Is anyone annoyed with me yet?
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Rating: PG (Mild swearing.)
What hath passed: Having escaped the Japan Defense
Force agents, D promptly gets into more trouble as the
dog K turns out to be none other than Special Agent
Kevin Sanders in his wolf form. D panics, and manages
to accidentally summon a giant mecha.
_This is italicized. Either emphasis, or thought._
*This is a telepathic message. In some cases, it's
++This is usually a written message or sign.++
-This is a sound.-
-=This is a very loud sound.=-
Somewhere in Tokyo, a machine that had lain dormant
for several months suddenly came to life, spitting out
reams of paper.
The two occupants of the room blinked, stared at the
data, and let out whoops of joy.
"We've found her!"
The two UNISA agents looked up.
Kevin said the first thing to enter his mind.
The robot was, simply put, huge. Easily the size of a
building, it looked like something from a sci-fi
movie, the sort with a huge budget for special effects
and giant robots. Like this one.
The thing was blue in colour, and appeared to be a
stylized representation of a man, assuming the man in
question had very broad shoulders and a very narrow
waist. Actually, it didn't look much like a man, but
looked very much like a giant robot.
It looked down at the two agents, and emitted a sound
that was a cross between a growl and a roar.
Sammie gulped. "Run?" she suggested.
"Good idea. Where to?"
"Anywhere not here."
D, meanwhile, was looking up in horror at the mecha.
She took a step backwards, and then nearly died of
shock when someone grabbed her arm.
Whoever it was had gotten running away down to an art.
D could barely keep up, and the unknown person was
basically dragging her along. It... _he_ ran in long,
loping strides, which looked very silly until you saw
how much ground it covered.
The robot let out a roar that probably startled the
entire county, and then disappeared in the same manner
Nobody was there to see it do so, though.
"What was _that_?" Scott shouted.
Ororo pursed her lips, and spoke in clinical tones.
"It appears we have discovered D's powers."
The interloper finally stopped, and D got a good look
at his face.
The usually lost boy looked less lost than usual this
time. He wiped the sweat off his forehead. "Sorry
about that," he apologized.
"Why're you here?"
"Went out for a snack," he mumbled.
D stared at him, then collapsed as the events of the
past hour caught up with her.
Darren caught her in the politest way possible. "We've
got to get back to the school," he said. "The
professor'll know what to do."
"Which way is it?"
"I don't know." He smiled brightly. "But I'm sure that
if we just stay put, the others will find us."
There was a very loud bang. Something small kicked up
dirt next to Darren's foot.
"They're _shooting_ at us!"
D managed a short cry of protest before Darren grabbed
her arm, and started running again.
While the words may be very much entrenched in the
vernacular of the United States of America, the tone
of voice and the content were universal. The JDF
agents slowly laid down their weapons, and turned
One of them said, in heavily accented English, "You
cannot do this. This is an internal affair."
"That may be so," Storm said, fingertips crackling
with power and electricity, "but D is under our
protection, which makes it _our_ business."
"Where'd D go?" Cyclops asked, not taking his line of
sight off the JDF agents, nor his hand off his visor.
"That way," Jean said, pointing. "She's with...
Storm frowned. "This is not good."
Onwards through trees, bushes, and undergrowth, over
roots and vines...
Through the forest, the wind in your face, the sweat
and the fear...
"Darren! Stop!" D dug her heels in, and hauled.
Darren stopped, in a manner which suggested that he
might have dislocated something. "Ow," he said
"Where are we?"
"A long way from the people shooting us?"
Darren looked around. "I... have no idea."
D frowned. By all rights, they should have gotten out
of the woods already. There were a lot of trees around
Salem Center, of course, but not a forest's worth. Not
The two of them continued onwards, at a much slower
pace this time. By unspoken consent, D led the way.
They walked in silence for a while, before Darren
finally broke it. "D?"
"What was that?"
"What was what?"
"That big... thing. Robot." Darren waved his arms
around vaguely. "Blue, huge, kinda weird-looking..."
D was silent.
"There's a road up ahead," she said suddenly.
Darren stopped, looked at her back for a moment, then
shrugged, and continued following her.
The road was a straight one, which one can go in two
directions. D turned to Darren. "Pick a direction."
Darren looked both ways, and pointed. "That way."
"Good." D began walking in the opposite direction.
Darren gaped at her, then hurried to catch up.
The car needed a new paint job. That was the last
thing on the agent's minds, though.
Kevin wheezed, and leaned back in the driver's seat.
"That was a total screw-up," Sammie panted, trying to
catch her breath. "I mean, we've had some major
cock-ups in our time, but this is a major case of the
shit hitting the fan."
"What the _hell_ was that?"
"Damned if I know." Sammie put her hand over her eyes.
"I mean, geez. We just turned and ran. I know, we
couldn't have done anything else, not without heavy
weaponry, but still."
There was a brief, blissful silence.
Sammie dug into her pocket, and extracted a cellphone.
"Hello?" She listened for a while, covered the
mouthpiece, swore loudly, then handed it to Kevin.
"It's the Director."
Kevin sighed. "Just when you thought things couldn't
get any worse."
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