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Law and Order: Leanbox- LAW, Part 1
Law & Order: Leanbox
LAW, Part 1
By Derald Snyder
"...this place was where my girl and I first met," stated the NPC witness as he leaned on the hood of his car, talking with Bennie Crisco. "Never thought we'd be driving up on a gunfight..."
"So what prompted you to climb up the cliff?" the older detective asked.
The NPC sighed. "Look, I know this is gonna sound crazy, but I saw.... like, this swirling ball of energy coming from the top of the cliff! For a moment I though it might come down on us..."
"OK, well where did it come down?" Bennie asked.
"Somewhere over there, I think," The NPC pointed to the boulders to the left. "Figured I'd see where it came from, that's how I found the body."
"Hey, get someone from Forensics over there!" Bennie shouted to a nearby officer, who nodded. "You see or hear anything else?"
"Well, we heard gunfire before the energy ball appeared..." the shadow-man muttered.
Meanwhile, Eddie Green was busy grilling the girlfriend. "So you said you heard gunfi
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Law and Order: Leanbox- Prologue
In Leanbox's criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.
This is one of their stories.
*CHUNG-CHUNG*
It was a clear, starry night on the outskirts of Leanbox City.
A red convertible pulled up to a rocky out cropping, an NPC male driving with a female NPC in the passenger seat.
"Here we are," the shadow-man declared.
"What sort of place is this for a romantic getaway?!" his date complained.
"Aww, don't you remember? This is where we first met," the man attempted to jog his girlfriend's memory. Pointing, he continued, "See, I was standing right up there trying to steel myself to do a daredevil stunt by jumping off there... and then you pushed me."
"Oh!" the woman gasped. "Now I remember! You ended up with a broken arm and some fractured ribs. You were in the hospital for weeks..."
"And you were at my side every day," the N
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Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy Ep. 23
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy
Episode 23
By Derald Snyder
Nepgear was busy checking tech-blogs on the Internep when she got a Nepbook notification. Opening a new browser window, she checked her Nepbook account... and immediately burst into giggles.
"What's up, Nep Jr.?" Neptune asked as she walked into the room.
"This picture that just popped up on Nepbook!" Nepgear said, pointing to the computer screen, which showed a picture of Neptune's head on a tuna fish, and also Neptune's head on a can of tuna. The caption read: 'Introducing: Nep-tuna! With that familiar Neptune zest you all know and love (or hate)!'
Neptune blinked several times. "Ohhh-kaaaay... That must've been big Peashy that came up with that... she's the only one I can think of, anyway..."
"Maybe..." Nepgear shrugged, before a chime sounded from the computer. "Oh look, it's another picture!"
"Lemme see," muttered the CPU as she stood next to her sister. As her eyes took in the details of this new picture, said
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Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy Ep. 22
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy 
Episode 22
by Derald Snyder
Despite it being the dead of winter, an innocent suggestion had caused things to spiral out of control, and the Console Wars had resumed between Lowee and Leanbox once more.
Peach hunkered down behind the embankment, wishing she'd been clad in her armor rather than winter clothes. The enemy was close, and one wrong move would result in a barrage of ordnance. Lowee was no stranger to winter combat, and their experience was definitely giving them the edge here. Chika had already been downed by a hit to the chest, currently laying on the ground, shivering from the cold... Peach chanced a glance over the wall, only to immediately duck as the enemy opened fire... thankfully, their ordnance sailed over her head and exploded harmlessly behind her.
"Sergeant!" A familiar voice called. "What's the situation?"
"Not good, Lady Vert," Peach shouted back. "Chika's down for the count, and the enemy's got
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- The Denouement
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
The Denouement
September 19, 8:34 AM
Lastation Basilicom
Kitchen

"Good morning," Rei Ryghts said politely as she and Uni walked into the kitchen and sat down.
"Good morning, Ms. Ryghts, Lady Uni," Kei Jinguji acknowledged, while Noire simply grunted in response, nursing a cup of coffee. As for Kei herself, though her voice was strong and clear, her eyes looked just the slightest bit bloodshot. "I apologize for my unkempt appearance, but I was up late last night dealing with paperwork related to the fallout of the trial, not to mention co-ordinating with investigators."
"K-Sha's not in trouble for what she did, is she...?" Uni asked worryingly.
"No," Noire spoke up. "As far as I'm concerned, it's justified use of deadly force against a criminal who resisted arrest..."
"Exactly the way I ruled it," Kei concurred. "Anyway, we checked the Dragon Killer's victims against Tori Ryuusei's trips to Lastation... So far,
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- Trial Day 2 (Part 2)
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
Trial- Day 2 (Part 2)
Court Record:
-Crime Scene Photos
-Broken Stage Light
-Piece of Cloth
-Crime Scene Diagram
-Autopsy Report
-.30-caliber Machine Gun
-Dragon Killer's Fingerprints/Hair
-Old Rug
-Rei's Bloody Clothes
-Wig and Fake Horn
-Studio Escape Route
September 18, 10:56 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 3

