[In the aftermath of the Wulgaru attack a familiar face makes a return... at least for a while. Leos and his team - not just the two that accompanied him but a number of other pilots as well were taking some time off at a Unity Group base.]

Well... I'm glad not much changed. Like I said to everyone out there.... its good to see you all again.

[There's something odd about Leos as well. For one he doesn't seem as energetic as he was before, and his voice was significantly more calmer too.]

"So this is the Unity Group huh? Can't say I'm impressed."

Boyle. Do shut up. Remille. Keep your brother from talking too much please.

"Understood Commander Klein."

[Boyle simply grumbles and folds his arms while the rest of the Frighteners chuckle at his expense.]

So. About that Pudding.

(Open to everyone but Hibiki)

[After the explanations are done, those who manage to find Tsubasa will discover that she is...not in the best shape...

While she's normally calm, if cold and dismissive, she's now covering her face with her hand and looking like she's about to break down. The deal with Gungnir obviously has her very troubled.]

"...That gear belongs to Kanade. Even if the pieces were there, it shouldn't have activated by simply humming a tune...!"

[She slams her fist against the nearby wall as memories of her former partner begin to surface. Memories...that aren't doing her any good at all.]

[Well... those examinations are over with.  And a lot of things just sorta went over her head like this "Sakurai Theory" and the "Off-Walken Wavefom".  But the Gungnir fragments in her though... that was a little easier to understand.  And more importantly: what it was meant for and what she could do with it.  So...]

Thank you very much for helping me back there!  That's the second time even!

Genjurou-san and Ryouko-san helped explain things to me, about the Noise and that the Relics can help stop them, so I want to do my part!  I know I can't fight really well right now, but I'll still do my best and learn as fast as I can, so I can be Kanade's replacement!
[So the day and the academy were saved.  Reason to celebrate?  Sure.  But there's another mission already on the horizon, and what's left of Team Jelba is already prepping their machines for it.]

... I can get them sending Team Dobermen on this scouting mission... but who's this "Gordon" guy we'll be meeting up with?

Well, what's it matter if he's an international man of mystery?  Before the La Gias incident, nobody here knew about Team Jelba either.  We can get our answers when we see him.



[He looks at his Grungust Type-2 for a moment, and then over to the Grungust Alpha.]

... This might be as good a time as any to finally give the new girl a spin.

"Damage sustained during re-entry and at the battle of MJP academy, combined with a need for intense maintenance means all AHSMBs are out of commission for at least a full week." Captain Suzukaze has an announcement to make, and she uses the internal broadcasting line to make sure everyone is listening. Especially Team Rabbits.

"Afterwards, they will be free to use by Unity Group as usual. All of them - except Red Five."

"From now on, Red Five needs special authorization to sortie, which will not be granted unless the situation is critical and its deployment is necessary to the mission's success. That is all, everyone is dimissed."

"A deep space recon mission, huh? With Team Rabbits out of commission, it's time to show our juniors what Team Doberman can do!" Randy is all fired up as he talks to his teammates at the mess hall - and everyone else who is willing to listen, too.

"What we can do, huh... actually, I bought something for Tamaki." Patrick shows a small packed up gift box.
"I want to show it to her after the operation."

"What are you talking about, man? Do it now, you know how it goes in the movies, right? If you want to wait until the mission, you're going to die for sure!"

"Actually." Chandra adds. "Now's a bad time to mention it, but I am getting married in a few months."

[3 - locked to Asagi]
You receive a short message from Commander Gato.
"Meet me in person at the earliest possible opportunity."

He was always a man of few words.