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Part 08
Chapter 19: Sewer Horror

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[Begin music: "Invasion"]

[Scene opens on the doctor's room. Hammer and Citan both are there. Fei is up off the table and strikes up a conversation.]

CITAN
"...
(For the time being, I am a doctor and you are a prisoner... We should split up and act separately!)"

[Fei goes over to Hammer.]

HAMMER
"How are you feeling, bro? All this running backwards and forwards is killing me!
I know it's a bit sudden but how about buying something?"
[I guess I'll have to!]

HAMMER
"Yes! That's my bro! You're too kind man! Much appreciated!"

[Hammer gets down to business.]

HAMMER
"What do you need bro?"
[Hammer's items.]

HAMMER
"Thanks bro, but how about buying something else apart from items?
It'll help Hammer out too!"
[Hammer's accessories.]

HAMMER
"Thanks bro, but how about buying something else apart from accessories?
It'll help Hammer out too!"
[Enough already!]

HAMMER
"Thanks again bro! Man, so long as I am with you, money's no problem, heh!"

[Fei leaves and heads up the stairwell. Scene change.]

[Scene opens on dorm's main interior. Fei heads up to the counter.]

CHEF
Has Monsieur decided what he wants from 'ze menu yet?
[Yep, I've decided!]

CHEF
Which would Monsieur like?
[The daily special: Baste Grand]

CHEF
One moment pleeze...

[Camera pans to behind chef.]

CHEF
We 'ave' ze order! One 'Baste Grand' pleeze!

COOKS
That's right

[The chef goes and gets something from the cooks and takes it to Fei.]

CHEF
'Baste Grand' is ze supreme apex of all gastronomy! You must taste it once before you die...!

FEI
"Let's see... how it tastes."

[Fei eats.]

FEI
"Mm-mm, scrumdidlyumptious!"

[Fei leaves the dorm. He leaves D Block and returns to the Battling arena. Scene change.]

[Begin music: "Stage of Death"]

[Scene opens on the Battling arena reception area. Fei heads over to Hammer.]

HAMMER
"I'm a mechanic, so I took the liberty to set up shop here for a while.
Let's not waste time, bro, care to make a purchase?"
['spose I have to.]

HAMMER
"Yeah! That's my bro! You're too kind man! Much appreciated!"

[Hammer gets down to business.]

HAMMER
"What you be needin' bro?"
[Hammer's Gear parts]

HAMMER
"Thanks bro, but how about buying something else apart from Gear parts?
It'll help Hammer out too!"
[Enough already!]

HAMMER
"OK, now for the Battling. Do your best, bro.! For Hammer's future t..."

[Hammer cuts himself off.]

HAMMER
!?

[Hammer stops.]

HAMMER
"Forget it!"

[Fei walks over to the receptionist.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Due to sudden mechanical trouble, your competitor for yesterday, Leonardo Sniper, has had to drop out...
Heinrich Clive has also had mechanical problems and has pulled out. This means you, Fei, win by default and can compete in day 2's bouts!"

[The receptionist continues.]

RECEPTIONIST
"If you win 2 matches today, the second day of the games, you can progress on to the third set of bouts.
Do you want to enter the bouts for day two?"
[Let me Enter!]

[Stop music.]

RECEPTIONIST
"I have confirmed the entry of pilot 'Fei'. One moment please..."

[Begin music: "The Steel Giant"]

[Camera pan to behind Fei as he walks to face the paddock door. A ding is heard and a shifting of equipment.]

INTERCOM
The Gear 'Weltall' has been sent to the storage paddock. Standby for boarding!

[A rumble and a shift is heard. Alarm begins ringing. The Gate keeper moves.]

INTERCOM
Pilot Fei, please proceed to the competitor's paddock!

[Fei runs into the dock.]

[BATTLING MODE: WELTALL VS. TIN ROBO]

[Begin music: "Stage of Death"]

[Scene opens on reception area.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Hmm, not a bad battle! Keep up the good work!"

[The receptionist pulls out something.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Here's the prize money paid to winners of a Battling bout. It's well earned!"

Received '300G' in prize money!

RECEPTIONIST
"Oh and Supervisor B will pay you a special bonus. Keep up the good work!"

Received '100G' bonus!

[Fei heads back to the receptionist.]

