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    KRZ-03 Grand Slam

    Kamen Rider Zephyr: A Mascot Tale
    Episode Three: Grand Slam
    By Darrel James Vanwinkle | 09/28/2012

    Starring:
    Octavius "Lucky" Draughn (Freshman), Zephyr Rider Red (The Rushing Rabbit)
    Timothy Gates (Sophomore), Zephyr Rider Gold (The Blitz Rabbit)
    Bradford "Brad" Klaus (Senior), Zephyr Rider Green (The Grand Rabbit)

    Allies:
    Coach Boldt Quartermaine (Faculty)
    Easton Freeborn (RSP; rabbit spirit partner)
    Weston Freeborn (RSP; rabbit spirit partner)
    Geyokai Emerald (RSP; rabbit spirit partner)
    Basil Tanner, Red Lightning Rabbit Rider

    Students:
    Novia Escamillo, local Spanish fencing champion (Junior)

    Kamen Rider Mascot, Allies:
    Bulldog, Baker Hollow
    Cougar, Carson

    Enemies:
    Arkaia, Lapine Warlord


    Chapter One: Beauty and the Blade.


    It was a week later at the high school where Octavius and Timothy were seated with Brad in a section of the bleachers by themselves. They were watching the local fencing team practice in the gym while their own train studio was under repairs. The most obvious object of their attention was a Spanish young lady with black hair, fair skin, and aquamarine eyes. She was the team's champion and not even the team captain. Whenever the captain spoke or the instructor gave instruction, she would pay astute attention to whatever was being said. All in all, she was the best fencer they had.

    "What did you say her name was, Brad?" asked Octavius as he worked on some last minute homework.

    "Novia Escamillo," he replied. "Originally from Spain, they say her mother is one of the only female bull fighters in the sport. Novia is pretty damned good with that foil. She is often called Balestra, which is the actual hop and lunge maneuver in fencing."

    Timothy smiled. "I heard you were on the baseball team, too, Brad. Who are they playing this weekend?"

    "The Knights of Castle Rock; on their home turf across the river. I've already found out that the Warrior can't come since he has a doctor's appointment on that day and I know you two had plans with Mr. Draughn you can't get out of. Being in Knight land without a mascot is going to make this game really rough. They have a white knight on a horse who rides out and runs the bases with his jousting lance at the ready. And here we are... going without a mascot. We're as good as sunk."

    Octavius hummed. "Maybe not if lightning strikes before your trip. You DO own a motorcycle, don't you?"

    Brad smirked. "AND a car of my own. Are you guys really going to let me join up with the team? I mean, I'm a senior." They had confided in Brad once they learned about the ghostly encounter Brad had at the warehouse and what Geyokai had told him.

    "You don't want to disappoint ECG, do you?" replied Octavius with a smile. "Besides, we already swore you in the other day. We're just waiting for your belt to arrive."

    "I can't believe you guys used the skunk excuse to your dad to explain away excessive radioactive B.O.," said Brad with a smirk. "There hasn't been a skunk near Warrenton in months."

    Timothy giggled. "You never know when one might sneak through."

    Suddenly Coach Quartermaine was sitting next to the boys. "If we paint a white stripe down Arkaia's back, would that count?" he winked with a grin.

    All three boys laughed at the thought.

    "If you three aren't too busy, I need to see you in my office," said the coach. "Now, if you don't mind. Especially you, Brad."

    In Boldt Quartermaine's office which was sound-proofed for reasons only he knew of... Everyone smiled when they saw Basil standing there. "Christmas anyone?" he said as he handed the new Zephyr Rider Belt to Brad. "Now you will have a Mascot in Castle Rock this weekend. Just don't make the horrifying mistake these two made by staying suited up for too long. Yes, boys... we heard about that clear up on Planet Terra. P.U." He was smiling though when he said it.

    Octavius and Timothy blushed. Apparently the story traveled fast. In space, no one can hear you retch.

    Brad was already putting the belt on. "May I try it out right now?"

