Author: NeoNazo356 PM
After Grave's last attempt at world domination, despite the impending conflict on the horizon, peace seems right around the corner. However, mysteries within the SubSpace Army arise, events of the past begin to collide with the present, and the Multiverse-wide conflict threatens to expand onto new frontiers as the world faces its greatest challenge yet. Multi-Cross-Over.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Parody - Iris.EXE & Naruto U. - Chapters: 12 - Words: 127,130 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 38 - Updated: 10-07-12 - Published: 04-17-10 - id: 5904063
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People! Naruto EXE is back in the sequel, Naruto EXE: Subspace.
For those of you who've read the prequel, Naruto EXE, thank you for joining me on the continuation of Naruto's adventures in the world of MegaMan Battle Network. If you haven't read Naruto EXE (which is NOT in the same tab as this FanFic), my advise would be to either read Naruto EXE, or to just skim over the last eight or so chapters to get the gist of the story.
For those of you who're reading this for the first time, I hope you enjoy this chapter, and those that will follow.
Anyway, this story starts... Now!
It was early morning at the Hikari residence. Lan, Haruka, and Naruto were just waking up. Lan had turned on the TV and began flipping through the channels like any other person would. It had been a while since the incident at SciLab, and everyone had finally gotten hold of their nerves (which was good when you consider what happened).
"What would you two like for breakfast?" Haruka asked as she reached for the cupboards.
Haruka is the name of Lan's mom in case anyone forgot.
"Anything's good," Lan said as he flipped through the channels, looking for something good to watch before school.
"Due to a recent snowstorm, there will be no school in the Den Tech area," the weather reporter pointed out.
"Woohoo!" Naruto cheered. "Three day weekend!"
Lan raised a hand for a high five. Naruto happily complied as he flipped into the air and landed on the couch.
"How does eggs and bacon sound?" Haruka asked.
"Sounds great," Naruto said. The next moment his PET Watch began beeping. "I have to go to the bathroom," he said as he stood up and walked to the bathroom. After he closed the door behind him, he cast a Silencing Genjutsu and opened the message.
"This message had been brought to you by New Mystery Enterprises," the message spoke.
Naruto pressed a button and pulled up the message.
Greetings. My name is Jonny Lee Largent. I serve under Onii-San as his Special Tactician. He has spoken very highly of your skills and how you came from a world that revolves around the Way of the Ninja (which isn't all that hard to believe when you stop to think about it, and I mean really stop to think about it).
Anyway, I'm sending this message because I need your help. It is very important, and you are probably the only one who can help. There aren't that many other people I can ask.
The mission itself should be considered between Upper B-Rank to Lower A-Rank. This mission could quite possibly escalate to Full S-Rank. These ranks are based on guesswork and the content of the mission.
When you are done eating your eggs and bacon, please come to the café by the Den Tech Square. A black limo will be waiting to pick you up.
Come alone, and tell no one.
Jonny Lee Largent, Special Tactician for NME
Naruto, being familiar with what it was like to accept a mission, quickly isolated the message so anyone on the outside who tried to acess his PET Watch couldn't, dispelled the Genjutsu, and flushed the toilet so no one would ask questions about him going to the bathroom without using the toilet.
Wait a minute. How did he know what I was having for breakfast? Naruto asked himself as he left the bathroom and sat himself down at the table. A half-second later he shrugged it off.
"The eggs and bacon are ready," Haruka said as she brought out five plates of said eggs and bacon. "Naruto," she added catching his attention. "Could you take those two plates down to our guests in the basement?"
"Sure thing mom," Naruto said. By this point, as he was happily living his life with the Hikari family, he was more then happy to see Haruka as his adoptive mother.
He formed the familiar Tiger handsign and summoned two clones in twin puffs of smoke. Without a word, the two clones each took a plate of eggs and bacon and brought it down to the basement for Snake and Samus.
"Man, I really need to learn to do that," Lan said. "My work output would be doubled instantly."
At that moment Hub's face appeared on Lan's PET. "Half of zero is still zero," he said bluntly.
A tick mark appeared on Lan's forehead at the forwardness of that statement. "I'm tempted to jack you into the Toilet Comp the next time you're in Navi Form."
"Hey Naruto, you think you could teach me how to do that?" Haruka asked. "It would really help with house work."
Naruto grabbed a piece of paper and jotted down a few notes.
"Follow these instructions and you should be able to do it pretty soon," he said handing her the piece of paper. After that, he got up, dropped a smoke bomb, and changed into his orange ninja outfit before the smoke settled. Then he walked to the door, but stopped short. "Oh, and burn that paper when you're done with it. If everyone started using shadow clones, things could get ugly. And fast."
"But Naruto," Haruka called. "Aren't you gonna eat your eggs and bacon?"
Naruto opened the door to leave. "I already did. Didn't you notice?"
Haruka and Lan looked in shock at Naruto's plate which was now scraped clean of the eggs and bacon.
"I didn't even see him lift his fork," Lan said astonished.
"Well that's a ninja for you," Haruka said as she read over the paper Naruto gave her.
"See you," Naruto said as he closed the door behind him.
"Hey Hub, what do you think Naruto went out for?" Lan asked.
Hub shrugged his shoulders. "Who knows?"
"Okay... I think I can do this," Haruka said as she got up from her seat. She formed the hand sign illustrated on the paper and focused her energy into a tight sphere. "Shadow Clone Jutsu!"
Lan backwards in his chair as the puff of smoke suddenly appeared, filling half the room. The next moment Lan pulled himself up from the floor and brought his PET up so Hub could get a view. Both of their jaws dropped as they saw that their mom had successfully made three working Shadow Clones.
"This is so cool," Haruka said giddy like a school girl as she have the other "Harukas" high fives. "Now I can dust, vacuum, and watch my soaps at the same time."
While that was going on, Lan and Hub were speechless.
"I can't believe it," Lan said awestruck. "I can't even make one decent clone, but you made three Shadow Clones on your first go."
Haruka giggled. "Oh well. Guess I'm just better at this thing then you," she said jokingly as she went back to the kitchen.
Lan let his face fall into his eggs with an audible splat. Great. I train to be a ninja way before her, but my mom beats me to the punch. If Dex ever found out, he'd never let me live it down.
"Uh, Lan, you may wanna get your face out of your eggs," Hub said. "You could get scalded."
As Naruto walked into town, he had noticed that the skies were in fact grey with cloud coverage. He looked around and marveled the beauty of the snowflakes as they fell daintily to the ground.
"Ah Naruto. It's nice to see you." a familiar voice said from behind.
Naruto then turned around and saw Haku standing there wearing a blue sweater, red skirt, and a green knit scarf. "Oh hey Haku," he said as he walked over to her, before noticing the skirt, and the fact that it wasn't appropriate winter-wear. "Doesn't the cold bother you?"
She shook her head. "It doesn't. I do use Ice Element jutsu after all."
"That's good to hear," Naruto replied. "I was afraid you'd catch cold only wearing a skirt in winter weather."
"Do you want to know something?" Haku asked. Before Naruto could answer, Haku began talking again. "Every single snowflake in unique. No one is like the other."
Naruto looked around. "You're right. Pity they have to melt when the sun comes out."
"Its okay," Haku said. "Snow, for however fleeting it lasts, is still beautiful. You just need to enjoy it while it's here."
Naruto nodded as he took out a shuuriken and watched as the snowflakes landed on the cold steel and stayed perfectly intact. After a minute he spoke up.
"Well I have to go," he said putting the shuuriken away. "As surprising as it is in this world, I've been called in for a mission."
"Really?" Haku said. "What rank is it?"
"Somewhere from upper B-Rank to lower A-Rank. Don't really know."
Haku smiled. "Well I'm happy for you."
"Hey Haku. Why don't you use your Kekkei Genkai anymore? You could do alot of good too. Heck, I could even help you out with your super hero costume."
"I just don't have it in me anymore," she said. "All I want to do now is live a happy life with no worries in the world. Seems someone out there wanted to give me a second chance, so I won't waste it."
Naruto smiled and nodded. "That's good to hear. And it isn't like you should get involved in any of this world's craziness anyway. You probably had enough of it the first time around."
He turned and left when Haku called to him. "Naruto!"