(So we've finally figured out who the killer is...) Rei pondered as she stood alone in the lobby, (but proving it is going to be a tall order, like Oracle Jinguji said...) Her train of thought was interrupted as the door suddenly slammed open, S-Sha marching in with K-Sha close behind, her red eyes blazing with anger.
"Ryghts, what the hell were you thinking?!" the Gold Third member demanded, getting in the lawyer's face. "Making poor E-Sha cry like that?! I should cleave you in two for this!"
"Ahhh! I'm sorry! So, so very sorry!" Rei squeaked in fear.
"Stop that, S-Sha," K-Sha tried to intervene
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- Trial Day 2 (Part 1)
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
Trial- Day 2 (Part 1)
Court Record:
-Crime Scene Photos
-Broken Stage Light
-Piece of Cloth
-Crime Scene Diagram
-Autopsy Report
-.30-caliber Machine Gun
-Dragon Killer's Fingerprints/Hair
-Old Rug
-Rei's Bloody Clothes
-Wig and Fake Horn
Date: ??? Time: ???
Solitary Confinement Cell

(Oh woe is me...)
Rei sighed in despair as she sat in complete darkness, wondering why things had to go so wrong... (Why does this sort of thing always happen to me...? Not that this is the first time I've been thrown into a jail cell, but...) She heaved another sigh. (At least Planeptune's jails had windows...)
Just then, the door opened, light pouring in, momentarily blinding the former goddess. "Ms. Ryghts?" the guard intoned.
"Y-yes?" Rei sat up, adjusting her glasses.
"You have a visitor."
September 17
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Rei walked in and sat down, slightly surprised to see K-Sha on the other side of the g
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- Investigation Day 2
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
Investigation- Day 2
Court Record:
-Crime Scene Photos
-Broken Stage Light
-Piece of Cloth
-Red Spots
-Crime Scene Diagram
-Autopsy Report
-.30-caliber Machine Gun
September 17, 12:22 PM
Lastation Basilicom
Noire's Office
"The Dragon Killer?!" gasped Noire. "You're kidding me...!"
"Part of me wishes I was, Lady Noire," Kei stated. "But the bloody symbol on the victim's body matches perfectly with his MO..."
"And K-Sha was supposed to be one of his victims?!" The goddess added. "She's lucky to be alive, if that's the case...!"
"W-well, maybe the D-Dragon Killer thought K-Sha was j-just another i-innocent schoolgirl," Rei hypothesized. "Until s-she pulled her g-gun on him, anyway..."
"...Yeah, I could see that happening," Noire agreed. "So you were the one that recognized the symbol, Uni?"
"Um... actually, it was His Honor that figured out the blood pattern was actually a dragon kanji," Uni a
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Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy Ep. 21
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy 
Episode 21
by Derald Snyder
(A small wooden house from the Wild West era is seen with lights on, late at night. Music starts up as Anonydeath, wearing a black cowboy hat, lashes out with a neon-colored whip, causing the left window to burst into flames.)
(We then see Nepgear, CyberConnect2, Uni, and Nisa dancing, all dressed in white togas with gold trim, before cutting back to show Steamax wearing a black cowboy hat, lashing out with his whip, causing the right window to burst into flames)
(Cut to Peach, dressed in period dress getting up from her bed in panic, as we see Affmojas in a black cowboy hat lash out with his whip, setting the door aflame, before cutting back to Nepgear and co.)
Nepgear and co.: Do-do-do-dooooooo...
Do-do-do-dooooooo...
Do-do-do-dooooooo...

(They all splay their arms)
Aaaaaaah! Aaaaaaah!
(Peach runs out of the house, before falling to her knees a safe distance away from the burning house)
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- Trial Day 1 (Part 2)
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
Trial- Day 1 (Part 2)
Court Record:
-Crime Scene Photos
-Broken Stage Light
-Piece of Cloth
-Red Spots
-Crime Scene Diagram
-Autopsy Report
-.30-caliber Machine Gun
September 17, 10:38 AM
Lastation City District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 3
"W-well, I c-can safely I d-didn't see that c-coming..." Rei muttered as she stood in the lobby with Uni and K-Sha.
"Me neither..." Uni managed to rasp out.
"I don't get it, though... what could have Mr. Downer have possibly seen?" K-Sha wondered.
"W-well, he was hanging above the s-stage d-during your shot... m-maybe he saw Reggie Wright g-get shot?" Rei guessed.
"But I'm certain he was looking down at me the entire time!" K-Sha insisted. "He's a professional, after all... he wouldn't get distracted that easily!"
Uni shrugged. "Guess we'll... find out..."
"I guess," K-Sha shrugged. "But from now on, I think you should leave the yelling to Miss Rei..."
"M-maybe
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- Trial Day 1 (Part 1)
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
Trial- Day 1 (Part 1)
Court Record:
-Crime Scene Photos
-Broken Stage Light
-Piece of Cloth
-Red Spots
September 17, 9:44 AM
Lastation City District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 3

