El Tigre copyright Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua

The MASK copyright Dark Horse Comics/New Line Cinema


Revenge Of Talon

Chapter 05: The Rematch

The Following Day Was Difficult For Everyone...

Zoe Wasn`t Speaking To Her Mother, Nor Was She Making Any Eye Contact.
Carmelita Was Too Ashamed To Even TRY And Talk To Her...All She Did Was Stay In Her Room or Talk To Maria.

Chris, However...Had His Own Problems.
He Was Busy Trying To Decide On If Talon really COULD Find His Real Family.
And, If What Talon Said Was True...What Could He Do?

Part Of Chris Felt That Everything Talon Said To Him Made Sense...
While, Another Part Of Him KNEW That Talon Couldn`t Be Trusted.

Whatever The Case...Chris Was Troubled By All This.

[Miracle City, Noon]

Chris Was Walking Down The Streets Of Miracle City...Alone.
As He Strolled Down The Sidewalk, He Passed By a Magazine Stand.

a Tabloid Newspaper Read: "MASK DECLARED NUMBER UNO MENACE OF MIRACLE CITY BY POLICIA!"

Chris Sighed As He Read The Headline.
Soo, Talon`s Voice Echoed In Chris`s Head.

(("Despie EVERYTHING You`ve Done for Them...Eventually, They Will HATE YOU."))

Chris Sighed.

"what if he`s right?
what if the city DOESN`T accept me?" Whispered Chris To Himself

Just Then, Some Policia Squad Cars And a Firetruck Sped Past Chris.
It Didn`t Take a Genius To Know That Something BAD Was Happening...

And, It Didn`t Matter If They Liked Him or Not...Mask HAD To Do Something.

Chris Ran Off And Ducked Into a Dark Alley.
In a Thunderclap And Flash of Green, Mask Spun Out In a Tornado.

"THIS LOOKS LIKE A JOB FOR SUPERMAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
Buuuuut, Since He`s Not Around...I Will Have To Do."

Mask Spun In a Green Twister And Followed The Firetruck.

[Later]

Several Policia Cars Surounding a Burning Building While Firefighters Tried To Put Out The Blaze...
Mask Soon Arrived And Looked At This.

"Hmmmm...a Burning Building, Eh?
Me Thinks This May Be TOO CLICHE To Be Coincidence."

Soon, The Fire Got Worse And The Firemen Were Force To Retreat.

"Whoa...Things Are Starting To Get Hot!
I`d Better Think Of Something, FAST!"

Mask Thought a Bit.
Then, a Lightbulb Appeared Above His Head With a "ding" Sound.

"Naw, That`ll Never Work." Said Mask As He Switched The Bulb Off.

Then, An Even BIGGER Bulb Appeared...Followed By a "DING!-DING!-DING!" Sound.

"Yep!
That`ll Work."

Mask Spun Around In a Twister And Approached The Burning Building.
He Reached Into his Pocket And Pulled Out a Large, Futuristic Gun.

The Gun Was Labled "FREEZING GUN 9000"

"eat you heart out, mister freeze..."

Mask Blasts a Blue Beam At The Building.
In a Few minutes, The Fires Died Down And The Building Was Iced Over, Covered In Frost.

Snow Began To Blow From The Building As People Ran Out.

Mask Blew On The Gun And Put It Back In his Pocket.

"Let It Snow, Let It Snow..."

At that Moment, Chief Suarez Marched Over.

"AH-HAAAAAA!
CAUGHT YOu RED HANDED, MASK!"

"WHAT-DID-I-DO!" Exclaimed Mask In Quick Speech

"FESS UP!
I KNOW YOU CAUSED THAT FIRE TO BEGIN WITH!"

Mask Rolled His Eyes.

"Dude...I Just Put Out That fire!
How In The Heck Could I Of Started It!"

"SO YOU COULD BOOST YOU REPUTATION BY MAKING YOUSELF LOOK LIKE A HERO!"

"Oh, Please!
I May Give People Wedies And Offer Exploding Cigars But, I Would NEVER Put People In REAL Danger Just For Kicks."

Just then, a Grenade Was Thrown And Exploded WIth Powerful Force.
Mask And Suarez Looked Up From The Ground And Saw Talon Hovering Over Them.

"Maybe HE Won`t Doesn`t Do that...But, I WOULD!"

