Arrival of a Rival
It had been a week since Leo and Fiona joined the gang. Now a group of six, they became very tightly-knit, supporting each other regardless of what they encountered, though still finding time to playfully poke fun at each other. One day, the group would meet the most dangerous opponent in the city. One with his eyes intensely focused on Django and his title of World Champion.
After another fun session of Dueling, the gang of six was hanging out in one of the many city parks. They watched from afar several other Augmented Reality Duels taking place in the nearby vicinity, although none of them were actually watching the Duels themselves, just merely watching the other Duelists play.
Cody then said, “Hey, guys, after all that Duelin’, I’m gettin’ pretty hungry. How ‘bout we go get a bite to eat?”
Jack replied, “Yeah! I’m all for it! But what will we get?”
Leo replied, “How about pizza and boneless wings? That’s always a winning combo, and since it is Friday, it would be a perfect fit for today. How about it?”
Tempest giggled, “Pizza on Friday, now that is a winning combo. I say let’s go!”
Just then, Django’s heart beat hard, his eyes widened as he sensed something.
Fiona was the first to notice, “Django? Are you okay? Is something wrong?”
He replied, almost like he was in a trance, “Something powerful and dangerous is approaching. A white dragon of destruction, and a vicious man of greed and power controlling such the white beast. It’s coming this way, teeth bared, ready to fight. Ready to try to claim its master’s most desired craving; the title of World Champion Duelist. He’s coming, coming to destroy all that oppose him.”
Cody seemed alarmed, “D-Man! Whattya mean!? What’s goin’ on!?” He gave Django a sharp shake, snapping him out of his trance. “Yo, D-Man, are you okay? Say somethin’!”
Django gave his head a quick shake, “Wow… what was that all about? I haven’t gone into one of those forewarning trance-like states in a while.”
Jack asked, puzzled, “You mean, you’ve had those before?”
Tempest explained, “Django told me about them before. Since he’s a fairly paranoid person, his paranoia has developed in such a way that, when combined with his psychic powers, can foretell of a threat before it happens. Almost like a sixth sense, able to predict when something bad, dangerous, or anything similar is going to arrive. But what’s all this talk about a white dragon of destruction? Don’t think I’ve heard of such a creature before.”
Suddenly, Leo stated, “A white dragon of destruction! That has to be the Blue-Eyes White Dragon! Maybe even its fusion form as well; the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. It’s the strongest Normal Monster in the game in terms of sheer Attack Power. While Rabidragon is the overall strongest in terms of combined power, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon has been considered the strongest Normal Monster for many, many years. If memory serves, there are only six Blue-Eyes White Dragons in the world. But why would Django be sensing the Blue-Eyes White Dragon like this? It’s powerful, yes, but it’s just like any other Normal Monster.”
Django replied, “It’s not really the Blue-Eyes I’m sensing, rather, its master. There are only two people in the world that own at least a single Blue-Eyes card. I hold three of the six, as one was a gift, and the other two were bonuses from my deal with Maxwell Archway. The only other person that holds the other three is none other than Kain Kannon.”
Fiona pondered, “Kain Kannon? That name rings a bell.”
Leo explained, “Kain Kannon is the owner of Kannon Corp, and a very ruthless individual. He obtained his company through a very hostile take-over from his father, who was just as ruthless, borderline psychotic, who later committed suicide because he was outfoxed by his son. Kain then backstabbed the big suits that helped him take over the company and fired them because he felt their ‘usefulness’ had ‘expired’. As you can see, sis, he’s a very dangerous person.” He then added, “I also know he’s an extremely skilled Duelist, being the American Champion, making him the second-best ranked Duelist in the world, so due to his skill and arrogance, he’s difficult to impress. Anyone else who even holds a deck that doesn’t have a Blue-Eyes card in it he considers weak, inferior and worthless. I had forgotten he holds three of the six Blue-Eyes White Dragons in his deck. But wow, I guess he’s hoping to up his status in the world, as the only person in the world with a stronger title is Django. This could get ugly.”
Cody snarled, “What a lowlife! He probably has access to some of the rarest n’ most powerful cards in all of Duel Monsters, so it’s no wonder he’d have such a low opinion of other Duelists. But I know D-Man here can beat ‘im at his own game! After all, defeating creeps like Kain is what Django does. But if his future presence is enough to cause Django to go into one of them trance states, then he must be a powerful and dangerous individual. Like you said, Leo, this could get ugly fast.”
Suddenly, Django’s eyes narrowed, “And here’s the devil himself.”
They all turned around to see a fancy hover limo pull up. On the side had the Kannon Corp logo: the letters “KC” surrounded by a ring and in between two dragon wings. As soon as it was level with them, one of the limo doors opened up, and out stepped a man who gave off a powerful vibe.
“Kain Kannon…” the inventor said coldly.
Kain was very tall, taller than Cody and Jack, and was very slender. He had pale skin, medium-short black hair neatly cut, and cold grey eyes. He was dressed in a silver trench coat with the letters “KC” in red on each side of the collar, tight dark blue pants, a red vest on top of a grey shirt, and boot. His coat was decorated with several decals that resembled dragon wings, fangs, and claws, while around his neck was a dragon tooth pendant.
