The next day, both parties were preparing for the deal they had arranged. The Cooper Gang and the two members of Lupin’s gang, with Fujiko tagging along, made their way on each of their vehicles to the cathedral in ‘Pureté’, where the deal would take place. Dimitri also decided to come along and help his colleagues on their rescue mission. Dubois, with twenty of his henchmen, had already managed to arrive at the cathedral first. Like what Dubois said to Jigen, he had brought both Lupin and Carmelita as well, to satisfy the thief’s colleagues. However, he wasn’t planning on letting either his prisoners or Lupin’s gang get out of this alive. Once the deal was made, he would order Rufus and the rest of his goons to shoot and kill them. After all, he couldn’t let someone go like Carmelita, after she had just been held captive by the billionaire.
Outside, dark clouds had formed in the sky, as if it was going to rain. As Jigen, Goemon, the Cooper Gang and Fujiko, who rode on her motorcycle, drove through the streets of ‘Pureté’, they noticed how quiet the town was. Fujiko had informed the others that because it was a rather small town, it was usually quiet. After passing a few small buildings, they saw uphill a large cathedral which seemed to loom over the small town. The group parked their vehicles by a sidewalk and exited them. Jigen noticed a couple of parked black coloured cars nearby. He assumed that they were Dubois’s.
“Looks like they got here first” the rabbit said to the others, getting their attention.
“Right, we all know what we must do?” Goemon asked.
“Yeah, you n’ me go in there and meet that little prick face to face” Jigen replied before turning to the Cooper Gang and Fujiko. “And you all just stay out here and prepare that van for a quick getaway”.
Sly looked at the rabbit in bewilderment. He didn’t want to stay behind whilst Jigen and Goemon carried out the rescue. The raccoon wanted to save Carmelita himself and he quite honestly didn’t care whether or not Lupin would get out alive or not.
“Hold on, I’m going in there too!” Sly exclaimed. “I’m getting Carmelita out of there myself, and you can’t sto-”.
“Keep your damn voice down, do you want Dubois to hear us?!” Jigen hushed. “Now you stay here and we’ll get your girlfriend and Lupin back”.
After telling Sly to stay put, Jigen and Goemon made their way up the stone pathway toward the large, foreboding building ahead. The cathedral’s murky and weary walls were begging for some sunlight. The once holy building was large enough to hold a hundred people inside it. It was no Notre Dame, but it was a perfect spot to have secret meetings. Despite the old, grey walls, the cathedral seemed to be in a not too bad state, despite its age.
When the two members of Lupin’s gang were far way enough, Sly readied himself to make his way to the cathedral himself. Bentley took notice of what his friend was about to do.
“Sly, what are you doing?!” the turtle asked.
“What do you think?” Sly answered. “I’m gonna go in there and save Carmelita”.
“But Jigen told us to stay here” Murray said.
“I honestly don’t give a damn what Jigen said, I’m going in there and no one’s gonna stop me!” Sly retorted before making his own way towards the cathedral.
The others looked on, not sure of what to do now that the raccoon had decided to take it upon himself to rescue the one he loved.
“Shouldn’t we stop him?” Murray asked.
“Just let him go” Fujiko said to the hippo. She was sitting against her motorcycle, seeming to be calm despite the situation.
“If he wants to be a knight in shining armour, he can” the white vixen continued. “It’s his choice anyway”.
Jigen and Goemon stopped in front of the large open door in front of them before turning their heads to each other and nodding. As they entered the cathedral, Goemon silently dashed off to the right and into the darkness. Jigen ventured through the almost pitch dark cathedral on his own, just managing to see where he was going thanks to the stained glass windows allowing what little light there was outside through. From what he could make out inside the enormous building, there were some crumbled bricks scattered across the cracked floor, reminding him that this place would all fall down some day. The rabbit then stopped in his tracks at where the aisle began. He turned his head to look around his surroundings, hands in his trouser pockets as he did so.
Unbeknownst to him, Sly was watching him from a ledge high up. He had managed to find an opening into the cathedral, without being spotted by either the marksman or the samurai. Despite the small amount of light available, he could manage to see Jigen standing, almost without a care in the world. The raccoon wondered where Goemon had gone and why he would leave Jigen alone. Dubois and his goons on the other hand was nowhere to be seen. Were they hiding and waiting for the moment to shoot the rabbit down?