    "Yes, in fact, I need to walk you through a few things. Your outfit is going to be a little different from theirs. So let's see you in action."

    Brad put on his Zephyr belt and gave the ears a good spin. "RIDER SYSTEM!" The belt suddenly super charged as static electricity from everywhere was sucked into the belt and his surroundings went dark briefly before showing him standing on a high rise of mountain peak with the wind whipping past him and getting stronger. "ZEPHYR FORM!" Lightning flashed all around him and the sky opened up to reveal the solar system falling away from him. The lapine battlesuit then appeared over his body, fitting like a glove as he felt his rabbit like tail form in the back. And then a realistic rabbit like head took the place of his own as his Zephyr helmet then appeared over his new long eared head in a perfect fit. The surroundings turned emerald green as his Zephyr Cycle appeared on one side of him and his Zephyr Sportscar appeared on the other side of him. Brad struck his final pose as the surroundings returned to normal. "Zephyr Rider Green! Grand!"

    Grand smiled as he checked out his sun golden fur and his white battlesuit with green grid lights. The rabbit emblem was gold with emerald edges. And he had a jeweled scepter the length of a baseball bat. "This is really cool."

    Basil said, "You are Grand, the Baseball Mascot of Warrenton. Your special attack is called the Slam, which is used with your scepter. Your special finger ability is also different from Zephyr's and Blitz's. Where as Zephyr can send things flying and Blitz can bring things to him, your ability is to temporarily stop things in their tracks. I am sure you can find a good use for that. You also have a left handed ability which involves the wind. I'll let you discover that one on your own; I am sure you will enjoy it. Zephyr uses fire, and Blitz has the use of lightning. Please keep in mind that when you slap your hands together toward a target, it results in a combination effect. I am not sure what that effect is, so be very careful if you try it."

    End of Chapter One.

    #2
    Chapter Two: Arkaia Versus Grand - Round 1.


    Within the alien lapine lair in the mines...

    "Sir! Our early warning defense radar just detected the activation of Grand's energy signature! I thought you had killed him!"

    Arkaia hummed. "I did kill him. You saw me cremate him while he still lived. There is no way he could have survived that. I believe that energy signature is from the Zephyr Riders. I think it is time I paid Warrenton another personal visit. If Grand is there, he won't hesitate to accept the challenge to fight me once again."

    "Sire..." said the adviser. "Do be careful up there. You know how tricky Zephyr can be. He isn't like the other lapines you have faced. The story is that he returned from the dead. And if he can do it... why can't Grand? Think it over when you are top side."

    Arkaia growled at the thought as he departed.

    In Warrenton, Zephyr was speaking to the baseball team while Blitz and Grand stood nearby. "As you know, the Warrior, Blitz, and I cannot make the trip with you this weekend. But worry not; our Zephyr riding brother, Grand, has answered the call and will be representing you guys against the white knight on their own turf. In battle, he is Zephyr Green as in Emerald Carat Grand. But against other mascots, he is simply called Grand. He will make his appearance during your half time show."

    Blitz added, "And if we hear how you were intimidated by their idiot knight, we might have to perform some rabbit action on you after hours."

    "Blitz... inappropriate," said Zephyr. "Are you in heat or something?" He then smiled. "When are we ever not in heat. That Cougar barely got away." He winked giggling.

    Zephyr Gold just grinned and winked back, smiling. "Can you blame me? We're rabbits."

    At that moment, Novia poked her head in the door and announced, "Zephyr! Some black rabbit in armor just showed up and he's asking for Grand! Demanding, actually..."

    Zephyr sighed. "Arkaia would have to show up now. Can't he handle his own period? Let's go see what he wants, guys."

    Once they were outside, Zephyr, Blitz, and Grand stood in their line up although spaced apart as the rabbit leader exclaimed, "Today isn't a sports day, Arkaia! What are you wanting with the new Zephyr Grand? There is no way you could have known about him since he only joined the team today!" Not the truth, but okay for now.

