The New Samurai

Story by: Phoenix710

Summary: Sayaka's party gets into gear at the Pizza Cats Restaurant, and she sits down to have a talk with her sister, before Speedy joins in, along with Mr. and Mrs. Esther. Guido springs his surprise, when he and Wally bring out the refreshments, along with the cake, and then Francine gets the biggest surprise of all, when Captain Kiryu asks her a question that will change her life forever.

Disclaimer: I do not claim any rights to Samurai Pizza Cats, or to any of the characters. Samurai Pizza Cats, and all associated characters, are registered trademarks of Saban. All original characters are products of my imagination.

Songs for this chapter:

Speedy-'Glory of Love'-Peter Cetera

Polly- 'Just Communication'-Two-Mix

Capt. Kiryu-'I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing'-Aerosmith

Francine-'Blue Skies'-Stephanie Cooke

Guido-'Our Love Is Here To Stay'-Rod Stewart

Lucille-'Breath'-Faith Hill

Guido's song at the party-'What A Wonderful World'-Louis Armstrong

Chapter Eight: Sayaka's Party and Francine's Surprise

Sayaka headed towards the Pizza Cats' Pizza Parlor with Carla and Lucille, since the others had gone on ahead of them, saying that they needed to fix up a few things. When she opened the door and walked inside, she found the place dark, and seemingly deserted. Feeling a little bit confused, she turned to face her two friends, and said, "Carla, Lucille...what's going on? Where is everyone?" Carla smiled, and then she replied, "Just wait another few seconds. Okay…5...4...3...2...1...NOW!!" Right at that moment, the lights came on, and everyone else yelled, "SURPRISE!!" Sayaka stood there, totally amazed...the parlor was all decked out. Balloons were everywhere, festive pink and white tablecloths covered every table, and sitting on top of each table, was a beautifully-folded origami paper crane. Sayaka could see that her friends had really gone all out for this party, and there was a huge banner above the counter, that read, "CONGRATULATIONS, SAYAKA!!" Everyone's signature was on it, and Francine came over towards her. She said, "Sayaka, welcome to your new home. It's great to have you on the team!" Sayaka took Francine's hand in hers, and replied, "Thank you Fran...and thanks to all of the rest of you...I swear, today's the best day of my life!" Irving came forward, and said, "Here, Sayaka. Take this. It's a gift from Lydia and I." Smiling, she replied, "Thank you, Mr. Cerviche…I mean Irving…" She accepted the package. After sitting down at a nearby booth and setting the box on the table, she gently opened it, and found a gleaming gold charm inside. It was in the shape of a star, and it had the family crests of both the Cerviche and Esther families engraved into it, along with the Japanese symbol for luck. She said, "Oh my…it's so beautiful!" Irving smiled, and then Polly walked up, and slid the chain of the necklace on for her. It fit perfectly alongside her medallion, and she posed with her new family and friends for a group photo, after Good Bird set up the camera. Once the picture was taken, the rest of Sayaka's gifts were brought into the den. She received a new summer dress from her sister, and some scented bath salts from Speedy. Guido got her a new hairbrush, and Good Bird handed her a pair of scabbards for her swords, while Carla gave her a pair of whetstones, one for each blade. Francine bought her a laptop, and all of the Rescue Team members had pitched in to buy her a TV set for her bedroom. Kazuki and his crew had pooled their money to buy her a VCR/DVD combo unit, and Wally had purchased a bathrobe for her. Princess Vi had even bought her something...a whole bedroom set, while her mother had purchased a dresser. Al Dente gave her some sword polish, and she received an electronic martial arts practice dummy, built to look like Cheese, from Captain Kiryu. She was thrilled with all her gifts, and then she showed everyone the medallion that she'd received from her parents. Hitomi handed her the last gift...a quilt that she'd made, just for her. Once all the presents had been tucked away, Francine said, "Okay...now let's get this party started. BRING OUT THE FOOD, AND GET THAT MUSIC PLAYING!!"

Guido walked over to the jukebox, and fired it up. He said, "I'd like to start this party off with one of my favorite tunes, called 'What A Wonderful World', by Louis Armstrong. As the song started, Guido began to sing.

'I see trees of green... red roses too
I see em bloom... for me and for you
And I think to myself... what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue... clouds of white
Bright blessed days...dark sacred nights
And I think to myself ...what a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow...so pretty ..in the sky
Are also on the faces...of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands...sayin.. how do you do
Theyre really sayin...i love you.

I hear babies cry... I watch them grow
Theyll learn much more...than Ill never know
And I think to myself ...what a wonderful world

(instrumental break)

The colors of a rainbow...so pretty ..in the sky
Are there on the faces...of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands...sayin.. how do you do
Theyre really sayin...spoken(I ...love...you).

