Bubble Gum Fury
Disclaimer: Fatal Fury and Bubble Gum Crisis are not mine but I
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< >: Thoughts
In an age of scientific marvels, the human body is still the world's
most dangerous machine. TM
"So, Krauser has rebelled has he?" Geese said as he sat at the desk
that had been formally Quincy's. "I thought as much."
"You knew that Krauser would turn against Quincy?" Billy asked
with a bit of apprehension.
"But of course." Geese replied with a very smug look. "Everything
is going to my ultimate plan."
"But… what's to stop him from turning on us?" The fighter from
England asked. "I mean, isn't he even more powerful as a Boomer
than he was when he last fought Terry Bogard? I mean, even you
couldn't defeat him and…" Billy became silent when the King of
South Town and new head of Genom glared at him. He bowed his
head and quietly said to him, "I'm sorry sir. I didn't mean to…"
Quincy's frown turned up into a smirk as he chuckled evilly. "Heh,
heh, heh. You're quite right, Billy. Krauser is ten times stronger
than he was during his last bout with Jeff Bogard's son. His body
has been reconstructed with the strongest alloys and most advanced
systems this company had to offer. His fighting ability is far beyond
what he possessed at the peak of his former life. He is totally devoid
of any human frailties and just about all emotions. He is in essence,
the perfect weapon."
"If that's the case, then why… if I may speak freely?"
Billy took a deep breath. "Then why aren't you the least bit worried?
Aren't you concerned that he might come after you? As I recall, you
and Krauser didn't get along very well and…"
Geese held up a hand. "Oh, I know he won't be going after me or
anyone else except for one person. His primary programming is to
kill Terry Bogard and I KNOW that he will follow that directive
above all others. In fact, I am COUNTING on it."
"All will be revealed in due time, Billy. But for now, let us watch
Geese Howard then flipped a hidden switch that made an overhead
monitor lower from the ceiling. The screen lit up and began
At the top of Genom Tower…
"Priscilla S. Asagiri. Age twenty-one. Part-time singer for various
night clubs and leader of the Replicants band. Alter ego as one of
the Knight Sabers."
Priss winced as Krauser Boomer read her data file from a nearby
computer. She figured that her identity as a Knight Saber was
compromised once her face was crossmatched with police files and
such. However, she could do nothing as she was held prisoner in
that electrified cage. She became pale as the monster Krauser
brought up an image of Sylia Stingray and then turned to her.
"Now, do you think that Terry Bogard would accept my invitation to
come here if I were to send the message to Sylia Stingray? She is,
after all, the leader of the Knight Sabers."
Priss tried to show her tough-girl attitude, but inside she was
shocked to hear that Krauser had deduced Sylia's secret identity.
"What are you talking about? You god-damned Boomer!"
"My, my. Such language." Krauser remarked in that same, calm, yet
mocking tone. "In any case, don't bother denying it. I can see it in
your eyes that my conclusions were correct." He turned his back to
her without bothering to gauge Priss' reactions. "It was a simple
matter of deduction, especially for my highly advanced logic
circuits. I had studied the technology of your Hardsuits and by
researching data stored in Genom's private files, I came up with the
name of the man who would have the capacity to create such highly
advanced battle armor. Amazingly enough, he was also one of the
founding creators of Boomer technology; Katsuhito Stingray. I also
learned that Genom had him… removed from the equation, and the
only other person who would have access to his research was of
course his children, Sylia and Mackie Stingray. Stingray had also
left his children with a considerable fortune, more than enough to
set up the Knight Sabers and have working prototypes of the
Hardsuits made. However, though the inheritance was sizable, it
was not unlimited, which ties in with the Knight Sabers taking
mercenary work. Minimum fee, twenty million yen per job. After
interfacing with a few other networks and pushing through various
false fronts and such, I had gained access to lists of material and
equipment that Sylia had purchased in the last few years since the
appearance of the Knight Sabers. The items she had purchased,
matched to what weaponry and repair materials that the Knight
Sabers would have required. After each time the Knight Sabers had
suffered damage or had their Hardsuits upgraded, I simply checked
the lists for components and parts that the Knight Sabers would
have needed. In every case, the dates match almost to the day."
Priss swallowed hard as she realized that Krauser had irrefutable
proof that Sylia was responsible for the Knight Sabers.
The Krauser Boomer however, gave Priss a cold look and replied as
he tapped a message on a nearby console, then sent it along the
connecting line. "I am NOT interested about the secrets of the
Knight Sabers. My only concern is Terry Bogard."
"Terry? Why do you want Terry?" Priss asked in confusion. "What's
so special about him?"
The KB-1000 paused for a long time before answering. "Because…
he may be the only one who can fulfill my greatest wish."
"What?!" Priss was confused. She had faced off against strange
Boomers before, but the Krauser Boomer wasn't making any sense!
Krauser looked at Priss' bewilderment and then nodded. "Perhaps, it
is best that I show you why Terry is so.. special." He activated a
nearby console, which began depicting images from his memories
of his encounters with the Lone Wolf. The short-tempered brunette's
eyes widened as she saw the past of Terry Bogard.
At Dr. Raven's Garage…
"So what do we do?" Linna asked as she, Mackie, Dr. Raven, the
other Knight Sabers and Terry crowded around the conference
"Well, it's obvious that we have to rescue Priss!" Nene exclaimed. "I
say we attack Genom and…"
"And how, may I ask do we do that?" Sylia interjected. "That
Krauser Boomer had reduced our upgraded Hardsuits into
recyclable junk and almost did the same to us! Our weapons had
little to no effect against that monster! Besides, it's possible that
Genom now knows of our secret identities and they may be
planning to attack us. Maybe at this very location."
"I don't think so." Terry commented.
"What do you mean?" Sylia asked.
