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Drowning in your silence.
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Drowning in your silence.
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Drowning in your silence.
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Posted 19 December 2015 - 01:15 AM
Ya know I think that pipe part I did actually good on...one of my best posts...not the best one but one of the good ones ^^
I like it actually. Tis why I kept it. But right now the first chapters are just me putting our work together. The rest will be hand written.
Drowning in your silence.
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Drowning in your silence.
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Drowning in your silence.
Posted 21 December 2015 - 11:50 PM
Yuel sighed, as a brutally blunt question was posed to her by Mia. Riku and Amaris turned to face Mia and Yuel in the middle seat, simultaneously taking a deep breath as they listened intently to the sprite.
"You're correct, Mia. Your chances of survival--alone--are less than one percent. I suppose--much like Christina--I was caught up in the heat of the moment. Her anger and her attitude towards you all and myself, completely clouded my judgment. I over reacted. And now, Christina is in danger."
Mia sighed, rubbing her forehead. "So, you criticized Christina for acting rashly, and then you send her off? Do you realize if she gets killed, this will all be for nothing? Honestly Yuel, you played that poorly. You're supposed to be looking out for us. All of us."
The sprite sank slowly to her knees, her image hovering over Mia's phone, slowly fading of embarrassment. "I. . . I'm sorry, you all. I made a very grave mistake."
"Yeah. You kinda screwed the pooch back there," Mia retorted.
"Yes. I-I-I'm very sorry. But please, believe me, it wasn't intentional. I was hurt. I was upset. I--"
"Acted like Christina?"
Yuel's head fell into her chest, as she vanished back into Mia's phone.
"Aw--Mia! Come on, Yuel, we understand," Riku chimed in. But Mia only shook her head. "Don't you 'Mia' me. Christina is missing, and we have her phone. We have no way to know where she is or what's happening to her. She could already be dead for all we know."
"Hey. Stop it. Alright? Look, yes Christina is missing. But that just means we need to move with a bit more urgency. She headed north from what I can tell. Those burn marks on the road that she left behind were in the same direction we're heading now. Let's keep up this pace, and find Red," Jared said, a fatherly tone taking over him between winces of pain.
"Yeah. Don't make me turn this car around," Destiny joked.
In the rear of the vehicle, a silent Leroy peered out of the back window, watching the empty swamp land go by, as the survivors crossed over a lengthy bridge.
" . . .this isn't follow the leader, Leroy! . . .speak up!"
He shook his head, trying to shake Christina's attack from his memory. Even in the clouds, he couldn't stave off those words. Was what he said so wrong? Perhaps, for Leroy, if it was all over right now--
"Hey. Leroy. You okay, dude? Actually--sorry, I shouldn't have asked that. It's obvious you're not okay. You're just quiet. We're kinda worried about you," Amaris said as he tapped Leroy on the shoulder. The Australian boy turned around, forcing a smile.
"Ya don't have to try 'n cheer me up, mate. Sorry if 'm a bit distant. Can't take me mind offa Red is all."
"Can't take your mind off of her? You got somethin' you wanna tell us, Leroy?" Jared said trying to ease the tension of the conversation.
"Eh? Ya think I'm hot for the flamin' broad?" Leroy said finally cracking a chuckle.
"Sounds about right to me. I mean, look at you, gettin' all flustered over a female with emotions. You're already in lo--"
"Oy! You finish that sentence n' I'll be puttin' ya down under, mate."
The car erupted with laughter, if only briefly, as Destiny held up a hand. A fading green highway sign stained with dried blood passed their truck. "LaPlace | Exit 209" it read in dingy black lettering. "We're here," she said quietly, as the approaching off ramp was marked with numbers that were practically dreadful.
EXIT 2 0 9 | Welcome to LaPlace*!
Turning to her right, Destiny found herself slamming onto the brakes, as the off ramp was suddenly littered with cars. The survivors lurched forward, before being slammed back into their seats. "Jesus, man," Jared spoke softly, observing the scene.
There were cars blocking the street, highway on and off ramps, and even turned over in gutters. Several of them ahead of the survivors had been completely blackened, likely by a car fire. There was a police barricade just east of the survivors, perched precariously at a dead red light. A number of military vehicles followed the barricade, and there was even a tank idling on the side of the road. Many cars were overturned, and much of the military jeeps and vehicles were completely destroyed. The tank's nozzle was completely bent backwards, while its chassis was split down the middle.
Hundreds of corpses lined the streets, men, women, and children, scrambling to get away from. . .something. And latched onto some of the remaining vehicles were very large steel spikes, some of them as long as seven feet.
Blood splatters were smeared along the sides of vehicles, as signs of futile struggle showed long dragging lines of crimson red all along the main roads.
But the worst part about discovering LaPlace was seeing what the highway behind them had hidden for miles. How this was such a well kept secret eluded the survivors, but as they exited the vehicle, they gasped in disbelief. Hundreds upon hundreds of miles of forest were scorched dry, as lightning marks littered the city's surrounding land. And where LaPlace should have been, was nothing but pure ruin.
In appearance, this is what looked to be the aftermath of a large bomb. However, it didn't make sense. There was no evidence of an explosion, and the ruins of the city appeared to be completely random.
"What the hell happened here?" Destiny said, nearly sickened at the sight.
"I. . . I don't understand. . . " Yuel said trying to grasp her senses.
"Oy! Where is LaPlace!? Yuel!" Leroy said with his hands gripping at his hair.
The Sprite was speechless. Everything she had gotten from her scans suggested that this was the location for LaPlace. But LaPlace, as of now, did not exist. And in the far distance, leading further into the ruins of LaPlace, was a violent storm of lightning, pulsing brightly, even in the daylight.
"This is--God, this is terrible. Is this what we have to look forward to?" Amaris wondered aloud.
"But--the supplies. We have no food. We're going to starve," said a worrying Riku.
"Calm down, please. Look, this is bad, I agree. But this is no time to make things worse," Mia said quickly.
"Mia's right," Jared interjected, with a sigh. "But this can't be all there is. Yuel. Can you give me some direction? Can you sense anything? Anything at all?"
Yuel nodded slowly, her electronic form now frantically searching for something. "I. . . " Yuel was now erratically tearing apart files in her database, as she continued to dig. "Here. Here it is. LaPlace. This place is rather far in-land. So, whatever caused this--likely Majin--sneaked up on the area. It's completely surrounded by miles of farmland and forestry. There's no way they could have prepared," Yuel said with a sigh. She closed the file, and began pulling up her scanner. "I'll try to analyze the area. For now, you all should pile back into your vehicle. There may be some supplies left in the rubble, if you're lucky."
Reluctantly, the survivors moved back into the large black truck, using its raised body and large tires to move through the sides of the road, carefully crunching corpses with nowhere else to go.
Moving further into the city, the buildings of LaPlace that still stood were badly burned. Others had crumbled, toppled over and had fallen into large piles of rubble. Neon signs had been ripped from their structures, glass littering the streets. The air was stale, and heavy, lingering with doom. But the survivors wasted no time in searching the area. They began with the ruins of a local grocer, "Winn-Dixie".
The store's far left side had completely caved in, ripping away the W-I-N from the building's large red lettering. Yuel's scan of the area was still on going, and so she was unable to speak much. Forcing open the somehow still standing sliding doors, Jared led the way into the store.
"What are we doing?" chimed Riku from the rear of the group, whispering as not to alert any Majin.
"Looking for food?" Mia said rolling her eyes.
"No, I mean-- er, what's the plan?" he finished.
Just then, Jared held up a fist, causing everyone behind him to stop in place. The entrance was narrow, which meant that the next view of the store was held off by two large corners that blocked their vision of the East rubble filled side of the store, and the West side of the store. Jared carefully peeked around the West corner, with no clear danger in sight. Taking a few steps forward, he peeked around the East corner, with once more, nothing but darkness.
He nodded to the others, assuring them that it was safe to approach. As they gathered around Jared, the survivors formed a huddle. "Okay," Jared began. "This store is kinda big. If we wanna get in and out, we'll have to split up."
Riku was quickly opposed. "The last time we split up, we ran into a Majin Lord, and Christina vanished."
"Riku!" Destiny snapped.
"What!?" he whispered loudly.
"Look, I know how you feel. But we can't afford to waste too much time in here. Canned goods only. Move in groups of two. If we get pounced on by Majin, we're screwed if we're caught here. So move quickly," Jared said with urgency. "Riku. You take Mia and go East. Less chance of catching Majin if you're near the rubble. Leroy, go with Destiny. Head up the center of the store. Check for meds. Remember, we don't have anything right now. Take what you can get. Amaris, you're with me. We meet back here in twenty. No later. If something happens, do not hesitate. Use your Fayth. Everybody cool?"
The survivors nodded their heads, as Jared took out his phone. "Yuel, how's it coming?"
"This is a large area. Almost as large as New Orleans. My scan is fifteen percent complete. It'll be some time before I can tell you much more."
"Alright. Do you think you can give us a six-way timer? I want this to go smoothly."
"Yes, I can do that," the sprite said waving her hand quickly. "I've set a twenty minute timer on each of your phones. It will begin counting down when you leave the entryway."
"Shorty!? Well! I nev--" Yuel was cut short as Jared stuffed his phone back in his pocket. The survivors paired up, giving each other a reassuring nod as they left the entryway, and their phones silently ticked away.
"Riku," Mia whispered as they carefully circled the rubble. Riku was carefully examining each individual canned good, ruling out spoiled foods. "Yeah, Mia?" She took out her phone, turning on her 'Flash Light' application. "I'll monitor the timer, and give you some light. Just protect me, okay?" Riku nodded, silently. Their pairing was a bit awkward, as silence radiated between them. "So, what do you make of the whole thing with Christina?" Mia said first, as they turned the nearest aisle.
Riku sighed, as Mia shined light down the aisle ahead. "I--well--damn it. I just don't like it. It seems to me this thing was taken way out of context. And it kinda makes me upset. Like, why would Christina say that? What did Yuel ask her? I only partially get why she was upset with Leroy."
Mia nodded, also wondering what exactly happened in the auto-shop while Christina and Destiny were gone.
"It's kinda bizarre, really," she said examining their surroundings carefully. "I mean, sure we don't exactly know each other, but we're the last people on Earth. And that's why I'm still not one hundred percent sure about Yuel's answer," Mia said referring to their conversation that was cut short in the truck.
"Hey, I got something. Green beans. Veggies are always good."
"We'll probably find more vegetables than anything else. Too bad Christina isn't here. We could grill some of this stuff," Mia joked. Riku snorted quietly at the thought of Christina lazily turning her gauntlet over and over, roasting vegetables.
"Let's keep looking," Mia said ushering Riku forwards.
Wandering up the center of the store were Leroy and Destiny. They lingered in the front, and after acquiring a large grocery bag, they quickly snatched up what few bandages, gauze, and duct tape they could find. "Two rolls of everything. That should last a while." Leroy was quiet still, making sure he didn't miss anything. Finding a quart of disinfecting alcohol, he added it to their bag of collectibles.
"You feeling any better?" Destiny asked, nudging Leroy in his side, prompting a forced chuckle from him.
"Heh. Yeah love, I'm alright. Just thinkin'," he said as they perused Winn-Dixie. If one were to carefully observe Destiny and Leroy, you might assume they were shopping as a couple, for a Thanksgiving Dinner. They were lazily swinging their bag back and forth, casually turning their heads to find that next perfect part of their meal.
"Hey. Canned tomatahs. Always good flavor. N' check out that price. Not bad."
"Well for us," Destiny said picking up the can, and checking the expiration date. "It's free. Five finger discount." She tossed the canned tomatoes into the bag, as they continued forwards. "So what are you thinking about?" Destiny asked, getting back on track.
Leroy threw his hands behind his head, and let out an exasperated sigh. "I just feel like maybe Red didn't understand what I meant, when I said uh, you know, the thing. 'Bout these Majin bein' n' answer to the human race."
Destiny thought carefully, trying to grasp Leroy's position.
"I just--humans are a hazard. Y'know? Growin' up n' Aussie, I saw it all the time. Us killin' off these cool animals. Ruinin' the environment. Killin' each other like a pack of wolves. I just think that maybe, the Majin came to return this big blue planet of ours back into its natural state," Leroy said shrugging.
He had a point. The human race was just as bad as the Majin. And they have had the means of destroying earth for many decades now. But Destiny wasn't completely in agreement. "You make a good argument, Leroy," she said swinging the grocery bag back and forth. "But I think you're going about it all wrong."
Destiny paused for a moment to give Leroy time to think.
"Whaddya mean, Des?"
She nodded, proceeding with her argument. "I think it's fair to say humans are a problem. We always have been. We always will be. But instead of wiping us all out, we should start with ourselves, to fix the problem. Know what I mean?"
Leroy nodded, finding a small box of three cloves of garlic to add to their shopping bag. "Ya' mean try to cut down on our damage to the world?"
"Precisely. We can bitch and moan about how carbon emissions are bad and over hunting animals is driving them to extinction. But until someone--one of us humans--puts a plan into action, we'll continue to see Majin-like results. And don't just criticize. Make sure you're not committing to the same act you dislike. Start with yourself, and then try to make a change in others. For all of our sakes."
Leroy raised an eyebrow, and couldn't help but smile at Destiny.
"What? Why are you looking at me like that?" she asked, laughing.
"That was a real speech, Des. Ya got me all fired up to take on some Majin now!" Leroy said punching the air. "Let's see how much longer until we split."
"M'kay. There's about--"
"Five minutes left. Then we can group back up and get the hell outta here," Jared said holding his nose, as he and Amaris moved past the formerly frozen foods section of the grocery store. With the power being out, this meat had gone rotten some time ago. But having been eaten by maggots and worms some time ago, there was nothing but bone. So what smelled so bad?
Amaris held his nose as well, wondering where the smell was coming from. "Any idea what the heck is giving off that stench?" he asked aloud to Jared.
Jared shook his head, looking over his shoulder. "I haven't eaten much, so it wasn't me," he joked.
"That doesn't mean you didn't crack an egg in your pants."
Jared nearly choked of laughter, before something caught the corner of his eye. Something darted rapidly past them, in the darkness of the store's stock room, behind the frozen foods section. Jared held out a hand, stopping Amaris in his tracks. "You see that?" he asked quickly, looking around.
Amaris froze at Jared's words. "N-no, what did you see?" Jared took a few curious steps towards the frozen foods wall, as he muttered, "I'm not entirely sure."
Then, with a shrill, ear-splitting ringing, his alarm sounded on his phone, with Amaris', Riku's and every other survivor's phones all blaring at the same time.
"Yuel!" Jared said taking his phone out of his pocket. "Why is that thing so loud!?" he asked turning it off. "This was supposed to be a quick, stealthy operation. What if--!?"
But Jared's words were cut short by a low growl, and a growing odor.
"Shit. Time to go. Time to go!" he began calling to the other survivors, from across the store. He could hear their footsteps increasing in pace, as they raced towards the entrance of the grocery store.
"What's the rush!?" called Riku.
"I don't wanna find out! Outside! Now!" Jared replied
The survivors scrambled, making their way to the entrance, when they heard groans and grunts, followed by howls, and footsteps that they did not recognize. The Majin had found them. They met at the front of the store, and quickly filed outside one at a time, with Jared directing them. Ushering the survivors out of the door, Jared followed last, as he pointed to the truck they arrived in. "Get in!" he urged them.
But nearing the truck the survivors would find a hitchhiker waiting for a ride. A Majin, humanoid in appearance, but its body covered in mold and sickening yellow spores and pustules. It's face had been mostly rotted away, with a single one of its arms in tact, and the other having turned into thick, heavy roots. And now, out of the grocery store came three others similar to it. Some of them with their heads barely attached to their bodies, over grown by the massive sores that formed an impacted growth on its neck, as the zombie like Majin moved towards them. Its pale skin, and still rotting flesh peeled off of the Majin as it moved. The Majin slowly stumbled towards the survivors, having not seen a human in a long period of time. A heavy, yellow-green fog was forming at their mouths, letting loose a foul odor.
"Ugh, God! What the hell are these things!?" Destiny asked.
Yuel's sprite quickly showed up before the survivors, on Destiny's phone. "Toxic Anglers! And just because they look slow, doesn't mean they are. Kill them. Kill them, quickly! Watch out for their seeds!" Yuel said quickly.
