APOCALYPSE: A CAPTAIN N MOVIE
Saturday, June 5, 1993, 8:00 AM
It was a nice morning in Northridge, California. At Northridge High School, a lot of people were gathered for this year's graduation ceremony. A stage and a lot of chairs had been placed on the football field, and a sound system was in place. Near the front center of the stage was a podium with a microphone. In the bleachers, family and friends of the graduates-to-be were seated, waiting for the ceremony to begin. "This is it!" Cheryl said. "Our son's graduating!" She was crying happily. Ned smiled and put his right arm around her. Rick was video taping the football field with his camera. Lana, Romeo, Julius, Simon, and Kristen were also in attendance. Lana looked at the vampire hunter. "Glad you could join us, Simon!" "Wouldn't have missed it!" Simon said. He pulled his mirror out of his coat and looked at his reflection. "An opportunity to see myself in real-life! I look handsome...in a different sort of way!" Lana smiled and shook her head. "It's about to start!" Kristen said. They all watched. The graduating class walked from behind the stage to the rows of chairs. The ROTC had formed two lines, and the class walked between them. Then they had to walk between some guys that were holding swords in the air. All this was done to some nifty music courtesy of the school marching band. Finally, they reached the chairs. "Do you see him?" Cheryl asked. Ned was looking through binoculars. "Not yet." The class sat down. The school Principal walked onto the stage and up to the podium. He then proceeded to give a short speech about how he's so proud of the graduates, and how they all should be. Then various teachers and other faculty members spoke. Then the Valedictorian and Salutatorian gave their speeches. Finally, Mrs. Grould, the Chemistry teacher, walked up to the podium. "Now, will the graduating class please rise?" Mrs. Grould asked. They all stood up. "As I call your name, please come forward and receive your diploma." she said. Mike looked at Kevin with a smile. "This is it, man. We're finally graduating." Kevin smiled back at him. "Stacey Anderson." Mrs. Grould called. Stacey walked up to Mrs. Grould, who handed her her diploma and shook her hand. Then Stacey went to the Principal and shook his hand. Then Stacey returned to her friends. Stacey grinned as she showed off her diploma to Kevin and Mike. "Check it out, dudes!" Kevin and Mike smiled at her and slapped her high-fives. "Kevin Keene!" Mrs. Grould eventually called. Kevin's parents and Rick filmed him as he went up to Mrs. Grould. They shouted cheers at him. Mrs. Grould handed Kevin his diploma and shook his hand. Then Kevin walked up to the Principal. "Congratulations, Kevin!" the Principal said. Kevin was grinning. "Thank you, Mr. Stevens!" Kevin returned to the others. Stacey and Mike slapped him high-fives. "And last, but certainly not least, Michael Vincent!" Mrs. Grould called. Mike and Stacey cheered him on as he went up to get his diploma. Then Mike looked at the audience and flexed. Everyone laughed. "Of course, I look better!" Simon claimed. Mike went over and shook the Principal's hand. "Great turnaround, Mike!" Mr. Stevens said. "Glad to see you're not beating anyone up anymore!" Mike laughed, then returned to the others. "Way to go, Mikey!" Kevin said in a manly voice. He and Stacey slapped high-fives with Mike. Mr. Stevens walked up to the podium. "Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Northridge High School graduating class of 1993!" The entire audience stood up and gave a massive cheer and applause. The graduates were cheering also. They took off their hats and threw them in the air. Kevin and Stacey hugged and kissed. Then Mike and Kevin put their hands on each other's shoulders and shook each other hard. "Yeah!!!" "How 'bout it?!" Mike asked Kevin, grinning. "We've graduated high school! We're free men!" "And I still don't have my driver's license!" Kevin added with an equally big grin. The two of them burst out laughing. Now the audience was filling the football field. "Do you see him?!" Cheryl asked her husband. "No, not yet!" Ned responded, shaking his head. Suddenly, Lana pointed. "There he is!" Kevin and Stacey were kissing again. Lana went up to them, pulled Stacey away from Kevin, and kissed her boyfriend on the lips. "Congratulations, Kevin!" Lana said proudly. "Thanks!" Kevin replied. Then Kevin, Mike, and Stacey's relatives arrived, and hugs and congratulations went all around. "C'mon, guys, let's celebrate!" Ned said. Then they heard thunder, and it started to pour.
The red convertible drove through the street. It was still raining, but the roof was down nonetheless. Lana was driving. Kevin, Mike, and Stacey were sitting on top of the back seat. The three graduates were yelling and having fun. Lana pulled into the parking lot of Pete's Pizza Shack. They all got out of the car.
