Sundown – Chapter 1 (Part 2)

Past the gate on the way to Kiku Castle, Sorin observed the small birds flying by. There were large trees growing on either side of the path as Kiku lead the way to the doors of the castle.

“There! Look there!” Kiku exclaimed. “That’s where mother holds the initiation ceremonies for the military!”

She pointed to a nearby garden where some soldiers were training. Gale and Sorin watched for a small moment until Igor spoke up.

“Madame Izumi, we aren’t tour guides,” he said. “Surely you understand how concerned your mother is, do you not?”

Kiku tilted her head and looked up. “I remember your initiation, Iggy,” she said. “It was quite a scene when you forgot the general’s name!”

“Well, I had a lot going on that day,” Igor replied.

“Sounds like it,” Kiku said. She turned her sights over to Gale. “You’ve been awfully quiet for a while now, Gigi.”

“Are… are you talking to me?” Gale asked.

“Of course,” Kiku replied. “You and Wilkie have been in total awe ever since we set foot into the courtyard. Surely you two have something to say?”

“It’s very beautiful, Kiku,” Gale said.

“Yeah,” Sorin added, “We’re just… trying to find the right words to say.”

“That’s all you’re worried about?” Kiku asked. “Oh I wish I could just laugh, but that would be unbecoming of me.”

“Madame, you don’t need to worry,” Ayame said. “I can easily escort these two out if that’s what you want.”

“Is that a hint of jealousy, Aya?” Kiku wondered. “That would make the most sense, I suppose.”

“J-Jealous!?” Ayame asked. “Of course not… I only worry about your safety, as any soldier of Kikuishan blood would!”

Kiku giggled. “You’re cute when you’re jealous,” she said. “Oh, if only Iggy would have that same enthusiasm, then maybe he would be fighting Wilkie here.”

“You don’t need to remind me,” Igor said. “Just give the word and I will show you what I got!”

“Hold on!” Sorin said.

“Come now, you two,” Kiku said, “It’s merely a jest. Only in my wildest fantasies would two men fight each other for my sake.”

“So it doesn’t happen at all?” Sorin asked.

“Actually, scratch that,” Kiku continued, “My wildest fantasy would be to see two men fighting each other, only to realize that what they really want is each other’s love.”

Sorin stared at her. “That didn’t answer my question…”

“Oh, sorry!” Kiku said. “I suppose I got carried away. Now you asked me whether or not there have actually been fights over me?”

“That was the question,” Gale said.

“It’s unfortunate,” Kiku replied. “At birth I was cast with a curse: in exchange for beauty, all men would be too afraid to profess their love to me.”

Sorin and Gale looked at her and wondered if that was true.

“What a shame,” Kiku said. “Even Iggy knew that I was making that up.”

“Of… of course I knew,” Sorin replied.

“Me too,” Gale said.

“So what are we waiting for now?” Sorin asked. “We’re here in front of the castle, so I assume you’re going to let us in, Kiku?”

“Wait, Madame Izumi, for one second,” Ayame said. “I know we’ve let them into the courtyard, but into the castle?”

“Gosh, why must you be so wary, Aya?” Kiku asked. “I’ve told you that Gigi and Wilkie mean no harm.”

Ayame wanted to speak up, but her attention was turned to the castle doors opening in front of the group. Several soldiers from both sides of the door stood as the Empress of Kikuisha stepped forth. Her long, dark hair and green, sparkling robe put Sorin and Gale at awe. Ayame and Igor knelt down while Kiku closed her eyes, smiled, and curtseyed.

“Mother,” Kiku said, “You are looking especially remarkable today.”

“My, what a compliment,” she replied. “I’m wondering who you are and what you have done with my daughter.”

There was a brief moment of silence as everyone tried to process what was happening.

“Just kidding,” the Empress said. “Please come here, my daughter.”

“Of course,” Kiku replied.

Kiku went forth and entered her mother’s embrace. After that, Kiku turned back to the group.

“Come now,” Kiku said. “You can’t just stay silent in front of my mother like that! Gigi, Wilkie, this is Kiku Yamazaki, the current empress of Kikuisha!”

“Wait, your name is Kiku, too?” Sorin asked. “I’m confused.”

“Does that surprise you?” Yamazaki asked. “It was the name of the founder, who named her daughter as such, and so on and so forth.”

“Thank you for not boring them,” Kiku said. “You usually like to prattle on and on needlessly about the useless details.”

“So what brings these two here, my dear?”

“Oh, these are just my new friends,” Kiku answered. “I told them about how you knew Wilkie’s father.”

“Well, it’s not Wilkie, um, miss Empress,” Sorin said. He introduced himself as did Gale. Yamazaki could only chuckle to herself when she heard about Kirk.

“It was quite a while ago,” she said. “Back when my darling was a small child, Mr. Wilk visited me. I could only remark about how noble his quest was.”

“How well do you know my father?” Sorin asked.

“Oh, it’s not like we were deeply bonded,” Yamazaki replied. “He stayed for only a fortnight before he left for Jiaikohn.”

“That’s a little underwhelming,” Sorin said. “Your daughter made it sound more exciting than it actually was.”

“I did no such thing,” Kiku said. “I merely stated that they were friends, that was all.”

“My daughter can be quite fantastic, Sorin,” Yamazaki said.


“It’s not like it’s a lie, Madame,” Igor said. “You can be a little out there when it comes to our conversations.”

“Not you too, Iggy,” Kiku said.

“Anyway, since you’re already here, I should inform you about your tournament,” Yamazaki said. “Your clothes should be all packed and ready for you for when you leave for Jiaikohn tomorrow.”

“Please tell me that my favorite dress is in there,” Kiku replied.

“How could I forget?” Yamazaki asked

Kiku laughed. “Oh, I can never doubt you, can I?”

“So, since I assume that these two will be staying the night, they can enjoy themselves to a nice dinner tonight,” Yamazaki said. “Ayame, Igor, this will not be a problem, will it?”

“Of course not!” Igor replied. “I’m not… I’m not concerned at all.”

“Then it is settled,” Kiku said. “Thank you mother for allowing these two to stay the night.”

“Thank you, Empress,” Gale said.

“You’re welcome,” Yamazaki replied. “I will be ready within the hour. You and your friends are free to do as you please until then, my daughter.”

Kiku bowed as her mother left into the castle. Sorin stretched his arms as Gale turned to Ayame and Igor.

“I should thank you guys, too,” she said. “Kiku is lucky to have people like you on her side.”

“You don’t need to mention it,” Ayame replied. “It’s our jobs… Though I guess you could say we are friends with her in a way.”

“I knew you’d say that,” Kiku said. “Oh I wish I could show you the level of my affection right now, Aya, but sadly we are out in the open.”

Ayame smiled and placed her hand on Kiku’s shoulder. “Later tonight,” she said. “You spent the previous night with Iggy, so it’s my turn tonight, is it not?”

“Hehehe, that’s correct!” Kiku replied.

“We’re still here,” Gale said.

“Oh, I almost forgot,” Kiku said. “I should show you two around, shouldn’t I?”

“That would be nice,” Gale replied.

Kiku turned to Sorin. “How about you?”

“I… agree,” he answered.

“Great! I’ll start showing you around,” Kiku said. “Aya and Iggy will be helping with dinner tonight, so it’s just us three.”

“Sounds great,” Sorin said. “I do have questions, though.”

Kiku smiled as she grabbed Gale by the hand. “I’d be glad to answer them,” she said, “But first you have to follow us!”

She led Gale into the castle. Sorin followed after them past the doors as he wondered what they would be looking at until dinner. Meanwhile, Ayame and Igor headed off for the kitchen in order to prepare the food for the night.


To be continued…


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Sundown – Chapter 1 (Part 1)

[4th of September, 2740 AD; Market of the Flowers, Mikahana, Kikuisha]


It was a clear, warm day as the sun shined on the plaza square below. Sorin Wilk and Gale Kunigunde walked through the crowd as they settled for a nearby restaurant. Taking a table by the window, the two looked out to the clear, blue river that was flowing near the building.

“It really is spectacular, isn’t it Sorin?” Gale asked.

“You were right,” Sorin replied, “It is quite beautiful.”

He had grown out his hair since the battle of Bel, his locks just barely touching his shoulders. Sorin looked at the various trees and flora as a light breeze moved the branches.

“Traveling with you has been so nice,” she said. “It’s only been a couple of months, but when I’m with you the time just seems to stop.”

Gale turned to Sorin. Her hair was done up in a ponytail, as was usual for her, but she decided that she would let her hair flow as well. She removed the band and let her hair down.

“This is the first time you’ve let your hair down in public,” Sorin said. “I mean, normally you have it when we’re about to sleep…”

“It’s not important,” Gale said. “I’m just happy I get to spend this time with you.”

“As am I,” he said.

Gale placed a hand through Sorin’s hair. “I guess that the resemblance is similar,” she said. “I am starting to get a little worried, though.”

“Why are you worried?” Sorin asked.

“Well, it’s just that I feel like I’m just trying to catch up,” she replied. “I watch you and you’ve become so much better with a sword. Meanwhile, I’m just trying to figure out how to get myself started with what I really want to do.”

“I mean, I’m still not as good as everyone wants me to be,” Sorin said, “And besides, I believe in you.”

“It’s appreciated,” she said. “I’m just… not sure if I believe in myself. Even if I try to break into development, I’m worried that people will only just see me as Isaac Kunigunde’s daughter.”

“Forget about him,” Sorin said. “You’re more than that. I mean, I know that to some I’m just the son of Kirk Wilk, but to me, this whole trip is more than just getting better at using a sword. It’s about proving myself.”

Gale smiled. “Thank you,” she said. “You’re right… I shouldn’t be thinking about that man right now. What I need to do is think about my plans.”

“You’re welcome.”

The two stared into each other’s eyes for what felt like minutes. All time felt still as Sorin looked into Gale’s eyes. Not even the commotion of the other patrons in the restaurant could interrupt them. That is, until one voice spoke up.

“Excuse me! Did you say you were the son of Kirk Wilk?”

Sorin and Gale broke from their stares and turned to see a young woman standing at the end of their table. She had black hair done in a bob cut and wore a long, black dress with frills.

“I’m sorry,” she said, “That was quite rude of me.”

“Uh, hello,” Sorin said. “Can we help you?”

The woman reached out her hand to the couple. “Allow me to introduce myself,” she said, “My name is Kiku Izumi. I’m a resident of this country.”

“That’s an interesting way of introducing yourself,” Gale said. “Oh, my name is Gale, by the way.”

