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Nine Tailed Mutant Legend
CHP 16: Distasteful Circumstances
If there is any hope left for this world or any of the others, something must be done fast. The time for talk is not an option, for the plans of the malevolence ruler draw near; time is running out for the earth's defenses, which is also that of a prospect of hope, prosperity and light. After hours of traveling, Kung Lao finally arrives to the home of the shalion monks; his home which is also known as the Shalion temple. The turtles along with Batman stand at his side. The Dark Knight steps forward, informing them all to proceed with caution. In front of them is a relatively quite temple with no signs of light. This is strange, given the fact nightfall was over two hours ago! Kung Lao reaches out grabbing Batman by the shoulder.
"Maybe I should enter first, if there is a trap I don't want you to put yourself in peril."
"Don't worry, I'm sure everything is fine," Batman continues walking forward, "If there is a problem it's nothing I can't handle."
The caped crusader continues forward walking up the steps with the rest of the group close behind. Batman slowly opens the front entrance stepping inside leisurely. Kung Lao jumps ahead of him realizing there is not a single light on! This definitely doesn't look good, it is quite apparent that something bad has happened. Leonardo steps forward pulling out both his swords, advising his brothers not to enter just yet. Kung Lao calls out for the eldest Monk, but gets no answer. The darkness makes it difficult for any of them to see, the moonlight coming in through the window is the only provided light. Not trying to waste anytime Batman sets his lenses to night vision.
"You're much more familiar with this place than I, so you lead the way," Batman reaches into his utility belt tossing Kung Lao a flashlight, "I'm having a bad feeling about this."
Kung Lao turns on the flashlight finding the light switch to the room. He walks over to flip it on, but gets nothing.
"It would seem whoever might be behind this cut the power." Leo whispers.
"That doesn't matter, lets go further in to see if anyone is around. This doesn't look good at all." Batman says.
Kung Lao leads the way flashing the light down the hall creating a path for the three. Mikey and Don watch as the three disappear into the darkness. The turtles listen to the sound of the night life; including that of crickets, mountain lions, wolves, and even Owls. Michelangelo leans up against the wall looking outside of the temple's gate glancing over at the forest trees in the distance.
"Wow it sure is crazy; I mean how these last few days have led up to. This whole scenario seems like a dream, but I guess sometimes you have to expect the unexpected." Dony says.
"Yup that sure is true bro, but we should be use to crazy terms of events such as what we're going through right now." Mikey adds.
Donnatello almost laughs at his brother's words knowing that he is 100% right; the four of them have been through so much together. Is it possible this could be their last adventure? Nothing is ever impossible, which is why he knows they must enjoy everyday they have of life. Inside the temple Batman discovers something through night vision leading the three. Bending down the Shalion member steps ahead flashing the light over what appears to be a body! The individual is quickly identified as Liu Kang. Putting one hand to the MK champion's neck Kung Lao searches for a pulse. Liu has been brutally beaten bleeding from the nose, mouth, and from several cuts on his chest.
"Is he alive?" Batman asks hoping his prediction is wrong.
"Not for long if we don't do something soon," Kung Lao wraps one of Liu's arms around his neck, "Help me lift him to the infirmary."
Leonardo takes his other arm lifting him up to his feet. The Shalion warrior waste no time getting them all to the infirmary. once there the situation becomes even worse. Throughout the room lay dead bodies of the temple's inhabitants. Using the flashlight they find a table to set Liu over on. It is hard for him to keep his emotions inside, slouching over while shedding a few tears. Scanning the room the dark knight locates a stack of candles within a nearby box.
"We better get started on him; the next thing we need is him dieing on us," The caped crusader walks over picking up five candles, "It's quite apparent we're goanna need all the help we can get."
It doesn't take long before the room is lit up by the candles placed in different sections in the room. Within a nearby closet Kung Lao hands the bandages to Leo who wraps them around the chest of Liu. Their work is a success stopping any further bleeding.
