Chapter 5:



It was dark. There was no source of light anywhere, the only thing that was there in the dark was a chained man sleeping. The place started to brighten up. Three men entered a door and stopped in front of the man’s cell. He opened the door and entered. The man was woken up with a punch in the stomach. It was Hikaru.Bookmark here

" Good morning princess!"Bookmark here

It was the mountain of a man at the bar.Bookmark here

" Name’s Masami. Didn’t get a chance to introduce myself at the bar."Bookmark here

" You?"Bookmark here

" What? It’s my face? I just got out of bed so."Bookmark here

" Shut up."Bookmark here

" Seems like you didn’t lose hope yet, well it’s nothing that can’t be solved with another one or two days in the dark. Good night!"Bookmark here

" Wait! What are you here for?"Bookmark here

" To ask some questions. Are you ready? You are on the clock."Bookmark here

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" Come on! Say something. It’s no fun otherwise."Bookmark here

" I’m not your personal circus."Bookmark here

" You’re a funny guy, do you get that often?"Bookmark here

" …"Bookmark here

" Why do you want to ruin my mood so badly? Anyway let’s get back on topic. Are you a part of the terrorist group?"Bookmark here

" No."Bookmark here

" Then what were you doing there last night?"Bookmark here

" Looking for them?"Bookmark here

" And why would you do that?"Bookmark here

" I thought they would know what is happening to my body."Bookmark here

" So you don’t know? I was here to find out more about that ability. What a disappointment. We can’t even use you as bait. You are basically useless."Bookmark here

" Thank you mister nice guy."Bookmark here

" Guess I’m going to get yelled at today. What a pain in the ass. Look, I have a guest for you so don’t try anything stupid because you can’t. we used drugs on you until you healed up and now that you can’t get hurt to let your blood out we are using anesthetic on you so you don’t move besides that there is Tarō outside this door so thread carefully. I’m going let you to have a private time. Bye, bye!"Bookmark here

As he left a middle aged woman entered the door. She had short dark hair and dead black eyes.Bookmark here

" Did we meet before?"Bookmark here

" You don’t know me, but I know you better than anyone."Bookmark here

" What is that supposed to mean?"Bookmark here

" I am the mother of Katashi."Bookmark here

As she said that, Hikaru felt a strong feeling of disgust. The only thing he could see in front of him was Katashi’s face with a hole in it.Bookmark here

" Why are you here?"Bookmark here

" Because I wanted to see the hypocrite who destroyed my family."Bookmark here

" And you came here to cry about it?"Bookmark here

" No. I want to know why, so tell me why did you kill him?"Bookmark here

" Why? Because he is the piece of shit who destroyed my life and he came back for more."Bookmark here

" I understand that. I never pretended that my son was a good person. He was an awful person with a superiority complex and you challenged his complex. My question is was it really necessary?"Bookmark here

" Yes. He deserved it. Society is better without him."Bookmark here

Even doe that’s what he was saying, he didn’t believe himself. This was just him trying to justify his actions to himself. Somewhere in the back of his mind the words of his mother were still ringing.Bookmark here

" I DON’T CARE!"Bookmark here

And with that scream, tears started to come out.Bookmark here

" I don’t care if he killed or stole or anything. He was my son! I have one more question for you. Are you really better than him?"Bookmark here

" Get to the point already! Of course I am, but you have something in mind so say it."Bookmark here

" I heard he killed your friend this encounter, right? What was his name? Shion I think."Bookmark here

" …"Bookmark here

" Guess I’m right then. Why did my son kill him? Out of hatred for you, right?"Bookmark here

" …"Bookmark here

" And why did you kill my son? Out of hatred, right?"Bookmark here

In that moment every justification Hikaru had in his mind was gone. Every thing that kept him sane after that horrible event was gone. His mind was full of Katashi’s face when he killed Shion and his face when he killed Katashi putting them side by side. They were the same.Bookmark here

" Yes but…"Bookmark here

" There’s nothing to say. You are a hypocrite. As simple as that, and I can add even more. One reason to hate him was because he destroyed your precious family. Guess what you did to his family."Bookmark here

" I…"Bookmark here

" Yes, you are no better than my piece of shit of a son. That’s why I will kill you here. I don’t care if I become a hypocrite as long as I see you die, then I can kill myself without any regret."Bookmark here

" What?"Bookmark here

Without any hint of that intention she pulls from under her coat a gun. It was a little pistol which is how she got it in here. When she pointed the gun at Hikaru’s face she started trembling. She was not really ready to take a life, but she pulled the trigger anyway. She missed only grazing Hikaru’s.Bookmark here

" I am weak. I’m sorry Katashi!"Bookmark here

As soon as she fired Tarō entered the room and immobilized her.Bookmark here

" What are you doing ma’am?"Bookmark here

" I wanted to kill that filthy lowlife, but I couldn’t. Please kill him. He defied us nobles. He deserves it, right?"Bookmark here

" No."Bookmark here

" What is that supposed to mean? Are you siding with him?"Bookmark here

" No. I’m just trying to stop the cycle from continuing."Bookmark here

" I don’t have time for your riddles. I need to avenge my son."Bookmark here

" Sorry but you are becoming exactly like him, and that’s how the cycle continues. I also lost someone to them but I won’t go around killing them in return. I’m better than them."Bookmark here

