[5th of December, 2740 AD; Iiayine Castle Park, Rezar, Iiayikohn – Deca District]
The revelation caught Sorin off guard. Korbin knew. Sorin was not sure about how Korbin knew, however, and remained calm as he took a deep breath. It would be easier to admit what he knew, but Sorin did not want to give Korbin that satisfaction. Not after what had happened in the past and not now. If Jelka was around the city, Sorin had to find her. The problem that stood in front of him, though, was the same problem that stood in front of him before.
“So what’re you going to do now, Sorin?” Korbin asked. “That Johan Kuu is such a pain in the ass, I can’t believe it!”
“Sorin, why did you stop?” Ayanna asked. “It’s not true, is it?”
Sorin curled his lips downward, as he had no choice. “I’m sorry.”
“What the hell is going on,” Gavin said.
“It’s fine,” Ayanna said. “Sorin, we can talk about this later. Let’s just go already.”
“Wait just a second there, missie!” Korbin hissed. “I’m not going to let you guys go anywhere until you answer my questions!”
“We don’t have to answer anything from you,” Mina replied. “You should just stop now before it gets worse for you!”
“You really want to mess with me?” Korbin asked.
“We’ve already beaten you before,” Mina said, “And we can beat you again if we have to!”
“It’s not worth it, Mina,” Ayanna said. “He’s just trying to get to you, that’s all.”
As it appeared to be as Ayanna said, Sorin decided that he and the others would just walk away. Nothing would be gained from the encounter, Sorin thought. However, Sorin would soon come to realize how serious Korbin really was about his convictions.
“Make way, you son of a bitch!” Korbin exclaimed.
Sorin turned around. He expected Korbin to attack him head on, but Law was the one who had been targeted. Korbin swung his sword at Law, but Gavin jumped in between the two and stopped Korbin’s slice with his gun. Korbin gritted his teeth and growled as Gavin scowled at him.
“Should’ve known better,” Gavin said. “Playing nice with an asshole like you isn’t worth the time… You want to throw down? I’ll be glad to give you the ass kicking you deserve!”
“Is that so?” Korbin asked. “You’re really going to go against me with a shitty pistol like that?”
“What a pain in the ass,” Gavin replied. “Just because I’m not in the military anymore doesn’t mean I’ve lost a step!”
Law stepped back, observing Gavin as he went up against Korbin. “I was already angry before, but now I really want to clock this guy,” he said. “I’d be happy to join you, bro!”
“Do you want me to take him?” Bradley asked.
“Stand the fuck back, Bradley,” Korbin said. “I’m going to tear through each one of them like it’s nothing!”
Sorin could only watch as Gavin tried to pull back his pistol and aim it at Korbin. The two men faced off as Gavin set himself a few feet away from Korbin, who had his sword ready. Korbin charged at Gavin without a second thought. Gavin aimed and fired, but dropped to his knee as Korbin passed him.
Mina stepped forth. “Gavin!”
Gavin clutched his shoulder, checking for blood but not finding any. “Nothing,” he said. “Shit, what the hell happened!?”
He collapsed to the ground as Law hurried over to him. Gavin twitched on the ground, still moving but impacted by Korbin’s sudden movements. Korbin, meanwhile, looked down at his uniform. A single gunshot hit him in his left arm as a large bloodstain appeared. However, no one paid attention to that; rather, they were paying attention to Korbin’s sword. Electricity wrapped itself around Korbin’s blade, his sword seemingly conducting the energy throughout.
“A damn good shot,” Korbin said. “You like what I just did?”
“It’s the electricity,” Gavin said as Law helped him up. “He wasn’t looking to stab me… Fuck! This asshole’s really pissing me off!”
“Don’t worry, bro,” Law replied. “Just let me finish the job you started.”
“Bring it on, Law Power,” Korbin said. “It only makes sense that I take down Ameci’s Traitor!”
Law tapped his temple. “Since you love the unexpected, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do,” he said, “I’m going to dodge your attack, probably by ducking underneath, and deliver a roundhouse kick to your skull.”
“Are you fucking with me?” Korbin asked.
“No,” Law replied, “I’m going to win. Mina!”
Mina looked at Law. “What is it?”
“Take the back,” Law said. “Anyway, Kordy, I’ve already told you what I’m going to do, so why don’t you tell me. You know, to be fair?”
