Part 47: Post-Intermission
: Good work. Dr. Anzai, have you figured anything out about that underground facility?
: No, sir... We've gotten no readings underground in this area...
: Before, when we did a survey of this area from an artificial satellite there were slight readings then, but...
: But since the DC has no data on the Earth Cradle's construction...
: Couldn't it be something else?
: Yeah! Like a base for the Mycenae that just now showed up.
: But it looked like Duke Gorgon was also trying to investigate this area...
: It could be a Nubian structure.
: I see, there is that line of thinking.
: No... We can't drop the possibility that it's the Earth Cradle.
: Why do you say that?
: (.........) To be honest... My best friend participated in Project Ark.
: Eh? Is that true, Doctor!?
: Yes... But recently, she's gone missing... I thought that maybe she might be in this vicinity...
: I see, so that's why you went to all the trouble of coming to the Argama in person.
: Still, I doubt that that alone could be used as proof of the Earth Cradle's existence...
: Sophia...? That's the name of your best friend?
: Yes, sir. Sophia Nate... She's a key participant in Project Ark.
:: She also assisted Dr. Bian in EOT research with the DC, if I recall correctly... However, I'd heard that she had resigned from the DC after Project Ark got suspended...
: Yes. She and the other retired Project Ark staff went missing after that...
: But a tiny group of people couldn't build a whole artificial hibernation facility underground.
: It would be another story if Nubia lent them a hand, as they did with Dekim...
: For exactly what purpose?
: Maybe it's connected to the Great Atum Project that Khamen guy was talking about...?
: We can't confirm it, but there are rumors that Khamen was in contact with the DC...
: Who on Earth is that man...?
:: He is quite an enigma. Even my intelligence network has yet to get a solid profile on him. We have fresh information claiming that he had a secret meeting with Mr. Josesilva Valencia of the Federation Government Space Development Bureau.
: A secret meeting... What for?
:: Our information does not go quite that in-depth, I am afraid... Mr. Josesilva has been charged with the post-war redevelopment of the inner planets of the solar system.
: Underground, and planets in the solar system...? I must be missing something here.
: They must have some sort of connection to the Great Atum Project.
:: Is there some relation you might have?
: At any rate, we'll head for Dakar. Dr. Anzai, would you mind saving investigation of the underground facility until after that?
: Of course...
: Hm? Is that Masaki over there? And that girl with him, isn't that...?
: ...Don't tell me this is the reason you came all the way to the surface?
: There's no need to take that tone. Unmanned Elemental Lords have all sorts of problems, so I brought it up here myself...
: And isn't it convenient that it was the perfect chance to test out the upgraded Nors?
: Well, sure, but... I came to the surface for a perfectly valid reason.
: A perfectly valid reason...?
: Still, this hangar is really something else!
: Oh, for...
: Hey, that one kinda resembles an Elemental! And, oh...
: No kidding. She reminds me of someone.
: She's apparently the princess of a kingdom called Lan Gran, in La Gias.
: Lan Gran...? Oh, the subterranean kingdom Masaki was at.
: Huh... Boy, do we ever get a lot of those types.
: Princess or not, since I'm not in line for the throne, feel free to just call me Cenia. Wow, surface machines have such well-made transformation and combination mechanisms!
: It's still in humanoid form... You can tell that just by looking?
: Of course, mostly going by the way the thrusters and stabilizers are positioned. Like, see that machine with Z written on its forehead? That's a transformer, isn't it
: It's the Z Gundam. I did the basic design work for it.
: Really? Hey, if it's alright, would you mind showing me the blueprints?
: Er... Yeah, sure.
: Oh, thank you!! (Hehehe, maybe I could use it for reference with Duraxyll...)
: ...Boy, if Ryusei's a fan, then she's a fanatic, huh.
: Well, Cenia is the chief inspection officer of the intelligence bureau and she does Elemental designs and computer designs herself, you know.
: Oh, come on, Kamille... What's with you, getting all red like that!
After that, something rather strange happened.
: I knew it, it is you, Brother!
: Eh? What!?
: Kamille's little sister?
: Brother, I've missed you so...!
: Uh, I've got no idea who you are...
: Oh, Brother, you never change. You always pick on me like that!
: Who are you?
: I'm Rosamy. Are you my brother's girlfriend?
: Yes... I always thought someone like you would suit him best...
: E-er, is that so... Um, thank you. ...Wait, no! This person is Kamille! He's not your brother!
: What do you mean? He is my brother!
: Is it true, Kamille?
: Er, no, well...
: What are you saying? I've been friends with you since childhood!
: I'm not lying! See? Here's a picture of us from when I was younger.
: Let's see here...
: Wow, this really is Kamille, isn't it...?
: (...It's well-made, but this is definitely CG.)
: Wow, it really does look like him. But, this is...
: (Don't you think this is strange?)
: (I know, so I'm trying to observe her and see how she acts!)
: Ooh! That's my brother's Z Gundam, isn't it?
: Ah, wait up!
They both go running off
: (......... She doesn't feel like an enemy... And, I'm getting the same vibe here that I got when I first met Four...)
: Oh yes, Masaki... I'd like to take a look at Cybuster's feedback circuit.
: What's wrong?
: ...Did Wendy come here too?
