PHANTOM VN CAL ENDING =) DUSTY DESERT TRAIL ReijiXCAL
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09-22-09, 1:58 PM
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Ending XI: Dusty Desert Trail
--------TRUE ENDING REIJIXCAL----- How to acquire: Don't complete Mio’s path and when Elen leaves Reiji in order to search for Cal, choose the “Look for Cal” option
Reiji decides to find Cal before Elen does and save Mio. In order to do so, he’d need to force her to go out of her hiding.
After the beating up Mio scene, Cal sits at window thinking about what just happened.
Mio’s screams and cries for mercy still lingered in Cal’s ears.
“I just wanted to scare her… that was all…”
“So… why… why did I go so far?”
She knew the answer, but she just didn't want to admit it: it felt good.
Mio in fear… Mio’s screams… those were unbearably blissful for Cal.
“The way she feels about Reiji and the way she talks about Reiji… in comparison, I…”
She envied Mio. She wanted to destroy her purity. She wanted to break her completely.
But Cal herself understood… to act like that was to be a loser.
For example, there was her father, whose face Cal no longer remembered.
He only felt happy when losing to life, seeking solace in drinking and hurting his children.
“When did things turn out this way?”
It was like an uncontrollable beast lived inside her and she was controlled by its every whim like a puppet.
It was not that Cal hated, but that she was driven to hate.
It was like her hate for Reiji has taken over and hijacked Cal.
It was not that she despised anyone. It was just that bliss of hating, hurting and destroying drived her.
It was not important if her opponent was Reiji or Ein… or even Scyhte or Lizzie.
“What… SHIT! Lizzie… why didn't you stop me at that time? If you killed me, then all would have been the end, wouldn't it?”
Cal starts to cry.
She was alone, isolated as always.
As always, she could not stand herself and tears flowed.
She was scared of the beast within. She was scared of herself that went insane and destroyed.
Mio opened her eyes and saw Cal crying.
“Her crying… it seems so painful… but I can't understand why…”
There was no way to understand another's pain. The words of Cal were true after all.
“I can find the words to reach out… to console her. No matter how I try, I am just an outsider to her… in that case… Reiji too… If he is the same as this girl… if he has a chance to cry like her… then does that mean that I can't understand him either?”
Mio falls asleep while thinking about all of that.
(Unlike “Road to Cerulean Sky” and “Cherry Blossoms Avenue” routes, here Cal does not call Elen in order to solve things with her. I guess that in this version, Reiji and Cal were closer thus she loved him more… and the stronger her love in past was, that is how strong her hatred now is thus this realization isn’t enough for Cal to start resisting the beast within).
Next morning, Mio wakes up and notices that Cal is gone. She remembers that Cal cried last night and can’t believe that she is the same person as the girl that told her, in cold voice, that she wants to kill Reiji. As she is thinking about that, she feels someone’s eyes on her backs. The guy behind her was Azuma Reiji.
“I came here fearing for my life and I find a naked girl? Now THAT’S luck!”
Reiji is saddened to see that Mio was held in this lonely and cold place and is even more saddened when he notices that her clothes were torn apart.
“It is my fault. I promised to protect Mio and I failed…”
Not knowing what to say to Mio, he decides to stay silent.
He then notices that there is a handcuff on Mio’s leg. First, he thought of taking his gun and free her by shooting at handcuff, but since he didn't want to show a gun to Mio, he decides to use a different method. He asks her to give him a hairpin and decides to unlock the handcuff. He takes his time as he doesn't want to show her that he is used on doing this.
After freeing her, he asks her if she has clothes in school (since they are in the old dorm right now which is not far from school, which might be the best place to look for clothes). She confirms and he decides to go there with her in order to give her some clothes. He knows that they might meet Cal at their way there, but he decides to risk. If it happens, it happens.
They don't tell a word to one another as they walk towards the school. Reiji concludes that Cal told everything to Mio. However, when they finally come to school, Mio says few words and tells him that she would want to know more about that person called Cal and mentions that she saw her crying last night. Then she enters the room to put on her gym clothes and Reiji says in monologue:
Thank you Mio. Even though it didn’t concern you, you said something very important for me.
