Tetsuo groaned as he fluttered his eyes open. He tried to hold his throbbing head in an attempt to ease the pain. However, he found himself unable to move his body as if it was pinned down.
“Ahoy there, sunshine!”
Tetsuo’s eyes widened when he saw that the Wraith and the rest of the Sea Foxes were standing over him with smirks on their faces.
His eyes immediately darkened in hatred. “You.”
“Yes, me.” The Wraith said. “Oh, and I’ll save your energy if I was you. That is another one of my magic circles.”
Tetsuo growled as he still continued to struggle, anyway. The Wraith merely shook his head.
“He be not a quitter, I’ll give him that.” Foxy chuckled.
“I suppose his stubbornness could be seen that way.” The Wraith said, rolling his eyes.
While still struggling, Tetsuo looked around for the others. He then saw his teammates sitting on the side all bound up by rope.
“Guys!” Tetsuo yelled.
“Tetsuo…” Samurai Bob said, softly.
The muscular man again growled before glaring back up at the Wraith.
“Well, isn’t this the part where you demand to know why I had betrayed you?” The Wraith asked.
“No… A part of me want to but to be honest, it was only until recently that I knew that you would do something like this.” Tetsuo spat.
“Oh?” The Wraith asked, raising an eyebrow.
“Yeah… When you pretty much told us all that you were always in it to test out your skills, that was when I had decided that you are unfit to be part of the A.S.H.!” Tetsuo said. “Ugh, if only if we didn’t get that distress call…”
“Well, you were too little, too late.” The Wraith shrugged.
Foxy then decided to speak up. “I understand that you be mad, but if I was you, I would be worried about your own hide.”
Tetsuo turned his murderous glare at Foxy. “What are you going to do with us?”
“Do with you? Well, I will tell you!” Foxy smirked. “We will be doin’ absolutely nothin’ t’ you!”
This took Tetsuo completely off-guard. “W-Wait, what?”
“Just like I said. We will be doin’ nothing’ t’ you.” Foxy said.
Tetsuo paused before narrowing his eyes. “What’s the catch?”
“No catch. After all…” Foxy said before he lowered his head. “...We need you in tip-top condition for t’ good Admiral, after all!”
Tetsuo’s eyes bugged out in horror when you heard this.
“I’ll still say you are wasting your time! Admiral Cortez would never take demands from a bunch of pirates!” Samurai Bob piped up.
Foxy looked towards Samurai Bob with a mock look of horror on his face. “What? You mean Admiral Cortez, t’ founder o’ t’ All-Star Heroes won’t come t’ one o’ his teams’ rescue when they be in danger? What kind o’ leader would do such a selfish act?”
“What do you plan to do with Admiral Cortez?” Tetsuo demanded.
Foxy looked back down at Tetsuo. “Easy. I be going t’ hold you landlubbers as ransom. Unless your admiral be really THAT much o’ a douche, he would come t’ your rescue.”
“Money is one thing but asking for his TECH as well?” Samurai Bob yelled.
Tetsuo’s pupils shrank. “What!?”
“But o’ course. I may be a pirate captain, but I be also part o’ t’ Fazbear Gang.” Foxy explained before his smirk had gotten wider. “I mean from what I had heard, he be able t’ send holographic messages t all over t’ universe. All from one space station.”
He then put his hands behind his back.
“Now we be pirates. We don’t need much t’ be satisfied. Just gives us t’ booty and we’ll be good!” He said. “But Freddy… Oh, would he and t’ others be more than happy t’ get some o’ that tech. With that tech, we would turn t’ universe upside-down.”
Tetsuo looked in horror and dismay when he heard this. Cortez had already told them about how deadly the Fazbear Gang were, even by themselves. But if they got their hands on Admiral Cortez’s tech, they would be practically unstoppable.
“But when I came here today as t’ captain of t’ Sea Foxes and even though t’ heist be over, I promise me crew that I see this to t’ end.” Foxy explained. “First, we be goin’ t’ bury the treaaye and THEN we will try t’ contact old chrome-dome. Kludge, get t’ ship’s anchor! Goombooty, set us on course for our treaaye trove.”
The two respective pirates nodded their heads. “Aye-aye, captain!”
Foxy looked down at Kip and Kass. “You two, keep an eye on our guests and make sure that they don’t try t’ escape.”
“Aye-aye!” The two children said with a salute.
Foxy then looked at Kalypso. “And Kalypso, Wraith, follow me t’ me quarters. It be clear that we have a lot t’ talk about.”
The purple-haired Kremling paused before looking at the Wraith. “Indeed, we do.”
The Wraith merely shrugged. “Fine by me.”
