Episode 4: Normal Life
In late nighttime, Bellwood Bank was under attacked and robbed. Most of security guards were wounded and knocked out while the area was badly burnt and damaged. The attackers were robbing and moving couple bags of money and golds while exiting the bank. They all put the bags on the large trunk that attached to advanced futuristic motorcycle without wheels.
This group are the female gangster. Most of them worn worn blackish jumpsuit with white skull symbols on their armored chests and different colorful lines, spiked armored black gauntlets, colorful shoulder pads with spikes, jet boosters-like and armored helmet. One of them has maroon spiky hair worn her armor that is much darker with red colors on lines, sharper spikes and shoulder pads. Her name is Rojo.
"Alright, team!" Rojo called her team, "We've got gold in our hands! And we need to get the heck out of here ASAP!"
Azul nodded firmly, "On it, boss!"
"We won't let Tennyson get to us again!" Amarillo said proudly, "We'll show them that he can't beat us because we're girls."
"What about me?!" Armorstrike's voice asked confidently.
Amarillo turned to back and found Armorstrike charged and slammed the punch right at her. She turned and found three thugs came and attacked her at once. She luckily dodged down before jumped and gave a swipe kick at them. Two more have fired their blasters at her from the back. She quickly armed and fired the blaster at them both. More of them have came and attacked as Armorstrike fiercely engaged and fought them off one-by-one while dodging and blocking the attacks.
As Armorstrike was distracted by fighting her enemies, Azul armed and readied her metallic fists while slowly approaching to her enemy. Closing to her target, Azul punched at Armorstrike thrice before grabbed and slammed to the back hard. She then slammed her kick at the Mechamorph Heroine's face. Amarillo launched multiple quick punches and kicks at her face for few times before fired her blasters at her off. She was thrown to the front, where Rojo thrust her EMP Powered Punch at the chest. It shocked and electrocuted her for the moment.
As Armorstrike groaned and moaned painfully as she was being paralyzed, Rojo kicked her off to the ground hard. Rojo stomped her foot on Armorstrike to the ground while aimed her armed blaster at her face.
"Damn it..." Armorstrike cursed in anger.
"Nice try, kid. Trying to take us on was pretty stupid," Rojo asked amusingly while looking carefully at Armorstrike, "You must be a new mate in Team Ben? I'm not impressed, kid."
"I wasn't trying to impress you. I was trying to get the job done!"
"Ooh... Trying to impress Ben 10? Coz he'd be disappointed."
"Nope. I have to end the fight, so I can go home and get some sleep," Armorstrike said firmly, "I've got tennis practice tomorrow morning."
Amarillo giggled amusingly, "Aw. That's cute."
"Well, too bad that you're gonna miss it," Azul said amusingly, "Coz you're gonna have some broken legs and hands."
Rojo smirked, "They've got the point, greenie. Game over."
Armorstrike smiled confidently, "For you..."
And just before Rojo and her gang could react, some of them got shot and blasted off. They looked around of their surroundings. They looked up and found Jetray, who worn the black jumpsuit with white torso armor on stomach and dark greenish line on middle, was flying and firing his greenish lasers straight at them. He was joined by Tetrax and Rook, who jumped off from the ship as they dived and landed straight to the ground. They then engaged and fought against Rojo's gang.
As Rojo's Gang got distracted by Team Ben's attack, Armorstrike grunted as she quickly pushed Rojo off. She got up and engaged with the female gangster leader, who dodged quickly and strike back at her for few times.
Jetray continued flying and dodging the blasts from his enemies, he also fired his greenish eye lasers at their weapons off. He then rammed and knocked them off one-by-one. Rook fired his Proto-Tool Blaster at them while using his gauntlets' blades and Revonnah Kai to engage and defeat them. Tetrax used his crystallized shield-like to block and deflect laser beams while punching and kicking them off.
Azul and Amarillo jumped and attacked both Tetrax and Rook, who fought back at them. Tetrax and Azul used their fists and kicks at each other fiercely while not dodging and blocking the attacks for few rounds. Rook and Amarillo used their speed and martial art skills to fight and fend off the attacks for few times. While Azul and Amarillo were strong and determined, they were still no match for the aliens. Both girls tried to slam their punches at the aliens, who dodged down before grabbed and thrown them straight to the walls hard.
Armorstrike and Rojo continued their fierce fighting for few rounds. Armorstrike has tried to land a punch and kick on Rojo, who managed to block and dodge the attack at ease. As the armored heroine launched the punch, she got grabbed and slammed to the ground by the gangster leader. Armorstrike was grabbed and held up high by Rojo, who aimed her right hand laser blaster at her.
"Any last word?" Rojo asked amusingly.
Armorstrike smirked, "Yeah. Sick her, boy!"
Armorstrike's armor mutated and formed Ship as he jumped out and attacked Rojo, who grunted and struggled in anger to get him off of her. As she was struggling, Ship formed and covered its goo on her body as it caused some serious electrocuting shock on her. After shocking out on her, Ship emerged and returned to Julie, who grabbed and held her up.
Rojo groaned in pain as she slowly got up. She found her armor has been deactivated and destroyed. She groaned in anger. She charged and was about to attack Julie and Ship. Luckily, Jetray came and rammed her straight to the motorcycle, making her unconsciousness.
"Don't mess with my girlfriend," Jetray snarled as he slowly descended to the ground. He transformed back to Ben. He turned and approached to Julie. He asked, "You okay? Are you hurt? Did Rojo hit you bad?"
Julie giggled a bit, "Ben, I'm fine. Everything's alright now. You don't have to worry about me now." Ben laughed a bit while rubbing his head's back a bit. She yawned a bit, "Since we're done here, I'd better get home and sleep now. I've got tennis practice tomorrow. Think you can clean this up?"
