Me: Um… Hi I'm back! The reason this took so long was my parents signed me up for dozens of summer classes, as well as taking me to China for two weeks. Plus I'm adjusting to the whole "high school" thing, so here it is! Pretty late… But I have a free weekend I'm gonna type my fingers off if it's the last thing I do! I do not own Cardfight Vanguard!


Cardfight! Vanguard: Cray's Heroes

"I fight because, what else am I supposed to do? It's a fun game, so I'll try my best."

- Mana Hydral


"Kouichi. Kouichi. Kouichi!" Kouichi's eyes snapped open to see Stephan looking at him worriedly.

"H-Hey…" Kouichi mumbled, rubbing his head.

"What's wrong?" Stephan asked. "You just fell asleep in the middle of a conversation!"

"I did?"

"Yeah, you did!"

"Oh. I dunno." Kouichi replied, his voice blank. He made it to class, and just dozed off at some point. His head was pounding. "Just a headache."

"Do you need to go to the nurse?" Stephan asked.

"No..."

"What's wrong?" Stephan asked again. "Both you and Heiwami have been acting weird." He pointed at the corner of the classroom, where Heiwami was glaring out the window, frightening away birds that were perching on branches near the building. What did birds ever to do her? "Did something happen?"

"Um..." Kouichi thought back. He blinked. "Huh? I can't remember."


(Mugen Rebirth / DAIGO)

Hatenaku hirogaru kibou no tsubasa
Nandodemo bokura wa umarekawaru

STAND UP! Shouri e no doutei
Kake agaru bokura no koutei
Wana bakka teki bakka nigetaku naru
Taikyaku sunzen!?

GIVE UP! Madjika no joukyou de
Hiite shimatta JOKER
Shinkokuna DAMAGE ukete
Zettaizetsumei no zetsubou

Sonna toki kimi ga sashinobete kureta sono-te
Kokoro ga yomigaeru
Sakebe MY SOUL

(FIGHT THE VANGUARD!)

Ima hatenaku hirogaru kibou no tsubasa
Nandodemo bokura wa umarekawaru
Tatoe kurayami ni oto sa rete mo
Hikari no sasu basho e maiagarou

Tokihanate! LIMIT BREAK!
Mugen ∞ REBIRTH


"I got a vision today." Samantha said as she walked down the hall with Kimnara. He frowned.

"Really. What'd you see?"

Samantha blinked. "Nothing important." She replied. "But what I wanted to talk about was how this random kid who was in the hallway with me, he saw into it."

"What?!" He said. "How?!"

"How would I know?!" Samantha shot back.

"The only ones that have been able to do that are me and Night, because we had that surgery performed on our consciousness." Kimnara said, thinking. "And all those failures who had incomplete surgeries on them shouldn't be able to. This is strange."

"Yeah. But I covered it up."

"Oh. You did the pressure hit thing."

"That way, he won't even remember all that until it actually happens." Samantha sighed. "And that pretty much drained me for today. After lunch I'm taking a nap til next week."

"Figures."

Ride 10: Misunderstandings and Cardfights


"You can't remember? As in you're too lazy to remember or you really can't remember?"

"I just can't." Kouichi rubbed the side of his head in frustration. "I'm really upset and frustrated over something, although I just can't seem to remember what. It's all weird and fuzzy."

Stephan sighed. "Well, if you can't figure out what's wrong, you think you're up for today's class?"

Heiwami stood up forcefully, the chair falling back with a clang. "I need air." She said.

"W-Wait, what about the lesson?!"

She stopped walking, then turned around to face him. Her eyes were dark and sad, before steeling her gaze. "Here's your homework. Think about what your reason to fight is. Figure out what other people's reason is. Steel your resolve. If the danger comes to this island, figure out why you fight. It's very important. Don't you dare lose sight of it." The door slammed behind her.

"…I think that means today's class is cancelled."

"Yeah."

"HEY!" The door flew open, nearly smacking Kouichi in the face as Leo ran in. "Kouichi dude!"

"L-Leo...? Why?" Kouichi stared.

"Don't destroy the doors or walls please." Stephan sighed. Leo stared at him.

