One thing before we begin. Time in ReBoot is measured differently
than in the User's World. There are many different time scales, but the
one I use is Julia-Cat's, with the addition of the cycle. Here is what
Mainframe Time User Time
1 nanosecond = 1 second
1 microsecond = 1 minute
1 millisecond = 1 hour
1 second = 1 day
1 cycle = 1 week
1 minute = 1 month
1 hour = 1 year
For now, use this chart only for translating Mainframe time and User
Guardians of Videoland
Jo Ann awoke to the sound of a vid-window. She sat up in bed,
half-covered in her bedsheets to answer the thin, floating,
"Yeah?" Jo Ann yawned, still half-asleep. She rubbed her eyes,
to clear them. Her short, brown hair was disheveled, and her pajamas
"Jo Ann Montgomery, User Guardian One: Report to the Principal
immediately! You are late for target practice!" Matrix's angry voice
shouted, waking her up all the way.
"Uh, oh," she gulped, throwing off the covers and getting out of
"Sorry, Matrix! I'll be right there!" Mainframe Survival Rule Number
Never, ever, make Matrix mad!
"You'd better!" the huge, green warrior warned. Jo Ann closed the
"Reboot!" Jo Ann said, tapping her icon. In a green wash of
her pajamas were changed into her Guardian uniform. She grabbed an
drink from her refrigerater and hurriedly drank it down.
"Pixal; Come!" she commanded. A keytool with a jeweled screen
Jo Ann at her command. It settled on Jo Ann's left silver bracer.
I'd better make a portal, Jo Ann thought. The sooner I get
the sooner Matrix will forget how mad he is. Matrix was really a kind
patient teacher. The green warrior --Dot's younger brother, Enzo--
forget his anger almost as soon as she arrived. He, Bob, and Wild Card
were always good to her.
Jo Ann let her thoughts drift to Wild Card for a microsecond. The
golden-haired bounty hunter was Bob's twin brother and one of Jo Ann's
teachers. He was also Jo Ann's boyfriend. Wild Card always had a
kind word, a kiss, or a hug for the User Guardian.
Or a bouquet of prism blossoms. Jo Ann looked over at Wild Card's
latest gift, a bunch of crystaline roses in a tall, golden vase. She
glanced at the door that led to the guest room. Wild Card's room.
He would be at the Principle Office already, waiting for her with
Matrix. Bob was probably there, too. Of course, Dot Matrix would be
there. She was the COMMAND.COM, or mayor, of Mainframe. Phong would be
there, as well, assisting them with his advice.
Jo Ann remembered that her teachers were waiting for her, and
a portal to take her straight to the PO. A gleaming, silver globe,
six-feet all around, appeared in the apartment in Kit's Sector. Jo Ann
entered the portal, followed by a chrome-coated wolf.
A Captain N/ReBoot Crossover
By: Jo Ann Montgomery
A siren wailed in the Palace of Power. Kevin, Princess Lana, Mega
Man, Simon Belmont, Kid Icarus, Duke --Kevin's dog-- and Game Boy
answer the call.
Waiting for them in the control room was their guests for the
Princess Zelda and her boyfriend, Link.
"What's happening, Zelda?" Lana asked as she and the N-Team ran
"Security has been breached!" the elf princess cried. "We have an
intruder in the throne room!"
"Let's go!" Kevin replied, unholstering his Zapper. He ran back
the door, heading for Lana's throne room. The others quickly followed.
"Where are we, Moonsong?" Jo Ann asked the wolf, bewildered. She
looked all around the room. There were many marble columns, beautiful,
rich tapestries and carpets. Paintings of people in royal clothes and
crowns hung on the walls. Huge, round lights flashed on and off at
points in the walls. At one end, on a huge dais, was a gold and marble
I do not know, Jo Ann, Moonwolf answered in her mind. He
around, trying to pick up a familiar scent. Except for Jo Ann and
there was none.