He turned around and saw Haku wave him goodbye. "See you later!" she said.
Naruto nodded and was about to leave when suddenly a gust of wind blew right towards him from behind Haku. The next moment her skirt suddenly fluttered up, revealing pink bunny-print panties.
"DAH!" Naruto yelped as the shock of what he just saw caused him to bleed out of his nose onto the snow around his feet, completely thrown off by what had just happened.
Haku blushed as she held her skirt down. "Sorry about that."
Naruto wiped the blood off his nose and turned away.
"How about we never mention this to Zabuza. Okay?" Haku asked quietly.
Naruto nodded without saying a word. He remembered how scary Zabuza could look when he was angry. He finally waved goodbye and left.
It was a half hour of walking later. There weren't that many people on the streets but one or two passerby. After a quick glance, he eventually sat himself down at a table and ordered a hot cocoa.
A few minutes later and the waitress brought him his drink. He looked down at the white mug, a small column of steam rising from it. He breathed the hot steam in, knowing that he had never had cocoa before, or at least didn't remember having it before. His past was a bit of an issue, but not an urgent one.
Anyway... After that, he blew some of the steam off and slowly drank it down.
"Ahh. That was good," Naruto said to himself as he finished his cup a few minutes later and paid for his drink. At that moment when he turned around, a black limousine pulled around the corner. The side window rolled down, and SamuraiMan hopped up in his hologram form and motioned him to come forward, while trying not to draw attention to himself.
Naruto opened the door and went in. The limo drove away soon after he closed the door behind him.
"Naruto. Good to see you," a man sitting adjacent from him said.
"So you're Jonny," Naruto said. He placed his hands at his sides, in a swift motion he unlatched the opening on his tool pouch. Just in case things got dicey. "You must be SamuraiMan's operator."
"Yes. I am," he said with a nod. At that moment Naruto took the time to remember his face and features. Jonny's hair was black and brown and slicked back, possibly with hair gel. He wore a white, short sleeved T-shirt with SamuraiMan's NaviMark on it, black jeans, grey and white sneakers, and a black duster with blue flames. His eyes were blue, he stood as six feet seven inches, and he appeared to be around twenty five.
"I received your message," Naruto said. "But before anything, I need you to tell me everything. From the beginning." He pulled a kunai from his pouch. "Otherwise I'm gone."
Jonny sighed, but eventually began to tell his tale.
FLASHBACK (in narration)
It all started a really long time ago when I was seven years old. At that time I was living in the bad side of Den Tech. But first I have to go back farther.
At the beginning of this story, I was six years old. My father, mother, and my twin sister and I were all living happily together. But then one day, mom just didn't come home. After a while, my father started dating again, even though my sister and I all still missed mom.
When dad brought that woman home, I knew she was trouble. It was just something about her. I tried to tell my father not to see her, but he just wouldn't listen to me. Of course when you're six people never really listen to you anyway.
It was a year later and the two of them got married. I tried to object, but since I was seven years old, everyone at the wedding thought I was joking around like a little kid.
It was a while later that my step-mom told me that dad wasn't coming home anymore. It was just like with mom all over again. Now all I had left were my sister and a few family members in other parts of town.
Then one day... They came. These men in black suits came in and grabbed my sister. I tried to stop them, but my mother pushed me aside like I didn't even exist. Then I stared on in horror as that woman sold my sister to them for a briefcase full of money. I was devastated after they took her away. So I did the only thing I could.
Before my father had died, he had given my sister and I our first PETs. SamuraiMan was the navi I was given. However it was so long ago that I don't remember my sister's navi.
Anyway, I left home and went to live with my other family members. Soon after I went to the police about the men in the black suits, but of course, no one believed me. After that, I tried to make a name for myself. At times it was hard and I wanted to give up, but then I found out that I was pretty good at Net Battling, so I decided to roll with it.
I fought in tournament after tournament, honing my skills. However... nothing could fill the hole in my heart left when my sister was taken away.
After that I lived my life as I could with my family members.
Many years later I was twenty three and participating in a local regional Net Battle tournament. It was there that I met Onii-San. He said he was interested in my Net Battle skills and that he wanted someone like me in his company.
I asked him what it was, and he told me his was part of a "private practice". After a good chat, I asked him what he could offer me in exchange for my services.
Then he said to me, "If you agree to work with me, then I will grant you one wish. Provided as it is within my power."
So there it was, my ray of hope. Since I had nothing to lose, I asked him to help find my sister.
He then said, "It may take some time, but if that's what you want, then I'll find her. You can count on it."
A while after that I became part of New Mystery Enterprises and waited for the day when Onii-San would be able to help me find my sister.
FLASHBACK (in narration) END
"So why did you call me?" Naruto asked.
"Onii-San finally found where my sister is being held," Jonny said. "Turns out my mother sold her as a human guinea pig to Grave as a human test subject for human experimentation."
Grave. That's the same organization that guy who wanted to experiment on my blood was from, Naruto thought to himself. He vaguely remembered the crazed doctor's claws tearing through his back. "So Grave has your sister. What do you need me for?"
"Onii-San managed to pin down where my sister is," Jonny said, "but the fact is I can't do this alone. That's why I'm calling you."
"Why doesn't Onii-San or one of the others help you?" Naruto asked. "Serenity looked pretty tough last time I saw her. I'm sure she could take a few dozen of them down if you gave her a blunt object or something."
"You have to understand. Onii-San gave me something to look forward to, and he did helped me find my sister. I can't risk his life for my own benefit," Jonny explained. "Plus, Serenity is only a secretary. She doesn't really have the skills needed for this kind of operation," he said like an afterthought.
The next moment, Serenity suddenly appeared through the sun roof and nailed Jonny over the head with a frying pan. Next moment she disappeared like she was never there, uttering "Never call me secretary," on her way out.
"So why me again?" Naruto asked, ignoring the fact that this guy just got clobbered by Onii-San's personal assistant. I can't risk her being able to read my mind either, he thought.
"As hard as it is for me to believe, Onii-San has told me that you are from a world of ninja, so you're the only one who can help me. I can't do this on my own."
Naruto sighed. "Very well. I'll help you find get your sister back."
Jonny nodded as the limo slowed to a crawl, then stopped altogether. "We're here."
The door to the limousine opened and Naruto found himself in a bunker of some kind. It was a dark room curved into an arch, possibly large enough to hold a private jet comfortably. How the limousine got in there, he didn't know, since there appeared to be no visible door or hatch in or out.
Suddenly the door at the other end of the bunker opened letting bright light pour in, and Onii-San with Anonymous sitting on his shoulder came in. "Jonny. I see you've recruited Naruto for this rescue mission."
"Hey Onii-San," Naruto said shaking his hand. "Yeah, I'm joining in. So what do I do?"
Onii-San motioned for them to follow. The three of them entered a long white-walled hallway, obviously to another bunker.
"As you know, this will be an infiltration-slash-rescue mission. The target is a twenty five year old woman. You are also to rescue her navi too if you can," Onii-San explained.
Naruto nodded in recognition.
"By the way, are you sure you don't want me to help?" Onii-San asked Jonny, almost like an afterthought.
He shook his head. "I don't want you to get caught in the crossfire."
Onii-San sighed, almost a bit sadly at that. "Anyway. I have recently discovered intel that states that for years Grave has been trying to replicate the conversion of a human soul into a powerful NetNavi. Much like how Dr. Hikari turned his Hub's soul into MegaMan.
The experiments they used have been unsuccessful, and even though Grave as a whole has ended, this station has continued to operate independently, often buying or kidnaping people for test subjects.
Half of the subjects who undergo the procedure are either killed as a result of strain on the central nervous system, or are left in a comatose state by having their minds locked somewhere else in their brain. Jonny's sister was lucky enough to become comatose after the experimentation on her, so there's still a chance that she can be saved."
"How will we get there?" Naruto asked, memorizing all he could about the mission.
Onii-San opened a door to the side of the hall, leading into another bunker. "Grave will go into full Lock-Down if we approach by conventional means, so you will be dropped by air onto the base."
It was then that they entered the hangar. Upon entering it they came upon another large dark room. Suddenly several lights came on, revealing a flying vehicle the likes of which Naruto had never seen before.
