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Of Destiny and
This is a Work of Fanfiction, based on the Anime Series
Iczer One, from US Renditions, and Iczer Three from AIC.
The Characters and Backstories are the Exclusive Property
of their respective Copyright Owners, and are used without
permission. My object is hopefully to entertain and promote
these excellent animated series.
Based solely on events in the Anime; unfortunately, I've
never seen the Manga.
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As always, C&C is anticipated, accepted, and appreciated.
Of Destiny and Purpose
Stars. Planets. Nebulas. Asteroids. All beautiful;
all marvels of nature; all the same after a few years.
Iczer Two stood on the small chunk of planetary debris she
had landed on a few days earlier, looking over the vast emptiness
that surrounded her. It was the same thing as always surrounded
her, and she was becoming less and less impressed with it by the
When she left Earth after helping her sisters defeat Neos
Gold, she looked forward to wandering the Universe free and proud,
subservient to no one and without any mission save whatever her
That was then. Now, she found she was without purpose --
like a weapon without a war.
There had been a few little skirmishes as she encountered
various lesser beings, but for the most part her existence had
been painfully uneventful. In fact, as she recalled, the humans
had a word for the state she found herself in. Bored.
Sighing, she lit up her beam sword and slashed at the rock
beneath her feet, chipping away a chunk and watching it drift
aimlessly out into the void.
Just like she had, so many years ago.
As she contemplated that comparison, she idly picked at
the rock with her sword, not even paying attention to what she was
doing. Finally, she leapt up and swung around, about to reduce
the rock to sand just for something to do, then froze as her eyes
Moving a bit closer, she actually gasped as she saw that
she had unwittingly written something in the hard rock. A single
word. A *name*.
Her face sobered for a moment as she searched her memory
for any command to write that name. There was none. For a few
more moments, she wondered how such a thing could possibly happen,
especially to as perfect a being as she was. Expanding her search
parameters, she came up with a very human answer. Fate.
A wry smile crossed her face. Suddenly, she had something
Nagisa sat behind her console as per usual, intently
studying the data streaming across her monitor. Finally, the
telemetry from their experimental satellite was flowing as it
should, meaning the project could advance.
Kicking back in her chair, she flashed a relieved 'thumbs
up' to Yajin, who flashed back a smile and an 'ok' sign. The rest
of the crew in the Moonbase control room broke out in applause as
she routed the feed over the main monitors for all to see. This
was the culmination of six months work, and everyone was ecstatic
that the new-type transmitter was finally on-line.
"Way ta go, Commander!" Yajin smiled, sauntering up to her
"Thanks, Sergeant... This has been far too long in coming.
If we hadn't made it work by the end of the week..." she trailed
off, her large eyes saying what her words hadn't.
"Hai... They would have cut the budget. Maaa... I can't
figure those idiots Earthside, though... After all that trouble
eighteen years ago, you figure they'd see the need for an Early
Warning System that actually *works*," he grumbled, long tired of
all the politics.
Nagisa smiled her trademark smile, and shook her head.
"Some things never change though, do they, Yajin-kun?" she noted
quietly, then rose from her chair and started toward her office.
"Hey, jeese... Don't call me that here...!" he erked,
glancing around at some of the female techs he had been trying to
"Like I said..." she smirked, laughing to herself. Yajin
was still very much the same, even though a lot had happened in the
eighteen years since the invasion. Of the original crew of the
Queen Fuji, herself, Yajin, Candy and Rob were back on the rebuilt
Moonbase, but Kawai had stayed Earthside, eventually marrying one
of the Survivor Coordinators she had met during the rescue efforts.
In fact, the last message she had from her old friend mentioned
that her daughter, Nagisa, was about to graduate high school.
Candy and Rob finally married as well, and now had two
children, all of whom still lived on Moonbase. Candy was no
longer a Pilot, but was still very active in the Defense Force,
and her husband was now a Major, flying and developing the new
Yajin was a Sergeant in the Defense Forces, and was
working on his Pilot's wings, as well as every available female on
Nagisa herself had been 'drafted' into the Defense Force
after her efforts to save the planet, and soon became a Commander.
Her first act as such was to request transfer to Moonbase,
particularly after she heard they couldn't find anyone willing to
take over command.
She too had married, but her marriage failed when her
husband couldn't handle a woman as independent and strong-willed
as her. They still spoke, but he was stationed Earthside, another
area they didn't agree on.
Sighing, she settled behind her desk and began scrolling
through the reports of the day's activity, a job she wasn't
impressed with, but had to do anyway. The reports went to North
America Base every day, and she had to make sure they were
As she looked them over, her mind actually began to
wander, eventually recalling scenes from the invasion days, and
of the beings that had helped them in their fight. Even to this
day, she wondered what had become of the Iczers, especially Iczer
Three. She had an almost motherly concern for the small girl,
and unknown to anyone else, she had cried herself to sleep for
months after the Iczers departed.
It was amoung her dearest hopes that she would see them
again, at least while she was young enough to be able to
appreciate their presence. She knew time meant nothing to them,
and hoped that they would remember that it meant a *lot* to her.
Settling her chin on her hand, she returned her attention
to her monitor before she got all weepy again, as she had a habit
of doing when she thought too long about the unique beings she
considered more than friends.
As she started to read the reports again, she was shocked
to hear a certain very specific sound from behind her. It was a
sound that was burned into her memory. The sound of subspace
righting itself after being opened and passed either from or
into -- it was the signature sound -- of an Iczer.
Spinning in her chair, she gasped as she met the tip of
an emblazoned green beam sword inches away from her nose. Looking
up the sword, she met the cold, level gaze of the last Iczer she
ever expected to see again.
"Iczer Two!" she gasped, more in disbelief than any other
"Greetings, Nagisa... It seems the years and the humans
have been kind to you," the smirking Iczer observed, looking her
Nagisa, despite being delighted to see *any* Iczer,
lowered an eyebrow and controlled her emotions. Iczer Two was
too much of a wildcard to take for granted.
