Chapter 8:

To Infinity and Beyond, Part 2

The Divine Punishment

The man began to explain what he wantedBookmark here

"Look, you have something I need," he said to Evan.Bookmark here

"What the fuck do you want!"Bookmark here

"Nothing much, just...your stone."Bookmark here

"You mean my kamien?"Bookmark here

"Well call it what you want, I mean the one on your chest."Bookmark here

"What? I'll never give it to you!Bookmark here

The man made the sign of cutting Mark's neck as a threat.Bookmark here

"Don't touch him!"Bookmark here

"Then give me the stone."Bookmark here

"I can't pull it off, I'd probably bleed to death."Bookmark here

"You'd rather have your life than your little brother's?"Bookmark here

"Give him back his brother!" I yelled at him.Bookmark here

"I said you had nothing to do with it."Bookmark here

I was angry, I couldn't stand by and watch, but he had a hostage.Bookmark here

"Alright, actually I didn't even introduce myself, my name is Ace Rufort I have thirty--"Bookmark here

"I don't give a shit who you are, give me back my brother!"Bookmark here

"Then you give me the stone. Simple barter economy. Besides, I can't keep my master waiting."Bookmark here

"You bastard! Are you part of that shitty clique too?" I asked, pissed off.Bookmark here

"..." Evan didn't know what to do.Bookmark here

"Okay, I wanted to end this in a fairly rational manner, but that's not possible. I'm only going to give you ten more seconds to think, then I'm going to cut this little guy's head off."Bookmark here

"What! You're crazy-" said Evan.Bookmark here

"One."Bookmark here

"Hey, didn't I tell you I was okay with that--"Bookmark here

"Two"Bookmark here

I tried to say something tooBookmark here

"This isn't a deal, it's a scam, he'll die if you extract the kam--Bookmark here

"Three"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Four"Bookmark here

We didn't know what to do, our hands were tied psychologically. Evan couldn't give the kamien to someone like that man.Bookmark here

"Fine... I'll give you the kamien."Bookmark here

"No, big brother! You'll die and then who knows what he'll do with that powe--"Bookmark here

"Ok, perfect, give it to me."Bookmark here

"Nooo!" said Mark, who then crazily bit his hand.Bookmark here

"Ahhh, you bastard!"Bookmark here

He started hitting him, Evan couldn't take it anymore, it was also the right time. He threw a shot of fire at him, he was hit, but he was still standing.Bookmark here

So before he recovered I launched an attack too.Bookmark here

"Teaser Pistols!"Bookmark here

It was another technique that consisted of simulating precisely a teaser but firing a shot from a distance as if it were a firearm.Bookmark here

He got hit by that one too but stayed on his feet.Bookmark here

Tired of this, he pulled Mark up, put his hand on his neck... and... decapitated him.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Evan was enraged, he pulled out all the energy he had in him and used it with one attack. It was devastating, but he couldn't aim well with that much power, so he didn't take it in stride. He even managed to defend himself a bit, taking advantage of all the smoke Evan had created and ran away.Bookmark here

With the blinding cloud over, Evan and I didn't know where he ended up.Bookmark here

"... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" he let out a deafening scream as he looked at his brother's head detached from his body.Bookmark here

He even started to cry, but that was reasonable, he had just seen his family getting destroyed.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

I had to talk to him, I didn't immediately think of something to say, but I realized that staying silent was a good thing to do, so I kept quiet.Bookmark here

When Evan came to, we told Emmy what had happened, as I thought she was worried too, but that would have been obvious. We went to start preparing for the Senator's funeral, during our training, Emmy had made an appointment in front of the funeral home that remained along with some trusted guards with a strong connection to him and his friends. Unfortunately, his wife was on a business trip and had gone to a place hit by the meteorite.Bookmark here

We met up with these people, there were about ten of them, they looked to be in their 30's.Bookmark here

"Hello."Bookmark here

"Hi. You're the guys with the kamien right?" one of the people asked.Bookmark here

"Yes"Bookmark here

"Well...shall we start going in?"Bookmark here

"Alright," we replied.Bookmark here

We went inside, of course, everything was demolished; there was one person in front, being the only one we thought we should have talked to, or rather we let one of the three people talk.Bookmark here