With that, Foxy, Kalypso and the Wraith had made it towards the door. As they did so, they passed the bound A.S.H. which glared the Wraith.
“How could you do this after all of that time we spent together?” Pascal scolded.
“There is a reason why Admiral Cortez chose you to be part of the A.S.H.! How could you throw it back in his face!” Samurai Bob yelled.
“Loom! Loom! Breloom!” Panmusu said, angrily.
The Wraith merely smirked at them. “Like you would understand!”
Foxy chuckled before opening the door, allowing him, Kalypso and the Wraith to walk through. After letting the latter two in, he closed the door behind him. The three were then quiet.
“...Okay, I’ll get the elephant out of the room right now.” Kalypso spoke up. “How did you manage to convince a member of the All-Star Heroes to not only quit their job but also join US?”
Foxy merely dusted his fist against his chest. “Easy. I convinced him that he was on t’ wrong side.”
“Indeed, he is.” The Wraith said. “You see. I had been handpicked by Cortez to be part of the league. But honestly, I just wanted to practice my skill on living targets. I couldn’t care less about “protecting the world”.”
Kalypso blinked twice when she heard this. “...Why did he even chose you in the first place if you are willing to be open about this to your ENEMIES?”
The Wraith merely shrugged. “I think I only been picked for my skills. Not that he didn’t have an eye for power, but he clearly did not think this through.”
“Which be why I had decided t’ recruit him. I be able t’ empathise with him.” Foxy explained.
The Wraith raised an eyebrow at Foxy. “Really?”
“Aye, I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still loved bein’ in t’ Fazbear Gang but... I prefer t’ sea. I liked everythin’ about sailin’ it. T’ salty smell. T’ wind in your face. T’ sounds o’ t’ waves and seagulls.” Foxy explained.
He then let out a deep sigh.
“However, because o’ me reputation in t’ Fazbear Crew, I be targeted by both t’ law AND rival mercenaries so sail t’ seas.” Foxy explained.
The Wraith raised an eyebrow. “So after seeing that you are going to get in trouble with the law and mercenaries, anyway, you said “Screw it” and became a pirate.”
“Exactly!” Foxy grinned. “If I be goin’ t’ get chased down for doin’ somethin’ that I loved, might as well make t’ best o’ it!”
The Wraith chuckled a bit. “You actually remind me of the Scorpion.”
Foxy raised an eyebrow. “The Scorpion?”
“Yeah, he is a wrestler. A powerful man that whose past is shrouded in mystery. I didn’t know much about him except that he wants to face strong opponents.” The Wraith explained. “He is the leader of the BWA which is a heel wrestler association and rival of another wrestler association called the CWA.”
“Heh.” Kalypso said. “Even with your build, I didn’t think you would be into wrestling.”
“I admit, I initially snarled at the thought of wrestling, but the Scorpion had convinced me to join his association.” The Wraith explained, making Foxy and Kalypso looked shocked.
“Wait, you are a demon and you are allowed to be into a wrestling association?” Kalypso asked in disbelief. “Alright, I know that I have no right to talk, but isn’t that against the rules?”
“Actually, no.” The Wraith said, shaking his head. “By the time, I had joined the BWA had taken over the CWA. In an attempt to find strong opponents, he was more lenient with the rules. And by that, I mean he only added on. Be the last one standing. Anything is free-game. Biting, foreign weapons, energy attacks and of course, black magic in my case, you name it.”
“Dang, so basically the only opponents to lost to you are the ones who have holy weapons, huh?” Kalypso smirked, crossing her arms.
The Wraith paused. “Actually, no. While I am immortal to everything except holy power, I can be defeated by mortals.”
Kalypso jumped at this. “Really?”
“Actually, it makes sense. Besides those snakes in his hood, I had not seen ONE projectile from you despite being a black mage.” Foxy noted.
“Yes… There was once a time where I had a lot of power. But now...” The Wraith explained.
He then looked to the side and gritted his teeth in anger. Foxy and Kalypso looked at each other for a moment in confusion.
“In any case…” The Wraith said, looking back at the pirates. “The good captain here convinced me to switch sides because being a pirate means I don’t have to be limited to the same rules as the A.S.H.”
Kalypso put her hands on her hips. “I totally know what you mean. I would have never left the Kremling Krew if it wasn’t for the egotistical tyrant, K. Rool. You have no idea how grateful me and the other Kremlings are to the captain.”
“And Goombooty?” The Wraith asked.
Foxy just shrugs. “He be just an architect for ships. This ship be actually his design which we stole while he was still on it. T’ only reason he stuck around be because he didn’t want t’ see this ship gets destroyed in our heists and t’ only reason WE keep him around is because he be good at his job.”