    "I defeated the old Grand Rider, Zephyr," said Arkaia. "I watched him get burned alive. And unless this new Grand wants to suffer the same fate, then he better stay out of the mines or else."

    "Arkaia..." stated Grand at that point. "I don't have time for you since the equine knight up north has sent me a challenge in hopes of claiming the glorious bragging rights of taking me down during the baseball game this weekend. If you want to take me out, then it is in your best interest that I not be defeated by a dirty horse."

    "We'll see about that!" he growled. "No one else gets that right but me! I'll see you this weekend!" And he vanished.

    "Man..." whispered Grand. "...he really IS on his period since he fell for the old 'me being threatened by another alien' spiel."

    Zephyr sighed. "Now I am worried about you being up there by yourself. We need another Zephyr Rider before the game this weekend so you have backup."

    Blitz hummed. "Zeph... I have an idea on someone we can ask. But listen to me for a moment... so far all of the rabbits are male. We need a girl to offset the male testosterone level we present in the Warren. Plus, the females in Warrenton need a feminine mascot they can look up to. Now you know I am not interested in girls myself, so my idea is a good one. And I think Grand will know who I am referring to since she is good with a sword." He winked at Zephyr Green.

    Grand was grinning now. "Novia. I could see that. But Zephyr should speak to her in private first with Mr. Quartermaine. If she says yes, then she can be sworn in and Basil can make the belt for her. We know he can make a belt in under four Earth hours, even though he says he has a few days with each belt."

    Zephyr smiled. "Then it looks like I get to present myself to a lady. That will be a first."

    Both Blitz and Grand stated at the same time. "And keep your mind out of the gutter, Zeph." They looked at each other giggling. "Jinx!"

    Zephyr chuckled as he playfully slapped the two on the cheeks. "Behave." And he headed off to escort Novia to the coach's office for the meeting.

    Inside the coach's office, Zephyr explained Blitz's idea to Boldt Quartermaine. "...so you see, sir... we need a feminine presence on the team who is good with a weapon. And Novia excels at that with the foil. Furthermore, if the maker could get her the team belt before the game on Saturday, she could head off with Grand so he isn't facing Arkaia by himself. Besides, the knight should see that the rabbits have a lady on the team. So what do you say, Novia? Would you like to join the Kamen Rider Zephyr team with us? It would mean a great deal to Grand and a lot of girls in school would look up to you."

    Novia hummed for a bit as she weighed the cons and the pros being offered. "Oh why not? My mom does crazy things back in Spain, so why should this be any different?"

    End of Chapter Two.

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      #3
      Chapter Three: The Ladies Prerogative.


      "What do you mean the belt is already done?" asked Basil to his female teammates on Planet Terra. "We just got the order in to make the new female Zephyr's belt. She's a Spanish fencing pro."

      Zoe and Brittney just grinned while Marla replied triumphantly. "We three predicted that Zephyr would eventually want a female on his team, so we've been creating a Zephyr belt ourselves since Day One. We may not be as good as you are at making these belts, but even Princess Tibara was glad to help since we were promoting a female rabbit rider for their team. Unlike the male Zephyrs, Princess Tibara donated a battlesuit from her people's armory just for this purpose. So it is both stylish and unique from the others. Tibara said that as long as the belt was going to be used by a female with guts, she was all too happy to help." She handed the belt over to Basil. "Besides, Tibara said that the female Zephyr should have the Blink Move ability that her people have. You know how fast she sometimes is when she fought us; it is like a teleport. That would make a fencer very deadly."

      Brittney grinned. "You just need to give it the Zephyr touch; we did the rest."

      Zoe smiled as she patted Toddric and Dylan on their shoulders. "We ladies wanted to be helpful to the newest female Zephyr."

      Ghost and Jason stood nearby at the doorway as Ghost said, "Look on the bright side, Basil... once you add the Zephyr touch, they can have their new belt in minutes instead of waiting four or more hours. You should be pleased with your team; not upset. I know you take deep pride in avenging the Rushing Rabbit. But we are your team. Accept their sacrifice in their efforts."

