Chapter 17, The Diversion
Devin runs up to Nicole, shouting, “What just happened?”
“I don’t know! The boys and Richard got in the car with the sheriff and suddenly, they disappeared!”
“Mom, didn’t you notice that huge laser shooting from the aircraft? The impact was so strong it flung the car through the air and out of sight!” exclaims Anais.
“Well, considering the many unlikely things I’ve seen happen in this town, they probably landed back at home,” Devin remarks. “Since you can’t get back home, you two better stay clear and out of the way, while we take care of business.”
As Devin leaves to rejoin the other Rangers, Nicole ponders what to do. “Hey, Killer, come over here,” she says.
“How can I help you?” asks Killer.
“Well first off, what are you doing with that lighter and that stick of dynamite?” Nicole asks.
Killer looks back and forth between the lit lighter and dynamite and then just stuffs them in his mouth. “Nuffin,” he says. Suddenly his head briefly inflates from a bang inside, followed by smoke coming out his ears.
“Uh huh,” says Nicole. “Secondly, you can shapeshift into anything, right?”
“Uhhhhh, I think so.”
“Well, do you think you can shapeshift into an impenetrable shield?”
“Oh sure.” Killer takes on the shape of a shield with his face in the center. “See? I can be a shield.”
“Good.” Nicole picks up the shield-shaped Killer and hands him to Anais. “Then you will use that form to protect my daughter.”
“Wait, Mom, what about you?” asks Anais, concerned.
“Don’t worry about me, honey, I’m all the protection I need,” answers Nicole.
As Devin regroups with his team, he says, “Alright, Rangers, set Evolution Sabers to Blaster mode!” The whole team does just as instructed. “Charge up blasters!” Each Ranger touches the Mega Stone on their Blasters, charging them for a power-up attack. “Aim, and fire!” With that, the Rangers fire their weapons at the aircraft hovering above them aided by Groudon with his Flamethrower attack and Kyogre with his Hydro Pump move.
“Sir, the Rangers are firing at us!” says a crew member.
“Damage report!” orders Savior.
“Shields are still at optimum efficiency, sir,” says the crew member, “however, those shots are just strong enough to throw the ship off balance.”
“So they can flip my craft over, but they can’t penetrate the shield,” Savior says to himself. “Ha, so much for ‘Mega Evolution.’ Return fire on the Rangers, don’t let them reach the bomb! And dispatch the droids to bring Nicole Watterson into custody. We’re not leaving this wretched world without her.”
“Yes, sir, firing and deploying,” responds the crew member.
The aircraft’s guns take aim and fire.
“Incoming!” Nicolas calls out.
Everyone dodges the blasts coming down with backflips, summersaults, and other acrobatic moves. “Everyone alright?” Devin calls out. They all respond to him that no one was harmed. “Alright, keep firing , we have to buy as much time as we can!”
“You know, Devin,” calls out Tracey, “this would be a lot easier if we used our Zords!”
“You’re not wrong, Tracey,” Devin replies, “But with the disrupter field up, we can’t summon the Zords. Well, technically we can, but they won’t be able to get here before the bomb goes off. Besides, once the aircraft is disabled, we won’t need the Zords, not when we’ve got Rayquaza.”
Nicole uses the same acrobatic moves to avoid the shots, while Anais uses Killer’s shield form for cover.
“Ow! My eye!” says Killer, after getting hit by a laser. “Ow! My other eye! Oooo-ooo-ooow! My whole face!”
“Oh give it a rest!” exclaims Anais. “It’s not like their using water cannons or electric guns, you’re fine!”
As the battle presses forward, Ash notices a swarm of droids coming out of the aircraft. “Uh oh, we got droids incoming!” he calls to his fellow Rangers.
“Oh great. Evasive maneuver!” orders Devin.
The Rangers prepare to face off against the incoming droids, but to their surprise, they find the droids flying over them rather than at them.
“Wait, where are they going?” asks Dustin.
Dan watches one of the droids fly over him and finds where they are headed. Oh no! They’re headed right for Nicole and Anais!” he says as he starts to shoot the droids down.
“Don’t let them get near them!” says Ash as he and the others join in the shooting.
The Rangers slowly stop shooting when they notice that Nicole is handling the droids just fine. Smashing them, crushing them, tearing them apart, and even prying their heads off with her teeth.