"Wherever we are, we are sure not in Mainframe any more." Jo Ann
scratched the wolf behind the ears, pondering what their next move
"Freeze!" commanded a voice from the door opposite the throne.
Moonsong growled as he and Jo Ann whirled to face the source of that
Standing in the doorway was a brown-haired youth of about
He carried a formidable-looking gun in his hand, aiming at her and
"State your name and business!" commanded another voice. This one
belonged to a brown-haired girl of about the same age as the youth. She
wore a tiara on her head and held a long staff with a ball on top.
"I am Jo Ann Montgomery, User Guardian One of System Mainframe.
is Moonsong, my personal totem," Jo Ann replied, stoking the wolf's fur
keep him from attacking. "Who are you?"
"I am Princess Lana, acting ruler of Videoland. This is Captain N:
the Game Master," the brown-haired girl replied.
Now, Jo Ann and the wolf was being surrounded by several more of
palace's defenders. There was a small, green robot that aimed an arm
cannon at them; a blond-haired man in goggles, a backpack, and carring a
whip; a tan dog with a patch of brown fur at one eye and a red bandana
around its neck; a red-haired boy, hovering in the air with angel wings,
and aiming an arrow; A large , rectangler box-like computer with a
face; and two elves. One elf was a blond female, who, like Lana, wore a
tiara. Like the flying boy, the elf-girl aimed an arrow at Jo Ann and
Moonsong. The other elf was male, and about the same age as the
He carried a shield with a red cross on the front, and an elaborate
Kevin and the others took a good, long look at their captive. She
definately human, with brown eyes and short, brown hair. She wore a
that consisted of a red jumpsuit, metalic gold shoulder and knee pads,
black, calf-high boots, and a pair of silver bracers. Around her waist
a belt of white squares, set in gold. A white oval, also set in gold,
the belt's buckle. On her left bracer was a stange, box-like device
diamond screen and a small microphone. Over her left breast was a shiny
disk, the top half of which was gold, while the bottom half was black.
the gold half, pointing upwards, was a black triangle, and on the black
half was a gold triangle. The two triangles, together, formed a
A badge of some kind?
"What is your business in Videoland?" Princess Lana asked again.
feared that this stranger may work for Mother Brain.
"I got lost. I was trying to reach the Principle Office in
and I portaled here by mistake." Videoland? Princess Lana? Kevin
--Captain N: the Game Master? And all the others. Why did they look so
familiar to Jo Ann? As if they had been part of a half-forgotten past?
"Where is this 'Mainframe'?" Lana asked.
"That's hard to explain. Where is this 'Videoland'?" Jo Ann
"It's in another dimension. The only way to get here is the
Warp Zone. Or, at least, it was the only way to get here."
"Now, you tell us: Where is this 'Mainframe'?" Kevin asked, his
still aimed at the intruders.
"Answer this first: Are you Users or sprites?"
"What?" they exclaimed in unison, not understanding what she said.
"What are you talking about?" Lana asked. "What are Users and what
"I know what sprites are," the elf-boy spoke up. "They are tiny,
magical people with insect wings."
"Not in Mainframe, they're not," Jo Ann replied.
"What are sprites in Mainframe, then?" the elf-girl asked.
"They are human-like people with skin and hair colors from
in the spectrem. They are also called data sprites."
"'Data sprites'? Like inside a computer?" Kevin asked. Jo Ann
"You are from inside a computer?" Lana asked. Again, Jo Ann
Lana, Kevin, and the others looked at her, the wolf, and at one
another in shock. Jo Ann was from inside a computer?
Meanwhile, in Mainframe, Matrix, Bob, Wild Card, and the rest were
worried about their student.
"Where is she?" Matrix fumed. "She's never been this late
"You did vid-window her, didn't you?" Wild Card asked.
"Over a millisecond ago! She should have been here by now!"
"Calm down, Matrix!" Bob cried. "I'm sure she's okay."
"Then where is she?"
"She may have tried to portal here, and ended up somewhere else,"
"Dot's right, sugah," Mouse added. "Ya know how unpredictable Jo
Ann's portals are. She may even be in the Super Computer."
