Chapter 19, The Restoration
Back at the Watterson home, Richard is on the couch flipping through channels when he notices something. “Hey, it’s gone quiet,” he says. “Guess the ordeal is over.”
The silence is broken when the doughnut cop walks through the door with the boys. “For the last time,” he says, “I’m not arresting that ice cream girl for giving you two a bad pun!”
“Oh it doesn’t matter now!” says Gumball, sorrowfully. “Our mom was caught in that explosion!”
“And probably our sister too!” adds Darwin.
“Oh, is that why you two were crying the whole way here?” asks the doughnut cop.
“Of course it was!” exclaims Gumball,
“What did you think we were crying for?!” demands Darwin.
“Because I wouldn’t arrest the ice cream girl for the bad pun,” answers the doughnut cop.
“No, that was an additional charge!” says Darwin.
“The real reason we wanted you to arrest her was because she prevented us from saving our mom and sister!” says Gumball,
“Well why didn’t you say so before?” asks the doughnut cop.
“WE DID!!!!!!!!” shouts Gumball and Darwin.
“First, the mess with the secret,” says Gumball, “then the Inorbit invasion, and now, Mom and Anais have perished!”
“Oh no!” yells Richard. “Who’s gonna fix dinner?!” The boys glare at Richard. “I mean, uh, the love of my life, and my little girl, gone forever!”
“Tracey enters the house through the back door. “Everyone, gather in the back yard, Red Ranger’s orders.”
“Can it wait?” asks Darwin, tearfully. “We’re having a moment here.”
“Sorry, Darwin, but orders are orders,” answers Tracy.
“Oh alright, come on guys,” says Darwin.
The other rangers stand in the back yard, while the legendary weather trio is seen right outside the fence. “What’s the situation here?” asks the doughnut cop.
“It’s all over, Sheriff, the Inorbit Empire has been defeated,” answers Nicolas.
“That’s good to know, Chrome Ranger,” says the doughnut cop. Nicolas suddenly fires a beam of ice from his hand onto the grass. The doughnut cop studies the large frozen pattern. “SILVER!” the letters seem to shout. “Right, ‘Silver’ Ranger.”
“WRITE IT DOWN!!!!” shouts Nicolas.
“Yes sir, yes sir,” stutter the doughnut cop.
“Oh, who cares what his ranger name is?” Gumball asks rhetorically. “Who cares that the invasion is over? Who cares about anything?”
“Gumball, why would you say that?” asks Tracey as he kneels down to Gumball. “Your homeworld is safe once again, and so is your family.”
“Not the whole family,” corrects Gumball. “When we found out our mom and sister went to help the Red Ranger fight Savior, we tried to go save them.”
“Which, by the way, they were not supposed to-”
“SHUT UP, SHERIFF!!!!!!” Gumball and Darwin shout.
“We tried to get to the Rainbow Factory before it was too late, but a girl from our school kept getting in our way!” explains Darwin.
“And by the time we got there, the factory blew up, with Mom and Anais inside!” concludes Gumball with a waterfall of tears flowing down his face. He and Darwin embrace as they mourn their loss.
“Boys, boys, take it easy,” says Dustin. “Your mother and sister are just fine.”
“How do you know that, Blue Ranger?!” demands Gumball. “You weren’t there! So how could you possibly know that our mom and sister are ok?!”
“Yeah, how?!” Darwin also demands.
“See for yourself,” answers Dustin as he holds his hand up.
Gumball and Darwin turn around and look up. Surprised and joyous, they see Devin slowly descending from the sky, carrying Nicole and Anais. Once on ground level, Devin puts the two down.
“Mom! Anais!” says Gumball as he and Darwin run up to them with open arms.
“Boys!” says Nicole as she and Anais embrace Gumball and Darwin.
“We tried to come and save you from that evil governor,” sobs Gumball, “but we saw the factory explode.”
“And we thought you two blew up with it,” weeps Darwin.
“It’s ok boys, it’s all over,” comforts Nicole.
“We got out of there just before the place blew up,” says Anais.
“Thank goodness,” says Gumball.
“Honey!” says Richard as he joins in the group hug. “Can you get started on dinner now?” His wife and kids all look at him, each with one raised eyebrow. “Uh…it can wait.”
“Wait a minute, how did the factory blow up anyway?” asks Darwin. “Did Savior conger up some explosive spell?”
“No, Darwin, I’m afraid it was my doing,” answers Devin.
“WHAT?!?!?!” exclaims Gumball, Darwin, and Richard.
“Let me explain,” says Devin. “I successfully terminated Governor Savior, with a little help from your mother. Unfortunately, my actions did not go unnoticed by Savior’s remaining troops who had infiltrated the Rainbow Factory. They intended to execute me for my actions against their leader. There was no time for another prolonged battle, especially when your mother and sister were in danger of getting caught in the crossfire. So I had no choice but to use one of the grenades I confiscated from Agent Rosk to blow the place and the troops inside. But as you can see, I was able to get your mother and sister out safely.”
“And that’s all that matters,” says Nicole, “we’re all safe from harm.”
As the Wattersons hug each other, they sigh in happy relief.
Devin joins Adam and Beki as they tend to their legendary Pokémon. “You all did well,” he says. “Even after legend spoke of you three as enemies, you were able to work together and fight for the survival of a world that is unfamiliar to you, and for that, we are all grateful.”
