Note: I do not own Mortal Kombat, etc, etc. I make no money from this and besides I'm broke. This is the sequel to my Mortal Kombat: Conquest fanfic and pretty much takes place in the late 20th century.
Update: Many of you may have already seen this on two other sites. The reason for posting it here is that my muse has taken an extended vacation and I'm starting to get worried he'll never return. Hopefully someone will read this and send him back home.
`Damn,'the god of wind thought as he painfully knelt down before the altars of the Elder Gods. `Who would have thought that the Lin Kuei had such a warrior in this day and age?'
As Fujin though this, the ruined temple faded and was replaced with a marble lined room covered with murals of nature from throughout the realms. The altar of Air was replaced by the Elder God of that element. Fujin suppressed a flinch of pain, but one not of his injuries but of memory. For some reason the memory of his father, Enlil the former Elder God of Air crossed his mind. How long has it been since Enlil's and Benten-San's deaths?
''Lord Fujin, ``the Elder God of Air spoke in a stern voice, ``You have failed in your duties as one of the four guardians of the Temple of the Elements. A mortal warrior defeated you and has handed over the medallion to the sorcerer Quan Chi. What have you to say?''
The wind god hung his head down in shame as he replied, ``There is nothing to say, I have failed and await Your punishment.''
The Elder God stared silently for a few moments and then said, ``We understand that the shields that locked in the medallion's power, also limited your and your fellow guardian's powers. You will not be punished but you will need to redeem yourself. Normally, I would give you the required task but another has requested your services.''
As the Elder God of Air spoke, the altar of Time faded to be replaced by Kronos. Air continued, ``I have agreed. Before you can returned to your place among the gods of Earthrealm you must complete the task He will set for you.''
The Elder God of Air then vanished, to leave an uncomfortable silence between Fujin and the Elder God of Time. Kronos sighed and said, ``You might as well rise, there is no point having your knees go numb in a false show of respect.''
Fujin stood up and tried his best not to glare at the Elder God of Time. Over five hundred years ago, it was this Elder God that same as sent Rayden's soulbond to her death. What was worse, he had ordered Fujin to ensure that the woman would go. Not a day has passed since that Fujin hasn't thought of that day or blamed himself and the Elder God for Althea's death.
''You might want to know, that Rayden has already taken it upon himself to send that same warrior into the Neatherrealm to reclaim what was stolen, ``said Kronos.
''That's impossible, ``said Fujin without thinking, ``Rayden has been suffering from the broken soulbond since...''
''True, but it seems that he has had a miraculous recovery, ``said Kronos trying his hardest not to let his own relief show, ``Actually, its your brother's recovery that brings me to this task I wish you to perform.''
Kronos could almost see--as the mortals would say--the tiny wheels spinning in the deity's head as Fujin tried to guess what Kronos was hinting at. The Elder God continued, ``I need for you to locate a certain person and return her to Earthrealm.''
Next time on Mortal Kombat: Echoes of the Past
A loud crackling sound of electricity came from the back seat and a voice said, ``I'm hurt.''
The SUV swerved causing the other cars on the highway to blare their horns as they moved to avoid hitting the vehicle. ``Damn it, Rayden!'' yelled Johnny.
Chapter One: New School and Old Friends
''Flight 726 from China now arriving at Gate 6, ``the airport intercom announced. An overly handsome man pulled down his sunglasses slightly and the put them back in place as he stood up. As he walked towards the gate, he sighed when he overheard two women talking.
''Is that Johnny Cage?'' one asked in a loud whisper. The other responded, ``Nah...No way we see a star like him in the airport lobby.''
A small smile appeared on Johnny's face. After dieing last year, his stardom didn't seem as important as it once did. Wealth and fame were great, but being able to breath fresh air (or not so fresh air, it was LA after all) was so much better. Stopping near customs, he waited until he saw a familiar face. ``Liu!'' he yelled. Liu Kang turned and waved as he dropped his bag so that the customs agent could go through it.
Eventually, the two men were in Johnny's SUV and were braving LA's infamous highway traffic. ``Sooooo, ``said Johnny, ``The old man finally agreed to the new school?''
''Yeah, ``Liu answered, ``It took long enough, but latest visit from the Chinese government convinced him it was best since he didn't know how long the temple would be allowed to remain open.''
Johnny laughed slightly and said, ``Just gonna warn you, if you insist on enforcing the religious teachings you're not going to get many students here in the good old US of A. There are a lot of people wanting to learn martial arts, but not many who are up for becoming a monk or nun.''
