Friday, December 1, 2017

COUNCIL OF HEROES IV

After saying this, Broly knelt down before Son Goku, bowed his head and implored his mercy. Son Goku, however, hardened his heart the moment he perceived what Broly was driving at so that none of his words drew any compassion from him. He was too tense about all that was going on and he couldn’t stand his asking, let alone his gesture. He wanted that discomfiture to cease so he answered.

Son Goku: “Stand up, Broly. We have heard you and seen your gesture. Our answer is, if you don’t attack us, we’ll let you live. You shouldn’t expect anything more from us. After what you did to my family, I refuse to forgive you and take you home. That would be equivalent to treason in my judgement. Understand that if you had had your way in the past, we wouldn’t be here talking. Thanks to the Agape, we’re alive and what you did wasn’t fatal to us. That, however, doesn’t change the fact that it hurt us and continues to for the scars are still here. You said it yourself; it’s asking a lot. Be content to live a quiet life with Galactus. I say this clearly for there to be no misunderstanding: Broly, you’re not part of us. If that was all you wanted to say, then we’ll ask you and Galactus to leave our space field now.”
The other agents heard Son Goku and though some didn’t approve what he said, they let him speak for them. How could they reproach him? It was Goku who was personally hurt by Broly and he saved Nootra the three times Broly attacked the city. Though that response was contrary to what their civilization would normally give, the Council of Heroes let Son Goku’s case be as he said given the things he suffered at the hands of Broly. Broly raised his head and gave Son Goku an imploring look. The hero, however, was intransigent. He stared hard at Broly, impatiently waiting for him to depart. Broly rose and turned around shyly, moving back towards Galactus. None of the heroes stirred for they all stood behind Son Goku who was their spokesman in this case. Nevertheless, their attitude enraged Galactus and he drew closer and said.

Galactus: “Nootra, is this what your civilization has become - one man speaking for your entire city? You’re violating the very essence of what your forefathers left when they built this civilization. I was present when Captain Universe and his peers took every risk to make this city stand on justice and love. This inevitably meant collaborating with people who had harmed them and those who even posed a danger to them. They did so because they stood on the faith that the evil would see the goodness of the good and transform into good. This trust was perilous to some yet they refused to allow fear or revenge to obstruct the revolution they were bringing to the world.

‘Your forefathers were persuaded Nootra was the new world they were building. And so they went where man refused to go. They forgave enemies and embraced former detractors because they believed only challenging steps like those could change this world into good. That was the dream of Captain Universe your first Captain Nootra. He passed this dream to you so that you should live according to this lifestyle and spread it, not only across this galaxy but across the entire universe. Have you forgotten already that it isn’t about your planet or about you, your personal ambitions and dreams? Remember, it’s about man, whosoever he is, villain or hero, Nootran or Saiyan, Kryptonian or Aegelist.

‘There’s yet one pertinent thing you stubborn Nootrans aren’t taking into account. The Supreme Fighter is at the door of our galaxy with the Ablom. I saw what he did to the seventh galaxy and I promise you Kainos isn’t joking when he talks of conquering the universe. Take him lightly and you’ll take this entire galaxy to perdition through the resistance you’re thinking of raising against him. Ablom is emperor of a dimension of eight galaxies of a thousand planets, and his resources are limitless. He’s doing the opposite of what Captain Universe did with this expedition of conquering the worlds. And now that he’s Supreme Fighter, don’t think your secret force will stand a chance against him.

‘If we want to preserve this galaxy, we need all of our fighters and without a doubt, Broly is our trump card. He fought you once or even thrice and the last time, you transformed him into good. Isn’t this what you wanted; what you’re shouting everywhere – transforming everything into good? Why then do you reject Broly now that he’s good? Where do you want him to go? You said this city was the best place in the world and you wanted all men to come and live here. Yes, Nootra is the paradise of the universe. What’s now the cause when you exclude someone who has openly shown to you that he wanted to be part of you and live what you’re living?

‘Are there not some wise ones among you: Superman, Piccolo, Prime, J’onzz and especially you Captain Nootra, the one whose heart has the same craving as that of your ancestor Captain Universe? As long as you’re here, the dream of your fathers will continue to flourish for you’re the reincarnation of the one who first embodied this dream. Do you now leave your responsibilities to others and let little Goku make that decision when it’s your place to do so? I advise you to forgive Broly and accept him as your own. Accepting him will also mean accepting me, and you’ll have the two most powerful fighters of the galaxy on your side. Captain, I adjure you to speak for your city. If you inherited the Nootra Shield, then you know what it stands for and you know what to do in this case. I have finished and I await your response, Captain.”

Captain Nootra kept his eyes on Galactus while he spoke and when he finished, he looked at Broly who was standing some distance away from Galactus. Then he turned around and faced the Council for he couldn’t speak without consulting the heroes. He asked Galactus to give him time before he delivered his answer and raising the Nootra Shield, he opened a force field, which shielded him and his peers for a briefing. Son Goku had drifted further away from the rest and he wasn’t taken under the influence of the shield. He stood there aloof and wouldn’t remove his eyes from Broly. Storm came to him and asked him to join his comrades.