Kevin, Mike, Stacey, their relatives, and Kristen walked inside the Pizza Shack. Stacey's dad turned on the lights. "So, what do you guys want?" Pete asked, heading towards the kitchen. "Three large pepperoni pizzas!" Stacey said. They all took their seats at a large table. "So, what are you guys planning on doing now?" Cheryl asked. "Gonna join us in college?" Rick asked, smiling. "Actually," Kevin said, "I think we'll just hang out at home most of the time." "And in the video arcades!" Mike added. "And the mall!" Stacey chimed in. Kevin and Mike stared at her. "Hey, yeah, the arcade in the mall!" Kevin said. "Cool!" Mike agreed. Stacey shook her head. "Guys, that's not what I - " She broke off and dismissed it with a wave of her right hand. "Forget it. You guys are, like, dense!" Some water went down the wrong way as Mike chuckled while taking a sip of his drink. Stacey pointed at Mike with her right index finger. "Watch it, butt-munch!" Stacey's mom looked at Lana. "Oh, Lana, I heard you got your driver's license this Tuesday! Congratulations!" Lana smiled. "Thanks, Mrs. A! Now I just need a car." Mike smiled. "Hey, you can borrow mine!" "Thanks, Mike!" Lana said in appreciation. "Anytime!" "And we have something else to celebrate, guys!" Lana said. "It's Kristen's birthday!" "Hey, happy 21st!" Kevin said. They all applauded for her. Lana kissed Kristen on her right cheek. The hairstylist blushed. "Hey, Stacey, can you please plug in the arcade machines?" Rick asked. Stacey grinned, standing up. "Oker-dokers and chicken chokers!" Stacey ran around, plugging in all the arcade machines and flipping switches, then returned to her seat. Pete came by with three trays. "All right, guys! Three fresh-baked large pepperoni pizzas!" He carefully set them down on the table, one at a time. "Thanks, dad." Stacey said. "Thanks, Pete!" everyone else said. Pete Anderson sat down at the table. "Well, this place is supposed to be closed today, so I guess I can join you!" They all enjoyed their pizzas.
Kevin, Lana, Mike, Stacey, Rick, Romeo, Julius, Kristen, Simon, Ned, and Cheryl all walked into the school gym through the front doors. They walked around slowly, looking all over. "Wow." Kevin said. "Hard to believe this is the same building we were hiding from Wily's 'bots in back in 1990." "It is, man." Rick assured him. "And tonight, it's where the graduation party will be!" Kevin smiled. "Let's go to Videoland and relax for a while." Mike said, taking out a warp zone opener. "Good idea!" Romeo said. "I need to run and work off that pizza!" Mike opened a warp to their house in Megaland. Lana turned to Kristen. "Coming, Kristen?" Kristen smiled and nodded. "Sure!" They all went into the warp, one at a time. Just then, one of the front doors opened. Kristen's mom walked in - just in time to see her daughter step into the warp. "Kristen?" she asked. The warp closed. "What the hell is going on?"
"My first day as a free man!" Kevin exclaimed happily, walking into the N Team's house in Megaland, holding his diploma up high in both hands. The others followed him in through the front door. How does it feel, Kev?!" Mike asked him. "Awesome!!!" Kevin screamed. "Yeah!!!" Mike agreed. "All right, guys, remember, the graduation party's in the gym at seven." Cheryl said with a smile. "We'll totally be there!" Stacey said with a grin.
Lana was sitting in her bedroom, playing Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo. The door chimed. "Come in." Lana said. The door rose, and Kristen walked into the room. The door closed behind her. Lana looked at Kristen briefly before returning her eyes to the screen. "Hey, Kristen. Care for a game?" Kristen smiled. "Maybe. Right now, though, I'd like to talk to you about something." Lana paused the game and gave Kristen her full attention. "Something on your mind, Kristy?" "Yeah, I, uh,...I wanna talk about us." Lana stood up and walked over to her. "What about us?" "I - " Kristen began. "I wanna know how you feel about me." "Well, I...I like you." Lana said. "You're a great friend. You've...helped me and...cared for me when I needed it the most." She smiled. "You're one of my dearest friends." "I'm glad you think of me so highly." Kristen said. "But is that all you think of me as?" Lana sighed. "Kristen, we've been through this already. I have a boyfriend." Kristen nodded. "Yes, you do." "Kristen, what are you trying to say?" Kristen gazed at her. "I love you." Lana gazed at her. "I know." They grabbed hold of each other. Their lips met in a clash. This kiss was unlike any other they'd shared up to this point, however. Kristen slipped her tongue into Lana's mouth. Lana moaned softly and returned the favor. As their tongues continued their dance, they forgot everything around them and lost themselves in the moment.