The Anglers lunged at the survivors, even with their mangled legs. Destiny was taken aback by the gross, defiled appearance of her enemy, and was caught by surprise as one of the Anglers managed to tackle her into the ground. She thrashed viciously, squirming as the Majin attempted to eat her alive. Riku ran forwards, and attempted to kick the Majin away. Unfortunately, he found his strike was poorly placed, as only the Angler's head gave way, severing from its body which still wrestled with Destiny.
They both screamed in horror, as Destiny finally managed to roll over and climb away from the Majin.
"Thanatos!" she cried out. Brandishing the large black sword, she smashed it into the Majin's still struggling body, slicing it in half. "Why is it still moving!?" she screamed to anyone who would answer.
"You have to crush its head, Destiny!" Yuel replied quickly. Turning around, the Majin's head was lopsided on the cement behind her. "Easy enough," she said with rage in her voice. She did not hesitate to pierce the Majin's head, and watch it bubble and boil into nothing as it vanished from the world.
The others watched in shock, before turning around to face the other Toxic Anglers. With an understanding nod between them, Jared, Mia, Leroy, and Amaris brought their Fayths to life, and went on the offensive.
Jared quickly and silently formed a bolt of lightning in his hands, hurling it at one of the three Anglers, crushing it and causing it to explode instantaneously.
Riku unleashed several quick-firing Kuniumi blasts, cutting a second one of the Anglers into four pieces, before blasting it with a final force of holy energy and destroying its head.
Leroy, however, took a different approach, opting to literally relocate the enemy Majin, sending it hurdling into the distance, until it was a blur.
"Well, that's one way to go about it," Jared said relaxing at last. "Let's get out of here. We can tally up our score while we head into town." Lowering their guards, the survivors piled back into the large black truck, with Destiny at the wheel.
"Follow the destruction. It's the only way we'll find what we're looking for," Jared said from shotgun. Destiny turned the wheel silently, as she ran the vehicle over piles of rubble and corpses, moving further into LaPlace.
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 30 December 2015 - 11:37 PM.
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Drowning in your silence.
Posted 06 January 2016 - 12:15 AM
The further into LaPlace that they traveled, the worse the destruction got. What was initially a cluster of half-standing, worn buildings, turned into miles of ruins and rubble. Buried beneath tons of brick, dust, dirt, and corpses, there was once a city. Though it was not evident from this terrible course of events, LaPlace was once a medium sized city hub, bustling with life. Now, it was more than a door mat for the Majin to wipe their feet on, as they desecrated everything they touched.
Upon crossing a flattened subdivision, the survivors came to a large clearing. What was formerly a large field of sugar cane was now something of disbelief. A completely ruined crop field, that almost appeared to be derived from a bad horror film. Sugar cane had been badly burned, and most of it had turned to dust. The burn pattern formed in very jagged, badly shaped but complete circles that suggested it was done on purpose.
Sticking his head out the window, Leroy remarked, "Almost looks like Red ran through here."
With less and less of LaPlace becoming visible, and more of it becoming utter flattened and demolished land, the survivors slowed their pace, as Yuel began to speak. "Do you all notice anything?" she asked, softly.
Silently the survivors nodded in unison. "A distinct lack of Majin," Amaris noted.
"And that's not all. Is it just me, or does LaPlace seem kinda small?" Mia asked.
"Yeah. It is a bit smaller than New Orleans, but what's that got to do with anything?" Jared asked, as a loud thunderclap on the horizon rocked the survivor's vehicle. "Shit. What the hell was that?"
"You really need me to answer that?" Destiny said sarcastically. A gathering storm ahead of them seemed to funnel out of the sky. A blackness slowly devoured the land, as rolling clouds spat out lightning in incredible numbers. At roughly ten bolts per second, staring into this storm was like staring death in the face. At least, it was for everyone except Jared. Destiny slowed the truck, until it was at a complete stop, a few miles outside of the range of the storm ahead.
"We're. . . not going in there, are we?" Riku asked, nervously.
Amaris sighed, sitting up straight in his seat. "Don't think we have a choice. The lack of Majin tells us that we're close to a Lord's Nest. And this whole scene is basically saying the Lord's Nest is that storm."
In the front of the vehicle, Jared rolled his wrist, cracked his neck, and let out a huff, as he opened his door.
He wasted no time rallying the troops. Jared motioned for the rest of the survivors to get out of the truck, his morale appearing to be high as he preached to them.
"Let's go. Storm or not, these bastards took something from us. And if it means going through a little bad weather, we need to brave it. Besides," he said closing his door behind him. "This isn't the worse storm this state has had," Jared said recalling some of Louisiana's history.
"Shit," Destiny said under her breath as she undid her seat belt and slid out of the truck. Reluctantly, the other survivors followed suit, knowing full well that they needed to step into this storm to defeat whatever was controlling it. Jared led the way, with the survivors forming a cone behind him.
He stopped on a dime, holding up a hand. "Hang on. I wanna test some basic science," he said forming a lightning bolt in his right hand.
Giving each other a confused glare, Destiny stepped up to Jared. "You trying to make yourself a target? Are you completely out of your mind?"
Jared nodded. "Yes. Now stand back." Jared could feel the storm clouds growing, as they began to expand further, and slowly cover the survivors. As the sky droned on with thunder, Jared stepped a few feet forward, distancing himself from the survivors, as not to get them caught in his stupidity.
"Mia," Destiny said turning to face the girl.
She understood without more having to be said. Mia readied her Fayth just in case things didn't go as Jared planned. Lightning rained over them, before a white hot bolt pierced the heavens and looked towards Jared. The boy outstretched a hand, waiting to receive his blessing. The bolt struck Jared, sending fifty thousand volts of electricity through his body in an instant.
Jared audibly gasped, his eyes wide as he struggled to maintain his balance.
"Hang on buddy!" Leroy said prepared to jump in to save his comrade.
"No, don't touch him!" Destiny said blocking the survivors. "You'll get shocked too!"
Jared twitched, gritting his teeth. He balled his fist, as lightning sparks surrounded him, and static electricity covered him. He groaned, but with a bit of force, he drew the lightning out of his body, and fired it back into the sky. The blast ripped through the clouds, parting them, but fading into nothing in an instant as the sky was closed off once again.
Jared collapsed, coughing as Mia rushed over to him, and the survivors surrounded him. Mia wasted no time attempting to treat Jared, as he spoke with the survivors.
"Christ. Jared, you're an idiot," Destiny said shaking her head.
"There's something different. . .about this lightning," he said between heavy breaths. "It's not . . . natural. This is pure. . . Majin lightning."
"You mean our Lord Majin. It's gonna mess around with lightning? Seriously?"
Jared nodded, standing to his feet at last, shuddering. "Phew, yeah. Damn it that hurt! But it looks like I can draw the lightning out. I won't say it's attracted to me, but I guess because I have a lightning affinity and some positive charge in my body, I can be a lightning rod if necessary. I just have to work on receiving the shit and getting it outta my system faster than it can be thrown at me."
"Mate. You're talkin' about makin' yourself a bloody target. If that dirty Majin gets wind o' your little scheme, it might be over. And who's to say you can take another hit like that?" Leroy asked poking Jared in the chest. Luckily for him, all of the static that had built up inside of Jared had already been released. Otherwise, Leroy would have been in for a shock.
"I'll be fine. I'll dawn the ol' lightning armor to help nullify some of the damage. And with Mia to back me up, I think I can focus on drawing out some of this. . .thing's lightning. That is, if it really is lightning we'll be dealing with."
The storm clouds continued to roll overhead of the survivors, encompassing them with a dark, bleak shadow. The only other light source amidst this gloomy shadow was the occasional bolt of lightning, streaking across the sky and sometimes being accompanied by a boom of thunder in its wake.
"Alright. Let's get this over with," Jared said finally shaking off his shivers. Silently, the survivors moved beneath the black sky. Their target? The eye of the storm.
As the survivors drew closer to its center, the raging storm over head calmed, and a bright pink light illuminated the eye of the storm. The light felt warm, welcoming even, and its alluring presence drew the survivors forwards. Even so, they kept on their toes, with Jared leading the way.
Upon reaching the eye of the storm, the survivors found an almost deafening silence, as the sky above them appeared to be a canvas. It's blindingly white center darkened as it expanded outwards, and the pink edges of the clouds hugged tightly to the horizon, giving it a glow. But there was nothing else present in the eye of the storm. Only silence.
It was at this time that Yuel's circuits seemed to scramble, and the survivors' phones went haywire. A shriek from the electronic sprite shocked them from their dazing into the clouds, as they all looked down to their phones.
Yuel screamed with all of her might, as an immeasurable pain ran through her electronic body, causing her to topple over and fold with her head in her hands.
"Yuel! Yuel what's wrong!?" Mia asked.
But she could not reply. The only thing Yuel could do was scream. She wailed, cried, and filled the air with shrill, deafening screams, until each of the survivor's phones went dead in an instant. They looked to each other, and then took a look around the immediate area. Still, nothing else could be seen beneath the eye of the storm.
"What the hell is going on?"
"It has to be a Majin right?"
"A Majin? Ya think it's invisible?"
"It could be anything."
"No. No, this is a Majin's work. Come out, ya coward!"
And so the survivors were answered. A loud, droning hum sounded above them, like a powering generator. The air was filled with static electricity, sparking between the survivors.
"Back up! Spread out!" Jared said quickly.
And in the sky, in the whites of the storm, there were tentacles. Eight bright pink tentacles lazily floated downwards, as the static electricity around the survivors grew stronger.
"So that's what was hurting her. The static," Destiny said softly.
BGM: Cleric Beast
The sky began to fold open, as the wrinkly, translucent skin of a jellyfish-like Majin lowered itself towards the survivors. It was massive in its entirety, taking up the majority of the sky with its large pink body. All around it, the air crackled with energy. The jellyfish Majin had six eyes across its body, each of them a bloody red, surrounded by a blackened ring. And clearly seen through its body was a storm in its very center. This, was Sin Seeker.
The survivors were thrown backwards, forming a ring of bodies around the mark of a powerful thunderbolt that had found the ground before them. They sat up, quickly scrambling to their feet as they prepared to engage the new Majin Lord. Jared had almost no time to react as the thunderbolt had landed at the survivors' feet with zero warning. As the survivors spread out, they sought to make Sin Seeker's attacks harder to land with less foes directly in its line of fire.
But as long as the survivors surrounded Sin Seeker, it would grow stronger. Its tentacles glowed, as a violent volley of lightning erupted from the tips of its many arms. Jared quickly threw out an arm, in attempt to draw the lightning towards him. His wish was granted, as white hot lightning plunged into his body, fifty thousand volts at a time, over a total of five bolts of lightning.
Jared fell to a knee, as Mia sprang up.
"Jared!!" she cried out rushing towards him. But Jared held up a second hand, telling Mia to hold her place. Through gritted teeth and a squinted, pained face, he muttered. "Kill this. . . big pink. . . bastard! Su--Susanoo!"
A long kitana brandished itself magically in Jared's open hand, as he forcefully managed to pull his hands together. With the channel of lightning now being pushed through Susanoo instead of Jared, he was given a buffer. A guard of lightning began to surround him, as he cried out, "Swallow's Fury!" His body now encased in a lightning barrier, he found Sin Seeker's attacks much more bearable.
"Don't just stand there!" he said tightening his grip, as Sin Seeker's lightning dissipated. "Kill this thing!"
The survivors nodded in unison, as they called upon the power of their Fayths.
With Quetzalcoatl, Thanatos, Tsukuyomi, Izanagi, and Thoth brought together, the survivors moved in for an attack. Mia began to chant, calling on the Suits of Power Spell from Thoth's Spellbook. With a barrage of ranged magical attacks, she began to fire a flurry of spells at the jellyfish's core. Fire, lightning, wind, ice, darkness, and light. Each of Mia's spells each had a different effect on Sin Seeker, but only one of them was noticeable. Her fire spell merely dissipated and fizzled as it struck Sin Seeker's soft, malleable skin.
Lightning was completely nullified, as Sin Seeker drew the lightning spell to its tentacles, and redirected it to Jared. Wind all but tickled Sin Seeker, as its tentacles enjoyed the lofty breeze provided by Mia. Ice annoyed the Majin Lord, temporarily stunning it in place. Darkness could not cloud the Majin's vision, as it blasted the darkness away with a concussive blast of lightning. But light had a different impact on Sin Seeker. It pierced the Majin directly, firing through the heart of the storm in the Majin's center.
At this damaging spell, the Majin Lord reacted, a shrill cry and angrily waving tentacles showed its anger. Sin Seeker lashed out, its tentacles lashing and striking at the survivors. Mia was blasted with a powerful electrified tentacle, slamming into the ground with incredible force. Her body bounced before she landed flatly on her stomach, eerily still.
"Mia!" Riku cried out, as the girl went limp. He went to rush to her side, but a whip of Sin Seeker's tentacle against the ground left a searing burn on the ground, hot to the touch, and holding Riku back.
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 06 February 2016 - 05:30 PM.
Drowning in your silence.
Posted 07 February 2016 - 03:58 AM
With Mia potentially knocked out of the fight completely, the survivors were now down three players. Jared could do nothing but hold off a portion of Sin Seeker's lightning strikes, but with Christina missing in action, and Mia being indisposed, it was up to Riku, Leroy, Destiny, and Amaris to defeat the Majin Lord. They could receive no help from Yuel, as the static discharge from Sin Seeker interrupted their communication. But Mia had given them plenty of information, simply by playing the hand she was dealt.
With all of her cards on the table, Mia had single-handedly discovered the Majin's weakness. The survivors only had to find a way to exploit it. Destiny was the first to jump into action, with six of her ethereal chains erupting from her Fayth, in an attempt to bind the Majin Lord. Sin Seeker was pummeled by the chains, as Destiny guided them with her arms in a furious but elegant wave of her arms.
"You're gonna pay for that!" she snapped at Sin Seeker.
But just when it seemed that all of Sin Seeker's surprises had been revealed, it spoke to Destiny. But only to Destiny. In the back of her mind, a deep, gurgling voice mocked her, as it spoke and said, "I thought you might say that."
As Jared held tightly to Sin Seeker's lightning strikes, he felt himself growing tired, as the massive strain on his body began to take its toll. But as he looked up, the horrified look on Destiny's face made him break his concentration on drawing in the Majin Lord's lightning attacks. "Destiny? Destiny!?" he cried out.
The girl's eyes widened with horror, as her shadow ethereal chains wrapped around her target. She too was now bound in place, as she tightened her grip around Sin Seeker. But where Destiny was, Sin Seeker was not. And the same was true in reverse. Destiny's mind had been penetrated by the Majin Lord, and she had begun to see illusions. In a sudden fit of panic, Destiny screamed, as the Majin Lord continued to put thoughts in her head.
"You've already made your first and last mistake, girl," it gurgled in her head. "Let me show you the end of your world," it taunted as a flurry of images appeared before the survivors. What they were now witnessing was the power of Sin Seeker. Illusion creation.
Sin Seeker's ability--while at first seemingly futile as illusions--were more dangerous than they seemed. While the illusions were truly fake, the damage they inflicted was quite real. From Destiny's mind alone, Sin Seeker had created two illusions, and they were almost exact replicas of the survivors. The first fake was a copy of Mia.
This !Mia was identical in face, with slight differences in their unique features. !Mia's hair had glossed over, from a natural icy white to a hot pink. !Mia's eyes were no longer empty and grey, but instead lively, and filled by the same hot pink color of her hair. !Mia's coat was an ash grey, instead of black, with a dark green sweater beneath it. And looking from Mia to Mia, the survivors could barely tell the difference. Especially as !Mia summoned Thoth from thin air.
A swirl of !Mia's spell-book made the survivors inch backwards, only to be shocked at what they saw next.
"Chris--Christina?" Destiny whispered.
The former red head's hair was now jet black. Her once deep blue eyes were now a sinister, blood-shot red. And the grey bandages that wrapped her upper arms had turned black. !Christina bared the back of her hands to the survivors, before clenching her fists.
"Oy. Oy, oy! That's--that's not Red!"
And in total silence, the Ares gauntlets were spawned on her fists. With a deathly look in their eyes, the illusion !Christina lunged at Destiny, with !Mia supporting her. !Christina drew back a fist, as it closed the gap on Destiny, and dropped it to the earth. Destiny hurriedly leaped backwards, but was not out of the way of the massive shockwave that erupted from !Christina's location. She toppled backwards, as large chunks of earth began to rain down upon her.
