Twin Times the Fun
Cody, Jack, Leo, and Fiona were taking a break, having some lunch. They were sitting at a stone table near where several food vendors had set up shop. They each had something different to eat: Cody was having a double cheeseburger with fries, Jack was having two hot dogs with onion rings, Leo was having fried chicken strips with chili fries, and Fiona was having fried shrimp with cole slaw. All four were drinking sodas. They were discussing their progress so far.
Cody stated, after taking a bite from his burger, “We’ve done pretty good so far. The preliminaries aren’t even half over and we’re just a few pieces away from makin’ it to the Top 16 matches.”
Leo nodded, “Yeah, even after our slow start, since we had to spend some time recruiting the Psykinox Lords to our cause. Guess we’ve just been lucky so far.”
“I wonder how Django and Tempest are doing,” Fiona pondered. “We haven’t heard from them in a little bit, so I hope nothing has happened.”
Jack replied, “I’m sure they’re fine. If something had happened, we probably would’ve heard from them, or at least from Tempest. But both are as tough as steel, so I’m more worried about watching our backs versus worrying about theirs. Not saying we’re not tough, but we’re a bit more vulnerable than Django and Tempest are, even though Django is the biggest target in Lucifer’s eyes.”
“Relax, Jack, we’ll be fine,” Cody said, waving his hand. “We’ve gotten out of lots of Lucifer’s traps and tricks, and we’ve still got all our pieces intact. So we’ll be ready for him when he decides to rear his ugly mug.”
Fiona stated, “Still, we need to stay alert. Both Lucifer and Number 96 have a nasty habit of surprising us; even after all our experience in dealing with them. So we can’t truly relax until we know we’ve got the upper hand. And even then we have to play our cards right to ensure we keep it that way.”
“Fiona’s right, we can’t get too cocky,” Leo nodded. “Who knows what else is in store for us, so we best not get ahead of ourselves, otherwise it’ll be that much worse when we fail.”
“Guess you got a point…” Cody said, a bit crestfallen. “But still, we’ve managed to overcome every obstacle Lucifer has thrown at us, so we do deserve a little pat on the back. But I guess we better be like D-Man and not let accomplishments stroke our egos.”
Nodding, they resumed eating. However, unknown to them, two familiar faces were watching them.
Roger and Vanessa were lurking in a nearby alleyway, eyeing the group. They were plotting their next move.
Vanessa stated, “Okay, this time we’ll get them for sure. We may be down to our last Star Piece, but we can still do this. I say we go after the two runts, Leo and Fiona, first. They’re the weakest of the group, especially Fiona, so we stand a much better chance at strong-arming them and taking them down.”
“I hope this works… especially after our last defeat at the hands of Django’s newest technique…” Roger grumbled. “What was it again? Pendulum-Fusion? How does he keep doing that? How can he keep evolving his strategies almost on a whim? Because of that, no one can ever gain an advantage against him. Even Kain, who is a world-renowned Duelist can only gain the upperhand for a few minutes before Django swoops in with a new ability and wipes Kain out.”
“Well at least the rest of the loser patrol can’t Pendulum Summon,” Vanessa said. “So that means their tactics are still the same, more or less. And after all the Duels we’ve had with them, we know most of their cards by now. So let’s wait until they’re done eating and pounce on them when they least expect it.”
The duo waited for about five more minutes before Cody and the others had finished eating. After discarding the food trays, they started to leave, but that’s what the duo wanted. They suddenly charged in, getting right in front of the Legendary Number Hunters. As soon as they did, the group of four gained sour looks.
“Not you two dimwits again…” Jack groaned.
Fiona sighed, “Don’t you two ever give up on your childish desire for revenge?”
Vanessa laughed, “We’ll never quit until we get our way! So prepare to lose! We challenge you, Leo and Fiona, to a Tag Duel! Let’s see if you two twerps can keep up with us!”
Leo turned to his sister, an annoyed look on his face, “Shall we mop the floor with them, sis?”
She replied, “Yes, I do believe we should. Besides, according to Kain’s rules, we have to accept all challenges until we gather a completed Star Piece. So even if we don’t want to Duel them, which we don’t, we have to accept their challenge.”
The older twin turned to the duo, “So what’s the wager?”
Roger sneered, “We wager a Star Piece each and our Chaos Xyz Monsters! That oughta motivate ya! And you?”
