Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: my comp or room
08-01-2004, 11:25 PM
ok, i'm reposting it due to clutter, massive bumping most the time, etc etc...have fun if you havent read it, be patient if you have, im about to write a new chapter.
"Blah to you too!"
This argument had been going for a while,the two armor clad figures arguing in the middle of the forest on Ragol. They didn't realize what could happen here, even though they'd been here before, with other people when they were less skilled at what they do. As they were arguing, bird-like shadows slowly crossed over their heads, the two oblivious to the fact they were about to be attacked.
"Got shady fast, didn't it," asked the HUmar clad in black armor, his radiant green hair slightly waving in the breeze of the sunny day, "Don't you think it got shady fast?"
"HEY! Don't go changing the subject on me, Odie," shouted the RAmar with shoulder length hair that was dark blonde in color, not waving because of the high neck cover of his blue armor, "But yeah, I think it did get shady fast..."
Suddenly, the bird-like shadows got smaller and smaller on the other side of the walled area the two hunters were in, but they were both still oblivious to that fact, continuing their heated argument.
"Wait"... what were we arguing about again, Headphones?" asked Odie.
"I dunno what we were ar-LOOK OUT!" Headphones quickly yelled, yanking up his headphones and quickly blasting the Rag Rappy that had flown up to attack Odie's unsuspecting face with his photon rifle.
"Dude! HOLY CRAP!" Odie exclaimed, brandishing his twin-edged double saber, slashing 2 other rappies that had jumped up to attack his friend and comrade in hunting Headphones.
The two quickly settled their differences, forgotten in a heartbeat, to defeat the rappies that were like impending doom. Odie, quickly building up speed and becoming a green blur, his hair blending in with the whirring and flashing and also slashing double saber, was quickly becoming a human salad shooter but with chicken instead of lettuce. Headphones, on the other hand, was aiming and shooting with his rifle at an accelerated rate, due to his training from the best on Pioneer 2.
The Rappies quickly fell, the two hunters gathering whatever they'd left behind. They found a couple handguns, sabers, and money and some other various pieces of crap the rappies had eaten.
"How refreshing!" Odie said, almost breathing hard.
"Heh,sure it was Odie, sure it was, that's why you're doubled over!" Headphones quickly retorted, dropping a telepipe and going through back to Pioneer 2, Odie quickly dropping his own telepipe and following.
"Get back here!!!" shouted Odie as he chased his friend Headphones through the busy streets and empty alleys of Pioneer 2.
"Bua ha ha haaaaaaaaaa! NEVER!" Headphones quickly replied, dodging a couple groups of people and beautiful young women with loads of bags full of clothes and other various things from the many shops of the flying city that needed a home.
As the two friends were running around, Odie yearning to smack Headphones over the head with the back of his hand, Headphones looked behind and shouted to Odie, but Odie didn?t hear him, too intent on chasing and catching him to beat the living crap out of him for the earlier comment he had taken so much offense to, so Headphones didn't realize that he was about to run right smack into the face of a girl around the same age as Odie and himself. As he turned around, he ran into her, and he fell backwards and the girl fell backwards from the force of his impact, dropping the 2 bags she had held, the bags putting their contents on display for all passer-bys to gawk at.
"OH CRAP! I'm so sorry!" Headphones said quickly and apologetically, feeling bad for running into the girl, especially since she was quite beautiful, with her blue eyes staring straight into Headphones' eyes. Needless to say, he was awestruck, staring at the face of the beautiful girl, her blonde hair, her blue eyes, he immediately liked everything about her, but Headphones was like that a lot, instantly liking girls he saw that were as beautiful as this one. Headphones thought about some of the other girls he had seen, and he just silently contemplated how he could get with this one, or one of the other countless girls on Pioneer 2.
Odie finally caught up, and as soon as he saw the 2 staring at each other, he instantaneously figured out what had happened.
"I'm so sorry, miss!" Odie apologized, wondering why Headphones hadn?t tried to help her up yet, "Did my friend run into you?"
Then, Odie realized why Headphones was staring. Odie became transfixed also, both of them staring, and Odie thinking Headphones had run into an angel felled from the skies by some chaotic and evil ranger that just enjoyed shooting things that flew around.
Odie, being the nicer and more polite of the two, shook his head and helped the girl up, collecting the various groceries and clothes that had spilled from the bags that had escaped her grasp during the collision.
"T-t-thank you," she stuttered, wondering if they were going to drag her off and rob her, or if they were going to just help her up and send her on her way, "I'm so sorry for not paying attention."
Headphones, seeing an opening through which he thought he could get her for sure, said, ?Oh no, it is entirely MY fault, miss...uhh...wait, what was your name?"
"Oh, I forgot to introduce myself, I'm Chandra, what's your name?"
"I'm Headphones, and this is my friend Odie." Headphones said as he gestured at Odie, whose gaze was transfixed on Chandra?s face.
"Oh yeah, I'm Odie, nice to meet you, Chandra." Odie said, his voice trailing off.
Chandra giggled at Odie's attention, and then said, "Well I better be on my way, I need to go home now."
"Oh, ok, if you have to go now." Odie said, staring at her longingly, wishing she could stay longer.
Chandra suddenly grabbed Odie's hand, lifting the glove of his hunter's suit up past his hand up to his knuckles, and, pulling out a pen, quickly wrote a series of numbers and the name of a street and just as suddenly and quickly as she had pulled the glove up, she put the glove back down over the information she had inscribed on his hand.
Chandra smiled and started off towards her home, but she tripped on a bag that was long forgotten and left on the street, and as she started to fall, Odie used his reflexes, honed from a year or two of butchering boomas and other various creatures on Ragol's surface, to quickly move in front of her, not having time to put out his arms to stop her descent. This was, indeed, an awkward position. Mostly for Odie, who was so infatuated with her from as soon as he saw her face, and it was awkward because now she wasn't standing a foot away, she was less than an inch from him, since he hadn't put out his arms to stop her, his chest did the job of stopping her, and Odie hastily but reluctantly stood her up. Chandra blushed, and then started to walk off again, but before she did she turned back around and kissed Odie on the cheek very quickly. Odie was surprised at this display of affection, and Headphones was even more surprised, his eyes widening at the sight of Chandra kissing Odie's cheek.
"Dude...Did she just...DUDE!" Headphones said in disbelief.
