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January 21st, 2009

Finally decided to finish the first chapter (actually finished a week ago). I know everyone waited for this in anticipation, so wait no more.

Chapter 1: Fallen Witch

The preliminary memo from the Sergeant of the City Police is still completely blank.
the Psychiatrist Martha Witt wearing glasses, directed her eyes on the documents again.
The Patients name. The outward characterestics. Approximate age.
Health condition. the circumstances during the care of the police.
This is a hospital in the south of San Francisco. The patient facing opposite of Dr. Martha who is sitting on the desk, looks on with blank eyes.
The person is a girl about her mid teens. Upon looking, you wouldn't know if she was in her 30's or 40's. The loose T-shirt she was wearing must have come from someone in the police. With disordered Ash blonde hair not yet reaching the waist, her jaw and cheeks were still dirty with mud.
First the doctor would ask the girl she was examining, telling her to answer clearly all the questions. Martha first informed the girl of her name and position, in the most gentle voice as possible.
"What is your name?"
Teletha....Testarossa"
The girl answered.
"What a wonderful name. Nice to meet you, Teletha. How old are you?"
"....17"
"What school do you go to?"
"...I don't attend school"
"Is that so. But to be precise about your manner, I'm sure boys find you sexy right?"
the girl did not show any reaction. being ashamed of her own appearance, she did not even see the sexual suggestion in the word "boys"
"And then....about the situation of your care. You were walking barefoot in the free way near Redwood right. At 3 am in the morning, alone"
"....yes"
"Is there something you don't remember?"
".....no"
The response was relatively clear.
But the problem is that her explanation was enitirely different.
"Why were you there?"
"....because I was abandoned"
"By who?"
"....I think my subordinate"
"Subordinates?"
Martha carefully examines the appearance of Teletha Testarosa. Obviously she is telling some kind of joke.
"Umm.... you're not attending school right? Those 'subordinates', who are you referring?"
"....Mercenaries"
"Mercenaries?"
"....Mercenaries of <Mythril>"
"Mythril?"
"An informal military organization who aims to keep terrorism and conflict in check. I was the commander of the <Tuaha De Daanan> squad of the West Pacific Fleet.
Teletha stares at the top of the desk. Not in the appearance of saying something important.
"....My rank is Captain. I have succeedded in various difficult operation making use of an assault landing submarine, a 3rd Generation Arm Slave and the latest equipments."
"hahaa. I'm not really familiar with those, but it seems like an amazing unit."
After saying that, Martha scribbled on the memo on her hand.
<Extremely rare kind of delusion. Using accurate expertise of terminology. Battle Group, Amphibians. requires examination>
She's not familiar with military terminology. She changed her questions.
"You just said [Tuaha De Daanan] right? Is it from celt mythology?"
"...yes. From the divine being Daana"
"Being the commander, could you be the mother goddess?"
"....Daana is the name of the submarine's AI. It is a complicated system that is extraordinarily large scale adopting quantum computing."
"Is that so."
Martha writes in her Memo [From which sci-fi novel?] and then asks.
"And then....you being the commander of that military organization, why were you walking in a place like that? You mentioned you were abandoned by your subordinates"
"....yes"
Teletha on a short moment kept silent.
The examination room was gloomy. The flourescent lamp in the ceiling flickering, the damp atmosphere of the night became heavy.
"....my base recieved heavy offensive from the enemy"
"Enemy?"
"....an organization called [Amalgam]. recieving their overwhelming attack, <Mythril> was annihilated. Together with my subordinates, I escaped from the base with the submarine, somehow able to survive..."
There was an unavoidable strong suffering in the girls eyes. She must have thought of a painful event. supporting the shoulders, trembling and shaking bit by bit.
"Are you alright? You don't have to say what's painful"

"...no"
Teletha made a gulp, and let out a small sigh.

"....the submarine was made from the finest materials. Although it runs on the bottom of the ocean for a number of weeks, my ship would not be in a condition cruise. Of course we don't have the funds. And the salary to pay my subordinates"
"........."
"...for a submarine in a sea, the crew can place you in a lot of stress. Half of my crew were starting to get discontented, and finally sold me and my ship to the enemy.
"Those subordinates?"
"....the one who planned the mutiny was executed."

Teletha said without any special importance.
"He was killed?"
"yes"
The girl said with a weak voice.
With that she shut her mouth, and did not answer any reply from Martha.

