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Beginning 

They say that moving somewhere and going to a new school gives you a fresh start, but what about going to a new city? One day a child was born during a war, his mother died giving birth to him…..this child’s name was Vain Vain’s journey starts when he was 4 and his dad left him

‘I am going away son’ said Trearch 

‘Where are you going dad?’ Vain asked

‘I cannot say’ Trearch answered

‘When will you be back?’

‘I’m not sure’ Trearch left and never came back

Vain waited for days which turned into weeks which turned into years

Vain gotbeaten up every single day until he started training and eventually killed the bullies, accidently…..


One day after 5 years of waiting


That’s it I am not waiting anymore! Vain thought 


Vain then left his house but when he stepped outside, his house was bombed.

he was wounded badly and saw 2 bodies on the ground, he realized what he had to do, he started to eat them....crying as he did it, saying sorry as the 2 people, who were a man and a women cried out in agony, then another bomb hit and it sent Vain flying into a wall, he blacked out..

when he came to he was disorientated as he picked himself up and tried to gather where he was when suddenly pain shot straight up his arm


‘AAAHHHHHRRRGGGG!’ Vain shouted out in pain as he saw a bullet hole in his arm


Pain then shot up his leg as he saw another bullet hole in his leg


I have to find cover Vain thought limping behind a wall


He saw a gun and checked the mag 2 rounds, 2 gunmen….make it count. Vain thought


He looked out from behind the wall and saw the first guy


He fired and the guy went down blood coming out of his head


Last one. Vain thought


He turned around and fired

Taken in

He missed

Where did he go? Vain thought

Suddenly he was hit in the back on the knees by the butt of a gun as Vain fell to his knees, the pain started to make his vision begin to go black 

‘Stupid kid’ said the solider ‘its idiotic punks like you that….’

He was cut off by a knife in his neck and an arrow in his head 

The guy fell to the ground sort of twitching

Vain had a bag put over his head ‘Him’ said someone

‘Ok’ said someone else

‘Move!” said the second guy

‘But I can’t see…”

‘I don’t care! MOVE!”

Vain walked for what he thought was at least 4 hours when he finally stopped walking he was shoved into a chair, which was kind of hard since he couldn’t see

‘What should we do with him?” said guy 2

‘Let’s cut off his tongue so he can’t squeal’ said guy 1

‘After we beat the crap out of him?’

‘Of course’ Vain heard them walking slowly towards him


‘Do not touch the boy!’ someone said


‘Yes mentor’ said both guys simultaneously


‘Take the bag off his head Jake’ said Mentor


‘Yes mentor’ said Jake as he pulled the bag off of Vain’s head

Explanation

Vain was amazed at what he saw as he looked around; it was an entire underground city

‘It’s amazing’ Vain said

‘Trust me we know’ said guy 2

‘Shut up Rex!’ Mentor scolded 

‘Yes mentor’ Rex said

‘Now leave me alone here with the boy’ Mentor ordered

‘But Mentor he might be a Templar he could…’ Rex started

‘He is not a Templar….Trust me.’ Mentor interrupted ‘Jake! Make sure Rex actually does what he is told for once in his life!’ 


‘Yes mentor, come on Rex’ Jake said 


They both ran off and left Vain alone with this guy called Mentor


‘So what is your name?’ Mentor asked Vain said nothing

Mentor slammed Vain against the wall with a knife to Vain’s neck


‘Uhh Vain! My name is Vain…’ Vain answered Mentor let him go


‘And your last name?’


Vain did not reply to this as he did not even know himself


‘Alright let us try a different question…..how did you take 2 Templars when you are only 9?’ Mentor asked ‘Instincts….’ Vain said the first thing that came to his mind


‘Are you sure about that?’


‘Yes…’


‘Hmm those are some very interesting instincts that you have’


‘I just did what came naturally’


‘Hmm ok now may I check?’


‘How are you going to check?’

Vain was interrupted by mentor putting his hand on Vain’s head 


After about a minute of that he took his hand off of Vain’s head and looked into his eyes


‘Lying little…..you should have just told me the truth’


‘Did you read my mind?’


‘Maybe…but we will get onto that later, now I would like to see what you can do in a fight’


‘Why?’


‘Because I am not sure how a 9 year old child can survive being 1m from where a bomb hit and still walk perfectly fine, I am also not sure how a 6 year old can get strong enough, in 1 year might I add, to kill 10 fully grown men at their peak physical condition’


‘Fine’


Mentor turned around  ‘REX!’ mentor shouted


Rex just appeared out of nowhere


‘Yes mentor?’


‘Show me what this child can do’


‘Yes mentor’ Mentor took them to a large arena with no one in it except for Vain and Rex


‘Once I leave and I press the button up there’ mentor pointed to a box with a view of the entire arena.

‘You may begin, understand?’


‘Yes mentor’ Rex said


‘Uhh yeah ok’ Vain said

‘Good’ Mentor said as he walked up the stairs and into the box

The Hidden Power

DONG The bell rung as Rex charged at Vain and swung with his knife but Vain dodged and got Rex with 2 jabs to the ribs, which just enraged Rex even more as he swung with a back fist and connected with Vain’s temple which made Vain go to his knees in pain

‘Come on kid!’ Rex shouted as he kicked Vain multiple times

‘Fight like you mean it!’


‘Enough!’ Vain shouted as he grabbed Rex’s leg and threw him away


‘COME ON! BRING IT ON!'


‘Don’t say I didn’t warn you’ Vain closed his eyes and a dark aura began to surround him


‘That is more like it’ Rex smiled


Vain charged and kicked Rex in the stomach which sent him flying into the arena wall


‘I am going to finish this’ Vain said as he raised a hand covered in blade shaped shadow


‘No…Please!’


‘I warned you...’  Vain was about to strike when


‘STOP!’


Vain’s wrist was grabbed and he was kicked in the chest and stomach then an uppercut to the chin and one final punch to the stomach sent Vain flying


He did warn you’ Jake said as he held out his hand


‘Shut up’ Res smiled as Jake helped him up


‘Where did he go?’ Rex asked


‘Not really sure’ Jake answered

‘But be on your guard and let him come to us’ ‘

Right’ Rex replied


Suddenly they saw a lash of shadow hit the ground as dust clouded their vision


‘I can’t see a thing!’ Jake said


‘Me either!’ Rex replied


‘Behind you’ Vain whispered into Rex’s ear


Rex swung back and connected with a face


‘I got him!’


‘I got hit by him!’


‘Attack him with all your strength!’


‘Right!’ Rex said


They both attacked, punching and kicking, elbowing and kneeing


But when the dust cleared they saw they were attacking each other 


‘You two are really stupid!’ Vain laughed


‘Shut up!’ Rex yelled as he charged at Vain


‘No Rex, don’t!’ Jake tried to warn him but Rex didn’t listen


‘You! Will! Die!’ Rex said as he tried to hit Vain 


But Vain was avoiding every single attack


Until Vain got a bit lazy and didn’t move far enough as Rex’s kick slammed into Vain’s face


This just made Vain madder, as he retaliated with a punch to the stomach and finished Rex with a kick to the face. Vain pick up Rex by his leg and threw him into the wall.


‘No! Rex!’ Jake turned to Vain

‘You Bastard!’ Jake charged at Vain but eventually ended up right next to Rex, unconscious 


‘Well done Vain!’ Mentor congratulated Vain


‘Thanks’ Vain smiled as the dark aura around him disappeared 


Mentor looked over at Jake and Rex


‘Medical team!’ Mentor shouted as 4 guys appeared with stretchers, placed Jake and Rex on different ones, then left


‘Now that power is very dangerous’ Mentor frowned at Vain


‘Yeah, but I kept control!’ Vain said defensively


‘True, but I saw the strain on your face half way through the fight’


Vain didn’t reply to this as he knew it was true


‘Follow me’ Mentor said as he ran off


Uhh sure don’t let me answer or anything! Vain thought as he caught up with Mentor


They soon arrived at a small round chamber with a pedestal at the end of the room


‘See that?’ Mentor asked as he pointed to the pedestal


‘The ring?’ Vain said


‘Yes, that ring was given to us by a man who was much stronger than me’


‘Wait, then where is he?’


‘I will tell the tale, he came in about 5 years ago….he trained but even though he was older than Rex and Jake he was stronger and faster than them’

‘But aren’t they both meant to be the next Mentors?’

‘Yes, but this man…..was stronger than both of them combined….even though he had only trained for a day’

‘Then how did he win?’

‘He used…..The Shadow’

The Ring

‘Wait, what?’ Vain said surprised 

‘That’s right, he used that exact same thing that you did’ Mentor replied


‘Hmm ok but where is he now?’


‘We are not sure, but let me finish the tale’


‘Sure’


‘He was going to become the next mentor, but on the day he couldn’t be found, so I decided to look for him’


‘And then?’


'I found him out in the desert walking away’


‘” what are you doing!?” I asked him,


“I am leaving!” he said


“No!” I shouted caught up with him and grabbed his shoulder, he spun around and got into a grid lock with me “Why are you doing this!?” I shouted


“I only went there to test my abilities!” he replied


“But you are the only one who can become the new mentor!” I said


“I don’t care” he screamed as he got out of the grid lock and stabbed me with his knife


“Don’t follow me” he said as he walked away leaving me for dead with his knife in my chest’


‘Wow’ Vain said after Mentor told him


‘Then Jake and Rex found me and ran all the way back to the den, carrying me on their backs’


‘Wow, they really are devoted to protecting you’


‘Well yeah’


‘Ok so where did the ring come in?’


‘He left it here with a note that says “someone will come who has shadow powers far beyond my capabilities, give him this so that he can control it”’


‘And?’


‘I think he meant you, so go ahead’


‘Ok’ Vain took one step forward and quickly dodged 10 arrows from the wall then more arrows came at him but he dodged them all


‘You didn’t say there were traps!’ Vain said angrily


‘The traps aren’t just meant to protect the ring; they also meant to test the person who will put it on’


‘Ok, it makes sense’


NOT! Vain thought angrily


Vain was 2 steps away when he set off another trap which made a stone golem rise from the ground and attack him


Vain dodged and kick the golem in the head, smashing his head into a million pieces as well as the rest of him


Vain picked up the ring and put it on....

FLASH!

Round 2

The next thing he knew Vain woke up on a hospital bed

‘He is waking up, get the doctor!’ Mentor shouted

‘Uhh, my head feels like 9 tiny gnomes are smashing it to pieces’ Vain said groggily

‘Yeah that will happen’ Jake said from the other side of the room

‘Shut up Jake!’ Vain shouted angrily

‘Make me!’ Jake challenged

Vain accepted the challenge and jumped out of bed sprinted at Jake and had him by the neck and up against the wall in about 2.5 seconds

‘I may not be a 100% but I can still kick your ass 6 ways to Sunday’ Vain said as he let go of Jakes neck

‘Rex and I challenge you to another fight’

‘Why bother? I will still smash your asses’

‘But we have been training’

‘Ha! Training for a week won’t do you any good!’


‘It’s been 2 months’


Vain was very surprised when he heard this


‘Two months?’ Vain asked Mentor


‘Two months’ Mentor confirmed


‘Alright, I will take you up on that challenge’ Vain said turning to Jake


‘Good, meet us in the arena whenever you’re ready’ Jake said as he walked out of the hospital room


Vain then went straight to the training room and trained for at least 2 hours


Gasping and panting he went to sleep for a little while


When he woke up he felt very refreshed and walked slowly to the arena, Vain stepped in and saw Jake and Rex leaning on the opposite arena wall Jake looked up


‘What took you so long?’ Jake asked


‘Just doing a little training’ Vain answered 


‘Why? Are you afraid to lose?’


‘No, just had to get my body used to fighting again’


‘Alright I accept that, let’s do this’ Jake said as he took a stance Rex did the same


‘Fine with me’ Vain also took a stance


Rex was the first one to charge and Vain met him in the middle of the arena; they both got their knife out.

CLANG The sound of metal against metal rang through the air again and again, when they stopped Rex had a few drops of sweat but Vain had a few drops of sweat and blood

‘Not bad’ Vain smiled


‘Thanks’ Rex replied


‘I was being sarcastic’


‘Well I stole your knife’ Vain looked at his belt where his knife should be, it was gone and when he looked forward he saw that Rex had both knifes


Damn… Vain thought as he saw Rex charge


Vain met Rex once again and got a few hits in until he got a kick to the face which sent him flying

When Vain got up he saw that it was Jake who kicked him Vain focused and used the shadow to cover his arms and form a blade shape 

‘Let’s try that one again’ Vain said as he charged Ja

ke and Rex both charged at Vain wielding 2 knifes each

CLANG Once again the sound of metal rang through the air, even though technically the shadow blade arm thingys aren’t really metal

When they stopped each of them was covered in sweat and blood, but Vain was losing blood more than the other two

This isn’t going as planned Vain thought 

‘What’s wrong Vain? Are you out of tricks?’ Jake said as him and Rex both laughed

The next thing Rex and Jake knew they were held up by their necks by shadow and Vain was looking up at them

‘Nope’ Vain said smiling 

Both Jake Rex tried to break Vain’s grip but to no avail

Then once again Vain was sent flying into the arena wall, when he got up he saw mentor standing there holding 2 giant cloud sized swords

‘I can’t make this too easy for you Vain’ Mentor smiled

‘I just can’t get a break here can I?’ Vain smiled

‘Nope’ said Jake, Rex and Mentor all at once

Great Vain thought

They all charged at Vain and Vain met them after making shadow cover all over his body

And like last time the sound of metal rang through the air a lot louder than before And after a few minutes of this, it suddenly stopped

Vain landed on one knee but Mentor, Jake and Rex landed on their feet

Vain smiled evilly and as soon as he did….. Jake and Rex fell forward, unconscious

‘What!? How the hell…?’ Mentor said as he turned around and faced Vain

‘I am better than you think’ Vain smiled

They both glared at each other and charged

Swinging their blades at each other they tried every single move in the book….and some out of the book…..from the movies!

After about 5 minutes of trying,

Vain was exhausted he had lost a lot of blood and felt his shadow blades weakening 

‘What’s wrong Vain? Getting tired?’ Mentor snapped

‘I can go longer than you, old man’ Vain snapped back ‘Prove it’ Mentor said as he charged at Vain

Fine….Vain thought as he put all of his power into one final attack

‘seeek……reeeeeaaaa…’ Vain chanted as he focused

'Noo..... Mentor said as he continued to charge

‘Soooooo……Meeeee’ Vain continued to chant

'no no... Mentor said

‘KKKAAAAAAA!’ Vain shouted as a giant beam of shadow blasted out of his hands

‘no no no no...GOD DAMMIT!!’ Mentor said as he blocked the beam with his swords \

The beam hit Mentor and he faced it head on, Mentor was starting to push it back when…

'I…..WON’T…..FAIL!!’ Vain shouted as a large bump went up the beam until it hit Mentors swords 

‘NOOOOO!’ Mentor shouted as he was blasted back, his defence breaking, he landed right next to Jake and Rex ‘Take *gasp* that *pant* you…*gasp* fucker…..’ Vain said just before he collapsed

The Walls

He got the strength to stand up and was met by the roars and cheers of the crowd

What the hell? Vain thought as he looked around the arena

it was filled with people who live around the city

clap, clap Vain turned to the source of the sound and saw Mentor, Jake and Rex slightly limping towards him

‘Well done, Vain!’ said Rex as he tried to get Vain into a headlock and noogie, Vain let him do that, afterwards Jake patted Vain on the back

‘You did it kid!’ Jake smiled

‘I did what?’ Vain asked

‘You passed the test’ Mentor answered

‘What test?’

‘We decided to fight you with all of our power after you had your shadow abilities restricted’


‘So….I passed?’


‘With flying colours...or flying shadows...’


All four of them laughed


‘So what will you do now?’ Jake asked


‘Yeah, you’re more powerful than all 3 of us combined’


‘Hmmm’ Vain said as he turned to Mentor ‘

Any help with this?’


‘Well’ Mentor started as he looked at Vain

‘You could go to the city and build and assassin den there’


‘How far away is it?’ Vain asked


‘About 10 years walk’ Mentor answered


‘Ok, and how long for someone as strong and fast as me?’


‘4 years’


‘Wow, it will take me a while but I’ll do it’


‘Good, follow me so that we can get you prepared for the journey’


And so, Vain got prepared and set off He encountered many things like wolves, bears, poisonous snakes and a demon once or twice So after 4 years and 4 birthdays, Vain had finally reached the city 


I am finally here….let’s do this Vain thought


Vain started to walk and was going to walk through the gates when he was stopped by a guard


‘Hi!’ Vain said enthusiastically


‘What is your business here?’ The guard asked


‘I am here on….official business’ Vain answered


‘Which is?’


