By: Yamuri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Imagine that parallel universes exist and that at special points in
time doors can open between two universes. This story will deal with
that idea. The Saber Rider universe which we know from the series
will collide with an alternative universe I created. In this
alternative universe some facts will be different. Saber Rider who
was trained to become a Star Sheriff fell in love with his fellow
student April Eagle. But April didn't love him back. Saber got very
angry at her and even tried to rape her. Luckily he failed and was
therefore pushed out of the academy. Later on Saber met the young
outrider spy Lily and decided to work for the outriders. From that
time on he became one of the worst enemies of Cavalry Command. Snake
(Saber's half brother), April, Mandarine (the young Star Sheriff
which appeared in the final battle against the outrider planet) and
Susi (the Star Sheriff who appeared in the episode "Snow Blind" and
was a friend of April) become Star Sheriffs. While April works at the
construction of Ramrod Snake, Mandarine and Susi start fighting
against the outriders. While hunting the outrider spy Vanquou they
get to know Fireball and Colt. After they beat Vanquou Fireball
decides to join the team while Colt prefers to stay a bounty hunter.
Susi who fell in love with Colt leaves the group with him. The famous
Star Sheriff team is formed by Snake (team leader), Mandarine,
Fireball, April. Jesse was trained by Whitehawk to become a spy and
joined the outriders to get informations about them. During his time
with the outriders Jesse discovered old legends which told about the
arrival of somebody who would bring peace to the outriders. He also
got to know that Nemesis soul was transferred into the Triton Materia
a long time ago and that the outriders managed to separate feelings
from mind. That's why outriders can't have fun. Later on Jesse meets
Yamuri. Yamuri tells Jesse a lot about his inventions (for example a
special mechanism which is put in the outrider's clothes to collect
the energy which is set free when somebody shoots with a laser gun;
the energy is transformed by the mechanism and the outrider's clothes
get the ability to teleport the outrider back to the outrider's
planet - humans call this vapourize) and also about a small group of
rebells who believe in the old prophecies. Jesse decides to stay
longer and risk his life to get to know everything about the rebells
and the old prophecies. Jesse meets April for the first time when
he's on a mission on planet New Witchita. It's Jesse who saves Trista
and discovers her secret, that she's half human/ half outrider. From
this time on Jesse has a new enemy, Saber Rider and Lily. But luckily
the Star Sheriffs are on his side. Snake is the one who transfer the
informations Jesse has to Whitehawk. April admires Jesse for his
courage and falls in love with him but he has no feelings for her.
Jesse discovers that Trista is the girl of the prophecy and he helps
her to fullfill her destiny to save her people, outriders and humans.
But Saber is still out there seeking for revenge. When Lily is killed
in a battle against the Star Sheriffs he get's angry and tries to
kill them but fails cause Jesse is there to save them. April has now
to sit in a wheelchair and has to understand that Jesse doesn't love
her but Trista. She's sad but let him go when Saber kidnapped Trista
and Jesse is out to save her. Trista dies in the battle while Saber
and Jesse are thrown into a parallel universe.
Chapter One: Shadows (universe of the series)
The war against the outriders had reached it's climax when Ramrod
fought aginst Badlander while searching for a way to destroy the
Triton Materia. But could anybody destory the Triton Materia? At
least the Star Sheriffs had to try it, otherwise the planet would
crash into Yuma and this would mean the end of Cavalry Command. For
hours they were fighting when they finally hit the Triton Materia and
caused that the whole planet vapourized and vanished into vapour
zone. Jesse Blue who had been fighting with them in the end was
thrown backwards by the explosion and sent into vapour zone as well.
No human could survive that. Hours later the Star Sheriffs celebrated
their victory on Yuma. Finally the war was over and hopefully the
outriders wouldn't come back that fast. But peace was new for them
and they would have to get used to it. But was that really a good
idea? Rumors said that the outriders didn't vanish. That only their
main space ship was gone but the enemy was still in the galaxy,
hiding in old outrider bases on several planets. While the Star
Sheriffs didn't think of any danger and just relaxed at the party,
which was held by Commander Eagle, nobody noticed the light which
passed the sky. Miles away something crashed into the ground. The
space ship looked like a mixture of Ramrod and Badlander. Fire
surrounded the space shuttle. A young man, clothed in black, climbed
out and was thrown forward by an explosion of a Renegade which
crashed into the ground not far away from the Ramrod-Badlander ship.
The young man stood up slowly and looked back. He had to leave this
place fast. His enemy wouldn't wait to come out and hunt him and for
a battle face to face he was to weak now. As fast as he could he ran
towards the next town to hide there. Somebody was behind him. Again
he turned back to see a tall blonde man running behind him. He shot
towards him and the enemy cried in pain. Finally he reached a
village. In the back of a house he could hide and take care of his
injuries. Then he would call for help. They were on Yuma. Not far
away from other Star Sheriffs. Maybe his friend, the bounty hunter,
was on Yuma, too. It had been wrong to do this alone. But if he had
not come alone he would have killed his girl immediately. And now,
what now? She was dead, but the enemy would pay. He had promised to
her that this bastard would die if he did any harm to her, his love,
his girl. Why her? Tears ran down his face. Angry he threw his helmet
away and stroke his hands through his wet green hair. His blue eyes
scanned the area around him, his ears were able to hear each sound.
He could smell his sweat and blood. But he didn't care. Carefully he
took care of his wounds before he took out a small two-way radio.
Obviously he had managed to escape him and to find a save place. It
wouldn't be save for long, but he would stay only for a short time
anyways. Soon this bastard would die, for what he had done to his
girl and his friends. Shit, why didn't anybody answer the two-way
radio. All of them new about his mission. What happened? Why didn't
this stupid thing work when you needed it. Suddenly he heared a voice
calling for him. Surprised he looked up to the brown haired girl, who
was running towards him. "You?" he said asking. "I must be dreaming."
He whispered. She sat down next to him and looked at his wounds. From
far away he heard her speaking to him. It was like being in a dream.
Her brown eyes looked down to him, her hands touched him. And
suddenly her eyes became wide. A strange light surrounded her hands
and his body. Some seconds later the wounds were gone. "How?" she
asked. "I didn't know. This never happened before." She was confused
and wanted to run away but he hold her back. "Are you real?" he asked
her. "Is it really you, Trista? Did you come back? I thought you
died." Again she looked at him confused. Why did she cry? Did he die?
What happened? "You said you don't love me? You said you hate me, you
used me! I loved you, I thought they killed you." Trista shouted and
tried to get away. But Jesse hold her arm and pulled her towards him.
His face was near, his eyes looked deep into hears and for a second
she could feel his soul. "Trista." He said. "Who told you that I ever
said something like that to you. Do you really think I hate you?
Trista, I love you. I would do anything for you and don't you
remember my words. If somebody tries to hurt you he will pay! Look in
my eyes, look in my soul. You know that we belong together. Don't you
remember when we met for the first time? You were hurt, he had hurt
you, had betrayed you, almost killed you. We came to save you." His
eyes looked sad but full of love "Why? Why do you do that? You say
I'm your girl. Then you meet April and say I will never be your girl
and now this? I'm glad you're alive, but I ...I'm confused." "Trista.
