By: Yamuri (email@example.com)
After the final battle. The outriders are back in vapor zone. Jesse
Blue used a teleport beamer, which was built by Jean Claude some time
ago, to teleport to planet Far and escape the explosion. Snake found
his friend and stepbrother and hid him on planet Far. Nobody ever
noticed about Jesse being there. But not only Jesse stayed in the
human's dimension. Nemesis soul was set free because of the explosion
and is still there.
The same time the Star Sheriffs celebrate their victory over the
outriders. While peace comes back to new frontier an old enemy wakes
up from his long deep sleep. And with IT an old threat comes back to
New Frontier. Back to feed from the mortals and to cause terror and
fear in the galaxy.
Chapter One: After the battle
For hours Jesse was back on planet Far. Laying on a wooden bed in
Snakes home, out there in the dessert of planet Far. Snake had
worried about him pretty much at the beginning. Jesse's body was
burnt and he had a high temperature. It had not been good for him to
teleport to planet Far and being in the dessert for hours. He wasn't
used to the heat anymore and besides he was hurt very much cause of
the battle. But Snake found him and carried him to his home. This
would be the last place anybody would search for Jesse. Besides Snake
knew what the news told about the battle and that all people thought
that the outrider were beat and Jesse died in the fight. Only he knew
that Jesse was still alive and that soon nobody would ever recognize
him as who he was. Snake remembered the time the outrider kidnapped
Jesse and how they fought against them together after Jesse managed
to escape and come back home. The outriders won the fight and for a
long time Jesse vanished. Jesse always wanted to be human and they
gave him a human clone body, transferred his soul into the clone.
Years went by and Snake got to know the rebels and more about the
history and legends of the outriders. They wanted to transfer Nemesis
soul back into his body and they wanted to redo a process Jesse
invented in his last live. On planet Lamari the rebels had a base but
the Star Sheriffs destroyed their plans cause they didn't know about
it. Snake knew that the Star Sheriffs weren't that bad cause they
saved his life once, but he also knew that they made mistakes. They
weren't gods also news sometimes let it look as if they were. But
they wouldn't understand how he could save Jesse's life and how he
could hide Jesse. What the Sheriffs didn't know was that he grew up
with Jesse. There was a connection between them as if they were
Snake wondered if Jesse managed to redo the process and if the
outriders were free now. The news told that the Sheriffs defeated
them and sent them back to their own dimension. Thoughtfully Snake
watched Jesse. Although the time during the battle must have been
short Jesse somehow managed to transfer his soul back into his own
body. He had lots of questions but right now Jesse had to sleep.
While Snake was taking care of him he realized that Jesse seemed to
be in some sort of coma. It was difficult to explain what happened to
Jesse. On the one hand he seemed to be awake and aware of what was
happening around him and on the other hand he seemed to be far away
with his thought. As if he would listen to something Snake couldn't
hear. Voices were calling for Jesse. A long time ago when Jesse
discovered the place where the phantom chamber with Nemesis' body was
hidden he started to hear voices.
The voice, which was speaking to him, told him about his past. It
seemed to know everything about him and Nemesis. Later on Jesse
realized that the voice, which was talking to him, belonged to
Nemesis himself. Jesse remembered the time when the outriders still
lived on their home planet behind vapor zone. Nemesis had been his
cousin and both of them had tried to stop the war their dads had
started. With the help of some scientists they had invented the
phantom chambers and the outrider planet. Then they had managed to
separate their souls. The aim of this separation had been to separate
the feeling parts of their souls from the mind part. All feelings had
to be kept in the phantom chambers. Nemesis soul, of course only the
mind part, had been transferred into the main computer of the
Their home planet had been destroyed by the war and they had search
for a new home. Centuries passed by and the outriders found a new
home in vapor zone. But one time Nemesis had become bored and the
outriders had decided to leave vapor zone again. They had discovered
the human dimension. About 30 years after the war had broken out
Jesse was born again. His mom had been an outrider traitor and she
had brought him to planet Far where he grew up until outriders found
him and brought him back to the outrider planet. He had been seven
when this happened. With 13 years he managed to escape but again they
catched him and made him to one of them. Later on Jesse found out
more about the legends and discovered Nemesis phantom chamber.
Somehow he set free the feeling part of Nemesis' soul. And from that
time on it spoke to him. But this time it was something else. The
Star Sheriffs had changed everything. His plan had been to set free
all feelings and to give back Nemesis' body to Nemesis' soul. He had
failed. Because of the explosion the Star Sheriffs caused Jesse's
soul had been separated from his human clone body and went back to
his original body, which was still standing in a phantom chamber.
There had been to less energy for the phantom chambers and Jesse's
chamber had opened itself. Then Jesse had used Jean's teleport
beamer. While Jesse had used the time to escape Nemesis soul had been
set free completely. The feeling and the mind part met each other
again and Nemesis became what he had been before, with one exception.
He had no body. And now, while lying on the bed at Snake's place
Jesse heard voices again. Nemesis' voice. It was kind and friendly.
Obviously Nemesis wasn't mad with him anymore. Still confused but
finally feeling complete again Jesse listened to Nemesis words.
Chapter Two: A new life
Far away somewhere on Yuma a dark haired girl woke up from a
nightmare. Her blue pajamas were wet and sweat ran down her face. She
buried her face in both hands, let them fall down again and looked
out of the window. Rain beat against the panes and it was almost
impossible to see a thing. For weeks heavy clouds had been hanging
over the town and it seemed as if the rain would never stop. The
people in this area were used to the rain. They knew that the rain
would come each year, always around November. At first she didn't
like the rain and even thought about moving away but then she decided
to stay. Somehow she knew that always running wouldn't stop the pain
and the nightmares she had since she left New Witchita. Maybe the
rain would wash her memories away one day. At least she discovered
that all people who lived in this area had something in common with
her. She couldn't say what it was but she felt at home. From the
first day on she was accepted and welcomed by her neighbors. They had
even helped her to get a job. After studying psychology she decided
to work at the towns hospital, in the mental department. While
working she even forgot her past, forgot the time on New Witchita,
the way her family always treat her, how Jesse treat her and how she
was betrayed by those she loved and considered to be her friends.
Why, she asked herself. <I loved him but he said he never loved me.
But I remember the way he looked at me after the accident. His eyes
were that bright. They never glew like that again. For some seconds
my soul met his. I've seen inside his heart and he knows that. He
loved me. Although it was only a short time. Why had it to end like
this? If the Star Sheriffs hadn't come, I wouldn't have met April
and ....> Tears ran down her face while she thought about the past
again. In her dream she always left the outrider base alone while
knowing that Jesse had died, cause of her fault. Since the Star
Sheriffs won the final battle against the outriders her dreams had
become worse. But something was wrong. The news told about the
victory and also about Jesse's death but she knew that she would have
felt his death. She had only those nightmares in which Jesse died but
when watching the stars at night she felt herself very close to him.
He was still out there. Probably alone, like her. Maybe it had been
wrong to run away. They were meant for each other, she had seen it in
his eyes. If she would have another chance she would try to make
Slowly she stood up and went to the bathroom. Sadly she looked into
her own brown eyes while standing in front of the mirror and combing
her hair back. Afterwards she undressed her pajamas and laid it on a
chair. Then she put on her black underwear, black leather trousers, a
tight dark red shirt, a black leather jacket and boots. Avoiding
looking in the mirror this time she went out into the kitchen to have
breakfast. A look on her watch told her that she was a bit a late.
She hurried to leave the house. Although she was late she managed to
reach the hospital right in time. With her new motorcycle it was much
easier to take abbreviations. She parked her motorcycle at the
parking lot next to the building. Trista hurried to get indoors cause
she had a meeting with her boss, Dr. Warren, around 8.00 am and it
was 7.55 am already.
Dr. Warren met her at his office and they sat down at the desk.
"You're working here for one years now, Miss Derringer. And I'm very
satisfied with your work."
"Thank you. I did my best."
"That's why I will give you a raise and a complicated case. You would
have to work only at that case for the next months cause it's very
difficult. I can't even say if you will have success. As I said
before it's not easy."
He handed the file over to Trista who opened it to have a short look
on what would await her. When Dr. Warren asked her for a meeting she
had already thought about getting a raise, cause he often praised her
work, but not about receiving one of the most difficult cases at the
hospital. Some of her colleagues had told her about it already.
Trista was surprised and felt proud of her again, the first time for
months. A short look on the file was enough for her decision.
"I'm honored for your trust and belief in my work. Of course I would
like to overtake this case. I've heard about it already. Didn't Dr.
Dean have the case?"
Dr. Warren nodded. "She's retired since Monday. But she still comes
to the hospital cause of this boy. I talked with her about who will
take care of the case already. She agreed with me that you could be
able to continue her work. For the time you work at this hospital all
patients you took care of became healthy. To both of us, Dr. Dean and
me it seems that you deserve more than you got. You have not only the
knowledge but also talent and the right feeling how to treat your
"Thanks. I just don't know what to say. For years I wasn't treat like
this. It's great that you believe in me and give me that case. I've
talked to Dr. Dean about it a lot. The whole case reminds me somehow
on the X-Files."
"Yes, it has it's own mystery. I'm glad you will take the case. You
can keep this copy of the file and have a closer look on the whole
case with Dr. Dean. She's in her office right now, which will be
yours from now on. And if you have problems you can always come."