: Yes. She said she'd do Cybuster's tuneups up until the last possible second... Didn't you hear?
: Ah, that's right. Wendy was hospitalized when you gave Cybuster to us, that's why.
: Is Wendy better now?
: Not completely, but...
: Well, let's head over to Cybuster. Wendy's waiting, too.
: See for yourself.
: You're bringing that up again?
: Um, yeah...
: Pleased to meet you. I'm Tyutti Norback.
: Yeah, I heard about you from Yang Long. You pilot the Elemental Lord Goddess, right?
: Yes, that's right.
: Really!? Please, let me get a picture with it...!
: He's at it again, I see...
: Hehe... Might you be Ryusei?
: Eh...? You know who I am?
: I heard stories from Masaki about a diehard super robot nut...
: A-aw, shucks, thanks...
: You're not being complimented there.
: You all have taken a great deal of care of Masaki... Allow me to give you my thanks.
: Well, y'know... He's helped us out a lot, too...
: I've got no idea what they're talkin' about.
: (He melts in front of pretty girls, just like Kouji.)
: Sayaka, why are you giving me that dark look
Mio runs up to this group
: Uh, what...?
: You're awful! You tossed me aside! Where did you go!?
: Gah! You're...!!
: Ryusei, what does she mean, you tossed her aside...?
: H-hey! I'm innocent here! You've got the wrong guy, I've got nothin' to do with this!
: Oh? You two have met?
: Yup. I had a lovers' spat with this guy when I was on the surface.
: I knew it...!
: F-for cripe's sake! She's just...
: Eheheh... I was just kidding. He saved me when mechabeasts attacked Shinjuku.
: Oohh, I see.
: So I wanted to offer my gratitude. Seriously, thanks.
: Uh, sure thing...
: Hm? What's up?
: Oh yeah! I totally forgot, sorry.
: Wh-what are you guys...?
: !! HEY! Ya stole my opening!
: Wow, that timing... I barely left any room for witty retorts.
: You're no amateur, are you?
: Heh... Never underestimate someone born and raised in Kansai.
: And I thought we'd get to deliver the whole act this time...
: What are they talking about, exactly...?
: Are those guys your familiars...?
: Yup! We're all pleased to meet you!
: We were really supposed to come out later on, but...
: (......... What kind of familiars are they? Penguins, maybe?)
: Oh, just so you know, they're platypi.
: W-well, uh, I'll keep that in mind...
: (.........) Say, Tyutti. Is someone named Wendy here?
: You know of her?
: Yeah... I heard about her from Kuro and Shiro.
: Are you concerned?
: Well, I'd kinda like to see my rival in love, y'know... Say, how old is she? Is it true that she's really good-looking?
: As far as age goes hers is 27, if I recall correctly. As for whether or not she looks good... Well, if she didn't count as good-looking, Around 80% of the Earth's good-looking women would no longer count as such, either.
: ...So, basically, she's ultra-gorgeous? But, that age... Okay, I'll compete with my youth!
: Who's this Wendy person?
: She's the alchemist that designed Cybuster and the Galguard. Oh, and she's totally got a crush on Masaki.
: Wow, and I thought he couldn't deal with women.
: Hold on, there! What do you mean by that!?
: What kind of person would have a crush on Masaki, I wonder...
: I was just gonna head over to Cybuster, so wanna come and see for yourself?
: It's got a better feel than it had before. You're great, Wendy, thanks!
: I helped out with the tuning up too, you know...
: Sure, you've got my gratitude, too.
: What do you mean, 'too'?
: N-no way, it's got nothin' to do with that.
: Yes, I only brought Cybuster here as part of my job, Precia...
: (Aww, they're making embarassed excuses...)
: And I heard you came here in Diablo, too...
: Ah, Mio and the others are here!
: Yoo-hoo! How's Cybuster, Masaki?
: What's with all you guys, coming over here together?
: I wanted to meet the person with a crush on Masaki.
: The person with a crush...? Oh, my.
uh... That's not Ryusei, game.
: Oh, and who might you be?
: I'm Ryune Zoldark! Masaki's girlfriend!
: Or so you'd like to think, right?
: Oh, be quiet!
: My, Masaki, what a wonderful girlfriend you have. Such a cute lady!
: Eh? Cute? Really?
: W-we're not like that, okay?
: Wh-what do YOU call what we are, then!?
: *giggle* You get along so well. I'm jealous.
: By the way, Wendy... How's your health? Are you all better now?
: I'm still on a medical prescription, but... Don't worry, I'll stay with you until Cybuster's testing is all done.
: Eh!? B-but... Are you sure about that?
: Yes. If I can be of any assistance, it would be my pleasure.
: W-well, gee, thanks...
: (I'd better watch out, huh...)
: What's with that expression, Kouji?
: How come?
: Being surrounded by so many beautiful women... I really envy you, I swear.
: Er... is that right?
: Hold on! Kouji, what do you mean by that!? I'm not enough for you!?
: N-nobody said that!
: What is it, Wendy?
: I envy you as well, being blessed with so many friends, even on the surface.
: ...Well, y'know...
: And I've seen a side of you I haven't seen before. It makes me a bit jealous.
: ...Er, I'm sorry. What am I saying...?
: (I've really gotta keep my guard up...)