Chapter 1: Galactic Angel
The soft fluttering of galactic winds. Silky feeling of star dust and sunlight dancing
across his hull. Soon, so very soon, he would find the Mapman. The one who would lead him to
the flowing light.
Sirens screamed through Tokyo as troops mobilized. Huge, hulking tanks drove out from
hidden garages and soldiers marched through the streets, setting up heavy artillery. An
unidentified, flying object had entered Japan's airspace, a huge object.
Announcers warned people off the streets for their own health as Lina and Gourry took that
warning as the order it was and then ignored it.
"Lina!", Gourry yelled, struggling to keep to keep pace with the fiery redhead who was
his best friend.
"What?!", she yelled back, glancing over her shoulder as she ran.
"Where are we going again?"
"YOU MOLDY, BRAIN DEAD ZOMBIE! I TOLD YOU! WE'RE GONNA GO SEE THE ACTION!" with that,
Lina grabbed the now mangled Gourry's leg and dragged him along the pedestrian walkway over an
Lina paused and looked over the rail. Her eyes widened in shock. It would have been
hard to tell that the person that stood before her was a man if he hadn't been shirtless.
Sharp, icy eyes behind long lashes, short, lavender hair, pale skin, and a very feminine and
streamlined face. He was shorter than Gourry, but taller than her by at least a head, slender
frame sleekly muscled. Loose, white pants and black boots were his only clothes. A silver
bangled, black sash and sword belt hung around his waist, and he looked like he could use the
sword with deadly accuracy. Dark blue bracers covered his wrists and he wore a red stoned
necklace. He wasn't wearing much by the standards she had been brought up by, but then again,
he didn't look ... human. An indefinable aura surrounded him, giving the distinct impression
that he was not and had never been human.
"I am Zelgadis Greywers, space privateer. Lina Inverse, you are the Mapman, and I have
come for you.", his voice was strong but it had a whispering quality to it. Almost ...
"Lina? Do we know him?", that was Gourry, who, having recovered from the beating, was
now staring at Zelgadis.
"I've never seen him before."
He could sense the aerial fighters of this planet. The people here were primitive, their
weapons could not harm him and their strength was useless against his own. With exquisite
care for their fragile city, he landed with the grace of dove. He had found the Mapman.
The wind picked up suddenly as the city held it's breath. A huge spaceship slowly
lowered itself between the buildings. It landed so gently it never even touched the sides of
the buildings or causing a single piece of paper to stir for all it's size. Lina and Gourry
stared up in shock. It looked like ... Zelgadis!?
Built to resemble the man who stood before them, the ship's arms were encased in huge
wing-like structures, it's feet and lower legs melding flawlessly into a sleek, streamlined
tail. It was like an angel, wings spread, fingers reaching to the sun, clothed in light
drenched streamers and feathers as it's ivory hull gleamed in the fading light of the setting
sun that shone at it's back. Taller than the tallest building, yet more dainty than a
feather, it stood on the single needle tip of it's tail.
A beam of light shot from the ship and sucked the three inside.
"What are you doing to Lina?!", Gourry asked, just a little worried. Zelgadis had, with
much shrieking about him being a space pervert, strapped a protesting Lina to a table and
carefully set a band of metal around her head. The table slid into a slowly spinning tube.
"Don't worry, I won't hurt her," Zelgadis answered coolly, pressing a button. Panes of
light slid the length and breadth of Lina's body. "Mapman, how are you feeling?"
"HOW DO YOU THINK I'M FEELING, YOU PERVERT!?!?! AND WHY THE HELL DO YOU KEEP CALLING ME
MAPMAN?!?!?!", she screeched, struggling.
"The Mapman is the chosen descendent of the Nomad Star Tribe, in whose body the location
of the lost treasure is encoded," he answered, a schematic of Lina floating in front of him.
A schematic of Lina with no clothes.
Needless to say, Lina took one look at that and started screeching like a banshee, fire
shooting from her mouth. "PERVERT!!!!!!" She paused in mid-shout, "Treasure?"
"Lina?! Lina's related to some alien?! And boy, she has small breasts," Gourry's
rather dimwitted reply to the whole event earned him a swat from Lina, who had managed to
escape her bonds.
