Netto sat up in bed and started intently at his computer. "Are you sure?" he asked in a quiet voice.
Rockman nodded, "Yeah, Delilah explains it all here. They found the base and everything. She says we can come if we want but…" Netto jumped out of bed and ran over to his dresser while Rockman finished the message. "But she says to hide yourself well."
Netto nodded, "Well, I've had practice," he muttered.
Rockman smiled, "Well, maybe in a few days this can all be behind us."
Netto blinked at Rockman, "Do you really think it will be that easy?"
"No…" Rockman admitted slowly.
"Good, cause neither do I," Netto said.
"Netto-kun, aren't you going to call Enzan-san?" Rockman asked.
Netto stared fixedly at Rockman. "Why?" he asked.
Rockman groaned and pulled up a blank e-mail. "Because if you do this and don't tell him we both know he will come after you."
"Is that a bad thing?" Netto mused.
"Netto!" Rockman said in a fake shocked voice.
"Calm down," Netto said. "Fine, go ahead and e-mail him. I don't feel like having someone yell at me today."
Rockman crossed his arms, "That's a first."
"Shut up," Netto said while putting on his hat.
Rockman didn't reply but he did smile as he wrote the e-mail to Enzan and sent it. It took him about a minute and a half to get a reply.
"What does it say?" Netto asked.
"Don't leave till I get there," Rockman read out loud.
"I should just leave," Netto muttered.
"Netto-kun…" Rockman said in a warning tone.
"All right, all right, we'll wait. Sheesh," Netto said. He picked up his PET and went down stairs where he sat on the couch and waited for Enzan to come.
They didn't have to wait long. Enzan came in through the door less then five minutes later. He looked around and found Netto sitting on the couch looking a little ornery. "I'm here," he said. "Now what's all this about a Delilah?"
"A secret agent from the US who is after the Neko Virus. She found out about me a few weeks ago and said she would help us," Netto said simply.
"And you never told me this… why?" Enzan asked coolly, trying to keep his temper under control.
"Because we knew you would explode and get angry at us," Netto said cheekily.
Enzan rubbed his head and looked at the floor while doing his best to not yell at Netto. Not when they were so close to helping him out. He let out a deep breath through his nose and said, "Okay, we'll go now. But when we come back you are telling me everything," he said.
"Fair enough," Netto said simply and jumped off the couch. He ran over to the front door and pulled it open. He stepped outside and looked back at Enzan, "Coming?" he asked.
Enzan followed Netto out the door and locked it securely.
The boys went to where the PET specified. They came upon a somewhat run down building that looked like it had seen much better days. "This is it," Enzan said.
"Of course it is," Netto sighed. "The bad guys always have shady looking hideouts."
Enzan smirked and looked around. "I don't see your friend," he murmured.
The both jumped when a hand was placed on their shoulder. They both whirled around to see Delilah peering at them through her glasses. "Hello Netto-chan, who's this?"
"This is Enzan," Netto said simply.
Enzan held out his hand and Delilah took it in a firm handshake. "My name is Ijuuin Enzan. I'm Netto's partner in the Net Police and I came to make sure he didn't get into trouble," he said looking at Netto.
Netto rolled his eyes and shook his head at Delilah. Delilah smiled then her expression became serious. "Okay, boys I want you two to stay low and let my team take care of this. I invited Netto-chan because I figured he deserved to be here."
"Awww, but…" Netto started to protest but he was cut off by Enzan putting his hand on his shoulder. Netto sighed and was quiet for a bit. "All right," he said crossing his arms sulkily.
Delilah smiled and nodded and Enzan. Then she pulled a walkie talkie out of her belt and raised it to her lips. "Go ahead," she said in English.
The boys saw three teams of men go into the building. "What's going on?" Netto asked.
Delilah gave a sneaky smile neither Netto nor Rockman had ever seen before. "Well, if my information is correct, we caught them off guard. They should be relatively easy to catch."
"Delilah!" A voice crackled over the walkie talkie.
"Yes?" Delilah asked.
"We've apprehended all suspects, but…" he paused.
"The Neko Virus got away, ma'am," he said quietly.
Netto and Enzan looked at one another then nodded. They stood up and pointed their PET's at the wall. "Plug in, Rockman.exe, transmission!" Netto yelled and Rockman went into the net.
"Plug in, Blues.exe, transmission!" Enzan yelled and a second later Blues was standing next to Rockman.
"Boys…" Delilah said in a warning tone.
