The great black doors opened wide and Rallen was pulled through them into a blinding light.
Hours later, he awoke in a strange room under an unfamiliar table. He could hear people talking nearby. He didn't like what he heard.
"It's been a good while since I killed somebody. I kinda miss it," one voice said in a very menacing way. "You wanna watch?" This did not sound good.
"Uh..." a second voice stuttered. "No thanks, I'll let you take care of it."
Not if I have anything to say about it! Rallen thought. He had a bunch of questions running around in his head about where he was and what had happened to Jeena, Maja, and the cruiser, but those could wait until later. Now, somebody was preparing to kill somebody else, and he couldn't let that happen.
He found his way into an air duct that, with any luck, would be a shortcut to wherever the killer was going. Fortunately for Rallen, luck was on his side. He found himself staring down into a large stone room.
"What are we going to do, brother?" a child in the corner asked the tall, blonde-haired guy across from him. Then the door burst open.
"Oh no you don't!" Rallen shouted as he leapt from his perch in the duct opening. "I'm not gonna let you kill these two-" It was then that Rallen realized who he was dealing with.
Standing in the doorway was a huge android. Obviously not the same model as Tidy or Scout. This one was designed for combat. Rallen quickly regained his focus and got into a fighting stance. He then brought out his cosmo axe. This fight was not going to be easy.
"No, wait," the android said, waving his hands defensively. "You got it all wrong." The android's voice was completely different from the one Rallen had heard in the other room.
Yet another voice spoke up, "Look, pal, I don't know who you are, but you're in my way, and I've got something I need to do." That was the voice Rallen had heard.
"Where are you?" Rallen asked angrily as he looked around the room. "Show yourself, coward!"
"Don't make me say it, please," the voice said angrily.
"Don't make you say what? Oh, never mind, just stop hiding from me!" Rallen responded.
"I'm not hiding, I'm right here," the voice snarled.
"Brother," the android mumbled, "I think you're gonna have to say it."
"Alright..." Rallen was now seriously confused. "I'm down here."
Rallen looked slightly down from the artificial face of the android to see a little kid with the same front-split hairstyle as himself. This couldn't be right. "A little kid is a murderer?"
That sentence was not one of Rallen's best decisions.
"Who are you calling a grain of sand so small you wouldn't bother to wipe it out of your eye?" the kid shouted.
"Calm down, brother," the android said. "He didn't say that. I think there's just been a misunderstanding."
"What's to misunderstand?" Rallen gritted his teeth. "I heard this kid say he hadn't killed anybody in a while and the offered to let some guy watch. That sounds like a murder waiting to happen. Don't you think?"
"First of all," the kid explained angrily, "I'm not a kid. I'm fifteen years old and the elder of the two of us." the gestured to himself and the android. "Second, the conversation between me and the mad scientist was just a way to make him let me down here so I could jailbreak these two. Third, stop calling me little, or I'll make you stop."
"Wow," Rallen stuttered sheepishly. "Now I feel stupid. Thanks for explaining that."
"I must thank you as well, Mr. Elric," the voice of the "mad scientist" came from behind the android. "Else I would have been at the mercy of the four of you... or five, as the case may be. Now that the four undesirables are in one place, I can get rid of all of you at once. You, however," he pointed at Rallen, "pose no threat at the moment. You wouldn't happen to be another alchemist would you? I could use some help, you see."
"A what?" Rallen asked dumbly.
"Obviously not," the man said. "Shame, I'll just have to kill you too, then." he then pulled a red, orb-like device out from behind him.
"You two, Tringham brothers," the little kid shouted backward over his shoulder, "get out of here through the ducts. Al and I can handle Mugiar. You better get out of here too." He gestured to Rallen.
"No way! Anybody who threatens to kill other humans is not human themself. I will stand and fight," Rallen shouted angrily.
"How noble," Mugiar taunted, "but your efforts will be in vain. I can defy the laws of equivalent exchange."
Rallen swung his axe at Mugiar's large form. The fat chemist easily dodged the slow attack, but left the doorway wide open for the android and his short companion to run out and punch him square in the ribs. The kid used his right arm, while the android swung with his left. This sent the fat scientist straight through the wall behind him.
A dark red glow emanated from the opening in the wall. Mugiar quickly stood up and pulled a strange mask over his face. The kid had a similar mask.
Corona radiation, Rallen thought. He quickly changed his suit's type to flash to counteract the affect Corona normally has on the human body. The other three were too busy fist fighting to notice the change. Rallen jumped into the battle with a blaster on his arm.
Mugiar used his strange device to put up a wall in the path of his three pursuers. The little guy put his hands Together and closed his eyes.
"Alright, you can pray, while I catch the killer!" Rallen said before breaking through the wall with a plant type lance. "Now, if you want to catch this guy, you better start running."
"But I-" the kid didn't get a chance to explain himself before Rallen was off down the tunnel.
"Where is he keeping all those weapons?" the android asked.
"Doesn't matter. Now, we've gotta catch up to Mugiar before he does," the short one said angrily.
Rallen caught up with Mugiar in a large chamber with a fountain of crimson liquid in the center. The fountain filtered into a small stream that flowed down the tunnel Rallen had just run through. This was the source of the radiation.
"It was a mistake for you to lead us here," the voice of the android's little friend said behind Rallen. "It gives us a chance to kill two birds with one stone." He then clapped his hands together again and touched them to the ground. A large cannon sprouted from the ground in front of him. "Now come quietly, or both you and the fountain are gonna get hurt."
