After a few seconds, Bowen could confirm the familiar person was Talyn. For some reason, she was on the phone, then after a minute she headed off the other way.
"Huh?", Bowen wondered. "Where is she going?"
"Alright, little guy.", he was cut off from his thoughts. Bowen turned to see the tanned man talking to him. "We're gonna jack into this here terminal and stop whoever is behind this. Hope you're up to it." Without another word,The man ran to the jack-in ports ahead and got his NetNavi in. "Jack in, Tex. Execute!"
Quickly, Bowen followed suit. "Jack in, Acilnor, power up!" Once he did that, Bowen then turned to the man. "Say, what's your name?"
Meanwhile, once Acilnor descended, he quickly saw the cowboy NetNavi beside him. Immediately, he turned to him with a hostile look and said, "Before you say anything, let me make this clear to you. I'm not letting you ride me. Ever. And I'm not gonna let anypony use me as their item carrier." A second later, he said, "Pardon my programming."
B—A—T—?—B—A—T—?—B—A—T—? (Bowen, Acilnor, Tex, Tex's NetOp)
Back in the flotation program's location...
As Eppal's viruses began to clash with SplashWoman's, Eppal (who evaded the AquaTower) was now in a swordfight with Ferb, who had managed to quickly recover from Eppal's buck, while GrenadeMan was helping the mermaid NetNavi's viruses. In their duel, the two swordfighters got their blades locked on one another and the two began to struggle.
As they did so, SplashWoman remembered the directive. "Oh, how could I have forgotten? We're supposed to deactivate the program."
"I was afraid you were gonna say that.", sighed Sonara, her pacifism kicking in.
"No worries.", the mermaid NetNavi whispered. "I know how to render Mr. Progs unresponsive without deleting them." She then proceeded to aim her trident's prongs at the flotation program's head, then zapped it. The Mr. Prog then fell limp and fell to the cyber-floor.
Around the same time, the sword-lock came to an end; Ferb shattered the Eppal's orange blade, then delivered a kick at him, shoving the equine NetNavi a bit, but not as far as when Eppal bucked Ferb as he was pushed near a gap of water. Flynn then downloaded a Recovery chip on him, restoring his health.
"Ha! Your Sword's shattered!", Ferb bantered, then let out a gasp as something happened to Eppal's Sword. "What?!" What was left of the blade began to glow and reform until it was as good as new.
A screen then came up next to Eppal, revealing a buff carrot-top dude in a red plaid polo. "Surprised?", he asked in a manly voice as he loaded more virus-summoning BattleChips. Technically, they weren't, but Earth-class Pony model NetNavis have a programming that summons viruses in place of 'creating' the weapon on the NetNavi's person. "The Carrot Sword is capable of regeneration, but it loses that property if somebody other than an Earth-class like Eppal here takes it."
"If there's one thing that bothers me, it's that every single Pony model NetNavi the URL has faced proves to be more challenging than any other NetNavi.", groaned Flynn as he switched between operating Ferb and GrenadeMan. "What do those cute horses have that all the others don't?"
"Flash Bomb!", GrenadeMan yelled out as he launched his signature weapon on a few Swordys. A Spikey moved up form behind him to attack, but he backhanded it away. The bomber NetNavi was also capable of close-quarters combat and preferred that second to launching bombs. "I love this job!"
"Now that the program's taken care of, perhaps we can leave now?", Sonara whispered to Flynn.
"Not until we put down this pony.", Flynn replied. "These NetNavis have a lot of surprises up their...well, I can't say sleeves, but for all we know Eppal here might have something that can negate what you did on the flotation program."
"And we can't have that, can we?"
"I'll take it from here." Sonara turned to her PET. "SplashWoman, get in there."
"On it!", said the mermaid NetNavi turned her legs into a tail again and charged—as Ferb jumped back—right for Eppal, who turned around and positioned himself to deliver a buck at her. At the last moment, SplashWoman spun out of the way, Eppal missing her by a few virtual centimeters. After completely bypassing the Earth-class, SplashWoman turned around and slashed at Eppal with her trident. The Earth-class groaned in pain from the hit as he saw the mermaid NetNavi gave a smirk of triumph, then swung his Carrot Sword at SplashWoman, who parried with her trident.
"Bee Arrow Battlechip, In!", said Eppal's NetOp as he put the chip in. In front of him, a few EleHornets appeared and started to go after SplashWoman. The mermaid NetNavi quickly dove into the water, and the EleHornets did not follow, turning their attention to her Shrimpys and Larks. As SplashWoman fled, Eppal then saw GrenadeMan run straight for him. "Bound Note Battlechip, In!" Right above GrenadeMan appeared a Melody virus, which then pounced on him, knocking him to the ground and pouncing on him a few times before hopping away and getting deleted by a Lark's Wide Shot attack.
"That felt good!", groaned GrenadeMan from the attack. Just then, Ferb rushed in from the side on a Fishy virus, his NetOp having used a Dash Condor BattleChip, and with a Break Hammer in hand.
"Curse Shield BattleChip, In!" A Dominerd virus appeared in Ferb's way as the HeelNavi swung the Hammer, deleting the virus. "Applebuck BattleChip, In!"
"Applebuck?", Sonara gasped as Eppal hind legs glowed orange and were reared up.
"Applebuck?", chorused everyone else.
"I haven't heard of that BattleChip."
"You wouldn't know, because it's exclusive to Pony model NetNavis.", replied Eppal's NetOp as the equine NetNavi bucked Ferb, sending him and his Fishy flying, the latter of which was deleted.
"Can't...continue...", Ferb groaned as his body converted into a couple of horizontally arranged blocky words "LOG OUT", then disappeared.
"Damn!", cussed Flynn as he realized that Ferb was in no condition to fight. On the other hand, it left him free to operate GrenadeMan fully, who at that point managed to eliminate Eppal's viruses, although SplashWoman's viruses were gone as well.
The bomber NetNavi turned to Eppal, taking out a Flash Bomb. "Let's finish this!", he said.
"With pleasure!", replied Eppal as he charged, Carrot Sword still on hand. GrenadeMan hurled the bomb, but it was dodged and the equine NetNavi delivered a slash. However, it was stopped as the bomber NetNavi did a bare-handed blade block.