Leroy sprung into action, using Quetzalcoatl to shatter the large stones and clear the air. "You alright love?" Leroy asked, extending a hand to Destiny, who gladly accepted, dusting herself off. "I'm fine. But what the hell was that? Isn't she supposed to be using fire attacks?" Destiny asked, preparing her guard. Leroy nodded in agreement, expertly twirling Quetzalcoatl in his right hand. "Yeah. 's a bit off, eh?" he asked, carefully strafing towards Riku, with Destiny behind him.
Amaris and Riku held up opposite hands, a defensive posture as their wrists glowed. "Something tells me this !Christina is nothing like ours," Riku chimed in, carefully circling around to his allies.
Amaris nodded in agreement, as he added, "Our Christina may have had a rocky start, but this is a bit much."
Meanwhile, Jared continued to struggle with Sin Seeker's lightning strikes. Without Mia to buffer the damage he was taking, he had about reached his limit. "I don't know what the hell's going on, but you guys better kill this bastard! I can't take much more!" he screamed over the deafening lightning blasts.
"Hang on Sparky! We'll get this over with soon!" Leroy called back. As the survivors made their way to a tight formation, they noticed something happening with Sin Seeker. The closer the survivors got to each other, Sin Seeker appeared to expand. And as Riku and Amaris neared Leroy and Destiny, two more illusions began to appear. As they came into existence, the survivors were staring into the faces of four of their own. !Mia, !Christina, and now !Leroy, and !Jared. If there was any indicator that these were not their actual allies, Leroy looked to Destiny, Riku, and Amaris, his mouth agape. They nodded in understanding. It was going to be a long battle.
!Mia's spell book began to flip through pages wildly, as a swirl of magic encircled her. The magic pulsed outwards, splashing onto !Christina, !Leroy, and !Jared. This was !Mia's own way of buffing her allies. And now, things were becoming very nasty.
!Christina cracked her knuckles, as she dove forwards with incredible speeds, and tackled Destiny. With a sinister smile, she drew back a fist, and Destiny could feel the ground beneath her begin to give way. Leroy attempted to react, but as he flipped his staff, he found himself with a chill running down his spine, as his arm was frozen in place. Turning his head back to the enemy survivors, he was staring into his counter-part's soulless white eyes, as a frosted Quetzalcoatl was aimed directly at him.
"Ice?" he asked to no one in particular. But this time, Sin Seeker responded to Leroy directly. "You'll find that my vision of you has much more impact. It's the you that you should have been. Right before I devour you."
Amaris dashed over to Leroy, and shattered the ice over his arm with a swift strike of his Tsukuyomi. Riku timed his attack with Amaris', firing a pulse of light just inches away from Leroy, knocking !Christina off of Destiny, causing them both to roll. !Christina flipped back onto her feet, as Leroy helped Destiny up.
"We ready?" he asked, as Destiny dusted herself off.
"Do we have a choice?" she asked quickly.
"No." Riku said flatly.
"Then let's do this," said an encouraged Amaris.
"Don't we need a plan?"
"Let's find out what they can do first."
"I'll take Red! Er, Christina!" Leroy said not wanting to fight himself. He and Destiny crossed paths, as she raced at the enemy !Leroy. Riku looked to !Jared. This would be one of his most difficult fights. This was someone he admired, and fighting them head on was not desired. But he had no choice. Amaris flipped his blades, as he targeted !Mia, and he and Riku split up.
But the !survivors would not let their opposites have their way. !Christina immediately went for Destiny, kicking up a large mound of earth and rocketing it towards her target. Leroy caught on, interrupting her attack with a powerful cyclone and destroying the block of earth with a powerful gale. "Sorry sweetheart," he said spinning Quetzalcoatl until it hummed. "Ya' gotta dance with me."
Amaris had his eyes set on shutting down !Mia, to prevent her from healing her clone allies. But when !Jared stepped in his path, he was caught off guard. A powerful stream of water punched Amaris in the chest, sending him sailing backwards. Riku, however, was unopposed now. He fired another ray of light from his finger tips, using the Kuniumi blast to shock !Jared. The clone was stunned, as its right shoulder and arm were now completely missing.
!Jared scowled at Riku, using his single remaining palm to project forward another large torrent of water with high pressure. Riku ducked the blast of water, hitting the ground with a thud as he dove for cover. Just off to the side of Riku was a prepared Amaris, who had managed to avoid the water stream as he came into !Jared's view. "Hangetsu," he said as he leaped past Riku and charged at !Jared. With his blades taking the shape of a quarter moon, he sparked them together under the moonlight and closed the distance with !Jared.
!Jared attempted to redirect his water pulse at Amaris, but the volume was so great that it took him too long to move his attack. Amaris landed neatly beside !Jared, motionless now. At this, !Jared's water attack was stopped, as blood trickled down the left side of his body. His arm slid out of place, and flopped lazily to the ground as Amaris' strike was completed. But Amaris didn't let up. He kicked !Jared in the back, forcing him forward onto his knees. Riku climbed to his feet, and met !Jared's head with a knee, forcing him to flip backwards onto his back. With a combined attack from both Amaris and Riku, they both fired beams of light into his head, causing it to rupture and split.
Even !Mia couldn't heal this size of a wound. And she was their next target.
On the opposite side of the battlefield, Leroy was in between a rock and a hard place. Meanwhile, Destiny had uncovered a new bondage technique that she liked, as Thanatos' chains grew spiked ends and pinned !Leroy to the ground. The fake struggled, but he failed to break the chains. Destiny drew Thanatos' blade from her side, and held it above !Leroy's throat. "See you in hell," she taunted. But before Destiny could strike down !Leroy, she felt her legs go numb. A chill slithered up her spine, as she lost all feeling in her lower body. "Wha--" staring down at her feet, she could see !Leroy's hand gently touching her ankle, and ice encasing her from her feet, upwards. "Uh--wha--HELP!" she cried, trying to get her allies' attention "SOMEBODY!" she said as her arms began to freeze. "ANY--BO--" but her last words were muffled, as her face was now encased in ice.
Leroy's head jolted in Destiny's direction. "Destiny! I'm comin'!" he tried to assure her. But the next thing Leroy knew, he was being lifted off the ground and flipped backwards. !Christina stomped her foot down, lifting a series of increasing masses of stone, rocketing upwards from the Earth and lifting Leroy off of his feet. He was hurled backwards, but managed to land on his feet. He whipped Quetzalcoatl skillfully, now spinning it in front of him. "Serpent Cyclone: Drill!" he barked. At his words, an embodiment of the serpent Quetzalcoatl emerged in twisted winds from his staff, and slammed through !Christina's wall of stone, and then through her chest. She skidded backwards, before toppling over and rolling into a ditch. This bought Leroy enough time to move towards Destiny.
The previously bound !Leroy had begun to shift under Destiny's chains. Thanks to his sneak attack on the girl, her Fayth was weakening, as she was trapped in ice. Leroy faced his clone, and directed Quetzalcoatl towards him. The serpent further bound !Leroy, locking him in place. "You're gonna undo this, ya sunvabitch!" Leroy said tighening Quetzalcoatl around his fake. "Fix! Destiny!" he ordered. "Do it!"
But !Leroy didn't budge. He didn't wince, grimace, or weep. Instead, !Leroy smiled, as he looked on at the pain in his counterpart's eyes. But that wouldn't be the case for long.
Amaris and Riku had quickly overwhelmed the fake !Mia, easily dodging her feather spells and bursts of energy. Riku punched a single ray of light through the fake's chest, causing it to become unstable. !Mia collapsed backwards to the ground, shaking uncontrollably, until she exploded into a sparkle of light particles. They quickly rushed to Leroy's side, witnessing the frozen Destiny.
"What the heck!?"
"He did it!" Leroy screamed, tears running down his face. Leroy stomped into his copy's chest, kicking and screaming. "You let'er go, damn it! LET HER GO!"
And while the survivors struggled, a disturbing laugh entered their brains, as Sin Seeker looked on, cackling at their suffering. "And this is only the beginning!" the Majin Lord bellowed.
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 15 February 2016 - 02:15 PM.
Drowning in your silence.
Posted 21 February 2016 - 02:38 PM
Riku quickly went to work, as he noticed a pattern in their previous bout with their fakes. Only he had dealt fatal damage to the clones before them, using his Fayth of light.
"I wonder . . ." he began, inching closer to Destiny. He held up a hand, and a warm glow began emitting from his palm as it was covered in light. For several minutes he attempted to use his light attribute properties to defrost Destiny, but nothing had worked yet. And if they didn't get her warm soon, she would die. Without a second thought, Riku turned his hand to the opposing !Leroy, and fired a beam of light through his chest. The fake was eradicated almost instantly.
"What are you doing!?" Leroy said diving at the remains of his clone. "He was our only hope to--!"
"He wasn't going to free her, Leroy. Which means we have one other option. We make this guy do it," Riku said nodding at Sin Seeker.
The Majin Lord laughed heartily at the idea that it would be the one to save a survivor. "Not a chance, whelp!" Sin Seeker screeched. "You're out of time, and options. Even if you could kill me, your friend would still be trapped in ice. She's destined to die right here, right now! AND YOU WILL SOON BE JOINING HER!"
As Sin Seeker spoke, Jared collapsed. He too was now unconscious. Under the overwhelming pressure of holding back Sin Seeker's lightning strikes, he could no longer do so. And beside him, !Christina had gotten back to her feet. And as she stood up, the ground quaked, as pebbles, rocks, concrete, and stone began to rise around her. "Kill them," Sin Seeker ordered. And at his words, !Christina lunged. Leroy, Riku, and Amaris split up, avoiding !Christina's initial strike as she landed between them with great force.
She kicked large boulders at the trio, acrobatically spinning and thrusting out her legs in mid air while pelting the survivors with massive stone and concrete. Leroy did his best to shred the projectiles with Quetzalcoatl, but he couldn't catch everything. They had to find an opening.
"Riku. You're the only one that can kill that thing," Leroy said, trying to provide cover. "I'll make an opening. You do the rest. Amaris, cover 'im."
"Roger that," Amaris said getting into a ready stance. Leroy adjusted his spin, and slammed Quetzalcoatl down, forcing !Christina to break her channel of projectiles. "Go! Now!" Riku raced forwards at Leroy's words. Amaris followed him closely, pushing his Fayth forward, as he blocked Riku's path. "Amaris, what are you--!?"
"Shingetsu!" he cried out. His Fayth took the form of a black, rounded shield, covering Amaris and Riku. "Stay behind me!" Amaris shouted over the sound of crashing stone against his shield. Riku nodded, as they pushed forwards.
!Christina stood her ground, stomping hard and raising thick stone walls out of the ground to block Amaris and Riku's path. But the survivors continued to press through, even as !Christina barricaded herself in a stone bubble. Amaris pushed himself to the limits, as he shattered !Christina's dome of stone with sheer force. And as he collapsed to a knee, Riku leaped over his shoulder, a Kuniumi blast prepared in his hand. He met the fake head on, as their fists collided. Riku however, had the upper hand. His strike slid through !Christina's entire arm like a knife to butter, and shattered it.
A powerful eruption of energy sent Amaris reeling far backwards, into Leroy and knocking the two of them over. It was so powerful, in fact, that it shook Mia from her sleep, and brought her back to consciousness. "What the heck--Leroy? Amaris, what's--where's Destiny and Riku?" she said groggily getting to her feet.
Leroy pointed to the crumbling dome of stone over Riku and !Christina, but their view was obscured by a blinding light. "Riku's in there. And Destiny--she's frozen, Mia. Can you fix her?"
Mia looked around carefully, spotting the icicle survivor. "What!? What the hell happened?"
"A fake survivor, made up by the Majin Lord. He could control Ice, Mia. And he froze Destiny," Amaris explained. "But--" Mia ran over to Destiny, only to be tackled by Amaris as they narrowly avoided a blast of lightning from Sin Seeker's tentacles. "Jared's down! You have to move carefully! And the only way we can help Des, is by kicking that thing's ass first!" Amaris said, helping Mia to her feet.
"You know it's weakness, right?" Mia asked, opening her palm and summoning Thoth.
"Right. But Riku is indisposed, dealing with another fa--"
"Stall him. We'll take this bastard down."
"You sure about that, love?" Leroy said joining Amaris and Mia.
"Yes. We just have to buy time for Riku."
She collapsed to the ground, as Riku ripped his arms from her chest, light still radiating from his palms. !Christina began to fade from the world, and Riku stood up straight, rolling his shoulder.
"That's for impersonating my friend. Bitch."
Riku was visibly angered, struggling with the battle at hand. But he was prepared to press forwards. The stone dome that surrounded him had begun to collapse, and so he sprinted as fast as possible to the exit.
He ducked his head, and rolled out of the way of the collapsing entrance, barely making it to the other side. He had beaten the fake survivor, but there was still one enemy left. And standing in that enemy's way was Mia, Leroy, Amaris, and himself. Riku ran over to their sides, waiting for an explanation. "Mia, are you alright?" he asked first.
She nodded. "Yes, thank you. You have good timing. We were just about to talk about killing this big bastard," she said confidently.
"I'm up then?" Riku asked.
The other three nodded in compliance. Riku sighed, accepting his assignment. "Then I'll need your help."
The survivors sprang into action, following Riku's lead. He guided them as they raced towards Sin Seeker, his very presence making them sweat furiously. They split themselves, drawing Sin Seeker's attention across the battlefield. "You will not conquer me with simple diversion tactics!" it bellowed into their minds. Sin Seeker drew its tentacles close to one another, creating a tight knit web of lightning, before spreading it outwards towards the survivors.
They spread themselves more thinly, trying to avoid the net of lightning, and narrowly escaped their deaths. But Sin Seeker did not let up. He cast bolts of lightning left and right, keeping the survivors on their toes. Mia managed to duck behind a large pile of rubble, nearly having her right leg burned off by a stray bolt as it singed her. She retorted quickly, climbing to a limp leg and attempting to buff her allies from afar. She focused her energy on Riku, who seemed to be the most capable in this fight.
Leroy was able to attract the Majin Lord's attention for a brief moment, as he buzzed annoyingly above it while avoiding lightning bolts. "Ya need better aim, mate!" he said whipping Quetzalcoatl as he passed over Sin Seeker, and bashing the Majin in it's skull with a Serpent Cyclone.
Riku ran parallel to Leroy on the ground, bobbing and weaving in and out of rubble while using Tsukuyomi as a shield to stave off lightning attacks. That is until his shield was hit so hard, it cracked, and Amaris was sent tumbling backwards. Leroy reacted quickly, putting a cushion of wind beneath Amaris to soften the blow.
Unfortunately, Leroy's hero antics nearly got him killed as Sin Seeker slapped him out of the air with vicious speed, and Leroy went spiraling into Amaris. But just in time, Riku had managed to find his way to Destiny. The frozen heroine. As Sin Seeker turned around, it screeched in horror, as it understood what was happening.
The slow moving Majin Lord would take too long to reach Riku to stop him, and so it began gathering a storm of lightning at the tips of its tentacles, in an attempt to blow Riku, Destiny, and all of the survivors away in one enormous blast. "You will not see the end of this day!!" it screeched, looking at Riku through the ice that bound Destiny.
"Ugh," Leroy said rolling over, and off of Amaris. "What--what's Riku doing?" he said rubbing his head. Amaris was excitedly cheering, as he struggled to stand to his feet. "It's basic science, Leroy. What does ice do to light?"
Leroy pondered, but couldn't quite come up with the answer. "Does it make it brighter or somethin'?" he said limping over to Mia, helping to carry Amaris.
"Not quite. Ice refracts light."
Leroy, amidst the pain, conjured up enough strength to raise his eyebrow to Amaris. Amaris only laughed, pointing to Riku. "Just watch."
As Sin Seeker taunted Riku, he came up with his own reply. "No? You're kinda pessimistic," Riku taunted, his hands glowing over the ice block of Destiny. "I prefer to look on the bright side!" he said emptying the entirety of his Kuniumi through the ice block. And as the Kuniumi entered the ice block, it began to split. It split, and split, and split, into hundreds of thousands of beams of light, piercing through the night, and directly into Sin Seeker.
The Majin Lord erupted in pain, squealing like a wounded pig. But it would not let the survivors escape with their lives.
It cried out, as it stretched its dying tentacles to the sky. And as Sin Seeker shrieked, the once black sky began to open. It boomed like a cluster of cannons, as a white hot light came streaming down from above, and was destined to destroy all of LaPlace. And as the night turned day from the sheer brightness of the light above, the survivors heard four words.
