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'97 SPECIAL TEAM IORI YAGAMI SHINGO YABUKI

'97 SPECIAL TEAM STORY

Geese Tower, the only building that commands a full view of Southtown. Geese regards the immutable view of the city, sunken deep down into his chair. A knock comes at the door.
GEESE:
"Enter."
BILLY:
"Excuse me, sir."
As if in synch with the pace of the approaching Billy, Geese slowly turns his back to his guest.
BILLY:
"How may I serve you today?"
Geese produces an envelope that appears to contain an invitation from a desk drawer and passes it to Billy.
GEESE:
"Read it."
Billy takes the envelope and opens it.
BILLY:
"Hmm. So it's on again this year, is it? The King of Fighters."
GEESE:
"Yup. In spite of last year's incident, it seems to have succeeded commercially. And this year you know the corporations will want a piece of this pie."
BILLY:
"Do you plan to enter?"
GEESE:
"I think I'll sit it out this time. I don't have time for such trivialities."
BILLY:
"And so I..."
GEESE:
"You're a quick study. Did you expect me to ask you to go bowling? But I jest. You're going to enter the event. Another entrant has caught my attention...."
BILLY:
"And you want me to check him out. Sounds like a plan. So, who is it...? Must be Terry Bogard, right?"
GEESE:
"Nope. Iori Yagami. Or, to be more precise, I should say the power that he possesses."
An odious memory comes to mind. Billy just barely manages to suppress his rage.
BILLY:
"Iori...Yagami! ...But the power he commands is that of the Orochi, and a pale imitation of it at that.... Why do you want me to watch him now...? I thought your curiosity in the power of the Orochi had been sated, no?"
GEESE:
"It may very well be that the power he commands is but an epigone of the Orochi; however, the rage he displayed in the last tournament is something I've never seen in the Orochi, something that may exceed its power. He's a true descendant of the Orochi.... Yagami may be something quite formidable."
BILLY:
"Because of his mixed blood...? I see. Then if that's the case.... But as you know he and I aren't exactly drinking buddies. Did you think of that when you decided to enter me? I just may be liable to...annihilate him."
GEESE:
"Suit yourself.... If he dies, he dies."
BILLY:
"Very well, sir. That's that, then. By the way, who's on my team?"
Geese's grins menacingly and stares at Billy.
GEESE:
"One of your teammates is Ryuji Yamazaki. The other, one Blue Mary."

BILLY:
"Yamazaki and Blue Mary? There's a surprise...."
GEESE:
"Yamazaki intrigues me, too.... But you won't need to bother with him. That's Blue Mary job, thanks to me arranging an investigation through one of my dummy corporations. Focusing on Yagami is all you need to think about."
BILLY:
"Just what's so intriguing about this Yamazaki clown?"
GEESE:
"Hmph, you'll know it when see it. If you see it.... I know where he's hanging out. Before you leave, check your hopper."
BILLY:
"I understand. Well, then, I guess I'd better get crackin'...."
Billy exits the room. Geese gets up from his seat and stares out the window again.
GEESE:
"This year's KOF looks like it'll be more interesting than I had thought."

In the gym. Men dressed in the gym's uniform surround a mysterious figure. A little ways away, Billy stands at a place that affords a full view of the gym.
BILLY:
"It looks like it's begun."
Without uttering a word, the uniformed men lunge at the cornered man.
BILLY:
"It's no good. With that timing, they'll be putty in his hands...."
The lunging men are abruptly blown every which way.
BILLY:
"...The "Serpent Slash" move."
Next barrage of bursts reverberate through the gym. One man after another is blown back every which way.
The "wall" of men vanishes in an instant; a lone figure appears in the center of the gym.
BILLY:
"Ryuji Yamazaki.... Just what does Geese find so interesting with him, anyway...?"
Billy's mind races as he scrutinizes the scene. A lone man, apparently grazed by the outburst, pounces at Yamazaki out of nowhere. Yamazaki appears unfazed.
MAN:
"You nub! You're going to regret that...! Ah!"
Yamazaki grins. In the blink of an eye, a dagger pierces the attacker's belly. Billy looks on calmly.
BILLY:
"This guy's no more than a vicious little punk."
MAN:
"You...sneaky...bastard...."
Yamazaki's grin grows larger.
YAMAZAKI:
"Sneaky? Hey, it's just a game, isn't it? Who made it serious...?"
He twists the dagger to open the wound further. The man screams out in agony. Yamazaki intones in a low voice:
YAMAZAKI:
"...Bada bing, baby."
The man crumples to the floor. Yamazaki sheaths his dagger in disgust. Billy, meanwhile, stealthily enters the gym. Yamazaki takes notice of his presence.
YAMAZAKI:
"...! Huh, one of Geese's lapdogs, is it? What do you want with me?"
BILLY:
"That was quite a little hissy fit you threw there. Such high jinks in a place like this must mean you have more free time than you can manage."
YAMAZAKI:
"I don't know what you mean. What? Do you care to share their fate?"
BILLY:
"Hah! That's rich. Me lose to you, eh? Impossible. I'd even bet on it!"
YAMAZAKI:
"Why you. Come to pick a fight with me, have you? Eh?!"
BILLY:
"Just hear me out. I didn't come here to fight. I have a proposition for you."
YAMAZAKI:
"A proposition? What do you got in mind?"
BILLY:
"The King of Fighters will be beginning soon. We're going to enter it and win. That's my proposition."
YAMAZAKI:
"The King of Fighters? Hmph, that fighting dilletante's ball? I'm not interested. Go get some other sucker...!?"
Suddenly something seizes Yamazaki's feet. He looks down to see the man he'd just carved a new navel for holding on to him. A grin even more vicious than before appears on Yamazaki's face.
YAMAZAKI:
"Hoo, hoo, hoo. You're quite a little trooper!"
In an instant, a fountain of blood shoots up. Yamazaki lets out a scream that could be interpreted as madness or a cry for help.
BILLY:
"What was that? That was something well beyond his previous homicidal rage...!"
Geese's words pop into Billy's head.
GEESE:
"You'll know when you see it. If you see it...."
BILLY:
"So that's it...that's what he meant."
YAMAZAKI:
"How much...?"
Yamazaki's voice yanks him back to reality.
BILLY:
"What's that?"
YAMAZAKI:
"I'm asking you how much you're going to pay me. I've changed my mind.... I'm entering. The King of Fighters, that is!"
BILLY:
"Double the prize money for the tournament."
YAMAZAKI:
"Don't forget your promise...."
Yamazaki leaves the gym alone. Shortly after that, a woman's voice calls from behind.
MARY:
"It looks like the plot thickens. Mind if I put my two cents in?"
BILLY:
"You? What are you up to?"
MARY:
"Nothing special.... I've put out my nets, and I thought this would be a good way to kill some time."
BILLY:
"Would we happen to be caught in one of your little nets?"
MARY:
"You got it."
BILLY:
"...Hmm. Well, whatever. It looks like all our team is here. Do as you like."
Billy exits the gym. As he passes by Mary, she calls to him again.
MARY:
"Thanks. I just may do that."
As Billy leaves the gym, a car draws up along side him. Without hesitation, he climbs into the car and shuts his eyes as if to ward off any followers.
BILLY:
"All the players are on stage. I'm a little psyched about my little mission. I'm coming for you, Iori Yagami. And you're going down this time for sure!"
The gym. Mary looks over the pile of bodies.
MARY:
"It looks like I've established contact with my target. But there's something fishy about this job. It looks like Yamazaki isn't the only one I'll have to investigate. I better find out just exactly whom I'm working for."

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