“They are differently a force to be reckoned with, sir,” comments the doughnut cop.
“They certainly are, sheriff,” agrees Devin.
Suddenly, with a flash of light, Rayquaza changes back to his normal form.
“Whoa, what just happened?” asks the doughnut cop.
“Rayquaza just changed from his Mega Evolve form to his normal form,” answers Devin.
“Oh, I see,” says the doughnut cop.
“Thank you for your assistance, my friend,” says Adam to Rayquaza as he holds up his Master Ball. “Now return.” A red laser shoots out of the button of the Master Ball right at Rayquaza, causing the green dragon Pokémon to turn into red glowing energy that gets sent back inside the ball.
“What the? What did you do to your dragon friend?” asks the doughnut cop.
“Where we come from,” explains Adam, “Pokémon trainers carry their Pokémon inside these spheres called Pokéballs.”
“You mean these balls can hold Pokémon of any shape and size?”
“Wow, if we had something like that, catching crooks would be a cinch.”
“You did magnificently, Kyogre. Those Inorbit wimps didn’t stand a chance,” says Beki. “Let’s get you back in your Master Ball. Oh wait, I guess I should change you back to normal first.” Beki holds the Blue Orb up to Kyogre, but nothing happens. “Huh?” She shakes it, hoping it would make it react. “It’s not working. Why isn’t it working?
“Because you’re using the wrong orb,” answers Devin.
“No I’m not, Kyogre uses the Blue Orb,” corrects, Beki.
“Well, yes and no,” says Devin.
“Yes and no? What do you mean ‘yes and no’?”
“Oh for crying out loud, have you forgotten what the old man who gave us the orbs told us?”
“…What old man?”
“Typical,” Devin sighs in annoyance as he takes the Blue Ord. “He told us that the Red and Blue Orbs must never be separated, and that is because of how they affect Groudon and Kyogre. Matching colors change them into their Primal forms. Opposite colors…” Devin holds the Red Orb towards Kyogre, causing the primal powered orca Pokémon to flash and revert back to his normal form. “…changes them back.”
“…Oh, okay then,” says Beki. “Alright, Kyogre, return.” The Master Ball she holds fires the same laser, pulling Kyogre back inside.
“Alright Groudon, your turn,” says Devin as he holds up the Blue Orb. With a flash, Groudon also returns to his normal form. “I’m so proud of you, old friend; you rose above your pride and worked with Kyogre and Rayquaza as a team.” Groudon responds with a soft growl and a happy look in his eyes. “Time for your well-earned rest.” With that, Devin returns Groudon to his Master Ball. “Now, is everybody here?”
“Tini! Tini!” says Victini as he flies up and embraces Devin.
“There you are, buddy,” says Devin. “Wait a minute, where’s-”
“Sorry I’m late,” says Hoopa, “I was having too much fun smashing the baddies.”
“AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! A GIANT MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!” the Wattersons scream in fright.
“Giant monster? Where?” asks Hoopa.
“Stay back, you beast, or I’ll tase you!” yells the doughnut cop.
“Beast? Tase me?” says Hoopa. “Why would you do that? I thought we were friends.”
“Everyone, calm down!” says Devin as he walks towards the big multi-armed Pokémon. “You’ve all met him before, you just don’t recognize him. Victini, if you would.” Victini hands Devin the Prison Bottle, he twists the lid and pops it off. He points the bottle at Hoopa, causing the giant to glow. The energy surrounding Hoopa gets sucked into the bottle, causing him to change back to his smaller and cuter form. Devin then puts the lid back on the bottle to keep the power contained. “You see?”
“HOOPA?!?!?!?!” says the Wattersons and the doughnut cop in shock.
“That’s right,” says Devin, “the giant scary thing you saw was Hoopa in his, believe it or not, true form.”
“True…form?” asks Gumball, stunned.
“Yup,” answers Hoopa. “Were you surprised?”
“Surprised is an understatement,” answers Gumball.
“Hoopa, I need you to take these orbs back to the Professor,” says Devin as he hands the orbs to Hoopa.
“You got it, boss,” says Hoopa. He opens a portal and sends the orbs through it.
“Ok, back to headcount,” says Devin. “Looks like everyone’s here. No, wait, where’s Killer? I told him to meet us here.”
Everyone jumps out of their skin when something drops from the sky. It was Larry, still unconscious, yet groaning. Killer, in his bat form, flaps his wings as he descends. Upon touching the ground, he shifts back to his normal form. “Hi guys, wad’ I miss?”
“Killer, don’t just drop things or people like that,” says Devin. “How did you get here after me anyway? You left the Rainbow Factory before I did.”
“I saw a taco stand and decided to stock up,” says Killer all cross-eyed.
“Of course you did,” sighs Devin.
“Whoa, what happened to Larry?” asks Tracey as he and everyone else gather around the unconscious busy man.
“Never mind Larry, what happened to his head?” asks Michael. “It’s so tiny.”
“He came to the Rainbow Factory while I was fighting Savior, though I didn’t know it at the time,” answers Devin. “Savior tried to disarm me of my Gatling Flame Blaster, but I wouldn’t let him. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my blaster was charging during the struggle. Savior must have noticed it, because he just released his grip, causing me to swing my arm around and accidentally pull the trigger. The blast hit Larry right in the face.” Though the faces of his fellow Rangers can’t be see through their helmets, everyone reacts to this news as if someone just received great pain. “Which reminds me, Killer, do you still have those rocks?”
