guys!" the soldiers stopped arguing when they noticed Kit Cosmos running back to camp. "Something terrible's happened!"
"Report at once," demanded Meta Knight, who wrapped himself with his cape.
"Well... The ships! Those nasty creatures blew 'em up!"
"What?! How was that possible?!" Jack gaped.
"Actually, not everyone's ships. Most of them, however, were."
"What about mine?" Garlude asked.
"Yours is fine. Sir Meta Knight's is good too. My ship and Sir Arthur's is still there."
"Great... And those ships we brought here can only carry one person..." Sir Arthur sighed.
"You have any ideas, Sir Meta Knight?" Garlude asked.
"Unfortunately, I don't," Meta Knight said, slowly shaking his head. "I did not think this far ahead..."
"So, what? We're all going to die" Jack gaped. "Can't we squeeze into your ships?"
"The cockpits are too small, even for someone like you," Sir Arthur replied. "We can't fit your kind in there."
"I think there's one thing we can do," Tonya interrupted as she looked up at the group.
"And you have an idea, lady?" Kit Cosmos asked. "What makes you think your plan will work?"
"Kit Cosmos! Let her speak!" Garlude snapped. "She just recently found out her husband was killed! Don't be so insensitive!"
"...Oh! I'm sorry, lady. I didn't know that..."
"So, what is it you wanted to talk about?" Meta Knight asked, walking over to Tonya.
She pulled out a heart that was the colors of the rainbow. "This is the Sacred Heart that was given by my family. I kept this with me ever since. This thing has strange powers in it, according to books I've read about it. It could possibly turn a normal person into a supernatural being. It might be something that can defeat that demon. However, it selects its host. The one who is chosen by the Sacred Heart will be given powers that fits that person. However, if things don't go right... The Sacred Heart might go crazy."
"How come you never told us about this?" Jack wondered.
"My family told me to not tell a soul about this. The only person I told about this was my husband, but even he had to keep mum about it. I could only tell when such a time like this would come. I guess that time has finally come..."
She held up the Sacred Heart, which began to float out of her hands and float to the center of the camp. Everyone walked up close to the rainbow heart and saw an image of the person.
Tonya was left gasping at the sight of her son on there.
"Oh my gosh..." Tonya gaped. "I don't believe it... Chopper?"
"These results are very surprising," Garlude commented.
"But why a boy? Isn't he around four?"
"He's too young!"
"My own son was chosen by the Sacred Heart..." Tonya trailed. "I'm...shocked."
"So what do we do with your son?" Jack asked.
"We need to get this taken to Chopper as soon as possible... I don't know if I'll be fast enough. So, could you take it to him, Meta Knight?"
"I doubt I'd be able to make it there and to my ship to escape, as it's pretty far from here."
"Oh... Well... Then who can do it?"
Everyone's attention turned to a figure approaching them. He had an oval-shaped body, round feet, and his helmet was in the shape of a rounded rectangle. He wore shiny, white armor, with two rainbow horns protruding from the sides of his helmet. On his helmet was a T-shaped opening, with only his pink eyes being revealed behind them. His white shoulder pads also had a rainbow trim to them, and on the left shoulder pad was an insignia with the letters "LK" in rainbow colors. His white shield on his back also had a rainbow trim to it. Along with that, a rainbow diamond-shaped jewel was embedded in the shield's center. The body armor he wore had a rainbow orb embedded on the upper portion of his body, while the lower part had a V-shaped rainbow stripe. His gauntlets and boots also had a rainbow stripe on them. Finally, he was donning a red cape, which the wind was blowing through. Despite the bright look of this character, he wasn't that tall compared to the others. Not even Tonya was shorter than him.
"You... Who are you?" Tonya asked.
"Now isn't the good time for that," the armored figure replied. "I have a ship still intact. It's not too far from here, and if your house is pretty close, then I should be able to get there and get your son out."
"I don't know..."
"Tonya, you should let him take it to your son," Meta Knight insisted. "You may not know him... But if he's the only one who can do it, you don't have much of a choice..."
"All right..." Tonya handed the Sacred Heart to the figure, who put it away. "Please... You must hurry! My house is lavender and has a gray roof. You can't miss it!"
"I should be able to find it," the figure assured, and he instantly bolted.
"That figure..." Garlude trailed, watching him leave. "I don't know why... But there's something...familiar about him."
"I just hope Chopper comes out OK... And... I just hope he doesn't keep thinking about my death... It will not help him use its power to its full potential. The full potential might be enough to defeat Maquano."
"Tonya..." Meta Knight began.
