"Hello, combatants. You nine have been chosen to participate in The Circle Battle. You must battle each other to the death and the winner will have his or her wish granted. The last battle has to take place in a secret location that only the last two remaining Circle members will know of. You have all received marks and special abilities that will help you in this battle. Use them wisely."
Lance looked around. He saw eight other figures surrounding the sword. He couldn't see who they were since all of them were covered by darkness.
"As for your identities, no member knows who the other members are. You will have to figure it out on your own. However, your marks will help you identify your opponents. That is all." the voice from the sword stopped talking.
Suddenly Lance woke up. Cold sweat ran down his body.
"What was that?" he looked at the mark on his hand. "What is this Circle? Why was I chosen? Damn... What did it say my name was? Li... Limbo..." he got out of bed. It was still too early to go to school, but he decided to go there anyway. "I won't be able to fall asleep anyway..."
"Where are you going so early?" Lance turned around and saw his dad.
"This early? School doesn't start for another hour."
"I just thought I would go early today."
"Something on your mind?"
"It's nothing." Lance walked out.
"Lance-" the door closed.
All the way to school the only thing Lance could think about was his dream and what it meant. What was the purpose of this battle? And who were his opponents?
"You're early." his classmate Dan said. "Did your clock go forward?"
"Nah. I just woke up early."
"So you decided to go to school? Bad choice, mate, bad choice."
"Why are you here early?"
"Uhhh Mr. Flagg asked me to come early to help him with some things."
"Preparation for the disco tomorrow. By the way are you gonna come?"
"Why not. I have nothing better to do anyway."
"Nice. Well there's Mr. Flagg." the teacher approached them.
"Hello, Dan. Oh I see you're here too, Lance. Mind lending us a hand then?"
They set up the tables, equipment and other things. The time quickly passed and both Lanced and Dan had to go to their class.
"Thanks for the help, boys."
"No problem." Dan went out the class and Lance was starting to go out aswell, but suddenly a hand landed on his shoulder.
"Lance, I heard you have problems with controlling your Masked powers."
"If you want I can help you practice after school. What teacher would I be if I didn't help a student?"
"I'll think about it. Thank you." Lance opened the door and someone bumped into him. It was his friend Rebecca. "Oh sorry, Reby."
"No, it's fine. I should've looked where I was going." she answered.
"I'll be going then. See ya" he walked off.
After school ended Lance decided to take Mr. Flagg's offer. They went to the gym so Lance could practice.
"So tell me, what are you having trouble with?"
Lance made his mask. He started making a sword, but suddenly it shattered and his mask did aswell.
"I see. I think you need to concentrate more. Try again."
After a few hours Lance's sword and mask wouldn't shatter as quickly, but after some time it still would.
"Well that's all I have time for today. I have some business to do. Sorry, Lance, maybe another day."
"That's fine. Thank you for helping me this much."
"Oh, it's nothing. By the way, I like the new tattoo on your hand."
"Huh?" Lance looked at his hand. He saw the Circle's mark. "It's not really a tattoo..."
"Hmmm... I see... Well, I'll see you tomorrow I suppose."
The next day school went as normal. Lance decided to go to the disco at school. There were a lot of people there and loud music was playing. He saw his friend Dan and approached him.
"Yo. Enjoying yourself?"
"I guess. The music is fine. I'll be right back." he went into the corridor that lead to the bathroom.
"Lance." suddenly he heard a girly voice. He turned around. It was Rebecca.
"Huh? Hey, Reby."
"I wanna talk to you."
"I'll just get to the point. I saw that mark on your hand. I have a similar one, but a bit different. You're a member of the Circle Battle aren't you?"
"I already know it. I can even feel it with my own mark. I'm not going to fight you here, but I just came here to give you a warning. From now on, we are enemies." she turned around.
"I'm not going to participate in the battle..."
"What?" she looked at him.
"I don't want to fight or kill anyone."
"But you'll get killed if you don't fight. Eight of the nine members have to die so that there could be a winner."
"I've made my choice. This Circle thing is stupid anyway."
"Well-" suddenly they heard something crash. "What was that?"
They ran out of the corridor and saw everyone on the ground.
"Ahhhhh, yeeeeeees. It is you. I can sense it. You are the ones I have to delete in order to become the true winner of this battle." both Lance and Rebecca turned to the man who was talking. "Yeeeeeeees. Killing you shall be delightful." he charged towards them. Suddenly someone blocked his sword.
"Who are you?" they saw another man.
"Brother Nero, I knew you'd come"
End of chapter 2