"They have... " she replied, uncertain of her guest's
"This is good... These humans owe you for their very
existence. It is fitting that you hold a position of Command,"
Iczer Two noted, lifting her sword away. "Although, I would
think they should have given you more to be in command of," she
added disdainfully, looking out the large window in the front
of the office.
Nagisa relaxed. Something inside her told her that this
was only a social call, and that Iczer Two was not in an
aggressive mode. That observation made her smile. "I chose this
assignment. I love Moonbase... It's close to the stars," she
finally countered, almost wistfully.
"The stars... Feh. After a time, they all begin to
look the same, no matter what part of the Universe you are in,"
the red-haired Iczer remarked almost sadly, finally dissipating
"I imagine they would... So tell me; what have you been
doing? I've been thinking about all of you, and often wondered
how you were all faring."
Iczer Two looked back at Nagisa for a long second, as if
considering a reply. Nagisa, meantime, swore that she saw a
slight sparkle flash through her guest's eyes. That *really* got
her wondering why she had come.
"I have been exploring this Universe... On my own. My
sisters are with the Cthuwulf, aiding them in their quest for a
new homeworld, and destroying the remnants of Big Gold's evil,"
she finally replied, her face sobering again.
"Well, I'm glad you came... I've missed all of you, even
though I never really got to meet you," Nagisa smiled warmly,
leaning back in her chair. "Come to think of it, I never got the
chance to thank you for your help against Neos... Or even to
say good-bye," she noted, thoughtfully.
Iczer Two hesitated a moment before responding, her face
briefly flashing a look Nagisa couldn't decipher. "I... Departed
after the final battle was won. I was... Anxious to begin my
quest," she indicated, at length.
Again, Nagisa smiled, only this time, it was knowingly.
"I see... " she nodded, picking up another 'impression'. "Iczer
Two... What's wrong?" she found herself asking, almost before
she realized it.
Iczer Two erked, then made a scornful face. "Nothing!"
she snapped, turning away from Nagisa quickly.
Nagisa knew better. Rising from her chair, she walked to
the defiant Iczer and touched her shoulder. Iczer Two jumped at
her touch, then steadied herself.
"You can tell me, Iczer Two... " she almost whispered,
noting the slight quiver in the Iczer's body as she spoke.
"Nothing is wrong. I am here... For a visit," she
insisted, firmly. "I have come to see how you humans have used
what we Iczer preserved for you," she added, the old smugness
returning to her tone.
Nagisa only smiled, then nodded acceptingly. "I'm glad
you did... I'd worried I wouldn't see any of you again in my
lifetime... My Grandmother never did," she redirected, knowing
she wasn't going any further on the other topic.
"Your grandmother... Kano Nagisa. I remember her well.
She was a valiant warrior; you should be proud of her, Nagisa..."
Iczer Two noted, scanning her memory. "Even I was impressed.
She was tough... For a human," she added, thoughtfully.
"Somehow, I have all of her memories... Memories that
even she didn't know she had. That's how I know about you. I
have to admit, I like you better now," Nagisa winked, moving
back to her chair. She swore she saw Iczer Two's powerful eyes
Just as she was about to speak again, her office door
opened suddenly and Yajin stepped in, only to come to an instant
stop as a burst of energy erupted beside his face.
"Wak...!" he squawked, ducking quickly.
"You are lucky to be alive, human... " Iczer Two
admonished threateningly, slowly lowering her arm.
Lifting his head slowly, Yajin looked toward the voice
and erked. "Masaka... You're one of those... Iczers!" he
choked, unsure of what to make of Nagisa's 'guest'.
Iczer Two only smiled smugly.
"Nagisa - ! What is *that* doing here?!?" he demanded,
leaping to his feet and pointing to the red-haired figure
Before Nagisa could answer, Yajin gulped as a beam sword
appeared under his nose.
"Human, you begin to annoy me... I am Iczer Two... You
are advised not to forget that," she commanded, her eyes
narrowing. "State your business with Nagisa... Or leave," she
added, sending a ripple of energy down the sword.
"He's harmless, Iczer Two... You don't need that,"
Nagisa interjected, eyes slightly wide at her 'guest's' behavior.
"It will remain until I am convinced. Speak, human...
If you wish to retain the ability," she responded, eyes fixed on
"Ano... I wanted to ask if Nagisa... Wanted to go get
supper... That's all!" he stammered, nervously.
Iczer Two smiled emotionlessly. "You are harmless...
Although I advise you to treat Nagisa with more respect," she
stated, removing her sword and turning away.
"Gomen, Yajin... She's an Iczer," Nagisa explained, as
he tried to keep from hyperventilating. "And yes, I'll have
supper with you," she smiled, patting his shoulder as she walked
As he went to rise, he glanced at Iczer Two, who only
glared coldly back at him. Swallowing hard, he scrambled out
the door after Nagisa, not wanting to be too far away from her.
Outside the office, he moved beside Nagisa and wiped his
brow, his eyes wide and heart racing. "Hooo... What gives with
*her*...?" he exclaimed, shaking his head.
"She's protecting me... I think," she replied,
thoughtfully. "Although I'm not sure why. I'm not even sure why
she's here..." she added, glancing over at him. "I could feel
sadness in her, and I think she may even be... Lonely," she
noted, her brow furrowing.
"Ano... I hope it doesn't mean we're gonna get attacked
again... Once in a lifetime is enough for me," he emphasized,
worriedly. "And what do you mean, you can 'feel' things...? Is
that telepathy you had coming back...?"
"Hai... I think so... It's like it was always there,
and just went dormant while there were no Iczers around," she
"Kuso, I don't like the sound of that... It's like it's
all happening again...!" he shuddered, grimacing.
Nagisa almost laughed. "I don't think that's it at all,
Yajin-kun... So don't worry," she assured, looking back at him.
"She'll be fine," she added, nodding.
"I sure hope so... For all our sakes."
Entering the base cafeteria, they collected their food
and moved to a table, Yajin talking about their great battle, and
Nagisa only half-listening. Despite her assurances to the
contrary, she was a bit concerned about Iczer Two's presence, and
was devoting a good deal of energy to figuring out what she
As she toyed with some possibilities, she heard a murmur
wash through the crowd, and glanced up to see what was happening.
