EP. 07-5  Cat and Mouse (1)

Three hours later. Griffin Control in Area S05.

Kalin Are we still in direct confrontation, Commander?!
Sangvis units keep pouring in and I'm almost overwhelmed here distributing supplies on the backline...
If this goes on... I don't know how long the detention center can hold...

...Click.
Comms system received an encrypted call.
...Call accepted.

Persica Commander... Hi, this is Persica...
It's an emergency, so I'm using an encrypted channel just to be safe...
16LAB has been closely monitoring the AR Team and what's befalling the detention center...
This isn't just a random attack. There is an ulterior motive...
So...I've dispatched a T-Doll to aid you...
I'm leaving the rest to you, RO...

RO635 Greetings, Commander. I'm a Tactical Doll newly developed by 16LAB, designation RO635.
Long story short, Commander, I have important information to relay.
A Sangvis ringleader has set up a communication outpost in the northeastern valley. I'm sending you its coordinates. Please destroy it as soon as possible.
That will prevent the enemy from getting reinforcements and expediate my arrival.

Kalin Is your source credible? You're new to Area S05 yourself, aren't you?
Not to mention you're a completely green rookie...

RO635 I'm not a rookie, Miss Kalin.
Moreover, I was developed specifically to tackle such circumstances.
Please have faith in Miss Persica, if nothing else...

Kalin What do you think, Commander?
...
I do agree that Miss Persica won't have us take unnecessary risks.
It's not a good idea to keep up this impasse either. Let's give it a shot while we can still afford to divert our forces!

RO635 Thank you for your trust, Commander.
Now please deploy your troops and launch an attack on these coordinates.

EP. 07-5  Cat and Mouse (2)

...Our team arrived at the coordinates given by Persica.

Kalin Commander! A Sangvis communication outpost has indeed been spotted!
That's probably how the Sangvis ringleader has been remote-controling her troops. Hurry up and destroy it!

...Two minutes later.
The team detonated the explosives and annihilated the Sangvis outpost.
...

Dreamer Ah...
I didn't expect this game of cat-and-mouse to end so soon...
How? How on earth did they sniff me out so quickly...? I just don't understand...
But who cares... "She" has already reached her destination.
Now then...

Dreamer rises from her seat...

Dreamer It's time for me to get a stretch too...

...Meanwhile, LG2/F in Detention Center "Mario's Princess".

...The counterattack nears its end.

Negev Humph, this piece of junk... That's the last of them, yeah?

M4 SOPMOD II Behind you, Negev!

Negev ...!

M16A1 ... (Lowers her weapon)
THAT...was the last one.

Negev (Shrugs) Nevermind. I didn't get the first kill anyway.
But you guys did pretty well this time.
Especially you...
Miss M4A1 of the AR Team.

M4A1 (Smiles) I merely performed my duty.

FF FN49 Don't say that. We're all saved thanks to you.

FF FNC You were an excellent commander, M4! How could I ever thank you?!

Skorpion Heheh! Let's throw a party for M4 once we're out of here!

M4A1 Please do not get ahead of yourselves. We still have a lot of injured to care for.
Move our disabled onto the ambulance. Replenish on ammo and meds, then assemble again in the first floor lobby.

M16A1 Alright, let's go!

M4 SOPMOD II Heheh, so we did make it through the night!

M4A1 Yes, we can finally leave this place.
(Mutters) And come face-to-face with Judge...soon...

?? Really...?
Then thank goodness I made it here in time.

M4A1 ...?!

A soft clap sounds in a distance.
...Poof!

All T-Dolls ...?!

Skorpion Hey! Who turned off the lights?!

FF FNC Even the fridge is off! Chocolate! My chocolate!

M16A1 Must be a power cut!
Don't panic, guys. It could just be...
...

...
......
............
Nothing but silence all of a sudden.

M4A1 ...
Hey, why...has everyone suddenly stopped talking?
M16? SOP?
Negev? Skorpion?!
Where are you? Answer me!

?? They won't.

M4A1 ?!
Who are you?! Where are you?!

?? How can you still be standing, M4A1?
You really are different from the rest of them.

M4A1 You...
Who are you...

?? In that case, let's do it here.

...Light footsteps echo through the hall as a small figure slowly approaches M4.

M4A1 Stop! Not another step!

...!
M4A1 fires swiftly at the source of the footsteps.

M4A1 ... (Pants)
Did I get her...?

?? Almost...
...Actually, not even close.

...
Suddenly, the tiny figure appears right in front of M4.

M4A1 ...?!

The figure — "She" — enfolds M4 in a tight embrace...

?? I want to...
Finish what AR15 had failed to do for me...
To get the answer that you haven't been able to give me...

M4A1 ...?!?!
What...What is this...
Stop...Please stop—
STOP IT—!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH—!