Sorin shook Kiku’s hand. “Sorin,” he said. “Do you want to take a seat, Miss Izumi?”

“I would love to,” Kiku replied.

She took a seat to the opposite of Sorin and Gale. As she did, a server walked up to the table.

“Are you ready to take your order?” The server then took a look over at Kiku and gasped. “And for you… M-madame?”

“I just want a cup of tea,” Kiku answered. “How about you two?”

Sorin took a breath. “I’ll take tea, also.”

“Same here,” Gale said.

The server hesitated for a moment, but nodded. “I’ll be right back with your orders.”

He ran off in the direction of the back as Kiku shifted her focus back to Sorin.

“So, you might want to know how I know about your father,” Kiku said. “Well, as it turns out, my mother used to be a good friend of his.”

“Really?” Sorin asked. “He’s never mentioned to me about it.”

“I guess that’s not surprising,” Kiku said. “Wait, were you the son that your father was looking for?”

Sorin shook his head.

“I see.”

“Listen, Kiku, it’s nice to meet you,” Gale said, “But why take your time to talk with us?”

“You two just looked interesting,” Kiku replied. “Oh, I wasn’t eavesdropping on something… intimate, was I?”

She blushed as Gale said no.

“I know it’s unbecoming of me, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of you two,” Kiku said. “Two foreigners in a new land… discovering new things as well as each other… Oops, I mean, forget I said that last part.”

“We never told you that we were together, Miss Izumi,” Sorin said. “How did you know?”

“Please, just call me Kiku,” she said. “And I just assumed that you two were… you know… together? I’m so sorry!”

“Don’t be,” Sorin said. “I guess it does look a little obvious to some people, though.”

“That must be nice,” Kiku said. “Is this your first day here?”

“Actually, it’s our second,” Gale replied. “Maybe you could show us around, Kiku? We’d love to see some of the sights in this country.”

The server arrived with their drinks, dropping them off as he hurried back to the kitchen. Kiku picked up her cup and took a light sip.

“Of course,” she said. “After we’re done here, I can take you to one of my favorite spots in this city. The flowers there will take you on a journey!”

“This country really likes flowers, doesn’t it?” Sorin asked.

“It’s all because of the founder,” Kiku replied, “She had a fondness for flowers. As a matter of fact, I was named for this country’s Kiku Flower.”

She reached to the nearby vase and pulled out the white chrysanthemum. Gale and Sorin looked as Kiku smiled. With a single twirl, Kiku then replaced the flower back in its vase and took another sip of tea.

“There is a legend of this land,” Kiku said, “It states that the founder of Kikuisha honored those that died for this country with flowers, and that is why the country has so many flowers.”

Neither Sorin nor Gale responded. They just continued to drink their tea as Kiku continued.

“If only I could have been alive at that time,” she said. “To meet the founder… It would be quite an honor!”

“I am sure it would,” Sorin said. “Well, looks like I’m finished with my tea!”

“Me too,” Gale added. “Do you think we can go see that place you were talking about, Kiku?”

“Of course,” Kiku replied. “There’s no way anyone would want to miss this!”




Vibrant colors could be seen all around as Sorin and Gale gazed upon the growing flowers inside the large garden. Kiku smiled as she approached a small, flowing stream and got onto her knees.

“Every time I come here, it’s a new experience,” Kiku said. “Some may call me weird, but I don’t care. Nothing is more beautiful than what we’re witnessing right now.”

“I can think of a few things,” Sorin said under his breath.

“Did you say something, Sorin?” Kiku asked.


Gale sat next to Kiku. “So you come here every day?”

“I wish that I could,” she said, “But alas I cannot. My mother is quite strict when it comes to my outdoor activities.”

“Really?” Gale asked.

“Well, she probably has a reason to be concerned about myself,” Kiku said, “But I am a grown woman and I do desire some adventure.”

“So you’ve never left this country?” Gale asked.

“I read all the time about the Thekohnian Region and how remarkable it is,” she replied. “Especially Iiayikohn; I’ve heard that they have some of the most beautiful flowers there.”

Kiku sat down on the ground and took off her sandals. She placed her feet in the water as Sorin decided to sit next to Gale.

“And there’s the Royal Kingdom of Thekohn as well,” Kiku continued. “I would love to meet with the Thedam family and sample their famed tulip tea.”

“Tulip tea?” Sorin asked. “I’ve never heard of it.”

“They say that a sip of it can increase your intelligence,” Kiku said. “If that’s the case, then perhaps the Thedam family are the most intelligent in the land. Of course, I’m just making that up; it’s just tea, after all.”

“Madame Izumi?”

Kiku turned her head to the entrance. At the gate were two soldiers in black uniforms, one male and one female. The man had light brown hair while the woman’s long, dark hair was nearly down to her waist.

“Oh poppies, you guys can’t just let me enjoy nature the way the founder intended?” Kiku asked. “I assume that this was your doing, Iggy?”

The woman reached down to her pistol. “Who are these strangers?”

“Oh, these are just some friends I’ve made today, Aya,” Kiku replied. “Sorin and Gale, I’d like you to meet my two closest friends Iggy and Aya.”

“It’s Igor, actually,” he said. “Igor Kuznetsov.”

“Whatever, Iggy!” Kiku said. “Besides, even Aya calls you that from time to time, does she not?”

“Not all the time, Madame Izumi,” the woman said. “Anyway, it seems like you two aren’t a threat. My name’s Ayame Hayashi.”

“It’s nice to meet you two,” Gale said as she shook their hands.

“Same here,” Sorin said. “Are you two really friends, though?”

“Oh, they’ll say they’re my bodyguards,” Kiku said, “But really, they’re just concerned friends.”

“We’re only concerned with your safety, madame,” Igor said. “God knows what would happen should anything happen to you.”

“And we were concerned only because of that man’s sword,” Ayame said. “I am interested in knowing why you carry such a thing, to be honest.”

“It’s kind of a long story,” Sorin replied.

“We’re just here on a vacation,” Gale said. “I heard good things about Kikuisha during this season, so we decided to make a trip.”

“Ah, so it’s one of those moons filled with honey,” Igor said. “I have no idea why they call it that, but it sounds delicious.”

“I think you mean honeymoon,” Gale replied, “And no, we’re not married…”

“Well, usually civilians don’t carry weapons,” Ayame said. “But as long as your sword is sheathed, you’ll be okay.”

“I wasn’t really planning on doing that, anyway,” Sorin said. “So what’s the deal with you guys, anyway?”

“By what do you mean?” Ayame asked.

“From what I’ve gathered, Kiku is pretty important to you,” Sorin replied. “Honestly, maybe important to this country.”

“You’ve come to Kikuisha and don’t know about the empress’ daughter?” Igor asked. “That’s quite a thing to overlook!”

“Wait, what!?” Sorin asked.

“You never told us that, Kiku,” Gale said. “I… I had no idea we were spending time with such a noble person.”

Kiku smiled. “Iggy always has to ruin everything, doesn’t he?”

“Madame Yamazaki’s probably worried sick right now,” Igor said. “Come now, we should get going Madame Izumi.”

“I told you guys to call me Kiku,” she said. “And can they come too? It’d be nice for them to see the castle.”

“You know we don’t usually let strangers inside Kiku Castle,” Ayame said. “It’s a sacred place reserved only for the most important of people.”

“But this man is the son of Kirk Wilk,” Kiku replied.

“What!?” Igor asked. “Who… who is Kirk Wilk?”

“Oh Iggy, you don’t know about the Swords of Eight?” Ayame asked. “I had thought that there was nobody who knew about those heroic people.”

“Of… of course I’ve heard of them, Ayame!” Igor exclaimed. “I’m just terrible with remembering most names.”

“Anyway, Kirk Wilk was looking for his son,” Ayame said. “I don’t suppose that you could be-”

“No,” Sorin replied. “I’m the other one.”

“Well, be that as it may, we can’t let you into the castle,” Ayame replied. “Even if you are the son of a former Swords of Eight, I cannot trust you enough.”

“Aya, you can trust these two,” Kiku said.

“Madame Izumi, it was a nice time to hang out with them, I’m sure,” Ayame said, “But you do have to come home sometime.”

“Aya, as the daughter of the empress of Kikuisha, I am in high position,” Kiku replied, “And I command you to grant Sorin and Gale access to Kiku Castle! Please?”

Ayame sighed. “It is your request, madame,” she said. “After all, we’re here to serve Madame Izumi and watch out for her.”

“Hehe, I knew you would agree!” Kiku said as she clapped her hands.

“Know this, though,” Igor said, “If you two are lying, we won’t hesitate to use force on you.”

“You don’t have to worry about that, Mr. Kuznetsov,” Gale said. “We only plan to be here for today, then we leave tomorrow.”

“I don’t think you should tell them that, Gale,” Sorin said. “That makes us sound more suspicious!”

“Please don’t take what Iggy says so seriously,” Kiku said. “He may act tough, but he’s just a soft boy on the inside.”

“Hey! I’m anything but ‘soft,’ Madame Izumi!” Igor said.

“So since we’re headed to the castle, maybe I should tell you about my mother,” Kiku said. “It’ll be a nice piece of information you can tell your families back home…”


To be continued…


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Sundown – Prologue

[3rd of September, 2740 AD; The Royal Kingdom of Thekohn – Thedam Castle Upper Balcony]


“What a beautiful day it is today!” Rain said.

Standing from the balcony, the royal princess of Thekohn looked over the entire kingdom before her. A light wind went through Rain Zano Thedam’s long, wavy, reddish-brown hair. It was only a month until the Thekohnian Festival, and Rain could not wait for it to arrive.

“You’ve always enjoyed these sunny days, haven’t you?”

Rain turned around and saw her younger brother standing in the doorway. He was a few inches taller than her and had blond hair. Rain turned to face him he approached her.

“Every sunny day is a reminder from heaven, Brook,” she replied. “It tells us that every life is worth it and that this land is to be protected.”

“Always the optimist,” Brook said, “But then again, that’s why the people love you. I’m almost jealous.”

“Oh, you shouldn’t be jealous, my brother,” Rain said, “After all, you yourself have a tournament to head to. They will be in awe of your skill.”

Brook laughed. “Well, that’s a given,” he said. “All of Jiaikohn is going to stand and applaud once they get a sight of the best sharpshooter in all the land!”

“That sounds like a lot of fun,” Rain said, “I wish I could be of attendance, but I will pray for your success.”

“The thought is appreciated, Rain,” Brook said, “But I am confident in my abilities.”

Rain smiled. “And I am happy to hear that,” she said. “On a another note, have you seen sister?”

“She was downstairs last time I checked,” Brook replied.