"Okay, thanks." They shook hands and Trieste left the office to meet
"Hello, Trista." Dr. Dean welcomed her when Trista entered the office
with her few materials.
"Hi, Mary. I'm really happy that you want me to continue your work.
How can I thank you?"
"Oh Trista, you have not to thank me. You've done a good job and
somehow I have the feeling you could have success. In all the years I
worked at the hospital I've never met someone like you. Whatever you
began you finished it with success. I'm very proud of you and you see
this case is very important for me and I know that you also use
uncommon methods. Maybe you can help Victor."
"You really think so? But will he trust me? You are the only one who
ever managed that he did some things on his own. Without you he would
have never started to eat, to stand up, to wash himself and..."
"you will manage to make him speak." Mary finished the sentence. "I'm
sure you will get his trust. You will see. Just believe in you.
Beside I will be here to help you for the next weeks. But before we
visit him I want to tell you all about the case. There is more than I
ever told in my reports. Strange but interesting in formations." With
those words Mary lead Trista to her desk, opened it and took out
several newspapers, pictures, files and transcripts of reports.
The first articles were about the actions, which took place in Derry,
Maine, about 30 years ago. Victor Criss, the boy she should take care
of now, was one of the many victims who vanished during this summer.
But he had luck and was found somewhere near the sewerage. Lot's of
children died this summer. Less was known about those who survived.
The police had also found someone to punish. A boy about 16 years,
whose dad was insane, had been sent to jail for the murder of the
children and his father. His name was Henry Bowers, the worst kid
from Derry, as adults said, who knew him. Mary had found out that
Henry Bowers was sent to a mental hospital later. Like Victor Criss
he didn't grow up. It was strange. Most doctors seemed not to care
about the proofs but said that Victor Criss was not the same boy who
vanished 30 years ago in Derry Maine. The same was said about Henry.
The people didn't believe in such things. Those things couldn't be
real. Everybody grew older. In the case of Victor and Henry must be a
mistake and it was an accident that both looked similar to the boys
about whom the news told, 30 years ago. But there was another mystery
about Henry and Victor. Although they never met they shared
everything. The rooms of both boys looked exactly the same, same
pictures, same stuffed animals, same bed linen and so on. Mary
believed that there was a connection between both boys and the
actions in Derry Maine. Maybe Henry was the one the police convicted.
But Mary was sure that they had made a mistake and if her assumptions
were right Henry could even knows who the real murderer had been.
Some time ago Mary started to visit Henry already and she hoped now
that Trista would not only overtake her case but also continue her
work in finding out the truth about Henry and Victor and the
mysterious stranger who brought them the same presents each year. The
stranger nobody had ever seen cause he sent his presents by airmail
but without a return address.
He was walking down the street alone. Again he was surrounded by
darkness. Shadows of light passed by. The dark buildings next to him
looked like giants, watchers and guardians. For centuries they were
standing here. Deep inside those old houses something bad was
waiting. The boy knew that the town hid a secret. In the daylight it
looked like a peaceful small town. A nice town, although it had
always been an empty town. Something dark always lay over the town.
From time to time the door to the underworld would open and the town
would fall asleep. IT would rule the town then, would overtake its
citizens and kill the children until the door would close again and
IT would fall asleep. Humans would wake up from their sleep again and
wonder what had happened. Soon people would realize the danger they
lived in and one time they would move away. One by one until the town
was empty. Then it would change into a ghost town and maybe the door
would never open again. Now he was walking alone through the streets
of the ghost town. All streets and buildings were empty. He looked
through the broken windows and went through the wild gardens. Plants
started to cover what was left of Derry. A lonely tear ran down the
boys face. His black eyes starred into the darkness, his black jacket
and trousers were still dirty and covered with blood, his blood. But
he felt nothing, only sadness. Slowly he went further down the
street, knowing what was waiting for him in the sewerage. Again he
would dream. It was always the same dream. And it ended when he
looked into the dead eyes of his friends. The one was burned totally.
Skin and clothes were black and he looked like a mummy. Where his
eyes had been worms were crawling through the burned holes. A voice
would whisper out of the bloody lips and a hand would grab for him.
He would run back through the tunnel to escape the horror. Instead of
finding the light he would step into the next nightmare. You could
barely see anything and he would stumble over something. When he
tried to get away he would see into his best friends eyes. Starring
at him with fear. The same time he would realize that his hands were
buried deep into his friend's chest. He would feel blood and soft
organs around his hands. A cry would escape his mouth and he would
But the dream had always been better than hearing the voices of the
dead children. When he woke up the voices would talk to him and the
moon would change into a clown's face. It would grin down at him and
make his nightmares true. He couldn't escape. For his whole life IT
would hunt him, send him voices and dreams to drive him insane. And
only he knew how to defeat IT. Soon the time would come up when IT
would wake up and then he would be ready to go home again. Within the
time he became stronger. Outside the dark cell the guardian passed
by. The boy looked towards the window again, up to the dark moon.
Tonight there would be no voices. A light passed by.
"Belch." He whispered. The same time the light moved towards the
window and fog filled the room. A boy, about his age was standing in
front of him. He still wears his dark blue jeans, the black shirt and
leather jacket. His brown hair was combed back in the "Elvis Presley"
style. "Hi. Henry." He said and grinned.
They shook hands and sat down on the hard metal bed.
"How is Vic?" Henry asked worried.
"Soon he will wake up. I hope he will like the presents and he will
be strong again soon. Time comes up you know."
Henry nodded and looked out into the sky. "Belch?" he asked after
some time of silence. "Yeah." "This time IT will pay. I promise.
Pennywise will die."
Belch grinned and nodded. "May I sleep here tonight?"
"Of course. I can't sleep anyway." He stood up, sat down next to the
wall under the window and watched his sleeping friend. A white light
covered Belch's body, like it always did since he came back. This
night Henry felt at peace.
He stepped down the stairs, deeper into the sewerage. It was dark and
wet. From far away he could see a red light. His heart started to
beat louder, like it always did. Sweat ran down his face and fear
took over his body. Soon it would come, soon it would happen. Why
didn't he tell Henry about the black man? Henry would have listened.
Maybe he would have understood. Belch laughed at him, laughed cause
he was afraid of going down into the sewerage. They did it before.
Yeah, he could remember the time the were hunting a dog through the
tunnels. It was fun. But now it wasn't a game anymore. During the
summer they changed. Their actions had become rude and violent.
Sometimes he was even afraid of Henry. And this time he felt it
wasn't a game. They shouldn't have come here. He felt it was wrong.
Nevertheless he was doing as Henry told and going down the sewerage,
looking for the "Loosers". Those seven kids they always played tricks
on, those seven kids who united this summer to fight back. This
summer it wasn't a game, it wasn't fun it was real life. Suddenly he
was interrupted in his thoughts. A strange light on the floor took
his attention. What was that? He couldn't see that fast. Soon it
would reach him. Now it was under him, glowing and burning. The floor
exploded under his feet. A scream escaped his mouth and he stepped
back fastly. But he was to slow. The light was everywhere. A terrible
pain shot through his body and he felt warm blood on his lips. The
next moment he was covered by darkness. Someone was shouting and he
felt arms around his chest. Strong arms holding him, which carried
him away. From far away voices called for him and he looked back over
the shoulders of his rescuer. What he saw almost drove him insane.
The light was harsh and bright. But it was not the light what
terrified him but what he could see behind the light. He could see
the natural form of IT - pure energy. And it was the energy, which
showed him the endless universe and how it was like to be immortal.
In the same moment he woke up and starred at the two women who were
sitting next to his bed. He knew one of them. She was kind, friendly
and always taking care of him. Each night she sat at his bed until he
finally fell asleep. Since he woke up for the first time she took
care of him. He could trust her. But some days ago she told him she
had to go. Somehow he had known it before. His friends had told him.
Belch, who often visited him and brought him presents for his
birthday, came to him regularly. The woman didn't know about Belch.
But he wasn't able to talk yet. Even when he was awake he felt like
being in trance. Some part of him was still far away. She was talking
to him again but he didn't hear what she said. It wasn't necessary to
hear, cause he could feel what she wanted to tell him. From now on
the young woman with the brown hair and the deep brown eyes would
take care of him. Her name was Trista. A nice name. Maybe they could
become friends. Slowly her hand reached forward and stroke over his
head. <Trista> he thought. Suddenly her eyes glew surprised.
"Victor." She said. He felt her calling his name and smiled.
<Friends call me Vic.> he thought while touching her hand like a kid
would touch his mother's hand. Trista smiled down at him then she
turned her head to the older woman. "I understand what you meant
Mary. Now I understand. Maybe you're right. I will do my best." Mary
smiled satisfied. Vic watched them shaking hands. Then Mary was
talking to him. Telling him that she had to go, that it was time to
say good-bye. As always he didn't move, just lay there in the bed and
looked up at her. She touched his hand gentle and stroke over his
head, like his mom had done when he had been ill. Somewhere in his
heart he felt something waking up. For days he felt the change. Soon
it would start again and they would have to unite to continue the
work of the "Loosers". 30 years ago they tried to stop IT, but they
failed. Maybe cause Henry, Belch and Vic interfered. After a long
time they would go home again and do what they should have done a
long time ago.
The same time on Alamo. Fireball and April were enjoying the vacation.