"Blue alert!" He yelled, then ran to Kouichi. "Hey, did I interrupt on you two doing something... private?"

"NO!" Kouichi's face went red as he smacked Leo's head, earning a satisfying yelp from the Red. "What is it?"

"Oh! Uh, right! You see, me and Mana were just hanging out in the hall... But then something's happened and now Third Best Kazumi's gone off her rocker at her. They're going to get into a very crazy cardfight soon!"

Kouichi's jaw dropped. "What did you do."

"What makes you think I did something?!"

"Mana isn't stupid! You are! What did you do?!"

Leo opened his mouth to protest, but stopped when there were no words that he could counter with. "I accidentally pushed her into Vayle" He mumbled.

"Oh my god..."

"And their lips touched."

"Oh my god."

"And Kazumi was around the corner."

"Oh my god!" Kouichi scrambled up, grabbing his deck. Well this was going to be an extremely awkward problem to solve. "Where are they fighting?!"

"Yellow Arena B!" Leo yelled. "Let's go! You bringing Blue Boy?!"

"Blue Boy?"

"Yeah! Stephan let's go!" Kouichi grabbed him as he and Leo ran out, him struggling weakly in Kouichi's grip.

"But, but I need to catch up with Hei-"

"Worry about your girlfriend later!" Leo yelled. Stephan's face turned as red as Leo's jacket.

"She's not my girlfriend!"

"Yeah and that's what Vayle said to Kazumi but did she believe him? No! That's why we're in this mess now run faster!" Leo yelled, grabbing his other arm and pulling him along.

-linebreak-

Kazumi – Mana

5 - Hand – 6

0 – Soul – 0

0 – Damage – 2

0 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – Fantasy Petal Blacksmith, Muramasa = none – Supple Bamboo Princess, Kaguya

Fantasy Petal, Tanuki Shadow – Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru = Dark Cat – none

none – none = none – none

"Oh, looks like they haven't gotten too far into the fight!" Leo said happily as they arrived at the medium sized arena. He ran down the aisle, where at the front Emil, Rean, and Rei were sitting. "Make yourselves at home!"

Mana looked up at them from the motion figure system, scowling when she saw them. "Leo I will murder you for getting me into this!" Leo did a double take.

"I said sorry!" He yelled.

"SORRY DOESN'T CUT IT!" She screamed at him. Leo ducked behind a seat.

"I'll be hiding in your room for roughly a month Bananahead." He muttered.

"What?! Why me?!" Emil squeaked.

"ALL OF YOU BE QUIET!" Kazumi shrieked, and the guys immediately stopped talking. "Let me crush the person who dared lay hands on Vayle first and then you fools make out! Make your move!"

"It was an ACCIDENT!" Mana yelled, drawing her card. "I ride Battle Sister, Tarte!"

A woman dressed in ripped royal blue clothing, holding a missile launcher and some purple armor appeared in the green vanguard circle. [Battle Sister, Tarte – 10000]

"I call Silent Tom and Weather Girl, Milk!" A man dressed in a black suit, with a ghost woman wrapped around him and a pink-haired fairy in a yellow dress appeared around the woman. [Silent Tom – 8000] [Weather Girl, Milk – 6000]

"Tarte attacks Kokuenmaru with Milk's boost! Since I have four cards in my hand, she gets 4000 more power!" [10000 + 6000 + 4000 = 20000]

"No guard!"

[Drive Check – Battle Sister, Chocolat – No Trigger]

[Damage Check – Fantasy Petal Dragon, Muboyoshi – No Trigger]

"Silent Tom attacks Kokuenmaru!" [8000 + 4000 = 12000] The man held out two fingers, and shot bullets from them at the opposing vanguard.

[Damage Check – Fantasy Petal, Dart Spider – Stand Trigger]

"I end my turn."