“Rocks?” says Killer.
“Yeah, the rocks I told you to bring while carrying Larry here,” says Devin.
“Oh yeah, those rocks. One second.” Killer pulls his tail off and, with the tip pointing up, shakes it until the hidden cargo flies out.”
“What the?” says Nicolas, weirded out.
“He does this sort of thing all the time,” says Darwin.
Killer reattaches his tail, salutes with his hand up his nose rather than on his forehead and says “The rocks as you requested.”
“Uh…good work,” says Devin.
“Ok, I’m guessing that those rocks are chunks of his head that blew off when he got blasted, right?” asks Michael.
“That is correct, Black,” answers Devin. “And I am hoping that since he’s made of rock, you can fix his head.”
“No problem,” says Michael. “Although I’m not sure why you would want me to do that. Though he was lucky enough to survive, it looks to me like you did him a favor. His skinny body should not be able to hold up that big head of his.”
“People say that about Gumball all the time,” says Anais. “But you don’t see him having any trouble, do you?”
“Hey!” says Gumball.
“You’ve got a point there,” says Michael. “If Gumball can keep his head up, I guess anybody can.”
“HEY!!!” says Gumball, again.
“What was Larry doing at the factory anyway?” asks Dustin.
“I don’t know.” answers Devin, “like I said, I didn’t know he was there until I blasted him…accidentally.”
“He came at me with a gun,” says Nicole
Everyone looks at Nicole in great shock. “He what?” asks Devin, speechless.
“I went to the factory to help you out,” Nicole explains, “but before I could do anything to help, he…he came up from behind with a gun pointed right at me.”
“Larry cornered you with a gun?” asks Ash. “Why would he do that?”
“I didn’t even know he had a gun,” says Richard.
“I don’t think anyone did,” comments Gumball.
“He was probably too cowardly to use it before,” points out Anais.
“He told me that when his restraining order was terminated, he became desperate,” Nicole continues. “He was at the point where he was willing to do whatever it takes to get me and my family out of his life.”
“I see, attempted murder,” says the doughnut cop. “Well, that earns him a spot in a life sentence. Don’t bother repairing his head, Black Ranger; it won’t do him much good where he’s going.”
“Hold it, Sheriff,” says Devin as he puts his arm out to block the way. “Under normal circumstances, I would agree with you in this kind of situation, but in this case, putting Larry in jail for life, or at all really, would only make things worse.”
“Because the businesses he works at can’t run without him?” guesses the doughnut cop.
“No. Well, yes, but that’s not what I was referring to,” answers Devin. “If he wakes up in jail after what happened today, he’ll no doubt blame the Wattersons.”
“Like he always does?” asks the doughnut cop.
“Exactly. He’ll most likely be driven so insane that he may attempt to escape and probably stoop even lower to get rid of the Wattersons.”
“Oh dear, we can’t let that happen. So what do you suggest we do?”
“Well, after the Black Ranger fixes his head, I suggest having his memory erased.”
“Erase his memory? Can you even do that?”
“I can’t, but the White Ranger can with his psychic powers.”
“Psychic powers? Cool. But how will he work everywhere if he wipes his memory clean?”
“No, no, he’s not going to extract all of Larry’s memories, only his unfortunate ones that involve the Wattersons. By doing that, he won’t remember having a grudge on them, filing a restraining order on them or attempting to murder Nicole. Therefore he’ll have no reason to go to prison.”
“Wow, that’s a good idea. Hey, what if the White Ranger does the same thing to everyone who pressed charges on the Wattersons and broke into their home? They would be free to go then, wouldn’t they?”
“That’s exactly what I was thinking. In fact, I think it would be best for the citizens of Elmore that they don’t remember the events that happened today.”
“Very good, sir, very good. So what do you want me to do?”
“For now, you should go back to the station and wait for the White Ranger so you two can get the citizen’s memories erased.”
“Yes, sir.” The doughnut cop proceeds to head out to his car.
“Oh and sheriff,”
“I’m about to have a privet discussion with my team and the Wattersons, so take Killer with you.”
“Killer?!” the doughnut cop stares at Killer, who seems to be sucking on his left foot. “Sir, do I really have to?”
“Who’s his parole officer?”
“Uh, I am, sir.”
“There you go.”
“Oh alright, come on, you little mutant.”
“Ok,” says Killer.
“Now, Killer,” says Devin, “be good to the cop and don’t destroy anything, you hear me?”
“Uh, I don’t know,” answers Killer. “…Do I still have my ears?”
Devin rolls his eyes and answers, “Yes, they are still attached to your head.”
“Oh, then yes, I hear you.”
“Good, now run along.”
“Ok.” With that Killer and the doughnut cop take off.
“So no one’s gonna remember what happened today?” asks Darwin.
“That’s right,” answers Adam.
“Gee, everyone’s gonna wonder what happened to Elmore,” points out Darwin.
“We can just say there was an earthquake,” suggests Anais.
“Yeah, that’ll work,” agrees Darwin.
“Maybe for most of the city,” says Nicole, “but that won’t explain what happened to the Rainbow Factory. Everyone will be able to tell that it blew up.”
“Don’t worry, Mom,” says Gumball, “Since Darwin and I tried to come and help you and Devin, we’ll just tell everyone a tweaked version of what actually happened.”
