in the night, three figures appear
at an installation that seems to
be some sort of research lab.
"Nuts. This place is empty, too."
A blond-haired man dressed in black
rasps. A red protector is attached
to the man's right hand.
"We were seconds too late."
A woman gently stroking the whip
in her hand mutters.
"This just goes on forever.... Well,
I guess I'll look around. ...It doesn't
seem like anything dangerous is nearby."
A large man of roughly two meters
in height responds while surveying
To be honest, the three were impatient.
Up till now, these three had destroyed
quite a bit of NESTS branches.
But recently someone appears to be
equipped to anticipate their every
All facilities related to NESTS that
they have raided have come up empty.
"How do you suppose they anticipate
our every move, Whip?"
The mammoth male wonders out loud...and
Maxima cannot suppress his irritation
in his query as he ventures an answer.
"I haven't the faintest idea. But
we don't know for certain that all
of our intel is fresh. So if someone
beats us to the punch, we may just
have to live with it...."
"...No, I'm sorry. It's not that I
don't trust you. But...hey, K', don't
you think there are a bit too many
mysteries this time around?"
"What are you getting at?"
The blond-haired K' mutters incredulously.
"They're holding another KOF this
year, right? Nothing strange about
that, happens all the time. But did
you check out the roster this time?
There's a NESTS team! A NESTS team!
Think about it. Why would a secret
syndicate that tried so hard to keep
itself hidden all of a sudden make
such a point of using their name
"Only a privileged few know about
NESTS. It looks like they've surfaced
"Why would it be necessary for those
clowns that destroyed an entire city
want the world to know their name?
Wouldn't it be in their best interests
to stay behind the veil...?"
"There's no point trying to reason
this out. ...I'm out of here, to our
All three assume a combat position.
K' asks Maxima in a whisper.
"...Maxima, can you see it?"
"Yeah...I don't know how it concealed
itself, but my heat sensors caught
The moment Maxima mumbles his answer,
the figure moves into action.
The figure slips by Maxima's side
and appears for an instant in front
Then the figure aims at K' and brings
his arm down.
Almost simultaneously, K' jams his
fists forward, flame shooting from
A violent roar rips through the darkness,
but misses the figure. The fist the
form swung at K' is stopped by Whip's
"Tsh, looked like I got a little
"Sorry, K'. But you really should
try to avoid unnecessary conflict.
Well, let's hear your story."
The three bind the man to a chair
near the center of the room that's
illuminated by the moonlight seeping
in from the window. All three know
this man with the pig-tail. He's
their "old pal" Lin.
"...Is this, perhaps, the reason for
you tailing us?"
Whip sticks a picture in front of
Lin's eyes. Lin is clearly affected
"...I thought as much. If you're going
to follow us, one day you're bound
to meet up with this guy, right?"
"One of those tight-jawed types,
eh? ...Ah, whatever. ...How about it?
K', shall we make Lin a teammate
and enter the tournament?"
"Do as you like."
"Hey, hey, K', Whip, are you serious?
You'll never know when this guy's
going to screw us over."
Maxima, clearly rattled, urges his
colleagues to reconsider.
"...If you're worried about that, I'd
find something else to worry about...."
Lin murmurs dryly.
"Ungh. This guy's quite the hardcase.
Well, if K' and Whip are all right
with this, I guess I can play along.
Well, in the spirit of friendship,
let's shake on it..."
As he turns to look back at Lin,
he sees that their captive's already
"What a crud! It's the rules to leave
with at least a salutation!"
"Walk it off, Maxima. With Lin as
our teammate, the tournament will
be a breeze. Don't you think, K'?"
Without answering, K' takes his leave
of the place. Alone, K' looks up
at the night sky.
My past...my future...they took them
both...NESTS...the root of my abilities...Krizalid...Zero...the
powers that oppose me...Kula....
"That K' looks like he's got a lot
to chew on."
"Yeah, but we've got to bring this
to an end at any cost. For all those
who have fallen victim to those scum..."
"Yeah, you're right...And for my own
sake...I must destroy NESTS!"
"...You said a mouthful."
The two look up at the night sky.
The light from the countless stars
in the sky pours onto this trio.