I will never love April. Whatever she does, I won't love her. I don't
want to confuse you Trista. And I don't know how much time we have
untill he finds us?" Before Trista could answer his hands hold her
head and he moved forward to kiss her. Her mind was shaking and she
didn't understand anything. Some minutes ago she had been walking
along the streets, not able to feel happy about the victory over the
outriders, and now this. Where did Jesse come from? She thought he
died in the final battle. At least the news had told that Jesse Blue
had died. But then she had seen the young man, the young commander of
the outriders she had fallen in love with on New Witchita. His kiss
was full of love and she felt that the fire in her heart was burning
again, burning for him. When he broke the kiss she looked at him
asking. "I still love you Jesse. And I hope this is real. That you're
real." "You can be sure that I'm real." He said and smiled. His eyes
weren't cold any longer. She remembered that his eyes had been cold
for all the time she new him. But this time his eyes were warm and
kind. Somehow he was different. Did he change? Could somebody change
that much? Was he somebody else? A twin brother of Jesse? It wasn't
possible. He talked about her as if he knew and loved her for a long
time. Nevertheless something was wrong. Why did he have such strange
memories and who was this enemy who was hunting him? To many
questions for her. He helped her up and they walked towards the main
street. "We have to reach Cavalry Command fast." He said. "I hope he
isn't on his way to our friends yet." "Friends?" she asked. "Ähm,
Jesse? Who's this enemy?" He looked at her confused. "When we're back
you have to see a doctor. It's Saber Rider. Since Lily has been
killed he's worse than before." Jesse answered. "But he's one of the
Star Sheriffs." "You mean, he was, untill he tried to rape April."
What is he talking about, Trista wondered. <Saber Rider is the leader
of the Star Sheriffs. Something strange is happening here. Very
strange.> Jesse also felt that something was wrong. He worried about
Trista very much. What had Saber done to her? She barely remembered
the time with him, Jesse. Or was it him who was wrong? He remembered
a strange light which passed them while he fought against Saber. What
happened? Jesse had to find out and tehy wouldn't find out if they
stayed here and waited for the enemy. With the help of Cavalry
Command and Nemesis they would certainly solve that problem, whatever
Chapter Two: A new man (alternative universe)
Pain and darkness surrounded him. They had almost won the battle. But
again the Star Sheriffs had managed to beat them. They had destroyed
the Blue Cobalt Blaster and now even the Triton Materia, or had they?
Nemesis himself had said he couldn't defeat him, nobody could defeat
him. What did he mean by those words? He couldn't imagine, could
barely think. So much pain and no air. A heavy cough escaped his lips
and he could taste his blood. <I need air...air...can't breath
anymore. Need air.> he thought in shock and was pushed further into
the darkness. Suddenly he felt as hands grabbed for him and a helmet
was put over his head. Finally he could breath again. His heart beat
fast and his lungs still burnt from the loss of air. Slowly he opened
his eyes to realize that he was in the back seat of Bronco Buster. He
had not known there was space for a human behind Colt's seat, not had
he ever expected Colt would rescue him. Why, he wondered. <What is he
doing and...what the hell.> he thought. Right in front of them was
the outrider planet and it seemed to be in the same orbit as Yuma's
moon. Like the moon it moved around Yuma. His eyes widened in shock
and terror. <That can't be. I saw it's end...I saw as the Star
Sheriffs destroyed it. What happened? Is this a dream? But for a
dream it's to real. And why is Colt helping me.> Bronco Buster
reached Yuma's orbit and some minutes later they landed in front of
the headquarters of Cavalry Command. Colt helped him out of the space
ship. His legs were weak and he could barely walk. Each step sent a
wave of pain through his body and he mouned silently. They were
welcomed by General Whitehawk and April. <April?> He starred at her
amazed. <Why is she in a wheelchair? What happened to her? Who did
this to her? Why? And where have I been when this happened? I should
have saved her.> tears formed in his eyes but he forced himself not
to cry. She wouldn't have let him to save her anyways. General
Whitehawk lead him to a room where some doctors took care of his
wounds. For the first time he realized the concerned look on April's
face. <Why does she care?> he thought. Colt and General Whitehawk
were still around and sat down on chairs next to his bed. Colt looked
somehow sad. "What?" he managed to ask. "What happened."
"You don't remember?" Colt asked carefully.
"I don't understand what's going on here. No, I don't remember." he
answered, still confused. <It's certainly better if I play the one
who lost his memory. Maybe they tell me what's going on then and I
will find out what happened to me? Somehow I must have...I remember
that light now...it was almost invisible cause of the
explosion...another universe maybe...or just a dream...what does it
matter.> he thought. The doctors left after taking care of his
wounds, only Colt stayed. General Whitehawk had been informed the
Star Sheriffs were coming back and April followed him. He watched her
leaving and turned to Colt afterwards. Colt touched his shoulder
gently. "I'm sorry mate that I didn't listened to your orders. But if
I would have come only minutes later you would probably be dead. Due
to the fact that we have only three Ramrod pilots left Susi joined
Mandarine, Snake and Fireball. I'm sure they will find him and bring
Trista back. Hey...don't worry Jesse. Saber will pay."
Jesse's blue eyes narrowed and looked at Colt surprised. He treat him
like a friend, like somebody who was
admireable. "Okay...okay...stop..." Jesse interrupted Colt. "I can't
follow you. Why are we behind Saber? What happened to April
and ...well, it seems my memory is totally lost."
Colt smiled at him sadly. "Don't worry. We will fix that. Soon you
remember. I'm sure Yamuri has been informed yet that you arrived and
take care of your mental problems and your wounds. Soon your health
will be restored." Again Jesse was surprised. "And who's this Yamuri?"
"Trista's brother. Like her half outrider and able to use some old
powers, as you called it once. Your wounds will be healed in
"Oh...okay. You haven't answered my questions yet."
"As for Saber...when he kidnapped Trista he also tried to get April,
but failed. She was injured badly. But if we had not come in time who
knows what Saber would have done to her."
"So, we saved her?"
"Yeah...you, Susi and me."
Jesse nodded thoughtfully. This world was amazing. <How come that I
deserve this? A second chance?> His thoughts were interrupted by a
knock at the door. A young outrider stepped in. His hair was dark
brown and covered one of his eyes and he wear a red overall. Colt
greeted him and Jesse realized this must be Yamuri. Jesse wondered
why Yamuri's eyes seemed that sad and in the same moment Colt, who
couldn't be tactfull, asked him. "Hey, what's the matter mate? You
look sad. Jesse's fine, except his loss of memory. And Trista will
"Is dead." Yamuri interrupted him. His words were hard and Jesse
could see the pain in Yamuri's eyes. For the first time since years
Jesse felt something like concern, although he didn't know that
<Oh, shit.> he thought when he realized Colt's shocked look. <I
believe I'm supposed to be shocked. Somehow I have the bad feeling I
should be sad about this and angry. Oh well, I'm angry...but not...or
am I...I don't know anymore. The only thing I know is I hate Saber
Rider and they do as well.> "Saber Rider." he shouted angrily. Again
his eyes narrowed. Colt and Yamuri could see the hate and darkness in
Jesse's cold Blue eyes. They had never been that cold. For all the
years Yamuri had known Jesse, he had never seen his eyes being that
cold and emotionless. "He will pay." Colt added.
<For what he has done to my new friends.> Jesse thought to himself.
<Certainly he will pay and I will be the one who kills him. And
afterwards...maybe there's finally a chance for me and my April.>
But still he was a bit afraid of how Yamuri would heal him. He could
see something in his mind which he shouldn't see. <I have to play
them.> He sat up and Colt looked at him surprised.
"You won't believe what happened. I remember again." he said and
tried to stand up but was stopped by Yamuri, who looked at him
suspicious for a moment.
"No...I know what you think and what's in your mind, Jesse. But don't
do anything stupid now. When they told me I wanted to rip his heart
out of his body and torture him to death. But it's no solution and
you aren't in the best condition now. General Whitehawk will take
care of him. Right now they brought him to prison. He won't escape."
<I have not a good feeling, as if he's lying to me.> Yamuri thought.
