8 months, 8 days earlier
Teridax woke up to find himself back in Destral, as if nothing had happened. Out of curiosity, he looked at his hand and was relieved to see that he was in his Makuta form. Thinking back on the events he remembered made him wonder if they actually had occurred. Looking around to find a strange opaque ice confirmed that they had.
"You've been missing a while," a familiar voice said. Teridax looked toward the speaker and saw it was Brutaka. "Where did you disappear to?"
"Hardly your concern, Brutaka," the Makuta growled.
"It is if Roodaka disappeared with you and Sidorak. Even the Matoran remembered that the timeline-"
"Must not be altered from before. Yes, I remember." Teridax sighed in frustration. "How long have we been gone?" Brutaka shook his head with a small smile.
"If you all had disappeared exactly four months and five days sooner, you would have been gone a whole two years." The Makuta looked back at the ice in suspicion.
"Something is interfering with the timeline, and that creature is no resident of this world." He looked back at Brutaka. "Rouse and upgrade the Toa Nuva. I'll send someone to bring you in when I have decided their next challenge." Brutaka chuckled.
"Normally, I would choose ignore that order, but seeing as there is an outsider interfering, I think it's quite clear to see what you're planning here."
"And what do you assume that might be?"
"Attract the attention of whatever was responsible for sending you all elsewhere." Teridax grinned.
"That was my exact intention." He then leaned over to pick up a large chunk of ice and held it in front of him to show Brutaka its unique quality. "Because whatever can create ice like this and send others to different dimensions must have a weakness that can be used against it and make it suffer." With this, he scowled and clenched his fist, crushing the ice. "I will not be made a fool of again."
Present Day, Asgard
The location was dark and icy, snow steadily falling despite the sky being clear. Everything seemed to be composed of an opaque ice compound that was dark blue in color. From the sight of things, the Frost Giants had just been defeated and were being forced back into Jotunheim by the Asgardians. Now he remembered. It was after the battle on Midgard.
Odin found Loki where he had before, alone and abandoned on a small ice boulder near the wastelands. Loki turly had been unusually small for an infant Frost Giant. There was something different this time. He sensed a mortal presence nearby. A young woman, judging by the person's aura.
"Odin?" a girl voice said. The Asgard king looked toward his left to find the woman, fair skinned, dark hair, and eyes that could match Earth's clear, sunny sky. A screech caught both their attentions as they glanced forward at a creature Odin had only heard about in stories.
"Frost Phoenix," Odin acknowledged.
Odin awoke in his chambers, still laying next to Frigga. He sighed inwardly as he rose from the bed and left the chamber. He knew something had forced the change in that memory as only one of the two females were ever truly there that day. It had been when Frost Phoenix had told him through thought of her eventual return. There was that fear that her return may have come too soon.
The elderly king of Asgard returned to the Hall of Legends and strode over to the shifting mosaic of the Frost Phoenix. It would seem his fear had become a reality after all. However not the next form of the Frost Phoenix, the girl from the altered memory may very well be the creature's seer, and she may have witnessed this return herself.
"Is something wrong, father?" Odin heard Thor ask. He looked at his son to find that Loki had accompanied him.
"I'm afraid the Frost Phoenix may have returned sooner than she should have," Odin said, looking back at the mosaic and noting the addition of the new seer.
"Do you know who the girl might be?" Loki asked as he approached the mosaic. The Asgardian king shook his head.
"I only know that she may be the new Frost Phoenix seer, but I noticed something quite unusual about her aura. As if it resonated from two different dimensions."
"Despite it being one person?" Odin nodded in approval.
"And I do believe this seer is self-aware of both selves."
Valley Center, Dimension Mash-up dimension
"Odin?" Summer asked. The armored man turned to look at her and she was almost thankful she was on his left side. From what she could see, he had just recently lost his right eye. This Odin looked relatively young, with light brown hair and a short beard, and it looked like he was holding a baby. A screech caught both their attentions as they looked forward. The creature looked like a blue crane-dragon hybrid.
"Thurisaz," Odin said. Summer looked at him in confusion.
"Who?" The Norse king of Asgard suddenly disappeared and was replaced by another her, who looked at her in confusion before suddenly disappearing, too. "Hey, wait! Who's Thurisaz?"
"My true name," a woman voice said. Summer turned around to see a female Frost Giant standing nearby. "Convenient how that is what you humans would translate my birth race."
"What was that creature that was here earlier?" Thurisaz smiled darkly as she tilted her head slightly.
"That was also me. When I discovered my true potential, I shed my birth name like tattered rags and fashioned myself a new identity, as you eventually will, Anaungye." She then shifted into that creature, spreading her wings. The sight surprised Summer, causing her to jump back and slip on a boulder. "Now, my name is Frost Phoenix." The teen closed her eyes as Thurisaz lunged at her.
The human weapon sat up suddenly, snarling in defense. After a few calming breaths, she finally calmed herself down before looking at her hands to see her claws were out. Sighing, she retracted them before running a hand through her hair.
"Summer?" JoLee asked from the bottom bunk. "You okay?"
"Yeah," Summer replied, shaking her head at the lie before getting out of bed. "Just a nightmare."
"So why are you getting up?" The mutant sighed, going over to look at the clock.
"Originally to go for a walk, but now that I know what time it is, to get ready to meet up with either Bumblebee or Ironhide." JoLee looked at her in confusion.
"Is it really that time already?"