"Alien?! How can you be so sure, where's your proof?", she asked, turning to Zel. "AND
STOP LOOKING AT THAT!", she yelled, beaning him. "Ow! You're hard!" Lina stuck her fingers
in her mouth and glared at him, promising his imminent demise.
"The legend says The day shall come when time itself shall cease, when Earth comes
apart at the seams, then the white Mapman shall show the way to the flowing light."
A beam of white light shot from the clouds and engulfed part of Tokyo, burning it to
ashes. The second beam went straight through the ship, searing a hole through it's trunk.
Lina stared in shock as Zelgadis turned, listening, and then screamed in agony as blood
shot from suddenly open wounds at the top of his spine and out his stomach.
He was falling. It hurt. He had felt the very metal vaporize as the beam struck him,
slicing through the center of his being. Falling, falling. His delicate landing was nothing
now as he crushed the buildings in his fall, feeling his hull being torn as he skidded along
the ground, desperately trying to remain airborne. Pain. Everything was pain.
Zel groaned, having fallen against the hold, "She must have found me ..." Red lights
flashed through the room, casting an bloody glow across the floor and broken equipment. A
tiny furry being bounded across the room and into Zel's lap, licking the hand that clutched
his stomach wound.
Twin visions. One of the ceiling, broken and blood-tinted, the other of the sky and the
dark brown ship that slowly dropped from the clouds. Like a vulture seeking wounded pray, the
almighty Bitch that was his sister ship slowly lowered itself with a smug, self-righteous
air. Built reminiscent of a vulture, the hunched, brown tinted wings and dark toned, cobra
hooding slid open to reveal rows and rows of white Digger Missiles.
He had managed to turn his fall into a crushing glide. His only hope lay too far in
front of him. The bay ...
A woman's voice echoed through the bridge, "I've found you at last, Zelgadis. You've
betrayed your siblings and stolen Rezo and you will be punished!"
"Eris," he whispered, ice blue eyes closing as he desperately attempted to escape. He
had found the Mapman and he would not lose her now!
He screamed again as her Missiles found their way through his back. The fighters of
Earth had scrambled, honing in on her. A hopeless quest, her fire power would crush them like
gnats ... but they might be a distraction. He was almost there ...
She smirked as the fighters of this primitive, backwater world attacked her. Like mice
up against a mighty lion, they were helpless before her. Their strikes only proved to be
ticklish, like a lover's caress. She smiled, taunting "Now that feels kinda good."
How appropriate that what was nothing to her would prove the end of her brother. She
smiled wider and returned her attention to his annihilation. There was only empty, smoking
space. Where was he? She looked, scanning the area. "Damn! They got away."
She sighed and hovered, waiting.
He made it. He would be safe here in the bay as he regenerated. She wouldn't find him
with her scanners. The cool water caressed the seared and melted wounds, easing
the agony that shot like fire though him. He closed his eyes as the restoration system
Lina picked herself off the ground, groaning. She assumed they were safe, since all was
quiet and they hadn't been blown to smithereens. All the better in her opinion. She looked
around at the blood-tinted room and spied Zelgadis, prone and covered in blood.
"Zel! Are you alright?" she asked, concerned. She didn't dare touch him with these
wounds. He looked bad, covered in bloody, open craters. His voice was calm, though, as if it
didn't hurt at all.
"Don't worry, I'll be fine."
Lina started, staring in awe as the wounds closed with a hiss of steam, "Your wounds are
"You have to understand, I'm not a human being. I'm the brain of this living ship. A
machine made alive."
"Lina? What's going on?" Lina took a moment of her time to beat the stuffing out of
Gourry as she screamed at him, "WHAT DO YOU THINK?!?!"
The wad of cloth and flesh that was her friend posed an interesting question, "When are
we going home? I'm hungry."
Lina looked down at her stomach and grimaced. "Me too, I wanna eat dinner."
Zelgadis didn't move, "Mapman, I will send you and your lover home, but
first you must help me."
Gourry answered since Lina was blushing like a spotlight over "lover", "Help you?"
Lina smiled a little. Zelgadis was moving again, the inside of the ship already repaired
by ... well, it had been something! But now ... now they had to find out what Zelgadis wanted
in the first place. Lina glowered at his back, remembering the naked schematic of herself.
