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Witnessing the start of Tifa’s counter-offensive, Scarlet adopted a wide, aggressive stance, snarling and urgently beckoning Tifa into a clash. Scarlet wanted - no needed this fight to continue to the bitter finish. This was her moment. Despite the bumps, bruises and aches endured thus far, watching Project C.H.A.P.U mature before her eyes was more than worth the struggle. The surge of power from the materia weapon was absolutely invigorating. Indescribable. As Tifa closed the gap, Scarlet roared with anticipation.
“CMON’! This time I’ll tear you apart!”
Ignoring the threat and focusing the strength and speed she mustered, Tifa leapt with panther-like agility and form, folding her body into a honed jump kick.
Making good on her word and snatching Tifa’s leading leg mid-flight, Scarlet spun and swung the shocked fighter around like a rag doll, right into one of the mechanical cannon pistons on her flank.
Crashing clean into the mechanical piston, Tifa yelled out in pain from the brutal impact. The connective mechanisms and gears at the base of the massive machinery whined in protest, causing an electrical surge from the conduit integrity being tested. Sparks burst out from the strained machinery, along with a light cloud of white, chalky smoke. With her ankle released upon impact, Tifa collapsed onto the harsh ground beneath her. Taken aback by the magnitude of her new strength, Scarlet marveled at her unleashed capabilities.
Is this what members of SOLDIER feel like?
She didn't want to break her beautiful cannon, but she would need to measure her blows just right to ensure the slum rat stayed awake for the big finale. Scarlet took the chance to taunt her recovering adversary, happily watching her pull herself off the ground.
“Now do you see, hero? Vermin like you simply can’t compare with me!”
Past the west wall of the base at the Junon airport runway, the blue electrical surge caught the sharp eye of a certain overeager, plucky Midgar press reporter in a green blazer, nervously pacing the airport runway and stubbornly ignoring the earlier evacuation orders to continue covering the Junon crisis as it developed. Eventually forced out to the airport near the imposing figure of the President's Highwind airship, Jill Darlington was actively plotting a way to get into the sky and get some exclusive news coverage.
“Whoa! Martin, did you see that? Tell me you saw that.”
The ex-field medic turned helicopter pilot mechanically continued calibrating his flight controls, preparing the Shinra licensed chopper for departure. “See what, Jill? Sorry, I’m sort of trying to, you know, save our lives and get us the hell out of here!”
Rolling her eyes, Jill handed her long time flight partner some monotone praise. “Ever the hero…look, I just saw some sort of electrical burst on top of the Junon Cannon. I’m sure of it!
Giving an exasperated glance in her direction, Martin shot a weary reply at his associate. "So what?"
Jill ran her hands through her hair from her flight partner's amazing display of apathy. "So what?! SO there could be a malfunction? A short? Or maybe its unstable from fending off WEAPON and is about to go critical mass! Can you imagine the story if that thing explodes?! Look, something’s happening up there, and we’ve gotta get the scoop!"
“We?! 'We' and whose army, Jill? You’ve seen that…that THING. If there’s even a chance it survived that cannon shot, I sure as hell don’t wanna be anywhere near it…let alone METEOR. The whole world went into upheaval once that eyesore showed up. Me? I’ve seen enough of all this. I figure if I use my retirement gil fund to buy my way into some sorta’ underground shelter…I can hole up with my family and ride out-
"Martin, shape up. You know full well that neither one of us has the gil to buy our way into a bunker high-tech enough to withstand the impact that thing is going to make."
Glancing at the imposing "extra" crimson sun in the sky, Jill mentally amended her own statement.
I doubt any of us can run from that.
Jill could come across as crass, but she was usually on point and had good instincts. The weary pilot knew she was right about the gil situation for one thing. Still, he pressed the boundaries of her argument. "At a time like this, though? Jill, Junon is still in chaos from the WEAPON attack. The city’s locked down, Shinra’s shut down all live feeds out of Junon for the free press...its all emergency broadcast, military state news right now."
"That's just it though Martin, this could be our big break! Besides, we've got our tools. Don't we have some of Jason's spare equipment nearby too?"
"Oh…him? Poor bastard took outta’ here so fast he ditched his rig and left all his gear, right here in the back."
With a devlish smile, Jill pressed her advantage. "Look, Shinra controls all media releases in this city...but they can't control an unreleased recording! Just think. We document this and get some aerial footage, we'll be able to take this out of Junon and sell it to a neighboring agency. Companies would pay top gil for accurate reporting outside of Shinra channels right now. Remember when we covered the AVALANCHE reactor bombings? Well this story could be all ours! Sure we're Midgar licensed, but let's bend the rules a little."
Glancing over her shoulder, Jill noticed some kind of commotion happening near the presidential airship.
Motioning at the scene behind her with her thumb, Jill pushed her persuasive powers further. "Let's use that as a distraction and check out what's happening on the cannon! In and out, should be a cinch."
Jill could tell the prospect of a potentially large payday had Martin on the ropes. With a sly grin, she closed in to seal the deal. "How about it?"
With a weary half-smirk, The pilot conceded at last. "...Alright, alright fine! You win this one. *Sigh* Get in and secure everything, pronto...IN and OUT Jill!"
Careening towards endgame, which woman will come out on top? More on the way, let's keep this rocking along. Thanks for stopping by!
Scarlet, Tifa, the Final Fantasy Series, and all associated characters are © Square Enix
Jill is either out of her mind or really bold, man! It's story first for her, always lol. METEOR is making people desperate, highlighted by the fact public executions are being broadcast without any complaint from the public.
More coming ASAP! I want to crank up production, and I really hope you keep checking in for what's in store.
There's still time before the news team arrives, but I'm willing to bet Scarlet will be happy to have a camera nearby again. Her inflated ego needs a dramatic platform to shine.
Also, nice upskirt on Tifa.
"Make it two!!" The stunned blonde barked before her thoughts caught up to remind her that things weren't looking so rosy for the woman wearing the suspenders.
Reporters Gone Rogue. The ultimate in coffee table books!
That book has the potential to ruin a lot of careers in journalism! I'm willing to bet most of the anecdotes in that book would involve completely ditching your own safety.
Caution's Eternal Sabbatical Maybe that's the subtitle?
Perfect subtext, let's find a publisher
The proceeds can go to the Save the Foxies Foundation.