"Well, you said it yourself that Krauser was only interested in
finding me, right? He wasn't the least bit concerned about you or
bringing in the Hardsuits for Genom. I mean, there's nothing left of
those suits for Genom to try and duplicate, isn't that right?"
"I'll say!" Linna affirmed. "Our Hardsuits are just lumps of melted
metal, plastic and burned out circuitry. They're only good to be
oversized paperweights now!"
"So what if we don't have our Hardsuits!" Nene exclaimed. "We've
been in worse situations! I say we pack as much firepower as we can
into the truck and hit Genom…"
"You're not thinking Nene!" Sylia scolded. "If our Hardsuits at full
capacity couldn't do more than scratch Krauser, then what makes
you think that conventional weapons will do any better? Besides,
we'd have to fight our way through Genom to GET to Krauser, and
then what? We'd be putting not only Priss' life in danger but our
own lives as well! What you're suggesting is nothing more than a
"So what do you suggest? That we just leave Priss and do nothing?"
"At the moment, we can't do anything Nene." Linna interrupted.
"Our Hardsuits were trashed and we don't even know if Priss IS at
Sylia nodded. "Linna is right. Our capabilities are limited without
the Hardsuits and we have no idea if Priss had been taken been
taken to Genom or someplace else. At the moment, we are stuck."
Terry shook his head and said, "This is my fault. If you hadn't have
taken me in, then this would have never happened."
Sylia held up a hand and disagreed. "No, this wasn't anyone's fault.
You couldn't have known that something like this would have
happened and we certainly didn't expect any of this. You were in
the wrong place at the wrong time and things just went on from
there. What we need to do now is try and figure out our next move."
"What about the old suits? Couldn't we upgrade them?" Mackie
Sylia shook her head. "No, they would be useless against Krauser
and it would take at least three days to refit them. We need
It was at that moment that the computer console behind them lit up
and they all turned around to see a message flash across the screen.
"What is it?" Linna asked as Nene approached the console and sat
down in front of the monitor.
The red-haired officer of the AD police began typing a few
commands and then replied, "It's some kind of coded message that
was sent to Sylia's penthouse."
The leader of the Knight Sabers nodded. "Yes, I had my answering
machine programmed to reroute any messages to this location if I
wasn't present. The line is on a scrambler frequency to keep anyone
from tracking it. What does it say?"
"Hold on a minute. " Nene replied as she continued to decoded the
message. "It's addressed to… Terry Bogard?" She turned around to
look back at the Lone Wolf as he quickly stepped up to read the
Terry's expression became hardened as he read the message out
loud. "Meet me at the Genom Tower, subsection 5, level 23 at 7:00
am tomorrow. Come alone or the secrets of Sylia Stingray will be
revealed to Genom and the public. Miss Priscilla S. Asagiri is
waiting for you. It is time we settled things, once for all. Signed…
the former Earl of Stroheim… Wolfgang Krauser." Terry clenched
his fist and pounded it against the console as the monitor went dark.
"He knows…" Linna gasped.
Terry became silent as he considered his options, limited as they
were. He then turned to leave.
"Terry! Wait!" Sylia called to him. Terry stopped and then looked
over his shoulder at her. "You're not thinking of accepting Krauser's
challenge, are you?"
"What other way is there to save Priss and keep Krauser from
telling Genom about your secrets?" Terry said. "I KNOW that
Krauser will carry out his threat if I don't meet with him tomorrow.
It's as simple as that. For now, I have to prepare. It's times like this
that I really wish Andy, Joe and Mai were here."
Without another word, the Lone Wolf exited the room.
Back at the Genom Tower…
"What do you know… I have been defeated…I do not regret… I
have not felt so satisfied in over ten years… Such a pity that the
Earl of Stroheim may not live with such disgrace… Farewell…
Priss was dumbfounded as the images faded away on the monitor.
The last images were of Krauser committing suicide by backing off
a cliff and dropping into the lake below Stroheim Castle. She could
scarcely believe what the Krauser Boomer had shown her. Terry
was really THAT powerful? He had sustained injuries that would
have killed a normal person a hundred times over! She looked up in
awe at her captor, who smiled a bit.
"Of course, I have sensed that Terry has grown enormously both
skill and power since we last met. Then again, so have I. I have a
feeling that tomorrow will be special. I can hardly wait."
Without another word, the former head of the Stroheim family
turned and then departed, leaving Priss alone with her thoughts.
In Quincy's office…
"So as I thought. Krauser wants a rematch, does he?" Geese
remarked after reading the data that was being transmitted by the
implant in Krauser's head. "Well then, we'd best make certain that
NO ONE interferes, right Billy?" He glanced to his right-hand man,
who nodded as he went to carry out his master's unspoken
The next day…
Sylia and the other Knight Sabers tried to find Terry and convince
him not to go alone to meet Krauser's challenge. However, to their
dismay, Terry had departed early during the night and they were
left with a decision to make. There was no way of stopping Terry
from going to fight Krauser, but they did know where Priss was
being held. Though the chance of successfully rescuing her were
slim, the leader of the armored vigilantes decided to take that risk
and ordered Nene and Linna to suit up in their old armor. She also
told Mackie load up the truck with as much weaponry and hardware
as he could, including their Motoslaves. Sylia also called up a
blueprint of the Genom Tower and assessed the best way of entry
without detection. This would be a surgical strike and give as much
cover to Terry as they possibly could. In under an hour, the Knight
Sabers were on their way.
Riding down the highway, Terry was feeling somewhat nostalgic as
he rode a duplicate of his old motorcycle down the highway toward
Genom Tower. During his stay at Dr. Raven's, the good mechanic
had decided to repay Terry for all his help by creating a copy of his
old, 20th century bike, complete with sidecar. Though he did look
out of place in this high-tech future world, riding his old motorcycle
gave Terry a senses of security as he approached the Genom Tower.