‘I cannot say’


‘Well then, since you cannot tell me, and you are not of age or power….’ The guard started


‘I am sorry can you repeat that?’ Vain interrupted


‘Of age?’ 


‘No, not that the other one’


‘Of power?’


‘Yeah, what is that exactly?’


‘Well, when someone comes to the city and they want to get in but they are not over 18 and they don’t have a parent or guardian, they must prove that they are worth being allowed in the city’


‘How do they prove that?’


‘By defeating the guard captain’


‘I would like to face him’


‘HAHAHAHAHAHA! Sure’ The guard shouted and a very muscular man walked out of a watch tower


‘That’s the captain?’ Vain asked


‘Yep, thinking of backing out?’ the guard said


‘Nope, this won’t take long’ Vain said as he walked off leaving the guard wondering what he meant


So the bell rung and the captain tried to charge Vain, but he jumped in the air and used a shadow kick to the back of the captain’s head


As the captain went down Vain ran over to the guard at the gate


‘So, how did I do?’ Vain asked


The guard just had his mouth open in: shock, surprise and a bit of horror at the fact that the strongest guard had been beaten by a 13 year old


‘So, you guys going to let me in or do I have to do it myself?’ Vain shouted to the guards in the tower


They were the same as the guard at the gate


Fine! Vain thought as he jumped over the wall and loved what he saw

Goldas

The city was amazing and beautiful but as Vain took in the sights and guard burst into a person’s office 

‘Sir! Someone took the captain out with one hit!’ The guard said

‘Take me to him’ the person replied

‘Yes sir! Vain was walking around and he finally saw an inn, he was about to walk in but was then surrounded by a circle of guards

‘What? What’s going on!?’ Vain said angrily

‘We know you cheated on the test’ said 1 guard ‘How do you know something thats not even true!?’ Vain replied

‘Because no one can take out the guard captain with 1 hit’ the guard answered

‘Except me’ said someone The guards parted and a man stepped forward, he looked about Vain’s age and had a giant sword on his back

‘And you are?’ Vain asked

‘My name is Goldas and you will be punished for cheating on the power test’ Goldas said as he took his stance

‘Wait, are you challenging me?’ Vain asked

‘If you think about it, yes I am’ Goldas answered

‘Fine, let’s see what you got’ Vain took his stance and prepared for the fight


‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ Vain said


‘Yes’ Goldas replied


‘Suit yourself’


The guards ran off onto roofs and behind walls, but always making sure they can see the fight from behind their cover Goldas was the first to strike as he came at Vain and threw one punch; Vain put his guard up and blocked the punch but got pushed back in the process


That punch was a lot stronger than what I expected Vain thought

Vain charged at Goldas and launched himself to kick Goldas, who was prepared to block the kick but just before the kick reached Goldas, Vain quickly spun threw a punch, Vain used the momentum of the spin to make sure his punch hit home, which was on Goldas’ knee


Goldas fell to the ground clutching his knee, Vain didn’t lower his guard and Goldas smiled at this


‘You know to never let your guard down, even though it appears that your enemy has been beaten’ Goldas said


‘And I know that someone who can punch so hard that me, at my weakest stance, can be pushed back won’t go down with my weakest punch to the knee’ Vain replied


‘Shall we continue then?’ Goldas asked and he took his stance


‘Sure’ Vain replied and did the same


They both charged but this time Goldas pulled his sword out, Vain was going to block it but then he saw it completely and it narrowly missed him as he dodged the swing


That is the same size as Mentor’s sword! Vain thought


‘What’s wrong? Afraid of the LDB?’ Goldas asked


‘LDB?’ 


‘Light Dark Blade’ Vain made his arms shadow blades and ran at Goldas; they both went hard at each other until they got into a gridlock


‘SHADOW STRIKE!’ Vain shouted

Vain used his spare arm to fire a beam of shadow out of his hand Goldas appeared like his sword was going to absorb the shadow attack but instead he was sent flying into a wall


‘So’ Vain said as he walked over to Goldas

Vain put his foot on Goldas’ sword and lifted Goldas up with shadow, he then put the tip of his shadow blade arm against Goldas’ neck


'Still think I cheated?’ Vain asked


‘No’ Goldas answered weakly  


‘Good’ Vain said as he dropped Goldas and walked off


At that point the guards came back and the captain helped Goldas up


‘Sir, he used shadow and you didn’t absorb it…..’ The captain said


‘I know, I couldn’t’


‘Does that mean…?’


‘Yes, he is the one who can help me stop Raven’

Imaginaughts

Vain strolled into the inn triumphantly


‘One room please!’ Vain said happily 


‘For how long?’ the inn keeper asked


‘Not sure’


‘Fine’ the inn keeper sighed and led Vain to his room Vain closed the door after the inn keeper left and cleaned his teeth and stripped down to his boxers


Well today was….interesting Vain thought as he drifted off to sleep Vain awoke to the sound of his door creaking open Vain pretended that he didn’t hear it but kept listening He heard a floorboard creak; Vain quickly jumped up and grabbed the man by the cuff of his shirt


‘Who are you!? What are you doing here!?’ Vain shouted as he slammed the man on the wall


The man said nothing


‘Answer me!’ Vain shouted and threatened to punch


‘Ok, you got me’ the man said as raised his arms up


‘Huh?’ Vain said as he let go of him


‘My name, is Nick’ Nick said


‘Ok? I’m Vain’ Vain replied


‘I know, and that fight you had with Goldas was very short, he usually lasts longer’


‘Yeah well, I am a lot stronger than him’


‘Right…Anyway I came here to ask you a question from Goldas himself’


‘Ok?’


‘Would you like to join the Imaginaughts?’


‘The imagi what now?’


‘The Imaginaughts, we are a group of ultimate fighters who are the best of the best and we protect this world from anything that stands as a threat’


‘Ok? Anything else you can tell me?’

‘Goldas is our leader’

Vain paused in shock….and then….

‘AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Wow! Best of the best? Yeah right!’ Vain said then continued laughing

‘Goldas is a lot stronger than you think’ Nick stated angrily 

‘Right, ok then I will join you guys just to prove that he isn’t’

‘Fine by me, see you tomorrow, we need to test you’

‘Ok sure’

And with that Nick sunk through the floor and left, Vain then went back to sleep

The next day Vain woke up and did the usual things that you would do in the morning like a shower, breakfast, clean teeth, get dressed and then 500 push ups on the right arm only and then 500 on the left arm only….What you don’t do that in the morning? Anyway Vain went down the stairs to find the Imaginaughts and where they are going for the first test. He saw them all standing at the bottom of the stairs

‘Morning Vain’ Goldas said as he smiled

‘Morning Goldas, so the first test has to be this early?’ Vain asked

'Yes it needs the sunlight’ Nick answered

‘Let’s show this weakling who is boss’ a guy said who was next to Goldas

‘Shut up Targ’ Goldas scolded

'Yeah shut up Targ...if you are calling me a weakling....just remember that this "weakling" wiped the floor with your boss in under a minute...and only using like a 1 trillionth of my power'

Targ said nothing as he knew that he was bested

‘Ok let’s just get this over with’ another guy said

‘Be patient Trivic’ The people named Targ and Trivic both glared at Goldas

‘Ok, shall we go?’ The only girl asked ‘Yes Varralia, Vain are you ready?’ Goldas asked

‘As ready as you will ever be Goldy’ Vain smiled He heard all the other people snicker and saw Goldas glare at him

‘Let’s just go’ Goldas said

‘Ok Sure thing, Goldy!’ Targ laughed The others laughed with Targ

‘SHUT UP TARG!’ Goldas yelled as he grabbed Targ and slammed him into the wall ‘Do I need to remind you why I was made the leader?’

‘No’ Targ answered

‘Good’ Goldas smiled as he dropped Targ

‘Let’s go’ They stepped outside

‘Vain, follow me and try to keep up’ Goldas said, Vain nodded

‘Ok, ready? 3 2 1 GO!!’ Goldas yelled as he jumped off with Vain and the others following closely behind 

They are fast….but I am faster; sadly I cannot go ahead as I do not know where I am going Vain pondered

After about an hour of running, jumping, sliding and pretty much every single parkour thing that you can think of… Goldas looked back at Vain and saw he was following them with ease...

Who is this guy? Goldas thought

Vain looked around and saw that they just jumped over the wall

The guards didn’t even glance at us…I guess that this must be normal for them Vain thought 

After another 30 minutes of some parkour stuff, they got to a hill with a cave, as they walked in Vain looked and saw a stone circle in the middle of the giant cave

‘Will I have to…?’ Vain started

‘Alright, step into the circle and we will begin’ Goldas interrupted Vain stepped inside and as soon as he did a wall of green light flashed on the edges of the circle...Vain was trapped

‘HEY!’ Vain shouted as he banged on the green magic wall ‘LET ME OUT!!’ 

As Vain continued to bang his fists against the wall, Goldas and the others were standing outside; Goldas noticed cracks starting to appear in the green wall…..

That’s not possible… Goldas thought as he turned to the others

‘Targ, get in’ Goldas said

‘sure thing! I’ll show you that him beating the crap out of you was beginners luck!’ Targ said confidently

‘But he fought the guard captain and probably a lot of other people before he fought Goldas...’ Nick said as he smiled

‘Oh yeah well.....shut up!!’ Targ replied as he walked into the circle Vain stopped banging on the wall and faced Targ

‘What’s going on?’ Vain asked 

‘You have to fight each of us to see if you can become one of us, if you beat me you keep going until you get to Goldas, if you lose to me you can never try again, if you beat me then lose to someone else, you’re in’ Targ answered

‘Ok, let’s do this’ Vain said as he rolled his eyes and took his stance

‘If you’re in such a hurry to lose’ Targ said as he pulled out his sword and took his stance

Targ charged and Vain just glared at him, which sent Targ flying back and slamming into the wall, Vain quickly pulled out his dagger and took his stance again, this time Vain let Targ get a swing and Vain easily blocked it, the reason Vain did that was to test Targ’s strength to see if it was worth Vain’s time…. It wasn’t, so Vain used 1 finger to send Targ flying and smash through the green wall The others were shocked

‘What?’ Vain smiled as the others’ jaws hit the floor

The only one who wasn’t shocked was Goldas

‘Tivic, get in there’ Goldas said

‘What? HELL NO! didn’t you see what happened to Targ?? If I go in I am going to lose!’ Tivic protested

‘I don’t care, get in there’ Goldas repeated

‘But…’ Tivic started but was interrupted by Goldas grabbing him and throwing him in there with Vain.

Goldas then re-built the green magic wall Vain took one look at Tivic and smiled

‘I’ll make it quick, but show me what you can do first’ Vain said

‘Deal’ Tivic replied Tivic concentrated and suddenly a giant demon stood before him

‘so you can shape shift?’ Vain said ‘Neat’

Tivic decided to at least try and hit Vain, he swung one arm for a punch, which was blocked, Vain then jumped and kicked from the wall, sending himself on a collision course with Tivic’s face, Vain put one foot out and did a flying kick to Tivic’s face, which then sent Tivic flying and, yep you guessed it, smashed the green wall

‘That was good, was like a 1000000000th away from actually trying but it was good’ Vain said smugly

It kept happening to every single Imaginaught and even though Nick was experienced in shadow….yes it happened to him as well It got all the way up to Goldas

‘Ok, that was fun but I’m pretty sure I have proven myself’ Vain said The other Imaginaughts cheered in agreement then groaned with pain Vain began to walk outside when

‘No.’ Goldas said

‘What?’ Vain turned and saw Goldas standing in the circle

‘You still have to fight me’ Goldas said

‘Fine by me’ Vain replied as he began walking over to the circle Varralia, the only girl Imaginaught, got up and ran over to Goldas

‘Listen, you can’t beat him…you know that right?’ She said

‘I know, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try’ Goldas smiled at her ‘I will be fine, don’t worry’

‘Alright if you say so’ Varralia said as she went back to healing the others Vain stepped into the circle and looked over at the others, where he met the eyes of Varralia, she blushed and looked away quickly

‘Alright, let’s do this’ Goldas said as he took his stance

‘Fine’ Vain said as he was bored ‘Your move’ Goldas said

‘Ladies first’ Vain replied

‘Then it’s your turn’ Goldas snapped

‘So, I’m a lady?’ Vain replied ‘Yeah’ Goldas said

‘Wait…what did I just ask you?’ Vain asked

‘So, I’m a lady? That is what you asked’ Goldas answered

‘Yes, yes you are’ Vain laughed Goldas yelled at charged at Vain and began the fight

Goldas kicked, Vain dodged. Goldas punched Vain dodged. This was pretty much how the fight was going until Goldas quickly crouched and did a sweeping kick, knocking Vain off his feet, Goldas was about to kick Vain, but Vain move quicker and used his shadow to punch Goldas and send him flying towards the wall

Well…this fight is about to end. Vain thought But Goldas did a flip, landed on his feet, pulled out the LDB (Light Dark Blade) and rushed at Vain

‘Oh come on! Look at that thing! You could spear a whale with it! That’s just not fair! But I accept the challenge’ Vain smiled and pulled out his weapon called the Dark Nerve

What the hell is that? Goldas thought 

Vain felt the Dark Nerve’s teeth sink into his arm, he thought about chains covered in spikes coming out of it and they did, on each side of the weapon they came out and the chains were covered in spikes and had curved blades on the end of both of them. Goldas swung at Vain, but his attack was blocked by the curved blades, Goldas jumped back and took a defensive stance

‘Like it?’ Vain said pointing to the weapon attached to his arm ‘I call it the Dark Nerve, because it is made from the element darkness and it has teeth which sink into your nerves, so that it pretty much becomes an extension of your arm. You know how people who teach others how to wield swords are like “feel the weapon as an extension of your arm”? Well this thing is literally and extension of my arm! Sadly I only have 1, but it is the best! And it can…’ Vain was cut off by Goldas swinging at him and Vain blocked it with one of the curved blades

‘That was rude, I was talking!’ Vain said as the other curved slashed Goldas’ right arm, making it useless

Perfect. Now what? Goldas thought as he was forced to drop the LBD

then Goldas had an idea and focused energy into his hand

‘Well, you have shown me and the others a few of your tricks, now I can show you one of mine’ Goldas smiled as a ball of golden fire appeared in his hand

‘Sure thing, ill match that little trick of yours with one of mine’ Vain replied as he focused and a ball of darkness appeared in his hand

they ran at each other, both shouting a different thing

‘GOLDEN FLAME BURST!’ Goldas shouted

‘BALL OF DARKNESS!! FINAL DESTRUCTION!!’ Vain shouted Their attacks connected, with the connection a golden explosion was held back by a shadow explosion 

Vain and Goldas both struggled until Goldas pushed harder but Vain matched Goldas’ strength and bested it, Goldas fought hard to keep Vain back but Goldas’ tenacity only encouraged Vain more and more Vain then realized that he might actually have to try hard to win, Vain pushed himself to try harder, Goldas saw Vain’s true potential and how strong Vain would become and Goldas was amazing and distracted by it, and Vain used this distraction to quickly over-power Goldas and slam his fist into Goldas’ face which made Goldas loose his focus which made the ball of golden energy disappear and Vain’s shadow ball hit Goldas in the face and send him flying into the green wall and smashed through it. The others were shocked with how much power Vain had used and thought he wouldn't be able to get back up....until Vain teleported to the entrance of the cave with Goldas over his shoulder, Vain flew to the city as the others followed him as Nick pointed Vain to the hospital

The Choice

‘I can’t believe that just 2 months ago’ Vain said as he and Varralia walked along a beach

‘Yeah….it seems like a lifetime…’ Varralia said Vain smiled as her as he sat down in the sand,

Varralia did the same


‘I…’ Vain was going to say something but stopped, he just wanted to enjoy the moment


‘You’re pretty much part of the Vezu family Vain’ Varralia said

‘Yeah but after a few years I’m not gonna be part of it, the adoption certificate says that after 2 years, the rights get terminated and I end up on my own again but it’s ok, cause everyday more and more people are joining the assassin cause, I’m even getting a little worn out by how many children there are to teach and…’ Vain looked at Varralia seeing that she was shivering ‘you ok Varralia?’ 

‘Just a bit cold that’s all’ she said

‘Come here’ Vain smiled as he hugged her

‘Wait what? No, Vain I’m fine really I’m…’ Varralia started to protest but soon accepted his warmth, sighing happily into the hug

Vain smiled as she snuggled into his chest

They stayed like that for a while until Vain’s watch beeped

‘Damn, I have to get back…time to train more kids…oh well, come on I’ll teleport you back home before I go to the den’ Vain said as they both got up

‘Ok’ Varralia smiled as Vain teleported her back home

they both just stood there awkwardly...