"This may not have an answer; but what are we supposed to do now?" Leo asks.
Neither the dark knight or Kung Lao answer. It is apparent they're not within a favorable situation; it doesn't help with the injured Liu Kang laying before them fighting for his life. Judging by how things look, it seems this time evil will triumph. Leo can't stand the thought of failing his family, along with the many innocent people and animals throughout the different worlds.
"If either of you need me I'll be out in the front with my brothers." Leo informs exiting the room.
Standing in total silence the hero of Gotham City looks around at the dead carcasses. The signs left behind show that these men did not go down without a fight. Bat's knows it makes things harder seeing as he is not on home turf. Pulling a chair up to the side of Liu is Kung Lao who takes a seat. Out of the blue something comes to mind! This whole incident should not have happened.
"I just thought of something; where was Raiden when this whole scenario occurred?," The dark knight crosses his arms, "Wouldn't he have known or been alerted?"
Looking up to reply Kung Lao stops; realizing what Batman said is right! Where is Raiden, none of this makes sense? This has to be close to one of the strangest days in his life. All that has happened up to now is surreal. Whatever the case all questions will be answered when Liu wakes.
Sitting near a camp fire is two ninjas on what seems to be an impossible mission. Blocking out all distractions within the forest is the turtle Raphael who meditates to try and keep his body and mind focused. Subzero sits nearby fiddling around with a miniature stick in the fire. The eyes of Raph open at the sound of the branch catching fire. At the corner of his eye he watches Subzero drop the branch into the stack of flames. The turtle just shakes his head closing his eyes once again. Taking a deep breath, Raph almost jumps opening his eyes to the sound of the scream. Both he and Subzero stand.
"That didn't sound good at all; if I didn't know any better it sounded like a child." Raphael says clinching his fist.
"That may be true, but it is none of our business. If anything we should be coming up with a plan to attack the main threat; there is no time for random incidences."
"Maybe that's how you do things, but back where I come from we don't turn our backs on anyone in need."
Raphael sprints forward not saying a word leaping up into a nearby tree headed for where the scream came from. The Lin Kuei fighter can do nothing but smile; he realizes this ninja from another dimension has the true heart of a hero. Not trying to loose him in the darkness Subzero quickly follows. The two ninjas leap from tree to tree progressing to where the trouble is located. After traveling for a great length of time Raph stops in his tracks looking down on a small village. Slouched over in a nearby tree is Subzero who also looks down on the scenario. Both ninjas are intrigued by the seventeen foot creature which stands before a group of villagers.
"I'm a very reasonable guy, all I want is this villages entire fortunes; which includes, diamonds, jeweler, and anything else valuable. I'd make it fast if I were you people."
A man steps forward placing one hand in front of him. The two watching from above get the idea he is one of the leaders of the territory.
"We will not give any of our belongings to you, we have all worked hard to put together this community. No outsider will take or destroy that!" The man makes himself clear.
Seeing the villagers words as a joke the giant laughs, while at the same time spit hangs out of the corner of his mouth. The creature lifts up a log over his head.
"I love doing things the hard way, you little people will be crushed into submission!"
Pulling back the object it is kicked out of the Creatures grasp, off to the side. Raphael lands clear on his feet in front of the creature pulling out his Sais. Not knowing the intentions or even what Raphael is; all of the villagers run inside the village gate. Shaking his head his shoulders drop a bit annoyed.
"Can't for once some people understand that I'm here to help; I guess no matter what world I'm in that will never change."
The turtle does not stand alone for long with that of Subzero coming down to his side.
"What is this supposed to be, some sort of costume party hahaha I'll take you two out with ease."
The creature reaches out grabbing Subzero throwing him into the "Welcome" sign of the village. The giant knees Raph in the stomach grabbing him by the head and swinging him around throwing him into the general area of Subzero. Looking down on the two; the creature clears his throat chuckling. Raph kicks off the ground standing and charging toward the enemy. The Creature is knocked off balance by the power of the flying kick. A sweep kick preformed by the turtle puts him on his back.
