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Scattered To The Winds
Chapter 16

The battle began with me alternating between attacking Krystal and Kylie, attempting to whittle down their shield energies. In the meantime, I tried and failed repeatedly to shoot Akasha, and avoided Tigress as best I could, as she was constantly on my tail, depleting my shield energy.

"C'mon little man! Shoot me!" I said in Pigma's voice. Leon and Panther laughed, as Wolf said "Damn it, Julius, shut up!". Akasha, Tigress, Krystal, and Kylie laughed at this. "I'll do you fast, Krystal old pal!" I said in my Pigma voice again. "I'm gonna shoot you down myself if you don't stop with the Pigma impressions!" Wolf warned.

Akasha fired a bomb near me, and I lost one third of my energy shield. I tried to pursue her, but she was too fast, and Tigress was right behind me. A trap! Akasha meant to distract me so Tigress could line me up in her sights! I flew into the wreckage and debris clusters to lose Tigress. "Stick to the closet, kitty!" I taunted Akasha as I fired at her. Akasha did a loop and escaped my attack, and I did a barrel roll to deflect Kylie's shots.

Finally, Krystal ambushed me out of nowhere and reduced my shield to half capacity. "Quit screwing around, Julius!" Wolf said. "Oh yeah, and a fine job you're doing, Wolfy! How many of them did YOU shoot down!?" I said in Pigma's voice. I traded shots with Akasha, barely scraping the wing of her ship. Tigress ambushed me and unloaded repeatedly into my canopy, and now I was down to one eighth of shield energy.

Kylie and Krystal came at me, and as I fired on Kylie, depleting some of his shield energy, Kylie hit me with a bomb. "This can't be happening!" I said in my Pigma voice as my ship disengaged.

"There's Julius down!" said Akasha, as she shot down Leon. "Me!? ME!?" said Leon. Krystal took down Panther. "Well, at least I lost to you my dear!" he said to her. "You idiots! Do I have to do everything myself!?" Wolf reprimanded us. Tigress shot Wolf down as he scolded us. "You lose, Star Wolf!" she said proudly.

As we, team Star Wolf sat there, Kylie said "Next time, leave our cargo ships alone, go it!?". "This isn't over! Star Wolf, pull out!" said Wolf. We flew away, heading for Corneria. We were empty handed. Upon our arrival at our hideout at an old abandoned warehouse, Wolf had us gather for a meeting. "We lost on this one, and we all can agree as to why! Julius, this was clearly your fault, and you're suspended from the team!" he said.

"Are you serious!?" I said. "That's bullcrap!" said Panther. "What the hell!?" asked Leon. "Shut up, all of you. None of you took this raid seriously, and Julius, your Pigma impressions are distracting and annoying. I can't put up with them anymore, and you're becoming a liability to Star Wolf."

"It wasn't just Julius' fault, we all share the blame!" said Leon. "Yeah, ever since Julius joined, you always blame him when something goes wrong!" said Panther, jumping to my defense. "Not to mention you never credit me when I succeed!" I said. "You're entitled to your opinions, but my orders still stand. Get out, Julius!" said Wolf. "But Wolf.....!" I said. "Your 'butt' is what I'm gonna kick if you don't shape up, Julius! And that goes for the rest of you as well! Let this be a lesson to you!" Wolf warned Leon and Panther. I left, and it wasn't until later I realized that I had gotten off on the wrong bus, and was in the suburbs of Northern Corneria City.

This area looked familiar...

"HALT, evildoer!" came a female voice. Uh oh...

‹bervixen jumped out from behind a tall hedge and tackled me to the ground, as we rolled on the grass of the nearby pocket park. She sat on my back as I lay face down on the grass, and she slammed my face repeatedly into the grass. "Eat grass, evildoer! THIS will teach you to join Team Star Wolf! Not to mention, raid cargo ships!"

"Ow-ow-ow-ow-oooowww! STOP! I'm suspended...from...the...team!" I said. ‹bervixen paused for a moment, and I explained to her all that was going on in my life. "So...you're no longer on Star Wolf?" she asked. "As of this afternoon, I'm suspended!" I wheezed. "Well, okay then, I think you've learned your lesson for now, but you must promise to quit Star Wolf. PROMISE!!!" ‹bervixen ordered.

