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March 3rd, 2009

Another chapter of FMP finished.  The last chapter might take a little longer as I have not yet started on it.  Please enjoy this while you can.  Again, LJ won't let me post this in a single post.  I guess you'll just have to contend with the chapter being split in two.

Chapter 4: Night of Storm

  The M6A3 <Dark Bushnell> that Sousuke is riding is landing in the dark skies on the south part of Mexico.
  The violent gale makes work of the free falling unit, creaking and squeeking.  The cockpit also vibrates violently, sometimes that the bone of the nape feels like breaking from the fierce impact.  The decrease in the Digital altimeter gradually remains.  The detailed rocking moves in many directions.  The indicators of the Altitude readings are spinning in rotation.  The ECS laying dormant.  Having no invisible functionality, the M6A3 is also equipped with an ECS.  But in this storm there is no meaning in using it.
  The value in the altimeter cuts at 30000 feet.
  First opening of the chute.  Success.
  The descent of the unit suddenly decreased in speed.
  Second opening of the chute.  Success.
  The Giant parachute opens on top of his head, suddenly the gale beats.  The 10 plus tons unit shakes, swimming in the air, pulling down the balance.
  After 15000 feet.  Continuing like this would make him crash on the surface.
  The body of the M6A3 being pulled down in the altitude, the slackened wired becomes intertwined.  Sousuke controls the unit, somehow trying to get back to the descent altitude.  He can't.  With instant decision he detached the parachute.  Drawing near to the land.  Enduring the impulse to push the switch, waiting a second the prepared parachute opens.
  Success.  Again the gale struck.
  This time he predicted the wind well, Sousuke skillfully swings his limbs, letting the unit ride the wind.
  He draws close to the ground.  Inside the caught image of the Night Vision sensor, was a mountain district covered wide with broadleaf trees.
  After 300.
  200....100....50....
  Breaking through the dome of the trees, the M6 hits the ground.  The parachute immediately detached by the altitude control.  The smoke of the shock absorbers from the joints spread out in the dense forest.
  Sousuke manipulates the unit, scanning the surrounding areas agilely with the passive sensor.  No signs of the enemy.  The heat source that can be seen are the movements of the nocturnal habits that were surprised by the sudden drop of a metal giant, and running frantically away.
  Landing successful.
"Fu-...."
  Sousuke after confirming all safety measure, let out a big breath.
  Right now, Sousuke's M6 is crouching as a black lump in the forest.  The fierce wind and rain knocking on the armor, the muffled voice of the gas turbine engine burst out.
  He confirms the current location with the GPS.  20 kilometers northwest among the mountains from the objective mansion.
  Going speedily south like this, he can go quietly before 10 kilometers from the target.  Getting as close as possible, if he were to be seen by the enemy he would charge in full force.  The priority would be before the operation of the 3 units of <Codarl> type.  If he can destroy them before the pilots get on board, there would no longer be any fear from the Lambda Driver.
  If it were actually only that three, however.
  Lemon and the others were on standby on another site.  At the same time that Sousuke breaches open, the helicopter would immediately force a landing on the target mansion, with the plan of controlling the area with infantry.
  Thinking that it will go that smoothly, there are no other ways left.  Firtsly, landing from the skies atop the mansion with the plan of a surprise attack, before that there is a high possibility that the transport would fall prey to the anti-aircraft missiles.  It's the same as penetration from the sea.  The perspective of coming from the coast is good, but when it reaches 8 kilometers the infra-red sensors would be able to detect them.
(If only it were the M9....)
  If it were the M9 that <Mythril> uses, they could stand in a little more flexible operation, unfortunately they do not have the luxury to wish for that.  When detected by the enemy, aside from the <Codarl> activating they have to suspend the operation and retreat.  The enemy would of course strengthen their vigilance, and will abandon the mansion in a short amount of time.
  During the battle in Namsak, this is the hint which he has derived from Kurama----and then everything will return to nothing.
  Redoing everything.  The unreachable hands towards Kaname will go somewhere.
  No---- in the first place, is Kaname really in that mansion?  On the contrary, is she really still alive?  If she were to be alive, and is in that mansion----does she still have him in her heart?  With regards to him, he has lost the memory of the girl in hesitation at Namsak.  For time, it will become a distance.  What if she were in that man's arms?  What if she had a troubled face?  What if she said "don't look for me anymore" with a merciful look?
  The operations varies in that degree, there are unspeakable uncertainty and uneasiness, those are pressing hard on his chest.  The scar that was left by Kurama is throbbing.
(No.....)
  Do you know.  He's already bored with this kind of conflict.
  What should he be doing right now?
  To deceive the enemy warning net, covertly, reliably getting closer.  Controlling this unit in the most ideal form, he has to accomplish the objective.
"Let's go."
  He muttered, Sousuke's M6A3 advances.  Although it is natural, the unit's control system did not reply.



  Seriously growing timid, the Notebook PC's network function was completely disabled.  Not only the software, but also the communications hardware itself was uninstalled.  Purposely opening the case at last, this is what Kaname had concluded.
  Well, of course.
  If it were not so, right now----she who has not given in to the collaboration with Amalgam, there is no reason to give her an electronic machine that would give out important information.  They have considered that she might give someone from the outside her whereabouts.  Even if she tries to escape, there are those <Alastors> walking about in the surrounding areas of the mansion, she would not even get the chance to run away.
  Looking at the stars in the night sky from the terrace, she managed to grasped the latitude from the trigonometry.  North Latitude 15 degrees 40 minutes.  There is also the premises in the rough world map, the coast concurs with that latitude.  Is it Indonesia, Arabian Peninsula or South Mexico, most probably it's South Mexico.
  She knows where she is, but there is no means for her to get away, even so she has this feeling of achievement.  With that attitude, she started to investigate.  Why was she simply housed in here?
  Kaname walks about from the premises, and tries to carefully and deeply observe.  There has to be a hint for getting away.  There might be something that she can use.  That's what she thought.
  What then after escaping?  Then where would she plan to go?
  Those are the feeling that keeps getting in to her head.  That's right.  After escaping, there is no place she can go.
  But when those thoughts steadily swells up inside, Kaname shakes her head and heads to the pool.  Changing into a swimsuit and plunges in, taking 10 round trips, and somehow enjoying herself.
  The people at the mansion notice the change in Kaname, she did not hide this fact.  No matter in what kind of situation she is in, the iron bars in this island spreads out across.
  Then one day, that man arrived in the mansion.  Andrei Kalinin.
  He apparently brought the 3rd generation AS from Mythril>, Leonard confirming what's inside and started to dismantle it, that was what Kaname saw from the window.
  Why was he here?  Did he betray them?  Or will he be double crossing them?
  This situation is shaking inside of Kaname's heart, there were several days to have a direct conversation with the Russian, but not even once did they do so.  Thinking what should be said if they were to meet, Kalinin was most of the time outside giving directions to his subordinates.
  He reviews the defense and security of the premises.  Observing a fragmentation in the subordinates work, this is what kaname had reasoned out.
  There is some disaster drawing near.  She has this vague feeling.
  Those premonition becoming reality, would be the night storm, a few days after Kalinin appeared.
  The winds blows in the outside, large grain of rain hitting of the windows.  The sound of waves closing on the coast roars, with a thundering and omnius sounds echoing in the bedroom.
  Kaname lying in the bed settled into reading, Leonard Testarossa visited her room.
"What do you want?"
  Kaname said bluntly.  If it were the usual, such attitude from her would draw a smile from him and casually shrugs his shoulders, this night it was different.  Leonard was not smiling, and only stands in the doorway without stirring.
"I want you to get dressed.  Today or tomorrow.... we will be leaving this place."
"Why?"
"A lot of things.  The situation has changed."
"If you feel like it, can you explain that situation to me?"
  Leonard was silent.  He never did not reveal any of his real motives.  This time is also the same.  But only stood there, without excluding anyone from inside his chest, he was slowly in examining something.
"Is that so."
  Kaname said with her legs crossed on top of the bed.
"If you're not in the mood to speak then it's fine.  Just like you, treating me like a doll in a small island.  Well, if that's the case then I guess that kind of attitude can be expected.
"That's not it.  To say unnecessary things to you, I think that it will bring about much trouble here and there.
"Then that's a doll treatment."
  Lightly stretching.  There is a irritating like feeling growing, her voice became natural and sharp.
"I'm not an insensible as Tessa okay?  No matter how much superior or handsome or rich you are, with only that you devote yourself to something and become shrewd."
"My sister is the same."
"Right.  What I was saying was that girl of the past.  Right now that girl would go against you up front.  That is why for me to say something like this, you do understand right?"
  He did not deny nor confirm.
"You can't answer huh.  I've only recently thought of this this,  but could it be that you are a terrible coward?"
  After leaving some time, he muttered to himself.
"That's right.  Like what you said."
  Not yet.  It's the face that has decided to raise the white flag.
  But she did not have any mercy.
"Do you think by saying "I understand" that you would look cool?  If the opponent would be that person over there, well that's also good.  I also have that mood.  Well, Are you alright with that?"
"...if I say anything, you're attitude won't change right."
"You don't seem to understand."
  She said with a sneer.  It was unpleasant as possible, hateful.
"Are you going to make me suffer?  Shutting up, taking away something, and look on smiling?  And just surrender someday?  Well, I'm not really a super human, either way it might be possible.  In this case----if that were to happen----will you be satisfied?"
"............"
"You know in the next class, there was a disgusting guy.  He weights about 100 kilogram, always swearing, and constantly smirking at me and other girls.  You might say that he looks like a stalker, and have those indecent books about confinement and lolicon and talks about them.  I don't know up to what point is true though.  In any case, that type.  It's a guy which you completely don't know what he's thinking.  ........then the question.  With that disgusting guy and you.  Which one do you think I would prefer to go out with, who do you think I would choose?"
  He could not answer afterall.  Just expressionless, he just stood there upright.
"Are you listening.  Which do you think?"
"Don't ask questions in bad taste."
"Answer me."
"Stop with the indecency, won't you continue another topic."
"You can't."
  She clearly said.
"Listen and be surprised.  I am serious and thought about this question everyday---- You really don't understand.  In short, the difference between you and that disgusting guy, either good looking or clumsy, it's just only that.  well?  Saying the unvarnished truth, what you are doing, it's bad countenance.  .....When Sousuke appeared in front of me, he was a fairly disgusting guy.  But different from you.  He didn't laugh much.  No matter what happens, he fights with it up front. You right now, with an attitude that can see through everything, can't look straight at me.  That's right----he was always serious."
"Can we have enough of this."
  Slowly walking he approached.
  In a refined manner as usual, but his voice was short and cold.
"I'm always serious."
"You don't look like it.  You said that you love me right?  Is that really true?"
"Yeah."
"Why?  What do you love about me?  Can you answer that is easy to understand?"
"I told you before already."
"On the rooftop of the love hotel?  Not that kind of explanation.  In the end, you really don't understand how a person would love right?  It's because of that manner as to why Tessa looked the other way."
  Leonards fist which was hidden in the pocket confines its strength.  but without noticing the change, Kaname continued.
"With only your sarcasm and manner, you don't open your heart to anyone.  You only look at a girl as an object.  Does that thing still even exists?  Didn't you get enough love from your parents?"
  Suddenly Leonard gripped her shoulders.  The slender and delicate body being well matched with a surprising grip.  With resistance was not possible, he pushed Kaname to the bed.
"Then let me tell you.  Look into my eyes."
"What are you----"
"Look."
  His face was pushed into her field of vision.  The graceful features was crushed into a violent emotion.  Kaname's instinct told her to "don't look".
  But, she looked.
  Inside the gray pupils, where no light can be perceived, it flowed into her heart.
  The torrents of thought.  It's that "Resonance".
".............!"
  Like the strike of lightning, Kaname arched her back.  This is unlike the vast experiences that she had, much more violent,  wild, and a gloomy image.