"Woah...Yes, she did just kiss me..." Odie said, immediately starting to do the thing he was known for doing when he was thinking deeply, which was spacing out and staring into absolute nothingness, and Odie did this a lot because he was an intellectual person, but chose not to show it, which was obvious with how he acted sometimes. Odie actually contemplated the smallest things, and had thought up things that were just theories at the moment and tried to prove them over and over in his head, the theories eventually coming true and Odie silently thinking that it was his idea, not theirs.
The two friends watched her walk off, and Odie stealthily snuck up behind Headphones, smacking him upside the head and dashing off, his mind full of the images of Chandra and the quick kiss she had given him.
"HEY!" Headphones shouted as Odie smacked his head, "Get back here!"
Odie stopped, realizing something, and Headphones caught up quickly, and saw his face and asked what was wrong.
"What she wrote on my hand...was it...it couldn't be...DUDE! I GOT A GIRL'S PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS! BUA HA HA!"
"Odie...are you saying you've never had a girlfriend?"
"Uhhh" is the right answer no?"
"Oh crap, Odie..."
At that, Headphones started cracking up, and told Odie he.d buy him a soda, taking him to the nearest fast food stand.
As Odie and Headphones sat at a table discussing what had happened a couple minutes earlier over some soda. Odie, being a caffeine and sugar addict, picked a drink with enough caffeine to wake up 20 people that were in a coma, and with enough sugar to make a kid hyper for a year. Headphones just got a regular, run of the mill soda. Odie?s gaze was yet again transfixed, but this time not on the girl from earlier, but on what she wrote on his hand. It was indeed what he thought it was, her phone number and address, and he was very proud that she had written it on his hand and not Headphones' hand.
"You really like her, don't you Odie?"
"Take a wild guess there, buddy!'
"You wanna go find her house?"
So, Odie and Headphones set off to find the address of Chandra. When they got there, Headphones shoved Odie up to the door, and he knocked. They heard someone on the other side of the door yelling, "HOLD ON!" Then the door opened, and there she was. Odie immediately started staring, his gaze yet again locked onto Chandra?s face. Chandra giggled at Odie's immediate attention, then Odie shook his head and apologized. Then she invited them in, and in they went!
"This is a nice place you got here." Headphones said.
"Yeah...real nice..." Odie said, staring at Chandra.
"Wait a second, hold on, and let me go get my friend! I want you guys to meet him!"
At that, Chandra ran off to get her friend. Odie and Headphones admired the house and the vases scattered for decoration.
"Woah, dude, don't touch that vase, it looks expensive!" Odie warned.
"Whatever, man, it's a vase! I won't drop it." Headphones said as he casually held out his hand, balancing the vase in his open palm. Suddenly, though, they heard Chandra scream, and Odie immediately dashed towards it, not wanting to let anything happen to his newly acquired friend. Odie was just like that, kind of over protective with things he cared for. He'd definitely taken some hits for Headphones and his other friend, because he only had a handful of them. He also knew if he lost them, he'd be screwed, because then who would he talk to when he was overly hyper?
Headphones was very startled when he heard her scream, and dropped the vase, but caught it with his foot, and bounced it back up to his hands, and sat it back on it's display stand, rushing after Odie.
"Wait for me, man!" Headphones said as he followed after Odie, who was already up the staircase that he had watched Chandra walk up.
"NO! I'm not letting anything get her!" Odie said as he rushed up, pulling out his double-saber, his fingers ready to ignite the blades and demolish anything that was attacking the person he liked so much.
As they rushed in, they saw a FOmar laughing at Chandra, but she was breathing heavily and sitting on the floor.
"What did you do to her, man?!?" Odie asked viciously.
"Howdy!" the FOmar said.
"Say what?" Headphones asked, cocking his head to one side, confused at this new form of saying "hi."
"How! Dy!" the force said, "It means hi."
Chandra, standing up while this interesting conversation was happening, saw Odie with his double saber out, his finger on the button ready to activate the deadly weapon. Her eyes widened, and she quickly introduced the furious looking Odie to the FOmar that had scared the living crap out of her.
"This is Poochy!" she said, hoping for Odie to put away his weapon.
"Oh, this is your friend? Ohhhh, ok!" Odie said, smiling and putting his saber back.
Chandra was relieved at this, and Odie quickly started talking to the FOmar, his blue robes reaching the floor, the sun coming in from a window shining on his spiked back blond hair.
"I'm Odie, nice to meet you Poochy." Odie said as he greeted the FOmar, asking what techniques he knew and if he could help him learn some. Headphones took this time to try to get closer to Chandra, and as he edged closer, she walked off, and he tripped over his shuffling feet and fell over.
"HA HA HA! Dude, you just tripped over your own feet, didn't you? HA HA HA!" Odie said, laughing the entire time.
"Owww, freakin feet!" Headphones said, standing up as everyone laughed at his clumsiness.
BEEP BEEP! Headphones got a signal from the hunters? guild. As he pulled Odie behind him, leaving the house, Odie yet again stared at Chandra, for this was his new hobby. Chandra and Poochy waved as they left, running towards the guild.
"Odie! Come on you idiot!" Headphones said angrily.
"Why? It's only our place of employment! Who cares?!?" Odie replied.
Headphones sighed. They had just received a page from the hunters? guild. It told them to go there immediately.
"Hey, I know!" Odie exclaimed gleefully, "Let's take Poochy and Chandra with us!"
Headphones stood there staring at Odie, his mouth wide open with surprise.
"A-a-a-are you serious?!? What if they can't fight?"
Poochy interrupted, "We can fight! Can't we Chandra?"
Chandra nodded her head, her hair done up in 2 buns on each side of her head slightly shaking.
"Then come on, you two!" Headphones said reluctantly and with a sigh.
"WOO HOO!" Odie shouted gleefully, "I GET TO SHOW OFF!"
"Ha ha ha ha, Odie, you're such an idiot." Headphones said.
"Sooooo, is that a bad thing?" Odie replied with a grin.
As they rushed to the guild, they noticed some other hunters dashing towards the guild also, but just to say bye to some friends who were actually going to the surface. As the 4 got into the guild, Headphones saw some old friends, Mr. Rubbish and Quantum, his friendly rivals from hunter school and the shooting range.
"Hey HP, what?s up?" Quantum queried in his metallic android voice. The big blue RAcast took out his rifle, which was...simply put, BIG.
"Don't call me HP!!!" Headphones shouted a bit loudly, attracting attention and causing everyone to laugh.