"Okay, okay!" I said. She helped me up. "I'm sorry I got so carried away, Julius! Allow me to make it up to you...." ‹bervixen said, but I broke into a run and shouted "Get away from me you menace!". ‹bervixen used her psionic bullwhip to trip me up, and as I fell to the ground, she used stun shackles on my arms, torso, and legs. She then put a ball gag in my mouth, and slung me over her shoulders, saying "I'm not giving you the option of 'No', Julius!" she said, carrying me off to her house, as I replied with "Mmmph! MMMmmmpphhh! Mm-Mmmph-MMMpphh!".

She released me as soon as we got to her house. Then she smiled at me and took off her mask. "You're very beautiful. Like Misty, but in a different way." I said. "Am I as good in bed as she is!?" asked ‹bervixen. "I dunno..." I said. "Answer that again in an hour!" said ‹bervixen as she got undressed right in front of me. I removed my own clothes, and we got under the covers of her bed together...

After an hour, I was passed out asleep. I woke up to ‹bervixen, aka Angela Reginhard, as she was getting out of the bathroom, and wearing a bathrobe. "I saved some hot water for you if you wanna shower, Julius." she said. Thanks." I replied. After I showered off, I took a towel from ‹bervixen's servant droid, A.L.F.R.E.D. "Thank you." I said, wrapping myself in the towel. "You're welcome master Julius. Now, if you'll wait just forty five minutes, I shall have your clothes cleaned and dried for you to wear again. I dare say they were a real fright when you came in." he said. "I live an interesting life." I replied with weak laughter. "Very good, sir!" said A.L.F.R.E.D.

I watched TV as ‹bervixen got dressed, and then later A.L.F.R.E.D. brought out my clothes, all cleaned. I thanked him and got dressed. When I was done, ‹bervixen offered me a ride home, but I said "No thanks, I'll walk." and kissed her. As she walked me to the door, I said "If you're not doing anything later..." but ‹bervixen placed her hand over my mouth and said "Sorry Julius, this was just a one time thing.

I normally don't do that, but I've had some pent up energy that needed a release, and since you and Misty aren't together, and I've never had a human before, well..." she stopped there. "So you're just gonna use me and then throw me away!?" I asked. "Pretty much, but I'll call you if I'm in the mood again as long as you're single, and I know you won't be able to say 'no'." she said to me.

"How do you know?" I asked. "Because you're a male." she smiled, before slamming her front door in my face. I rolled my eyes, and walked down the street, and made my way back to my neighborhood, to my home. It was a lovely spring afternoon. Hard to believe it had been that long since this whole beginning of events...

As I arrived home, I found a message on my answering machine. "Julius!? It's Wolf! Your suspension form the team is itself, 'suspended', we need you back! Report for duty as soon as you get this message!".

*that's it for this chapter*

Scattered To The Winds
Chapter 15

"....an explosion occurred at the armory section of the CDF Military Outpost in the City of Lostendamned Harbor! The suspects got away with multiple crated of weapons, explosives, and ammunition. The security footage was unable to record the identities of the suspects, but witnesses believe this to be the work of the infamous space pirates known as STAR WOLF. They are rumored to have taken on a fourth pilot, from planet Earth though this has yet to be confirmed...stay tuned for further details!" said the red news reporter vixen.

Wolf, Leon, Panther, and I cheered as we raised our mugs of beer in triumph. We were in the Dented Keg pub, a watering hole for criminals and scum alike. The whole place reeked of piss and stale alcohol. The beat up old tv monitor, outdated by Lylatian Standards, but still ahead of the curve by Earth standards showed the reporter, the damage done at the scene of the crime, and messed up security footage (that was courtesy of Leon and his laptop he used to hack into the surveillance server).

"We got a cargo ship to raid next. Some good stuff coming from Cerinia!" said Wolf. "They got everything from weapons, to technology, and valuable goods like precious stones and metals." said Leon. "Not to mention some of the finest fashion designs Cerinia has to offer in the line of exports!" purred Panther.

"They also got fine wines, cheeses, chocolates..." I said, fighting the urge to drool. "Oh yeah, I forgot about that!" said Panther. "Well what're we waitin' for!? Let's go!" I said, imitating Pigma's voice. "Don't imitate Pigma, Julius!" warned Wolf...