“Thank you so much,” Rain said, “Until we meet again, dear brother.”

She waved goodbye to Brook and went downstairs. Several members of the royal military passed by as Rain looked around for her sister. In the midst of it all, she saw her younger sister speaking with a much older man. Of course, Rain knew exactly who her sister was speaking to: royal advisor Laurence Ahga.

Rain waved to her sister and Ahga. “Sir Lauren! Sister Storm!”

Ahga turned to Rain. He wore thin-rimmed glasses and had long, greying hair with a beard to match. “Your Highness, it is good to see you today,” he said.

“Sister, how are you?” Storm asked. She had shorter hair than Rain, with a single streak of blonde running through.

“I am doing well, my lovely sister,” Rain answered. “I’m getting ready for my trip to Iiayikohn.”

“Ah yes, the meeting with prime minister Alan Berry,” Ahga said. “A good man, and in quite a good city no less.”

“I know that they’re still recovering from that attack,” Rain said, “But I’ve heard nothing but good things about Iiayikohn during this time of the year.”

“With the passing of the equinox comes the new dawn for all of Thekohn,” Storm said. “At least that was what I’ve learned in school.”

Rain nodded. “And with that comes the Thekohnian Festival,” she replied. “A month from now we shall see the greatest celebration in all of the lands!”

“You are quite excited,” Ahga said, “Of course, this is the first trip for Her Highness, so it is to be expected.”

“It will be the first time without you by my side, Sir Lauren,” Rain said. “It makes me nervous, but I know that you and my sister will be praying for me.”

“Why would we not, sister?” Storm asked. “We are all family, and family sticks together no matter what.”

“And Your Highness is no slouch, either,” Ahga added. “There are very few who could match with your swordsmanship.”

Rain giggled. “It’s because I have you to thank,” she said. “It was rigorous but rewarding and not many could swing a sword as well as you.”

“You give me too much credit, Your Highness,” Ahga said.

“Please let me thank you,” Rain said. “It’s the least I can do after all you’ve done for me, Sir Lauren.”

Ahga bowed. “Very well,” he said. “Anyway, I have other things I must attend to. I do not believe that I will see you off tomorrow so I wish you well on your journey, Your Highness.”

“Thank you,” Rain said, “And I will see you again.”

“That’s to be expected,” Ahga said, “As long as I draw breath, I will continue to serve the royal family.”

“It is appreciated,” Storm said. “Bye Lauren!”

Ahga laughed. “Farewell,” he said.

Rain and Storm saw Lauren Ahga off as they decided what they wanted to do next before Rain could set off on her trip to Iiayikohn.


To be continued…


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Chapter 12 – Part 2

After Gale explained what happened this morning, Gavin took a deep breath. He had his hand placed on his forehead as he sighed again.

“If I had to guess, the True Thekohnians were behind his death,” Gavin said.

“Why do you say that?” Sorin asked.

“They’ve already killed so many,” Gavin replied. “Belkley would just be another casualty to them.”

“That’s not right,” Gale said, “He’s more than just a casualty. He was like a son to Eva!”

“Do you think they care?” Gavin asked. “Groups like the True Thekohnians will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.”

“Sorry, Gale, but bro’s right for once,” Law said. He moved forward in his crutches. “You’re looking at someone lucky enough to survive. They don’t really care about the past of those they kill.”

“I know that,” Gale said. “I just don’t think it’s fair at all to him.”

“I agree that it’s not fair, Gale,” Law said. “I would know firsthand about that, but we can’t just let them get away with it.”

“We’re the heroes!” Mina said. “It’s our job to stop villains, and these villains will pay for what they’ve done!”

“She’s obviously fired up,” Gavin said. “The True Thekohnians need to be stopped, for everyone’s sake… And I’m going to be the one to stop Victor Wihll, Sorin Wilk.”

“You can do that,” Sorin said. “As long as I’m able to meet Rysol again.”

“Just you watch,” Gavin told Sorin, “Wihll is going to suffer for what he did. I can assure you of that.”

“Anyway,” Law said, “The lovely Ayanna is awaiting you guys upstairs.”

“That’s why we were waiting,” Mina said. “Let’s go!”

“Are you not going with us, Lawrence?” Sorin asked.

“You want me to risk going up those stairs with these?” Law asked, gesturing with the crutches he was holding. “I’m gonna just sit here and wait for Eva to arrive… Maybe get some one on one with her.”

“In a public place like this!?” Gavin asked. “That’s illegal, Lawrence!”

“Damn, I didn’t think your mind would go that way, bro,” Law said. “I was just talking about getting to know her.”

“I’m sure you did,” Gavin said. “Disgusting.”

Law laughed. “Whatever you say,” he said.

Gavin shook his head. “Fine, we’ll go,” he replied, looking over to Sorin and Gale. “Come on. You too, Mina.”

Mina leapt out of her seat. “Yay!”


Upstairs, soldiers from Ameci, Ahnlikohn, and Iiayikohn walked around as the meeting room’s door was ajar. Gavin walked in, with Sorin, Gale, and Mina right behind him, and greeted the generals. Rohan, General Anker of Ahnlikohn, and General Reiss of Iiayikohn all sat at the end of the room while Ayanna sat next to Reiss.

“Take a seat,” Reiss said.

Gavin sat down. “Thank you, sir.”

“It’s nice to see you, Gale,” Fercewend said. “I’m sorry you had to be wrapped up in this.”

“It’s okay, Rohan,” she said, taking her seat. “This affects us all, so I want to hear everything today.”

“Very well,” he said. “The other two, I assume, are friends?”

Sorin sat down. “Nice to meet you all,” he said. “I’m… Sorin Wilk. Kirk’s son.”

“Ah, so you’re the young one, aren’t you?” Anker asked. “Kirk did mention he had two sons… It seems like it was the right call inviting them over, Major Ansa.”

“Thank you,” Ayanna said. “Although I thought that one of the Swords of Eight was going to be here as well…”

“She’s coming,” Sorin said.

“Anyway, what about you, young lady?” Fercewend asked.

Mina stared at Fercewend. “I know who you are,” she said. “You’re the strongest man in the world!”

Fercewend smiled. “I haven’t been referred to that in a while,” he said. “It seems that some people here still hold me to that title.”

“Of course!” Mina replied. “People talk about your heroism all the time, including me!”

“I’m absolutely flattered,” Fercewend said. “Let’s move onto business, shall we?”

“Right,” Ayanna said. “You were talking earlier about how to approach Bel, General Reiss. I do like this plan you’ve laid out.”

“There’s something that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, Ansa,” Reiss said. “What exactly are they supposed to be doing?”

“Well, it was Power’s idea,” Ayanna said. “It seems that he wants to lead a small group of people into Maeitakohn to stop the True Thekohnian leader before we can move in.”

“This is the first I’m hearing of this,” Fercewend said. “Lieutenant, what exactly are you doing?”

“General,” Gavin said. “I know it’s unprecedented for us, but I can trust Mr. Wilk and Ms. Rask to hold their own.”

“Are you sure about that?” Fercewend asked.

“My own brother has testified about Rask’s strength,” Gavin replied. “Besides, she wants this all to end just as much as we do.”

“Your brother… he’s here?”

“Yes, sir,” Gavin said. “I’m aware of what he did, but it isn’t important at all right now.”

“There are bigger problems right now than him,” Fercewend said. “Gale, for the love of god, you’re not going with him, are you?”

“I can’t,” she answered. “As much as I would like to, I can’t. I’m staying here.”

Fercewend let out a sigh. “And you, Sorin?”

“I think I can handle myself,” he replied.

“If you are that confident,” Fercewend said, “Then I suppose I am able to trust the son of Kirk Wilk. What say you, Rask?”

“It’s Mina,” she said. “Mighty Mina, to be precise!”

“There’s another,” Gavin said. “A former Swords of Eight… Eva Bellamy.”

“Is that so?” Fercewend asked. He grinned. “Then maybe I shouldn’t be so worried after all.”

Gavin adjusted his sunglasses. “That’s a go, then?”

“If it is Bellamy, then I can give the go ahead,” Fercewend said.

“Fercewend, you are okay with it?” Anker asked. “Because I still have doubt in my mind that this will go well.”

“Have you doubted me during my speech?” Fercewend asked. “How about when I led my men multiple times to victory?”

Anker leaned. “But is Bellamy not the youngest of that entire group?”

“Ask the prime minister,” Fercewend replied. “He can attest that she can lead this group. So can I.”

Anker nodded. “Then I will take your word for it,” he said, “But if this mission fails, we will not hesitate to send our troops in.”

“Lieutenant, you will assure that this mission will not fail,” Fercewend said.

“My aim is true,” Gavin said, “And I never miss. Not now, not ever.”

“Good to hear,” Fercewend said.

“And I assume that is all, is it not, Power?” Ayanna asked.

“You know it,” Gavin replied.

“Then let me escort you all out,” she said. “If you would, General Reiss.”

“Go ahead,” Reiss said.

Ayanna proceeded to leave the room with Gavin, Sorin, Mina, and Gale when Fercewend spoke up.

“Gale,” he said, “Do you think you could stay for a moment longer?”

“What for?”

“It’s something… important,” Fercewend answered.

“I see,” Gale said. “Alright. Sorin…”

Sorin tilted his head. “Yes, Gale?”

“You’re going to go to Maeitakohn after this, right?” Gale asked.

“I think so,” he replied.

“There’s something I need to tell you first,” Gale said. “You see, I… I wish you all good luck.”

“We don’t need luck,” Gavin said. “Unlike Lawrence, I don’t rely on nonexistent things like that. Our success is going to be because of pure skill and determination!”

Mina pumped her fist. “Yeah! We’re a skilled team!”

“I think we’ll be fine, Gale,” Sorin said. “I will see you again.”

“Okay,” she said. “I’ll see you soon!”

They gave their goodbyes to Gale as Ayanna led them back downstairs. As they entered to lobby, Law and Eva were talking to each other. Gavin walked up to Law, who was still sitting down.

“Oh, hey, bro,” Law said.

“Don’t tell me,” Gavin said, “I see what’s going on.”

Law rolled his eyes. “Come on, man,” he said. “You’d think I’d do that given what she’s been through today?”

“It was actually a nice conversation, Law,” Eva said. “Thank you.”

“You’re very welcome,” Law replied.

“So we’re ready to go, then?” Eva asked.

Sorin gave her a nod. “General Fercewend seems to have no problem with it,” he said. “Oh, and I guess he wanted to see Gale, too.”

“I’m glad to hear that Rohan’s enthusiastic,” Eva said. “So, how are we going to head out?”