Finally the war was over and they had time for each other. Commander
Eagle had asked when they would get married already. April couldn't
say. On the one hand she loved Fireball very much and would like to
spend her whole life with him but on the other hand she had always
the strange feeling that one time she couldn't stand his love for
racing anymore. She could share his joy and liked to visit the Grand
Prix with him, as long as they were only spectators. But it almost
broke her heart when seeing Fireball driving the car. She didn't want
to loose him. Years had passed by since they met each other for the
first time and somehow she had always hoped he would give up racing
once. Now she had to realize that racing had always been his life. He
would never give up the feeling of liberty while racing, even for
her. If he would ask her to marry him once she knew that she would
ask him to decide between racing and her. Fireball would choose her
but he would never be happy with this decision. April couldn't force
him. That was why she hoped he was never going to ask her. Maybe it
was better they were just friends. Then it wouldn't hurt her that
much if he should die in a race one time. You can't play with your
luck all your life.
While April was far away with her thoughts Fireball watched the race.
He didn't only watch it but he felt it. Cars passed by, people were
cheering and Fireballs eyes followed the cars. Each car woke up
memories in him. Memories of the races he did. His eyes starred at
the cars and his body felt the speed and freedom. It felt like being
Suddenly they were interrupted in their thoughts by an earthquake.
Cars were thrown out of their railroads and crashed into each other.
The accidents caused explosions and several cars started burning.
Some spectators were even thrown out of their seats. People were
screaming and fell over each other. Soon first sirens could be heard
and April and Fireball woke up from their shock.
"Oh my goodie. What happen?" April asked. Fireball didn't say
anything but starred at the cars in shock. "I…don't know. An
explosion. An attack." His face turned from white to red and he stood
up angrily. "Outriders!" he shouted. "I'm sure they are behind this.
Come! We will find out what happened." He grabbed for April's arm and
pulled her with him. At first it was difficult to find a way
downstairs. Finally they found a path through the frightened crowd
and went to the main entrance of the stadium. Lot's of people were
standing there. Nobody knew what happened when the loudspeaker was
switched on and a voice started talking. "Attention! Attention!
Please Calm down and take your seats. To avoid further accidents
please stay at your seats and listen to the instructions of the
security staff. Stay calm and take your seats. We will explain
everything to you afterwards." Police officers were leading the
spectators to their seats while doctors arrived to take care of the
victims. Fireball and April reached the main goal when a police
officer told them to go back to their seats. When April explained to
him that they were Star Sheriffs he lead them to the manager of the
stadium who should explain the problem to them.
"I'm glad to meet you." The young man said after they shook hands. "I
got a call from the academy a few moment ago. There was an explosion
at the academy, which caused the earthquake. We won't need your help
at the stadium but I'm sure they will need help at the academy."
April and Fireball looked at each other worried and nodded in
"Of course we're going to take care of the problem. You can be sure
of that." Fireball said.
"We will inform you when we have news. Please excuse us now." April
stood up, they said bye and left the stadium immediately. Both of
them were still nervous and worried. <It's starting again.> Fireball
thought. <The outriders come back.>
In a few minutes they reached the academy where they were welcomed by
Commander Eagle and Saber Rider. Saber had been at home for vacation
and it had been easy to find him. As they got to know Colt wasn't
available. Nobody knew where he and Robin were staying and it would
probably take days to find them. "We know what it looks like."
Commander Eagle said earnest. "But we can't say if outriders are
behind it. As far as I know no outrider activities were registered
yet. It could have been an accident, an outrider attack or
"Don't worry. We will find out who's behind it. But what happened? We
felt the earthquake and I can see that almost half of the buildings
"The only things we know is that the buildings were blown up by lot's
of energy. We can't even say which kind of bomb caused the explosion."
"And which part of the building is destroyed?" Fireball wondered.
"The part where we keep the equipment for the soldiers and where…"
"The most important parts." Saber interrupted Commander Eagle. "Only
less people died but everything is completely destroyed except the
part with the bedrooms, kitchens and lounges. The main parts are
destroyed. It's obviously that whoever is behind this…"
"Is probably an outrider. They destroy our weapons and then they
attack." Fireball shouted angrily.
"Calm down and don't interrupt me." Saber shouted back. Fireball
looked at him surprised. He had never seen Saber that angry. "It
looks like outriders but I believe that those who did it want us to
believe that. I'm sure this time no outriders are behind it."
Suddenly he stopped talking and turned to the destroyed buildings.
Like lonely rocks, signs of a dead culture they stood on the ground.
April went forward and stroke her hand gentle over his shoulder. He
grabbed for it and took her in his arms. All of them could see tears
running down his face. "It's okay Saber. It's not your fault. What's
the matter? We've never seen you like this."
"I'm sorry, April. I'm sorry to be that weak. But ….General
"He died during the attack. Some people say that he got threats by an
unknown person some days ago. We suppose that the offender wanted him
dead. Probably the only aim of the bomb attack was to kill Whitehawk.
"Oh my god. I'm so sorry. I know what he meant to you. He was like a
Saber nodded sadly. "Believe me Saber. We will do our best and help
you as much as we can. You can be sure in a few days we have the
offender and he will be sent to jail. I know it doesn't bring him
back. But I want you to know that we are here for you. You have your
parents and you have your friends."
"I will never forget that." Saber smiled and turned back to the
"Let's get started with the investigations." Fireball, April and
Commander Eagle joined him. They knew what he was feeling, at least
they thought they knew. Saber's heart was felt pain and the presence
of darkness. Somewhere in his mind was a place, which lay in the
shadows of darkness. He couldn't see to the place behind this
darkness but he knew he wouldn't feel that much pain if he could
watch through the darkness. It filled his head with emptiness and
suck at his life energy. Vague he remembered having a strange dream
and hearing voices. For some moments he could see a light passing by
and felt how the darkness disappeared. <What have I done during the
last hours? And how comes that I have a lack of memory?> he thought
by himself while watching his friends. <Will they always stand by me?
> he wondered. <What's happening with me? I feel the change but I
don't know…It's strange. Like a dream. An illusion.> Slowly he left
the academy and went outside into the dessert, not knowing where to
go. His friends would take care of the case. There was no need for
him anymore. Maybe he should feel guilty, but he only felt empty and
alone. <Is it cause of Whitehawk's death? …No, it started before. But
what? Where I'm and what I'm doing. April….April please help me.>
There was dessert everywhere and he turned back and to the place he
came from. <It's about time to wake up … to wake up.>
5. The accident
The town didn't look like the ghost towns he had seen already in the
western area of Yuma and some planets in New Frontier. But for an
unknown reason Colt wasn't surprised very much. He was sure it would
be interesting in any case. Robin had never seen a ghost town before
and Colt was interested in seeing her reaction. The last time he
visited a ghost town himself was when he was a young boy. His parents
and him were on vacation and visited old western towns on planet
Yuma. It had been great. Most of these ghost towns were now used as
film towns, where western movies were made. All the old houses, made
of wood, hold their own fascination. When passing the street you were
set back in time and could imagine the time when the first settlers
settled down in the Wild West. Most came to search for gold, others
to start a new life, to have an adventure, to build an own business
or whatever. Colt had always been interested in ghost towns. Not only
cause his parents used to live a similar life than those people from
the past but he also liked the cowboy's way of life. And of course
those old towns were mysterious and, when you came for a visit at
night, spooky. A trip to a ghost town was like watching a scary movie
or doing something forbidden. At first Robin didn't like the idea to
visit a ghost town during their vacation but at last he convinced her
to go to Maine with him.
And now both of them were walking through the little town, called
Derry. In most of the ghost towns Colt had visited yet he had felt
excited but this time he felt only emptiness with a mix of sadness.
The town felt really dead. Most of the buildings were covered with
moss and surrounded by high grass. Cobwebs filled the broken windows.
You could hardly recognize the streets. Trunks lay on the streets and
roots damaged the asphalt. Bushes and moss grew over broken fences
and destroyed the barrier between garden and street. At some points
you had to push away branches and plants to go on. Nature started to
overtake the town again. For a long time nobody had come to the town.
As if people forgot about it. <I wonder that anybody reminds that
this town existed.> Robin thought by herself while she followed Colt
through the wilderness. <Somehow this town reminds me to those old
Mexican pyramids and holy places of the Native Americans I've heard
about at school.>
"I've never seen a town like this before." Colt said amazed when they
reached a clearing. "It's that much different from the ghost towns
"This town is really fascinating Colt. Maybe you didn't have such
feelings cause all the towns you visited are real tourist attractions
and you always visit them with a group. It's different to visit a
ghost town alone, I can imagine." Robin meant. At first she felt a
bit frightened but although the town was dead nature mediated peace
between the town and them. She was amazed by nature's power and shot
many pictures of the buildings and landscape. "Oh Colt. I'm really
glad that you convinced me to go with you."
A short smiled appeared on Colt's face. But he wasn't happy. For him
the silence of nature was the silence of death and the silence before
the storm. This town was different and he wished he had never come
here with Robin. Something dark and strange lay over the town. Like a
huge animal which was asleep. Robin seemed not to realize his fear.
She saw only nature's beauty.
And while he was thinking whether he should tell her about his
feelings or not a loud crack disturbed his thoughts. He turned around
immediately and grabbed for his gun but it had only Robin who walked
over some branches, which lay, on the ground. "Why are you that
nervous Colt?" she asked worried.
"Oh, uh it's nothing." Colt answered. He turned back to the path.
<Damn me. I'm unable to tell her that something is wrong. I feel it.
But maybe I'm wrong.>
"Come on Colt." She touched his shoulder gentle and laughed. "You
won't tell me that this town frightens you?"
