A/N: Delays, delays. Nothing new, and I apologize.
AeolusShadowX: Thanks for your feedback, as usual! Lord, I am notorious for making characters OOC. Even though this is an AU, I apologize. I'm glad that there aren't any elitists flaming me for that!
Ultimate Black Ace: As you said, Geo's strive to become stronger comes from the pain he went through during the funeral. His desire to find Kelvin also adds to this. This idea will most likely be expanded in future chapters.
One of the many things I thought the game lacked was Geo's relationship with his friends, so I'm trying to give them more depth. As for Sonia's indirect flirting, keep in her mind that her personality is very upfront. Whether or not her feelings have developed at this point is up to interpretation.
Pokemon Guy 84: I can see why you would want to be Pat as a girl; this would flip the love triangle around. However, I wanted Geo to have more exposure to the social world, and feel emotions such as jealousy. It all works towards his character development.
archsage328: I'm aware of most of the errors, and when I find the time, I'll update to rectify them.
You hit the nail on the head with the character's ages. With a more mature outlook on the game (mature in a sense - I still try to add some humour here and there), I felt that it would be more appropriate to have the characters grow up a bit, but still have the main facets of their original personalities.
I agree; I wasn't so proud of some arcs, most notably the Dubious arc. I'll probably go back sometime to add more scenes or details.
As for your knowledge of the Starforce universe, you don't need to know much more than the first season of the anime or the first game. Since this is a reboot, you don't need to be an expert in the franchise.
And thank you to everyone else who left a review. Please continue to do so!
On a side note, I'd like to host some shameless advertising for, yours truly, me, myself, and I. I recently put up a oneshot on Clannad, so if your a fan of the anime, take a look at it if you have the time!
Book II: Gemini
Chapter 14: Expectations
"Mother of God!"
Geo quickly jumped out of the way to avoid the huge fireball that was hurled at him. A few embers were caught on his armour, leaving burn marks. He looked up at the giant metallic-clad lion. It stared back at Geo with just as much, if not more, intensity with its lifeless orange-yellow glowing eyes.
His eyes darted around, observing his surroundings. He had no idea how he got where he was: in space with no stars or planets around. EM Waves were streaking through the air – so fast as if they could actually cut you.
"Battle Card: Break Sabre!" Geo called out, but no Battle Card formed in his hand.
"No way!" Omega-Xis roared. "We're out?!"
Geo gritted his teeth. He wasn't going to back down. "Mega Buster!" He raised his left arm, firing endless rounds at the lion. The shots hit it, but the attack didn't even leave a scratch.
A small fireball formed at the tip of its nose, which quickly turned into a huge orb of flames. The lion then hurled the giant fireball at Geo's direction. Sweating from the heat the flames around him were giving off, Geo tried to dodge the attack, but to no avail. Geo cried out in agony as the fireball engulfed his shaking body.
"R-recovery…" Geo sputtered out the word, activating his last available defensive Battle Card, which healed his wounds slightly. This is hopeless…
"Kid! Behind you!" Omega-Xis' barked, snapping Geo out of his thoughts. His head turned around, only to see a giant ice spear hurled at him. Out of instinct, he activated his Mega Shield, but the spear cut through it like a shovel in mud, impaling Geo. Both the shield and the spear, after a few seconds that seemed like forever, burst into bits of data, leaving a gaping wound in Geo's stomach. Blood and EM Waves poured out of the injury. He cringed, tasting the metallic and cold feeling in his mouth.
The armoured blue pegasus that launched the attack floated above him. It boldly held its head up high, showing off its large metallic wings with pride.
"What are you looking at…?" Geo growled, spitting blood on the ground. "Pick on someone your own size!"
Had he known what was to come after, Geo probably would have taken back his cocky remark. The blue pegasus began flapping its big wings slowly, then its flaps gradually became faster, sending off a very chilly breeze. Geo felt goose bumps on his arms. Before he could brace for any attack, the ground under his feet began to rumble. The air around him became colder. Much colder. Geo suddenly realized he was unable to move; his feet were frozen to the invisible ground.
Large icicles shot out from the ground, impaling Geo. All he saw was the clear-white ice around him. He was 6 feet in the air, and his back was pierced through by tip of an icicle. After a few seconds, the icicles shattered into thousands of particles. Geo fell on his back, and his body was too numb to get back up on his feet.
