Chapter 69: “Rest in Peace Mrs. Princess Rikku Rhapsody. Eternal Slumber abounds. Dinah’s Breakdown and agony busts down the door; Red Queen comes to crash at the Rhapsody Girls homestead. Mourning in whole. the Rhapsody Girls Z! say their last good-byes to their mother. The Countdown to the war against Zod Imminent and near; Zod bides his time against the girls… Wipes off Checkmate. Kandorians in Allegiance to Zod… All fury aimed at Earth. Book of RAO nears being found” Part 2

Red Queen: *Voice-over* Previously on the adventures of the Rhapsody Girls Z!

“Paige: *Calling out for their grandma* Grandma, We’re home!

Pearl: Where are you?

Grandma Rikku: *Walking out from the other room* Hey girls. Welcome home. How was school?

Dinah: It was okay. Hard as heck though. The teacher was being really crude and snidely though. she doesn’t seem to like us at all.

Prince Alvin: There was a little issue with the teasing from some of the other classmates.

Prince Avery: But we set it straight. It was because of the sight of Pearl wearing so much black.

“White demon love song down the hall
White demon shadow on the road
Back up your mind, there is a call
He isn’t coming after all
Love this time
She likes the way he sings
White demon love song’s in her dreams

Grandma Rikku: You boys are taking care of business. that’s good. i just want peace. just make certain that no one taunts my granddaughters.

Prince Arnold: It’s no problem. we won’t let any harm come at them. We’re their pillars of strength and to get to them… they’ll have to get to us. and we’re not moving.

Paige: I got a date tonight.

Pearl: i think that i do too. It’s a wonderful night.

“White demon, where’s your selfish kiss?
White demon sorrow will arrange
Let’s not forget about the fear
Black invitation to this place that cannot change
While strangely holy, come for a rain”

Prince Curtis: So… Who’s going out with who to protect during the dates?

Prince Avery: I’ll go with Dinah.

Prince Arnold: I’ll go with Pearl and…

Prince Alvin: I’ll escort and hang close to Paige. they won’t be let out of my sight.

Grandma Rikku: Don’t bug them too much during their dates. just protect them and watch over them.

Prince Avery: we will.

“(Darling)

White demon, widen your heart’s scope
White demon, who let your friends go?
White demon, widen your heart’s scope
White demon, who let your friends go?”

Prince Alvin: After the Date… we get back into the business of worrying about that Kandorian named Zod. He is a threat and we must focus on seeing that he is brought down.

Luna: *Bouncing in* Hey everyone! You’re not gonna believe this…

Prince Arnold: *Looking to the side and spotting Luna* Hey there Luna. what’s the story on your mind?

Luna: one guess. Who’s the one that Checkmate fears?

Paige: The Red Queen?

Pearl: The Red Queen. She’s near again… isn’t she?

Luna: More than that… She’s coming close to this neighborhood. I was just scouting the neighborhood for any strange signs left by Zod. that’s when i caught sight of her presence again.

“Let us be in love
(Let us be in love)
Let’s do old and grey
(Let’s do old and grey)
I won’t make you cry
(I won’t make you cry)
I will never stray
(I will never stray)
I will do my part
(I will do my part)
Let us be in love tonight”

Prince Alvin: That means that she’s near. If she is near… Zod might be looming not too much further than that. We will have to keep our eyes open. and our ears in standing order. keep alert at all times.

Grandma Rikku: Let’s just wait and see what happens.

Prince Alvin: No. Aunt Rikku, no waiting. we’re gonna handle this before another mishap ensues. we made a mistake of waiting last time and it cost us Princess Rikku. this time we’re doing it right. no more waiting.

Pearl: *Scared* You don’t think that Zod will come at us… Do you?

Prince Arnold: No. He won’t. we won’t allow for him to come at you girls.

Luna: We’re all gonna fight him if it calls for it.

Prince Curtis: Zod is gonna regret messing with us.

“White demon, widen your heart’s scope
White demon, who let your friends go?
White demon, widen your heart’s scope
White demon, who let your friends go?”

Suddenly a knock sounds on the door…

Paige: *Running over to the front door* I’ll get it.

Pearl: I wonder who it could be.

Grandma Rikku: Someone who’s a friend… i hope.

Dinah: Well… if it’s that Kandorian bastard Zod… you better be prepared to see fighting breaking out. because i still want to tear him a new behind.

“(Stand it anymore, darling)
(Stand it)

(I can’t stand it anymore, darling)
(Stand it)”

A second later…

Red Queen: *At the Door* Hi.”

At Grandma Rikku’s house…

Paige: *Looking at the Red Queen* Hi there. What would the Red Queen be doing here?

Red Queen: I’m in town actually. i originally would be heading over to the Kent farm. but Clark… he doesn’t know that i’m back. nor does he know that i’m the Red Queen.

Dinah: *Walking out and catching sight of the Red Queen* Martha Kent?! What in the world are you doing here?

Red Queen: There is some business that i need to conduct. but i don’t have a spot to conduct it and i don’t want to go back to the Kent farm yet.

Paige: We can’t dare to keep you hidden from Clark. He’s gonna want to know and he’ll be mad at us if we knew where you were and didn’t tell him.

Dinah: Well… given that Clark has ridden our coat tails and everything for a while. Let’s hide her here for a while. there is nothing toxic or anything with a car in the garage. we can hide her there and she can set up her station for a bit there. run her details.

Paige: Dinah, You’re sure that we can do that?

Dinah: *Scoffs* yeah. we can. besides that the Garage was never really used much anyway. no one really goes in there and it would be just safe to hide her there for a while till she was willing to go home.

Pearl: *Seeing the Red Queen at the door* That’s The Red Queen. Don’t just let her stand out there in the cold. let her in.

Prince Alvin: The Red Queen? *Gasps* The Red Queen. We should have known that the Red Queen was near.

Prince Avery: I knew it…

A second later…

Red Queen: *Walking inside* My… What a nice house you have here. You have a lovely house here, Mrs. Rhapsody.

Grandma Rikku: Thank you. *Smiles at the Red Queen* It’s actually not really my house. i just took control of it when my Daughter Princess Rikku died. And the girls here are hers. but i now am their Guardian.

Red Queen: *With a condescending expression* I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure that wherever she is now… the lord is watching her and protecting her.

Grandma Rikku: Thank you. It’s hard to get by without her. But for a while these girls were all in mourning. over the loss. It was hardest for Pearl. The poor dear. She took it really hard as she was with the thought that their mother was just on vacation and would return sometime soon. but that was only a couple weeks. but it felt like a long time to her as she was sitting by the one window and just watching still and content for her mother to come.

Pearl: It’s true. i don’t know where to go from here… How can i go on without her?

Red Queen: *Nods* i know what you mean. When we lost Jonathan… Clark for a while didn’t know as to whether he could go on or not. Because when he first came to this world. we found him… in a Cornfield. as Clark Grew… he started developing new abilities. Like the X-Ray Vision. Jonathan helped him by having him focus. having him tell what he had in his hand. When Clark began to develop the heat vision… Jonathan helped him by trying to encourage him to find the off switch… His powers were developing fast. but when they first came…. Clark had trouble because he didn’t understand why he was getting these powers. Jonathan helped by teaching him a lesson. telling him that… for every source of power. a trigger… there is always an on and off switch. to find the off switch… you had to find what triggered the on switch. like fire. what would trigger fire? Lightning. Gas. Well for Clark. he was shooting the fire from his eyes and had to find the off switch in a hope to find how to control it. get a handle on it. same with the hearing. he had to focus on his hearing and train his ears when he for a moment lost his eyesight. he had to depend on his hearing to help him find his friend Pete who was kidnapped and held for ransom.  Jonathan was there for him every time. gave him lessons on life. raising him with strong earthly values. as did i.

Paige: So Clark is just as misunderstood as we would be… we were misunderstood at first when we first got our powers. No one knew what to make of it. but they all grew to accept it as a blessing in disguise. We never got in trouble for it though. no idea as to why though.

Pearl: same here. i didn’t quite to get it.

Dinah: What’s to get? We were special. And special people are seen as either a hindrance or a gift. but no one would see us as a hindrance as we didn’t do anything that we shouldn’t do.

Prince Alvin: that’s because we were careful in what we did. we didn’t over step where we were not wanted.

Prince Avery: Well… sometimes we forget where that line is.

Prince Curtis: We do.

Luna: It’s true. *Looking at the Red Queen* It’s true.

Pearl: But how do we go on without our mother?

Red Queen: Well… by remembering all the things that your mom’s taught you and showed you. She maybe gone now… but her lessons that she gave you girls are still with you.

They broke from the grief that they felt as soon as they heard the Red Queen say that line. It was true. Paige, took it to heart and so did Dinah. Pearl understood and accepted it. they all did. Betty and Angel were near and they heard it. Shanna was at work at that time. so she didn’t hear it. It was broken from them the grief that they held so tight left them and they understood all that they were told. they realized that even with their mother gone she was everywhere. still with them in their minds and hearts as her love and her teachings were instilled into them. Paige, Pearl and Dinah were still in need of protection. they needed it. and would need it till Zod was taken out of the picture… Prince Alvin saw to it that the Garage was set to be used for the Red Queen. It was the least they could do. Prince Curtis was not sure as to why the Red Queen was not ready to go back to the Kent farm at the time; although they caught on the fact that it was for a reason. whatever that reason was.

At the Dock warehouse…

Car door is heard slamming and closing and Faora is standing there in a nervous anticipation wondering what the lady… Waller wanted.

Amanda: *To Faora* Our field offices were just leveled by the one you call Zod. Your kind come and demand for peace and ask to be given a chance. But then you do things like Murder. and Level buildings like they mean very little to you.

Faora: We knew nothing about this. Zod is acting alone. We stand apart. We only want peace. That’s all we want.

Amanda: A Likely plea or recantation. What you don’t get is that i lost a 3rd of my Agents. ones who are well trained at what they do. Okay?! A Dozen or so of my agents are dead. Wiped out by the hands of someone who is one of you. the one you call Zod. So… you can most certainly cut the plea or the act of playing dumb. You know that by the actions of one of your kind and for what he has done that we are way past peace. There is no opening for peace.

Faora: Then we will help you stop him. we are like him. we can stop him.

Waller: Defecting means betraying your own kind. the one you happen to follow like a slave to a master.

Faora: I’m only betraying one. I am no one’s slave. I was once saved by him in the siege of the Argo Valley on Krypton. but just because i am like him… i don’t follow what he does. i don’t seek to raze the planet because of some hunger for power that i will never have. i came here with no powers. at first… i wanted them. but if by having powers is to be able to rule and make people fear me and cause nothing but harm. i am endeared that i don’t have them.

Suddenly out of nowhere Zod came in and the quick entry startled Waller.

Faora: *gasps* Oh no. Zod!

Waller only turned just barely to see Zod looming at her and she just suddenly gave out a gasp before Zod grabbed her and chucked her into the windshield of the car. He was irritated; pissed and the Rage he had was endearingly amassing to a higher level. But Zod was about to go after the remaining Agents that were there when Clark came in suddenly as well did Amara, Michelle and Trista. Clark grabbed Zod and chucked him but Zod got right back up on his very feet…

Zod: Checkmate’s actions demand justice.

Sailor Uranus: Your form of Justice is corrupt and uncallous. You want to know what Justice is… Try this! This is for Killing Mrs. Princess Rikku Rhapsody, Sleazey Krypto-Maniac! *Launching an attack at Zod* Uranus World Shaking!

Sailor Neptune: You’re a man with no conscience. No value in right nor wrong. It’s time to drown in our wave of Justice. time to pay for what you committed on our planet. *Launching an attack at Zod* Neptune Deep Submerge!

Sailor Pluto: Zod, How do you justify yourself for killing an innocent person? Killing a mother. taking away the pillar of light from the Rhapsody Girls Z! They were targeted by your vengeful hands and your murderous view. You have no belief in anyone but yourself. You’re about to be brought down. *Launching an attack at Zod* Pluto Deadly Scream!

