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Game Playthrough: Galaxy Angel II – Zettai Ryouiki no Tobira [Chapter 9/10]

Chapter 9: The Insanity Curse Triggered Anise: Hey, sorry I'm late. Kazuya: Rune Angel Brigade, now assembled… Tact: Right. Then, let's start this meeting. First off, the current situation… I'm guessing you're all curious about it, right? Apricot: Yes… Tact: So while the Angel Brigade was on leave, Seldar, Mahjeek… And I, representing EDEN, had a couple of talks together. And in those talks, the three of us have agreed to form an alliance fleet to face Veryl and his forces.

For this fleet, the Luxiole will serve as the flagship. In other words, I'll be serving as the commander of the alliance fleet. Kahlua: My…! Lily: A reasonable decision. Even on Seldar, there are few that can boast of having proper experience in large scale naval warfare… Anise: Fine, so now what? Tact: Well… We've declared war against Veryl and his forces. With him taking Milfy and ABSOLUTE captive, along with his other deeds… We've agreed that his ambitions need to be stopped.

The alliance fleet will do everything in their power to eliminate Veryl and the threat he poses to this space. Anise: Hell yeah! Now we're talkin'! Nano-Nano: Let's get him! Tact: Right! With Seldar and Mahjeek pooling their resources, the alliance fleet will be a sizable one. It's not anything like EDEN's primary fleet, but it'll more than do the job. Apricot: That's a relief! Tact: Yeah. We've got Forte to thank for that. As you know, she deliberately refused to deploy any of Seldar's ships to act in Veryl's interest. Thanks to that, their navy's basically at full power. Kazuya: Oh…! Tact: What's up? Kazuya: Well… Speaking of Instructor Forte… She apparently had business at Seldar to attend to… But she was saying it was a "troublesome errand"… Would you happen to know what she might have meant…? Tact: Did she now…? *silence* Kazuya: *confused* Tact: So she's going for her sentence, huh… Yeah, you guys will probably want to hear about this…

Kazuya: Sentence…!? Apricot: Y…You mean, they…? Tact: Yeah. Seldar's decided to charge Forte as a war criminal. And basically, she's headed there to turn herself in. Kazuya: What…!? Anise: Well, you can't really expect anythin' else after takin' the place hostage and all… Even if it was all forced, there's no way they would just let her off… Apricot: B…But…! She did all that to protect Seldar…! Kahlua: Indeed…! It was the best course of action she could have taken to minimize casualties from the coup forces…! Nano-Nano: It wasn't her fault!! Tact: Alright, everyone, calm down. It'll be fine… Kazuya: It'll be fine…? How could this be fine…? Lily: This sentence she has been given… Surely it isn't something incredibly harsh…!? I believe my liege to be more magnanimous than that, but given the circumsntances… Tact: Well… It's complicated… *silence* *silence* *…he does realize silence usually gets filled by the worst, right?* Exile from NEUE…

That's the sentence they've given Forte. Kazuya: Exile…? Kahlua: Oh, dear…! Nano-Nano: That's not fair!!! Nano-Nano: Y…You mean… we're never gonna see her again…!? *sniff* *sniffle* Tact: Hey, hey. It's okay, don't cry… Just think about it for a little bit. Nano-Nano: *confused* Anise: Hmph! I'm bettin'… She's more than happy with that? Tact: Yep! Sharp as always. Nano-Nano: What do you mean? *sniff* Anise: Well, Breyl's got the Gates on lockdown… Wait. His name was Veryl, right? Well, whatever… The guy's got them on lockdown, right? Thanks to that, they can't actually kick her out yet. Kazuya: O…Oh, yeah… Anise: So…

Err… what's the word… Right! They're… suspendin'…? the sentence, or somethin' like that? Tact: Ding ding! We have a winner! They're putting her on probation for as long as the Gates remain under Veryl's control. We've got King Soldam to thank for that judgement. Apricot: T…That IS complicated… Tact: Right!? Nano-Nano: T…Then, we'll still get to see her again? Kazuya: Yeah. At least until we deal with Veryl… Kahlua: On the contrary… Once the Gates are open for transit again, we can reunite with her whenever we please… Kazuya: That's true… Lily: Putting it that way, her punishment is a rather lenient one, is it not? Apricot: It is. What a relief… Nano-Nano: Yaaaaaay! We'll get to see her again…! Kahlua: Tact…! This was rather cruel-hearted of you…! Tact: Huh? Kahlua: You had us fearing the worst, just like the time you announced Anise's enlistment in the brigade…! Apricot: She's right! I was rather upset after hearing about Forte's sentence, you know!? Tact: H…Hey, now wait a minute! This time, I gave you guys the straight facts, didn't I!? You guys just jumped to conclusions this time! Apricot: No! You're still at fault, Tact! You should have just told us about the stay of execution instead of leading us on like that! Tact: *point taken* I…I guess…? Nano-Nano: You better treat us to something nice for this! Anise: You know what, I COULD go for some good eats right now…

Kahlua: In that case, shall we have Tact treat us to dinner after this meeting…? Lily: *amused grunt* An excellent suggestion. Nano-Nano: Yaaaaay! Free food! Kahlua: How grand…! Tact: Alright! I get it! Dinner's on me today, okay…!? Nano-Nano: *glee* Tact: *sigh* Alright! If we're done with that, let's get back on topic. As I was saying, we're declared war against Veryl and his forces… *clears throat* Tact: We've done some long range scans and we've found that Veryl seems to be assembling a fleet near the Chrono Gate. The bad news: this fleet seems to be slowly growing by the day. So more or less, it's just like Forte said. Veryl's basically bringing in ships through the Gate.

Lily: Quite a predicament… Tact: Yeah. With that in mind, we need to get ourselves up and running again to take them down. Before Veryl brings in enough ships to overwhelm us… Kazuya: *silence* Tact: At least, that's the plan, but… Liberating Seldar left both the Luxiole and Mahjeek's navy in pretty rough shape. We're going to need a bit more time to patch up before we're good to go again.

Kazuya: *…not the hiding game again…* Tact: Well, it can't be helped. In our current condition, it would basically be suicide to try to take Veryl out now. So until we've fully recovered, we'll just have to wait things out. So that means… I'm extending the Angel Brigade's leave for the time being. This next battle's going to be a big one, so get all the rest you can before it begins. Got that? Mr. Acting Squad Leader? Kazuya: R…Right…! Tact: Alright! I think that's enough for today. Meeting adjourned! Nano-Nano: Tact! Time for food! Tact: Yeah, I know. Rico. It's short notice, but would you mind letting the galley know we're coming? Apricot: Yes. Understood. I'll have it reserved immediately. Nano-Nano: Ask for the special full course meal! Apricot: Right.

Of course. Tact: *sigh* I swear… Lunti: Excuse me! Coming through! Right, here's your starter salad… Nano-Nano: It looks so good! Lunti: Here we have a caprese salad. It's got tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in it. Kahlua: My… It's rather vibrant, isn't it…? Lunti: I appreciate the compliment. Apricot: Lunti. Does this resupply list have everything you need in it? Lunti: Yeah, that's it. You'll have to excuse how long it is since a sudden request ended up cleaning out our pantry. Tact: My bad… Apricot: In that case, I'll check for them in storage after this meal. Lunti: Thanks for that. Tact: Alright, that's enough work for you, Rico. Why don't you take your seat? Apricot: Ah, right. Anise: Hey! Mind if we start? I'm, like, starvin' here! Tact: Yeah, I get it. Alright, dig in. Nano-Nano: Let's eat! Kahlua: Don't mind if I do… Lily: Gods of space-time… Confer your blessing upon this meal… Anise: Man! This is great! Lunti: Thank you for waiting.