"You must be kidding me…" Omega-Xis growled. "You must be fucking kidding me!"
Geo's eyes squeezed shut, trying to cope with the searing pain in his body. I have to act back! Otherwise…
He gasped, hearing a faint hiss above him. Geo's eyes shook when it saw the long green snake-like armoured dragon floating in the air. Green embers ran down its back. It bared its teeth as it slowly descended to Geo's level. His eyes shook, wavering with anticipation. The dragon slid its sharp metallic claws across Geo's face, scraping against his red visor. It spun around the boy in circles in an unimaginable speed, and Geo felt a strong wind around him. The strong wind then progressed into a large green tornado, with leaves flying around in every direction.
Geo screamed once again in pure agony, his body being torn apart in two. The tornado kicked his body around everywhere, and he even felt bones cracking, which only made him wail louder. By the time the violent storm died down, Geo was on the ground. His body was lying broken with too many cuts to count. The green dragon soared right next to the other majestic beasts.
"It's impossible…" Geo groaned, surprised that he even found the strength to talk.
"Geo Stelar," the lion spoke in a deep and thunderous voice. "Did you truly believe you could defeat us, the Satellite Admins?"
Omega-Xis coughed. Geo's body glowed, and once the light died down, he saw Omega-Xis lying next to him. His body colour was becoming fader and fader, and without much thought, Geo realized that the alien was slowly dissipating.
The blue hound looked at Geo and gave him a weak grin. "Well, we gave it our best, kid," he said, weakly coughing. "I-it's been real, Geo…" With that, Omega-Xis dissolved and nothing was left behind. No blood, no remnants of EM Waves, nothing. It was as if no one was there in the first place.
"Mega… no, MEGA!"
Pegasus Magic laughed darkly. "You couldn't even save your battle partner."
Geo stared breathless. It happened so fast; just like that, Omega-Xis was gone. Dead.
"Your plan was to stop Cepheus and save the planet, was it not?" Dragon Sky said. "How do you ever plan to do that, with such a weak and brash fighting style? The Andromeda Key will easily be taken away."
"I'm beginning to wonder if your battles with Cygnus Wing and Taurus Fire were mere flukes," Pegasus Magic added.
Geo groaned, squeezing his eyes shut. His head was spinning.
"You want to save your mother, Hope, was it?" Leo Kingdom growled. Geo's eyes were then wide open. "You want to protect her from all odds, from anything that comes her way, is that right?"
"You… shut up…!"
"You don't stand a chance, Geo Stelar." Leo Kingdom spat the words like venom. "You're far too weak to protect her, let alone learn the truth about your father."
Something sparked inside Geo. Gritting his teeth, despite his oozing wounds, he gave every breath into pulling himself back up. Mega Man or not, he wasn't going to die on the ground like an animal. Grabbing onto his broken left arm, which had broke from the tornado, he staggered towards the Satellite Admins.
"Hmm," Pegasus Magic mused. "Annoying as it is, the boy certainly is persistent."
Dragon Sky sighed. "Don't try it," he said as he swatted Geo away like a fly. Again, Geo was lying broken on the ground, gasping for air. "It's useless."
"We'll be keeping an eye on you, Geo Stelar," Leo Kingdom said.
Geo's eyes opened slightly, only to see that the Satellite Admins had him surrounded. Feeling countless claws impale his bleeding body, the last thing he heard were the beasts' roars echoing in the distance.
Geo gasped, his upper body shooting up from the bed. His entire body was covered in sweat, and his hands were clutching the sheets so tightly he felt as if they were going to rip. He looked left and right and ran his hand through his hair.
"It…it was a dream…"
He looked at his bedside counter, where his Blue Pegasus Transer sat. He could hear Omega-Xis snoring loudly. He silently thanked all that's good that his obnoxious battle partner was still alive. Yawning, he crawled out of bed and put a shirt on. He walked to the window, and it was still dark out.
"It was just a dream," he said to himself again. "But it seemed so real." As the picture of the Satellite Admins impaling his defenseless body ran through his mind, he gritted his teeth. Geo ran to his Transer and quickly clipped it onto his left wrist.
"Hm? Geo?" Omega-Xis said, yawning. The words came out muffled because, obviously, the alien was exhausted. "What are you doing…"
"EM WAVE CHANGE! GEO STELAR! ON THE AIR!" In a flash, Geo was in his Mega Man form.