“I’ve taken the liberty of obtaining a car,” Gavin answered. “By that I mean that the Iiayikohnian military was nice enough to offer it.”

Law smirked. “That means it’s a beater,” he said. “I guess it should be good enough to make the trip, though.”

“So how long does it usually take to get to Maeitakohn?” Sorin asked.

“It’s a little over 160 kilometers to Bel,” Eva replied.

“That’s it?” Gavin asked. “Why the hell aren’t we on the road, then?”

“Do you not want to say goodbye, first?” Ayanna asked.

“Hey, I don’t plan on saying goodbye,” Gavin said, “Because I know that I’m going to be back.”

“Let’s hope you keep that promise, then,” Ayanna said. “I would hate having to break the news here to your brother if things went wrong.”

“You’re never going to have to worry about that,” Gavin replied. “Anyway, Sorin, you have a license, right?”

“Yeah, why?” Sorin asked.

“Someone has to drive,” Gavin answered. “I’m right handed, so being in the passenger seat would be beneficial to me if I need to start shooting.”

Sorin scratched his head. “What about you, Eva?”

“You should know why I can’t drive,” she replied.

“And I don’t even have a license!” Mina commented. “That means it’s up to you to drive us to Maeitakohn!”

“I guess I have to, then,” Sorin said. “Where’s the car, Gavin?”

“It’s close,” he replied. “Let’s get moving. If we’re going to have to catch up to Victor Wihll, then we mustn’t waste any more time, Sorin Wilk!”

“You really don’t have to use my full name,” Sorin said.

“Whatever,” he said. “We will be back, Lawrence!”

“See you later, Law!” Mina said. “We’re going to kick some butt!”

“One last thing, bro,” Law said. “When you see Wihll, be sure to tell him that I said hello.”

“I’ll be sure to,” Gavin said, “By putting a bullet in his head.”

“Looks like I don’t need to worry, then,” Law said.
Gavin left the building with Sorin, as Mina followed behind them. Eva turned back to face Law one last time.

“I need to thank you once again, Law,” she said.

“Sometimes it’s good just to talk to someone,” he said. “If you ever want to talk again, let me know.”

Eva smiled. “I will.”

She left to rejoin Gavin’s group, as Ayanna sat down next to Law.

“So what did you two actually talk about?” Ayanna asked.

“That’s a secret,” he replied. “I promised her I wouldn’t tell, and a guy like me respect’s a lady’s right to privacy.”

“Sometimes you surprise me, Law Power,” she said.

“Well, I’m just going to take that as a compliment,” Law said. “Say, do you have any siblings?”

“I do,” Ayanna replied. “I’m the oldest of six.”

“A trendsetter, then.”

“That’s an odd way to put it,” she said. “Anyway, four brothers and a sister. Actually, you might have heard of my parents, or at least know about their business.”

“It’s funny, but I don’t,” Law responded.

“Have you not heard of Ansa Farms?”

“Can’t say that I have,” he said. “Then again, I am always willing to see new places.”

“After this is all said and done, maybe I will take you,” Ayanna said. “I was going to tell Mina about it since she loves food, but I suppose you deserve to go just as well. I can even take your brother along as well.”

“I’ll make a reminder of it,” Law said. He reached into his pocket but found nothing. “Ah, that’s right, I gave my diary to my bro.”

“You needn’t worry about it,” Ayanna said. “When that time comes, I will remind you.”

“It’s just as well,” he said. “Perhaps he needs that book more than I do at this point.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Oh, nothing,” Law replied. “Just saying.”


To be continued…


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Chapter 11 – Part 2

[2740 AD; Ports of Iiayi]


The glow of the moon above reflected on the ocean below. It was a quiet night when Belkley arrived before him, the man he once knew ten years ago. Wihll hid behind the back of the building by the dock and emerged from the shadows. Both men stood tall, facing each other as the breeze ruffled Belkley’s hair.

“You told to come,” Belkley said. “Here I am. What do you want?”

“Do you want to know how I knew you were here?” Wihll asked. “I can answer that if you want.”

Belkley shook his head. “It doesn’t matter,” he said, “I already know what you guys do to people who leave the True Thekohnians.”

“It seems you haven’t forgotten,” Wihll said.

“It’s hard to forget what I saw,” Belkley replied. “Especially because you seemed so calm about what happened.”

“Then you saw it?” Wihll asked. “The masterpiece of our work this morning… I guess you could call it the True Thekohnians’ magnum opus.”

Belkley clenched his fists. “I always knew there was something wrong with you,” he said, “But to stoop this low! You are a piece of shit!”

“Ah, Belkley, how wrong you are,” Wihll said. “I only wished that this was my work. Everything that happened today was because of Walton Lokke.”

Belkley’s eyes shot up. “Lokke!?”

Wihll stretched his arms. “Yep, the old man’s been out of prison for a while now,” he said. “You should have seen him all fired up!”

“He’s a murderer!” Belkley said. “It was because of him that my family died! He probably even had your family killed, too!”

It was then that Wihll snickered. “Poor Belkley, you really are ignorant,” he said. “We were so young back then, but I didn’t expect that you’d still be the same pathetic kid.”

“Just tell me what you want,” Belkley demanded.

“Ah yes, that,” Wihll said. “It’s funny, really. I was wondering if you’d give me one more chance. That is, if you apologize, obviously.”

“Apologize for what?” Belkley asked. “How dare you think that I should apologize!”

“And here I thought that you would drop to your knees,” Wihll said. “Of course I knew you wouldn’t so easily accept. Even after I helped you out and rescued you from certain doom, I always knew you would be a traitor.”

“But I didn’t know,” Belkley said, “I didn’t know that what I’d be getting into would be so evil…”

“Really? You’re calling me evil?” Wihll asked. “After what the Ameci-Iiayi alliance did to your hometown?”

“You say that, and it might be true,” Belkley replied, “But the True Thekohnians are no better!”

“To be honest, I’m getting really tired of hearing that,” Wihll said. “All this talk about how we’re so nefarious, so evil… Do you really think that about me?”

“I’m done,” Belkley said. “I just want to go back on the ocean again like I have been doing.”

“You really know how to make me envy you, don’t you?”

“That wasn’t meant as a brag.”

“Then I guess I should ask you something else,” Wihll said. “Have you ever felt like dying?”

“I don’t want to answer that,” Belkley replied.

Wihll laughed. “Guess you wouldn’t know,” he said. “As for me, I’ve had it all. Let’s just say that I’m fortunate enough to stand before you right now.”

Silence filled the air as Belkley didn’t respond.

“I guess you don’t have anything to say about that, do you?” Wihll asked. “Honestly, I don’t even care at this point. I’ve already come here to say what I’ve wanted to say.”

“So you’re done, then?” Belkley asked.

“Well, done with you, Belkley Ghillard,” Wihll replied.

“What are you talking about?”

It was only a second later as Wihll stabbed Belkley in his side. The pain shocked Belkley as he gasped out loud, the knife driving deeper into his body. He looked Wihll in the eyes and saw a face he had never seen before. Wihll’s eyes were at their widest, his eyebrows furrowed as he had a large smile upon his face.

“Do you see it now?” Wihll asked. “This is what happens to traitors!”

Belkley mustered up his strength to shove Wihll away. He began to run, covering his wound as blood leaked out. Still, Victor Wihll was persistent. He caught up to Belkley again and lifted the knife up once more. With a single swing, Wihll brought it down. The knife planted itself within Belkley’s back, which made him fall to the ground.


He struggled to turn his head when Wihll removed the knife from him. To feel it coming out was almost worse. Once his sights settled, Belkley saw Wihll stand over him. Wihll began to laugh as he put his knife away.

“Maybe it didn’t go exactly as I planned it,” Wihll said, “But I did end finishing what I wanted to do.”

Belkley tried to reply, but ended up coughing instead. Blood spurted out of his mouth as he did.

“You were quite a good friend a time ago,” Wihll told him. “I would say it was too bad, but we both know you got what you deserved.”

He then dragged Belkley over to the side. A vast body of water awaited both of them as Wihll turned to Belkley one last time.

“Good night,” Wihll said.

With that, Wihll shoved Belkley into the water face down. It would be the last few moments that Belkley would have as his life faded. A few bubbles rose up to the surface, but that was it. Wihll stood there until he was certain that Belkley was dead, and then left.

“Not much to do now,” he said. “Lokke, it will all be worth it in the end. You will be surprised.”

Wihll left the port as if nothing had happened. He was focused on Maeitakohn now that the last bit of his past was left floating in the water. It would not be until the morning when Belkley would be found, but by then Wihll would already be gone. Wihll’s plan had already gone into action earlier today, and he was not about to abandon it right now.


To be continued…


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Chapter 9 – Part 3

[2740 AD; Macro Plaza in front of Iiayine Castle – Deca District]


The morning sun shined as security was lined up from side to side, citizens gathering in the plaza to watch the speeches that would be given today. Kirk’s group arrived early, running into Gavin, Law, and Mina who were already there.

“Why are you out here?” Sorin asked Gavin. “Shouldn’t you be with the Ameci army?”

“I suppose you of all people wouldn’t understand,” Gavin replied. “I do things my way. Besides, being here would be advantageous.”

Law tilted his head towards Sorin. “All these soldiers, you honestly don’t think that there’ll be at least one assassination attempt?”

“I’m sorry,” Gavin said. “None of you had the chance to meet. As much as it pains me to say it, that’s my brother.”

“You’re Lawrence?” Gale asked.

“Well, last time I checked,” Law replied. He gazed into Gale’s eyes for a split second. “It’s nice to meet you, but I would suggest waiting a couple more years before we can do anything serious.”

Gavin raised his hand and brought it down, slapping the back of Law’s head. “Show some restraint for once!”

“I am, bro,” Law said. “I was letting this girl down gently.”

“It’s Gale,” she said. “And I’m 18…”

“18, huh?” Law asked. “If we’re doing the math, one and eight make nine. Nine flipped over is six, which happens to be my lucky number. Do you want to know why, Gale?”

“Don’t answer that, Gale,” Gavin said. “You will only want to hit him afterwards.”

“Okay,” she said.

Law shook his head. “You really know how to piss on my fun, don’t you?”

“Anyway, perhaps it’s my turn,” Sorin said. He put on a smile and his hand forward. “I’m Sorin… That’s my father Kirk and his friend Eva.”

“Sonny and Kurt, is it?” Law asked. “Well, it doesn’t matter. I want to know her story.”

Eva pointed at herself. “Me?”

