New Thundercats: The Flames of Life
By Jesse Morgan
*** This story follows "Midnight Hour". This is another part of the
long battle the Thundercats are in for. ***
A new day dawned slowly upon Thundera's land. Sun
broke the clouds of night early. Tygres stood in front of Tygra's
mansion's gate. She knelt slowly down and began to pick up the few
pecies of mail the sat upon the grassy walkway. She has never been an
early person. Most of her life she worked hard to make sure that she
never had to get up early for anything. Now her mornings are becoming
too tough for her not to stay sleep. With the recent news of her
pregnancy, she has not been able to get much sleep at all. She slowly
walked back to the home of the Thundercats, where she too stays. She
wishes that it had not been such a surprise to Cheetara. She also
wishes that she knew who to tell the news to, Tygra or Panthro. Her
life has not been the easy since meeting with the Thundercats, but she
is not trying to make the best of it. As she approaches the huge
mansion, she let the cool air sooth her confussed mind. She comes upon
the steps slowly, taking her time as she enters the place that has now
become her home.
The early of the morning has no effect on some places
of Thundera. One of those places is the area in which Mumm-rana keeps
Mumm-ra's forces while he recovers from his injuries. She keep a stern
rule over them as she prepares her own plans for taking over Thundera.
"Why must I always be bothered with the non-important rituals of telling
you insignifigant idiots what to do!" she yells in a strong voice as she
lectures the Lunatacs and Mutants. "All I need now is for you to take
care of the Thundercats and I will handle the rest. Is that
understood?" Mumm-rana questions as she stares through all over the
souls. Nods and mumbles fill the room as she exits. She walks swiftly
down the well lit, glass cooridor. She enters a dark and silent room.
Her mind dazes as she re-thinks her plans for conquer. "I become bored
with tis waiting" a voice says from behind her. "Patience is the key
here. Do not dare rush to your own dismise" Mumm-rana said in a
commanding voice. "I want a chance to claim the female Thundercat as
mine. I also want to destroy the male she loves so dearly" the voice
replies. "You will get your oppurtunity soon enough, trust me. She'll
be yours before the day is out" Mumm-rana says as she exits the room.
The day progressed quickly on Thundera, as the rising
sun hit it's full peek on Thundera. The heat had no effect on the
Thundercats schedule. Bengali, Wily Kit and Panthro stood in the
courtyard of Tygra's mansion. "So, why the new look?" Wily Kit said to
Bengali as she bounced the ball they were playing with. Bengali stood
proud, his hair now slicked back with his new clothing on. He also
stood with a small beard growing on his chin. "I don't know, it seems
like it's time for a change. Besides, Pumyra loves the beard" Bengali
said as he prepared to catch the ball. "It didn't take that long to
grow the beard, just a couple of days" Bengali said as he caught the
Bengali proceeded to bounce the ball on his knee and
head before throwing it to Wily Kit. Wily Kit enthusiastically jumped
in the air to catch the ball. "So how are things here? I haven't had
much time to see anyone" Bengali said as he wiped a drop of sweat from
his brow. "Well I wouldn't know because me and Kat have been staying
with our parents until just a couple of days ago" Wily Kit said as she
bounced the ball. "It's been pretty rough emotionally but physically,
everyone is trying to recover from their injuries" Panthro said. Wily
Kit stopped bouncing the ball and quickly threw it to Panthro. "Now
that we have all recieved new powers from Jaga, we should do better for
ourselves. It is the learning of how to use them that distrubs me"
Panthro said as he passed the ball to Bengali. "So there's a lot of
loose ends here still" Bengali said as he kicked the ball back to Wily
Kit. "That could be trouble" Bengali said as he caught his breath.
