by chuckiboo

Freezing ©Lim Dall Young/Kim Kwan Ghuym

Since their arrival at the Chevlaier Research Facility in Alaska, the fourty seven Pandoras and limiters have been put through their paces in ways never thought possible. Though there were some minor incidents and one major that took the life of one of the E-Pandoras due to a failed experiment, this phase of the project was allowed to carry on.

Many of the girls were pitted against each other as to gauge strength and skill. The young men known as limiters were not left out, as their freezing techniques were evaluated and gauged as well. Especially Kazuya Aoi, who blew them all away with his ability to use freezing without an Erienbar, and to neutralize another's ability at the same time. Dr. OoHara noticed this, as it attracted her attention immediately.

"Who is this kid?" she asked one of the assistants.

"That's Dr. Aoi's grandson," one said, "he has powers beyond anyone's understanding."

"Well, I need to know how he can do that," looking through the one-sided glass, "who's his partner?"

"I think it's...this one," pointing to a picture on her clipboard.

"Satellizer El Bridget, of the powerful El Bridget family," musing to herself, "Also known as the 'Untouchable Queen.'" *pause* "I need to get that boy, we can find out how he can use freezing without an Erinbar, and possibly use it on the Pandoras." She grinned slyly. "This'll be a breakthrough for our research."

Looking through the airplane window, a man sits, waiting for the plane to land. He was on his way to Alaska to take care of some business.

'I can't believe he's here,' the man thought, 'it's been so long since I seen you, I missed you so much, you and your sister.'

As the wheels touched the ground, he sat up straight as he gathered his belongings for disembarkment. Walking down the steps, there was only one thing on his mind. Reaching the bottom, he was greeted by another man, who reached out his hand to shake.

"Welcome doctor," the man said, "you must be here for the project evalutaion."

"No," he said in a low tone, "I'm here on personal, private matters."

"Here's your car," as a black limo pulled up and stopped in front of him, and the man opened the door.

"Have a nice stay," he said as the doctor, with his briefcase, filed into the back of the car, and the door was closed behind him. As it pulled off, the doctor smirked at his thought.

'Finally, we'll be reunited, my grandson,' he thought as the car propelled itself down the snow-covered road and into the mountainous Alaskan plains.

After a hard day's training, comes a good evening's rest. Kazuya finally got a chance to spend some time with Stella, without Lana around, which was a big relief.

"I swear," he said to himself, "Lana's getting to be a big pain, hope she finds a partner soon," as he took off his jacket, and changed into something more comfortable.

Ten minutes later, he was laying on his bed, staring at the ceiling. All he could think about was his partner Stella, and the way they melded together. He knew that what he said while in Bali stuck to her like glue, and that she felt the same way. In his heart, he really meant it, and wanted to take it further, but he conceded to wait for her until she was ready to tell him. Just as he was drifting off to sleep, there came a knock at his door.

"Who is it?" he asked, but no one answered. He opened the door, to see one of the assistants standing there in a lab coat.

"You're Kazuya Aoi?"

The boy nodded. "There's a visitor here to see you, come with me."

Putting his shoes on, he followed the man down the hall, not knowing who it was who wanted to see him. One thought came to mind, but he dismissed it quickly. "He wouldn't come to see me, he's too busy," as they exited the elevator and walked down a long corridor, and entered a laboratory.

"Wait here," he said, heading into another room. Kazuya had no idea what was happening, until a man came out, causing him to go wide eyed, then teary eyed.

"Grandpa," he said softly, weeping in his voice.

"Kazuya, grandson," replied Dr. Aoi with arms wide open, as the teen rushed into the embrace of his lone surviving relative. "I missed you, grandson," he said in a deep voice, hugging the boy snuggly as he melded into his grandfather. The doctor released him, with a meaningful smile on his face. "You haven't changed a bit since the last time I seen you."

"I always thought you were too busy to see me," said Kazuya, as he wiped water from his eyes.

"With everything happening concerning the E-Pandora project, we got caught up. I'm not the head of this phase though."

"Then why are you here?"

"I came to tell you some things you need to know, things I couldn't tell you because you were so young at the time." The doctor looked at the time on his watch. "But I'ma wait until the morning," as he placed his hand on his grandson's back, "we'll have plenty to talk about then."

