Chapter 1: Upgrades
The warp is a distortion of time and space. However it can also be used as a kind of energy. The word warp means to twist and it was Warp King who was in charge of creating those twists.
It was he who gave Mega Fox the Robocentre, a device used to create his army of robots. Mega Fox used its energy to create them in various forms, each one designed to work on the vulnerability of his enemies. Of course that was the theory. Thus far the practise had proved rather more difficult.
Mega Fox was in his secret warehouse headquarters, pondering his next move. He had tried to consider how he could defeat his enemies. He looked disgusted at Insect Girl and Caramel Girl, the human and mutant respectively.
Caramel Girl was a disgruntled ex caterer who was now a disgruntled henchwoman. Her one big advantage was her experimental caramel blaster that gave her the ability to weaken AK Girl.
Insect Girl by contrast was formerly Jenny, a secretary who worked for his human alter ego Michael Knox. Knox was a portly tycoon who looked like George Lucas’ big bully brother. His major mistake was thinking he could do a deal with Mega Fox, resulting in his death and Mega Fox using him as a kind of human suit.
It was then he began to fiddle with the switches on the Robocentre. The dome glowed and whirred. Images on screens flickered as it struggled to cope with the power, with light switches fading in and out. “Wow, it’s proper Hammer horror time” laughed Insect Girl, albeit a tad nervously.
As they looked, the emerging robot was…small. It had a lab coat with a G monogrammed on it. He smiled. That horrible smile that only the truly villainous possess, that suggests they know more than they are letting on. “I am Genesis” he announced. Caramel Girl glared at Insect Girl, awaiting her inevitably tedious Phil Collins reference.
“Show them your powers, Genesis” Mega Fox smiled. Caramel Girl and Insect Girl both looked nervously at each other. Genesis leaped towards them, digging his robot nails into their stomachs.
“AAAGH!” they yelled, clutching their guts in pain. Caramel Girl looked up to see Insect Girl staring in horror at a crab claw where her hand used to be. But before she could yell in horror she felt horns ripping through the top of her head. Her body became bigger and more muscular and a tail with spikes on the end emerged.
Insect Girl’s transformation was not yet complete. She now had octopus like tentacles and her neck stretched out like a giraffe.
Mega Fox grinned smugly. “Excellent work Genesis. Now let’s see if your creations will defeat our enemies.”
Genesis turned to his “creations” in what he thought was a reassuring manner. “I assure you ladies that your transformation is temporary. And if we are not successful, I have a plan that will ensure those meddling foxes will be dealt with once and for all.”
He looked towards Insect Girl and Caramel Girl with their demon like eyes and gnarled teeth. They now looked like proper monsters and they both powered towards Reynard City, desperate to cause mayhem…
Chapter 2: Something You Don’t See Every Day
“I don’t like it when I don’t see them about” scowled Hyper Rob as he and Wondervixen flew over the city. It had been a typical day of beating up muggers, bank robbers and so forth. Recent word had got around about AK Girl’s weakness, so the pair also had to be alert to gangs packing sweets alongside their guns.
AK Girl herself was running around the city, disappointed in a lack of garish coloured goons. Nobody seems to bother with themes at the moment, she grumbled to herself. I blame the new superhero movies, she then laughed. It’s all moody and dark colours. They all think they’re…
Even a psychic can lose their train of thought. Unfortunately for AK Girl this resulted in what looked like a stegosaurus tail slashing her arm. “Hey watch it!” she yelled. She then looked up to see what used to be Caramel Girl.
Caramel Girl dived down towards AK Girl. She grabbed AK Girl, clutching the hero to her chest. “Let…me…go” she groaned. She shut her eyes, picturing her body matching this freakish thing. “STRENGTH MODE!” she yelled, hurling herself and Caramel Girl against a wall.
“Ooh” AK Girl clutched her head. She realised it was probably not the smartest move in the world. The feeling was confirmed when she saw the bizarre mutant form of Insect Girl towering above her. Before she could yell a mode, the creature blasted ink from its tentacles.
Both of them prepared to leap on top of AK Girl. While they lacked their conscious minds, there was instead a strong urge to destroy her. However their attack was cut short by being unceremoniously tripped over by a hook gun, before this was followed up by a pole smacking them in the head.