"Well maybe it's time that we all put petty troubles behind us. But
then again, we never have" Panthro said. he and Wily Kit begin to laugh
Pumyra stepped outside to see the others playing on
the grass. She stood, dressed in her new Thundercat uniform, staring at
them as they laughed at each other. "Bengali, phone call" she said as
she walked onto the grassy courtyard. "Ah Pumyra, today is a day for
many changes, eh?" Panthro said as they walked towards her. "Well I
have been watching the others and I have seen need to change" Pumyra
said. "Well it does suit sweetie" Bengali said to his wife. "It's
Apollo, he says they have found someone that we might be intrested in
seeing" Pumyra said. Just the sound brough intrest and suspesion to
Bengali's ears. They all walked inside, not knowing what to expect.
The Lunatacs stood in anguish, expecting Mumm-rana to
enter soon. "We have enough problems as it is without having to worry
about a battle between the newly formed Royals of The Lunatacs" Red Eye
said. He stood, a new visor was builty by Brute men to correct what had
happened in his battle with Apollo. "We have all done very admiral jobs
but this war between the Black and Red Royals is unecessary" Red Eye
said as he stared directly into Alluro's eyes. "This new idea of yours
to go head on against the Thundercats is foolish and will not be
excepted" he said as he walked away from Alluro. "Maybe if you didn't
bow down to kiss Luna's feet everytime we have a good oppurtunity to
destroy the Thundercats we wouldn't have a problem. But you believe
that the Red Royals are better set to control the Lunatacs. In the last
abttle with the Thundercats it proved that we are not really as great as
we should be when we expect a battle. If we attack when they are not
ready, this would stop our problem" Alluro said as he reached for his
Orbin staff. "These final steps for very delicate, we need to plan for
a bigger battle when Mumm-rana arises as victor" Red Eye said as he
looked back towards Alluro. "Did you hear that?" Alluro said to
Mumm-rana. Mumm-rana made her prescence known to the others as she
emerged from the dark shadows that silhouetted the walls. "That I did"
Mumm-rana said. "Good, I'd hate to let all that delicious kissing up go
unoticed" Alluro said as he raised his staff. Red Eye drew his disc
from his chest. Just as Red Eye pulled his disc out it begin to freeze.
"Now now Red Eye. We said no wars would take place" Chilla said
happily. "We will be taking the Thundercats soon enough children, soon
enough" Mumm-rana said.
Bengali stood looking at the telle monitor, awaiting
to hear the news from Apollo and Jadakiss. "So who is it that you have
found?" Bengali said in suspense. Apollo and Jadakiss didn't look as
happy as they wanted to be. "Well, actually we have found Crowelin"
Jadakiss said in a depressing voice. "What!" Panthro said in anger.
"Where?" Pumyra said. "He was laying in an alley" Apollo said, trying
not to cut the tension to sharply. "Is he alive?" Bengali said with
little sincerity. "Yes, he is very much alive now. But he is not at
yet a threat to us" Jadakiss said. "What do mean not a threat!" Panthro
said, his anger raging. "Panthro, please calm down" Pumyra said. "So
what re we going to do?" Wily Kit said. "We will come and get him"
Bengali said as he stood to his feet. "Who?" Panthro said with more
disguist. "Me and Pumyra will take the new Midnight Cat that you
created Panthro" Bengali said. Pumyra followed Bengali silently, not
knowing what to expect from her mate.
Lion-o stood in his room pacing. He looked at the
window, his mind drifting with every instinct that he was had. Catlani
entered his room, without Lion-o's eyes glancing over towards her. She
walked lightly towards him, still not effecting his glance. "Have you
made up your mind Lion-o?" Catlani asked as she placed her hand on his
shoulder. "Yes my love, I have" Lion-o said. He finally turned towards
her. He felt her curiousity in her eyes. He knew that what he was
about to say wouldn't wipe the stars right from her eyes. "I am going
to the palace to stay with my father" he said. He waited and expected
her to suddenly breakdown. Ctalani looked into his eyes and felt his
sincerity. "Then that is what you must do" she said with a smile.
