"I should probably let you know that you're talking to someone that consistently works with people deep within G.U.N's infrastructure. I can have you incarcerated for as long as I want if you keep this up."
As she walked off, Lawson sighed and put a hand on his face. He too then left the area, walking up to two security personnel on the way out.
"Tell the head of security that I want someone called Arashi Saito to be looked out for. There's something suspicious about her," Lawson said to one of them, who was holding a sub-machine gun across his torso.
A few hours later, in a room inside the GUN base..
Arashi sat in a well lit room, filled with many computers and technology. She seemed to be messing about with the wires, trying to do something.
"I can't believe I bypassed that security lock using just my electrical powers. Typical G.U.N security..." She sighs, then continues talking to herself, "'He' told me to do this, so he would have access to the database. Wonder what's in it for me?"
Still not being able to spot Arashi, the guard pressed a button on her earpiece and began to speak.
"Security, can I have a team sent over to Data Centre A? It seems that someone's broken in. I've yet to find out if they've yet left, over," she said, leaving a small pause for a faint voice to be heard, "Will do, out."
Arashi took one bullets in her left arm, and growled in pain, before running straight down the corridor. "Idiots, trying to interfere with me.." Arashi muttered to herself, as she continued running down the corridor.
The hybrid fired a shot at one of them, before switching her crossbow out for her one handed katana. "I don't know who you are, and what you want. Here's the thing tho, you want answers, your gonna have to take me out first." Arashi said in a dark tone, growling.
"Don't worry it will be. If you co-operate that is. Anyway, I'll go send word to put you in the normal infirmary rather than this cell," Lawson said, walking over to the door, "But be warned, anymore of your antics and you'll be worse off than you were a few hours ago."
"Hm... Well, I should be on my way. If you are let out, you'll probably have a security detail with you at all times. There's not really much I can do about that," Lawson replied, opening the door, "I hope to see you on your feet soon, Arashi. You're interesting to talk to."
Lawson then left the room, leaving Arashi on her own.
The infirmary in which Arashi was in was somewhat quiet. In there were the two security guards that she had injured previously. Lawson walked through the doorway, swiping across his tablet like he usually does. He looked up and noticed Arashi on her feet.
"Ah, Arashi, I see you're on your feet. How're you feeling?" he asked.
"Okay then. I guess it's time to follow protocol," Lawson said, taking a deep breath, "Now, under no circumstances are you allowed to tell anyone of this exchange. Even higher ups. You are also going to have to meet me in the debriefing room in about an hours time, got it?"
"Alright then." Arashi said, going to lean against the wall.
It was that second a snow leopard, wearing a white shirt, dark blue pants and black sneakers, behind him seemed to be a muscular what seemed to be a hyena in full combat armor holding what seems to be a tranquilizer rifle.
"You know what to do," Raidou said, gesturing to his guard, who was standing behind him. "I don't know who you are, but you had the nerve to interfere with one of my members. This is my problem not yours."
At that moment, his guard stepped out in front of him before taking aim with his rifle and firing a syringe in Arashi's back. Arashi staggered back, paralyzed from what she shot with. The guard went over and pulled it out before disposing of it. He then went over and restrained Arashi before dragging her over to the snow leopard.
"Pfft, rookie." Raidou commented. "Take her to the commander. He'll know to fix this mess up, since she messed up again. I think it's best we do "it".." Raidou said as he looked over at his guard, who walked away a few seconds later with Arashi in tow.
"I have superiority over you, tell me everything that happened."
"Everything--" Raidou said as he interrupted by a phone call. He pulled his mobile out of his pocket and answered the call. "Yes? What? Are you serious? I'll be there, just use non-lethal force." He said as finished the call and looked over at Lawson. "I'll have to talk to you later." Raidou walked out.
After Raidou had left, Lawson pressed his earpiece and said, "Put me through to S.I.D, level five security."
There was a brief pause before Lawson said, "This is Lawson. I want you to track the General. Yes, the General. I have an odd feeling about him and his relationship with Arashi Saito. I'm on my way now."
Lawson quickly reacted and grabbed the grenade, he then quickly threw it behind him and chased after Raidou, leaving an explosion behind him. As soon as the grenade exploded, alarms sounded and sprinklers were activated to put out the fire the explosion caused.
It's hard to believe that he became the General of G.U.N... Lawson thought to himself as he raced down the corridor.