Ben was annoyed a bit but smiled, "Sure. Go ahead."
"We've got this covered," Tetrax said firmly, "Get some rest, Julie."
Julie nodded happily as she whistled to Ship. The Mechamorph Pup jumped and formed her into Armorstrike. She then ran off at once while climbing and jumping from one building to another. Team Ben watched her go home.
"This is fifth time for her to leave and return home early. Why?" Rook asked in confusion.
"She got tennis practice tomorrow," Ben answered, "And she hates being late for practice or match."
Rook hummed and nodded, "Hmm... Now I remember. She was the champion for tennis match, wasn't she?"
Ben nodded, "Eeyup. That's her, alright. She loved tennis a lot."
"That's true. But she's right about one thing," Tetrax said calmly before yawned a bit, "We need some goodnight sleep. So, let's wrap this up now."
Ben and Rook nodded, "Right..."
As the Plumbers Armored Trucks have arrived, Team Ben helped the Plumbers to get Rojo and her gang into trucks. After loading the prisoners up, the Plumbers drove their trucks and tanks as they headed back to the headquarter now. Team Ben returned home for rest and sleep.
Unknown to any of them, someone was watching the event from the rooftop of building. She was a metallic humanoid with tentacles as her bottom torso while wearing strange metallic armor with curved shoulder pads-like and crown-like on head. She smirked darkly and evilly as she magically and electrically teleported off to somewhere else. Who was she?
Plumbers' Tanks were driving across through the Bellwood Town's street while guarding and escorting the prisoner trucks to Plumber Headquarter Base. Rojo and her gang were annoyed and disappointed as they all got defeated and caught by Team Ben. They really hated losing especially not getting the money, jewel or even getting revenge on Team Ben.
As the Plumbers continued driving their transports, they then encountered two strange vehicles are charging right at them. One of them was grayish Lamborghini Gallardo Car and the dark purplish Snow Truck-like. They both drove very fast while charging at them. The snow truck rammed and knocked most of the Plumbers' tanks hard while the grayish car activated and fired his blasters in destroying them.
After blowing and destroying most of the Plumbers' transports, both mysterious transports turned to the prisoner truck. And just before it could do anything, the snow truck rammed the prisoner truck straight to the walls. The grayish car headed to the back, where it launched and pulled the grappling hooks that attached to prisoner truck's back doors. It opened at once.
Rojo and her gang were surprised and shocked as they slowly emerged and climbed down from the prisoner truck. They turned and looked at two transports.
"Hey, thanks for the assist," Rojo thanked in relief before showing serious and suspicious face, "So, who are you? What's the catch?"
"A simple debt to repay. Nothing more... Nothing less..." The female's voice spoke as the same mechanical woman with tentacles magically appeared before Rojo and her gang. She smiled, "I am hiring you for a simple yet crucial errand to retrieve."
Rojo scoffed, "I ain't no errand girl to anyone especially alien freak like you. And trust me, the last time I work with losers like Vilgax and Driscoll, it didn't turn out well for me."
The mechanical being smirked darkly, "Succeed your mission. And you'd be rewarded, with your greatest desire."
"And if we don't? Coz I ain't stupid, lady!" Rojo asked suspiciously.
The mechanical being snapped her fingers, causing both snow truck and grayish car activated and armed with their blasters that targeting at Rojo and her gang. They became nervous and worried about it.
Rojo gulped, "Okay. So, what do you want me to do? Get the Omnitrix for you or something?"
"No... An item that was stolen from me for a long time," The mechanical being explained firmly as she has her right hand revealed the holographic map of United States of America. The crimson arrow appeared and glowed at Chicago. She continued as the holographic map turned into a metallic seed with dark crimson light, "I want you to retrieve this seed from them, no matter the cost."
"Okay. Got the location. So, what's so special about the seed?"
"That's none of your concern. Can you succeed this mission or not?"
"Of course, I can, lady. But once I get my mission complete, I expect some good reward for me and my gang! We don't come in cheap."
"You have my word, my dear. All of you will be rewarded, as soon as I get my item. But I will upgrade your weapons for this mission."
"Will be done, lady. But who the hell are you?"
"I am... Quintessa... That is all you need to know, human..."
On the next day, Julie was at the tennis court. She has worn her tennis attire for the practice. She is now playing and practicing her tennis at tennis court, with the help of tennis ball machine.
Julie was accompanied by Ben, Rook and Ship. Three of them were watching her playing the game seriously and determinedly for almost two hours and a half. Ben and Ship were proud and happy to see her playing the game while Rook was amazed and impressed by her skills.
"Amazing... She was truly skilled and excellent at playing tennis," Rook commented in surprise, "It's like she was swinging her katana against the hails of arrows. She has shown no fear of danger or the odds against her, like the mountain stand firm against the howling wind."
"Wait. What?" Ben asked in surprise before looked at him. He smirked, "Did you read fortune cookie or something about Julie?"
"I'm afraid I don't understand about the fortune cookie has to do with Julie and her practice?"
"Uh. No. What I meant is about you commenting to Julie and her playing the tennis, so I asked where did you get the idea from?"
"Ah. I see. I mostly got it from reading the poem and haiku. You have to admit it. Japanese Haiku are quite intriguing..."
"Ah... I didn't know you were a nerd over the poem and haiku."
As the tennis ball machine launched its five last balls at once, they all headed straight at Julie. The balls were too fast for anyone to see. But not for Julie, she armed and readied to strike her tennis racket at her targets. As the balls were about to hit her, she swiftly swung her racket at them one-by-one straight back at the court's cage before hitting the last one back at the machine.