“Whoa, I guess Nicole’s got this one,” comments Michael.
“It’s amazing that she can handle so many droids at once,” adds Nicolas.
“What’s amazing is despite the many times you guys have seen her in action, you’re still surprised by what she can do,” remarks Devin. “Now let’s get back to distracting Savior!” With that, he and his team return fire on the aircraft.
As Nicole reduces the droids to scrap metal, she hears her cell phone ringing. “Oh who could be calling me at a time like this?!” she exclaims. She answers it while continuing to fight one-handed. “HELLO!!!!! Oh, Richard, is that you? You and the boys landed back home? Oh, thank goodness. Looks like Devin called it. Oh, don’t worry, Richard, we’re fine. Anais is using Killer as a shield and I’m tearing apart some rust bucket droids. No, no, no, you and the boys stay home, we can handle this. No, Richard, listen to me, you are not to go beyond the property line till we get home, understand? Good, sit tight and we’ll be home eventually. And don’t touch the frozen chicken, it’s for dinner tonight.”
The Rangers press forward with their diversion as time slowly slips from them.
“We don’t have much time left!” Devin calls out. “We need to bring the aircraft to a complete stop! Everyone to the front!” The Rangers gather, facing the front side of the aircraft with Groudon and Kyogre by their side. “Rangers, power up for the finishing attack! Groudon, Kyogre, standby for Hyper Beam.”
Each Ranger holds up their left arm in a ready position. “Evolution Blaster, charge up!” they all say as they make the Megastones on their weapons touch the ones on their wrists, powering up their blasters for a finishing attack, while at the same time, Groudon and Kyogre charge up their Hyper Beam attacks. The Rangers point their blasters at the aircraft and shout, “Mega Elemental Blast!” The tip of their weapons glow their corresponding colors as they wait for Devin to give the order to fire.
Devin waits for the right moment as the suspense in the atmosphere intensifies. “Fire!” he commands.
The Rangers pull the triggers, firing beams of elemental energy. The beams cross paths with each other, creating one powerful beam. Upon the same command, Groudon and Kyogre fire off the Hyper Beams. The impact of these three beams of power causes the aircraft to be tilted straight up.
Inside the aircraft, Savior and a few members of his crew hold on tight to whatever they can while the rest tumble down to the back end of the ship. “Sir,” says a crew member, “the Rangers and their Pokémon are throwing the ship off balance! Fortunately, the shields are still holding!”
“I can tell the shields are still holding because if they weren’t, the ship would be blown up rather than tilted!” exclaims Savior out of irritation. He looks at the monitor and sees that the Rangers are really laying it on, not showing any intentions of letting up. “If they think they’ve got superior fire power, they haven’t seen anything yet. Fire the Ultra Cannon!
“Yes…sir,” says the crew member. While trying very hard not to lose his grip, he reaches for the Ultra Cannon lever and pulls it.
As the Rangers continue using superior fire power, Anais notices a section on the bottom of the aircraft opening and revealing what appears to be a state of the art cannon. Her assumptions are proven correct when she sees it charging up. “Oh no, Rangers look out!” she calls.
Too late, the cannon fires. The explosive impact knocks down Groudon and Kyogre and scatters the Rangers into the air and falling painfully on the hard black pavement.
“No!” exclaims Nicole as she reaches out to her Ranger friends.
Shocked and in pain, the Rangers struggle to get up from the massive blast they took.
“Come on…guys,” Devin groans painfully, “we can’t stop now.”
As the aircraft rebalances itself, everyone can hear the evil laugh of Governor Savior through the loudspeakers. “I find it rather amusing that you believed your actions were formidable,” he gloats, “but as you can see, neither the super boost of Mega Evolution nor the ancient power of Primal Reversion is any match for the superior minds of the Inorbit Empire! You feeble heroes cannot stop the bomb from destroying this world and everything in it. Oh, and speaking of which, it seems we are down to just ten seconds left.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Devin shouts. He and his weakened comrades shake in fearful anticipation as the seconds slip away.
Savior eagerly watches the timer on the monitor as it counts down the last five seconds. “Five…four…three…two…ONE…!” For some reason, the timer just stops at one. Confused, Savior starts tapping on the timer with his scythe. “What’s going on? Why did it stop? And where’s the explosion?!”
