THE COMING STORM

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To say that the structure that Kougaiji and Faust saw was quite tall was an understatement .

It was a tower that seemed to pierce the clouds , seemingly unaffected by the dark lightning

called Plasma .

" That wasn't there days ago , " Faust exclaimed , to which Kougaiji replied ,

" I wonder . . . did that mage have it built ? "

"Maybe he did , " was Faust ' s reply .

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Cherry and Hakkai had managed to finish getting the groceries . Now the two of them were

at the kitchen at Otaru's apartment .

" Well , miss Cherry , " Hakkai said , " shall we begin ? "

" Indeed , " Cherry replied , " I can hardly wait until Master Otaru tries this dish . . . "

Then she began to lose herself in a fantasy involving her and Otaru . Hakkai looked on in

puzzlement .

" Miss Cherry ? " He asked . " Are you . . . are you all right ? "

That snapped her out . She then said , " Oh , sure , Mr. Hakkai . Let 's begin , shall we ? "

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Lorelei , the sole human female on Japoness , was tending to the garden at Castle Japoness

when Baiko and Tamasaburo showed up .

" Is something the matter ? " Asked the the red haired young woman .

" Lorelei , " Baiko replied , " we have reason to believe something not quite right may be brewing

somewhere . "

" What do you mean ? "

" Let us say . . . we have a hunch , " answered Tamasaburo .

" A hunch . "

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Otaru , Lime , Bloodberry , Goku and Gojyo were seated by the table . They were soon joined by

Sanzo who , unknown to them had just been in contact with the Merciful Goddess .

" How long do we gotta wait ? " Goku asked impatiently . " I'm starving ! "

" After all that rice you and Lime scarfed down ? " Gojyo asked .

" You may have something there , Red , " Bloodberry replied .

It was then that a rather grumpy Sanzo muttered , " Would you lot mind knocking it off ? "

That got him more than a few stares .

"What are you staring at ? " Sanzo asked irritably .

"Great , " Gojyo said to himself, " Sanzo ' s even moodier than usual ."

It was at that moment that Cherry and Hakkai showed up with a tray containing a modest sized

yet impressive looking feast . Lime's eyes popped at this sight . As for Goku , he began to drool .

The rest were quite impressed although Sanzo kept his opinion to himself .

" Wow , Cherry , " Otaru said , " you and Hakkai made this ? It looks delicious . "

Cherry couldn ' t help but be estasctic when she heard these words . " Oh , Master Otaru, you

don ' t how pleased I am you like this meal . "

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Within the tower, the wizard Yang was preparing himself . Days ago,when Yang had arrived on this

world he used his powers to raise an enormous tower to use as his base of operations . He was currently

performing a ritual that would enable him to control all natural forces .

That moment was at hand .

Some distance from the tower Faust and Kougaiji watched as a strange glow issued from within it . All

of a sudden , the sky around the tower began to grow cloudy and dark .

A storm was brewing .

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This adventure is about to kick in high gear !