Fox McCloud woke up and blinked. He yawned as he turned on a lamp beside
his bed. He sat up and looked at his love sleeping next to him, Vixxi
He smiled and quietly got out of bed. He didn't want to disturb her.
As he walked out of his quarters and into the hallway, he saw a
of his mother and father. His mom, Lisa died at child birth. His dad,
did a good job of raising Fox until he was sixteen. Then, James was
Fox sighed and looked away. He yawned and continued down the hall.
He looked inside the small pantry in the kitchen of the Great Fox. He
see anything that looked good enough for breakfast. Fox settled for some
cold oatmeal. On the kitchen table, he saw an old copy of Starz.
Fox opened it up and began reading it. "Morning, Fox." he heard Vixxi
He looked at her. She yawned and smiled at him. She was wearing her fuzzy
bed robe and her fur was fluffed up and messy. Even though, he had always
thought she was the most beautiful fox he had ever seen. That made him
wonder what she was doing with a dope like him. He knew he wasn't the
fox. He had always thought that his snout was to long and that his ears
were too big.He began reading the magazine again to get his mind off this
Vixxi pulled out a box of Crunchy -O's from the pantry. She looked
in the fridge for some milk. "Okay," Vixxi said,"who drank all the milk?"
She looked at Fox. He smiled sheepishly at her. "Mm-hmm" she said
She walked over to the sink and poured water over the cereal. Then she
joined Fox at the table. Fox reached across the table and kissed Vixxi.
She smiled at him and the began eating again. "Hello everybody!" Slippy
exclaimed cheerfully as he walked into the kitchen. Peppy followed in
him. He began to make french toast. "Why didn't you tell me you we going
to make breakfast, Peppy?!" Fox said making a face at his oatmeal. "I'll
make some for you too, Fox." Peppy said, chuckling. "Oh yeah, and expect
Falco to get up any time soon."
"I'm sure he's got a hangover. His ship didn't come in until late
"Did he see his gang last night?" Fox inquired. He probably went to
see Birdie." Vixxi cut in as she walked to the sink. She put her bowl in
the sink and made he way to the bathroom to wash up.
There was a loud thud followed by cursing. Fox began to laugh. He
what that was. Almost every morning, Falco woke up and hit his head on
the top of his bunk bed. Falco grumbled and rubbed his sore head as he
walked into the kitchen. Still cursing, he popped some bread into the
Peppy flipped the toast in his frying pan as he chuckled and wiped a tear
from his eye. "Oh, yeah you guys always get a kick out of that." Falco
snapped still rubbing his head. Falco sat down at the table. Peppy sat
down with a plate full of french toast. Slippy sat next to him.
A few minutes later, Vixxi came out of the bathroom in a dark purple
button-down shirt and dark blue jeans. "So what's everyone doing today?"
she asked the team. "I'm gonna zoup up the my arwing's engine!" Slippy
said excitedly. "Hmmph. Iguess I'll watch a little T. V." Falco grumbled.
"I was supposed to meet Tina at Corneria Park today." Peppy said. Tina
Hare was Peppy's wife. In a couple weeks, she'd retire her secritarial
job and join Peppy on the Great Fox. Vixxi turned to look at Fox. "Maybe
we could do something together today, Fox." she said, "How about swimming
at Aquas? They've cleaned the waters. Or about hanging out at one of
white sand beaches?"
"You know about the media."
"Remember Fortuna?" Fox replied. "I do! I do!" Slippy cut in. "We all
remember that." Falco said with his first smile of the day.
Vixxi blushed. That washer and Fox's first date after the war
with Andross. Fox took her iceskating on Fortuna. She remembered that she
had tripped and began to fall but Fox caught her. She looked up at him
and he kissed her. Later, they went back to the Great Fox. In the
ROB had gotten Fox the paper. On the front page of the Cornerian
was a picture of them kissing from last night! Vixxi guessed they didn't
hear the cameras. Too caught up in the moment.
"Yeah," Vixxi said after a pause, "Kayla and Bill said they'd visit
today." With that she put on Fox's comlink and walked into another
up to the bridge. Fox watch her. No wonder he didn't hear Falco. Falco
snapped his fingers in front of Fox's face. "Huh? Oh, Falco uh...what do
"Hopelessly in love, huh Furball?"
"Don't call me that Featherbrain! Now, what do you want?!"
"I wanted to know if you would play a game of pool with me."
Fox thought about it for a minute then agreed. He cleaned up and
Falco in the rec room. It was a big room, almost as big as the Great Fox
bridge. In the left corner, furthest from the door, was a large, red
couch. In front of that was a big screen T. V. On the other side of the
room, was a bar running along the wall. Just in front of that was a
table. Next to that was a pool table. The pool table was behind the
couch. A cross from the bar was a five foot tall rack of movies as long
the wall. It had every movie made in the Lylat system on it. The room was
very fancy. The bar had it's own tap, they had a N64, and cable that
even reach Earth channels.
