C. Cowboy: howdy! This is my first take at a He-Man fic, and seeing as the new series starting up on August 16 on Toonami on Cartoon Network, I thought I go with this idea I had, I won't spoil the story so I'll just go with it. I'm hoping for at least three reviews before I start on the next chapter. So review please, creative criticism is ok but no flames or I flame back, that's a warning ^_~ anyway I'm going to be using character descriptions from the upcoming CN show. Sorry if I get them a tad out of character it's been a while since I saw the original series, anyway enough on that on with the story. PS I used the song 'The Touch' by Stan Bush from Transformers The Movie in this one, one of my favorite songs and really suits the situation. Anyway enjoy and review! (NOTE: Slightly edited, mostly just basic character description to match the new show.)   

TRUE POWER

CHAPTER 1: SECRETS

30 miles north east of Eternos City, Just before sun up…

Teela, Captain of the Royal Guard and adopted daughter of Duncan, the King's Man-At-Arms, was leading a group of Soldiers that was locked in combat with a group of evil sorcerer Skeletor's forces and it wasn't going well for her team. Skeletor has sent an attack almost constantly for the last five days, and the Royal Forces were beginning to tire out. "Don't let in!" Teela commanded as she clubbed an enemy soldier with her snake-like staff. On the other side of the battlefield, Trap Jaw, Skeletor's cyborg general was setting his sights on the young captain. "Say goodbye." The monster said as he fired his gun arm at her.

Teela looked around just in time to see the beam coming her way and she knew there was no way for her to get away. Then out of the blue a sword shot between her and the beam deflecting it. "What?" Teela asked surprised when she saw who saved her, "HE-MAN!" He-Man just smiled at her, "Sorry I'm a little late." He-Man said smashing two enemies' heads together. "Don't worry about it, it's been a long week, besides you got here just in the nick of time… like always" Teela said swinging her staff around taking out a number of soldiers. "FALL BACK FALL BACK!" Trap Jaw yelled surprising everyone. "What?" Teela said when she saw He-Man smile, "What is it?" She asked again. "My back up plan." He-Man said as he pointed toward where Trap Jaw was standing and now he was on his back with the massive Battle-Cat standing on top of him. "OK! OK! I did l-like you t-told me too! Please don't eat me!" Trap Jaw begged almost in tears. "Ok Battle-Cat! He held up his end of the bargain. Let Skeletor handle him." Battle-Cat looked up at his partner sadly "but… but I'm hungry!" He-Man gave him a stern look, and the large tiger-like beast slowly got of the warrior, but not before biting off the end of his gun arm, "no back stabbing now little man." Battle-Cat said as he turned his back on him, letting him run away. He-Man started to laugh at the pitiful look his partner gave him, when his world started to spin slightly, he started to fall when Teela shot under his arm and helped him steady himself, "He-Man are you alright?" He-Man just nodded, "Yeah, just this week's been rough, haven't got much sleep." Teela looked at him worriedly, "you go back to where ever you live and get some sleep, let us worry about Skeletor, at least for a day. You've done so much for us, least we can do is give you a day for rest." He-Man nodded "Cat! You ready to go?" Battle-Cat nodded and came to his side, even after he was in the saddle Teela still had a hold of his arm, "Teela I'm going to have keep that arm." He-Man said with a chuckle.

Teela blushed brightly and stepped away, "Sorry. I umm just umm wanted to make sure you were steady enough and not fall, yeah that's it, didn't want you to fall off!" Teela said smiling at her quick thinking. He-Man just smiled, "you should get some rest too Teela, take care."  He then turned his attention to his Tiger, "Lets go home Cat!" Battle-Cat roared out and took off in a dead sprint toward the palace. Teela just stared in the direction he went when she heard chuckling behind her. She turned and saw all her men watching her and smiling and snickering. "WHAT ARE YOU STARING AT??? DON'T JUST STAND THERE! RETURN TO BASE!" She ordered angrily as she fallowed the group back to their transports.

Meanwhile in the distance Trap Jaw stopped to catch his breath, when a man in a dark hood walked out of the shadows. "Report." Trap Jaw nodded to the man in the shadows, "Yes Skeletor, We were winning against the Royal Guard, till He-Man and that stupid cat of his showed up, umm and run us off." Skeletor chuckled, "So he is doing exactly as I expected. He's falling right into my hands. Lets return to the Snake Mountain, we strike the palace with full force today."