Leaning back into the car seat, Liu sighed and rubbed his tired eyes. ``I don't mine, ``he finally said, ``If they want religious teachings great if not no problem. Actually, I could do with a little less religion and fewer gods myself.''
A loud crackling sound of electricity came from the back seat as a voice said, ``I'm hurt.''
The SUV swerved causing the other cars on the highway to blare their horns as they moved to avoid hitting the vehicle. ``Damn it, Rayden!'' yelled Johnny.
With laughter in his voice, the thundergod said, ``Sorry.''
Leaning forward and placing his face in his hand, Liu Kang asked, ``What are you doing here?''
''Just thought I'd drop in, besides, ``answered Rayden, ``someone has to keep an eye on you guys.''
''Please don't tell me, he's going be a regular at the school,'' begged Johnny to Liu.
''I hope not, ``the monk mumbled.
The thundergod in question, ignored their comments as he looked behind them and said, ``Hmmmm, you are aware you're being followed?''
''What? ``Liu said as he turned around in the seat to look back. Following them was a dark green hummer with the words `U.S. Army' painted in white. Due to the windshield's reflection, it was impossible to see who was driving.
Looking in the rearview mirror, Johnny smiled and said, ``Hey, looks like they made it after all.''
Suddenly, Rayden vanished and then the hummer swerved sharply nearly slamming in the car in the neighboring lane.
Later that day, the two cars were parked outside a huge ranch-style building. The two guys stepped out of the SUV as a blonde woman did the same from the hummer. ``It's not much, ``said Johnny, ``but it has everything you asked for and a few things you might have forgotten.''
''It looks big enough, ``said Liu.
''So this is going to be the new school, ``the blonde in military fatigues asked.
''Thinking about it, ``said Liu, ``Where's Jax?''
''With only me and him officially being in the Special Force's new Outerworld Investigations Agency, one of us had to say in D.C. to keep the politicians happy,''said Sonya and then shrugged, ``So we flipped a coin and he lost.''
Johnny laughed slightly and then said, ``Ok, time for the grand tour.'' He then walked up to the door and unlocked it.
(A Couple of Hours Later )
''....and this is what I believe was the big seller, ``said Johnny as he open the double door, revealing a huge room. Hardwood floors, large mirrors lining one wall, and covered exercise equipment showed what this room was for. ``The guy who owned this place last was an exercise guru and had converted this ball room into a gym. There's even a spa, hot tub and swimming pool outback.''
Sonya coughed as she pulled off a protective sheet off of one of the bench presses.
''You might want to replace most of this stuff, ``warned Johnny, ``Most of it hasn't been used in years.''
Rayden watched from the rafters as the three chosen left to check out the rest of the grounds. The thundergod tried to shake off the feeling of da233;ja224; vu. With sad eyes, he hoped that this school would have better luck than...'Don't think about it, `he thought to himself, `This is a different place and time than when Kung Lao attempted to create his school. Modern communication and transportation almost ensure more and better students will show up.''
A small wave a pain went through him at the memory of one particular student of Kung Lao's crossed his mind. The thundergod then vanished with a flash of light.
As they headed back to their cars, Johnny asked, ``So Sonya...you going be staying here?''
The blonde leaned against the hummer with her arms crossed, ``Depends. It would be easier for me to set up an office here since I will want all if not most OIA agents to train here, but...the higher ups may not like it.''
''Why?'' said Johnny, but it was Liu Kang that answered, ``Because I was born and raised in communist China.''
''That's crazy, ``said Johnny, ``You've saved the world more than once. They should be begging you to train their people.''
''Look we know that, ``said Sonya, ``But these are the same people that didn't even believe there was an Outworld until an army of Shokan appeared on the front steps of the White House.''
Liu shrugged and then said, ``Look, its no big deal. The OIA agents can always come here for lessons during their off time. With your backing, Johnny, the school will open with or without government funding.''
Sonya sighed and then said, ``With that in mind....Let's see what needs to be done to make this place secure.''
[Kneeling before is own throne] Kahn spoke, ``Greetings....Father.''
