Shino Aphiry City
Owen had vanished, well, one of him, the normal him.
Chloe was occupied by one that seemed to have a crush on her. Johnithyn was occupied by two others. One was quite the story-teller but only told sad or depressing stories that made you want to cry or hide in a corner. The other claimed to be bored all of the time, even when he was doing something. The idiot calls the stories lame and boring causing the 'storyteller' to cry, not that he won't anyway. One of them was just very annoying and another just wanted to fight, unfortunately I was occupied with those two.
"Do you too know where Owen is?" I asked them without ever thinking about what they were going to say.
"I don't know," the storyteller said in between sobs. "Hunting the other two?"
Artimys, Sister of Nature, Mother of Darkness; please help us.
The Owen that was clearly not the real Owen, that was busily occupying my time and trying my patience, finally just vanished.
Looking around, the other four had disappeared as well leaving Johnithyn looking exhausted, and Joanna looking really tired. They were looking behind me. I spun around and there stood the real Owen. Seeing him I felt relief strike me like an actual blow and without warning my body felt really heavy and as I collapsed he caught me.
"I guess five of me was too much for you guys," he helped me stand up. "You wouldn't have wanted to meet the one I caught."
" There were two, right, then one got away?" Joanna asked.
"It would've taken me about a week to get that one; he's got some of my most wicked powers... Besides, how much longer would you guys have lasted?"
Owen, thank you for coming back.
Yami Aphiry City
"I can't believe he gave you a map," the whacky guy was following behind me. "I think I lost a little respect for him."
"He gave me a boundary and a set of rules. Also, this is just a piece of a map, he's not stupid. I like him." I turned another corner. It wasn't very well lit but I could make out where I was on the map and I kept that knowledge in my mind's eye.
"I think he respects you a little for trying to command him, even though he is your ma…"
"I am my own master!" I hissed at him before he could form the foul word. "He might get money for every time I fight but I choose to obey what commands me from now on."
"Wow, you must really like the name they gave you... hissing like a kitty, jumping up and clawing people, do you scratch like a kitten too?"
The whacky guy was getting on my nerves now.
"A cat! I'm 'Hell Cat', not 'Little Kitten'... and I'm debating on how to enter my next fight... why are you following me anyway?"
"I was curious to know what the rest of the place looked like, and as long as I'm with the person that has the map I can't get lost right?" he rationalized.
"We walked off the edge of the map three turns ago. We already broke one of his rules." I said brashly.
"What?!" he gulped and swiveled his head, looking around.
I laughed. "I'm just kidding, we're right here." I pointed where we were on the map.
"I suggest you get out of here kid," someone said from behind a cell door, not really a very friendly voice. "If an aphiry sees anyone out of a cell in this area they get tossed into one and whipped countless times."
"What if you resist?" whacky asked.
"They may try to k-"
"HEY! What are you doing out of your cell!" An aphiry guard that spotted us came running. He didn't look too tough.
Whacky turned to me. "Let me guess, you're going to ignore everything I say related to y-"
"Hold this," I handed the map to him and ran straight for the aphiry guard.
He stopped and stood his ground.
I leaped at the guard; he ducked out of the way. I landed, spun around and barely dodged a strike from a spear weapon he had conjured. This guy is quick. I dodged another attack before leaping at him again, this time catching his left shoulder. I spun myself and landed sitting on his head, my one hand at his throat, my feet keeping me balanced and my other hand holding a card-thing in front of him. "Read it or I cut your throat open."
I let him read it.
"This cannot be true; I saw Raito put his sword right through her." The guard shivered as I loosen my grip on his throat.
"Wow, the fact that you remembered me... was I that popular?"
"My brother was found dead near a combatant's cell with his throat was torn open with claws. The combatant in the cell was also killed in a similar matter but since you don't have claws you were ruled out. We think someone was trying to frame you so that you would be executed. That incident reminds me of everyone involved. Also, I admired how you stood up to Raito the day you fought him but how did you survive?"
"Hey!" Three other aphiry guards showed up.
"I can't answer your question." I flipped back beside whacky. "We will go back to where we came from so that we don't cause too much trouble. Thanks for the story." We took off as I was handed the map. I cannot die, not yet.
"Don't worry, I'm fine..." he said as he turned and stopped his friends from chasing us.
We turned a corner. "Now what?"
"Now we go back and eat something because I'm hungry." I also need to get back into shape. That much jumping around shouldn't tire me this much. I paced my hand over my wound. I should also test my limit.
Shino Aphiry City
Owen spun around to face the intruder. He was dressed in a cloak of the forest like most others wear.
"Yes, you..." he came too close for a stranger, two others joined him, also wearing cloaks. "You're Owen and his friends' right?"
I was ready to send one of them flying already.
"That battle with Elder Ed, how did you manage that?" he asked as he continued to move forward.
"I couldn't even feel any power coming from either of you!" another spoke out as both of them followed behind him.