Jigen then turned his attention towards the alter, where a circular window above allowed the light come through. He heard footsteps coming towards him from the other end of the aisle before a short figure carrying a pistol walked into the light, followed by a taller figure who had his hands handcuffed together behind his back who was then forced down to his knees by the smaller figure. The two of them were none other than Lupin, who was handcuffed and Dubois, who was holding the wolf’s Walther P38. The otter was smirking at the taller rabbit standing across from him. Lupin looked up at his colleague and friend and gave him a sheepish smile.
“Hey Jigen” the wolf greeted the marksman.
“What did tell ya?” Jigen scolded Lupin. “I said not to go out after stealing that sword!”
“Can we get down to business?” Dubois interrupted, bringing Jigen’s attention back to him.
“Alright buddy, hand over Lupin, like we agreed” Jigen said, glaring at the millionaire.
“Not until you give me back my sword” Dubois retorted.
Jigen didn’t answer back. He just stared down at the otter, not even moving from his spot. Dubois was starting to get impatient, as well as suspicious. Sly on the other hand just looked on from where he was. He scanned the area in hopes of spotting Carmelita anywhere, but to no avail. Down below, Dubois had enough of the silent treatment he was receiving from the rabbit.
“I don’t have time for this!” the otter exclaimed before pointing Lupin’s pistol at its owner’s head.
“Watch it pal!” Jigen snarled, reaching for his revolver. “You better not pull that trigger, or you’ll be sorry!”
“I think not, monsieur” Dubois retorted.
Just then, Jigen heard something to his right. He spun to see with his revolver raised and ready to fire. What he saw was Rufus with Carmelita, whose hands were also handcuffed behind her back whilst the doberman behind her held his pistol to her head. Both of them were standing in front of a large pillar. Sly watched in both shock and fear. Carmelita was down there and her life was in danger. He couldn’t let anything happen to her. He couldn’t let her die. Lupin also became concerned, the moment he saw that the inspector could be shot any second.
“Jigen!” Lupin cried out to his friend. “Don’t worry about me, just don’t let them hurt her!”
“Shut up you bastard!” Dubois exclaimed before hitting the wolf on the head with the hand holding the pistol and pointing it at his head once again.
Jigen gritted his teeth at seeing Lupin get hurt, but then he noticed him winking. The rabbit relaxed before turning his attention back to Rufus and Carmelita.
“Now, we’d like ya to drop the gun, slowly” the doberman instructed, still holding the vixen at gunpoint and smirking as he did.
Jigen didn’t lower his weapon. He still kept his revolver raised and aiming at Dubois’s henchman. Sly looked down in confusion. Why was Jigen not cooperating with them? If he would drop his gun, they might let Carmelita go. Dubois on the other hand looked on in irritation. He wondered if this rabbit was brave, or completely stupid, or maybe even both. As Jigen kept his weapon raised, Rufus also wondered why he was being so stubborn. But even so, he grinned at the marksman.
“What’s wrong?” he asked. “If you don’t comply-”
The doberman was cut off by the thundering sound of Jigen firing his revolver. The bullet shot straight through the doberman’s forehead, the force snapping his head back as he let out a quick grunt from his mouth. The shot had killed him instantly. Blood splattered from where he was hit, some drops landing on the face of Carmelita, who was in shock at what she had seen. Sly was also in a state of shock. He couldn’t believe that the rabbit didn’t hesitate to shoot the henchman, and with such a clean shot. The raccoon realised that Lupin and his gang were not only just thieves, they were killers as well. Dubois was in a state of both surprise and anger. Rufus, his right hand man, had just been killed right in front of him. He furrowed his eyebrows and gritted his teeth.
“Why you!” the otter growled, raising the pistol in his hand at Jigen.