Fox walked in and met Falco. "Okay, Fuzbutt, I'm gona beat you so
Falco taunted as he passed Fox a que stick. "Yeah, right Feather Weight!"
Fox replied as he took the first shot. The two ball and seven ball went
into a corner pocket. "Hah!" Fox said, meaning it as an insult.
Meanwhile, Vixxi saw a small, Cornerian class fighter coming toward
the Great Fox. Bill, she tought. She called Bill's ship on a radio wave.
"Bill?" she questioned. Dumb she thought, of course it's Bill and Kayla.
"Wrong-O." said a gruff voice. "Wolf?! My god it's you!" Vixxi said in
amazement. "Yeah," Wolf began, "Listen sis, I'm hurt and I need some
Vixxi chewed her bottom lip as she thought. "Okay," she finally said,
front hangar is open." Inside the ship, Wolf struggled to get the fighter
in the hangar using one arm. His right arm had been badly torn at the
from a fight. He grunted as he flicked the switch that cut the engine
he landed the jet.
Falco slammed his que stick on the carpet of the rec room in defeat.
"Yes!" Fox cried, "You owe me thirty dollars, Hardbeak!" Falco swore and
growled as he pulled out his wallet. A transmission ROB interupted them.
"Team to bridge." the robot said over the intercom.
Fox and Falco ran out of the rec room as fast as they could to get
to the Great Fox bridge. The sounds of a sputtering engine stopped as
stepped out of the back hangar. He had on an old, gray jumpsuit on with
all over it. He began waddeling down the hall after Fox and Falco.
When they got to the hangar, they saw Wolf sqiurming out of a
ship. Vixxi was standing next to him with a sad expression on her face.
Wolf finally got out of the ship and stood next to Vixxi. She put Wolf's
arm around her shoulders. "C'mon, Wolf." she said as she dragged him down
the hall. "Don't say anything." she whispered to the team as she passed
She dragged Wolf down to the rec room. She put him on the couch. Wolf
sat up and groaned. He grabbed his shoulder. The rest of the team walked
in. "That was Bill's ship!" Fox yelled, "What did you do to him?!" Wolf
grunted as he stood up. He smiled. "Don't worry, Fuz. I spared the life
of your furry friend. He's fine he'll just wake up on that Cornerian
with a bad headache." Wolf said witha laugh. "What of Kayla?" Vixxi asked
sternly. "I didn't see anyone else there." Wolf growled. He stumbled over
to Slippy. "Who's this grease monkey?" Wolf said snickering. He poked
in the stomache. "Hey!" Slippy cried in protest. He backed away. Wolf
in pain and grabbed his arm. He took a step backwards and colapsed on the
couch. Vixxi gasped. "Good ridance!" Falco called. "I've gotta help him!"
Vixxi shouted. She ran out into the corridor. She put a metal key into
a lock and opened a closet full of medical supplies. She pulled out a
aid kit and ran back to rec room. "Oh, no! I know you're not thinkin' of
savin' him?!" Falco said as Vixxi passed him. "He is my brother!" Vixxi
retorted, "I've gotta do something!" She pulled on some latex gloves and
got to work. "I'm not a doctor." she said as she cleaned Wolf's wound.
"Slippy." she called. Slippy shakily stepped toward her. "Huh?"
"Go fix his ship."
"You heard me. You guys want him to leave? Fix Wolf's ship so he can
leave." Slippy sighed and walked out of the room. Vixxi's hand shook as
she began to sew Wolf's shoulder clothes.
Meanwhile, on Corneria,Bill woke up off the pavement. He rubbed the
back of his head. Ouch he thought, what happened? Kayla walked out of a
brick building. "Are you ready to go now Bi....Bill!" she cried as she
ran over to him. "What happened?" she asked him. "I don't know...." Bill
answered. Kayla helped him up and they both ran into the building to get
Hours later, on the Great Fox, Wolf groaned as he sat up. His should
was fixed. "Vixxi," he said, " you,you saved me. Why?" Vixxi stood up.
"You are my brother and I love you but you really must go." Wolf nodded
and scrambled out of the room. Vixxi sat down and began to cry. She
and went to her quarters. It was late, Peppy had returned from Corneria
and went to sleep. Falco was watching T. V. in his room and Slippy was
still working on his arwing.
Fox stepped into his quarters. Vixxi was already in bed. Fox crawled
in. "Do you feel better that Wolf is okay?" he asked. "Yeah." Vixxi said
with a smile, "I feel better that i know he's out there and alive." She
turned out the light and smiled as Fox took her in his arms.