On a sunny day. Team De-Dogs embarks on their mission. The white-haired girl is travelling onward their mission with Devoir and Johnny. She looks up to the sky with her hand on her chest, reminiscing on a recent event that had taught her many things. An encounter with experience.
Ragnar: Schicksal, you would be joining a squad of gunners from Adamson Military. Your mission is to help them capture this certain outlaw near the Northern Guardpost. He’s been loose and running and giving the guards there a slip. There had been reports that there’s a total of 20 men that tried to take him. 20 men also died in the process. He is swift with a gun and deadly accurate. They need someone skilled with a gun as well.
Luna: these squad of gunners can’t handle him alone, why am I any different?
Ragnar: these gunners are lead by Colonel Arison Rain. A sharpshooter that is oozing of influence and respect. People treat the Colonel like a gangster.
Luna: sounds like someone who you don’t want to mess with. But that doesn’t answer my question.
Ragnar: indeed. You would soon know why they need you.
Luna: well, I’ll get this done Commander Ragnar.
Luna went out to prepare for her mission. Several minutes later, Rory arrived on the command center.
Ragnar: oh, Dumas. I just sent out Schicksal.
Rory: You did, did you? Your keen sense of observation hasn’t failed you. I can’t see anyone better suited for the mission. I just hope she’s gotten over all those traumatic experiences over the past few months though. Well enough to take the lead in this mission, at least.
Ragnar: don’t worry, I got some special people accompanying her for this mission. This might be a good experience for her. This might be a good time to pay you some at least.
Rory: pay me back for what?
Ragnar: screening 04 and 05 for my army is somewhat that big of a deal, not only for me, but for them.
Rory: Ah, those two. Nah, we’re even. We did it to win your favor and get the right of way. And seeing those two now is already good enough for me anyway. I appreciate the gesture though, Luna’s probably got a lot on that mind of hers. It’s good you gave her this distraction. Might help her to cope somehow
Ragnar: that madman is still on the loose. We need every bit of help we can get.
Rory: and you probably sent out the single most capable person available. She’s a crackshot with a straight moral compass.
Ragnar: then is it safe to say this mission is in the bag?
Rory: No. She might be very capable. But, with everything that’s going on. I’d say the chances are improved significantly when you decided to choose her.
Ragnar: heh, that outlaw better watch out.
And so, Luna went on with her mission. Her first task is to meet the gunner squad that she is going to be with. But as she went to the meeting spot, she heard a rattle on the bushes and a shot was fired. Luna dodged the shot and points at the bushes. But then suddenly many men who are dressed casually appeared all pointing their gun at her.
???: you had every chance, yet you didn’t fire your gun.
A light-gray haired woman appeared wearing tinted glasses, a long, slender, cigarette on her mouth and wearing a fedora approaches her.
???: Schicksal, right?
Luna: C… Colonel… Arison? I thought you are….
Arison: a man? hah! Ragnar that bastard. Call me A from now on.
Luna: y.. yes ma’am!!
Arison: well anyways, I see you are holding your gun, but I feel hesitation. Afraid to kill?
Luna: w… well…
Arison: hah!! nonsense!! You must be prepared to kill when you carry a gun, or why carry one at all?
Luna: how can you say that straight when it is killing you are talking about?!
The gunners suddenly aimed at her more. Arison looked Luna straight in the eye.
Arison: you are talking to me straight while my men here can kill you at the snap of my finger. I don’t give a fuck about your ideals. I killed many pieces of shit back in my day. How many have you killed?
Luna looks down and frustration is evident in her grasp of her gun.
Arison: for the remainder of this mission, I forbid you from firing even one single shot.
Luna: w… why?! I thought you need my help for this mission?
Arison: a gun that can’t fire is useless. If you want out, go home. From here on out, the choice is yours kid.
The gunners lowered their gun and then they started on heading out. Luna paused for a while as they walked away. She decided to follow them anyways. She is kind of an outcast as they camp out for the night. Separated from the gunners. Arison is taking a smoke on a cliff. Luna then took this chance to approach her.
Luna: Colonel A…. look…. I’m so…
Arison: you still can’t fire a single shot till I say so.
Luna: eheh, that’s not what I want to apologize for… but… I’m sorry… it’s just that…
Arison: that outlaw would definitely kill you if you two went face to face. If that happens then that blood is in my hands. So I’m sorry but you are not of use to me.
Luna went on and sighs. Feeling disappointed, she went back to her tent. As she did, Arison looks at her with a worried face. Several minutes later, they heard a loud bang and a beam of light streaking from across the cliff. A large sparkling dragon flies around the area and beneath, a swarm of Fae. A gunner scouted it out and it happens to be a group of people fighting a special Fae.
Luna secretly looked herself. She saw Dara, Chase, and Orga fighting. She suddenly rushed to a tall tree, sets up her rifle and aimed. With a quick gaze on her scope, she took a shot and flawlessly hit the Fae on the head. She didn’t even hit confirm and rushed over to Dara.
