Infinite Librarian X Silver Ace
Summary: Yuuno and Subaru join forces to stop a cult from summoning the Dark Gundam and wiping out humanity.
Ragnarok: Actually, no - Yuuno and Subaru are not married in this fic. Yuuno is married to a martial arts specialist, but Subaru is not the lucky lady. The reason the character filters are set for Yuuno and Subaru is because they're the two canon characters most important to the plot, not because they're paired together. As for who Yuuno did marry... read on, and be enlightened.
Subaru had known, almost as soon as she woke up that fateful morning, that it was going to be a poor day. In fact, it would be more than just a poor day - it would be one of those days.
The kind of day where everything starts just fine except that something that feels incredibly off, except you can't figure out for the life of you what it is.
When the local police force of a relatively backwater world asked for her help in tracking down the culprits of a museum robbery, she suspected that she'd found that 'something off', and had been satisfied.
She was no expert, but she'd had the TSAB's R&D department upload some nifty tracking programs into her device, so it didn't seem like a problem to comply. And really, she enjoyed helping others in the first place.
While she'd been steadily getting closer to the perp with each robbery, however, she still kept getting there too late to make a difference. By two days, then by a day, then by half a day, and then by three hours.
Naturally, it had gone from being one of those days, to being one of those weeks.
After a bit, she'd noticed another little detail that made her wary: each crime was further and further away from any sort of major TSAB presence, to the point that attempting to call in backup would be a moot point - by the time the reinforcements actually managed to arrive, the criminals would already be long gone, and Subaru would've long since followed in pursuit.
And then, today happened.
This time, she'd hit a stroke of luck - knowing that they'd be likely targeting another museum for some obscure artifact or other, Subaru had managed to show up before they actually made the hit.
As she explained what she knew of the situation to the museum's curator, the man pinched the bridge of his nose, in deep thought. After a time, he slowly ventured, "I believe I may be able to assist you, but... Idon't suppose you have a record of the stolen artifacts?"
Thankful that she'd thought to keep a list using her Device, Subaru clicked her heels together and Mach Calibur brought it up for the curator to observe. "Hrm... Yes, it's as I suspected, Miss. I suppose you're unfamiliar with the mythologies of the ancient civilization that was native to this region in space?"
Subaru shook her head in confirmation.
"Much as I'd like to wax lyrical upon the subject, I'll give you the condensed version."
He then proceeded to give an abridged exposition of the mythos that involved the god of destruction - which, unbeknownst to Subaru and the curator, was the Dark Gundam.
He finally explained, "And every artifact on this list is related in some way to the legends of that mythological cycle."
Subaru nodded. "So apparently, whoever's doing this is really fascinated with that particular bit of the legends. Gotcha. If you've got anything in here also connected to those tales, then we know what they're targeting. And if we know the target, I can protect it - and if we're lucky, even catch the perp red-handed."
The curator paused for a moment, before bringing the bluenette's cheer to a grinding halt. "Except that this musem has no exhibits, artifacts, or anything else associated with that time period."
Subaru, who had been mentally cheering at the fortunate lead, suddenly froze in her tracks. Slowly, as if trying to find a silver lining around the news that her puppy just died, she asked, "Are there any other museums, even private ones, in this solar system that would have the kind of target that fits this profile?"
The curator wryly muttered, "I doubt I'd know in the first place, if they were private..."
Then, louder, he said, "Not that I'm aware of. My apologies."
Before the bluenette could start pulling at her hair because she'd been THIS close to putting an end to the crime spree, he added that "There is, however, an archaeological site on one of the larger planetoids orbiting our local gas giant. You might investigate the-"
At that moment, a massive explosion rocked the city outside.
With a thought, Subaru was engulfed in a sapphire tornado of energy as her Barrier Jacket activated and Mach Calibur went into its rollerskate form. Racing her way outside, she found that a giant machine had just cleaved a five-story building in half with a sword made of energy.
The white robot was in the shape of a man, and several stories tall. A tattered blue cape was hanging from its shoulder, a pauldron adorned the opposite shoulder, and it wore an equally tattered blue hat that, were she familiar with Earth history, Subaru would've associated with Napoleon Bonaparte. And in the mecha's hand was a beam-saber.
Its loudspeakers activated, and someone - likely a pilot - demanded, "TSAB Agent, we know you've been tracking us. You can either face this Titan of Rose and be destroyed... or stay back while I annihilate the city. Make your choice, lawman!"
The audacity of this guy was pissing her off. Skating through the air on her mystic azure road, Subaru roared, "Face you? Why don't you face ME?!"
Registering the challenge, the cultist pilot opened up the pauldron on Gundam Rose, before several small - relative to the Gundam, as they were easily as large in circumference as Subaru herself was tall - drones shaped like rosebuds flew out, each firing a laser beam at her.
Mach Calibur's automatic defensive programs proved enough that one beam was as good as useless; a concentration of several beams, however, was another matter entirely. When a barrage of ten beams blasted her off her skypath and singed her barrier jacket, Subaru decided that the Rose Bits had become a higher immediate priority than Gundam Rose itself.
