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  1. "..." Ungyou was standing at the opposite end of the man-cave, stirring a pot of his world famous chili™. Billy's cigarette hung from his mouth as he lay on the couch, staring at a blank television screen. The ash from is hitting the freshly cleaned carpet that Ungyou painstakingly worked on the past two days. Gedomaru blinked at the God who looked completely burned out, but you couldn't tell because of his sunglasses. "This isn't like you at all. Did that posh asshole really beat you that bad?" Gedomaru was there to drag Billy through Hell the previous day. His body was mangled, his energy nearly drained, and he was in constant pain. Billy raised his hand and took the cigarette out of his mouth and blew a small cloud of smoke from it. "I'm stuck down here, utterly defeated. My brother had his entire Altana force sucked from him. Suave is all alone. I doubt Pops is gonna do anything, stuck up asshole. Making US do everything. What the hell can I even complain about, I rebelled against him. Jazz always told me that I was Pop's favorite, but I never believed him. It's whatever, really." Billy flicked the cigarette, landing into an ashtray laying on the coffee table in front of him. Gedomaru sighed as she stood up from the skull throne she built for herself. "Where is Wormy Mommy? You haven't told me or Ungyou-sama anything." Gedo stood over the God as Billy tipped his sunglasses to meet her gaze. "I don't think she's going to be joining us much longer Gedo. She shouldn't have even been in Hell for the first place...but what can you do. Father decides where the dead rest, and I suppose he put her in my hands. I think she's atoned enough, don't you?" Billy tipped his sunglasses back down as Gedomaru looked dejectedly down at the (very clean!) carpet. "But, that doesn't mean she can't come to visit us if we need a 4th Go Fisher." Gedomaru smiled at the God who matched hers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Why is Jackie here? Although I am grateful!" Stephen stood up and dusted off his coat while Enshou laid on the mattress, staring up at the Captain. "So, you're just going to get up and leave after we're both laying on a mattress? You've failed me once again Sweetcheeks." Enshou stood up and walked past Stephen down a tunnel that was past the dragon that Jackie was sparing off with. "Shouldn't we help him?" Stephen asked as a breath of fire hit Jackie's shield. Enshou turned back and shook his head, "Simply a distraction. I know his games all too well. The dragon is a ploy and pseudo final boss before the actual giant big boss, the dragon's owner, fights us." Enshou said, clicking FLTBC on like a light bulb to see down the dark tunnel. She giggled as her hair glowed. Stephen looked back with worry, but decided it was best to press forward. "And what of the crystals the dragon was guarding?" Stephen asked. Enshou turned back and narrowed his eyes at the Captain, "I don't need crystals to defeat a loser like BOD. I'm half God, half machine. Nothing can touch m-" but as Enshou spoke he was knocked to the ground by a loose rock falling from the ceiling, followed by a posh laughter. Jackie's sword broke as the dragon roared with a mighty voice. The Joui rebel dropped his shield and put his fists up, "I guess I'm going to have to take you down the old fashioned way." the dragon flew into the cave Jackie had emerged from and stared blankly at him. Jackie started to hit the Jebby Dragon with a floury of punches, each one leaving an indent on the face of the Jebby Dragon. The dragon roared as Jackie charged up his fist and hit a huge uppercut, sending the dragon through the roof of the cave. He looked as his glowing fist and jumped up to meet the dragon in mid-air, spending it spiraling down into its own crystal hoard with a massive axe-kick. Jackie landed with grace and saw as the dragon stirred in the green and purple dust. He noticed that the crystals had reverted into liquid and seeped into the ground. He raised an eyebrow as the dragon flew up and knocked Jackie back into the cave with a whip of its tail. Jackie struggled to his feet as the dragon stumbled into the cave. Jackie charged up his legs and hit consecutive blows to the dragon's stomach, and eventually, the dragon collapsed after a huge round house kick to the head popped one of its eyes out. Jackie bowed as the dragon laid their, but looked up to see Jebediah with a blonde wig standing in its place. "Congratulations! My, you certainly put up a great fight against Jebby the Dragon! Well, here I am! The daughter of the Elderly Man! Ooo~ Thank you brave traveler!" Jebediah extended his hand and booped Jackie on the nose. In an instant, Jackie had completely been incinerated, nothing but a cloud of red mist fell to the murky cave floor. Jebediah straightened his cravat humming along to the Overture. He looked down at the now empty crystal pile as it stocked back up. "My oh my, it seems the adventures left the treasure hidden by the great Jebby Dragon behind! What a shame, they could have really used that. No worries, it's only a side quest. They're heading straight for the main quest." Jebediah snapped his fingers and vanished from the cave. Enshou had picked himself up at this point, the three continuing adventures not knowing the fate of the Joui fighter. "This cave system seems endless! I just hope the other 3 are okay." Stephen said, feeling around the walls as they walked. Enshou shot daggers at his Captain, "Oh, and who are these THEY?!" Enshou said with emphasis. "Well, I came in with Umibozu, Heiji, and Oboro, Sir." Stephen remarked. Enshou reeled back, "Yuck, bunch of old weirdos. Not that you're an old weirdo Captain, but you just can't trust them. Or, I can't trust you with someone as rich as the bird brain. He might try and sweep you away from my crew with his stack of greenbacks." Enshou said. "Aren't you more rich than him, Sir?" Stephen asked. Enshou chuckled, "BUT OF COURSE! I do rule an entire planet." Enshou said. "Co-rule!" FLTBC chimed in. Enshou pulled her hair and turned her light off. The three stumbled along until the tunnel opened up to a cliff side view of a large castle with dazzling lights and fireworks going off. Their concentration was broken by an old man walking towards them. "Lord George! Uhm...well I can explain..." Stephen said fumbling his words, "Greetings again young travelers! Thank you again for rescuing my daughter!" Stephen looked confused, but Enshou stepped in, "We glitched his game and skipped past the part about saving this old cahoot's daughter. I've speedrunned this RPG dozens of times." Enshou said, patting the Old Man on the shoulder. The old man grabbed Enshou's hand and twisted it. "GAAAAAAAHHHHHHH SAVE ME SWEETCHEEKS, HIS OLD MAN STRENGTH IS TOO MUCH!" Stephen separated the two rather easily, Enshou hissing at the old man. "That castle right there! Lord Montagu, the owner of the giant crystal hoarding dragon sits upon the throne of the Castle of Jebedius! From all of us in poverty in the small village past the caves, we wish of you travelers to topple the Great Montagu! He! Is the only one who stands in the way of our village flourishing and thriving! Please, won't you help this elderly man again and defeat the Lord?" Enshou slapped the old man as hard as he could, sending the elderly man tumbling down the cliff. "What the hell was that for Sir?!" Enshou looked at the Captain, "He's not real, he's just an NPC inside this big idiot's subconscious. Come on, let's end this charade." Enshou marched forward towards the castle with Stephen and FLTBC following closely behind him. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "This...this just isn't enough power Roberta!" Suave was panting as he played his sax to near exhaustion. Roberta frowned at the Dream Catcher, it was glowing, but it had not yet grown to the full potential she wanted. Suave sat down with the angels all patting him on the back, wishing him a job well done for all he could do. "If Big Brother Jazzy was still here..." Suave wiped his face with his hand at the thought of his brother, who was sitting on Earth in a fishbowl within Yuka's bedroom. Their Father had snapped him back to the realm of the living, where he would remain. Roberta looked down at Suave, "Well, why don't you ask Billy to come up here?" Suave looked up at her and took his sunglasses off, "Father would not allow that, not after what he did last time." Suave countered. Roberta crossed her arms, "Well, then I'll just have to give your Father a little talking of my own." Roberta began to storm in the direction where the two came from last. "Roberta, wait!" Suave yelled, getting up and running to try and catch up with her. Roberta demanded two of the angel guards to open up Cthulu's Chamber, where she began to steadfast her way towards the Elder God. Cthulu sat there in concentration, barely making notice of Roberta who walked right up to him, "Listen, we need your son to come up here to Heaven. We need to Altana to fuel the rest of this Dream Catcher, no matter the size. As long as we can get Green Altana then we can fuel it." Roberta yelled at Cthulu. Cthulu answered back with a small, yet loud growling sound. "He's changed since that incident years ago...he's a good man." "He's like family to me. Billy has taken care of me for years, allowing me to atone for what I've done and change how I walked the Earth. And even when I failed for the 3rd time, he still welcomed me with open arms like a big brother. He...he even risked his life to save Jazzy and Suave's. He's a hero. Even if you do not forgive what he did, he's someone I look up to. No matter how brash he is, or how loud he can get. He's someone who too, deserves more than one chance. Isn't that why you casted him to Hell, instead of erasing him from existence?" Roberta held up the Dream Catcher, which Cthulu was staring at, though you could not tell through his face tentacles. "If he can just come here for even a few minutes..." But Roberta was cut off by the Elder God sitting up from his position. Suave was peeping in from the doorway, and was shocked to see his Father standing up. Cthulu made two strides in Roberta's direction and extended his right hand, and eventually his index finger. His claw was twice as big as Roberta's entire body, but she didn't feel threatened in that moment. It was different, it was a feeling of understanding. As if, she passed his challenge. The Elder God placed his claw on top of the Dream Catcher in her hand. She felt an enormous amount of energy flow from the claw into the Dream Catcher, the purple and green mixing into a dull grey. The Dream Catcher was radiating as she looked up at Cthulu. The God sat back down in his seat and nodded. Roberta bowed her head and walked out of his room, showing Suave the Dream Catcher on her way out. "I've never seen so much raw energy before..." Suave noted, looking at the Dream Catcher. Roberta smiled, "I think it's time I show Jebby why he should have killed me back on Oukoku. Suave, let's go into his consciousness." Suave looked concerned, "But...that would mean I would have to undo the seal..." Roberta smiled and put her hand on Suave's shoulder. "It will be fine, I think he's a little pre-occupied at the moment to even notice. He's stuck in his own head, playing a game he can never win. It's time I pay him back for what he did to Yuka, and everyone else he's harmed. It's now or never Suave. Let's do the right thing." Suave gulped as he began to play the notes on his saxophone to begin ripping the seal from Jebediah's door, and also building a stairway from Heaven towards Earth. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Ketsuno Ana here! We're on location of the Final 4 immunity challenge as we speak! We've flown our contestants out of the snowy hellscape and smack dab in the fighting that has erupted in Edo! Their challenge this week is to reach Edo Castle and reach the throne room! We have reports that the Shinra have taken control...though the news is still murky! Be careful down there contestants!" Ketsuno Ana flew away in a helicopter while the 4 contestants stood at the front of the castle looking up at it, while it was completely engulfed in flames. "I'VE NEVER FOUGHT ANYONE IN MY WHOLE LIFE!" FDL yelled. The other three contestants smiled and nodded at each other as they rushed towards the castle gates with their swords/staff ready to attack any enemy they came across. "I've got to see my Honey. Immunity is nice, but I know he's somewhere in this castle." Shinsuke said in a confessional. The confessional cut to FDL in a different location, "Okay, this challenge just isn't fair! I am not trained in combat like those 3! I'm just some city girl working a desk job!" FDL said, crossing her arms. The scene cut to Pirako and Shinsuke slashing away with their swords at the various Shinra that were attacking them, while Otae made a be-line for the throne room. However, a ship came crashing into Edo Castle right next to Otae, knocking her off her feet. The ship popped open and Kyuubei was standing on the ramp. "Oh, Kyuu-chan! Can you help me up to the throne room?" Kyuubei ran up and squeezed Otae, "Otae-san, my Otae-san radar was off the charts. I just knew you were here. I thought you were still competing in Wurvivor?" Kyuubei asked. Otae struggled from the death grip of her best friend, "Well, I still am! My challenge is to get to the Throne Room, but you know, it's pretty tough with all these bad guys." Otae said. Kyuubei nodded and began to shove her on the ship, "Get on, hurry before the others see you!" but as Kyuubei was shoving Otae on the ship, she heard a loud yell coming from within the ship, "OOOOOOOHHH NO YOU DON'T! THE ONLY CONTESTANT ALLOWED ON THIS SHIP IS SHINNY-BOO! Sorry Boss Lady, but you cannot win today." Katsura picked up Otae and tossed her off the ship, which caused Kyuubei to draw her sword at Katsura. Shinsuke caught up to the commotion, "Honey, what the heck are you doing?" Shinsuke looked confused as he saw Katsura and Kyuubei slapping each other in a slap fight. "GAAAAAAHHHH SHE'S POWERFUL SHINNY!" Katsura gasped as he fell with a thud on the soft carpeted interior of the ship. As the two were cat fighting, Pirako zoomed past the other two contestants, wall jumping up the stairs. However, as she neared the top level, she was grabbed and pulled around a corner, "Hey what gives Bro! Oh!" Pirako noticed who grabbed her, "Pirako-chan, it is far too dangerous to take on those who lie ahead. I am amazed the Oukoku'n made it past them...but they are still guarding the exterior of the room." Jirocho pointed at three men standing next to a pile of Shinra, "Looks like we got ourselves a little gun-slingin!" Bores had spotted the father-daughter duo and shot off a single round that slowly made its way towards them, "GET DOWN PIRAKO-CHAN!" Jirocho shoved her aside and shield her from the on coming bullet which was still a good 5 or 6 meters away from him. "GET DOWN, IT'S GONNA HIT YOU!" Jirocho yelled as Pirako shook her head and began to run head on at the Dofus Trio. "WHAT THE HECK! DO YOU SEE HOW FAST SHE- GUUUH!" Pirako slugged Bores right in the face, knocking him out cold. Takatin reached out to try and grab her, but missed and fell down the entirety of the staircase, crashing through the floor below. Pirako stood there and stared at BH with an evil, red eyed look, which caused him to piss his pants. Pirako gently creeped around the knocked out and slain Shinra, but heard a cry from her father just across the room. She stopped and her face got dark as she realized that he was struck by the slow bullet. "GO AHEAD PIRAKO-CHAN! IT ONLY HIT MY ARM!" he yelled. Pirako rolled her eyes as she flew open the doors to the throne room, and saw Dragonia giving Soutatsu a huge noogie while he was wrapped up in his antenna. "Uhh. I captured the bad guy! Let's get out of here before we burn up!" Dragonia began to book it out of the throne room, while Ketsuno yelled from the helicopter that Pirako had won immunity. Down below, the other contestants waited as Pirako came down with Dragonia. FDL was sitting with Tesunosuke, after he was rescued by his fellow officers. "Yeah, I'm just not that good at fighting, you know? I'm a member of the Shinsengumi, but I'm not as skilled Hijikata-san or Kondou-san. I was watching you play Wurvivor, and you're really kicking butt! After Shimura-niisan got voted off, I'm totally rooting for you!" FDL gave a shy blush and thanked him. Pirako finally made it down with Elizabeth holding Soutatsu captive. Ketsuno swooped down and scooped the contestants up in the helicopter to hold tribal counsel back on the mountain, "Alright! Wow, what an exciting and life threatening challenge! FDL, you didn't participate at all? Are you that confident that you're safe?" Ketsuno asked. "It's not that I didn't want to participate, I just couldn't. I just work behind a desk. These dudes are all samurai, like what the heck. Anyway, not participating made me make a new friend today, so that's pretty cool." FDL said. "Shinsuke and Otae, you two got caught up with some loved ones! Really turned the tide for Pirako to win." Ketsuno said, Pirako butted in first though, "I won because my Pops was there! He took a bullet for me, he's OK though!" Pirako said, eagerly waiting to vote. "Kyuu-chan was really excited to see me so things got crazy, then Katsura-san was all over Shinsuke-san." Ketsuno shot daggers at Shinsuke who just gulped. "I suppose it's time we get to the votes, FDL, you're up!" the contestants all went off to vote. Ketsuno walked back to get the urn and placed it in front of everyone. "Once the votes are read the decision is final, the person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal counsel area immediately. I read the votes. First vote:" "Shinsuke." "FDL" "Shinsuke" 2 votes Shinsuke, 1 vote FDL. One vote left." .... "FDL. We have a tie. We will re-vote. If the votes come up as a tie again, FDL and Shinsuke you two will have to duel in a fire making challenge. So, Otae and Pirako you may recast your votes. Come and get the urn Pirako." Pirako stood up and grabbed the urn. She turned back and winked at Otae who slowly nodded. The two cast their votes and returned. "I'll go read the votes. First vote." "FDL. One vote left. 13th person voted out of Wurvivor Edo- "Front Desk Lady, you need to come bring me your torch." as FDL stood up, Pirako began to roar with laughter, "FINALLY GOT RID OF YOU! MY ARCH-NEMESIS!" Pirako laughed even more while FDL did a Jim look at the camera. "FDL, the tribe has spoken." "It's time for you to go." FDL grabbed her stuff and turned back to the contestants. "Good luck to you Otae, Shinsuke. I'll be rooting for you two." Pirako spat at FDL as she walked away, her giving Pirako the middle finger as she walked away. Ketsuno faced the contestants, "Final 3, you guys only have a few days left before we can crown one of you guys the title of Sole Survivor and the Million Dollar prize. Grab your torches and head back to camp, goodnight." Ketsuno smiled at them as they walked off. An Earthquake began to happen as they were walking back to their camp, but they didn't think anything of it. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Am I dead?" Umibozu was wondering around a familiar place, at a time more simple. He looked at his human hands and sighed. "A dream within someone else's mind, what kind of Inception crap is this." Umibozu kicked around some rocks as he guided himself to some place he didn't know. As if he was being lured somewhere by someone. As he continued to walk, he noticed his arm was morphing back to the metallic prosthetic he came to get used to, and his luscious locks were falling behind him. He couldn't stop to pick up his lost hair, that drawing sensation was bringing him closer and closer to a wooded area. Soon, he had reached the shrubs and he completed reverted to his current day self. "Kankou..." Umibozu fell to his knees and put his head on the ground. Kouka covered her mouth as she walked closer to her husband. "This...this was the purpose I came to fight for. Nothing...nothing can end the happiness I feel at this moment. I knew this was more than just a dream...you're real." Umibozu looked up with a tear running down his face as Kouka bent down to hug him. Umibozu sat up to his knees as Kouka fell to hers. She leaned into her husband and rested her chin on his cold, metal shoulder. "Yes...I am very real Kankou. I've missed my business partner." Kouka smiled as she closed her eyes. "I can guarantee that Jebediah will be waiting for you when you wake up. I'm sorry the only time I get the chance to visit you is at a time like this...but he can't hurt us here." Umibozu buried his face in Kouka's shoulder, being able to take in her sweet scent for the first time in years. "I just wanted to pass along my wishes to not push yourself past your limit. You are not getting any younger Kankou." Umibozu managed to stand up, helping his wife to her feet as well. "I'm afraid I cannot grant that wish, Kouka. I have to help them destroy Jebediah. Other people are depending on me, and I have to hold up my reputation as the greatest alien hunter in the universe." Umibozu began to walk back to where he came, but Kouka grabbed his metal arm. He stopped, "Live, for Kamui and Kagura's sake. Please. Jebediah is more powerful than anything you've ever encountered." Umibozu turned back and gave his wife a simple nod as he vanished from her world, waking up in the cell he was cast off to. He noticed at the far corner of the cell was Oboro, huddled with his knees against his chest. Umibozu did not pay him any mind as he pointed his umbrella at the jail cell's door and blew it off its hinges. "It seems Jebediah is too busy to look after us, or maybe he wants me to break out. I've been working on this door for hours before I passed out...you don't looks so good Oboro." Umibozu remarked as Oboro met his gaze. "I have a lot to think about Umibozu-dono. I just want out of this place, I need time alone." Umibozu turned and walked out the cell door, leaving Oboro by himself. Oboro watched as the Yato disappeared into darkness. The cell Oboro was in began to shimmer as a portal opened. Jebediah stepped out of the portal and dusted off his boots. "You want to quit this little game Oboro? Come now. I thought you were sooooo~ ready to kill me, oh! How saaad. Nevertheless, if you wish to leave this place then by all means! Go ahead and walk. Leave your friends to their fate! How very...passive for the Keeper of Peace. Giving up and running away right before I take over the entire comic book. How sad, really." Jebediah at on the bed adjacent from Oboro who was still looking downtrodden. "I won't hurt you...no, I can't do that Oboro. Dear boy, I have to save my biggest prey for last! You can go ahead and rejoin the world of the waking. I hear it's rabbit season." Jebediah snapped his fingers, causing a door to emerge from the wall behind Oboro. "Now, I cannot open this door, but you are more than likely free to do so if you like." Oboro managed to his feet and faced the door. "I bid you farewell Jebediah-dono. What you have shared with me has impacted me unlike anyone has since my Sensei. I have absolute faith in my friends that they will subdue you. I have some soul searching to do." Oboro grabbed the door handle and slowly opened it, causing him to be sucked into the bottom of the ice rink. Jebediah stared as the door shut in his face. He gave himself a slight smile as he lifted himself from the bed. "Well, that was much easier than I anticipated. I suppose I should be meeting with that Yato then." Jebediah hummed the violin chords playing as he began to approach the dark hallway that Umibozu was walking down. Oboro was seen swimming to the hole in the ice rink and being pulled up by Haji and Kintoki. Poe flew over to his friend and landed on his shoulder. Oboro signaled for Poe to get on his fingers and held him in front of his face. "Poe. Everybody. I know how selfish this may sound to all of you, but I cannot stay here. I have trust in those still within Jebediah-dono's conscious and the Gods to stop him. I have to find the real me. The man that Sensei left in his wake. It took me until know to truly understand my duty in this world. Poe, please stay with Ozu-dono. I must do this alone." Poe cocked his head as Oboro pet the bird. Poe flew off Oboro's finger and out the door of the restaurant. The crowd of people who joined the expedition looked worriedly at Oboro. "What about Jebediah? He's causing mass hysteria right now! You can't leave us!" Haji yelled. Oboro shook his head, "They can handle him without me. I am far too weak to stand toe-to-toe with him alone like my Sensei did. I must train my newly found knowledge, and take him down if he ever shows his face again. However, I did not leave without helping those I left behind. Until then, I must bid you all farewell." Oboro opened the door to leave but was confronted by Tatsuma who overheard everything from out on the skating rink. "So, you're going to leave us Oboro? Well, I can't stop you. Me and Lt. Simon have been skating for almost 5 days straight. But, I'm gonna miss you while you're gone. Don't take long, you got that?" Tatsuma said, giving Oboro a hug. Oboro accepted the embrace, and walked past Tatsuma. He was still in deep thought, it was hard for him to gather everything that transpired. Meanwhile, Jebediah had finished whistling, and changed his tune up a bit, "Perfect! You! Down there with the shiny bald head!" Jebediah pointed at Umibozu, who was now visible in the small moon lit tunnel. Umibozu turned around, but in a flash was kicked in the gut and launched into a portal. He landed with a thud and looked around his surroundings, "Enjoy the paintings? This is one of my MANY! OH SO MANY BALL ROOMS!" Jebediah's voice echo'd through the halls of the room as he stepped out of the portal. Umibozu stood up and aimed his umbrella at Jebediah who only smiled. "Why not join me for a little twirl, my little bunny?" Jebediah grabbed the umbrella and snapped it in half. He snapped his free hand, and caused Umibozu's arm to shoot up and interlock with Jebediah's. Umibozu was stunned as Jebediah began to slowly waltz with the Yato, bringing each other closer and apart. "Enjoying yourself?" Umibozu looked down and saw that Jebediah's hand and his own were fused together. Umibozu tried to yank at it, but it was his flesh and bones arm rather than his metallic one. Jebediah smiled as he socked Umibozu in the mouth, causing a tooth to fly. Umibozu retaliated as he twirled Jebediah and punched him as he came back around to face him. Jebediah spit out some blood, "Mighty fine p- oh!" Jebediah grabbed Umibozu's hand and pried open his balled up robotic hand. Umibozu yanked Jebediah towards him with their fused hands and headbutted him as hard as he could, splitting open both of their skulls. Jebediah smirked, "You really don't want me to see you palm, do you?" Umibozu nodded, as blood ran down his face. "I was given something but a good friend of mind. Something that will help me defeat you." Umibozu flashed his palm at Jebediah who's smirky face turned to that of anger. "Writings in Latin huh? Let's see, "Ye who casts Altana, thee who controls it. Luceo non uro. Or, I shine, not burn. Very clever by that bird brained git. He inscribed your hand with his own blood. How in bloody hell did I not notice after that punch left a mark on my face." Jebediah put his hand up to where Umibozu punched him earlier, feeling the very visible burn mark that was left. Jebediah wrapped his arm around Umibozu and dipped him down with a shift motion, looking down at Umibozu and gave him an evil smile. He separated their hands and began to waltz by himself. "I quite love dancing. I'm not sure about you baldy." Jebediah tapped his feet together and teleported behind Umibozu. Umibozu was quicker than Jebediah anticipated and punched him in the gut with his robotic hand and stabbed him in the shoulder with his broken umbrella. Jebediah was sent flying into one of his statues. It topped over and broken in hundreds of pieces on top of him. Jebediah pushed the stone off him and brushed the debris from his coat. He stood up and continued to tap his feet again and winked at Umibozu, who just narrowed his eyes at him. Jebediah twirled and snapped his fingers at the same time, disappearing from Umibozu's sight. The Yato got on guard, holding the handle of his umbrella to defend from any on coming attack, but was not expecting to be grabbed from the bottom of his foot. "What in the-" Jebeidah pulled Umibozu halfway through the floor and stepped out of the portal. "My, looks like you're gonna be stuck there." Jebediah snapped his fingers as the portal closed in around Umibozu, constricting him. "Oo! Is that a little too tight for you?" Jebediah took a few steps back and waved his hand up and down as if he was lining up Umibozu's head. He began to run towards the trapped Yato but heard the door to his ballroom slam open. "Stop right there you big, stupid, idiot brain." Jebediah stopped in his tracks and met eyes with his "brother". "My, Enshou, Steven...and OH! Looks like you've brought along a little lady friend I am mighty familiar with!" Jebediah looked at FLTBC and then looked back at Enshou, "Would you care to dance Brother? Or is your heart still too weak to tango?" "You know I can never turn down a dance." Stephen was mortified when Enshou extended his hand towards Jebediah, who waltzed over and grabbed it. "We haven't done this in quite some time!" Jebediah said, as him and Enshou were moving in each other's arms. Stephen began to creep into the ballroom as FLTBC watched from just inside the doorway. Stephen crouched down to where Umibozu was being trapped and placed his hands down on the portal, causing it to loosen and help Umibozu out of it. Stephen noticed the engravings on Umibozu's hand, "Oboro inscribed them before he left." Umibozu was then met with a kick in the side of the head, causing him to collapse. Stephen looked up and saw Jebediah holding Enshou up with 1 hand like a ballerina as he kicked Umibozu as hard as he could. "Stephen! What are you doing not dancing, here!" Jebediah tossed Enshou in the air, "SWEETCHEEKS! CATCH ME!" Enshou landed in Stephen's arms as Jebediah twirled towards the entrance and grabbed FLTBC's hands, "My dear." And with a single kiss, she had vanished. Enshou pulled away from Stephen and confronted Jebediah, "What did you do to her? I DEMAND ANSWERS!" Jebediah grabbed Enshou by the throat and lifted him off the ground, "Simple, I just snapped her back into your pea brain. She's unharmed, just a hindrance." Stephen picked up the broken half of Umibozu's umbrella and threw it, coating it with his purple Altana, stabbing Jebediah through the arm he was lifting Enshou up with. He dropped Enshou and ripped the umbrella from his arm. "So, you want to dance now do you Captain? I've had my little fun with my brother...or hmm~" Jebediah picked Enshou back up, "You care for this man, don't you Stephen?" Stephen narrowed his eyes at Jebediah. "I could snap this man's neck at any moment I choose...or perhaps rip out this mechanical heart pumping blood through his body?" Jebediah rubbed his hand against Enshou's chest. "Now is not the time to do this BOD. But if you must I am wearing protec-" Jebediah threw Enshou against a line of chairs as Stephen began to rush towards Jebediah with his fists balled up. Jebediah caught each fist as the Captain threw them, and noticed just in time to cock his head back and dodge an attack from a now awake Umibozu. Jebediah flung Stephen in the air and smacked him against Umibozu, sending both of them into the ceiling of the castle. "That hand won't be good for long!" as Umibozu was falling, Jebediah had yelled out. He grabbed both arms of Umibozu and thrusted his foot into Umibozu's gut, ripping both of the Yato's arms off. Umibozu flung to the opposite end of the ballroom while Stephen fell flat on his face. Jebediah stepped on the Captain's back, causing him to yell. Before he could do anymore, Enshou jumped on his back. Jebediah was smart enough to grab the Buriean's laser swords before he could, and have them go off into both of his legs. Enshou fell of Jebediah's back, screaming in pain. He began to crawl away as blood trailed behind him. Jebediah bent down and grabbed Stephen by the back of his head with his hair. "My, you're the keeper of this book? An old, washed up man?" Jebediah smashed Stephen's face into the marble floor, causing his nose to break instantly. "I don't even have to use HALF my powers!" he smashed his face into the floor again. "Defeating two of the strongest beings in the know universe? Tricking one into leaving my conscious because his stupid, git teacher lied to him? Golly, I sure underestimated just how strong I really am." he smashed Stephen's face once again, blood spraying in every direction as the Captain began to lose consciousness. "AND HAVING TO DEAL WITH ANNOYING PESTS LIKE THAT FREAK!" He pointed at Enshou, the Prince's face looking distraught as his Captain was about to get another smashing. However, a single gunshot rang out, freezing Jebediah in his place. He let go of Stephen's hair and looked down at his chest which was bleeding profusely. Jebediah slowly turned his head around to face who had shot him, "I'm afraid it's time for this hard-boiled detective to defeat you once and for all Jebediah. As I was sitting in that tunnel, a thought occurred to me. A thought that not one single shot of Camus could ever fix. A thought of me giving up and leaving my friends. But...seeing their faces on this pictures, seeing what you've done to them here. I could never face them again. Which is why, you will fall at my feet and I'll crack your case wide open." Jebediah stood up and smiled, snapping his fingers and appearing right in front of Heiji. "You have been a thorn in my side ever since you meddled with that Purple Altana. And yet, you stand before me defiant, escaping my tunnels, and acting as if you are stronger than two men who could kill Gods. You have the GALL to shoot me. And think that's all there is to it, don't you, you wanker. You're nothing but a spec under my boot." Jebediah stuck his hand into the bullet hole that Heiji made, and ripped out his own, still-beating heart. He used his other hand to dig into the heart and pull the bullet out with two fingers. "You are playing with God." Jebediah kicked Heiji with a forces of a thousand Camus hangovers. Heiji went flying through the ballroom's window and down to the rocks just outside the castle. He landed with a huge thud, and coughed up some blood. It was obvious that kick broke some of his ribs. Jebediah jumped through the window and landed where he thought Heiji was but he was nowhere to be seen. Jebediah looked around and spotted Heiji in the distance, "How the hell did that git, get there so fast...what?" Jebediah saw Heiji rev up the motorcycle and speed through a tunnel. "I don't remember a tunnel being there...but I can't let him escape. He's breaking the rules of my game." Jebediah began to sprint at lightning speed towards the tunnel, but he failed to notice that it wasn't a tunnel at all. "Great job Haji!" Jebediah unstuck himself from the fake tunnel and snapped his fingers, appearing on the ladder opposite of Kintoki, "And just how the hell did you two sneak in here without me noticing?" Jebediah said, smiling at them. Before either could answer, Heiji came roaring back out of the fake tunnel on his motorcycle and shut it off. "It's simple Jebediah. The world as you know it is crumbling outside here. As in, your world." Jebediah looked around as the dark, fantasy setting he made was crumbling, and the sky was falling apart. "What did you three DO?!" Jebediah grabbed both Kintoki and Haji by their faces, but they didn't seemed fazed. Heiji took a puff of his cigar, "It's simple Jebediah. We're just three hard-boiled, chaotic detectives. However you may look at chaos, there's duality in everything. We...us three are that other half. You are anarchy, while we are controlled chaos. A system of scrambled checks and balances that are there to control one another. You've spouted endlessly about peace and chaos, but in the end Jebediah, you were defeated by the one thing you claimed as your own. Chaos. Our Comedy will forever triumph your Tragedy." the scene flashed back to Heiji sitting on the floor of the tunnel he was left at when he was separated from Oboro and Stephen. He felt his kimono begin to vibrate, and realized it was a text message from Haji: 'Boss! Oboro just left the door! You need to get out of there before something bad happens!' Heiji took out a cigar from his other pocket and began to light it. He pressed the Call button on his phone, "Haji, I need you two to get down here. You and Kintoki." Heiji said, "But Boss...who's going to let us out? We'd be trapped down there!" Haji yelled into her phone. "Something is happening to Jebediah. Something else is trying to get in here another way." Haji was confused, "What do you mean Boss?" Heiji took a deep drag from his cigar. "I've already seen three people who shouldn't be here get in, and I can feel this cave shaking again. Jebediah is focusing all his energy here, and I need you two to back up your boss. Have Kintoki bring that cartoon saw, you better not be late." Heiji clicked his phone off and snuffed his cigar out as a giant portal opened up next to him; the scene flashed forward to Jebediah still holding the two detectives when he felt something burst through his stomach. He let go of their faces and looked down to see FLTBC holding Umibozu's metallic arm, the same arm that was inscribed the anti-Altana spell. "I....I got rid of you..." Jebediah ripped the rest of the arm out of his body and fell backwards off the ladder. FLTBC put her hand over her mouth in shock at what she managed to do, "Lord Enshou...granted me back. He used the rest of his energy to will be back out of his mind and into yours Jebediah-san. You underestimated those who you claim as ants beneath your feet, but we are much stronger than you could ever believe." Jebediah began to crawl towards his castle, the 4 of them following him slowly as he inched towards the steps to his large castle, which itself was beginning to crumble and discolor. "What is happening to my world?" Jebediah pushed the doors to his castle open and saw a woman standing in his way, holding but a single dream catcher in her hand. He only gave her a slight smile before she began to speak. "It is time for you to eternally atone for you sins, Jebediah. You were so pre-occupied to even notice that we broke your seal." Roberta flashed the Dream Catcher in front of Jebediah. He saw behind her Suave using his saxophone to heal the wounded. Jebediah began to struggle to his feet, blood pouring from the wound in his stomach. Jebediah smiled even bigger at the thought that he could have escaped with his full powers at anytime, but was completely unaware. His body was beginning to revert to its original form, the dead Tendoushu member defusing from himself. "I've atoned for everything I have ever done. I am left to suffer in this Hell, a Hell where I am never given a second chance. A Hell without the past I've thrown away. Whatever you plan to do with that, it means nothing. Capture my soul, trap me yet again. But, know this. Everyone, know this." Jebediah moved his hand around to point at everyone in his general area. "My work is not finished. I will come back, and I will rule this world. I was naive, but there might just be someone out there who understands. When that time comes, I will kill everyone who stands in my way. The Gods will parish, and I will regain everything that I've lost." Jebediah stood in the doorway of his castle as his arm fell to his side. He was surrounded by everything he disregarded, everyone he let escape alive. The past was finally here to punish him. TBC