<But why should he? I have to talk to Snake about that. And I want
that he stays where he is. Maybe April could take care of him and
find out more.>
Jesse lay back again, unsure how he should react. There was still
much confusion in his brain and he wanted to know more about the
Chapter Three: Body Switch? (universe of the series)
The same time in the headquarters of Cavalry Command. Colt and
Fireball enjoyed the party very much. Only April realized that Saber
Rider had vanished. Where did he go, she wondered. She searched for
him but it looked as if he had left the building. Why should he leave
the party that early? Slowly she went outside to see a strange light
passing the sky. Far away she meant to hear a crash. Nobody took care
of the light and her being outside. April decided to go back and
change her clothes. Maybe somebody needed help. She told the others
they could party, but she would do her duty. As fast as she could she
changed into her red overal, took her weapon and left the place with
Nova. In half an hour she reached the crash point. One of the space
ships looked similar to Ramrod, the other was obviously a Renegade.
Outriders, she thought alarmed. But around the two ships she could
see no sign of an outrider. She moved forward when she saw the man
who stood at the entrance of a small village, which wasn't far away
from the crash point. The man was familiar to her. He was clothed in
brown leather and had blond hair. When she went nearer she realized
that it was Saber. He searched for something. At least he was
scanning the area. Suddenly he turned around and his furious and
angry eyes met hers. Nova moved backwards and April felt
uncomfortable at first, too. His blue eyes were cold and mad. But
when he saw her a strange smile passed his lips. He grinned at
her. "April? You're okay. I didn't mean to hurt you." He said. "Are
you okay?" she asked. Something was wrong with him, she could feel
that. "You never hurt me." Saber laughed. "Such nice words from your
sweet mouth. What did you bring here? You want to finish what he
started? Well, try it." He took out a gun and pointed it towards
her. "Saber? Did you drink to much? Please, give me that gun and I
will take you home." "Take me home? Into your arms? Are you sure you
want that?" he asked and April looked at him suspicious. He used
similar words Jesse Blue would use if he was in such a situation and
the space ship behind her looked like a mixture of Badlander and
Ramrod. Bodyswitch? Could that be? "Stop acting like Jesse Blue,
Saber. You seem to be ill and should see a doctor." Saber laughed
again. "I act like Jesse? Then why don't you like me." "Saber!" this
time her voice sounded angry. That was to much for her. Saber must be
totally drunken, otherwise he wouldn't talk like that. He had to see
a doctor and she would inform her dad about what she had discovered
out here. Maybe Saber didn't drink that much but something in the
space ships had driven him insane. In any case they should go back to
the headquarters immediately. By the way, how did Saber manage to
reach this place without a car, space ship or at least Steed. "Okay.
I will call a doctor now who will take care of your wounds and
amnesia. My dad will then take care of those space ships." Saber
smiled his strange smile and shock his head. His eyes starred at her
with desire and he thought wondered how she had managed to survive
that battle. When he had tortured Trista she told him that April had
to sit in a wheelchair. And besides, some moments ago he had meant to
hear a familiar voice not far away from where he was standing. It had
sounded like Trista. How could that be? He had killed Trista to drive
Jesse mad and insane and April was supposed to sit in a wheelchair.
Saber could barely remember a strange light which had passed by
during his fight against Jesse. They had been far away from Yuma but
when the light vanished and both space ships had been in Yuma's
orbit. That was strange, very strange. Obviously April didn't hate
him, but cared for him. Hopefully there wasn't another Saber in this
reality who would destroy everything. It was his turn now and he
would play the role of the man who lost his memory. That would be
fun. And in the end he would even get April and revenge. Jesse would
die. April didn't like him and would surely help him to beat up Jesse
Blue. Saber grinned satisfied. But maybe she was playing a game, it
hit him suddenly? And if there was another Saber Rider, what then? He
let himself fall to the ground and whispered April's name. April who
just wanted to talk to her dad right now looked at him surprised and
worried. She disconnected and left Nova to look what was wrong with
him. When she bent down to him and touched his head he reached out
for her. A hand hit her in the stomach and she felt a terrible pain
in her shoulder before she lost consciousness. Saber grinned at the
girl who was laying in front of him. Now, you're mine, he thought.
Fastly he pointed his gun towards Nova and shot. Energy hit the horse
and destroyed the metall. Then he grabbed April and went back to his
Renegade. It wasn't damaged that much and instead of Jesse's space
ship it was still of some use. Good that he had managed to bombard
Jesse's ship while his own had crashed into the ground. Finally he
had a bit luck. From far away he could hear people. Somebody would
reach this place soon. Saber started the engines and some seconds
later the Renegade transformed into a small space ship and left Yuma.
Commander Eagle and the Star Sheriffs arrived to late. The Renegade
was gone already. Not only Fireball and Commander Eagle were worried
but also the rest of the group. Colt had hoped that he would finally
have time to spend with Robin, while Robin had been glad that Colt
wouldn't risk his life for others in the near future. General
Whitehawk also worried for Saber. What had happened to him and April.
April had been the one who noticed Saber's departure and had left
alone to find out what happened. Suddenly Commander Eagle's two way
radio had rang. It had been April but she disconnected before he
could answer the call. Immediately he had decided to call the other
Star Sheriffs and to follow her. All of them were shocked about the
Renegade which left Yuma.
"Outriders." Fireball whispered coldly. A lonely tear ran down his
face. "Why did I listen to her and stay at the party. I should have
joined her." He looked at Commander Eagle sadly. "I promise, I will
bring her back." He said and went to Ramrod . "Wait, mate. Let's do
it together." Colt shouted and joined him. "I will be careful." He
waved a bye to Robin and some time later Ramrod left Yuma. While
Commander Eagle would lead the investigation General Whitehawk went
back to the headquarters where a worried Sincia waited already for
informations about her missing Saber Rider.
Chapter Four: A strange prisoner (alternative universe)
When April heared about Trista's death she was shocked very much and
went to see Jesse immediately. She had to take care of him, look if
he was alright. Susi, Mandarine and Fireball joined her while Snake
and General Whitehawk would look after the prisoner. She froze when
only thinking about Saber Rider. <This bastard. How could he do that?
Did he have no feelings? Can't he understand? Jesse loved her so
much? He will never love me that way, he will feel pity, but he will
never love me.> she thought sadly.
Meanwhile Snake entered the small cell where they had locked up
Saber. Due to the fact that he was one of their worst enemies and
criminals the had put him in chains. When Snake took a chair and sat
down in front of his brother he noticed Saber's eyes for the first
time. Unlike the last times they had met, they were confused, weak
and sad now. For years Snake had meant to see in the eyes of a devil
when meeting Saber. But now it was different. <Strange.> he thought
and remembered where they caught him. He had been near Cavalry
Command and seemed to wander around. <He looks broken and lost.>
Snake thought to himself. <But right now I'm the only one who can
talk to him calmly. What he has done was to terrible. I'm the only
one who can stay objective. Me and General Whitehawk. Maybe that's
cause he's my brother. The love for him and the hate are equal and
unite to a neutral feeling.>
"Saber." he said silently.
The blonde Star Sheriff looked at him sadly. "What happened?" he
asked. "Why are you here? Why d you treat me like a criminal?"
Could those innocent blue eyes lie? Could it be Saber lost his memory
or finally woke up. Snake was sure that Saber had been insane. Only a
lunatic could do such cruel things. A lunatic or a devil. But Saber
was human and certainly no demon, if such things existed.
"I'm sorry it had to end this way, Saber. I don't know what brought
you here again. But what you have done can't be forgiven that easily.
So, please don't play the one who lost his memory. See, the others
are really mad with you and I don't know why I can stay that calm.
