"Come with me now, and I can make this all go away."
"She won't be going anywhere with you!" The man with the pipe said standing between him and Axel's mother.
"What the hell are you doing!" The blond haired human barked.
"We're escorting the criminal to a secure location where she can answer for her crimes." The old man in an SPA jacket said.
"What crimes has she committed? Grant! What the hell do you think your-" Vincent began
"Can it kid!" A blond female agent said apprehending Vincent. "Don't you understand he's saving your ass right now!"
"What the hell gives you the right to do that!" The blond man yelled.
The old man said nothing simply looking on as his agents escorted the woman.
"I know all about you Commandant", The old man said eyeing him down. "Were going to make sure she has her due process, I've got no intention of handing her over to you!"
"She made an infringement on a human city! It's not your jurisdiction!" The man said barking back.
"He… let's see you try and take her back then! Your NHA against my SPA!" the man said as his officers lined up behind him.
"You can't do this! This is treason!" The man barked
"The minute you enter the Badlands you forfeited all rights! Even The NHA Government cant defend you here! You know the rule! Right men!" The old man barked
"All lands outside of the city states Shifters hear our cry! We trade law and order for Freedom and Liberty! Live and let die!" The men sang
"WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!" They howled.
"Tskk" The blond man said as the SPA agents walked out with the apprehended woman.
"MOOOOMMM!!!" "HERAAA!!" Axel and Vince yelled.
"It's ok you two," A female SPA agent said comforting them. "Well make sure your mother is safe! You can trust us the protectors of all shifters, we are SPA!"
"I tried to give you the easy way" The blond man said, raising his arm. "I guess we'll have to do it the hard way!"
"Dark vitriol!" A voice screamed in the darkness.
A huge updraft of gas blasted dozens of SPA agents into the air.
" Fist of the desert!" another voice said.
Another dozen of agents were smashed by a horde of wild scarabs that had fashioned themselves into a giant fist smashing them.
"What's going on out there?" The old man barked.
"It's Darius's crew! There here!" One of his agents responded through his holographic tablet.
"What in the hell is Darius doing…" Grant began
He looked at the blond haired human realizing what happened.
"You piece of-"
"Hahahah!" The blond haired man said picking up Axel "You don't want to speak that way in front of a child now do we?"
"Let him go!" Vincent said yelling at the blond haired man
"You son of a bitch! Let him go he's just a child." Grant said
"For now… but he could become the child that ended up dead in a misfire between the SPA and Darius's fight!" The blond haired man laughed
"Mommmy!!!!" Axel wailed squirming around in the blond haired man hands.
In no time at all Darius's henchmen had apprehended Axel's mother. With Axel as the blond haired man's hostage he had completely subdued the SPA .
"Now… it's time to put an end to this game of cat and mouse!" The blond haired man said drawing a gun to his side.
"I don't understand you told me you wanted the woman alive?" A man in a cowboy hat said handing over Axels mother.
"I don't need her alive! I only need her cells!" the man said pointing the gun.
"Mooom!!" Axel cried
"Ughhh get away you worthless brat! The blond man said, throwing him to the cowboy.
"Please Baron… I beg of you… Just leave my children alone!" Axel's mother cried
"I tried to reason with you! I did but you kept resisting !" Baron pointed the gun at Axels mother.
"Waittt! Please… not in front of the baby the baby!" She cried.
"BAronnn! YOU Bastard!!!!" A coloumn of red flames exploded into the air as Vincent screamed at the blond man.
"IF YOU DARE LAY ONE FINGER ON-" Vincet was incapacated by a blow from old man with a pipe.
"Im sorry Vince…" the old man said.
"I'm afraid we're all out of time," Baron said, aiming the pistol. "With the SPA involved now, this will get tied up into a bunch of litigation, I'll never get my hands on you now… Alive that is!"
"Axel… Vincent…" His mother said sobbing… "Im sorry"
"What were you saying earlier again?" Baron said raising the pistol "Oh yeah! Live! and let die!"
