I Once Believed The Sun Was A Legend
“HUH? What did you just say!?”
The octopus boy turns to look at me. He faces me but doesn’t react to how I look. Too pissed off to care, I think.
Perfect! That’s what I want. Anger messes with people’s rational thinking.
I ignore his question.
“I saw what happened at the entrance. It was hilarious!”
Acting like it’s funny, I give out a small chuckle. But of course, I don’t know what was there to laugh about in the first place.
I would be polite to him, but I need his wrath for this to work.
He’s in front of me in one step, grabbing me by the collar.
“Do you want to die!? ‘Cause I have no problem attending this damn test next year!” He hisses.
A few people notice what’s going on, pointing us out.
“Whoa! Easy there. You know how we can resolve this.”
He releases me and puts his finger in my face.
“Of course I know you little fuck! You better say goodbye to your loved ones! ‘Cause I’m gonna KILL you!”
“Ok, let’s head up to the stage then.”
“Don’t tell me what to do!”
He stubbornly takes the lead, stomping away like a little kid whose mom is ordering him around. His weird clothing catches my attention; a red jacket and, black leather pants? Why is he wearing leather pants? He might be trying to hide his entity mark. But I’m pretty sure that most people here already know what his Sukira is.
All eyes are on us as we walk to the stage. At the back of the stage, behind the red curtains, there’s a bright arena surrounded by a wall of glass. It’s made with special glass that will protect the watchers from any miss-hits.
However, we aren’t the first ones who show up.
Two girls are already fighting each other in the arena. But it won’t be long before the match ends. Because one of them is a hybrid.
A hybrid is a person who has two Sukiras. But he or she would need to switch Sukiras in order to use the other Sukira. It’s not something you see everyday.
And of course, the hybrid girl wins.
After concluding the match, Andria-san gestures for whoever’s next in line to enter, which is me and octopus boy.
We enter the arena as the girls leave it. I take position on one side of the arena, while octopus boy stands on other side.
I can see octopus boy’s fists clenching, his face muscles tensing. His green eyes are all fired up, furious.
He will probably kill me if I’m not careful.
“You can both start if you’re ready.”
No count down.
My eyes meet his. One of us has to start attacking first. I wait for him to make the first move. But he doesn’t. He only glares at me. Then, from his back, eight huge tentacles abruptly materialize. I notice that the tentacles are red this time, unlike when I first saw them.
“You think I’m an idiot!” He growls. “I know that you came to me because you know my Sukira is physical! And yours is probably anti-physical! Your waiting for me to attack first! Fuck you! You probably want me to touch you!”
And? What are you going to do about it? I want to ask him, but that will be a waste of time and energy. I did indeed want him to touch me. I could have electrocuted him, paralyzing him, and that would’ve been the end of it.
“Oh, well, I guess my plan didn’t work.” I reply, shrugging.
It looks like I’ll have to resort to plan B.
I pull out a throwing knife from my sock. The rules didn’t prohibit anyone from bringing any personal weapons. I mean, if they allowed us to use our Sukiras, which can seriously injure someone, a little knife won’t hurt. Right?
I look back at Andria-san, making sure that my theory is correct. She doesn’t show any signs of objection.
“You think a damn knife would stop me? Hah! Try me bastard!”
His tentacles’ tips turn into hard sharp edges, like swords.
“Bring it on!”
I hold the knife by the the blade and aim, while Octopus-boy smiles scornfully. His hands and stance are in a boxing position.
I throw my knife.
“HAHAHA, that’s all you got!”
I fall to my knees.
Am I going to die?
Octopus-boy grabs the knife with one of his tentacles and brings it back to his hands. He plays with it teasingly.
“Now, thanks to you, I can finally kill you!” He says.
I’m still facing the floor.
I don’t want to die, I still have my mom to save. But I don’t have any other plan.
I’m not going to die that easily, you idiot.
A blue streak of electricity zaps from my right hand and hits the knife. Octopus-boy shakes vigorously, as he falls back, paralyzed.
As Andria-san declares me the winner, I head over to octopus-boy, who can’t talk as a byproduct of being paralyzed. I take my knife from his hand.
“The nature of my Sukira is electric. Before I threw the knife, I inserted a ‘link’. That’s what I call it.” I say to him, sliding the knife back into my sock. “It basically allows me to put a receiving end when I use my electricity. And since the knife is metal, it can easily connect, shocking the knife and anything between me and it.”
I retrieve the electricity from his body, allowing him to move again.
Octopus-boy sits, staying on the floor while rubbing his head. His tentacles returns to his body. He looks frustrated, but defeated.
I reach over to him and offer my hand.
“My name is Jadon by the way.”
He looks up at me.
He smacks my hand and stands on his own.
“Tch… I don’t need your sympathy.”
I didn’t expect him to take my hand anyway. I would’ve been more shocked if he did take it.
He starts to exit the arena, and I trail behind him. But he stops midway.
“My name is Blake, and I promise that I will kill you one day.” He snarls, his back facing me.
After we leave the arena, we stop by Andria-san.
“You can both do the aiming test now, instead of sitting here and watching. If you want to, go down the hallway to the stadium. A judge, Zaki-kun, will be waiting for you there.”
Sure. It’s definitely better than staying here. Also, since we’re the first ones to finish, no one would witness how much I suck at aiming.
I head to the stadium. It looks like Blake-kun decides to go too.
“Stop following me!”
“I’m not. I’m going to the test too.”
We go down the hallway and into the stadium. Sure enough, Zaki-san is waiting right in the field. Zaki-san, in the same state as when I last saw him, turns out to be the same person who conducted the first exam. We approach him.
I sit in the stands, resting my chin in my hands. I believe this used to be a football field, but they took out the goal posts.
I look up at the sky. It’s dark. As always. I have to go up there to fulfill my dream.
I really want to live in The Heavens…
I think I passed the first exam, but I messed up with the one on one. Of all the people applying for this test, I challenged a hybrid person. I messed up!
That’s not my fault! How could I have known that she was a hybrid! I’m one unlucky girl I guess...
I just finished testing my aim. I did pretty good at it. Zaki-san just sits there, waiting for others to arrive.
I hear the doors open. But I don’t turn around. I don't need to. They will pass by me anyway.
Two boys walk by. They didn’t seem to notice me. The first one is a blondie.
Why’s he wearing leather pants?
The other boy seems…… different. His skin is bronze-like. I’ve never seen anyone like him. His hair is silky black, which matches his clothes. They stop by Zaki-san, and when he turns, I’m blown away. His eyes are dark blue. An enchanting shade of blue.
What am I doing!?
I reach for my face.
Am I blushing! Why do my cheeks feel hot!
Is this what they call… love at first sight!!!?