Author's note:

The Fatal Fury characters and King of Fighters are the exclusive property of SNK. Any Street Fighter or Final Fight characters are the exclusive property of Capcom. I don't own them, I'm just borrowing them for a little while so please don't sue.

Lone Wolf No More

By

jediryu ©

Chapter 1

Terry "The Lone Wolf" Bogard began to fidget in his rental tuxedo. When his younger brother Andy and his fiance Mai Shiranui, asked him to be at their wedding, Terry had gladly said he would. He just didn't expect to be standing next to the best man, Joe Higashi, who in turn was standing next to Andy. In fact, he had expected to be in the audience, maybe as an usher or something.

Being up front right now though felt to Terry like being in a "King of Fighters" tournament. In fact, he found himself wishing that's where he was. At least there, with all the lights on the ring and the fighters, you almost didn't know there were spectators everywhere. Here though, he could feel every eye on him. Or so it felt like.

Looking out over the assembled guests, Terry could see Kim Kaphwan, the Tae-Kwon-Do fighter from Korea, with his wife and their two sons. Terry also saw his former teammate Ryo Sakazaki, as well as former teammate Ryu and his wife Chun-li. In the row behind them was his friend Tony, whom he had met just prior to his battle with Wolfgang Krauser was now in his late teens with his mother next to him, as well as several others that Terry had met in his travels.

Andy wanted a Japanese wedding for his Japanese bride, but Mai wanted an American wedding for her American groom, so they had compromised and decided on a little of each. Mai wore a Japanese wedding gown while Andy opted for the tuxedo look. Joe, always being the "horn-dog" had already nudged Terry earlier and mumbled: "Bet Andy will have fun getting Mai out of that tonight!"

Terry had ignored the gibe and hoped Joe wouldn't say anything to Andy otherwise, Joe was going to have more than broken ribs after Andy got done with him. All joking aside, even among friends as good as these, there was a limit to even friendly kidding, and while Andy had learned to control his temper considerably better since that first fight with Geese Howard, he could still be a bit of a loose cannon from time to time.

Terry wished with all his heart that Master Tung Fue Rue and their father Jeff Bogard were still alive to see this day. But Geese had seen to it that their father couldn't be there and in turn had taken measures to ensure that Master Tung was gone too, but not before he had passed on the most powerful technique of the Hakkyokuseiken school, the Hurricane Punch, to Terry. At least Mai would have someone to give her away. Now, if the little pervert would just keep his hands off the bride, maybe they could get this show on the road.

Master Jubei "The Demon" Yamada as he was still referred to in the older fight circles was being a surprising gentleman today. "Surprising to say the least." thought Mai Shiranui as she finished her make-up. "Still," she thought to herself, "If that little pervert even so much as touches me where he shouldn't, he'll need a proctologist to extract my fan after I shove it where the sun doesn't shine."

Jubei walked up to Mai at her dressing table and said: "Are you ready child?" Mai put down her make-up brush and said: "As I'll ever be Master Jubei." The wedding gown that Master Jubei had given to her was a priceless family heirloom of his but having no daughters of his own, he had given it to Mai when she told him of her and Andy's impending nuptials. She had tried to refuse the elegant gift but Master Jubei was adamant that she wear it since he viewed her as the daughter he had never had.

The gown had the same blend of pink and white that Mai's fighting outfit had but covered much more. At 5'9", Mai filled the gown perfectly and the old Judo master had commented on it more than once. The big hearted yet short of stature man had agreed to give Mai away and though he hid it well, inside he was crying a river the size of the Columbia. He remembered the shy little girl who first came to his dojo at the tender age of 8, very shy and awkward.

How she had grown and matured over the years never ceased to surprise him. He remembered the first time she had tried to walk the training bridge in order to learn the agility and balance of the ninja, how she was so scared of heights at the time even though it was only three feet off the ground with tatami mats spread underneath to break her fall without breaking her bones. Now, she could balance or jump from almost any surface she chose.

Jubei also remembered his disbelief when she took up the Fan as her weapon of choice instead of the Tonfa or the Sai. He recalled at the time how he thought it would be only a matter of time before she was defeated in training enough so that she would choose a more sensible weapon. It never happened. She quickly learned how to manipulate her fans like a musician did their instrument. Then the blond haired gaijin had come. Mai had been smitten from the moment the two met and finally after all these years, they were getting married.

The wedding march started as Mai got to the open double doors with the diminutive judo master holding her arm. But for the seriousness of the moment, the scene would have been comical. At the top of the short steps that led to the altar, Andy stood looking at his bride to be. The light of love shone in his eyes for all to see as did Mai's love for him. The Priest spoke softly, yet the natural acoustics of the chapel amplified it clearly to the end of the chamber: "Who gives this woman away?" Jubei's voice cracked a little as he said: "I do." Climbing the short stair to stand across from Andy, Jubei placed Mai's hand in Andy's and stepped back down to sit in the front row reserved for family and close friends.

The Priest spoke again: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered her today to join Andrew Bogard and Mai-lin Shiranui in the bonds of holy matrimony. If any person here can give just cause why these two souls should not be joined, let them speak now or forever hold their peace." When no one spoke, the Priest continued: "Do you Andy Bogard take this woman, Mai Shiranui to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, and forsaking all others until death do you part?" Andy spoke: "With all my heart, I do."

The Priest turned to Mai then and said: "Do you, Mai Shiranui, take this man, Andy Bogard to be your lawfully wedded husband? Do have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, forsaking all others until death do you part?" Mai said: "With all my soul, I do." The Priest said: Do you have the rings?" Joe reached into the pocket of his tux and held out two rings one on each finger in a "V" sign which Andy then took. After handing one of the rings to Mai, they each took up the other's left hand in turn and said: "With this ring, I thee wed." The Priest spoke after a moment and said: "By the power vested in me by the church, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride."

Andy and Mai's first kiss as a married couple was surprisingly tame for all the love they held for each other, but was no less meaningful. As the newlyweds walked down the aisle, rice flew from every direction as claps and cheers broke out among the guests to see them off to the reception.