A week has passed since the first interview.
Two times everyday, Martha interviews the girl called Teletha Testarosa, hearing a little of the "details". She didn't have the confidence in building the doctor patient trust, even then Teletha being alone in the care of the police speaks of the condition in fragments.
To say----
This girl being a commissioned officer of an informal military organization, handles the various anti-terorrism operations easily. That organization being attacked by the enemy, her subordinates were isolated. Being mutinied on by unsatisfied soldiers, unable to resupply, and lastly the [Assault landing submarine] that she commands got involved in a fatal accident and would not function.
Embarking from the ship to a helicopter, the girl escaped from the sinking ship griping a subordinate, that helicopter ran out of fuel in the California coast and was discarded in the open sea.
By the time the lifeboat reach the coast of Half Moon port, merely 5 subordinates remain.
To those 5 the girl administers civility.
At this period, the subordinates who got angry at Teletha who makes orders like a superior officer, threw her off at a road side in a stolen car.
And there are those who would assault her, how would she avoid this.
And then, waslking absentmindedly a truck driver discovered her and place her in the care of the police---
These kind of delusions have never been heard by Martha.
Mercenary unit, submarine, and descent from helicopter was exceedingly preposterous, at least it was consistent from the time that she was taken in.
In all honesty, when she read the initial reports, Martha had concluded that she was a victim of assault.
But that was not it.
From the clinical charts that she was charged in the emergency room, there was absolutely no evidence that the girl named Teletha Testarosa was raped or oppressed. What seems like an external wound, was just a small scratch coming from walking throught a thicket from somewhere.
There is no contradiction in the context, using extremely accurate military terms. Even the [informal military organization], her words are by no means inconherent. Martha has an acquantance who was a former navy, and called him to make confirmations.
(I don't really know well. But a helicopter taking off a submarine?)
after asking the her, the officer laughed and denied it.
(no. long ago planes take off from a submarine. Now there's none. It has to be a big ship to make up the space, firstly there is no practical use. Well, the girl must be daydreaming)
(But she was saying something about a special ship. Assault....
...laoding submarine, or something like that)
(haha. that's amazing)
(That's what they call the [Toy Box] in the United States Navy)
(....what did you say?)
With the carefree smile, the friends playful voice aiming at the timing of Martha who hasn't called for a long time, quickly became solid.
([Toy Box]. that's what they called it)
(Where did you hear that from?)
(From that patient. Do you know about it?)
(I... don't know)
(Haa?)
Not knowing after hearing this, that friend said in a serious voice.
(No. It was a rumor I heard from a friend who is still in active duty. There's nothing more known after that)
(What are you talking about?)
(Listen Martha. I don't know the details but, I think it will be better if you drop the charges on that patient. Also her words, everything that she said you did not hear. Get back to what you were talking about.)
(I don't understand. Why the sudden---)
(Sorry, I have to work. I'll call you again)
(Wait----)
The former navy friend cut off the phone.
this is increasingly getting strange.
It's impossible that what the girl said was really a military secret. Just to make sure he searched the net using the keywords [Toy Box] and [submarine], nothing came out. A site create by a toy mania, introduced a toy submarine.
the next day, Martha remembered, what she exchanged with Teletha and the former navy.
"Well, isn't that right...."
the girl said with a frail voice.
"...an existing weapon system that the American Navy could not detect, it definitely cannot be officially announced. Among the soldiers, it should have only been rumors."
"It's alright. In this case---"
getting irritated, Martha asked.
"With an important classified information, why did you tell an ordinary doctor like me?"
"Because the information is no longer significant"
The girl laugh with a touch of snorting.
"This is the reality. I was an incompetent commander. that's why my subordinates deserted me, and is currently here. Losing everything, only living an existence without death.
[..........]
"Doctor Witt. You think of me as a pitiful girl who has delusions right?"
"No, that's---"
"It's alright. Please leave it at that. Actually, I'm just a shell...."
Teletha slowly lied face down. the disordered hair hanging on her cheeks, with the melancholic flourescent lights, an abnormal shadow fell into the features of the girl.
"it's a delicate matter but"
Waiting a little while, Martha opened her mouth.
"You will be moved to a different institution. You will live with people who has the same problems."
the girl can't be kept in this hospital for long. A minor with no clear background, no money, can't get into any social insurance. she has to be housed in a special insitution outskirts.
"....yes. do as you like"
Teletha said Without showing unexpected behaviour.
"How unfortunate"
That was what Martha really felt in her heart.
No matter how absurd, her wild ideas have this persuassive charm of truthness.
No matter how much invaders from other planets or from the depths of the earth, the american government plants the transmission device in its own mind---that such story was definitely a wrong intelligence, not able to feel the reason. This patient as a minor is able to logically explain the issues of nuclear battery and amphibious warfare that is only known to specialists, never before encountering this.
"The transfer is tomorrow evenning. I will also be present at that time"
"Yes"
Teletha said with an indifferent voice.

The next day, the transfer vehicle arrived 5 minutes late at the hospital.
It's a black wagon. Rolling on a wheelchair, the driver and helper greeted Martha simply. they are an unknown face. There is nothing strange in their ID or transfer documents.
Teletha was completely exhausted, rode the wheelchair.
"She complained of headache this morning, the doctor on duty instrcuted to give these medicine to her."
the nurse explained to Martha.
"Did this girl get violent?"
Asked the driver.
"No. she's quite obedient."
Martha answer in place of the Nurse. the driver slightly nodded.
"But, she was temporarily restrained. It was dangerous for her to walk"
"Yes. but..."
"Don't worry. It's not like she will get violent. ...eh, and then? Did this girl say anything strange to you?
"Strange? strange you mean...that's my line of work. It would be rare to have a patient that doesn't say anything strange.
Feeling uncomfortable with the curious question, the girl answered with an insincere smile.
"Haha. that's right."
the driver said looking around.
In the side entrance of the hospital near the roadway, beside it was Martha and the Nurse, and then it is only the driver and the helper.
"Doctor"
"What is it?"
"Perhaps there is some possibility....that the girl said something about <Amalgam> or <Mythril> did she?"
"What was that?"
Martha asked in return. Her shoulders and back could not stop shaking uneasily.
"Looks like you know"
the Driver smiled complacently.
At a glance he is an ordinary caucasian in his 30's. A Navy blue Chino's and Navy Blue Blouson. Height around 180 cm, short framed hair, and a small scar.
Right now the man's features have completely changed. From the eyes of Martha, it's like having a sullen look of coercion.
"Oops. Don't say strange things"
Marthas hand being held tightly at her back, the driver seized firmly. With only that, the bones became two equal parts with the incredible grip.
The man with his open right hand, takes out a hidden automatic pistol hidden from under his blouson.
that's right, it's a pistol. Martha has not touched this type of pistol before, even then the man show his gun said something to her. it is easy to comprehend.
"Do you understand, Doctor?"
"....yes"
"Don't cause trouble, slowly get on the car. The nurse too."
The Nurse who is still in shock, recognizing the man's pistol gulped her breath.
"We can't just leave this lady over here now can we. Come on, get on."
"Wait, she has nothing to do with this. I don't know who you people are but---"
"Just get on"
The man pressing hard, Martha and the nurse rode on the back seat of the delivery wagon. The helper who holds the gun got on the luggage at the back, getting into position to control Teletaha and Martha.
The door closed, and the car started to run. After three roadlines, they can see a patrol car stopped in front of the coffee shop. But if she think of getting violent and calls for help, Martha's head would be blown off.
"Don't be frightened. there are still things we want to ask you. Right, Bill?"
the helper said with a very relaxed voice, the driver replied shortly.
"Yeah. We won't put you in danger."
Your lying. You intend to kill us. because, Why didn't you put any Mask? Why do you calmly expose your face? Why did you calmly call your partners name? the pale face of the nurse sunk into silence. Wanting to give encourangement, but Martha does not have that composure.
the car briefely reached San Bruno, heading 280 lines from the city to the harbor. Early on the way home there are a number of private cars and trucks, flowing one by one on the opposite lane.
they must be heading to an old warehouse nearby. There are only a small containers and a two blackened sedan. Nothing on the cargo, deserted.
Projecting from the small window in the setting sun, the atmosphere full of dust reflects a number of lines.
"Get down"
From the car that stopped inside the warehouse, Martha and the Nurse timidly got off.
In front of the car are 5 men waiting. The leader must be the one wearing the brown suit. The other 4 are dressed up in rough work clothes, with automatic guns hanging in their shoulder.
"You're 5 minutes late"
The man in the suit said, Looking at the watch in his left hand with refinement.

