May. 2nd, 2015

l1ttle_billy: (hi)
Their, captors for lack of a better word, at least appeared willing to reserve judgement. Though Billy's claim that they were from an alternate timeline had been met with skepticism, they hadn't been outright incredulous.

The Keldish had been brought to port in Seattle, and while the crew had been confined to the ship, Billy and his friends were put up under guard in a rather nice hotel. The soldiers and sailors they'd encountered so far had worn the typical uniforms of Cobra Vipers and Eels. But the guards at the hotel were something entirely different.

"I've seen them before." Billy said to Scarlet when they had a moment alone. "Years ago I spent a weekend in a world where Cobra was allied with a nation called Cobra-La. They were...bizarre is the only way I can think to put it. And their foot soldiers looked like these guys."

A few days later he was summoned to the penthouse. "Bring the child."

"Why?" Billy asked suspiciously. They'd not been mistreated, but he couldn't quite bring himself to relax.

"The Baroness wishes to meet her."

If pressed, Billy would have to admit that he'd deliberately not restrained Ana from rushing at the Baroness upon seeing her. Quite honestly he'd wanted to shake the opposition up a bit.


The Baroness gaped incredulously at the little girl who'd suddenly attached herself to her. "What?"

A man Billy recognized but couldn't place chuckled at the Baroness' discomfort. "Mommy? Something you want to tell me honey?"

"Ana," Billy said gently. "I don't think that's, technically, your mother."

Ana recovered herself quickly and backed away, blushing. "I'm sorry Ma'am." she said, curtsying. "I um, thought you were someone else." She sniffled and grabbed her father's hand.

"That's...quite alright." the Baroness said. "I understand completely. Am I to understand that in your world, I'm a mother?" Her voice was tightly controlled, but Billy could swear there was a slight tremor there.

"Yes," he confirmed. "So you believe us?"

"I think you'll find I and my husband are rather open to the possibility yes." she asnwered. She'd regained her composure.

"Call me Steeler." the man said, extending a hand.

"William Kessler." Billy shook his hand. "And this is my daughter, Anastasia. Steeler huh? Does the name G.I. Joe mean anything to you?"

Steeler's face grew hard. "You got one of those in your world too? How're they doing?"

"Weeeellll, we won."

That brought a sad smile to the man's face. "Good for you."

The Baroness sighed, and turned to the guard. "Please bring the others. I think we all have a great deal to talk about."
l1ttle_billy: (hi)
In 1983, Cobra conquered the world using a teleportation device. Though G.I. Joe and the conventional military fought bravely, in the end they were reduced to an underground resistance that was eventually stamped out.

Until a handful of Joes came out of hiding and with the Baroness help sowed the seeds of discord between Cobra Commander and Destro. They had hoped that the Cobra Civil War would leave both sides too weak to stop a true revolution from freeing the world from their control.

What they hadn't counted on was that neither Cobra Commander or Destro were their own masters. While their conflict began with conventional weapons, Cobra Commander's true allegiance to the nation of Cobra-La was revealed when he summoned reinforcements. Destro retaliated by calling upon the Great Old Ones, to whom his family owed fealty, for aid.

In the face of this new hellish threat Cobra-La, having lost Cobra Commander to madness and then death, saw no choice but to ally with the human race they had sent the man to conquer in the first place.

Golobulus commissioned the scientist Dr. Mindbender to use cloning and genetic engineering to create a new leader for their forces. One who could inspire as well as conquer. Using the combined DNA's of Sun Tzu, William Wallace, Geronimo, Pancho Villa, George Washington, Patton, Churchill Vlad Tepes and others, he created Serpentor.

Under Serpentor's leadership, a new team of Joes was recruited, and together they wrested the entire American continent from Destro and the Old Ones' control. But Europe, Africa and much of Asia still remained lost.

"It is not...a perfect world." the Baroness sighed. "The US is not truly a republic, but neither is it the fascist dictatorship we feared would result."

"The closest comparison I can make," Steeler said, "Is Imperial Rome. There's one guy in charge, but there's still a senate, and citizens have a lot of freedom."

"The reason we're willing to give you the benefit of the doubt," his wife continued, "Is because the handful of Joes that emerged from hiding were in fact from an alternate world themselves."

At that moment, Shipwreck, Scarlet, and Zartan were led into the room. There were some awkward stares.

"And there's some more proof." Steeler said softly. "Three faces I never thought I'd see again."

"You two were never confirmed dead." Baroness said, pointing to Scarlet and Shipwreck. "But you, I killed you myself."

Zartan smirked.

"Are you a good guy in their world?" Steeler demanded.

"It's a bit more complicated than that where we're from." Billy told him.


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