"Chill out, HP!" Mr. Rubbish said, shaking his brown hair out of his eyes, his crimson suit glaringly bright to the eyes of everyone there.
"Fine, just don't call me HP too much, alright?!?" Headphones said, somewhat irritated.
"Hey, guild lady!" Odie said, addressing the lady behind the guild counter, "Can we have two applications?"
"Sure Odie, just come get them." the woman replied, so used to being called guild lady by Odie she just realized it was him speaking and not anyone else when she was called guild lady.
As Odie got the forms and helped Chandra and Poochy fill them out, Headphones caught up with Quantum and Mr. Rubbish.
"So, what's new with you guys?" Headphones asked.
"Not much." replied Quantum.
"Same here." answered Mr. Rubbish.
"Aren't you guys just a couple bundles of joy and personality?" Headphones said in a voice dripping with enough sarcasm to drown a small country.
"That's me!" Mr. Rubbish said.
"Actually, THIS is Mr., errr, Ms. Personality right here!" Quantum said, stepping aside so Headphones could see the FOnewearl known as Temjin-On.
"Hi!" Temjin-On said in her somewhat annoying and cheerful voice, brandishing her Caduceus with pride, "Look what I got!"
"To boost your grants? Aw man! Now you'll kill everything!" Headphones said sadly, hoping he didn't count as everything.
Odie recognized the loud voice as that of Temjin-On's, and immediately greeted her.
"Hi Temmy!" he said, addressing her by the nickname he had given her when he was on a caffeine high.
"Hi Odie." Temjin-On replied with a sigh, "Please don't call me Temmy."
"Okay, Temmy!" Odie replied, oblivious to the fact that she had just asked not to be called Temmy.
"Oh screw it!" Temjin-On said, waving her hand at Odie.
By now Chandra and Poochy were registered hunters, and Headphones went up to ask what had happened and why everyone was paged so suddenly. The "guild lady" as Odie called her told them there had just been a swift spike in the population of monsters in the forest.
"Is that it?" Odie asked, with a depressed look on his face, "I thought we would get to fight that Dragon!"
"Odie, there ISN'T a Dragon! They're not real!" Headphones said.
"I saw it though, I swear I did!" Odie said.
"Fine, if you see it we'll let you fight it, geez, just shut up!"
All 7 of the Hunters stepped into the teleporter, the only one with the class of hunter was Odie, and with the support fire of Quantum, Mr. Rubbish, and Headphones, and then with the support spells of Chandra, Poochy, and Temjin-On, was there anything he couldn't do? He couldn't think of anything at the moment.
As they arrived on the forest floor, there were 2 switches and 2 doors.
"Chandra, you come with us!" Quantum said, wanting the beautiful FOmarl to accompany his group.
"Nah, I'd rather go with Odie!" she replied, and at this Odie's eyes widened, and he thought, 'Did I just hear her say she'd rather go with me than those guys? Woah?'
"Okay, everyone, listen to me, please." Odie said, addressing everyone in the area, "Headphones, Chandra, you guys come with me. Quantum, Mr. Rubbish, Temjin-On, and Poochy, uhh, do whatever, we'll go this way, and you guys go the other."
The groups split up, heading their separate ways, wondering why a spike in population had been such a major thing. They soon found out why it was a major thing...
"Oi! Oh crap! Crap crap crappity crap!" Odie yelled, slashing away at the booma horde, with a couple rappies mixed in for good measure.
Booma death cries and rappy shrieks filled the air with their hideous melody. Odie quickly twirled his double saber around, decapitating 2 rag rappies and slashing a booma in half in the process, and then he stopped spinning the softly humming green photon blades, and brought them crashing down on a booma's head, then spun around and jabbed his sword up into the jaw of a booma, the blade exiting through the creature's head, then, ripping the blade through its eye, twirled the blade and annihilated 3 more of the beasts. Breathing heavily, Odie looked over at Chandra and Headphones, the former roasting rappies with foie and flash frying them with the occasional zonde, the latter blowing apart booma skulls with his rifle, kicking away and shooting the waddling rappies when they got too close.
Before this, the 3 had been walking along, and they saw a switch that was locked, so, of course, they unlocked it, and walked through the door, wondering why there weren?t hordes of boomas and rappies everywhere. They heard a slight buzzing, and looked up to see a monest, being carried by its loyal mothmants. They quickly dispatched it, with Chandra's foies, Odie's zonde, and Headphones' rifle. As they got to the middle of the room, though, at least 25 boomas hopped out of their hiding places in the ground, and 10 rappies flew in and landed, scattering themselves between the three hunters.
"Oh crap, man! I HATE these things!" Odie said, igniting his double saber and holding it out, the pulsing green blades matching his bright green hair which was moving a little bit from the slight breeze on the wonderfully sunny day, which was just a facade for the horribly gruesome battle about to ensue.
RAWR! The boomas' war cry filled the forest, and the other group of hunters found themselves in the same position as Odie, Chandra, and Headphones. Now we find ourselves at where this chapter begins, the three friends blowing the living crap out of boomas and rappies. Then, Odie, who has the endurance of a squirrel, ran out of breath and his agility failed him for a moment, but that was all it took for the rappy to smash his sharp beak into his knee and for the booma horde to mass themselves around them, one smashing his face into the ground with his oversized claw.
"ODIE!" Headphones yelled, watching his friend be engulfed by the horde of teeth fur and claws.
"Oh no..." Chandra said as she watched the horrific scene.
"FREAKIN BOOMAS! I AM GOING TO KILL YOU ALL!"
Headphones and Chandra were both shocked at this shriek from Odie, thinking he was dead or unconscious, then they suddenly saw bits of red light bursting from the gaps of the furry monstrosities, then the bits of light melded together, then they formed a dome, and the boomas disintegrated, and the surrounding area was scorched black, Chandra and Headphones feeling the heat of the rafoie Odie had blasted apart the boomas with.
"Holy crap, Odie!" Headphones exclaimed, aiming and shooting without looking, and turning a rappy's head into a pile of red jell-o.
"Is he ok?" Chandra asked Headphones, worried for Odie's well being.
"Eh, he's fine, a bit beat up, but fine." Headphones reassured her, "He just has a very short temper, it's actually shorter than those -BLAM!- rappies!" The explosion was from a foie Headphones had cast from the hand he was using to hold back a rappy, the bird falling backwards with its face burned beyond recognition, smoke rising in curls from its face.
