The station was slowly drifting through the vacuum of space, peacefully orbiting the planet below. It arrived just a day or so ago, and by now, everyone on Earth knew about its presence. That was intentional. She wanted to scare them, make them uncertain before her announcement. As she was drifting over Spain and looked around though, she thought it would be the perfect spot to begin broadcasting from, getting to as many people as possible.
She stood up from the controls, walking over to the communication center. She was wearing her usual getup: a shining gray armor under a dark blue robe that flowed down to the ground. The outfit was completed with flexible blue gauntlets, long, triangular-shaped metallic spaulders and a metallic hood over her head, partially hiding her blue skin and white hair. The metal was a one-of-a-kind material that was known to not only protect from most dangers while also deflecting heat, but it was capable of conducting all kind of energies that allowed for powerful attacks on the wearer’s part. This material was only ever found on her home planet – or rather, her planet was more or less made of the stuff. The place itself didn’t exist anymore though, and she had the remaining supply of the material tucked away safely in the ship’s storage rooms. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. She was also wearing a dark red cape despite it getting in the way all the time. She couldn’t lose it though – it was an indispensable accessory for looking even more menacing.
She sat down to the communication center, putting her legs on the controls as she grabbed the microphone and adjusted the camera, then pressed a button so that she could temporarily take over any earthly broadcast in sight. She prepared this process ahead of time. She coughed, and began speaking as her face appeared on countless television screens around the world.
“Welcome, people of Earth!” she waved. “Your planet has recently been chosen for an evaluation by me, Eradica. After a brief inspection, I found that I don’t like you, so I’m going to blast a few holes into your globe and leave you all to your demise. You don’t have to thank me, just doing my job. But luckily for you I am a generous destroyer, so I’m giving you one week to prepare before I blast you all to bits, continent by continent. I hope you all had fulfilling lives up until this point! If not, too bad, you had your chance. See you in seven days! Bye-bye!”
With that, she turned the broadcast off and leaned back in her chair with a grin. She knew what was coming next. She noticed her cloak was off center, so she quickly adjusted it. ‘When did it come loose?’ she thought, hoping it didn’t make her look bad on camera. Surely enough though, in just mere minutes the communication center signaled an incoming call. With the press of a button, she answered.
The face and upper body of a middle-aged-looking man appeared on screen. He was wearing what seemed like a white spandex suit, with white gloves and a red cape. “Hello? Commander Superb speaking.”
“Hey.” Eradica replied. “Did you come up with that name yourself? Very original.”
“No, I didn’t.” the man grumbled. “I’m calling about your recent message to Earth.
“I’m calling in the name of the Hero Union sworn to protect this planet, and I wanted to ask you to back down and leave before anyone gets hurt.”
As a response, Eradica burst out in laughter. It was so good she had to hold her stomach because it almost hurt. After a minute of that, she took her legs off the controls and leaned forward. “Wait… wait, is this serious?” she chuckled, wiping the tears from her eyes.
“Look… Lady, or Queen Eradica, or whatever you call yourself.”
“Nah, it’s just Eradica, no titles.”
The man didn’t seem to find the situation funny. “I don’t know who you are, or why you came here in the first place, but you’re sorely mistaken if you think you can just barge in and do whatever you want. What did these people ever do to you? Why would you even do this?”
“Why?” she put her elbows on the controls, resting her chin on the back of her hands. “Do you want the rational explanation, or the personal explanation?”
“What are you… um, the rational one?”
“You see, Suppy, I couldn’t help but notice that your place has no real danger threatening it. People get lazy, take life for granted, and it’s all just… wrong. You guys need an opposite, an antagonist, a bad guy if you will. Luckily for you, you don’t have to look for one, as I am a self-appointed bad guy, and I came here to fulfill my role, you’re welcome for that. The way I see it, if you can’t even protect your pathetic little mud ball you call a planet, then you simply don’t deserve it. I’m here to shake things up a bit for you, preferably on a global scale. Any questions?”
“That seems… unreasonable.” Commander Superb shook his head. “We have plenty of problems already, we don’t need…”
“That’s not a question.” Eradica interrupted. “I asked if you have any questions.”
“Fine.” Superb crossed his arms. “What’s the personal reason then?”
Eradica didn’t answer at first. She smiled and leaned close to the screen as if wanting to share a secret. She lowered her voice to a whisper as she spoke, emphasizing each word like she didn’t want a single detail to escape the commander’s attention. He’d have never admitted it, but it sent shivers down his spine.
“Destruction makes me giggly.”
Before he could say anything she ended the call. As the screen went black she leaned back on the chair with a grin, satisfied.
They definitely got the message now.
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