“I’ll wager a Star Piece and my Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls,” Leo stated.
Fiona added, “And I’ll wager a Star Piece and my Black Rose Dragon.”
Vanessa grinned, “Fine with us. Those cards will make lovely additions to our decks. So let’s get this Tag Duel underway! The sooner we flatten you, the sooner we can get our revenge!”
The two sides put a bit of distance between each other, arming themselves with their respective Dueling equipment. Cody and Jack were watching from the sidelines.
“Augmented Reality Visual link established.”
All four drew their starting hands, Life Points set to 4000.
Jack called out, “Come on, you two! Crush these two nitwits!”
Cody added, “You can do it! Show Roger and Vanessa the price they’ll pay for revenge!”
Vanessa touched her deck, “We’ll see who gets crushed! I’m going first! I Draw!” She looked at her new card before playing it, “I summon my new friend Merlin in Attack Mode!”
A new monster appeared. Merlin was a wizard-like man with a long white beard with matching long hair, fierce eyes, and was wearing purple wizard robes with a magical staff to complete the look. He was a Level Three monster with stats of 1400/500.
“But he won’t be around for long, as I activate his special ability! I can Tribute him in order to summon any Noble Knight monster I want from my deck. The catch is I cannot Special Summon any other monsters, except Noble Knights, for the rest of the turn. So I Tribute Merlin in order to summon my Noble Knight Eachtar from my deck in Attack Mode!”
Merlin waved his staff, releasing a large amount of energy from it, causing him to vanish. A card was ejected from Vanessa’s D-Pad, which she played, replacing the wizard with a new monster.
Noble Knight Eachtar was a heroic-looking warrior with short brown hair, strong eyes, a powerful body, and was donning gold and silver armor with a cape and sharp double-edged sword. He was a Level Five monster with stats of 1600/2000.
“But the fun is just getting started!” the obnoxious girl grinned. “I activate Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms' effect from my hand! I can equip this monster onto a Noble Knight monster I control. It gains 300 extra Attack Points! But that’s not the only ability she has, but you’ll find that out later. So I equip her to my Noble Knight Eachtar!”
A new monster appeared briefly on the field. Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms was an elegant queen or royal figure, with long brown hair in twin braids, fair skin, shining, bright eyes, and a slim but curvy body. She was garbed in an off the shoulders white gown with matching detached sleeves, a pinkish red shawl draped over her arms and her back, and elegant shoes. She was a Level Two monster with stats of 300/300. She embraced Eachtar from behind, seemingly infusing him with power, his strength increasing by 300 to 1900, before she vanished from the field.
Vanessa took another card from her hand, “If you think that’s good, then wait ‘till you see my next move! I activate the Equip Spell: Noble Arms – Caliburn! You’re probably familiar with this card, but in case you’ve forgotten, this Equip Spell boosts the power of one Warrior monster by 500 points! Plus, once a turn, I can use it to gain 500 extra Life Points! So I equip it to my Eachtar, making him quite the powerhouse!”
The Caliburn sword appeared on the field. Eachtar grabbed it, giving it a swing, his strength increasing by 500 to 2400.
“I think I’ll use Caliburn’s ability right now! So I increase my Life Points by 500, making me unbeatable!”
Caliburn released several sparkles that rained down upon Vanessa, making her smirk as her Life Points increased by 500 to 4500.
“I wrap up my turn by activating the Spell: Shard of Greed. That’s enough for now.”
Fiona touched her deck, “You may have a monster with over 2000 points on the field, but that doesn’t scare us! I Draw!” She took a different card from her hand, “By sending Pinecono to the Graveyard, I can Special Summon Acorno to the field in Attack Mode!”
She discarded Pinecono from her hand, allowing Acorno (200/400) to appear on the field.
“Now, because I sent Pinecono to the Graveyard in order to activate Acorno’s ability, I can revive Pinecono and summon it to the field in Attack Mode!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up, allowing Pinecono (400/200) to appear, standing next to Acorno.
Fiona took a card from her hand, “But don’t blink, you may just miss them. For I Tribute both in order to summon my Sylvan Hermitree to the field in Attack Mode!”
Both Acorno and Pinecono vanished from the field, but were replaced by the mighty Sylvan Hermitree (2700/1800), who looked down upon Eachtar with mild disappointment.
