The Super Babies - Part 2

The legend of the X-Babies continue! Baby Lindsay longs to join the X-Babies, especially after her parents died and she was orphaned. Eventually she got her chance, and before she knew it she faced the first foe and the first adventure she knew was coming. "An X-Baby lives to help others," Peter warns her, "not seek adventure." And even when Mr. Stupid NoHead goes his sons are still at large, as is a nearly-forgotten enemy...also, that's Lindsay on the cover.

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20. The Last NoHeads

Gosh, is this villain strong, thought Baby Intelligence as their swords clashed and spun. His own powers had usually been enough to prevail; this time, he wasn't sure.

But Mean King didn't seem so sure either. Suddenly, he jumped for the doorway. But Baby Intelligence had expected this and did the same, backflipping and bouncing off a wall before landing in front of him and blocking his path. Baby Intelligence held his sword in a block. "Why do you flee from me, coward? Do you not want to destroy me anymore?"

"Insolent fool," said Mean King, and pressed his attack. Baby Intelligence remained toe-to-toe with him, driving him back. Mean King jumped onto a desk and hit a hidden switch, causing it to rise on a giant pole. This carried him from his hideout to the spacious bench store above. But the desk moved slowly; Baby Intelligence had plenty of time to jump aboard and land beside Mean King to continue the fight.

As their duel continued between an enormous ring of benches, Mean King realized his movements were being hampered by the narrow space provided by the desk, whereas Baby Intelligence's Ataru style and small size allowed him to leap and spin around his opponent without effort. Finally, he settled for a change of pace. Mean King parried another blow, then he leaped onto a higher ground and landed precisely on a bench above.

***

Keeping his sword clutched in his hand, Baby Strength looked ahead of him. He was inside of the room with the metal pit! The room was deathly quiet, except for the steam escaping a few pipes. The only other person in this chamber of strange machinery and chemical containers was Brute Gunray. To Baby Strength's shock, no Rockets were guarding him.

"Hello, Baby Strength," said Brute Gunray. "Prepare to die." While he spoke, the escaping steam began to billow out in large clouds.

Baby Strength took a cautious step near him. "What do you want?"

"Revenge," Gunray replied. His sword remained clipped to his belt.

"Not if I have anything to say about it!" He felt completely ready to face Brute Gunray this time. He climbed up the stairs toward Gunray. Once up there, he ignited the blade. At the same moment, Gunray ignited his.

Baby Strength attacked, but with a defensive spin, Gunray parried the attack.

Using his sword to parry Baby Strength's aggressive moves, Gunray spoke calmly. "You have learned much, little one."

"You'll find I'm full of surprises!" said Baby Strength with another thrust.

With a quick flourish, Gunray deprived Baby Strength of his weapon. Baby Strength tumbled out of the way to avoid Gunray's death blow, and rolled down toward a smoking portal. In a moment, Gunray was with him.

At bladepoint, Baby Strength reached out with his powers and retrieved his weapon. Their swords crossed again.

"Baby Intelligence has taught you well," said Gunray. "Now, unleash your hatred. Only then can I be destroyed."

Baby Strength ignored him and fended off Gunray's attack, eventually leaping over an attack on his legs and landing behind his opponent.

Then he unleashed his own offense and drove Gunray back towards the edge of the platform before kicking the NoHead in the stomach. Unable to effectively counter against this assault, Gunray lost his balance on the edge of the platform and toppled off the side. Appearing to have gained the advantage, Baby Strength jumped down and followed, searching for Gunray.

Baby Strength advanced down the Core Tunnel and into the facility's processing vane. He stopped and looked around. A moment later, Brute Gunray reemerged from the shadows. The NoHead calmly raised his sword, and stood his ground, as Baby Strength advanced hastily. I will end this!

As Baby Strength and Brute Gunray faced off, Gunray noticed the observation port behind him and cut the glass, blocking a slash from Baby Strength in the process. Having never been able to anticipate it, Baby Strength was sucked out by gale-like winds that immediately filled the chamber. Brute Gunray hugged a wall, and as the winds subsided, he went to the shattered observation port and saw that Baby Strength had managed to cling onto a catwalk along the exterior of the vane, several floors below.

***

Baby Intelligence leaped after Mean King, landing on a bench below. Mean King used his telekinesis to rip benches free and hurl them at Baby Intelligence. Although Baby Intelligence could dodge most of them, they kept him at bay. And then one of them knocked him onto another bench nearby.

