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Contest winner-Where Reno GoesWhere Reno Goes
by: The Goldfish of Evil
I heard it as I was walking home – a painfully human whimper from an alleyway. It was late, much too late to be out in the slums, but I had a job helping one of the merchants and my mother more than needed the money. And of course it was much too late to be examining whimpers in alleyways. I know that now, but back then, I was still a new kid in a big city; the connection hadn't formed yet. So I stopped and I looked.
There was a man in the alleyway, thick body coiled over another that looked tiny by comparison: it was a boy, a kid I knew from school. He was the only one that would talk to me, actually – I was big for my age and quiet, so most people wrote me off as stupid or even "wrong in the head" when I started school in the middle of the semester. I wondered if he had thought that, too, and just didn't care whether it was true or not. The second day in the cafeteria he had sat down beside me, this lanky redheaded kid a little younger
Kohaku ch. 3"Reno!" Rufus called over the com. "Anything?"
"Nadda," Reno replied. "Just empty shops, annoying kids, and a bad case of road rage."
"Annoying kids?" Rufus asked.
"Bit of a story," Reno said, and turned to scowl at Kohaku.
"What did I do?" Kohaku demanded.
"Just shut your trap!" Reno snarled.
"Make me!" Kohaku snapped.
Reno turned in his seat to glare at the boy, forcing Rude to take over control of the chopper. "You want me to?"
Kohaku laughed. "I'd love to see you try!"
Reno growled, and was about to unfasten his safety belt when Rufus called over the com again.
"Reno and Rude, hover above the city a while longer," he said. "You might actually see something."
"You're looking for something?" Kohaku asked.
"You got it," Reno replied to Rufus, ignoring the boy's question.
"Must be," Kohaku said to himself.
"That's none of your business," Reno said.
"Will you tell me anything?" Kohaku asked.
"No," Reno said.
"Fine!" Kohaku said.
Kohaku ch.2Reno hadn't realized that he'd fallen asleep until he was awakened when they reached Cyrule.
He groaned and wiped his eyes, but his hangover was gone and he remembered why they were there.
At first glance, the town looked like a peaceful place, with no indication that a psychotic terrorist could be hiding within its limits.
Elena commented such over the walky-talkies.
"They always do," Tseng replied over the same system.
"Where do we touch down?" Reno asked.
"Welcome back to the land of the living," Rufus joked. "Look for a flat roof or plateau; there's plenty of at least the latter around here."
The chopper holding Elena and Tseng was nowhere in sight, so Reno decided that they were on the other side of town.
Reno looked over the town. There were plateaus and cliffs surrounding the city; most of which had to be at least a half-mile from the farthest buildings. People mostly walked the streets, though there was the occasional truck, car, or even motorcy
Kohaku ch. 1Reno leaned back in his chair. "Tell me again what the boss wants us to do?"
His partner Rude glared at him, but complied. "Someone said that there have been sightings of..."
Reno dazed off again, still a little hung over from the night before. He didn't like the thought of sobering up, but if the job required it...
"Huh?" He returned his attention to his working companion.
"Just try to listen!"
Reno groaned, but sat up. "Hang on a minute."
Reno ignored him and pulled a bottle of pills from a cabinet.
"You actually use those?"
Reno swallowed a couple of the tablets with water. "Only when I feel the need."
"Knowing you, that must not be very often," Rude said.
Reno shook his head. "Nope."
"We better go," Rude said. "I think Mr. Shinra wanted to talk to us more about this."
"But you're not driving."
"Why not?" Reno snapped.
"You're still not sober."
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