“Next up, I activate my Hermitree’s ability! Once a turn, I can excavate the top card of my deck. If it’s a Plant monster, I can send it to the Graveyard, then draw one card. If not, I place it at the bottom of my deck. So let’s see what in the cards for me.” She touched her deck, drew a card, and revealed it, “It’s my Sylvan Bladefender. So I send it to the Graveyard. And I can draw one more card.”
She sent Sylvan Bladefender to the Graveyard, but this allowed her to draw one more card.
“But I’m not done yet. Because my Bladefender was sent from the deck to the Graveyard due to a card effect, I can add it to my hand. So I’m going to do just that.”
Her Infinity Disk’s Graveyard slot ejected Sylvan Bladefender, which she revealed before adding it to her hand. She then took two other cards from her hand.
“I end my turn with two cards face-down on the field. That’s all for now.”
Roger touched his deck, “If you think that’s good, I’ll show you something wickedly awesome! I Draw!” He took a different card from his hand, “I activate the Spell: Ancient Rules! This mighty Spell allows me to Special Summon any Level Five or higher Normal Monster from my hand. So I choose the mighty Zoa in Attack Mode!”
Zoa (2600/1900) appeared on the field, just as mean and ugly as usual.
“Next, I place one monster face-down on the field. And to wrap up my turn, I activate my own Shard of Greed. That’s all…” but was cut off.
Fiona stated, “I have a little Trap action for you! I activate Dust Tornado! This storm blows away one Spell or Trap on the field! So I choose to blast Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms, as she counts as a Spell while equipped to your monster! So say goodbye to Gwenhwyfar, and 300 Attack Points, Vanessa!”
A mighty tornado formed on the field. It slammed into Vanessa’s side of the field, shattering her Gwenhwyfar card, causing the regal monster to cry out as she vanished. This caused Noble Knight Eachtar to lose 300 points, leaving it with 2100 points. Vanessa gained a scowl.
“You’ll pay for that, brat!” she snarled.
Roger merely said, “Whatever, I end my turn. Let’s see what you’ve got, twerp.”
Leo touched his deck, “Oh, I’ve got plenty to show! It’s my turn, I Draw!” He took a different card from his hand, “I summon the Unshaven Angler to the field in Attack Mode!”
Unshaven Angler (1500/1600) appeared on the field.
“Next up, I activate the Spell: Double Summon! This allows me to Normal Summon twice this turn. So I’ll go right ahead and Tribute my Unshaven Angler in order to summon my Big Whale to the field in Attack Mode!”
Unshaven Angler vanished, but was replaced by Big Whale (1000/3000) that emerged from a rippling portal. It gave a deep cry as it splashed onto the field.
“But it won’t be around for long, for I activate Big Whale’s ability! I can Tribute it in order to summon three Level Three WATER monsters from my deck with their abilities negated. So I Tribute Big Whale in order to summon three Big Jaws to the field in Attack Mode!”
Big Whale dove into another rippling portal, but this caused Leo’s Infinity Disk to eject three cards, which he played, summoning a trio of Big Jaws (1800/300) to the field. They all released several sparkles from their bodies, indicating that their abilities were negated.
“So you’re now going to Overlay those three monsters to summon an Xyz Monster?” Vanessa huffed. “Typical.”
Leo grinned, “Not quite, Vanessa. In fact, you’re way off. I have bigger plans than that. So I’ll end my turn with two cards face-down and activate Mirage of Nightmare. That’s all for now.”
Jack wondered, “Why did Leo not Overlay at least two of his Big Jaws? He could’ve easily summoned a monster like Black Ray Lancer, but he instead left himself open, as those Big Jaws are the weakest monsters on the field.”
“I think Leo’s got a plan,” Cody stated. “The kid’s got good instincts, and he’s pretty sharp. So I bet he’s got a plan to use those three Big Jaws to his advantage. Maybe even bait those two dimwits into attackin’ so they’ll walk into a Trap.”
Vanessa huffed, “You should’ve used your monsters for an Xyz Summon, kid. But I guess you’ll just have to learn the hard way. I Draw…” but was cut off.
Leo stated, “My Mirage of Nightmare kicks in! I can draw until I’m holding four cards in my hand!” He drew four cards, looked at them, before continuing, “Now I activate Emergency Provisions! So I send Mirage of Nightmare to the Graveyard and gain 1000 extra Life Points! So you’re not the only one who has fortified one’s Life Points!”
