The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter XIII.

(story copyright E.N.Boyd) To catch up on previous chapters, check the links at end of this chapter.

"I would agree with the Captain, Doc.", Red Hawk added. His costume seemed to mesh with the background of the desert, yellow vertical stripes that ran along the leggings and shirt mixed with the red of the remainder of his costume blending with the Arizona sun.

"My husband and Captain Strong make sense. I don't understand this, Doctor Strong and would encourage you to explain as well.", Nyoka added. She wore a simple pair of khaki shorts and short sleeved khaki shirt. Her attire appeared to be the most "civilian" of the group. However, she was barefoot and also wore a necklace made out of lion's teeth, and carried a large jungle knife strapped to her left leg.

"Yes. First these metal heads show up, then you announce you can explain all this when you were watching the whole time. You've got a lot to answer for.", Liberator said. His white costume seemed to glare beneath the desert sun as it began to dip below the horizon. His mask bore a single five point blue star on the forehead area, with blue stars running along the piping of his legs and arms.

The group began walking towards Doc Strong as he continued to pet the mare as he leaned against the corral railing. If he had any nervousness or anxiety, he wasn't displaying any body gestures to indicate it.

"I would also agree, Doc. What gives?", Torpedo Man asked. He wore a pair of thigh length swimming trunks but they were metal mesh in design, an aqua blue in color. He did not wear a shirt and like Nyoka, he was also barefoot.

Liberator happened to glance in Torpedo Man's direction, and for the first time, noticed his hands had some type of skin folds, or webbing between the fingers. The same was true with his feet.

"OK, OK, not to worry Freedom Guard.", Doc replied, straightening himself up, giving the mare one last pat. "All in good...time.", he added.

"You know what, Doc, I am already tired of the whole "time" schtick. Just explain what the Blue Blazes is going on!", Captain Flag said, moving towards Doc.

Doc seemed to look at his wrist, then he quickly pointed it at Captain Flag, as a red light swirled in a pinwheel fashion. Despite Captain Flag's super speed, he began to literally slow down, moving slower with each step until he literally froze in a pose with one leg slightly raised and his arm in a back swing position. The red light swirled around Captain Flag, pulsing.

"What the Hell!", Liberator exclaimed, looking at Captain Flag, who now remained "frozen" in a pose and he looked back at Doc Strong.

"Not to worry. The Captain is fine. I placed him in a time stasis ", he said matter of fact to the group.

"Why? What is this? What about our mission?", Liberator asked as he stood face to face with Doc Strong. "You need to answer our questions. Now.", Liberator said, grabbing Strong by the shirt collar.

"No need to get physical. I could place all of you in a similar state as the Captain but I did not. Please trust me. Captain Flag is a bit ill tempered at times, and with his great powers, makes him a bit dangerous. So I am protecting myself.", Doc said. "If you would please drop your force field off my body, I promise I won't affect anyone with my time dilator.", he added.

Blue Lady had teleported to Doc's side. She looked at Liberator and placed a hand on his arm. "It is OK. I know this is a bit..odd...but we can trust him, Liberator.", she said. "At least trust me.", she added.

Liberator looked at Blue Lady and back at Doc. "Only because Blue says so. Now. Explain this crap, Doc. NOW!", he commanded.

The group gathered around Doc, Liberator and Blue Lady.

Doc started to speak. "These automatons weren't just automatons but rather advanced robots. Androids. Metal "men" to a degree but not really men. They had sentient computing brains and artificial intelligence, all designed for combat.", he explained.

"OK. Androids. Never heard that word before. Seem to remember the word robot someplace, one of those science fiction dime novels one of the soldiers had when I was in Germany.", Man O' Metal said. "I remember because it was a Russian word and it described a "metal man". Regardless, why were they were here to fight us?".

"Don't you understand? This was part of your training exercise. Your first maneuver, your first staged battle.", Doc answered.

"What? Wait. I thought perhaps we were going to conduct training exercises up on the ridge, and go through some drills like the Army does.", Man O' Metal replied.

"You're partially right, Man O' Metal. Only thing is the drills were conducted with these androids. Here. In this spot. By me with my direction. These androids belong to me.", he stated.

"So I got shot in the arm because of you?", Man O' Metal said. His shoulder still bore a burn mark in his metal skin. He seemed to flinch in pain.

"Dang it, Sparky. Why didn't you tell me you'd been hit?", Liberator said. He went to Man O' Metal's side and looked at his shoulder. Liberator opened his hand over the wound, and Man O' Metal could feel a change in the air pressure around his wound. The wound suddenly closed up. "I'll be. It is healed. Thanks,".

Liberator said, "No problem. That goes for the rest of you. Whenever you're injured and need medical attention, don't hesitate to let me know. I am still a licensed Physician and obviously, have healing powers.", he said.

"I can also heal.", Nyoka added. She held up a pouch. "I have several healing and growing herbs I carry with me. Maybe not as powerful as Liberator, but they do work." she added.

"Great! That will help.", Liberator answered, looking at Red Hawk and Nyoka. "Now, Doc, continue explaining since Sparky's been healed.", he said.

"These androids are of my own design. I created them. I called them here to test all of you. This whole thing was staged to see how you'd react to a "real" situation. As real as androids are concerned. Mind you, we'll have to deal with super powered beings soon, and this was just a brief taste of what you might encounter.", he said.

The sun began to dip even lower beneath the horizon as dusk settled in. "We will need to do more practicing. Against each other as well so we can get a true idea of what to further expect.", he said. " I will release Captain Flag from his time stasis. He can hear what is happening but can't move. I was only able to prevent him from advancing because I can alter time for my own body and move at speeds comparable to the Captain. If I were trying to deceive any of you I wouldn't provide you with that information. Let me make the adjustments.", he said, and pointed the time dilator at Captain Flag.

Captain Flag brought his leg down slowly and his arm pitched forward and he seemed to stumble slightly. He looked at Doc Strong and shook his head.

"You're the first person to ever affect my powers. Can't say I am fond of the feeling.", he said. "I did hear all this. I am calmed down. What about this mission, then, Doc?", he asked, making his way to the group.