  2. Hail Satan!  Here's to another year for our demonlord and savior!

  3. …..."THOSE BASTARDS RUINED MY HAT AND....and they broke my Good Egg pin..." Kintoki put his head down as he sat in his barstool. "Are you crying oil? Whatever, that's besides the point. Why are we cooped up in this Oukoku'n Bar?" Stephen asked. "It's simple, Sensei always had a safe house on each planet. Of course, I've never been to every planet, but the ones that are relevant to us, I've got down in my handy map." Oboro said, showing the map to the 4 sitting in front of him. "How the hell are you supposed to read this?" Haji asked, grabbing the map. "Well, it's certainly a nice, fine, and hardboiled looking piece of art." Heiji said, inspecting it before accidentally burning it to a crisp with his cigar. "What are you guys even blabbering about?! Did you see what the hell happened in there?" Hijikata yelled from the opposite end of the bar. He was sitting at the farside of the bar with Kondo, Shige, Valentino/Skele and Umibozu. "Yes, shouldn't we be chasing down Jebediah? He's on the loose, and that's beyond dangerous." Umibozu said, leaning at the bar. "That's the problem, we have absolutely no idea where he vanished to. He hopped in a portal, and practically vanished. Who knows where he'll end up." Stephen said, pondering. "Are you guys going to just ignore me and Poe's awesome bandages? I mean, I knew these would come in handy one day. We're healing pretty fast, but it still makes us pretty cool looking." Poe caw'd in agreeance. As Kintoki opened his mouth to spew out Gods knows what, Heiji was deep in thought. "Boss, it seems like you're really constipated." Haji remarked. Heiji turned to his apprentice and grabbed her shoulders. "Haji, I just hatched the most hardboiled idea...we'll kill Jebediah." "ARE YOU INSANE BOSS?! YOU SAW WHAT THAT MAN DID! WE DON'T STAND A CHANCE!" Haji yelled. Heiji calmed her down, "Trust me on this one, my notepad is full. I may look weak, and a bumbling idiot, but I am a hardboiled detective. At my core, I do what I know is right for anyone who's willing to put their case in my hands." Heiji stood up from the barstool and snubbed his cigar out in the ashtray next to Kintoki. "If there's one thing I know, it's how to defeat Jebediah. Come on Haji, Kintoki. We're going back to Edo. You all are willing to join us if you like, but it will be rather dangerous. What I have planned could very well end...in death. But sometimes, a hardboiled detective is willing to put it all on the line to catch the scoop." Heiji began to walk out the door as Haji and Kintoki looked nervously at each other after hearing their Boss's more serious tone come out. "What makes you think you can defeat a man that was willing to ragdoll two of the most powerful beings in the entire universe." Umibozu said with a deadpan seriousness. Stepehn put his head down and Oboro put his hand on his stomach wound. The bar was silent as Heiji turned to face the Yato. "Umibozu. Unaware to you, I had Haji steal that notebook from you. I read the finished ending you gave it, the first hand account of Jebeidah," Heiji showed the bar the notebook. "He calls himself the embodiment of chaos. And, who gives him the right to hold such a title? Nobody. That's because it's a fake title, a self-given label that he believes to be true. Yet, how can such a title be given to someone that doesn't exist in this universe?" Heiji turned his back. Haji and Kintoki stood up from their barstool to join their boss. Before the trio walked out of the door, Stephen spoke up. "I believe you Heiji." Heiji stopped in the doorway as Haji and Kintoki slipped past him out of the bar. Heiji took a cigar from his pocket and held it between his fingers. "The comment Haji made in the hotel room about entering in Jebediah's world made me realize just how much you truly know about this man. Hell, I'd say you're a better detective than myself. And when you mentioned how Jebediah is the embodiment of chaos, I think I know what you meant. There is duality in chaos." Heiji made a small chuckle as he walked out the door of the bar. He quickly noticed the rest of the bar followed him out to the street. "Need a light, detective?" Hijikata and Heiji both took a puff from their tobacco, letting the smoke fill the night sky. "If Kintoki-dono believes in you, then I have no choice but to back him up." Oboro said, Poe nodded, taking one of Hijikata's cigarettes. "Toshi, I'm assuming you're going to head back to Earth with these guys. I'll take the Shogun over to the hospital to meet with Prince Barkas." Kondo said, giving Hijikata a high five. Shige bowed in Heiji direction. "If you three manage to save Majesty Yuka, and help stop Jebediah; I'll be sure to reward you handsomely on behalf of the country of Edo." Shige raised his head and began to head towards the large hospital a few blocks down the road with Kondo. “If it means gettin Sorella back, then count me in.” Valentino said, patting Heiji on the back. Umibozu was the last person out of the bar, "I admire your tenacity, detective. I'm simply following you because I wish to enter this world Jebediah resides in. I...know it's selfish of me, but I just have to be there." Umibozu said, putting his umbrella up. Shige had called for a space limo to pick them up and drive them back to Edo where they could begin preparations. As the limo pulled up to the camera, it shifted to a different car driving. This one decked in white, with blue and red flashing lights. "Uhg, who the hell decided to play Last Address? Nobume-san, turn the radio on." Isaburo leaned his head on the steering wheel as the Eliteomobile came to a halt at a red light. "Isaburo-san, I know you aren't stressed out about losing those three goons who attempted to assassinate the Shogun. What's troubling your boomer mind? Politics?" Nobume asked, filing her nails. Isaburo sighed through the steering wheel. "It's my brother, Nobume-san." Nobume stopped filing her nails and looked at Isaburo with a shocked expression. "Not often you actually mention that sad sack. Where did you leave him this time?" Nobume asked as Isaburo began to drive again. "He's at our house. I just told him to make us dinner when we get off our shift. I don't know Nobume-san, you know how hard it is for my to express my emotions. I just feel like I never got the chance to really bond with Tetsunosuke. I always viewed him as a failure and a disgrace to our family name. I just...I don't know. Maybe I've been too hard on him." Isaburo began to furiously text on his phone, so Nobume had to grab the steering wheel and help him drive. Eventually Isaburo pulled up to his and Nobume's house and he rested his head on the steering wheel again. "I don't want to face him Nobume-san. Not tonight." Nobume just chopped him on the top of his head, "Why is tonight different than any other night? Is it because we just put up our Westside 4 Life Christmas lights?" Nobume said, looking at the giant effigy of Eazy E standing in their yard, draped in tinsel. "It's December 22nd, Tetsunosuke's Birthday." Isaburo's head slid down and hit the horn on his car. The horn blared out through the silent streets before Isaburo picked his head back up. He looked through his windshield and saw a person standing in the road, “What the heck?! Those two weren’t supposed to be here for another hour!” Isaburo cocked his head slightly as he saw Bores run into his house. The Elites jumped out of the Eliteomobile and rushed towards the house, kicking down their front door. Isaburo pointed his pistol at a group of figures and Nobume drew her sword. As their visions adjusted, the figures began to form. “Shinra?” Isaburo met eyes with Soutatsu as the man hoisted up the sack. “Sasaki Isaburo. We easily captured your brother and placed him within this potato sack,” Soutatsu was cut off by Nobume, “Are you sure? That kind of just looks like him.” She said with a deadpan delivery. Soutatsu breathed a deep sigh and shook the bag, causing Tetsu to squirm and call out “Sasaki!” Isaburo narrowed his eyes at the Shinra. “And just what do you want from me? You won’t be able to bribe me so easily.” Isaburo said sternly. Before Soutatsu could answer, a loud burp could be heard coming from the Elite Kitchen Area. “Holy crap! Takatin is a freaking beast.” Bores exclaimed loudly. The three were causing a ruckus that could be heard through the whole house. “Should I go in there and silence them forever, Isaburo-san?” Nobume said, but Isaburo shook his head. “Why did you bring those three with us again? I thought you were done with them.” one of the Shinra whispered to Soutatsu. Soutatsu clenched his fist angrily. “They’re my insurance policy. You. Take us to the Shogun’s castle. We know he is away, and security is low. We also demand the release of Nobu Nobu, or else we’ll dispose of your brother and the entire Mimawaragumi.” Isaburo lowered his gun and lowered Nobume’s katana. “Why are you backing down so easily Isaburo-san? We’ve taken on much stronger opponents than these doofuses.” Nobume said, slickly sheathing her katana. Isaburo turned to her and whispered, “They’re mere fools who believe Edo will collapse. They don’t realize just how powerful our bonds are with our allies, and even our prisoners.” Isaburo led the Shinra and the Doofus Trio towards the Shogun’s castle, passing by a man with his face hidden with a straw hat. The man turned to face the back of the group and continued on his way. He entered into a small hideout just outside of the Kabuki-cho and sat down across from 5 other people. “There’s no mistaking it. Three of the toughest warriors I’ve ever locked up with are heading for the Shogun’s castle. It seems they have bested the Mimawarigumi’s top 2…” Jirocho said, looking concerned. The other 5 across from him looked among themselves. Otose, Saigou, Gintoki, Yamazaki, and Gonard. “To have the Mimawarigumi to be thwarted so easily is worrying…” Yamazaki said. Gintoki was focused on Jirocho, “And just who are those 3 powerful people? Honestly, they can’t be THAT tough.” Gintoki said. “A man going by the two letters, B and H. The heavy, I couldn’t quite catch his name, but he resembled a monsterous wrestler...and their leader simply known as The Boar. He bested some of the toughest people I know. If I were you guys, I’d be careful to not tail Soutatsu so closely. Especially you, Shinsengumi. You guys are missing some of your most powerful men. And by the looks of it, you two were left in charge.” Jirocho looked over at Yamazaki and Gonard. “Well, Coconut Head said he was busy so he sent us here! He’s the one actually in charge right now!” Gonard said happily. The scene shifted to Sougo taking acting lessons. “You got it baby, you’re beautiful! Just work on those last few lines and the play is ready to open for sure! You’ll be a star!” “Phew, I think I’m starting to get a hang of this acting thing Douman-danna. Just the practice I need.” Sougo said, looking proud of himself. The scene shifted back to Gintoki who had a deadpan look on his face, “And what was that pointless cutaway about anyway?” Gintoki asked, but the author knew and he wasn’t going to share. “What do you suggest we do then, Old Man?” Otose asked Jirocho. Jirocho gestured at Saigo, “One of your girls has been doing a lot of digging on not only Soutatsu, but an even greater threat. I’m sure word has been spreading around Edo about a mysterious man named Jebediah appearing on Oukoku. Tako has been hot on the trail.” Saigo nodded. “She’s made Ma proud, I’ll say that. All my girls make me proud, even you Pako,” Gintoki simply blinked, “I have faith that whatever Tako has planned, she’ll see through to it til the very end.” Saigou finished. Jirocho turned to Otose, “As for us two old farts, what best we can do but hold the fort down in Kabuki-cho? It’s something we’ve done plenty of times before.” Otose smiled, “As long as by the end of this, my bar gets fixed so that perm head can start paying rent again.” Gintoki rolled his eyes and stood up. “Oi, you two blackcoats get your men ready, and I’ll get some friends ready at the castle. We’re snubbing this fire-starter out before his blaze can get out of control.” Gintoki said, opening the door and leaving. He closed the door into a scene change as another door opened and Roberta and Kouka walked through it. “Are they seriously still playing in that waterfall?” Roberta said, putting her hand on her hip. Suave was spraying water from his sax at Billy’s face as he splashed at Jazzy’s direction, who was just standing there giving his usual stoic look. “Join the fun ladies! We’re just kickin back here. Why the hell does Rabbit Face get a much better place than me? I can’t even turn the thermostat up down there.” Billy said jumping out of the water. “Because you killed our brother, Billy. Anyway, we should head out. We have what we need in this dreamcatcher. Thank you Kouka-dono.” Jazzy said, bowing to Kouka. Kouka simply nodded her head. Billy rolled his eyes as Suave climbed out of the water behind him. “That fucking posh idiot was the one who planted those seeds in my head anyway.” Billy said. “If our brother was here today, things would be much easier.” Jazzy said, opening a portal that directed back to Heaven. Billy just shook his head as Jazzy and Suave began to leave. However, Roberta spoke up, “Jazzy, may I please have that Dreamcatcher.” Roberta said with a stern tone. Jazzy turned around with a bit of a surprised look on his face, “Being straightforward are we Roberta-dono? Very well, I shall lend the Dream Catcher with you and Billy. However, I must warn you Roberta-dono. Without both Altana, that Dream Catch is worthless against Jebediah-dono. Do not let him get ahold of it either. With powers like that, Jebediah-dono will be unstoppable.” Jazzy warned her, as he tossed the Dream Catcher. She caught it and looked down at it. “Will the green Altana be enough to free Yuka?” she asked, looking back up at Jazzy. Jazzy glanced down in thought, and met eyes with Roberta, “I do not know the answer to that question Roberta-dono. If you wish to free Yuka-dono from her own subconscious, then take extra caution. Bring Billy with you if you must. Who knows how dangerous he is right now.” Jazzy and Suave turned and walked back up to Heaven while Billy furrowed his brows. “Of course they get to do the easy part, leaving us with the dirty work.” Billy snapped his fingers and the ground opened up. Kouka was looking on from a distance. She turned her back to Roberta and Billy and walked back into her workshop. Roberta was thinking deeply about what Kouka shared to her earlier, while Billy tugged on her arm, “Well? You gotta head back to Hell while I go up to the surface. Shits going down up there and someone’s gotta do the hard shit. Go on back there and wait til I engage this idiot physically. Then, you can try and wake Yuka from her own mind. That would help weaken Jebby pretty significantly. Fish Breath doesn’t usually leave a big task like this to people...pft, it’s whatever you know.” Billy leaned on the portal he opened up and smiled to himself. “I don’t know how I’m going to hold him off alone. But stupid old me told Suave to stay with Jazz.” “If you haven’t guessed it years and years ago, I just really knew something was special about you Roberta. I’m putting a lot of trust in you today. More than I ever have before.” Roberta looked down at the green-glowing Dream Catcher while Billy was speaking, “If I die here today, then nothing would have been worth it. I killed my own brother because I let someone else’s words alter my thoughts. Even in countless universes where this man didn’t exist, his words echoed in my mind. We’re like two peas in a pod y’know? We kill someone we love and yet we’re still forgiven. And, here we are both again. Risking everything to self-satisfy. While you and Rabbit Face we’re talking, I convinced my brothers that I should weaken Jebediah myself. I was hoping you would wish for the Dream Catcher. Hmph, knowing those two dorks they’ll just come down and save my ass if I’m getting the shit kicked out of me.” Roberta looked back up at Billy, “You’re going to fight him alone? You three seemed so anxious to fight him before…” Roberta said, clutching the Dream Catcher. “Of course I am. I’ve died before so why should I fear death? What I’m afraid of is losing who I really am in my soul.” Billy gave her a little salute and walked through his portal back to Earth, leaving Roberta with the Dream Catcher and the stairway back to Hell. Billy’s portal opened up in the ruins of the Oukoku High Court. Fire and ash was raining down in the street, debris from the courthouse was falling and smacking the pavement. “WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU BASTARD?!” Billy yelled out. More debris was falling, and eventually a large screen TV fell next to Billy. He glanced at it, seeing what was on. “WE ARE RIGHT IN THE THICK OF THIS CHALLENGE! The first person to completely replicate the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon with only snow! The competitors have been going at it for a good chunk of the past hour now!” the scene cut to Shinsuke in confessional. “If there’s one thing I know, it’s a Justaway. I’ve seen one in person.” the scene went to Matako scratching her head at the mound of snow. She looked at Otae who just shrugged her shoulder, and then at Saitou who was fast asleep. “How the hell do you make this?! I never paid attention in history class.” Matako said, crossing her arms. “That’s too bad Matthew, I’m way in the lead.” Shinsuke said, rolling up a large snowball. He looked at it pleased and admired it before putting it in as one of his final pieces. “Now THIS is how you make a Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet-” but he was cut off, “Done!” Shinsuke snapped his head around to see Pirako posing in front of the canon she built. “WHAT?!” Shinsuke yelled. Ketsuno Ana ran up to the canon, “Pirako wins immunity! She’s safe at tonight’s tribal.” Pirako smiled and clapped for herself before confessional cut to her, “I studied history like crazy when I was young.” Pirako said smiling. The contestants all headed back to camp and began discussing strategy. “So look, I’m out of my number 1 ally. I figured you and I could at least work something together.” Shinsuke was sitting across from Otae. “It seems like a long shot though Shinsuke-san. I know Pirako-chan really wants to take you out. I just don’t know if I can help you right now.” Shinsuke nodded and stood up. As he was standing up, FDL brushed past him, “I got something you might like,” the confessional cuts to FDL, “If I give Shinsuke the idol I found a few weeks ago, I could assure he stays in this game and we chip away at Pirako. She’s without a doubt the biggest threat to win this game. She’s safe tonight however, so I think it’s best we attack her number 2.” the scene cuts to Pirako and Matako discussing with each other. “I don’t really know how I feel about voting out Shinsuke-sama…” Matako said worryingly. Pirako gave her a lit tap on the face. “Don’t think about it voting him out, you’re simply writing a name on parchment.” Pirako said with a smile. Matako thought about it as Pirako walked away. She passed by and whispered to Saitou. A confessional cut to Pirako, “It’s pretty simple tonight. If everything goes smoothly, Shinsuke is going home. We pretty much got 4 votes to his name.” Pirako smiled as the camera faded to tribal council. “Alright! So Pirako! I’m surprised you knew so much about military weaponry!” Ketsuno remarked. Pirako nodded, “Pops taught me a lot when we re-connected.” Pirako smiled. “Shinsuke, you seemed to be singled out after your biggest ally got voted out! How are you feeling tonight?” Ketsuno asked. “Well, I’m pretty scared. However, I think I’m ready to take anything that comes my way.” Shinsuke said. “Sounds good! I think it’s time we get to the vote, FDL you’re up!” FDL walked to vote, as everyone else followed suit. Ketsuno stood up to grab the urn and bring it back. “If anybody has a hidden immunity idol and you’d like to play it, now would be the time to do so.” She looked around a few moments before FDL stood up, “Miss Ana. I would like to play my idol...for Shinsuke.” Shinsuke looked at her with a shocked expression. Ketsuno took the idol, “The rules of Wurvivor state that if anyone plays a hidden immunity idol, all votes cast for them will not count and the next highest number of votes goes home. This IS a hidden immunity idol. All votes cast against Shinsuke will not count. I’ll read the votes.” the whole cast was shocked. Pirako was shooting daggers at FDL. “First vote:” “Shinsuke, does not count.” “Shinsuke, does not count.” “Shinsuke, does not count.” “Front Desk Lady, that’s 1 vote FDL.” “Matako, that’s 1 vote FDL, 1 vote Matako, one vote left. 11th person voted out of Wurvivor Edo:” “Matako. That’s 2, and tonight that’s enough. You need to come bring me your torch.” Matako nodded and picked up her torch. Pirako was still giving FDL a deathstare. “Matako, the tribe has spoken.” “It’s time for you to go.” Matako walked away and waved to her competitors. Ketsuno stepped in front of the tribe, “Well, things are still heating up and there’s only 5 of you left. Grab your torches and head back to camp. Goodnight!” Ketsuno waved to all of them. As the credits were rolling, Billy felt a sharp blow to his head, sending him flying into the building opposite of the courthouse. “Oh heavens, did I interrupt your TV show? Bawaha! Silly me.” “Fitting song, just in time for the holiday season.” Jebediah stepped out of his time portal and snapped his fingers, causing it to close up behind him. He surveyed the season before him, the destruction he caused just before he took a trip down memory lane. He watched as Billy struggled out of the rubble he was placed underneath by the mighty punch Jebediah hit him with. Jebediah stretched his arm out and grabbed Billy by the throat, bringing him face to face. “And what brings you here Mad Titan? Where are your brothers?” Billy just smiled and spit in his face. Jebediah snapped his fingers and opened another time portal. He chucked Billy through it, running as fast as possible behind the God. Billy was flying through all kinds of different eras in the universe, smashing into monuments, and even moments within the comic book, before eventually landing back in the present day. Jeb sped through the portal and caught Billy before he crashed into anything. Billy was dizzy, and nauseated after being chucked through time (really wears on you!) “I’ll ask again William, what brings you here alone?” Billy was hanging from his feet, looking up at Jebediah, “I want to prove something to my brothers.” Billy threw a right fist that was caught by Jebediah’s muscle hand. He bent Billy’s wrist backwards, snapping his bones. Jebediah dropped the God on the ground and began to circle around him. “Oh? You want to prove something do you? Remember when I single-handedly defeated both Utsuro and Jazzy? Do you? Well, I don’t blame you for wanting to prove something. I think I did that myself by giving Utsuro a little visit. Now, don’t worry. I didn’t alter the past in any way, I just gave him a friendly reminder about who the most powerful being is. Yeah, I’m guessing you figured out that I have a mighty big help in this crystal.” Jebediah produced the purple crystal from within his chest. “Yuka’s body is perfect to store things in, oh don’t worry Mademoiselle, I didn’t mean it that way.” Yuka was curled in a ball, completely helpless in her cage. She was alone, as Jebediah had managed to breach the physical world. Jeb looked down as he saw Billy was about to speak, “So, the Majesty is all alone inside her own head?” Billy asked. Jebediah nodded, “And don’t think about trying to hop inside her head either, I’ve got my eyes locked onto you until you’re nothing but DUST UNDER MY BOOTS.” Jebediah stepped on Billy’s broken wrist, fracturing his forearm in the process. Billy seemed unphased as he grabbed Jebediah’s booth with his free hand. Billy morphed into his Titan form and lobbed Jebediah across the entire capital city. His body zoomed past the hospital windows where Enshou and Barkas was resting, “Who the hell put this make up on me while I was asleep.” Enshou sat up from his hospital bed and looked around the room. It was empty besides Barkas, who was still asleep and recovering from his surgery. Enshou looked down at his chest and saw the large bandages covering both his pecs. He looked out the window to the right and saw the giant Titan racing down the street. He paid no mind because he was tired, and just now waking from surgery. He noticed a small card on the table next to him. He picked it up and began to read it, “Enshou: I’m leaving you a note just in case I’m not here to see you wake up. What you did for Prince Barkas was the most selfless thing you’ve done or ever could do. You always make me want to strive to be a better person, even if other people do not see the real you like I, or Barkas do. I’m going to deal with the trial of Majesty Yuka. If I’m not here when you wake up, then possibly something bad has happened. I’ll get in contact with you as soon as possible. Love, Sweetcheeks.” Enshou stared at the note longer than he read it. He was beginning to feel the new heartbeats of his synthetic heart as loud crashes and bangs were happening just outside. Billy grabbed Jeb from the wreckage of the building he crashed into, but when he opened his hand Jeb was gone. “Looking for me old chap?” Billy turned his head and was met with a giant liquid fist that completely knocked him out of his Titan body. Billy went crashing into the earth of Oukoku, leaving a giant crater. Billy’s face was seared like a hot pan had hit him. He turned his head and looked at his broken hand. “I can’t give up now…” Billy was struggling to move from the impact zone, and as he was Jebediah stomped down onto Billy’s stomach, causing him to cough out blood in a sort of anime like way. Jebediah stepped off of Billy’s abdomen and examined the beaten, and battered God laying before him. “I am not the man you faced countless Universes ago, Billy. I am far more than just that. Do you remember when I said Utsuro was afraid of me? Ever after countless numbers of universes, that man is still afraid of me. He knows that peace cannot exist without my chaos. Quite simple right? I just figured I’d give his past self a nice little reminder. Toy with him a little because he knows he cannot touch me. I have ascended past him.” Jebediah was walking around the wounded God, Billy was reaching at his ribs knowing them to be broken from both impact and the stomp. “What does that make me then? I’m nothing. You’ve already ripped away what makes me human. You and your damned brothers.” Jebediah reached down and picked Billy up by his neck. Billy’s feet weren't able to touch the ground and he began to start choking. Jebediah’s focus was completely fixated on Billy that within the subconscious he was controlling, he did not notice the small portal open from the back of the parlor he set up. Roberta crawled out of the portal and looked around the throne room that Jebediah had set up. She was in awe at the detail, the brightlights, and marble decor. Then, she spotted her. Curled up in a ball within a metallic cage was Yuka. Roberta closed her eyes tight and re-opened them, her hand was clutching the Dream Catcher with an immense force. Roberta was scared to alert Yuka, she didn’t want to alert Jebediah. Though seeing Yuka made her want to talk, share a cup of coffee...anything again. She stealthily turned into her worm form and slunk up to the cage, behind Yuka’s back. She held the Dream Catcher up to the cage and it began to glow a bright, blinding green. The light was so intense that it woke Yuka up. She turned to face Roberta and the two locked eyes, Yuka’s growing as wide as billiards balls. However, this light also caught the attention of Jebediah. He dropped Billy and his physical body returned to that of the dead Tendoshu and Yuka hybrid. Billy fell to the earth, breathing heavily. Jebediah rushed into the subconscious and grabbed Roberta by her tail. “Well! Looks like we have quite the unwanted guest!” Jebediah threw her across the room, sending her crashing into several marble statues. “Oh?” Jebediah saw the Dream Catcher in between him and Roberta. Roberta began to quickly slither towards the Dream Catcher but Jebediah snapped his finger to appear right in front of her. “Oh, good day maam. W-were you going somewhere? Oh, pardon me then.” Jebediah grabbed her face and squeezed it with all his might. Roberta let out a loud scream as she transformed back to her normal body. Jebediah’s hand was clasped over it entirely at this point. Yuka’s muffled screams could be heard from the cage as Jebediah looked up and smiled at her. “A rat infiltrating my dream world. There seems to be plenty of these scurrying around as of late.” Jebediah dropped Roberta and turned to see another portal open and Jazzy stepped out from. “Jebediah-dono. You have gone on for far long enough. It is time I put an end to you once and for all. You’ve pushed my brother to his limit, and I must intervene.” Jazzy raised his hand and produced a purple Altana crystal. Jebediah smiled at the God, “I’m sorry Jazzy, my good, very good old chap; but I’m afraid you cannot even touch a being as powerful as me.” Jebediah snapped his finger and took back control of Yuka and the Tendoushu’s physical body. Jazzy narrowed his eyes and left the purple crystal next to Roberta’s body, as she was trying to regain her strength. He kneeled down next to her, “Roberta-dono. Combine this purple crystal to the Dream Catcher and leave. I will leave the gates of Heaven open for you, a place Jebediah cannot, and will not ever enter. Suave-dono will be waiting for you there...I asked him specifically to stay behind. Do not worry about Yuka-dono. Her physical body will not feel the pain endured by Jebediah-dono. You are safe here,” Jazzy turned his attention to Yuka. “Your will is strong to endure this much. I admire you for that.” Jazzy walked over to Roberta and placed one of his fins on her head, “Billy-dono is not the only one who views you as special, Roberta-dono. You may not realize it at this moment, but there were reasons you’ve been given multiple lives. My brothers and I need someone like you. Please, protect Suave-dono if I cannot make it back.” Jazzy stood up and opened a portal to the physical world, stepping into the large crater to face Jebediah. Jazzy placed his hands on his fishbowl and removed it from his head. Jazzy sat the bowl down next to his brother who was looking at his own reflection in the crystal clear water. “Mmmm~? Taking off your fishbowl? I remember when I shattered that eons ago and left you helpless!” Jebediah exclaimed. Jazzy closed his eyes and began to focus. “I have matured greatly since that day Jebediah-dono. You are not facing the same God you did in Universe 2. You’ll regret underestimating me.” Jazzy slowly placed his hands together as Jebediah observed from a few feet away. “Bring me everything you’ve got Jebediah-dono.” Jebediah smiled at that. “So, then I shall.” Jazzy was frozen, his mind connected the dots. The similarities between those two were completely uncanny. “You truly are the Keeper of Chaos.” Jazzy simply said as Jebediah’s fist met his face. Jebediah unleashed a barrage of punches, causing his limbs to morph into giant fists, giant mallets, and even giant swords to slash away at the God. Jazzy was attempting to block each oncoming blow, but Jebediah’s relentlessness was overwhelming him. Billy could only watch helplessly as his brother was being subjected to a beatdown. He reached his hand out, but he was in no way of shape to fight with his brother. Jazzy stanced as he planted his foot down to stop being pushed back farther from the blows. Jazzy was beginning to catch Jebediah’s punches, bleeding from his forearms, his chest, and through the fists he had clinched on Jeb’s. Jebediah simply opened his eyes from his warm smile and locked them in with the God’s glazed over look. “So, where and how are you more mature than you were back then? You seem quite the push-over really.” Jebediah said, but he was too busy commenting to notice Jazzy had swept his leg which caused him to get caught in a chokehold. Jazzy clinched his elbow around Jebediah’s neck, swiftly getting behind him. Jebediah was too powerful for the God, or so he thought. Jebediah flipped his head forward, causing Jazzy to roll off Jebediah’s back and let go of his neck. In the smooth process, Jazzy grabbed Jebediah from his waist and suplexed him to the ground, putting his elbow into the back of Jebediah’s head. “Impressive Fish! But you’ve got to do more than martial arts to defeat me!” Jebediah snapped his finger, which caused the ground beneath him to open up. He slipped through the crack as Jazzy let go of him. He snapped his finger and the ground closed up around him. Jazzy had a concerned look on his face, concentrating all of his Altana to locate where Jebediah was in the ground. But, he soon realized what Jebediah’s plan was. “BILLY!” Jazzy rushed toward his brother and managed to shove him out of the spot he was laying in. However, Jazzy was not able to move out of the way in time and felt the full force of Jebediah’s fist punching straight through his abdomen. Jebediah rose from the ground, Jazzy’s body sliding down his arm as he stood on ground level. He flung his arm straight down, causing the God to smack against the Earth. Jebediah turned his attention to Billy, but realized Billy had disappeared. He looked around for the other God. “I believe...I stalled you for long enough Jebediah-dono.” Jebediah snapped his attention to Jazzy, who was laying in a pool of blood. Jebediah walked over to him and peered down at him. Jebediah’s gaze soon widened as he realized that he forgot about Roberta in Yuka’s consciousness. He quickly reached into his pocket to retrieve the Purple Altana Crystal and used his other hand to punch through the hole in Jazzy’s abdomen. He closed his eyes and began to recite a phrase in Latin. He had to concentrate on the spell, as he knew this was the only source of Green Altana other than his own that he could harvest. Jazzy’s skin began to grow pale as Jebediah’s entire left side began to glow green. He ripped his hand from Jazzy’s chest and broke the Purple Crystal in half, smashing the other part. Yuka’s body expelled from the Tendoushu’s body, which now began to show life again. Bones began to fill the empty sections of the body as Jebediah sighed through the now breathing lips of the former Tendoushu. “How I miss Mademoiselle's body, but I suppose this will have to do.” Jebediah snapped his fingers and a portal opened up. “You put up a pathetic effort...until the end. I suppose you did indeed mature Jazzy, but I think in the end, I’ve ripped away everything that made you so snobbish.” Jebediah walked through the portal and it closed up behind him. Jazzy laid in silence as it felt all the Altana in his body had completely drained. Within Yuka’s subconscious, Roberta successfully combined the Purple Altana Jazzy gave her and the Dream Catcher while Jebediah was fighting. Jazzy created enough time for her to get it completed. With the completed Catcher, she was able to obliterate the cage Yuka was captured in and unzip her mouth. Yuka fell with a thud to the marble floor as Roberta ran up beside her. Yuka stared up at the woman whom she’s shared countless, happy memories with. Yet, countless haunting ones as well. Yuka looked away from Roberta as the Skolexian reached her hand down to help her to her feet. Roberta retracted her hand and turned away from her former lover, “Yukes...I can’t begin to apologize for what I’ve done to you. I just want to say that I’m glad...I’m glad I was able to at least save you this one time. You may not believe me, but in my heart, I will always be your guardian angel.” Yuka didn’t remove her gaze from the now crumbling marble ground as a staircase to Heaven opened up. Roberta looked back at Yuka one last time before heading up, while Suave rushed out to the waking world to get next to his brother. “Jazzy!” Suave kneeled down to his brother’s side. “My sweet brother...I made sure to use what little Altana I had left to send Billy back home. I...I don’t think I’ll be joining you back in Heaven, Suave-dono. Jebediah-dono expelled all the Altana I had, plus fighting without my fishbowl weakened me significantly. I appreciate you healing my wound...but now I must walk the Earth like our Brother once did. It’s been a long time coming for me...as Jebediah-dono said, perhaps this will humble me.” Jazzy’s body morphed back into the small, jade tiger fish he once was. Suave, through tears, picked his brother up and placed him in the fishbowl that remained in tact at the center of the large crater. Yuka began to stir, as she was finally waking from her coma like state. She looked around at the disaster before her and wiped a single tear from her cheek. She walked a few feet and picked up the fishbowl that Jazzy was swimming around in and put him close to her chest. “I like to believe I have more than one guardian angel...but she’ll be the one that looks over me forever.” Yuka looked up to the sky as the clouds were quickly moving. The camera panned up to the clouds, as a ray of sunshine came down to focus on a different location. Sun-dono’s rays reflected from the Long Wohn Silver’s sign out in front of the skating rink. The Detectives, Stephen, Hijikata, Oboro, Poe, Umibozu, and Skele/Valentino were sitting in a booth just next to the hole that was still present behind the counter. Kamui (reluctantly) let the Detectives back into his restaurant after causing a scene just a few days ago. “Can I have a new hat please?” Kintoki asked, but was met with a fish slapped into his face. “Absolutely NOT!” Kamui said, skating away. “What is taking