On a distant land, covered in green meadows. In an orphanage which functions as a school as well, children are running around with laughter as they play around. In the middle of those merry children, a woman with silver hair and ruby red eyes are playing with them as she carry another child on her arm. Along with her are an oriental woman which calls them for lunch.
The bunch had loaves of bread and salad as they merrily chat around. Then Miss Alice tells them about a group of heroes called the Afterglow, a group of heroes, teamed up to keep the world safe. Composes of an Ex-Soldier who is very strong and tough as a wall. A woman who’s a genius doctor and a great magician at the same time. A swordsman who hails from Orient that is a Master of the Nana-Kusanagi-Ryu. And a Keen Sniper who never misses her shot. Many more are in the said group. They are always there to help when someone is in peril.
Kid1: Miss Atoli, have you heard about the story that Miss Alice told us?
Kid2: They were so cool.
Atoli: weeeeell.. this is the first that I have heard of it.
Kid1: really? I wish they were real
Atoli: if you believe, then it is real.
Suddenly, a noise broke their happy conversation. As Miss Atoli went on the room. A little girl was crying. It seems that a group of 3 boys took her stuff toy away from her.
Atoli: now now you three, give it back.
Kid4: yikes! it’s Miss Atoli!
The three runs around them while passing the stuff toy. Miss Atoli seems to be having problems on stopping them. But then the 3 boys bumps into Miss Alice which has a scary look on her face.
Alice: if you three don’t give that back, you 3 will spend your night eating only vegetables for dinner…
The three got spooked and quickly gives the toy back.
Atoli: now now Alice, that’s pretty harsh.
Alice: but Lu…. I mean… Miss Atoli…
Atoli: they have learned their lesson.. right kids?
Kid5: r… right…. ehehehe….
Atoli: boys, everything you do has a reason to it. It might be deep or a shallow one. And bullying says more in itself.
Kid6: you always say very complicated things, Miss Atoli. Just cut to the chase.
Atoli: I think one of you has a crush on her.
The three boys blushed and quickly denied what Miss Atoli said as she chuckled and quickly ran off.
Girl: uhmmm… Miss Atoli.. thank you….
Atoli: don’t cry anymore, okay? If they mess with you again, just stand tall and be brave. If you can’t.. then just tell me, Alice, or your friends. Don’t be shy on asking for help, okay?
Girl: okay Miss Atoli.
The girl now calms down and smiled a little. The orphanage had a fun class after. But before the sun sets and the children was about to take a rest from a long class. Group of bandits barged in
Bandit1: looks like we hit the jackpot, an abundant amount of food and supplies here, with only kids and women.
Bandit2: talk about good looking school teachers.
Bandit3: alright, just give us your provisions and nobody gets hurt!
With the bandits pointing weapons at the group, the kids cower around Miss Atoli and Miss Alice.
Atoli: alright, take them, just don’t hurt the kids.
Bandit4: you are a brave one huh, I like women like that.
As the bandit grabbed Miss Atoli on her arm, the girl was hugging her tight.
Bandit1: you wanna get hurt kid?!
The bandit gave the girl an intimidating look which made the girl cry as she holds Miss Atoli’s skirt. The 3 boys saw the girl cry and then suddenly shoved the bandit away.
Kid4: leave them alone!
Kid6: yeah! you monkeys!
Bandit1: what the fuck did you say?!
The bandit hits one of the boys which sent him on the floor. The kids are in shock and now cowering in fear even more. Suddenly, a huge slapping noise quakes the room. Miss Atoli slapped the bandit hard.
Bandit1: you bitch! you wanna die?!
As the bandit face Miss Atoli, a revolver was put inside his mouth.
Atoli: how dare you hurt my student…
As the other bandits point their weapon at Miss Atoli, they got disarmed quickly by gunshots. Miss Atoli now points her other revolver at them. The other bandits outside are alerted and entered the room. This gave the 1st bandit, time, to remove the revolver away from his mouth. At that moment, a fight broke.