Following him was a young boy, about Leo’s and Fiona’s age, with a mop of black hair, peach skin, and grey eyes. He was dressed in a blue vest, olive cargo pants, a red and white short-sleeved shirt, socks, and blue and white sneakers. He seemed a bit unsure as he looked up at Kain, almost dreading what was going to happen.
Kain sneered, “Well, well, well, if it isn’t Dr. Django Spirit. So we finally meet.”
Django replied dryly, “Kain Kannon, I presume. What an honor it is to have you leave your company just to visit us. And I see you brought your younger brother Nicholas, who is also your vice-president, to this special occasion. If I had known you’d drop by, I would’ve made some coffee and sweets.”
Kain merely grinned, “Heh, the only thing you’ll be eating will be the bitter taste of defeat and the pavement when I’m done with you. And what’s this? I didn’t know you were part of a nerd herd. Everyone said that you were a loner. Guess you can’t believe everything you hear. I hope your Dueling skills match up to your reputation, but it won’t matter either way, as you’ll be going down in flames.”
Cody snarled, “Watch it, rich boy! Django will Duel circles around ya, so show some respect!”
“You better keep an eye on your barking Chihuahua, or he might snap his chain.”
Cody was enraged, “CHIHUAHUA!?! THAT’S IT! YER DOG MEAT!!!”
Jack, Leo, and Fiona and to quickly restrain Cody before he could charge in, but were struggling immensely.
Django got up, “Chill out, Cody, we don’t want any fisticuffs right now.” He turned his attention to Kain, “So, it’s safe to assume you’re here to Duel me in hopes of gaining my World Champion title, right? Very well, if it’s a Duel you want, then it’s a Duel you’ll get. So let’s cut to the chase and get going, since I know you don’t like to wait.” He then turned to his cyber pack sitting next to the park bench, “Cyber pack, access Item #175. Since this Duel will be for a title shot, then it’s only proper to use my tournament D-Pad instead of my casual one.”
A beam fired out of the pack, arching back down toward Django, and hitting his left arm. It revealed a different D-Pad than his standard model one. This one was built like an arrow-shaped shield, red and silver in color with gold accents and outline, and was larger than normal. It lacked a touch screen that regular D-Pads have, but instead had a holographic screen that appeared on the right side of the shield. The Deck Zone was moved from the side of the wrist to above of the wrist, while the Graveyard Zone was a slot just behind it. It also had a Banished Zone, unlike regular D-Pads. He then took off his glasses and put on his usual dragon head-like Duel Gazer.
Leo’s eyes were wide in amazement, “Totally awesome! I’ve seen that D-Pad on TV during official tournaments, but it’s even cooler in person!”
Kain sneered, “Not bad, but mine is much better. Observe!” His D-Pad appeared from behind his belt, and it took the form of a Blue-Eyes White Dragon wing, colored whitish silver, with sharp claw-like accents. It had a blue gem near the front that resembled an eye, and a more stylized bullet-shaped touch screen attached to it. The Deck Zone was also above the wrist, while the Graveyard Zone was just above it, looking like a dragon’s mouth. He took out his Duel Gazer that was shaped like a Blue-Eyes head, with a lime green lens in the “mouth”, and a dragon fang-shaped antenna behind his right ear.
Django rolled his eyes, “I’m not surprised your D-Pad is based off the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, since not only is your signature card, or I should say cards, but also your favorite, and most obsessed, card. But we’ll see if the mighty Blue-Eyes are enough to topple me and my fierce friends! So let’s rock and roll!”
Anyone nearby noticed what was going on and quickly a crowd formed, eager to see this Duel between Champions. Everyone, including Django’s gang, had donned their Duel Gazers, ready to watch the Duel.
When the surrounding area flowed with digital energy, the same female computer voice said, “Augmented Reality Visual link established.”
The two Champions drew their starting hands, stating strongly, “Let’s Duel!” with their Life Points set at 4000.
Django touched his deck, “Since you challenged me, I think I’ll open things up! I Draw!” He looked at his hand, then decided, “It’ll be a quick one. I place one monster face-down in Defense Mode, and two cards face-down. That should do for now.” One monster appeared face-down while two cards appeared behind it, also face-down.
Kain laughed, “Is that the best you could do? Pathetic! Beating you should be easy! So watch a pro! I draw!” He looked at his hand, grinning while speaking mentally, “Excellent, I’ve already gotten one of my Blue-Eyes White Dragons in my hand. Crushing Django will be easy. So, for now, I have to deal with his defense monster. That should be easy enough.” He then said aloud, “I summon the mighty Spear Dragon, in Attack Mode!”
Spear Dragon looked more like a pterodactyl than a dragon. It was mostly blue in color with a cream colored underbelly, large wings, a large head, and attached to its face was a long, sharp spear-like snout. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1900/0.
Kain declared, “When Spear Dragon attacks a Defense Position monster, it inflicts piercing damage! So no matter what, your Life Points will take a hit! Go, Spear Dragon, attack Django’s hidden monster!”
Spear Dragon charged in, ready to strike. Django’s face-down monster was flipped face-up in the process. It looked like a heavily armored machine-like Viking, equipped with a large sword and shield, but also seemed to have black fur under its armor. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1800/1900.
Django smirked, “Sorry, Kain, but my Life Points won’t be scratched. Meet my Dododo Bot! It has enough Defense Power to not only block your attack, but bounce your dragon back. While neither of us will take any damage, it’s safe to say that you just wasted your attack.”