Mirage of Nightmare vanished from the field, but sparkles rained down upon Leo, increasing his Life Points by 1000 to 5000.
Vanessa huffed, “Whatever. It’ll take more than a few extra Life Points to beat us, kid. So let’s move on, shall we? Since I drew a card during my Draw Phase, my Shard of Greed gains one Greed Counter.”
The counter above Shard of Greed increased from zero to one.
“Now I activate the Spell: Pot of Greed. I can draw two more cards from my deck.” She drew two cards, looked at them, then continued, “Next up, I activate Caliburn’s effect. I gain an additional 500 Life Points.”
Caliburn started to glow, releasing several sparkles that rained down upon Vanessa. Her Life Points increased by 500 to 5000.
She then smirked, “You thought you got rid of my Gwenhwyfar with your Dust Tornado, didn’t you, Fiona? Well, you’re wrong. I activate Gwenhwyfar’s ability from the Graveyard! I can equip her to any Noble Knight monster I choose, even when she’s in the Graveyard! So it doesn’t matter that she was destroyed earlier, because she can keep coming back! So I equip her to Eachtar once again!”
Gwenhwyfar emerged from the Graveyard Portal, embraced Eachtar from behind, infusing him with more power, before she vanished. Eachtar’s power increased by 300 to 2400.
“Next I summon Noble Knight Medraut to the field in Attack Mode!”
Noble Knight Medraut (1700/1000) appeared on the field.
Vanessa then pointed at Leo, “Okay Eachtar! Attack one of the Big Jaws! Turn it into fish sticks!”
Eachtar raised up his sword and charged in. However, Leo was smiling.
“You fell for my Trap!” he smirked. “I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist attacking my Big Jaws, so I laid a Trap for you! I activate Poseidon Wave! Whenever you attack me, I can negate the attack, and then deal you 800 points of damage for each WATER monster on my field!”
Cody smirked, “Nice thinkin’, little buddy! Since there are three Big Jaws, all of which are WATER monsters, you purposely left them that way so your Poseidon Wave could do that much more damage!”
“Yep, that’s right, Cody. That means I can deal a total of 2400 points of damage this turn! And since this is a Tag Duel, I can spread out the damage any way I want. So I choose to have 1600 points go to Vanessa and 800 points go to Roger! Time for a super soaking!”
A shadowy figure appeared on top of a wave. The figure raised up a trident, which caused a massive blast of water and wind. This blast forced Eachtar to stop dead in his tracks. The blast then slammed into Roger and Vanessa, both shielding themselves from the counterattack, barely able to stay on their feet. Roger’s Life Points dropped by 800 to 3200 while Vanessa’s dropped by 1600 to 3400.
Vanessa growled, “You got lucky, kid, so don’t get too excited. I place two cards face-down on the field to end my turn. That’s all for now.”
Fiona touched her deck, “I’ll take things from here! I Draw!” She took a different card from her hand, “I summon my old favorite Sylvan Flowerknight to the field in Attack Mode!”
Sylvan Flowerknight (1800/1000) appeared on the field, giving her sword a swing.
“Now I activate her special ability! Whenever my Flowerknight is Normal Summoned, I can excavate the top card from my deck. If it’s a Plant monster, I send it to the Graveyard. If not, I place it at the bottom of my deck. So let’s see what I get.” She drew a card and revealed it, “I excavated my Dandylion, so I’ll send it to the Graveyard. But this, in turn, activates his special ability! Whenever Dandylion is sent to the Graveyard, I can Special Summon two Fluff Tokens to my side of the field. While they can be used for anything, I cannot use them for a Tribute Summon on the same turn Dandylion was sent to the Graveyard. So I summon both Fluff Tokens to the field in Defense Mode!”
Two fluffy puffs resembling dandelions with cute faces appeared on the field. Each was a Level One monster with stats of 0/0.
She then stated, “Now I activate Sylvan Hermitree’s ability! Just like all my Sylvan monsters, I can excavate the top card of my deck, and if it’s a Plant monster, it goes to the Graveyard. Then I can draw one card from my deck. And if it’s not a Plant monster, it goes to the bottom of my deck. So here goes nothing.” She drew a card and revealed it, “I excavated Spore. So it goes to the Graveyard. Then I draw one more card from my deck.”
