Author's Note: This is a weird little story idea that's been floating around in my head for a while now. I figured I might as well write it all down and share it with the fanfic readers of the Internet. Hope you all enjoy it, and tell me what you think.
I do not own Lucky Star or any property that I use as a crossover ( and as the story goes on there will be PLENTY of crossovers). I'm just a guy with a computer, a twisted imagination, and a big "what if" question.
So with all that out of the way, hope you enjoy it!
"Come on! We're almost done here!"
Konata led her group of adventurers up to the final area of the tunnels. The chambers were dimly lit by torchlight. They had wandered through the maze of passageways for several hours, the last sign of civilization they had seen had been a small outpost set up near the entrance, which was itself far outside of the limits of the nearest village. Their quest had been going exceptionally well, and assuming they could just make it past whatever was up ahead...
A huge roar and a burst of flame from the entrance to the chamber. Honestly she had been hoping for something more like a slightly larger-than-average slime, but it just always had to be a dragon, didn't it? "Better stop here for a minute. Everyone ready?"
"I'm ready when you are," replied Yamanka. "Looks like we should use ice spells?" Yamanka usually supported from the rear, since he had the most magical ability of the party.
Gatongo was obviously excited, and was laughing uncontrollably. Still, he was an experienced rogue, so they put up with his unique mannerisms.
"Here's the plan," Konata explained. "Looks like we're facing a dragon, so Gatongo can distract him. Yamanka, ice spells should work here. I'll go right in and attack close-range. This shouldn't be too hard."
The first thing they noticed as they charged into the final chamber was that the dragon was much larger and more powerful than they had anticipated. Gatongo tried to run past, but was instantly thrown aside by the claws.
"You okay?" Konata shouted.
Gatongo, still laughing (something must be wrong with him), replied, "Yeah. I can still go on. This looks like fun!"
"What are you waiting for?" shouted Yamanka. "Get in there and finish this thing off!"
Typical strategic positions - surround the enemy and attack from all sides. Three against one.
Konata got out her sword, ran in, ready for the attack - when the dragon shot out a huge burst of flame, sweeping across the room, hitting the entire party. Gatongo was killed instantly in the blast. Yamanka struggled to get up, so far unable to get in a single spell against the beast.
"No time to worry about him. We can still do this!" Konata yelled. "We've come too far to be stopped!"
She charged ahead, sword raised, and stabbed the dragon directly in the neck. Roaring in pain, it swiped blindly, throwing her aside. Yamanka cheered in triumph - soon regretting it. The dragon charged towards him and he was crushed. Konata was on her own now. She turned around and prepared for another attack. She could still do this -
Still thrashing around, the tail of the monster hit her full force in the middle of her charge, and she was thrown against the wall, the life draining out of her...
All your life will ever be
Your party is dead. Respawn at home point?
Konata put her head down on the desk in front of her. There goes all that experience, all that time spent on that dungeon... It had taken hours to get that far. Completely unfair boss battle.
gatongo: rofl that sucks
yamanka: shoot, we were so close
It was never too late to try again...
konakona: who wants to try again? we've got time
gatongo: rofl, sorry, i dont, lol
yamanka: me neither. dont u have school tomorrow kona?
School? Yes, she did, but wasn't there still time? How long had she been playing for, anyway? Turning to look at the window, she noticed that it was already starting to get lighter outside, which was all the answer she needed.
Damn it. Didn't time just fly by online?
konakona: ;; see u tomorrow then... (-_-)
Not even tomorrow, more like later today. The clock said it was already 5 A.M. Konata thought back over the past few days, and realized this would make... three all-night gaming sessions in a row. In other words, a vacation well-spent. She logged off. Time to get ready for school, then. It was the end of spring break, so today would be the start of her second year at Ryoo High School.
Kagami and Tsukasa had arrived at school early. They stood outside the front doors, talking while they waited for the first bell to ring.
"Hey, sorry I'm late, guys!"
Kagami looked over and saw Konata running towards them. "Look who decided to show up today. I was worried you'd be late for the first day of school," Kagami said. And in all honesty, that would not have surprised her.
"I was up all night on a raid. We almost got a ton of rare items before the final boss just completely overwhelmed us, so I'm going to have to try again tonight," Konata replied.