Chapter Two: Old Foes and a Ride Home
Shao Kahn, Emperor of Outworld and Conquer of Realms sat on his iron and bone throne fuming. The sounds of tortured victims did nothing to sooth his rage. A year ago, the plan to finally capture Earthrealm that took centuries to create failed. The great and mighty forces of Outworld, humbled by a handful of mortal warriors and traitors...not only was the best chance of finally acquiring that cursed realm destroyed, he had also lost his hold on the realm of Edenia. Even now that bitch queen and her daughter were no doubt scheming to gather their scattered race. The emperor growled under his breath as he slowly gripped the skull he had in his hand tighter and tighter...until it shattered.
The normally static, shadow priests fidgeted slightly with unease. Not from their master's anger, but due to something in the air. Someone of great power and malice was approaching. Shao Kahn himself finally sensed the same thing and quickly stood up. ``Leave, ``he ordered and his minions quickly moved to follow his command. After a few seconds of silence, he stepped down from his throne, moved to the side and knelt down on one knee. Looking down, the emperor saw blood red trimmed, black robes pass by. Khan heard steps as He walked up to the throne and sat down. Looking up, Khan saw his master's pale, blue tinged face. Long black hair with gray streaks held in place with a thin blood red band and dark, bloodshot eyes showed no emotion as He looked down at the kneeling emperor.
Kahn spoke, ``Greetings...Father.''
''Tell me, why is Rayden still alive and Earthrealm in existence? ``Shinnok asked in a cold voice.
''Ahhh...chooo!'' A cloud of dust rose from behind a small mountain of books and scrolls.
The Royal Librarian smiled at the site and sound. For years now, the strange woman has gone over the ancient text searching for a possible way to return to her homeland. The librarian placed the tray he was carrying on a small table. Sitting down on a comfortable chair, he proceeded to pour himself a cup of tea.
Another loud sneeze sounded and nearly caused a poorly balanced stack of books to collapse. Shaking his head slightly, the librarian sighed and then said, ``Would you care for some tea, Althea?''
A dust covered woman rose from behind the books and stretched. Winching at the sound of popping joints, she replied, ``Sounds good. I could use a small break.''
She dusted herself off as she walked out from behind the desk. As he poured her a cup, he couldn't help but once again noticed what marked her as not being of this world: Yellow hair, bluish-green eyes and her pale skin. Where his people normally had black hair, black eyes and tanned skin. Sitting down, she gratefully took the cup of tea and took a sip.
''There has been another....request by the royal heir for your hand, ``said the librarian with a raised eyebrow.
Althea groaned and said, ``When will he understand. I already have someone I care deeply about and have no interest in him. Besides I don't belong here.''
Sighing, the librarian asked, ``Have you considered the possibility the way may not exist?''
''Oh there's a way, ``said Althea, ``If I can't find my own way, I know how to get the attention of those that can get me home.''
''Let's just say those who live in this realm and would be able to get me home are one's that might prefer I didn't even exist, ``Althea answered with a grim half-smile.
A cloaked figure walked through the silent city. Coming upon a public bench, he sat down with an audible sigh. When he pulled back his hood, long white hair pulled back into a pony tail revealed that he too was not of this realm. ``This is getting hopeless,'' Fujin said out loud to the night sky, ``How the hell do I find one woman who could be anywhere in any realm if I don't even have full use of my powers? She could be in the building right next to me and I wouldn't sense her.''
Earthrealm's God of Wind let his head fall back as the thought, `At least this realm makes sense. If I ever visit Chaosrealm again it will be too soon.' Calorna, Chaosrealm, Dreano, Orderrealm...For seven years he has searched the realms, but not even a clue to where she was. It would have been easier if Rayden was here. Even without his powers, he would have been able to sense Althea's presence. All he would have to do was step out of a portal for a few seconds to determine if she was on that realm or not, if she was just walk in her general direction. However, the Elder God chose Fujin for this task and had forbidden him from even telling his brother. After hearing the stories, he could understand why. Unable to fulfill his duties for over five hundred years, Rayden `recovered' just in time. His chosen won the critical tournament and fought off an Outworld invasion. There was no way this could have been done, if Rayden was distracted. Fujin closed his eyes, and breathed in the night air for a few peaceful seconds trying to think what to do next.
''Careful, you don't want to strain yourself, ``said a woman's voice.
Fujin opened one eye and saw a white haired woman sitting next to him. She was wearing black baggy pants, gray shirt and a black leather vest, basically the same thing he was wearing under the cloak only in different colors. Her hair was pulled back into a pony tail, like his own hair, and crystal blue humor filled eyes blinked at him, over a dark scarf. ``Its been so long since you actually used your brain, ``she continued, ``you might end up pulling something if you think too much.''