It was the truth; Spear Dragon’s snout collided with Dododo Bot’s shield, and bounced harmlessly off, being thrown back to Kain’s side of the field. Spear Dragon then shifted its position, going into a defensive pose.
Cody asked, “Hold on. Why is Spear Dragon now in Defense Mode? And with zero Defense Points, it’ll be a sittin’ duck.”
Tempest explained, “You see, after Spear Dragon attacks, it immediately shifts to Defense Mode after damage calculation. But since both Spear Dragon and Dododo Bot were even in power, Spear Dragon is forced into Defense Mode, so Django is right that Kain just wasted his attack due to his reckless overconfidence. But that means next turn, Django’s monster can destroy Spear Dragon, as you pointed out, it has zero Defense Points, making it easy prey.”
Kain gave an annoyed growl, but held out two cards, “I place two cards face-down and end my turn.” But he smiled inwardly, thinking, “When Django attacks with his monster, I can use my Trap Negate Attack to cancel the battle and end his Battle Phase. Then I can shift Spear Dragon back into Attack Mode and pulverize his monster. And, if needed, I have my Ego Boost Spell Card ready, so I’m ready to counter him at any moment.”
Django touched his deck, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at the new card, which was Silver Fang, so he thought, “Okay, with Kain’s dragon in Defense Mode, and considering his two face-down cards, Dododo Bot is the best monster to attack Spear Dragon with. But I need to keep field presence, so it might be wise to summon Silver Fang to possibly deal Direct Damage. But with its low power, and Kain being well-known for high-powered bruisers, it’s a bit risky. But then again, I have Rush Recklessly in my hand, so I’ll set that and summon Silver Fang to bait Kain.”
His thoughts were interrupted by Kain shouting in an annoyed tone, “Hurry up and make your move so I can crush you!”
Django growled back, “You can’t rush brilliance. But so be it, oh impatient one. First off, I summon Silver Fang, in Attack Mode!” Silver Fang emerged onto the field, gave a howl, and got ready to fight. “Next, I switch my Dododo Bot into Attack Mode as well.” Dododo Bot moved its shield down, and held its sword out. “Now I attack with Dododo Bot! Destroy his Spear Dragon!”
Kain countered, “I activate my Trap!”
Django countered right back, “Sorry Kain, but when Dododo Bot attacks, no other card effects can be triggered until after its attack! So your Trap is just gonna have to wait!”
Kain was alarmed at this, and even more so when Dododo Bot effortlessly cleaved Spear Dragon in two without anything to stop it.
The inventor then said, “Since I’m now aware of your Trap, I won’t have Silver Fang attack. So I’ll just place one card face-down and call it a turn. Your move so let’s see what you’ve got, hmm?” He placed one card face-down next to the other two and braced himself for Kain’s turn.
Kain gave an annoyed growl before drawing, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his card, smiling, “Say goodbye to Dododo Bot! I summon Chainsaw Insect, in Attack Mode!”
Chainsaw Insect looked like a large ant or beetle with an armored head and two massive curved chainsaws for its mandibles. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 2400/0.
Django felt his skin crawl, his body stiffening, thinking, “Great, an Insect-type monster. I hate insects.”
Leo seemed to notice this, “Why does Django look so tense all of a sudden?”
Tempest gasped, “I forgot! Django is afraid of insects. And that brute of a bug looks like a nasty one, so it’s no surprise Django looks a bit tense.”
Kain overheard this and laughed, “You’re afraid of a bug, Django? How pathetic! You’ll be even more afraid once my Chainsaw Insect chops up your monsters! Go, Chainsaw Insect! Cut his Dododo Bot down to size!”
Django counted, “I activate my Spell Rush Recklessly! This card allows one monster on the field to gain 700 Attack Points for the duration of the turn, so I pick Dododo Bot! That’ll raise its Attack Power from 1800 to 2500, more than your overgrown pest!”
As he said that, Dododo Bot started to glow and its Attack Power increased to 2500. However, Kain merely sneered.
“You’ll have to do better than that, Django! I activate MY face-down Spell, Ego Boost! When a monster attacks or is attacked, I can choose one monster and it’ll gain 1000 Attack Points for the duration of the turn. So my Chainsaw Insect will go from 2400 to 3400, still more than enough to slice-and-dice your Bot. So go, Ego Boost, juice up my Chainsaw Insect and cut that overgrown tin can down to size!”
Chainsaw Insect’s power drastically increased from the Ego Boost Spell, now at 3400. Its attack continued, plowing through Dododo Bot’s counterattack and sawing it in two. The shockwaves from the attack hit Django, cutting his Life Points down by 900 to 3100, but he remained standing.
Kain then said, “However, with such power my Chainsaw Insect has to give something up. So you’re allowed to draw one card from your Deck after damage calculation, as per its ability states. So draw your card.” Django drew a card, looked at it, then placed it in his hand, while Kain continued, “I place one card face-down to end my turn. But you’re as good as done for.”
Cody gave a quick sigh of relief, “At least Kain didn’t go for Silver Fang, otherwise that would’ve REALLY hurt D-Man’s Life Points.”