"We had better get to her apartment and check it out. Jo Ann may
be lost in the Web!" Bob shuddered, remembering his own experiences in
that wild, untamed place.
"Let's go, then!" Wild Card said. The golden-haired bounty hunter
worried about his woman.
Bob formed a portal, and Matrix, Wild Card, Mouse, AndrAIa, Ray,
himself stepped through.
Back in Videoland, the N-Team stared in disbelief at their
"She's obviously lying, your cuteness!" said Simon. Through the
course of the encounter, Jo Ann and Moonsong had learned all of their
names. The blond man was Simon Belmont, vampire hunter. The little
was Mega Man. The winged boy was Kid Icarus. The dog was Duke, and he
belonged to Kevin. The strange computer was Game Boy. The elves were
Princess Zelda and Link.
"I'm telling the truth!" Jo Ann insisted.
"Prove it!" challenged Link.
"I don't know how!"
"Tell us who you really are and what you are really doing here!"
commanded. The weapons were aimed more threatingly at Jo Ann and
"I've already told you!"
"Pshaw!" scoffed Simon. "Her cuteness doesn't believe a word of
"Nothing more to say, then," Jo Ann replied in a calmer voice.
told you the truth as I know it and I have no way in the Net that I can
prove it to you."
"Pixal; Laser!" Jo Ann suddenly commanded. The device on her wrist
morphed, changing itself into a pistol. With sure, precise aiming
to her by Matrix, himself-- Jo Ann fired seven times. Six weapons flew
of their owners' hands without hurting the people holding them. The
disabled Mega Man's blaster cannon. They stared at her in shock. Duke
Game Boy backed away, suddenly very wary of this woman and her wolf.
"Listen to me!" she commanded, with authority that they had yet to
have heard from her. "I've told you the truth. I came here by accident
from the system of Mainframe, inside a computer. I got lost. I mean
no harm, but I will defend myself and my friend. Now, you can believe
story I have told you, or not. It doesn't really matter. I just want
They stared at each other, neither side wanting to give in to the
other. Jo Ann wondered if they would ever see Mainframe again.
Back in Mainframe, Bob, Matrix, Wild Card, and the others arrived
Jo Ann and Wild Card's apartment. There, they found the last traces of
"Surfer, do you think you can track her through this portal?"
"Sure thing, mate," the Web Surfer replied. Pooling their powers,
and Ray recreated the portal. The rescue team stepped through, hoping
reach Jo Ann and Moonsong in time.
In Videoland, the N-Team watched as a silver ball formed behind Jo
and Moonsong. They stared in open-mouthed amazement as several people
stepped out of it. A tall, green man with short, dark-green hair was
first. Following him was a blue man with gold-chrome hair. Both of
men were carring large guns. Behind them came a yellow-skinned man in a
surfer's wetsuit and wearing goggles. Then came two women: An
orange-skinned, aqua-haired warrior carring a trident, and a
purple-skinned, sword-weilding amazon with glowing, neon-red hair.
all came another man. He was as blue-skinned as the golden-haired one,
had steel-gray hair and was clothed in chrome body armor. Closer
inspection of his face revealed that he was identical to the other
"These people botherin' you, darlin'?" the golden-haired man asked.
He and the others flanked the woman and the wolf, forming a protective
shield around them.
"Why no, Wild Card, they aren't bothering me at all," Jo Ann
To the N-Team she said. "You wanted proof that I was telling the truth?
Here it is!" She gestured with her arms at the sprites around her.
"You? Lie? HA!" laughed Matrix. "When the Web freezes over,
Suddenly, the Palace of Power was rocked by an explosion. Matrix
carefully looked out the window to see what was happening. He sensed
the disturbance wasn't an earthquake.
"There's an army out there. And a big brain in a huge jar is
and...oh, User! It has a face!"
"Mother Brain!" gasped Kevin.
"It's our enemyicus!" said Kid Icarus.