When Mio enters the taxi, Reiji tells her to not worry about Cal. As the taxi leaves, Reiji prepares for the second stage of his master plan.
In meantime, Cal drives around looking for Reiji. She didn’t concern herself with movements of Ein, but when Reiji disappeared, she became concerned.
“That rat ran away and abandoned Mio…”
As that thought crosses her mind, she notices the mistake in her judgment and returns to her hideout and finds out that her hostage is gone. She is angry and in despair believing that Reiji must have saved her. Desperate, she takes out Mio’s cell phone and calls Reiji, even though she believes that he must be gone already. On her surprise, Reiji answers.
“Reiji! You are aware of what you have done!”
“It is too late Cal. I let Mio go a while ago. There is no reason for you to get worked up...”
(“He is laughing at me… he is poking fun at me…”)
“Farewell again, Cal…”
“I will follow you… I will follow you to depths of hell if needed…”
“Give up Cal… you can’t really believe that you can beat me?”
“Don’t make me laugh. An army of you wouldn’t stand a chance against me. I see that value of position of Phantom has gone down the drain since you became Phantom… not to mention the value of Inferno.”
“WHAT?! You are the one to talk! Always running away like a coward!”
“You are dull, Cal. Shall I give you a chance?”
“Now that I think about it, it will be a pain if you follow me forever. We can duel and settle it once and for all… if you have the courage that is.”
“It sounds interesting.” (“As I hoped, I wont show him any mercy. I will murder you Azuma Reiji. I will murder you!”)
“I'll give you an hour. Come to the church near Shinokura Gauken by then.”
(“SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT … he he he he… yes, thats right… this hateful feeling is all I have left… I am not going to worry any more. I am going to free the beast… the beast within me! I will give you all of me… and then I will push till the end!”)
The scene then changes to Reiji so now we listen to his monologue while he is walking towards the church:
(“This is it. This is my last duty for her. What Cal now needs is an opponent… someone at whom she can throw two years of pent up emotions.
If she is full and overflowing with hate, then I should purge her of it. I will take on all of her anger and then I will die. If it will compensate for the havoc I created from her life, then it will be a cheap price to pay… this life of mine.
I don't know if she will be able to start over… to start a new life again. But to do so, this nightmare of hers has to end. This nightmare that has lasted till today. That is all I can do. Then I will watch over her and pray for her… until the day she can acquire true happiness. She shouldn't have to suffer any more because of me.”)
Reiji entered the church and started remembering the old days and asked himself why didn't he check if she was alive on the day of explosion.
(“If she had not met me… if she had not loved me… Cal would have had a different life. I don’t know if she still can, but I have to believe that. I need to return her life back.”)
As he intends to say a prayer he learnt from Elen, he feels angry eyes watching his back.
Cal taunts him, but Reiji stays silent (“I can’t say hateful things in front of her…”). When she asked him how he wants to settle this, he told her to make the choice herself. So she takes out her Clock of Despair and says that once the music stops, they shoot.
Reiji remembers the day he bought her that watch and the joy Cal felt because of that. Reiji notices that distance is 10 meters and that there is no chance that either of them will miss. It is all about the speed. However, Reiji does not intend to fire a bullet. He will take out his gone and aim it at her, but he won’t pull the trigger.
As he listens to music, he remembers the past days again. He loved her and she loved him, but now they must end as enemies. Even though he knew why he needed to die, he still regretted it. Is it selfish for him to die this way?
The melody was nearing its end.
(“The sound of Cal’s music box will be the last thing I hear… no… the sound of bullet will be the last thing I will hear. At least an image of her face will be burned into my memory… then I will die. Even the eyes of a killer… the eyes filled with hatred… they will do…. Because those are Cal’s eyes.”)
Then the silence came… and with it, Reiji’s supposed death.
Cal took out her gun, but then she suddenly jumped back and a shower of bullets hit the place where she was standing. Reiji turns around and looks at the source of those bullets.