Ben and his team were shocked and surprised to see what Julie did. They all clapped their hands for her training. Julie sighed in relief as she decided to take the break. She approached to her bench, which was closed to her friends. She took the towel for wiping her sweats off before taking a sip from the bottle of water.
Entering the court, Team Ben approached her. Ship jumped on Julie's arms as he gave a gentle nuzzle on her face, making her to giggle and patted him happily and gently.
"Excellent work, Ms. Julie. That was impressive," Rook commented, "You're truly amazing at this game. Like a samurai, you have fear nothing and fought against the odds and danger on the battlefield. Wind guides and led you through the horizon."
Julie giggled a bit, "Thanks, Rook and Ben. That was very sweet of you." Ben blushed and chuckled a bit while rubbed his back head. Ship smiled happily and purred a bit. She turned to Rook, "Was that a haiku?"
Surprised by Julie's question, Rook cleared his throat, "Yes. That is a haiku."
"I didn't know you're good at it."
"I did graduated from my school especially reading poem, storybooks, novels and even literature books. They're kinda my hobby."
"Speaking of hobby," Ben said calmly before turned to Julie, "Hope your dad wasn't mad at me for taking you for the mission."
Julie sighed in concern, "Well, he was kinda a bit of mad."
"I knew it. He's gonna kill me for this. I am so screwed!"
"Oh! Don't worry about it. I've already calm and explain to my dad about my decision. He was a bit of mad and worried about it, but he understand."
"I hope so, Julie. I just hope that our mission won't drag you down from tennis."
"It won't. We just need to do our best to beat the bad guys and save the day. And then, we get back and have some free time for fun and relax. Easy peasy."
"I wouldn't be overconfident yet, Miss Julie," Rook said in concern, "There are some enemies we cannot underestimate. Some can be brutal and dangerous like Rojo, Sixsix, Hex and Charmcaster. Others can be cunning and manipulative like Darkstar, Dr. Animo and Albedo. A few can be ruthless and cruel like Vilgax, Aggregor and Forever Knights."
Ben nodded in agreement, "Yeah, Julie. Rook's right. Saving the day is very serious, not a game. If you still want to back out-?"
Julie interrupted, "Ben, we've been through this. I've made my decision that I wanna help you and this team out. Gwen and Kevin are not with us now. Your grandfather is now Magister and too old to lead the mission by himself. You need all the help you can get." Ship barked wildly. She nodded, "Even Ship agrees with me."
"She and Ship have the point again, Ben," Rook added, "You can't do it be yourself."
"I know. I know. I just want to be sure that Julie's alright with her decision to be a hero and sticking with us especially putting her tennis and normal life aside," Ben said in concern and firmly, recalled some events that almost endangered and almost killed her. He didn't want that happened again. He sighed, "I also just want her to be safe."
Julie sighed before approached and gave Ben a deep passionate kiss for the moment. Her boyfriend returned it to her. Ship awed happily to see them kissing. Rook's face turned in red as he looked away for giving them some privacy. After their kissing, they departed and looked at each other.
"Ben, I'll be fine. I promised," Julie said calmly before smirked, "Plus, when we're alone, we're gonna have some fun."
Ben blushed a bit before smirked, "Yeah. Can't wait for it. So, wanna do some training? Armorstrike could have more tricks up in her sleeves, like jet booster, invisibility or super strength."
Julie giggled a bit, "Only one way to find out is do some tryouts."
"Oh, I almost forgot about it!" Rook said in realization. He took a poster and passed it to Julie, "I heard that there is some tryout for international tennis tournament. And Bellwood High required the best and effective four to six players to join it."
Julie read the poster carefully before gasped, "Oh my gosh! You mean it's already announced?! If I could win this, then I might have the chance to join the Olympic Games!"
"Then, what are you waiting for? Let's check it out!" Ben exclaimed happily.
Julie, Rook and Ship looked surprise. Rook asked, "Then, what about the training with Julie? Shouldn't we deal with this matter first?"
Ben scoffed and waved his hand off, "Training with Armorstrike Mode can wait." He turned and looked at Julie, "I wanna see you get in the tournament. You deserve the break."
"You're truly strange, Ben..." Rook commented, making Ben annoyed and irritated to glare at him. He sighed, "But nevertheless, I too wish you enter the tournament. It is your dream to become a tennis champion."
Julie smiled and sighed in relief, "Thanks, guys. Come on! Let's check it out!"
Team Ben packed their stuffs up as they all headed straight to another tennis court for signing up and doing a tryout to join the tournament. Everything seemed to be fine now...
At one of Chicago's rich and tallest building basement park; Max and the group of Plumbers including Manny, Helen, Alan and even Lucy, were meeting up with Lieutenant Steel and his SECT Army. They were all loading up weapons and arsenals to their hummer and Plumber Tanks. Two of SECT Agents were moving and loading up a large container to the SECT's Convoy Truck's back, where they sealed and locked it tight.
SECT Agent turned and gave the thumbs up to Lieutenant Steel, who nodded firmly and relief. He turned and faced to Tetrax.
"The package is loaded up! We're ready to go," Lieutenant Steel said firmly and seriously before crossed his arms, "Hope you and your team up for this task, Magister Tennyson."
Max nodded, "Count on it, Lieutenant Steel. We'll deliver the package to the location, in no time."
"That's good to hear," Lieutenant Steel said in relief. Looking at Max, it makes him laughed a bit. It confused the old man a bit. He sighed, "Sorry. Didn't mean to laugh at you. I just remember how I met Ben 10. Ironically, I was supposed hunting your grandson down for crimes he did at San Francisco. And now, I'm working with his grandfather to accomplish my mission."
