Upgrades 5"The ground forces have engaged the Federation scum, Lord Ridley," said the Captain, in front of the viewscreen.
"Is Samus there?" asked Ridley.
"Yes, she is. She's with the Federation now."
"Does she know of anything besides ground?"
"There is no reason to conclude she knows about our little trap."
Ridley pondered this for a moment, then said, "Keep her alive if you can. If you must kill her, then you must kill her. But I would like to have her alive." Another pause. "Oh, and one more thing..."
"What is it that you wish to ask, Lord?"
"They were using the base as a testing ground for prototype weapons systems, right?"
"They sure were, Lord."
"Then take their weapons, and have your Science Team figure them out. They will pay off in the end..."
"Science Team is already working on that."
"Captain, you have done well. You shall certainly be rewarded for your accomplishments. We'll be seeing you later, Captain."
"Thank you, Lord. Sparrow out."
Several Space Pirate researchers, deep in the
Upgrades 4"I hope the Fed cares about us, and not just because of our hardware. Though if I were the inventor, I know I'd want it back, too," the mystery soldier continued, before realizing his mistake of not introducing himself. "I am Lieutenant Link."
The removal of the helmet had revealed a boyish face with blue eyes, sandy blonde hair that ran in spiky locks, pale skin, and slightly pointed ears. It was almost a shock to see this face on a man who had an inch on Samus' 6'3". He extended his hand for a handshake. "It's an honor to meet you, Samus."
Samus, surprised, flipped over her left arm and obligingly shook Link's hand. "It's a pleasure meeting you, Lieutenant. Where is your captain? I'm sure that this isn't all the survivors, right?"
Link chuckled. "No, it's not. We're just a party moving to secure the last missing pieces of our escape craft before the Space Pirates find them. Not to mention we're looking for supplies scattered about during the collision."
Samus took a moment in her hea
Upgrades 3PLANETARY SCANNERS - WRECKAGE DETECTED. ORIGIN OF CRASH - GALACTIC FEDERATION
Suitable landing site located one half kilometer from crash site.
Beginning landing procedures...
EQUIPMENT REPAIR COMPLETE - MISSILE LAUNCHER ONLINE
Capacity restored for 30 Missiles.
The Gunship floated gently down to the rich, vegetation-laden surface below. This particular landing site was actually a small sinkhole in the surface of the planet, about three hundred feet deep and with a radius about the length of the Gunship itself, that featured an appropriately-sized waterfall and a deceptively small pool of water below. The walls were smooth, but with deep grooves in them, big enough to serve as tunnels even for the biggest of men. And, as Samus noticed as she rode the lift out the hatch, it looked like someone had been here before, as metal doors within human-sized tunnels did NOT just grow from random vegetation. She hopped off the Gunship's roof and headed to the lowest part of the grooves. One jump g
Upgrades 2With a slight hiss the airlock opened, and up went the lift that transported Samus out the topside hatch. There she stood, for about a second, atop her gunship, and then she leaped down with a flip, sticking the landing perfectly. As she recovered, her suit finished rebooting, and now a message flashed across the Visor: SUIT REPAIR INCOMPLETE. MISSILES OFFLINE. BOMBS OFFLINE. GRAPPLE OFFLINE. SPACE JUMP OFFLINE. GRAVITY SUIT OFFLINE. WAVE/ICE/PLASMA BEAMS OFFLINE. ALL OTHER SYSTEMS OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY.
Samus, thinking she was only going to need this for five minutes or so, decided to move on and let the ship repair her left-behind suit parts. She walked to the airlock door that had once sealed to a lifeboat. Now, with hull breeches flagrant aboard ship, no air remained, and thus the door was unnecessary. She tapped the panel, and the door slid open partway. Using some elbow grease, Samus was able to get the door opening wide enough for her to pass into the crew cabin. Here, the
Upgrades 1Galaxy Federal Police, Unit M405
Transmission Log Entry #11.8.440.1
Transmission Recipient: Samus Aran, Human Female Bounty Hunter
Eight days ago, we intercepted a distress signal from a squad of GF Marines near the planet SR-391 while they were combat-testing various prototype weapons systems (Details classified to Level 5 Clearance) on a known Space Pirate stronghold. We believe there are a minimum of casualties, but injuries and material damage have gotten the better of the squad.