Dara: you almost hit me.
Luna: almost. But, what are you doing here?
Dara: well originally I was looking for y……
Luna: I’m sorry, I’ll contact you later.
Dara: are you gonna be alright?
Luna went back to the camp, she saw a frustrated Colonel Arison.
Arison: you just disobeyed my orders!! When I say don’t fire a single shot, don’t!…..
Luna: I don’t care about your orders!! My friends needed me!!
Arison’s cigarette falls as she jawdropped from her reaction.
Luna: you know what?! I don’t need you gunners!! I’m gonna go on my own.
Luna started packing her things. But then she heard Arison laughing hard.
Arison: AHAHAHAHAHAHA!! oh my!! that was some outburst!!
Luna: (blushes) what’s so funny?!
Arison: and I thought you are just some melancholy girl who likes to brood over things.
Arison: for someone like me who doesn’t give a fuck about things to strictly giving you an order. Don’t you think that is already out of character?
Luna: w… well…. you are still my superior… so..
Arison: huh?! who told you that? Superior? hah!! You went to this mission to just join us. Ragnar didn’t tell you who’s in charge, right?
Luna: ….. y… yeah… he didn’t.
Arison: hehe… you are very amusing kid. You really surprised me.
Luna: are you making fun of me?
Arison: look kid. We are not heartless. Specially me. Don’t think that killing people gives me joy. It does hurt in fact. Everytime I kill a person, it adds a scar to my heart. Though, why do I carry a gun in the first place is to save lives. I don’t give a damn if my heart dies out. I’ll kill if that would be a necessity of saving a life. A shot that is not fired means a life that is not saved.
Luna’s expression lightened up and she finally saw what Colonel Arison was teaching her.
Arison: you just felt the feeling of saving someone. Savor it. That is what should be your satisfaction. Hold that gun because you want to save a life, not necessarily to kill.
She gave Luna a pat on the head. Luna smiled.
Luna: I think I finally understand you Colonel A. Thank you.
Arison: ahahaha!! Don’t get mushy on me!! Come!! You want some smoke?
Luna: n… no thank you.. hehe..
Luna joined the gunners who happened to be jolly people as well. They went on and talked to Luna about guns and weapons as some of them are fans of the Schicksals. Dara, who had followed Luna saw her fine and happy. Dara smiled and decided to just go home as he is satisfied he saw her alright.
The night passes and they went early in the morning towards the Guardpost. But as they arrive there, the guards told them that the Outlaw retreated to a Canyon between Adamson and Rosevine. They quickly went on and followed the outlaw to a small town named Warm Waters. They camped on a cave near the town.
Arison: Schicksal, the reason why you are called for this mission is that. The gunners cannot take the outlaw out. Even I can’t.
Luna: it’s hard to believe.
Arison: I am past my prime as to not make a mess just taking this outlaw out. But you can. I have complete faith in you.
Luna: r… really? why?
Arison: enough questions. Schicksal, the town is in your hands.
Luna then nodded and she went on. With complete focus on her mission. She went on to a tavern. No one dared to asked her business and she heard whispers from each lip. She then asked the folks around her that she is here to take an outlaw alive or maybe dead. She said she will wait at the middle of the town hoping that the outlaw isn’t a coward for a shootout.
She then waited outside and went to the middle of the town. Not long ago that it was relayed to the Outlaw. With a cocky attitude he went on and meet Luna at the middle of the town. Folks where watching from the window and they held their breath. They knew this pretty young lady was about to meet her death.
Outlaw: heh!! So I heard you wanna challenge me on a shootout. For a little girl, you sure are cocky.
Luna: afraid you’ll lose to this little girl?
Outlaw: (spits at the side) fine then.
There was twenty feet between them when they stopped to make their play. As they went on for the draw, the outlaw didn’t even cleared leather when a bullet fairly ripped. Luna shot the outlaw at the wrist of his left, unused hand. The outlaw stumbled down and was shocked at what happened. He then, in frustration, shoots Luna many times, emptying the rounds of his revolver. Luna shot the bullets out keeping herself unharmed. The people was amazed at Luna’s feats. The outlaw tried to reload quickly, but to no avail as he can’t reload with a single hand. Luna then points her revolver at the outlaw making him surrender.
It was over at that moment and the crowd all gathered ’round, there before them lay the outlaw cuffed on the ground. The gunners went on and apprehend the man and the towns people thanked Luna and the gunners that went before her. Arison then hanged her arm on Luna.
Arison: that was some awesome shooting! You are the real deal!! ( she suddenly took a selfie of her and Luna )
Luna: !! W.. wha!!..
Arison: just a remembrance. Okay?
Luna: f.. fine then.
Arison: by the way, your weapon is amazing. A transforming arsenal of weapons.
Luna: wait… you can already tell that much?