Maybe cause I'm your brother."
"Brother?" Saber ineterrupted him
confused. "You...are...my...brother? I didn't know. Snake, I really
don't know what I have done. Tell me...tell me what happened?" tears
formed in his eyes and again Snake asked himself if those eyes could
lie. Had Saber really been a lunatic, was he somehow separated. Did
he consist of two personalities who didn't know of each other?
Suddenly he remembered what General Whitehawk had told him shortly
after their arrival. Jesse had lost his memory. Could it have been
"If I weren't your brother Saber, I wouldn't listen to you know. I
would just leave you and tell the others that you're completely
insane and deserve to die."
"Snake, I was on a party. We had won against the outriders. I saw
that strange light outside and wanted to see what it had been. I went
outside and there was a thunder not far away. It had been night and
suddenly it was day. What happened?"
Snake was totally confused. If it had been body switch Saber would
certainly have tried to convince him that he wasn't Saber but Jesse.
This was weird. He admitted to be Saber. What happened to his memory?
Soon Snake realized that Saber was as confused as him. "So you want
to tell me we won the war against the outriders? Yeah, the war
stopped, but there wasn't a looser. Both of us won. The outriders
live in peace with us now. They even started to share their
technologies and knowledge with us. Except a group of traditionalists
who want to bring back the old regime. But they aren't a big danger.
The worst danger in the last months has been you, Saber. You seem not
to remember, but I don't know if I can believe you. You tricked us to
often, even me, even your brother. I can't just believe you, but I
will see what I can do and find out. If you talk the truth and you're
somebody else you have not to be afraid. I will take care of that
problem but in your own interest you have to stay in that cell.
Nobody will harm you as long as you don't harm anybody. Understand
me." And Snake stood up. He looked at his brother sadly. <I don't
know if there's any hope left for him.>
"Wait." Saber called after him. "Can't you tell me what's going on
"General Whitehawk will do. I have to see after Jesse. He had been
injured badly in the battle against our Saber Rider. Things are
different here. You see, I hope that this is just a trick of you. I
thought that we finally caught you and solved that problem. I so much
hope he isn't still out there. But if you're really another one...I
don't know if you just look like him and how you can have the same
name then. And if you came from another dimension, a parallel world,
I can't say if you switched places with our Saber or not. If you
did..." Snakes eyes widened when he realized what this meant. He
turned back and looked down at Saber earnest. "If you lied to me,
you're in big trouble. If you talk the truth all of us are in big
trouble. I don't know what I prefer. I so much wish that you were
just lunatic and become sane now." He said and left the room. Saber
starred after him amazed. Realization hit him. Snake had only
suggested that he had come from another dimension but Saber himself
was now sure of that. <How shall I convince them about the truth.
According to what he talks my friends will be in big danger. Oh god,
and I can't do anything, can't help them.> Saber thought shocked. <I
have to convince them. But how, when they think I'm insane. How shall
I convince them I'm sane and ...what did he say about Jesse? Is Jesse
a Star Sheriff in this reality? Oh my god...what if the explosion of
the outrider planet opened a portal. When both Jesse's also changed
places. Whatever they think, he will certainly do everything to
convince them that I'm insane and maybe even that I have to die.
Somehow I have to manage to escape.>
Chapter Five: New enemies (universe of the series)
It was dark when she opened her eyes. The last thing she remembered
was when Saber had hit her. Why, she wondered. How drunken had he
been? Or was it body switch? Could it be that Jesse and Saber
switched bodies? But Jesse died in the battle. They had seen it.
There was much confusion in her mind. Her head still hurt and when
she finally managed to see in the darkness she realized he had
brought her into some cell. Probably she was in that Renegade. She
could feel that they were flying, flying through space. What was his
plan? Slowly April tried to stand up, but couldn't. Her arms were
chained to the wall and started to ache when she moved them. Fear
overcame her. In this position she wasn't able to defend herself.
What would he do to her? Why did Saber kidnap her?
Tears formed in her eyes when she thought how easily he tricked her.
It made her angry to feel that helpless. Somehow she had to escape,
to get rid of those chains and to...suddenly she realized that they
landed. The Renegade stood on the ground. There was no window or
anything in her room, so she couldn't see where he brought her to.
Again fear rose in her heart, but she tried to be strong. She had to
be strong. To bad that she couldn't move her arms. But her feet could
be of use to defend herself. Slowly she tried to move them and it
worked. Only her arms were chained to the wall. If he tried something
she could push him away. Suddenly she heard footsteps out there and
the door was pushed open. Only few light fell through the door into
the room. "Well, well...there you're. And now you're gon.a tell me
what's going on here. I figured out something already. But'm not sure
yet." With those words he sat down in front of her. His blue eyes
were cold as ice. "How come that you don't like Jesse? I thought you
April looked at him shocked. No, it was certainly not body switch. He
wasn't Jesse. He was still Saber, but how come that he behaved that
strange. "I never admired Jesse. Saber, you should know that. Don't
you remember? He was jealous of you and Fireball, he tried to destroy
Ramrod, he kidnapped my dad and much more. And he probably died in
the final battle against the outriders. Saber, please listen. I don't
know what's going on in your head. But I want to help you. You were
always like a brother to me."
Saber laughed loudly. "That's so funny. Some hours ago I fought
against Jesse Blue, the savior of the universe, I fought against
someone who will become a legend once and suddenly I see that light
and find myself in a completely different world. I just hope so much
that there's no other Saber around. Oh well, we could become best
friends, my sweet April." He moved closer and she froze. "Saber, you
certainly need to see a doctor. Something happened with you out
there. We will find out and we will help you."
"I don't need a doctor April. I just need you." He said. Fastly he
moved forward and sat directly in front of her. Her legs between his
and his weight on them. "Don't." she said when his hands moved over
her hips and her breast. It felt so wrong and when she looked in his
eyes, which were full of desire,it hit her. Saber had told it
himself. This man wasn't the Saber Rider she knew. He was someone
else. A criminal Saber from another dimension. Fear overtoook her and
she struggled against the chains but her arms would ache terrible
when she moved them. Slowly his hands moved upwards and hold her
head while he bent down to her. Again she tried to struggle, but it
didn't help. Their lips met and he kissed her deeply. April felt
anger and hate rising in her heart. That bastard. She couldn't defend
herself and he forced himself on her. He was even worse than Jesse
Blue. While kissing her his hands moved down to get rid of her
clothes. But in the same moment a signal was sent through the
Renegade. It sounded like a warn signal. Saber let go of her and
stood up again. His eyes looked at the door angrily. "Didn't suppose
anybody would discover us here. Seems as if I have to get rid of that
problem at first before we can have some fun." He said and left the
room. April's eyes watched him leave and she froze when listening to
his words. She hoped that her friends had come to rescue her. And she
also hoped that their Saber Rider was still alive and would come back
Meanwhile Colt and Fireball who had used their space ships to chase
the Renegade had discovered it's hideout. It landed on an asteroid
which was near vapour zone. Both Star Sheriffs wondered why it had
stopped there and not decided to jump into vapour zone. When they
flew nearer it began to move and transform.
"I've never seen such a machine before." Fireball whispered. "So huge
"I have a bad feeling...very bad..." Colt interrupted his friend and
partner. "We should prepare for a hard fight." The engines were
loaded with energy as Colt and Fireball started their attack from
different sides. The Renegade was huge indeed but not as fast and
moveable than Colt and Fireball's small space ships. And to their
luck it had not been repaired yet. They had to move fast and do risky
maneuvers to escape it's attacks. Although the Renegade managed to
hit them badly they were able to give it a lot of damage too. "We
can't win that battle." Colt told Fireball over the two way radio,
which was installed in their helmets. "But we have to. Colt watch
out...he uses his whip." Fireball shouted back. As fast as he could
Colt moved his space ship and escaped the energetic whip the Renegade
tried to use on him.