This gave Lupin a chance to make his getaway. The wolf shoved Dubois to the ground, making him drop the Walther P38. Lupin managed to bring his handcuffed hands back to the front of his body and he ran over and picked up his pistol. Just then, several wolves and dogs came out from different hiding places, carrying machine guns, Uzi’s and pistols. Some came out from behind the large pillars, some from behind the stone balconies above, and a pit bull, carrying a Remington 80 shotgun, came out from one of the row of seats on the right. They all started shooting at Jigen, who sprinted towards a nearby pillar to his right, just managing to miss the bullet from the shotgun, which shattered one the row of the seats. The rabbit did a front flip, dodging bullets as he did, before taking cover behind the large pillar. Lupin, who was still handcuffed, jumped and took cover behind one of the row of seats on the left. He started to crawl his way to Carmelita, who also taking cover in the same row. Sly started to make his way down to Carmelita as well, avoiding detection from Dubois’s goons, who were all focused on Jigen. He climbed down the old walls and dropped down behind one of the pillars. Dubois on the other hand was hiding behind a row of seats on the right, still enraged about Jigen’s deception.
Outside the cathedral, the Cooper Gang and Fujiko could hear the commotion going on inside. The sounds of gunshots rang throughout the ginormous old building. Murray was starting to get worried. He wondered if Sly was alright and not bleeding out.
“Hey dudes, sounds like all hell’s breakin’ loose in there” Dimitri commented. “You think crackerbox will be alright?”
“We should go in there and help him!” Bentley exclaimed. “He could get himself killed!”
“I wouldn’t worry about it” Fujiko reassured the turtle.
Bentley turned to face the white vixen, who still had a calm demeanour, despite of what was going on inside the cathedral.
“How can you be so sure?” he questioned.
“Jigen and Goemon are in there, they’ll take care of your friend and his girlfriend” Fujiko answered. “That is if Dubois doesn’t have too many men in there”.
Back inside the cathedral, Jigen was still taking cover behind the pillar, bullets piercing the large structure. He aimed is revolver at a dog, who was two pillars away from him and fired his weapon at the canine four times, killing him. The marksman then ran towards the pillar where the now dead henchman was. A grey furred wolf standing over the balcony on the opposite side, fired his Uzi at the rabbit, missing him in the process. Jigen hid behind the pillar before coming out slightly and firing three times at the wolf, the third managing to strike his head. As the wolf’s body was about to fall off the edge of the balcony, the Uzi that was still in his grip, fired a few bullets near Lupin, just missing him. Lupin furrowed his eyebrows before turning his head to his colleague.
“Watch it Jigen!” he yelled, before the body of the henchman above fell onto the seats near the thief, blood oozing from his head.
Lupin crawled until he finally reached Carmelita. She noticed him next to her and turned to face him.
“You okay?” Lupin asked, concerned about her safety.
“I’m fine” Carmelita replied. “But what should we do now?”
“First we’re gonna get you outta here” Lupin replied.
He then led her behind a nearby pillar for cover. He was about to take her to the exit, until he noticed a boxer dog who was aiming a pistol at the pair. He was about to shoot before he was knocked unconscious by a strange looking cane with a golden hook at the end. After the dog fell down face first, the one who knocked him out was revealed to be none other than Sly. Both Lupin and Carmelita were in shock.
“Sly?!” Carmelita exclaimed.
“What the hell are you doing here?” Lupin questioned the raccoon.
“I’m here to get Carmelita out of this” Sly replied, ignoring the wolf’s gaze.
Just then, a rottweiler carrying a machine gun came out and aimed his weapon at the trio. Sly spun around to see the henchman, but there was nothing for him to do to stop the canine. But as the dog was about to fire, a shadowy figure dropped down in front of him. There was a slice sound before the figure landed on the ground. The rottweiler stood still for a couple of seconds before blood started spraying from his neck to his chest. The dog fell backwords, making gurgling sounds from his mouth. The shadowed figure who stuck him revealed himself to be Goemon, who had his katana out and was staring down at the now dead canine.
“Once again, I have cut an unworthy victim” the cheetah said to himself.
Sly and Carmelita looked on in shock whilst Lupin face brightened up at the sight of his samurai friend.
“Goemon!” the wolf cried out.
Then Goemon used his blade to cut the handcuffs off Lupin’s wrists. He was about to do the same with Carmelita, but Sly got between her and the cheetah.