I hear babies cry... I watch them grow
spoken(you know their gonna learn
A whole lot more than Ill never know)
And I think to myself ...what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself ...what a wonderful world.'

After the song finished, Guido received a round of applause from everyone, and then he said, "Thank you all. However, tonight isn't about me…tonight is to celebrate the accomplishments of Sayaka Esther, the younger sister of my best friend Polly…and the newest member of our team. Sayaka, as long as you've got Speedy and your sister looking out for you, you'll do just fine, that I can promise you. Congratulations, and welcome to the Pizza Cats!"

Polly came up next, and said, "Sayaka, as your sister, I want you to know that I'm proud…so proud of you, for all that you've accomplished. I know that it wasn't easy, but like me, you've got that undying Esther fire, that drive, that courage to keep on going, and I know that as long as that fire burns in your heart, nothing's gonna be able to stand in your way. I love you, sis. Congratulations!"

After the applause died down, Speedy came up, and said, "Sayaka, you've done an excellent job through all your years of training, and you even helped us to defeat Big Cheese this time around, even though we were there to save you, YOU helped to save US, and all of Little Tokyo. You truly are an honor to your family, and I'm proud, EXTREMELY proud, to be your leader, and also, to call you a part of my family. Anyone that's a sister of my wonderful wife, is without a doubt, going to make an AWESOME Samurai Pizza Cat. Congratulations, and welcome aboard!"

Speedy received a rousing cheer from everyone. One by one, everyone else came up to deliver their speeches, and when that was all over with, the food was brought out. Sayaka's eyes went wide…there were plates of Jiaozi, Nikuman buns, platters of Wally's best sushi, egg rolls, sandwiches, pastry and cookie platters from Guido's brother and sister-in-law, freshly-made Pizza, popcorn, pizza rolls, and topping it off, a cake. Francine brought out some bottles of soda, and Carla followed close behind, carrying some light wine. As soon as Francine was done setting the last soda down, she was about to head over and fix herself a plate of food, when Captain Kiryu walked up. She said, "Oh…Ryuho. I didn't see you there. Is there anything I could get for you?" He replied, "Actually, Francine…I'd like to talk to you alone. Could we go outside?" Francine replied, "Sure." She excused herself, and then she followed her boyfriend outside.

Ryuho and Francine walked up to a hill overlooking the city, and there were a couple of benches. Ryuho gestured towards one, and Francine sat down. Ryuho sat down next to her, and took her hands in his. She watched as the moonlight gleamed off of his jet black hair, and his emerald green eyes, causing them to sparkle. Her own blue eyes gleamed with excitement, as he said, "Francine, I've wanted to tell you this for a while now…but I could never seem to find the time. Between watching after Princess Vi and her mother, running errands, dealing with Cheese's antics whenever he pulls his Houdini acts and escapes, it's not easy to find time, but now that tonight is calm, I can't wait any longer. Francine, you truly are a wonderful, amazing, and beautiful young lady. You're fiery, yet kind. You're determined, and you don't let anyone push you around…most of all, you're loyal, honest, and hardworking." She smiled, and replied, "Thank you, Ryuho…is there anything else?" He pulled a small box out of the inner pocket of his suit jacket, and handed it to her. She asked, "What's this?" He gave her a gentle pat on the shoulder, and then he replied, "Open it, Francine." She did so, and found a lovely 24-karat gold ring inside, along with an emerald in the center, surrounded by diamonds and rubies. Her eyes went wide, and Ryuho again took her hands in his, and asked, "Francine Manx, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife? I love you, and I don't want to be without you any longer." Tears swelled in her eyes, and she threw her arms around him. She replied, "Oh gods, yes…Ryuho Kiryu, I love you so much!" He replied, "I love you too, Francine. I've got a song that I've saved, especially for this moment, and especially for you. It's called, 'I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing', by Aerosmith." She replied, "Ryuho…you're wonderful, and I'd love to hear that song…it's one of my favorites." Ryuho stood up, cleared his throat, and began singing to his blonde-haired beauty.

'I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment I spend with you is a moment I treasure

Don't want to close my eyes
Don't want to fall asleep
'Coz I'd miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Coz even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you baby
And I don't want to miss a thing

Laying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I'm wondering what you're dreaming
Wondering if it's me you're seeing
Then I kiss your eyes
And thank God we're together
I just want to stay with you in this moment forever
Forever and ever

Don't want to close my eyes
Don't want to fall asleep
'Coz I'd miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Coz even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you baby
And I don't want to miss a thing

I don't want to miss one smile
I don't want to miss one kiss
I just want to be with you Right here with you just like this
I just wanna hold you close
Feel your heart so close to mine
And stay here in this moment
for all the rest of time
Baby, baby

Don't want to close my eyes
Don't want to fall asleep
'Coz I'd miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Coz even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you baby
And I don't want to miss a thing!'