“Tweaked version of what really happened?” asks Darwin.
“Yeah, we could say that we accidentally caused some water contamination in the factory,” says Gumball.
“Oh, I see,” says Darwin. “We could also say that we didn’t realize it till the next day.”
“Yeah. We could say that we tried to save it.”
“And that we only had two minutes to get there.”
“And out of all the facts that need to be tweaked, one of them will remain 100% true.”
“Yeah, the reason why we failed to save it.”
Gumball and Darwin both say, “Sarah would not stay out of our way!”
“Sarah?” asks Devin.
“Yeah, you know,” says Darwin. “She’s the ice cream cone girl who goes to school with us.”
“Her name is Sarah?” asks Devin, baffled. “I heard that her name was Dolly.”
“Really? Where did you hear that?” asks Gumball.
Devin takes a moment to ponder Gumball’s question. “To be honest, I don’t really remember.”
“Hey, something just occurred to me,” says Beki. “What happened to Team Omega?”
“Yeah, we haven’t seen them since we blew up the aircraft,” says Dan.
“They must have finally made contact with their people and made it back home,” comments Devin. “It’s just as well; the discussion I’ve needed to have with you all has waited long enough.”
“We haven’t exactly left you guys...yet.”
Everyone is surprised by a voice that sounded awfully familiar. Suddenly, a figure materializes before them. It was none other than the Captain of Team Omega.
“Cayde!?” says Devin, “What are you doing here? And where is the rest of your team?”
“Well before I answer the first part,” says Cayde, “team, the perimeter is secure, camouflages off!”
The rest of Team Omega starts to materialize around the backyard. Kata and Sync appear close to the Wattersons, Jammer materializes nearby, kneeling down while she repairs a device, and lastly, Rosk appears right behind Michael.
“DAH!!! Don’t do that!” demands Michael.
“Cayde,” says Devin, “taking recon to get an advantage over your enemies is one thing, but eavesdropping on other people’s private business is another, and I hope that you and your team were not doing the latter.”
“Apologies for showing up unexpectedly, but I can assure you we have no interest in your business,” replies Cayde. “However there is something I must say that is indeed your ‘business.’”
“Alright Cayde, I’m listening,” says Devin.
“We were able to send a distress signal in hopes that someone in the Federation would pick up,” says Cayde. “Unfortunately, the device that Jammer is currently fixing was damaged during the battle.”
“We are certain that the message was received,” comments Jammer. “But since this thing got damaged, I’m currently unable to check any reply.”
“Then what now?” asks Dustin. “I mean, what are you supposed to do if you can’t communicate?”
“A better question would be what does that have to do with us?” asks Michael.
“Well last time I checked,” says Cayde “you guys are still considered a potential threat under the eyes of my government.”
“No offense Rangers,” adds Kata, “despite what we’ve been through, at the end of the day, we have to follow orders.”
“That being said, we need you guys to be seen alongside us so they don’t shoot right away. Do you understand?” says Cayde.
“I understand, maybe a little too well,” says Michael. “This sounds like a trap to me! Now that we’ve done our part, you don’t need us anymore. So you’re calling in the rest of the Federation to take us out! Well I will not stand for it!” Michael reaches for his Evolution Saber.
“Black Ranger, stand down!” orders Devin.
“But Firerage Ranger,” says Michael.
“We just ended a huge battle, we are not starting another one,” states Devin. “So lower your hand and leave your weapon where it is!” Michael reluctantly obeys Devin’s orders and folds his arms in a pouty fashion. “Sorry about that, he has a habit of trying people’s patience.”
“I can see that, he may not be the only one...isn’t that right Agent Rosk,” says Cayde directing his attention at Rosk who has pulled out his large energy blade and is pointing it at Michael.
“But Captain Cayde,” says Rosk.
“Put it away agent, that’s an order,” commands Cayde.
Without hesitation, Rosk puts his weapon back in its place and also folds his arms to imitate Michael.
“Alright then,” says Cayde, “we simply don’t know when they will-”
“Captain,” interrupts Sync, “I’m detecting multiple ships descending from orbit heading straight down to the city!”
High about Elmore, everyone can see the ships coming in for a landing.
“Oh no!” yells Richard, “Not more invaders! I’ve had my fill of running for one day!”
“Richard, Nicole, you and the kids better stand back and let us handle this,” says Adam.
“Right, come on kids,” says Nicole. She, Richard and the children move back towards the house. “Oh wait.” She walks up to Larry who is still unconscious. “Better not leave Larry here.” Nicole drags Larry to the back porch.
The ships continue to descend until, hovering above the city, they come to a halt. The large ships dispatch dozens of smaller vessels, which descend even further. Three of the vessels head in the direction of the Rangers and Team Omega.
“Cayde, please tell me that these ships are with you,” says Devin.
“Fear not Red Ranger,” replies Cayde, “these ships are indeed friendly.”
“Oh my,” says Sync. “It is indeed the most beautiful thing I’ve seen the whole day.”
As the three vessels come closer, two of them fly over the house, landing on the other side. The third one proceeds to land in the backyard, and as it lands its large door opens from behind. Dozens of troops scram out heading in different directions, surrounding the ship.
“Oh, man, that’s a lot of Rapture Agents,” says Ash, nervously.
“Stay calm, Rangers,” says Devin, “we don’t want to seem hostile.”
