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Scattered To The Winds; another JQ narrative
Topic Started: Dec 18 2014, 02:20 AM (486 Views)
Julius Quasar
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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...

Übervixen 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. Übervixen 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!!!" Übervixen 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...." Übervixen said, but I broke into a run and shouted "Get away from me you menace!". Übervixen 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 Übervixen. "I dunno..." I said. "Answer that again in an hour!" said Übervixen 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 Übervixen, 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 Übervixen'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 Übervixen 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, Übervixen 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 Übervixen 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*
Edited by Julius Quasar, May 20 2015, 10:39 PM.
 
Julius Quasar
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Chapter 17

I got ready to go...I was really behind on my payments...I still owed money for debts on my credit cards, there were medical bills, insurance bills....I had no choice but to go back to Star Wolf.

I headed back to the hideout and Wolf tossed me a bag filled with supplies. "We're going to Venom! There's still some old lab files by Dr. Andross there, and there are folks with lots of money who will pay top dollar for them, especially on Julius' planet, Earth!" Wolf declared to us.

"So why am I here again?" I asked Wolf. "I've cancelled your suspension. Temporarily. You'll make a lot of money on this, as will we all, and you need the money, Julsie." he replied. "Thanks." I said. As we got into our Wolfens, Panther stopped me and whispered "I got a bad feeling about this, Julius. I think Wolf has some sinister ulterior motive in mind for you." he warned. "I think so too." I replied.

"Just watch your back." he said.

We flew out towards Venom. When we arrived, we flew towards the burned remains of the entrance of Andross' Palace. "We're going in!" said Wolf. As we flew into the dark, complex corridors of the palace, we headed towards the area that housed the laboratories, in this vast honeycomb of a headquarters.

"I remember it being around here. Look sharp everyone! Word has it that other mercs and gangs want this stuff too. Plus the CDF is offering rewards for turning in these valuables caches of information to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. But we'll sell to the highest bidders." said Wolf.

"We just gotta beat the others to the breakfast table." said Leon.

"I can just imagine how great it will be to write our ticket with anyone over these!" said Panther.

"I hope this will be a milk run, but that might be asking for too much." I said.

"We have to strike now, and fast! Others are on their way, and we can't fail!" said Wolf.

We finally found the lab, and we landed. We put on our oxygen tanks and masks, and got out to find and gather the information, be they files on paper and in folders, or computer drives, both portable and hard...blueprints...we worked to gather up what we could. Wolf loaded the stuff into the Wolfens. For some reason he didn't load mine.

"There's not enough to fill all four of the Wolfens." he told me. My ass.

"That's all we can find, we better get outta here!" said Leon. "That should do quite nicely." said Panther. I joined the others, and we flew out of there. My Wolfen wasn't responding very well. Wolf didn't do such a great job repairing this thing.

"Keep up, Julius!" said Leon. "I'm trying, my controls aren't working very well." I complained. I swore I heard Wolf chuckling. "What's so funny?" I asked Wolf. "I'm not laughing. Just coughing. This Venomian air is lousy." he replied.

"We're gonna be rich once we secure these files." I said.

"Can't let you do that, STAR WOLF!" said Fox.

Star Fox appeared, with Star Vixen. Everyone from the old team was back, and flying toward us. "Gives us the files!" said Falco. "You're the wrong hands we don't want them to fall into you creeps!" said Slippy. "This will not stand!" said Krystal.

"You can't stop us! Star Wolf, pull out!" said Wolf.

The three Wolfens pulled away, but my Wolfen didn't respond to hyper drive. "Hey! I'm stuck!" I said. Wolf appeared on the monitor. "I've hijacked the controls to your Wolfen, Julius. Also, your Wolfen is packed with explosives. I'm turning your Wolfen into a guided missile. You're going to crash into the Galatae and explode, taking down Star Fox's flagship and provided us the ultimate escape. You have to to take one for the team, ONE LAST TIME! Cheerio!" Wolf smirked.

I tried to eject, but that feature didn't respond. I stared in horror as my Wolfen turned and flew upwards towards the Galatae up above.