"Yeah, it is ironic. If you're worried about us backstabbing at you, then don't," Max reassured firmly and calmly, "We Plumbers have one job, and that is to protect the universe and fight off the invasions from attacking our home."
Lieutenant Steel sighed before remarked sarcastically, "Well, that put my mind at ease... Let's move it, then..."
Lieutenant Steel signaled and gestured his SECT Agents to move and get into SECT Hummers at once while loaded and armed with their weapons. Max did the same thing to his Plumbers Team as well. Max entered his Rustbucket, where the rest of team were inside.
"So, what's our mission again?" Alan asked
Manny nodded in agreement, "Yeah, what's so important about the 'package'?"
Max sighed as he take the driver's seat, "Not much, actually." The team was annoyed and disappointed. He crossed his arms firmly, "But I do know that SECT needs us to help and escort them at the rendezvous point. They're gonna deliver the cargo to the NEST Strike Team."
"As in bird's nest?" Lucy asked curiously.
Max shook his head, "No, Lucy. NEST is an acronym for 'National Extraordinary Specialist and Tactical' Strike Team."
"And they are?" Helen asked curiously.
"Some kind of military or something?" Alan asked.
"Yeah. It's another military black ops handled some special and dangerous classified mission and tasks like taking care of bombs, war criminals, fugitives and more." Max explained before hummed in concern yet suspiciously, "And I heard rumors that they deal with some 'aliens' as well."
"Really?" Lucy asked curiously yet excitedly.
"You've gotta be kidding me," Manny remarked dryly.
Max sighed, "Not quite sure. But right now, we have our mission to do. We escort SECT and deliver their package to them at the rendezvous point. And also, keep your eyes sharp for anything and anyone. We don't want them attack and rob our cargo. Do you get me?"
"We get you, sir!" Manny, Helen, Lucy and Alan exclaimed firmly.
"Alright. Let's move out. Time is wasting." Tetrax said firmly and calmly.
Max started his RV's engine as he drove out first. Five to six tanks engaged their engines while following Max's. The SECT joined the group from behind while covering and protecting the convoy. While they were driving, they have been watched...
Rojo and her gang were on top of the building, accompanied by Quintessa, who has her blue glowing eyes on the convoy. She pointed her finger out.
"There. That is the cargo you must stop and retrieve my item," Quintessa said calmly.
"Got it," Rojo nodded as she put the helmet on her head, "We'll get your package, in no time."
Team Ben arrived at another tennis court, where the registration for the tryout has been held. Julie headed off and make the register for it.
While standing and waiting for Julie at the spectator seats entrance, Ben and Rook was surprised and shocked as they have found a few of tennis players were also registering and joining for the tournament as well. Some spectators have come to watch and support the players to pass the tryouts and enter the team.
"I'm surprised that there so many people come and join for the tryouts," Rook said in amazement and surprise.
Ben scoffed, "Well, some liked sports and wanna compete and prove that they're the best at it, especially they hate losing."
"I see. That make sense. And Julie is one of them."
"You've got that right. You're learning quick too, Rook."
"Yes. But if I'm not mistaken. You used to play soccer, weren't you?"
"Yeah, I still am. I'm the best goalkeeper that my school has. I'm pretty good at catching and kicking the ball away from my goal, thanks to Cousin Kenny."
"Impressive, but also curious." Rook remarked, "Why did you not join the tournament? It's what you're good at."
Ben sighed, "As much as I loved soccer, becoming hero is what I'm good at. And no way I'm gonna retired or quit on it."
Rook sighed, "True. That is you..."
Julie has arrived and approached to her team, "Alright, I'm in." She took a deep breathe before released it, "I'm kinda nervous and worried now."
Ben smirked before patted Julie's right shoulder, "Relax, Jul, you've got this. I mean you've won your match from last year, so this one is no biggie."
Julie was uncertain before smiled a bit, "Yeah. I guess so. Thanks for the pep talk."
Ben smiled, "That's what boyfriends do - comfort and cheer their girlfriends."
"Yeah. That is true. Here, look after Ship," Julie said confidently as she passed Ship to Ben. She turned and headed off for the tryout, "Wish me luck!"
Ben nodded and cried, "Break the leg, Julie!"
"I don't understand why you shout 'break the leg'. What does that have to do with Julie winning her tryout?" Rook asked in confusion.
Ben sighed, "Aw man. Let's just take the seat first."
Ben, Rook and Ship headed off to take their seats while watching the event. Julie is now doing her tryout as she was facing off against another participant.
After departing from Chicago, the Plumbers and SECT have entered the forest highway as they all still heading to the rendezvous point. And so far, there was no sign of troubles or enemies attacking them. Nevertheless, they're not letting their guard down now.
While Max was driving his RV, the rest of his teammates were arguing and having fun with each other such as Manny was shouting 'shotgun' for fun, Helen was looking through the map and watching out for the enemies, both Alan and Lucy were talking with each other about their families and each other. Lieutenant Steel complained and muttered about putting his trust on them while having doubts that they can do anything to help him achieve his mission.
While the team continued their journey, they come across to the roadblock by rockslides and Rojo's Gang. And just before they could react, their enemies fired their blasters and weaponry motorcycles at them. This caused them to turn their vehicles aside while colliding and knocking at each other from being blasted and destroyed.
Both Plumbers and SECT got out from the vehicles as they loaded and fired their weapons back at Rojo and her gang. Alan activated his Pyronite Mode to fire his flamethrower. Lucy turned into Humanoid Sludgepuppy while firing and launched the attacks at them. Helen was finding a way to dodge the blasts while attacking her enemies down. Max, Manny and Lieutenant Steel fired their blasters at them.