Uni was somewhat fidgety as she and Rei waited for K-Sha to be escorted from her cell to the lobby. Soon the Gold Third member arrived, escorted by a guard, S-Sha also accompanying her.
"G-good morning!" Rei tried to sound cheerful as K-Sha's handcuffs were unlocked.
"Hi, K-Sha, S-Sha," Uni acknowledged. "I hope it wasn't too rough for you in jail, K-Sha..."
"I'm fine," K-Sha answered. "I've survived in worse conditions than that, after all..."
"So... d-did you come t-to watch the t-trial today?" Rei asked S-Sha.
"That's right," S-Sha nodded. "I called B-Sha and C-Sha and told them what happened. They were both distraught, especially B-Sha... but they were unable to come to court today, due to prior obligations."
"Well, this trial did ki
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Turnabout Of The Revengers- Investigation Day 1
Rei Ryghts: Ace Attorney
Turnabout Of The Revengers
By Derald Snyder
Investigation- Day 1
September 16, 2:13 PM
Lastation City Production Studios
'The Revengers' Movie Set

"Have no fear, the police are here!" declared the detective as he and his fellow police officers entered the studio. "Harold D. Thomas, reporting for duty!" He was somewhat large, but more muscular than fat, though his belly betrayed some paunch. He had short black hair and a full beard, but no mustache. His brown eyes looked about, quickly locking on Kei Jinguji.
"You're late, detective," Kei deadpanned. "It should not have taken you this long to get here, unless you failed to take the most efficient route..."
"Ever hear of traffic, Oracle?" Detective Thomas shot back, as he adjusted his large gray trench coat. "We got here as fast as we could, alright? So then... where's the body?"
"Up in the rafters," Uni spoke up. "I've already taken pictures of the scene..."
The detective blinked in mild surprise. "L-Lad
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Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy Ep. 20
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy 
Episode 20
by Derald Snyder
*Leanbox Military Base- Medical Ward*
"Mr. Adrian~..."
Adrian groaned in pain as he slowly opened his eyes. His body had bandages and wrappings all over from the 'punishment' he'd gotten from Iris Heart...
And has he looked to his left, where the voice was coming from, he saw none other than Plutia herself, causing him to rear up in fear, despite the pain he felt from such an action.
"Take it easy, Adrian," another voice up, "we're all friends here, after all..." The soldier's gaze focused on Peach, who was standing directly behind the CPU, immediately feeling his fear ease a bit. "Plutia has something she wants to tell you. Right, Ploot?"
It was then that Adrian noticed that Plutia had a somewhat guilty look on her face. "Mr. Adrian... I'm sorry for what I did. We made a big mistake... But seeing Peashy so sad and upset just got me so worked up..."
"So... I'm guessing Lisa told you the truth of
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Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy Ep. 19
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy 
Episode 19
by Derald Snyder
"It's show time," K-Sha affirmed as she took aim. Depressing the triggers, she let loose with a rain of bullets that Iris Heart simply leapt up and flew into the air to avoid.
"Lead bullets... so predictable in their path, so easy to dodge~" the dominatrix CPU taunted.
"How about this, then?!" the brunette retorted as she fired an RPG... which was simply sliced in half by Iris Heart's sword, exploding harmlessly. She then closed the distance, lashing out with a brutal kick, which K-Sha crossed her arms to block, only being pushed back slightly.
Undeterred, Iris followed up by slashing at K-Sha in a V-shaped pattern. "Fighting Viper!" she intoned, the attack sending K-Sha into a brick wall.
The former mercenary quickly regained her feet, before summoning four virtual cards in front of her. "Try dodging this!" she declared as she selected one of the cards, summoning a pair of Twinbits. "Go!" The Twinbits promptl
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Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy Ep. 18
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy 
Episode 18
by Derald Snyder
"You sicced Iris Heart on Adrian?! Peashy, what were you thinking?!" Vert said disconcertedly over the phone.
"I'm sorry!" Peach squeaked in distress. "And what's worse, Adrian turned out to be innocent! I can't forgive myself...!"
"A-all right, calm down," The CPU ordered. "First of all, is Adrian the only one Plutia's going after...?"
"...oh no," Peach's voice was barely above a whisper. "She'd... she'd go after that girl too, wouldn't she...?"
"I wouldn't be surprised if she did..." Vert sighed. "Hold on, I'm getting another call..." she checked the ID. "Oh, no, it's Leanbox City Military Base... Looks like Sadie already finished her punishment of Adrian."
"Lady Vert!" Peach suddenly yelled. "Y-you have to go to Lastation and stop her! You're the only one who can!"
"Y-yes, of course..." (But she probably won't listen to me in that form, unless...) Suddenly an idea occurred to her. "Peach, I'm
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Law & Order: Leanbox
LAW, Part 1
By Derald Snyder

