Fiery and Ice
Cody and the others were busy eating some lunch. They had just finished talking to Django regarding the Seven Psykinox Lords roaming around the city.
Leo asked, “So, what are these Seven Psykinox Lords anyway, Chronos?”
Chronos replied, “The Seven Psykinox Lords are the seven most powerful Psykinoxes in the race. Their power is not only determined by their individual strength, but the strength of their family names. However, I haven’t heard much about the Seven Psykinox Lords individually. The only two I know off the bat are Avalon Luminz and, of course, Lucifer himself. Django also mentioned Claymore Quake, so that leaves the other four. However, I don’t think I know the rest of them by name, or if I do, I don’t remember at this time. Maybe if I hear one of their names it may help, but I’m not sure. But we should be able to identify them regardless, especially by wardrobe, since they don’t wear the same kind of clothes that the rest of us wear on the surface.”
Fiona asked, “I wonder, why these seven particular Psykinoxes are so powerful that they’re dubbed as lords?”
“Again, usually due to their family names. Remember, the rank a particular Psykinox family has is usually determined by the amount of special energies they have. However, as the Luminz family proves, even if they were lower ranked initially, they can gain more power when put into a different position in the social structure. The Luminz family was lower ranked initially, but when one of Django’s ancestors, who was the leader at the time, befriended a member of the Luminz family, the friendship he had with that Luminz was so strong that he put the Luminz family as second-in-command, boosting that family’s power significantly. It worked well in the race’s favor, too, as the Luminz family is a very noble and reliable family, so it helped the race’s energy flow as well.”
Jack stated, “Sound like Django should be a Psykinox Lord instead of Lucifer, but according to Django, Lucifer capitalized on an ancient rule to gain command of the race instead of Avalon. That dirty double-crossing snake always seems to have the edge. I can’t wait to see him destroyed.”
Cody nodded, “You got that right, Jack. I guess Lucifer really is quite bright, which is unfortunate for us as it puts us at a disadvantage. But at least we know that D-Man can take him head-on. I just hope we can recruit the other Psykinox Lords onto our side.”
Leo mused, “Given the fact that they seem to hate Lucifer, and for good reasons, we stand a good chance at recruiting them to the cause. I just hope they’re not bitter toward humans due to Lucifer’s lies, as it may complicate things a bit. But seeing how Django managed to get Avalon and Claymore onto our side, the other four should be reasonable enough to get them on our side. But it would also appear that they wield Numbers that are over 100, like Tachyon Dragon, so we may have to fight fire with fire to prove our points and get them to join us.”
Fiona looked worried, “I just hope we can match wits with the strongest Psykinoxes in the race, otherwise it may backfire on us.”
Cody stated after finishing his food, “Relax, Fiona, we’ll be fine. Thanks to D-Man’s trainin’, we should be able to go card-for-card with them. We’re a lot stronger now than we were before we learned any of this Psykinox stuff, so we stand a good chance at winnin’ their trust. So let’s get movin’ and see if we can find one of them Psykinox Lords.”
Not far off from their position, another Psykinox Lord was roaming around. Zweite was looking around for any trace of Django. She had discarded her cloak a while ago, revealing herself. She had supple skin with dark green markings on her body, orange eyes, and long ice blue hair that reached her knees with a somewhat trident shaped fringe. She was dressed in what appeared to be an armored corset, dusty gold in color, that revealed a lot of her ample chest and midriff, a choker with a snowflake-shaped gem, a headband with a small teardrop jewel dangling between her eyes, sapphire blue earrings, pale bluish purple pants that stopped mid calf, and dark violet high-heeled boots with open toes. Despite looking for Django, she was also eating, as she was holding a kabob stick in one hand, still full of food, with four more in her other hand, all of which were bare.
She said to herself, “Still no trace of this Django Spirit Avalon sent us to find. I hope he’s having better luck than I am. I want Lucifer gone as much as the next Psykinox, but trying to find our true leader on the surface world is like trying to find a snowflake in the arid desert. Still, I guess it’s worth it, as I want that Bloodlust gone so we can stop living in the dark and return to the surface.”