<I'll save you Priss! I swear I will! >
Near the top of the tower, Krauser smiled as he watched the monitor
and saw Terry approach. Terry looked exactly as he remembered
when they last battled. He had the same red, sleeveless jacket, blue
jeans and sneakers. His gloved hands gripped the handlebars and
his long blond hair flapped behind him. The metal plate on the
front of his baseball cap flashed in the morning sun as he came to a
stop in front of the building. Krauser then flipped a switch which
automatically opened the front door. Terry got off his bike and then
came to the front. It was then that he stopped as Krauser flipped
On ground level, Terry looked up to the top of the tower, but kept
his calm as he started walking toward the front door. He noted that
no one was around and assumed that Krauser had cleared the
building of all its employees. It was then that he began hearing
some music being played from speakers in the walls and ceilings
and frowned as he recognized the melody. It was the exact same
organ music that Krauser had played during their last bout.
"Krauser! I know you can hear me! Let me tell you something!
You've got a very SICK sense of humor!" Terry shouted as he went
toward an elevator that was blinking its indicator lights at him.
Terry paused before it before entering it and pushed the button to
Outside of the tower, the Knight Sabers were about to start their
own entry into the tower, when Mackie suddenly received a
message on the truck's monitor. The image depicted that of Krauser
as he addressed the knight Sabers.
"If you are planning to rescue your comrade or interfere with my
business with Terry Bogard, then you would be signing Miss
Asagiri's death warrant. Observe." The images then switched to
show Priss, still in her cage. The cage was now suspended thirty
feet above the floor of the huge room and had something attached to
its bottom. "My captive's cell is directly wired to several highly
explosive devices that will detonate the moment that any of you set
foot inside the tower. The disarming signaling device is contained
within me and will only activate if Terry is able to defeat me. You
are welcome to watch our battle but I warn you that I will allow for
NO interference. And if you do not believe me, then you will be
held responsible for Asagiri's demise. You may find some comfort
that unlike my half-brother, I do NOT cheat."
The monitor of the Silky Wagon then began depicting Terry as he
exited the elevator and made his way toward the place where
Krauser held Priss. Sylia gritted her teeth in frustration.
"Nene! Is there any way you can somehow override the detonation
devices of those bombs underneath Priss' cage?"
Nene shook her head as she tried to access the Genom Tower's
computer network. "No good! The entire tower is projecting an
interference barrier that's blocking all my attempts to access it! All
the lines have more than a dozen new security locks each and even
if I still had my other Hardsuit and could get through that barrier, it
would take me more than an hour to crack the codes of each lock!
I'm afraid that… our only hope is Terry."
The three remaining Knight Sabers could only helplessly watch as
the Lone Wolf entered subsection 5 on level 23.
Terry became more tense as he passed through the front door where
Krauser was waiting for him. He stopped as he gazed upon the
rebuilt form of his old adversary, whose back was turned to him as
the organ music continued to play. Krauser didn't seem to have
noticed Terry's arrival as he continued to look out a window which
overlooked Mega-Tokyo, but the Lone Wolf knew that the Boomer
was aware of his presence. Terry could feel the familiar power from
the former Earl of Stroheim and a chill went down his spine as he
remembered the last time they met. However, he had controlled his
fear of him a long time ago, as he waited for him to face him.
Andy Bogard's brother looked up to the sound of Priss' voice and
saw her suspended above in a cage.
"Priss? Are you all right?"
Priss nodded. "I'm fine, but…. please… don't worry about me! Get
out of here while you can! Krauser's a lot more powerful than he
was when you last faced him! I… don't want to see you get killed!
Please… just go!"
Terry shook his head as he looked back at Krauser while still
addressing Priss. "Can't do that Priss. I accepted his challenge and
I've long since conquered my fear of him. It'll be all right… I
promise. " He then addressed Krauser directly. "Krauser! I'm here!
Let her go! This is between the two of us!"
It was at that time that the organ music suddenly stopped and the
room was bathed in silence. It was then that Krauser turned around
and gazed back at Terry. "Indeed. You are quite right. She has
served her purpose in bringing you here, though I knew you would
come. However, she still must remain here as insurance to keep the
other Knight Sabers from interfering. As of now, they are waiting
outside and watching us through their monitors. However, should
they try to enter this tower, their comrade will die instantly."
"What?" Terry cried out as Krauser pointed to the cage above them.
"Attached to the bottom of her cell are explosives, which will be
triggered if the Knight Sabers make any attempt to rescue her or get
involved with our battle. If you wish for her to be free, you will have
to defeat me, for only I have the disarming device. If you are
victorious, then Priscilla Asagiri will be released and you will be
free to go. The disarming device will also send out a signal that will
wipe out all the data that I have collected on Sylia Stingray and the
secrets about the Knight Sabers, including the identities of her other
comrades; Nene Romanova and Linna Yazamaki."
In the Silky Wagon truck, the remaining Knight Sabers gave off a
collective gasp when they heard this. Krauser had deduced their real
identities and it was now imperative that he be defeated.
Terry frowned at Krauser as the Boomer gave him a slight smile.
"I will not bore you with the details of how I deduced their
identities, though it was relatively straightforward. The Knight
Sabers always seemed to be near when the AD police were having
difficulties, so it made sense that a member of the ADP was a
Knight Saber. Nene's profile as a computer hacker also fit in with
her Hardsuit's capabilities. As for the other member, I simply
checked files on all female martial artists living in Mega-Tokyo and
compared the fighting style that I had observed during my battle
with the Knight Sabers. The rest fell into place." Krauser gave off a
light chuckle as he then took a stance. "However, all of that
research was to simply to pass the time until I could finally meet the
one opponent worthy to face me! So now, the time for talk is over!"
The KB-1000 gave Terry that same, smug smile as he taunted him.
