East Meets West

Disclaimer: I don't own Variable Geo (V.G.). Only the respective company does. That includes the video games, the characters and their techniques as well. Personally, the only thing that I own is the "Striking Blaster", "Blazing Phoenix", "Arctic Breath", "Devil Blue Dragon Attack", "Super Phoenix Punch" and the "Ice Breaker" attacks that I've made up for myself. Also, this is my first attempt of writing a Variable Geo (V.G.) fan-fiction story. Plus, this takes place after the events of Advanced V.G. 2. Read and Review and please, no flames! Enjoy!

Chapter 1: The Visit

It was just another quiet and yet, ordinary day in my house. I came inside, when I downloaded an interesting video game for my Sony console. I smiled to myself after I came through the front door and went downstairs with the big plasma TV. A complete mess, but it still feels like that it's clean. I removed my thick brown jacket, which was nearly worn out because of the ripped material.

Before I began to entertain myself with the video game that I've bought, I warmed up some non-butter popcorn into the microwave for approximately three minutes or so. After a short wait, I opened it and removed the seal of the bag itself and the popcorn went onto the bowl like a stack of bricks.

I went back downstairs, turned on both the game console and TV. I watched the introduction and I found it to be very interesting. Then, the menu popped up and I pressed the button on the controller where the cursor on the screen was pointed on the 'Story Mode' logo and the program was officially underway.

I've seemed to enjoy the program for a while even though that it was a bit mild and graphic; I personally enjoy the characters of the game, itself. Like the character, Yuka; athletic, talented and above all, pretty. Every time that I've gazed at her beautiful figure, my heart was beating like crazy and my cheeks were gushing red.

Suddenly, the unexpected occurred. The picture froze and the game disc kept making some strange sounds. I said to myself; "Did it get scratched, all of a sudden?" I got out of my bed and try to eject the game disc to see, if there were any scratches on the disc itself. But for some odd reason, it won't open. I keep pressing 'Eject' a few times and somehow, it won't eject.

I scratched my head in confusion as to why it went frozen so quickly. So, I tried to reset the game console to see if it would work again. Same thing. Nothing happened. I turned away from the TV and wiped the sweat off my forehead that was on me. I thought to myself as to how could this happen. "What gives? I just downloaded this video game and it comes out like this? Just great! What else could go wrong?"

Unfortunately, it just did. From out of nowhere, a medium sized black hole with blue swirls around it appeared and begins to suck me in. The wind of the hole was becoming so strong that I have to use part of the sofa to hold on for dear life. I panicked, when I turned to see that the hole was picking up speed and increasing its size. "What the hell is going on?! It's too strong! I can't hold on much longer!"

Before I know it, I lost my grip of the sofa and I got suck into the hole as I screamed in horror and got whisked away from my home. Inside the black hole itself, I kept on going around in circles for a few minutes until I was falling down straight. In spite of this, I still kept on screaming before a bright light came in and then, I fell into the middle of a lake and made a big splash. I quickly gasped for air and spat out some water as I swam to shore until I made it to the surface. I continue to spat some water from the lake that I fell into and that's when I realize what kind of water, it was. "Yuck! Salt water! I hate salt water!"

I was soaking wet and took off my pants and shirts by squeezing the water out. Even so, I was starting to feel cold on the inside as I begin to chatter my teeth and kept drying myself off. As I looked up, the sky was pretty clear until a few dark clouds covered it up and before I know it, it began to pour as lightning cracks the sky and heavy rain starts to pour down on the tree and on myself. "Aw, man! My day just went from bad to worse!"

I had a choice to make: Either to suffocate in the rain and get a cold or to find some shelter, so I can wash myself off from the storm that was already underway. I began to run into the heavy rain and into the heart of the city to which that I have no clue as to where I'm at.

For the a couple of hours, my whole body was completely soaked again and I was starting to get some shivers down my spine. There were some people that wanted to help me, but I just backed away from their offer and continued to walk into the rain. That is, until I realized when I walked past some shops and other buildings that I walked by from. There were some symbols or perhaps some signs that were marked on the streets, buildings and other places that I saw. After a while, my eyes were widened in shock and I found out that I'm in Tokyo, Japan! "Holy crap! I'm in Japan? How did I end up here?!"

The heavy rain continues to pour down and I was feeling weak and nauseated until I came upon a restaurant called "Hanna Miller's". Fortunately, there were a few drapes that were hanging high above the windows and the door entrance. I took a peek at the window as I see some pretty waitresses taking some appreciations from the customers and serving some appetizers. I feel like that I wanted something to chow down on, but the only thing that I need is to warm myself up.

Meanwhile, two girls that were doing their jobs, where busy talking to each other about something.