RECEPTIONIST
"It's the last bout for day two. Win this to qualify for day three's bouts.
Do you want to enter the day's final bout?"
[Go for it!]

[Stop music.]

RECEPTIONIST
I have confirmed the entry of pilot 'Fei'. One moment please..."

[Begin music: "The Steel Giant"]

[Camera pan to behind Fei as he walks to face the paddock door. A ding is heard and a shifting of equipment.]

INTERCOM
The Gear 'Weltall' has been sent to the storage paddock. Standby for boarding!

[A rumble and a shift is heard. Alarm begins ringing. The Gate keeper moves.]

INTERCOM
Pilot Fei, please proceed to the competitor's paddock!

[Fei runs into the dock.]

[BATTLING MODE: WELTALL VS. TITAN]

[Begin music: "Stage of Death"]

[Scene opens on the reception area.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Wow, you're sooo strooong! Boy, was he ever outmatched! Ooh, I get pins and needles at your overwhelming power!"

[The receptionist pulls something out.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Here's the prize money paid to winners of a Battling bout. It's well earned!"

Received '500G' in prize money!

RECEPTIONIST
"Oh and Supervisor B will pay you a special bonus. Keep up the good work!"

Received '300G' bonus!

[Fei talks to the receptionist.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Today's Battling matches have all finished. Please come again."

[Fei leaves. Scene change.]

[Begin music: "Invasion"]

[Fei goes back to his bunker and walks into the doctor's room.]

CITAN
"... (You are doing well Fei. Now go to bed and rest!)"

[Fei heads for the back bunker.]

FEI
"I guess I can rest here..."
[Rest up!]

FEI
"The rank A bed it is!"

[Scene fade.]

[Begin music: "Back to Sleep (2)"]

-----

[Begin music: "Invasion"]

[Fei gets out of bed and heads up the stairs again. Scene change.]

[Scene opens on the dorm interior. Fei goes to (where else?) the chef's counter.]

CHEF
Has Monsieur decided what he wants from 'ze menu yet?
[Yep, I've decided!]

CHEF
Which would Monsieur like?
[The daily special: Mightymite]

CHEF
One moment pleeze...

[Camera pans to behind chef.]

CHEF
We 'ave' ze order! One 'Mightymite' pleeze!

COOKS
That's right

[The chef goes and gets something from the cooks. He takes it to Fei.]

CHEF
Increasez ze defenze ability against Ether and phyzical attacks. Ze length of ze effects iz a secret! Anyway, here iz your 'Mightymite'!

FEI
"Which shall I try..."

[Fei eats.]

FEI
"Can food really have such an effect...?"

[Fei leaves D Block and goes back to the Battling arena. Scene change.]

[Begin music: "Stage of Death"]

[Scene opens on reception area. Fei heads to the receptionist.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Today is the third day of the games. Win 2 bouts and you qualify for tomorrow's semi-finals.
Do you want to enter day three's bouts?"
[Let me at 'em!]

[Stop music.]

RECEPTIONIST
"I have confirmed the entry of pilot 'Fei'. One moment please..."

[Begin music: "The Steel Giant"]

[Camera pan to behind Fei as he walks to face the paddock door. A ding is heard and a shifting of equipment.]

INTERCOM
The Gear 'Weltall' has been sent to the storage paddock. Standby for boarding!

[A rumble and a shift is heard. Alarm begins ringing. The Gate keeper moves.]

INTERCOM
Pilot Fei, please proceed to the competitor's paddock!

[Fei runs into the dock.]

[BATTLING MODE: WELTALL VS. W-SHAVER]

[Begin music: "Stage of Death"]

[Scene opens on the reception area.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Hmm, not a bad battle! Keep up the good work!"

[The receptionist pulls out something.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Here's the prize money paid to winners of a Battling bout. It's well earned!"

Received '750G' in prize money!

RECEPTIONIST
"Oh and Supervisor B will pay you a special bonus. Keep up the good work!"

Received '200G' bonus!

[Fei heads back to the receptionist.]

RECEPTIONIST
"It's the last bout for day three. Win this to qualify for tomorrow's semi-finals.
Do you wish to enter the day's final bout?"
[Let's do it!]

[Stop music.]

RECEPTIONIST
"I have confirmed the entry of pilot 'Fei'. One moment please..."

[Begin music: "The Steel Giant"]

[Camera pan to behind Fei as he walks to face the paddock door. A ding is heard and a shifting of equipment.]