"Shoot Julius down! We can't let him reach the Galatae!" said Tigress. "Isn't that a little harsh?" asked Fara, sticking up for me. "We have no choice. Sorry Julius." Todd said sadly. The others joined in and shot my Wolfen. "It's nothing personal Julius!" said Falco. "I understand." I said. My ship exploded, and tumbled to the surface....

*that's it for this chapter*
 
Julius Quasar
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Chapter 18

I lay in the wreckage of my Wolfen. I looked out, and saw a red fox in sunglasses walk up to me. "Take my hand Julius." said James McCloud. I reached for his hand. "I can't reach!" I said. "Don't ever give up, Julius!" James told me. "You can overcome all of this, Julius. I believe in you." he said.

"I can't..." I said. "No such word." said James. "I've screwed up my life so badly." I said. "But it's not over. You don't want to fall any further. Time to climb up and out." said James. I finally reached out, and took his hand. He pulled, and I slid out of the cockpit remains. I fell to the ground, and watched as my Wolfen burned.

James smiled at me and said "I knew you could do it. Just like you can fix your life. Won't happen all at once, but time heals all wounds." he said, before fading away. I crawled away from my burning Wolfen, but stopped after dragging myself ten feet, the best that I could do. Small explosions went off in my wrecked fighter.

I then saw a wolf head for me. "Woooolllfff?" I said weakly. The wolf stood over me and said "Julius?" as he leaned close to my face. "Edge?" I said. "Yeah it's me. How did you get out of that!?" he asked, pointing to my wrecked and burning Wolfen. "James helped me." I said. "I dunno about that, but it's time to go." Edge scooped me up and shouted "I got him!" as I blacked out...

I woke up in the recovery room of the Galatae. Glad this ship was in tact. It probably would have withstood the attack anyway, but I was furious with Wolf. He used me as a sacrificial lamb, to stop Star Fox. Tigress checked up on me, and explained to me what had happened.

The caught Panther and recovered some files, but he wasn't talking, Wolf and Leon split up and got away. I was to stay in the recovery room, until we got back to Corneria. I would be transferred to a hospital, and possibly face criminal charges and a CDF Military Tribunal.

"I'm sorry it came to this, Julius." Tigress said, patting me.

I had a broken arm, a broken leg, several major lacerations, some compound fractures of the ankle. I had also lost a lot of blood. As I lay there in pain, Fay came in and gave me some painkillers. "Uuuugggghhhh!" I said.

"Relax, Julius, you'll be fine." she said.

"I wanna see him!" said Misty from outside the door. "No Misty, only Fox, Fay, or I see him!" Tigress said, presumably blocking the doors. "I don't care, I wanna tell him..." Misty's voice trailed off. "You can talk to him when we land! For now he needs his rest!" said Tigress. The two of them argued for several minutes, and Fay rolled her eyes and left the room.

I heard Tigress roar "DAMN IT, MISTY!" as Misty ran into the room. "She pushed right past me!" Fay said from outside the room. "I know, I'll get her!" said Tigress. Misty ran up to my bed, hugging and kissing me. "I'm so sorry Julius! I'm so sorry for everything! Please, please be all right! Please don't hate me!" she said, sobbing, tears streaming down her eyes. "I..." I tried to moan, but I passed out from the painkillers as I saw Tigress drag Misty out of the room, as she kicked and screamed.

I awoke, and waited for us to land as we entered Cornerian airspace. Panther was transferred off to prison, the files were submitted as evidence, and I was transferred to a hospital where I was treated for my injuries. The next few days went by in a blur. I was taken, in a wheelchair, into the CDF headquarters. My teammates spoke in my defense, and General Pepper presided over the whole thing. "I should have known it would be you in trouble again, Julius." he wheezed.

After all of the arguments, the plea bargains, the offer to use my freedom in exchange for files taken from Panther, I was released on a pardon. I was still on the hook financially, and I had to have my stuff taken from my Mansion. Todd, Edge, Falco, and Tigress moved my stuff into Todd's loft, as I watched the cops, and my creditors lock the gates to my mansion, and place "No trespassing" signs on the walls and on the gates. I sat in my wheelchair, looking sadly at the end of another chapter of my life.