"Axel…." His mother muttered as the light from her eyes slowly started to fade.
"HERRRAA!!!!!!!!" Vincent yelled.
Axel's mother fell to the ground, as the last of her life faded away into a pool of blood.
Axel's face flooded with tears. He finally understood what he had blocked out from his past so long ago. He ran out to his mother embracing her as she fell to the ground only to find his hands penetrate straight through her like he was a ghost!
"Mother!" he cried as the child version of him helplessly squirmed in the Gilles arms.
As he cried his mother looked up towards him directly into his eyes.
"Do not cry my child, I'm leaving you but… you are never alone the light of the father shines brightly within you…. It will guide you to where you truly belong."
And just like, that she was gone. The light faded from her eyes as she became limp.
"Move the body out of my sights" The blond man ordered dropping.
"We have no further business here," Darius's men said, getting into their hovercycle.
"Gille?" Colonel grant said, confused as cowboy let Axel go.
"Our work here is done" Gille said, spitting on the ground. "I dont like humans any more than you do, but orders are orders."
Finally a pair of gold doors appeared behind Axel leading to the outside world.
As they moved his mother's corpse into a vehicle he followed them into it never taking his eyes of her.
"I KNOW!" Axel screamed at the old man "I know…" "I just… want to say goodbye… that's all." He said touching his mother's face with his holographic hands.
"Mom…. I… still miss you…. To think this is how I lost you…. It was all my fault… I didn't listen… I'm sorry mom I really am!"
As Axel sobbed over her, his mother's corpse began to resonate in white light. As he cried he felt a hand reach out and touch him.
"It was my fault…" She said. "We should have never trusted the humans… we should have never came to this place…"
"Axel, I don't have much time, you will listen to your mother now, yeh? You are old enough to do that yeh?"
"Yes mother…." He said drying his eyes. "What is it?"
"I'm proud of who you have become, you've had a very hard life but now it's time for you to awaken your light."
"Go now into that light, your friend is waiting for you yeh?" She said.
"Mom….. I don't want to leave."
His mother's light slowly began to fade
"Silly boy I'm always with you even now…Now become the Super hero you always wanted to be" She said as the light went back into Axel's pendant.
Closing his eyes Axel said his final goodbyes and made it back outside to the last set of doors.
"What about the children?" The humans said to the Baron.
"He… hell if I care, leave them… IF they become a problem we know who to call." He said taking his exit.
"That man!" Axel said gripping his fist.
"he's the one who killed my mother! Him and those men that worked for Darius!!" Axel said defiantly.
As Axel came through the doors he landed back at the table with the old man.
"So… now you know the truth" The old man said.
" I knew all along I just wanted to forget, I've been depressed for so long and now I know why."
"So what now?"
"Now I save that kid! Nothing changes, I'm going to find this Darius guy, defeat him and make him tell me where that man is!"
"And what will you do when you find out? Are you going to walk the path of revenge?"
"I…. I don't know…. But one things for sure, I'm going to find that man and make him answer for the crime of killing my mother!"
"Enough of that for now! Your friend needs you!" The old man said.
""Thanks for everything I'm sure we'll see each other again." Axel said warmly.
"Oh yeah...I was wondering," Axel said. "Why did you come to help me all this way?"
"I was led here by the same light your mother was." The old man said. "When I had lost all hope… I followed that light here. I was just doing my best to pay you back" The old man said gracefully bowing.
"But…. I don't even know you… I haven't done anything for you!" Axel exclaimed.
"Not yet…" The old man said standing back up "But in time, that will change, as will you.I only hope when that time comes you'll be smiling as are now!"
"Hehe Of course! You're welcome in my mind anytime old man! Just who are you anyway! Do you have a name?"
"My name is Matteo" The old man smiled "Matteo the Magistar"
"Matteo Huh?" Axel said scratching his chin. "Thanks for everything Matteo."
And without another word Axel burst through the last door back into the outside