"You should probably go," Tonya suggested. "You can still get out of here before the planet is destroyed."
"If that's what you desire, then I guess we have no other choice. Let's go before it's too late." Meta Knight turned away and began to make his way to his ship. The other soldiers, Garlude, Kit Cosmos, and Sir Arthur had gone as well. As much as they didn't want to leave them, they had no choice but to agree and headed back to their ships as quickly as possible.
"So what are we supposed to do? Let ourselves die?" Jack asked. "We could still try to get out of here!"
"We can't do anything else, I'm afraid…" Tonya trailed. "Our ships were destroyed by those monsters in order to prevent us from escaping. Meta Knight and his fellow soldiers were lucky to have theirs in perfect shape, but only one person can fit in each of them. I honestly hope they can get some help, but I don't know if that's possible. If my son gets out of here with that mysterious figure, then there's a possible chance he will have an extraordinary power. I don't know if it'll stop Maquano... But that's not my concern. I don't want him to think he has to go after Maquano for us if he does that. It's going to harm him, that's for sure."
"But why would it be someone from your family? It's almost like you were choosing! Or... Something..."
"The Sacred Heart selects its host. I don't. Leaving at least one of us will give us a slim chance on defeating Maquano. But one who is chosen by the heart, that person has a chance…like Chopper."
She closed her eyes as a tear fell down her face. "…And it would be nice to be reunited with my husband after his death. But I feel so terrible for leaving Chopper alone. I'm a bad parent."
"Hey! Don't say something like that! You're not a bad parent! Because of you, Chopper has grown to be a nice little boy! Sure, he's a bit shy, but he's cheerful, right?"
"That doesn't do much to cheer me up, but thanks anyway..." Tonya frowned. "I just hope Chopper will be safe…"
All everyone could do was pray for Chopper to leave the planet safely...in silence.
Meanwhile, in the house, Chopper was playing with his toy airplane, making an airplane sound as he flew it around. But he stopped when he saw the door knob moving. He felt alarmed, especially when he saw a new figure.
"H-Huh? Who are you?!" Chopper gasped.
"Don't be alarmed, Chopper. I'm not here to hurt you."
"Wait... How do you know my name?"
"Your mother wanted me to come here to take you out."
"What about my dad? And the people? Why do I need to go? …Is my dad all right, though?"
"Your father..." the figure began with brutal honesty. "He's gone."
At that point, Chopper's eyes were about to water, but he found himself being picked up by the figure. He was about to go, but his attention was drawn to something on a desk nearby. He quickly took it, then he carried Chopper outside immediately. The Tataras were leaving the planet and returning to the big ship, so it looked like they were getting ready to blow up the planet.
"You see, Chopper? That big ship belongs to those invaders, and they plan on blowing up the planet. Your mother wanted me to get you out of here."
"And everyone else will be safe too, right?" Chopper asked.
"Don't ask questions until we're safe," the figure suggested, with his shield forming spectrum energy that stuck out. It then formed into a pair of wings, which the white knight used to fly away from the house quickly. And thankfully for him, it made it much easier to reach the beach area, where he found his ship. The ship was white and had a pair of wings curved back. Since Chopper was small, he no problem fitting him in.
The figure jumped into the ship after putting Chopper in the back, then the ship ascended and began to take off. They could get a glimpse of a figure in front of a large window.
"Heh heh heh..." Maquano grinned, standing before large window. In one of his hands, he began to charge up some of his dark magic. "Say your prayers, Mondrao! You and everyone else on there are history!"
When his attack was fully charged, the window opened, causing Tartaras that were nearby to get sucked out of the ship. Maquano, however, was remaining in place just fine, with only his cape getting blown toward the window.
He aimed his hand at Mondrao and fired his dark magic in the form of a small comet.
"Great… It's already coming. Hold on tight, Chopper. I might have to take a little risk here." The figure flew the ship into the air, and in no seconds flat, they had already arrived in space. Now that they were off the planet, the ship prepared to go into hyperspace.
Chopper, on the other hand, was paying more attention to the planet. The beam had made contact with the planet, and it began to glow brightly until it finally exploded. Nothing remained of Mondrao.
"Is everyone else all right?" Chopper asked.
"I highly doubt it..." the figure trailed.
"Wha... What do you mean?"
"Everyone is gone on there... You're the only one of your kind left."
"No..." Chopper trailed, putting his hands and face upon the glass window. "Mommy... Daddy..."
Tears began to fall down his face as he watched the remains slowly disappear.