Doc extended his hand to Captain Flag. Captain Flag looked at the man's hand briefly then shook it. " I will explain what will happen in a minute, but first, I want to be sure we're all right. I mean, you can bend a tank in two with your bare hands.", Doc said.

The group laughed as coyotes could be heard in the distance.

To Be Continued.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VII.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IX.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter X.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter XI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter XII.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter XII.

(story copyright E.N. Boyd)

The metal men were arranged in a triangular wedge formation. The one at the apex yelled out in a metallic voice, "Strike!", and pointed at the assembled heroes who had just filed out of the ranch house onto the front yard. Doc Strong had moved back to the horse corral and seemed intent on watching.Captain Flag was the first hero to get hit with a laser beam, but it didn't seem to affect him. "What is that, and what are you?", he yelled out.

"Your enemies!", the leader of the metal men yelled out. "Hit the one wearing the flag first, he's the most powerful.", he added, pointing at Captain Flag.

Captain Flag's red, white and blue costume and the American flag emblazoned on his chest stood out against the desert sun. The laser beam the metal man had shot at him hit his chest but his costume remained intact.

"When you attack the flag, you have to deal with us!", Liberator replied. Liberator stretched out his arms, and a force field went up around him and the other heroes. He then aimed at the leader of the metal men and shot a bolt of concussive force against him, knocking him off his feet which sent him flying back 25 feet.

"Whoa, Liberator, that was quick. Thanks for the assist.", Captain Flag said. Liberator looked at Captain Flag and nodded.

"You can drop the force field, Liberator. You're used to protecting soldiers and civilians, but I think all of us can handle ourselves and these bucket heads.", Red Hawk said.

"OK. Heard you, force field dropped.", Liberator said, and pulled his arms back, which seemed to affect the force field and it remained only around his own body.

"I agree with Red Hawk. Now let's get these jokers!", Man O' Metal said. Immediately his body became metallic and he ran at the nearest metal man. "Metal on metal. Let's see which one is stronger!", he yelled out, and swung at the metal man who had turned in Man O' Metal's direction. His fist connected with the metal man, and it knocked him down. Man O' Metal jumped on top of the fallen metal man and punched him in the helmet. When he did, however, his fist went right through the helmet and into the ground.

"They're not human! They're automaton, I scanned them with my vision.", Captain Flag yelled out to the group, all of whom had begun to run at the metal men.

"No doubt, Captain. I just punched this one's face off!", Man O' Metal yelled out. Man O' Metal picked up the fallen automaton and threw it at the nearest automaton who had begun to run at Man O' Metal, shooting a laser from a wrist gauntlet. The laser beam also bounced off Man O' Metal's shoulder but not before burning a hole in it. After he threw the automaton, he clutched his shoulder in pain. "Damn!", he yelled.

Captain Flag ran at two of the automatons and picked them up as he jumped and flew up into the sky. Captain Flag ripped the automatons apart as he threw them into the upper atmosphere, their robotic bodies disintegrating as the G-forces hit their metallic shells.

Red Hawk got in a stance and yelled out, "Tlanuwa!".

Where the man Red Hawk had previously stood, a giant Red Hawk now appeared. It screeched, extended its wings and flew up into the sky. Liberator looked at Red Hawk as did the other heroes. "Wow.", Liberator said.

As Red Hawk met the sky, Blue Lady had teleported and grabbed a robot unawares. As her blue mist dissipated, the robot could be seen, half of its body merged into the ground, the upper half sticking up from the desert floor, its arms flailing about, and sparks shooting as Blue Lady reached into the head of the robot, phasing her hand through, and yanked out several wires and cables.

Red Hawk swooped down from the sky and picked up one of the robots with his giant talons, and flew back into the sky. He reached down with his beak and yanked the robot's head off and spit it on the ground and dropped the robot into some brush, the body breaking apart on impact.

Torpedo Man had run into the group of robots and began punching and kicking them, taking out two of the robots with one swift punch before they could raise their wrist gauntlet lasers in his direction.

Nyoka had also run into the group of metal men, and picked one of them up, raised it over her head, and brought it down upon her raised knee which shattered the metal man in two, sending wires and electronic parts on the ground as sparks erupted from its head.

Captain Flag flew back down to the group as they all gathered around, looking at the metal carnage that lay strewn about the ranch. "That appears to be the last of them.", Red Hawk said, landing his giant red hawk body on the ground. He transformed back to his human form as a red mist appeared about him.

"I believe so. I mean. What the heck? Who or what are these things? I've seen some automatons at a World's Fair once, but nothing like this.", Liberator said,

"I can explain that.", Doc Strong said, leaning against the horse corral railing. He was petting a mare as it ate a carrot from his hand.

"Doc! What the? Where were you? I forgot about you.", Man O' Metal said.

"Yes, Doctor Strong. Explain.", Captain Flag said, standing with his arms folded against his chest.

To Be Continued.

The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VII.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IX.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter X.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter XI.

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"What the Blue Blazes?", Captain Flag stated, looking at the two identical men. He knew one was Doc Strong and the other appeared to look identical to Doc Strong but with different clothing. Instinctively and without anyone knowing, Capt. Flag scanned the men with his senses, listened to the heartbeats, used his scan vision, even smelled the sweat of both but could not discern that anything was different between the two.

"Do not be alarmed. This is me, I assure you. In fact, I think it is time the merging happens so we can move forward and do our maneuvers.", the Doc Strong wearing the khaki pants and black shirt said. "I agree. It is time.", the "original" Doc Strong stated, looking at himself.

With that, the men shook hands and a red light appeared, fluctuating, and the "original" Doc Strong seemed to disappear..into..the Doc Strong wearing the khaki pants.

"Done.", he said, straightening himself up, looking at his hands and feet. He looked about the room at the gathered men and women. "Again, do not be alarmed. This will take time to explain. In fact, time is on our side. Literally.", he said. He held up a device with a wrist strap and what appeared to be a plastic bubble on it. It was lightly luminescent and Capt. Flag could see there were strange markings, some in English and some in a language he could not identify.