Lion-o was shcoked by her. She has always been a woman of mystery to
him. "Lion-o, I love you and this is what you must do. I'll still be
here to love you. I will still be a Thundercat" Catlani said. Lion-o
smiled happily. "I am leaving Cheetara in charge here" Lion-o asid as
he grabbed a bag from his closet. Catlani walked over to him and grbbed
his hand. She hugged him and she smiled.
Pumyra and Bengali sat in the Midnight Cat as it
soared back to Tygra's mansion. Crowelin sat in the back of the
vehicle, not saying anything. "We're coming up on the mansion Bengali"
Pumyra said as she turned on the auto-pilot. "Good" Bengali said as he
looked back at Crowelin. "Bengali, we're getting some kind of
disturbance on the trackers" Pumyra said. Bengali quickly turned
around. "Look!" Pumyra said as she pointed to the view screen. In the
street stood Alluro holding his staff. "What?" Bengali said. Just as
they were preparing to change course, Alluro let a orb of energy fly
from his staff. The orb crashed into the jet, destroying it's right
wing. The jet crashed on the ground, skidding a few feet. Pumyra
grabbed her head as she felt it throb from pain. She looked around
woozily. "Bengali?..." she said as she tried to find him. "I'm fine"
Bengali said as he grabbed his knee. "Are you sure?" Pumyra said as she
walked over to him. "Yeah, I just have a cut on my knee" Bengali said.
He applied pressure to the wound sa he tried to stand. "Where's
Crowelin?" Pumyra said as she looked around. "I don't know but e had
better get out of here" Bengali said. Pumyra helped him up and they
quickly tried to get out of the jet.
Pumyra and Bengali looked outside to see the Lunatacs
standing in front of them. "So, where do you plan on going?" TugMug
said to them. "We have to move qickly Pumyra" Bengali whispered to
Pumyra. "But you're hurt" Pumyra said softly. "Do not worry about me,
I can handle myself" Bengali said. Pumyra nodded. Pumyra quickly
leaped into the air, her new Thundercat uniform forming upon her body.
She drew her sling from her waist and landed on the ground. "Well well,
if I have to take on the Lunatacs by myself, then I will" Pumyra said.
Bengali quickly ran towards the mansion, not wanting to leave his wife.
Before he could get to the mansion, Mumm-rana appeared before him. "I
don't think so" she said as she raised her hand. Just as Mumm-rana was
prepared to destroy Bengali, the Thundercats appeared. Bengali took a
breather in relief. "Thunderkittens, Panthro and Cheetara head for
Pumyra. Me and Catlani will handle Mumm-rana" Lion-o said as he drew
his sword. The other Thundercats headed for the battle scene.
Pumyra swung her sling furiously in the air,
expecting her attack. As the Lunatacs began crowding her, her only
thought was to keep her children and Bengali safe. She leaped into the
air with ease. "ASTRAL ILLSUION!" Pumyra said as she let an orb fly
from her sling. The orb formed an illsuion of Pumyra. Pumyra and her
illsuion attack Alluro with ease. As her illsuion fooled the Lunatacs
long enough, Pumyra flipped out of the battle scene. "Fools" Pumyra
chuckled as she watched the Lunatacs fall for her trick. Just as Pumyra
began to run she was grabbed from behind. Pumyra fell to the ground,
her hand slamming against the grass in agony. Pumyra quickly gripped
ehr head, trying to get her vision clear enough to see her attacker.
"Well is it good to see me?" a voice said to her. Pumyra adjusted her
eyes to the light. "No..." she quivered. "It seems impossible that I
am her, is that not true my darling" the voice said to her. Pumyra
clinched her head as she tried to ride from the ground. She slowly
stood to her feet to see her attacker. It was a face that scared her
and haunted her dreams. "Vizzar... it can't be" she said in her most
feared voice. Vizzar laughed at her cowardness. "So you do remember
me. Good, because I am here to take you back" he said with a commnading
The other Thundercats prepared for battle as each one
changed into their new Thundercat uniforms. Wily Kit leaped into
action, throwing a pellet at Red Eye. The pellet quickly exploded,
leaving a dust cloud behind. Cheetara and Tygra soon followed, battling
Chilla and Alluro back to back. Lynx-o drew his lightseild as he
prepared to take on Luna. "You are challenge me old man" Luna said.
