The calm before the storm

"Due to these possible attacks on Corneria, I have decided to postpone the opening of Starbucks for two weeks."

Leon and I stared at the TV.

"Excellent!" he said. It had been twelve hours since the rocket launcher incident. The mall had just opened and we were getting Wolf's Café ready for a long day. I yawned and sipped a coffee. Tasted excellent. I drank half of it and slid the cup over the counter towards Leon, who grabbed it and drank the rest in one gulp. The TV was on, showing the news. Nothing interesting was happening now so the volume was low.

"Lets get started!" I said.

"Due to these possible attacks on Corneria, I have decided to postpone the opening of Starbucks for two weeks."

General Pepper listened to these lines again.

"This is madness!" he roared, obviously not happy at the news. "Assistant, get in here!"

"Yes sir?" asked the assistant, a lean dog in his thirties with brown fur and blue eyes.

"Our greatest sponsor Starbucks has delayed the grand opening! We need the money and fast!"

"A...and?" he trembled.

"The S.W.A.T. team seem to be responsible. They might of turned on us! Right now, a S.W.A.T. space carrier is heading for Katina. A massive Starbucks is located there! Deploy all Katina forces! And send in Star Fox!"

"Y...yes sir!"

The assistant ran out and entered a similar room, which was empty. He sat on a chair and typed a couple of things on the keyboard. A face popped up on a massive screen.


"Under the direct order of General Pepper, deploy all units! There is a S.W.A.T. squad heading to destroy Starbucks. Stop them at any cost!"

"Yes sir!"

The assistant hit another button and the face was replaced by that of a robot.

"How may I assist you?"

"Is Fox McCloud there?"


"Can I get in touch with him?"

"Negative. I may send him your message though."

"Tell him to go to Katina ASAP. The Cornerian military need your help keeping a rouge S.W.A.T. team away from Starbucks."


The assistant hit a button and the screen went blank. He let out a sigh. The government needed the sponsorship money, but the S.W.A.T. had no motivation to do this. Someone else was behind this and he knew it.

The S.W.A.T. cruiser sped towards Katina to report to the base. They knew what was going on. Someone had stolen their weapons and framed them. General Pepper would want their heads! The team was lead by a grey fox known as Mike. He was in his forties, with light grey fur. He had been in the S.W.A.T. for 20 years. He was not happy. Suddenly, a cruise missile hit the ship.

"What was that?" he snapped.

"Cornerian forces at twelve o'clock!" yelled the pilot.

"Open fire! There is no point convincing them!"

The cruiser sent out a massive array of lasers, bullets and missiles at the Cornerian fleet, composed of only small fighters. As the fighters pelted the cruiser with lasers, several S.W.A.T. troops got onto the roof and blasted the fighters down with homing launchers and laser weaponry. Neon lights flashed across the vast emptiness of space as cornerian fighters exploded and the S.W.A.T. transports main artillery started to crumble. From a distance, an Ion Cannon hit the ship. The Great Fox had arrived. Fox, Falco, Slippy and Peppy emerged in their Arwings.

"Surrender now!" said Fox to Mike via intercom.

"Never!" he replied.

The Great Fox shot the ship again.

"We're giving you a choice here!"

"My choice is to spread the truth. We were framed!"

"Framed? By who?"

"By O'Donn..."

Before he could finish that sentence, the ship was snatched by a massive hand coming from a portal, dragging it back into the warp.

"What was that?" asked Fox.

"Beats me, but I'm more interested in who framed him." said Falco.

"That portal seemed familiar..." added Slippy.

"Do a barrel roll!" said Peppy.

Mike and several other S.W.A.T members sat on one side of the table. A group of lizards and a wanted monkey sat on the other side. Mike was the first to speak.

"Andrew Oikonny...what do you want?"

"I see you are a high-ranking member of the Special Weapons And Tactics squad of Lylat."

"Get to the point!"

"You are in peril. I want you to get every member you can of the S.W.A.T. here!"

"And the catch is?"

"You do as I say. I keep your men safe."

"What if I don't?"

"I'll kill you."

"What do you want with my men?"

"Don't worry. I won't send them into impossible dogfights. They can stay at HQ."


"Yes, we're approaching it now."

The windows opened and what was visible was a mechanical finger and a green planet. It was Venom. Mike had a bad feeling about this.

The shop has been running fine. S.W.A.T. has been framed and the search for them continues. We received a letter from Oikonny and expanded the café to a second floor. We also hired a couple of assistants. They're both working off their college debts. Leon and I are doing fine, the boat is holding up well. We've had some minor complications with press trying to incriminate us, but their attempts failed. I made sure my fur is lighter than normal and Leon is a different shade of green so that nobody suspects we're criminals. All in all, we're doing well. But I have a bad feeling that something is going to go horribly wrong.

Hey guys! Sorry for the late update but I have school now. So expect updates weekly instead of every other day. Other than that, DO A BARREL ROLL!