When Ryuho was finished with his song, Francine said, "Oh my…that was so beautiful…you've got a great voice, Ryuho…" He replied, "Thank you, sweetie." She said, "I've got one for you too, called, 'Blue Skies', by Stephanie Cooke." She cleared her throat, and began singing to her fiancé.

'Everyday I wake up unsure
of the tasks the day will bring
Yesterday's disappointments
keep reminding me.
Tomorrows surely coming
just as sure as the air I breathe
But I know I'll get through it
I have what I need...

I have so far to go
And only heaven knows

The sun keeps shining

Everything is bound to change
And the wind keeps blowing
But the wide blue sky

Wide blue sky always the same
It forever stays the same
I've been finding
that the choice it will make...

That the wide blue sky
that its never gonna change
But I have so far to go
And only heaven knows
Yes I have so far to go
Heaven knows

Not-ah one day goes by
Bring back my blue sky
On which I rely
There's hope in the wide blue sky

Wide blue sky
Blue sky's given me so much hope'

When Francine finished singing, Ryuho said, "Wow Francine…your voice is so…lovely!" She blushed, and replied, "You really think so?" He smiled, and replied, "Yes. It's as pretty as the rest of you." She replied, "Ryuho…", before their lips met in a deep kiss. When they pulled apart, Francine said, "Let's head back, before they come looking for us." Ryuho nodded, and they both headed back, hand-in-hand.

Once they returned to the restaurant, Francine and Ryuho were greeted at the door by Speedy and Polly. Speedy asked, "Hey there, Fran. Where'd you run off to? We're just about to have the cake." She smiled, put one arm around Ryuho's shoulders, and said, "Everyone, I've got an announcement to make." The room grew quiet, and Francine then showed off her ring. Polly's eyes went wide, and Speedy smiled. Francine said, "It's official…Ryuho and I are engaged…and I've never been happier!" Polly hugged her friend, and said, "Congratulations, Francine…I'm so happy for you. You've finally found that special someone, just like I've found my soulmate in Speedy." Francine replied, "Thank you, Polly." She smiled, and then they all headed over for some cake.

After everyone had their fill of the cake, the hour struck midnight, and Al Dente said, "Before we all head for home, I want to say this, Sayaka…you've done a wonderful job coming this far, and I know that, just from seeing your sister as an example, you'll be a terrific Samurai. May fortune smile upon you and your friends. Also, congratulations on your engagement, Francine." Both girls replied, "THANK YOU!", before the guests all began to file out and head for home. Speedy said, "Good night, Uncle Irving…Aunt Lydia. I'll be in touch." Irving replied, "Good night, nephew. See you soon, I hope." Lydia hugged her nephew, and said, "Take care, Speedy. We'll be back to visit whenever we can." Speedy waved to them both, until their car was out of sight. Guido repeated the process with his brother and sister-in-law, and Polly did likewise with her parents and grandmother. Kazuki and his team headed back to their hotel, and the Rescue Team headed for their respective Pizza Parlors.

Finally, the Royal Family set out, but not before Francine and Ryuho shared one last kiss goodnight, and Princess Vi said, "Good night everyone. I'll be seeing you." After everyone had left, the Cats and Good Bird all cleaned up, put the leftovers away, and then they all headed upstairs for the night.

Speedy and Polly walked Sayaka up to her new room, which was right across the hall from theirs. Speedy said, "It's all set up for ya. I'll see ya tomorrow, Sayaka. Have a good night's sleep." She replied, "You too, Speedy. Good night, sis." Polly hugged her, and replied, "Good night, Sayaka. See you in the morning." Sayaka rubbed her niece's head, and Aiko said, "Night, auntie Sayaka. I love you." Sayaka replied, "I love you too, sweetie. Pleasant dreams." Speedy and Polly then headed for their room, and closed the door. Speedy said, "Polly, I've got a song that's perfect for this night…for this moment between us. It's called 'Glory of Love', by Peter Cetera." Polly replied, "Oh Speedy…that sounds great!" Speedy smiled, before clearing his throat, and then he began to serenade his lovely kitten.

'Tonight it's very clear
As we're both lying here
There's so many things i want to say
I will always love you
I would never leave you alone

Sometimes i just forget
Say things i might regret
It breaks my heart to see you crying
I don't wanna lose you
I could never make it alone

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
We'll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

You'll keep me standing tall
You'll help me through it all
I'm always strong when you're beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I'll be the hero you've been dreaming of
We'll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

Just like a knight in shining armor
From a long time ago
Just in time i will save the day
Take you to my castle far away

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
We're gonna live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

We'll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love'

Polly had tears in her eyes when Speedy was done, and she said, "Speedy…that song has 'us' written all over it, and so does this one. It's called 'Just Communication', by Two-Mix." She cleared her throat, and then her lovely voice began to flow throughout the room, right to Speedy's heart.