“Don’t worry, I won’t hurt her” Goemon reassured the raccoon, but he was not convinced.
Carmelita reluctantly stood up and turned around so that the samurai could free her from the handcuffs. Goemon sliced the chains off and the inspector was free. All four individuals took cover behind the nearest pillar, avoiding any passing bullets.
“You two just stay here, we’ll deal with these guys quickly” Lupin said to both Sly and Carmelita.
“But how can you take out all of them?” Sly questioned the wolf.
“Buddy, you just saw Goemon slice that guy earlier, we’ll be fine” Lupin answered, getting ready to fight.
“Be careful!” Carmelita warned.
Lupin looked into her eyes and gave her a reassuring smile.
“Don’t worry, I’ll be alright” he replied.
Then both the wolf and the cheetah ran in opposite directions to help Jigen handle the rest of Dubois’s henchmen. As they did, Sly and Carmelita looked on, the latter hoping for Lupin to make it out alive. On the other hand, Sly was watching the wolf in almost envy. He could see that Carmelita and his rival had gotten close during their imprisonment, but he wondered if Lupin had made any other advances towards her. But the raccoon quickly realised that he shouldn’t worry about that at the moment. He had to protect Carmelita from the chaos around them and so he held her tightly, waiting until the shootout was over.
Back at Interpol HQ, Zenigata and Walker were in the latter’s office. Like what Walker had said the day before, the two inspectors were waiting for the right moment to catch Dubois out. Whilst they were waiting, Walker had decided to do some research on the millionaire, seeing if he could find any dirt on him. The penguin could tell that Dubois was a bad egg, but somehow he always managed cover up his crimes. So Walker decided to look up on Dubois’s right hand man, Rufus, and see if he could find out anything about him. After about an hour and a half of searching, he had found something on Rufus.
“Hey Zenigata, come check this out” Walker called the bloodhound over.
Zenigata got up from his chair and went over to his colleague’s side. He looked at the laptop screen to see a profile on Rufus.
“Guess what I’ve found out about Dubois’s pal here” Walker said.
“What?” Zenigata asked, giving the penguin a curious look.
“It seems that this Rufus guy has done some things that Dubois wouldn’t want us knowing” Walker replied.
The bloodhound then became more curious after hearing what Walker had said. He wanted to know more about Rufus and see if they would find any evidence against Dubois.
“Looks like he’s done a number of crimes, including drug trafficking, rape and first-degree murder” Walker informed with a stern look on his face.
Zenigata shuddered at what he had heard, mainly about the fact that Rufus had sexually assaulted women. I made him feel sick knowing that the doberman would do such a disgusting act. He knew that murder was an awful crime as well, but the thought of rape disturbed the Japanese inspector more.
“My god” Zenigata said. “I guess it isn’t just Dubois who’s a scumbag”.
“But now that we know that this guy’s been involved in drug trafficking, it must mean Dubois is as well” Walker said. “This might give us the chance to expose that rich son of a bitch for what he really is-”.
The penguin was cut off by the door slamming open, revealing a fellow police officer, a dog, outside. Walker and Zenigata spun their heads to face the officer who had intruded.
“Sorry to bother you sirs” the dog panted. “But we’ve just got a call about a gun fight inside at ‘Pureté’!”
“Isn’t that the small town outside the city?” Zenigata asked.
“Yes sir, a resident called us when they heard gunshots inside the old abandoned cathedral” the dog replied.
Zenigata and Walker glanced at each other for a moment. They thought to themselves that this might be Dubois and possibly Lupin. If they went to check it out, it may give them the chance to catch Dubois out and hopefully arrest Lupin, as well as finding out Carmelita’s whereabouts.
“Gather as many officers as you can, we’re going to sort this out” Walker ordered the dog.
The officer nodded before leaving the two inspectors. The penguin got up from his seat and prepared for what was needed to be done. But not before printing the profile on Rufus and putting it in his jacket pocket. He then took out cigarette, lit it and took a puff from it. Zenigata got up as well, ready to finally catch Lupin and expose Dubois.
“C’mon Zenigata” Walker said. “Let’s go deal with that slimeball”.
