Operation World Warriors
“Guile, I can’t move.”
“Neither can I, Chun-Li. It looks like we’re-“
“Doomed, Major?” laughed self-proclaimed Grand General M. Bison of Shadaloo. He grinned maliciously at United States Army Air Force Major Guile and Chinese resistance fighter Chun-Li. The pair were tightly bound to a chain that slowly lowered them into a shark pit.
“You’ll never get away with this, Bison!” Guile said as he struggled to free himself from the ropes.
“It appears that I already have, Guile.” He began to turn away, but stopped short to smirk at Chun-Li. “Oh, and Chun-Li, dearest? Do give my regards to your father when you meet him in Hell.”
Chun-Li glared at the madman, but refused to give him the satisfaction of a verbal response. Guile and Chun-Li continued squirming against the ropes, but they were tied too well, the water was getting closer, and the circling sharks were getting anxious.
“Now, if you’ll excuse me,” Bison said, “I need to make a phone call to der Führer of Germany. He and I have much to discuss.” His black cape billowed as he turned away and left the two heroes to their grisly end.
“We can’t give up yet!” said Chun-Li as she desperately tried to keep her legs out of the water. Regardless, her efforts proved useless as a shark locked its bloodthirsty eyes on her and began its murderous charge.
Guile’s situation was no better, as the other shark was fast approaching him as well. His blood ran cold as the beast opened its massive jaws, revealing sets of razor sharp teeth on which were impaled the few bloody remains of Dan Hibiki, its latest victim.
“Now!” both warriors shouted as they kicked out their legs, landing mighty blows within the jaws of the two sharks. The great leviathans were undeterred, and it was all the two heroes could do to keep the brutes from biting off their legs.
“Major,” Chun-Li grunted as her legs ever-so-slowly gave way to the shark’s muscles, “no matter what happens, it’s been an honor and a pleasure fighting alongside you.”
“The feeling’s mutual,” Guile responded. His knees ached as they began to bend. The shark’s teeth began piercing the bottom of his boots.
“Sonic Boom!” a voice cried out as a curved blast of energy struck Guile’s shark, knocking it unconscious and away from the soldier. Guile looked up to see his friend Charlie jumping straight for the shark terrorizing Chun-Li.
“Charlie!” Chun-Li and Guile called out as Charlie grappled the remaining shark and pulled it away from Chun-Li, wrestling it below the water. Suddenly all was quiet. Guile and Chun-Li couldn’t see their friend or the shark anywhere. Suddenly, the shark was ejected straight out of the water with Charlie right behind it. With smooth precision, he punched the shark in the face, kneed it in the gut, and finished his assault with a backflip that kicked it twice more in the mouth. He landed back on the balcony as the shark fell back into the water and harmlessly floated away.
“Sorry I’m late,” Charlie said as he turned a large rusty wheel, pulling Chun-Li and Guile back out of the pit and over the balcony.
“I’d say you’re just in time,” Chun-Li said as Charlie untied her, hugging him the moment she was free.
“Good to see you, Lieutenant,” Guile said as Charlie and Chun-Li freed him.
“I wouldn’t miss this party for the world, Major. Now let’s go get Bison.”
“Splendid idea, mein Führer,” Bison cackled into the phone. “Stalin will never know what hit him! I wish you luck, and I am pleased to continue our partnership! Give my regards to Herr Himmler and the lovely Eva. Yes, yes, auf Wiedersehen.” He hung up the phone and sipped his martini with an evil grin. Hearing footsteps, he shook his head and chuckled.
“I should have known you would escape my pets.” He turned around to see Guile, Chun-Li, and Charlie at the doorway to his office. Each stood in their respective fighting stances.
“It’s over, Bison,” said Charlie.
“Indeed, my friends, it is. For you!” Bison growled as he lunged at the three heroes, his body wrapped in his hate-fueled Psycho Power. His assault hit Charlie directly and knocked him to the ground. Chun-Li tried taking Bison off-balance by wrenching down on his cape, but it easily unclasped from his uniform as he turned and slugged her in the face. Guile tried attacking him, but Bison kicked back into his stomach.
“You are all dead, my friends!” Bison laughed as purplish electricity surged through his forearms. With a savage grin, he lifted Guile off the ground by his throat, shocking him with Psycho Power. Guile tried to free himself, but to his horror, the energy prevented him from moving.
“Kikoken!” Chun-Li cried as she shot a spirit energy projectile from her hands into Bison’s back. The warlord cried out in pain as he dropped Guile to the floor. In a flash, he grabbed Chun-Li and slammed her face-first into the metal wall.
Charlie finally recovered as he saw Chun-Li fall to the ground. He roared and lunged at Bison, catching him completely off guard as he pounded the psychopath with dozens of vicious kicks. Again and again his powerful legs struck Bison in every viable target on his body, giving the villain no chance of retaliation. A glare in his eye, Charlie finished his combo with a right cross and a jumping uppercut. Bison flew back several feet, crashing into a glass display that prominently featured a flag with the Shadaloo Skull emblazoned over the Nazi Swastika.
“Are you two all right?” Charlie asked as he gently helped the dazed Chun-Li back onto her feet.
“I’ll live,” she replied as she wiped blood from her forehead.
“We’re fine, Charlie,” Guile said.
“All right,” Charlie said. “Let’s go. Bomber planes are already inbound, so let’s double time it!”
The trio immediately sprinted from the office and down the catwalks and corridors of the base. Each dank room and tight hall looked nearly like the last. The walls were all dull metal with splashes of rust (possibly blood, but they didn’t have time to find out). Many areas were left largely unfinished with no intention of ever resuming construction. The only way through these areas was crossing on metal beams, risking a two-story fall down into piles of scrap metal, broken glass, and rusted screws.
“We’re almost there!” Chun-Li informed the two Americans. She was right- the base’s hidden entrance was just coming into sight. They could hear the low rumble of the incoming bombers in the distance.
The lights shut off without warning, leaving them in total darkness.
“Psycho Crusher!” roared Bison from the shadows as he launched himself at Charlie. Charlie raised his arms and braced himself, barely blocking the vicious attack.
“Round two?” Charlie asked, glaring into Bison’s white-hot eyes.
“Fight!” Bison barked as he engaged Charlie in another powerful exchange of blows. Guile and Chun-Li, only able to see the flashes of Charlie’s and Bison’s supernatural powers in the shadows, tried to attack Bison, but the aura of his Psycho Power easily knocked them away.
“Get out of here!” Charlie shouted as he kicked Bison into a wall. “I’m making sure he dies today!”
“Charlie!” Guile protested.
“You can’t!” Chun-Li cried.
“That’s an order! Get out of here now!”
Guile could never clearly remember all that happened next. Somehow, he and Chun-Li found their way through the dark and made it out of the base, running out into the cold night. Just afterward, the small jungle island was lit up with the explosions, the bombs whistling as they fell. Guile and Chun-Li hid in relative safety through the night. They only emerged the next morning, and silently went to investigate the smoldering ruins. There was no sign of Bison anywhere. No body, no blood, not even a scrap of clothing.
All they found were the dog tags of First Lieutenant Charlie Nash, United States Army Air Force.