Even with her newfound power, even when she drove the shadow away, the monster that she had helped to unleash was always a step ahead of her. Now, instead of a simple being to deal with, a shadow she could probably remove with her new-found powers of light, she was dealing with a fifty foot tall mechanical butterfly.
“Butterflies,” she said, looking up to the sky as the possessed Butterfly Battle Beast battered the buildings of the main school campus. “Why does it always have to be butterflies? And how am I supposed to fight that thing, when it’s much bigger than me!”
“You shouldn’t have to, “Chouko said, the injured girl leaning up against the wall of the old school building. “All that’s really necessary is to go to the cockpit and activate the emergency shut off. From there, the Battle Beast will return to its home, and any contaminents should be expunged from its systems.”
“Alright, well, now we have to get up there,” Beatrix asked.
“I will be able to fly up there myself and distract the beast, “Hectorephes suggested, “But in order to stand a chance, I have to unleash more of my power. I won’t have the opportunity to enter inside, otherwise, and asking you to ride upon my back is out of the question.”
Beatrix closed her eyes, “Well, then, let’s see what my new abilities can do,” she said, taking a deep breath and clasping her hands together. “Starlight, Starbright… I wish I had the ability to do what’s right. Grant me the power the power of flight!”
Only the sound of the gusting wind answered her for the time being. She dropped her hands and shook her head. “I don’t know why that would work. It was bound to work differently than when I had Starnight,”
“Don’t beat yourself up over it,” Hectorephes suggested. “You are learning your new abilities in a dangerous and catastrophic situation. I’ll buy you all some time while I handle this myself.” With that, he stormed out of the door, opened his wings, and flew up. His body became engulfed in flame, and the flames exploded into larger flames. They formed into the shape of an actual dragon, with a long, pointed snout, large horned frills crowning the head, and an impressive wingspan upon a powerfully-shaped body. When the flames formed the tail, at last, they fizzled out, leaving a dragon the size of the Battle Beast heading straight for it.
Hectorephes puffed out his cheeks and blew a blast of fire straight at the butterfly battle beast. The robot did a loop in the air to avoid the blast, and turned to face the dragon, flapping its wings to shoot out cutting gales at its draconic foe.
Hectorephes kept up the attack, flying in close and then spinning around to slap the Beast with his tail. Though the winds were powerful enough nick at his scales, it was his tail that stopped its attacks as it fought to regain control while plummeting to the valley below. The dragon dove down after it, readying another fire blast, when two missiles collided at his back. He let out a mighty roar and was knocked off course, sending his flames out to the forest below.
Jets flew overhead, passing over the school. Beatrix shook as she watched them strike at Hectorephes and could only watch in horror as the dragon fell down to the ground and set the forest ablaze. “No, no no, who’s that? What’s going on?”
“It seems some sort of military force has intervened,” Chouko said. She but her helmet back on . “I’ll see if I can’t patch into any of their frequencies and find out exactly what is happening.”
“I can tell you what’s happening,” Beatrix said, gritting her teeth. “It’s EAST. They’ve finally decided to show up, and at the worst possible time.”
“What are we going to do about them? They’re going to wind up killing themselves, if they don’t destroy Hectorephes or the Battle Beast first.”
“Just try to get in contact with them,” Beatrix said, booking it down the pathway. With the wind disrupted, the path up to the main campus level was much easier to get to. Once she got up there, she took a deep breath. Closing her eyes, she prepared herself for looking like a complete psycho for what she was about to do. Once steeled, she opened her mouth, and shouted with all of her might.
“Hey, you! Yeah you! You’re a %*&#!”
She shook herself off and closed her eyes, saying. “Alright, C-girl, you can show yourself now. The jig is up.”
Out from a nearby bush, C-Girl poked her head out and pouted. “Aw, come on, Bailey! I’m doing top secret spy stuff here. Why’d you exploit me?”
“You need to be better at doing your job,” Beatrix said. “But no time for that nonsense. You have planes in the air, right? Call them off.”
“I, what?” C-Girl said, looking up to the sky.