Here's the main dish. Tact: Oooh, this looks fancy. Lunti: So here we have smoked veal steak with a foie gras garnish. Nano-Nano: *Homer Simpson drool* Anise: Hey, Nano! The table! You're droolin' on the table! Nano-Nano: *licking lips* Lunti: Alright, then! All yours…! Nano-Nano: *immediate nom* It's sooooooo good!!! Anise: Mind if I try some? Nano-Nano: *gasp* Anise: Oh, wow! This is awesome! I gotta get some more! Nano-Nano: Hey, no stealing…!!! Anise: *chuckle* It's cool, I'll give you some of mine when it comes out. Nano-Nano: *does not approve* Kazuya: Lunti, thanks for the meal! Lunti: No problem! See you. Nano-Nano: I'm all full now…! Kahlua: My…! I might have overeaten there…! Lily: It seems… I've failed to control my intake as well. Apricot: Truth be told, I've had to loosen a button after that… Kahlua: My…! *giggle* Anise: Man… My taste buds have been lovin' my time on this ship… Tact: Lunti's cooking really is something, isn't it…? Kazuya: I swear, that guy keeps getting better and better… Anise: *yawn* Food coma's startin' to kick in…

Anise: I'm headin' back to my room. See ya. Nano-Nano: Boss, see you! Anise: Yeah! Kahlua: As for myself… I believe I'll take a walk in the observation park… So I'm not too terribly bloated… Apricot: Oh, good idea. I'll join you for that. Lily: Perhaps… you would allow me in your company as well? Kahlua: Of course…! Then, shall we depart…? Kazuya: Everyone, take care. Apricot: You too. Kahlua: Tact… Much obliged for the meal… Tact: Yeah, you're welcome. Coco: Commander Myers, this is the bridge. Tact: Tact here. Coco: We've completed preparations for launch. Tact: Alright, then let's head to orbit. I'll leave the maneuvers to you. Coco: Understood. Kazuya: If we're going to orbit, then are we leaving the spaceport? Tact: Yeah… There's a bunch of other ships aside from us that need repairs, after all. So we're only going to have them repair enough for us to get off the ground.

Kazuya: I see… Tact: Alright, I better get back to the bridge! Kazuya: *shout* Commander, thank you for the meal! *shout* Nano-Nano: *shout* Thanks! *shout* Tact: *far-off* Yeah, you're welcome! *far-off* Kazuya: *silence* Nano-Nano: Okay, I'm gonna go to the infirmary to get a maintenance check! Kazuya, see you later! Kazuya: Yeah. Take care! Nano-Nano: You too! Kazuya: *silence* Hmmmmmm… *thinking* Should probably go back to my room, and take a break… Yeah. Kazuya: Let's see… (So what do I do now…?) (It feels too early to sleep, I guess…) Coco: Rune Angel Brigade, please assemble in the war room immediately! Kazuya: An enemy…!? Kazuya: Shiranami, now reporting! Tact: Okay. That's everyone. Alright, listen up. So we've received a report from our allies' patrol force. Apparently, a bunch of unregistered craft have assembled at a nearby asteroid belt. My guess… it's an enemy scout force. Lily: For recon, I'm betting… And then, they've apparently halted their movements just a bit earlier. Kahlua: My… They must have found something to investigate then… Tact: Yeah… That would probably be us.

Based of long range scans, both sides have probably figured out numberwise what they're dealing with, but… This ended up giving away something Veryl didn't want us to know about. Anise: If he's botherin' to take time to check us out… Does that mean he's got issues gettin' ready on his end…? Tact: Right. At least, that's what probability would suggest… But anyway, we're not just going to let him check up on us like this. So with that, you know what to do. Alright, so here's your briefing. Tact: Here's a scan of the nearby area. The Luxiole's currently holding this point.

And here… We have the enemy. They're spread out pretty wide, as you'd expect from a scouting force. This way, they would get as much intel as possible. We can't have them bring back news to Veryl. Therefore, your mission is to eliminate the enemy force. That is all. Tact: Since it's a scouting force, chances are those ships are going to be pretty fast. Keep an eye out for their movements so they don't slip away. Not to mention, they're spread out pretty well to relay information to each other. So keep on guard against any reinforcements they may call up. Alright… Rune Angel Brigade, prepare to sortie. Kazuya! You're up! Kazuya: Right! Okay! Everyone, let's go! Angel Brigade: Right! Lily: Very well. Let us join our might. Coco: As we suspected, the enemy force in this area is primarily made of high-speed ships. And if the commander's suspicions are correct, there may be more combat capable ships waiting nearby. Watch out for potential reinforcements. Kazuya: Understood.

Anise: Hmph! Like any of these suckers can outrun an Emblem Frame! Kazuya: Anise! Don't get too cocky! Anise: Yeah, yeah… Kazuya: Everyone! The enemy's going to be fast! Be careful! Angel Brigade: Right! Coco: Enemy reinforcements have arrived in this space! These are… heavily armed motherships! Kazuya: These were… pretty tough to chase down, weren't they…? Rune Angel Brigade reporting. The enemy scouting force has been eliminated.

Tact: Right. Good job, everyone. Return to the Luxiole at once. Kazuya: Understood. Coco: Oh? Tact: What's up? Coco: Well… I'm looking at Tequila's tension levels… They seem lower than usual… Tact: And how's everyone else? Coco: Their levels are at usual. Tact: I see… Then that means there might be something bothering her personally… Well, we can ask her about it after the brigade reports back. Coco: Right… Kazuya: Phew… *silence* Kahlua: Kazuya…! Kazuya: Oh! Kahlua, good work out there! Kahlua: Hello… Kazuya: Oh, you've changed back already. Kahlua: Yes… Kazuya: Oh? You don't look so good? Kahlua: Perhaps… I'm feeling rather fatigued, truth be told… And from what I heard from Coronet, it appears that that person seems unwell as well… Kazuya: Are you alright? Kahlua: Yes… I believe I'll manage for now… But I believe… I should pay a visit to the infirmary to have my condition checked…

Kazuya: Okay, got it. I'll let the commander know. Kahlua: Please do… Kazuya: Do you want me to go with you? Kahlua: No… I'd rather not impose on you… After all, you have your duties as acting squad leader to fulfill… Do go on ahead to give the commander your report… Kazuya: I see… Kahlua: If you'll excuse me… Kazuya: *silence* (Wonder what's up…?) (Is it something serious…?) (Alright! Let's hurry and report back so we can go check on her!) Kazuya: …Finally, Kahlua's feeling unwell, so she's gone over to the infirmary. Tact: Got it. Kazuya: That's all for my report. Tact: Alright, good job out there. Then, you guys can go back to your break. Sorry for the interruption. Kazuya: Oh, it's not a bother at all. Then… Rune Angel Brigade, now dismissed. Anise: Aiiight, then! Right, nothin' like a shower to relax! Nano-Nano: Boss, you're sounding like a grandpa. Anise: Ah, shut it… So? You comin' along, Nano? Nano-Nano: Yeah! Apricot: Oh? Then I'll come along too. Lily: In that case, I'll join in. Anise: Hey, hey! There's no way that tiny shower room's gonna fit all four of us…!? Nano-Nano: It sounds like fun! Lily: It's a common bonding experience, is it not? Anise: *sigh* Kazuya: *gutter thoughts?* Tact: *gutter thoughts.* Coco: Now, just what are the two of you flushed about? Tact: Oh…! Errr…