"Come… entertain me."
Terry growled as he took his own stance and began focusing his
energy. "I was afraid of you… once. But not any more! And even
though you've gotten stronger, so have I!"
Krauser gave another chuckle as he assessed his foe. "Indeed. As I
had said before, for people such as us, it is impossible to exist
without fighting. We are exactly alike, you and I."
"No, we're not!" Terry charged at him with a glowing fist, aimed
directly for Krauser's face.
However, like before, Krauser raised a hand to catch Terry's wrist
before the punch could impact. However, Terry's speed had
increased since the last time and the fist stopped less than an inch
from Krauser's nose.
The Boomer frowned as he said, "And as I said before… what
makes you so certain?" He then delivered a cross kick to knock
Terry off, but the Lone Wolf managed to partially duck it, then
lashed out with his own kick.
Krauser raised an arm up to block the blow, but winced when the
leg slammed hard against it. The kick packed far more power than
he last remembered. He retaliated by slamming a knee and sent
Terry sprawling away.
The Lone Wolf felt as if he had been hit by a speeding truck, and
was grateful of the high endurance he had gained after fighting the
God of War. He made a neat flip, then charged forward with a
shoulder in his own version of his brother's Zan Ei Ken maneuver.
Krauser hadn't expected a frontal assault as Terry slammed into his
chest and actually drove him back. His heels dug ruts into the floor,
but he countered with another devastating knee to Terry's abdomen.
As Terry bit down to ignore the pain, Krauser delivered a hard
punch to the stomach, then another toward his face.
Terry winced as he tried to roll with the punch, and was partially
successful. He had managed to bring up an arm to absorb the brunt
of the blow, but was still sent reeling. He tumbled to the floor but
was back on his feet and taking a stance and gathering energy.
Krauser Boomer nodded as he too took the same stance. "So let us
see how truly powerful you have become."
Priss' eyes widened in amazement. Though she had observed this
maneuver from Krauser's memories, she was still in awe at seeing it
In the Silky Wagon, the other Knight Sabers and Mackie were also
astounded to see Terry and Krauser become enveloped in swirling
"Look! They both know the same move!" Linna gasped.
"FINAL ATTACK… HADO…" Terry began as he launched into the
Super Hurricane Kick.
"…SENPU KYAKU!" Krauser said as he too went into a brutal
The two cyclones that were formed by the two combatants clashed
together, causing the room to tremble as it was buffeted by high-
speed winds. The cage that held Priss was jostled about like a leaf.
Fortunately for Priss, the bars were not electrified as she was
bounced about inside. The cable that suspended the cage was
strained to its maximum tolerance levels but held firm.
Down below, the two whirlwind attacks continued to pound away at
each other. For one full minute, the small tornadoes rubbed against
each other. Then suddenly, the two broke apart and dispersed,
leaving two battered but still standing opponents.
Krauser stood with several small nicks in his alloyed skin and one
sizable dent in his right shoulder. There were several openings with
exposed circuitry, which were sparking. Terry had a large bruise on
his right cheek and several more scattered all over his body. He
could feel his chest burning with pain, and it was quite possible that
several ribs were fractured. He also had a trickle of blood running
down one side of his mouth, but he was still ready to fight.
Terry's opponent smiled as he saw that Terry had indeed gotten
stronger. "Splendid! Of all the opponents I have fought, only you
have ever proven to be worthy to face me!" Krauser then flashed
forward and delivered another hard punch to Terry's stomach.
Above, Priss winced as she saw Terry take another hit. By all rights,
a normal human being would have been pulped by now and even
her Hardsuit would have been severely damaged. The fact that he
was actually standing up to the same Boomer that had defeated the
Knight Sabers, was nothing short of phenomenal!
Terry lashed out with a kick after receiving the blow, then followed
through with a glowing fist.
Krauser deftly dodged the punch, then sent another knee into
Terry's abdomen. The attack hit home and Terry let off a grunt of
pain. However, since he was in close, Terry swung a leg up toward
This kick connected with the side of Krauser's head and knocked
him off balance. Before Krauser could right himself, Terry charged
in and slammed another glowing fist into the Boomer's chest.
Krauser was unable to bring up an arm to block in time and the
impact was felt at full force. The reinforced alloyed surface of his
chest shuddered as Krauser was knocked back and slammed into a
wall. He made a sizable depression in the wall, causing dust to be
stirred up and concrete to crumble at his feet. Krauser was still for a
moment, then simply got up. He smiled back at Terry, though he
now sported a large dent in his chest and a hole where the ki-
powered punch had actually penetrated. The side of his face where
Terry had kicked him now had exposed circuits and relays as well
as some damaged flesh.
"Wonderful! The sweet pain of combat was the one thing I missed
since I was brought back." He then made a orb of energy appear in
one hand and hurled it at Terry. "BLITZ BALL!"
Terry quickly swerved to one side to avoid being hit by it. He knew
just what one of those projectiles could do and he wasn't eager to
experience them again. The ball of ki exploded against another wall
with the force of several pounds of TNT.
"As quick as ever, Terry. But… try to dodge these!" Krauser then
made a crosscut motion with an arm and launched a dozen Blitz
Balls at the Lone Wolf. "BLITZKRIEG BARRAGE!"
"Look out!" Priss shouted as she saw the projectiles hurtle toward
Terry. There was no way he could dodge all of those!
Terry gritted his teeth as he slammed a fist to the ground. "ROUND WAVE!"
A circle of energy exploded around him and acted like a barrier
against Krauser's attack. The Blitz Balls were canceled out as Terry
slammed his fist against the floor again.
A ki blast was sent along the floor toward Krauser Boomer. Just as
the first wave was formed and started moving, Terry slammed his
fist again to the floor. "TIMES TWO!" After battling with
Laocorn's henchman Janim, Terry had figured out a way to make
his usual ki-blast even stronger.