“You seem so elegant, even though you don’t dress that way,” Law said. “And there is certainly a story behind that eyepatch. Maybe after the speech you can tell me while we walk in the park.”

Eva looked over at Kirk, as Kirk just scratched his head. “Sorry to disappoint you, young man, but no,” she said.

“If it’s Kurt there, I can take him,” he replied.

“Can you hit him again, Gavin?” Kirk asked. “At least until he starts calling me by my name.”

Gavin cracked his knuckles. “My pleasure.”

“Bro, wait!” Law said. Gavin’s hand hung in the air as Law started to laugh.

“They certainly are brothers, aren’t they, Sorin?” Gale asked.

“It really seems like it,” Sorin said.

Gale then frowned and sighed. “I just got what Lawrence meant by his lucky number,” she said.

“What did he mean?” Sorin asked.

“You don’t know?” Gale asked.

“I’m not really a numbers guy,” he replied.

“Maybe I’ll show you later,” she said, and then muttered to herself, “Although I guess I’d be learning, too.”

“You two!” Gavin said. “Are you going to just have a conversation to yourselves?”

“Why not?” Gale asked.

“Maybe because I’m not done introducing people yet,” he answered. He turned to Mina.

Mina smiled. “You didn’t forget me!”

“Unlike loverboy over there, I actually try to remember people,” Gavin said. “Go on, introduce yourself!”

“Okay! Hi, my name’s Mina,” she said with a giggle. “I’m this city’s hero and every villain’s worst nightmare!”

Sorin shook her hand and was surprised by how much force she had put into her handshake. “N-nice meeting you, Mina,” he said. “Go easy with Gale, okay?”

Gale waved her hand at Mina. “Hello,” she said. “You actually fight bad guys?”

“Of course!” Mina replied, fists clenched. “I even beat Law here!”

“How many times do I have to say it? That was a draw,” Law said. “And you even said it yourself: I’m not a villain!”

“Then maybe you would like to have a rematch?” Mina asked.

“Oh no, I can’t possibly do that,” Law said.

“Are you scared?” Mina asked. “I thought that you were fearless because you believed in luck.”

Law scoffed. “I can’t just make my luck work like it’s an on/off switch,” he said. “Certainly not when it comes to the ladies.”

“Wow, that’s the first thing you’ve said all day that’s made sense,” Kirk remarked.

“Are you speaking to me, Kurt?” Law asked. “I didn’t expect you to be the one dropping the dry wit.”

“Oh no, I was just giving you a compliment,” Kirk insisted.

“That’s too bad for you, then,” Law said. “If Eva there had said what you said, I would already be on one knee.”

“And I would tell you ‘no’ yet again,” Eva said. “Learn to take a rejection when you see it.”

“Oof, clipping the wings before the bird gets fly,” Law said.

“Drop it,” Gavin demanded.

“Fine,” Law said. “I guess I’ll shut up.”

Law wandered off to the side, leaving Gavin to turn back to the rest of the group. Many more people arrived into the plaza as the Ahnlikohnian soldiers made their way to the stage.

“Looks like things are about to go underway,” Gavin said.

“Maybe I can talk to Alan,” Kirk said.

“Good luck with that,” Gavin said. “I spoke with major Ansa before you got here and she said that he’s under maximum security right now.”

“I’m certain that he’d be okay if I talked to him before the speech,” Kirk replied. He moved up into the crowd, excusing his way through the groups of people that were forming.

“What are you doing!?” Eva asked. “You can’t be serious!”

It was too late, though, as Kirk soon was closing in on the stage.

“You stubborn man,” she growled. “Sometimes it’s like you just want me to be angry at you.”

“Is he going to be okay?” Sorin asked.

“They’ll probably just kick him out,” Gavin replied.

“Why would he go by himself, though?” Gale asked. “I thought that we were all in this together…”

Before anyone could answer, the sound of microphone feedback filled the air. It was time. The Chancellor of Ahnlikohn had taken the stage, making his way up to the podium. The big moment was about to begin.


Up on stage the chancellor spoke with a calm, reassuring tone to the people of Iiayikohn. Fercewend and Alan watched with Henry and Tori as the chancellor began to wind down his speech.

“Harring knows how to put people at ease, doesn’t he,” Fercewend said.

“It works with his people,” Alan said. “Why not go with what works?”

Fercewend chuckled. “I have to admit that I am shaking,” he said. “I’ve spoken before my men many times, but I’ve never had to address an entire country before.”

“Consider it a learning experience, Rohan,” Alan replied. “I have no doubt that you’d make a good leader some day.”

“To hear you say that is an honor,” Fercewend said. “Though perhaps you are just trying to reassure me.”

“Rohan, you know I would never tell a lie,” he said. “I know that Henry can attest to that.”

Henry nodded. “I’m surprised to even be here,” he said. “It takes a lot of leadership to do that.”

“I agree,” Tori said.

“Well, I guess if you’re all saying it, it must be true,” Fercewend said as a roaring applause broke out. “Looks like I’m up next.”

“Good luck,” Henry said.

“Thanks, Henry.”

Fercewend approached the podium, grabbing both sides as he looked at the mass of people standing before him. They applauded him as he thanked them for being there. As the applause began to die down, Fercewend cleared his throat and began to speak.

“A great man once said to me: ‘In the times of darkness, that is when the sun burns the hardest.’ That man happened to be my mentor, Albert Atlas,” he said. “Currently, we are in a similar moment with Maeitakohn…”


Wihll placed the last bomb at the base of the interior, wiping his forehead as he watched outside the window. Fercewend’s speech appeared to be coming to a close as cheers were muffled by the glass.

“Our glory will be realized soon enough,” he said. “Silvia, what the hell do you think you’re doing!?”

Silvia looked out of the window. “We’re doing the right thing…”

“Are you listening to me?” Wihll asked, grabbing her by the wrist.

“Let me go!”

“I know a traitor when I see one,” he said. “Do you know what happened to the last person to betray me?”

“I… don’t know,” she answered.

“I put a knife in his back!” Wihll exclaimed. “That is, if I see him again, but you’re welcome to be his replacement if you want…”

“No, don’t,” she uttered. “I’ll do what you say.”

“Do you think I buy that bullshit? I know you’re going to try something funny, so I’m not going to let you go.”

Silvia walked with Wihll as they proceeded to leave the building, the bombs ready to go off. What was going to happen next, Wihll was sure that no one was going to forget it.


“People of Iiayikohn,” Alan began, “I speak to you today because as the prime minister, I am the extension of yourselves. You all are the reason why I stand here right now, speaking to you.”

Henry clapped his hands as he spotted Kirk moving through the crowd. He appeared to be in a chase, so Henry scanned the crowd as he saw the person that was being chased. It was then that Henry realized who the gray and brown haired man was and leaned forward, ready to leap out of his seat.

“The path to Maeitakohn and it’s prosperity is a tough one,” Alan said, “But as a united front, all of us, be it Iiayikohnian, Ameci, Ahnlikohnian, Maeitakohnian, or any of the other countries in the Thekohnian Region, will stand together regardless of who is threatening us!”

Cheers erupted as flashes of light filled the air. Glass began to break as explosions boomed throughout. The cheers soon turned to awe, and then to screams as people began to realize what was happening.

“The prime minister!” Ayanna exclaimed.

She rushed to the stage and met with Alan. A couple of other Iiayikohnian soldiers were there, too, and helped escort him, Fercewend and Harring out of the area. Tori started to look around, but Henry was nowhere to be seen. Gunshots rang out as Gavin tried to direct the people away from the scene. Eva yelled to Sorin and Gale, while Law and Mina moved along with Gavin. Despite everyone’s efforts, however, it was clear that the damage was already done. Chaos filled the streets as the True Thekohnians got what they wanted.


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Chapter 9 – Part 1

[2740 AD; Port Hotel – restaurant – Deca District]


It had only been a half of a day in Iiayikohn, but Sorin felt like he was overwhelmed by the city. He, Kirk, Eva, and Gale had stopped at the hotel near the prime minister’s office to secure a base of operations until they could go to Maeitakohn. After the talk that Kirk and Eva had with Isaac, the rest of the group wanted to get something to eat to take their minds off of what had happened. Once they were finished with dinner, they decided to stay for a few more minutes until they could go to their rooms for the night.

“It’s unfortunate that the prime minister didn’t see you guys,” Gale said.

“No, it’s perfectly understandable,” Kirk replied. “Alan’s a busy man. We’ll see him after the speech tomorrow.”

“You sound pretty sure about that,” Sorin said.

“We’ll be okay, Sorin,” Kirk said.

“He may be the prime minister of this country, but to us he’s like a father,” Eva explained. “We owe a lot to him for what’s he’s been able to do.”

“Then I guess we should be happy we can get to see him tomorrow,” Gale said. “I’ve never actually been to a speech like that before. It’ll be fun to to watch, I bet.”

“Thankfully Alan said he would secure us seats in the front row,” Eva said. “Now, as for you, Mr. Wilk…”

“Please don’t refer to me that way, Eva,” Kirk said.

“You can lighten up,” she said. “It was a good thing that Alan did arrive when he did, because if he didn’t… Ah, I’m sorry Gale.”

“It’s okay,” Gale replied.

“Anyway, that man is of no importance to the mission,” Eva said. “He’s just another pompous suit that thinks his opinion matters more just because he was born into a wealthy family. Again, no offense, Gale.”

“I told you it’s okay.”

“Well, well, well!”

A boisterous laugh echoed through the restaurant, causing everyone to turn their heads. In the doorway stood Gamil Gomel, the former member of the Swords of Eight. He stepped forward towards the table, with a surprising guest behind him. Eva waved at the man behind Gamil, and his face lit up.

“Miss Bellamy! I mean… Eva.”

“Belkley, please,” Eva stood up and greeted him with a hug. “It’s been too long, hasn’t it?”

“Long time no see, you two!” Gamil said. “What’s the occasion here? Are you two getting married or something? Or is it those two?”

“You tell a funny joke, Gamil,” Kirk said, “But no, there’s no wedding. At least not one that I know of.”

“Maybe I ought to get myself acquainted,” Gamil said. He turned to Sorin. “You, kid! How about you give me your name, and then the girl does too!”

“Sorin,” he replied.

“I’m Gale.”

Gamil laughed. “Ah, this is the boy, huh? Got to say he carries your looks well. Even managed to get himself a girlfriend, didn’t he?”

Gale’s face blushed as she turned her head to look down. Sorin did much of the same, but in a different direction.

“I’m just pulling your legs here!” Gamil said. “Anyway, Kirk, what’s up?”

“Do you want to sit down?” Kirk asked.