"What...just happened? What is that?", Liberator asked.

"Yes, good question. First I had to merge my past self with my future self to make the time drive adjustments. I am me, trust me. In fact, I believe Captain Flag will verify that because I know he just scanned us...me.", and he looked at Captain Flag who stood in the middle of the living room, folding his arms. He looked around the group and nodded.

"Yes, that is correct. This is still Doc Strong.", he answered.

"Wow. That is some wild stuff.", Red Hawk said.

"Perhaps, but in comparison to all of you, not so dramatic.", he answered.

"Yes I believe you're right. I mean, I do transform into a giant red hawk, my wife Nyoka can grow up to 20 plus feet tall, so it is safe to say encountering time travel isn't quite so wild.", Red Hawk said.

"Don't forget about Sparky.", Blue Lady added.

"Blue!", Man O' Metal said, glaring at her as the group laughed.

"Things are really getting interesting, but we only have a few hours before our first mission. I know with our powers and abilities we can adjust, but as a team, none of us have ever operated together. How are we going to manage this mission when we've only time for some basic drills? Even during the Big One, we all had training with units, fellow soldiers and the like, and Torpedo Man with the Navy seamen and Marines. I hate to complain but I am just questioning how we're going to function so suddenly when we barely know one another, let alone function as a team.", Liberator stated.

"Your concerns are indeed valid. To answer your questions, I am indeed a time traveler but I am also an inventor and apparently I've managed to create a few things. This is a time dilator,", he said, pointing at the odd looking device he now wore on his wrist.

"A..what? Time dilator? What is it, exactly, Doc?", Man O' Metal asked.

"It means I can adjust time when and where I want, with some limitations. I can literally stop time for myself, for us, and create a time bubble as well. It is limited, however, with the number of instances it can be used.", he replied.

"Time bubble? OK, Doc, this is even over my head. Can you explain it?", Liberator asked.

"Certainly. It means while the "real" world is moving through the time stream, when I activate the time bubble, whomever is located inside it, does not move through the time stream. While seconds or minutes might pass outside the time bubble, whomever is in the time bubble, well, they will experience time at a far slower rate. Very slow, but move "normally", so to speak. The persons inside the time bubble can operate for what seems like hours or even days, but outside the time bubble...only seconds will have passed.", he said.

"Remarkable. A bit much to digest, but even that exceeds my magic bluebird ring's ability to a degree.", Blue Lady said.

"I do know we are all being thrust into this situation but with all of your Military backgrounds and experiences with missions during the War, as well as your collective powers and abilities, I believe you..and I..will adjust well. If I may say so, let's all get into our costumes and go outside and go over some maneuvers the General, and the Inner Circle laid out for us to do.", he said.

"Yes. I look forward to this. While all this has been interesting, I need action. So we will be in this..time bubble for awhile?", Torpedo Man asked.

"You got it. Since you're already geared up, Man O' Metal, come outside with me so we can determine where to run the maneuvers. I will meet the rest of you outside shortly", Doc Strong said.

"You are the leader of the Freedom Guard, so looks like we will do this!", Man O' Metal said, flexing his hands.

Each person briefly looked at one another and went into the bedrooms to gear up while Doc and Man O' Metal went outside. They looked around the ranch, and Doc said, "Well, looks like not too much has changed since I left but I know, according to my own information that Tombstone has changed quite a bit, as well as the rest of the country. Let's see, Pat, I think that ridge to the North West will suffice, what do you think? You've done this thing before. I have an idea in my head but it is just piecing together as we speak.", he said.

"Wow, Doc, you really do think and act on the fly, don't you?", Man O' Metal said.

"You could say that.", he replied.

"That is actually an excellent spot. There is some small brush and trees, and I can make out a bit of a low valley off to the side, so the terrain will be ideal for doing a number of things, especially with all our powers.", he said, nodding.

"What do you think, guys? How do we look?", Torpedo Man said as the group emerged from the ranch house, each member dressed in their superhero costumes.

A loud sonic boom was heard over head, and Captain Flag was the first to notice as he looked up to the sky. The others soon followed his gaze and looked skyward. Just as suddenly, several green colored "clouds" appeared in the sky and quickly descended, lowering to the group's presence.

Then a voice was heard as several human shaped metal figures appeared, emerging from the green mist.

"How do you look? Freedom Guard, you look like you're about to get your asses kicked!", a metallic voice stated, echoing across the desert valley.

To Be Continued.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VII.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IX.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter X.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter X.

(story copyright E.N.Boyd)

"At 0600 hours, we are to leave tomorrow morning and make way to the State of Illinois. Blue will teleport all of us there. Hmm...we will be in the heart of Chicago.", Captain Flag said. "Doc, the orders also state you need to be in private and play the messages while we are to open our duffel bags and then do some practice maneuvers this evening here in the desert." he added.

"Yes, it appears to be that way. Well, OK, I guess I will retreat to the bedroom while all of you do your thing. I will meet you again in awhile.", Doc Strong said, holding the small boxes in his hand, thumbing them in an odd fashion, Man O' Metal noticed. He appeared nervous. Doc left for the room and the group gathered the duffel bags in the living room.

They each opened them and several comments immediately were made.

"What in Blue Blazes?", Man O' Metal was the first to comment. He pulled out what appeared to be a costume. In fact, each member of the Freedom Guard pulled out a costume, specifically designed and tailor made.

"How do you like this get-up? I thought Blue Lady was the only one to wear a costume due to her magic ring. Didn't think I'd have to be dancing around in one.", Man O' Metal said. " I mean, each of us, we wore battle dress uniforms and gear during the War. I know Torpedo Man just had his skivvies, but he was Navy and from the undersea tribe so that was expected. Yet I don't know, I mean, how will I operate wearing this?", he commented.

"Hold the costume up, Sparky.", Blue said.

Man O' Metal held it up for her to see.

"Liberator, please encase the rest of us in your force field for a moment.", Blue Lady said,."Except for Sparky and Captain Flag.".