Suddenly their fight was interrupted when out of nowhere space ships
appeared. It were certainly fighters from the
outriders. "Damm...shit, it was a trap." Colt shouted.
But the Renegade didn't take much notice of the outrider ships and
was as much confused then them.
"No...it's just an accident. Come on Colt we have to come back later
on. We can't help April and Saber when they catch us as well." The
small space ships did one last risky maneuver and escaped towards New
The didn't see how the outrider ships overtook the Renegade. Saber
and April were both locked in different cells and a young outrider
Commander they knew very well payed Saber a visit soon. It was Jean
Claude. "I wonder since when Star Sheriffs fight against each other
and where you got that Renegade from?" he said while standing in
front of Saber's cell. Saber Rider pulled at the lattice without
success. "Forget it. You won't escape. Do you want the hard way or
will you tell me what I want to know?"
"You make a big mistake, Jean Claude. I'm not an enemy of the
"What a change of mind. Well, then I should even thank you or what?
You killed Nemesis. Defeated our leader. There's war among us now.
But soon it will stop. When I bring you to vapour zone I suppose they
will take me as their new leader. Don't you want to congratulate me."
Jean Claude laughed at him. But not for long. He could see the hate
and darkness in Saber's eyes and when the Star Sheriff told him his
story Jean Claude didn't know if he liked it or not. Saber could be
of help but also be a danger.
Chapter Six: Searching for the truth (alternative universe)
When Yamuri told her to take care of Jesse April's eyes widened. She
was glad that she could be of some help. Since she had to sit in that
wheelchair there was less she could do to support her friends and
former partners. Colt had left the room to welcome Susi and to talk
with her, Fireball and Mandarine about the latest events while Yamuri
had a conversation with Snake and General Whitehawk who had talked
to Saber Rider already.
Slowly April rolled to the room and entered it. Jesse sat on his bed
and starred out of the window. When she entered he looked at her
surprised and smiled. April could feel a strange tension in the room.
Probably he had gotten the bad news already. How much he must hate
Saber now. She wished she could take away the pain he must be
in. "I'm so sorry." She said and rolled with her wheelchair to his
bed. His eyes looked at her coldly but she could see a strange
gleaming in them for a second.
"You don't have to, April. You did nothing wrong." He said. "It's me
who did. But maybe it was Trista's time to die." He said and looked
out of the window again, his thoughts were far away. From the
conversations he had lately he could take that this universe was
completely different from the one he came from. And it offered him so
much. At the moment he didn't realize yet what it meant to be famous,
to be a hero, a legend. Jesse just felt good and he had to guarantee
that it stayed this way. This world was perfect for him. Hopefully
the other Jesse didn't come back.
"You mean?" April said and looked at him hopefully but also sad. He
smiled at her friendly, although she had to admit his eyes were still
cold, like the eyes of an outrider. <I've never seen him that way.>
she thought. <It's so sad and terrible. I can see how much he hurts.>
But she didn't know what was really going on in his heart and brain.
"Life has to go on, April. I can't stay in the past and she's past
now. Even if it's hard...but I learned a lot from the outriders. You
have to be strong and you have to move on. I can't change what
happened. But I will certainly punish him. He will pay." His eyes
narrowed and again she meant to feel the darkness around him. Since
he came back he was different. He had been different before he got
back his memory already, she realized. "Why are you starring at me?"
he asked suddenly and disturbed her thought.
"Oh, it's just....I...sorry, I don't mean to, it's just I still like
you and care for you. Your heart will always belong to Trista I know
that but I wish so much I could take away your pain." His eyes became
wide and for a second she meant that the darkness vanished and she
could see through the barrier he had built. For a second she almost
believed she was able to see his soul and a strange fire and desire
burning in him. April felt that she turned red and looked away. She
didn't see Jesse's smile but felt his hand on her shoulder. Slowly
she turned her head. His eyes were still cold but not as cold as
"You can take away the pain, April. Only you. The place in my heart
where Trista has been...it's empty and dark. I felt like falling in a
deep hole. But then there was you April. I know I've never seen you,
only saw Trista, my heart belonged to her, and some part will always
belong to her. But now I can see you, the real you. Your kindness and
caring. Maybe one day I could even fall in love with you." <If you
only knew that I always loved you. And I will take care of you now.
You will never be alone anymore.> he thought to himself. April looked
at him amazed. She could almost not believe her ears. "What you say.
It's...I'm glad that I can help you. Jesse, I also see you. Not only
the hero, the friend, the partner, the fighter, the legend and what
else...I see the real you and I love it. The man behind your past."
She gave him a kiss on his cheek. Her eyes were wet and joy overcame
her body. Before he could answer she rolled out of the room again
with her wheelchair. Jesse himself felt like being in heaven. April
But his joy and happiness were disturbed by a visitor. It was Snake.
Jesse didn't know that the room was watched by cameras and Snake had
seen his strange behavior towards April. Snake looked at his
suspicious and Jesse wondered why he had come. The young leader of
the Star Sheriffs sat down at a chair and looked at him earnest. "I
know that you need a break now and that my request will be difficult
but Saber Rider acted strange and I wonder if he just plays us or if
he's somebody else. His story sounds possible and if it's true
there's still danger, especially for you and April."
Jesse's eyes cold blue eyes were fixed on Snake and his brain worked
hard. Somehow Saber and him must have switched places with the Saber
Rider and Jesse from this universe. Or were the other two dead? They
couldn't know. He had to be careful, cause he didn't want to go back.
This place was great. Everything he had ever wished for was coming
true. "So, what do you plan?" he asked.
"I've thought about a meeting between you and Saber. I trust you that
you won't loose your nerves and starts a fight and it's the only way
to find out about his true intentions. You will be watched by a
camera and afterwards all of us will analyze his behavior."
Jesse nodded thoughtfully. <Do I have an option? No.> he thought and
decided to do it. Hopefully Saber just wanted to trick them and
wasn't the one he knew. But when Jesse entered the cell and looked at
Saber's warm blue eyes he realized that Saber Rider didn't trick
them. Carefully he sat down in front of him. A smile passed his
lips. "How long have I waited for this." He whispered. Saber looked
at him surprised and suddenly realized that he knew this Jesse. <This
is a nightmare.> he thought. <But why can't I wake up
finally.> "Jesse Blue." He said. His voice was weak. "You have the
same icy blue eyes the Jesse has I know."
"I've heard that you talked about strange things." Jesse just ignored
Saber's statement. <Shit, he recognized me. I have somehow to proof
that he's the Saber they were looking for, even if he isn't. But what
if the right Saber comes back. What a dilemma?!> he thought.
"Jesse." Saber said, before Jesse could go on. "I know you. You must
have switched places like me. Those icy blue eyes...the hate in those
eyes...the anger...I know you have me in your hands now and it's up
to you what will happen. But both of us now...somewhere out
there...there's a criminal looking like me. We have to catch him.
He's a danger for all of us."
Saber's words surprised Jesse but also shocked him. He had spoken out
what Jesse had thought about. Their eyes met and they didn't need to
talk. Jesse knew that Saber was talking the truth but he couldn't, no
he wasn't ready to do it, to team up with Saber. When he had himself
under control again he shook his head. "So you really think, after
all you did you can trick me?" he answered. "Do you really think I'm
that stupid that I would believe in your game? Of course we know each
other? Sure we do...and both of us know what you have done. What do
you think, that my eyes will look at you understanding, after all you
did?" Jesse voice was hard but for a moment Saber could see a strange
light in his eyes and he knew there was hope. Jesse understood, even
if he didn't want to accept the truth right now.