Clark: Murder isn’t justice.  Not even close!

Zod took the hits. and went down like a flash… but he didn’t stay down long as he only got back up and blasted a shot of fire at the 3 sailors and confronted them…

Zod: I crippled the girls by taking their mother. i will not hesitate to do the same to their grandmother. Yes. i know all about her and all about the family. The Rhapsody Brothers. Prince Alvin… He is the one that can transform into this Super Saiyan class 3. It is of no mystery to me that he holds that granting power. or Angelic Raven and Angelic Darkhand becoming Angelic Overlord.

Sailor Uranus: How do you know of that? You have never seen them turn into those forms before. There is no way you could know about them being Angelic Overlord or of the Super Saiyan Class 3.

Zod: It doesn’t matter as to why or how i know of it. We Kandorians are of vast resources and are quickly learning the ways of your world. How your planet is full of those who deceive one another and betray those close to you. You really think that we Kandorians are that much a fool that we don’t know? *Stating* You Humans are wasting your time in seeing the likes of me go down. You can tell your so called treasures. Paige, Pearl and Dinah that unless they want to lose another member of their family… they will KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!

Molten Mind: *Coming in from behind* Zod. Kneel before Molten Mind or die!

Zod: You dare order me?! I bow down to no human. *Turning to see the same girl again* You?! So you’ve come back?  Are you to sire on causing more disaster?

Molten Mind: No. Because unlike last time… I have trained and can control the power i favor.  You fail to understand that i don’t subject to intimidation quite so easily.  *Using her mind to summon for some Molten Rock to form* Liquid rock… quake… split… burn… torch… seer… destroy… break… crack. *Using her mind to levitate the ground and smack Zod up into the skies* No Mercy! Zod will meet his demise by the hands of the Rhapsody Girls Z! the girls of light, Love and Justice.

Sailor Uranus: Nice work… You trained and there is no seismic harm in sight. but there is still an issue. Zod had taken Faora… She’s gone.

Clark: What do we do?

Molten Mind: We look for her. I’m gonna go and look throughout this section of the city. You guys fan out through the city. we’re gonna put a stop to Zod before he succeeds in taking yet another life. he took one. he won’t get another shot.

Although the problem was that Faora was about to meet a fate that was inevitable. Back at Grandma Rikku’s house, the Red Queen was hooked up and prepared to start what she had to finish. She was set to get on with her work. She still had the case with the legendary Book of RAO inside it. The Garage was made into a room and it had a spot for a cushy Cot. a nice blanket and a nice fluffed up pillow. it was set.  But while she was inside the Garage and made at a comfortable ease…

In the Living Room…

Dinah: I’m heading over to Shingo’s house right now. I have to apologize to him.

Prince Avery: Right. Dinah… let’s head on over there right now and take a watchful eye out for Zod. if we see any sign of him… we turn back. we’re not ready to confront him yet and we can’t risk for there to be a casualty.

Dinah: Got it.

Prince Avery and Dinah then waltz on their way to see Shingo…

Paige: *Smiles* Our boyfriend’s should be here any time.

Pearl: *Excited about the date* I really am excited to go on a date. That and practically nervous too.

Prince Alvin: i know. It feels weird but you should be getting a peaceful night. it’s well needed after all we’ve been through. you’re meant to have a night of peace.

Prince Arnold: That’s right. Plus… there is no need to be worrying about Zod. he’s not here now. and as long as he is at a distance… things will stay peaceful.

Luna: Zod is still a threat. We need to be prepared to face him.

Prince Alvin: Luna. that’s enough. We’ll get after him. We just need a battle plan.

Grandma Rikku: Prince Alvin… stop it. it’s a nice night out. it’s peaceful. just let it go for the night.

Pearl: I’ll make Zod pay for what he had done to our family.

Paige: Oh no… Pearl… don’t you go starting on the rampage. That is something of which Dinah would do.

A second later a knock on the door sounded off.

Prince Curtis: I’ll get it. *Walking over to answer the door* Coming. hold the phones there. *Answering the door and opening it to reveal Johnny and Peter* Hey guys. what’s up? You two here to pick up the ladies?

Johnny: You bet. they all set to go?

Prince Curtis: You bet they are. *Stepping aside*

Prince Alvin: The dates are here.

Grandma Rikku: *Looking at Paige and Pearl* You two have enough for the date?

Paige: Yeah. we’re just gonna go to the nearby ice cream parlor and then go catch a movie.

Pearl: I am planning to go and find a Karaoke machine and maybe sing.

Paige: Sing? You’re kidding? You up for singing?

Pearl: Well, yeah… i mean. i’ve mentioned that i wanted to do this for a while now. i mean… it’s been put to the back because of the mourning that we were all doing and because of the depression i was under. but now that the depression is over… i want to get back into it.

Peter: *Walking into the room* Well that can be arranged. Of course. it is a bit of a surprise to hear you wanting to sing. but if it’s a dream that you’re after. i say go for it. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Grandma Rikku: That’s right dear. You should never give up your dream.

Paige and her date talked with each other a little before they made way over to enjoying their dates. they wanted to have a good time. Prince Alvin followed along to keep watch over them as they had their dates. it was to see that they were safe and that no harm came of them. Prince Arnold went with Pearl and Peter.  Prince Arnold was with a suspicious feeling that something was gonna happen but he kept it to himself till he knew for certain… Prince Alvin felt something was up too all while trying to keep things simple and peaceful for Paige.  Grandma Rikku stayed home and put on a good movie and just relaxed and started to think a little about going back to work soon. She knew that she was out for a while and needed to get back to the normal flow of things. She knew that she had to start bringing some money in or she would be facing troubles herself as raising her daughters offspring and adopted Jewels was gonna be rather hard. most difficult…

At The Daily Planet…

Trixie: *Looking at the Articles that she worked on* What a day. I have never been so busy in all my life.

Perry: You had a lot of catching up to do. But just out of curiosity… Have you seen Lois at all today? She hasn’t been here all day.

Trixie: She was here. You had her doing special assignments.  Articles about the Red Queen.

Perry: *Scoffs* The Red Queen? that article is pretentiously old news. there is no new leads on the Red Queen. there has been no sightings of her since the other day. we needed it when it first hit. but there was no one here to do the story. we had to scrap it.

Trixie: What about the Kandorians? There are new tales to be done on them.

Perry: *Curious*  Lois is working on one of those tales. isn’t she?

Trixie: Yeah. the last time i checked she was.

Perry: How’s your family holding up? I know that i might have asked earlier in the day about that… but i couldn’t help but notice that you were not really saying so much like you usually do.

Trixie: They’re doing fine. I heard from my brother John only a couple of hours ago and he’s doing okay. he’s been thinking about coming here to ask for a job. maybe to start working here.

Perry: *Intrigued* Really?

Trixie: yeah. he’s been thinking about it. Although his son wasn’t all that open about it and as it seems… King John… My nephew is facing issues with his Wife. His wife has been caught cheating on him and he hasn’t said much of it till now.

Perry: *Shoots up* A Scandal? A Marital Scandal. That is new compared to the usual Kandorian mayhem.

Trixie: Kandorian Mayhem?! that’s about the major news of the city. it’s been like that for about 5 and a half months. it’s been like a major continuous marathon. It’s worse for the city as they had to deal with the calling card for that Zod character all over the city… Then to have the presence of the Red Queen coming through the city. spreading her signs all around. You know… there’s been multiple sightings of the Red Queen. she’s been here for only 4 weeks. and… maybe 5 and there’s been more sightings of her than that Zod that it’s like she’s the threat disguised as a U.S Senator for Kansas. but the real threat is Zod and we all know it to be him. he’s not the subtle kind of threat. He targets my family and make war with them. then tries to pose as being a kind man? Excuse me… i don’t think so.

Perry: True. But it’s just like when we all sat in the city during the threat of the Great Evil.  your nieces had to tangle with that. Zod is worse than that. much worse.

Trixie: Worse than that? uh, Perry! i don’t think it’s like that. it is deeper than that in my family’s eyes. They want that sack of slime dead. Zod killed a promising member of the family and it brought strife amongst the whole family. but that is just part of the issue. Because my Nephew King John is aiming to file for a divorce from his wife Queen Starfire. She was cheating on him and as it turns out… there is a joint custody in store. but King John is fighting to win custody of the 4 girls. Not that they’d be his. but they are not happy with cheating in the family. they want to be with him from what i have heard.

Perry: Do you think it’ll pan out?

Trixie: Well… if i know my Nephew… at all… he will see it through to the very end. he won’t quit till he wins it. He doesn’t tolerate the cheating within the family ranks. It’s just like when our dead Niece Princess Aquamarine was cheated on. she died due to a broken heart.

Perry: Ouch.

Trixie: That’s family… some secrets are just too disturbing… even now in this present time.

Perry: Some things never change though. do they? History has ways of just repeating it… no matter how much time has passed…

But as for Oliver, He was at the star tower doing some Yoga and calming down. He didn’t hear much from the girls and knew that they might have still been grieving. it was just the feeling that with the Mourning still going on. things were being as though they were silent. still and dead. But he knew that he had to help the girls out somehow. He got changed and made way out with his gear to go out searching for Zod. he didn’t want to invoke Zod, but he wanted to try and help the girls out however possible.

As for Dinah…

At the Tsukino Household…

Dinah: *At the door* Shingo, please come out and talk to me…

Shingo: *From inside* I can’t. My mom won’t let me. She doesn’t trust you. and i can’t convince her. she won’t let me.

Dinah: what about sneaking out of the house and climbing out the window?

Shingo: I guess i can try that. I just hope that my sister Usagi doesn’t catch me trying to sneak out. Since she’s matured a bit… she’s become rather hard-nosed on rules and will tell my mom if she catches me.

Dinah: Then i’m coming in. i’ll climb up if i gotta.

Shingo: No. Don’t. i’ll climb down. hold on.

A minute later…

Shingo: *hugging Dinah* Dinah… I’m so sorry that you had to deal with all the pain. You… *Letting go and Looking at Dinah* pushed me away. i know you didn’t mean to do that. You were just in shock and in pain. but why would you push someone away when you know that they’re trying to help?

Dinah: I couldn’t handle being the one who was being pitied and being felt sorry for. not for this. Losing my mother. I am tough and showing my weakness was something that i couldn’t do… even though i could hardly control it since the pain hurt so much. *Looking down* Shingo, i am very thankful that you came down to try anyway to help me cope. It was just something that i needed to do on my own as hard as it was. i had to do it on my own. My sisters were also Grieving and seeing them broken was hard enough on me. but to see them looking at me and seeing me do it. it was more than what i could handle. i couldn’t handle it.

Shingo: i really don’t think that anyone could deal with it. Grieving is hard. but it’s harder still when you’re feeling as though you’re being made to go it alone. seeing everyone with their mothers and fathers and being one who is without. knowing that others would never know the type of pain that you feel within your heart. All the while suffering that loss.

Prince Avery was nearby and was hearing what was being said…

Prince Avery: It is hard. You know that better than we do and you’re younger than her by a year. You’re 14 and she’s 15.

Shingo: this has nothing to do with age, Prince Avery. i know you’re listening. and you’re there. i know. but what i am saying is nothing to do with the Age. who is younger or older than the other. It’s all common knowledge and a fact. I never had to deal with a loss. but i know what it’s like to lose someone who close to you. it feels as though a part of you has been ripped away and as much as you still feel alive. you sense that there is a part of you that will never feel complete because of the loss of someone you’ve held close to you. and cherished more than life itself. same applies for me if i were to lose my mother or sister. i’d feel the same way. feeling that utterly empty feeling.

Dinah: *Sighs* i know. I missed you though. After you left the other day and tried to get me to cheer up and i pushed you away. i felt really bad. i wanted to say sorry to you. i wanted to apologize to you. Wanted to say it since you left that day. but at that time…  i was just so deep in emotional pain that i couldn’t bring myself to utter the means for an apology.