"Hey! I'm never afraid of anything." He said laughing back.
"Oh look Colt. This rock there is amazing. Have you ever seen such a
rock? It glows in different colors." Robin shouted, handed over her
camera to Colt and ran towards the rock, which was standing in the
middle of the clearing.
Colt grinned and prepared to shoot a good picture. When Robin sat
down on the rock waiting for Colt to shoot the picture Colt suddenly
meant to see a shadow behind her. His girlfriend looked at him
surprised when he starred at her as if she was a ghost. "Robin." He
managed to scream. But it was to late. Her eyes became wide and she
looked down at her stomach. One part of a dagger seemed to grow out
of her chest. She gasped for air and tears ran down her eyes while
she whispered his name. A dark figure was standing behind her. The
man, who was totally clothed in black and a helmet, pushed her on the
ground. In his right hand he hold another dagger. Before he could
reach forward to attack Colt, the cowboy took out his guns and fired.
But the stranger disappeared in the wilderness as fast as he
appeared. For some seconds Colt just starred at his girlfriend. He
was shocked very much and unable to move or speak.
"Colt." Robin whispered and lifted her arm in his direction. Life
came back to Colt again. In a few seconds he sat beside her and
pulled the dagger out of her stomach. Warm blood ran down her body
and builds a small pool around her. Carefully Colt took her in his
arms and cried loud. His hot tears fell down on her pale and cold
face. "I'm so cold." She whispered.
"Don't die." He sobbed. "Please don't die. We will find a doctor. You
aren't allowed to die. You can't let me alone."
"Take this and stop the blood." A young voice said suddenly. Colt
looked up surprised. His eyes were still full of tears. In front of
him a boy was standing. A white light covered the boy who seemed to
be about 15 years old. In one hand he hold a white bandage. "Hurry
up." He said. "I know a hospital. You will find help there."
"Who are you and how...?" Colt asked.
"I'm a friend. Just call me Belch and now hurry up. You won't let her
Colt nodded. Like being in trance he took the bandage and bind it
around Robin's chest. A silent moan escaped her lips. Afterwards the
strange boy showed Colt the fastest way through the wilderness. While
Colt carried Robin Belch took the backpack and the camera. In a few
minutes they reached the car. Carefully Colt lay her down on the back
seat. Belch sat down next to Colt and told him where he should drive
too. During the trip they didn't talk anything.
Belch helped him to carry Robin in the hospital and while the doctors
took care of her Belch and Colt sat down in a waiting room. The next
hour went by slowly. Colt wasn't able to speak and just starred at
Belch. <Who is this boy? Where did he come from? And why did he help
me? And what's that light around him? > He wondered. Then his
thoughts went back to Robin and he started to cry. He knew that
something was wrong. Why didn't he tell? It was all his fault and now
Robin would probably die. Belch sat down next to him and stroke over
his shoulder. The expression on the boys face wasn't readable. A
mixture of sadness and trust. "Why?" Colt asked.
"Cause Derry woke up." Belch answered. "You were on the wrong place
at the wrong time."
"What do you mean?"
"The town is alive. It always was. It hid a secret, secret only kids
could see. But adults never cared about what their kids saw. The town
needs to be fed from time to time. Usually it takes only children.
People moved away cause of different reasons. You think the town
died, and is a ghost town now? You're wrong. It never died. It's
alive. For a long time it slept, and now it's awake. It's not your
fault, my friend. It's not your fault."
6. Broken hearts
Colt wanted to answer but a young woman who entered the room
interrupted him. <I've seen her somewhere already.> he thought while
standing up and greeting her.
"I'm Dr. Derringer. You're one of the Star Sheriffs right?"
"Yeah, that's right." He smiled at her. "Have we met before? The name
is Trista Derringer, isn't it?"
She nodded surprised. "We haven't met but I know a friend of yours.
Her name is April."
"Ahh, I know who you're. The girl who fell in love with Jesse Blue."
She looked at him sad. "Oh, sorry. I didn't want to hurt you. My
name's Colt. Nice to meet you." He took her hand and kissed it
gentle. "You're a doctor now?"
Trista sat down next to him. "I'm, yes. I work in the mental
department. I heard that one of the Star Sheriffs is at the hospital
by accident. It's a long time and I'm not mad with April anymore. She
did her job and who knows what would have happened if she didn't
interfere. I would have never come to this place where I'm needed."
"Well, I was really sorry that we didn't get to know each other. When
Robin is healthy again, would you mind going out with us?" Trista
"Colt! It's difficult to tell. I met Dr. Warren outside the room and
decided to overtake the task to tell you ..."
"She's dead. That's what you try to tell me, right?" Colt looked at
"She will always be with you." Trista said. "I know how you feel."
He wanted to be string but his feelings overpowered him and he
started to cry.
Belch sat down next to him and touched his shoulder. The cowboy
turned his head and looked into Belch's brown eyes. They were deep
"It's not your fault and it doesn't bring her back when you get sad
But you will get your revenge, don't worry. We all will get it."
Trista looked at Belch surprised. "Who..." she started to say.
"Call me Belch. You know a friend of mine." He smiled. "Thanks for
helping him. Now we're five."
"You mean you're a friend of Victor?" she asked amazed.
"And Henry. I have a request for you. If you want Vinnie to wake up
you have to help Henry. You know he's in a mental hospital but it was
a fault. Maybe you can arrange that he can leave the hospital. He
isn't dangerous and he's the one who saved Vinnie."
"You're the one who sends the presents?" Belch nodded.
"Well." Colt interrupted their conversation. "I don't know about what
you're talking but I will leave you and hunt Robin's murderer. He
won't escape." He stood up and went to the door but Belch held him
"You won't be able to stop Derry. Alone you're to weak. Believe me.
We need Henry. He can tell you more about what happened and what's
"Okay, then we will fetch him."
"That's not easy Colt. Be patient. I will speak to Dr. Warren and try
to arrange something. I can't promise anything." Trista said.
She left the room while Belch stayed to comfort and calm down Colt.
Hours went by and Colt became nervous. But finally Trista came back.
A boy about 16 years followed her. His eyes were as black as his hair
and clothes. Belch hugged Henry and Trista lead all of them to
Victor's room. Henry didn't say a word until they entered the room.
Belch and Colt had to stay outside. Trista didn't want too much
people around Victor. Henry sat down next to Victor's bed.
Victor smiled. "Henry."
"Glad to see you alive." Henry answered and hugged his friend. "Ready
to talk and leave the hospital?"
"Sure. As long as my doctor allows it. But I suppose so. Right,
Trista?" Victor said and laughed happily.
"I would have to make a final examination. Well, I didn't believe
that only a visit from Henry would help that much. I know we made a
progress but that's a real surprise."
"You could do that cause you're half outrider." Henry said. It was a
"You're. But don't worry your secret is save with us."
"And you. You two didn't grow up. The accident you had been about 30
years ago." Henry nodded and went to open the door. "Come in." He
said to Belch and Colt. Like Henry and Victor before Belch also
hugged Victor. Then all of them sat down around the bed. While
watching the three friends Trista had the strange feeling that they
talked to each other without the need to say anything.
"You are able to use telepathy?" she asked.
<Like you.> she heared Victor's voice in her head. <It's me who talk
to them and who can read what they think. Each of us got a gift as I
told you before. Soon you will be ready to understand. I hope Colt
will be ready to join us soon, too.> Trista nodded thoughtfully.
Colt himself felt like being in a dream. It started like a nightmare
and turned out as some fantasy dream by now. He didn't know what
would happen if he woke up. The pain was still strong and he refused
thinking about Robin. For some time he watched Trista. <She's pretty.
I realized that when I saw her for the first time already. But
somehow it's as if I would see her for the first time today. I should
think about Robin and feel much more pain or at least I should be
angry. But instead I start only thinking about Trista. It's strange.
Did she cast a spell over me? I can understand that Jesse fall in
love with her. How could he give up her? She's special and only her
presence can cure my pain and help me to forget.> Colt thought while
listening to Henry's horror story.
A story about death and hate, a monster which lived in the town, and
woke up from time to time, to eat the children and sometimes even
adults. The monster could take over humans and as long as the monster
was awake the town seemed to sleep. Adults didn't realize what
happened. It was the children who saw and started fighting against
the evil. But the monster used Henry that time and the seven kids,
called "the Loosers" weren't able to defeat IT completely. IT had won
the battle and the people moved away while Henry and his friends, who
had barely survived the fight in the sewerage, fell asleep. With
Trista's help the friends were united again. Now they were five. Two
people were left. Only a group of seven people, six males and one
female, could defeat IT. All of them would have to use their own
gifts, which were given to them by birth or by IT itself. Trista was
the one who could heal the soul's wounds, Belch was a ghost and could
fight on a spiritual level, Henry could teleport and new everything
about IT, Victor would use telepathy to unite them and Colt was good
in weapon skills. Two people were left. One who knew about animals
and one who could heal the body? The five friends would prepare for
the fight against IT until the other two guys would join them. Henry
felt that the time was coming. For the past few weeks the moon
started talking again. IT would wake up soon. Maybe IT was awake
already but they weren't ready to fight.