INTERCOM
The Gear 'Weltall' has been sent to the storage paddock. Standby for boarding!

[A rumble and a shift is heard. Alarm begins ringing. The Gate keeper moves.]

INTERCOM
Pilot Fei, please proceed to the competitor's paddock!

[Fei runs into the dock.]

[BATTLING MODE: WELTALL VS. MUSHA]

[Begin music: "Stage of Death"]

[Scene opens on the reception area.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Hmm, not a bad battle! Keep up the good work!"

[The receptionist pulls out something.]

RECEPTIONIST
"Here's the prize money paid to winners of a Battling bout. It's well earned!"

Received '1000G' in prize money!

RECEPTIONIST
"Oh and Supervisor B will pay you a special bonus. Keep up the good work!"

Received '300G' bonus!

RECEPTIONIST
"Today's Battling matches have all finished. Please come again."

[Fei heads over to see Hammer.]

HAMMER
"You finished the day's Battling safely, hey, bro?
Why not return to your quarters and rest up a bit?
Or you could buy something!"
[Fei tunes up his Gear.]

HAMMER
"Hey hey! Thanks again man! That warms me pockets! So... are you heading back now?"

[Scene change. Stop music.]

[Begin music: "Invasion"]

[Scene opens on D Block. Fei goes back to his bed.]

FEI
"I guess I can rest here..."
[Rest up!]

FEI
"The rank A bed it is!"

[Scene change.]

[Scene opens on the bunker. Greenish hue surrounds scene. As camera pans down, light scene up normally. Fei walks to the end of his bed and looks at the stairs. Camera behind Fei.]

FEI
"Huh? ... Someone's coming downstairs. ... I guess it'll be Hammer."

[Rico walks in and turns to face Fei.]

RICO
"... Long time no see, huh, Kid!"

FEI
"Hey, you're... Rico!?
What are you doing here?"

RICO
"Calm down, kid! I didn't come here to fight with you..."

FEI
"Then what purpose do you have here? What other reason could you have?"

[Scene cut to behind and above Rico.]

CITAN
"What is going on out there? This is a place for rest! Can you be a bit quieter..."

[Fei and Rico turn towards the infirmary. Citan walks out.]

CITAN
"Why, it is only you Fei! And... the Battling Champion?"

[Citan turns to Rico.]

CITAN
"What would the likes of you have to do coming to a prison barracks?
There must be some special reason for you to grace us with your presence?"

[Rico turns to both Fei and Citan.]

RICO
"Yes there is.
... I came in regards to the incident of the explosion during the first rounds of the Battling contest."

FEI
"Explosion incident? ... Oh, you mean what happened the other day!"

CITAN
"The explosion accident that Fei was enveloped in during that bout?
What has that got to do with you?"

RICO
"... I'm sorry. That 'accident' was set up by my subordinates!
After the results of your 'Baptismal Ceremony', it seems my men didn't come to like you very much..."

CITAN
"So they made it look like an accident, but it really was meant to kill Fei...
But why tell us now? Did they come clean and confess the crimes they committed?"

RICO
"... They're no longer with us!
You're the doctor, don't you know what's been happening? What's going on here in the Imperial capital's D Block?"

CITAN
"You mean the series of mysterious murders that happened in the sewers!?"

RICO
"... Yes. A line of skilled Battlers have been murdered one after the other!
All of the victims that have been killed were my subordinates..."

[Rico turns to Fei.]

RICO
"Kid... I mean, Fei...!
They were the very people who had set that trap to kill you!"

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"So what are you trying to say? That their deaths are connected to me somehow!?"

[Citan starts thinking (again).]

CITAN
"Let us see... The murdered Battlers had set a trap to try and kill Fei...
When Fei comes to know of this he has good reason to kill them...
Out of hatred of his would-be killers, he plots revenge on the Battlers. And turns to 'murder'!"

[Citan looks up. Fei nods.]

FEI
"... People think I am the killer?"

RICO
"Exactly! This morning there was yet another victim... the fifth!
It's not unusual for people to die in the sewers. If you become weak, you die... that's providence!
But 5 Battlers were killed in a row! That this is unprecedented alone casts doubt on you.
To say that I don't doubt you would be lying, but I don't think you are guilty, either.
The only thing that can prove your innocence is if there is any truth in that story going round...
The story of a monster in the sewers that is strong enough to kill 5 Battlers!"

