Well, here goes. I got the green light from the mods, now I hope this will get better reception here than in FF.net.
Pairing: Zero Ciel(later)
Rating: PG-13 for some Reploid gore in later chapters.
DISCLAIMER: Megaman Zero and its characters all belong to Capcom.
A/N: Follows the same writing format of my other fics. The pairing will come at later chapters. Also, like Trials 1, some chapters are combined to make them longer.
Short Summary: Zero is confused to which is real, which is a dream, and so will you. Takes place right after Megaman Zero 4. Please, PLEASE Review!
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Revival
Log 1: All Just a Dream?
Log 2: Awaken
Log 3: Maverick Zero
Log 4: A Memorial
Log 5: Hunters vs. Maverick
Log 6: No More Waiting
Chapter 2: Adjusting
Log 7: A Promise Kept
Log 8: Way of Life
Log 9: Ciel the Ambassador
Log 10: Revered
Chapter 3: Mavericks Again
Log 11: Hunter and Hunted
Log 12: Enter the Fire Lords
Log 1: All Just a Dream?
"Hey, HEY, Zero, snap out of it!"
"Huh? What-" The red Maverick Hunter turned around, and saw an enormous green hand trying to crush him. The other Hunter who shouted a warning, a black- and crimson reploid, piled a barrage of bullets from his dual pistols to drive the hand away.
When Zero finally realised where he was, he turned around to their target. It was Sigma, in one of his Ultimate Forms(specifically from X5). They were in a large canyon, where at the bottom of it Sigma stood, while Zero and fellow Hunter Axl are on top. But Sigma's height allowed him to reach them at those heights.
"Hey, Alia," the other Reploid cried to an unknown location. "We've got to stop now. Someone here isn't up to it today."
"Got it," Alia's voice, from out of nowhere, responded.
"Sigma", and the entire canyon disappeared, and was actually a hologram. Zero and Axl are actually revealed to be in the Maverick Hunter's battle simulator.
Axl walked up to Zero, holstering his pistols. "What's up with you, Zero? You certainly don't have your mind on training today."
"Sorry," Zero replied curtly.
Axl sighed comically as he noticed that his friend's head is still in the clouds. Just then, X walked in from the entrance to the simulator. "Okay, that was horrible, even for you, Axl," X said, which prompted a "Hey!" from the youngest of the three. "What happened?"
"Zero here has been daydreaming," Axl explained. "If this would have been real, then it's goodbye Maverick Hunter Zero, and we-"
Suddenly, Zero grabbed Axl by the collar of his suit, and slammed him against the wall! X immediately came in between them. "Zero, what are you doing?!"
Zero's outburst was too sudden, even for him. He didn't realis what he was doing until X stopped him. The red Hunter let go of Axl, and turned on his heels, leaving his friends without a word.
Axl tried to catch his breath. "What's his problem, huh? I was just joking, and-"
"Axl," X interrupted him. "Zero must have a lot on his mind lately. I'm sure he didn't mean it. I'll talk to him."
The aptly named "Blue Bomber" looked all around the Hunter Base to find his friend. Zero was found on the rooftop of the base, sitting against the door to the stariwell, obviously not wanting any company right now.
Without even saying anything, Zero suddenly told X, "I'm sorry about earlier. I don't know what came over me."
"It isn't me who you should apologize to, it's Axl," X replied. "Although, I think he may have forgotten about it already." X sat beside Zero. "So, what was it that happened earlier? Your mind certainly wasn't on the training then..."
"I just had this strange dream, that's all."
"Mind telling me what it was about?"
"You won't believe me."
"Fine. You've been warned." Zero told X of his weird dream: of the distant future, of Neo Arcadia and the "X" of that time, of Weil and Omega, and lastly, of those who resisted Neo Arcadia. X noticed that Zero had emphasis on the resistance, more specifically, someone in the resistance.
When Zero was finished, X has all this to say: "A world of tyranny, where reploids and humans alike are oppressed. That isn't a world of peace."
Zero glanced at his hands. "It all felt so real, that I-" He clenched those same fists, then punched the ground with them. "The dream ended when Ragnarok was about to fall into the sky, after I defeated Weil. Then, you guys woke me up. I don't know what happened next..."
X didn't say anything for a moment. He closed his eyes, lost in thought. When he finally spoke, he has this to say. "So... You think all this will happen in the future?"