7. Shadows of the Past
While Trista, Victor, Henry, Belch and Colt found each other and the
rest of the Star Sheriffs investigated the explosion at the academy a
strange space ship appeared in the orbit of planet Far. It looked
like Ramrod but if you watched it carefully you could recognize it as
a Renegade. Somewhere in the dessert of planet Far Snake went out of
his home and watched the Sky. Some days ago Jesse woke up. He was
still weak. Nevertheless Snake did what his stepbrother asked him
for. Jesse started to hear Nemesis voice. In the final battle between
the Outriders and the Star Sheriffs Nemesis soul was set free.
Somehow Jesse united his own soul with Nemesis soul. According to
what Jesse told Snake, Jesse would keep Nemesis soul in his body as
long as it would take them to find Nemesis body. Snake had been
suspicious at first but after some days he realized that Nemesis
wasn't their enemy anymore. With Jesse's help Snake built a special
two-way radio, which would send out signals. Hopefully those signals
would reach the secret base on planet Lamari. They had and Snake
contacted Yamuri, who lead the operations of the rebels there. Jesse
explained their situation to Yamuri and the young man sent a group of
soldiers into vapor zone to visit their home planet.
The Renegade landed in front of the cave. A young man in a red
overall climbed out. He looked human but Snake knew that he was half
outrider, like Jesse. Snake hugged and greeted him. "Glad to see you,
Yamuri. I hope Cavalry Command didn't realize anything." Snake said.
"Good to see you, too. I'm sure Cavalry Command didn't realize the
Probably they thought its Ramrod. The only problem we have is that
someone could have realized that your signals were sent not only to
Lamari but also into vapor zone."
"We shouldn't risk anything." Jesse said. He was now standing at the
entrance of the cave. A weak smile passed his lips. "You found the
Yamuri nodded. "And you won't believe it. Nature found a way to
regenerate the planet. It's possible to live there again."
"That's great. The main space ship is on his way home?"
"Yeah. Jean leads the flights. Only few rebels are at the secret base
on Lamari, now." He looked at Jesse suspicious. "I'm still unsure if
we can trust Nemesis."
The expression on Jesse's face changed. Suddenly he looked older and
a bit cold. Nemesis overtook his body. "You can trust me, Yamuri. I'm
very proud of you and the rebels. Back in time we made a big mistake.
Our mission had a good aim but we didn't know what would happen if we
separate feelings from mind. People without feelings are perfect
machines. All of us have seen what happens when people play god. We
played god and we had to pay the consequences. It's time to forget
the past now and to build something new."
Then he turned to Snake. "Thanks for trusting and helping me. It's
time to say good-bye now. Jesse will come back soon. But I have to go
home to my people."
"When will Jesse come back?"
"The transfer will take place on planet Lamari. Jesse will be back in
a few days. Yamuri and me will arrange meetings with Commander Eagle
and some high ranked officers of Cavalry Command."
Yamuri helped Jesse to climb in the Renegade and they left the
planet. For a while Snake just stood there and watched the sky.
Suddenly he was interrupted in his thoughts by the sound of a car. He
looked into the dessert. It was Red Fury turbo, Fireball's car. When
Fireball arrived and jumped out of his car Snake watched him
suspicious. "What brings you to planet Far Fireball?" he said after
"We have to talk Snake. And I want the truth. It's very important and
if you're in trouble we will help you. You're sending messages into
vapor zone again, right?"
"You want the truth? The truth is a long and sad story and I told you
once you doesn't understand anything."
"Snake, I'm not here for jokes. People are dying and Cavalry Command
lost most of its weapons."
"What are you talking about? I don't know about your problems."
Fireball looked confused. "You weren't behind the attack? But you
send messages into vapor zone. We thought outriders are back."
"Come in and sit down. You're right, it's time to tell the truth.
Maybe you understand. You showed me that you're different. Some of my
friends wouldn't trust you but you and your friends, you saved my
He led Fireball in his home, gave him something to drink and started
to tell his story. Fireball listened patiently to the amazing story.
A really long story. Snake told him about how he and Jesse grew up on
planet Far, how Jesse was kidnapped by the outriders and he decided
to join Cavalry Command because he wanted to save his stepbrother.
Then he turned to Jesse's story. Jesse Blue who had been the son of a
human man and an outrider woman, who had grown up with Snake and was
kidnapped by rebels of the outriders to become one of them. They
believed Jesse was the rebirth of Nemesis cousin, the one who had
helped Nemesis to separate feelings and mind. With the help of
Fireball's father Jesse had been able to go to the academy on Alamo
later. But some problems at the academy caused that Jesse had decided
to join Nemesis side. Later on Jesse had found out about the secret
abilities of the outriders, about the dark past and who he had been
in his former life. That time prophecies had started to full fill
Fireball was amazed to hear that his father was still alive and that
he was behind the group of rebels. His father had always wanted to
bring peace to both peoples. That was why he decided to transfer his
own soul into an outrider cyborg body and to let his human body die.
He gave up his own life to help Jesse's parents, to save Jesse and to
help outriders to fight against their crazy leader Nemesis. But
Fireball also heard about how Nemesis had become what he was and that
he changed since the final battle. For the first time since a long
time Fireball felt at peace. There was no need for him anymore to
run. His past was no longer a nightmare but he could think about it
without feeling bad. And finally he understood Snake's, Jesse's and
Afterwards Fireball told Snake about the explosion at the academy and
some other attacks, which took place, like the one about witch Colt
told him. Fireball was sure that not Robin had been the aim but Colt.
While Saber and April continued their investigations at the academy
Colt would go after Robin's murderer and he visited Snake. Before the
visit he had never imagined what he would get to know. It was amazing
and at first he didn't know what to do. But Snake showed that he
really cared and wanted to help him. They would find out who was
behind the attacks. Fireball wanted Snake to come with him but Snake
told him to go back alone. If he found some news he would send those
to him but right now he had some other tasks to do.
Before Yamuri and Jesse left planet Far Yamuri had asked him for a
favor. He would see what he could do.
8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
During the flight to Alamo Fireball thought carefully about what
Snake had told him. Wasn't it a weird story? But Snake had been
earnest and somehow Fireball felt he could believe him. Probably
April and Saber would tell him not to be stupid. He wasn't. Snake
told the truth, he was sure about that. And he believed Robin was
murdered. Saber said he thought it was an accident. How could he?
When will he start to tell us that all the attacks were just
accidents, Fireball wondered by himself. <We, probably he acts
strange cause it's all to much for him. He needs a break. If
Commander Whitehawk would have been my mentor, oh god, what would I
do. I can understand him. He knows that he needs a break but he can't
let us do the work alone cause the case is something personal.> he
thought. When he reached the academy Saber waited for him already.
"Where's Snake?" he asked angry.
"Calm down Saber. He isn't a traitor. He will stay in touch with us
and help with the investigations."
"What?! It's obviously that he has something to do with it. Are
"Saber, please. You're just tired. I can understand you. Sit down and
let me explain."
"No, you don't understand Fireball. Last night my parents were killed
and you help a traitor. How can you, Fireball."
Fireball starred at him in shock. "I...I'm sorry. I didn't know. How?"
"Outriders were behind it. Outriders, I'm sure."
Saber sank on the floor and Fireball sat don next to him. "We will
help you, you aren't alone." Tears ran down Saber's face.
"We must stop it. But how? I even don't know what I did last night.
Fireball, what's happening to me? You don't know but I start to
forget and suddenly I know about facts I can't know. And now...Well,
I should stop that stuttering."
"You aren't crazy Saber. You're just tired. I will fetch April okay
and we will take care of you." He stood and wanted to leave but Saber
hold his arm.
"I'm sorry Fireball. I didn't want to hurt you. I don't know why I
became that angry. But..."
"You work to much, Saber." Saber nodded while Fireball left. From far
away a voice talked to him again.
Fireball was still in shock cause of Saber's strange reaction but he
didn't believe saber could have something to do with it. Maybe he
should talk to a psychologist. Saber had been very down. Suddenly,
while walking through the empty academy building, Fireball meant to
hear footsteps behind him. He turned around but he was alone. A heavy
wind was blowing and he froze. <Well, I should hurry up.> Fireball
thought and ran forward. When he passed a corner a cold hand grabbed
for him and pushed him to the ground. The man who was standing over
him was clothed totally in black. In one hand he had a dagger.
Fireball's eyes widened. "What the hell. Who are you? What do you
"You stupid kid. Dealing with the enemy, right. I knew one time I
would get you. Help...help...No, one will help you. Nobody will hear
you. Do you feel death? I came for you, Fireball. I was behind you
for a long time, but you always escaped. You're going to shag my
girlfriend, right. April belongs to me, only to me. Understand."
"We can talk about it. Calm down, please. Who are you?"
"Death." the stranger said, sat down on Fireball's stomach and pushed
the dagger into Fireball's chest. He was to fast. Fireball couldn't
do anything but breathe. Blood ran out of the wound. The man pulled
out the dagger again to push it much deeper into Fireball's lungs.
The boy started to moan and cough. But he wasn't able to defend
himself. Blood were everywhere. With horrified eyes he watched the
man pulling out the dagger again. Then, instead of pushing it into
his heart, the man threw the dagger away and stood up. A terrible cry
resounds through the destroyed buildings. Before Fireball lost his
consciousness he could see that the man threw away his helmet. Blue
eyes looked down at him. "You?" Fireball whispered in surprise.
Everything went black afterwards.
Some hours later at Commander Eagle's office. Saber and April had
been called for a conference after Commander Eagle gets to know about
Fireball's accident. April was still under shock cause her boyfriend
was attacked. He had luck that Saber found him and brought him to the
hospital. Nevertheless it wasn't sure if he would survive. The wounds
had been deep and he lost much blood. Right now he lay in coma and
the doctors couldn't say if he would wake up again.
