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The Start of an Alliance

Chapter 3: Yellowstone

“So where do we go now?” Lone Star asked finally breaking the silence in the room.
“I don’t know; anywhere in the U.S. I suppose.” General Pratton replied. “See that huge map on the far wall let’s just randomly throw a dart and what state it hits we’ll visit.”
“Sounds like a plan to me.” Lone Star said picking up a dart.
Lone Star closed his eyes and threw the dart. The dart flew through the air and hit the wall with a thud. Lone Star opened his eyes as General looked at the map.
“It looks like we need to get started on the Wyoming files.” General said handing Lone Star a stack of files.
“You never said anything about doing paperwork.” Lone Star sighed.
“Quicker we get this done the quicker we can start kicking butts.” General replied.
After three hours of looking through the files, General and Lone Star decided to check out two heroes with similar powers. Yellowstone and Granite both were mutants with stone skin and super strength. They were two of the best heroes that ever lived in Wyoming and when they decided to join forces they became unstoppable. General looked at both files again on the plane to get to know these men better.
“If you didn’t know any better you would think these two are related. They have the same powers, they live in the same town, but one had a little harder life.” General told Lone Star. “The file says here that Granite was disowned by his family and they called the cops to arrest him when he changed.”
“How could his family do something like that?” Lone Star asked.
“Fear, fear consumes people sometimes, makes them do things they wouldn’t normally do and for Granite’s family they fear him because he was different.” General replied.
“So how do we decide which one of these two gets to be on the team?” Lone Star asked.
“We have to talk to them and find out more about them and then we will pick the one that will be the best for the team.” General said.
Yellowstone, Wyoming Home of Yellowstone
The sounds of people screaming echoed through the torn up streets. Cars were flipped and buildings were toppled. General and Lone Star couldn’t believe the destruction. The two walked down the street stepping over the debris along the way.
“Who could have done such a thing?” Lone Star said in disbelief.
“It was Granite. He has gone insane with rage. He’s going to hijack the train carrying the new bomb prototype.” A wounded officer nearby said.
“A new bomb prototype what do you mean?”Lone Star asked.
“It is called The Leveler.” General spoke. “The government approved it two months ago and had the best scientist in D.C. working on it now it is on its way to the west coast to be replicated. If Granite gets that bomb and detonates it this whole town will be a hole in the ground. Also there is the small matter of Yellowstone being a super volcano if this bomb goes off it could possibly trigger the volcano and destroy half of the United States.”
“Is there any good news for today?” Lone Star sighed.
“Yellowstone went after Granite. He going to try to stop Granite before he reaches the train.” The officer said just before he passed out.
General and Lone Star rushed towards the train tracks hoping to catch up to Yellowstone and Granite. It wasn’t long before the trail of destruction brought them straight to the two stone superhumans. Yellowstone landed on the hood of General’s Humvee flipping it. Once the vehicle stopped rolling General and Lone Star crawled out. Yellowstone was already back in the fight. The train began to roll by the four as Granite threw Yellowstone into General and Lone Star. Granite ran towards the train and jumped through the side. Yellowstone got up and picked up General and Lone Star and ran towards the train. Yellowstone threw the two through the hole that Granite made and they landed with a thud. Yellowstone jumped in a second later.
“Where’s Granite, a guy like that can’t just disappear.” Lone Star said getting up.
The sounds of screaming answered his question as the train rocked back and forth.
“We have to stop Granite no matter the cost.” Yellowstone said handing General a gun. “This contains nine bullets specially made to stop Granite or myself. Even though it pains me to think of that outcome he must not detonate that bomb.”
The three heroes ran through the train to find Granite standing next to the bomb. Yellowstone tackled Granite and began to deliver a flurry of punches. General ran to the bomb and open the control panel and began to make the bomb unable to be detonated.
“Lone Star, help Yellowstone this will take at least fifteen minutes to complete. Take this.” General said throwing the gun to Lone Star.
