Dame Oreo lay unmoving on the ground, smashed to soggy bits. Hydrox was slumped against the stone wall, clutching his middle to keep his innards from leaking out. Even the endless ranks of the Ahoy family were depleted.
"You are the last, Charles," said the Lady, trailing her sharp little fingers along his cheek. "Yet you're so soft."
He stiffened. "Don't call me that."
The Lady hissed and struck, only to rebound in shock, clutching her hand and its shattered claws.
"I had to change the recipe," Charles said. Servos hummed as he lifted his fists. "Call me... Steel Newton."
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