As her gaze found the main entry, she almost gasped as she saw
Iczer Two step through and begin striding toward her, her proud
visage and sultry walk standing out as much as her battle armor.
She also noticed, much to her amusement, how the men in
the room seemed almost hypnotized by the Iczer, although she paid
them absolutely no heed. Her cool gaze was fixed on Nagisa
herself, and seemed not to notice anything else.
All eyes watched Iczer Two stride right up to Nagisa, and
continued to gape as she remained standing just at her shoulder.
"Would you like to join us?" Nagisa smiled, offering the
Iczer a chair beside her.
"What ritual is this...?" Iczer Two responded, casting a
wary gaze about the room. Instantly, everyone else found
something different to look at, including Yajin.
"This particular one is called 'supper'. We humans need
to eat to sustain ourselves. We aren't self-renewing," Nagisa
supplied, trying to hide her grin.
"Hm. And this is your fuel?" she asked, the seriousness
in her face almost breaking Nagisa up.
"Hai. We can use a variety of substances... It depends
on what each 'human' wants." she added, holding her plate up for
Iczer Two to inspect.
The Iczer took the plate and looked it over carefully,
making Nagisa and Yajin alike wonder if she was running some
sort of analysis on it. She then raised her gaze over the room
briefly, soon returning it to the plate. A few moments later,
she grimaced and handed the plate back. "A distasteful
practice... I am glad I have no need of it," she noted, relief
touching her features.
"Would you still like to sit with us?" Nagisa asked
again, hoping to minimize the disruption that was gradually
sweeping the room.
Before the Iczer could respond, one of Yajin's friends
walked up confidently behind her and cleared his throat. "Hi...
I'm Mark... Could I interest you in some supper -- or maybe a
little 'dessert'?" he suggested, eyeing her lewdly.
Yajin gulped. Nagisa covered her eyes.
Iczer Two's face darkened contemptuously. "You are too
close to Nagisa, human..." she growled, prodding a finger into
the center of his chest. The slight bluish flash at the point
of contact was enough to send him several metres up the aisle,
leaving him flat on his back and wondering what happened.
Nagisa was surprised at the number of women who stood
up and applauded riotously, and Iczer Two herself even cracked
a thin, satisfied smile.
A little over an hour later, Nagisa was well in the midst
of showing Iczer Two around the base, mainly to keep her away from
the rest of the population. She noticed, much to her delight,
that the Iczer seemed genuinely interested in the facility.
"... And this is the arboretum. We have samples all of
the most efficient varieties of Earth fauna here, which helps
maintain our atmosphere," she noted proudly, having instituted
the program herself to make the Moonbase air more normalized.
"It is unfortunate that humans require so much support...
This limits your capabilities in the Greater Universe," Iczer Two
noted, plaintively. "Your species will never conquer," she added,
shaking her head.
Nagisa flashed her an annoyed look. "We have no desire to
conquer. We only want to exist peacefully... This Base and the
EarthNet Bases are only for defense!" she indicated, firmly.
"Then why do you expand off your home planet? If you have
no desire to conquer, then your efforts are wasted," Iczer Two
countered, genuinely confused.
"As I said... For defensive purposes. Those "Masters of
Heaven" wiped us out before we knew they were coming. We don't
want that to happen again."
"Hah! Your technology is far from advanced enough to
detect such a threat... And you do not possess weaponry capable
of countering it. As well, it will be many more generations
before you achieve it, given your current rate of advancement,"
Iczer Two retorted, her voice almost contemptuous. "Nagisa,
*this* is the kind of capability you will require to ward off
such a threat," she stated, withdrawing a bracelet from her
suit and clamping it over Nagisa's wrist. "Come... I will
demonstrate its use," she smiled, then took Nagisa by the hand.
A heartbeat later, the two stood side by side on the open lunar
"Ahhh! Iczer Two... We're... Outside?!?" Nagisa
shrieked, noting the moondust swirling about her feet.
"Yes, Nagisa... The bracelet has enveloped you in a
shield that protects you from the conditions, and will as long
as you wear it. It will also protect you from this...!" she
abruptly smirked, raising her arm and unloading a fairly
powerful blast directly at her.
Nagisa, much to Iczer Two's surprise, was ready for it,
simply standing her ground and smiling as the blast bisected
"I see you know of the bracelet's capability... Very
impressive... Nagisa," she intoned, actually impressed with
the little 'one-up'.
"I do... My Grandmother had memories of two similar
ones... She wore each of them at various times," Nagisa noted,
Iczer Two frowned momentarily, suddenly remembering the
last time she had given a woman named Nagisa a bracelet. It
was a memory that she found she would rather not have.
Nagisa noticed her expression and immediately walked up
to her. Reaching out, she touched Iczer Two's shoulder, and
discovered two things that startled her. First, Iczer Two
shuddered at her touch, and second, she could actually feel the
material of her armor through the 'shield'.
Shaking off her surprise, she followed through. "What
is it, Iczer Two...? We're alone out here... We can talk if you
wish...?" she prodded, gently.
Iczer Two met her eyes for a brief moment, then her face
hardened. "Nothing," she almost snapped, although Nagisa had
already seen the torment in her eyes.
Deciding to go for broke, Nagisa threw caution to the
wind and suddenly wrapped the startled Iczer in a huge,
affectionate hug. Iczer Two stiffened for a second, an epithet
ready on her lips. Nagisa then felt her abruptly relax, and
noticed her arms start to rise.
The next thing she knew, she was standing back in the
hallway, her arms wrapped around empty space.
Closing her arms tightly around her chest, she closed
her eyes... And smiled.
That night, Nagisa slept more peacefully than she had
in recent memory, her mind filled with dreams of the invasion.
Only this time, they were not her usual nightmares. They were
memories of the accomplishments she cherished, and even in her
sleep, a smile graced her soft face.