"Hello." said this person.Bookmark here

"Hello, how can I help you?"Bookmark here

"We had booked to arrange a funeral"Bookmark here

"Um, yes. Wagner?"Bookmark here

"Yes, I am."Bookmark here

"Okay, who is the funeral for?"Bookmark here

"For... for... AHHHHHHHHH"Bookmark here

The one who was talking sounded crazy, he had let out a scream all of a sudden, he must have been a great friend of the senator. Another one came up to him and tried to get him up.Bookmark here

Afterward, they continued to talk about the funeral. We had few choices of a coffin and flowers, as many had been destroyed in the zombie attack.Bookmark here

Speaking of money, Evan, Emmy, and I didn't have much, but the other ten people were prepared and could pay. I don't understand why then some people would keep trying to make money, I understand bartering for food or something, but it doesn't matter.Bookmark here

We had finished preparing for the funeral, it was going to be in two days.Bookmark here

I felt sorry for Evan that he couldn't memorialize his parents, in the world, they aren't important enough to have a funeral, there aren't even their bodies anymore, and to make matters worse now he also lost his brother.Bookmark here

"Ace Rufort," Evan said.Bookmark here

"What?" Emmy asked him.Bookmark here

"The man who killed Mark, he said his name was Ace Rufort...I'm going to take his life with my own hands."Bookmark here

By now his last reason to live was to avenge his brother.Bookmark here

We went back to Emmy's house to think about where that dude and the others might have gone.Bookmark here

"They had run south it seemed. At the rate they were going, they must have covered a lot of miles in less than a minute," Emmy said.Bookmark here

"So you're saying that maybe they could have gone to one of the few lands where there's water in the rivers put in by the senator for the survivors?" I guessed.Bookmark here

"So... if they went to a city in southern Europe with that speed... um... they should have made it to Italy, right?" continued EvanBookmark here

"Yeah, you're right, now they'll be either in northern or central Italy, also we can spot them using my kamien since it's attracted to Reid's" Emmy added.Bookmark here

How fucking perceptive we are! We made a guess where they might have gone in a very short time! Unfortunately, Evan did too, so I didn't take full credit.Bookmark here

"There's no sign of my brother's killer though."Bookmark here

"I'm sorry," Emmy said.Bookmark here

I was getting pretty annoyed seeing Emmy so attached to that idiot though, I could understand that after losing the only person he cared about, but man, was it irritating.Bookmark here

"Those two who wanted the water kamien were already annoying and now another one who wants the fire kamien shows up."Bookmark here

"Wait, they both want kamiens, what if they want all of them? What I mean is that to feel the presence of a kamien, you need a specific one. For example, mine, the electricity one, is attracted to the water one. They, in order to find the ones they want, have to have the right ones, until they have all of them," it occurred to me, "so maybe they're recruiting people to find them."Bookmark here

"Probably, but we're not sure, just so I understand, what stone is yours attracted to, Emmy? Mine is attracted to yours, the wind type, it's because of that attraction that I met you."Bookmark here

She explained how the two met.Bookmark here

"Mine is attracted to the guy's that was with Clark, Reid as I said before. I'm pretty sure of that."Bookmark here

"Hey, what if they're in an organization?" said Evan.Bookmark here

"What do you mean, Evan," we asked him.Bookmark here

"Well, I think it's difficult to get them all alone against three stones and also three others chasing him. What if he was a servant of those two to act as a vessel for a kamien? Then in the dialogue, he was talking about a certain 'master', did he mean Clark himself?"Bookmark here

"So maybe if we go to Italy, and indeed those three are there, we can kill not two, but three birds with one stone!" continued I.Bookmark here

"Yes, that may be. You had a good idea, great!" said Emmy who immediately hugged me.Bookmark here

I was all red, I was happy, I even had her tits near me.Bookmark here

Evan on the other hand was a little envious, how I was happy to see him like that.Bookmark here

"So we're leaving tomorrow?" asked Evan to make Emmy stop hugging me.Bookmark here

"Well, no. We have to go to the funeral first," Emmy replied.Bookmark here

"Oh, yeah, sure, the funeral, right."Bookmark here

"What a figure he made, he forgot about the senator," I thought to myself.Bookmark here