The Palace in Eternos City thirty minutes later…

He-Man and Battle-Cat came to a halt, just outside the palace and slid into a dark ally. He-Man raised his Sword above his head, "LET THE POWER RETURN!" and in a flash the muscle bound warrior, He-Man was replaced by the small lanky Prince Adam, as did Battle-Cat change back to the smaller tiger, Cringer. Both looking as though they were about to collapse.

"You heard Teela old friend, sleep…" Adam mumbled. "Skeletor's up to something, hey shouldn't you say you really don't like this?" Cringer didn't even look up, "I'll say that after around nine hours of sleep." That was something they both haven't done in almost five days; sleep. He-Man was needed almost constantly, day and night, and sleep was not an option. They both drug themselves into Adam's bedchamber and Cringer collapsed on the floor and Adam threw himself on his bed, and joyfully shut his eyes. Less then three minutes later the door flew open, "ALRIGHT SLEEPY HEAD RISE IN SHINE!" Teela yelled walking into the room almost tripping over the out cold tiger. "Adam, get your lazy butt out of bed." Adam slowly opened his sleepy eyes and looked at her, "W-What? Teela? I thought you told me to…" he then caught himself before he let his secret slip. "Huh what Adam?" Teela asked looking inquisitively at the young prince. Adam then set up and stretched, "ok, ok, why are you getting me up so early?" Teela smiled throwing him his dress clothing, "remember the games are today, your mother and father are expecting you to be there ON TIME, so get up and get ready NOW!" she said turning and walking toward the door, she then looked back, "don't want me to send your mother after you do you?" Adam just rolled his eye and climbed out of bed. "Cringer you coming too?" Cringer just rolled over, "go away." He said before going back to sleep purring. "Ok then I'll see you later this afternoon then."

A short while later at Eternia Stadium the Eternian Games were about to begin. In the royal box was Prince Adam, King Randor, Queen Marlena, Duncan the Man-At-Arms, and Teela, and the palace magician Orko. Adam barely was able to hold his eyes open, when he glanced over and saw Teela looking over the competitors, "Looking for He-Man, Teela?" Teela looked back at him a little surprised, "Ummm…no, no I'm not." She then crossed her arms across her chest, "the muscle head better have listened and be resting right now." Adam just sighed and Orko and Duncan chuckled, they were the only two other then the Sorceress of Grayskull who knew Adam's secret. "Shouldn't you be more concerned on weather or not Skeletor would be here?" King Randor asked drawing her attention, "Yes your highness, I have all our forces at the north end of the city that faces Snake Mountain, if Skeletor's going to try anything he'll be coming from that direction." King Randor look in that direction and stroked his beard, "I hope you're right."

Meanwhile just a few miles south west of Eternia Stadium, Skeletor gathered his full force, countless number of androids soldiers and monsters gathered waiting to invade the almost unguarded stadium. "Whip Lash, Evil-Lyn, Beast Man, Tri-Klops, and Trap Jaw," Skeletor said from his saddle on his panther, Panthor, "We've led the Royal Guard to think that we would be attacking from the north, so the only real threat is He-Man, and this week should have made him more vulnerable then normal. He WILL show up and try to play hero like always, then we will overwhelm him and I'll take the Sword of Grayskull for myself. That is the priority of this attack, once we take He-Man's power source, and then we will have little standing in my way of taking the Palace and Castle Grayskull." He then turned Panthor toward the Stadium, "MOVE OUT!"

A short while later back at the stadium Adam was about two seconds from falling asleep, when an explosion rocked the stadium, Teela, Duncan and King Randor was the first to rise to their feet, "What's happening?" the King barked looking around wildly. Then out of all the entrances Skeletor's forces flooded into the stadium, and in the center Skeletor and his generals strolled to the center. "ALL OF ETERNIA!" Skeletor said with a loud voice, "I HAVE COME FOR ONE REASON! I WANT HE-MAN! ARE YOU HERE HE-MAN?" Adam was now as wide-awake as he was capable of but couldn't do anything in a crowd like this without revealing his secret. "WHAT'S THE MATTER HE-MAN TOO TIRED TO COME OUT AND PLAY? THEN I WILL DESTROY ONE INNOCENT LIFE AT A TIME TILL YOU SHOW YOURSELF! LETS SEE WHO TO START WITH, MAYBE THE ROYAL FAMILY!" Skeletor then aimed his staff at the Royal Box and shot an energy blast that blew the box to pieces. Duncan and Teela had everyone almost safe by the time it hit, but Queen Marlena was hit by the shock wave and fell and hit her head hard on the ground. "MOTHER!" Adam yelled in fear as him and his father both raised her to a reclining position, "A-Adam…" She said weakly "I'm here mother." Adam said forcing back fear-made tears, "Adam…It's time… Show the world… you're not… the coward… they see you as… I know…my son…I know you have…the power…"