An hour or so later, we waited for the Cerinian cargo ship to pass our hiding spot near Sector Z. "There they are!" I said, seeing the cargo ship. We flew towards the ships, weapons blazing. It took a bit of getting used to with the Wolfen. It as definitely a pretty awesome fighter ship. Being built around the engine and around the gun, it allowed for better weapons accuracy, and more speed and maneuverability.

The dual twin lasers, superb g-diffusers, and handling made dog fighting exceptionally fun. My main problem was with the weaker shield than the Arwing, and the higher maintenance required for the Wolfen, not to mention the more expensive and more complicated engines and other workings of the Wolfens. Plus the Arwing had better pickup and more flexible maneuverability than the Wolfen. Oh well.

As we advanced on the Cargo ship, it suddenly stopped, and the front opened up. Fighter ships began pouring out of it.

"An ambush! Scramble and take 'em down, draw them into the wreckage and debris fields! Let's show 'em what Star Wolf is made of!" said Wolf. We did just that, splitting up and drawing the Cerinian Royal Guard forces into the debris fields, the mess of Sector Z providing excellent cover, yet a hazardous combat environment.

As we traded laser fire with the royal guard forces, We managed to take out a few guard ships, they fled back to the cargo ship. "This was a sting operation! They knew someone would try to raid the ship!" I said. "Well duuuh!" said Panther, taking out a royal guard fighter that was on my tail. "Wish we'd known it sooner!" grumbled Leon as he took out two royal guard fighters with a bomb.

"This isn't gonna be that easy!" said Wolf. "Whadd'ya mean!?" asked Leon. "Because Star Vixen set this up!" Wolf replied.

"Right you are, WOLF!" said Tigress over the comm channel, firing a bomb at Wolf. He pulled away as Tigress had said what she did, narrowly missing being blasted. "Playtime is over, STAR WOLF!" said Kylie. "You guys are space dust!" said Akasha, her Lightning Paw seeming to come out of nowhere. "We'll teach you to take on a Cerinian ship!" said Krystal. "Let's do this!" said Leon. "It'll be a pleasure!" said Panther.

"Akasha, Kylie, Tigress, and Krystal! Long time, no see!" I said, imitating Pigma's voice. "Julius!? What have I told you about that!?" said Wolf, angrily. "JULIUS!? You joined STAR WOLF!? You dick!" said Akaska. "You'll pay for that!" said Kylie. "Don't think we'll go easy on you, given our history!" said Krystal. "We'll kick your butt even harder for this!" said Tigress. "Bring it on!" I said.

The battle was about to begin...

*that's it for this chapter*

Scattered To The Winds
Chapter 14

We landed back at CDF Headquarters, and Misty gave me the Missile Guidance System, to give to Peppy as per his request. He was glad to have it back. "Great job, Julius! Mr. Phoenix said I could count on you!" he wheezed. "Thank you! I couldn't have done it without Misty's help." I said. I collected the reward, and offered to split it with Misty.

"It's okay, Julius. You need it more than I do." she said. I told her that I was doing better, and that it was only fair that she take some of the money, or half of it. She politely took one third of it, and she, Peppy, and I got caught up on what we were all doing.

After the chit chat, Peppy said "Well, I have to get this device to the vault, and keep it safe. Julius, Misty, great to see you both again. I hope one day the team can come back.". "Same to you, and I agree about the team." I said. "Ditto." said Misty. We bade him goodbye, and then we left. Misty flew back to my mansion, and then as we parked in the driveway, she said "I'll keep this spaceship for a while, then sell it." she told me as we stood together in the driveway. I hugged and kissed her, but she pushed me gently away. "What!?" I asked in shock. "Sorry Julius, but we're not back together." she said.

"Why not!?" I asked.

"It's just over. It was fun, what we did together back there, but I'm sorry to say, we aren't back together. We might get back together one day, or maybe we'll each find someone else and be happy. But for now, we can't go back. But I hope the future is kind to you." Misty said. She hugged me, got back into the ship, and flew away.

"Well that sucks!" I said, walking back into my home.

***

After a very long bender on Zoness, drinking my money away and getting trashed on a long vacation, I passed out at the bar of one of the casino lounges. Someone sat on the stool to my right. "You look like you've seen better days, Julius!" said a familiar deep voice. I looked up, and turned to my right. "P-panther!?" I said. "None other!" said Panther Carosoe. He wore a red formal shirt, black suit pants, black blazer, and black loafers.

