Kid Icarus Uprising: The Return of Medusa- Part 1: Party Crashers
Warning! Contains spoilers! Don't read unless you have finished the game!
Pit soared through the clouds, high above the town where the celebrations were already underway. With the war with the Underworld finally at an end, it seemed that peace had been restored, albeit with many sacrifices. He watched with interest as people begun setting of fireworks, which exploded in the air with dazzling colours. He hovered over the town, curious about what other festivities were taking place.
"Pit? You really need to be heading back now. The power of flight doesn't last forever remember?" Palutena's kind but instructive voice filled his head. He groaned, "Couldn't I stay just one more minute? The party hasn't even started yet." He glanced down at the street, where a group of people were releasing balloons which were shaped liked underworld minions. They looked rather impressive, especially the Orne, which made Pit shiver slightly. Orne's brought back bad memories. He squinted to get a closer look at the other balloons and frowned, did one of them just move?
"Pit, I know that you want to stay and watch the celebrations but I don't think that the humans want a burning wingless angel to fall from the sky. It would cause quite a lot of panic. Look, we can celebrate back at Skyworld, I'll let you order takeout." Pit gave in. You couldn't argue with that offer, especially since he was absolutely starving. Saving the world certainly built up an appetite.
Lost in his thoughts about whether to order pizza or Chinese, Pit failed to notice that one of the Monoeye balloons had floated right next to him. The energy ball it fired, broke him out of his daydream and he rolled aside, the projectile missing him by inches. He drew his bow and fired at the creature which immediately vanished in a small explosion. He looked around with shock; more underworld minions had appeared and were attacking the town.
"But... but we defeated Hades! Why has the Underworld Army launched this sudden attack?!" Pit stared in disbelief as even more Underworld troops materialised and began destroying everything in sight. Palutena sounded as shocked as he was, "This invasion is too organised to be a random attack. Someone must be leading them. Pit you need to get out of there! The power is flight is running out!"
"But what about the people? They need our help!"
"I know, but I don't want to see you hurt. I'll send some centurions to try to keep the monster situation under control. We can discuss a plan of attack when you return."
Pit nodded and turned to leave the battlezone which was now swarming with Underworld forces. He defeated those who foolishly tried to stop him, dodged several projectiles and was nearly burned to crisp by a fireball. The sender of said fireball loomed above him. Hewdraw.
"Drat, I missed him!"
"I told you to wait until we were closer!"
"I forgot my contact lenses."
"Why don't we just eat him? He looks tasty."
"Have you forgotten this is the guy who chopped your head off last time?"
"He chopped your head off, not mine. I remember that day well."
"Well you must be hallucinating. I distinctly remember fighting that angel at a lake."
"No, that was me. He killed you whilst you were just a disembodied head."
"You must be joking."
"You calling me a liar?!"
"Yes, I am."
"Umm... guys? Angel boy is still alive here."
"Not for long."
"It's payback time!"
"Get ready to burn!"
Pit widened his eyes in disbelief. Someone clearly had resurrected Hewdraw but the question was who? Anyway, he didn't have time for this; already his wings were starting to smoke. "Umm...Lady Palutena? I could really use an extraction right about now."
"I'm sorry Pit. Something is preventing me from extracting you."
"But my wings! They're already beginning to burn!"
"Mmmm... Cooked angel is better than raw angel" Hewdraw chuckled.
"Mind your own business!" Pit snapped. You can make yourself useful and tell me who brought you back to life and why they are attacking the town."
"How stupid do you think I am? I'm not telling you a thing!"
Yeah, he's certainly not going to tell you that Queen Medusa resurrected us."
"You dolt! You couldn't keep your mouth shut could you?!"
"Sorry, it just slipped out."
"It's too late for apologies."
"What if I made you a cake?"
"Who do you think you are? Princess Peach?!"
"No. I don't wear a pink dress."
"It was a rhetorical question idiot."
"Stop insulting me. I have feelings too!"
Pit ignored the endless bickering of the Hewdraw heads. Medusa was still alive? How was that even possible? Hades had completely destroyed her. Maybe Hewdraw was lying. Maybe Medusa is gone for good and some other evil tyrant is now running the Underworld Army. He suddenly remembered that his wings had caught fire. How could he forget something important like that?! Pit dropped like a stone, landing with a crash on the roof of a building. He struggled to his feet, apart from the splitting headache and the minor concern that he may have broken his coccyx, he was alive. He looked at the sky and saw Hewdraw still arguing with itself. Maybe he could sneak away and find somewhere Palutena could retrieve him...
The voice made his blood run cold. He slowly turned around and looked up into the eyes of Medusa. "This can't be real! You're dead! We all saw Hades destroy you!"
"Yet here I am. I must thank you for disposing of Hades for me, now I am truly Queen of the Underworld."
"Umm... you're welcome?"
"But there is still one last problem that needs to be addressed. A little angel who has proven himself to be more than just a minor annoyance. A little angel who has twice defeated me and ruined my plans. A little angel who I am going to squish like an insect."
"Well good luck finding that little angel" Pit laughed nervously. "I'll let you know if I see him."
"Do not take me for a fool Pit. This is the day I finish you. Your beloved Goddess of Light cannot help you and it appears that your wings are useless. I'd say you are doomed."
"Why do villains also do this? They spend so long gloating that they fail to notice the hero escaping. You should really stop abusing the cliché's."
"Oh, I'm sorry Pit. Thank you for reminding me. For a moment I thought you were actually going to make a run for it whilst I was distracted but instead you decided to lecture me... that wasn't foolish at all."
"Are you being sarcastic?"
"No, I genuinely admire your chivalry and lack of common sense."
"That was also sarcasm wasn't it?"
"Congratulations. You just won the grand prize... a quick but painful death."
"Could I swap it for the cuddly toy?"
Medusa rolled her eyes and readied her fist. "Well this has been fun but I have other things to do. Palutena isn't going to die by herself."
"You leave her alone!" Pit yelled, surprised by his sudden anger.
Medusa smiled, "So you do have feelings for her. It's a pity you never got the chance to tell her."
She brought her fist crashing down....
To be continued...