Suddenly Odie let out an inhuman cry, rushing at the remaining boomas, slashing them into little bits with his double saber, kicking some down then impaling them and wrenching his double saber out through their heads.
"Woah, I've never seen him like this!" Headphones said, awestruck at Odie's display of strength.
"You mean he does this all the time?!?" Chandra said in disbelief.
"Not all the time, but remotely close. I remember once he came very close to this...we had been in the mines, and a canadine had just shocked me, and I fell down, paralyzed. Odie was with me, and got surrounded by gillchics. He just pulled out a razonde, and then jumped on each gillchic, screaming at them, and chopping them to bits with his double saber, and coming over to help me up. I think he gets like this when someone close to him is in trouble.....WAIT! Did you get hurt at all?"
"Well?I did get attacked...Is he like this because of me?"
"I think he was just worried for your safety...he's like that with everyone close to him, I'd hate to see him if he saw someone he loved get hurt! He'd go berserk!"
They stopped their conversation to concentrate on what was left of the enemies, but saw Odie standing over a pile of dead boomas, which were actually in pieces from his furious onslaught, the boomas only seeing a flash of green light then feeling the frigid embrace that was known as death.
"Odie, are you ok?" Headphones asked him.
"I'm...I'm fine..." Odie replied, and then he started to walk over towards his friends, but fell over before he had taken his second step.
"Oh no! Is he ok?!" Chandra asked hurriedly.
"He's fine, he just needs some healing. You know resta, right?"
Chandra nodded her head, and ran over to Odie and cast the spell. A warm glow emanated from her hands, and surrounded Odie's still body. He slowly rose up, and then fell on his back.
"Oi...Are you guys ok?" Odie asked.
"We're fine, but the question is, are you ok?" Headphones replied.
"I'm fine, thanks to Chandra and her resta! Thanks a lot, Chandra!"
Chandra laughed and said, "No problem, Odie."
As they walked off through the door on the other side, they heard something on the other side of the door. They rushed through; ready to massacre anything that had fur and big claws. To their surprise and relief, it was the other part of their group. They fought their way up to the central dome, and as they stood at the teleporter that led inside, Odie just yelled, "DRAGON!" Little did he know, he was predicting the future...
The hollow explosion of ryuker exploded through the empty forest.
"Well, here we go!" Odie said happily as they all stepped into the red square that would teleport them to the central dome?s interior. The first thing they noticed when they appeared inside was the destruction apparent. The dome was filled with what looked like dried magma, but no one seemed to notice the immense shadow looming above them, hanging from the center of the dome...
"What the heck is that?" Odie asked, staring at the center of the dome intently, not being able to make out the shadowy mass that was barely moving.
"It's your imagination, you idiot!" Temjin-On told him.
"Ooh, I have one of those?" Odie said stupidly.
"You're hopeless..." Temjin replied.
Not even Odie noticed the gleaming yellow sphere that suddenly appeared at the tip of the still unmoving figure at the top of the dome. It slowly shrunk to a slit, and then, the mass of shadows took shape...the shape of a Dragon.
The Dragon's piercing shriek paralyzed everyone with fear, except Odie, who had previously encountered a dying Dragon, which is how he knew they existed. Odie gleefully ignited his double saber, as the others gawked at the form of the dragon, flames escaping from its gaping mouth, the ground shaking as its massive frame smashed into the ground, its wings extended to their fullest extent.
"Wheeeee!" Odie said, hopping over the shockwave that knocked over everyone else.
"Odie, you're not human, are you aware of that?" Mr. Rubbish said, Quantum and Poochy agreeing silently by nodding their heads as they rose up, preparing to destroy the dragon. Poochy, Temjin-On, and Chandra all readied their various levels of barta, Poochy handling gibarta, Chandra aiming towards its feet with barta, and Temjin-On aiming at everywhere with rabarta. Their hands glowed with an eerie blue light, and they all let loose with the ice spells at the same time, bombarding the dragon with the coldness of their various magic spells. The Dragon quickly shook them off, heading for the forces, ready to smash them. At that moment the group of rangers that had been preparing for the Dragon's approach let loose with a barrage of photon bullets, aiming for the Dragon's head, chest, and legs, the glowing bullets ripping through the air at immeasurable speeds towards their targets. The Dragon yelled in pain as the bullets hit their marks, and Odie jumped in front of the 3 forces preparing to cast their ice spells again. The Dragon suddenly jumped up and flapped its mighty wings, and flew into the center of the dome, and plummeted headfirst down to the floor, smashing the ground open near Odie, nearly killing him with the flying magma, except he had anticipated this attack and jumped backwards, avoiding the deadly liquid.
"AHHHH!" shouted Poochy as the liquid seared through his robes, making him fall over in surprise.
"HOLY CRAP!" yelled Temjin-On as lava splashed in front of her, making her jump side ways to dodge it, but her platform shoes kept her from landing upright, and she fell over, cursing her shoes the entire time.
Chandra yelled in pain because she had been awestruck by the Dragon's aerial dive, staring at it the entire time, and not reacting fast enough so the magma had found its mark, the lava searing her legs, making her collapse.
"Chandra! YOU FREAKING GECKO! WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU?!?" Odie shouted, with a fury never before heard from him, making the rangers and forces, excluding Chandra, stare in disbelief.
Odie soon got his answer, seeing the Dragon tunneling towards them, the rangers shooting through the ground but missing, because of the photon bullets being slowed by the ground they were being shot through. Odie, however, jumped on top of the tunneling Dragon, shoving his double saber through the ground, straight into the Dragon's back. Everyone heard the Dragon shriek in immeasurable pain, this yell making the first one from its appearance seem like a whisper. The beast immediately went deeper underground, trying to escape the source of pain that had appeared while it was tunneling toward its prey. Odie's face softened quickly, and he ran over to Chandra to see if she was alright. By the time he got there, though, her leg was healed from her resta and Odie could only be happy and help her up. Then, the Dragon burst through the ground, lifting Headphones with it.
"HELP ME!!!" Headphones yelled, being brought up into the air further and further each second.
At this, Odie shouted and ran towards the Dragon, zapping it with zonde the entire time, taking out his handgun and blasting away, being careful not to hit Headphones.
"LET HIM GO YOU OVERGROWN IGUANA!" Odie shouted out to the Dragon.