She sent Spore to the Graveyard, but this allowed her to draw one more card from her deck.
“But wait, there’s more. I activate Spore’s ability from the Graveyard! I can banish any other Plant monster from my Graveyard to Special Summon it to the field. Plus, my Spore gains Levels equal to the banished monster’s Level. So I’ll banish my Pinecono to summon Spore in Defense Mode! And my Spore becomes a Level Two monster as it gains Pinecono’s Level, which is Level One.”
Pinecono vanished from the Graveyard, but this allowed the Graveyard Portal to open up, with a new monster emerging. Spore looked simply like a blue, puffy spore with large eyes and a cute face, similar to Watapon. It was a Level One monster with stats of 400/800, however, its Level increased by one to Level Two.
“She’s got a Tuner Monster on her field…” Roger observed. “Is that runt gonna Synchro Summon now?”
Fiona grinned, “Guess there’s hope for you yet. Yes, that’s exactly what I’m going to do! I tune my Spore to my Sylvan Flower Knight! I Synchro Summon a new friend to the field! Say hello to my Splendid Rose, and I’ll put her in Attack Mode!”
Spore became two green rings, which Sylvan Flower Knight entered. She became an outline of herself, then transformed into four glowing orbs, before a burst of light erupted, and a new monster was standing before them.
Splendid Rose was an elegant female monster. She was dressed in dual-colored green and black body armor with a skirt that was split down the middle: green on the left and black on the right, with each sleeve possessing the opposite side’s color. Around her ankles was half of a red rose, so when she put her legs together it created a full rose. Her skin was fair and her hair was a light blonde with green tint, and four thorny vines were attached to her body. She was a Level Six monster with stats of 2200/2000.
“Not too shabby, Fiona. That’s certainly a new monster for ya,” Cody smiled.
Fiona smiled, “She’s more than just a pretty face, for every rose as its thorns. And these thorns are gonna hurt. I activate her special ability! Once a turn, I can banish a Plant monster from my Graveyard to halve one monster’s Attack until the end of the turn. So I banish Spore from my Graveyard in order to slice Eachtar’s Attack right down the middle!”
Spore vanished from the Graveyard, but this caused Splendid Rose’s thorny vines to start glowing. She then lashed them out at Eachtar, ensnaring and piercing his body. He roared in pain as his power was cut in half to 1200 before the thorny vines retracted.
“Now Splendid Rose, attack Eachtar! Aerial Twist!”
Splendid Rose jumped up into the air and started to spin like a top. As she did, her thorny vines became vicious, razor-sharp whips. She then spun directly toward Eachtar. The whips repeatedly struck and slashed Eachtar, slicing him to ribbons before he vanished from the field. The shockwave from the whips struck Vanessa, causing her to skid back, her Life Points dropping by 1000 to 2400.
“I’m far from done, brat!” Vanessa spat. “I activate Noble Arms – Caliburn’s ability from the Graveyard! Whenever it’s destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, I can recover it and equip it to another Noble Knight I control! So I’ll equip it to my Noble Knight Medraut, giving him a 500 point boost!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up, allowing the Caliburn sword to emerge. Medraut then grabbed it, infusing him with more power, his strength increasing by 500 to 2200.
“But that’s not all it’ll do to him! Now because my Medraut is equipped with a Noble Arms card, his Level increases by one and his Attribute changes from LIGHT to DARK.”
The stars representing Medraut’s Level changed from four to five, while his Attribute changed from LIGHT to DARK.
Vanessa stated, “But don’t count me out just yet! I activate the Trap: Call of the Haunted, to revive my Noble Knight Eachtar in Attack Mode!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up, allowing Noble Knight Eachtar (1600/2000) to reappear on the field.
Vanessa smirked, “Now you’re in for it. I activate Merlin’s ability from the Graveyard! During either turn, I can banish it to do one of two things. I can either immediately Synchro Summon a Noble Knight monster or Xyz Summon a Noble Knight monster, using monsters I currently control. Since I control two Level Five monsters, I’m going to Xyz Summon! So I banish Merlin in order to Overlay my Level Five Eachtar and Medraut! With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus in Attack Mode!”
Both Eachtar and Medraut became purple orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the red spiral Overlay Network. Out emerged Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus (2200/2200), ready for battle.
Jack looked surprised, “I can’t believe it! Vanessa Xyz Summoned during Fiona’s turn! I didn’t know that was possible or allowed!”
