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Cycles of Chaos
Chapter One of Six
“You look exhausted,” Barbara said as he slumped down on her couch in the clock tower. “I honestly wasn’t expecting you to drop by I could have emailed you the information; there hasn’t been any new sightings of the alternate Kon El and Bart Allen.”
“I know, I just needed a break from everything.” He said closing his eyes. “The last two weeks have been a nightmare.” He could still see the evil Kon and Bart taking off after Lara attacked them out of grief. “I don’t think we’ll be able to find them until bodies start showing up.”
“Are you certain they are that dangerous,” Barbara asked. “I know they attacked you all with a group containing Lex Luthor but isn’t it possible they were under mind control then?” He would have suspected that at first but during the few times he managed to speak with his older counterpart over the past two weeks that notion had been rejected.
“The older me says that’s not possible and that unless the rules have changed they aren’t even a future version of Superboy and Impulse.” He watched Barbara taking in what he’d said. “So far both times the dopplegangers of people who already exist disappear in the reset.” He looked down at one of the many computer screens not seeing what was written on it. “He said they are most likely clones created by that world’s Batman after they died.” He looked over at her. “And even though they have the same genetic make up they aren’t technically the same person.”
“That makes sense I suppose,” She said typing away at the keyboard. “Cloning dead super heroes doesn’t sound like something Bruce would do,” Barbara said zeroing in on what he didn’t want to admit but then again she had also been trained by Batman. “Who was Batman in that future that kid of his and Talia’s?”
“I was that Batman,” He admitted though it would be easy to blame it on Ibin. “Apparently in that future the death of Kon and Bart is enough to push me over the edge and I spend years trying to clone them until I finally succeed.”
“That doesn’t really mean anything Tim,” Barbara said gently. “I’m sure there are worlds were I become a fascist dictator.” He knew she was trying to comfort him and after everything else he’d seen she was probably right there probably was a world where she was a dictator. That didn’t really make him feel any better. “So about those four Super boys any luck on finding a way to put them back together.”
“No,” He said grateful she had changed the topic. “Cassie doesn’t like coming to the hotel anymore since the one with the yellow energy form follows her around begging her to go out with him.” He saw Barbara smile. “All four of them seem to be different portions of Kon’s normal personality.”
“So the yellow one is his romantic side?” Barbara asked still grinning. “What about the Green Blue and Red ones?” He could understand her curiosity but the situation had stopped being interesting and started being disturbing about the time the yellow one started begging for a spy cam to put in Cassie’s bedroom.
“I wouldn’t call the Yellow Kon romantic,” He said. “He’s obsessed with Cassie and I’m worried it might turn dangerous he is lacking what little social understanding the complete Kon El has.” He saw her eyes widen. “The other three aren’t much better the Green Kon is determined to be a hero but completely ignores everything else I only know where he is by keeping track of the media coverage of his exploits.” He supposed that one was probably the least worrying since he was actually doing some good for the world. “The blue one is I think Kon’s seldom used intellect and he’s managed to master his energy powers in two weeks but has almost no drive to do anything that isn’t learning even more about them.”
“And the Red one that is currently causing trouble all over the place with one of the other visitors from another time line?” Barbara asked as she brought up an image of the Red Kon and Barry West laughing surrounded by girls on a beach somewhere.
“The Red one seems to be all of Kon’s irresponsible behaviors rolled into one.” He said looking away from the screen. “We need to find a way to merge them back together as soon as possible the longer they are apart the worse their differences seem to be getting.” As soon as he finished talking an alarm sounded. “Where’s the trouble?”
“At the Young Justice base,” She said pulling up a video feed. “Looks like you were right to be worried about the yellow one.” He frowned as he saw the Yellow and white Energy Kon fighting with the Ray.
“I need you to send me there immediately you have hacked the Justice League teleporter haven’t you?” She nodded. “Good maybe I can do something to calm this situation down before it gets even further out of control.” He walked back a ways. “Send me there now.”
“I don’t think it’s necessary anymore,” She said and he looked at the video feed. Metron had shown up and somehow disabled the Yellow Kon who was lying on the ground in his human form. “Do you still need to go?”
“Yes, Metron hasn’t been seen for two weeks I need answers about what’s going on and he can give them to me.” She nodded and soon enough the transport had begun. He was running threw the possibilities of what could have started the fight as the transport finished and he found himself outside the hotel.