The body of the jet was oddly shaped, almost like a streamlined cone, except the front tip was widened and flattened. On the sides were large engines similar in size to the cabin with small stabilizing wings on the top, bottom, and sides. Below were three sets of landing gear, which Naruto wondered how they kept this behemoth upright.
"But won't this be picked up by the radar?" Jonny asked. While Naruto was taken aback by the jet's design, Jonny didn't seem too surprised about it. He's probably seen it before.
"Its been a few years since their last upgrade, so therein lies our golden opportunity," Onii-San continued. "While their computer system will be converted from the one used five years ago to a more recent version, the radar will be disabled for a few minutes, so this ship should be able to fly overhead and be gone before the radar comes back online. Just remember that we only have one shot. We have to get it right the first time, otherwise we'll never have another chance to rescue Jonny's sister."
"Woah wait a minute! I'm not jumping out of a plane!" Naruto complained. As far as he remembered he hadn't jumped out of a flying vehicle before, and something told him that it was a really bad idea.
"Relax," Onii-San said in a dismissing gesture. "You two will be given parachutes to make your drop. However when you jump, try and stay out of sight. Just because the radar won't see you doesn't mean the guards won't."
"But what will we do once we get there?" Jonny asked. "We can't just walk through the front door."
Onii-San pulled up the blueprint for the base and spread it across the floor. Naturally everyone got on their knees to get a good look.
"There is an air vent on the roof right about here," he said pointing to a spot on the roof. "Through it you should be able to get into the base. When it comes to getting out, you'll need to find a way to get out of the base and to a viable extraction point. From there you will be taken back here.
Also, the body of Jonny's sister will then be treated afterwards. However, it is essential the she doesn't come to any physical harm before then. Any outside interference to her nervous system may cause her to become comatose permanently."
Jonny and Naruto nodded, digesting the direness of the situation. "Agreed."
"Alright then," Onii-San said as he moved to start up the jet. "We will leave in a few hours."
"Wait," Jonny interjected. "Before we go, I need to test Naruto's ability. I want to see for myself what he's capable of. Not that I doubt your judgement or anything but still," Jonny added hastily.
"Very well then," Onii-San said with a shrug of his shoulders. "Follow me to the Dimension Dome."
"The what Dome?" Naruto asked, intrigued yet confused by Onii-San's word play.
A few minutes later, Naruto, Jonny, and Onii-San stood in a large domed room. The entire room was lined with hexagonal panels, and it seemed to emit a purplish glow almost constantly.
"Alright, Naruto will be facing against SamuraiMan," Onii-San explained as he stood a distance away from the two fighters. "This room is made of special materials that, when electricity is passed through it, gives it the properties of a fully generated Dimensional Area. Battle Chips may be used and the match will only continue until one fighter yields."
Jonny and Naruto both nodded as they prepared for battle.
"But remember, you need to keep it under a half hour," Onii-San added. "We need to leave within the next hour or so if we want to make our deadline." Then Onii-San pressed a button on his PET, and an intense electrical current passed through the walls and ceiling, the purplish glow gradually changing to a rainbow-colored hue.
"Go SamuraiMan!" Jonny said as he held out his PET and let SamuraiMan out in a flash of light. SamuraiMan drew both his swords and held them at Naruto in a fighting stance.
"I respect your strength," Naruto told SamuraiMan as he assumed a fighting stance. "But I will defeat you." Then for some unknown reason, Naruto suddenly pulled out a pair of Nunchaku and put on a fake moustache.
"What's with the moustache?" SamuraiMan asked.
"When you have a moustache," Naruto spoke as he twirled one end of the moustache with his finger, "you automatically become good with nunchuks." The next moment, Naruto began swinging the nunchaku around his head, abdomen, and under his legs with the precision of one who has trained with nunchaku for many decades of intense practice and study.
SamuraiMan took a step forward to fight, but Naruto was already upon him in a flash of orange.
Meanwhile in the corner, Onii-San, the freshly materialized Anonymous, and Amy watched and flinched as Naruto beat the living daylights out of SamuraiMan with nunchucks.
"Pretty good fight huh?" Onii-San asked his NetNavi-counterpart.
"Uh huh," Anonymous answered with a nod.
"Anny? Can I use Nunchaku too?" Amy asked, tugging on Onii-San's jacket sleeve.
"Awww. She wants to use nunchuks too," Onii-San cooed as he playfully ruffled Amy's hair.
Anonymous sighed. I'd kill myself now, but then I'd never get to kick ass again.
A half hour later, Onii-San, Naruto, and Jonny were all in NME's Stealth Deployment jet. In a few short moments it will have flown over Grave's base. The sky above the remote region was also experiencing snow, thickening with grey clouds as the sun set and darkness began to overtake the land.
With Fate placing her hands under the window sill, their window of opportunity was about to be opened, and closed within the same minute.
As they neared their drop point, the back door to the plane opened letting the roar of wind loose as it rushed by the plane. Naruto and Jonny stood at the back armed with flight goggles, their parachutes, and some other tools.
"We will be passing over the grave base in five seconds!" Onii-San called from the cockpit. "Be prepared to jump on your mark."
Naruto and Jonny both gripped the handles of their parachutes.
A moment later and Naruto suddenly stepped back. "I can't jump!" he said panicked as he looked down.
"Well we have to! My sister needs me!" Jonny argued as he tried to force Naruto to jump out of the plane with him. "Now you're jumping out of this plane whether you want to or not!"
"Don't worry. I'll push you both out," Onii-San said as he shoved both of them out of the plane, causing them to scream at the sudden thrust into the unknown.
After the two skydivers left his sight and their screams faded, Onii-San quickly jumped back into the cockpit and checked his watch. "What do you know. They had seven seconds to spare."
After his little joke, he reached beside his seat and pulled up a briefcase and opened it. Carefully placed inside was a gold-colored Synchro Chip with silver circuits and a red core in the center.
"Time to give this puppy a test drive," Onii-San said as he plucked the chip from its case and readied it above his PET. Anonymous smirked on his shoulder for what was about to happen.
The next moment, there was a blood curling scream that was carried through the skies as a gold light shone through the seams of the plane in every direction.
Then the plane veered off course and was lost from sight.
After a somewhat sketchy fall, the two pulled their parachute cords and descended down to the base. A few seconds later, the two of them touched down on the roof just before a guard caught sight of them.
Naruto unlatched the parachute from his back and ducked for cover. He then used a ninja technique to hide himself from view as he looked over the whole base.
It was mostly concrete reinforced with steel, a large building placed in the side of a mountain with other mountains overlooking it on the sides to hide it from view from the ground. The area of the roof they were on was relatively small, and so while there were guards elsewhere, there were none up on their section of the roof. In the front of the building was a large courtyard with a gate leading to a secret tunnel. By land it was the only way in and out of the base.
Perched along the edges of the mountains surrounding the base were several anti-air turrets (obviously to deter aerial units), but with the Computer Network being changed over to the new one, their Stealth Plane needed not worry about getting shot down. Guards were on the ramparts of the walls and on the grounds, working in interlocking patterns so that the most ground could be covered with the least amount of effort. All were armed with machine guns, and they obviously wanted to use them on some unfortunate soul.
"How're we going to get rid of the parachutes?" Naruto whispered, not wanting to risk being heard. "We can't just leave them here to be discovered later."
Jonny grabbed a small taser on his belt and pressed the probes onto the two parachutes. "I'll send an intense electrical current through the parachutes," he explained. "They're are made with a similar material as a magician's 'Flash Paper', so they'll self-destruct cleanly and silently, leaving no trace behind."
Naruto watched in wonder as the parachutes they had used left no trace of their existence. "Okay that was cool."
After working the awe from his system, he looked around and suddenly noticed that Jonny was no longer with him. "Hey where'd he go?"
"In here. Be sure to put the grate back on before you come down," Jonny whispered poking his head out from the nearby air vent before dropping back down.
With a shrug Naruto summoned a shadow clone just before he jumped down the vent. The shadow clone soon after used a kunai to put the screws back in the vent as it was locked back into place, then disappeared in a puff of smoke.
Naruto and Jonny crawled through the air vents for about half an hour or so. The reason it took so long was because the base went several stories underground, and because they had to be very careful not to make too much noise while doing so.
