The Divine Punishment
We got back on the road, we were now in central Italy, we had to be on the border of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.
"Guys, now that I think about it, where exactly do we need to go? I mean, I know we have to go south, but where exactly?" I asked.
"Well, we don't know precisely where we should go in Italy, we have to hope to find it randomly or find people who have seen them," Evan answered me.
"What if we end up not finding them?" asked Emmy.
"They will reach us. They want our kamiens, they'll have to look for us. We have to find them before they recover though.
I don't think Clark will be able to fight again after he lost his legs, but I'm scared of Reid" continued Evan.
"Let's hope we get lucky," Emmy concluded.
We were continuing straight ahead, we had made it all the way to the center of Tuscany where there were a lot of people, it looked like a small country town. There were like ten people, we stopped, and so did them.
"Who are you, people? Don't you know you have to go to Frankfurt?"
"Yes, we do, but we have to go to southern Italy."
"Are you crazy?! Why on earth would you go to the opposite side of salvation!"
"We have to find some dudes."
"I don't know who those people are, but if they are left behind they will either come back on their own or die!"
"They're not our friends...they're Senator Weber's killers..."
"Huh?! I-is Senator Weber dead?! It's terrible how are we goin--"
"The senator has filled immense containers with water that will last for a month. I don't know if you understood what the senator said in the message about the kamien."
"Yes, I don't believe in them though."
"They do exist, I have the electricity one, she has the wind one and he has the fire. The people we are looking for have the water one that they stole from the senator. By the way, have you seen any strange people or anyone grumpy?"
"No, I'm sorry. Wait, you guys are using an electric car..."
"Yes, I can, with my kamien."
"Then you weren't lying... wait, now that I think about it, last night I had seen many people going together towards the north, only one of those guys was normal, the others were all green and others looked like dirt, rock, trees and even objects."
"Uh?! Those were Clark's zombies," all three of us thought.
"Where did you see them?" asked Emmy.
"We had found them in Naples."
"Naples..." said Evan looking at the map.
"Ah, that's the capital of Campania."
"Yes, but I think he took a longer break than we did. I could see him being very tired. Maybe if you keep going straight you'll find them."
"Save the world!"
"We will also work hard for another person," I told him, thinking of Acuro.
"Thank you, you too. I hope you get to Frankfurt safely."
And so we parted ways, setting off again ahead of us.
"Hey, how long until the next stop?" Emmy asked, tired of pushing us further with her wind.
"A few miles," Evan replied.
"Hey, look upfront," I said, noticing something.
"There's a man..." said Evan.
The man in front of us created a black sphere, he was sucking in everything near him. So Evan did a 180° turn with the handbrake and tried to run away at full throttle. When the attack was over, we managed to escape.
"Oh! That was a close one!" said Emmy.
But that wasn't the end, everything he had sucked in was shot away.
"Oh shit!" Evan yelled.
It hit us more than once, but we got out unscathed, the car seemed to be smoking but it didn't look like anything serious.
We decided to get out, to fight him; when we had him in front of us and even closer he looked like a person, not a zombie.
"Uh?! Y-you...y-you're the bastard...WHO KILLED MY BROTHER!!!"
I looked at him better, and indeed Evan was right.
He was the bastard who had taken away Evan's only reason to live.
Now all Evan had left was revenge.
"Is that him?" asked Emmy, who had never seen him before.
"Yes, it's that son of a bitch!" replied I, Evan was still unable to speak.
He was furious, he was full of flames all over his body just by looking at his face.
"I killed your brother, do you want more innocent victims?"
"No. That's why I'm going to kill you!"
"Okay, I can't use my manners. Then let's get started!"
"We'll help you out, Evan."
"No. I have to kill him by myself."
"You're right, I can't fight three kamien at once, I'll use the same method that Dario used" said Ace.
We could tell from that sentence that our theory was right, they're all in the same organization, apparently the so-called Zeta.
"Oh, hear that? The zombies are coming. You fight against them in the time I kill Evan."
"You bastard!" I yelled.
"Agreed. Then I can have my revenge," said Evan.
"Evan, what are you talking about!" said Emmy.
"I'm staring at my brother's killer. I want to kill him myself."
"No more time to talk, here come the zombies!"
We began to fight the homunculi as Evan, burning with rage, fought the man.
"Ace Rufort, you're dead!" he yelled, running at him as he screamed.
He tried to hit him, but he dodged with ease and was hit with a punch to the side that threw him into the wall of a house.
"N-not done yet!"
He tried again to run after him, this time he took the chainsaw, he had realized his opponent was strong, so he tried to attack him by surrounding the blade with flames so he couldn't break it.
He attempted the blow, dodged it, tried again, risked it, and so did a dozen more times.
"You're starting to tire me out, I'm too strong for you, give me the kamien and you'll die without pain."
"Fuck you! FIREBAAAALL!"
He created it about the size of his hand, tried to hit him, but of course, he dodged it; it just wasn't the attack he wanted to make, when he was about to be hit he yelled out:
"Kagu-tsuchi!" creating it on the spot, he was about to receive the attack, namely his belly.
