I come back from my work, feeling very tired.
"Dang it!" I hiss, "I wish Ronin Warriors was
still playing!" I turn off the TV.
Next thing I know, I'm walking around in a desert.
Someone says my name but I can't make out the voice and I
can't open my eyes.
My mouth tastes dry and I feel like I took a bath in sand
and my washcloth was sand paper.
I open my mouth to scream but it only comes out as a whimper.
"You're awake!" someone exclaims.
I move my eyes to the side and see a blond boy in green
armor holding a sword.
"Yeah, how do you feel?"
I look at the sword he's holding.
"Oh," he changes back to his sub armor, "sorry to scare you there."
"H-How did I get here?" I ask.
He shakes his head.
"Sage, is she all right?" I hear another voice.
"Kento?" I mumble.
"Yeah, she'll be all right," Sage said.
Kento comes to my side.
"You found me?" I ask him.
"Middle of the desert," he replies.
I smile, "figures.
I feel a bit stronger so I sit up.
"Careful, Haley," he tells me.
I sniff and I catch the sweet aroma of food, "Fee Fi Fo
Fum--I smell the cooking of an Englishman," I crack.
Kento hollers with laughter, "Sai wanted to make you something."
Sai walks in holding a tray of food, "Rise and shine, love!"
"How long have I been out?" I question.
"About an hour," Sage answers.
"You were healing me this whole time?"
He blushes and leaves, "I'll go tell the others you're awake."
Sage places the tray over my lap.
"Thank you, Sai," I say and kiss his cheek.
The shy English boy blushes slightly.
"I thought I was your favorite!" Kento shouts.
"Rowen's her favorite, mate," Sai reminds his friend sharply.
"But I saved her life!"
"Hey, hey!" I hiss, "it doesn't matter who's my favorite, I think you all are great!"
"See, Sai, I told you I was her favorite," Kento
Sai lets out a sigh.
"Oh, here, you big baby!" I kiss Kento on the
"Let's give her some time to eat, all right?" Sai asks.
I start nibbling on my toast; "I'll be down to join you as soon as I'm done."
"Okay," Sai says and the two ronins leave.
I eat everything on my plate.
"Wow, you're finished eating?" Kento asks me.
I laugh, "whatever, Kento."
"Haley!" Kento shouts and catches me before I
"Kento," I mumble and then I blush, "I guess
I'm still kinda dizzy."
He holds me for a few minutes. "I'm glad you're back," he tells me.
"Me too," I admit.
"My neck hurts," I reply, "from working all day."
"Oh, here," he pulls out a chair and tells me to
Kento rubs my neck and shoulders, "feel any better?"
"Lots better, thank you."
"How about a foot rub afterwards?"
"My feet are ticklish," I tell him.
"I don't think so," I grunt, knowing exactly what
he was thinking.
"Let me help you downstairs," he picks me up and I circle my arms around his neck.
"You're a good helper," I joke and lay my head on his shoulder.
"Is she okay?" Mia asks.
"She got a little dizzy," Kento informs.
"I stood up too fast," I say.
"You look so pale," Rowen comments sadly.
I shake my head, "I remember walking in the desert but
I don't know how I got there."
"You don't work for Pizza anymore?" Kento asks me.
I shake my head, "Nope.
He sets me down on the couch.
"Thirsty, aren't you?" Mia asks me with a smile.
"She's probably dehydrated," Sai says.
"I have a pretty big headache too," I say.
"Here," Mia places two aspirin in my hand.
"I feel so gross," I groan, "I probably look it too."
"Nah," Kento says, "You look gorgeous!"
"Oh, cut it out," I mutter, "I need a shower!"
"You're welcome to use the shower," Mia says,
"and I can lend you some clothes." She takes me by the hand and gives
me a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.
"Thanks, Mia," I tell her.
I come out of the shower towel drying my hair and holding my glasses.
"Feel any better?" Mia asks me.
"Yes," I answer, "thanks."
The doorbell rings.
"I'm a bit lost," says the person at the
He tilts his head, "wait a minute. I know you!" he points at Ryo.
"Hey, we're not interested in buying anything," Ryo says.
"You're Ryo of the Wildfire!" he screams,
"Oh, cool, can I have your autograph?"
"Who the heck are you?" Ryo demands.
"My name is Guido," he answers.
"Sonic Angel?" I ask.
"GameGirl is my penname," I explain.
"I should ask you the same thing," Guido says.
"Weren't you sucked in the TV while you were watching our show?" Rowen asks us both.
"No," I reply and shake my head.
"Toonami took you guys off!" Guido adds in a shout, "I'm gonna kill the producers!"
"They took us off?" Kento asks, "I'm hurt!"
Ryo shuts the door, "I guess you're here for a reason."
"Maybe there's a new enemy," Guido guesses.
"All the warlords became good guys," I explain, "the Heroine of the Valley took care of that!"
"Who's she?" Guido asks me.
"Me, of course!" I reply.