The Videoland Club was gathered at the table in the Conference room. Kristen was with them. A video camera was recording them, saving the information directly to the house's computer system. Rick was sitting at the head of the table. In front of him was his laptop. Rick looked at his watch. "This meeting of the Videoland Club is called to order on Saturday, June 5th, 1993, at 10 AM. First, let's welcome our newest member - Kristen!" Everyone applauded for Kristen as she shook Rick's right hand. "Next, I wanna show you guys something I created." Rick opened up a CD case and took out a CD-ROM. He held it up in his right hand for everyone to see. "What is it?" Lana asked. "I present the Videoland Club CD-ROM." Rick said. "It has all of our meetings, records, and other files on it. Everything. This CD will be a backup, just in case something ever happens to the house's computer." "Great idea, Rick!" Kevin said. "Like, very good with the noggin, dude!" Stacey added. "Thanks." Rick said with a smile. He put the CD back in the case. "Hey, you know what would be great for the Club to cover?" Romeo brought up. "The 1st Annual Robot Tournament!" "Hey, yeah, I heard about that!" Rick said. "People from all over Megaland are designing and building robots and entering them in the tournament!" "It begins at noon." Romeo said. Rick nodded. "We'll be there!"
The warp opened in the school gym, and Kevin, Lana, Stacey, and Kristen exited it. The warp closed behind them. Then one of the front double doors opened, and Kristen's mom walked inside. Kevin, Lana, Stacey, and Kristen started. "Mom, hi!" Kristen said with a forced smile. "Guys, this is my mother, Carol. Um, what are you doing here?" "Waiting for you to show up." her mom replied in a tone they didn't like. "Just what is this about?" "Uh, what do you mean?" Kevin asked nervously. "Don't take me for a fool!" Carol replied. "What was that blue circle? Yeah, that's right, I saw you leave, and I heard you come in." Lana stepped forward. "You're better off not knowing." "You're better off telling me. I demand to know!" "Let's just say it's a kind of magic." Lana said, trying to end the conversation. "That's not good enough!!!" Carol screamed. "It's gonna have to be." Lana said. She heard a ring. "Excuse me." Lana walked a few feet away and answered her new cellular phone. "Hello?" she asked. "Hey, baby." the voice on the other end replied. Lana frowned. "Who is this?" "You've forgotten. I'm so disappointed. I hope I didn't damage your face too bad." Then Lana recognized him. "Anubis?" "The one and only - most likely." he answered with a laugh. "How'd you get this number?" Lana asked. "That doesn't matter." Anubis said. "I just called to say hi." "Right. Where are you?" Lana asked, turning on the warp zone opener. "Still in Indy. I'll give you the address." "Please do." Lana said, bringing up a map of Indianapolis on the small screen. After Lana got the address and entered in the coordinates, she hung up. Lana rejoined the others. "Who was on the phone?" Kevin asked. "Anubis." Lana answered in surprise. "Anubis?" Stacey asked. "You mean that asshole that killed his brother?" Lana sighed. "The one and only. I don't know how he got my number. Look, I gotta go to Indianapolis and find out what he wants." "Indianapolis?" Carol asked. "But that's in Indiana. How will you get there?" Lana held up the warp zone opener. "Magic. Guys, see to it she doesn't tell anyone." Kevin, Stacey, and Kristen nodded. Lana walked out the front double doors. She walked down the steps of the gym, checked to make sure no one was around, and opened a warp. She stepped into it.