"Shut the hell up."
A powerful shockwave erupted from the point of impact, kicking up dirt and dust and knocking over the few remaining stone and concrete structures that once stood where LaPlace was. The light that streamed from the sky never reached the ground. Rather, it was interrupted several feet above the ground, as Jared fired back with a last minute Calamity Bolt. The deafening explosion caused the survivors to cover their ears and hit the ground with heavy thuds. And as the dust settled and their ears stopped ringing, a slightly singed Jared strolled over to Riku and Destiny, leaning tiredly over the ice block that surrounded his comrade.
"Nice job," Riku squeaked. Jared stuck out his hand to shake Riku's, as the ice over Destiny started to melt beneath their elbows.
"Good kill, Riku. I was just starting to turn over when I saw that damn light and closed my eyes again. How'd you think of that?"
Riku chuckled. "I had help. I thought of your last little bout with the Hammer, and I remembered basic science. Nothing super impressive. I just--oof!" he grunted as Destiny collapsed into his arms.
"I beg to differ," said a limping Leroy as he hopped over towards the others. With Amaris leaning onto his shoulder and Mia patiently walking behind them, the survivors gathered themselves as they praised Riku for his utter destruction of Sin Seeker.
They turned around to see the large jellyfish-like Majin Lord's body deflating, burning from the piercing light that destroyed it. It's enormous body began to curl and shrivel, slowly turning into a plethora of light particles. How appropriate. Riku, however, was still bashful.
"I mean, I couldn't have done it alone--"
Punching him in the chest as she stood up straight, Destiny said, "Learn to take a compliment, you jerk. You did well. Considering you did it without me."
"Well, Jared kinda saved us in the end," Riku said as he nodded to his comrade.
"Last minute. I was just trying to keep us from being fried. That was all experimental. No guarantee that would have worked."
"Missed ya mate," Leroy said hobbling over and playfully putting Jared in a headlock.
"Well, look at that. Reunited,"
"And it feels so good," Mia sang behind Amaris. The others turned to look at her, before joining in. But before they could celebrate any further, their phones crackled with electricity, and sparked back to life.
"Yuel!" they said in unison as the sprite managed to show her face on their phones. She rubbed her head as if she had a migraine, stumbling slightly as she came to.
"Yo. You alright, squirt?" Jared asked at last.
"Yeah, you were right out of it for tha' fight. Had to rely on Riku here and was nearly offed," Leroy joked as Riku elbowed him.
"Yes. Yes, I'm alright. I apologize for my absence," Yuel replied, not sensing the glaring look Mia was giving her. "How did you fare? I assume that with the lack of interference, the Majin Lord was defeated," Yuel commented, now looking up at the others.
"Yeah. Yeah, Riku managed somehow. Destiny gave us a scare, but she's all there," Amaris commented.
Yuel nodded, looking to the survivors for their next move. "Well?" she asked holding her palms out.
The survivors looked around in confusion, not sure of what Yuel was wanting. "Well. . . what?" Leroy asked.
"The Location Discus. Where is it?" Yuel confirmed.
"Oh! Well it died over there, so--yeah, here it comes."
The Location Discus ripped itself free from the slightly dismembered body of Sin Seeker, slowly rising into the air. As before with the Great Hammer, the Discus separated, but this time into only five different parts, before spreading across Louisiana in different directions. As the discus pieces vanished, Yuel received a burst of information, a matrices of numbers blazing through the survivors phones as Yuel analyzed it all in seconds. A smile crossed the sprite's face, as she looked up to the survivors. "You did well," she said turning to each of them. The survivors high-fived one another at Yuel's praise, nodding with satisfaction.
Yuel's smile faded rather quickly, as her face became stern and serious. "I have good news and bad news."
Mia sighed, as their celebration was short lived. "No surprise there. Don't hold back Yuel. Give us the bad news first."
Yuel looked to Mia, then down at her own feet before looking back up to Mia. "They're one and the same," Yuel said slowly.
Mia raised an eyebrow, turning to Jared. He nodded in understanding, as he addressed Yuel. "Don't keep us in the dark, shorty. What's the news?"
Yuel sighed. A large scale holographic map of Louisiana now displayed in front of the survivors. Yuel zoomed in close, and hovered over the city of Baton Rouge. There, in the far north-west corner of the city, a picture hovered over the map. And finally Yuel said what she needed to.
"I've found Christina."
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 01 March 2016 - 01:06 PM.
Drowning in your silence.
Posted 02 March 2016 - 12:51 AM
Two Days Ago
She watched from afar as they turned off into LaPlace. On the edge of an old gun shop, she sat with her legs over the ledge. She could see the black SUV easily, even at this distance. It was the only thing that was moving. They stopped abruptly and filed out one by one. But within minutes, they were back inside of the SUV and headed due East. She nodded with satisfaction. They were fine. And that's all she needed to know.
She stood up on the edge of the gun shop, she flipped forwards, grabbing the ledge and swinging her legs inwards into the building and landing on the dirty tile floor. She disappeared back inside, and gathered the army duffle she had found some four hours ago. Silently she stepped past the broken steel cabinets and over the shattered glass as she made her way to the entrance. As she made her way back to the entrance, she passed an empty but foul smelling restroom. At first, she passed it paying it no mind, while holding her nose. But upon seeing her reflection out of the corner of her eye, she doubled back.
Her hair was frizzy, but still held it's luscious red color. She wiped the sweat from her brow, flicking it to the ground as she stared herself in the mirror. Tightening the bandages over her hand, she tried to force herself to smile. But even with all of her strength, she couldn't fake a smile. She pressed on, hell bent on leaving LaPlace behind.
What was that? On the horizon behind her, there was a series of lightning strikes, but they were all concentrated in one location. A thunderstorm? Or was it a Majin of some kind? Were they in trouble? She hesitated. If she turned back now, would they forgive her? Would they be willing to look back on the recent events and just let it go?
No. That was a fool's thinking. If they couldn't handle one Majin Lord without her, what did it matter? They'd all be dead soon enough. She would just have to press on, and take down as many Majin as she could by her lonesome. But she had to use this time wisely. She hadn't fought anything since the Great Hammer died. She needed to stay strong. LaPlace was an hour behind her now. There was no point in turning back.
She was forced to take the long, decrepit Interstate 10 to her next destination. Surprisingly enough, it was a tough bridge to crack. That, however, didn't stop her nerves from getting rattled as she noticed the stretch ahead. It was dark out now, and she was surrounded by woods on both sides. She didn't want to burn much energy if she didn't have to, but this was a walking trap. She could easily be over run by Majin from both sides. This wasn't the ideal setting for her to fight in.
And even with the strength of her fire, these woods were too damp to set ablaze. Not to mention, it would only draw the attention of the others. She had no choice but to stick to the median and keep up her guard.
As she carefully stepped down the high end of a pass-over bridge, she could hear them in the woods. The Majin. There was no chance she got through this without a fight. And it was twenty miles to Gonzales, the next town over. It was going to be a long night.
Nearing the bottom of the bridge, she could see something stirring in the trees above. Mosques, maybe? It would make sense that they had a nest nearby. No. This was different. Whatever this was wasn't something she'd fought before. It had only two eyes, pale yellow in color. It blinked as if it were studying her. And as fast as it appeared, it vanished. She made her way to the median at last--between both sides of the highway--and kept her eyes wide for both sides of the highway. She has lost track of the one that was watching her from the trees, and it made her nervous. It wasn't seeing the enemy that frightened her. It was not knowing where the enemy was.
Though she continued forwards in the dark, she continued to turn her head constantly, looking for the next enemy. And then she heard something. A rustling from the nearby brush on the far right side. Preparing her right gauntlet, she watched the woods carefully. And she saw those same pale yellow eyes again. But once more they disappeared as fast as she noticed them.
Another rustling from her left. Pale yellow eyes? Were they the same eyes? No. These were much narrower. Noise on her right. There was more than one. She could see the eyes clearly in the woods, but. . . there was no body attached to it. And then they were gone again.
And now, she could hear footsteps. They were getting closer. The eyes, she could see them drawing nearer, but there was still no physical body for her to take note of. That was it. These things--whatever they were--were invisible. All except for those ugly eyes.
Their footsteps began to pick up in pace, but she wasn't about to run. She dropped her duffle to the ground, and turned around. Gauntlets on fire, she knocked them together as she taunted the enemy. Faster now. They were about to be right on top of her. She could feel a change in heat on her right first, and she turned with a blazing fist and swung hard. She could feel the spikes on her gauntlets make contact with something. The eyes blinked before they were sent reeling behind her. Behind her now, the other one pounced and pinned her back to the ground.
She elbowed the creature in its face several times before it rolled away from her. And then it revealed itself.
Resembling something of a dog, this creature's face was nearly completely mauled. Most of the skin on its face was dead, or peeling and falling off. It was a four legged creature, with literal radiating black skin. And the creature was enormous in size. So big, in fact, that she was surprised a few elbows to the face were enough to encourage it to fall back. Its snout was split in two, bone peering through the center of its face. Through it's snarling, rather large maw, she could hear it growling.
Its partner in crime reared its ugly head, as it dropped its cloak. Unbeknownst to her, these were Black Prowlers. In the shadows where all was quiet, they found a hunting ground. And today's meal was a red headed survivor.
They lunged at her, one at a time. Drawing back her right fist, she met the male first, a sharp, powerful jab to the jaw. It toppled over sideways, as the female caught her off guard. Reacting quickly, she rolled backwards, putting her foot in the female's stomach, and kicking the Prowler off. As she got up, the male Prowler was at her feet again, and had its mouth agape, prepared to gnaw on her ankle. She leaned in, kneeing the Prowler in is head instead, before driving the spikes of her gauntlets into its brain and slamming its dead carcass to the ground in one swift motion.
The female Prowler was not pleased with this girl's actions. She leaped high with sharp claws and scratched the red head badly in her back, causing her to topple forwards to her knees. She rolled over, just in time to catch the Prowler's open jaw at her neck. She grabbed its head, and tried to shove it back. But the Prowler had a lot of power behind it, forcing the girl to lean further back to the ground.
She was insulted being in this position, because she knew she could win. As the flames ignited on her gauntlets, instead of pushing the Prowler's head away, she pulled at either side of its jaws. And she kept pulling, and pulling, and pulling, until the muscle and bone ripped from its head, and the Prowler's jaw was completely separated from its head. The creature whined in excruciating pain as it started to bleed out. But the girl knew that this noise would only attract more.
Sitting up and crawling over to the dying female Prowler, she wrapped her hands around its neck, and twisted quickly. The whining stopped abruptly, as she could now only hear herself panting in the darkness. She sighed, standing up and snatching up the army duffle. Turning back to the north end of the highway, she marched.
She was staring over the highway guard rail, the ghost town of Gonzales sitting ominously just on the edge of the moonlight before her. She thought carefully about her decision, leaning more and more to camping out in Gonzales for the night. If she pressed on at this hour, it would be several hours on foot before she reached Baton Rouge. The likely hood of more Majin emerging was well over one hundred percent. Though she was already risking death, being unable to see her surroundings doubled the chance that she could lose her life.
She sighed, walking down the off ramp with her eyes to the ground. Gonzales it is. The billboard that once hung high over the tiny town had come toppling over, and flipping onto its back. An almost illegible "Gonzales" on the sign was fading from its once bold red paint. Now she wasn't sure if it was paint, or dried blood. Stepping over the billboard, she trudged past the shopping strip just off the highway, as she could see the innards of the small town of Gonzales a few miles ahead.
Inside her duffle was plenty of food and water, so she wouldn't have to go scavenging. Not now, at least. She decided to find a place to cozy up for the night before beginning the next day's journey north, to Baton Rouge. But she would have to find some place she could defend. Unfortunately, there wasn't much left to Gonzales that was safe for her to venture into.
As she quietly surveyed the area, one particular hole in the wall called out to her. There was a large gash in an old Ace Hardware store, as if something grabbed at it, and ripped it open like a piece of meat. She approached slowly, softly igniting her gauntlets to shed some light into the store. She tiptoed past the opening initially, simply observing what she could from the outside. But of course, she may as well have been blind trying to see through an oddly cut hole and a slew of rubble. With a sigh, she shoved past the crushed sheet-rock, and ducked her head as she entered the hardware store.
Even if she was only here for a few hours, she could gather a number of things for use later. There was a stench, likely rotting corpses. But at this point, it wasn't something that surprised her. It wouldn't keep her from sleeping, and there wasn't much else on her mind other than making sure she was properly geared for the road. Maybe there were some working batteries, or perhaps a car battery. If she could get on the road, getting to Baton Rouge would be easy. But she didn't dare rummage through the store now; not while it was dark. She decided to park herself behind a counter top, hidden from plain sight. She would begin her scavenge in the morning at sunrise, before making her way to Baton Rouge.
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Or so she thought.
The stench she was smelling was indeed the smell of rotting corpses. But these corpses were relatively flesh; albeit mangled and bitten. And in the furthest point in the back of the store, those corpses were piled high, in a neat, organized pyramid fashion. And something had put them there. There was a lengthy trail of blood, leading from the newly created hole in the wall, all the way to the back of the store, which she of course ignored. Trails of blood at this point in time didn't concern her. They were just another norm, to go along with the monsters and crazy people that surrounded her.
But this store that she had walked into had already been claimed. It was no longer a hardware store. It was a hunting ground. A feeding ground. Where whatever was feeding, didn't care what it's next meal was. Majin or human, the corpses were stacked in the back of the store, almost as if they were being saved. And now a fresh meal had wandered into it's nest. And it wasn't about to let the red meat that lay itself in his nest to simply walk away.
And as he watched her lay her head to rest, he stood up from the shadows, a low growl coming from his jaw. A single footstep was all it took for her to realize she wasn't alone. But even with her lightning fast reaction, and leaping up right, she wasn't prepared for what she saw next.
A razor fast hook from what looked to be a Majin claw slapped her down to the ground, head first. Her head was ringing with pain, as her vision began to go blurry. She slowly turned over, to face her attacker, as it stood threateningly over her. She couldn't make it out, whatever it was. But before she went unconscious, she could mutter one word.
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 17 March 2016 - 01:01 AM.
Drowning in your silence.
Posted 02 March 2016 - 11:55 AM
Things getting pretty intense now...
I'm happy to see how well your bringing these survivors that were played by separate people in the RP and pretty much keeping with that mentality when writing this. Well done so far!
Excited to know what happens in Ch. 8!
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Posted 17 March 2016 - 03:59 PM
"Where is she?"
"And how did you find her, for that matter?"
"Yeah, this is kinda outta the blue, lass."
"Everyone, please! I'd be happy to explain things. But right now, we need to get back on the road immediately."
The survivors turned to each other in confusion, slowly moving towards the SUV. "What's the rush, Yuel? You're not being very transparent here." The sprite sighed,, as she waved her hands in frustration and brought up the last images that the discus revealed to her. "Pay attention. This will be a lot to take in," Yuel began.
"When the discus emerged from the Majin Lord, it separated. Just like last time. But each time we acquire a new discus, we acquire new information. And apparently, this information is shared with all of the Majin Lords in your world."
Opening the door to the SUV, Destiny paused, still shivering from her freezing accident. "So, the Majin Lords know everything about us? Is that what you're telling me?" she asked looking down at her phone and Yuel's map.
"Not exactly. I can't say for sure what the Majin Lords do know. But I can tell you everything we have done after meeting with the Great Hammer, until the moment you killed Sin Seeker, has been . . . well, how do I word it? Telepathically recorded? And whenever a Majin Lord--or any of their loyal servants--discovers something new, it is shared with the other Majin Lords. Through a kind of mental link. When a Majin Lord is slain, and its discus is released, we learn what that Majin Lord knew. And that's how we progress," Yuel said at last.
"So, what did we learn from Sin Seeker?" Mia chimed in.
"Right. The last bit of information that Sin Seeker acquired was sent to him by another Majin Lord. This Lord was hunting. And it just so happened that a survivor crossed its path unknowingly."
Yuel nodded. "And her last known location was here, just outside of Baton Rouge," Yuel said placing a red blip with Christina's face on the map.
"Is she. . . you know?" Riku asked sheepishly.
Yuel shook her head. "We don't know. However, there's a good chance she is alive, because the time line doesn't seem to have changed. But we also don't know how much time she has, if she has any."
Jared opened his door to the SUV, encouraging everyone to follow him. "Then what the hell are we waiting for? Let's go save Red."