Another ki blast was formed and joined up with the first, forming a
huge wave of energy that was about a dozen feet high and rushed
toward the KB-1000 like a speeding freight train. Krauser held up
his arms to block in an X-shape as the amplified Power Wave
slammed into him and drove him back again. Krauser braced
himself as the blast exploded, but he still remained on his feet.
Krauser lowered his now smoking arms and gazed at Terry fondly.
"You have indeed grown stronger since we last battled and I believe
now is the time that you feel the force of my greatest technique!" He
held up his arms in that same L-form as began focusing his energy.
Priss recognized the move and gasped in horror. She and the other
Knight Sabers had just barely survived that attack in their
Hardsuits. If Krauser's Kaiser Wave was more powerful now than
what she seen before in his memories, then Terry…
"TERRY, LOOK OUT! HE'S…"
Terry growled as his eyes glowed red. Just as the Kaiser wave was
about to hit him, he slammed a fist to the floor.
The force of Terry's Desperation Attack caused the entire floor to
shudder as a huge column of ki slammed into Krauser's Kaiser
Wave. However, Terry strained as he felt more energy than he ever
felt before from Krauser's attack. He fell to his knees as his Power
Geyser just barely repelled the incoming energy, causing it to
backlash and blow out several sections of wall. Miraculously, Priss'
cage was left unscathed, though it did sway violently during the
collision of so much energy.
At the Silky Wagon…
"He… stopped it." Nene said with awe.
Back at level 23, Krauser nodded as he gazed at Terry's kneeling
form. "Impressive. You managed to stop my amplified Kaiser
Wave. Then again… that was only at half-strength."
"What?!" Terry's head came up as he stared in disbelief. "That…
was only half?"
Krauser nodded as he raised his arms once more. "Yes… and I
severely doubt that you could stop it now, especially at full force and
in your condition. Such a pity… I had hoped that this could go on
longer, but I must obey my programming and destroy you. It had
been a wonderful show… thank you… and goodbye…"
Priss was just getting over her shock after hearing that Krauser had
only used half his power when she saw his preparing to fire again.
Terry was battered, drained, and had nothing left to give and she
was so helpless to stop it! Just like when her lover had died…
The new blast was twice as strong as the first one and it seemed that
Terry was finished. However, just as it was about to reach him,
Terry's head came up when he heard Priss' shout.
Terry's body reacted faster than what was thought possible as he
struck the ground, three times.
The first column hit the Kaiser Wave head on, causing it to
momentarily stop, then the second column slammed into it,
repelling it back toward Krauser. When the third geyser hit
retreating energy, the result was a huge backlash that crashed into
Krauser like a tsunami and swept him back. He smashed hard into
another section of wall and the entire side of that chamber began
collapsing, including a section of ceiling. The cable that suspended
Priss' cage snapped and her cell began to fall. Terry looked up and
saw it. With adrenaline spurring him on, he rushed toward it as the
door to the cage swung open. Priss reacted fast and leapt clear of the
cage. Terry held up his arms and managed to catch her and dove
down to shield her with his body if the explosives went off.
Fortunately, the bombs did not detonate when the cell clattered to
When the dust and debris began to settle and the noise began to
fade, Terry looked down at Priss and saw that she was in the
missionary position beneath him. He quickly became embarrassed
and got off her.
"Are… you all right?"
Priss was also flustered when she opened her eyes and found herself
on her back and Terry leaning over her. She quickly composed
herself and replied, "I'm fine! I'm… okay. Thanks… for catching
Terry suddenly stiffened and got to his feet when he felt a
foreboding presence and a sickening sense of deja vu. He turned
around and saw that though he was able to repel the amplified
Kaiser Wave, the Krauser Boomer was still functioning. Standing
before them, a dozen feet away, the seemingly unstoppable machine
was now showing huge gaps in its alloyed skin and most of the
remaining flesh was in tatters. Half of the face had been ripped off
and the inner machinery was exposed. However, Krauser still
remained defiant as he addressed Terry.
"I never would have believed that you would have the power to repel
my Kaiser Wave twice, Terry. Once again, you had surprised me. I
am grateful that you have surpassed my greatest expectations."
"It… can't be!" Priss cried out as she stood up with Terry. "He can't
have survived that!"
Terry growled as he took a stance. "Krauser…"
The two began to glow with intense auras as they prepared for the
final face-off. They each let off a shout of inhuman rage and
launched at each other with a fist cocked back. The punches
connected with each other's face and then each fighter launched a
sidekick. As history began to repeat itself, Priss could only stare in
morbid fascination as Terry and Krauser began to pummel each
other as they did during their last duel. It seemed that nothing
would ever break the endless cycle as blow after crushing blow were
thrown. Then, as it happened before, Terry put a stop to it.
As Krauser threw another fist to Terry's face, the Lone Wolf
stopped it by grasping the wrist, then delivered a Burn Knuckle to
the abdomen, causing it to collapse. Then Terry delivered several
more hard punches to the chest, breaking several ribs and forcing
Krauser back. However, Terry was determined to finish it. As
Krauser staggered back, Terry focused all of his strength and rage
into one fist and charged at him.
Unlike his usual Burn Knuckle, this new punch glowed with an
orange light, which exploded when it connected with Krauser's
chest. Terry then grasped his arm with his other hand and sent
more energy into the fist. A huge ki-bolt blasted into the hole in
Krauser's chest and exploded out his back. The Boomer reeled
backward toward a large hole in the wall, which had been created
during the battle and led to open air. Krauser fell to his knees while
clutching at his critically damaged chest and smiled at Terry.
The Lone Wolf stood at the ready with Priss behind him as he
waited for Krauser's next move.
Krauser however, knew that he was finished as his diagnostic
systems were informing him that all of his vital mechanisms had
sustained irreparable damage.
