Azure is surprised at this girl's actions as she stands up to the three members of the Golden Cobras, she places herself in between the Golden Cobras and Azure.
"We challenged him and he accepted. We didn’t break any of the game’s rules." said the leader.
"Yeah. The game’s rules." said the muscle.
"Yeah, I can see that." replied the girl from the Hanasora Air Force.
The leader of the Golden Cobras talks to Azure, ignoring Sakura. "What are you going to do, huh? Are you hiding behind a girl?"
"Yeah. Behind a girl." said the muscle.
"That’s pathetic." said the woman.
"I’m not hiding behind anyone! I can take care of myself!" replied Azure, angrily.
Frustrated, and a little angry, the girl from Hanasora turns around to talk some sense into Azure. "Listen here, kid. You have self respect, I can see that. But you also react at the smallest provocation like a little brat, and if you keep doing that you won’t survive a minute in this game! One of the first things you have to learn is how to pick your battles, understand?"
The leader of the Golden Cobras talks to Sakura. "It doesn’t matter what you tell him. He already accepted the challenge, and it cannot be undone now. So, what are you going to do about that?"
"Yeah. About that." said the muscle.
"Well, seeing as how you are three and he’s all by himself, then I’ll join the battle as his wingman." replied the girl from the Hanasora Air Force.
The three Golden Cobras are surprised at this and the leader takes the other two to a side to talk in private. "Okay everyone, Cobra meeting." said the leader to the other two.
As the Golden Cobras talk to each other, Azure attempts to reject the girl's help. "Thank you for your offer, but it’s okay. I don’t need help."
"If you are proud enough to accept a fight when you aren’t prepared for it, then be proud enough to accept help when someone offers it to you. Okay?" she replied to him, frustrated and a little angry.
The three members of the Golden Cobras Air Force begin talking to each other, whispering so they wouldn't be heard.
"That noob was one thing. But she can be trouble. What are we going to do?" said the woman.
"Yeah. What are we going to do?" said the muscle.
"Don’t worry, it’s better this way. She doesn’t know that we got new fighter airplanes since our last dogfight. And with our new planes, we’ll beat her and that noob without any problems. Ha ha ha ha." said the leader, confident.
The three Golden Cobras walk back to the girl and Azure, "Okay, the battle is still on. Let’s get to a hangar and get the planes." said the leader.
"Yeah. The planes." said the muscle.
The three Golden Cobras start walking in one direction, while the girl and Azure start walking in the opposite direction. The two of them start talking as they walk.
"Hum… do I know you?" asked Azure.
"Do you live in La Plata, or somewhere in Buenos Aires?" asked the girl from Hanasora.
"Huh? No." replied Azure.
"Then I don’t think so." answered the girl.
"Then why are you helping me?" asked Azure.
"I’m a member of an Air Force who’s objective is to help new players adapt to this game. Sky Aces is filled with players like those Golden Cobras guys, always trying to take advantage of new guys." replied the girl.
"Air Force? How does that work?" asked Azure.
"You don’t know how in game Air Forces work? Did you at least read the instructions manual?" the girl is surprised at hearing Azure’s question.
"Hum… no… it was just too big…" replies Azure, a little embarrassed about himself.
The girl does a facepalm in frustration, "Oh, no… tell me at least that you have actually flown your plane already."
"No… I just started playing ten minutes ago…" Azure replies again, even more embarrassed.
"You started playing 10 minutes ago and already you accepted a battle? That’s not being brave anymore. That’s just downright stupid!" said the girl.
"Hey!" said Azure, a little upset.
They stop talking as they reach one of the landing strips, next to a medium sized hangar. Standing in front of the hangar is a female NPC wearing a uniform identical to the one Erika had been wearing in the starting area. The only difference was her hairdo and face, this NPC had short brown hair and brown eyes.
"Okay, I’ll try to explain everything as quickly as possible. This is a main public hangar, there are several of them all over Neutral Base. Every player can get their airplane from one of these any time they want to use it." explained the girl as they approached the hangar's entrance and the NPC standing there.
"Hello Nancy. I’ll need to use my plane, and this player as well." says the girl to the NPC.
"Okay, just walk to the runway. You can both take off anytime you want." replied the NPC in a friendly voice.