Beatrix approached C-Girl so fast that the girl didn’t see her. She grabbed the agent by the collar and hoisted her up to eye-level. “Don’t you play dumb with me, you little %^#. Those planes shot down my friend. He was trying to help!”
“Your friend? You’re friends with a dragon? Wait… do you know what’s happening at this school?”
“Don’t change the subject on me,” Beatrix said, shaking her.
A blast of sound erupted from C-Girl, causing Trixie to grab at her ears. Now free, the agent threw a strip straight at her, but Beatrix ducked down so that the strip only hit on her forehead.
“Wrong move,” Beatrix said, raising her own hand, showing off the star jewel that was in it. A tiny blast of light came out, striking C-Girl on the chest and causing her to tumble back into the bushes. “Oelburg. I want to talk to him.”
“You’re not going to with that attitude,” C-Girl said, pushing herself up slowly out of the brambles, yelping as it scratches her.
“I don’t have time for any bull today,” Beatrix said. “Call Oelburg now, and get those planes out of the air.”
A roar filled the valley and the Battle Beast launched up into the air, flying wildly. Hectorephes shot up in pursuit, blowing fire over it.
“Looks like your friend is doing alright to me,” C-Girl said, pulling a bramble off from her shoulder. “Maybe you should sit back and let the ones who know what they’re doing take care of things.”
“You shot him down,” Beatrix said, clenching her first.
“And he blew fire over the forest. There’s a team right now working to eliminate that threat right now. We can’t save a school that’s on fire.
“So, you’re going to keep the planes up there? They’re going to either hurt my friend or they’re going to get themselves killed.”
“You can’t control everything, Bailey,” C-Girl said. “Goodness knows I’ve tried. But this thing is bigger than both of us, quite literally. I mean…” she rubbed her hand over her hair. “A dragon? That’s nuts!”
Beatrix frowned as she watched the battle unfold in the sky. “This is all my fault, though,” she said… or all your fault” she snapped.”
“The duck are you talking about?”
“If it weren’t for EAST wanting to send me to this stupid school in the first place, I would have never wanted to find the secret of the school. I would have never unwittingly opened that door. That thing possessing the Battle Beast would not be free to do all this chaos.”
“I see. That’s how you see it, huh? Playing the blame game, are you?”
Beatrix threw a punch straight toward C-Girl’s face, but stopped at the last moment. C-Girl herself flinched from the attack, holding her hands up to defend herself from the attack.
She let a little squeak of surprise out and then gulped. “D-don’t shoot the messenger. Golly.”
Beatrix shook her hand out and grumbled. “You’re right. All this stuff is my fault. I just wish I wasn’t so weak…
“You can’t fix everything on your own, Bailey,” C-Girl said. “You have to learn when its time to be a part of a team. Or, did you forget that we worked together to beat Starfright?”
“I didn’t forget,” Beatrix said “but back then, we were fighting something we had the ability to fight. This… this is a bunch of giant monsters and robots and…” she shook her head and roared in frustration. “Hectorephes! You better not mess up. This is all up to you right now!”
“What were you trying to do in the first place?” C-Girl asked.
“It doesn’t matter, now. Hectorephes has to try and break the beast down. Hopefully that’ll do something…”
“no, really, what was your plan?”
Beatrix sighed. “What we were trying to do is have him distract it. Then someone would slip in and turn it off, but… I can’t fly, so I can’t slip into the cockpit. And Hector up there is too big to fit inside, himself. If we reset it and return it home, the spirit possessing it would be easy to fight out in the open.”
“So, you need someone to fly in there and turn it off, huh?” C-Girl said, a smile spreading over her face. “Well, I think I can handle that one. And in a most fitting form, as well.” She placed her hand on her headpiece and spoke up. “Hey, boss. I need to call in our newest agent. Yeah, we need someone with mobility to get up in that giant butterfly and turn it off from the inside.”
Beatrix blinked. “What are you talking about?” she asked. “Who’s your new agent?”
C-Girl pressed a button on her bracelet. The sound of radio crackle projected from her, and a familiar voice spoke ou
“I’m out in the air now. Watch my back!”
Beatrix’s eyes widened and she turned to look off to the sky. Sure enough, there was someone flapping wings and flying up to the two colossal titans fighting each other.