‘Sweet, we should do this again sometime’ Vain half smiled


‘Don’t think Goldas would like it but…yeah sure’ Varralia agreed


‘Ok, I’ll see you around’ Vain said and was just about to teleport away when.


‘Hey…Vain?’ Varralia asked


‘Yeah?’ Vain answered


‘Umm…’ Varralia looked like she was deep in thought


‘Ok, look I really have to go…the session starts in…’ Vain was interrupted by Varralia’s lips on his 

They both just ignored the world around them and focused on this time, Vain closed his eyes and Varralia did the same, after a few seconds they both pulled back from the kiss Vain was speechless


‘that was…good….’ Varralia blushed ‘Ok, bye Vain!’ She said as she closed the door


Vain stood there not knowing what was happening, after a few minutes his brain finally processed it, he started smiling widely, he couldn’t control it, and he flew up in the air


‘YEEEEAAAAHHHH HOOOO!!!’ Vain shouted as he started doing tumble turns then dropped into the Training arena outside the Den


‘Ok, guy’s let’s spar!!’ Vain said as he started attacking all 60 of the kids there


He was being gentle of course, but the kids still didn’t beat him


The Next Day…


Vain woke up, still smiling, he got ready and then started doing his rounds, when he spotted a weird portal that was in the middle of the city, and he flew to the opening of it and looked at it

‘Hello?’ Vain asked

He was answered by a shadow fist in his face


Vain went flying into a building as he looked at the portal

A demon looking man stepped out of the portal, he had his head down and wings, he put his ehad up and smiled at Vain

'Hi there....I'm Raven' Raven said as he walked forward and pointed at the main building, an army of demons started flooding out of the portal heading towards the main building...Goldas' home

Vain got up and stepped in the way of the demon army

'Sorry, but I can't let you do that' Vain said as he used shadow and the entire army went flying back towards Raven

'So, your Raven? i have heard a lot about you' Vain smiled

'Really? like what?' Raven asked

'Like the fact that compared to the things i have faced you are a cup cake' Vain laughed

'SHUT UP!' Raven pulled out the blood thirster and swung at Vain

Raven's attack was blocked by Vain's sword

'Oh..' Raven said

'Yeah....oh...' Vain said

Vain flung Raven back and used the shadow to keep him pinned down, as well as the demon army.

Suddenly Goldas, Marcus and Varralia appeared

'Vain we are here to....oh' Goldas said as he saw that Raven was already beaten

'Yeah...oh' Vain replied, smiling at Varralia

Varralia blushed

Vain walked over to her as the others studied the demons and Raven

"Hey Varralia" Vain smiled again

"H...Hey Vain" She replied shyly

"So...i was thinking...i am free this weekend and i was wondering if you would like to.." Vain started

"Yes" Varralia inturrupted

"Cool, see ya then!" Vain laughed as he waved goodbye to the others and flew off

Varralia stood there smiling widely...wider than anyone, even Goldas, had ever seen her, Nick noticed this and pulled her aside

"Varralia, what is going on with you and Vain?" Nick asked

"W..what? N...nothing" Varralia looked away

"Ok, firstly your a terrible liar, secondly you seem to be happier than usual...now i want to know...what is happening with you and Vain?" Nick asked a second time

"W...we are seeing each other.." Varralia answered

"Behind Goldas' back? that is a bad move, he will find out and then you will both.." Nick was inturrupted by Varralia slapping him

"I know! Ok? i know...i just want to enjoy it while i can...just..ppplleeeeaaassseee don't tell Goldas!" She begged

"Fine...but don't say i didnt warn you.." Nick replied

Nick walked over to Goldas, waited until Varralia wasn't looking, then whispered in his ear, Goldas' face turned from a straight and serious one to one of shock and pure rage

Goldas push Nick so hard he slammed into a wall

"Oh god....What have I done!?" Nick said to himself, terrified

Goldas started glowing pure gold and walked towards Vain, Vain smiled at Goldas at met him halfway

"Hey Goldy!!" Vain smiled until he saw Goldas was surrounded in a pure gold aura "Are...Are you ok Goldas??"

"I am going to kill you...for what you have done..." Goldas growled

Vain's smile turned into a straight and serious face, Vain knew what Goldas mean't

"Look...Goldas...I.." Vain started his apology but Goldas grabbed him by the neck and lifted him up

"I don't care what you have to say..." Goldas said as he dropped Vain and got into a fighting stance

Everyone went quiet as they all wanted to see what would happen next

Vain coughed and held his throat, Vain got up and just stood there, he frowned at Goldas

"I don't want to fight you Goldas, I.." Vain stopped when Goldas threw a punch

Even though Vain blocked the punch, the force of it made him slide back, Vain got up..

"Are you sure you want to do this?" Vain asked

Goldas shot a ball of energy and Vain blocked it

"So be it.." Vain said as he charged at Goldas

Goldas charged at Vain and their punches collided and were both thrown back by the explosion

Goldas got up first

"Come on you are meant to be stronger than this Vain!" Goldas laughed

Vain got up and glared at Goldas

Wow..that punch actually hurt....looks like i need to try this fight.... Vain thought as he blocked another one of Goldas' kicks

but while Vain was blocking that kick a punch sent him flying

"The games not as fun when your loosing is it?" Goldas said smugly

Vain got up

"Game?? You think this is a game!?" Vain shouted as he pulled out his sword, the Shadow Slasher "I haven't even begun to play.."

Goldas pulled out the LDB and charged at Vain

What the hell is that thing!? Vain thought

Goldas swung and Vain doged then swung at Goldas, who blocked which created a gridlock between the two....

Vain was grunting with effort and so was Goldas, but then Goldas smiled and punched Vain

the force behind the attack caught Vain off guard, Goldas then went to town on Vain, punching him everywhere before slashing Vain's chest with the LDB and kicking him into the wall....

Vain got up, grabbed Goldas' neck and slammed him against the wall, Vain stared at Goldas and threw him to the ground, Vain was knocked back into the same wall as before

Vain got up once again but whinced as his the slash on his chest was bleeding quickly, making Vain's vision go blurry

I...must...win... Vain said as he turned his arms into shadow blades and charged at Goldas

They met each other, both slashing and slice, niether of them letting up

Vain's stance slipped a bit, it was a small opening, but that was all that Goldas needed..

"GOLDEN FLAME BURST!!" Goldas yelled as the golden ball of energy slammed into Vain's stomach, sending him flying into the city wall

Vain got up and was loosing blood quickly

I have to finish this....now... Vain thought as he sat down cross legged and started meditating

"What are you doing Vain?? GET UP AND FIGHT ME!!" Goldas shouted as he threw a fireball at Vain

It was deflected by Nick's scythe, as he stood between Goldas and Vain

"Goldas...stop this....please.." Nick said

Goldas became even more enraged and attacked with his LDB

Nick blocked it but was pushed back, Nick swung and was blocked then kicked, he slammed into a wall as Goldas ran straight at Vain, Nick got up and sunk into the wall

"Where are you..?" Goldas said

Suddenly two hands appeared from the ground and tripped Goldas

Nick came out from the ground when he was kicked in the stomach

Goldas ran at Nick with the LDB Nick held his scythe ready to defend

Goldas disappeared, leaving Nick wondering where he went

"Where the hell did he...?" Nick realized where Goldas was but it was too late

A elbow strike to the back of the neck, a spinning kick to the back and Nick as slammed against a wall, knocking him out

"Got you know you little..." Goldas was inturrupted by a small explosion

Goldas was couldn't see through the dust but got a kick to the face and jumped back to see George standing there, he had 2 guns pointed at Goldas

"Brother....stop...now.." George warned

Goldas just laughed

"You think i am scared of you!? Think again!!" Goldas charged

George prepared for his Brother's assault

Meanwhile, in Vain's mind..

Vain was on a white plain, the only person there was him and a Nega Vain

"Klael...i need your help" Vain said to the Nega Vain

"Why would i help you??" Klael asked

"Because I am going to kill Goldas...something you have always wanted to do.." Vain answered

"Hmmm...ok I will help you but for a certain price.." Klael said

"Tell me..." Vain replied

"Well..." Klael started

Now back to the fight...

Goldas smiled as George struggled to get Goldas' foot off his neck

"See?? you cannot defeat me brother.." Goldas smiled as he elbowed George in the temple

George was now unconscious and Goldas was walking towards Vain

"Now....i can end this.." Goldas was thown back by a larger explosion. "What now!?"

From the dust came a large tank and out of the tank came Targ and Marcus

"Hey Guys!! Sorry we are late...we couldn't find the door so we had to blast hole in the wall" Marcus said "Anyway we..." Marcus stopped as he saw Vain meditating and Goldas glowing gold

Targ looked at everyone on the ground and saw the city in ruins

"My god...What happened here??" Targ asked

Marcus didn't answer, he just nodded at Goldas

Targ pulled out his sword but Marcus stopped him

"Let me try and talk to him" Marcus said

Goldas held up his sword in a defensive stance

"Father? It's me...Marcus...Your son?" Marcus asked

Goldas answered by swinging his sword as Marcus, who jumped back to Targ and the tank

"Fine...he has gone into a sort of limit break mode...when he gets angry enough...this is what happens...he cannot be reasoned with....we must take him down.." Marcus said to Targ

"Fine with me" Targ half smiled

Targ pulled out his sword and the 7 shot pistol

Marcus just made his hands fire

Goldas smiled and charge

Targ swung and Goldas blocked but didn't see Marcus' fire punch, Goldas got hit and landed on the top of the tank

"Nice try...Gonna take a lot more than that to get me...Son..." Goldas laughed

"TIVIC NOW!!" Marcus shouted

Suddenly the tank grew arms, grabbed Goldas and threw him through 2 buildings before turning back into normal Tivic

Goldas got up and whinced a little, then smiled

"Well...that was unexpected..." Goldas said

Goldas focused and teleported behind Targ and Tivic, then slammed their heads together, knocking both of them out, Goldas threw a punch and Marcus who just jumped away

"Well this is gonna be fun" Marcus said as he charged at his father.

Goldas smiled and met Marcus as they both got into grid lock

Meanwhile, in Vain's mind...

"So what do you say?" Klael smiled

"Fine.." Vain said

"Good...so let's win this fight" Klael said as he held out his hand

Vain waited...then finally shook Klael's hand

Now back to the fight...

Vain got out of his meditative state to see Marcus getting slammed into the wall

"I don't want to hurt you anymore than i already have" Goldas said

Marcus spat in Goldas' face and Goldas smiled

"I guess Vain's never give up attitude rubbed off on you...shame it is gonna get you killed" Goldas smiled evily

Goldas put his hand on Marcus' chest and focused, a ball of golden energy started peircing Marcus' chest

Marcus started screaming in pain and struggled against Goldas' grip

Vain closed his eyes and focused..when he opened them his eyes had turned red, black tentecles of shadow sprung out of Vain's back, he used them to grab Goldas and throw him away, Vain picked up Marcus and the others and placed them safely away, then turned his head and faced Goldas who had gotten up

"Well...this is interesting..." Goldas smiled

Vain began to turn slowly into Nega Vain, his red eyes glowing brightly

"This will be fun.." Goldas laughed as his eyes turned blue and also glowed brightly

Nega Vain, who looks like a dark version of Link in SSBB, and Goldas, who was bright gold and had bright blue eyes

They ran at each other, both focused on one task....killing the other

Vain and Goldas collided, which created an two explosions, one was bright gold and the other was black, both of the explosions were pressing against each other

They both jumped back, Vain pulling out the Shadow Slasher in one hand and the Dark Nerve in the other, Goldas pulling out the LDB in one hand and a 7 Shot Pistol in the other

Vain's Dark Nerve rippled and chains were shot towards Goldas

Goldas fired the 7 Shot Pistol 2 time hitting the chains

Vain kept up his assault with the chains and Goldas kept up his assault of the shots

Vain jabbed with the chains while Goldas reloaded, Goldas deflected one with the LDB but had his left shoulder cut deep by the second one

Goldas dropped the 7 Shot Pistol as the cut on his shoulder made his left arm useless

Vain jumped in the air, using the tentecles to give him an extra boost, he came down swinging his shadow shasher which Goldas blocked

Goldas' legs was grabbed by the tentecles and so were his wrists, he was spread open and saw Vain jump back and run full charge straight at Goldas

"MILLION PUNCH EXPLOSION!!" Vain yelled

Goldas was hit with 9999 tentecles and went through buildings,through the city wall and slammed into a mountain

Goldas looked up to see Vain flying at him full charge, he had his right hand clenched and held it at his waist

Godas saw every single tentecle cover Vain's fist, Vain thrusted his fist into Goldas' body and a massive explosion erupted from the hit

Vain hovered up in the air, far away from the explosion

Vain had turned half of himself to normal, so that he still had Klael's power but he had the control

when the dust cleared Vain saw Goldas, glowing even brighter than before

How the hell did he survive that!? Vain thought angrily

Suddenly Goldas focused a bright gold engery ball into his right hand, Goldas then used more energy to move hist left hand and make it grab his right wrist, he pointed the energy ball at Vain

"GIANT....." Goldas closed his eyes and focused

"Oh no..no..no.no no no no no no NO!!" Vain flew down quickly hoping to stop Goldas in time

"ELEMENTAL....." Goldas took a strong stance

"If i deflect that...it will blow up Aef!!" Vain flew down faster

"ATTACK!!!" Goldas yelled

a massive beam of golden energy exploded out of Goldas' hand, Vain realized what he had to do.

Vain flew upwards, turned around and pushed out his hands

the golden beam collided with Vain's open hands, Vain screamed in agony as he started to slowly absorb the energy

Slowly but surely, the beam thinned out and kept getting thinner and thinner until Vain had absorbed all the energy

Vain's body started throbbing, gold lightning strikes were coming out from his eyes, he looked down and Goldas

Goldas looked up at Vain, Goldas' golden shine slowly turned back to normal, Goldas collapsed

Vain groaned in pain and curled into a ball, suddenly Nega Vain appeared, in full body encarnation

"You have done well Vain, now you have to hold up your end of the bargan" Klael said "Give me Goldas' energy!"

Vain smiled and grabbed Klael

"YOU WANT IT!! TAKE IT!!" Vain shouted as all the energy exploded into a giant golden ball

"No!! if you do this we will be bound together for good!!" Klael screamed

"I know....." Vain said acceptingly

They were both engulfed in the golden explosion

First it was Nega Vain that disintergrated, then Vain smiled as he was disintergrated as well

The others rushed to Goldas, who had just managed to get on his feet in time to see Vain explode

"He is gone...and it's all my fault.." Goldas said

"It's not your fault..." Nick said

"Yes...it is.." Goldas teleported to his solitary confindment and locked it down

the others hung their heads, Varralia fell to her knees and started crying her eyes out, Marcus comforted her

"He will be back...I'm sure of it...." Marcus said

"I know he will be back...it's not that I'm worried about..." Varralia said

"Then what?" Nick asked

"Vain called on Klael to give him power so that Goldas could be defeated...I'm worried that what comes back wont really be Vain.." Varralia said as a shiny object stabbed into the ground

Marcus walked over and picked it up...it was the Shadow Slasher

"I will look after it Vain...I promise" Marcus said as he looked up into the blue sky

the others did the same, as Aef was finally at piece after a long time.

The Return...

Vain awoke with a start, he was panting and sweating, he swung his feet onto he floor and tried to stand

Bad move..

He yelped in pain as he fell back onto the bed, holding his side, he looked and saw that half of his chest was missing

"What...the fuck!?" Vain yelled.

He tried to stand again, but screamed in pain and fell onto the bed again

"Careful now..." Said a red-eyed figure standing in darkness. "We don't want to damage the...merchendise..." He chuckled to himself

"Who the fuck are you!? Where the fuck am I!?" Vain shouted, demanding answers

The red-eyed man just chuckled...

"Where you are is not important" The red-eyed man smiled "Who I am well..."