“You think I’m going to do that?” Korbin scoffed.
“I don’t expect you to do anything,” Law answered.
Law and Korbin rushed at each other. Korbin swung his sword at Law in a horizontal direction, which Law had predicted. He ducked underneath the swift swing and moved to the side. Korbin had no time to react as Law then lifted his foot. He then sent a roundhouse kick towards Korbin’s head. The impact was enough to send Korbin reeling, but still he stood tall as he grabbed the side of his head. Mina then joined Law as the two went back-to-back and posed.
“Is Gavin okay?” Ayanna asked.
“I’m fine,” Gavin replied as he stood up. “He just caught me off guard, that’s all it was…”
But before Gavin could move, Korbin began to laugh again. Law turned back to see what was happening, but soon fell to his knees as Korbin roared. Mina hurried to help Law, but Korbin was ready to go once more as he continued to laugh. The laughter was something that Sorin was not going to forget as he drew his sword and turned to Ayanna.
“Can you cover me?” Sorin asked.
“We don’t have a choice, it seems,” Ayanna said as she took out her gun. “If things go awry, I’ll be there to step in.”
“You’d like that, wouldn’t you?” Erik asked. “Well, show her what you’ve got, Korbin!”
Korbin tilted his head and grinned at Sorin. “So you’ve finally realized, haven’t you? There’s no use holding back anymore, Sorin! I’m going to get you to tell me everything I need to know, whether you want to or not!”
“Actually, Ayanna, can you help Gavin and Law?” Sorin asked.
“Of course,” Ayanna said, “But what are you suggesting now?”
Sorin glanced over at Bradley and Erik. “You two! Am I to assume that both of you do not intend to fight?”
“Korb’s the one who wanted to do this,” Bradley replied. “We’re just here to find that woman, after all.”
“Listen well, then,” Sorin said, “You won’t find Jelka here, nor will you find her anywhere in Rezar. Not now.”
“Are you serious?” Bradley asked.
“By now, she’s already left, I imagine,” Sorin said. “You’d better just go back and regroup now, because there’s no way for you to ever catch up to her, and there’s no way you’ll ever catch up to Johan again.”
Korbin’s fists began to shake as he stomped around. “Fuck you! Bradley, Erik! Go and find that stupid wench already!”
“Really?” Erik asked.
“Are you an idiot?” Korbin asked. “Do it before I lose my fucking nerve!”
Erik looked to Bradley, and then back to Korbin. “O-Okay! We’re going to go and find her, alright.”
“Very well,” Bradley replied. “There’s no way we will fail, Korb.”
“Sorin, we can’t just let them leave,” Mina said. “Who know what these villains will do out on the streets?”
“Don’t worry, I’m going to hold of Korbin here,” Sorin replied. “I want you to go with Ayanna and take Gavin and Law with you back to where Rain is. Be sure to let her know what happened.”
“Of course, I’ll leave it to you,” Mina said. “I just know you’ll win!”
“Thank you, Mina,” Sorin said.
As Bradley and Erik left the park through the back, Ayanna and Mina helped Gavin and Law up and out of the park through the front. Sorin now found himself alone with Korbin. He now had to go up against an adversary who did not have any intention of backing down. Once Sorin knew that the park was cleared out, save for himself and Korbin, he began to strategize his next move. It would be a much different fight from the previous encounters, yet Sorin knew that he had what it took to go even with Korbin.
“I gotta confess, Sorin Wilk: I admire your courage,” Korbin said. “You’ll go this far to protect a known terrorist, yet you think that it’s all noble and shit.”
“Cut the crap, Korbin,” Sorin retorted, “I know that you don’t care one bit about nobility and courage. You’re just in it to satisfy your own twisted desires… You’re no better than the Neu Thekohnian Order!”
Korbin gripped the handle of his sword and pointed it at Sorin. “Shut up! Shut up! Just shut the fuck up!”
He came flying at Sorin, who was ready to defend himself against the incoming onslaught. Korbin held his sword in both hands and swung hard with a wild determination. Sorin, however, dodged and defended himself from each strike. Korbin would have to tire out soon, he thought. As soon as Sorin thought that, Korbin stopped and looked down to his own arm.