Netto winked at her, "We're Net Police, leave this part up to us," he said.
She laughed and shook her head disbelievingly. "All right, good luck."
Netto and Enzan nodded and then took off in pursuit of their navi's. "See ya!" Netto yelled.
"Come back here when you're done!" Delilah yelled.
"All right!" Netto yelled back then he tuned a corner and was gone.
"In all my days," Delilah laughed.
Her walkie talkie crackled, "What should we do, Miss Delilah," one agent asked.
"Don't worry, I've got it covered," she replied.
"Where is it?" Netto hissed.
"Well, should we try the park like last time?" Rockman asked.
"Is it even still in the net?" Enzan asked.
Blues looked around the area scanning the data, "Yes, if it jumped into the read world then it would have left a trail. It's still in here."
"Oh yeah, that's saying a lot," Netto said. "The net is how big again?"
Enzan sighed and rubbed his forehead. "Netto, calm down. We'll figure this out."
Rockman cleared his throat, "Again, maybe it's in the park?" he suggested again.
No one answered him but they did all go to the internet park. Sure enough the Neko Virus was sunbathing in the Net's sun. When Blues and Rockman approached it, it opened one sleepy eye and yawned at them.
Blues was somewhat taken aback and Rockman sweatdropped. "Ah heh… well?" he asked.
"You're not infected this time," Netto growled. "Sword, battle chip, slot in!" he yelled and pushed the chip into his pet. Rockman's right arm turned into a sword and the small navi ran at the giant cat. It waited until Rockman was on the down swing before it jumped lightly out of the way leaving Rockman to swing at thin air. As his sword came down on nothing he was thrown off balance for a few second while the cat landed behind him.
"Aqua Sword, battle chip, slot in!" Enzan said and put the chip into his PET. Blues formed the sword and ran at the giant virus who merely did the same thing to him as he did to Rockman. However Blues wasn't so easily thrown off balance, he pivoted on the ground and turned around before the cat could run off. He slashed the sword in mid air and a giant wave of water came out to wash over the cat.
It growled in a deep voice and glared at Blues with very angry yellow eyes. Blues was slightly put out when it started to run at him, but it would be a very cold day in hell before Blues.EXE would run away from a fight. "Met guard, battle chip, slot in!" Enzan yelled just as the Neko Virus pounced. It ran head first into the hard helmet and Blues leapt away to safety as it shook its head dazedly.
"Aqua tower, battle chip, slot in!" Netto yelled as the cat was temporarily dazed.
Rockman slammed his hand on the ground and a jet of water came out and washed over the cat. It became even angrier and pounced at Rockman this time.
"Netto-kun," Rockman said nervously.
"Area-steal, battle ship, slot in!" Netto said quickly making sure Rockman got out of the way.
Rockman left the area leaving the cat to jump onto a bare area of dirt. Rockman appeared next to Blues and the cat turned and glared at both of them with murder in it's eyes.
"I think it's mad," Netto said to Enzan.
"You think?" Enzan asked sarcastically.
Netto laughed nervously and they both slotted in area steal battle chips to get their navi's away from the now very wet, rampaging, Neko Virus.
"This isn't working," Enzan growled. "We need a plan!"
"Well, I'm open to anything," Rockman's voice wailed from Netto's PET as he was pursued by the giant cat.
"Netto, lure the cat to Rockman, I have an idea," Enzan said.
/I don't like his idea/ Rockman said to Netto.
/Yeah well, Enzan's plans work out. I trust him/ Netto said giving Enzan a sidelong glance.
/I do to, but you're not in here/ Rockman yelled.
/True…/ Netto said nervously.
The cat gave a giant leap and Netto was forced to use a barrier battle chip to make sure his navi didn't get smooshed. "Now!" Enzan said.
Blues ran up and used the aqua sword again, but this time he used the blade to inflict damage as well as the water. "Netto, use a thunder battle chip!" Enzan yelled.
"I get it!" Netto said. "Thunder, battle chip, slot in!" he yelled and Rockman blasted the Neko Virus with a large lightning blast while Blues jumped to a safe distance.
The cat was hurt but not out for the count.
"Jeez," Netto said. "I could normally make a bad pun reference to how many lives a cat has, but this isn't the time is it?"
"No," Enzan said tightly. "It's not."
"Okay, Bubble Shot, battle chip, slot in!" Netto yelled. Rockman pulled up his buster and aimed carefully. He let go of the blast and caught the Neko Virus right in the chest. It collapsed onto its knees and Blues made the final blow with and Elec Sword. The Neko Virus logged out into its default location at Sci Labs.