Django touched his deck, “I’ll take it from here, I Draw!” He looked at the card, revealing it to be Gogogo Golem, thinking, “I’m forced to defend right now, but Gogogo Golem will keep me safe at least for a little while. And the card that I drew from Kain’s Chainsaw Insect’s effect was Soul Rope, so that should help.” He said aloud, “I may not be able to mount an attack at you just yet, but I can still prepare. So I place one monster face-down in Defense Mode, switch my Silver Fang into Defense Mode, and one card face-down to end my turn.”
Kain sneered, “That’s all you can do, and I’ll make sure that’s all you can do throughout the Duel! So I draw!” He drew a card, smirked, and then said, “I summon the mighty Vorse Raider, in Attack Mode!” Vorse Raider appeared, just as menacing and vicious as always. “Attack Django’s face-down monster with all your might!” Vorse Raider charged in, flipping Gogogo Golem face-up, “Hah! With only 1500 Defense Points, your golem is a goner.”
“Don’t be so sure, Kain.”
Even though Vorse Raider landed a clean hit, Gogogo Golem endured, still standing.
Kain choked, “What!? Your golem should’ve been totaled from that attack!”
“Wrong again. Gogogo Golem’s special ability allows it to survive one attack per turn while in Defense Mode. So if you want to destroy it, you’ll have to attack it again.”
“Then I’ll do just that! Chainsaw Insect, attack Gogogo Golem now! Since your wolf pup is no threat to me, I can deal with it later, so go my Insect!”
Chainsaw Insect charged in and cleaved Gogogo Golem in two, destroying it.
“Now, draw your card, Django.”
Django did, but then smiled, “Thanks for destroying one of my monsters, Kain, because you allowed me to activate my Trap! Go Soul Rope! In exchange for 1000 Life Points, I can summon a Level Four monster from my Deck to replace the monster I just lost.” His Life Points dropped by 1000 to 2100, but a card was ejected from his deck, “So I think I’ll summon Dark Valkyria, in Attack Mode!”
Dark Valkyria looked like a female dark angel, with grayish black wings, dark blue armor, slightly purplish skin, silver hair and red eyes. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1800/1050.
Kain huffed, “Big deal. Your girlfriend’s power is much weaker than my monsters. But for now I’ll end my turn. Not like you can do much anyway.”
“Don’t be so sure, Kain. So, for now, I Draw!” He looked at his card, smiling while thinking, “That’ll help big time.” He then said aloud, “I now summon Dark Valkyria. She’s a type of monster called a Gemini Monster, which requires them to be summoned twice. But when they are, then they gain powerful effects. Like this for example; when Dark Valkyria is Normal Summoned, she gains one Spell Counter, which boosts her Attack Points by 300. She’s the only Fairy-type monster that can use Spell Counters.” A glowing blue orb floated down and fused with the gem in her helmet, making Dark Valkyria’s Attack go up to 2100. “But I’m not done yet! I can use that Spell Counter to activate her ability! By removing it, I can destroy one monster on your side of the field! So I remove the Spell Counter, and have her destroy your Chainsaw Insect! Go Dark Spell Demolition!”
The orb removed itself from the gem in her helmet, glowed, and she fired it at Chainsaw Insect, destroying it in an instant. Her power dropped back down to its original 1800, but Django was smiling regardless.
Tempest cheered, “Yeah, that’s the way! That overgrown termite has been squashed flat!”
Django smiled, “I’m not done yet. I place two cards face-down and end my turn. Your move, Kain, if you dare.”
Kain snarled, “You may have destroyed my Insect, but I’m far from done! I Draw!” He looked at his card, then laughed, “This’ll crush you, Django! First, I summon Light Effigy, in Attack Mode!” Light Effigy was nothing more than several rings of light, each with a glowing orb, floating around in a cluster. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1500/0. “Next I activate my Double Summon Spell! I can Normal Summon once more this turn! So I Tribute my Light Effigy in order to summon my Blue-Eyes White Dragon! And since Light Effigy can act as two Tributes for a Light Attribute Normal Monster, I can summon my great beast without any trouble! Go my beast of destruction!”
Light Effigy vanished, and was replaced by a massive dragon. The Blue-Eyes White Dragon was more of a whitish sliver color, with a large body, wings that were roughly equal its length, a long, slender segmented tail, massive three-clawed forearms, double jointed legs ending in large four-clawed feet, a long slender neck ending in a bullet-shaped head. Around its cheeks were fin-like spikes and its eyes were a deep crystal blue. It gave a mighty roar that seemed to reverberate throughout the whole area. It was a Level Eight monster with stats of 3000/2500.
Kain laughed almost manically, “With my Blue-Eyes, I can crush all hopes of you winning, Django! But first, Vorse Raider, destroy his pathetic wolf pup!” Vorse Raider ran up and slashed its blade against Silver Fang, destroying it in an instant. “Now, Blue-Eyes, wipe out his Dark Valkyria with your White Lightning attack!” Blue-Eyes fired its attack, but Django was ready.
“I activate my Trap! Say hello to Scrap-Iron Scarecrow!” he stated, strongly. Scrap-Iron Scarecrow looked like a cobbled together scarecrow with almost random parts. “This useful Trap allows me to negate one attack per turn! And the best part is, after it activates, it returns to its original position, meaning I can reuse it for the next time!” Scrap-Iron Scarecrow blocked the attack, sparing Dark Valkyria from the Blue-Eye’s wrath, and making Kain grit his teeth. “Sorry Kain, better luck next time.”
Kain snarled, “This isn’t the end, but I end my turn. But not like you can do much else.”