He's still young. Around his thirties. Slim, with a cleanly combed black hair. Like a being drawn from a brush, an impressive beautiful youth with graceful eyes and brows.
the drivers said with a restraint voice.
"Were sorry, Mister. We didn't want to get caught speeding---"
"Stop saying nonsense. And then? Did you bring her?"

The man in the suit siad.
"This way"
The helper lowered the wheelchair from the wagon, bringing Teletha Testarosa in front of them. the drug wearing off, Teletaha opened her eyes.
But, that is all.
Being indifferent to her surroundings, she only looks absentmindedly on her front.
"Miss Testarosa?"
The man on the suit kneeled on the wheelchair, peeping into the girls face.
"I am Lee Fowler. I serve your brother. Once, we met at your parents grave. ...then, I was inside an AS."
"........"
"When we heard of what happened to you, we came to pick you up. after this what would you...."
Even after he said that, Teletha still didn't make any response. The young man named Fowler stood up, mixed in a sigh.
"just a shell. Being the Witch of <Mythril> you are making us use a harsh hand."
"I don't see it that way"
"But that is withering away. It is much more difficult to magnificently fall in the middle of battle. The legend is over. The problems in communication and personnel relations, lost their teeth in such worthless reasons, disappearing miserably is the hero of reality.
Fowler wearily fell silent, and continued to walk infront of Martha.
"Forgive me, Doctor. Were you treated violently?
"no...."
"What did this girl tell you, there is a need to confirm. Please allow me 2 to 3 questions."
The fear of course did not disappear, Martha towards the silent black eyes, had the feeling like she was being sucked in.
"<Amalgan> and <Mythril>, the name of such organization, did you hear of them making use of such weapons and units?"

"....yes"
"Did she bring up any definite name or place?"
"....no"
"You're not lying right?"
"O..of course"
"Aside from your navy friend, did you mention to anyone what this girl had said?"
How did you know that I consulted with a friend? Did you intercept it? Are you a real pro, a real classified organization spy?
Martha was surprised, the remaining doubt smashed and disappeared and she feels it clearly. Is this not some sort of elaborate joke brought about by someone----that is what her heart was wishing for. the man suddenly calling "Happy Birthday, Martha!", with laughing friends teasing with armful of tables and food and alchohol and cake with footsteps appearing, weren't they throwing a party in a place like this. There was this expecting feeling somewhere.
But that is not so. At any rate, her birthday has ended last month.

"She did not say anything. it's the truth"
Fowler observed her eyes closely. She felt the ordinary treatment of a patient.
"I believe you"
Fowler smiled at first.
"But, the regretable words had to be said to you. As much as possible we would like to keep out privacy. What happened today and about her, should be protected....from the public. Do you understand?"
"I understand. I swear I won't tell anyone. So let me go back home."
"I would also want that if I can. But, no matter how much strong the determination of man, there is a way for current medical science to extract the needed information. that is why the [regrettable words]. I'm really sorry."
Getting goosbumps, the shoulders and foot were sweating and shaking.
I don't want to die.
I don't want to be killed.
"Do you understand why I am explaining this elaborately?"
"Don't kill me"
"I'm also afraid of death. But, the worst of that is that you would die not knowing the reason. that is why I am explaining this to you. With important words, the fear of your opponent is not fun.
In Fowler's well-regarded features, a deep emotion of sorrow and compassion surfaced.
"Please don't kill me"
"It is really unfortunate"
"Please I beg you...."
"This is goodbye, Doctor"
Fowler stepped back. The subordinates took one step forward. with tears in the corner of her field of vision, there is the profile of nurse who was completely silent. Her face becoming pale, but very quiet, and not even shaking. What bravery. or was it simply stupidity, that she did not realize her own fate?