      Basil slowly smiled. "It is more fun to make the ladies think I'm upset when I'm tickled. I've been hard at work on another male Zephyr's belt and this came as a surprise to me, that's all."

      Once the dirty looks from the ladies ended, Basil began to apply the Zephyr standard to the belt. It only took ten minutes, in truth. Barely the blink of an eye on Earth. "There... now we just have to deliver it. Since you ladies made this one, which one of you would like to present it to Novia Escamillo?"

      None of the three spoke up, but instead they pointed to the door leading outside. Standing there was Princess Tibara in her Noble Battle Armor. And she looked hotter than ever. Tibara smiled and said, "This once, Basil... please permit me to make the delivery to her. Normally we would be enemies, but since you've been dealing with the perv more often than you need to, I think I can do this as repayment for your having to endure the little shit."

      Basil was glad someone else thought that Prince Nezumi was a filthy disgusting perv; he wasn't alone in this thought. "Okay, Tibara. We'll both go down and you may present the belt to Novia. After she suits up, you get to explain her new Zephyr powers to her." He paused. "Where is the perv right now?"

      Tibara smiled evilly. "Oh... he's 'tied up' in a job..." She winked with a giggle.

      "Keep him tied up in that job for a week and I'll arrange some time with my dad for you."

      "You got a deal!"

      Back in Warrenton behind the coaches building, the sound of lightning striking was heard and then Basil and Tibara entered Boldt's office. Since it had only been minutes on Earth, both Zephyr and Novia were still with the coach.

      "Damn, Basil..." exclaimed Zephyr. "...you must be getting better at making those belts. Boldt barely had time to hang up."

      Basil and Tibara both chuckled, as the princess said, "Actually, you can thank the ladies on his team for predicting that you would need a lady rabbit on your team eventually. I am Princess Tibara of the Nobles of Zoology. Normally Basil and I are foes on Planet Terra. But lately... since the introduction of the Zephyr Riders... I have taken a great interest in your team. And therefore, I have chosen not to battle Basil anymore. Instead, and especially from now seeing Zephyr himself; impressive body... I didn't think Basil would design your body to look THAT good." She gave Zephyr a kiss on the muzzle, whose ears then twanged as he mocked a swoon. "Stop being a ham, bucky boy. Anyway, I helped to make Novia's new belt."

      Basil smirked. "Zephyr is the leader and the main actor for his team. He plays the ham quite well."

      Zephyr grinned as he straightened up. "We're rabbits! It's what we do!" He then chuckled. "It is a pleasure to meet you, Princess Tibara."

      Tibara smiled back. "He does have manners and he seems to like girls. He passes." She then looked to Novia. "This is your new Zephyr Rider Balestra belt. Your light color is blue, but it isn't as pastel as it sounds. Your armor will look the most exotic of the Zephyrs. I had to give you something to make guys stop in their tracks. Place the belt around your waist, give the ears a good spin, and say, Rider System. Then when you feel the wind and the electricity, you say, Zephyr Form. Go ahead and try it." She handed over the belt then she stepped back.

      Zephyr smiled. "You can do it, Novia. This is your moment."

      Boldt also smiled as he stood up so he could watch the full effect.

      End of Chapter Three.

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        #4
        Chapter Four: Blinking Balestra.

        "As my mom would say, folks..." she started. "...where romance and mystery collide." She winked with a grin. "I may not be a Contessa like my mom, but I am about to ride."