Suddenly, a young adult male, about 20, approached her, saying, “Hey, baby, wanna come check out the sights with me, your new hunk?”
She gave him a piercing, icy glare, freezing him in his tracks, while using the four empty kabob sticks like improvised weapons, pointing them at his face.
She hissed, “Back off if you know what’s good for you. Otherwise you’ll learn why they call me the Ice Queen. I’m not interested, so don’t bother me, or you’ll learn the hard way that messing with me is hazardous to one’s health. So back off. And learn some new pick-up lines while you’re at it, as you couldn’t pick up a female chicken with that sad excuse for flirting.”
The young adult backed away from her, obviously surprised by her icy response. She kept glaring at him until he had fully walked away. She huffed, finished her kabob, and resumed looking. However, it wasn’t long before she noticed Cody and the others approaching her from the opposite direction. At first she didn’t seem to care, but the moment she took a good look at Cody, her cold expression change into a seductive look.
She purred, “Hmm… hello hot stuff. Not too shabby for a human. Something about that redhead seems different than other men. Perhaps I should take a closer look.”
The gang was unaware of Zweite approaching them until Leo looked ahead and saw her.
He said, “Hey, guys, I think we have company.”
They all turned to face Zweite, who had stopped short of them. Instantly, Cody’s eyes lit up, drinking in her seductive appearance.
She purred, slowly circling Cody, “Well, hello there. What do we have here? Not too shabby. Pretty good, in fact. What’s your name, hot stuff?”
Cody, who seemed almost elated, replied eagerly, “Woah! Hello hot stuff yourself! Don’t think I’ve seen you ‘round here before. The name’s Cody Lionheart. And you?”
“My name is Zweite Shard, also known as the Ice Queen. Hmm… Lionheart, huh? Sounds pretty noble. But do you have enough spark in your soul to melt the Ice Queen? After all, I like a man who has plenty of spark in their soul. And you seem to have plenty of that. But… do you have the Dueling skill to keep that spark going?”
Cody replied proudly, “Oh, yeah, baby, this redhead packs plenty of fire in his soul. And plenty of Duelin’ skill to go with it. After all, they don’t get fierier than me. And what about you?”
Zweite purred, “Me? I take pride in freezing my foes solid. I am called the Ice Queen, after all, which means I can turn those who can’t impress me into blocks of ice. But you may have the fire to counter my ice. I want to see what you’re capable off. Show me your Dueling prowess. Beat me, and you may be the one who melts my icy heart.”
Leo said, unsure what to think, “Well, this should be an interesting Duel, to say the least.”
Jack sighed, “I think Cody is in over his head. We don’t even know who this Zweite is, so who knows how strong she is.”
Fiona chuckled nervously, “Well you can’t blame him for wanting to impress her. I just hope he doesn’t freeze over.”
Chronos, however, was thinking, “Zweite Shard? I know I’ve heard that name before. But where?”
Zweite stepped a bit back, smiling, “You better prove it to me, as I want to test your mettle. Don’t disappoint me, as I feel you may be the one. So show me how much fire you have in your soul, and if it’s enough to melt my icy heart and soul.”
Cody grinned, “Oh, I’ll show ya just how much fire this Lionheart has!”
He armed himself with his Infinity Disk and Duel Gazer. Zweite’s left eye became more luminous, her supernatural Dueling equipment on her right arm, which looked like a fan or wing made of ice crystals, indicating that she was left-handed. This caught Chronos’ attention more than the others.
The teen Psykinox thought, “She materialized her Dueling equipment, just like how Lucifer does. Could she… is she one of the Psykinox Lords?” He then called out, “Cody, be careful! This woman may actually be a Psykinox Lord!”
Cody turned to him, “What!? A Psykinox Lord!?” He turned to Zweite, “Is that true?”
She replied, “While I am surprised you know of us Psykinoxes, your friend is right. I am Zweite Shard of the Seven Psykinox Lords, as well as the only female Psykinox Lord. But tell me… how do you know about us Psykinoxes?”
Leo replied, “Not only is Chronos half-Psykinox, but our friend and the leader of our group is a Psykinox. So we’re well aware of the Psykinox race, as well as what happened between the Spirit and Bloodlust families.”
