Chapter 9:

The best sword is the one that stays in its scabbard

The Divine Punishment

"Hey, Tenkei," asked Evan in the middle of the night.Bookmark here

He therefore couldn't sleep either.Bookmark here

"What's up?"Bookmark here

"Thanks."Bookmark here

"E-eh? For what?"Bookmark here

"For trying to help my brother."Bookmark here

"A-ah just for that? Well, no problem."Bookmark here

"Not only that. Thanks for everything. I'm glad I got to know you."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

I was surprised, I thought he hated my guts.Bookmark here

"From the first day I saw you, I knew you were going to be a great friend of mine. The only reason I kind of hated you was because you still have your family. I, on the other hand, have now lost my brother as well. But on second thought, there's no point in being angry at you just because of that, so I apologize too."Bookmark here

"O-oh, thanks... To tell you the truth, I've always thought of you as a friend too, but I was hiding it because I wanted to look good to Emmy."Bookmark here

"By the way, Tenkei, tell me, do you like Emmy?"Bookmark here

"Well, I think it's kind of obvious by now, isn't it?"Bookmark here

"Y-yeah, well I liked her too."Bookmark here

I knew it.Bookmark here

He didn't need to tell me.Bookmark here

"But..." continued Evan.Bookmark here

"But?" I asked.Bookmark here

"I have other things to think about now, I'll leave Emmy to you alone. I need to focus on killing the bastard who took out the last family member I had. Even if I have to die."Bookmark here

YES! Emmy will be only mine, yay!Bookmark here

"Thanks again, Evan, and sorry for everything. I just don't know how to deal with my first real friend..."Bookmark here

"T-Tenkei..."Bookmark here

"Ever since I was little I was always alone, even my family treated me badly, and everyone I thought was a friend disappeared after middle school. I found myself alone. But now that I've met you, everything has changed."Bookmark here

"Thank you, Tenkei, you are a great friend to me too. Good night now.Bookmark here

"Yes, 'best friend', goodnight."Bookmark here

After this comfort, I was able to sleep without a problem, maybe that was why I couldn't sleep, I needed to tell him the truth.Bookmark here

The next day, we had breakfast together with Emmy and then headed to the funeral of the senator and of all the dead citizens killed by the zombies, whose bodies, unfortunately, were not found.Bookmark here

At the funeral, there was also Mark's coffin, which was requested by Evan the night before.Bookmark here

Once the funeral was over, we began to stock up on food and water as well, even though we knew there would be some in the rivers filled by Senator Weber.Bookmark here

We took an electric car spacious enough to fit all the stuff.Bookmark here

I noticed that Evan had even brought a katana and a chainsaw.Bookmark here

"Hey, what are you doing with these two?" I asked.Bookmark here

"I found the katana in an abandoned gun store nearby, and the chainsaw in Emmy's garage."Bookmark here

"Ahahah, great."Bookmark here

I held out my fist to Evan and he pounded it.Bookmark here

"H-hey! But who allowed you?" asked Emmy.Bookmark here

"Oops. Sorry, haha."Bookmark here

"It's okay, never mind."Bookmark here

I, on the other hand, didn't bring anything, maybe I trusted my kamien too much.Bookmark here

"Well, shall we leave?" I proposed.Bookmark here

"We're leaving!" replied Emmy.Bookmark here

The clock on the dashboard read 12:43 AM on July 27, 2020.Bookmark here

We were very excited, but underneath we all knew someone was going to get killed, the others were immensely strong.Bookmark here

*While our protagonists are on the road, we go back in time, in the third person, to just after the fight between Senator Lothur Weber and Clark Anderson, the Canadian*Bookmark here

"Clark, sir, are you okay?" said Reid, after the fight against the senator, as they were hurtling through the air, thanks to his wings.Bookmark here

"No, I'm not all right! Why did you do that? I would have rather died."Bookmark here

"Clark...our ambitions are immensely greater than those bastards'."Bookmark here

"You're not wrong, but I should have taken that bastard out myself! Cough!"Bookmark here