  Kaname was in the middle of a fire.
  In a burning corridor.  Smoke swirling, irritating odor reaching the nose.  The color of the flames are gray.  A small girl was crying.  Intermittent gunshots reverberate, the sound of someone screaming echoes in their ears.
  This house is being attacked.
(Take those two to the basement.)
  The man called out.
(it's no use.  They will find us immediately.)
  The woman distracted, crying.
(Jerry will be coming to save us soon.  If we can hold out for 10 more minutes.....  Go, Maria.  I will defend the south side from the enemy.)
(Wait, Carl.  Stay with me.)
(I can't.  Go.)
(Please.)
  But the man went away.  The woman was embracing her two children, mostly muttering words without hate.
(it's always like this.  That's why I----)
  With the other men.
  There was suddenly a scene of being nauseated.  Entangled on top of the bed, with charming persons.  Like shutting off the ears, that ugly voice.  That man goes far overseas to accomplishes his mission, the woman always drowning.  In the eyes of the public she was a faithful wife, but she has a cheating face.  This young man knows of this.  His eyes always sees this.
  The gunshots nearing.
  The woman becomes frightened, choking on the smoke, talking the children and runs for the basement.  Going down the stairs, towards inside the mountains of lumber and gardening supplies.
  There are gunshots on the upper floor.  The some of someone falling.  Unknown people were coming down the stairs.  The ugly footsteps drawing near.
(Hide.)
  The woman----Mother told her children.  She pushed the crying girl inside the mountain of wooden box, on top of that she covered it with a worn-out blanket.  The footsteps will be there soon.  The remaining child----there was no more time to hide the boy.
  In the eyes of the mother and the boy.
  The ugly expression of the woman, Kaname in her lifetime could not forget it.

  Patience.  Hesitation.  And hatred for something.

  This child knows of my betrayal.
  Always blaming me.  Thinks of me as a prostitute.  With that eeriely excellent intellect, scorning me.
(Mother.....?)
  The boy said, but the mother did not respond.
  She was a beautiful woman, her brows dormant, with that face looking at her own child in the eye, it was real and raw.  Wrapping it in extremes.
  It was rather the opposite.  she only looked with her eyes.
  That is why her will was decisive, with some sort of fate driving her mad.
  The men came.
  With a black luster of automatic pistols.
(Where is the other child?)
  The man said.
(In the house of a relative.  Please, save me---)
  The mother grabbing her son in the shoulders, offering him to them.  Like a wallet produced from her bossom, offering it to a thief.
  the despair and nihility.
  All of it flowing acutely into her heart, Kaname's heart was disturb.
  From then what happened before, would be alright.

  It must been a few seconds, no a few minutes.  When Kaname regained consciousness, Leonard had already let her go, sitting on a chair in the corner of the room.
"............"
  Facing up from the side of the king size bed she rises.  Her breath is still rough.  Kaname noticed that her back is wet full of sweat.
  The sound of the rain knocking on the windows, remains desperately in her ears.
"It's something not even my sister knows."
  Leonard muttered absentmindedly.
"....then, what?"
  A sad past, a difficult experience.  Something that you would need someones back to lean on.  Even for Sousuke.  Even for me.  That is surely a pity, but right now, playing with the fate of this person, there is no reason for you to flaunt a smile.

  When Kaname fully understood this thought, Leonard let out a sigh.
"If this were to be told to ordinary humans with words, it is mostly that reaction.  But you are different.  That's why this is how you were told.  You understand right.  This is not an affair of others."
  That is correct.  This has become something that is not the affair of others.  That direct pain and sadness.  It was natural to her for having the same experience.
  A terrible nausea.
  Coughing many times, no matter where she stood, the sheets had become dirty.

  Why is it.  When she was still young, she remembers the scene of the stone being turned in the riverbed.  The earthworm and centipede under the rock, those ugly insects were crowded together, wriggling.  The awful show, deceit was trailing here and there.  Trust, love, friendship and righteousness, all those flowery words become fruitless feelings.
  Humans are dirty.
  Everyone even him only lies.  Only hiding things.
  With only that disposition can be felt.
"It's not that I want you to give me your symphaties."
  Leonard silently said.
"And I don't want to use the drama as justification.  I was thinking, and acting.  With my own will.  It has nothing to do with cursing my own mother."
"Then, why...."
"I opened my heart just like you said.  And that is all."
"............"
  He stood up, heading straight for her.
"To kill, being killed is the worst.  There are also varying worseness in the world.  Being betrayed by your partner or family, being refused, it is much more difficult than dying.  With that point, my father felt at ease without knowing anything.  An exemplary soldier, an exemplary officer, an exemplary husband, for his loving family----believing in the purity of his family and died protecting them.  More than his character, it is heroic."

"That's...."
"Oh well, if you say that I was "smiling frivolously", it might be because of that feeling.  The inhabitants of the romantic world is carefree.  Maybe that's just it."
"But, I don't understand."
  Kaname said.  The usual harsh contact with him, has already been erased.
"With you like that, why me?"
"Well, I wonder why."
  Standing alone and saying this, he went out of the room.  At that point, he added.
"Anyway I hope you would get dress fast.  There is something that I want to show you...."
  At that moment, the window's glass and furnitures shakes strongly and bit by bit.
  It was not the storm.  It was the sound of explosion from far away.

  Sousuke has manage to approach 10 kilometers favorably.
  Changing the M6A3 to silent mode, he draws closer to the objective mansion, as expected he encounters the warning system of the enemy.
  Anti ECS radar, Infra red sensor, Pressure sensor, and even a simple wire, with this and that.  With the M6's electrical equipment he barely managed to deceive the variety of them, with the anti ECS sensor he had to take a large detour to avoid it.
  At most he managed to covertly get nearer by 2 kilometers.
  When he thought that he no longer needs to attack by proceeding with the warning net, he heart sounds of explosion.
"..........?"
  It's from far away.  About 4 kilometers Northeast.
  With only Sousuke in the middle of the jungle stops the unit, taking out the periscope stowed in his left arm.  And swiftly extends the flexible sensor, and faced the direction of the explosion.
  In the skies filled with the wild wind and rain, there are traces of explosion and heat source.
  Must be a helicopter of some sort of aircraft, is taking shots from the Warning system's anti air attacks.
(it can't be, Lemon....?)
  With a moments hesitation, he called out to the custom channel in the wireless radio.  Mitchel Lemon's carefree voice responded, and informed him that they were still standing by in the appointed position.
"Sound of explosion?  What's the meaning of this?"
"I don't know. I'll investigate right now."
  The ones being shot at was not Lemon and the others.  Then, which side do they belong to?
(With the Periscope's sensor...)
  With only a small sensor used at small distance during a street combat, he won't be able to gather much information.  Because of the storm the field of vision is terrible.  In the meanwhile, near the first explosion there was another movement.  This time it was on the ground.  The trees in the jungle was set ablazed.
  The anti air cannons of the warning net was destroyed.
  Most probably because of the influence of the destroyed aircraft the AS managed to land----
"A battle is happening."
"What? With who?"
  The gunfire flickers in the jungle.  There is something that broke through the dome of the forest, leaping into the air.  That was an AS.  A leap from a battle maneuver.  Staying in the air for a short time, and immediately disappeared from his field of vision.
"It's an M9."
  He manually played back the data captured in the sensor and magnifies, Sousuke concluded.
  There is no mistake.  There is no other than the M9 <Gurnsbeck> having that smart silhouette.  The M9, is fighting in a place like this.  From which side are they from?
"The remaining military force of <Mythril> is attacking?"
  Lemon said from the wireless radio.  As far as he knows, only <Mythril> makes use of the M9 in actual combat.
"Unknown.  But unlikely."
"Why?"
"My M6 managed to get here unseen.  With the abilities of the next generation AS, a better and a much more covert operation can be achieved.  Regardless of who, I do not think that the members of <Mythril> who uses an M9 would make a mistake like that."
  Nevertheless, that M9 is slightly different from the slender specifications of <Mythril>.  Like the Sensor on the head, the shape of the shoulder armor.  And the thickness of the armor is much larger than the M9 that he knows.  And there are a few number of movements.  The characteristics of that unit, the movement is not sharp.
"then----"
"Probably the US army"
  Beside Lemon, another voice interrupted.  It was Colonel Roy Seals who brought this M6A3.
"It's those guys at the army.  The Assault squad Delta Force, they already makes use of the M9.  Of course it was not made public."
"What did you say?  They why are they here---"
"Now we ascertained the location. And our colleauges don't even know the reason.  This is really reckless...."
  At anyrate it was a countryman.  Seals voice echoes a pondering voice towards those M9.
  But Lemon and the others who acted on their own, it is strange that the american military would attack a location of <Amalgam>.  <Amalgam> has the capability to seal off the regular army with political power.  Their aim, the operations objective was not clear.
"There are too many to explain.  Sousuke, let's suspend the operation.  I have a bad feeling about this."

"Aah, but...."
  Lemon was right, having the outlook of suspending the operation on the verge of trouble, even then Sousuke hesitated.
"No buts right?  Which this much disturbance going on, the <Codarl> type of the enemy would be operational.  You can expect to get shot when you get close to the target."
  With the new image from the satellite just before the operation, it was clear that the <codarl> type is in that mansion.  It was not because there were signs, the coast and unpaved roads of the premises after the rain shows the footprints with the characteristics of a 3rd generation AS.