Chapter Seven: Jesse vs. Saber (universe of the series)
Trista had tried everything to stop Jesse from going back to Cavalry
Command, but he couldn't be stopped. Meanwhile he had realized
already that he somehow was in another universe, that it was him who
was different. But he also knew that not only him had ended up here
but also Saber Rider, the criminal from his universe. He had to warn
Cavalry Command and they had to listen to him.
On their way to the headquarters Jesse told her about the past, the
fights between him and Saber Rider and the light which passed by
during their battle. Trista also realized that he somehow came from
another dimension or universe, however you would like to call it. She
didn't know if she should be happy about that. The only thing she
knew was that she didn't want to loose him, never. Soon both of them
reached the headquarters. When they entered they caused confusion and
fear. To the soldiers surprise Jesse didn't fight when they took away
his weapons and brought him to a room where he should wait for the
arrival of the Star Sheriffs. He wanted to talk to them anyways and
told the soldiers he had something important to say and needed to
talk to Comander Whitehawk, Comander Eagle and the Star Sheriffs as
soon as possible. While talking his voice stayed calm and decent.
Trista was sure now that he had been talking the truth and really
came from somewhere else. He was totally different from the Jesse she
had known. Comander Whitehawk and Comander Eagle came shortly after
Jesse and Trista arrived.
While Comander Whitehawk looked more surprised Jesse could see lot's
of anger in Comander Eagles eyes. "I wonder how you could survive?"
he said. "But you will certainly be punished for your actions. How
did you find the courage to come back here after all you have done."
But Jesse still stayed calm and looked at both men earnest. "If you
like it or not, I'm not the one you think I'am." Jesse
answered. "Trista told me about Jesse already. The Jesse Blue from
this universe or dimension, if you call it that way. She also told me
about the battle you had against the outriders and the explosion of
the outrider planet. I suppose it somehow opened a portal which
caused that I switched places with the Jesse from this world. But
that's not all. Saber Rider also switched places. And from what I've
heard about this world's Jesse I have to say that our Saber is worse
than the Jesse you know. I know how unbelievable my story sounds but
I had to come to warn you. You have to know, even if I had to risk
that you won't believe me and lock me up in some cell." With those
words he finished.
Comander Whitehawk changed a suspicious and confused look with
Comander Eagle. Certainly Comander Eagle didn't believe him but if he
could convince Comander Whitehawk there was hope. "I'm the only one
who can defeat Saber. I know him and what he will do. The first
person he will try to get is April. He's obsessed with her.
Afterwards he will try to kill all of us. He's totally
uncompromising. If you ask me he's insane. And I don't want to kill
him but catch him. He has to undergo a therapy."
Comander Whitehawk nodded. "I want to believe you. But it's hard to
believe someone who has the face of a traitor."
"I know. Well, maybe you need not to help me repairing my space ship
so I can hunt him. You could repair it, I explain to you how it works
and afterwards I explain your Star Sheriffs how they can catch him. I
need not to be involved in catching him. Something else I suppose is
that he will probably try to contact outriders."
Both Comanders were still unsure if they should believe him. Jesse
had a talent to lie and trick others. Why should he talk the truth
now. But it spoke for him that he came to Cavalry Comand. Why should
he do that? And he even offered to stay here, while the Star Sheriffs
searched for Saber. Comander Eagle agreed to Jesse's proposal but was
still suspicious. Hours later when they saved Jesse's space ship
Fireball and Colt came back. They were surprised to see Jesse alive
and even more when they heard his strange story. It was
unbelieveable. "After your great story about the Phantom Chambers we
shall believe you this." Colt said.
"At first we also didn't believe him and I still don't trust him. But
the knowledge he has about the strange space ship he asked us to save
and his proposal to tell us how to use it I almost believe his story
could be true." Comander Eagle interrupted Colt. The space ship was
indeed different from what they knew. It wasn't Badlander and
certainly not a production from the outriders. Somehow it was also a
mixture of Ramrod and an outrider space ship only smaller and for two
"I've never seen such a thing before." Fireball said amazed.
Jesse smiled at him and nodded. "I told you that where I come from
outriders and humans live in peace with each other. We share our
knowledge with each other. It's a pity that you have still war here.
Humans and Outriders can learn very much from each other."
Not only Jesse's words but also the expression in his face surprised
Fireball. There was no hate, anger or any sign of jealousy in his
eyes. He had the impression they could believe him. Even when Jesse
had come to destroy the old Ramrod Fireball had been able to see hate
and darkness in his eyes. Now there was nothing left but friendship.
Jesse seemed to understand that they were suspicious and was totally
self-confident and sure of himself. What he said was true. In the
following hours Colt and Fireball told about the incident with the
Outriders and Commander Eagle lead the preparations for a possible
attack of the Outriders. Later on Jesse helped the technicians to
repair his space ship and to explain Colt and Fireball how the system
worked and which tactic they had to use to catch Saber Rider.
Obviously Jesse's story was true. Slowly Colt and Fireball got even
used to the thought Jesse could be a part of their team and Colt even
suggested Jesse should use his own space ship while Colt and Fireball
would use Ramrod. If they fought together they should be able to
rescue April. "Of course we can do that, but only if you trust me. If
you can't trust me our team couldn't work as it should." Jesse said.
But in the end they decided that Jesse and Trista would go with
Jesse's space ship and Colt, Fireball, Mandarine and Susi would use
Ramrod 2. Together they should be able to rescue April and to solve
the problem with those Outriders who had just appeared in New
Chapter Eight: Decisions (alternative universe)
Meanwhile Yamuri had been at the Outrider planet to inform Nemesis
about the latest events and got to know that in hours ago the main
computer of the Outrider planet had received a strange signal. It was
obvious that during the battle between Jesse Blue and Saber Rider a
cut in space had been built.
"When huge energy is set free it can sometimes happen that it opens a
portal between different times or universes." Nemesis told Yamuri.
"Both Jesse and Saber acted strange when they were brought to the
headquarters on planet Yuma. When I came to heal his wounds he even
didn't want me to help him. Do you think that while such portals are
"If Jesse and Saber would have been at the same place in space where
the portal opened it could have happened that they were thrown into
another universe or time." Nemsis interrupted him. "I know a bit
about such travels. In former times Outrider made experiments with
that and we thought it must be possible to use the same technology we
use to vaporize. But it's different. You can't just jump to another
time or universe. If you do you need lot's of energy and if you jump
there and in this time or universe somebody exists who looks like you
that person will be thrown to your universe or time immediately."
Yamuri looked at Nemesis amazed. "Maybe we somehow have that problem.
Jesse and Saber seem to be totally different. Maybe you could come to
Yuma and help us. Do you think we could open such a portal by using
the blue cobalt blaster?"
"It could be possible but probably only one person could go through
the portal and afterwards it would be closed for some time untill we
could open a new one. Certainly we wouldn't be able to send whole
space ships through such a portal." Nemesis answered him.
While Yamuri prepared Nemesis travel to Yuma Saber and Jesse were
still talking to each other. Even if Jesse finally admitted to
believe Saber's story he still said that he belonged to this world.
Not untill Nemesis arrived and informed everyone about the portal
which had been open for some time Jesse's secret was lifted. Saber
felt a stone fall of his heart when Snake told him that they believed
his story and he was allowed to leave the cell. To Jesse's surprise
Saber didn't tell Snake and the rest of the group anything about
Jesse but told them that their Jesse was just a bit more aggressive
but not much different from the one who belonged to this world. The
main difference was just that he loved April and not Trista and but
their April didn't love him but Fireball.
