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TARGET: Revenge (A massively-revised rewrite of the classic gorefest)

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« on: 18 August, 2008, 08:05:34 pm »

Chapter 2:

Princess Zelda sat outside her castle, leaning against a tree and staring at the countryside. There was something about the vast, empty, rolling fields of Hyrule that hypnotized her, no matter how many times she looked at it. A carefree sigh escaped her lips, and she looked to the left. Link was practicing his swordplay with Roy and Marth. “They never stop…” she said to herself with a small smile. She watched them for a few minutes before turning back to watching the landscape.
“Hm?” she thought. Squinting, she saw someone running up to the castle. He was flailing his arms and pointing up in the air, shouting inaudible shouts. “Is that… Ganon?”
“Look up! Everyone, look up!” Ganon shouted.
Link turned around to see where the shouting was coming from. Noticing a distraught Ganon, he put away his sword and looked up behind him. Roy and Marth did the same. “What is that?” Link said.
Curious, Zelda stood up, brushed the dirt off her dress, and walked around the tree to get a glimpse of what was going on. She saw an F-zero hovercraft falling from the sky, small discs flitting in and out, cutting holes and gashes in the outer shell. Sparks and flames shot out of the many slits in the machine’s armor. A large mass of the discs trailed behind, shooting several out at the hovercraft every few seconds.
“It’s heading for the castle!” Zelda shouted, and started running. She didn’t know why, it wasn’t as if moving her legs back and forth while moving herself closer to the impending crash would stop anything. She got control over herself and stopped.
The hovercraft and the meteor of targets slammed into the side of the castle. The hi-tech machinery being crushed by tons of targets created a massive explosion that leveled nearly the entire structure. Zelda was able to quickly create a shield around the five before the shards of glass and rock propelled from the explosion reached them. They ricocheted off, shattering into tiny pieces as they bounced in every direction. When the smoke had cleared, Zelda dropped her shield and ran into the wreck. Link and the others followed close behind.
Scanning the ruin, Zelda saw not much was left intact. Shards of glass from artisan stained glass windows lay about their bases. Fragments of wood that used to be chairs and thrones were completely shattered. Most of the ground was covered in chunks of gravel, rock, and brick, coupled with collapsed pillars lying on shattered tables and torches. More prevalent than anything else were the targets randomly strewn about. One thing stuck out, however. Off to one side, the figure of a body lay among a mess of blood and metal.
“Oh no!” Roy gasped.
“Captain Falcon!” said Ganon.
Marth ran over to Falcon’s side. “Dude, what happened?” he asked.
He found it difficult to breathe, let alone form words, but Falcon managed to speak. “Ugh… They attacked me. Couldn’t… hold ‘em off…” he said, while coughing up blood.
“Who?” Marth asked, panic-stricken
“The targets…” Falcon responded. “Beware… the tar–” He went limp.
Marth stood up and backed away, looking horrified. “I don’t understand,” he said, shaking his head.
“You will soon,” said a voice behind them.
The five quickly turned around and saw several targets floating. These ones weren’t dead, they weren’t lying on the ground like the rest.
“Why did you do this to Falcon?” demanded Roy.
“It’s quite simple, really,” the target replied. “Revenge. For too long we’ve been at your mercy. Well it’s OUR turn now.”
“Ugh, screw this,” Link said, pulling out his bow. “I’ll make this quick.”
He fires an arrow with dead-on accuracy. It sailed through the air at the lead target… and harmlessly bounced off with a light TINK! Link gasped.
The target laughed. “Link, Link, Link… We’ve developed protection against your puny arrows. There will be no more of that.”
Link glared at the target, wondering if they could see. How did they hear, for that matter?
The target wasn’t finished. “We also developed a bit of a counterattack, if you will.” Several arrows grew from the targets, all pointed forward and aimed at Link. Without warning, they shot out at an alarming speed. Link barely had time to react, but dove out of the way quick enough to avoid getting hit. The arrows sailed harmlessly past.
Directly into Ganondorf.
“Aaaaaahhhh–kkkkhhh!!” Ganon attempted to scream, but the arrows had pierced his stomach and neck. Falling over, dark red liquid oozed from the wounds and formed puddles amongst the gravel and dust.
Roy attempted to run over to Ganon, but Marth held up an arm to stop him. “No,” he said. “Run. I’ll hold them off.”
“But—” Roy started.
“GO!” Marth shouted.
“There’s an old mansion down the road,” Zelda said. “Let’s hide out there.”
Zelda, Link and Roy ran out of the ruins, leaving Marth to fend off the targets. A few rose from the ground, and Marth soon found himself surrounded by at least 15 targets, and that number continued to grow.
“I’ve killed hundreds of you,” Marth said coldly. “This is no different.”
“What makes you so sure?” the lead target asked.
“My blade never fails me.”
Marth let out a war-cry and charged the targets.
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