"You know what they say, the bigger they are the harder they fall." Raph says with a chuckle of his own.
Faster than Raphael can react he is grabbed by the throat being chocked slammed into the turf shell first. The creature takes a full stand stretching; before kicking the turtle to the side who looses his weapons.
"That's a good one little green freak, but the reality is the bigger they are the harder they hit, Hahahah." The creature laughs some more, with saliva coming out of his mouth.
Subzero jumps forward kicking him in the chest causing him to side step a little. Raphael picks up his two weapons putting them on the sides of his belt. The giant rubs his chest grinning. Lifting his fist high up pounding into the ground. The turf beneath them erupts falling apart tossing them back. Both manage to stay upright staring up into the eyes of their foe. The massive creature charges the two only to have his feet iced in place by that of Subzero tumbling to the ground. It doesn't take much effort for the creature to break out of the ice getting back on his feet. Looking at one another both shake their head as Subzero loads up a snow blast firing it off at the creature freezing him solid. Both he and Raph kick the giant into a tree shattering the ice. The giant gets up slowly while holding his head, walking off into the shadows of the forest.
"Well it looks like that guy won't be coming back, what a relief. It looks like we can return back to the camp site." Raphael states.
Neither of the two move a muscle watching as a group of the villagers come out of hiding approaching them.
"There will be no need to thank us, we just happened to be passing through when we saw that someone was disturbing the peace. So if you'd excuse us we really have to be going." Subzero informs before they can say a word.
"Maybe so, but perhaps the two of you could stay around for some refreshments? I can get you some cold drinks if you'd like?"
"That's very kind of you, but there is too much at stake. This is something none of you would understand." Subzero tells.
The villagers can only watch as the two ninjas disappear into darkness. Raphael leads the way back to camp where the flames still burn good. Opening one of the bags set at the side of a rock Raph pulls out a water bottle taking a drink. Subzero takes a seat close to where he sat just before they had left.
"So what was the reason for the speedy departure?" Raphael puts the water bottle back into the bag, "It's not like they meant us any harm, if anything they were trying to help."
"Just trust me Raphael, we will be better off isolating ourselves from any distractions."
Just outside the temple the dark knight has just buried yet another body. He uses a gadget out of his utility belt which lasers the name of the dead on their tomb stone. So much sentiment runs through his spirit, remembering back on the night this all began. No seven year old boy should have to go through what he did; it was in fact that night in which he made a promise. From that night on, the long journey to justice began; the mantle of the bat is the icon and chance for a deserving future for the city of Gotham. No matter how impossible it may be to stop this new threat; he promises himself and his parents he will find a way to prevail. With his head bowed down Bat's says one final prayer for the deceased Shalion members. Afterward he walks up the hill headed back for the temple. Once inside the temple he makes his way over to where Liu is being held.
"At this point it doesn't make sense for all of us to sit around," Batman takes something out of his utility belt throwing it over to Kung Lao. "This is a bat tracker which will enable you to track me while I go out and find the others."
Kung Lao steps up from his seat shaking his head.
"I don't think that is a good idea at all, we can't afford to loose you as well. I mean lets be realistic we have no idea where they could be."
"That's where you're wrong, I had placed a bat tracer on Zatanna the morning we left the last time we saw them. With any luck the others are with her."
"Good thinking, but I still advise you stay here until at least Liu awakens."
"There is no time for that, I'll try and be back as soon as possible."
The caped crusader exits the room afterward. While walking down the dark hall he comes across the turtles holding a candle, informing them on what is going to happen. Leo insists that one of them go with him, but he declines. After a short negotiation it is decided that Donnatello will travel along side him. The two waste no more time walking out of the front door, beginning their way on a trial which could lead them to their friends.
To Be Continue