Netto and Enzan went back to Delilah who was waiting for them where they left her. There were police cars everywhere and she was directing everything seemingly at once.
"She's very authoritive," Rockman observed.
"No kidding," Netto laughed. "Who knew?"
She spotted them and made her way over to Netto and Enzan through the crowd. "Well?" she asked.
"It's back at Sci Labs," Enzan said. "May I ask as to why the American government was in this? The Neko Virus is a Japanese program."
"We were asked to come in because my country was nervous with what could happen if the virus was contained properly," she said. "Basically my country asked to and yours didn't object."
Netto made a face, "I hate politics."
Enzan laughed and shook his head. "Well everything is fine on our end," he said.
"Good to know, we caught the people who were after the virus. As I thought they planned to mutate it and use the time when all the navi's were infected to steal and get rich. Good to know it didn't work," she smiled.
Netto and Enzan nodded. "Well, we should be going," Netto said. "See you later?"
Delilah nodded, "Yes, I see you soon. Bye for now."
Netto and Enzan waved good bye and left the scene. Their first stop was sci labs
Netto and Enzan went up to Yuuichiro's lab and knocked on the door. After about a minute they heard a soft, "Come in," from inside.
Netto and Enzan went inside to see the scientist typing furiously on his computer. "Papa?" Netto asked.
Yuuichiro looked up and his face relaxed into a smile when he saw Netto. "Ah, there you are. I was wondering how long it would take for you to come here."
"So you received the virus?" Enzan asked.
Yuuichiro nodded. "Yes, albeit quite beaten up."
Netto and Enzan both blushed. "It was a hard battle," Enzan admitted.
Yuuichiro shook his head, "No wonder, the Neko Virus is a very strong virus."
"Well?" Netto asked.
"When can I go back to normal?" he asked.
Yuuichiro smiled, "Soon," he said.
"That's cryptic," Netto said dryly.
Yuuichiro sighed. "All right, I'm working on it now. You don't need to worry and if you're willing to wait quietly, I'll tell you when it's ready."
"All right," Netto cheered.
"How is this going to work?" Enzan asked.
"I'm going to give Rockman the vaccination and it will go into Netto's immune system. However there are a few things I should warn you about."
Netto stopped jumping up and down. He knew to be wary when his father used that voice. "Such as?"
Yuuichiro sighed and took off his glasses and started to polish them. Both Netto and Rockman knew this was a sign of him being nervous.
"Papa?" Rockman asked.
"Well, the nature of viruses in a human immune system is different from that of a navi's system," Yuuichiro said.
Enzan could tell where this was going. "You mean the fact that viruses don't exit the human body. They stay there to help create anti-bodies, right?"
"What, what?" Netto said.
"The Neko Virus won't be gone," Yuuichiro said.
"WHAT?" Netto yelled.
Yuuichiro gave Netto and apologetic smile. "Sorry, but that's common knowledge. Don't worry; it will take something very strong to activate the Neko Virus once it's cleared from your system."
"Like?" Netto and Rockman asked.
Yuuichiro started to clean his glasses again. "I'm not sure," he admitted.
"Perfect," Netto muttered.
Enzan placed a hand on Netto's shoulder. "Don't worry; at least you can go back to living at your own house right?"
Netto looked at Enzan. "Yeah, I guess," he said.
Yuuichiro smiled at them. "Enzan-kun is right, don't worry. Like I said, it will take something very powerful to bring the virus out again and chances are it will only have one trigger."
Netto crossed his arms. "All right," he said doubtfully.
"Okay, this should be done in a few hours," Yuuichiro said.
"Has anything changed?" Enzan asked as they walked back to Enzan's house.
Netto shook his head.
"Be patient," Rockman said. "Papa did say it might take a few hours at least."
Netto yawned, "Well, I think I'm going to take a nap when we get back," he said.
"Tired?" Enzan asked.
"Yeah, a little," Netto said.
"That's a first," Rockman said.
"Shut up," Netto replied.
Rockman laughed and they came up to the huge mansion. Netto remembered how impressed he was with it the first day he got there. They went inside and their navi's went into the internet. Netto crashed on the couch and was asleep relatively quickly. He didn't even bother to take off his hat and jacket.
Enzan sat in a chair and picked up a book and started to read quietly.
The next morning Netto's PET rang loudly. Netto jumped off the couch and grabbed his PET. "H-hello?" he said trying to stifle a yawn.