Both sides continued firing and shooting their blasters and arsenals at each other fiercely and determinedly to win this fight. Quintessa smirked darkly and amusingly as she and two vehicles watched the battlefield.
However, the battle didn't go well for the team as Rojo and her gang have unleashed their onslaught on the Plumbers. They have destroyed most of the tanks and arsenal weapons while most of Plumbers and even SECY Agents got badly injured and shot. Max hissed in concern as he and his team need reinforcement now. He quickly made the contact now.
At Bellwood High School's tennis court, Julie was still doing her tennis tryout against the participants. And so, she won five matches, and one more to win it. She's now challenging the last participant. The score for Julie : Her Opponent is 36 : 28. The spectators including Ben, Rook and even Ship were cheering for the match.
Julie and her opponent panted heavily as they're both exhausted and tired from playing the tennis. She needs 4 more points to win the match. She's ready to win and enter the championship.
And just before she could serve the ball, something blow a powerful wind at her and everyone. While everyone chatted and panicked in fear and concern, Team Ben looked up and found Tetrax's Ship was above them. They can even hear his voice.
"Sorry to ruin your match! But we've got emergency! Max needs our help now!" Tetrax's voice shouted.
Ben and Rook nodded firmly as they're readied to move out while Julie was hesitated and worried because she hasn't finish her tryout especially her coach, who was annoyed and angry about it. But in the end, she knew her team and friends need her now. Ben slammed his Omnitrix as he turned into Jetray before grabbed and held Rook on his claws while Ship and Julie merged together into Armorstrike with jet boosters.
Both of them gotten into Tetrax's Ship before launched and flew straight to Max's location. While everyone chatted and muttered about it, Julie's coach sighed in disappointment about her student left for the mission.
Max and his team struggled to fight and shoot back at Rojo and her gang, who has gained upper hand and almost winning the fight, thanks to their motorcycle's advanced and powerful technologies and weapons. Most of Plumber and SECT Agents and Soldiers got badly shot and injured during the fight. Nevertheless, Max and his team continued putting up the fight.
As Rojo and her gang are closed to finish them off, Tetrax's Ship have arrived, just in time. As the ship opened its cockpit, Team Ben jumped and dived down straight to the battlefield. Jetray fired his laser eyes in blasting and shooting most of Rojo's gang before transformed into Cannonbolt. He rammed and knocked them off. Tetrax slammed his crystallized sword-like at the motorcycles before engaged them. Rook and Julie also joined the battlefield by firing their blasters and fighting the enemies off one-by-one.
Seeing Team Ben has arrived and fought off Rojo and her gang, Max and his team joined the battlefield at once. Manny charged and slammed his punches at the gang off one-by-one. Helen used her speed to charged and rammed them off. Alan and Lucy covered each other's backs while engaging and beating their enemies off. Max, Lieutenant Steel and their troops fired their blasters and engaged Rojo and her gang, and even assisting their allies as well.
Rojo and her gang struggled to fight and hold the line until they received the beeping noise. As they were listening, the leader of the gang smirked. She quickly ordered her gang to abandon the fight and leave the battlefield at once. They all did as they gotten on their motorcycles and escaped the battlefield.
Team Ben and their allies cheered wildly and happily as they have won the fight. Max approached to the team at once. Cannonbolt returned to Ben's form.
"Nice job," Max congratulated, "Your timing couldn't be perfect."
And just before Team Ben could say anything, Julie spoke up, "Love to chat, but gotta get back to the tryout. See you later!"
Using her speed power, Julie ran off and returned straight to Bellwood High School at once. Team Ben and their allies watched her running off. They just hoped that she made it back in time.
"Ha! Did you see that?" Manny asked happily and happily, "They ran away from the fight! They'd better think twice from who they're messing with!"
Lucy giggled, "You've said it, Manny! We're the guys they don't wanna mess with!"
"Something's not right..." Max said in concern. Everyone looked at him. He continued, "Rojo never likes to run away from the fight."
"Okay... Why would you say that?" Alan asked.
Helen nodded, "Yeah. I thought the bad guys ran away because they don't wanna get caught and thrown into jail."
Ben hummed in cocnern, "Not Rojo... Why would they do that? They could have continued and finished the fight, unless..."
Lieutenant Steel gasped, "Oh no!"
And just before anyone could ask, Lieutenant Steel headed back to the convoy truck, where he found his five SECT Agents were knocked out while the door were broken to pieces especially the 'package' is missing now. Team Ben and their allies also joined and checked it out.
Lieutenant Steel hissed, "Now we know why Rojo and her gang left. They were just diversion while their friend came and get the 'package'."
"Question is who?" Ben asked suspiciously.
Julie has returned to tennis court, where she found out that no one but her and Ship was here. She has realized that she failed to return and finished the game. She found her coach at the end of court's entrance. Her coach shown her disappointment and angry looks before turned and walked away.
Julie looked shock and upset as she began cried tearfully. She screamed before slammed her fists on the ground hard. Ship emerged from her friend's body. He nuzzled gently against Julie's face for comfort and calm her down.
As long she has many missions with Team Ben to complete, Julie would never come back in time for tennis or even have her own normal life. What is she gonna do to solve the problem now?
Both Plumbers and SECT Agents returned to the Plumber's Headquarter as they were searching and hunting down on Rojo and their gang due to them have stolen the 'package'. All of them were inside the command center. Cooper and his two assistants - Driba and Blukic were in-charge of searching and hunting down on the enemies. The rest of them were armed and loaded their weapons as they're ready to engage the enemies.