The nurse was still young. Around mid twenties. An oriental. A very short hair, with eyes and brows like that of a fishing cat.
That nurse, let out a sigh, murmuring a passing voice.
"Oh well. what an extreme drama this played out."
The voice mixed in with a snort.
"Just when we thought that we caught the tail. ....again, another conceited bastard showed up."
"Ah, you---stop---"
isn't this strange? Martha's thin pacifying voice, was ignored by the girl and said.
"Isn't that right? Tessa!?"
the eyes of Teletha Testarossa which is like a disabled sitting in the chair, suddenly focused---returning with the light of consciousness. Even the face that looks worn out, revived with vitality and intelligence, Like a doll coming to life.
"I'm sorry Melissa. The one who was playing a drama was me"
After muttering that, Teletha labrously stood up from the wheelchair.
The armed men in the area, was disturbed by the sudden change of the girl. Carelessly extending her hands out. A simple personal grooming at a glance, the girl heads toward Fowler to greet him.
"Good afternoon, Fowler-san. I really intended to introduce myself but, dealing with the doctor here, this has happened.
"I see. You were after me."
As expected of a commander, He was frankly not surprised.

But Fowler's facial expression is by no means relaxed. the extent of Teletha's trap here, this place would become a fighting scene, is there a winning chance for them, he calculates many elements inside his head.

"then please tell your men to drop their weapons. Or else they will be given a severe lesson."
Then the subordinate who returned back, the driver grabbed martha, giving a short curse straddles past Teletha.
"Lesson? Enough with the jokes, little girl!"

"Don't"
immediately after saying the short word, Fowler narrowed his eyes----
The driver who had his hand extended to the nape of Teletha, fell down on the floor with a bullet shot in the back. Bacha, with a loud thud, fresh blood scattered in the floor.
"Ga..."
Mostly at the same time, you can hear the gunshot of the rifle from far away. A snipe from an extreme distance. And it came through a small opening of the warehouse door---
"Great job, right in the middle"
The nurse called Melissa, said in an extreme compact wireless radio in her ear.
"If they make a strange move, take a shot immediately!"
"...Yeah yeah. Urzu 6, Roger!"
From the reciever of the wireless radio, Martha also heard the reply of a man mixed with the noise. Nearby, Teletha warned again.
"Do you understand? Please disarm"
"Ha....wonderful"
Even though his subordinates can be shot to death, Fowler maintains a smile from his heart.
"Really wonderful. I also planned to have that precaution. A large intelligence analysis. Shadow and interception, checking the guards. You slipped through everything, and made it up to here. You even made a wonderful acting in front of me. Morever is was a daring move, capturing me alive? You are his sister after all. The legend still continues....!"
"That is a terrible misunderstanding. Not even once, do I remember raising the white flag to you."

Teletha said with a dreadful smile.
In those eyes burn the silent anger and revenge, releasing with blazing and violent light. Even with being a shell, it was unexpected. From that small---sweet and delicate body, expressing such strong life force, is the first time that Martha experienced.
"That's how it is. That is why, you are still naive---!"
Fowler's right hand indistinctly moved. Folding in the palm of his hand, he pushed a small switch. In that instant, explosions occured all over the warehouse.
"......"
Followed by a flash. The ears deafened by the sounds of explosion, black smoke spreads. Although not lethal, the bomb aims to decieve the eyes.
"Hi...."
Understanding the outcome, Teletha immediately rushed into Martha who is still standing still, pushing her down for cover.
Informing Teletha.
"No....!"
"Don't worry. My subordinates will do something"
Looking at the nurse called Melissa, with lighting speed took down the nearby man---Martha does not know how he was taken down, but the other armed man was shot accurately.
Gunshot. Screams. Curses.
The automatic guns of the man resounds. Being attacked by an unseen sniper, the men falls down one by one.
Fowler leaving fired at Melissa, Melissa flew sidewards evading the enemy shot, hiding in the shadows of the car.

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The companions of Teletha were not only the nurse and the sniper. A few explosions in the other openings, a number of men with bullet proof vest on top of civilian clothes broke in.
"Give it up, delicate man"
Melissa shouted.
"Give up?"
Fowler replied in the bullet hole of the sedan.
"The feeling is mutual, there are still some coaxing left right. Don't restrain yourself in putting an end to this."
Together with his declaration----
The ceiling of the warehouse was torn to pieces, where a single giant appeared.
Fierce thundering roar. Dust and smoke swirling about, the fragments of the building materials are scattering about in one side. Martha witnessing the events in bewilderment, was being covered by Teletha who was supposed to be the patient.
"......"
If you look up, the ashen grey giant is kneeling down. With acutely streamlined armor. Extending from the head is a long hair like radiation cord.

It's an Arm Slave.
A humanoid weapon of the Military. At least she knows the name of that weapon. A living infantry could no way go against a powerful humanoid weapon. Watching the news on CNN, this is by no means a shilhuoette of a robot. It's much smarter, and seem to have a fierce reflex and power.
Fowler does not even have the appearance of triumph, get's down into the rear of the AS. Melissa and the reinforcements hid in the shadows without pursuing allowing him to escape.
"I thought so"
Teletha muttered.
She now allowed a smile. This time with a self derided sensation, was not a halfhearted smile.
"Wha, what is the meaning of this....?"
"Don't move"
Teletha whispered to Martha, raising her voice.
"It's like this, Urzu 1. Please annihilate the enemy AS!"
[Roger, Captain!]
A voice resounded from a speaker somewhere.
The roof being torn resounded. A new black AS broke throught the wall of the warehouse. Without a moment of confrontation, charged to the ashen grey AS.

Distortion of metal frames. Broken concrete. Smashed pieces of glass from the skylight.
the materials from the warehouse was dancing around the surrounding of the black unit. Belfegan Clousot's AS <Falke> cancelled its electronic camouflage, tackling the enemy unit with full force.
First there was a need for Tessa and the others to clear the area.

the engagement of the two units broke through the walls of the warehouse, plunging into the countless containers in the pier. Even then the enemy unit did not fall.
Clousot with the monomolecular cutter under his hand, swinged it towards the chest of the enemy.
With an accurate surprise attack, it was a good strike that passed the mark. But the enemy unit expected that.

