Chapter 18: After D3m0n
Zer0 found out from Mordecai that Jack had murdered Roland after Zer0 became D3m0n. Jack had also kidnapped Lilith and was using her to try and wake the Warrior. The other Vault Hunters were on their way back from the Hyperion Info Stockade. "Damn." Zer0 cursed. "Roland's dead." Zer0 hadn't talked much with Roland, but still thought Roland was a great guy.
"I know. Tragic." Mordecai agreed. "How's Maya doing? Try and focus on something good."
"Maya's doing fine, and so is our child."
"Wait… Maya's pregnant? How?"
"I'm sure you already know about the birds and the bees."
"I think it was the night we spent together when I came back. I kinda feel bad about getting her pregnant after taking her virginity in the same night."
"Dang. What are you going to do now?"
"What am I going to do? What kind of a stupid question is that? I'm going to stay with her. I'm going to be there for my child and Maya, especially now that D3m0n is gone."
Mordecai shrugged and the other Vault Hunters returned from their adventure. Gaige walked up to Zer0 and asked "How are you doing?" Zer0 exclaimed "I'm doing fine, and so is Maya." as a ": )" popped onto his helmet.
"Good. We were worried about you two."
Axton walked over to Zer0 and stated "There is something I have to tell you." Zer0 replied "Is it about Maya being pregnant? Because I already know."
"She told you?"
"Yeah, she also told me that you found out and kept it a secret for her."
Axton scratched the back of his head and apologized "Sorry for keeping a secret from you."
"It isn't a problem."
Maya walked into the room wearing her black pants and a grey shirt. "SIREN LADY IS HERE!" Krieg bellowed as Maya yawned. "Yes Krieg." Maya yawned. "I'm here." She wrapped her arms around Zer0 and buried her head into his chest. "Babe, I'm hungry." Maya sighed. "Do we have anything to eat?"
Zer0 replied as he wrapped his arms around her "I think we have something." Gaige walked over to them and was the first to say "Congratulations Maya." Maya looked at her and replied "Thank you Gaige."
"How long have you been pregnant, if I may ask?"
"About a month. It was the night me and Zer0 spent together. Since I'm a Siren, I have an acute understanding of the universe. With that in mind I basically knew I was pregnant the morning after."
Gaige looked to Zer0 and proclaimed "You're going to be a great dad, Zer0." A ": )" popped onto his helmet and he replied "Thanks Gaige." She smiled and Mordecai interrupted "Hate to ruin the happy moment, but we have to go save Lilith."
"Mordecai's right, we have to go after her and Jack."
"Whoa there Zer0, you think you're going?"
"I KNOW I'm going. Maya isn't."
Zer0 looked down at Maya, who had her head buried into his chest again. "What happens if you get hurt again and D3m0n gets out?" Mordecai questioned. "Maya won't be around so he'll just go after everyone else." Zer0 responded "D3m0n is dead. I haven't heard a single word from him since I killed him."
"Are you sure about that?"
Axton stepped in and proclaimed "If Zer0 says that D3m0n is dead, then who we to question him?" Zer0 nodded and looked down at Maya. She looked up at him with worry in her eyes and she said "Please be careful." Zer0 did something he never thought he would do around anyone else, he removed his helmet and dropped it on the ground. He placed his hands on the sides of her face and pressed his lips to hers.
He let her go and proclaimed "Always." He kept his arm around Maya and looked to everyone to see them with surprised looks on their faces. He picked his helmet back up and proclaimed "What are we waiting for? Let's go save Lilith and stop Jack once and for all!"
The Vault Hunters rode he elevator down to the Vault of the Warrior to face Jack for the last time. As they moved along the path Jack exclaimed "Key's almost charged bandits! Once it is, the Warrior's going to burn this planet to ashes!" The group jumped down and went over to where Lilith floated in the air. Jack appeared in front of the control panel and proclaimed "Hey, glad you made it. Key's almost charged, but first, I'm going to avenge my daughter." He stood in a pouncing position and disappeared.