Impatient Elen starts the cat-fight!
Cal declares Reiji a cheater and takes the gun she brought with her and the cat-fight starts.
Cal doesn't waste time and she starts firing bullets… and destroying the church. It takes some time for Reiji to see where Elen is
Professor Elen shows us her great skills of evading bullets by running around
Elen jumps near Cal and fires some bullets at her opponent, but Cal uses the gun as a shield by throwing it away and jumping somewhere else. While in air, she takes out her S&W pistols
Cal returns fire and Elen is forced to hide behind the altar
Left without bullets, Elen throws away her Scorpion and takes out the Python and shoots at Cal. Cal hides behind one of the pillars and waits till Elen is forced to reload
After hearing the seventh shoot, Cal goes out and starts shooting back so Elen hides again
Reiji notices something very weird in Elen’s behavior: she is fighting without her usual care… she fights at Cal’s pace.
When Cal is forced to reload, Elen goes out and starts shooting at Cal again
Finally, Reiji realizes that Elen is trying to create her own pace. He noticed that Elen is controlling Cal like a puppet by making her believe that, because Elen has less firepower, victory is guaranteed for Cal. Because of that, Cal abandoned all of her strategies and fights by using same moves over and over again.
He notices that Elen took out a survival knife and hides it behind her back. Elen’s plan becomes obvious to Reiji.
Cal who is hiding behind a pillar, however, does not notice what Elen is intending to do
A thought of dead Cal crosses Reiji’s mind and he starts becoming desperate.
Elen fires the bullets from her pistol in random directions. As the seventh bullet is shoot, Elen makes a spin and throws the eight missile
Reiji starts running towards Cal, not even caring if Cal will shoot him.
And he made it in time…
“Why… What happened?! Why did you save me?!”
“I am sorry Cal… I am afraid that I am no good at lying after all…” (Reiji falls unconscious)
“Why, at the end of the end, did you protect me? I don’t understand anything… I don’t understand anything at all…”
While Cal is confused, Elen comes and removes Reiji from her. Without any fuss or hesitation, she carefully removes knife from Reiji’s shoulder (which was supposed to hit Cal’s throat) in order to not hurt an artery. She tells Cal that he is alright and that he just fainted.
Cal asks why Reiji saved her and Elen replies that it is what he wanted all along. Cal wanted to ask something else, but Elen gives her a sign to stay silent. Cal looks around and notices that there are people watching them from the windows. She counts and concludes that they are surrounded by around 20 enemies.
Elen starts walking towards the altar and tells Cal to hide Reiji there. Elen also picks up the scorpion she threw away and changes its magazine. Cal started to ask a question, but was interrupted when those gangsters started firing bullets at them. She concludes that these are gangsters from the Godoh Group who muct have noticed that Mio has been freed. Not wanting to waste time, she and Elen put Reiji behind the altar.
Cal notices that those gangsters are just amateurs, but their great numbers still make her pessimistic about their chances. As Cal thinks about how to handle them, Elen tells her that there is a back entrance in priest’s room so she should take Reiji and flee with him. Cal asks her what she will do and Elen replies that she will hold them back. Cal does not believe that she can handle these many enemies.
Cal: “Why do so much?”
“There is something important between me and Reiji and I need to protect it.”
“You… this is not a game! I look like a fool!”
“If you are bothered by it… come back another day and try to kill me :) But for now… take care of Reiji.”
Cal looks at Reiji who lies in her arms and concludes that his wound is not deep, but needs to be treated quickly.
"This idiot... why did he need to..."
"SHIT! Don't hit the bucket while we are in here!"
She accepts Elen’s request and starts running without looking back. She didn’t want Elen to see her tears.
Later that night, Scyhte and the Zchalen Schwestern appear at the church. Scyhte notices a sea of corpses but no Phantom dead and concludes that Drei must have made peace. While a bit disappointing development, it is still interesting. He concludes that they must have ran to the school so he and the Schwestern go in that direction.