"Why would you do that?" Jesse asked Saber later, while their new
friends were working at a solution for their problem.
"What do you mean? Why I don't act like you would have acted?"
"I'm not you. I have never been your enemy Jesse and I never wanted
that it would end like that. When you quit your training not only
General Whitehawk was hurt and felt sorry, but me too. If you
believe or not, we never hated you. It was you who thought that we
want to hurt you, but you were wrong. I see now the ice and barrier
you built around your heart. Even before you met us somebody must
have hurt your feelings badly."
Again Saber could see Jesse's eyes gleaming in a strange light, but
only for seconds, then it was gone.
"What do you want? What's that? Your sudden change of mind, your
offer of friendship or what? You know what, I don't care what you do
cause I won't go back. I will stay here, in that world. I'm needed
here. Needed. You know what I mean? April needs me, she loves me.
Have you ever loved someone like I have." He shouted at Saber.
"I won't force you to come back Jesse. Trista is dead in this world
and in our world she's still alive. For you and the other Jesse it
might have been good that you switched places. But you won't win
anything if you stay that way. As far as I know you're some kind of
hero in this world, you're famous. But you don't know yet how it is
to be famous and important. You have lot's of responsibility.
Sometimes being a hero can be very hard, sometimes you will wish to
be just a normal guy with a normal family."
"I never wanted to be normal and I never will." Jesse answered
"Sooner or later you will understand what it means to be famous. It's
not what you think it is. Think of my words then." He said and left
"What were you talking about?" a voice interrupted Jesse in his
thoughts. He turned and saw April. Her blue eyes looked at him asking
but also full of desire. Jesse smiled at her. "Oh, nothing. Just
about portals and being famous."
She nodded. "You have to know that I don't like you cause you're
famous but cause you're you." She said. A smile passed his lips and
he kissed her on her mouth this time. Still he didn't know what was
awaiting him and that he would soon realize what Saber meant by "to
be a hero can be hard". At least Saber spoke out of experience. It
had been a hard decision for Saber to convince the others that Jesse
should stay here. But Saber felt it was the right decision. Jesse
deserved a second chance and maybe he would change in this world.
Slowly he went to the main central where Nemesis gave some soldiers
instructions how they could use a Phantom Chamber as portal. Saber
was also surprised that Nemesis had a body in this world and the
Triton Materia was just the central computer of the Outrider planet.
In a conversation with Nemesis he got to know that it had been Trista
and Jesse who transferred Nemesis soul back to his body which had
been in a Phantom Chamber for centuries.
Chapter Nine: The battle (universe of the series)
Trista felt honored that Jesse taught her how to fly with his space
ship and that she was allowed to come with him and help him in the
battle against Saber Rider and the Outriders. It had been easy for
her to accept that he was another Jesse and it didn't change
anything. She was still in love with him and felt that she was loved
back. In the upcoming battle she would do her best to support him and
show him she was a fast and good pupil. But during the preparations
she had never thought about the universe Jesse had come from and that
maybe he had to go back once. Somehow she felt that she had not to
worry about that, cause he would stay or take her with him.
Ramrod and Shadow, as Jesse called his space ship, lead the attack.
Cavalry Command and the Kingdom of Jarr supported them by sending
their best fleet. But before they reached the place where Colt and
Fireball lost Saber and April they were attacked by Outriders who
suddenly jumped into their dimension. Saber Rider had managed to
convince Jean Claude of his intentions and true identity and lead the
attack. The darkness of space was lightened by the energy which was
set free during the battle. Yellow and red flashes of light left the
space ships and hit each other. Saber's Renegade had transformed into
the huge robot and attacked Shadow immediately. Shadow also
transformed and prepared for the attack. The Renegade used an
energetic whip, dangerous maneuvers and laser guns to hit Shadow but
Jesse knew Saber's style and moved Shadow fastly while Shadow's guns
fired towards the Renegade and used an energetic net on the Renegade.
But the Outrider fleet was larger than the human fleet and although
Ramrod supported Shadow in fighting against the Renegade there were
still more Outriders out there. It seemed as if the battle would go
on forever when the Renegade was suddenly hit by a strange light.
Jesse's eyes grew wide when he recognized the light. For some seconds
the battle seemed to stop. Surprised Colt and Fireball watched as the
Renegade disappeared and in the free space April appeared. "April?"
Fireball cried confused. Her eyes were opened wide and she tried to
breath but there was no air in space. She fought against loosing
consciousness and fear almost drove her insane, when she realized she
was in the middle of a battle. Colt reacted fastly. Ramrod
transformed back and opened it's gate. He left his place and fetched
April from outside. Finally she could breath again. Colt and Fireball
were shocked when seeing her. From inside Ramrod they had just seen
it was her but not the wounds which covered her body, her pale face,
covered with tears and the dirty clothes.
Seconds later a call from Shadow reached Ramrod. "Make sure that
she's save." Jesse told them. "We will manage this alone. Go back to
"You can't be sure about that." Mandarine answered him.
"I'm. Saber had enough time to hurt her badly. She should see a
doctor immediately. Of course we could need your help here, but you
should bring her back to Yuma immediately. I know what damage Saber
can do to others."
She was silent for some minutes before she responded. "Okay. Colt
just told me that she had been hurt badly. Susi will use her space
ship, which is in Ramrod's hangar now and has space for two people,
and take her back to Yuma. This way we can still support you."
"Okay. Trista and me will protect them, so they can leave the area in
Shortly after Susi had left Ramrod with April and the battle went on
another space ship arrived. Jesse could see that it entered Ramrod.
It was not Susi. She couldn't have come back in such a short time
anyways. Immediately Jesse called Ramrod and got to know that Saber
Rider had returned. The real Saber Rider. Jesse suggested that it was
a matter of time when the other Jesse would return. But Saber told
him in short words what had happened and Jesse agreed to Saber's idea.
Meanwhile they had managed to push several ships back into vapor zone
and surrounded the Renegade which seemed to lead the attack. An
energetic net Shadow had sent out hold the Renegade at it's place and
it couldn't jump back into vapor zone.
While the others were still fighting against some last space ships
Jesse sent out a message to the Renegade. Soon a familiar face
appeared on the screen. "Jesse?" the Outrider Commander said
surprised. "Why are you? Oh, I understand you're another one."
Jesse could see the confusion in the Outriders face and a risky plan
came to his mind. "What do you talk about, Jean Claude? I'm away for
some weeks and chaos breaks out, as I see. You see I was busy with
some arrangements. Have you forgotten who your leader would be if
Nemesis dies?" Jesse said coldly.
Jean Claude looked at him much more confused. "But you fought against
"Yeah. To show you who the real boss is." He answered and gave him a
cold smile. "You should better surrender and send your boys back to
vapor zone. Afterwards we need to talk. The Star Sheriffs won't do
any harm to you if you surrender."
"You teamed up with them? Why and how? And what happened to Saber
"He's back in his own dimension. And we have more important things to
do now than worry about him. He won't come back. And we need to
prepare a new cease fire."
"No but. You do as I say. There's a chance for humans and outriders
to live in peace with each other. Don't you remember your ideals
Jean. Nemesis is dead and what do you think about, power and chaos.
That's not your way, it never was. I know you better than you know
me." <I'm really glad that the other Jesse told Trista that much
privat things, otherwise I would know nothing about this Jean Claude.
And good to know that Jesse had power over the Outriders. The only
strange thing is that in this reality Nemesis seems not to have
transcendental abilities. If he had he must have been able to survive
without having a body or a brain. It shouldn't have killed him that
the Triton Materia and his brain was destroyed but set his soul free.
Well, but maybe it's not that bad. From what the Star Sheriffs and
Trista told me this Nemesis was worse and maybe it's better this way.