On the other side of the room, shrouded in darkness,
Iczer Two stood against the wall and simply watched Nagisa
intently as she slept. She could feel some of the woman's
emotions, and absently wished she possessed the ability to read
dreams, so that she could appreciate what was making Nagisa
smile so peacefully.
Sighing, she walked silently to the bedside, looking
down on the sleeping woman and studying her intently. She
noticed that Nagisa's hair was scattered about her pretty face,
and before she realized she was even doing it, she reached out
and brushed it aside, eliciting a soft moan from the girl.
"What is it about you, Nagisa? Why do you affect me?"
she whispered softly, a small smile decorating her normally
stoic visage. Sighing softly, she gazed at Nagisa for a few
more moments, then rose and resumed her post against the wall.
The next morning, Nagisa's alarm sounded insistently,
rousing the woman from a sleep that felt so satisfying, she
regretted its end. Fumbling about her side table, she
eventually found the panel that deactivated the annoying device,
and flopped back on her bed.
Finally, she rolled herself off the bed and stretched
luxuriantly, working the last of the sleep from her all-too-well
relaxed muscles. Rubbing her eyes, she reached down and hit
the panel to open her window's blast shields, and almost
shrieked as she saw a shadowy figure outlined by the light of
"Iczer Two...! You startled me..." she instead gasped,
waving a hand before her face.
"I am not surprised... This practice of hibernation is
a dangerous one... An enemy could kill you before you were even
aware of the danger," the Iczer noted, disapprovingly.
"I know... But humans require it," she countered, trying
to calm herself. "Were you there all night?"
"I was... You required protection while in your
hibernative state. I provided it... As a courtesy," she replied,
Nagisa smiled. "Thank you. I appreciate you watching
over me. I hope someday to be able to return the favor," she
indicated, bowing to the surprised Iczer. "I have to take my
bath now and get ready for my day... Please feel free to relax,"
she added, smiling sweetly at Iczer Two and heading into the
As she started her shower and furo and laid out some clean
towels, she was a bit surprised to hear Iczer Two appear in the
room behind her. Turning, she was instantly amused by the look
on the Iczer's face.
"What is the purpose of this...?" Iczer Two asked, looking
over Nagisa's Japanese appointed bath room.
"For cleansing. We humans have to do it to prevent health
problems," Nagisa supplied, thinking that would suffice. "Would
you like to join me?" she asked, wondering what kind of response
she'd get as she pulled her nightgown over her head.
Iczer Two looked at her expressionlessly for a moment,
although her normally cool eyes widened slightly.
"Well...? Are you coming?" Nagisa urged, stepping under
the shower and reaching for the soap.
Iczer Two finally broke her silence. "I have no need of
such a process... I will await you in the outer chamber," she
stated flatly, vanishing once more.
Nagisa smiled, shaking her head bemusedly at the remark.
Turning her attention to her bathing, she caught herself thinking
that she was feeling better than she had in years, and began to
wonder if it wasn't related to Iczer Two's presence.
Her telepathy had started to come back, and her spirits
seemed recharged. She had slept better, and she found that
Iczer Two's presence overall had definitely made her happier.
In short, she felt like a sixteen year old again.
The more she thought about it, the more she became
convinced it was because of Iczer Two. Nothing else in her life
had ever made her feel as whole or as strong as she had when Iczer
Three had been around, and this was the same kind of feeling.
Finishing her shower, she stepped into the furo and sank
to her neck, the warm, swirling water relaxing her completely.
Closing her eyes, she allowed her mind to simply drift, enjoying
her newfound tranquillity.
Before long, some strange feelings began to intrude on
her thoughts, feelings she knew were not her own. They were
feelings of sadness, confusion and painful loneliness, and as
they pervaded further into her conscious, she gradually realized
where they were coming from.
Suddenly, Nagisa knew exactly why the Iczer had come.
She was feeling as if she had outlived her usefulness; a
feeling Nagisa knew better than she cared to admit.
Nagisa gasped aloud at that discovery, instantly jumping
from the furo and heading out the bathroom door. Once in the
living room, she strode straight up to the surprised Iczer and
threw a loving hug around her. "I just want you to know... I'll
always be your friend, Iczer Two... And I'm very glad you're
here," she breathed, tightening her hug around the speechless
being. "I didn't realize it until now, but I need you, too..."
This time, when Iczer Two regained her composure, she
returned the hug enthusiastically. "Nagisa..." she breathed,
closing her eyes to hide her tears.
Even Yajin noticed it. Nagisa walked with a deliberacy
and purposefulness that she hadn't exhibited in years, and her
eyes were as bright as an Earthrise when he met up with her in
the control room.
"Ano... What's this all about?" he asked nervously,
remembering the last time he had seen such a change come over her.
"What do you mean, Yajin?" she asked innocently, sliding
behind her console and logging in.
"I dunno... You seem... Different," he indicated,
Nagisa only smiled. "I guess... I am. I think... It's
because I have a purpose again..." she indicated, turning to her
console and pulling up her source code.
Yajin blinked. "Ara... A purpose...? Kuso, the last
time you said that..." he began, only to stop as Nagisa turned to
face him assuringly.
"It's nothing like that, Yajin-kun. I was worried at
first too, but I'm sure now," she stated, confidently.
"Feh... I'm worried now. I remember that Iczer from the
big battle... But before that she was the one who took out Iczer
Three, remember...? Are you absolutely sure we can trust her?"
"Hai... I know we can," she assured, smiling even more
"Well, for all our sakes, I hope you're right. She makes
me nervous..." Yajin responded darkly, turning to walk back to
his station. He only managed about two steps before a flash
erupted in front of him.
"Human, had I wished you harm... You'd already be dead,"
Iczer Two intoned, her cold, superior glare burning into Yajin's
"Shimata...!" he blurted, scrambling around her quickly
and making for his station. As he darted away watching her
warily, Iczer Two smiled smugly.
"Humans spook too easily..." she remarked condescendingly,
turning her gaze back toward Nagisa.
"That wasn't very nice, Iczer Two... Funny, but not very
nice," Nagisa indicated, trying to hide her smirk.
