Preamble: Atom Ant's 1965 series only had one season's worth of episodes, replayed on and off over three seasons, and Atom was last seen in a 1-shot comic book story published by Archie Comics in 1995. So what has happened to the Atomic Insect since? That is the basis for our story.......... Setting: September 1999. Location: A secret military installation in Arizona. Chapter 1: General Ernest Powers had told his secretary, Ellen, to hold his calls while he was in a conference, but "if the President should call, I will certainly take that one." While it seemed as though General Powers was in on a conference call, he wasn't. In truth, his only visitor was Atom Ant, the atomic superhero who was carrying on a long tradition that had stretched all the way back to the 60's. This was the fourth Atom, whose powers were passed on from one generation to the next every ten years. Unfortunately, for this Atom, he is the last of his line. The original had succumbed to old age 30 years earlier, but not before he'd gotten married and began the line of succession. "Sad to say, General, duty has been my bride all this time.", he said, "I have not been able to find a suitable mate to continue the bloodline." "That would mean that you might be able to carry into the new century,", Powers replied. "The longer you remain, the better your chances." At that moment, the General's daughter, Alison, a sexy, leggy blonde fresh from college, had arrived at the base to keep a lunch date with her father. At the same time, unbeknownst to Atom or the General, another visitor arrived on the base, but with bad intentions in mind. Later that afternoon, General Powers supervised the testing of a ICBM missile intended for national security use. Suddenly, the missile headed straight for the lab, veering far, far off course. "Atom?", Alison asked. "Can you stop the missile?" "I can, and I will!", Atom replied, gliding into the air. "Up and At'em, Atom Ant!" Seconds later, the amazing insect rocketed toward the missile, and fitted his tiny body inside. He corrected the wires, which had been scrambled by a saboteur of some kind, and directed the missile back toward its target. However, it was moving with such speed, that Atom couldn't get out in time. The missile reached its target, and the impact brought a horrific explosion. General Powers & Alison raced to the scene of the crash, and found Atom sprawled on the desert sand, half conscious, his helmet damaged. Alison cradled Atom in her hands. "Oooh, Atom! Please don't die!", she pleaded. "It's....all....over for me.", Atom said, slowly. Seconds later, he died. No one noticed at the time, but Atom had been emitting a glow ever since he had escaped the missile. Atom Ant was laid to rest the next day. Alison was sobbing uncontrollably through the service. Returning to her home, she discovered that she, too, was glowing. What if.....Atom had been irradiated with radiation? By touching him, Alison now was also infected. Suddenly, she began to wobble, and finally collapsed on the floor. 2 hours later, General Powers found his daughter lying unconscious, and called for an ambulance. ====================================================================== Is this how it all ends for Atom Ant? Of course not! In chapter 2, Atom is, in fact, reborn, just as the title implies!