"You told me at the phone that you believe it has something to do
with Snake?" Commander Eagle asked Saber. April just starred at her
father, not able to say anything. Her thoughts were far away.
"Yes. We believe that. Some hours ago we got a call from planet Far.
Snake is sending messages into vapor zone again. That's why I sent
Fireball to planet Far. He knows Snake better than April and me. I
hoped he could talk to Snake and find out what happened."
Commander Eagle nodded thoughtfully. "Go on with the report."
"When he came back he was very angry, cause Snake didn't tell him
anything. We separated then cause I had to do some investigations and
he wanted to meet April. I hoped he would feel better then. As you
know I've informed some officers at our base on planet Far already.
They will fetch Snake and bring him to Alamo. I wouldn't be amazed if
he is here, already."
"You mean he is behind the attack?"
"I suppose so. I'm sure it was a human and probably he didn't finish
his work cause I came at the wrong moment."
"Okay. Good work Saber. I think it's the best now if the two of you
have a little break. The last experiences did strained all of us."
Saber nodded and lead April out of the room. He laid one arm around
her shoulder and they went down the hall. "You should rest April." He
said. She was too weak to answer and followed him to Ramrod. Tired
she lay down in her bed while Saber went to the kitchen to fetch her
something to drink. Then he sat down at her bed and stroke over her
"A bit. It still hurts. Why Fireball? Why him?"
"I don't know. But we will find the offender. Don't worry. And I'm
sure he will survive."
"I'm. Don't worry." Saber bent down and kissed her gently.
April looked at him surprised. His blue eyes met her blue eyes and
suddenly she felt very connected to him. She grabbed for his arms and
pulled him down. Her lips searched for his mouth. Their kiss was long
and intense while he pressed her against him. After a while April
broke the kiss. Both of them starred at each other in shock.
"Sorry. I shouldn't..." Saber said while standing up.
"It's okay. You have not to feel guilty. I...It's my fault. But I
"Sorry." He said and wanted to leave the room but she ran after him.
"Saber. Thank you. It's just, I'm feeling much better now."
Saber nodded. "It won't happen again." He said and left. <Don't feel
bad.> April thought while sitting down on her bed. <I wanted it, too.
You don't know that I loved you for a long time. Oh my god, all of us
would have a motive.>
In the same moment the phone was ringing.
9. Dark Truth
Commander Eagle sat in his office and thought about the last
experiences. Somehow he had the feeling that this time not outriders
but humans were behind the attacks. Thoughtfully he checked the
newspapers and in formations they had collected during the last few
weeks, when the phone started to ring.
"I have an important message for you." The voice sounded young and
Commander Eagle couldn't say who was calling him.
"Who is there?" he asked.
"A friend. You may get a call from the hospital soon. We tried to
help Fireball, but it was to late."
"Are you calling from the hospital."
"Yes, but I will leave soon. The offender is one of the Star
Sheriffs. Something strange is happening and I'm going to find out
what it is. I will stay in touch with you Commander. Ask yourself,
who found Fireball and who knows to use daggers. If it had been me I
would have used a snake. That's much easier. Think about it and take
care of your daughter." Before Commander Eagle could say anything the
other hung up. <It must have been Snake. That means he could escape
and he wants to proof that he wasn't behind the attack. One of the
Star Sheriffs. Colt? Saber? April? I will talk to each of them and
try to find out how they would react. At first I will talk to Saber.
He found Fireball.> Commander Eagle thought by himself.
Not much time later Saber entered the office.
"You wanted to talk to me."
"Yes, I want. I wonder where you have been when Fireball was
Saber starred at him surprised. "What? You think I did it?"
"I don't. But I have to check out all possibilities."
"Yes, I know." But Commander Eagle realized that Saber became angry.
Could it be? But Saber? It was impossible.
"I was at the academy. I talked to him when he came back. He was
angry and left. I heard a scream and that's it."
"Please, I know you are down with your nerves but I need to have an
"Exact? I know what you want." Saber shouted and stood up. "You want
me to tell you that it was me who killed Fireball. Do you really
think I would do ...Oh, go. Sorry, sorry. I'm..I shouldn't talk to
you like that." He sat down again and put his head between his
hands. "I don't know what's happening. Believe me Commander it wasn't
me but I really don't know where I have been. During the last weeks
something happened to me. My god, sometimes I even start to hear
voices. I suppose I need a break."
Commander Eagle nodded and took the phone.
"What are you doing?" Saber asked suspicious. His eyes glittered
"I'm going to call a doctor. You are right, you need a break and
"You think I'm crazy, right? That's what you think." Saber stood up,
ran to the desk and threw the phone away. "That's what Fireball
thought, too. You know he wanted to help a traitor."
"Saber Rider." Commander Eagle said with an earnest voice. "I really
don't know what's the matter with you but you behave as if you were
insane. Please sit down."
"I won't. You won't punish me for anything. I will take care of
April, Commander. I promise." Saber took out a knife and pushed
Commander Eagle forward.
"You don't know what you're doing Saber Rider." Commander Eagle
shouted and tried to overwhelm the Star Sheriff. But Saber was faster
and pressed him against the wall. The knife was near the Commanders
"You were right, commander. It was me. But I had to do so. You will
understand. April belongs to me. And Fireball was a traitor. Like
you." Saber laughed and rolled his eyes. He looked totally crazy.
"Do you see the deathlights ..." But he was interrupted by the sound
of a gun. A blue light passed the room. Saber turned and looked
amazed at the soldiers who were standing at the door. He couldn't
move anymore. Commander Eagle talked something with the soldiers but
Saber Rider didn't hear him. There was only one voice in his head. It
was calling for him again and again. <You have to kill them all Saber
Rider. They are your enemies. They laugh at you, don't believe in
you, and think you're crazy. But you aren't. Kill them. Kill them.>
Like being in trance he went with the soldiers who brought him away.
Some time later April sat in her father's office and listened to his
report. She was still sad because of what happened to Fireball. But
she was also angry. Her dad sent Saber to a mental hospital. He
thought that Saber had killed Fireball and that he was insane. How
could he? April was sure it had not been Saber and beside Saber would
never do such a thing. Maybe he just got angry cause he was down with
his nerves. If Commander Eagle would have sent for her instead for
those security man she was sure she would have been able to help him.
Still in anger April left the office and prepared to visit Saber at
the hospital. She would help him to get out and together they would
search for Snake who had behind the attack. When she reached the
hospital they didn't want to let her in at first but she said she was
Saber's fiancée and she was allowed to visit him. He was still down
with his nerves but didn't react aggressive but like someone whose
souls was broken. April felt pity for him. His eyes were somehow
speaking to her and she knew that she had to help him out.
At first the doctors didn't want to believe her, but when she showed
her passport and told them that Commander Eagle, her dad, wanted to
see Saber again she was allowed to leave the hospital together with
In the car they kissed again and April felt her love growing much
"We have to find Snake." She said.
Saber nodded. "Thank you for your trust in me, April. I'm sorry for
my actions. I didn't want to hurt your dad."
"It's okay. I believe you and it doesn't hurt that much anymore."
"I know where we will find Snake." She smiled at him while they drove
to Ramrod. <Come home, for the final fight. But before coming home I
have a special task for you. It will be a great explosion. Destroy
the headquarters of Cavalry Command where Commander Eagle is meeting
Outriders again.> the voice was saying and Saber planed to obey. Soon
they would reach Yuma and come home to Derry, Maine.
The place where it had begun and where it would end.
They had luck that nobody noticed them and that they weren't hunt
already. Commander Eagle had other problems at the moment and didn't
care too much about what his daughter was doing. He got a call that
the outriders were back and Commander Eagle had to think about how
they could defend New Frontier without their main weapons. But to his
surprise Nemesis sent a ambassador again. After what had happened he
still wanted to continue peace movements. This was the proof that the
outriders didn't know about the attacks and probably had nothing to
do with it. A young human looking man and and two Outrider Commanders
visited Commander Eagle. To Eagles surprise the Outrider Commander
told he was Fireball's father and the leader of the rebels.
The human man was called Yamuri, and the young red haired man, with
blue skin and the glowing eyes was Nemesis. He was young to be the
leader of the Outriders and it was a surprise that Nemesis didn't use
a cyborg body. In a few hours Commander Eagle and the leader of
Cavalry Command got to know everything about the history and legends
of the outriders. All of them were surprised but this time the
Outriders wanted to start real peace movements. It wasn't a trick and
Cavalry Command would not have to destroy all their weapons. There
was no need to do so.
In the secret base on planet Lamari Jesse woke up again. After the
transfer of Nemesis' soul into the body Jesse fell into coma again.
It had been too much for him. He had been very weak. But now he was
strong again. <I had strange dreams. Dreams about something evil,
something old. I can hardly remember it. But there is danger.
Something woke up, something was set free. A voice is calling for me.
It's not over. I have to go...> Jesse thought confused. Slowly he
stood up and left the room. Nobody took much notice of him. Only few
outriders were at the base and those few outriders prepared to leave
the base, too. They were going home. Maybe some outriders would stay.