Talon Landed On The Ground And Smirked Evily.

"You Mask...Are SO PREDICTABLE!
I Just Knew You Couldn`t Resist a Chance To "Save Innocent People".

The Policia, Firefighters And Civiliains Surrounded Them.

"YOU CAUSED THAT FIRE!

"YOU JERK!"

"GET HIM!"

As The Crowd Charged, Talon Emitted An Electrtical Wave That Knocked Them Back.
He Then Approached Mask And Faced Him Just a Few Feet Away.

"You Know, mask...I Must Say: I Am VERY Disappointed In You.
WHAT ABOUT MY GENEROUS OFFER!...So Tell Me: Are You IN Or Are You OUT?"

Mask Eyed Him, Then Smiled.

"Sorry, Talon...But Your "Price" Is TOO HIGH For Me So, If There Is Anyone Here Who Is "Out", It`s YOU, Feather Head!
Because You Have Got To Be "OUT OF YOUR MIND" If You think I Would Join You!"

Talon Growled.

"Are You Forgetting What I Told You!
People Will NEVER Accept You!, Your Nothing But a JOKE To Them!"

"Do I Look Like I care What People Think!

Talon Growled, Then Sighed.

"Well, I Am So Sorry You Feel That Way, Mask...I Had Such High Hopes For You."

Talon`s Glider Wings Suddenly Form Into Blades And Are Flung At Mask.
Mask Does a DOUBLE TAKE, Then Quickly Evades The Attacks By Stretching His Limbs.

Mask Then Twirls Around And Appears In a "Loonatics" Uniform.
The Feather Blades Return, But Mask Blocks Them With His Forearms.

Mask`s Eyes And Hands Then Glow Green.
He Releases a Wave Of Energy That Shatters The Blades Into Dust.

"WHAT THE-"

Mask Snickers.

"EMP Blast...
If You Went To School, You Would Know Your Nanobots Are Powerless Against An "Electro Magnetic Pulse"...Shuts Them Off For Awhile."

Mask Then Looks At The "Screen"

"I Think That When You Read Fanfiction Online, You Should Learn Something."

Talon Charges After Mask, But Mask Blocks His Attacks.

"AH-AH-AHHH!
NOT THIS TIME, BIRD BRAIN!"

Mask Teleports Away...
He Then Reappears Behind Talon, Kick Him In The Rear And Teleports Away, Again.

Mask Appears In Front On talon...Who Was On The Ground.

"Kissing The Dirt I Walk On?
Well, Sorry Bub...But, Flattering Will Get You NOWHERE With Me."

Mask`s Eyes Glow As a Psyonic Energy Beam Hits Talon...Causing His Body To Go Stiff.
Mask Then Makes Talon Slap Himself In The Face Continuously.

"Stop Hitting Yourself, Stop Hitting Yourself, Stop Hitting Yourself..."

As Mask Did This To Talon...The People Watching Began To Cheer (Even The Policia)

Mask then SMirked At talon.

"Well, Talon...Looks Like The People STILL Love Me.
And, Even If It Doesn`t Last...WHO CARES!
You Can Call Me Obnoxious, Annoying And Even SCREWY...
BUT!...You Can NEVER Call Me "Cruel", Unlike SOME PEOPLE I Know."

Mask Tosses Talon Away.
He Then Zips Over To Him.

"You Only Caught Me Off Guard LAST TIME!
But, This Time...I`m Ready For Ya!"

Mask Takes Out a Cigar And Jams It Into Talon`s Mouth.
It Soon Explodes, leaving talon`s Face Covered In Ash And Soot.

Talon Grits His Teeth In Anger.
He Then Emits An Electro Wave...Knocking Everyone Away.

Talon Flies Up And Glares At Mask.

"YOU`LL PAY DEARLY FOR THIS, MASK!
NO ONE SAYS "NO" TO ME AND LIVES A HAPPY LIFE!...Or Any Life At All."

Talon Flies Away In Anger.
Mask Then Gets Up And Returns To His Normal, Zoot Suited Form.

Suarez Then Grabs His Shoulder.

"ALRIGHT, MASKO...Your Coming With-"

Suddenly, a Lareg Crown Of People Surround Suarez.
They Glare Angrily At The Policia Chief.