Just as Captain Cayde was about to walk towards the nearest high ranking soldier, another individual gets off the craft. This one is different from the rest. Its head is shaped like a bird with two horns, and it is wearing a very dark grey uniform with a single chest plate.
“General Ortiz!?” says Cayde, surprised. “You’re alive! We thought you were a goner!” With that statement, the rest of Cayde’s team rush towards the General.
The general chuckles a bit, “Ahh Captain Cayde, here I thought you were too. But luckily parts of the station were still intact; at least enough of it was for the life support systems to kick in.”
“And the number of survivors, sir?” asks Kata with concern in her voice.
“Unfortunately dozens of souls were lost during the attack, but hundreds made it out alive,” replies the General.
“Ah thank goodness,” says Jammer, “I’m glad you’re safe, General.”
“I’m glad you are all well too, except for Rosk apparently,” says Ortiz looking at Rosk, “By the spirits, you look like you got hit by a space fighter, son!” General Ortiz catches the eye of a certain red ranger. “My, my, captain, who is this individual wearing this strange red suit?”
Devin steps forward. “I am the Firerage Ranger,” he says, “but you may know me, in a much simpler form than this one, as the Pokéball Red Ranger. And these other color coded individuals are my Power Ranger team.”
“Ah yes, the Power Ranger team,” says Ortiz. “I have read a brief report about you, a very...colorful report. Captain, may I have a word with you in private?”
“Yes, sir,” replies Cayde. He steps away to speak with General Ortiz. A few minutes later Cayde returns to his team and the General approaches Devin.
“Red Ranger,” says the General, “You are fully aware that in the eyes of my government, you and your team are seen as terrorists.”
“Indeed I am,” says Devin. “And I hope you are aware that in our eyes and the eyes of the Tawogians, your kind is seen as terrorists as well.
“Oh please,” adds Michael, “that’s an under-” Devin whacks him in the face with one of his armored wings. “Doh!”
“How interesting,” replies Ortiz, “but regardless of your opinion towards us, I can assure you that today you will only be seen as an ally.” The general starts pacing around slowly. “Not only did you assist my team in their mission, but you were also able to defeat Savior, which has certainly dealt a heavy blow to our enemy’s morale. Thus, before I landed here, I gave a direct order to commence a ‘clean up’ operation to ensure that no physical evidence of alien forces ever attacked this city.”
Looking towards the city, the Rangers and the Wattersons see red mist spreading over the wreckage. To their surprise, the red mist seems to be repairing everything that has been damaged during the battle.
“What the heck is going on?” asks Darwin.
“I don’t know,” answers Anais, “but I’m pretty sure that it’s scientifically impossible.”
“Plus you’d think that red mist covering a city would mean something bad,” comments Gumball.
“I guess this means we don’t have to say that there was an earthquake,” says Darwin.
“Yeah,” says Gumball, “but we’re still gonna do the cover story about the Rainbow Factory because that’s too good a story to waste.”
“Amazing,” says Tracy. “A type of mist that can repair any damage.”
“And we thought the Inorbit Empire had advanced technology,” says Nicolas.
Devin stares at the repairs made by the mist in amazement. “I can’t believe it,” he says. “How is it possible?"
The general chuckles a bit with the response. “I almost forgot how primitive this world is to us,” he says, “though I believe one of my agents can quickly explain the red mist thing better than I can.”
”Of course, general,” says Jammer. “What you see may look like a mist, but in actuality, it is thousands, if not millions, of flying nanobots that specialize in restructuring material. They do so by ‘consuming’ the material to analyze its properties and then start a process of replicating the material.”
“Incredible,” says Dustin.
“If they call us ‘primitive’ one more time,” says Michael under his breath, “I’m gonna-” his sentence is cut short when Devin stomps on his foot. “OW!!! Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow!”
“It is indeed impressive,” says Devin, “But even with that kind of tech, rebuilding the Rainbow Factory will take a while, considering the fact that it has been completely destroyed. Which reminds me, Agent Rosk, could you come over here?”
Rosk walks over to Devin. “Yeah, what do you want?” he asks.
“I promised to return your grenades once the ordeal was over,” says Devin as he pulls out one of the grenades. “Unfortunately, I can only return one of them because I had to use the other to wipe out the last wave of Inorbit Soldiers who had infiltrated the Rainbow Factory.”
Rosk takes back his grenade from Devin. “Thanks for returning it,” he says, “though you could have used them all to make sure you truly neutralize the enemy, just saying.”
“Well, then I guess I have nothing else to say other than you ‘Tawogians’ got really lucky not having to face the full wrath of the Inorbit Empire,” comments Ortiz. He then turns his attention to a nearby by soldier. “Major, we are departing!”
“Yes sir,” replies the soldier, “Already, men, move out on the double!”
The soldiers begin to rally behind the ship in formation. While the soldiers get in, the General looks at Cayde once more. “I’m assuming you wanna take a ride with us?” he asks.
“Yes sir, however, I need to do something first,” replies Cayde.
“Alright then captain,” says Ortiz. “Whatever you have to do...do so quickly, otherwise we will leave your sorry bottoms on this rock.” The general makes his way towards the ship, takes one last look at the Rangers, chuckles a bit and then climbs aboard the ship.
“You have something you wish to say, Captain?” asks Devin.
“Yeah, well first off, I would like to thank you for assisting us in completing our mission,” says Cayde. “It would have been nearly impossible without your help. It’s a shame though, that by tomorrow we will become adversaries once more.”