  So it's nothing but retreat afterall?
  If thinking normally that would be the case.  But, if he gives up here, the girl who might be in that mansion----
"Stand by.  I will bet on that assault."
  Without thinking further, Sousuke informed them.  After the incident at North Korea, there was a similar "unreasonable" sickness.  But coming all the way here, what was most important here was time.  If he decides to penetrate then he has to do it fast.
  Sousuke switched the Silent mode, from the APU (Asissted Power Unit) started the gas turbine engine.
"The Enemy would be paying attention to that squad of M9.  We have to take that opportunity."
"Come back, Sousuke!  that's reckless!"
"Don't worry.  I will retreat when it becomes impossible."
  After answering that, Sousuke did not know what he said and remembered the uneasiness.  What is waiting ahead.  That was what he felt.
  The sound of rain knocking on the intense armor.  Pushing his way through the thick trees, he walks his unit straight ahead.  The branches and leaves are dancing in the trail as the howl of his engine reverberates.  With concerns to the enemy's Warning network, their caution has sunk into it's lowest level.  What was regretted at this moment was time.

(Chidori----)
  Still don't know if she is there.  But, he has to grab it no matter what the hand is.  Why is that.  He feels that she is there.  He feels that she is near and is waiting for him.  It has nothing to do with her being a whispered, it's instinct, it is like a sense of smell that you can't explain logically.
  The indications of the digital map the mansion is only 2 kilometers away.
  In this position there are elevated hills that is an obstruction to his eyesight, just a little more.  He plans to penetrate clockwise and gallop into the premises.  Calling her name on the exterior speakers----he might be able see her.  Might be calling out from somewhere.  If he can managed to snatch her, he would escape at full speed----
  The sound of alarm.
  8 o'clock direction.  distance 300.
"!"
  With the reaction speed of the M6, he won't be able to evade.  He swings the unit with it's shoulders, and put himself in a defense position with all his might.
  Klunk, a strong impact.
  The unit shakes.  The cockpit trembles.  From left to back there were a number of shells flying off, hitting the shoulder armor and violent sparks scatters.
  The pattern captured in the Thermal Sensors, there was something that wiggled quickly on the slope at high speed on two legs.
  In other words an AS.
(Expectedly easy)
  Sousuke smacks his lips and investigated the data.  if this were an M9 he would be able to tell which type of unit immediately, this unit does not have a strong AI like that.
  The enemy is a 3rd generation AS.  Most probably a <Codarl> type.
  Suddenly coming out like that.  Continuing on with the operation is impossible.  Gathering all his equipment and technical skills, he has to run away with all his might.
  The recovery of Kaname is out of the question.
  He Grits his teeth.  Regret.  But he does not give up.
  Suddenly the sound of alarm.
  The enemy <Codarl> fires and is headed this way.  Although it is only one unit, it is an opponent that is excessive.  Morever that unit is attacking this way. 
  In the waterfall like rain, he makes use of the terrain, barely evading the shots of the enemy.  The driving impact of the shells are splashing about around the M6.
(Just a margin.)
  Desperately firing the scatter shot gun in his possession, the <Codarl> lightly step up and "Catches" the shells.  The atmosphere in front is distorted, the unit managed to stop the shells in front.  A piercing rupture reverberates, the shells that were supposedly hit gets smashed and burns up.
  Lambda Driver.
  That cheating unsystematic device.  Only knowing its destructive power, he stands there feeling like an idiot with an ordinary AS facing it.
"But...."
  If it was to run away, he can do something.
  Sousuke smoothly manipulated the stick, discharging the smoke bomb and radar interference bomb equipped in its back.  He lets out the rocket fly from inside the cylinder, exploding overhead.  Together with the glaring light the smoke spreads, covering the area.
  Right now, the sight of the enemy has been lost.  Sousuke changed to silent mode and headed north.  Taking into consideration the range between them, he managed to gain a suitable distance.  Increasing the speed in his direction, using the terrain to skillfully hide and get away, the hard part is----
"!"
  Too naive.
  The enemy unit is in front.  Distance 300.
  The enemy has read his movement.  Anticipating.
  The gray armored <Codarl>, with its glaring red eye press on the M6.  With the muzzle of its carbine in his direction.

  Discharge.
  The 35 mm smashes into the armor, attacking Sousuke with a fierce impact.  But he can still move, swinging the unit and makes an evasive action.  He knows that it is useless, but he has to try and return fire.  It's useless afterall.  The said Gravitational field repels all attacks.  The <Codarl> extracting a monomolecular cutter.  Only a few steps away.  It plans to skewer his cockpit.  No matter how much he attacks, the gravitational field of the Lambda Driver that expanded in its front has no fear.
  But, its back is different.
  Immediately in front of Sousuke's eyes, there was an explosion in the <Codarls> back.  Suddenly from behind it, it takes the high caliber shell.
  Smoke blowing out, the enemy unit staggers.  It was not a fatal damage.  It tried evasive action by flying sidewards, trying to pinpoint the attack from behind.
  Immediately on the enemy units side, a single AS appeared.  It was a gray M9.
  A complete surprise attack from nearby.
  With a large Monomolecular Cutter----<Crimson Edge> at stance,  the gray M9 crashes the abdomen of the <Codarl>.  The ear piercing sound echoing, large sparks were dancing about.
"It can't be...."
  That M9 is not from the American military.  He knows it well, it was the familiar [E series] of unit.  There was no mistake in his vision.  It was the E series M9 with a Blade Antenna equipped.
  Destroying the central block, the <Codarl> collapses.  Carelessly flying about from the ruins, the M9 headed towards him, announcing from its exterior speakers.
"...Geez...."
  It was the voice of a woman.
"....what a terrible fight.  did you see it very well?"
  The voice of the woman also, Sousuke knows it very well.
  It was Melissa Mao.  She was alive.
"Mao"
"Sousuke.  It's you afterall."
  The sound of the woman bounces.
"A calm interaction with the <Codarl> as the opponent, and then those movements, that shot cannon.  I thought that it would be----"
"Right, I told you didn't I?  It's absolute!"
  There was another voice.  He was on an elevated ground 80 meters away, another unit of AS can be seen.  Brandishing a large gun barrelled sniper cannon.
"Kruz"
"Your alive afterall.  You moody guy!"
  It was an unforgiving jeer.  There was no mistake.  It's Kruz Weber.  He was also alive.
"But, why are you here----"
"That's what we want to hear from you, and we have piles of things to talk about.  But it seems there are new comers here."
  Mao muttered, suddenly lowering her own units back.
"2 units of <Codarl>.  7 O'clock.  Suprise attack will no longer work.  Right now there is only me and Kruz, can you do it, Sousuke?"

"Affirmative."
  Sousuke replies quickly using the damage control of the unit.

  It was a mixed squad with 2 M9 units and 1 M6 unit.  Going against 2 units of Lambda Driver equipped units.  This is a bad difference in combat percentage.
  However----
"No problem.  I will join you."
"Hehe.  We'll let you see the flavor of the experts."
  Kruz said.
"Fine!  It's sudden, but it's the trio comeback!"
  Mao said.
  There are a mountain of questions he wants to ask them, but this is not the time for carefree talk.  First they have to take care of the enemy in front of them.
  Finally the sensor of the M6 managed to capture the traces of the enemy.
  Direction 8 o'clock.  Distance 1500.
  Before hand the details of the instructions given down, Mao said.
"Well, let's get even on those bastards!  Guy!  Are you ready!?"
"Whenever!"
"Wherever!"
  Kruz and Sousuke answered.  Taking that, Mao shouted.
"OK.  Break!"
  The 3 unit of AS in posture, leaps out into different directions.

  The symbols on the screen were jumbled together, in night of the mountaneous region the wagon tracks of the artillery were fiercely fluttering about.
  A small squad AS combat, no matter how you look at it is similar to a basketball or soccer match.
  All the unit have no time for breather and moves organically, being intertwined on top of the field.  Each and every one running about, leaping, enclosing the opposite side of the enemy.  There was a time when it was flexible, and sometimes overbearing.  Speaking of the ball, it was an initiative giving in to combat.  Alternatively weaving a feint, drawing out a pass or a dribble from both person.  The one unit becoming a decoy, after a few seconds attack with a fatal strike.
"Urz 6, pull Alpha towards west."
  Mao shouted, immediately replied.
"Roger!"
"Urz 7 take Bravo and head southwards like that.  How many seconds would you need?"
"15 seconds."
  Sousuke replied.
"I'm counting on you."
"Roger."
  With a short exchange a maximum understanding were planned.
  One year before, Sousuke and the others had to be pressured into a hard fight with a single <Codarl> and were almost completely annihilated.
  But for them, without anything they no longer fear the shadow of the Lambda Driver boarded unit.

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  From there they started to structure by trial and error the theory of an opponent with a Lambda Driver, they managed to get a thorough training in tactics during the Hong Kong incident when they took down a <Codarl> type.  And also having the Gravitational field detection device call "Fairy Eye", and the enhancement with their know-how, at the same time with a number of heavy simulation.
  And the results of the accumulation of their experiences, right now the <Codarl> is no longer an "Absolutely undefeatable enemy."
  Of course having 2 units as an opponent is dangerous, but that is no longer a "desperate" battle.
  Morever with the 3 of them.
  Mao and Kruz, and also Sousuke as a throughly devoted team has the squad tactics and rhythm in AS combat, and in this world----and most probably are the most abundant pilots in battling with a Lambda Driver type AS.
(It seems that their skill has not fallen----)
  Side glancing at the movements of Mao and Kruz, Sousuke thought.  Mostly, piloting an M6 would make him the dullest in movement.  There is nothing that can be done about this.
  The successive movements of the other two, Sousuke understood.
  If he were to draw the enemy AS pressing on, little by little----it caution would be averted little by little.  Thinking that he is running away, when turning around the other two units would attack severely.
  Mao's unit and Kruz's unit's "Fairy eye" can send the real time data, detecting the initiated timing of the Lambda Driver.
  Between the 2 units one unit would aim and plunge into position.
  Sousuke's M6 that became the lure would draw in the <Codarl>.  Shooting the shot cannon, the enemy snaps it gravitational field.  Kruz's unit fires, this was also snapped.  The enemy was looking out for an attack in another direction.  It was not that easy to make a surprise attack.
  The enemy unit fires at Sousuke.  Impact.  The shot cannon used as a shield became two equal parts.
  Losing any means of attacking, Sousuke made a short shout.

"I will do it."
  With only the two considered his intention.
  Mao and the others pressed on the <Codarl>, continuing to pour  in shells.  The gravitational field snaps.  The enemy's attention centered into the 2 M9.  Mao's unit and Kruz's unit gets near the enemy unit almost in a collision distance, passing each other in high speed.