Zweite quirked an eyebrow, “So, you’re friends with a Psykinox? But how could you know what happened to the Spirit family… Unless the Psykinox you’re referring to is a Spirit!”
Fiona nodded, “That’s right. Our friend is none other than Django Spirit, and we’re helping him in his quest to eliminate Lucifer for his treachery and murderous acts.”
The Ice Queen said, surprised, “You mean you know Django Spirit!? Avalon sent me to try to locate him!” She then shook her head before returning her attention to Cody, “We’ll discuss this later. After all, we’re in a Duel, and if you know a Spirit, then I want to see if he has trained you well enough for any future battles. As well as see what kind of a man you are, Lionheart.”
Cody grinned, “I’ll show ya the fruits of my labor under D-Man’s tutoring. So let’s do this!”
“Augmented Reality Visual link established.”
Both drew their starting hands, Life Points set to 4000.
Zweite touched her deck with her left hand, “Ladies first. I Draw! I summon Mother Grizzly to the field in Attack Mode!”
Mother Grizzly (1400/1000) appeared on the field, giving a roar as it did.
“I place two cards face-down to end my turn. Your move, Cody Lionheart. Show me your skill as well as your flaming soul.”
Cody grinned, “Oh, I’ll show ya! I Draw! First I summon Gearfried the Iron Knight in Attack Mode!”
Gearfried the Iron Knight (1800/1600) appeared on the field, giving his bladed arm a swing.
“Now, Gearfried, attack Mother Grizzly now with Metal Forearm Thrust!”
Gearfried charged in, into Mother Grizzly’s face, and gave his bladed arm a fierce slash, cleaving Mother Grizzly in half before it shattered. Zweite flinched as her Life Points dropped by 400 to 3600.
She stated, “By destroying my Mother Grizzly in battle and sending it to the Graveyard, you’ve activated its power! I can summon any WATER monster from my deck with 1500 or less Attack in Attack Mode. So I choose my Blizzard Falcon!”
Her deck ejected a card, which she played right away. Blizzard Falcon’s body seemed to be composed of both metal and ice, with bladed feet, ice wings, ice armor on its breast, a fanned-out metal tail, a long neck with a somewhat robotic falcon face with glowing eyes and a yellow beak. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1500/1500.
Cody replied, “Not too shabby. But I’m far from done. I place one card face-down on the field to end my turn.”
Zweite said mentally, “So far so good. Now that he knows I’m a Psykinox Lord, it appears that he is still giving me all he’s got. It’s as if he’s not afraid of me. The usual reaction of someone facing a Psykinox Lord would make them hesitate and back down, knowing how powerful we are. But he is unfazed by that. Hmm… good, I like that. I like a man who can fight even against a foe with a power advantage. Let’s see how long he lasts.” She said aloud, “It’s my turn. I Draw! I summon Aurora Wing to the field in Attack Mode!”
A new monster appeared. Aurora Wing was a majestic-looking creature. It had the body of a crane with large, graceful wings that looked like a solidified aurora, a matching, massive tail, thin legs, a long neck and a small head with a crest made of the same solidified energy that its wings and tail were composed of. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1200/1600.
“Now, I Overlay my Level Four Aurora Wing and Blizzard Falcon! With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network. I Xyz Summon Ice Beast Zerofyne in Attack Mode!”
Both Aurora Wing and Blizzard Falcon turned into blue orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the red spiral Overlay Network. Out emerged a new monster. Ice Beast Zerofyne looked like a cross between an ice skater, a metallic bird, and an ice creature. The main body was that of a woman covered in bluish-white ice crystals that covered her entire body except from the neck up, which was contained in dark blue armor and a helmet that revealed her eyes and a large crest. She had matching armor at her elbows and around her hips in a skirt-like structure, with additional ice crystals imbedded in it. Her wings were made from the same type of armor consisting of jagged plates, dark blue in color, jutting upward. Orbiting her were two blue orbs of light. She was a Rank Four monster with stats of 2000/2200.