It is known that the Space Pirates are too strong for conventional troopers, so it has been determined that a single lone bounty hunter inserted into the fray would better achieve our goals of extraction.
Contract Agreement: Locate and retrieve the survivors, if any. Also locate and either retrieve or destroy any Federation prototypes before they fall into enemy hands.
Coordinates: [Sol]280-010:10LY Planetary Sector AK-47
Good Hunting, Samus...
You Only Live Forever 7Kazuma's vision returned to him from a seemingly eternal blackness. At first it was blurry, and then focused over a period of several minutes. The tan blur gave way to a clear view of what appeared to be a jail cell. Tan walls enveloped three of the four sides of the rectangular chamber, the fourth enclosed with iron bars. He searched the chamber, finding Booster in an opposite corner.
Booster awoke to Kazuma trying to revive him. Like Kazuma, Booster took a few minutes to regain his senses. But once he did, he immediately undid the buckles on his Booster, which remained on his person.
"Son of a bitch," Booster commented, inspecting his unit, "that Doctor sure knows how to ruin a good jetpack. I can't even get off the ground anymore."
"I figured as much," replied Kazuma, helping up his friend. "Where's Sue? And Itoh and Momorin?"
"They must be in separate cells. And I don't think Sue got taken at all. As for Momorin, I think the Doctor is using her as a pawn. She does contain valuable
You Only Live Forever 6The barely-clad witch finished casting her lightning at the rabbit, and floated down to the ground below. As she did, she took a moment to recharge her powers, while the rabbit-man spun his sword, ready for battle. The rabbit was first to attack, the green sword charged with the energy of its enemy's previous attack. The witch teleported out of the way just in time, rematerializing on the other side of the rabbit creature, who could barely swing his sword behind him to absorb the next lightning blast.
James saw the proceedings through the window of the house he had teleported into, and drew his pistol in case it was needed. As he held his gun in his right hand, his left kept the smartphone camera trained on the action outside.
"Bond, you must do whatever is necessary to protect those researchers," said M over the phone.
Bond sheathed his phone, and opened the door to reach the outside. As he did this, the rabbit creature fell to another lightning blast, one he had not been able to bloc
You Only Live Forever 5Kazuma was the first to reach the end of the shady, cool tunnel. The sight was too good to be true.
"GUYS!!! I THINK IT'S A TELEPORTER!!!"
"A what?" yelled back Itoh as he led the rest of the pack to Kazuma's position. Kazuma indicated a large metal column, hollow within and glass sided. A pane of glass was noticeably missing from the sides, making the cylinder a capsule just high and wide enough for a tall or heavy man to stand comfortably. "Oh, well, you may be right then."
Itoh moved to a screen adjacent to the tube, and expertly tapped keys on the keyboard. Then he paused. "You say this is the Sand Zone, right?"
Booster noticed a sign placed between the exit of the chamber and the device, and read it aloud. "'Welcome to The Sand Zone.' This is the Sand Zone alright."
"OK, thank you. All I needed," was Itoh's reply as he typed in more commands. Finally, he said triumphantly as the humming racket reached a crescendo, "The computer managed to link us to a destination, but we don't kno
You Only Live Forever 4As the two beings touched down beside the newly crowned Doctor, he could not help but grin. He was actually in possession of the Demon Crown! He was so excited, in fact, that he nearly missed the two creatures on either side of him introducing themselves.
"I am Misery, servant of the holder of the Demon Crown," began the woman, kneeling. Then she indicated the box-like being with her staff. "That's Balrog, also at your service."
"Good, good," said the Doctor evilly.
"What are your orders, sire?" asked Misery, still kneeling to the Doctor.
"Rise," said the Doctor, "and then I want you two tracking down the researchers that came with me. I want them alive. When you have them, go ahead and begin assembling a plantation for the Demon Flowers that I understand also reside on this island."
Misery rose from her submissive pose and promptly began levitating. "Your will be done, my lord," were her last words before she dissolved into thin air.
"HUZZAH!" yelled Balrog as he leapt into the air, b