"Get out of here, now!"
In an instant, the gray concrete walls were dyed crimson...
A bullet casing and a body now devoid of life plummeted to the earth...
Akio's eyes shot open as he continued to breath heavily. The boy sat up in his bed drenched in sweat. His eyes darted over to his digital alarm clock.
Continuing to breath heavily, the kid's hands shook uncontrollably. The image of the girl's death kept playing on a loop in his sleep.
And nobody believed me...
The boy recalled how he was brought home by the cops after the incident. After the cops left he was scolded by his parents.
"Akio, I'm disappointed in you! You should know not to deceive the police! Can you imagine what would've happened if a real crime happened elsewhere at the time?" An older man sternly scolded his son.
"Mom! Dad! You have to believe me!"
"I heard the men, they said that it was impossible for a murder to have occurred! Go to your room before I lose my temper!"
"Akio. Listen to your father," the kid's mother pleaded for the boy to retreat to his room.
Obediently the boy got up and left. In the background, his father continued to vent.
"Who would've thought that he would pull a stunt like that in order to get everyone's attention. An average kid with average grades and who is bad at sports!"
"Let's calm down over some tea..." the mother continued trying to cool him off.
"I swear if he had a close friend, we wouldn't be dealing with any of this!"
Hopefully somebody at school will believe in me...
The boy continued to relive that fateful evening over and over again until it was time for him to depart for school.
The following morning, Akio entered the halls of his school.
Hopefully a normal day of school can help calm me down...
The boy looked up to see several faces greet him as he entered his homeroom.
"We heard about what happened yesterday," a concerned girl leaned over on his desk.
"I heard the cops got involved!"
How does everybody know about this already?
Suddenly, the crowd around Akio's desk parted as a tall and imposing student stepped forward.
"Ah, Naoki. Morning!"
The man standing before Akio was the basketball team's star small forward. Rumor had it that he was going to go to some big school to play basketball next year.
"Akio, you're going to answer the question that we've been talking about all morning."
Naoki pulled up a chair and sat down in front of his fellow classmate.
"We heard that local law enforcement were tied up for several hours because of your shenanigan. What really happened? Was it a joke?"
This is it... My moment to tell everybody what really happened!
"It's not a joke. I was walking home after our basketball practice and I watched somebody get murdered right in front of my own two eyes!"
The star athlete frowned at what his teammate had to say.
"Stop lying Akio, people are going to think that you're desperate for attention or something."
That's exactly what my father said!
"Naoki... As a teammate, you have to believe what I am saying!"
Cutting off the interrogation was a noise coming from the school's P.A.
"Would Ichikawa Akio please come up to the principal's office."
The classroom was soon filled with whispers as the boy left his seat and made way for the principal's office.
Nobody is believing me so far... The principal has to believe me!
After a short trek, the boy arrived at an office and knocked on its door.
The boy opened the door and entered the small room.
"Ah, Ichikawa, please take a seat," the old man motioned for the boy to sit down in front of his desk.
"Yesterday, I was contacted by the police. They told me that one of my students wasted their time for several hours the other day due to a faux police report. Ichikawa... Why did you do it?"
"Sir, it was not a false report! After school yesterday, I witnessed a murder! I saw somebody get shot to death right in front of my own eyes!"
The principal sighed as he turned his chair and looked out his window.
"Ichikawa, as much I want to believe you, I saw all of the evidence. There was clearly no murder that took place."
"Sir, you have to believe me!"
The old man sighed once more and turned to face the student.
"Listen Ichikawa. Normally in a situation like this, I would have to discipline the student for performing such an action. Or to be more specific, I would suspend said student."
The boy's eyes widened.
"However, I know that you're not like this. You're a good student and you have never caused any trouble within society up until this point. I don't know what was going on in your head during this stunt but never try it again! I was able to get you off the hook this time, but next time I cannot be so lenient. Understand?"
"Now go back to class, focus on your classwork, and try to forget about this whole ordeal."
Akio nodded and returned to his homeroom.
Nobody is going to believe me. I just witnessed a murder and those criminals are going to get away.
The moment the boy entered the classroom, Akio felt the collective gaze of his fellow classmates as he sat down at his desk.
Today is going to be a long day.
Meanwhile, several miles high in the sky, a figure with two large white wings slowly descended upon the earth.
The girl's black hair slowly waved in the wind as she fixated her yellow eyes on the archipelago that rested below her.
"Of all places to pick to watch over as a guardian angel, I chose Japan," the girl continued to stare blankly at the earth as she slowly approached her target.
"It is my duty to watch over this area."