"Huh? OK.", Liberator said. A slight pressure change was felt in the room as Liberator concentrated and his force field wrapped around the group.

"Captain Flag, if you would please.", Blue said.

"Gotcha.", Captain replied. He looked at the costume that Man O' Metal held up, drew in a breath, and shot a thin stream of fire out of his mouth at Man O' Metal's costume. Man O' Metal's body immediately converted to metal long before the flame reached him, his powers instinctively kicking in. The clothes he was currently wearing...with exception to his fireproof underwear...immediately burned off.

"Hey! What gives, Captain?", Man O' Metal asked.

The costume Man O' Metal was holding up could be seen, smoldering lightly, but none the worse for wear.

"Look at the costume, Sparky!", Blue said.

Man O' Metal turned the costume around and looked at it, noticing it wasn't damaged. "Well I'll be.", he said, smiling.

Nyoka spoke up. "Will you please put some clothes on?", she asked, and the group laughed.

"Hardy Har. Looks like I have no choice but to wear these duds. An eye catching design. Guess we will be in the public's eye if these designs are any indication.", Man O' Metal added, as he put the costume on. "Nice fit.", he added, posing in a muscle man competitive pose, stretching his arms out and then getting into a boxing stance. He flexed his fingers inside the gloves and then made some punches in the air. "Seems to adjust with my movements.", he added.

The costume was cobalt blue in design and even darker blue for the pants. The gloves were yellow. "Check out the colors. What do you guys think?", he asked.

"I'd say it will be an improvement when you put the mask on.", Blue said, pointing at the duffel bag.

Man O' Metal looked at the bag, and fished inside, pulling out a mask. He looked at it while the group picked out their costumes, looking at them. He shrugged his shoulders and put it on his face. His hands went to the top of his head and he felt the yellow colored Mohawk shaped fin. "Look, Red Hawk, I'm a Mohawk!", he said.

Red Hawk looked at Man O' Metal. One eyebrow raised, he gave Man O' Metal a once over, then said, "I eat Mohawks for breakfast. Better watch out...Sparky.", he said, smiling.

The group laughed yet again.

"I think it safe to say we should all go to the bedrooms and get dressed in these..costumes. It will be a far cry from wearing our Military uniforms but the times, I guess we have to adapt.", Torpedo Man said.

"Yes, it is time.", Doc Strong said, as he emerged from his bedroom. Standing next to him was a man, dressed in brown khaki pants and a black shirt. The group all turned to look and saw two men. They both looked identical to one another.

"I agree with myself. It is time.", the other Doc Strong replied.

To Be Continued.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VII.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IX.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IX.

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"Well. That is indeed quite a bit to deal with but I assume my future self knows something I presently do not. Therefore it appears I will have to make ready for this mission. I would also assume one of the message boxes contains more information.", Doc Strong said, removing the blanket, and placing his legs over the side of the bed. "By the way, where is my D.E.E,P, suit and who dressed me?", he added.

"That would be me, Doc.", Blue Lady replied.

"Um, well, I was without clothing and all...", Doc stated, looking at Blue.

"OK, Doc, that is interesting. You're a Doctor and yet you're telling me you have some modesty issues?", Blue asked, smiling, her hands on her hips.

The group of heroes standing in the bedroom laughed.

"Well, not to worry, Doc, I actually used my bluebird ring to remove your "deep" suit as you call it and also clothed you, pretty much in split-second fashion. I didn't see anything I've not seen before.", Blue replied.

"Yeah, I bet.", Man O' Metal said, giving Blue a grin.

Blue looked at Man O' Metal and smiled. "Oh, nice zing, Sparky. You got me there. Was wondering when you'd step up to the plate and knock one out.", she answered.

"OK, you two.", Captain Flag said. "Can someone get Doc the message boxes?", he asked. Nyoka nodded her head, and left the bedroom, ducking as she left, her tall strawberry blonde hair just missing the frame.

"Don't worry, Doc, we have that space man suit in the storage shack for now. We weren't sure what to do with it. That is some get up. Is it a diver's bell?", Torpedo Man asked.

"Um, well, yes and no. It would take some time to explain. I'm bit of an inventor and used it to explore areas that were otherwise too difficult to investigate.".

"I see.", Torpedo Man replied.

"I am surprised by all this on many levels. I am curious how my ranch has remained here all these years and apparently in my name. Yet I am more surprised all of you do believe I am telling the truth about my wife and Paulie.", Doc said, standing up.

"Well, regarding the ranch, the US Government has been maintaining your ranch since your "death". I can discuss all that later.", Blue answered.

"Here you go, Doc.", Nyoka said, handing the man the message boxes, small devices which were far more advanced than any of them yet realized. Doc Strong accepted them and looked at them briefly.

"Well, Doc, if Captain Flag says you're telling the truth, then you're telling the truth. With the story being a bit of a mystery, it does add up. I think we just question if you're fit enough to go on this mission so soon. What do you say, Liberator? You're also a Physician and checked him out. Is Doc Strong...strong enough...to lead us on this mystery mission?".

Liberator replied. "Yes, he is. In fact, other than being a bit dehydrated, he seems to be fully recuperated, and I didn't have to use any of my healing force field to help out. He is fit for action.", Liberator replied.

"OK. That is good. As we all know, the files said to wait to read the orders when Blue Lady gives the go-ahead. I would assume that time has arrived, Blue?".

"I would say so, Captain. Men..and woman...let's go to the living room and open the order packets from the President.", Blue said.

The group left the bedroom and filed into the living room. Some sat on the couch, a few in the chairs but Nyoka, Red Hawk and Doc Strong remained standing. Doc Strong held the message boxes while Blue handed him the sealed orders. They opened the sealed orders and read them.

Doc rubbed his chin as he read, and Red Hawk was the first to speak up.

"Well. It appears we have a job to do. I think this will be something totally new for all of us.", he said.