My mansion looked forlorn, now that my creditors had seized it. My car, my Arwing, seized to pay some of my debts. I still owed a lot of money. About $140,000 credits. I was going to live at Todd's loft in the city. I would have to eventually file for bankruptcy. I was really depressed.

Misty spent the days comforting me. She did come back to me, and we were boyfriend and girlfriend again. Fox and the others said that would help me if they had the money, but they were all having many financial problems of their own. Todd and Lola barely made ends meet. Madame Vulpine was struggling to save her theater cafe. Conrad was helping her as best he could by working dangerous missions for the Corneria Intelligence Agency...

Misty couldn't find work anywhere and was living where she could, with whoever would take her in, usually a rich sugar daddy. But she had had enough of that life. Babs and Edge were living on and working at Fichina...Babs worked as a security consultant and private detective for the labor camps, Edge worked at those same labor camps, doing the grunt work.

Akasha, Tigress, Krystal, and Kylie were dealing with economic problems on Cerinia, and they were doing their best to prevent the collapse of their economy. Pal wasn't able to find work, and he told me how he used to have financial problems like mine. Silas was also losing out in the arms dealing, as there were tons of illegal smuggling out to Earth from the Lylat system, and the competition was too much for Silas.

Fara was out of a job again, Fay was working the free clinic and constantly overwhelmed, but it got so bad that the clinic closed due to budget cuts. Miyu lost her job, as did Tigress when the dealership closed. Katt was out of work...Fox and Falco were losing too many races, and Slippy was losing jobs as the factories closed. Even Krystal and her psychic readings business failed, due to lack of customers.

So it was agreed, we would form Team Star Fox again and stick together, while still trying to find work on the sides. But no more drifting apart, especially after what happened to me. Übervixen even paid us a visit, and wished e well. She said that her finances took a hit as well. Corneria and the Lylat System's economy was sinking, infected by Earth's rotten global economy. The team swore to each other out as best they could.

"You really been through a lot, Julius, sorry that you lost your home." said Todd. I nodded, as I looked out the window to the rows of lights from the passing vehicles in the streets, the highways, and the air traffic vectors chartered by the hovering markers.

"Need anything?" Todd asked me. "I'm fine, thanks." I said. Misty snoozed on my bed peacefully, as I sat in my wheelchair, to which I would be confined for several weeks, if not months. Todd left, and I wondered what lay in store for me next. I'd be missing several field operations with Star Fox, due to my injuries. But after my physical and financial recoveries, maybe then could my life get better after that.

*that's it for this chapter*
 
Julius Quasar
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Chapter 19

After a long and painful recuperation, it was late spring. Summer would be on us soon, so I wanted to be ready for action. I got a visit from Lola one morning. "Hi Julius!" she said, strutting up to me and giving me a kiss. "You recovering okay?" she asked me. "I'm good to go, barely." I said. "Great! Listen...my brothers bought your car and your Arwing from the repo company, BUT...they need a favor from you." she said.

"What might that be?" I asked.

"They need you to infiltrate Don Marco Anathema's compound. He has a friend of our family held hostage in the basement. His name is Michael Mayes. Here's a bio on him." Lola explained, as she punched up a file on my computer.

Name: Michael Myes
Nickname: Mike
Age: 29
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 179 lbs
Eye Color: Crystal blue
Alignment: True Neutral
Gender: Male
Species: Arctic Fox
Fur color: White with blue markings, specifically around the ears and muzzle.

Personality: Michael's doesn't usually have a sense of humor, but when it shows, it shows. He maintains a grim demeanor and does not like to talk to people unless it's absolutely vital.

Home: Michael lives in his personal ship he acquired in a poker game. He takes it from contract to contract.

Family: Mother and Father killed as a child. Sister was mentioned to him, but never seen.

Weapons: He keeps two longswords strapped to his back as well as an Ultralight holstered on his belt.

Powers: He doesn't have any special powers.

History: Michael grew up with a difficult childhood, his parents have been killed when he was five years old right in front of him one night when a grizzled rat thief broke into their home. His parents were brutally slashed to death as they tried to stop the attacker. The thief fled into the night before Michael could do anything. Since he has grown up, he trained to become a bounty hunter, in hopes of one day finding that rat and enacting his revenge. There he met his best friend, Fox McCloud, who had taken some time to personally train him in the finer arts of hand-to-hand combat. They parted ways when they graduated the academy, in hopes of crossing paths again soon.

