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CONTENT WARNING: MARTIAL ARTS VIOLENCE AND SOME LANGUAGE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Previously on Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon...

Back in Principal Mazda's office, she, Mina, Jubei, Goemon, Eileen, and Nicola were convened.

"Mr. Terry," said the principal, "is it true that Oda's danger potential has increased since Halloween?"

Nicola said, "Yes."

"And is it true, Eileen, that Oda tried to kill you?"

Eileen said, "Yes, ma'am."

"Then we must discuss our next move."

Eileen said, "I don't know about myself or the rest of you, but Nicola mentioned visiting Muramasa's place tomorrow morning to commission some fresh and powerful steel that can even cut a god. Let's hope it's strong enough to destroy Oda."

Mina said, "In the meantime, I hear that Goemon has consulted the spirit of Pai Mei. After classes ended for the day, Ryan, Susan, and Kelly have been taking lessons from him every day."

Goemon said, "It's true. Pai Mei has reported their progress to me. They're doing well, both in terms of physical strength and filial piety."

Principal Mazda asked, "Yes, but what could possibly be learned from the ghost of an old Chinese teacher who was poisoned by a cyclops?"

Mina paused for a moment and said, "The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique."


OP: "Danzen! Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon ~hybrid version~"


"Il tocco Veleno - The Touch of Death"


"Endgame has come."

Thirteen was addressing Fatale. "Tomorrow, you will go and wipe out those test subjects. If I send any more out, sooner or later, they'll all have failed me!"

Fatale said, "I have one mission, and one mission only: destroy Pretty Cure."

Thirteen said, "I have given you a new mission, one that goes hand in hand with your mission to destroy Pretty Cure."

Fatale said, "Very well. It shall be done."


"WHAT!?"

Ryan wasn't the least bit pleased to hear the news from Eileen. "Tell me this is just another of your pranks!"

Eileen put her hand up and said, "I have never said more serious words to you. I tailed the blonde bitch all the way to Thirteen's hideout and happened to overhear an order by Thirteen to wipe out the rest of the test subjects tomorrow at 1300 hours."

Susan fainted from the shock. Ryan yelled, "Susan, this is no time to faint! We've got some work to do!"

Kelly said, "So do I, in fact. Same work as you two."

Rica said, "I'd have some work to do too, except I'm not a Pretty Cure."

Eileen said, "You three, follow me."

She then left the dormitory, with Ryan, Susan, and Kelly following close behind. Rica yelled, "Come back safely, limey! You too, Susan! Especially you, Kelly! And particularly you, Eileen! I'm expecting you to do something like put an oil slick on the hallway floor so you can nail that blonde bitch!"

Eileen yelled, "Don't worry about us; we'll be fine! Won't we?"


"What? You come to me, a retired swordsman, to ask for some new steel?"

Nicola said, "Yes. It is urgent."

Muramasa said, "I have not fashioned a new blade for 28 years. What makes you think I'd like to make you some fresh steel now?"

Nicola said, "Your father made a samurai sword for me nearly four decades ago for the same reason."

Muramasa said, "That was then. This is now. I have not made a new samurai sword ever since a former student of mine used my teachings for evil."

Nicola asked, "What was his name?"

Muramasa said, "I cannot tell, since he disgraced me so. All I can say is, he used an alias and was working for a man so depraved even Hell itself will not accept him. A man who abhors the martial arts and wishes for their complete and total obliteration."

Nicola paused. Muramasa asked, "Have you nothing more to say to me, descendant of Hanzo Hattori?"

Nicola finally brought himself to speak. "That's why I came to you, Muramasa-san. We both have the same beef with this vermin. He betrayed my family, too."

Muramasa was moved by Nicola's succinct statement. "I will have the sword ready in a month, then. Expect the finest steel to ever come from the Muramasa clan. For now, you may go."

Nicola said, "Thank you, Muramasa-san."


Ryan, Susan, Kelly, and Eileen wound up meeting Pai Mei on the road.

"Going somewhere?"

Ryan said, "Well, actually, we were going to save some lives."

Pai Mei laughed and said, "How can you hope to save lives if you don't expect at least one life to be lost? If you meet the Buddha, kill him! Also, those lives will never truly be safe until the one who ordered the hit is dead!"

Susan said, "Indeed, I'm not going to stop fighting Thirteen until he's defeated, and I'm certain Ryan and Kelly share my sense of duty."

Pai Mei said, "I'm glad to hear of it! Assuming you survive your caper, your next lesson is scheduled for what time, if any, you return alive."

Kelly said, "Hopefully, we can master the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique by the time we face Thirteen."

Pai Mei said, "Indeed, you're close. I hope you ang mohs can master it soon, because you're sure as hell going to need it. In life, I only taught one student that technique. It was the type I hated--a blonde American woman--and yet she was my greatest student. Not so for the blonde American woman who killed me for taking out her eye!"