"What do you know… I have been defeated again. As I had said
before… Terry… I do not regret it… I thank you for helping me in
my ultimate… plan…"
"Plan? What plan?" Terry asked in confusion.
Krauser smile became even more smug. "The plan to kill me… of
Krauser nodded as he used his remaining power reserves to get to
his feet. "Did you know… that a Boomer cannot self-terminate
himself? All combat Boomers, including myself… are programmed
to survive and win at all costs. I had hoped… that the Knight
Sabers would be able to… destroy me, but they lacked the sufficient
power to do so… That is why…. I had you… brought to me. If there
was… anyone… that could end the living death that I had become
when Geese had me… resurrected… I knew… it would be you."
"That's the reason why you had kidnapped Priss? Just so that I could
come to kill you?" Terry exclaimed with disbelief.
"Yes. "Krauser said simply as his systems were about to
permanently shut down. "Life as a Boomer, after being truly alive,
is nothing more than a mere… shadow of existence. I cannot feel
anything but pain. I cannot taste… touch… smell… all the simple
pleasures that you take for granted. And… as I had said to you
before… Terry, the Earl of Stroheim will not LIVE with the
disgrace of being defeated. And so I bid you… farewell…"
With these words, the Krauser boomer pitched forward and then
became silent as the last of its power reserves were depleted. The
once mighty fighter of the Stroheim family became a lifeless shell
Terry clenched his fists at his sides in frustration and then let off a
tired sigh. The fight was over and he had rescued Priss. That was
all that mattered. He then turned to face the attractive brunette who
was still gazing at the body of Krauser in disbelief and shock. Terry
placed a hand on her shoulder, which got her attention as she
looked up into his eyes.
"It's time to go."
Priss could say nothing as she nodded and began to walk with him
toward the doors that led out of the chamber. Terry was slightly
hunched over as his body was aching all over. Priss lent him her
shoulder to lean on as they headed toward the exit.
"Are… you okay?" Priss asked with some concern.
Terry nodded and said, "It… only hurts… when… I breathe…heh,
heh, heh… ow!"
Priss couldn't help but laugh along side of him.
Both were surprised when a sheet of steel panels suddenly appear
and covered the doors. Behind them, more steel panels slid into
place, covering all the holes in the walls and ceiling. It was then
that a voice was heard from a hidden speaker.
"HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HAH!"
Terry gritted his teeth as he recognized that evil laughter. It could
only be one person.
"I must admit, Terry Bogard! THAT was an impressive battle!"
"GEESE!" Terry hissed as he shrugged off Priss' arm and got into a
stance. "Where are you?"
"It doesn't matter where I am." Geese sneered as he spoke into the
PA system. "What you should be worried about is where you and
your pretty little friend is going in the next two minutes when that
bomb I planted inside of Krauser's body goes off. I imagine that the
resulting blast will take out the entire 23rd level of the tower. It'll a
be a pity that you and that Knight Saber will still be caught in the
blast. The panels are made of reinforced titanium alloys and I doubt
you would be able to break through in time!"
"Damn you Geese! You bastard!" Terry shouted as he looked
around for a way out. There didn't seem to be any.
"Flattery will get you nowhere. I knew all along that Krauser was
planning something like this and I decided to kill several birds with
one stone! Krauser has already defeated the Knight Sabers and with
Quincy dead, I can now proceed with my plan to take over this
"Quincy is dead?" Priss said with a stunned expression.
"Yes. I killed him myself. Not that it's going to help you or the other
Knight Sabers. Krauser had already decimated the Knight Sabers,
and without their Hardsuits, they are nothing. Furthermore... did I
mention that Krauser was only the prototype? I have three more
JUST like him already built. I had also planted a very powerful
self-destruct mechanism in Krauser. If he had succeeding in killing
Terry Bogard, I would have detonated it after Krauser had served
his purpose. But, since Terry had beaten him, I had an alternate
plan to use the self-destruct device to destroy you both! And now…
I do hope that you and Terry will use the remaining thirty seconds
of your lives to good use. Farewell!"
Terry screamed out in rage as he located the speaker which was
mounted in the ceiling and threw a large chunk of concrete at it,
shattering it. He then looked back at Krauser's corpse, which had
begun to glow with a red glow and knew that he only had moments
to act before it exploded.
Priss shook her head sadly and said, "So this it. After everything,
I'm going to die because of a fucking Boomer. Now isn't that
Terry desperately looked around and then stomped his foot on the
floor. He then got an idea out of desperation as he turned to Priss.
"Priss… there might be a way for us to get out of this…" He then
looked down at the floor before locking his eyes with hers. "But…
you're going to have to trust me on this one."
"What? What are you saying…?" She then looked down at the floor
and gasped. "You're not thinking…?"
"If you've got a better idea, now is the time to tell me!"
Priss gulped as she realized that there was no other way. She
nodded, and then leaned forward to kiss Terry tenderly on the lips.
Priss' reddened a bit as she said, "For luck."
Terry nodded as he gathered Priss close to him and then powered up
his ki. He then sent a fist to the floor.
The floor shuddered underneath the force of the blow and began to
buckle. Since the floor did not have metal panels, it gave way,
causing the both of them to fall toward the level below. The two
landed on their feet as debris rained all around them. Terry ushered
Priss toward the staircase, just as the remains of Krauser went up in
a massive explosion.
Outside, the Knight Sabers began rushing toward the Genom Tower
when they saw the top suddenly erupt like a volcano. They began
fearing for the worse as massive chunks of wall, glass and twisted
metal came raining down to the streets below. However, they had to
back off as another explosion rocked the tower. Nene was
desperately scanning for life forms, but the jamming barrier was
still up, blocking her probes. The fires that raging near the top were
also interfering with her infrared sensors. The Knight Sabers could
only stand and wait.
