Now, this fic name may be familiar (because if you entered the GT5 race reports section, it would be), and it may be weird that I'm simply starting a new thread rather than getting a mod to move the original. But I'm starting a new one because I'm actually rewriting/remastering it. Making it easier to read and getting rid of issue. I'm also adjusting details about it all. So pretty much it's enough of a change to make a new thread. And plus, it's been so long since I've been consistent with my fic that everyone has forgotten it. This time around I'm taking feedback from last time and using it to make things better. The story has new sections added throughout chapters that were released in the GT5 version. So even if you are ancient, and read it all that time ago, you better read again to refresh your memory and get up to date. The goal with this fic is to create something accessible. I have the issue so often with other people's fics where I'd like to read them and comment and all. But there's so many sub-plots and 7 billion sequels, prequels and wequels and I just don't have the time. With this I hope to avoid all of that, and just make something people can just read. Chapter 1: Introductions Part I (27/01/14) (look below) Chapter 2: Introductions Part II (14/01/14) (a couple of posts below) Chapter 3: Rock Bottom (02/03/14) (Still on Page 1) Chapter 4: Advancements (12/04/14) (Yep, still Page 1) Chapter 5: TBA Chapter 6: TBA Chapter 7: TBA Chapter 8: TBA Chapter 9: TBA Chapter 10: TBA -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Chapter 1: Introductions Part I There are always issues in life. The extent of those issues is the only thing that changes, no matter how good of a thing you get, there will always be a reason why it's a problem. Be it difficulty with change, less enjoyment but better rewards? Almost anyway you look at things, there are downfalls which can easily come back to haunt you. And the way you deal with an issue, someone is going to be put in a bad place. A place where they don't want to be, but when it all goes wrong for you, it's the result of one simple thing. It's called Karma. But before we get to what happened to me, I think I need to show you some good reasons why Karma selected me for picking. ____________________________ Rally of Switzerland; 8th August 2003: The pines were blown by the wind, but only for a brief moment. As I, Jack Cytranear flew past each one of them in the Impreza I was running with my co driver, Steven Byers. The WRC season had been going great, I was amongst the battle of the decade as I raced between the then runner up World Champion, Peter Solberg. And Citroen's new weapon, Sebastien Loeb. Just like Sebastien, I was the new hotshot out on the stages, fortunately in WRC there's no way for the other drivers to pick on the new guy. So I could just get stuck in. The rally of Switzerland is a new rally, just added this year as a test. And the roads here on the Eiger stages were perfect for the car, and Steven was pushing out those pace notes perfectly. I was holding the lead, but only just. Sebastien Loeb was very close behind and Petter Solberg not too far off either. These are just shots that photographers took back then, impressive work I must say. Jack finished the rally. "Jack! We got it! We won the rally!" Steven threw proud fists up in celebration. They climbed out of the Subaru and headed towards their team. "Hey, Jack!" The Team owner of Subaru Racing Technology ran over towards him completely ignoring Jack's celebrations. "Oh , what do you want!? Can't you see I'm celebratin' here?" Jack said angrily. "No need to snap, but I have some good news!" He shouted to be heard over the roaring crowds as Jack walked towards the small steps used for a podium. "Speak to me, afterwards," Jack shouted. He shoved the Chief back and jumped on the podium with his Co-Driver, Steven Byers. He stood proud viewing all around, he looked to each side to see both Sebastien and Petter to each side not looking very impressed by Jack's antics. Even Steven looked embarrassed. "Shame, suckers!" Jack shouted. Petter and Sebastien both just looked away in disgust and Steven shielded his face ____________________________ After the Podium. "Anyway, Chief! What do you want?" Jack demanded. "Well, I told you not to calle me Chief. The team believes that you're most likely to keep the pace ahead of Sebastien during the season. You've proven your abilities already. You dominated at Monte Carlo, and showed very strong consistency in New Zealand. So we're promoting you to lead driver. We need all the man power we can to keep ahead of Sebastien Loeb," he finished and awaited response. "Well if I must say it's about damn time. I've been pushing half a season and you only just note it now!? What are you blind. I mean thank you for the promotion but still. You need to pay more attention," Jack said arrogantly. "Thanks, for understanding," he said sarcastically as Jack headed out of the room. ____________________________ Believe me, that's not even the start of it, that's just innocent arrogance compared to what I did later on. It was later in the season where the bad decisions started, if I didn't do this stupid little thing, I wouldn't be here right now just talking about it. I'd still be rallying, partaking in my passion. Though I'd still be the arse I was, I've changed now. Time and isolation changes a lot. ____________________________ Rally Italy; 4 October 2003 "We're still 40 seconds off of Sebastien! And still a further 20 seconds behind Petter! We need to get the pace, Jack, you can do it!" Steven gave Jack the encouraging words in hope for a better next stage. The final of the day. They arrived at the start of the next stage. Steven prepared himself and Jack just inspected the road he could see from the start line. "Alright... We're going in... 3.. 2.. 1.. GO!!" Steven shouted. Jack and Steven remained very focused. They knew what they had to do. Jack perfected a Scandinavian flick into a hairpin. They gained time through the final stage through sheer brute force as Jack removed all mercy on the car. Though by the end... "Damn! We're still behind. We need to win this rally to get back in the game. If either of the other two beat us we'll be out of contention for the series. We've only got tomorrow to make up the time," Steven said as he undid his seat belts and climbed out of the Impreza's roll cage. "Don't worry, I've got this," Jack said as he did the same. Steven headed back to the hotel they were booked into while Jack stayed back. The rest of the team had an early night, and this was just the perfect opportunity for his plan. "If you can't beat them... Join them. If you can't join them, then break in and damage their equipment," Jack muttered as he approached Citroen's lock up. He had managed to secure a key and password into the lock up, and he just had to get it there and do his work. He opened the door and climbed in. The lights were already on so Jack started. He slashed all their tires and destroyed all their suspension components. He left the transmission untouched and continued to damage other car components. There were quite a lot of spare steering rods, so Jack simply stole them. He finished sabotaging the Citroen base, and did the same with some to his own team, destroying some parts specifically targeted for Petter's car. He finished and headed back to the hotel. __________________________ The next day I dominated the stages, not even feeling an ounce of regret or guilt about my wrongs. I won the rally and maintained my lead. Peter had to retire and Citroen managed to find parts for Sebastien. I think they dug into other team cars to keep Loeb in the running. And then came the second to last rally in Spain. Lots of tarmac roads, this year in the Andalusia area... ----------------------------- So yeah, I'm back in business. I'd say that I'm ready as ever, but any look to how ready I usually am would reveal that I'm not prepared for anything in any way, shape or form. I'm actually legitimately ready this time. I have a chapter planner. All photo's featured in Cytranear can be found on my Flickr. There's some other stuff there too if anyone is interested. But anyway, thank you very much for reading, if you have the time, it would be great to hear some comments from you guys. Thanks very much, see you later. I've also just realized that I've delayed my own writing by relying on DLC. Edit: 06/02/14: Have I set a world record for least comments ever now?