"...this place was where my girl and I first met," stated the NPC witness as he leaned on the hood of his car, talking with Bennie Crisco. "Never thought we'd be driving up on a gunfight..."
"So what prompted you to climb up the cliff?" the older detective asked.
The NPC sighed. "Look, I know this is gonna sound crazy, but I saw.... like, this swirling ball of energy coming from the top of the cliff! For a moment I though it might come down on us..."
"OK, well where did it come down?" Bennie asked.
"Somewhere over there, I think," The NPC pointed to the boulders to the left. "Figured I'd see where it came from, that's how I found the body."
"Hey, get someone from Forensics over there!" Bennie shouted to a nearby officer, who nodded. "You see or hear anything else?"
"Well, we heard gunfire before the energy ball appeared..." the shadow-man muttered.
Meanwhile, Eddie Green was busy grilling the girlfriend. "So you said you heard gunfire. Did you happen to hear anything else? Like say, a hovercraft taking off?"
"...well, now that you mention it," the shadow-girl mused, "I think did hear something like a hovercraft when that energy ball appeared. You know, if I'd been by myself and seen that, I'd think I'd have been hallucinating!"
"Anything else you can recall?" Eddie pressed, only to get a helpless shrug in response. "Well OK... if you remember anything else," he handed the NPC his card, "you give us a call, OK?" The woman nodded.
"Detecives!" an officer called. "We found something!" Eddie and Bennie followed the officer, working their way around the boulders where the strange energy ball had landed.
"We've got footprints," stated the forensic worker when the two arrived. "They go running off toward the highway..."
"Wait, so that 'energy ball' was a human?" Eddie said, confused.
"Either that or a bipedal monster wearing boots," the NPC snarked. "From the shape, it looks like they're female."
"So maybe that energy ball the witnesses saw was some kind of enhanced jump?" Bennie guessed.
"Either that or it was an illusion," suggested Green. At his partner's look of disbelief, he elaborated, "Y'know, so whoever saw her wouldn't know she was human or be able to identify her..." Turning back to the footprints, he muttered, "Wonder if she was trying to chase the victim's comrades in their hovercraft..."
"Well, that'd be an exercise in futility," Crisco deadpanned.
"Unless she was trying to shoot it down with her plasma cannon or whatever," Green countered.
"Maybe," Bennie deferred. "Well, probably not much else we can do tonight... might as well call it a night and get some sleep, start fresh in the morning..."
"Fine by me," Eddie yawned...

POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIMINAL AFFAIRS
APRIL 4, 9:31 AM

As the two detectives walked into their work area, they saw a familiar face with long blond hair in their boss's office... "Well, speak of the goddess... looks like you were right, Eddie," muttered Crisco as the two walked up to the office and entered... Sure enough, it was Leanbox's CPU herself, with a white suit of armor standing to her left, Eddie and Bennie's boss standing across from them.
"You're late," stated the lieutenant, a woman about an inch or two shorter than Bennie, with short brown hair, black eyes, and tanned skin... despite her short stature, the woman radiated authority from her stance and stern stare.
"Hey, c'mon, we were burnin' the midnight oil last night," Bennie stated in mild protest. "Man's gotta get his beauty rest, y'know..."
"Detective Green!" Vert's eyes lit up in recognition. "It's nice to see you again."
"Hello, Lady Vert," Green bowed his head in respect to the goddess. "Have you met my new partner? This is Bernard Crisco."
"Nice to meet to meet you in person, ma'am," Bennie nodded as he politely shook hands with Vert.
"Crisco?" Vert asked curiously. "As in the cooking oil?"
"Yeah, that's right," the older man chuckled. "Once I'm on the trail of a criminal, their goose is as good as cooked," he winked, drawing a chuckle from the CPU. "And who might this be?" he gestured to the suit of armor.
"Peach, would you kindly remove your helmet?" Vert sighed. The woman promptly did so, revealing blond hair tied into a high ponytail with two small red bobbles, and expressive blue eyes set into a very cute face. "This is my bodyguard, former Staff Sergeant Peach C. Macintosh. Peach, this young man is Eddie Green, the detective who initially worked the case involving your boyfriend."
"Is that right," Peach grunted as she shook hands with the young man.
"Yeah, sorry for dropping the ball back then," Eddie apologized. "Good thing your boyfriend had a good attorney at his court-martial..."
"I'll forgive you," the soldier stated, "provided you don't drop the ball on this one..."
"Well, that's why I'm partnered with Mr. Crisco- uh, I mean, Bennie," Eddie quickly corrected himself at seeing his partner's disapproving glare. "Honestly, Lady Vert, I gotta thank you for having him and Lt. Van Braun transferred here, the place is finally starting to whip into shape thanks to these two..."
"Hey, I'm just giving 'em a good example to follow," Bennie said. "L-T's the one who's been really cracking the whip..."
"They needed it," Van Braun stated simply. "Anyway, Lady Vert was just telling me that she's managed to convince JAG to back off for now and let us handle this case."
"On the condition that someone from the military is watching over the investigation," Vert added. "That's why Peach is here- she's going to be tagging along with you. I hope that won't be too much trouble..."
"Fine by me," Eddie shrugged.
"Just as long as she doesn't get in the way of us doing our jobs," Bennie insisted.
"Oh, no, sir," Peashy shook her head. "I want us to work together. After all, if the victim is one of my former brothers-in-arms, that makes this personal for me. Speaking of which... who was it that was murdered?"
"Second Lieutenant Joseph Starr," Eddie replied, eliciting a gasp from Peach.
"You know him?" Bennie asked.
"...Can I see the body?" the soldier inquired. "I want to be sure..."

