METROPOLIS II: Save the City!

-Kawaii Hana-

DISCLAIMER: I do not own Metropolis or any of its characters... Just sad they didn't give a sequel to it though...

NOTE TO READERS:

-- Italic -- Thoughts of the person

(Italic) Small commentary from me

Bold Italic at the beginning – Introduction/Ending statements of the chapter

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PROLOGUE

Metropolis... the most advanced city-nation in the world... Now an island of misery and loss caused by the Revolution and the fall of their most famous tower, the Ziggurat...

Through its rubbles, there standing beneath them was a green-haired boy from Japan... Kenichi. Still wearing his green-checkered jacket, red shirt, and brown shorts, he searched high and low for the parts of his best friend, Tima. Amidst the scratches, the wounds and the bruises found around his body, he has always known for not giving up as he continued to seek out...

With him were all kinds of robots, each labeled with a different Zone number. One of them was a football head-shaped robot who calls itself - Fifi. Kenichi never thought it had survived from Rock's shot in the head but it was evident that Fifi was fixed with the use of scrap materials...

With the help of a few friends and that lot of amount of determination, Kenichi might just have the chance to have his dear humanoid friend, Tima back to life... A life better than the last one...

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He began to feel his surroundings that were of soft and of warm nature. Slowly, he opened his eyes - and couldn't believe it... He was in a hospital. -- Damn it -- He thought. He has become weak... both physically and emotionally...

With his stubborn streak returning in a flash, Rock tried to get up from bed but an unbelievably wave of pain surged thru his body particularly at his chest. He looked and saw bandages with a small hint of blood absorbed by the cotton. He laid back and sighed.

Everything from him has been taken away... Why does he feel like going about again? Slowly, he looked to his left and was relieved. There in the other bed was... Duke Red. Unlike Rock, the Duke was covered in bandages. His left eye was bandaged and he was in a coma with an oxygen mask placed in his mouth...

Thankful to see his 'father' beside him, Rock took the time to look around his room and just across the beds were big windows occupying the whole section of the wall with sky blue curtains at the sides. He could see what has remained of the Ziggurat...

OK... He knew he was the one who pushed the button that caused the collapse of the building. He took a huge risk of that and thankfully, he and the duke were still alive (Yeah, It is impossible... But, hey, this is my story, y'know.)

Rock then noticed that his clothes were taken away and were replaced by a with hospital gown. Beside his bed was a small drawer. A phone was on top of it. There was also a vase on it but no flowers in it. Of course, who would pay a visit for them...?

Just then, he heard the door open which was to the right to his bed and a nurse with brown hair came in.

"Uhh... Good morning, sir... How long have you been awake?" She asked.

"About five minutes ago, I guess..." Rock answered.

"I see... About ten minutes since the Fall of the Ziggurat, all rescue teams have managed to save hundreds of victims, including you and the Duke. It was a miracle that the two you actually survived. I mean you were both last seen at the highest level of the tower... It truly is a miracle, sir..." The nurse explained.

As the nurse was talking, the patient observed her for a while... She was well-dressed, complete with the uniform, the small white cap on her head and an ID clipped on her left pocket. Her brown hair was like silk as it fell to her shoulders. And her eyes...? The eyes were the reason why Rock was even listening to her. It was colored aqua blue... Rock has to admit that she is beautiful...

"So... uh... what's your name?" Rock suddenly asked out of the blue. This shocked the nurse as Rock looked real serious and didn't even think he was listening. But as doubly surprised as her was, of course, Rock. Of course, he had never asked a GIRL her name ever in his whole life...

"B-Becka Goldhart, s-sir..." She managed to say.

"I see... That's a nice name." Rock complimented with a smile... – Damn it... Am I getting soft or something? –

Becka's cheeks began to blush. "W-well, I have to c-check the other patients, sir. If you need me, just give me a call. The number is 324 Just say your name when asked." She smiled and her aqua blue eyes twinkled as she left the room.

Rock nodded as she left. He sighed. – Okaaayy... Why the hell did I ask for her name in first place? –

But, Rock figured that he will get the answer to that question. He soon decided to get some more sleep.

Since, that was probably the only thing that he can do at the moment...

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Hours passed, still Kenichi was there in the dangerous maze of rubbles of the Ziggurat looking for Tima...or what was left of her, though.

But this time, since Kenichi planned to have her fixed to the same person who has fixed Fifi, he figured that he would a need a sketch or an outline of some kind. Kenichi remembered something about a red notebook that had all of Dr. Laughton's notes and sketches about Tima.

So as Fifi and the other robots searched for what potentially can be a part of Tima, the Japanese kid looked for the red notebook...

But finding it wasn't really easy. It was like searching a needle in a pile of a haystack. For this case though, the 'needle' could have been destroyed by the fire or crushed from the rubbles. And the 'haystack' was like a pile of dangerous objects lying around. One wrong step could lead to fatal injuries or even worse...

After more than a couple of hours of searching, Kenichi sat on a safe place to rest. He was not only exhausted but hungry and thirsty as well. He's a human of pure flesh and blood, after all. What would we expect?

Suddenly, something caught his eye. Something like a small speck of bright yellow was on the ground from where he was resting. Kenichi bent down to see what it is. After realizing what it is, he carefully took out the pieces of rubble and scraps that covered it. And yes, true to what he thought it would be, it was a picture of a small child with short blond hair. It was Tima... Well, the human Tima, of course.

Thinking that the photo would lead to a trail of pictures and pages and finally to the notebook, Kenichi's hope began to perk up once again. Digging to where he thinks is his last chance to finally be with his friend, he dug even faster and faster and faster and...There it was. Although, a little destroyed at the sides, some of the important pages were still kept intact.

"Fifi! Fifi!" The boy cried. The said robot came nearer as well as the others. Showing them a certain page, Kenichi pointed to a list of the parts... It may not have been Tima's but it can still fit.

And so, with a more strong reference and renewed hope; Kenichi, Fifi and the other robots searched the entire site... Indeed, Kenichi has always been rewarded with so much more than what he has given...

He may have one more chance to save Tima again. Meanwhile, he hopes that the Duke will live...

And who is Becka in Rock's life? Will she have the chance to meet Kenichi and the robots?

Metropolis... Once a great and legendary, now fallen and weak... But just like in the fable of Pandora's Box, there is always hope lurking around the corner...

And yet this is only the beginning... Metropolis is trying to rebuild itself...

But just like Hope, an unknown enemy lurks secretly... waiting to catch its prey...

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AUTHOR's RANTING:

Okaaayy... For those who already know me, I know what you guys are thinking: - Aaahh! She started another one again!!! – Oh well, I'm sorry... Ahehehe... Well this story has been in my computer for like two years.

I couldn't get it to coz of well problems in Internet connections back then. And so that was why my FF8 fic was the first that I had posted.

Anyway, there will more chappies on this one as I have done this a long time ago. However, this isn't still finished yet. I had to do a rewrite... Ahehehe... (Sweatdrops)

Anyway, don't forget to review... Thanks for reading and...

SAYONARA!