Chapter 4:

The breaking point


7 years laterBookmark here

" And the winners of the semi final are Kenzou, Katsu, Kurou and finally the last but not least Hikaru. These final participants will battle it out in the biggest arena in the dome. All of you from home be ready and buy your tickets fast because I have a feeling they will be sold very quickly."Bookmark here

" You did it! I’m so proud of you sweety."Bookmark here

" It was nothing mom. After all it was a promise. Now let’s go home."Bookmark here

" You are finally going to the dome. Are you excited?"Bookmark here

" I am, but what I want to know is how are you feeling about this?"Bookmark here

" What do you mean?"Bookmark here

" You are the one who suffered here your entire life not me, as you gave all your money for me and my needs, there were a lot of nights in which I saw you eat nothing."Bookmark here

" That? That’s what any mother would do, no need to worry."Bookmark here

" False. At my school I have kids who are orphans because their mother abandoned them, so don’t try to bullshit me."Bookmark here

" You always where an intelligent kid. I am very excited for you. Can’t wait to see you succeed."Bookmark here

" I wanted to know how you feel about going there."Bookmark here

" I don’t care."Bookmark here

" What do you mean?"Bookmark here

" It’s your hard work not mine. You got here by working hard, and first of all I want to see you happy and live a happy life and after that anything can happen to me."Bookmark here

" Shut up! Don’t say such silly things. I did all this so I can take you there."Bookmark here

" Ok, sorry sweety."Bookmark here

1 week laterBookmark here

" Teacher! I have to leave early today. I have the tournament and I have a long road."Bookmark here

" Oh right. You have to take the platform right?"Bookmark here

" Yes."Bookmark here

" Then go."Bookmark here

" Wish me good luck guys!"Bookmark here

" We all know you will win."Bookmark here

" You don’t need our luck it’s going to be more bad than good."Bookmark here

" Sure, sure. Bye Kei! Bye Kenzo!"Bookmark here

" Leave already or you will miss it. Bye!"Bookmark here

'I will finally get there. My life time goal. It seems surreal. Can’t wait to win it and make it official.'Bookmark here

As he was walking down the street he saw three guys beating one dorky guy down an alleyway.Bookmark here

'Not being able to stand up to someone stronger than you. Is that what’s stopping you? I know the feeling very well. I have enough time.'Bookmark here

" Hey! You! Are you the boss of these two?"Bookmark here

" Yes. How did you know?"Bookmark here

" They are doing your dirty work. What’s your name?"Bookmark here

" Katashi. What do you need it for?"Bookmark here

" I need to know who I’m going to kick the shit out off. Hikaru, nice to meet you!"Bookmark here

" Who do you think you are punk?"Bookmark here

" Please stop! Don’t risk it for me. Do you know who he…"Bookmark here

" I don’t need to. I’m not going to back down from this."Bookmark here

" Bring it on!"Bookmark here

Hikaru took out his wooden sword and with one swift move he attacked Katashi striking him in the neck knocking him out.Bookmark here

" I defeated your boss, now scram! Hey you! Are you alright?"Bookmark here

" Stay away from me!"Bookmark here

Saying that the dorky boy ran away.Bookmark here

" What a strange guy. Anyway I did my part. Time to move on."Bookmark here

As he arrived at the platform he saw an entire police force waiting there. He was a little confused but he didn’t really care, but when he entered their visual field they all aimed at him.Bookmark here

" Put your hands up!"Bookmark here

" What is this all about?"Bookmark here

" I said hands up!"Bookmark here

" Ok, ok."Bookmark here

" Go take him."Bookmark here

A police man approached Hikaru knocking him out with the back of his gun. When he has woken up he found himself handcuffed in an interrogation room in a police station with a detective near him.Bookmark here

" What am I doing here?"Bookmark here

" I am asking the questions.Why did you do it?"Bookmark here

" I have no idea what you are talking about."Bookmark here

" Don’t play dumb!"Bookmark here

" I don’t."Bookmark here

" Then do you recognize him?"Bookmark here

The door opened and a familiar face entered the room.It was Katashi.Bookmark here

" You bastard!"Bookmark here

" Seems like you know each other. Katashi refresh his memory a little."Bookmark here

" He came up to us while we were relaxing in an alley and beat us up saying we are the reasons his family suffers, not just us all the people in the dome."Bookmark here

" HE IS LYING! They were beating up a dorky guy and I stopped them."Bookmark here

" You mean him?"Bookmark here

The door opened once again and the dorky guy was right there not even looking at Hikaru.Bookmark here

" Tell them!"Bookmark here

" He did exactly what Katashi told you."Bookmark here

" What?Bookmark here

The detective punched Hikaru in the face.Bookmark here

" You thought you could just beat up a noble and escape with that sorry excuse? That’s why you lowlifes will never enter the dome. You are lucky you didn’t injure him. You will spend three days here and your father will be denied any job from now on. Good luck starving!"Bookmark here

In that moment Hikaru was at his lowest. His eyes were burning with rage. All he wanted was to kill them all. His mother visited him once and asked if he wanted them to be there when he got released. He said no. After he got released on his way home he was stopped by his classmates. Kei and Kenzo stepped out of the crowd. They were all full of wounds.Bookmark here