"You are?" Guido questions, "How come you never told me?"
I shrug, "well, you never asked!"
"Then who can be our new enemy?" Yuli asks
"Hey, has anything happened to the valley?" I question.
"Valley, what valley?" Guido mutters.
"My valley!" I shout, "Has something happened to the valley that I'm supposed to take care of?"
"You mean," Rowen says, "you're here because your valley may be in danger?"
"Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying," I say.
"Well---Haley, I'm not sure."
I frown, "You're supposed to be my favorite!
"There's a lot of valleys here," Rowen says to try to comfort me, "I guess we all forgot which one it was."
"I didn't," Kento says, "it was the most beautiful one!"
"I remember it too," Sai adds, "she saved our lives and was about to bury the warlords alive! Don't you remember, Rowen?"
"Oh, yeah," he blushes, "but it's not like we go there every day."
"I even forgot," Ryo admits.
"I go there all the time," Kento says.
"Does it look any different?" I ask.
"Yeah," he nods, "that's where I found you."
"You said you found me in a desert," I say.
"That's what I mean," Kento says, "your valley is a desert now."
"Could someone please tell me what's going on?" Guido questions in confusion.
"Guido, I came here once before," I explain,
"I was watching Ronin Warriors on TV and then I was sucked into the
"Ohhhh, I see." Guido blushes.
"Yeah, Haley's a valley girl!" Kento chuckles.
Guido rolls his eyes.
"Whatever," I mumble.
"Should we split up again?" Yuli asks.
"Just don't partner me up with Kento," I hear
Guido mutter under his breath.
"No, just follow me, okay guys?" I tell them.
"I wonder if we'll get new armors," Guido says, "that will be so cool!"
I nod, "yeah."
We get to the valley and just as Kento said, it was nothing
but a desert.
"You all right, love?" Sai asks as he helps me up.
"I think I'm weakened when the valley isn't growing," I explain tiredly.
"DESERT SANDBLASTER!" Screams a hissing, sinister voice.
"Get down!" Sai screams and he covers me.
"Who is here?" Ryo demands, "show yourself!"
All Ryo gets in return is wicked laughter, "Ronin Warriors, prepare to meet your doom!"
I squint my eyes and look forward.
"Where?" Sai asks me and picks me up.
"Show me where he is and he's history!" Kento grunts.
"That sand devil over there," I point at the
swirling of sand and air.
"I'll show him to mess up your valley!" Kento
shouts and calls upon his armor.
"He must be immune to land attacks," I
"That's right, girlie!" I'm lifted into the air by
a huge sand devil
"Hey, let her go!" Guido shouts, "she hasn't done anything to you!"
I start to cough, "I just had a shower! I don't need this!"
"She's my friend!
"Then how would you like to join your friend?" He puts Guido in the sand devil with me.
"Nice going," I mutter.
"Hey, I tried!" Guido coughs.
The rest of the guys call upon their armor.
"Sai!" I scream, "If he's immune to land then he's vulnerable to water!"
"Right-o, love!" Sai shouts back, "I'll get
you out in a jiffy!
"Uh-oh!" we say in unison as we quickly latch our arms around each other.
"Haley!" Kento shouts.
Kento jumps and catches us before we hit the ground. "Are you too all right?"
Guido wriggles away, "I'm fine."
"Fools!" Scorpius growls.
We turn and look at him.
"I am Osiris, Warlord of Hate!"
"I am Daltus, Warlord of Annoyance!"
"I am Jezebel, War lady of Lust!"
"Lady?" I grunt.
"But we deserve this valley more than you do," she hisses.
"Shall we destroy them now, Lord Daggerstrike?"
"Wow, he really is the warlord of annoyance," Guido says under his breath.
Lord Daggerstrike walks up in front of them, a black panther
"Sooner the better," he comments evilly.
"BLACK LIGHTNING SLASH!" hollers Kale in the
"They followed us!" Lord Daggerstrike growls.
"Haley!" Guido shouts.
"Let her go!" Kento orders.
"Throw down your weapons or I will put an end to the
heroine of the valley!" Daggerstrike commands, bringing the dagger closer
to my through.
"How do we know you will keep your word?" Anubis
"Just do it," Ryo groans, "We can't let him
They begin to drop their weapons and I remember something
from a self-defense lesson.
I bite my lower lip and gather my courage as I let out a
"Pull a knife on me, will you?" I mutter, folding
my fingers over the cut.
I'm sure Daggerstrike would have the most uncomfortable look
on the face right now.
"This is not the end," he growls.
"We'll come back," Osiris promises.
"Unless you find us first," Daltus adds and they sink back in the distance.
"Morons," I grunt and kneel down.
"Let me see your hands," I hear someone command
"Cool," I comment.
"I owed you," he tells me.
"For almost killing you," he says.
"Well, I forgive you."
"Are you all right, Haley?" Guido asks me.
"I'm fine," I reply.
"That was so cool!"
"I never would of thought of that."