In the graphical heat distribution map.
the enemy units arm transforms, turning from yellow to orange to red.
"!"
incoming.
Clousot already saw the gravitational field created by the enemy unit coming.
The distorted atmosphere of the enemy's right arm.
The shockwave of the strike barely passing through. around 10 containers in the back was blown off, like papers dancing in the air.
The enemy unit started to trip. The enemy unit staggers.
Rushing to make the final blow the <Falke> stepped in front. Another warning. The enemy units Lambda Driver starting, attacks with the raging waves of gravitational field. Clousot somehow saw through it, and barely leaping to avoid it.
Revolving on top of the enemy, slammed down the anti tank dagger in mid air. In tandem with the plastic explosives, dived sharply towards the neck of the enemy.
Explosion. The shape of the enemy disappeared in the middle of the flames and smoke.
Clouzot had not considered that the opponent being defeated like this.
The <Falke> landing, immediately flew sideways in a battle maneuver. In the battle of the 3rd generation AS that can reach the limits of 3 dimensional manuever, the moment of landing can be said as the most vulnerable. There is no room for a breather.
Sure enough, the ashen grey enemy unit broke through the whirlpool of smoke like an arrow. pressing immediately towards him.
The enemy which is a <Codarl> type was equipped with a Lambda Driver, ordinary attacks will have no effects on it. With the difference in equipment, there is an overwhelming disadvantage.
However, even then---
"Let's do it"
In the middle of the fierce crash during the battle manuevers, Clouzot mutters.
Surely the enemy unit's power is tremendous. The difference is definitely absolute.
However, what about the skill of the pilot? On the other hand if the enemy unit was not equipped with a Lambda Driver, with a battle this long the enemy unit would have at least already died three times.
if its about skills, Clouzot was absolutely superior....!
Clouzot has that confidence. Even though the enemy is not an amature, his unconscious proudness can be seen everywhere. Relying on his own dominance, arrogance in his straight movement is already evidence enough.
It will definitely go into place.
Sound of alarm. The enemy suddenly draws closer.
With the impulse of his reflex pulling the trigger on his head cannons, he thought that it was too early and controls himself. Counting of the information of the [fairy's eyes], evading the shockwave from the enemy, Clouzot called out in his wireless radio.
"Urzu 1 to HQ! Has it been delivered yet!?"
[this is HQ. The launch was already completed.]
Replied a man with a gloomy and honest voice. It was Richard Mardukas.
[currently, the TLAM is in the middle of intertia guidance. ETA would be 30 seconds. We entrust the terminal guidance to Urzu 1]
"Urzu 1 roger!"
At the same time the unit AI reports.
<warning message. Code from HQ confirmed. Taking over terminal guidance of TLAM01. 20 seconds until impact.>

"Arm the warhead of TLAM01"
<roger. TLAM01 warhead armed.>
The weapon data in the display at the corner with the blue letters [SAFE], suddenly changed to the red letters [ARM].
The warhead was armed.
the smart warhead of a cruise missle from somewhere in the sky, broke of the chains.
Clouzots unit which continues to evade, the <Codarl> closed in. Stepping over the mountains of containers, poured on the light of the setting sun. the extending long hair like heat radiating cord from the head, glaring in a rainbow colored brilliance.
"Well come on....!"
Releasing an anti AS hand grenade.
The <Codarl> lightly stepped to the left enduring the explosion. behind the enemy unit, a large container danced from the sky, spinning around.
the head machine gun rapid firing.
The <Codarl> repelled the small rain of bullets with the Lambda Driver, judging that there is no more threat to his own armor, the gravitational field disappeared. Then next he focused the power on his attack towards Clouzot.
In accordance to their aim.
The bullets from the <Falke's> machine gun, the first 50 shots in the magazine were ordinary bullets. From there on, the 51st shot was loaded with acrylic paint bullets.

Those paint bullets rained down on the <Codarl's> head. The spraying red paint clinged to the enemy units sensor.
It is a simple tactic to break the vision, in previous AS High Frequency wiper and cleaning nozzle was equipped. A counter-measure for mud and dirt. Even if it was an acrylic paint, it will take a few seconds to recover the field of vision.
but, they were banking of that few seconds.
At this period, the enemy unit could not search for its opponent using its Milli-wave radar.
<TLAM01, impact in 10 seconds.>
The units AI informed Clouzot. The surrounding atmosphere shakes.
From above the sounds of jet engine roars. From the west skies, from the shining light of the twilight sun, something cylindrical was coming towards here.
<Five.....four....three....>
From the head of the <Falke> a terminal guidance laser illuminated, in the chest of the <Codarl> shines a small red dot.
<Impact>
The fierce explosion from the skies attacks the enemy unit.
The cruise missle flew over with the speed of sound, in the position of the laser---there was an explosion in the shaped charge. Gas that is more dense than steel, in an instant the point in the enemy's armor flared in flames.
the shockwave of the explosion shakes the <Falke>.
"!"
Clouzot rises with skill bracing himself, spurring into the enemy unit in no time. In the smoke of the explosion, the <Codarl> still lives. expanding the protective wall of the Lambda Driver in no time.
(But...!)
Following immediately after taking the violent attack the enemy unit staggers. the expanding the condition of the Lambda Driver, <Falke's> [fairy eye] have accurately caught sight of it. Just narrowly, being warned of the final blow the barrier expands.
However, it was only in the front.
Clouzot slipped throught the right of the enemy, in an agile movement with the monomolecular cutter, cuts at the right abdomen. There was the report of the technical officer, the module of the Lambda Driver is in one position.
A tough one.
The <Codarl> turned around indicating a gravitational field, flickering a few times then disappearing. The Lambda Driver of the enemy is powerless.
The unexpected damaged disturbed the enemy unit and stands in shock. The ironclad regulation regarding third generation AS battle is to move agilely and mercilessly---
In the state of the exchange, Clouzot threw his last anti tank dagger towards the enemy unit. The dagger hits the chest of the <Codarl> turning around and explodes, this time around the upper half of the enemy unit was in pieces.
The torn off arm rotating, drew a strange arch in the dusk of the harbour.
Turning from the scattered fragments of the enemy unit, Clouzot immediately activated the enemy search mode. Preparing for a new enemy appearing by chance with the anti ECS sensor.
No response.
"fu-...."
This is the first time gaining that kind of certainty, he sigh a breath of relief. it seems that they only prepared one unit.
In order to support the operation to lure Tessa, his unit was on standby. in addition, standing by in the bay of San Francisco from the submarine <Tuaha de Danaan>, there was a program of support fire of cruise missles. Also the machine gun in its head part. In the worst case, the enemy would also prepare an AS, also having the possibility that it will be equipped with a Lambda Driver was not discarded.
It was better to be prepared afterall. Thinking like that, Clouzot called over his wireless radio.
"Urzu 1 to all units. The <Codarl> type enemy AS is destroyed"