“Not unless said job had him on the battlefield.” Kalypso spat, still remembering what happened earlier with the barrel.
“Anyway, t’ reason I brought Kalypso with me be because she be t’ vice-captain o’ t’ crew whenever I be with t’ Fazbear gang.” Foxy explained before looking at Kalypso. “Well, what do you think?”
“Hmm, yeah, I could see why you want to recruit him. He would be more than useful to this crew.” Kalypso noted. She then smirked. “Well, I doubt that I would have much of a choice, anyway, but I am more than okay with you being on this crew.”
The Wraith smirked as well. “Glad to hear it. I promise that I won’t disappoint my duty.”
“Good.” Foxy grinned. “Now Kalypso, could you show t’ Wraith t’ ropes? I like t’ do it meself but I have t’ tell Freddy about this. Won’t he be thrilled?”
“Okay.” Kalypso nodded before looking at the Wraith. “Come on, big guy, let me give you the grand tour.”
The Wraith nodded his head as he and Kalypso had left the captain’s quarters. Foxy watched them leave with a grin on his face. He then made his way over to a table and picked up some kind of device and pushed a button on it. He waited a few moments. Suddenly, someone answered it.
“Hello, Foxy.” Someone said.
The fox then smirked. “Ahoy thar, Captain. Boy, do I have news for you.”
It only took the Sea Foxes two hours to sail to their destination. It was a small jungle island that was standing in the middle of the ocean by itself. But the A.S.H. didn’t care about that as they were far too concerned about how they were about to be used as a ransom so the pirates could get their hands on Admiral Cortez’s tech.
When the ship had finally landed, Kludge put down the gangplank. The muscular Kremling then took the crates full of Marksburg’s money and walked down the ramp.
“Alright, mateys.” Foxy said, looking down at Kip, Kass and Goombooty with a shovel over his shoulder. “You three hold down t’ fort while we go bury the treaaye.”
“Aye, aye, captain!” The three small pirates said, though Goombooty was less than enthusiastic.
“Good!” Foxy smirked as he and Kalypso made his way down the gangplank. “Come on, crew! We be burnin’ daylight! We will have a lot t’ do today!”
The Wraith nodded his head before looking down at Kip, Kass and Goombooty. “Oh, and kiddies?”
Goombooty jumped at this. “Um, yes?”
“Don’t worry about that muscle-head.” The Wraith said, referring to Tetsuo. “The magic circle still has at least one more hour to go before I have to reapply it. You should focus more on the other bound people.”
Kass nodded her head. “Alright, gotcha.”
As the Wraith returned the nod, he walked down the gangplank after the others as the A.S.H. glared at him in hatred. Kip, Kass and Goombooty watched him leave.
“Sooo... Wanna go explore the hover-jet?” Kip piped up.
Kass smirked. “I thought you never asked.”
Goombooty jumped at this. “W-W-W-Wait. Don’t leave me alone to guard these guys!”
Kass just rolled her eyes. “Relax. All you have to do is stop them from freeing themselves from those ropes.”
“Yeah, totally. Not even YOU could mess that up, Goombooty.” Kip laughed.
The Goomba immediately got offended. “What is THAT supposed to mean?”
However, Kip and Kass ignored him as they ran towards the hover-jet and ran up the airstair. Goombooty growled before storming off while grumbling underneath his breath.
“No respect… I get no respect at all…” He muttered.
Meanwhile, the A.S.H. looked in disdain as the Kremling children ran into THEIR vehicle.
“Hey! That is not a toy!” Samurai Bob yelled.
“Forget it, Samurai Bob… Our words are going to fall on deaf ears.” Marina said.
Samurai Bob shook his head in disgust. “I can’t believe this is happening! This is probably the lowest a member of the A.S.H. could go!”
“Why would the Wraith backstab us? We worked so well together!” Pascal frowned.
“Because he was just using his position as the A.S.H hunt down living training dummies to use his skills on…” Samurai Bob sighed. “He literally just told us that before you came to tell us about the next mission.”
“What?” Pascal gasped.
“I am afraid so… That talk Tetsuo and I have back on the hover-jet was about if we should had fired the Wraith after this mission.” Samurai Bob said before letting out a deep sigh. “Too little, too late.”
“Damn straight!” Goombooty smirked as he walked over. “You shouldn’t has trusted that guy and now you are paying the price! If anything, I think Admiral Cortez had picked the worst possible people to be on the A.S.H.!”
Samurai Bob immediately got offended. “Excuse me!?”
“You heard me! Look, how easily manipulated you goody-goodies are!” Goombooty smirked. “I mean have you SEEN the guy?”
Marina narrowed her uncovered eye. “And yet, YOU trust him.”