"Say, senpai? How come there hasn't been a V.G. tournament for the past few years? Was it because of the lack of competition or is it the new rules that they've put up?" says the young ponytail girl.

"Good question, Tamao-chan. But one thing's certain, everything's become very quiet all of a sudden" said the long brown-haired waitress, as she went back to work and so did the other girl.

Back outside of the restaurant itself, I overheard their comments from the inside and I seemed to wonder as to why their so-called V.G. tournament was put on-hold for that long. But while I was continuing to gaze at their appearances, four mysterious men with black masks on their faces came inside and drew their knives. This resulted of everyone screaming in panic and I watched the customers burst outside.

I peeked my head on the window and witnessed a shocking scene: four masked men have not only taken Yuka and Tamao hostage, but also the entire restaurant as well. "This is nuts! What would they want with her?"

That's when I've noticed Yuka's expression. It was filled with fear and embarrassment to see one of the masked men looking to strip her clothing and harass her. By gripping my fist and grinding my teeth a little, I said to myself. "That does it! No one hurts Yuka like that and gets away with it! I'm going in!"

Tamao tries her best to save Yuka, but because of the masked men holding her with a knife, she is left defenseless. "Don't you dare hurt senpai!"

"Says you! Let's have some fun."

A new voice interjected. "The only fun you'll be having is a taste of justice!"

As the four men turned around, they see me in a fighting stance and looking to defend Yuka, Tamao and the whole restaurant.

"Who the hell are you?" says one of them.

I'm wearing a white jersey shirt with black stripes on my arms, black t-shirt underneath, tight-fit blue jeans and black sneakers. I also have clean cut brown hair to match my look. "That's none of your damn business! Leave Yuka alone, you jerks!"

"So, you want a piece of us? Fine! Let's get him!"

They all come charging in at me, but I was ready. The first goon tries to throw a fist at me and then, I've performed an over-the-shoulder throw that sent him flying right across the room until he crashed onto the table. Seeing that I was distracted, the second goon tries to ambush me but I came prepared by doing a spinning-heel kick and fell right down to the canvas. The third goon tries the same thing from behind my back until I kicked him in the crotch and spun him around by grabbing his legs and threw him back first onto the wall hard. The final goon, supposedly the leader, was holding Yuka prisoner by holding a knife close to her throat.

"Here's the deal: Give up or this wench pays for it!"

"Senpai!" cried Tamao.

"I don't give up for anything! The only reason why you're tough is because you can't finish the job yourself by acting as a coward! Face it, you're nothing but a fool!" I yelled at him.

The masked man became infuriated with me. "Why, you little punk!" He releases Yuka and comes right at me. "I'll get you!"

Before long, I do my best to imitate Yuka's fighting pose and concentrate my power against him. As soon as he tries to lunge his weapon at me, I ducked and as I leaned back, my eyes flashed with vigor and my fist was pumped by connecting it on the masked men's stomach. Afterwards, I moved forward with my other fist and made contact on his chin until I spat out a technique from out of nowhere. Unknown to me, my right fist had a flaming aura wrapped in an orange, red and pink collaboration and then, I said this: "Devil...Blue Dragon Attack!"

It caused him to go up in the air and fall down hard on the ground. That is, until I performed another technique and much like from before, the flame aura re-appeared on my right hand. "Super Phoenix...Punch!" My timing on him was so accurate that it connected on his face and it sent him soaring right out of the restaurant very fast until he crashed onto a car and he was out-cold. As I brushed myself after disposing the remaining three men, I said to myself. "How do you like that? They left without paying the bill!"

The moment Yuka saw what had transpired, her cheeks had a huge tint of redness on them and her brown eyes were sparkling. With a small smile on her face, she stood up and walked towards me.

I felt someone's footsteps and as I turned around, I see Yuka heading towards me. I was not only confused, but also surprised to see Yuka standing right in-front of me.

"You...saved my life? How can I ever thank you. My name is Yuka Takeuchi. What's yours?"

I was pretty shy, when I was staring at Yuka's beautiful figure until I replied to her in a nice tone. "I'm…Matthew. I'm from Canada."

"Canada? How did you end up here?" she asked.

"I was playing a video game on my television screen and then the next thing I know, I was laying out here in the middle of Japan. This is Japan, right?"

"Actually, it is. You're in Osaka" Tamao replied to me.

The manager of Hanna Miller's oversaw my appearance from saving Yuka's life and his business. "So, you've saved Yuka from those thugs? That was incredible! Where did you learn to fight like that?"

