Welcome to another exciting installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! This is an alternate universe story with one key difference that shifts the entire narrative in an interesting way. You should get caught up on our canonical adventures here first!
It was all Meta could perceive. It was all around her, blocking out all her senses. It was a strange feeling, to say the least. One unlike anything the hacker had experienced … and she had seen some weird things over the past few months, that was for sure.
This darkness was strange, otherworldly almost. Like a dream.
Slowly, Meta opened her eyes to find herself lying in the Helix’s med bay. Surveying the room, she could see the ship’s medical bot standing by, and Doctor Armstrong was seated in a chair up against the wall.
“What happened?” Meta asked, causing the doctor to snap to a state of alertness.
“You are awake,” the aging Alliance scientist noted.
“How observant of you,” Meta said dryly as she sat herself up and swung her legs over the side of the edge of the medical table.
Ignoring the hacker’s comment, Armstrong summoned the crew to the med bay. “How are you feeling?” he then asked, turning back to Meta.
Meta sighed. “Did you get it out?” she asked. That was the only thing that mattered at the moment.
“All the dangerous parts, yes,” the doctor answered. “We couldn’t remove some of the actual hardware, but the explosives were disabled and removed.”
“If you don’t mind, I would like a video log of the whole procedure to review later,” Meta said as Shandra, Dmitri, and Arlon entered the room. “Particularly the part when I was asleep.”
“I believe that can be arranged,” Armstrong replied. “The video feed you were viewing during the procedure should be logged.”
“Good,” was all Meta said in response.
“So, what are we gonna do with her?” Arlon asked, glancing over at Shandra and Dmitri.
“If it’s all the same to you, I’d like to stay with you guys,” Meta spoke up, looking over at the two members of the Helix crew. “Given what I’ve seen, you’re a pretty competent lot, and I seems to be a mutual target.”
“Well then, welcome aboard,” Shandra said, extending her hand. Meta firmly gripped it, returning the gesture with pride.
“Alright, listen up,” Arlon said, glancing around at his compatriots gathered around the holotable in the Corsair’s war room. Only his lieutenants and a few other trusted members of the Red Suns were present, along with the remaining members of the Helix crew, including their newest member, Meta. “Our true enemy has been revealed,” the mercenary continued. “If you thought Mr. Silver was bad …” Arlon trailed off as he pressed a button on the table. A choppy video feed of the fight against Mr. Silver’s abomination on the station began to play. “Think again. By now, most of you have seen this … thing in action, but this is only the beginning. This monster is but the first of many.”
“There’s more of them?” Carmen, one of the Red Suns’ toughest fighters, asked incredulously.
“A lot more,” Arlon answered. “Mr. Silver’s objective is to create a bloody army of them. While I was with the Helix crew, Matthias was busy decrypting every single file we stole from that bastard.” He glanced over at his software expert as he spoke. “That lab we swept … there’s a whole bunch more.” Arlon pressed another button and the hologram shifted to display a map of the Galaxy with dozens of marked sets of coordinates. “These are all locations where they’re creating more of these things … ‘Project Mewtwo,’ they call it.”
“Wait a minute,” Meta interrupted. “Project Mewtwo? What kind of stupid name is that?”
“Don’t ask me, luv,” Arlon replied. “I certainly didn’t come up with it. In any case, what Mr. Silver’s scientists chose to call this thing is irrelevant. All that matters is that we take these other labs out of commission before we have more of these bastards flying around the Galaxy.”
“Well, then what are we waiting for?” Kiril asked. “Let’s blow them up.”
“That’s the idea, mate. We need take these labs out before they make any more of these so-called Mewtwos.” Arlon folded his arms and looked around the room again. “The problem is, we still don’t know how many other labs there are … ones we don’t know about.” The Red Suns’ leader turned back to the galactic map. “These are all the locations that we know about, but our data is incomplete, so there may be even more of these facilities.”
“Couldn’t we just find out where the others are by boarding one of these ones?” Luke asked, pointing to the map.
“Judging from the data, the entire project is compartmentalized,” Matthias answered. “It looked to me like each lab didn’t even know the others existed.”
“Sounds like Mr. Silver alright,” Shandra chimed in.