*At the medical examiner's room...*

The sheet was pulled back, revealing the victim's face... "It's him!" Peach gasped as she recoiled slightly in recognition. "Oh, Adrian's not gonna be happy about this..."
"Adrian?" Bennie asked.
"Her boyfriend," Eddie clarified. "He's the one that was accused before..."
"Yeah..." the blonde nodded. "He and Adrian were really tight back in the day, before they got transferred to separate units... I got along pretty good with him, too..."
"Oh, Peach, I'm so sorry," Vert sighed as she gently embraced her bodyguard.
Peach swallowed, trying to hold back tears, before asking, "How did he die?"
"High-powered plasma cannon shot to the chest," Eddie said. "If it's any consolation, he was probably dead before he hit the ground..."
"Speaking of which, we wanted to talk to his buddies in 82nd Unit," stated Bennie. "Maybe if you're with us, that'll put 'em a bit more 'at ease', so to speak..."
"...right, I understand," Peach agreed.
"Are you certain you'll be all right?" Vert asked.
"With all due respect, Lady Vert, if I went to pieces over every dead comrade, I wouldn't have been fit for the army to begin with." The sergeant heaved another sigh. "Don't worry, I'll keep it together, I promise..."
"Just as long as you don't lose it and beat the crap outta the perp before we have a chance to arrest her," Bennie said.
"Well, I wish you the best of luck," Vert nodded.

*To be continued...*
Just to be clear, 'Law & Order: Leanbox' is going to be a one-off story, not part of a series... That being said, I've got a good start on the next chapter...
In Leanbox's criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.
This is one of their stories.

*CHUNG-CHUNG*

It was a clear, starry night on the outskirts of Leanbox City.
A red convertible pulled up to a rocky out cropping, an NPC male driving with a female NPC in the passenger seat.
"Here we are," the shadow-man declared.
"What sort of place is this for a romantic getaway?!" his date complained.
"Aww, don't you remember? This is where we first met," the man attempted to jog his girlfriend's memory. Pointing, he continued, "See, I was standing right up there trying to steel myself to do a daredevil stunt by jumping off there... and then you pushed me."
"Oh!" the woman gasped. "Now I remember! You ended up with a broken arm and some fractured ribs. You were in the hospital for weeks..."
"And you were at my side every day," the NPC man finished.
"And I'm still at your side every day," the woman said suggestively, leaning over to kiss her love...
Only for several reports to ring out beyond the cliff. "Wh-what is that?!" she gasped.
"Sounds like gunfire...!" her boyfriend replied. Suddenly, what appeared to a be a yellowish- swirling ball of energy appeared from atop the small cliff, thankfully angling to the left as it descended, before disappearing behind some boulders. "What the hell-?!" Coming to a decision, the NPC unbuckled his seat belt before opening the car door. "Call the police!" he ordered.
"What are you doing? Don't be stupid!" his girlfriend protested, even as she pulled out her cell phone.
However, instead of foolishly trying to follow the energy ball, the-shadow-man began to quickly climb the cliff where it had come from... reaching the top, he looked around, soon spotting what appeared to be a human shape laying on the ground. Running toward the downed figure, he seized up in horror as he got a better look. "Oh, dear Goddess...!"
It was a man decked out in full Leanbox military combat gear, holding a machine gun in one hand... with a large, sizzling hole through his chest.
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"Oh, man, not again," Detective Eddie Green moaned as he got out of the car. The tall young Caucausian ran a hand through his combed blond hair as his partner got out of the passenger's seat.
"What's up, Eddie?" stated said partner- an older man with grey-brown hair, a few wrinkles surrounding his gray eyes, standing a little shorter than Green. "You seen this sort of thing before?"
"Well, it's just, my first homicide case involved Leanbox military- but that time he was the accused, not the victim. Anyway, JAG ended up hijacking the investigation, things got so outta hand, Lady Vert herself had to get involved!" He heaved a sigh. "All because I overlooked a critical contradiction in the evidence..."
"Well, hey, that's what you got me here for," Eddie's partner reassured him. As the two detectives approached the body, he called out to the ME, "Hey, whadda we got?"
"Exactly what it looks like," the medical examiner- a black-shadowed NPC- deadpanned. "Leanbox Army officer, one shot through the chest, instant game over."
"You know what weapon was used?" Eddie's partner inquired.
"Well judging from the burnt flesh, and the size of the hole, I'd have to say it was a high-powered plasma cannon of some sort," the ME explained.
"Aw, nasty!" Eddie Green groaned as he looked over the body.
"What about his gun?" the older detective pointed.
"Several rounds expended," stated the ME. "He went down shooting, at least..."
"You got an ID?" Eddie asked a nearby NPC officer.
"Yeah, just ran his armor's serial number," the policeman muttered as he checked his mobile device. "Second Lieutenant Joseph Starr, 82nd Unit. No next of kin."
"Detectives!" another officer ran up. "We got footprints back here!" The two men followed the NPC a few feet behind the body, seeing several footprints in the ground.
"Looks like the same sole pattern as the victim's boots," Eddie's partner observed.
"So he wasn't fighting alone?" Green mused. "So where do the footprints lead to?"
"Well, it looks like they ran back here... and then vanished," the officer stated. "But given the pattern that the sand was blown away here..."
"Hovercraft," the older detective sighed. "Figures, can't ever be easy..."
"Yeah, but if the victim was fighting alongside several of his colleagues, that means we'd have a bunch of witnesses, right, Mr. Crisco?" Eddie pointed out.
"How many times do I gotta tell ya, it's Bennie," his partner insisted. "Feel old enough without you calling me 'mister'..."
"You old enough to remember when Leanbox soldiers *didn't* cut and run at the first casualty?" the NPC officer snarked.
"Yeah," muttered Bennie as he looked back at the corpse. "So much for 'never leaving a man behind...'"
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LAW
Starring Bernard Crisco
Edward Green
And Lita Von Braun