I responded. "First off, thanks for the compliment and second, I have no idea. All I did was concentrate from within me and that's when I came to save her. Also, I'm living with my family as of now since I've learned that living by myself was too much of a challenge for me."

Yuka's eyes flashed in shock. "You…you have a family?"

"Well, yeah. And out of curiosity, why do you ask?" I asked to Yuka.

"My parents passed on, when I was very young. All I have left is my grandfather, but I barely see him these days since I've first did my training" she said, sadly.

After hearing her sad tale about the loss of her family, I felt very sorry about her loneliness and so I tell her about something. "It's alright. It happens to everybody. Unlike you, I never met my grandfather because he passed on two years before my birth."

"Oh, really? That's too bad. Were you…"

I interrupted Tamao with my answer, before I turned back to Yuka. "Hurt? Heck, no. I just stood up for myself and for what I believed in. After all, true strength relies on one thing and one thing only; and that would be to stay positive. If it were someone like you, then you would surely become a true virgin goddess. In short, an angel like yourself is too beautiful to be both hurt and miserable. Because feeling unhappy is a distraction towards your bright future."

When Yuka had listened to every word that I've spoken, she gasped in total surprise and threw her arms around my neck while I threw mine around her lower back. "Oh, thank you, Matthew-Kun!"

My cheeks were slightly red, when I felt her warmth. "You're welcome, Yuka-chan."

The manager of Hanna Miller's seemed to be pleased, by seeing me of not only saving Yuka's life, but also comforting her. Except for Tamao as she becomes visibly upset that Yuka is feeling very happy to be saved by me.

As I released the hug from Yuka, I asked her a question. "So tell me, Yuka-chan. Why is it that the V.G. tournament has been put on hiatus?"

"Well, it's all because of two things. One, the new ruling of the individual that would lose the match and two, the company that has supported the tournament had nearly gone into bankruptcy."

I responded. "Is that right? No wonder that there's no V.G. tournament. Besides, the question is why and what was the new ruling for the loser?"

Yuka looked at Tamao for one moment and then, they shrugged their shoulders in confusion. Indicating that they have no clue as to why the tournament has been halted and the new stipulation for the individual that lost.

"We're sorry. We don't even know as to why they've stopped it."

"I agree. I also don't know a thing or two about the new ruling."

Hanna Miller's manager adjusted his glasses and answered. "For once, we'll just have to wait and see when they'll post up their next V.G. tournament."

Not knowing when the head master of the company will sanction it, I sighed to myself. "It's hard to find good entertainment these days. Speaking of which, you don't know when the exact starting date is. Do you?"

Unfortunately, he shook his head in disbelief. "Nope, only Reimi can tell us when she'll make the deadline. In the meantime, Yuka, Tamao, I'm giving the both of you the day-off."

"Wow! Thank you!"

"Finally, a much-needed break!"

I stood there in silence, as I watched the girls jump for joy about their day-off. My expression was filled with concern as I folded my arms. "I have a hunch that their enemy might be lurking around this place. Not in here, but somewhere in the heart of Osaka."

As Yuka and Tamao continued to excite themselves, they've seemed to have notice my unhappy pose.

"What's wrong, Matthew-Kun? Is there something on your mind?"

"Yeah, like what gives? First, you were feeling great of saving Yuka and now, you're acting all upset? Can you please tell us?"

I responded. "I'm sorry, you two. It's just that I'm getting a bad feeling about this. It looks as though the enemy that you've fought with last time might return. Don't get me wrong, but I can just sense it. Not feel it."

"Whatever the case, I must ask you to leave this place as well. I'm almost about to close up this cuisine shack."

I answered to him. "No problem, sir. I was just on my way out with them." I gleefully followed the girls and exited out of the restaurant, as we see the manager dim the lights off, close the doors from the inside and head for the emergency exit before he turned on the security alarm.

After me, Yuka and Tamao see their work place closed, I walked together with them as I detected that the rain has subsided just a few hours ago. I smiled to myself as the bright sun shined brightly over me and the girls.

"I'm so glad that the rain has stopped and saving a pretty lady like you, Yuka-chan."

Yuka smiled. "Aw, thank you, Matthew-Kun. What you did back there was very brave."

I laughed. "Think nothing of it, Yuka-chan." I conclude my sentence by kissing her on the cheek.

As Yuka felt it, her face turned very red. Then, she could feel her heart beating rapidly. "What is this strange feeling?"

Tamao raised her eyebrow in question and asked me about Yuka feeling awkward. "Hey, what's wrong with senpai?"

"It's a long story." During the walk, I begin to contemplate about the event that was originally supposed to take place here and of how I ended up in a place such as Osaka, Japan. "Is it just me or was it fate that brought me here? Either way, I need to find a way back home."