Zeus came storming out from the gates.
“WHO HAS SLAIN MY CYBER-DRAGON?!” he bellowed, brandishing his lightning bolt.
“It is I.” Deadly Bones announced, “the bones that have come to end your reign.”
“YOU THINK YOU CAN DEFEAT ME?” Zeus roared, “I’VE BROKEN SKELETONS TWICE YOUR SIZE.”
“But not one half as deadly.” said Deadly Bones cooly, and he entered the Flying Lotus-Bones stance.
Suddenly, there was a roar behind Deadly Bones. He spun around and was shocked to see Royvart riding the sphinx up the mountain.
“I’m here to help you, Deadly Bones!” Royvart yelled. “Come, comrade, let us crush this diety!”
Zeus flung a lightning bolt the size of a house and zapped Royvart off the sphinx. He tumbled off the mountain and fell, surely dead. The sphinx growled at Deadly Bones. He now had two opponents to face, but he did not doubt his own deadliness.
The sphinx lunged at him, but he ducked down and karate-kicked it into Zeus’s face at 100 miles per hour. Zeus karate-chopped it to the ground and jumped toward Deadly Bones, lightning bolt in hand. He swung at Deadly Bones, but Deadly Bones turned to the side and elbowed Zeus in the face. Zeus leapt back, stunned.
“HOW ARE YOU SO TOUGH?” he demanded. “No skeleton has ever been able to elbow me in the face before!”
“Because,” said Deadly Bones deadlyly, “These bones of mine are the most deadly thing in the universe. I’ve been to hell and back, I’ve paid my deadly dues, and nothing in this world can stop me!”
“That’s where you’re wrong, skeleton! You have not yet seen my TRUE FORM!!!!!” roared Zeus, as he turned into a giant Lightning Scorpian.
He charged our beloved hero, and stung him right in the bones. Electric poison coursed through Deadly Bones’s bones, but he stood tall, and swung his arm, casting the Zeus Scorpian back. The blow was trivial. Deadly Bones could not be stopped.
And at that moment, Deadly Bones felt a massive surge of energy. Martial-arts techniques from every corner of the universe flooded into his mind. His skeleton-brain surged with combat talent. He knew then and there that he had become the new Spirit of Fighting. He raced toward Zeus, all bones and bravery.
“I CAN’T LOSE, ZEUS. THESE BONES OF MINE GLOW WITH AN AWESOME POWER. THEIR BURNING GRIP TELLS ME TO DEFEAT YOU!”
He punched Zeus so hard in the nose that Zeus exploded and that was the deadly end of that.
“I’ve done it.” said Deadly Bones, “I have killed a god.”
“Good, Deadly Bones, good.” said Master Makina, who had appeared at his side. “You now possess godliness, which means you can wield the Staff of Time.”
“Where is the staff, Master?”
“It is in the belly of a giant snake.”
Deadly Bones’s boneheart skipped a bony beat. “What snake is it?” he asked.