||Where Are They Now?: Chapter 1 - Tales From the ??? Area
"Got any sevens?" Yuna mumbled, leaning back
in her chair and putting Matilda Caskett's feet on the card table in front
"Darn you, darn you, DARN YOU!!!" Mega Man Trigger cried in frustration,
throwing his three remaining cards, all of which happened to be sevens,
in Yuna's face and kicking the card table out from under her. The table
went skidding across the battlefield and slid right off the edge into oblivion.
"Trigger!" Yuna shouted, jumping to her feet and running over to the edge
in a futile attempt to recover the table. "That was our last card table
"That isn't the point!" Trigger hollered. "We've been playing that stupid
card game to pass the time ever since I beat Sera over there," he jerked
his thumb over to where the other Mother Unit was emotionlessly gazing at
her hand of cards, "and not once-not ONE SINGLE TIME did I win!"
"Well, you certainly blew it this time!" Yuna retorted. "NOW what are we
supposed to do to pass the time around this dump? Use the light from your
Shining Laser to make shadow puppets? Sera, why couldn't you have teleported
him to a more INTERESTING battlefield?"
Sera stared blankly at Yuna, not saying anything in response to Yuna's question.
"Yuna, why are you cranky all of a sudden?" Mega Man suddenly inquired.
"You weren't like this back on Terra…"
A vein popped up on Matilda's forehead. "Why am I so cranky? WHY AM I SO
CRANKY??? Look! I'm stuck up in a stupid ??? area, miles from civilization
as we all know it, and all I've got for company is that…that SHELL THIEF
over there…" she glared at Sera, who had been stuck in Yuna's body ever
since Mega Man destroyed hers. "…And a stupid purifier unit whose voice,
instead of getting deeper after FIVE FREAKING YEARS, gets even MORE girly!"
"Hey!" Mega Man cut in. "I don't sound like a…never mind." He surrendered,
realizing that over the years his voice had not only gotten higher, but
actually surpassed the frequency of the original Mega Man's voice in Mega
"Well, YOU were the one who asked why I was cranky." Yuna replied, scowling.
"Now you know."
"Relax, Yuna," Mega Man tried to reassure her. "Any day now Roll will figure
out how to get up here and bring us all back to Terra in an amazing new
machine! Just you wait and see!"
Yuna rolled her eyes. "Frankly, your optimism makes me gag." She stated
Sera fidgeted in her chair and dropped her cards. "I…" she uttered.
Yuna and Mega Man immediately abandoned their argument and focused their
attentions on Sera, who hadn't spoken since September of 2002.
"I have to go to the bathroom." Sera finished, staring at her two fellow
former members of "The System," who nearly clobbered her after that.
"Sera, you don't eat." Yuna declared, hands on hips. "You can't POSSIBLY
have to use the bathroom."
Sera looked up at Yuna. "But I really DO have to go, really, really badly!"
"Well you should have thought of that BEFORE you transformed into that crazy
monster thing and dragged Trigger here with you!" Yuna snapped.
"Don't worry, you two! You'll see! Roll's going to fly up here soon! I bet
she'll be here tomorrow at the latest to rescue us! She's probably putting
the finishing touches on her new machine at this very moment!
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