"Whatever, so we're leaving in three days" Evan laughed.Bookmark here

"Alright." Emmy replied.Bookmark here

"We can get an electric car so we don't have to put fuel back in it since I'm in it."Bookmark here

"Yeah, and we can also go faster with me because of my wind."Bookmark here

"And since you two will have to use your energy, I can drive" Evan proposed.Bookmark here

"Perfect, it's all set to go to Italy," said Emmy.Bookmark here

"I have a question, where can Evan and I sleep?" said I.Bookmark here

"That's right, since all the remaining houses are for the survivors who will be arriving, where do we go?" Evan continuedBookmark here

"Well, you can sleep here."Bookmark here

"Huh?" said Evan and I in unison, turning red.Bookmark here

"No, I don't want to bother you, this house is small and we would be too much of a bother," I saidBookmark here

"Well, this way I can return the favor from a few days ago."Bookmark here

"What favor?" asked Evan.Bookmark here

"Oh, right, you weren't there. Simply Tenkei had let me sleep over at his house."Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

"Uhm, yeah, that's right... well, if you insist then it's fine."Bookmark here

"Uhm... then, s-so do I." Evan said trying to sound as unembarrassed as possible"Bookmark here

"The only difference is that there is a sofa bed here as well as my room, so you can sleep there"Bookmark here

"Oh, yeah, good idea" said Evan.Bookmark here

"But...I there really no other place where to sleep, a couch, nothing?"Bookmark here

"No, I'm sorry, you'll have to sleep together."Bookmark here

Both Evan and I weren't too happy about this news, but if we didn't want to sleep under a bench, there was nothing else we could do.Bookmark here

"So you also found where to sleep, that's perfect right?"Bookmark here

"Yeah...perfect," Evan said.Bookmark here

"Why do you say it in that tone? Does it bother you to sleep with me?"Bookmark here

"Well, why didn't you ask first if you could sleep somewhere else?"Bookmark here

"Hey, how dare you say that to me!"Bookmark here

And we began to argue.Bookmark here

Emmy gave a slight laughBookmark here

"Mm? Why are you laughing?" I asked herBookmark here

"You guys are so funny, you look like you've been friends forever."Bookmark here

"What, I'm funny?" said Evan.Bookmark here

"Well, she's not that wrong."Bookmark here

"She's wrong about looking like friends, though."Bookmark here

"Yeah, I completely agree with you."Bookmark here

And we pouted at each other and turned away from the other.Bookmark here

"Okay, back to us, when you're done arguing we could eat, what do you think?"Bookmark here

Our stomachs after this sentence began to make various noises.Bookmark here

"I guess that's a yes. Tenkei could you make pizzas again like last time?"Bookmark here

"Oh, all right."Bookmark here

"Gentlemen. I figured out how to make it last time, so now I can season it in other ways too. What do you want it with Emmy?"Bookmark here

"Hmmm...can it be made with ham? Oh and in a wedge of mine, could you put pineapple in there too? I want to see if all the insults they give it are deserved or not."Bookmark here

"I've read that a lot of people don't like it, so I suppose they do. How about you Evan?Bookmark here

"Um I don't know, take your pick."Bookmark here

"I want to put frankfurters in it for me, for you... I can put fries. Since you're from London you gotta be eating a lot of fish and chips, so I'll go with these."Bookmark here

More or less half an hour passed and the pizzas were ready. I set the table and we immediately started eating.Bookmark here

"I want to try a regular slice first and then the one with pineapple."Bookmark here

"But why are you so afraid of the taste of pizza with pineapple?"Bookmark here

"Well, almost all Italians hate it."Bookmark here

"Meh."Bookmark here

Emmy tasted the regular one.Bookmark here

"Wow, this one tastes even better than the last one. Now it's the pineapple's turn."Bookmark here

She just put it in her mouth.Bookmark here

"Yuck! That's gross!"Bookmark here

Se spitted it out right away.Bookmark here

"Is it really that disgusting?"Bookmark here

"It's horrible!"Bookmark here

After we finished eating, Emmy made our bed.Bookmark here

"Good night, boys."Bookmark here

"Good night, Emmy."Bookmark here

We got into bed and before we went to sleep, she said:Bookmark here

"Try not to snore."Bookmark here

"Speak for yourself" I replied.Bookmark here

And that's how the day ended.Bookmark here

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