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“Who is this?”

“It’s me, Glacier,” she said. “You have something that belongs to me.”

“We won the rights to that reality engine in that tournament.”

“Your government violated the treaty when they brought the reality engine to Earth.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You don’t know? I’ll send you a copy.”

“We’re bringing the reality engine back to Oberon anyway.”

“Really? Thanks. But since your country broke the treaty, you have to give up the reality engine.”

“What are you going to do if I refuse to give it to you?”

“We’ll commandeer your ship.”

Angel walked into the reality engine control room, while she kept Glacier on the phone.

“You shot my ship,” Angel said. “You could have destroyed the reality engine.”

“The reality engine has a defence mechanism,” Glacier said. “By the way, don’t bother trying to escape, because I have your ship in a tractor beam. Also, you can’t time travel either. You can turn back time to get out of this predicament, but we’ll find you sooner or later and you know it. So what are you going to do Angel?”

Angel thought for a moment and she realized that Glacier was right.

“I’ll call you back in a minute,” Angel said.

Angel hung up the phone and she stopped time once again.

“That will give us about two hours to come up with a plan,” Angel said. “Like I said, if we stop time for too long, it will break.”

Angel, Shelly, and the rest of The Crew spent the next two hours (from their perspective) coming up with a plan.

Angel set time back to normal and she called Glacier back.

“I’ll make you a deal,” Angel said. “We challenge you to a tournament. It will be my crew against eight members of the Kratos Army. The winning team will get the reality engine.”

Glacier laughed. “You’ve got to be shitting me,” she said.
“Well, you’re right. The Libertas government broke the treaty. But I’m not just going to surrender the reality engine. I think this tournament is a peaceful compromise.”

“Okay, but where will this tournament take place?”

“We can go back to Terra. Most of their planet is unoccupied.”

“Okay, you have yourself a deal. The tournament will start tomorrow.”

Angel hung up the phone.

“So, we agreed to challenge the Kratos Army to a tournament,” Angel said. “But I’ve never explained the rules. Each team must have an equal number of competitors. It is a single-elimination tournament. Every match is one-on-one. Interference is not allowed. Do not use weapons or powers. Also, do not kick your opponent while they’re down. You win a match either by incapacitating your opponent, or if he or she gives up. Each team will have a captain. Any questions?”

“How can we be sure nobody will interfere in the tournament, like the local government, or the Libertas Army?” Shelly asked.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen. But it’s a risk we’ll have to take.”

The following day, The Crew, and the Kratos Army soldiers landed on a deserted island on planet Terra.

“Who will you pick to fight first?” Glacier asked.

“I’m not the team captain,” Angel said. “Shelly is.”

“What do you mean, I’m the team captain?” Shelly asked.

“Shelly, you were meant to be a leader. Trust me.”

Shelly looked at her team.

“Do you really think I can do this?” Shelly asked.

“I think I speak for all of us when I say yes,” Steve said.

“Thanks, guys. Allison, since you’re a fifth-degree black belt, you will fight first.”

“Clarence, I want you to fight this one,” Glacier said.

Clarence was about five-foot-eleven, while Allison was five-foot-six.

“The bigger they are, the harder they’ll land on their asses,” Allison said.

“Let’s get this over with, Little Girl,” Clarence said.


Allison gave Clarence a round-house kick to his ribs. Allison then tried attacking Clarence with a 3-hit combo: a punch to the stomach, a jab to the face, and a right-hook to the head. But Clarence blocked each hit. All the while, he did not hit Allison back.
“You’re not even trying,” Allison said.

“I don’t want to hurt you,” Clarence said. “But if you insist.”

Clarence tried to punch Allison, but she dodged the attack. Allison counteracted with a spinning back kick, but her kick was only strong enough to push Clarence back three feet. Clarence charged at Allison, knocking her flat on her back. He got back up on his feet, while Allison struggled to get up.

“This is why I didn’t want to fight you,” Clarence said. “Face facts, men are stronger than women. I just proved this. There are a few exceptions, but in general, men are stronger than women. That’s why men and women should not fight each other.”