"Woah, what the heck?!" Omega-Xis snapped. "What's the deal, kid? Hey!" His words went unnoticed by Geo as the boy jumped out of the window and onto the Wave Road. With a cry, Geo relentlessly charged at the nearest pack of viruses.
Flabbergasted, Luna stared at Zack in disbelief. Zack sighed, wearing his usual smart-aleck look: half closed eyes, crossed arms, and a smirk that made Luna want to slap him so hard he'd end up with a mark that would last for days.
"Prez, I'm shocked," Zack gasped. "As grade rep, you should be on top of these things."
"Don't lecture me!" Luna snapped. "It couldn't be, could it?" However, she knew it was true. It was February, after all; it was halfway through the second trimester.
Zack shrugged. "Honestly, I don't know why you're so worried. They're just midterms. Save your concern for the actual report cards."
"Easy for you to say, nerd!" Luna retorted. "What, are they being emailed to our parents or something?"
"That's how it's been done for years," Zack said. Luna swore that a drop of sweat rolled down the back of her neck. She suddenly turned and ran in the opposite direction, to her house. Zack called out to her, but she didn't reply. Their weekly tutoring session at Tad's would have to wait for another time.
Even though her house was as small as mini mansions go, it still stood out in Echo Ridge. Though very few people in Echo Ridge were considered poor, even fewer were as fortunate as Luna. Despite her usual attitude, she did indeed feel blessed by her parents' hard work.
There were large black metallic gates at the front of the house, and the house itself was painted in light blue. There was a large garden, where the housekeepers would work endlessly to keep its beauty. In the middle of the garden, there was a mini pond with a fountain.
She ran up to the front door and threw down her backpack, unzipping it and scrambling for the house keys. When she found them, she heard something bash and plates clattering. Luna winced, praying that it wasn't her father finding out about her mid term report. She unlocked the door and slowly entered the house, taking off her shoes and placing them on the shiny marble floor. In the living room, she saw her parents sitting on the couch, staring at a piece of paper. Cringing, she tip toed to the stair case as quietly as a mouse.
"Luna," her mom called. "Could you come here for a minute?"
The blonde felt her heart stop. "J-just a second," she said, her voice quivering. "I'm just gonna go to my room and unpack and change and –"
"Luna!" Her father snapped, making Luna tense up. "Listen to your mother."
She groaned, biting her lip. "Yes Dad." She had been planning to climb through the window and run to Bud or Zack's house and stay in either of their basements for the night. Alas, it was not to be. She walked into the living room, where her parents, dressed in business outfits, wore stern faces.
Luna has been told that she had gotten her looks and personality by her parents, and though she would deny that fact to others, she was inclined to agree. Both of her parents were blonde. Though she mostly got her looks by her mother, as a young woman with an average height and build, she got her hard straight-down-to-business personality by her father. It was essential in his line of work as a lawyer.
"Luna, would you like to sit down?" Her mom asked, sitting closer to her husband, leaving more room. Luna remained quiet, shaking her head.
"Alright," Luna's father said, taking off his reading glasses and placing them on the glass table. "Would you like to see your mid term, Luna?"
'Not really', she wanted to say, but she knew better than to aggravate her parents by small sharp remarks. She took the paper and looked at the marks. The teachers saved their individual comments for the actual end of term report cards, and left only their mark so far. Luna's marks ran along the high 70's and the occasional low to mid 80. "I see."
Luna stared back at her parents, who still held serious expressions. "I think I did pretty well," she said simply.
" 'Pretty well'," her dad mumbled. He got up, with his hands stuffed in his pockets, and walked around the couch, looking outside the window. " 'Pretty well'," he repeated softly.
"Yeah," Luna said. "I mean, you know, I –"
"God damn it, Luna!" her father roared, still not looking at her. From the corner of her eye, she saw a housemaid drop a plate, which shattered on the floor, in surprise. Neither of her parents seemed to care. "Screw 'pretty well'! Do you think 'pretty well' will get you far in life?! Do you really?"
Luna bit her tongue. She was getting tired of it. Her parents scolding and lecturing her for every minor and small mistake was nothing new to her, and it was getting irritating.