Zweite stated, “Now to activate my Zerofyne’s special ability. By using an Overlay Unit, I can negate all other card effects on the field. Plus, my Zerofyne will gain 300 extra Attack Points for every monster on the field until my next Standby Phase. So do it, Zerofyne! Perfect Freeze!”
Ice Beast Zerofyne absorbed an Overlay Unit before releasing a large gust of wind and snow. This caused Gearfried to ice over, turning dark, while Zerofyne’s power increased by 300 to 2300.
“But I’m not done yet. I activate the Trap: Call of the Haunted, to revive my Blizzard Falcon!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up, allowing Blizzard Falcon (1500/1500) to reappear on the field.
“Now I activate my Mystical Space Typhoon to blow away your face-down card!”
A mighty typhoon formed on the field, charging toward Cody’s hidden card, which was revealed to be Nitwit Outwit, before it was destroyed.
Leo stated, “This is bad. Cody is in some trouble now.”
Zweite stated, “Zerofyne, attack Gearfried the Iron Knight with Icicle Storm!”
Zerofyne summoned up another gust of wind, this time loaded with icicles, and fired them at Gearfried. The attack mercilessly shredded Gearfried before it vanished. Cody shielded himself from the chilling winds as his Life Points dropped by 500 to 3500.
“Now, Blizzard Falcon, attack him directly!”
Blizzard Falcon summoned up more icy wind, which slammed into the redhead, knocking him off his feet, his Life Points dropping by 1500 to 2000.
Fiona called out, “Cody, are you okay?”
He grunted, “I’ll be fine, Fiona. This Duel isn’t over just yet, so I still have a chance to turn things around.”
Zweite mused, “I must admit I’m impressed. Most men would’ve given up, or at least been discouraged, after being blasted by my icy skills. You do have plenty of fire in you, but let’s see how long it’ll last. I end my turn there.”
The redhead stated, “Then it’s my move. I Draw! I activate Pot of Greed to draw two more cards from my deck.” He drew two cards, looked at them, gaining a grin, “This’ll help. I activate the Spell: Polymerization. I fuse my Alligator’s Sword and Baby Dragon to summon Alligator’s Sword Dragon in Attack Mode!”
Alligator’s Sword appeared on the field alongside a new monster. Baby Dragon looked like a young yellow dragon with large claws, moderately small wings, large eyes and a cute expression. It was a Level Three monster with stats of 1200/700. Both it and Alligator’s Sword started to overlap, swallowed up by a spiral vortex, and before long a new monster appeared on the field.
Alligator’s Sword Dragon was simply Alligator’s Sword riding on Baby Dragon’s back. Alligator’s Sword gave its sword a mighty swing while Baby Dragon gave a roar that was cuter than fierce. It was a Level Five monster with stats of 1700/1500.
The Ice Queen looked confused, “Why summon that creature? Its power is nowhere near my Zerofyne’s.”
Cody grinned, “True, this little combo creature doesn’t pack a big punch, but its ability does. You see, if my opponent only controls monsters that are of the FIRE, EARTH, or WATER Attributes, this monster can attack you directly! So do it, Alligator’s Sword Dragon! Bypass her monsters and attack her directly!”
Alligator’s Sword Dragon flew high into the sky, flying right over Zweite’s two monsters, before barreling down toward her. It gave a swipe from its sword, the shockwave striking the Ice Queen. She skidded back slightly as her Life Points dropped by 1700 to 1900. Alligator’s Sword Dragon then returned to its original position.
Cody grinned, “Not too shabby, huh? I may not have the most powerful cards in the game, but I know how to make the most of the cards I own. While D-Man allows me great access to his card collection, I know my deck will never be as powerful or strategic as his, but that doesn’t bother me one bit. I’ve gotten this far with this deck, and I intend to go the whole distance. So, for now, I place two cards face-down on the field to end my turn.”
Zweite said inwardly, “This Django Spirit sounds like he’s got all the traits needed to be our leader and complete the family mission. The question is… why is Lucifer in control?” She said aloud, “I must admit, I’m impressed so far. You are quite capable, and you can make the most out of your cards. But if you want to fully impress this Ice Queen, then defeat me and show me your strength. So it’s my turn, I Draw! Now my Zerofyne’s effect expires, returning her to normal.”