Goombooty let out a mirthless laugh. “That is because I am a pirate! I am not bound by the law! Just like him! YOU on the other hand are supposed to uphold it and you actually thought HE would do so!”
“You won’t get away with this.” Samurai Bob spat.
“Oh yeah?” Goombooty asked. “Would I be harassing if I didn’t thought that we would get away with this?”
Everyone paused while blinking their eyes.
“...In other words, if you weren’t so confident, you would most likely begging for forgiveness.” Marina said, flatly.
“YYYYYeah, you kinda made yourself look like a loser.” Pascal added.
Goombooty’s smirk vanished. “Shut up!”
All Tetsuo did was stare at the A.S.H. and Goombooty as they exchanged insults with each other. He sighed before looking his head in defeat. Being trapped by the Wraith’s magic circle made him remembered the first time he fought Barbatos Goetia. He could never forget how effortlessly Barbatos had taken down him and the others. It made him feel helpless. And now Tetsuo literally can’t lift a finger to do anything.
He then growled. If he ever escapes, he will personally make sure to show the Wraith exactly what he thought about his deception. Just the thought of the wrestler getting away with him made his blood boil. He clenched his teeth in anger and curled his hands into fists.
Suddenly, his eyes widened in realization. His arms. He felt something unusual about his arms.
Meanwhile, Goombooty and the A.S.H. was still taking blows at each other.
“And your name is Goombooty?” Pascal asked in disbelief. “Do you really how silly that makes you look?”
“Hey, it’s Goombuckler! That is what I want my pirate name to be!” The Goomba snapped. “And I like to remind you who is in charge in here!”
“The only reason that you are “in charge” is because we are tied-up!” Samurai Bob corrected.
Goombooty let out a mirthless laugh. “Well, you are just hating because the so-called All-Star Heroes had been taken down today and there is nothing you could do about it!”
Then, the A.S.H. looked absolutely shocked.
“Uh-huh! That’s right! The reputation of A.S.H. had been tainted forever and it is all your fault!” Goombooty taunted.
Suddenly, he felt wrapped itself his head, immediately making him shut up. His face paled as beads of sweat appeared.
He was then hoisted up and found himself glaring straight into the eyes of Tetsuo. Goombooty blinked twice.
He then gave a sheepish grin. “Hey, buddy! About the whole “you don’t deserve to be in A.S.H.”, I was just kidding!”
All Tetsuo did was roll his eyes. Walking over to a barrel, he used his free hand to lift the lid before dropping Goombooty inside it.
“I’ll be back for you.” Tetsuo said, darkly.
Goombooty shuddered as Tetsuo put the lid back on, trapping him. He then rushed over to his teammates who still looked stunned.
“T-Tetsuo? How did you manage to escape the Wraith’s spell?” Samurai Bob asked.
“Yeah, I knew you were strong but not THAT strong!” Pascal added.
“Your guess is as good as mine.” Tetsuo sighed as he crouched down and easily ripped the ropes that was binding his teammates one-by-one. “All I know is that I could move my body and I reacted immediately.”
“Well, anyway, we’re free!” Pascal cheered, jumping up in the air.
“Indeed.” Samurai Bob said, rubbing his wrists. “Now we have to find our weapons.”
“Right, you go get them!” Tetsuo urged before rushing over to their hover-jet. “I will go get those brats.”
“Loom!” Panmusu yelled with narrowed eyes as he hopped after Tetsuo.
Samurai Bob, Pascal and Marina watched as Tetsuo and Panmusu rushed up the stairway to apprehend Kip and Kass.
“Come on! Let’s go!” Pascal said before she was about to run off.
“Wait a minute, Pascal.” Samurai Bob said, holding out a hand. “Am I the only one who thinks the whole situation feels odd?”
The white-and-red-haired woman looked at Samurai Bob with a confused look. “Huh? Odd? How?”
“Well, Tetsuo broke free from the Wraith’s magic circle. Now I don’t want to sound like I am downplaying his strength, but…” Samurai Bob explained.
“...You can’t break through magic with brute force.” Marina piped up.
“Exactly! How is Tetsuo able to break through his spell?” Samurai Bob asked. “The Wraith clearly stated that said spell lasted one more hour. It doesn’t seem like him to make such a mistake.”
The three paused in thought over what had happened. How did Tetsuo managed to get free from the Wraith’s spell?
Marina shook her head. “I understand that it is a conundrum, but this is far from the last time to think about it.”
“Right! We have to find the Sea Foxes and The Wraith and get the money back!” Samurai Bob agreed.
The women nodded as the three ran off to go search for their weapon. Meanwhile, Tetsuo casually walked down the stairway while carrying Kip and Kass in each of his arm. Both of them crossed their arms with grumpy looks on their faces.
