Wolfpack Squadron- Chapter 7 COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Star Fox and all related characters, locations, and vehicles are copyright (c) 1993, 1998 by Nintendo of America, Inc. Used without permission. Wolfhound, Jadis Ross, and Adrian Coyote are characters based on real people, and I've asked their permission to use them in this story. Wolfhound character copyright (c) 1998, 1999 by Joel L. Morgan Jadis Ross character copyright (c) 1998, 1999 by Jadis Ross. Adrian Coyote character copyright (c) 1998, 1999 by Adrian This story is copyright (c) 1998, 1999 by Joel L. Morgan, Jadis Ross, and Adrian. No part of it may be reproduced without the express and mutual consent of the above named authors. Chapter 7 1800 hours, Cornerian Standard Time Jadis Ross' quarters, C.D.F.C. Vindicator... Jadis slammed her fist into the wall of her quarters in sheer rage. "Why! Why does it always have to be me...I'm not ready for this!", she screamed. "And, damn it, I think I broke my paw." "That's what you get for letting your anger get the better of you, Lt. Ross.", someone said behind her. "Who in the hell is it?", Jadis growled as she turned. It was Capt. McCloud and Lt. Cheetah. "Oh, sorry Cordy, Captain McCloud. Come in.", Jadis said, though she was still extermely tense. "Lt.--I mean ,Jadis, I'd like to talk to you.", Fara commented. She rarely addressed her subordinates on a first name basis, except to advise. Some would say that her crew was as much her friends as they were her subordinates. "About what, ma'am?", Jadis questioned. "Please, call me Fara this time. We're all friends here. Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about Wolfhound's decision to make you the XO of Wolfpack Squadron. Personally, I think that it was a wise decision. I just wish that I could say that under better circumstances." "Yeah, but what good is it now? He's gone...", Jadis said, her eyes lowered. "I...I'm still not ready to be a leader again..." "No, he isn't gone, Jadis. As far as I can tell, he was just captured.", Fara corrected her. "As for being a leader, you can't always be ready to take the wheel. Jadis, I know I wasn't. This ship is my first command. Frankly, I still don't know how I'll turn out. But, I have to try." "Fara, do you know what it's like to have lost your entire squadron?", Jadis asked. "I...I don't understand. You commanded your own squadron?", Fara inquired, surprised at the revelation. "Yes. The Firewolves. We were a team of mercenaries that pulled hit-and-run attacks on Andross' armies. Everything was fine until...." Here, Jadis paused to compose herself. "What happened?", Fara asked. "It was supposed to be a routine mission. We were to take out a hidden base on the fourth moon of Fortuna. As far as we knew, the base was sparsely defended. Well, someone lied to us. The base had heavy artillery and four wings of Invader-III fighters. We...we were wiped out. I was the sole survivor." "I see. And, why do you think that you aren't a capable leader?" "Because...", Jadis paused for a second to think, then continued. "Because I should have ordered the team to pull out when I knew we were outgunned. I didn't because I was overconfident. And now, I'm paying the price. I...I'm not ready to be a leader again..." "None of us ever are, Jadis.", Fara said as she laid a paw on Jadis' shoulder--not easy considering Jadis was 5'11" and Fara only stood about 5'4". "But...", Jadis objected. "You can't keep holding yourself responsible for the loss of your squadron and let it hold you back. We all make mistakes, Jadis. Part of life is knowing to learn from them. You weren't responsible for losing your team--we all know what bad recon can do to a mission." "I know.", Jadis said. "So are we going after Wolfhound?", she asked, a glimmer of hope in her eyes. "Of course. Like him, I don't leave my own behind, either.", Fara stated decisively. "The mission briefing is in two hours, so be ready to go in, kick some tail, and take initials--we won't slow down long enough to take names." "All right, Fara. And...thank you for listening.", Jadis said. "Don't mention it.", Fara answered. "But...never mind, it's just me...." "What?", Jadis inquired. "I'd say from the look in your eyes when you asked about Wolfhound that...never mind." "Are you saying that I...", Jadis replied, a little incredulous. "I dunno...but I know I've seen that look in Fox's eyes when he asked about me before we got married." If ever a white wolf could blush, Jadis managed to do just that as she walked out towards the breifing room. Hmmmm, she might be right... she thought. I just hope that we can get him out in time... ----------------------------------------------------------- About the same time, on the Brainstormer flagship.... "Uhhhh...where am I?", Wolfhound asked, groggy. "You are on the Brainstormer flagship, Cornerian.", a tough-looking soldier said. "Where is the rest of your team?', the soldier asked. "I'm First Lieutenant Wolfhound Redstar,CDF, serial number A-227568..." I'll be damned if I'm going to betray the rest of my team--or make it easy for these scum to get anything from me... he thought. He was greeted by a blow across the muzzle. "I've told you everything I know!", Wolfhound responded. "No, you haven't, Cornerian scum. No matter, we are heading out to destroy your ship. No one must know about our experiments here. We are going to conquer the universe with it." "And what is that, doofus?", Wolfhound asked, sarcastically. "A rift generating device. Using it, we can go anywhere in the universe. Three years ago, we tested it, but the results were off course and the rift opened on Corneria." "And, just where was the other end?", Wolfhound asked, stunned. He was about to unravel a mystery. "If you really must know, some primitive planet called...Terra, yes?", the trooper answered. Wolfhound could only glare at the trooper fiercely--he was chained to the seat that they were using to interrogate him. So, that's how I got here!, he thought. Now, I must choose--take this puppy out and give up all hope of returning home, or go home and watch as my homeworld is invaded by these scum...Guess, I choose Plan A. I just hope Jadis has found enough faith in herself to carry out the mission....I trust her to do it. ----------------------------------------------------------- 2001 hours, Cornerian Standard Time Briefing room, C.D.F.C. Vindicator.... "Well, guys, I'm a minute late.", Fara stated. "OK. Here's what we'll do..." "What about Wolfhound?", Adrian asked. "Well, that's what this mission is about. Like I said earlier, I don't leave mine behind. Wolfpack Squadron will attempt to gain entry and rescue Wolfhound. Star Fox will provide the cover." "How do we get onto the ship?", Adrian asked. "I'll explain that, Captain.", Cordy interrupted. "I analyzed the ship readings from the previous battle. It seems that there is a weak spot in the shields over the main fighter bay. If we shoot it enough, we can get in." "OK, then. What about guards?", Adrian asked again. "I'd advise that you carry your sidearms and expect heavy resistance.", Captain McCloud stated. "All right, then, if there's no further questions, you're all dismissed. We launch in an hour." ----------------------------------------------------------- END OF CHAPTER 7 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------