Zerofyne’s power dropped down to her original 2000.
“Next I summon Blizzard Thunderbird to the field in Attack Mode!”
A new monster appeared. Blizzard Thunderbird looked more like a humanoid than an avian creature. Its body was designed similar to a warrior equipped with dark blue armor made from overlapping plates, human hands, one of which holding a sword-like weapon, a long armored neck and a head that looked like an mechanical vulture. The wings were composed of several lightning bolt-shaped plates of metal, metallic yellow in color, stretching from its shoulders to its hips. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1600/1400.
Zweite said, “I hate to do this, but I want to see what you’re capable of. I Overlay my Blizzard Thunderbird and Blizzard Falcon. With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Number 103: Ragnazero in Attack Mode!”
Jack exclaimed, “Oh no! She’s summoning a Number! This isn’t good!”
Blizzard Thunderbird and Blizzard Falcon became blue orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the galaxy-style Overlay Network. Out emerged a new monster.
Number 103: Ragnazero was an elegant-looking female wearing a white armored dress with a red front and gold triangular jewels. Her visible skin was a pale purple, with each hand holding a double-ended blade. Attached to her back was a ring with several long, thin spikes fused with icy energy, with matching shoulder plates and headdress. Her face was covered by a black mask, only revealing her eyes, which were a luminous purple and long black hair. Orbiting her were two blue orbs of light and the number “103” was written on the left side of her headdress. She was a Rank Four monster with stats of 2400/1200.
Leo said, “That Number looks both elegant and deadly. I hope Cody will survive this.”
Cody stated, “I’m way ahead of ya, little buddy! I activate the Trap: Rocket Hand! This Trap also doubles as an Equip card, boostin’ a monster’s Attack by 800 if its Attack is 800 or higher! Plus this card’s second effect will help me turn the tide in this Duel! So I equip it to my Alligator’s Sword Dragon!”
A mechanical hand formed on Alligator’s Sword Dragon’s free hand, raising its power by 800 to 2500.
Zweite said, “Not bad, but not good enough. I activate Ragnazero’s ability! By using one Overlay Unit, I can target a monster on the field who’s current Attack is different than its Original Attack. That monster is destroyed and I get to draw one card from my deck. Sorry to do this, handsome, but your dragon-riding gator is about to become a purse!”
Ragnazero absorbed an Overlay Unit before firing a beam at Alligator’s Sword Dragon. The beam pierced Cody’s monster, causing it to roar out in pain as it was destroyed, much to Cody’s horror. She then drew one card from her deck.
“Now, Ragnazero, attack him directly!”
Cody stated, “I’m not done yet! I activate the Spell: Scapegoat! This allows me to summon four Sheep Tokens to protect me! So you won’t get to my Life Points that easily!”
Four Sheep Tokens (0/0) appeared on the field, shielding the redhead.
Zweite looked a bit disappointed, “Not the kind of tactic I’d expect from a man like you. But whatever. Ragnazero, attack one of those Sheep Tokens!”
Ragnazero gave a swipe from one of her blades, slicing a Sheep Token in half before it vanished.
“Now, Zerofyne, attack another Sheep Token!”
Zerofyne summoned up another wind gust full of icicles which impaled another Sheep Token, destroying it.
She said, “I hope you can do better than those Scapegoats. I end my turn there. What else can you do?”
Cody stated, “I’m far from done. My options may be limited, but I never give up until the last card is drawn! I Draw!” He looked at his card before playing it, “All I can do for now is place this monster in face-down Defense Mode to end my turn. But watch out, babe, as when you least expect it, this flamin’ spirit, Duelin’ dynamo will turn the tables! So it’s your turn.”
Zweite thought, “I must admit, while those Scapegoats don’t impress me, despite the fact he’s backed into a corner, he won’t quit. Most Duelists would lose hope at this point, but his fire still burns brightly even against my icy wind. Maybe if I push him even further he’ll show me the power he may possess.” Her hand started to glow, stating, “I want to see what power you have, so I’m gonna pull out a hidden power of my own. I hope you’re ready for it. Go, Cosmic Energy Draw!”