Fujin groaned, ``What is that suppose to mean?''
The woman shrugged, pulled up legs up under herself and looked around as if bored. Fujin sat back up and just stared at her for a few moments, waiting. Finally he had to ask, ``What are you doing here?''
''Same as always, ``she said, ``Trying to make sure certain events happen and others don't happen.''
Something clicked and Fujin looked closer at the strange woman to ask, ``Is me finding Althea one of those events that is suppose to happen?''
''Nooooo, ``she said and after seeing Fujin's dismay added, ``She's suppose to find you.''
''Thanks for the tea, ``Althea said as she got up and walked towards the desk, ``Think I'll take a walk and get some fresh air. Need to clear out the dust and cobwebs from my brain.''
The librarian nodded and said, ``Very well, just be careful. A lone woman walking around the city in the middle of the night...''
''I know, ``Althea smiled as she reached down behind the desk to pull out a harness and two sheathed swords attached to it. She slid her arms into the harness and buckled it place. After making sure the swords could be pulled out easily, she said, ``See ya later.''
After stepping out of the Royal Library, Althea took a deep breath of clean night air. She then started walking down the road. `Seven years, `she thought, `Seven years since I showed up in this realm. I wonder if the others even remember me?' She kicked a small pebble out of the way and continued to think to herself, `I don't even know if they are still alive. Hell, I don't even know for sure they have even been born yet. That was a time-rip that sent me here, no doubt about it. But those were supposed to be impossible only a theory kicked around by senile time-mages. Then again, how many mages take into account a battle between a group that consisted of a god, godslayer, werewolf and crimelord against a monster possessed by a rogue dragon spirit, taking place within spitting distance of a temple considered important by Elder Gods? Maybe what was in that temple reacted with my newly awakened time-gift? Who knows, but anything the Elder Gods consider important enough to take notice when someone tries to take it can't be good.'
After walking for a few more minutes, trying to clear her mind, she suddenly stopped and looked around. Althea would occasionally sense the local gods as they looked over or visited the realm, but this wasn't someone local but still familiar...''Fujin!'' she whispered.
Fujin was mentally kicking himself. All that time wasted! He should have remembered that Althea could sense the presence of gods and other beings of power if they weren't trying to hide themselves. All he had to do was sit still in a realm for a few days without hiding who he is. He was under orders from the Elder Gods; no local deity was going to gainsay his right to be there. Instead of a year or more in a realm, sneaking around and searching, he could have waited a few days to a week for her to sense him. She's smart and a mage, she would have found someway to either contact or get to him.
''I am an IDIOT!'' Fujin yelled.
''You just figure that out? I could have told you that a looooong time ago.''
Fujin jumped up from the bench and turned around to see Althea grinning with unshed tears in her eyes. She said, ``It's been a long time. Please tell me you're my ride home.''
(Later at the Library)
''So you're telling me I've been gone...''Althea started but had to look away without completing the thought. After finding him, Althea took Fujin back to the library where they could talk and she could collect her things. Has she gathered her notes and some clothes from the small room that was hers, he told her of what has happened since she `died.' Her bag packed and sitting at the small table in the library, they were waiting for the librarian to show up so she could say good-bye. After hours of listening to Fujin's story, Althea knew things were worse than she ever thought. ``So Rayden thinks I'm dead?'' she said.
Sadly Fujin answered, ``Yes, he was seriously out of it until recently.''
''Then do you really think it's a good idea for me to go back?''
Shocked Fujin said, ``What! Of course I do.''
''Think about it, ``said Althea in a quiet voice, ``He's just recovered from centuries of mourning. I'm mortal, if anything should happen to me again...''
Fujin covered her hand with his own, looking her straight in the eyes said, ``I know for a fact that it's best that you return to Earthrealm. An Elder God sent me to bring you back. Rayden still misses you and it was that messed up bond thing that caused him to lose it. Whether you return or not, if something like that happens he will feel it. No matter how far away you are. If he wasn't so busy lately, he would have figured out you were back. You do want to see him again?''
Althea exclaimed, ``Of course I do! It's just...''
''Hello, ``Fujin said with a smile, ``Weren't you listening? He still cares for you.''
''Who still cares, ``demanded a powerful male voice, ``And who are you?''
''Oh no...''groaned Althea and she placed her face in her hand.