Ryan said, "Our main problem right now happens to be a blonde French woman who is the local Yakuza boss."

Susan said, "She's also a demonic-looking witch."

Kelly said, "If we let her run around any longer, lives will be needlessly lost! Including potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of lives at 1 PM tomorrow!"

Pai Mei yelled, "Then why do you ang mohs just stand there and talk about what's going to happen and what you're going to do about it INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY DOING IT!?!?!?"

With that, Ryan, Susan, Kelly, and Eileen scampered off. Pai Mei yelled, "NOW THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!"


Meanwhile, in Principal Mazda's office, she, Mina, Nicola, and Goemon were gathered. Nicola said, "I've commissioned a samurai sword from Muramasa."

Principal Mazda said, "I wonder how you did it; I thought he vowed never to make another killing machine!"

"Which is why it was no easy task. The only thing that convinced him is that we both had a very serious bone to pick with the same person."

Mina said, "I'll say one thing for the Japanese: they sure as hell know how to hold a grudge, if what you say is true."

Goemon said, "Speak for yourself; I'm Japanese, and I have not once serviced a descendant of the shogun that put me to death. I recognize that shogun scum's face, that customer goes! And he wonders why the hell I sent security to manhandle his ass and boot it…"

Mina said, "Speaking of which, where the hell is Mr. Yagyu? He's late."

Just then, Jubei walked in. Goemon said, "Pah! Speak of the devil."

Jubei said, "Had to work on a computer and test it out. It worked just fine, by the way."

Principal Mazda said, "Good for you. Fortunately, you didn't miss much, save for how Nicola Terry managed to get Muramasa to fashion some fresh steel."

Mina said, "He and Muramasa have a common enemy, and this shared hatred is deep indeed."

Goemon said, "The best steel the guy could ever fashion for an enmity toward another shared by Mr. Terry."

Jubei said, "I know, it's amazing."

Principal Mazda said, "In any case, I hope Pretty Cure succeeds, because the very future of the martial arts is at stake."


A door opened. The chamber looked suspiciously like a retort. Eileen said, "Don't be scared. It's an elevator. Get on the conveyor belt. Nothing will happen, except for you being transported to the huge room where Thirteen keeps the test subjects. Once you're down there, wait until Susan and Kelly come down to rendezvous with you. Have fun!"

Ryan got onto the conveyor belt. Eileen pushed a button and sent Ryan into the elevator. The guillotine door slowly closed, and the elevator started going down. It stopped thirteen floors down. The guillotine door slowly rose, and the conveyor belt moved him out before the door closed, and the elevator rose.


EYECATCH


Ryan and Susan watched as the elevator door opened and Kelly was conveyed out of it grumbling and moaning, "Goshdarn cramped space! Now I know how it feels to have claustrophobia!"

Ryan said, "No time to complain now; let's get moving!"

They ran to the cylinders in which the test subjects were contained, then they opened them one by one. The test subjects crawled into the elevator as Kelly sent them up to the surface and Eileen spirited them away during a minute-long montage.

When Fatale returned to destroy the test subjects, she saw all the canisters empty… except for one that contained a cyborg who obviously wasn't a test subject. Fatale screamed, "YOU ROTTEN BASTARDS!"


"I have taught you all I know," Pai Mei said. "You three have fun defeating that blonde French godmother and the martial arts-hating godfather she answers to!"

Ryan said, "Before you leave us, Master, I have one question. Why did you teach three teenagers the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique?"

"Why? Because Thirteen is a rank disgrace to the martial arts! That's why! See, I have at least one thing in common with those Japanese punks I so despise: I KNOW HOW TO HOLD A GRUDGE! And my grudge against Thirteen is well-deserved, I'll have you know!"

"Susan and Kelly and I share the same grudge, Master. It is our duty as Pretty Cure to finish him off, for the same reason you hold a grudge against him."

"And I hope for your success in defeating Thirteen, because the future of the arts I so adore is at stake. AND YOU WILL DO WELL TO REMEMBER THAT!"

"I'll always remember, even after I draw my last breath."

"That's a fine young man. Don't let it get to your head, but someday you will become as great as my greatest student in life, a blonde American woman. The same one who I passed my technique on to before another, more spiteful blonde American woman poisoned me. I fear her newfound peace may be shattered within a couple of years."

"We will always remember you, Master. And we wish the best of luck to your greatest student."

"Until I'm needed again, auf wiedersehen!"

The spirit of Pai Mei returned to the realm of the dead, vanishing into thin air before their eyes.


Goemon chuckled a little. Mina asked, "What's so funny?"

Goemon said, "Just some fond recent memory. When I consulted Pai Mei, he told me that he learned much more in the realm of the dead than he did in the realm of the living, including foreign tongues. He told me because I asked how he knew the phrase 'Guten tag'."