"Yes, I agree.", Captain Flag said. "I mean, Super-American was the only one of us to really encounter any other super powered humans, dealing with Baron Doom and his anti-men. All of our collective missions during the War, we dealt with soldiers and tanks and weapons. It would be expected we'd encounter others like us soon. Just didn't think we'd have to deal with them here...in our own country of the USA.", he added.

To Be Continued.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VII.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VIII.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VIII.

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"OK, well, Doc, I think you should get some rest and get your thoughts together before you try doing anything. I mean, I know in "our" time your wife and friend were murdered about 50 years ago but for you I think it seems just like moments ago? Am I wrong with that observation?", the man known as Liberator asked, rolling up his khaki shirt sleeves. His red hair somehow made his thin frame stand out even more. Yet it served in a way to keep his civilian identity somewhat secret at times because his intelligence and powers far overshadowed any frailness his body may convey.

"Yes, that would be an astute observation but last I remember I was in a cave in the Grand Canyon and then I wound up here. I've no idea how I traveled here. Yet I think I am fine.", Doc Strong replied.

"OK, Doc, from one Doctor to another, I am telling you get into the bedroom away from everyone's eyes so I can give you an exam." , Liberator said.

"No. I mean, that isn't necessary. I am fine, as fine can be. I just want some more info. I mean, I know that was...is...me on that image but I need to know more info about all of you. My mind seems to be piecing things together but I just want you to let me know who you are and why you are here in my ranch house.", Doc Strong, replied, standing and leaning against a kitchen chair. However, soon as the words left his lips, Strong's eyes rolled back up in his head and he passed out again, but Red Hawk swiftly came to his aid long before he could hit the floor.

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"OK, Doc, listen, all things will be discussed but you need to take it easy for awhile. We will fill you in but I need you to sit up in bed for me and drink some more water.", Liberator told Doc Strong as the man began to awake. He grunted, and mumbled, and bleary eyed, Doc Strong did as instructed, and accepted the glass of water that Blue Lady handed him, and drank it.

"We are all in shock just like you but perhaps not quite as much as you are. I mean, if this is all true, and it appears to be so, you've traveled through time. I think we can explain who we are and why we are here, and how your ranch house has remained intact all these years. I think Captain Flag can explain this best. You do appear to be doing better so just relax a bit and eat this chicken sandwich while Captain talks.", Liberator stated.

"While you were out for the count, Doc, we played the rest of the messages on the..message box, I guess you'd call it. We were given some information and instructions and to let you know there are other messages meant only for you which only you can access. It is overwhelming seeing this future technology, all the images of what could possibly the future of the USA.", Captain said.

He continued. "First, introductions are in order. To your right of the bed is Lucille Martin, also known as the Blue Lady. She wields a magic bluebird ring which grants her several abilities, such as teleportation,flight, invisibility, mid level invulnerability. She is the first publicly known civilian super heroine of the United States of America, having helped protect this country stateside during World War II.", Capt. said, pointing at the attractive woman.

" Magic ring? World War II? What do you mean?", Doc asked.

"Oh, yes, forgive me, I failed to remember you've been stuck in that time warp I believe it is called. Doc, this country has been through two world wars since your absence. We will go over all that in awhile, and I know there is a lot of catching up you need to do.".

"OK. Please, forgive me, just tell me all your names. It appears I am in the presence of gifted ones.", Doc said, rubbing his chin, looking at each person in the bedroom.

"Gifted ones? Hmm..that's a new one. Did you know someone like us from the past?", Blue asked.

"Yes, as a matter of fact, I did. Paulie, my good friend, he had super human strength. I believe that murdering coward Talon had some type of mental prowess as well.", he said. "However, that was then, please continue.", he said, propping himself up against the headboard.

"OK, Doc, the man to your left standing next to Blue is Pat Dempsey, also known as Man O' Metal. He has the ability to encase his body in a metal like substance which is resilient to most weapons, fire, and bullets. He emits sparks when he changes form and some people call him "Sparky"., Captain said, smiling.

"Captain...not you too...", Man O' Metal said, groaning.

"He also has some super strength, like your friend Paulie. He served for the Army during the War and helped on very important missions for our country."

"Next we have the man dressed in his skivvies, Don Wallace, also known as Torpedo Man. He was enlisted in the Navy during the War. He has the unique ability to breathe and swim very rapidly underwater, and actually lives under the sea. He comes from a lost tribe of underwater people just off the East Coast of the USA. He also has super strength and additionally, he can fly in the air when out of the water.", Captain said. Torpedo Man nodded at Doc, arms folded.

"Very interesting, indeed.". Doc replied.

"Standing next to Torpedo Man is Red Hawk, a gentleman we all just met not too long ago but who served for the Air Force in Japan. I believe he comes from the Cherokee tribe and we just learned he was involved in some covert and important missions during the Pacific Campaign. He has incredible speed, reflexes, and low level super strength in his human form. Get this, Doc, according to his file,.he can transform into a giant Red Hawk by invoking a tribal magic spell.", he said.

"Another person wielding magic? ", Doc said out loud, looking at Red Hawk.

"Next to Red Hawk is his wife, Nyoka. We just learned she comes from a jungle area previously unknown to man. Red Hawk found her a few years ago and we learned she is not only incredibly tall, but she has mid level super strength, reflexes, is a fast healer, and can alter her height and mass to 25 feet tall.".

"Curious.", Doc stated.

"The man tending to you is also a Doctor. Doctor or should I also say Professor Nelson Drew. He is a Professor of Physics and is also a licensed Medical Doctor, much like yourself, Doc. He doesn't use those titles, though, as his identity has been known as Liberator, also serving for the Army during the pursuit of Hitler in Germany. He has the interesting abilities of using a force field which he can extend to several miles if needed, and can fly via this force field, and lift heavy objects with it, giving him a mid level super strength. Interestingly enough, he can also heal wounds with that same force field..", Captain said. Liberator looked at Doc, and patted him on the shoulder.

"Well, nice to meet all of you. But, Captain..Flag..right? What about you?", Doc asked.

