Hopefully, after these past couple of days, the problems on this site have cleared up enough for me to get this posted without too many difficulties.
Anyway here's the fourth (and second-to-last) part of the latest story co-written by Catfan1 and myself. The same thanks to KnightMysterio, DanSandwichBoy and Catfan1 himself DEFINITELY still apply. Anyway, on with the show...
The Present and Future Dog Stars-Part Four
While Minotaur, Loose Wire and Mind Hound are pre-occupied gloating over Lightning, they fail to take note of Prophetic Pup producing an attack orb of concentrated psychic energy that knocks Minotaur for a loop and would have done the same to Mind Hound if it weren't for the partial force field she was able to telekinetically get up just narrowly in time.
As a result of the partial force field, Prophetic Pup's psychic orb attack (which, now, can't be used again for another ten minutes [and it's another five before she can use ANY of her OTHER mental powers to boot]) only knocked enough of the wind out of the villainess for it to be a good distraction. However, this is still all Prophetic Pup needs in order to get in a few good shots paw to paw.
An infuriated Loose Wire tries to attack Prophetic Pup with his electrified tail while she is distracted thrashing Mind Hound, but Tralfaz manages to take him down with a quick starbolt blast and force field bubble generation. Before Prophetic Pup can completely overpower her, a clearly humiliated and irate Mind Hound, being unable to focus enough to use her telekinesis to fight back against the heroine's rapid series of blows, presses a button on her collar while she is still conscious. This pressed button teleports Mind Hound and the rest of the Cartel back to their own ship.
The danger over, Prophetic Pup offers Tralfaz a smile. "Good job of backup, Dog Star."
Tralfaz looks away uncomfortably and shyly replies, "Uh, thank you."
Back on the Cartel's ship, Mind Hound is still grumbling about how she could have so grossly underestimated the two heroes left behind on the Squadron's ship. She had all those robots lying in wait at each of the emergencies, not only to act as further diversions, but also so that the Cartel could get at least SOME of the info on the other heroes' abilities that Niccolo refused to give them, but since THOSE two stayed behind, she didn't get the information she needed on THEM.
"Speaking of Niccolo, were IS the lousy egomaniac?" Mind Hound snarls in question.
Back in the 23rd century, the Canine Chronometer re-materializes inside a back-up laboratory. "Sorry for taking so long, boss, but those Cosmic Canine Cartel creeps trashed the other lab and I barely escaped with my life. After I got to this back-up lab, it took me a while to pin-point exactly what part of the past you were in and THEN precise aiming to beam you back to this era without beaming in the bomb too." says the voice of the Canine Chronometer's chief henchdog.
"Indeed so. It would appear that I DID, in fact, underestimate the Cartel's ruthlessness. Fortunately for me, they ALSO underestimated MY taste in henchdogs... specifically in both intelligence AND loyalty." the time traveling villain admits as he gets back into his full gear and reactivates his monitors, explaining that now he's just curious as to how this fight between the heroes and the Cartel is going to turn out.... perhaps he can annihilate the winners before they have a chance to recover.
Returning to their ships, the heroes compare notes. They successfully dealt with the emergencies and appear to have dealt the CCC a serious blow. Prophetic Pup points to a blinking light on her monitor. "Finally, I think we've tracked down the location of our enemies. Cloaking their ship takes a great deal of energy and their power seems to be waning slightly," she notes.
They set a course for the CCC ship and Prophetic Pup sends out a message: "Cosmic Canine Cartel, you are outnumbered. We must demand that you surrender immediately."
Mind Hound snaps that the "outnumbered" situation can be easily remedied as she unleashes 500 of the Cosmic Canine Cartel's robotic stormtroopers..... 250 heading for the Squadron's ship and 250 heading for Earth (more specifically, the area where Ace, Stretch-O-Mutt, Chameleon Collie, Zipster and Tech Hound are still working to free the imprisoned JLAnimals).
Prophetic Pup notes to the others that the ship's blasters can handle a hundred of the robots, but those of the heroes present best equipped for fighting in space had better get into their space gear and take out the surplus.... and a small group needs to head down to Earth and assist the still free heroes in THAT area in protecting themselves AND the TRAPPED heroes.
With that, Lightning, Streaky, both Kryptos, both Brainy Barkers, Twinblades, Laser Labrador, Hot Dog and Tralfaz get ready for space combat while Fireball, Air Dale, both Bull Dogs, Tusky Husky, Equalizer, Dragon Dog, Tail Terrier, Tail Tabby and Elast-O-Lab beam down to assist Ace, Stretch-O-Mutt, Chameleon Collie, Tech Hound and Zipster with the 250 robots heading for their area. Noticing that twenty of the heroes are now otherwise occupied...... Mind Hound decides to take advantage of this by beaming half the Cartel's number onboard the Squadron's ship to take down the remaining eleven heroes while they are distracted and assume command of the ship.