"What is the expression you humans use...? He had it
coming...?" the Iczer remarked haughtily, flipping her deep red
hair back over her shoulder.
Nagisa couldn't help but laugh.
Iczer Two remained at her side for the next couple of
hours, stoically studying everything she did. Nagisa was slightly
surprised at that, but assumed it was simply because she didn't
have anything else to do.
Whenever she would cast a glance toward the silent being,
she noticed that she was always looking back at her, and her eyes
would briefly soften.
Just before lunch, Nagisa was surprised to hear a certain
familiar voice call out to her from the main control room entry.
Turning, she caught sight of Rob, Candy and one of their children
at about the same time Iczer Two did.
"You know these humans, Nagisa?" she asked, her eyes
"Hai. He's one of the others that fought with me. Both
he and his wife... They flew the ship we were in," Nagisa smiled,
waving back at him.
"His... 'Wife'?" Iczer Two blinked, unfamiliar with the
"Hai! His mate; the person he loves. They got married
a year after the battle, and have two children now," Nagisa
explained, to which Iczer Two only nodded thoughtfully.
"Oi, Commander! We heard that you had a visitor...!"
Rob smiled as he stepped up to them.
"Hai! I do! This is Iczer Two... You never met her
properly, but she was a big help during the final battle..."
Nagisa announced proudly, a sentiment not lost on Iczer Two.
"Then I guess we owe you one. So, what brings you
back...? Something exciting going to happen?" he asked
jovially, doing his best to disguise his own concerns.
"You humans are a nervous species... I came back...
Because it was my wish..." Iczer Two remarked absently, her
attention drawn to the baby in Candy's arms.
Nagisa almost gasped aloud as she felt a surge of
jumbled emotion emanate from Iczer Two, then smiled. It was
much different and considerably better than the Iczer's previous
reaction to a human child.
"A new human..." the Iczer observed, leaning closer
to the baby.
"This is my daughter, Keiko... She's only two months
old..." Candy smiled, always glad to introduce her baby.
Iczer Two nodded absently, still studying the child
intently. Tentatively, she stepped forward and reached out,
brushing her gloved fingers over the child's head. The baby
responded by cooing and squirming happily. Iczer Two gasped
and snatched her hand back, fear flashing across her face.
"I meant it no harm...!" she stammered, stunning
Nagisa smiled. "She was expressing happiness, Iczer
Two... She likes you," she indicated, nodding for emphasis.
"Likes... Me?" the Iczer blinked, looking back at the
baby, who was now looking directly at her.
Nagisa quickly looked over at Candy and nudged her head
toward Iczer Two, hoping her friend would catch the hint.
Thankfully, Candy figured it out.
"Would you like to hold her, Iczer Two?" she offered
pleasantly, extending the baby toward the flabbergasted being.
"I... I... Am concerned I may damage it..." the Iczer
stammered, eliciting shocked gapes from most everyone -- except
"We will help you..." she assured, stepping up and
moving the Iczer's arms into position. "All you have to remember
is to keep her head supported. When babies are this young, they
don't have the strength in their necks to hold their own heads
up..." she advised, gesturing for Candy to hand off the baby.
As she gently placed the child in Iczer Two's arms, Candy
watched the being's face to see how she was reacting, still
worried about her baby despite Nagisa's encouraging looks. To
everyone's surprise, Iczer Two's face instantly melted from
uncertainty to a soft, actually loving look. It was the same
expression one would expect from a human.
The baby smiled happily and cooed its acceptance of the
Iczer's embrace, which brought a small, content smile to the
Iczer's visage. As the baby lay in her arms, she reached up and
played with the child's flailing hands, and even Candy noticed
how her eyes softened as she seemed to connect with the child.
Nagisa actually shivered as she felt another surge of
emotions wash over her, and smiled at the reason why. The simple
act of holding the baby had released feelings and instincts that
had long been supressed in Iczer Two's psyche, and were now
finally moving into their rightful place in the Iczer's persona.
She couldn't help but broaden her smile excitedly.
Abruptly, Iczer Two seemed to realize that something
was different as well, and quickly hardened her face. "This
does not bode well for survival of your species in Space...
This weakness and vulnerability could easily be taken advantage
of by an enemy," she asserted, handing the child back to Candy
with a gentleness belying her bluster. "As well, this makes
procreation off-planet difficult; it would require too much
support to be practical," she added flatly, shaking her head
"Oh, I'm sure we'll find a way, Iczer Two... Just like
the Cthuwulf did," Nagisa smiled, dismissively.
"For your sake... I hope so," the Iczer responded
evenly, then, with a last glance at the still happy baby,
vanished from sight.
"She's a bit grumpy today..." Rob observed, scratching
"No... I think she just discovered that she's more
'human' than she's ready to admit..." Nagisa countered, smiling
and shaking her head.
As Nagisa tried to get herself to concentrate on the
code in front of her, she sighed and shook her head. For some
reason, it wasn't making any sense to her at all, and the
situation was starting to frustrate her to no end.
It seemed as if all she could think about was the look
on Iczer Two's face and the surge of emotion she had felt from
the being as she held Candy's baby. Again, a smile crossed her
face as she recalled it, and especially the Iczer's defiant
attempt to belittle its impact.
Just as she began to wonder why the Iczer was fighting
it so hard, her wristcomm beeped insistently, snapping her out
of her thoughts.
"Hai?" she responded, raising the device to her face.
"We're ready for the system test, Commander," a voice
indicated, bringing a smile to Nagisa's face.
"I'll be right there!" she replied excitedly, having
been waiting anxiously for this particular event. The system
in question was the propulsion unit for the fully-functional
version of their Early-Warning System Satellite, which was the
last major component of the unit that remained unfinished.
Jumping down from her station, she almost ran to the
testing lab, a facility separated from the base proper by a
long passage. Several minutes later, she was swiping her ID
through the reader and waiting none-too-patiently for the
doors to open.
When they finally did, she stepped through them and
walked up to the checkpoint, waiting to be scanned.
