Orchestrated By C.M. Rich (Magnetman)
Takes place during Ascendant
Makenshi awoke. He had been laying unconscious in the snow for god knows how long, and it was freezing cold. He looked around him, and only saw a vast stretch of tundra before him. "Captain?" he managed to say, but there was no response. His communications were jammed.
He recalled his confrontation with Mesmerman. Had all of it really taken place, or was at all a dream? And what the hell was he doing in the middle of nowhere?
Willing his feet to move, he began to walk. Striding across a barren plane, like he had done so many times before....
And then he stopped dead in his tracks, certain that he was seeing things. Before him was a young man, a few inches shorter than he was. He had a light complexion with pale blue eyes placed above an all-too-familiar smirk. His long, black hair was spiked into a fauxhawk, and he wore the same long, brown coat that Makenshi usually wore.
Was this another of Mesmerman's tricks. Was he still trapped in the confines of his own dark and twisted psyche?
"Who are you?"
It was the black-haired man who spoke. His voice was exactly the same as Makenshi's, though the words that came out of his mouth were colder.
"My name.... Is Shiken Max."
The black-haired man frowned, and all of a sudden his cool composure descended into a fit of frustration. "Wrong. You, my friend, are a fake. A joke! The title Shiken Max belongs to me!"
Is this guy for real? Makenshi thought, taken aback by the mysterious man's outburst. It was evident that this person was... him, from the past, yet such a thing couldn't be possible.
"Nonsense," he replied with a smirk, and he displayed his RPD badge that bore his name. "There can only be one Shiken Max in this world."
"Exactly," the black-haired man growled. "And that is why you must die!"
A shot rang out, but there was no one around to hear it, save for two people.
--------------------It was an agonizingly long duel. Makenshi's past counterpart had gotten the first shot, which grazed Makenshi's cheek. They darted about the snowy desert, firing their bullet's and evading the other's.
--------------------Makenshi screamed not only out of fear, but because he hated the lightweight feeling in his stomach from falling.
--------------------After Makenshi and his bodyguards had rescued Starman, all five of them were quickly brought to the medical bay due to still having to undergo repairs. Makenshi's checkup revealed that he had partially fractured various bones along his limbs. Thanks to the latest technology in medical science he would be able to make a speedy recovery, though the extra strain he had put from going to retrieve Vulcan had taken its toll, extending his time in the hospital.