The Dragon, realizing Odie was insulting it, bucked off Headphones, and he plummeted down and fell across Poochy, both being knocked out, along with the other rangers, who had been knocked out by the Dragon's escape from the ground.
"DIE DRAGON!" yelled Temjin-On as she rushed towards the dragon. The scaly monster landed, stepping towards Odie, then stopping, seeing the frail FOnewearl rushing towards its feet. The creature stared curiously as Temjin-On held out her hands, and they glowed with a bright light, then the glow disappeared, and suddenly reappeared in the caduceus she held in her hand. Then a ring of light appeared, and needles of light impaled the Dragon's foot, making it yell out in pain. The Dragon then stepped on the nuisance that was causing the pain, and the needles of sharp pain stopped. Then, Temjin-On proceeded to say a string of curses that got everyone's attention, even the Dragon's.
Odie, enraged at the beast for injuring or knocking out all of the friends that had come along, rushed at the Dragon, a look of pure fury on his face, a blazing inferno burning in his eyes, and as soon as the Dragon saw the small figure running at it, with such a look of infuriation, it knew it was screwed.
Odie slashed at its ankles, jumping out of the way as it fell, then he jumped on the back of its neck, and jammed his saber through its head, impaling it, getting his saber stuck in the ground under the creature's maw.
Chandra just stared as Odie wrenched his blade out of the creature's head, and walked over to help her up, and to awaken everyone else.
"Are you ok?" Odie asked as he walked over and looked Chandra over to make sure she wasn't hurt.
"Just a couple scratches..." she replied, still in awe after Odie's feat of strength, because she knew that Dragons had a very tough hide, and Odie had just shoved a saber through its hide and skull, then getting it stuck in the ground.
"Ok, will you help me wake everyone up?"
Odie went over to check on Headphones and the unconscious people surrounding him, while Chandra went over to check on Temjin-On and the others. They eventually woke everyone up, then went to the teleporter and went back to Pioneer 2. They all went to the clinic to get healed, and the group walked out and separated, Quantum and Mr. Rubbish going to their homes, Poochy and Chandra going back to Chandra's house, Temjin-On wandering off to get some coffee, and Odie and Headphones just cruising the streets, being bored.
"Hey guys! Wait for us!"
Odie and Headphones looked behind them to see their friend who was nicknamed Sniper for his excessive use of rifles, and his girlfriend who was nicknamed Foo Foo over her love of rabbits, but was actually named Dana.
"Hey, long time no see Headphones!" Sniper said, greeting his friend from school. The two had tied in all their classes, being in the top 25 percent.
"Hey, you up for some target shooting, Sniper?" Headphones asked him, eager to test his skills and new laser bought from the spoils of all the slaughtered creatures on Ragol.
"Sure, why not?" he replied.
"Oh, does Dana want to come too" Just to watch?" Headphones asked, realizing that she was with him.
"Wait...Odie, what are you gonna do?" Headphones asked, looking at Odie who was enjoying his favorite past time, zoning out.
"I'll be fine, go have fun! You deserve it, that Dragon just beat the crap out of you."
"Hey! That was a cheap trick he pulled!" Headphones replied, his pride hurt at the stunt the Dragon had pulled earlier.
"Well, let's go!" Sniper said, eager to test his skills against Headphones.
Odie wandered off, slowly heading towards the bank to see what he had there, and to rearrange it since he had nothing better to do. When he was almost to the bank, he saw one of the tekkers, people he didn't really like due to the fact they charged 100 meseta for finding out what an item was when people could probably just figure out what it was themselves. Then Odie remembered something he had found a long time ago, a rusted old katana, that he had just kept in his bank because he had just liked it at the time, and he could even make use of it, even though it was a piece of crap sword rusted so much it was about to fall apart. Odie decided to figure out the name of it, because he simply called it "Rusty" due to its appearance. He went to the "bank lady" as he called her, and politely asked for his katana, and deposited some money and spare items he usually gave to beginner hunters he saw at the guild, keeping the stronger ones for himself and teammates to borrow if they forgot their weapon, which didn't happen very often. Odie unsheathed his katana rusty, and brought it to the tekker to see if he could tell what it was.
"Young man, are you aware of what kind of katana this is?" the tekker asked, in complete surprise.
"Yes, a crappy one." Odie replied, thinking for sure he was right.
"No, its not a crappy one, as you put it. It's an agito imitation!"
"A what?!?" Odie replied in surprise, because he had been searching for the real agito his entire life, after hearing the legends about it as a child.
"An agito imitation, they're common but still, some are quite strong."
"Really? Cool!" Odie replied enthusiastically, "Do you know where to get the real agito?"
"No one knows where it's at, it switches owners constantly, due to assassinations and the such over who thinks they should own it."
At this, Odie put the imitation back in the bank, and withdrew some meseta and some spare items, like his extra Varista, and some other spare somewhat rare weapons. Then he decided to take out his bhirava, and let it accompany him on his journey through town trying to find a new weapon. He hadn't taken it out of the bank in so long because the last time he let it follow him down to Ragol, it had been swatted down by a booma, and Odie was just worried about his mag's safety, but he let it follow him around town if he had the chance to go get it.
His bhirava floating behind him, weapons he was looking to trade in a bag slung over his back, he proceeded to look around for hunters that looked like they had good weapons that they were willing to trade. Odie had his eye on a pair of twin swords that were bright green in color, asking the hunter who was putting them in his bank what they were called.
"Oh, those are my musashis, do you like them?" the hunter asked Odie, noticing his bag of weapons.
"Yes, I like them very much..." Odie said, his gaze locked onto the glowing green swords.
"You wanna trade for them? Oh yeah, I'm Paperweight. Who are you?"
"Yes, I would like to trade for the, nice to meet you Paperweight, I'm Odie."
"What kind of a name is Odie?"
"The kind I have."
"What kind is that?"
At this Odie sighed, having had explained this to many people.
"It's a nickname."
"Then what's your real name?"
"You really wanna know it?"
"Ok, hold on..." at this Odie took a breath, preparing to say his whole name. "Ryguy Billy Bob Thornton Joe Wet Cardboard Box the Third, Master of Wooty Goodness Esquire."
Paperweight stood there, amazed at his name.
"Oh...that's why you have a nickname...I see..."
"Yup. So, what are you looking for for those musashis?"
"Well...I've been trying to find a Varista."
"Really? I have a Varista! I'll trade you this Varista for those musashis."