[Rico turns to Citan.]

RICO
"For the sake of my men too, I am about to check out the sewers.
I've said what I wanted to say..."

[Rico starts leaving. Fei stops him at the stairwell base when he speaks.]

FEI
"Wait up! Let me... Let me go with you!
I want to prove to you that I am innocent myself!"

[Rico turns to Fei.]

RICO
"You want to tag along, huh? I don't care.
But you've got to look after your own neck!"

[Citan starts thinking.]

CITAN
"It is up to Fei himself to prove that he has been falsely suspected...
... There is no alternative, then. Please allow me to accompany you in solving this sewer murder case!"

[Rico turns around.]

RICO
"... The doctor too? I don't take any responsibility if anything happens to you...!"

[Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the dorm interior. Fei heads for the counter.]

CHEF
Has Monsieur decided what he wants from 'ze menu yet?
[Yep, I've decided!]

CHEF
Which would Monsieur like?
[Dishes a 'la rank: Battlin' Steak]

[Camera pan to behind Chef.]

CHEF
One moment pleeze...

[Chef turns to the cooks behind him.]

CHEF
We 'ave' 'ze order! One 'Battlin Steak' pleeze!

COOKS
That's right

[The chef walks over to get something from the cooks and takes it to Fei.]

CHEF
Monsieur's victory iz certain! Our glorious 'Battlin Steak' has ze taste assured by ze use of ze finest ingredientz!

FEI
"Let's see... how it tastes."

[Fei eats.]

FEI
"Scrumptious, flavorsome, nicely chewy... quite good!"

[The group leaves and heads for the D Block roofs. A guard is watching the sewer entrance.]

GUARD
This is the entrance to the Kislev sewers. There's a ton of monsters down there so don't go unless you're good.
Those stupid Battlers and bounty hunters are always coming and going.

[The trio enters the sewers through the roof entrance. As they descend, the guard notices them.]

GUARD
Hey, what... the? Y... You're the Ch, Champ!!

RICO
"Thanks for watching the sewers. I'm going down there now...
Don't let anyone besides these guys in."

GUARD
Yes sir, Champ!!

[Scene change. Stop music.]

[Scene opens in a green tinted POV similar to the red one used earlier. This is the tactic used to indicate the creature: a different colored shot and POV. Instead of heartbeat, a sound similar to breathing is heard. The POV travels up to the sewer exit and stops for a second. Then it pulls back and travels off in a different direction. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the sewers entrance. Fei, Rico and Citan climb down the ladder. Fei turns to Rico.]

FEI
"Where is this place?"

RICO
"Let's look for it. We'll talk more if we really find it."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"Do you really doubt me?"

[A quiet rustle is heard. Citan walks off away from them a bit and shakes his head.]

CITAN
"Shh, quiet!"

[Rico turns around to Citan.]

FEI
"? ..."

[Rico walks up behind Citan.]

RICO
"What's wrong...?"

[Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on Green POV/Breathing Sound. Camera pans over to reveal that "It" is just around the corner because we see Citan, just barely. The camera turns around and heads towards a deeper part of the sewer. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on previous setup with Fei's group. Citan turns to Rico.]

CITAN
"...!? Well... let us look around."

[The group noses around the sewers and quickly comes to a storm drain. Near it is some goo and blood. Fei looks down.]

FEI
"Here...?"

[Rico nods.]

RICO
"Well, this is the murder spot."

[Citan walks up between Fei and Rico, and turns to the wall. He assumes the thinking posture again.]

CITAN
"... Something is written on the wall...
Re...
Red... monster..."

[Citan muses.]

CITAN
"This must be his dying message."

RICO
"Must've written it as he was dying."

CITAN
"A red monster..."

[Citan turns to Fei, thinking again.]

CITAN
"Very interesting."

[Citan looks up.]

FEI
"...?"

[Rico walks to the storm drain and looks down.]

RICO
"Hey! What's this slime? What a mess..."

[They walk to the drain.]

FEI
"This is covered in slime."

[The group keeps going and discovers a door.]

FEI
"...? Looks like it's locked from the other side."

[The group keeps going and finds another similar slimed spot.]

RICO
"Looks like he got it here."

[Fei kneels down.]

FEI
"!? What's this slimy stuff?"

RICO
"It's over by that drain too."