Kazumi – Mana

5 - Hand – 5

0 – Soul – 1

2 – Damage – 2

0 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – Fantasy Petal Blacksmith, Muramasa = Silent Tom – Supple Bamboo Princess, Kaguya

Fantasy Petal, Tanuki Shadow – Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru = Battle Sister, Tarte – Weather Girl, Milk

none – none = none – none

"Stand and draw!" Kazumi said. "I ride Fantasy Petal, Fire Fox!" Kazumi's vanguard transformed into snow white fox, with a white fire at the end of its busy tail and a dagger strapped on its back. [Fantasy Petal, Fire Fox – 8000]

"I call Fantasy Petal, Nova," next to the fox appeared a medium sized white dragon with a red scarf wrapped around its neck [Fantasy Petal, Nova – 9000], "and Nova attacks Tarte! Since I have a Fantasy Petal vanguard, it gains 3000 power!" [9000 + 3000 = 12000]

"Luck Bird guards!" An orange bird appeared in the path of the dragon's claws, disappearing.

"Fire Fox attacks with Tanuki Shadow's boost!" [8000 + 5000 = 13000] "Drive check."

[Drive Check – Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki – No Trigger]

[Damage Check – Victory Maker – Draw Trigger]

"Draw Trigger! Power to Tarte and I draw!"

"Muramasa attacks your vanguard!" [7000]

"As if that has enough power! No guard!"

The white-haired man threw his half-finished axe at the girl, who easily knocked it away with her gun.

"Counterblast!" Kazumi picked up the card, slipping it to the bottom of her deck. "I search my deck and superior call Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa!"

The blacksmith disappeared in a poof of smoke, and in its place appeared a man dressed in strange, white samurai armor. [Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa – 9000]

"Muramasa attacks Silent Tom!" [9000]

"Another Tarte guards!"

"At the end of my turn, since Fantasy Petal Blacksmith Muramasa was sent back to my deck, by counterblasting one card, I can draw a card thanks to Fantasy Petal Fire Fox's effect! I end my turn."

Kazumi – Mana

6 – Hand – 4

1 – Soul – 1

2 – Damage – 3

2 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa = Silent Tom – Supple Bamboo Princess, Kaguya

Fantasy Petal, Tanuki Shadow – Fantasy Petal, Fire Fox = Battle Sister, Tarte – Weather Girl, Milk

none – Fantasy Petal, Nova = none – none

"Stand and draw!" Mana yelled. "Shape the future, beautiful goddess of light! I ride CEO Amaterasu!"

Mana's vanguard transformed into a goddess with long, black hair and purple streaks. She wore golden and pure white robes of the finest material, and frowned. Her hair turned blue as Mana inhabited her vanguard. [CEO Amaterasu – 10000]

"Amaterasu's skill! I soulcharge one card, then check the top card of my deck." She said, looking at it. "I'll keep it on top.

"Now Silent Tom attacks Nova with Kaguya's boost!" [8000 + 4000 = 12000]

"Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari guards."

"CEO Amaterasu attacks your vanguard with Milk's boost! Since I have four cards in my hand, that's 8000 more power!" [10000 + 6000 + 4000 + 4000 = 24000]

"No guard."

"Drive check."

[Drive Check – Oracle Guardian, Nike – Critical Trigger]

"Critical trigger! Power and critical to Amaterasu. Second check."

[Drive Check – Battle Deity, Susanoo – No Trigger]

"Damage check."

[Damage Check – Fantasy Petal, Dart Spider – Stand Trigger]

[Damage Check – Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari – No Trigger]

"I end my turn." Mana declared.

Kazumi – Mana

5 – Hand – 7

1 – Soul – 3

4 – Damage – 3

2 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa = Silent Tom – Supple Bamboo Princess, Kaguya

Fantasy Petal, Tanuki Shadow – Fantasy Petal, Fire Fox = CEO Amaterasu – Weather Girl, Milk

none – Fantasy Petal, Nova = none – none

"…." The boys stared, dumbfounded.

"Girls are scary…" Kouichi muttered.

"I'm so glad Rei isn't like this." Emil mumbled. He glanced at Rei, who watched the fight curiously. Yup, so very glad.

"Stand and draw." Kazumi said. "Freeze into ice, and shatter into more than a million pieces! I ride Fantasy Petal Grand Master, Tsubaki!"