Boss so long? He said he was going to discuss our game plan when we got here, yet he’s been in the bathroom for 20 minutes!” Haji exclaimed, as she did, the door to the restroom violently smacked open, squishing 4th between the door and the wall as he was taking a tray of food to another customer. “I am ready to defeat Jebediah.” Heiji said, flapping his feet as he walked over to the table. Everyone’s face grew dark as he took the breathing tube from his mouth. “I think you’re ready to look at coral or something!” Hijikata yelled. Heiji simply shook his head, “It’s hard to breath down there, I gotta be prepared. Now, I figured that you two will stay back while we go into his consciousness.” Heiji gestured at Kintoki and Haji. “But Boss!” Heiji cut her off, “I don’t want to hear it Haji. You two are the only two hardboiled enough to open that door back up in case of an emergency. I’m putting my faith into the two most important people to me. I trust you will be there when I need you guys the most.” Heiji smiled at his two apprentices, who smiled back at him. “I’ll be joining you, as I stated previously back on Oukoku.” Umibozu said, staying firm and shooting daggers at his son who was spinning on the ice. Oboro looked at Poe on his shoulder, “You should also rest here Poe, and watch out for these people. I’ve completely healed, while you still have a Booboo-dono on your head.” Poe nuzzled Oboro’s hair in agreeance. “I suppose I should go too, considering I contain Purple Altana, plus I think I’m more than capable of holding my own.” Stephen said, still needing to pick a bone with Jebediah after what happened on Oukoku. Hijikata and Skele/Valentino shook their heads, “I have to meet back with Yamazaki and Gonard. I hear they’re hot on the heels of the serial arsonist.” Heiji winked at his comrades after that comment. “I’s gotta stay here and make sure my sorella is safe.” Valentino said. Heiji clapped his hands, “Then it’s settled. Us 4 will enter through the door and defeat Jebediah. We have to believe in this idea, the idea of duality in chaos. I’ve thought about this philosophy while we traveled back to Earth. He is like a finely crafted Camus. It is chaotic in flavor, but orderly. While I am a hardboiled man who pours every soda from the soda fountain into a single drink. I am anarchic chaos. When these two collide, who knows what could happen. What I do know is that this is a case that needs closed, and I’m willing to do just that.” the small group cheered as Heiji put his snorkel back on. He dived into the hole, as he did the camera cut from him jumping into the water, to Shigeshige taking a wash cloth from out of a bucket of water and placing it on Barkas’s head. “I hope he wakes up soon, Prince Enshou. He’s going to be surprised, yet happy to hear just what you did for him. I know that I am.” the Shogun smiled up at Enshou who was listening to Lady Gaga from his WPhone. “I don’t need your mesley input. I did what I had to do. I couldn’t allow Shijaku to die just yet.” Enshou narrowed his eyes at Kondo, who was staring at the picture of Eren, Fumiko, and the children that was hanging on a small cork board next to Enshou’s bed. “Lay your gorilla eyes off of the Dark Lord’s up and coming replacement. The All Powerful Child, Cherry is a minion of Enshou and a spy within the Renho.” Kondo pointed at Fumiko and blushed, “She kind of reminds me of Fake Otae! Can I meet here?” Kondo asked Enshou, but Kondo was completely oblivious to the fact that Eren was also sitting in the room, “That’s my WIFE!” Eren said in a stern tone. “Could you guys please stop yelling?” “B-Barkas! You’re awake!” Shige yelled. “I-I’ll go get your brothers!” Shige ran out of the room excitedly yelling that Barkas had finally woken up. Barkas was examining his surroundings, he doesn’t remember anything after that loud gunshot that rang out during that meeting a week or so ago. His eyes locked on the hospital bed next to him, and the bubble gum pop music coming from it. His eyes widened as he saw the unmistakable red hair and black makeup of the man looking back at him. “So, now that you’re awake are you going to suck my dick?” Barkas sighed at this comment and looked out the window where the large crater was still sitting from a few hours ago. The camera zoomed to where Jebediah had entered that portal and followed behind the man as he was walking in an empty field. It was day time, in the springtime. The wind was subtle, as it rustled the weeds at his knees. He saw a lone man sitting in the clearing, his legs crossed at a sword across his lap. The man looked up and met eyes with Jebediah who simply gave him a smile in return. "So...it appears that I have been killed. What brings you to me Jebediah? What have you done with my brothers?...what has happened to Utsuro?" Jebediah just gave a small chuckle to the God as he sat in his meditative position. "I simply came here to tell you that I have bested your brothers. I may not have killed them...but I needn't kill you, no. Your own brother did that for me. I just feel it is important to let those who have long since passed know of what I am making this world come to. I do not want to end this universe, no. Far from it in fact. Once I finish off the pests that just keep getting away from me, and some very pesky brothers of yours that just won't stay dead. I figured you were the one that kept the seal on my door." Jebediah broke his smile, "The day I regained my conscious mind was the same day you were murdered. Ever since then, I waited for my opportunity, and it came but a mere month ago when this universe almost collapsed on itself." RALRO sat there with his head down, taking in everything. "I may not know what the future holds for me, nor for you. What brings you to me in the first place Jebediah? I am in no shape to kill you, so you know there is no risk. Why are you speaking with me?" RALRO asked. Jebediah snapped his fingers and opened a portal back up. "I just needed to vent to somebody, somebody who is as dead as me." Jebediah stepped into the portal and it quickly closed, leaving a gust of wind ruffling into RALRO's hair. TBC
  4. "You really mean it? I can become just as hard-boiled and tough as you Kozenigata-danna? Frankly, I don't trust Tama to win the million dollars to get me my sick new abs." "Boss, what are we doing with this guy?" Haji said she she put her head against the "Liquid Egg" van. The three were standing in front of a large mansion just outside of the village. Heiji took a puff of his cigar and blew it in the robot's face. Luckily, he has no lungs so it did not effect him. "He's the main character of this story isn't he? I think it will be a cakewalk to get into the Globberian Village with him tagging along. A very hard-boiled plan that will go over-easy." Haji face palmed at the horrible pun and misinformation. "That ISN'T the main character Boss! That's just some clunky robot that freeloads off everyone he meets!" Haji banged her head against the Liquid Egg van yet again. Kintoki ripped the cigar from Heiji's mouth and took a puff himself. "What do you mean I'm not the main character? Don't you see me in every arc? Wavy perm hair, dead fish eyes. You know, I'm hard to miss." Kintoki accidentally swallowed the cigar after he couldn't puff it. Heiji frowned as he lost his last cigar. "Only the main character could do something so magnificent. In fact, I might even say he is most certainly the main character of this specific arc. Haji, this is big, bigger than we both could ever imagine." Haji interrupted him by shoving her phone in his face. It showed Gintoki picking his nose next to a passed out Enshou in the shelter. "HE'S ON THE CURRENT SEASON OF WURVIVOR, THE NAME OF THIS ARC!" Haji yelled. Heiji took a look at her phone and tossed it over the fence of the mansion. Haji shook her head and produced another phone she had stolen. "Who's mansion are we in front of anyway? It's getting dark out so I think their motion sensors or something will go off." Heiji put his foot on the bumper of the van and pointed at the name on the address, "Some fool named Dragon. I figured he was out of town so I parked our van in front of his gates." Heiji said. But, as Heiji said this, a loud HA could be heard coming from the mansion. The three jumped into the van and peered out the passenger side window at the mansion. The watched as the front door of the mansion opened up and they saw a red-haired pirate with an umbrella step out with a man sporting a large nose. "It's always nice catching up with a friend of a friend, Kamui." Jackie Chan patted Kamui on the back while the Harusame leader took a sip of a red slurpee. "Well, I'm not really friends with Shinsuke's husband! I really hope Monika crushes both of them under her feet in Wurvivor!" Kamui said, smiling. Jackie just nervously chuckled as Kamui twirled his umbrella. "So, we're good on the deal, yes? I'll borrow some of your men and we can open up that Long Wohn Silvers just up the road? After building that OLD BASTARD'S house for an entire half of an arc, I've gotten pretty nifty at construction!" Jackie nodded and Kamui smiled back at him. He turned around and noticed the Liquid Eggs van parked out front. Unbeknownst to the three hiding there, they failed to notice the giant ship parked next to them. "Who parked in front of my ship? HA, I'LL JUST DEAL WITH IT MYSELF!" Kamui jumped over the fence and kicked the van. It went spinning down a hill and crashed through one of the drive in theater screens at the base of the mountain. "THIS WAS A RENTAL CAR! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR THE DAMAGE AND THE RENTAL!" Heiji yelled as he kicked one of the windows out to crawl out of. The van was sitting upside down, as Haji was hunched over the backseat and Kintoki was in pieces. "I'm guessing you didn't even have the money to rent this in the first place, and took a loan out eh Boss?" Haji said, as she was tossing Kintoki out of the van piece by piece. "Watch the merchandise man! HEY, THAT TORSO IS ABOUT TO PACKED TO THE BRIM WITH ABS!" he yelled as she tossed his body parts in the snowy ground. Haji got his last piece out of the mangled vehicle and climbed out herself. She stood over the discombobulated robot before looking up and seeing Heiji crying on the ground. "It's OK Boss," Haji put her hand on his shoulder, "No matter how much debt you're in, nor how much trouble with the law we're in; the payoff for this humongous job will be enough to keep you afloat." Heiji nodded and stood up, "It's a good thing I was paid a quarter of it in advance Haji." Heiji adjusted his sunglasses and reached into his pocket. "And that's only 1/4th, magnificent no?" Heiji smiled. "I ASSUME YOU JUST STOLE THAT FROM A BOARD GAME?" Haji yelled, knocking the Wonopoly Money from his hands. "No! It was under my pillow when I woke up. I swear on my badge." Heiji began to form a thought bubble: "There I was talking to the man named B.O.D." Heiji began, "THAT IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT YOU! YOU DON'T HAVE LUSCIOUS BLONDE HAIR OR BULGING BICEPS!" Haji interjected. "He poured me a glass of tea, which I vehemently denied. As if a hard-boiled detective such as myself would drink tea. The posh British man was stern when I refused his disgusting beverage. So, I showed him I meant business." "Why are your dreams so simplistic and stick figure like?" Kintoki asked. Heiji ignored the disassembled robot. "He was shocked at my defiance, perhaps scared even. So he said he would back off, and split my cut when I woke up. I'm glad we can find some middle ground, and I'm guess finding this 5000 smackers under my head was the sign I needed. I still got it, hard-boiled blood runs even deep enough to effect my dreams." Heiji said, proud of himself, "Or, your dreams are being hijacked by something with much greater power than we could ever imagine Boss." Haji commented. Heiji waved his finger at her, "Impossible, no one that powerful can interject themselves in a comedy plot line Haji." Heiji picked up Kintoki's lower half, while Haji carried his torso and head. The three made there way back up through the mountains, passing Jackie Chan's mansion, which was now absent of the giant ship. "So, should we dispose of this?" Heiji asked Haji. Kintoki's eyes darkened, "YOU CAN'T THROW ME AWAY! HEY!" Kintoki yelled as Haji opened up a trash can next to the Chan mansion. But as she looked down, she stopped, "WHY ARE THE MOST RANDOM CHARACTERS SHOWING UP!" Kintoki yelled as Haji attempted to close the lid, by Tatsumi stopped the lid, "Oi, don't blow my cover. There's been a spree of arsons in the surrounding area, and Chief David asked me to take post on the outskirts of the Globberian Village. Don't ask why I chose a millionare's trash can, I just figured he wasn't home." Heiji's interest got peaked, "A spree of arsons you say? Seems like a hard boiled case for a scrambled detective like myself." Heiji said, scratching his beard, "They all appear to be by the same person too, they leave a tag behind at each scene. It isn't huge arson, but they're targeting higher up officials, mainly burning a small portion of their government buildings. We suspect they'll target Yuka-danna next." Tatsumi said, adjusting herself in the trashcan. "Us lesbians have to stick together in these trying times!" she grabbed her bicep and flexed. Heiji nodded and jotted down 'less bean' in his notepad. "What does the tag look like?" Heiji asked. Tatsumi pulled out her phone and showed the detective, it was that of a peacock's tail feathers. "We have a lead, but we can't be certain." Heiji smirked. He reached into Kintoki's pockets and pulled out a cigar he hid on him. He lit it and took a big puff, "It isn't anything a little hard boiled evidence collecting can do. Leave it to me maam, I'll catch the culprit. Just after I-" but before he could finish, Tatsumi sprayed him down with a fire extinguisher. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- "Welcome back everyone! Are you guys ready to get to today's immunity challenge?" Ketsuno looked at the tribes and noticed that Kibou was missing a member, and one looked completely different. "My! It seems King transformed into an old man and wounded our cameramen and producers! And where is Prince Enshou?" Gintoki stepped forward, "Ketsuno Ana, oh great one, we attempted to wake up Enshou but he would refuse to budge. It seems he's in a coma." Gintoki said, saluting. Ketsuno smiled and pointed her finger at Jirochou. "I would expect a lot more from one of the 4 Devas of Kabuki-chou! Sneaking and cheating your way into the game, and then pulling a sword on staff! Tsk, tsk. We can't have that on Wurvivor! Jirochou, I'm sorry, but we're going to have to pull you from the game." as she said this, a sword came wizzing by her head. She smiled at Pirako, who was the culprit. "I don't want to have to kick two contestants, now would I?" Pirako began to cry as she hugged her dad. "I'm so sorry you have to go-" Jirochou stopped her and gave her a hug. "It wasn't my fault that I cheated my way into this game. It was against my will...I feel disgraced, but I humble accept the consequences. Pirako, win this game for the both of us." Jirochou nodded as he stepped into a helicopter that was waiting for him. Ketsuno turned her attention back to the tribes, "We're still vying for immunity. Someone from the losing tribe is still going home. Considering Enshou is asleep back at camp, we have even tribes today! Today we're going to take a dive in this frozen lake! The tribe who can stay completely submerged the longest wins!" the tribes looked nervous but they had to do it regardless. They all got in position in front of a giant ice hole in the middle of a lake, "Wurvivors ready...GO!" they all jumped in at once, the icy touch of the water tingling their skin...well except for Tama and Monika. Most of the contestants only lasted a minute under the water, coming up for oxygen and climbing out shivering. Katsura and Shinsuke were huddled together on the sidelines, ignoring the tribes. Ketsuno picked up Shinsuke and placed him in the arms of Eren who gave him a big hug. The only remaining players in the water were Monika, Tama, Stephen, and Pirako. The teams were cheering for the respective Tribemates. Eventually, Pirako had to come up after 2 minutes under the water. The contestants cheered for her, while Stephen was the next to come up after 3 minutes, "Helps being a fisherman and stuck with Enshou for years." Stephen said in a confessional. The scene cut back to Tama and Monika doing patty cakes in the water. "I don't think those two are coming up." FDL said, putting her chin in her hands. Ketsuno walked over to the hole and peered down to see the two ladies shaking hands, Tama coming up first. Ketsuno threw her hands up, "Yuuki wins Immunity!" Ketsuno helped the two out of the water, both getting a huge ovation. "Monika-sama and I agreed that sense their tribe hasn't won yet, that we would take the fall tonight!" Tama said, displaying sportsmanship. "Kibou, I'll be seeing you tonight at tribal, Yuuki, you guys get immunity and comfort!" Ketsuno dropped a huge chair on top of Shinsuke, who popped up like an accordion. The camera followed Kibou back to camp, where they all sat around Enshou in the shelter as he remained sleeping. The scene cut to Katsura in confessional: "It's pretty obvious that we must get rid of Enshou-dono. He may rule his planet with Monday Elizabeth, but he completely flaked out on his during this challenge. Plus, he really isn't apart of my alliance. Working with Gintoki, Matako-chan, and The Boss Lady benefits me the best before I can hook back up with Shinny-bear and Monday Elizabeth." the confessional cut to Enshou who was passed out: "LET ME OUT OF THIS CAGE YOU BLITHERING MONGREL! I COMMAND YOU AS MY SUPERIOR BROTHER!" Enshou shook the cage he was in, knocking Suave to the ground. "Could you calm down dude." Suave said, but Enshou lifted him up off the ground. "I'M FUCKING FINE, LOOK AT MY MY MY POKER FACE." Suave just kind of sheepishly smiled at Enshou and picked his sax up. The two sat there in silence for a few moments before a portal from beneath them opened up. "Just what I fucking need, a portal. Ol rick and morty shit." Enshou said. He was staring down at it when Roberta flew out of it and landed hard on the marble floor. Enshou narrowed his eyes and wiped his mascara away, "Worm Lady. You return from the dead to haunt my nightmares. I'll have you know I got over my fears of Freddy Wuger years ago." Enshou said. Roberta face palmed, "That idiot teleported me to an even bigger idiot's dream." Roberta got to her feet and brushed off. "I see you two are in quite the pickle." she looked up at Suave and Enshou. "Can you just let us the hell out. The God of Sexophone is getting on my last nerve." Enshou said, causing Suave to look weary. "Yeah, that damned Jebediah is on the loose! I need to get in touch with my brothers as soon as possible." Suave said. Roberta looked at the cage with perplexity, but a thought occurred to her "Well, I am free from Hell right now, so maybe I can just-" she transformed into her worm form, "Nice!" she opened her mouth and ripped the cage from the ceiling, violently shaking the two inside. However, the cage would not budge. "Well what the hell am I supposed to do?" Roberta went back to her normal form and looked at the two banged up in the cage. In the waking world, the tribe had pretty much all but decided to vote Enshou off. However, Pirako was restless. She was frustrated and decided to lift Enshou out of his bed. The rest of her tribe looked confused and concerned, and didn't even notice the glowing purple crystal. The cage Enshou was in opened and he scrambled to the outside, Suave following close behind. "Finally! I'm getting the hell out of here. Never sleeping ever again." Enshou vanished, causing the room to turn to an empty void. Suave and Roberta stood in the emptiness before Suave took a deep sigh, "Let's go back to hell and get Billy." Roberta nodded as Suave played some notes to open a portal back to Hell. In the waking world, Enshou woke up to Pirako slapping him in the face. "What the makeup." Enshou said, "Your makeup is AWFUL, YOU'VE BEEN CRYING THE ENTIRE TIME YOU'VE BEEN ASLEEP!" Pirako said. Enshou walked over to the water well and looked at his reflection, "Well shit, you're right." Enshou shook his head, deciding to keep his stained make-up. Pirako slapped him again, "They want to vote you off tonight! You slept through the whole challenge today and we lost! Plus, my dad got kicked from the game!" Enshou scratched his chin, "King." Enshou's eyes grew 3 sizes that second. "My...minion was removed from this game..." Enshou hardly couldn't believe it. Pirako slapped him again, "He was forceably removed...something is happening. I just can't put my finger on it. However, I can't let you go in this game Enshou. This is our time to shine. You know what this game is all about? Big moves and striking while the iron is hot." Pirako smirked while Enshou held his head. He leaned against the well. "Look, my head f***ing hurts and I just want to get this tribal over with. I'll vote however you want me to vote." Enshou said walking off. The scene cuts to Pirako in confessional. "I could pull off a huge move and rid the game of a huge threat. I've just got to do some light convincing and I think I can pull off the blindside." the scene cut to Gintoki who was narrowing his eyes. He leaned over and whispered to Katsura, "Oi Zura...I think we should consider splitting the vote tonight." Gintoki said, "Pirako running off with Enshou like that has me really worried." Gintoki said. Katsura nodded in agreement. "I'll talk with Matako-chan, you talk with Tama-dono." Gintoki put a thumbs up as they scrambled before tribal. Before long, it was time to head to the counsel area. The all arrived, dipped their torches in the fire and sat down. "Alright everyone! Shall we get started?" Ketsuno looked at everyone, ignoring Gintoki's heart eyes. "Enshou! Glad to see you were able to drag yourself to tribal! Never have I seen anyone miss a challenge because they were in a small coma!" Enshou narrowed his eyes, "I was trapped by my estranged brother who is threatening to cause so much damage to this universe that even I cannot begin to fathom. With that being said, my neck is on the chopping block. They'd be wise enough not to slice my head off just yet." Enshou said glaring at everyone around him. "Tama, you stayed in that water over 6 minutes! Impressive, but you aren't human so that's to be expected. You gave up immunity to Monika in a sportsmanship-like ma-" but Ketsuno was cut off, "YOU GAVE UP IMMUNITY? Well, if that doesn't show weakness I don't know what does!" Enshou said, throwing his hands up. Tama gave him a straight face, "They needed a win, so I gave them one." Enshou rolled his eyes. "Matako, Enshou has a point. She did throw the challenge," Ketsuno said, "You're right, and it's a good way to look at it. Both of them are in the wrong one way or another." Matako said nodding. "Katsura, is it hard to get along with everyone here?" she asked. "Some more than others I would say Ketsuno-dono." Pirako rolled her eyes, "Pirako, that comment got your attention did it not?" Pirako nodded, "Some people here have friends on either tribe, and some of us are lone wolves. We have to fight from the bottom." Pirako said, Gintoki chimed in: "Yet, that makes the lone wolves the most dangerous no?" Gintoki smiled, "And with that, it's time to vote. Tama, you're up." Tama was the first to get up, and everyone else followed suit: "I just really don't like you." Matako was the last to come back, "I'll go tally the votes," Ketsuno walked to pick up the urn and bring it back, "If anybody has the hidden immunity idol and you'd like to play it, now would be the time to do so." Nobody spoke up, "Once the votes are read the decision is final, the person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. I'll read the votes: First vote," "Enshou." Enshou glared, "Enshou, that's two votes Enshou." "Pirako, that's one vote Pirako, two votes Enshou." "Katsura, that's two votes Enshou, one vote Pirako, one vote Katsura." "Katsura, that's two votes Enshou, two votes Katsura, one vote Pirako." "Pirako, we are tied. 2 votes Enshou, 2 votes Katsura, 2 Votes Pirako. One vote left....4th person voted out of Wurvivor Edo:" "Katsura. That's 3, you need to come bring me your torch." Katsura stood up, "WHAAAAT WHO I ASK! WHO FLIPPED!" Katsura demanded to know. As he asked, Matako raised her hand up high. "No hard feelings when we get back to the ship, eh Katsura-sama?" Matako winked at Katsura who put his head down, "I am disappointed in you Matako-chan...I thought me, you, Monday Elizabeth, and Shinny would be the final four. However, this is a game and I accept defeat." Katsura grabbed his torch and walked over to Ketsuno. "Katsura, your tribe has spoken." Katsura turned back to his tribe, "Gintoki, Tama-dono, Boss Lady. I hope you three can carry the game with integrity. Matako-chan, I'll have a stern talking with you back home." Katsura turned back, "It's time for you to go." Ketsuno said as Katsura waved back as he walked away. "Well, it's about time, but I believe we got our first true blindside of the season. Grab your torches and head back to camp, goodnight." Ketsuno signed off the show. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Yuka turned around in her swing and locked eyes with Jebediah. "Oh! What a sight to behold! The quaint Queen of Globberius in her completed form! My, oh my a sight never to be seen in the waking for sure." Jebediah snickered as a cup of tea appeared in his hands. He snapped his other hand's fingers and a table complete with chairs, cloth, and a tea set appeared. "Care to join me, or are you too busy lollygagging in your dream. Your day to day life must be quite stressful indeed Madam!" "The Wockphoto fits quite nicely for me, no?" Yuka stopped swinging and stood up. "You look exactly like someone I've met in real life. Someone I don't like associating with. Whether this is just some wicked part of my dream, inserting his face on someone, then so be it." Yuka took a seat across from Jebediah as he poured her a cup of tea. "Well, at least you're more gentlemanly than that caterpillar browed freak." Yuka looked at her tea, seeing the reflection of her and Sofia combined. Something that always kept her comfort even in her most darkest days while dreaming. "Well, that's most exquisite to hear, no? I haven't received such kind words in quite some time. But to hear something like that from you Madam, it's quite reassuring." Jebediah took a sip of his tea and gestured for Yuka to do the same. Yuka picked up her tea cup and stared at it for a few minutes. "Go ahead, I mean no harm! Besides, nothing bad can happen in a dream." Yuka narrowed her eyes as she took a sip from the tea. Jebediah smiled and sat his cup down. "I'd like to at least continue my generosity by being blunt with you and cutting to the thick of this. I'm here to ask you about your long time lover, Roberta." Yuka sat her cup down and gave Jebediah a look of discomfort. "I figured perhaps...you dream of this woman from time to time. She was in your life for a long time, and an important life at that! It's just so fascinating you know? How she has this other worldly ability to just come back to life." Jebediah smiled. "No. I rarely dream of that woman. And if I did, it's a dream I don't remember." Jebediah adjust his cravat. "Hmm, I figured perhaps she would get permission from that old Billy down below to come see you more often. Perhaps he's tightened up on his dream skipping! Either way, now that I have skipped host off that disgusting git I called my brother, I think this place will suit me nicely. Don't you think, Yuka? It is hard functioning as one half of yourself after all." Yuka slammed the tea up on the table, causing a bit of it to drip on the table cloth. "My, getting quite antsy aren't we Madam? Never mind me, but your dreamworld is prime for me to lay in. Your brain is under constant stress and anxiety. Those are easy for me to wall myself with and lay low from those pesky Gods." Yuka lounged at Jebediah, but he caught her by the arm and tossed her over his hip. "Don't even try Madam. I can read your movements, it is your brain after all!" Jebediah snapped his fingers and Yuka quickly raised herself out of bed. She put a green arm up to her head and let out a sigh. She looked at her door, which began to creek open, "Uhm, Sorella. Yous were makin noise in your sleep. I hope you're doin alright." Valentino walked into the room, flanked by Heiji, Haji, and Kintoki. "Who are those three people Valentino." Yuka said, rubbing her liquid eyes. Valentino rubbed his neck, "Uhh, dees guyz say they're detectives or somethin. They seem completely haamless ya know?" Valentino said while shrugging. Yuka just put her head down, "Fine, what brings you guys to my bedroom at 1am?" Yuka asked. Heiji slapped a map up on Yuka wall. It was adorned with yarn and pins with pictures all over it. "As you can see Majesty Yuka, I have cooked my thoughts long enough for them to become completely hard boiled. Racking my brain over why I was sent here, the serial arsons, the peacock feathers." "Uhm. Valentino...could you turn my lights on." Yuka interrupted. Valentino walked over the flicked the lights on. As they brightened the room, Yuka's face went dark. "The culprit may very well be dressed just like this." Yuka punched Heiji in the jaw, sending him flying to the floor. Haji picked her boss up and propped him up in a chair, putting a tooth back into his head. "As I was saying, a lot of recent events have been connecting together. See here:" Heiji pointed at the words "Kabuki". "The Kabuki-cho in Edo is ran by 4 Devas. Otose, Saigou, Hime Kada, and Jirochou the Gallant. If you've been keeping up with the latest season of Wurvivor as Haji has been, you'll have seen that Jirochou was outed as faking his identity in the game for unknown reasons. Seen in the extra features online that the Wurvivor Woutube channel posted, we can see that he was complaining of a so called "red haired man"." Yuka's interest was perked now, "Otose's Snack Bar was completely obliterated, what caused it you may ask? The scrimmage with the Skolexians is a decent answer...but I have my doubts. Following leads given to me by this blonde haired bucket of bolts was enough yolk to get to middle of this mystery. As for Hime Kada...it's obvious she is behind these arsons....but is she really? Perhaps something, or someone, is trying to further tarnish her name. That leaves us with Saigou, the Divine Mademoiselle. How he is linked in all this is a mystery to this hard boiled detective...but I did happened to dig around and find out a certain red-haired Burian works there part time. That leave me to the boiling hot question...who is this B.O.D...this red haired man. Perhaps, you know something about him Yuka-sama?" Heiji turned to her. Haji clapped for her Boss's performance. Yuka was impressed too, "I'm...quite shocked. I also know of this red haired man. He just visited me in a dream. Valentino, keep the capital under high alert for any suspicious activity." Valentino gave Yukes a thumbs up and headed out of her door. "As for you three, you can rest in the guest bedroom for the night. I'm sure you've had quite the long day." Yuka showed them off and sat in her room alone. The lights turned off as she looked out her window to the village she overlooked. "Maybe that red haired freak was right...I'm stressed out way too much." ----------------------------------------------------------- "I really hope they aren't looking for me." Elizabeth was looking at Isaburo and Tetsunosuke sitting at a table, grabbing a bite to eat. He pulled his hood over his head more, turning away from the officers but trying to eavesdrop on their convo. They weren't saying a whole lot, which made Elizabeth even more nervous. 'Please just leave, please just leave, please just leave.' he kept begging to himself. But, his thoughts were interrupted when the door to the bar opened. Isaburo spoke up, "Skeleton Bonestein, Mutsu. Glad to have you guys." Isaburo shook both their hands as the couple sat down opposite of the two cops. Tetsu kept silent as he older brother was leading the questioning. "Glad to meet up with you!" Skele said in his cheerful manner. Mutsu just looked annoyed. Isaburo pulled out his phone and began to text, "So, you two were at the """egg restaurant""" the same day the Shogun was poisoned correct?" Isaburo asked. "Yeah, we tried to help, but this really tough wrestling guy got in our way. Needless to say, Mutsu kicked his butt! She was a tough as I've ever seen anyone." Skele said, complimenting his girlfriend. Isaburo was still texting, "Mhm, and was the wrestling guy perhaps linked to the culprit?" Isaburo asked. "Well, he showed up claiming someone attacked his friends. Then he got sent through the window. Oh Mutsu, did you hear that Oboro had his wallet stolen? Tatsuma was texting me about it, but I just kind of shrugged it off you know? He's rich, I'm sure he can afford a new wallet." Mutsu rolled her eyes. This peaked Isaburo's interest as he looked up from his phone. He turned to his younger brother, "Testu, this is your chance to make yourself useful. Got to Ikumatsu Ramen, I'm sure that Jizz Brained man will be there as he always is." Isaburo said. Tetsu reluctant stood up and made his way out the door. Ikumatsu Ramen was a few doors down, so it wasn't a hassle. But, Tetsu felt his brother was just trying to rid him so he could get his work done easier. He sighed as he pushed the flap open. "Welcome! Sit anywhere you'd like!" Ikumatsu said with a smile. As expected, Oboro was sitting at the bar nearest Ikumatsu with Poe resting on the bar in front of him. Tetsu looked at the man, who gave up an aura he couldn't even imagine. Dark waves were coming off of him as he sat there, peaking at his ramen. The bird turning its head as he too was eating the noodles. Tetsu tensed up as he neared the man who did not look up from his bowl. An ever sense of dread coming over him, he was meeting someone so dangerous, so famous, and important. He was trembling as he inched closer, and before he knew it, they were within feet. Poe noticed and flew up to Oboro's shoulder. Oboro's waves began to give off an even stronger sense before he turned and made eye contact with the Shinsengumi. "Oh hey, do you want my autograph or something mister police officer?" Tetsu sat down next to Oboro and his face hit the bar. Oboro nodded and went back to his bowl. "I was asked to come interview you about the day you had your wallet stolen. I just got really nervous because my brother expects so much from me...or so I think." Tetsu said pulled out a notepad. Oboro scratched his chin, "Yes, that was an interesting day wouldn't you say Poe? I was telling Ikumatsu-dono all about it, vented to her about that whole day. Let me tell you, it just got weirder from there on out." Oboro said turning to the Shinsengumi. "There I was, walking the snow streets with Poe. Sun-dono was out, smiling at us as I continued my stroll after running into that Lady who asked for eggs. My wallet went missing around that time, but I was too busy taking in the beautiful day in Edo. It's not often I travel here, it was a nice change in pace. I wrapped up the latest batches of TV filming and had plenty of free time. Poe suggested that since I lost my wallet, that I should head to the park and maybe play some ultimate Wrisbee with all the cute single guys and single girl birds. But, those plans were dashed the moment I bumped into a most peculiar individual. I knew he meant trouble the moment I locked my eye on him. I turned to Poe and told him to watch from above while I deal with this man." ""Sir, what brings you here, looking as though you want to start trouble."", "That's what I told him. Pretty cool right? Anyway, the man turned to face me, taking his straw hat off to face me mano y mano. That was when I knew he meant business. He picked me up by my shoulders and hoisted me in the air like I was a ragdoll. Never had been manhandled this much since Universe 4. It was perhaps one of the most terrifying moments in my entire life. The man was no mere human, he had to be part Amanto. However, the great and awesome Oboro would never back down from this challenge. He may have nearly dislocated both of my shoulder blades, but my warrior spirit would prevail. With my lack of male genitalia, I was able to split my legs apart and completely wrap them around his waist. A smart move on my part, hmph, he didn't even see it coming. Poe I could tell was in complete aw and shock as I managed to suplex the giant beast down directly on his head. The onlookers cheered and clapped as I stood triumphant over the foe. However...what came next was perhaps the most humiliating thing to happen to me in quite some time, and the reason I needed to vent to Ikumatsu-dono...the beast was still hungry for blood. And with my back turned, it striked. Before I knew it, my trousers were around my ankles and my boxers with bird print patterns was revealed for the world to see. Paparazzi was there to catch the whole act...I am ashamed but not surprised by what happened. So, I had to come here and spill my soul to one person I knew who would listen." Tetsu was staring blankly at him the entire time, "So could you describe the person who took your wallet?" Tetsu asked. Oboro gave him the classic face, "Uh yeah, it was a girl, had a scar on her face. Brown hair I think." Poe cawked in agreement. Tetsu stood up and bowed, "Thank you, that's all I needed." he marched out of the ramen shop and quickly headed back to the bar. Oboro turned back to face Ikumatsu, "I really do talk too much don't I Ikumatsu-dono...I heard from the Wurvivor Television Program that you were widow to Kurokuno-dono, the former Joui patriot. Your husband was a good man Ikumatsu-dono, you should be proud of what he accomplished that day on Koukan." Ikumatsu smiled as she was cleaning her wok, "It has been hard...to have no one to talk to about this, but I think I may have found that person recently. We both get the same type of customers, always giving us their life story. Not that I don't mind Oboro-san, it's just that, I think we really understand each other on that level. He's a really nice guy." Oboro smiled at this and paid his tab plus tax. "He is a good man Ikumatsu-dono, I hope he too can do what you do for me." Oboro nodded his head as he walked out of the ramen shop. Ikumatsu smiled, thinking of the newly kindled friendship she formed with Pakuyasa over the last few days, something she began to look forward to more and more. TBC