"She's the most evil character in all of Videoland!" Simon added.
now, the N-Team had retrieved their weapons, but decided against using
against Jo Ann and her friends.
"I know we got off to a bad start," Lana pleaded. "But if you and
your friends are what you say you are --Guardians-- won't you please
"Come on, guys," Jo Ann smiled. "You know, as well as I do, that
can't go against our programing."
"She's right," Bob smiled back.
"Let's do it!" Matrix grinned and readied Gun.
"You youngins goin' ta help, or are we goin' to fight ya'll's
for ya," Mouse asked. The N-Team answered by joining the Mainframe
Matrix was the first to return fire.
"Gun! Command Line! Multiple target acquisition!" Small, red
crosshairs shot out from the gun's muzzle, attaching themselves onto
several of Mother Brain's soldiers. Jo Ann and the Mainframers knew
was coming next.
"Gun! Command Line! Full delete! Fire!" Laser blasts shot from
hitting all who wore the red targets. The enemy soldiers winked out of
"Fall back! Fall back!" cried Mother Brain.
"Yes, my Main Brain!" a fat, blue man wearing a boxing outfit and a
tiny crown on his pointed head cried.
"Will that get rid of them?" Bob asked.
"No," Lana said, saddly. "They will regroup and attack again."
During the lull in battle, the Mainframers and the N-Team got to
each other. There was a slight misunderstanding when Kevin was
as Captain N: the Game Master.
"Game Master?!?" Matrix snarled, his golden eye turning red with
anger. "You're a gamer?"
"Easy, Matrix," Jo Ann said, trying to calm him. She knew how
Matrix's anger was. "They don't know."
"Know what?" Kevin asked.
"In Mainframe, sometimes the User inputs a computer game. The game
comes down as a huge, purple cube. Sprites and binomes caught in the
must 'Reboot' into a game character and try to defeat the User. If the
sprites and binomes win, nothing happens and everything is okay. If the
User wins," Jo Ann eyed Kevin and the others carefully, "the sprites
binomes that are trapped inside the game become nullified. The sector
where the game landed is destroyed and those trapped in the game turn
little slugs called nulls."
The N-Team gasped and looked at one another, and then the
"AndrAIa, Frisket and I can survive the games by living in game
mode," continued Matrix. "But that's because Mouse hacked into my icon
AndrAIa's icon and merged the properties of the two so that AndrAIa
go into the games."
The N-Team now looked at the aqua-haired young woman. She smiled
"AndrAIa is a game sprite that escaped her game by downloading a
of herself onto Matrix's icon when they were both just kids," Bob said.
"Until Mouse hacked into their icons, if AndrAIa went into a game, then,
win or lose, she would have left with the game."
The N-Team pondered this information. All this sudden knowledge
games and sprites and binomes and nulls was something to think about.
Lana looked at Ray. There seemed to be something she wanted to
him. Finally, she got up enough courage to ask.
"Mr. Tracer..."she began.
"Ray, your highness," the Web Surfer smiled.
"And it's Lana," she smiled back. "Is what Jo Ann says true?
you open portals to other worlds?"
"Aye, Lana. Both me friend, Bob, and I can do so. Why do you
"I was wondering if you could open a certain warp zone for me."
told the Mainframers all about her father, King Charles, being trapped
the Mirror Warp by Mother Brain.
"We could try," Bob smiled.
"Aye. We could, mate," agreed Ray. "An' even if we can't, then
least tried. That's better than not tryin' at all."
"But let's wait until after the battle," Bob suggested.
Once again, Mother Brain's troops attacked the Palace.
"We need an army!" Wild Card said, at last.
"We've got an army!" Matrix grinned.
"Turbo!" Jo Ann grinned back, understanding.
"Pixal! Vid-window!" the keytool transformed into a flat, square,
win-dow. It hovered in front of Jo Ann.
"User Guardian One calling Turbo. Come in, Turbo!"
"Turbo, Prime Guardian, here! What do ya need, User Guardian One?"