Thankfully for them the AC was running during that half hour, so they didn't have to worry about smothering down there.
Naruto and Jonny had studied the blueprint that Onii-San had made through satellite photos, however all he could get was the roof, courtyard, and the surrounding mountains. The inner workings of the still-active Grave base were still a mystery.
"I'm grateful that Onii-San was kind enough to drop us here safely," Naruto whispered silently, "but couldn't he have gotten some blueprints of the inside?"
Jonny peered down a grate to make sure no one heard them. "This base was built in secret years ago," Jonny whispered. "There's only so much a person can find on a secret base using sattelite photos."
Naruto looked ahead and followed the curve of the vent they were in. "I say we take the next right into a locker room or something," Naruto suggested after looking at his surroundings. "I'm starting to get a little claustrophobic in here."
Jonny nodded as he followed Naruto to a vent emptying into another room.
"By the way," Naruto whispered. "Why was I the only one you could call? Couldn't you have called Snake or Samus in for this mission as well? I'm sure they do this kind of thing all the time."
"The reason I didn't call them was because Snake snuck cigarettes into his first mission through his stomach, and Samus is a bounty hunter who can't go to a single planetoid without drawing attention to herself from every alien within a single parsec."
Naruto made a "how the hell did he know that" face before he dropped down into the room as well.
Meanwhile outside the Grave base.
The Grave troops, which wore black outfits and skull-shaped masks, were monitoring their posts. All was as it was, normal and boring.
"God this is boring," one guard said to another. "Just once I'd like for someone to actually come here and try something. My trigger finger has started twitching lately."
"Dude! You just jinxed us!" the other guard said. "According to Murphy's Law, now that gate is going to burst open in the next five seconds and some badass dude carrying a giant gatling gun will come in here and slaughter us like livestock."
There was an awkward silence as the two guards waited for something to happen.
"Um. This is awkward," the first guard said.
Shadow the Hedgehog soundtrack - I am All of Me
"Troops! Something's coming through the tunnel!" one guard monitoring the tunnel-cam shouted as a single headlight appeared on the monitor.
A projector showed someone on a motorcycle heading straight down the tunnel. Before the figure neared the gate, it jumped off of the motorcycle, letting the motorcycle fly straight into it.
The next moment the gates were blown off their hinges in a blazing explosion.
"I totally called that," the second guard said.
The latter part of this chapter could be considered M-Rating over its current T-Rating, due to mentioning of blood, guts, etc.
Just warning you now so nobody gives me any crap in any reviews later. So no one say anything like "You never warned us", because I just did.
And just to be more clear, only this chapter will be considered M-Rating past this point. The rest of the chapters will be T-Rated.
The two gates fell to the ground with a resounding clang. From the flames, a figure walked forward, slung over his shoulder was a six foot long Gatling Gun.
"You know there's a saying," the figure said evilly. "You can't spell slaughter, without laughter."
The figure then brought the Gatling Gun forward and pulled the trigger, and hundreds of bullets were sent flying out of the Gatling Gun cutting through the guards as they tried to stop them.
They screamed in pain as they ran around the courtyard, the bullets ripped through their bodies, leaving massive gashes that caused blood to leak out freely all over the courtyard.
The figure continued to swing the Gatling Gun around tearing through even more guards with every passing swing, a low cackle escaping his lips.
One guard flipped the EMERGENCY button case open and was about to press it when suddenly a bullet shot through one ear and went out the other. His arms fell limp as his eyes rolled back into his head, pink oozy stuff issued from the new hole through the sides of his head.
"Heh. Too easy," the figure said complimenting himself on his marksmanship. He'd hit the guy straight through, which was hard to do with a gatling gun because of the weight and the recoil.
The dead guard slumped forward, his face pressing the button down and activating the alarm before the rest of him slumped to the ground in a bloody heap.
"Damn," the figure said as he aimed his gatling gun at the front door and got ready for the blood bath in the future. "Just my luck."
The next moment, dozens of Grave operatives charged at the figure with guns drawn. The figure only smiled. Then cackled. But mostly smiled. "Oh well. More fun for me then."
Naruto and Jonny had hopped down into a locker room and looked around.
"Okay. All we have to do now is find a pair of spare uniforms and we'll have free reign of the base," Jonny explained as he motioned to the lockers. "That'll be our best bet for getting around this place with the least difficulty anyway."
Naruto quickly checked all the lockers. "No good, there's nothing here. What do we do now?"
"We'll just have to sneak around the old-fashioned way," Jonny said as he motioned for the door.
Naruto peered around the corner, then gave the thumbs up. He and Jonny then tip-toed down the hall as they looked for the Medical Ward.
They were about to find a directory (which was strange since that was the kind of thing you found in a mall) when suddenly the alarms started blaring.
ALERT! ALERT! INTRUSION IN PROGRESS! ALL MEMBERS TO ARMS! ALL MEMBERS TO ARMS!
"Damn it!" Naruto said as he and Jonny ducked into a nearby broom closet. The two of them watched the shadows pass at the bottom of the door, obviously the people on the other side were running. "What the hell happened? We weren't seen," he cursed, totally frustrated.
"That's because we weren't seen," Jonny said. "Someone or something else must've set the alarms off. I mean what're the chances?"
"I say we make the most of this opportunity and head for the Comatose Ward," Naruto said as he peered out the door. "With whoever is outside acting as our distraction, we should have the halls to ourselves for the time being."
Jonny nodded in agreement as he followed Naruto down the hall and into the elevator.
Back in the courtyard, the figure holding the gatling gun was firing like crazy at the door as Grave members poured out and started firing upon him.
"Damn! I bet the blue hedgehog never had this much trouble," the figure said to himself as he continued to mow the Grave members down with his gatling gun. After a few were gunned down, they immediately pressed themselves to the walls and attacked with guerilla tactics.
The figure immediately grabbed a nearby body and used it as a shield as he prepared an explosive. "Heh. Who knew these Grave guys would make such good meat shields."
The next moment he pulled out a silver grenade with a pin set in the top.
He immediately pulled out the pin with his teeth and chucked it over his shoulder, sending it in the direction of the entry hall. The next moment he dropped to the ground and covered his head to brace himself for the explosion.
Funny thing about the Grave base. The elevator has Don't Stop Me Now as its elevator music.
"Weird," Jonny commented.
"I'll say," Naruto added.
The elevator touched down on the floor they wanted. Naruto and Jonny grabbing their weapons in case anything came at them. Jonny had a handgun and taser, while Naruto had his kunai and shuuriken.
The elevator doors opened, revealing a long empty hallway. Mounted on the ceiling two thirds down in the center was an automatic machine gun. It was attached by a simple mount, had a large compartment for ammunition next to it, and had a set of laser crosshairs trained across the room.
"By the model and make, I'd say that automatic turret has a .5 second lag," Jonny said as he scanned the turret with his PET's scanning function.
"How will we get past it?" SamuraiMan asked.
Naruto straightened his headband. "Don't worry about it. This kind of thing is what ninja were made for."
"Are you nuts?! That thing hits you and you'll look just like Swiss cheese," Jonny warned frantically.
"Jonny. If I can't even defeat an automatic gun, then I won't be able to protect my friends from a real enemy," Naruto said as he placed his foot against the wall of the elevator. "Here I go!"
Before Jonny could utter a word of protest, Naruto had already bolted forward, his foot impacting a large dent on the elevator wall from where he pushed off.
The moment Naruto left the elevator, the light on the side of the machine gun turned red indicating that it registered an intruder. Before the gun could lock onto its target however, Naruto had already run across the side of the wall and kicked the contraption off its mount, sending it onto the floor with a loud crash.
Jonny's jaw then dropped as he realized Naruto crossed thirty feet in .4 seconds. "Damn. Guess he really is a ninja."
Just as Jonny was about to congratulate him though...
"Owowowowowowowowowowowowowow!" Naruto cried as he hopped around holding his sore foot.
Jonny sighed as he grabbed Naruto and dragged him down the hall. However just as Jonny dragged Naruto down the corner, he heard something he really wish he didn't.
"Intruders! Shoot them!" a Grave member shouted signaling the other members.
"Shit!" Jonny muttered as he and Naruto ran down the hall from the group of guards carrying large guns.
