ACT VI: Epic Ends
January 16, 2012
Tsubaki Art Institute
“So, this is what you talked about” Dark said with intrigue, “What’s on it?” “It’s a drive containing all the edited data from all the Tougeheroes’ operations, from battle videos to texts.” Rockett explained. “I see” Dark responded, fiddling with the drive, “The power to break them, it’s in my hands? Interesting.” “So what now?” Rockett questioned. “I’ll send it to Snake. He’ll know how to distribute it properly and…” Dark was interrupted by the office door opening. Bush and Jake entered. Their faces were overcome with shock as they saw Rockett. “What’s he doing here?” Bush raised, “I told you he was with the Tougeheroes.” “Relax” Dark commanded, “This was all part of the plan.” Bush and Jake were surrounded by an air of confusion. “I had Rockett to go…undercover if you will”, Dark continued, “to find a weakness of some sort. Using my marvelous instinct of detecting corrupting while watching footage the Tougeheroes’ race in Akina, I sensed something was ‘altered’ and told Rockett to look for something regarding that prior to his departure. Of course my endeavors are quite often successful, and thus I gained this.” Dark presented the two with the drive. “So this contains the real video from Akina?” Jake inquired. Dark nodded. “But why Rockett? You could have trusted us.” Jake continued. “I could have” Dark replied, “but I took all cautions. Rockett is a relative unknown and not of the public face of Tsubaki. Less chances to be sniffed out the better. But I do understand your plight of your usefulness of not being utilized so here; you two take it to Snake as soon as you can. As for you Rockett…For you efforts, you’re free from training regimens for 2 weeks.” Jake and Bush looked on with bitterness.
January 16, 2012
Rockett was driving home, taking his normal route home. All seemed fine, the night was just as silent as ever. Rockett turned onto the final road before he got to the highway. Suddenly, a pair of headlight emerged from the darkness and follow. Without warning, the lights accelerated forward and collided with the rear of Rockett’s Cappuccino. He was thrusted against the steering wheel and regained the car’s composure. The assailant did not let up and continued to rear-end Rockett. The vehicle switched into the next lane pitted Rockett. Rocket tried to correct the Cappuccino but the short wheelbase made the steering too fickle. It swerved erratically and flipped into the ditch. A minute passes and Rockett forced the crumpled door of the overturned wreckage open. Without a chance to recuperate, a figure rush toward him and kicked him while he was on the ground. “Though you could get away huh? Get up!!” the figure said. Rockett continued to be assaulted. More cars are parked alongside the ditch. Rockett’s vision was blurry and could only make out a hazy outline of the situation. The original figure spit on him. “Get him in the damn van!!” The figure said. The two figured that arrived came forward and picked Rockett up by both arms. He passes out seconds after.
The Snake’s Den
January 17, 2012
“I knew they were playing dirty” Snake said, “Now we can put them in their place.” “We’ll tell Dark that we passed it on.” Bush said. Snake’s cell rang. Before he could say hello, a voice demanded his attention. “You know who I am so I’ll cut to the chase” it said, “You have something of mine, I want it back. If not, consequences will ensue.” “DK huh” Snake said while signaling Jake and Bush to come back. “What makes you think I have something of yours?” “Let’s say I have someone in the loop” I’m assuming Dark’s men are with you? Put one on.” Snake handed Jake the cell. “Hello..” Jake said. Rockett muffled cries could be heard. “Rockett?” Jake said. “If you want to see him in again in one piece, you’ll do as I say and give me the drive.” DK said. “How do you know that we haven’t leaked your secrets yet?” Jake replied. “If I had pegged that you have done so already we wouldn’t be talking, in Rockett’s case, crying.” DK stated, “I’ll send you the location of our rendezvous in a few hours’ time. Don’t try anything or I’ll deal with Rockett and you all.” DK hung up. “DK has Rockett hostage.” Jake said. Everyone was filled with shock. “He wants the drive.” “This is a new low, even for him” Snake responded, “How do we proceed then?” “As much as I dislike him, we can’t just leave him.” Bush said. “I know, but…do you really think he’ll keep his side of the bargain? “Jake said, “I mean, we pretty much stole something that can instantly lead to his team’s demise. He’s not going to let this go without getting a punch in.” Everyone became lost in thought. “I guess we’ll have to play to his weaknesses.” Bush said.
Gallows Peak: Base
January 17, 2012
As Snake, Bush, and Jake approached the foot of the pass, An R33 and a van came into view, highlighted by the evening sun. As they parked a few meters away, all parties exited their cars. DK left his ride and pulled out a revolver. Snake, Jake, and Bush were stunned by fear. DK strafed toward the van with revolver still pointed at the three. DK slid the side door of the van open and pulled out a figure whose head was enveloped by a sack. Niko and JD exited as well; Niko pulling off the sack. The figure was revealed to be Rockett; covered in bruises and dried blood. DK pointed the gun at Rockett’s head. “I want it now!!” DK demanded. Jake pulled it out of his pocket and held it forward. “Toss it toward me!” DK yelled. “Rockett first!” Bush responded. DK pointed the gun ever closer to Rockett’s head. “I have the power here. You do as I say” DK said in a desperate tone, “however, what happens to him is within your power.” There was not a noise other than the wind whistling through the pass. A feint whine of an engine could be heard approaching them. A dark object could be seen climbing up the hills. “What is this!!” DK inquired with rising agitation. As it drew within close distance, it could be identified. It was Hei. His R32 parked behind the scene. Hei left his car and approached the event. “Whhaaat the hell are you doing here?” DK questioned, “This doesn’t concern you!!” “But this does concern me” Hei replied, “You chickened out on our race. I’m here to finish things.” “Really now?” DK said, refocusing his gun on Hei, “What makes you think that I won’t deal with you all here and now?” “Then you’ll just be proving to everyone what is already apparent” Hei responded, “that you’re a coward.” DK gun started to shake. “Hold him!” DK demanded, passing Rockett off to Niko. DK strutted toward Hei and sized him up. “You think you got what it takes to knock down the King?!” DK questioned. “More like a wannabe but yeah.” Hei said. “You and me. We’ll run from the top and finish right here. Needless to say that the fastest wins.” DK issued. “Bring it.” Hei said. DK turned about and handed JD the gun. “Make sure no one tries anything” Niko murmured, “Let’s go!! I’ll make sure you all know once and for all who is the best!”
