Sunday, August 13, 2017

YOU ARE OUR FRIENDS II

Cesare grinned broadly at Zach, and he called Yann and they went off. After Benjamin and his companions left Headquarters, the four Earthlings came to Airbase 1 where some heroes were waiting to fly to Cybertron. Batman and Captain Nootra were seeing them off from a distance.

Captain Nootra: “Earth is the chosen and it breeds heroic people. I’m glad Nootra has a Friendship with them through their brave representatives Noah, Alan, Zach and Ryan.”
Batman: “Don’t put all of them in the same box Captain. These children made contact with us because of their faith and love, the same values that are the cornerstone of this city. It isn’t common to find such people, not even in Nootra.”
Captain Nootra: “It isn’t also common to hear you commend people openly like this.”

Batman: “My meeting with Alan opened my eyes to certain things. There’s something I wanted to tell you Nootra.”
Captain Nootra: “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop, stop. What got into you? The coming of these Earthlings changed you all or what? First, it was Cesare who sounded odd to me; now you want to tell me something? I won’t hear anything apart from your usual craps.”
Batman: “I just want to say you’re doing a good job. I’m proud of you Steven.”

This open appreciation from Batman thunderstruck Captain Nootra. He marvelled that Batman put aside his rigidity and recognized him to his face. He hadn’t done so in many months, ever since he too started behaving obstinately towards him. For Batman to approve him in the midst of his stubbornness was something he knew the Dark Knight came a long way to do.
A smile appeared on the face of Captain Nootra and betrayed the gladness in the heart of the man chosen by his ancestors to be the distinctive figure of their civilization, a unique civilization in the world closest to entering the third cycle of mankind’s existence - the perfection of all things. Like a little child who was happy when his father praised him, so was Captain Nootra at these words from Batman. He was thankful, and all Nootra with him, for this contact his city made with Earth.

During this time, the Earthlings were with other heroes, preparing to embark.
Noah: “Will Megatron be present at the ceremony?”
Superman: “I’m not sure kid.”
Noah: “I’m sad I couldn’t talk to him. He may be a villain but he remains one of my favourites.”
Zach: “Now Noah, everybody is your favourite; first, Denver, then Rahan, after Vegeta, and now Megatron. You’d better determine who your true favourite is.”
Noah: “I can’t. I love all of them. I love you too Optimus, and you Superman, Cyclops, I mean all of you. Of course, since you’re my heroes.”

Optimus Prime: “Thanks kid. Megatron has his own way of seeing things. We’ve been allies for some astro-hours and it’s like we changed the course of history. I’ve fought many battles yet this one was one of a kind. Though perilous, it was noble. It’s a pity Autobots and Decepticons don’t see things the same way. The Transformers would have been a dream team.”

Superman: “Cheer up little Earthling. Decepticons will fall into line one day. After all, they too are Nootrans.”
Ratchet: “You remember what the big white-haired Shinobi used to say?”
Cyclops: “Yea Ratchet. Jiraiya, the Toad Sage, prophesied that a day would come when people will get to understand each other.”
Cyclops’ words caught the Earthlings completely unawares. It dawned on them only then that some people were missing from the adventure. They all exclaimed as one.

Zach, Alan, Ryan, Noah: “Where’s Naruto?”
Skyfire took off with his passengers, Alan, Noah, Zach, Ryan, Denver, Shades, Mario, Wally, Jeremy, Son Goten and Trunks. Optimus Prime, the Autobots and other heroes went aboard Omega Supreme while Superman and the rest travelled to Cybertron through their flying abilities.

Goten: “You mean Naruto Uzumaki, the son of Namikaze?”
The Earthlings opened their eyes and mouths wide, eager to know more about him in his home dimension.
Noah: “And Ssssasuke Uchiha!”
Shades: “Hey, keep your cool. Those guys are no more extraordinary than us.”
Alan: “Are you kidding me? Son Goku and Naruto in the same world and you tell me to keep my cool?”
Zach: “Where are they? Why didn’t anyone mention them? Why didn’t they join in the battle?”
Jeremy: “One question at a time Zach.”
Mario: “There they go again in surprise mode. Does that irk anyone or does it just me? And what’s the big deal with the Konoha guys anyway?”

Noah: “Please, tell us about them. Please, please...”
Wally: “It’s OK Noah. Naruto and his friends live in Konoha, a village in the Shinobi World of planet Aegels. Aegels and its Worlds have another order different from that of Nootra. It’s the biggest planet of this galaxy and it’s found beyond Cybertron, yet a long distance away.”

Noah: “Skyfire, can you take us there after the ceremony?”
Skyfire: “You’ll need to ask J’onn first and I doubt he’ll refuse you. Remember, you’re our guests of honour today.”