“Exactly, luv,” Arlon said. “The only way to know for sure how many labs are out there would be to attack Mr. Silver with the cyber-weapon again, but the odds of success are so low it would be suicide. Taking out the labs is still the best course of action. We won’t wipe out all the Mewtwos before they’re created, but, at the very least, we’ll slow Mr. Silver’s progress and we won’t have to fight so many at once.”
“Sounds like we should mobilize our fleet right away then,” Petra said.
“I’d be inclined to agree,” Arlon told her. “But, unfortunately, these labs aren’t the only pieces on the board. There’s still the Mewtwo that’s already out there. It’s only a matter of time before it strikes. Then there’s the matter of Mr. Silver’s agent known as I, the man we encountered after fleeing the station in Sector 7. He’s a major threat … and he even convinced one of our friends to turn against us. He is also in possession of a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Aether. It would seem that it is critical to Mr. Silver’s plan, and it could be a powerful tool that we could turn to our advantage.”
“Shouldn’t we, like, call the Federation for help?” Alex spoke up. “I don’t see how we can handle this all on our own.”
“Unfortunately, we have to, luv,” Arlon told the Sinai girl. “They’ve got their hands full fighting the Supremacy. I tried speaking with Admiral Graves, but she doesn’t think Mr. Silver and these Mewtwos are a serious threat.”
“So, we’re on our own then,” Dmitri said.
“Exactly, mate,” Arlon said. “It’s going to be on us to make sure that Mr. Silver can’t see his plan through. I’ve called all our forces from across the Galaxy back here. Once the fleet is assembled, we strike and hit him right where it hurts.”
“Just how big is this fleet of yours?” Shandra asked.
The Red Suns’ leader smirked. “Oh, I think you’ll be impressed.”
“Well that was all very exciting.”
Shandra frowned at Meta, detecting heavy sarcasm in the hacker’s words. “You don’t seem very impressed,” she said.
“I’m not one for standing around talking,” Meta said. “I’d prefer we go after I now.”
Shandra sighed as the two, along with Alex and Dmitri, made their way back to the Helix, the light of Harmonia’s late afternoon sun shining down on them. “I agree with Arlon,” the blue-haired girl said. “I think it’s best to wait until we have all our forces assembled.”
“Fair enough,” Meta conceded. “But I’d rather be doing something.”
“Well, how about we get you situated somewhere on the Helix while we wait?” Shandra suggested.
“You seemed keen on the room next to my lab; perhaps we could collaborate on something? Maybe make some sort of cyber lab hacker network thing?”
“That would be great,” Meta replied as they boarded the Helix. “I would like somewhere to be in my element.”
“I think I can help you with that,” Shandra said, leading the hacker toward the empty room between her warp lab and the lab Dmitri had been working on setting up. “Your stuff’s already here, and other than that the room’s not currently in use, so it’s all yours.”
“You guys have fun,” Dmitri said before continuing down the corridor toward his own lab.
“I’ve got some things to take care of too,” Alex said before leaning in to give Shandra a kiss. “But come by my room later when you’re done, okay?” she added, giving her girlfriend a wink. “I’ve got something for you.”
“Alright, I’ll see you later,” Shandra said, giving Alex another kiss before letting her go. Smiling, she then stepped into the empty room to see Meta pulling some very advanced looking hardware out of her bag.
“These ones were, shall we call them gifts from our friend,” the hacker said, noticing the intrigued expression on Shandra’s face. “But I’ll need more than just this.” She pulled out her Pokedex and pressed a few buttons. “Here’s a list of what I need,” she said sending the list over to Shandra’s Dex.
Shandra briefly skimmed the list over, noting it contained several pieces of hardware she was familiar with, and several that she wasn’t. She also noticed that Meta had included the cyber-weapon on the list. “I’ll … see what I can find,” Shandra told the hacker. “I’m sure the Red Suns have a lot of this stuff lying around … but I’m not so sure they’ll be willing to part with the cyber-weapon.”
Meta folded her arms. “Well, if you want this to be the best cyber-warfare suite ever, you’ll get it for me.”
“Well, come on then,” Shandra told the hacker. “Let’s go ask for it.”
The sun was beginning to sink below the horizon and Shandra and Meta walked across the landing platform towards the Red Suns’ Harmonia base. Entering the building, the pair soon located Arlon. The mercenary organization’s leader was taking a call on his Pokedex, and motioned to them with his hand the he would be with them in a moment.
“I wish I could help, but my hands are full at the moment,” Arlon told whoever was on the other end of the line.