Granite threw Yellowstone through the roof of the train and headed towards General.
“Stop, I will shoot if you get any closer.” Lone Star said.
Granite looked at Lone Star and roared. Lone Star stood his ground with the gun aim right between Granite’s eyes. Granite swung his huge arm at Lone Star. BANG! The gun went off and ricocheted off of the wall of the train. Lone Star slammed into the side of the train and slumped to the ground unconscious. Granite turned his attention to General once more, but he was too late General got the bomb where it couldn’t be detonated.
“Give up Granite. You can’t detonate the bomb anymore; your plan failed.” General spoke.
“That is where you are wrong mister. The bomb will detonate if I rip it apart.” Granite replied.
“Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not strong enough to rip this bomb apart.” General snapped.
“Maybe so, but I can derail this train. The crash at this speed will be enough to cause the bomb to go off.” Granite told General.
“I can’t let you do that.” General said picking up the gun.
Granite grabbed General before he could fire and threw him down as hard as he could. When General landed you could hear the cracking of bones. Granite kicked General to the side and saw Lone Star getting up. Granite punched Lone Star in the side of the head knocking him right back down. Granite headed towards the front of the train when Yellowstone grabbed him from the top of the train and dragged him up there as well. On top of the train the two former friends stared at each other. Granite made the first move.
“Granite you need to stop this insanity. We aren’t even in Wyoming anymore.” Yellowstone said dodging the punch.
“I don’t care where we are the bomb is going to blow and people will die. You think you’re better than me because you protect these people, who hate and fear us, because of that you will die too.” Granite said.
Yellowstone fought hard, but Granite was stronger than him. Yellowstone was about worn out as he broke away and ran to the bomb. Yellowstone held Granite off long enough to get to an area that was unpopulated and at these speeds throwing the bomb wouldn’t affect anything. Yellowstone grabbed the bomb and barely made it back to the top of the train only to see Granite running at him. Yellowstone used the last of his strength to throw the bomb off the train. The bomb exploded a few minutes later as Granite was beating Yellowstone fiercely.
“You are the hero once again. This time however people will still die; there is nothing you can do to stop that.” Granite said.
BANG! Granite fell to the ground. Yellowstone looked up to see Lone Star holding the gun. Lone Star gave Yellowstone a thumbs up as he passed out again. Granite was only wounded as he grabbed Yellowstone’s arm and threw him in front of the train. The train hit Yellowstone and derailed just as Granite wanted. The engine of the train exploded catching the train on fire. The fire department got there within a half a hour. General and Lone Star got many people off the train, but many lives were lost. General was hauled away in an ambulance as Lone Star looked for Yellowstone. The paramedics told Lone Star that he had a severe concussion and he needed to go to the hospital, but he wasn’t leaving without Yellowstone.
Lone Star got to the tracks and walked about a half a mile when he came across Yellowstone’s body. Lone Star feared the worst, but when he got closer he could see Yellowstone breathing. A lot of the stone on his body was missing revealing skin. Yellowstone just lied on the tracks muttering to himself.
A few days later Yellowstone was back to himself though there were still a few patches of skin showing. Lone Star and Yellowstone visited General in the hospital.
“Yellowstone I need to ask you something.” General said weakly.
“Call me Frank.” Yellowstone replied.
“Frank I want you to join my team of superheroes.” General said.
“No. I’m done seventy-five people lost their lives because of me.” Frank said. “How can I call myself a hero after that?”
“Yes, many lives were lost, but without you thousands of lives could have ended. That my friend; is what I call a hero. You put your life on the line and almost made the ultimate sacrifice for those that believed in you. They may blame you for what happen, but that what people do, they find it easier to blame a few than what is really is to blame.” General explained.
“Alright I’ll join your team, but just because Granite is still out there and must be stopped.” Frank replied.
“He will be. You’re not alone in your fight anymore.” Lone Star stated.

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