Metron was in the process of placing the Yellow Kon in a tube like device. “What happened,” He asked as soon as he saw the others. He saw Cassie helping the Ray up while shooting a dark glare at the Yellow Kon. “He didn’t attack you Cassie did he?”
“No, I was just talking with the Ray and he snapped,” She said looking back at him. “He started screaming about how I was his and he wouldn’t let the Ray steal me because I belonged to him.” She turned away. “I never imagined any part of Kon could be like that.”
“Do not judge him too harshly Wonder girl,” Metron said as he finished encasing the Yellow Kon in the tube. “He is made up of the smallest fraction of Kon El and basically only exist as Kon El’s feelings for you without any balancing traits.” The new god turned toward them and looked over at the blue Kon who was standing back watching. “We need to merge you and your three counterparts back together as soon as possible otherwise the complete Kon El’s own mental health could be affected.” Metron then turned away. “I will return to assist in the merging once I have completed one other necessary act.”
“Wait,” He yelled but it was too late Metron faded out again. “We aren’t going to have trouble getting you to agree to be merged with the other three again are we?” He asked the Blue Kon who had lowered himself down to stand with them.
“I will not be the problem, I am looking forward to reintegration,” The Blue Kon said which surprised him. “However, none of my brothers share that desire and I imagine they will have to be forced to reintegrate.”
“Why are you willing then,” Cassie asked before anyone else said anything. “How do we know you aren’t just playing along and planning to take off first chance you get?” He could understand her suspicion but this Kon hadn’t shown much drive to do anything after basically mastering his powers.
“Because I feel unnatural,” The Blue Kon said looking right at her. “I look at all of you and I feel nothing I know from my memories that I am supposed to care about all of you but I don’t.” The blue and white energy being kept staring at Cassie who turned away. “At the very least the reintegration will be a fascinating new experience one of the few things I can look forward to.” He began to lift off the ground. “I will go locate and contact my heroic counterpart to lure him back here.” He disappeared into the electrical wires after saying that.
“I still don’t think we should trust him,” Cassie said and he privately agreed. “Tim can you track down the Green Kon for us?” He nodded and headed inside toward the computer set up. He settled down and was just beginning a search for media reports on the Green Kon’s activities when the Blue Kon returned out of the power socket.
“I have spoken with him and told him that his assistance was needed to restore sanity to the Yellow Kon,” He said looking around. “I told him he could finish his list of emergencies he intends to intervene in before coming since the more he weakens himself the easier he’ll be to force to integrate.”
“How did you find him so quickly,” Cassie said staring at him. “Robin was just beginning a computer search I can’t believe you fond him quicker than he could.” He had a pretty good idea how the Blue Kon had done it but he was curious if his guess was correct.
“Robin was using the internet I was inside it,” The Blue Kon said simply. “I could find any information I wanted at the speed of thought without having to bother typing into a keyboard.” He’d guessed correctly and took a moment to appreciate exactly how powerful that made Kon. He’d never considered how powerful Superman was during his brief stint in a similar form because his power was so much less physically impressive. He would have to remember not to make that mistake in the future.
“That just leaves the Red Kon,” Ray said from where he was standing behind Cassie. “I know last time I saw him he was with that Barry West from another world.” He glanced up at the blue Kon who seemed unconcerned. “Shouldn’t you go find him.”
“I already know where he is,” the Blue Kon said and turned toward the screen. “He’s in the hotel and very busy so I doubt he’ll be going anywhere.” He saw it then a strange sort of detached expression of curiosity on the blue Kon’s face. “See for yourself.” The security feed started before he could stop it.
He heard a gasp as the image of the Red Kon in human form having sex with Barry West appeared on the screen. He managed to kill the feed in seconds but everyone present had seen enough to know what was going on. “That has to be fake,” Cassie said clearly in shock.
“It is not,” The Blue Kon said before anyone else. “There is security footage from several other incidents over the last two weeks if you need to see more to believe it.” He was watching the blue Kon’s face and realized that he was enjoying watching the reaction of everyone else he was treating it like an experiment. “I take it that other than Robin none of you were aware that Kon El is bisexual?”