Prince Avery: Well… with all due respect… we got to get back to the flow of the matter. Zod is the matter at hand. Grieving is part of the death in the family. the loss. but we got to make a plan to go after that guy. Zod.

Shingo: Zod? Why is Zod the problem?

Prince Avery: Because Zod is the reason why we’re all grieving. He bloody killed Princess Rikku. my Aunt. her mother. It’s the perfect reason to worry.

Shingo: *Pauses* That part i didn’t catch. Really? Zod killed her mother? Oh god. that is utterly cruel. Of all the things for a intergalactic threat to do… *Feeling mad over it as it sinks in* That stinkin’ sewer rat! I’d so like to cut him into a slab of veal.

Dinah: Shingo.. that is so not helping. i want to cut him up too. but the more anger we feel the more blind we’ll become.

Prince Avery: It is helping a little. It’s just the shock that is coming out. some people take the shock a certain way. not that we would understand it, i’m afraid. it’s the response to the shocking revelation that just came out. He clearly seems to have not known that Zod killed your mother, Dinah. He did not know that. but now that he does… he is just letting it out. it’s the shock talking, Dinah.

It took a minute or two for Shingo to calm down and he did. but as soon as things were calm… he began to sigh in sadness. he felt bad and wanted so much for the pain to go away. Dinah and Shingo soon shared a kiss and the grieving for her was truly at a close. She knew that the threat Known as Zod had to be beat and there was gonna be no true peace nor would there be real comfort till Zod was gone. despite all the terror that they felt since the death of Princess Rikku…they all agreed on one thing. The Threat was not over yet. it was still far from over… However all while they were having their moment of reconciliation and apology there was no sighting of Zod in range. Which in their mind was a good thing. but Zod was not done with them yet. it was gonna be a little more of the Kandorian style hell before there would ever be rest.

As for Pearl…

She was at the Music store and for some reason… she was singing. She sang a song that she felt in her heart.  It was called: “Goodbye Darling sweet darling goodbye*. What shocked her though was that the couple who were listening to her sing were record producers. They loved the song as it came from heart… they felt her heart in that song and were so moved that they offered her a deal. She didn’t want to take it without talking to her sisters about it. She wanted to talk it over with her grandmother too. it was the right thing to do. The two Record artists nodded and agreed with it…

Peter: That was weird.

Pearl: You can say that again. i never sang like that before. I sure wish i knew what caused for that to happen.

Peter: Maybe the grieving that you were enduring has finally passed and it’s your heart and emotions breaking loose again. the emotional sensitivity that you felt must have finally cracked.

Prince Arnold: I think that you should go for it, Pearl. You sounded really good with that. that song really was heartfelt. It was touching. sincerely.

Pearl: I wouldn’t mind to do it. i just don’t want to have it interfere with my school life. the normal life and the hero life.

Peter: It won’t hurt it at all. it’s actually a good lifestyle. you could still go into fashion and yet do something like singing.

Prince Arnold: Yeah. of course. But we really have something to worry about.

Pearl: Zod?

Prince Arnold: That’s right. Zod. he is the major dish of life that we have to face. he is still a massive issue. i don’t think that we should turn a blind eye to it.

Peter: How do we fight him though. He is 4 times stronger than before.

Pearl: We must find a way. *Looking at Peter and then at her cousin* We need to fight him. but we are gonna need everyone close to us. to help. Zod is not gonna be easy. He even killed my mother. i want to nail him. More than anyone would ever understand. i almost dove all into darkness because i was missing my mother and thought that she was dead… or just in a deep sleep. it was not that at all. he killed her and now… there is no remorse… not second guessing. i will be glad to take him out.

Peter: Don’t let the Anger control you. Pearl. You’re angry and want revenge on Zod. we all do. We’re gonna get him for this.

Prince Arnold: that is something of which i’d say.

Pearl: *Thinking* I guess that we should be asking if we think that Zod is gonna try to attack us again.

Prince Arnold: I don’t know. but you shouldn’t be worrying about that. Zod is nowhere near. Let’s keep it that way.

Pearl: okay.  I just hope that we can beat him.

Prince Arnold: We will. Zod has attacked our family and that was one mistake that we’re gonna make him regret. he’ll regret it.

Peter: *Looking at the time* Want to go catch a Movie?

Pearl: yeah. Let’s go catch a movie. it’ll help keep our minds off of Zod…

As for Paige…

She was at the movies with her date. She was thinking about the threat. Zod was on her mind like a cancer in the body. She wanted him gone. She had to keep a calm mind. She watched the movie with her boyfriend Johnny. something pleasant concerning a girl on an island. A girl living alone with her father. but with the father gone on a trip for research. looking for something that would make the girl happy.  the father gets lost and the girl contacts a person named Alex Rover not knowing it was a woman and that Alex wasn’t who she thought he was. just some germ obsessed woman afraid of being outside and going out. and afraid of the great outdoors… Paige loved the movie and it made her forget about Zod for a while even though she knew that he was still alive. She on the other hand barely got out from seeing the movie when she suddenly started to feel something not right…

Prince Alvin: *Walking over to Paige; Looking at her and Johnny* How was the movie?

Paige: *Smiles* It was good. i enjoyed it.

Johnny: So did i. *Looking at the people passing by* This place is packed.

Prince Alvin: it is. *Sensing something* …

Paige: *Looking towards Prince Alvin* Cousin, we’re gonna go to the nearby ice cream shop. Wanna come… *Catching a concerned look on her cousin’s face* Prince Alvin, Is something wrong?

Photo: I don't like this. Something doesn't feel right. I better go find the brothers. we're gonna need to investigate.

Prince Alvin: I don’t know… *Sensing something not good happening*

Johnny: You think that we should investigate?

Prince Alvin: No. Enjoy the date first.

Paige: Prince Alvin, Whatever you’re sensing is probably what i’m sensing too.  Something is going on… or is about to.

Prince Alvin: Why? *Looking at Paige* What do you sense?

Paige: A Kandorian. *Suddenly emitting a heart and seeing through the heart* It’s Faora… Something’s wrong. she’s in trouble.

Prince Alvin: Why? *Concerned* Paige… what do you see?

Paige: *Looking further into the heart* She’s at a warehouse. A fan and a few huge Crates… bins on the sides. There’s a man. a man is there with her…

Johnny: What does the man look like?

Paige: he looks like this… *Showing the face to Prince Alvin and Johnny*

Prince Alvin: Zod!

Johnny: Zod is there. he’s gonna try to confront her, isn’t he?

Paige: Yes.

Prince Alvin: Enough talk… we’re going. Faora may be one of them… but she’s innocent. Zod is gonna kill her. we have to stop him. Let’s go and get that one thing of Ice cream. and then make way over to Faora’s rescue.

Paige: Okay.

Johnny: You got it. Let’s go.

Unfortunately…

At the Warehouse by the Docks…

Zod: *Walking in* Faora, you should start explaining as to why you would put together an insurrection against me.  I know that you are trying to pull away from me. but you clearly forget that it’s not likely that you will get that chance. *Sighs and smiles slightly but grinning with a heavy revelation on his mind* Seems like a lifetime ago when I… Zod had single handed reached and pulled you out of that rubble, doesn’t it… Faora?

Faora: *Nods and trying to keep a calm posture* The Siege of Argo. There were many losses that day. and my life was at risk of being lost on that day as well.

Zod: that was true. but Not for me… i didn’t see it that way because I found a young and beautiful cadet who would become my trusted right hand. One that i’d give my life for. one i’d bleed for. Oh, you were so brave in the face of death. I knew then that you would be a true partner. I’ve trusted you, for so very long…depended on you, across time and space. But in your eyes, I just see contempt. I see betrayal. Now, why would you turn your back on me? I shared my bed with you. I shared my power with you. my wit. I shared my command with you.

Faora: I didn’t turn my back on you. You turned your back on us when our only crime was trying to forge a life for ourselves on this planet. Trying to live normally and live honestly. All you can see is that humans are not worthy to stand in the same presence as us. You only want to rule. and you don’t understand that the planet welcomed us with opened arms. but you can’t seem to see that you can provide trust in them.

Zod: These Humans will never stand the same league as us. When those 3 girls have released us from that abominating orb… it was our beginning. the chance for us to Rule. You wanted to rule too. Don’t be gleaming to deny what you once wanted to do. before you decided to turn soft and feel up to living as one of these humans that are so weak and so slow. that they would never amount to being in the same existence as we Kandorians are.  *Standing closer to Faora and looking face to face with Faora* If I ever learned that insurrection had erupted and spread across my ranks, if I were to ever discover that my men had aligned themselves against me, I would cast this planet and render it to the ground. i would raze this planet. I would burn it all to the ground till the last ember went cold beneath my boot. *Breathes deeply* Now only I will lead us to the next age. All will follow Zod. As will the Rhapsody Girls Z!

Faora: You already sacrificed one world for your ego. Are you that unhinged that you’d do it to another? You killed an innocent person. the mother to the Rhapsody Girls had nothing to do with the wars. she was not a part of it. You and Basqat killed her. How do you Justify that?

Zod: You know nothing of sacrifice.

Faora: I know more than you ever will. Zod. You are a Monster!

Zod: Kneel.

Faora: Never. I will never Kneel before a monster like you. Murderer… MURDERER! *Gasps*

Zod then grabbed at Faora’s neck and started to squeeze it. making the attempt to crack the bones… Faora could only sharply exhale and try to breath even with it being hard as her neck was being squeezed. Zod was choking her and within seconds drove her to the ground. Zod then noticed the flower as he stood up and looked down. He realized that he could have killed the child that was forming inside Faora. But Faora was passed out and died only seconds later after that. Zod abruptly started feeling remorse and panicked at the death of his wife. he knelt down with tears in his eyes and listened for the heartbeat… there was a heartbeat but it was not from her. it was from the unborn child. It started beating and beating with rhythm and only kept on but then suddenly began to slow down and slowed down gradual till it started reaching a snail pace and then stopped. the life was no more…

Miss Love: *Landing in and seeing Faora on the ground* …. *Gasps* Oh no! Faora!

Flaming Soul: *Teleporting in and seeing Faora dead and Zod close by* Zod.

Lord Bliss: *Landing* Zod! What the hell did you do to Faora?

Miss Love: ANSWER US!

Zod: It’s what you mettlesome human have done. Your ways seduced her and she was defying even the likes of me. i had to be forced to kill her and thereby killing my unborn Child. the first born Kryptonian child of earth. the child is dead. and so is Faora! It’s your fault i had to do it. *with sobs and slowly having it turn to anger* You caused me to KILL HER! I KILLED MY WIFE BECAUSE OF YOU!!!!

Miss Love: Oh please… it’s not our fault. It’s your doing. you are the one with the pompous Ego-trip. All you cared about was power and control. that’s all that mattered to you. You think we’re to blame. why don’t blame yourself? Because the only one that was last with her is you. You’re the one that killed her. not us.

Zod: *Speeding over to Paige and making way to grab her and toss her to the side*

Flaming Soul: *Landing a Flaming punch on Zod* Inferno Punch!

Lord Bliss: *Launching an attack at Zod* Love’s Guillotine!

Zod: *Growls* Stopping me is futile. This is war on the world now. you dared crossing me. Now this Planet will find out how vengeful i can be. Bad mistake… Paige. Prince Alvin. Johnny. Bad mistake.

Zod then grabbed Faora’s dead body and flew off to take her to the fortress of solitude….

Miss Love: *Looking at her Cousin* Now what’ll we do? Now there is war upon the world. It’s gonna be a war of the worlds now.

Flaming Soul: We’re gonna need to gather up the troops and inform them of the grave situation that is in store now…

Lord Bliss: *Pausing* Uh… Don’t color me wrong for this… but isn’t this a start of something more than War. This is about a death of an unborn child. Zod maybe an ass. but he was about to be a father. so… some of his unfettered anger is over the loss of his child.

Miss Love: What child? That unborn child was gonna be the ultimate destroyer. Doomsday.

