The heroes arrived back home with no time having had passed. In fact they saw the after-image of their earlier selves vanishing.
The Master Plotter looked shocked as the heroes arrive. “Impossible! You should have been gone for years! Maybe even forever! Well, one more blast and..”
But a force struck him from behind before he could act, rendering him unconscious. In was the Missile!
“Hi guys! Some alien imposter replaced me and sent me to the Shadow Zone. I could see that I was replaced by some grim and gritty alien imposter from the planet Imposto, but I couldn’t escape until the Blazer was sent there too and replaced. Using his energies he got us out of there.”
Wallbreaker and Token Women couldn’t help smirking. O’Canada sighed. “Okay, maybe you two do have a point about all the returns.”
“It’s not such a bad thing in some ways not being able to die,” said Wallbreaker. “The Glowing Man probably would have killed us years ago by accident otherwise.”
Even the Glowing Man had to laugh at that.
“See you guys,” said Helltrotter. “I have a lot of things to catch up on. No time to horse around.” He galloped away.
Meerlim’s voice appeared in all their heads. “Well done heroes! You have recovered all the pieces of the rod and thwarted the Master Plotter. Now you can go back to doing what you do best.”
Wallbreaker and Token Woman looked at each other. “I don’t know,” said Token Woman. “I don’t think I can. Here I’m just a member of a team where I’m just some, well, token woman. A team that doesn’t need me because no one really dies. I think I can actually make more of a difference on the world we just came from.”
“That can be granted,” said Meerlim.
O’Canada said, “I’m sure the Groovy Guys will miss you. I know the Impossible Five certainly will.”
Token Woman said, “Thank you, my friend. But at the risk of leaving your team short-handed, I hope that one of you I won’t have to miss. I’m an independent gal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate good company.”
Everyone turned to look at Wallbreaker as he thought it over. Crack Heroine said, “Hey, a hot gal gives you an invite like that, there’s only one right answer. Don’t be a chump.”
“Wallbreaker said, “I… I loved working with you guys. Rita, if things had been different maybe…”
Rita smiled sadly and nodded.
Wallbreaker continued, “…but I’ve always felt I was missing something. This feels right. I’d regret not doing this. I can do so much more in a world where people are in real danger, where we can truly maybe a difference. And… Crack Heroine, you’re not wrong. It’s also about a good woman.”
Token Woman smiled. Crack Heroine replied, “You have chosen wisely, grasshopper.”
Wallbreaker said, “O’Canada, I’d like to nominate the real Missile as my replacement, if he wants.”
The Missile said, “:I don’t know quite what’s going on, but if you’re leaving the team, I want in, you bet!”
O’Canada saluted them. Wallbreaker and Token Women said, “We’re ready” almost simultaneously... and then found themselves outside the entrance to a large apartment complex in Victoria, where a stabbing was about to occur.
“Let’s do it,” said Wallbreaker.
“On it!” Token Woman replied.
And so ends the adventures of the Impossible Five. If you want to read about Wallbreaker and Token Woman’s adventures on this more realistic world (or for that matter, if you don’t), please let me know.