Oh, and he thought that this is what happens when you rely on numbers against three former Phantoms… he had no idea that Ein took care of all these guys alone…
Reiji wakes up and notices that he is in a classroom. He is confused that he is alive, that he is in school and that certain someone is sleeping on him, with a softened face.
It is Cal and he notices remains of tears on her face. He laughs a bit at her crying while sleeping.
He calls her name and she wakes up.
She is relieved to see that he is alright but isn't able to say a word.
Tears start flowing from her eyes.
(“Now just cry Cal… words won't heal the heart. Nobody is to blame. Our relationship was filled with misunderstandings, but now we are together again.”)
“So Cal... we meet again.”
"...yes." she says and smiles.
Reiji is glad that, after two years, they managed to reconcile.
As he tries to get up, pain goes through his wound so Cal tells him to stay calm.
He asks her why they are here and she explains that after he fainted, the Godoh Group attacked. Ein stayed to fight alone and they escaped. Reiji wonders why Elen would go through trouble of helping Cal. She shouldered it all alone and continued to sacrifice. Reiji asks himself how he can ever repay her.
Cal: “Don't worry, that is Ein. She is so strong that it is almost frightening. Her enemies are just a bunch of amateurs. She will get out somehow.”
Reiji notices that Cal also realized how much she owes to Elen.
Then Cal is hit by regret again:
Cal: “I was such an idiot towards everyone… I shoot Lizzie… I treated Mio horribly... even though she had nothing to do with all this…”
In order to stop her from crying, Reiji hugs her and tells her that it is his fault for mixing Mio into all this. Before Cal can continue, he changes the topic:
“What about Inferno and Scyhte? If Godoh Group is moving, Inferno can’t be far behind. This isn’t a safe place to stay.”
“I know, but…”
(“Yes… she couldn’t run away with an injured me. If I told her to leave me behind, she probably would not listen. Actually, asking her to run and leave me behind would just make her sad.”)
“I guess that this is the end of line for us…”
Reiji agrees. However, even if they die here, they will not be separated again. The fate that brought them to this conclusion is certainly cruel. So they decide to wait the end there rather than madly trying to survive.
After some time… Cal gets horny and asks him to have sex. Reiji goes: “What?! Here?”
His resistance is futile tough and Cal manages to persuade him to spend their last moments like that.
Well… I don't think that either of them, when the day started, expected to do this...
Depending on the game version, either while kissing or during sex, Cal says:
“Yes… we will be together… forever!”
And one of the Numba Sis jumps through the window.
However, before she even touched the floor, Cal showered her with bullets and the victim fell dead.
Around the same time, another Sister enters through the door and the third through another door. Cal gives them the same treatment.
One of them is killed immediately but the other one falls wounded to the floor. She tries to take her weapon back into her hands, but Cal comes to her and hits her.
“Heaven or Hell, make your pick! I am not giving you mind or Reiji’s life!”
And so in matter of few seconds, the Zchalen Schwestern lost half of their members…
Like the player, Reiji goes WTF?!
“Did she just kill those three in matter of few seconds?”
He also comments on how Cal looks like a goddess of hunt.
"Sorry Reiji for surprising you like this."
"Did you give up on dieing?"
"Well, you see... I don't really think that we spent enough time together. So I think I'd like to survive for now."
"And what will we do if we manage to get out? Where will we go? After all, Inferno is after us!"
"Well... we will think about details once we killed our way out."
"But don't you worry, I'll take care of them. You just rest here and wait for my return. Now quickly, put your clothes on. Quick, quick..."
“Few moments ago, she was weeping bitterly. And now she is fearless again and ready to jump into a fight again. Can she really be this ferocious, gracious and… frightening?”
The remaining assassins, seeing that they underestimated Drei and lost half of their manpower, started devising another plan. Seeing that Drei is running to another side of the building, they conclude that she must be acting as a decoy. Thus, Vier and Acht will go after Drei while Neun goes to take care of Zwei and then joins her comrades in fight against Drei.
Later, Reiji notices that one of assassins didn't go after Cal to the other side of the school but is still in his side of the building, turning floor after floow into a beehive. Thus, he goes to take care of that assassin by setting up a trap.