But a softly spoken "Why?" from Destiny made him and everyone else pause. "She left us. Abandoned us. We're not her friends, remember? Why the hell should we risk our necks for her?"
Silence among the survivors was quite telling. Even Mia, who normally didn't care for these types of situations, had to voice her concerns. "Destiny's right. Christina apparently wanted to do this her way. And now she's paying for it. And frankly--"
"Hey!" an irate Jared barged in, slamming his door. He stomped over between Destiny and Mia, his brow furled. "I don't know what part of this you guys forgot about, but if one of us dies--any one of us--we all lose. You recall that!?" he said pointing a finger at them both. "These petty squabbles have gotta stop. Because it's not about us."
Mia sighed, looking to the ground; a frustrated Destiny simply frowned at Jared, but gave in at last. "Fine. We're heading to Baton Rouge anyway, right? May as well try to find her."
Behind Jared, an exasperated Riku let out a sigh of relief. "You guys scare me," he admitted.
Amaris slapped him on the back with encouragement. "Says the guy who got his first Majin Lord kill!"
"Oi! I'm next! Ya thievin' kill stealers! Next one is all for Leroy!" he taunted them.
Jared was still fuming behind the recent incident, but he was all for taking down the rest of the Majin Lords. "Let's move then," he said motioning the survivors to the SUV. Destiny reached for the driver's door, but she was stopped as Jared closed it. "'Til you cool off, I'm driving," he said with an open palm.
Destiny rolled her eyes, handing over the keys as she reluctantly sat behind the driver's seat. Leroy slid in next to her, forcing Destiny's frown to flip upside down. Riku and Amaris huddled into the rear of the vehicle, while Mia joined Jared up front in the passenger's seat. "Yuel," Jared said starting the vehicle. "How long 'till we hit Baton Rouge?"
Jared took a clamp from the glove compartment of the vehicle and attached it to the dashboard of the SUV, sliding his phone into it. As he mounted his phone, a map and timer displayed brightly on the device, with Yuel voicing over it. "Approximately forty-five minutes. I would say there's no traffic, but there are hundreds of vehicles abandoned on the highway. If you can bypass them without getting anyone killed, you'll be fine," she said in the background.
Jared shrugged, turning the key. "Shouldn't be that hard. But before we go, does anyone need a bathroom break?"
Turning to the rear of the vehicle, he looked to the survivors one at a time. With no raised hands, including Mia, Jared swung the SUV around. "Amaris. What kind of rations do we have left?"
Rummaging through the rear of the SUV, Amaris found their collection from the previous run. They were doing well on food, but they needed water. "Close to a dozen canned goods. A few chocolate bars. Two left over cans of chili. Some string cheese. But no water."
Jared nodded silently, keeping his eyes on the road as he gave Yuel his attention back to Yuel. "How's the weather ahead?" Yuel remained silent as she examined what information was available to her. "Cloudy. There's a chance for rain if you're lucky. Likely closer to Baton Rouge."
"Okay. Leroy. Can you take a few left over water bottles and try to catch us some fresh water? Best if you can get it up high."
"Oh, make ol' Leroy do ya fetchin, eh? Aye aye Cap'n. But you owe me," Leroy said gathering bottles near his feet.
"Thanks. I-10 is just ahead. Get comfy. It's a nice ride," Jared said turning onto the main roads of what was left of LaPlace.
A low growl and some curious snorting and sniffing woke her from her slumber. Blurry eyed, she stirred from her sleep. She could feel herself bobbing up and down, but she wasn't walking. She was being carried, rather, by the thing that had captured her. Wait. It was carrying her?
Christina looked down over the creature's red skinned back to see herself at least ten feet off of the ground. Two long clawed, enormous feet plowed through the streets, leaving craters in their wake. But she was still too drained to fight back. She couldn't fight the exhaustion that seemed to over come her. Groggily, she began to go unconscious again, her head bobbing back into the leather like skin of the monster that taken her against her will.
"Baton Rouge, twenty miles," Yuel said over the speaker of Jared's phone. And right on cue, thunder rang out above them. That was Leroy's cue to jump into action. "Bah. I hate gettin' wet!" he said opening the SUV door, and floating out. He kicked it close behind him, and soared ahead of the SUV, climbing as he went.
"So something just up and snatched her, right?" Mia asked suddenly. "That doesn't make sense to me. It would have to be absurdly strong to just--LOOK OUT!" Mia screeched. The highway before them appeared to erupt, and two large stone creatures crash landed before them, causing Jared to slam on the brakes.
The two hulking Majin were soon joined by four more Majin. Two Toxic Anglers, and two Mosques. "Shit. Shit! Majin! Get out!" Jared ordered. The survivors bolted out of the SUV, just as the two Cripplers ducked their heads.
"Move!" he said snatching Destiny by the hand and pulling her out of the way. On the opposite side, Mia rolled; Amaris and Riku managed to sprint away with their lives as the SUV was tackled and sent flying down the road behind them.
Amaris looked on in awe, as the SUV came crashing down nearly a hundred yards behind them. "Hooooly crap," he said turning back to where the SUV once was, and where two Cripplers stood now, raising their heads. The Majin turned their backs to each other, digging into the ground and ripping out rubble.
"Spread out! Kill the smaller ones first!" Jared called. The survivors scrambled in different directions, and the Mosques and Anglers followed. Mia took cover behind an abandoned vehicle, close to the edge of the highway. Jared found himself wide open in the median, but he had plenty of room to run. Destiny had rolled under a semi-truck, now trying to keep herself concealed. Amaris ducked behind a minivan, silently drawing out his Fayth. Riku was directly opposite him, bracing himself against an old station wagon.
The Mosques chose Jared first, thinking him an easy target. The Anglers limbered down after Destiny and Amaris, while the Cripplers focused their ranged rock tosses at Riku and Mia.
Yuel went to work on assisting the survivors immediately, feeding them information on the enemies present. "You already know how to deal with Mosques and Anglers. Cripplers are a stone entity. Their greatest weakness is wind!"
"Yeah, well we're a little short on a wind supply right now!" Jared said, as he dodged a Mosque stinger and fired off a bolt of lightning through its temple.
"He can't hear us over the sound of the storm over head! We have to do this our selves!" Mia called as she rolled down the bank of the interstate to dodge a large boulder. She hopped to her feet, and summoned Thoth in the same instance, without speaking it. As she rose to her feet, to her surprise, she was unaware that she could do such a thing. "Thoth?" she questioned, only to duck another boulder. "Magus, grant me knowledge," she chanted quickly, as ten cards floated gently out of Thoth's pages, and surrounded her. "Suits of power," she finished, aligning her ten cards with different elements. "Jared, I'll cover you!"
Jared nodded to Mia from afar, as he dealt a killing body blow to the remaining Mosque. Behind him, Riku and Amaris were developing a plan. "Remember what you did with Destiny?"
"Let's try something similar. But a distraction."
"I'll follow you," Riku said confirming Amaris' decision.
He nodded, ducking between cars as they tried to close the gap between themselves and the Cripplers. Passing Destiny by unknowingly, she watched Riku and Amaris' footsteps, which gave her an idea. "Thanatos," she whispered, calling to her Fayth. The heavy black sword brandished itself against the ground, clanging loudly, and drawing the attention of the Toxic Anglers away from Mia for just a moment. Carefully extending Thanatos' shadow, Destiny commanded the Fayth to snatch at the Angler's feet, snatching them upwards and slamming their heads against the ground, killing them in one swift movement.
Destiny rolled from beneath the semi near Mia, and ran to her side. "You okay?" she asked Mia, as she readied herself.
"I'm fine. But where's--"
"Riku and Amaris? Over there. About to do something stupid," she said pointing them out.
Mia followed Destiny's finger, as she pinpointed Riku and Amaris. "Alright, let's back 'em up. Watch your head," she said hustling back towards the highway.
Opposite Mia and Destiny, Jared had become pinned behind cars as the Cripplers refused to let up. "Could use a hand over here!" he called to the others.
Right on cue, Riku and Amaris climbed aboard an overturned sedan, with their Fayths at the ready. "Hit it!" Amaris said extending his blades outwards, crossed over one another. Riku projected a bright light over Amaris' blades, effectively blinding the Cripplers as their rock throw assaults ceased.
"Go, go!" Destiny said sprinting forwards, Mia at her heels. Jared peered over the cars at his back just in time to witness the engagement, and join in the fray. Leaping over the cars, he prepared a Liger Fang on his hands to solidify his kill. "Utopia Aeon!" Mia cried as she pushed forwards. A powerful red light now surrounded herself and the other four survivors, power resonating within them. "Consume!" Destiny ordered to Thanatos," as she swung the blade downwards in an arc slash, causing a powerful wave of shadow to burst forth and erupt towards the Cripplers.
Their stone bodies survived the initial blast, but the Cripplers had fallen to their knees, their heavy rock plating nearly completely shattered as their soft heads were exposed. And silently, Jared leaped over the kneeling Cripplers with a backflip, striking them both with the prepared Liger Claw and ripping through their heads with a single cross slash.
He landed with a roll, hopping to his feet as it completed. Amaris turned to Riku, high-fiving him as they celebrated another well earned victory. Destiny patted Mia on the back, just as rain began to fall from the sky. "Oh great," she said as Thanatos returned to its passive state. "My hair!" Mia shrugged, patting Destiny on the back this time. "You'll live."
And as the sky opened up, a high flying Leroy swooped down towards the survivors, using Quetzalcoatl to carry the filled water bottles down to the surface. "Hey guys! What'd I--miss? Looks like ya had a run in!" he said as he came to a halt between Destiny and Jared. "Sorry 'bout that. Woulda come runnin' if I'd heard all the racket. You know, thunder n' all that," he said waving it off.
"No problem. Now we just gotta find transportation. Maybe hotwire one of these rides?" he said, looking around.
"Hotwire? Well what happened to the--jeez!" Leroy said turning around, to see their former ride flipped upside down and steaming atop of several other vehicles. "Guess that answers my question."
"Cripplers. Tackled the damn thing and sent it flyin'. Nothin' we could do," Jared confirmed. "Everybody start looking around, see if one of these damn things will start. I'll see what I can recover outta the truck."
The survivors spread themselves out, desperately looking for a working vehicle. Though, with a ten year time span sending them into the future, the chances of finding a working car were slim. They had already lucked out once. Destiny tried the minivan. The engine sputtered, coughed, and choked, but could not start.
Leroy went for the semi. Unfortunately there was no key. He tried to rip open the steering column, but it was already destroyed. The semi was useless as well.
Riku had found a different SUV. It wasn't armor plated or heavy duty, but it had six seats. There was a key hanging lazily on the rear-view mirror, and Riku snatched it up quickly and tried the engine. Unfortunately the battery was dead, but Riku had an idea.
"Hey, Jared!" he called over the rain.
"Yeah!?" he replied from the trunk of their old ride.
"Gimme a hand wouldja!?"
Jared poked his head out of the old super truck, and peeked at Riku. Taking what uncrushed supplies that he could, he carried them over to the blue SUV that Riku had found. "Most of the food is okay. A little tumbled around, but none of the cans were leaking, surprisingly. The rest of our gear got smashed. Flashlights, walkies, all of it. Whatcha got, Riku?" he asked, now standing on the passenger's side of the vehicle.
"The battery's dead, but I think that's the only thing wrong with this one. It's got gas, and I didn't notice any real damage to it. Think you can juice it?"
A loud rumble of thunder overhead made Jared raise an eyebrow.
"In this rain? You tryin' to kill me?"
Riku sighed, hanging his head. "I don't know what else to do man," he said sliding into the driver's seat. Mia strolled up behind Riku, sticking her head in the driver side door as she flicked her wet hair back. "What if I buffer you, Jared? You know, my shield. Maybe it'll keep you from getting shorted out."
Jared hesitated. He wasn't sure what would happen. But they needed to move quickly. "Yeah. Yeah, let's get it over with. We need to get to Chris," he said shrugging it off. Moving out and raising the hood of the vehicle, Jared propped it up as he prepared himself mentally.
Mia had already begun chanting her spell, "Star of Faith," erecting a powerful magical barrier over Jared, hoping that it would prevent him from killing himself. "Okay. Take your time. Don't over do it," Riku urged him. Jared nodded, placing an open palm over the battery of the engine. Destiny was patiently sitting in the driver's seat of the SUV, waiting for the signal to try the ignition.
Jared slowly pumped sparks out of his finger tips as he made direct contact with the battery. He could feel the battery feeding off of his strength. He stopped abruptly, trying to be cautious. "Try it now," he called to Riku. Riku passed a thumbs up to Destiny. She nodded, turning the key, but the engine still sputtered.
Shaking her head, she looked at Riku. But he already understood, as Jared swore under his breath. "A bit more," Riku said confidently. "Right." Jared placed both of his hands onto the battery this time, using a bit more power and pushing electricity out of his hands and into the SUV's battery. He pushed, trying to make sure that he didn't under estimate how much of a jump that the SUV needed.
But as the battery reached its peak, Jared failed to snatch his hands away in time, and was blasted back from the SUV, slamming into a guard rail, his body steaming. "Jared!" Leroy said rushing over with Mia behind him.
He shook his head, trying to stand up. "I'm fine! I'm fine. Don't touch me! Unless you wanna get a dose of what I just got. That barrier probably kept me alive," he said looking to the static electricity running over his body. He was now doing his best to suppress Susanoo, closing his pores and trying to keep the electricity in his body. He hobbled over to a different car, wary of the vehicle he tried to jump start.
He hopped in to get out of the rain. "Tell her to try it," he said nodding at Riku.
Destiny caught wind of the conversation and turned the key, causing the SUV to roar to life. With a content nod, Jared lay his head back on the headrest. Riku, Amaris, Mia, and Leroy quickly began loading the SUV with what supplies they had left, shoving it into the trunk of the vehicle. With an exasperated sigh, Jared sat up straight, as Destiny pulled the SUV over to him. He crossed into it without going through the rain again, as the survivors resumed their pace.
She was being moved again. Christina felt weightless for a moment, before being awoken as she was thrust against a cold, concrete wall. "Gah! What the--shit!" she said pulling her head backwards as she was greeted by a rather frightening Majin Lord. The creature was at least ten feet tall, and its red skin appeared to be steaming. It bared its sharp, foot long fangs with a grin, as it walked away, lashing the air with a sharp turn of its tail.
That was when Christina realized she was looking down at the ground. She wasn't against a wall; she was against a ceiling. And something--gross and sticky--was pinning her to it. Why was she being held here? Why hadn't she been killed already? Didn't the Lords know that if one of the survivors died, they were all screwed?
As the large red skinned creature vanished from sight, it dragged behind a series of lengthy hooks behind it, scraping the ground as it turned the nearest corner of whatever nest it had brought Christina to. Further into the nest, Christina could hear an airy, feminine giggle, followed by the low, satisfying growl of the Majin Lord that had captured her. The laugh almost seemed human, which was already more disturbing than what Christina had seen.
Now she could hear the clicking of tongues. Snapping, snarling, licking. Were they talking? Were the Majin this intelligent? Or was it just the Majin Lords? Either way, something strange was going on. Things were slowly becoming more complicated, and it seemed like the Majin Lords were becoming more and more intelligent. There would soon come a point in time where they could no longer prepare for Majin Lords. Rather, the Majin Lords were preparing for the survivors.
"There. I can see the skyline," Leroy called from the passenger seat. The rain had yet to cease, even after thirty minutes of traveling towards Baton Rouge. Navigating through old cars on the abandoned highway wasn't easy, and slowed the survivors' travel time by at least five minutes. But at last, they had reached the outter limits of Baton Rouge.
Destiny took her phone from her pocket, and poked it. "Yuel," she called to the sprite. Yuel appeared in a flash, nodding as she awaited Destiny's request. "Any idea where Christina is now?" Yuel shook her head in dismay. "Unfortunately, no. Christina's last known location. . .well, you're standing on top of it." Destiny sighed, punching the steering wheel.
"Well, we can't comb the entire God damn city. She'll be dead by then," Mia said from the rear seat.
"That's if she isn't al--"
"She's alive. There still haven't been any changes to the time line. You have time," Yuel retorted immediately.
Destiny scoffed. "Well. You actually wanna find her huh? I thought you wanted her gone?" Destiny said looking to Yuel. Yuel frowned, pointing at Destiny. "Don't forget, Destiny, that you drove her away!"
"No!" Destiny screamed. "She drove herself away!"