"You coward!" Lawson yelled as he jumped over the grenades. Before he could reach Raidou, the elevator doors had already closed. "Damn it!" he yelled, punching the elevator door and making considerably large dent in it.
Lawson pressed his earpiece once more and spoke, "Raidou's escaped into an elevator, put the entire base into lockdown and keep tracking him."
"I thought you had him?" the intel officer replied on the radio.
"Well, it's pretty obvious that I don't. Now lock down the damn base."
It was obvious that Lawson was fuelled with anger now and was not going to take crap from anyone. A few seconds later, thick metal doors began closing all around the base, blocking off many of the rooms and the main entrance.
"It's not really the matter of what I want. It's more like what should be done. You have violated regulations three times today. You've tortured someone, you've resisted arrest and you've gone out of your way to try and injure G.U.N personnel," Lawson said, beginning to walked towards Raidou, "Now, you've have two options. One, you can co-operate and be spared. Two, I kill you on the spot. Make your choice."
Lawson aimed his weapon at Raidou just in case he decided not to co-operate.
Lawson walked up to Raidou and got out a pair of hand cuffs before proceeding to lock them onto his wrists.
"You are under arrest for doing the stuff I said before, blah, blah, blah and anything you say will be used against you etcetera," Lawson said, making it obvious that Lawson had had enough of Raidou at this point.
When Lawson closed the door to the interrogation room, the chief medical doctor was waiting for him.
"Agent Lawson," she said, with a worried look on her face.
"How's Arashi?" Lawson asked.
"Not good. I think it's best you come and evaluate the situation yourself. Come," she said, beginning to walk off.
Lawson followed her closely, trying to get to the infirmary as quickly as possible. Eventually, they reached the infirmary and headed straight for Arashi's room. She laid there, unconscious.
"So, is there anything that can be done?" Lawson asked the chief.
"Unfortunately, no. She's lost way too much blood. She's dying," the chief doctor said, with a saddened look on her face.
Lawson then stood there, looking at Arashi.
"I'll leave you alone," the chief said, walking off.
Lawson was thinking about something. Something big. After five minutes of thinking, Lawson pressed the button on his earpiece.
"Patch me through to Dr. Jonathan Lawson on a secure channel," the wolf ordered. After a few seconds, a person on the earpiece responded.
"Ah, hello Jacob. Finally decided to call your old man, huh?" the person said.
"Yeah, hi Dad. Listen, someone here is on the brink of death and I have an idea on how to save her," Lawson said in a very serious tone.
"Her? She your girlfriend or something?" his father said jokingly.
"No, dad. She's someone of great importance," Jacob sighed.
"Alright, what's this idea?" his father asked.
"Okay... I want you to put her through the augmentation process."
"I'm sorry, what?" Dr. Lawson asked, "Are you nuts, son?! That experiment almost killed you and now you want to try it on a dying girl?!"
"Yes dad, I do. Besides, she already knows the details about Lionhead and has agreed to partake in it. Might as well try the process again," Lawson said, with a worried look on his face. He wasn't even sure if it would work.
"No. I'm not doing it. I refuse," Lawson's father replied.
"Dad. I outrank you now. You are to perform the surgery. Direct order."
"For heaven's, Jacob... Fine, but if she dies, it's on your head. Bring her over to the lab. Lawson out," his father said, sounding quite frustrated.
I hope this works... Lawson thought.
Two days later...
Lawson was sat on a chair inside the infirmary next to Arashi's bed. He was filing mission reports on his tablet again and he looked extremely tired. His dad then walked into the room, holding two mugs of hot coffee.
"Jacob, I brought some coffee," he said, closing the door gently with his foot. His dad had always been a weird person, but he was very serious when he needed to be.
"Thanks dad," Jacob replied, taking the mug from his father.
Jonathan placed his coffee on a small table and sat next to his son and said, "I will have to keep an eye on her you know. If her augmentations fail, I-"
"I know, dad. I'm just glad she lived," Lawson said before sipping his coffee.
"Well, at first I was asking if you wanted to join Lionhead, to which you agreed. Then, General Raidou took you from me by force and after spying on the situation through hidden cameras, he almost killed you," Lawson said before sipping his coffee once more, "I took it upon myself to arrest the General and now he's being dealt with by the president. However, you were dying. The only way to save you was to put you through a very dangerous operation."