Well… Kazuya: *awkward laugh* T…Then, I'll just be off. Kazuya: All right, let's head to the infirmary… Mordent: Infirmary, calling Shiranami! Kazuya: Hello. Actually, I was thinking of heading your way. Mordent: In that case, please hurry! Kahlua has collapsed! Kazuya: What!? I…Is she hurt…!? Mordent: She's not physically injured! However, she's currently unconscious! Kazuya: *gasp* I'll be right there!!! Kazuya: (Kahlua!!!) Kazuya: Doctor!? Kahlua…? Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: A…Are you all right? Kahlua: Y…Yes… Mordent: She just regained conciousness… Admittingly, I wasn't prepared for it… Kazuya: But you said she wasn't physically injured…? Mordent: Correct… Or at least, I couldn't detect any anomalies… Kazuya: What could it be then…? Kahlua, you've got any ideas? Kahlua: *silence* Doctor…? I…If I may…? Mordent: Yes? Kahlua: Might you… grant me leave to return to my room…? Mordent: Huh? Well… I haven't found anything that would warrant a stay… If you believe you're fine, then I suppose I'll take your word for it… Kahlua: Kazuya… Kazuya: Yes? Kahlua: If you would… Might you escort me back to my room…? Kazuya: Of course! Kahlua: Then… If you'll excuse me…

Kazuya: Here, I've got you… Kahlua: Doctor… I apologize for troubling you… Mordent: Not all all, it's my job after all. However, if you do feel that there's something wrong, be sure to come back immediately. Okay? Kahlua: Understood… Kazuya: Doctor, excuse us then. Mordent: Of course. Be sure to watch over her in the meantime. Kazuya: *silence* Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: Are you okay? Kahlua: Yes… *pained groan* Kazuya: W…What happened…!? Kahlua: L…Let's hurry to my room…! Kazuya: O…Okay… Kazuya: We're here… Kahlua: *pained breathing* Mimolette: M…Master…!? Are you all right!? Kahlua: *pained groan* Kazuya: Kahlua!? There's something seriously wrong! Come on, let's take you back to the infirmary! Kahlua: D…Don't…!!! Kazuya: Why not…!? Kahlua: I…I believe… this might be… something… that can't be treated there… Kazuya: W…What do you mean…!? Kahlua: I…I'm… checking right now… M…Mimolette… I'd like a bonbon…! Mimolette: I'm on it! Kazuya! Catch!!! *struggle grunt* Kazuya: *gasp* Kazuya: Kahlua, here! Kahlua: *pained groan* Tequila: *pained groan* Kazuya: T…Tequila…! Mimolette: Master…!? Tequila: T…This feeling…!? This has to be…! Kazuya: What…!? What is it…!? Tequila: *pained breathing* *silence* It's…It's the curse…

Kazuya: The curse…!? Mimolette: What…!? Tequila: The curse… I'm feeling it more than… she's feeling it but… T…There's no mistaking it… The curse has started to accelerate its effects…! Mimolette: B…But if it's starting to effect you this much, then that means…! Tequila: Indeed… I…It has to be due to… something that's changed… for me recently… Mimolette: T…That's bad!!! Kazuya: Huh? What changed…!? What happened…!? Tequila: I… I need to find out… *pained cry* Kazuya: Hang on! Tequila: *pained cries* *very pained cry* Kazuya: Tequila! Tequila!!! Mimolette: Master!!! Kazuya: (TEQUILAAAAAAA!!!) Kazuya: *looking on sadly* Mimolette: *same* Mordent: Hmmm… Kazuya: Doctor? Mordent: Unfortunately, I can't find any physical anomalies… Kazuya: So that means… it really is a curse… Mordent: And if that's the case, that means I can't be of further assistance…

Kazuya: Mimolette? How's your knowledge on curses? Mimolette: Unfortunately… I think… The only one that would really know about those would be Master Tequila… Kazuya: I can't believe this… Mimolette: *gloom* Mordent: *gloom* Kazuya: That person Anise dealt with before… Dieta, right? This curse… is the one Dieta put on her, right? Mimolette: Right… Ever since Master Tequila realized that Dieta had put a curse on her that day… Whenever she got a chance, she would try to examine the curse to find a means to dispel it… However, despite her efforts, the curse proved itself to be too complex for her to do so… A…And now… The curse has been completely activated… Kazuya: *gloom* The curse's activation… It requires some condition for that, right? Mimolette: Of course…! Kazuya: Then, what could have…? Tequila: *stirring* Kazuya: *gasp* Mimolette: Master…!? Tequila: *gathering bearings* Mimolette: Pull yourself together…! Tequila: *silence* Mordent: Are you feeling better? Tequila: *silence* Tequila: I…I think so.

It seems to have passed… I'm not feeling anything else… Kazuya: Are you okay? Tequila: *gasp* S…Shira…Shiranami…! Kazuya: *confused* Tequila: Urgh…! Kazuya: Tequila? Tequila: *losing self* Kazuya: W…What's wrong? Tequila: *lost self* Kazuya: Huh…!? Tequila: *enraged scream* Mimolette: *surprise* Kazuya: T…Tequila…!? Tequila: SHIRANAMI!!! DIE!!!!! Kazuya: *surprise* Tequila: *gathering energy* Mimolette: *gasp* LOOK OUT!!! Kazuya: Whoa!!! Tequila: *release energy* Mordent: *loud gasp* Kazuya: *panicked* The medical console's…!? Mordent: It's entirely scorched! Kazuya: I…If Mimolette hadn't shoved me out of the way… Mimolette: We need to get out of here!!! Kazuya: Wha…!? What…!? Tequila: *prepping another shot* Mimolette: She's lost her reason! We need to leave, now! Tequila: *more magical buildup* Kazuya: *panic* *more panic* Tequila: DIEEEEEE!!! Kazuya: *desperate dodging* Mimolette: I see, she's only aiming for you! Kazuya: *huff* *huff* That was close…! Mimolette: Let's get out of this room! Kazuya: R…Right! Tequila: SHIRANAMIIII…!!! Kazuya: W…W…Wait up…!!! Tequila: YOU'RE NOT GETTING AWAY!!! Kazuya: *fumble* T…The door's…!? Mimolette: We're in trouble!!! Mordent: There's another door here! Hurry! Tequila: *another charge* Kazuya: Hey…! Wait up…!!! Tequila: *another shot* Mordent: *gasp* She's destroyed this door too…!!! Mimolette: W…We need to stop her before she…! Tequila: SHIRANAMI!!! DIE!!!!! Kazuya: T…Tequila! Stop!!! Mimolette: Master Tequila…! *gasp* Master Tequila…!? That's it!!! Kazuya: SHIRANAMI, DIE!!!!! Mimolette: *searching inventory…* Kazuya: I'm really going to die at this rate!!! Tequila: *large charge* Mimolette: NOWWWWWWW!!!!! Tequila: *gasp* T…This…!? *wince* Kazuya: T…That was…!? Mimolette: A transformation suppressant! Tequila: *pained groans* *…with a mix of madness* Kahlua: *silence* Mimolette: It worked!!! Master Kahlua's back with us!!! Kazuya: R…Really…? Kahlua: Kazuya…? Mimolette: Look! She's fine now! Kahlua: T…This is…!? Mimolette: Master!!! Kahlua: Mimolette…? Mimolette: What a relief!!! I thought it was over for us!!! Mordent: Well then…