The obnoxious girl grinned darkly, “Well it is, muscle head, thanks to my Merlin.” She redirected her attention back to the Duel, “That’s not all. Sacred Artorigus’ ability now activates! When this monster is Xyz Summoned, I can target any three Noble Arms cards in my Graveyard and equip them to him. So I choose to equip Noble Arms – Caliburn to him!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up, allowing the Caliburn sword to emerge from it. Sacred Artorigus grabbed the sword, which infused him with more power, his strength increasing by 500 to 2700.
“That Caliburn sword just keeps comin’ back fer more!” Cody growled. “No matter how many times it ends up in the Graveyard, it just keeps restorin’ itself.”
“That’s why Caliburn is my favorite Equip Spell, you empty-headed redhead,” Vanessa grinned almost evilly. “It’s the Equip Spell that just won’t quit. So get used to it, as it’s not going anywhere.”
Fiona gave a small growl, “You do realize it’s still my turn. So I’ll go back on the offensive by having Sylvan Hermitree attack Zoa!”
Hermitree shook its massive top, causing several leaves to flutter out of it. They then turned into sharp projectiles and shot at lightning speed toward Zoa. Zoa was mercilessly slashed to ribbons, giving a roar as it vanished from the field. Roger flinched slightly as his Life Points dropped by 100 to 3100.
“I’ll end my turn with one card face-down on the field. That’s enough for one turn.”
Roger touched his deck, “Then let me take things from here! I Draw! And since I drew a card during my Draw Phase, my Shard of Greed goes up by one!”
The counter over Shard of Greed increased from zero to one.
“I’ll make this a quick turn. I place two cards face-down on the field. That’s all for now.”
Leo touched his deck, “That’s it? Then it’s time for me to make a splash! I Draw! First I summon Needle Sunfish to the field in Attack Mode!”
Needle Sunfish (1500/100) appeared on the field.
“And since I summoned a Fish monster, I can Special Summon Shark Stickers to the field in Attack Mode!”
Shark Stickers (200/1000) splashed onto the field.
The older twin smirked, “You’re not the only one with a powerful Xyz Strategy. Time for a double dose of it! I Overlay two of my Big Jaws! With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Submersible Carrier Aero-Shark in Attack Mode!”
Two of the Big Jaws became blue orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the red spiral Overlay Network. Out emerged Submersible Carrier Aero-Shark (1900/1000), just as vicious as always.
“But I’m not done yet! I Overlay my Level Three Big Jaws and Shark Stickers! With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon a brand new friend: Abyss Dweller, in Attack Mode!”
Both Big Jaws and Shark Stickers became blue orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the red spiral Overlay Network. Out emerged a new monster.
Abyss Dweller was a dark dragonic creature. Its body was almost completely black, save for glowing neon blue parts such as its horns, claws, and spikes, with glowing yellow eyes, a mouth full of sharp teeth, and strong wings. Orbiting it were two blue orbs of light. It was a Rank Three monster with stats of 1700/1400.
Vanessa huffed, “You just went through a whole lot of trouble for a whole lot of nothing, kid. Both your Xyz Monsters pale in comparison to my Sacred Artorigus.”
Leo grinned, “Don’t be so sure, Vanessa. I now activate Abyss Dweller’s ability! If it was Xyz Summoned using a WATER monster, I can boost the power of all WATER monsters on my side of the field by 500 points!”
As he said that, his three monsters started to glow, their power increasing by 500. Shortly afterward, Aero-Shark was now at 2400, Abyss Dweller at 2200, and Needle Sunfish at 2000.
“That’s still not enough to defeat Sacred Artorigus, twerp!” Roger pointed out. “Looks like you failed at math class.”
The older twin smirked, “That’s what you think, but I have a plan to shut down Artorigus. And I’ll start with this! Needle Sunfish, attack Sacred Artorigus!”
Jack sputtered, “But why would Leo do that!? His Needle Sunfish is weaker than Sacred Artorigus! It’ll just get destroyed!”
Cody, however, was smiling, “Trust me, Jack. I know what Leo’s up to. You seem to be forgettin’ about Needle Sunfish’s ability, which is what Leo wants to use. This’ll hurt a bit, but it won’t hurt as much as you think.”