“Goombooty had one job…” Kip muttered.
“ONE job…” Kass added.
Foxy, Kalypso, Kludge and the Wraith had soon made their way through the jungle until they made it to a cave. It was impossible to see up ahead because of how dark it was.
“So this is where you find your treasure?” The Wraith asked.
“Aye.” Foxy explained. “Kalypso, if you will?”
“Yes, captain.” The female Kremling said, fishing in her pocket and pulling out a flashlight. She then pushed a button, shining light inside of it.
“Good. Now let’s go.” Foxy said, before getting out a map and holding it with his hook.
The others nodded as they made their way into the cave. As they made their way into the cave, they ran into a few monsters. If there was one thing Elympios and Rieze Maxia had in common was that there were monsters everywhere in the wildlife.
Fortunately, the monsters weren’t that hard to go around, thanks to having vehicles and even still, the monsters weren’t that difficult to defeat. That and they had Kludge with them who pretty much smashed all of them in one go.
After a few minutes of navigating through the maze-like caves, the Wraith looked around for a moment.
“So how far we are into the cave?” The Wraith asked.
“Pretty far ahead.” Foxy noted. “Which be kinda t’ point. I mean our treaaye should be safe on this island, but it be better t’ be safe than sorry.”
“I see.” The Wraith said. “Makes sense. Though that strategy could easily get you in trouble.”
Foxy, Kalypso and Kludge turned towards the Wraith in confusion.
“Trouble? How?” Foxy asked.
The Wraith then suddenly smirked.
“Because now there is no escape.”
Before anyone could respond to it, a snake shot out from the Wraith’s hood and towards Kalypso, startling her. Before she had a chance to even yell in surprise, the snake grabbed her flashlight and retreated back to the Wraith and gave him it. After the snake retreated back into the hood, the Wraith quickly smashed the flashlight against the ground, destroying it and making the whole cave dark.
“Hey!” Foxy cried.
“What is going on!?” Kludge yelled.
“What’s the big idea, Wraith!?” Kalypso demanded.
Foxy gritted his teeth when he readied his hook.
“Mateys, brace yourself! We had been set up!” He yelled.
“That’s right. And even though you know these caves better than I do, you are in MY element now.” The Wraith smirked.
“Oh, you are, are you?” Kalypso muttered before getting out her pistol, intending to fire her weapon the next time the Wraith spoke. She was about to make him pay for making her and the rest of the Sea Foxes look like fools.
Then, she heard a shout from her captain.
“KALYPSO, WATCH OUT!”
Suddenly, she felt a firm, cold grip wrap around the wrist of her gun hand and the same feeling wrap across her mouth, stopping her from screaming in fright.
“Hey, you blue overgrown purse, I’m over here!” The Wraith yelled.
Kludge growled at this as he dropped the crates full of money and ran straight towards the Wraith. Kalypso’s eyes widened when she saw was about to happen. She struggled to break free and shout at Kludge to stop, but it was too late.
The Wraith shoved Kalypso forward before diving out of the way as Kludge drove his shoulder right in Kalypso. The purple-haired pirate fell backwards until she had hit the side of a wall, blacking out instantly and she fell on her side, out cold.
Kludge smirked in success. “Heh. I got him!”
“HER, Kludge. Use female pronouns.” The Wraith piped up.
Kludge looked to the side in surprise. “W-What? How are you still standing? I definitely felt hitting something!”
Foxy groaned as he slammed his forehead. “I don’t know how t’ tell you this, Kludge but that was KALYPSO you rammed into.”
“WHAT!?” Kludge yelled with his eyes bugging out. He then growled before looking around for the Wraith. “How dare you made me hurt my own crewmate!? I won’t forgive you!”
With that, he charged towards the direction of where he heard the Wraith talked last. However, he crashed into the wrestler had already stepped out of the way, allowing Kludge to crash into a wall like a wild bull. However, he was unfazed as he rushed towards another direction in hopes and trying to find him, only to crash into another wall.
At first, the Wraith was grinning from ear to ear at Kludge’s expense. However, it quickly faltered when he noticed that he kept doing the same thing, crashing into walls. This caused rocks to fall down the ceiling. The Wraith and Foxy held their arms over their heads to avoid getting hit. Kludge on the other hand, continued to ram around, shrugging off crashing into AND having rocks fall onto his head.
“Call off that buffoon of yours before we ALL became buried treasure!” The Wraith yelled.
“I can’t!” Foxy yelled back. “When Kludge be extremely furious, not even I could stop him!”
The Wraith’s eyes bugged out at this. “What!?”