Angered by his comment, Allison punched Clarence in the face as hard as she could, knocking him to the ground.

“I guess I’m one of the exceptions,” Allison said.

“In that case, I’m done going easy on you,” Clarence said.

Clarence kept throwing punches. Allison managed to block most of them. But Clarence managed to land a few good punches of his own. Eventually, Clarence went from fighting Allison to beating her up. It reached the point where Michael charged at Clarence, knocking him to the ground.

“That redhead and her boyfriend are both disqualified,” Glacier said.

“I forgot to tell you,” Angel said. “When one competitor interferes on behalf of another, both are disqualified.”

“Choose your next fighter,” Glacier said.

“We need to attend to Allison’s injuries first,” Shelly said.

“You can still send somebody to fight while you treat the girl’s injuries.”

“Shelly, send me to fight,” Angel said. “I’ve been trained for this.”

“Alright,” Shelly said. “My next fighter is Angel!”

“If Angel’s gonna fight, then she’ll fight me,” Glacier said.

“How do I know you won’t use your powers?” Angel asked.

“This is an unsanctioned tournament. We can make whatever rules we want.”

“Okay, then I’ll send Alex to fight,” Shelly said.

Glacier looked at Alex. “Let me guess,” she said. “You’re of those kids who can warp reality. Well, I’m half-goddess and half-mortal. Your powers won’t be enough to defeat me.”
Alex closed his eyes.

“It would probably be easier if you fight with your eyes opened,” Glacier said.

“I’m just imagining what it would be like if you’ve never existed,” Alex said.

“That’s so cute that you think your powers will work on me.”

“Then why are you fading away?”

Glacier looked at her hands.

“Shit!” Glacier said. That was the last thing she said before she faded away.

“It looks like we won’t have to worry about her ever again,” Alex said.

“Alex,” Angel said. “Do you have any idea what you have done?”

“I got rid of a goddess,” Alex said.

“Right. You’re more powerful that I thought. But I’m worried how this will effect the timeline.”

“Let’s find out.”

The Crew headed back to the ship, but the reality engine wasn’t there.

“It looks you’ve changed the timeline,” Angel said.

“Okay, I’ll just go outside and imagine Glacier back into existence,” Alex said.

Alex and Angel left the ship. But a severe thunder-storm occurred.

“I better make this quick,” Alex said.

“I’d say,” Angel said. “That’s not a storm. That’s a time rift. Usually when people alter the past, nobody notices. But erasing Glacier from existence must have caused a rift.”

“I used my powers to alter the past. The reality engine was never invented. I’m not bringing Glacier back.”

“This could break time and space. Time may never be linear ever again. Nobody knows what could happen.”

“That’s a risk I’m willing to take.”
Alex altered the past by erasing the Glacier from existence. Some things were different, but others were the same.

It was the year 2013, Steve decided to look for a job. However, his father, Larry disapproved.

“Why would want to work for?” Larry asked. “You’ll only be working a few shifts a week Besides, it’s not like you’ll be able to keep a job.”

Every time Steve stood up for himself, Larry locked his son out of the house for a few hours.
“I’m going to write some resumes,” Steve said.

Things were about to get worse for Steve. When he entered his room, he saw a security camera on the ceiling. Steve was furious at that point. However, he had managed to calmly walk back downstairs. Steve entered the living room, where his mother was sitting in front of the computer.

“Why is there a security camera in my room?” Steve asked.

“Because it’s my house,” Martha said. “I can do what I want. There’s one in Emily’s room too.”

“Do you have any idea how creepy that is?”

Martha slammed both of her fists on the desk.

“If you don’t like it here, then move the fuck out!” Martha screamed.

“Alright, I will!” Steve said.

“No, you fucking won’t!”

Larry stormed into the living room.

“What the fuck is going on here?” Larry asked.

“Steve don’t like that I have security cameras in this house, so he wants to move out,” Martha said.

“Let him move out,” Larry said. “Steve is eighteen, we can’t stop him from moving out. But I’ll tell ya one thing. You’ll never live in a house or an apartment. You can either live on the streets or live with us.”

“I’ll get a job and save up to move out.”


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