"Uh, guys?" Riku called sheepishly from the middle seat.
"You didn't exactly try to keep her here!" Yuel replied.
"She asked for this! She's in this mess because of her own big head!"
"Guys!" Riku exclaimed.
Destiny turned around, anger in her eyes. "What!?"
"I think I know where Christina is," he said pointing ahead, to the road.
Destiny turned around at last, facing the road ahead. There were a number of large crater sized footsteps in the road, followed by a trail of a pale green ooze beside it. Leroy immediately jumped out of the SUV's passenger side to get a closer look, holding out a hand to keep the others back as he examined it.
Getting a closer look, Leroy couldn't tell what was going on with the slime. The footsteps were enormous, but they weren't Hammer sized. He put his palm into the middle of the footprint just for curiosity's sake, noting that it was about five times the size of his hand. And as he picked his hand up, a stray strand of hair stuck to his palm. Turning his hand over, Leroy plucked the hair off of his hand, as he ushered the others forward.
Destiny pulled the SUV up along side Leroy, who opened his door to report what he had found. A mere strand of red hair.
"Think it's hers?" he asked getting back into the SUV.
Amaris jumped in right away. "Even if it isn't, this is the only clue we have now," he said nodding to Leroy. "We should go after it."
"Go after it? And into what? Another Majin Lord? We haven't had a day's break and we're about to fight another one? We're in no shape to fight--"
"We have to try," Jared said sitting up. "It's either we do nothing, and slowly waste away. Or we go out fighting. And I'm not about to puss out," he said sighing.
Mia giggled at Jared's words. "Heh. Puss. Ow!"
Jared elbowed her, taking a cigarette from his pack in his pocket. "Take a vote?" he said using the spark from his finger to light the cigarette in his mouth.
Destiny agreed right away. "Okay then. I vote we wait. Wait until the next morning. Get some rest, go in full strength with our heads on straight and save this bitch," she said plainly.
Mia raised her hand in agreement with Destiny. "We shouldn't go in half cocked," she half-jokingly stated. Riku nodded as well, making himself heard. "They're right. I wanna save Christina too. But if we go in with no energy, and walk into a trap, we'll have died for nothing."
Amaris shook his head, however. "We don't know how much longer Christina has. If she's still alive like Yuel says, and she's being held up somewhere, she could be killed in a moments notice. And if we wait and Christina dies, then we'll be responsible. We should go get her."
Leroy fist bumped Amaris, as he voiced his concerns. "I know Red n' me had it out, but she's one of us, she is. I wouldn't wait to save one of ya. So I ain't gonna wait to get Red."
Jared took a long drag from his cigarette, blowing the smoke out of the crack in his window. "You already know where I stand," he said looking at Destiny. "So that means we're at a tie. So what now folks?" Jared asked, leaning back in his seat again.
Destiny sighed, looking forwards into the rain, when she and the survivors all heard a beep from their phones. "Does my vote count?" Yuel chirped.
Destiny rolled her eyes, but the rest of the survivors were more than content to hear Yuel's concerns. "Sure shorty. What are you thinking?" Jared asked.
"I say we go get her," Yuel proclaimed finally. Destiny scoffed, expectedly, but the rest remained silent. "Just not yet. We won't wait until tomorrow. But we should wait until tonight," Yuel said to the survivors.
Leroy of course needed to know why. "What's the hold up, missy?"
"Right now, we have an advantage. Whichever of the Majin Lords has Christina, they probably know we're coming. But they don't know when. We delay just a bit, and we can catch it off guard. We delay too long, and she'll die. So if we wait until tonight--"
"We catch 'em with their trousers down," Leroy finished.
"Right. I would ask Mia to heal you, but we can't jeopardize her strength for everyone else's. And--wait, what is that?" she said sensing something changing in her circuits. "Be right back!"
Jared raised an eyebrow, looking to the other survivors. Leroy shrugged, while Amaris just shook his head. Riku had begun biting his nails, while Mia and Destiny remained silent.
She struggled, but she was able to subtly draw out her Ares gauntlets. Whatever this sticky shit was that was keeping her pinned to the ceiling, she was able to cut through it.
She kept checking her surroundings to see if the Majin Lord was watching her, but there was no indication that it was nearby. She began desperately trying to free herself, speeding up the sawing back and forth motion with the end of her fists that she had begun. But as several of the sticky black strands snapped under pressure, she heard a giggle again. She tried to hurry her process, but she was caught off guard as another Majin entered the room.
Looking at the ground, she saw a different Majin this time; also different from before. It was a fat creature, with an elongated body and a large mouth. It batted its feminine and only eye as it stared at Christina, looking her directly in the face. And suddenly, she felt sick. She immediately became dizzy and nauseated, the longer she stared into the eye of this Majin. Unable to react, Christina could not turn away from its glare. She watched with uncertainty as the Majin opened its large maw, and extended a twelve foot tongue and directed it towards Christina.
But before the Majin could devour its meal, the towering red Majin Lord from before stomped into the room, snapping at the large bodied Majin. It quickly retracted its tongue, as a struggling Christina now fell unconscious. The Majin Lord forced the other into a different part of the nest, as it looked back to the unconscious survivor with malice.
"She's alive!" Yuel said returning to the others.
Jared's hairs stood on edge as he sat up. "What!? How do you know!"
Mia pointed to Jared. "Take her phone out of your pocket!"
Jared scrambled at Yuel's words, pulling out Christina's phone. For some reason, unbeknownst to the survivors, Christina's phone had been powered on. "Why is it--"
"Open it up!" Yuel said excitedly. Confused, Jared followed instructions, stretching out his arm so that he could share whatever it is he was looking at, with the other survivors. On Christina's screen was a strange symbol that none of the survivors were familiar with. But it was surrounded in an orange glow, gently shimmering.
"What are we looking at again?" Amaris asked what the others were thinking.
"That," Yuel said pointing at the screen. "Is Ares. Christina's Fayth. It's responding to her struggle. That means she's fighting. She's fighting right now!" Yuel cheered.
"Really!?" Jared exclaimed.
"Yes!" Yuel replied.
"Then we have to go get her!" Riku added.
"Yeah! Let's hit 'em!" Leroy said, punching the dashboard.
"Whoa, whoa!" Mia interjected. "I'm still fine with saving her. But I thought we were going to attack tonight?" she said checking her phone. "It's only two p.m. There's still a few hours till dark. What do we do?"
Settling down, Jared sighed. "Yeah. Yeah, we should strategize. Can't run in guns blazing. We'll lose our place."
"Well," Leroy said now. "At least we know she's okay. But she must be fightin' somethin' fierce for it to show up on her phone n' what not." He looked to Jared for his thoughts.
"Yeah. Probably. Which means we should rest up until tonight. Then give these bastards a show."
All the while, Destiny had remained silent, and mostly uninterested in their rescue operation. It wasn't until Jared called her name that she reacted. ". . . iny? Destiny!" he called.
She shook her head, as if waking from a slumber. "Wha--?"
"Can you follow the tracks? We're gonna located this nest, then find a place to hideout nearby until tonight."
She hesitated, but agreed in the end. "Uh, y-yeah, sure. Let's track ourselves a Red head."
Now in the dead of night, the survivors sneaked out of an abandoned apartment complex, sliding past a barricaded hallway. Just around the corner, they poked their heads out to get a better look at the Majin Nest.
A tall, forgotten industrial factory, turned into a hive for a Majin Lord. There were at least ten floors, and the entire complex was covered in the same ooze that Leroy had found before, beside the large footprints that led to the factory entrance, dead ahead. The large smoke stack columns appeared to be active, almost like there was life inside. The windows were made of a tinted glass, making it even harder to see inside at night. But there was a faint orange glow that the survivors could make out, even from a distance.
The doors had been ripped off of the factory entrance, making entering the facility easy, but also much more dangerous. The orange glow that radiated from inside the factory was a fire, illuminating the entrance just enough for the survivors to look beyond the doorway. There was nothing standing in their way, except them.
"Okay, huddle up," Jared whispered. They circled around Jared, ducking their heads to listen in.
"First order of business is to get a figure of this nest. We don't wanna walk in and get lost. Leroy, I want you to take care of the odds and ins of the place. Feed it to Yuel if it'll help, and get us a way in and out. We might not be able to come back through the entrance."
Leroy nodded, taking his phone out of his pocket. "You catch that Yuel?" he whispered to the sprite.
She nodded, already beginning her preparations for Leroy.
"Then, we need to know what we're dealing with. This is a nest, so there could be more than just a Lord inside. He might have a few nasties protecting him. So when we get in here, I don't want anybody trying to go toe to toe with the Lord. We stay together, and we do not engage until we find Christina.
And that's the next order of business. For our sake, I don't wanna fight inside the nest," Jared said looking to the survivors. "If we have to, we get in, we get Christina, and we get the hell out. Worst comes to worst, we break off and recover, and then come back to kill the bastard. We don't fight if we don't have to. Got me?"
The survivors nodded silently in agreement, as they stood up straight.
"Jared," Yuel called from Leroy's phone.
"What? What is it?"
"You need to give Christina her phone immediately. It's important."
Jared raised an eyebrow, but he complied. "That's fine. Soon as she's free--"
"Jared," Yuel aid sternly.
He sighed. "I got it Yuel. She'll get it. Now let's save Chris."
But inside, the Majin were waiting. Several unseen, new types of Majin that were loyal to the Lords were preparing themselves inside this nest. And the survivors were none the wiser. Sneaking up to the entrance, the survivors stayed tightly grouped, with Jared leading them. As they drew closer to the doors, Jared held up a hand, to stop those behind him. Cautiously, he peered around the corner of the door frame, risking his head. When he didn't initially see any Majin, Jared felt relieved. But the more he thought about it, the more it bothered. him. Turning back to the others, he whispered. "I don't see anything. And I don't like it."
"Not a single Majin?" Leroy asked, also whispering.
"No. Not a one. Just a big furnace all the way to the rear of the building. Still lit."
"But, isn't no Majin a good thing?" Destiny asked, concerned.
"Yes and no. There's a chance we either got lucky, or we're walking into a trap," Jared replied. Destiny stood up straight, sighing. "Then there's no need to pretend we're some kind of special agent soldiers, is there?" she said walking daringly inside of the Majin Nest.
"Destiny!" Jared whispered loudly. "Shit! Let's go!" he ushered the others forward. Catching up to Destiny, Jared looked around carefully. Off in the far west corner of his right eye, he could see what looked like broken Majin egg shells. Did they lay eggs, or was this something else? The factory walls were smeared with dried blood, fresh blood, and old blood. It was difficult to tell the difference between them without touching the walls. The floor was cold concrete, with some hard stains covering it from the entrance, upwards and through the first corridor. There were large gashes dug into the walls, flooring, and even into the ceiling. Something powerful broke through the concrete with what looks to have been its bare hands. And now the survivors were hunting it.
"Christina!" Destiny called aloud, as if she were trying to locate a lost puppy. "We're here to save you, you useless bitch!" she taunted.
"Hey!" Jared said pulling Destiny by the shoulder. She shoved him off immediately. "What the hell are you thinking!? If they didn't know we were here, they do now!" he said, still whispering.
"Good. I need to blow off some steam."
There was no reply from Destiny's call; not a human one at least. Straight ahead, Riku saw something move, and dart to his left, just past the giant furnace. All he could catch a glimpse of, was a lengthy red tail. He tapped Amaris and Leroy just in time for them to also see the Majin running away.
"You guys see that?" Leroy said nodding to Jared. He and Destiny shook their heads, denying anything.
"Somethin' big just scurried off. East," he said pointing to the large furnace ahead.
"Then we go west," Jared said moving up. "I'll take point. Leroy, can you cover the rear? And keep up on that map."
Yuel was busy in Leroy's phone, drawing out a digital layout of the innards of the factory, as he nodded silently to Jared. "Mia, Destiny, behind--what are you doing!?" he said calling after a now sprinting Destiny. "Not running away!" she said darting after the mystery Majin. She turned the East corridor near the furnace, and disappeared from sight.
"Damn it! Let's go!" Jared said hustling after Destiny. "Thanatos!" they heard her call out. They could hear Destiny struggling with something. She had just engaged in battle, and the survivors weren't sure with what.
The east corridor off of the furnace led to a fire exit and another wide pathway to the right, at its very end. This pathway was mostly empty, except for a few overturned forklifts, and hazard barrels. The survivors turned down the pathway to see Destiny sword locked with a humanoid looking Majin; though it wasn't the one Leroy, Riku, and Amaris had spotted. Its face was bandaged with black bandages, covering everything except for its left eye. From its head to the middle of its back, spikes ran down the Majin. It had pale, blue-green skin, with wide webbed, clawed feet, likely used for climbing. It was about six feet tall, and had a large steel belt wrapped around its waist. It was wielding some kind of club, spiked on five sides; top, left, right, front, and back. This was a Berserker.
Destiny shoved off the Berserker, and swung at it with Thanatos, leaving a shadow scar on its torso. The Berserker stumbled back initially, looking down at its scar. Its one visible eye narrowed, as it rapidly slammed its club into the ground angrily, causing a great clatter. And now behind it, two more Berserkers joined the fray. Beneath the mask that covered their faces, the survivors could hear the Berserkers roaring, threatening their passage forwards.
"We gotta shut 'em up, before more come," Leroy said stepping forwards. "Quetzalcoatl," he said summoning his Fayth.
"Right behind you," Mia said as she summoned Thoth.
Amaris and Riku followed suit, moving left of Leroy and Mia with their Fayths already summoned. Jared stepped forward to assist Destiny, but she held him back with an open palm. "I got this," she insisted. Jared stepped back, as he observed the situation.
"We don't have time for this. I'm gonna look for Chris!" he said, simultaneously summoning Susanoo. "Be careful!" he said as he turned into a blur of lightning and dashed ahead, past the Berserkers. Destiny's own opponent tried to grab Jared but was too slow, and so she slashed it once more across the chest.
"Your fight is with me, asshole."
Meanwhile, Jared was zipping in and out of corridor after corridor, but he had yet to find Christina. He called out to her, desperately hoping that she would reply. "Christina!" But because she was still unconscious, she couldn't say a word. But Jared eventually turned one corridor too many, running right into the back of a waiting Majin Lord. He clumsily stumbled out of Swallow's Fury, slightly disoriented as he scrambled to his feet.
It slowly turned to look him in the face, its own monstrous face hidden beneath a ragged black cloak. Jared slowly began backing away, as he saw the Majin Lord turn around with weapons in either of its hands. A low, hungry growl from beneath its cloak sent steam rising from its maw, as it eyed the survivor. And now it drew forth its hook weapons and slammed them down on either side of Jared, causing him to flinch.
The hooks were three pronged, with lengthy chains attached to them, allowing for a long throwing range. The hooks were curved, and they looked to be the source of the gashes on the ground and in the walls. Jared quickly found his composure, as he saw how heavy the hooks were. He knew he couldn't fight the Majin Lord alone, but he also knew it couldn't catch him if he staggered his Swallow's Fury. Lightning gathering at his fingertips, he quickly fired a blast at the Majin's cloak, causing it to fall as he burned the Majin's right cheek.
The Majin Lord turned its head as it was struck, touching the wound on its face. Jared finally got a good look at the Majin Lord, carefully examining it. This, was Sadist, the Rampant Torturer. ". . . HURT," it growled deeply as it turned its horned face back to Jared. "PUNISH!" it snarled, drawing back its hooks.
"Shit!" Jared said scrambling, and turning around. He dashed away, with Sadist in tow. He could hear the hooks slam into a wall behind him, as he turned another corner. "Christina!" he kept calling out to her. Behind him, he could hear Sadist charging. He heard the scrape of the hooks, and the whip of steel, as the hooks extended his way. There was a split ahead, but Sadist's hooks cut off Jared's route, nearly cutting him in half. He darted West, and up a flight of stairs.
Leaving the stairs, he walked onto an empty floor, stretched far and wide, littered with old crates on either side. This must have been some kind of staging floor. Ahead of him was a forklift only entrance, likely the route that he had been cut off from. But to his right, stuck to the ceiling unconscious, was Christina.
"Chris!" he called out to her. Behind him, he heard Sadist dragging its chains up the stairs. "Christina!" he desperately cried out to her. "Chris! Wake up!!"
At last, she stirred, blinking in and out of consciousness! ". . .istina!" Who was that? She saw him scramble, now standing directly under her. A big shadow climbed out from in front of him, and it was making a lot of noise.