"He's being kept as a hostage in the basement of The Don, who has the only key to that basement holding room. He's a capo of an old, powerful, and dangerous mafia family. We don't want to get any f the Foxglove family hands dirty, nor do we want to risk any of our family on something like this. But fortunately, we have you, and an incentive to send you into this fracas.

You have to kill the Don, steal the key to the prisoner's room in the basement, and escape with the prisoner, both of you need to get out alive. Security there isn't exactly what you'd call 'lax', but the Don runs a tight ship, and if he's alarmed he might kill the hostage and attempt an escape. He has a high performance sports car in his garage, but his brother has the keys to it, so be careful if you choose to use the car as your means of escape. You may have to kill the Don's brother as well."

Lola showed me a map of the Don's compound, all floors, all areas inside and outside, pictures of the family, their staff, the car, and surveillance footage of the place from satellite view. The Don was a large tuxedo cat...with a mean, psychotic face. He was practicing golf swings with a titanium nine iron, on the balcony outside of his bedroom.

"People visit the mansion to pay their respects, bribes, or ransoms. We don't pay for ransoms, we collect on them! The Anathema Family is gonna answer for kidnapping our friend. Get him back for us!" Lola said. "You got it!" I said. Lola took me in Todd's Malestrom to a pizza restaurant that belonged to her family, a front.

I headed to the back, and Lola gave me a pizza delivery boy uniform to change into. She giggled at my uniform. "You look like a dork!" she laughed. "Oh, 'ha-ha', it's your family's restaurant that uses this uniform!" I replied to her as I handed her my old clothes. "It's a franchise, the corporates designed it." Lola replied. Danny pulled up in the limo. "Hey, you get Julius yet!?" he asked his sister Lola. He looked at me and laughed. "Okay Julius, get the pizza from the counter in the kitchen, it's already paid for, and heading for the Anathema Family's compound. Don't take weapons in from the outside, they will search you. But you can find a gun in the back study of that place, just don't get caught beyond the front foyer. Hope you memorized the map of the place!" he warned. I nodded.

"Joey! Drop Julius off with the pizza!" Danny said into the limo. "Lola, you go home, and thank you for getting Julius!" he said. Lola nodded, and said to me "Break a leg hon', I'll drop off your clothes with Misty, she's at our house now, and she'll give you them when you're done." she said. "Thanks!" I said.

I went into the pizza place, and got the pizza, then I headed back out to the alley, where Lola and Danny were gone, as were the limo and the Malestrom. But Joey was there, with a pizza delivery truck. He laughed at me when he saw my uniform. "I'd beat you up for wearing that, but you gotta do a job for us!" he chuckled moronically. "That makes two of us!" I said, looking at my ugly pizza delivery boy uniform.

I got into the truck, and Joey took me to the Anathema Family Compound, a lovely seaside Mediterranean Villa. Joey dropped me off and sped away, and I headed to the front gates.

"Hold it right there!" one of the guards said. He searched me for weapons, and made me open the pizza box. "Okay, go ahead." the guard said as he let me in. I took the pizza to the front doors of the mansion, and another guard stopped me. "Pizza delivery for..." I said, but the guard took the pizza, and the other guards on the porch and by the garage followed him inside. I caught the door before it shut and sneaked in as the maid followed the guards from the foyer, into the dining room. Two master stairs snaked up the sides of the foyer, up to a landing on the second floor, with a set of doors leading beyond...

All of these guards were tuxedo cats, like the Don. The maid was a tortoiseshell cat.

I sneaked in, took a left, and headed through a small sitting room, made my way though a library, a parlor and media room with a back staircase leading to the second floor. I went into the room beyond, and there was the study. I found a laser pistol on the desk, and extra power cells for it, which I pocketed with the gun. There was a back door leading outside, but I headed back to the media room, and up the back staircase. The Don waddled past me, towards his bedroom at the top of the stairs to my right, but I pulled out my gun and fired on him, killing him instantly. I also shot the nearby guard, killing him.