“On the contrary, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve. But first, I draw!” He looked at his new card, smiling, before stating, “First, I activate the Spell Pot of Greed! This allows me to draw two cards.” He did so, drawing two more cards, smiling. “Next, by discarding Pinecono, I can Special Summon Acorno from my hand in Attack Mode!” Acorno looked like a cartoony acorn person. It was a Level One monster with stats of 200/400. “Next up, since it was sent to the Graveyard via Acorno’s effect, I can summon Pinecono from the Graveyard, also in Attack Mode!” A dark portal opened up, and Pinecono emerged from it. It looked like a cartoony version of a pinecone person, just like Acorno. It was a Level One monster with stats of 400/200.
“What kind of a threat are they?” the egotistical man laughed.
“You’re about to find out. I Tribute both Acorno and Pinecono in order to summon an old friend of mine… Dark Magician!”
Both Acorno and Pinecono disappeared, and the Dark Magician took their place. He held his staff proudly, his eyes showing intensity and strength, ready to fight. He was a Level Seven monster with stats of 2500/2100.
Leo looked star-struck, “He summoned his signature monster, the Dark Magician! How cool is that! He looks like he’s ready to knock Kain down a few pegs!”
Django instructed, “Go, Dark Magician! Attack Vorse Raider with Dark Magic Attack!”
Dark Magician jumped into the air, and fired a beam from his staff.
Kain countered, “I activate my Trap, Negate Attack! This stops your attack and ends the Battle Phase!” One of Kain’s face-down cards was revealed, looking like a spiral portal.
However, the inventor grinned, “I was hoping you’d do that. So I can activate MY Trap! Go, Trap Jammer!” Trap Jammer was revealed, showing a bear trap being disabled by mystical energy, “When a Trap is activated during the Battle Phase, I can use this Trap to negate that Trap. So say goodbye to your Negate Attack!”
Negate Attack started to crack, then exploded in a fury of sparkles, allowing the Dark Magician to continue his attack. The magical strike hit Vorse Raider, shattering it to pieces. Kain felt the attack as his Life Points dropped down by 600 to 3400.
Django smiled, “I end my turn.” He then thought, “My back row had three face-down cards, one of which was Scrap-Iron Scarecrow, ready to be sprung again. So I’m ready.”
Kain stated, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his card, then said, “I activate Pot of Dichotomy! By sending three monsters from my Grave back to my deck, I can draw two more cards.” He sent three monsters back into the deck, then drew two cards and looked at them, thinking, “Excellent, I’ve got my second Blue-Eyes and Pot of Greed. Time to use it.” He then said aloud, “I use my Pot of Greed. I draw two more cards!” He drew two more cards, “Next up, I summon Photon Crusher, in Attack Mode!”
Photon Crusher was a massive monster. Its main body seemed to be made of energy, but was contained in powerful armor, giving it a humanoid body structure. It had a single glowing red eye and wielded a massive double-ended metal club. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 2000/0.
“Because of Pot of Dichotomy, I can’t attack right now, so your move. But there isn’t much you can do, Django.”
Django touched his deck, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at it, thinking, “Okay, I need to get some monsters on the field, or Kain will overwhelm me. I may take some damage, but I need to be on my guard.” He said aloud, “I summon Axe Dragonute in Attack Mode!”
Axe Dragonute was a brutish anthropomorphic black dragon wearing dark armor, and wielding a massive axe. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 2000/1200.
“I have to end my turn there.”
“Not much else you can do! So it’s my turn, I Draw!” Kain drew a card, smiling, “I also summon an Axe Dragonute in Attack Mode!” Kain’s Axe Dragonute appeared, ready to fight. “Next up, I activate the Equip Spell Dragon Treasure! This boosts a Dragon-type monster’s Attack and Defense by 300!” Kain’s Dragonute gave a roar as its power increased by 300 to 2300/1500. “Go, Axe Dragonute! Carve up Django’s Dragonute with Dragon Axe Bash!”
Kain’s Dragonute jumped up into the air, blade raised, but Django was ready.
“I activate my Trap Battle Break!” Battle Break had what looked like two toy robots, one with a sword, the other with a shield, battling each other. The one with the shield seemed to have won. “This Trap lets me destroy your monster and end the Battle Phase!”
“Wrong! I reveal a monster in my hand! My second Blue-Eyes! That negates you Battle Break and destroys it!” Kain revealed the Blue-Eyes in his hand, causing Battle Break to crack, then shatters in response.
Dragonute continued with its attack, and came crashing down on Django’s Dragonute, destroying it with one blow. Django felt a sharp strike hit him, his Life Points dropping by 300 to 1800. Then Kain’s Dragonute switched into Defense Mode after the attack.
“Go, Photon Crusher! Attack Dark Valkyria, now! Give her a beating that she’ll never forget!”
Photon Crusher did just that, slamming its club into Dark Valkyria, destroying her, and reducing Django’s Life Points by 200 to 1600. Photon Crusher then switched to Defense Mode, “My Photon Crusher and Axe Dragonute are forced to switch into Defense Mode, but that won’t matter. Now, Blue-Eyes, attack Dark Magician with White Lightning!”
Fiona gasped, “Django’s Dark Magician is done for!”
Blue-Eyes fired its destructive breath attack, but Django stated, “I activate Scrap-Iron Scarecrow! This negates your Blue-Eyes’ attack, protecting my magician.”