“I don’t know sir, there must be something wrong with the bomb,” says a crew member.
“Zoom in on it!”
The screen zooms in on the bomb and to the whole crew’s surprise they see Jammer holding a pair of wire cutters and Sync holding two red wires with ends that look as though they‘ve been cut. The two of them stand as if they’re aware that they’re on camera.
“WHAT?!?!?!?!” shouts Savior. “The Omega Team defused the bomb! Wait a minute, the Rangers weren’t trying to take out my ship, they were keeping us busy so the Omega Team could defuse the bomb. CURSES!!!!!!!”
“What do we do now, sir?” asks a crew member.
“That bomb is gonna blow one way or another,” Savior replies. “Lock the Ultra Cannon on the bomb and fire. The blast should be enough to set it off.”
“Yes sir, setting Ultra Cannon to target the…wait…uh oh. Sir, we’ve got a problem.
“We just lost power to the weapons.”
“That’s not all,” adds another crew member. “The shields just when offline.”
“No shields? No weapons?!” Savior says, irritably. “You better get them back online this instant, because if the Rangers do that super elementary whatever they call it again, we’re done for!”
“We’re trying, sir, but it’s not working,” says one of the crew members. “It’s as if the power source has been completely cut off.”
“Sir, incoming call from the engine room.”
“Put it on screen,” orders Savior.
To everyone’s surprise, yet again, they see the caller is none other than Captain Cayde. “Good day, Governor Savior, long time no see,” he says.
“What the?! Captain, Cayde?!” says Savior. “What are you doing on my ship?! Come to think of it, how did you even get aboard my ship?”
“That, Governor, is classified Rapture information,” answers Cayde. “But to answer your first question, Kata, Rosk, and I thought we’d stop by and teach you a lesson for double-crossing the Rapture Federation.”
“By disabling my aircrafts shields and weapons?” asks Savior, slightly amused. “Is that really the best you can do?”
“Oh no,” Cayde answers as Kata and Rosk jump out of the aircraft behind him, “the best is on its way. Just remember, Savior, you brought this on yourself a long time ago.” Cayde ends the transmission and jumps out, following his team.
“I don’t like the sound of that,” comments Savior nervously.
As Cayde, Kata, and Rosk parachute down, Rosk fires three flare missiles into the air, catching the attention of the Rangers below.
“That’s the signal, they’ve done it!” says Devin. “Adam, now!”
Adam nods in response and looks up at the sky. “Rayquaza, use Dragon Ascent!”
Savior once again looks over the situation. “Ok, Cayde said that the best is on its way, what does that mean?” he asks himself. He takes a good look at his enemies down below. “The Rangers are still trying to get up, and the weather trio isn’t doing any- wait a minute, something’s missing. There’s Groudon, and there’s Kyogre…where’s Rayquaza?”
“Sir, our sensors are detecting a long, green projectile from above heading straight for us!” says a crew member.
Realizing that the information he just relieved answers both his questions, Savior hopelessly utters, “Oh no.”
With his energy tendrils lined up with the tendrils on his tail, Rayquaza comes speeding down through the sky like a giant arrowhead. Using the blades on his lower horns, he smashes right through the aircraft’s very core.
“Bullseye! Way to go, Rayquaza!” Adam calls out.
Inside the aircraft, red lights flash, a loud alarm sounds, sparks fly from every nook and cranny.
“Engine room, damage report,” says Savior, speaking into an intercom. “Engine room, come in!”
“The engine room can’t respond Sir,” says a crew member, “that dragon that dove through the ship took the entire engine room with it!”
“Sir, all systems critical, she’s gonna blow!” says another crew member. “What do we do sir? What do we do?”
Seeing no other option, Savior comes to only one possible conclusion. “Initiate evacuation protocol!” he orders. “Instruct all troops to make their way outside of Elmore and lay waste to the rest of Tawog!”
“But sir, what about you?”
“I have a mission of my own to perform. You have your orders, now carry them out.”
“…Yes, sir. You heard him, men, evacuation protocol is a go!”