"Sounds good to me, sure."
The two hunters exchanged weapons, then deposited their spare things into the bank, and went to a cafe to get some drinks with enough caffeine to hurt a person.
"You're a caffeine addict too? Cool!"
"Another person that's addicted to caffeine!"
"You know what, I think I need some counseling..."
"I could get you some if you think you need it..."
"So, why'd you want those musashis?" Paperweight asked Odie.
"Cuz they're green."
Odie had just traded his varista for a set of musashis. He felt he had to give Paperweight more though, because he remembered someone saying musashis were indeed rare, unlike his varista, which he had many of.
"Hey, I'm gonna give you something else to go along with that varista."
"Oh really? Like what?"
"Uhh, I don't know, what were you wanting?"
"Well...I have kind of been wanting a sword of some sort..."
"Ooh, really? I have some partisans...do those work?"
"Those are better! Gimme one of those!"
"Ok, to the bank!"
Paperweight followed Odie, usually remembering who he was following by the bright green hair seeming to wave back at him as Odie ran to the bank, dodging people on the way. They got to the bank, and Odie greeted the "bank lady" and asked for a Gae Bolg. She set it on the counter and Odie lifted it and handed it to Paperweight.
"Well, I thought that one varista for a musashi was kind of ripping you off."
"Ohhhh, I see."
"Well, I'm off to wander more, see you later, Paperweight."
"Yeah, nice meeting you, Odie."
The two hunters parted, Odie turning around to watch the HUmar with an afro walk away, adjusting his sunglasses on the way.
Just then, Headphones walked up, and tapped Odie's shoulder. Odie jumped around; ready to attack Headphones, not knowing it was him.
"Odie! DON'T HURT ME!" Headphones yelled, not wanting to be knocked unconscious by Odie's armored lower arm.
"Oh, sorry, I didn't know who you were right away! Now that I see you, I recognize the gothic black armor! Heh heh."
"It's not gothic! Look at you, your armor has more black than mine!"
"I was just kidding, dude, chill out! I know my armor has more black than yours, the only parts that aren't black are the orange highlights!" Odie said with a grin.
"Just don't call my suit gothic, ok?" Headphones said.
"What's wrong with you?"
"I tied with Sniper at the range, which was cool, but then he went to get his freakin car, that guy is so obsessed with that car, then him and his girlfriend drove off to their house, leaving me to walk back here."
"So, what did you get accomplished?"
At this, Odie held up his newly acquired musashis.
"Nice, Odie, nice."
Odie just laughed, and asked Headphones if he wanted to go down to the Caves with him.
"Uhhh, not right now, why don't you ask Poochy and Chandra, they seemed to need a little combat experience, I'm going to go try to find Quantum and Mr. Rubbish to see if I can outshoot them, at least. Later."
"Yeah, ok, later."
Odie did decide to go find Chandra and Poochy, but only found Chandra at her house.
Chandra laughed, and then said, "He doesn't live here, y'know."
"Ohhhh, ok." Odie said, remembering that they were friends, not relatives, "Oh yeah, wanna come to Ragol with me?"
"Sure!" she replied enthusiastically, wanting to wander the depths of Ragol.
Odie took her hand and led her to the immense green door that rose up to reveal the teleporter to the surface.
"Ready?" Odie asked, releasing her hand and checking his armor slots, making sure the proper units were inserted, then unsheathing his musashis from their makeshift sheathes, which he had created from spare stuff he had lying around.
"When'd you get those swords?" Chandra asked him.
"I traded for them!" Odie said with a huge grin on his face, "I can't wait to use them!"
Chandra ran to catch up to Odie, who was waiting in the teleporter before she knew it.
What Odie didn't know though, as he entered the coordinates for the subterranean caves of Ragol, was that the monster population had increased in the caves by at least 10 fold of what it had in the Forest...
As Odie and Chandra entered the caves, they didn't see anything out of the ordinary, just a few of the grotesquely mutated boomas that people referred to as evil sharks. He rushed up, stabbing with one sword and slashing with the other, quickly killing the small amount of evil sharks in the area. Chandra just watched him, wondering why he suddenly became so powerful if people close to him were injured or put in danger. She hadn't bothered to ask Odie himself, she felt too embarrassed to. Then, a huge amount of evil sharks appeared, nano dragons spiraling down to land on small cliffs jutting out over lava pools, grass assassins hiding in the corners, poison lilies suddenly popping up everywhere.
"CRAP!" Odie yelled, seeing the immense amount of deadly creatures surrounding him.
Chandra's eyes widened in disbelief at the massive amount of beasts that had appeared so suddenly, as if from out of nowhere, when Odie ran up to shove both of his glowing green swords through the middle of an evil shark about to swing its meat cleaver arm at Chandra.
"There's so many..." Chandra uttered, still in awe at the army of monsters slowly making their way towards them, when a grass assassin appeared out of the shadows behind them.
The huge, multi-eyed beast yelled its high-pitched charging cry, and rushed at Odie and Chandra, Odie jumping to its side, slashing 2 of its legs off with one sword, impaling it on the other one.
"Chandra! Leave! Now!" Odie yelled at her, butchering evil sharks and chopping down lilies as he spoke.
He turned around to throw down a telepipe, when an evil shark appeared and smashed his head into the ground with the flat side of its arm, making him fly into the ground. The telepipe had opened due to the impact it had made on the ground, and just as the shark was about to impale Odie, a figure jumped out of the pipe, using his chest as a shield, the shark's arm going straight through his stomach, then retracting back through the entrance it had made, the figure falling to his knees, then the ground, onto his unmoving face.
"Headphones..." Odie said, his voice wavering a little, "Headphones, is that you?"
"Heh, I saved your butt Odie...you owe me..."
After saying that, Headphones' body went limp, and Odie watched him fall to the ground. Odie fell to his knees after just recently standing up, his hair falling down and covering his pale face. He slowly rose to one knee, and then raised himself up with great effort, shadows now covering his face.
"You will all...die..." Odie said, without any mercy at all in his voice. Suddenly rushing into the group of sharks and assassins, slashing as he went, but being slashed back the entire time, avoiding the anchoring sprays coming from the horrible mouths of the grass assassins, dodging swipes by sharks, jumping over poison from the lilies, and letting shots from the nano dragons demolish his seemingly countless enemies.
"Headphones!" Chandra said, rushing over to see if he was ok, "Are you ok?"
