Chapter 1:

A Light of Hope

The Divine Punishment



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"This world shall know pain."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

A word was dominating my head: 24th of July, 3.26 PM. Yes, the exact time the world was going to end.Bookmark here

A large meteor was falling from the dark sky that covered the globe.Bookmark here

It was huge, so huge that the one that extinguished the dinosaurs was not even close.Bookmark here

I didn't know what to do.Bookmark here

My life was coming to an end.Bookmark here

A "divine punishment", that's what it was, a huge rock was going to put an end to all existences on this damn world, from the futile insects to humans.Bookmark here

No one would escape it, or so I thought.Bookmark here

The comet seems to have totally ignored my country, or rather the whole of Central Europe.Bookmark here

My name is 展敬 Nowak (Tenkei Nowak), I am 17 years old and I am half-Japanese on my mother's side and half-Polish on my father's side.Bookmark here

The question I kept asking myself was why we, Europeans, were spared.Bookmark here

A few hours later it was very hot, there was no wind, exactly since the meteorite had fallen.Bookmark here

I didn't pay much attention to it, not that I was attached to life or anything like that, much less to the people who lived outside this shitty place.Bookmark here

My life is boring, monotonous, what I always do is study, fail exams, repeat.Bookmark here

I don't think the death of all those people, which are around 6.5 billion, was too traumatic.Bookmark here

Eventually, certain human scum had to go.Bookmark here

"Tenkei, will you take this garbage out, please?" asked my mother, in a stiff tone.Bookmark here

"Sure... mom," as always I obeyed without thinking too much about it, it's much easier to just do it rather than complain, my brother always did that instead.Bookmark here

I took out the trash and noticed my father coming back from the supermarket with his bag emptier than usual.Bookmark here

"There's no more water."Bookmark here

"What? What do you mean?" I asked.Bookmark here

"It's gone, it's not there anymore."Bookmark here

"Explain yourself, for fuck's sake!"Bookmark here

"It's too hard to explain, Tenkei."Bookmark here

I didn't believe what I was hearing, so I wanted to go check it out with my own eyes.Bookmark here

The supermarket wasn't very far away, it shouldn't have taken me more than a 5-minute walk.Bookmark here

I arrived and rushed in.Bookmark here

"Hey, don't run!"Bookmark here

"Sorry!"Bookmark here

I arrived at the refrigerator section, and, not only had the water disappeared from the bottles making them empty, the refrigerators were off, the lights as well, and all the food was dried out as if it had gotten too much sun.Bookmark here

I don't know what this all means, was that due to the meteorite? I assume so, I don't think there is any other explanation. But why don't people notice?Bookmark here

Or maybe, like me, they're all noticing a little at a time.Bookmark here

Shit! What's going to happen?Bookmark here

They all think the meteorite only did the damage with the impact, as the few people who lived at the borders who were saved explain.Bookmark here

How do I know the number of dead people?! Easy, math.Bookmark here

In Europe there are about 450 million people, then subtracting them from the world population of about 7 billion (or so I remember) we arrive at an approximate result of 6.5 billion dead.Bookmark here

Numbers aside, what seems to be divine punishment, is for real, in every sense.Bookmark here

Not only a large number of humans had been killed, but even important resources such as water, electricity, and even fire had disappeared.Bookmark here

Without thinking too much about it, I decided to return home and live out the last few days of my life reading the last volumes of my favorite manga, "The Strange Adventures of JeJe."Bookmark here

On the way home, however, I tripped over a strange rock, which wouldn't come off the road, although not very large (it wasn't bigger than my hand).Bookmark here

As I was about to kick it away, I noticed that in the center of it shone a bright yellow light, like the warm light of the latest lamps.Bookmark here

I picked it up and all of a sudden it disappeared, but feeling something strange in my chest, I took off my shirt and checked.Bookmark here

Part of it went in, while a piece came out, I think it is attached to the heart, so I did not want to try to remove it.Bookmark here