It was a strange feeling to be free again. For almost his whole life
he had been influenced by Nemesis but now he was himself again. Sadly
he thought about the things he had done. Probably humans would really
hate him now. Nevertheless he couldn't hate them. One part of him was
human too, at least in this life, and he still felt a connection. He
remembered the time when he was a kid and he smiled. Suddenly, while
walking through the base he felt a terrible ache in his heart. His
head seemed to explode and he sat down in a corner. For some moments
time stopped and everything went black. Far away a voice was calling
for him. <Jesse!> The voice wasn't male or female, not old and not
young, just a voice, which called his name. Jesse forced himself to
stand up again and hurried to reach his space ship. In a few minutes
he left Lamari and was on his way to Yuma. But the pain became worse
when he reached Yuma. It was almost impossible for him to land, but
he managed it nevertheless. When he flew down he even lost his
consciousness for some seconds. He almost lost control over Badlander
when he woke up again but he forced himself to be strong and to reach
the headquarters of Cavalry Command.
<Jesse!> the voice called for him again. <You have to stop them, you
have to stop them.>
At first he didn't believe what he saw. Once the building had looked
like a huge palace but now only ruins were left. <What happened here?
> Jesse wondered. <I thought we wanted peace. I thought Nemesis...>
Everywhere he could see death and destruction. Some parts of the
building were burning and loud sirens filled the air. The police,
paramedics and firefighters didn't notice Jesse's arrival. Slowly he
made his way through the destroyed building. People were screaming
and crying and Jesse felt himself going back in time. Instead of
humans he saw outriders. Blood was everywhere. The air burned in the
lungs. Children sat next to their dead parents while soldiers
continued to fight against each other. They even killed children.
Separated them from their parents and tortured them to death.
Suddenly a voice interrupted Jesse in his thoughts. "Jesse..." He
turned around and somewhere between broken furniture and stones he
could see black hair, which were mixed with blood. "Yamuri?" he asked
and sat down next to his friends.
"Help." Yamuri moaned. "Everything will be okay. Don't worry." Jesse
said and laid his hands on Yamuri's head. A blue light covered
Jesse's hands, left them and covered Yamuri's body. After a few
seconds Yamuri's wounds were healed and it was no problem for Yamuri
to push the stones and furniture away.
"We have to find the others." Yamuri said. "Perhaps we can save some
of them." Jesse nodded and they went on. Not far away from where
Jesse found Yamuri they found Commander Eagle. He was injured badly.
Blood ran down his face and a piece of wood pierced his chest. Jesse
and Yamuri sat down and pulled the piece of wood out of Commander
Eagle's chest carefully. Then each of them sat down next to the man.
They lay their hands on the commander's chest and concentrated. A
blue light covered both hands, left the hands and united to a ball of
light before it went down to surround the commander. Commander Eagle
was still unconsciousness when the light vanished and Yamuri decided
to take care of him while Jesse would search for Nemesis.
Finally, after searching some time, Jesse discovered Nemesis
unconsciousness body, between broken stones. Blue blood covered the
body. One part of his face was burned and stones pressed him to the
ground. When Jesse sat down next to him and tried to move the stones
by using telekinesis Nemesis opened his eyes and took Jesse's
"Don't talk. I will save you. Everything is okay."
"No...You can't ...It's to late...Saber...you must stop...peace
"Nemesis you won't die. You can't die. I will not let you die.
"No...I see what I've done now. It's late...I'm tired...cold."
"No!" Jesse shouted in anger and suddenly Nemesis was free. Jesse
starred down at the body. Almost all bones were broken. He looked
"Jesse...You will be the new leader. It has always been your task.
You know. With your friends help you will bring peace back to
outriders and humans. You've always been special. You were born to be
Jesse took him in his arms and tried to concentrate but Nemesis build
some sort of barrier. He wasn't able to heal Nemesis wounds. "When
you die we will never have peace."
"We will ...you have to find ...Star Sheriffs ...then ...find ...true
"Nemesis what are you talking about. The Star Sheriffs aren't
responsible for this, are they?"
"No!!!" Jesse cried when he realized that Nemesis wasn't breathing
anymore. He concentrated again and tried to heal Nemesis. If he gave
all his power, maybe he could save him.
"It's to late. He's dead." Jesse heard a voice behind him. Yamuri and
Commander Eagle were standing there. To Jesse's surprise Commander
Eagle looked sad. "I'm sorry for what happened. The offender will be
found and punished."
"You don't recognize me?" Jesse asked.
"I do. But I know your story and I can almost understand your
actions. I suppose you will be the new leader and I can only hope you
won't continue the war."
Jesse looked at Yamuri then back to Commander Eagle. "I will also
search for the offender Commander. And when I find him first he will
die." he stood up and went away.
"He's also for peace, believe me Commander." Yamuri said.
"Both of you saved my life. I trust you. What will he do now?"
"He searches for the offender. You can be sure he finds him. Don't
worry he won't kill innocent people."
Commander Eagle nodded. "I've always known he had a heart and
feelings. He acts like a teenager. Impulsive and wild. Somehow
reminds me to Fireball."
Yamuri smiled and thought by himself: <Some people believe that
Fireball's father was Jesse's father. But who knows. Other stories
say that Jean and his sister Sunny were Jesse's parents. Nobody knew
the truth. The only fact was that Jesse had been the rebirth of
Nemesis' cousin and that he was the one the outriders waited for. He
gave them their feelings back. Maybe he would also bring peace back
Some days ago Snake had arrived at the hospital where Trista was
Trista had been very surprised to see him, but Henry told her that he
was number six. Only one person was missing. Trista and Snake had a
long discussion and Colt was shocked that nobody had informed him
about the events on Alamo and the fact that the outriders were back.
After a long talk Trista and Snake were finally able to convince Colt
that the outriders had nothing to do with the latest events. This
time the peace movements wouldn't be a trick. When Colt was still
suspicious and Snake talked with Trista about private subjects from
their past, Henry explained to Colt that IT was behind the disasters.
IT had always been the offender. Henry knew tat for a long time. But
who would have believed him, except his friends. People said he was
insane, but he had seen IT in his original form and he had been used
by IT once. He was the only one who survived this without becoming
crazy. Nevertheless he couldn't defeat IT alone. All of them would
have to go into the sewerage of Derry. Down there IT was waiting for
them. IT knew that if enough disasters would have happened Henry
would come back to finish what the "Loosers" started about 30 years
ago. Again they were a team of six males and one female who would be
the connection between them. Colt wondered who would be the seventh
"It will be someone who has also been used by IT for some time. He
had good friends and he was far away. IT lost the tracks and wasn't
able to control him anymore. Now he's coming back and with him three
enemies will come back as well. We have to be careful and from now on
we should not separate." Henry said. Not much time later they could
see Ramrod in the sky. Colt was surprised pretty much but Henry told
them to stay in the hospital. Snake wondered how Henry managed to
unite the group, to hold them together and to hinder Colt to
separate. Like him Colt had been a loner and wasn't the type of guy
who liked to take orders from others, especially from younger boys.
But maybe he also felt the danger or he was too much worried about
Shortly after the arrival of Ramrod another much faster space ship
arrived. Trista, Colt and Snake watched it in surprise. It was
"Jesse." Trista whispered. Henry stood behind her and laid one hand
around her shoulder. "To connect us you have to love all of us." He
said. "You're the connection between us. Not me. I may be the leader
of the group but you're the one who will lead us out of the sewerage
"I..I can't see him again Henry. You don't understand."
"I understand better than you think. You were in love with him, but
he didn't love you back."
"He was mean to me."
"he was controlled by IT."
"You mean he could..."
"No, you aren't meant for each other. You're meant for Colt. But you
and him, you can still just be friends."
"He's meant for April?"
"No. Where he is it's dark. I can't say. You should talk to him. Now."
Trista was unsure if she should follow Henry's advice but she decided
to talk to Jesse. He had to be the sevenths person, she realized.
That would mean the other Star Seriffs were the enemies. Somehow she
felt sorry for them. She would try to help them to survive.
All of them went to Badlander. While the boys hid themselves Trista
went to the entrance. Jesse was surprised to see her.
"You?!" he said.
"Me!" she answered.
"How did you find me?"
"You found me. I work at the hospital not far away."
"You became a doctor?"
"I thought you were dead and I was responsible."
"And if I were dead. What would be then?"
"You were a good friend. I would be sad. Not only me. This world
needs more people like you." He smiled for the first time.
"You really mean that?" she said happily.
"I always mean what I say. This time I was just angry. I'm sorry.
Angry cause of my stupid feelings for a girl who would never love me
back. I'm over her now."
"Does that mean I'm your girl again?" she asked suspicious.
"Forget my speech about better people. You're my girl."
Trista felt everything turn when Jesse took her in his arms. This
time Colt left his hideout. Henry wasn't fast enough to stop him. He
was very angry. Jesse betrayed Trista once and now he behaved as if
nothing had happened.
"Let her go traitor!" he shouted and pulled Trista away from Jesse.
"You want tell me what I have to do, cowboy." Jesse laughed. "I don't
love her like a lover, cowboy. Got it? I love her like a brother.
That's meant by she's my girl." He grinned at Colt who didn't know
what to say now. Colts face was still red. "You hurt her!"
"I did. But I'm sorry."
"Don't argue." Trista interrupted them. "Jesse was controlled by IT
that time. He didn't know what he said. He wasn't himself."
"Oh." Colt said.
"What?!" Jesse asked.
"It's a long and crazy story, mate." Colt answered.
"Are we friends already?"
"You seem to be the sevenths one."
"Can anybody explain what's happening?"