I ran over, took the Don's gun and the key to the basement room from him. I put my gun away, and held the Don's gun as I put the key in my pocket. I heard footsteps towards me. I ran to a set of doors opposite the Don't bedroom entrance, and passed a guard on my left. "HEY!" he shouted, but I shot him in the head, and ran to the set of doors farthest from me, across the room and slightly on my right.

I ran through a hallway, the doors to the foyer staircase landing on my right, and headed through another set of doors to an upstairs parlor and dining room. I made a left, down the stairs, and into the kitchen. I ran through the kitchen, and down the stairs to the basement.

I ran through the basement, and found a locked steel door. I unlocked the door, and found an arctic fox sitting in a chair in the room. "Who are you!?" he asked. "I'm here to help you!" I said, handing him the Don's gun.

Michael took the gun. "Thanks!" he said. "No prob'! Let's get outta here!" I said. As I turned to leave the room, I came face to face with the Don's brother, another mean looking tuxedo cat. "AAAAHHH!" we both said, as I fired my gun at him, killing him. I grabbed the keys from his belt. Michael fired several shots and killed the Don's son as he appeared out of nowhere and took aim with his gun. "Thanks!" I told Michael. "No problem!" he said, as he and I escaped out the back door of the basement. We made our way to the garage, got into the Don's car and drove away as the guards converged on the garage. I nearly ran over several of them.

I drove us out the gates, and to safety...

Hours later, we were at the meeting place (an old warehouse belonging to the Foxgloves)..."Here he is!" I said, helping Michael out of the car. "Good goin', kid!" said Danny. "You can keep the car, too. My gift to you!" I said. "Thanks." Danny replied, smiling. Michael handed me the Don's gun, but I gave it back to him, saying "Keep it, for your safety." I said. "Thanks." said Michael. "And thanks for rescuing me!" he said. "No problem!" I said.

"Yeah, thanks kid! Misty's gonna pick you up, and you two can drop off that pizza uniform at the pizza place. She has your car, and Todd dropped off your Arwing at McCloud Ranch." he told me. "Thanks Danny." I said. "No problem, kid. Joey's gonna take the Don's car to be chopped up for parts. You did good, kid. Take care!" he said, as he and Michael got into the limo, and it left the warehouse. Joey took the sports car, and Misty showed up and gave me my clothes to change back into. We kissed, then I drove us to the pizza place, dropped off the uniform, and we headed to McCloud Ranch. I saw my purple Arwing back in the hangar.

"Sweet!" I said, touching it gently. "That was nice of them to do this for me...giving me the opportunity to get this and my car back." I said. "Yeah, and I checked it out, did some maintenance, it's fine." said Miyu, wiping the grease from her hands. "Thank you!" I said, hugging her. "No problem!" she said, hugging me back. "It's good to have you back, Julius." Fox said to me. "Great to be back." I said.

Fox let me and Misty stay at McCloud Ranch. Todd's loft place was okay and all, but I needed to practice my flying again, and to be close by and ready for our next team missions.

*that's it for this chapter*
Edited by Julius Quasar, May 9 2015, 07:54 AM.
 
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Chapter 20

I was filling out the bankruptcy papers...As I was finishing up and contacting the lawyer, I looked out at the runway of the airstrip that was part of McCloud Ranch. I saw Fara and Silas walking together, hand-in-hand. They were back together as a couple. I smiled at this, and reflected on how I got Misty back. Sometimes it took dire situations for things to work out, though not always.

I put away the paperwork after finishing it, and put the important stuff that my lawyer needed in the mailing envelope, then I put the addresses on it, and used the postage scale to determine the amount, and sent it. Even with Corneria's advanced society you still needed physical paperwork for legal procedures.

Fox came in after I returned from the mailbox. He had armloads of paperwork. "What'cha doin', Fox?" I asked. "Filing for bankruptcy. '80 year mortgage' my ass! I can't pay that!" he said with disgust. "So that means the team is gone?" I asked. "No, it just gives us debt relief. We owe way to much on the Great Fox, and we haven't the money to pay it. Considering our piss poor revenue generation, I'm going to protect the Great Fox and this Base from bank foreclosure." Fox sighed.

