Chapter 1: First Contact
There was a small robot concealed by shadows, floating at incredible speeds throughout space. Following the robot were space ships. The ships looked like giant red submarines, with torrents where the windows should be, and a giant telescope that allowed them to see in night vision, infra red, x ray, etc. Each of those ships were equipped with the most advance alien technology such as super computers, They were all flashing lights of all frequencies and color, indicating that they were operating at full power. At the helm of each of those super computers were skeleton like aliens. They were basically skeletons with a thin layer of skin over it, making them look like stereotypical aliens. One large ship had their leader. Their leader was in a giant spacesuit, and had a skull for a head. “Fire another round! Make sure that you bring it alive!” the leader said with a snarl. “Yes sir, Mr. Khronos,” one of his minions manning the guns replied. They fired another laser, which the robot was barely able to dodge.
Then, the robot came near Earth. The robot got even faster and made it to the Earth’s atmosphere. Once the robot did that, the spaceship came to a halt. “Damn, he went into the atmosphere of Earth. We can’t go in there,” Khronos said. Khronos then grabbed one of his minions by their ribcage and pulled him closer. “Alert the scientists back in Distopia to speed up their research on their device that will allow us to breathe in the CO2 and oxygen on Earth,” Khronos bellowed to the minion, who saluted him then went off to alert the scientists.
Khronos then went to the front of the ship, and looked at Earth. He then glared at it before saying. “That infernal machine can’t hide forever. We will obtain the Iris, and when we do, Distopia will rule the entire galaxy. And if anyone on Earth gets in my way, they will die along with that pitiful robot,” Khronos uttered before returning to his chair, wondering what to do next. He suddenly got an idea. “You two! Get the Spirits from their cages and tell them to go to Earth. They will help us until we are able to get into the atmosphere of Earth,” Khronos bellowed at his minions. “Y…yes sir,” they replied as they went to the spirit cages. Khronos then chuckled a little as he thought of the poor soul who would dare to work with that robot.
On Earth (Thursday 7:30 PM)…
It was the beginning of September on Earth. The leaves were beginning to change color, and the sunset was coming earlier than usual. It was also getting colder than usual, being only 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But, that did not stop Mirai Nakamura from taking her daily walk through the park near her house. Mirai was wearing a black tank top with purple and black gym shorts on. She was also wearing her favorite black and red tennis shoes. She had black curly hair, which was adorned with a purple bow with a skull on it, fair skin, and green eyes.
Mirai was a 15 year old student, entering her 2nd year in high school tomorrow. Even though she really hated school, she wasn’t as mad about it as she thought she would be, as she was going to see all of her friends again, but then she would have to wait another nine months for the freedom of summer. She had her headphones in her ears, which were playing some music by her favorite band, Red Velvet Massacre. She then started walking to the park exit.
Before she got to the exit, she saw a piece of metal under some leaves. When she went to pick it up, she noticed that it looked like a star, with what looked like those rings with the ball on it that goes around atoms, was made of gray metal, and it had a giant red ball in the center of it. Mirai assumed that the metal starfish was some sort of toy, and she decided to take it home with her and see if it still worked. Mirai found one other thing by the metal toy; a small piece of what looked like a crystal She decided to take the items home with her, because she assumed that the crystal came with the toy. Mirai then stuffed the toy in her pocket, and walked back to her house.
Ten minutes later, Mirai came home from her walk. When she walked in to her house, she noticed her parents weren’t home. ‘Oh yeah! Mom said that she and Dad were going to Ireland for some sort of business deal,’ Mirai remembered as she walked through the empty house. Mirai was used to her parents not being home, seeing as they worked for representatives at an international firm, which required them to make long trips out of the country. She wasn’t resentful, in fact, she was grateful, as this taught her to take care of herself. She also talked with her parents everyday on Skype, so they didn’t miss a day in her life.
She went up to her room, which was full of plush toys, had light purple wallpaper, posters for bands and TV cartoons, a red carpet, a black wooden desk, and her bed covered in a white blanket and two pillows. When she walked into her room, she sat the new toy down on her bed, wondering what it was. It had no tags or anything, but she noticed that it had a hole in it, which would fit her phone charger. She assumed that since it had a charger port, that it needed to charge before she could do anything with it. She found her phone charger, plugged it into the wall, and connected the charger to the toy. “Hmmm, what is this? It looks great, I would think that a toy company would put their logo all over this thing,” Mirai thought to herself as she looked over the toy.
While she waited for the toy to charge, Mirai decided to find out what the crystal was for. She looked at the crystal all over, and looked back at the toy, but she couldn’t see how these things were connected. She decided that she could make the crystal into a necklace. The crystal was a mix of sky blue, and blood red. She thought it was cool, and those were both her favorite colors, so she found a small chain for jewelry, and tied the chain around the middle of the crystal, and put it on her neck. She went to the mirror to see how it looked, but then heard a voice.