“Look, I understand this is important to you, but I’ve got bigger things to worry about right now.”
“I get it. I really do, but I just don’t have the time.”
Arlon let out a long, heavy sigh. “Alright, tell you what. Why don’t you swing by the base tomorrow morning? No promises, but I’ll see what I can do.”
“You’re welcome, luv. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have something I need to take care of.” With that, Arlon hung up and slid his Pokedex back into his pocket.
“What was that about?” Shandra asked as the Genevan mercenary approached her and her new crewmate.
“Oh, nothing important,” Arlon said. “Just a favor I owe someone, but enough about that. What can I help you ladies with?”
“Meta here is setting up a cyber-warfare suite for us on the Helix,” Shandra informed the Red Suns’ leader, casting a glance in Meta’s direction. “We were hoping you had some of the parts we need lying around here somewhere.”
“Sure, luv,” Arlon replied. “Go see Matthias in his lab aboard the Corsair. I’m sure he’ll have what you need.”
“Thanks, Arlon,” Shandra said. “There was one other thing, though.”
“We’d like to take the cyber-weapon too, if you don’t mind,” Shandra told the mercenary.
“Hmm,” Arlon said, stroking his facial scruff. “That’s a big request, but I suppose if anyone can make good use of that thing, it’s you.”
“Of course,” Meta chimed in. “I’ll have you know that I’ve already thought of three-hundred-and-six phenomenal uses for it.”
Arlon laughed. “Well that’s really something, innit? Matthias has it in his lab; tell him I said you could have it.”
“Thanks,” Shandra said, turning to leave.
“Don’t mention it, luv. Let’s hope that cyber-warfare suite you’re working on can give us an edge against I.”
Meta smirked at the Red Suns’ leader. “You can count on it.”
The sun had gone down by the time Shandra returned to the Helix. As luck would have it, the Red Suns’ hacker, Matthias, had everything Meta needed to set up her cyber-warfare suite, and he had even offered to help set it up. The two seemed to have everything under control, so Shandra excused herself to go see Alex.
She had to admit, she was quite curious as to what Alex wanted to give her. Knowing her girlfriend, it was probably going to be something sweet and sentimental. That was something Shandra really appreciated about Alex, and she was glad that she was part of her life.
Reaching the Helix’s living quarters, Shandra approached Alex’s room and knocked on the door. There was no response. “It’s me,” Shandra said, knocking on the door again a bit louder.
Moments later, the door slid open, revealing Alex standing there wearing nothing but her usual purple tank top and a pair of underwear. Her long, dark hair was down, hanging loosely around her shoulders all the way down past her waist, and looked quite disheveled. Judging by the look on her face, she had just woken up.
“Hey,” Alex said, a smile on her face. “I guess I fell asleep,” she added, laughing softly as she pulled Shandra inside.
“You look, uh, comfortable,” Shandra said. She was unsure what to make of seeing Alex in such a state of undress. Although it was likely what the girl usually slept in, processing the sight made Shandra feel strange.
“More so now that you’re here,” Alex said, pressing herself up against Shandra’s body. The short girl stood up on her toes and planted a kiss on her girlfriend’s lips.
A shiver ran down Shandra’s spine as Alex slid her delicate hands along her exposed midriff, around to her back, and up underneath her top. The two had shared moments of passion together before, but this time felt different. Looking into Alex’s big brown eyes, it was almost as if she could see a fire burning in them.
“What are you—” Shandra started to say as Alex suddenly pulled her toward her bed, but she was cut short when the Sinai girl shoved her down onto it with a surprising amount of force for someone as petite as her.
“Just go with it,” Alex said as she climbed up on top of her girlfriend. “I’ve never done this with anyone before either.”
Alex looked at Shandra with an almost mischievous twinkle in her eyes as she slid her hands along Shandra’s body. She stopped at her hips, and grabbed onto the waistband of her shorts.
Dim light shone through the darkened glass of room’s viewport as Shandra lay in bed, watching Alex sleep beside her. Although she did not require sleep herself, Shandra was content to just lie there, holding the sleeping Sinai girl in her arms. She felt such a strong bond with Alex, and after last night, it was stronger than ever. Shandra now felt connected to her girlfriend on a level she could never had imagined. She certainly knew their relationship would never be the same again
After several moments, Alex began to stir. Shandra lifted her arm, which was glowing its usual purple shade, out of the way as her lover turned over to face her. Her eyelids still heavy from sleep, Alex gazed into Shandra’s eyes with a smile on her face.