Principal Mazda said, "A wise man once told me that if you disturb the dead for a very important reason, you just might learn a secret or two about the realm of the dead. Disturb the dead just to cause trouble, though, and you may get more than you bargained for."

Mina said, "As Confucius say, if you construct a building atop an ancient burial ground in a dream, you had better wake up and apologise."

Suddenly, Nicola got up. "Fatale has come back to Millennium City. She intends to settle a score once and for all. I just hope Pretty Cure will be the ones to settle that score."

Goemon said, "They'll be all right, Nicola. I have a gut feeling they'll make it out alive."


Fatale was searching all over Millennium City for Pretty Cure. She found them outside of Ichiban, close to the gates. They hadn't transformed yet.

Fatale snarled, "I've been impatient to see you, Pretty Cure. I've waited a long time to settle the score!"

Ryan proceeded to punch Fatale in the gut. He smirked and said, "Bring it on."

A melee ensued as a security guard watched. Fatale yelled, "I WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU HID THE TEST SUBJECTS!"

Susan yelled, "THEY WERE NEVER YOURS TO BEGIN WITH! THEY WERE STOLEN!"

"I DON'T GIVE A GODDAMN THAT THEY WERE STOLEN, THIRTEEN WANTS THEM BACK, AND I'VE COME TO DO HIS BIDDING!"

Kelly yelled, "BITCH! WHO BESIDES THIRTEEN GIVES A SHIT? NOBUNAGA ODA?"

Fatale calmly said, "You could say that."

Susan yelled, "GO! WE'VE GOT THIS TAKEN CARE OF!"

The security guard scrambled away. Ryan, Susan, and Kelly got their transformers ready. "Dual fighting spirit!"

"Bodyguard, come forth!"

"The golden warrior, I am Cure Dragon!"

"The silver warrior, I am Cure Fortune!"

"Together we're Pretty Cure!"

"Evil warriors of ill fortune…"

"We shall send you packing!"

"Protecting my friends, I am Cure Fang! Let those who worship evil's might beware my power! The bodyguard's light!"

Fatale said, "'Tis very nice of you to transform; I didn't want to kill you as civilians. BOYS!"

Suddenly, a group of Yakuza appeared. Fatale said, "These are my last remaining faithful henchmen, after you've killed all those goons earlier. ATTACK!"

The Cures proceeded to punch out the henchmen, kick their asses, and decimate them like there was no tomorrow. It took a couple of minutes, but by the time the melee was through, all of them were either dead or incapacitated.

All of them, that is, except for Fatale. Cure Dragon walked up to her and asked, "You ever read the Bible, Fatale?"

Fatale said, "No."

Cure Fortune said, "Well, there's this passage that Kelly here memorised."

Cure Fang said, "It sort of fits the occasion. Ezekiel 25:17.

"The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the father of lost children.

"And I will execute great vengeance upon thee with furious anger, you who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers and sisters; and you will know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I lay my vengeance upon thee!

"PRETTY CURE! LIGHT OF JUSTICE!"

The light blinded Fatale enough that Cure Dragon could execute the final blow in a full frontal assault using only one hand.

The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.

"You are already dead," Cure Dragon said in a calm voice as he backed away from Fatale.

"Come closer," Fatale said. Dragon did, and she shook his hand. "I never thought you could learn something from a dead person. I know I'm already dead. I will soon join my ancestors in the realm of the dead."

Dragon asked, "Do you believe in heaven and hell?"

Fatale said, "No. I only believe in one realm of the dead, one where everyone of my species goes regardless of their deeds when they die. Thirteen massacred my ancestors and wiped my memory of their deaths. He made me believe he was my father. That's why he never executed me for failing him. He was too much of a father to me to bring himself to do so."

Dragon asked, "How did he do it?"

Fatale said, "He used a forbidden technique, one of those known as a Touch of Death. I have been justly done in by a Touch of Death, as I would never have remembered my ancestors again otherwise.

"The treasury of my now-decimated Yakuza family is located in one of the graves at Kuroidani Cemetery. It's buried in the grave marked Unknown, right beside the Matsumoto family grave. I want it to be distributed among those that need it more than others."

Dragon said, "I will do just that."

Fatale asked, "How do I look?"

Dragon said, "You look ready."

Fatale turned around, took five steps, and died.


Ryan, Susan, and Kelly entered the cemetery and looked for the Matsumoto family grave, as well as the grave marked Unknown.

Removing the cover from the grave, Ryan pulled out three bags of money. Putting the cover back over the grave, he said, "The woods are lovely, dark and deep; and we have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep."


ED: "Anataboshi (When I Come to Your Star with My Love)"


Next episode: "Kotaro Fuma contrattacca - Kotaro Fuma Strikes Back"

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