"When we were your age," her mother said, "we didn't do the things you do. We didn't hang around with friends after school or sleep in. We focused on our studies, and that was it."
"So?" Luna said. "What does that have to do with me?"
Her father snapped. "The Platz family has a high reputation, and we're not going to fall short of that for mere laziness."
" 'Laziness'?!" Luna repeated, her voice rising. "Who are you calling lazy? I'll have you know I've been working my butt of this year!"
Her father laughed coldly. "Oh, yeah? Name one thing, one thing, you've accomplished. Handing in late assignments and tardiness doesn't count for that, you know."
"For starters," Luna barked back, "I haven't handed in a single late assignment, nor have I been late for class for that matter!" Which, she knew, was a lie. "Well, for one thing, I'm grade rep this year! Doesn't that count for something?!" Her father scoffed, and her mother looked down at her shiny black shoes. "What? What's with the look?"
"You tell her," her father said lowly, nodding his head to his wife.
Luna's mom sighed. "About that, dear. Earlier this year, we had to… make a special call to the school office…"
Luna fell short of breath. She felt her face become pale, and her heart hammered against her chest. "What…"
"We had doubts whether you'd make it," her father said. "So we called your head of grade."
"Are you for real?" Luna said, quietly to herself. She gritted her teeth. "Why the hell did you do that for?! Aren't you the ones who told me to take responsibility and accept the consequences? How am I supposed to do that when you're fixing my mistakes for me?"
"Get your head out of the water, Luna!" Her mother retorted. "Stop acting all high and mighty!"
"Life isn't a game!" Luna's father added. "We're doing all of this for your benefit!"
"No! You stop acting all 'high and mighty'!" Luna snapped back. She felt her eyes stinging with tears. "News flash! I'm not perfect, in case you haven't figured out. Unlike you two, I'm actually human. I make mistakes, and I actually admit that. And the funny thing is, I always try my hardest, and yet you two are always breathing down my neck! You never accept anything I do, and you always expect more when you really can't, since I've done my absolute best!
"And as for you calling in the office, do me a favour and don't ever do that again, do you understand?! I'm not the spoiled little girl you think I am. If I didn't win the student election, I'd be fine with that. I really would! At least I'm not cheating my way to victory and destroying other people's chances. I'd just try again next year; it doesn't mean crap to me! And all this isn't for my benefit, it's for yours!"
Luna's face was bright red, and a few tears were dry on her cheeks. Her parents stared back in absolute shock. After a short silence, her father said, "You know what, I think you're spending time with your friends too much."
Her mother nodded. "I think so too. Luna, you're grounded for a month. We'll be taking away your cell phone and texting privileges off your Transer and –"
"You…you don't get it…" Luna said quietly, looking down at her feet. "You really don't get it!" With that, she turned around and ran out the house, slamming the door behind her.
Wiping the tears off her eyes, she ran to Tad's and straight to the counter. Luna slammed a bill next to the cash register. "Strawberry milkshake!"
The clerk stammered. "Y-yes ma'am!" Ignoring the stares she was being given, she sat on the counter seat and buried her face in her arms.
Though she never admitted it to anyone, Luna hated her over expecting parents. To her, it was as if all they wanted was perfection out of her. Her happiness, to them it seemed, was irrelevant. Luna Platz had a name to live up to, and she knew she'd have to do so for the rest of her life.
The chimes rang as the door opened, and there stood Pat Sprigs, who noticed Luna.
"Yo!" the green haired boy said, smiling.
"Hey, Pat," she grumbled. She didn't really want to talk to anyone, but Pat didn't really seem to notice her state at the time.
"Hey listen," Pat said, "I need help with something."
Luna raised an eyebrow. "What is it?"
"I have a couple of boxes I have to move from my place to school. I have a presentation tomorrow for English class, and I just want my stuff in my locker for tomorrow morning."
Luna scoffed. She definitely was not in the mood. "Meh, you're a big boy now. Do it yourself."
Pat frowned. "Aw, c'mon!" Luna didn't budge, and Pat sighed. "Okay, I guess I'll ask Bud or something. Later."
Pat turned his attention to the clerk to order a milkshake. After a while, Luna moaned. "Oh, alright, fine," she grumbled. "If it's just a couple of boxes, I guess it wouldn't matter."