Flaming Soul: What?! so if we saved Faora… we would have to deal with all the Kandorians. and Doomsday. or we face what we’ve witnessed just now. the start of World War III at the brink of dealing with a whole army of pissed off Kandorians. and one seriously pissed off General. Tonight The Rhapsody brothers and the Rhapsody Girls Z! are gonna have an in depth conference. We are gonna need to to get a hand on this.

Lord Bliss: What about Peter, Shingo and myself?

Flaming Soul: We’ll bring you guys up to speed after we’ve had the talk and discussed the matter.

Miss Love: Bubble Maiden and Thunder Mistress are not gonna like this.

Flaming Soul: Neither will the brothers. It’s gonna be trendy but without a doubt ugly.

Miss Love: Let’s go home.

Lord Bliss: good idea.

But while still at the Tsukino household…

Dinah: *Looking at the sky and laying down on the grass* It’s a nice night out. it’s not too cold… not hot… it’s just right.

Shingo: *Releasing a deep breath; Lying down upon the grass next to Dinah* yeah…

Prince Avery: *Sitting down on the grass* It’s nice to just lie here and relax. but we should think about getting back home soon, Dinah.

Dinah: *Sighs* yeah. i know. i don’t want to leave yet. i like it right here. it’s nice and comfortable right here.

Shingo: *At ease*

What they weren’t aware of was that while they were all on their dates and having a restful time…

Prince Curtis was out and just walking the Neighborhood when he suddenly happened to bump into a girl about his age. the Girls looked Pretty and had black hair…

Teen Girl: *stepping back* Whoa! uh…  Sorry. I didn’t mean to bump into you like that.

Prince Curtis: *Waving his hand in surprise* Oh no… it’s quite alright. Really. i guess that i was just a little preoccupied with something is all.

Teen Girl: Oh? Like what?

Prince Curtis: Like the war with the Kandorians, Zod. Zod killed my Aunt Princess Rikku and well… it took a few days for the grieving to subside. but it did.

Teen Girl: *Sighs sympathetically* I’m sorry to hear that.

Prince Curtis: It’s okay. It’s just unfortunate though. I am just worried about my cousins Paige, Pearl and Dinah. They had just finally broken all the way out of their grief… but it’s still pretty sore.

Teen Girl: I can imagine. It must be really sad. My mom and step-father are like really important to me. i would not know what i’d do if anything were to happen to them.

Prince Curtis: *Nods* Let’s just hope that nothing bad ever meets them.

Teen Girl: i agree. What’s your name?

Prince Curtis: Prince Curtis Rhapsody.

Teen Girl: That’s a nice name. Mines Megan. Megan Hart.

Prince Curtis: I find that name to be really cool.

Megan: Thanks. It’s a nice peaceful night out. Want to hang out a little till it’s time for me to head back home?

Prince Curtis: yeah. of course. It’s a nice night out and a little time to hang out would do good. Besides…the upcoming showdown with that Kandorian fruitcake Zod has me feeling a little tense. But with all that has happened… i can’t say as to why i can’t be.

Megan: I don’t blame you for being tense. going through something like that is unfair for you to go through.

Prince Curtis: I wish that the threat would just go away. but that won’t happen. unless we make it go away. we fight it. But Zod is so strong. tough. How can someone like him have that type of power? He is from a distant Planet. Krypton. but it’s not as though he’s a god among men.

Megan: I am sure that it’s gonna be okay. He’ll go down. won’t he?

Prince Curtis: I am sure that he will… but as of right now… i don’t know if it will be very likely. Even with my powers that i have along with my brothers. I got electric powers.

Megan: *Walking with Prince Curtis* Huh?! You do? How is that possible?

Prince Curtis: Because i am a hero. I’m a Rhapsody Brother.

Megan: Nah-uh! you’re kidding.

Prince Curtis: You don’t have to believe it if you don’t want to. I wouldn’t expect for you to understand it. it’s gonna be really hard to explain as it is better to show you than to tell you…

At Grandma Rikku’s house…

Grandma Rikku: *Picking up the bedroom for the girls* They forget to clean up their rooms sometimes. But i’ll do it for them. *Noticing a book on the floor by Pearl’s bed* Pearl’s got to be more careful on how she cares for her books. *Picking up the book and looking at it a minute* It’s a journal. It’s probably full of Pearl’s thoughts and personal feelings too. *Sighs* I don’t think that i should read it.

Their grandmother then opens the book and reads a page…

Pearl: *Voice* What is life without a heart? A mother to see and feel the presence. I have come to the idea that ending it all is favored for me as i don’t know how to bare living knowing that my mother is dead. Paige and Dinah try to understand. they all will try to understand. but how can they? I am the more than sensitive in their eyes. i am with an enlarged heart. things that they experience is what i endure much deeper than they do as i am with the largest heart. i wear it on my sleeves everyday. Paige is full of love in her heart. but lacks Extreme emotion as i feel it greater than she. I Love her. and that is not a deception. Dinah i also love. She is like a second mother inside a sister. She maybe tough to follow and hard to understand sometimes… but she cares. she really cares and loves me as a sister would. My grandmother. i might not know how to express how i feel about her. She is my mother’s mother. I Love her. but i can’t come out and show it for losing her to the hands of death would be like losing my mom all over again. Life without being happy is never a life i’d want to hold. because there is no joy. I know that my sisters and my grandmother would be devastated with me for trying to end my life. but a life without my mom. Princess Rikku. How can i ever fathom to exist knowing that my mother does not? my sisters Luna, Shanna may never feel the magnitude of how i feel. but i don’t blame them. I lie in pain everyday now in secret for the internal pain of the loss i feel. losing my mother. Betty and Angel had more time with her than Paige, Dinah and i… but never does the pain of losing someone close ever fades. I am sorry to all those who read this. if this hurts. but i can not lie. nor can i hide the pain i truly feel. i have moved on. and have stopped the grieving. but the memory of losing her will always remain. How can one forget someone that has left so much of themselves behind for all to touch and hold? the presence and the aura. the Essence is forever there.

Grandma Rikku: *Looking down* Pearl is really feeling the pain. She is not stable as she appears. She’s just suppressing it.

Betty: *Orbing into the room* Grandma!

Grandma Rikku: *Jumps in fright* AHHHH! *Turning to see Betty* Betty… Doggone it… just because you are a hero and are one of the super fighters… doesn’t mean you ought to use it for everything.

Betty: *Scoffs* Grandma… what is the matter with you? *Spotting Pearl’s Journal in her hand* What are you doing with Pearl’s Journal? Have you been snooping into her private thoughts?

Grandma Rikku: No. but i just found the book open and couldn’t help but to catch wind of the one page that i had found in it.

Betty: That is her privacy that you’re invading. i don’t think that she’d like you going through her things. You’re our grandmother. not our Devil’s advocate.

Grandma Rikku: I wasn’t going through her things. the book was open. Have you even noticed this? *Showing the entry in the Journal* Pearl is Suicidal. She’s not as stable as we were believing she’d be. she’s unstable.

Betty: Oh please… Grandma. She’s fine. That was an entry that she made while still grieving.

Grandma Rikku: Postmarked today… May 27th. *Showing the date* This is serious, Betty. Your sister is sick.

Betty: *Reading the Entry and shaking her head* That is not so… Pearl is not a psycho. She’s a nice girl. That is the talk of a girl who was only grieving. We were all grieving. Pearl was just feeling the deeper dosage of it. that’s all it is. You know that, Grandma. this is not Pearl’s psychotic episode. She’s not a maniac.

Grandma Rikku: I hope that you’re right.

Suddenly…

Chloe: *Running in* Oh… Thank god i found you…

Betty: *Turning to see Chloe* Chloe… What’re you doing here?

Chloe: i’m here to find the girls and the boys. There is something going on that they need to know. it’s not good.

Betty: What?

Chloe: *With her mini Computer* Zod’s made movement. He has also attacked Oliver… Branded him too. I just got back from the hospital. he’s got a Z carved into his chest. visible.

It was only minutes later when Paige came back with Prince Alvin. Paige had to take Johnny home but made sure that she kissed him goodnight and make a plan for yet another date in a few days. but Paige and Prince Alvin barely arrived back home when they saw Chloe and saw her with a concerned look on her face…

Paige: Chloe, What’s wrong?

Chloe: *Looking at Paige* Please tell me you found that Z-branding bastard so we can slap him back across the universe.

Prince Alvin: *Scoffs* You mean… did we see him during Paige having her Date? No. Watchtower—

Chloe: *Interrupting* Uh… don’t be going with that… Watchtower’s destroyed. i am just an intermediate right now.

Betty: Not Quite…  I got all the Data from Watchtower. i snaked a copy on the night when our world came falling down. It’s all on a flash drive. 4 of them. and they have all the info you’ll need. All we need is a new Watchtower.

Chloe: *Grins*

Prince Alvin: You were asking if we happened to find that guy Zod. Yeah. we did. we had to cut Paige’s date short because of it. Paige and i began picking up a sense of something. Paige felt it before me but when i started feeling it… she tried to read through a little bit of her element and then witnessed Faora. that Kandorian woman… she was in peril and we however jammed on over there. to come to her rescue. However… we didn’t get there in time and by time we got there… Faora was dead.

Paige: Zod killed her.

Betty: Clark was supposed to keep track of the Kandorians. You think that maybe he could talk some sense into them…

Chloe: I think that it’s a little too late for that…

Pearl: *With Prince Arnold; Walking in* What do you mean… by late? Is there something going on?

Betty: Why would it be late?

Chloe: *Turning on the T.V* I think that there is something that you’ll all want to get a look at. *With a worried look upon her face* Oh god… That’s the Castle. God, Zod’s attacked Checkmate. It’s destroyed.

Paige: He did that? Is that a bad thing?

Pearl: If it’s Checkmate… it’s a good thing. but that is not the point… Attacking us… as much as we’re gonna get him back for…. is one thing. But by him torching a government building… this is no longer just personal. It’s now War. Zod has issued all out war.

Paige: and Metropolis is the capital point for the battle. He just declared War.

Pearl: *Looking to see Dinah still missing* Where’s Dinah? She should be here by now. it’s almost after 11 at night. It got cold out there.

Prince Arnold: I know. I felt it in my bones. Zod is probably gonna try to unleash an attack on the city. This is all war now.

Prince Alvin: Like the Zombie Virus? Not very likely. but he is on the path of War. We have to be on the move. We can’t stay here. not while Zod is on the loose. He is gonna be striking us and let alone the world. the world is now claimed as his playground.

Chloe: We need a new Watchtower. I know where to set up a new Watchtower. At least i think i know. Smallville Kansas. My Father’s house. He’s with an Huge Storage  shed that will be well insulated and will be perfect to start a whole new base of operation. But it’ll be a while. i Got to smooth things out with my father first. He and I haven’t seen each other in a while and in order to be able to ask him for a Favor i have to catch up with him and spend some time with him.

Paige: It’s set then.

Grandma Rikku: Your father?

Chloe: Gabe Sullivan. He is an Employee of Luthorcorp. or was till Lionel Luthor blackballed him. Now he works at home and has his own business. it lifted the black ball from the corporate world… but he wasn’t taken back by Luthorcorp.

Minutes later…

Dinah: *Walking in* I feel really cold. The weather out there is nuts. It was fine earlier and i barely left Shingo’s house when it started getting really windy and started Snowing.

Paige, Pearl, Prince Alvin, Prince Arnold, Grandma Rikku, Betty, Chloe and Angel: Snowing?!

Dinah: Yeah. look out the window and see for yourself. it is snowing out there and it was not like that a moment or two ago.

Prince Avery: *Walking in* I agree. You guys better take a look outside and look at what is going on. I don’t favor on seeing that you’ll like what’s there.

Paige and Pearl run outside and take a look outside only to see a Snowy Neighborhood…

Paige: *Looking outside and seeing the snow* This is rather sudden. there was no snow scheduled. not in the spring.