The Fire Fox suddenly froze into a block of ice, and shattered apart, covering the field in mist. From the mist appeared a man with pale-white skin and hair, dressed in light blue shrine robes. [Fantasy Petal Grand Master, Tsubaki – 11000]

"I call Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru!" A small pale demon appeared in a swirl of snow. [Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – 7000] "Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa attacks CEO Amaterasu!" [9000]

The man leapt forwards, striking the goddess across her arm with his sword.

"Muramasa's counterblast! I send Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa back to my deck, and superior call Fantasy Petal Demon Muramasa!" In the samurai's place, a large demon covered in a white pelt appeared in a poof of smoke. [Fantasy Petal Demon, Muramasa – 10000] "This Muramasa also attacks your vanguard!"

"Dream Eater guards!"

"Fantasy Petal Grand Master, Tsubaki attacks your vanguard with Tanuki Shadow's boost! With Tsubaki's skill, 2000 more power!" [11000 + 5000 + 2000 = 18000]

Mana looked at her hand. "No guard!"

[Drive Check – Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari – No Trigger]

[Drive Check – Fantasy Petal, Yukihime – Heal Trigger]

"Heal trigger! Power to Fantasy Petal, Nova, and I heal one!" The ghost man raised his hand, and mist rained across the field.

[Damage Check – Hexagonal Magus – No Trigger]

"Tanuki Shadow's effect. I counterblast and send it to the bottom of my deck, then choose Fantasy Petal, Nova. I search my deck for one, then superior call it to my rearguard circle." The small tanuki disappeared, and in Muramasa's place appeared another copy of the white dragon.

"My new Nova attacks Silent Tom!" [9000 + 3000 = 12000]

"Dark Cat guards!"

"Nova attacks your vanguard with Kokuenmaru's boost! There have been two cards called from my deck to the rearguard, so it's 4000 more power! Plus I have a Fantasy Petal vanguard!" [9000 + 7000 + 3000 + 2000 + 2000 = 23000]

Mana looked at her hand, then back at the field. "No guard." She announced.

The dragon flew forwards, swiping at the goddess with its tail, as she fell backwards.

[Damage Check – Victory Maker – Draw Trigger]

"Draw trigger! Power to Amaterasu and I draw one card!"

"At the end of my turn, the superior-called Nova returns to my deck. That's it for me."

Kazumi – Mana

6 – Hand – 6

3 – Soul – 3

4 – Damage – 5

4 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – none = Silent Tom – Supple Bamboo Princess, Kaguya

none – Fantasy Petal Grand Master, Tsubaki = CEO Amaterasu – Weather Girl, Milk

Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – Fantasy Petal, Nova = none – none

Someone yawned near them, and Kouichi jumped as Vayle sat up behind them, rubbing his head. "That was a nice nap." He mumbled, then blinked. "Oh, you guys seem to be around a lot."

"V-Vayle?"

"Hm? Yeah?" Vayle looked at him. "What is it?"

"You're the fault of this fight! And you're just napping?!"

Vayle blinked. "Was I supposed to do anything?" Kouichi resisted the urge to smack his head.

"You could try to calm them down!"

He looked at the fight, then made a face. "No thanks. Even Kazumi's fighting right now is rushed and angry. I don't want to get smacked in the face right now, or hear one of her lectures which I can really live without."

"…um…" Kouichi blinked. "But…."

"Whatever, don't worry about it." Vayle replied, waving it off. "It was just my second kiss, so it's not a big deal to me."

Kazumi's eyes widened, then slowly turned her head towards them. "WHAAAAAT?!"

Both boys flinched as Kazumi screeched. "You had a FIRST KISS without ME KNOWING?! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!"

How did she even hear that?!

"K-Kazumi, it's not what you think!" Vayle started, before sighing. "Oh who am I kidding it's exactly what you think."

Oh no. Oh no oh no oh no oh no. Why, why would he say that?! This was just going to make things so much—

"HURRY AND TAKE YOUR TURN SO I CAN PUMMEL BOTH YOU AND VAYLE FOR THIS!"

So, so very worse…

"I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING!" Mana yelled. "Amaterasu soulcharges! Then I check the top card of my deck, and I'll move it to the bottom."

