Two Men, Once Force Chapter I: The End of Amuro Ray

The final battle of the Second Neo Zeon war had now reached its climax. The Jegans of the Londo Bell task force were dueling with the Geara Dogas of Neo Zeon. The war was hostile to both sides. Though Londo Bell was outnumbered in terms of ships and Mobile Suits they were more skilled, and Neo Zeon ships fell one by one.

"Damn . . ." Yuu Kajima said to himself.

"Sir!" a lone soldier in the Jegan cried.

Yuu's Jegan quickly whipped out its beam saber and parried an attack from a Geara Doga's beam saber. He dashed back and fired his beam rifle on the enemy Suit, destroying it.

"What's up?"

"Axis is ripping apart! We can't get too close!"

"I can see that, dammit! But Colonel Noa and his men are inside the asteroid, they need more fire power to cover the Ra Cailum!"

"B-But sir!"

Sudden explosions ripped from the asteroid as the Ra Cailum rose from Axis.

"Looks like the Colonel's out . . . hey, soldier, can you cover me while I make contact with the Ra Chattar?"

"That's what I'm here for, sir! The Ra Chattar! It's been blown out of the sky!"

"What?!"

"That's what I'm here to tell you! The Ra Kiev is ready to intercept you!"

"Where are the survivors of the Ra Chattar?"

"None . . . none, sir . . . you're the only survivor. We haven't identified any other Mobile Suits from that ship that survived either."

Yuu was shocked. His Jegan backed away from Axis and followed the lone Jegan back to the Ra Kiev, which was in the middle of being bombarded by Geara Dogas. The Neo Zeon mainstream MS were, however, slowly falling one by one, but it was really the Musaka class ship showering the Ra Kiev with missiles and beam shots that were a threat. Yuu's Jegan broke away from a group of Mobile Suits and dived towards the Musaka.

"Lieutenant Kajima!"

"Argh . . ."

The lone Jegan swerved past the top of the Musaka and fired its beam rifle, disabling one of its main beam guns. Yuu avoided a barrage of attacks from random Mobile Suits while fighting them off and ventured underneath the enemy ship. He backed under it and fired the last bit of energy left in his e-cap at a Geara Doga.

"Damn, that was my last one."

Yuu ditched his beam rifle and dashed to the back of the Musaka. He pulled out his beam saber and drove it into one of its large thrusters and fired a missile into it as he backed away back towards the Ra Kiev. The Musaka's thrusters exploded. Slowly, the entire ship was engulfed in flames.

"Lieutenant Kajima!"

"Is the Ra Kiev okay?"

"We've received orders from the Ra Cailum to back as far away from Axis as much as possible."

"What about the Rewloola?"

"We can't find it . . . oh no!"

"What happened? What's wrong?"

"Axis! It's . . . it's entering Earth!"

On the Ra Cailum, Bright Noa and his crewmen scrambled on board the bridge staring at Axis.

"Where's Captain Amuro?" Bright shouted across the bridge.

"We've got it . . . he's right under Axis!"

"Under Axis? What the hell does he think he's doing?"

"Looks like he's going to push it all by himself."

"Can't we use the Ra Cailum to help push it?"

"Are you nuts?! Do you want to go down with that rock?!"

Back outside, Yuu Kajima dashed towards Axis but was immediately held back by two Jegans.

"Let go!"

"Sorry, Lieutenant Kajima, we're not letting you go!"

"Are you guys blind? That's Captain Amuro's Gundam under there!"

"We can't let you fall, too!"

"But . . . Axis . . . Earth . . . Amy . . . Kristen . . ."

The soldier realized that Yuu was mumbling the names of his wife and child. "Can't let you go down, sir."

"Hey, what are those going towards Axis? They look like . . . Mobile Suits . . .?"

"Feddies, sir! They're GMs!"

Suddenly, out of no where, a lone Geara Doga blasted towards Yuu with its gun cocked and loaded. For a second, Yuu's entire life flashed before his eyes. A single shot from a beam rifle blazed across space as Yuu blinked. When his eyes opened back up, nothing was left of the Geara Doga that was in front of him but the explosion it left behind. Not far from Yuu was another Jegan. This one had its beam rifle extended. Yuu took a quick look at his savior and took note of the Jegan's unit number "789". The Jegan soon flew off, leaving Yuu and the Jegan accompanying him behind.

* * * * *

"Amy!" Yuu screamed into the phone.

"Oh God, honey, I was so worried."

"Thank God you're alright. I knew you got of the Lhasa base as fast as possible."

"I've got a few connections to thank for that."

"How's Kristen?"

"Doing fine. A whole lot better than I am. When there was disorder everywhere she didn't make a sound. She's got her father's heart."

It was only a few hours ago that Axis was on the verge of hitting Earth. But somehow . . . somehow it didn't. Was it an act of kindness from a greater power? Was it a miscalculation from Zeon? Or was it . . .was it something even higher. Something that just had to do with Captain Amuro Ray and the will of every Londo Bell soldier fighting this war.

"When are you coming home?"

"Don't know. Hopefully soon."

"I'm stationed at the base in Africa now. I need you, Yuu."

"I need you, too, Amy."

"I've got to go. I love you."

"I love you, too."

Yuu hung up the phone and floated down the halls of the Ra Kiev and was confronted by Petty Officer Charles Danktum.

"Sir, why aren't you celebrating with everyone else?!"

"Not in the mood."

"Aww, come on, sir. We just won the battle."

"We lost Captain Ray."

"You don't know that! They haven't found anything from the Nu Gundam in the area. He's alive and you know it."