I'm sure I should be able to arrange a cease fire.> he thought.
Confident he watched as Jean Claude transformed the Renegade in a
space ship and sent out signals that his soldiers should jump back
into vapor zone. Afterwards Jesse arranged that Jean Claude would
enter Shadow. The Commander of the Outriders was still suspicious but
Jesse had played the role of the other Jesse not bad and Jean Claude
almost believed him. If everything worked as he planned there would
be peace between Outriders and humans in this reality soon, too.
Chapter Ten: Coming home (alternative universe)
For a moment Jesse had felt unsure when they opened the portal and
Saber Rider went through it. Could it be right that he stayed in this
world. The other Jesse would have much problems in his reality. Where
did those thoughts come from? Why did he care? Because it was also
him? Even if there were differences, he just felt connected to the
other one. He wondered if Saber Rider also felt connected to the
other Saber. Maybe that was the reason why he talked to him and told
him he should try to behave like the other Jesse and try to stay
calm. He got a second chance and they shouldn't judge over the other
Saber and just kill him but help him to become sane. Snake had agreed
with Saber about helping the other Saber Rider. While the portal was
opened a trap was prepared for the arrival of this world's Saber
Rider. Jesse was impressed by the huge Renegade but of course it was
nothing compared to his new Badlander. Although Yamuri, who had taken
care of his wounds after the truth had come out, said he shouldn't
lead the attack he decided to do it. He had to make sure that this
Saber Rider was captured and locked up. At first he didn't realize
it, but he got more and more used to his new position. Would he
change into the other Jesse? Could this happen? He still could barely
believe that this wasn't a dream but a new reality for him. Somehow
he hoped for the other Jesse that everything would turn out okay for
him and that Saber Rider would convince him to give him a second
chance. Hopefully. When they finally caught Saber and brought him to
the prison on Yuma Jesse was still feeling confused. For the first
time his words, opinion and actions were important. He could feel
that he was watched and that many people admired him. In his own
reality they had been frightened. Jesse had always thought this was
what he wanted. Power and Chaos, being someone important, someone
dangerous. Now he was famous but in a completely other way. People
liked him, admired him, looked up to him. They didn't fear him and he
was glad about that. As strange as it was he enjoyed his new status
very much but slowly he also started to realize what it meant to be
famous. Yes, you had lot's of responsibility and it would be a hard
decision for him to judge over Saber. What Saber had done was
terrible and usually Jesse had immediately supported his execution.
But could he still do that? Tell Snake that his brother had to die?
Deserved to die? He had been a murderer, a traitor himself and he had
done similar things in his own universe. Not that he felt sympathy
but some part of him could understand. His Saber had given him a
second chance. Maybe this Saber deserved a second chance as well. For
the first time since years Jesse felt unsure and didn't know how to
react, for the first time he realized how difficult it was if you
were famous to make decisions. All your actions were watched by
millions of people and they talked about you. It wasn't that easy to
be famous, he knew now. Sometimes it could even be difficult and
suddenly he understood what Saber had also meant by his words, that
Saber sometimes wished to be released of that burden. Jesse
understood now why some people didn't want to become famous but to
live a normal life. But right now he wouldn't want to change his
status. Even if difficult decisions awaited him, at the moment he was
full of strength and confidence to solve each problem.
Snake was surprised when Jesse also supported that Saber would be
sent to a mental hospital and should get the best doctors. <He's
really similar to our Jesse.> he thought. <And he plays his new role
very good. Maybe he's more cold and reserved, but still he's Jesse.>
Although Yamuri told me he could sense something different when
healing Jesse. That maybe the other Saber had not told us completely
the truth about Jesse. But with his noble reaction he proofed that he
could overtake our Jesse's role as it should be. It has been the
right decision to leave him here. And as I can see, his eyes seem to
become more warm. I just hope that our dear Jesse will have a good
life in the other world too. He will be united with Trista again and
there's much he can teach those humans and outriders, in the other
reality, about peace. Nevertheless there will be times we'll miss him
and he will miss us.>
Happily he watched as Jesse went out with April to see the sunset,
later on. Like Mandarine and Fireball and Susi and Colt they were
such a lovely couple. And while his friends celebrated their latest
victory Snake went to see his brother and to spend the evening with
him. The other reality had changed Saber and Snake felt that
something must have happened which drove Saber more insane than
before. Hopefully there was a chance for him. A chance to become sane
again. But afterwards Saber would need much help to face the
nightmares of his past, the crimes he had done. There was still a
good side left in Saber and he wasn't lost yet. Probably they caught
him right in time before he lost his mind completely. For hours Snake
just sat at Saber's bed and watched his now sleeping brother. "Hope
you have nice dreams and the dreams will help you heal. I still wish
I could have changed the past." He said. But Saber couldn't hear him.
His mind was far away in the world of dreams where nightmares and
wonderful dreams, ideals and horror fought against each other. When
he would awake the next morning those nightmares and dreams would be
gone but sometimes it was the question if reality wasn't a worse
nightmare than any dream at night.
At first the Star Sheriffs had been suspicious and Cavalry Command
had also not wanted to create a new cease fire. Jesse could
understand their statements and arguments. At least Trista had told
him a lot about the past. But they had to try. The Outriders were
involved in a terrible civil war now. Nemesis dead had suddenly set
them free and most of them didn't know how to react towards their new
freedom. It was a pity that Jesse knew only less about Nemesis past
of this reality, but he would find out. From Jean Claude he got to
know that everybody thought he had also died and that he had good
chances to become the new leader of the Outriders, even if he was
human. Although the Star Sheriffs were still suspicious and saw it as
a high risk Jesse decided to follow Jean Claude into vapor zone and
to unite all Outriders to one folk again and to convince them peace
was still possible.
While Jesse used some special mechanism, which had been created in
his reality and had been added to Shadow and his space suit, to jump
into vapor zone Saber Rider started his own investigations. Snake's
strange story had take his attention and he wanted to find out if it
was true for his universe, too.
He arranged a meeting with Snake and talked to him. What he
discovered was amazing. In former times the so called Snake People
had lived on planet Far. Probably they had been the ones who were
responsible for the fast evolution on earth. They had come from far
away and from the stories Snake told him and the secret holy places
of the Snake people which could still be found on planet Far those
Snake People must have been similar to phantom beings as well. Saber
remembered the story Commander Eagle had told them about the heads of
Moi and the long journey of the Outriders, who had destroyed their
home planet and searched for a new one. The Snake People must have
been direct descendants of those Outriders who got lost on the
journey. Snake himself was one of the few direct descendants of the
Snake People, who had only managed to survive on planet Far by doing
some strange experiments. They created a new race which had also
reptile blood in them. This was the reason why they were called Snake
people later on. Some legends even told that the Snake people could
transform themselves into snakes and Snake himself told Saber that it
could have been possible. But within the time Snake People mixed up
with humans very much. There weren't much differences between them by
now, only that people who had the blood of Snake people in their
veins had a special talent to communicate and understand animals,
especially reptiles. Saber Rider also discovered that in his reality
Snake wasn't his brother but he discovered that behind the cold and
reserved young man a very intelligent and friendly man had been.
Those conversations with Snake and some meetings with the major of
planet Lamari, Jesse and Jean Claude convinced Saber to support the
peace movements. It would be a hard and long way but maybe one day
their hopes would come true.
Peace was Jesse's gift for them. Saber wondered if this gift to see
always the positive side, the good side and a solution for each
problem lay in other Jesse's spirit and soul as well or if only this
Jesse was different. Maybe one day their universes would collide
again and he could see if Jesse had taken the second chance he gave
him and what he made out of it.