Scrap-Iron Scarecrow popped back up, blocking the attack, annoying Kain in the process. It set itself back down, ready to be sprung again later.
Jack sighed in relief, “I had forgotten that Scrap-Iron Scarecrow is reusable. That sure came in handy.”
Cody nodded, “No joke. That quirky little Trap is a real helpful one.”
Kain growled, “Stalling for time is a sign of weakness! But I’ll get you yet! I end my turn.”
Tempest patted her heart, “Man, this Duel is intense to watch. I can only image how Django feels right now.”
Django touched his Deck, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at the card, thinking, “Okay, my two face-down cards are Scrap-Iron Scarecrow and Common Charity. I just drew Mystical Elf, so I better use my Common Charity Trap now.” He then said aloud, “I activate my Common Charity Trap!” Common Charity was revealed, showing a wanderer holding a glowing card, “I get to draw two new cards, but in exchange I have to banish one Normal Monster from my hand. So I draw!” He drew two cards, then said, “Next, I banish my Mystical Elf, thereby fulfilling the requirement for Common Charity.” After banishing Mystical Elf, he looked at his new cards, thinking, “Okay, I just drew Morphing Jar and Shift. This’ll help.” He said aloud, “I play a monster in Defense Mode, place one card face-down, and have my Dark Magician attack your Axe Dragonute with Dark Magic Attack!” Dark Magician sprang into action, fired a dark magic beam, and destroyed Axe Dragonute. “I’ll end my turn there.”
Kain stated, “It’s my turn, I draw!” He looked at his card, then said, “I doubt you have anything sneaky planned, but just in case, I place this card face-down for later. Now, Blue-Eyes! Attack the Dark Magician with White Lightning!”
Blue-Eyes once again fired its deadly breath attack, but Django stated, “I activate my Trap, Shift! This redirects your attack to a different monster, so I choose my face-down Monster!”
The attack shifted to the left, flipping the face-down monster face-up, revealing an old clay pot with a blob-like creature with one eye and big teeth inside it.
Kain exclaimed, “Oh no, not Morphing Jar!”
It was too late. Morphing Jar was destroyed by the attack, but Django was smiling.
“Too bad, Kain. Now we both have to discard our hands and draw five new cards. Since I have no cards to discard, I just draw, but you will lose a Blue-Eyes White Dragon in the process!”
Kain snarled, “You’ll pay for that!” He discarded his hand, and both drew five cards, replenishing their hands. He looked at his cards, thinking while grimacing, “Great. I just drew my third Blue-Eyes and my ever-useful Polymerization. I almost had my Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. I’ll have to find a way to fish it out of the Graveyard.” He then said aloud, “I end my turn, but don’t think I’m beat yet!”
Django replied, “Same goes to you. Now, I Draw!” He looked at his new hand, thinking, “Okay, I have Half Unbreak, Gentlemander, Quick Booster, Breaker the Magical Warrior, Damage Diet, and I just drew Little Fairy. I think I know what to do.” He said aloud, “I summon Breaker the Magical Warrior, in Attack Mode!”
Breaker looked like a mage mixed with a knight. He was wearing dark red full-body armor with gold accents, a deep red cape, a crooked hat, and was wilding a sword and shield. On his armor, hat, and shield were several blue orbs. He was a Level Four monster with stats of 1600/1000.
“Next, I activate Breaker’s ability! When he’s Normal Summoned, he gains one Spell Counter.” The Spell Counter on his shield started to glow, “That also raises his Attack Power by 300 to 1900.” Breaker’s Attack Power increased to 1900 as Django said that, “But that won’t be around for long. I use up the Spell Counter to destroy one Spell or Trap on the field. So I’ll destroy your card on the left!”
The Spell Counter’s energy flowed out of the shield and into the sword. While Breaker’s Attack dropped back down to 1600, he fired a beam from his sword, destroying Kain’s face-down card. It was revealed to be a Spell Card, much to his annoyance.
“Looks like I destroyed your Fairy Meteor Crush card, Kain. That would’ve been helpful, as any monster equipped with it gains the ability to deal piercing damage. Shame you won’t have the chance to use it. Next up, I’ll have my Dark Magician attack your Photon Crusher! Go, Dark Magic Attack!” Dark Magician aimed his staff at the defending Photon Crusher, fired a beam of magic, and shattered it to dust. “I place one card face-down and end my turn. Oh, and just to let you know, the card I just played is a very brutal Trap, so you better think twice about attacking me. Unless, of course, you want your dragon to be blown to smithereens. It’s your call, Kain.”
Fiona asked, “Why is Django broadcasting his strategy like that?”
Tempest pondered for a moment, “I don’t know, but that makes me wonder if it really is a Trap. But then again, Django’s Deck is loaded with Traps, so it’s quite possible it is one. But he could also be calling a bluff. I’m not really sure what to say.”
Kain seemed to be thinking the same thing, “Seeing how many Traps he’s played already, it is possible that card is a Trap. But could he be goading me into destroying it? Or is it really a threat to me and my Blue-Eyes?” He looked at his hand, thinking, “Well, I do have a Mystical Space Typhoon on-hand, so if it is a Trap, I can safely get rid of it. Plus Django was unable to destroy my hidden Trap; Dark Bribe, which I can use if he pulls out that stupid Scrap-Iron Scarecrow again.” He then said, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his card, smiling, then laughing, “I’ve done it, Django! I’ve drawn the card that’ll crush you! But first, just in case that face-down card is really a threat, I play the Spell Mystical Space Typhoon to blow it away!”