“HEY, DON’T TOUCH THAT!” the voice screamed. Mirai jumped from surprise of the voice, and saw that the toy’s red center was glowing as it talked, it had levitated a little off the ground, and he sounded kind of mad. “Did…did you just…talk?” Mirai asked the toy once she recovered from her initial shock. “Yes, I talked, but what I want to know is why you’re wearing the Iris?” the toy asked. “The what?” Mirai asked. “The Iris, it is the most powerful and valuable artifact in the galaxy and you’re using it as if it is a $50 gold necklace,” the toy responded.
Mirai started panting and pacing around the room, while mumbling to herself. STAR looked at her strangely, wondering what she was doing. “Ummm…Human, what are you doing?” STAR asked while still following Mirai pacing back and forth. Mirai then suddenly stopped and looked STAR dead in the eyes. “No…no…no. You’re a …figment of my imagination. I must’ve…been walking in the forest when…a…a…branch…yeah a branch…hit me on the head. Now, I’m hallucinating,” Mirai started rambling while pointing at STAR with a crazed look in her eyes. STAR was about to interrupt her before Mirai continued.
“I’m hallucinating…about a robot…from space…talking to me about a crystal like it’s a Chaos Emerald,” Mirai said while lying down on her bed while running both her hands through her pixie cut hair. “I mean…maybe I…have…heat stroke, and…” Mirai continued before STAR grew a robotic hand out of his body, and slapped Mirai in the face. “Human! I am not a hallucination or a fever dream or any of those things. I am very real, and if you want, I can prove it to you,” STAR offered while Mirai was just staring at him with a blank expression and a hand on the light bruise on her cheek. STAR then pulled out a lit blow torch, and attempted to press it onto Mirai.
Mirai jumped out of bed, and hit her head on her nightstand. “Do you believe I’m real now?” STAR asked in a cocky tone with the blow torch still out and lit. “Uh…yeah…yeah! You’re…you’re real!” Mirai half shrieked, while waving her hands in front of her face, which had a look of absolute fright on her face. “Good, now as I was saying, as a highly intelligent piece of machinery, I am determined to complete my mission of protecting the Iris. Now imagine my surprise when I see a teenage girl wearing it like something she got at the mall. So, if you would hand the Iris back…” STAR went on before Mirai interrupted him.
“Wait, wait, wait! Who are you and what are you talking about?” Mirai asked. The toy let out what sounded like a sigh, and spoke. “I am STAR, a robot created by the king and queen of Distopia, a planet on the edge of the galaxy. I was designed to study the habits and history of humans and give that information to the King and Queen of Distopia. One of our leading army commanders, Khronos, betrayed the entire country. He felt that the king and queen were too soft and lenient on the people of other planets, and wanted to destroy those planets. So, he used some creatures to attack and imprison the king and queen, and take over Distopia. He turned the entire planet into a dictatorship, and wanted the Iris that you’re wearing around your neck,” STAR stated.
“What’s so important about this jewel?” Mirai asked. “The Iris was the first artifact found by the people who discovered Distopia, and it has the power to bend time and space. It allowed us to create the kind of world we desire and/or need. Khronos wants to use it to make sure that he remains king forever by turning Distopia into a dictatorship with him in charge. I was able to escape here because the people of Distopia cannot breath in your Earthly atmosphere,” STAR continued to explain. “And, I have the capabilities of handing powers that can help defeat him. And since you found me, I am willing to give those powers to you,” STAR continued.
Mirai looked at this thing like it was kidding or something. What could be so special about her that she can be trusted with saving not only an entire planet, but possibly the entire galaxy from this former army commander who sounds like the definition of evil “I…I…I’m not so sure about this. I’m only an average high school student. I mean, what’s so special about me?” Mirai asked. “Nothing. Well, nothing I know of yet. You picked me up from the forest when my batteries died out, and I decided the person who saved me would get these powers,” STAR explained.
Mirai cheeks puffed with annoyance before she gave it a little more thought. It would make life a little more exciting, and if it’s to help people, who was she to say no? “Well, if it’s to help a lot of people, then I don’t see why not,” Mirai said as STAR’s red ball on his chest started blinking. “OK, stand still,” STAR told her as the ball in his chest turned blue. Then, STAR stopped. “Human, before I blast you, I must ask you a very important question,” STAR said. Mirai then opened her eyes and looked at STAR. “And that would be…?” Mirai asked. “Do you have something in your stomach?” STAR asked.
Mirai gets a confused look on her face before getting a suspicious look on her face and putting her hands on her hips. “No, I was going to get a snack, but…this whole thing started happening,” Mirai answered in a snide manner. “Well, you have to have something in your stomach to be blasted with this laser,” STAR said, with Mirai raising one of her eyebrows, curious as to the odd condition. “Why?” Mirai asked. Well, if you get blasted on an empty stomach, then you will most likely die due to the nutrients in your body, or lack thereof, battling the dangerous chemicals that are used to make the laser beam,” STAR explained. Mirai, however, was still a bit skeptical.
