The Fox's Lament

The Truth

(Orbit around Uth'maria)

July 9th

7:06am

Lament woke early, he gathered his things and dressed in his uniform making sure he had his weapons on hand. He sat a ULD disk on his night stand, and headed out the door into the eerily quiet hall. He walk to Kursed's room and waited for the door to slide silently open, she'd stopped locking the door some time ago...

"Sorry kid...but I can't let you go and get yourself killed...this is my fight..." He whispered so as not to wake her up, "...I love you kid."

Lament made his way toward the docking bay, and allowed his sorrow of leaving her behind to be replaced with the anger he felt for the two that had led him here, the people that hurt the only family he had, the ones that threatened all that he cared about. He was set and ready by the time he got to the docking bay...he went over his things...Sword check, chain, blaster, pistol, and one surprise...

"MEL are there any ships on that planet?"

MEL's reply was luckily limited to the docking bay, "Affirmative...two ships, fighter class Wolfen both modified to 115 maximum efficiency."

"Good send their coordinates to my arwing...Activate soundproofing on the docking bay."

Lament climbed into his arwing and started up the vehicle's engines giving them a few seconds to warm up. As soon as he was sure all of his preparations were in order he pulled quickly out of the docking bay...his arwing took only minutes to break into the planet's atmosphere, he didn't want to take too much time I'd give him second thoughts. As he approached the area where the two ships were marked on his ship's scanners, he noticed that the area was nothing but green forests and lakes...accept for the patch he was headed for. It looked like some sort of city from above until he landed about three hundred yards from the Wolfens that were marked on his ship's scanners. The place was nothing but ruins, the buildings of a once massive and prosperous stone city were either burnt or outright destroyed...the temple seemed to be the only fully standing building there. It was made up of three tires, it's entire body seemed to be constructed of in an odd shape square at the bottom pyramid at the top, a massive statues sat on either side of the entrance...the sight of the building sent chills down Lament's spine. There was something about the place that didn't sit right on the fox's stomach, there was something inside that shouldn't have been there. Lament took a deep breath and headed inside...


Kursed was used to seeing Lament in the mornings he'd been waiting for her in the kitchen every morning, but here she'd been there for over two hours and he wasn't there, finally she gave in...

"MEL locate Lament."

"Lament is no longer aboard the ship...departure at 7:20am."

Kursed's heart dropped, "THAT STUPID SON OF A BITCH!!" She yelled running down the halls to her room.

She put on her uniform and gathered whatever weapons she needed, swearing and curing at Lament the whole time. He talked all this partnership crap and working as a team, but here he'd run off before she was even awake, but that wasn't the part that pissed her off the most...it was the fact that just like Fox he'd abandoned her. She didn't waste any time in rushing to the docking bay where she boarded her arwing and sped of toward the surface homing in on the signal given off by Lament's ship...


Lament found the insides of the temple smelled like the wretched decay of death, the dust that lingered in the air itched at his nose and dried his eyes. His hand was always at the handle of his sword, small beams of sunlight shone through small cross shaped holes in the sides of the building, small elaborate carvings covered small statues of human men and women, as well as small pillars that seemed to be supports. The statues seemed to be of important priests and priestesses of some sort, each with a small intricate rune situated squarely between their eyes, the statues where placed between every other set of pillars, he counted 12 in total six men six women. As Lament walked on he pulled his sword as the voices that echoed through the building got closer and closer...

"NOW OPEN IT!!" Slash's voice screamed in fury echoing through the building.

Lament finally found them standing on a large stone altar, Bella was standing until Slash slapped her knocking her to the floor...he started to say something again but was cut off by a stinging pain as the shot from Lament's pistol blew his right ear off...

"Lay another hand on her and you're a dead man!"

The wound didn't seem to bother him at all, "Lament...I was hoping you wouldn't be stupid enough to come here."

Lament kept Slash in his sights, "Well you know me...I never fucking learn."

"Then learn this..." Slash replied. At once both him and Fyra pointed a separate blaster at Bella, "...can you shoot both of us and still keep her alive?"

Lament tossed his pistol away, "Alright...Bella just do it...what's in there can't be worth all of this."