"Well... As you were near death, I told my father here, the head of Project Lionhead, to go through with performing a surgery where you would obtain augments to both keep you alive and make you stronger," Jacob said, placing his coffee mug on a table, "However, the reason you must be monitored is because, while you may feel fine, physically you are not. And when I was augmented..."
Lawson stopped. His eyes froze and his mouth stayed open slightly. It was as if something had just mentally shocked him.
"Give him a moment," Dr. Lawson said, "His augmentation process was very traumatic. All of his augments were rejected by his body and he almost died because of it. This was mainly because he was up and active within two days when his body was only partially recovered. That is why you must stay here and rest."
Jacob still sat there and looked at the ground, remembering the horrible experience again in his memory.
"A lot. Obviously there are the basics such as your brain functions, your breathing, taste, hearing, touching etcetera and then there's the more advanced stuff like your heightened speed and strength," Lawson replied, with his hands behind his back.
At that moment, Arashi would begin her training to be the second Project Lionhead participant. Her training would be boring at first, due to her physical health, but would later become more intense and would become fun to an extent.
One month later...
It was midday and Jacob was in the armoury, making modifications to his highly advanced weapon. The mods he was making weren't big ones. He had simply added a green laser sight and was messing around with different scope attachments.
"When the rest of my enemies have guns and I have a close-quarters weapon, I'm pretty sure the target will win. I use firearms because it allows me to perform better. Beside, this isn't just any old firearm," Lawson said, turning to his weapon, "This is a piece of technological genius."
"Well, I dunno. I'll tell Dr. Lawson later and see what he can do," Jacob replied. Whenever he was at work, Jacob would always refer to his father in a formal and respective way rather than just simply calling him "dad".
Arashi sighed as she walked across to the wall. Leaning against it, the hybrid immediately pulled out her mobile phone, only to get a call right at that moment. Pressing a button on it, and picked it up, Arashi placed it to her ear and talked into it.
"Hello? Yes, I used to work for Raidou. Wait. What. Are you actually serious? Okay, whatever." Arashi said, as she hung up. She walked over to Lawson. "Raidou's escaped."
"Hm. I'll check it out myself just in case," he replied, diving into his pocket. He pulled out his tablet and started tapping and scrolling through various tabs and pages before saying, "Hm. Okay then. I guess you'll probably be able to see what this thing can do on the field."
"Well... If I can, I'll try to keep him alive. If he resists, I'll fire this thing. There's no way he can withstand an explosive projectile flying at him at three thousand metres a second," Lawson said, taking his left hand off of the grip, "I'll meet you in the garage before we go."
Lawson walked out of the armoury, slinging his weapon over his shoulder.
"Assault of a fellow G.U.N operative, endangering the lives of G.U.N employees and torture. I'd say those are pretty valid reasons to lock a person up," he replied, slipping the projectile he was examining back into a holster.
Arashi looked over at Lawson, that moment she got another call, and picked it up again. "Hello? Yes, this is Arashi Saito. Who is this? Oh, commander. Yes, what about Raidou? We're going after him. Oh, it's me and another person. Right, I understand." She said, putting the phone down.
"Well, the commander isn't pleased and he said he's gonna execute me, if we don't find Raidou." She said, in a displeased tone.
"No, I told you everything. The commander-in-chief is probably the one responsible for this. If you don't do what Raiden wants, there will be consequences. Rather extreme ones. Happens to everyone who doesn't do what's asked." She said, crossing her arms. "Raiden is known for his ruthless. He's in charge of GUN after all."
Arashi climbed out, having her her handgun ready. She got up and walked off, handgun at the ready in case she needed to fire. She walked out a bit, looking around. "Raidou may of escaped somehow.." She went to look over at the van, looking for any clues to find Raidou.
At that moment, Arashi was shot in the shoulder by a bullet, and fell over.
Raidou stepped into the area, holding a sub machine gun, it was known he was in full combat armor. "This was planned, you know. I wanted to get you here for reasons." He said with a smug smirk on his face.
Lawson laughed, "You didn't do a very good job of keeping her alive the last time you two interacted with each other." He aimed the weapon at Raidou. "I assume this boss of yours is our great leader Raiden, hm?"
Arashi got up, stabbing her katana into the ground as she got up. "You've crossed the line, Raidou..." She said, growling slightly as a dark like aura appeared around her. The poison seemed to have weared off, it seemed like it was too weak to control me.., she thought to herself.