That was quite troubling… Kahlua: I can sense mana lingering within this room… Not to mention… There also seems to be thunder spirits dwelling here as well… Just what is the meaning of this…? Kazuya: *not wanting to say* Kahlua: N…No… Did that person…? Mordent: *also not wanting to say* Kahlua: Mimolette…!? Just what transpired here…!? Mimolette: T…The curse… Kahlua: *gasp* S…So… It was the curse, wasn't it…!? Mimolette: I think's it's been fully activated… Kahlua: A…And… it's effects…!? Mimolette: *also not wanting to say* Kahlua: Mimolette…!? Mimolette: *really not wanting to say* Kazuya: *reasonably so* Mordent: *it's kind of a very awkward thing to tell* She had attempted to kill Shiranami.

Kahlua: *the expected reaction* *silence* S…She… tried to…? Mordent: Correct… Kazuya: *understandably can't think of a thing to say here* Kahlua: S…She didn't…! Mimolette: The remnants… Analyze the remnants of her spell… We might be able to find out what activated the curse… Kahlua: *silence* *analyzing…* *analyzing…* *analysis complete* *…she found something bad.* *silence* N…No…! Of all the things…! Kazuya: What… did you find…? Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: *silence* Kahlua: M…My…

*pause* Finding… love… Kazuya: What…!? *silence* W…Wait… That means…!? The curse got activated because we started going out…!? Kahlua: Y…Yes…! *tearing up* Mimolette: Master… Mordent: *even as a bystander, that sucks to hear* Kazuya: No… That… can't be… Kahlua: *tears* Kazuya: *gloom* That can't be…! Tact: *taking things in* I see… So that's what happened… Apricot: That curse… It's a cruel joke, isn't it…? Tact: So, how is she now? Kazuya: She's with Mimolette in her room.

She's staying there… just in case she ends up transforming back… Tact: I see… So… Let me confirm something. The curse was activated because Kahlua had fallen in love… I'm guessing… it just happened naturally between the two of you… Kazuya: Right. Tact: And now, the curse is causing Tequila to want to kill the person she's fallen for… But at the same time, Kahlua doesn't seem to be affected by it at all… So, am I correct so far? Kazuya: Right. Tact: With that… it's no wonder she would decide to take avoidance measures against transforming into Tequila… Anise: And if she can't change into Tequila, she's gotta stay out of combat now, doesn't she…? Lily: Correct. Nano-Nano: Can't we… make the curse go away? Tact: Yeah… Could it happen? Is there any chance of it just wearing off, or anything like that…? Kazuya: Based off what Kahlua had said, the curse is a pretty complicated one… Too complicated for it to just wear off…

Tact: Hmmmmmm… Hm? Wait a minute. You guys manage to stop Tequila by having her take transformation suppressants, right? What if she started taking those preemptively? Kazuya: Well… She said those take a while to make, so I don't think she can prepare a bunch of those on such short notice… Not to mention, she still has a reaction to alcohol even with the suppressants. So if the curse ends up adding to that… Honestly, she's not really sure what would happen… Tact: I see… Yeah, that's bad… Apricot: So now she's going to have to be really careful so that she doesn't end up transforming, isn't she…? Nano-Nano: Kahlua… I feel bad for her… Anise: That's gotta suck… Kazuya: Yeah… I'm not sure what we can do… Lily: *gloom* Tact: *gloom* *sigh* Talk about bad timing… As is, the rest of the alliance fleet's almost back to full capacity… So we were thinking in a few more days, we would deorbit and make our way to the Gate…

Lily: In other words, we're nearing the beginning of the war operations… Anise: But we're pretty hosed on fightin' power right now, aren't we…? Tact: Yeah… So we're down an Emblem Frame… Honestly, that's a huge hit… Kazuya: *gloom* Apricot: *gloom* Nano-Nano: *gloom* Tact: Well, no use just brooding over this. Let's just do what we can… I think… Let's head over and get with Mahjeek's administration to try and see if they could do something about the curse. Maybe they might even be able to break it… Kazuya: Please do. Tact: Alright, meeting adjourned. Kazuya: *silence* Mimolette: Yes? Kazuya: It's me. Mimolette: One moment. Kazuya: *waiting* Mimolette: Come in. Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: Feeling better? Kahlua: I suppose… At the very least, the curse isn't exhausting me physically anymore…

Kazuya: I see… At least… That's something… Kahlua: *mull* Kazuya: *mull* Kahlua: *mull* Kazuya: *mull* Kahlua: K…Kazuya… J…Just… what should I do at a time like this…? Kazuya: Kahlua… Kahlua: Given the circumstances, I won't be able to move around the ship freely anymore… And as far as combat is concerned… I'm afraid… I'm completely inadequate in that regard… Kazuya: *gloom* Kahlua: Not to mention… If that person appears again by some unfortunate circumstance… I'm certain she would… To think I would become such a burden to you… I… Kazuya: *gloom* Kahlua: *gloom* Kazuya: This… This isn't your fault at all… So don't blame yourself like this… Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: Right now, the commander's thinking of heading over to Mahjeek to ask for their help. Someone there can help us break the curse, I'm sure of it…

Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: It'll be okay. We'll figure something out, for sure… Kahlua: *silence* I…If I may… What else was mentioned during the meeting…? Kazuya: As planned, we're heading towards the Gate in a few days. Kahlua: And towards… A rather… large confrontation, I'm assuming…? Kazuya: Yeah… Feels like it… Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: *silence* Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: *silence* Kahlua: Kazuya… Kazuya: Yeah? Kahlua: I apologize… I'm feeling rather slumped at the moment… I believe I'll go lie down in a bit… Kazuya: Should I call for Dr. Mordent? Kahlua: No… That won't be necessary…

I believe it'll pass… after I rest for a while… Kazuya: I see… If you say so… Kazuya: *far-off* Alright, I'll drop by to check on you later. *far-off* Kahlua: Okay… Kazuya: *far-off* If you need me, let me know, okay? *far-off* Kahlua: Of course… Kahlua: *silence* *silence* *…it's going to be another one of these chapters, isn't it…* Mimolette: Are you alright…? Kahlua: *silence* Mimolette: *silence* Kahlua: Mimolette… Mimolette: Yes…? Kahlua: Perhaps… Even in my condition… I can at least… pilot an Emblem Frame…? Mimolette: Huh? Coronet: Clear… Clear… It's all lookin' aight here… Coronet: Nice! And dat finishes the checks for da Spell Caster! Aight, so next up… Kahlua: *silence* Coronet: K…Kahlua…? Kahlua: Good evening… Coronet: Y…Yea… Evenin'…. Kahlua: My Emblem Frame… Might I know its condition…? Coronet: Oh… Well, I just finished checkin' the thing just now.