"My real name is Tom Townsend. I can fly at very fast speeds, I can also run very quickly if needed, I can survive in outer space, underwater, I am virtually invulnerable to most weapons and energies, I have heightened senses, reflexes, and, as far as I know, I am the strongest human being on the planet Earth. I can actually "switch" these powers on and off at will. I served in the Army during several campaigns during the War.", Captain answered.

"Amazing! Absolutely amazing! When we have time I would like to know how all of you came to your powers and abilities, but I realize you must be gathered here for a reason, a mission?", Doc asked.

"Yes. In fact, Doc, until today, with exception of Blue, we didn't know anything about you or that you'd be here. According to the messages you sent, along with verified messages and letters from the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Emmet, Congress, and the President of the United States of America, President Marston, you, Sir, are to be the leader of our group, the Freedom Guard.", Captain Flag said.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VII.

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(story copyright E.N. Boyd) (some cursing in story)

"What? NO! I am not a murderer!", Doc Strong said, pivoting his suit towards Captain Flag, looking at the man in the eyes.

"Interesting. Your demeanor and your eyes seem to be telling the truth but the newspapers said a different story. Growing up I remember the spook story of Doc Strong and the collapsed cave of Tombstone. They said you killed your wife and her lover in a fit of a rage and tried to hide their bodies in a silver mine but the mine collapsed so you left them to rot. You were never found and it was assumed you hightailed it out of Tombstone or had killed yourself.", Captain Flag said.

"What?!", Doc replied. "How can this be?".

"It became a bit of a spook story because the mine was closed off but people were curious and some snuck into the mine, only never to be found again. It was a bit of a Western ghost story.", the Captain replied.

"No, no, no. My dear Rulah...Paulie...no. None of that is true. Rulah was murdered. by that son of a bitch Talon. There were these..creatures..in the mine. I don't know...what..", Doc replied and his eyes rolled up in his head and he collapsed onto the ground, unconscious.

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"Doc. Doc, wake up.", a female voice said, as a female hand ran across his forehead. Doc woke up, his eyes adjusting to the light. Removed from his suit, he was dressed in jeans and a shirt, new clothes he felt and looked at but did not recognize. "Take a drink of water.", Blue Lady told Doc.

"What?", Doc asked. "Come on, Doc, raise yourself up and drink the water. You're among friends. Just drink the water, you're dehydrated and in shock.". Blue said.

While the group had carried Doc inside the ranch house, Captain Flag informed the others an ability he had which was not mentioned in the files, one that he kept secret. He could determine, via his heightened senses, and listening to a person's heart beat, breathing rate, body posture, and other factors, when someone was telling the truth. He had deduced that Doc Strong was in fact, speaking the truth.

Doc drank the water as he sat up on the couch. "Thanks." he replied. He looked at his clothes, then looked around the living room. He could see the deer antlers from a buck he shot in 1900 still hanging above the door frame to a bedroom. He knew this was his home but things were changed, and of course, he didn't know these people. He had a hunch he'd been moved forward in time. So he asked, "What year is this?".

"Well. 1950, of course,", Torpedo Man replied. Doc turned his head towards the direction of the dining room area and could see the man standing, dressed only in his swimming trunks.

"Why are you wearing only swimming trunks? Why are you sweating like that?", he asked, noticing the sea foam green sheen on Torpedo Man's body.

"Well, Doc, it appears you have a lot of questions. As do we. But we also have some answers for you. Your arrival was actually predicted.", Blue Lady said, wiping the sweat from Doc's forehead. The color returned to his face as he looked around some more.

"What?", Liberator asked.

"Yes. General Emmet wanted to keep that info away from everyone but I have a bit of low level telepathy and accidentally "heard" this info from his mind. So I had to ask the General about it. He told me not to inform anyone because it might affect the time drive as he put it, and could alter events. So it was all I could do to keep quiet about this. It appears Doc Strong is a time traveler.", Blue replied.

"Wait? Isn't that impossible?", Man O' Metal stated, as he sat at the kitchen table, looking over at Doc and Blue as they sat on the couch, with Blue pouring Doc another glass of water.

"If it is, then, men, I suggest you explain this.". Blue went to her duffel bag which had been sitting at the entrance to her bedroom door. She removed what looked like a box. She walked over to the kitchen table, and placed the small box on the table. It had several buttons on it. She pushed one, and a three dimensional holographic image appeared, hovering above the table.

The image was of Doc Strong. "Holy Hannah!", Captain Flag said. "What sort of trickery is this?", he exclaimed. Liberator walked over to the image and looked at it. The image began to fluctuate a bit and a voice was heard. Doc rose and walked over to the table.

"If you are playing this message, then I have succeeded in traversing the time drive. Please do not be alarmed. This is coming from Doc Tobias Strong, and I am in your future. Well, at least one that could exist. The paradoxes will be explained soon enough, but know that some things will change for everyone after our first three missions. I cannot reveal what they are but the purpose of this is to inform everyone that the man you found in the bronze suit is indeed myself. I'd been stuck in a time drive or time warp if you will. I cannot explain it all fully at this point and...time...but know I will arrive at my own ranch house on March 23rd, 1950, just outside of Tombstone, Arizona. Please see to it I am tended to and provide me with all the details of the pending mission. General Emmet has the other message box in his possession and he will explain more after our first three missions are complete. My past self will soon begin to deduce what has happened and is happening. Do not be alarmed, Freedom Guard, I am here to help.". With that, the image disappeared and the voice trailed off.

The group all turned their heads and looked at Doc Strong.

"It appears time is of the essence.", he stated.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter VI.

(story copyright E.N.Boyd)

Red Hawk and Nyoka stood at the ranch house doorway, with puzzled looks on their faces. "I don't know what this is. I think it needs help.", Red Hawk said as the group all rose and headed for the doorway.

The Blue Lady teleported herself outside and she could see an oddly shaped bronze colored humanoid suit of some type was on the pathway ground with its face up. She walked over to the suit, and bent down to look at it. She could see her face reflected in the visor of the helmet.

"Don't touch it, Blue! We don't know what it is or if its dangerous.", Captain Flag said.