As his men carry out the orders, Savior turns to look out the front window. “Forgive me, my beloved war vessel,” he says to his aircraft. “Though captains are supposed to go down with their ships, governors are not.” His cape starts to go glow a black and purple color. From the bottom up, it splits in two. The halves of his cape lift up and change shapes. The cape is now a pair of dragon-like wings. Properly ready, he jumps right through the window and flies out of blast range.
Everyone on the ground watches as the entire crew escapes the crippled and detonating aircraft with parachutes.
“Wait, the soldiers are escaping!” points out Nicolas. “I thought that destroying the aircraft would mark the end of the invasion.”
“No,” says Devin, “destroying the aircraft only makes the invasion easier to deal with. We still have to deal with the invaders themselves.”
Nicole, Anais, and Killer watch as the aircraft goes up in flames, small explosions bursting from almost every side.
“That thing’s just blowing up here and there,” comments Nicole. “When is it just gonna blow up altogether?”
“Well, judging by its size and the damage Rayquaza did to it,” answers Anais. “I’d say right abooooouuuuuuuut...............now.”
Finally, the whole aircraft blows up in a massive explosion, and everyone feels some relief.
“Good news, Rangers,” says Prof. Oak, calling through the communicators, “by destroying the aircraft, you’ve disabled the disrupter field! Portals can once again be opened within the city!”
“Thanks, Professor, that’s good to know,” Devin responds. Suddenly, he and his allies turn to see the Inorbit Governor in the air, calling out to them.
“That was a clever plan, Rangers,” Savior says, “distracting me so Team Omega could defuse the bomb and cripple my ship, and then using that overly detailed dragon to finish the job, but it won’t stop the Inorbit Empire! My men shall take care of worldly demolition, but I will be waiting at the Rainbow Factory for anyone who wishes to face me.” With an evil laugh, Savior flies off.
“Worldly demolition? What does he mean by that?” asks Dustin.
“Oh no,” says Tracey, realizing the answer to Dustin’s question. “The soldiers are gonna march out of Elmore and spread destruction to the rest of Tawog!”
“Well it’s a good thing we’re here to stop them,” comments Dan. “So what’s the plan, Devmiester?
“First off,” says Devin, “don’t call me Devmiester while we perform our Ranger duties. Secondly, with the aircraft and all the fighter ships destroyed, the only way the Inorbit Soldiers can get around is on foot.”
“What about portals? Can’t they get around that way too?” asks Michael.
“Well, yes,” answers Devin, “but when we bring down the thunder on them, they’ll only use portals for escaping, which brings me to my plan. Elmore has four city limits; we’ll set up a blockade at each one. Groudon, you’ll go and defend the north side. Don’t let a single soldier get past you. Beki and Kyogre will hold down the west side. Adam and Rayquaza, the east side.”
“I get it, using big Pokémon to block the city limits,” Ash observes. “But we only have three with us right now. Who’s gonna defend the south side?”
“I’ve got that covered, Ash,” Devin replies. “Professor, send Victini and Hoopa to defend the south side, and give Victini the Prison Bottle.”
“You got it, Devin,” Prof. Oak answers through the communicator.
“Prison Bottle?” says Anais curiously.
“Everyone else will battle the soldiers still within the center of Elmore. With the soldiers trapped and overpowered, they’ll either retreat to their own dimension or fall. Rangers, move out!”
With that, the Rangers go to carry out their parts of the plan, except for Beki. “Wait, what about Savior?”
Devin turns away from Beki and the three Tawogians. “Leave him to me,” he says as he slowly walks away. “Battlizer Ball, engage.” Fire suddenly swirls around him as he walks. When it fades, he is morphed into the Firerage Ranger, equipped with his Battlizer armor, weapons and wings. Without saying any other commands, his Fire Blade and Magma Blaster detach from his wrists and combine into the Firerage Power Sword which he takes hold of in his right hand, while at the same time, one of his Gatling Flame Blasters appears strapped to his left arm.
“Oh, sure, NOW he goes into Battlizer mode,” remarks Beki. She turns to Nicole, Anais, and Killer and proceeds to tell them her thoughts. “You know, it seems that he just can’t get enough out of wearing that armor. It’s like every time he sees the perfect opportunity to put on that armor and feel super awesome, he will seize it instantly.”
Hearing Beki go on, Devin stops and turns his head.
“I’ll bet he sleeps in it at night,” Beki continues. “In fact, I’m pretty sure he-” she is cut off when startled by the sound of her older brother’s loud voice.