  5. "Welcome Edo TO THIS VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF WURVIVOR!" the camera zooms into a snowy mountain top, The person turned around and faced the camera, "I'll be your host for this season of Wurivor, Ketsuno Ana!" "Can you believe this? She gets a TV gig this big and doesn't even summon me up there to be her assistant." Gendomaru crossed her arms as she leaned back in her Wazyboy. Billy rolled his eyes while Ungyou's tear was finally cleaned up by Roberta using a handkerchief. The scene goes back to the TV where Ketsuno gestures out to the empty air, "16 Contestants will compete against the elements and against themselves to claim the prize of 1 million dollars and the title of Sole Wurvivor! Let's meet our contestants for this season!" Ketsuno smiled as the scene faded as the contestants were introduced, "I'm Takasugi Shinsuke and I'm for sure not a terrorist and totally a peaceful activist. I'm playing Wurvivor to prove I'm better than Gintoki and win the million dollars. If I win, I'll probably just take my husband on a really nice second honeymoon. I plan to play ruthless, I was a villain in the first arc for a reason you know." "My name is Doromizu Pirako! I'm playing on behalf of my father who is old and out of shape! We're mega Wurvivor fans, so this has been a dream of ours for a long time! I'm glad to finally be introduced to TBC this way." "Nobume Imai, everyone should be familiar. The Dick-Slaying, Pussy Destroyer Elite of all Elite is here to play Wurvivor. What would I do if I won the million dollars? Probably move out and live by myself so Isaburo would just leave me alone." "Why am I playing Wurvivor? Simple, Lord Enshou is playing and I just so happen to be living in Edo full-time to study TBC. I hope to be put on the same tribe as the Greatest Man Alive, but that remains to be seen. If I win the million dollars, I'm giving it all to Enshou." "I'm Shimura Tae! I work as a hostess, it's the best I can really do for me and Shin-chan. I hope to win the prize money so we can help rebuild Otose's Snack Bar and perhaps open up our dojo! Not that way of course!" "Kijima Matako. I'm only playing this stupid game because Shinsuke-sama and Kyuubey-chan said I had to. If I win the million dollars, I'm opening up my own music shop and ditching those smelly dudes." "Z." "Eren, of the Renho! Finally, getting the opportunity to compete in a game show, reality show hybrid! It's about time I got my moment to shine. Playing with my best friend, Zura is going to be so much fun. If I win the million? Oh, I'll fund my kids for the rest of their lives! No worries cause daddy's bringing the title of Sole Wurvivor home babies!" "My name is Takasugi Kotarou, and that is totally just a coincidence that I have the same name and look very similar to this person. I swear I am not a terrorist. If I win the title of Soul Wurvivor, I'll use the money to sprucen up our ship and take Shinny on a very very nice date." "I'm Lily, the real star of Lilymu! I'm playing just so I can totally blow this gig at Lilymu and work at the top with Tokyo's A-listers. I gotta play as dirt as like possible so I'm going to backstab everybody to get to the top, like I've always done!" "The name is Stephen Harvestein, and I'm First Captain under Lord Enshou. Playing Wurvivor has always been a dream of mine, and I've got some people that need helping out back in the real world. Hoping we can secure that million dollars and get their business back afloat!" "Just getting the chance to speak in TBC is enough to make me happy. If I win the million, I'm ditching Ozu's old ass behind and starting a new life in Wegas." "I'm Monika! Hehe, I'm playing for the rest of my crew back at the Harusame! Go, Pirates Go! With my prize money, I'll be able to accompany each room on our ship with cherry slushee machines! I know what's what our Chief would want! I'm just a video game character so I don't have much need for money." "Oi I'm Sakata Gintoki and my house exploded. I need the million dollars so I can sleep at night." "I'm Tama and I'm playing on behalf of Genghai-sama and Otose-sama. And also...Kintoki-sama wants waxed on abs." "Hello puny humans, I need no introduction. The million dollars I'm going to win is going straight to buying make up and more sex toys." The screen fads back to Ketsuno Ana smiling, "And there you have our contestants! Come on out guys!" Ketsuno claps as the 16 contests walk out in front of her. "Alright guys, are you ready to begin Wurvivor?" the contestants cheered excitedly, Gintoki even salivating at the sight of the host. "First things first, we gotta make two tribes. Everyone reach into this bucket and pull out a buff. Yellow buffs stand over on the Yellow mat, you'll be the Yuuki Tribe. Orange buffs stand on the orange mat, you'll be the Kibou Tribe!" the 16 of them all reached into the bucket and pulled out a small package with their buffs. "We made sure the teams were even, so you'll be getting 4 girls and 4 guys on each team! Everyone reveal your buffs." Everyone revealed, taking their place on the mats. Ketsuno walked in between them, "For the Yuuki Tribe we have: FDL, Lily, Saitou, Monika, Eren, Nobume, Shinsuke, and Stephen! For the Kibou Tribe we've got: Otae, Gintoki, Pirako, Katsura, Tama, Enshou, Matako, and King!" the scene cuts to Shinsuke with his head down at confessional, "Of course I'm playing the beginning of this game without Honey. To be away from him even until the merge, this is going to be heartbreaking. But I'm a big boy, I can do this." the scene cuts back to the contestants putting their buffs on. Ketsuno steps aside and shows the two tribes to their campsites. "Tomorrow, you guys will compete for immunity and the following night, someone from the losing tribe will be voted out," Ketsuno turned to the camera, "39 Days, 16 contestants, 1 WURVIVOR!" Gedomaru turned the TV off and laid back in her seat. Billy sneered as he cracked the billiards on the table, "Aw come on Gedo, why you gotta turn it off? Don't you want to see those numbskulls suffer in the cold?" Billy looked over as Ungyou blinked in his direction, "Oh yeah and you can just shut your fucking yap over there ya?" "..." Ungyou retorted. Billy had to be restrained by Gedo and Roberta as he was lunging at the headed one. --------------------------------------------------------------- Skele and Mutsu were sitting in a quiet cafe by themselves, or at least so they thought. It was their first date since that fateful kiss they had at the cabin. Mutsu got away from work for the first time in what felt like forever, and crime was significantly down since the universe unreseting. A lot of goodwill, and happy people in the city, so it made Skele's job much easier. The two decided to meet up at this brand new cafe that sprung up in the middle of Edo while reconstruction was happening. "So...all they serve here is black coffee and egg products? Doesn't seem vegan friendly you know. I have a few vegan friends in the Hero Association!" Skele said as he was scanning the menu. Mutsu put her hand on his free hand, causing him to blush, "All that matters is we get to hang out on our day off you know?" Mutsu said, smiling at Skele. From beyond the table, a pair, who looked to be the owners of the cafe looked on, "Boss, do you really think this is a good idea? Why did we build an entire Egg-based Cafe just to get information on these two? Can't we just do espionage or something?" Haji asked, but Heiji put a finger to her lips, "We have to do this the hard-boiled way Haji. There isn't anyway around this conundrum. Take a look at these two...holding hands. Just what I'd expect." Heiji set the clipboard down on the counter and spread out a bunch of pictures of Skele and Mutsu together. "Why did you even take this job Boss? This is just gossip magazine digest at best!" Haji said, but Heiji hushed her as he smiled. "Are you two fine people ready to order?" Heiji said with a large smile. Haji sighed as she gathered up the pictures and stacked them neatly. Mutsu shot daggers at him while Skele smiled back, "I think I'll take a coffee, with extra sugar and creamer if that's possib-" but Heiji snatched the menu from Skele's hands as a vein popped out of his hand, "Boss what are you doing!" Haji whispered loudly. Heiji sighed and jotted down the order, almost sending the pencil through the notepad as he wrote. "I'll take an order of 3 scrambled eggs, 2 egg Benedict, 2 poached eggs, 2 fried eggs, and 1 sunny-side up egg. Black coffee." Mutsu said. Heiji's face went dark as he wrote down the order. He bowed and took the two menus from them and quickly scrambled up to Haji, "Haji...I only brought one egg into the kitchen." Heiji whispered to her. Her face went dark as she slammed the clipboard down. "You're going to have to sneak through the back and steal some eggs from that farmer next door." Heiji pointed out the window, "What the heck are you looking at? I'm not even a damned farmer, me and BH are doing a skit!" Bores yelled, but the two detectives couldn't hear him from inside the cafe. Haji nodded, as she was a former thief, this was her expertise. She got down on the floor and began to crawl like Snake, but turned around when she heard the bell at the front door ring, "IT'S THE SHOGUNNNNNNNNNN" Heiji and Haji both said in tandem. Haji scrambled as quickly as possible out of the back of the kitchen while Heiji raised the notepad in front of him as he shook violently, sweat beating down his face. "Oi...you guys only serve black coffee? Sho-chan really like apple juice-" Pops was cut off as Heiji magically produced Apple Juice from behind his back. In reality, it was something far worse than apple juice. Shige took the glass and inspected it, "Matsudaria-san, why do you suppose this apple juice is pixelated?" Heiji tugged at the collar of his shirt as Matsudaria looked at the glass himself. "I'm not sure Sho-chan, maybe it's homemade?" Pops said, scratching the scruff on his chin. Pops picked up his menu, "I think me and Sho-chan will just get an order of scrambled eggs." Heiji quickly jotted down the order and scrambled to the kitchen. He attempted several times to light his lighter before eventually sparking up a cigar and starting up the gas oven. He opened to mini fridge he used personally and pulled out a single egg that was sitting next to a half empty bottle of Wack Daniels. He closed the fridge and looked at the coffee pot, dripping down to the bottom. He reviewed the orders and cringed at Skele's order. He walked next to the stove and brushed the dust and cobwebs from it. When he opened it he heard, as bugs and dust scattered all over the kitchen. The sugar and creamer were caked in dust as he took it from its nearly final resting place. He poured three cups, and put the dusty and old creamer/sugar in Skele's cup. He sighed and walked back to the dining area and began to hand out the coffee. Pops took a big sip and gave a satisfied smile. Mutsu took a sip of hers as she still shot daggers at him, which caused him to gulp. Skele stared at his cup, as the sugar came up to the top lumped together. Heiji hurried back to the kitchen, leaving the couple to themselves, "Why did you order that many eggs Mutsu?" Skele asked, examining his dreadful looking coffee. Mutsu downed her whole cup and shattered the mug against the table, "I don't trust those two, plus I need to reach my macro limit before I work out later." Mutsu said, showing Skele her killer abs. Skele blushed, as did Mutsu as she realized what she did. The Shogun began to sip at the """apple juice""" while Heiji looked from a creek in the door. He hid behind it after seeing the Shogun do that, praying that Haji would quickly make it back with the eggs. The scene shifted to Haji hiding inside a hay bail, watching Bores and Hercules going over their script. "Alright so you just stand over there and act like a pig or something," Bores said. BH nodded in agreement, but Haji just couldn't help herself, "He certainly looks like one." she said just loud enough, still hidden. BH swung his sword around, but ended up falling into a pile of snow. "YOU IDIOT, YOU'RE RUINING OUR PROPS!" Bores attempted to get off the hay bail, but stumbled, "Woah!" he fell off the hay bail and knocked himself out on impact with the ground. Haji quickly looked around and ran past the two and looked around the farm. "What the...these two aren't even real farmers!" Haji picked up a toy chicken that squawked at her. "Hey, who's messing with Bore's pet chicken out there! Bores where are you? It's dark...I'm scared, really really scared." BH said as the audience clapped for his catchphrase. Haji threw the bird down, causing it to shatter into a million pieces, but that action caused an uproar. A bird flew in and started pecking at her, "Hey, OW! WATCH IT!" Haji shielded herself, but heard a voice call out, "Poe! Calm down, it was simply plastic." Haji looked up and saw the dumb face of Oboro walking up to her. He looked at me with his banter face before switching back to serious Oboro looking down at Haji. "What caused you the destruction of this plastic bird? Certainly it did nothing to you." Oboro said. Haji sighed, "I need eggs to feed my...customers?" Haji said. Oboro nodded, "Well, it just so happens that I have the whole month off since my co-star is competing in a reality television program. Ozu-dono was kind enough to give us the month off as he re-furnished his penthouse. I was about to go to the store and pick up an assortment of fruit and vegetables for me and Poe to cook. We don't usually have the time to make delicious home made meals like we used to with this extremely busy schedule of filming, media appearances, other filming for commercials and sponsorships. Not to mention having to save the entire universe on a near monthly basis. To say me and Poe are busy is a complete understatement. We had to shoot a scene the day I un-reset the universe, like are you kidding me? But, I love acting so it's something I can really sink my teeth into. Sensei always told me a day lost is a day wasted. So, I have to use each day to its fullest. Perhaps even meeting and talking to you today was just what I needed to push forward. Meeting new people is always great, since I always meet fans and giving them autographs. I'm not like most celebrates who push their fans away, I am very approachable. Perhaps you would like mine?" Oboro was too busy monologuing and staring off into space to not realize Haji was already long gone. "She stole my wallet didn't she Poe." Poe simply beakwinged as Haji was sprinting to the small market down the street. She quickly bought two dozen eggs and raced past the stunned Oboro, dropping his wallet off at his feet. Haji kicked the back door and threw the eggs at Heiji who swiftly caught them and began to crack them gracefully into the pans. Each egg beginning to cook to perfection, both were following the instructions Mutsu had given them, each egg being cooked the way she asked. Heiji and Haji cleaned the sweat off their heads as they marveled at their culinary accomplishment. Each egg was cooked accordingly, seasoned perfectly, the aroma filling the kitchen as Heiji put his cigar out in an ash tray, "Haji, in all my years of detective work, this has got to be my greatest, most hard boiled task I've ever completed...no, we've ever completed." Haji sniffed as a tear ran down her cheek. "Are you ready to see those happy faces glowing with excitement Boss?" Haji asked. Heiji simply smiled as he tipped his Eggscellent hat before opening the door to the diner. "SHO-CHAN, STAY WITH ME!" Heiji and Haji's eyes darkened as they saw Matsudaria bent down, holding Shige's head up. The """apple juice""" glass was empty and the "blood" coming from Shige's mouth dripped onto Pops. "Matsudaria-san...I don't know what that apple juice was but...I could really go for some eggs right about now." Shige said, beginning to struggle to his feet. Skele and Mutsu stayed seated watching the madness unfold in front of them. "Sh-should we just leave Mutsu?" Skele asked, but Mutsu closed his jaw shut and pointed at Heiji and Haji holding her eggs. "Bring me my eggs." Mutsu said. Heiji slowed walked to the table, passing by Shige as he puked out the """"apple juice"""" thankfully, Pops did not notice him. He slowly placed the eggs in front of Mutsu before scurrying back to the kitchen. Haji walked over the placed the eggs on the table Shige and Pops were sitting at. Haji also booked it back to the kitchen, peering through to door at Mutsu who was downing her eggs. Pops lifted up Shige and yelled, "IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?!" at that, the front door of the cafe slammed open, "Time is money...and I am the Doctor of Pain." Takatin ripped the door off the cafe and tossed it to the street outside. His snatched the Shogun from Matsudaria and hit him with a backbreaker and then did a leg drop on top of him. Takatin stood up, "I'm looking for the fool who disrespected my friend, Best Hercules. Someone who does my tag team partner wrong, does me wrong." Takatin glared around the cafe. Pops shot his gun at Takatin, but the large muscular man caught the bullet in between his pecs. Matsudaria was shocked and looked down at the Shogun, who was completely knocked out. Skele was sweating, somehow, as he turned back to his girlfriend who completely devoured her eggs. She stood up and met eyes with the large man. "So, it was you. BH did say it sounded like a woman." Takatin cracked his knuckles but was met with Mutsu punching him so hard that it sent him flying through the window and falling on top of Bores and BH while they were looking in. "Come on Skele, let's go somewhere else for our date. Away from this chumps." Skele smiled nervously as she scooped him up and carried him out of the Cafe. Haji and Heiji's darkened faces looked on as Pops carried Shige out of the cafe, crying as loud as he could. "Boss, who even sent us to document these two? This seems rather dangerous." Haji asked. Heiji lit up another cigar, "Some sucker going by the name B.O.D." he said, taking a puff. "Let's continue tailing those two Haji, we can't let them slip through our fingertips so easily." --------------------------------------------------- "KIBOUU, WINS IMMUNITY!" Ketsuno yelled as she through her hands up. Enshou came to a halt and stuck his tongue out on a snowboard. "I had no idea he was that good at snowboarding." Stephen said, pretty impressed with Enshou. "There's a lot of things you don't know about me babe." Enshou said, throwing up a shakabrah. "Kibou, come get your immunity. You guys are safe tonight, no tribal council. Head on back to camp. Yuuki, you've got a date with me at tribal council where someone will be the first person voted off Wurvivor Edo. I got nothing for you, head on back to camp." Ketsuno said with a smile. The Yuuki Tribe reached camp and Shinsuke plopped down in the shelter. It cut to a confessional with Stephen, "Well today's challenge was pretty difficult. Having to hit a backflip off the slopes. How I didn't know Master Enshou knew how to snowboard is beyond me, but damn did he kill us in that challenge." Stephen said sighing. The confessional cuts to another one with Enshou, "They doubted me, but now they'll see just how useful I can be." Enshou said, but the scene cuts to him sleeping in the shelter and not helping around camp. The scene cuts back to the Yuuki tribe who was scrambling on who to vote out. Lots of players were splitting up in pairs. Lily and FDL were standing just outside of camp in a small patch of the forest, "So, OK, here me out FDL. We get out that old geezer and get some kind of girls alliance going. Though, we'd need one of the boys to flip." Lily said. FDL thought about it and it cut to her sitting at a confessional, "I don't think that bitch even knows my real name. She's been working with me for years and years now and she's never once said 'hello' to me. Though numbers are important, so if I have to, then I'll work with her." Another confessional starts up, "Couldn't trust that FDL as far as I could throw her." The scene cuts to Shinsuke laying in the shelter with Nobume and Eren. "I miss Honey." Shinsuke said. Eren nodded, "I miss Fumiko." he said. Nobume sighed, "I should just vote one of your asses out tonight and go with the girls." Nobume said. Shinsuke glared at her, "After all we've done together? You're always hanging out with me and Zura." Nobume rolled her eyes and got up out of the shelter. Eren shrugged at Shinsuke. "So, who are we voting tonight? I assume we're going to work together to get to the merge right Shinny?" Eren asked. Shinsuke reluctantly agreed. The scene cut to a confessional of Eren, "Me and Shinsuke haven't always got along, but I think we can let bygones be bygones and play a little co-op. Cause this game for sure isn't a single player one." the scene cut to Monika talking with FDL as the two tended to the fire. "So Lily wants to get out Stephen? Well I suppose he's a threat later on down the line, but I'm not sure if it's the smartest decision. We need strength and well..." Monika peered over to Lily who was struggling to bring a small twig to the firepit. FDL and Monika both gave each other the look of, yeah she should probably go. Meanwhile, while everyone was distracted, Stephen had slipped out of camp and was looking for the hidden immunity idol. He was frantically searching each crevice and nook of the trees, rocks, river and everywhere in between. But unknown to him and everyone else, Saitou had found the idol without barely even trying, (art by anele) 'I found this ugly thing laying by a tree and found an Idol inside of it.' Saitou signed, through the Elizabeth plush in the fire. Eren twinged in the shelter as his self was being burned unbeknownst to him. Stephen gave up his idol search and sat de-jected at the shelter. Saitou patted him on the back as he hid the idol in his afro. The day was waning, so it was time for tribal counsel. The 8 made their way to the site and sat down in front of Ketsuno. The eight castaways walk into an indoor, tribal looking area with a fire brewing. The take their torches and begin to light them in the fire. "Fire represents life in this game, go ahead and dip it in there and have a seat." Ketsuno said. The 8 took their seats, "My, my, doesn't everyone look chipper?" Ketsuno asked. The contestants all groaned. "Eren, how's tribe life? Everything as chipper as this back at camp?" "Well, I suppose. Lots of sleeping, lots of whispers, but I think everything is pretty alright past this murky surface." he replied. Lily gave him a confused look, "Lily, you got an issue with that?" Ketsuno asked. She nodded, "Some people are more difficult to work with than others, some don't even want to work at all. Just sit around and do nothing." Lily said rolling her eyes. "Shinsuke, does she make a good point?" Ketsuno asked. He shrugged, "Well, she just kind of looks at her nails all day. Reminds me of some other blonde on the other tribe." Lily growled at Shinsuke who just chuckled. "Stephen, let's talk idols. You guys know they're out there, do you think anyone's got one?" Ketsuno leaned in, "Well Ketsuno, I'm not really sure! Some people today I'm sure went looking but came up empty. Perhaps, there's just no idols this season?" Ketsuno nodded, "Perhaps! Saitou, the challenge today, pretty tough. Snowboarding can take some learning curves but you performed pretty well out there today. Do you think being a physical threat poises danger?" Saitou sat there, with a sleep bubble. Ketsuno nodded and moved on to Monika, "What about you Monika? You seem to be a physical threat too." she asked, "Well, I was an athlete at school before I came to Edo, but having physically strong people early in the game is very important, perhaps weeding out the weaker ones are priority." but Nobume spoke up, "Or get rid of the physical threats first and deal with the social threats later in the game." Nobume said, smirking. FDL added, "She's right, it's not always the weakest person we should focus on, but perhaps the physical threat!" she said. Tension was building in the tribe as they were murmuring to each other. Ketsuno stood up, "With that, it's time for our first vote. Lily, you're up." Lily made her way to the voting booth, as did everyone else in following sequence. "You're way too dangerous to keep in this game, sorry old man." "Rather you than me, hey my first voting confessional! Love you Fumiko!" The rest of the tribe voted without confessionals. The last person took their seat, "I'll go tally the votes." Ketsuno walked off to grab the urn. She brought it back and sat it upon a podium. "If anyone has the hidden immunity idol and you'd like to play it, now would be the time to do so." Ketsuno looked around, but no one stood up to play the idol. "Ok, once the votes are read the decision is final, the person voted off will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. I'll read the votes." she took out one parchment, "First vote," "Lily." "Lily, that's two votes Lily." "Stephen, that's 1 vote Stephen, 2 votes Lily." "Stephen, we're tied 2 votes Stephen, 2 votes Lily." "Shinsuke, that's 1 vote Shinsuke." "We are tied again, 2 votes Stephen, 2 votes Lily, 2 votes Shinsuke." "Lily, that's 3 votes Lily, 2 votes Stephen, 2 votes Shinsuke, 1 vote left." Ketsuno pulled out the last vote, "First person voted out of Wurvivor Edo, Lily." "That's 4, that's enough. I need you to bring me your torch." Lily shook her head and stood up, "You'll all regret not voting out that Old Man." Shinsuke looked around, "Who the hell voted for me?" Nobume smiled at him devlishly while Saitou Z'd. "A white and a black coat working together, I'll be damned." Lily picked her torch up and placed it in front of Ketsuno. "Lily, the tribe has spoken." "It's time for you to go." Ketsuno gave her a smile while Lily stormed off. "Well that was an exciting first tribal, hopefully keeping strength over social was the right moves. Grab your stuff and head back to camp, goodnight." the 7 castaways got their stuff and headed back to their campsite. Lily sat at the confessional and gave her farewell message, "Well it was certainly something. I got away from the Lilymu cast for a few days, so that's really nice." Lily shrugged and walked away. The scene cuts to Enshou twitching in his sleep, "A little rough tonight aren't Bro?" Enshou stared down at B.O.D who was bowing to Enshou to say sorry, "I won't be as rough next time oh Dark Overlord! Just please, try and bring that man into your dream! Think of the excellent o-" but he was cut off by Enshou, "I have to focus on this game Idiot. I'll try tomorrow for sure, but I'm pretty beat from that snowboarding." B.O.D looked dejected as Enshou vanished. Enshou had woken up to relieve himself. B.O.D stood up and sighed, pouring himself some wine, swishing it in the cup. "Oh Jeb, Jeb, Jeb, Jeb. You're getting closer and closer to that Saxophone Wielding Git. But, once you do, their healer is out, you make your move." he smiled to himself as the classical music played in the background. "Now, if those detectives would just do their job and get me more intel on the Globberians and the Joushishi..." he put his fingers to his chin. "I'll have to contact my liaison in the land of the waking to get my updated." he quickly put the wine away when he heard the bedroom door creek open. "Ready for Round 2, Idiot." Enshou asked. B.O.D. nodded in acceptance. -------------------------------------------------------------------- "Yukes ain't come outta her room ina few days. I'm gettin kinda worried bout her." Valentino was leaning on a carhood in the Wrooklyn part of Globberian Village. The Shinsengumi were stopping by in the efforts to calculate the damage of both Edo and Tokyo. Valentino was leaning against Hijikata's car as the Vice Chief looked solemnly at the village. "You know, I'm glad you guys got your village restored. I know a lot of samurai that helped fight in the Great Solid Wars, as they're called now." Hijikata said, Valentino smiled, "Well, yous samurai have helped our people immensely. We even owe some of ya our lives." Valentino said. "Don't worry about your sister Valentino, I think alone time will do her best right now. I've never had an actual sister, but I've grown up around someone I'd consider one...maybe even closer." Hijikata sighed. "Just, make sure to knock on her door every once and awhile and ask how she's doing." Hijikata smiled at Valentino and got back in his car. He leaned out the window, "And if you guys are ever in any trouble, just let us know." Valentino nodded as Hijikata drove off. "Jus check up on her sometimes huh? That's too easy for a nosy fratello like myself." TBC
  6. "How hard is it to get service around here?" Joe sat down at the table Yuka and Valentino were at. Their wine spilled across the white table clothes. The two Globberians stared in horror at the sight of Roberta laying limp on the ground at the feet of Joe. The Tendoushu withdrew their weapons and stepped away from the group. Joe looked back at the Tendoushu as they whipped their cloaks and turned about face. "We can't be bothered to deal with this being. He's out of our control and much more powerful than us. Plus they're here." one of the Tendoushu pointed at Oboro, Poe, and Stephen. Oboro gave the Tendoushu the classic banter face as they passed by. Poe caw'd at them as they passed. Joe tapped his fingers on the table. "You, jizz head in the back." Joe pointed at Oboro. Oboro stepped forward as Joe continued to stay seated. "Joe-dono. You are sinister, causing the reset of the first TBC universe." Joe narrowed his gaze, "I have no idea what you're even talking about. All that I know is that you're in the way of me getting to that damn man who ripped Her away from me." Joe shifted his eyes to the red wine, dripping to the floor of the restaurant. Oboro stared at Joe as silence filled the joint. "Captain-dono." Oboro did not break his gaze from Joe as he spoke to Stephen, "I'm sure you are powerful enough to hold Joe-dono down while I go somewhere. I need purple Altana." Oboro began to walk out of the restaurant, but Joe grabbed his arm. "Where the hell do you think you're goin?" Joe tugged hard at the jizz head's arm, causing a small amount of pain. Oboro yanked his hand away from Joe while Poe grabbed a tuff of Oboro's curly hair. "You're going to have to deal with someone in your past Joe-dono, regardless if you've met him or not. Poe, to the cabin." Poe lifted Oboro up and flew out the door with him in his beak. Stephen's face darkened as he realized just how powerful Poe could be. Stephen turned his attention to Joe who turn his attention back to the wine dripping from the table. Yuka and Valentino were the only other two in the building as Stephen stepped forward to face Joe. "Joe, you can choose to believe me or not, but I know you...personally from the outside world." Stephen took his captain's hat off and put it to his side. "I'm good friends with Wilford." Joe's eyes shot up from the wine and met the Captain's gaze. "I knew your parents, very well. Our families were so close Joe." Joe got out of his seat and stood across from Stephen. "Let's just put this little thing aside so we can get back home." Stephen said. Joe walked up to him and with the blink of an eye, lunged at Stephen. Stephen caught the punch from his metallic arm. Joe opened the palm of his hand within Stephen's grasp the create a sword, but Stephen channeled his powers into his own hand and sent Joe flying across the room, crashing into a table with spaghetti plated. "Whata waste of good noodles!" Valentino said, receiving a slap from Yuka in return. Joe looked up in surprise, "Gosh! It's about time I got someone as strong as me! If I can't get Utsuro, then you'll have to do Old Man!" Joe shot up and began to rush towards Stephen before the scene shifted to Poe flapping his wings while Oboro flipped through a small pocketbook he had. "Poe, I know he's going to be there. However, it's the only place I can find purple Altana in this universe. I'm terrified to face him again...not after that dream I had. Do you think he knows about that dream Poe? I'm sure he does, he is Sensei after all." Poe slowed down as the two spotted Utsuro's cabin, indeed emitting smoke from the chimney stack. Oboro planted his feet in the snow as Poe started panting on his shoulders. Oboro let out a sigh as he put his pocketbook back in his breast pocket. He trudged through the thick snow and faced the door of the cabin. He gave the wood three knocks as his heart was racing. The door opened and Oboro made eye contact with his Sensei...for the first time in what felt like a lifetime. "I figured you would be knocking at my door Oboro." Utsuro gave Oboro and smile, allowing the two inside his cabin. Oboro hesitated at first, but stepped inside. It was warm in the cabin, the firewood crackling just like it was hours ago in the present universe. "Not but 5 minutes ago, you two just vanished from your chairs! I was quite shocked at first, but I figured something happened with time and space and all that." Utsuro put on his "Kiss the Chef" oven mitts and opened the oven door. "This batch came out really well I think!" "Why don't you try one Oboro?" Oboro looked at the cookies, hot steam coming from the freshly baked snacks. He shook his head as he sat down. Poe flew from Oboro's shoulder and landed on the table in front of Utsuro. Utsuro turned and smiled at the bird as he sat the cookie tray down next to him. "I'm dead, isn't that right Oboro?" Oboro put his head down, staring at his lap. Utsuro took the mitts off and sat opposite of him at the table. "It's ok Oboro, I understand if you don't want to talk to me. It must be difficult for you, from whichever universe you hail from. I'm guessing someone caused a little ruckus and spilled the cookie batter! No problem really, I know pretty much exactly what's going on Oboro so you don't have to explain anything. I'll gather up the crystals and let you be on your way." Utsuro reached into his pocket and pulled out a small sack that was glowing purple. "I hope you remember what I told you in that dream." Oboro covered his face with his hands after that last line. "In death, I may not be there physically Oboro. But, rest assured that my essence lives on somewhere in this plain of existence. I just hope that you are happy. I'm glad to see that you continue to live on without me." Utsuro slid the bag across the table, hitting Oboro's arms while his face rested in his palms. "You can fix this mess you're in without me Oboro." Oboro removed his face from his hands, "You were the only person I could come to with purple Altana, Sensei. I...I've become stronger than maybe I realize. I've accepted myself for who I am and began to embrace the people around me. I have friends now...a life outside of your own." Oboro grabbed the pouch and put it next to his pocketbook. Utsuro smiled at Oboro as he stood up. "My, you have grown haven't you Oboro. I can't say for sure how many times I've reset the universe up until your point in time, but with those crystals, I sense you are willing to prevent a reset. It shows me how happy you are there, and that's all I can ask for. You still make me proud." Utsuro stood up and faced away from Oboro as him and Poe began to head out of the doorway. Oboro was fighting back tears, but he couldn't cry, not now. He had to help save the universe he called his permanent home. Utsuro smiled to himself as his cabin door closed, the crackle of his fireplace the only noise he heard. "Keep living Oboro, for both of us." The scene shifted back to Joe, who was shooting knives from his arm at Stephen, who ducked and dodged, grabbing a hold of his hat so it didn't fall off. "Phew! You're wild aren't you Joe! Shame this'll be the last time I see this version of you! Though, I much prefer the one that doesn't try and murder me." Stephen caught one of the blades flying at him and chucked it back at Joe. The blade got lodged into his metal arm, causing it to spark. Joe rushed at the Captain, morphing his hand into a blade. He began slashing at Stephen, but he was stopped at his legs. He looked down and saw green strands weighing him down. "Fratello, I told you not to interfere!" Yuka yelled. Stephen took the opportunity to grab Joe's metal arm and rip it from his flesh. He tossed it aside while Valentino let go of Joe. Joe staggered in front of Stephen when they heard Poe and Oboro crashing into the window outside. Oboro took the pouch from his pocket and flashed it to Stephen. But, while the Captain was distracted, Joe gave him a huge uppercut from his normal hand, causing a tooth to fly from his mouth. Joe took down the Captain and started to throw haymakers on him. Oboro quickly rushed inside the diner, and held Joe back, tossing him into a booth. Yuka stood up from the back of the diner and walked over to the dis-figured Roberta. She bent down and stared at the woman, who's head was nearly completely destroyed. "Why is this happening..." she said to herself softly. Yuka let tears come from her eyes. Valentino was shocked, he's never seen his Godsister openly weep like this. "It feels like...this is all my fault." her head fell to Roberta's cold chest. Joe adjusted himself in the booth he landed in while the only sounds filling the building were the open sobs of Yuka. Oboro walked over to her, "Yuka-dono, it is not your fault. Roberta-dono was clouded by guilt. We all are at some point...but her grief made her succumb to fate. I'm positive the Yuka in the present will understand she was never at fault for this. The best I can do now, is help reverse the effects of Roberta's actions. Go, take your Godbrother and be happy here. He won't be much of a problem for long anyway." Oboro shifted his gaze to Joe, who was still groggy from the toss. "Yo, Captain over there." Stephen climbed to his feet, placing the teeth he lost in his coat pocket. "What does he mean by that? I'm not a problem for long?" Joe asked, leaning in the booth. "You're a changed man where we live Joe. You accepted Her death, the death of your parents. You even-" but as Stephen was talking, the door to the pizza joint opened up and a hefty, elderly gentleman stood in the doorway. "Joe, I've been lookin up and down f-" Brimley met eyes with the Captain. Stephen, a man he knew years ago in his past. "So..this is where you ran off to all those years ago? Hmph, could have at least told me. Someone you'd considered a brother. I can't stay here Joe, I'll be on my way when you're finished." Wilford shut the door and headed up the street. Stephen stared at the door, and putting his head down. Joe rested in the booth he was sitting at, "You weren't lying when you said you knew me...I'm just confused man. Where did you even come from? Why are you guys even here? That thing I killed brought you all here? God." Joe put his head down on the table. Oboro was silently reciting the Latin from his pocketbook while the crystals in his bag began to glow. Stephen let out a sigh and walked over to Roberta's corpse. He bent down next to Yuka and put his hand on her shoulders. "Everything will be alright in the end Ms. Yuka. I'll make good on that promise when I get home." Stephen picked up Roberta's body and placed her next to Oboro. He stuck his hand through the closed up sword wound and materialized green crystals from the sword she was stabbed with, dust particles still resting inside the stab. Stephen grabbed the small crystals he created and placed them in the small pouch alongside the purple Altana. Yuka looked up, tears still running down her face, Joe looking at Stephen somberly, and Valentino turning his back to the three. "We'll see you on the other side." Stephen said, picking Roberta up as a small portal began to form in front of Oboro. He stopped his phrases, "This is our only moment to get back to present time Stephen-dono, we have to go now." Oboro said, as he and Poe grabbed the small pouch. Stephen nodded, still thinking of the last thing Wilford ever said. The last thing he'd ever hear his long time friend from the real world say. 