“You are so going to regret that!” Caramel Girl grinned. She looked down to find her powerful mutation was indeed temporary. She turned to Insect Girl, hoping she would do something.
Before they had a chance to get away, AK Girl yelled out “SPEED MODE!” She tripped them over and laughed as they landed head first in front of the police station.
She turned to Wondervixen and Hyper Rob. “Oh come on! You’ve got to admit that was pretty cool.”
Reluctantly, Wondervixen did stifle a laugh. “OK I admit it, AK. That was a nice touch.”
Hyper Rob though was in no mood for light relief. “We need to stay alert. Someone or something did that weird mutation. I can’t help thinking we’re the next target…”
Chapter 3: The Next Mutation
“Even with mutant powers they are both incompetent oafs” scowled Mega Fox. “I hope this reserve plan of yours works Genesis.”
“Oh it will” Genesis grins. “What I shall do is ensure that those foxes do not stop us, but they will be the ones who destroy the city!”
“Go on” Mega Fox grinned, intrigued.
“Trust me, Mega Fox” Genesis laughed. “It will be better if I show you…”
“They temporarily mutated?” Rotecol’s eyebrow was raised. “That is odd. Why would someone temporarily mutate someone? Why not make them super powerful and destroy everything?”
Guillermo, the human form of Hyper Rob furrowed his brow. He then realised. “It was a message” he snarled. “Whoever did that to Insect Girl and Caramel Girl wanted us to know that they were powerful enough not only to do it but take it away as well.”
Vibes laughed “I love it when you get all serious like that. I don’t know if you noticed but we can turn into superhero foxes. We’re not exactly normal and I reckon we can handle it.”
Guillermo cringed. This was the usual pattern- Vibes’ approach was to hurtle head first toward danger and think that she could sort it out single handed. Indeed he had seen her literally put one arm behind her back. Annoyingly she also won.
“Oh come on, you know you love me really!” Vibes laughed, gripping Guillermo in a mocking embrace. His response was a curt snarl.
“Guillermo’s right” Sally chipped in. “We need to be on our guard…”
Sure enough, it wasn’t long before the heroes were called in. A group of megabots, ninjabots and Powerbots descended on a pet store, smashing walls and unleashing confused animals throughout the city streets.
A ninjabot prepared his crossbow, cruelly preparing to shoot a parrot. Before he had a chance to fire an arrow, AK Girl’s fist connected with his face, before a swiftly followed kick smashed him apart. “Sal, gather up the animals and get them back in the store. Hyper and I will handle the rough stuff.”
Genesis smiled. One advantage of being smaller than his fellow robots was the ability to sneak unnoticed amongst the crowd of goons. It was here he noticed AK Girl fighting off a Powerbot, slamming her fist into its metal guts. She then giggled as she smashed other robots by hurling its shrapnel into their heads.
Genesis leaped up. Knowing the three heroes were distracted, he sunk his nails into AK Girl’s exposed arm.
“AAAAGH!” she yelled out. She felt her skin turn a strange yellow colour. There was a strange gurgling noise as slime slobbered all over her. Her eyes sunk into her head, before reappearing from the top of her head on stalks. But worst of all, she could feel her conscious mind slip away.
“What the hell?” gasped Hyper Rob, witnessing the strange transformation in front of him. Without hesitation, he fired his hook gun toward Genesis, only to find himself slammed to the ground by a Powerbot.
Hyper Rob tried to get up, but unfortunately he was not invulnerable to feeling pain and struggled. Genesis took his chance, digging his nails into Hyper Rob as he writhed on the floor.
“Megabots, ninjabots, powerbots, go to the shops and bring me all the food you can!” Genesis commanded.
It was at this point Wondervixen paused from gathering animals back into the pet store and saw what had happened to her boyfriend and her best friend. “You sick freak!” she yelled out at Genesis. “You’ll pay for that.”
She then stopped. This is what he wants, a voice in her head said. He wants you to dive at him so he can do whatever he did to them to you. Realising she was outnumbered and he was trying to goad her, she decided to do something that was not very heroic and flew off.
“That’s it, fly away you coward!” yelled out Genesis. “Your friends are suffering and you don’t have the guts to face me.”