"Okay, Commander... You know the drill -- no
interference-causing devices..." the tech at the station
smirked, holding out his hand. Nagisa smirked back at him and
removed her wristcomm, ID badge and necklace watch, then
stepped into the scanner.
She gasped as it beeped loudly.
"You must have some other energy source on you,
Commander..." the tech indicated, looking her over.
"Nani? I... Oh! I do!" she gasped, holding up her
wrist. On it was the bracelet that Iczer Two had given her.
Rolling her eyes, she snapped it open and handed it over.
"Gomen..." she apologized, then stepped through the scanner again.
Clearing it without incident, she continued into the lab
and met up with the Manager of the project, who was almost too
excited to speak.
"We're all ready to go, Commander! We've solved the heat
problems, and the control systems are finally cooperating! We
should be ready for a field test next week!" he indicated,
handing her a chart.
Nagisa looked it over coolly, knowing how many misfires
this part of the project had already suffered. "Are you sure this
time...? We can't afford another failure, or they'll force us to
use the old engines..." she countered, flipping through the
The Manager frowned. "You know that won't work,
Commander... They require too much fuel to make them practical,"
he stated, adamantly.
"I know that, and you know that, but Earthside is pulling
the strings. We're over budget already, and they're getting
nervous down there," she replied, handing him back the charts.
"Well, it looks good on paper... Are we ready to light it up?"
she smiled, raising her eyebrows questioningly.
"Very ready! We can initiate any time you're ready," the
manager noted, turning to the console before him.
"Then let's do it. I want to see this work," she
indicated, nodding sharply.
"Then we're underway..." he smiled back, touching a pad
on the console. Abruptly, warnings began to sound and lights
started to flash, warning everyone of the impending test.
Once the panel flashed green for all-clear, he looked back
at Nagisa and smiled proudly. "Would you like to do the honours?"
he asked, pointing to a panel labeled 'Main Engine Start'.
Nagisa grinned. "I would. Arigato," she responded with
a quick bow, then reached over and touched the pad firmly.
Before them, the outer blast doors opened onto empty space,
followed by the engine stand rotating to direct its plume out of
the opening. One by one, the fuel, control, and telemetry systems
came to life, followed by the flashing of a countdown timer.
Nagisa and the manager looked at each other nervously, crossing
their fingers as the counter reached zero.
The entire complex shook as the huge motor burst to life,
blasting a plume out over the lunar surface that lit the sky like
a sun. The Manager smiled at the sight, then turned his attention
to the displays and readouts before him.
"Wonderful! It's performing exactly as it should! Shall
we increase power?" he asked, raising his voice a bit over the
"Follow your program..." Nagisa nodded, watching the
powerful engine through the inner blast shields.
Just as the Manager nodded his confirmation, Nagisa smiled
as she heard a familiar sound behind her. "Iczer Two!" she
exclaimed, very pleased to see her back.
"What is this device, Nagisa?" the Iczer responded, fixing
her assessing gaze on the engine.
"This is the new engine for our satellite... It supplies
more power and runs longer on less fuel than its predecessors,
meaning we can send it further out with a smaller fuel payload,"
Nagisa explained proudly, turning back toward it as she felt
the results of the throttle-up. "How's it doing?" she redirected,
turning toward the Manager again.
"Great! All within spec! If it manages to maintain 75%,
then we're in!" he responded happily, slipping her a wink.
"Then give it a try!" Nagisa grinned, becoming more
excited herself. Turning back toward Iczer Two, she smiled
brightly. "We've been working on this for months, and had all
kinds of problems... It was looking for a while like it might
not ever work..." she explained, glancing back at the unit.
"I am not surprised... It is rudimentary technology..."
Iczer Two deadpanned, eyeing the device critically. Nagisa
smirked reprovingly at her, then shook her head.
"Okay... Here we go!" the Manager broke in, increasing
the power to the desired range.
The engine cooperated willingly, increasing its output
smoothly. The vibration in the room seemed to settle as it
topped out, eliciting an exchange of smiles between Nagisa and
"All it has to do for now is maintain this level for a
few minutes, and we can call it a success! Then, we can move to
the next phase!" the Manager smiled, returning his gaze to the
"Excellent! I'll be *glad* to tell Earthside about
this!" Nagisa winked, only to be disturbed by a shrill warning
"Damn! Its blown through the limiters! We'd better
shut it down!!" the Manager abruptly shouted, frantically
stabbing at panels all over the console.
Unfortunately, he wasn't fast enough. The engine, now
running out of control, shot up to 150% of its rated maximum,
and began to vibrate too hard for its structure to absorb.
As Nagisa watched in gape-mouthed horror, the unit
began to break up in front of her. Just as she assimilated
that occurrence, a powerful blast tore through the side of the
unit, sending large chunks of the engine spinning toward the
inner blast shields.
Without taking the time to think about it, she spun in
place and grabbed at both the Manager and Iczer Two, shoving
them both to the floor just as the wall and console exploded
from the impact of the fragments.
Explosive decompression turned the room into a tornado
of flying debris and components, until finally the outer blast
doors slammed shut, and emergency oxygen began to flow back
into the room.
Coughing and gasping, Nagisa raised her head and looked
at the Manager and Iczer Two, both of whom were on their backs
under her sprawled form.
"Are you... All right...?" she asked, looking back and
forth between them worriedly.
"Yeah... I think so..." the Manager gasped, raising
his head to look back at her.
Iczer Two's response was predictable. "Why did you
protect me, Nagisa? Such an event would not harm me..." she
stated critically, looking back at Nagisa questioningly.
"Gomen... I forgot..." she smiled weakly, then her head
"Oh, shit...!" the Manager blurted, suddenly noticing
the gaping wound in the middle of Nagisa's back, and the array
of shrapnel protruding from her body. "Medical!! Get Medical
in here now!! The Commander's down!!" he shouted, pulling
himself from under her and leaping to his feet.
Iczer Two could only stare gape-mouthed at the body
sprawled across hers, the sudden absence of Nagisa's presence in
her mind stunning her immobile.