"Not to worry, just looking, Capt.", she replied as she turned her head to speak, and began to straighten up when suddenly an arm and gloved hand grabbed her by the wrist.

Startled, she teleported herself out of the grasp of the bronze hand. "Its moving! Whatever it is, its alive. The hands..there are only three fingers.", Man O' Metal said. He walked up to it quickly. The suit began to rise and stood up on its feet.

Man O' Metal got into a boxing stance, ready to take down the odd creature, this space man.

The bronze suit put its hands out in a stopping gesture. It raised its arms up and to its helmet, and pressed two buttons on the collar. Then it twisted the helmet as a hissing noise was heard. The helmet was removed and the group could see the face of a man. A disheveled man but a man nonetheless.

"What year is this?", he asked.

"Whoa. OK, you are a man and can speak English. Are you from another planet?", Liberator asked.

"Huh? What? I don't know what you mean..another planet? Um..no. Oh, my D.E.E.P. suit, this must look odd to all of you. It will take some explaining. I am just a scientist. My name is Tobias Strong. Actually, its Doctor Strong. How did that woman disappear like that?", he replied, pointing to the Blue Lady who now stood at the horse corral.

The group gathered around Strong. Strong continued. "Please I think I know where I am but I don't know when. Can someone tell me what year this is? Who are you? Also, why are you on my ranch?", he asked.

The group all looked at each other.

"Wait wait wait. You're saying you're the Doc Strong? That's impossible.", Captain Flag said.

"Why? What's the matter, Capt.? Who is this man?", Torpedo Man asked.

"If he is who he says is he is, then he's a murderer.", the Captain replied.

To be continued.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter V.

(story copyright E.N.Boyd)

The men approached, their collective eyes set upon the statuesque woman as they walked up the path and onto the porch of the ranch house. "Gentlemen, it is an honor to meet you.", the man said, extending his hand to each. Each man looked at him, smiled and shook his hand. "Liberator", "Captain Flag", "Torpedo Man", "Man O' Metal", the code names were said by each as they greeted him.

"Red Hawk", the man said after the hand shaking was finished, and tipped his cowboy hat. He pointed to his wife, "That young lady I am proud to call my wife. Her name is Nyoka. Don't stare too long, by the way.", he said, smiling. "Bet you fellas haven't seen anyone like her before.", he added, laughing.

"Hawk, you just be quiet!", Nyoka said, picking up a small rock from the porch floor and threw it at him. Before the men could even see it flying in the air, Red Hawk had caught the rock and thrown it...several thousand feet...over a hill away from the house.

"By the way, men, we can stop with the code names while we are here. I know you all have been addressing each other by them per orders from the Pentagon, but now that we have these matters to discuss, General Emmet wanted us to become familiar with each other because we will be working as a group for awhile. Naturally, we will have to use code names while on duty but just to let you know. Also, my real name is...Red Hawk!", the man said as they all walked inside the open living room.

Nyoka said, "You were waiting just to say that. It is true, by the way.", she said, lowering her head as she entered the house, barely missing the upper beam of the door frame, looking at her husband and pushing him on his back as the group gathered inside.

"Please place your duffel bags in the rooms, you each have your own room to bunk in for the tenure of this mission. I bet you boys are thirsty and hungry. When you're done cleaning up, we will get to the chow which Blue Lady..err..Lucille, should have finished shortly.", Red Hawk said.

The men were quiet, and placed their gear in the rooms. After cleaning up the men gathered to the dining room and sat down at the large table.

"Looks and smells great. Lucille.", Man O' Metal said. "Well, Mr. Dempsey, I am glad to hear that.", Lucille replied, smiling. "Sheesh, Lady, you know a lot of things, don't you? ", he replied. "I have to, I am after all a super heroine, as that newspaper reporter Blaze Bennett calls me.", she replied, placing a large pan of roasted chicken and vegetables on the table. A basket of biscuits and a few pitchers of lemonade, milk, and water were already placed on the table.

"If you don't mind, I will say a prayer and then we should dig in and get down to business.", Red Hawk said.

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Perplexed, Doc Strong looked at the helmet's visor with the writing, "1950. Jump out cave. Doc.". He looked at the writing and with a gloved hand, traced the lettering. It appeared to actually be etched in the helmet's visor, not just written on it. He looked closer and realized...it was done by his own hand. Even though it wasn't written, he knew his own writing because it was a bit atrocious. He was fluent in several languages and could write very well, but his penmanship was something to be desired and Rulah had given him grief about many years. Rulah. His mind began to wander but he shook himself clear. He rubbed his chin with the bronze colored glove, looked down at the helmet and looked around the cave. He looked up and out the cave entrance. He started to piece some things together but not until he actually did something would any of it make sense.

He reached down, picked up his original D.E.E.P. suit helmet, placed it on his head, twisted it to get the clamps secured, ran to the cave entrance and without stopping or looking, jumped into the canyon's abyss.

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After finishing the meal, the men and women went into the large living room. Red Hawk said, "Men, if you wouldn't mind, would you please get your respective file folders and bring them here to the living room.". Unceremoniously, the four men went to their bedrooms and returned, each holding a file folder."Please find a seat and read the files.", Red Hawk said. "While you are reading, I will add that after my service for the Air Force in Japan, I never expected to meet any of you, and to have this happen is indeed great. I think Nyoka and I will go out to the animals and come back in a few minutes. Dear, if you will, please.", he said, reaching his hand out to his wife. She grabbed it and they walked out of the ranch house and into the pens.

"Well.", Captain Flag said. "My name is Thomas Townsend. Finally nice to be able to let our guard down, so to speak, among each other.", he said matter of fact.

"Dr. Nelson Drew.", the man code named Liberator said. "I echo Captain's...Tom's sentiment.", he said, looking at the men, nodding his head.

"Don Wallace.", the man code named Torpedo Man said. "Have to agree with the Captain as well.", he said.

"Well, Blue Lady already let the cat out of the bag. But she didn't say my first name. I am Patrick, but ya can call me Pat. Pat Dempsey.", he stated.