Didn't find any issues. Kahlua: Is that so…? Coronet: So hey, 'bout dat curse on ya. Heard what happened… It did a number on ya earlier, didn't it…? So, ye're feelin' better now? Kahlua: Y…Yes… At least, I am… Coronet: Dat so… Well, da hangar's a no drinkin' zone. So ya don't have ta worry 'bout transformin'. Ye're good here. Kahlua: *silence* Coronet: Hey, why the long face? Cheer up. 's long as Tequila doesn't show up it's all good, right? Though… It's gonna be kinda sad not seein' her 'round here… Ah, it'll be fine. I mean, things'll work out in da end. Right? Kahlua: Coronet… Coronet: Hm? Kahlua: Would you look into my eyes for a bit…? Coronet: Your eyes…? Kahlua: Yes… Coronet: 'Kay…? Ye're pretty easy on da eyes, ya know…? Kahlua: Fix your gaze there, if you would… Coronet: Somethin' up? Kahlua: Okay, keep it there… Coronet: *silence* *silence* *eerie silence* Kahlua: Might I ask you… to launch the Spell Caster? Coronet: I'm on it… Kahlua: Mimolette… Let us depart… Mimolette: Right… Mimolette: Coronet…

Sorry about this… Coronet: *no response* Kazuya: Commander Myers. I've finished the report for the previous battle. Tact: Oh, thanks for that. Coco: Oh? Coco: Commander Myers. It appears an Emblem Frame has started to launch. Tact: Huh? I didn't order that. Coco: What!? I…It's the Spell Caster! Kazuya: *gasp* Tact: Abort the launch! And open communcations with it! Coco: Right! Coco: Communications established! Tact: Kahlua! Kahlua: *gasp* Tact: I don't recall authorizing you to launch. Kahlua: *silence* Tact: Don't you still have your issues with piloting an Emblem Frame? Anyway, stop the launch before it's too late. Kahlua: *silence* Kahlua: I apologize… But I must go… The longer I stay here, the greater chance there is for Kazuya to become endangered… Not to mention the risk having anyone getting caught into my troubles… Without any combat capabilities, it would do you no good to suffer my presence here.

Furthermore… *pause* Tact: Furthermore? Kahlua: I… don't believe I can keep that person from resurfacing… I simply cannot take the risk… that she might cause harm to anyone here… Forgive me… Kazuya: *silence* Tact: Alright, so where exactly do you plan on going after this? Kahlua: To Mahjeek… Tact: And do you plan on breaking the curse once you're there? Kahlua: No… I believe it's impossible… After all, Dieta WAS capable enough of becoming a finalist for the A-Class witch examinations… I don't believe anyone there would be capable of dispelling it… *pause* However, at the very least, I believe I can research and concoct a more effective transformation suppressant if I'm there… Kazuya: You're not thinking of going there alone, are you…!? Kahlua: Kazuya… *silence* The alliance fleet will soon enter into a great conflict…

The Rune Angel Brigade is a crucial element to its success… If anything were to happen to you… Kazuya: *silence* Kahlua: That's why… I must go… Kazuya: *gasp* Coco: I can't reconnect to her! She's disabled her communications! Kazuya: I…I'm going over to the hangar! Tact: The launch… Why isn't anyone stopping it…!? Coco: I had attempted to do so earlier, however… It appears that the launch sequence was triggered from there manually, so I can't override it from here! Tact: Have a look at the cameras! There's got to be someone stationed there! Coco: Right! Coronet: *blank stare* Tact: Coronet! Coronet!! Coronet: *no response* Tact: CORONET!!!!! Coronet: Huh…!? Coronet: Y…Yea…!? Tact: Stop the launch, now!!! Coronet: Launch!? Huh!? Wait…

HUHHHHHHH!?!?!? How'd I end up doin' this, anyway…!? Tact: Never mind that! Just stop the launch, now!!! Coronet: R…Right…!!! Coronet: Oh, no good!!! Da launch sequence's… already gone too far…! Tact: What…!? Coronet: *gasp of horror* C…Commander!!! Who's pilotin' da thing!? Don't tell me… it's Kahlua…!? Tact: Yes! It's her! Coronet: Ah, nuts! We're in trouble then!!! Right now, da Emblem Frame's set ta Tequila's settings!!! Kahlua: It seems to be running well enough… Alright then, Mimolette… Let us depart from here… Mimolette: Right… Kahlua: H…Huh…? W…Why…? *panicked gasp* Kahlua: *panicked cry* Mimolette: *panicked cry* Coco: C…Commander!!! The Spell Caster's gone out of control!!! At this rate, it'll crash into the Hokkori!!! Tact: Send out the Angel Brigade, now! And get a status report on the Spell Caster too! Coco: Right! Tact: Oh, man…

You've got to be kidding me…! Coco: The Spell Caster's not giving any Chrono String signatures! It's descent velocity… is rising fast! It appears… it's being pulled down by the Hokkori's gravity! Tact: Not good! If the engines aren't working, she's not going to have any shields either! Have the Angel Brigade expedite their sortie! Coco: Right! Kahlua: No…! It won't restart…! Mimolette: We need to think of something! If we don't… I think, we'll end up crashing into the Hokkori! Kahlua: I…It's no good…!!! It won't start up no matter what I try…!!! Kahlua: *gasp* Mimolette: W…We're really going down…! Kahlua: J…Just what can I do…!?!?!? Mimolette: Right!!! Transform to Master Tequila!!! Master Tequila could surely restart the engine, I'm sure of it!!! Kahlua: I can't…!!! Mimolette: W…Why not…!? Kahlua: If…

If I transform into her now… She'll surely use the Emblem Frame to assail Kazuya and the Luxiole…!!! Mimolette: O…Oh, yeah… Mimolette: *panicking* Kahlua: *panicking* Coco: I…It's the Brave Heart!! Kazuya's going after her!! Tact: Are you serious…!?!?!? Coco: *gasp* Tact: Now what…!?!? Coco: I…I've detected a significant amount of atmospheric friction… The resulting noise… seems to be blocking our communcation attempts with the two… Tact: And the Angel Brigade…!? Coco: They've just managed to launch. But… It may be too late… Tact: That means Kazuya's also… Coco: *fearing the worst* Kahlua: *fearful silence* Kahlua: *fearful scream* Mimolette: *full panic* Kahlua: We're… done for…

Mimolette… Forgive me… Mimolette: *silence* Kahlua: *gasp* Kahlua: This is… a direct communication request…? Mimolette: L…Let's answer it! Kazuya: …lua! Kahlua! Kahlua: Kazuya…!? Kazuya: Kahlua!!! Kahlua: W…Why are you…!? *realization* That impact just now… You don't mean…!? Mimolette: It was him combining with us! Kazuya: Hurry! Try starting up the Spell Caster! I've managed to link our systems! Kahlua: Y…Yes…! Kahlua: I…It's no good…! I can't start it at all…! Kazuya: Damn it!!! Kahlua: You must detach from us immediately…! If you don't, you'll end up crashing with us…!!! Kazuya: *morose* Kahlua: Whatever are you hesitating for…!?!?!? Hurry…!!! Kazuya: I guess…