As he played his Spell, a vicious typhoon formed, and charged toward the face-down card on the far right. However, Django was smiling.
He said, “You did exactly what I wanted you to do, Kain. You fell for both my trap and my bluff! That card isn’t an actual Trap Card, but something different all together!” The Mystical Space Typhoon revealed the face-down card as a Spell before destroying it. “That was my Quick Booster Spell Card. When it’s activated I can add one Quick-Play Spell Card from my Graveyard to my deck. If it’s destroyed, I can add on Quick-Play Spell Card from my deck to my hand. So that’s for the assistance, Kain. For I add the Spell known as Double or Nothing! to my hand!” A card was ejected from his deck, which he added to his hand.
Kain stated, “It doesn’t matter! Because I can still crush you here and now! I activate the Spell Premature Burial! By paying a mere 800 Life Points, I can revive a monster from my Graveyard, and I bet you know exactly which one I’m summoning! Return to me, Blue-Eyes White Dragon!” His Life Points dropped down to 2600, but the Graveyard portal appeared, and his second Blue-Eyes emerged from it. “Next I use Polymerization to fuse the two Blue-Eyes on the field with the one in my hand! Say hello to my ultimate beast; the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon!”
Everyone gasped in horror as the three Blue-Eyes fused together, creating a monstrosity of a dragon. The Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon was a massive three-headed dragon. Its body was stronger and bulkier, with larger wings, more streamlined heads, and each head now had a symbol on them. It was a Level Ten monster with stats of 4500/3800.
Cody exclaimed, “Oh, no! How’s D-Man gonna get past that Ultimate Dragon!?”
Leo sputtered, “I don’t know, but he better think of something fast!”
Kain laughed, “Now my Ultimate Dragon, attack Breaker the Magical Warrior! End this Duel with your Neutron Blast!”
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon placed all three of its heads close to each other, charged up a massive ball of energy in between their mouths, and fired an even larger beam of energy.
Django shouted, “I activate my Trap Scrap-Iron Scarecrow! That’ll stop your attack dead in its tracks!”
Scrap-Iron Scarecrow sprung, but Kain stated, “Not this time! I activate my Trap Dark Bribe! By bribing you with the luxury of drawing one card, I can cancel out your Trap and destroy it, not that it’ll matter in a moment! Say goodbye to that annoying Scrap-Iron Scarecrow!”
Scrap-Iron Scarecrow crumbled and fell to pieces, but Django drew a card. The attack continued, but Django wasn’t done yet.
“I’m not finished yet, Kain! I activate Gentlemander’s effect from my hand! When my opponent’s monster declares an attack, I can summon this card from my hand! So I summon it in Defense Mode!”
Gentlemander looked like a well-dressed humanoid salamander holding an umbrella and drinking some tea. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1200/1000.
“But that’s not the best part! Gentlemander is such a gentleman, as he’ll take the hit for me and my monsters! So you’re not gonna knock me down just yet, Kain!”
Gentlemander used its umbrella to float in front of the Neutron Blast, and took the hit for Breaker, getting obliterated in an instant. The powerful shockwaves from the attack could be felt all over, but Django remained rooted to the spot.
Kain fumed, “You managed to weasel your way out of that, but come next turn, you’ll be finished! So I’ll end my turn there, but there isn’t anything you can do to stop my Ultimate Dragon!”
Django said calmly, “There is no next turn, Kain. This Duel will next this turn, as I have everything I need to win! Now, I Draw!” He then took a card from his hand, “They say fairies are mischievous, but this one won’t be pulling any pranks, at least on me. But I can’t say the same about what she’ll do to you. I summon Little Fairy in Attack Mode.”
A small fairy appeared. She was small and dainty, with a mess of long pink hair, fair skin, and large veined butterfly-like wings. She was wearing a small off-the-shoulders dress with a long skirt that seemed to be made of leaves or dry grass and was holding a long, star-tipped wand. She was a Level Three monsters with stats of 800/800.
Kain chortled, “What do you plan on doing with that pint-sized pixie? She’s no threat at all. Do you hope that spreading fairy dust will magically make you win? She’s about a threatening as a daisy!”
Little Fairy puffed out her cheeks, stiffened her arms, made fists, and gave an angry face, but Django merely smiled.
“Kain, when it comes to Dueling, there are two important lessons you need to learn. Lesson #1: Never underestimate your opponent. And Lesson#2: Never underestimate the small and the weak. And this little pixie will help me sweep you away like dust. I activate her ability! Up to twice per turn, I can discard one card from my hand to increase her Level by one each. So I discard one card to increase her Level by one to Level Four.” She waved her wand as the stars that represented her Level changed from three stars to four. “Now for the really fun part. I Overlay my Breaker and Little Fairy to build the Overlay Network! You’re number is up, Kain!”
As he said that, the two monsters turned into beams of light; Breaker become a dark purple one, while Little Fairy became a yellowish gold one. They charged into the sky, as a galaxy style portal appeared on the ground. However, Leo noticed something.
“Hey! Wait a minute! That’s not the normal Overlay Network! The normal Overlay Network is a red spiral portal, but that one looks more like a galaxy portal! What does that mean?”
