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Despite some confusion about the deadline, all of our contestants managed to turn in their entries for once! Good job, everybody! Our theme this time around was "A New Beginning". Without any further ado, here are the results of the contest:

Third Place

OV9's Entry
This story takes place in another timeline branched from the main timeline. Ben, now 16-years-old, has not received his Omnitrix when he was 10-years-old. This Ben was quite lonely and has no friends.

One night, Ben was walking on a sidewalk when he saw a shooting star falling from the sky and it went towards Bellwood Hill.

Ben: “What the heck is that? Great! I am talking to myself again. Wish I had some friends.”

Ben went to check out the site where the star fell. To his surprise, it wasn’t a shooting star. It was a kind of sphere-shaped pod.

Ben: “What the heck? What is that? It looks alien to me.”

The pod opened up and Ben saw a small cylinder-shaped object. The cylinder’s height was very, very, very short. Almost as if it’s a disk. On one end of the disk had a particular symbol on it. The symbol had two pointy triangles and their pointy sides were facing each other. The remaining part was pure white. The other end was just a green surface.

Ben: “Whoa! What is this?”

Ben went back home with the alien artifact. He went to the storage room.

Ben: “Where is it? It was right here. Found it!”

Ben took an old watch which he broke when he was 4-years-old. The strap was there but the circular thingy in the centre was completely broken. Ben, using his mechanical skills [This Ben is a clever Ben, unlike the original Ben], fixed the disc into the circular centre. When that happened, the whole watch transformed right in front of Ben’s eyes. The watch was completely upgraded. The strap completely turned white.

Ben: “Whoa!”

Ben, out of curiosity, touched the surface of the disk. The disk projected out and showed an icon of a four-armed guy.

Ben: “Cool! What would happen if I do this?”

Ben slammed the projected disk and he was covered in a green flash. The scene ends there with the whole room covered in a green light.

And Ben transforms to none other than Four Arms. And that’s the story of how another Ben found another Omnitrix in different and unique way. After that I don’t know what happens. He might become famous and make the whole world his friends.

[This Ben is a clever Ben, unlike the original Ben]

And unlike whoever thought including that sentence was a good idea.

He might become famous and make the whole world his friends.

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Anyways, this entry isn't very good. Pretty much every sentence is awkward in some way, it doesn't go much of anywhere, and the random meta narration is off putting.

Second Place

Primal's Entry
People were running all over the place, as loud "boom" sounds were heard. Debris started to fall from the sky, pelting the innocent citizens. Orange flames covered the streets, as cars smashed into each other.

"Mommy!" a boy cried. He was on his knees, holding his small hand out to a women. A building towered over the two, as it neared them.

"It'll be okay," the mother said, grabbing onto the boy's waist and hauling him over her shoulders. The mother ran away from the building, tripping on a piece of debris.

The boy's sight became white, as he heard a "boom" and flames roaring.

It was the beginning of the end.

This entry is okay, but overall not too memorable. It's very short, and while I get what it's going for, it's not particularly gripping. Okay, the world is ending. So what? It feels like it cuts off right before the story actually starts.

First Place

Brandon's Entry
A New Beginning is the first episode of the series, Ben 10: Legends of the Universe.==Plot==

This episode begins in outer space, showing a view of the Earth as it slowly spins.

Ben, narrating: A while ago. (slight chuckle) Okay. A long while ago- I was just a kid. I had an ordinary life like the rest of you. But then something changed.

A meteor is seen approaching the Earth. The view closes in on it, showing that it is actually a pod. On the surface, a camp site is seen by a forest which the meteor crashes into it. The scene cuts over to the forest where a crater is now seen which a kid standing inside it, looking down at the pod as it opens.

Ben, narrating: An alien device had landed right in front of me and gave me powers that I could only dream of.

The Omnitrix appears within the pod and launches out, covering the view and throwing it into darkness.

Ben, narrating: It opened my world! Took me to new places-

The scene transitions to Mount Rushmore with the Rustbucket parked close by.

Ben, narrating: Showed me new people-

The scene transitions to a young Ben and Gwen having fun with a young Cooper in the Rustbucket with Max looking at them from the driver's seat.

Ben, narrating: And had me face new threats...

The scene transitions to Ben facing off against Vilgax in his ship before returning a dark screen again.

Ben, narrating: There was the war.

The scene shows Ben facing off against the Highbreed.

Ben, narrating: And there was the battle.

The scene now shows Ultimate Swampfire against Vilgax, in his true form.

Ben, narrating: I have fought against those with absolute power-

The scene now shows Ultimate Echo Echo against Ultimate Kevin.

Ben, narrating: And the ultimate enemy.

The scene now shows Ben facing off against Diagon in his suit of armor while wielding the Ascalon. The scene fades into darkness once again.