Gallows Peak: Summit
“To one GT-R driver to another, it is mandatory that I give you my all,” DK said out the window, “even if it means taking you out.” DK focuses his attention forward and prepared for the battle. The two throttled off the line with little imperfection. The R33 inched ahead and gained the advantage at the first bend. Hei let off and kept to DK’s tail. The R33 sped through the consecutives sweepers without losing much speed. “Well, at least he’s not all mouth.” Hei thought to himself. Hei kept up and stuck to the long apexes, Hei tried to pass on the inside but DK constantly cut him off. Hei fell back and plotted his next move. “He’s quite courteous” Hei thought, “I’ll just have to quickly bolt past him somewhere.” Both racers reached the tighter hairpins. DK powerslid through, and Hei mirrored the actions. Hei fell back, trying to leave DK’s rearview. They came across the last set of hairpins. The corners were tighter than previous sets and the R33 was not the most agile with its long wheelbase. DK’s pace slowed considerably. As soon as DK reached corner entry, Hei pushed with all he got and dove into the corner with late braking. By holding back a bit, Hei was able to take all phases of the corner with full speed. The R32 launched out of the corner and inched forward at a speedy rate. Before DK could take notice, they were side by side. Though DK could accelerate ahead at the high end, it would not be enough to gain the advantage of the next bend. Hei had the outside by a small margin, but it was enough to pull ahead. But then it happened. The R33 continued to push outside without slowing down. The R32 was nudged into the loose dirt and then the guard rail. Hei was shaken inside, but he continued. DK had 2 car lengths after the collision. Only 3 corners remained. The R33 increased its pace but the R32 still had faster cornering. However, it was not enough. At the last stretch, DK increased the gap again by 2 car lengths. The R33 passes the finish first. The R32 finishes as well, the left door scratched and dented. Both returned to the lot. DK got out and raised his fist in victory. “I said it before, and now have proven it” DK yelled. “I am the best!” Hei got out and rejoined his party. “This is Bull%$, and you know it.” Hei responded to DK’s haughty cheers. “All I hear are the cries of the looser.” DK said. “You’re nothing but a lowly punk with mediocre skill.” Hei stated, “you don’t deserve even being called a racer!” “I’m tired of listening to your smart mouth!” DK said. He pulled out a switchblade and motioned toward Hei, “I can’t have you slandering my reputation now. For giving me a good run, I’ll make sure all of you are dealt with quickl…” A gunshot rang though the mountains. DK howled with pain. “!!! Wha, the F$%# happened” DK grunted, feeling the back of his right shoulder. DK turned around. JD stood there, the revolver pointed at DK. “YYou…You dare betray me?” DK said, “if there’s one thing that annoys me it’s disloyalty” DK armed his left hand with the switchblade and charged at JD. Another gunshot sounded. The bullet disarmed DK, but he continued to charge. When DK came within an arm’s range of JD, he was met with a solid fist to the face dished out by Niko. “No one touches my brother” Niko let out. DK fell to the concrete. DK covered his face in disgrace. “Thhis is not over” DK said, “My greatness will not fall to a bunch of envious clowns.” Niko walked over Rockett to the rest. “I’m sorry things went so far” Niko said, “Becoming a great team blinds you to some things that you wouldn’t normally overlook.” “What will happen to him?” Snake asked. “DK, …Me and my brother are just going to leave him here” Niko said, “I don’t think we’ll ever go back. Hell, I’ll tell all our members what really has been happening and I doubt they’ll stay either.” JD joined in on the conversation. “Rockett.” JD said with sincerity, “I know we can never apologize for what we done, but this is just a start.” JD hands Rockett DK’s keys. Niko and JD return to the van and head out. “The racing world is small, we’ll meet again,” Niko said out the driver window, “but hopefully under better circumstances.” The van descended the foothills and disappeared. Rockett got into DK’s R33 and drove off without a word. “I guess it’s our time to head out too.” Jake said, “Nice idea calling Hei out here, Bush.” “Yeah, but we got lucky” Bush said, “If JD hadn’t shot DK, we’d probably be dead.” “Nice thought to finish the day” Hei said, “I’m out” “But what about DK?” Jake asked. “Just leave him here” Bush replied. All agreed. “Let’s go back to the den and celebrate that this ordeal is over.” Snake proposed, “Drinks on me” All got into their cars and headed out.
Gallow’s Peak: Base
DK got up from the cold concrete and turned about, overlooking the foothills. “I will make my return, and conquer all.” DK said thought, "I will break them all."