"Netto-kun, this is Delilah. How are you?" she asked.
Netto finally gave into his urge to yawn. "I'm fine, you?" he asked.
"I'm sorry, did I wake you up?" she asked.
"Don't worry, he needed it," Rockman said.
Delilah smiled. "Well, I was just calling to say good bye."
"What?" Netto asked.
"Well, now that the mission is over, I'm being called back to my work base," she explained.
"You're leaving already?" Netto asked, dismayed.
"Yes, I'm leaving in a few hours," she said. "I was calling to see if you wanted to come over for one last visit with Buddy before we left."
Netto looked around and saw that there was no Enzan to be seen. Netto smiled and nodded, "Sure!" he said.
Delilah nodded back and cut off the connection.
"Netto-kun," Rockman said suddenly.
"Yeah?" Netto asked.
"I think you can take your hat off now," Rockman smiled.
Netto walked up the small path way to the cozy house. He knocked on the door and was greeted by Delilah. She looked at him and smiled, "Everything is back to normal I see," she said.
Netto had put his hair in his bandana so that it stuck straight up like it usually did. Netto nodded, "Yeup, we went to Papa yesterday."
"Well, I'm very glad to hear everything worked out for the best," Delilah said.
"Yeup," Netto nodded happily. Delilah motioned him inside and he walked into the house filled with boxes. "You've packed already?" he gasped.
Delilah laughed, "I'm an agent, we have to be able to pack fast. I can assure you in about 6 or so months I'll be packing up and going to another country."
"Wow," Netto said.
Buddy came over and looked at Netto. He whined then he pushed his head into Netto's hand. "He still likes you," Delilah mused.
Netto knelt down to scratch Buddy behind the ears. "Good to know," he said, half serious half not.
Delilah laughed and went into the kitchen to get her last batch of cookies.
Netto waved as he left Delilah's house. They promised to keep in touch in case she ever came back to Japan. She said her chances of that happening were very high. Netto walked down the street and went back to Enzan's house. He figured he probably would have to go home soon as well. While part of him was very relieved, part of him was sad. He didn't realize it until yesterday, but he liked living with Enzan.
He sighed and walked into the large house. "Where were you?" Enzan asked from the couch.
"I was saying goodbye to Delilah. Where were you?" Netto asked.
"Upstairs, doing some work," Enzan replied.
Netto plugged Rockman in the net and went over to sit next to Enzan. "You work too much," he said.
Enzan smiled, "I know."
Netto stuck his tongue out at Enzan. Enzan didn't retaliate but he did smile slightly. "I see you're back to normal," he noted.
"Yeup!" Netto said happily. "No more catnip," Netto smirked.
"Have you figured out what might trigger the virus?" Enzan asked.
Netto paused, "I… have no idea."
"You might want to find that out," Enzan said. "So you can avoid it."
"That might be a good idea," Netto said.
There was a long paused.
"I'm going to miss you," Enzan said finally.
Netto crossed his arms. "Well, it's not like we won't see each other practically every day," he said. "And now I can go on missions again!" he cheered.
Enzan laughed shortly. "Oh boy," he said.
"What?" Netto asked.
"Nothing, nothing," Enzan replied.
Netto sighed and leaned back into the couch. "Well, I for one am glad this is over with."
"I am too. You almost gave a heart attack about a half dozen times," Enzan said.
Netto giggled, "Hey, it's not my fault you're so uptight," he chided.
"I'm not uptight," Enzan shot back.
Netto smirked and stretched out on the couch putting his head on Enzan's lap. Enzan blushed but didn't say anything. "Yes, you are," Netto said noting Enzan's reaction.
"You're annoying, do you know that?" Enzan asked.
"And you're just as annoying as me," Netto replied. "Your point is?"
Enzan glared at Netto and Netto just lay there smirking back up at him. Enzan smiled and leaned down putting his face centimeters away from Netto's. Netto felt a strong blush creep across his cheeks. "Enzan?" he asked.
Enzan leaned down and kissed Netto lightly on the lips. "I didn't need catnip this time," he said quietly.
Netto blushed furiously and he felt the hear rush to his ears.
"Netto?" Enzan asked.
"What?" Netto asked, still a little stunned.
"I think we found your trigger," Enzan said softly.
So, thoughts, questions, requests, anything? Tell me now! This is truly the end of the fic. You have anything to say about it, say it now. It's been a trip, see ya o/