Trista and Colt grinned to each other before they started to tell
Jesse the whole story about IT and the last events on Yuma. Snake,
Belch, Henry and Victor showed up now, too. It was a big surprise for
Colt to hear Jesse's and Snake's story. They had to cut it a bit
cause Henry told they were running out of time, but nevertheless it
had been an amazing story.
12. The final battle
When Ramrod landed next to Derry, April woke up from her sleep. Saber
sat next to her bed and smiled down at her.
"What happened? We're in Derry already?" she asked.
"We shagged, you fell asleep and I brought us here. Yes, we're in
Derry." His eyes glew strange.
"Oh Saber. Fireball died and what are we doing?"
"We're going to find and kill the offender." He smiled and pulled her
out of the bed. "I'm sure Snake is behind this and we will find him
April nodded, put on her clothes, took her gun and followed Saber. He
was clothed in black, with a black helmet and took his dagger with
him. Both of them made their way through the wilderness and soon they
reached the entrance to the sewerage where they could find the enemy.
Seven people were standing there. Three boys, Colt, Trista, Jesse and
Snake. "Colt!" April whispered in surprise. "Traitor!" Saber hissed.
April froze. She couldn't believe what she saw. Trista kissed all of
them and then they entered the sewerage.
"We have to talk to them!" April said but Saber shook his head.
"We will wait and follow them. Then we must separate them."
"What do you plan?"
"You will see."
April suddenly felt unsure and frightened. Nevertheless she followed
Saber down the dark, wet sewerage. She could almost feel death and
destruction down there. The tunnel was narrow and only two people
could go next to each other. Snake and Henry walked in the front
line, then Colt, then Belch and Victor, then Trista and the last one
"That's bad." Saber said when they followed the seven. "Jesse has to
be the first. Well, seems as if there is no other way."
Saber made a noise behind Jesse, when they passed some sort of hall,
and hid behind a corner of the tunnel they came from. Jesse stopped
while the others went on. As fast as he could Saber reached forward
and tried to push the dagger into Jesse's chest. But Jesse's reaction
was faster. He jumped back and Saber didn't reach him. April appeared
behind Saber. Angry she looked at Jesse.
"You are behind this?" she said. "You killed Fireball."
Jesse looked at her surprised. "Why should I. I'm over you now. You
should know that by now and you shouldn't interfere. You don't know
what kind of trouble awaits you."
"But you know?"
"Better than you."
"He lies." Saber said. He ran forward and pushed Jesse down on the
floor. The dagger was near Jesse's heart. April starred towards them
in fear when the tunnel above them started to glow red. "Saber look."
She whispered. Jesse took the time and pushed Saber off him. All of
them starred at the tunnel and what was coming out of it. It glew
white and filled the room with fog. They couldn't see anything. April
screamed in fear. She didn't know what was happening but she didn't
like it. Jesse's body was suspended in the air and covered by a
strange light. He seemed to unconsciousness. Saber starred at him in
horror while April was still screaming. Suddenly she felt hands
grabbing for her and realized that it was Colt. Trista had realized
that Jesse vanished and they came back. Henry used his ability to
teleport and appeared next to the tunnel above them. He grabbed for
Jesse and both of them fell to the floor. Both of them felt a
terrible pain in their backs. The same moment they heard Victor's
voice in their heads.
<You have to take your hands. Take your hands. We have to build a
circle. Immediately.> Fog surrounded them again and they heard a
harsh scream of something they couldn't identify. Trista grabbed for
Colts and Jesse's arms and they formed the circle. April lay in the
inner part of it, still confused and crying. Saber who had been
unable to move for a while listened to IT's voice again. <Separate
them. Kill them.> Slowly he stood up. Suddenly the fog vanished and
out of one tunnel a boy was coming. "Fireball!" April shouted and
tried to break out of the circle. She started hit Colt badly but he
wouldn't let her break the connection and hold Trista's and Belch's
hand. But April wasn't the only one who saw something strange. For
some time Colt meant to see Robin but luckily Trista and Belch
realized that he lost concentration and hold his hands firmly. "No."
She's leaving...Robin...." he cried.
"She's dead. You now that. You have seen her die. This is an
illusion." Belch shouted. For Trista it was much easier cause she
only saw Jesse and she new he was standing next to her, holding her
hand. Snake remembered the time when he was almost killed by
outriders who came to their home to kidnap Jesse. Jesse remembered
Nemesis, but he managed to refuse the illusion himself. Henry heard
it's voice again, but this time it was easy not to listen. He had to
concentrate on Victor who saw IT in his original form again. Victor's
eyes were glassy and Henry realized that IT tried to push Vinnie's
soul towards the death lights. He wouldn't allow IT to kill his best
friend. The same time Saber attacked Trista with his dagger and the
circle was broken. Trista fell to the ground. The dagger cut a deep
wound in her back. Jesse pushed Saber away immediately and sat down
next to her. Snake grabbed for April who tried to attack Jesse and
help Saber. Belch suddenly appeared behind Saber and tried to get the
dagger. Saber turned around to attack Belch, but when he pushed the
dagger towards the boy a strange light surrounded Belch. Amazed and
shocked Saber starred at his hand, which sticks in the boy's body. He
had never seen a ghost before but in this moment he realized that
Belch had to be one. The same moment IT lost control over Saber Rider
and the former leader of the Star Sheriffs broke down on the floor.
His eyes filled with sorrow and guilt. Tears ran down his face and he
watched the bloody dagger in fear. It fell to the ground without
making a sound. He put the helmet off his head and threw it against
the wall. The pain in his soul almost killed him. Colt had used the
time to pull out his gun and to fire against the huge spider, which
entered the hall. IT screamed in pain and energy was set free. An
earthquake moved the sewerage. Henry's soul left his body now, too
and flew to the death lights, the place where IT's original form
stayed. The place where IT tried to bring Vinnie's soul and to kill
him. <You're back, little boy.> IT talked to Henry.
<I'm back to kill you, Pennywise.> IT laughed and IT's demonic soul
reached for Henry to grab him, too. Henry used the chance to pull
Vinnie's soul closer to himself and to both of them grabbed IT's
demonic soul. <Imagine a silver knife.> Vinnie said. While Vinnie
hold IT Henry imagined the knife and pulled it deep into IT. IT
screamed in terror and suddenly the energy and light were set free
and vanished in the darkness. Again an earthquake moved the sewerage.
The souls went back to their bodies and both boys woke up again.
Together they destroyed IT. Finally the nightmare was over.
Belch sat down next to his friends and smiled. "Thank you." He said.
"It's okay Belch."
"Take care." For the first time since he woke up Vinnie spoke loud
"You too." Belch said and vanished. The ghost found it's peace and
Belch could finally die.
A heavy earthquake interrupted them again. "We have to go out. Fast."
Snake shouted. Some time later the were passed the broken sign, which
said, "Welcome to Derry, Maine." The ghost town was really dead now.
Finally the war ended and peace came back to New Frontier and the
Outriders. While Saber was sent to a mental hospital April had to
deal with the fact that her friend was insane and responsible for the
attacks. She wasn't sent to jail but not allowed to work for Cavalry
Command again, at least for the next few years. Her dad forgave her
but she still wasn't able to accept that Saber had been the offender.
Deep inside her heart she felt that in some way Saber was innocent.
IT had used him. But what could she do? Only facts were accepted as
proofs. And April wondered why she wasn't mad with Saber cause he
killed Fireball. The connection IT built between them was still there
and would ever be. The only Star Sheriff left was Colt. Henry and
Victor were asked to undergo the training at the newfound academy and
to join Cavalry Command. Both of them should become Star Sheriffs and
be in one group with Colt and Trista, who was asked to become Star
Sheriff, too. At first she had been unsure. But Colt with whom she
had fallen in love during the last weeks convinced her to come with
him. April was angry cause Colt and his Star Sheriff team would use
Ramrod from now on. Colt was a hero and she was nothing. It was
unfair. Maybe time would heal the wounds and Trista talked to her
already. She wanted to do her best to help April to get over the pain
and to help Saber. For the next few weeks Trista would have vacation
anyway and she decided to use the time to help April and Saber. Colt
who was still mad with April, who helped Saber (the one who killed
his Robin), didn't understand how she could help April. How could she
forgive that easily? But on the other hand he was proud of Trista for
what she did. The same time Henry and Victor started their training
and their abilities improved soon. They were not only trained to
become Star Sheriffs but Yamuri also stayed at the academy to help
them by practicing their special abilities. Henry was very good in
teleporting already but Yamuri believed he could help him to wake up
more abilities. Maybe Henry could also learn to heal and to use
telepathy, like Victor.
But not only in New Frontier lot's things had to be done. After
Nemesis death it had been Jesse's task to become the new leader. Most
outriders accepted him more than Nemesis cause he gave them their
feelings back. Nevertheless it wasn't easy for him. He remembered the
time when he wished to get this position. Now he had it but he wasn't
that happy with it anymore. You had only less time for yourself and
had to take care of everything. Jesse was glad that Jean and the
leaders of the rebels helped him to rebuild the state system and that
Snake overtook the task to lead the peace movements. The only
condition for an alliance was that Saber and April had to be punished
for what they did. Cavalry had want that Jesse should be punished too
but they had to accept the outrider's legends and Jesse showed with
his actions that he really wanted peace and wouldn't trick them
again. Of course it would take some time until real friendship and
trust could grow between outriders and humans but first steps were