Bella did as she was told, she picked up the sword that had at some point been thrown to the ground. She approached a small round pedestal with a shield like protrusion facing toward the three. The stone dais was carved with strange runes that Lament couldn't see from his position. Bella searched the dais and placed the sword within the small crevice that she found. She pushed the sword into the dais until there was a slight sound, then pulled the sword upward locking it upright...She hesitated for a moment until Slash's foot pushed her from behind...

Gods forgive me...She thought to herself as she took the hilt of the sword and twisted it to one side.

After Bella did this the dais sunk into the ground until only the sword's handle was visible. The wall before them began to slowly slide apart causing the entire temple to quake violently, which ended with one loud crash as it finished opening up.

Slash reached down and pulled the sword handing it to Fyra, "Take the old one and see that it's fished..." He said kissing her before pulling a sword similar to the one in Lament's hand.

The dark furred canine walked down the steps toward Lament and flashed the blade he held in front of his face...

"It really is too bad that Iseer only made two of these..."

"That still belongs to Dravyn..."

"Oh that's right...you two had these made during the war didn't you? Even followed that old Cerinian ceremony bathing them in you own blood supposedly locking you spirit in the blade."

"That's why I'm not afraid of that sword..." Lament said readying himself, "...Dravyn was like my brother...he'd never hurt me."

"Then come take it...for his sake."

"Gladly..." Lament growled lunging at the canine, the clash of their swords could have been heard from afar.


Kursed landed next to Lament's arwing, she wasn't certain but she could hear something that sounded like clashing steel. She extended her spear and rushed toward the temple...had she not been so densely concentrated on the temple she would have seen the creature that shot from a nearby building knocking her to the ground. She quickly recovered and looked to the creature that was now circling her; it was a wolf, of some kind, it had dark fur that resembled leaves in appearance, it's face was snarled and a low growl informed Kursed that it had no intentions of leaving her be, even though it walked on for legs the beast was roughly over half her size. She tried to reach to the creature's mind but something was blocking her out...something was driving the animal mad...It lunged at her again..

Just as the wolf began to contact her she rose the shaft of her spear, which the animal's powerful jaws locked around knocking Kursed to the ground, still biting and clawing, trying everything to get past the spear blocking it's path to the vixen's face. Kursed finally placed her feet under the animal and kicked it away. As she faced the creature it made another lunge at her, but as she stopped the creature with the midsection of her spear this time she twisted to one side tossing the animal and gliding the blade of the spear across it's leg...

The maddened animal began to circle her again, "I don't have time for this!" Kursed yelled in frustration. The wolf made a final attempt at Kursed but, this time she vaulted into the air, flipping backwards as the animal passed beneath her. Upon her decent Kursed drove the point of her spear through the creatures skull. She hadn't wanted to do that, but the animal was out of it's mind she had no other choice. She paused for a moment to let her heart slow down unfortunately that was when she heart the sound...like the growling sound the wolf was making but on a much higher scale, the first wolf had been a diversion, she was now being surrounded by what seemed like endless scores of the animals. She instantly broke into a sprint for the temple and pulled her blaster her spear was no use to so many at once...


Lament and Slash broke away from one another, Slash was much stronger and faster than before when they'd nearly killed each other, but thanks to Lament's constant training with Kursed so was he. They matched each other move for move, strike for strike...They clashed again, swaying and blocking each potentially fatal strike. The maniacally rapid sound of their weapons colliding was almost as rapid as a machine gun, filling the air with sparks and the ringing of their weapons. Suddenly Slash dropped to a knee to dodge a relatively high strike driving his blade into Lament's foot, as this caused a moment of lax guard he shot back up driving his knee into Lament's face the impact forcing Lament to stumble a bit. Lament caught his lost balance on a nearby statue but was forced to quickly roll to safety as Slash rushed him going into a full spin adding momentum to the strike, which missed Lament by a hair's width causing a slight chime as the sword sliced effortlessly through the marble statue which slowly fell in half. Slash turned toward Lament as he regained his composure...