Pearl: This has to be Zod’s doing. there is no other explanation than it being him. He’s seriously beginning to bark the wrong tune. He’s also starting to get me really mad now. First he Kills our mom. Now he declares war on the world.

Paige: *Looking at her sister* There is something else that you should know about that Zod had done.

Pearl: If it’s about him trying to make his own rules and trying to force us all to kneel before him. i don’t care. I’ve had it with him.

Paige: He Murdered his Unborn Child. He killed Faora.

Pearl: *Gasps and shocked* Say what? Come again on that last part… Did you just say that Faora is dead? Wha- uh… Ah… *At a loss for words* But how? How could he kill her? She didn’t even have a chance. Did she?

Paige: I’m afraid not. Pearl. I don’t know where we’re to go from here. Faora was the only one that could help us deflect Zod and be with protection. Clark isn’t doing much help on knocking Zod back to the curb.

Pearl: What about our Uncle? King John. He might help.

Paige: And so would Princess Charlene. and the 4 girls from our Uncle’s Wife. They’d help.  We also need Princess Trixie. Fire for fire.

Pearl: That’s right.

Paige: *Feeling the cold Chill coming in and getting worse* Let’s go back inside and stay where it’s warm.

Pearl: yeah. i am starting to get a mean chill and it is making me sick.

Prince Alvin: *Walking out and standing behind Paige and Pearl* come on, Paige… Pearl. let’s get inside. We… *Hearing something* Let’s go inside right now while we can. Zod is near.

Pearl: *Looking at her Cousin* He is? Are you sure it’s hi—

From a distance…

Kandorians: *Chanting* All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD! All Hail ZOD!

In front of Grandma Rikku’s house…

Paige: *Looking at Pearl and her cousin* Run! Let’s get inside now… GO!

It was moments later when the coast was clear however the Snow remained in the neighborhood. Zod saw to it that it was permanent. Luckily for them, Zod didn’t come down from the sky to stir up mischief. He didn’t even bother with them and to them it was a reprieve to be spared from the sadistic reigns of Zod the merciless. Zod was heading over to the Fortress and had Faora in his arms…

in the Skies heading onwards to the Fortress…

Zod: *Flying his way over to the Fortress* I will make those Humans pay for killing my unborn Child. I swear it. The Rhapsody Girls Z! and their family will fall. They have pushed my hand away for the last time. They refused to Kneel. Now they shall die along with all the rest…

Moments later…

Back at Grandma Rikku’s house…

Chloe: *With the flash drives containing all the info of Watchtower* We need to find a way over to the Fortress.

Prince Arnold: *Not seeing Prince Curtis* Where’s Prince Curtis?

Prince Avery: I don’t know. Wasn’t he here?

Grandma Rikku: He was here… but s moment before you two came popping in he went out. Something got to him and he was just really out of sorts. i tried to ask him where he was going and he wouldn’t answer. he just took off. i…

Luna: We need to summon for Clark.

Chloe: I already send a wire to him and told him where to meet us. He’s gonna meet us at the Kawatche Caves. he can fly off from there to the Fortress. but the Caves is where we’ll enter to the fortress. But there is slim chance of Zod being there.

Paige: That’s the same place that we ended up once or got dragged to when we were dealing with the Solar Tower incident. Pearl almost lost her boyfriend that night.

Pearl: *Shaking her head* Oh please… don’t remind me about that. i don’t want to think about that.

Dinah: neither do i. I will not be thinking about something sad. because if you’re trying to fetter me with a reason for depression and anxiety. You might want to get a life. because i am not gonna submit and whimper like a mangy dog. I’ve had enough of the depression to last a lifetime. Zod is the one that i thank for the uncanny sake of depression. Killing our mother and then trying to Vow War on the world. I think that’s more than enough emotional strife.

Prince Arnold: Dinah has a point in that. being sad all the time isn’t gonna help matters. it is just gonna make things worse.

Prince Avery: We got a issue though. Zod. He is aiming to strike at this world. he’s vowed war on the world. We all know that he’s practically a General. The Kandorians are gonna follow him to the very edge of this planet. We need to find the book of RAO. that’s the only thing that will lure him and stop him in his tracks. In our hands… it can save us and send him away. but in his hands… it can grant him power and will ensure the beginning of mankind’s brink of Extinction.

Photo: Prince Avery, What's your point? You're trying to say that the enemy is opting to deflect? How? How do you know this?

Prince Alvin: Plasma-Core… What’s your point? Do you insist to tell us that Zod is opting to deflect against us? How? He doesn’t know what to use to get to us. I’m the captain of the team here. I am the one that had to use that class 3 power once on a threat 4 years ago. it didn’t even work then. I don’t think that i’d need to remind you… that it’s not something i plan to tap into again. unless needed. But in all respect… Zod has no leverage on us. There is absolutely nothing that we have that he can use against us.

Pearl: Cousin… That is not true. What about our family? He can still come after our family. *Worried*

Dinah: What do you mean? You mean that he could try to come and off our family? So that means that when we least expect it… he could come and nail us all and there wouldn’t be a thing that we could do about it…. *Pauses and suddenly gets the shakes and creeps* Okay. now i’m freaked out. *Feeling hungry* I’m gonna get myself something to eat. This crazy stuff about our family being on the Kandorian Hitlist. It’s really bad MoJo. I mean… the very idea that Zod is now gonna target us like it’s the season for Rhapsody Hunting. Are you crazy? *Scoffs* what? We have to change our identities or something? No thanks. i’m staying me.

Paige: Prince Alvin… You’re the Captain of the Brothers. i am the Leader of the Girls here. Rank is nothing when the reality is that we’re all up for grabs for Zod and his troops to snatch and do way with…

An Hour later…

Clark: *Speeding to the front door* I’m here. What’s the news, Chloe?

Chloe: Our favorite Z-Branding Kandorian bastard with the glorified Power trip Fetish.

Clark: Zod.

Betty: Good Guess.

Dinah: Want to buy a free spin? Yeah. Zod is the news and no… this isn’t a case of friendly fire.

Chloe: Zod’s destroyed Checkmate. *Looking at the T.V and showing it to Clark* Take a look.

Clark: *Looking at the T.V* The Castle. The Headquarters of Checkmate. It’s gone.

Chloe: Zod Destroyed it. He’s declared War and he’s got the Rhapsody girls in his sights.

Paige: I am actually rather terrified. So if we are going to confront Zod… let’s just do it and get it over with. that way we can try to calm down till the final showdown with him.

Pearl: *Terrified* I’m with Paige. That guy has some serious anger issues and i really don’t want to counsel him. i want to Avenge my mother… but facing him to do it? i don’t think i can do that. I don’t want to die.

Dinah: I am ready for a fight with Zod. but if i have to face death by him… bring it om. Anything to wipe that son of a bitch off the face of the stinkin’ planet.

Prince Alvin: Let’s do it.

Dinah: Clark. there is more to it than that. Faora. Zod killed her.

Clark: *Pauses in a astounding caught off guard pose* What?

Luna: Tell him Paige. he needs to know. you dropped in where Zod was last and caught the whole thing.

Prince Alvin: That’s not all. i too was there and so was Paige’s Love interest. we were there too…

Prince Alvin then does the honors of recapping the incident…

Zod: *Walking in* Faora, you should start explaining as to why you would put together an insurrection against me.  I know that you are trying to pull away from me. but you clearly forget that it’s not likely that you will get that chance. *Sighs and smiles slightly but grinning with a heavy revelation on his mind* Seems like a lifetime ago when I… Zod had single handed reached and pulled you out of that rubble, doesn’t it… Faora?

Faora: *Nods and trying to keep a calm posture* The Siege of Argo. There were many losses that day. and my life was at risk of being lost on that day as well.

Zod: that was true. but Not for me… i didn’t see it that way because I found a young and beautiful cadet who would become my trusted right hand. One that i’d give my life for. one i’d bleed for. Oh, you were so brave in the face of death. I knew then that you would be a true partner. I’ve trusted you, for so very long…depended on you, across time and space. But in your eyes, I just see contempt. I see betrayal. Now, why would you turn your back on me? I shared my bed with you. I shared my power with you. my wit. I shared my command with you.

Faora: I didn’t turn my back on you. You turned your back on us when our only crime was trying to forge a life for ourselves on this planet. Trying to live normally and live honestly. All you can see is that humans are not worthy to stand in the same presence as us. You only want to rule. and you don’t understand that the planet welcomed us with opened arms. but you can’t seem to see that you can provide trust in them.

Zod: These Humans will never stand the same league as us. When those 3 girls have released us from that abominating orb… it was our beginning. the chance for us to Rule. You wanted to rule too. Don’t be gleaming to deny what you once wanted to do. before you decided to turn soft and feel up to living as one of these humans that are so weak and so slow. that they would never amount to being in the same existence as we Kandorians are.  *Standing closer to Faora and looking face to face with Faora* If I ever learned that insurrection had erupted and spread across my ranks, if I were to ever discover that my men had aligned themselves against me, I would cast this planet and render it to the ground. i would raze this planet. I would burn it all to the ground till the last ember went cold beneath my boot. *Breathes deeply* Now only I will lead us to the next age. All will follow Zod. As will the Rhapsody Girls Z!

Faora: You already sacrificed one world for your ego. Are you that unhinged that you’d do it to another? You killed an innocent person. the mother to the Rhapsody Girls had nothing to do with the wars. she was not a part of it. You and Basqat killed her. How do you Justify that?

Zod: You know nothing of sacrifice.

Faora: I know more than you ever will. Zod. You are a Monster!

Zod: Kneel.

Faora: Never. I will never Kneel before a monster like you. Murderer… MURDERER! *Gasps*

Zod then grabbed at Faora’s neck and started to squeeze it. making the attempt to crack the bones… Faora could only sharply exhale and try to breath even with it being hard as her neck was being squeezed. Zod was choking her and within seconds drove her to the ground. Zod then noticed the flower as he stood up and looked down. He realized that he could have killed the child that was forming inside Faora. But Faora was passed out and died only seconds later after that. Zod abruptly started feeling remorse and panicked at the death of his wife. he knelt down with tears in his eyes and listened for the heartbeat… there was a heartbeat but it was not from her. it was from the unborn child. It started beating and beating with rhythm and only kept on but then suddenly began to slow down and slowed down gradual till it started reaching a snail pace and then stopped. the life was no more…

Miss Love: *Landing in and seeing Faora on the ground* …. *Gasps* Oh no! Faora!

Flaming Soul: *Teleporting in and seeing Faora dead and Zod close by* Zod.

Lord Bliss: *Landing* Zod! What the hell did you do to Faora?

Miss Love: ANSWER US!

Zod: It’s what you mettlesome human have done. Your ways seduced her and she was defying even the likes of me. i had to be forced to kill her and thereby killing my unborn Child. the first born Kryptonian child of earth. the child is dead. and so is Faora! It’s your fault i had to do it. *with sobs and slowly having it turn to anger* You caused me to KILL HER! I KILLED MY WIFE BECAUSE OF YOU!!!!

Miss Love: Oh please… it’s not our fault. It’s your doing. you are the one with the pompous Ego-trip. All you cared about was power and control. that’s all that mattered to you. You think we’re to blame. why don’t blame yourself? Because the only one that was last with her is you. You’re the one that killed her. not us.

Zod: *Speeding over to Paige and making way to grab her and toss her to the side*

Flaming Soul: *Landing a Flaming punch on Zod* Inferno Punch!

Lord Bliss: *Launching an attack at Zod* Love’s Guillotine!

Zod: *Growls* Stopping me is futile. This is war on the world now. you dared crossing me. Now this Planet will find out how vengeful i can be. Bad mistake… Paige. Prince Alvin. Johnny. Bad mistake.”

Chloe: There is more to worry about.

Clark: Why?

Chloe: *With a deeply regretful tone* You’re not gonna like where he’s gathering his troops. My eye in the sky above the Fortress is picking up movement.

Grandma Rikku: How are you able to locate him like that?

