Super Bomberman R Fanfiction -- Lingering Echo
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Warning is that Bomberman FC/OCs are present in this story and might be found unpleasant by ones who do not like Canon&FC/OCs interactions. Please read at one’s own risk.
-=-=-Chapter 2 - Interference -=-=-
17:30, earlier of the day.
Along the quasi-empty streets walk a few Bomber Siblings, particularly Aqua, Black and Pink. The trio have been patrolling the area for almost half of the day, ready to aid any citizen in need...Or that was what they are supposed to do.
Nothing has occurred so far, and it is both good and bad to them---sometimes, no news is good news, but they are desperately in need of a new lead at the moment.
The three bombers had spoken no words the past two hours, their last conversation ending in an unsettling conclusion about how all of the lost citizens might end up at the worst scenario.
The eerily silent atmosphere is certainly not helping to alleviate the mood, either.
Staring at the numerous empty space as they advance, Black recalls the most recent conversation they have had with the Dastardly Bombers.
(“It is almost sure that the victim is knocked out by a strong electric current, but whether it is dealt by some sort of gadget or that being the ability of the attacker is unknown.” Pausing the tape at when the bomber in the recording was hit, Phantom pointed at the blurry shadow behind the bomber.
“And judging by the looks of it, such electric current can only be conducted by some kind of strong generator, if not an ability, ” Plasma added, glancing at the paused picture. “They are an opponent not to be underestimated. It is best to be cautious should you ever confront them, Bomberman Brothers...”)
“Black, are you here?”
He raises his head to find both of his sisters staring at him.
“S-sorry, just thinking for a bit.”
Flashing back into reality, Black realises that they are already far astray from the main district. The sky has grown much dimmer as well.
“And no, it’s no big deal. Don’t worry about someone as cool as me, Aqua.”
Before his younger sister could express her worry, he added as he flicks his puff of hair and posed, while the older sister smirks.
“Good enough. He’s fine, so let’s get---”
A loud explosion immediately draws the attention of the trio. Without hesitation, they dash towards the source of the sound.
A corner turned, and the three Bomber Siblings find themselves in an alley, in the middle a shadow holding the antenna of two bombers, one purple and another mint, both unconscious.
The figure turns its head to the trio, well aware of their arrival.
“Stop at where you are and let them go!” Pink immediately reacts to the scene and steps forward, her battle stance ready.
The shadow instead wavers, as if it is about to disappear, along with the two hostages it holds.
Throwing a bomb, direct attack or not, might injure the two bombers no matter where they aim, not to mention their foe’s ability to dissipate itself. Pink nor Aqua would be able to reach them in time at this rate...
Before Black knows, he already launched himself towards the shadow and grasped onto the closer bomber that he could hopefully reach...
His back scrapes against the ground as he lands, but he does not let go of the bomber and not a moment has he let them hit the ground.
The two girls rush to their brother’s aid, but the shadow has already faded before they could help the other hostage.
“Black! Are you okay!?” Aqua hurries and kneels beside her brother, afraid that he might be more hurt than he looks.
“Aqua, it’s okay...Just a scratch...I’m fine. And the other bomber…?” He answers as he helps himself up into a sitting position, struggling to look around.
“The other...Was gone with the shadow.” Pink comes up to him, frown well-expressing her regrets.
“...” Black does not answer and instead turns his attention to the bomber in his arms, checking for injury.
The chocolate mint-like bomber, still out cold, has a few burns on her arms and the beige-coloured silk scarf she wears is tattered, but she looks otherwise fine...
Black’s face immediately goes crimson. Out of reflex, he let go of the girl, who is then caught by Pink before she receives an impact.
Staring at Black’s helplessness, the older sister sighs.
“...I’m sorry that it got away before I could rescue the other bomber as well.”
“Don’t worry, you guys did a great job---You did what you could back there,” White gives Black a gentle smile and gestures a thumbs-up. “She might know something about the shadow you saw, and that is not all...”He pauses, gaze landing on the girl that Aqua is taking care of. “You rescued her, safe from danger. That change of one’s fate makes a difference.” Black raises his head and forces a smile. “Thanks, White. I just need some time, it’s been a long day. I think I’ll go and rest now.”
“Sure thing. Goodnight, Black.” White returns his smile with another one and heads towards the computer, possibly going to continue looking for clues while Black goes for his own room.
As soon as he enters and the door closed, his smile drops. Walking past the full-length mirror he admires himself in front of daily, he stands beside the wide window and glances outside the empty streets, dispirited.
White might be right, but what about the other bomber that he failed to rescue?
He could not think of an answer to convince himself.
A restless night it is.
-To be continued-