  In that instant, Mao and Kruz threw their weapons overhead.
  In the point of the view of the enemy, one moment that the M9 have weapons, were suddenly seen as unarmed.  The two sets of rifle that both units threw, were drawing a parabola spinning----Sousuke's M6 with both hands Jumps behind the enemy, getting into the exact position.
  Catching them in mid-air.
  Losing the shot cannon, the M6 who was no longer a threat, gripped the two sets of rifle and landed behind the <Codarl>.
"First one unit."
  In no time with two sets of rifle in posture, shoots will full force.

  The muffled sounds of the gunshot and the surging flames of the discharge.  Countless number of 40mm and multiple shots of 76mm shells attacks the back of the <Codarl>.  The armor breaks, the reactor and cockpit smashed, the enemy unit was split in half.
  Sousuke giving the crushing blow with the rifle, returns it to his two comrades.
"Haha!  Now you got even!"
  Kruz's unit turning and taking the sniper cannon.
"There is still one more unit!  You can laugh after that!"
  Mao casually takes the rifle, without a moments delay started firing a feint shots towards the <Codarl>.  The three units did not stop and deployed, continuing with combat maneuvers to confuse the enemy.
  The remaining enemy seems to be in disturbance.  Firstly he did not think that they would be defeated, a wonderful cooperation and trick his partner was destroyed.  This 3 enemy units are tough.  They are not any ordinary opponents----this is what he concluded.
"Can you two handle this?"
  Sousuke said in his unit.
"I think we can, but what do you mean?"
  Mao said.

"Kaname is in the target mansion.  I'm going to search for her."
"Kaname is in there!?"
  Kruz said.
"I lost time.  Let me go."
  Sousuke's M6 has lost it's main weapon the shot cannon.  There is really nothing much he can do here.  Mao also made that judgment, and immediately replied.
"I understand.  Be careful.  After were done here we'll follow."
"thank you."
"Hey, Sousuke! There are a mountain of things that I want to talk to you about.  Don't you die!  This is an order!"
"?"
  Sousuke knitted his brows on Kruz's words.
"Why is it an order?"
"huhum.  Because I'm a Master Sergeant!"
"You are?"
"yup"
"I don't really understand, but it seems that there is a seriousness in being shorthanded...."
"..........."
"that's right.  Well, you mean a drowning man clutching straws---"

  The <Codarl> presses on to the three units.  Attacking with the shockwave of the Lambda Driver, the three units scattered.
"---then, this is no time to have laid back conversation!"
"That's right.  If you're going then get going!"
  The two M9 moved to ambush.
"I leave it to you."
  Sousuke changes his posture, and headed straight to the direction of the mansion.

  Hearing Mao saying "they met Sousuke" during battle, Tessa who had listened on the announcement on the <De Danan> was having a feeling contrary to being happy, this is what she felt.  "So he is."
  Of course she is happy that Sagara Sousuke is alive.  But thinking the reason why he is here, it hurts her heart a little.
  Anywhere for the sake of that girl.
  There is some strangeness in that simple honesty, also sadness.  The person is that important, to be amazed in loneliness.
  No.
  Having those lingering feelings right now is absurd.  Right now she has to concentrate on the mission.
  Until now Tessa had been making use of the full application of <De Daanan>'s AI "Dana", chasing after the trail of Leonard.  Secretly observing all the intelligence agency of various countries and surveillance system, they managed to find little traces and thoroughly followed up on it.
  Throwing into that net, it was the suspicious movement of the NATO military satellite.  Someone----a small scaled organization elaborately investigated that area a few days ago.
  How that "Small scale organization" managed the trick, supplying it with an American Military M6A3, transported it to Florida.  The person who can have that M6 as "it's easy"---- looking at him who was named Colonel Seals, Tessa thought that "It might be him".  In other words Sagara Sousuke.  If there was someone in <Mythril> who had any connection with Seals or Courtney, it was herself and the Border Admiral, Mardukas, and also Sousuke.
  That mansion is involved with <Amalgam>, also there is no mistake that Leonard is in there.
  Sousuke managed to get the lending hand.  Tessa immediately turned the ship 180 degrees, and headed to the coast of South Mexico.
  At that time, the American Army also sensed the movement. Recieving the intent of the CIA (American Central Intelligence Agency), the prepared M9 squad was deployed, and dispatched to the said mansion.  How the CIA managed to get its hand on the information about the mansion, was still uncertain----
  As yet, Mao still in the middle of combat said over the wireless radio.
"Currently in the middle of battle with a <Codarl> type.  Where's the Cruise Missile support?"
"It was already launched.  Transmitting data."
"Confirmed.  I think this will do it.  Where's Urz 1?"
"Finishing up the observation of the American Special forces, and heading towards there.  But be careful."

"I understand.  Don't worry, Tessa."
  The symbol of Mao's unit projected into the screen, and fierce movement of the enemy units symbol in a gunfight unfolds.

  The storm is getting additionally fierce.  With a reserved handgun, Sousuke's M6A3 <Dark Bushnell> leaps in full speed toward the loose hill.
  With the collected data previously, there is no longer any <Codarl> type deployed in the target mansion.  He, Mao and Kruz already dealt with 2 units, and currently one unit is in the middle to combat.  That should be all.
(It's that...!)
  the first things he sees in the darkness was the stormy night of the sea.
  And then on the clearing on the coast, there was a huge site spreading across.  Both wings might even be one kilometer.  In the middle is a white mansion.  It's size is about the a Japanese school building, in the surrounding is a tennis court, pool and a garden.
  He slapped into his head everything related to the position in the satellite photo.  The M6A3 at least have an anti-tank sensor, and can detect anti AS mines.  Passing through the net of alarm s, Sousuke heads straight to the center of the mansion.
"Lemon, can you hear me----"
  Sousuke now called out in the Wireless Radio to his Lemon Mitchel who is in standby.  Immediately after responding, he told Lemon about his short encounter with his buddies in <Mythril>.
"I don't fully understand, but do you think that is good news?"
"Affirmative.  They can be trusted."
"I see.  Then we have news over here too.  The guys we were contacting before, together over there----"
  There was a terrible noise in the wireless radio.  The storm makes the reception bad, the electromagnetic disturbance restricts it in the neighborhood area.
"Over here, what?"
"----do you hear me Sousuke?  I also concluded this, but somehow----"
"I can't hear you.  Repeat, Lemon."
"---if it gets bad, standby on the next coordinates----"
"What are you talking about"
"----teen----prepared----"
"I can't hear you.  What are you talking about."
"---that's why, no matter what kind of unit-----I also----additional----"
"Lemon?"
"----red-----3rd----strange----"
  The sound of alarm.
  Established into the perime ter is a 20mm class Sentry Gun aiming at him.  It was an unmanned attack system that automatically reacts to enemies.  Detected by the Radar wave.  Sousuke gave up on the operation of the wireless radio, and immediately attacks with the hand gun.  The Sentry Gun was destroyed taking the 25mm shells.
  There are no enemy infantry.  No armored cars either.
  No----
  There were a number of those life-sized AS <Alastor>, their form seen.  Leaping out from the shrubs, fires the 50 caliber rifle from their arms.  The extend of those bullets would not dent the armor of the M6.  One unit was made into pieces by the hand gun, and another one was kicked.  The <Alastor> would be tough in the flesh, but taking one down with an AS is simple.
  Switching on the exterior speakers, he called out.
"Chidori"
  Where are you----
"Chidori"
  Show yourself----
  From the courtyard he sees a black sedan running out.  Breaking through the center of the garden to the stone paved road, and headed straight north.

(That car....?)
  Did they seen escaping via helicopter difficult?
  Sousuke chases after the car, and fired an intimidating shot towards the car.
"Stop!"
  But the car did not stop.  the 12.7mm machine gun in its left arm was set into semi-auto.  Aiming carefully, he fired several shots at the hood.  The engine shot was shot, at once water vapor spewed out from the black car.  to the left and right, and finally stopped at the curb in the road.
"Slowly come out with both of your hands!"
  He ordered from his exterior speakers, the door opened and the driver got out.  Raising both hands, and looking at him.
"Is there a girl riding"
"I don't know...."
  Only saying that, the driver dashed away.  Sousuke ignored the  running driver and operated his sensor, with infra-red mode he scanned the car.  There was no heat signature from humans in the backseat.
  The sinking manner of the car, also shows signs that several people had ridden it----
"..........!"
  Instinct made him move.  Suddenly using both arms to cover the cockpit block, the unit flew back.
  Immediately following the car exploded.
  In the rear are a few hundred kilograms of High efficiency explosives exploding.  With the blast of the violent shockwave, and the fragments swooping in supersonic speed, the 10 plus tons unit was brushed away.  If it were on a human scale, it would be like an explosion of a hand grenade from only a few meters away.
  The fierce impact shakes Sousuke inside the cockpit.  The unit falling into a somersault, and falling on its left taking down a few trees in the garden.

"...........!"
  It's a trap.
  The screen is completely black.  The head sensor was destroyed.  Warning lights flickering wildly.
  Electricity decreasing.  Oil pressure decreasing.
  Fire breaks in the various parts.  The motor of the two arms that covered the cockpit is down.  Cooling apparatus is shut down.  Posture control gyro is in serious break down.  The main and backup control systems cease to operate.
  If he were to notice it a little later, he might have sustained a much heavier damage.  Sousuke's head is getting dizzy, briskly manipulating the stick and switch, he operates the damage control.
  The reserved optical sensor starts up, the backup sensor installed in the crotch region functions like a type of home video camera.  While recieving the damage, it is equipped for escape with a guaranteed minimum field of vision.  Of course it is not equipped with night vision function.

  At any rate, he has to withdraw from here----
  Using freely both his legs which could not move, he somehow managed to stand.

  but the enemy is unforgiving.
  Hiding from somewhere, a number of infantry appeared everywhere, and firing the hand carried rocket launcher.  With a clear aim, it would be a controlled attack.  If only he did not recieve the damage, he would be able to evade the attacking soldiers, with a clear judgment, but that is impossible now.

  Foot and arm, and even the hips were bombarded with shot.
  Even the front armor of the cockpit.
  The front armor of the M6A3 has a means to withstand plastic explosives, preventing the burning gas from the rocket from jumping into the cockpit, even then the control system and electrical systems were torn.