"You Sure You Wanna Arrest Me, Chiefy?
Because I`m Pretty Sure These Nice, Fine People May Have Some "Objections".

Suarez Growls As He Released mask.
The Civilians Clapped Their Hands And Cheers.

Mask Just Straightened His Coat, Tie And Hat.

"Well...Looks Like My "REP" Is Stable."

Mask Then Whistles Loudly.
Seconds Later, His Maskmobile Drives Up.

"Well, Folks...I Would LOVE To Stick Around But, I Have Other Thing To Do, So...CATCH YOU LATER!"

Mask Gets Into His Car And Drives Off.
Several People Cheered Loudly As He Drove Off.

Talon Watched The Maskmobile Drive Away From The Top Of a Building.

"alright, christoppher...you`ve made your choice.
looks like i need to take "drastic action" to attain your mask."

Talon Spread His Glider Wings And Flew Away.

[Meanwhile]

Zoe Aves Was Sitting On a Bed In The Room She Was Staying In With Her Arms Crossed.

She Was Having Trouble Accepting The Fact That Her Father Was a Murderous Psychopath AND The Fact That Her Mother Had Lied To Her About Her father All Her Life.

Zoe Didn`t Know What To Think, Anymore...
It Was Like She Was Robbed Of Her Identity.

She Didn`t Know If She Was An Honorable Thief Like Her family...
Or, If Deep Down...She Was a MONSTER Like Her Father Is.

"ohhh...what do i do?"

BOOOOOOOOOOM!

The Window Of Zoe`s Room Exploded, Creating a Large Gaping Hole.
The Force Of the Blast Knocked Zoe Away And Onto The Floor.

She Looked Up And Saw Talon Hovering Over Her.

"Hello, Sweetie...Daddy`s Home, Don`t I Get a Hug?"

"F-Father..." Said Zoe, More Afraid Than Anything

Talon Tossed a Grenade At Zoe.
It Beeped Rapidly, Then Sprayed Out a Green Vapor.

Zoe`s Eyes Soon Got Droopy, Then She Passed Out.
Talon Walked Over And Picked The KOed Zoe Up In His Arms.

"let`s go, zoey...your my ticket to POWER."

Talon Then Hovered Upward And Flew Away.

[Later]

Chris Walked Down The Street And Headed Around a Corner Towards His House.

Sadly...Maria Manor Was Surrounded By Policia Squad Cars.

"what the heck?..."

Chris Ran Up To his House.
Once Inside, He Saw Carmelita Crying While Policia Troopers Were Asking Questions.

"What`s Going On!"

Maria Walked Up To Chris.

"Chris...Sweetheart.
something has...happened."

"What Do You Mean?"

Maria Sighed.

"It`s Zoey...She`s Been Kidnapped."

Chris Was Stunned a Fightened.

"ZOEY!"

Chris Had To Sit Down.

"I`m So Sorry, Mijo...
But, Don`t Worry...We`ll Find Her."

Chris Narrowed His Eyes.
He Knew Who Took Her...And He Was Determined To Get Her Back.

"talon..." whispered Chris To Himself

"you`ve gone TOO FAR, this time."

Chris Marched Away.
He Ran into His Room And Feel Down On His Bed.

Max Walked Over To Chris And Groaned a Bit.

"What Am I Gonna Do!
I KNOW Talon Has Her...I Just Don`t Know Where He Is!"

Max Walked Away.
a Few Minuted Later, The Little Dog Came Back With a Paper In his Mouth.

"What`s This?"

Chris Took The Paper And Looked At It.

It Was a Letter, Written In Magazine Clippings...

DEAR "GREEN HEAD"

SINCE YOU DENIED MY "GENEROUS" OFFER, YOU FORCED MY HAND!
IF YOu EVER WANT TO SEE YOUR GIRLFRIEND ALIVE AGAIN, THEN BRING ME THE MASK!

COME ALONE...NO COPS AND NO TRICKS OR, THE CUERVO`S WINGS WILL BE CLIPPED FOR GOOD!

-TALON

Chris Crumpled Up The Paper In Anger.

"blast you, talon..." Said Cris, Throwing The Paper Ball Away.

Chris Took The Wooden Mask Out Of His Pocket And Looked At It.

He Sighed Deeply.

"hang on, zoey...hang on."