SummaryHave you ever thought about what could have been? What if Kabuto wasn't about a MAN that walked the path of heaven. But a woman that walked the path of...video games? Kamen Rider is owned by Toei Company, Ltd. I own nothing but the idea.
NoteFor this one, I have cast one of my favorite Toku actresses in the role of Tendou. If you are a fan of Dekaranger that you'll recognize the wonderful Kinoshita Ayumi. But she is the one that I have cast here.
Chapter 1In 1999 it was a perfect and ordinary day. People were out and about living everyday lives. Including the Kasakabe family. They were in a building the father was working on something and something had come up when he was out and about with his family so he decided to bring them too. But Amaterasu couldn’t be bothered to learn where she was or why she was there. She was mad and like most kids her age, she didn’t care about anything other than her anger.
She didn’t even care that her little sister was wandering around. She idealized her older sister. But she had angered her before they had left for their house by accidentally erasing her saved game for the newest craze for games. Armored Hero one about the mighty Kamen Rider Kuuga.
Hiyori wanted to make it up to her but she didn’t know how she could. But as Amaterasu looked out the window she saw a ball of flame heading for the city. “Okāsan?” she asked just as the meteor hit the city-destroying half the city. And Amaterasu cried for hours in the rubble of the building. And she was all alone her family was gone and no one could bring them back.
* * *Seven years later and little Amaterasu wasn’t so little anymore. And she was living a somewhat normal life. She had moved in with her grandmother and took her grandmother’s name and became Tendou Amaterasu. She went by Tendou because she never wanted to hear her first name again. It brought up memories of her family. She had a new little sister too. Her young cousin Tendou Juuka who also lost her parents in that fateful meteor crash.
“Nē-chan, good morning,” she said with a smile as she ran into the room with her sister playing a game like always.
“Good morning.” Tendou said with a smile as she cleared a level. “Yes!” she screamed as she looked at the screen of the game.
“Itadakimasu,” Juuka said as she dug into the meal that her older sister had made. “Delicious as usually Nē-chan,” Juuka said with a smile.
“I bet you say that to all the cooks you have.” Tendou said with a smile.
“No Nē-chan. You are a great cook. Why do you play those games?” she asked with a smile.
Tendou smile faltered a little. “For my family,” she said with a sad smile as her favorite character in Armored Hero 7 Kamen Rider Kabuto did his victory pose of pointing to the sky.
She had bought every game in the franchise. If only to play them for her sister. She hated herself for being mad at her that day. She would give anything to have that day back and at the very least tell her that it was a stupid thing to have gotten mad over. And Juuka looked sad. She knew that her sister had been kicking herself for that day since she had met her when they both moved into this house seven years before. But she never knew what to do.
* * *With Juuka in school for the day, Tendou decided to go out. It would have been her sisters 20th birthday. And every year on her birthday she would go do something that she wished that she could share with her. This year she had found a little bistro called the Bistro La Salle. It was a cute little place. The type of place that her sister would have loved.
“I’m sorry, we’re closed right now sweetie.” the woman in charge of the restaurant said to her as she walked through the doors.
“But the sign says open?” Tendou said, looking out the door to see the open sign.
She looked out and saw the sign. “I’m telling you that child doesn’t know if she’s coming or going. Come in I’ll fix you something good for your trouble,” she said with a smile as she went out and grabbed the sign before any more people would come for the non-existing lunch rush.
“Sorry about that.” Tendou said with an apologetic smile.
“It’s not your fault sweetie. I have part-time help that is both a cook and a go for. She was supposed to take down the sign last night must have forgotten with her other job a suppose. So I’ll fix you up something. I’m afraid it can’t be something on the menu. Most of that I am starting the early prep work now.” she said with a smile as she went to the kitchen.
“That’s fine ma’am. I just came here to celebrate my sister’s 20th birthday.” Tendou said sadly.
“Should I fix something for two then?” she asked with a smile.
“No she’s...” Tendou said but couldn’t finish it.
“The meteor?” she asked with a knowing smile.
“Yeah.” Tendou said, trying not to cry.
“We all lost something to that damn thing. I had a cousin that was in the Shibuya district. We could never find him. His family was a wreck. I’ll fix you something special.” she said with a smile.
Tendou her. She reminded her of a simpler time. When all that mattered was family and love then that meteor hit the Shibuya district and the world changed. “Let me help you, ma’am. I know a thing or two about cooking,” she said with a smile and the two of them cooked a fine meal for the both of them to enjoy and toast to the memories of those that they had lost.
* * *Later Tendou had to get what they were going to have for dinner that night. That’s when she saw something that she hoped that she and Juuka would never run into in their lives. Standing before her, was one of the creatures that had come to the Earth with that meteor. Inside the meteor was a creature that had come to be called Worms. They were shape-shifting aliens that would kill the people that they take the shape of.
Everyone lived in fear that someone that they loved had been killed and been replaced. But thankfully their numbers hadn’t grown too large. There were rumors that there was an organization that protected them from the Worm. But they aren’t doing a good job, she thought. Terrified by what she was seeing.
Then she saw vans and trucks pull up and she saw men jump out of them to fight the Worm. “Get out of here!” she heard a female voice say. That’s when she saw a woman that was just a couple years younger then she was. But she carried herself with confidence. She liked her right away. But she was terrified by what she was seeing. She couldn’t move. Her body was frozen.
That’s when she was grabbed by this woman and the two of them rushed out of there. But it didn’t take long for the Worm to start to glow. “Shit it’s molting!” she heard from one of the fighters that were trying to fight this thing. She looked over her shoulder as she was being rushed out. The green monster that it had been, just milted away and replaced with a streamlined version of the monster.