  He can no longer take even one step, Sousuke's M6A3 tumbled right then and there.
"Lemon, can you hear me?"
  Wanting to tell him that his unit has stopped functioning, Sousuke called out in his wireless radio to Lemon who was standing by in a distant place.
"Lemon, this is----"
  No good.  The wireless radio is dead.
  He has to abandon the unit and escape.
  Sousuke pulled the emergency escape lever, the detonation bold functioned, and the destroyed head part and the cockpits ceiling section blew off.
  Beside the hatch stowed a German made compact sub-machine gun which he took out and loaded with ammo, pulling the pin on the smoke grenade he threw it outside the unit.   White smoke surrounds the heavily damaged unit.  Although he shouldn't be at east from the enemy who has infrared scope equipped on, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
  He applied last mechanism to the unit.
  Crawling out from the hatch, he got down from the burning heat of the unit.
  At that time, a voice came out.
"You're surrounded.  Throw away your weapon."
  It came from 8 o'clock direction, distance roughly about 30 meters.
  Most probably the commander of the mansions defenses.  A voice of a clam man.
(No....)
  This voice?
  Hiding in the shadows of the M6's right arm armor, Sousuke questioned the direction of the wary voice.
  In the direction of the swirling smoke----
  Continuing to encircle the mansion, on top of the corridor of the two story building, overlooking at Sousuke from the roof, stands a man in a field uniform.  A large built Caucasian.  Gray hair with his hair reserved.  A finely chiseled face, with a look  intent on shooting.
  There is no mistake.
  This man is----
"Lieutenant Commander"
  Opening both his eyes, Sousuke muttered.  His attention to the surrounding enemies, at this instant he has forgotten them.
".....Remember the time during Afganistan, Sagara Sousuke"
  Andrei Kalinin said.
"Wha...."
"I win again.  If only your heart was not stolen by that girl, you won't be caught in a trap of this degree."
"Lieutenant Commander?  What is this----"
  Sousuke said half believing half doubting.
"Its as you see.  I've become a man of <Amalgam>.  The person who goes against Leonard Testarossa and the organization, I will remove him with efficiency."
"Impossible.  That's...."
  This can't be.  More than this, the lieutenant commander has cooperated with them.  Is there another operation being conducted?  Showing a double cross, he goes neared to the center of <Amalgam>----
"Unfortunately, this is not a decoy operation as you think it is.  I came here by my own will, your enemy.  If you resist, I will not hesitate to order you shot down.  Not killing you right  here, is because I want information from you."
"Then, why?"
"There is no need for you to know."
  Kalinin said in the usual calm attitude.

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  After saying that, he no longer intends to explain anything.  Sousuke knows very well the pain in this truth, but----
"Where is Chidori?  Is she here?"
"She is here, what do you intend to do?"
"Let me see her."
"I cannot permit you.  She and Mister Testarossa is in the middle of preparing for their escape.  The US Military, Mao and the others, and then you.....all the enemy must be repelled, even then this place has already been exposed."
"Mao and the others....?"
"Drop your weapons, Sergeant."
  Kalinin brings up one hand.  His subordinates then aimed their weapons at Sousuke.

"I think it's good that it is said like that."
  A new voice.  From behind Kalinin, Leonard Testarossa appeared.


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This is the second part of chapter 4.  Please read the post before this for the start of chapter 4.  Or just click the link of the right for Chapter 4a.

Chapter 4b (continued from chapter 4a which is posted below)

  Belfagan Clouseau piloting the black M9 [Falke], making use of the black stormy night and the terrain rushed to join Mao in battle, the enemy AS----towards that <Codarl> he called as he drew near unnoticed in a perfect position.
"Fire!"
  Mao's unit and Kruz's unit summed up a complex attack with a feint mix.  The Cruise missile launched from <De daanan> which was on standby in midair attacks.  Turning the tides with their attacks from the flank of the enemy, Clouseau made doubly sure on their attack.

  Aiming his Monomolecular cutter in its abdomen, grabbing its arm and made a throw.  The <Codarl> with its posture pulled down  and blowing off, Mao and Kruz shoots.  Without any means, the enemy unit was being bombarded with shots in mid air.
"That's one"
  Kruz said.
"What about the US Military?"
  Mao asked Clouseau.  He separated from Mao just a while ago, spying on the battle of the American special forces.
"Looks like they've withdrawn.  They have this tune of not knowing clearly the operation objective and enemy's military force.  Like, how do you say this----"
"Like being controlled by someone?"
"That's it.  The characteristics of the Special Forces, [I know what I am doing], I don't seem to have felt that mood.  There are subtle hesitations in their cooperation and battle formation."
"Aah. I see----"
  Kruz said.
"They don't have enough endurance huh----do they have those grudging feelings towards the unreasonable orders from the higher ups?"
"We won't know this unless were in the same profession.  Ordinarily it would have been more sticky.  In the mean while they have withdrawn.  Being exhausted in an operation that you don't understand, anybody would dismiss this."
"Even then, I wonder what's happening....?"
  Apparently ignorant of the circumstances here, isn't there any signs of the enemy side----that is what the odor in the air smells like.  Because there are few decisions, the possibility of this are mountain high.
"Nothing has been said yet.  It seems that this is what Lieutenant Commander had expected. ....morever, What about Sagara?"
  Hearing that he is alive, Clouseau has not uttered one word about Sousuke.
"Yeah, about that---"
  At that moment, the sound of alarm in each three of them sounded.
"!!"
  Three o'clock, seven o'clock, 10 o'clock, simultaneous attacks from three directions.  Additionally those are anti tank missiles with mid caliber and high caliber shells.
  Mao's unit started her ECM (Electronic Counter Measures), Kruz's unit increased his feint shots from his position that took a snipe, Clouseau's unit took out am infrared jamming device from his weapons rack and threw it in.
"Another enemy!?"
  Mao shouted evading the missile, and entered combat maneuvers.
"Yeah. And there's three of them."
  Kruz said jumping into the shelter and quickly aimed at the enemy unit at high speed.
"Be careful, they were different from the ones before."
  Clouseau said taking a stance with the Carbine Gun equipped from his back.
  There was no mistake that these were Lambda Driver equipped units.  They were firing from an unreasonable direction.  They should had been able to evade those, having an impression of daring to come and take it.
  The three units coming from three different directions.
  The "Fairy Eye" detected a gravitational field.  Evading with full force.  The new enemy and the M9, were entagled in lightning speed, with sparks scattering in the distance.
  Strong impact.  Warning lights flashing, from Clouseau's unit's left elbow downwards was blown off.  unable to evade the gravitational field attack, drive system torn off.
"..........!"
  They understood the real time data link.  Mao's unit and Kruz's unit recieved big and small damages.  Mao unit's head was half destroyed, Kruz units sniper cannon was destroyed.
  In a juncture, Clouseau and the others are now confronting the three enemy units.  No matter what the composure, the enemy did not start.  Being parallel in a slightly elevated hill, glaring at them.
  Basically the three units look like the <Codarl> type AS, but the details are different.
  The higher volume of the upper half of the body.  There are no Ponytail like radiation wire, Extending from the back are blade like radiation plank.  The power is much more different from the previous <Codarl>.  Hiding inside its Nimbleness and ferociousness, a massive silhouette.  You can say that their difference is like a Panther and a Lion----
  The colors of the three units are also varied.
  Black, White, Red.
  And then an Extra Large Monomolecular cutter, large gattling cannon, a Large caliber sniper cannon.
"Welcome, Remnants of <Mythril>.  Thank you for taking care of me in San Francisco."
  The center black AS said from it's exterior speakers.  A voice that they know.
"Fowler huh"
"That guy...."
"Looks like he wants to go head on"
  Mao and Kruz voices were soaked in tension.
"I can only admire your struggle---but it's already the feeling of being over.  We won't be negligent and make light of you.  With the maximum amount of respect, we thought to [challenge] you without any shrewdness."
"Aah?  Didn't you get scarred?"
  Intercepting Fowlers words, Kruz's Head Submachine gun was set to full auto and fired.  12.7mm shells pouring down on the black AS, all of it scattered in the bluish white light, repelling them like small rain.
"Oh dear me.  I was thinking of being gentlemanly and stop with the hostilities."
  Fowler smiled coldly.
"Rather such inelegance.  Well then, are you prepared...."
  Coming----
  Clouseau purposely did not say.  Aiming at their M9 on guard, Fowler and the other AS jumped at them simultanious.


"It's been a long time, Sagara Sousuke-kun"
  Leonard looking down at Sousuke from the roof, said with a calm composure.  Contrary to that expression, he did not smile.  A melancholy from somewhere, quietly looking at Sousuke beside the heavily damaged M6.  Taking the large drop of rain, his whole body wet.
"Where is Chidori"
"I don't have that interest, like so.  Weeping."
"Shut up. If Chidori----"
"What if you shut up?"
  Leonard said with a penetrating cold voice.
"Looking with a completely uncomfortable attitude, you.  Not fully knowing anything.  You're saying like it is you natural privilege, calling out like that.  Why don't you understand you arrogance?"
  Which one is the arrogant one----those remarks did not come out.  The communication and discussion with the enemy are no longer necessary.
"Like I understand.  Hand her over."
"Oh well."
  Leonard let out a small snort, and glanced at Kalinin who was beside him.
"...well? As the leader of the defense force what would you do, Mister K"
"Originally we plan to restrain Sagara and retreat----but we do not have the time.  Mister Au's forces will be arriving soon.  Although we can't see much of them at this stand point but----"
  Then Kalinin cut his speech, concentrating on the information from the earphone in his right ear.
"----it is as what you've heard.  We have to start moving."
"Showing your true character huh."
  Leonard narrowed his eyes, looking over the direction of the sea.  Sousuke's position can't hardly see it yet, even then the units----those unforgetable torso, looking at those indistinct silhouette.
  It's the <Behemoth>.
  There are three of those giant AS, pushing their way through the waves of the sea getting closer to this mansion.  There were a number of transport helicopters in the sky.  Probably loaded with AS inside.
  Reinforcements from <Amalgam>?
  No, it's appearance is strange.
  The question of that conviction will change immediately.  The Behemoth, with a giant rifle cannon---- an artillery which probably around 300mm, was aimed toward this mansion.  The transport helicopters in the skies are also lowering from the high altitude, immediately descending towards here.
"It seems they want to do it."
  Kalinin said.
"Right.  Shall we give them a suitable reception."
"Yes."
"That's right, I didn't hear your answer.  Then, what do you plan to do with him?"
  Leonard looks at Sousuke.  Kalinin also delayed, looks at him without any hint of emotion.
"Shoot to death."
"Fine."
  After saying that Leonard turned his body.  That black coat----[Active bulletproof suit] heavily spread, making him disappear into the terrace.  Just before that, adds another word.
"At once."
  Kalinin did not reply at those words, and informed Sousuke.
"That's how it is, Sagara.  Die."
".........."
  Sousuke immediately gives in.
  Those eyes, that voice were serious.
  He has no intention of mercy.  There are no hidden meaning.  Drama or Practice, or any other hidden intentions there were none.
  Andre Kalinin was serious.
  That man who he thinks as his father, he seriously intends to kill him---
"Wa----"
"fire."
  The first shot from the shooter came.  The shooter not able to grasp the position, Sousuke immediately ducked into the shadows of the armor.  Unbelievable.  There was no mistake that the shot just now has the intent to kill.
  The continuing shots from the surroundings are the same.  There are countless number of shots being fired at the heavily damaged M6, dazzling sparks scattering about.
"Lieutenant Commander!"
  Even if he shouted there was no response.
  It was not necessary to have communication with the enemy---he puts this into practice.
"............"
  Sousuke slipped inside the armor, pushing the switch on the remote control he was gripping.  This was the last mechanism which he prepared when he got down the M6.  He transmitted the orders to the unit to Fire all shots on the fixed armaments.
  The remaining fixed armament of the M6----12.7mm machine gun and smoke grenade, a compact personal landmine was spit out, gouging on the surface, blowing off the outerwalls of the mansion, fragments and flashes, flame and smoke fiercely spread about.  The enemy group surrounding the unit was in confusion.  Getting caught himself in center of the small explosion, Sousuke immediately runs through.  Inside the nearby mansion----Jumping through the lockdown space, there is still a chance.
  Just before plunging into the nearest window, Sousuke saw on that terrace.  Being perturbed by the fragments and bullets flying about the surrounding, Kalinin immediately looked down on him.
(Are you serious)
  In that juncture, Sousuke questioned with only his eyes.
  Kalinin directly caught that, merely moving his lips.