After the confrontation of the two units <Falke> and <Codarl>, there is a trend of battle in the area of the warehouse.
The warehouse half destroyed, the parked car trampled, and a number of enemy corpse was rolled in. On top of the mountain of rubbles, the fire was already contained, only the dense white smoke hangs over.
"Tessa. Ben defeated the enemy unit"
The Nurse Melissa Mao who has the enemy's machine gun in hand, exchanges from the wireless radio, said to Tessa.
"Doesn't seem to be any enemy units around. It's a one on one with the M9, it's the first time that we defeated a <Codarl>. It's impressive."
"Yes"
Covering the psychiatrist Martha Witt, Tessa Testarossa replied shortly.
Without pardon, they made a thorough search of the destroyed warehouse. The PRT without letting their guard off continues to observe the controlled area, and then ascertaining that there were no injuries.
cutting the button at the back of the worn patients suit, it fell from the naked shoulders. In a posture of natural nakedness not even underwear, there were minor injuries. No problem.
"The target got away right"
Tessa glancing sideways, she was looking for Lee Fowler knowing that it would be useless.
"We lost sight of him when the ceiling collapse. We're sorry"
Mao said, Tessa shaking her hands lightly.
"it's alright. It's a greetings operation anyway. In the point of involving civilians, we half failed"
"The female doctor over there, I've thought of getting her far away.... I didn't think this through enough afterall. Oh well"
Mao opening her shoulders, returning silently on the secured area of the warehouse, there was an out of place electronic sound.
it was a high pitched monotonous alarm.
Towards that sound, Tessa walked over barefooted. from the scattered concrete on the ground, there was a black mobile phone dropped.
She picked up the phone, and pressed the answer button.
"Fowler-san right?"
Tessa said, with a laugh from the phone.
[yes, I would have wanted to talk to you a little more. But I have no obligation to be obediently captured. that is why I left this phone."
Then Fowler immediately escaped from the area, most probably from the vehicle that was prepared beforehand, heading somewhere to the town areas. Since he already knows about the counter-measures for phone trace, there is no possibility of pursuit.
[Fist please let me tell you that it was excellent. eliminating more than 10 of my subordinates, even destroying an AS. that was your minimum fire power right. It was my complete defeat.]
"I wonder about that. Right now you are still free."

[You are quite right]
"Originally, because we have all the information leading to your restraints. Even if you used that faint smile that would not rest in peace."
[what frightening words from a sweet voice.]
Fowler turning to the phone, Tessa could easily imagine the faint smile in his face.
[but i do not understand. Are you seriously, going to continue to fight us like this?]
"We didn't formally say that right. it was just on our whim that we threw that play."
[You should already know our strenght. right now <Mythril> does not exist. And the goal of <Amalgam>, is not to overthrow the other world. Rather to add moderate fuel to the state of tension of the world, You no longer have any reason to fight right.]
"you're really Naive aren't you"
Tessa putting on a modest disdain, laughing at him.
[Naive?]
"Yes. Did you think that we plan to fight you with only great cause and sense of justice?"
[It seems like that is not so]
"You have killed a lot of our comrades. that motive would be enough"
Tessa plainly stated.
In practiality, that was not the only reason she and her subordinates continue to fight, it's true that there is something that they have to do but---
Speaking in its logical conclusion, that would be it.
Teletha Testarossa recognizing that her subordinates were killed by <Amalgam>, that would not be for eternity.
[that would also be the same here]
Fowler said coldly.
[You and your subordinates do not have strong bonds right. We also suffered sufficient injury. On top of that, I swallowed everything and continued to be courteous toward you. Even then, that's how you pay us back, I would want to hear your reason for that']
"I understand your meaning at last."
Tessa said.
"With overwhelming power, you extend your hand saving the weak enemy right? We used to be the one who thinks like that. but right now it is different. You said that you wanted to [add fuel], and you play with the lives of many people. We cannot forgive that kind of arrogance."
[I see. Would it be alright if I interpret that as a form of opposition?]
Fowlers tease was plainly sharp.
"...Fowler-san. In this case can I tell you clearly?"
[Please?]
Tessa emphasizing word for word carefully, announced.
"Let me put it bluntly---I hate FUCKING SHIT people like you to death who pretend to be nice. Do you understand this?"
[.........]
Mao and the other members of the PRT who heard the conversation gap with their eyes round hearing Tessa use the harsh 4 letter word.
"that is all, Message Boy. Please tell the same thing to Leonard Testarossa."
Before Fowler can say anything, Tessa cut off the mobile phone, throwing it away casually on the ground.
"Let's withdraw. Before the local police arrive get the LZ of the Pave Mare...., what's wrong everyone?"
The dumbfounded Mao and the others glanced at each other, and finally let out a laugh. Feeling light from the bottom of their heart.
"oh dear, nothing"
"[Fucking Shit] huh"
"Indeed, you've really got the balls."
Mao tapped on the shoulders of a dubious faced Tessa.