"What would they want with this valley?" Ryo asks.
"This is a very special valley," Lady Kayura
A shiny orb comes out of the ground and into my hands.
"Hey cool!" Guido shouts.
From a stream, floats out another armor orb with a dark blue
symbol on it: friendship.
"Duuuuuuuuude," Guido exclaims.
"I wonder what kind of armors we'll get," I say.
Guido smiles, "doesn't matter to me, as long as we kick some tail!"
"We figured since you helped us we should pay you back," Dais comments.
"Do you know where they are hiding?" Guido asks.
"Is it the netherworld?" I add.
"No, right here, actually," Lady Kayura replies, "they're after your valley and the whole world."
"We have to stop them!" I shout, "We're are they?"
"Not too from here," Sekhmet says.
"How do you know where they are?" Guido questions.
Dais smiles, "we have our ways."
"Then lead the way," I tell them.
Their hideout was pretty much what I would expect, a big scary looking castle in the middle of a dark forest.
"How come all the bad guys' hideouts always look the same?" I question Guido.
Guido shrugs, "it comes with the job description?"
"Man it's dark out here," I keep walking and someone picks me up and places me somewhere else.
"You almost walked right into a tree," whispers Kale's voice.
When we come closer to the castle, all is clear.
"You think maybe they were waiting for us?" Rowen questions.
"Aaaaah!" I hear Yuli scream.
I turn around to see Daggerstrike's black panther dragging Yuli by the shirt.
"Bad kitty, shoo, shoo!" I hiss at black panther.
Whiteblaze attacks the panther and I pick Yuli up.
He nods, "yeah, but that cat really needs a breath mint!"
"Welcome to our home, ronin rats!" growls Daggerstrike.
"We won't let you destroy the valley," Ryo
"HEATING DAGGER SHOWER!"
I hear a high-pitched giggle.
"And what do you lust after?" she asks them wantonly.
"Get away from them, you wench!" I run
after her and push her away.
"Are you going to stop me?" she demands, "oh,
you foolish little girl.
"I can too!" I snarl, "I'm the heroine of the
valley and I can take you any day!
My armor looks a bit different than the others because it
looks more feminine.
I raise my sword, "still think I can't take ya?"
She takes out hers, "we'll see about that.
I dodge her attack and perform mine. "SLITHERING VINES
"Told you!" I shout.
"Wait," someone tells me.
"Don't harm her," he says.
"Why not?" I demand.
"Because, she's my cousin," he replies.
"Then I think you should handle her."
"That might be best."
"I am going to destroy all of you!" Daltus shouts.
"Man, that guy really is annoying!" Guido groans.
"Better put your armor on," I tell him.
A huge wave of water hits Daltus like, like a huge wave of water!
"Yeah, take that!" Guido shouts.
Daltus stands up and throws his morning star at Guido, "STAR FURY!"
"Whoa!" Guido dodges it.
"SURF UP NOW!"
"SUPER WAVE SMASHER!"
"Wow, thanks, Sai," Guido calls.
"Anytime, mate," he says, "nice armor."
"You're mine!" I snarl at Daggerstrike.
"Fool!" he growls.
"Hey, be careful," Rowen warns, "the ravine is getting larger!"
"It's becoming a valley!" Kento shouts.
"I will not let you bring darkness into my
valley!" I snap, "So get your own! Here's one for you! SLITHERING
VINES ENSNARE!" The vines come out of the ravine and curls around
"Okay, Guido, double team are you ready?" I ask him.
"SURF UP NOW!"
The landslide combines with the water to make mud and it
pushes Daggerstrike, Osiris, and Daltus father into the ravine. It smothers
them and burries them alive.
"I could have put you in there, Jezebel," I say,
"if it weren't for your cousin.
She sighs and says nothing.
"Let's go," Kale says.
"Hey, let's go see your valley, Haley," Guido
"Good idea," I say, "I can't wait."
"Hey, you don't think Sai's jealous of my armor, do you?" he whispers.
"No, not at all!"
"Good," he sighs.
We arrive at my valley and it looks better than I ever
thought it would.
Guido whistles, "daaaaaang, some valley!"
"Yeah," I say, "beautiful isn't it?"
"I guess that's why you're supposed to protect it," he says.
"How are you supposed to get back home if they took the show off?" Rowen asks.
"I don't know," I reply.
"Then let's just stay here!" Guido shouts, "the real world sucks!"
"Sounds cool to me," Kento grins.
"I don't have to work tomorrow," I say, "thank goodness!"
We go back to Mia's house and have a big lunch.
"Mine's not spicy," I say.
"But how come mines…uh oh," Guido looks up at Sai
who has a look of satisfaction on his face.
"Not funny!" Guido shouts, "I need some Mylanta
antacid or something!
"I can't believe you, Sai," I tell him.
Sai winks, "I guess he just doesn't like spicy
"Oh, I'm gonna love it here," I comment.
(GameGirl gets splashed)