Lament could feel the fire in his lungs and the pull of his tense muscles, this was a lot harder than sparring with Kursed. Also when practicing with her he used a wooden weapon that bolstered almost no weight, now he was swinging about a ten pound piece of steel, and although incredibly light, the more it was swung the heavier it became to his ever tightening muscles, it was the main downfall to using a melee weapon in combat. Not to mention he now had an obviously broken foot which pained him just standing still. This time Lament rushed Slash creating another thunderous clash as their weapons locked up, the two of them pushing as hard as possible trying to knock the other off his balance, Slash began to gain ground but, Lament knew everything about the weapons they used. He took hold of the small ponied pummel and pulled free a small wakisashi concealed within the handle of his sword, the keen edged blade tore into Slash's shoulder puncturing bone and muscle before Lament twisted free driving a powerful kick into his opponent's chest sending him forcefully into a nearby pillar...

Lament watched in shock as Slash dropped his weapon willingly, as he watched on the animals eyes washed over until they were as black as pitch, his body began to exude a type of dark aura, and a sadistic grin crossed his lips. "My turn." As he said this he shot toward Lament with an unnatural speed driving a shoulder into Lament's ribs, the force caused Lament to drop his sword as he flew far across the room landing on his back but sliding and rolling onto his gut...

"W-where...how did he get so strong?"

Slash rushed in on Lament with a blaze of speed, he took Lament by the arm tossing him into the air, upon his decent Slash rushed back on the flying vulpine landing a sickening spin kick from above which drove Lament to the ground. Lament lay there as he spat up a large clot of blood, he slowly made it to his feet and wiped the blood from his mouth. He couldn't say anything...he had no chance of winning this fight, but he did have a trump card. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small device which he used his thumb to flip open a small cap on to and placed his thumb on the small button...but before he could press the button Slash had taken his hand, broken his thumb, and taken the small device, backhanding him a short distance across the room...

"A thermal detonator...humph..." Slash scoffed cracking the device in two rendering it useless, "...you were going to kill yourself and the old one just to take us out..."

Lament stood up to his muscles's great displeasure and stumbled into a nearby pillar, "If it'll stop you yeah."

Slash shot toward Lament again but this time Lament rolled out of the way trying to get behind Slash, who turned and kicked Lament in the chest knocking him against another pillar. Lament was completely spent of his energy, he could barely manage to stand...as he tried to meet Slash's eyes a freakishly powerful grip locked around the exhausted vulpine's neck hefting him off the ground...

"You stuck your neck into the wrong place..." Slash said tightening his grip, "...ready to die?"

Lament's vision blurred and the world began to fade, he could see the light from the temple's entrance as a blur of white and a small figure. Something struck the pillar beside his head and suddenly he could breath again; he breathed heavily glad that he could feel the fresh air on his lungs again...

Slash turned toward the figure in the doorway, "You missed."

Kursed wore a confident expression but said nothing in return as Slash approached her. Slash halted his advance as the point of Kursed's spear burst through his chest dropping him to his knees...

"She wasn't aiming for you." Lament said twisting the spear a bit.

Lament reached to the floor below them where one of the two swords had been dropped, he spared no time in removing Slash's head...

He looked to Kursed who was walking slowly toward him, "Hey..." He smiled.

Kursed managed to catch him before he fell over, "You fuck'n idiot...what the hell were you thinking?!"

"About keeping you safe..."

Kursed helped him to his feet, "So now you're the big hero huh?"

Lament found it in himself to stand and retrieved the other sword and robbed the corpse of the sheath while Kursed retrieved her spear. Kursed helped Lament as they walked toward the opened door. As he looked inside he could see everything, a massive column of blue light seemed to come from nowhere showering a large stone altar where Fyra stood at the altar's center. Bella lay nearby on the sandy stone with Fyra's whip sword wrapped around her neck. Lament rushed to the old Cerinian's side and examined her after removing the weapon...

"She's alive...but barely...can you fix it?" He asked.

Kursed went about the healing process which robbed her of quite a bit of strength...

"Get her out of here...I gotta stop this."

"Are you sure?" Kursed asked lifting Bella off the floor.

"Just go I'll catch up..."

