May 11th, Sunday, Horace Mann soccer field

8:45 pm

No one could think of a better way to conclude the legendary match between Carnegie and Horace Mann, than by lighting off fireworks underneath the soft summer sky…

"Fireworks and Finale"

Beneath a ceiling of stars and dazzling lights, the beautiful warriors nestled together, surrounded by friends, family, loved ones, and music that rose into the glistening sky…

Credits—

First and foremost, thanks to and for allowing me to post not only this story, but many of my creations. Words cannot express my unlimited gratitude, nor the gratitude of those who have read, loved, and grown with my stories. Secondly, thanks to the anime Princess Nine for inspiring the majority of this story. I would highly recommend sports fans, anime fans, and all human beings in general to go out and buy this series.

CAST:

Elisa "Firebird" Jamie Berkeley, 21, English major, 5'7.5" (1.71 m), Oct. 15, Libra, British/Irish, 129 lbs (58.5 kg), assistant librarian, agnostic; likes singing, Stephen King, 80s pop, navy blue, Lauren; dark brown hair/eyes, family: George and Nell Berkeley, idols: Steven King, Chaka Khan, Grainne Ni Mhaille; residence: Hill n' Dale apartments, aspiration: non-profit organization, left midfielder/reserve

Fausta "Ghibli" Isolde Nazario, 19, Law major, 5'11" (1.8 m), Sept. 18, Virgo, Italian, 139 lbs (63 kg), Parody employee, Roman Catholic, likes culture, history, mandolin, purple, Terra; black hair/blue eyes, family: Alonza & Maria, Piero & Raul Nazario, idols: Leonardo da Vinci, Theodore Roosevelt, Franz Beckenbauer; residence: Carnegie dorms, aspiration: lawyer, sweeper

Felicity "Kitty" Winifred Velur, 19, Botany major, 5'10" (1.77 m), June 21st, Gemini, American, 120 lbs (54.5 kg), Lily Club employee, unknown religion, likes watching "House", collecting iPod songs, pink, Nadia; brown hair, azure-blue eyes, family: Samuel Velur & Katherine Brooks, idols: David Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Dr. Gregory House; residence: Greendale apartments, aspiration: botany and biology, forward

Nadia "Perky" Valentin Khovansky, 19, Writing major, 5'8" (1.72 m), May 19, Gemini, Russian, 115 lbs (52.2 kg), Lily Club Employee, Russian Orthodox, likes drawing, making friends, color unknown, Felicity; golden-brown hair, pale blue eyes, family: Sasha, Valeria & Svetlana Khovansky, idols: St. Thekla, Greg Mortenson; residence: Carnegie dorms, aspirations: love and peace for herself and loved ones, defensive midfielder

Lauren "DDT" Easter Ofdensen, 22, Psychology major, 5'8" (1.72 m), July 21st, Cancer, American, 140 lbs (63.6 kg), Meineke employee, Secular Humanist, likes baseball, Adult Swim, Utena, red, Elisa; red hair, light-blue eyes, family: Brent & Nell, Vanessa & Ollie Ofdensen, idols: unknown; residence: Carnegie dorms, aspiration: kick-ass school councilor, goalie/reserve

Thuy "Terra" Huyhn Tu, 19, Applied Computer Science Major, 5'4" (1.62 m), February 14th, Aquarius, Vietnamese, unknown weight, Mirage CG Employee, Buddhist, likes comics, anime, RPGs, Tae Kwon Do, black and orange, Fausta; reddish-black hair, brown and grey eyes, family: Vu, Lien, & Mai Tu, idols: Tetsuya Nomura, Shigeru Miyamoto; residence: Carnegie dorms, aspiration: computer graphics, left back

Kasumi "Kaz/DC Girl" Joan Beckett, 20, Undeclared, 5'8" (1.72 m), October 18th, Libra, American, unknown weight, Out and About Employee, United Methodist, likes writing, singing, Halo, red, orange, and blue; black hair with silver streaks, violet eyes, family: Randy Beckett, Diana & Charlie Berry, idols: Mia Hamm, Rocky Balboa, J.K. Rowling; residence: Greendale apartments, aspiration: professional soccer player, striker