ORDER
Starring Jared McCoy
Rizzoli Isles
And Allen Curmudgeon

LAW & ORDER: LEANBOX

Authored by Derald Snyder
Original Concept by Dick Wolf
Hyperdimension Neptunia by Idea Factory and Compile Heart
Law and Order: Leanbox- Prologue
An idea that took hold in my head recently... It's not an RR:AA story, but Rei Ryghts will be making an appearance later...
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The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy
Episode 23
By Derald Snyder

Nepgear was busy checking tech-blogs on the Internep when she got a Nepbook notification. Opening a new browser window, she checked her Nepbook account... and immediately burst into giggles.
"What's up, Nep Jr.?" Neptune asked as she walked into the room.
"This picture that just popped up on Nepbook!" Nepgear said, pointing to the computer screen, which showed a picture of Neptune's head on a tuna fish, and also Neptune's head on a can of tuna. The caption read: 'Introducing: Nep-tuna! With that familiar Neptune zest you all know and love (or hate)!'
Neptune blinked several times. "Ohhh-kaaaay... That must've been big Peashy that came up with that... she's the only one I can think of, anyway..."
"Maybe..." Nepgear shrugged, before a chime sounded from the computer. "Oh look, it's another picture!"
"Lemme see," muttered the CPU as she stood next to her sister. As her eyes took in the details of this new picture, said eyes suddenly shrunk to white circles in shock. "Uhhh..."
It was a black-and-white picture titled 'Film Noire', featuring the Lastation CPU with a blushing face, wearing a shimmering gown with a cigarette on a long holder, with the back of Neptune's head visible in the foreground, sporting a sweat-drop.
"Uh-oh..." muttered Nepgear, "I really hope Noire herself doesn't see this..."

*Meanwhile, in the Lastation Basilicom...*

"What the hell is this?!" cried Noire upon seeing the picture, several veins popping on her forehead. "I ought to track down and skewer whoever made this picture on my rapier! I mean, I've never smoked once in my entire life!"

*A short time later, at the Leanbox Basilicom...*

"PEEEEACH!" Chika's voice echoed through the building.
The blonde soldier in question promptly paused her game, standing and turning to look at the door. (3, 2, 1...)
*SLAM!* went the door as Chika Hazozaki marched in holding a laptop. "Is *this* your idea of a joke?!" she demanded angrily, as she opened the laptop to show Peach...
The soldier blinked as she looked at the picture... it was Vert, standing up straight with arms over her head, while a picture of Chika herself laying perpendicular was superimposed over the CPU's image. The caption read: "I just want to get HORIZONTAL with VERT-I-CAL."
"You think I made this?" Peach asked incredulously. "Just 'cause I brought up the whole 'unsavory rumors' thing...?"
"That's not it!" cried Chika as she scrolled up, revealing the 'Nep-Tuna' image. "This is why I suspect you!"
Peach sighed in slight exasperation. "OK, Chika, first of all, I can't draw to save my life. Secondly, I've been playing this strategy game for the past hour, up until you barged in. I haven't had the opportunity to upload stuff like this!"
The Oracle didn't look very convinced. "Well, if it wasn't you then who was it?"
"Don't ask me," Peashy shrugged... before hearing a chime from the computer. "Oh! Looks like another picture!"c Chika promptly turned the laptop around to look, Peach walking beside her to get a look as well...
The caption stated, "Sorry... I'm drawing a BLANC," with a crudely-drawn picture of said CPU in angry-face mode, yelling 'Damn you to hell!' in a spiked word bubble.
"Wonder how Lady Blanc would react to that..." Peach muttered.