“Sure, me and Mr. Ghillard here have time to spare,” he replied. “We’re in town for a couple days until we have to set off again. Might as well.”

“Yeah, we’re more than happy to spend time with you guys,” Belkley said.

The two men took their seats at the table, glad to join in the conversation that was taking place. Kirk explained what he and the rest of the group were doing in Iiayikohn and what their goal was.

“It’s a good thing that you two haven’t given up,” Gamil said. “Perhaps it’s not too late for me to pick up my blade again…”

“I’d love to see your skills, Mr. Gomel,” Sorin said.

“Well, don’t get too happy,” Gamil said, “I was just joking. You see, being a fisherman has gotten me into some pretty interesting predicaments.”

“Oh yeah,” Belkley said, “Like the time you caught that shark and you almost went overboard?”

“My back’s just aching when you mention that, Belkley,” Gamil replied as he rubbed his back. “Needless to say I can’t just go out there just swinging blades and not expect to get my ass kicked by my own body.”

“It’s the thought that counts, Gamil,” Kirk said.

“I’d say that you got a good one in that son of yours,” Gamil responded. “He reminds me of you in your heyday, Kirk.”

“I’m not quite done yet,” Kirk replied.

Gamil guffawed as he slapped his knee. “That’s a good one, isn’t it? Now Eva, she’s someone I wouldn’t want to mess with.”

“What do you mean by that?” Eva asked.

“Oh, I heard it from Belkley,” Gamil replied. “I knew you had a fire in you, but I didn’t think you had the ability to pull the trigger like that!”

“You said you wouldn’t bring that up, Gamil,” Belkley said.

“It’s not something I feel too proud of,” Eva said.

“You’re quite a mysterious woman, aren’t you?” Gamil asked. “You never really talk much about your past much, do you?”

“It’s not like it’s relevant or anything,” she answered.

“Come on,” Gamil said, “We’re friends here. Maybe Kirk would like to add something since you two were always so close.”

“You don’t have to answer that,” Eva said to Kirk.

“I wasn’t going to say anything,” he said.

“Well if you two aren’t going to open up, then I won’t push it,” Gamil said. “You probably have your reasons. This Belkley kid doesn’t really tell me much about you either.”

“I’m sorry,” Belkley said. “I just can’t betray her like that.”

“Hey, I just wanted to know,” Gamil said. “I just know that none of you are going to tell me about it, so I won’t pursue it.”

“Thank you,” Eva said.

Gamil sighed. “Anyway, let’s move on,” he said. “How about you two? Sorin, Gale, perhaps you have something interesting you want to share?”


[2740 AD; prime minister’s office – Deca District]


Gavin decided to stay at the prime minister’s office due to the fact that Rohan was still around talking to both Tori and Henry. He had to wonder what they were talking about, if there was some way that Gavin could receive some sort of credit for his hard work. It was then that Ayanna approached him.

“What are you doing here?” Ayanna asked.

“That’s for me to know and for you to not find out,” Gavin replied.

“You do know that this is where I work, right?”

“I have respect for you, but there are even some things that I can’t just reveal,” Gavin said. “Especially when it comes to personal stuff.”

“I didn’t ask for your life story,” she said, “Just what you’re doing here.”

“And I already told you.”

Ayanna placed a hand upon her face and sighed. “Please just answer the question,” she said.

“Fine,” he said. “It seems like you’re not going to go away until I answer your question, so I might as well. I’m waiting to speak with General Fercewend.”

“I see,” Ayanna said. “You do look like an Ameci soldier, so it does make sense. What is your name?”

“I’m Gavin Power,” he replied, “Junior lieutenant and the best marksman in all of the military. You can ask the general himself.”

“Wait a minute,” she said, “Do you happen to have a brother?”

“Why would you ask me that!?” Gavin asked. “Nevermind, it probably doesn’t matter why. If you must know, yes, I do have one.”

“That’s interesting,” she said.

“Okay, so now what? Do you want to know my sign or something?”

“No, you told me all that I needed to know,” Ayanna replied. “You do deserve to know my name, though. Ayanna Ansa, major of the Iiayikohnian military.”

“Nice to meet you,” Gavin said.

“Do you mind waiting for just a bit longer?” Ayanna asked.

“Wait? I’ve got all day, major.”

“Very good,” Ayanna said. “I will be right back.”

Ayanna went upstairs, leaving Gavin by himself as he wondered what she was up to. He still had to wait for General Fercewend to return, too. Deciding to wait, Gavin decided to examine his gun and count the bullets inside.


Thirty minutes passed as Gavin waited for Ayanna to return. She had a smile on her face as she looked over at the front doors. The doors cracked open as Law and Mina entered the building. Gavin raised his eyebrow as he watched them both walk in.

“I have to hand it to you, Ayanna,” Law said. “How did you know I was seeing Mina at her job?”

“You’re not the only one who can connect the dots,” Ayanna replied.

“Hold on a second,” Law said. He had Gavin in his sights. “You gotta be kidding me! What brings you all the way here, bro?”

“Just this,” Gavin said.

He walked up to Law, as the older brother loomed over the younger. Mina started to back up and then jumped away as Gavin began to pummel Law to the ground. Ayanna’s jaw dropped as she watched Gavin assault Law. She soon rushed to break up the beat down, pulling Gavin away.

“What kind of a greeting is that!?” Law asked as he stood up and brushed himself off.

“Let go of me!” Gavin yelled. “I’m not done kicking his ass!”

“Calm down!” Ayanna demanded. “We can have a civil discussion, so put away your fists!”

Gavin grumbled. “I’ll break his legs! I’ll break his legs so he won’t run off again!”

“You could have sent a letter, bro,” Law said. “Then again, I only read love letters from ladies.”

“Law, please,” Ayanna said. “Perhaps you should do some explaining to your brother.”

“I don’t know, he seems unwilling to listen to reason,” Law replied. “I am willing to accept an apology, though.”

“Like hell I’ll apologize!” Gavin exclaimed. Ayanna tightened her grasp on his arms. “Ow! Fine… I’m sorry…”

“What was that?” Law asked.

“I’m fucking sorry, damn it!”

“That’s good,” Ayanna said. “Now, if I let you go, will you promise not to wail on your brother?”

“Okay! I won’t!” Gavin said.

“Very well,” she said.

She let Gavin go, leading him to reconcile with Law. The two hugged it out as Mina moved toward Ayanna.

“Wow, you’re pretty strong,” Mina said.

“It’s just years of training,” Ayanna said. “You’re the woman who was with Law the other night, aren’t you?”

“Yeah, that’s right.”

“You don’t need to remind me,” Ayanna cut her off. “If I recall, you proclaimed to be ‘every villain’s worst nightmare,’ did you not?”

“That’s what every hero does, right?” Mina asked. “Although I guess you could say I’m not quite there yet…”

“What do mean by that?”

“You know,” Mina began, “Every hero has to have a signature move. I was thinking up some names during work.”

“Really now?” Ayanna asked.

“Yes, like when I’m in a battle and I have my opponent cornered,” Mina said. “I was thinking that I could scream ‘Face Breaker’ as I slug them in the face!”

“That would be a fitting name, I suppose,” Ayanna said.

“I know, right?” Mina asked. “I’m currently trying to train hard so I could protect people. Maybe you could train me?”

“I’m sorry, but I can’t,” Ayanna said.

“Why not?”

Ayanna paused for a moment. “Well… There’s nothing that I could teach you that you wouldn’t already know,” she replied. “To me, to be a hero involves hard work. Given your devotion, I think you already are a hero.”

Mina’s eyes lit up. “You really think so?”

Ayanna nodded.

“Wow, thanks!”

“I’m glad I could help,” Ayanna said.

“Hey, what’s going on with you two?” Law asked.

“Oh, just two heroes having hero talk,” Mina replied.

“And you leave me out of it? I don’t know what to say,” Law said. “Am I not your hero, Mina?”

“I can’t really say you’re much of a hero, honestly,” Mina said. “Not really a villain, either. Actually, I don’t know what you’d be.”

“Ouch, that actually hurts,” Law responded.

“Well, all the real heroes have a motto,” Gavin said, “Like me: ‘Never let go.’”

Law smirked. “Seems simple enough for you.”

Gavin smacked him in the back of the head. “Get serious, Lawrence!”

“Anyway, I feel like my job is done here,” Ayanna said.

“Is that so?” Law asked. “Looks like I should get myself ready, then. We did have a date scheduled, didn’t we?”

“I don’t think I’ve ever agreed to anything like that,” Ayanna replied.

“What about now? Surely you could agree that this would be a good time to have a date,” Law said. “After all, Mina doesn’t think I’m her hero, but maybe I could be yours.”

“There you go again,” Gavin said. “I can’t even begin to comprehend what goes on in that head of yours.”

“That’s one of the many things you can’t comprehend, it seems,” Law said. Gavin smacked him in the back of the head again.

“Forget it,” Gavin said, “Do what you want. I’m going to go find the general.”

Gavin walked off, leaving Law, Ayanna, and Mina behind.

“Still as stuck up as ever,” Law said.

“Law, what exactly is your story?” Mina asked. “With your brother, I mean.”

“That’s a story I could tell you, but I won’t.”

“Law, you’re my friend,” Mina said. “Probably my first real friend, actually…”

“Huh, I thought someone like you would have tons of friends,” Law said.

“Being a hero is tough sometimes,” she said. “But I still had my uncle and now I have both you and Ayanna!”

“Well, then I guess I ought to tell you all I know,” Law replied. “Where are you going, Ayanna?”

“I’m going on break,” she answered. “Of course, you’re welcome to follow me if you so choose.”

“So is that a date, then?” Law asked.

“Make of it what you will,” Ayanna replied. “I don’t usually do this sort of thing, you know.”


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Chapter 6 – Part 5

[2740 AD; Interior of the Ameci Atlas]


The first day of training had taken Sorin by surprise. He went in expecting that training with Bellamy would be difficult, but he did not realize how strenuous it was for him. Of the many hours he had practiced sword fighting, Sorin had felt as if his body was engulfed in flames, each swing of his sword being met with an expert block. Eva had looked as if she was not even trying hard when she did, and when she struck back, Sorin had froze just moments before she stopped her blade from coming in contact with his head.

“If this were a real fight, you’d be dead right now,” she told him.

Sorin let out an anxious breath. “Do you think you could ease up?”

“This is easy for me,” she replied.

“Are you kidding me?”


Their practice continued late into the day, training within the quarters they would be sleeping in that night. It was surprising that they were able to have such a space to train, although there were several times they had to stop due to other passengers knocking and wondering what was going on. Eva reassured them by saying it straightforward: they were training.