“I suppose so,” says Devin. “But for what it’s worth, it’s been an honor fighting by your side.”
"You are a great leader and a fine fighter, but I guess this is where the truce comes to an end," says Cayde. "Alright team, time to pack up!"
One by one, each member of Team Omega walks to the ship. Jammer and Sync wave to the Rangers and the Wattersons. Kata just gives them a brief look before entering the ship, and Rosk gently punches Michael’s shoulder before he disappears.
“Don’t be a stranger, big guy,” says Michael as he waves goodbye to Rosk. Nicolas puts his hand on Michael’s shoulder, which gives him the idea that Nicolas thinks that he and Rosk are now friends. “Don’t you be getting the wrong idea, you hear, Ice Boy?”
As Cayde joins the rest of his people, he takes one last look at Devin.
“Farewell, Captain Cayde,” Devin says, “I wish things were different between my team and your people.”
Cayde waves at Devin and climbs aboard the ship. The door closes and the ship slowly makes its way towards the fleet.
Just as Devin is about to return his attention to his team, he hears static, followed by Cayde’s voice.
“This is a recorded message for your ears only,” says the voice, “Fighting alongside you has only reinforced my skepticism of the initial reports about you and your team. I know that you fight for a cause, but I’m afraid that the Federation’s patience is about to run out. I still don’t know why the Federation has such an interest in this world more than any other, but should the Federation ever decide to drop the hammer in full force on this world...run Devin, save your family and just run away to your home dimension...till next time my friend.”
After hearing this message, Devin is more certain than ever that the Federation will come back with hostile intent. As troubling as the message is, one part of it troubles him the most. “How did he know my name?” he asks himself. Suddenly, he hears a beeping sound coming from the right side of his helmet. He reaches and grabs what appears to be a small circular device that Cayde must have placed there to transmit the message. The device suddenly disintegrates in Devin’s very hand. He and all his comrades watch as the Federation ships take their leave from Tawog. What Devin has learned is troublesome, but he cannot worry about it now, for he has more important matters to tend to. “Alright, now that that’s over, I need to have a discussion with everyone.” He looks at the Wattersons who are over by the back porch. “And I mean everyone.”
“Oh no, he doesn’t sound too happy,” says Darwin as he and the Watterson rejoin the Rangers.
“Guess we better get ready for another round of chewing out,” says Gumball.
“Adam, Beki,” says Devin in a firm voice, “you two took me out to get my mind off the betrayal when in actuality, you were keeping me distracted.”
Beki and Adam look at each other and then look down in guilt.
“The rest of the team,” Devin continues, “you all disobeyed my orders by coming here to gather information behind my back.”
The other Rangers all look just as guilty as Adam and Beki.
“And then there’s the Wattersons,” Devin resumes, “Who kept the fact that Kentyth is alive a secret from me for months, even going far as to keep me from opening their freezer, which is where they were keeping him this whole time!
The Wattersons look down in sorrow and guilt.
“And I know the best thing to say that perfectly describes how I feel about all this,” Devin adds. Everyone flinches a little as they anxiously await Devin’s response. “…Thank you.”
Save Nicole and Anais, everyone looks at Devin and at each other, very confused.
“I’m sorry, Devin, what did you say?” asks Michael.
“I said ‘thank you’,” answers Devin.
“That’s what I thought you said,” replies Michael. “So let me get this straight, you’re thanking all of us for stabbing you in the back?”
“I’m thanking you all for following your hearts,” corrects Devin. “Each and every one of you did the right thing.” He turns to his team. “Rangers, my mind was not in the right place, and you all did everything in your power to make things right.” He turns to the Wattersons. “Kentyth tried to lure you all into a trap. But when you trapped him, you all agreed to keep his revival a secret from me because you were worried for my sake. For that, I am truly grateful.”
Everyone is greatly relieved to hear the news, but they quickly return to confusion.
“Wait a second,” says Tracey, “You knew? How?”
“Prof. Oak,” answers Devin. “He saw the whole thing the day it happened through the surveillance camera and saved the footage just in case there might come a time when I would need to see it.”
“WHAT?!?!?!” shouts Michael. “You mean to tell me that we executed an extremely risky plan to get the truth when Prof. Oak could have revealed it to you this whole time?!”
“He didn’t feel that the time was right yet,” Devin states.
“Didn’t feel that the time was right?! But he could have saved us so much trouble!”
“True, but had you followed my orders and waited for the Professor to finally show me the footage, Tawog would be in a much worse position than it is now. By defying my orders, you were all able to keep as much of Elmore in one piece as possible.”
“He’s right, Michael,” says Ash, “It was better this way.”
“As for the Inorbit Invasion,” Devin points out, “it had everything to do with the Watterson’s debt and angry mob problem.”
“What do you mean, Devin?” asks Darwin.
“Everyone wanted you to pay for the damages you caused,” explains Devin. “And then you thought that if you made things worse, the problems would fix themselves like they always do.”
“Yeah, what’s your point?” asks Anais.
“The fact that everyone was pressing charges against you yesterday was not by coincidence,” Devin continues, “but by design.”
The Wattersons gasp at this statement. “By design? But how?” asks Gumball.
“Well let me put it to you this way,” says Devin. “The night before the angry mob incident, did any of you have nightmares?”
The Wattersons carefully ponder Devin’s question before answering.
