(Arc the Lad Collection)
Whip in hand, monsters checked, Lieza Merlno is finally ready to make her RPGDL debut. She faces a fan favorite in Kain, but that doesnít worry her. After all, Kain's damage is nothing more than pathetic - and that's with the Jump boost. Lieza may be frail, but when Kain is jumping, she has all the time in the world to heal away his damage, prepare for her next attack, do her nails, file her tax return, watch a movie, leer at Elc, etc. And if Kain somehow happens to get in a lucky shot? Well, thatís what devoted boyfriends and a legion of loyal but bloodthirsty monsters are for.
With a lance in his left hand, his dragoonís helmet in his right, Kain Highwind surveys his next battle. In his life, Kain has been many things: a good guy, a bad guy, an insider, an outsider, a loyal knight, and a helpless servant of the darkness. His DL history has been as crazy as his life; he downgraded back in Season 5, followed by a turbulent time of alternating wins and losses. But his fifth appearance should bode well. If he can kill Lieza with his soaring spear, all's well. The little healer will be hard to off, but heís been to Hell and back anyway, so whatís a little girl going to do to him?
In a dark room inside the arena, a group of hooded men gathered together for a secret meeting. Between the murmurs a young man with a bright smile proudly spoke. "Now, I know my presence isn't yet felt around here, but I think I can come up with a plan to help Kain out in this fight."
"Good. This could prove valuable for your admittance into the group..... should you succeed of course."
The young man was being looked down upon by numerous eyes. He brushed away the hair in front of his eyes as he calmly spoke with confidence. "I won't let Kain or the rest of the W.U.D.A down. You can always count on my razor-sharp wit!" He politely bowed and walked out of the room. Outside, he let out a sigh. "Man......how DO I get myself caught up in things like this? I didn't think becoming a member would be so troublesome." He shrugged as he put his hand under his chin. He leaned against the wall for some time trying to come up with a plan. "Ah, well I guess I'll fetch those brothers, that could just work!"
Back in the room, one of the younger members stood. "and......what of Kongol?"
"We have already established that is best if Kongol did not advance to the next round. We will not interfere, and should he win...."
"Do you doubt that Highwind could best Kongol one on one?"
"It's in our best interest for members to not fight against each other." He paused for a moment before continuing. "In any case, the organization will become more active in the public's eye. We will become a force to be reconded with, in or outside the arena. The W.U.D.A. shall be feared by our enemies and loved by our fans!"
The room filled with nods of agreement, and as quickly as they had gathered the room was empty.
Elsewhere, in the arena lobby, Kain stood looking out a window, contemplating his match. He felt the soft silky embrace of a hand on his shoulder. He turned around to view a small child gazing with beautiful platinum hair gazing up at him. He greeted her with a warm smile. "Meru, what a lovely surprise. What brings you here before my match?"
Meru beamed her smile up at Kain. "KAIN!! I just wanted to wish you good luck before your match. I brought you a flower for good luck too!" She pointed towards an object in her left hand. "See? It's pretty! I want you to have it!" She handed the rose to him with a huge smile on her face.
Kain looked at the red flower for a second. "Ah, it's beautiful, thank you Meru........."
Just then a dark skinned man wearing glorious red armor busted into the lobby. He had a smile on his face. "Hey dude! I have some bad news for you."
"Slust, what do you mean bad news? What has happened?"
Slust the Dragoon of Muspelm, and all around flirtatious sky knight stood before Kain. He eyed Meru before he described his message. "It seems...... Lieza will be unable to fight you in the upcoming match."
The news shifted Kain's thoughts. "Hm? What happened?"
"Well, that's the funny thing...." You could see a slight smile creep up on his face. "It seems the beast talker is stuck in pipes."
"Yes...well witnesses says they saw her fall into a green pipe and disappear. What ARE the odds...hm?"
Kain began to chuckle softly. "Ha, the organization sure is trying to cause a scene it seems. Well, that is a relief I guess. I didn't want to harm an innocent girl anyways. Well thank you for the information. If you will excuse me I have to go thank some plumbers." He bowed towards Meru and patted Slust on the back as he parted.
".....So?" After Kain had gone Slust turned his attention to the young Wingly. "How old are you again?"
It didn't take long for Slust to get the message that Meru wasn't interested. A Giant Hammer to the face will give you that hint.