Wing laid Sparx’s body in front of everybody. “Sparx, get up,” he said distraughtly. He would not budge, even from a few nudges from Wing. Everyone at that moment thought the worst, until the teary-eyed Reyn put her ear to Sparx’s chest. “His heart is still beating,” she said happily. All three of them let out a sigh of relief. “He’s just unconscious,” Spirit said, “all he needs is rest.” Wing scoffed as he sat down next to Sparx, “No kidding. He fought and ran without breaks. That takes a toll on your body, no matter how built you are.”
Spike, Rush, and Frostbite walked up to the four of them. “Oh shit,” Wing complained, “can’t you guys leave us alone?” He was about to get up when Frostbite motioned him to stay in place. “We came to,” he hesitated, “explain our behavior now that Sparx beat Fiego.” He looked at Sparx’s body, “I’m not a fighter. I race, it’s what I do. Sure I may cheat sometimes, but all I wanted was a rival in speed. I honestly, deep down in my heart, never meant to hurt any of you. It’s just.. you know, fire melts ice.” Wing, Spirit, and Reyn seemed to accept it.
Wing to turned to Spike and Rush and said, “Now, what the fuck do you asswipes want?” Spike put his head down, “I see where that’s coming from, and if I was in your position, I would do the same. First, Fiego made us help him, because he could do away with us like that,” Spike snapped his fingers, “Second, I just thought I would clear up the air around us. Remember that night we first met?” Wing clenched his fist and gritted his teeth, “You better have something good for bringing that up.” Spike continued, “We were looking for you and Sparx because that shadow seemed to make us follow it. Just like Fiego,” he snapped his fingers again. “Anyway, it wanted us to test Sparx’s power for some reason. When we made it to your home, the place was being burnt down. We had nothing to do with it.” Rush nodded in agreement. Wing laughed angrily, “Bullshit, you said so yourself that you two burnt it down.” Spike shook his head, “Come on man, we were stupid kids. How else was I going to make you guys fight?” Wing struggled with the truth, “A-alright, let’s say I believe you. Who else would burn our home?” Spike and Rush looked at each other for a moment. Wing looked at both of them, “What? What is it?” Spike finally spoke, “Before we actually moved in, there were three armored vans parked outside your home. They all had a V in a circle.” Wing interrupted, “Whoa, whoa wait a minute. You’re telling me V.E.S.P. did it? Why do I not believe you? I mean, they are corrupt as shit, but I would never imagine them doing this.” Spike made his tone more intense, “How many other orphanages are in Velah City?” Wing thought for a moment, “Alot.” Spike continued, “That serve our kind?” Wing stayed silent. “Anyway, that’s not even the worst part,” Spike said, “About four troops toting sub-machine guns came out of each van. Let’s just say, they weren’t invited in, but they went in anyway. Rush and I were in the bushes outside of the scene.” Spike closed his eyes as if he was in pain, “All we heard then was gunshots being fired and screaming inside the building until the last scream was heard, then it was interrupted by the last gunshot. Eleven troops walked out, while one stayed behind. He then came out as the orphanage started catching fire. We went inside when it was done burning to see if there were any survivors. Then you two showed up behind us.”
Wing put his head on his palm. Spirit tried to comfort him by putting her hand on his arm. “Wing..” she said comfortingly. He wiped his face with his sleeve, “Now I feel like shit.” “Why,” Spirit asked. “Because all this time, I blamed you guys for that day,” he told them all. Spike shook his head again, “We’re the ones who should feel like assholes. We have been taunting you over that, and we’re both sorry.” Wing looked up, “Now what I don’t understand is why the government slaughtered all these freeqs.” Spirit touched his shoulder, “We’ll have time to think about that, but for now we need to get Sparx back home and treat his wounds.”
The shadow substance left over from the fight started to move.
Wing and Frostbite put Sparx’s arms around their shoulders and carried him to the city.
It started squirming towards the lifeless Fiego’s body. Once it reached him, the substance overtook the legs. They started to move and propped themselves up.
“Um.. guys,” Reyn sounded worried, “I don’t think we’re done here yet.” They all looked up to see what she was talking about and saw Fiego standing up. “Fuck,” Wing cursed. Spirit looked closer, “Wait. Something’s not right.” Fiego looked like he was not even trying to stand. It was as if something was making him stand, like if he was a marionette being controlled by a puppeteer. Wing saw a black substance was slowly crawling up to Fiego’s head. “Oh shit,” Reyn screamed, “That’s not Fiego!” Frostbite looked at her, “Then who is it?” Wing searched for any clues, “Fuck, the shadow is taking over his body.” Reyn looked down, shocked, “Fiego’s dead.” This made everyone look at the puppet. The shadow had overtaken everything but his face. Everyone stared in shock and anxiety as it finally covered Fiego’s face. His long lock of hair slowly receded as the hair changed to Sparx’s style. The shadow turned pitch black. Once it opened its eyes, everyone stepped back. Its eyes were the brightest white. All it did was peer at the group while standing completely still.
Wing thought over the whole process, and laid out the options in his head. All he could think about was Sparx. “Alright,” he finally said. Spirit and Reyn both knew what was coming. Wing turned to them, “Can you guys still fight?” Spirit bared her claws, “You don’t even have to ask me,” she said confidently. Reyn cracked her neck, “Of course.” Wing turned to Frostbite, Spike, and Rush, “What about you three?” “Yeah,” Frostbite and Spike said while Rush nodded. Wing faced the shadow, “Sparx has done so much for all of us. He’s given us reasons to live. So that’s why today, he rests while we do this for them.” Wing donned his wings, “And even if we don’t succeed, at least we died trying to protect him.”
At once, they all let Sparx rest while Wing flew, Spirit hovered, Reyn tread water, Spike held on to Rush while he ran, and Frostbite rode on towards the shadow. All for Sparx.