The red-eyed man stepped out of the darkness...it was Klael

"That is a completly different story" Klael chuckled

"Klael....What the fuck did you do!?" Vain shouted again

"Calm yourself child!!" Klael picked Vain up by the neck with shadow

"Let...Me...Go!" Vain demanded

"You...My tricky little friend....are hardly in a position to negotiate.." Klael smiled as he threw Vain through a wall

Vain rolled and finally got the strength to stand, but when he did...a quick kick to the side of the knee...and Vain was down again

"Now...you will listen to me...or you will die...take your pick" Klael smiled

Vain spat blood in Klael's face

"Kiss..my ass...you un-godly mother FUCKER!!!" Vain shouted as he threw a punch

Klael was not expecting this and took the hit to the face, he flew through the wall and landed on his back

"Ha...easy.." Vain smiled but winced and fell to his knees once more

Klael picked himself up and dusted himsef off, he grabs Vain and shows him a vision

it was a vision of a man the sword of light, standing next to a man with the sword of darkness, they were both fighting a shadowy figure

Klael stopped the vision here

"What the fuck was that, Klael?" Vain asked

"That was your great grand father...fighting me" Klael answered

Vain blinked rapidly as he processed this information

"I'm sorry, what??" Vain asked

"How do you think this host thing works?? Hm?" Klael chuckled "Trendalt and Goldin fought me...when Trendalt realized that they were loosing were losing, he made a deal... he asked what it would take for me to leave, I told him that he would let me use a child of his...the child was to be a male...since you were the first male child after Trendalt made the deal with me...you were my physical embodiment...but healing you at such a young age weakened my hold over you...and when I tried to take over you completely...well" Klael laughed again "we all know how that turned out..."

"Yeah....right..." Vain said as he sat down on the floor "so...how do we get out of here?" Klael looked around "Well...since this is pretty much the deepest darkest part of the dimension called 'hell' we need to enter the tournament of the damned" Klael explained "Let me guess...to get out of here we must win the tournament??" Vain asked "Yes...how did you know??" Klael said "Just a hunch..." Vain said "well!! Let's go win that tournament!!" Vain jumped up, took a step forward and blacked out.

The King Of Hell

“God dammit Vain” Klael sighed.

Vain awoke to the sounds of battle; he sat up and winced at the pain in his chest. Vain looked around and saw a window, he focused some mana into his hand and held it to his chest, numbing the pain and healing him slowly. Vain walked to the window and looked out.

“What the..?” Vain gasped as he saw an arena

The arena had extremely large stands, the stand being filled to the brim with creatures, cheering and snarling at the warriors in the arena. The walls surrounding the fighters had many scratches from the age of them. Vain moved on from the walls and stands and looked to the fighters in the middle; Vain smirked when he saw Klael, getting forced back by a very large fighter. Vain focused more, increasing the healing rate of the mana, after a few more seconds, Vain was healed, well, healed enough to fight anyway.

Klael grunted with effort as the muscular fighter swung at him, Klael jumped back and turned his arms into shadow blades, charging at the fighter, his efforts rewarded with a sucker punch to the stomach, a knee to the face and a spinning kick to the side of the head, sending him flying.

Vain looked on from the stands, smirking before standing up and jumping down.

Klael sat up and saw the fighter walking towards him, he ran to the wall, looking for a way out of this fight, when Vain dropped between Klael and the fighter.

“How are you holding up?” Vain said to Klael, but kept his eyes on the fighter, who was fuming with rage

“Brilliantly” Klael rolled his eyes

“I saw” Vain looked at Klael. “I thought you were better than that?”

The fighter saw his opening and charged, he threw a punch, veins popping out of his arms from the density of his muscle

Vain smirked and grabbed the large fist, stopping the large man altogether, but kept his eyes on Klael.

“I have to take care of some business, but when I get back I will continue to ridicule you” Vain smiled

“Sure, do what you have to do” Klael replied

Vain turned his head back to the fighter, who was fuming even more at the fact that his prey had been refused for a second time

“So, what is your name big man?” Vain asked, still holding the fighters fist

“Fragon” the fighter replied

“Ok, Fragon?” Vain said

“Yes?”

“I’m going to beat you now, I don’t know when I’ll stop” Vain smiled

“Yeah, sure you...“ Fragon was cut short from a knee to the stomach

Vain smiled and Fragon gasped for air, falling to his knees, holding his stomach. Vain grabbed his head and smashed his knee into it, making the man fall onto his back. Fragon jumped up and grabbed Vain, throwing him into the air, Fragon jumped up and slammed Vain into the ground, Fragon stepped back and smiled at his work, as the dust cleared Fragon was expecting a corpse, but instead got the smiled face of Vain.

“Is that all you got?” Vain taunted

Fragon fumed and tensed, his fists began to glow a light green colour, the mana surrounding it, and he smirked

“I’m just getting started” Fragon replied

Vain jumped as Fragon threw a punch, which slammed into the ground, creating a massive crater and a shockwave along with it. Vain landed just as Fragon dashed through the dust at him, just barely missing Vain’s head with another punch. Vain spun and kicked Fragon in the back, spinning around and slamming his fist into Fragon’s face. Vain grabbed Fragon’s left shoulder with his left hand, holding him in place, and started sending punches into Fragon’s stomach. This made the crowd go absolutely nuts at the interruption of the original fight and the fact that the rule breaker was now defeating the champion, one creature stood up and screamed orders at the guards.

Vain threw Fragon into a wall as the guards opened the gates of the arena, strange red demons began piling out of the open gates, black claws and large darkened teeth, dripping with blood, screaming at Vain. Each demon equipped with rusty iron armour and small rusty iron swords they created a circle around Vain, surrounding him. Vain looked left and right.

Dammit… I’m not ready for this many, let’s see… Vain thought as he assessed the situation

“Seems to be around 500 of these things” Klael said as he dropped next to Vain

Klael and Vain stood, back to back against these creatures. The crowd was going crazy, as they were happy that the rule breakers were finally getting punished.

“You sure you’re up for this, Vain?” Klael asked

“I’ll make it” Vain answered

“Ok, so you take the 250 on the left, and I’ll take the 250 on the right” Klael stated

“Screw you, I’ll take 251!!” Vain smirked

Klael smiled as they stood back to back, both of them in their own fighting stances

A creature screamed and charged at Vain, who spun and round house kicked the creature at the neck, sending it to the ground, Vain quickly pinned it and curb stomped it, crushing its skull.

This sent the other demons and the crowd into complete and utter hysteria, the rest of the creatures screamed and charged

Klael put his hand to the ground and focused, suddenly, spikes of shadow sprung out of the ground, killing a line of the charging demons, Vain and Klael held back the horde of demons, they didn’t stop pouring out of the gates

“Great…looks like we’re screwed” Vain panted

“Yep, nice knowing you” Klael smirked

“I wish I could say the same”

Both Klael and Vain laughed as the demons slowly came closer and closer, breaking their defences

“ENOUGH!” A voice shouted

As soon as this voice was heard the demons started screaming again, not in anger but in fear, they ran back into the gates as fast as they could.

“What the…?” Vain whispered

A figure, shrouded in shadow and dark red, wearing a hood of the same colour of the shroud, floated down from the top of the arena. The figure landed in front of Vain and Klael, who both jumped back and took their stances, trying not to look tired, but both completely worn out

“No need for conflict here, gentlemen, we are all friends here… well… more we sharers of an enemy” The man said

Vain laughed and kept his stance but Klael stood up and shook hands with the figure

“Good to see you, Raven” Klael smiled

Raven pulled his hood back, showing his chiselled features and dark hair, with a slight stubble on his chin, his blood red eyes staring into Klael’s

“Why are you two here, exactly?” Raven asked, glaring at Vain

“Klael tried to possess me and I blew myself up” Vain answered bluntly

“Really Klael? You’re still doing that?” Raven smirked

“Shut. Up” Klael glared

Raven and Vain both laughed, Raven turned to Vain, the red eyes glowing

“So, you’re here to win the tournament I’m guessing?” Raven asked

Vain nodded and Raven walked off, beckoning them to follow him. Vain and Klael looked at each other then followed, their footsteps making small imprints in the sandy floor of the arena.

“So, you really believe you can win the tournament?” Raven turned to Vain, his eyebrows rose questioningly

“Yes, I do” Vain answered

“If you’re not aware, Fragon, was the least strong of the tournament combatants”

Vain went wide eyed and looked back at Klael, who shrugged, the troubled feeling clearly showing on both their faces

Raven stopped at a large double door, engraved on the door was a strange language that Vain couldn’t read

Raven shouted a phrase in this language and the doors opened into the room, which was a throne room

Vain and Klael looked around in shock and awe, Vain looked to the throne, a large chair, made from skeletons, the skulls and bones sticking out from the sides of it, Raven sat down, making himself comfortable

Vain heard movement behind him and saw some larger red demons had arrived behind him and Klael, Vain then looked to Klael, who was kneeling; Vain opened his mouth in shock

“Sorry Vain…” Klael said

Raven pulled out his sword a weapon with a dark read blade, various lines which looked like veins running along the hilt and blade of the sword, the handle is made of a dark, black charred wood with a leather grip and a green gem embedded on the end.

Vain back flipped over the large red demons and made his arms into shadow blades, his eyes locked onto his enemies

“Klael, what’s going on?” Vain asked

Klael stood up and faced Vain, Klael slowly extended his arm and made his palm face Vain, a small ball of light started to generate from Klael’s palm, he nodded to Vain and the ball of light flew from the palm to Vain, who jumped into the air and started rolling forwards in the air, spinning his entire body over and over again. Vain then brought his shadow blades down onto Raven’s sword, which blocked and pushed Vain back forcing him to be between Klael and Raven

Damn. Vain thought

Klael and Raven both advanced on Vain, who then punched the ground, creating a shock wave of shadow, hitting Raven and Klael, sending them back, Vain jumped up and landed behind the two demons, slicing both of them in half. Vain looked around, the sweat dripping from his forehead, suddenly he heard a whoosh of air, he turns and holds his guard up, which immediately was broken from one swing of the BloodThirster, the veins of the blade throbbing.

Vain tensed and dashed, jumped over Raven and landed behind him, Vain turned and pierced Raven’s flesh between his shoulder blades. Vain pulled out the sword and stepped back, Raven turned and smiled, the BloodThirster started throbbing and the wound on Raven’s chest healed up

“Oh, well that happened” Vain smirked

Raven spun his sword and charged at Vain, Vain ran to meet Raven, there was a flash and both Raven and Vain were on opposite sides of the room

Raven fell to his knees and Vain smiled, he took one step and wince, blood started flowing from cuts on his arms, chest and stomach

“Well…bugger…” Vain said as he fell to his knees

Raven walked up behind Vain and spun, slamming the top of his foot to the side of Vain’s head, knocking him out

Raven smirked and then gasped in pain; a massive gash appeared on his chest

“That was more troublesome than it should’ve been” Raven growled, turning to Klael. “You said he was still weakened”

“The kid has spirit, you gotta give him that.” Klael smirked. “If he had been at full strength, it wouldn’t have been as easy as that. Trust me”

Raven sheathed the BloodThirster and picked up Vain, throwing him into Klael’s arms

“You know what to do” Raven said

Klael nodded, put Vain over his shoulders and walked out.

Anger

A flash of pain flowed through Vain’s face, the room spinning and his ears ringing, Vain’s head slumped down, blood dripping from his mouth, another white flash of pain and more ringing, Vain groaned <p class="MsoNormal">“Come on, break already!” <p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked up to see Fragon, standing above him, smirking <p class="MsoNormal"> “Got something to say?” Fragon smiled <p class="MsoNormal">Vain nodded and Fragon leaned down <p class="MsoNormal">Vain opened his mouth and spat blood in his face. <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon screamed in rage and pulled back his arm for another hit. <p class="MsoNormal">“Fragon!” A voice shouted in anger, it appeared to come from everywhere at once. <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon flinched and lowered his arm, growling, angered by the denial of his revenge. <p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked, his lips curling into a half-smile; he looked up and showed Fragon the blood stains on his teeth. <p class="MsoNormal">“You know…” Vain started “This could’ve been a lot easier” <p class="MsoNormal">“Yes” Fragon replied “It could’ve” <p class="MsoNormal">“But…” Vain started again <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon raised one eyebrow, and glanced at Vain, waiting for him to finish what he was saying <p class="MsoNormal">“I have a tip for the next time you interrogate someone…” <p class="MsoNormal">“Yes?” <p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked again <p class="MsoNormal">“Make sure the bonds are tied tight enough” Vain said <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon opened his mouth reply but it was soon filled, not with words, but with Vain’s foot. Fragon spun and fell; his large muscular body hitting the floor, making the room shake <p class="MsoNormal">“You really need to go on a diet” Vain laughed <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon jumped up and started attacking Vain. Vain ducked a right hook, sweat splattering his face and jumped over a low leg sweep, he landed behind Fragon and kicked back with all his strength, Fragon tripped over the chair and slammed into the wall, making the metal room shake again <p class="MsoNormal">“Seriously though, missing a few meals wouldn’t be so bad for you” Vain smirked <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon threw a right hook, Vain moved away to dodge and saw it was a feint, which was when Fragon’s left fist slammed into his ribcage. Vain screamed in pain as he fell to his knees, sweat dripping off his black and white hair, one arm holding himself up, the other wrapped around his ribs <p class="MsoNormal">Great… Vain thought. 3 broken ribs, that’s just what I need <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon laughed and swung a hammer fist, aiming for the back of Vain’s head, who rolled and sprung off the wall, slamming his shoulder into the side of Fragon’s face, Vain focused some mana into his left hand and started healing his ribs, Fragon got up and smiled as Vain groaned <p class="MsoNormal">“Oh come on! Die already!!” Vain yelled <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon laughed again and looked up, as Vain’s knee slammed into his face, Vain then jabbed Fragon’s nerve points with two fingers, hitting the arm, leg and neck nerves, rendering Fragon motionless <p class="MsoNormal">“What?!” Screamed Fragon “Why can’t I move?!” <p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked and yelped in pain as the second of his 3 broken ribs snapped back into place <p class="MsoNormal">“I’ll be going now” Vain smiled <p class="MsoNormal">Vain turned on his heels and walked towards the door <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon’s rage slowly built up, rage from the loss of the fight, rage from the blood spat in his face, rage from the denial of his revenge, rage of the failed interrogation and rage of the loss of the second fight <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon had had enough, he growled, his eyes flashing from their regular blue colour to a glowing red, he took a step, breaking the nerve lock that Vain had put him in. Fragon screamed, his body steaming, red mist flowing out of his now glowing blood red eyes, his skin had begun to glow a red light, the veins on his arms turned black, he again screamed and fell to his knees, his teeth growing into sharp canines, he stood up, his arms hanging limp by his side, his head down, he took a step, which made the metal floor heat up and sizzle under his foot. <p class="MsoNormal">Vain turned at the second scream and went wide eyed, not only had Fragon changed in the way he looked and the heat of his body and skin, Fragon had grown so large that his head was mere centimetres from the ceiling <p class="MsoNormal">Vain yelped, his ribs now fully healed, he sighed and smiled at Fragon <p class="MsoNormal">“Oh… Good” Vain sighed <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon swung a fist, which was now the size of Vain’s chest, Vain rolled away and went flying as the giant fist hit the wall, creating an explosion, blowing a hole in the wall. <p class="MsoNormal"> Fragon screamed in rage as Vain jumped through the wall <p class="MsoNormal">Vain rolled and stopped on one knee, he turned and saw the entire metal room blow apart as Fragon grew bigger, Fragon looked for his target, he spotted Vain and roared in satisfaction, Fragon jumped down and landed in front of Vain, making the entire ground shake, Vain wobbled and stood up. <p class="MsoNormal">“Ok... Now you HAVE to go on a diet” Vain laughed <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon screamed and pulled his arm back for an attack <p class="MsoNormal">Ok. Vain thought. Since he is bigger he shouldn’t be as fast… <p class="MsoNormal">Vain jumped just in time <p class="MsoNormal">“God dammit! He’s just as fast!” Vain screamed <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon reached out and gripped Vain with his giant hand, Vain screamed, his skin burning from the heat of Fragon’s, Fragon squeezed a little, crushing Vain’s bones, Vain screamed again and went limp. <p class="MsoNormal">“Aw” Fragon laughed “My toy broke already!” <p class="MsoNormal">His voice had changed from monotone to demonic and twisted, like it was multiple voices speaking. <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon pegged Vain into the ground and laughed as he saw how twisted and broken Vain looked <p class="MsoNormal">“Pathetic! Useless! I bet your mother hates you!” Fragon laughed <p class="MsoNormal">Vain’s eyes shot open, they were a mixture of blood red, black and white, he got up onto his forearms and knees, clenching and unclenching his fists, grinding his teeth, groaning and growling at the same time. Fragon smirked and slammed his foot down onto Vain, laughing manically as he did it <p class="MsoNormal">The laughing stopped suddenly as Fragon felt his foot being lifted, he blinked rapidly, confused at this resistance, he pressed harder, but couldn’t move his foot any further down, he pushed down with all his strength and the foot only budged a little, he growled in annoyance and was suddenly thrown onto his back. <p class="MsoNormal">“What the…?” Fragon sat up and went wide eyed at Vain <p class="MsoNormal">Vain’s skin had turned completely black, with a few white marks where his scars where, his hair a bright white and, his teeth sharp like Fragon’s, he lifted his head and laughed. <p class="MsoNormal">The laugh shook the ground, as if one thousand voices were all laughing manically, it sounded more demonic than Fragon’s did. <p class="MsoNormal">“So, this is what Raven warned me about..?” Fragon asked <p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked down at his hands and clenched and unclenched his fists, getting used to this new feeling of power flowing through his body <p class="MsoNormal">“I guess so; I didn’t even know I could do this…” Vain smirked <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon tensed up again and screamed, his muscles bulked to twice their regular size, but he shrank down to his regular body shape <p class="MsoNormal">“Now… Let’s do this…” Fragon smirked, the mist from his eyes flowing faster <p class="MsoNormal">Vain took his fighting stance, the Kokustu Dachi* and raised his guard up, he then dashed forward, slamming his knee into Fragon’s stomach, he picked Fragon up by the neck and sent a flurry of punches into his stomach, he threw Fragon up into the air, spun and kicked him, sending him into the ground. <p class="MsoNormal">Fragon got up and grew larger, he kicked backwards, hitting Vain in the stomach and used the force to flip onto his feet, spun and tackled Vain <p class="MsoNormal">Vain was dazed, but not for long, Fragon threw a punch and Vain moved his head to the right, dodging the hit. <p class="MsoNormal">As Fragon’s punch hit the ground, it caused another explosion, blowing up the ground next to Vain’s head, Vain became dazed, a loud ringing in his left ear, he pulled one leg up and kicked Fragon off him, he pushed up from the ground and landed onto his feet <p class="MsoNormal">“This has been fun, but I’m ending this” Vain smiled as he put his hands together <p class="MsoNormal">“Oh, yeah? And how are you going to do that??” Fragon smiled then frowned, cocking his head to the side. “Since when were you all shadow and no light?” <p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked and nodded to behind Fragon, who started to turn and then got put in an arm lock <p class="MsoNormal">“What the hell!?” Fragon screamed in anger <p class="MsoNormal">He turned his head to see a light Vain <p class="MsoNormal">So… He split himself… damn… Fragon thought <p class="MsoNormal">Vain put his hands together and focused, focusing the mana to his hands, a small ball of dark and light mana slowly grew in his hands, Vain smirked and shouted the ancient Aefian language, firing the blast of mana out of his hands, the light Vain let go and jumped out of the way just in time to dodge, the blast hit Fragon directly in his abdomen, burning through him, hitting the mountain behind them and blowing it to pieces. <p class="MsoNormal">Vain un-split himself and fell to his knees, groaning and grinding his teeth together, his skin slowly turned back to normal <p class="MsoNormal">Vain got up and winced, almost falling down again, his skin burned from head to toe, Vain sat down next to Fragon’s smoking corpse and healed himself, first his hands, then his head, chest, and stomach. Vain then healed his legs, arms and feet, he got up and looked at his shirt, now in tatters. Vain smirked and ripped his shirt off, he laughed. Vain walked over to Fragon's and kicked it a few times, before turning and walking away.

