crayik, crayik!” I swore, using a word I’d invented myself. I didn’t have the
time or the money to deal with Green’s stupid swear jar.
the heck am I supposed to do?! I should’ve taken Orange with me!” I muttered.
“Heck, even Green would be a help now!"
found myself wishing that the mysterious Blue would somehow just appear in
Greene Wood instead of Sapphire City and save my freaking bacon already. I
immediately scolded myself for that.
Red, you idiot! You’ve gotten out of way stickier situations than this one! Get
your stupid act together!
gas. No wood. Heck, I probably can’t even use fire, because I might burn down
the whole place. What am I supposed to do?!”
tallied up my options. One, somehow keep running until I reached Sapphire City.
(Highly unlikely.) Two, give up and surrender to Argot and his minion. (Uh, like,
flipping no.) Three, risk burning down the whole forest. (Last resort.) Four,
frontal assault. (I couldn’t fight with my power level down like this.) So that
left one option.
my way out of this mess.
Argot!” I skidded to a halt, and my knees almost gave out. “I give up. I
came to a standstill.
and his buddy just stared at me like I had two heads.
a trap,” Iron Man Wannabe concluded, and I almost facepalmed. Yeah, General Akbar, it’s a trap!
are you playing at, boy?” Argot demanded, and I shrugged, secretly mustering up
every last bit of my power and pulling a trap that I didn’t like, since it took
me at least two minutes to activate. Two minutes too long, in my opinion.
I’m serious. I surrender.”
you honestly expect us to believe that? What’s to stop me from ripping your
face off, right now?” Iron Man Wannabe snapped.
you tired of yours? I can see why, dude, it looks like a horse’s b – “
Man Wannabe lunged, and I dodged. His fist missed me by about two inches.
down, Kyore!” Argot hissed. “He’s taunting you!”
so that’s your name. It has more letters than I thought it’d have, though. I
didn’t know you could spell that far!”
was probably scowling, but I couldn’t tell, seeing as he had a helmet on. He
wouldn’t for long, though. I was gonna blow his head off.
felt my pocket for my sunglasses. Good. Still there. Sometimes, I forgot they
were on, and in an occasion like this, I needed them off. This was crucial.
With them on, I couldn’t set my trap, and let’s be honest here, without my
trap, I’m screwed.
are you trying to do?” Argot demanded. “First, you tell us that you surrender,
and now you act like you want a fight. What will it be? Fight, or surrender?”
know what, I think I’ll fight. But you’d better leave Keeree over there out;
he’d run crying to his momma in two seconds!”
Man Wannabe tried, he really did. I could tell. But the temptation of punching
my face in won over following orders. With a huge roar, he lunged. I
sidestepped the attack, but as he passed by, I inserted a secret little package
into the hole I’d melted in his armor with my eyes. (Now you see why I couldn’t
be wearing sunglasses?) He was so angry, he didn’t even notice.
name,” he seethed, hands balled into fists, “Is Kyore, brat!”
I said cheerily. “Mine’s Red.”
then I blew up the explosives in his armor.
explosion wasn’t very big, and I knew that with the technology the enemy had,
he’d be patched up in no time. But it gave me a distraction, which was the only
thing I really needed. So, after I absorbed most of the flames so that the fire
wouldn’t spread too far and made sure they were both knocked out, I knew it was
time to go.
then, fellows, fun playing with you, but I’ve gotta go find Blue now.” I
mock-saluted. “Seeya again sometime.”
I walked off, hands in my pockets, I couldn’t keep the big, goofy grin off my