"Nagisa..." she finally mouthed, reaching toward the
woman's stilled face. As her fingers touched Nagisa's skin, she
caught sight of the arm that lay just beside the woman's face --
and gasped as she discovered the absence of the bracelet.
The Doctor sighed disgustedly through his mask. "That's
it... Mark the time; 21:03. Good work, everyone; you tried your
best," he droned, pulling down his mask. "Damn..." he added,
turning away from the table. "Better notify Earthside..." he
instructed, turning and walking dejectedly from the operating
As the staff filed out of the room sadly, Nagisa's
battered, abused body lay face-down on the table, still covered
in the surgical dressings and connected to a few of the monitors.
Abruptly, the silence of the room was disturbed by the
sound of subspace opening, followed by the appearance of a
mournful Iczer Two. Her face fixed in a sad frown, she strode
up to the table and looked down at the remains of the only human
she considered her friend.
"Nagisa. It is not fitting for one such as you to throw
your life away so foolishly... You wasted it protecting me; and
yet, of us both, you have the greater right to live. It is your
destiny to show others the value of life... As you have shown
me," she stated reverently, a tear starting to form in her eye.
"And since this is so, I will give you back that which you have
as surely given me," she smiled, gently rolling Nagisa onto her
Closing her eyes, Iczer Two lit up her hands and passed
them slowly over Nagisa's body, then began to smile as she felt
the spark of life return to it once more.
Within moments, Nagisa's chest heaved up as she gasped a
huge breath of air, then opened her eyes wide. Blinking, she
looked wildly around the room, then finally spotted Iczer Two
standing at her side. When she went to speak, however, she
almost choked on the airway tube still in her mouth.
Noticing that, Iczer Two grabbed it and pulled it
carefully out, tossing it aside disdainfully. "You will live,
Nagisa," she stated, a small smile parting her face.
"Iczer Two... What? How...?" Nagisa croaked in
response, her throat still irritated from the tube.
"You died from your injuries, Nagisa... But I could
not allow that to happen. I have given you back the life you
gave to protect me. You did not deserve such a wasteful death,"
the Iczer explained, her face softening as she spoke.
Nagisa blinked, then raised her head to look at herself.
Her eyes widened as she saw the bloodied drapes, trays of
surgical tools and monitors around her. Looking back up at
Iczer Two, she shook her head and smiled appreciatively.
"Thank you, Iczer Two... But why?" she asked, still
Iczer Two's eyes shimmered. "You saved my life,
Nagisa... Not by your actions here, but by doing what I could
not accomplish in all my time alone. You have shown me that
there are things to live for beyond fighting... And what those
things are. It is a debt that I can never completely repay...
But it is also one that I will never forget," she smiled,
reaching over to adjust Nagisa's matted hair.
"Iczer Two, no...! You don't owe me anything... You're
my friend," Nagisa protested, looking back at the Iczer evenly
as she lifted herself to a sit.
Iczer Two smiled knowingly. "And this is why you deserve
to have your life back, Nagisa. I finally understand... Why my
sisters think so highly of you. You are a truly special human..."
she responded, leaning forward and kissing Nagisa fully on the
lips. "And I also understand why you could have this effect on
me. I love you... Just as they do," she smiled knowingly, then
stepped back from the table and extended her hand with her
A glow flashed briefly in it, then faded to reveal the
bracelet Nagisa had left in the control room. "Now that the
resistance and denial are gone from my heart, I know that my
destiny is with my sisters and the Cthuwulf -- as it always has
been. I must go now to rejoin them... But I will leave you
this... As a reminder of my love -- and as a guarantee of
protection for you in my absence," she stated, then snapped it
over the bewildered Nagisa's wrist. "Fare you well, Nagisa...
We Iczer owe everything we are... To you and your Grandmother,"
she smiled, then bowed deeply. Upon rising, she looked back at
the now-gaping Nagisa with soft, emotion-filled eyes -- and
"Iczer Two..." Nagisa gasped, reaching out toward the
empty spot once occupied by the red-haired being. Drawing her
hand back slowly, she brought it to her tightening chest and
crossed it over the arm already there -- then broke out in
Yajin stood outside the door to Nagisa's quarters,
literally leaning on the admit bellpad. He had been there for
fifteen minutes, and was cursing to himself about wasting so
For the third straight day, Nagisa was late for her
shift, and Yajin was becoming worried. Since Iczer Two had
disappeared a week earlier, the woman hadn't been the same,
seeming almost to have slipped into a depression.
She was no longer the bright, enthusiastic, happy
individual she was during Iczer Two's 'visit', and even the
sparkle seemed to be missing from her eyes. She wouldn't talk
to anyone, even him, and of late seemed like she was completely
detached from what was happening around her. He had even seen
her show up for work with reddened, puffy eyes, indicating she
had likely been crying all night.
Just like he knew she had the last time the Iczers left,
despite her attempts to hide the fact.
Finally, he looked down at his watch and growled his
frustration, realizing he didn't have any more time to waste.
Pounding the door with a resounding curse, he stormed off down
the hallway, considering getting security to go in after her.
Inside the darkened, disheveled room, Nagisa lay
face-down on her bed, arms and legs splayed out and face buried
in her pillow. She had heard Yajin outside her room, even with
having deactivated her admit bell.
That however, didn't matter. Nothing mattered to her
any longer, now that the she was sure the Iczers had said their
final farewells. Over the past few days, she had come to
understand why Iczer Two had said what she had at their parting.
It was because she had been the last Iczer Nagisa herself would
likely ever see.
It was that realization that had convinced Nagisa that
she no longer had a purpose. Without the Iczers around, she felt
lonely, incomplete, and desperately, painfully empty. She loved
the Iczers, and had bonded with them in ways nobody but herself
would ever be able to understand. She had given them so much of
herself that with them now gone, there was simply nothing else
left. For her or anyone else.
Drawing a long, deep sigh, Nagisa turned her head slowly
and looked at the bracelet adorning her arm, and heard Iczer
Two's words run through her tortured brain.