Tempest thought for a moment, then exclaimed, “I know what that means! He’s gonna summon his second ace monster! One that can turn the tide in this battle! His Number card!”
Django smiled, “That’s right, Tempest! I Xyz Summon my ace-in-the-hole; Number 39: Utopia!”
As the Overlay Network erupted with power, a new monster appeared. At first, it looked like a pair of cyber wings wrapped around a sword-like structure, but then it started to unfold. To everyone’s amazement, that form was just a sealed form, and the true monster started to emerge from it. Before long, standing before them was the shining warrior Number 39: Utopia. Surround him were two glowing yellowish orbs, and the Dark Magician seemed pleased to see him. He was a Rank Four monster with stats of 2500/2000.
Cody said in awe, “Number 39: Utopia! It’s… it’s amazin’! I’ve never seen any other monster like it before! Who knew that Django had such an awesome monster waitin’ in the wings? I can’t wait to see what this bad boy can do!”
Kain sputtered, “W-What’s a Number? I never even knew such a card existed! But nevertheless, it’s still no match for my Ultimate Dragon!”
Django stated, “That’s what you think, Kain! You helped me assemble everything I need to win! And I’ll prove it to you! Utopia, attack Ultimate Dragon!”
Utopia drew one of his two swords from the holsters on his hips, and prepared to strike.
Jack exclaimed, “But Utopia isn’t strong enough! Ultimate Dragon will cream him!”
Django then exclaimed, “Not after I do this! By using one Overlay Unit, I can negate one attack, including his own! And I’m gonna do just that!”
As one Overlay Unit was absorbed into the orb on Utopia’s chest, his sword started to vanish, then disappeared from his hand.
Kain exclaimed, “You’re a Dueling fool! Why would you do such a ridiculous thing!?”
“You’re the fool, Kain. Do you remember the Spell Card you helped me draw? Double or Nothing!? This nifty little number is a bit tricky to activate, but when it is used the right way, it can be brutal! And this is how it works! When a monster’s attack is negated, I can activate Double or Nothing!! This card allows that monster to attack again, the only difference is… its power is doubled!”
“W-WHAT!?! DOUBLED!? No! My Ultimate Dragon! This can’t be true!”
Cody cheered, “Aw, yeah! If Utopia’s power is doubled, then it’ll have 5000 Attack Points, more than enough to destroy Ultimate Dragon!”
The inventor smiled, “That’s exactly right, Cody! Now, Utopia, attack Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon with Rising Sun Slash!”
Both of Utopia’s blades glowed red and grew longer as he drew them. He raised them over his head, flew up into the air, and slashed his blades down. Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon was viciously sliced into three pieces before exploding into nothingness. Kain was briefly blown back by the attack, his Life Points dropping down from 2600 to 2100.
“I’m not done yet, Kain! I still have one last attack left! Go, Dark Magician! Finish of the rest of Kain’s Life Points with Dark Magic Attack! End this Duel!”
Kain’s eyes were wide with shock and horror as Dark Magician jumped into the air, aimed his staff at him, and fired a powerful beam of magical energy. The attack plowed into him, sending him flying back, crashing in a heap, as his Life Points dropped down to zero. A “Win” screen appeared with Django’s face on it, signaling the end of the Duel. Dark Magician and Utopia gave each other a nod before the Augmented Reality vanished along with them.
The gang cheered happily, doing victory poses and little dances, while Django merely put his glasses back on, smiling. Cody then put him into a friendly headlock and started to give him a noogie, while Jack and Tempest did several types of high-fives, and the twins did their own victory dance. In fact, the whole crowd that had gathered was cheering and excitedly celebrating the impressive victory.
Kain exclaimed sorely, “How can this be!? I never lose! Never! No one has ever defeated my Ultimate Dragon, not a soul! So how did he do it!?” He then roared, “I’ll be back, Django! Mark my words, I’ll get my revenge on you! I’ll crush you the next time we meet, and you’ll be sorry you ever crossed my path!” He turned to Nicholas, “Let’s go, Nicholas, we’re leaving.”
Nicholas replied meekly, “Uh, right, as you say, big brother.”
The two of them got into the limo and drove off.
Cody sneered, “What a sore loser! You’ll just crush ‘im the next time you Duel! Right, D-Man!”
Django chuckled lightly, “Yeah, I doubt we’ve seen the last of Kain, so you can be sure that another Duel is waiting in the wings.” He thought silently, “Still, knowing how vengeful Kain is, I’m a little afraid he’ll find a Number eventually, especially since I’ve now introduced him to Utopia. And a he might be a real danger if he ever got one. I better find those Numbers before anymore harm can be done.” He then said aloud, “So, who wants pizza and wings? They’re on me! Then afterwards let’s head to my place for some fun with unopened booster packs!”
The gang exclaimed eagerly at the thought, and they started to make their way down to the pizza pallor, eager for some good food.
“I know you’ll be back, Kain. And I’ll be ready for you.” Django thought with a small smile, “But for now, time for good food and good fun! But I told you… two lessons you need to learn. Lesson #1: Never underestimate your opponent. And Lesson #2: Never underestimate the small and the weak. You better remember that for next time, Kain, otherwise you’ll be in for yet another nasty shock.”
Next Chapter: The Mystery of the Numbers