~Back at the cathedral~
After about two minutes since Lupin and Goemon joined the gunfight, more bodies were sprawled across the floor. Lupin had taken cover behind a row of seats, shooting a couple of Dubois’s henchmen from up on the balconies and by the altar. Goemon had already cut down a few other henchmen. The cheetah was on a balcony, running and slicing any dogs or wolves that he came across. During all the chaos, Sly and Carmelita remained where they were hiding, the raccoon covering the inspector in an attempt to shield her from anything that could harm her. The pit bull with the shotgun continued to fire his weapon at Jigen, who was still taking cover behind the pillar he ran to earlier. When the canine paused to reload his shotgun, the rabbit took this chance to take out a grenade from his jacket, used his teeth to take the safety pin out and chuck it in the pit bull’s direction. After a few seconds, a yellow and orange blast erupted, grey smoke passing the pillar where the rabbit was. Three nearby henchmen covered their eyes in an attempt to avoid getting any dust in their eyes. Jigen then came out from his cover and shot all three canines with ease. Up on the balcony behind the marksman, a black furred wolf carrying an Uzi, aimed his weapon at Jigen, preparing to strike down the rabbit. But before he could, Lupin noticed him and aimed his pistol at the henchmen and fired it, piercing the wolf’s head before he stumbled backwards. The brown wolf then turned his attention to a bull terrier to his right, carrying a pistol in his hand. The canine jerked his arm holding the weapon up and fired the pistol three times at Lupin. But his aim was slightly off, the bullets zooming past the thief’s head. Lupin aimed his own pistol at the dog and fired twice, one on the shoulder and one on the forehead. Up on the balcony behind the wolf, a husky aimed his machine gun at the thief, ready to shoot and kill him. But before he could fire, a long blade sliced through his chest, making the dog’s breathing cut off and blood dripping from his mouth. The blade was pulled out of the canine’s body before the husky dropped down, no longer breathing. The cheetah standing over the body wiped the crimson liquid off before putting it back in its scabbard. Lupin looked up behind him to see his colleague.
“Is that all of ‘em Goemon?” he asked.
“I assume it is” Goemon replied.
“Alright, you can come out now” Lupin called over to Sly and Carmelita.
When the raccoon and vixen came out behind the pillar, what they saw were bodies of Dubois’s henchmen sprawled across the floor and above on the balcony’s, small puddles of blood forming from them. Sly and Carmelita were in shock at what they had seen. They couldn’t believe that only three people had managed to take out a mob of thugs without a single scratch. They were even more surprised that Goemon had somehow managed to figth with only just a katana. The raccoon and the vixen walked over to Lupin, who turned his attention to Carmelita.
“You alright?” the wolf asked.
“Yes, I’m fine” Carmelita replied, giving him a small smile.
Sly noticed this and immediately felt envy forming within. He rarely ever felt this type of emotion, but seeing Carmelita smiling at Lupin sparked that feeling. The raccoon wondered if the wolf was trying to win the vixen’s heart, or in other words, steal it. He may have stolen the ruby and the sword before him, but Sly was not going to let Lupin steal the one he loved.
“Carmelita, I’m sorry I didn’t come for you sooner” Sly apologised to the inspector, who turned her attention back to him. “If I knew you were in trouble I-”
Sly was cut off by Jigen calling him with an irritated tone in his voice. The raccoon turned his attention away from Carmelita and to the rabbit.
“I told you to stay outside whilst me and Goemon deal with it” Jigen scolded Sly.
“Well I wasn’t going to just stand by and do nothing” Sly retorted.
“There’s no time to argue you two” Goemon called down to bickering rabbit and raccoon. “We have other things to worry about”.
“Goemon’s right” Lupin said. “Dubois’s nowhere to be seen”.
“Then let’s hurry up and find that little bastard!” Jigen said, preparing to search for the otter before they could leave.
