Legion of Super Heroes - Against all Odds (Part 1)*
“Is that all you can say?” Jo huffed to his teammate Querl. “Reep bails out of the time sphere and all you can say is irrational?”
“And unexpected.” Querl Dox added. He barely looked at Jo, concentrating rather at the controls of the time sphere he was operating.
Jo Nah felt hot under the collar. He was tempted to turn Brainiac 5 into a sickeningly green pile of goo when a soft hand touched his shoulder. “Jo, punching Brainy is not going to make the situation any better.”
“Maybe not Tinya, but it might make ME feel better.” Jo glared angrily at the green-skinned youth.
“I neither pushed him out, nor persuade him. Getting emotional will not change the fact he’s gone.”
“You green skinned son of a….” Despite his girlfriend’s hand on his shoulder, Jo took a swing at Querl, otherwise known as Brainiac 5. His fist failed to connect however; it was instead blocked by a force field, suddenly being projected from Querl’s utility belt. “I should switch my ultra energies to super strength and take you out.”
“That would be futile as well as idiotic. I could put shields up faster than you could smash your way through. Even if you were able to, you’d be sentencing Reep to certain death. I’m the only one who can track him down and find him.... if he survived.”
“Jo he’s right.” Tinya urged him, this time wrapping her hands around his chest and pulling him back. “If we have a hope of finding Reep, we need to let Querl track him down.”
Jo gave a final glare towards Querl before moving towards the other end of the sphere. He sat down next to Salu Digby, more commonly known to the United Planets as Shrinking Violet. She gave a weak smile to Jo in an attempt to show her support but didn’t say so as she was very timid and shy, even with her own friends. Jo acknowledged her smile as he began to settle down. Jo, also known as Ultra Boy, had been endowed with Ultra Energy after an accident in space. He gained the ability to acquire either super strength, super speed, invulnerability, flight or penetra vision but could only use each power one at a time. His girlfriend, Tinya was known as Phantom Girl because of her ability to turn intangible and walk through walls and other solid objects. Querl Dox was their team-mate and sometimes friend, but he didn’t have a super power in the strictest sense. He came from the planet Colu, a planet filled with geniuses. Querl’s intelligence was greater than anyone’s even on his planet. Having a 12th level intellect was his sole ability for joining the Legion of Super Heroes, and was more valuable than many other members. His intelligence came at a price though, he had a hard time with empathy and emotion. Seconds ago, a fifth comrade of theirs, for reasons unknown opened the time sphere and jumped into the vortex. Reep Daggle’s power (otherwise known as Chameleon Boy) was the ability to transform his body into any animal, creature, alien or inanimate object.
“Well!” Jo shouted out towards Querl.
“Well what?” Querl asked.
“Can you get a fix on Reep?”
“I haven’t tried.”
“You what?” Jo said getting back to his feet.
“Jo!” Tinya said sternly also rising and blocking his way to Querl.
Jo didn’t advance further but retained his anger. “Why the sproke not!?” The louder Jo got, the smaller Salu seemed to shrink.
“Don’t you think our primary mission should take precedence?” Under his breath Querl could be heard to add, ‘Cretin’.
“Jo, as much as I hate to admit it, he’s right. If we fail our mission, life as we know it will cease to exist in the 21st century.” Tinya paused for a second, “I mean 31st century.” She half snickered at her own mistake. “Reep jumping out of the time sphere was a stupid thing to do. But if I know him, he had a good reason.”
“We don’t even know if he can survive out there.” Jo replied, quickly pointing at Querl he added, “Do we?”
“There is a small probability. Now if you are finished with your outburst perhaps you will let me get back to work. Or would you rather we all dissolved into the time stream?” Jo turned away reluctantly and allowed himself to cool down. With the time sphere quieter, Querl devoted his full attention to piloting to the target location. A few minutes later the colorful swirl of the time stream began to reform and take on more shapes till the space around them began to meld into familiar scenes of animal, vegetable and mineral. There was a second of an uneasy queasy feeling in everyone’s stomachs but was gone just as quick.
“I hate reentry.” Jo said out loud as he opened the time sphere door. Instead of waiting for Jo and the rest to exit, Tinya fazed herself and walked through the side of the sphere. Querl cautiously followed Jo as Salu stood up from the floor. She wiped her mouth with a tissue and threw it quickly into a bag reeking of vomit. She tossed the bag into a small container which immediately eradicated it, and joined the others.
“We all know our assigned tasks?” Querl asked the other three, but glanced in Jo’s direction as he fiddled with a small computer device.
“Yea, I know my assigned task. And I know the task I’m going to perform next which involves your Omni-com and a place where the sun don’t shine.”
“Are you sure you are not related to Timber Wolf?” Querl asked.
“Boys!” Tinya shouted. “If you are finished, I suggest we get to work. Salu and I will not have enough time to find the base and the information we need if we continue arguing amongst ourselves. Jo, start gathering the materials we’ll need when we get back. I hope the two of you can keep from killing each other.”
Querl rolled his eyes but kept working on the Omni-com. Jo nodded, “As long as he agrees to work out what happened to Reep.”
“I’m not going to waste me time.”
“You said there is a chance to save him!”
“I said there was a small chance he might survive.”
“How small?” Joe demanded.
“8.004% chance of Reep surviving his idiotic stunt. Face it; Reep’s as good as dead.”
Jo’s anger got the best of him and he switched his ultra energy to speed and hit Querl. Being too engrossed in his calculations, Querl wasn’t prepared. He fell to the ground and dropped the Omni-com. This time Tinya was getting hot under the collar and Salu Digby seemingly disappeared.
Legion Roll Call:
Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox)
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah)
Phantom Girl (Tinya Wazzo)
Shrinking Violet (Salu Digby)
Chameleon Boy (Reep Daggle)
Next: Doctor Who, "Crossing the Barrior" - Part 2
*This is part 5 of the 20 part 'Time And Alternate Dimension In Space'.
A Doctor Who, Quantum leap, Writers Block, Sliders & Legion of Super Heroes crossover.