Gundam 00: Being a Meister

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Gundam 00: Being a Meister

Post by Destiny_Gundam » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:19 am

Just something I thought up. I apologise in advanced for any OOCness. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be ‘Feldt’, but I have a habit of pronouncing silent letters in my head and it just sounds wrong.


Felt Grace sat inside the cockpit of the GN-001 Gundam Exia. She glanced around at the blackened screens. She closed her eyes and imagined what it would be like to be basked in their glow as the mobile suit flew through space. Outside the open cockpit door, several Haros floated around, finishing up their work. The Exia had returned to the Ptolemaios for its routine diagnostic. It was the only Gundam onboard at the moment. Exia’s pilot, Setsuna F. Seiei was currently in a meeting with tactical planner Sumeragi Lee Noriega. She knew it was a bad idea to be where she was, but she wanted to feel what it was like to be in a Gundam. To pilot such a powerful machine.

She wanted to know what her parents had felt like.

The parents she never knew. The parents that had lived, and died, as Gundam Meisters. She had joined Celestial Being in hopes of understanding them. What they fought and died for. She wanted to use her mechanical knowledge to be close to the machines her parents helped refine. Unfortunately, she was assigned to be a communications officer. All she could do is watch as others risked their lives. As others experienced the same things her parents did. The biometrics scans prevented her from actually piloting the Exia, but she thought that at least sitting in the cockpit might give her something.

She sensed a shadow cast over her, and her eyes snapped open. Standing above her was Setsuna. He looked at her with his usual blank expression.

“What are you doing?” He asked in his usual subdued voice. Felt panicked a bit. Out of the four Meisters, the boy seemed to be the most attached to his Gundam. She wasn’t sure how he’d react to some one else touching it.

“I… uh… I just…” Felt climbed out of the cockpit, unable to meet Setsuna’s gaze. He continued looking at her, waiting for her explanation. Felt figured she owed him that much for getting into the Exia without his permission. “… The truth is my parents were both Gundam Meisters…” A flicker of what could have been surprise flashed in Setsuna’s eyes. “They died shortly after I was born. I just wanted to know what they had felt like being in a Gundam…” Felt braced herself, expecting Setsuna to lash out at her.

Setsuna only looked at the younger girl. He could understand where she was coming from. After the Gundam saved him when he was younger, he spent the next few years seeking it out. The Gundam was his saviour, and he wanted to be like the Gundam as well. For Felt, she wanted to seek out her parents, looking for something to connect her to them. For her it was the Gundam. The Gundam was as important to her as it was to him. Lockon Stratos was always telling Setsuna that he should get along with Felt since they were close in age. Setsuna decided to give it a try.

“I see.” He finally said. Felt was still expecting an angry response, so his next words surprised her. “Get in.” Felt blinked, wondering if the audio on her normal suit was functioning properly.

“Excuse me?” She asked.

“Get in.” Setsuna repeated. He entered the Exia first and sat in the seat. Felt just looked at him. “Are you coming or not?” Setsuna activated his machine; a red beam of light confirmed his retinal pattern. Still slightly shocked, Felt climbed in as well. She managed to squeeze in behind the seat.

“Is… this alright?” She asked. Setsuna didn’t reply and just hit a switch on his console.

“Setsuna F. Seiei to the bridge.” He said.

On the bridge, Christina Sierra answered Setsuna’s call. She was a little perplexed when the screen displayed SOUND ONLY, but she decided to ignore it. “This is the bridge. What do you need Setsuna?”

“Routine maintenance on Exia is complete. Requesting permission to head out on reconnaissance to make sure all systems are functional.” He said. Christina glanced at Sumeragi, who had undoubtedly heard Setsuna’s request. The older woman pondered it for a moment. Something seemed odd about the request, but she failed to see the harm.

“Ok Setsuna. Go head.” She said. “It’s been pretty quiet in this area recently though. You probably won’t run into anything. Be careful though.”

“Roger.” The Exia was moved to the launch pad. “Hold on tight.” Setsuna said under his breath. Felt gripped the seat as hard as she could. “Gundam Exia, Setsuna F. Seiei, launching!” Exia’s back sparkled as GN particles were emitted and the catapult flung the mobile suit into space. Despite her efforts, Felt still felt herself being pushed against the rear of the cockpit. The pressure eased as they cleared the ship and flew into the abyss of space. Setsuna steered the Exia away from the Ptolemaios. Felt watched as the distant stars raced across the monitor. She could barely notice the movement of the suit as Setsuna manoeuvred effortlessly around various forms of space debris. Simply watching it on the monitor was nothing compared to being there first hand. Felt could almost feel just how powerful the Gundam really was.