“Hey there,” the Sinai girl said softly. She moved in closer and gave Shandra a kiss, playfully biting her lower lip as she pulled away.
“Hey yourself,” Shandra said, embracing Alex. “How did you sleep?”
“Great,” Alex answered, resting her head against Shandra’s shoulder. “Because you were here with me all night. You didn’t have to stay, you know.”
Shandra smiled at her girlfriend. “I know, but I wanted to.”
Alex kissed Shandra again. “That’s why you’re the best.”
It was a cool, but thankfully sunny, morning on Harmonia as Alex and Shandra walked across the landing platform toward the Red Suns’ operations building, which was nothing more than a repurposed warehouse. The rest of their crewmates were either still asleep or busy working on their various projects, so the pair had decided to check in with Arlon.
Alex was walking with a spring in her step, holding onto Shandra’s hand, their fingers intertwined. The Sinai girl could feel the warm-yet-also-cold pulsing of her girlfriend’s mark in her hand, but she had grown more than used to the sensation by now.
“It’s so beautiful, isn’t it?” Alex asked as she gazed off at the sun rising behind the tall skyscrapers in the distance.
“Sure is,” Shandra agreed, leaning her head against Alex’s as they neared their destination.
Upon entering the building, Alex couldn’t see Arlon anywhere, but she did spot Rena, who was more or less the Red Suns’ second-in-command, directing some of the men. The Parisian woman approached Alex and Shandra when she saw them.
“Hey Rena,” Shandra greeted her.
“‘Ello girls,” Rena returned the greeting, smiling politely. “‘Ow can I ‘elp you?”
“Have you seen Arlon around?” Shandra asked.
“I am afraid ‘e is busy at ze moment,” Rena informed them. “Is zere something zat you need?”
“Oh, no. Not really,” Alex told her.
“Just thought we’d check in,” Shandra elaborated.
“Oh. Alright zen. In zat case, you are welcome to wait ‘ere. Arlon should be along in a few moments.”
Shandra nodded. “Alright. Thanks.”
Rena smiled and excused herself, leaving the two girls to wait for Arlon. She had things to take care of after all.
After a good while, the pair heard the distinct sound of Arlon’s accent. The Genevan mercenary’s voice echoed from around a row of large shipping containers, engaged in conversation with a younger female voice. Something about it sounded familiar to Alex.
A moment later, she spotted the Red Suns’ leader rounding the corner, accompanied by a girl with dyed green hair. Alex felt her heart stop as she locked eyes with the girl; her face was unmistakable. Time seemed to stand still as a look of recognition appeared on her face and she opened her mouth to speak.
“Alex, is that really you?”
Author’s Notes: We really had you going there, didn’t we? You thought we were going to kill Meta off. That was never the plan, but we’ve gone so far off the rails so fast that you thought that it was a possibility! Anything could happen at this point, so who knows which characters are safe and which ones aren’t.
There’s some stuff preserved from the canon here still, though, just with a bit of a twist. We have a cool briefing scene, which is a new take on a similar scene from Seeing Red Part 7 that happened while the Helix crew was shopping. This time, Arlon is a bit more informed on everything and wanted to make a unified plan with everyone present. You’ll also notice that this one wasn’t interrupted by a Mewtwo destroying the planet. What could that mean? Then we have Meta and Shandra getting the cyber-warfare suite going a bit earlier than in canon. Events have been pushed around a bit by the cascading of changes brought about once PCs started dying, so it just flowed to have that happen sooner, with people being a bit more trusting of Meta and all that. I ended up reusing a lot of bits of Volume 3, Chapter 9, just put together in new ways along with original material.
And that brings us to our romance scene. I guess it’s a little “dirtier” than some of the other ones we’ve seen in Spacemon, although still PG-13, but it’s what I felt made sense for Alex and Shandra at this point in time. And it makes the following scene all the more jarring for Alex. We left it on another cliffhanger, but one of the key moments you’ve all been waiting for is about to happen!
That does it for this chapter. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this chapter or what you think might happen next! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the Spacemon Appendix which is a repository of information on all the lore and characters of Spacemon, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon: Blueshift!