Paige: It’s because she’s Watchtower. or was… There is a satellite that is linked and synced to the space station monitoring all of Earth’s activity. She used it to keep a eye on the Fortress of Solitude and on Zod.

Dinah: Chloe Might not be the heftiest looking girl in the world and might not have super powers that are not normal to the average human… but you must give her props Grandma. She is the slickest blonde that you’ll ever meet.

Grandma Rikku: And i take it that this Comm link screen gadget came from her, right?

Luna: you got it.

At King John’s house…

King John: *Looking at his Wife* I am filing for Divorce from you. Actually… i already filed for it. I caught the TelePrompter and the transcript of the whole tete-a-tete with the guy down the block. Robin Trent. Yeah. i was told about your meet with the mysterious seducer. I had a detective follow you because i felt that you were trying to derail my suspicions and make like i was losing it. and what he found out and told me has more than pissed me off. I just got through being part of the Eulogers and casted my Dead Cousin to rest eternal… then i come home that same night after i sent the boys off to protect their Cousins. I find this! *Showing off a Black pair of panties and a note from the reluctant seducer* this is the lowest and the most rotten act you could do. Cheating on your soulmate. The one who gave you his heart.

Starfire: You’re insane. i didn’t think you would get with me. so…

King John: You figured that: “Oh My husband ain’t gonna have me and get into me so i’ll go and get with someone who will. What’s he gonna do anyway? he probably could get it goin’ if he tried.” Right. Yeah. i know about it. You were being a total Cheat, Star. I give you my whole fuckin’ life and you show your devotion like this. Just LIKE THIS! You think i don’t know what the message said from that night. well… i got a copy of it. *Reading the message* “Dear Angel of my soul… i can give you all the pleasure that you’d ever hope to have. all you have to do is make the move to come at me. Your husband won’t show you the love and the Lust that i would.  forget his love. what does he know of love if he won’t produce with you…the one that he claimed to love?” I saw it and it hurts that the guy knows me like that. you fed him crap and turned a good guy into a drop-dead psychotic. Nice work.

Starfire: *Screaming* I was not in a relationship with the guy. That is a fabricated lie and you know this so. you know that i would never betray you. Not ever.

King John: Too late. You already have. i have the proof. You were in a internal romance. the romance of sacred dabachery. Like my love isn’t raising your white flag of surrender anymore. you are all into the prime cut of meat. who’s got the most Juice and who can get it jiggy.

Starfire: *Getting Angry* Shut up. King John, Just shut up. You are spewing utter lies and filthy rag tales. ones not even fit for a magazine. *Growls* You are an Evil monster. Accusing me of such things! You are Such a Chlorbag!

King John: *Mocking* You Are such a Chlorbag! Grow up! You’re a Cheater. Nothing more than that. I give you all my heart. and take you into my life. My sons even loved you like a Mother figure and you show the gratitude of that reaping reward by doing this. *Showing the box of Condoms that were found with her things* You’re not a Cheater? Prove it. Where did these come from then? HUH?! WHERE? DAMN IT!

Starfire: *Scowls and glares with anger* King John, I’m gonna fire at you in a minute. SHUT UP!

King John: *Emitting Electricity* I wouldn’t try it. I wouldn’t. If you want to try it and get yourself shocked. Go ahead. I got all night. or what’s left of it. Just try it and i’ll have your sorry tail thrown in jail for assault.

Starfire: *Shooting a Starbolt at King John in anger* RAH!

King John: *Returning fire* That’s it! *forms electric Thunder bolts from his hands and they form into one big electric ball and then a stream of thunder bolts* THUNDER BOLT STRIKE!!

Starfire fell down and crashed on the floor. She was hit and hurt. but she was able to get back up and she cried out in a wailing pain. She was angry but She realized that she was busted and had alot of dirt on her. She didn’t have the chance to explain. There was nothing to say. She was then instructed to gather her things and leave the house and never return. She did. She However tried to get her girls. but her girls didn’t want nothing of her. They shined her on and stayed with King John. They wanted nothing to do with her. She left with her things and never returned. King John was biding his time for the Divorce settlement to be finalized.  Which in legal stature… would take a few days. but he was also gonna win the girls and it was gonna be a win for him.

At the Fortress of Solitude…

Zod just barely Laid his dead wife upon the slab of rock and shed a tear as he laid his hand across Faora’s face and closed her eyes.. He stood up and looked at the remaining soldiers of his faithful battalion. and with a convincing act that his soldiers were sure to buy and believe…

Zod: *Speaking upon his soldiers* Soldiers… it is of sad intent and i regret to inform you of this… but i bare you to behold. the end of what our future would have held. What was to be the first son of Kandor is no more. Now we, the last sons and daughters of Krypton, have no choice but to preserve our birthright. The humans killed the mother of my unborn child, the mother of your future. They have relentlessly been trying to hunt us down. and took us down one by one. The last remaining of soldiers that you see here… is all that is left of Kandor. The mother of my child… your rightful future has now been stripped from you by the humans.

Clark: *Walking in* That’s a lie. The last time that I saw Faora, she was alive. And she was alone with Zod.

Paige: That’s right. *Walking in and looking at Zod* You killed Faora. Because she tried standing her ground and stood up to you.

Pearl: *With a upset and angered tone in her voice* You killed our mother. and then because she managed to be with the courage to stand up to you… you strike her and saw that you’ve silenced her. You choose to kill your own wife; To avoid the truth behind the cruel sadistic monster you really are. All you care about is ruling. You don’t care who you hurt. Why don’t you tell them the real truth? Tell them… if you have the guts!

Zod: Why should they believe you? And this traitor saved the life of the woman who held you hostage…the woman who wanted to dissect you, who wanted to torture you…murder you. These Girls are just like the humans. they’d hunt you down without remorse.

Clark: Vala, if there’s anyone who really knows what your sister wanted, it’s you. It was peace, Vala. She wanted peace.

Dinah: You and Faora were with us the night that the Solar Tower was brought down. you were in hopes of trying to make a life for yourselves. a honest life. A normal life. Don’t let General Zod spoil your mind to believe his deception.

Vala: No. Zod’s right. The humans will never allow Kandor peace. Faora was killed by the hands of a human. the Humans will fall.

Basqat: They will hunt us to the last man, but they will fail, for we shall never be defeated. We will follow General Zod to the ends of this Earth. You girls are of no match for us. and there will be no chance in bringing us down.

The Soldiers all Kneel before Zod.

Prince Alvin: Why don’t you tell them all the real truth to Faora’s death. the truth… Who’s really responsible for Faora’s death? *To the Soldiers* The last one who was with her was Zod. He claims to be telling you what you all would like to hear because he sees you wanting to rule when it’s not what you desire. He’s using your fury and thrill to rule the planet to suit his gain. if you were to really stop and try to make a life for yourself upon this planet… He’d do to you as he had done to Faora. I am a captain of the Rhapsody Brothers. i follow a chain of command. My brothers follow me and i follow my father King John. This family is nothing like a Military. your family and your group is. but you all have wished for a fair shot to live on this planet and live freely. happily.

Prince Arnold: *walking in with the rest of the brothers and Looking at all the soldiers* Zod is no true leader of peace. He lives for war… when there shouldn’t be any need for one. You’re all listening to his beliefs and are being forced to regurgitate it back as it is being told upon you.

Prince Avery: War is never the answer. it only brings upon more war. The Humans are not your adversaries. they are ones to help you. Granted that Humans are full of deception and betrayal. but it’s also got love. and loyalty. Family that love one another. no matter the skin… race or culture. there are more than just people who would step on you. there are racists and pedophiles and sex offenders. but there are also cops. firemen. medical people. Doctors and physicians and even Lawyers. A Judge that rules each case. there are opportunities here on Earth. you all need to just see it.

Luna: *Bouncing into the room and joining the crowd* that is right! Zod is not the leader who you all think he is. He destroyed Krypton. Because of his Ego.

Basqat: How do you know of this?

Paige: Because Jor-El told us. he saw us before he was caught by you and killed. He was told or filled in about the Chapters behind Zod. and what he did on Krypton. Jor-el was told by a friend of ours named Chloe. Who are you gonna believe. Us… who know the facts and know exactly the type of man Zod really is… or will you follow a man who is with an Agenda that is as shady as the politicians in the building of Congress?

Zod: Nice try. But they won’t abide by your perception. You will never veer them to your side. They know who will lead them to rule this planet.  Krypton will rise again. And all humankind will kneel before Zod.

Clark: I’ll never let that happen.

Rhapsody Girls Z! Neither will we!

Rhapsody Brothers: That goes for us too. You Egotistical Maniacal Psychopath!

Zod: You won’t be able to stop us.

Betty: *Voice* Wanna bet?! *Flying in and aiming at Zod* Time to answer to my god. *Chanting a spell* “Fury and spark of God… release your Fury of light. bring your shocking power upon the Unrighteous soul” *Launching the attack at Zod* HEAVEN’S THUNDER!

Basqat deflected the attack and caused it to ricochet towards the Girls… Zod Laughed and looked at the Rhapsody girls one last time before he flew up into the skies with his soldiers. It was over. the Derailing of Zod’s ambitions were unsuccessful and they were left there with an unsure feeling. It was gonna end in terror for them. The world was gonna be at war and there was no stopping it… They all sat there for a while and contemplated on what they were gonna do. Dinah was with disbelief as she sat there on the edge of the slab and leaned back. She started to think about what would happen if the couldn’t stop Zod when the final showdown started…

Dinah: *Leaning back and looking up* So… now what? Zod is gonna initiate War soon. It’s a failed attempt. The Kandorians all believe in Zod. they all side with him and follow his ways now. They’re all gonna stick by him no matter what we say or do.

Paige: I don’t know what to think about that now. Zod is a menace beyond any measure. He is a Tyrant who is clear on what he wants of us. It’s the fact that he wants to take this planet and force his very ways to them. Pretty soon all the world will be wearing armbands with the Calling symbol of Zod. we’re all gonna have to soon live by his ways. bartering for food and living as slaves to his will.

Pearl: That’s what he plans to do.

Prince Alvin: what about the book of RAO? What about that? can’t that help send that slimy little cocked up bastard up to the skies and back to where he belongs. Another Plane of Existence?

Clark: That will work. but there is a problem. it will Exile them all from Earth. Even me.

Luna: *Shoots up in shock* You? Why you?

Betty: *In disbelief* yeah… Clark. why do you think that it’d send you off along with them? You’re not evil like they are.

Clark: But i am Kryptonian. i am one of them. if they go… i will be sent too. i will be exiled from this Earth and once that happens… i’ll never be able to come back here. back to earth.

Prince Avery: *grunts and sighs with frustration* So… what’re we to do then? Zod has to be terminated soon or there will be no shot of him being defeated. he will be beyond defeat. he’ll be like a modern day pale horse and pale rider. “And there i looked up to see a pale rider on the saddle of the pale horse. The name of the horse was pestilence…. the name of the rider… was death.”

Dinah: *Wigged out by that line* Uh, Cousin… I know that you’re only trying to Prophesize the end being near with Zod on the loose. but that one line really creeps me out. You just made Zod sound and take the responsibility of being like Satan himself. Lucifer. If you don’t mind it… i would rather you not say stuff like that again. Zod is not the Devil. He’s just the intergalactic threat with the zany fetish for power. that’s all he is. he’s just wanting to Rule.

Pearl: What if we were to appease him with jewels? All threats want the gold. it is like fuel for desire. like diamonds are for girls and like Rubies. Gold is like money. He might have a thirst for power… but everyone knows that money is the source of wanting more power. it drives the people to violence and wanting more of the riches. Zod might be another threat that just wants the shiny merchandise. All Evil beings or tyrants. crooks. they are attracted to anything that shines and catches their eyes.

They sat there and spoke of it a little before making their way to leave. Paige Looked at the Console that was there and saw that it was glowing. but knew that there would be no chance of Jor-el’s voice speaking out to them. It was getting near the morning hours and it started getting light out. Dinah grunted and sighed over the fact that there was about to be World war against the Kandorians and there would be little chance to stop it.