All eyes turned toward him and he vowed to keep a close watch on the blue Kon until the Kon’s were recombined. There was something disturbingly familiar about the blue Kon’s approach to things.
He emerged from the tank feeling wet and dizzy. He tried to remember how he got here but couldn’t. “Easy,” Tim’s voice said as the other man approached and began to dry him off with a towel. “Your lucky to be alive that bullet should have killed you.”
“Then how did I survive?” He asked as he looked around and realized he was at the Fortress he thought it looked a bit different than the fortress he remembered. He could tell by how methodical Tim was being that he was in full Red Robin mode to deal with the stress.
“This is how you survived sir,” One of the Fortress Robots said as it approached carrying his uniform and the mother box. “This piece of New god technology placed you into a state of stasis that maintained your life force during treatment.”
“Thanks MB,” he said and the thing pinged almost happily in response. “How long was I out?” He asked Tim hoping to coax him back to being Tim and not Red Robin. He could tell it was going to be difficult as Tim looked up at him with the mask firmly in place.
“About two weeks,” Tim said after a moment as he stepped back to allow him to pull on his repaired costume. “Once you are back on your feet we need to rejoin the others at the hotel the situation has changed for the worse.”
“Tim, relax a little I’m okay,” He said as he finished pulling on his costume. “Don’t turn into Bruce the second on me now.” Tim turned back toward him and he thought he saw a bit of emotion but before anything could happen Metron appeared.
“Where have you been for the last two weeks,” Tim said snapping back into Red Robin mode and glaring up at Metron. He suppressed a sigh and grabbed MB to strap her back on his arm. He could tell Tim was getting ready to lose it at Metron.
“There was no need for me to return until I found a way to safely reintegrate the divided younger Kon El,” Metron said and he glanced Tim who gave him a nod clearly meant to say I’ll tell you later. “There is also a potential problem I did not foresee until now.” Metron looked down at them. “Red Robin your shield will begin to fail within the next three weeks and a few days later Night wing’s will also begin to fail.” Metron looked worried. “There is no way to predict what will happen with both of you generating temporal shock waves at the same time, especially after the damage caused by Wonder woman’s actions.”
“What do you mean by that,” He snapped before Tim could say anything. “Are you saying what happened with those evil time traveling Titans was somehow Cassie’s fault?” He felt Tim’s arm on his shoulder and did his best to calm down.
“No but she didn’t heed my warnings and confronted them,” Metron said gravely. “The result was her shield failed prematurely but reality did not completely reset the past Kon El was split into four separate energy beings, Doomsboy vanished, Bart Allen remains missing and two of the dangerous Titans remain loose on this world.”
He really needed someone to catch him up. “All right so how do we fix things?” Tim asked and then suddenly they weren’t in the Fortress anymore. They were standing outside the hotel where a blue and white verison of his younger self had two others trapped in a cage of electricity.
“Metron, can you supply containment for my brothers?” The blue and white energy being asked and two tubes appeared. “Thank you.” He watched as the red and white energy being along with the green and white one were dropped into the tubes. “May I ask how you intend to merge us Metron?”
“With this machine,” Metron said as a floating cube appeared. “It will recombine your energies and reconstitute the original Kon El.” He looked around and saw there was a yellow and white energy Kon also in a tube. “Now if you will consent to being put in a tube the reintegration can begin.”
“That won’t be happening,” The Blue Kon said and then lashed out with a blast of electric energy clearly aimed at the machine. The only one who didn’t appear shocked was the young Tim who was already moving throwing one of his many toys at the energy Kon. It never made it as the device instead of being destroyed simply sucked up the blue Kon before moving to an empty tube that appeared and somehow depositing the blue Kon inside it.
“Now we can begin,” Metron said completely unfazed by what had happened. “It will take some time to set up the proper apparatus and make the final calculations.” Metron casually began to summon equipment form where ever he had been getting it all along.
“You knew he was going to double cross you,” the younger Tim said staring at Metron with suspicious glare. “How did you know he would do that?” He was just as curious himself and he knew his Tim had to be as well.
“Because I knew which parts of Kon El he was made from,” Metron said looking around. “He was not Kon El’s intellect as you surmised but instead his arrogance.” Metron smiled slightly. “Free from other distractions and emotions the blue Kon could easily make use of his innate intelligence to it’s full and dangerous potential.”
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