Clark continued to spit blood, he was very injured, legless, among other things.Bookmark here

"Don't worry, Clark, I'll cure you thanks to my radiation and recreate your legs, but the process will be very slow since it's not my body, I could risk killing you, so it will take a few days, and we'll also have to train to get the other stones back."Bookmark here

"No problem with that," Clark said confidently.Bookmark here

"What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"I figured out how the attractions of my kamien work."Bookmark here

"W-what?"Bookmark here

"I think it's the only stone that's attracted to any stone."Bookmark here

"So if you want can find any stone?"Bookmark here

"Not really, it works like this: it can find the nearest stone whose location I'm not aware of."Bookmark here

"So one of the two brats?"Bookmark here

"3."Bookmark here

"Three? Is it three, Clark?"Bookmark here

"While I was fighting the senator I could feel the presence of as many as three stones, they alternated and gave interference to the attraction, they must have been very close together."Bookmark here

"Understood. So now you can feel the position of one of the three of them?" asked Reid, very curious, as they were still darting through the sky, heading right for Italy.Bookmark here

"I can feel one very close, I don't think it's one of the brats. His aura is much more powerful, let's stop here. You'll catch up with him and tell him to go get the stones for us."Bookmark here

"Wait...but which stone specifically?"Bookmark here

"Tell him to get the one he prefers."Bookmark here

"Okay."Bookmark here

Italy, July 26, 2020.Bookmark here

"Thank God the senator distributed the water across the rivers, we wouldn't have made it to Frankfurt-on-the-Oder in time!" said an Italian woman, dressed as a peasant.Bookmark here

"H-hey, what are those?" replied her husband.Bookmark here

They were both in their 40s. They were supposed to be working in agriculture.Bookmark here

"They're some kind of zombies! Let's fucking escape!"Bookmark here

"We can't, they're too fast."Bookmark here

These two people were about to be caught up and probably killed by the zombies created by Clark, who continued to spread throughout Europe.Bookmark here

*SLASH*Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Are we dead?"Bookmark here

A mysterious man in front of them holding a sword had taken out the zombies with one blow.Bookmark here

"G-thank you so much! We couldn't have done it without you!"Bookmark here

"Thank me later. My name is Acuro Trussardi, and I'm here to protect you from these little bastard monsters." said the man, who had long, white hair.Bookmark here

"Hey, but you brag too much..."Bookmark here

"Oh yeah? Before the apocalypse I used to teach martial arts in Venice, they called me the master of the sword. That's where I learned how to use it." replied Acuro.Bookmark here

"Now that I look at you better you look very old! How old are you?" asked the peasant woman.Bookmark here

"60 years old, but as you can see my build is very agile, I have nothing to envy."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"H-hey, look at that!" shouted the farmer woman.Bookmark here

A huge tree-zombie was coming towards their location, scaring the hell out of them.Bookmark here

"Now what should we do?"Bookmark here

"大丈夫 僕 最強 だから!"Bookmark here

*In romaji: daijobu boku saikyou dakara*Bookmark here

"EH? We're in fucking Italy, speak Italian or at least English!" asked the pissed-off farmer, who was in no mood for jokes in such a situation.Bookmark here

"Sorry, I wanted to imitate a character I'm very inspired by. Anyway, it means: Don't worry, I'm the strongest."Bookmark here

The woman had a sigh of relief. Although the old man did not look like he was in his best years, they believed in him.Bookmark here

The giant tree walked towards them at a very slow pace. It was about fifty feet tall, with a large trunk.Bookmark here

"Watch this," said Acuro, the old man.Bookmark here

He positioned himself like a samurai and began to run, his sword was still in its sheath, he had pretty good speed for a 60-year-old.Bookmark here

The giant kept trying to hit him with its branches, but he dodged them with ease, because the blows, although very powerful, were also very slow.Bookmark here

The tree, which, after having received the vital energy from Clark, had taken on some human features, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, which had formed on the trunk, was starting to get serious, throwing its leaves in a dive.Bookmark here