The New Girl

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<p class="MsoNormal">“Well, that was entertaining… I would have liked it more if the larger man had won, but eh, what are you gonna do?” A voice sounded.


<p class="MsoNormal">The voice was smooth and had a British twinge to it, Vain turned to the voice and saw a female, sitting on a large rock, her legs dangling over the edge, and she jumped down and stood in front of Vain, arms behind her back. She was the same height as Vain, a few years younger, her hair was white, a few blue streaks here and there, her body was covered by a dragoneer uniform, a black and red colour scheme, a tight tank top covering her chest plus tight red and black shorts covering the bottom half of her body, she saw Vain eyeing her up and winked at him.


<p class="MsoNormal">“You’re kinda cute for something without a tail” She laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked at her and raised an eyebrow


<p class="MsoNormal">“How much of that did you see?” Vain asked sternly


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hm, enough to kinda freak me out…” She answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain rushed up to her and held her against the side of the rock


<p class="MsoNormal">“You tell no one you saw me” Vain growled


<p class="MsoNormal">“You know, most guys would buy me dinner first, or a drink at least, but for you…” She leaned in, putting her hand on his chest, moving her fingers up and down his scars, she whispered.


<p class="MsoNormal">“I can make an exception…”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked into her eyes and quickly jumped on top of the rock; he looked down at her and shook his head.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Don’t touch what you can’t afford, sweetie” Vain smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">She pouted and laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“What’s your name anyway?” She asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain crouched down on the rock and offered her a hand up, she scoffed and put her hand on the rock, she dug her claws into it and pulled, using her momentum, and she flipped once in the air before landing next to Vain, smiling at him


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain laughed and sat down


<p class="MsoNormal">“I’m Vain, Vain Vezzu and you are?”


<p class="MsoNormal">She looked at him and blushed


<p class="MsoNormal"> “My name is… Rina, Rina Romulous” she answered


<p class="MsoNormal">“Rina… now where have I heard that before?” Vain said to himself


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina opened her mouth to answer but was cut off from alarm bells ringing


<p class="MsoNormal">“Damn it… Time to go” Vain jumped off the rock and ran


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina looked towards Vain, got on all fours and started running, after a short time, she caught up with Vain, who was jumping from rock to rock, Rina looked back and saw a horde of demons chasing them, and she went wide eyed


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain!!” Rina called


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain turned to her and she gestured to the demons, his face went straight, he looked down at Rina.


<p class="MsoNormal">Damn it… if I let them catch her… they’ll interrogate her and probably kill her, just from being seen with me… Vain thought


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain’s train of thought was interrupted by a cry


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked back again and saw that Rina had been pinned by a few of the demons, she had been grabbed and thrown against a rock, she spun, slashing the throat of the demon who grabbed her, she was hit with the hilt of a sword, a demon grabbed her and started running its tongue up and down her neck


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain roared in anger and crushed the demon’s skull with his elbow


<p class="MsoNormal">“Sick freaks!” Vain shouted


<p class="MsoNormal">He grabbed Rina and jumped into the sky, focusing mana into his feet, he began to fly, he increased his speed, heading for the far off mountains, and he looked down at Rina, unconscious.


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina woke, covered in a blanket, her head on a pillow, a roaring fire nearby; she lifted her head and winced.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Careful” Rina heard a familiar voice


<p class="MsoNormal">She looked to see Vain, standing on the edge of a cliff, looking out over the city, he turned to her, he was still shirtless, and Rina stared at his scars, which almost looked like they were pulsing


<p class="MsoNormal">“You took a pretty bad hit to the head, you may have a concussion” Vain said as he sat next to her


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina looked at Vain; she shivered and pulled the covers higher.


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked and held out his hands


<p class="MsoNormal">“Believe me when I say this… my body is way hotter than that blanket of yours” Vain smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina took his hands and then hugged him, leaning against him, she looked up at Vain and smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">“Usually girls buy me dinner first, but I’ll let this one slide” Vain laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina smirked as Vain sat against a rock; Rina yawned and fell asleep, still holding him, trying to keep warm.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Rina! Rina!!”


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina was woken to the sound of her name, she looked up and saw Vain, a bright light burned from underneath the cliff, she sat up, her head not hurting anymore, she got up and looked over the side of the cliff, she saw a man in a red and black robe only the man’s teeth were visible, these teeth were sharpened like her own fire coming out of his hands, the first was so hot, it had melted some of the mountain’s rocky side.


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina looked at Vain and saw the expression on his face, she became worried, she took a few steps back, and she grabbed the blanket and pillow.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Rina, there is a path down the side of the mountain, it will lead you to a city called Aef… once you get there, call for a man named Goldas… tell him that I said to increase the city defences ten-fold” Vain said sternly


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina shook, she walked towards Vain and touched his shoulder gently, and she looked down and saw the man had been joined by a dark and shadowy version of Vain


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain… what are you gonna do?” Rina asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked at her, giving her that half-smile of his


<p class="MsoNormal">“I’m gonna kick ass and take names” Vain laughed “Now go!”


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina ran, she stopped and turned to Vain


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain?” Rina asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain turned to her


<p class="MsoNormal">“Don’t die, that would be annoying” Rina said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina ran down the path, towards the light at the end of the road


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain laughed as he turned back to the two dark figures


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain jumped back as Raven and Klael landed on the cliff face


<p class="MsoNormal">“Where is she, Vain?” Raven asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“What do you mean?” Vain answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Klael stepped forward


<p class="MsoNormal">“You weren't the only one to escape… we need her back…” Klael growled


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain focused, his eyes turning black, white and dark red, he flashed his sharp teeth at his two opponents


<p class="MsoNormal">“You want her? You will have to go through me… and trust me… it won’t be as easy as last time”


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven stepped forward and became in line with Klael


<p class="MsoNormal">“But it wasn't easy last-…” Klael was cut off when Raven elbowed him in the stomach


<p class="MsoNormal">“Shut up you shadowy prick! He didn't need to know that” Raven yelled


Klael coughed and Vain smirked as he charged


Golden Light

<p class="MsoNormal">Rina was a few steps away from the end of the path when the first earthquake came, the ground shook as she stumbled, rolling through the hole at the end of the road and only just grabbing the edge of a cliff to stop herself falling, she pulled herself up and saw a large city, surrounded by a wall, the city itself was emitting a golden like light, she ran as fast as she could towards the city…


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<p class="MsoNormal">Vain slid along the ground, his guard up, the hits pushing him back, his body was normal, but his scars were pulsing, he was suddenly kicked in the side, he fell to his knees


<p class="MsoNormal">“What are these marks on your back; buddy?” Raven laughed, kicking Vain in the side again


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain groaned and growled, the scars pulsed and throbbed more, Vain started to get up, when Klael grabbed Vain’s head and slammed his knee into it, sending Vain onto his back.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Ha! Pathetic!” Raven laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain rolled onto his stomach and propped himself up on his elbow, he growled again, the scars pulsed a black light


<p class="MsoNormal">“Raven… I think we should get back” Klael warned


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven looked at him confusedly


<p class="MsoNormal">“Why? He can’t do anything to hurt us.” Raven said


<p class="MsoNormal">Suddenly Vain screamed in rage, the scars on his back burst open, eight long shadow tentacles sprouted out of the eight scars, Vain tensed and one tentacle swiped, hitting both Raven and Klael, slamming them into the rock wall, Vain tensed again and slammed the ends of four of the tentacles into the ground, lifting his body up and holding him up in the air


<p class="MsoNormal">“Now… The REAL fun begins” Vain laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven pulled out the blood thirster, which was pulsating with excitement


<p class="MsoNormal">“This’ll be fun” Raven smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Klael grinned and multiplied himself, creating 4 of him.


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain turned his arms into shadow blades and ran at the two, using the tentacles instead of his legs, he flung himself, pulling the tentacles back into the scars, he landed behind Klael and Raven, and then tensed, forcing the tentacles out, slamming them into the pair’s backs


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven rolled and sprung off the ground, flipping a few times in the air before sticking the landing, holding the BloodThirster with two hands, Raven laughed as Klael went flying off the edge of the cliff. Leaving Raven and Vain to fight one on one


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven sheathed the BloodThirster and tensed up, a circle of flame surrounded Raven, slowly growing in intensity, and he smiled.


<p class="MsoNormal">“HELL’S FURY!” Raven screamed as his body was then engulfed in the flames


<p class="MsoNormal">When the fire died down, Raven’s eyes were on fire, his fists coated in the flame, he laughed and charged at Vain,


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain only just managed to block one of Raven’s punches, Raven dashed back and to the side before attacking again


<p class="MsoNormal">His speed has increased… as has his strength Vain thought


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain then tensed, screaming in pain as eight more tentacles sprouted from his back, he tensed as he sent eight of them at Raven, swiping, jabbing and slashing


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven grabbed a tentacle, and sliced it in half, the flames on Raven’s hand easily cutting though the weak shadow. Vain yelled and grabbed Raven with one of the tentacles, he slammed Raven on the ground and wrapped a tentacle around his ankle, slamming him into the ground again before flinging him into the air


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain tensed more as he launched of the ground, sending himself straight for Raven. Raven stopped himself and floated in the air, the flame on his fists burning as hot as a sun, he flew down, heading straight for Vain


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain suddenly used the tentacles to wrap around his fists, making them stronger and denser


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven and Vain both smiled, heading straight for each other


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<p class="MsoNormal"> “What do you mean, ten-fold?” Goldas asked the wolf girl


<p class="MsoNormal">“That’s what Vain said” Rina answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas opened his mouth to speak but was cut off by another earthquake


<p class="MsoNormal">“That would be Vain... show off…” Rina smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas ran outside and screamed orders at the guards, Goldas put his armour on and sheathed the LDB


<p class="MsoNormal">“Big sword… you compensating for something?” Rina smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">“I can guarantee that he doesn’t need to compensate” Varralia answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina turned to Varralia, and gasped, she saw a beautiful blonde girl standing before her, wearing the same clothes she was


<p class="MsoNormal">“Rina, this is Varralia and she is the queen of Aef” Goldas said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina winked at her


<p class="MsoNormal">“Now, I’ve never played with a queen before, but there’s a first time for everything” Rina smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia blushed, then shook her head and frowned at Goldas


<p class="MsoNormal">“Goldas, I thought you said that pets weren’t allowed in the building” Varralia said


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas was going to say something but couldn’t, as Varralia had walked off, Rina frowned and Goldas sighed


<p class="MsoNormal">“Sorry, she has been on so many searches and sightings of Vain that she has just given up hope” Goldas said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina nodded and shrugged, she turned to Goldas


<p class="MsoNormal">“Are we gonna go or not? I’m sick and tired of sitting here doing nothing” Rina asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas nodded and led her outside, where Nick and Varralia were waiting.


<p class="MsoNormal">“OK, everyone know the plan? We go in, find Vain and get out” Goldas stated


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick and Rina nodded, Varralia scoffed


<p class="MsoNormal">“He won’t be there” she said


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral suddenly dropped from the top of the wall, nodding at the others, he turned to Goldas whispered something in his ear


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas nodded and jumped onto the wall, running up the side and standing on the battlements


<p class="MsoNormal">“Let’s go, Rina, you’re with Nick, he will open a portal to where we need to go” Goldas said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina and Nick nodded, Goldas jumped over the wall, with Varral and Varralia following him


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick put his hand against a wall and held his other hand out to Rina, who was staring at his scythe


<p class="MsoNormal">“What is it with you guys and compensating?” Rina asked as she took Nick’s hand


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick chuckled and walked through the wall, pulling Rina with him, they came through a wall next to the opening that leads to the dark lands, and the others were already waiting for them


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas pulled his sword out and gestured for Nick to scout ahead, Nick nodded and sunk into the ground


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina laughed and followed Goldas, with Varral and Varralia at her sides, another earthquake shook the mountains as they entered the dark lands


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas went tense and jumped into the air, flying as fast as he could towards the energy he felt, he looked around before he saw giant shockwaves of fire mixed with shadow emitting from the same place


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain blocked a kick and hit Raven’s chest with one of the tentacles, he spun and kicked at Raven, who grabbed his leg, burning his skin. Raven threw Vain into the wall, Vain hit the wall and was instantly hit with an uppercut to the stomach, and Raven lifted Vain and laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“Imma plant me a dumbass tree!!” Raven laughed as he slammed Vain into the ground


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven let go of Vain and laughed again, the laughing stopped suddenly when Raven was hit with a kick to the head, then was grabbed and thrown to the ground, kicked to the stomach and was then thrown into the mountain side


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain groaned and opened his eyes, he saw his friend, Goldas, holding his hand out to him, Vain smiled and took the hand, and Goldas pulled Vain up and steadied him when he wobbled a bit


<p class="MsoNormal">“You look like shit” Goldas smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">“So do you, but at least I have an excuse” Vain replied


<p class="MsoNormal">The two laughed as Vain was suddenly pinned, Vain hit the ground and felt a tight grip around his body, he opened his eyes, expecting an enemy but saw an adorable wolf girl smiling at him, she hugged him tight.


