by: Townie Lee
"Kyaaah!" shouted Mau, leaping to one side as a blood red serpent slashed
its rusty blade at her. It thrusted its blade towards Mau, but she leaped
back. When she saw her chance, she ran up to the serpent and head-butted it
in the stomach. No effect. The serpent kept coming closer and closer, but
Mau walked slowly backwards with her hands clenched. Not looking where she
had been looking, she fell over a tree root that was out of the ground. Her
two jade eyes looked in horror as the serpent came closer.
Cleo was on a hike, but half way up, she heard a scream for help. Without a
moments hesitation, she ran towards the plea for help. The serpent was
unaware that Cleo was crouched behind him. As he was about to kill Mau, Cleo
leapt onto the serpents back and dug her claws into it. Giving a screech of
pain, the serpent tried to pry Cleo off of its back. Cleo put her arm
around its neck an began to choke it slowly to death. Cleo leapt off of
its back as is died and stood in front of Mau.
"What made this thing so mad at you?" asked Cleo. Mau did nothing but
hold a bundled cloth up to her body tightly. She paused for a moment then
replied slowly to Cleo, "This", she said unwrapping the cloth, "Is the magic
sphere of the fire goddess, Mai. The Desert Rose is what it is called. There
is five planets, in which has a sphere hidden. That serpent is from Dires
army. Dire was first attendant of General Pepper. But first attendant wasnt
enough for him. He wanted to rule the Lylat system. One day, he tried to
kill Pepper, but Pepper got away. Pepper has banished him to Ghari, a
mysterious planet that is only miles of desert. Somehow, Dire has formed an
army with other serpents on Ghari and has managed to form jets and other
equipment with some material of some downed air crafts which have crashed on
the planets surface. He is now looking for these spheres for revenge on
Pepper. If one has all of these spheres, he can revive a being that is
somewhere in Aquas. If he DOES get the spheres..."
"Hell make it kill us all or make us his slaves and rule the Laylat system"
"How the heck did you know that?"
Cleo and Mau returned to Corneria City, but all they could see was
"Dire", whispered Mai to herself. Cleo just stood there, gawking at the
sight of jets shooting lasers at the helpless Cornerians and buildings.
"Its Starfox!" shouted someone from the crowd of retreating Cornerians. Mau
and Cleo looked up at the sky and saw the Starfox team, coming to save the
city. "Theyre crazy! They dont stand a chance!" shouted Cleo over the
"Falco! Ill take the left while you take the right!" shouted Fox McCloud to
Falco Lombardi heard the announcement from Fox. "You got it!" replied Falco.
All of a sudden, an energy core appeared at the front of Dires mother ship.
"What is that on the mother ship?" asked Slippy Toad to his teammates.
"I have a bad feeling about this, guys" replied Peppy Hare.
The team looked in shock as a large laser beam from the core struck with
major force at the Starfox team. Cleo and Mau looked in terror as the four
ships crashed on the Cornerian pavement.
"FOX!!!" shrieked foxs son, Leo as he ran to Foxs fractured arwing. He
pried open the door of the cockpit and pulled out Foxs limp body. Katt
Monroe and the husky unit ran to the ships to see if the team members were
still alive. Katt Monroe hugged Falcos life-less body, while tears fell
from her blue eyes. Silently she heard someones voice. "Katt, cant.... we
do ...this somewhere ...else?"
Katt looked down at Falco. He was alive. Katt jumped on top of him and
began kissing him. "Katt....no...not...now...." mumbled Falco. The rest of
the team were alright as well.
The loud squeaking of Slippys wheelchair made Peppy put his paws up to
what he had left of his ears. Slippy grinned. "I like this chair. Its
comfy, warm...." "And is as heck annoying!" Fox said sternly at Slippy,
hitting him with his crutch.
The team was joining a meeting with General Pepper. When the team
arrived, Pepper was looking very somber and serious.
"Dire is taking revenge on our planet, and system", Pepper announced to
the team, "he is much too powerful for our army, and seems powerful enough
agenst our Starfox team. "We will need some people to go into the base and
find a way to stop him without a fight in the sky." Leo walked up slowly to
Pepper. "Pepper, what exactiaclly do you mean?" asked Leo, seriously. "We
cant have ships fight agenst Dires mother ship, so well need recruits to
go in as spies and find out how to stop Dire.
"What? You? You will be killed in no time at all, Leo. This is very serious"
"I am serious"
Pepper glanced at Fox. "Can we trust your son?" questioned Pepper.
Fox paused. "Absolutely not.... he is much too young. He wont stand a
chance", Fox finished, hesitantly.
"You heard me, you are too young for this kind of combat."
"Do as you are told, young man."
Leos eyes narrowed. He finally turned around and began to leave the
"Foxy, dont you think that you were a little rough on Leo?" asked Peppy.
"One day hell thank me for this. Just you see....."
"So, you will help me?" asked Mau, walking towards a cafe. "Yeah. And
besides, I dont really have a choice, do I?" replied Cleo. "Yeah. I guess
you have a point there".Mau put her paw up to her mouth. "Err...how
exactically are we going to get to all of these places?" questioned Mau.