“Please, go along,” she said to a fellow passenger.

“Wait!” Sorin said. “Do you think we should take a break?”

“I never took breaks when I trained,” Eva said. “That was when I was half your age and your height. Let’s get back to it.”

The training continued. Sorin started to figure out how to wield his weapon, the blade being crafted in a similar style to his father’s. During one moment, he actually managed to knock away Eva’s sword to the side. Sorin was so surprised he did not notice Eva deliver a kick to his shin, causing him to drop his own sword and clutch his leg in pain.

“Ow! What the hell?”

“You can never expect your opponent to fight fairly,” Eva replied. “Why expect them to?”

“That doesn’t mean you can just kick me!” Sorin exclaimed.

“Of course it does,” she said. “Not all warriors fight with honor. Some fight because they enjoy it, and others fight because they have no other option.”

“The person who attacked you and Belkley… what kind of a fighter was he?” Sorin asked.

“Kirk asked something similar,” Eva replied, “And I will tell you what I told him: I think he was scared. I can’t explain why, but looking back on that encounter I felt like if Belkley was not there to stop me…”

“I see.”

“Pick up your sword,” Eva said. “We’re not finished yet.”


Meanwhile, up on the deck of the Atlas, Gale and Kirk spent the time discussing what would happen once they arrived in Iiayikohn. Gale wondered about what life was like in the country, to which Kirk answered any question that she had. He would explain to her about the capital, Rezar, and how it is the main connection between the Thekohnian Region and the Ameci Region.

“Ameci and Iiayikohn are good allies,” he said. “It’s been that way for many years now, ever since before the War of the Lands.”

“Has there ever been a time where it wasn’t?” Gale asked.

“Yes,” Kirk replied. “It was long before I was born, however.”

“That’s it?”

“I’m afraid so,” Kirk said. “Anyway, I’d like to move onto a different topic, if you don’t mind.”

“What would you like to talk about?”

“Well, you, to be honest,” Kirk replied. “I met you at a repair shop. What is the daughter of Isaac Kunigunde doing working a job?”

Gale looked away. “It’s something I really don’t like to talk about,” she said.

“I don’t want to talk about your father,” Kirk said. “I want to talk about you. He was someone I considered talking to, but I was more interested to speak with you.”

“Really? Why me?”

“Because I already know about Isaac,” Kirk replied. “He’d tell me what he thinks I want to hear. I want to hear from you about what you think.”

“About what, exactly?”

“The mission,” Kirk answered. “I want Sorin to understand why I’ve been fighting these past few years. Sorin wants to meet the brother he never knew. Do you know what your mission is, Gale?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “Everything has just drastically changed the past couple of days, I have no idea.”

“All people have a purpose in this world,” he said, “This is something I know. You will know your purpose soon.”

“Thanks,” Gale said. “I’m going to go check on Eva and Sorin. I’ll talk to you later.”

“Okay,” he said. “Please don’t forget.”

“I won’t.”

Gale ran off to the interior of the ship, while Kirk walked around to explore the deck of the ship. Night was already here as Kirk explored the deck, finding little to do besides watch the moonlit ocean for the next few hours. It might be time to go and see his son again anyway, he thought. That was when he bumped into Gavin once again.

“I knew I’d find you eventually!” Gavin said.

“Excuse me,” Kirk said.

“Hey, I’m talking to you!”

“I can see that,” Kirk replied. “Aren’t you the Ameci soldier I spoke to earlier?”

“It’s junior lieutenant Gavin Power,” he replied. “I believe I had business with you.”

“Well, you sure sound like you’re in charge,” Kirk said. “A bit odd coming from a junior lieutenant, I’d say.”

“What do you know about the Ameci military!?” Gavin asked. “You think you’d understand how things work, but you’d be dead fucking wrong!”

“That was quite rude.”

“Don’t just start leaving!” Gavin yelled. “Fine, I’m sorry! All I want is to have a normal conversation with you!”

“Okay, if you want to have a conversation with me, then you’re going to have to actually have something to talk to me about,” Kirk said.

“Right, I know that,” Gavin said. He rubbed his chin. “The man, the man I asked you about before. I’m sure you’d see some trace of him on this ship.”

“What was his name again?” Kirk asked. “I think I remember… Rudolph, was it?”

“No, no, no! That’s wrong!” Gavin stomped his foot. “Randolph! Henry Randolph! That name! Does it ring a bell to you?”

“I told you before, did I?”

“You did, but I think you’re lying,” Gavin replied.

“Hah! I didn’t realize I was lying,” Kirk said. “Let’s say that I do know him. What would you do then?”

“Well, I’m pretty sure I’d have to question you, at least,” Gavin answered. “That doesn’t matter, anyway! I’m only after Henry Randolph, not you!”

“Then I have nothing to add,” Kirk said, “And if we’re being technical, even if you did find him on this ship, you wouldn’t be able to arrest him.”

“Say what now?”

“You can’t arrest him,” Kirk replied. “One: we’re on international waters. At this point, we’re far enough from Ameci that the laws of that country don’t apply here.”

“That can’t be true, can it?”

“From what I know, it is,” Kirk said. “The second point, a point apparent to me when you introduced yourself, is that you’d be unable to arrest him because you lack the authority to.”

“And why should I believe you?” Gavin asked. “You’re not a secret agent, are you? Someone sent from the headquarters to watch me, making sure I don’t screw up?”

“No,” Kirk said. “I’m just familiar with the laws, which are something you apparently need to read up on.”

“I know you’re lying again,” Gavin said. “You think you can just keep that sword at your waist without me noticing? I know a member of the Ameci military when I see one, so don’t try to hide it!”

“This?” Kirk asked, drawing out his sword. “I’m just a random traveller. This sword’s just a gift given to me by an old friend.”

“I refuse to believe that,” Gavin said. “Nobody just carries a sword without a reason!”

“Well, then my reason is to make sure that nobody attacks my group,” Kirk said. “Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen, at least for now. I know you won’t do anything, so…”

“You can’t just say that!” Gavin said. “You can put away your sword and walk all you want, I’m going to find out exactly what your story is!”

“Then I guess we’ll meet again,” Kirk said. “It’s not like I can avoid you, anyway.”

Kirk walked away from Gavin, leaving him by himself. Kirk decided to check up on Sorin and see how he was doing, and after that he would probably eat and turn in for the night. It would be a couple more days until they would land at Iiayikohn, so there would be more time for Sorin to get better at using a sword. At least that was what Kirk thought; he would still have to make sure that everything would go as planned.


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Chapter 6 – Part 3

[2740 AD; Prime Minister’s Office – Deca District]


Ayanna Ansa entered the office of the prime minister of Iiayikohn, well aware of why she was called in. She had requested the audience of Alan Berry the day before, something no one had done with him before. That was why it surprised her that he did manage to set up time with her. She took a seat in front of the desk, waiting for the prime minister to arrive.

“Ah, Ayanna, I’ve been expecting you,” Alan said. He took a seat, but not before lifting up his cape into the air so it could drape over the back of the chair. “The note you wrote me stood out quite well, but then again, I should expect that from someone who became major at only a year ago at 23.”

“Thank you, Prime Minister,” Ayanna said. “I was hoping to have this conversation for quite a while.”

“I understand,” he said.

“Let me begin by saying that I don’t have evidence to prove this,” she said, “Regardless, there are those within this building that are working with the True Thekohnians.”

“So I’ve heard,” Alan said. “You are aware that these claims carry a vast weight to them?”

“I know,” she replied. “It’s just that with them, it is a personal matter for me.”

“Do not get the wrong idea, Major Ansa,” Alan said, “I am all too familiar with betrayal. That said, the fact that you admit there is no evidence to what you claim is unfortunate.”

“Prime Minister, I…”

“I cannot advise you to go about on an infiltration mission,” he said. “I cannot personally do that.”

“I get it,” she said.

“Do not let this discourage you,” he said. “Just remember the evidence for the next time. That is all I ask.”


Ayanna got up and left Alan’s office. It was unfortunate, like he said, but she could not let it go without a fight. It was something that Ayanna had to do. After all, that was why she joined the Iiayikohnian military, being the first in her family to do so.

“I know you’re upset, Major, but perhaps you can use this as a learning experience?”

Ayanna turned to see the grinning blond man next to her. “Lieutenant Victor Wihll,” she said. “Did you not have other business that you were attending to?”

“It’s a shame,” he said. “I admire the dedication you have for your work, but to see you hung up on your suspicions truly makes me laugh.”

“Excuse me?”

“Believe me, you are well accomplished,” Wihll replied, “However, I feel as if you’re going about these True Thekohnians the wrong way.”

“And how would you handle it?” Ayanna asked.

“There are quite a few sympathizers of the TT, I’m afraid,” Wihll said. “I would be on guard if I were in your boots.”

“You really don’t have to do that, lieutenant,” she said.

“Oh, I’m not in doubt of your ability to defend yourself, Major!” Wihll replied. “Just saying: this is an organization that has been in existence for over twenty years. I’ve heard many a tale about those losing loved ones to them. The thought really makes the blood boil, doesn’t it?”

“You don’t appear to be angry,” Ayanna said.

“Oh my, oh me!” Wihll exclaimed, throwing up his hands. “How accusatory! Next you’ll say that I am a True Thekohnian.”

“Please do not put words into my mouth.”

Wihll scoffed. “I did no such thing.”

“You still haven’t answered my question,” she said.

“Have I not?” Wihll asked. “There’s no real way to deal with such a dangerous group. Believe you me, Major, the stakes are always high with the True Thekohnians.”

“I assume it’s personal, then?”

“You tell me.”

“It’s a friend of mine,” she replied. “That is all I will say.”

“A friend, is it?” Wihll wondered. “Yes, a dirty trick befitting of any terrorist. Taking those close to you… Unforgivable!”

“You understand, then,” Ayanna said. “I cannot choose to give up; that’s not the Ansa way.”

“If you are this dedicated, then I will help you,” Wihll said.

“Not a moment ago, you laughed at my predicament,” Ayanna said. “What is the reason for this change of heart, lieutenant?”

“Let’s just say that I enjoy helping,” he replied. “Even someone like myself can lend a hand to those who need it.”

“Truly you are something else,” she said. “Very well, I suppose I can use your help. Walk with me.”


[2740 AD; Rezar – Rask Locksmith]


The bell on the door jingled as Law walked in. This had to be the place, he thought. He was lucky enough to get in on time, five minutes before closing for the night. The old man behind the counter saw Law and waved at him.

“Hello there!”

“Yo,” Law replied. “Is Mina here?”