"STORMFRONT!" Arashi shouted, stabbing her katana into the ground, as she began to be covered in some sort of dragon like armor. Her katana seemed to have to disappeared, as she seemed to be holding a lance at her side now. Her body seemed to be fully covered in this armor.
The armor itself seemed to be a black color with various gold accents around it. She stood taller than before by a few inches. The armor itself seemed to be fairly agile and easy enough to dodge in. It seemed to have of covered her wings as well. Her helmet seemed to be shaped like a dragon too, as it had covered her whole face, leaving two holes for her eyes. They glowed red, as she looked over.
"This is where true power comes from....Lightning Strike!" She shouted as she ran towards Raidou, her lance aimed towards his head. He went to go dodge, but was hit by a lightning bolt from the sky.
He staggered back, aiming the rifle at Arashi, firing a shot a few times. Arashi took it, no damage been done to the armor.
Another bolt hit Raidou, this time stronger, he fell over wounded. Arashi walked closer to him, holding the lance in two hands as she went to go strike.
At that moment, Arashi was blasted by a blast of darkness energy, straight into the truck that Raidou was meant to be in.
She struggled to get up, obviously injured by the blast, it seemed to do alot of painful damage to the hybrid as the result of the fact the armor was broken slightly.
The figure stepped into the view, holding what seems to be a sword, in one hand. Darkness energy flicked over his other hand, as he smirked and walked closer. He seemed to be the same hyena that was with Raidou.
He wore light combat armor, and by the looks of things he seemed to be muscular. He walked over to Raidou and helped him up.
"Boss, Alpha said we're out of watermelon." The hyena said, laughing slightly.
"Maybe if you stopped the others from eating it. It would help! You really had to be worried about that instead of me! Smash, you need to stop worrying about weird things..." Raidou said, in a deadpan voice. "Now, get a move on and stop Arashi!"
Smash, the hyena rushed straight forward, holding his sword in a stance as he ran.
Arashi on the other hand, got up injured, the armor transformation seemed to have wore off, as Arashi was seemed to have wounds on both of her arms, and a noticeable cut on the side of her face. She seemed to bleeding slightly because of her wounds, and her snout seem to be slightly bleeding by the looks of things. "You wanna try..Smash? Bring it...!" Arashi growled.
Smash continued running, making a quick slash at Arashi. Arashi dodged, quickly kicking his blade out of his hands before getting punched in the face with Darkness Energy by the Hyena. Arashi staggered back, wiping the blood from her mouth and stabbing her into the ground.
"Stormfront fusion, engage!" Arashi said, as she began to be surrounded by the same armor as before. This time, the accents of it, was replaced by dark blue accents. The holes in her helmet seemed to be replaced by dark blue colorings too. She held the lance at her side, glaring at Smash, angered. "Smash, I won't let you win against me!"
"Nice try, kiddo, but I already know all of your strategies and your very own personal fighting style." Smash said, picking up his sword, summoning another one in his hand. Darkness energy flicked around the other sword, making it look as sharper than the other sword in person.
Smash charged forward, Arashi blocking the slash, but quickly getting slashed by the other sword that was radiating with darkness energy. Arashi and Smash continued the same fighting for a bit. Arashi dropped her lance by now, her helmet seemed to be battle damaged and partly broken, revealing part of her face. Her armor seemed to be in a bad condition as well, as it was broken in various places. She seemed to be badly wounded, as she seemed to be bleeding quite heavily in her arms.
She got up, and rushed straight for Smash, hoping to punch him back, the Hyena countered by dropping his swords, and punching Arashi so hard, she is sent flying quite a distance, past one of the barriers of the freeway. The hybrid proceeds to fall off, only to quickly grabbed by a mysterious figure in a what seems -to-be a rather huge camo colored helicopter.
The heavily armed copter quickly rises above the freeway, having multiple rocket launchers and machine guns attached to it. It seemed to have the G.U.N logo inscribed in the side. The figure then pulls Arashi up into the helicopter and proceeds to restrain her then quickly knocking her out. He then shuts the doors, making sure nobody could get in.
"This is G.U.N. Please lay down your weapons and surrender if you want to live. Resist and we will open fire. This is an order by the commander. Please do not disobey regulations." The person on the loudspeaker said from the copter.