Chapter 12:

Chapter 12 - Me vs Them.

Vehemence 激烈

Our first class was supposed to be easy, but it was the opposite for me. For some reason I felt embarrassed. Yabumi-sensei wasn’t too impressed either. He got angry and told me to sit in a corner. Every student was told to call out their Paroxys, so he could judge how far they were in their training. Yu and Shiraishi were told to help them out. Bookmark here

“Are you okay?”Bookmark here

Ohta sat down next to me. Bookmark here

“Yeah, I guess.”Bookmark here

I shrugged my shoulders. There was no point in me getting upset. It’s not like I have been training like the rest of them. I had just gotten my attribute. It was a miracle that I haven’t died until now.Bookmark here

“How come Yu is allowed to assist Yabumi-sensei?” Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s because he’s a Junior. I guess they are allowed to teach rookies and new trainees to build their leadership skills. Eventually, they’ll become Lieutenants.” Bookmark here

I had noticed that Shiraishi had a silver pin too. Bookmark here

“So, you have to teach to get the gold pin?”Bookmark here

Ohta scratched his cheek and gave me a concerned smile.Bookmark here

“It’s not that easy. To actually become a Lieutenant, you have to defeat one in a fair fight. That is also true for becoming a General or Master.”Bookmark here

“You have to fight someone? Why?”Bookmark here

“I don’t really know why but those are the rules. On top of it, the principle will choose if, when and who you are allowed to fight to earn a higher position.”Bookmark here

“Then what about Yu? I bet he has tried fighting someone with his temper.” Bookmark here

Ohta let out a nervous giggle.Bookmark here

“Yeah. He’s been trying for six years but his opponent is a scary and very tenacious one. Don’t get me wrong, Yu is strong. Very strong. Even our teachers admit that he’s one of our best fighters, it’s just that he can’t seem to win against that one person. So, he’s stuck with the silver pin for now.”Bookmark here

I nodded my head and looked over to Yu who was shouting at Sayuri. Bookmark here

“What about you? Do you want to climb higher?”Bookmark here

Ohta looked surprised by my question. He quickly shook his head.Bookmark here

“No. I didn’t even want to come to this school, but Yu forced me.” Bookmark here

I could completely see that happening. Ohta told me that Yabumi-sensei was actually blind. I would have never guessed it. He didn’t move like someone who couldn’t see, even when he took me to the principal’s office. He didn’t carry a cane around with him either. But it would explain him constantly wearing sunglasses, even indoors. Our conversation was cut off by Yu who started shouting at Ohta to come back. It was his turn. He took out a gold ring from his trouser’s pocket and put it on his middle finger. The others were watching too. He then proceeded to place both of his hands together. Bookmark here

“Unimi. Explodeth and cleans all.” Bookmark here

A light blue light was emitting out of his hands, followed by slits looking like mouths opening up in his palms. Teeth and a tongue were included on both of them. I stood up and walked over to him. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The mouths were regurgitating round, blue balls and spitting them out. They were as big as baseballs and had a mouth with teeth and a tongue too. Each of them had a pair of little legs. They were running around Ohta. Bookmark here

“Use one on Ayumi.”Bookmark here

Yabumi-sensei instructed Ohta. I took a step back and put my hands up in defence. Bookmark here

“Why should he use one on me?” Bookmark here

“To demonstrate his attribute.” Bookmark here

“Okay but why me?” Bookmark here

“Because you are otherwise useless.” Bookmark here

I let my arms down and just stood there. How was I supposed to disagree with his statement that was a fact?Bookmark here

“Are you sure? I don’t want to hurt her.”Bookmark here

Ohta was unsure about following our teacher’s instructions, but it only took one serious look from Yabumi-sensei for Ohta to start approaching me. I didn’t move. Bookmark here

“I’m sorry.”Bookmark here

Ohta was holding one of his balls in his hand and pushed it into my stomach. I looked down in panic and saw how it disappeared inside of me. Bookmark here

“What’s going to happen to me?”Bookmark here

I was clearly scared but was pretending that everything was fine. Bookmark here

“It’s a bomb. It’ll explode in a given time.” Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

My eyes widened and my mouth dropped open. My legs were shaking.Bookmark here

“What am I supposed to do?”Bookmark here

I grabbed Ohta by his white t-shirt. He looked over to Yabumi-sensei.Bookmark here

“Try and get it out. Ohta come back. You’re not going to help her figure it out.” Bookmark here

He pushed my hands away and went back to the others. I could clearly see the line being drawn between them and me. It was me against them. If I was not useful, they didn’t need me. I grabbed my stomach and bent over. There was no way I could get it out of me myself. I couldn’t even feel it being inside of me. Don’t I need to go to the hospital? I need a surgeon to get it out of me. I was freaking out. I couldn’t think clearly but then it dawned on me. If I can’t get it out, maybe it can. I grabbed my black tensha drop earring and held it firmly in my hand. I wasn’t allowed to fail this time. Bookmark here

“Xykoss. Devour those who stand in thy way.”Bookmark here

There was no doubt about it. It was here. Standing right behind me. Its breathing was heavy. I looked up and saw the others frozen in place. Their eyes were wide open. Even Yabumi-sensei was not moving. But I didn’t have time to worry about them. I needed to get the bomb out immediately. Just turning around required all of my strength. Just to face it. I could already feel the pressure on my body and my mind. It was staring directly at me. Terrifying, more than ever. But something felt off today. Bookmark here

“Ayumi! Get away from it!” Bookmark here

It was Yu who shouted across the room. It took me off guard and I lost my concentration for only an instant but that was enough of a crack for it to take control over me. It let out a loud howl and got ready to attack me. In that moment, I forgot about the bomb and started running away from it. I knew I couldn’t get away from it in time. Its claw was already above me and casting a shadow, trying to swallow me up. I thought that it was the end of me, but I saw something fly past me.Bookmark here

“Zerog. Floweth and sparketh. Turneth those folk to ashes.”Bookmark here

The air had suddenly become tingly. Like it was charged. I was overwhelmed and tripped over my own feet. The floor was vibrating too. I carefully looked back and saw Yu standing between me and my attribute. His black hair was standing upright. White sparks were flying off his body and his body was covered in what looked like lightning. The white strokes were flowing on top of his skin. He was holding my attribute’s claw back with just his bare hand.Bookmark here

“Disappear.”Bookmark here

And my attribute did what Yu said to him. Everything went back to normal. Bookmark here

“You okay?”Bookmark here

Yu’s violet eyes were sparkling as he was looking down on me. My legs still felt like jelly, but I managed to stand up. Bookmark here

“Thank you.”Bookmark here

I was embarrassed to look him in the eye.Bookmark here

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