Not even the Brave Heart could help here… Kahlua: *shock* Kazuya: I was hoping… if we combined, we might have been able to make things work… *silence* Mimolette: *silence* Kahlua: *silence* Kazuya: I'm sorry… Kahlua: Y…You have nothing to fault yourself for…! This calamity is all my doing…! If I hadn't insisted on departing from the Luxiole…! *tearing up* Y…You wouldn't have needed to endanger yourself so…! Mimolette: *silence* Kahlua: *panicked cry* Kazuya: *panicked cry* Kahlua: Kazuya…!?!?!? Kahlua: Kazuya…!? Kazuya…!? *…not good.* *…really not good.* *…really, really, not good.* *gasp* N…No…! NOOOOOOOOO…!!! Kazuya, you mustn't die…! Mimolette: Huh…!? Kahlua: N…No…! No…! You mustn't die…! Mimolette: (Master Tequila wishes for his death…) (But Master Kahlua wishes for his life…?) *thinking* Alright, it's worth a shot…! Master Kahlua…!!!!! Kahlua: *teary attention* Mimolette: You're sure you don't want Kazuya to die…!? Kahlua: J…Just what are you asking…

At a time like this…? Mimolette: Just answer the question!!! You don't want Kazuya to die, right…!?!?!? Kahlua: I…I…! Kahlua: I MOST CERTAINLY DO NOT…!!! Kahlua: M…Mimolette…? Mimolette: Your feelings… Make sure Master Tequila feels them as well! Tequila: *pained groans* S…Shiranami…! Kahlua: Kazuya…! Tequila: *increasingly pained groans* D…Die…! Kahlua: You mustn't die…! Tequila: *further increasingly pained groans* *mental implosion* Mimolette: Master Tequila…? Mimolette: Master Tequila! Tequila: *smirk* I'M…. BACKKKKKKKK!!! Mimolette: Kazuya's vital signs seem to be stable. It looks like… it was just his communications system going down earlier. Tequila: Mimo… Mimolette: Hm? Tequila: I owe you quite a bit for today… If you hadn't be there when I first attacked Shiranami…

Mimolette: You remember that? Tequila: Indeed. I recall everything… Including that quick thinking you did just now… We would have been done for otherwise… Mimolette: *silence* I am a familar, after all. Isn't it my duty to assist my master in any way I can? In any case, you should probably offer Kazuya your thanks instead. If he hadn't shown up like that, we wouldn't have been able to break the curse. Tequila: I see… *silence* In that case… Why don't I give him a proper show of gratitude later…? Mimolette: I think… He might not be ready for that.

It's probably better if you keep it more appropriate for him. Tequila: *giggle* Tact: Kahlua! Kahlua!! Tequila: Hello there! Kahlua's not in at the moment, though. Tact: Tequila…!? Tequila: We're all safe and sound. We'll be returning shortly. Tact: *…what.* *…well…* *…whatever.* I see… Alright. We'll be waiting. Kazuya: Ow! That stings…! Nano-Nano: No moving! I can't heal you if you don't stay still! Kazuya: S…Sorry… Mordent: Okay, you're perfectly fine. At least, from a medical perspective… Tequila: Thanks for that. Mimolette: Magicwise, you're in tip-top shape too! Tequila: Seems that way. I'm not sensing any more remnants of the curse, anyway. Mordent: I see, that's good to hear.

Tequila: Doctor, I have to apologize for earlier… Mordent: There's no need for that… As you can see, this room has been restored to its former condition. That being said, there was something I wanted to ask the two of you… Mimolette: Hm? Tequila: What might that be? Mordent: If I may ask, just how was the curse lifted? I'll admit, it being beyond my medical knowledge made it quite the interesting matter to me… Tequila: Oh, in that case why don't we have the one responsible for breaking the curse explain that to you? Mimolette: Leave it to me! It was surprising simple, looking back. Put simply, the unstoppable force met the immovable object and ended up canceling each other out. Mordent: And the force and the object in this case would be…? Mimolette: On one hand, we had Master Tequila driven by the curse to kill Kazuya by any means neccessary.

Opposing that, we had Master Kahlua driven by her feelings to ensure Kazuya's well being. The thought of her beloved dying before her eyes was something she would not suffer. On the contrary, it would surely fuel a strong emotion. And after hearing that, I remembered. Master Kahlua's memories and emotions carry over to Master Tequila when she appears. So if Master Kahlua transformed during the peak of her emotions… Her feelings would surely be strong enough to overpower the feelings of hate the curse had brought upon Master Tequila… Mordent: Well now, that's rather logical… Mimolette: And as you can see, it worked perfectly! Mordent: *acknowledgment* It's much like taking a vaccine to prevent a virus, isn't it? Mimolette: Indeed, it was a vaccine made of the purest love! It could have only worked if my master and Kazuya had that sort of relationship! Dieta made a mistake when she made her curse target my master's lover.

After all, no curse in the universe can't be bested by the power of…! Mimolette: Ow! Tequila: This conversation took a rather mortifying turn, didn't it… Mordent: *awkward laugh* Kazuya: What's everyone talking about? Mordent: Oh? Have you completed your treatment already? Kazuya: Yes, it was only a few minor burns. Nano-Nano: Doctor! I'm hungry now! Can I go yet? Mordent: Oh, of course. Thanks for the help. Nano-Nano: Okay, see you all later! Apricot: *far-off* *surprised cry* *far-off* Nano-Nano: *far-off* Oh! Sorry, Rico! *far-off* Apricot: *far-off* Oh, I'm okay. *far-off* Nano-Nano: *far-off* That's good! I'm going to eat now! *far-off* Apricot: *far-off* Oh, good for you. Go on ahead! *far-off* Nano-Nano: *far-off* See you later! *far-off* Apricot: *giggle* Apricot: Kazuya, Tequila. Are you both alright? Kazuya: I'm fine. Tequila: Same here.

Mimolette: Don't forget about me! Apricot: Oh, my apologies. Mimo, are you doing well? Mimolette: We're all perfectly fine here! Mordent: And it seems the curse has been broken as well. Apricot: What a relief. *sigh* We were all so worried about you. But if that's the case… I suppose… we can talk about something else then? Kazuya: What would that be? Apricot: It's something that Tact had wanted me to tell the two of you.

Though he also said to wait until after you've recovered. Tequila: Go on ahead. It's about the upcoming battle, isn't it? Apricot: That's correct. Mordent: In that case, feel free to take my seat while you talk. I'll put my self elsewhere in the meantime. Apricot: Oh, my apologies… Mordent: Not at all… Apricot: *silence* Kazuya: So? Apricot: Right… First, about Veryl's fleet… Based off our latest scans, it seems he's assembled more ships than we have for our alliance fleet.