[Citan walks away from the group a bit.]

CITAN
"Look, here!"

[Camera pan over to the drain. It's slimed too. Pan back.]

RICO
"More of the same..."

FEI
"Something the monster left?"

[Citan turns to Fei in thinking mode.]

CITAN
"Still... we cannot be sure... but it is very likely."

[The group continues on and heads down a ladder deeper into the sewers. Scene change.]

[Scene opens in Green POV mode, showing "It" again. The camera is right next to the ladder that Fei and company are coming down. Camera pans up. Then it moves off in another direction. Scene change.]

[Scene opens on the bottom of the ladder as Citan, Fei and Rico climb down it. They walk a few feet when a very quiet "ding ding" is heard. Citan walks away from the group a couple of steps.]

CITAN
"...!?"

[Rico takes a step from behind Fei.]

RICO
"What's wrong, Citan... is there something here?"

CITAN
"A tinkle sound... I heard some kind of a tinkle sound!"

[Fei walks up a few steps to Citan.]

FEI
"A bell...?"

RICO
"A bell! A bell...?"

[Fei and Citan turn to Rico.]

FEI
"Do you know something?"

[Rico looks down.]

RICO
"Now that you mention it...
There is a rumor of a strange ringing sound down here..."

[They continue on, and eventually find another murder spot. Fei looks down at it.]

FEI
"Here too..."

[Rico nods.]

RICO
"Ugh! ... There's that smell again.
It's like something's burning..."

[Citan assumes his thinking posture again.]

CITAN
"Burnt...? Hmm, I see..."

[Citan looks up. Rico turns.]

RICO
"Hey, look at this."

[Camera pans to reveal another slimed drain.]

RICO
"The slime is over by that drain too."

[Camera pans back.]

CITAN
"It appears this slime was left behind by the monster."

[Fei and Co. continue on until they run across a small machine stopped on the edge of the walkway.]

FEI
"What's this?"

RICO
"This is a rat-sweeper machine."

[Camera pans to behind Fei and Citan on the side.]

RICO
"We call them the 'Catless Rat Removers'!"

[Fei puts his hands on his hips.]

FEI
"..."

CITAN
"What is this?"

[Rico shakes his head.]

RICO
"No... It's not broken... Why isn't it moving?"

[Rico looks down.]

RICO
"Lemme see it."

[Fei drops his hands.]

FEI
"...!?"

[Fei walks around the machine and kneels.]

FEI
"Ha! There's something inside.
!? What's this?"

Received Keys.

RICO
"!!... These were Vargas' pass keys to the sewer.
They must've gotten caught up in this thing. That's why it wasn't moving?"

FEI
"I wonder what these keys are for?"

RICO
"These are the keys to the sewage treatment plant."

CITAN
"Sewage treatment plant?"

RICO
"That's where all the sewage ends up."

CITAN
"That is strange...
Where is it?"

RICO
"From here it's northeast through the door and near the furthest waterfall."

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"Let's go and see."

[They head through the door, then Fei finds a ladder. They climb up it and discover that the ladder is on the other side of the door that appeared to be locked earlier. A rattling is heard from behind the door.]

FEI
"...? Huh? ...What?"

RICO
"... Whaddya doin'?"

FEI
"Shoot... the key's not here, we can't open the door..."

RICO
"Outa the way! Let me try... ... gwahh, huh?
... What? ... huff, huff, huff, ha-h."

CITAN
"How did it go? ... Huh!"

[The door opens and they walk out, Citan first. Rico snickers a bit, but Fei is laughing very hard.]

RICO
"Idiot. It pulls open, jeez...
What're you pushing it for?"

[They continue to snoop around the sewers. Eventually, they find yet another murder spot.]

FEI
"Here too."

[Rico walks behind Citan looking the other direction.]

RICO
"There's slime in this drain too."

[Citan turns around.]

CITAN
"Where does this drain connect to?"

[Rico turns around and nods.]

RICO
"Everything should connect to the sewage treatment plant..."

[Citan turns to the side suddenly.]

CITAN
"!? ..."

[Scene fade.]

[Scene opens in Green POV / breathing mode, signifying that "It" is near. Very near, because in its view is Fei, Citan and Rico at the other end of the hallway. It pans past the hallway they are in slowly and then travels off in another direction. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on previous setup of Fei, Citan and Rico.]