The unmoving form of the RAmar didn?t move at all, or utter a single sound, not even a groan.
"You freaks killed him..." Odie whispered to himself, "Now you will all feel my wrath and perish along with my friend." After saying this, Odie started casting techniques to lower the numbers of the oncoming horde of deformed monsters coming at him. After a while, there was only one nano dragon left, but it had killed at least 1/8th of the monsters there, which had increased its power. Odie rushed at it, his swords ready to maul the empowered beast, when it shot one of its deadly beams at him. Odie sidestepped it, continuing his furious charge at the creature, and the dragon took flight over the enraged but calm HUmar. In reply to the dragon's escape, Odie hurled his swords into the belly of the monster, making it plummet into the ground, then sending up a huge cloud of dust. Odie walked over to retrieve his swords, then perceived all the damage he had done. There were patches of scorched ground, charred walls, and icy corpses everywhere from his technique rampage, and slashes on the walls and mutilated bodies of altered creatures littering the floor.
Chandra stared at the destruction in the room, caused by that one person, amazed.
At that moment though, after surveying the room, Odie collapsed to his knees, then fell over onto his face, making a small dust cloud raise from the ground and surround his now still form.
Just then, a telepipe erupted up from the ground, and Temjin-On and Sniper walked through, looking for Odie and Chandra, hoping to help kill some sharks, when they say the still form of Odie in the middle of the room surrounded by the mauled corpses of sharks and grass assassins, with lilies here and there, and nano dragons in between. When they saw the still form of Headphones though, his face pale, his body surrounded in a pool of his own blood from a gaping hole in his stomach, only then did the looks on their faces get pale enough to almost match Headphones' face.
"What happened?" Temjin-On demanded, looking at Chandra, who had a blank look on her face.
"Dude...Temjin...is Odie dead or is he just laying there?" Sniper asked Temjin-On, not wanting the disgruntled FOnewearl to get in a worse mood, she was already in a bad mood from some stupid hunters that had tried to hit on her at the cafe here she had gotten some coffee.
"I dunno, lets go check on him!"
Temjin-On and Sniper ran out to Odie, to make sure he was still in the realm of the living. They noticed the dust being blown up in a very small cloud near his mouth, his chest moving up and down slowly, signs that he was indeed still alive. This was probably something Odie wasn't very happy about.
"Come on, Temjin, cast a ryuker near Odie so we can get him to the hospital, he looks half dead!"
"Fine, fine, hold on..." Temjin-On held out her hands, and a telepipe rose from the ground, and they took a hold of Odie under his arms and by his legs and carried him out, the pipe closing after they went through it. This left Chandra alone with the dead body of Headphones, in a dank cave, until Sniper went through the pipe by Chandra, lifting the limp body of Headphones and telling Chandra to follow him through the pipe.
Odie wasn't in too bad of a condition, but Headphones...Headphones was a different story. Odie was mostly just exhausted, and Headphones...well...Headphones was a bit more than exhausted, he had a gaping hole in his stomach, and he was barely alive, with enough machines attached to him that he looked like he was part gillchic.
"Odie...I know who you are," a voice said, "I know your hopes and dreams, your fears and nightmares, and I am one of those nightmares. I will destroy everything close and dear to you. I will make you suffer. I will make you suffer forever, in a dark void full of nothing but darkness..."
Odie sat bolt upright, waking up from his nightmare. He was looking around, and imagined that he?d just fallen or tripped or gotten hit on the head too hard, thinking that Headphones being impaled by an Evil Shark was just part of his nightmare too, but then he looked around, and saw Headphones, laying on a bed with all of the machinery attached to him.
Headphones' eyes fluttered open as Odie slowly walked over.
"I'd ask if your ok...but it's kinda obvious that your not..."
"Yeah, heh, I took a hit for you, and you owe me big time."
"I guess your right! I do owe you big time."
"Hey Odie...I really don't think I'm going to last much longer...so, could you do me a favor, to pay off the favors you owe me?"
Odie laughed, and nodded yes.
"Ok, you know where my house is. Here's the key, and oh yeah, take my headphones, my stuff is yours. Heh, I know you've always liked these, so since I wont need them, you can have them."
"Really? Well...I guess if you don't need them...but I bet you'll live!"
"Heh, don't be that stupid, Odie. I know you're not that dumb, man, face the facts, I'm gonna die, and you know it."
Odie just blinked, and reluctantly took the key and headphones that were his best friend?s namesake.
Headphones suddenly started coughing and his entire frame shuddered violently, and he uttered his last words.
"Later Odie, see ya whenever you decide to visit, heh."
Headphones then coughed, and then everything registering his vital signs showed that had no life remaining inside of him. Odie's eyes watered, and then he slowly got up off of his knees, and walked off towards Headphones' house.
"Where?s Odie," Chandra asked as she walked in with Poochy, Temjin, and Saiyan, "Wasn't he hurt?"
"Yeah, he was hurt!" Temjin replied.
"Dude, Temjin, chill out!" Saiyan half-yelled at Temjin.
"Wait...why isn't Headphones laughing at us arguing?" Temjin wondered out loud.
"I don't know...lets find him to check." Saiyan replied.
They looked towards where they had last seen Headphones, and just saw his body on the bed the nurses had put him on, but all the machinery basically screamed he was dead through the bleeps and blips.
"Oh man...we have to go find Odie to tell him!" Saiyan told Temjin.
The 4 ran off to tell the nurse about Headphones, then they walked briskly out of the hospital after being told not to run by a passing nurse.
Odie was standing at the door of Headphones? house, and he slowly twirled the key to the door in his fingers. He then tossed the key above his head, and suddenly his hand shot out and there was a soft jingle and a sudden click as the door was opened in one smooth motion.
"Well...I know exactly what he wanted me to have in particular." Odie said to himself.
Odie walked around the small house, staring at the pictures of himself and Headphones standing side by side, Headphones grinning with his arm around Odie's neck, Odie just grinning along with him. He saw pictures of them as children, up to where they were now. He then saw pictures of Saiyan and Dana, from when they had all met. He then saw pictures of other various people. 'His family...' Odie thought silently, walking towards a box the entire time.
He knelt down and unlocked the box, and then he opened it, and inside was one of Headphones' most prized possessions, an antique saber from ancient times. Then Odie went off to Headphones' bags he used if they went off for long times, which would be perfect for this kind of thing. Odie found the sheath for the old sword, and he latched it on his waist and slid the sword into it, hearing a slight click as it locked itself into place so it wouldn?t fall out if he went flying from a cheap hit from some monster.