Miss Atoli and Miss Alice fights off the bandits like they are nothing. For the kids’ surprise, Miss Atoli isn’t a frail schoolteacher they thought she is. The duo kicked the bandits out of the Orphanage. But the bandit has some Armed Mechs with them which some of them rode off and flies around.
Atoli: I am truly sorry kids, I didn’t introduced myself fully to you. My name is Elune Atoli Schicksal, you guys can call me Luna.
She rips off her skirt and removed her blouse revealing her holster and leg bracers that is connected to a mechanism on her waist. A katana bursts out of her table and her revolvers changed to a huge Sniper Rifle.
Luna: let’s teach them a lesson, Alice.
Alice: understood, Lady Luna..
Blades comes out of her sleeve and a mask forms on her face. The duo goes out and confronted the mechs. The kids, specially the 3 boys and the girl are in awe as they saw their two school teachers beating the mechs with ease. As the mechs’ numbers falls short. They had combined to a giant mech and with speed, Luna can’t fire a shot.
The kids are afraid as their teachers are in danger now. One of the boys tried to distract the bandits piloting the mech. He was followed by the 2 other boys then the girl. Seeing their bravery, the other children goes with them.
Luna: no! don’t go out!
The mech swings on the kids, Luna shot at the arm and it barely misses the kids hitting the ground which knocks the kids away. The girl got thrown out somewhat near the mech. Luna got separated from the kids with another arm of the mech and Alice is kept busy trying to sway the mech’s attention. The mech throws another to the group of kids when suddenly, a huge muscular man with an artificial eye stops the arm from hitting them.
???1: Luce, I can’t hold this for long….
???2: here goes!
A beam of light smites the arm in half. A woman with a green hair goes beside the huge man.
Luce: you alright, kids?
Kid5: Marie! watchout!
Another arm is about to hit the girl. But before the arm hits her, it got cut off and sent flying away from her. A man in a black coat appeared with a black katana with a noir static of electricity running to it.
???3: we better get paid big here… they be glad that I didn’t destroy that arm completely.
Marie: uhm… thank you…. mister…
???3: get behind me kid
The mech then targets the man in black, yet everything was repelled and cut off the moment it got close. Then a gunshot knocked the mech down.
Luna: missed me, Narumi?
Narumi: don’t push it, you twit.
Luna: hey, watch your mouth, not in front of the girl.
The mech is trying to gain it’s footing. But then the party gathers around.
Rory: shall we do this like the old times?
Luce: yeah, for old times sake.
Narumi: let’s get this over with.
Luna: lock n load.
The party goes into position. The big guy slams the ground hard, making the mech stagger. Then the green-haired lady casts a blizzard spell which froze it’s arms and legs. The swordsman slashed it’s limbs putting it down. Then Luna revs up her weapon.
Luna: say hello to my little friend.
A loud blast echoed throughout the meadows as Luna fired her Railgun. It destroyed it’s core which the mech powers down for good. The bandits cannot get away in their cockpits as it was frozen shut.
Alice: The Afterglow is beautiful. Am I right?
The kids agreed to Alice, but one kid earlier realized what she truly meant.
Kid1: yes, I believe. They are real.
The group gathered. Luna and Luce hugged. Luna saluted to Rory. Then, she bowed to Narumi, but then he chopped her head which she rubs in pain.
An airship landed and officers did a cleanup and arrested the bandits. The group entered the Airship which Rory then extended his hand.
Rory: There are other stolen techs that needed to be stopped. The Eternals needs you again. Jackie cannot wait to see you.
Luna then faces her students.
Luna: well, I’ll be gone for a while, I have to take care of this first. You all should study hard okay?
Kids: YES MISS LUNA!
Luna: you guys better do your assignments. I’ll be checking them when I get back.
The kids gathers around and hugs Luna. They waved at her with Alice as they bid her farewell. Luna cannot help but shed a tear as she left her hopeful students and looks forward on reuniting with them. But first, she must think of her reunion with her old companions first as they greeted her with welcoming arms.
Behind this wonderful dream. A girl in her slumber, gave a little smile as she continues on to get rest for another upcoming adventure.