Chapter 15:

Words Emerge Like Feelings

The Divine Punishment

After the intense fight between Evan and Ace, and after eliminating the zombies, we stopped for a moment to rest.Bookmark here

Although he didn't want to show it, Evan was exhausted, and Emmy and I could have fought some more, but it would have been better to run away from the other zombies.Bookmark here

So we did.Bookmark here

Evan and I were in a secluded place, so I took the opportunity to ask him what he thought of Emmy.Bookmark here

"Hey..." I said.Bookmark here

"What's up? Let me rest... Ace gave me a hard time," he replied.Bookmark here

"Well, that's true, but in the meantime, you've strengthened your Kagu-tsuchi, you should be able to use it full-power against Clark."Bookmark here

"Yeah, you're right, what did you want anyway?"Bookmark here

"Well, that's it... you got your revenge, now what are you going to do?"Bookmark here

"What am I going to do? I'm going to help you save the world! What kind of question is that?"Bookmark here

"Ah well, yes, beyond that..."Bookmark here

"I see what you mean. Emmy, huh?"Bookmark here

"Yeah..."Bookmark here

"I'll tell you again, she's just a friend, as different as things may seem to you, I never considered her a possible girlfriend. The only times you may have thought things like that was when we had just met, as I have a hard time interacting with girls in general, but it didn't mean any of that."Bookmark here

"I see, that's heartening, thank you, Evan."Bookmark here

"Thank you for what? I'll tell you again, I don't care!"Bookmark here

"Good, that's better. Well now I can call in Emmy and..."Bookmark here

"And?"Bookmark here

"And send you away."Bookmark here

"Wait, what?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, I mean I don't want you around, I'd like to get closer to Emmy..."Bookmark here

"Hey, you don't mean..."Bookmark here

"What do you think?"Bookmark here

I slapped his face.Bookmark here

We laughed for a while until Emmy walked into the abandoned cottage we had stopped at.Bookmark here

After that, Evan went straight to the other room, using the excuse that he had to sleep. With him, he also brought the infinity kamien, which obviously didn't react with us, who already had one.Bookmark here

After a few minutes, I began the longest dialogue I have ever witnessed in my entire life, the dialogue with Emmy.Bookmark here

Okay, we knew this was no time to waste, but we didn't have enough strength to try to defeat Clark and his latest underlings.Bookmark here

"Emmy, how are you?"Bookmark here

"How am I? I know you don't want to get to that by asking me that question. I'll tell you more, I find that question to be one of the most pointless ever invented."Bookmark here

"........."Bookmark here

"People always ask 'how are you' but they never intend to know how the other party is doing, it serves more like an interlude to start a conversation."Bookmark here

"...Emmy what the..."Bookmark here

"Haven't you ever noticed how many people utilize this phrase without using the real meaning behind it? How many times have you answered questions like "how are you" without really even paying attention to the question but simply answering "fine"? I've probably lost count. I hate when I'm asked a question like that, I hate the person asking it, consequently I hate you too." she said pointing her finger at me.Bookmark here

A lot of times Emmy gets to leave with these endless speeches, they are very strange, but fun to listen to, because they are mostly true.Bookmark here

"Usually you answer "I'm fine, thank you and you?" when maybe you're feeling bad but don't want to admit it or like I just said, you don't listen to the question since it's always used as a double-edged sword. In fact, when a person asks you "how are you," they always expect you to answer "fine," and then tell you what they really wanted from you."Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

"But what if someone answers incorrectly? Well in that case the conversation would change the subject entirely, deflecting from the intentions of the person who originally asked you how you were doing. I use this technique a lot in school, or with people I hate, to keep them from talking to me and making special requests. Don't you agree, Nowak Tenkei?"Bookmark here

Although this strange talk was customary, it was the first time he called me by my last name.Bookmark here

"Well, I don't know what you're thinking, but my question was completely sincere, it wasn't a double-edged sword, so I'm asking you, Emmy-chan, how are you?"Bookmark here

I almost envied Evan, who was in the other room, I wonder if he could hear us.Bookmark here

"Well, thank you Tenkei. I know you wouldn't ask me a question like that to lie to me."Bookmark here

He wasn't wrong.Bookmark here

"Well, what did you want to tell me? Why did you call me in?"Bookmark here

But if she had just now made a speech regarding the second question...Whatever, it was better to leave it alone and answer her.Bookmark here

"Nothing, I just wanted you to rest here with us, but Evan left that way, so you and I will rest alone..."Bookmark here

I was a little ashamed of what I had just said, but it had been worth it.Bookmark here

We both turned red like it was cold, but it was the middle of summer and it wasn't raining anymore, so it was getting hotter. A dry heat, though.Bookmark here

"Two months," Emmy began.Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

There she goes again with her talk.Bookmark here

"2 months I'd give to living things before they disappear."Bookmark here

It seemed logical enough.Bookmark here

"Well, I too believe that humanity cannot last more than a month and a half."Bookmark here