RICO
"Hey, this is..."

[Fei turns back to Rico and nods.]

FEI
"Yeah."

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"There is something lurking around here, I am sure of it."

[Citan turns to Rico.]

CITAN
"This is certainly the strangest."

[Citan continues.]

CITAN
"Do you know where these drains come together?"

[Rico looks down.]

RICO
"Hmm. From here it's beside the waterfall furthest to the east of here."

[They continue their trek through the sewers. All of a sudden, a turtle named Gramps turns and talks to them!]

GRAMPS
"Who're you?"

RICO
"Hey gramps! What are you doing here?
I thought the entrance was blocked off."

GRAMPS
"Hmph. I've lived here a long time."

RICO
"All by yourself? In a spooky place like this?"

GRAMPS
"As you can see I'm a mutant. So the monster never bothers me."

[Gramps continues.]

GRAMPS
"But lately, my new neighbor's been going around bustin' things up."

RICO
"What, really? We're looking for him."

GRAMPS
"Oh! Would you get rid of him for me?
If you need to know anything ask me.
I'll help you."

[Fei keeps the conversation going.]

GRAMPS
"The place where all the drains meet?
Go northeast, and it'll be behind the door near the waterfall."

[The group continues on, and finds yet a fifth murder spot. Fei and Rico examine it, while Citan turns and looks at the drain across the way.]

CITAN
"There is always slime near the murder scene.
Looks like it only happened once."

[Fei turns around.]

RICO
"Whaddya talkin' about?"

[Citan assumes his thinking posture.]

CITAN
"They say it will not return to the same place... I wonder?"

FEI
"!? ..."

[They keep going and eventually get to a door near a sewage fall marked on the map as the treatment plant.]

FEI
"Hmm, this is..."

[Fei starts trying keys.]

FEI
"... Damn! No... It must be this one..."

[Fei tries another key.]

FEI
"... What?"

RICO
"... hurry up..."

[Fei turns to Rico and shakes his head.]

FEI
"Why are there so many keys?"

[Scene change.]

[Scene opens in Green POV / Breath mode. There is a maze of pipes. The camera drops down to reveal that "It" is right inside the door that Fei and his allies are fiddling with! We can still hear them talking.]

RICO
"Maybe this one..."

FEI
"Not that one... Um, this one...!"

[Scene fade.]

[Scene opens outside the door. Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"...! Whew. Open!"

[Rico nods.]

RICO
"Are you ready?"

FEI
[Of course]

[They get ready.]

FEI
"Okay, let's go."

[They all turn towards the door.]

FEI
"One-two!"

[Fei opens the door and walks in. Scene change.]

[Scene opens on the narrow room that was just shown, but its upside up this time. Nothing is there, though, except a treasure chest. Fei, Citan and Rico enter.]

FEI
"What!?"

RICO
"It's not here..."

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"Look up!"

[Camera pan up to reveal a mass of pipes. Still nothing. Pan back to the group. Rico turns to Fei.]

RICO
"It moved..."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"It's not here..."

[Citan walks to the side of a huge grate in the center of the room. Camera pan to reveal the grate from behind Rico.]

CITAN
"It appears it can move outside through these sewage drains."

[Rico walks to the side opposite Citan.]

RICO
"Damn! We should have found it here!"

FEI
"!? ..."

[The group walks back to Fei, who walks around and opens the chest.]

FEI
"What's this?"

Received Bell Amulet.

[Fei looks down.]

FEI
"Why would it have this?"

[Rico turns to Fei.]

RICO
"Wait! We can lure it with this thing!"

[Citan assumes thinking mode.]

CITAN
"Hmmm... it does not look like it will show up now."

RICO
"Where can we use it?"

[Citan looks up.]

CITAN
"Let us think about what we know so far."

[Fei turns, still looking down.]

FEI
"...??"

[The group leaves. Scene change.]

[Scene opens outside the treatment plant. Fei and Co. pass a storm drain, and Fei stops, looking down.]

FEI
"Slime in the drain... There should be several places like this."

[Fei looks up.]

CITAN
"Yes.
This must be the one drain it comes and goes from."

[Fei turns around and nods.]

FEI
"That's it! We'll use the bell there to lure it out."

[Fei examines the slime.]

FEI
"Try and use this..."

CITAN
"No, there is a murder scene near but this is not it."