As they walked, Kazuya's mind couldn't fathom seeing his grandfather again in his lifetime.

'If Kazuha was here,' he thought, 'she'd be happy too,' as he was dropped off at his room. Saying their goodnights, he went to bed, happier than he's been in quite some time. But he wondered, what did he need to tell him? He'll find out soon enough.

Morning came, and Kazuya was up and about, preparing for the day. As he came out of the bathroom, a knock came at his door.

"Who is it?" he asked.

"It's me, grandson," answered the voice behind it. He opened it, to see his grandfather in a white lab coat. "You ready Kazuya?"

The teen smiled. "Yep," as he exited his room and walked beside his mother's father.

"Are you here on business?"

"A litle bit," Dr. Aoi answered, "but what I came here for is mainly concerning you and your abilities."

Going to the lower level of the complex and to the lab they met in hours before, they found a pair of chairs and sat down. "Before I start," said the doctor, "I wanna know one thing. Are you mad at me for not being there all the time, even after your sister died?"

Kazuya closed his eyes and opened them again. "Not really," he said, "I always knew you were busy with your work, and you didn't want me in the way."

Dr. Aoi closed his eyes. "I'm sorry Kazuya, there were some things that were confidential, the reason why you couldn't be around much. It was pretty much out of my hands."

"I understand. But what was it that you needed to tell me?"

Dr. Aoi inhaled and exhaled, as he started his story, and for thirty minutes, told his grandson of his special abilities, how they originated, and others that would manifest in time. It was so much, that it nearly overwhelmed the young man's mind. He also told of what more he could do. Then, he asked him an important question.

"So, are you willing to do it? You don't have to, it's your choice."

The teen thought long and hard about it, reminded of how the Novas took his parents and sister, and the havoc they wreaked across the planet, threatening and possessing civilians in an attempt to conquer Earth. He then looked his grandfather in the eyes, with a serious stare.

"If it's to protect Earth, I'll do it."

A small smile appeared on the doctor's face. "Thank you Kazuya, your sister would be proud. By the way," he added, "have you had any adverse effects from those four on you?"

"A little, but I recovered quickly though."

"Okay," he said, "let's go to the main lab to run some tests, to check your compatability rate since then," as they stood and walked over to the group of medical equipment and started the tests. For Kazuya Aoi, this is the point of no return. Whatever happens from this time on is on him. Yet he has faith in his grandfather to do the right thing, and make the right decisions in case something happens. A long awaited reunion is now the start of a transformation into the ultimate fighter against Earth's greatest threat.

As the days wore on, with each of the girls getting evaluated in various ways, Satellizer El Bridget, the 'Untouchable Queen', proved worthy of her title, taking first in two carnivals so far, and without the use of a limiter. And speaking of that, she was wondering, where is he? The thought crossed her mind as she and the other three from West Genetics Japan were taking a break from training.

"Have any of you seen Kazuya?" she asked in her sweet British accent.

"Not that I've heard of," answered Elizabeth Mably, taking in a mouthful of steak.

"Yeah," said Lana Linchen, "I haven't seen him in nearly a week, hope nothing bad has happened."

"Speaking of that," added Chiffon Fairchild, the top ranked third year, "I overheard one of the assistants saying that Dr. Gengo Aoi is here."

"Kazuya's grandfather?"

She nodded. "I guess he came in a few days ago under cover to see him, it's been so long since they seen each other."

Stella had a straight but sad gaze on her face. 'Wish I could see him,' she thought, 'so I can tell him how I feel,' as she sipped her water and ate the last of her burger. The thought of that boy stays on her mind constantly now, and it's no getting around it; they were destined to meet, and to be together, closer than partners, more than friends. Though she hasn't lost her edge, she's more at peace mentally now, because of him. He's changed her in more ways than she's ever imagined. And as much as she tries to deny it, it's obvious; she's hopelessly in love with the tenderhearted, firm-speaking Japanese teen. Truly, madly, deeply. Then, a voice brought her back.

"What'cha thinking about, El Bridget?" Lana asked curiously as she finished her ramen.

"Oh, uh, nothing," saying somewhat hesitant. "I'll be-going now," as she stood up and walked away from the table, leaving the other three befuddled.

"What's wrong with her?" Elizabeth said in wonder. The eyebrows of the 'Laughing Monster' moved in a strange manner, as a thought came to her.