Fujin stood and gave a slight bow, ``I am known as Fujin, and you are?''
''Prince Leandes, ``growled the dark skinned man, ``What business do you have with my intended?''
Raising an eyebrow in Althea's direction, the wind god asked, ``You're intended?''
''Look, ``Althea stood and looked the prince directly in the eyes, ``I said NO and I meant it. How difficult is it to get it through that thick skull of yours. I have absolutely no interest in you.''
Fujin cover his mouth to keep from laughing out loud but his shoulders shook. It seems that Althea has acquired an admirer, a stubborn one at that.
''Lord Leandes, there you are, ``said the librarian as he walked in. Seeing Althea glaring at the prince and the prince doing the same at a strange white haired man, he said, ``Oh my...''
''Fujin, ``said Althea, ``where and how fast can you open a portal?''
''Here and a few seconds, but since it will take a moment to close behind us it would be best if no one follows us, ``Fujin answered with a smile.
''You are not going anywhere, ``the prince ordered as he grabbed the woman's arm.
'Oh oh, `Fujin thought.
''Oh really, ``Althea growled and for the first time since she arrived in this realm, she allowed her eyes to flare up in light blue flame. She raised her free arm and engulfed her hand in the same light blue flame, ``I suggest you release me...now.''
The prince released her arm and slowly backed away. Both Leandes and the Royal Librarian stared in shock at the woman's fiery display.
''Already on it, ``said the wind god with a grin, ``Hope you don't mind if we stop off somewhere first. I was told to take you to meet Kronos before taking you to Earth.''
''No problem, ``she answered as she picked up her satchel and the harness, ``I have a few choice words for him anyway.''
Next Time on Mortal Kombat: Echoes of the Past
''None from what I've seen, ``came a man's voice.
Sonya and Liu turned to see a dark haired man wearing a blue T-shirt and dark pants with a red scar crossing over his right eye standing in the doorway.
Chapter Three: Attack from the Shadows
Behind a movie studio Johnny sat, yelling into his cell phone, ``Look, you said you and your people were going to be there this morning at nine am. What do I find out? No one showed. If you can't keep to your contract, I'll find someone who can!'' Slamming the cell phone onto a small table, the actor tried to calm down. A go-fer hesitantly handed him a cold bottle of water, which Johnny happily guzzled down. It's been a real pain getting the ranch house in order. All that it needed was to be clean out and the security updated, but no. The idiots that were hired to help clean out the place didn't even bother to show. There was no way Liu and Sonya would be able to do it alone and here he was stuck on the set. The phone rang, and with a sigh Johnny picked it up, ``Yeah...I know, I know. Just got off the phone with them.''
From behind a scene panel of a stormy New York skyline, Rayden walked out and took a donut from the snack table. He munched on it as he watched Johnny talk on the phone. ``Gotta go, ``said Johnny seeing the thundergod, ``A friend of ours showed up...yeah that's him.'' He turned off the phone with a sigh and asked, ``Any chance of putting the fear of a god into some workmen?''
Dusting off his hands as he sat down in the chair next to Johnny, Rayden smiled and then said, ``I could...but it wouldn't help. Trust me.''
''Just an idea, ``said Johnny, ``So what brings you here?''
Rayden shrugged and said, ``Just had a feeling you wanted to talk.''
Johnny looked away for a few seconds and then said, ``Yeah, but now is not a good time.''
Rayden counted off silently in his head, `5...4...3...2....''
''Why was I brought back? Why can't I remember...being dead? All I know is one moment I'm surrounded by Outworld monsters and the next I'm in the morgue scaring the crap out of a mortician.''
An understanding look crossed Rayden's face. He knew this was coming; he was just surprised it took so long. ``Let's just say there is a combination of reasons for your resurrection. Just remember, it's an extremely rare person that is brought back as you were with the blessings of the Elder Gods. As for not remembering...how much of the afterlife do you really want to know while you are alive and breathing?''
Another gofer walked up and after checking out the gray haired man in white and blue, said, ``They're calling you on the set Mr. Cage.''
Johnny stood up with his trademark grin and said, ``Nice talking with you, Rayden, but gotta go.''
Rayden waved as Johnny walked off and then vanished.
(Ranch House )
''What did he say?'' asked Liu as Sonya hung up the phone, ``And what did it have to do with Rayden?''
Sonya moved the phone out of the way so they could continue cleaning the den/library. ``He's already talked to the cleaning company and Rayden showed up as we were talking.''