" Just let this be my final task before I die."Bookmark here

" Well I tried. Guess you are no better than him. I shall find a cozy cell for you."Bookmark here

" No, you can’t! I’m a noble."Bookmark here

" I sure as hell can, and if you don’t shut up in going to beat you into a pulp for sneaking a gun in here. Understood?"Bookmark here

" I’m going to make your life hell!"Bookmark here

" I would like to see you try. Now let’s go!"Bookmark here

As they left you could only hear the sound of Katashi’s mother screaming in despair. Hikaru was left with a breaking mind. Every excuse he made for killing Katashi was gone, nothing to keep him from falling down in the depths of despair. He became what he hated, his father, Katashi and the rest of the population of the dome. Bookmark here

'I guess it was all excuses in the end. I was never right. I’m exactly like them.'Bookmark here

" Hey! Are you alright?"Bookmark here

" You should have let her kill me."Bookmark here

" Why?"Bookmark here

" It’s as you said. I’m a hypocrite. I destroyed her family because mine was ripped away. I’m no better."Bookmark here

" And? I was in a similar situation. I still am. I really want to kill you."Bookmark here

" Then why won’t you?"Bookmark here

" As you said, I don’t want to become like you. Look, you did the only thing you could do in that situation as a human being, as you saw earlier, but that doesn’t mean it was the right choice."Bookmark here

" You are contradicting yourself."Bookmark here

" No, I’m not. You took the path that was presented to you, but there was another road, you just didn’t see it. It was the wrong choice doe, so you ended right here."Bookmark here

" So you are saying you can relate to me?"Bookmark here

" Yes, I want to kill you with a burning passion, but my morals won’t let me. A true warrior upholds to his morals, otherwise he is just scum. That’s why you lost to me."Bookmark here

" You seem different from when we fought."Bookmark here

" Of course. Battles are where I feel truly alive, so of course I’m going to be fired up there. After all that’s how a true warrior lives."Bookmark here

" You sure are weird. I quite like you."Bookmark here

" That’s funny. I quite hate you."Bookmark here

" I wasn’t expecting anything else."Bookmark here

" I’m going to leave you for now. Try not to lose your mind in here."Bookmark here

" Thanks, I guess."Bookmark here

'Don’t lose it? What if it’s already lost? What should I do? Wait here to rot away? I don’t really want to die that way. It’s going to be really bad.'Bookmark here

After that Hikaru closed his eyes. When he opened them again he found himself in the white space again.Bookmark here

" Kid, you are really pushing your luck! Making me contact you for a third time, I have my limits you know?"Bookmark here

" Why do you care?"Bookmark here

" I don’t just give this power to anyone. You have a bright future ahead of you."Bookmark here

" You mean a red future, I will not spill any blood anymore."Bookmark here

" You really listened to the old hag. Then let me put it this way. Has anyone ever beaten a monster without becoming one?"Bookmark here

" Again with your puzzles?"Bookmark here

" Just listen, will you?"Bookmark here

" Sure. Why not."Bookmark here

" In the ancient times there where a lot of wars. How do you think one side won? By killing the other, and the ones who won where the ones who were attacked some of the time. That means they were as bad as the ones who attacked. That’s what’s happening right now with the terrorist group. A bigger monster is about to be created so it can swallow the current monster. That’s just human greed, if you want something, you go to incredible lengths to achieve it, even if it means leaving your humanity behind. Why do you think the world is like this right now? Why do you think this is probably the last place where humans can live? Because human greed swallowed this entire world and made it a wasteland. Do you get what I’m saying?"Bookmark here

" I do, but i don't care. I hate what i have become, I hate myself."Bookmark here

"And? You became what you hated, so make sure it wasn't a mistake. Keep pushing so you didn't do it in vain. Now that you've done it there is no turning back, you either die like trash or destroy the other monster so others don't need to become like you. Keep pushing, like she would have wanted."Bookmark here

After all this words Hikaru’s mind was reassured. He finally had a reason to push on and forgive himself. Doubt still remained but his mind did not falter.Bookmark here

" Thanks. You gave me resolve."Bookmark here

" Good, but listen to me, I can’t contact you for some time, I reached my limit. Can you handle it alone for some time?"Bookmark here

" Who do you take me for?"Bookmark here

" As smug as always. Now go."Bookmark here

As soon as he returned to the real world an alarm started in the station. There was an uneasy feeling in the air. There was panic all around, and them a loud sound came from the right side of the corridor in front of the cell. As soon as that happened Tarō passed right in front of his cell going to investigate, but even without a second in between Tarō was sent flying the way he came. Bookmark here

" Are you alright boss? You really overdid it."Bookmark here

" I had no other choice unfortunately."Bookmark here

A man showed himself before Hikaru. He was the one called boss, he had short blonde hair and red eyes. Blood was dripping from his mouth. He had two other people behind him. One was a woman with orange hair caught in a ponytail and she wore glasses, her eyes were also orange and the last one was a kid with white hair and black eyes. The kid bent the bars on his cell and the boss approached Hikaru.Bookmark here

" We don’t have much time, do we? Name's Ryūji. Think fast! Do you join us or remain here? There are a lot of people around here like you and we know about how this little power works. Not a bad deal, is it?"Bookmark here

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