Adam closed his eyes and reached for his bag, "Adam? What are you doing?" Teela asked, as he glared with an expression on his face she had never seen. He opened the bag and slowly removed a large sword. "This ends now Skeletor…" He said coldly as he turned and started down toward the field, "Adam WAIT!" Orko pleaded as Duncan placed a hand on his shoulder, "No. The time has come, Your Highness." Duncan said to the worried king, "Watch your son."  Duncan said giving him a warm yet proud smile. The king looked confused then turned his attention to the young prince making his way down the steps. Four soldiers tried to stand in his way but were quickly taken down.

Adam then made it before Skeletor and his generals, and they all chuckled and laughed at the young prince who up till now ran from ever threat. "What are you going to do boy?" Beast Man laughed pointing at Adam leading everyone to laugh except Skeletor who was closely examining Adam's sword, "That…Sword… could it be?" he said to himself. "You think you have the power to stop us Little Prince?" Evil-Lyn said chuckling. Adam smirked at that. "Do I have the power?"

 You got the touch

Adam slowly raised the sword above his head. While up in the stands Duncan nudged the king, "See your son, do you see him? After this I dare you to consider him a coward!" the king watched in awe as sparks began to come from the sword, "BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!!!!!" Adam called out and lightning-like energy from the sky struck the sword and blinded everyone around.                  

You got the power!

Yeah!

And when the light let up He-Man was standing in Adam's place "I HAVE THE POWER!!!!!" after that you could hear a pin drop in the stadium. "Adam…Adam's... He-Man…" Teela muttered staring at the same thing every other person in the stadium was. "My son…" King Randor said in awe, "my son…" 

"I'm not going to let you hurt anyone else ever again, Skeletor, I'm going to stop you." He-Man said pointing his sword right at Skeletor.   Skeletor looked and his generals were hiding behind him, "Don't just stand there staring at him! GET HIM!!"

After all is said and done

You've never walked you've never run,

You're a winner

A large energy blast shot through a lot of the enemy soldiers, all on the field looked up to see Man-At-Arms opening fire with his arm cannon, "HANG ON HE-MAN, WERE ON OUR WAY!" Man-At-Arms said making his way down the stairs fallowed by the King with a sword in hand. He-Man was quickly brought back to what was happening around him when Whip Lash's tail missed his head by inches. Tri-Klops then shot a eye beam at him, which He-Man easily deflected with his sword taking out Beast Man.

You got the moves you know the streets

Break the rules take the heat

You're nobody's fool

"Teela you going to go help fight?" Orko asked while carrying Queen Marlena by magic, "Adam's…He-Man…" was the only response, "ummm ok whatever you say!" he said escaping with the Queen leaving Teela in her trance.  "Adam's…He-Man…"

He-Man easily went through a group of Skeletor's soldiers, when he heard one hit the ground behind him. He looked behind him and saw King Randor and Duncan fighting at his back, "Don't worry about these guys Son, go after Skeletor!" He-Man could help but smile hearing this; it was like a dream come true.

"SKELETOR!" He-Man yelled taking a dash at him and his generals.

You're at your best when the goin' gets rough

You've been put to the test, but it's never enough

Whip Lash lashed out at him again with his tail but this time He-Man caught it and slung him into Evil-Lyn. He tried to get back up only to meet He-Man's foot.

You got the touch

You got the power

When all hell's breakin' loose

You'll be riding the eye of the storm

You got the heart

You got the motion

You know that when things get too tough

You got the touch

Lock Jaw then aimed his gun arm at He-Man and fired several shots all of which He-Man was easily dodged or deflected with his sword. He then jumped into the air toward the cyborg, and brought his sword down through his mechanical arm. And gave an elbow smash to the side of his head.

He-Man then came face to face with Skeletor, but now was visibly beginning to tire, "What's the matter 'Prince Adam', lack of sleep getting to you?" He-Man just chuckled "I still have enough to take you down Skull Face." And in a flash the Sword of Grayskull and Skeletor's staff met with sparks,

You never bend you never break

You seem to know just what it takes

You're a fighter

The battle continued to rage, neither He-Man nor Skeletor giving an inch. He-Man then knocked Skeletor back a few steps, "What's the matter He-Man?" Skeletor said with a chuckle. He-Man was slowing and was breathing extremely heavy, "Hmm? No snappy comebacks? No wise cracks?" Skeletor teased. "No." He-Man growled as he dove at him knocking the staff out of Skeletor's hand, making him draw his own sword.