“You really have no idea, do you?” Korbin asked. “The voltage that’s going throughout this arm… Hah, it’s like I’m on fucking fire over here!”
“I don’t care what you’ve got,” Sorin replied. “I’ve already held you up long enough for everyone to escape!”
On cue, Korbin emitted a small bolt from the palm of his right hand. Sorin stepped out of the way just in time, but the impact was mesmerizing as a nearby lamppost got struck. Sorin watched the light flicker on and off, until it remained off.
“You like what I got?” Korbin asked.
“There’s no way you’ll be able to keep using that,” Sorin said, “At least not without it running out of power.”
“Don’t fucking try me!” Korbin exclaimed.
Their swords clashed again as Sorin held his own against Korbin. A whirl of slices and slashes came against one another with Sorin leading the onslaught this time. Korbin could only try to defend himself with both hands from the sudden attack. That was when Sorin realized Korbin’s flaw when it came to his right arm. He landed a hard strike on Korbin’s right arm, causing him to back off and check for any potential damage.
“You can’t use your electricity when you’ve got both hands occupied, can you?” Sorin asked. “When you attacked Gavin and Law, you had your left hand free with nothing in it.”
“What’s it to you, asshole?” Korbin asked. “Can’t… Can’t you see it doesn’t matter now, Sorin?”
“What are you talking about?” Sorin wondered.
“Bradley and Erik are already looking for her,” Korbin replied. “Jelka, is it? Well, I’m fucking jealous of them for what they’re going to do to her.”
“You’re a fool to think I wouldn’t have considered that,” Sorin said. “No, I know my friends well, even if they have no clue what’s going on.”
Korbin growled. “Fucking shit! Are you trying to cheat me?”
“You can’t win here,” Sorin said. “Johan is getting closer to the truth and the only way you’ll get to him now is if you get me to talk, and that’s not happening. You have no advantages left.”
Korbin did not say another word. Instead, he screamed as loud as he could as more electricity surged around his arm and sword. It was an intense surge that showed no signs of stopping as Sorin braced himself. Then, Korbin showed another spark of electricity as it came firing towards Sorin. Sorin appeared to defend himself with his sword, but dropped it to the ground as the bolt hit his blade.
“There it is!” Korbin exclaimed. “I’ve got you now, Sorin Wilk!”
He charged in and swung his sword at Sorin. He had a wide grin on his face, but that soon turned to a scowl as Sorin moved to the side. Korbin had no time to react as Sorin threw a punch at Korbin’s jaw and knocked him flat on the ground. He then picked up his sword and sheathed it as Korbin remained lying on the ground rubbing his face.
“I’ve got nothing more to prove to you,” Sorin said. “You’ve lost, so why don’t you go and tell your pals that it’s over.”
“You think it’s over?” Korbin asked. “Bwahaha, I think I might just laugh my ass off!”
Korbin got up to his feet, still clutching his face, and approached Sorin. Sorin had no idea what Korbin had planned next, but braced himself all the same. That was when Korbin stopped in his tracks and looked the other way.
“It’s only just begun, Sorin,” Korbin said. “That brother of yours? Well and truly captive thanks to my father!”
“You can’t be serious,” Sorin replied.
“Hey, don’t get mad at me,” Korbin said. “I just thought you should know. You should know exactly what type of fighter Rysol is.”
He laughed for a brief moment as Sorin began to wonder. Was Korbin telling the truth or was he just lying? What was the purpose of telling him that, anyway? Sorin wanted to know more, but hesitated to ask.
“See, there’s only one thing in this world that matters to my dad,” Korbin said. “He’d be very happy to tell you all about it, if you want.”
Sorin exhaled. “I think I’d rather not.”
“But it doesn’t matter to me,” Korbin continued. “All that matters to me is getting my fill. It just so happens that my desires fit those with the Ameci military perfectly!”
“I’m done with you,” Sorin replied.
“Are you, now?” Korbin asked. “Don’t go believing for a second that I won’t hesitate to make my presence known! Fuck that traitor and fuck his friend, too! When I see Johan Kuu again, I’ll finish exactly what I started!”
Korbin ran off in the opposite direction. Sorin knew now that his hunch was correct, which was why he knew that his friends would not let him down. He just had to hope that they would make it to Jelka in time before Bradley and Erik did, though.
To be continued…