"I'm not sure." Zero stood up, and re-entered the Maverick Hunter Base. No sooner was he at the top of the stairs did the alarm ring. It seems that there are new Mavericks appearing, causing trouble, worldwide. As Zero neared the briefing room, he reached for his Z-saber backwards, and gripped it hard. "Ciel, everyone, was it all just a dream?"
After being briefed on the Maverick Alarm, the three Hunters were dispatched to deal with the threats separately. Axl was sent to the frozen Antarctic Tundra; X went to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Mexico; and Zero was deployed to the Eurasia crashsite.
The maverick threat in the latter location was a simple Mechaniloid rampage, which Zero can take care of without a hitch. However, his mind is on other things.
"Watch out!" a human scientist from behind him called out. Zero snapped back to his senses, just before the Primate Mechaniloid pounded on him with its gigantic fists. The PM swung its fist sideways, catching Zero in the backhand, slamming him into a wall.
"UGH!" groaned the Maverick Hunter, as he stood up from where he landed. "I really have no time for this now." He saw the Mechaniloid aim a dealy punch at him, and, in a flash, Zero drew his Z-saber, and slashed the fist into pieces. The PM screamed a piercing shout at the injury inflicted, then blindly threw his active arm around, trying to hit Zero with it.
The Hunter easily dodged the attack, and finished the Loid off with a slash to the head. It was only a disabling maneuvre, and the Mechaniloid didn't explode.
After that battle, Zero breathed a deep sigh of relief, and sheathed his saber on his back. He walked to the female scientist who shouted the warning. For some reason, the girl looked awfully familiar to Zero. She was in her mid-20s, has long blonde hair, and clear blue eyes. "Thanks for the warning, but I don't need it," he said curtly to her.
"I was only trying to help," was the reply. "You're Zero, right? The legendary Maverick Hunter?"
"What is it to you?"
Ciel blushed. "Nothing, nothing."
Zero's communicator sounded, indicating a call from headquarters. "What is it?"
"You've been gone for a time longer than expected from you, Zero," Alia, the caller, replied. "I know it's not for us to worry about you, but I would feel better if you report."
"Don't worry your head about it, Alia," Zero answered. "The Mechaniloid was disabled, and no harm came to me or the scientist working here. I'll return in a few minutes." He turned off his communicator, and turned back to Ciel. "So... Your name is Ciel, right?"
"Yes, that's what I told you. Don't tell me your memory circuits are haywire."
Zero ignored this remark. 'She definitely wasn't the same Ciel from my dreams.' He stepped outside the Eurasia ruins, to teleport out of that area. Unbeknowst to him, Ciel looked on after him even as he departed. "Zero. Please snap out of it..."
Zero materialised in the hunter teleport room. Without even acknowledging the crew there, he headed straight to R & D for repairs. As he lay himself in the med capsule for repairs, he doesn't notice a small pinkish creature hovering around him.
As the med capsule shut down Zero to make his repairs, something unexpected happened. Everything around him became blurry, like one scene changing to another. The Hunter, however, was completely unaware of it.
When Zero opened his eyes, he finds himself in a somewhat unfamiliar laboratory.A shadow loomed above him, in the shape of a very familiar human.
"Zero," the human told the immobile Zero. "Zero, Zero, Zero, you're not living up to the standards that I have set for you. I am very disappointed, I really hoped that you were far more superior than that traitorous brother of yours. I have no choice, but to retire you."
Mr. Whoever-it-is pressed a small button on the side of the capsule, and Zero's vision blackened. Zero tried struggling, then suddenly, out of the darkness, a voice calls out his name. But, unlike the last one, this voice is feminine.
"Zero! ZERO!" He managed to open his eyes, and found himself staring right into the eyes of a female brown-haired Reploid.
"Iris? What- What happened?" 'Wait, how did she-"
"Oh, Zero, I'm glad that you're safe," Iris said, not answering stood up so Zero, not answering his question. Zero moved to a sitting position, and he found himself lying on grass. He and Iris are in a small park.
Zero stood up, and looked around. There was no mistaking it as he surveyed the surroundings. He is back in Abel City, right where it all started. 'What am I doing here?'
Iris playfully waved a hand in front of Zero, to snap him out of his thoughts. "Zeeerooo," she joked. "Earth to Zero... Come in, Zero!"
"What?" Zero answered, a bit annoyed. Iris stood up, and with a giggle, ran away from him. Zero sighed as he stood up as well, ready to chase her. Zero always felt secure when Iris was around, letting go of his past everytime they're together.
However, from the shadows of some trees, a mysterious figure lurked, watching over Zero. You have to snap out of this, Zero, the stranger said ominously. Only you can break out of this, old friend...