It's in the blood it's in the will

It's in the mighty hands of steel

When you're standin' your ground

And you never get hit when your back's to the wall

Gonna fight to the end and you're takin' it all

"You can't last forever He-Man!" Skeletor said swiping at him, swords clashed so hard sparks flew. "One way or another, this is going to end here." He-Man said slashing and stabbing at his opponent.

You got the touch

You got the power

When all hell's breakin' loose

You'll be riding the eye of the storm

You got the heart

You got the motion

You know that when things get too tough

You got the touch

THIS IS FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY!" He-Man yelled as he took one last massive swing, slicing Skeletor's sword in two. "What? How can this be??" Skeletor yelled when He-Man kicked in the chest.

You're fightin' fire with fire

You know you got the touch   

He-Man kept punching and kicking and throwing everything he had at the dark Sorcerer.

You're at your best when the road gets rough

You've been put to the test, but it's never enough

You got the touch

You got the power

"It's over Skeletor." He-Man said as Skeletor feel to the ground.

You got the touch

You got the power

Yeah!

Skeletor wasn't moving so He-Man lowered his guard to catch his breath. He bent over and placed his hand on his knees and gasped for air. He-man didn't notice that Skeletor's hand was slowly moving for his ram-skull staff. And in a flash the staff Skeletor jumped to his feet and swung the staff so the ram-skull connected to his shoulder, knocking He-Man's sword arm out of socket and making him drop his sword. He-Man gasped and stepped back grasping his now limp arm, Skeletor then spun his staff and hitting He-Man in the face taking him to his knees, Duncan and King Randor saw then and tried to get to his aid, but was cut off by more of Skeletor's soldiers. "ADAM!" Randor yelled trying to push his way through the soldiers but to no avail.

Skeletor laughed as he reached down and picked up the Sword of Grayskull. "It's finally mine." He said almost to himself as he gazed at his prize. "I can't let it end this way…" He-Man growled as he got back up, he then quickly ran toward Skeletor. Skeletor smiled, "I've waited along time for this He-Man." Skeletor then ran the Sword through his stomach and out his back, "Long live the Prince." Skeletor whispered as he forcibly jerked the bloody sword from his body.

"ADAM!!!!" Teela screamed from the stands finally being broken from her trance, and ran down to the field. He-Man then fell to his hands and knees, as blood came from his injury. Skeletor looked down on He-Man who was barely able to stay on his hands and knees. 'Grayskull…give me just… a…little more…power…please…' He-Man thought as he felt his strength leaving him, "Don't worry Adam, I'll take real good care of your friends and family. I'll send them right behind you to the afterlife. May start with your friend Teela!" rage then built up in him, "NOOOO!!!!!!" He-Man yelled as he rose up and hit Skeletor in the face with everything he had left. Skeletor's bony face crumbled and broke from the impact and he fell backwards. Panthor dove for his master, and Skeletor climbed on his back, "Take…me…home…" He ordered as Panthor dashed out of the stadium followed by all remaining soldiers.

He-Man stayed on his feet for a moment before stumbling and falling to his back. He then closed his eyes and gave a faint glow before changing back to Adam. "NO! No. No. No." Teela muttered as she ran to Adam's side, she then gently raised him in her arms. Adam then weakly opened his eyes and looked up at her, "T-Teela…" Adam said hoarsely, "No. Adam, try to save your strength." Teela begged tears forming in her light green eyes. "D-Did…I…stop h-him?" Teela let her tears slide down her face now, "Yes, yes you stopped him… you save us all." Adam smiled, "I-I…Always…wanted you to know…s-sorry for… not telling you b-before… that…t-that I'm…H-He-Man…" he coughed out between painful breaths. "S-Sorry for lying… to you…" Teela held him tighter, "No Adam you sound like your dieing, but your not, your just hurt a little, your going to be alright you just need to rest!" Teela said panicking. "Adam just reached up with his good arm and wiped a way a tear, "It's so dark…making me…so… sleepy…" after that Adam's body went limp in her arms, "Adam? Adam?? ADAM! NO! WAKE UP! ADAAAAAAAM!!!!!!"      

TO BE CONTINUED…