Without thinking the two of them ran down a side hallway. Only too late did they realize that they were in a dead end. No air duct or anything was nearby for a viable escape route.
"Crud. This doesn't look good," Naruto said as he held a kunai in his hand.
Naruto, and Jonny stood in the end of a white walled hallway, their backs to the end wall. In front of them were several men in black uniforms with skull masks. All held machine guns and were ready to fire.
"I'm guessing this wasn't part of the plan," Naruto asked the man next to him.
"Sorry about this kid," Jonny said holding up a handgun. "Guess I bit off more then I could chew."
"You're not going anywhere," one of the masked men said. "Get ready to die."
Dang it. No matter how many times I play it through, at least one of those guys is going to get a shot in before we can do anything, Naruto thought as he analyzed the situation over and over in his head. And I don't think we can afford to be stopped either.
"Any last words?" one of the grave members said in a confident tone.
"How about this. Surrender or die." a voice said from the other end of the hall. It was dark and menacing. The tone was familiar to Naruto, but he just couldn't place it at the moment.
Of course if there were a dozen guys with guns pointing them at you, you might have some trouble remembering stuff too.
Everyone looked behind them to see someone standing at the end of the hall. He was wearing a black grey-trimmed jacket, jeans, black and red sneakers, and had his face concealed by the cowl of his hood.
Two things drew everyone's attention the most however, the first being he held a black-armored triple-barrel handgun with silver dog heads on the sides and top of the barrels with a leather-bound handle, silver chain attached, and golden hammer. The second thing that was distinctive was that his clothing was covered (soaked) in blood. You could hardly see the black grey-trimmed jacket anymore.
"Is that Onii-San?" Naruto and Jonny asked at the same time, recognizing the organization boss' signature jacket.
"Last chance. Surrender or die," the blood-soaked figure demanded in an intimidating tone, the oversized gun still at his side.
The Grave members turned away from the Naruto and Jonny as they stood in the back hall and turned their guns towards the new figure.
"Well if that's your answer," the figure said as he raised the strange triple-barreled gun to level.
Before any of the Grave members could even fire their guns, the sounds of bullets being fired echoed through the halls. Naruto and Jonny immediately ducked as dozens of bullets whizzed past their heads, making the wall behind them look like Swiss cheese.
When the two of them looked back to the other end of the hall, they were amazed to find that nearly all the Grave members had already been gunned down. At the moment only one was left, but Naruto figured that would soon change.
"Any last words?" the blood-covered figure said in a deadly tone.
The remaining Grave member could only quiver like a mass of goo as the figure raised his gun to his head. The next moment the poor Grave member's brain was splattered across the adjacent wall, thankfully missing Naruto and Jonny by inches.
Naruto, hardened by his ninja career had managed to watch most of the bloodbath without hurling. Jonny... Not so battle-hardened.
"What the hell are you two standing around for!?" the blood-soaked figure demanded as he tried to shake some of the blood off his clothing. "We've got work to do!"
"Onii-(hurk)San (gaak) is that (blaagh) you?" Jonny asked between barfing.
"Yes and no," the figure said bluntly with a shrug of the shoulders. "Now suck it up and quit being such a pussy! We still have a girl to save."
Naruto dragged Jonny along after the mysterious blood-soaked figure, trying as he may to avoid the bodies on the floor and the blood dripping from the walls and ceiling.
Naruto, Jonny, and the figure who might be Onii-San came up to a split in the hallway. Naruto then breathed onto his headband and polished it on his sleeve.
"There are a bunch of guys in both directions," he said as he checked both ends of the hallway, using his headband's reflection so he didn't have to stick his head around the corners. "What're we going to do now?"
The figure who was suspected to be Onii-San pulled his hood back and wiped a bit of blood off his face with a part of his sleeve that wasn't blood-soaked. "I guess we'll have to split up then."
"Just how are you are-but-not-Onii-San?" Naruto asked, noticing the figure's face was in fact Onii-San's. "I know for a fact that your face is Onii-San's."
The figure turned to face Naruto, his eyes crimson with green marks radiating from the pupil. "Because I'm not Onii-San. I'm Anonymous using his body."
"Are you cross fused?" Jonny asked after finally gaining his composure, looking around to see whether or not a Dimensional Area had been made. If he were suddenly able to use battle chips for this mission, things would become so much easier.
"Kinda sorta," Anonymous said bluntly, his voice a little different since he was now in a human body. "We used a Mental Crossfusion chip right after we kicked you chuckleheads out of the plane. It doesn't require a Dimensional Area, but the Synchro Rating between NetNavi and NetOp has to be exceedingly high or else it won't work at all."
"Makes as much sense as anything else in this world does," Naruto admitted, which for one thing wasn't that far from the truth. "So how're we going to move ahead without getting killed."
Anonymous placed his triple-barreled gun back in his holster. "Onii-San keeps himself in shape, so I should be able to handle myself without worrying about any permanent damage to him. But don't worry, I've got something to help you guys though too."
Anonymous reached into his jacket and pulled out a small, wooden gold-trimmed clock, which was about a foot wide and two tall. "Just stand back and enjoy the show."
The two of them leaned forward as Anonymous pulled a key out of a pocket and got ready do insert it into the back of the clock. "No really. You two should stand back."
The two of them realized with Anonymous, that could mean just about anything. They quickly stepped back fearing for their own lives, and for good reason at that if you knew of Anonymous' "Track Record" for these kind of things.
"Let's see... Ensure that your robot is within direct visual line with the target..." Anonymous spoke to himself as he delicately pushed the clock into the hallway, which was a bit shocking coming from a guy covered in blood.
"Then wind up the clockwork with your key..." he said as he inserted the key into the back of the clock and turned it numerous times, all the while not being noticed by the guards.
"And watch as the robot does its job," he finished as he put the small key back in his pocket.
There was a quites sound of gears turning and springs moving, then a pair of legs suddenly folded out of the bottom, a pair of clawed arms with zig-zag grips from the sides, and a stabbing implement from the face as it folded down.
Anonymous, Naruto, and Jonny watched as the little clockwork robot slaughtered about a dozen Grave members, and continued down the hall for several minutes.
To put it simply, it wasn't PG-13.
Or at least not by the ESRB Content Rating system anyway.
"When the hell did you learn to make something like that!?!" Jonny demanded, shocked at the recent display of robot innovation. His attention diverting between his possibly deranged possessed-boss and the little robot slicing the corpses to pieces, splattering blood and entrails all over the halls.
"Fifth grade as far as I can remember," Anonymous said bluntly as stood up and went down to the left hall, walking away from the robot. "Be sure to pick up my robot on the way out. I don't want that kind of technology in the wrong hands"
Naruto picked his and Jonny's jaws up off the floor as they took the right hallway.
"Where the hell did this guy go to school to learn to make stuff like that?" Jonny asked as he was dragged by Naruto down the hall and to the Comatose Ward, taking the effort to avoid running through the slaughtered bodies.
"Not really sure," Naruto said as he picked up the robot, hoping it didn't suddenly activate itself in his arms. "All I can tell you is he didn't go to any public school to make this thing."
A few blood-soaked minutes later, Naruto and Jonny forced their way into the Comatose Ward after disposing of the two guards standing by. And trust me, when you're deep in enemy territory and those enemies have machine guns, you'll usually want to make sure they don't bug you later.
"We're finally here," Jonny said as he started checking the patients for his sister.
As Naruto closed the door behind him, he was left dumbfounded by the sheer number of comatose patients in the ward. I can't believe these guys would ruin so many lives just for personal gain, Naruto thought to himself as he counted the number of patients there.
At a first glance he had counted several dozen.
Its sickening, Naruto thought as he threw a kunai into the throat of one of the Grave members that tried to get through the door. As a defender of peace, I won't allow this to stand. He then realized what he had said to himself. Well... the "defender of peace" thing may be a bit of a stretch, but you get the general idea.
Jonny continued to look around but had found no trace of his sister. "No luck yet."
The door was suddenly kicked in by a very pissed off Mental-Crossfused Anonymous. There were a pile of bullet-ridden corpses behind him, and his pant legs were completely soaked in blood. "What the fuck is taking so long!?!?!?!" he demanded as he closed what was left of the door behind him. "I'm soaked head to toe in blood and guts for Christ's sake!!!!"