On the other side of building Cal is fighting against Vier and Acht.
She notices that her enemies are the Zchalen Schwestern. With three of them dead, two are fighting against her. That means that the sixth assassin is probably searching for Reiji. Concerned about him, Cal becomes nervous and starts to think about how she could get rid of these two opponents in one single strike and join up with Reiji.
Back at Reiji’s side of the building, Neun was filling third floor with bullets, like she did first and second. When she enters men’s bathroom, she notices that stalls are locked as if someone was using all of them. Without hesitation, she starts filling stalls with bullets and she is surprised to see that water started pouring out. Too late does she notice an electric cord falling into water thus filling Neun with electricity.
When Neun died, Reiji got out from women’s bathroom and looks at her corpse. He thought about how this girl was of Mio’s age and could have been leading a happier life if fate wasn’t so cruel.
He then decides to find Cal and tell her that he is OK. However, a bullet hits him and he falls unconscious.
On other side of the building, Cal is still desperately looking for a way to get rid of her opponents. As she is running through school, she notices a classroom that looks different than others. Because she watched a lot of movies, she quickly recognizes the classroom as a chemistry lab and comes up with a plan and thanks the gods of motorcycles and Levi's for giving her this opportunity.
She enters the lab and starts breaking stuff around in order to fill the room with explosive gas. However, knowing that her opponents aren't some amateurs but professionals, she understands that Vier and Acht won't blow themselves into air by shooting in the lab. Thus, she breaks into a locked room where tools and takes out an electric stove. She thinks about how this looks like it is taken from the movies, but her daydreaming end when Vier and Acht enter the lab with knives in their hands.
Knowing that she can’t afford to waste time, Cal sneaks to one of the tables and connects the stove to electricity. Because she has no time, she decides to flee by jumping through the window. So she yells “Farewell, scumbags!” and jumps out, leaving those two to see the wonders of being caught in an explosion.
Cal falls into a flower bed and survives the Leap of Fate. Even tough she feels pain all over her body, all the muscles and bones seem to be fine. So she gives a thumb up to Heavens… and to gods of boxing and Vietnam while she is at it.
As she rises up in order to find Reiji, someone fires a bullet that hits the soil beneath her. She aims her gun at the darkness where her opponent is supposed to stand. A laughter is heard and she recognizes it as Scyhte's laughter.
He congratulates her on managing to beat all the assassins from Vier to Acht, something he certainly didn't except. He tells her that she might really deserve to be called Phantom.
Cal asks him if he intends to challenge the Phantom and he replies by telling her that she must be kidding. He himself isn't so trustable in his own abilities.
Thus, he throws unconscious Reiji to the ground where she could see him. Cal is shocked and Scyhte tells her that he is still alive… tough it depends on her if he will stay like that.
She calls him a bastard and Scyhte fires a bullet into Reiji’s leg and tells her to be careful when choosing what words she will say. He orders her to disarm. Desperate, Cal throws both of her S&W's on the ground. He tells her to throw ALL weapons to the ground and she has no choice but to throw an ATM that she hid in her sleeve to the ground.
“This must be an illusion, Drei! Disarming yourself for a half dead man… that is so disappointing. Dubing you Phantom is laughable! At the end, you are nothing more then a little girl in love.”
In order to hurt her, he fires another bullet into Reiji.
“Yes Drei… you are wonderful with those hate filled eyes of yours!” He aims the gun at her. “This is such a shame, Drei. Such a shame. You were my best…”
Before he is able to even complete his sentence, he is hit by a bullet from behind. He doesn't even have time to be surprised when another bullet hits him right into the head.
Seeing that Scyhte is dead, Cal runs to Reiji in order to check up his wounds. She is relieved to see that he is still alive and that bullets have gone through. If she can stop the bleeding, he should be alright. Thus, she takes his belt and uses it to take care of his wound.
When she takes care of his wound, she looks at the person who killed Scyhte. She saw a pale and hollow girl in school uniform.
It was Ein
Elen asks her how is Reiji and Cal tells her that he is alright. Elen is relieved to hear that.