Liu shook his head slightly and then continued going through the books on the shelves. Most of which was ending up in the box to be taken away. Whoever owned this place previously, must have bought the books for looks rather than content.
''At least the new security system is up, ``said Sonya, ``Although what good it will do against the type of people we deal with I have no idea.''
''None from what I've seen, ``came a man's voice.
Sonya and Liu turned to see a dark haired man wearing a blue T-shirt and dark pants with a red scar crossing over his right eye standing in the doorway. He wore a dark blue shirt with black pants.
''Sub-Zero, ``said Liu Kang without emotion, ``What brings you here?''
''I heard you were planning to open a school and was curious, ``said the former assassin.
''You thinking of staying around?'' asked Sonya.
''No, it would be unwise, ``Sub-Zero answered, ``There is still those of the old Lin Kuei that seek my life. Perhaps when and if they are taken care of...'' He shrugs.
''Well, ``said Liu a little warmer, ``You're welcomed here anytime. Who knows, maybe we'll make you one of the instructors.''
Sub-Zero blinked and just stared at the monk.
''Ooookay, ``said Sonya sensing the temperature in the room go down a few degrees, ``While you guys talk, I'll go see if there is anything else we can do while waiting for the cleaning crew.''
A pair of solid black warriors with gray glowing eyes knelt down before Shinnok. Their eyes revealing nothing but total obedience to their lord and master, as they each held up a dark red sack. The fallen Elder God took one of the sacks and opened it. ``Ah...I remember this one, ``he said as he pulled out a head from the sack, ``a minor fertility god I believe.'' Then carelessly threw the head over his shoulder and took the other sack. Opening it a cruel smile crossed his place as he said, ``Now this is a prize indeed.'' Shinnok took out the head from the sack as he walked over to a small shrine like table on which two heads were already placed. One with red hair and the other with hair so black it had blue streaks. He then pulled out and placed a bald head next to them. ``God of Fire'' he said as he fondly stroked the red hair and then went to the dark haired one, ``God of Water,'' and then almost jokingly taped the newest one's scalp, ``and now the God of Stone all that is left of the guardians is that idiot God of Wind. You may go.'' He waved his hand nonchalantly and the two warriors vanished.
''How long do you think it will take for the other gods to notice?'' asked Shao Kahn as he entered the room.
''Not long, but long enough, ``said Shinnok not bothering to even look at his youngest son, ``When that happens, I will deal with it. Your only concern is keeping Outworld and regaining Edenia. Leave Earthrealm to me.''
Kahn gave a slight bow and left the room. Once out of earshot, he growled and slammed his fist in to the wall making a sizable hole.
''Master, ``said Reiko, ``Is there nothing we can do?''
The Emperor's eyes flashed angrily at his most loyal warrior and said, ``Not at the moment, but...'' Kahn calmed down as a thought crossed his mind. ``Yes, ``he said, ``There just might be something. Follow me.'' The Emperor of Outworld then walked purposely down the hallway with his minion following.
(Rest Stop )
As the sun started to set, a blue with black trim motorcycle pulled into a rest stop and parked. The rider removed his helmet to reveal the scarred face of the Lin Kuei warrior, Sub-Zero. Dismounting the bike, he walked over to one of the picnic tables to sit down. He couldn't believe the monk's offer to stay with them and teach. The last thing he needed to do was stay in one place for too long or have friends which could be used against him. Smoke may no longer be a threat, but there was Sektor and Cyrax to worry about. Sub-Zero stretched out his legs and looked up into the night sky to watch the stars come out, thinking of what to do next.
Instinct kicked in and screamed ``MOVE!'' Sub-Zero then rolled off the table and purposely fell to the ground. Rolling away and then to stand up, he heard a ``Get over here!'' as a rope like creature flew at him. Without thinking, he sent a wave of absolute zero to the thing freezing it instantly. Sub-Zero looked towards where it came from as the `rope' hit the ground and shattered. He didn't see anyone, but then felt a powerful, burning kick from behind. Hitting the ground again, he rolled to get out the way and back up to his feet.
'Damn, 'he thought as he saw the familiar black and yellow leather armor.
''You are letting your guard down, ``came the voice as if from the grave.
Sub-Zero didn't bother with a response outside of pulling off his shirt, revealing a well defined and muscular torso. He examined the back of the shirt to fine that there was little damage and that it was nothing a good washing couldn't fix.
