In the Residential District, Shulk and Reyn were taking a break from their regular activities. Reyn sweated profusely and was in the process of ranting.
"I'm telling you, Square-tache is trying to kill us! 200 curl-ups in a minute? IT'S MADNESS!"
Shulk winced as his eardrums seemed to shatter. "Reyn, I think that the citizens would appreciate it if you lowered your voice a bit." My ears would definitely have a better chance of survival, he thought.
"Oh. Sorry," Reyn sheepishly said. "Well, anyways-"he was cut off by Shulk's unusually high-pitched whimper.
"What's up? Why are you suddenly so pale? Oh wait, you're always pale…" then he noticed something crawling sluggishly by Shulk's feet. "That's what you're scared of!" He picked up the murky green caterpillar and held it up to his twitching friend's face.
Shulk backed up quickly while shuddering, and Reyn started chuckling. "Your face was-hahaha-it was-AHAHAHA!"
If looks could kill, Reyn would have spontaneously combusted. After glaring intensely, Shulk growled, "I have to return to the lab," and left. His friend just nodded and grinned, not having a clue of his vengeful plans.
Hours later, Reyn walked wearily to his house. Evening approached, and he was eager to go home, eat, and get some sleep. However, he sensed something disturbing following him. The unnerved boy turned around slowly, and he discovered that "something" was a swarm of things, each with eight legs and beady little eyes. His exhaustion forgotten, Reyn yelped and crashed comically into the nearest house, which happened to belong to Dunban and Fiora. The two had been eating dinner peacefully until the panicked boy skidded into their house and slammed the door shut. Fiora yelled at him while Dunban raised an eyebrow, half amused and half irritated.
Reyn could only sputter out something along the lines of, "Spiders-they-were-they-surprised me!"
Dunban rose from his seat and opened the abused door slightly. There were the spiders (which were actually mechanical), obediently waiting like trained dogs. The one in front had a note attached to it. The man attempted to hide his smile as he scanned the note and handed it to Reyn.
You practically asked for it, my friend. Let the war begin.
Reyn narrowed his eyes and said grimly, "So this is how it's gonna be…" He then snatched a piece of bread from the table, stuffed it in his mouth, and marched out the door.