'Someone you'd consider a brother'. Stephen smiled through his busted up mouth and jumped through the portal with Roberta's body on his shoulder. Oboro and Poe bowed to the three in front of them and jumped into the portal as it closed up behind them. The landed in a crowd of people as time had began to resume. They were cheering on Sadaharu and the Gods as they were using all their might to hold back the power of the Altana. "Jesus, it's about fuckin time you 3 showed back up! Did you get that worm or..." Billy was in his titan form, sending energy to Sadaharu when he noticed the body that Stephen was carrying. Oboro brought himself to his feet and continued the ritual. He stopped for a second cause he saw one of his co-workers, "Raj-dono, give me one of your megaphones." Oboro said. "YOU JUST ASSUME I HAVE A MEGA-PHONE BECAUSE I'M LOUD? Of course I do, here you go." Raj handed Oboro a megaphone, as he continued the ritual. The sky was beginning to shift in favor of the blue, warm hue everyone was used to. The cheers and roars from all of Edo and Tokyo cheering on Sadaharu, Ane, and Mone as they were further harvesting the Altana back to its stable state. The cracks in the Earth beginning to shift back into place. Dylan stared from the outside world as the sky around him began to calm, the ocean was fading in color. He smiled, walking out of the cave and feeling the warmth of the Sun. All the people surrounding the core began to hug and cheer, even some of the Skolexians began to shift to human forms and cheer on the three and Oboro as the universe was shifting back into place. Ane and Mone released their cast as the Altana had finally became stable enough, and Sadaharu had enough strength to hold it together. "Alright everyone! Great job!" Ane and Mone both said as all the characters cheered, hugged each other, and celebrated. Oboro was still completing his chanting while Tatsuma patted him on the back from behind. "AHAHAHAHA! NICE WORK OBORO! You really helped save our butts back there!" Oboro smiled through his chants. He finally finished the enchantment and closed his book. He looked to his right and saw Stephen carrying Roberta through the crowd of people. He saw Skele/Yuka following him close behind. He sighed to himself as he followed the three of them. The scene shifted to Yorozuya who were standing by Ane and Mone, watching Sadaharu. "So, how long is he going to be in there for?" Shinpachi asked. "He should be stable enough to stay in there while construction is being done. We'll keep him company just in case." Mone said. Gintoki stepped away from the kids as he met eyes with Katsura a few feet away. "Oi Zura, have you seen Shinsuke?" Gintoki asked. Katsura looked away from and turned his back, "O-oi..." Gintoki looked in horror as Shinsuke dragged himself from the back alley Katsura happened to be standing in front of. "Gintoki..." "I...lost." Gintoki dropped to his knees, "SHINSUKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" Gintoki yelled as his voice cracked with despair. Shinpachi looked down at Gintoki and back up at the white stains on Shinsuke's face, "OIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WHAT WERE YOU TWO DOING DURING THIS WHOLE THING! WHY ARE YOU CRYING GIN-SAN?!" Shinpachi yelled. Shinsuke leaned against the wall of the alley and coughed up white blood. "THAT IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT WHITE BLOOD!" "It was one of those worms...they attacked me." Shinsuke said, adjusting his belt. "YOU DON'T EVEN WEAR A BELT! AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY WORM?!" Shinpachi yelled. "Shinsuke..." Gintoki caught his friend as he fell to his knee. Shinsuke looked up at Gintoki, the sun shining down for the first time in a few days. "You two are absolutely ridiculous." Shinpachi said, storming off. The scene followed him until it stopped on Enshou, who was still knocked out from earlier. "Mmm, come on bro...not here..." he mumbled to himself. No one was around him at all. The scene caught up to Sweetcheeks as him, Yuka, Skele, Oboro, and Poe all made it back to Utsuro's cabin where Valentino's ashes sat. The all entered the cabin, as Yuka removed herself from Skele. She sat on the couch in her glob form, next to Sophia. "How did she die." Yuka asked, not looking at her former lover's body. "It was Joe, well not the Joe that lives here but one from another universe. She...she died in your arms Yuka. You and Valentino were at the place we battled that Joe." Stephen said. Yuka's gaze clouded as she continued to stare at her solid. Oboro walked up to the small coffee table in front of Yuka and sat a small cookie jar in front of her. "Yuka-dono, I placed Valentino-dono inside this jar. You may do with it as you wish." Yuka looked up at the cookie jar with a small turtle on it. "Oh Valentino..." she grabbed the jar and held it close to her. Her glob form pretty much absorbing the jar. Skele looked down tentatively. Oboro snapped his fingers, doing so caused Poe to bring out the small pouch. It was glowing a small grayish color. "Bonestein, I'm sure you don't remember, but back in Okinawa when Sensei resurrected you; he used this. He completely reshaped your skull that he ground into ashes. Poe placed you back together and brought you back to life." Skele nodded as he remembered the moment he came back to the land of the living. Yuka put the jar back on the table, "What I'm trying to say Yuka, is that we can either bring Valentino-dono back to life...or we could fix your solid half. It is impossible to bring Roberta back to life, that is up to Billy-dono from now on. I see her stay in Hell to be a permanent one. But these two, these two can be saved." Poe sat the pouch down next to the cookie jar while Yuka squirmed on the couch. "Life is never easy, is it Oboro. We just fought to stop a universe where I could have all three of them again, yet you prompt me with this. Making me choose between the two beings closest to me. Two of a handful that truly understood me on a personal level." Yuka lamented on that last statement. Stephen stepped forward, "I can always help, you know I do have the purple Altana running through my body. Shouldn't that be enough to save them both?" Stephen asked. Oboro scratched his chin as he looked at the pouch on the table. However, Yuka used her liquid tentacles to grab the pouch herself. "Stephen, you needn't worry about me. Sophia...Sophia has been long dead. If you couldn't tell by my disfigured appearance when I was in my solid form. But...I just don't know how I feel about abusing powers like this. Roberta, she did the same. Look where that got her. She became a shell of herself, misguided by her fate and her stubbornness." Yuka said, solemnly. Skele approached her at least and sat on the couch next to her, "Yuka, I understand why you're hesitant in bringing him back, but I want to at least say my peace before you make any decision. I've gotten to know Valentino very well over the past week or so. He's...one of the most caring beings I've ever met. He'd always talk about you, you know that? He was worried sick you might do something you'd regret, or that you'd get hurt. And by the look of it, he died because of that worry. I had no time to stop him, he threw himself in harms way just to protect not only you, but to protect us. He's a hero Yukes. Just as much as Stephen, as Oboro, as....Hitsugi, and even as you. We all saved the universe from collapsing. It may sound selfish of me, and that's completely against everything I was brought up on; but I really miss him. He...he is just like how our species are. We're co-existing, not co-dependent. You...may not realize it but you really brought together something I was missing to this planet. I'm sorry if I may sound rude, but I figured I would just share with you how much your Godbrother meant to me. Please, do what makes you feel most at ease." Skele gave her a smile, but as he was about to give up, he felt Yuka yank him towards her. She didn't morph with him, but she simply gave him a hug, a tight hug that she didn't want to let go. "All I wanted to do was make my people happy...never did I think we would be able to, as you said, co-exist with the mammals living around us. I was scared we were going to get pushed away, like we always have. Regulated to nothing but pawns...but here on Earth, people view us as equals. To be called a hero...I don't deserve such a moniker. But, he does." Yuka let go of Skele and she grabbed the small pouch. "I'm ready Oboro. I want to bring Valentino back to life." Oboro nodded as he pulled out a small book from Utsuro's bookshelf. Stephen smiled as he began to walk out the door, "Skele, do you know where Hitsugi is?" Stephen asked. Skele looked somber, "He's in the hospital...but his injuries are fatal. He fell into a coma when he arrived." Oboro's eyes went dark as he held the book. Stephen looked down at the ground and nodded his head. "Then, there is no need for me to see him. I shall pay visit to others in his place." Stephen said, closing the cabin door behind him. He made his way through the snow, a few mile walk was nothing, but he was still hurting from his fight with Joe. He was adjusting his jawline and rubbing his cheeks most of the way towards his destination. He saw the fence, and large gate drawing nearer to him as he was trudging along through the snow. He picked a few flowers that hung from trees along the way. He opened the cemetery gate and headed towards the middle part of it. He looked down to see "Hitsugi Family" written on the headstone. He placed a single flower in the vase, remembering that day he ran into Hitsugi here. He continued to the back of the cemetery, reading each headstone to find the name he was looking for. Eventually, he came across the one he came to find, Stephen sighed as he laid the rest of the floors down at the foot of the tombstone. "I'm sorry for leaving you guys Wilford...I wish everything could have been different. I...I was just afraid to face you again while you were still here. God, I have so many regrets in my life....I should have been there for a friend. I try, try as I must to put flowers on your grave. Yet, I can never get your forgiveness, nor do I deserve it. I have to leave, and return this book home." Stephen went down to one knee and wiped the tears from his eyes. But, he heard a familiar voice from behind him, "So, you really are leaving Sweetcheeks." Stephen turned around and saw Enshou staring down at him. "You still have that minichip I put inside you, so I knew you were out here. Alone, I assumed. No one comes to a cemetery with friends...well unless you're into that stuff." Stephen stood up and faced Enshou. Before Enshou could speak, Stephen embraced the redhead. Enshou put his hands up in shock. "What is this about..." Enshou asked. "You should know, you didn't come all this way out here for nothing, Sir." Stephen said, looking up to smile at Enshou. "I won't be gone forever Sir. I just have to get the comic book and that kid back to safety." Enshou put his hands down, still not accepting the embrace. "And yes...I did hear your song Enshou. It was beautiful." Enshou's heart jump, just now realizing he could feel the heartbeat of his Captain's against his. Enshou finally gave in and embraced Stephen. "You know how much it pains me to say this Captain, but...I've really missed you. Please be safe out there." the two stood in each other's embrace for awhile until Sweetcheeks spoke up after giving Enshou a small kiss on the cheek. "I promise, I'll be back for you Sir." Enshou nodded as Stephen broke off from him. Stephen looked up and gave a thumbs up, "Blue skadoo'd, we can too!" Stephen jumped out of the comic book and landed in front of Dylan. "Alright wise guy, Dylan had had it up to here with all this smadoo nonsense. It makes number 1 on his top 11 weirdest and most annoying things list." Dylan said, tearing at his beard. Stephen sighed, "It's alright kid, I'll get ya home." Stephen said, patting Dylan on the back. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The scene shifted to the Keiheiti/Joushishi ship sitting opposite of the Harusame ship as the Yato continued to rebuild LilyMu Towers. Katsura was whistling in a bubble bath, washing off after the attack from the Skolexian earlier. Shinsuke was laying on the couch, while Gintoki snickered counting the money he won from winning the NNN bet. The shot shifted deeper into the ship, landing on Bansai and Elizabeth's bedroom. Bansai was leaning up against his bed, Elizabeth not present in the room. He peered down next to him, that note he only just read after his big Tokyo Wome performance. That note that Kyuubei had left for him in his dressing room. "We're not just colleagues, band members, nor friends. The 5 of us, we are family." that was all the note said with a picture of the band, Kyuubei, Katsura, and Shinsuke all posing together. Bansai smiled as he picked the note up one more time just to read those two sentences. As he sat the note down and picked his guitar up, the scene shifted through the citizens of Edo. Joe hugging Josh in his hospital bed, while Steve and Hijikata entered with flowers. The royal family were gathered with white coats and black coats (and Barkas!) celebrating, perhaps he was celebrating because Enshou had left him alone. Soyo hugged her brother and he in turn gave Nobunobu a hug. Nobume crossed her arms, pouting as Isaburo patted her head. Sougo smiled at Hata, as he gave his brother a hug at the legs. Ozu put his arm around Kiyoko as they marveled at the sparkingly, new building being built for them. Kamui spit red slurpee down on Saitama's head while they worked. The couples in the Harusame were taking a break, eating lunch together and enjoying the sun. No Man was alone. The scene shifted back to the cabin, where Oboro finished saying the small chant. He opened the cookie jar that contained Valentino and dumped the dust from the crystals on top of his ashes. He shut the lid, as it began to rubble a little, and then a small "poof" came from within it. Yuka's eyes began to swell as the jar settled, "Hey, waz the big idea? It's all dark alluda sudden!" she began to sniffle as the lid burst open and a green liquid squirmed out of the jar, "F...Fratello..." "Yukes!" the two Godsiblings embraced each other as the fire crackled once more, the two letting the love for each speak through actions, and less than words. Family coming together once more. "I...I was dead and gone Yukes, I tried to protect ya from her!" Yuka looked at her Godbrother, then to where Roberta's body laid. Valentino looked past her to where she was and slowly nodded. "This ma...Oboro brought you back to life. I'm truly indebted to you." Yuka said. Oboro simply shook his head, "No, this was something I had to do. Selfish reason for you, may just be an even more selfish reason for myself. Come on Poe, let's head on home." Oboro said, as Poe landed on his shoulder. The two left Yuka, Valentino, and Skele alone in the cabin. Skele sat back down on the couch and hugged Valentino. But as Valentino settled back into the world of the living, he was gathering his surroundings. He noticed the bones of Yuka's solid laying on the floor. He looked back at Yuka, "So...you's chose to bring me back to life and not Sophia huh. I oughta scold you, but I undastand Yukes. Skele, what's gonna happen to Roberta back theaha?" Skele looked at Roberta and gave his response, "We could send her back home with her people, but we're not sure they're willing to accept her." Skele said. Yuka looked back at Roberta, but put her liquid head down, "If they won't bury here...then we will." Yuka said. Valentino nodded in agreement. "Well Yukes, it's up to you...I know how much pain she caused ya." Yuka hugged her Godbrother again, "She's taught me a lot about myself Valentino...she was closer to me than anyone even you. It's only right that she gets a proper grave, one that gets tended to...one that gets remembered." Yuka said, through tears as Skele got up to leave the two siblings alone as they embraced within the living once more. TBC
  7. "Bansai, the show starts in 5 minutes and you haven't even done your makeup." Bansai looked up at his manager but tilted his head back down. It was still on his mind, that envelope that Kyuubei handed him just prior to him coming to the big show in Tokyo. His biggest gig since becoming solo. It was eating him up, even though he never opened it. Just what he had said to her in the dressing room, his manners, and her body language. It was all eating him up. "David, I don't think I'm going to be able to attend the show tonight. Haven't you seen the news reports of the Amanto Invasion? It's not safe here, even with all the security." Bansai said, showing Snake a photo from his phone of the giant worm creatures causing havoc in the city. Snake shook his head, "Don't worry about that, we have the highest of security here. You, nor none of your audience will be hurt." Snake reassured him, putting a corner of his codec screen on Bansai's shoulder. Bansai stood up and turned his back to his manager. "It's not my safety I'm worried about David. It's bigger than that." Bansai walked up the stairs that led to the left side of the large stage in the Tokyo Dome. He turned back to face Snake, "This may as well be my last performance." Bansai turned back and walked on the stage as the whole crowd erupted in cheers and applause. The Dome's roof was damaged from the Skolexian attack, but was heavily guarded by several persons in white coats. From the right side of the stage, a car squealed and parked just out of site of the audience. Isaburo stepped out, texting, and gave Bansai a thumbs up. Bansai nodded and walked up to the microphone. As he was about to introduce himself to the audience, half of a giant worm creature landed behind him from the damaged roof, splattering blood all over him. Bansai turned around, shocked and saw a man with red hair emerge from the worm's body. "Oh, sorry about ruining your set loser." Enshou brushed himself off and flung guts off his laser beams. The other half of the worm followed a few seconds later, this time with a sax covered in guts. "Hey Sex God, I got some cuts on me." Enshou snapped his fingers and Suave managed to play a single note with the little power he had left after the purple crystals halted his full potential. "I can't heal you fully man, so don't get too hurt!" Suave said, panting exhaustively. Bansai narrowed his eyes at the two, "You two interrupted my biggest show of all time." Bansai pinched the bridge of his brow. Enshou's ears perked up at this, "So, you're playing a show? Biggest of all time? Maybe, broadcasted world wide?" Enshou asked. Bansai nodded. Enshou smiled, "Maybe they'll hear this. Mind if I play with you? I've got some music I need some people to hear." Bansai shrugged as Enshou took his robe off and picked up his trumpet from a cartoon pocket. ----------------------------------------------------------- "Sorella, ay, Sorella!" "Fratello..." Yuka's eyes were red, she was curled next to her Godbrother's ashes. The snow was beginning to cover her, not caring much anymore about what nature would do to her already fragile state. Her emotions completely overflowing, her mind drawing blanks. She was whimpering, a sad state for a leader to be in. Through the noise of the snow, the battle raging in the forest, and the voice of her Godbrother in her head; she did not see the foresight of something swooping in and picking her up from the snow. She did not have the energy to struggle, or do anything in the state she was in. Whatever picked her up, however, landed at the door of the cabin. She was still looking at the white snow blanketing the ground as the door opened, and she was picked up again. It placed her on a small bed next to the unlit fireplace. She heard a match strike as dead wood began to crackle. She moved her eyes to face the creature as it sat at the bedside table, She stared back at this bird, familiar looking. She realized soon that it was the same bird that sat upon that man's shoulders in the village. She was confused as to why it saved her, but she soon remembered the story Roberta told her, "You...must be Poe." she managed to say. Poe hopped around the small table before flying over to the other side of the cabin. "Not many people come here anymore." Yuka faced where Poe flew to and saw Oboro standing at the fire place. He was looking at the dusty pictures lining the mantle. He picked up a photo of him and Utsuro after a sparing session, long ago in his youth. He sat it back down and turned to face Yuka. "I saw what happened to Bonestein's liquid half...I'm sorry this had to happen to you." Yuka eyed her solid half, still laying in mangled pieces near the living room couch. "Poe and I, we didn't just come here by chance. We figured something terrible was happening here, near this cabin. I also see that Roberta-dono has plans to reset this universe." Oboro walked over to the bookshelf, to the right of the fireplace. The crackle of the fire, and several loud crashing sounds were the only things breaking the silence of the cabin. Poe flew to the bookshelf and cocked his head at the missing book. "She can try to say those phrases...but I'm afraid there's no way she'll be able to reset the universe." Yuka managed to speak up, "Is that...really a bad thing to do? Wouldn't that mean I get to see my Fratello again?...Sophia?" Yuka coughed as she was struggling to speak. Oboro turned to face here and walked up to her. "I understand that you've just gone through trauma. You've lost someone close to you...and one who appears to have been apart of you. I understand that you want them back. I understand your pain." Yuka mustered enough energy to slap Oboro in the face. She quickly retracted her goo as it was extremely painful for her to move any more than she was already. Oboro place his hand to his cheek, "You'll never understand what I've been through mammal..." Oboro shook his head. "I've lost people in my life more times than I can even count. I'm sure Roberta-dono told you about Sensei. How he is...was an all powerful being. Living for hundreds of years. He's reset this universe dozens of times, yet after each reset I got used to losing people I grew up with. People who fought with me and Sensei. Then...I had to kill the 2nd most constant in my life. I killed the man I gave my life to. The man who let me be apart of his journey every universe after the next. I didn't just give him my life...he provided me one. I know why you think I don't understand what you've gone through, because I haven't. But just as much as any creature, mammals can love to." Oboro took a seat at the dinning room table he had sat at many times before. Poe sat on top of the table, hopping around the cold wood. Yuka coughed more, but couldn't think of words to say back to Oboro. "I will collect Valentino-dono's ashes so that he does not get lost in this storm. Please rest here." Oboro stood up and walked out the door. He walked to where Valentino's ashes were piled up. "Sensei...I'm sorry but I cannot fulfill your wish. I failed to protect Roberta-dono from herself. However, I believe I can fulfill a similar task." Oboro collected Valentino in a small, empty cookie jar and headed back to the cabin. ------------------------------------------------------------ "Dylan, was terrified. Perhaps he was going mad. Hearing strange voices calling out to him, and the sea growing such a menacing color." The audience laughed at Dylan, but he was struggling to understand what was happening around him. He was staring at the comic book as it sat upon a small rock. The madness was beginning to get to him. "Maybe, he could just toss this book in the ocean and be done with it." Dylan lamented. The audience responded with a chorus of boo's. "Maybe Dylan shouldn't have listened to the crazy man in the book. These crystals are doing unspeakable things to him. Going mad and perhaps will do something he'd regret." Dylan said. He peered into the book to see what was happening. He noticed a large green hue coming from one of the panels. The camera zoomed down to show the Skolexians raiding the Altana station, destroying everyone and everything in their path to get to the Altana. Roberta led the charge, her face full of determination, anger, and sorrow. It was a tiring mixture, but she wasn't going to be stopped. "St-stop! AHHHHG!" the guards were shooting at the Skolexians, but their gunfire merely ricocheted off the giant beasts. Almost as suddenly as they infiltrated the terminal, they were at its core. They were ready to erupt Earth and suck its energy source. The worms all formed a semi-circle around Roberta, she stared at the core. Her mind was at break-neck speed, but she knew she needed as much raw Altana as she could. She morphed back into her human form, but heard a small round of clapping coming from the top of the stairs that led down to the core. She narrowed her eyes, "Tendoushu..." "Nice work Skolexians! I applaud your destruction and chaos. You've done much more to help us than that hapless hack who went into business for himself. You especially Roberta! You disposed of Yuka quite nicely. She was merely a pawn in our game to control her people more easily. She was always a weak leader...always denying our help. Can't say I'll miss her." one of the men stepped forward from the group. Roberta watched as the man came up to her and offered a handshake. She looked down at the hand, "Are you ready to collect this Altana? Earth's perhaps has the most pure in the entire galaxy...the same Altana that bore Utsuro." Roberta thought back to her stay at his cabin, how much she knows. "So what do you say? Let's get this started." Roberta nodded and extended her hand. However, instead of a handshake, she ripped the man's arm completely off and used the arm as a bat. She cracked the Tendoushu's head so hard that it split nearly in half. "I don't bow to anybody. I have to do this on my own. My fellow Skolexians, if you're too afraid to join me then be my guest. But if you're tired of being held down by this counsell, then rise up and help me change the world." Robert raised the dismembered arm in the air and tossed it into the Altana core. The other Tendoushu members stayed put. One simply sighed, "I guess we'll just have to cancel your mission and collect this Altana for ourselves, like we were going to do anyway. I commend your efforts to thwart us anyway." the Tendoushu began to de-robe and readied their blades. Many of the Skolexians were confused, conflicted, and just stood around while Roberta began to charge headfirst at the Tendoshu. She was shocked as all the Tendoushu ran past her and sliced through half her small army right then and there. Electrical explosions and black blood spewed all around the terminal's core. Roberta quickly turned around but was grabbed at the top of the stair case by two Tendoushu members. She struggled, kicking and attempting to shape shift back into a human, but their grip was too powerful. As she was struggling, she noticed that only their arms were grabbing onto her. She turned to see their bodies tumble down the stairs. "Who's here?" she looked at the other end of the terminal and saw a man dragging himself towards her. "It took me way too long to get here, you're way too fast Roberta. Though with one arm, I still have some tricks left up my sleeve." Hitsugi flung the blood off his arm blade and stood up to face her. "Shouldn't you be with the binding? I still need that purple Altana to reset the universe. And I see you took your stash back from that Captain." Hitsugi's pockets were lined with lumps, glowing a faint green. "I'm getting rid of these Roberta...and you're the only thing standing in my way. I'm already exhausted from hustling to get down here, and of course all the Skolexians you left to fight us...sometimes I underestimate my ability. Now...will you let me pass?" Roberta shook her head. "I'm going to take those crystals from you even if I have to kill you." she said, narrowing her eyes. "And what of your people below you, surely getting slaughtered by those Tendoushu. I'm certain that's just a messenger group sent by the top members. Now please, let me dispose of these in their proper resting place." Roberta morphed into her worm form and completely blocked the path downstairs. "So, it's come to this Roberta. You're making the same mistake I once did. You're trusting nobody." Hitsugi was cut off, "I cannot trust, not anymore. Not after what I did to Valentino." Hitsugi was shocked, "You...killed her Godbrother?" Hitsugi gave her a look of surprise. "I just want all this to start over...I won't make the same mistakes I've done in the past. This is my 3rd chance at life...I have to make things right Hitsugi." Hitsugi closed his eyes and got on his knees. He placed his head down, bowing in her direction, "I beg of you...not to make the same mistakes I've done in this life. You've already done irreversible actions, but I can't sit and watch you do more harm. What you may think is right, isn't right for everybody around you." Roberta shape-shifted back into her human form. She began to walk up to him, as he still laid his head down on the floor. She stood over him, peering down at him. She thought about what he told her, about having done irreversible actions already in this third life. "I don't need you to beg at my feet Hitsugi. Stand up, and fight me like a warrior." Hitsugi, still kneeling down answered, "Very well Roberta. If I cannot convince you here, then there's only one person who can. I will not be able to strike you down, not in the shape I'm in. However," Hitsugi pressed against the ground and slowly raised to his feet, standing mere inches from Roberta, "If you want to fight me, then I accept. I will not hold back." Roberta nodded and stepped away. Hitsugi held his hand in a stopping motion and took his vest off. He tossed the crystals to the side of the room, and reached into his pocket. He pulled out a small picture and gave it a smile. He stuffed it back into his pants and signaled for Roberta to make the first move. Roberta transformed into her worm form and charged at Hitsugi, who held his arm blade up to hold off her tackle. His feet skid across the ground, digging into the metal floor below as she pushed him further and further through the empty terminal. Eventually he hit a snag in the ground and flipped over, maintaining his balance. She charged again, but this time Hitsugi dug his blade into the ground and vaulted over her. Roberta smashed into the wall, ending up into the streets of Tokyo. Several people scattered as members of the Hero Association were escorting people to safety, including Skele who didn't get a good glimpse of the explosion from his distance. He was more concerned with helping the citizens. Roberta quickly retaliated and flung her body at Hitsugi, knocking him into one of the train cars. In his quick thinking, he rushed for the engineer's room. Roberta shifted back to her human self to get on the train, just to morph back into her worm body the slither through and destroy the inside of the train car. Hitsugi grabbed the lever to start the train, and it quickly snapped to life. It was an express track, catching Roberta off guard as half the train car sped at nearly 200 MPH. Hitsugi held onto the driver seat as the train car sped through the tunnel. Roberta flipped and tumbled out of the destroyed half of the car, sustaining several scraps and cuts. But her mind was already past the point of pain, she morphed into her worm body and squirmed through the tunnels. As she was nearing the destroyed half, the train car beeped, "Arriving in EDO. Arriving in EDO" the train's PA system boomed as Roberta used her teeth the cling onto the train car and eventually flipping her human self back onto the intact half. He walked through the train as the windows blinked with the passing lights in the tunnel. She was silent, using her senses to gauge where Hitsugi was at. She headed for the engineer room slowly, but as she reached it and saw he was missing, the train slowed down and stopped at the Edo terminal. It was completely empty, evacuated by the Shinsengumi earlier in the night. She saw that the train would loop back to Tokyo in 5 minutes. She began to head back and check the rest of the passenger cars that weren't left back in Tokyo. She check the overhead compartments, under the seats, but he was nowhere to be found. She didn't have the energy to say anything, nor did she want to give away here location so easily. As she neared the torn up back half of the train, she peered out into the tunnel, but stepped back as Hitsugi fell from the roof of the train, slicing off some of her curly hair. Roberta smirked as she ripped a pole out from inside to train to block the slashes and hacks from Hitsugi's blade. Hitsugi stabbed straight through the pole, piercing Roberta's shoulder. She quickly morphed into her worm form and busted the train from the inside, causing glass and metal shrapnel to fly at Hitsugi. He managed to dodge and block all of it, but a metal plate had sliced his left leg open. Roberta shot her tongue out and wrapped it around Hitsugi, but as she did the train blared out, "Departing for TOKYO. Departing for TOKYO." the doors slid shut and the train belted down the tunnel. It caught Roberta off guard, as Hitsugi stabbed into her upper jaw with his blade, causing her to drop him and morph back into her human form. Hitsugi began to slice in her direction, but she was swift on her feet. She ducked and dived over every swing. One went array and Hitsugi's arm was stuck in the wall of the train car. Roberta grabbed his arm and began kneeing him in the gut, and hit a swift kick to his arm. Hitsugi winced as his arm made a loud cracking sound as he ripped it from the train. The two stared off as the lights in the car flickered. It was brief, but it felt beautiful. The white noise of the train riding across the tracks contrasting with the loud scrapping and sparks just a few train cars down. Hitsugi made the first move, stomping through the train's floor with his right leg, causing the train to bump and send Roberta hitting the ceiling. Hitsugi pounced on her and began slicing. She put her hands up, getting them sliced up. She thrusted him off of her and scrambled to the engineer room as the train began to slow down, "Arriving in TOKYO. Arriving in TOKYO." the train skid to a halt as Roberta ran for the staircase where Hitsugi tossed his vest. She was faster than he was, using her worm form. The Hero Association began to make their way through the terminal after evacuating all the citizens. Hitsugi hobbled out of the train car with his bad leg as Skele approached him. "Aren't you Hitsugi? What happened to you?" Skele asked. Hitsugi leaned again a pillar in the terminal and faced Skele. "Don't let her reset the universe Skele. Don't let my final wish fall on deaf ears." Hitsugi began to hobble quicker to where he encountered her from the start. Skele stood there confused at what he meant by "final wish", he wasn't sure what to make of it. Roberta slithered to the vest and morphed back into her human form. But, as she lifted the vest, she realized she had been duped. She emptied the contents in the vest, and it showed it was just green glowsticks. "The Captain let me borrow those...heh, said he used them all the time with that creep Enshou." Roberta dropped the vest and shook her head. "It doesn't matter that you don't have those crystals. Me and my Skolexians are about to harvest the Earth's core Altana. I'll reset the universe within the hour." Roberta revealed the book she took from Utsuro's cabin. "I've studied the phrases he's used. I'll make everything right again Hitsugi. And, I'm sorry you can't understand why I must do this." Hitsugi lunged himself at Roberta while she was talking. She managed to dodge him and shove him into the wall of the terminal station. "You think you can pull a fast one on me Hitsugi? I've been around as long as you to not fall for something as simple as that." Hitsugi smiled under Roberta's hand, "I wasn't aiming for you, Roberta." Roberta looked as Hitsugi had stabbed Utsuro's book. Roberta let him go and stepped back. "I told you Hitsugi, I have that phrase memorized." Hitsugi threw the book from his arm and shook his head, "It wasn't about you memorizing the book Roberta. I just...can't look at something he once owned. It reminds me of why I'm still here. The last link to my past." Hitsugi said, retracting his sword. Roberta looked down and pointed at Hitsugi's pocket, "And what about that picture? You claim to want to rid that book, rid your past. Yet, you looked at that picture before we tussled." Hitsugi sighed as he felt for the picture in his pants. "I...can't throw away that part of my past Roberta. It's the reason I decided against my original idea. It's not right for me to run away from the problems I've caused, the people I've hurt. We're more similar than perhaps you may think. We're always clinging to something." Roberta turned from Hitsugi and began to head to the core of the terminal again, where the fighting was still raging on. Hitsugi grabbed her shoulder, but it was a fatal flaw. A trap Roberta knew Hitsugi would fall for in a vulnerable state. She punched her fist directly through his chest just as Skele came down the terminal and met eyes with Roberta. "He was in my way. News flash, I'm resetting the universe," she looked down at Hitsugi, "send your regards to Valentino in the afterlife. We'll meet again shortly." Skele's eyes widened, "What happened to Valentino? HEY! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!" Skele demanded. He began to sprint but Hitsugi managed to put his hand up. Skele slowed down as Hitsugi was slumping over on Roberta's arm. She ripped her fist out of his chest and headed down the stairs. Hitsugi's wound poured blood to the floor as Skele picked him up. "Don't worry, I'll get you help right away!" Skele said, but Hitsugi smiled. "Please...take the photo from my left pocket. I want to see it one more time...." Skele obliged, reaching into the man's pocket and pulling out the picture. Hitsugi took the photo from Skele and stared at it, memories flooding back: "You like it? I think this whole set up is pretty neat. Got the whole crew to myself! Never before have I had something like this man. We really worked ourselves up to the top." Kaname laid back on a bench in a small park in Edo. It was fairly empty, just a mere week before the Naraku invaded. Hitsugi was leaning against the bench, facing out to the bustling street. "What gives Big Man? We got our whole army ready! This is OUR MOMENT!" Kaname said, popping up out of his seat. "What about him?" Hitsugi pointed to a small Amanto with a camera. Kaname chuckled and patted the guy on the head. "He's just a little photographer. Figured I'd catch our great moments before the invasion, y'know?" Hitsugi slighty smirked at Kaname's energy. He'd never been around someone with so much vigor and pep. It was a stark contrast to the stoic Utsuro, or the goofy Oboro. It was someone that complimented his own stoic nature. He needed that, not just someone like Kaname, but Kaname himself. "Oh, I know! Let's break in that ol camera, what'ya say?" Kaname opened up his arms in excitement and extended them towards Hitsugi. Hitsugi didn't want to show it, so he covered his mouth with his hand as he accepted the embrace. The camera snapped as the little Amanto gave a thumbs up, Hitsugi let his mouth go, producing a genuine smile for the first time in years as he hugged Kaname, a man he's been searching for. Hitsugi was staring at the same picture he took that day, laying in Skele's arms as the hero lifted him up to get him out of the terminal while the other heroes were just coming in. Hitsugi was feeling numb, a feeling he's never really felt before. Cold, yet he wouldn't let go of the photograph. Hitsugi let out that same, genuine smile he had that day at the park. He whispered, barely. He couldn't tell if Skele heard him, but it was no matter to him. "I freed myself Kaname... I did what I felt was right for the first time in my life. The pain I've endured for hundreds of years...the hatred and sorrow. The regret in my heart can cease...there is no more pain. I am free...." ------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen and Steve were sitting on the cliff that overlooked the Globberian Village. It was in near ruin as the battle had spilled there between the Skolexians and themselves. Joe had rushed Josh to the hospital while the Gods were still fighting with the Globberians. "Are you sure you're willing to go out there alone?" Steve asked Stephen. Stephen sighed, "I'm the only one who can. I'm apart of those purple Altana crystals out there. You and Joe only have passed on DNA of it. You two aren't powerful enough in this condition." Stephen said, taking Steve's handy dandy Notebook. "Will you come back...Stephen?" Steve asked. Stephen nodded, "We have to get to know each other after all! Your parents gave you my name! Of course I gotta come back. I just need to get the book in a safe space, where I know it won't get harmed. Hitsugi is doing his part, as the Earth's core hasn't erupted yet. Glad he changed his mind when we needed him to most. But, you guys aren't the only reason I have to come back." Stephen's thoughts still flickered to that dastardly redhead once again, just couldn't escape his mind. Steve patted Stephen on the back. "I'll see ya Cap'n! Please be safe." Steve said, giving the Captain a hug. "Likewise kid." Stephen got up and took a deep breath, "Blue Skadoo'd, we can too!" Stephen jumped through the bindings and tumbled out in the cave right next to Dylan who screamed at the top of his lungs. The audience clapped as Stephen landed. "DYLAN WAS COMPLETELY IN SHOCK AT WHAT HE WAS SEEING. AN OLD MAN HAD JUMPED OUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM." Dylan yelled, but the Captain reassured him. "It's ok boy, I'm not here to hurt you. I can actually help you. I know my way around the sea, so don't worry." Stephen grabbed the comic book, as Dylan stared stunned. "Hmm?" Stephen peered at the comic book and saw a small panel that caught his eyes. The Captain peered at it just enough to catch what was happening, and more importantly could hear what was happening. At the same time, Yuka was resting in bed while Oboro had the radio softly playing in the cabin. Poe was spoon feeding Yuka tomato soup, which was just kind of seeping out of her liquid state and into the bed. But she could faintly hear the radio, "Could you please turn that up, mammal." Yuka asked, softly. Oboro turned the radio up, and could hear a broadcaster talking about a huge finale, "That's right folks! The grand finale of Bansai Kawakami's first major show is coming up! And, it appears he's taking to the piano! Let's have a listen!" the broadcaster turned off and the mic cut to the stage. "Alright, for my last number, I'm turning it over to our random and special guest tonight: Enshou, the Supreme Overlord of Burei!" Yuka sigh with agony while Stephen listened in carefully. "This one...is dedicated to two people I care very much about. I've taken some time to find myself these past few days. Staring in Broadway Musicals, doing impromptu musical numbers in the streets, to even burning down an entire Wkea. This one is called, Thoughts of Love. To those two listening, you know who you are. I'm sorry for what I've said to you both, I hope someday you'll forgive me. I just want it to be like old times...we all wish it were. But, we can't have that. We need to look towards the future, one with more Enshou. And one with more peace. A war is raging just outside of this stadium, and I want to remind everyone how music can make a change. Hit it Bansai." Enshou pushed the microphone stand aside and took a deep breath, Suave was backing up the rest of the instruments as Enshou poured his heart out for the world to hear, and even beyond. No words needed to be sung, but Stephen understood. Yuka hid under the pillow she was resting on, but couldn't deny the feeling portrayed by the estranged man. Stephen felt a tear form in his eye as he pressed the comic book against his chest. Dylan was confused and sunk further into the cave to get away from this crazy old guy crying and hugging a comic book. He placed the comic opposite of the green Altana he had stored in his coat. He walked out of the cave to the raging storm happening around him. He took in the beauty of the purple sky and sea and smiled. "Thank you Hitsugi. I'm grateful you entrusted me with these crystals." Stephen stepped up to the sea and reached into his pocket. He fished out the last of Kaname's Altana Crystals and tossed the small sack into the ocean. Stephen booked it back to the cave as the green and purple crystals began to react with each other, causing a blinding light to shoot from the ocean and douse the sky in a muddy gray color. The result of the two colors mixing. Dylan was entranced by the light, but Stephen pulled him deeper in the cave. Everyone in the comic noticed the sky was dimming, turning into a wintery gray, instead of the intense purple. The Gods fighting along with the Globberians felt their powers mounting, but a few people did not notice. Roberta got back to the core and finished off the last of the Tendoushu's messengers. Her whole crew had perished however. The core terminal was like the scene of a massacre, something she did not want to think about. But, before she could continue with unleashing the Altana into the sky, a lone hero stepped down from the floor above. "You must stop...what did you do to Valentino." Roberta turned to face Skele. She gave him a somber expression, "I cannot express my regret for killing...who I presume was your liquid, through words. I can only change the past through actions." Skele clinched his fist and looked up at Roberta. "Not if I have anything to say about it." Skele rushed towards Roberta as she was about to unleash the terminal controlling the Altana. TBC
  8. "Hmm? Man my phone is absolutely blowing up! But I can't check it right now, they're about to hit the big finale!" Lt. Simon was sitting in a balcony sit at a large theatre. The vibrations from his phone were from a number of different people: Mutsu, Guano, and from some unknown number. "Why isn't that bastard answering my texts? I swear I'll ring both of their necks out when I get the chance." Mutsu was standing in Skele's living room. They, along with the rest of the Joui's/Terrorists had left the Skeleton Village the night previous, sure that Yuka wasn't coming back anytime soon. At least, to their knowledge. "I'm sure Tatsuma is just uhhh busy?" Skele said. Valentino shrugged from within Skele as he was pondering about his Godsister. Mutsu glared at her phone before giving a sigh and sitting on the couch next to Skele. Guano, on the other hand, was standing on the street outside of their temporary house. It was chilly, and snow blanketed the winter ground. He was staring at his phone, waiting for his older co-star to respond, "How hard is it to get in touch with those two idiots? I swear, these lead roles go right to their heads." Guano was furiously texting Oboro and Poe as well, but neither of them were responding. Guano spotted Mitsuki who was walking with two men in black coats. "Gonard! It's been so long buddy!" Guano and Gonard gave each other a hug and Yamazaki gave the director a handshake. "I figured if we were going to get some help with the housing situation, that we call in some other close friends!" Mitsuki explained. "Yeah, the blue haired lady explained the whole situation to us! You know, we're just so busy with Bansai and everything that we couldn't be apart of your sub-plot!" Gonard said. Guano and Yamazaki's face got dark. "Yeah...I'm just glad to get out of his hair. I hope he just, you know, leaves me alone while he's starting his solo career." Yamazaki said. "Well, I'm glad you're coming around to help some old friends Gonard." Guano said. Gonard shook his head, "Anytime Guano! The Shinsengumi is always there to protect!" Gonard saluted. Guano scratched his chin, "So, what exactly are you two going to do for us?" Guano asked. Yamazaki smirked, "Well, we know where those Yato and other Arsonists are. Captain Sougo tipped us off in Wexico." Yamazaki explained. "Wexico?! I mean, it's just arson...I guess I understand you'd want to hide from Ozu's wrath." Mitsuki said. "We're sending our whole police force down there to get them! So, no issues whatsoever will arise from that!" Gonard said, smiling. The others sighed as the scene shifted back to Mikey, who was chowing down on some popcorn next to his fellow crewmates. "OO! This is it boys! The final number!" Mikey threw his snacks up as the ensemble began to start up the piece. The whole audience erupted in applause and cheers as the actors gave a curtain call and bowed out. Mikey got out of his seat and met up with them backstage with his VIP pass he has for all musicals. "So, what'd you think Lieutenant? Am I a magnificent singer or what? AHAHAHAHA!" Sakamoto laughed. Mikey laughed with him, but questioned, "How did you 5 become stage actors for a major musical like the Book of Worman in the span of three days?" Oboro chuckled and put his hand on the shoulder of his predecessor. "I have connections Mikey-dono. Since production of LilyMu has halted, I figured I'd dip my toes in musical theatre. Plus, you know, we have royalty and a God to back us up in our lead role for our theatre troupe." Oboro gestured to Enshou and Suave who were fiddling with their respective musical instruments. "What a night, our 2nd show. Thank you for introducing me into theatre, Suave-sama. It's rare that I admire someone as much as I do myself, but you sure take a close second." Enshou said, patting his co-star on the back. Suave played a small solo from his sax and laughed with his new-found friend. Poe and Oboro sat down and began to have their make-up removed. "It's always been somewhat of a dream of mine, you know Poe. In no other universe did Sensei allow me to perform any sort of play. Well, I had heard he did a small play with his other students as Shoyou, but never for me." Poe plucked the eyelash extensions from Oboro's face, while Oboro plucked his extension feathers. Tatsuma reached into his bag and saw the constant stream of death threats he was getting from Mutsu and laughed. Mikey put his hand on his head as he remembered his phone blowing up as well. He scrolled past the usual messages of Mutsu threatening violence and Guano crying until he reached the unknown text, "Simon-dono, we must meet up, and quickly." ---------------------------------------------------- "That was was dedicated...to myself, Kawakami Stardust. I want to thank you all for attending my first show." Bansai sat the mic down on the stand and bowed as the roaring audience members in a sell out arena cheered and chanted "KA-WA-KA-MI!". Bansai blew a kiss to the audience and all the girls squealed trying to catch it. He sat down in his private dressing room and stared at the mirror, "You've done it Stardust. You've proved all the critics wrong. We're going to be the biggest thing to ever grace entertainment and beyond." as he was monologuing, a knock came at his door. Bansai got up and opened the door and met face to face with his old manager, Kyuubei. "Kyuu-Kyuu..." she gestured, "May I come in Bansai?" Kyuubei asked. Bansai pondered, but allowed his friend in. The two sat down opposite of each other in luxury chairs, "What brings you here Kyuubei, you're not my manager anymore. Don't you have a meeting with that band or something? " Bansai asked, as he began to wipe his face with a rag. Kyuubei sighed as Jugem was crawling on her shoulder. "Can't a friend come speak without bringing up business?" Kyuubei asked. Bansai removed the towel from his face and gave Kyuubei a look of regret. "I'm sorry for being rude to you Kyuu-kyuu...what is it you wanted to talk about?" he asked, trying to sound more friendly. Kyuubei looked down at the carpet instead of at her friend, "We've replaced you Bansai." she said bluntly. Bansai stared blankly at his friend, "So, it was about business. I should have known. I can't even trust someone who I've been paired up with in duo scenes before. Get out of my dressing room Kyuubei." Bansai began to wipe his face again. Kyuubei's face changed to a look of regret, and hurt. She stood up, as Jugem left behind a small envelope for Bansai. Kyuubei stood up and walked out of the room without saying another word to her friend. Bansai tossed the towel in the back of the room, and noticed the small envelope. He was puzzled, but picked it up anyway. The front of the letter read, "Dear Bansai". He stared at the letter and rested his head back on the chair he was sitting on. He threw the letter in his bag without opening it up and headed out of the room towards his hotel. His new manager, Snake was sitting in the limo waiting for Bansai, "Alright Mr. Stardust, are you ready to head to your hotel?" Snake asked. Bansai rested his hand on his chin as he stared out the window. "Sure...sorry, I just got a lot on my mind tonight David." Bansai stared at the letter in the bag as the limo drove off. -------------------------------------------------------- "Ano...Gin-san, Takasugi-san, are you feeling alright?" Shinpachi was standing in the living room, cleaning up some trash while Gintoki and Shinsuke were slumped on the couch. The two were staring blankly at the wall across from them. Gintoki looked over at Shinsuke, who's eyes look like they'd sunk into his head. "Shinny...I don't know if we can make it this year..." Gintoki coughed up what appeared to be blood. Shinpachi quickly stopped sweeping, "GIN-SAN!" Shinpachi ran over to Gintoki and knelt down next to him, "Shinpachi-kun...take care of Kagura-chan for me..." Gintoki closed his eyes as the red substance came from his mouth. Shinpachi quickly grabbed a rag and cleaned up the "blood" but as the rag got close to Shinpachi's face, he could smell the distinct sweet scent of red beans. "OIIIII WHY ARE YOU GUYS ACTING LIKE THIS?! WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING IN THE PAST 2 HOURS SINCE YOU'VE BEEN HERE TAKASUGI-SAN!" Shinpachi yelled as he threw his cleaning equipment down. Shinsuke turned his head to face Shinpachi, "Listen brat...this is banter territory. You wouldn't understand." Shinsuke coughed up what looked like cooking oil. "OI, WHAT A MINUTE, WHAT DID YOU JUST SPIT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH?" Shinpachi attempted to clean the oil, but the cloth got too sticky. "My body is starting to deteriorate without Honey here to cleanse me..." Shinsuke attempted to get off the couch bet fell to the floor. "CLEANSE?!" Shinpachi couldn't believe the words that came out of that man's mouth, "DONDAKE!" Shinpachi yelled. Gintoki got out of his paralysis state and managed to sit up. "It's been nearly half a week Shinpachi-kun...you could at least cut us some slack." Gintoki said. "What if Yuka-san returns?! You guys are in no condition to fight!" Shinpachi said. Shinsuke managed to roll over to face Shinpachi, "We might not...but Honey is." Shinsuke held up his phone showing Katsura wearing some scantly clad clothing to try and tempt his husband into failing the NNN. Shinpachi grabbed the terrorist's phone and threw it against the wall. "HE'S IN CONDITION FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!" Shinpachi yelled, quickly cleaning up the phone bits on the ground. "You two never acted like this previously! The last two Novembers you've never acted so deathly!" Shinpachi said. Gintoki struggled to lift his weight off the couch and walk over to Shinpachi. "If when the time comes Shinpachi...take my sword into battle." Gintoki then collapsed at Shinpachi's feet as he face palmed. -------------------------------------------------------- "Next stop, Tokyo Station. Next stop, Tokyo Station." the train intercom rang out as Yuka sat alone in the back of coach. She was still thinking about what the Skolex told her about meeting one of their messengers. What it meant for her people and the other beings that lived with them. The rest of Earth and how by doing this, she'll make this planet home to just only her Globs and the Skolexian's. Two neighboring planets potentially becoming more than just allies, but one in the same. The weight was overbearing, but she understood that as a leader. She straightened her self up, adjusted her suit and tie, and began to depart from the train. As she was power walking through the busy station, her mind was drifting back yet again to a time long before any of these humans. "Sorella? Yo! Are you even listenin to me?" A younger Yuka turned to face her Godbrother. The two were standing outside the capital building of Globbus. "You do know how busy I am, right Valentino? A leader's job is never done." Yuka took a drag from her cigarette and let out a puff of smoke. Valentino reached into his pocket and pulled out a carton, pulled out a cig for Yuka to light. He took a puff of his cigarette and let out a sigh. "You know how much I care for yous, right?" Valentino asked. Yuka smiled and put her cigarette out on the ground, "Of course I know how much you care for me. As if you don't make it evident every time we see each other. So, what did you want again fratello?" she asked. Valentino shifted his eyes down to his Godsister and gave her a hug. She was confused but accepted the hug. "I heard yous and Roberta are going steady." he said, softly. Yuka nodded in his chest, "You could call it something like that...I suppose. We haven't seen each other for a few days. So I guess it isn't too steady, just more than friends." Yuka said, removing herself from her Godbrother's embrace. "It breaks ya brotha's haht to see his little sista grow up. I just hope you undastand what you're getting yourself into." Valentino pressed his cigarette against one of the large pillars and puffed his last drag of the cigarette. Yuka rubbed the back of her neck, feeling a bit embarrassed. "I love ya Yuka. We may not be blood, but you are family. Family is everything. Just remember that when yous feeling down, or lost. Family is everything." Valentino walked over and rubbed his hand on her head before walking down the steps of the building. He gave her a wave without turning as she watched him walk away. Yuka fixed her hair as the words of her Godbrother lingered in her mind then, and even now to present day. She hailed a taxi in front of the station and hopped in the backseat. 'I hope you can understand why I must do this Valentino...it's for your's and everybody else's sake.' Yuka thought to herself as she told the taxi driver the location where she was going to meet up with the correspondent. As the taxi was heading off, the scene shifted to her correspondent, driving a news van through dense woods. Roberta was checking each bush with her camera crew in toe, making sure to get the action on camera. "If I can just find these God's and capture them for all of Skolex, I'll be the hero! The hero for my people." Roberta slithered around on the ground, trying to not make as much noise as possible. But, it was fruitless to search the woods for people with such power. Jazzy and Billy focused their energy in camouflaging themselves and the other 3 as they scowered the woods for Stephen and Hitsugi. "Oh man, I'm getting fucking blown up over here bro. I can't keep using powers like you do." Billy said, wiping the sweat from his forehead. While they were searching, the two missing men were in a small clearing, several miles out from where they fell. Sweetcheeks was sitting against a tree, his leg wrapped in a tourniquet. "Hitsugi, are you doing alright?" Stephen asked Hitsugi, who was drinking some water from a fresh stream just up ahead. The large man came over to pick Stephen up from his sitting position so they could continue their trek. "Now that the snow has died down, we can continue searching for civilization." Hitsugi said, ignoring the question. "Why did you use some of your blood to heal my leg? Your arm hasn't grown back yet." Stephen said. Hitsugi couldn't avoid the questions anymore, he turned his head to face Stephen, "It's not going to grow back, Captain. What little healing my blood has left, I have to give it to someone who needs it. I've learned a lot since you've last seen me Captain. I don't want to be viewed as evil, menacing, or a villain. Some people may say my actions are not righteous, but to me, they are for the better of everyone around me. If helping your leg heal faster screws me and my plan up in the long run, then at least I can die saying I helped somebody." Stephen rested his head against Hitsugi's shoulder as his mind drifted, 'Why am I thinking about him again...' Stephen said in his mind, "I haven't even known you for but an hour or so, and you've got me dressed up like this...God why did Utsuro send me here..." Stephen asked Enshou. The two were waiting to talk to Saigou, the Fearsone Mademoiselle, Eventually, the two were brought in to speak with Mama, "Ah, I was expecting you here Emiko!" Saigou put his arms around Enshou and gave him a noogie. "Who's your little friend?" Saigou asked. "Ah, that's Sweetcheeks, I just met her in the streets. She's pretty cool Mama." Enshou said. Saigou gave Stephen a big slug as a show of appreciation. Stephen chuckled and rubbed the punched arm. "So, I've got a show here tonight right? I figured I'd make it a duo bit tonight with Sweetcheeks here." Enshou said. Saigou pondered about it, but shook his head approvingly. Saigou let out a loud, roaring laughter as he hugged the two, "I gotta keep one of my most requested girls happy, y'know? They get excited when they know you're in town Emiko!" Enshou nodded, "I have quite the knack for performing, I love it so much so it's no problem when I'm able to fit it in the schedule." Enshou remarked. "In here, I'm not viewed as the Gunsmoke Prince, I'm not viewed as some villain. If my performance can make someone happy, then my day is made. I'm sure you'd say the same thing, right Captain?" Stephen's mind came back to the present as he heard Hitsugi saying "Captain" as he was regaining consciousness. "Sorry Hitsugi...I've just barely had any food for the past few days. Just some berries and water." Stephen said, exhausted. "Don't worry Captain, we'll get help soon-" as soon as Hitsugi finished his sentence, he was blinded by a camera flash, and saw several cameramen surround him and the Captain. A van quickly sped into view and came to a screeching halt. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Shinsuke janai, Katsura da. Look, my husband is not home right now. WELL WHY DID YOU CALL MY PHONE AND ASK FOR HIM?! LISTEN HERE LEADER'S BROTHER-" but Kamui quickly hung up the transmission. Katsura clutched his fist and turned to Elizabeth who was just kind of milling about. "November is THE WORST MONTH OF THE YEAR ELIZABETH!" Katsura yelled. "You know, you don't have to always think about sex Katsura" Elizabeth signed. Katsura broke the sign in half and threw the word "sex" away. Elizabeth scratched his head and turned to Makoto and Takechi who were sitting down at one of the many couches in the ship's living room area. Otsuu and Kyuubei were discussing tours and other band related things in the opposite corner of the room. "Why is she even on my ship to begin with? I thought I told you guys that she's the exact same character as me and we can't be in the same scene." Katsura said to Elizabeth. "She's had a long day, as have you Katsura. Let's just cook dinner together, like old times yeah?" Katsura started to tear up as he hugged Elizabeth. The scene shifted to Kamui who threw his phone half way across Wexico. "DAMN IT! WHERE ARE SAMURAI GINTOKI AND SHINDIOT WHEN YOU NEED THEM!" Kamui yelled. He lifted his sister from off the ground. Kamui had enough with the boring ossans and hopped over the foodtruck to see all the commotion. "AND YOU! HA! IDIOT SISTER! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN WEXICO!" Kamui yelled, violently shaking her. Kagura slugged Kamui and sent him flying through the taco truck, causing an explosion of beef and nacho cheese. "I'm just trying to have a good time with my FRIENDS AND NOT BE ON THE LAMB FOR GRAND ARSON!" Kagura yelled, shaking her Popeye arm at her brother. The beef landed on Abuto, while the scolding cheese landed on No Man making his entire (sticky) body sticky. Monika sat there, not getting her nicely crafted yato outfit dirty in anyway. The author smiled at Monika, though he wasn't sure if she could see that or not. He was happy to be able to write about her without Abuto interfering this time, the meat covered bunny man. Anyway, Kamui managed to toss tortilla shells at Kagura, managing to throw so many that it wrapped her up like a burrito. "HA! I GOT YA SIS!" but Kamui was swiftly met by Soyo and Hata tossing the Kagura burrito at Kamui, sending him flying through several other food trucks, and eventually slamming into the hood of the car that was passing by. The bald passenger quickly woke up and looked at the wreckage at the front of the car. "Sensei, I believe we just ran over a bunny." Genos said, trying to diagnose the situation. Opposite of the crashed car was Isaburo walking to his car about to drive back to Edo. "Hmm, I really hope Nobume got my emails. No one is guarding Nobunobu-dono, and she's supposed to be on duty while I'm gone. Though, I just can't leave the princess here by herself with these maniacs." Isaburo pondered about his decisions while leaning against a super eliteo mobile. He glanced over and saw Kamui pick up the Kagura burrito and start slamming it into Genos's car. He looked up and saw several black helicopters flying in. "Hmm, well this is my cue." Isaburo hopped in the Eliteo Mobile and started speeding off. "OI WHAT THE?! THAT WHITE COAT JUST DITCHED US!" Hasegawa yelled, but was patted on the back by Sougo. "Don't worry about it Hasegawa-danna. I brought some back up to help situate the whole problem, and lock up several criminals as well." he pointed to the lead helicopter, "WAIT, SAITOU-SAN!" Sougo yelled, but it was too late, the helicopter quickly descended and crashed down on top of Genos, Saitama, Kamui, and Kagura Burrito. The other Shinsengumi members followed suit, crashing the helicopters down like lemmings. None of them blew up thankfully, or at least they would have if Sougo's bazooka hit them. Saitou stepped out of the wreckage and placed handcuffs on Genos, Saitama, and Kamui. "YOU THINK SOME MEASLY HANDCUFFS WILL STOP M-" but Kamui was quickly cut off by Saitou sticking a red slurpee in his face. Kamui sucked it down through the straw, giving a warm and happy smile. A terrifyingly rare sight that made the rest of Kamui's crew hand themselves over to the Shinsengumi. Sougo gave lower ranked captain a thumbs up and met back up with Soyo, Hata, and Kagura Burrito. "So my brother is going to get the chair right?" Kagura asked, now devoid of all tortillas from her body. Sougo shook his head, "No, he and his crew are going to build a new LilyMu Towers. We're making huge bank off this y'know." Sougo said, trying to sound cool, but was once again ignored by Hata. Saitou looked at his phone as he Wacetimed Ozu. "Good job! Finally, some criminals being brought to justice!" the camera switched to Ozu's perspective as he sat in a rundown shed. He clicked off the Wacetime and sighed as he put his face in his hands. His only alone time now that his entire apartment complex was miss-placed was this small shed. It wasn't much, but he would use it as a work space, or just a place to get away. The only other person who visited was Yes Man, when he need to bring Ozu something or run a small errand. Yes Man sat on a small crate that was situated against the thin walls of the shed, just in case Ozu needed anything. "Yes Man." Ozu said, "YES OZU?" Ozu was silent, and Yes Man knew to calm himself down and take his seat back on the crate. "I haven't had to face this much adversity ever since I left Kiyoko all those years ago...I've been so carefree and laid back these past few years that I had the thought I was invincible. Or, better yet, I was invisible. I just do my job as producer, I provide for my family, and sometimes I might get out and have time with my friends. The one time I try and get everyone together again, it ruins not only my life, not even my family's life, but the lives of everybody that rented from my apartment building. My staff, my crew, my stars and their families, all out of homes. I've lost my biggest star, Oboro hasn't shown his face here in a week. No replies to my texts, nothing. I feel I am responsible for all this." Ozu said, his face still buried in his hands. Ozu however, did not know Kiyoko was at the door of the shed, since Yes Man knew to stay silent. She put her hand on the door and opened it slowly. Ozu lifted his face up to meet hers, which had tears running down it. In a rare sight of vulnerability, she bent down and gave Ozu a hug while he was sitting in his chair. He wiped her tears away, "It isn't your fault Ozu, you're doing everything you can to help all these people. It may not be a whole lot, but renting out this much space just to house these people from the cold...to provide them clean water and food every day. You aren't invisible, you're a hero. You're my hero Ozu." Ozu let a tear slide down his face as he embraced Kiyoko. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yuka tipped her cab driver as she walked out on the drive-in's parking lot. She looked down at her watch, which had a small GPS coordinate on it. 'So, they're already near my people...hm.' Yuka thought to herself. She saw that the location was deep within the woods. She morphed into a snake to slither quickly along the ground to reach her correspondent quicker, and to not be spotted by her people in the nearby village. She couldn't risk something like that, not now. She had to shapeshift back out of her liquid form, as it was beginning to hurt. She was clear from the sight of the village, so it was ok to start running in her regular form. But, something in her foresight started to get her attention. She hid behind a tree and sunk to the snow below. 'This isn't good, something isn't right...' Yuka thought to herself. She was clutching at her breast pocket, and peak around the tree. She saw a small spotlight and several people holding cameras surrounding Hitsugi and Stephen. She covered her mouth and hid back behind the tree as to not alert anyone. He stretched her ear to listen in on what they were saying, making sure to keep it hidden in the snow. It was muffled, but she could make out enough to gather information. "I don't know....are, we're....get through the woods...." Yuka strained to hear anything more, she did however recognize it was Hitsugi speaking. Her attention was broken when she noticed the sky beginning to turn a weak, purplish hue as the sun was setting. She quickly snapped back focus, but heard a voice she couldn't quite recognize at first, "I need....crystals...meeting up...a plan to..." she could guess it was the correspondent. It seemed they had Hitsugi and Stephen covered, so she didn't want to intervene. As she retracted her ear however, she heard several pair of footsteps running through the woods. She tried to blend into the tree and snow and hide herself as one ran past her. She knew she had to get up and do something to help the Skolexian. She left her hiding spot and ran behind the person who went past her and formed a sword with a globside to stick it at his throat. Josh froze and put his hands up as Yuka held him hostage. Jazzy, Billy, Steve, Josh, Hitsugi, and Stephen all turned their attention to her. "Yuka...what are you doing here?" Hitsugi asked, now even more confused with the inclusion of everyone. Billy rolled his eyes as Jazzy put his hands together. But, the scene was interrupted by Roberta, who honked her horn from within her news van. She turned back and looked Yuka directly in the eyes. Yuka's whole body ran cold as she dropped her arms from Josh, who quickly scrambled away and held up his notebook. "R...Roberta? You're my correspondent from Skolex? I...thought I would never see you again...not after what you did to the solids and me." Yuka was at a loss for words until Roberta walked up and lifted Yuka's chin up, "I'm glad I was able to hear your voice once again Yuka, so beautiful...and soft like a melody." Roberta let go of Yuka's face and turned back to Hitsugi and Stephen, who's pockets glowed. Stephen looked around and saw Steve and Joe, his face growing pale. "You two...look just like your parents." Stephen said, smiling as the fighting began to break out. TBC
  9. Hail Yuka, her majesty!

    1. Majesty Yuka

      Majesty Yuka

      Thank you filthy mammal.