The girl of the Hanasora Air Force and Azure go to the back of the hangar, where the long runway can be seen for the planes to take off and land.
"Now we have to get into our planes and take off. If we had more time I would explain it to you in more detail, but I can’t. So just take off your virtual visor for a second to read page 46 of the manual, where it explains how to take off and land the plane." said the girl to Azure.
"Page 46! Okay! Got it!" replied Azure, looking very determined.
The big gate behind the hangar opens up, and some mechanic NPCs male characters, wearing brown coveralls and gloves, with some oil stains here and there, making them look like stereotypical mechanics, take out Sakura’s airplane and Azure’s airplane. Azure’s is the Yak-1, still with the metal finish with no markings or paining. Sakura’s airplane is a Mitsubishi A6M Zero its painted pink, and it has the symbol of the Hanasora Air Force painted on the wings and fuselage.
"This is my airplane, an A6M “Zero”. As soon as we take off, you follow me. You have no experience so I’m not expecting much from you. Just keep your airplane flying straight as best as you can." says the girl.
"Huh? But I want to fight too." replied Azure.
The girl climbs into her airplane’s cockpit as the mechanic NPCs get everything ready for take off. "I know, but you have no experience at all. It’ll be better this way."
"Okay… okay…" replied Azure, understanding the point, but disappointed nonetheless.
Both planes are read for take off as both pilots are in their respective plane’s cockpits and the propellers start spinning. "Okay, everything is ready for take off." said the girl, "Yeah! Alright!" exclaimed Azure.
Both planes take off from the runway and take to the sky. "Yahooooo!" exclaimed Azure as he took to the sky. The feeling of take off were so real, he could feel the weight shifting in his body, it was as if he was actually inside the cockpit of a real plane doing a real take off.
Both planes, the Zero and Yak-1, are on the air, the girl's Zero as first plane and Azure right behind her. The two talk to each other using the airplane's radios. "Dogfights are pretty straight forward. They can be one on one or in groups, like now. The first group that has all their airplanes shot down loses. In this battle it’ll be the two of us against the three of them. By default, the pilots of the same fighter group are always in the same radio frequency, but you can change that during the battle so you can speak to just one specific pilot in your group, or with the pilots of the enemy group if you want to." explained the girl to Azure.
"I see. This plane is very realistic! I actually feel as if I were flying inside an airplane!" replied Azure.
"I understand your excitement, but pay attention. The battle is already underway, and we have to be ready for an attack at any moment." said the girl.
"Okay, you can count on me!" replied Azure
While the two are flying, none of them notice the three airplanes of the Golden Cobras flying above them. The airplanes of the Golden Cobras are three Grumman F4F Wildcat, they have the symbol of the Golden Cobras painted on the wings, and their tails are painted differently to tell each member apart. The airplane of the leader has a big number 1 painted on the tail, the second member; the big and tall one, has a sword painted on the tail, and the third member, the woman, has a little heart on the tail. All three planes have a dark yellow paint finish, like a desert style camouflage.
The F4Fs of the Golden Cobras do a dive towards Azure's Yak-1 and the girl's Zero, shooting at them. The two notice them just in time and fly away from the bullets, one flies to one side and the other to the opposite side.
"There they are! Watch out!" said the girl.
"Aaaah!" screamed Azure.
"Damn! We missed!" cursed the leader of the Golden Cobras.
The three Golden Cobras start chasing the pink Mitsubishi Zero.
"Shoot her! If we take care of her, the noob won’t stand a chance!" order the leader to his two subordinates.
"Yeah!" replied the woman over the radio.
The girl of the Hanasora Air Foce looked back, surprised "Huh? Those aren’t the same airplanes they had when we fought the last time! They got themselves some brand new F4F Wildcats!"But if they got their airplanes for a short time, then they most likely don’t know how to fly them right yet…
The girl pulls on the lever of the Zero, making the light airplane climb up until she’s almost in the vertical position. The three Golden Cobras start chasing her, all of them start getting into an almost vertical climb. …or know their plane’s strongpoints and weaknesses.
thought the girl to herself.