(Try and stop me)
  It looks like that was what he said.
  There is no more time to try anything.  In the direction of the window where he dived from, there were enemy infantry.  Staying in the air together with the fragments of the broken window glass, he aimed at the first enemy and fires.
  Right now, there is no other way but to fight.
  At any rate he has to survive----

  The transport helicopter flying in a low altitude over the mountains, there were expressed concerns over the noise and vibration.
  No matter how long Lemon blasted the one in charge of communications, he only keeps repeating "Cause unknown! Anyway we can't connect to the channel!"
"Is it alright flying like this!?"
  Lemon yelled, scowling at the face of old man Courtney, replying "Like I know!".  From the side Colonel Seals interrupted.
"Don't worry, don't worry!  Even if we get hit by the anti-aircraft cannons at this altitude we can make emergency landing with the Auto Rotation! Do you know about the [Deadman's Curve]!?  It's on top of that last moment----"
"The blast back then have no significance right!?"
"Young one, don't worry about the details!"
"But, if I knew we would be flying recklessly like this, I would have objected----"

  The unit suddenly jolts, Lemon bit his tongue.
"~! Aah, dammit!  I don't know about this!?"
  After lemon hurled his abusive language, he glanced at the oriental girl sitting beside.
  Even with the terrible flying she didn't feel bad, with the girls bluish face, nodded with sulleness, side glancing at the crouching thing in the cargo bay at the rear.
"Don't mind.  This guy can only be handled by that man."
"Then, if Sousuke dies, this unit----<Laevatein>, what are you going to do with it!?"
"Throw it away or destroy it choose what you like."
  The woman muttered bluntly, calling out on her headset.

"....would that really be okay?"
  And then a synthsized voice coming from the unit, replied in a clam tone.
<Affirmative>

  A number of guards and <Alastors> surrounding the area, Kaname was taken into the corridor of the mansion.
  She understood that this mansion is in the maelstorm of the battle.  The sound of gunfire immediately coming near, and finally the sound of the engine of a 2nd generation AS and the sound of guns firing, and the fierce explosion echoing in the premises.  Impact and vibration topples the furniture, and the broken glass window is scattered in the floor.

"Where are we going?"
  The guard did not answer.
  Even then she knew.  The Heliport----the one adjacent to the mansion's garden.  The large heliport.  Taking herself, and escaping from this place.
"Who's coming?"
  As expected, the guards did not answer.  Instead another voice replied.
"It's him."
  From behind Leonard appeared and told her.  With his wet black coat fluttering, he paced quickly beside her.  Like being chased, hurrying to someplace far away.
"Him....?"
"that's right, him."
  It's Sousuke----
  While halting reminiscently, Leonard strongly grabbed her arm.
"Let go."
"I can't"
  Even though sweeping it away, he did not let go.  Not any different from the disciplined Sousuke, it might be stronger than Sousuke, seeming a strength without any hesitation.
"I....I---"
"What would you do if you see him? Embrace each other and run away?"
".........."
"You are hesitating.  You turned you back on him once, will you still go back to him now.  He risked his life coming here, yet your still hesitating."
  What Leonard said was true.
  Even though he came here, she was still indecisive.  Why didn't she shake her hand off much more violently, won't she run towards the direction of the gunfire?  Don't she want to see him?
  Don't she want to plunge into his chest?
  That's not it.  She wants to see him, and wants to embrace him.
"You still don't fully understand yourself right."
  Without saying any word casting her eyes downward, Leonard silently looks at her.  Coming out of the passage, they arrived infront of the heliport.  There was one Helicopter equipped with ECS, already standing by ready to take off.  The Defeaning sound of the thundering engine resounding.
  Will she be riding on that helicopter like this?  And then going to another place.  Towards some place where his hands could not reach.  That is not good.  Then why is she continued being led with her arms like this?
  Close to the ears of Kaname asking herself this, Leonard told it to her face.
"Then do you want to gamble on it"
"?"
  He ordered his subordinates and <Alastors> to [go on ahead].  The <Alastors> immediately responded, but the subordinates hesitated.
"but...."
"Just go"
  Without any further protest, the subordinates headed towards the helicopter.  On the verge of the heliport, Both Kaname and Leonard remained on the entrance to the mansion.  He casually took off his black overcoat, and let it flew from the strong wind generated by the helicopter.  Like a crow flapping its wings, the overcoat disappeared into the dark night.
  That bullet proof suit has the ability to reflect bullets and edged tools, Kaname knows this well.  Rigth now she fully understands this mechanism.  Created from the Muscle Package of the 3rd generation AS----it is a bullet proof ability combined with Shape Memory Polymer that is a few steps ahead of a Super Aramid Fiber, and [Active] bullet proof suit incorporated with a Super compact Radar element.  Assasins that once attacked her, and Sousuke attacking Leonard, it completely stop all of those.
  Discarding that overcoat, right now, he is similar to an ordinary person, in a state of complete defenselessness.
"Here"
  After saying that, Leonard took out a hand gun.  Cocking it, turning it around with his hand, and handed it to her with the grip forward.
"Take this."
  It is a cold silver gun.
  An old fashioned revolver----A gun with a rotary magazine, an elegant ornament is carved into it.  Leonard having the gun, the gun has this image of a western film----And above all this, Kaname first saw him with elegance, and was surprised by the awkward handling compared to an expert.
"Well"
  Being urged, Kaname spontaneously took the gun.
"What exactly do you mean----"
"I told you I want to gamble on it didn't I?  Why don't you try and shoot me with that gun."
  Leonard standing in front of the door.
"Sagara Sousuke-kun is over there.  If you want to see him, you have to shoot me to go.  You have 30 seconds.  That's where it will be decided."
"....are you serious?"
"I won't make jokes like this.  25 more seconds"
"You think I won't shoot?"
"That's why its a gamble."
"I can shoot you in the legs.  Then you'll still be here."
"Good idea.  Please."
  He added a smile.
"10 more seconds"
  Kaname held the gun with one arm.  With her finger on the trigger, with the gun pointed in before his eyes.
  This is a scheme easy to understand.
  Over there he is fighting.  Behind Leonard.  Going over there is simple.  Move the index finger a little, and take this man down.  Taking away many things, this man who had arrested her until now.

  The fingers stiffened.  Elbows shaking.
  He should be hateful.  Killing him, he should be someone who she won't have to worry about.  Perhaps, this is her first and last chance.

  And yet----
"5 more seconds"
  She can't shoot.
  If it were to be strike with a kick, it would be fine.  She thought that she has already regained her vitality.  Wasn't she proud of it, Sousuke and those impolite boys in the class, she always strike them with a kick.
  But, She can't shoot.
  It was natural, the violence level is different.  The essential meaning, intentionally hurting people, she cannot erase their existence.  She can't commit murder.  She doesn't have the experience.  Kaname always [had it easy] from Sousuke.
  It's because she is a woman.  An ordinary one.
  She doesn't have the resolve to kill a person.  She doesn't posses it.
  That is why, she can't shoot.
  Sousuke is over there.
  She can see through this man, although regretful there is nothing that can be done.
  No, can she really see through it?  Why is it that right now immediately, she could not see the scarred smile in his face, with this old hand gun she could not see with her eyes----
"Zero.  Time is up"
  Leonard said with his quick true character.
"I would have shoot"
"........."
"He fights in order to see you, going about killing people.  Even then, you can't even shoot a [conceited bastard] like me.  In the end, your resolve is only up to that degree."
"Your mistaken."
  Taking hold of the gun without any strength, Kaname drew back.  Leonard extended his hands towards her.
"Let's go.  I told you I wanted to show you something right?"
"that's...."
"You lose.  ----come on"
"Stop it...."
  She did not think of anything.  Her body only becoming stiff, only shaking off he grabed hand.  Making a fragile sound.
  ----that's why
  ----That was not her intention
  the muzzle pointed up, putting the finger on the trigger pulling with full power.  Quickly by little.  Causing the firing hammer to cause the single action pistol to fire, even with that amount of strength would be enough.
  A dry gunshot.
  the flame of the discharge twinkled before her eyes, the vision becoming completely white, the dull recoil in the right hand trembles.  The rapid splattering of blood flies around, soaking wet her cheek red.