Axton was the first to react and threw his turrets out. Gaige summoned Deathtrap and Salvador pulled out another SMG. Jack reappeared and kicked Krieg in the stomach. Before Axton's turrets or Deathtrap could strike Jack, a shield surveyor created a shield around him. Jack then used a device on his wrist and created a laser blast.
Zer0 tried to jump out of the way, but Jack anticipated it and fired a second blast that struck Zer0's chest. "Time to see that D3m0n again!" Jack laughed. Zer0 looked down at his wound and started to panic as the black ooze leaked from the wound. It crawled across his body and began to envelop him.
NO NO NO NO NO! Zer0 screamed in his head as the ooze encased his head. He waited for D3m0n to take control, but Zer0 still felt himself. Zer0 opened his eyes and looked at his hands to discover they were D3m0n's claws. He clicked each claw to another to see that HE was in control, not D3m0n. "What are you waiting for?" Zer0 heard Jack shout. "Kill them already!"
Zer0 stood up D3m0n's full stance and looked to Jack with a wicked smile. D3m0n isn't home, Jack. He growled. I have control now. Let me show you exactly what fire you have been playing with. Zer0 used D3m0n's speed and shot over to Jack, grabbing is throat. Zer0 raised Jack into the air and growled Time to get burned by the fire. He promptly threw Jack as hard as he could through one of the Eridian statues and he landed into the lava.
Zer0 turned to his friends to see them with their weapons pointed at him. He slowly put his hands in the air and announced It's me, Zer0. I'm not going to hurt you. Gaige stepped forward and lowered her weapon. "Is it really you Zer0?" She questioned.
It is me, Gaige. I don't know if this is because I killed D3m0n or… or maybe he isn't truly gone. He might still be alive, but he isn't strong enough to take control.
"Whichever it is, I'm going to help you get rid of him Zer0. We're family now."
Thank you Gaige. Let's get Lilith down and head back to Sanctuary.
Maya sat on the second floor with a mess of food containers on the table. She rested her hands on her stomach and laughed "You are really hungry aren't you?" She leaned her head back and sighed "I can already tell you are going to be a handful." She heard people start to cheer and she moved to the balcony to see her friends coming out of the station. She ran downstairs and immediately hugged Zer0.
"I'm so glad you're back!" Maya cried. She thought his chest felt a little puffy and asked "Did something happen?" Zer0 answered "I got hit by one of Jack's laser blasts."
"Did… did HE come out?"
"Yes and no."
"D3m0n's form came out, but his consciousness didn't. I was in control of D3m0n's body."
"That's something. On the other hand, I told you to be safe!"
Zer0 took off his helmet and kissed her. "You're so cute when you're angry." He proclaimed. Maya tried to fight a smile, but failed since she loved him so much. He wrapped her in a hug and proclaimed "This is a good start for the rest of our lives." Maya sighed as she hugged him "I love you Zer0."
"I love you too Maya."
This was the final chapter for Zer0's D3m0n. This was a really good story and I want to thank you all for reading, reviewing and suggesting stuff. You are a wonderful audience and thank you again. I have some ideas but not sure which to do first. I'll let you guys decide.
Borderlands/ Monster Hunter crossover, Monsters of Pandora
Handsome Jack escapes his death at the hands of the Vault Hunters. Now there are strange creatures appearing on Pandora and wreaking havoc. The Vault Hunters must now find Jack and deal with the wyverns and beasts of Monster Hunter.
Borderlands story, Hyperion Superiority
Alternate Universe where Axton and Zer0 are recruited by Hyperion instead of becoming Vault Hunters. What will happen when the Commando and the Assassin work against the Vault Hunters?
Those are my ideas, let me know through review or PM. Also, a sequal for this may or may not happen. I don't have a solid idea yet.