Pat grinned as if he already knew she'd submit. "I knew I could count on ya, Prez!" The two picked up their milkshakes to go and left the joint. It was still late afternoon, so it was still bright out. Luna was planning to return home by late evening, when things have hopefully died down with her parents. Pat led her to an alleyway, where they were out of sight from the people of the street. He stopped walking.
"Hey, what are we doing here?" Luna asked. There were littered garbage all over the place, and a very stinky garbage can.
Pat turned around. The playfulness in his face was gone. "Hey Luna," he said, "is everything alright? You seem a little… down."
Luna rolled her eyes. "I'm fine, Pat. Really." After looking at the strong gaze from Pat, she sighed. "Okay, you got me. I'm not having that great a day."
"Talk to me."
"If I must," Luna said. "Well, you know how mid terms came in today? Well, my parents were…" She trailed off.
"Let me guess," Pat said. "You didn't meet their expectations."
Luna's eyes widened. "Yeah, actually! How'd you guess?"
"I have a good intuition," Pat said smugly. "What else, what else, oh yes. You always try your best, but they're never happy with it. When you succeed, in their eyes, you fail. Miserably."
"T-that's… right. I'm getting a little creeped out, with you knowing all this," Luna said semi-jokingly, chuckling lightly.
"You're fed up," Pat continued. He began to walk closer to Luna. "You're fed up of them trying to judge your life. You are completely done with them picking on your every mistake. I mean, you're human! Everyone makes mistakes, and you're no different. They just don't seem to understand that, don't they."
Luna stared at him bewildered. He understood her completely. "Yeah, you got it," she said. "I'm just… pissed at my parents." She looked down at her feet. Being 'pissed' was an understatement. Enraged would have fit better in her opinion. "Who do they think they are?" Her voice began to rise. "I hate living the rich girl life. I absolutely dread every day of it. Screw all the nice food, the nice house, and all that bullshit. I don't need it. All I ever wanted was some fucking space! Is that too much to ask?"
"Oh yeah, Prez," Pat said, still keeping the smug smirk on his face. "I know. I understand completely."
"Hey, um," Luna mumbled. She had trouble keeping her cool and her temper down, so changing the subject, she thought, would help. "Don't we have to move some stuff for your presentation tomorrow? I don't think dumping my personal problems on you is exactly a good use of your time."
Pat shook his head. "No, in fact, I have another job for you," he said. "A job that'll work in your favour very well, I think."
"Hm? Whatcha mean?"
The wind around them became colder.
"I think," began Pat, "I know a way for you to show your place in this world to your parents. Because, Luna Platz, in your own way, you are perfect." Suddenly, Luna's body started to become sore, causing her to groan. "Oh, don't worry. You're body's just getting used to the EM Waves."
"W-what the hell? Pat…"
Pat let out a shallow chuckle. There was a new atmosphere around him, one that made Luna feel very uncomfortable. Before she could ask, the world around her flashed in a bright light. When the light dimmed down, she saw someone, or to explain it better, something floating next to Pat.
It had a red helmet, and under it were glowing red eyes. Where a human's chest, arms, legs, and hair would be, in its place, were purple flames. Purple and orange pads were placed on its shoulder. Luna was to frozen in shock to move, her lips trembling by the very sight of the beast.
"Meet Ophiuca," Pat said. "She'll be, if things go as planned, your permanent partner." As Luna was going to turn around and run, Pat spoke in a low voice, "Go ahead, Ophiuca. Do your thing."
Ophiuca nodded and, in a split second, she had already enveloped Luna's entire body. The blonde twitched and screamed in absolute horror. Luna's body began glowing in a turquoise colour.
A second flash of bright light occurred, and by time it ended, a new EM Wave Form stood in both Luna and Ophiuca's place. She resembled Ophiuca's original look, except in place of Luna's large curls were two purple drills with two green snakes coiled around each of them, hissing and spitting venom to the ground. Her lower body resembled a snake, with no legs and a large green armoured tail.
With a devilish smirk, Pat chuckled lightly. "I'm going to call you… Queen Ophiuca."
"Thank you, sir," Queen Ophiuca said formally, much different from Luna's brash tone.
"Now go do your thing," Pat said, waving the newborn EM Wave Form away. He took a sip from his chocolate mint milkshake.
"And next time, call me Rey."
A/N: I kind of wanted to give Luna more spotlight, seeing that she deserved it.