"Dammit....!"
  The prepared weapon----a small mechanical cannon slips its way into the hand, Kruz hurls abusive language in the cockpit.
  Kruz, Mao and Clouseau- those three are being pressure into a hard fight.
  Fowler's three AS unit equipped with Lambda Driver, are pressing hard their attacks toward the 3 units of M9 with overwhelming power
  Mobility, Power and also cooperation and combat tactics----these are completely different from the enemy <Codarl> type from before.  They could not get hold of a chance to have a good attacking condition, on the contrary they are being restrained from getting killed, putting them in a situation to run from place to place.
  The Black AS----Fowler's unit is equipped with monomolecular cutters on both hands, persistently challenging in close combat.  Clouseau who was unparalleled in melee, was being overwhelmed by  Fowler.  On top of losing one hand, his opponent is equipped with a Lambda Driver, although having numerical inferiority he did not consider Fowlers ability to be that big.
  The White AS is equipped with two giant gattling cannon, from mid distance the shells shed like the rain.  In spite of it being clumsily armed, the movements of that White AS are somewhat graceful, suggesting that is was female.  Mao's unit bears the full brunt of its attack, and is being nailed down into the shadows of the shelter.  Mao often draws the short straw, her comprehensive piloting techniques would not lose to Sousuke.  She could not make any move.  She doesn't know who the pilot of the White AS, but it has suitable skills.
  And then the Red AS----
  Equipped with a sniper cannon.  He was a sniper, in other words similar type like him.
  In the first contact, the sniper cannon of Kruz' M9 was shot into two equal parts.  Not intending it to be a shield to protect its body.  The enemy was aiming for his weapon to destroy it.
  If the cockpit was aimed at one shot would have taken him down, even then the weapon was purposely shot.  Could it be that Fowler ordered them to "send their greetings and avoid killing them"?
  No, he doesn't need to worry about their intentions.
  That guy----the Red enemy AS was harassing him.  Looking at the sniper cannon, being also a sniper he fully understands this. Firing that weapon precisely, ridiculing him.
"Aren't you very good...."
  After muttering that, at the same time Kruz secretly shudders at the ability of the Red AS' pilot.
  What skill.
  He's no idiot.  When he took the first shot, he was vigilant on the snipe and sufficiently maneuvered.  On combat maneuvers of a 3rd generation AS, aiming only with the weapon, and sniping from that distance, in common sense it was not possible.  A pilot capable of that feat, there are only a few in the world----
  No.
"Impossible....?"
  The doubt that floated in that instant, was erased by the enemy snipe.  A precise shooting from the aim barely hidden in the crevice of many trees, rock and slopes.  The Femur armor of Kruz's unit, has taken a hit from a shell.
"kuh!"
  The AI reports about the damage.  The drive system of the left femur was seriously damaged.  Mobility greatly declining.  Continuing in combat maneuvers would be difficult.
  He will be killed like this.
  Not being able to use the sniper cannon, sneering, he can't do anything but to die here.
"..........."
  He resigned himself in a posture to take the next shot.  But the shot never came.  .....3 seconds, 4 seconds, after 10 seconds there was not snipe.
  Still harrassing?
  That's what he thought, but it was different.  The enemy withdrew.  Not only the red enemy AS that drove Kruz into a corner, but the remaining two as well.
"...........?"
  Not making any abandoning speech, Fowler and the others departed from them in high speed, disappearing into the mountains of the raging winds of the night.

"They ran away. What exactly is----"
  Clouseau said over the wireless radio.
"What's the meaning of this?"
  Mao said with a sigh mixed with relief
"I don't know, but seems like we narrowly escaped death"
  Kruz said with disgust.
  Kruz and the other's battle which was pressured into a hard fight, was postponed in a quick form.

  Sousuke running was being chased inside the mansion, the men are persistently attacking him.  Continually splashing bullets in the surrounding area, chasing him away to a single direction.
  There was no pardon in the enemy's gunfire.
  The attack rhythm of the drawing enemy.  With training, the scent of the cooperation in the enemy's movement, Sousuke knows this well.
(Lieutenant Commander----)
  There is no mistake that is this Kalinin's command.
  That man who was schooled by adversity in many battles, was not a type of commander that would rely on clever schemes.  In the operations of <Mythril>, the stand of the surprise attack operation dealing with equipment variation and information variation was not set, but he originally chooses a solid tactics.
  He would not recklessly use diversionary tactics and ambush.  His unit was giving pressure from the right, there is no mistake that the right wing was the real threat.  Outdoing the makeshift interaction, it was not a sort that is trying to gain time.   Making proportion the necessary figures for the necessary fire power, definitely tearing up this place apart.
  This is ordinary to such a tactician----but the commanding officer that does not see the practicality of this is Kalinin.  If you look at baseball, without anticipating a homerun you reliably earn points through hits and steals, a type that limits points via well pitcher.
  Kalinin's tactics, Bit by bit Sousuke was being cornered into the southern tip of the mansion.  Having complete knowledge of Kalinin's habits, he can't be done here fully disadvantageous.  Even if he tries to head into another direction, he can't.
  Even with this kind of enemies movement, Sousuke recognizes this.
(Lieutenant commander was serious)
  At any rate it is solid.  From before the battle started, the match was already decided, he can't move like that.
  Of course the psychological shaking is effective.  The temptation to easy victory and observation of wishful thinking, he has no use for these.
  Until the battle is finished and he returns home to take a sip of tea, he has to be careful and stay sharp.  When it is time to win he will definitely win.  When it is time to lose he will definitely skillfully lose.  He is that kind of a man.

  Kalinin at that time, certainly said it himeself.  "Try and stop me".  Then, he felt no even a single presence of mercy.
(Why is it)
  He really don't know.  He body automatically counterattacks, making repeated precise firing, but in his head the betrayal of Kalinin keeps swirling inside.
(Why)
  He's not that kind of man.  Cool-headedness, clam, sometimes he is definitely heartless, but he couldn't think of this.  More than this, he must be double crossing them.
  I am disturb----
  That self-consciouness is a godsend.  Think later.  Now he has to fight.
  Surpressing his feelings, walking like sliding, he adds a restraining shot at the right hand enemy.  Moving to the nearby room, a few seconds before a number of hand grenades where thrown inside.
  Explosion.
  Together with the impact white smoke hangs around, even under normal circumstances the bad field of vision has become zero.  riding on this opportunity, he stopped about going out the nearby window.  If it were the Lieutenant Commander there would definitely be a number of persons waiting outside.
  He walked to the opposite direction.
  There are also enemies in there.  Being aimed with infra red scope, he fires the sub machinegun.
  He was not able to twist his body in time.  The enemy gunfire hit Sousuke.  There was a dull pain in the upper left part of his body.  He took a high caliber bullet.  The AS pilot suits stops all the bullets.  If it were a larger rifle bullet then he might have died.
  He immediately fired back.
  Although it hit the body, they immediately retreated in the hidden passage.  They also have body armor.  A small abusive language can be heard.
(Where's Chidori.....?)
  He concealed himself in the wooden bookshelf that fell, changing his magazine, Sousuke nimbly patrolled the surrounding.
  If she was around then she must have headed to the heliport.  But, how does he break through the siege, and then go to her which was rigorously protected....?
  There was a short time of hesitation.  Magazine changed, he immediately moved, then he was attacked with the biggest shock.  A few meters beyond----enemy soldiers hidden in the wall was blown off, separated Sousuke also felt the blast, together with the scattered debris, he hits the floor.

"............"
  Buzzing in the ears.  Raising his body, the detailed rubble and large dust piled up his back, scattered down.  Beside him was a big hole, with the sea breeze of the night entering the room.
(The attack just now....)
  It was not an attack aimed at him.  The destructive power is too great.
  It was not an explosion used by infantry, and more than that of an AS and Helcopter.  He sees throught the large hole in the wall, a number of helicopters circling the skies.  The 3 units of maritime <Behemoth> that he saw, was closing in towards him, with a rocket launcher equipped in its shoulders sporadically firing.
  It was attacking this mansion.  Both having the influence of <Amalgam>, the two sides are fighting?  He really doesn't know the reason.  The American Military that is fighting in the north mountain district, this raid, exactly what is happening?
"!"
  The maritime <Behemoth> fires it cannons.  Tearing off the corner of the mansion 30 meters away like a piece of paper.  The debris and flame rain incessantly in Sousuke's position.
  No matter what the situation is.  Riding on this confusion, he has to chase after kaname.  He somehow broke through the siege of the enemy, if he can quickly go to the heliport----

  Lenard Testarossa fell down at the feet of Kaname.
  Right half of the body under, lying down powerless.  From the head the blood flows into the puddle of water twinkling, the wavy silver hair dyed.
"that...."
  Knees falling, kaname who was absentmindedly listening to the gunshots from far away, peeps sluggishly at Leonard who lay there motionless like sleeping.  The bullet of the pistol that was unexpectedly discharged, bore deeply in the forehead of Leonard.
  Is he dead....?
  In an instant, a hand that is colder than ice, gripped at her heart.  But placing her trembling fingertips in his nape, she felt a faint pulsation.
  He's not dead yet.
  Certainly he was hit but the bullet, but the angle was shallow.  Kaname shakes Leonards elbow, knowing that there would be no response, looking around for something that might help.
  What now?  Shall she stop the bleeding?  Shall she sterilize it? Shall she do Artificial respiration and heart massage?  She can not guess.  With AS and other weapons, communication system and artificial intelligence she know this well, but she can't think of anything about emergency medical treatment.  With her state of her unusual knowledge, she could not realize.
  No----
  Kaname returned.
  In the first place, why would treatment be necessary?  Originally, she was suppose to shoot him and move forward.
  The guards who sensed an accident, got out of the helicopter and headed to her direction.
(I have to run away....now)
  This was what she was thinking.  There was a distance from the heliport to here.  if she is to run away now, the guard would not be able to make chase....!
"Wait!"
  One of the guard cried.
  Kaname changed her mind, to jump inside the mansion.  Then run straight.  And then shout with a loud voice [Sousuke!].  if she did that, he----
  But, her foot won't move.
  Like from the opposite side of her foot----the sandals are glued strongly clinging to the ground, and can't move.
"............."
  She took a glance at Leonard who was still collapsed.  Blood flowing, Leonard was lying down in the middle of the rain.  His eyes faintly opened, in that place looking up at Kaname who was standing still in shock.  Why was there calmness in those eyes, at the same time an awful pity.
  Was it because of the pain in the injury, or could it be something else.