Meanwhile, the A.S.H. were navigating their way through the cave with Pascal leading the way with a flashlight in one hand and some kind of device in the other.
“Pascal, are you sure that we are going the right way?” Samurai Bob asked.
“That is what the communicator I made is telling me!” Pascal explained. “And it says that the Wraith’s communicator is over here!”
Suddenly, they immediately skidded to their feet when they heard the loud noise. They also felt the ground shake for a moment.
“What the hell was that?” Tetsuo asked.
Then, they heard another loud noise, followed by another tremor.
“What in the world are they doing in here?” Samurai Bob asked. “Using dynamite?”
“I-I don’t know…” Pascal said, shaking her head. “But what it is…”
Everyone jumped at another loud noise. However, it was much louder in comparison and the following tremor was bigger and lasted longer.
“W-What now?” Samurai Bob asked.
“Whatever it is, it can’t be any good!” Tetsuo said, narrowing his eyes. “Come on!”
Everyone nodded their heads as they ran into the direction of the noise. Hopefully it wasn’t nearly as bad as it sounded. However, once they had reached their destination, their eyes widened in shock.
The path that they were running down were being blocked by a bunch of rubble. Most likely because of the loud noise.
However, what had caught their attention was that Kludge was being pinned down by said rubble. He looked like he was unconscious.
“Hey! It’s the Sea Foxes’ muscle!” Pascal gasped.
“Oh my goodness!” Samurai Bob said before looking at Tetsuo. “Tetsuo, get him out from here!”
“Right!” The construction worker before rushing over to Kludge and crouched down to dig him out. “Hang in there, big guy! Not even you deserve to die out here!”
Kludge groaned as he struggled to speak. Tetsuo noticed this.
“Hey, don’t speak!” Tetsuo shouted while he continued digging.
“The Wraith…” Kludge spoke.
Everyone’s eyes widened when they heard this.
“What? What about the Wraith?” Samurai Bob asked, stepping forward.
“He…” Kludge said before forming a weak growl. “He betrayed us.”
This had completely taken the A.S.H. off-guard when they heard this.
The Wraith frowned at how badly things had worked out for him. A few minutes ago, he was playing around with half of the Sea Foxes like his playthings. But now he had found himself staring at the pathway being blocked by rubble that Kludge crashed. Now he was trapped.
He then growled before glaring at Foxy who was still looking around, wondering what had just happened.
“Kludge! Kludge! Matey, if you could hear me, answer me!” Foxy pleaded.
The Wraith narrowed his eyes before readying his claws and slowly making his way over. He was going to take out his aggressions on Foxy. Slowly, he had crept behind the pirate captain and was about to grab him from behind, just like he did with Kalypso.
That was until Foxy had swung his hook behind him, managing to chest the Wraith in the chest. The wrestler cried out in pain before stepping back, holding his wound.
“What the actual hell?” The Wraith asked in disbelief.
“One benefit o bein’ part o’ t’ Fazbear Gang...” Foxy said, coolly. “Be that with our usual tactics make it that we be in our element when we are in the dark too.”
The Wraith growled as Foxy turned around.
“So could you explained why did you stabbed me in t’ back? Did you wanted t’ treaaye all t’ yourself?” Foxy challenged.
“What?” The Wraith asked before scoffing. “Tch! I already told you! I am not in it solely for the money! I am in it to test out my skills!”
Foxy looked in disbelief. “Why don’t you stay with us, you idiot!? I don’t think you noticed but pirates tend t’ have a lot o’ enemies, therefore have a lot o’ targets t’ use your skills on!”
The Wraith paused for a moment. He then let out a deep sigh.
“...Because my position on the A.S.H. grants me immunity.”
Foxy raised an eyebrow. “Huh? Immunity?”
“Well, you see, practicing my black magic… To do so on living beings is considered frowned upon because of how cruel my methods are.” The Wraith explained. “Because of that, whenever I tried using it, I had always been hounded by people who are afraid of me. I mean, don’t misunderstand. I like using my magic to either defend myself or confuse my pursuers. But after a while, the chases get… tiring. I had to sneak on my spaceship to Elympios to give myself some breathing room.”
“I would have given you security!” Foxy yelled, pointing his finger.
“Yeah, because a feared pirate crew wanted galaxy-wide is the perfect place to stay!” The Wraith said, rolling his eyes. “Look, Captain, I am going to be perfectly honest here. I am actually jealous of you. Even when you were being hounded by enemies who are after your head and ruining your sailing experiences, you tried to make the best of it. I actually wish I could do it. I wish I could be as bold as you, but I can’t. The whole thing just made me tired.”
Foxy looked in surprise, not expecting such words from the Wraith. However, his anger took over as he narrowed his good eye.
