The Gundam Beauty Pageant|
by Charon the Sabercat
The establishment begins to fall apart when Charon takes an emergency-
Chapter 39 - Chapter 40 - Chapter 41
The Gundam Beauty Pageant|
“ROLL CALL! EVERYBODY, BREAK ROOM, NOW!”
The Gundams ran to the break room with a rumble, murmuring amongst themselves to the emergency at hand. Or rather, emergencies…
“You know Captain's gone missing,” Deathscythe whispered to Dom.
“Samurai Gundam got stabbed, Dom heard,” he replied.
Charon stormed into the room in a panic, counting off Gundams as she went. “Gundiver, Deathscythe, Talgeese, Zero, Ash, Dai, Kibao, Dom, Sazabi- where's the rest of them?”
Dom shrugged. “Dom don't know.”
“GAH!” Charon clutched her hair in stress. “Where the heck is everybody? Oh man… MEL!”
Daishogun snapped his fan. “She's gone, too.”
A bolt of lightning flashed outside, making the building shake. The sabercat gurgled in a worried way and began pacing back and forth. “Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man…”
Zero floated forward, patting Charon's shoulder comfortingly. “It's okay, Lady Charon, they can't have gone far.”
“No, no, no!” Charon squealed, holding her head tighter. “Baku's gonna die, Captain's missing, Madnug's missing, Cobramaru's missing, Guneagle is missing-”
Ashuramaru rolled his eyes. “Oh, I know where he is.”
Guneagle and Maxine were deep into a kiss. Guneagle had been a fast learner; it's amazing what hormones can do to a person's mouth. He had totally lost himself in the kiss; he wasn't even Guneagle anymore. He was the other half of Maxine. He pressed against her mouth harder and harder and harder-
Until her mouth split, and he was kissing lips.
His eyes flew open. It was Captain's face.
“YAAAAAAAAA!” He flew into the opposite wall, eyes wide in fear. Maxine pulled herself away from the wall, wiping her human mouth and breathing heavily. “G-g-g-g-face-g-f-g…!”
“Whoo!” Maxine took one deep breath. “That was amazing! Why'd you stop?”
“The face!” Guneagle screamed while pointing at her. “The human face!”
“Oh!” Maxine's mouth moved perfectly in sync with her words, reminding Guneagle of Captain and making him sick to his stomach. “So?”
“S-” The words stuck in his throat.
Not for long, though. He was immediately in front of Maxine's face. “THE FACE! The whole `humans are ugly' rant! All the times you told me about how nervous Captain was about his face! All the times you hinted that you wanted him gone! You made such a stink about how hideous humans were to look at! AND YOU'VE GOT ONE!”
“Oh…” She swung her hips smarmily as she talked. “But I make it look good.”
Guneagle's jaw would have hit the floor (if he had one). “YOU WHAT?!”
“Human faces look terrible on humans,” she explained, “and on Gundam men.” She placed a hand on her chest proudly. “But on Gundam women, it's different. We look good with it. At least, I do.” She laughed to herself. “I don't think anyone else could pull it off.”
The words spun dangerously in Guneagle's mind. Maxine was insulting Captain, insulting humans, insulting everything he knew, but making it sound like she was the exception to everything she had been preaching about!
“But that's not important right now,” she crooned. She smoothly placed her arm back around Guneagle's neck. “Let's get back to where we were…”
Guneagle pulled away from her, eyes ablaze. “You used me.”
“I what?” Maxine gasped. “Guneagle! I just had to test you!”
“I had to make sure you would be totally devoted to me…” Maxine purred. “So I knew I could be to you. I am a very popular woman…”
Guneagle's wings flared dangerously. “You're a backstabbing whore!”
His hand whipped around and smacked Maxine across the face, sending her stumbling backwards. Guneagle ran past her through the door to the break room.
“Oh, I know where he is.”
Guneagle burst through the door, zooming to Charon's side with jets a-blazing. “Charon, I know where Captain is!”
Her head snapped up, eyes hopeful. “You do?”
“He's outside!” Guneagle pointed to the door outside. “Somewhere in the forest!”
“He's-“ The panic suddenly came back to Charon's face. “OUTSIDE?! OH NO!”
“What?” Guneagle was sure that would fix something. “What do you me-”
“I didn't stop outside!” Charon moaned. “Outside goes on forever! It could take us years to find him!”
The sabercat fell backwards onto a sofa cushion, curling into a ball and squealing like a frightened puppy. “No, no, no, he's gonna die…”
The lightning flashed again, and the rain roared against the walls.
Marluxia was on his last health point, but Melanie paused the game. Something was wrong. Really wrong.
She didn't hear a response. Mel put down the Gameboy and sneaked into the computer room, eyeing the monitor carefully. The fanfiction was writing itself as she watched. She read a few sentences.
“Uh oh…” Mel gulped. “Charon's in trouble!”
Then something else caught her eye; another window, minimized behind the fanfiction. She opened it quickly-
And got a wonderful idea.
She heard the Gameboy beep twice, a sign that the battery had died and she had lost her game, but she didn't care. She double-clicked the window-
Zero and Ashuramaru tried their best to stop Charon from sort-of crying. “It's okay, Charon, calm down.”
Daishogun noticed that the rain poured harder as she choked back sobs. She's controlling the weather, he deduced. He looked at the sabercat again, studying her. Unless she did calm down, the rain would be too much for a Gundam to weather (no pun intended), and Captain might not survive-
“Huh?” Charon's voice was barely recognizable behind the worried warble. That was a man's voice-
“Charon!” Melanie suddenly rounded the corner, followed by an assorted cast of teenagers, one of them in an Organization 13 robe. “I got help!”
“Wha-?” She was frozen in thought-
“Hi, Charon!” A girl with dirty blonde hair waved past the Organization 13 man. “You need our help?”
“Wait…” The realization slowly dawned. “Mel… You went to the message board?”
Mel nodded proudly. “I got all of the SD Gundam fans on the message board except for one named Melady.”
Charon jumped up and hugged Melanie around the neck. Cybertoy waved his PET above his head. “Okay, everybody grab an umbrella and start searching! We've got a lot of ground to cover!”
“Roger!” The SDGundamaniacs spread out and ran to the door, holding out various ridiculous umbrellas and cell phones.
Charon sat down on the sofa and breathed deeply, Mel standing nearby. “Thank you… thank you thank you thank you…”
“She needs to calm down.” Mel summarized. “And ice cream.”
Her finger shot into her air. “The cat needs ice cream!”
Zero fluttered out of the door. “I'm going to check on Aneko.”