        Novia put on her Zephyr belt and gave the ears a good spin. "RIDER SYSTEM!" The belt suddenly super charged as static electricity from everywhere was sucked into the belt and her surroundings went dark briefly showing her riding through a forest on an Arabian stallion where the wind whipping past her became stronger with each gust. "ZEPHYR FORM!" Lightning flashed all around her as she appeared in front of a majestic crystal castle lined with feminine Rabbit Guards. Her stylish lapine battle armor then appeared over her body, fitting like a glove as she felt her rabbit like tail form in the back. And then a realistic rabbit like head took the place of her own as her unique Zephyr helmet then appeared over her new long eared head in a perfect fit. The surroundings turned crystal blue as her Zephyr Cycle appeared on one side and her Zephyr War Pegasus appeared on her other side. Novia struck her final pose as the surroundings returned to normal. "Zephyr Rider Blue! Balestra!"

        Balestra struck a pose with her Zephyr Foil at the ready as rapid close ups viewed her from almost every angle before showing her fully. "En garde! I am Balestra, the Fencing Rabbit of Warrenton! Where are my cowardly opponents?" She winked at those nearby. "How do I look?"

        Zephyr grinned back. "With all due respect... I better keep my mind on the task at paw."

        Basil chuckled as he smiled at Princess Tibara. "This is the Zephyr Riders I am used to seeing. With all the jokes and humor attached."

        "I think she turned out well," stated the royalist lapine. Then she stopped and looked at Basil. "You mean when they are suited up... this way of speaking is normal?"

        "Afraid so. They don't speak like that when they are powered down. I can't figure out what is causing it. I know it isn't the belts. As you have witnessed first paw, I clean every belt so they shine before bringing them down here."

        Princess Tibara then said, "Balestra, your finger ability is unique to you alone. With it, you can cause the glove or gauntlet slapping affect on anyone you use it on. Your left handed ability is best used on the ground. You point at the ground where you want the affect to occur and it causes a quake strong enough to knock an opponent off his feet. When you slap both hands together, you get a shock wave blast that can knock anyone or anything in front of you a good distance away from you. This is good if you need to catch your second wind. And finally, one bonus ability that marks you more unique than the Zephyrs: the Blink ability of my people. It is like teleportation; it is best used in battle, although unlike the other Zephyrs... you will be able to use Blink in your human identity. Otherwise, you will be able to move at Zephyr speed like the others."

        Balestra said with a smile, "Emerald Grand and I will be teamed up this weekend in Castle Rock. I am under the impression that Arkaia will be showing up there to prevent anyone else from taking Grand down."

        "Did you say... Arkaia?" growled the lapine princess. "As in Warlord Arkaia of Planet Meadowspark?"

        Zephyr arched an eye. "Yes, he is our enemy currently. How do you know him?"

        "He tried to come to Planet Terra once for the same reasons as here," she said. "He was after our carats, you know... diamonds. But he ran into Ghost and... well... Arkaia decided that other worlds looked better."

        Basil grinned at the thought. "So Arkaia is afraid of Ghost, is he? Well, maybe we should make a future Zephyr with Ghost's powers."

        Just then, everyone heard Ghost's spooky voice. "Basil... I will have words with you about this idea when you return. Or else."

        Everyone was quiet after that except for the coach who said, "Busted."

        Basil sighed but he was smiling. "It happens when you talk about your mentor. If I know him the way I think I do, then the powers won't be exactly like his, but they will be interesting to say the least." He looked at Zephyr next. "This doesn't mean you should go recruiting immediately just because I suggested a scary wrestler dude." He winked.

        Zephyr loved it when Basil dropped a hint like that. Now he knew what to look for. But little did he know that they would gain another Zephyr before that special day arrived.

        Princess Tibara smiled, then grabbed a hold of Basil's hand. "I think it might be best if you get me back to Planet Terra. For two reasons, time difference for one. If I am gone too long, my people might think that your father did me in. And two, if you want Prince Nezumi out of your hair for longer than a week, we do need to get back."

        Basil was heard saying just before the jump to leave, "But if you marry my father, then I'll have to start calling you mom instead of Princess Tibara." BOOM! And they were gone.

        Zephyr giggled as he looked to Balestra. "Lets go introduce you to the others and the fencing team. But remember... I need you to go with Grand this weekend to Castle Rock."

