Tauria: The prologue of the story is completely different from the rest of the story. I got the idea from my one-shot and I added more detail and stuff. :DD This story is an idea that I have had for a while, and finally I can put it into words. Anyways, here it is . . . plz enjoy :DD
How it All Came To Be
Antauri and Mandarin stood upon the Robot's shoulder after another successful battle as the sun began to set. They looked out at the city of Shuggazoom. Mandarin let out a heavy breath, as if a great weight was being taken from his shoulders. Antauri glanced at his orange companion. Mandarin was staring out at the city as if he owned it. He looked over at his black companion.
"Another battle won today, hm, Antauri?"
Antauri smiled. "Yes. Shuggazoom is safe for another day, and we can give ourselves a pat on the back, as some would say."
Mandarin laughed at his companions joke, although some would not call it a joke, more the use of an expression, but Antauri was not one to use such expressions. "Yes, I suppose we could. A battle well won . . . However . . . I still doubt your trust of Nova after what happened yesterday."
"What happened was a slip of her temper. Not her fault, and not your fault. It can be helped, and I shall try my best to help her," Antauri said.
Mandarin nodded. "Of course."
They stood there until the sun completely set over Shuggazoom and they went back inside. Mandarin called a meeting of the Monkey Team. He sat down in his chair that was positioned in a way they could all see him. He was smirking triumphantly at the team.
"Team, I am your leader. The strongest, smartest, and wisest of us. I have come to an important decision." He met all of their eyes to signify the importance of his decision. "We save the citizens of Shuggazoom City everyday. We have made every effort that we can to protect them from the evil of the Skeleton King." Mandarin scowled at the mere mention of the name. "Day by day we protect them from his great evil . . . and day by day, they run away from our battles in fear. What have they done to help us defend their city? What have they done to help us protect our backs? Nothing! They have done nothing. Here we are risking our lives to defend a city that does nothing for us!" He made a disgusted expression. "Yet we still defend them. Why? Oh . . . that's right! Yes, it's because we were created to." Mandarin scoffed.
"Mandarin, we do this because-" Antauri began, but was cut off.
"Antauri, do not give me one of your self-righteous lectures about how it is our duty and we should do it without question for the good of the universe. Well, I for one am tired of it! Why should we serve Shuggazoom we when are given nothing in return? I for one think we should rule Shuggazoom City!" Mandarin held his head high, as he sat like a king upon his throne.
Antauri stood. "Mandarin, that is insane! We are here to protect Shuggazoom! Not rule. By ruling Shuggazoom you would become the very thing you hate! Skeleton King!"
"Antauri, you are a fool. If you would stand in my way, then so be it!" Mandarin said. He punched Antauri square in the face, not even conscious of his own actions. He looked a little shocked and horrified . . . but also pleased.
The others gasped. Their leader had become twisted . . . like one of the enemies that they fought!
Sprx stood. "Leave him alone, Mandarin!" His eyes blazed with anger. How dare their leader hit one of them? How dare he even suggest that they would betray him when the plan itself was something they could never do?
Mandarin turned to Sprx, a crazy look in his eyes. "So you would defy me as well . . ." He got out his weapons, stepping into a defense pose.
"Mandarin! You can't fight us! We are your family!" Nova said, also rising. She was not going to allow Mandarin to hurt two of her family.
"And you as well Nova? I knew you could no longer be trusted," Mandarin sneered.
"Mandarin this is nonsense! We cannot rule the citizens!" Gibson said, knowing that not only logic prevented it, but something else he rarely listened too . . . his heart.
"And you?" He turned to Otto. "Surely you, Otto, my closest ally , will not betray me?" Surely his friend, the one who had poured his heart out to him . . . the one he had been a friend to for so long . . . the one who was essentially what most would call his best friend.
"Mandarin . . . we cannot let you do this . . ." He said sadly, hating to have to attack his friend. They all did. He had been their leader, their mentor, the one who had defended them in so many battles. But now he was turning against them . . . and claiming that they were the ones who had betrayed him. That they were the traitors . . . not him . . . that he was the one who was hurt . . . that he was the one who was in the right . . . not them . . . to him, they would forever be the ones who had forsaken him . . . the ones who defeated him and imprisoned him within the H.O.O.P . . . an off world prison where he was the only prisoner . . . put in a deep, stasis-like sleep.
The monkeys spent one last hour or two together, morning the loss of their leader . . . and cursing what he had become. Then, they entered stasis, waiting for the assured Chosen One that Antauri assured them would come . . .
Tauria: Like I said, I did a one-shot very similar to this . . . so, if you've read the one-shot, you've read this . . . this one just has more detail. :DD