<p class="MsoNormal">“You didn’t die!” Rina said happily


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain laughed and hugged her back, he got up and laughed again


<p class="MsoNormal">“I wouldn’t want to be annoying now, would I?” Vain smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina giggled and looked at the tentacles whipping around behind Vain


<p class="MsoNormal">“Are they coming out of you?” Rina asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“Yep” Vain answered


<p class="MsoNormal">“So THAT’S why every girl likes you… kinky… I like it” Rina said as she bit her lower lip


<p class="MsoNormal">“Why? You wanna test them out?” Vain laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“Maybe later, because it seems like you have unfinished business” Rina replied


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked past her and saw Raven getting back up, groaning


<p class="MsoNormal">“Come on!! No fair!!” Raven laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked and tried to push Rina behind him but she ran past him, and jumped, she landed right in front of Raven and hit him with a right hook, then kneed him in the stomach


<p class="MsoNormal">“You’re lucky I missed… I was aiming lower!!” Rina yelled


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven screamed and reached for her, she jumped and pushed off Raven’s head, landing behind Vain and Goldas, who were both laughing


<p class="MsoNormal">“It’s not like it would have done anything if you had kneed him lower” Vain laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina smiled and moved back a bit


<p class="MsoNormal">“He’s all yours” Rina said


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick walked through the wall behind the trio, and looked at Goldas


<p class="MsoNormal">“Nick, get Rina out of here” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick looked at Vain then back to Goldas, who nodded. Nick grabbed Rina’s arms and pulled her backwards


<p class="MsoNormal"> “Get your shadowy hands of me!! You’ll get my fur all dirty!!” Rina yelled


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick then sunk into the wall, taking Rina with him, Nick reappeared on the other side of the mountain, next to Varral and Varralia, and they stood and watched


<p class="MsoNormal">“We can help them!!” Rina screamed


<p class="MsoNormal">“They don’t need help, not matter how much they fight each other, how much they hate each other, no matter what happens, together… they could take down any opponent” Varral said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina looked at Varral, this man with the gruff and gravelly voice, she trusted him. She trusted all of them even though she had just met them, they just had that trusting feeling, and she turned back to Goldas and Vain


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas produced a sword, wrapped in a cloth; he handed it to Vain and looked at him


<p class="MsoNormal">“Marcus wanted me to give this to you when I found you… he kept his promise” Goldas said


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain took the sword and pulled the cloth off it; he smiled as the Shadow Slasher pulsed, happy to be in the hands of its master


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain grabbed the sword as he touched the grip, the sword flashed a bright light, and Vain covered his eyes and waited until the flash had gone. Vain opened his eyes and smiled wider, the Shadow Slasher now had white lightning bolts along the hilt and blade, and he spun the sword in his hands and pointed it at Raven


<p class="MsoNormal">“Come and get your dinner Raven” Goldas smirked “Because you’re about to get served”


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas laughed and drew the LDB


<p class="MsoNormal">“That is the cheesiest line I have ever heard… and I have literally talked to a line of cheese” Vain sighed


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas raised an eyebrow but Vain shook his head


<p class="MsoNormal">“Don’t ask” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain and Goldas stood against Raven who laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“I don’t have time for this…” Raven growled


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain then disappeared and Raven scanned the area


<p class="MsoNormal">“Make time…” Vain whispered from behind Raven


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven turned to hit Vain but was blocked by one of the tentacles; Rave was then picked up by two of the shadow tendrils, which pegged him into the ground, where Goldas smashed the hilt of his sword into Raven’s temple. Raven screamed in rage, swinging flaming fist at Goldas, who blocked it using the LBD, Raven kicked Goldas’ feet out from under him and slammed his knee into the stomach of the golden haired fighter.


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain tackled Raven, who kicked Vain off and screamed louder. Raven’s fire started going red and black


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain’s eyes went blank and started glowing a bright white light, he looked at Goldas, who’s eyes had started glowing a very bright golden light, they looked at each other and nodded, they stood next to each other and focused mana into their hands, Vain’s mana was a pure and bright white, Goldas’ mana was a deep gold, they screamed, getting louder and louder until their mana turned into balls


<p class="MsoNormal">They looked at each other and nodded again, they looked at Raven, who was charging at them, his fire engulfing his entire body


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain and Goldas opened their mouths and screamed


<p class="MsoNormal">“ANCIENT ART: GOLDEN LIGHT!!”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain and Goldas’ mana exploded out of their hands, the two beams spiralling into each other, turning into one white and gold beam, it hurtled towards Raven, who screamed, running faster, Raven shoulder charged the beam, he stood his ground for only a second, before the beam overcame him, he was engulfed and he screamed again, not in rage, but in pain.


<p class="MsoNormal">Raven’s screams echoed around the mountains of the dark lands, the beam continued for a few more seconds, smashing through a few of the mountains.


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain’s eyes went back to normal and so did Goldas’


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked at Goldas and smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">“Three…” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">“What are you…?” Goldas asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“Two”


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain? What..?”


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas suddenly collapsed, but Vain caught him and laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“One”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain put Goldas’ arm around his shoulders and half carried, half dragged him back to the others, who were in shock, except for Rina and she just smiled.


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain put Goldas down and looked at Nick


<p class="MsoNormal">“Take him to the infirmary, he needs urgent medical attention” Vain ordered


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick picked Goldas up and nodded, he pulled the hood over his head and sunk into the ground, Vain looked at Varral


<p class="MsoNormal">“Varral, long time, no see” Vain nodded


<p class="MsoNormal">“It’s good to see you alive, Vain” Varral said


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia stepped forward


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain… I…” She started


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia gasped as Vain just walked past her, like she wasn’t there, and headed straight to Rina


<p class="MsoNormal">“Want me to fly you back?” Vain asked her


<p class="MsoNormal">“Sure!” Rina nodded “Just don’t try anything sneaky”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain winked and picked her up; she wrapped her arms around his neck. Vain took a few steps and raised himself up into the air, before flying back to Aef.


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral watched them fly off and turned to Varralia


<p class="MsoNormal">“Sis… you ok?” He asked her


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia turned, her eyes were red, but she was smiling


<p class="MsoNormal">“No… But I’m happy he’s back… Let’s go…” Varralia said as she started the walk back


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral sighed, crossing his arms and shaking his head, he followed his sister.



Repercussions

<p class="MsoNormal">Vain knocked on the door, the hospital was virtually empty, only a few staff walking around


<p class="MsoNormal">“Come in”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain opened the door, and saw his friend on the hospital bed


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hey, Goldie” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas rolled his eyes at the mock name Vain always calls him by


<p class="MsoNormal">“How are you feeling?” Vain asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas shrugged and pointed to the machine, text was going down the screen at an extremely fast pace, Vain walked over to it and flicked it, the text slowed down, showing Goldas’ vitals and health score.


<p class="MsoNormal">“There you go, all fixed” Vain smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">“Thanks, how’s the new job?” Goldas asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain sat down next to Goldas, he looked at his friend, Goldas’ was pale and his hair a whiter shade of gold


<p class="MsoNormal">“It’s boring!! I sit behind a desk all day!! Why would you give me this job?” Vain asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“I thought your secretary would make it all better” Goldas laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked at the thought of Rina in her uniform


<p class="MsoNormal">“She does look amazing… But that’s not the point” Vain glared


<p class="MsoNormal">“Look, soon enough I’m gonna be out of here and you can go back to doing what you did before” Goldas stated


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain nodded and looked at Goldas


<p class="MsoNormal">“How is she?” Vain asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas looked at Vain out of the corner of his eye


<p class="MsoNormal">“She’s fine Vain, she’s hurt, but other than that she’s fine…” Goldas answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain opened his mouth to speak again but Goldas held his hand up


<p class="MsoNormal">“I have to get some rest Vain… Please show yourself out”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain closed his mouth and nodded, he opened the door and walked out, closing it behind him, he put his hands in his pockets and walked down the corridor, the floors were polished white, so clean that Vain could see his reflection, he looked at himself, in his black, polished shoes, his black pants, his black jacket, black tie and white shirt, he pulled his hand out of his pocket and touched the scar on his face, running from the top left of his forehead down to his jawline, he scoffed and put his hand back in his pocket, walking towards the elevator, her pressed the button and tapped his foot as he waited, his head down, he heard the elevator ding and the doors opened, he was suddenly pulled inside, he lifted his head to see Rina, standing there in her secretary uniform.


<p class="MsoNormal">I bet Goldas made that thing a size too small… sneaky bugger Vain thought


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain broke his train of thought and smiled at Rina, who bit her lower lip


<p class="MsoNormal">“You know, no matter how good you look in a suit… I would prefer you without it” She said


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain chuckled and pulled her in for a hug; she giggled and hugged him back.


<p class="MsoNormal">“So, any meetings today?” Vain asked when the hug was over


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina thought for a bit and shook her head


<p class="MsoNormal">“Nope, you’re all free for today” Rina answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain nodded and offered her his arm


<p class="MsoNormal">“Shall we go then?” Vain asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina nodded and took his arm, she gasped as they teleported, suddenly they were in front of Vain’s house, bags filled with camping supplies on the front door, Rina stepped away from Vain and looked at him quizzically


<p class="MsoNormal">“You knew?” Rina asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“Yep” Vain nodded


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina laughed and picked one of the bags up, walking to the car she opened the back and threw the bags in there, she closed it up and walked into Vain’s house


<p class="MsoNormal">Ever since Vain and Rina had first met, which was one year ago, they had been living in Vain’s house which, as both of them had admitted, it was very frustrating, their flirtatious friendship started to take an effect on them both.


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina walked out of the house in jeans and a T-shirt


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain had gotten changed into his typical tight black T-shirt and black skinny jeans; he smiled at her as she walked out.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Ready to go?” Vain asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina nodded as they hopped in the car, Vain started it up, and pulled out of his drive, Vain drove out of the gates of the city, taking the left turn into the forest, and he laughed as Rina sung along with the music, singing badly on purpose, as Vain knew she could sing, no matter how much she denied it. Eventually Vain joined in on the bad singing, laughing at their jokes


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain stopped at the edge of the forest; he hopped out and closed the door, grabbing the bags out of the back, Rina jumped out the car, hopping onto Vain’s back


<p class="MsoNormal">“Forward!!” Rina ordered


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain nodded as he handed Rina the bags


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hang on tight, ok?” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina nodded and as soon as she did he dashed forward, running along the path, with Rina laughing along, Vain smiled as he jumped higher and started flying, he hovered along the ground at an amazing speed, they got to their spot, a nice ridge overlooking a waterfall which flowed into a lake, Vain smiled as Rina got off his back, laughing


<p class="MsoNormal">“With stamina and speed like that… I can tell this is going to be fun” Rina winked


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain smiled as he got the tent set up, he put rocks in a circle and place wood it a triangle, he sucked in a breath and blew it out on the wood, setting it on fire, he coughed then laughed, he pulled his shirt off and stepped up to the edge of the cliff, he turned around so his back was facing the edge, he winked at Rina and let himself fall backwards, right off the cliff


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina yelped and ran to the edge, seeing him land in the water


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain?” Rina called


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain’s head popped out of the water as he beckoned her with his hand, Rina breathed a sigh of relief, before jumping off and diving into the water.


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">“Goldas, how nice to see you”


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas raised his eyes from the book; he looked around, scanning the dark hospital room for the source of the voice


<p class="MsoNormal">“You look awful, sorry about that” the voice chuckled


<p class="MsoNormal">“Step into the light” Goldas ordered


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas saw movement out of the corner of his eye; he turned his head and saw a man in a dark cloak. Goldas’ eyes went wide as he reached for the ‘call nurse button’. Goldas then realised that he couldn’t move, he heard the man sigh


<p class="MsoNormal">“No thanks, I’d rather not deal with anyone else right now” the man laughed as he pulled off the hood


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas’ face went from one of confusion, then surprise, then pure rage


<p class="MsoNormal">“You… What are you doing here!? You’re supposed to be dead!!” Goldas screamed


<p class="MsoNormal">The man lifted his arm, revealing symbols running up and down it; he then pressed his thumb and forefinger together, his other hand holding his finger to his lips


<p class="MsoNormal">“No yelling” The man shushed


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas tried to yell again, but his lips couldn’t open, the only part of his body that could move was his eyes


<p class="MsoNormal">“Now, I’m going to talk and you’re going to listen. Understand?” The man asked


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas struggled against whatever was holding him still, which just caused it to hold him down harder


<p class="MsoNormal">“Good, now, Vain is gone, he went on a camping trip with his silly wolf friend, which means this city is virtually unprotected. Sure you have a few other warriors, but none of them stand a chance against me…” The man lifted his head


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas then noticed that the symbols weren’t inked on, they were scars, and he had carved the symbols onto himself


<p class="MsoNormal">The man smiled, he flashed his pointed teeth


<p class="MsoNormal">“Since you cannot move, I’m going to open your curtains and force you to watch as your beloved city burns” He smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">The man opened the window and stepped out of it, floating in the air


<p class="MsoNormal">“Goodbye Goldas… You can scream and yell all you want now, but it’s too late” The man laughed as he flew to the centre of the city


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas opened his mouth and screamed for help


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">“You cheated!” Rina pouted


<p class="MsoNormal">“Did not!” Vain protested


<p class="MsoNormal">“Did so!”


<p class="MsoNormal">“How?”


<p class="MsoNormal">“Using your tentacles is cheating in a splashing match!!” Rina accused


<p class="MsoNormal">They were standing in the lake, the sounds of the forest and the waterfall echoing around the canyon


<p class="MsoNormal">“You didn’t say there were rules” Vain smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">“There are always rules!!” Rina shouted


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain laughed and dived underwater, before grabbing Rina around the waist and carrying her back up to the camp site


<p class="MsoNormal">“Fine, I’m sorry” Vain pouted


<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">“So you should be!” Rina huffed


<p class="MsoNormal">They looked at each other and laughed, both grabbing towels and drying themselves off, Rina’s long hair dripping water everywhere, she smiled and shook her head, sending the water all over Vain and the tent


<p class="MsoNormal">“Oh come on!” Vain laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“Payback!” Rina smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain sat down and pulled out the rabbit he had caught earlier; it still had the arrow in its eye


<p class="MsoNormal">“Ready for dinner?” Vain said as he pulled out a spit and put the rabbit over the fire


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina clapped excitedly and sat down, crossing her legs, waiting expectantly


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick smashed into the wall, groaning, he got back up and threw his cloak off, spinning his scythe in his hand, he wiped the blood off his chin and smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">“Oh… Brilliant…” Nick sighed


<p class="MsoNormal">His enemy landed on the ground, landing in a crouch, the landing breaking the ground and creating a shockwave; he looked at nick and dashed towards him


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick spun, slashing his scythe up is enemy’s back, cutting through his skin, he flipped and landed, turning, a fist slammed into his face, his wrist was grabbed, then a pop sound and Nick fell to his knees, screaming in pain, holding his wrist.


<p class="MsoNormal">Nick looked up as a knee met his face, falling backwards, his vision going black, and the last thing he saw was his opponent sending his foot down onto Nick’s face.


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain sat back, looking up at the stars, he heard Rina exit the tent and felt her crawl next to him, he put his arm around her and pulled her in close, her head resting on his shoulder, her hand on his chest, she sighed happily and looked up at Vain, who had already fallen asleep


<p class="MsoNormal">“Lazy ass…” Rina smirked. 


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral flipped backwards twice before jumping backwards onto a building, he saw a giant dragon be thrown straight for the building, Targ jumped and rolled just as the dragon smashed into the building, he saw Varralia jump off the back of the dragon, which then shrunk and turned back into Tivic, who was unconscious, Targ pulled out his rifle and looked down the sight, he spotted his enemy, who disappeared, he looked up from the sight, trying to find where he want, Targ gasped as The cloaked man appeared in front of him and kicked the rifle out of his hands, Targ threw a punch, but the man caught it and crushed the bones in his hand. Targ screamed in pain, the man laughed before he threw him off the building and into the ground.


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina woke to the sounds of birds chirping and the smell of bacon, she looked over to see the muscular and scar covered back of Vain, squatting over a frying pan. Rina stretched and groaned rolling onto her side, wrapping the sheets around her. Rina smiled and licked her lips, loving the small of bacon.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Bacon?” She asked.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Bacon.” Vain nodded.


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina laughed as she got up out of bed, the sheets still wrapped around her, she stepped outside the tent and sat down next to Vain, grabbing a plate, she held it out watching the delicious, juicy meat get put on the plates 


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">* 


<p class="MsoNormal">“Come on then! Come out of your hidey holes!! Fight me!!” The man laughed.


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral winced, holding his side, blood seeping out from the spaces between his fingers; he sat against a wall, hidden from his opponent’s field of vision, his sword in his right hand, while his left hand held the cut on his side.


<p class="MsoNormal">Dammit, where are they!? Varral thought.


<p class="MsoNormal">The man scanned the area; he floated in the air above the city, smiling maliciously.


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral spotted a box with a red cross on it, he smiled and moved slowly towards it, he moved his left arm and accidently knocked a rock off the wall he was hiding behind.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Damn” Varral cursed.