It better not be anything perverted like helping him repopulate his race.
Zelgadis stared out into the water through a view port, feeling Lina's eyes on him. Time
to tell. "I am one of six ships built to find a lost treasure, the flowing light, and to
discover everything we can about the Mazoku."
That got Lina's attention, "Treasure? The Mazoku?"
Zel smiled a little, "The Mazoku are the most advanced beings in the entire universe.
Rezo, who created me, betrayed them once and escaped with me. But Rezo was ... " He trailed
"What happened to him?"
"He's dead." Zel was silent for a moment, eyes far off, "Someday, we too may see the
Mazoku. You must never forget that they are the most dangerous race in the universe."
Lina squirmed, uncomfortable, before shrugging it off, "So what about the Treasure?"
"The treasure is the flowing light. Rezo wanted nothing more than to find this treasure,
so I have continued this mission to carry out his will. I have no choice but to obey Rezo's
will or die in the attempt."
After a moment's pause, Lina asked, "What is the flowing light?"
"No one knows. It is believed to be a power unlike any other."
"Power ... ," Lina's voice was low, thoughtful.
"The ship will be repaired in three days," he continued, "Meet me at wharf number three
on the evening of the third day. You must come with me Mapman." He turned to her, dead
serious and prepared to make her come.
"Coming?! Of course I'm coming! You think I'm gonna miss a chance to get my hands on
the ultimate power? No way!" she smiled, eyes all sparkly, "Just think ... all the power, the
money I could earn, the food I could eat ... The food! I must go, " she struck a pose, finger
to the sky, "It is my duty to try new foods and test them for human consumption
Gourry, who had playing with the furry white thing, also known as Zolf, lifted his head
to look at the two. "If Lina's going, I'm going."
"No you're not! This is my mission!"
"Hey, I wanna eat good too!"
The discussion degenerated into a fight. Zel sweatdropped again.
"Lina! Lina! Breakfast!" Lina screeched down the hall at warp speed, and started
shoveling food into her mouth. Luna raised an eyebrow under her bangs. Lina was eating
slower than usual. "Lina, are you feeling okay."
Lina laughed nervously, "Yeah, sure, why do you ask?"
Her sister shook her head. She'd find out soon enough when Lina got in trouble. Why
bother to pry it out of her now? Luna turned back to her cooking as Lina sighed in relief.
That was close.
School dragged on and on and on. Lina was sleeping, as usual, so she didn't care. Nice
dreams about all the food she was going to eat and the power she would get her hands
on .......... and about a certain .... someone.
Rain. She hated rain. No time to worry, just time to hustle. She had an appointment to
keep with Zelgadis. Wharf number three, wharf number three ... she thought,
running down the dockyard. There!
She skidded to a halt at the edge of the pier. A figure was standing there, staring
stupidly into space. "Gourry?"
Gourry smiled happily and nodded. "I'm coming too."
"Someone needs to watch you, and I'm your guardian," Her friend smiled again, gesturing
expansively. She sighed. If he remembered the meeting and had mentioned the unfortunate
incident in their past when he had made himself her "guardian", he really would be stubborn
"Fine, fine," she grumbled, secretly pleased.
"I've been waiting for you Mapman." Lina looked up, startled, staring at the figure in
the shadows of the construction equipment.
"I'm sorry, but you won't be going with Zelgadis." The figure stepped out of the
shadows. A woman. Short, spiky, black hair, dark eyes, and skin as pale as Zelgadis's. She
was wearing a tight black leather mini-dress, a spiked collar, black heels, and short black
cape. She smirked again, pulling the long whip she held taut.
There's something about that voice ... "I know that voice. Now I remember you,
you're the space ship that totally destroyed Tokyo!" Lina yelled, jerking Gourry back, ready
"Get back here!" the woman shouted, lashing out with the whip and slamming Lina into a
wall. Gourry tried to attack, only to join Lina. The woman smirked, "I like your spirit!"
Her smile darkened, "But prepare to suffer."
She swung the whip back to strike and felt it catch. She spun, looking for the
interference. Lina looked up through blurry eyes as the woman paused. Someone had stopped
her ... Zel?!
"You keep your hands the hell off my payload, Eris." He said, soft voice deadly as he
pulled the whip tighter.