“BEKI,” shouts Devin, impatiently, “WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?! TAKE KYOGRE AND GET GOING!!!!!!!”
“Uh, yes, yes, right away, yes,” Beki says as she rushes to Primal Kyogre and the two of them head for the west side.
“That’s more like it,” says Devin as he moves off again. But it isn’t long before he is distracted.
“Devin, wait!” says Nicole as she rushes up to him. “Let me help you, we can take down Savior together.”
“I don’t think so,” says Devin. “I did not start this battle, but I will end it, and I don’t need any civilians getting in my way. Besides, now that the aircraft is gone, you and Anais should head back home.”
“But Devin, it’s too far to walk from here,” Anais adds.
“That’s easy to fix,” Devin remarks. “Killer?”
“Yes, sir?” answers Killer, still in his shield form.
“Take on your car form and safely drive Nicole and her daughter home,” Devin instructs.
“Aye aye, sir,” says Killer as he jumps out of Anais’s hands and returns to normal form. He gets down on all fours. His torso extends a little, his hands and feet turn into wheels, his tail becomes a zig-zagged exhaust pipe and his head becomes the hood of the car. “Vroom vroom!”
“Devin, that’s not really an ideal car,” says Nicole.
“It’s the best he can manage,” says Devin. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an evil governor to take down.”
“Devin, please,” Nicole says, stopping him again, “I have to do something, not only to save the city but to also make it up to you.”
“You’ve done enough,” Devin states. “Just go home and tend to your family while I tend to my duty.” Devin walks a few steps away, then spreads his wings and takes flight.
“It’s no use, Mom,” says Anais. “Since Devin knows his team disobeyed him, he’s not going to listen to them when they explain what really happened. We should just accept the fact that he’s never gonna see us the same way again.”
Nicole feels very depressed about the current situation, thinking that Anais may be right. But then her fists tighten with a change in emotion. “No,” she says, “even if he’s given up on us, I’m not giving up on him. I’m going to help him whether he wants me to or not, even if I have to face Savior myself!”
“What? No, Mom, you can’t, it’s too dangerous!” says Anais.
“I still have the weapon Ash lent me, remember?”
“Even so, you haven’t seen what he can do.”
“And he hasn’t seen what I can do.”
“Ok, you have a point there, it’s unwise to mess with you, but it’s still too risky, especially when Devin’s fighting him, you might get caught in the line of fire.”
“Um excuse me,” says Killer, “I don’t mean to interrupt, but I was told to take you two home and I’m still waiting for you.”
“There’s been a change of plan, Killer,” says Nicole. “Instead of taking both of us home, you’ll just be taking Anais home.”
“What?!” exclaims Anais. “No, I’m not letting you face Savior alone!”
“Yes you are,” says Nicole as she picks her daughter up and walks towards Killer, “because I am your mother.” She sets Anais on Killer’s back. “And you will do what I say. Killer, you are to get Anais safely home. If you do anything reckless, dangerous, or illegal, I will know instantly, understand?”
“Ye…ye…yes, ma’am,” answers Killer, intimidated by the tone in Nicole’s voice.
“Mom, please, you can’t do this,” Anais says with a worried tone.
“I’m sorry, honey, but I have too,” says Nicole. “You tell your father and the boys that I’ll be home in time to make dinner. Or we may go out tonight because I might be too tired to cook after this.”
“No, Mom, please.”
“Take her home Killer.”
“Yes, ma’am,” says Killer. He revs up and drives away.
“No, wait, Mom! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!” Anais shouts as Killer drives her away.
After taking a moment to watch Killer drive off with Anais, Nicole hurries to get to the Rainbow Factory.
Somewhere nearby, Larry Needlemeyer is sitting next to a dumpster in a fetal position. “As long as the Wattersons are around, my life will be nothing but eternal misery,” he mutters to himself. “I got to find some way to get them away from me for as long as I live. But how?” He sits up as he notices Nicole running by. “Hey, that was Mrs. Watterson running through the mists of all this chaos.” Getting an idea, Larry stands straight up. “That’s it! I know just what to do. No, wait, I shouldn’t. After all, I made a vow to myself that I would never do such a thing. And yet, I must, because if I don’t act now, I may never get another chance at it again.”