Here is the first chapter of my new multi-chapter story Cowboy Bebop Reloaded: The Story of Sparks Valentine. In this chapter, we'll get a short recap of what seems to be Spike's final showdown and then we'll get a quick look at Sparks and another new character before the next chapter depicts their first bounty mission. Enjoy.
Disclaimer: I don't own Cowboy Bebop or any of its songs. Just Sparks and the other ocs.
Summary: Sparks Valentine, the love-child of Spike and Faye whose personality mirrors that of his father, joins with Jet and his nephew Rex, with some others joining them along the way, to collect bounties across the universe while two mysterious individuals named Psychosis and Neurosis try to discover him.
Session Zero/Meet Sparks
Spike, after killing a majority of syndicate members, busted into Vicious' room and dropped a grenade, making the roof explode.
"So, you're finally awake. I told you before, Spike. I'm the only one who can kill you and set you free." Vicious calmly but evilly said as he walked out of the smoke.
"Those words apply to you as well, Vicious. Either way, it's going to end here." Spike boldly said before the two stood still and Spike raised his gun at his rival but couldn't concentrate clearly since his vision was getting blurry but he fired his gun a second later and missed Vicious. He then charged up the stairs while Vicious drew a dagger and sent it flying past Spike's leg, slightly cutting him.
Spike ignored the pain and kept running up he jumped to the top from the middle and rolled onto the floor behind Vicious, where he shot at him again only to have dodge. Vicious pulled out his katana and swung at Spike who ducked and shot at him once more. Vicious connected his sword against Spike's gun and they tried overpowering each other with their weapons with Spike being able to shoot Vicious twice.
Vicious groaned and swung his katana at Spike's leg, managing to cut him. Vicious then swung his katana again only to have Spike block it with his gun, making both their weapons land at their opposing feet with Vicious placing his foot atop Spike's gun with the former doing the same with his katana.
"Julia is dead. Let's finish it now." Spike coldly stated.
"As you wish." Vicious replied before they exchanged their respective weapons back to each other by kicking them at each other and claiming their weapons in their hands. Vicious swung his sword quickly but before the blade could touch Spike, he fired a sole bullet through his chest. Vicious gritted his teeth together in pain and his eyes went blank white before he went falling down to the ground, dead and never to rise again while Spike thought back to Julia dying in his arms one day earlier.
"It's over…a dream." Julia said.
"Yeah. Just a dream." Spike agreed as she closed her eyes. In the present, Spike, holding his wounded side, slowly limped down stairs where the remaining syndicate members where with their guns drew though none of them fired as they were in a state of shock at the green-haired man as he came down the stairs. He stopped at the middle of the stairs only to lift up his head to smile and point his finger at the members as if it were a gun.
" Bang!." Spike weakly but clearly said before he collapsed onto the ground.
Never seen a blue sky
Yeah, I can feel it reaching out
And moving closer
There's something about blue
Asked myself what it's all for
You know the funny thing about it
I couldn't answer
No, I couldn't answer
Things have turned a deeper shade of blue
And images that might be real
May be illusion
Keep flashing off and on
Wanna be free
Gonna be free
And move among the stars
You know, they really aren't so far
Feels so free
Gotta know free
Don't wake me from the dream
It's really everything it seemed
I'm so free
No black and white in the blue
Everything is clearer now
Life is just a dream, you know
That's never ending
In outer space, a bright star faded about the same time Spike hit the ground and he felt as though he was forgetting something but he thought it couldn't be that important. And then Spike closed his eyes and he didn't move at all.
You're Gonna That Weight.
Many years later
The Bebop traveled through hyperspace and inside it was Jet, who was cooking some food alongside another man that was much younger than he was. The second man was taller than Jet and had dark hair and he wore some dark shades on his eyes. And in the dark living room were two beings. One was a beagle puppy that sat on the floor while the second being was a young man who was in his early-twenties doing some judo moves in the dark with his upper torso drenched in sweat. The man was lanky and had fluffy dark green hair with matching eyes.
"Yo, Sparks." The second man in the kitchen said as he popped his head out the kitchen and the lights switched on and that caught the young man's attention.
"Food's ready." The man, Jet's nephew known as Rex, said.
"Perfect timing. I'm just about finished. What's on the menu?" The young man, Sparks Valentine, said as he flexed his legs and arms.
"The special is Bell peppers and beef." Rex said.
"Nice. Be right there." Sparks said as Rex went back to the kitchen. Sparks was twenty-three years of age and he moved into the Bebop went he was eighteen and had lived there since. Jet willingly let Sparks live on the ship as he had known the man from the time he was a newborn and so had Rex, who was fourteen when Sparks was born.
Sparks' mother Faye was still back on Saturn where he was born and raised working in a casino, which she was very adept at and using the money from her job helped her be able to raise Sparks. It had been years since anyone in the universe had heard from Spike since the night he went to dual the Red Dragon syndicate and even though Faye doesn't remember doing anything with him that had gotten had pregnant, she knew Sparks was Spike's child due to the green hair and she loved him dearly as any other mother would to her child. Sparks had no idea what to call Spike as his father was just a mystery to him.
In the present, the beagle pup yipped and Sparks turned his head in its direction.
You're hungry, too, huh?" Sparks said to the beagle named Skydon, who was his pet, and he barked in response and wagged his tail.
"I see." Sparks said as he headed to his mini-fridge and pulled out a can of dog food and dumped it into the pup's bowl and Skydon began to eat.
"There you go." Sparks said and the next minute, he and Rex sat in the living room both eating bell peppers and beef with Jet a short distance away on the computer searching for bounty cases..
"Not bad. This is bell peppers and beef, alright. "Sparks said.
"I'll say. Nice work with the cases." Rex said as Sparks, despite having the same lazy personality as his parents at times, managed to catch all the guys that had bounties.
"All in a day's work." Sparks said.
"We've got a new case." Jet announced as Sparks kept eating.
"Let's hear it." Sparks said.
Well, everybody, there is Sparks. I think one of the best ways to write a sequel to something is to first show how the prequel ended like with Spike. As for Spark's origin, he was conceived by his parents in a drunken one-night stand set between Sessions Twenty-Four and Twenty-Six that neither of them remembers. I made him something of an animal lover unlike his father to differ the two in some ways since he has a dog. There are more new characters to come and we'll find about Psychosis and Neurosis and their motives in time. As Spike, since I'm, to this day, still not sure if he's alive or not, he probably won't make any appearances though he will be mentioned by a lot of characters and we'll see Faye in time. For chapter names, I'll be using the names of popular songs like the original series and I'll always consider the original series the superior of this story and I think many of my fellow Cowboy Bebop fans will like this; especially my friends Sketchfan and NaruHinaFanBoy, who I still have yet to hear from. Later.
See ya, New Space Cowboy.
Next Chapter: Session One: Down With The Sickness.