But unknown to him and the other four individuals, Dubois was still hiding behind the same row of seats he took cover during the gunfight between his own henchmen and Lupin’s gang. Anger was fuelling inside the otter. Once again he had been humiliated by the wolf. Not only had Lupin stolen the ancient sword, but his two colleagues had killed many of the billionaire’s own men. There was no way Dubois was going to let him get away with this. He was going to finish off the thief once and for all. He grabbed a nearby pistol lying on the ground next to a dead wolf nearby and prepared to take his vengeance on the thief. After about five seconds, Dubois shot out from his hiding place, raised the pistol and aimed it at Lupin. Goemon saw the otter pointing his weapon at the wolf.
“Look out!” the cheetah cried out to his colleague.
Lupin, Sly, Carmelita and Jigun spun around to face the billionaire. For a moment, it seemed that the world had frozen in place. Dubois gave Lupin the stare of death before putting his finger on the trigger of the pistol in his hands, smiling maliciously as he did. But before the otter could strike the thief down, Jigen cocked his revolver, aimed it at Dubois and fired. The bullet hit Dubois’s left hand, making him drop the pistol and clutch his hand in pain. The otter stumbled backwards before falling to the ground. Blood started oozing from the billionaire’s hand as rage infuriated within him.
“YOU BASTARDS!” Dubois shouted in anger, still clenching his injured hand. “HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO ME YOU FUCKING PRICKS!”
“Gee Dubois, that’s a bit strong even for you” Lupin said, slightly taken aback by Dubois’s outburst.
The otter glared angrily at the wolf. Even now he was mocking him once again. He wanted to kill Lupin and his gang, but in his current situation, there was no chance he could do anything.
“You’ll regret this Lupin the Third” Dubois snarled. “I’ll have you and your friends gutted and hanged!”
Goemon, who had just come down from the balcony, joined his colleagues and watched the otter threatening them. Jigen started to get irritated by Dubois’s threats.
“Shall I take him out?” he asked Lupin.
“No, he’s not worth it” the wolf replied.
Dubois then turned his attention to Carmelita, who was watching him as well.
“Oh I haven’t forgotten about you mademoiselle” he snarled. “Before you die, I’ll have my men screw you!”
When he heard this, Sly glared angrily at the billionaire. The fact that Dubois was now threatening to have Carmelita molested by his henchmen made the raccoon want to use his cane and whack him across the head with it. Lupin was also angered by what the otter had said, but he kept his cool despite what he had heard. Carmelita just looked at Dubois in disgust. What the billionaire said honestly didn’t faze her that much, she just now saw him as a pathetic little wretch.
“You don’t believe me?” Dubois asked in a threatening tone. “I will have every single one of my guys fuck you to death!”
That was the breaking point for Sly. He clenched his cane, marched straight to the otter and readied himself to strike him. His thoughts were interrupted by a hand on his shoulder. He turned his head to see that it was Jigen who had stopped him.
“Trust me pal, it ain’t worth it” the rabbit said. “I’d wanna hurt him too believe me, but he ain’t gonna do jack shit”.
Sly took a deep breath in from his nose and out through his mouth. He lowered his cane and walked away from Dubois, Jigen following him. The marksman went up to Lupin to ask him something.
“What should we do with him?”
“Just leave him here” Lupin replied. “Like you said, he ain’t gonna do anything”.
The wolf turned around and made his way to the exit, followed by Jigen and Goemon. Sly and Carmelita went along as well, leaving Dubois on his own, with nothing more than the lifeless bodies of his henchmen all over the place. The otter hated the fact that they were ignoring him.
“You think I’m joking!” he cried. “I will hunt you down, ALL OF YOU!”
Despite his threats, the group just ignored Dubois, making him even angrier.
“DO YOU HEAR ME?!” the billionaire yelled. “I’LL KILL YOU BASTARDS, I’LL FUCKING KILL ALL OF YOU!”
Outside the cathedral, Bentley, Murray, Fujiko and Dimitri noticed that the gunshots had ceased. They wondered if Jigen, Goemon and Sly had managed to rescue both Lupin and Sly or if Dubois had killed them.
“It’s quite in there” Murray said, breaking the silence. “Should we go in there?”
“I’m not too sure if that’s a good idea Murray” Bentley replied. “We don’t know if they’re-”.
“Hey look dudes” Dimitri interrupted the turtle. “I see someone comin’ out”.