"Zelgadis.", she growled, jerking at the whip without much luck, "You've always done
excellent work, but I can't say I ever liked you very much."
"Nor I you, Bitch." he shot back as he jerked the whip to the side and swung her away
Eris cried out in shock, she had forgotten how strong he was. She flipped to a standing
position and snarled at her "brother". Snapping the razor whip again, she struck out at the
unflappable calm that had annoyed her forever. He dodged, inhumanly fast as he darted through
the construction beams, always just a little ahead of the flying weapon. A leap and he
ricocheted off a wall, flipping between the edges of her whip, sword drawn as he struck,
cutting along her cheek and ripping an earring off. She cried out in pain.
"I don't have the time to deal with you right now, Eris." Zel turned, smiling, as the
ship surged from the harbor, sending huge waves across the docks and slamming them into the
walls. The tractor beam shot from the ship and sucked Zel, Lina, and Gourry from the water.
"Give my regards to Xellos, Bitch!" Zel shouted gleefully as he was pulled into his
The galactic angel engaged its thrusters and left a sputtering Eris to fend for herself
on the flooded docks as it streaked towards the clouds.
Even in air this thick he loved flying. The flow of molecules over his wings and down
his tail, the smooth transition from holing to true flight, the easy movement of every circuit
and gear. Only ... now he had passengers. The Mapman and her lover. Lover ... why did that
Lina loved this. The quick, effortless flight as she sat gazing out one of the wide twin
port - the eyes of the ship - into the darkness of the stars and the sky ... She could get to
like this. "Where to?"
Zel's eyes never left the sky, "We're heading to Antarctica."
"The flowing light is there."
"Are you sure? How do you know?", she asked, hopping off the counter in front of the
"A map was encoded in your genetic data."
Lina snorted, "I should hope so, you pervert."
Zel glanced over at her and rolled his eyes.
Lina ignored him and looked back outside. He was so fast ... moments ago they were over
the ocean, and now they were gliding over the edge of Earth's southern-most continent. The
ship slowed as she spotted penguins sliding down icy slopes and jumping into the cold waters.
A cliff made of snow fell apart to slide into the sea as they passed, broken by the vibrations
of the ship's flight. A mountain range was before them. Even as she registered it, they were
across, slowing to a halt. Then she say why he had stopped. Deep, symmetrical markings in a
much too ordered plane of flat, undisturbed, unbroken ice.
"These are the remains of a Nomad Star Tribe encampment," Zel said looking down at the
markings as they started to glow, blue-green light writhing along the marks, "it seems to
sense your brain wave emissions."
A brilliant flash of light flared from the markings, blinding them. Lina yelped,
covering her eyes, "Ah! What was that?"
The light cleared. All was still. The penguins were held in air, the ice cliff had
ceased to fall. It was as if ...
"The legend of the nomad Star Tribe is coming true! Time on earth has stopped,"
Zelgadis's voice was an awed whisper. A schematic appeared on the view screen with the barest
of thoughts, "I didn't think it was possible ... "
It was a schematic of the Earth, irregular lines criss-crossing it as it seemed to break
apart along those lines, pieces moving outward.
Gourry asked a typically dense question, "What's happening? Is the Earth expanding?"
"No, it's more like when the Earth comes apart at the seams," Zel answered,
voice still low and awed.
It was amazing. He hadn't believed it would come true, that he would actually find it.
Not bothering to wait till the movement of the Earth, he dipped forward and dived into the
crevice that was opening beneath him.
It was amazing. Energy in the form of lightning danced through the crevice, as if the
Earth were alive and these were the thoughts of a deeply buried mind, leaping across the gaps
in it's mind. The energy danced across his hull, yet never stung, just was ...
"There it is!" Zel cried, pointing at a sudden flash of light at the end of the
He opened a port and sucked the light inside as he glided into the huge, pulsing
cavern ... he was at the center of the Earth. The frozen heat was intense, the Earth's
internal process held in perfect stasis.
Gourry and Lina hovered around Zel as he plucked an object from a cylinder that raised
from the center of the bridge, obviously transported from the outside of the ship. The object
was made of three finger-thick hexagons stuck end to end, the center one wider than the outer
two. The outside hexagons were half metal, engraved with silvered runes in an unknown
script. It seemed to be made of green glass. Little, white dots - almost like diagrams -
were held within the green. It almost ... shone ...