They flew on in silence, but it was a comfortable silence. Felt had always liked that about Setsuna. On several occasions, it had been just the two of them in the lunch room, but they had just sat quietly and ate their meals. Being a person who can’t communicate that well with others, Felt had always felt a bit pressured by the more social members of their organization such as Christina and Lockon. It was almost as if she had no choice but to speak back. While she did enjoy Christina and Lockon’s company, with Setsuna she knew she could just relax and be herself. She didn’t have to push herself to speak unless she really needed to.

Setsuna was far more wasteful in his movements than he needed to be. He figured that just flying around wouldn’t be much of an experience, so he did various loops, spins, sudden drops, and sudden ascents. From the corner of his eye, he could see the awe on Felt’s face. He wondered if his face had looked like that when he first took the controls of the Exia. The feeling of being in something so powerful was invigorating, yet knowing that you get to use this power for the benefit of the world was humbling. Setsuna wondered if Felt’s parents had experienced the same. He couldn’t help but think of his own parents. How they cowered in fear and confusion as he pulled the trigger. Setsuna didn’t believe in an after life, but he was still curious as to what his parents would think of him and what he was doing now. He knew that in the end it didn’t matter. He had joined Celestial Being of his own will to find the source of the distorted world and eliminate it. He was going to become the Gundam itself.

Setsuna turned his thoughts to his passenger. The two of them were the youngest members of their crew, yet he never associated with her outside of their communications during battle. They had passed a few quiet meals together, and they certainly weren’t unpleasant experiences. Felt’s love for the Gundams was real, so Setsuna had no reason to dislike her. Lockon was always pestering him to talk to her. The older man always had a big goofy grin on his face when he did. Goofier than normal anyways. Setsuna was never one to say anything unless he had something to say. He was the opposite of his neighbour, Saji Crossroad. Saji would always try and strike up conversations when they had nothing to discuss. It never lasted very long. This time though, there was at least something to say.

“How is it?” He asked. Felt was caught off guard by the sudden question.

“It’s… amazing.” She answered. “But I know there’s more than just this. Being able to change the world takes more than just flying a machine around.” Setsuna nodded. As expected, she understood what the Gundams are for. His opinion of her increased.

“Why did you join Celestial Being?” He inquired. Felt was confused by Setsuna’s sudden talkativeness, but his voice had the underlying tone that she didn’t have to answer if she didn’t want to. Because of that she didn’t mind answering.

“I suppose it’s because of my parents. I wanted to believe in the cause they did. I wanted to carry on where they left off.” She said. “However, I’m not doing it because I feel obligated to. I chose this for myself.” Setsuna nodded again. She chose her path by her own will. He respected that. The cockpit was quiet for a bit when Felt asked “What about you, Setsuna?” Setsuna was silent for a moment.

“Fighting is all I know how to do.” He said at last. “In Celestial Being, I can at least fight to better the world. I was once saved by a Gundam. I want to do the same to others.”

“… You’re a good person, Setsuna.” Felt smiled.

“I wonder…” Setsuna muttered. The silence that followed was shattered by the blare of alarms. “An enemy?” Setsuna checked his radar. It had picked up five enemy units that were identified as Union Flags. While the five suits would miss the Exia, they were headed in the direction of the Ptolemaios.

“Setsuna!” Felt said.

“I know. Exia to Ptolemaios. Come in.”

SOUND ONLY appeared on Christina’s terminal again. “This is Ptolemaios, go ahead Exia.” She answered.

“Five Union Flags are heading your way.” Setsuna reported. “Request permission to intercept.”

“Granted.” Sumeragi nodded. “All hands, battle stations! Chris, call Felt up to the bridge.”

“I’ve actually been trying to reach her for awhile.” Christina said. “But I haven’t gotten an answer.”

“Um…” The bridge crew’s eyes snapped to the SOUND ONLY screen when they heard the second voice. The SOUND ONLY disappeared and was replaced by two normal suit clad figures in one mobile suit cockpit. The four people on the bridge let their jaws hit the floor.

“F…Felt!? What are you doing in Exia’s cockpit?!” Sumeragi demanded.

“Uh… um…” Felt mumbled.