And at the end of that comment, apparently as the Universe's own sick way of getting the point across, someone's lung sloughed off his shoulder and onto the floor with a tiny splat. And I'll say now it wasn't his lung.
"We can't find her," Naruto answered as he slit the throat of a Grave member that was running around, making sure to kick most of the body under a bed before Jonny saw it and barfed (again). "There are too many people here."
Anonymous grumbled as he walked down the aisle, checking clipboards on the beds of the comatose patients as he went.
"Here she is," Anonymous said pointing to one of the beds after a couple minutes. "Amber Dawn Largent."
Jonny rushed over to the side of his comatose sister. Upon inspection, she had brown hair, brown eyes (when they were checked), and a slightly athletic build (which was a bit surprising for someone who had been in a coma for nearly two decades). A remaining detail was that she was "modest". If you catch my drift.
"Quick question," Jonny said. "Even though I told you not to come, why'd you come anyway?"
"Here's the real question. Could you have afforded to not have me here?" Anonymous asked bluntly with a raised eyebrow. "Cause from the looks of it, you two'd be dead as a couple of doornails had I not shown up and pulled your bumbling butts out of the fire."
"Point taken," Jonny admitted in defeat. "I'm just glad that Onii-San's body hasn't been too damaged."
"Somehow I have the feeling the kid's been through worse then this," Anonymous said, having very vague ideas in his mind about Onii-San's past.
"So how're we going to get the her out of here?" Naruto asked.
"We grab the girl and make for the roof," Anonymous answered. "We'll make our escape from here." He then pulled out a small electronic device from his pocket. It looked like a futuristic taser, except it had two suction cups attached to the ends instead of barbs and a small power gauge on the side and a semi-large battery hooked up to the bottom side.
"What's that?" Jonny demanded. "Wait! Are you going to use that thing on my sister!?!"
"Well duh. That's the general idea," Anonymous said as he attached the two suction cups to the temples of Amber's head.
"Is it going to hurt?" Jonny asked worriedly.
"I have no idea. This thing is completely experimental," Anonymous replied casually as he started up the strange device.
"You mean you haven't tested it yet!?!?!" Jonny shouted.
"How the hell was I supposed to test this thing?!?!?" Anonymous ranted waving his arms in the air for emphasis. "I don't exactly have access to comatose bodies on a regular basis you know!!!"
"Just do it!" Naruto shouted angrily. "They're closing in on us while you two are arguing!"
Jonny fumed. "Fine. But if it kills her, you're as good as deleted."
"Whatever," Anonymous spoke as he pressed a red button on the side of it. A bolt of red energy suddenly shot down the wires of the devise and coursed through Amber's body.
At first there was no result, but then she suddenly bolted awake screaming, her hair a bit frizzy from the electric current.
"Shit! What did you do!?" Jonny asked as his sister started flailing around mindlessly.
"Jump-started the synapses in her brain," Anonymous said. The next moment his eyes suddenly started to glow faintly as they changed back to Onii-San's regular green color. "I'm done here. Too exhausted. You'll need Onii-San to help with the rest." His eyes suddenly became void of all crimson color and returned to Onii-San's green eye color as his body collapsed on the floor.
"Ugh. What hit me?" Onii-San asked as he finally returned to his normal self, pulling himself from the floor. "And why am I covered in blood? Is that a lung?" he asked seeing something that looked like a pink meaty pancake on the floor a short distance from where he sat.
Amber finally calmed down enough and looked around. "Who are you guys? And why are you soaked in blood?"
"Wish I knew," Onii-San said as he tried to wring the blood from his jacket, with little to no success.
"Amber, its me. Jonny," he said as he leaned in and held her hands, hoping that somehow she'd recognize him after all these years.
Amber's eyes widened. "Jonny... Jonny it is you! I thought I'd never see you again! But why are you so old now?"
"Touching," Naruto said as the two hugged. "But we really kind of need to get out of here."
Onii-San had only managed to wring a thirty-secondth of the blood from his jacket as he forced himself to his feet. "Jonny, grab Amber and lets go."
"Can't I walk by myself?" Amber asked with a raised eyebrow.
"You've been comatose for nearly two decades," Onii-San said. "Your joints are bound to be a little stiff."
However his warning came too late as Amber tried to get off the bed herself and land on her face. "Point taken. Wait! Did you say two decades?"
"Wait what about the others!" Naruto said as Jonny carried Amber out the door.
"We don't have time for them now!" Onii-San said as he motioned to the hallway.
"But we can't just leave them behind!" Naruto argued. "They need help too!"
The sound of footsteps could be heard down the hall. That wasn't a very good sign.
"Naruto! I'll get them out of here! I promise!" Onii-San shouted as he shuffled down the hallway. "Now c'mon! Lets go!"
Naruto looked back to the helpless patients. Then after a minute he finally began moving forward. "Fine. Lets go."
After busting out of the comatose ward, the four of them came upon the last door before getting back to the roof.
"How're we gonna get past this thing?" Amber asked as she looked up at the door before them. It was armor-plated obviously, and had two control panels with new-generation Jack In ports.
"You'll have to jack in through both ports and disarm the door's lock programs simulaneously," Onii-San said examining the door with a scrutinous eye.
"Alright Onii-San. Lets get through this door and get out of here," Jonny said as he pulled out his PET, ready to get the job done.
"No can do," Onii-San said shaking his head. "Anonymous is too exhausted from the Mental CrossFusion. He couldn't even take out a Mettuar if his life depended on it."
"Then how're we gonna get through this door!?!" Jonny demanded. Under the given circumstances, anyone would be angry, even at their boss.
Onii-San pulled out a pink and violet PET. The NaviMark on it was that of a flower with the Four Suits (Spade, Club, Heart, and Diamond) as the petals.
"What is that?" Amber asked as she looked at the device Onii-San held in his hand.
"Your new PET," Onii-San said as he handed it out to her. "Newest generation too."
She quickly snatched it from his hands and turned it on. "This thing is so cool. How long was I out?"
"About eighteen years," Jonny whispered, hoping to break the news to his sister at a later time.
"Your navi has been transferred into the new PET and is ready for use," Onii-San said. "She may be a little stiff from lack of use, but she should be able get the job done. We'll get her systems re-formatted later if you want it as well."
Amber turned on the PET and looked at the navi she had received when she was but a child. "Roulette? Is that you?" she asked the hologram that came up.
The navi opened its eyes sleepily. "Amber? Is it really you?"
Roulette was a tall, slender navi that appeared to be dressed as a wizard, and wearing primarily pink and violet colors. The navi's body was thin and thick at some parts in a similar manner to SamuraiMan. It was thin at the neck, arms, legs, hips, and had pointed feet. Its face was in a shroud, violet spikes pointing out of the top and sides. Objects seemed to be flowing in and out of its sleeves in a regulated pattern; strangely designed dice in its right, cards in the left.
"Thank you so much!" Amber said putting an arm over Onii-San's shoulder and hugging him. "I never I thought I'd see Roulette again."
Naruto pulled out a kunai and threw it down the hall between the eyes of a Grave member, causing him to fall to the ground and slowly bleed out, discouraging other Grave members from going out into the open. "You guys gonna get that door open or not? 'Cause I don't have infinite kunai you know."
Onii-San sighed as he reached into his pocket and took out a small piece of chalk. "After this, I'm going to need a month's vacation. No joke."
Rveryone turned to Onii-San as he began drawing a circle with triangles on the inside and strange letters on the floor. After completing it, he clapped his hands together with whatever physical strength he could muster and placed them atop the circle. The next moment blue lighting began to spread from the circle and into the walls. Suddenly, chunks of metal, concrete, etc. began to barricade the corridor between them and the Grave members like a child had just squeezed the walls in of a doll house.
"Woah! What in the world was that?!" everyone asked all at once.
"Too tired," Onii-San said as he slumped onto the floor, unable to move at the moment. "Just get that door open and get us out of here. I only have enough energy for one more trick, and I have a feeling we'll need it if we want to get out of here alive."
Everyone nodded. While Naruto picked Onii-San up and supported him over his shoulder, Jonny and Amber readied their PETs.