[Soul Charge – CEO Amaterasu – No Trigger]

"Kaguya moves to the soul to give Amaterasu 3000 more power. I call Oracle Guardian Gemini, Battle Deity, Susanoo, and Luck Bird!" Two mechanical babies flying on wings appeared with an orange bird and a boy with sacred clothing and two long swords. [Oracle Guardian, Gemini – 8000] [Battle Deity, Susanoo – 9000] [Luck Bird – 7000] "Luck Bird's soul blast. I get to draw a card.

"Susanoo attacks your vanguard with Luck Bird's boost! Susanoo gains 3000 more power because my vanguard is Amaterasu!" [9000 + 7000 + 3000 = 19000]

"Fantasy Petal, Yukihime guards!"

"Amaterasu attacks with Milk's boost! Since I have 4 cards in my hand, that's an 8000 boost!" [10000 + 6000 + 4000 + 4000 + 3000 = 27000]

"Fantasy Petal, Mizore, perfect guard!" Kazumi said, dropping a card from her hand. "Your attack doesn't hit."

"Drive check."

[Drive Check – Evil-Eye Princess, Euryale – No Trigger]

[Drive Check – Blue Scale Deer – No Trigger]

"Silent Tom attacks your vanguard with Gemini's boost!" [8000 + 8000 = 16000]

"No guard."

The man pointed at the enemy vanguard with his gun, his ghost girlfriend laughing around his shoulder.

[Damage Check – Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki – No Trigger]

"I end my turn."

Kazumi – Mana

3 – Hand – 6

3 – Soul – 3

5 – Damage – 5

4 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – none = Silent Tom – Oracle Guardian, Gemini

none – Fantasy Petal Grand Master, Tsubaki = CEO Amaterasu – Weather Girl, Milk

Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – Fantasy Petal, Nova = Battle Deity, Susanoo – Luck Bird

"Stand and draw!" Kazumi said. "Envelop this world in your bitter cold, so cold you'll never escape the prison of time! I break ride Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki!"

The grand master groaned, his body fading away as a chilling blizzard blew across the field. In his place, a ghostly white woman, with a red veil and ribbon tying her dress together, formed from the snow. She looked at Amaterasu, her face impassive, and the blizzard grew fiercer, half of the field already covered completely in snow. [Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki – 11000]

"The break ride's skill! Shirayuki gains 10000 power, and I search my deck for a grade 2 and grade 1 Murakamo, and superior call them! I call Fantasy Petal Dragon, Muboyoshi and Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru!" A large dragon with white snowy wings descended by the ghost woman's side, with a small snow demon behind it. [Fantasy Petal Dragon, Muboyoshi – 9000] [Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – 7000] "Since two units were called from the deck, three of them get 4000 power! I also call Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari behind Shirayuki." [Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari – 6000]

"Nova attacks CEO Amaterasu with Kokuenmaru's boost!" [9000 + 7000 + 3000 + 4000 = 23000]

"Lozenge Magus guards! Susanoo intercepts!"

"Shirayuki attacks Amaterasu with Yukari's boost!" [11000 + 10000 + 6000 = 27000]

"Battle Sister Chocolat perfect guards that!" Mana yelled.

"Twin drive."

[Drive Check – Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki – No Trigger]

[Drive Check – Fantasy Petal, Cat Devil – Critical Trigger]

"Critical trigger! Power and critical to Muboyoshi! Muboyoshi attacks your vanguard with Kokuenmaru's boost!" [9000 + 7000 + 4000 + 4000 + 5000 = 29000] The dragon charged up its breath, shooting it at full blast.

"Oracle Guardian, Nike and Luck Bird guards! Silent Tom intercepts!" Mana yelled. The three units appeared in front of the goddess, each absorbing the blast and screaming as they disappeared.

"I end my turn." Kazumi muttered. "Muboyoshi and Kokuenmaru return to my deck."

Kazumi – Mana

4 – Hand – 1

4 – Soul – 3

5 – Damage – 5

4 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – none = none – Oracle Guardian, Gemini

Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari – Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki = CEO Amaterasu – Weather Girl, Milk

Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – Fantasy Petal, Nova = none – Luck Bird

"And Kazumi's really unfocused right now…" Vayle mumbled. That was kinda his fault though… "But there isn't much left…"

"Stand and draw." Mana said. She sighed. "Do I have to do this?"