The words hurt her more than any punch. While she was aware that he was not referring to her stomach as she flew away from her friends she could feel her body weighing down. I am Wondervixen, the big fat failure. She had to find Anty and Rotecol while they could still save them…
Mega Fox smugly grinned. The TV reports spoke of the mass panic. On the one hand, it was due to the fact that two giant slugs were spreading slime and smashing things throughout the city. On the other, it appeared that robots were stealing food to feed these things. With each morsel they were getting bigger and bigger.
The police attempted to fire tear gas, water cannons and anything else they thought would work. Unfortunately, AK Girl’s shield deflected them all.
While Anty worked on a cure, Rotecol could see there was another problem. Sally was in tears, looking at the TV in horror. “It’s all my fault.” She cried.
“How can that be your fault?” Rotecol assured her, albeit in his typically gruff fashion. “You didn’t transform them and if you hadn’t got out of there you’d have been transformed too.”
“I…I guess you’re right” Wondervixen hesitantly admitted. “But what can we do? Everything they’re throwing at them doesn’t seem to work.”
It was then Monsieur Tux came out with a large bag of salt. “Voila!” he proudly announced. As a chef, he knew a thing or two about keeping pests from his fresh produce.
But then Wondervixen had a thought “If we throw salt on them, won’t they die?”
“Not necessarily” Anty assured her. “I’ve been consulting my resources on psychic power. If we can restore AK Girl’s conscious mind she should be able to overcome the transformation of her body. With her Steal Mode she will also be able to restore Hyper Rob back to normal.”
“Other problem” Wondervixen realised “How do we deal with Genesis and stop him mutating more of us?”
“Don’t worry, we’ll handle the goons” Rotecol grinned. “Always fancied a bit of field work…”
And with that Wondervixen flew off with a bag of salt in her arms, hoping it would be enough to save her friends…
Chapter 4: Reverse Engineering
The people of Reynard City were paying out large sums for the reserves of food that Michael Knox (unknown to them the human alter ego of Mega Fox) he had kept aside. While there were some grumbles, he merely had to point out that his security forces were doing what they could to protect the city and this was paying for it.
Wondervixen looked as she witnessed the destruction around her. It brought back haunting memories of the devastation of New Jamestown. She fought back the tears and doubt in her mind, flying forward to find the two giant slugs.
Then she saw that AK Girl’s shield seemed to be flickering. Without her psychic consciousness there was no real control over her powers. This meant having to time the drop just right.
It was then a blast from a megabot sent Wondervixen hurtling to the ground. With no regard for her own safety she did what she could to stop the bag of salt from splitting.
Predictably, Genesis grinned as he saw Wondervixen struggle to get up. “You’re surrounded again Wondervixen. And this time I will make sure you will not escape.” He motioned to the robot army around him to all head towards her, while he prepared to dig his claws in.
However he did not count on Wondervixen’s pole. She blocked the sharp claws of Genesis, before following up with a deft kick. I could really use that back up now, she groaned.
As if on cue, Rotecol skidded round in a “borrowed” sports car from the garage. He reassured himself that it needed to be tested. He grinned as he concluded his repairs were indeed of the best quality.
Alongside him, Anty was in the passenger seat, throwing exploding potions. It was a surreal sight seeing what looked like a doctor and a mechanic acting like members of the A-Team.
But then there was the sight of Monsieur Tux on his scooter. Genesis laughed as he slowly drove toward him. “Is that the best you can do?” he giggled. He regretted it as Monsieur Tux revealed a concealed set of chef’s knives.
As he parked the scooter, he hurled them with deft accuracy, the knives perfectly wedged into the heads of the oncoming robots. He then saved the last one for Genesis’ foot, slicing it clean off.
Genesis lifted himself up, the loss of a foot making it difficult for him to balance. His balance was then further tested when Anty slammed the passenger door into his gut, sending him to the floor. “Don’t worry, that’ll buff right out” he assured Rotecol.
Wondervixen meanwhile was still trying to find a way to time the salt spraying. Noting the flickering of the shield, she flew up, gambling that her friends had bought her enough time. She weaved away from the multitude of food being thrown toward the two slugs. To her surprise, a tentacle came out from AK Girl, gripping her by the foot and whipping her upside down.