Lana exited the warp and found herself standing in the driveway of a beautiful two-story house. She walked up to the front door and rang the bell. The door opened. Anubis was standing there. He looked pretty much the same as Lana remembered him from nearly a year ago - except he was wearing what looked like a very expensive leather jacket. He wore a neon blue star pin on his right shoulder. Anubis smiled. "Hey, Lana." Lana placed her hands on Anubis' shoulders and pushed him into the room. "What are you doing?" Anubis asked, slightly panicked. Lana backhanded Anubis with her left hand, knocking him down to the floor. He stood up. "What was that for?!" he yelled. "For murdering your brother - with my weapon no less." Lana replied angrily. "I couldn't do it with others around, but we're alone now." "I killed my brother." Anubis said. "It's no different than you killing your father." Lana didn't expect to hear that. "How do you know about that?" "Once again, it doesn't matter." Anubis said. "The point is killing is killing. Your intentions make no difference. The end result is the same." "You're completely wrong." Lana said. "There's a big difference. I killed to save a life. You killed to avenge your brother, Dorian, long after he'd died." She drew her Zapper. "This gun was used to kill two people. One was murder, the other wasn't. Guess which one was." She holstered her Zapper. "You have to live every single day with the fact that you committed one of the ugliest acts a human being is capable of." She shook her head. "I don't see how you can live with it. As for me, I don't have a guilty conscience. I try to be a good person, and the reward I got for making the right decision is the best a person can receive: the continued life of a dear friend, and his eternal gratitude and love." Anubis clapped his hands slowly. "Wonderful. Wonderful. You rehearse that?" Lana raised her left hand again. Anubis held up his hands in front of him. "No, please!" Lana lowered her hand, and Anubis lowered his hands. Lana looked around at the place. "So,...how'd you afford to buy a place like this? You used to live in an apartment." Anubis smiled. "My current employers pay me handsomely." "I assume they wouldn't have hired you if you had a criminal record attached to your resume." "I wouldn't be too sure about that." "Who do you work for?" Lana asked. "What's it to you?" Anubis asked her. "Just curious." "Fine." Anubis said. "Come with me."
Anubis led Lana down into the basement. He turned on the light. "Viola." "The...Warp Zone Shifter." Lana said. She walked down the stairs. Anubis followed her. Lana examined it, then looked at Anubis. "How'd you get it?" "Well, when I returned to the warehouse last July 4th, the cops were still there. They demanded to know what was going on. Of course, I couldn't tell them, so I shot and killed them all. Every single one of them." Lana was outraged. "Was that really necessary?!!!" "I thought it was." Anubis answered. "Bob, the guy that invented the Shifter, was scared shitless, but he made me a job offer, which I accepted." "What do you do?" Lana asked. "I...observe." "Observe what?" The control panel beeped. Lana looked at the small screen. "You have an incoming transmission." Lana told Anubis. "It's from - " "The Star Bright Project. I know." Anubis said. "I'll get it soon enough." "What's that?" Lana asked. "Is that where you work?" "None of your business." Anubis replied. Lana drew her Zapper and pointed it at Anubis, quickly walking over to him. "Listen to me, you son of a bitch, you know something, and you're not telling me! How do you know my father's dead?! I never told you! What's the Star Bright Project?! What are you doing with this Warp Zone Shifter?! Who's in charge?!" Anubis had backed away from Lana, and now his back was to a crate. He had nowhere to go. "You're not thinking of using that, are you?" Anubis half-joked. "Answer my questions!" Lana demanded. "And what if I don't? Are you gonna kill me?" "How do you know these things about me?!" Lana yelled. "Answer me!!!" "Go to Hell!" Anubis yelled at her. Lana shook her head, gritting her teeth. "I don't believe in Hell, so I'll just say - " She brought her left leg up and kneed Anubis in the balls. "Fuck you!" Anubis fell down to the cement floor, groaning and grabbing his crotch. Lana turned and fired her Zapper at the shell of the Warp Zone Shifter, damaging some vital components. Lana ran up the stairs and out of the basement. Anubis slowly got to his feet. "Damn, that girl can fight!" He staggered over to the Warp Zone Shifter to answer the transmission. He pressed a button on the control panel. "Yeah, I'm here." "You disappoint me, Runes." the male voice on the other end of the transmission said. "You know no one is to know of our work." "Yeah, man, sorry 'bout that." Anubis said. "I won't do it again." "You're damn right, you won't." the voice said. "Sorry I gotta do this, man. You were a great employee. You realize we were prepared for something like this." "Oh, man, no!" Anubis yelled.
Lana was walking down the driveway when the entire house was destroyed in a series of explosions. The Princess, startled, hit the pavement. After a while, she turned around and got up. "Anubis!" The house was nearly gone by now. Lana stared at it for a few moments. She turned to walk away when a piece of paper carried by the explosion from the house came down in front of her. "Huh?" She reached up with her left hand to touch it. She let out a yell. The paper was pretty hot. Slowly, though, Lana was able to hold the paper in both hands. She looked at it closely. "What in Videoland?" she whispered. Lana took out the warp zone opener, looked around, and opened a warp. She stepped into it.
The Videoland Club was seated at the table in the Conference room, as before. "All right, everybody set on how the tournament will be recorded?" Rick asked. Mega Man nodded. "Affirmative. I've called the TV station. They're having cameras set up to record every event." Rick nodded. "Good. All right, anything else before we end the meeting and head over to the arena?" "I'd like to bring up something." Lana said. "This doesn't have anything to do with the Club, but I think it's important."