  10. "Luckily, Dylan was able to grab the comic book in the nick of time." Dylan held the comic book up as he was parachuting down. Dylan was slowly drifting down, a small island sat beneath him. "Perhaps, Dylan was going to land on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. Or, just maybe, Dylan was going to land in tropical paradise. Who really knows?" Dylan shifted his body to land on a long stretched of beach, planting his feet down for a perfect landing as the plane he was riding crashed and exploded in the ocean several miles out. Dylan looked at the comic book and saw all the panels were shifted to the right. "Number 10, Weird Shift. The comic book Dylan currently possessed was oddly tilted. Dylan decided to shake the book and see if it shifted it back to its normal position." Dylan shook the book, and surprisingly the panels shifted to their original positions, and everyone in the book fell back in place after the shift. Dylan scratched his chin as he sat down on the beach, still completely mesmerized by the book and its mystical powers. He opened the book and peered through the bindings, seeing a red-haired man rubbing his eyes as he was sliding down the mountain. Inside the book, Enshou caught himself as he was sliding down the mountain. He turned his head towards the binding and didn't see Sweetcheeks anymore. He was concerned, but the feeling slowly faded as he remembered what his Captain told him. "Whatever, I don't even want to think about him anymore." Enshou began to walk into the drive-in theater he parked his limo in and saw nothing. He put his head down and sighed. "Stupid dream, stupid flashback. I, the Dark Lord of the Universe reduced to tears and a humanizing backstory." He stared at the blank movie screen as snow was beginning to lightly fall in the cold, November morning. His gaze shifted to bunny hopping across the vacant parking lot. "So carefree, reminds me of Kouan and our fight months ago." Enshou reflected on his introduction chapter and how he too felt so carefree and comical. As he was lost in thought, he heard the crunching of leaves behind him. He turned around and saw Yuka walking up from the village's outer limits. "Lady TBC..." Enshou clutched his locket, but Yuka didn't pay him any mind. Enshou began to stand up, but felt his feet get stuck to the ground. He looked and saw green goop weighing him down. "Don't even bother. The tilt in the universe and that conversation I had with my fratello has left me in a sour mood, and I don't want you to further ruin it." She released the Prince and kept walking. On the other side of the parking lot, Yuka got into an old fashioned looking car and revved up the engine. "Where are you going Lady TBC? Won't you just please take me with you?" Enshou pleaded. Yuka shook her head, "I need a place to think, and there's only one mammal pig I'm willing to vent my frustrations to." she peeled out of the parking lot, a cloud of dust covering Enshou as she sped away. Enshou sighed and brought out his phone to call a Wber driver to pick him up. The scene shifted to the crispy, unpleasant sight of Lilymu Towers. Ozu and his family sat on the curb outside of their building, all of them with their hands on their face. Many of the paparazzi were shoo'd away by Umibozu, who finally recovered from being choked out. Snake walked up to Ozu and took his fireman's helmet off. "Well, it appears we got all the blaze settled, but the building's structure is completely unstable...from my professional opinion, this building has to be demolished." Ozu head fell between his knees as he began to tear up. "All of my hard work...gone down in flames because of a stupid Halloween party." Ozu said with a tinge of sadness in his voice. "Well, you should know by now Ozu that we shouldn't throw parties in there." Guano said, Ozu didn't even have the energy to get mad at his son talking back at him. Raj, Lily, and Mitsuki sat next to the Front Desk Lady on a bench just outside the apartments. "Where are we going to live? I-I'm sure Ozu will get us a new place to live!" Mitsuki said. Raj shook his head, "MY WHOLE LIFE WAS IN THAT APARTMENT! MY YOUTUBE SET UP, MY PEWDIEPIE DARTBOARD, MY LOVELY LADY PILLOWS! DON'T YOU GET IT BLUE HAIRED ONE?" Raj yelled, but quickly sobbed into his blonde weave. Lily rolled her eyes as she turned to the Front Desk Lady. "Well, I guess you're out of a job FDL!" she said to the now unemployed desk lady. Front Desk Lady sighed, but before she could speak, the ground next to her began to rumble and crack open as 3 figures emerged from it. "What's this?" Suave's teeth shined as he twirled his sax in front of the Front Desk Lady. She rolled her eyes and stormed away. Jazzy shook his head as Billy put his arm around Suave's shoulder. "You'll get her next time man." Billy said solemnly. Guano shot up and ran to the giant fish, "Jazzy! You're back!" Guano hugged him as Jazzy returned the hug. Umibozu and Ozu walked up to the God and greeted him. "What brings you down here Jazzy? Was Lilymu burning down such a troubling cause to...well have all 3 of you down here?" Umibozu asked. Jazzy shook his head. "Something is happening outside the bounds of this book. I'm sure you must have felt a slight shift in the pages." Ozu nodded. "Ozu-dono, do you know of a man who resembles a captain? We are in dire need of his assistance." Jazzy asked. Ozu once again nodded, "He drove us out to the bars and theater last night...though he went and disappeared up a mountain and we decided to steal his limo." Kiyoko's face went dark, as Jazzy just nodded. Billy laughed in the background, but stopped laughing after his cocked his head back and looked directly above him. "Yo uh...is that that hot headed brat's ship? Why the hell do I always end up here dude." Billy shook his head, hoping Kamui wouldn't sniff him out. He turned his head and saw Steve, Joe, and Josh standing across the street with their detective gear on. "Oh great, and I'm stuck with these three morons again." Jazzy slapped Billy in the back of the head the caused him to reach for Jazzy, but the fish caught his arm and twisted it causing Billy to shriek. "It's inevitable that we end up back with those three Billy. They'll help us fix this situation." Billy rubbed his arm and stared at Jazzy. "We'll head up to the mountain. Billy, get those three and let's go." Jazzy was interrupted by his younger brother Suave however, "I'll stay back here Jazzster. Some people are hurt from this and I gotta attend to those wounds ya dig?" Jazzy nodded, "Very noble of you Suave. I expect you to meet us on the mountain when you've finished however." Suave waved off to Jazzy as the fish walked over with Billy to confront Joe, Steve, and Josh. As the 5 began to walk opposite of LilyMu, a car pulled up and a red haired man stepped out, throwing a wad of cash at the driver. "And I EXPECT TO BE TREATED LIKE THE ROYALTY I AM NEXT TIME!" Enshou slammed the door and turned to see his limo, in shambles and busted. Jazzy turned to Enshou as he was treating to some of the residents of the door and played a long drawn out note. Enshou's expression changed from anger to a look of sorrow. He was reminded quickly of that dream, the dream of his past. "And what's troubling you, Prince?" Suave smoothly waltzed over to Enshou, An entire backing band appeared behind Suave as he gingerly made his way to Enshou, who was starting to look uncomfortable. Suave threw his head back and lifted his sax in the air, note visibly flying out of the end of the instrument, The onlookers were stunned and applauded the God, as the notes landed on the injured, making their burns and cuts fade. Enshou narrowed his eyes, "Am I supposed to be impressed or what?" Enshou asked. Suave spun the sax around his body from the strap, it landed on his back as he extended his hand to grab Enshou's, "Hey what is-HEY! LET GO OF ME!" Suave pulled Enshou with him as the to twirled around in the empty street. The sax swung back around to Suave's mouth, as he began to play it without his hands. The buttons being pressed down with forces unseen. Enshou still wasn't impressed. "You actually expect to impress ME?" Suave smiled as the two twirled each other, dancing to the hard bop Suave was producing from his instrument. He removed his mouth from the reed, "I'm not trying to impress you, I'm just showing you what you need to do Prince!" Enshou got curious at what the God meant, but his thought was broken as Suave passed him to the Front Desk Lady who caught him by the waist, "NOW HOLD ON A MIN- WOAH!" FDL lifted Enshou up by his stomach and the two twirled, before Enshou was let down. The two twisted and shuffled their feet, The Front Desk Lady began to sing to Suave's saxophone as Enshou dipped her in his arms and pulling her close to his chest, "How the hell are you making me dance? I didn't AGREE TO A MUSICAL NUMBER!" Enshou yelled as FDL spun Enshou in a fast spiral, making him completely disorientated. "Now come on Prince! You've gotta feel the rhythm in your soul! YOU GOTTA LET THOSE EMOTIONS OUT, YEAH!" Suave yelled as he snapped his fingers, and out of thin air a trombone fell from the sky and landed in Enshou's hands as his eyes finally corrected themselves. "You better have quite the good excuse for this." Enshou said. Suave chuckled, "You know, us Gods can peer into dreams Prince. I just so happened to stumble across yours." Suave pointed at the trombone and it stuck to Enshou's face. He struggled, but soon found himself blowing into it. He lifted the instrument from his mouth as the music all around him stopped. Everyone involved there stopped and stared at Enshou as a circle formed around him. "I told you, I'm not going to be apart of your stupid musical number..." Enshou said. Suave broke from the crowd and approached Enshou. The God flung his sax to his back and tipped his shades down to meet Enshou eye to eye. "Prince, you've got to believe me when I tell you this. When the time comes, I assure you, that trombone will save hundreds of people from tragedy. You hold it in your heart." Suave pointed at the locket in his breast pocket. Enshou turned his back to the God and put his head down. "I hold it in my heart eh?" Enshou put the trombone to his lips and began to belt out a wicked trombone solo. Suave, his backup band, and FDL all began to join in with Enshou as the crowd erupted in cheers as everyone was healing from their injuries. The instruments roaring out in celebration and jubilation as everyone was smiling and laughing. Enshou removed the trombone from his mouth and cracked a small smile of his own, more of his mascara running down his face. "All these simpletons, making me cry." the screen was split between Enshou and Yuka who both said the same thing, but in different locations. The scene shifted to Yuka sitting at a stool in a small restaurant. The host turned around at this statement. He handed her the pumpkin espresso with a small shot of whisky sitting at the bottom that she had ordered. "I don't normally serve alcohol this early in the morning, but what the hell, business is slow today." Pakuyasa turned to the framed photo of him and his comrades and wiped it down with a cloth. Yuka stared at the glass, her liquid hand resting on her head. She look up at the man, looking proudly at his photograph. "I'm not comfortable around you filthy humans...but you're an exception. Many of us are mistreated by humans, killed and thrown in the trash like all other Amanto. But you, you showed our culture a deal of respect that day." Pakuyasa turned around, and finally pieced it together, "Ahh! You're a Globberian! Gosh, it's been nearly a year hasn't it? March I believe!" Pakuyasa chuckled. "Your food was great maam! I'd love to go back someday, but you know, I'm anchored here for now. Gotta pay these debts off somehow! All worth it though." Pakuyasa gave Yuka a smile. She looked down at her drink and took a small sip of it, just enough for the whiskey to touch her lips. She sat it down and looked at the glass, whipped cream on her mouth. "That damned Valentino...why's he always gotta screw things up. I don't want to have to things to harm my people...but they're just making it difficult." Yuka said. Pakuyasa had his back turned, cleaning some of his dishes while Yuka continued to monologue to herself. She took another drink, "They say they're happy there...but I know what's best for my people. I'll...I'll use force if I have to." Yuka's gazed shifted to the window of the shop, snow flakes dancing as they made their way to the ground. "Winter's finally comin huh?" Pakuyasa remarked, also looking out the window. Yuka took another drink, "I cannot allow my people to live among you scum sucking humans. You've already done so much to hurt my people, that I cannot bring myself to even allow such a thing." Yuka narrowed her eyes at Pakuyasa who had his back turned to her again, scrubbing his dishes. "I think you're missing something with your people maam." Pakuyasa spoke up, but was met with a pound at his bar. He continued scrubbing his dishes as Yuka calmed herself down, "Don't speak ill of my connection to the rest of the Globberians. I know what's best for them. I don't need some meat sack telling me what I'm missing." Pakuyasa shrugged at the comments, but continued to listen. "Whatever it takes to get them home. Thank you for the drink human." Yuka tossed Pakuyasa some change and walked out the door. Pakuyasa watched her walked out and smiled. Yuka sat at a bench just outside the shop as the snow lightly fell. She pulled out her phone and began to make a call, "Ayo Skele? I gotta take this!" Valentino split off of Skele and squirmed outside the hut. Skele, Mutsu, Tatsuma, Oboro, and Poe were sitting in the hut together while Gintoki and the Kiheitai were making acquaintances with the villagers, Gintoki seeing some for the first time in years since the second war. Valentino pulled out a goo phone and answered it. "Ey Sorella! So, yous finally comin 'round to acceptin-uh huh. Well wait, hol on put the breaks on will ya! What do you mean we's gonna- huh! Come on sorella, you can't-" but as he was speaking, he looked up and saw Shinsuke tripping. He couldn't move in time and was abruptly cut off the phone as Shinsuke landed on him. Yuka looked at her phone from the bench and began to scream for Valentino to answer, fearing the worst. "SHINNY BABY WHAT DID YOU DOOOOOOO!" Katsura yanked his husband off the ground and saw Valentino holding his head. Shinsuke's ass was covered in green electronic bits. "Ah way ta go wise guy, you broke my phone!" Valentino scrapped the phone bits off Shinsuke's ass, which caused him to blush. Katsura took great exception to this and lifted the goop off the ground. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!" Katsura yelled, "WHY I OUGHTA!" Shinsuke held his husband back as the glob brushed himself off. "You gotta problem with me touchin your husband's ass? He ain't even my type anyways." Shinsuke threw his husband aside and lifted the glob up himself. "IT'S BECAUSE I'M SHORT ISN'T IT?" Shinsuke began to feel subconscious and sat Valentino down. Valentino shook his body and squirmed back into the hut and fused by with Skele. Gintoki's eyes darkened after witnessing his friends acting foolish. Elizabeth and Matako chuckled to themselves in the background. Oboro and Poe walked out of the tent much to the chagrin of the three Joui's. "So, you idiots sat on Valentino-dono? I'm not surprised really. Me and Poe have great respect for the Globberians unlike you two." Oboro said, pointing at the husbands. Shinsuke rolled his eye. "Don't you have anything better to do Jizzhead?" Gintoki asked him. Oboro gave him a dead serious look, "Yes I do..." Oboro held up his phone and showed a picture of his badly burned Lennon-dono statue he had commissioned in Universe 7. "You could have at least told me my entire apartment was destroyed Shiroyasha...how insensitive. Poe lost his nest and everything. How can you stand there and not feel remorse." The three looked at Poe as he pulled a cigarette out from behind his wing and Oboro produced a lighter for him, Shinsuke, Katsura, and Gintoki's eyes all darkened as Poe took a big buff and flicked the lit cigarette at Katsura, which caught his kimono on fire. Katsura began to scream as Shinsuke chased him, "QUICK HONEY, TAKE YOUR KIMONO OFF!" Shinsuke tackled his husband to the ground and ripped his clothes off and and threw it in the leaves, but the leaves caught flame too and reached Shinsuke's kimono. Shinsuke quickly de-robed and stomped on both of their clothes, finally stopping the blaze. Shinsuke looked down at his husband, who was covered in leaves and patches of dirt with his bare abs exposed. Gintoki, smartly, grabbed Shinsuke and pulled him away from Zura before the village was subject to something horrendous. "You two are not having sex in front of all these people, not in this arc." Gintoki said. Tatsuma soon exited the hut and laughed his head off. "Kintoki! Don't worry, I'll take Oboro and his bird back home. Just don't start anymore fights or what have you! I've ordered Mutsu to stay with Skele, so it's just me and Oboro hangin out!" Tatsuma said. Oboro blushed but quickly hid his face. The three walked towards Tatsuma's ship as Skele and Mutsu also exited the hut. "Why are you two half naked?" Skele asked. Zura and Shinsuke just turned around and walked the opposite direction, causing Skele and Mutsu to giggle. But, their giggle was interrupted by a flock of birds flying and causing a commotion from deep in the forest. The silence after the birds was broken when Takechi's phone began to go off. He lifted it up and saw it was a Wacetime from Bansai. "Bansai-dono, where are you?" Takechi asked. The video popped up and showed Bansai in front of a giant poster of Eazy-E. He stood there in a kind of profile shot for some odd reason, "I'm afraid I'm getting married again Takechi. My powerful aura cannot be contained. Tell the rest of the band...this might be it." Bansai threw his phone to the side, but never turning off the Facetime. Takechi decided it was a good idea not to turn it off either. Bansai quickly turned to face the Princess, who was beginning to walk down the aisle. "Now, I done told you, you can't have yer phone out while yer gettin married." Nobu said, narrowing his eyes at Bansai. Nobume and Isaburo rolled their eyes at the old school Eastern rap blaring in the chapel. "We decorated this to be West Coast themed, and they still have the nerve to play East Coast." Isaburo said, looking at Sougo who was the lone black coat sitting opposite of them. Nobume pointed her sword at Bansai's neck, continuing to threaten the terrorist. Bansai was not phased, having to deal with this for two days straight. Soyo gingerly made her way down the aisle, being walked down Maizo, still half dead from the paintball shot earlier. "If you as so much get your cherry boy lips near the Princess, I'll decapitate you without hesitation." Nobume said. Bansai let out a sweat drop, praying something would stop this. Just as Soyo stepped up to face Bansai, the chapel doors exploded as a cardboard limousine smashed through, running over several pews. Kagura let out a yell and Hata cheered as he saw his brother step out of the back seat. "Mid-western rap, I love it!" Kyuubey said as she slammed the cardboard door. "WAIT JUST A MINUTTTTEEEEEEEE!" Barkas yelled. The camera zoomed in, "WHY AM I SO TINY??" the author turned his head and did not look Barkas in the eyes. "Don't worry Barkas, you merely got hit in the desert by a Woopa. You shrunk like Super Bario!" Shige said. Hasegawa face palmed and Barkas's eyes darkened. Kyuubey reached into her pocket and produced a red mushroom. "AND YOU JUST CARRY MUSHROOMS AROUND?" Barkas yelled. Kyuubey nodded, "You never know when you might just shrink." Kyuubey shoved the mushroom down his throat and he grew back to his normal size. Barkas just put his head down on the cardboard and fell as it collapsed under his weight. Soyo threw her bouquet down in anger, "Onii-san! You crashed my wedding!" she stormed over to Shige and started to punch him in the stomach. "It was for your own good Soyo-chan! We can't have you marrying a terrorist, plus you're much too young. You need to mature, enjoy life!" Shige patted her head and walked up to Bansai. "Bansai-san, you have my deepest apologies. Please, you are free to go." everyone in the chapel gasped. "BUT, HE'S MY HUSBAND TOO!" Hata yelled. Barkas ran up to his brother, but tripped and shrunk again. Hasegawa walked up behind them and put his hands on Hata's shoulder, "It's time you let him go Hata, we have more important business anyway. I have to help you with your biology essay." Hasegawa said, pulling out a cardboard laptop. Hata clapped in excitement as Sougo sighed next to him. Bansai walked up to Kyuubei who greeted her friend with a non-contact handshake. "Kyuubei-chan, I think I need to go solo." Kyuubei was shocked, as was Takechi who could hear that from his phone. He, Matoko, and Elizabeth all looked shocked at his phone. "Doesn't that bozo know his PHONE IS STILL ON?!" Elizabeth aggressively signed. Matoko's eyes started to swell up, but before she could start crying, another swarm of birds flew from the forest. "What is going on out there?" Gintoki pondered. The camera zoomed through the forest and trees, eventually landing on Stephen, who was breaking his leg back into place and screaming at the top of his lungs. He managed to crawl to the nearest tree and rest upon it. Snow was piling up next to him as he pulled out gloves and a scarf from his coat pockets. He pulled out his pocket watch and checked on the time, but as he looked up from the watch his eyes met another pair, "That damned kid really titled the comic book. Well, I'm glad you at least kept those safe, Captain." Hitsugi gestured his one arm to Stephen's coat pocket, which was still glowing green. Stephen noticed that Hitsugi's left arm hadn't grown back. "It is what it looks like Captain, my healing abilities are taking a toll. I'm starting to run out..." Hitsugi helped the Captain up and gave him a piggyback. "Hitsugi, I don't know what Yuka has planned, but it isn't going to be good." Stephen winced as his leg still pained him. Hitsugi looked back at the Captain and stopped dead in his tracks, "I can feel them Captain, those who own the comic book are near. I can feel it in my blood." Stephen's eyes widened as he knew that he was going to face Steve and Joe face to face for the first time, the last remnants of his previous life. His face darkened, "Take me to them Hitsugi...I have to face my past...so I can scrub the pain of the present." Stephen's mind flashed to what Enshou told him earlier, feeling a small pang in his heart. TBC
  11. Forgive me lord, but I must get to the next page no matter the consequences.
  12. "Boys, that was a tour de force of film making." Gintoki wiped the tear from his eye and smiled up at the screen. Umibozu was hugging Gendo as the two men bawled like babies, "That reminds me of my little bunnies..." Umibozu pulled out a picture of Kamui, Kagura, and Kouka from his wallet, but somehow the Kamui in the picture reached out and punched him. Gendo smiled, also thinking about his two children. Ozu sat there stoned face. "Oi, Old Man, doesn't this move you? Or do you hate your son so much?" Gintoki asked. Ozu shook his head, "I feel...a disturbance." Ozu said, looking in the direction of his home, "Haven't you already tried this before? What's your problem? I haven't seen you in like 6 arcs and you pull the same stunt." Saitama picked up Kamui's hand and removed it from his shoulder. Behind Saitama, the entire back half of the apartment was blown out, chairs and other various furniture falling to the street below. Kiyoko grabbed the Bansai tree before it fell out the hole, still recovering from the beating it took a year prior. "See, my Sensei can not only take a blow from a pirate, but he didn't even lose his pizza hat." Genos said to Yes Man as he was reaching for some punch before the table fell out the building. "YOU CAN HELP BY FLYING DOWN AND GETTING OUR STUFF!" Guano yelled at Genos. Genos looked down at Guano and picked him up. "What the? PUT ME DOWN!" Guano was struggling, "This is your little brother, Yes Man?" Genos asked. "Well, not really! But we're close enough to be brothers!" Yes Man told his friend. Genos nodded, "Alright little one, I'll get your stuff." Genos flung Guano, sending him crashing into a sea of people. Abuto was making his way to Kamui to calm him down, but Genos stopped him. "So, you're the little red head's right hand man? The man who wants to defeat my Sensei so much more than even I...I say we test our strengths as those two are now." Genos then ripped off his Maluigi overalls, "Yare yare, I don't want to fight you hunk of tin." Abuto said. Most of the ladies and some of the men there aww'd and ooo'd at Geno's naked, metallic body. "I MUST DEFEND MY SENSEI'S HONOR!" Genos readied up his explosive arms, but stopped when Tama and Monika stepped in front of Abuto. Genos put down his busters, "If you're gonna blast Abuto-san away, then you're going to have to go through me!" Monika said. Tama nodded, "And if you do, may I please have your number Genos-sama?" Tama asked. Genos cocked his eyebrow at this, but got caught with a punch from Abuto, sending him out of the building. Sonic stood up and cheered at the defeat of one of his bitter rivals. "HA! GOOD ONE OSSAN!" Kamui laughed, through a barrage of punches into Saitama. "Can't I just game with my friends? Why don't you just be our 4th man?" Saitama asked Kamui. Kamui stopped punching and crossed his arms. "As if I would game with YOU." Kamui stormed out of the apartment and slammed the door, causing it to explode on impact. Kiyoko shook her head and sat down next to the drunk ninjas and Sonic. -------------------------------------------------------------------- "Don't I look devlishly sexy, Captain?" Enshou asked. Sweetcheeks stared blankly as Enshou and Yuka were fighting within themselves. "Can't you play anything that isn't Edo Pop? I want something smooth, and fragrant. Something your pea-sized brain couldn't understand." Yuka said. Sweetcheeks peered over at Hitsugi, who was still keeping in contact with Dylan. "Well, you're apart of something smooth and fragrant right now." Enshou pulled out his Dark Overlord Wold Spice deodorant. Yuka tossed the stick off the cliff, into the village below. "NOOOO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SMELL EVIL?" Enshou yelled. Sweetcheeks walked pasted Enshuka to speak with Hitsugi, "Hitsugi, you know it's dangerous in that triangle. For past universes, I've lived that tragedy many times over." the Captain told Hitsugi. Hitsugi turned to the Captain. "Captain, I'm only doing what my heart believes is right. I can't let this universe continue as is. I've...I've lost so much in so little time." Hitsugi turned back to the bindings. The Captain grimaced to himself at the thought of his many trips to that dreaded place. "You're going to make that kid journey alone to that place Hitsugi? What about his family?" Hitsugi put his head down at the word "family". "We can't keep doing this Hitsugi...Utsuro died for a reason." the Captain lamented. "Everyone has died for a reason, or so Utsuro said." Hitsugi turned back around and left the bindings to confront the Captain face to face. "That nameless man did not die with reason." Hitsugi stared at The Captain, who looked down at the mention of Kaname. "No, he didn't Hitsugi. Kaname did not die in vain. You more than anyone should know that." Hitsugi backed off from the Captain, his mind flashing back months ago, "Here big man, I poured some scotch...it'll help take the pain away. Free yourself if you will." Hitsugi's memory caused him to clinch his chest, thoughts of the man sending pain to his heart. The sentiments from Utsuro also ringing in his heart. "He never freed me from my pain, Captain. Utsuro was wrong, I have to do this myself." Hitsugi stepped back to the bindings. --------------------------------------------------- "How are you today, my little Skeleton?" Shouyo looked down at his student, "Good morning Sensei! I'm doing good, well I did just get bonked on the head by Gintoki earlier! Him and Shinsuke were fighting as usual, I just happened to get caught up in all of it!" Shouyo put his hand on Skele's head and rubbed it playfully. "Do you remember that lesson of Bushido I taught a few weeks ago?" Sensei asked, and both at the same time said, "Those who lay cannot take in the true earnestness their opponent gives them. Share the goodwill and stand up with honor!" Shouyo chuckled, "You took that lesson to heart today, breaking up their fighting and being a hero in your own right." Sensei ushered Skele into his private room, where Shouyo would read and talk to his students personally. "Why are we coming here? Usually the bad kids like Shinsuke come here...did I do something wrong Sensei?" Skele asked. Shouyo shook his head and sat down on his futon. "As I said Bonestein, you were heroic today. I just wanted to share a personal lesson with you, one I hope you can remember when the time comes. "Just as we have two eyes,"" Sensei playfully put his fingers in Skele's eye sockets. Skele giggled, but listened intently. ""and two feet,"" Sensei plucked one of Skele's toes off, before putting it back into place, ""Duality is part of life." Some people may not be born with two eyes, two legs, two arms, two ears; but they are born with duality. It dwells in every being, Bonestein. Whether it be good, evil. Right or left. Liquids to Solids, we are all apart of two halves. Do you remember the day I found you, I'm sure it's a hard memory to bare, but it was one of the happiest days of my life." Skele looked down, remembering the slaughtering of his family. "It's OK my sweet student. In some ways, their spirits live on. I say that it was one of the happiest days of my life, because I got to meet you, and have the chance to be called your teacher. You will be more important in you life than I could ever be in this world. That's why I saved you that day, because you are not only special to me, but you're special to your friends-" Skele peered out of the room and saw Katsura, Shinsuke, and Gintoki all playing in the courtyard with the other students. Skele smiled as Shouyo continued, "You will be special to your future family, once you've grown up and helped your people." Skele's mind went to those who survived the attack on his village, the bodies that lay in dust and scattered bones. "Not through revenge, or hatred. You are my sweetest student, and I cannot let hatred take over the nice side of you as it has me before." Shouyo sat up and put his arm into his kimono. He pulled out a small medallion and handed it to Skele, Skele's eye sockets widened as he recognized the necklace, "I wanted to keep this until you were a bit older, but I thought now would be a better time than ever to give this back." Skele took the necklace and placed it around his neck, "My father's amulet..." Skele stood up and rushed at Shoyou's leg, giving it a tight hug. Shoyou smiled, bending down to give Skele a proper hug. Skele looked down at his necklace, 'It's just like my father's.' but quickly his thoughts were interrupted by the embrace of Mutsu as she run into him with a hug. "Bonestein, I'm so glad you're okay." Skele accepted Mutsu's embrace and hugged her back. Tatsuma, who was laughing, also walked up to him with Oboro and Poe in tow. "AHAHAHA! SKELE! You look great with skin!" Tatsuma said, but Mutsu punched him backwards, still holding onto Skele. "Bonestein, to think you could have flesh just like the rest of us. How does it feel? I no other universe have I seen you like this, nor has Sensei told me this was possible." Oboro said, Poe fly up to Skele, inspecting him, picking at his flesh. Skele winced but shoo'd the crow away. "Well, I didn't know I could do this either, until my liquid self fused with my solid form...hmph." Skele remembered back to Sensei's duality speech, knowing well that Utsuro knew of his other half. He held his head as the memories of his liquid self were coming back. As if he's lived two lives all at once. Tatsumaki landed on the ground next to Skele and Mutsu, "Bonestein, do you think everything here is...settled? It doesn't seem like there's anything hostile." Tatsumaki said. Skele stared up at the cliff, seeing the faint silhouettes of 3 people. "Why did Yuka want us to merge ourselves...why now? She has to have a purpose for reuniting us all here." the scene shifts back over to Yuka and Enshou still fighting within themselves. "WOULD YOU JUST GET OUT OF MY BODY ALREADY!" Yuka yelled. Enshou shook his, er, their head. "You're in MY body. HOW I CAN I BE IN YOURS! Sweetcheeks, REMOVE THIS WOMAN FROM ME THIS INSTANT!" Enshou yelled. As they were arguing, they could hear a song coming from where Hitsugi was standing, "Dylan sat there at the Starbucks, trying to process what the ugly man was telling him." Dylan said to Hitsugi. Hitsugi ignored the comment, but moved on with his explanation. "Look, I've been researching this for years. You're the only one who can do this, now that those detectives and Billy have entered the comic." Hitsugi said, rubbing his temple. Dylan leaned back, and flipped through the comic book. "It seems he found some very funny parts to this story. Maybe, Dylan wanted to be apart of this." Hitsugi shook his head, "You don't have the fundamentals, or the power to skadoo. You'll only be able to if you just go to Bermuda." Hitsugi further explained. Dylan's interested peaked at this, "Skadoo? Dylan stood up and began to wonder about this crazy power. Maybe, he could use it for other reasons." Dylan said, perhaps accidentally out-loud. Hitsugi's eyes narrowed at this, but he knew this was his only shot at getting those crystals. "Alright, Dylan made the deal with the strange man from the book. Number 11, the Deal is Sealed." --------------------------------------------------------------------- The chapel was becoming a warzone, but no casualties. The Shinsengumi was throwing water balloons, and shooting paint balls at the Oukoku's, while they were doing the same. "YOU'RE NOTHIN OLD MAN! GIVE IT UP AND GIVE US THE GUITARIST!" Pops yelled, hiding behind one of the pews. He looked to his left and saw Kondo with a huge gash, and red paint. "They got me good Pops...but this old Gorilla doesn't go down easily." he fell into Matsudaria's lap, "KONDO-SAN!" Pop yelled, throwing water balloons in a fury at the Oukoku. But in the midst of it all, a light shot down in the middle of them, halting the action. Both sides just stared as the 4 men appeared in the room, the light leaving them. "Well, we picked an interesting place to jump into, what the hell is happening?" Joe asked. It wasn't mere seconds until Steve locked eyes with Hijikata, who was standing by the doors of the chapel. "STEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVEEEEE!" "TOSHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!" The two friends hugged each other and did a sick handshake to end it on. Joe just face palmed and walked over to greet Toshi like a normal human being. Yet, they also did a sick ass handshake. Josh face palmed at that and sat at one of the pews. "What the hell is happening in here?" Josh asked Barkas, who was trapped under a different pew. "HOW ABOUT YOU HELP ME OUT OF THIS AND I'LL TELL YOU!" Barkas yelled. Josh heaved the pew up and helped Barkas to his feet. "I don't know, that princess...wait where did she go?" Matsudaria looked around, but didn't see her nor Sougo. He spotted Kagura clinging onto Billy's jacket, "WOAH DUDE, HANDS OFF THE MERCH!" Billy said, but Kagura had an iron grip on him. "Soyo and that stupid coconut head left to the castle, uh-huh!" Kagura said, as Billy shot fire out of his mouth in sheer rage, trying to kick Kagura off of him. Barkas's face with dark, as did Yamazaki's. "That isn't good at all." Barkas said, hustling out of the chapel, "I can understand wanting to roleplay Bansai~but