  ----shoot
  ----I violated a rule

  That fact, she could not tear off from her location.  Carrying isolation, the struggle of giving him the final blow, spitting at the guilt of running away.
  How long was there hesitation.  The moment she noticed the guards are already a few steps away.  With gun in hand, aiming at her.
  Hesitation is the fatal shackles.
"Drop the pistol.  Hurry."
  A man said, Kaname only now realized that he is still gripping the pistol of Leonard.
"Eh...."
 Kaname who unintentionally pivoted her shoulders, thudding her large breast.  Looking over the shoulders, Andrei Kalinin's large frame was beside the door.
"Where do you plan to go"
"I----"
  The pistol kaname is holding, looking at the profile of Leonard who was lying down, there was a sadness to the indifferent eyes of the Russian.  But that was only in an instant, kalinin immediately returned to his usual expressionless, casually taking the silver pistol.
"We're escaping.  Take her."
  The guard pushed kaname, kneeling beside Leonard.  With a state of being injured, there was whisper.  What he said was not heard.
"Ah...."
  There was a downpour of incessant rain, the exploding sound of the helicopter, the fierce gunshots, and flames of explosion here and there.  Kaname was being taken into the vortex.
  3 AS appeared from nowhere, guarding the heliport and transport helicopter from 3 directions.  There was black, white and red coating.  The black one was probably Fowler, the White one Sabine was piloting.  The one piloting the red one was unknown.
  Kaname is familiar with those units.  There was data about those units in the PC Notebook, the type called <Erigol> is equipped with a Lambda Driver.  The basic frame is the <Codarl> type, but the generator and engine was reinforced, it was an unsatisfactory electronic device performance that was pulled from the level of an M9.
  Kaname was being carried by the male guards, and was thrown into the guest seat of the helicopter.  The injured Leonard was also carried by Kalinin.
  The engine of the helicopter roared, slowly taking off.  The 3 AS was repeatedly making return fire, exchanging hostilities with the [enemy military] from somewhere.  Before long the 3 AS also departed from the heliport, accompanied by the leaping from the ground, started to move in high speed towards the northwestern direction.
  Kaname was looking down from the window of the rising helicopter.
  Thereupon she saw one person running off in the heliport.  the violent wind blowing on the surrounding flames, because of the thick black smoke and the darkness of night, she could not see the face clearly.
  Black hair.  Entering into a red line, black AS pilot suit.

  That along was not clear.  But it was enough.
"Sousuke....?"
  In a twinkle far away, a very small Sousuke was calling out something.  She couldn't read the movements of the lips.  Even then what he said, she can clearly guess.
  A more simple word.
"Chidori!"
  That's was what he was shouting.  At least in that level, she must have been thinking how stupid she was, and have a strong regret.
  She can't run away anymore.
  Why didn't she run away immediately.
  She even had the chance.
  Why did she hesitate.
  Why----being in a corner of the guest room glancing at Leonard who was recieving medical treatment----can't she leave him behind and run out....?
  More than that, why wasn't she resisting and crying "No! Let me off!"....?
  The Helicopter is accelerating.  Sousuke's appearance disappeared into the black smoke.  His appearance of falling into his knees pounding on the surface with his fist, fiercely shakes her heart.
  The <Behemoth> that landed on the coast did not fire at the helicopter.  They most probably wanted to capture her and Leonard alive.

  She can't do anything anymore.  This is the same as before, being obedient like a doll----
  No.  That is not it.
  It is certain that she was not able to meet him, but there is still something that she can do.  In preparation for that, she has already done that recently.
(That's right, just a little more----)
  Kalinin was having a discussion with the cabin crew.  The other men also were did not see Kaname.
  She'll try.
  She took a glance at the pistol holster at the hips of the soldier who was seating nearby.

  Sousuke kept chasing the helicopter that flew away with his eyes.  Over the lines of the mountain it's form disappears, still continuing to glare at the Northwestern sky.
  It's already useless.
  Although he only said it to himself, he permitted himself to let out an abusive language.
"Dammit...."
  Kaname was in that Helicopter.  He saw her once in the window.  He didn't know who that short person with Long blue hair, but she was looking over here.
  Chidori.
  If I meet you there are a mountain of things I want to say to you.  If he I rejected, then that would be fine.  But, I want to talk to you.  That is why I, going this far----

  Sousuke standing still in shock at the center of the Heliport that lost its power, was surrounded by soldiers.  They were not the subordinates of Kalinin.  They are the company which invaded the mansion together with the <Behemoth>.
  As far as he can see there are at least 10 men.
  Having a good outlook of this place, there is absolutely no way of resisting.  In the surrounding there was a large scale of troops deployed, and 3 units of <Behemoth> in the sea. Even if Kruz and Mao were alright, they can't possibly get near dangerous place like this.  Thinking of a way to escape was stupid.
  Won't they be able to meet anymore, Chidori.
  Feeling of fruitless effort and despair weight heavily on his shoulders.
"Are you Sagara Sousuke?"
  The man said who was apparently the commander.
".........."
"Drop your weapons.  We have mountains of questioning for you.  But if you want to die then now would be a good time.  because we are very particular in the treatment of Prisoner of war."
  the surrounding soldiers made a short laugh.
  Sousuke slowly looks around at the vulgar smile, and said something to cast aside.
"Do as you wish"
  At that time.
  A few hundred meters away from the heliport, a single large helicopter suddenly appeared, the exploding sound of the engine and rotar roaring.
"!?"
  MH-53.  It's the one that Old Man Seals carried the M6, that helicopter.  The large helicopter quickly gets close, turning its portside deeply.
"Sousuke, duck!"
  From the exterior speakers Lemon's voice shouted.
  Exposed from the port side of the helicopter, a Mini gun----Vulcan machine gun showered the soldiers with violent shots.  The surrounding water splashes wildly, the soldiers dropped, falling down, and ran puzzled.
  Lemon and the others came running in.  But this is reckless.  Hovering in this point blank range, the enemy <Behemoth> would attack at once.  Of course, being an ordinary helicopter, it has no capability of attacking the <Behemoth> or an AS.
  Running past the chaos in the confusing raid at the heliport, Sousuke called out at the wireless radio.
"That's enough, Lemon.  Get away immediately!  The operation is a failure!"
  And then with the voice of old Man Courtney, disciplined him with the wireless radio.
"What are you talking about!  Don't you understand, can't you wind up your ass before giving up!"
"What are you talking about----"
  Then another voice----a sound of a girl which he remembered interrupted.
"Sagara!  We're dropping the <Laevatein> now!  Use it as you like!"
"Laeva....what?"
  That person, was an agent belonging to <Mythril's> intelligence group, Wraith.
"Laevatein!  That's what he calls himself though!"
"At this height----I don't care!"
"Just drop it!"
"Yeah, geez!"
  The cargo hatch of the helicopter in the sky opened.  Inside that hatch is a large black lump slipping down.  With the darkness of night and smoke it can't be seen, most probably an AS.
  The helicopter turning, was hit by the multiple shots made by the enemy, fire suddenly blowing out.  Showing its rear, the smoke scattered like a spiral, the helicopter started to stall at once.

  Over the wireless radio, he can hear the fierce noises and Courtney and the other's screams and jeers.
"..........!"
  Lemon and the other's transport helicopter pass over Sousuke's head, sinking left and right, making an emergency landing in the garden.  A loud thundering sound.  The rotor that broke off turns in the sky, blowing up a cloud of dust.  His friends inside being in that state might no be alright.  And he didn't know about the two elderly.
  And then----
  The other object that dropped----an unidentified AS that Lemon and the others delivered, being very light while in mid-air, before Sousuke's eyes, landed approximately 10 meters away.  A smooth and secure landing.
"..........."
The whirled up splashes of water are very clear, Illuminating in the burning flames in its surrounding, he can now clearly see the whole detail of the kneeling AS that just landed.
(This unit is....?)
  Armor wet from the rain.
  A smart and tightened silhouette.  It is a third generation AS similar to the M9.

  The closest unit would be----<Arbalest>.  His favorite unit that was destroyed in Tokyo, <Mythril's> only Lambda Driver equipped AS, it has a sharp resemblance on the ARX-7 <Arbalest>.  But this unit has more volume than the <Arbalest>.  Its arms and feet reassuring and audacious, that power and sudden exploding ferociousness are legendary.  Above the shoulder armor there are large cannons equipped.  Its a size that ordinary AS would not be able to carry----that's right, like a tank which is equipped with heavy equipment.
  The armors color is white.  No, it's basic coating is white, but there are some points that are coated red.  A little dark, but it is a bursting like blood red.
  Compared to the white and blue coating of the <Arbalest> which suggest wind and ice, this unit's red color in various places, is like the burning flames.
  Flame of anger.
  Flame of battle.
  A color that governs with the strength of energy and attack.
  Sousuke instantly forgot that he was in a battlefield, dumbfounded looking at that unit.
"it's been a long time, Sergeant"
  A very nostalgic voice informed him from the exterior speakers.  Lacking intonation, a short male voice.  A synthetic sound created by the units AI.
"....is that you Al?"
"Affirmative.  However this unit is called ARX-8 <Laevatein>.  Sergeant Sagara, requesting permission to return to your war."

  That's right.  The fighting hasn't started yet.  He can still make chase.  If he were to be paired up with this guy----

"Of course.  Permission granted."
"It is my honor.  Let us save the details for later.  First get on board"
  That unit----the <Laevatein> extended its left hand.  A number of enemy were shooting their way.  Armor being hit shells and sparks flying.  Sousuke jumps into the hand of the AS, turning to the back side of the unit without difficulty.
"A new armor and it is immediately damage.  Somehow, I wanted to have a more elegant first campaign."
"....your chattering is the same as usual"
"It's been months, I haven't talked to anyone and it was boring."
"Really....."
  What pride.  Not worrying about disadvantages.
  Sousuke snorted his nose, sliding into the opened hatch.  There was no change in the cockpit from the M9 or <Arbalest>.  Gripping the stick a number of times and listening, he confirms the condition.
  The hatch closed.  Start up procedures initiated.  Master mode, establishment of the Bi-lateral angle, everything was completed quickly.
"Well then...."
  On the front screen, the enemy infantry were persistently firing upon them, and then the the giant AS <Behemoth> noticed their existence and prepared to attack as indicated in the information.  The normal sized enemy AS, <Codarl> type was also deployed.
"Warning.  Enemy AS.  <Behemoth> type 3 units, <Codarl> type 3 units.  Heavily armed infantry about 2 squads."
  If it were an ordinary AS, it's combat power would be no match.  Even a single unit of <Behemoth> he would have trouble what more for three units.
  However----
"Firstly shall we go bersek?"
  Sousuke breathed deeply, gripping the stick.
  This half year, this was an excitement that he hasn't felt.  No, this is an omnipotent feeling that exceeds theory he had after the battle in Hong Kong, the hidden power of the unit now responding.  From Tokyo, he had always been continuously fighting a hard battle.  But, now this brought about the equivalent standpoint.
  There are 6 units that are powerless?
  Fine.  Won't this become a bloodbath----
  The unit, the AI, and even his own blood, boils with the fearless fighting spirit.
"Alright.  Let's finish this in 3 minutes."
"It is impossible for three minutes.  It is at least 4 minutes 12 seconds"
"Shut up.  Let's go...."
"Roger, Sarge"
  Battle Maneuvers.  Kicking the ground, evidently the sword of flame, the <Laevatein> leaps towards the enemy.

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