Part 66: Mission 26 - Individual Wishes - Part 2
Two turns after the Katou guys have arrived, Yajima will reach this spot and then
: This is Apparition, Ive reached the evac point. Thanks for the backup.
: Yajima, wait! Hand Emi over!
*Kouichi charges waaay into the Katou mob!*
: Stop right there!
: Out of MY WAY!!
: Hmph you self-proclaimed Champion of Justice I applaud how strong youve gotten.
: That said victory is ours !
: ! The Machina with Emis gone!
: Ive got nothing! Our sensors are out!
: He blew himself up so the blast would jam us Son of a bitch
: God DAMN it!
: Boss ! You bastards killed him!!
: Dmitri sacrificed himself for his beliefs, Sawatari!
: Shut your mouth, traitor! Screw the mission this is now personal! Raaaaaaargh!
*Casts Valor, Iron Wall and Focus.*
: I can feel his anger from back here !
: Its like hes turned into a demon bent on revenge.
: But weve no time for this. Lets wrap it all up quick!
And thats the problem. As good as Kouichi might be, being right in the middle of the Katous might be dangerous for him especially if you havent upgraded him decently. The good thing is that Sawatari is likely too far away to get to him this turn, so youre not at an immediate threat of his valored attacks.
With the 50% upgrades Ive given him, Kouichi is more than good enough to handle this. His Prevails already pretty high, too, so once it kicks in, pretty much on the bosses will get decent damage in. Just do your best to have your folks up top by the next turn, because by then all the enemies will likely have converged.
Other than that, its the same fight weve had before, only the enemys actually weaker overall after losing both Dmitri and Jack. Sawatari wont recast his spirits, so just have someone protected get rid of his Valor.
: Duo may have joined you as well, but that does not mean the world will change by your groups hand alone.
: And if you cannot focus enough to rescue a single kidnapped woman, then you stand no chance of winning the true battle thats to come!
Wufei: Power isnt just However, justice without power is impotent!
: I just cant bring myself to get into this... Playing backup for a kidnappings kind of a crummy mission, so maybe its because of that ?
If your secret points are low:
: At long last, I get to toy with you again. Oh, how I was looking forward to this day.
Like I said, once Prevail gets going, the mooks all consistently hit for just 10 damage.
: While we were comrades in the past, you ought to not expect any mercy! Such is how I forge my mind and soul Forgive me.
: Well, havent you gotten a lot stronger while we werent looking.
: Still, it wouldnt be any fun killing you otherwise. Ill let you off the hook for today!
: What did you people do to Yajima?! Tell me!
: Youve the wrong idea, I think. Hes still the same guy you knew we didnt do anything.
: Bull! I dont buy that for a second!
: The Yajima I know would never do something as rotten as kidnap someone! The Yajima I know is just the coolest guy!
: (Even with all thats happened, you still want to believe in your friend I cant help but envy your purity.)
More Daiya destruction!
: I hope well see each other again, LOTUS. And Kouichi Hayase
: Unfortunately, it seems our long-awaited playdates at an end. I suppose Ill just hang back and wait for Yajimas report with bated breath
: Sorry, boss I wanted to get payback for you, but it aint happening !
: Dude, I gotta fight you again ? How many times is that now?
: Be it one, ten or a thousand times, it matters not! I will always be true to what I believe!
Duo: For just how long are ya gonna stay on that side, Wufei?!
: Nothing came of this. I pray that our battles arent all for naught!
: If thats what you think, then ditch them already
: That wont happen, though Hell follow his heart til the very end once hes made a decision. Thats the kind of man he is.
: All enemies confirmed destroyed, no signs of straggling troops.
: What about Emi or Nagisa? We got anything on them?
: What am I gonna do ? My sis left her in my care and I screwed it up
Herere the convos we missed:
: I was so happy to hear that you were alive, Yajima, but now youre with the Katou Organization?!
: Come with us! Its not too late, man!
: I say the same to you, Ichitaka. Get out of that robot, and you and Kouichi can go back to your regular lives.
: Damn it ! Youre sounding just like Yuu! Then Im just gonna have to bring you in by force!