“You know, I did actually,” answers Gumball. “I dreamt that Penny’s family moved not only to a different city but one that was on a different planet! Thank goodness it was just a dream, I was afraid I’d never see her again.”
“You think that’s bad?” asks Darwin. “I dreamt I was in the ocean being chased by carnivorous fish of every kind with no means of escape!”
“That’s nothing,” says Anais. “I dreamt that I was the dumbest person alive. So dumb, they put me in an asylum because they didn’t think there was any hope for me!”
“I dreamt that my life was filled with nothing but failures,” says Nicole. “I couldn’t keep my job, I kept getting arrested, I was hated by everyone, even my family.”
“I dreamt that I was sentenced to be on a diet for life!” yells Richard.
“That last one might actually be beneficial for him,” whispers Dustin to Ash.
“Ok, so you all had nightmares,” says Devin. “Now do you remember me telling you that Dark-R has this natural ability to strike the greatest amount of fear in anyone simply by being in their presence?”
“Yeah,” the Wattersons answer.
“Well, imagine what that ability can do to people when they’re asleep,” Devin adds.
“What?” says Nicole. “Wait, Devin, are you saying that Dark-R…was in our house that night?”
“That’s exactly what I’m saying,” answers Devin.
The Wattersons shiver at this disturbing message.
“That really scary and evil Dark Lord that plans to destroy us was in our house?” asks Darwin. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to sleep again.”
“Wait, a minute, Devin, how do you know this?” asks Anais.
“After the Professor showed me the footage of you guys making the secret,” answers Devin, “we noticed that the cameras captured new footage. Dark-R entered your house and found Kentyth in cryostasis.”
“Cryostasis?” asks Gumball.
“It means he was frozen but alive,” explains Anais.
“Oh,” says Gumball.
“When Dark-R found out that you had Kentyth alive in your freezer, it gave him the perfect plan of attack,” Devin continues. “Professor Oak examined the droid the sheriff found and discovered that it was an Inorbit micro droid programmed to force people to think of a certain memory. Dark-R had Savior dispatch these droids to everyone in Elmore and to Santa. That is why everyone was pressing charges all at once. Everything that happened yesterday was exactly what Dark-R planned. He wanted me to think you were using me this whole time so that I would abandon you, thus leaving Tawog vulnerable and unprotected.”
Everyone reacts in shock to this news.
“So by making everyone keep Kentyth a secret from you, I provided the Dark Lord with another plan to destroy us all,” says Nicole with heavy guilt. “I’m sorry, Devin, but I knew how much you suffered when Kentyth was a threat before, and I didn’t want you to have to go through it again.”
“I know, Nicole, and I thank you for that,” says Devin. “But on the other hand, if you had told me while he was still trapped, we would’ve been able to dispose of him easily.”
“Oh dear, I didn’t think of that. I made an even bigger mistake than I thought.”
“You’re not the only one at fault, Nicole. Believing everything Kentyth told me yesterday was my mistake. If I had considered that only half of what he said was true, I never would have left. It’s like you told Granny Jojo, it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn something from them.”
“Unless of course, that mistake costs you your life,” says Tracey. “In this case, it almost did for all of us.”
“Yes, thank you for pointing that out, Tracey,” says Devin sarcastically.
“He’s right, Devin,” says Nicole. “If I could go back in time, I would correct that mistake so this whole mess never would have happened.”
“I know, Nicole,” says Devin, “but we can’t change the past. We can only do our best in the present in hopes of achieving a better future.”
Suddenly everybody hears a loud “HAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!” When they look in the direction of the noise, they end up staring at Beki. She tries to look innocent by looking around with her hands behind her back.
Devin rolls his eyes and turns his attention back to Nicole. “The important thing is that the attack is over, Elmore is safe and this whole misunderstanding has been sorted out.”
“Does that mean you’re coming back?” asks Gumball. “And that I’m your little buddy again?”
“Of course it does,” answers Devin.
“Yay!” cheers Gumball, Darwin, Anais, and Richard.
Nicole reaches into her pocket and pulls out Devin’s Tawog Bracelet. “Then I guess you want this back,” she says.
Devin takes his bracelet. “Thank you, Nicole,” he says. He holds it to his left wrist and with a flash of light, it goes through his Battlizer armor and rests back on his wrist where it belongs. “I’m glad that the secret about Kentyth has been sorted out, but Kentyth himself is still at large.”
“How is that even possible?” asks Nicolas. “He shouldn’t be after you, uh, what did you do to him again?”
“I saw what he did, but it’s too graphic to put into words,” says Gumball. “So instead, I will demonstrate.” Gumball dashes inside the house and comes back out with a bottle of soda and a bottle opener. “Ok, everyone pretend that I’m Devin, the bottle is Kentyth, the bottle cap is Kentyth’s head, and the bottle opener is Kentyth’s ax.” Gumball uses the bottle opener to remove the cap.
Everyone stares at Gumball, disturbed by the demonstration. “Wow,” says Michael. “It’s amazing how a non-graphic demonstration can put a graphic picture in your head.”
“You’re not wrong, Michael,” agrees Nicolas, “but it also proves that Kentyth shouldn’t still be alive after that.”
“That’s just it, Nicolas, he wasn’t,” points out Devin. “I threw his body tumbling into a volcano in the human world after his threat ended. But yesterday, he said he never made it all the way in. How that’s possible or what it has to do with how he came back to life is truly a mystery. However, as much as we want answers, it is the least of our concerns right now. The mere fact that he’s alive means that he is once again a danger to Tawog.”
