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This is a six-year work in progress started in high school with my good friend Marc after the release of the first Mortal Kombat movie. We thought the movie so good, it needed a sequel that would be just as good (too bad someone else didn't think so) and so we analyzed the mythology behind the games and came up with a bunch of rough ideas that eventually evolved into this here story.


Disclaimer: T'aint mine: the characters and basic plot from the games belong to Ed Boon and Midway as well as New Line Cinema and all those folks who worked to make the most excellent movie Mortal Kombat. The only thing I own is what the characters do­because who else would come up with this whacky stuff, hmmm?

Mortal Kombat II

The sun shining and the air crisp with the promise of a new future, the four warriors stepped through Rayden's portal and reentered the Earth realm.

Smiling brightly at the Shaolin children running and cheering around them, they walked arm in arm toward the god of thunder.

Arms outstretched, he greeted them with a large grin. "I've been waiting for you, what took you so long?"

Liu Kang looked to Kitana, the Outworld princess, before replying. "I guess you knew it would end this way, didn't you?"

Rayden feigned a confused look, answering, "Didn't have a clue." He then put his arm around Sonya Blade and squeezed her and Liu to him. "You humans are so unpredictable."

Johnny Cage slipped his arm around Sonya's back as they turned toward the Temple. She smiled at him in response.

"I've got to tell ya, you guys were great." Rayden said, his words light just as the sky suddenly grew dark.

Somewhere, a voice rumbled, a harsh whisper of distant thunder commanding "bow to me."

Liu turned to Rayden, "What is it?"

"The emperor," Rayden answered, dread in the god's eyes.

The ground shook and the main tower of the Temple shattered, sending chunks of rock raining over the celebrating children.

Above the wreckage appeared the ghostly image of Shao Kahn. "You weak, pathetic fools, I've come for your souls."

"I don't think so," Rayden replied crouching into a fighting stance along with Sonya, Johnny, Liu and Kitana.

"How touching," Shao Kahn laughed mockingly. "You lower yourself to their level, Lord Rayden."

"You have been beaten, Emperor. Go back to Outworld and leave this realm alone." Rayden said, lightning flashing in his eyes as he addressed the immortal.

"You cannot protect them forever, Rayden. These puny mortals will be mine." Kahn replied, the ground shaking as his voice roared. "I will see their bodies strewn at my feet-and you on your knees before me."

Just as suddenly as it had appeared, the Emperor's image vanished.

"Boy, sore loser, huh?" Johnny Cage commented as he looked around to be sure the coast was clear.

"He is certainly not pleased with his loss," Rayden replied.

Kitana turned to Rayden. "He will not stop until the Earth realm is his."

Rayden nodded sadly. "I know. He is no doubt plotting something, but without his sorcerer I don't know what he hopes to accomplish. Shao Kahn is powerful, but without Shang Tsung he cannot properly channel it."

Liu Kang looked anxious. "So what does that mean?"

"It means we should be wary, but until that time we should continue with the party." Rayden said, snapping his fingers as the grounds of the Shaolin sanctuary were restored and music once again filled the air.