" We waited for this moment! We all suffered because of you. They found out about our friendship and came after us. Because of your mistake my father was demoted and I am their slave now, and you are here roaming the streets harm free, it’s just not fair."Bookmark here

When Hikaru heard that all his hatred was coming out. He didn’t hurt them because he wanted to, but they turned their backs on him anyway. He approached Kenzo and head butted him.Bookmark here

" If you say one more word I will kill you all."Bookmark here

When everyone saw his burning eyes they got out of the way.Bookmark here

'Everyone is a piece of shit. Not just those up above, even my friends turned their back on me. Why? I did the right thing didn’t I? I wish I could crush them all!'Bookmark here

As he thought that an idea came to mind. He took his wooden sword with him and left for an abandoned house near there. As soon as he arrived there he found a lot of vases and bottles to destroy. He started cracking one after another, imagining each an everyone of them is the head of Katashi, the detective and his classmates, cutting them in half every time, again and again, and at some point he started to laugh, and not just a laugh, it was an uncontrollable one. Then he heard a creak and still didn’t stop laughing as he turned to the source of the sound. It was his mom, still he didn’t stop.Bookmark here

" What are you doing here?"Bookmark here

" You think killing is so easy?"Bookmark here

" What?"Bookmark here

" You should never take a life to lightly."Bookmark here

As she said that she ran and embraced the boy. And when he looked at her face he saw her crying for the first time, that’s the moment he stopped laughing.Bookmark here

" Never hurt others. Human life is precious. It cannot be replaced. Be kind and gentle to others."Bookmark here

He couldn’t say anything, the only think he could do is start crying.Bookmark here

" I’m sorry. I really fucked up didn’t I?"Bookmark here

" No. You did not. You only did what you thought was right."Bookmark here

Then they heard another creak. It was his father with a bottle of beer in his hand.Bookmark here

" That’s where you are wrong! Human life is precious? It cannot be replaced? Bullshit! Everything you said is wrong. If you help other people they will see you as the fool someday. People are disgusting creatures which hold only greed and selfishness. It seems you have forgotten why we made a kid in the first place. I knew this would happen from the beginning but I thought it wouldn’t affect anything, but now you are just pissing me off."Bookmark here

" Honey, stop! You are drunk and can’t think clearly. Don’t take another step."Bookmark here

" Why? You traitorous bitch. He was here just to get us to the dome. No more than a tool, but you got attached to the little shit."Bookmark here

" Is it true?"Bookmark here

In that moment Hikaru’s mind went blank. The only person he thought he had by his side was manipulating him from the very beginning. He was broken. He fell on his knees.Bookmark here

'Even her? Do i really have no one? What is the point anymore?'Bookmark here

" It is, but that was only in the beginning, I swear…"Bookmark here

" Shut up! I don’t want to hear your excuses. You are here to kill me because I’m not useful anymore right? Just do it."Bookmark here

" What?"Bookmark here

" Get out of my way bitch!"Bookmark here

Saying that he broke the bottle of beer on Suzume’s head knocking her out of the way, and with the broken bottle he approached Hikaru.Bookmark here

" I have waited for this for a long time. I despised you from the beginning."Bookmark here

" I’m not here for a chit chat, dad."Bookmark here

" Smug bastard. You don’t give up on that personality even as you die. See you in hell!"Bookmark here

As he thrust his bottle to stab Hikaru, Suzume got in the way.Bookmark here

" Not today. You will not die today!"Bookmark here

" Mom? Why?"Bookmark here

" As I said, I love you! Please live on for me."Bookmark here

" She died as stupid as she lived. Well at least you both will die together."Bookmark here

His father tossed Suzume’s body aside. In that moment Hikaru’s eyes started burning with rage again. He picked up his wooden sword again and he knocked out his father with a strike to the chest. Bookmark here

" You piece of shit! You killed her. Can you go any lower? She was always there for you!" Bookmark here

"What do you mean i killed her? That was you!"Bookmark here

When he heard that tears started flowing down as he picked up the bottle with which he killed his mother and got ready to stab his father but then something echoed in his head.Bookmark here

'You should never take a life to lightly.'Bookmark here

" I guess she saved you even after her death, you bastard. If I kill you I will be no better than you right? It will not happen."Bookmark here

As he knocked him out he started crying over his body.Bookmark here

' I can't stop now. She said to live. I can go live in the dumps.'Bookmark here

When he jumped the walls he found a lot of homeless people sleeping in tents. He didn’t want to live right in the middle of the group so he looked for a tent more on the outskirts. There he found a single tent.Bookmark here

" This is good enough for me."Bookmark here

As he was looking into the tent someone came. He looked behind and he was holding a knife.Bookmark here

" The fuck are you doing to my tent?"Bookmark here

Before saying anything else Hikaru disarmed him.Bookmark here

" Name’s Hikaru. What do you say about living together?"Bookmark here

" Name’s Shion. You seem pretty strong, I might need your help. Welcome home!"Bookmark here

'So in the end I ended up exactly like him. Killing out of hatred. I’m scum.'Bookmark here

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