Arison: it was just a hunch but you just confirmed it now. One being with weapon nuts often, I can see that mana manipulation is the root system of your weapon. Well, if I would make a suggestion, I wouldn’t be putting that thing just hanging outside. Judging by the description of your Arcus, you should put it somewhere safe and at the same time, enhancing your own abilities as well. You know what I mean.
Luna: … uhhh.. okay? ( she smiled and nods )
As the day went by, they went separate ways as the gunners went straight to Adamson. Luna then went home and arrived at morning. She, however, is still thinking about what the Colonel had said. She went on thinking all morning and suddenly she found herself near Luce’s tent. She then decided to visit her.
Luce: -atase, I swear to Vattos. I’m fine already okay? Sto…
Luce sighed as she looks at the person who opened her tent.
Luce: oh, Luna it’s you. Come in. ( She points at the empty chair in front of her ) Sit please, and oh don’t worry about any contaminants. I had this room sterilized as soon as I got back to full health. So what can I do for you?
Luna: am I disturbing?
Luce: eh not really… uhhh, you’re not here to pester me on resting some more right? Because I’ll have you know, I can tell you that resting too much is bad.
Luna: ahh no, I trust you. If you say you are well, then you are.
Luce: so…. what can I do for you?
Luna: I was just thinking about something.. I think maybe you can help me.
Luce: hmmm.. go on.
Luna: Well, I went on a mission and this Colonel said to me, judging by the description of your Arcus, you should put it somewhere it can be enhanced and for you to not easily lose it. You know what I am talking about. I nodded but I really don’t know what she is talking about
Luna: you have an idea?
Luce then went on scanning her files while muttering about. Then she showed the data about Loki and Rory of which implanted their Arcuses on their body.
Luce: I think this is what the Colonel means. Though, I don’t know how would you lose your Arcus.
Luna: well, it is just hanging in my belt. You and Shuu did took my belt off when I was drunk
Luce: that’s because you got a bit too trigger-happy for my liking. With safety or no, it’s not nice to point guns at any direction where there are friendlies everywhere.
Luna: I still lost that belt. This weapon contain a massive amount of superweapon blueprints. Meaning implants would really make it alot safer.
Luce: implants? You sure about that? Hmmm, well it’s a bit risky to do it. Mind you, a strong EMPs will affect you a bit." ( She searches at her data pad a bit more. ) You did once tell me about the metal you got there is only vattos knows where you got it kind of metal. So, how does this one work.?
Luna: well, this Arcus is called White Rose Catalyst, it is basically the brain behind the weapon system. This contain the Project: Railgun blueprint set. Now this catalyst forms this unique metal to the gun that I want to. The metal responds like a magic circuit and it forms. Actually, we don’t completely know how or why the metal does that as of yet or the very nature of this metal.
Luce: I see….no physical or even mental side effects or whatsoever?
Luna: none so far, but I feel like it is becoming a part of me.
Luce: hmmmm… it’s worrisome….
Luna: maybe so, though I think it is me more than it. I feel adapted to it. Kinda like how you are used to something more than anything else
Luce: okay, but read these stuff first, okay? I’ve been taking into an account on stuff like these for quite some time now. If you really wish to have an implant, read it first. ( she forwarded her data pad )
Luna: ( she went on and thoroughly scanned the data ) yep, I think I still wanna go through this.
Luce: alright then, hmmmm, I assumed that your here not to ask me to recommend you a list of doctors who can do this, correct?
Luna: hey, if you can do this, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Luce: I can, but I’ll have to warn you. You got to be extra careful after the first 2 weeks of recovery. That means no over-working, well not to my level of over working at least. You will also have to get check up every now and then. ( she is looking at Luna straight in the eye )
Luna: y…. yes maam…
Luce: good, when do you wish to get this done though? because I’ll have to ask you to fasting for the day before the surgery. Anesthesia will also be taken care off.
Luce: hmm… when was the last time you ate?
Luna: hmm several hours ago. Now that you mention it, I am hungry
Luce: well too bad, you’re going to do fasting.
Luna: ehehehe, guess I have to… it is just for the day.
Luce: moreoeless…give this also to the any personel in the trauma center. They’ll prep the table..
Luna: off I go then!
Luce: don’t stress yourself, okay?
The surgery went on and it was a success in the hands of Luce. The Catalyst are now implanted on Luna’s chest and it was styled to resemble a cresent moon on a sun. She now calls it Juno Catalyst.
She stayed for how a few weeks, but as she recovered, she already went out prepped and fired up to finish another mission for the Eternals.
Somewhere which happens to be Arison’s office. She is fangirling on her phone which she happens to be looking at her picture with Luna.
Arison: I still can’t believe I get to teach your daughter a thing, Boss!!. She will be a fine Gunslinger just like you someday.
In a distant, there’s a portrait of a younger and wimpy version of her together with a young and shy Maria Oberon both holding a rifle.