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"Eh? ah...."
"I already said it before. I love you, my commander"
Flying into rage she was not able to say anything, towards Tessa's completely red cheeks, Mao gave an intense kiss.
"A..anyway, let's withdraw! The local police will be coming here shortly. This is no time for sexual harassment!"
Shaking off Mao's arm, Tessa gave instructions.
"Yeah yeah, Roger. ....but Tessa. What about that Doctor?"

Mao glanced at Doctor Martha Witt who was beside the iron pole of the warehouse as usual gazed dumbfounded at the exchange.
"Yes...."
Tessa with a sad face compromised with a frightened Martha, said with a gentle voice.
"I'm sorry for having involved you in such a dangerous situation, Doctor Witt."
"W..what do you intend to do with me?"
"Of course we have no intention of harming you. Anyway let's get away from here."

Tessa and the others immediately withdraw from the place of battle, moving a few kilometers to the city park with a car.
Clouzot's AS activated the Invisibility mode of its ECS, avoiding any obstacle he followed their car. Leaping from building to building and road to road.
On that route, Tessa explained to Martha.
"When Fowler treathened to kill you, in actuallity, rather he was treathening me."
Until they were cleverly lured out this time, the enemy was also wary. Fowler happening to probe Martha, making a speech like that in front of Tessa, with Tessa's own acting, there were still doubt inside her heart.
In fact, <Amalgam> and <Mythril>, with simple words and information attached to that, is no longer a subject that would be bothered of leakage. A Level of military officials who show interest in these organizations, Government officials has already got hold of it.
The degree of knowledge in Jindai High School in Tokyo is also the same.
After the incident where the Melidia base was attacked, at the time when Tessa's escaped ship were having resupply problems, the possible limits of information were already gathered. Within that information, the transport helicopter and <Arbalest> dispatched to Tokyo, and also what happened to Sagara Sousuke and Chidori Kaname, the real objective was included.
What they understand was----
The transport helicopter [Gebo 9] was attacked on the verge of landing, the pilot Lt. Santos including the crew were all killed.
The <Arbalest> in Sengawa, Chofu--- in that school unfolds a fierce battle with <Amalgam's> detachment, at its end there was serious damaged in the [hostilities with a number of new AS]. The recovery of the ruins by the Japanese police, that immediate unit was taken away by someone.
Chidori kaname was missing after the battle, her whereabouts unknown. Most probably, was kidnapped by <Amalgam>.

And then Sagara Sousuke---
A few days after the <Arbalest> was damaged in battle, unexpectedly appeared in that school, the students of 2nd year class 4---no, right now they are already 3rd year class 4---meeting them, explaining the reason why Kaname disappeared and left the place. With the words [Definitely get her back] remaining.
Following this,the information was intercepted by all kinds of intelligence agency.
There are more important information. The whereabouts of the <Tuaha De Danaan>, the maintenance equipments, and the remaining supplies. In other words their remaining fighting capabilities. And then Tessa capturing a degree of information that would lead to <Amalgam>.
Martha going along with this, did not know anything. If she would to tell the Police, FBI, the CIA or NSA of what Tessa had told her, they would deny the value of such information.
"That's why---"
Since it was explained that the information that Martha knows is not important, Tessa informed her in the car.
"Fowler said that in order to test me. In the end, it was to make sure."
"I really don't understand, Teletha"
"Didn't you examine that there was nothing wrong with me. If I continued that acting, he might really have killed you. That's why, I stopped acting then and there. In other words---"
"In other words? in other words, what?"
Being exhausted with the succession of events, Martha gave back with an annoyed voice.
"You have no information that has value. You will go back to your former way of life. you will not involve yourselve with us again right"
"That's right. It's wonderful isn't it"
"I'm sorry doctor. We were manipulating you. Our initial plan, we expected to put in a more unconcerned doctor for practicallity."
"I see. Because I was a person who jumps in, right? Because of my enthusiasm for work, I was targeted by assasins, I was shut up beautifully by a patient I thought pitiful!"
the girl who cried half hysterically, just stared at the calm expression of Tessa.
"We apologize for that. But, that was quite a performance right?"
"Well, that might be"
The car reached the park.
The streets with the setting dusk, shimmers in various color like a crafted cyrstal.
With a suggestion from Tessa, she got off. There were still a number of people strolling, being mindful of that, Tessa's [subordinates] got off the car with small arms in hand. With the sound of the Rotor echoing above, the flowers in the garden sways from the strong wind.
The unseen helicopter lands in the park.
Within a few minutes, Teletha Testarossa and her companions vanished from the streets.
Strong winds pushing to her wavy hair, Martha reach a voice to Tessa.
"Can I ask you one last question?"
"That depends on the subject. But go ahead"
"Didn't you.... feel anything? When you were delivered to the emergency room, taking the humiliating medical examination. Even after coming to me, you didn't even recieved any service treatment. Why did you endure that?"
"A lot of friends died"
Tessa said calmly.
"Compared to that, it was nothing right?"
"Do you plan to take revenge?"
"I wonder about that"
"Then, why go that far---"
"I too don't know very well"
Tessa sweetly smiled.
"Why is it from the bottom of my heart, an intense fighting spirit is gushing out. Why is this body burning up, is it because I was thinking of retaliating. To know more about that, I would like to lend your strenght, but unfortunately we don't have time."