I felt like it was another part of the body, with its muscles, voluntary.Bookmark here

But what would happen if I tried to use that muscle?Bookmark here

I left the urban part of the city and went to the Hoffs neighborhood, the abandoned neighborhood where my grandparents, who died a few years ago, lived.Bookmark here

I decided to try it out in this area, trying not to bump into anyone, even though it would most likely be a useless alien stone spilled from the meteorite.Bookmark here

I set in action the muscle and immediately felt a wave of heat rise from the "stone" to my head.Bookmark here

I looked at the windows of the abandoned houses and noticed from my reflection that the sclera of my eyes had turned black and both the pupil and the iris had taken on the same yellowish color as the center of the stone.Bookmark here

My hands immediately began to form a kind of yellow lightning bolt that did not affect me in any way.Bookmark here

I was beginning to understand.Bookmark here

"So that's what happened, the energies were all sucked up and turned into scattered stones all over central Europe? (the only area saved)."Bookmark here

It had to be, there was no other explanation.Bookmark here

"But then, the water is still there! In the form of a stone of course; I need to look for it," I said to myself.Bookmark here

Fortunately, the stone seemed to be attracted towards something, "maybe just the nearest stone," I thought.Bookmark here

Even so, it might have been very far away, since even a small part of England, as the rumors go, was saved.Bookmark here

Besides, it was very tiring to use this stone, I had only generated a little lightning by operating the electricity stone, but I was already tired, let alone using it to restore power globally.Bookmark here

I didn't even want to think about how long it would take to find the water one, to save the remaining humans.Bookmark here

"However, we have two days, and I could use my father's electric car since I found the stone," or, as I decided to call it, the "kamien "*.Bookmark here

*from Polish, stoneBookmark here

I didn't even know if I would be able to get there in time, since I didn't know the exact location of the water kamien, and humans on average can last up to 3 days without hydrating.Bookmark here

So I returned home and without hesitation asked my father for the car, without explaining anything to him about the stone.Bookmark here

"It's ok, although I doubt you'll be able to use it," he replied.Bookmark here

After all, I'm a minor...Bookmark here

I took some food with me, not sure if it would be enough, but it wasn't going to be a long trip.Bookmark here

Without further hesitation, I started the car, generating a jolt of electricity directly from the charging tube.Bookmark here

It started.Bookmark here

I wasn't too surprised; this kamien was probably something divine, so such a machine wasn't a problem for it, but it was for me.Bookmark here

Compared to the first time, I felt less tired, but still, I would have struggled to continue like this for hours.Bookmark here

Nevertheless, I decided to leave, head held high, I had nothing left to lose, my life was boring as it was.Bookmark here

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"Hey, l-i-s-t-e-n?" said a strange person.Bookmark here

I didn't know why but I was seeing everything blurry.Bookmark here

"Are you all-r-i-g-h-t?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"How did you get into this accident, Tenkei?"Bookmark here

How did this person know my name?Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

I could feel myself starting to recover.Bookmark here

" H-Hey, come on, let's get you up."Bookmark here

"t-thank you," I said with a very weak voice.Bookmark here

" No problem, however, I immediately noticed the stone on your chest, luckily you weren't hurt much, but your clothes were torn and I realized that you have that stone too."Bookmark here

I turned to her and noticed that she was my childhood friend, Emmy Mancker. She lived on the border of Poland and Germany, we used to play together a lot when we were kids in the playground near my house because she moved there sometimes, because she had relatives in Poland.Bookmark here

She is not very tall, in fact, she is short compared to me. I'm about 5'8", and she's 5'5". She's very pretty, she has dyed red hair, great blue eyes, a slim body, and.... well, pretty big boobs. I mean, she's the woman of dreams and she's the same age as me.
After all that commotion, I straightened up and she handed me a bottle of water, I drank it.Bookmark here