"I can't believe you. You actually stayed up all night playing a game? On a school night, too!"
"Not just one night, it was more like two or three..." Konata said. "You can't waste a perfectly good vacation, right?" Kagami stared at her in disbelief, completely unable to think of any response.
"Excuse me, can I ask you something?"
They turned around to see a boy in a Ryoo student uniform with medium-length brown hair. "Uh, sure. What do you need?" Kagami asked.
"I'm a new transfer student. Jason Ellis. I'm from America. It says I'm going to class 2-B, the teacher's name is..." He looked at the paper in his hand. "Kuroi Nanako. Do you know where that is?"
"That's where me and Tsukasa are going. Just follow us," Konata replied.
"I didn't realize we were getting a new student in our class..." Tsukasa said.
"Really? That's interesting," Jason replied. Dropping the subject, he added, "So are all of you in my class, then?"
"Kagami isn't," Konata said. "Come to think of it, this is the second year you'll be all by yourself. Don't get too lonely, now!"
"I'm fine!" Kagami snapped. "I have other friends than just you two, you know."
The first bell rang. "We should get going," Jason said. "Nice to meet all of you. I figure I should meet as many new people as possible. What are all your names?"
"I'm Izumi Konata. These two are Tsukasa and Kagami."
"Got it. I'll try to remember that," he said. "So where's the classroom?"
"Just follow me," Konata said.
She really wasn't looking forward to going back to class. All the practical information to prepare them for the real world. Just the thought of it made her feel tired. Never mind all those sleepless nights, this was what really wore her out.
"Welcome back, everyone. Hope you all had fun over your break, but it's on to a new year now, so work hard! My name is Kuroi-sensei, for those of you who are new here." Nanako Kuroi looked at the less-than-enthusiastic faces of her homeroom. She remembered to add, "And speaking of new students, this is Jason Ellis, who transferred in from America. I expect you'll give him a nice welcome."
She decided not to add that she had only heard anything about a new exchange student two days ago. She was supposed to present a responsible image to her students, and that included actually knowing who was in her class. Where had this kid come from, anyway? Well, Vermont, of course, according to the file, but... Something was weird about the situation.
Jason stood up. "Thank you. My name is Jason, I'm excited to be starting this new year with all of you."
The day had hardly even begun, and Konata was already having trouble keeping her eyes open. No way she could make it through an entire day of class... Her head fell forward on the desk, and she fell asleep shortly after.
She woke up once it was time for lunch. Had she really just slept through half the day...? She had some faint memories of history class, maybe math... She sat with Tsukasa and Miyuki, and the new student had already joined the table.
"Hey, everyone," Konata said.
"Wait... don't tell me your name yet, let's see if I can remember it..." Jason said. "You're... Konata, right?"
"Yeah." She took her seat.
"I just wanted to thank you for helping me find the classroom," Jason said. "It would have sucked to be late on my first day of school here."
"Uh, sure... no problem," Konata replied. It was a little awkward suddenly having a boy sit with them. Usually guys didn't seem to notice her or her friends at all.
"You speak Japanese very well," Miyuki commented. "How long have you been studying it?"
"Oh... about... five years now, I think," Jason said. "Thanks, I've been working hard on it."
"By the way, I'm going to need the notes from today's lessons. Can I borrow them from someone? I kind of... wasn't paying attention," Konata asked hopefully.
"Oh, umm... I actually forgot to write anything down," Tsukasa said. "Sorry..."
"There wasn't too much today," Jason replied. "You can use mine."
"You're going to regret that later, trust me." Kagami had just arrived from her own class. "She's just going to start asking you for your work every day if you let her. Konata, you never do any of the work on your own..."
"I can't help it if it's impossible for me to concentrate," Konata said, disappointed.
"Hey, I really don't mind," Jason said, handing her the notes. "Just get them back to me when you're done."
Konata's face brightened immediately. "Thanks!"
Kagami just sighed. "Well, maybe now you won't be copying my work anymore, now that you've made such a great new friend..."
"Of course I still need you, Kagamin. I can't just depend on one person, you know?"
Changing the subject, Miyuki cut in. "If you don't mind me asking, Jason-kun, how has it been for you attending school in a foreign country? I've thought about studying abroad myself before."