“Oh, are you interested in her?” The old man looked to the back. “Mina’s in the storeroom right now.”

“I’m just an acquaintance,” Law replied. “But I am interested in knowing her.”

“Of course, of course,” the old man said. “I’m Drake, by the way. Drake Rask.”

“Glad to meet you,” Law said. “Law Power. You’re the uncle, right?”

“That’s right,” Drake replied. “Mina’s been working for me a while now. Quite enthusiastic, I’d say.”

“Sounds about right,” Law said. “So she’s a locksmith too?”

“Well, she likes keys,” Drake said. “Mina seems to be more interested in throwing down, though. Always looking to pick a fight, that girl.”

“Sounds dangerous.”

“Oh, she’s capable of handling herself,” he said. “That I don’t worry about.”

“Then what is it?” Law asked.

“Well, it’s… Actually, I think that’s a bit too personal,” Drake said. “You don’t have to worry. You’re just here to see her, right?”

“Yeah, that’s what I’m here for,” Law replied.

“You’re not going to do anything funny to her, are you?” Drake asked. “She’d put you flat on your face if you do.”

“Luckily for you and her, I’m a guy you can trust,” Law said.

“Oh, you’re the guy from before!” Mina said, entering the room. “Uncle Drake, you should have seen it! This was the guy I told you about!”

“The guy you said you ‘put into a suplex,’ Mina?” Drake asked.

“Aw, come on, you had to be there!” Mina replied. “You are a good fighter, though. You said you’re a soldier, right?”

“Used to be,” Law said.

“Hold up, Law,” Drake said, “You were a soldier? Which branch?”

“I’m not from here,” Law replied. “I’m Ameci. I got out of the army a while ago. It’s a long story.”

“An Ameci, huh?” Mina asked. “Now that’s interesting!”

Law’s face lit up. “Yes, perhaps I could tell you more,” he said. “Hope you don’t mind, Mr. Rask.”

“Go on ahead,” Drake said. “Just make sure you come to work on time tomorrow, Mina.”

Mina laughed, then stopped. “Okay, uncle Drake,” she said. “Don’t worry, I’ve got my eye on this guy!”

“Well, bye,” Law said. He left the shop with Mina right behind him. Drake closed his eyes and sighed.

“I can’t just tell her the truth, can I?” Drake asked as he shook his head.


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Chapter 6 – Part 2

[2740 AD; Rezar, Iiayikohn – coffee shop inside the shopping district]


He waltzed into the coffee shop, the bell ringing as he looked for the woman he made a promise to. With a quick scan of the floor, he spotted the redhead sitting at one of the tables. It was almost destiny. At least that was what he thought when he called her over to the coffee shop.

“Oh hey, Law!”

“Hey there,” Lawrence “Law” Power said. “Silvia, right?”

“That’s right,” she replied.

Law took the seat opposite of her as he flicked back his long hair. “Glad to see my memory’s still top notch,” he said. “Good looks can only take a man so far, you know?”

Silvia laughed. “It’s nice to have you here,” she said. “You’ve been really helpful the past week.”

“Guess that’s my cue,” Law said, “You’re welcome. I always like to help those who want it, especially gals like you.”

“You’re too kind.”

“No, please, I’m only doing what any good man would do,” he said. The bell rang again as a couple of men in black clothing entered, passing Law and Silvia by. Law started to recline in his chair as he yawned.

“Do you need some coffee?” Silvia asked.

“I’m good,” Law replied. He took out a small mirror from the pocket of his bomber jacket and looked into it, admiring his looks. “You know, I didn’t expect things would be heating up so soon.”

“What do you mean?”

“Oh, nothing,” he replied, putting the mirror away. “Anyway, you were going to tell me something the last time we met, were you not?”

“I can’t recall,” she said.

“If I manage to guess it correctly, will you give me a prize?” Law asked. “I know one thing you can give me.”

“Law, it might be too early for that,” Silvia said as she blushed. “I mean, it’s been only a week…”

Law chuckled. “Give me a little more credit than that,” he said. “I’m more than just a pretty face, Silvia! You know exactly what I’m talking about.”

“I… Law, please,” she said.

“The first day I laid eyes on you, I knew you were someone special,” Law said. “Why else would you bring a couple of your friends over to meet me?”

Silvia sat there, her eyes wide as Law picked up the fork sitting on the table. He eyed the sharp, pointed prongs at the end as the sunlight gleamed off of them.

“I know it looks unusual, but a little creativity can make even a fork like this a good weapon!”

Law turned around and threw the fork in the direction of the man behind him. It lodged itself into the back of his neck, the man screaming as he stood up. An immediate palm greeted his head as Law smashed his face into the table, knocking him out. The other man made a break for the exit, but Law was not about to let him go. He picked up a glass mug and pitched it, connected with the back of the man’s head. The other man fell to the floor, with Law standing over him.

“Too bad,” he said. “If you guys ever come to, you’ll be one step behind as usual.”

Law looked around. He knew that it would happen, but he had to catch up with Silvia before it was too late. Dashing out of the coffee shop, Law caught her running through the bustling town square. He smirked as he followed after her, but soon found himself face to face with three more of her “friends” in an alleyway.

“I guess this means I’m popular,” he said. “You guys wouldn’t happen to have seen a red haired woman passing by, would you?”

“The only red we’ve seen is the blood that’s going to spill from your head,” the supposed leader of the three said. He took out a revolver, as did the other two men.

“You guys know how to make this fight fair, don’t you?” Law asked. “Sadly for you, this was never going to be a fair fight.”

Law charged at the men, throwing them off their guards as he disarmed one of them and put him into a choke hold. He held the gun in his hand and pointed it at the other two. “I’d give up if I were you,” Law said. “Now, tell me where she went. You ‘True Thekohnians’ can at least tell me that.”

“Like hell we will!” The man to Law’s right aimed his gun, only to have Law to shoot it out of his hand.

“I’m sorry,” Law said, “But that was the wrong answer. Tell me again; otherwise, I’ll do more than just that fancy gun trick.”

“You-you… Who are you?” The man in Law’s hold asked him.

“Me?” Law asked. “You shouldn’t worry about me, my friend, because I think you worry about yourself first!”

Law released the man from his hold and shoved him into the wall. The other two men then decided to run after seeing how formidable Law really was. For Law, though, he was not about to call it a day as he chased after them. Once he was out of the alley, he did not find either of the two men nor could he find Silvia.

“Seems that I keep getting distracted,” Law said. He took a look into his mirror once more. “At least my record is still perfect.”

“Not so fast!”

Law sought out the source of that lovely voice. He focused his eyes on a woman with short black hair who was close to his height. She got into what appeared to be a fighting stance, her fists clenched.

“That’s an interesting way to introduce yourself,” Law said. “Of course, I can’t just meet a pretty girl without asking her name. So how about yourself?”

“My name is your worst nightmare,” she replied. “When I am finished with you, you will weep whenever you hear the name Themina!”

“Thay-meena?” Law asked.

“Do you not speak Theias? Then know the very name of the warrior who will defeat you: Mighty Mina!”

“May I ask why?” Law wondered. “I certainly would remember someone like yourself.”

“Don’t try and flatter me with your words, villain!” Mina said. “You and your like have terrorized the streets of Rezar for the last time! I am the hero to all of Thekohn!”

Law tried his best not to laugh, looking down at the ground and closing his eyes. “Consider me impressed,” he said. “Very well, show me what you’ve got.”
Mina advanced with haste towards Law and grabbed him into a headlock. He could feel her grip lock onto him as he was lifted off of the ground. With her free hand, Mina grabbed Law at his hip and bent backwards as she tried to subdue him. Law, though, prepared by setting his feet in order to land upright. As she dropped to the ground, Law towered over Mina.

“Ow! What the heck did you do?” Mina asked, rubbing her head. “I know that wasn’t supposed to happen!”

“I don’t know what they teach people over here,” Law said, “But that was not at all a very practical move!”

Mina jumped to her feet and threw a punch at Law. Before he got hit in the face, Law caught the punch. It was amazing, he thought, that he was able to stop her from hitting him. She knew how to throw a punch, that much Law could ascertain.

“I have to admit: you are quite strong,” Law said. “Can we stop this now? I think I get the idea.”

“Are you giving up?” Mina asked. “I… A real villain doesn’t just give up!”

“I don’t know what tales you’ve been told, but real life isn’t just a battle of heroes and villains,” Law said. “I do think you’re pretty strong, though.”

“Oh, um, thanks,” Mina said. She smiled as she tried to find the right words. “You really mean that?”

“I fought many people during my time as a soldier,” Law said, “None of them hold a candle to you. Who did you train under?”

“Train?” Mina asked. “I just started doing it. Fighting, I mean.”

Law laughed. “Seriously, strength like that has to come from somewhere,” he said. “It’s not like there’s a supernatural force out there giving you this; it’s got to come from somewhere!”

“Can’t say that I follow you,” Mina replied. “All I know is since I was a little girl, I was sparring with guys twice my size! Er, by that they were taller than me! They’d all tell you about it!”

“That’s certainly good to know,” Law said. “Surely fighting isn’t the only thing you’re good at? Maybe we can discuss over a drink?”

“Oh, well, thing is is that I’m actually supposed to be at work,” Mina said. “My uncle’s a locksmith, and this was supposed to be my lunch break. I just saw you fighting those guys and thought you were someone else… Haha…”

“Then how about I wait for you to get off of work?” Law asked. “I can’t imagine a lovely lady like you not spending time with a great guy like myself.”

Mina placed her hand over her mouth, trying not to laugh. “Perhaps if you defeat me, I’ll think about it,” she replied. “Until then, I guess this is… goodbye?”

Mina ran off as Law observed her form. Her dash down the sidewalk captivated him, something he could not take his eyes off of. Of course, for Law, he knew that he did not want to focus on just her. There was also the matter of Silvia, or rather, Silvia’s involvement with the True Thekohnians.

“Silvia, oh Silvia, you turned out to be quite the tricky one,” Law said. He clutched his hand; the pain was still there. “And that Mina! She is cute, but I’d best not get on her bad side.”

Law turned his focus back over to Silvia. He had a feeling she was involved with the True Thekohnians, a group that he was all too familiar with. His first encounter with them was when he was still in the Ameci army: he was serving alongside his elder brother Gavin. It was an espionage mission, Law’s speciality, when he came across the group. Today, though, his mission did not go as well as it did back then. It would have to come at another time, at least.

“I really need to regroup,” Law said. “Which locksmith did Mina say she worked at? Perhaps I should pay that uncle of hers a visit.”


To be continued…


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