Despite Lynx-o's blindness, he has many abilities that are greater then
most of the Thundercats.
Cheetara swung her staff in the air, creating a
whirlwind around her. Chilla blocked the sand and dirt from streaming
into her eyes. "COLD DRAGON!" Chilla said as she sent an ice storm
shaped as a dragon as Cheetara. Cheetara's whirlwind shifted the dragon
from hitting her. Cheetara's eyes filled with fury. "FURY CAT!"
Cheetara said as her body glowed of amber. A sudden wave of ice formed
around her. Her eyes turned red, red as the blood that covered the moon
in her dreams. The frost slowly took the form of cheetahs. "Attack!"
she said as the mob of cheetahs ran for Chilla. Chilla tried to create
a sheild, in attempts of saving her self. Soon enough the cheetahs got
to her. Just as they were ready to attack a fury of heat melted them.
"What the..." her words were once again cut by her lover's eyes. "Our
job is not to kill as Thundercats" Tygra said as he reached his hand for
her's. "No, but it's our job to leave others in their time of need for
past lovers" Cheetara said as she refussed his hand. She stood to her
feet and with a blink was gone.
Pumyra swung at Vizzar and he caught her fist. "You
are a quick little one, aren't you?" he mocked at her. Pumyra snatched
her hand and flipped back. She took her sling and swung it at him,
grasping his arm. She pulled only to be pulled forward by him. She
fell forward onto her knees. "You won't give up will you?" he said.
"Never!" she said as she kicked him in his side. She flipped backwards,
her feet catching him in the face. She grabbed an orb from her puch and
slipped it into her sling. She swung three quick swings and said
"DEADLY FLAME KISS!". The orb flew from her sling, igniting with a pink
flame. The orb hit Vizzar, sending him falling to the ground. She
relaxed as he laid motionless. Just as she prepared to walk away he
jumped from his spot. "Not so easy" he said as he punched her in the
stomach. Pumyra fell to the grass, gasping for air. "You will be mine
again" Vizzar said as he grabbed her by her uniform. "I won't die so
easily" Pumyra said as she grabbed his leg. She caught him off balance
and they both fell to the floor. Vizzar stood and Pumyra leaped to the
air. She grabbed hold of a tree branch, thrusting her feet directly
into Vizzar's chest. She then grabbbed the branch and slap Vizzar in
the face with it. She handled the tree as easily as Cheetara handled
her staff. Pumyra stood to her feet as she felt rain pouring on her
face. Vizzar stood to his feet, preparing for his second assault.
Pumyra felt as if her whole body was on fire. Tears streamed down her
face as the raindrops did. "This ends before it starts" she said. She
grabbed one last orb from her pouch. "DARK CAT KISS!" she said. She
held the orb in her hands strongly, until it shattered forming millions
of little orbs. The orbs cascaded towards Vizzar with blinding speed.
Vizzar, unprepared for this final assault, had no time to runas the orbs
slammed against his body. Pumyra fell to her knees as she felt pain.
Vizzar also feel, to the ground unconscious.
Lynx-o battled Luna furiously. "SHADOWING WALL!"
Lynx-o said as a wall of shadows surrounded him. Lynx-o fell to the
floor, clinching his body. Wily Kit and Wily Kat battled Alluro and
TugMug with ease. The battle went on as the storm raged.
The Lunatacs ran in fear as they were one by one
being defeated. Tygra looked around for Cheetara s the smoke from
battle faded. "Where is she?" he said softly as the rain feel upon the
muddy grass. Wily Kit stood to her feet, whiping the mud from her
clothing. Wily Kat helped Lynx-o up slowly, trying not to hurt the
already injured Thundercat. Pumyra laid on the ground as Bengali walked
towards her. "Pumyra?" he said as he touched her shoulder. "He's back"
she said softly. Bengali knelt down next to her. "Who?" Bengali said.