<p class="MsoNormal">The rock hit the ground; the man spun and threw a mana blast at the wall. The ball hit its target, blasting the wall to pieces.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Found you!!” The man smiled.


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral dashed towards the box and rolled as he grabbed it, he sprung up, dropping his sword, he ran towards more cover, which was blown to pieces before he could reach it, he cursed again and turned to face the man.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Who are you?” Varral asked nervously.


<p class="MsoNormal">“I am the incarnation of everyone’s nightmares. My name, however, is one that you all know” The man smiled.


<p class="MsoNormal">He pulled off his hood, revealing pure white hair with blood red streaks.


<p class="MsoNormal">“My name… Is Trearch” He laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral quickly moved back.


<p class="MsoNormal">“As in, Vain’s fa…?” Varral started


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain’s father, yes” Trearch interrupted


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral fell back; he started to panic, scampering backwards to another wall, trying to get away from Trearch.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Look at you, pathetic” Trearch laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral reached behind his back and pulled out his dagger, he rushed at Trearch, trying to get his heart.


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch laughed as he grabbed Varral’s arm, taking the dagger, Trearch spun and pushed the dagger into Varral’s back. Varral yelped in surprise, arching his back, he fell to his knees and went limp, Varral looked behind him and saw Trearch, smiling.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Bye, bye” Trearch waved mockingly


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral fell forward, his entire body going limp and his vision going black


<p class="MsoNormal">This is it… I’ve failed everyone… I’m sorry… Varral thought


<p class="MsoNormal">Varral landed on his stomach, arms spread out and Varral’s heart stopped beating as Trearch laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">“5 down, 4 to go” Trearch smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch dashed into the air and started speeding around the city, trying to find the others


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">* 


<p class="MsoNormal">The two were lying on the grass in an open field, one of the very few fields left that hadn’t been destroyed by the Imaginaughts training.


<p class="MsoNormal">“What’s wrong, Vain?” Rina asked, concerned


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked at Rina, who was curled up next to him, her head on his chest, she looked up at him, eyes filled with concern.


<p class="MsoNormal">“I think we should head back” Vain answered


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina got up and sat on Vain’s stomach, her fingers trailing along his abs.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Why?” Rina asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“I just feel like something’s wrong” Vain answered vaguely


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina laid her head on Vain’s chest again and sighed


<p class="MsoNormal">“But it’s so nice here… come on, don’t be a poop” Rina pouted


<p class="MsoNormal">“Look, we can come back, can we please go?”


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina huffed and nodded


<p class="MsoNormal">“Fine, but I hope you know, I shall be ignoring you throughout the trip, just so you know”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain smirked and nodded


<p class="MsoNormal">“Ok, I’m fine with that” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">“Wait what?? No! You’re not meant to be ok with it!!” Rina protested


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain laughed as they hopped in the car and started the long drive back to Aef


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">The crack could be heard throughout the city, the sound ringing off the walls


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia fell to her knees, her right arm going limp; she cried out in pain and looked up at the hooded man


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch looked down at the girl, smiling


<p class="MsoNormal">“Aw, did that hurt?” He laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia clenched her right fist and swung at Trearch, who merely stepped aside, forcing Varralia to miss her attack and fall onto her stomach


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch smirked and raised his foot, placing it on Varralia’s back gently, he applied force to the foot, pressing down hard, he sighed happily as he heard the loud crack and the even louder scream that followed it, he then jumped off his right foot, making Varralia scream again, and darted into the air


<p class="MsoNormal">“Now, to take care of this Goldas problem” Trearch said as he flew towards the hospital


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">* 


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain opened the car door and slammed it shut, he dropped the keys and ran towards the wall, the sky was dark but the area was illuminated by the burning skyscrapers of the great city


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina jumped out of the car, before changing her nails into claws and sprinting after Vain


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain jumped onto the battlements, he clenched his fists with rage at what he saw


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina dug her claws into the top of the wall and pulled herself up, landing next to Vain, she followed his eye line before covering her mouth in horror


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked up the long spears, for each spear, a head was mounted at the end, Vain looked onto the wall of a tower, there was a message made by blood which read:


<p class="MsoNormal">“I loved the welcome back celebration, the after party is inside, come join me!!”


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain took a second to slow his breath down; he breathed out and turned to Rina


<p class="MsoNormal">“You don’t have to come with me if you don’t want to” Vain said


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina turned and smiled at Vain, showing her sharpened teeth, which only got that way when she either wanted them to or she was extremely angry


<p class="MsoNormal">“Oh no, I am coming with you and I am going to rip this guy’s throat out” Rina smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain laughed as he slid down the side of the wall, with Rina close behind, Vain hit the ground running and turned to see Rina stumble a little


<p class="MsoNormal">“Still haven’t got the hang of that, huh?” Vain laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina dusted herself off and glared at him, poking her tongue out, which made Vain laughed again.


<p class="MsoNormal">Suddenly and explosion erupted out of a hospital window, Vain whipped his head towards the explosion before grabbing Rina and flying towards the hospital as fast as he could


<p class="MsoNormal">“Even when Aef is burning, you still can’t keep your hands off me…” Rina smirked, a little scared of the height, wrapping her arms around Vain’s neck


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain chuckled as they were almost at the hospital


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas’ ears rang, he was disorientated from the explosion, he got up and stumbled towards the door, he heard a chuckle behind him and turned to see Trearch, floating outside the hole in the hospital room wall.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Don’t you people ever die?” Trearch laughed


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas yelled in anger as he ran and jumped out the hole in the wall, grabbing Trearch and swinging punches at him as they both fell towards the ground.


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch smirked as he grabbed Goldas and threw him into the ground; Goldas grunted as he started to get up, Trearch came down on Goldas with a knee to the stomach, using the force of the fall and his own force to crush Goldas. Goldas recovered and grabbed Trearch, Goldas threw Trearch away and dashed behind cover,


<p class="MsoNormal">“Come on out Goldie” Trearch yelled as he flew around the large city, trying to find Goldas


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas winced at the pain in his side, he then closed his eyes and focused mana into his sight, allowing him to see heat signatures, and he scanned the area and saw a heat signature, one that was fading fast. Goldas kept low as he ran towards the weak signature, he pulled the mana back from his sight as he ran around a corner into an alleyway, he saw a girl with blonde hair lying face down in the alley way


<p class="MsoNormal">“No…” Goldas shook his head as he ran towards the girl


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas knelt down beside her and gently picked her up, praying that it wasn’t who he thought it was, Goldas turned her over to see her face as he only just held back a sob, he lifted the girl’s.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hey” Goldas said


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia opened her eyes and smiled weakly


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hey there” She replied


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas smiled, tears slowly coming down his face, she brought her hand up to his face as Goldas held her hand there


<p class="MsoNormal">“It’s ok, it’s alright…” Varralia whispered, her eyes fluttering


<p class="MsoNormal">“No, don’t you dare go, hold on… Help will be here soon, don’t you dare leave me here” Goldas ordered softly


<p class="MsoNormal">Varralia laughed gently, yelping from the pain that laughing caused her


<p class="MsoNormal">“I’m sorry, I should have been stronger, I…” Goldas started


<p class="MsoNormal">“No, it’s ok, it’s not your fault” Varralia stopped him


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas sobbed quietly, the sky covered in dark clouds


<p class="MsoNormal">Suddenly, the clouds broke apart, creating a circle of light around them both


<p class="MsoNormal">“It’s so beautiful here, Goldie” Varralia smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas nodded and held her close


<p class="MsoNormal">“Such a beautiful place, to be with the one I love…” Varralia kissed his cheek weakly


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas started to sob, no longer holding back his tears


<p class="MsoNormal">“Goldas, I… Love…” Varralia stopped suddenly and sighed


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas blinked rapidly, feeling his wife go limp, he pulled away and looked at her, shaking his head, not accepting what had just happened


<p class="MsoNormal">“No, no” Goldas repeated


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas started to cry, the tears falling onto Varralia’s clothes and his own.


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas sniffed and tensed up, he felt his wife being lifted off of his arms, he looked at the sky and saw that petals were floating up into the break in the clouds, he looked down at Varralia, her body turning into the pink and red petals, they all floated up into the sky as the clouds slowly closed the break of light, covering the city in darkness once more


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas got up off his knees and clenched his fists; he started grinding his teeth together as the ground started shaking, his eyes flashing back and forth from their regular white to a bright gold, a bright light started to emanate from his body, he snapped his head back and screamed in anger, a beam of golden energy firing from his opened mouth


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain stopped suddenly as he heard the sound of a scream, then gasped as he felt the large energy that was emitting from the west part of the city, Vain’s sudden stop made Rina crash into him, she fell backwards but Vain didn’t budge


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain!? What the heck man!?” Rina yelled


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain grabbed her arm and looked into her eyes, a stern expression on that scarred but handsome face of his


<p class="MsoNormal">“Listen!! Feel that?” Vain asked Rina


<p class="MsoNormal">Rina closed her eyes and focused, suddenly her eyes shot open and she fell forwards into Vain’s arms, her eyes wide and frightened


<p class="MsoNormal">“Who- What is that!?” Rina whispered


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain looked towards the energy, glaring into the space between him and the most powerful energy he has ever felt, even stronger than his own


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch turned to the sound of the scream and saw Vain running towards the origin of the scream, followed by a girl, her white with purple streaks


<p class="MsoNormal">“Time for the family reunion…” Trearch smiled


<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center">*


<p class="MsoNormal">Vain stopped suddenly, looking down the alley way, he winced, shielding his eyes from the blinding golden light, he brought his arm down as his eyes adjusted to the light, Goldas’ light dimmed, making it easy to look at him


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hello Vain” Goldas smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas’ voices sounded like many all at once, some slightly out of time, some ahead of Goldas’ mouth moving, some whispering, some shouting, these voices were the voices of Goldas’ ancestors, the past rulers of Aef. This was Goldas’ family power, the Yatyr*.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Hello Goldas” Vain smiled back


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas looked at Rina, who had gone quiet; she blinked rapidly at Goldas and quickly looked down at her feet, going extremely shy from sensing the power that Goldas now has.


<p class="MsoNormal">“Well, well, well… What do we have here?” laughed at voice


<p class="MsoNormal">The trio turned to see Trearch, spinning a sword in his hand, Goldas glared at him


<p class="MsoNormal">“Missing something, Goldie?” Trearch said as he held out the sword he was spinning


<p class="MsoNormal">“I would appreciate you giving me my sword back, unless you want me to get violent… And I’m guessing you wouldn’t want that” Goldas stated


<p class="MsoNormal">“Why is that?” Trearch asked


<p class="MsoNormal">“Vain can feel my energy, as can Rina, which means you can too… Which also means that you should be smart and surrender” Goldas answered bluntly


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch continued to spin the sword as he glanced at Rina and smiled


<p class="MsoNormal">“Aw, you brought a pet! Vain, you gotta take care of this girl, she’s a liar and a thief and should be put away” Trearch smirked


<p class="MsoNormal">“Yeah, I wouldn’t laugh too much, you have too many wrinkles as it is” Rina replied


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch stopped laughing and glared at her, a quick flash of light passed over his eyes and Rina flew backwards, slamming into a wall, Vain went wide eyed as he turned to Trearch, who was gone


<p class="MsoNormal">Goldas and Vain looked about frantically; they heard a laugh behind them and saw Trearch, holding Rina up by her hair in one hand and the LDB in the other


<p class="MsoNormal">“I forgot!” Trearch smiled, gesturing to Rina. “People get put away, dogs get put down”


<p class="MsoNormal">Trearch threw Rina up in the air and grabbed the sword with both hands, spinning, Rina fell down


<p class="MsoNormal">“NO!” Vain shouted as Rina fell into the range of Trearch’s attack.



<p class="MsoNormal">*Yatyr (Pronounced “Yat-ear”) is an ability passed down from generation to generation


Rina’s Yatyr

Trearch felt blood splatter his face, he closed his eyes and panicked for a second before sniffing and realizing the blood wasn't his own but it had a similar smell to his own. Trearch opened his eyes and saw a boy with white hair, a long scar down his face, shadow armor covered the boy’s chest, black straps holding the armor together, the boy held his chest, a deep cut ran along his chest, the armor shivered and disappeared, being sucked into the jewel on the hilt of the LDB, the jewel flashed black before returning to its regular colour.

The boy gasped, choking on the blood flowing into his lungs, Trearch glanced past the boy and saw the wolf girl, completely unharmed, his rage built up before he snapped, Trearch stepped forward and kicked the boy in the chest, sending him flying through the wall of the building beside the alleyway.

“Stupid child! Stay out of my way!” Trearch yelled

Rina sat up, her ears ringing, her head spinning, she looked to Goldas.

Trearch followed Rina’s sightline and saw Goldas, his mouth hanging open, his bottom lip quivering slightly and his eyebrows upturned

“Ha! You look upset Goldie!” Trearch chuckled

“He just saw his best friend get slashed open and kicked through a wall, it has that effect on people, upset is an understatement” Rina retorted as she got up and growled at the cloaked enemy

“Ah, I see you are unharmed… Looks like Vain did something right… For once” Trearch smirked, flashing his pointed teeth

Rina looked at Goldas and nodded at him, Goldas nodded back and dashed at Trearch, slamming his shoulder into the opponents chest, knocking the wind out of him as they both went flying through the city wall, Goldas sprung away from Trearch and rolled, landing in a crouch. Trearch suddenly stopped spinning. Floating upside down, he laughs as he slowly turns upright and floats down, landing on his feet, arms crossed

“Looks like someone’s been buffing up… Cute” Trearch smiled at Goldas

“I am more powerful than you will ever be” Goldas replied

Trearch chuckled and spun, flinging his cloak into the wind, revealing his singlet style armour, his arms covered in the symbol scars, he smirked as the symbols pulsed and glowed, a dark light emitting from the symbols permanently carved into his skin.

“I’m sure you know of the Yatyr?” Trearch questioned the king

Goldas smirked and looked at himself in mock surprise

“No, never heard of it” Goldas answered sarcastically

“Your sharp tongue won’t help you in battle this time, child. For I have only just begun uncovering my true potential” Trearch replied

Trearch stiffened as the scars pulsed again, he disappeared. Goldas looked around, taking his stance and pulling the knife from his belt. Sweat slowly running down his face as his knuckles turned white from gripping the golden hilt of the knife so tightly.

“Behind you” Trearch whispered next to Goldas’ ear

Goldas begun to turn but was slammed in the back by a surprisingly strong kick at such close range, Goldas slammed into the city wall and gasped, gaining his breathe again, he looked up to see the scared opponent dashing towards him.

*

Rina knelt down, placing Vain’s head in her lap, she whimpered slightly, realizing that Vain’s wound wasn’t healing.

“Vain? Please don’t be dead… I’m too lazy to organise your funeral and I’m too lazy to move you… Can you like… Not die, please?” Rina half chuckled, half sobbed

Vain stirred, returning to consciousness, he sat up, resting the back of his head on Rina’s shoulders, he smiled at her and reach up his hand before turning his head away and screaming in pain, the wound bleeding more. Rina responded to this by letting loose a quiet sob

“Come on… I don’t want to have to gather the dragon balls…” Rina protested jokingly

“The what?” Vain asked as he smiled

“The dragon balls... They… It’s an earthling thing… they have this thing called anime and… tell you what, I’ll explain it to you as long as you don’t die…” Rina answered

Vain chuckled and coughed, he pulled Rina in and kissed her cheek

“I might not come back this time… Death’s getting real tired of me” Vain coughed, blood entering his mouth and splattering his chest

Rina sobbed as she held Vain tight, being careful not to squeeze to hard

“Just hang on, Goldas will beat Trearch and then we can get you help and…” Rina started but Vain placed a finger on her lips

“Goldas can’t beat Trearch, even with his Yatyr… I want you to run far away, never look back and never come back to here” Vain coughed more, his skin turning as white as his hair

“No, I’ll help Goldas…” Rina protested

“Rina, I’m kinda dying here, I need you to promise me you will run away, even though you could help Goldas, I want you to promise me you will run”

Rina looked away, unable to see her friend in so much pain, she nodded and looked back

“Thank you…” Vain smiled as he kissed her cheek once more, he sighed and then went limp, smiling slightly and he appeared to be sleeping peacefully.