        "A fine idea, Zephyr, although I do have Princess Tibara's blinking power, too. It is like teleportation. Can you imagine what that will be like during battle?"

        "Just remember also that Arkaia fancies himself to be the best swords rabbit in all of space. If you start boasting that you are the best, he might take that as a challenge and demand that you prove yourself against him in front of everyone. But Blitz and Grand both say you can beat any man, so I am not too worried about that. Now lets get going before the coach decides to ask you out on a date. What would his wife think?" He winked with a grin toward the audience.

        End of Chapter Four.

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          #5
          Chapter Five: A Lady's Touch.


          Thankfully, Balestra was able to ride on the bus with the baseball team And having her along bolstered the morale of the baseball players something fierce. When they arrived in Castle Rock, Balestra escorted the players to the field. Where she and Brad saw he knight and his horse already riding back and forth making pompous boasts about taking down the the Warrenton Rabbit Warriors. Brad whispered to Balestra, "Go get him, Princess. Grand will join you during half-time." Brad led his team over to their own dugout.

          Without warning, Balestra appeared Blink-Move style directly behind the Knight standing on the saddle perfectly poised as she grabbed the knight by one shoulder as she held the fencing foil to his neck. "What was that that I overheard about a pompous boast to defeat a Warrenton Rabbit? I am Balestra, the Fencing Rabbit. Since you want to fight one of us so badly, then dismount and pull your sword and show me your skill." And in a flash, she was on the ground standing in front of the horse, where she whispered to the horse, "I will try not to hurt a nice stallion like you. But your rider is being inappropriate."

          The Castle Rock knight dismounted and he did unstrap his sword an pulled it free from it's scabbard. "I didn't know Warrenton had any female mascots. If I defeat you, do I get a kiss?"

          Balestra replied, "If you defeat me, you might not live long enough to get that kiss. And that is a mighty big if."

          And then to the spectators entertainment, a display of professional Fencing skills was performed for one and all and when the knight got too close for comfort as in trying to get in an early kiss. Balestra pointed one finger at him and the Knight mascot's head and helmet turned as if he had been walloped by a metal gauntlet to the face.

          And when she wasn't Blinking here there and everywhere with that teleport ability and getting several meaningful pokes through the cracks of his armor, Balestra was making the knight lose his balance with that quake ability she had been given. Once she had him flat on his back on the ground directly on top of a pile of his own horse's manure, she stood over him and said, "Where Mystery and Romance collide, a good foil by my side, The Fencing Rabbit will ride! Now go get cleaned up and never be so boastful again. If you show some proper respect, you might get that kiss after all."

          The knight arose and got back on his feet before trudging off the field to clean his armor.

          Balestra went and rejoined her friends in their dugout. "Stage one complete, boys. And if you let Zephyr and the Warrior down after I defended your honor, I might have to string you boys up when we get home." She was really getting into this female hero role.

          During half time, the Knight was back on the field and on his horse once again. And when Balestra stepped out of the dugout to play the distraction for Grand's arrival. Arkaia chose that moment to appear as he walked out on to the baseball diamond. "Where is Grand?!" He had his sword at the ready and he didn't look too happy.

          Brad who had gone to he restroom earlier heard Arkaia's big mouth on the field as he was emerging from the restroom and he quickly went behind the concession building an pulled his belt out from where he had it stashed. "Stupid Arkaia. Why can't he handle his own period."

          Brad put on his Zephyr belt and gave the ears a good spin. "RIDER SYSTEM!" The belt suddenly super charged as static electricity from everywhere was sucked into the belt and his surroundings went dark briefly before showing him standing on a high rise of mountain peak with the wind whipping past him and getting stronger. "ZEPHYR FORM!" Lightning flashed all around him and the sky opened up to reveal the solar system falling away from him. The lapine battle suit then appeared over his body, fitting like a glove as he felt his rabbit like tail form in the back. And then a realistic rabbit like head took the place of his own as his Zephyr helmet then appeared over his new long eared head in a perfect fit. The surroundings turned emerald green as his Zephyr Cycle appeared on one side of him and his Zephyr Sports car appeared on the other side of him. Brad struck his final pose as the surroundings returned to normal. "Zephyr Rider Green! Grand!"

