Elai: 20 years ? This is impossible! Didn't you meet his father or something?
John: No, I personally investigated him, he has no family or people close to him, even his highest-ranking employees don't know much about him.
Elai: Even though he's mysterious that doesn't explain the fact that he hasn't changed in 20 years
Elai: It's impossible for someone close to 70 to look like they're close to 50 without using beauty products
John: I know souns unbelievable, but I believe he is much older than that.
Elai: How is that possible?
John: So far what I have are just theories, his clothes and way of acting give a lot about his origins
John: If I'm correct he must be over 100 years old.
Elai: Over 100 years old? Did occultists discover the fountain of youth or something?
John: The story is much more macabre than that
John: There are stories very well hidden in our world that tell of a miraculous substance that allows youth to be kept forever
Elai: I think I heard something about when I was watching a conspiracy theory video
John: Stories say that this substance is produced in the human body through extreme fear.
John: But not just any kind of fear, but the absolute dread that can only be obtained when someone is about to die
Instantly I remembered what Adam did to me and Annie
Elai: Do you think he was trying to get this substance from me and Annie?
John: It's a possibility
John: But the amount a person can produce of this substance is extremely low.
John: It's horrible to think how many people he must have killed all these years to keep his youth
I hated Adam before, now I saw no difference between him and a demon, if he is indeed as old as Father John thinks, imagine how much he took advantage of the wars and conflicts of this century and the last century
Elai: And do you believe in your heart that you can convince a monster like that to just give up going over your church?
John: I can't do it alone but with God's help I have faith that I can do it.
Elai: I don't think faith alone can help you in this situation
John: God's love can save even the most damned of souls as long as that soul accepts it
Elai: I sincerely hope you are right, it would be frustrating for a team to lose its leader early on in battle.
John: I appreciate your confidence
Elai: So... I think it's time for me to prepare too
Elai: I'm still upset about almost losing to the anteater demon, who's taking care of the weaponry?
John: Klovis is assembling makeshift weapons from what he finds in the church, you should talk to him
Elai: Right, by the way what is Klovis like?
John: You will definitely know who he is once you see him
Joseph didn't go into much detail about what the people he saved were like, but he told me how big Klovis was as a closet, I thought he was overreacting because of his personality
"If you'll excuse me, I'll be on my way" I got up and walked out the door
John: When you have some free time you can use the bathroom in the back to take a shower and change your clothes.
I think that was the way he managed to tell me I was looking like a beggar without being rude
So I left Father John's office and went to the most obvious place where Klovis could be
When I got to the altar I could see the church completely and a short time later I could see a giant man in front of a small group.
He was teaching them some self defense techniques using the improvised weapons
"Wait... Is that Emilya?" she was in the middle of the group looking intently at the teachings of Klovis
I walked up to the group and by default everyone there suddenly quieted down
Emilya: Seriously guys, if you make that face every time a stranger shows up at our church it's going to get a bad reputation
Klovis: And one of the main stars of the church finally joins us
Klovis: No need to be shy! You've made the news since Lunna walked in carrying you through the door.
Klovis: Plus this short one here talks about you and this Annie in a way...
Emilya blushed in a way that anyone there would have guessed she would burn inside with embarrassment.
Klovis: Haha! No need to be embarrassed girl
Klovis: Anyway... Lunna told me about the mess you made just now and honestly I was curious to know how you fight
Elai: What do you mean by that?
Klovis: Let's fight now
Everyone there synchronously said "what?" in amazement at Klovis' unexpected invitation
Klovis: Relax, it's going to be friendly combat, we'll still be fighting our enemies in a few hours
Elai: I'm not a fighter! All I did was use RPG strategies and pray not to die
Klovis: What?!? It's impossible for a novice to have managed to survive like that just using game strategies
Klovis: Are you embarrassed to show yourself
Elai: No no! I already said that...
Klovis: En garde!
Klovis then made a quick lunge taking me completely by surprise, he moved forward giving me a front kick, although he is much taller than me he was very fast
I flew straight to the ground, I was getting annoyed at how many times I had been knocked down and been in a shitty state in such a short time.