“That doesn’t matter.” Setsuna cut in. “Gundam Exia, intercepting the targets.”

“… You two have a lot of explaining to do when you get back!” An irritated Sumeragi said. “… And Chris, wipe that smile off your face!”

“Yes m’am!” Although Christina said that, she didn’t comply. ‘I knew those two would be cute together!’ She chuckled inwardly.

When the five Union pilots decided to ditch their patrol route and go joy riding in their new Flags, they never expected to run into a Gundam. They figured it was their big chance to make names for themselves, so they engaged in combat.

“Will we be fine like this?” Felt wondered aloud.

“You’ll bite your tongue.” Setsuna warned.

The Flags flew at Exia in a V formation, firing their rifles. Setsuna blocked with his shield and let the Flags pass. When they did, he fired at them from behind with his GN rifle. He clipped the wing of one of the Flags, but it didn’t hinder its performance. The Flags circled back and repeated their attack. This time Setsuna charged at the lead unit. The two suits drew closer and closer, neither turning away. At the last moment, the Flag changed its course and flew under the Exia. When it did, Setsuna pulled out his GN Daggers and threw them into the top of the Flag. The Flag lost control and crashed into the Flag next to it. Both suits exploded.

One of the remaining Flags transformed into mobile suit mode and turned around. It drew its plasma blade and swung at the Exia. Setsuna countered with his GN Sword. They locked blades for a moment, until Exia kicked up, knocking the Flag away. The blow disorientated the pilot, allowing Setsuna to easily kill him with a shot from his rifle. Setsuna turned his attention to another Flag, which had also turned into mobile suit mode. It fired its rifle, but Setsuna blocked the shots with his shield. This gave the final Flag an opening. It fired its rifle and managed to hit Exia from behind. Exia only took minor damage, but the impact had caused Felt to fall from her position behind the pilot’s chair. She let out a small yelp as she landed on Setsuna’s lap, completely pinning down his right arm.

The Flag that had attacked from behind was now charging in with its plasma blade. As it closed in, Setsuna used his left hand to swing Exia’s left arm around. The motion knocked the Flag’s blade away. Setsuna lined up Exia’s arm with the Flag’s cockpit and fired his GN Vulcan at point blank range. With that Flag dispatched, only one remained. It had charged at Exia with its plasma blade as well, but it was attacking from the right side. Only a few seconds had passed since Felt had fallen over, so Setsuna still couldn’t use the right hand controls.

Felt watched as the Flag prepared to strike. Almost on instinct, she reached over and pulled the right hand control stick down. The Exia’s right arm swung up, catching the Flag between its legs and cutting it in half with the GN sword. The Union suit exploded and all was quiet once again, save for Felt’s heavy breathing.

Felt waited for a few moments until her breathing settled. Then she realised where she was and sat upright. “I’m sorry!” She said. Setsuna just glanced at her for a moment before turning back to his monitor. She didn’t see any anger in his eyes.

“Exia to Ptolemaios.” He called. “Targets eliminated.”

“Are you both alright?” Sumeragi asked.

“No major damage to report.” He answered. “Returning to the ship.” When Setsuna cut the communication, Felt spoke again.

“I’m sorry.” She repeated. “I almost got us killed.” Setsuna didn’t answer. “But… but I understand it better now. Being a Gundam Meister means having to put your life on the line, having to take the lives of others. It must be tough, but you do it for the sake of eliminating war. You have to be strong.”

“… I’m sure your parents were strong people.” Setsuna said. “They were chosen to be Gundam Meisters after all… You’re a strong person as well, Felt.” Felt blushed slightly.

“Thank you, Setsuna…” She whispered. “I think I know now what kind of people my parents were, and now that I’ve experienced the same thing they did, I feel much closer to them.” Setsuna allowed himself a small smile.

“Good for you.”


Upon returning to the ship, the two teens were thoroughly chewed out by Sumeragi for a good twenty minutes. After finishing her lecture, she smiled impishly.

“The next time you two want to go out on a date, ask permission first.”
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Post by Lans » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:28 pm

Actually I had one in mind similar to this. Mine is a bit more toward the end of the series. I occurred to me when Feldt put a letter to Dynames' cockpit in memory of Lockon and engage a conversation with Setsuna. Well, I guess I'm not the only one thinking of this scene. It's quite entertaining and the 'Feldt' is also not a problem since I always read it like 'Feld' although it reads Feldt in the subs.

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