Odie went around, picking up everything he knew Headphones wanted him to have, his collection of CDs, his weapons, just about everything important to the ranger. Odie then came across the first weapon Headphones had ever had, an old handgun. Odie lifted it, and just stared at it, and then slowly put it into the bag he had everything in. Odie then walked out of Headphones' house, humming an old tune to himself while listening to the namesake of his best friend, who was dead.
Meanwhile, Temjin, Saiyan, Chandra, and Poochy were searching Odie's hangouts, not even thinking of Headphones' home, assuming that Odie would be too grief stricken to go near it. How wrong they were.
"I give up!" Temjin said.
"Yeah, me too, he's fine, he wasn't all that beat up, just exhausted and everything from wasting all of those sharks, dragons and grass assassins."
"Well, I'm gonna go look more!" Poochy said enthusiastically, "I'll find him!"
Poochy eventually did see Odie at the bank, and ran up to him, yelling "Hi" on the way.
"Odie! Where have you been?"
"Places." Odie replied.
"Just places, Poochy.?" Odie replied, starting to sound somewhat annoyed.
"Oh, ok, well, hold on, stay right here, I'm gonna go get the others!"
"Well, okay, I'll stay here and wait." Odie replied, plastering a fake grin across his face. He watched Poochy run off, and then quietly deposited Headphones' things, and pulled up the headphones of his deceased friend, blocking out every noise around him with the music he and Headphones had liked so much.
As Odie sat there, listening to the ancient but still pretty loud music, Poochy stared at him from over with Chandra, Temjin, and Saiyan. He noticed then that Odie was just zoning out, and he could almost hear the music from where he was, around 20 feet away. Then all 4 walked over to Odie, and he turned down the music and let the headphones drop around his neck, like a necklace that plays music. They were, surprisingly, playing the music softly, and it was barely audible, except probably to Odie who had them around his neck.
"What's up?" Odie asked.
"What's up? What"s up!? You walked out of a hospital and had us remotely worried and all you can say is what's up!?"
Odie thought for a moment.
"You're such an idiot, Odie."
Then, Odie stood up slowly, and told his friends to wait for him on the surface.
"Are you sure?" Chandra asked.
"Ok..." She replied reluctantly, and she walked off with the others to the teleporter to the level with the hunter's guild.
"Hey bank lady, can I get some of my stuff?"
"Sure Odie, and sorry about Headphones."
"Eh, its ok bank lady."
Odie then put his hand on the counter and half jumped and half slid over it, and went to his deposit box. He took out one of his many varistas, and a new weapon from the stuff he had gotten from Headphones. Who knew Headphones ancestors were hunters? He then took out his armor and barrier, and put them on and vaulted over the counter again.
"Later bank lady!: Odie said, starting to jog away while saying his goodbye.
"Bye, Odie." The bank lady said, laughing.
Odie jumped into the teleporter, disappeared, and then reappeared at the other teleporter and fell out. Then he remembered why he wasn't supposed to jump into them.
Odie then ran to the huge green doors that revealed the teleport to the surface. He stopped at the door and greeted the guards, the photon ammunition sticks in their rifles glowing softly.
"Going back down after your accident, Odie?"
"Yes I am, guard dude!"
"Please, Odie, don't call me guard dude."
"No problem, guard dude!"
The guard sighed, and pushed the buttons to let Odie through the door. Odie walked up the to the teleporter and then stepped in, and stepped out onto the grassy surface of Ragol, in its mighty forest.
"Long time no see..." Odie softly said to himself, then he walked off to find his friends, smashing forgotten supply crates open on the way. What he didn't notice were the bright green eyes silently watching him wander off.
Where"s Odie?" Saiyan asked.
"No idea, but he'd better get here soon!" Temjin replied, casting zonde on a gobooma, making it fall onto its face and utter its death-cry.
Just then, a rappy fell from the sky in its usual way, and slowly waddled towards Temjin, the unsuspecting force not noticing the fat bird. The rappy had its head reared back, preparing to strike Temjin's kneecap with full force.
"Temjin, look out!" Chandra shouted.
"For what?" Temjin said, then saw the rappy about to bust out her kneecap.
Before the bird could bring its head down onto the FOnewearl's kneecap, a bright yellow photon bullet ripped into its neck, making the bird shriek in pain and stop its attack. Then, 2 more photon bullets of the same color pierced the bird's head, making it fall over dead.
"What just happened?" Temjin asked.
"I happened, Temjin!" Odie said triumphantly.
"Took you long enough, where have you been, you green-haired freak?" Temjin asked, casting gifoie and roasting 3 boomas about to slash her into ribbons with their razor sharp claws.
"I've been trying to find you guys!" Odie said, twirling the varista he had downed the rappy with on his finger.
"Well, are you going to help or not?" Saiyan asked.
"Yeah yeah, shut up, I'll help." Odie said, holstering the gun and pulling out a red cube.
"What's that?" Chandra asked curiously.
"A new toy, heh heh." Odie replied, pushing a button on the cube, making it disappear in a flash of light and reappear as 2 bright red and yellow daggers.
"What the hell!? When did you get bloody arts, Odie?" Temjin asked.
"Somewhere." Odie replied quickly while jumping into a group of boomas and decimating them in a matter of seconds with the twin short swords.
"Woah..." Saiyan said, his mouth starting to hang open.
"Dude, watch yourself there!" Odie said, throwing one of the daggers into the ground and holding out his hand, a ball of flame beginning to gather in his palm, getting bigger and bigger until Odie launched it at the gobooma about to decapitate Saiyan.
"Thanks Odie." Saiyan said gratefully.
"No prob." Odie said, taking his dagger out of the ground.
"You want to get these by yourself, Odie?" Temjin asked, knowing Odie probably wanted to hurt something after experiencing so much grief.
"Yeah, if you don?t mind." Odie said, stabbing a rappy through the eye, the blade coming out the other side.
"Have fun!" Saiyan said.
"You know it!" Odie said with a huge grin, despite the fact he was butchering a savage wolf and a booma at the same time with the twin blades in his hands.
Then the 4 friends went to pioneer 2 to quickly get some supplies, knowing Odie could handle himself. Little did they know that something was about to happen that might even give Odie some trouble...
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