"YES NOW HURRY UP!" Kazumi yelled. Mana sighed again.

"Why me? Why not Leo? I did not sign up for this!" She moaned. "Amaterasu's skill. Soulcharge, and leave this one on top."

[Soul Charge – Battle Sister, Chocolat – No Trigger]

"I call Euryale and Blue Scale Deer." [Evil-Eye Princess, Euryale – 10000] [Blue Scale Deer – 8000] A medusa woman weiding a large sword and wearing an orange dress with blue ribbon appeared, alongside a deer covered in white and pale blue armor. "Euryale attacks Nova!" [10000 + 7000 = 17000] The woman smiled, the snakes in her hair extending out and lashing at the dragon, tearing it to pieces.

"Amaterasu attacks with Milk's boost." [10000 + 6000 = 16000]

"Cat Devil and Fire Fox guards."

[Drive Check – Victory Maker – Draw Trigger]

"Power to Blue Scale Deer. I draw."

[Drive Check – CEO Amaterasu – No Trigger]

"Blue Scale Deer attacks your vanguard with Gemini's boost." [8000 + 8000 + 5000 = 21000]

"Shirayuki's persona blast! I reduce your attack by 20000 power." The field was suddenly covered in white mist, snow burying the charging deer, stopping it from going forwards.

"I end my turn." Mana said, muttering the last part. "I knew this would happen, jeez."

Kazumi – Mana

1 – Hand – 3

4 – Soul – 4

5 – Damage – 5

5 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – none = Blue Scale Deer – Oracle Guardian, Gemini

Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari – Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki = CEO Amaterasu – Weather Girl, Milk

Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – none = Evil-Eye Princess, Euryale – Luck Bird

"Stand and draw!" Kazumi said. "Now know your place at this academy!"

"Yeah yeah, hurry and get this over with…" Mana interrupted. "I have to get to dinner at some point. It's casserole day at the Yellow dorm and I happen to like their tuna casserole." Kazumi frowned.

"Fine! I call a Fantasy Petal, Nova to replace the one I lost, and have them attack your vanguard!" [9000 + 7000 + 3000 = 19000]

"No guard. I don't have enough for both." She shrugged, the attack connecting easily.

[Damage Check – Victory Maker – Draw Trigger]

Kazumi – Mana

1 – Hand – 3

4 – Soul – 4

5 – Damage – 6

5 – Counterblasted – 0

Field:

none – none = Blue Scale Deer – Oracle Guardian, Gemini

Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari – Fantasy Petal Storm, Shirayuki = CEO Amaterasu – Weather Girl, Milk

Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru – Fantasy Petal, Nova = Evil-Eye Princess, Euryale – Luck Bird

"And now, remember your lesson! Stay away from Vayle!" Kazumi announced triumphantly, walking out of the arena happily. Mana sighed.

"I never want to go through that again." She muttered as she walked to the observer's place, then looked at Leo. Leo gulped. They stared at each other.

He ran for it.

"LEO GET BACK HERE RIGHT NOW!" Mana screamed as she chased him out of the arena, Leo yelling for help the entire time. Needless to say, he didn't get it.

"Well, that was an anticlimactic end." Vayle said, getting up slowly as he stretched. "Although that's the way life goes. Ah well, I'll go take a nap now then."

"Wait!" Kouichi yelled, and Vayle looked at him curiously. He stopped. Why did he yell again? It just felt sorta… weird, leaving it at that. Was that it?

"Um… so who was the first kiss?" He finally said.

"Oh, um, well…" Vayle began sheepishly, scratching his head. "My class was on a fieldtrip to the beach this one time, this was before me and Kazumi came to Vanguard Academy. As it turns out, Kazumi isn't the best swimmer. She nearly drowned that day, so I had to do CPR on her. It doesn't really count, but my friends all teased me for it, and I made them swear never to tell Kazumi."

"If you told her you were her first kiss she would probably calm down more." Rei said.