Kazuya: And at this rate, the difference will only get bigger from here… Apricot: I believe so too… However, we don't have a clear picture of the enemy's condition so it's too soon to say. Tequila: *silence* Apricot: That being said, here's the status report for our side… First, despite taking the brunt of the previous attack, Mahjeek's fleet has restored itself to 98% capability. Next, the Luxiole has restored itself to 99% capability. Tequila: Meaning… we're more or less at full power then. Apricot: Right. And finally, we're including Seldar's fleet, which is at full capability. Tequila: In other words, the alliance fleet is almost ready to strike then, aren't we? Apricot: That's correct. Kazuya: Then… Apricot: Yes. We're going to attack… The alliance fleet has increased their speed, and will make its way to the Gate ahead of schedule. We can't allow Veryl to continue to gain any further advantages over us! Kazuya: I see… The Angel Brigade's got to serve as a lynchpin, right…? Apricot: Yes, Tact was saying the same thing. Tequila: This battle's going to be a large one…

We'll need to be at our best… Kazuya: Yeah… Apricot: And that's about it for that. Kazuya: Right, got it. Apricot: Oh! I almost forgot, Tact also wanted me to give Kazuya a scolding. Kazuya: Huh!? A scolding? Apricot: Yes. If I remember right, this was what he said… "You've got more importance as the Squad Leader than you think. So don't try anything like that again, you dumbass." And that's that. Kazuya: D…Dumbass…!? Tequila: *laugh* Looking back, that was a rather absurd thing to do, wasn't it…!? Kazuya: Tequila, not you too… Apricot: *giggle* But, all's well that ends well. In any case, I'm glad the both of you are alright! Mimolette: I'm here too, you know!! Apricot: Oh! I…I'm sorry, Mimo…! Mimolette: *does not approve* Tequila: By the way, Sakuraba? Apricot: Yes? Tequila: Now…

Since when did you get close enough to Shiranami to call him by name? Kazuya: Oh! Apricot: Huh…? Did I do that…? Mimolette: You did that when you first got in the room too. Kazuya: Huh? She did? Weird… I didn't even notice that… Apricot: Odd… I didn't realize I was doing that… Tequila, I'm sorry about that… I'll be more careful about that from now on… Tequila: Huh…!? What for? Apricot: Huh? Well… He's your boyfriend now, so I shouldn't be too friendly with him… Tequila: *stunned* *breaking into a laugh* *laugh* My, my… you needn't fret over THAT…! It's fine, do address him as you will! This just means… The Angel Brigade's become closer than before, hasn't it…!? Mimolette: Well put…! Tequila: Hear that, Shiranami? We're going to count on you more than before, so you better be ready! Kazuya: R…Right…

Tequila: Shall I give you a bit of a shock as a jumpstart? Kazuya: H…Hey, wait a minute…! Tequila, that's not a joke coming from you…! Tequila: *laugh* Kazuya: (There's more and more of our allies' ships showing up here…) (Looking at them like this, you wouldn't think that we could lose…) *silence* Tact: Kazuya. Kazuya: Oh! Yes? Tact: It's time for the briefing. Kazuya: Understood. Tact: Alright, so let's talk a bit about the current condition and our plans. As you know, our allies have been assembling their ships here for the last few days… Currently, about 90% of their ships have arrived here. In other words, the alliance fleet is almost ready to go. We were concerned about this, but the remaining ships have send word that they would manage to get here shortly, so if we count them in we'll be at 99.5%. As long as nothing else goes wrong, and nothing unexpected happens, we're on schedule to form up and begin our attack. And finally, we've got myself and Veryl. If either one of us get impatient enough, the gloves come off. Anise: Wait… what's that mean…? Apricot: It means one of them will start the fight.

Anise: T…Thanks… Kazuya: S…So… What's the enemy's status look like at the moment? Tact: Right. Well, they're pretty close by. Close enough for us to get a good look at them. First, their numbers… Looking at them here, it's pretty clear that they have the advantage in that regard. I mean, we did try our best to prepare the alliance fleet, but… It looks like… we weren't fast enough. Kazuya: *silence* Tact: Next, looking at their formation and ship composition and all that…

It appears… They're mostly primed up for a siege. Their front lines… are made of ships with pretty sturdy defensive capabilities and are in our immediate path. That being said, their offensive capabilities look pretty strong too. Well, at least that's the feeling I get from them. Anise: Sheesh… For a guy that says he's tryin' to take over NEUE, he isn't actually doin' much to invade the place. Tact: Yeah… But, that's what I would expect from Veryl, though… He's the kind of guy that won't take any chances with anything after all. Anise: *dismissive grunt* Like I need to be scared of a guy that's just holin' up! Kazuya: Don't get too careless.

Anise: Yeah, yeah… Tact: Alright… Let's get to the main issue. So for this battle, the Luxiole, along with the Angel Brigade… We'll be serving as a shock corp. Kahlua: My…! Tact: As I said before, the enemy's defenses are tight. Seldar or Mahjeek's ships probably couldn't try to break through them without getting a response. But on the other hand, the Emblem Frames are agile enough to manage a few hit and runs. So with that, the Luxiole and the Emblem Frames will start by making a gap in the enemy's formation. And after that, we'll be able to collapse their formation from there. Nano-Nano: Leave it to us! Tact: However, regardless of the Emblem Frame's advantages, they will not hold against an entire navy's worth of ships. So with that, you'll only be responsible for creating the initial gap in the enemy's formation.

After you've done that, return back to our lines and leave the rest to our allies. Got it? Angel Brigade: Right! Tact: Alright, then here's the plan for this mission. Tact: So this is a scan of the nearby area. The Luxiole is currently holding this area. And here, we have these enemy ships in this formation. The big ones here are battleship class ships with seemingly high defense… And in the middle of them, we've got a bunch of cruiser class ships. In any case, our first priority is to break the enemy's blockade. Concentrate fire on their battleships. In short, your objective this mission is to destroy all enemy battleships in this area. That is all. Tact: That being said, the cruisers in the enemy formation aren't something to underestimate. Their numbers are more than enough to get us in trouble if they get a chance to act against us. So keep an eye out for them, and try to complete your objective as soon as you can.

Lily: T…That was…!? Apricot: An attack…!? Tact: Status report!!! Coco: It seems… the enemy has attacked us from afar! I'm confirming it now! Tact: I'll be right there! Tact: That's all for this briefing! Coco: Analysis complete. I've confirmed that the enemy has attacked us with long range weaponry. Tact: Any damage? Coco: One of Mahjeek's ships has been shot down. Their other ships seem to have taken minor damange. Tact: He's provoking us, huh…? *silence* Has the rest of our allies made their way here? Coco: They have. Tact: Hmph! Alright then… So he wants a fight? Let's give him a fight, then… All ships, advance! Prepare to begin our attack! Ready our long range weaponry, and have them respond in kind! Coco: Right! Tact: Kazuya! Kazuya: Right!!! Rune Angel Brigade, commence sortie! Tact: Give them everything you've got! Take them down!!! Apricot: Right! Nano-Nano: Let's give them a beating! Anise: No way they're gettin' any mercy…

Not from me! Lily: The humiliation I suffered when they captured Seldar…! Here, I shall be redeemed! Kahlua: M…Mimolette…!? Apricot: Let's do our best! Anise: Oh man… This look like it's gonna be rough… Tequila: There's quite a few of them, aren't there…? Nano-Nano: But this time, the enemy's not Instructor Forte! Lily: Not to mention, they have no captives to use as leverage! Apricot: I'll… believe in my sister's luck! Kazuya: Right! This time, there's nothing holding us back! Let's do this! Kazuya: Rune Angel Brigade to the Luxiole! We've destroyed every battleship in the mission area! Returning to the Luxiole immediately! Tact: Well done! Leave the rest to us! Kazuya: Right! Coco: We've managed to form a gap in the enemy's defenses thanks to the Rune Angel Brigade's assault.