I punched the ground frustrated by my weakness and then I got up in anger
“Emilya! Can you heal me if I get hurt?” I looked seriously at Emilya and she replied in a shy way that she could
“Okay, you're the teacher here aren't you? You will teach me in practice how to defend myself” I was not understanding myself at the time, in other circumstances I would have been avoiding direct combat, but now I challenged an experienced guy much bigger than me to duel
Klovis: Oh! I liked that look! Well, I will make a point of doing a good job with you in these few hours we have
"Stand your guard" he ordered like an army general
I in response just raised my arms
"You call it combat stance you brat!" he screamed furiously
"First you have to position your legs, try to repeat what I'm going to do" he then slowly spread his legs a little so I could understand, and I tried to mirror his movement
"A little more out or someone can trip you like that" he then kicked my legs causing me to lose my balance and fall back to the ground
“Get up man! Do you think they'll wait for you to recover?”
I then got up again ignoring the pain of falling to the floor again, the church floor was made of solid wood but my clothes even though in a bad state still served to cushion a little.
"That! Anyway, now let's try again!” he then ordered me to repeat the same combat pose and again kicked my legs but this time i didn't fall but staggered for 3 to 4 steps
In the meantime I could see that the whole church was watching us carefully.
“Pay attention to me! I am your opponent now!” he yelled calling my attention
“Periodically observe the environment around you but don't forget about the enemy you're facing, as well as being a dishonor to your opponent, it could end up killing you for receiving an unprepared blow”
"Raise your fists like this" he showed me how I should raise fists
"Remember - if, the power of your punches mainly comes from your legs and torso"
"If you do everything right, your punch should be something like this" he then punched the air directly, you could feel the power of his blow just by looking
He left me practicing the same move for about 2 minutes until he gave me more instructions
Klovis: I think you've got the hang of the bare minimum to fight decently, let's level it up, hit me right here
He then pointed to his abdomen and encouraged me to hit him with full force a punch
I then threw the hardest punch I could even hesitantly, but to my misfortune it was like hitting a wall, I felt a pain like I had broken my hand
“That hurts doesn't it? That's because I worked my muscles well and I'm wearing a vest" he looked at me sarcastically
Klovis: This always happens to newbies, they never hit something solid and end up getting hurt when they try
Klovis: Healer Girl, Heal Only His Hand
Emilya: I said you can call me Emilya
Emilya then healed my hand and the pain in my arm disappeared completely
Klovis: You won't always get help like that, always clench your fist as hard as you can and never bend it while throwing a punch
Klovis: Your fists are like spears, don't forget that
Klovis: We're out of time, so let's move on to defensive and counter-attacking training.
Klovis: Raise your guard again
And then I raised my guard
Klovis: Yeah, now put your chin down, remember to keep your chin covered unless you're taunting your opponent
Elai: I understand
Klovis: Now attack me again
Once again I went all over him, but this time I made sure to close my hand as tightly as possible before throwing a punch.
This time instead of receiving the punch he parried with one arm opening my guard and with his free hand punched me straight in the face
I gave a howl of pain as I stumbled backwards with one hand over my face feeling the blood trickle down my nose.
Emilya: Mr. Robinson, don't you think you're pushing him hard?
Klovis: Of course I am! We don't have a month to train
Klovis: But don't worry I can control my strength
Klovis: In case you have any doubts, in your friend's current state I would be able to crack his skull like a car crash without any problem.
Klovis: Anyway, if you're done screaming in pain, think about how I hit you and then come back and hit me again
I spent a little time thinking until Klovis advanced on me again
"Your time is up" he said giving me various punches, they felt like hammering and were only hitting my upper body
“Don't close your eyes! Keep your focus on me” he said as I backed away little by little until he pushed me to the ground again.
Klovis: Healer! Your turn
Emilya: I already said that... Oh forget it
Emilya then healed me from the most serious injuries and so we continued
Klovis: Boy, you're not going to become a great fighter today, but if you make it to the end of this class without giving up, you'll be able to learn on your own how to improve.
Elai: Motivational speech? Now ?
Elai: Whatever! I've never taken so many blows in my life as in these last 24 hours, come-on professor!
I remained motivated to fight Klovis for another 30 minutes, it was obvious he was taking it easy on me while I was concentrating.
The whole church looked like an audience of a street fight, maybe if they were more daring they would start betting
After 30 minutes Emilya had already healed me more than 10 times and on the eleventh something happened
Her gaze drifted away for a moment and she got dizzy and almost fell to the ground, but I was able to catch her in time.
Elai: That was close... Are you okay?
Emilya: Y-Yes, it was just a slight dizziness
Klovis: I'm sorry healer, I should have asked if you were alright
Emily: N-No need to worry about me, I'm fine already
That was unexpected, it wasn't like I believed the “magic” she was doing was infinite but that somehow could mean that if they overreacted it would be the healers themselves.
Elai: I think you should rest
Emilya: No need to worry about me, I'm fine already
John: Go rest Emilya, that's an order
Elai and Emilya: Father John?!?
Emilya then let go of me, dusted off her clothes and walked to the back of the church.
Elai: How long have you been here?
John: Not long ago... I was starting to find the silence of the church strange.
Elai: I think I got carried away by the excitement
Little by little, the members of the church returned to their normal activities.
Elai: I forgot Klovis, you're the one taking care of the weapons aren't you?
Klovis: Yes, do you need some?
Elai: Yes, I plan to go back to the club soon and I want to be well prepared.
Klovis then ordered the other members of the defense group to get back to their lives and the two of us headed towards a side exit of the church.
We got to Lunna's car again and I got my stuff from the backseat.
As soon as Klovis saw my scythe his eyes sparkled like those of a child getting a candy
Klovis: Curious toy you're holding, may I have a look?
As soon as I handed over the scythe he started to analyze it like an expert.
Klovis: Hmm... It's a little heavy for it's size, what's it made of?
Elai: No idea, I don't know where “demonic metal” would fit on the periodic table
Klovis: Demonic metal?
Elai: Yes, I did it while I was trying to survive a demon with a goat's head
Elai: I modified it as soon as I arrived at the Taylor house so I could at least lift it off the ground
Klovis: Interesting, that explains the deplorable state it's in
He then starts to rehearse some blows in the air and little by little he seems to be adapting to the scythe
Klovis: I'm curious how you managed to survive with this scythe that doesn't cut
Elai: What do you mean it doesn't cut?
Klovis: Look at the state of it, your hands must already be in a bad state just from shaking it
Elai: This scythe is the perfect example of “don't judge the book by its cover”
Elai: Hit anything with it
Klovis looked around looking for something to hit until he found a tree nearby
Klovis: So you're saying that this sickle-shaped piece of iron cuts something?
Then Klovis hits the tree with all his strength and the scythe goes through it as if it were made of Styrofoam leaving a thin trail of fire wherever it went.
Klovis: I've never seen anything like this in my life
Klovis: Boy! Do you know where I can get a sickle like that?
Elai: So... As I said I got it near my building while I was fighting, I already consider it a great luck that I got this one.
Elai: It's been more than 12 hours, but there may be the possibility that no one has shown up to get a scythe
Klovis: So what are we waiting for? Let's go there!
Klovis then calls Lunna to drive the car, before she comes I grabbed my backpack again and heard a strange sound
Elai: Hmm... What is this?
It was then that I remembered the bottles I had taken from the house
Elai: Ahh shit!
All were broken with the exception of one
Klovis: How much glass is that? Are you a garbage man or something?
Elai: I had the idea to put holy water in these bottles like a game I saw once
Klovis: It's not a bad idea, but there's only one left
Klovis: Let's make it worth it
Klovis: Let's do something better than just add water
Elai: What are you planning to do?
Klovis: Have you ever heard of Molotov?
Lunna: Molotov? I love these things
Klovis: There is the queen of flames
Klovis: She once on a mission burned down an entire apartment using hot oil and water.
Lunna: So what are we planning to burn this time?
Elai: A succubus and maybe her master together
Luna: Oh! Glad we left the church, you know I'm pretty superstitious so I think talking about murder in a church can have consequences
Klovis: But in theory, hasn't the church been doing this for over 2,000 years?
We 3 were silent for a while
Lunna: Anyway... I know a great mix to make a good Molotov
Lunna: But it takes a while for the ingredients to react and take effect
Elai: Isn't Molotov made with gasoline and motor oil?
Klovis: Don't disrespect the queen
Lunna: Mine are made with a recipe that I keep under 7 keys and I don't intend to reveal to anyone
Klovis: Before you make your artwork, I have to ask you a favor
Lunna: Are you asking me for favors?
Klovis: I need to go to the boy's building to see if there's a scythe like that over there
Lunna: I knew you would be interested in this thing, deal done
Lunna: But you Elai will stay here
Elai: You two don't even know where I live
Lunna: We spend a lot of time with your friends, we're good at getting information
Lunna: Also, you reek of sweat, dust and alcohol
Lunna: You'll only get in my car again when you don't look like a homeless man who survived a fire
After that the 2 got in the car and quickly left for my building
Elai: She's right, I should take a shower and change my clothes
Klovis Robinson's point of view
Klovis: How long until we reach our destination?
Luna: 2 minutes
Lunna ran through the streets as if she had grown up in them, as much as we've known each other for a long time, her precision in curves still impressed me
It was still a little hard to get used to the darkness of the sky, remembering the face Stevan made as he ran to warn us makes me laugh so far
I didn't have time to distract myself, those demons were really ugly and there was a small horde blocking the passage just ahead
Klovis: What are you going to do Lunna?
Lunna: Isn't it obvious? I will go over them
Klovis: Have you forgotten what happened last time?
Luna: This time it will be different
She so instead of swerving or braking she accelerated more and more, I totally trusted her abilities but I still had doubts about what could happen.
As soon as we passed the first demon a blue flame started to take over the car and we went straight through the horde like a blue comet that annihilated everything in its path
The 2 of us couldn't contain our happiness and we started celebrating like it was the championship final
Klovis: How did you do that Lunna?
Lunna: I saw what that water did to our blades so I asked the priest to bless the entire car
Klovis: Great! Let's do this on the way back too
Luna: But of course we will
After that it didn't take long to reach Elai's building
You couldn't go wrong, it was a big building with a collapsed part
Lunna then stopped in a safe place and I went down to look for a scythe, that's when I smelled a strong smell of corpses
When I looked where the smell was coming from I saw a creature cut in two on the ground rotting and next to it a nailed scythe
Klovis: You've made a big mess here Elai, you're so lucky and you don't even notice
Klovis: Hmm... If I remember correctly there should be 5 demons around here but I only see 4
Klovis: That shouldn't be my problem for now
"If you've found what you were looking for, let's not waste any more time here" Lunna then yelled from inside the car
I took the scythe and to no surprise it was as heavy as Elai's
"I'll take your head to decorate" I took the opportunity to test the scythe and cut off the head of the demon Elai killed and went to the car
Luna: This is disgusting
Klovis: This should look great as a decoration
We discussed a little bit about the head's appearance until some demons showed up
Klovis: Am I allowed to enjoy myself Captain?
Luna: You have 2 minutes! Don't forget we have a war ahead
I ran among them like a child in the crazy playground to try out the new toys
The scythe was heavy but I accepted the challenge to wield it, the angle the blade was at was horrible, great precision was required for the blows to take effect and this was already bothering me a lot
Who knew that the boy in the decision to modify the weapon to adapt to it would be so right
Little by little the number of demons was decreasing, in fact with a special weapon the situation almost became common
I must have counted something like 30 demons that I managed to kill, compared to the number that me, Lunna and Stevan killed together that was impressive
Lunna: Your time is up Klovis! Let's get out of here
Klovis: Yes ma'am!
Elai Rivers point of view
As soon as I entered the church I looked for something to put the broken glass that was in my backpack and as soon as I found it I went to a church room where there were showers
Arriving there I saw the door half open so I thought there was no one there, it was common to find lights on for obvious reasons so I went in without knocking on the door
As soon as I opened the door I was startled. I saw firsthand Emilya finishing changing clothes
As soon as she saw me she instantly covered herself and squealed in embarrassment
I feared some kind of misunderstanding so I left the room and closed the door
"When you finish changing let me know" I spoke in a normal tone and after a while she said I could come in
We look at each other with an awkward silence
Emilya: So... You won't apologize?
Elai: And why should I?
Emilya: You entered a room without warning when there was a lady changing her clothes
Elai: It's not my fault you didn't close the door properly
Emilya: That was rude Elai, you shouldn't treat girls like that
Elai: The last girl I saw didn't care if I saw her naked
Emilya then turned red with embarrassment and covered herself again with her arms
Elai: No need to be ashamed, you have nothing I haven't seen before
Emilya: You are a wanton Elai
Emilya: Your body should only belong to God the person you marry
Elai: Whatever, I only saw you and your scars, you don't have to pay so much attention to it
Emilya: So... Did you see them?
Emilya looked really sad to hear that I saw her scars
She had scars on her back and arms that looked like they had been made with some object like a whip.
Elai: Yes, I saw them clearly
Elai: You don't need to tell me their story, but just answer me one thing
Elai: Who made you those scars is in the church?
I didn't know much about Emilya but I felt that in the short time we've known each other was enough for me to want to protect her
Emilya: Elai can I ask you something?
Elai: What is it?
Emilya: Don't tell anyone what you saw now
Emilya: Please, with the exception of my parents only you know my scars
Elai: Aah! Okay, but we're still going to talk about it.
Emilya then ran and gave me a tight hug without even realizing it, I hesitated to hug her back because I was filthy but I relented and hugged her
Emilya: You stink...
Elai: Yeah I know, but it was you who came to hug me
Emilya: I didn't get a chance to tell you this but I was very happy to hear that you were fine after the sect.
It had been a while since someone hugged me like that, it reminded me of the time when my grandmother was alive
Her hug was good, I wanted to stay there longer but I couldn't
Elai: Emilya, your new clothes will get dirty if you keep hugging me for too long
Emily: It's true
She then released me and took some dust off her clothes.
Elai: By the way shouldn't you be resting?
Emilya: I have good stamina, don't worry about me
Elai: If you say then I'll take a shower
And then I went into the bathroom alone
As soon as I looked in the mirror I could see the state I was in, when Lunna said I looked like a beggar who survived a fire she wasn't kidding
I looked at myself in the mirror for anything that could have been stuck in me but I only found slight slight bruises
I got in the shower and after a while I started to get distracted in my thoughts
A big battle was coming, and I had already chosen which side I would stand on, I couldn't help but think about the fact that I left Annie and Carmen alone in that house... Soon I would be back and I could stop the two of them from get into trouble
Problems... How could I get so many problems in such a short time... Not so long ago my only problems were about work and what to eat
I was taken out of my thoughts when I heard a distant car sound arriving at the church
I was sure it was Lunna and Klovis who had just arrived, that meant they came back safe from their trip, Lunna really drive like a devil
I finished the shower and changed into my new clothes, as soon as I left the bathroom I saw Emilya lying in the corner of the room sleeping
Elai: Good stamina? I see how you have
She looked calm, without all that energy she usually has while awake, I couldn't help but be worried about her
I turned off the lights in the room and left her inside to rest and went looking for Lunna and Klovis
In the runners I saw Dorothea on her way to do something, as soon as she saw me we walked towards each other saying nothing
It looked like a old west scene where 2 rivals face each other waiting for an opportunity to shoot
“When this is all over I want you to never speak to Joseph again” she said as we crossed paths
If Joseph wasn't one of my best friends I would start an argument right there, but I had more important things to do than argue with her, so I just ignored her like she hadn't said anything
Arriving outside again I saw Lunna and Klovis struggling to get a cut in the handle of his newly acquired scythe
"Boy! Come here" he shouted from afar as soon as he saw me
As soon as I got closer he asked me what kind of black magic I had used to cut that hard wood on the handle.
I explained to him that I got it just using the scythe itself and that apparently demonic objects interacted with each other like normal objects
He opened a cut in the handle and placed the blade of the scythe vertically in it and then tied it tightly, turning the scythe into a heavy spear.
He then distanced himself and began to test his new invention in the air, his blows were precise and clean, his firmness made it seem like the weapon didn't have a third of the weight
Lunna: Watch out or you'll start drooling looking at him like that
Elai: Oh no, I'm just amazed at how he ignores the weight of that scythe
Lunna: This is nothing to him, you should see what he did in Osaka last year
Elai: Osaka you mean in Japan?
Luna: That's right
Elai: This is far from here, you must be very rich to be able to travel like this
Lunna: As soon as we have some time off I'll tell you some work stories
Klovis: The 3 things the captain is best at
Klovis: Drive, burning things and telling a good story
Elai: Is she that good?
Klovis: Is she good? she is the best i know
Klovis: Once in Monaco she told such a good story that she got her full Mustang armor paid for by the moguls there.
Elai: Is it serious?
Klovis: Of course not
Klovis: She did worse, she got everyone there to believe she was the owner of the event, even the owner of the event believed she had taken possession of his event and then she demanded a big buck to "give it back" to him
Lunna: It's not my fault that only few people are good with their tongue the way I am
Lunna: But enough talking for now, I'm dying to make a Molotov that burns even a succubus!