“Anyway, remembered that I said about my magic circle, keeping Tetsuo in place for another hour?” The Wraith reminded.
Foxy’s eye bugged out in realization. “What!? Oh no! Kip! Kass! Goombooty!”
“Yes, they should be apprehended by now and the A.S.H. should be on their way here.” The Wraith explained. “Pascal, the girl with the white and red hair, had created communicators for all of us and they all come with their own tracking device.”
Foxy gritted his teeth at this.
“Sorry, buddy. You lose.” The Wraith said with his smirk returning to his face.
“Oh? And what makes you think that they would believe that you be just posin’ as a mole for them?” Foxy challenged.
“Well, if they, and by they, I mean Tetsuo and Panmusu, tried to attack, I will convince them about how easily the former escaped from my circle.” The Wraith explained. “Granted, they WILL be pissed regardless, but at least they would know.”
That was more than Foxy could take. Letting out a roar of rage, he had dashed forward the Wraith and slashed him in the chest. The demon cried out in pain before slashing his claw out, but Foxy had parried the attack with his hook hand before jumping up into the air and giving the Wraith a hard kick in the head.
As the Wraith staggered backwards, Foxy then rushed over and did a series of slashes and kicks at blinding speeds, not giving his enemy a chance to evade or block. Foxy then finished his combo with a backflip, kicking the Wraith in the chin which sent him staggering back dazed. The Wraith held his head in an attempt to bring back his bearings.
Then, Foxy did a charging headbutt into his stomach, knocking the wind out of him. Despite in pain, the Wraith lashed out one of his snakes at Foxy. However, the vulpine had gotten used to the dark and swerved his head to the side to avoid the snake. But the Wraith made up for his mistake by kicking Foxy in the stomach, causing him to stagger back. The Wraith smirked before pouncing forward with his claws out.
However, Foxy snapped out of his daze and slid underneath the attack, allowing the Wraith to go past. He then whirled around and ran forward to slash the Wraith from behind.
All of a sudden, without turning his body at all, the Wraith was able to turn his head around and breathed out a flaming skull at Foxy. The pirate yelped before swinging his hook at the skull negating it. The Wraith kicked his leg back, hoping to catch him in the stomach. However, Foxy saw the attack coming and jumped to the side, avoiding the kick.
The Wraith quickly got up and turned his head around (and readjusting his body). However, Foxy then rushed over and did a jumping kick, striking in the head.
Foxy smirked as he landed on his feet and watched the Wraith stagger back. “Admit it, lad! Speed beats power! You are too slow t’ try t’ beat me.”
The wrestler recovered and stared ahead with a growl. As much as he hated to admit it, Foxy was right. Speed was one of his biggest weakness so with that and his large frame, he was a walking target for the pirate captain. Even with his limited demon endurance, he won’t last long in a fair fight.
Fortunately for him, the word “fair” wasn’t in his dictionary.
Quickly crouching down on the ground, he scooped up a handful of dirt with each of his hands and threw it forward, making a large cloud of dust. Despite startled, all Foxy did was jumped back to avoid the attack.
“Laddie, may I remind you I am a pirate? I know every dirty trick in…” Foxy started.
However, his smirk immediately vanished when he saw the Wraith leapt out from said dust cloud.
Before Foxy could have a chance to react, the Wraith lunged his teeth at his enemy and bit him in the shoulder. Foxy cried out in pain, but the Wraith was far from done as he leapt up into the air while still carrying the vulpine. The Wraith then turned around in mid-air and flew towards the ground. Slamming Foxy against the ground, knocking him in mid-air.
The Wraith let go of Foxy’s shoulder and smirked at his work. He then sat down on top of his foe.
“1… 2… 3…” The Wraith said, slapping his hand against the ground on each count. “Pin Fall.”
Suddenly, he heard a loud noise. Looking in the direction of the voice, he saw the rubble that was keeping him, Foxy and Kalypso trapped was broken free, revealing the A.S.H. rushing through.
The Wraith merely smirked as he waved his hand. “Hey, guys, what took you so long?”
Tetsuo narrowed his eyes in hatred. “Really, Wraith? Is that all you have to say after you backstabbed both parties?”
“Actually, I never backstabbed you.” The wrestler insisted.
Tetsuo’s eyes widened at this. “Are you serious!? Did you not forget how you bit me, making me an easy target for that crocodile AND used your magic to trap me!?”
“Said magic that I claimed to last another hour when leaving the ship.” The Wraith added.
Tetsuo was about to say something, but then froze in his spot when he realized that the Wraith was right. The latter didn’t seem like one to make such a careless mistake.
Tetsuo narrowed his eyes again. “What are you trying to pull?”