'The look of love,' she thought, 'and it's stronger than before.' She smiled. 'It'd be a matter of time before those two got together, and she has changed, a lot, because of him.' She finished her chiffon angel food cake before leaving.

Kazuya's eyes moved while closed, stirring slightly. Having the surgery the day before, he was mentally prepared for any type of pain for the installation of two more stigmata. His eyes now open, he turned his head to the left, to see a man in a labcoat standing with a clipboard in hand. His vision focused, to see it was his grandfather.

"Grandpa," he said in a drowsy tone. Dr. Aoi grinned.

"Grandson," he said in his deep voice, "how are you feeling?"

"Pretty good, just need to wake up," as he sat up in his bed. "The only other time I was like this was when I fought those thugs in Shintoshi."

"You're stronger than you think," the doctor said, "much stronger. Your dad and mom were like that, strong fighters, like your sister." A solemn frown then appeared on his face. "Wish your grandmother could see you now."

"Grandma?" he said in confusion.

"I'll...tell you later, but now," flipping a page on his notebook, "you can get up and walk around for a while, then you need more rest. We have to get you equipped tomorrow."

Kazuya sighed as he laid back down. And as his grandfather was leaving the room, he turned his head.

"By the way," he said, "you have a beautiful girl for a partner, that El Bridget girl is headstrong in her own way, take care of her," then he closed the door. Kazuya couldn't help but smile at that. He has access, and can know anything at anytime. But he was right; he did miss his partner. He'll see her soon.

Two weeks passed, as Stella constantly worried about Kazuya. Going through the rigerous training took her mind off it slightly, yet kept her on edge, making her one of the best out of all the Pandoras there, even Chiffon, the top ranked thrid year from West Genetics Japan. She continued to fight with an unreal fervor that stunned everyone, wielding her blade in ways no one never knew. It was a part of releasing her frustrations.

A week later, on Wednesday, Stella finally rested easy, but not completely. Coming out of the shower and into her nightgown, there came a knock on her door. She opened it, to see Kazuya standing there.

"K-K-Kazuya..." she stammered, "w-w-where have you been?" asking in her alto British tone.

The teen rubbed the back of his head. "I, uh, was spending time with my grandfather," blushing, "and, uh, sorry to keep you worried-"

Stella mindlessly threw her arms around his neck in a big hug. "I was worried sick about you," then backing off, "but don't tell NO ONE that I did that, I'd be embarrassed to high heaven."

"Okay, okay," waving his hands, "we just had some catching up to do, we had a lot to talk about, that's why you haven't seen me."

"Well, I'm glad you're alright," stifling a yawn, "but we'll make up for it in the morning, we have a joint training session, I'll see you then."

"Alright," as he walked off and she closed the door. She then put her back against it and slid down to the floor. 'I can't believe I did that!' thinking as her face blushed rosy red behind her black-rimmed glasses. 'I guess I can't deny it to myself no more then,' putting her hands on either side of her face. Though she was already tired and sleepy, how can she get any now?

At the upper tip of the Pacific Ocean, the frigid waters surrounding the fourty-ninth state rustled unsteadily, as a beam shot down from the sky, and a figure, a little over fifty feet in height, appeared as the beam disappeared. Looking like metal in appearance, and moving in the stealth of night, the figure transported from water to snow-covered land in seconds. It then started a slow move toward its intended target.

At around four in the morning, an alarm went off in the dorm section of the research center.


Ten minutes later, all the girls and boys were inside the large cavernous room, as one of the military officials took the microphone before them.

"A type R Nova has just been sighted off the coast of Anchorage, and is headed due east. Apparently, we think that its target is the Chevalier research facility." Many gasps were heard as he continued. "The strongest Pandoras will be needed. The rest will be on defense the perimiter of the facility. Those who will take the front line are: Chiffon Fairchild, Elizabeth Mably, Lana Linchen, Satellizer El Bridget, along with their limiters. Also, the E-Pandoras, under seniorship of Amelia Evans, will assist. Think of this as hands-on training. Let's move out."

Preparing themselves for battle, none had any idea of the depth of this threat. Yet it will prove to be the ultimate test for their training, and for one, the emergence of power the likes of which will never be seen in a lifetime.