In the open vicinity of the park the invisible transport helicopter lands.
A fierce downward current. the leafs of the countless trees and young flowers surrounding Tessa were dancing in a swirl.
Recieving the illumination of the park, the girls shimmering silver hair sways beautifully in the wind. Behind her the landed Helicopter cancelled its ECS, and saw a swelled up shape of the pallid phosphorescene.
"Hey, Tessa!"
from the opened cargo hatch on the foot, Kruz Weber called. Already linking the sniping point.
"yes, let's go. Good Bye doctor"
Only saying that, Teletha Testarossa walks to the transport helicopter, disappearing inside the cargo bay. Martha Witt standing still looks over, nothing.
The men boards, the helicopter closed the hatch and started to take off.

before rising to the tallest tree in the park, activates its ECS again, the shape vanishing. The unit melting into the velvet night, eyes can no longer percieve them.


The dining room captured the Neo Gothic design, bringing about the simple modernistic illumination on the skillful design. The window facing southeast takes in the fresh sunlight, with the furnitures using various colors, it is the perfect place to relax from the one who arrive there.
Getting a phone call from Lee Fowler, Leonard Testarossa entered the dining. Finishing the miscellaneous matters and negotiations from Easter Europe, he only returned from a long trip.
[We got busted by your sister]
Fowler speaking from the phone.
It was already evening in San Francisco, this place of short latitude, it still shines with the burning golden eastern sun illuminating the room.
"Was it her true character?"
Leonard said.
[Yes. their goal was to capture me. They even managed to destroy a <Codarl M>]
"Really...."
Putting the phone reciever in his ear, he sighs.
[My apologies, Lord Leonard]
"No, I don't blame you. That girl just don't know when to give up"
That was his clever sister. But for how long? She spent too much time with <Mythril>, and only chose the foolish choices.
This is like, she was scorning those men---the death of her father and friends---drunk with self pity in a humorous anachronism, different from the vulgar and inferior [men of the seas].
[There is another way. I have prepared several options---]

"No, you should stop. there are a mountain of things that I need your help with, Lee"
[Thank you very much]
"First get back here. The matter with my sister, you should leave it as it is for the mean time."
[Will that be alright?]
"We'll deal with them at anyrate. In order to preach nonsense to me, how many lives of tens or hundreds of men was paid.
[yes. I will put my resolve into it]
"That's right"
Listening to Fowler, he smiled.
[There was a message from your sister]
"Hee. what did she say?"
Anyway it made her hotline easier, so he thought, Leonard ask.
[it's a somewhat a bit vulgar speech]
"it's alright, say it"
[Okay]
Fowlers voice was a little tensed. it was not because he was frightened of telling Leonard the subject, it was some sort of humiliation that was cramping on his throat---that's the voice.
[Lady Teletha told me "I hate FUCKING SHIT people like you to death who pretend to be nice." And told me to tell you the same thing.]
Goodness Gracious, here it comes.
Wasn't that like a sibling rivalry of an inferior blue-collar family. It was like she had a wrong association with her friends.
"Quite the authority"
[My sincerest apologies]
"No, it's a good thing that she is energetic. Then, I leave the rest to you."
Leonard cut off the phone, looking around the dining. In the long table about 5 meters, there were candlesticks and tableware prepared. Dinner has not yet been prepared.
In the service entrance---from the partly open door, there was the presence of someone. there was someone working in the kitchen.
There is no mistake that is was company---
Concerning that point, he might not be different from his sister. Shrugging his shoulder lightly, he head to the door and went to the kitchen, the informing the girl inside.
"I'm back"
the girl turns the frying pan in the giant stove---Chidori Kaname, stop with the cooking, and took a glance at him.
"Welcome back"
Answering feebly, returns to cooking.
"The cook will be worried, he won't like you making dinner on your own."

"Is that so"
Kaname shaking the frying pan, getting the pepper bottle in the side.
"do you know what I'm making"
"dunno?"
"Omelette rice. But there is no thai rice here. Not even a Japanese Tomato Ketchup. I tried lots of things, but I can't seem to make the Omelette rice that I know."
"that's unfortunate"
"Can you ask someone to buy? I'm sure any supermarket in Tokyo would have it"
With spiteful sarcasm, she complained feebly.
Sitting down on the chair nearby, Leonard said.
"I have forgotten"
"The flavor of Omelette rice?"
"I also forgot. The lamb roast that I ate in the past. Even the face of my mother who made it"
"........"
"Speaking of times, that's the way it is"
"So, even for loving you. It's the same for me."
"I didn't say that far"
Leonard smiled snorting.
"No matter what you cannot oppose fate. if you accept it, it would come as a relief. that's all you have to do."
Kaname's eyes calm like the lake, looks at him. Feeling nothing, looking like a sensor of a machine, accepting Leonards obviousness.
"Do you really think that"
She muttered, returning to working with the frying pan.
Staring at the back of Kaname. In the think Pleated skirt, fits a silk shirt.

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From the nape of the neck, looking blankly at the beautiful curve gently back towards the tight, he ruminates the meaning of her words.

Does he really think like that---
Of course he does.
After saying that he approached, he thought of embracing her from behind, would she resist.
but, there is no meaning in that.
Leonard crouched his shoulders and stood up, leaving the kitchen.

"However---"
She suddenly muttered.
"The real Omelette rice that I make is really delicious. It is unfortunate that you were not able to eat it."
"Yeah"
Lightly turning aside, Leonard heads back from the kitchen.
From there on, there was an unspeakable discomfort---noticing the discomfort that was remembered in the courtyard of that school, slightly irritated.
Out of the corridor facing the courtyard of the house through the dining room, a woman in a suit was waiting for him. One of his subordinates, it's Sabine Refunio. With Laptop in hand. right now, it seems like she just finished with a communication.
"He is alive"
Sabina said.
There is no need for him to ask [who?]. Leonard Testarossa had roughly guessed.
"It's about him right"
"Yes, Sagara Sousuke"

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