"Need some help?" I asked. "Not now I don't, but I'll call you and any other team member whose help I need, when I need it." Fox replied. "Okay. I just finished MY bankruptcy. I'm gonna go for a walk." I said. "Don't go far." Fox said. "I won't." I replied, heading out.

"THINK FAST!" Todd shouted, hitting me with Tricky's ball. I fell on my butt as the ball bounced and squeaked off of my face. Lola laughed, and Todd said "Sorry Julius." as the ball bounced and squeaked harmlessly away from me. Misty picked up the ball and threw it at Lola, who blocked it and scooped it up off of the ground.

We were throwing it around for a bit, and bouncing it until Fox called us in to help out with individual sections of the bankruptcy paperwork. The whole team took turns pitching in. Pal got out of the pool, wearing that iridescent cobalt blue one piece swimsuit and matching swim cap strutting into the room to help Fox. Fay, Tigress, and Slippy cleaned the machinery fluid from their hands before going in to help Fox...Silas and Fara walked in there, hand-in-hand still...

Falco and Katt rode their bikes up to the building and helped out, Krystal went in next, then Conrad rappelled off the roof of the building and headed in. Akasha rode on Kylie's shoulders as the went in next. Madame Vulpine headed in there, and then Edge, followed by Babs, went in next. Fay went in there to contribute to helping out, and finally as the sun set, Fox finished up the paperwork. We had it packaged, sealed, and I sent it out with my paperwork.

"Thanks team, we did a great job there today. I'm sorry it's under less fortunate circumstances, but it's the best way to protect from financial debt and ruin. We just have one more score to settle." Fox said.

"What's that?" I asked.

"Star Wolf..." Fox replied.

***

We got our ships prepped and ready. "Word on the street has it that Star Wolf is hiding out on Zoness. We'll get 'em for sure this time!" said Falco. The Galatae took us over to Zoness, where we flew down over the oceans. As we flew over the rebuilt hotels, resorts, casinos, and our secret headquarters there, I looked for the island that Fox showed us on the computer.

"It was an old depot of Andross', but it's been empty for quite a while now." Fox told us. "It's supposedly the last place there were seen." Krystal said over the comm channel. "I knew that was one of our hangouts when I was on Star Wolf." I said. "You ever been there?" asked Katt. "Once." I said.

"They got any traps or alarms we should know about?" Falco asked me. "Yeah, there are some of those alarm beacons, like the ones Andross used, to detect intruders. I'll shoot them out, and we can proceed along the back of the island." I said.

"We'll cover you in case of an ambush!" said Slippy. "It's just Wolf and Leon..." Todd said. "They might have backup, ruffians are a dime a dozen." warned Lola. "Don't underestimate our enemy, Todd darling." warned Madame Vulpine.

"Hopefully this won't be too difficult. Who knows, we might even catch them eating breakfast?" said Fara. We all laughed. "This is for Julius!" said Akasha. "And for trying to destroy our ship, using him to do so!" said Kylie. "We're gonna wreck them good!" said Tigress. "I'm gonna enjoy this, as will we all!" Misty said.

"I see the base!" said Fay. "And I see the beacons!" said Pal, firing. He took out one of them. "Great job, Pal!" said Miyu. She fired at another one and destroyed it. "Okay, I've opened up a path for us, but we should still try to take out as many as we can. You remember how many beacons there are, Julius?" she asked me.

"Probably more than there used to be, and if Star Wolf IS hiding here, they have upgraded security for sure!" I said. "Some of us should patrol the airspace, so those Star Wolf morons don't escape!" said Conrad. "Some of us should also go down there, to scout the island and maybe even flush them out!" said Edge. "Julius should lead the ground scouting expedition, he's been here before." suggested Babs.

"I'll go with Julius!" Misty said.

"Me too!" said Todd.

"Me as well!" said Conrad.

"And me!" said Fara.

"I'll go too!" said Babs.

"As will I!" said Kylie.

"Okay then, it's settled. We clear out the beacons, and then the scouting team can land!" said Fox. "Right!" the rest of us replied. We cleared out the beacon buoys, and then I landed with the scout team, our weapons readied. I lead them to a landing point at the rear of the island, behind the thick foliage.