: Thanks for taking care of Kouichi while I was out, Quatre
: But youve done enough; Ill take care of him now. You should get back to your actual mission.
: What do you mean by that ?!
: Kouichi, I told you to take Risako and leave! Why wont you listen to me?!
: Because you took Emi! Whatever your reasons, thats going too damn far! What happened to the Yajima I knew?!
: That attitude is why I say youre weak-kneed! If you fancy yourself a Champion of Justice, then you cant afford to hesitate!
: Shut up! How am I supposed to just look the other way when my friends getting in bed with evil?!
: Id rather not hurt my old friends if I can help it Cant you just back off without a fuss?
: Well, isnt that kind of you. How about you first hand over Emi, and then Ill back off?
: I cant do that. Ive a duty to fulfill the mission given to me.
: Then I guess were done chit-chatting! Put up your dukes and lets get to it!
: Ive had it up to here with all you grannies doing your thing! Were taking Emi right back!
: Dont make promises you cant keep, girl! Im afraid youre in for a major reality check!
: I heard that theyre putting the finishing touches in our plan So this mission will succeed, even if it takes my life to make it so.
: Lets get this party started! Anyone who wants to die can step right over!
: Sawatari, our orders are to play back up for the Apparition. I can appreciate your eagerness, but keep your head in the game.
: Hah, there aint gonna be anyone to hound the guy if we wreck them all! Thatd be A-OK with you, no?
: Oh, I suppose youve a point. Weve been hunkering down for so long I could stand to cut loose a bit myself!
]This, Iczer-3 and Dmitris lines, of course, are only if you fight them before Yajima takes off.
: What elegant moves, those like a beautiful flower. I think youll make for some good fun.
: Hah I may fly like a butterfly, but I sting like a bee. Dont take me seriously, and you wont live to regret it!
: We finally see each other again. Well, youve a dose of agony thats long overdue. Do try to scream as best you can, yes?
: Its always the same with you ! But if you think youre going to walk over me, youre in for a surprise!
If I had to guess, these Soubi lines are low point-exclusive.
Back at Ishigamis office, it seems clear to our folks that Nagisall be taken to the Cthulhu HQ, home of Neos Gold. Problem is, says Lulu, we still have no idea where the place is actually at. The PLANTs and Frontier folk have been searching since the battle with them started, but found absolutely zilch. Weve no way of tracing them, either, so Micchi ponders that we might have no choice but to simply wait for them to make their move.
But what about Emi? No clues either that is, until Rebecca calls in and tells Vestanu that the kidnappers sent a message over! Indeed, its Yajima and he asks that we show this to Kouichi: Emis safe, and if he wants to have her back, then he needs to come, alone, to the specified location.
Rachel runs the coordinates and finds a desert island in the Sea of Okhotsk. Despite the meeting with Emperor Darius being legit, Cathy thinks we should expect this one to be an actual trap. Lulu agrees, knowing how eager the Katou Organization is to nab the Linebarrel. First things first, Misato summons Kouichi over.
Cut to Shangri-La, seems that Kouichis taken them up on their offer as Masaki pings him headed towards the target area. Katou imagined wed agree thats how LOTUS is.
He sets out, both to see to Dmitris funeral and to meet with Kouichi at the spot. Masakis to handle the rest.
Wufeis along the way and Katou asks if he still hasnt changed his mind on all this the Organization IS trying to take over the world. Is that something he can imagine himself doing? I admit that theres a difference between the words you speak and what I felt in your gaze, Wufei says. On the other hand, said gaze is still the same as when we first met. So I will easily work with you to the bitter end. Katous sorry to put him in that spot.
Their moments interrupted when Sawatari stomps over. He understands why Dmitri did what he did, but still needs an outlet for the anger boiling within him and wants to know when theyll get another mission. Not for a while, actually, as Katou wants them to preserve their strength for a bit.
Sawatari isnt happy that theyre doing that again, but Katou tells him to be patient: the final battle is nigh. With that, he leaves, though Wufeis not holding his breath for Kouichi to give Katou a positive answer. And thatd be just fine, too.
: Katou Hisataka What did you do to Yajima ?!
: Nothing at all. Back when it all happened, the Apparition had lost its Factor and immediately set out to find a new one. It chose him.