"I could do that…" Vayle started slowly. "Ooooor, I could not, and avoid her going even more insane about the matter." He blinked. "Oh man, I told you guys too much already! You guys know Kazumi! I can't tell you anymore!"

And he dashed out of the room the same way as Leo did. Were all third years this strange?

-linebreak-

"I paired her up with Stephan Masterson by your request." Principal Brown said into the video call on her computer, sitting alone in his office.

"Good. Perhaps she will be able to get some leverage over him. If we're able to have some influence over the son, then we might gain some front in this war. His dad is currently a dangerous person to us."

"Travis Masterson already bought a part of this island, and a part of Tatsunagi Corporations behind out backs. I'm sorry she has to suffer as the pawn of this entire plan, but it's currently the only way."

"I hate depending on the enemy, but that operation was useful in this circumstance. Any other person would have surely gone insane from the stress and pressure already."

"The plan for now is?"

"They need avatars for Cray. Vanguard Academy is the perfect breeding ground for those. That's the info I currently have. The team of Kamui, Chris, and Ali are going undercover to one of their bases tomorrow night."

"So we'll have the information tomorrow." The principal sighed in relief. "Well that's some good news. Let's pray for their success for now. It's all we can do."

Takuto nodded on screen. "By the way, there have been some strange readings on the power level scale for your academy recently."

"Well, you know what's happening. It's no surprise."

Takuto wasn't convinced. There was something else going on. "I'll keep you updated then." The screen switched off, and Principal Brown swung the chair around to face outside, sighing.

"All I wanted was a peaceful school for the game we loved so much as kids…" He said. "Now it's a breeding ground for mindless warriors. Man… " He chuckled. "Let's pray for the success of the vanguards then."


"I fight so that one day, maybe that idiot will look at me properly."

Kazumi Efilstine


(Kaze no Message / Mai Mizuhashi)

Motto motto
Tsuyokunaru kara
Chikatta yakusoku ima mo
Kono mune dezuu tto mabushī yo

Genkidesu ka? Nakama wa dō?
Kaze no nioi sora no iro
On'najidesu ka?

Yume wa itsuka kanaukeredo
Demo matteru dake ja dame
Jibun de tsukande iku monda yo

Sune no kizuato kanashī kioku
Zenryoku de kaketara kieteiku ne

Sō…
Kitto kitto
Makenai hazu sa
Mahō no jumon
Son'na mono iranai sa

Hashire hashire
Kaze yori hayaku
Kono michi no sakini wa
Yumenotsubomi hora, nozoi teru


Me: I'll try and update faster, although I'm in Math Honours class. The math teacher's a demon. She's all "Oh, I don't want to give you guys, like, 2-3 hours of homework or anything!" and then she assigns us 4 hours of homework…. This chapter was sorta weak...

Me: But yeah, I'll try and update faster. Truly sorry, everyone. Thanks to Animegirl426 for the recommendation for the ending.


(The following cards were created by Solus Ortis, with permission from him to use them. I have made adjustments to the Muramasa cards, as well as Tanuki Shadow accordingly)

Fantasy Petal, Tanuki Shadow
Grade 0/Warbeast – Murakamo / Power 5000 / Shield 10000
AUTO: Forerunner (When a unit of the same clan rides this unit, you may call this unit to (RC))
AUTO [R]: [Counter Blast (1)] When an attack hits during the battle that this unit boosts a "Fantasy Petal" unit, you may pay the cost. If you do, put this unit at the bottom of your deck, select a RG unit with "Fantasy Petal" in its name, search your deck for up to one copy of the targeted unit, reveal it to your opponent, call it to an empty RG circle and that unit gets "AUTO [R]: At the end of your turn, send this unit to the bottom of your deck." until end of turn, and shuffle your deck.

Fantasy Petal Rouge, Kokuenmaru
Grade 1/Demon – Murakamo/Power 7000/Shield 5000
AUTO[V/R]: When a «Murakamo» unit is called from the deck to the RG, this unit gets +2000 power until end of turn.

