A man plopped down at his desk in
the center of a darkened room rants.
Two women stand around the desk.
The girl who looks particularly distinctive
with her hair gathered up answers
"Copies of the subject surfaced all
over as a result of the previous
battle. Hasn't his usefulness past?!
Well?! Isn't that right, Foxxy?!"
"That's exactly why we need to do
away with the original. ...Kyo Kusanagi,
he is an impediment to our syndicate."
"Hmph, whatever. ...But where is the
clone that received those abilities,
huh? And what happened to K'? He
successfully escaped our grasp, didn't
he? Why do we have to wipe up after
our predecessors' failures! Well,
"You should mind your tongue, K9999!"
The other tall woman with her arms
crossed puts in her two cents.
"It's okay, Diana. He'll be our teammate
after all...won't you?"
"Ugh, well, whatever. Then we'll
meet at the tournament next. We all
have piles of work to attend to,
"Yes, very well. Until the tournament,
K9999 leaves the room and slams it
shut, ignoring their farewells.
"How did it go?"
A figure waiting on the landing calls
to K9999, who climbs up the stairs,
stomping on each step as he goes
"Kah! Those freaks are making a monkey
The figure's face still remains visible,
owing to the glare of the lighting
behind it, but it's clear from the
silhouette that the lithe body is
that of a woman.
"I'm telling you that's just not
so. Don't be so oversensitive, K9999!"
K9999 continues to rage, as if he
didn't hear a word the woman said.
"Hmph. Compare me to K', will they?!
Did you hear me, Angel? That walking
"You're the strongest in the world.
You, K9999! K' is not fit to lick
the soles of your shoes! And you'll
always have me!"
K9999's voice thunders through the
"I hate him! I hate him! I hate him!!!
Him, most of all! I and I alone will
crush K' with my own two hands!!!"
Muttering his threat, he dashes up
the stairs without giving a glance
"Hey, wait up, K9999."
Angel hastily follows him up the
Meanwhile the two women that K9999
had previously argued with remain
in the dark room.
"Hmph, what a troublesome bunch of
team members we have this time, huh?"
"Yeah, sure is."
"We should watch ourselves, Foxxy.
Not only Angel, that K9999 is no
normal being. I don't think he has
the syndicate's best interests at
"Yeah, I got the same feeling. But
his abilities are equal to the syndicate's
number one and two. If we watch ourselves,
we should come out on top."
"I'm sorry. But this time I haven't
officially received the order to
enter the tournament. ...So, it'll
probably be the kid."
"Understood, Diana. Leave Kula to
The two fall silent. The affairs
regarding this year's tournament,
their duties, and KulaŽŃthis time
something other than NESTS best interests
concerns them. But orders are orders.
And there's their loyalty to the
syndicate. The two scan each other,
as if conversing. The silence continues.
The two continue facing each other
wordlessly. Bidding each other leave
with a glance, they exit the room.
It was a dream...A dream of falling
earthward...Will I die...? But amazingly
there is no fear of death...Someone
watches over me...Yes...That's it...!!!"
She suddenly awakens. Tears run from
her eyes. How much time has passed?
The woman nears the window, without
wiping her tear-filled eyes. The
sunlight flowing in from the opened
drapes is dazzling. Being here alive,
able to see the sunlight, is all
because of Candy. That's what she
believes. Surely if she went to the
syndicate, she could see Candy. Candy
would surely come to her aid. But
the Candy she knew then no longer
exists. A robot...can always be rebuilt.
I am a living being, and must die.
But...these days, I know this: I, too,
can be rebuilt, can't I? Am I, without
my former memories, really a human
The woman looks at herself in the
mirror in her room. Who...in the name
of Creation am I? Am I nothing but
...As this feeling wells up inside
her, a feeling of disgust throws
her head back and she strives to
suppress these thoughts.
In spite of this...In spite of this,
the cursed one still lives! The traitor
to the organization, the manipulator
of the flame!!! He is in some way
involved with me. He knows me, doesn't
he? He is not of the syndicate, but
closer to me....
"No, it cannot be!"
I sling my body from the bed. Enough
thinking for today. I feel sick....
"Ah, do I have nothing to look forward
Although I don't believe it, maybe
if I start talking, things will change,
but then providence calls...literally.
Bring, bring...bring, bring...bring,
"Ah, it's from Diana!"
Kula quickly pounces on the telephone.