“HA! You thought you could outsmart me!” laughed Genesis. He then clicked his fingers toward Hyper Rob and AK Girl, who sprayed a strange gunk, trapping Rotecol, Anty and Monsieur Tux.
The three of them tried to move but trapped in the giant slime balls they were unable to move. “I think I won’t transform your minds” grinned Genesis, taunting them to their exposed faces. He clawed at their cheeks, laughing as they transformed into a giant apple, pumpkin and blueberry.
He then turned his attention to Wondervixen, enjoying his moment of glory. “As for you, I think I will let your friends consume you.”
Wondervixen looked horrified as she was drawn closer to AK Girl’s mouth. However she equally realised this was a great opportunity. With one last effort, she pulled an arm free from the tentacle, dropping the bag of salt into her mouth. She saw the shock in AK Girl’s face as the salt started to dry her slimy body.
“Me…no…feel…good.” She said. OK thought Wondervixen, this is her first sign of normality…sort of.
“AK, it’s me!” Wondervixen yelled out. “You…you need to focus. Focus on your real form!”
AK Girl looked into Wondervixen’s eyes, begging her to return to normal. Within seconds there was a flood of memories, everything from her first birthday to that traumatic moment when Mike first created her caramel weakness. She then came to the realisation of what she was doing and why it was wrong.
Wondervixen slumped to the ground as the tentacle that was part of AK Girl’s body disappeared. The giant slug was gone, replaced with a normal sized (albeit slime covered) AK Girl.
“Well well well this is a bit of a mess” laughed AK Girl. “Looks like I need to fix it!”
But before she could, Genesis lurched towards her. But this time, AK Girl was prepared…”SPEED MODE!” she yelled, dodging Genesis and his now compromised leaping attack. She then delivered a flurry of punches, grinning as he was smashed apart.”
“Wondervixen, you handle the last of the goons. I’ve got me some STEAL MODE work to do” she laughed. Wondervixen gave her the thumbs up and got to work.
AK Girl leaped towards Hyper Rob, clutching at his slimy form. I am so going to need a shower after this, she gulped. She closed her eyes, picturing herself in the form of a giant slug. As she did so, Hyper Rob returned to normal and now she was back in slug form. Fortunately now she also had control.
She then slimed her way towards Rotecol, Tux and Anty, picturing herself absorbing their giant slime and fruit forms. She was now part slug, part fox, part pumpkin, part apple and part blueberry. “I don’t feel so good…” she groaned.
“What’s happening?” Wondervixen asked, seeing that AK Girl was clearly in pain.
“She’s overdone the steal mode” explained Anty. “Her mind and body are linked. All those transformations are affecting her and she needs to stay focused.”
Now AK Girl’s body was starting to inflate. Anty realised he had to help her. “AK Girl, listen to me! You know your true form, do not become distracted!”
“Glub!” came the bizarre response. “Gibble gibble flib flib!”
“AK! You know you can do this!” Anty further affirmed. “Reclaim your body and mind.”
AK Girl screwed her face up in pain, the pressure making her feel she was about to explode. Wondervixen could see she had to say something.
“AK, listen to me. I know this is hard and right now you feel like there’s nothing you can do. But believe me, you can do it. You’re the strongest person I know.”
And with those words, AK Girl slowly but surely restored her body to normal. They turned to see Hyper Rob, who was still fairly groggy. Wondervixen herself seemed on the verge of collapse.
They all turned to the devastated city. They realised that all their effort had to be worth it. After a brief moment to restore themselves, they set about repairing the city and getting the food supply up and running again…
“Another failure” scowled Mega Fox. He turned angrily to Insect Girl and Caramel Girl, who had escaped from prison in the confusion. “One day, they will beg for mercy.”
After a long day, the team collapsed in Vixen House. Tux prepared a simple meal (well, simple by his standards) of antipasto followed by a mushroom risotto, with a fine tarte tatin for dessert.
It should have been a happy occasion. But that night Sally caught her reflection in the bathroom. “Admit it, freak” the voice said to her. “You wish you had her powers. Secretly, you long to be the one they all fear.”
“LEAVE ME ALONE!” yelled Sally. Yet nobody seemed to hear her….