[The trio go back to Gramps, who's still hanging about at the same spot. The bell is rung.]

GRAMPS
"And you can lure it with this bell."

FEI
"Ring it here?"

GRAMPS
"Uh-huh, that's it..."

[Gramps continues.]

GRAMPS
"There is always slime near the drains it uses.
And he never returns to the same site twice."

FEI
"So we need a drain with slime nearby and no murder site."

GRAMPS
"Right. I think... there's one on this floor, north of here."

[The trio proceed north away from Gramps, and find... (who would have thought :P) a slimed drain with no murder scene. Camera pan to in front of Fei beside the drain.]

FEI
"...! Here!!"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"I am sure. This is the only drain with slime and no murder site nearby."

[Fei turns around and nods to the others.]

FEI
"Alright. Got it!"

[Fei starts ringing the bell constantly. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the Green POV / Breathing view of "It". It turns from the treatment plant that Fei and co. just left, and begins travelling up towards where they currently are. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the group next to the drain. Fei has stopped ringing the bell and turns to Citan.]

FEI
"Umph!"

[Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on Green POV / Breathing view of "It." The breath sound is twice as fast now, and the camera is moving down the sewer twice as fast. It begins to turn off the last couple of corners between it and Fei's group. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the group next to the drain. Citan turns to the south, but Fei and Rico are already looking that way.]

CITAN
"It is here!"

[Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on Green POV / Breathing view. The breathing and speed of the camera are THREE times as fast now. It goes pell-mell down the corridors. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the group next to the drain. Rico shakes his head.]

RICO
"Outta my way!!"

FEI
"...!!"

[A splash is heard from the drain but... from BEHIND them, as something lands in the sewer river next to them. Fei is the first to notice, and turns around.]

FEI
"Behind you!!"

[A unhuman roar is heard.]

RICO
"What!!"

[The others turn around.]

[Begin music: "Knight of Fire"]

[Camera pans 180 fast to in front of Fei.]

[Battle: Fei/Citan/Rico vs. Redrum]

[Stop music.]

[Scene opens next to the drain where Fei, Rico and Citan are just staring. Rico shakes his head.]

RICO
"What the hell was that...?"

[Fei puts his hands on his hips and looks down.]

FEI
"Why, did it... have a bell...?"

[Fei looks up. Citan nods.]

CITAN
"... It had a normal, human-like intellect."

[Citan turns to the others and nods.]

CITAN
"No. It is better to say... 'had left remaining'."

[Rico turns to Citan.]

RICO
"What!? Whaddya mean? No..."

[Fei turns to Citan.]

FEI
"!? ..."

[Citan turns away and looks down.]

CITAN
"... It is really, rather sad..."

[Citan looks up. Scene fade slow.]

-----

[Scene opens at the sewer's exit. Rico walks in front of the others and turns back to Fei.]

RICO
"I'll see you later... I'll wait at your dorm."

[Rico turns around and puts his right hand on his left arm.]

RICO
"Ugh..."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"Hey... your left arm! In that fight, you got..."

[Rico turns to the ladder.]

RICO
"It's nothing..."

[Rico climbs up and leaves.]

CITAN
"I wonder if he will forfeit the Battling because of that injury?"

[Fei turns to Citan.]

FEI
"? ..."

[Scene fade slow.]

-----

[Scene opens amid the shards and paintings from before (see Chapter 7), but the background is red this time. The clock sound still ticks. Pan up slowly to reveal Citan and the strange emperor in the same spots as they were previously, but camera is more behind Citan and at a further distance away from the conversation.]

EMPEROR
"Has he awoken...?"

CITAN
"Yes. Twice... no... three times to be exact."

[Citan continues.]

CITAN
"May I ask you this...?
Why would he be moved to a place like this...? Was it the elders?"

EMPEROR
"Nay. They're hoping for a more immediate disposal.
I don't blame them. They have a deeply etched fear of him."

CITAN
"Then..."

EMPEROR
"Yes. Probably..."

CITAN
"It would be hasty to dispose of him now.
I do not think it is too late to wait until we find out his purpose..."

EMPEROR
"If that is your judgment, then, so be it."

CITAN
"Your will is my will, your Majesty.
Well then, allow me to..."

EMPEROR
"Wait a moment..."

[A long pause.]

EMPEROR
"... I see..."

CITAN
"Yes...?"

