It's been a while since I posted... so I thought I'd try something new. Maybe a thread of Zako stories? I imagine they'll be pretty short for the most part, but I'll try. This is based off a few of the RP's I've been doing on Second Life (User Name Kei Breil). I've really enjoyed the Personal Background thread, so I'll try and start this off with a profile of the Zako's involved. My Zako's are never tough, and never evil. Obviously this story isn't realistic at all... Story Background: Takes place in the world of Final Fight. The Mad Gear gang is at it again. This time they've got a new class of Zako's. They're refered to as "Whips", even though they don't use whips. It's more of a play on them getting their butts whupped easily and being wimps. Mad Gear has been recruiting them from local schools. Most of them are from the suburbs, and join for the money or the chance at something exciting, or because they have a crush on the male Mad Gear gangers. Thanks to their recruiting efforts they're now the most plentiful class of Mad Gear enemies. Upon joining each girl is issued a Whips Uniform, consisting of a leather dress, hat, and boots. They're each required to provide their own stockings and gloves, giving some slight variety. They aren't given any combat training, and are punished harshly for failures. Even other Mad Gear gangers treat them poorly. Many girls already regret joining, but are too scared to quit. Zako's Background (Won't play into the story, but is here for fun. Carly Nowak Age 18 Carly could practically be a poster girl for Mad Gear's "Whips". A few months away from graduating High School, she joined for the money and to find something more exciting then hanging out in the suburbs. She's happy with the money so far, and is currently saving for a car, and the prom dress she's had a picture of taped to her locker for the last six months. Jennifer Giddings Age 19 Jenn's one of the many "Whips" who joined in part thanks to teenage rebellion. Tired of living at home, she thought she'd be able to join Mad Gear and meet the "bad boy" of her dreams. So far it hasn't worked out well. Most of the other gang members see "Whips" as posers and fangirls. She recently found one ganger who's been nice to her, and has made it her mission to prove to him she's not some poser. Story "Ugh, I don't get it... why do they make us wear these boots. I can hardly even walk in them, how are we supposed to fight in them?" Carly leaned against the wall rubbing her ankle. Less then an hour ago she was at school. The uniforms weren't as fun at school, but at least she could walk in those shoes. Her partner smiled, "Don't worry, you'll get used to them." she scanned the street looking for Mike Haggar. They had been called along with a few dozen other "Whips" to patrol this area. Mad Gear had kidnapped the Mayor's daughter again. He had already gone on a rampage through one of the Gang's nightclubs, and he was going to be heading this way. The group left to confront him was almost entirely "Whips" with a couple higher ranking male members that were running things. Girls had been put into groups of 2-6, and spread out along the path he was coming down. Unbeknownst to them, they were purely fodder. The majority of experienced fighters were in the next area, setting up an ambush.. Jenn turned to the younger blonde. "You think he's coming this way?" Carly shuddered, "I hope not. How are we supposed to stop him?" Jenn tried to sound tough, "Don't worry, I've seen the youtube clips of him fighting. He's really slow. We should be able to dodge any of his attacks." Suddenly in the distance, they both heard a girl cry out in pain. Her yell echoing through the streets. Carly started to move towards it, "He's here, oh shit... we have to help the other girls". Jenn grabbed her by the arm. "No way! You heard what they said, we have to stay here. You know what they'll do if we disobey orders!" "But..." Another cry rang through the streets. Followed by another, and another... then silence. After a few seconds they could see the a muscular form in the distance, heading directly towards them. He got closer to them, he was far bigger then either of them had imagined, nothing like the pictures in the paper. "Remember, we can take him. We're Mad Gear" Jenn said, trying to sound confident. Carly nodded, and before they knew it he was in front of them. He looked enraged. No words, no threats or sounds. He just walked towards them. Jenn walked forward, "You're not getting through here!" she said raising her fist. "Yeah, you're going down Mr Mayor" Carly said with derision, sticking out her tongue. Jenn went for her attack, moving as quick as she could, swing her right fist in a wild hook. He blocked it without even stopping his advance, casually knocking her arm away. She stepped back, astonished, he was supposed to be slow! All of her confidence melted away. What was she even doing here? What would happen if she lost? Would she end up in jail? Or worse, what would Mad Gear's punishment be? She tried to regain her balance, but it was too late. He punched her quickly in the face. Everything started to get blurry. She stumbled back, her heeled boots making it impossible to keep her footing. Her ass hit the ground first, then the rest of her body. She lay on the ground, holding her face, whimpering. Her heels scraped against the concrete as she writhed on the ground. Her first fight had only lasted a manner of seconds. Carly watched in horror as Jenn fell to the ground. "No..." she started to say as she backed up, stumbling a bit in her high heeled boots. Mike Hagger stepped forward, then stomped on Jenn's stomach without even looking down. Jenn squeled underfoot, her gloved hands pawed at his leg looking for some relief, but the pain was too much and she quickly passed out. The mayor grabbed Carly by her hair, and pulled back her fist. "Wait no! Don't!" she pleaded, but it was too little too late. Carly couldn't believe how painful the punch was. With one hit all the air was out of her lungs. She gasped, folding over his fist. Without a second thought, he threw her to the ground next to Jenn. Carly watched as he walked away, she weakly raised a hand to him, but he didn't even look back. She lay there for an hour, Jenn completely out cold the entire time. She tried to get up, but it hurt too much. All she could manage was the occasional twitch of pain. After an hour, she heard authorative voices in the distance, and several trucks. She tried to look around but couldn't get a good view. She could hear the footsteps behind her, "Two more over here" someone said.... She closed her eyes, scared to see whoever it was that was coming to clean up all the defeated "Whips".