Cleo leaned back in her chair and closed her eyes. "Steal an aircraft of
course." replied Cleo with a yawn. Mau looked in disbeleif at the Palins
remark. "What the heck do you mean, steal an aircraft? No way." Cleo put her
paws behind her head. "Any better ideas?". Mau opened her mouth to say
something, but instantly closed it. She was speechless. "Well?" asked Cleo,
once again. Mau sighed. "Oh what the heck. Lets do it!" Cleo grinned.
"That's the Mau we love and know." Then Mau suddenly lost her enthusiasm.
"How are we gonna get there without getting caught?"
"Leave it all to me, Mauie.Leave it all to me...."
At midnight, Cleo and Mau scampered from pole to pole towards the
aircraft base. There were two guards with lasers at the gate of the base.
Mau almost went into the clearing in front of a guard when Cleo swiftly
pulled her behind a statue by the scarf.
"Cleo, this isnt going to work at all. No how, no way..."
"Yes it will. Now shut up and do just as I tell you. Pretend you are a
mother who left her little boy err....somewhere in the bunker or something
like that. I will be on the wall and once the guards open the door, I'll
jump down inside before the guards can turn their heads around. Got it?"
"You didnt say anything about a little boy!"
"Mau, just shut up and do it."
Mau ran up to one of the guards and began Cleos plan.
"Sir....I left my poor Billy in the... uh... uh..."
Cleo was on the wall and was waving her hands as Mau looked at her for
what to say.
"......In the....err...the....um.. bathroom.....?"
Cleo slapped her paw across her face.
"Excuse me, but do you think I was born yesterday?" said one of the guards
in a scornful voice. "Yeah", said the other, putting is laser up to Maus
Time for plan B, thought Mau to herself. As hard as she could, Mau kicked
the first guard in the crotch and the other in the stomach. Cleo jumped off
the wall and grabbed the key card from the first guards pocket. As Mau
punched and kicked the guards, Cleo pushed the card through the slot on the
door. The entrance was open. The guards were knocked out when the entrance
was all the way open and ran with Cleo to the aircraft bunker.
There were hundreds of arwings, landmasters, blue marines and other
Cleo and Mau went up to two arwings.
"What the heck are you doing?"
Cleo and Mau paused at the mysterious voice.
" Who the heck are you?" asked Mau, trying to sound abusive.
" Leo, Leo McCloud." the voice said.
Leo walked up to the two cats.
"What the heck are you doing" repeated Leo.
Cleo walked up face to face with Leo.
"Eh? Well what are YOU doing?"
Leo was incredibly speechless by Cleos question. "Dang...." he muttered to
He took a long breath of air then told what he was doing. "My father, Fox
wont let me join the recruits for the surprise attack on Dires mother
ship. We are spying and are looking for a way to stop him..."
"Mauie here has one of these circle thingies that Dire is looking for. Cuz
there is five of em and if he gets em all, them he will awaken this bogey
from the depths of Aquas."
"Well tell you later..."
So Cleo, Mau and Leo went together towards Senca, a tropical planet which
had the temple of Isis, were the Tropic Lily was. The three were incredibly
unaware that Giga, a raven who was a general of Dires army was following
Giga joined up with Dire so he could get an extremely large pay by
doing his two favorite things: stealing and killing. After he would steal
the spheres, he would kill them, especially Mau. He had a desire for revenge
for her. When he was chasing her when she had the sphere, she took a small
dagger and practically slashed off his entire beak. Dire had replaced his
missing beak with another. It was made entirely of metal plates. He gave a
sneer as he flew behind the three in this R-flyer. He chuckled to himself.
"Here kitty, kitty, kitty....."
And to think the three were un-aware of Giga, he was also un-aware that him
and the ships were headed towards a mine field.
"Cleo, what the heck are those things?" asked Mau through her radio.
" Mau, I dont know and why dont you go talk at Leo or something?" replied
" Oh my god, were going through a mine field!!!" Shouted Leo in affliction.
Cleo made a somer-sault before she nearly hit a mine.
" Oh god, oh god, oh god..." she said in a shocked voice. Her fur was wet
The raven soon found out what the threes quarrel was about.
By swiftly avoiding the mine with a barrel roll, he avoided it.
Leo could clearly see Giga.
"Lets get out of here! Were getting tailed!"
Mau wasnt paying close attention to Leo and could only feel one thing.
Her arwing was not responding to her. She could only say one thing as she
flew straight into a mine, : KYSCA!!!!! and then blew into thousands of
shards as Cleo and Leo looked in mock horror at the explosion....
Cleo turned her arwing around. The follower had dissapeared.
"Leo.." said Cleo, slowly to Leo, "What does "Kysca" mean?"
"Mmm..I dont really know...." replied Leo in a shocked voice, "but we
should head on to Sanka...."
Cleo sighed. The one who knew everything about the spheres was dead and
so was the Desert Rose. Suddenly, Cleo could hear someting slowly roll in
the back of the arwing. Cleo quickly glanced to the back of her ship. It was
the Desert Rose, covered in cloth...............
To Be continued........