"Yeah." Summer sighed, shaking her head. "I don't know what the hell that dream was about, but I'm starting to think it has something to do with that strange energy wave that hit in 2008." The younger sister shrugged her shoulders.
"Who knows? Hey, say hi to Tanner and Tigress for me, will ya?" Summer smiled.
"I don't know about Tigress, but Tanner would be happy to hear from his aunt JoJo."
Valley Center, Primary dimension
The teen closed her eyes as Thurisaz lunged at her. But instead of being torn into by talons, the temperature of bitter cold ice changing to steamy heat was all she felt. Summer opened her eyes to find that she was in a boiler room. An extremely familiar one at that.
"Really?" she asked.
"She will return," a different voice said. Summer looked around for the source, but ended up slipping down a set of stairs and landing painfully on the floor. A loud buzzing filled the air as wasps found their way to her.
"Oh, hell no." Summer got up to run, but snakes and fire ants surrounded her. She was trying not to scream. "Come on! She's not real! And neither is this!"
"She's real. And she will return." She immediately recognized the gravely male voice as she turned around to find Freddy Krueger. He had already been prepared for her and clawed her face with his bladed hand as soon as she had turned around, causing her to scream in pain and hold her face in both hands.
Summer was still holding her face and screaming when she woke up. She knew she was awake because she felt the blankets covering her shift slightly. Her face actually felt warm and wet for some reason.
"Summer?" she heard her sister ask from the bottom bunk. There was creaking as JoLee got up and a click, followed by lighting shining, as the light was turned on. "Oh my god, what happened?" The sound of footsteps approaching indicated two people rushing to the room.
"What the hell happened!?" their dad asked as both parents came into the room. Summer was starting to feel the pain in her face now. "JoLee, what happened?"
"I don't know. I just turned on the light after I heard Summer screaming."
"Then why is she holding her face?"
"I want to know why Summer's covered in blood," their mom said. Then someone gently grabbed one of Summer's hands, trying to pull it away. "Summer, you need to move your hands so we can see what happened."
"My face hurts," Summer said, crying. There was stinging as tears fell down her face.
"Okay, but we really need to see how bad it is." After a moments hesitation, Summer lowered her hands, slowly opening her eyes to see three identical shocked faces. She also noticed her hands were covered in blood.
"Is it really that bad?"
"I think you should see for yourself," JoLee said as she helped Summer down before practically dragging her to the bathroom.
"It can't be that bad, can it?" Her younger sister pulled her into the bathroom and closed the door before going to the sink.
"See for yourself." Summer turned around to look in the full-length mirror and almost screamed again when she saw four parallel bleeding scratches on her face.
"Oh, god." JoLee pulled her aside and turned her around to sit her on the toilet lid. She had some sheets of toilet paper laying on the edge of the sink with a few squares in her hand that she used to start gently dabbing away the blood.
"How did this even happen? Nobody broke in and Freddy Krueger can't be that real?" The younger sister paused, a look of confusion on her face. "Can he?"
"Believe it, sis. This was Krueger's doing."
"But how? Is he trying to send a message saying that he's real or something?" Summer shrugged her shoulders as JoLee went back to cleaning up the blood.
"I don't know how he managed to actually hurt me, but he is trying to say something's real. I just don't know what it is."
"Alright, Makuta, what am I here for?" Brutaka asked as Icarax and Mutran brought him in. "If you want to kill me, try to make it as quick as you can." Teridax turned to look back at him and Brutaka almost seemed amused.
"If I wanted you dead, you would already be so," the Makuta said. "You know why you're here. We discussed this meeting eight months ago." The blue and gold being nodded.
"So, it's finally happening, isn't it?" Teridax nodded in approval. "Why do you need me again?"
"Your mask power allows you to travel to other worlds, can it not?"
"It can, but I don't see why that's relevant." The larger Makuta chuckled darkly, causing Brutaka to shiver.
"Because I need you to bring a new race to Mata Nui. Creatures called humans."
"Humans? What sort of race is that?" Teridax growled in frustration.
"A race I had been forced to become." He then shifted into a smaller, completely organic form wearing soft, floppy armor. Like his Makuta form, it was dark in color.
"You want me to find creatures like that to fight the Toa? They're so small, and they look fragile." The Makuta nodded as he returned to his natural form.
"They are also very clever. No doubt they will give the Toa a bit of a challenge." Brutaka nodded in understanding.
"Will the other Makuta be interfering?"
"You know I'll try," Mutran said smugly, receiving a snort in response.
"That's no surprise." Returning his attention to Teridax Brutaka added, "What will these 'humans' be tested for?"
"Any traits that bay be similar to the Toa," the Makuta said. "If all goes well, the humans similar in nature as the Toa may become such themselves." The blue and gold being laughed.
"If these particular humans do become Toa, you do realize that they will automatically become allies to the Order, and enemies to the Brotherhood."
"No need to boast, Brutaka," Mutran said. "Until further notice, I'll be working on a new mutation for the Toa." With this, he left the chamber. Brutaka shook his head.
"That still does not surprise me."
"This one will," Teridax said. The blue and gold being huffed, opening a portal to his first stop on a different world.
"I'll believe it when I see it." The larger Makuta chuckled.
"Don't worry. You will soon enough." Brutaka then rolled his eyes before stepping through the portal and closing it behind him.
"Does Roodaka really have to work with Mutran on this project?" Icarax asked. Teridax looked at him.
"Yes. She and Sidorak are the only other two who know what composes a human form, given that they were humans as well."