"Mumm-ra..." she said as tears began to roll down her face. Tygra ran
up to them. "Lion-o and Catlani are missing" he said. "Cheetara is
too" Panthro said. Tygres walked outside, with tears tracing her face.
"What is it?" Panthro said as he ran to her. "King Claudus was found
dead..." she said in a whimpered voice. "No" Wily Kit said. "He's
doing this" Pumyra said as she looked to the sky. "Who Pumyra?" Bengali
said. "Vizzar" Pumyra said. "Who?" Wily Kat questioned. "Someone
thnat you don't want to meet" Pumyra said as she stood to her feet.
"And what of you Tygres, will you be able to battle in your condition?"
Lynx-o said to her. "What condition?" Panthro said in concern. "I am
pregnant" Tygres said to him. Panthro's face of shock was had for even
Tygres to read. "We have to destroy Vizzar and Mumm-rana before they
can revive Mumm-ra" Pumyra said as she headed for the house. "Let's go
people, the fire is just begining" Bengali said as he followed his wife.
The Thundercats pondered their every move in the
Confreence Room. "Is this how it's going to end?" Wily Kat whispered.
"No, it won't end this way" Tygra said with anger in his voice. "What's
happening?" Wily Kit said. "It could be the end of Thundera as we know
it. Vizzar is a powerful man and with Mumm-rana they can bring back
Mumm-ra more powerful then ever. With no Lion-o and Claudus deead, we
are in trouble" Pmyra said as she stared at the video monitor. What she
had just witnessed weeks ago was nothing to what she was seeing now. As
the people of Thundera once again ran the streets in fear, Pumyra
wondered in how a few seconds that the Thundercats lives were once again
flipped over. "Who is Vizzar?" Bengali said to her softly as he put his
hand on her shoulder. "Someone from my past that I don't want to
remember" Pumyra said. "Bengali, we will be leaving at dawn" Tygra
said. "Where, we don't even know where to look for them" Wily Kat said
in disbelief. "We will search the city" Lynx-o said. "We don't have
that kind of time. It will only take Vizzar and Mumm-rana but so long
before they have revived Mumm-ra" Pumyra said as she stood. "Pumyra is
right" a voice came.
As the Thundercats looked, they were surprised to see
Crowelin. "Hello Tygres" Crowelin said to her. Her eyes sliced through
him him hatred. "I hear that we are expecting a baby" he said as he
walked towards her. "No, it can't be your child" Tygres said in
disguist. "That baby is mine" Tygra said as he walked in front of him.
"Are you sure that it isn't mie little tiger" Panthro said. "Stop this
foolish fighting!" Wily Kit said in anger. "We are Thundercats, and we
have failed Thundera by letting Claudus die. I know I will not fail
again and let Lion-o and Catlani die" she said as she left the room. "I
will take command of the Thundercats despite what any of you have to
say. We will concine with Apollo and Jadakiss and we will ALL go into
this battle against Mumm-ra, should it be our last" Bengali said.
Pumyra watched her husband like a hawk, knowing that he was the right
man to fill Lion-o's place in his absensce. She just wished that he
knew the dangers he would be entering against Vizzar. She walked up to
him and kissed him on the cheek. "I love you" she whisperd in his ear
and a smile touched his face once again. The time had once again come
for the Thundercats to go into a battle that required them to all give
their lives for Thundera.
*** Sneak Preview: The Thundercats must depend on Crwelin to help them
find Lion-o and Catlani, but at what price * Pumyra deserts her greatest
fear to battle Vizzar * Tygres decides whether her baby is worth losing
all that is hers * A death hits home in a BIG way * Cheetara finds
comfort in Vizzar * The Thundercvats battle the Lunatacs for the last
time * The debut of Catsy and the return of the Eclipses!
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