Chapter 20: The Japan Syndrome, Part 1
Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow wakes up hearing the sound of tiny motors outside, he gets out of bed to see Rob with a man playing with Remote Control planes
Rob: Hey, good morning Shads!
Shadow: Yeah, it's a good morning to you. IT'S FIVE IN THE MORNING!
Rob: Have you met.... Who are you again?
Man: Agent Mitchell, British intelligence.
Shadow: Any reason why you're here in Tokyo. And why are you flying toy planes while I'm sleeping.
Mitchell: We are currently re-enacting the Battle of London. I'm flying a Spitfire, he's flying a ME 262.
Shadow: They didn't fly 262's until after the Battle of London.
Mitchell: Tell that to Michael Bay
Shadow: I shall refer to my first statement, It's five in the morning, I'm tired , one of you has to crash those planes soon.
Mitchell: That's already happening.
Rob's plane crashes, Shadow laughs
Mitchell: Goeth has been defeated once again.
Shadow continues laughing.
The next day, Shadow hears a knock on the door, he opens it and sees Mr. X in civilian clothing
Shadow: Evening, Mr. X
Mr. X: Shadow, we have a problem.
Shadow: What is the problem?
Mr. X: After Chen was killed last week, other CEO's are responding to the news. Companies that have been visited by the unknown yakuza.
Shadow: Who's on the obituary?
Mr. X: Nortech in Hong Kong. After Tai Xiang heard the news, he knew he was next, so he jumped from his office window. You ever see what happens when after a balloon filled with ketchup falls 20 stories?
Shadow: ..... Yes!?
Mr. X: It was like that. Zheng Wong, Cyanid. Lin Wu, Shotgun blast. All these things mean one huge reason. It was all a plan to avoid the man. He can't kill them if they are already dead, can he?
Shadow: I just don't believe any of this!
Mr. X: Wow, what you should do is leave Tokyo.
Mr. X: Trust me, it's for your own well being. Here is your ticket
Shadow: I'll keep this for future reference.
Mr. X: Okay. This may be the last time I'll ever see you
Mr. X: Because I am going to kill myself.
Mr. X: Because I accidentally got involved with the yakuza.
X reveals a scar from his visit with the yakuza
Mr. X: The boss gave me this after I gave him certain information he wanted. Which is why I am going to take my life before they do.
X points a gun at his head
Shadow: hey, whoa. If you're going to do that, don't do it in here. My maid just cleaned the place.
Mr. X: Okay, but I'm warning you, leave Tokyo before the inevitable happens.
X leaves. Shadow gets into his car and drives to work. He drives down the street when X jumps in front of Shadow's car, killing him.
Shadow: Jesus Christ!!!
An ambulance comes, Shadow is being confronted by an officer.
Shadow: I have told you like five times, I was driving down the street, he jumps clear out of nowhere, and now he's dead.
Officer: So, what caused this to happen?
Shadow: He came to my apartment, he told me he was going to kill himself, I leave, and the rest you know.
Officer: Okay, just go to work and leave this to us.
Shadow finally arrives at work, Shadow sees Nakano at his desk, not saying a word
Shadow: Something the matter?
Nakano: One of our worst fears has finally reached. It seems we have WMD's in our own city. The yakuza has finally gotten to the Japanese manufacturers.
Shadow: Like whom.
Nakano: Any name you can imagine, Toshiba, Casio, Nokia, Yamaha, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and a lot more. We hear that these microchips have more explosive power than the Chinese ones.
Shadow: What do you think this means sir?
Nakano: I'm afraid it means the damage will be worse than Hiroshima and September 11th combined.
Shadow: Then why are wasting time!? we got work to do!
Nakano: Find a way to stop them, we cannot risk anymore losses.
Meanwhile, at the yakuza palace, Hisao meets with Akio in his office.
Akio: Hiaso, you're early.
Hisao: I needed to speak with you. Those weapons we requested are finally being produce.
Akio: Who's producing them?
Hisao: Every auto manufacturer in Tokyo.
Akio: I never authorized you to do Japan. We agreed we were only going to do the countries outside Japan.
Hisao: You obviously don't get you old fool, the more we have, the more we strike fear into the people.
Akio: There is such thing as going overboard. You have obviously went over that point.
Hisao: My only intent is to kill that Hedgehog.
Akio: That was your only goal? Just to get some mutant cat?
Hisao: There has been enough talking about killing him, It's time I did.