''Why didn't you join them at the school?'' the specter asked.
That surprised Sub-Zero more than Scorpion's `attack.' ``What do you mean?'' He asked as he pulled the shirt back on.
However, Scorpion was no longer there to answer.
( Temple of the Elder Gods )
''What are you doing?'' Althea asked as Fujin knelt down in what appeared to be some old ruins.
''Requesting an audience with the Elder Gods, ``Fujin responded seriously.
Althea just looked at the wind god for a few seconds, fighting the urge to yell out ``Hello, anyone home?!'' Instead, she took a deep breath and knelt down as well.
As if that was the cue, the room started to change and Althea nearly forgot to breathe as she watched the transformation. The ruin seemed to melt as it was replaced by a marble lined room with frescos of nature. `Now this was some major magic, `she thought. Then she noticed the appearance of the Elder God of Time, Kronos. He was as she remembered him from that one meeting, but he seemed tired.
''You may stand, ``the Elder God said with a small smile. Once the god and godslayer were standing, he continued, ``You have done well, Lord Fujin. You have redeemed yourself and your office among the gods of Earthrealm has been restored to you.''
Fujin bowed and then Kronos centered his attention on Althea, ``You are both a bother and a welcomed sight, Godslayer Althea.''
'At least he's honest,' Althea thought trying not to grin. For some reason she just could not get serious about this meeting.
''I am renewing the offer of you being allowed to declare Earthrealm as your home. Do you accept or decline?'' Kronos spoke in a voice that clearly stated she had to make the choice now.
Without hesitation, the woman answered, ``I accept and wish to declare Earth as my homerealm.''
''Done, ``said the Elder God with something sounding like relief in his voice. This sounded the alarms in Althea head, alarms that rang even louder when Kronos `requested' that Fujin leave for a few moments. Once Fujin left, Althea spoke up, ``Ok, what's wrong?''
Kronos raised an eyebrow and said, ``You are aware that using such a tone when addressing an Elder God could mean a fate worse than death.''
''You're the one who wanted to see me, ``said Althea, ``Although I am grateful to you for sending Fujin to find me.''
The Elder God nodded and then asked, ``Rayden did tell you of the responsibilities and duties you take on by declaring Earth your home?''
''Yes, ``said the woman trying to figure out where the Elder God was leading to, ``He also told me it would be unlikely for me to be called upon for more than protecting the realm, which I would have done anyway.''
''Normally, that is correct, ``said Kronos, ``However....recent events may have changed that. The temple you sacrificed yourself to protect has been broken into and Earthrealm endangered by Outworld not once but twice. Now...'' Kronos shook his head and if changing his mind about something. He then asked, ``What has Rayden told you of his past?''
The sudden change in topic struck Althea as odd and really got the alarms going. ``Not much, I figured that when he was ready we could talk about it, but then again we never really got much of a chance did we.''
Kronos smiled and then said, ``In that case you will have a good reason to stay close to him and him you.''
''Rayden is in danger, isn't he.'' Althea said bluntly.
''Perhaps, ``said Kronos, ``It's too early to tell, all I can say is for you to keep an eye on him and Fujin as well if possible.''
''Things must be bad, ``said Althea, ``You're asking a godslayer to watch over gods. Mind telling me what's going on?''
The Elder God remained silent.
Athea felt her temper rise as she said, ``How the hell do you expect me to `protect' Rayden if I don't even know from what? What is it with gods and secrets?''
( Ranch House )
''You okay Rayden?'' asked Liu Kang seeing the thundergod rubbing his head.
''Huh? Oh, nothing to worry about, ``Rayden answered, hiding his concern behind his dark eyes. `Where did that sudden flare up of anger come from?' he thought.
The three chosen and the thundergod sat around an outside wooden table, taking in the cool night air. Johnny then asked, ``So Sonya, any news from Jax?''
''No, and in a sense that's good news. That means no one is really against this project, ``said Sonya, ``It will take time, until then...''
''We make do, ``finished Liu Kang.
Rayden wasn't even listening to the conversation. He kept looking towards some brush on the other side of the yard. Something wasn't right.
''You sure you okay, Rayden? No offense, but you seem distracted even for you.'' asked Johnny.