A day later…

At Grandma Rikku’s house…

Paige, Pearl and Dinah were getting up and just barely made it down to the Living room to see their grandmother with a book and writing. Luna also managed to catch sight of their grandmother writing. Betty and Angel still sleeping…

Living room…

Paige: *Walking over to their grandma* Hey Grandma. What’re you doing?

Grandma Rikku: I’m gonna be doing another book. I am working on another book to publish and sell.

Pearl: Really? What’s it gonna be about?

Grandma Rikku: Well… it’s gonna be about us. I figure that if people want to get to know us… we should just come out with the details.

Dinah: No. Don’t be talking about the funeral in the book. It’s a terrible time in our lives to just get pushed to relive. it was the hardest moment in our lives… We had to give an Eulogy and that was not the easiest thing to do. I almost fainted on the stage while trying to give one.

Pearl: And i was the one crying. Piddling myself. I was so embarrassed by it. If you put that in there… be sure to be subtle with it.

Paige: You know… maybe it’d be a good idea if she mentioned it. maybe reading about it will help us cope with the loss. finally complete the grieving that we’ve been undergoing and allow us to move on with our lives and be happy again. Granted that yes… we’re still gonna be avenging our mother’s death. but the book might grant us actual closure.

Dinah: Now that you put it that way. it would make a whole lot of sense.

Pearl: I guess so. I just want to forget about the loss. I’m just rather fed up with crying all the time.

Paige: Yeah. i am with you on that. Pearl. I cried alot during the first week.

Pearl: I cried for more than that. *Looking away*

Luna: *Not seeing Shanna* Where’s Shanna?

Grandma Rikku: She went out a few minutes ago to take a walk. it’s really cold out. but she is out walking anyway. She’s taking the day off work.

Pearl: Is she gonna be okay?

Grandma Rikku: Oh yes dear. she will okay. She made a mention about training more and meditating a while today. i don’t know what she was getting at though… but she is gonna be training.

Paige: Probably to learn more control of her abilities and powers.

Pearl: She does need the training.

Grandma Rikku: *Looking up and thinking* You know… i was thinking. we’ve been through a whole lot during the last 3 weeks now. What say that tomorrow we pack up some things and a few things of clothes to wear. take a trip to the country side up in the Mountains. Maybe camp out. I’ve always wanted to try that with your mother and her sister. but with Princess Aquamarine being popular and getting all sorts of attention. then my tending to try and cheer your mother up at times when she had bad days at school which were quite constant most of the time. i never got the chance. But i’d like to have us all go for camping.

Dinah: Camping?! You mean… Like being in the wilderness and enjoying the great outdoors?

Pearl: But there’s no fashion store out there. Where will i go to get my dresses?

Paige: And i got to have my Chocolates.

Dinah: There is no need for that. Roughing it would be pretty cool.

Luna: There won’t be any wolves out there… will there?

Grandma Rikku: No. at least i wouldn’t think that there would be any. besides. we’ll be together. and with your sisters Betty and Angel around. we have our own personal night lights.

Pearl: *Not seeing their cousins around* Where’s Prince Alvin and the others?

Dinah: Yeah. we would usually hear them. but this morning there was no sound coming from them at all. They’re not sick… are they?

Grandma Rikku: No. Dinah. They are out training. Prince Alvin felt like getting some training in this morning so he and the guys went to the Metropolis park and are doing some training. They managed to ask about whether you 3 were gonna join in the training.

Paige: *Looking at the clock* It’s getting close to breakfast time. Actually… it is breakfast time.

Dinah: Yeah. What’s for breakfast this morning Grandma?

Grandma Rikku: As soon as i get done with this chapter here… i’m thinking about making Breakfast rolls. Ones with Egg, Cheese and bacon.

Luna: *Licking her lips suddenly*

Pearl: That sounds good grandma. Mmm!

Paige: The sound of that is making me really hungry. Why did it have to sound so good? *Groaning in hunger* Ohhhh!

Dinah: I think that we better watch it. Paige looks like she’s about to curl up with the hunger…

At the Metropolis Park…

Prince Avery: We got to be prepared to send Zod to the great beyond. He’s got to be defeated. We don’t have the book of RAO. So… we’re gonna have to train harder and more brutal in order to get a high hand in beating those Kandorians.

Prince Arnold: that’s right. Let’s continue.

Prince Alvin: Brothers… you know the drill. Let’s get to it.

A second later…

Prince Alvin: *Releasing fire and shooting it at the others* deflect it. don’t let it hit you. We need to learn how to Evade the attacks as these Kandorians can fly and have heat vision. if they nail you… you’re toast. You need to keep sure that you can Evade the attacks. the methods we used to train for the battle against the Drule…. no longer apply. not here… not for this. We need to keep the techniques at the top. We still have our pets and we trained them to attack. but the Kandorians are gonna be tougher than they are.  *Looking at Prince Curtis* Prince Curtis… Can we trust you to stay on task? You are out of sorts this morning and you were out most of the night the other night. What the heck happened?

Prince Curtis: *A Little shaken up* I met a girl the other night. I just went out for a walk and tried clearing my head about the situation with Zod. I was on my way back home when i happened to bump into this girl. Someone named Megan Hart. She was really sweet and understanding.

Prince Arnold: *Teasing* Prince Curtis the Electro-stud is with an infatuation. Awwww!

Prince Curtis: Oh stop it. She’s just some girl. even though she was pretty cool and really a trip. She has a heart of gold. she cares so much about humankind and doing things for the community. She is so involved.  but what chance would a guy like me have with a girl like her. She’s vibrant and more upbeat. not like me. not like us.

Prince Alvin: *Nods* Brother… i understand your desire for Romance and to have a normal relationship. It’s a treasured luxury to hold. but it might not work for heroes like us. we’re with a responsibility that the girl you are feeling for might never understand.

Prince Curtis: What’ll i do about it?

Prince Avery: You’ll have to break it to her gently and with a subtle nudge. it’s for both your safety and for hers as well.

Prince Arnold: *Seeing someone walking past them a few feet ahead* that’s a new girl.

Prince Curtis: *Turning to look towards the side* That’s her. It’s Megan.

Prince Alvin: Wow! *Looking to see the girl* She’s not bad at all. She’s a real sweet face. Nice looking girl. You are into her, Brother?

Prince Curtis: yeah.

Prince Avery: *Teasing playfully* Brother is in love… He wants to groove with her… move with her… Kiss and hug her.

Prince Curtis: *Felling Embarrassed*

Prince Alvin: Plasma-Core! Enough! That is not called for. Prince Curtis knows what he needs to do. This is a hard choice for him. but he’s the one who has to make it.

Prince Curtis: The girl isn’t coming over here. She’s walking the other direction. We’re all safe. Let’s just train. *Nods and getting ready to move*

Prince Alvin: Okay. But remember. Focus. Evade the attacks as it comes at you. this is to train for the Showdown against the Kandorians and Zod. We have to be ready and we have to see to it that we don’t lose a step. The girls should be here training. but they’re likely gonna train in their own way.

Prince Avery: Let’s get to it.

At Princess Charlene’s house…

Princess Charlene: *Looking at the weather and cringing* This weather is very strange. It’s not normal.

Prince Richie: How so?

Princess Charlene: Because this is spring and Snow never usually hits this area during the Spring. This snow is not normal and not done by the will of nature. It’s been created by someone.

Prince Richie: Well… you’re not gonna believe this. but the helmet of Nabu is with belief that Zod is the one behind it. believes that he caused this snow storm to hit. from out of nowhere. *Looking away in shame* there is something else that it saw.

Princess Charlene: like what?

Prince Richie: It also foresaw Princess Rikku’s Death. Saying that it was destined to happen.

Princess Charlene: *Freezes* What? It saw what? It saw her fate. Didn’t it?

Prince Richie: yes it did. i ignored it because i didn’t want to believe it.

Princess Charlene: *sighs* That is what i could have gone on not hearing. Prince Richie, You’re okay. But the fact that the helmet knew and you didn’t say anything… that hurts. But It’s nothing that can be taken back.

Prince Richie: Sorry mom.

Princess Charlene: It’s okay. it’s not your fault. it’s just bad luck is all. She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. or a target of a sneak attack.

Prince Richie: She was attacked in her own home mom. How is it that she was at the wrong place at the wrong time?

Princess Charlene: I don’t know. But however it went down. She still lost her life. Zod. Zod killed her. Not very endearing. it’s tragic. Zod is the Murderer.

Prince Richie: it’s not something that we can bounce from. Death in the family is nothing to be tickled over. it’s something that has placed a Stain on us. Princess Rikku is gone. the Rhapsody Girls are without a mother. And Aunt Rikku… She’s without her Daughters. That is a pain that i would not value to be done on anyone.

Princess Charlene: I know. but it is what it is. As sad as it all is… it’s just the way it is. We lost her. But there might be a…

Prince Richie: Might be a What… Mom? What are you thinking?

Princess Charlene: *Snapping out of it* It’s nothing. i was just thinking about something.

Prince Richie: *Sighs*

Later that morning at Grandma Rikku’s house…

Luna: *Looking at the girls* Girls… we’ve got to start training. At least a little bit. The Showdown with Zod is gonna be looming close. Zod is not gonna make the fight a fair one. and will be near impossible to beat. you need to out smart him.

Paige: Yeah. we know. Make a move that he wouldn’t expect.

Dinah: Yeah right. How exactly are we to do that? Zod has a band of foot soldiers. we won’t be able to get a sneak attack in without Zod knowing of it. Those Soldiers will be certain to warn him. Zod isn’t all knowing as he constantly thinks he is… but he is no dipstick. he’s got a band of followers who will watch  for any attack that will come towards their General. Zod.

Paige: Okay… then it’s simple. we lure the soldiers one by one. Away from Zod. Take them out. then with there being no protection and no one to warn Zod of an attack. we attack him.

Pearl: *Looking at her Journal* I don’t know about you girls… but I just want to write in my journal right now. *Looking at her sister* What?! i like writing in my Journal. It helps me feel better.

Dinah: Same here. Sometimes. But we really ought to train. it’s time to get back into the normal routine. the training for the major battle that is said to draw near soon. I want to be ready for it when it comes. besides this is not just some fight. This is one for Earth… to avenge our mother. It’s something that we really must do. Our mom deserves nothing less. Even though it won’t be easy and those Kandorians will be watching our every move… we need to get with it anyway. We need to train. We ain’t gonna get tougher and stronger out of thin air. it’s not no light switch. we got to train for it.

Paige: I don’t want to fight so much. but this is not just about my needs. this is to take back Earth and send the Kandorian Ego-tripped loon back to where he ought to be. And it’s not gonna be just a simple battle and then he surrenders. we have to force him out. Fight him.

Pearl: let’s get to it. *Setting her Journal down and putting it away* I think that if Zod wants to claim this planet or come at us.. we better be ready to fight back. This is our world. we’re the inhabitants… he’s the guest. It’s past time that he left. The Orb unleashed him. but We’re gonna send him straight to an Exile…

Betty: *Orbing in and looking at the girls* That is good that you girls have your fighting attitudes back in line. but you girls are thinking that you’ll just let him go along and hope to see him grow bored and then vacate the planet and go back to where ever it is that he came from. No. It doesn’t work that way. You girls must train. this is for your own good.

Paige: And you remind us of that… Why?

Dinah: Where do we go to do the training?

Luna: We can take it to the top of the daily Planet. train on the roof… the balcony.  or we could do it at the park…

Paige: the Park is better. But it is too icy and chilly to go out and train.

Pearl: It’s enough to give you hives or little bumps all over your body.

Betty: Well… Our cousins are already out and training. you girls need to get to training too.

Dinah: She’s right. Cold or not. I’m gonna do it.

A moment later…

at the Metropolis park…

Paige, Pearl, Dinah: *Getting in transformation pose* Rhapsody Girls Z! Power… Make-Up!