Then almost without warning it vanished and then all of the troops were defeated and sent flying all dead by the looks of them. Tendou couldn’t believe what was happening. She saw her life flash before her eyes. And she regretted her anger even more now that she thought her life was ending. She wanted more than anything takes that back.
“I’m sorry Hiyori,” she said with tears streaming down her face.
The person that was helping her escape was then attacked by the Worm. It held her up by the neck. Tendou couldn’t just watch as this woman died. So she lunged forward and tried to free her from the Worm. But it worked about as well as you could hope. She was swatted away and her game was flung free from her pocket.
At this point, the game started to glow like it never had before. She couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw something that she never thought that she would ever see. Something flew out of the game. It was the little red beetle that Kamen Rider Kabuto used to Cast Off and power up. It also had a belt too.
She didn’t know why, but she felt like this was her destiny. She rushed to the belt and put it on. And then she caught the red beetle. “Henshin!” she said as she slid the beetle into the slot on the belt. And armor grew around her body. She couldn’t believe this feeling as she looked at the bulky armor that she knew only too well.
The woman that was being held up by her neck eyes went wide. She has never seen anything like this before. And she had been fighting Worms for a couple of years.
“Is this happening?” Tendou asked herself more than anyone there. As she looked at the armor she knew so well. Then she was brought back to the situation by the sounds of the woman gurgling.
“I don’t think so.” Tendou said as she rushed into the fight. She pulled the Worm off the girl that would be her hero. She punched him away fighting him off her with ease. It then moved fast again. That’s when she remembered the special power that they had come up with for this generation of Kamen Riders in Armored Hero. “Cast Off,” she said flicking the horn of the beetle.
“CHANGE BEETLE!” she heard as her armor was flung from her body and a horn came up to her face. The girl behind her couldn’t believe this as she watched the armor pieces hit the Worm. She had never seen a molted Worm being fought like this. She knew that they had to defeat these worms before they molted. But she watched as this random person was right now going toe to toe with a molted Worm.
That’s when it tried to speed run away again. “No, you don’t.” Tendou said as she pushed a button on the side of the belt that she knew was. Thank you game, she thought with a smile.
“CLOCK UP!” she heard as she started to move just as fast as the Worm. She had wondered why this gen of Kamen Riders had this power when she first heard about this power but she was thankful for it right now as she fought the Worm. She thought about all the things that she had dealt with because of that damn meteor. She would never be able to apologize to her sister who she was sure had died thinking that she would hate her forever.
She saw all the nightmares that she had ever had of the meteor taking everyone that she had loved. Her otōsan, her okāsan, Juuka, and Hiyori. She could never forgive anything that came from that devil thing that had taken her life and trashed it beyond repair. “ONE. TWO. THREE.” her belt said as she pushed the button on the beetle she had caught called the Kabuto Zecter.
“RIDER KICK!” she said as she roundhouse kicked the Worm sending a massive amount of energy into the Worm with the kick. And the Worm fell and exploded.
“CLOCK OVER!” she heard the belt say as the flames erupted behind her.
The girl that had wanted to save Tendou stared at this person that she had wanted to save. “How did you know how to do that?” she asked her as she undid her henshin.
“Uh, I played this game Armored Hero 7. My favorite Kamen Rider in that game is Kamen Rider Kabuto. And that’s what I had just become. B-But I don’t understand this. It’s just a game.” she said as the Kabuto Zecter playfully flew around her.
“Would you mind coming with me?” the girl asked.
“Why?” Tendou asked, looking at her.
“We could use someone like you fighting these Worms,” she said with a smile.
“Uh, I don’t want to fight.” Tendou said.
“But you just demolished that molted Worm. I’ve never seen that before,” she said, looking at her.
Tendou started to fear what this woman was saying; she liked her but she didn’t want to be the puppet of some organization that operated in secret. “My obāsan told me this. Never trust someone that hides their true face. You might be making a deal with the devil.” Tendou said with a smile.
She rushed to her game and picked it up hoping to run away. But as soon as she touched it a bike appeared in front of her. It was shaped like Kabuto and had a helmet on the set. She didn’t know where or how that appeared. But it was becoming the norm right now. She quickly put the helmet on and rushed back to her house. With the Kabuto Zecter flying beside her like a happy little puppy following its master home.
* * *“I’m sorry Juuka. I got sidetracked as I was going to get the food for tonight,” she said with a smile to her little sister. They were walking to the restaurant she had lunch in.
“It’s alright Nē-chan. I know that today is a bad day for you,” she said with a comforting smile to her older sister.
“Has anyone ever told you that you are wise beyond your years.” Tendou said with a smile.
“Yes, you Nē-chan,” she said with a smile as they walked into the Bistro La Salle.
“Hey welcome back. And who is this?” the woman she had lunch with asked with a smile seeing her with Juuka.
“This is my other little sister. She’s my cousin. But we both were taken in by our obāsan. And we became sisters.” she said with a smile.
“Oh, that’s nice. I guess every cloud has a silver lining,” she said with a smile to the two of them. And seat them at a table.
“Kagami sweetie please give these two fine people the specials,” she said with a smile as she went to another group seating at the table across the room.
“Hi, I’m Kagami Miyo. I’ll be cooking tonight. And the special is saba shioyaki, nikujaga, sunomono, miso soup, and genmai.” she said, handing them a menu just in case they wanted something else.
“That sounds great Nē-chan,” Juuka said with a smile.
“Then make that for two please.” Tendou said, looking up at the server and that’s when they saw each other for the first time.
“YOU!” they both said at the same time. Because the woman that was taking their order was the same one that had tried to save her earlier. But was ended up being saved by her.
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