Rina blinked rapidly, before shaking Vain slightly

“Come on, snow hair, wake up! Please!” Rina shook Vain more

She sobbed and pressed her head onto his chest, laying him on the ground, she sobbed loudly, before turning to see Goldas smash into the ground, before he was crushed by Trearch’s shadows

“You can’t beat me, give up, Goldie!” Trearch laughed

Rina stood up, clenching and unclenching her fists, she screamed in anger upon seeing the man… No... Not man… the thing, that killed her closest friend, she screamed more and fell to her knees, her palms pressed into the ground, suddenly, hair started sprouting out from all over her body, her teeth growing sharper, her canines growing in length and density, she growled as her legs started changing, the bones cracking, her mouth and nose growing into a snout, her hands transforming into paws, her nails growing into claws, her legs breaking and repairing into a different shape

“What the…?” Goldas stared with awe

Rina started to grow in size, her body now covered with white fur, blues streaks running down the side of her body, she screamed and the scream turned into a roar, which turned into a howl. Suddenly, silence took hold of the broken city. Goldas approached the beast, a wolf, larger than an elephant, stood before him, white fur all over the wolf’s body, blue streaks running from the tip of the snout, along both sides and down the legs, ending at the paws. The wolf panted hard, a white fringe with blue tips on the wolfs face, the eyes of the beat a mixture of blue and purple

“Rina, is that you?” Goldas asked cautiously as he approached the wolf

The large canine stirred, looking up from the ground and into the eyes of Goldas, she growled and pounced onto him, her right front paw pinning him to the ground, covering his chest, the wolf leaned down, sniffing Goldas before lifting its head and sniffing the air

“I’m over here doggy, come and get me” Trearch laughed

The wolf locked its eyes on its prey and growled, roaring as it ran at Trearch, who barely had any time to react before he jumped, just missing getting hit, suddenly the wolfs tail raised up and slammed into Trearch, sending him flying into the ground. Trearch yelped as the wolf picked him up by his leg using its mouth the teeth digging into Trearch’s leg, he screamed, it shook its head, nearly ripping the leg from the rest of the body. Trearch was then thrown into the ground. He yelled out in pain attempting to get up before being pinned by a large paw. Trearch looked into the eyes of this enormous canine, which lowered its head down and growled before lifting its left paw off Trearch and swiping with the right paw, which flung Trearch across the ground, he rolled and landed on his right knee, his left leg made immobile by the wolf. He panted hard and coughed, blood entering his mouth; he spat, the blood landing next to the left paw, a bit splattering on the paw. The beast looked at its paw and licked it, smiling and charged at Trearch, slamming its head into his chest, flinging him into a wall. Trearch panted and looked up to see the wolf just before it slammed into his, smashing the wall and being flung into the air, Trearch forced himself to stop spinning in the air, he floated, looking for his opponent, he saw a spinning object of blue and white flying towards him at an extremely fast pace, he chuckled but gasped as the spinning object disappeared, he scanned the area before the wolf appeared behind him, it spun and used the momentum of the spin to slam its paw into Trearch’s back sending him crashing into the ground, creating a crater of phenomenal size. Trearch looked up and sat up slightly before the wolf used gravity to fall down and slam its right paw into Trearch’s body, he screamed, the sound of crushing bones overcoming the scream.

The wolf grabbed his shirt with its teeth, it spun and threw him into the air, it focused on the target, which was Trearch spinning uncontrollably in the air, it dug its claws into the ground and opened its mouth.

Trearch looked down at the wolf’s open mouth and saw a ball of blue energy being created inside the beast’s open maw.

“Damn it! I need to get control of the spinning now!” Trearch told himself.

The wolf dug its claws deeper and howled as the ball in his mouth fired into a beam of bright blue energy, which approached Trearch at an alarming rate.

Trearch continued to spin as he saw the beam approach him; he chuckled and let himself spin

“Good show doggy, good show, but not good enough” Trearch opened his eyes as the symbols on his arms pulsated and glowed a bright red light.

Goldas saw that Trearch was preparing to deflect the beam.

“If that beam hits Aef… The entire planet will be lost!” Goldas yelled as he crouched slightly before pushing off the ground and speeding towards Trearch

Goldas pulled out the LDB as he approached Trearch

“Hey Trearch!” Goldas yelled

Trearch turned and started to block, but it was too late

“Sorry you didn’t make the cut!” Goldas laughed as he sliced Trearch in half, just before the beam disintegrated the rest of him, his body quickly disappearing, not even ashes remained.

Goldas landed and rolled, laughing, he got up and winced, he stabbed the LDB into the ground, leaning of the hilt, he saw the wolf, slowly changing back into the small girl with white hair and blue streaks, and she looked at Goldas with a raised eyebrow

“Are you kidding me? That was the best one liner you could come up with?” Rina smirked

“Hey, it had a pretty sharp edge if you asked me” Goldas smiled

Goldas cried out in pain as Rina punched him in the arm, they both looked at each other and laughed. Goldas placed the handle of the LDB on his shoulder, with the blade pointed diagonally out behind him; he looked at the city and groaned

“Great, now the clean-up”

“Oh stop complaining you wuss… I just saved your ass” Rina smiled

“Technically, I saved yours…” Goldas replied, smiling back

Rina then frowned and looked at the ground, she sniffed quietly and looked back up at Goldas

“Did you evacuate everyone?”

Goldas nodded and Rina sighed with relief

“We’re all that’s left… aren’t we?” Rina asked

Goldas nodded once more and smiled at Rina

“Need a lift back?” Goldas asked

“No thanks, I can get there myself”

Rina said she suddenly changed into a regular sized wolf, same appearance as her Yatyr but different size; she dashed towards the ruins, her claws kicking up grass as she ran towards the city.

Goldas laughed as he sheathed the LDB and started floating in the air, centimetres above the ground; he turned horizontal, and flew towards the city, making the grass part beneath him.

Rina reached the wall and jumped, hooking her claws into the wall, she ran up the large barrier, reaching the top she hooked her two front paws into the battlements, she pulled herself up, flipping in the air, changing as she flipped. As she landed, Goldas landed as well. The pair looked out at the ruined city and sighed in exasperation at the job ahead of them.

Limbo

Vain poked the fire and threw some more wood onto it, making it blaze brighter and higher, he looked around at the forest, the trees black and charred, the ground littered with dead leaves. He heard a noise and turned towards it, scanning the dark that surrounded him.

The dark creature stepped into the light of the raging fire, drool dripping from its open mouth, the wolf had charcoal black fur, bright red eyes, and arrows were stuck in the beast’s body here and there, making it clear that this was not an easy beast to take down. Vain knew this.

“It’s ok doggy… Just keep back and you won’t get hurt…” Vain calmly picked up the spear he had made out of a fallen branch.

The dog growled in response and flashed its fangs at Vain, who gulped and spun the spear, holding it behind his back in a Bo staff stance. The wolf jumped at Vain but yelped as it fell to the ground. An arrow stuck out its side a second joined it as the wolf yelped again and took its opportunity to flee. The wolf sprinted into the darkened forest, its paws hitting the ground and kicking up the dead leaves as it retreated. Vain turned to see the person who saved him, he saw a blonde haired girl in dragoneer armour, she glanced at Vain before pulling aiming an arrow directly at him, and she smiled mockingly

“Hi” The girl said

Vain stood up with his hands in the air

“Hi” Vain replied

“I’m here to rob you” She smiled

Vain blinked rapidly before laughing loudly, sitting back down and shaking his head

“Good luck with that” Vain chuckled

He yelped at an arrow hit his arm, digging deep into his flesh, he winced as he snapped the arrow, not pulling it out, Vain glared at her and growled slightly

“What the hell was that for!?” Vain asked her angrily

The girl pulled another arrow and aimed it at him

“You thought I was joking, I’m robbing you, here and now, so give me your stuff” She ordered

Vain sighed as he got up and tackled her, he grabbed the leather strap on the quiver and used it to tie her hands together, and the girl yelped swinging an arm up, hitting the spot where a part of the arrow still stuck out. Vain yelled in pain and rolled off her, she sprung up and grabbed her bow and arrow; she nocked an arrow back and turned to fire at Vain. He was gone. She yelped and fell to her knees and Vain smacked the shaft of the spear he made into the back of her knees, Vain spun, twirling the spear in the air above his head and slammed the end of the shaft into her temple, she fell sideways and slipped into unconsciousness

The girl coughed as she woke, a little smoke slipping into her lungs, she gasped for air as she rose, her feet tied as well as her hands, she kneeled next to the raging fire. She looked up and saw Vain, kneeling by the fire, sharpening the spear with a small rock in his right hand, blood dripping from that same hand where the rock had cut into his flesh as he sharpened. Vain turned to her as she rose

“Oh, welcome back, you talk in your sleep by the way” Vain chuckled

“Vain…It really is you… I’m sorry, I had to make sure it was you” the girl said apologetically

Vain looked at her and blinked rapidly once more before laughing

“I’m sorry, I don’t know who you are or who this ‘Vain’ person is” Vain replied

“Come on Vain, stop messing around” the girl laughed nervously

Vain picked up the spear and threw it into the ground right next to her head

“Stop calling me that” Vain ordered

She tried to move away but when she moved to her right quickly, she was jerked backwards. As the girl got up again, she saw that she was tethered to a tree.

“Nice try but you’re not getting away” Vain laughed

She then struggled more and fell to her side, unable to get up by herself

“Really come on. Ah forget it; I’ll help you up later” Vain sighed then laughed

The girl huffed and struggled more

“Stop struggling, you’ll never be able to…” Vain was interrupted by a sharp pain in his side

Vain cried out and looked to see the girl holding a rock which had slipped between his ribcage. He roared and grabbed her by the neck; he lifted her up into the air, his powerful grip beginning to crush her windpipe. He roared again and threw her into the tree, her back splintering the trunk as she hit it. She slumped as she slid down the trunk, groaning and looking up in time to dodge a punch from Vain. She moved to the right, Vain’s right fist slamming into the tree. The punch went straight through the tree, breaking the trunk and toppling the tree.

Vain dashed back and dashed forward, spinning left to kick her with his right foot, she ducked, as Vain landed on his right foot and sent his left foot backwards, smashing it into her cheek. The girl spun and hit the ground, she rolled backwards as the leaves crackled and crunched under her weight. She rolled into a stance and wiped the blood from her mouth, looking at the back of her hand, the girl laughed and stood straight. She held her arms out and tilted her head back.

“Kill me then, if you truly don’t remember who I am… Kill me.” she closed her eyes as she spoke

“Fine” Vain replied

Vain leaned down and picked up the spear then dashed forward, the girl hearing the leaves crunch and crack under his weight. Vain took a final step and moved to drive the spear into her heart, he stopped suddenly and blinked rapidly, before he felt a collision on his cheek and blacked out.

*

Varralia opened her eyes and sighed with relief; she placed a hand on her chest and laughed nervously.

“That was close” Varralia said nervously

A cloaked man stood up from a crouch and laughed with Varralia

“Yeah, you’re lucky he hesitated” He said

Varralia smiled at him and looked down at Vain

“So what do we do now?” She asked

The man smirked and took his hood off, revealing his fiery like hair

“Now, we get him out of here” Nick replied

*

Goldas rushed through the halls of his house, which was a total mess, papers strewn about here and there, drawers pulled out and tipped over, he knocked on the door that lead into her room and sighed with exhaustion and irritation as he entered her room and gently placed his hand on her shoulder, which was underneath her covers, he shook her lightly.

“Rina, time to get up” Goldas said gently

He was suddenly thrown through the open door, his back slamming against the wall; he slid down it and groaned as he got back up. Goldas peered through the door and saw her covers had been pulled back to just under her eyes, which were glaring at him with increasing irritation

“Leave me alone” Rina growled as she turned over again, her back facing Goldas

“Fine, I guess you don’t want to be a part of the search party, later” Goldas said as he stood up and dusted himself off.

Goldas felt a rush of air, heard the shower running and looked down the corridor to see Rina standing by the front door. Rina was wearing the Dragoneer uniform and had her arms crossed, her fingers rapping impatiently on her slightly muscular arms.

“Well? What are you waiting for, let’s go!” Rina ordered

Goldas chuckled and walked out the door to the car, he held the door open for her as she got into the passenger seat. Goldas ran around and quickly hopped into the driver’s seat.

“Ready?” He asked the girl

Rina nodded and Goldas started the car, they pulled out of the driveway and headed towards the front gates of the city.

It had been months since the attack by Trearch, it had only been weeks since the last siting of a Limbo transfer, which was a portal that could lead anyone and anything in and out of Limbo.

“We heard of a siting two weeks ago of a large dark haired dog, covered in arrows with red eyes, appearing around 200-400 kilos. The only known species that fits that description is a Limbo Wolf; they are highly dangerous and can tear through most metals with their extremely sharp claws.” Goldas explained as he drove into the small town

“How did it get here?” Rina asked

“A portal that leads into Limbo”

“How does something like that appear?”

“When someone dies and the gods aren’t sure where to put them they go through trials in Limbo. If you fail the trials you go to hell, if you complete the trials, a portal to heaven opens. But sometimes there are people who are so powerful that it is seen as cheating, Limbo locks them in but the person’s power is sometimes too much to control, so Limbo opens up portals here and there to try and force the person to leave.” Goldas answered

“Why doesn’t it work with people like Trearch?” Rina asked

“You know, it would help you a lot if you listened to the meetings instead of sleeping” Goldas laughed

“I was tired!!”

“Three times in a row?”

“Shut up” Rina growled after hesitation

“The reason it doesn’t work with Trearch is because Limbo recognises people like him as evil and forces those people straight to hell” Goldas stated

“You’re talking about Limbo like it’s a living thing, is it?” Rina asked, looking at Goldas

“Well… We’re here” Goldas stopped the car and hopped out

Rina jumped out her side and closed the door gently, she sniffed the air and her eyes flashed red suddenly. Rina shook her head and looked at Goldas

“I can smell it” Rina whispered

Goldas crouched down and touched the ground with his hands; he picked up some of the sandy ground, moving it between his thumb and forefinger. Goldas dropped the small amount of sand.

“It was here about 5 minutes ago” Goldas frowned.

“So, you’re saying we missed it?” Rina huffed and crossed her arms

Goldas looked at her and nodded

“Great!” Rina sighed “Just great”

Rina’s head shot up suddenly as she sniffed the air and growled, her fingernails changing to small claws.

“What is it?” Goldas asked curiously

Just as Rina opened her mouth to answer a loud roar rang out through the small town, the two tensed and ran towards the roar but as they ran, Goldas was slammed into the ground by a wolf, fitting the description. Rina ran to help but was cut off by another wolf, this one bigger than the last. Rina growled at the wolf and the wolf growled back.

“Well then, looks like we got ourselves a Mexican standoff” Rina stated in a terrible Texan accent

“A what?” Goldas asked before the wolf pushed him down again

“It’s an earthling thing… it… Never mind” Rina sighed

The wolf growled and dashed at Rina who simply jumped and kicked off the wolves back before landing behind the large beast and blowing air on her claws.

“Bad dog” Rina growled

The wolf turned and charged again, this time Rina spun and kicked into the wolfs ribs, a large crack sounded out as her foot impacted with the wolf’s side, Rina laughed and jumped back as the wolf limped away before collapsing. Goldas kicked the wolf off, jumping back as it swiped and bit at him; he avoided each of the wolf’s attacks, placing small jabs with two of his fingers each time the wolf missed. The wolf swiped at him and Goldas jabbed with two fingers, the hit landing on the wolf’s neck. The wolf collapsed, unconscious.

“Five bucks says my one’s in better condition than yours!” Goldas shouted at Rina

“You lose!” Rina said as she crouched down by the wolf she knocked out

Rina placed her hand on the wolf’s ribs, concentrating hard, as a green glow begun to appear from her hand, healing the wolf.

“That’s cheating, but we now have two good specimens” Goldas smiled

“Do not hurt them anymore than is necessary Goldie” Rina glared at him

Goldas stopped laughing and nodded, he then picked up both wolfs and placed them on his shoulders.

“God these things are heavy” Goldas groaned

“Hey, you lost rock, paper, dragoneer earlier so you have to carry them” Rina smiled

“I always loose that game” Goldas frowned

“Not my fault you suck” Rina laughed

Goldas opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted by a loud bang; Rina looked up and saw debris flying towards them. Rina took a deep breath as everything slowed down, she crouched and began analysing the debris that will hit them, as her feet left the ground, everything went back to normal time, and Rina quickly destroyed the dangerous debris. Rina landed as a rock hit Goldas in the back, her grunted and stumbled forward a little, glaring at Rina.

“I thought you got them all” He groaned

“Hey, it’s a new skill, man up” She laughed

Goldas dashed forward, tying the two wolves up and locking them in the car, he ran back next to Rina, who was already standing on top of a building, her mouth open in shock at the crater. Goldas followed Rina’s eye line to discover exactly what she was looking at.

At the centre of the crater, covered in sand, cuts all over his body. Was Vain.

TO BE CONTINUED

(Hope you all liked the update, it may take a while to do the next few chapters as I need to keep up with school and stuff)

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