Inside of the building, rushing down the stairs, Priss and Terry were
trying to escape the fires that were caused when Krauser's body
exploded. However, just as they were on the 19th level, the steps
before them were blocked by some flaming debris that had fallen
from above. Behind them, the upper stairs also became engulfed in
flames and the two found themselves trapped.
Terry knew that his only option was akin to suicide, but seeing that
they was no other option, he turned around and sent a flaming fist
into the side wall.
The section of wall exploded outwards, exposing them to the outside
air. With the stairs about to buckle beneath them, the Lone Wolf
looked outside and saw that a ledge was jutting out some six floors
below them. He decided to go for it as he grabbed Priss by the waist
and jumped out of the hole.
"Are you crazy?! This is the 19th floooooooooorrrrrrrr!"
Terry just had a second to spare as the staircase collapsed and was
consumed by flames. The street fighter easily landed on the ledge
and used it to triangle jump to an adjacent building. He then
rebounded off the side and with Priss still in his arms, he rolled
forward and took the brunt of the impact as they landed on a roof of
Terry moaned in pain as Priss opened her eyes, sat up and then
angrily began shouting at him.
"YOU CRAZY JERK! WE COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED!"
Terry could only give Priss a slight grin and said, "You're
welcome… ow!" He clutched at his chest.
Priss was breathing hard after seeing her life flash before her during
those harrowing moments. But as she looked back up at the tower
that was now burning bright, she realized that Terry had saved her
once again. Her expression softened as she turned to face him. "I'm
sorry… I shouldn't have yelled…"
Terry waved it off as he painfully sat up. No doubt about it. A few of
his ribs were either fractured or broken. He rubbed his chest
tenderly. "It's okay… I guess it was kind of crazy, but… " Terry
then gave her a smile that made Priss' heart melt a bit. "I'd fight
Krauser all over again if it kept you safe, Priss."
Priss didn't know what to say. No man had ever said that to her
before and… this man had just risked his life to save hers. He had
suffered injuries that would have killed any other person and he was
now saying that he'd do it all over again for her.
"Priss! Terry! Are you all right?"
The two looked up and saw that Sylia was in her Hardsuit and had
jetted up to the roof where they were.
Priss nodded as she helped Terry to his feet. "I'm all right, but
Terry's going to need some help. I think he may have some broken
The leader of the Knight Sabers nodded as she signaled to the
others to pick them up.
A few hours later, at Dr. Raven's Garage…
Terry winced as he lay in bed. His upper torso was expertly
bandaged up and the medical scanners had indicated that his ribs
would heal in a few days, thanks to the accelerated cell regeneration
salves that had been applied, plus the training Terry had undergone
for fast recuperation.
In the conference room, the others were now discussing their plans
on how to deal with Geese and what his plans may be. The only
Knight Saber missing was Priss as she was in the main garage and
was quietly sitting on her bike.
The short-tempered member of the vigilante group was deep in
thought about the man who had saved her repeatedly in the past few
weeks. Throughout her life, she had been concerned only with her
own survival, and ever since her lover had died a few years back,
she had made certain that no man would ever win her heart. Now,
try as might, she just couldn't stop thinking about the long-haired
street fighter. He was so much like her. She had noticed that during
his sparring matches with Linna, whenever her comrade tried to
start up any intimate conversations with him or ask him about his
personal life, Terry would simply change the subject or become
silent. Every one of Linna's romantic advances would be politely
turned down and he would only focus on improving his skills. She
then remembered back to a conversation she had with him a few
weeks prior, though it felt as if it was years ago.
Priss: I lost Donald to those Boomers and the ADP didn't do shit
about it! You have no idea what it's like to lose someone that you
Terry: Then you were lucky. You only lost one. I lost two.
End of flashback...
Priss shivered as she remembered the hidden sad look in his eyes at
that time. Deep in her heart, she knew that he was telling the truth.
What was it about him? Was it his tough, no nonsense attitude, or
was it because of that hidden, sensitive side that made him so
irresistible? Priss sighed. It just didn't make any sense! No man
since that leader of the gang she had belonged to had ever made her
feel this way! Not even that lug Leon! Why was Terry making some
kind of impression on her?
It was at that moment that she remembered what Krauser had said
to her when he had decimated the Knight Sabers and had her by the
throat. He had looked into her eyes with that same piercing gaze
that Terry had done before. He said that she was in love with Terry
Priss angrily shook her head in denial. She couldn't be in love with
him! She had sworn off men and had been shooting down Leon's
advances every time since she met with him! There was just no way
that she could fall for someone like Terry! There was nothing that
attracted her to him! All right, so he was ruggedly handsome and
very well built. He seemed very kind, yet determined personality.
She like the way that long ponytail of his swayed in the breeze and
those piercing blue eyes...
<Arrgh! What am I thinking?! > Priss' hands gripped the
handlebars of her cycle as she tried to fight down the liking she had
whenever she watched him move or fight. She was a Knight Saber,
damn it! Wasn't one of the primary rules was to never get involved
with a man? Of course, that didn't stop Linna from flirting with
every man she came across. As of now, she was setting her sights
on snagging Terry, though she hadn't been making much headway.
Priss also denied the fact that she would get angry whenever she
saw Linna try to get her hooks into him and...
<No! I'm NOT jealous! Why would I be jealous? I'd have to be in
'love' in order to be jealous, right? > Priss shook her head again and
then turned on the ignition and revved her engine. She needed time
to think and the she did her best thinking when she was speeding
down the highways. As she was exceeding the usual speed limit by
more than 50 km/h, her thoughts went back to when she had
impulsively kissed him and what he had said to her when they
escaped from Genom Tower.
Terry: I'd fight Krauser all over again if it kept you safe, Priss.
End of Flashback...
Some time later...