Cal looks at Ein’s wounds and is left speechless. The wounds are fatal and too much time has passed. Elen is living on borrowed time.
“Please, take care of Reiji. You are able to protect him.”
“But…” (Cal remembers their duel in the church and thinks about what would have happened if Reiji didn't interfere) “But I am not as strong as…”
“It is alright, you will get stronger.”
“I hated you Drei… I never thought that I would hate another person. And finally I understand why: I loved him. Like Mio. Like you.”
“That's because you are a woman.”
“Ha ha. Are you making fun at me? Or is that a compliment?“
“What do you think?”
“It is alright. Either is fine. I am just glad that I finally understood it at the end.”
As Ein says those words, Cal felt that her body lightened up and she was gone
(“This girl is certainly… I am sorry… Elen… that's how Reiji called her, I heard… the least I could do is say that name loud in these last moments of hers.”)
A certain amount of time passes.
At Mexican city of Santa Madelia, armed men are waiting for someone who is intending to kill Sanchez, the gang leader in the town. From the gossip that is spread, we find out that Sanchez’s rival Chavez has hired Phantom, a couple of assassins, to assassinate his rival. The men are a bit frightened that these dangerous people are coming, but they are still very optimistic as the entire town is protecting Sanchez.
Meanwhile, Reiji is complaining on how the truck that is transporting them is old thus making the travel annoying. While he is annoyed, Cal is sleeping despite ride. He wakes her up as they are just few dozen minutes away from their goal, Santa Madelia. He is confused on how she can sleep so peacefully before the mission. She must have nerves of steel.
“Are you ready, Cal?”
“Yes, I am. How many enemies are there again?”
“Everyone we see. There will be no ignorant citizens taking a walk in streets today.” (that explains why the town knew they were coming: they announced their arrival in order to take care that citizens are not involved)
“Will the police show up?”
“They will be Sancchez’s men.”
“Well, well… I am not sure I'll have enough bullets.”
“Just take it easy. First aim then shoot.”
“But I can shoot three times while you are still aiming.”
“One shoot at a time is fine. One shoot at a time.”
“If I shoot three bullets, two of them will hit the home.”
“I don't care. Never miss. Aim at that them, damn it!”
“Look, let me just use one of your spare guns.”
“You have five guns. You are so stingy!”
“You have seven. What, are you going to hold eight? You have only two hands, you know. Don't spray your bullets around. Don't just throw your gun away! No imitating that stupid move stuff either! Back me up for once, damn it!”
(Cal seems to have ignored Professor Reiji's lesson)
“Reiji, we are getting quite a lot of money for this job, right?”
“Well, yes. Nobody else would take up this dangerous job so I made them spit a lot of money.”
“Don't you think we deserve a break?”
“You are probably right. Should we spend it... garishly? All at once? Where do you want to go? To Caribbean? Or to Europe?”
“Well, that sounds good. But I want to go somewhere where we would never go on a job. Somewhere where nobody is around and we would be alone… like North Pole!"
“North Pole? That's impossible. What about Greenland?”
“We would be able to watch the aurora at night… That would be nice. We could even live there!”
“We would eat seal every day…”
“No need to worry about food! I am good at devising new dishes so you will never get sick of eating them.”
(“Once it hits her pace, the story just gets bigger and bigger. Now I don't even know if she is joking or is serious. At times like this, she can be unexpectedly serious, but that is just like her so it is fine.”)
“So, we will one day go to North Pole?”
“OK, we will after this job.”
If they survive that is. Reiji is thinking about how this might be their last mission. But maybe the fact that their enemies are just amateurs, the police is cowardly and the weaponry is old aged will save them.
However, he is still optimistic. No matter how dangerous the situation is, they always get out of it alive and it will probably be like that this time as well. They will be together forever…
Modified by Airitoizzy, 10-03-09, 1:48 PM
12-02-09, 5:06 AM
Joined: Feb 2008
Thank you very much! I would love to see the Dusty Desert Trail route/ending get an OVA adaptation.