Ben, narrating: And now it's the end. The end of an era as a new dawn approaches.

Ben is slowly seen approaching as light enters the area.

Ben, narrating: And with that new dawn, we'll be better together. We'll be heroes like never before.

Ben then stops and stands in front of what seems to be an entrance as light from the outside comes in completely, making everything well seen.

Ben: We'll be legends.

Gwen, unseen: I was there too, you know. You don't have to narrate everything from here on out.

Ben turns his head and sees Gwen right behind him, walking up a ramp into the area. She's wearing a light blue back pack with a cat pin attached to it.

Ben: Sorry, I can't help it. I'm just excited.

Gwen: You're always excited. Maybe you can try being a little less excited this time around, huh?

Ben: I've been wanting to go on this trip for a while now, Gwen. But you had to finish college and I had to finish saving the world...

Gwen: That implies that you're done with saving the world to begin with.

Ben: Rook can handle it from where I left off. Besides, when we get back, I'll just instant kick their butts anyways.

Gwen: (sighs) You haven't changed, Ben.

Gwen moves ahead while Ben looks at her go. He then smiles and turns to look outside through the entrance. The scene then cuts to the outside where it is shown that they are inside of a spaceship parked on a platform just outside of a new Plumbers facility.

Ben 10: Legends of the Universe

After the titles, Ben is seen walking over to the controls while Gwen is already seated, searching her bag for something.

Ben, turning to Gwen: Whatcha looking for?

Gwen: My spellbook.

Ben: You still need that thing?

Gwen: Not really but it is a good read for trips.

Ben: Whatever you say. I can hardly make out anything on those pages.

Gwen, still searching: Ugh! I still can't find it. I hope I didn't leave it behind at- (stops herself)

Ben: Gwen?

Gwen, looking away: It's nothing, Ben.

Ben gets away from the controls and sits a seat next to Gwen.

Ben: I'm here if you want to talk.

Gwen sighs then looks at him.

Gwen: I might have left it at Kevin's place.

Ben: So? We can get it and come back before-

Gwen: You don't understand, Ben. Kevin and I aren't seeing each other anymore.

Ben: What? Why not?

Gwen: I don't know. We're just going through stuff. It's not his fault but uh- things just weren't working out.

Ben: Why didn't you tell me anything?

Gwen: Ben, I love you. We're family but this is was my business. Besides, you were doing your own thing and I was doing mine.

Ben: I'm also your friend, Gwen. I'm here for you, no matter what's going on.

Gwen: Are you?

Ben: What's that supposed to mean?

Gwen: You weren't there for Grandpa Max when he needed you.

Ben, getting up: I don't want to talk about it, Gwen!

Gwen: You just said you were going to be there for me! I want to talk, Ben. We need to talk.

Ben exhales and sits back down.

Gwen: Why weren't you there for him?

Ben: I just couldn't be there, Gwen. I couldn't stand to see him like that. I looked up to Grandpa Max. We all did. He was always there for us. But how many times have we seen something happen to him? When he blew himself up to stop the Highbreed or when his nervous system was damaged by Aggregor?

Gwen: And he always gets up from those, Ben.

Ben: Not this. Nothing like this.

Gwen: You don't know that.

Ben: You're right. I don't. I've even been to the future. I've seen him alive and well. But after the Time War, I guess anything is on the table. Looking at him now, I just don't know how to cope with that.

Gwen: Is that why you want to leave so badly? Even after I said no the first time around?

Ben: I guess.

Gwen: He collapsed, Ben. He's getting older, it's going to happen.

Ben: I just thought that after all I went through, I would at least get a break. See the universe that we're protecting. But it just feels like we're slipping back into the same problems. Maybe even worse.

Gwen: He's going to be okay.

Ben: Are you sure?

Gwen: No. But we have to have faith, Ben. And not dwell on the past or even the future. This is about now and how we'll be better. How things will get better.

Ben: You're right... Thanks, Gwen.

Gwen: Sure thing, cous.

Ben: The door's still open, in case you change your mind.

Gwen: If you're going, I'm going. We both could use a trip, start something new.

Ben: A New Beginning.

Gwen: Yeah.

They both smile. The scene then cuts over to the outside of the ship which is seen lifting off from the platform. Inside, Ben is seen seated at the controls while Gwen is now seated in the co-pilot chair.

Gwen: You sure you know how to fly this thing?

Ben: Yeah... Maybe.

Gwen: Oh boy.

Ben: Relax, I had plenty experience from Sumo Slammers: Space Wars.

Ben pulls the throttle down and the ship blasts forwards into the sky, away from the platform at high speeds. From space, the Earth can seen as the ship flies out of its atmosphere and wraps to lightspeed. On board the ship, the shaking of the ship stablizes and the two start to relax. Gwen ungrips the arm rests of her seat.