"A-wait what!?" I yelled, spitting out all the water.Bookmark here

She had just given me water to drink, no fucking way!Bookmark here

It had disappeared! She might have the kamien of water! No, impossible, my kamien still seems to be attracted to another stone.Bookmark here

"Ahahah"Bookmark here

"Does this look like a time to laugh?! I almost risked my life!"Bookmark here

"Ahah, I forgot to explain it to you."Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

"One of the most important German senators, Lothur Weber, found the water stone."Bookmark here

"Ahh, and so what kamien do you have?"Bookmark here

"Kamien? Is that what you guys call it?"Bookmark here

"You guys!? I'm probably the only one in Poland who knows of its existence!"Bookmark here

"Kamien, huh? Well then we can say that I have the kamien of wind, that's how I healed your wounds, I can also change the wind at will, inserting more oxygen, or what I want, I think you too with yours can do things like that."Bookmark here

"But the air is still there, how is that possible..."Bookmark here

"I tell you again, my kamien has the essence of wind, not air."Bookmark here

"I see" I repliedBookmark here

"Well, now that you've recovered a bit, how about we head over to the Senator? He is distributing immense amounts of water and, in a few hours, with our help, the water should get to all the places that have been saved"Bookmark here

"Yes, no problem, but...how exactly do we get there? My father's car is out of commission, and there are very few electric cars here."Bookmark here

"Maybe you didn't notice, but you've come a long way anyway, we're right next to my house, in the German borders!"Bookmark here

"Oh God, but how many hours has it been?" I asked in a surprised tone.Bookmark here

"About 2 hours and 30 minutes, after all, we're not too far away."Bookmark here

"Ohh, but so how do we get there!" I asked again as I tried to hold myself up.Bookmark here

"Don't worry, Senator Weber is not too far from here, he should be in Frankfurt on Oder. And we'll bike there, we can reach the speed of a car by using my wind kamien by having it propel us."Bookmark here

"Wow, great."Bookmark here

She had to be much smarter than me, she must have had a perfect school life for sure.Bookmark here

"I know what you're thinking."Bookmark here

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"I mean, at least give me some feedback."Bookmark here

"..." I didn't understand what she was trying to tell me.Bookmark here

"You've been staring at my boobs for a while now."Bookmark here

My face instantly turned red, I didn't think she noticed I was staring at them.Bookmark here

"Well, think of it as some special thanks, and see if you can give me some feedback."Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

I was too embarrassed to answer her. And then a thank you for what? I didn't understand.Bookmark here

"At least be happier!"Bookmark here

"Now you're getting mad at me too?!"Bookmark here

"It would only be kinder to give me a review..."Bookmark here

I didn't think a perfect woman like her had such fetishes.Bookmark here

"C-certainly, a feedback--!"Bookmark here

What am I supposed to tell her? I haven't spoken to her in years, I don't want to seem rude.Bookmark here

Uhh...Bookmark here

"Well," I began, "you have a nice body."Bookmark here

"That wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear you say, but thank you, you can rest now."Bookmark here

How strange, I didn't remember her like that.Bookmark here

Well, people change, besides, I wonder if she's still a virgin.Bookmark here

Ahahah, no kidding, a magnificent girl like her, a virgin at 17?! Impossible. She must have had a model boyfriend...Bookmark here

I envy him...Bookmark here

Strange thoughts aside, I decided to sleep, cuddled up to her, it was a dream come true.Bookmark here

In no time at all, we found ourselves in Frankfurt (Oder).Bookmark here

And it was here that we finally reunited with most of the European population, many people were waiting for us, apparently, they knew about kamien too.Bookmark here

"Only in Poland do they not know?", I asked Emmy.Bookmark here

"Actually no, there are people from all over Europe here, even some from Spain, Italy, France."Bookmark here

I see.Bookmark here

Past the main street, we paused for a moment.Bookmark here

That's where I saw the huge senator's palace. It seemed to touch the sky, or maybe it was the clouds that were too low...Bookmark here

But it left me speechless, you only see things like that in anime.
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