“DO YOU SEE THIS, KORKEA??? I DON’T NEED AN ARMY!!! I DON’T NEED AN ARMADA!!! AND I CERTAINLY DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE!!!”
Umbra plowed into me, powered through the wall, and is now plummeting back down to Earth with me in his grasp.
The spaceships continue to broadcast the fight around the world.
Even though Bertrand and his alien forces are all already dead, the fight has only just begun.
Umbra slams me down into the street, littered with alien corpses.
The impact forces me to extinguish my flames, but his are still burning.
Then he grabs my leg and lifts me up into the air.
“Honestly, now I’m glad I didn’t steal your body. I always thought humans were hideous.”
I look him in the eye, while hanging upside down.
“Look who’s talking, you mutant pig-horse. You may be human from the neck down now, but you’re still just a shitrat.”
He starts swinging me around, slamming me into anything in range.
He lifts me up again, staring daggers at me.
“Just for that, I’m gonna go Chris and James Oldman on Judy and your brat after I kill you.”
The lethal spell just fizzles when it strikes Umbra’s back.
Umbra, still holding me, turns around to see who cast it.
“Ah, speak of the devil. Pun definitely intended. I didn’t know that you can cast magic now, firecrotch, but it doesn’t matter, because you suck at magic harder than you suck this persistent little pothead’s cock.”
Judy, robed, glares up at Umbra.
“Let. Go. Of. Cal. Or. Else.”
“Or else what, slut?”
“OR ELSE US!!!”
All of our allies march or fly into the street from both sides. Everyone who was on the spaceship blips back down to Earth.
It’s the same street we fought Floris in.
I call out to all of them.
“ANYONE WHO DOESN’T HAVE A LONG-RANGE ATTACK, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!!! AS FOR EVERYONE ELSE…”
With one swift movement, I break out of Umbra’s grip and land deftly on the ground.
This is what happens when you stop paying attention to me.
Once again, I wrap my body in white-hot flames.
“FUCK!!! HIM!!! UP!!!”
Umbra starts laughing.
"Fools! If you’re all so eager to throw your lives away, THEN SO BE IT!!!
He unleashes his full power. His fire turns indigo.
"I’LL CRUSH YOU!!!"
Everyone I ordered to attack does so, while everyone else falls back.
Unlike last time, they don’t bother taking turns.
Spells, heavenly light, hellfire, rockets, bullets, laser beams and various superpowers rain down on me and Umbra, as the two of us, wreathed in white and indigo fire respectively, duke it out in the street.
I don’t fucking care if any of it hits me.
AS LONG AS UMBRA DIES TOO!!!
"YOU CAN’T WIN, KORKEA!!! I’M THE STRONGEST BEING IN THE UNIVERSE!!!"
“I KNOW I CAN’T WIN!!! BUT I CAN STILL MAKE SURE THAT YOU LOSE!!!”
"OH, IS THAT SO???"
He punches me into the ground.
I get back up again.
He can knock me down as many times as he wants, but I will always get back up.
By the time I’m on my feet, he’s flying up, high above the city, out of range of everyone’s attacks.
He stops. He holds both hands over his heads. His palms flat.
And then a blood red ball of energy appears in them.
And it starts getting bigger.
Oh, right. He’s got all of my power, and I’ve got Akira’s power.
As the ball gets bigger, what’s visible of the sky between all the spaceships turns blood red too.
"I SAID I WANTED THE WORLD TO BURN!!! THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, PIERRE!!! AND YOURS, DESTON!!! I SWORE LONG AGO THAT YOU’D RUE THE DAY YOU TWO CREATED ME!!!"
Anyone who tries to fly up to attack him gets blown back by the sheer force.
Even the Deaths can’t get to him, and they’re omnipresent.
"SEE??? EVEN DEATH CAN’T TOUCH ME NOW!!!"
The ball stops growing.
"AND NOW IT’S TIME!!! THE FUTURE REFUSES TO CHANGE!!! THE EARTH WILL DIE!!!"
I know what has to be done.
I know how to stop him.
He’s not destroying my planet.
MY!!! FUCKING!!! PLANET!!!
I turn to my friends. My family. My tribe.
“Guys! Take care of yourselves, okay?”
Judy looks at me with fear on her face.
“Cal, what are you going to-- CAL!!!”
I fly up, as fast as I can. Both fists forward.
I use all of my power to make myself as strong and durable as I can manage.
Just as Umbra throws the giant ball of destruction, I slam into it.
I push it into Umbra.
"NO!!! STOP!!! HELP!!! HEWP UMBWA!!!"
He really is just a shitrat.
Then I keep going.
Straight towards the Couronner.
All of my power, plus all of Umbra’s power.
Nothing can tank that.
Just before we collide with the Couronner, I think about everyone down on that beautiful planet.
Judy. Our Quin. Pierre. Seth. Andre. Dave. June.
Marley. Piccolo. Snowball. Dende. Ziggy. Wario.
All of my friends.
All of our fluffies.
All of my family.
All of my tribe.
I’m doing this for them.
For all of them.
I’m doing this so nobody else has to.
So nobody else has to pay the price.
I’m following my Way to the end.
Then, as the spaceship explodes around us, everything goes dark.