Max was talking with Team Ben, Team Manny & and also Lieutenant Steel and his SECT Agents about who and how did Rojo's mysterious assistant. While they were chatting and discussing about it, Julie has arrived to the scene.
"Mr. Tennyson, can we talk?" Julie asked. Max and others turned and looked at her. She continued with sincere and upset tone, "I want to resign from this team."
Everyone sans Max, Ben and Tetrax gasped in shock and concern about Julie's quitting on the team.
"Why?!" Rook asked in concern.
Julie sighed, "I've missed my tennis practice, didn't finished my homework, I failed some of my studies, and also I want to make my dream come true."
"You don't mean that!" Lucy said in concern, "We need you. Team Ben needs you! Ben needs you, Jul! You can;t just leave them."
"Yeah, man! Come on, who cares about the studies? Studies sucks!" Manny exclaimed in amusement, before he gets the glare from his team, "What?"
"It might be selfish, but this is what I wanted." Julie said in upset tone.
Giving some thoughts about his past with Julie and her safety, Ben sighed, "It's okay, Julie. I understand."
Everyone sans Max and Tetrax gasped in shock and surprise. Max and Tetrax sighed as they knew and understand why Ben said it because of the past involved of Julie getting hurt.
"Really? You're not mad or something?" Julie asked in surprise.
"Julie, I'd never want to get you involved of this," Ben admitted before sighed, "And also, I didn't want to lose you too. You're too important to me. You deserve better than this."
"It's for the best. But don't worry, we still can get tonight, right?"
Julie smiled a bit, "Yeah. Of course. Thanks for understanding. See you around..."
Julie turned and walked away. Team Manny and Rook questioned Ben's decision of letting Julie quit the team and go home. Ben remained silent and firm with his decision especially keeping his past a secret about his 12-years-old adventure and tragedy.
"Everyone, that is enough," Max said firmly, "This is Julie's decision. She decides. And, we can't force her to come back to us."
Ben nodded, "Yeah. Julie deserve a better life than this."
"I agree, Ben. She deserve better..." Tetrax nodded in understanding. Suddenly, the alarm went off. He turned and looked at Cooper, who nodded firmly. He narrowed his eyes in anger, "Looks like we've found them! Let's move out!"
Team Ben and Team Manny quickly get into their ships as they flew and launched off to Rojo's location at once.
Julie returned to Bellwood's tennis court, where she practicing her tennis fiercely and angrily yet sadly. She was angry at herself for not because she failed to complete her tryout, but abandoning the team and her boyfriend. She still wanted to play the tennis and become the champion, but she didn't want to let her team down. She's indecisive with what she wanted to do between normal life and helping her team. She struck her racket against the ball right over the tennis court.
Julie panted heavily in exhaustion and tiresome. Ship approached as he jumped on her left shoulder. He gave her gentle nuzzle by face. She sighed before patted her Mechamorph Pup.
"I'm surprised you're here?" The coach asked as she entered the scene.
"Coach Natasha..." Julie said in surprise before sighed, "Sorry. I just came here for practice only. Sorry for letting you down. I didn't mean-!"
Coach Natasha interrupted, "It's okay, Yamamoto. I already know what happen."
"Yeah. Max Tennyson told me what has happen especially when you're an 'Armorstrike'. The team called you to help them to fight some bad guys and save the day."
"Coach. Well, you've got nothing to worry about that. I quit and come back here for my usual."
"Julie, you shouldn't have done that for my sake."
"But you were disappointed and angry with me for leaving the tryout! You were expecting me to join the tournament. I've let you down."
"True. But that was before I found out why you left the tennis practice and tryout. And besides, there are times that you have to put your dream aside because your family and friends need you especially saving the world. That's what heroes do, am I right?"
Julie was surprise and shocked to say, "I guess..."
"Don't worry, you'll get your chance to get in the tournament," Coach Natasha said calmly, "And also, I'll postpone your practice, and also delay the tryout and match until you come back from the mission. Sound fair enough?"
"I... I don't know what to say," Julie admitted in shock and surprise.
Coach Natasha smiled, "Say 'thank you', kid. And go save the world coz the team needs you now..."
Coach Natasha turned and left the tennis court, leaving Julie behind to think about her decision and concerns if she can be the hero to help her friends while dealing her normal life. Ship beeped and chipped happily before nuzzled her face again. This make her smile and think about decision.
After locating Rojo and her gang at Chicago City, Team Ben and Team Manny are engaging and battling against them. Rojo and her gang has launched massive assaults from their upgraded and powerful weapons at the heroes.
Ben has turned into Wildvine as he launched his elastically vine punches at Rojo's gang while throwing some seed bombs on their arsenals. Tetrax used and swung his crystallized sword at the enemies off while blocking and deflecting the shots. Rook used his Proto-Tool Spear to swing at them off. Manny used his brute strength to punch and knock them off. Helen sped up and knocked them off. Lucy and Alan used their combined power of mud and flamethrower in forming a powerful concrete on the arsenals.
Despite the effort Team Ben and Team Manny have put with against their enemies, Rojo and her gang withstood the attack and fought back. Azul and Amarillo armed and fired their Hyper Missile Cannons at the team, who quickly dodged and avoided the attacks at once. They were assisted and joined by the rest of gang to fire their blasters and guns at them. Team Ben and Team Manny did their best to fight and push back at the gangster.
Rojo activated her armor into more strong and powerful as she swung her bladed gauntlets at vines and seed bombs that were thrown by Wildvine. Wildvine snarled as he quickly hit his Omnitrix as he turned into Diamondhead, who blocked and deflected the attack while fighting back against her. Both of them fiercely punched against each other for few times. As they both land and clash their punches at each other, Rojo smirked as she fired a powerful shock wave blast at Diamondhead to push back. Diamondhead panted heavily.