''I'm fine, ``said Rayden turning to answer Johnny. He suddenly fell to the ground, a grabbing his shoulder. As he fell his friends could see what appeared to be a crossbow bolt sticking out from the back of his shoulder. Liu and Sonya knocked the table over as Johnny dragged the thundergod behind it. Rayden tried to get up, but was pushed back down by the actor. The thundergod then hissed with pain, ``We need to get inside.''
''Tell us something we don't know, ``said Sonya as she pulled out a small pistol from her boot. Seeing Liu glaring at the gun, she said, ``Lecture me later about the no guns rule.''
Another bolt sliced through the table and hit the ground with a thud, right next to Rayden. ``I don't think that table is going to do the job guys, ``said Johnny.
Aiming in the general direction of where the bolts were coming from, Sonya fired and then said, ``You two get him inside, and I'll cover you.''
''What about you?'' demanded Johnny.
''Guys, ``said Liu as he stared in the direction of the building, ``We got more company.''
The others looked and saw two `men' dressed in black with gray glowing eyes. Once carried a heavy, curved sword and the other another crossbow. The one with the crossbow took aim.
( Temple of the Elder Gods )
Outside of the ruins, Fujin asked, ``What was that all about?''
''To be honest, I'm not really sure. Perhaps...''Althea said and then fell to her knee, grabbing her should as she cried out in pain.
''What's wrong?'' asked Fujin kneeling next to her. Through clenched teeth, she answered, ``Rayden's hurt. Get me to him, now!''
Picking up her bag and then holding on to her arm, he nodded. The wind started to blow around them, hiding them from anyone who might see. Once the wind died down and the dust settled, they were gone.
(Ranch House )
Sonya turned to fire at the new threat. She hit the one with the crossbow knocking him back slightly; causing the bolt he was firing to miss. Aside from that, the bullet didn't seem affect him.
Johnny and Liu then attacked, the actor knocking the crossbow out the hands of one attacker and Liu circled the other trying to avoid the curved sword. Sonya tried to help Rayden to his feet, knowing that there was at least one other out there. ``Hurry up you over rated bug zapper, ``she yelled, ``We need to get you inside.''
Rayden shook his head, ``Don't worry about me, its not as bad as it looks.''
''Don't give me that, ``said Sonya as she tried to partially carry Rayden towards the house, ``You're a god! How the hell can you be hurt like this in the first place?''
Rayden winched as they suddenly turned at the sound of metal on metal, to see two swords just inches from them. One curved and the other straighter blocking its deadly arc to their backs. ``I don't think so, ``said Althea eyes flashing, ``Get him inside, I'll deal with this.''
Knowing now was not the time to ask questions, Sonya attempted to do just that but Rayden was rooted to the spot. ``Thea?'' he whispered with disbelief. All though of his injury and the fight was momentarily gone, all that he could think was that she was there and alive. How?
Pulling out the mate of the sword she already held, she stood ready to attack or defend, waiting for the assassin's next move. The figure's eyes flashed briefly and then he vanished as if evaporating. ``Okay, that wasn't what I was expecting?'' she said and then looked towards the others. The ones that the two men were fighting moments ago were also gone.
Liu and Johnny turned to see the strange woman, not sure what to make of her. Just then a man with gray hair in a pony tail walked out from the brush. He yelled, ``The other one is gone too. Guess they didn't want a fair fight.''
''Fujin?'' asked Rayden and he would have said something more, but the pain combined with blood loss nearly knocked him out. Sonya could barely hold him up. Althea then grabbed her own shoulder and fell to one knee. She hissed, ``Damn shields they're not working.''
Liu then helped Sonya with Rayden, and then ordered, ``Everyone inside!''
''You too, Fujin!'' Althea said, eyes flickering as Johnny helped her up, ``If you dare leave now, I swear I'll hunt you down and make you mortal for a week!''
Next time on Mortal Kombat: Echoes of the Past:
''So...what's your connection with Rayden?'' asked Johnny. Althea smiled and gave the movie star a `Do-you-really-want-to-know' look.
Author : Preferred Customer
Creation date: 2007-4-22-20-27
Modification date: 2007-4-22-20-44
This is the sequel to my Mortal Kombat: Conquest fanfic and pretty much takes place in the late 20th century. Many of you may have already seen this on two other sites. The reason for posting it here is to encourage my muse to return.
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Has SZ and Scorpion, my 2 favorite characters.
Lol, a ranch house for teaching????? lol
Not yet finished eh(not a problem)
Does this follow MK4 or after MKA(movie one)
Overall: 4/5 DP, good start.