The man dodged them all with no problem, he seemed to be the strongest, for someone not using a kamien.Bookmark here

SLASH.Bookmark here

Acuro had thrown his sword directly into the "eye" that the tree had formed, blinding it.Bookmark here

With a magnificent technique, he climbed the tree without using his hands, it looked like he was walking on a wall, and then hung onto a branch, which tried to throw him off.Bookmark here

Acuro, however, stood up and picked up his katana again, and then cut every single branch of the tree, thus inducing the tree, much pain.Bookmark here

The zombie tree couldn't take it anymore, so it fell to the ground, with no branches and no leaves left. But it wasn't over.Bookmark here

Acuro put his sword back in its sheath, only to pull it out in a split second.Bookmark here

He had cut the tree in two.Bookmark here

"F-fantastic, Acuro!!!" the farmers shouted together.Bookmark here

"Thank me later, now we'd better go fetch the water, I really can't take it anymore without drinking."Bookmark here

"Y-yes!"Bookmark here

So these three people headed for the river, which was chock full of clear water.Bookmark here

They stocked up on it and then each headed for their own homes.Bookmark here

When Acuro returned home he found his wife unconscious on the ground, she must have died of dehydration, just when Acuro had just stocked up.Bookmark here

He started to cry, he too had lost someone important.Bookmark here

But he didn't lose heart and started training that night, as he always did.Bookmark here

He knew it was going to be tough with the zombies, even if he didn't know where they came from.Bookmark here

"What a pain in the ass these zombies are...Ahhh."Bookmark here

After a long night of training, he went to sleep, but before he could fall asleep, he saw out the window a guy flying around carrying a legless person on his back.Bookmark here

Acuro couldn't believe his eyes, he rubbed them but the two were already gone, they were too fast, but to Acuro it only seemed like an illusion.Bookmark here

He went back to sleep, this time for real.Bookmark here

The next morning, he went back to the water source again and stayed there in the area to eliminate more zombies.Bookmark here

This time there was an even more dangerous one: a wolf-zombie.Bookmark here

Compared to the tree one, it was less powerful but much faster.Bookmark here

Since Acuro wasn't aware of the kamien stones, he didn't know that these were just corpses reanimated with life energy, so even if a person would die killed by a zombie, they wouldn't become one themselves.Bookmark here

So he decided to get defensive.Bookmark here

"If it bites me, it's over."Bookmark here

"Bark. Bark."Bookmark here

The zombie wolf made dog-like sounds.Bookmark here

"Ha. I won't pity you just because you look like a dog. I'm going to slice you up like all the other zombies."Bookmark here

In no time though, the wolf had reached Acuro's position and was about to bite his leg when Acuro jumped up, doing a flip while still in midair.Bookmark here

He then threw his sword as he did at the tree zombie. It hit him square in the face.Bookmark here

The wolf's head was gone by then, but he was just in time to let out a howl, which called 10 more wolf zombies towards the area.Bookmark here

What had seemed difficult had become a problem for as many as ten entities.Bookmark here

By now it was almost afternoon because the time had passed quite quickly fighting zombies.Bookmark here

The wolves stood in a circle as if to attack Acuro from a specific position.Bookmark here

"One"Bookmark here

Acuro began to count each wolf-zombie he took out.Bookmark here

"Two"Bookmark here

He was taking them out with ease, but he was holding back as if to do a special technique.Bookmark here

"Three, okay, that'll do it."Bookmark here

The 7 remaining wolves circled again and ran towards Acuro, who had sat down in the meantime as if to meditate.Bookmark here

The wolves were now very close to him, so he took his sword and, with a lot of force began to rotate on himself, cutting every single wolf and making them helpless, but he had spared his life. After all, before being zombies, they were normal wolves, contributing to the cycle of nature.Bookmark here

In the meantime, a car was coming.Bookmark here

"It's electric... wait how is that possible!!! A car that works?!"Bookmark here

Acuro was very surprised, so he headed towards the car running.Bookmark here

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