"Whoa.", Captain Flag said. "Are you related to Jack Dempsey the boxer?", he asked.

"Nope. Just coincidence with my name being Dempsey is all. Never meet the mook. I get that question all the time, so I don't mind being called Man O' Metal as it is!", he stated, laughing. The men all laughed in unison.

"So what's with this guy Red Hawk?", Liberator asked.

"He is someone we can definitely trust and be proud will be on our team.", Blue Lady said. "You fellas heard my first name of Lucille. Martin is my surname. It is also nice to meet all of you by the way, after our unique initial introductions.", she said.

"OK. Well according to the files, we each have certain powers and abilities, and they are listed rather specifically. Didn't know anyone had that much info on us but I guess when you are working for the Military, that is expected.", Liberator said. "He rubbed his chin as he continued reading and then said, "So this Red Hawk, he is an Indian, probably Cherokee I am guessing. By the way he caught that rock and threw it, I'd say he has powers..hmm. well, yes he does..well I'll be. He most certainly does. Very interesting.", Liberator said, flipping the file pages as he continued to read.

"Fellas, come on. What about that tall drink of water, that Nyoka, his wife? Whoa.", Man O' Metal said.

"Dempsey, just never mind. She's married.", Blue Lady said.

"No, didn't mean it like that, lass", Man O' Metal said, his Irish accent poking through a bit as he spoke. It would pop up whenever he was a bit flustered or irritated. " I mean, I've never seen a woman that tall or with such a build.", he stated, looking at her as she sat on a couch seated across from his chair.

"Well, if you keep reading, you will find out the nature, so to speak, of her build and then some.", she replied, sipping from her glass of lemonade.

"Again, very interesting. I can't believe what I am reading but given our collective powers and the feats we've all done and things we've already seen and encountered, I guess we shouldn't be surprised there'd be others like us with just as unique abilities.", Torpedo Man stated.

"I agree.", Liberator added.

"Well, that isn't so much an issue but men, if you keep reading, you will find out there are enemies, both foreign and domestic with powers and abilities like our own whose origins are just as unique and some we don't even have the intelligence gathered about yet.", Blue Lady said, setting her glass down on the coffee table. She looked up and could see that Nyoka and Red Hawk had returned.

"Fellas, you won't believe this..but..there's a space man outside.", Red Hawk said.

To be continued.

The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

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The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter IV.

(story copyright E.N. Boyd)

The Freedom Guard Files. Introduction.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter I.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter II.

The Freedom Guard Files. Chapter III.

Hovering above the heads of the men, the Blue Lady's light blue colored cape flapped lightly in the desert air as the group made their way to the ranch house.

Captain Flag, Liberator and Torpedo Man could have flown as well but they seemed intent on walking the distance to the ranch house. Perhaps they had things on their mind. Man O' Metal noticed the heat of the desert sun seemed to have an effect on his skin, even in his "normal" form. He could see it glinting in the light, something that usually happens only when he activates his metal form power. It was something that Liberator also noticed.

"Well, Man O' Metal, looks like you're gleaming a bit. Also, Torpedo Man has a bit of a sheen to his skin as well. Are you fellas going to be OK in this desert heat?", he asked.

"I will admit I've not encountered this type of heat or intense sunlight before. I am OK but it does seem like my skin is glowing a bit already.", Man O' Metal replied. One thing the group had already learned, Man O' Metal was matter of fact with his words and attitude but he was also a humble man despite his intense strength and impervious metal skin. "I am acclimating best I can.", Torpedo Man replied. "While I am not in my usual environment my body is compensating. Yet I admit I won't be able to handle the intense heat terribly long unless I am submerged in water within a few days.", he replied, looking at Liberator as they walked, climbing down a path which soon took them to the ranch house and the horse and cattle pens.

"OK. Well, Torpedo, " Blue Lady said, hovering just above their heads, "you will be able to immerse yourself in water soon enough. ", she stated and then suddenly disappeared, a thin blue wisp of smoke appearing above their heads. "I don't know if I like it when she does that.", Captain Flag said.

.The men approached the horse pen and the Captain immediately took to a mare who'd lowered her head as she walked up to the fence. Flag extended his hand and very lightly patted the horse on its head, and stroked the girl, scratching her cheeks. "There's a good girl. Bet you are happy to see some people. Also bet you need some food and water.", he said.

A man and a woman emerged from the ranch house. "Not to worry, Captain. We've already taken care of that.", the woman said. Standing at 6' 6", the woman had long flowing strawberry blonde hair, and a physique unlike anything the men had seen on a woman before. They all stopped in their tracks and stared at the statuesque woman.

"Yes, well taken care of I assure you. My wife Nyoka wouldn't let me sleep long unless the animals had been taken care of. Men, welcome to your temporary new home. I believe we all have important matters to discuss. Blue Lady is already inside making supper, so bring your duffel bags and papers and let's get down to business.", the man wearing the red cowboy shirt and black cowboy hat said, motioning for them to come to the house.

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The early afternoon sun beat its heat down on the walls of the Grand Canyon. However, inside a recessed cave high on a canyon wall, a red shimmering light appears again. It fluctuates, disappears, then appears again. Objects pop out of the light and roll on the cave floor. Then the light fluctuates yet again, disappears then reappears. This time, a man emerges, clad in a bronze colored balloon shaped suit. It is Doc Strong. He hits the cave floor.

He hits the ground, arms spread out and his face in the red clay soil. He moans lightly and rolls over, and props himself up. "Odd.", he says out loud to no one. "So I am returned again.", he says, looking around him. He manages to stand up, and looks at the ground and sees a few objects. He walks over to them. He can see two helmets. One of which he recognizes as being from his own D.E.E.P. suit, the one he'd left behind when he'd jumped into the glowing red light....yesterday?...he thought. He still had no bearing on time but as he walked over to the helmet he could see another helmet, oddly similar to his own. It was facing out to the cave entrance, on its side, having rolled against a rock, propped at an angle. He bent down, picked it up, turned the helmet around and he could see writing on the helmet's visor: " Jump out cave. 1950. Doc.".

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