"This way!" I said, leading us to a rock wall. I tapped around and then kicked through the fake rock face, and broke through to a hole. "The tunnel is the safest bet. We didn't use it because we always used the service bridge walkway, but that's monitored by cameras." I explained. The others nodded. We walked down the tunnel, and although it was a longer route, we made it to the old shipping depot main building unseen.

I quietly led the team to the covered outside stairs, and we made our way to the third floor, where I quietly opened the door, then led the team into the building, and down the fire stairs on the other side of the building and into the broken window on the second floor. "Alarms." I whispered, explaining.

We crept through the second floor, and we heard Leon and Wolf.

"I don't think it was right...the whole thing with Julius, and then Panther!" said Leon. "HEY! They made their decisions, they knew the risks!" said Wolf. "Panther was one thing, we had nothing to do with him gettin' caught. But JULIUS...even I find that wrong!" said Leon. "We knew his friends would shoot him down. Besides, his Wolfen wasn't really rigged with explosives, or Julius would be dead from that explosion. It was all a ploy to distract his friends while we got away." Wolf said. Leon and Wolf chuckled at this.

I was really mad!

We stormed into the room with our weapons held high. "Hold it right there jerks!" I said. Leon reached for his blaster but I shot him in the tail, and he yelped in pain. I then shot Wolf in the prosthetic eye, damaging it. "RRgh!" Wolf shouted, holding his hand over the damaged prosthetic eye. "You know how EXPENSIVE these are!?" he shouted to me. "You have the extended warranty and insurance!" said Leon, holding his hurt tail. "Shut up!" Wolf snapped at him.

"We're taking you into custody!" said Fara. "There's no reward out for us anymore!" said Leon. "We're not doing this for the reward! It's revenge!" I said. "And shooting out my eye and injuring Leon wasn't enough!?" Wolf complained. "Nope." I smirked. Leon pressed a button on the table, and then he and Wolf ran to a corner of the room. Misty, Todd, Babs, Kylie, Fara, Conrad, and I fired at them but the disappeared down a trapdoor in the floor, which snapped shut and locked behind them. Misty stamped on it, trying to reopen it. "It's locked!" Kylie said. "It won't reopen for at least three hours, it's a timed lock. C'mon, I know a better way!" I said. I led the team to the first floor via the covered stairs, and we went into the loading bay. "In here!" I pointed to a large mine-cart on tracks. "Now you're talkin'!" said Todd. We piled in, and we rode down the tracks, through the jungle, under the service bridge, and to the boat docks near the back of the island. I shot the track switch to make the lever move and take us to the docks at the back rather than at the front of the island, and we got out of the card when it stopped.

I led us to the beach where we first landed, only to see Fox and the rest of the team shoot down Wolf and Leon's Wolfen fighters. They landed near us and out ships, and we took out our weapons again. "Raise 'em!" said Babs. Leon and Wolf climbed out of their crashed ships, arms raised.

"I've got two words for you: 'LO-SER'!" I said to Star Wolf in my Pigma voice.

We used the stun cuffs, and dropped them off at the nearest CDF outpost. General Pepper contacted us and congratulated us on such a fine job. He also expressed his sympathies for our filing for bankruptcy. "I am glad to hear, however, that it is NOT the end of Star Fox." he commented. "Not as long as we're a team, together, and strong!" said Fox.

After all of that was done, we headed home.

"Guys, you did great, and I'm proud of you all. I'm so sorry that it came to this. But as long as we remain united, and we work together, we'll always be a team, even without 'a headquarters', or 'fighter spacecraft', or even our own motherships...what makes a team is MEMBERS, and great ones like all of us at that!" Fox said.

"Right on, Fox!" said Falco. "Hear, hear!" said Slippy! "Quite right, Fox!" said Krystal.

He was right. So what if we didn't have 'missions'? So what if we didn't make the money that we used to? Even if we lost the Great Fox, McCloud Ranch, or even McCloud Hall, the Galatae, and the Saucerer 2, along with all of our ships (though that would NEVER happen), as long as Team Star Fox had members, each of them with their own unique abilities and characteristics to bring to the table, and to contribute to that team, because THAT was what made Team Star Fox so awesome.

*THE END*

Thanks for reading!
Edited by Julius Quasar, May 20 2015, 10:40 PM.
 
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