Needle Sunfish charged it, but was effortless blocked and slashed in half by Sacred Artorigus. Leo flinched slightly as his Life Points dropped by 700 to 4300. However, he was grinning quite broadly.
“I wanted you to destroy Needle Sunfish, Vanessa…” he said slyly. “Because now you’ve activated its ability! Whenever it’s sent to the Graveyard I can decrease the Attack Power of one monster on the field by 500 points. So I choose to weaken Sacred Artorigus!”
In the Graveyard, Needle Sunfish opened up its body, revealing several spikes. It then fired them, which quickly shot out of the newly opened Graveyard Portal. They struck Sacred Artorigus with a vengeance, exploding on contact, weakening him by 500 points to 2200.
Vanessa sputtered, “So that’s what you were angling for!? A suicide attack to weaken my monster!”
Leo smiled, “It was a somewhat risky move, but it works well. As now your Artorigus is vulnerable! Aero-Shark, attack Sacred Artorigus!”
Aero-Shark flew up into the air before charging downward. It slammed its frontal section into Sacred Artorigus, sending him flying. When he crashed to the ground, he vanished in a flurry of sparkles. Vanessa flinched as her Life Points dropped by 200 to 2200.
She stated, “I activate Sacred Artorigus’ ability…” but was cut off.
“Not if I can help it! I activate Abyss Dweller’s other ability! I can use an Overlay Unit to prevent the activation of all card effects that activate in the Graveyard! So Artorigus won’t be using any ability to help you!”
Abyss Dweller ate an Overlay Unit, but this allowed it to fire a beam into the Graveyard Portal, seemingly shackling anything inside of it, preventing Sacred Artorigus from using his ability. Vanessa grimaced at this.
“Awesome! All Leo has to do is attack directly with Abyss Dweller and Vanessa is out of the Duel!” Jack cheered.
Leo smiled, “And that’s exactly what I plan to do. Abyss Dweller, attack Vanessa directly!”
Abyss Dweller reared up, opened its mouth, and prepared to fire.
Vanessa stated, “I won’t go down that easily! I activate the Trap: Miracle’s Wake! If one or more monsters I control were destroyed in battle this turn, I can target one of them and revive it! So I bring back my Sacred Artorigus in Attack Mode!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up again, allowing Sacred Artorigus (2200/2200) to emerge onto the field.
Leo gave a growl, “Drat. Abyss Dweller, cancel your attack!”
Abyss Dweller closed its mouth, ending its attack before it could start.
“I’ll admit that was a swift move. But don’t count us out yet. I place one card face-down to end my turn.”
Roger gave Vanessa a thumbs-up, “Quick thinking, girl, that Trap sure came in handy.”
She replied with a confident smile, “What do you expect from someone as brilliant and beautiful as me?”
“Tempest’s beauty can easily run circles around you without trying…” Fiona responded scornfully. “Not to mention her intelligence is even greater than that, especially compared to yours…”
Vanessa roared, eyes flaring dangerously, “Watch your tongue, you little brat! Or I’ll rip it out! That tramp is NOTHING compared to me!”
“Then how come you always lose to her?” Cody asked sarcastically.
Vanessa, though obviously angry, stated, “Luck! That’s all it is! And I’ll prove it right now! It’s my turn, I Draw! And since I drew a card during my Draw Phase, my Shard of Greed gains another Greed Counter, giving it two!”
The counter above Shard of Greed increased from one to two.
“Now I send my Shard of Greed to the Graveyard in order to draw two more cards from my deck!”
Shard of Greed vanished, but this caused Vanessa’s deck to glow, allowing her to draw two more cards. She looked at them and gained a sinister grin.
“You’re in for it now, you brats. But before I unleash my most devastating creature, I have to set things up, first. So I summon Noble Knight Artorigus to the field in Attack Mode!”
Noble Knight Artorigus (1800/1800) appeared on the field, giving his sword a swing.
“And since I have a LIGHT Attribute Normal Monster on my field, I can Special Summon Noble Knight Gawayn to the field in Defense Mode!”
Noble Knight Gawayn (1900/500) appeared on the field, taking a defensive position.
“Now I Overlay my Noble Knight Artorigus and Gawayn! With these to monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Comics Hero King Arthur in Attack Mode!”
Both Artorigus and Gawayn became yellow orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the red spiral Overlay Network. Out emerged Comics Hero King Arthur (2400/1200), ready for battle.