“Yeah, he’s gonna try to eat us again!” says Gumball fearfully.
“No, Gumball, not anymore,” says Devin. “You heard what he said, because I destroyed his stomach chamber to set your family free, he’s no longer capable of devouring all of Tawog, or any of Tawog for that matter.”
“Oh, well then how can he still be a threat?” asks Gumball.
“Even without the ability to devour this world, he is still a dangerous and powerful adversary,” explains Devin. “But because he can’t fulfill his destiny, there’s only one thing he wants.”
“Revenge on you?” asks Anais.
“Why would he want revenge on you?” asks Richard.
“Because, Richard,” answers Nicole,” Devin is the one who not only defeated him, but also prevented him from ever fulfilling his destiny.”
“Oh, I see,” says Richard. “What was his destiny again?”
Nicole facepalms with a sigh.
“The fact that he tried to lure you all into a trap means that he’ll do anything to get to me,” Devin continues. “If I refuse to face him, he’ll come after this family, my team, and everyone I care deeply about. I mustn’t give him that chance. I will go to him and redo what has been undone, and I will not return until that is accomplished.”
“What? You’re leaving us again?” ask Darwin, concerned.
“Yes, Darwin, but this time, it will be for everyone’s sake. If Kentyth remains alive, everyone will be in grave danger.”
“Where will you find him?” asks Gumball. “He could be anywhere.”
“He would most likely be somewhere where he would blend in,” answers Devin, “and the only place in Tawog I can think of that would let him do that is the one place where monsters like him would feel at home.”
“You mean the Forest of Doom?” asks Gumball.
“Exactly,” answers Devin.
“But Devin,” says Nicole, “I don’t know how we can get by without you, especially with everything we go through.”
“Hardships are a part of life Nicole, that’s just how it is. Like with every living being, new hardships will come to you. Some of them will be more challenging and less predictable than others. But I believe that you will be able to overcome them all as you always have.”
“True, but there will also be hardships we can’t handle on our own, specifically the ones Dark-R throws at us.”
“Which is why I trust my team to be here for you for whatever reason, big or small. Right guys?”
Devin’s whole team nods in agreement.
“Considering all the wild and crazy adventures you all have, I want to be caught up on everything that happens when I return,” says Devin. “So Anais, I want you to be the Watterson Chronicler.”
“You can count on me, Devin,” salutes Anais.
“What’s a chronicler?” asks Darwin.
“A chronicler is a person who writes down things that happen that will eventually become a part of history,” answers Anais. “So every day, until Devin comes back, I have to ask you, Gumball, Mom, and Dad about everything that happened and then write it down in a book.”
“Oh, cool,” says Darwin.
Victini flies over to Devin. “Tini, tini, tini tini. Tini tini tini tini tini tini,” he says, translated to “Alright, Devin, let’s go. The sooner Kentyth’s gone the better.”
“No Victini,” says Devin, “this is a mission I must do alone. I failed to ensure his fate was sealed, so it’s my responsibility to fix this.”
“Ti? Tini tini,” says Victini with a sad look, translated to “Wha? But Devin.”
“Besides, I need you here to look after the Wattersons in my place and to alert the others in case of any serious danger. Will you do that for me?”
“Tini tini,” answers Victini as he hugs Devin, translated to “Of course.”
“Thanks, buddy. And Hoopa,”
“Yes sir?” says Hoopa.
“While you continue your duty as transportation between Tawog and the human world, you shall also act as Victini’s translator, so the Wattersons will know what he’s saying.”
“Yeah! Don’t worry, Devin, I’ll be the best Pokémon transporter ever!”
“No, Hoopa, not transporter, translator.”
“Yeah, Pokémon transporter!”
“I give up.”
“Devin, when are you coming back?” asks Gumball.
“Little buddy, I can’t say for sure,” answers Devin. “Depending on whatever Kentyth’s gone through, how much stronger he’s gotten, and how much more stubborn he’s become, the battle may last a long time. But whenever you and your family feel down or hopeless, just remember that I am out there fighting to protect the very thing you treasure most.”
“What’s that?” asks Gumball.
“Each other,” Devin answers.
The Wattersons look at each other and smile, showing their belief in their honorary family member.
“Watch over this family, Rangers,” Devin says, “for they have done the same for us. Protect them, support everything they are, and all of which they can be.” Having said all he needed to say, Devin spreads his armored wings, squats down, and with a push of his knees and a swing down of his wings, he takes to the sky. As he soars, he does a loop-de-loop and flies straight into the direction of his destination. Before he gets far, he turns around to take one last look at his friends before he carries out his mission.
The Rangers and the Wattersons wave goodbye to him. “Good luck, Devin!” Nicole calls out. “And may the power protect you!”
Devin gives them a thumbs up and continues his heading. All the while, he makes a new entry to his personal audio log. “There may be days when we feel wrongly used by friends or family, but if we jump to conclusions and refuse to hear the full story, we will never know whether it was truly betrayal or them simply looking after us. This is a lesson I have learned from those I hold close. I now take my leave to the Forest of Doom to settle some unfinished business with Kentyth. If I could transmit a message to him, this is what I would say. ‘Don’t bother bringing the fight to me, because I’m bringing it to you.’”