Paige: Miss Love Power… Make-up! *Transforming* …. *Raising her Power Buckle and surrounded by white light; Firing Hearts and Love; Throwing punches* PAIGE *Getting sprayed Twice with Hearts; Throwing kicks and sparkles of hearts around;  Absorbing Love’s power* … *getting the last spray and throwing her hands up into the air as Wings form* … *Shooting up into the sky and flying high spining with with Romance charging up before Diving down releasing Loving Hearts; Landing* …. *Posing*

Pearl: Bubble Maiden Power… Make-up! *Transforming* …. *Raising her Power Buckle and surrounded by white light; Firing Bubbles and Throwing punches* PEARL!!! *Getting sprayed Twice with Bubbles and ; Throwing kicks and a storm of Bubbles around;  Absorbing Bubble power* … *getting the last spray and throwing her hands up into the air as Wings form* … *Shooting up into the sky and flying high spining with Bubbles charging up before Diving down releasing Bubbles; Landing* …. *Posing*

Dinah: Thunder Mistress Power… Make-Up! *Transforming* …. *Raising her Power Buckle and surrounded by white light; Firing Lighttning and Throwing punches* DINAH!!! *Getting sprayed Twice with Thunder and lightning; Throwing kicks and sparks of Lightning around;  Absorbing thunder power* … *getting the last spray and throwing her hands up into the air as Wings form* … *Shooting up into the sky and flying high spining with electricity charging up before Diving down releasing Thunder; Landing* …. *Posing*

Paige, Pearl and Dinah: *Fully Transformed and doing a group pose* RHAPSODY GIRLS… Z!

Luna: *Transforming* Luna Prism Power… Make-up! *dancing and twirls as her uniform forms* … *Jumps and rolls into the air and then lands on the floor; giving off a Cat call* … *Doing her Pose* Beautiful sailor soldier of love and everything little, Sailor Luna. In the name of the Watchtower… I shall Punish you.

They started training and doing manueveurs. They Even Evaded the attacks as they came at one another. Paige didn’t catch sight of one of the attacks that Dinah had released and smacked right into the ground.  She crashed and Pearl barely dodged it just in time. They were having trouble Evading. But they kept at it…

Miss Love: Bubble Maiden… Thunder Mistress… Luna. Don’t give up… Keep Evading. Keep trying. we have to nail this.

Bubble Maiden: We are trying. *Feeling worn out* But this training is killing me.

Thunder Mistress: Same here… What are we gonna do if we can’t go against the Kandorian Zod. He and his men are so tough. My Thunder can place the burn… but how can i expect it to pierce that hard like stone steel skin of theirs?

Miss Love: same with my heart element. it’s not ever gonna be able to penetrate  the tough forced skin of theirs.

Sailor Luna: We got to keep trying though.

Bubble Maiden: yeah. This is for the world and for our mother.

That night…

Paige: *Rubbing her legs and arms* Ouch! That hurts…

Pearl: yeah. *Rubbing her arms and her feet* All that fighting to prepare for the Showdown with Zod. That really is harsh. How are we gonna do this?

Dinah: *Soaking her feet* i don’t know. Pearl, i don’t know how we’re gonna pull it off. The Brothers have trained and they got a handle of it. better than we do. Maybe it’ll just have to come naturally.

Luna: *Aching in pain* Ain’t that a… fact?

Paige: Spare us the aches. this is more retentive than it appears.

Pearl: *feeling the sharp shot of pain* Owww!

Grandma Rikku: *Replacing the Ice pack on Pearl’s arms* I really am not comfortable with you girls beating yourselves up over that battle that is said to be near. You are working way too hard. This hero business is proving to be more trouble than it’s worth for you girls. What the heck happened though…

Paige: Dinah Over shot her Thunder attack it stung us. some of this is her thunder attack’s casualty.

Dinah: *Feeling her feet starting to sting up again* Well… Your heart move was no walking peace offering. You hurt my feet. i won’t be able to do any kicking for about a month.

Pearl: Not like the hearts had no part in it… the hearts hit me on the arms and the feet.

Paige: What about your Bubbles, Pearl? They knocked me into the nearby benches. and yeah… the bubbles really did hurt.

Dinah: Where are the brothers now?

Grandma Rikku: They’re on their way. they are out getting some camping equipment. We leave in the morning. I managed to rent a mini-van that can fit us all inside. the room on the other hand is kinda cramped. but it’s pretty cushy…

Luna: *feeling pain coming and going* The Pain is gonna be with me a while… the whole time of training was brutal. Our attacks are tough… but if the Kandorians try to fry us with their heat vision… it’ll be all for naught. *trying to get the pain to subside*

Betty: *Looking at Angel* We trained a different way. we used the Cornfields in Smallville to do the training. We’re ready to go at those Kandorians.

Angel: You girls will be ready in time. just let the training that you’ve done today sink into you. it’ll be okay. The fact is that you trained and are a step closer to being prepared to battle Zod and go head to head with him…

Shanna: *Nods* I agree. I’ll be ready. I won’t be showing those Kandorians any mercy. They vowed War. They’re gonna get it.

Paige, Pearl and Dinah: *Chanting in agreement* AMEN!

For the rest of the night… they sat there and moved to heal themselves. The training was brutal and it took alot out of them. The Countdown to War was said to begin. soon. The Rhapsody Girls knew it. Their Grandmother saw that they were gonna be going into the fray in the future and tried to not get too worked up over it. But it was the beginning of the possible end for them. Their cousins didn’t get back till midnight. but they came back with all the needed items. Sleeping bags, lanterns. Bug spray… Rope. food compartments… suitcases. all the things that they would ever need for camping. Pearl brought along her Journal. and some Lipstick. and a couple of dresses. but just had some clothes with her. Paige had some of her comic books along to read too. Dinah brought along her bat. She was gonna use it for protection against any unwanted wild animals that came near them unwanted. When morning came…

The tune to “The World Ain’t slowing down” Plays…

Grandma Rikku: You girls ready to hit the trail?

Paige: *Yawns a bit* Yeah. Let’s get going to the mountains…

Prince Alvin: We’re gonna have a good time.

Prince Curtis: *Realizing something* Wait a minute… What are we forgetting?

“I found you sitting on a suitcase crying
Beneath my feet I feel the rumble of a subway train
And I laugh out loud
‘Cause it’s the one thing I hadn’t been trying
The train came in breathless
The passenger’s restless
You say, “Baby, you’ll never change”

Paige: *Still trying to wake up fully* What do you mean? What could we be leaving behind?

Pearl: There is one guess. *Yawning a little* Who is the one person that was said as being feared by the White Queen?

Prince Avery: The Red Queen!

Grandma Rikku: She’s been coming and going. But She’s gonna be fine. besides… King John is gonna be watching over this place for us. He knows about the trip we’re taking. i called him yesterday and he is all for it…

Prince Arnold: He wants us to join in on the trip and stay with you girls.

Betty: *Grins and impressed* Extra Protection. Good call.

Dinah: You think that things will be fine here while we’re gone?

Grandma Rikku: Of yes. I am sure of it.

“You gotta get gone
You gotta get going
Hey, the world ain’t slowin’ down
For no one

It’s a carnival calling out to you
And it sounds like a song
It hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren’t you the kid
Who just climbed on a merry-go-round
Hey, look, the world ain’t slowin’ down”

Minutes later as they all got in the Van…

“Out on the sidewalk
The pigeons do the moonwalk
I’ll be dancing like Fred Astaire
The lampposts are rockin’
The whole town is talking
Like a fool in a barber’s chair
And I get the sensation
It’s joy and frustration
Like getting caught by a drop of cold rain
Freedom can numb you
When there’s no place to run to
It feels just like Novocain

You gotta get gone
You gotta get going
Hey, the world ain’t slowin’ down
For no one
It’s a carnival calling out to you

And it sounds like a song
It hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren’t you the kid

Who just climbed on a merry-go-round

Hey, look, the world ain’t slowin’ down”

Grandma Rikku was a good driver and before they were on the way to the Mountains… the countryside… She made sure to let King John know what to do in the house and about who was there. it was assured that it would be handled and that the house was gonna be in good hands. Paige, Pearl and Dinah were not all comfortable with thinking about going away for a little when they knew that the threat Zod was still as big and as bad an issue as any. They were a bit concerned about leaving and left with an uncertain outcome of what they’d return to when they returned from the small vacation. It was to the woods. the wilderness. but Grandma Rikku knew where to go. She made sure that the place they’d be going was near a spot to call for help or assistance if they were to ever need it. Paige, Pearl and Dinah had their power belts with them. and it was not surprise that they would never think to part with it…

“You packed up all your handbags
You’re throwing off the sandbags
I let go when you stepped free
I didn’t want to lose you
You said, “You didn’t choose to — 
It’s just how your karma came”
But thanks for the vision,
And the twenty-twenty wisdom
It hit me like a south-bound train

You gotta get gone
You gotta get going
Hey, the world ain’t slowin’ down
For no one

It’s a carnival calling out to you
And it sounds like a song
It hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren’t you the kid
Who just climbed on a merry-go-round
Hey, look, the world ain’t slowin’ down”

The Countdown was imminent and was prone to begin… The girls were sure gonna be in dread till the Battle with Zod was over… Would their vacation be fruitful? Would there be a chance that Zod would sniff their trail and calk them out and lure them back to Metropolis? Would they be able to contact their friends while in the woods? What were their chances in the woods if they happened to get struck by Zod’s soldiers? How much time will the Rhapsody girls have before the Countdown began and starts counting down? Find out in chapter 70 of The Adventures of the Rhapsody Girls Z! As the Saga continues on…

Paige: *Voice-over* It’s a country time relaxing sensation… Rhapsody girls style. We are relaxing and try to unwind after all that has happened. It was alot of sadness and with the mourning that we underwent for a while… we all are in need of a relaxing vacation.

Pearl: *Voice-over* we also get to do some regular battling with keeping the unwanted wildlife creatures from coming at us. It’s a normal time for us. nothing that involves Zod. But while we were in the Wilderness… Our Uncle King John is at our place watching over it… when he gets a meeting from the officials that were handling his Divorce case and it becomes official. and that he wins the 4 girls that came out of the marriage. It is gonna be a happy time. The Rhapsody Brothers are now with permanent sisters. YEAH!

Dinah: *Voice-over* We also get the word that our friend Chloe… Watchtower is with her father and even though it’s been a while since they last spoke with each other. He’s given her the one Storage shed to hook up the files and all the things she’d need for the New Watchtower… It winds up being a 7 story Storage compartment… A second house… Weird, isn’t it? And with that… there is room for rooms… a rec room. a Kitchen. all that. I wonder if it will work out. even though to have Watchtower in Smallville… That’s gonna take some time to get used to. But there is more… King John then reads the piece on the divorce papers that reveal that she was seduced and lured against her will…  Will King john be able to nullify the Divorce before it becomes official?

Rikku: *Voice-over* Plus i feel sorry for the girls as the time for the showdown is set. the countdown to the Final Battle with General Zod begins… Their friends, cousins… family with powers and their allies. Aquaman, Cyborg, Oliver, Bart, the boyfriends to the girls… Johnny, Peter and Shingo. The 3 ladies… Amara, Michelle and Trista. even Hawkman and Stargirl return along with The Martian Manhunter… they aid in the efforts to stop the movement of Zod.

Red Queen: *Voice-over* I prepare to soon to come out from secrecy and vow ready to see my Son Clark again. but to give him the book of RAO… i am torn between giving it and he uses it to exile the Kandorians but also himself… and not giving it and the Kandorians win and rule the planet. Hailing the leader Zod. plus the possible end for the Rhapsody Girls. Decisions… Decisions… on the Next chapter of the Rhapsody Girls Z! The Adventures of the Rhapsody Girls Z! Chapter 70: “Relaxation and peace… normal life be had; King John comes out the Victor and wins the girls. Chloe Sullivan… WATCHTOWER… Arise from the ashes and comes forth again. TILL DEATH!!!! Here chimes the Drums of WAR! COUNTDOWN to the Final Battle against Zod has Begun!”

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