“Look, I understand that I have a lot of explaining to do, but I think it is better to do so after we apprehended Foxy and Kalypso.” The Wraith explained.
The team gave each other suspicious glares before looking right back at the Wraith.
“Okay, you are right. We can’t afford to let Foxy or any of the Sea Foxes escape.” Samurai Bob said, stepping forward. “We can talk afterwards.”
“And that is how we are able to subdue the Sea Foxes.” The Wraith explained with his hands behind his back.
Cortez crossed his arms, not looking pleased. However, he merely sighed as he shook his head. “I know that I can’t argue with the results, but I still don’t approve of what you done.”
“Boss, please try to understand, but you were the told us about how dangerous Foxy was.” The Wraith explained. “I HAD to “backstab” my team. So we could try to take down Foxy while their guard is down.
Cortez glared at the Wraith for a moment. He then let out another sigh. “...Alright, you had made your point. Even if you are skilled and well-prepared, taking Foxy and the Sea Foxes in a straight fight would be suicide.”
He then cast the Wraith a dark glare with his red eyes.
“However, I would appreciate if you ever do something like that again, you would only do it as a last-ditch effort.” Cortez said, sternly.
“Well, considering that lightning would not strike in the same place twice, I would keep that promise.” The Wraith reassured.
However, the rest of the A.S.H. looked at him with less than happy looks on their faces.
“I can tell that the rest of you are still mad and for good reason, A.S.H.” Cortez said, before smiling. “But you had managed to do a great thing today. You had not only got back the money, but you had taken in the Sea Foxes AND Foxy. Not only would the seas would be safer, but you should have weakened the Fazbear Gang.”
Pascal then smirked. “Yeah, they must be fuming over how their member had been caught instead of bringing them your tech, eh?”
“Indeed.” Cortez said. However, his face quickly grimaced. “But beware, the Fazbear Gang is not going to take this lying down. They are most likely going to do everything in their power to try to break Foxy out of prison.”
Samurai Bob gulped at this. “But surely said prison is aware of that and will increase the security.”
“Of course. Any Fazbear Gang member apart from their group is essential so we will make sure that they won’t get any.” Cortez said, narrowing his eyes.
“Oh, thank goodness.” Samurai Bob said, sighing in relief.
Cortez then smiled again. “In any case, excellent work on taking down the Sea Foxes, team. You are really proving that I had made the right choice in selecting you as Elympios and Rieze Maxia’s protectors. You more than deserve a good rest. Cortez out.”
With that, the holographic figure disappeared. The Wraith put his hands behind his back and walked off. Despite the mission was a success, the tension between the team was still thick.
“Everyone, may I say something?” The Wraith asked.
“What is it?” Tetsuo asked in a tone where it would seem that he would regret saying that.
The Wraith took in a deep breath. “I know that you guys disapprove of my methods and motives and that is why you see me as untrustworthy. However, there is another reason why I accepted this job.”
“And that is?” Marina asked, raising an eyebrow.
“Immunity. I could have easily gone with the Sea Foxes to test my skills have more fun with them than I ever will here.” The Wraith explained. “But doing so would paint a large target on his back. What with being a pirate AND a traitor of the A.S.H. Here, while I obviously have more limitations, I am still free to do my magic on foes.”
Tetsuo narrowed his eyes. “So you are only with us so that you won’t get hounded by the police.”
The Wraith let out a hearty laugh. “That’s right!”
Tetsuo’s eyebrow twitched violently while everyone else stared in disgust.
Everyone looked at the Wraith, who had a serious look on his face.
“Say what you want about me, my attitude and the way I do things. But I never want to go back to my previous life of being chased down like a fox.” He said, crossing his arms. “I can’t afford to lose this job. Even if my goals benefit only me, I would never backstab you guys. Even with I would never get along with you. I have too much to lose.”
The five looked stunned at the Wraith’s confession.
“Well, that is all I wanted to say. I am off to my room.” The Wraith said.
With that, he turned around and walked out of the briefing room with everyone else still staring at him in surprise.
Tetsuo scratched his head. “I just don’t get that guy.”
“Same here.” Samurai Bob sighed while shaking his head.
“Y-Yeah…” Pascal said. She then brightened. “But hey! At least we more or less solved the issue of whether he would backstab us or not.”
“Indeed. He is a horrible person, but an excellent soldier.” Marina nodded.
“Loom…” Panmusu said, still feeling conflicted over the Wraith.
Meanwhile, the Wraith walked down the hall to his room with his hands behind his back while singing a song to himself.
“Ho! Ho! And up she rises. Ho! Ho! And up she rises. Ho! Ho! And up she rises. Early in the morning.”