*At that moment, at the Lowee Basilicom...*

"...That's actually not too bad," Blanc muttered in apparent disinterest.
"Kinda looks like that picture of you we drew in your book recently," Ram added.
"WHAT-?! You've been drawing in my books again?!" the CPU screamed in rage. "You little shits....!"
"Run away!" cried Rom as she and her sister fled Blanc's wrath...

*In an undisclosed location...*

A girl with long, light-purple hair decorated with a single D-pad clip chuckled to herself as she worked on her latest picture- A photomanipulation of Nepgear's head superimposed on a dominatrix, while Uni's head was placed on the tied-up slave under the dom's heel. Saving the image, the girl nodded to herself before hitting 'POST' on her Nepbook account.
She then turns to face you, revealing white circles with thick black outlines for eyes, and a rectangular mouth...
"I TOLD YOU I'D BE BACK."

*Episode 23- End*
The Misadventures of Hyperdimension Peashy 
Episode 22
by Derald Snyder

Despite it being the dead of winter, an innocent suggestion had caused things to spiral out of control, and the Console Wars had resumed between Lowee and Leanbox once more.
Peach hunkered down behind the embankment, wishing she'd been clad in her armor rather than winter clothes. The enemy was close, and one wrong move would result in a barrage of ordnance. Lowee was no stranger to winter combat, and their experience was definitely giving them the edge here. Chika had already been downed by a hit to the chest, currently laying on the ground, shivering from the cold... Peach chanced a glance over the wall, only to immediately duck as the enemy opened fire... thankfully, their ordnance sailed over her head and exploded harmlessly behind her.
"Sergeant!" A familiar voice called. "What's the situation?"
"Not good, Lady Vert," Peach shouted back. "Chika's down for the count, and the enemy's got me pinned!"
"Can't you use your jumping ability for an aerial attack?" Vert suggested.
"I would if I could get into position!" the blonde soldier retorted.
"What's the matter, Leanbox? Ready to give up yet?" Blanc's voice echoed from the other side.
"We have not yet begun to fight!" Vert yelled back defiantly. Turning back to Peach, she whispered, "I'll try and distract them while you get in position. Go!" Peach nodded and began to crawl into position, while Vert prepared two volleys of ordnance, quickly popping up and throwing them in the enemy's general direction. Retaliation was prompt, but Vert's speed served her well, allowing her easily dodge the counterattack...
By this time, Peach was locked and loaded in a crouching position. The moment she saw Vert duck out of the way, she launched herself into the air, rising several feet quickly... at the apex of her jump, she looked down and launched her projectiles...
...nailing both Rom and Ram right in the face, caught off-guard by snowballs coming from the sky. "Augh, she got us!" Ram exclaimed in surprise.
As Peashy fell back down, however, another snowball hit her in the face, causing her to recoil and land hard on her back. "Oww..."
"Ha! Right in the kisser!" Blanc crowed in triumph. "Looks like it's just you and me now, Thunder Tits!"
"...oh, but is it?" Vert taunted, as she heard an engine revving in the distance. Soon, a jeep appeared from over the hill, screeching to a halt between the two snow fortresses. "You're late, Adrian."
"Apologies, Lady Vert!" the petty officer grunted as he dismounted from the vehicle, walking to the back, where there was something covered in a tarpaulin. "Kinda got hung up on a snowbank back there..." 
"Avenge me, Adrian!" Peach called, still lying on the ground as she brushed snow off her face.
"What the hell is this?!" Blanc demanded. "Calling for back-up's not fair!"
"You were the one that said this was a 'no-holds-barred' snowball fight," Vert pointed out. "Which means, there are no rules, and anything is fair game! Right, petty officer?"
"Yes ma'am!" Adrian responded as he removed the tarpaulin, revealing a machine with a push-handle, wheels, and a spout of some sort.
"W-what's that?" Rom asked.
"That's NOT what I think it is!" Blanc freaked out.
"That's right, Lady Blanc. It's a snow-blower!" Adrian taunted as he set the machine on the ground, before pulling the starter-cord. "Now, have a taste of Leanbox's superior firepower!" Immediately the snow-blower went to work, ejecting a steady stream of snow from the spout, easily clearing the wall. Rom and Ram screamed as they were literally covered in snow, Blanc getting buried shortly thereafter.
"Victory is ours!" Vert announced. "Take that, Lowee!"
"W-we... w-we w-won?" Chika gasped between chattering teeth.
"Not by a long shot, bitches!" Blanc yelled as a pillar of light erupted from the snow pile... when it faded, White Heart and the two White Sisters were floating in the air above the Leanbox team. "If that's how you wanna play it... Get' em, sisters! No mercy!"