Leon sat down on my left, clutching a large margarita glass with a long straw protruding from it. He put his right hand on my shoulder, and sipped from the glass in his right hand. After hiccuping, he said "Hey-a Julsie!" as he spun drunkenly on the stool. He wore jean shorts and a brightly colored floral shirt.

Wolf walked in, wearing blue slacks, a white short sleeve button up shirt, and sandals. "There you are! We've been looking for you, Julius!" he said to me. "What do you three want?" I asked. "It's about what YOU want, Julius! How would you like a steady cash flow, and plenty of opportunities for fun, adventure, and the chance to make some new contacts!?" asked Wolf.

"I'm listening." I said. "We've seen you in action. We think you have potential, and we are restarting Star Wolf....but we could use a new pilot and mercenary! Interested?" Wolf said to me.

I thought about it...about joining Star Wolf, about how Team Star Fox was over, how I felt that they often treated me more like a servant than a team member, about how I was always getting hung out to dry (aka fired), the way that they had acted towards me in the last days, Misty not wanting to get back together with me...I could only take so much, especially since I thought that I might not get any more opportunities to make any money for a long time. I had to think about the future.

"I'll do it!" I said. The guys cheered. "Welcome to Star Wolf, Julius!" said Wolf. "Great to have you!" said Panther. "Nice to have some new blood, worthy of Star Wolf!" said Leon.

The next few weeks went by in a blur. I learned how to fly a Wolfen, got assigned Pigma's old Wolfen, and I even got a tattoo of Star Wolf's logo on my arm. We all worked together, doing secret and dangerous new missions all over the Lylat System and in other places, like Papetoon, and Kew.

Without Team Star Fox, I felt that my only other alternative to return to my old life was with Team Star Wolf. What a fool I was.

*that's it for this chapter*

Scattered To The Winds
Chapter 13

I took several job opportunities that I could around the Lylat System, lots of small stuff. It seemed that once I got hired for a few jobs, the opportunities started flowing out like water from a pipe. I also entered flying races, flying through the holographic coronas marking the race course in the skies and in space. Lola's family was forbidden from hiring me again, as per Don Foxglove's order's. That was a shame, considering Lola's family paid really well, despite the dangerous nature of the work.

I was called for another mission; to infiltrate the penthouse of a notorious arms dealer and smuggler, Cyrus Versrey. This guy was selling old weapons seized from Andross' old military bases and secret bunkers, then selling them to criminals. I was hired by General Hare (Peppy) to go to Vesrey's place on Corneria, and take him down.

I headed to the large building where he lived, over in the city of Pelt. I made my way to the penthouse area of the building, where a large courtyard on the roof of the building was surrounded by the penthouse suite. There was the first level of the penthouse, surrounding the courtyard (which I had to enter via a wide staircase with a side wheelchair ramp) and consisting of staff quarters, a storage room below part of the penthouse (occupying one eighth of the top floor of the building), a vault (occupying one eighth of the second from the top floor of the building), and there was the second floor of the penthouse, consisting of a gym and rec room area, the third floor housed the security monitoring stations, there was a residential floor over that on the fourth floor, the fifth floor was the lower half of the master room of the penthouse, and the sixth floor was the upper half of the master room of the penthouse, where Mr. Vesrey lived.

I made my way into the main building, which was 10 stories high and consisted of offices, stores, restaurants, cafe`s, bars, and other businesses, as well as some condo suites. I disguised myself as the building's security team. Mr. Vesrey himself had his own security team in the penthouse, and sneaking past them wouldn't be easy. I climbed up the stairs, and made my way to the courtyard. The guards were milling about, and I saw a large spaceship parked there, as well as a pool and a hot tub.

I sneaked into one of the rooms on the first floor and changed into a security uniform, consisting of a jumpsuit, boots, and a red beret (the building security consisted of a Sheriff Barney style uniform). I then stole an electronic keycard, and walked over to the stairway that led to the storage room access stairs. I swiped the keycard through the terminal, and the laser barrier deactivated. I walked through the doorway, and headed down to the storage room, where I then walked through it to the other stairway, and walked into the vault, swiping the keycard and opening the steel reinforced door. I stole an IPBM Missile Guidance System, then I left the room with it tucked in my jumpsuit.

