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"End of the Beginning"
( Red sliver)
How long was it? Five years? Three maybe? At least two. " Only 18
months?!" Fox muttered to himself in disbelief. Only 18 months since the
Great Lylat war, the destruction of Andross, the vengeance of his father.
Now the Lylat system has finally got back on it's feet, Cities being
rebuilt, the bodies of all the soldiers who bravely gave their lives finally
being found and properly buried. The entire experience was so explicit and
heart wrenching, that after it was all over, time simply seemed to have
flown, Flown because there was little reason for Starfox to fight. Until now.
Fox shut down his computer, which was like a small lab top, but couldn't
be removed from the desk. He got up and stretched. Still in his under shirt
and underwear, he went to his dresser to put on his clothes. He saw a
picture of his father and himself there, when he was only 7. He always had it
there, so when he couldn't sleep well at night, he could still see his father
looking over him.
" Where are my socks for cryin' out loud?" he said to himself again,
sifting through his top drawer. Falco probably stole a couple pair again, he
always wore out his socks quickly
Unhappy he had to wear the socks with holes in them, Fox grumpily opened
his metal bedroom door and started to climb down the short ladder to the
hall. As usually the still sleepy fox accidentally stepped on his own tail,
resulting in a short " Damnit!!"
"Luckily" he thought to himself, " I didn't wake Falco or Slippy" Their
bedrooms were right down the hall also. But Peppy's was a little down from
his, and he noticed that the door was open. Peppy was already awake and with
little doubt making breakfast, judging by the exotic scents coming from the
Fox walked in without a word To Peppy Hare, his old friend to himself and
his Father. Peppy didn't notice at first of Fox, he was busily frying
something in the frying pan. Fox looked at the wall clock. It was 4:40 am
standard Cornerian time, The usual waking hour for Fox. Fox took his usual
seat at the small table, leaned back and sighed heavily.
" Morning sleepy head!" Peppy said in a perky voice "Care for some decaf
Fox then made a sound like someone yawning and trying to say ' huh?' and
'what?' at the same time.
" Just pulling your leg Fox- the Caffeinated coffee is right on the
counter" Fox helped himself and fell back down into his chair. Peppy was
done frying large aqua's flys for slippy and had put Falcos cold seeds in the
fridge to cool, so he sat with Fox.
" So what kind of a mission do you think General Pepper has for us?"
Peppy asked. Fox looked up from his coffee "I don't know, it seems real
hush-hush" Fox said.
" That's not very different coming from General Pepper, but having to
meet in person?" Peppy paused "That's pretty unusual" Fox only nodded, and
took a big gulp of his coffee
"I've been pretty tired lately, so if he wants us to demolish more
Titanian buildings with the land master or shoot down the solar birds on
Solar, even though they never leave and nobody goes there, I'll either
decline or have to charge double"
Peppy looked at Fox in agreement, but turned to see Falco and Slippy
walking down the kitchen for breakfast.
About four hours later, The entire StarFox team was walking down the long
Hall to General Pepper's office. As usual Fox and Falco were bickering, this
time over socks, Peppy walked on oblivious to their fighting (he was totally
used to it) and Slippy Toad looking around in awe and every now and then
walking into walls. Just another average visit. Or was it?
After Falco yelled at Fox to "Bring it on!" Peppy scolded at the two to
at least try to act like adults, they were at the end of the hallway. The
four acted as dignified as they could, but Fox and Falco still gave each
other dirty looks. They entered the office, which had a new wooden desk with
a large flag to the right of it, General Pepper was actually standing in
front of the window with a distant look in his eyes. The four focused their
attention on the General, for he was never like this before. He didn't even
smile when they walked in, and with a quick hand signal, all the Cornerian
guards left the room. Everyone left was shocked, This also has never
" Sit" General Pepper said, and indicated 4 chairs in front of his desk.
They all took their seats, From left to right it was Slippy, Falco, Peppy and
Fox on the far right. He looked at them for a moment, and the expression on
his face made Fox realize this wasn't about Solar birds.
" This is truly a good time for the Lylat system." He said finally "But
like anything that exists that is good always will have catch." He sat down
and pulled out a large envelop, from a drawer that had a strong lock on it.
He simply put it down in the middle of the table. " Thanks to new foreign
relations and technology, every single population in the Lylat system is free
to go any where else in the Lylat system, Cornarians and go to Aquas,
Titanians can go to MacBeth, Space Base colonists can go by sector X without
fear, schizophrenics murders can go any where."
The last sentence caused odd looks and a shifting of weights in the seats
from the StarFox team. There was an errie silence. General Pepper pulled
out what was in the envelop, which was a couple reports and about 7 pictures
of something. He took the middle picture and handed it to Fox. He took it
and looked, and practically choked on his own saliva.
Staring back at him was an avian girl, a teen it appeared, that was lying
in some desert sand, viciously beaten, her beak broken, her own blood
splattered on her face and all around her, with what seemed to be underwear
around her neck, which was under some very tightly tied rope. She herself
was topless, but her arms covered most of her chest, which had stabs and
scratches, and a lone tattoo on her back which was barley visible from the
It was so grizzly he practically slapped it into Peppy's face, who took
the photo. While Fox had his head between his knees, Peppy simply screamed "
OH MY GOD!" and stared at it shocked. Falco and slippy looked at the other
two curiously, wondering what was in the picture.
Peppy didn't know what to do, so he tossed it onto the desk. General
Pepper looked even more grievous, and Falco and Slippy saw on the table what
the commotion was about. Falco immediately said "What kind of a sick Pervert
did this??!" And Slippy's eyes were even more wide looking at the picture in
General Pepper got up. " We don't know Falco Lombardi." he said, and
walked across the room "Who ever this maniac is, he's good. That avian girl
wasn't the only one, he had appeared to have murdered 6 others the exact same
way. Raped, beaten, stabbed, with their own underwear around their necks,
and finished off by strangling with a rope. He hides the bodies, and the
only way we know this happens is that he sends the photographs of the girls
to their own families. StarFox, the reason we need your help in this case is
because he has done this 6 times and on different planets."
Fox finally looked up. General Pepper continued "The only thing those
girls had in common was that they all were runaways, and they were killed by
the same person, This man gets around very well, thanks to the unified
transportation of all the planets, and our average police can't keep up.
Great Fox's engine is still the most powerful in the Lylat system and may be
able to keep up with new findings and police reports, and hope fully get
ahead of this killer and stop him before he strikes again."
General Pepper turned around simply looked at the bedazzled StarFox team.
Fox McCloud breathed "The case has been accepted-you can only pay enough to
cover our provisions if you choose."
General Pepper forced a weak smile. " All the armies and financial aid is
yours StarFox." He slapped together his legs and saluted "Good luck!"