"But I will leave you this... As a reminder of my
love -- and as a guarantee of protection for you in my absence,"
she had said, just before zapping out of Nagisa's life... Again.
Sniffing, Nagisa rolled herself into a sitting position,
bringing her arm over so she could get a better look at the shiny,
metallic band. Even as her eyes found it again, her chest began
to tighten and her eyes filled with tears.
Suddenly, she knew what she had to do.
Raising her arm to her chest, she clenched her hand into
the familiar fist, closed her eyes -- and fired.
Blackness. Endless, formless, empty blackness. It
surrounded her, it pervaded her, and yet... It comforted her.
Nagisa looked around herself curiously, noting that no
matter where she turned, the scene before her did not change. It
was simply black.
Raising a hand to her chin, she wondered if she was in
some sort of personal purgatory, reserved for those who took their
own lives. A chill of fear ran her spine. This was not what she
As she tried to figure out what was happening to her, she
noticed the blackness beginning to change ever so slowly, gradually
becoming a dull gray, and finally, a brighter, wispy gray that
actually seemed warm and inviting.
Abruptly, she gasped as she felt a presence behind her.
Turning, she yelped out loud as she came face to face with...
"Iczer One!" she exclaimed, leaping up to wrap a grateful
hug around the receptive Iczer.
"Greetings, Nagisa... I have missed you," Iczer One smiled,
upon stepping back from the hug. Before Nagisa could respond, she
noticed a second figure she didn't recognize standing a short
distance behind them.
"Iczer One...? Who is that?" she asked, uncertain of how
to take the elegant, green-haired woman.
Iczer One smiled. "Nagisa... Please allow me to present
Sister Gray; she is the leader of the Cthuwulf, and the one who
created me," she smiled, gesturing for Sister Gray to approach.
Nagisa immediately bowed respectfully. "Hajimemashite,
Gray-sama," she greeted, cautiously.
"We and the entire Cthuwulf race owe you a great debt,
Nagisa of Earth... It is I who should bow to you," Sister Gray
smiled, immediately bowing. Nagisa flushed embarrassedly, then
shook her head.
"Iya... I didn't do anything special..." she sputtered,
"Oh, but you did. Because of you, the Iczers are at last
together, and may act as one to protect the Cthuwulf in their
quest for a new world, and rid the Universe of the last of Big
Gold's evil spawn. You have much to be proud of," Sister Gray
"And you gave Iczer Two an appreciation of life and
love... And what it means to place another before yourself. I
had not thought that possible, given that she was created out of
Big Gold's desire to kill me, and she knew that as her only
purpose for existing. But without even realizing it, you planted
the seeds for her to grow beyond her hate-filled conception,"
Iczer One supplied, smiling at the confused look Nagisa returned.
"Do you recall how you were able to reach Atlas? The
same thing happened to Iczer Two. She was reincarnated using the
Iczerio; and it had been exposed to you through Iczer Three and
Iczer Robo. Because of that, you were already a part of both of
them..." she elaborated, smiling knowingly. "Iczer Two is
grateful beyond words... As are we all," Iczer One added, smiling.
Nagisa looked back at the two figures incredulously, about
to reiterate her objection, but instead suddenly collapsed to her
knees in tears.
Iczer One and Sister Gray simply looked at each other and
exchanged knowing smiles. Sister Gray then stepped over and knelt
beside the sobbing Nagisa, resting a hand on her shuddering
"Why do you cry, Nagisa? You should be pleased; you have
accomplished more than we could ever have hoped," she asked gently,
glancing back at Iczer One briefly.
"I know... And I am..." Nagisa sobbed, making no effort
to control her tears. "But that means... I'll never see any of
them again! And I can't live like that any more... I love them;
I'm part of them! They're all I am...! Without them... I might
as well be dead!" she cried, covering her face with her hands and
crying even harder.
Sister Gray listened carefully, then turned to Iczer One
and smiled. Iczer One nodded, then stepped in closer.
"Nagisa... You do not need to live without us," she began,
at which Nagisa instantly stopped crying and snapped her head up.
"Nani?" she blurted, wiping at her face.
"Hai. We were watching you carefully, fearing that after
being so closely tied to all of us, you may have ended up feeling
as you do. When you tried to take your life, we 'stepped in' and
brought you here," Iczer One continued, then handed off to Sister
"That is true, Nagisa. We could not simply take you from
your Earthly life, as you are considered a hero and savior by your
own people. But, as you have now 'indicated' that you no longer
wish to remain there, we are free to offer you the chance... To
come with us," she smiled, to which Iczer One nodded her
Nagisa was dumbstruck. Looking back and forth between the
Iczer and Sister Gray, she finally managed to get her gaping jaw
"I... Would be honoured..." she breathed, a wide smile
spreading across her tear-streaked face.
"Then so be it..." Sister Gray smiled, rising and helping
Nagisa to her feet. As Nagisa rose, she felt something strange,
and looked down to see that her pajamas were gone, replaced by a
skirt-set like her Grandmother had once worn. She broke out in a
wide, brilliant smile.
"Thank you... This... Is my dream come true..." she
sniffed, stepping up and hugging Sister Gray happily.
"No, Nagisa... Having all of us; yourself, the Iczers
and the Cthuwulf together at last is my dream -- and it is you
who has made it possible. I am now certain that the Cthuwulf
will survive... Survive and flourish as never before," Sister
Gray corrected, hugging Nagisa back tightly.
When Nagisa finally stepped back from the embrace, she was
stunned to see that she was standing in an ornately-decorated room,
her back to a large, sweeping couch, beside which stood a smiling
Iczer Two. Before she could even react, an excited, familiar
voice called out from beside her.
"NAGISAAA!!" it shouted out, followed by a full-body
tackle that flattened the stunned Nagisa back onto the couch.
"Iczer Three!!" Nagisa squealed, hugging the stuffing out
of the giggling young Iczer.
Iczer One, Iczer Two and Sister Gray could only laugh.
END - Of Destiny and Purpose An Iczer Fanfic By Coutuva
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