Fantasy Petal Blacksmith, Muramasa
Grade 1/Human – Murakamo/7000 Power/5000 Shield
Auto(R):[Counterblast (1), Put this unit on the bottom of your deck] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have a vanguard with "Fantasy Petal" in its name, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one unit named "Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa", call it to RG, and shuffle your deck.

Fantasy Petal, Nova
Grade 2/Abyss Dragon – Murakamo / 9000 Power / 5000 Shield
AUTO [R]: When this unit attacks, if you have a vanguard with "Fantasy Petal" in its name, this unit gets +3000 power until the end of that battle.

Fantasy Petal, Fire Fox
Grade 2/High Beast – Murakamo / 8000 Power / 5000 Shield
AUTO [V/R]:[Counterblast 1 'Fantasy Petal'] At the beginning of your end phase, if one or more of your "Fantasy Petal" RG units is sent back to your deck you may pay the cost. If you do, draw 1 card.

Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa
Grade 2/Human – Murakamo/9000 Power/5000 Shield
AUTO [R]:[Counterblast (1), Put this unit on the bottom of your deck] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have a vanguard with "Fantasy Petal" in its name, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one unit named "Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa", call it to RG, and shuffle your deck.

Fantasy Petal Grand Master, Tsubaki
Grade 3/Ghost – Murakamo/11000 Power
AUTO: Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):When a "Murakumo" rides this unit, search your deck for up to one G1 and G2 "Murakumo" unit, call it to RG and those unit gets "Auto: At the end of your turn, send this unit to the bottom of your deck", then shuffle your deck, choose one of your vanguards, and that unit gets +10000 power.
AUTO(VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle.
CONT(VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)

Fantasy Petal Demon, Muramasa
Grade 3/Demon – Murakamo/10000 Power
AUTO [R]:[Counterblast (1), Put this unit on the bottom of your deck] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have a vanguard with "Fantasy Petal" in its name, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to two units named "Fantasy Petal Samurai, Muramasa", call it to RG, and shuffle your deck.

Fantasy Petal, Mizore
Grade 1/Vampire – Murakamo/6000 Power/0 Shield
CONT: Sentinel (You may only have up to four cards with "[CONT]: Sentinel" in a deck)
AUTO:[Choose a «Dark Irregulars» from your hand, and discard it] When this unit is placed on (GC), you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your «Dark Irregulars» that is being attacked, and that unit cannot be hit until end of that battle.

Fantasy Petal Dragon, Muboyoshi
Grade 1/Dragon – Murakamo/Power 7000/Shield 5000
AUTO[V/R]: When a «Murakamo» unit is called from the deck to the RG, this unit gets +2000 power until end of turn.

Fantasy Petal Witch, Yukari
Grade 1/Human – Murakamo/6000 Power/5000 Shield
AUTO [R]: When this unit boosts a "Murakumo" vanguard, if you have more cards in your hand than your opponent, this boosted unit gets +4000 power until the end of that battle.

Fantasy Petal, Dart Spider
Grade 0/Insect – Murakamo/5000 Power/10000 Shield/Stand Trigger

Fantasy Petal, Cat Devil
Grade 0/Warbeast – Murakamo/5000 Power/10000 Shield/Critical Trigger

Fantasy Petal, Yukihime
Grade 0/Ghost – Murakamo/5000 Power/10000 Shield/Heal Trigger

Fantasy Petal, Demon Lantern
Grade 0/Warbeast – Murakamo/5000 Power/5000 Shield/Draw Trigger


Kouichi: So… um… I think I got Kazumi and Mana's down… What's with this weird assignment?

Rei: Hey, do you know this guy?

Emil: Not really… I've never seen him before…

Mana: He's that doofus who worked for Meredith at the Miss Vanguard Academy, remember? The jerk who arranged the pairings to give her a favourable partner!

Kouichi: And this fight's starting… because?

Rei: Because apparently he stepped on this girl's stuffed teddy bear…

All: Next time: "Great Nature's First Strike!"

Leo: Hey! Wouldn't it be funny if somewhere else, there was someone else having a fight similar to this one at the similar time, working for some fancy organization to help save the world?

Kouichi: … I…. I… I really doubt that…

Mana: GET BACK HERE LEO I'M NOT DONE WITH YOU!