          As Grand arrived on the ball diamond, he saw the knight sprawled out on the ground just behind his horse. Balestra was checking on the fallen knight. Thankfully the warlord had aimed the attack at the knight and not the horse. Grand chose to launch his attack on Arkaia since the warlord had attacked a mascot and not a Zephyr. As he swung his jeweled scepter like a golf club, he shouted, "Grand's Slam!" And he smacked the scepter directly into Arkaia's backside which caused the warlord to go flying right off the ball field where they heard him make a resounding crash landing in the Castle Rock's septic pond. "I can't wait to tell Zephyr about this victory. New joke material."

          The knight sat up and said, "Get me some pictures of Arkaia getting humiliated and I promise to clean up my act and I'll be a Zephyr ally whenever you guys call upon me."

          Grand said, "You have a deal, Knight. Balestra and I will get your offer back to Zephyr as soon as the game is over"

          Balestra then gave the Knight the kiss he had been asking for. "Since you are going to make the effort to clean up, you get that kiss you asked for." She then escorted Grand off the field and off to where Grand could power down in private. "I think this has been a successful outing. Although, I will be with the fencing team over in Portland next week."

          Grand said, "Be careful in that area, Kamen Rider Viper protects that region. He thinks he is better than any other rider."

          "As long as a fencer doesn't get cocky they cannot lose." she replied. "I think we should focus on my powering down for a while so I don't stink later."

          Powering down himself, Brad said, "Good idea. Zephyr and Blitz did that by accident once. They blamed Radioactive B.O. on a skunk."

          Novia smiled. "I don't need to join the Radioactive B.O. Club."

          The two started laughing as they returned to the bus to rest for a bit.

          End of Chapter Five.

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            #6
            Chapter Six: Draughn and Quartered.

            Octavius and Timothy were with Mr. Draughn out at the special warehouse where Octavius' father had just asked the question, "Have you boys been having some sort of party or fight out here at the warehouse? I noticed that several boxes were out of place and it looked as if the army bed had been slept in."

            Octavius said, "I witnessed the local Kamen Rider hero known as Zephyr fighting some weirdos in black armored pajamas near the property the other day, dad. I told Zephyr that you didn't like people messing with your government equipment. He told me that that he had caught those strange intruders coming out of the warehouse property and he handed me the boxes to take back inside. But since I didn't know where they had gotten the boxes from, I didn't know where to put them back at, dad. When I came back out later, Zephyr and the intruders were all gone."

            Mr. Draughn said, "As long as he prevents my stuff from being stolen, I don't mind his playing guard out here. But what does this Kamen Rider look like, son?"

            Thankfully, Timothy answered for Octavius. "Zephyr is the all-new Rushing Rabbit of Warrenton, Mr. Draughn. He is supposedly a human whom wears an armored bunny costume that is extra padded. Only the local coach knows whom the guy really is, sir. Secret identities and all, you understand."

            The F.B.I. agent nodded his head as he pulled Octavius aside and out of ear shot from Timothy. "You haven't had any issues with Lucky have you?" he asked in a whisper.

            Octavius steeled up as he had to be careful in how he answered that question. "No, dad. The last time I saw him was back in Seattle. What made you ask me about that?"

            Mr. Draughn replied, "As you know, we have government security cameras installed at our home. On one of the security tapes that face the bedroom hallway, there is an evening shot of a rabbit man entering and exiting your bedroom. The time frame said it occurred between six and nine P.M. during a school week, one hour before I came home from work. Don't lie to me, Octavius. Is Lucky taking over again?"