Terry was going crazy just lying around and doing nothing, so he
decided to get in some practice with the holographic training
machine. It wasn't like fighting a real opponent or sparring with his
brother Andy, but it was better than nothing. He had to take it slow
since his body was still aching from its bout with Krauser and was
only going at level nine when he heard someone enter the control
room. He smiled as he saw Priss enter the room in her Softsuit,
which hugged her curves quite nicely. He then stopped in his
practice routines and let the hologram strike him. The computer
called out that the trainee had been eliminated and went into
Priss had just gotten in from her ride and had decided to get in a
few rounds to work off some stress and perhaps straighten out her
thoughts about a certain Lone Wolf. She stopped in her tracks when
she the very person giving her a smile and wiping the sweat from
his brow with a towel. She continued to just gaze at him as he
entered the control room.
"It's all yours if you want to use it, Priss." Terry said cheerfully.
Priss mentally focused on his face when her eyes had started roving
over his toned, muscular, and very well built form. Terry was
shirtless and was only dressed in his usual blue jeans. She had to
concentrate to keep out the image of how sweat glistened down his
defined chest and abdominal muscles. She decided to change the
subject before he noted that she was getting a bit flustered.
"What are you doing? Aren't you supposed to be resting?"
Terry shook his head as he let the towel fall off to one side. "No. I
was going crazy not doing anything. Besides, I've mended well
enough and I needed to get back to my training." He patted his
bandaged side gently and then straightened up. "Now that Geese is
controlling Genom, I have to get back my strength and speed. Who
knows what that bastard is going to do with all those Boomers and
"Yeah, well... Sylia and the others are planning to keep an eye on
this Geese Howard person and she said that we'll have upgraded
Hardsuits within a week or so. Then we'll be able to take down
Genom once and for all!"
Terry looked at Priss with some concern. "Not that I'm saying that
those Hardsuits are bad or anything, but I think that you're going to
need more than just fancy battle armor to take down someone like
Geese. Especially if his claims of having three other Boomers like
Krauser is true."
"What?! You think that we can't take care of ourselves? We've faced
off against much bigger odds before! We can handle some two-bit
crime boss from the 20th century!"
Terry shook his head and said, "What I've told you about Geese
Howard was only the short-version. Geese is far more devious and
evil than any one you've ever met. He killed Quincy, your greatest
enemy and took over Genom. He's had God only knows how many
innocent people murdered... including my father..." Terry choked
up at the memory of when he was ten and seeing Jeff Bogard bloody
and dying before him. "...and Lily..."
Terry sighed as he realized that he had said too much, but he
couldn't stop. "Lily was to me, as your old boyfriend was to you. She
was... my whole world, until that bastard Geese killed her before my
eyes. She died when she helped me, my brother and a friend of ours
escape when Geese had laid out a trap for us. I couldn't save her!"
Terry turned his back to Priss and pounded a fist on the side of the
door. He then took a deep breath to calm down and faced her again.
"Well, in any case. Let me warn you that Geese is far more powerful
and ruthless than you can ever imagine. You are going to need my
help and I still have a score to settle with him. Those Hardsuits of
yours are good against Boomers, but they may not be enough
against someone like him. Aside from Krauser and one other
person, Geese was one of the toughest opponents I've ever faced."
Priss was about to protest Terry for butting into Knight Saber
business, but that was when Sylia entered the control room. She had
been listening in on their conversation and decided that it was time
for her to interrupt.
"He's right you know."
Both Terry and Priss turned to face her as she stepped forward.
"Sylia! How long have you been there?" Priss asked.
Sylia shrugged as she replied. "Long enough. Terry is correct. We
know next-to-nothing about this Geese person, but now that he's
gained control of Genom, we can only assume the worst. I have a
feeling that he may try to initiate the OMS project."
"The OMS project?"
Sylia nodded. "Yes. It's something that I have been suspecting for a
while now, though I couldn't get any solid proof until now. Nene
had been going through Genom's systems since we got back. She
had finally broken through the security locks. With Quincy gone,
she had been able to download the files concerning the Overmind
"Overmind System? What's that?"
The leader of the Knight Sabers took a deep breath. "According to
what Nene was able to download, Quincy had created a chip that
could send out a program via the particle beam satellites that would
subvert every Boomer on the planet to his will. In other words, he
had an entire army at his disposal at a touch of a button."
"My... god!" Priss gasped as she realized the implications. "You
mean... every fucking Boomer on the Earth would have...?"
"That's right. Quincy would have turned them all into his slaves and
could have overthrown the world if he chose to do so."
"So why didn't he?" Terry asked.
Sylia paused for a moment before replying. "Genom is a very
respected corporation and it wouldn't do if others knew that Quincy
had the means to conquer the world. The Knight Sabers were
formed to keep him and Genom in check, since that company does
have many legitimate and beneficial activities. There are many
innocent employees at Genom that were unaware of Quincy's secret
motives and such. The OMS chip was his... trump card if the
situation came to that point. However, with Quincy gone, and Geese
being as evil as you say he is, it is likely that he might use the OMS
or those new Boomers that were modeled after Krauser. He'd be able
to overrun our world easily as well as subject his own Earth. If that's
the case, then we will have to stop Geese at all costs! Furthermore,
Geese may be the only way that Terry can return to his world."
Terry and Priss became silent as the meaning of Sylia's words sunk
in. It seemed that the final confrontation was drawing near. Terry
could feel the storm that was coming... and unlike the last time... he
wasn't certain that he would be able to weather it.
To be continued...
Well, the saga of Bubble Gum Fury is coming close to being
finished as Terry and the Knight Sabers must prepare for the final
battle to save both their worlds. As for the other Fatal Fury cast,
they will be making their long-awaited appearances in the next
chapter or so as I wind up to finish off the project that I had shelved
a year ago. See you there!