". . . tta get outta here!" She felt warm. Comfortable. But something still wasn't right. She blinked again. There were more shadows. Smaller than before. They were pointing and nodding. They ran around quickly, and they were all standing under her.
"Wake your ass up!" Destiny called. Riku had already begun working on freeing Christina, carefully bending the light from his Fayth to cut through the webbing that held her in place. Finally conscious, as she fell, she was caught by Jared and Leroy.
"You okay Red?" he said helping her to her feet. She struggled, falling to her knees. "I'm. . .I'm okay. Thanks," Christina said finally standing up. In front of them, Sadist blocked a tall set of steel double doors, and suddenly the survivors could hear banging on the other side of it. A lot of banging, and it sounded like a horde of angry mobs, prepared to swarm them. They were about to be overwhelmed.
"Look, we gotta go. Can you walk?" Jared asked
Christina nodded. "I'll just slow you down," she mumbled.
"Christina! No time for that bullshit! Get your ass together! We need to go!" Destiny demanded. The banging grew louder, as a screeching from the other side of the door accompanied the noise.
Jared whipped Christina's phone from his pocket, and handed it to her. She took it, confused. "Yuel said it's important that you get that. Now let's move."
"How you gonna get past that?" she said, pointing to Sadist. "And he's not alone. There's--"
"Yeah we fought some of them off. We'll be fine. Come on."
"No. No, there's another one. A female. They can't be left alive, Jared," she said coughing. "They're breeding."
Jared looked to Destiny, then back to Christina. "Breeding? Are you sure?"
She nodded. "This whole place. It's one big fucking breeding ground. It has to go."
In her hand, Christina's phone glowed brightly. "There's an exit behind me. I saw him go in and out of it. Take it and go."
"We are not leaving you again! I'm not leaving you again!" he said pulling her by the shoulders. Christina frowned, shoving Jared off. She stood in front of the survivors, finally able to move on her own. She put her back to Sadist, as Destiny looked her in the face. "I wasn't asking," she said finally.
"Christina! If you die here, you will make all of this worth nothing! And I'll haunt you from my grave if we fail!" Destiny said slamming Thanatos to the ground.
"Leave," she said simply. "I can do this."
"Alone!? Are you stupid!?" Mia asked balling her fist.
Christina nodded. "Yeah. I'm about to do something stupid," she said now facing Sadist. Riku was about to reach out to Christina, but she spun around erecting a wall of fire between herself and the survivors. "Go. Leave the city. And don't turn back. I'll find you."
Jared clenched his teeth, but he began pulling at the survivors. "Come on, let's go! We gotta go!"
"Fool," Destiny said as she darted into the darkness with the others. Jared was the last one to leave, staring her into the face. She smiled at him, nodding. Jared understood, regretting what he was doing. He vanished from sight with the others.
"What the hell is she thinking!?" Amaris asked as they finally arrived outside of the large factory.
"I don't know. But something's go on with her. You see that look on her face? She was dead serious. And that means we need to keep going," Jared said running ahed. "Get the SUV. We find a spot outside of town."
Just as Jared said that, Yuel popped called to him from his pocket. "Jared!" she said as he pulled out his phone. "What is it, Yuel?" he said as they turned away from the factory and looked ahead to the SUV. "Christina's right! You have to leave the city! Now!" Jared stopped at her words, but Destiny kept running.
"I already didn't want to abandon her. Why are we leaving the city? What the hell is going on!?" he demanded, flustered.
Yuel smiled. "Christina did something. She's doing something. Something I didn't know was possible."
She turned back to Sadist, wiping the tear from her face.
"Christina," Ares said, his heavy, deep voice echoing into her mind. "Now is the time to pledge your eternal allegiance to me. Are you willing to give up everything, to follow me? Are you willing to become one with me? Here and now?" the god asked.
With Ares at full power, Christina looked into her enemy's eyes. She took her father's bandanna from around her fist and held it up to Ares' flames. It quickly caught, turning into blue ash.
"I will give up everything," Christina said slowly. "To follow you, Ares."
"Go, go, go!" Leroy called, as Destiny slammed on the gas. They raced out of the city, and continued going north until they hit the I-10 interstate once more. It wasn't until they were outside of the city limits that--at a high-rise on the bridge--they saw Christina again. At the top of the skyline, just where their eyes would meet the crescent moon, they saw Christina flying, like an airborne missile.
Jared stepped out of the SUV, with the others following him immediately to the edge of the bridge, against the concrete barrier.
"What the hell?" Jared asked aloud.
BGM: One Reason
Sadist ripped open the doors, as the Majin swarmed Christina. Masochist was right behind them, her large fat body screeching with pleasure as her children prepared to feast. Berserkers, Mosques, Cripplers, Anglers, they had all gathered in one place.
Christina lunged forwards, taking them on directly. She swung a fist into a Berserker's face, collapsing its head and slamming it into the ground. She picked up its body and swung it around in arch, causing the Majin to topple backwards into each other to give her space. She kicked a wave of fire at their heads, burning some of them instantly, as Sadist approached. It tossed it's giant hooks at her, forcing Christina to duck as it wiped out several dozen of its own children at once.
Christina drew back a fist, and swung wide as a Mosque dove towards her. She let loose a torrent of fire and cooked the Majin as it connected with her fist. Just then, she was pinned by a Berserker, as a dog pile began. It pulled at her neck, trying to break it. Christina reacted with an elbow to the Majin's face, only to turn over and be pinned again.
The Majin swarmed her, as she could see the light of the room above her slowly fading away. She could hear Masochist and Sadist cooing, as they prepared to feast on her body. But she was too proud to let that happen. She focused, putting all of her concentration on clearing her mind. She could hear something speaking to her. It wasn't Yuel. It wasn't the Majin. It was Ares.
"Denounce everything," Ares said to her. "Here and now, you will shatter your ties to the world, and walk with me."
"You're my Fayth--" Christina began.
"No. I am your Fayth, broken. I am Ares."
"Then here and now," they began to say in unison. "I denounce my ties to the world. I break my Fayth, and I walk with you."
At her words, a fire engulfed Christina, erupting inside of the factory and blasting away the Majin. She stood up straight, and found her legs were now covered in a powerful, unearthly metal. Her gauntlets had deepened in color, their spikes turning into flat bars of steel. She clanged her fists together, feeling out Ares. She stretched, relaxing her muscles and stretching her fingers and toes. And in the back of her head, she could hear Ares.
"Leave this place," he demanded.
She looked left, and looked right. But there was no way out. She was surrounded by Majin and brick walls.
"Where?" she asked.
"Skyward," the god replied.
Initially, she questioned Ares. "How?"
A tickle in her legs suggested that Ares was teasing her. Her lower half was coated in this strange, winding metal and was engraved with Ares' symbol. Her heels had a grip on the back end, suggesting she could easily curb stomp the next Majin into the ground. Or, she could use them to climb. Building fire in her legs, Christina began walking in a circle.
The Majin horde recovered, and had begun their relentless assault once more. But Christina's pace had quickened, much faster than she had realized. The ground was now scorched with flames as she was now sprinting. A burning cyclone of fire now encircled her, climbing into the smoke stack above her. Then, she leaped. Sadist, however, would not let Christina escape. He leaped through the flames, and began climbing after her.
She could hear the Majin Lord screaming, bellowing with rage as it chased after her. But she was enjoying herself, paying the Majin Lord no mind. A smile on her face, Christina kept climbing, using the smoke stack to keep her momentum. She rocketed out of the smoke stack, and touched the sky. And on the horizon of the night, she could just barely make out the survivors and the SUV. She winked at them, as the flaming cyclone began to catch up to her at last. With her momentum, she flipped, turning head first towards the smoke stack, and Sadist who had arrived at last. The Majin Lord smashed the top of the smoke stack, destroying the brick and reaching out for the sky. It roared at Christina, who had turned to face it.
She let her self fall head first towards the Majin Lord, using Ares' power to speed herself up. As she fell, she could feel the fire around her changing its path, as it followed her. She made direct contact with Sadist, her fist punching through its chest and dragging the creature down with her back into the factory. And as she exited through the entrance of the smoke stack now, she blinked. She temporarily went deaf, as an explosion erupted all around her as she landed. Her vision became hazy, and everything around her was bright. Then, the next thing Christina knew, everything she could see had turned white.
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 28 July 2017 - 02:04 PM.
Drowning in your silence.
Posted 27 March 2016 - 12:30 AM
". . . get down," Jared mumbled as he watched Christina fall.
"Wha--" stuttered Riku
"Get down!" he said grabbing Riku and Mia. Without question or hesitation, the others ducked behind the SUV. Then, on the horizon, a hot, white, blinding light pierced the sky, followed by a powerful, rumbling explosion. The night sky suddenly glowed brightly, as a fire began to engulf Baton Rouge. A shockwave crushed what remaining standing structures were in the city, sending rubble, steel, stone, and fire throughout the city limits. The pressure and heat that emerged from the blast could be felt by the other six survivors, as they struggled to keep the SUV from tumbling over onto them. The foundation of the bridge could be heard buckling beneath them, as the shockwave pushed into the distance.
With his head tucked into his knees, then survivors couldn't see Jared's face. But his eyes darted back and forth, as he pondered what just happened. In the back of his head, he was hoping--almost praying--that Christina didn't just kill herself, because that was certainly what he was thinking. And as the deafening sound died down, and the light faded, he raised his head at last. He opened his phone, hoping to hear something from Yuel, but his phone had gone dark. The same was true for the other survivors.
He scrambled to his feet, and ran to the other side of the SUV to check on the others. He forced them to their feet, quickly. "You're good? And you? Good. Good. Let's go. Get in," he said taking the keys from Destiny.
"Jared, wha--" Destiny began.
"Come on. We gotta get Chris." Jared interrupted.
"Get her? After that? You think she's still. . . in one piece?" Mia inquired.
Jared stopped, his hands on the driver side door now. He turned around slowly, bracing his back against the SUV. "I wanna believe that. I would ask Yuel, but my phone ain't workin'. So I wanna find out for myself. I have to know."
"Jared, mate--" Leroy started.
"I have to know!" he said as he dented the SUV door with a punch. "I have to know, Leroy. And if it's all over. If it's said and done . . . then you can bitch at me all you want."
In awe of the destruction, Riku daringly hanged over the edge of the I-10 rail guard, his mouth agape. "Jeez," he said with his hands on his forehead. "Remind me not to get on her bad side." Amaris nodded, tugging Riku by his arm, towards the SUV. "If there's a side to get on," Amaris mumbled under his breath. The survivors piled into the SUV and began their very careful descent back into the city of Baton Rouge.
Christina awoke on her back, looking up into the moon. Her body had returned to normal, except for the mystical steel wrapped around her legs. Her head was swimming, and she felt like she had just been put through a ringer. Her adrenaline was high, and her heart was racing. She felt good, and it was the first time she had felt this good since her last boxing match, before the world went to shit.
"Christina," called a scruffy voice.
"Ares?" she replied, coughing and exhausted.
"How do you feel?" he asked his host.
"Tired. Not like, sleepy. But like--kinda like I just finished beatin' somebody's ass tired. That kinda tired, ya know?" she said laughing to herself.
Ares remained silent for a moment, as Christina rose to her feet. "I have something for you," he said softly. "Extend your hand." Christina dusted herself off, and followed Ares' instructions. And now, from the ashes and rubble that surrounded her, Christina watched her father's bandanna restore itself in her hands. She smiled, tightening it around her fist again. "If you need my help," Ares began. "You know how to find me." With that word from Ares, her legs returned to normal, and she was back in her own shoes. She moved her toes around in her tennis, just to be sure.
"But, Ares, I--Ares?"
He had gone as quickly as he had appeared. But one other thing concerned Christina, as she shrugged off the Fayth's sudden disappearance. She searched her pockets, and to her surprise, found her phone undamaged. "G-Mogul makes some pretty sturdy phones, huh?" she thought aloud, as she wiped dust from the screen. And with a pop, a pink haired sprite emerged to greet her.
"Apparently so," Yuel said giggling.
"Good to see you again. Wanna explain what just happened to me?" Christina said with a raised eyebrow.
Yuel nodded. "In due time. But first, your ride's here."
Christina raised her head as a large dark blue vehicle slowly pulled up towards her, with it's high beams on. She shielded her eyes, as she heard several doors on the SUV open and close. "Tryin' to blind me or what?" she asked walking towards the vehicle. She heard several sets of footsteps, one set slower than the others. As she stepped out of the light, she was greeted with a high five from Leroy.
"Red! Ya made it! Hell of a fireworks display. What was all that?" he asked curiously. She high-fived Leroy back, but without time to answer his question.
"I think we'd all like to know the answer to that," Mia said with a smile, greeting Christina again.
"Glad you're okay, Christina," Riku said offering a handshake. Christina took Mia's handshake, and pulled her, Riku, and Leroy in for a big hug. "Good to see you guys again," she said letting go. Meanwhile, Jared remained propped against the SUV, while Destiny was the only one still sitting inside of it, silently. Christina moved over to Amaris, fist bumping him and giving him a hug.
"Gave us a scare there," he said hugging Christina. "Welcome back."
"Good to be back." Christina slowly walked over to Jared, spreading her arms wide. "Gonna leave me hanging, or--oof!" she said as he hugged her tightly. "Good to see you too!" she said laughing. Jared pulled back, putting his forehead against Christina's now. "You ever do something like that again," he said pointing at her, his finger against Christina's cheek. "I'll kill you myself," he joked.
In the background, Leroy jabbed Amaris with his elbow, nodding at Jared and Christina. They snickered with each other, watching.
Christina laughed, playfully slapping Jared's cheek as she pulled his hand down. Walking over to the SUV, she turned to him. "You can try. But you better bring your best," she said over her shoulder. He shook his head, trying not to laugh. Christina slowly opened the rear door, and slid into the SUV, next to Destiny. She was refusing to look at Christina, her head turned to the window, as she held her chin up in her hands. Christina sighed, making the first move. "I'm sorry, Destiny. For what I said. I didn't mean a single word of it. And I hope you'll forgive me. If and when you're ready."
Destiny remained silent, still peering out the window. It was painfully clear that she wasn't ready to face or forgive Christina. And so Christina chose not to press the argument. Instead, she slid back out of the SUV and began asking questions of her own.
"So what happened to the nice one we found? The big sexy truck. Why's this hunk of junk here?"
" 'Cause we got jumped by Cripplers. Even with all that armor, that truck didn't stand a chance against two of those bastards chargin' at us," Jared answered. Folding his arms, he backed into the SUV and kicked up his left leg against it. "If anybody had been in the SUV when those things showed up, we wouldn't be having this conversation. God damn Majin," he said shaking his head.
"Yeah. They're not exactly friends of ours. Speaking of which, I came across two new ones," Christina said, thinking back to the Prowlers she encountered.
Riku raised an eyebrow first. "More of them huh?"
"Yeah. They kinda looked like rabid dogs. But they were huge. And they could cloak."
Leroy looked around to the others for clarity. "Er, cloak? Like, go invisible?"
"Yeah. But they can't cloak their eyes. Even when the rest of 'em was impossible to see, those big creepy eyes were plain as day. Yuel, what do you know about any of that?" Christina asked, opening her phone again. The Sprite had been temporarily replaced by a "L O A D I N G" bar on her phone's display, until she returned with an electronic folder, and opened it. "The things you encountered, Christina, are known as Black Prowlers. They're a nocturnal Majin, and they usually travel in packs. It's sort of strange that you only encountered two. There should have been a lot more." But Christina shook her head.
"If there had been too many more, I wouldn't be here," Christina said, shaking her head.
"Speaking of you being here. Can you or Yuel explain any of what we just witnessed?" Amaris spoke up.
Christina laughed. "I mean, I can try. But, you guys haven't asked her already?"
"Our phones are all dead. After that blast, they're temporarily out of it," Mia replied.
Christina looked down to Yuel, then back to the survivors. "I guess I can try to--"
"What Christina did," Yuel began. "Is the result of a Broken Fayth. For clarity's sake, it's not the same as no longer believing in your Fayth. Rather, it's denouncing everything that would challenge you, and your Fayth, for a powerful bond between yourself and your Fayth. But it also requires a great personal sacrifice."
In the background, Destiny turned her head at Yuel's words. "Great personal sacrifice, huh? She doesn't seem like the type."