"What is that?" Lina asked, hanging on Zel's arm to get a better look.
His voice was low, awed, "A Star Map."
Lina snatched it away to look closer, curious. This is the flowing
The Star Map flashed as Lina touched it, flaring brilliantly. She jerked back, shocked.
Words suddenly popped into her mind and she spoke them before she realized what she was
A fireball shot from Lina's hands and exploded on the far wall. Zel hissed in pain, even
as he and Gourry stared at her. "What?!"
Lina stared at her hands, then at the Star Map, eyes wide. "The Map did it, it gave me
some sort of power ...", she whispered. "YES!" She flashed victory and cheered.
"If you're done hopping up and down ... ?"
Zel's rather dry remark brought an incredibly giddy Lina back to Earth. "Oh, sorry
Gourry was happy that Lina had found her power. He glanced outside a port as she cast a
healing spell on Zelgadis. Now maybe she wouldn't beat on him as much ... wait a minute ...
"Something’s going on outside."
Zel turned from Lina's attentions to look out, his eyes widened, "Time is beginning to
flow forward again! We have to go."
The ship turned and prepared to engage the thrusters, only to be slammed into the walls
of the cavern by a series of deadly, painful missiles. Zel screamed.
She smiled. It had been pure brilliance to stock up on her Digger Missiles and then
follow her wayward brother. Pure brilliance to put that tracker on him, which had just been
destroyed by a carefully placed hit. She smiled wider as he slammed into the wall, "I brought
along a little toy to finish you off and I'm going to enjoy this immensely!"
Lina and Gourry ran to Zel as he fell, "Zelgadis!"
"I didn't realize Eris was following us," he whispered, trying to push himself up.
Lina gently rolled him over, "How are you?"
"Not good. .... I'm sorry."
"Why are you apologizing?"
"Because I forced you to come on my journey. I searched for the flowing light because I
wanted to carry out the will of Rezo, my maker," he said, voice strained as the ship rocked in
another blast. I didn't truly understand why I was searching or what for, but now I've
found it, he added mentally.
"Zelgadis ... "
"Even though I appear to be human like you and Gourry, my true essence comes only from
this ship," he whispered, "There's no need to worry about me, my long journey is over. This
quest could have ended any time. It's over now." It's over now.
Whispers that seeped from the vaults of memory, a blind face turned to his own, "Fear the
Mazoku." It was gone as quickly as it came.
She crowed, "And now you will die and fall whimpering like a child!" She had him, after
all this time and searching, vengeance would be hers! For Rezo, for Xellos, and for the
"Lina, you must take Gourry, and follow Zolf. Zolf, take them to the escape pod." He
relaxed as Zolf chirped and bounded down the hall.
Lina and Gourry looked back at him for a moment before following him.
The escape pod was at the end of one of the wing tips. Gourry jumped in after Zolf,
lifting a hand to help Lina inside. Zel's voice whispered through the ship, "I've already set
the coordinates, the pod will take you home. Please take care of Zolf."
"Lina, what's wrong?" Gourry asked as Lina looked down, her hands tugging on the bow of
her school uniform.
"Nothing, I....," she said softly, looking down at the pod, "flowing light ... " an
answer, the Map had given her power ... and Zel ... "I can't leave you to die alone!!" she
shouted, turning and running back to the bridge
He didn't want to die alone, not now ... not after ... So close, so very close. He felt
another blast slam through his hull, burning fire arcing along his circuits. Faintly ...
faintly ... she hadn't taken off. She had to! She must! Where was she?
He ran a scan as he slowly drifted, feeling the darkness tug at him. Another blast,
another new pain. Found her. In the tunnel ... why was she coming back?
The next blast exploded in the tunnel ... Mapman ... "Lina ..."
It hurt. Lina was sprawled on the floor of the tunnel, not only glad to be alive, but
glad that the falling metal hadn't crushed her. She groaned, pushing herself up. If this was
what Zel felt like, she had new sympathy for his plight. She whispered a healing spell under
her breath, sealing the cuts and burns. Then she was running again.