She drew a glowing card, much to the shock of the others.
Fiona sputtered, “Cosmic Energy Draw?! Is that a power similar to Destiny Draw? This may present a major problem for Cody.”
Zweite seemed curious, “Did you say Destiny Draw? That’s an ability only the Spirit family has. So, this Django has access to his family's great power?”
Chronos nodded, “Yes. Not only that, but he also has Divine Soul Mode. He's the Psykinox race’s true leader, and one of the survivors of Lucifer’s murderous rampage.”
Rage started to fill Zweite’s normally cold eyes, “Did you say Lucifer’s murderous rampage!? He MURDERED the Spirit family!? That… that… I have no words that can justify what he is! He lied to all of us! Now I’m really mad!” She turned to Cody, “I hate doing this, but I need a way to vent my anger! I activate the Spell: Rank-Up-Magic – The Seventh One! This allows me to Rank-Up my Number into a Chaos Number! So I rebuild the Overlay Network with Rank Four Ragnazero! Go, Chaos Xyz Evolution! Arise Number C103: Ragnafinity!”
Ragnazero transformed into a bolt of energy and entered the Overlay Network, which erupted with power. Out emerged a new monster.
Number C103: Ragnafinity looked very similar to her normal counterpart, only was wearing a black and purple dress resembling a gown, two large black wings, a trident-shaped headdress, the pinkish chaos energy flowing through her, and was wielding a double-ended blood red scythe with a smaller double-ended one at the bottom. In front of her were two Chaos Overlay Units and the number “103” was written on her right hip. She was a Rank Five monster with stats of 2800/2400.
Zweite snarled, “I don’t want to take out my anger on you, since you are an enemy to Lucifer, but if I don’t I’ll get REALLY ugly! So you better survive this! First off, I summon another Blizzard Falcon in Attack Mode!”
A second Blizzard Falcon (1500/1500) appeared on the field.
“Blizzard Falcon, attack a Scapegoat!”
Blizzard Falcon attacked another one of the Scapegoats, destroying it with its icy winds.
“Now, Zerofyne, attack the last Scapegoat!”
Zerofyne summoned another icicle loaded storm, hurling it at the last Scapegoat, mercilessly destroying it.
“Now, Ragnafinity, attack his hidden monster!”
Ragnafinity gave her scythe a swing before hurling it at Cody’s hidden monster. It was revealed shortly beforehand, revealing it to be a female monster red hair, slightly tan skin, with claw-like gloves and feet, a long thin tail with a blade at the end, small insect-like wings, and was wearing a halter top, shorts, and a helmet with small antenna on it. She was a Level Three monster with stats of 1100/900. She was easily destroyed by the attack.
Cody grimaced, “There goes my Nekogal #1, and my last line of defense. But I can’t give up, or I’ll be at this Psykinox Lord’s mercy. I gotta find a way to calm her down or I’ll end up with more knots than a pretzel.”
Zweite, obviously still ticked off, “I end my turn there. You better show me how well Django trained you, as we need strong fighters, and I want a strong man! So show me your fiery power now!”
Cody touched his deck, thinking, “The only monster I have in my hand is Garoozis, but I can’t summon it. Please, deck, show me some love.” He said aloud, “I Draw!” He drew a card, looked at it, and cheered, “Aw, yeah, baby! This’ll do the job nicely! I activate the Spell: One for One! By sendin’ a monster from my hand to the Graveyard, I can summon a Level One monster from my hand or deck! So I send my Garoozis to the Graveyard in order to summon Block Spider to the field in Attack Mode!”
He sent his last card to the Graveyard, but this allowed his Infinity Disk to eject a card, which he played right away. Block Spider looked like a cartoony spider made from construction blocks, with large hands, red shoes at the end of each remaining foot, and what looked like sunglasses on its face. It was a Level One monster with stats of 0/100.
“Since my Block Spider was Special Summoned, I can Special Summon another one from my deck! So I place it in Attack Mode!”
His Infinity Disk ejected another card, which he played, summoning another Block Spider (0/100) to the field.