“So, if this laser is powerful enough to give me superpowers, then why are nutrients of food able to fight off the dangerous parts of the laser?” Mirai asked. “Well, the radioactivity is fairly weak, but when it’s blasted in a laser this powerful, the radioactivity is enough to kill you in a very long and painful way,” STAR explained before putting the laser back into her body. Mirai then went down to the kitchen and went to the fridge with STAR following her. Mirai opened the fridge before turning back to STAR. “So, what should I eat?” Mirai asked. “Well, it really doesn’t matter what you eat, but according to tests we ran, vegetables are the best at fighting the radioactive particles of the laser,” STAR answered.
Mirai looked into her fridge, and found a cucumber in the fridge. Mirai washed the cucumber before taking a bite out of it. “So, should I eat the whole thing or just a little bit?” Mirai asked while she was chewing. STAR looked at the size of the cucumber, which was approximately a foot long. “Hmmm…better eat the whole thing, just in case,” STAR said before backing away from the cucumber. STAR then blasted Mirai with a laser, and stopped after about 30 seconds. When all the smoke cleared, STAR just stood back. “Alright, it worked. You now have superpowers,” STAR told her once the smoke cleared.
When Mirai could see again, she went to the mirror, and saw that nothing had changed. She had the same hair (except that it was down instead of in her usual curls), the same face, and she didn’t feel any different, until she looked down, and saw that she was in black boots, black fingerless gloves, her bow replaced with a purple hairband with a skull on it, and what looked like a one piece swimsuit. “What the, why am I in a swimsuit?” Mirai shrieked as she blushed and attempted to cover herself up. “What do you mean? That is the supersuit. It is made of spandex,” STAR replied, not understanding why she was acting like this. “This is so perverted. I don’t want people to see me like this,” Mirai said. STAR just went closer to her. “Try out the powers,” STAR simply said.
Mirai blinked and looked confused. “How do I use them?” Mirai asked. STAR sighed in annoyance and flew in front of her hands. “Push your hands in front of you as if you were pushing a box,” STAR instructed. Mirai did just that, and orange lasers blasted from each of her hands, and STAR absorbed the lasers. “Wow! That’s pretty powerful for a first try. Good job. Now, try the bullet maneuver,” STAR told her. “OK, how do I do the ‘bullet maneuver’” Mirai asked again. STAR then flew back in front of her hands, and made a swiping motion with his little body. “Take your hands, and swipe them like you’re swatting a fly,” STAR explained. Mirai rolled her eyes, and swiped her hands in front of her, and immediately, pellets of laser bullets shot out of her hands, which once again, STAR caught so they wouldn’t do any damage. “Once again, good job and very powerful. Now, try and teleport.” Mirai then looked annoyed at STAR and put her hand in her face. “OK, how…the…hell…do…I do that!?” Mirai asked, getting annoyed at STAR not giving her any directions. STAR then got in her face. “Take your arms, put them all the way up, and then put them all the way down in a very fast and fluid motion,” STAR explained once again. Mirai thought of the place she wanted to go, her living room, just to test out the power. She focused for a few seconds, and when she opened her eyes, she was in the middle of the living room.
“Man, I didn’t think I’d be so good at this,” Mirai said as she had aced her final test of her new powers. “Yes, it is odd that a beginner let alone a human beginner, like you could be able to master her new powers so well,” STAR commented. Mirai looked at STAR with an annoyed look and pushed him aside. “Thanks for the compliment. Now, I’m gonna make some Ramen,” Mirai said before she went into the kitchen to get some Ramen. STAR went back to Mirai’s room and plugged himself into her charger before lying down. “Alright, I’ll see you when you’re done, Human,” STAR called out.
Later that night…
Mirai was in bed, while STAR had turned off for the night, and was on her nightstand. Mirai was trying to sleep, but couldn’t get her mind off of what had just happened to her today. ‘Well, first I start my sophomore year in high school tomorrow, now I’m a superhero trying to help an alien race, possibly the entire galaxy fight some evil force. Man, this is going to be a tough year,’ Mirai thought while she was trying to go to sleep. What she didn’t notice was the little yellow beeping light coming from STAR.
In Khronos’ spaceship…
“This is the warrior that that piece of scrap metal chose? HA! This shall be even easier than I thought!” Khronos gloated as he had watched everything from his camera that he had secretly placed on STAR before this whole chase began. “Um, sir, she seemed pretty powerful,” one of his minions meekly pointed out before Khronos grabbed him by the skull. “She is nothing but a puny Earth teenager. Powers or no powers, we will take the World Jewel, and we will take over the entire galaxy,” Khronos said before he started to laugh evilly.