"I don't think so, Mr. Elric," Mugiar said as he used the orb device to conjure three similar cannons out of thin air. "You and your friends have been such a pain. I've even been set back by months in my research thanks to you. Maybe I should just kill you now to put you out of my misery."
The cannons fired simultaneously, but not one hit their target. The android managed to jump out of the way, as did Rallen, and the kid stopped the cannon ball with his left shin. "You're not going to hurt anyone with a cannon built like that. There's not enough momentum."
"Liar, I know your left leg is automail. I wonder what happens if I aim for the other one," Mugiar said as he turned all his cannons towards the kid.
"Dongiga, Iku ze!" Rallen shouted just as the cannons were about to fire. The giant corona/earth spectrobe stood in the way of Mugiar's iron projectiles and easily deflected them.
"What the hell?" Mugiar and the kid shouted almost simultaneously.
"Go!" Rallen shouted. Dongiga disappeared in a puff of smoke and reappeared in the fountain. It then began to shatter the ground with its feet, destroying the cannons and knocking Mugiar off his feet. Then the tremors started to affect the ceiling.
"The cave's gonna collapse!" the android pointed out loudly. "We gotta get out of here, brother."
"Run, Al!" The two sprinted like mad down the side of the tunnel through which they had entered.
"C'mon, Mugiar," Rallen said with force in every syllable. "We gotta get out of here before this whole place comes down on top of us." He recalled Dongiga to his prizmod and turned to run.
"No!" Mugiar shouted in reply. "I'm not leaving the red water, my research and my life depend on it."
"Suit yourself," Rallen spat as he jumped into the red stream, now a river because of the broken fountain, and began to swim for his life. He quickly caught up with and passed the android and his friend.
"How is that guy swimming in red water?" the kid asked in horror.
"If you don't know, I don't know," the android replied.
The sound of rushing water was growing louder behind them. The red water was catching up. The short kid clapped his hands together and pressed them to the floor of the tunnel. A thin sheet of rock shot up from the ground and closed the tunnel. "That should hold it for now," he said as he turned to continue running.
Rallen had stopped swimming, and was letting the flow of the red river push him along the tunnel. Suddenly, he rushed out of the dark tunnel and into a bright light. Digging his feet into the thick mud beneath him, Rallen stood up in the river and rubbed the red water out of his eyes. He was standing on the top of a hill, overlooking a forest of strange, sharp-leafed trees and a small town. Small streams of red liquid were starting to flow down the hill in all directions.
"We can't let the red water reach the town!" the android shouted as he and his companion rushed from the tunnel's mouth.
"On it," the short guy said as he clapped his hands together and pressed them to the ground. A huge ring of rock rose up around the base of the hill. The red water formed a huge moat in the circular basin below.
A bright flash of light came from Rallen's prizmod and a little red creature ran down towards the moat. "Komainu!" Rallen shouted as he ran after the little spectrobe, "What's the matter with you? Get back here!"
"Should we follow him?" the android asked.
The kid hesitated slightly before replying. "Yeah, I guess we should..."
Komainu led Rallen, the android, and the midget to one of the older trees. Under which, the two Tringham brothers were drawing something on the ground with chalk. Then the younger brother pressed his hands to the drawing, which began to glow bright green. Komainu hopped up onto one of the tree's roots and looked down at the odd scene, tilting his head to the side.
They're using some sort of Aurora device, Rallen thought. But that doesn't make sense; Aurora is overpowered by Corona. What are these two up to?
The trees then began to turn a violent shade of red as the red water started seeping into the ground. When the trees had absorbed their maximum capacity of red water, they began to grow to make room for the remainder of the liquid. When the elder of the Tringhams pressed his hands to the drawing alongside is brother, the trees started glowing bright green. As the trees began to wither from the poisoning of the red water, they faded from green to an icy blue. Finally, the entirety of the small forest exploded into a fine, blue dust.
"I've never seen the properties of light do that before!" Rallen shouted in excitement. "Jenna would love to see this!"
A few hours later, the huge walls of rock were down and the red water had been disposed of. The android and his little friend had boarded some sort of mass transit vehicle and Rallen had convinced them to let him tag along to wherever it was they were going. On the condition that he answer a few questions.
"Well, first of all, I guess we should know your name," the android said. "We never really got a chance to ask with all that was happening."
"I'm Rallen," Rallen said as he held up his hand to display his holobadge, "officer of the Nanairo Planetary Patrol. Who are you two?"
The android and his companion quickly got over the shock of seeing a hologram for the first time and introduced themselves. "I'm Edward Elric, also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist. I'm pretty famous around here," the short one explained with an annoying grin. "This is my younger brother, Alphonse."
"Younger brother?" Rallen asked in confusion. "Don't get me wrong, he looks new and all, but you call him your brother?"
"What else would he call me? We're related by blood." Alphonse stated, confused by the question.
"What blood?" Rallen asked as he leaned forward a bit. He noticed the bolts right where a human neck joint would be, so he lifted Alphonse's chin to reveal his hollowness. "I mean, you are an android, right?"
I've finally written chapter one for this thing! It's been buzzing around in my head for weeks, I just needed to get it typed.
For those of you who don't already know, this is a sequel to another one of my fanfics: Spectrobes no Yuutsu. You don't need to have read that story to understand most of what's gonna be in this one, but the first paragraph would be a little confusing if you hadn't.
Don't worry, Jeena's gonna be in this fic, too. She just ended up in a different location along with the ship.
Feel free to comment/review. I'm fine with flaming just so long as it's not completely unreasonable.
I don't own Spectrobes or FMA