"Okay! Where did you get this upgrade from?!" Diamondhead asked in exhaustion, "This is so not by Vilgax or Plumbers' Tech."
Rojo smirked, "Wouldn't you like to know?"
Diamondhead panted, "Either way, I'm still gonna knock you down!"
"Try me, loser," Rojo said confidently before firing shock wave blast at Diamondhead, damaging and cranking his crystallized body. He grunted and groaned in pain as he dropped to the ground. He panted heavily. Rojo approached and aimed her blaster at him, "Looks like I win. I finally beat the Ben 10 now!"
Diamondhead grunted in concern as he realized that he has no chance to beat her now especially he's at weakened state. And just before Rojo could finish him off, someone came and rammed her aside. Her appearance shocked him and the rest. She turned out to be Armorstrike.
"Stay away from my boyfriend," Armorstrike said firmly.
"Julie?!" Team Ben and Team Manny asked in shock and surprise.
Rojo snarled, "You're gonna regret for coming back!"
Rojo and Armorstrike screamed as they both charged and slammed their punches on each other's. They both departed and moved back. Both of them began punching and attacking each other fiercely and wildly for 8 times. The gangster leader used her gauntlets' laser swords to attack the armored heroine, who quickly summoned her electrical modern katana to block and fought back. Both of them swung their swords against each other for few times.
Team Ben and Team Manny engaged with the rest of her gang firmly and determinedly. Diamondhead hit his Omnitrix as he turned into Heatblast. Team Manny were dealing with thugs and goons. He fired and blasted his flame shots and flamethrower at them and their shots. Rook and Tetrax were engaging with both Azul and Amarillo, who armed with upgraded mechanical fists and speed boosters.
Using her super speed, Amarillo slammed her punches and kicks at Rook. He struggled of standing up while trying to use his Proto Blaster to take her down. For few rounds have passed, he was beaten and wounded badly to fall down hard. She was about to finish him off by ramming and knocking. He activated his Proto-Tool Blaster into Auto-Turret on his right shoulder, which fired shots at Amarillo's boosters. This caused her to slip and trip before got her face punched by Rook.
Both Tetrax and Azul fought against each other fiercely and brutally for few times, causing them to bleed and wounded badly. As Tetrax was about to slam his punch at her face, Azul dodged down before grabbed and thrown him off to the walls hard. She charged and slammed her punches at his face and body for few times. After launching a powerful punch, he fell to the ground hard. And just before she could finish him off, he slammed his hand on the ground, which summoned the crystal spikes in capturing and holding her down. As Azul struggled of getting out, Tetrax slammed his punch at her for knocking out.
Armorstrike and Rojo continued battling with each other fiercely for few rounds. The gangster leader activated her powered cannon in firing at armored heroine, who dodged down from the blast. But the blast hit the signboard's support, which was about to fall upon some children. Spotted it, she quickly turned and activated her speed ability to charge and moved them to the bus stop station. She patted while looking at them.
"You're okay?" Armorstrike asked in concern.
The children cheered and commented her happily, "Way to go, Armorstrike! You're awesome! Go kick the bad guys' butts! Beat her up! Go win, Armorstrike! You're my hero!"
Armorstrike blushed a bit, "Glad to hear you're all okay. You'd better hide before-!"
BOOM! Armorstrike yelped in pain as she dropped to the ground hard. She grunted before turned and found Rojo armed and aimed her Hyper Missile Cannon at her. Armorstrike hissed in anger as she widened her hands to keep the children safe. Instead, they came to her aid and formed a perimeter around her. She was in shock and surprise to see them defending her.
"Aw... Isn't that sweet," Rojo said amusingly, "I hate kids..."
"Why?! Because of me!" Heatblast asked as he fired his flamethrower at Rojo, who quickly formed force-field to block the attacks. He scoffed while narrowed his eyes in anger, "Attacking some kids is so low of you. That's Vilgax standard."
Rojo scoffed, "I don't care, Tennyson! Die, son of a bitch!"
"Watch the language!" Heatblast exclaimed in annoyance, "There's some kids here, you know!"
"That's why I don't care!" Rojo shouted in anger as she armed and readied to her Hyper Missile Cannon, "See ya, loser!"
BOOM! Rojo got her Hyper Missile Cannon blasted before got punched by face and body for few times before kicked her guts off. Rojo grunted in anger as she armed and readied the blasters. And just before she could fired, Heatblast thrown his fire shots at her. She turned and was about to fire her blasters at him. Heatblast dodged and avoided the blasts while firing his fire shots at her.
While Rojo was distracted at fighting Heatblast, Armorstrike have her armor detached and turned into Ship. He jumped on Rojo as he shock and electrocuted her armor. Instead of shutting down the armor, the gangster leader muttered and cursed angrily as she tried to remove Mechamorph Pup out from her. Heatblast hit his Omnitrix, turning into Upgrade. He jumped and joined Ship as they both continued shocking and electrocuting Rojo's armor for the moment.
Upgrade and Ship detached and moved away from Rojo, whose armor has been deactivated and fallen apart. She groaned in anger as she was about to attack. But instead, Julie punched at Rojo's face, making her to fall down hard. Julie sighed as she shook a bit of her hand for recovery. Upgrade and Ship whistled in amazement. Unknown to the team, they have been watched by Quintessa, who smirked and then teleported at once.
Team Ben and Team Manny rounded up Rojo and her gang. Ben was talking with Julie, who helped and led the children to their parents. The young ones cheered and thanked her happily. This make her smiled happily. Ben couldn't help but smile to see his girlfriend smiled.