Amy "Sugar Rush" Song Nguyen, 18, Biochemical engineer Major, 5'11" (1.8 m), July 17th, Cancer, Vietnamese, 155 lbs (70.4 kg), Chili's waitress, Buddhist, likes martial arts, reading Shakespeare, black, Valencia; black hair, brown eyes, family: none (deceased), idols: Sylvia Wang Taitai; residence: Ocean Apartments, aspiration: pharmaceuticals/modeling, right back

Freya "Frau Lesbo/Frey-Frey" Serhild von Hohenheim, 18, Computer animation major, 5'9" (1.75 m), September 21st, Virgo, German, 90 lbs (41 kg), Mirage CG Founder, likes piano, computer graphics, animation, purple, Shiki & Maria; gold hair, green eyes, family: Ezekiel, Alita, Gauss, Ida von Hohenheim, idols: Machiavelli, Alexander the Great; residence: private house, aspiration: Mirage CG CEO, manager

Alice "Wild Card" Carrol Hawthorne, 23, Neurochemistry major, 6'4" (1.93 m), October 16th, Libra, 140 lbs (63.6 kg), Mirage CG employee, agnostic, American, likes puzzles, journal, tan, Jennifer; brownish-black hair, grey eyes, family: none (disowned), idols: unknown; residence: Greendale Apartments, aspiration: a normal life, right midfielder/reserve

Shannon "Cannon" Melissa Threal, 19, Sociology major, 5'7" (1.7 m), April 12th, Aries, 138 lbs (62.7 kg), local deli employee, Catholic, American, likes xylophone, wrestling, truck-driving, unknown color; blonde hair, brown eyes, family: Arnold and Matilda Threal, idols: unknown; residence: Hill n' Dale Apartments, aspiration: National Park ranger, stopper

Arina Georgette Essylt, 19, Psychology major, 5'5" (1.65 m), January 31st, Capricorn, unknown weight, Carnegie Theaters employee, unknown religion, French, likes self-image, philosophy, reading, red; brown hair, blue and green eyes, family: Georg and Rina; Renard and Tybalt Essylt, idols: herself; residence: Prestige Apartments, aspiration: psychologist, no position

Jennifer "Jen/Jenny" Harmony Andre, 20, Computer science major, 5'3" (1.6 m), April 18th, Aries, 115 lbs (52.3 kg), Gamestop employee, Postmodernist, English, likes humor books, Winnie the Pooh, green, Alice; black hair, green eyes, family: Landon & Mina, Jaye & Jake Andre, idols: game designers, Eeyore; residence: Hill n' Dale Apartments, aspiration: soccer coach, left midfielder/Captain

Valencia "Val" Gabriel Durante, 21, Fashion design major, 5'7" (1.7 m), August 20th, Leo, 132 lbs (60 kg), junior fashion designer, Catholic, Spanish, likes drawing, music, fashion, geometry, green and pink, Amy; reddish-black hair, amber eyes; family: Rolando, Raquel, & Marina Durante, idols: Aristotle; residence: Emerald Heights complex, aspiration: fashion designer, goalie

Fleur "La-croicks" Victoire Lacroix, 20, Medical major, 5'10" (1.77 m), November 3rd, Scorpio, unknown weight (thin), nursing intern, atheist, French, likes manipulation, shopping, real estate, color unknown; dark brown hair, deep green eyes; family: Marie Lacroix, idols: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane; residence: Carnegie dorms, aspiration: traveling the world, right midfielder

Rain "Sweetheart" Jessica Howlet, 19, Undeclared, 6'0" (1.82 m), April 9th, Aries, 150 lbs (68.2 kg), Lily Club employee, Methodist, American, likes fencing, dark comedy, Kafka, orange; dirty blonde hair, bluish-grey eyes; family: Levi, Karen, & Frank Howlet, idols: Nathaniel Hurster (councilor), Franz Kafka, Helmuth Fitzgerald; residence: Carnegie dorms, aspiration: writer, defensive midfielder

Special thanks to DDQFPlusKick and Advent Falls for the team from Guiard University: Coach - Samantha Stone