can't I at least know what I'm roleplaying as?" Hata asked. Bansai managed to get Hata out of the bathroom and slip on his emergency Yammy mask that he sometimes uses for pillows. "It adds the the surprise man." Bansai said, strumming on his guitar. But, their serenity was interrupted by the bedroom door getting kicked in by Soyo and a bazooka blowing up the window next to Bansai's head. "WHAT THE HELL!" Bansai yelled. Hata was confused, trying to take off the mask, but couldn't remove it. "What is this mask Bansai?!" Hata bumped into the wall and fell over, while Soyo stood over her friend's body. "You're too easy Hata. I'll be taking your bride now." she stepped over him and hugged Bansai who looked down at her in surprise. Sougo climbed through the window and handcuffed Bansai. "So like, you're a terrorists. I'm kind of obligated to arrest you, but I'm also doing it for Princess Soyo. As for you," Sougo bent down to face Hata, still wearing the Yamazaki mask. "I might have to place you under arrest for kidnapping." as Sougo was slapping the cuffs on Hata, Barkas rushed to the bedroom door, "What are you doing to my little brother?" he asked. Sougo just looked at him deadpan and maced him. "Let's blow this Popsicle stand Hime-sama." Sougo said. The two took their "suspects" out of the room and hopped in their space limo, without the Oukoku, nor the Shinsengumi seeing them. "Who the hell is driving us?" Bansai asked. The divider window rolled down, "I'm sorry Barkas's little brother, but my little sister tricked me into doing this. He's gonna kick my butt for this." "IT'S THE SHOGUNNNNNN!" Bansai yelled. Back in the church, Joe, Steve, and Josh met up with Katsura and Shinsuke who were sitting on the steps of the chapel. "Remember our wedding day Honey?" Shinsuke asked, holding his husband's hand. Katsura swung their arms up and down and nodded, "Happiest day of my life. Oh, hello Steve-dono, Joe-dono, Josh-dono. I don't believe we've been formally introduced Josh-dono." Katsura stuck his free hand out to shake Josh's, as Shinsuke did the same. "It's nice to see you two, but we've got some serious issues to look into." Joe said. Katsura looked puzzled. "Do you two know of a naval looking guy, like a Captain?" Steve asked. Shinsuke spoke up, "Yeah, there's that dude who works for that idiot Prince...uh Genshou?" he asked, "No, you're thinking of Gunso, Weroro Gunso." Katsura had a thought bubble of him cuddling a plushy of Weroro Gunso, "No, that wasn't it Honey. It was Enshou, that's it. I tried to get that stupid idiot's name out of my head. He's down in Edo right now at that Lilymu Party or whatever. I was invited, but I had babysitting duty. Tough, I know." Shinsuke said, kissing Zura's hand as they swung. Joe and Steve nodded, as they knew they had to go to Edo. "We can take you guys there, we were going to leave after the wedding was over with." Zura said, hurrying Matako, Takechi, and Elizabeth onto the ship. The other 4 followed, Steve looking back as Hijikata waved to him. "Toshi, should we follow them just in case?" Kondo asked. Toshi nodded, "Those guys are never up to any good, so we probably should...better yet we should find out what the hell Sougo was doing." Toshi said, lighting a cigarette. Yamazaki scrawled out of the church, breathing a sigh of relief he was spared from Bansai. ------------------------------------------------------------------- "ENOUGH!" Yuka finally snapped and forced herself free from the darkness, the evil bottomless pit that was Enshou's body. Enshou laid on the ground, and pulled out a cigarette. He sat up and lit the cig, puffing a large trail of smoke at Yuka. "You're one hell of a lover Lady TBC...dare I say better than Captain Sweetcheeks." The Captain looked dejectedly at the ground at this comment. Yuka walked over and lifted Enshou up with her glob hand, high above head. "WOAH NILLY!" Enshou yelled, stilling holding the cigarette in his mouth. She tossed him towards Hitsugi, who caught him with one hand, dangling Enshou from his jacket over the cliff. "HELP MY SWEETCHEEKS!" Enshou yelled. Sweetcheeks gulped as he looked to his left and saw a violently angry Yuka, and to his right, Enshou flailing like a fish with Hitsugi at the bindings of the book. "Out of my way Old Human, you are no concern of mine." Yuka said, sending her glob form arm past Sweetcheeks to get to Hitsugi, but Sweetcheeks stepped on her arm, causing her to stop and face him. "I...I can't let you stop him. Not after what you did to Enshou." Sweetcheeks stood his ground against the Globberian. She retracted her arm and narrowed her eyes at the Captain. She flung her arm and grabbed the Captain by the neck, catching him off guard. She lifted him up high in the air as well. Hitsugi stopped his communication with Dylan and snapped around to see Sweetcheeks being strangled in the air, "Let him go! YUKA!" Hitsugi yelled, but Yuka wasn't budging. "Give me the crystals Hitsugi, or I end this pathetic human's life." Yuka said. Enshou was kicking and squirming, finally breaking free and barely landing on the cliffside. "Enshou...wait..." Sweetcheeks could barely stop, but Enshou was transfixed with Yuka. He ran up to her, causing her to turn her head at him, "Oh Lady TBC...how you've woah'd me so! I say...we work together." she raised her non liquid eyebrow at this. "Y'know, like partners in crime!" Enshou said, excitedly. "LLLLovers in crime~" at this, Yuka's head morphed into a sword and stabbed Enshou in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. "OOOOHHH YEEEAAHHHH!" Enshou yelled, as he rolled around in his own blood. "Filthy pigs. You'll never understand what my people have went through. You'll never understand what I've been through." Yuka lifted up the lapel on her jacket, "You'll never understand this." she turned back to the Captain, who was still struggling. "Well Hitsugi, are you going to hand over the crystals, or what? I'm doing this for your own good." Hitsugi stared at her, then at the crystals in his hand. "I cannot allow that Yuka. I have to free myself." Hitsugi looked up to see Dylan rushing through an airport to board a flight to Bermuda. He nodded. "To free myself, and everyone who's suffered at his hands." Yuka sighed and flung the Captain way into the distance, near the village. Hitsugi's eyes widened but as he was watching the Captain's body fly through the air, he saw a familiar bird swoop in and catch him. "CAW!" Poe said, with a mouthful of the Captain's shirt. He circled down and placed him in front of Oboro and the others. The Captain looked at all the Skeleton people around them, now in their complete form. He turned to face Skele, who he's seen before, and turned back. "Is this why she wants to stop Hitsugi? What is her motive for causing this chaos..." the Captain brushed himself off, and started to head back for the cliff, but was stopped by Oboro. "Captain, you're injured enough. You can't go back against her, think about her people here." Oboro said, the Captain looking at all the Liquids and Solids feeling their bodies and talking among themselves. "I have to stop her and Hitsugi from doing something they'd regret...I have to get up there." Oboro's eyes darkened, "Hitsugi-dono...is alive?" he couldn't believe it. Sweetcheeks began to head back, "I'm the only man who can prevent this Oboro. Don't try and stop me again. Thank you Poe, you saved my ass back there." Poe saluted the Captain as he walked off. Oboro stirred in his thoughts about Hitsugi, as the Captain began a mad dash towards the hill. Yuka was nearing Hitsugi, moving as fast as she could with her form. Hitsugi held his ground slicing at her goop, but it wasn't enough. She wrapped herself around both of Hitsugi's arms, but he still wouldn't let go of the crystals. "HAND THEM OVER PIG!" she yelled, but as she said this she turned her head and saw a pink laser slash through both of Hitsugi's arms, causing them to fall to the forest below, "No one lays their hands on Lady TBC." Hitsugi was stunned as blood poured from his wounds. Yuka took back to her regular form and stood at the edge of the cliff. "I kind of hand him beat you know." Yuka said to Enshou. Enshou shook his head. Hitsugi fell to the forest below himself, not able to maintain speaking through the binding without the crystals. The Captain reached the cliff but it was too late. She turned to the Captain, "It's too late Captain. I've disposed of Hitsugi, he's no longer a pest in my plan. That just leaves you." she eyed him, but Enshou stepped in between them. "I...I'm sorry Lady TBC. Don't hurt Sweetcheeks. Only I'm allowed to do that, in bed." Yuka's face went dark as she shoved Enshou out of the way. "My people are happy now Captain. They're complete, and that makes me happy. I, however, will never be happy. The pain the solids have done to the liquids is enough suffering. I know you saw I and Hitsugi's battle earlier. It's never peaceful, nothing can ever end peacefully. I don't know what you're trying to prove here, by standing defiant against me; a leader who's helped her people find their missing halves." Stephen looked past Yuka at Enshou, who was face down on the ground. "Hitsugi and I go back, farther back than you can even imagine." Yuka cut him off, "Of course I can imagine. My ability to have foresight and past foresight. Hitsugi's plan to use me was pitiful." Stephen shook his head, "You may view me and Hitsugi as nothing more than pests in your grand vision, but we're more than that. He's someone who's hurt, deep down. Enshou cutting his arms off is the least pain he's probably felt in his life." Yuka interrupted again, "Yet you don't think I've dealt with loss, and the pain of losing something you've loved most dear. Lose something as much as half of yourself, then maybe I can muster up empathy." Yuka said. Stephen's eyes darkened. "And you don't consider losing your loved ones...your blood over and over and over again...just to fulfill what someone considers the "perfect" life...bullshit Yuka. You're just as selfish as me or Hitsugi, or any other human here in Edo-" Yuka grabbed Stephen and tossed him on top of Enshou, leaving the two men in a heap. Sweetcheeks looked up from the ground, "I think our little conversation is over Captain. I'm going to go and meet with my people before any more road blocks get in my way." Yuka began to walk down hill as Sweetcheeks managed to crawl to the edge of the cliff where Hitsugi fell. Stuck in the rocks off the cliff was Hitsugi's left hand, perhaps thrusting it into the wall with his blades at the last second before he hit the Earth. "Tricky bastard, as he always was. I'll be sure to get you back up here later." Stephen said to himself as he ripped Hitsugi's arm out of the cliff, collecting the crystals in his pocket. TBC
  13. to what do I owe the honor, handsome
  14. "Oh Mr. Bowie, what would you do in my situation?" Bansai sat his framed picture of David Bowie down on a nightstand next to the bed he was given. Bansai was sitting alone in a gigantic room within the Prince's Castle. Bansai laid down in his comfy as hell bed and strummed on his guitar. He didn't mind the company of the Prince, but he felt slighted. This was supposed to be his big break, the big time. Bansai strummed a long note that held for several seconds. 'This was it. I was going to break through as the greatest singles musician ever. Now I'm in this dress.' Bansai shook his head at his own thoughts. He couldn't let the fame get to his head, but he craved it. Was EF holding him back? "Oh BANSAIII~!" Bansai snapped his head to his door and saw Hata standing there in a spiffy suit. "I brought your favorite sandwich! Tuna salad and eggs!" Bansai looked at the sandwich, his favorite indeed. Bansai stood up, lifting his dress so he wouldn't step on it and took the sandwich from Hata. Hata swooned as Bansai took a bite. "This is pretty good little dude, but um, can I like leave yet? I think Matako wanted to get a pedi-medi tod-" Hata ripped the sandwich out of his hand and began to walk out the door, "Do NOT mention her name on our wedding day." Hata shut the door in Bansai's face as he pondered what Matako was up to in his absence. "Honey, do you have anymore of that formula?" Shinsuke was holding a baby bottle, examining the contents inside. "YOU'LL NEVER GET ME FORMULER SHINNY!" Katsura said, cackling like Mr. Wabs. The little babies were crawling around the floor of their nursery as the terrorists babysat them. Shinsuke was checking his phone every now and again to get updates from Gintoki on the party. "Honey look, Gintoki is hitting on two moms now. Man, I can't believe we got stuck doing baby duty." Shinsuke hung his head down as Baby Cherry bumped into his shins. "Nonsense Shinsuke, taking care of the children is going to push the development of these little tykes even further! We should do all we can to help them while Eren-dono and Fumiko-dono are getting shitfaced." Takechi said. Matako oddly nodded in agreement. "There's nothing like taking care of some squirts. I'm pretty natural at this y'know." Elizabeth signed. Katsura picked up Baby Alex and spun them around like an airplane. The baby giggled and Katsura joined in too. Shinsuke smiled at his husband who was having the time of his life playing with the children. 'Maybe missing the party was worth this.' Shinsuke thought as he wrapped his arms around Katsura. ------------------------------------------------------------------ "Dylan, sat there incognito watching the 4 mysterious men take the even more mysterious book away." Dylan tilted the baseball cap to hide his face from the 4, plus the millions of his adoring fans. Steve, Joe, Billy, and Josh were all huddled at a table outside of a Starbucks. "We're in the outside world Billy, we can say Starbucks." Steve said. Billy looked up at disgust of the real world version of his favorite coffee shop. Billy was twisting and turning the comic book, inspecting the outside of it, flipping through some of the pages. "Yo, what's this?" Joe pointed at a small signature within the front cover of the book. It was a small hat with an unrecognizable signature attached to it. Joe snatched the book from him and nodded. "Oh yeah, I know this. Check it out Steve." Joe showed the signature to Steve but Steve shook his head. "Not really sure who's that is. I'm guessing it was the person who owned the book before me. I know that isn't either one of my parent's signatures." Steve scratched his scruff. Josh was sparkly eyed, admired by the coolness of his two cousins. "It's Mr. Harvestein's. Y'know that Captain guy our parents were friends with." Steve was still a bit confused, but Joe realized, "Ah, yes, right. You probably wouldn't know, since Wilford was the one who told me about him." Billy put his hand out, "A Captain that knows Brimley...he couldn't be the same guy. I don't want to believe it but damn if I'm sure he is." Billy leaned back and sipped his coffee. This perplexed Joe, "You knew Mr. Harvestein? How is that possible? Unless he went into the book..." Joe rested his chin on his metallic knuckles. "Well, I'm not sure if it's the same guy, but if I saw him I could probably tell you." Billy said. Joe straightened up and held the book out, "Well, let me tell you what Brimley told me a few years ago about him." Joe said. "So, you're taking that rickety old thing out to the Atlantic, Stephen?" Brimley opened up his briefcase and pulled out a cigar to puff on. Stephen nodded and smiled at Brimley. "We're not afraid of these myths of the Bermuda Triangle. I hear there's some shit out there that'll make ya millions Wilford. Derek's already got the funds saved up, the research equipment and everything. Maria's got her fancy degree from college so she's got hookups." Stephen leaned back in his chair and popped open a comic book. Wilford tipped the top of the comic book down to look Stephen dead in the eyes, "I don't think you understand the risks of this trip Stephen. Annabelle is due any day...you guys are so reckless." Wilford shook his head. Stephen just chuckled as he turned the page, "I'm going whether you like it or not Wilford. It's fate if you will!" Stephen closed the book. "So, you're gonna watch over both the houses right? You're a good man you know that Brimley." Stephen packed up his stuff and began to head out the door. Wilford got up and stopped him before he left. The large man reached into his briefcase and handed Stephen a small pistol. "Never know when y'll need it." Wilford patted him on the back and shut the door as Stephen waved goodbye. Wilford sighed and walked over to the window and saw Stephen pull away in his car. "Damn kids are gonna give this old man a heart attack with such foolishness." Wilford looked over at a picture that was sitting behind Stephen while they were talking. "Please come back safe." "And well that's the last time Brimley saw him. Says our parents named you after him, Steve." Joe finished telling the story. Steve was more fascinated and interested more than ever about what happened to his parents and Stephen on that venture out to sea. Billy sat his coffee down and beamed his eyes directly at Dylan. "Whatcha looking at Billy?" Josh asked. "Rats." Billy responded, as a small mouse ran across the busy market area. Dylan tipped his hat down further. "You know, that guy really really sounds familiar. Reckon that could be the same guy from Universe 22." the three stopped and stared dead at Billy. "You mean...he was IN in the comic book?" Steve asked. "Well I mean, something happened in that universe concerning a captain of some sort. Utsuro never queued me in on a lot about why he was resetting the universe. He kinda did that on a whim. Fuckin bastard." Billy tossed his cup in the recycling bin. "Not saying it's the same guy, because I never seen him. He obviously never died, so at least you know he's alive. I see everyone who dies cause I hang out in hell you know." Joe nodded his head, "We gotta get back in here. We have to find this man, and I know exactly who to ask." Joe said, closing the comic book. The 4 decided to take it somewhere safe so they can skadoo without anyone seeing. Dylan lurked behind them, keeping his distance. --------------------------------------------------------------- "Enough is e-fucking-nough. We are GOING to Chipotle. We are GOING to eat burritos." Sakamoto pulled out a gun and pushed it against Marco's head. The host stepped back and snapped his fingers. The entire studio that was hosting Family Feud turned into a Chipotle. "Better?" Marco asked in English. Sakamoto peaked inside the building and saw it completely empty. Gintoki put his hand on Sakamoto's shoulder to calm him down, "Oi Tatsuma, it's o-" but Gintoki startled the crazed man, causing him to turn around and shoot his pistol, striking Gintoki directly in the head. Gintoki fell to the ground, blood running from the wound. "GINTOKI!!!" Utsuro bent down and picked his limp student up. "Oh that's just wonderful Tatsuma, now I have to reset the universe, again!" Tatsuma's hand shook as he looked down at his dead friend, one of his best for a long time. "What the fuck have I done..." Sakamoto looked at his friend as Utsuro stood up. "You've done the unthinkable and broke his plot armor Sakamoto Tatsuma. I can't allow this man to die here, I'm going to be forced to reset the universe once again." Utsuro stood up, as Oboro and Poe flanked him. "Well Poe, I guess we gotta brace ourselves again." Poe and Oboro nodded. Sakamoto shook his head. "I-I..." he aimed the gun at Utsuro. "I can't let you do that." he fired 5 rounds right into the chest of Utsuro, sending him flying. Oboro jumped in and sliced Tatsuma's arm clean off. Tatsuma, on pure adrenaline and instinct, pistol whipped Oboro and Poe with his one arm and shot both one time, incapacitating them. Tatsuma dropped his gun and took out a small knife. He stabbed Oboro in his left eye and was about to stab Poe when he was grabbed from behind. It was Marco, he slugged Tatsuma and stepped on the crazed man's chest. "Permíteme manejar esto, hombre." Marco stepped off Tatsuma and punched Utsuro as hard as he could in one of the bullet wounds, causing it to split open and leave a huge hole. Tatsuma was up now, holding his gun at Utsuro's head. "Your move." Tatsuma fired several rounds into his head and walked back. Marco laughed and patted the crazed man on the back. "Nice! Now, let's get some Chipotle!" Marco turned away from Utsuro, but it was a grave mistake, Marco looked down at the blade going through his chest, as he was pushed off of it, leaving him in a heap. "You won't kill me that easily with weak powers like that Marco." Utsuro ripped the sword from Marco's chest and was about to chop his head off, but Tatsuma shot several rounds that left his barrel almost simultaneously, hitting Utsuro in his right wrist. The power of the bullets were enough to rip his entire hand off, causing Utsuro to drop his sword. Utsuro turned to Tatsuma and flashed with lightning like speed to uppercut the man as hard as possible. Tatsuma flew through the air, Utsuro following him in close pursuit. "Sorry Sakamoto." but as Utsuro was about to deliver a killing blow, Marco regained his composer and flew up at Utsuro with his own speed and power, knocking him flying through the Chipotle building. Utsuro slid along the burrito station, causing meat and guac to go all over the place. "Vamos a jugar!" Marco came in with a barrage of punches and kicks to Utsuro, laying into the all powerful being. He punched Utsuro through the building again, hitting his van, blowing up everyone inside. Suddenly, the Elite pulled up as the van was in pieces. Isaburo kicked it into reverse and sped out of there, "Nobume, we cannot go there, we have to go to the next Chipotle." Isaburo felt a blade hit the back of his head, and veered off the road. Utsuro recovered from the wreckage to face Marco again. His hand re-attached itself and he gripped his sword. "Vamos!" Marco gestured to Utsuro. Utsuro leaped through the Chipotle and began slashing at Marco, who dodged each attack. As they were fighting, the van began to squirm, as Tatsuma was laying on the ground after his fall. He saw a bloody, red headed man toss the destroyed vehicle out into oncoming traffic. "RAAAAAAAAAAA FUCKING KILLED MY CREW!" Kamui stormed into the Chipotle and threw his umbrella right through Marco's eyeball as he was trying to dodge both Utsuro and Kamui. Marco fell into a heap and was about to get pounded on by Kamui, but before he could a shot rang out and Kamui looked down at his stomach and saw a bullet wound. He turned around to face Sakamoto and was met with a bullet between the eyes. The Yato was down, for good. Utsuro looked at Marco who was struggling to his feet, removing the umbrella from his face. He turned to see Oboro and Poe finally recovering from their bullet wounds, but Oboro's eye remained shut. He then turned to face Sakamoto again, who was aiming the gun directly at him. "Pull the trigger Sakamoto, and see who dies first." Utsuro taunted the man. Sakamoto aimed and took fire, but at the same time, Marco threw the umbrella at Utsuro's back. The bullets hit his weak wrist again, and the Umbrella pierced his chest. "Oboro, the plot armors are weakening. We need to take drastic measures." Oboro and Poe nodded in understanding. Utsuro ripped the umbrella out from his chest and jumped through the roof of the Chipotle. Utsuro pointed at Oboro who reached into one of his pockets and tossed something to Poe. Poe caught it in mid-air, dodging the bullets from Tatsuma. He dropped it off into Utsuro's hands. It was a purple crystal. "I don't like wasting one of these crystals, but I have to." He smashed the crystal with his hands and struck a hand pose. Utsuro began to hum under his breath, a sort of chant. "What is that bastardo doing?" Marco asked aloud. "Summoning from beyond." Oboro said, dashing at Marco. Marco blocked Oboro's slash, but Poe flew through the hole in his eye, plucking out bits of the inside of his head on the way out. Marco yelled, but was met with a swift beheading from Oboro to cease the man once and for all. Or so he thought. As Oboro and Poe turned around to face Tatsuma, Marco caught his head as it was flying through the sky. He dropped his head and kicked it like a soccer ball, hitting Poe off of Oboro's shoulders, "POE!" Oboro reacted, but was ready for Tatsuma to shoot, and got out of the way. The stray bullets hitting Marco's body. Marco walked over and picked up his head as his body was slowly healing. "Pretty neat huh?! I'm kinda like those guys y'know?" Marco said, but Sakamoto's mind was racing. The small stand still in the battle, Utsuro chanting. He peered down at the ground again and saw Gintoki's dead body once more. He winced but looked to see Marco screwing his head back on. Tatsuma remembered when Oboro took a crystal from his pocket and moved fast. He ran over to Oboro and pistol whipped him at full force, robbing his small fanny pack and shoved some of the crystals, both green and purple into Marco's neck hole. "QUE?!" Marco yelled, but Sakamoto barrel stuffed his neck, shooting the crystals. "TATSUMA YOU FOOL! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!" Oboro recovered and dug his blade into Tatsuma's guts, sending him flying while dropping the crystals. Marco's body was reacting like crazy, light of green and purple were shooting from his body. As the light from him was intensifying, a huge beam of light formed around Utsuro. "Finally, we shall end this." Oboro said. Utsuro was yelling at this point, the skin on his hands peeling and ripping apart as the crystal dust fussed to his palms. Suddenly a huge flow of water fell from the sky, and a man wearing a captains uniform came with it. Utsuro collapsed to the floor of the Chipotle, while Oboro rushed to his side. The Captain was starting to gain consciousness after his fall into the comic book, and subsequently into the world of TBC. He looked up and saw Oboro and Poe standing over him. "You were the one Sensei called upon to save us, owner." Stephen was confused, but Utsuro managed to collect himself. "I...think he looks more like a Captain, don't you think Obo?" Utsuro gave the three a smile, but as he did, a shot rang out and hit the Captain in the chest. Utsuro quickly stopped the bleeding and helped the Captain up. "You've been graced by the Purple Altana, Captain. Use it to end this." Utsuro looked as Marco was shaking violently, light shooting from his body. "There, in your waistband." the Captain shook himself to get concentrated, he knew who these characters were. But he couldn't believe it, perhaps a dream? But, he didn't want to act irrational. "You got it, Utsuro." the Captain reached into his waistband and pulled out the gun Brimley gave him. It began to glow a menacing purple aura as he aimed it at Marco and fired. The bullet sped and hit Marco, causing him to explode in a bright, colorful display of purple and green dust. Tatsuma stood there as the dust was settling, facing the 4 in front of him, Stephen aiming his gun at Tatsuma. "All of this over some stupid burritos." Tatsuma threw his gun down and raised his hand. Stephen lowered his gun to show sympathy. "I killed one of my best friends...on accident." Tatsuma looked back at Gintoki's corpse. "It didn't have to be like this, but then that man said something about resetting the universe...or something." Utsuro lifted his sword up and started to walk towards Tatsuma. "Sakamoto Tatsuma of the 22nd Universe, you may have been the most powerful foe yet. You and that game show host pushed me to my utmost limit. For that, I commend you eternally. But, you have come in contact with these crystals. Something I cannot allow to happen. If you must, look away Captain." Utsuro raised his sword. "Utsuro wait!" but Stephen's pleas were not enough. Utsuro's blade came down over the neck of Sakamoto Tatsuma, decapitating him. Stephen wretched away from the site, but was quickly consoled by Utsuro. "Captain, if I may call you. I know who you are. You read our stories, but I needed you here, now. And, I see you have come in contact with the real world's Altana. I simply can't have you go back." Utsuro was surprised as Stephen got defensive. "What about my kids?! I have to go back and see them!" Utsuro shook his head. "You'll be with me. Resetting the universe as many times as I need. You'll relive the same events over and over again, Captain until I died to end it, or I find peace with my students. Every other universe before this, you drowned in that storm. But not here, not ever again. When you have me by your side, you'll be forever." Utsuro said, giving him a smile. Stephen was starting to get frustrated, he raised his fist and punched Utsuro right in the jaw. Oboro readied his sword and Poe got into a kung fu stance, but Utsuro put his hand up to them. "I understand you're resistant, but your fate is forever determined. And now, I want your fate to be intertwined with mine. Regardless, you will fall back into place when the time comes, and I'll be waiting. Waiting for as long as it takes." Utsuro took two of the crystals and smashed them together and began chanting. Oboro grabbed onto Stephen and smiled at him, "This is going to be a fun ride, Captain-dono," Oboro said with a smile. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ "And that's pretty much the whole story Tatsuma-san." the three were sitting in the lobby of LilyMu towers. Sakamoto sat there, trying to take all the information in. "Hmm, so I killed Kintoki and went completely berserk?" Sakamoto asked. Poe and Oboro both nodded. "AHAHAHAHA! That's crazy Obo! I would never do that to Kintoki or our friends, but I have seen what you and Utsuro were able to do, so I have no choice but to believe you!" Oboro blushed a little but put his mask back on. The elevator opened and a mountain of beer cans spilled out of them. The Front Desk Lady rolled her eyes as her boss, Gintoki, Umibozu, and Gendo all stumbled out of the elevator. "Ah! That guy out there in the gimp outfit, that must be our Uber right?" Gintoki asked, slurring his words. "There is no doubt in my mind Yorozuya." Ozu flung the door open and walked up to Enshou who was putting eyeliner on outside his limo. "You must be my Uber, well, we're here so let's hit some clubs!" Ozu yelled. The rest of the Dads cheered, but Enshou was not pleased. "You dare walk up to Prince Emperor Enshou and CLAIM THAT I DRIVE DISGUSTING PEASANTS AROUND?" Enshou lifted Ozu up by the cruff of his plain white t-shirt, but several body guards talked Enshou and beat him senseless with nightsticks. "GAAAH SWEETCHEEKS HELP ME!" Enshou was getting wailed on, but eventually Ozu called them off. "Now, where should we hit first boys?" Ozu asked. The Dads all crammed themselves inside Enshou's limo. Sweetcheeks shrugged as him and Enshou sat in the front seat. "Can you believe THIS shit Captain?" Enshou's eyeliner was running and his lipstick was fucked up. Sweetcheeks chuckled to himself, but Enshou pushed his head against the window. "Now, laugh at me again Captain." Sweetcheeks just smirked and nodded, "Certainly Sir." Enshou smiled and leaned back in his seat. Sweetcheeks looked at his phone while driving (don't do this kids!). He got a text from Hitsugi and opened it up, "Captain, I may be getting followed by the Globberians. Their leader was very suspicious." Sweetcheeks opened up the attachment Hitsugi sent him. Enshou snatched Sweetcheeks phone from him and checked out the picture. "My, she's very pretty Captain. She almost looks like Lady TBC if I do say." he dropped Sweetcheek's phone in between the seats, before he could read Hitty's last two messages, "Watch out for her, she is their leader. Her name is Yuka." the scene cut back to Oboro, Poe, and Sakamoto heading back up to the party. As they were standing in the elevator, Tatsuma’s phone began to ring, “Oh, it’s Mutsu! Y’llo?” Mutsu sighed into Sakamoto’s ear. “Chief, Bonestein would like to speak with you. He forgot to bring pockets, so he left his phone at home.” Skele could be heard thanking Mutsu and getting on the line with his friend. “Skele! What’s up my friend? I thought you and Mutsu were going on AHAHAHAHA! A date?” Skele blushed on the other end, but quickly snapped out of it. “We were but I...I got a really disturbing distress signal on my pager.” “Skeleton Villages? Isn’t that your homeland, the place you liberated a few years ago?” Sakamoto asked. He remembered Gintoki talking to him about the Second Great Skeleton War he participated in over some drinks one night. “That’s right Tatsuma. One of the heroes requested help, and I gotta get there since it’s the place of my people, but I have no way to get there. You dropped us off here in the park, so I have no way to get there.” Skele sounded worried over the phone but Sakamoto re-assured him. “Don’t worry Skele, I’ll get the ship over there and assist you. I hope you don’t mind but I’m bringing Oboro with me.” Skele let out a small nervous sigh, but he knew Oboro was powerful. “We could use all the help we can get. I don’t know what’s happening there, and I’m scared to find out.” Skele hung up the phone, while Tatsuma stopped the elevator. Oboro smiled as he got to travel with Tatsuma alone, but he wasn’t sure what they would confront at Skeleton Village. -------------------------------------------------------- “Now, THE PARTY CAN BEGIN! HA!” Kamui and his crew entered the Penthouse and began pillaging all the finger food and punch being served. Kamui walked over and was catching up with BUNHEAD! And talking about nothing in particular. Monika and Abuto were chilling out with the Ninja 5 as half of them were shit faced and the other half was Sonic. Ham-san and 4th leaned against the wall, acting like the cool couple who were too good for everybody. And there stood No Man in his potato costume. He stood behind the 4 gamers, who were duking it out in Super Bario Kart. “YOU ARE NOTHING KING DUCK! RAJ WINS AGAIN!” Raj threw his hands up in the air, his wig flowing majestically. Eren, who was in second place after getting hit by a Blue Shell gripped his controller so hard it began to crack. “Alright! THAT’S IT!” Eren ripped Raj’s hair piece off, wigging him. “Come now, let’s be civil. I took 12th place and I’m doing just fine!” Mikey said, his make up getting smeared with tears. “Yeah right you’re fine, you’re crying your eyes out!” No Man said. The 4 turned to him and they all gave him a weird look. Saitama turned back, “Anyway, we have one more track left!” the 4 got back into position, isolating No Man again. The sad, lonely potato sat on one of the many couches set up. He sat next to a man wearing nothing but pixelated underwear. “What troubles you small potato man? Want to talk with me and Barky about it?” No Man looked over at Barkus, who was dressed as Princess Weach. “I’m not sure how much help I can be, I look ridiculous as is.” Barkus showed off his dress but No Man just looked away. “I just have a really bad feeling about something, my half ass can feel it.” No Man put his (sticky) hand to his head. He wasn’t sure why, but something in his gut was stirring, and it wasn’t the curry Monika made last night. The screen zooms out of the Penthouse and flies over to a large mountain looking down a small village. “If that mammal wants to mess with the past, then I’ll just have to prevent him at all possible points. I cannot cause such a disaster...yet. We aren’t easily defeated, so I only need to send a handful of you down there.” the figure said to a small gathering behind her. “GLOOP GLOP!” the crowd chanted. “You can’t re-write history so easy Hitsugi of the Naraku. Not when you’re dealing with someone much higher on the pecking order of you.” the figure turned to the crowd. “GLOOP GLOP!” they screamed once again. “Raise some hell boys. I’ll take care of Hitsugi, use yourselves as sacrifice if need be. Don’t let anyone get in my way of bringing him down.” Yuka threw her goopy hand in the air, causing everyone else to join in on the fist pump, “GLOOP GLOP!” TBC
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