This game, two can play. Baby Intelligence reached out with his powers and caught the next bench. He threw it up at Mean King, who leaped out of the way just in time. This, however, forced him to negate the their ground and land on a bench lower in the ring. Baby Intelligence leaped after him, his sword ablaze. Mean King parried one blow, then another--and then jumped onto another bench. Baby Intelligence leaped after him and pressed his attack--and then Mean King hit him with another blast of lightning that knocked his sword out of his hand. The dark side pulsed as he drew more lightning to his bidding.

Baby Intelligence caught it. The blue energy built into a glowing ball in his gadget, ready to throw back at Mean King. But Mean King didn't stop. Baby Intelligence pressed his attack, and suddenly saw that Mean King was struggling to cast any more lightning. With newfound strength, Baby Intelligence threw the lightning back at Mean King, just as Mean King released the beam. The following explosion sent them both flying.

Mean King was sent tumbling head over heels to the edge of the bench, but having been at it's opposite end when the energy orb exploded, he was not blasted clear of the bench and managed to grab the edge. Baby Intelligence, however, had been standing at the very edge of the bench during the explosion, and weighed very little. As such, the blast sent him flying all the way back to the elevator-desk, situated several meters above the floor with nothing in between but empty space. Baby Intelligence struck the desk too hard to control his landing, and he rolled off the main portion to the edge where he desperately attempted to climb back up. But, exhausted and holding onto a smooth edge, Baby Intelligence lost his grip and fell to the floor.

A moment later, Mean King was on him. Baby Intelligence looked up, pretending to be dazed. I have a surprise for you...

Mean King raised his sword for the kill. "Hahaha! And thus ends the short and, somewhat unofficial career of Baby Intelligence and the S.M.S.B. Say goodbye forever!"

Just then, Baby Intelligence got to his feet and ran his sword through Mean King's waist. Mean King grunted and fell to the ground. It was his last breath.

***

Baby Strength managed to climb up onto the catwalk, and once again began looking for Brute Gunray. Eventually, he entered a small corridor where he suddenly heard a distant voice say, "You are unwise to lower your guard!"

A moment later, he was ambushed by the NoHead. Baby Strength dodged the swipe at his neck and ignited his sword. In a brutal demonstration of his personal variant of Shien, Brute Gunray began hacking at Baby Strength with a series of heavy overhand power blows. Baby Strength, overwhelmed by Gunray's strength, was forced onto the defensive and driven back along the corridor. Engaging Baby Strength in a blade-lock, Gunray threw him against a wall and pressed his attack. Baby Strength managed to recover in time to dodge Gunray's slash, which struck the wall where he had been seconds before and caused an eruption of sparks.

Better keep away from those! After avoiding another such attack, Baby Strength attempted to escape along the side catwalk from whence he had come, but Gunray was quick to cut him off. Thrown off balance by another failed blade-lock, Baby Strength was forced to retreat along the main maintenance catwalk. Gunray continued his relentless offense, blocking and shunting aside all of Baby Strength's counters, eventually blade-locking with the baby again and knocking him to the ground.

As their bout continued, Baby Strength, in desperation, managed to slightly wound Gunray with a strike on his cheek.

That was brutal! Better not let him get me with any more of those. Enraged, the NoHead moved to end the duel and pressed his assault, his barrage driving Baby Strength onto a small extension at the end of the catwalk. At the edge, Gunray moved his sword forward, but Baby Strength moved at the same time. Their blades locked again. Baby Strength could sense Brute Gunray was drawing on the dark side to redirect his weapon, but the dark side only brought ease, not strength. With the true side of power with him, Baby Strength thrusted forward, knocking Brute Gunray off and into a huge pit. Thousands of meters down he fell into a pool of toxic gas and died.

***

After disposing of Mean King, Baby Intelligence rode the desk back upstairs, where he found Force Baby had recovered and was waiting for him.

"Mean King is dead!" said Baby Intelligence. "Oh Force Baby, we've won!" Just then, the comlink beeped.

Baby Intelligence took it out and answered. Baby Strength's voice came on, loud and clear. "Brute Gunray is defeated!" he reported happily.

"As is Mean King," said Baby Intelligence.

"Does that mean--"

"We've won!" Baby Intelligence cheered. "The NoHeads are extinct!"

The S.M.S.B. members met at the NoHead base. Baby Intelligence picked up Baby Strength, Telekinibabe, and Lindsay and took them home in their Pinewood Derby.

Unbeknownst to them, the evil Sebiscuits was still at large.

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