“Now, since THIS Block Spider was Special Summoned, I can Special Summon my last Block Spider from my deck! So I’ll summon it in Attack Mode!”
His Infinity Disk ejected another card, which he played, summoning his third and final Block Spider (0/100) to the field.
Chronos observed, “He’s got three Level One monsters on the field. Is he going to Xyz Summon?”
Leo nodded, “Yes, and we know exactly what monster he’s gonna summon. Normally, having more than one Block Spider on the field would create an attack lock, but Cody is using their swarming ability for a different purpose! Do it, Cody!”
Cody stated, “I Overlay my three Level One Block Spiders! With these three monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Number 54: Lion Heart in Attack Mode! Come forth my mighty Number!”
Zweite’s eyes were wide, “You mean to say you own a Number!? I thought regular humans couldn’t handle the Numbers’ overwhelming energies!”
Cody grinned, “Normally that’s true, but this great gang proved that we can harness their immense power and use it to help defend the world from Lucifer! But enough chit-chat, I’ll show you the power of a Number born from good emotions!”
All three Block Spiders became brown orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the galaxy-style Overlay Network. Out emerged a sealed form which quickly unfolded into Number 54: Lion Heart (100/100), who gave a mighty roar as he did.
Chronos looked surprised, “I knew you guys had a lot of firepower behind you, but I didn’t realize you wield Numbers of your own. I guess I didn’t put that together in our earlier conversation right away. I just hope this Number can quell Zweite’s anger, as what I do know of her is that when her temper erupts, it takes a lot to tame that anger.”
Cody stated, “Time to show off the power of a Lionheart! Lion Heart, attack Ragnafinity with Pouncin’ Punch!”
Zweite looked surprised, “Are you TRYING to lose this Duel!? Lion Heart will be creamed by my Ragnafinity!”
The redhead grinned, “Not quite. For starters, Lion Heart cannot be destroyed while in Attack Mode! Now to activate another one of Lion Heart’s powers! By usin’ an Overlay Unit, I can have you take all the damage that I would’ve taken! So all that damage is comin’ back right at ya! So hopefully this’ll knock some sense into ya, baby!”
Lion Heart absorbed an Overlay Unit into his fist, reared back, and launched a punch. Ragnafinity retaliated by hurling her scythe, but when the two attacks collided, it created a large explosion that released massive shockwaves. Zweite only stood there, eyes wide, as the shockwaves struck her, sending her flying, crashing on the ground in a heap, but, at the same time, smiled. Her Life Points dropped down to zero. A “Win” screen appeared, showing Cody, before the Augmented Reality vanished, taking all the monsters with it. Cody sighed in relief before giving the gang a thumbs-up. Zweite was still laying flat on her back, eyes closed, motionless, but her breathing was calm. When she opened her eyes, Cody was near her, holding out his hand.
He said, “Zweite, need a hand up? Are you calmer now?”
Zweite, for the first time in a long time, had a warm smile on her face as she graciously took Cody’s hand. He gently got her back on her feet, giving her a moment to stand. She then turned to him, her normally cold eyes showing warmth.
She said warmly, “Congratulations, hotshot, you not only proved your hidden power, fiery passion, and never-give-up attitude, but you also won my allegiance in the fight against Lucifer, and… well…” she trailed off.
Cody gently held her hand, “Yeah? And what?”
She seemed to struggle to say what she wanted to, so she, instead, grabbed his head and pulled him into a quick, yet passionate, kiss, much to Cody’s, and everyone else’s, surprise. She quickly pulled back, a blush on her face, looking surprisingly embarrassed, her normally fierce eyes showed coyness and insecurity. Cody, however, was stunned by the surprising display of affection, his brain taking a few moments to unfreeze.
She said shyly, “You… also won my affections. I’ve never felt this way before, especially to a human, but from the moment I laid eyes on you, I knew something was different. You proved that during our Duel, and you even had the power, and guts, to quell my rage and anger with your heroic charge. You proved to me what a man driven by fiery passion and a never-give-up spirit can do. And you managed to shatter my icy defenses and melt my heart. I… I’ve never felt this way before. While I’m still angry at Lucifer, my mind is clear thanks to you. You said your name is Cody Lionheart, right?”