"SamuraiMan! Jack In! Power up!" Jonny said as he sent SamuraiMan into the DoorComp.
"Roulette! Jack In! Power up!" Amber said as she sent Roulette into the Door Comp.
In a flash of light, both SamuraiMan and Roulette had jacked into Grave's RoofDoor cyber space. It looked pretty much like any other cyber space, except it was red and a bit gothic-looking.
"Sister. It is good to see you again," SamuraiMan said with a bow as he materialized.
"And I you brother," Roulette said with a slight bow as she finished materializing as well. "Uh... What happened to your head?"
Something I may've forgotten to mention before was that Naruto had put a few dents in SamuraiMan's helmet during their fight. Of course that kind of thing tends to happen when you hit a metal helmet with a dangerous weapon like nunchucks.
"Don't ask," SamuraiMan grumbled as he looked around for the control mechanisms.
Roulette looked behind her and saw two large towers, one read and one blue, which were obviously the door controls. "There they are!" she said as she began running towards the blue tower.
"Then that leaves the red for me," SamuraiMan said as he ran for the red tower.
However, just before either could reach their respective towers, thousands upon thousands of viruses of varying types began to pour into the cyber space, forcing the two of them into the center back-to-back.
"Sir Jonny, Lady Amber, we appear to have a problem," SamuraiMan said into his Comm link as he put his hands on his swords. "Hundreds of viruses have suddenly appeared, and they don't seem to want to let us get to those controls."
"Well you guys need to solve it pronto!" Amber screamed desperately. "Those mask-wearing freaks are breaking down the barricade!"
"Look! Just find a way to stop them long enough so that you can open the doors!" Jonny ordered. "We don't have much time either."
Roulette sighed as she held her cards and dice in her hands. "Well brother, looks like even after all these years, we still need to bail those two out of trouble. Just like when they were kids."
"I know sister," SamuraiMan said, "but how're we supposed to fight all of these viruses? There are too many of them."
"SamuraiMan. Do you read?" an angry-sounding voice said over the Comm Link.
"Milord?" SamuraiMan asked.
"Damn straight its me! Now listen up! If you screw this up, I'll bring you back just so I can delete you myself! Now fight those viruses with every ounce of strength you have!"
"That's some boss you have there," Roulette said with a chuckle.
"Funny thing is he isn't joking," SamuraiMan said, paling behind his mask. "Lord Anonymous tends to be a little irrational when it comes to failure."
The cards in Roulette's hand transformed into a slender sword, and the die in her other transformed into flying probes with tiny spikes coming out of them.
At the same time, the slats in SamuraiMan's helmet began glowing rainbow colors. He drew his twin swords, then clasped them together combining them into one blade. As the edge closest to the hilt slowly turned black with stars and galaxy-patterns swirling within it, he lunged forward at the viruses before him.
As Roulette flew across the field slashing at viruses with her CardSword, her DiceProbes were flying about the field in random directions goring viruses as they could. While the DiceProbes could delete the smaller ones easily, it took a good couple slashes from the CardSword to delete the larger ones.
At the same time, SamuraiMan slashed at enemies with his blade while bending and twisting past their attacks. As he did so, the edge of the blade became half-way black.
"What's the matter brother?" Roulette asked as she swung in a wide arc deleting several mettuar, "You getting soft on me?"
"Do not take my skills lightly," SamuraiMan said as his blades turned completely black, and his entire body glowed with a rainbow aura and the entire cyber world became slightly darker, making his glowing all the brighter. "Final Smash! Meido Zangetsuha!"
SamuraiMan swung his blade in a straight downward arc, sending a black shockwave through the air. The viruses dodged out of the way of the attack, but the shockwave suddenly exploded into an enormous sphere, looking like a window into outer space. Before anyone could even blink, the black sphere began sucking in large amounts of viruses before collapsing in on itself and disappearing completely, taking the viruses to who knows where.
"Okay then . . . " Roulette said paling at SamuraiMan's display of power. "I guess you've improved a bit."
"A bit?" SamuraiMan said with a raised eyebrow as a large wolf-like virus leapt at him from behind, only to be cleaved in half vertically by a wide horizontal swing.
What the heck!? He sliced him horizontally! How'd he slice him vertically?! Roulette asked herself.
In the moment of SamuraiMan's devastating attack, nearly half of the viruses were deleted, however even more viruses suddenly materialized into the cyber space a moment later.
"This doesn't look good," SamuraiMan said to himself as the glowing aura faded and his swords returned to normal.
"So... You got any other bright ideas?" Roulette asked, hoping her brother had a solution to this problem.
As SamuraiMan thought to himself, the viruses began to close in around them, making it so that the only thing that could be seen in any direction was either the floor, each other, or the hordes of viruses.
"We could try that technique," SamuraiMan suggested.
At that comment Roulette smacked herself in the forehead. "Now why didn't I think of that?"
The next moment the viruses lunged at them. At the same time SamuraiMan and Roulette's eyes streamed across with binary code.
"Card Trick!" Roulette shouted as she released pink energy waves from her sleeves, trapping the viruses in cards of various suit and number.
At the same time, SamuraiMan lunged at the cards with his blades drawn. "Swords Dance!"
"Combined Attack!" they both shouted as Roulette released a massive energy wave at all the remaining viruses, turning them into cards. "Cutting the Deck!"
In a quick flurry of movement, SamuraiMan had cleaved all the viruses trapped in cards to ribbons.
"Roulette! To the controls!" SamuraiMan shouted as he ran for the blue tower. "We can't risk any more viruses showing up!"
"Got it!" Roulette replied as she ran for the red tower.
"Guys! The door to the roof is open!" Naruto shouted from the other end of the line.
"We're leaving now! SamuraiMan Jack Out!" Jonny ordered.
"Lets get going! I don't want to be here any longer then I have to! Roulette Jack Out" Amber called as well.
A half-minute later Naruto blasted a hole through the roof with his Rasengan and pulled Jonny and Amber up. He then leapt back down and scooped Onii-San up before depositing him onto the roof. By then the entire base was under lock down, and the Grave agents that were still alive were preparing to deal with the intruders.
"So how're we going to get out of here?" Amber asked. "And who are you?"
"Your brother's boss," Onii-San said. "Now stand back and prepare to be amazed," he said as he bit his right thumb and began forming hand signs at a lightning-fast speed.
Is this a- was as far as Naruto got before-
"Summoning Jutsu!" Onii-San roared as he placed both palms on the snow-covered roof. Suddenly there was an immense blast of smoke that nearly knocked everyone off their feet. When the smoke cleared, Onii-San stood before a giant, black and silver-feathered horned owl the size of a house. Its talons had gold armor on them, and its right eye had a large eye patch with a silver eye pattern on it.
A summon? Naruto thought as he looked up at the large creature in total awe.
"Hello old friend," Onii-San said exhausted. I'm just glad I had enough strength for this last trick.
The giant owl hooed. "Hoooo?"
"Yeah, don't ask," Onii-San said as though he understood what the owl had said. "Can you give us a lift?"
The giant owl turned around on its feet and lowered its tail feathers. It seemed that the Grave members had yet to notice the giant owl on the roof.
"He says get on," Onii-San said as Jonny and Amber helped him onto the owl's back.
"Who are you?" Naruto asked Onii-San, amazed at the size of the Owl Summon, and the fact that he could summon at all. Not to mention all the other stuff he had done that night.
"Just a regular guy," Onii-San said with a smile on his face. Although in reality it was very far from the truth, but he just didn't know it.
Naruto sighed as he climbed up onto the own and helped Amber hold on.
"Lets go!" Onii-San said as he took up the reigns behind the Owl's head (which weren't literal reigns, but were simply a pair of thick feathers). There was a giant hooing sound as the owl spread its wings and pushed them down. After five flaps, the giant owl took flight and into the sky.
From below, the Grave base began mobilizing its aerial units. They had finally brought themselves together into a cohesive unit, and they weren't just about to let these intruders get away.
"Onii-San! We're under attack!" Naruto said as he threw an exploding kunai into an anti-air missile that had come right at them, thankfully stopping it before it reached its intended target.
Onii-San pulled out his slightly blood-covered PET and put in a call. "Don't worry. I have backup in the ringer."