'Just wild beat communication
While being pounded by rain
I want to express this unfading passion
with my entire body, tonight!

Short Instrumental

I held your
damp shoulders to warm you.
Your fingers tremble;
what are they seeking?

Even if it's in broken speech,
I want you to tell me your pain.
Pretending that the pain's worn off
doesn't make you an adult.

I want to protect that look in your eyes
Believe in the love
that can change sadness to strength.

Just wild beat communication
Don't be afraid of anything.
Because noone's going to take away
our shared feelings of now.

Just wild beat communication
While being pounded by rain
I want to express this unfading passion
with my entire body, tonight!

Short Instrumental

I want to spend the night
nestled close to you until the faraway dawn.
We can lose everything else,
as long as we don't lose tenderness.

Through kisses, more than words,
we feel each other's heartbeats,
drawing passion near;
momentary, yet eternal...

I want to gaze at you, painfully, intensely.
You're so precious to me
it almost brings me to tears.

Just wild beat communication
Don't surrender anything,
because when you have someone who understands you,
you can fight on.

Just wild beat communication
Don't let go of love
Unleash all of the complexities of your heart, and show me
your true self, overflowing and passionate, tonight!

Instrumental

Just wild beat communication
Don't be afraid of anything.
Because noone's going to take away
our shared feelings of now.

Just wild beat communication
While being pounded by rain
I want to express this unfading passion
with my entire body, tonight!'

Speedy said, "Oh Polly…you are so gifted, and so incredibly beautiful. I love you, my wonderful kitten." Polly kissed him, and then she replied, "I love you too, Pussycat…always and forever." The two of them soon sank down onto their mattress, forgetting about the rest of the world around them, as they were involved in some rather passionate activities.

Guido and Lucille's room…

Guido was sitting on the bed with Lucille, after she finished putting Yattaro and Pururun to sleep. He said, "The moon and the stars are so pretty tonight, Lucille." She replied, "Yes, Guido…they are." He turned and looked into her eyes, before replying, "I know one thing that's more beautiful, Lucille…you, and the love that we share." She smiled, and then she kissed him, before replying, "I love you so much, Guido. I've got a song for you, called 'Breathe', by Faith Hill." Guido replied, "Lucille, that's one of my favorites, and with that pretty voice of yours, it'll be great to hear it." She got herself ready, and then she began singing.


'I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way
I watch the sunlight dance across your face
And I've never been this swept away
All my thoughts just seem to settle on the breeze
When I'm lying wrapped up in your arms
The whole world just fades away
The only thing I hear
Is the beating of your heart

Cause I can feel you breathe
It's washing over me
And suddenly I'm melting into you
There's nothing left to prove
Baby, all we need is just to be
Caught up in the touch
Slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way that love's suppose to be
I can feel you breathe

In a way I know my heart is waking up
As all the walls come tumbling down
Closer than I've ever felt before
And I know, and you know
There's no need for words right now

I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way...'

Guido said, "Oh wow…Lucille, you are so beautiful, and so talented. I'm such a lucky cat...I've been blessed with a second chance by Speedy and Polly, and I've got you, and our two wonderful twins now…and I couldn't be happier. I've got a song for you too, called 'Our Love Is Here To Stay', by Rod Stewart." Lucille replied, "I love that song, Guido…just like I love you." Guido kissed the pretty brown-eyed female ram, and then he began singing to her.


'It's very clear, our love is here to stay
Not for a year but ever and a day
The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go

But oh, my dear, our love is here to stay
Together we're going a long, long way
In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble
They're only made of clay
But our love is here to stay

The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go
Oh, my dear, our love is here to stay
Together we're going a long, long way
In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble
They're only made of clay
Oh, but our love is here
Our love is here
But our love is here to stay
To stay.'

When Guido finished, Lucille hugged him with every ounce of her passion, and then they both sank onto their bed, and spent the next hour engaged in the heat of their love for one another. Afterwards, they went in for a shower, changed the sheets, and then they climbed in, curled up next to one another, and were asleep in minutes.


Speedy and Polly's room…

Speedy and Polly came out of the shower, and Speedy said, "Wow…every day with you, Kitten...it's like a whole new world. You are the best thing that's ever happened to me, Polly. I never want to be apart from you, and I'll love you for all the rest of my life." Polly kissed him, and replied, "I love you too, Pussycat…and I'll be here at your side for all of eternity." Speedy pulled her into another long, passionate kiss, and then they curled up on their mattress, falling asleep in minutes. They knew that whatever the next day brought their way, their love would carry them through it.


The End.