"So, what change your mind?" Ben asked curiously.
"I did have some thinking to do," Julie admitted, "But I have a coach and some kids to thank for. They made me realize that helping friends and keeping the world safe comes first."
"What about your dream? Your tennis?"
"It can wait until we deal with some problems like this. Plus, making dream come true is a long way for me to get there."
"Julie..." Ben said in surprise. He wants to against it for her safety, but he didn't want to hurt her feelings again. He smiled, "Welcome back to the team, Armorstrike. And we'll try our best to end the fight for you get back to match."
Julie nodded, "Deal. So, are we on date now?"
Ben smiled as he lend his hand out for Julie to take, "Be my guess."
As she took his hand, both Ben and Julie headed off for their date. Alan noticed as he was about to follow and call them, but stopped by Manny and Helen, who shook their heads that Ben and Julie needed to be left alone for their date. Lucy giggled happily about 'romantic' ideas. Tetrax and Rook were checking and interrogating Rojo and her gang. They learned that something off.
"You don't have the 'package'?" Tetrax asked in shock and anger. Rojo nodded firmly. He snarled as he held Rojo up, "Where is it?! Who has it?! Vilgax?!"
Rojo shook her head, "Quintessa..."
Rook asked, "Who is Quintessa?"
"I don't know," Tetrax admitted in concern, "Whoever that is, I've got the bad feeling about it..."
At the abandoned Gould Investment Warehouse, Quintessa was floating before the package, along with two vehicles were standing besides with it. Her blue eyes glowed darkly as the 'package' container slowly shocked and electrocuted. It opened and revealed the damaged mechanical seed with dimmed orange light.
"My Emberstone..." Quintessa said calmly as she held it up, "It has returned to me. And now, we can resume to our plan."
"Good to know, Quintessa..." The dark voice spoke as the grayish car transformed into a giant robot with scar on left side while his right hand armed with a hook. He scoffed, "I'm sick of hiding now."
The blue snow truck transformed into a muscular blue humanoid robot with big gray chin and yellow pipes ears-like, "Tell me about it, Lockdown. I wanna some payback from those traitors for what they did to me. They're gonna be sorry for messing with the wrong Prime especially if it's Sentinel Prime!"
Lockdown groaned, "Please, you're just a clone to original Sentinel Zeta Prime, Townsend!"
"Watch it! I'm stronger and better than the original!" Townsend exclaimed in anger, "And in fact, I'd never hold back anything especially these filthy humans and Autobots. I'll destroy them without mercy."
"And you will, Townsend and Lockdown," Quintessa said calmly as she placed the Emberstone on her spark chamber. She summoned several holographic screens out while looking and typing on screens, "For now, we must find and gather all the necessary components and tools for the preparation of our revenge."
"Then, what the hell are we waiting for?" Townsend asked impatiently.
Lockdown nodded in agreement, "Yeah. You can count on us to get the job done."
Quintessa smirked, "Soon, both Autobots and Decepticons will fall. And I will recreate and restore my planet and my people. This world will serve as the new home for Quintessons."
Returning to SECT Headquarter, Lieutenant Steel was inside his office. He activated the large computer screens as he was contacting his military command about failures to deliver the 'package' to rendezvous point. The visual screens revealed six figures.
"Command, I wasn't able to deliver the package to you in time due to Rojo and her gang have stolen and delivered it to unknown client," Lieutenant Steel reported, "But one thing we can be certain. It could be her."
First figure sighed, "This is bad news. There's no telling what she's planning for next move."
The second figure scoffed, "Whatever it is, we'll be ready to take her down. We've beaten her once, we can do it again like before."
"Negative, Colonel Lennox and Director Burton. You mustn't send your military to go and engage with her. Leave Quintessa to me and my team," Third figure said firmly and calmly in robotic tone, "We'll stop and end her once and for all."
Colonel Lennox sighed, "Alright. But we'll do the recon and report to you."
Director Burton nodded, "I agreed with Colonel. Do be careful to deal with her, Optimus Prime."
Optimus Prime sighed, "Do not worry. We'll be fine. And we will stop and defeat Quintessa, no matter the cost..."
Review and Suggest...
Johnny Yong Bosch: Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Kid #2
Kelly Hu: Julie Yamamoto/Armorstrike, Ship, Kid #3, Female Thug #3
Bumper Robinson: Rook Blonko, Kid #1, SECT Agent #3
Dave Fennoy: Tetrax Shard
Jennifer Hale: Rojo, Female Thug #1, Kid #4
Gemma Chan: Quintessa, Female Thug #2
Paul Eiding: Max Tennyson
Khary Payton: Manny Armstrong
Juliet Landau: Helen Wheels, Azul
Zeno Robinson: Alan Albright
Alyson Stone: Lucy Mann, Amarillo, Kid #6, Female Thug #4
Michael Gough: Lieutenant Steel, SECT Agent #1,
Dee Bradley Baker: Jetray, SECT Agent #2, Plumber Trooper #1
Laura Bailey: Coach Natasha
Jim Ward: Diamondhead, Plumber Trooper #2
Steven Blum: Heatblast, Kid #5, Plumber Trooper #3
Mark Ryan: Lockdown
Townsend Coleman: Townsend Prime
Josh Duhamel: Colonel Lennox
Anthony Hopkins: Director Burton
Peter Cullen: Optimus Prime
1. This Ben 10 True Omniverse is connecting to Transformers Prime Universe including the my fanfiction prequels - Transformers Prime I: Prime, Transformers Prime II: Exodus and soon I'll be working third prequel - Journey and fourth prequel - Guardians.