A second later however, a dozen helicopters surrounded the giant Owl Summon, leaving them no chance to escape.
"What now genius!?!?" Amber demanded as she held onto her brother, thinking that this was the end.
Suddenly, laser blasts came out of the sky and shot down three of the helichopters, giving the large owl enough room to fly out of the formation and into the distance.
"What was that?" Naruto said as he watched the flaming remains crash to the ground before exploding, killing any unfortunate Grave member who happened to be near them.
Everyone looked up and saw a large red and black armored fighter jet, divided into a top and bottom half. There were two wings pointing forward on both halves, the cockpit positioned just in front of the engines that were mounted on both halves, and a laser cannon mounted in the center.
Naruto's trained eyes could see what looked like a grey and white-furred humanoid wolf inside with something that looked like a scouter over his left eye piloting the ship.
"Woah. Who is that guy?" Amber asked as the owl summon put more distance between itself and the base each passing second. The ship that appeared shooting down helicopters and ground-based missile launchers behind them.
"His name's Wolf," Onii-San said as he put his PET back in his jacket.
"Very imaginative," Naruto answered sarcastically.
Onii-San bopped Naruto on the head for that comment with what little strength he had left. "I met him a while back and called for his help if it was needed. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have even considered sanctioning this operation."
"You mean this would've happen from the start!" Naruto demanded.
"Could've," Onii-San corrected.
"Lets just get out of here," Jonny said as he held his sister tighter to him and gripped the owl's feathers.
"Yeah, I've had enough of that place too," Amber said. And for obvious reasons at that.
The Owl Summon hooed once more before shooting off into the distance. The mission at the Grave base had ended. And with most of its operatives either incapacitated or dead, they weren't going to do anything for a long time.
A couple hours of flying later, and the giant owl summon had finally made its way back to the NME base. Naruto was so busy trying to keep everyone on its back that he didn't have time to take note of where the base even was.
As the owl summon swooped down into the hangar through the extra-wide doors, Serenity came in with a wheelchair, some food, and a new set of clothes.
"Welcome back Onii-San," she said as Naruto helped Onii-San off the owl's back. "I assume you had a good outing?"
"Eh. More or less," Onii-San shrugged weakly as he collapsed onto the wheelchair. "Boy am I tired."
As Jonny and Amber got down, the giant owl hooed in a more urgent matter.
Onii-San yawned before regarding the large owl summon. "Oh right, thank you Osugami. Without you we would've never gotten out of there."
The large owl hooed once more, then preened the underside of his wing. The next moment he plucked out a loose black and silver feather and passed it to Onii-San, causing him to look up in surprise. The feather itself was quite large, and of course that was to be expected since the owl was the size of a house.
"You really want me to have this?" he asked looking up at the large owl, almost like he didn't have any problem with talking to the large bird in the first place.
The large owl nodded, then turned its head all the way around its shoulders.
"Very well then. I accept this gift," Onii-San said holding the large feather. "You're dismissed."
The large owl hooed once more before dispelling in a massive column of smoke.
"Wow," Amber said as Jonny helped her to her feet. "I've never seen an owl that big before."
"Me neither," Jonny said. "But you tend to get used to it. Sort of."
"Ah, Amber Dawn Largent, I have a set of clothes for you," Serenity said, passing Amber a hanger with one of her suits on it.
"Um. Thanks?" Amber said skeptically as she eyed the suit. "Not really my style though."
"It's only until we can get you some new clothes," Jonny said reassuringly. "Now hurry up and change, otherwise you'll catch a cold since you're only wearing a medical gown."
Amber sighed as she headed for the door. "Well, I guess I'll go and get dressed then."
As Jonny and Amber left the hangar, Naruto walked up to Onii-San. Obviously with questions he wanted answered.
"Onii-San. Just who are you really?" Naruto asked in a very demanding ton. "That was definitely a summoning jutsu you used back there. And what was that thing you did with the magic circle?"
Before he could get his answer however, Onii-San had already fallen fast asleep in the wheelchair. It was obvious from how instantaneous it was that he'd be out for a few days at least.
"Once I get him to bed, I'll escort you back to the Hikari residence," Serenity said as she wheeled Onii-San out of the hangar. "I do ask that you not stray too far. For personal reasons, we'd like to keep the location of this base a secret."
"Okay. Got it," Naruto said as he followed Serenity out of the hangar and took a seat on a nearby bench in the hallway. "I just hope Onii-San keeps his promise," he said to himself as Serenity and Onii-San disappeared around a corner. "I don't like the thought of just leaving those people there."
A few days later, a set of auto-piloted vans parked in front of the Den Tech Hospital. To everyone's shock upon discovery, they were filled with dozens of comatose patients awaiting actual treatment.
The only traces of the vehicle's owner was a crisp white business card in the driver's seat of the lead van that read-
New Mystery Enterprises
Changing the world, one act random of kindness at a time.
Aside from that was, no other evidence anywhere to be found. Not even fingerprints, which surprised people even more.
Underneath the card were the comatose patient's documents, and the records that they had been used by Grave for experimentation.
Police Chief Keifer was happy that the location to the secret Grave laboratory was included. The materials used had to be repossessed and returned to their rightful owners. Chaud however nearly shit a gold brick when herealized that what he had been trying to do for years upon jointing the Net Police, the "weirdo" who came out of nowhere accomplished it in a day (even though in reality it was a lot more than that).
Jonny was reunited with his sister Amber after nearly two decades (eighteen years to be precise), and the terms of Onii-San's contract to him was finally fulfilled.
However something that was a surprise was that Amber, after being out cold for eighteen years, wanted to work for Onii-San as well. This came as a shock to the both of them, but Jonny eventually agreed to it. Onii-San was happy to have a new operative on board too,and so that the two of them could always be together in the field, Onii-San gave Amber the title Combat Assistant, and assigned her to work with Jonny who was NME's Trouble Shooter.
Naruto was just happy to be done with the whole Grave business. The end result that he wouldn't have to worry about the risk of his powerful blood circulating through Grave's hands anymore (Pun not intended). He was also happy that Onii-San had kept his promise, and knew that he could trust him in the foreseen future.
For those of you who've just read this fic, and have or have not figured out where the prequel is, I'll just shed some light on that issue (also as for why this FanFic is in the MegaMan section, and not specifically in any CrossOver sections).
While this story borrows elements from other series (Naruto, SSB Brawl, etc.), all events take place in the MegaMan Battle Network universe, placed after the events in MegaMan Beast. It is for that reason the the sequel to Naruto E.X.E. has been placed here. I hope that cleared up any questions.
As for the prequel, it is where it is because that was the first FanFic I wrote, and I didn't know enough about "placement" back then.
Also, if you're trying to figure out how Onii-San/Anonymous justify their actions, the answer will come up in a later chapter.
And now for the disclaimers.
The characters Jonny Lee Largent and SamuraiMan are both the property of Jlargent.
Amber Dawn Largent and Roulette are both the property of Ember Goldenscale.
Osugami, the giant Owl Summon is a character under my ownership, as is the concept of the Mental-CrossFusion chip. (I'll eventually get to where Osugami came from, just not any time soon.)
On my DeviantArt profile is a picture of the jet that Jonny and the others used (which since I came up with the concept myself means it's an idea under my ownership).
100 Rules of Anime Column
Anime Rule # 15- Law of Inexhaustibility - No one EVER runs out of ammunition. That is of course unless they are cornered, out-numbered, out-classed, and/or unconscious.
Anime Rule # 27 - Law of Conservation of Firepower - Any weapon capable of destroying/defeating an opponent/opponents in a single shot will invariably be reserved and used as a last resort.
Anime Rule #44 - Law of Nominative Clamovocation - The likelihood of success and damage done by a martial arts attack is directly proportional to the volume at which the full name of the attack is announced (known as the Kamehameha effect).
FanFiction Exclusive Anime Rules
In every evil organization, no matter how long ago the main force was defeated, a small portion will always remain active until they are defeated. *Also known as the Team Rocket Factor* (Property of Jlargent)
If one has a moustache of some manner, shape, or form, you automatically become an expert when using Nunchaku, nunchuks, or weapons of similar design. *Also known as the Clause Effect* (Property of NeoNazo356)