I went back up through the storage room , then through the first floor, then up the stairs to the second floor, where I crossed the gym and the rec rooms to another stairway, past a watching guard. I walked though the security area on the third level. As I wen tot he fourth level, something drew me to one of the bedrooms of the fourth level. I found a nice bedroom, that was well decorated, with tapestries, poufs, fancy ornate old furniture like a four poster bed, armoire, and a fainting couch. But I found what looked like a stained glass casket, locked shut and laying back on the floor. I walked over and unsnapped all of the latches.

I found a large leather sack with leather straps and metal buckles holding it closed. I removed the straps, and took off the leather sack, to find a spandex zippered cocoon inside. I unzipped the cocoon, and found a wrapped up gauze mummified female inside of that. I unwrapped the gauze wrappings, to find Misty inside! She was wearing a sequined thong leotard.

She woke up, and yawned as I held her in my arms. "Misty? What are you doing here!?" I asked her. "Julius!?" she said, looking shocked. "Were you kidnapped? Sold into sex slavery?" I asked her. Misty shook her head, and got to her feet. "I...moved in with Cyrus after he saw one of the shows I was performing in with Lola and Madame Vulpine. The tour ended, and I began dating Cyrus, moved in with him, and...you found me...all encased like this in multiple layers as part of a kinky game he likes to play with me." She said, looking shyly away from me.

"We did stuff like that." I said sadly. "I know." Misty replied. "Why are YOU here." she looked at me suspiciously. I quickly and quietly explained to her. "Sorry to cost you a meal ticket." I added. "Don't be. He's just another rich jerk, and I'm bored with him." Misty said.

"I've got to kill Cyrus now. Good luck to you." I said. "How do you plan to even get to him?" asked Misty. I showed her my keycard. "I'll use this to access the master room of the penthouse." I said. Misty shook her head. "That card is useless beyond the fourth level. You need a special keycard. You take me with you after killing Cyrus, and I'll give you the keycard...assuming you also have something to leave with me that will force you to come back for me." Misty said, tapping the bulge in my jumpsuit where the missile guidance system was hidden. I nodded, and handed her the device, and said "Pack your things, and this device with it, and then wait by the stairs for me." I said.

"I'll let you in through a fourth floor window. After you kill Cyrus, climb out the window, and shimmy down to the fourth floor ledge-don't fall-and I'll let you in through the window two levels below his window. Good luck!" she said, handing me the special keycard. "Thanks." I said.

I took the keycard, and went back to the stairs, where I climbed to the fifth level and swiped the special keycard through the terminal, and unlocked the steel doors, then entered the lower level of the penthouse. The guards there looked at me, shocked. "What are you doing here!?" they asked me.

I walked past them, and climbed the stairs to the sixth level, where Cyrus, a snow fox, was staring out the window. He heard me and turned around, one green eye and one blue eye staring at me intently. "What are you doing here!? You're not part of the security staff!" he said. I said nothing, and fired several shots from my laser pistol, which I drew at lightning fast speed. He had his pistol in his hand, having drawn it a split second after I drew mine and fired. He fell to the floor, dead. At the same time I had drawn and fired my gun, I tossed a smoke grenade over my shoulder, releasing a dark, noxious cloud. I heard coughing and gagging behind me, as the guards from the fifth floor choked on the smoke. They had followed me up the stairs, and were about to shoot me in the back before I could kill Cyrus, but they failed. It all happened so fast....

I holstered my gun, and climbed out the window, as per Misty's instructions. I climbed down to the fourth level, and climbed into the window as Misty helped me climb in. "Thanks babe, I got him! Let's get outta here!" I said. "Yeah!" Misty replied. She was back in her regular outfit again.

We ran down the stairs, Misty with her suitcase in hand. We ran past the security as they ran up the stairs. As we exited the penthouse, and entered the courtyard, the building security came up the stairs, guns held high, as the alarms sounded. They fired at me. "Come on!" Misty shouted, pulling me towards the space craft. I helped Misty into it, loaded her suitcase into it, then climbed in and slammed the door behind me, locking it.

Misty activated the controls, and we flew away to safety...

*that's it for this chapter*