"Ahhhhh! You burned my hand!"
It hit him full force pushing him backward as well.
"Acuro-sensei, you gave me a good workout," he said.
"N-not gonna give up on a kid like you!"
Evan took the chainsaw in his hand again, igniting it repeatedly. He performed a fast run, arriving in front of his enemy.
"I'm going to cut you in two, asshole!"
He pulled up the chainsaw and attacked Ace, but he sucked up the fire and then sucked up his weapon as well.
Evan, intimidated by this, jumped into the air.
"Even if you jump, my black hole will continue to absorb until you fall."
He had to find a way to move from there, only it was in the air, how could he do that?
He set his feet on fire with enough power to move him (like thrusters) from above Ace to a point where he was safe. He succeeded, coming up to a dozen feet away from the man.
"You bastard! A child can't make fun of me, do you understand? So now I'm going to kill you!"
He threw an infinite number of black holes at him until they surrounded him, he couldn't escape, so he found a way not to get sucked in: he was inside a sphere, he put himself perfectly in the center so that he got sucked in by all the black holes. When the holes reached their maximum capacity, they were about to pull everything away, but they took a few seconds before doing so, so he took advantage of that little time to get through them by getting out unscathed and walking away until he was safe.
"Huh? You managed to escape from this attack too! You're good, but I still have tricks up my sleeve!"
He made a black hole on his hand and changed its shape into a gun, and then did the same thing but with bullets to shoot at him. It only activated the power of the bullet-shaped holes, Evan had to dodge it and run about ten feet away so he wouldn't get engulfed in or get hit by the matter that was placed against him. He kept running from his bullets, but he had to find a way to counter them.
"I can't do anything...fireball!"
He tried to rush in with the thrusters technique, but he was defended by black holes like he was Evan's Kagu-tsuchi but in his own way.
"You can't beat me, I'm too strong compared to you. I also have more experience, my kamien is even stronger than yours. You're a dead baby!"
"B-bastard! I-I will avenge Mark!"
"And how?" he said, throwing a kick at him that pushed him away 15 feet.
"Cough" he spat blood.
"Y-you don't deserve to live...you're already dead...i-if your honor is dead...you're dead too!"
"My honor is dead, huh? My only honor is to punish bad kids. Are you becoming delirious? You're hopeless, you've lost now, accept it."
"I'm not delirious! It's the ideals of someone better than you," replied Evan to him.
"Better than me?! The only person who surpasses me is Clark, even that brat Reid can't do that."
"You have no strength, what are you going to do? Even if you could, it would be a tiny little ball--"
He created a fireball, maybe bigger than he was, it was immense.
Ace ended up inside it.
"Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! Let me out! Ahhhhhhhh!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!"
With the technique finished, the man fell to the ground, he was full of burns all over his body.
"I'm not done," Evan said as he got back up.
He decided to use the Kagu-tsuchi. He pulled the enemy up and began to burn him from all sides, to heat his insides as well. The fire would not go out.
It kept burning him and burning him more. He didn't look like himself anymore, he was the embodiment of revenge for the death of his last family member, by the way, the smallest and the one he was most attached to. I was fond of Mark too.
"Finished," Evan said.
Ace fell to the ground, he hadn't killed him yet because he wasn't satisfied yet.
All the fireballs he had created were put inside Ace's body, which was now open in a thousand pieces, like a piece of meat on a plate.
"AHHHHHHH! Stop! Please stop! Kill me! I can't take it anymore! I want to dieeeeee!"
"I wanted to hear those very words. But I want to make you suffer more, you're going to die like this, screaming and begging to be killed by a bad child, as you say."
"Hahaha. That's what you deserve for killing my brother!"
After a few minutes of horrified screaming, he was about to die. He didn't want to take his life so quietly though, he wanted to torture him with the killing blow as well.
He forced Ace to create a black hole where he would have to absorb all the fire he put into it, and then throw it at him and die horribly with his own hands.
Years Old: 34
"Mark... I've avenged you... now your killer has lost his honor, unlike his, who still lives on Earth..."
Evan checked the body: there was practically nothing left, but the kamien, it had endured.
"And so, this was the kamien he was using against us. I'm guessing it was from a black hole that sucked up the meteorite before entering Earth's atmosphere."
After taking the stone, Evan helped kill the last remaining zombies.
"Okay, finished... Evan... you defended your brother in the best way possible" I told him.
"..." Evan started to cry.
"T-thank you for the help you are giving me in life...I would have never made it here without the willpower you passed on to me."
They recovered from the battle, a good half-hour passed.
Evan no longer looked like the psychopath he used to be, he was back to the boy we knew.
"Now that you've avenged your brother and recovered the kamien, it's time to target Reid and Clark and get our water and life energy back," Emmy said.
"Well said," I replied.
"So...we're leaving again tomorrow morning?" asked Evan.
"Gone" Emmy and I replied.
And just like that, Evan got the weight off his chest that had been haunting him... but... wait... if he had stopped thinking about Emmy because he wanted to avenge Mark...and he did avenge him...now he's going to focus on her again?