The N-Team saw a large, sea-green sprite with a blond crew-cut looking
of the vid-window.
"In a word: HELP!" The Mainframers could not help but grin at Jo
Ann's words. Their User Guardian was never one to overuse words in a
"We need you and the Guardian Collective," Bob added.
"On our way!" Turbo closed the vid-window. In seconds (User
huge portal formed over Mother Brain and her army. From out of the
came hundreds of Guardians, all following a big, sea-green man in a blue
uniform and gold bracers. Between the Guardians, the Mainframers, and
N-Team, Mother Brain and her army was routed, fleeing back to Metroid.
Turbo and the Guardians left the way they came, through the silver
globe. Bob and Ray began their luck at retrieving Lana's father.
From out of the silver portal that stemmed from Bob and Ray's
combined powers, an old man in kings' robes and a golden crown appeared.
"Father!" Lana cried, running to the old king and hugging him.
"Little Princess! It's so good to see you again!" King Charles
hugged her back. Then he got a good look at Bob, Ray, and the
"Who are these people?" he asked.
"These are our friends from Mainframe, your majasty," Kevin
explained. He introduced everyone to the king.
"And Bob and Ray openned the warp zone and freed you," Lana
"Then it is you I must thank for freeing me. And all of you
defending my kingdom."
"We're happy that we could help, your majasty," Bob smiled. "But
now, we must be getting back to Mainframe. We have our own world to
defend. And our original mission here was to retrieve our lost friend."
Bob smiled at Jo Ann, who was in Wild Card's arms.
Now, the Mainframers and the N-Team said their good-byes.
"Think about what we told you earlier, Kevin," Bob requested as
shook hands with the young hero.
"We will. Although, once you're hooked, it's hard to stop."
"Don't I know it!" Matrix grinned.
"We began as strangers, nearly turned into enemies, joined forces
allies, and, now, we part as friends. All in the same day, too!" Jo Ann
smiled. She shook hands with Zelda and Link. Then, she looked at Mega
Man. "I hope I didn't damage your cannon permanently, Mega Man."
"Don't worry, Jo Ann," the little, green robot smiled. "Mouse and
AndrAIa fixed me up as good as new." He shared a hand-clasp with the
"We'd better go. Maybe we'll see you again sometime," Bob said,
and Ray recreated the portal. All the Mainframers left through the
with Bob and Ray bringing up the rear in order to close it afterwards.
"Happy journy, friends!" The N-Team called after them. Then, the
silver ball shrank and disappeared.
"Look!" cried Link. Everyone looked to where the elf-youth was
pointing. On the wall was the outline of a stylized mouse. It did not
take a genius to figure out that the little drawing was the calling
Back in Mainframe, in Jo Ann's apartment, Matrix was discussing the
missed target practice.
"But I had targeting practice today!" Jo Ann complained. "Kevin
told you that I shot their weapons out of their hands and disabled Mega
Man's arm cannon!"
"Yeah, but you still missed target practice with me! I want
the Principle Office tomorrow morning - on time! We'll make up what you
"Wrong, Matrix," Bob said. "She's with me tomorrow. We have
practice controlling her portals, or she'll disappear into another
dimension. You can have the second after tomorrow."
"Wait-a-nano...I have Jo Ann that second, remember?" Wild Card
"She has to make up today's lesson!"
"We need to help her control her portals first. Do you want to
"TWEEET!" Mouse put her pinkies in her mouth and whistled. Bob,
Matrix, and Wild Card stopped arguing and looked over at her.
"You three can argue all ya want over who gets Jo Ann when. But
somewhere else, will ya? The poor girl's trying to sleep!" The hacker
jerked a thumb back over her shoulder. When Bob, Matrix, and Wild Card
looked behind Mouse, they saw that Jo Ann had fallen on her bed and was
fast asleep. One-by-one, her friends quietly left the apartment. Wild
Card remained behind. He went over to Jo Ann and tucked her into bed.
kissed her lightly on the lips, then went to his own room to settle in