But before he could cry, the ship got struck by a blast from a Tatara Ship. One of the wings was heavily damaged, and the figure found himself losing control when another of the three ships fired. Thankfully, the ship was functional enough to be ready to go into hyperspace.
"Hold on tight, Chopper... This could be a bumpy ride..." the figure's ship went into hyperspace, disappearing out of the ships's sight.
Maquano watched as the ship escaped right in front of him. He slammed his fist on the table in disappointment.
"That ship escaped… Great…" Maquano trailed. "Camikon, have any of those warriors from that planet survived that?"
"Not at all. That blast obliterated every single one of them." Camikon confirmed. "I guess eliminating them on land wasn't worth it, Lord Maquano?"
"It ended up being a waste of time. Though, I did enjoy finishing off that foolish warrior who thought he could defeat me. Too bad he didn't leave that child to watch. I would've loved to see his reaction." the Demon Knight remarked. "Now that we blew up that planet, perhaps I should go to Clara. I have a castle there, and I know I have minions there too. We could settle there for a bit before destroying it!"
"Oh, excellent choice, Lord Maquano! It's been a while since we've been there! We can set everything up and take the planet over! It's got everything we could dream of! …But what about the ship?"
"Don't bother with it. It's probably just a passing ship. We should just go to Clara now. I hear a Power Star protects that place. If I could destroy it and split it into pieces, that could give me a chance of taking the planet over before blowing it up. Yes… Tataras! Set course to Clara!"
"Yes, Lord Maquano!" the Tartaras got the ship ready for hyperspace, and then they took off somewhere else in the galaxy.
A portal opened and the starship came out of it. He checked his map for any danger, and luckily, he had found none. Though, unfortunately, flying any longer wouldn't be the best idea.
"All right... We're in Starland Galaxy..." the figure announced, setting the ship to autopilot and turning to Chopper, who was crying over the loss of his home world. "How am I going to deal with a crying kid?"
The figure approached him and placed a hand on his head, stopping his crying.
"Now... About your first question... Most people know me as the Spectrum Knight, but you and those close to me... They know me as Kutora."
"Kutora... The Spectrum Knight?" Chopper sniffled, looking up at Kutora.
"Chopper… The reason why you were the one to leave the planet is because you were the one chosen by this." Kutora pulled out the Sacred Heart, which made Chopper rub the tears off his face and gaze at it.
"A heart chose me? But it doesn't have a mouth and a voice." Chopper noticed as he saw his image in the heart. "Why am I in there?"
"You can see yourself in there, can you not? The person you see in there is who the heart chooses. If you take this, you will have a drastic change to your abilities. You may not exactly be...normal."
"What? But I don't want to change..."
"I'm sure you'll look the same. But if you take this, you might be able to defeat the one who destroyed your father and your home planet. It won't make you invincible, but it will surely help you."
"OK…" Chopper grabbed the Sacred Heart and felt it absorb into his closed his eyes, but when he didn't feel pain, he opened his eyes and looked at himself. "Hey... Nothing's changed!"
"Hmmmm... It doesn't seem like he transformed..." Kutora thought, slowly taking out a rainbow fruit he was saving.
When Chopper saw the cupcake in the ship, something had surged into him and caused him to open his mouth and suck in the cupcake like a vacuum. It had quickly gone into his mouth, and he swallowed it whole.
"Huh?" Kutora gawked.
"What was that?" Chopper gawked.
"So... I guess you've gotten a special ability... Let's call it the Inhale."
"Inhale? What's that?"
"It allows you suck in objects like a vacuum. Only it seems yours is much stronger."
"Oh... That's weird..."
"Do you feel anything else?"
"Well... Ummmm... I suddenly have the urge to jump and run around..." Chopper mumbled. "I don't know... I never felt this before..."
"I see... Well, now that you got the heart within you, we should find you a new home." Kutora got back to his pilot's seat and scanned the planets. "Hmmm… This one… Yes, I think this planet will do."
"Where are you taking me?"
"Clara. Once there, I will help you get a home, and then I will leave you."
"Huh? You're going to leave me on my own?"
"I'm sure with that heart in you, you will be just fine."
"Maybe I'll do a little something, but not much. For now, get ready to land."
Kutora flew the damaged ship down to Clara, while Chopper still began to think about his parents and his entire race. They were all gone. Wiped out by some evil Demon Knight. Just thinking about it made his fists clench. Maybe with this heart, he could finally get back at Maquano.
Perhaps then his parents and people would be happy for him.
Well, there you go. That's the first part of this whole story. It's pretty horrific for a four-year-old to be all alone... But, what can you do?
Next chapter, that is when the adventure really starts. At least, for Chopper.