Jack looked worried, “She’s not about to do what I think she is!”
Vanessa gained another sinister grin, “Yep, you’d be right. I activate the Spell: Rank-Up-Magic Barian’s Force! I can Rank Up and Xyz monster into a Chaos Xyz Monster! So I rebuild the Overlay Network with my Rank Four Comics Hero Legend Arthur! Go, Chaos Xyz Evolution! Arise CXyz Comics Hero Legend Arthur in Attack Mode!”
King Arthur became a bolt of energy and entered the newly opened Overlay Network. It erupted with power. Deep inside the Overlay Network, the chained Barian Gate suddenly burst open, releasing a flood of energy. The energy bathed King Arthur as it became encircled in the telltale green orb. Out emerged CXyz Comics Hero Legend Arthur (3000/2400), ready for battle.
Cody grimaced, “I was afraid she’d do that. Now Leo and Fiona have to deal with a Chaos Xyz Monster.”
Vanessa grinned, “It’s only going to get worse! I activate Barian Force’s other ability! I can steal one Overlay Unit from any other Xyz Monster on the field! So I think I’ll snag Abyss Dweller’s last Overlay Unit! That way it can’t stop any effects that activate in the Graveyard!”
Legend Arthur’s Chaos Overlay Units released pinkish electrical tendrils. They struck Abyss Dweller before snagging its last Overlay Unit, transformed it into a Chaos Overlay Unit, and positioned itself next to the other Chaos Overlay Units.
Roger grinned, “You two are in for it now. Do it, Vanessa! Trounce these twerps!”
Vanessa nodded, “With pleasure.” She turned back to the Duel, “And I know just which monster I’m going to crush. Since Fiona’s obviously the weaker of the two, I’ll go after her ‘big’ brother first. That way he can’t help her, since he won’t be able to help himself! CXyz Comics Hero Legend Arthur, attack Submersible Carrier Aero-Shark! Filet that fish into a blue plate special!”
Legend Arthur raised up his sword and slammed it down upon Aero-Shark, bisecting the monster. It then exploded in a fiery blast, engulfing Leo’s side of the field.
Leo stated, “I won’t go down that easily! I activate the Trap: Defense Draw! This card negates the damage I take from battle to zero and I can draw an extra card!”
He drew a card, looked at it, and added it to his hand, before turning his attention back to the Duel.
Vanessa smirked, “That won’t save you, kid. I activate Legend Arthur’s ability! Whenever he destroys a monster in battle, I can use one Chaos Overlay Unit to banish that monster and hit you with damage equal to that monster’s Attack Points. So say goodbye to 1900 Life Points, kid!”
Legend Arthur slammed his blade into a Chaos Overlay Unit before firing a beam at the ground. It caused the Graveyard Portal to open up, allowing Aero-Shark to fly out of it. It then rammed into Leo kamikaze-style, exploding on contact, sending the older twin flying. He crashed in a heap on the ground, dazed, his Life Points dropping by 1900 to 2400.
“Leo! Are you alright!?” Fiona called out.
He replied, “Yeah, I’m okay, just a bit frazzled. But I can still fight, so don’t worry.” He got back up, dusted himself off, and returned to his original position, stating, “It’ll take a lot more than that to keep me down!”
Roger smirked, “Give it up, kid. We’ve got you beat. And when I summon my Chaos Xyz Monster, you two are finished.”
Vanessa nodded, “Agreed. So make this easy on yourselves and give up now.”
“Never!” the twins said in unison. “Just like Django never gives up, we won’t either!”
Leo stated strongly, “You may have our backs to the wall, but this fight is not over! So don’t be getting your victory speeches ready, as we still have Life Points left!”
Fiona added, “We won’t quit, no matter what! If Django taught us anything it’s that you have to believe in yourself and never give up! And that’s exactly what we intend to do!”
Cody smiled approvingly, “Those two have really grown up a lot since we met them. D-Man has taught them well.”
Jack nodded, “You can say that again, dude. Leo and Fiona have come a long way. Even with the threat of two possible Chaos Xyz Monsters, they won’t give up. If only Django could see them now.”
Little did they know that Django and Tempest were watching from a rooftop, smiling broadly.
“Oh, we are watching, Jack…” Django mused. “And we’re proud, that’s for sure. Now show them whose boss, you two. And know that we’re always behind you.”
Next Chapter: Sibling Smackdown