Gwen: Maybe I should drive next time.

Ben: Last time I checked, I got my liscene before you.

Gwen: Whatever.

She looks outside the main windows, seeing a vortex of light energy transcending around them.

Gwen: Where are we heading to anyways?

Ben: I was thinking about checking out some of the new planets that the Plumbers recently discovered.

Gwen: Aren't some of those planets hostile?

Ben: Yeah but we won't get too close.

Gwen: Famous last words?

A portal then forms and the spaceship exits through it before it closes. The ship now flies towards two planets; one being a medium-sized, green planet while the other is a large, red planet. On the ship, an image of the green planet appears on a screen among the controls, giving various stats and information about the planet next to it.

Ben: Andromus, peaceful planet with a lot of vegetation and some cool views. This should make a nice camping spot.

Gwen: What? Like when you got the Omnitrix?

Ben: Except with less robots and more marshmellows. Anything than whatever Grandpa Max would make.

They laugh for a moment.

Gwen: He would have loved this.

Ben: Yeah... He would have.

The ship then rocks suddenly as if something had impacted with it. Ben turns to the controls which are flashing with an alarm.

Gwen: What was that?

Ben: I don't know. (looks out the windows) But something tells me it's not good.

The view then shows an armada of starships firing at the ship. Both Ben and Gwen look out in surprise.

Gwen: Ben, what did you do?

Ben: Me? I didn't do anything.

Gwen: Didn't I say one of those planets was hostile? We're probably outside of the neutral zone or something.

Ben: We're fine. It's them that are stepping out of their boundaries.

The ship shakes again as it gets hit once more. The engines are now seen sparking up and the ship starts gaining speed as it approaches the planet below.

Ben, trying to access the controls: They must have damaged the navigation controls.

Gwen: We're going to crash?!

Ben: Hang on to something!

The ship is then seen crashing onto the planet's surface. The scene then cuts to later where the ship is in a crater with smoke emitting from its engines. On board, the controls are seen sparking up from time to time with wires hanging down from the ceiling. The main window is broken with a trail of knocked over trees and pushed aside dirt leading to a multi-colored sphere made out of cube-like shapes. The cubes then start to unform from each other and reshape into a gorilla-like alien, standing over Gwen who is holding her head.

Bloxx: You alright?

Gwen: Fine. I just don't remember crashing to be that bad.

Bloxx: You obviously haven't been in many crashes.

Gwen: Where are we?

Bloxx: Looks like the planet surface. In a jungle or something.

Gwen looks at the ship, in dire need of repair.

Gwen: Looks like we're stuck here for a while.

Bloxx: I'll call the Plumbers. They should be able to give us a ride and settle whatever the heck is going on here.

Bloxx taps and holds the Omnitrix symbol on his chest. When he releases, a green ring appears on the symbol.

Omnitrix, in Ben's voice: Please say a command.

Bloxx: Contact the Plumbers.

Omnitrix, in Ben's voice: I'm sorry, Ben, but I'm afraid I am unable to do that.

Bloxx: What do you mean?

Omnitrix, in Ben's voice: There appears to be something blocking my signal from reaching the Plumbers. Would you like to keep trying?

Bloxx: Yeah. You do that.

Omnitrix, in Ben's Voice: I will let you know when I am able to contact the Plumbers. Is that all?

Bloxx: Yes.

The green ring then fades and Bloxx transforms back into Ben.

Ben: I blame Azmuth's dumb upgrade to the Omnitrix. I'm pretty sure my smartphone can get a better reception than the Omnitrix.

Gwen: I don't know, Ben. There's something going on here. I can sense it.

Gwen turns around and raises her hands up. Her eyes glowing pink. Ben walks around her and looks at her face while he remains that way.

Ben, folding his arms, mockingly: Okay, Gwen, what do your Anodite eyes see?

Gwen: Someone. Approaching.

The forest then shakes. Gwen's eyes flicker to normal as she and Ben both turn and see a large robot approaching them through the dense jungle.

Ben: So much for no robots...

The robot continues approaching. Gwen's hands light up with mana energy.

Gwen: Ready?

Ben: Oh yeah.

Ben activates the Omnitrix once again and looks up at the approaching robot.

Ben: It's Hero Time!

He slaps it down and a green flash overcomes the screen.

Credits

Aside from just plain having the most effort put into it, this entry is written mostly competently and comes together as an actual story with a bit of an interest factor as well as just plain fitting the theme. I'd probably read this series if it ever came out. Nice job, Brandon.

Closing

Congratulations to Brandon, and thank you to everyone else you participated! Brandon will receive a special Medal on his userpage for winning the contest shortly. Thank you all for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of Fanon Con!

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