Tact: Good! Concentrate our attacks on that gap! Let's make that gap grow! Coco: Seldar's 3rd and 4th squadrons have entered the gap. Tact: Have their 5th squadron enter as well! Coco: Right. The break in the enemy's formation has further widened! Tact: Send more of our ships into the break! We'll assault the enemy within their lines from there! Coco: The enemy battleships have broken formation and are beginning to move. They appear to be headed to stop the gap. Tact: Send our faster fighter ships through the gap! They'll make it long before the enemy battleships get here! Coco: Mahjeek's 1st squadron has lost above 70% of its forces! Tact: Send Seldar's 8th squadron to assist them! Coco: Right! Tact: How's the gap look…!? Coco: It's widened roughly three-fold since we've opened it.

It's not a quick pace, but it's defintely expanding. Tact: Then it's about time… *silence* Right! Send the Luxiole into the gap as well! Have Mahjeek's 7th squadron cover our entrance! Coco: Right! Tact: Have the other ships make their way into the gap as well! Kazuya: Angel Brigade, returning from duty! Tact: Welcome back! Good work! Apricot: How are things going? Tact: From here, the Luxiole's also going to cross enemy lines. It's going to be a rough ride. Better go on to the back and take a seat! Kazuya: Understood. Everyone! Let's go! Apricot: *surprised cry* Kazuya: *wince* Tact: Status report! Coco: Allied casualties: 14%! Enemy casualties… Huh…!? 4…46%! A…Amazing!! We're overpowering them…! Tact: Good! Just as planned. It's just like an egg. The shell may be solid, but the inside's all liquid. Alright, let's keep this up! Don't give the enemy a chance to retaliate! Coco: Right! Anise: Looks like… things are going our way. Apricot: Even though the enemy had far superior numbers… Kazuya: I can't believe we're routing them like this… Lily: A fine show of the difference tactics can make in combat.

Kazuya: *gasp* Kazuya: It's the Chrono Gate! Tequila: So here's where they've been coming from, huh…? Anise: That thing's… supposed to lead us to ABSOLUTE, right…? Apricot: Sis… Coco: Allied casualties: 23%. Enemy casualties: 78%. Tact: Let's keep up the attack. Have Mahjeek's 7th squadron join the front lines. It doesn't need to provide cover for the Luxiole anymore. Coco: Right. Anise: Looks like we've won. Kazuya: Yeah… Tequila: I take it… the Emblem Frames probably won't need to be deployed again… In that case, I'll just head back now…! Kahlua: Oh…? Has the battle concluded…? Kazuya: Well… Not yet, but it looks like its about to end. Lily: With our victory, at that. Kahlua: My…! How grand…! Coco: Commander! We are receiving a communications request from the enemy! Kazuya: *gasp* Tact: Right. Put him on screen. Veryl: *not amused* Tact: Hey! You know, I was just thinking of giving you a call to be honest. Veryl: *not amused* Tact: Well? Even for you, this doesn't really look like a battle you can win, does it? Veryl: *still not amused* Tact: Hey, now? What's with the death glare…? Veryl: *silence* Hmph! You wish for me to admit defeat here, do you? Very well…

Tact: *silence* Veryl: I was hoping to have this space exalted as the first step towards my goals, but it seems it wasn't meant to be… I held such high hopes for NEUE in that regard… What a pity… Tact: *silence* Veryl: Feel free to stay there then!!! Tact: *gasp* No…! You wouldn't…! Veryl: *evil laugh* Tact: Send an direct order to all allied ships!!! Form a blockade between Veryl and the Chrono Gate!!! Don't let him pass!!! Coco: R…Right!!! Veryl: Then, I bid you farewell.

Hero of EDEN… Tact: Crap!!! Have everyone aim everything they've got at Veryl's ship!!! Don't bother with the other enemy ships!!! We have to stop Veryl at all costs!!! This is bad!! This is REALLY bad!!! Coco: I've detected a distortion in space-time! It appears the Chrono Gate has been activated! Veryl's ship is making its way through it!! Coco: *gasp* Coco: I…I've detected a large amount of enemy ships coming from the Chrono Gate!!! Tact: *…oh, crap.* Coco: I'm detecting extreme heat signatures from their direction! They're about to commence an attack! Tact: *wince* Kazuya: *panicked cry* Apricot: *panicked cry* Tact: Shields to maximum power!!! Commence counterattack!! Coco: Right!!! Tact: The Gate!! What's happening with the Gate!?!?!? Coco: The distortion in space-time… appears to have dissipated!! Tact: And Veryl's ship…!? Coco: I…I'm not picking him up on our sensors… Tact: DAMNIT!!! Tact: *angry breath* Coco: 9…93 ships have joined the enemy fleet from the Gate.

We've lost 12 ships from their appearance… Coco: Will we continue the attack…? Tact: *angry silence* *angry silence* Coco: U…Um… Commander Myers…? Tact: Huh? Right… Let's have a status report. Coco: Right. Coco: Allied casualties: 27%. Enemy casualties, after including the ships that just appeared: 91%. Tact: I see… Continue the attack. Let's finish them off. Coco: Understood. Kazuya: C…Commander Myers… Apricot: Are you all right? Tact: Ah, right… Forgot about you guys… Kahlua: Seeing you become this emotive… It's rather surprising, truth be told… Lily: Concurred. That was the first time I've seen that.

Tact: *laugh* Well, I'm not a machine, you know… Anise: But now what? We're in deep now, aren't we? Tact: Yeah, we are… Almost completely sunk, as a matter of fact… Kazuya: U…Um… Excuse me, but… I'm not sure what you mean by that… Anise: You're slow on the uptake, man… Kazuya: S…Sorry… Apricot: Veryl… He's cast NEUE away… Kazuya: Cast NEUE away…? Tact: Right. He's given up on NEUE, and is going to bet on another Gate. That plan of his just needs him to look for any space that can start a society.

Anise: So with that, he's slunk back into ABSOLUTE and shut off NEUE's Gate from there… Kazuya: *incredulous* Kazuya: S…So… That means he's not going to come back here anymore? Lily: This place contains an army primed to strike him down. Would you care to show yourself here if you were in his position? Kazuya: I…I see… Since the Gate's the only way to get to NEUE from ABSOLUTE… Kahlua: Now that he feels he wouldn't be welcomed here… There's no chance of him ever returning here… And since Miss Milfy's stuck in ABSOLUTE as the Gatekeeper… That means… There's no way for us to open the Gate anymore… And if we can't open the Gate anymore… Tact: Right. It means us folks from EDEN… can't… go home anymore… Apricot: And it also means… We can't… get my sister back…

*glooming up* Kazuya: (R…Rico…) Apricot: *tearing up* Kahlua: Rico… Kazuya: (W…What should we do…?) (Or rather… What CAN we do…!?).

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