Unfortunately, there seems to be something wrong with the teleporters that prevents them from being on board the Squadron's ship to implement the latter half of their plan.
The CCC ship answers this set back with a barrage of energy blasts intended to disable the Squadron's ships' blasters while the heroes are still preoccupied in battle. However, the Squadron's ships has far more advanced shielding equipment and deflects the blasts back at the CCC ship's shield, causing it to rock violently as the ten heroes fighting outside the ship continue to take down the robots left and right with their combination of abilities and resources (Lightning even complimentarily comparing Tralfaz to the super-feline's JSAnimals teammate, CONNIE the Starhound.).
Meanwhile, back on Earth, the ten heroes beamed down to the area THEIR 250 robots are heading toward arrive in their assigned location. After some VERY quick introductions to the heroes already on the scene, all the heroes free to fight get right to work. With the help of Ace, Stretch-O-Mutt, Tech Hound, Chameleon Collie and Zipster, Air Dale's team is more than holding their own against the massive, heavily armed automatons. In fact, between the fifteen of them, all the still-free heroes on the scene are rapidly picking the mechanoids off with their teamwork and combined resources.
Stretch-O-Mutt and Elast-O-Lab barely have time to shake paws before they're forced into action, Stretch-O forming a Y-shaped stick and Elast-O flinging already disabled robots at their attackers slingshot-style.
As the battle rages on, Tech Hound's high-speed lock decoders continue to work toward locating the exact twenty-digit combinations needed to undo the locks and free the heroes that have been trapped.
Back out in space, Mind Hound curses. That accursed Niccolo once again failed to give them critical information, something that led to their current situation. "If that idiot was here right now, I'd..." She stops, in shock, as Niccolo, in full gear, appears in front of her.
"Hello again, Cloddish Canine Curs," he says. Minotaur snarls and charges the professor, but hits the evil time traveller's protective force field and goes sailing backward..Even the combination of Novaburst's heat blasts, Von Fang's super-tooth and Spewer's acid blast hitting that force field all at once proves to have no better luck than Minotaur did.
Niccolo laughs."Betraying me was not wise. It appears you are nearly beaten, but I have one more little surprise for you. This is actually my third trip into the past today. While most of you were out getting their butts kicked by the Dog Stars, I travelled on board and, using my historical records, set your ship to self-destruct in one minute. The best part is it will also mean the destruction of the accursed Dog Stars, who are drawing closer to your craft."
A few minutes earlier: "Whizzy, what's wrong?" Dale (having just beamed back aboard with the rest of the away team after just helping Ace, Stretch-O-Mutt, Tech Hound, Chameleon Collie and Zipster defeat the last of those 250 robots sent on the diversionary attack against the trapped JLAnimals) asks the obviously alarmed scientist cat. Whizzy replies that his readings show that the CCC ship has been tampered with, possibly being made to self-destruct. .
"I can attempt to use our interdimensional and time transporter to send these fiends and their ship home, separately, but I don't know if I can find the right settings for all of them in a few minutes."
Tralfaz (having just gotten back onboard the Squadron's ship himself with the rest of HIS team from their outside-the-ship space battle) says he might be able to help if they can get the CCC ship pinpointed. He is familiar with the time and dimensional settings and still has one of his old model portable time transporters. Meaning that his transporter, connected to the ship's generator, might be able to send the CCC back to their home universe while Whizzy concentrates on transporting the ship to a safe place before it explodes.
"Huh, that's karma for you. Looks like those jerks are gonna get their ship wiped out, too," Dash comments.
"Took the words right out of my mouth, Dash." Hot Dog admits.
The flashback ended, the Cosmic Canine Cartel members are snarling furiously as they still try in vain to attack the Canine Chronometer. "And I'm sending out energy waves that disrupt your transporters... (which is why your effort to beam aboard the Squadron's ship earlier failed). You're stuck here while I will make my escape," Niccolo says. But as he pushes a button on his belt, he appears to realize that HIS portable transporter isn't working either.
Mind Hound sneers. "We also have an energy disrupting field as part of our ship's weaponry. At least we shall not be the only ones to perish," she adds, bearing her teeth as Niccolo's face inexplicably twists into a sneer.
"That's what you think. I sort of lied when I said this was my THIRD trip back to this era today. I only made TWO trips and sent my robot duplicate on THIS trip so I can gloat from the safety of my own time period via time-travel sensitive hyperspace communication. Did you HONESTLY think I'd be foolish enough to underestimate you curs a SECOND time?".... a line followed by an evil laugh, which is concluded by the robot's foreshadowing self-destruction.
The ship's self-destruct countdown monitor reads "4, 3, 2...."
To Be Concluded....
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