Jason smiled. "Well, the uniforms are something new for me. Adjusting to speaking the language all the time, everything like that... And apparently I'm now Jason-kun instead of just Jason."
Konata suddenly spoke up. "You're a transfer student, so... Do you have any secret powers or a hidden identity? Because in manga and anime, transfer students are always like that!" She stood up and leaned in close to him, there was a bit of an awkward moment...
"Umm... no. I'm just a regular guy... Sorry if you're disappointed?"
"Honestly, I can't believe you would say something like that, Konata..." Kagami sighed.
About a week had passed since the first day of school. Konata was going over to the Hiiragi residence to visit Kagami. She'd been sick that day. Jason decided to head back to his apartment and finish unpacking - he'd really been putting that off, there were just too many distractions being in Japan.
He walked home alone, enjoying the warm weather. He looked at the train schedule when he arrived at the station - it would be a while until the train to Nakano arrived. He didn't mind waiting - after all, there wasn't much to look forward to. Nothing ever happened here, if the past two weeks had been any indication. And it was all so...
His phone rang, which interrupted his thoughts. He hadn't given this number to anyone at school yet, so it must have been somebody from -
The name on the caller I.D. said Rendor Forsythe.
Now that was something interesting.
He answered the call, not sure what to expect or even how to answer. "Hello, this is -"
"Your name is Jason Ellis, correct?" The voice on the other end was male, and Jason thought probably in his thirties or forties. Other than that, he had no idea what Forsythe looked like. From what he had heard, this guy was something of an eccentric. Forsythe was very private even to those working for him. "I believe we have you working in Kasukabe, Japan."
"I'm calling about your assignment. Everything is going to plan, I assume."
"Everything's fine here. No observations to report yet. What did you want from me?"
"There's been a slight change of plan regarding your target. Listen carefully, because I'm only going to tell you the details once. Understand that this is of great importance to the organization."
What he heard next was unexpected, to say the least, but it was an order. In the end that was all that mattered. And he was supposed to start immediately. Such short notice... No time for questions, though.
He decided not to take the train this time.
As usual, Kagami hadn't wanted to help Konata with her homework... since Konata's definition of "help" seemed to be "doing all the work for her." Didn't she understand how many other important things I have to do? Konata thought. Like preparing for another raid. Back in her net game, they'd been grinding nonstop and collecting all sorts of rare items.
She turned around. It was Jason, that new student...
"Oh, hey. I thought you were going back to your apartment." He had been going in that direction, at least. Towards Nakano, if her memory was correct... Which was in a completely direction from Washimiya. How had he gotten over here so quickly? He could barely find his way around the school.
"Changed my mind. I need to ask you something important," Jason replied. "Do you have a minute?"
"Sure, no problem." What was this about...?
"Have you ever..." He looked for the right words. "...wished your life could be more exciting?" he asked.
"Well, yeah, I guess so, but - what are you talking about?"
"Follow me." He ducked into an alley, looking around to make sure they weren't being watched.
"You're acting really weird, you know," Konata said. Honestly, though, this was exactly the kind of thing she had wanted from a new exchange student, so she wasn't exactly complaining.
"I work with an organization called Eclipse," Jason explained. "We travel between multiple universes. We maintain a balance of power. Ensure no harmful interference between realities. And you've been chosen to work with us."
"Huh? You're - "
"You believe me, right?"
"This means you were lying back when you said you were normal," she said. "I'm pretty disappointed that you would lie to me about something like that."
That was all she had to say to him? Simply incredible, she accepted all of this as true with absolutely no proof. So far, anyway.
"Sorry about that. But we need to get started right away."
Konata stared at him. "Are you... serious about this?"
"So, will you come with me? Your training is supposed to begin as soon as possible."
"Yeah, of course!"
"Good to hear. Wait just a minute, we'll get going."
Jason pulled out his cell phone, and started typing something into it. Konata tried to see what it was, and noticed the logo on the back. A dark circle with white light radiating out from it. She had noticed it before, but now she realized what it was: an eclipse, just like this organization he had been talking about. That wasn't really a phone, was it?
"What are you -" she started.
"Just hold on." He put his hand on her shoulder, and then all the sounds and colors blurred together as they were pulled out of the only reality Konata had ever known.