"OK!" "Right!" The two HDD Candidates used their wands to materialize a gigantic ice crystal, which bore down upon the other team...
Only for Peach to leap up again, cocking her fist back, before shattering the crystal with one punch, raining several smaller icicles harmlessly over the field. "What-?!" the sisters gasped in shock. Adrian promptly took advantage of their distraction, firing an RPG upward, which nailed the pink-haired White Sister dead-on.
"They got me...!" Rom wailed as she fell, her transformation reverting.
"Damn you!" screamed White Heart as she flew down at Adrian, swinging her axe downward to cleave him in two-
-only to be blocked by HDD Green Heart's spear. "I think not! Adrian, now might be a good time for a tactical retreat..."
"Gladly!" said the petty officer as he revved the Jeep into gear, before turning and peeling out of the battle field in a plume of snow.
"Get back here!" cried the blue-haired White Sister as she gave chase... only to get nailed from behind by a Sylhet Spear attack. Looking behind her, she saw Chika, still shivering, but with a knowing smirk on her face, before the CPU Candidate's transformation reverted as she lost consciousness.
"Looks like you're the last one standing," Green Heart taunted as she and White Heart clashed. "Perhaps you should be thinking of surrender..."
"Hell no!" cried Lowee's CPU defiantly, breaking away from Green Heart and rising high into the air. "Now, behold my ultimate snow-fighting technique!" she declared as she held out her axe and began to spin in place, faster and faster, until a vortex was formed, pulling snow from the ground which blew around her, obscuring her form...
"Wh-wh-what i-is th-that?!" exclaimed Chika.
Green Heart's eyes went wide. "Is that a..."
"SNOWNADO!" Peach screamed in horror. The three ladies attempted to make a break for it, only for the powerful blizzard winds to sweep Chika off her feet, causing her to collide with Green Heart, pulling both of them into the vortex... Peach desperately tried to grab on to the snow fortress' wall, only for it to break off... "AAAAAAADRRIIIIIIAAAAAANNN!" she screamed as she was pulled helplessly into the snownado...
The sound of his name caused Adrian to halt his Jeep and look back, eyes widening at seeing the snowy vortex... (Boy, good thing Lady Vert had me retreat when I did! Poor Peashy, though...) He turned his vehicle back around and waited for the storm to blow over. (Probably should contact the base and have them get warm blankets and soup ready...)
After a minute or two, the snownado dissipated, revealing a massive snow pile with random limbs of the three Leanbox ladies sticking out. White Heart slowly floated down, a triumphant smirk on her face. "You should have surrendered when you had the chance, Vert!" Her eyes then widened as something abruptly occurred to her. (Shit! Rom and Ram! Where are they?!) The goddess began to look around frantically-
-but then a smaller mound of snow came apart, revealing Ram underneath. "Woooow... that was *awesome*, big sis!" she cried in delight. "Do it again!"
White Heart rolled her eyes at this. "Do you know where Rom is?" Just then, another mound of snow further away fell apart, revealing the girl in question, who promptly sneezed.
"Uh-oh... I think she's got a cold," Ram sighed.
"Dammit, I was afraid of that..." muttered the CPU as her axe dematerialized. Flying over to Ram, White Heart grabbed her and tucked under one arm, before flying over to Rom and doing the same. "C'mon, you two, let's get home, so Mina and Financier can get you some warm soup..."
"But I'm not sick!" Ram protested as the three flew off... a short time later, Vert managed to extract herself from the snow pile.
"Well, I suppose I brought that one on myself..." the CPU mused as she brushed snow out of her face. "Chika, Peach, can you hear me?"
"Mm-hmm," Chika muttered as she slowly dug herself out of the pile, soon finding a familiar pair of cushions... "A-at least I g-get t-to s-snuggle w-with y-you in th-this c-cold, Lady Vert..."
"I'm not Lady Vert," came Peashy's voice.
Chika's scream of dismay echoed over the snowy landscape, as Adrian returned to pick the three up and drive them back to the military base...

*Episode 22- End*

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Derald Snyder
United States
Pokemon fan since 1999. My first game was Yellow. Associate's in Science from Delta College, April 2009. Proficient in Windows and Linux, and currently learning Mac OS X (my dad's computer).

Also, I'm a straight male, so I like cute girls, as my favorites show, but they have to be in tasteful attire- no nudity. Swimsuits are OK on occasion, though.

Current Residence: Midland, MI
Favourite genre of music: classic rock
Favourite style of art: semi-cartoonish
Operating System: Mac OS X
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