Everyone turned to see who it was exiting the large building. Coming out of the cathedral was none other than Lupin, followed by Jigen and Goemon, along with Sly and Carmelita. When they saw them, Bentley, Murray and Dimitri ran up to the group whilst Fujiko stayed back and looked on.
“Sly, you made it!” Murray exclaimed.
“Hey buddy” Sly greeted his friend.
“I’m glad you’re alright” Bentley said. “But what happened to Dubois?”
“Let’s just say, he won’t bother us again anytime soon” Jigen replied with a smirk on his face.
Lupin took notice of the members of the Cooper Gang and wondered why they were here.
“Hey Jigen, how come these guys are here?” the wolf asked his colleague.
“Oh yeah, I forgot to tell ya” Jigen replied. “We thought these guys had kidnapped you before we found out that it was Dubois”.
“You mean ‘you’ thought they had kidnapped Lupin” Goemon said.
Jigen sighed under his breath in irritation before continuing.
“When Fujiko told us that Dubois had both you and that inspector, Cooper and his gang decided to help out-”
“Wait, Fujiko is here?!” Lupin asked, cutting off Jigen.
“Yeah, she’s over there” Jigen sighed, pointing in the direction of the white vixen.
The wolf made his way over to Fujiko, the one who he has had an on-again, off-again relationship with, similar to Sly and Carmelita’s, but maybe not as rocky.
“Long time no see Lupin” Fujiko greeted the thief.
“Same with you Fujiko” Lupin replied in a flirtatious tone. “I haven’t seen you in such a long time”.
They were then both approached by Carmelita, who was surprised to see Fujiko here.
“You’re here too?” she asked, getting both the wolf’s the white vixen’s attentions.
“Good to see you again darling” Fujiko greeted the inspector.
“If it wasn’t or Fujiko here, we would still be in Dubois’s dirty cellar” Lupin said to Carmelita, giving her a smile as he did.
“Well I guess I should thank you” Carmelita said to Fujiko.
“No worries” the white vixen replied.
“And thank you two as well for saving me” the inspector thanked both Jigen and Goemon, who were just walking up to their boss.
“No problem” Jigen replied before bringing his attention to Lupin. “Let’s get you back to Cooper’s hideout”.
“Wait, we’re going back to Cooper’s place?” Lupin asked.
“It’s the closest place from here and you need to eat” Jigen replied.
“Well if you say so” the wolf said before turning his attention back to Carmelita.
“You wanna come with us?” he asked.
Carmelita was caught off guard by Lupin’s question. She wasn’t expecting him to ask her to come with him and his gang back to Sly’s hideout, but he was. Jigen looked at Lupin in confusion.
“Are you sure that’s a good idea?” he questioned. “I mean, she is a cop after all”.
“Jigen after all she’s been through, I think don’t think she’ll rat on us now”. Lupin replied. “And if she does, it will be Cooper and his gang who’ll be in trouble”.
As Lupin led Carmelita to his car, Sly looked on with envious eyes. For some reason, he felt that Lupin was trying to get him angry by being generous to Carmelita. He guessed that the wolf knew about his relationship with the inspector and was now trying to make him jealous. Bentley, Murray and Dimitri noticed the raccoon watching Lupin and Carmelita. They could tell that he wasn’t happy with what he was seeing, but decided not to talk about it. Lupin also noticed Sly watching him, so he looked back at his rival. After hearing what Carmelita had told him of what Sly had done to her, he was not happy with the raccoon at all. The two thieves stared each other down for about twelve seconds before Lupin was interrupted by Jigen’s voice.
“Hey Lupin, you comin’” he asked.
“Yeah, sure” the wolf replied.
He opened the front-right door of his car and let Carmelita in. Jigen and Goemon sat at the back seats whilst Lupin got in the driver’s seat and started up the vehicle. The Cooper Gang got into their van whilst Fujiko got onto her bike. Then all three vehicles drove away from the cathedral and towards where the Cooper Gang’s hideout. During the journey, Carmelita felt a strong sense of tension between Sly and Lupin. She noticed both of them glaring at each other with almost hatred in their eyes. It made her feel slightly uneasy and she wondered what will happen between the two thieves when they get back to the hideout.