Cody nodded, “That’s right. And these are just some of our great gang: Jack Roller, the twins Leo and Fiona Cloud, and this is Chronos Goldwing, who is an ally and gives us insight on the subject of the Psykinox race, as he’s half-Psykinox.”
Zweite pondered, “Goldwing, huh? That would be Vylon’s family. Now I know why Lucifer has labeled your family as traitors, because you’re fighting on the right side, the side that is lead by a Spirit. While my rage and anger toward Lucifer has never burned so brightly, I have to stay calm and cool. I need a plan on how to address the situation and stop him from destroying any more lives.”
Fiona said, “Django and Avalon are already working on that. According to Django, Avalon is currently meeting with Noble, another Spirit who survived the attacks. They’re devising a plan to remove Lucifer from power so Django can deal the final blow. Django also gave us instructions if we were to run into a Psykinox Lord. He wanted us to tell you about Avalon’s and Noble’s meeting, and to mention that you should return to the underground Psykinox city until Avalon returns with the plans he’s discussed with Django’s grandpa. He did warn us that the only way to get you to listen may be to Duel you Psykinox Lords. That about covers it.”
Zweite, who regained her cold expression, hissed, “That demon Lucifer. He is the worst of the worst. The Devil himself would call him scum for his acts of pure evil. Count me in. I want to help take him down for good. If destroying him means our race can live in peace and back on the surface once again, then I’ll go with whatever plan Avalon and Noble comes up with.” She turned to Cody with a softer expression, “You better stay alive, hotshot, as I don’t want to lose another valuable ally to that murderous Bloodlust. And besides…” she gained a seductive grin, “I want to experience more of your fire, more of your passion, more of your hidden power. You successfully melted my icy heart, and won me over as both an ally and your woman. I want you to use that fire to burn Lucifer to cinders and help rid the world of the last Bloodlust, and the name itself, forever. And when that day comes, hotshot, I expect you to still be waiting for me, as I want you by my side… forever.”
She gave him another kiss, this time a bit more tender, still stunning Cody. She pulled away, a small blush on her face, but a look of both love and determination in her eyes.
As she turned away, she said, “You have my support. Tell this to Django. He has won over another Psykinox Lord, and tell him that I’ll proudly fight alongside our true leader, and will do everything I can to freeze Lucifer solid. And you, Cody Lionheart… I hope to see you soon, handsome. Be the fire to my ice, as you’re the only one who has ever melted the Ice Queen. Stay alive and I’ll join you in both the fight ahead, and the future that will follow. Farewell for now.”
She opened up a Warp Gate, but not before giving Cody one last wink, and entered the Warp Gate, it closing up behind her. Cody stood there, almost frozen, but then suddenly did a victory pose and victory cry.
Leo chuckled, “Well, it looks like Cody’s in love. And she feels the exact same way about him. This should be interesting. Mixing fire and ice will create quite the combination.”
Jack sighed, “Still, he’d better calm down before someone has to knock him out in order to calm him down.”
Chronos chuckled, “Aw, don’t worry about it, Jack. What I do know of Zweite is that she’s not easy to impress or woo. But the fact that Cody not only successfully defeated her impressed her, and she is now expressing romantic feelings to him. That’s quite the accomplishment. Remember, she’s called the Ice Queen for a reason, as, according to Cosmoz, she’s very difficult to woo, giving the cold shoulder to anyone she deems unworthy of her time. But Cody managed to win her loyalty in the fight as well as to him. So that’s a big deal. So let him have his little celebration, as winning over Zweite isn’t easy in any situation.”
After Cody calmed down, he stated, “All right, team! Let’s find those other Psykinox Lords and get even more allies! We’ve gained Avalon, Claymore, and now Zweite. Just three more to go! So let’s do this and win the fight against Lucifer!”
Nodding, the group of five continued their way down the street, hoping that they may find the last three Psykinox Lords before Lucifer becomes aware of it. But no spirits were higher than Cody as he thought about Zweite.
Next Chapter: Flaming Knuckle