Kursed started to carry Bella out of the building and was half way across the main room when there was a massive explosion. Which sent Lament flying back through the door and into the massive hall. Kursed ran back to the spot where he'd been thrown, he didn't seem to be coherent, and was barely conscious. There were large pieces of stone falling from the ceiling and the temple was shaking violently threatening to come down around them. Lament forced Kursed to the door, but as they finally came to the opening Lament screamed in pain as a familiar weapon wrapped around his arm pulling him back inside. Kursed hadn't noticed that Lament was missing until she was in the open and turned around only in time to watch the entrance to the temple collapse. There was another explosion before the entire building fell in on itself, there was no living through such a thing. Tons of stone and rubble lay on top of any who were inside. The building's collapse created a cloud of dust that washed over Kursed she lay Bella down and rushed to the destroyed temple...She struggled for hours trying to clear the rubble but after three hours of moving large slabs of stone her muscles wouldn't allow anymore...

Though she couldn't stop crying she had to leave before the wolves regrouped, she took Bella, who was still unconscious and boarded her arwing. She sat there in the cockpit for a while praying to every god she knew of to see something, anything that would give her the hope that he was still alive, but, after what seemed like forever she gave up on waiting and her tears came back to her as she was forced to return to the Raven. She'd now lost Lament, but at least where he was now he'd finally be at peace with Fox and with himself...


When they finally reached the Raven Kursed returned to her room where she placed Bella in her bed. She still had tears in her eyes when she went to Lament's room, she'd never been inside before and was shocked when she did...she'd seen the red canopy bed before, it was Fox's room...her original thoughts were right, this was the Great Fox. The sight made the tears return again, and as she approached the bed she noticed something on the night stand, a disk titled 'Play Me'...she was hesitant but returned to the bridge where she slid the disk into the CD tray of the laptop connected to the arm of the captain's seat, suddenly the holographic imager for the com system turned on Lament's profile appeared smiling at her...

"Kursed...if you're watching this disk then chances are you're alone, and I'm most likely dead. This disk is my last will and testament; I've kept it from everyone I've known but, I did not kill Fox McCloud...Truth is after Fox lost touch with the love of his life he gave up on living...he pretty much just sat around going from this bar to that bar drinking himself to death. That was when he found me...he wanted to die for what he'd done to her. Meeting me was just that last push he needed to go thru with it...He faked his own death with the help of a man named Tyrel Mayson...and then Lament was born all over again. Slowly Fox McCloud became a distant memory to me. Honestly I got tired of the lifestyle years ago, but the team kept me there, I loved my father and refused to let the legacy of his team go. Then I met her and everything changed, the team seemed to keep her close by. Even after I heard about Krystal's death I still held on...maybe a little too hard, the thoughts kept me drinking, the bottle became my only friend. Eventually I met you, and in chasing me you brought back a bit of that spark I once had for flying, I had a reason to live again. Then we got close, I got scared...I was afraid that somehow you'd make me forget all about Krystal and I couldn't let that happen...but, the point is you reminded me of who I was and that no matter how much I drank or ran, I'd never get away from myself. Thank you...and being that you have become such a friend to me you are the only person I trust to take care of all of my things. MEL has been programmed with all of my bank account numbers, there's enough money for you to have any kind of life you want...god only knows you deserve it...Good bye...Oh and, Please take care of Bella if she makes it out of this, she's got a strong spirit but she's really pretty helpless...send her my love..."

She couldn't believe it, she'd seen all the signs but never put any of it together, it was Fox the whole time. The truth hit her like a truck, she felt like her hear had just fallen apart. She could do nothing more than sit there and cry, if only she'd reacted sooner he could still be there...she hadn't lost him before but, now he was gone and there was no bringing him back. She couldn't stop herself from crying, even when giving MEL the order to take them back to Sauria...

(Several months later...)

In a small bar outside of the lower cities of the Xenass Colony, a young wolf found himself looking up at a vision. The blue vixen standing over him only holds a sword bearing a black scabbard and an outstretched hand. The young wolf had lost everything in the last attack; fiancé, his son, even his willingness to live. Prowling through his young mind she could see that everything was perfect...

"Darius Archen..." She smiled, "...if you're ready to listen to a story about an old pirate...I can promise you a new life."


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