Her eyes narrowed.
"I cannot let some kid get in the way of that again."
The girl closed her eyes as she began to dive down through the earth's atmosphere. Eventually, she found a skyscraper to land on. The girl quickly decelerated and landed on top of the building. The two white angel wings on her back faded away into the wind.
"Now to find those armed men..."
The school day had finally concluded for Akio. Throughout the day nobody really talked to the kid. Not a single person believed his story.
Today was awful... At least I have basketball practice to get my mind off of the murder.
The kid walked over to the school's gym where he was stopped at the entrance by a rather tall man.
"I heard about your little incident yesterday and have talked to the principal about it. I don't know what's going on in your head, but I don't need that crap around our team right now! Akio, take today off and reflect on your actions. Then you can come back to practice tomorrow."
Akio briefly considered arguing once more that he was telling the truth.
What's the point... Nobody will believe me...
The boy turned around and exited the school grounds.
Maybe coach is right. I just need to walk around and get my mind off of this thing... Somehow...
"Urgh!" a street thug let out a grunt as he was pinned against the side of a building.
The thug looked up into a pair of glaring, golden eyes as he let out a grin.
"How did that bullet taste yesterday?"
The girl tightened her grip around the man's throat as she offered up a sharp glare.
"And I thought angels were supposed to be lovely beings!"
"Shut up and tell me what you are up to!"
The man grinned once more as the girl continued to tighten her grip.
"Don't want to talk right now? That's alright, I have all day."
Akio continued to slowly walk back to his house.
Man... I wish I could be practicing with my teammates right now...
It's been a crazy 24 hours. I just need to forget all about what happened... If nobody will believe me and nothing is going to happen, I can't let it destroy my life. People will think I'm going insane or something.
The boy closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and continued walking.
I feel so much better right now. Coach was right, I just needed fresh air. I'll get a good night's sleep and forget all about this.
The boy suddenly stopped dead in his tracks. In front of him lay yesterday's scene of the crime.
No... I have to forget about what happened!
The boy stopped in front of the alleyway as he clenched his fists.
Perhaps... I'll just look through it just this once, confirm nothing is there, and move on in my life.
The boy nodded to himself as he walked into the alleyway.
After a short amount of walking, he came upon the crime scene.
The boy sighed as he continued to walk along.
"See Akio, there's nothing to see here. Let's just move on and forget this all ever happened," the boy mumbled to himself.
Suddenly, he stopped in his tracks once more.
Akio's eyes widened as he saw a girl restraining a thug, a situation that could be described as the opposite of what had occurred the previous day.
The boy's hands began to shake uncontrollably.
She's about my age... Those yellow eyes... Her black hair...
"Y-You're s-still alive?!" the boy pointed his finger at the girl. Startled and caught off guard, the girl released her grip around the thug's throat as he dropped to the ground.
"You! You're the boy that got me killed yesterday!" the girl glared at the kid as the thug began to sneak his way out of the girl's line of sight.
"How... How are you still alive! I saw you die yesterday!"
"Leave me alone, this doesn't concern you!"
"You're supposed to be dead!"
Akio continued shaking, unable to comprehend what was happening. The girl in front of him noticed that while she was distracted, the ground beneath the two began to glow red.
"Get out of the way!" the girl sent Akio flying back several meters.
Immediately, a group of red lines ensnared the young girl in front of Akio.
"Hopefully this teaches you a lesson, you stupid angel!"
Before either person could respond, the narrow alleyway was consumed in an explosion.
The smoke eventually cleared and behind it lay the girl's limp, charred body.
Akio ran over and knelt at the girl's side.
He continued to shake uncontrollably as he looked down at the girl's lifeless and still burning body. The student fumbled around in his pockets, eventually, he produced a cell phone.
If I stay by her body, I'll at least be able to prove that she died...
"I'd like to report a murder..."
"The location? Here let me go get the street name..."
The boy exited the alleyway and got a good look at the street name and gave the police exact instructions on how to find the dead body. Eventually, the call ended. The boy sighed and then suddenly realized that he was no longer standing guard over the body of the girl that had died twice in front of him.
I need to return to her body!
The boy turned around and sprinted back into the alleyway. Eventually, he ended back up at the newer crime scene. However, nothing was there. The burn marks and dead body that he had described in the phone call were no longer there. The cops were about to find another crime scene completely devoid of evidence.
There's chapter 2, hope you all enjoyed it! Akio and the angel both can't seem to catch a break... Why is it that this girl is able to keep dying and why does poor Akio always seem to be around when something bad happens? Stay tuned for the answer of these questions and more! ;P