"Wait... What are you doing Patricia? Patricia!" Ken cried out as she started walking towards a figure in the shadow, dropping the key in his hand. The silhouette stepped out, revealing a familiar face.
"Remember me, old friend?" The tall, teenage boy asked to Ken.
"Old friend?... You relentlessly harassed a kid!" Ken screamed. "I hate you, Richard West."
"Aw, don't be so snappy here, I didn't even do anything to you to begin with; or did I?" Richard smirked, then stated in a devious tone; "This game, was all rigged from the start."
"R-rigged?" Ken asked nervously.
Richard grinned even wider. "You see, Patricia and I practically lead you here; you walked right into your own demise. You-"
"Cut the crap!" Ken interrupted.
"If you insist..." Richard was now acting cocky. "I am the head of Inferno, I went to your school only to get your attention and attract you straight to the cell you stand in right now. You and Patricia, it was all an act." The sociopathic teen rolled up a projector, displaying a video of Tranquil Town from an aerial view along with a timer counting down from ten minutes. "See? When that timer runs out, the whole place will become our strip-mine!" He said excitingly.
"You're going to blow it up!" Ken screamed.
"Yes indeed! My, you catch on fast." Richard menihicaly stated. "Well, I better get going, I have more important business to attend." The kid left with Patricia and Ken was there with Summer. A minute wasted, only nine left.
Ken looked over to Summer, trying to get some reassurance.
"Hey, this isn't the end; is it?" Ken wanted an answer, then he knew it when Summer starting crying into her palms.
"It is the end. There is nothing we can do." Summer then lifted up her knees in her bench and wept into them.
"Summer, where's that positive attitude of yours? You'd never say that." Ken looked at her concerned.
"Well, I said it." Summer looked back at him, cheeks wet with tears. "And I never was positive to begin with. I only act it."
"Woah, calm down there..." Ken rested his hand on her shoulder.
"Get away from me!" Summer tried to push him off but he was too strong. Then a flash of light engulfed her, and dissipated.
Now of a new nature, Summer's hair was an icy hue; and eyes the deep azure of a sapphire.
Ken pulled his hand back from her cold shoulder. Summer's dress started to freeze over with a thin sheet of ice, turning it into a much cooler, more saturated color.
"Y-you okay?" Ken was concerned.
"I feel like someone threw my heart in the snow..." Summer looked back at him sternly. "So yeah, never felt any better in my life."
The bars were blown apart by one deep huff from her, sounding the alarm.
"Alright, use your... newfound abilities to occupy the others," Ken ordered, "I'll go free Archer!" He sprinted to the other cell.
Summer nodded, one frozen tear trickled down her cheek. But soon, she looked back and ran to the other guards; and angrier than before.
Elsewhere in Inferno base, another teenager approached some security guards, the boy's glasses shining in the light. Immediately the guards aimed to fire but the teen jumps with great boost and altitude over them. He landed behind them and held up an arm with a mini canon attached.
Opening fire, the kid shot down every last guard then sprinted to the others.
Ken, Summer, and Archer were on the move. The group of teens suddenly being stopped by the tech kid earlier introduced.
“Wait!” The boy with the artificial abilities screamed before the other three halted. “Guys, we need to get outta here.”
“Ya no crap egghead!” Archer screamed, “How do you ‘spose we escape?”
“I knew I’d only use one for emergencies…” The boy reached in his pocket. “Oh, if you want to refer to me, how about Clint?”
“Well, Clint, How can we know we can trust you?” Archer questioned.
“Hold on,” Ken stepped in front of the tomboy. “I don’t know why, but I think I can rely on this guy.”
Clint looked back at him, smiling. “Thanks man, I appreciate it.”
“Uh, guys, bomb?” Summer remarked impatiently. A sudden look of shock on everyone’s faces.
Clint pulled out a pad. "Step on! It'll get us back to the surface."
The pad soon teleported them the four out of the base.
"Okay, now what geniuses? We're ridiculously far away from Tranquil Town, how in god's name are we going to make it back? We only got seven minutes till it gets blasted to hell!" Archer exclaimed, seeming very doubtful.
"Hey, these should get us there in five." Clint pulled out three tiny cubes which he tossed onto the ground like dice.
"What the hell are you doing? Trying to Yatzee our way there?!-" Archer abruptly paused when the cubes quickly transformed into full-on hoverboards. She stood there dumbstruck, one eye twitching. "Well I'll be damned..."
"These are the only ones we've got left. One of us has to stay back." Clint looked to the others. "Who should that be?"
Ken looked back at Clint. "I think it should be you. Please, try and keep guard and ensure no one else is after us."
Clint groaned, but obeyed. "Fine. Just try to let me contribute more to these, okay?"
Ken nodded and jumped on a board while Summer and Archer followed. They took off and vanished into the heavens above, a precarious journey awaiting them.