Lina screeched into the bridge and rushed to the fallen form of Zel. She grabbed him,
careful of his wounds. "Do you understand what the flowing light is?" she cried, feeling
uncharacteristic tears threaten to spill over her cheeks. "If it's truly useless to you, you
can throw it away." She had no idea what she was saying, she just had to get him to be
stubborn and live, "But if it means anything at all, anything, then your
journey's not finished till you find it."
"Besides," she whispered, "you promised to take me with you and feed me all that food, so
don't you dare die on me!"
He smiled wryly at that even as he started to fade, slumping in her arms. Panic gripped
her. She couldn't lose him, not now, not when he had become her friend ...
"DON'T GIVE UP ON ME, ZEL!!!!!"
A memory rose from the depths of his memory banks. A memory clouded in pain. Red light
flickered from many fires, a red haze over a barren, rocky land. A man ... a man in red, red
robes, looking at him in shock and horror. The man cried out, "Zelgadis! AHHHHHHHHH!!!"
The man was silenced as he was shot full of holes. Falling, falling, would he never stop
falling? Streaks and flows of crimson blood, joining the red of his robes, the red of the
The man raised his head, barely alive, but fighting death with every breath. His voice
was barely above a whisper, "Zelgadis ... as long as you live ... never give up ... "
He could only stare in horror as the man sank to the ground, forever still.
Zelgadis was staring at her, but Lina got the feeling he wasn't seeing her.
His lips moved suddenly, voiceless. She saw determination flare in his eyes as he pushed
himself up, only to fall. She caught him, holding him up.
"Never give up," he voice was choked, but determined. Zel twisted in Lina's arms,
"Fulminous Cannon, prepare to fire!!!"
She growled as her brother turned. How dare he! She saw the cannon moving out into the
dim, ruddy light as the top panel of his head slid open in preparation to fire.
Think you can stop me, huh? Well, think again.
Lina felt Zel arch in her arms as the missiles struck the ship, causing little explosions
of blood along his body. His head tilted back, resting on her shoulder, eyes glazed from the
pain, but his voice was strong, "Fulminous Cannon, fire now!!!"
Her eyes widened. NO!
It was too late. The twin beams slammed into her, going straight through her body and
slamming her into the wall of the crevice. She screamed.
He didn't have any time, no time at all actually. Time was moving forward. He engaged
his thrusters and decided to get the hell out of there. Besides, it felt nice resting his
human body in the Mapman's arms.
Lina stared out a port, clutching the wounded Zel in her arms. They're only hope of
survival had better not die! She bit her lip, watching the crevice close. Even at the speeds
they were going, they weren't going to make it ... "Hurry, the crevice is closing!"
It was closed now, crushed around him, but that didn't matter, his speed was enough as he
burst out of the ground and shot toward the sky, dancing through the Northern Lights.
He shot from the atmosphere, pulling free from Earth's gravity, and headed into deep
Gourry had joined them on the bridge, "Where are we?"
"The north pole, we went in through the south and came out the north," Lina answered,
staring out into the glittering beauty of the Northern Lights as they sped through the
glimmering beams, she looked over at Zel, "Zel, how are your wounds?"
"I have full faith in my restoration system," he said, smiling at her. His wounds had
sealed in this form, even though his hull and body was still broken and scarred, but he would
live. "But anyway, take a look at this," he said, drawing attention to their Star Map, "I
thought there was something wrong with this, this is useless by itself, but when all three
pieces are joined, it will have a scope that covers the entire galaxy."
Lina smiled, "Then your journey isn't finished."
"My search is definitely not finished. I guess I'm in the middle of my long Odyssey."
Zel smiled back. "Care to join me?"
"YOU BET!" she and Gourry chorused in unison.
"After all, someone has to keep an eye on you," Lina said, winking at Gourry. "And you
owe us, anyway." Zel rolled his eyes.
Gourry nodded. "Food and adventure."
"You're right, jellyfish-brains, food ... and adventure," she whispered as they sped into
Luna plucked a letter out of the mailbox.
I've decided to go on a personal trip for a while, so don't worry. I'm off to find food,
adventure, and avoid school. Anyway ... I'll be seeing you! Bye!
Luna smiled, having expected something like this. Good luck, Lina-chan.
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