But he wasn't alive. Londo Bell's head pilot - the legendary Newtype of the One Year War, Amuro Ray was dead. "I'm going to sleep. Wake me up when we get to Londenion."

"Yes, sir."

* * * * *

Nanai Miguel slouched in her chair in the bridge of the Rewloola. Major Char Aznable was gone. That wasn't the only thing that was gone, though.

Her future was gone now. Her hopes, her dreams, her desires . . . all down the drain. Neo Zeon was as good as dead.

"Nanai, where are we going?"

Can't go back to Sweetwater. No way we can go back to Sweetwater. Nanai kept thinking, but everything she did, her head would hurt even more. Sweetwater was the only option, but if they went there, the Feddies would hunt them down and drag them out in no time.

"Ms. Nanai?"

"Why can't we just crash the Rewloola into whatever's left of Axis? It would make things so much easier."

"Ms. Nanai . . ."

"Well, it sure as hell would!" she said in a drunken rage. The officer didn't respond. "How many Musakas do we have left . . . how many Mobile Suits do we have left?"

"Three Musakas and about 17 Geara Dogas."

"That's it?"

"That's it, ma'am."

"Ugh . . ."

An excited soldier soon ran into the room.

"Ms. Nanai! We've received a message from Side 3 52 Bunch!"

"What?" she said lazily.

"They've decided to take us in!"

"Are you sure it's not a Feddie trap?"

"No way, ma'am. This entire message was completely anonymous and the source is legit anti-Federation."

"And how the hell do we know that?"

". . ."

Nanai sat up. "Make a course for Side 3 52 Bunch. Whether we're caught there or not, it speeds up the process."

* * * * *

Three weeks have now passed. The Londo Bell fleet is now resting at Londenion until they get new orders.

"Can you believe this? We save Earth and this is all the thanks we get?"

"Yeah! We deserve a whole lot more!"

Yuu moped around his room on board the Ra Kiev. He didn't want money or a prize. He just wanted to go back home. Yuu lied down on his bed and stared up at the ceiling. "789 . . ."

Yuu still wondered who the person who saved him was. He rose from the bed as he heard three hard knocks on his door.

"Who is it?"

"It's me, Charles, Lieutenant."

Yuu swung open the door. "What's up?"

"Sir, we're going to return to Red Alert soon."

"What? Why?"

"Orders. Neo Zeon's re-armed. Captain Bright is waiting for supplies from both the Federal Forces and Anaheim Electronics before we move."

"What's going on?"

"We've received classified intelligence that Neo Zeon's been hiding out with a rogue group at Side 3 that believes in the old ideas of a Zeonic dictatorship."

"The fighting . . . it never stops . . ."

"This is for you." He hands Yuu a letter.

Yuu took the envelope and ripped it open. He pulled the letter out and started reading. After he finished he crumpled the letter and tossed it aside. "There must be some mistake."

"What is it? What did it say?"

"They're moving me to the Ra Cailum. They want me to head the Mobile Suit fleet along with someone else."

"Really, sir?! You deserve it!"

"No . . . no I don't. That was Captain Amuro's spot. I'm no hero."

"What else did it say?"

"Promotion . . . new prototype . . . the whole nine yards."

"Sir, you really should take the offer. Everyone knows about your resume and the Gundam Blue Destiny! That's why you were chosen to be a part of Londo Bell. You'd make a great head pilot." Charles picked up the crumpled piece of paper and opened it up. "You'll be paired up with pilot 789?"

Yuu's eyes quickly widened. He only skimmed through the letter, and somehow, those three numbers evaded his eye. Yuu grabbed the letter and took a look at it. "Now that's a pilot . . ."

"You know him?"

"No. Not really. Not at all. But I know he was the one who saved us back during the battle at Axis."

"Ah . . . well, sir. I think you should take up the offer. A new war needs a new leader."

"You think so?"

"Mmhmm. Bright Noa picked your name."

"Alright . . ." Yuu said, turning to pack his stuff and head out to the Ra Cailum.

* * * * *

"Why was HE chosen?" a Londo Bell soldier asked.

"Yeah, he doesn't deserve it. He's a real brute, that's for sure, but I don't HIM leading us."

"Yeah, I mean, Lieutenant Kajima definitely deserves the spot he's getting, but to have to be a co-head with HIM? You've got to be kidding me."

"The guy hardly talks. He's got issues."

"Hey, guys, what's up?" Yuu Kajima said, climbing onto the Ra Cailum.

"Hey, Lieutenant, have you met your "co-head" yet?"

"Uh, no, I haven't. But, I am excited."

"You shouldn't be. He doesn't even belong here."

"What are you talking about?"

"That guy is trash, man. You can tell by looking into his evil eyes. He was never one of us, and he never should."

"What do you mean?"

"That guy, he was never with the AEUG."

"Was he Kalaba?"

"Nope."

"Federation?" Yuu interrogated.

"Kind of."

"Kind of? What does that mean?"

"What I'm saying is . . . he was a Titan."

"Titans? But . . . how?"

"The pay was good for him. He was a great asset for them and the Federation didn't want him, so they threw him with us. Everybody thought he was dead, but he keeps on escaping death. Look, here he comes now!"

The men stopped and watched as a tall, blonde haired man stepped out into the open. As he walked, the people around him were like the Red Sea, making a path for him as he walked by.

"That's him?" said Yuu, sounding intimidated.

"That's him. Yazan Gable."

Yazan looked over at Yuu, and the two future partners gave each other a quick stare before moving on. This was going to be a long war . . .

To Be Continued . . .