"For me, I guess it was dad's bandanna. It's something I treasure, seeing as it's the last thing of his that I own," Christina said flipping her wrist over. "Strangely enough, Ares returned it to me. Said that I could always find him--"
"You can always find that bond again," Yuel continued, as Christina nodded in confirmation. "Broken Fayth is a powerful step forward in developing your Fayth. And until now, I've only ever seen it happen twice before. And that was a long time ago. The fact that Christina was able to pull that off, means that sooner or later, you all will be able to. With training, discipline, and hard work, you can take the next step. But remember, your Broken Fayth is not a permanent transformation."
Christina shook her left leg as it tingled, still wondering about Ares. "When Ares was Broken, I could hear him speak to me. It wasn't crystal clear, but I could hear him. Maybe because I'm not used to it yet?"
"Wait, your Fayth. . .spoke to you? The hell?" Leroy chimed in.
"What Christina says is accurate. The development of your bond between you and your Fayth is so strong after it is broken, that you will be able to directly communicate with the spirit of the god who possesses it. Initially, you'll probably be able to spend a maximum time of one minute with your Broken Fayth. But after a while, their voices will become clearer, your duration with the transformation will become longer, and you will find yourselves much better off. But of course, that's all in due time," Yuel finished.
"So, let me get this straight," Destiny said, finally emerging from the SUV. She slammed the door behind her, walking up behind Riku and standing beside Leroy. "All I have to do is go through some kind of terrible trauma, then give up on everything and I'll be able to drop nukes? That about right?" she asked sarcastically.
"Aw, come on Des. Surely there's a reason for--" Leroy began.
"No, I get it," she said folding her arms as she glared at Christina. "You go nuts," she said pointing to Christina now. "Put us in a handicap against a Majin Lord, and then get your ass captured. We go to save you, and suddenly you don't need us."
"It isn't like that, Dest--" Christina said, trying to interject.
"It's exactly like that, Christina. Either you're lucky, or we're stupid. Frankly I don't like either. But at least we're all one big happy family again, right?"
"Destiny, I told you. I--"
"You didn't mean a word, right? Sure. But if that was true, you would've never left. And I've yet to hear a thank you come out of your mouth."
"Destiny!" Mia said with a stomp.
"We are not doing this now. We shouldn't be doing this at all. I get it, I messed up. But I'm not about to apologize more than once just so you can feel better. We have a job to do. And it would be best for all of us if you dropped this shit, and let us move on," Christina finally said, getting a word in.
"Oh, we have a job to do? Yeah. We do. And I was almost killed because we were down a player. You were almost killed because you were alone. So now that you're done with your pity party, maybe we can actually get some work done."
Christina balled a fist, pointing at Destiny. "Look--"
"No, you look! I am--mmph!" Destiny was suddenly silent.
"What the--Leroy?" Amaris started
"Er. . .that's one way to shut her up," Mia said, clearly jealous.
Jared simply shook his head, trying his hardest not to look to Christina.
Riku let out an audible sigh, as he threw his arms up and began walking back to the SUV. "When the lovebirds are done, can we do our jobs? Sheesh."
Leroy and Destiny finally separated their lips, as Destiny was clearly taken aback. She glared at Leroy, wiping her mouth as she took two steps back. Leroy shrugged, speaking up. "Well, I had ta find a way ta stop ya from hurtin' yourself. Or Red for that matter." Christina finally let out a laugh, as Destiny began to blush. "I--couldn't you have yelled at me or something!?" she said shoving Leroy. He laughed, catching her hands. "Red tried that, and it wasn't working. I got my own tactics!"
Before Destiny could interject further, a rumbling came from beneath the survivors, as the rubble at their feet began to quake.
"Back up!" Jared said as the survivors scrambled to get away from the rubble. Fortunately, they were worried about little of nothing. The shaking of the rubble was the discus of a slain Majin Lord trying to get free. As per their previously slain Majin Lords, the discus floated into the air, before separating into several pieces, and having each piece of the discus fly in different directions. "Thought the Lords had survived for a second there," Jared said as he watched the discus separate and vanish.
"Wait. Christina didn't you say there was more than one?" he asked her.
She nodded. "Yeah. There was a really fat one. The female. And then of course Big Red."
Just then, Yuel chimed in from Christina's phone. "You were facing Sadist and Masochist."
Christina's lip curled at the thought. "Sadist and Masochist? Not only is that creepy, it's gross. Ugh, they were having Majin babies too. Shit."
"Sick, ain't it?" Leroy joked. "At least those bastards are dead. Wouldn't wanna deal with more of those creepy little shits anyway." But Leroy would soon regret his words. The ground trembled once more, a charred red hand punching out of the rubble with great force, forcing the survivors to back away even further. A horned, red-skinned Majin Lord began ripping away at the surface, as it finally burst through tons of concrete. The Majin Lord had held tightly to it's six pronged weapon, slamming the hooks down to the ground in rage as it now stared the survivors in the face. Though the giant hole in its chest made the Majin Lord seem like much less of a threat, it was in fact, much more dangerous. With the unexpected death of it's sister, the Majin Lord grew stronger. This was the bond of family, and a secret strength between Sadist and Masochist: Family Cry. With no sister left to keep him in check, Sadist was more frightening than before.
"Don't underestimate him," Yuel said sheepishly from Christina's phone. "Sadist is stronger without his sister. Even though he's greatly wounded, my systems say his power is growing. And from the archive," Yuel said scrambling for more information. "Sadist can reach power levels of two-hundred and fifty percent more than what he had when he fought Christina."
"What!? That's absurd!" Amaris declared.
"Then we better kill him quick," Christina said as her Ares' gauntlets dawned on her fists.
Steam billowing from it's nose, Sadist threw back it's head and weapons, breathing deeply, before letting out a powerful, guttural roar to the skies as it wept for it's sister. And as the Majin raised it's head to look into the face of the survivors, they would notice something changing on the surface of the Majin's skin. It was pulsating, it's veins turned a deep purple, as the Majin slowly began to grow in size. Originally only ten feet tall, Sadist had grown an additional two feet in height, and twice in mass. It's tail and horns were longer, it's weapon grew longer and sharper, and it's exhumed a powerful pressure of air around it, suffocating those who grew too close. And with pure rage and madness in it's eyes, Sadist first set it's sights on Christina.
Looking to Jared silently, Christina breathed deeply, nodding to him. He nodded in reply, as the survivors silently called to their Fayths. "Yuel," Christina said softly as she began carefully circling the Majin Lord who watched her closely. "Do you know of any of it's weaknesses?" she asked quickly. Yuel nodded. "You're not going to like it, but--"
"It's fire, isn't it?" she asked, as her gauntlets became ablaze.
Yuel nodded. "But that's exactly what Sadist want's you to do. Get in it's range."
"Well judging by those hooks, getting out of it's range won't be easy either," Christina noted. And as she now looked the Majin Lord in the eyes, it raised a hand, weapon at the ready. As Sadist brought down it's hooks, it was met with a sharp lightning bolt to it's forearm, throwing the creature's swing off balance, as it narrowly missed Christina. And Jared, with a katana in his left hand, and an empty, searing open right palm aimed at Sadist, taunted the Majin Lord.
"You fight one of us, you fight all of us," he declared. Whipping Susanoo around skillfully, he pointed it at Sadist. "Don't blink." Invoking his Swallow's Fury, Jared became coated with lightning, as he charged at Sadist in an invisible burst of speed.
"Don't get reckless!" Mia yelled to Jared, as she began to call upon Thoth's strength. She placed herself to the rear of the survivor's group, as Leroy, Riku, Amaris, and Destiny joined the fray. "Utopia Aeon - Revelation," Mia commanded to Thoth, as she strengthened her allies.
As Jared reached Sadist, he threw his arms wide with a Liger Claw, scaling up Sadist with a leap, and slashing at the Majin Lord's stomach, chest, and neck. He prepared to kick off of the Majin Lord, leaving large, burning scars behind. Instead, he was met with a headbutt by Sadist, and sent reeling backwards. As Jared landed on his back, Sadist threw back his hooks, and slammed them downwards at Jared. He rolled out of the way, three of the hooks narrowly missing his skull and abdomen. They dug deeply into the concrete, ripping up stone and gravel. As Sadist withdrew the hooks, Leroy leaped over it with the help of Quetzalcoatl, a whirlwind behind him.
"Sharp Air!" he declared as he reached the Majin Lord's temple. A fury of powerful wind strikes battered Sadist's chest, leaving many slashes and gashes to bleed. As Leroy whipped around Sadist, the Majin Lord turned with second weapon in hand, striking out at Leroy and Christina in one swing. Christina dove to the ground, lying flat just as the hooks passed her. Leroy used his momentum from his jump to maneuver a current beneath his feet, and keep himself airborne just long enough to avoid Sadist's strikes. The Majin's weapon swung wide, tearing into the nearby rubble of an old building, somehow still standing after Christina's last stunt. The hooks were then caught by the Majin Lord, as he freed his other weapon from the concrete and skillfully returned all six hooks to his enormous hands.
Christina flipped up from her ground position, hiding a flaming punch behind her. As she flipped backwards, she drove her fist upwards, directly at Sadist's chin. But before she could reach him, she was kicked back down with a vicious heel from Sadist, her body crashing into the ground with a sickening thud. Sadist relished in his attack, as he leaped forwards at the red headed girl, landing with both of his feet on either side of her as he towered over her limp body.
He quickly grabbed at her neck, picking up Christina like a toothpick. But a sudden burst of dark energy slashing across his back made Sadist drop Christina, as the Majin Lord turned to face his attacker. Destiny was lowering Thanatos' blade, glaring into Sadist's face as she threatened the Majin Lord. "The only one who gets to kill that bitch, is . . . me. . . oh crap."
Destiny's face turned sour as she observed Sadist. The creature once again began to grow in size, it's wounds healing moderately, and closing. And while it's scars remained, the evidence that Sadist was growing stronger was plain. It's horn's extended further, a new horn sprouting from it's forehead, as it's skin began to grow scales. Sadist had increased in height by two feet, and the ground beneath it's feet had begun to melt.
Christina scrambled from beneath the Majin Lord, as the ground began to turn to molten rock. She rushed to her feet, with the aid of Amaris and Jared. "That's a big guy. He's gettin' stronger."
"Yeah. But why?"
As the survivors backed away cautiously, Yuel attempted to explain Sadist's strength. "Each time it deals damage to one of you, Sadist will get stronger. And while I would always advise not being hit by a Majin Lord, this is much more dire. You're going to have to find a way to keep it at bay, while dishing out tons of damage."
Christina wiped blood from her lip, staring Sadist down. "So he likes dishing out pain, huh? Well so do I. And I'm not about to play scared." Sadist lowered it's head and turned it's horns towards the survivors, an audible snort coming from it's snout. Mia reacted to Sadist's change of movement quickly, chanting "Guiding Light", and erecting six barriers over her teammates.
"Watch him!" she screamed just as Sadist charged. The Majin Lord moved at incredible speed, erupting from the ground head first, in an attempt to gore all seven of his enemies at once. Jared, Riku, and Destiny dodged right, while Leroy kicked up a fierce gale of wind to blow himself, Amaris, Christina, and Mia out of the way. Though Sadist missed, the ground behind him exploded, a cascade of fire and rock chasing the Majin Lord's path and nearly swallowing up the survivors. Mia's barriers were the difference between life and death just now, and as she huffed and puffed, she was relieved to be alive. Mia flipped over, lying on her back as she was almost completely exhausted. "Between keeping you guys alive. . . and trying to avoid death . . ." she said between breaths. "I dunno what's harder."
Mia was escorted to her feet with Christina's help. "You've been given the hardest job," Christina said, dusting Mia off. "And I'm grateful. I'm sure we all are. But don't kill yourself. Especially not for me."
Mia sighed, waving Christina off. "Oh, shut up Christina. We can have a pity party after this asshole is dead."
"I agree!" Amaris said charging in first. "Mikadzuki!" he commanded, changing his stance. Amaris fluently twirled his blades in his hands, their steel glimmering in the moonlight as he became empowered by the night. A barrage of crescent shaped burst of energy spewed forth from his blades, directed at Sadist. The crescent strikes hit hard and fast, forcing Sadist back as he was heavily bombarded by Amaris. This gave the other survivors the opportunity they needed to find an opening, and put out some damage against Sadist.
As Amaris charged, Jared hid stealthily behind the long shadow behind Amaris, masking himself in the dark. As Amaris closed the gap with Sadist, Jared blinked away from Amaris' back, launching himself into the air. He quickly clapped his palms together, before prying them apart in a wide arc, as a bolt of red hot lightning formed his his hands. Sadist raised it's head too late, as Jared hurled his attack at the Majin Lord. "Anathema!" he yelled, as the lightning bolt pierced and cracked through the air. The bolt landed between Sadist's feet, causing the creature to look down in confusion. As it raised it's head again, a powerful eruption of lightning encased the Majin Lord, sending thousands of volts of electricity through it's body.
Screeching in agony, the Majin Lord temporarily fell to a knee, as Jared landed far behind it. Though the spell had ended against he Majin Lord, it had taken great damage. Turning to his comrades, he urged them to finish Sadist. "Hit him!" he called to them. Riku and Mia emerged from the shadows suddenly, on either side of Sadist, their Fayth's drawn. With a palm open to Sadist, Destiny whispered ominously, almost incoherently. "A promise of Death," she chanted. Destiny's body radiated with dark, black energies as Thanatos' aura enveloped her completely. Her eyes became an eerie shade of white, as her very breath turned cold.
Opposite her, Riku placed his left hand on the Majin Lord's shoulder, also chanting softly. "Kegare Seal," he whispered. Pale blue chains emerged from his palm, now binding the Majin Lord to the ground as a powerful holy light radiated from Riku in the night.
Now, Destiny completed her spell, chains emerging from her palms as well. "Unholy Prison," she spoke, as dark ethereal chains slithered around Sadist, snatching down it's arms and head and further restraining the Majin Lord. Both the light and dark survivors turned to Leroy now, who had been preparing the proper conditions to strike the Majin Lord down. He rotated his hands as if he were rubbing a large ball.
All around Leroy, winds began to stir. A powerful gust spawned, kicking up rubble and dust, swirling ferociously as they surrounded Leroy. The evening sky some how became even darker, as dark clouds invaded the evening moonlight. And as the winds grew more rapid, a funnel began to form at Leroy's feet, darkening until a tornado began to drop from the sky. Amaris, who had long since stopped his assault on Sadist, buffered Riku, to keep him from being swept off of his feet. Jared aided Destiny, a second body to keep her steady, and concentrating. But Leroy would not complete his spell, as Sadist refused to be brought down so easily. "Leroy, move!" Jared called, as he saw Sadist resisting Riku and Destiny. Sadist ripped free from Destiny and Riku's chains, a powerful, echoing roar causing Leroy's concentration to waver, as his still forming tornado was diminished.
The Majin Lord lashed out at Destiny and Riku, swiping them away and sending them flying backwards on either side of him, both the survivors crashing into concrete before rolling over to a thudding stop. Jared managed to catch Destiny, saving her from suffering further, as they both sat up with a groan. But now, Sadist resonated with uncontrollable power, lowering it's head as it aimed it's horns at Leroy. And the boy froze. Was it out of fear? Uncertainty? Confusion? "Shit. Shit!" Christina said dashing forwards.
"Christina, wait!" Mia called after her. Jared watched with agony, praying Leroy would move. He was already prepared to take the hit, and use his speed to save Leroy. But he was too late. "I. . .I can't mo--" Leroy found himself in the middle of a sentence, before being shoved out of the way.
It all seemed to happen so fast, that Leroy, blinked, and it was over. He was on the ground now, confused, and covered in blood. But looking over his body, he was unharmed. As he looked up, his eyes widened in horror, as his mouth fell agape. He tried to scream, but the terror that he felt took away the sound before he could make it. There, Christina stood, her head hanging low, Sadist's horns goring her stomach and both arms.
And on opposite sides of the battlefield, Jared and Leroy let out shrill screams.
Edited by Hi I'm Dad, 17 April 2016 - 10:37 PM.
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Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:08 PM
Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:45 PM
Chapter 9 ending...what the....o.o
Pleeeeeeeeaaaaasssse tell me that the others will be able to do this! And if so...PLEASE GIVE ME A HEADS UP WHEN AMARIS DOES IT!! XD
And I'm looking forward to the rest of 10!
I'm having trouble finding time to write lately, despite the creativity running through my head. I don't want to spoil too much, but there's something fun in store for every main character.
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