: All we did was recover the unit, though it took a while for the D-S.O.I.L. to restore him fully.
: Now, when I first extended you an invitation, you cited Yajima as your main reason for saying no. That obviously shouldnt be an issue anymore.
: Youre asking me to join you again ?
: Oppression is a necessity for imagination to come into being. Struggling to escape from it is how imagination is born. And what kind of oppression would be best suited to play that part? Thatd be death.
: That doesn't make it OK to kill people !
: Im certain youve seen it plenty of times already: people whove given up on their imagination, who can only be protected by your group, who simply wish for things to stay the same
: By its conquest of the world, the Katou Organization will purge such people. Well allow only those willing to struggle for their lives to give shape to humanitys future.
: Those whove give up on their imagination are no different from Machinas, and do not deserve being protected.
: Give me a goddamn break !
: Do you have any idea whats its like to want to struggle but not being able to? Can you imagine being someone who can do nothing but simply cling to your dreams like an idiot ?!
: I can, because I used to be like that ! I was lucky to have been given this kind of power ! My idea of justice might be a whole bunch of nothing, but I still want to try to be a Champion for all those who are as powerless as I used to be!
: I see. You may have Emi Kizaki back. I trust thats fine with you, Yajima?
: Kouichi do you really mean what you said? You are seriously trying to be an actual Champion of Justice?
: Yeah Ive been trying really hard since you died. Ive done a lot of thinking, too.
: Then lets settle things one more time, Kouichi. Lets close the book on our past!
: This power of yours is too much for you. Just turn back on this idiocy, damn it!
: I am a idiot, sure. But Ive thought long and hard in my own idiotic way and Ive figured out what I want to do!
: I wanna learn to make better use of this power, so I can protect those that are dear to me and to help those who cant help themselves! Thats what my justice is about!
: But Ive earned some power of my own. I can keep you safe again !
: I cant go back to Risako anymore. So I want you to take care of her! Just leave the Linebarrel and move on!!
: Urk !
: You dont have to fight anymore. There are plenty of others who can do it for you This is for your own sake !
: My own sake ? Just come out and say the truth !
: This has never been about me The one youve really wanted to be safe, the reason youve always looked out for me !
: It was all for Risakos sake!!
: Gah !
: I can remember the day you died like it was yesterday ! What matters isnt what you should do, but what you want to do, thats what you told me!
: And what I want to do is be a Champion of Justice! What about you ? What do you want to do, Yajima?!
: Youve changed, Kouichi Actually in a way, youre still the same person you were back then. Its just as the dragon Gundams pilot told me.
: Huh ?
: Go. Ive to think about what I want to do.
: You wont go with him? Will you come with me, then?
: Im grateful for what youve done for me, and I helped you for it. But that never meant I joined your team.
: Heh fair enough. Kouichi, Emi Kizaki is at a lodge over yonder. Take her and head home.
: I will !
: He really has exceeded my imagination. We may even shorten Stage 2 thanks to that.
: Take care of my sister.
Back at JUDA, Unes just informed us that Djibrils camping out at Orb. This info came straight from an infiltrated Preventer agent, and while theyve gone through the UN to demand that they turn the guy in, theres been no response.
With Cagalli still missing, diplomacys going nowhere fast. Much as shed rather avoid it, if Orbs set on giving Djibril shelter, then force may be the only available option. Thus, like with Heavens Base, Une figures LOTUSs firepower to be essential for the operations success.
Misato concurs and will have our group set out as soon as were good to go. Lady Une apologizes for putting us in this spot, knowing how busy we are with Emi and Nagisas kidnapping, and thanks us for the assist.
As soon as she cuts the comm, AI Ishigami tags the Linebarrel coming back with two Factor signals aboard. Seems like Emis safe, Talia sighs in relief. At least thats one of the girls, so Misatos glad were not looking at the worst case scenario.
Speaking of Nagisa, Golem has had her locked up in the meantime. Neos Gold is, indeed, happy with her success: even should Iczer-1 return, shell be severely weakened without her partner.
And considering how Iczer-2 sought Nagisa Kanou in the first place, and they were going with Kasumi as a replacement, this should be perfectly fine. Mommy Big Gold is sure to be elated when she hears of this as well.
As Golems dismissed, Neos calls out to Iczer-3: it wont be long before Iczer-2s fully recovered, and that will spell the end for her and all of humanity. Look forward to it. Ohohoho! Mwahahaha!
: Sorry, Risako. You shouldnt have to help us clean up.
: No, its fine Work helps get my mind off things
: And Ive some Chinese food ready for when you get worn out.
: Hm thanks.
: Come on, chin up! Your cupcakes were a huge hit! Theyre really good!
: Hrm Waaahaaah!
: Why Why would Yajima do something like that?! He was always so nice, always taking care of us
: Im sure theres a good reason And Kouichis coming back with Emi, so we'll ask him about it later.
: Okay then Ill just wait here until I can speak to him face-to-face.
: Nagisa! They said Rankas about to go home!
: We also have to get ready for our next mission, so let the staff handle the rest of the clean-up. Lets hurry on to JUDA.
: Alright, Ill be right over.
*Everyone else leaves.*
: Hey, Nagisa Atross was really born of the Iczelio, huh?
: Sorry for keeping quiet. I wasnt sure, but I shouldve run it by you
: But you were still right. We can become friends and then we can rescue Nagisa-1 together. Thats how I feel, at least.
: Youre right, Iczer-3. Im sure we can.
: Something wrong?
: No, its nothing. Lets get going, Iczer-3.
: (Was that one of Nagisa Kanous memories ? No, it was her consciousness ?)
Rankas show was a big hit, though its a shame we gotta take off so soon after it. The girls more than satisfied with just cheering us up, though. Shinn just hopes hell get a chance to actually hear her sing next time instead of being busy working backstage. Fan Club member of not, that left him a bit sour.
Rankas surprised to hear that they were the ZAFT soldiers Nanase said had joined her club. As a matter of fact, Nagisa points out, pretty much everyone in LOTUS is a member. Ranka hopes the other Nagisas doing fine, and Alto promises well bring her back in one piece as soon as shes found. Trust him: hes got a good luck charm for protection.
Well, as Kouji knows, Alto has a perfect track record of successful rescues, so thats reassuring. Hyouma spots Brera leering Altos way, but notices that somethings changed a bit with him. Brera harrumphs that hes just carrying out his given mission. Alright, then.
Its only a shame that the rest of the crew couldnt be here to see Ranka off, but she understands how busy we are. Its already great that so many of them took the time to come over.
Michel laughs that theyre apparently the ones with way too much free time on their hands. Klan calls lies and slander, which reminds Ranka that she has something to give the Zentran woman: some video letters. Grace relates that theyre from Nyan-Nyan employees, as well as friends from Mihoshi and college. Klan recognizes the latter as the one containing the analysis of Sheryls medicine.
But its time for Ranka to get going, and shes looking forward to doing this again with us; hopefully Altoll be free to see everything next time. As he tells her to say hi to Sheryl for him, Michels already off to call Alice.
Over by Klans room, the results are in: apparently Sheryls meds were receptor blockers, apparently part of an experimental treatment for some V-Type Infection. It cant cure the disease, but it mitigates the symptoms. Side effects, however, include sporadic fevers, vomiting, cold sweats precisely what Sheryl was displaying before.
In other words, Sheryls got that V-Type Infection and Alice asks if Klans file has anything on it. Not a whole lot: its a bloodborne pathogen, only a handful of people have ever contracted it, and it can be fully cured by a serum made from some creature IF detected early. Sheryls disease is too far along for anything to save her.
Klan objects that research is still ongoing this isnt hard fact yet. Still, it is what it is and Michel doesnt think its our place to tell anyone especially Alto. Alice wonders if Sheryl knows, and Klan would think so: the video letters from their friends mentioned a rumor of how Sheryl was seen around their librarys medical thesis archives.
Should they really not tell Alto about this? Klan, as a woman, can imagine how much Sheryl must want to see Alto again as she deals with this. Which is precisely why Michel thinks he should hear it from her, not us. That said, theres something we can do: wait for a chance to get back to the Frontier and, then, head on over as fast as we can.