            Octavius was afraid that the gig was up when he heard his father mention the government security camera in the house that he had forgotten about. "Um... the truth is, dad... I am Zephyr. But you have to forget all about my telling you this. Our main enemy is a lapine warlord from another world. He is stealing raw diamonds out of the mines under Warrenton. He rarely makes appearances in town, but when he does appear, it is to deliver a message to my suited up identity. I swear to you, dad; Zephyr is not Lucky."

            Timothy was then heard saying, "Octy! We got trouble!" As the adult and his son stepped back out to see what Timothy had shouted an alert about, just outside of the open warehouse gate were several Cogs approaching the way inside. Mr. Draughn shouted, "Suit up, son! Don't worry about me!"

            Octavius whispered to Timothy, "Dad figured it out; we will deal with him later."

            Octavius put on his Zephyr belt and gave the ears a good spin. "RIDER SYSTEM!" The belt suddenly super charged as static electricity from everywhere was sucked into the belt and his surroundings went dark briefly before showing him standing on a high rise of mountain peak with the wind whipping past him and getting stronger. "ZEPHYR FORM!" Lightning flashed all around him and the sky opened up to reveal the solar system falling away from him. The lapine battlesuit then appeared over his body, fitting like a glove as he felt his rabbit like tail form in the back. And then a realistic rabbit like head with the bullet wound scar took the place of his own as his Zephyr helmet then appeared over the rabbit head in a perfect fit. The surroundings went dark again as his Zephyr Cycle appeared on one side of him and his Zephyr Sportscar appeared on the other side of him. Octavius struck his final pose as the surroundings returned to normal. "Zephyr Rider Red! Rusher"

            Timothy put on his Zephyr belt and gave the ears a good spin. "RIDER SYSTEM!" The belt suddenly super charged as static electricity from everywhere was sucked into the belt and his surroundings went dark briefly before showing him standing on a high rise of mountain peak with the wind whipping past him and getting stronger. "ZEPHYR FORM!" Lightning flashed all around him and the sky opened up to reveal the solar system falling away from him. The lapine battlesuit then appeared over his body, fitting like a glove as he felt his rabbit like tail form in the back. And then a realistic rabbit like head took the place of his own as his Zephyr helmet then appeared over the rabbit head in a perfect fit. The surroundings went dark again as his Zephyr Cycle appeared on one side of him and his Zephyr Sportscar appeared on the other side of him. Timothy struck his final pose as the surroundings returned to normal. "Kamen Rider Gold! Blitz!"

            When Mr. Draughn saw that Zephyr and Blitz looked nothing like Lucky, he focused on the emergency at hand instead. "What are these stupid things?!"

            Blitz shouted, "They are called Cogs! They are the grunt force for the Machine Empire! Normally, they only attack Mascot Territory! But there are no mascots in rabbit land!"

            As Zephyr was blasting Cogs with his pointed finger and Blitz pulled their metal feet out from under their metal bodies, another group of Cogs surrounded Mr. Draughn and Octavius heard his father yell for help. And then it happened... the cogs all around Mr. Draughn exploded as a Hengeyokai Hare in Samurai Armor sent the Cogs away from the human man and then he defended the agent with his samurai sword. "Special circumstance, Draughn. While I am not Lucky, I will defend you from wicked evils. My daughter sends her regards."

            Mr. Draughn replied, "If the high priestess learns that you are in the human world once again, your rear end will be glowing brighter than your armor... father-in-law!"

            The Hare then said, "Your son and his friend cannot see me this time, and sadly, I cannot allow you to remember this encounter with me. But you must also forget your son's newest secret as well. Zephyr is a hero and someday, you will come into his good graces once again. Two Mascot Riders are about to arrive and for now... forget!" The Samurai Hare vanished as did Mr. Draughn's memory of having learned anything about Octavius and Timothy.

            And then Casey and Bulldog and arrived on the rear side of the Cog fiasco! "We heard that a bunch of these things overshot Astoria! Need some help, Riders!" Rusher replied, "Always glad to get an assist from allies! We were out here with a civilian and these Cogs knocked him unconscious!" Followed quietly by, "My father, guys."

            End of Chapter Six.

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