They got way to close, my power flared to life, and then the air went cold. My will to fight fled. The three of them stopped and backed off a bit.
"I remember you three," Chloe said. "Your surprise attack won't work this time."
The ground froze under my feet but it wasn't them doing it.
"You know us?" The man seemed surprised but he also didn't seem to notice the ice.
"I watched you surround a couple a year ago, you had completely destroyed them. I will not let you do that to us."
The ice beneath us was dark, I did not dare move. All of a sudden, the three of them just collapsed. Then the ice just disappeared.
Chloe looked around confused before looking over at Owen who was smiling. "How..?"
"They were trying to move the earth beneath us. I held it down and they drained their power. Johnithyn, thank you for the idea." He smiled and walked over to the three.
I turned to look at Johnithyn and he was smiling too.
"How did you know they would move earth, and how did you stop it? Wouldn't they have just moved some other earth?" I wanted him to explain how he knew what they were going to do and how he stopped them.
"Not if they couldn't." he said casually.
"What?" I was totally confused now.
"Moving and controlling anything is a lot harder than keeping it where it is. Johnithyn used it on me once, surprised me when I all of a sudden needed a lot more power to move the earth beneath him. So I held everything in place as soon as you said 'surprise attack'."
"Everything?" I asked doubtfully.
"Well, how many places could they have surprised us? The ground and behind us, maybe even above us but I didn't think any of them could control air or somehow hover something above our heads without us noticing..."
Maybe I should accept the fact Owen is powerful enough to be reckless... but some of the things he can do surprises me... how am I supposed to keep focused?
Yami Aphiry City
"What are you doing? Your first fight is in a couple of hours!"
"Are you going to ask about everything I do?" I put power in my fist. "I need to test how strong I am somehow." I threw my fist at the dirt wall but I wasn't expecting what came next. My fist kept going and I smashed through it.
"That was interesting..." I heard Whacky's voice.
Ow, damn that hurt…I rubbed my sore cheek and brushed off the rubble. "Get me fire!"
"Who needs fire?" he walked in and a few seconds later he started to glow. "I make a good lamp don't I?"
"What kind of power is that?"
"The kind where hiding is impossible at night." he muttered resentfully.
"Not much here, just a really big room," I pointed out.
There were small areas that looked beat up all over the place. "This is a training room." He answered.
"In the dark?" I looked more closely and the beat up parts. "He was a fire user."
"There's a door over there," he pointed.
I went to it and tried to open it.
"I wouldn't..." He backed away.
"Come on, it's not like we're going to get killed from opening a door."
"There could be something on the other side," he said sincerely worried.
"That is exactly why I want to check it out," I put power into my fist.
"Wait, you are not going to…"
I punched the door and it flew open; not just that, the training area we stood in lit up with fire all along the walls. "That was cool, come on, I need your... 'lamp'."
"I don't think so; you want me to- hey!"
I dragged him through the doorway and shi- we fell down a flight of stairs right into another door at the bottom that broke on impact.
"Ow ow ow ow, why'd you... oh shit."
"What's up?" I looked around and found two pairs of eyes staring at us. There was a bit of light so Whacky had stopped glowing preventing us from really looking at them. One of the pairs of eyes was not normal.
"Um... hi?" Whacky said and then turned into whatever he turns into to prevent from getting killed. I don't really think his 'ghost' ability helps at all but that's what I'm led to believe.
I put power into my fist.
Whoever it was wave his/her hand and the power from my fist vanished and Whacky turned back to normal. He waved us away and both sets of eyes turned away from us. Whacky turned and ran; I followed because I didn't really want to get left in the dark.
Once again in my fur armour I didn't really expect to be on the giant stage again. The aphiry guard that led me here was the same one that led me here the first time. I guess there is not much that changes in only a month. The announcer began, I didn't care; I walked in or tried to. The guard blocked me from entering.
"Look, I don't want to stand here while he rambles on about stuff I can't even listen to."
"I'm supposed to keep you here until he calls your name." He didn't look the least bit afraid. "Your opponent is going to tear you apart."
"Who is it?" I asked to let him stall me.
"He is called Tank. He doesn't really have any real powers but he has a talent for ripping his opponents apart but they're usually kids like you. He recently lost a match against another called…"
"I don't want to know his history with wins and losses, why is he called 'Tank'?"
"He can withstand almost any attack from you little ones. When you guys run out of energy he grabs you and starts ripping you apart. It's very brutal to watch, but no one in 'this' arena has seen it yet."
So he was a new guy, imported from elsewhere to try to kill me. He lost recently… so is it the guy the jailer mentioned? Or do others have a say in who fights?
"I won't let them have a chance."
I got ready as the announcer got close enough for me to hear what he was saying. He had already announced my opponent.
"...girl is back from the dead ready for revenge! She survived a deadly sword wound from a sword that has never failed to kill before! A feline by a name we all gave her! I give you the dangerously cute, HELL CAT!"
The guard stepped aside and I entered the giant arena for the second time. This time I'm going to… wait… Cute?!