She then makes a turn and now flies down again. The three F4F Wildcats, however, have entered a stall and are now falling down out of control. The Wildcat is a very resistant airplane, but it’s very heavy if you compare it to my Zero. I can stay in a vertical climb longer than they can, and cause them to stall their aircrafts.
thought the girl to herself.
With the three planes falling down, the Zero shots at one of them, causing the second airplane, the one of the muscle Golden Cobra member to explode and fall down.
"There! Alright! Now it’s two against two." exclaimed the girl from the Hanasora Air Force.
Azure watches from the other side of the sky, as the airplane of the Golden Cobra falls down to the ground, trailing smoke. That girl is incredible! We aren’t a minute into the fight yet, and she already shot down one of them! I want to be that good too!
Now the pink Zero is following the remaining two Golden Cobras' F4Fs, but does not attack them because the two F4F Wildcats are performing a Thach Wave maneuver. Watch a video explaining what the Thach Wave is, on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzq3944Xo9M
"Oh, no! It’s a Thach wave. I have to wait, if I attack one of them now, then the other will shoot me down!" said the girl to herslef.
"Keep up the flight pattern! Don’t underestimate her!" exclaimed the leader of the Golden Cobras.
"Yeah, yeah. I know." said the woman over the radio.
But the flight pattern of the Golden Cobras is interrupted as Azure appears in front of them, and shoots. He misses but forces the Golden Cobras to separate and fly in different directions.
"Ah! It’s that noob!" exclaimed the woman.
"Let’s teach him a lesson! You go and shoot down that Zero. I’ll go after the noob!" ordered the leader of the Golden Cobras.
The woman of the Golden Cobras and the girl from Hanasora begin a classic spin and turn duel in the air, which ends with the pink Zero getting in the Wildcat's six-o-clock, and shooting it down with its guns. "Yeah! One more!" exclaimed the girl. "Damn it!" said the woman, as her airplane fell down engulfed in smoke.
After shooting her opponent down, the girl searches the skies with her eyes to find Azure. I shot her down, but it took me longer than I expected. I have to hurry up before the last plane gets behind that new player.
she thinks to herself.
The girl finally spots them, far away. Azure’s Yak-1 is being chased by the leader of the Golden Cobras in his Wildcat, shooting at him without mercy, getting closer and closer to landing a hit every time.
"No! He’s getting closer… I’ll never get over there in time, he’s going to get shot down!" exclaimed the girl.
"Ha ha ha ha! That’s right you noob! You are doomed!" said the leader of the Golden Cobras.He’s getting closer… it was already hard keeping the airplane flying straight, but evading those shots is almost impossible!
Inside the cockpit of the F4F Wildcat, we can see how the leader of the Golden Cobras finally has Azure's Yak-1 centered on his shooting sights. "I got you now… prepare to lose, you stupid noob."
Inside his Yak-1, we can see how Azure is pulling on the control stick and pressing the pedals, desperately trying to prevent being shot down. "I have to do something! Anything!" exclaimed Azure.
Azure manages to get his airplane to do a Skid, causing the F4F Wildcat of the Golden Cobra to fly right past him, and now Azure is at the Golden Cobras' six-o-clock. Click this link to see how a Skid works
"Anything at all!" exclaimed Azure.
"What the…? No!" exclaimed the leader of the Golden Cobras.
The girl, having seen how Azure did the skid maneuver, is totally surprised. "Amazing! That kid is flying for the very first time, and he has done a skid perfectly, just from instincts alone!"
Now that he’s behind the Wildcat, Azure shots down the leader of the Golden Cobras. "Yeah! I did it! I did it!"
"No! Impossible!" yells the leader of the Golden Cobras, as his plane falls down covered with smoke, both wings on fire.
With the dogfight over, the girl and Azure land their airplanes back to the ground as they return to the landing strip where they took off just moments ago.
After landing, the two get off their airplanes and talk to each other.
"That was amazing! You are very good! I hope that someday I get to be as good as you." said Azure to the girl.
"Thank you, but I was pretty surprised myself with that move you made up there. You have very good fighter pilot instincts." replied the girl.
The two then shake hands, as a signal of mutual respect and friendship.
"By the way. My name is Sakura. And you are?"
"I’m Azure. Nice to meet you Sakura."To be continued...