EMPEROR
"Their judgement... has been handed down..."

CITAN
"... What is it, then...?"

[Scene fade.]

EMPEROR
... A purge!

-----

[Begin music: "Knight of Fire" - tempo slower than normal]

[Scene opens on a Gebler briefing room. The soldiers from before are there, including Elly. An officer is giving the briefing.]

OFFICER
... The number one gate generator is 200 kelt southwest of Nortune and 4000 sharl underground.
Its interference waves make guided weapon use impossible in this area. So up to the last minute the Hecht must be piloted manually.
After cancelling stealth mode, you will provide direct escort for the Hecht inside the enemy defense zone. Any questions?

ELLY
"Well..."

OFFICER
Yes Lieutenant?

[Elly gets out of her seat.]

ELLY
"I understand our escort orders but what is our main objective?"

OFFICER
That is classified.

ELLY
"But without knowing our objective, our response to any orders will be slow.
Even if we're just ordered to provide cover. We need to at least know the attack objective..."

OFFICER
The objective will be issued during the mission. It will be relayed directly to the Hecht's pilots.

ELLY
"But..."

OFFICER
Your only concern is to protect the Hecht from the enemy's anti-aircraft weapons. Any problems with that?

ELLY
"... No... If that's the case..."

OFFICER
Anything else?

[Elly sits back down.]

OFFICER
... Then this ends the main briefing.
Confirm terrain, weather and enemy defense details with the information at hand.
The mission starts at 1700. Until then wait in your assigned units.
I shouldn't have to remind you that this mission is a purge.
Remember, we have complete authority over the Lambs. Dismissed.

[The officer leaves. After he's exited, Elly and the soldiers get out of their chairs. Pan with the group as they walk to the front of the table.]

STRATSKI
"This sucks Lieutenant.
How can we go along with this? What's he mean the objective has nothing to do with us?"

ELLY
"Be quiet! I'm thinking!"

STRATSKI
"Don't snap at me."

[The door opens and they all begin to leave.]

VANCE
"I hate hysterical women."

[Vance and Elly stop at the door while the others leave.]

ELLY
"Are you ready to take the consequences for that remark?"

[Elly walks by Vance and out the door.]

VANCE
"Uh..."

[Scene change.]

[Scene opens on the corridor outside of the briefing room. The soldiers are walking away, except for Renk, who is waiting outside. Elly just stands there.]

ELLY
"Whew..."

[Elly turns to see Renk.]

RENK
"What's wrong? Something bugging you?"

[The two begin walking together, and join the others in a small area not unlike an waiting room a short distance down the hall. Camera shot has most of the room obscured except the far side wall.]

ELLY
"Sorry I'm so edgy.
Those self-detonating bombs are just air units with Kief class bombs on board.
I don't see why they need to use them all of a sudden...
There are just too many. One of those alone would have enough firepower, but 8 of them is overkill.
They haven't told us our target yet, and we're not just going to drop them for fun.
You bet I'm worried."

HELMHOLZ
"Maybe to purge the Lambs?"

ELLY
"They're human... the same as us, right?
They have to give us a reason. I can't go along with this just because it's an order."

RENK
"Hmm..."

ELLY
"What?"

RENK
"Nothing..."

[Renk straightens up.]

RENK
"Even though we are called Solarians, we are 3rd Class Citizens or 'Worker Bees'.
Us 3rd Class Citizens have our origins in the 'Lambs'. I can understand us having doubts in such orders...
But you, you're different. You're a pure 1st Class Citizen and come from a good family.
I've heard your father has a lot of pull in the military..."

ELLY
"My family and father have nothing to do with it."

RENK
"Well, if you ask me, a 1st Class citizen thinking like this is...
a little unusual."

ELLY
"Not really... It's quite natural."

HELMHOLZ
"... So, how about it? Are you gonna do it?"

STRATSKI
"The army will demote us all back to being 3rd Class citizens!"

ELLY
"Don't worry. I'll just do my duty. But I'm only escorting the Hecht.
I won't help with anything else."

HELMHOLZ
"... But, what if something happens?
You're just backing yourself into a corner."

ELLY
"... Can't be helped, I guess..."

RENK
"Well, either is fine for us. Just do what you're told.
Nothing else matters."

[Scene fade. Stop music.]

 Chapter 18: Brave Battlers

 

Chapter 20: Battling Champ

 

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