Akio: You're mad!
Hisao takes his kaiken and stabs Akio.
Hisao: would a mad man be smart enough to kill you first?
Akio: How could you!
Hisao: I'm in command now!
Akio lies on the floor, dead
Hisao: Now, first order of business, (holds a newspaper) KILL THIS HEDGEHOG!
At the sushi restaurant, Shadow sits at the bar eating his lunch.
Kobashi: What's new in the crime department, Shadow
Shadow: We have WMD's in Japan, we're finding out where.
Kobashi: Have you met Agent Mitchell?
Shadow: Yes, he broke into my house this morning.
Kobashi: He's a good friend of mine, he's here to find out where the WMDs are too, maybe you can beat him to it.
Shadow: No, I WILL be him to it!
Just then, a familiar face walks into the door, Orochi
Kobashi: If you are here to start a fight in my restaurant again, get out!
Orochi: I'm only here to make peace. Besides, I got out early for, well, good behavior. For starters, I'll have some miso soup.
Kobashi hands him his soup
Orochi: Okay, Shade, is it?
Shadow: It's Shadow!
Orochi: Ok, I hear you're looking for WMDs, right? Well they are not where you think they are. They're really all stuffed away in a warehouse in Shinagwa wharf.
Shadow: Of course!
Orochi: So get on down there tonight, the man in the ski mask will be there to.
Shadow drives over to an airfield where lots of jets are stored.
Shadow: Hey, I'm looking for a jet. What is the best one you have.
Manager: Well, we got this one.
Shadow: I'll take it!
Later, at the warehouse, the ski mask man is waiting, along with three other men.
Yakuza #1: Are sure this will work?
Ski Mask: Trust me, he'll come.
Yakuza #2: What if he doesn't?
Ski Mask: Never tell me the odds!
He hears footsteps. It is Shadow
Ski mask: How good of you to join us!
Shadow: Mind telling me who you really are!
Ski Mask: I was hoping you would ask that question
He takes off his ski mask to reveal himself. Shadow could not believe who it was, IT WAS HISAO.
Shadow: So it was you all this time!
Hisao: Yes. I had to come up with a way to get to you. I went all over Asia to force a lot of manufacturers to build these microchips. All of these things came from their fear of me. After Chen was proven not guilty, It was time for me to send him off, in a fiery death. In short, it was all me!
Shadow: I cannot believe it.
Hisao: And once all these chips are in their proper place. It will be 9/11 X 2,356.
Shadow: My god, I don't even know how much that is!
Hisao: Nobody does!
Shadow: That's it, you're coming with me.
Hisao: Why should I
Shadow: I'll move to Plan B.
Hisao: Please tell what is Plan B.
Shadow: All-Right, Now.
All of a sudden, Sailor V pops out of nowhere, knocking out all the yakuza, except Hisao.
Sailor V: They never choose the easy way!
Shadow runs out of the warehouse, Sailor V follows
Hisao: That's it, run! Run like the little coward you really are.
Suddenly, an F35B Lightning in Zero colors hovers in front of the warehouse entrance.
Shadow fires a sidewinder missile at the crates causing them all to detonate. The entire warehouse explodes massively. Shadow flies away. Hisao, barely even burned, emerges from the fire.
Hisao: I'll get you for this! You won't escape, My Wraaaaath!
Back at Shadow's apartment, he sits on the couch drinking a Pepsi. Sailor V knocks on the door.
Shadow: We talk outside a lot, come on in.
Sailor V: Thanks. That was pretty good out there, what you did.
Shadow: What can I say, I was only doing my job.
Sailor V: Yeah, I guess it's safe to tell you that...
Shadow: You can drop the act now Mina, I know it's you.
She takes off her mask slowly
Mina: You knew it was me the whole time?
Shadow: The red ribbon kind of gave it away.
Mina: I didn't want you to find out like this.
Shadow: Why is that?
Mina: Because if you found out, I figured you would take me to jail.
Shadow: I would never do that to you, ever.
Mina: You really mean it?
Shadow: It doesn't matter to me if you are a vigilante because even it did, I still wouldn't take you to jail. If you told me it was you the whole time, I would keep it a secret, it will always be safe with me.
Mina: So I worried for nothing?
Shadow: You can still be Sailor V, there is nothing stopping you.
Shadow: You're welcome.
Mina: And by the way, V means Venus.
Shadow: I thought so.
Mina puts her mask back on, and leaps off the balcony
To be continued....