Quickly skating into the sky, the bluenette cyborg took a second to observe the layout of the city, before devising her plan of attack. With a shout, she sped towards the largest concentration of drones, making sure that they had a target lock, before dissolving her road at the last second to fall beneath the laserbeams as the crowd of drones destroyed each other.
A scant second later, she'd started up the spell again, and quickly began building up momentum like a rollercoaster as she raced towards the ground. At the last instant - as calculated by Mach Calibur - the path rose at a sharp angle, destroying a few drones that had been following too close behind her.
With the remainder of the Rose Bits in a semi-close cluster, she twisted around without changing her speed - effectively skating backwards - and powered up an attack spell. The gear on her gauntleted right hand spinning violently, the cyborg screamed "REVOLLLVAAA!
"SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! ! ! ! !"
She then punched in the direction of the drone-cloud, a bolt of blue hellfire annihilating the lot of them.
At that time, she barely heard the mecha pilot say "I'll run you through!" in time to spin back around on her wheels. No sooner had she done so than she observed an energy sword as thick as one of Nanoha's more powerful energy blasts coming to stab through Subaru.
With her left hand, Subaru brought up her most powerful protective spell, halting the beam saber in its tracks. "Mach Calibur, find this thing's weak spot!"
"Roger! Scanning now! ... Cockpit, power source, and controllers located!"
Grinning now that victory was at hand, Subaru activated her Inherent Skill as a cyborg. Eyes blazing gold, Subaru deactivated her barrier and fired Mach Calibur's rockets, screaming, "TAAAAAKE... THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!"
With one punch, she turned the localised particle beam into nothing before promptly reducing the sword's handle and the hand that held it into so much trash.
Forgoing her road, Subaru then skated up the Gundam's arm, its attempts to grab her proving futile. As the pilot became desperate, he flung Subaru high into the air, intent on attempting to catch her with gravity's assistance.
However, as she was directly over the Gundam's head, Subaru once more activated her device's rocket boosters while charging up for her most powerful offensive spell.
It was time to end this.
As Gundam Rose looked up, Subaru thought she might've heard a muttered "oh shit" when the pilot saw the massive blue energy sphere between them. At the top of her lungs, the cyborg screamed
"BE! COME! SCRAP MEEETAAAAAAL!"
She then punched down against the energy, completing her spell.
"DIIIIIIVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII INE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
"BUSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAA! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !"
A massive stream of blue hellfire destroyed the Gundam's head unit and, after a moment, tore through into the cockpit, blasting the pilot with extreme force.
As a law-abiding officer, Subaru had of course set it to non-lethal, and the alloy the mech was made of absorbed a lot of the energy anyway.
Dismissing her rollerblades and the magic road she'd been on, Subaru dropped down to the cockpit intent on interrogating the pilot. Before she got close enough to grab him, however, the man immediately declared, "It doesn't matter if you make it to the asteroid ruin or not - by this time, my comrades have already obtained the artifact! You're too late, government dog!"
He then produced a pill and attempted to swallow it, but Subaru was too quick, and shoved her cybernetic hand in his mouth to prevent him from having the chance. Knocking the capsule out of his hand, she lifted the criminal by his collar and demanded, "Too late to stop them from doing what?!"
The man laughed. "Our leader will summon the Great Destroyer... that invincible god that annihilates everything in its path! And with it under our command, the TSAB will be totally obliterated!"
Then, before she could attempt to get anything else from him, the man snapped his own neck.
With a small curse, Subaru looked around and observed that a travel agency was conveniently nearby. Charging in, she stormed to the counter and asked the coordinates to any archaeological sites in the local asteroid belt.
Quickly accomodated, Subaru summoned her one-passenger spaceship to her position, and took off. She had to get to that site, hope that she wasn't too late, and somehow manage to pull off a miracle.
After all, that was exactly what Strikers did.
In outer space...
Subaru had managed to find the indicated site and arrive. Not only that, she'd managed to do it stealthily enough that the villains apparently had no idea she'd even made it.
Taking a moment to line up the crosshairs on her screen - Subaru could've opted for automatic computer targeting, but preferred to handle aiming herself - the Silver Ace fired a tracer at the enemy vessel.
"Yes! Direct hit!"
A few seconds later, the ship warped out of normal space and into another dimension, intent on some other destination. Subaru was about to leave, when she suddenly heard a voice in her head.
Someone, please... help me...
She knew this voice. Though they didn't spend a lot of time hanging around each other, Subaru instantly recognized who was contacting her and flew to the ruins at once.
Subaru could track down the criminals almost at leisure now that she had a tracer on their ship.
If someone might be in immediate danger nearby, then investigating that took priority for the moment.
Subaru felt she needed to spend a little more time with her pseudo-twin's - that is, Nove's - husband, anyway.
Notes: The actual word "Gundam" was too damaged to read on any of the written records that survived the millenia since G Gundam took place, hence why everyone except Master Asia and myself (and, starting next chapter, Yuuno and Subaru) uses God/Titan/etc.
Now then, I predict that the next chapter will be the climax - in fact, originally the next chapter was going to be the whole fic period, before... well, before it grew a plot - and then an epilogue after that to tie up any loose plot threads I think need to be taken care of.