Janet vs Leftover: Rematch?
"Oh, you don't have to explain what you want for your training scenario." Waslia interrupted gently, before making a plastic frisbee appear in her hand by thought. "This may look like a standard frisbee, but if you think about what you want for your training, this device will read your thoughts and set up the simulation you desire, and will also open a portal to take you to that simulation."
Wasila handed the frisbee to Janet. Janet briefly closed her eyes and imagined the training scenario she wanted to take on. She opened her eyes and noticed the frisbee now glowing in her hand.
"Well done." Tate said with a smile. "Now toss the frisbee, and it will generate a portal to the simulation you have envisioned in your head."
Janet tossed the frisbee, and within a couple of feet, a portal opened next to the now floating disc.
"Good luck Janet." Wasila said encouragingly. "The three buttons you are wearing will grant you three lives in your challenge. Once all three are up, or once you've overcome your challenge, then you will be transported back here."
"Got it. Thanks so much Tate and Wasila!" Janet called out cheerfully as she ran down the beach to the portal and dove in.
Per her internal simulation requests, Janet found herself back in the nightmare that Dr. Sic had previously trapped her in (the story of this experience can be read here: https://theprose.com/post/467594/team-janet-vs-team-sic). Just like the original dream, the same events played out: she was in a dark version of New Leaf Park, she witnessed her comrades dying from the Tearful Death toxin, the dark tears from her friends formed into Hugh's enemy, the silhouette figure known as Leftover. And once again Janet was sporting body armor and her sword that generated from her dark helmet. Leftover once again destroyed her helmet, and she once again continued to face her foe without armor or enhanced skills, only to have her sword shattered. The Pirate and his crew once again came to the rescue, with Rick knocking Leftover's sword loose with a laser blast, Essie using a spell to grab Leftover's wrist with a skeletal hand, and Cerissa restoring Janet's helmet with her magic, bringing back her armor, sword, and enhanced strength.
"Essie, feel free to release your hold on him. Then go ahead and grab your sword Leftover. We'll settle this fair and square, you and me!" Janet said once again.
"Alright Janet, I'll let him go now!" Essie replied as she had the skeletal hand release Leftover. The skeletal arm then returned to the ground.
"Fair and square, you must be joking!" Leftover laughed. "If the Pirate and his crew hadn't hijacked your dream, you would be dead already! But since this is not the dream you previously escaped from, but a training scenario of your own making, then I accept. Will your friends be staying to bail you out yet again?"
"Nope, just you and me Leftover. Alright Pirate, Rick, Cerissa and Essie. I will see you all on the flipside!"
The simulated versions of the Pirate and his crew vanished, leaving Janet and the simulated version of Leftover. Janet dashed to her foe and slashed at him with her sword. Leftover blocked her strike, then following up with one of his own. Janet backflipped out of range of her enemy's blade. The pair then aggressively clashed their swords multiple times, neither gaining an advantage. Janet noticed a laser generating from Leftover's sword, and dove away before it could break her helmet like it had in her dream. Now sprawled on the ground, Janet rolled onto her back and made her laser gun appear in her hand. She fired several shots at Leftover, but each one was deflected by his sword. Before she could get back on her feet, another laser shot out of Leftover's sword, blasting through Janet's armor and stomach. She watched the silhouette figure laugh as he faded to black with the rest of her vision....
Janet then found herself standing in front of her foe, fully armored once again. She sensed one less button under her armor. She stood in a fighting pose, smirking under her helmet.
"Bwa ha ha ha! What's the point Janet? I understand choosing me for a training scenario, as I am likely the strongest opponent you have ever encountered, even if it was in a toxin induced nightmare. But you're in over your head my dear. Even if you somehow managed to best me, the real me is no doubt getting stronger in the real world, leaving you even further behind in skill!"
"You may be right." Janet replied with resolve. "But once I am strong enough to defeat you, then I will just have to get more data from the real Leftover, and train against that. Or who knows, maybe the real you has already peaked. In any case, I've got two lives left. Let's go!"
To be continued....