Goalkeeper - Karen Byrd

Left Fullback - Patricia Tyler (twin)

Right Full-back - Paula Tyler (twin)

Sweeper - Lucy Adams

Center Back- Diana Pollux

Defensive Midfielder- Violet "Bast" Wilson

Center midfielder - Cathy Raiser

Attacking midfielder - Violet Grace

Left Winger - Zoe Languier

Right Winger - Michelle Tackpail

Center Forward - Veronique De Mael

Utility Player (Defense/midfielder) - Maxine Spellington

Utility Player (Offense/midfielder) - Kimberly Smalls

Very special thanks to Sleepy Griffin for Leena Katajisto, Kurai NK for Kathlyn Parkin, Upinsmoke for Jerry "Jerod" and Mary "Merod" Belfiske, and Chain home lowe for Jill "Nails" Haynes; for allowing me to use these characters one last time.

Extra thanks go out to the following, for the individual contributions they made in delivering this last great epic of mine:

Television shows:

Thanks to Code Monkeys for providing me with ample 420 fodder.

Thanks to Scooby-Doo for inspiring the "Halloween" chapter.

Thanks to The Three Stooges for providing inspiration for the Hohenheim-Maethers wedding.

Thanks to Firefly for providing an opening song.

Thanks to all the various TV shows mentioned in passing.

Anime:

Thanks to The Adolescence of Utena for the "dancing" song, and Revolutionary Girl Utena in general.

Thanks to Giant Robo for providing inspiration for the final moments of the final game.

Thanks to Ergo Proxy, Planetes, Ah! My Goddess, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, and Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad for providing opening songs.

Thanks to all the various anime mentioned in passing.

Websites:

Thanks to for information regarding "reefer slang".

Thanks to for translating Russian and Spanish.

Thanks to Wikipedia for giving me loads of information on soccer, NAIA, and for filling in "the holes".

Books:

Thanks to the New American Desk Encyclopedia for filling in the gaps on soccer and various other articles.

Thanks to Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary for references on soccer, fencing, food, medieval standards and colors, cruise ships, etc.

Thanks to "Taskforce Aegis" and Muramasamune for allowing me to use a few elements for my story.

Thanks to Dungeons & Dragons for Dummies for educating me more than I could hope.

Thanks to Mythology for Dummies for the idea of Prester John University (and Bastet).

Thanks to all the various books mentioned in passing.

Thanks to The Gift of the Jews for the John Donne poem that became the characters' mantra.

Games:

Thanks to Genso Suikoden 4 for providing a good image to put Fitzgerald to.

Thanks to The World Ends with You for providing an opening song.

Thanks to Chrono Trigger for inspiring the "fireworks" finale.

Thanks to all the various video games mentioned in passing.

Songs:

Thanks to Don Felder for Heavy Metal, Paul Stanley for Live to Win, the Beatles for Can't Buy Me Love, Dragonforce for Through the Fire and Flames, and Aerosmith for Dream On.

Miscellaneous:

Thanks to Chili's, Gamestop, and Olivia Cruises for giving the story a slice of real life.

Thanks to all the various movies mentioned in passing.

Extra special thanks to Johnny Yong Bosch, Rachael Lillis, Kira Vincent Davis, and all their respective representatives.

And, of course, to everyone who read this story in its entirety. I thank you all.

Epilogue—

 

 

Sunday, August 7th, 2022, Carnegie trophy hallway

12:00 pm

For one day a year, the trophy hall on Carnegie University played host to sixteen women who had annually visited ever since a certain fateful day. No matter where their lives were leading them, what they were doing, or who they were spending them with, they would all find the time to make this yearly pilgrimage: to meet once more and wax nostalgic about their fiery, reckless youths; to raise glasses for lost comrades and new lives; to take pride once more in their passions, and to hearken upon bright yesteryears, when they were warriors, when they were Valkyries, when they bled and wept and oozed sweat and beamed brilliantly with a myriad of emotions. They would think back to those halcyon days, back ten years when their minds and bodies were younger and more foolish, back when they had loved, and hated, and won, and lost, and had proven themselves to the world around them—

— back to that glorious moment in time when they were stars in the heavens.

SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI