Chapter 7:

To Infinity and Beyond

The Divine Punishment

*Please note: we return to the point of view of the main character, Tenkei*.Bookmark here

That day had been unforgettable for me. Seeing Emmy again after such a long time and knowing that she had become so pretty had been unforgettable.Bookmark here

But I had to get on with life, so the next day I decided to go help the city by restoring some electricity here and there.Bookmark here

I did this the whole afternoon until I was joined by a bicycle with two guys on it, I was just outside the house, heading to yet another apartment to help people.Bookmark here

those two guys were Emmy and a guy I had never seen. They looked very worried and tired.Bookmark here

"Heyyy Emmy!!!" I yelled.Bookmark here

"T-Tenkei!!!" he replied panting.Bookmark here

"What are you doing here? Who's this?"Bookmark here

Oh no, a new bastard was riding a bike with her, so she doesn't care about me but she cares about that guy? Well then, I'm going to beat the crap out of this guy so he learns to try and steal my probable girlfriend.Bookmark here

I ran towards them pissed off, and pushed the guy off the bike.Bookmark here

"Hey, what the fuck are you doing?!" he replied.Bookmark here

"Does this look like the way to show up here with Emmy? EHH?!"Bookmark here

"G-guys, chill..." said Emmy.Bookmark here

"Cough!"Bookmark here

I didn't expect it, she was much stronger than me, that's probably why she likes him more, I had to accept it, it was my destiny, I was going to be single for life.Bookmark here

Well yes, he had kneed me in the nether regions, I fell to the ground, I couldn't speak, shit.Bookmark here

"Evan!!! No! You two should get along!"Bookmark here

"What the fuck does that mean? This guy comes and pushes me off the bike for no reason! Does that sound like a reason to get along with him? After all, we've already been through a lot before" said the guy, who seemed to be named Evan.Bookmark here

"Y-you're right, Evan... Tenkei, but why?"Bookmark here

I was thinking about it and it didn't make sense to throw him off the bike, plus this Evan guy looked tired, he said something had happened earlier. Wait...Bookmark here

"Don't tell me you and Evan..." I said.Bookmark here

"But n-no! What are you thinking Tenkei!"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Oh, so by "we went through something earlier" he didn't mean that huh? Okay, maybe they had been through something bad. It was best to get up, so I did.Bookmark here

"UGHH. Okay and so what happened before, that was so upsetting?"Bookmark here

"The senator...he died," she replied holding back tears.Bookmark here

Fuck, I had made the shit of the century. The senator had just died and I was arguing with the one who had probably tried to save him.Bookmark here

I felt like shit.Bookmark here

"Ah, sorry, I got caught up in the situation."Bookmark here

"Apology not accepted!" replied the bastard Evan.Bookmark here

"Tenkei... back to serious talk..." said Emmy.Bookmark here

"Y-yeah?"Bookmark here

"Two guys killed the senator, took his stone, and ran away. I don't know what they'll do with it though...They both already had a stone each..."Bookmark here

"Shit! What about the water? How are we going to do that?"Bookmark here

"The senator filled dozens of huge containers in the old abandoned factory behind Frankfurt City Hall...But that's not the problem. The guy who fought him wasn't super strong, he almost died, but what we're more worried about is the other guy, he seemed to be named Reid, Reid Regan."Bookmark here

"What about the other one?"Bookmark here

"Um, I haven't been paying that much attention," she replied.Bookmark here

"Clark. That was his name," Evan replied, still pissed off.Bookmark here

"Clark, huh? But where did they come from? And where did they get the stones from?"Bookmark here

"England not for sure, the only Brits that got away is my small town," Evan replied again.Bookmark here

"Ah, so you're British? Very nice!" I said imitating a British accent.Bookmark here

"Are you kidding me? Watch for another one coming your way!"Bookmark here

"No, no, no, sorry!", I certainly didn't want to upset him again, I hadn't recovered from that blow in the balls yet!Bookmark here

"Gee, looking back on it, they spoke good English too, they sounded like native speakers," said Emmy, who was thinking about where they were from.Bookmark here

"What if...? No, it can't be," Evan tried to say.Bookmark here

"What?" said I.Bookmark here

"The accent was very similar to an American accent, also their names are English..."Bookmark here

"No way! America wasn't saved!" I said.Bookmark here

"How do we know? They can always come from there and since Reid was so fast it wouldn't be weird if they walked all over here. Evan's right."Bookmark here

"They're coming from either Canada or the United States, no doubt," Evan said confidently.Bookmark here

"Besides, how many stones are there? From what we know there can be infinite." he continued.Bookmark here

"No, there are very few resources in the world, my guess is 10 stones max." said Emmy.Bookmark here

"Not even, I say 6, there aren't that many resources..." I replied.Bookmark here

"8. 8 stones."Bookmark here

"Huh?! What do you know about that?" I said.Bookmark here

I was just jealous but he was probably spitting bullshit, but at least he was spitting it better than I was. That undoubtedly made him smarter than me.Bookmark here

"It's just a guess! I averaged your number with Emmy's, and 8 comes out!"Bookmark here

Ah. Basic math then, I should have thought. That makes me even dumber.Bookmark here

"Oh, and by the way, there might still be zombies around, Clark's not dead, he might generate more," Evan said.Bookmark here

"True, but generating them for him costs him a bit of life."Bookmark here

"Z-zombies?!"Bookmark here

"Y-yes, there are some weird zombies generated with corpses of people and animals, but also inanimate beings."Bookmark here

"So that's his power? Can you explain them to me in brief?"Bookmark here

So they did, I'm going to cut this part out because I have absolutely no intention of explaining it to you again.Bookmark here

"I see. So they both have very strong powers, one of life energy and the other of radiation..."Bookmark here

"Yeah."Bookmark here

"Well, then we need to get stronger."Bookmark here

"What?" said Emmy.Bookmark here

"Well, we're going to have to train and then defeat those bastards," I said threateningly to Evan. I was going to offer him a fight to take revenge after that knee in the balls!Bookmark here

"Yeah, but..."Bookmark here

Emmy was very afraid. She wanted us to get along, which we probably never would have been able to do.Bookmark here

Sometimes I think there are some people you literally can't even get along with. Like they're incompatible with you.Bookmark here

I thought Evan was one of those people.Bookmark here

"Emmy, you stay out of it," I said.Bookmark here

"All right, I'm in. Tomorrow, above the old hospital building in Frankfurt." he proposed.Bookmark here

I accepted.Bookmark here

"Ahah, alright, I'll kick your ass, Evan-chan!" I used the "chan" to kid him. I'm a comedian.Bookmark here

"By the way. I think you two should move to Frankfurt...That's the center of this 'apocalypse'."Bookmark here

Evan and I both turned red.Bookmark here

"Y-yeah"Bookmark here

"Alright, sure, but I need to finish helping the people of my city first," I said proudly.Bookmark here

"Oh, Evan, your brother and the Londoners can come too."Bookmark here

Evan turned pale.Bookmark here

"S-shit! My brother! Shit, is he going to be okay? I have a very bad feeling about this!"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Various amounts of time passed but I decided to let them eat something at my house before we moved to the town at the center of the apocalypse.Bookmark here

I didn't feel like having Evan in my house, but after a little chatting, I found out that he had lost his family, and the only important person left for him was his brother, so he wasn't a bad guy.Bookmark here

After this little break, we set out for Frankfurt, this time using a stolen electric car, since there was no point in buying things anymore, the money had become almost useless.Bookmark here

Arriving in Frankfurt, I found the absolute devastation, comparing it to the city I saw one/two days before, this one seemed to have been hit by the meteorite too.Bookmark here

Those two guys must be very dangerous to have created all this discomfort and mess.Bookmark here

Many zombies had killed people, and they were trying to get into an armored building.Bookmark here

"There, there is my brother and all the survivors!" said Evan.Bookmark here

"Okay. Let's go there," I said.Bookmark here

We ran toward that building.Bookmark here

"I got this" said Evan.Bookmark here

"N-no, fuck that! I'll kill those zombies!"Bookmark here

"Go on, you'll show me what you're capable of besides driving cars."Bookmark here

I stuck my tongue out at him, I didn't want to argue too much, I'd disappoint Emmy, who wanted us to be friends.Bookmark here

"Lightning Strike!" I yelled.Bookmark here

I concentrated all the energy into one tiny finger and shot it upwards, they hadn't noticed, in fact, the energy was so small that it was visible only after it had exploded, thus creating a lightning bolt on the ground. A small lightning bolt though, big enough to eliminate the little monsters in front of the building's door.Bookmark here

"What a ridiculous name, well done though," said Evan.Bookmark here

"Ahah, I'd love to hear what you name your techniques, or maybe you don't have any because you're too noob?!" I replied.Bookmark here

He remained silent, maybe he didn't know how to answer me.Bookmark here

"Let's not waste any more time and go!" said Emmy.Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

We opened the door with the key Emmy had. And several people walked out of the building, all safe and happy. Too bad for the people who couldn't hide.Bookmark here

"Mark! There you are! How are you little brother?" said Evan.Bookmark here

"Good, Evan, was it you who killed the zombies? Way to go, big brother!"Bookmark here

Actually, it had been me...Bookmark here

But I didn't want to ruin their awesome sibling relationship.Bookmark here

So that same day we got ready to move here to Frankfurt.Bookmark here

I brought the stuff I needed and we slept there that night.Bookmark here

Evan and I shared the house, fortunately not the room.Bookmark here

I spent the night almost sleepless, continuing to think about the people who died because of those two bastards. Not that I cared much about the people, but I wanted to fucking take them both out.Bookmark here

The next morning I woke up and used the electric stove to make myself some coffee, I was so tired and I was going to have my workout with Evan just a few hours after breakfast.Bookmark here

After that long morning spent trying to get to sleep, I walked out of the house, at around 11, and saw Evan in the distance already on top of the "roof" of the hospital.Bookmark here

Actually, it wasn't a roof, but where the helicopters land.Bookmark here

The classic letter H that you see in movies.Bookmark here

I walked up the stairs and found him waiting for me sitting on the ground.Bookmark here

"You're late, loser," he said.Bookmark here

"I'm not! We never decreed a time!"Bookmark here

"Ahah, so, shall we get started?"Bookmark here

"Absolutely."Bookmark here

"Let's go soft, we don't have to risk getting too hurt, it's a workout after all."Bookmark here

"Ahah, you're half-assed."Bookmark here

I decided to practice improving the techniques I already knew rather than learning new ones.Bookmark here

"Multiple Lightning Strikes!"Bookmark here

I used the same technique I used against the zombies last time but multiplied.Bookmark here

"Ahh!" a bolt of lightning struck him directly in the head, almost knocking him unconscious."Bookmark here

I moved closer, not wanting to hurt him too much, I already knew I had won.Bookmark here

"What, are you tired already?" I asked him.Bookmark here

"Hah, it's all a bluff!"Bookmark here

Lying down he grabbed my leg and began to send fire up my entire leg, moderating himself though.Bookmark here

"Shit! My leg!"Bookmark here

The fire was very weak thankfully, so it went out after a few seconds.Bookmark here

He had burned all the hair off my leg.Bookmark here

He grabbed my leg and started spinning and then threw me.Bookmark here

On the fly he shot a fireball straight at my stomach, he could have killed me but maybe he did that technique because he knew I would be able to defend myself.Bookmark here

I used a lightning bolt that not only destroyed his fireball but made it fulminate and come back at him more powerful than before.Bookmark here

Just as he was about to hit it, a powerful black hole-like ball sucked up the electric fireball.Bookmark here

"Tre Bien! But you're in danger of getting hurt, this way!" said a shady figure who had climbed the stairs while we were fighting.Bookmark here

"Who the fuck are you?" I said.Bookmark here

"Shut up, electric man, I'm not here for you" he replied, meanwhile he had stepped out of the shadows and you could very well see that he didn't mean well.Bookmark here

He was holding a child by the shirt, it was...Bookmark here

"MARK!" yelled Evan.Bookmark here

"Ahah, you finally figured out who I'm holding hostage here with me."Bookmark here

"Put it down!" yelled Evan.Bookmark here

"Ahah, no way."Bookmark here

"Who are you and what the fuck do you want with my brother!"Bookmark here

The shady figure began to approach us and we could very well see that he was a French man in his mid-30s, brown hair shot up in the air, slim body, dressed in a suit with tie and sunglasses.Bookmark here

He looked like one of those classic businessmen, but with hair out of the norm.Bookmark here

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