"I would like to interrupt you for a moment, Tenkei, what you are referring to as humanity is actually the living beings or, as I have recently taken to calling them, the animals. Humans do not comprehend the entire essence of the living things on this planet, but a small part that represents ourselves. Many humans believe that life is possible without the existence of the rest of the living things, but without trees, there would be no air and oxygen, without animals there would not be much food and several vitamins and proteins that are absent in vegetables, leading humans to devolve. And no, it's not what you think, I have respect for vegan people. But I just see them as suicidal who think that herbs are their only source of salvation. Of course, humans exist and these people are humans, but it's only a lower percentage of the living in this world. So when we talk about humanity, a lot of times we mean "animality".Bookmark here

Because I also consider humans as animals, since they come from the apes.Bookmark here

And no, I'm not religious, was that understood, Tenkei?"Bookmark here

"Emmy.... but where are you going with this speech..."Bookmark here

"I just want to say one simple thing."Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Humans are definitely the most intelligent of the rest of animals, aren't they?"Bookmark here

She moved closer to me, her model-like boobs were growing closer.Bookmark here

I began to breathe hard.Bookmark here

"Well, blatant isn't it?" I replied.Bookmark here

"Exactly, and so they are also the few that have developed such great feelings, like friendship, love, hate, etc. Many species of animals change wives in the blink of an eye. Some don't even know what a wife means, like insects. But how can you blame them?Bookmark here

Then again, they are tiny and have tiny brains."Bookmark here

"Bugs have nothing to do with humans."Bookmark here

"You don't understand what I'm getting at, Tenkei."Bookmark here

"No, exactly, I don't understand anything at all and you're weird, you look like a tsundere."Bookmark here

"A tsundere, huh? Tell me, have I ever shown you any hatred towards you?"Bookmark here

"No... but, the way you act, you think you're superior just because you have 100 in every subject at school."Bookmark here

"Not all of them, Tenkei, I don't study that much."Bookmark here

"....."Bookmark here

"In Physical Education, for example, I only have a 97, shameful."Bookmark here

"As if P.E. involves studying..."Bookmark here

"It does! And I'm tired of you pretending that P.E. is an easy subject. It's a subject like any other and should be taken as it is."Bookmark here

"Yes but that's not what I mean. I mean you don't have to study to get a good grade, you just have to be athletic. I for example have 84, and I'm one of the most athletic people in my class."Bookmark here

"84... I know you've never been good at school, Tenkei, but 84 in PE really means being a wimp. It's the easiest subject..."Bookmark here

She was blatantly teasing me.Bookmark here

"But if you just said it's not."Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

For once I had shut her up, or maybe it was only a matter of seconds before she started her monologue again.Bookmark here

"Speaking of serious, call Evan here, we need to cool, but regroup for the plan, which was blown away by Ace."Bookmark here

Emmy went to knock on the door of the next room, no one answered. So she decided to open it.Bookmark here

Evan was sleeping, how could she blame him after such a day.Bookmark here

"It's getting late again, huh?" said Emmy to me.Bookmark here

"What are you talking about? It's barely 2 in the afternoon!"Bookmark here

"Well, day goes by day, I've lost count by now, but I think it's the 30th or 31st of July," she replied.Bookmark here

"I think the 30th, and anyway it's only been 6/7 days since the meteorite fell and we've already matured so much.Bookmark here

I wonder what our parents are thinking, we didn't even warn them."Bookmark here

"We didn't warn them? You didn't warn them! I sure as hell warned them that I was leaving, I have a good relationship with my parents, what do you think?"Bookmark here

That wasn't true, from a young age her mother tried to abandon her twice, or so her stepfather had told me because her real father died before she even met her child.Bookmark here

Her old husband abused her and she was left with very little money, so she decided to abandon her daughter and then take her own life, but that was when her mother met her stepfather. He didn't have much money, but enough to support a wife and daughter.Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

"Tenkei, since we're talking about family members, why don't you tell me about your brother?"Bookmark here

"My brother, huh? Didn't I already tell you about him?"Bookmark here

"Yes, but I'd like to know more."Bookmark here

"My brother disappeared years ago after an alleged car accident, his body was never found, I still wonder if he's around somewhere... I miss him."Bookmark here

"Ah, that time you told me, you told me he was just missing, not for what reason, thanks for letting me know, I'm an only child instead."Bookmark here

"I know, I've known you for years, you think I don't know something like that?"Bookmark here

"No....but you never know..."Bookmark here

Finished this speech, she climbed on my thighs, took my face with her hand, and began to kiss me.Bookmark here

Just like that, all at once. Maybe she did like me.Bookmark here

I turned all red, but it made no sense. By now it was confirmed that our "love" was mutual.Bookmark here

But could it really be considered love?Bookmark here

I hope so.Bookmark here

"Tenkei, your breath stinks."Bookmark here

I was embarrassed, I hadn't brushed my teeth in days, but she didn't too.Bookmark here

"Yours too-"Bookmark here

It wasn't our breaths that stunk, it smelled like something chemical and artificial, like radiations.Bookmark here

"It's Reid!!!" yelled Emmy.Bookmark here

Shit, the perfect love scene had just been ruined, I wasn't going to forgive that bastard.Bookmark here

Emmy got off my thighs and went to warn Evan, while I opened the door to the shelter where we were.Bookmark here

Luckily Reid hadn't seen us, he was alone, and according to the calculations made so far, his stone was attracted to the one of the life energy, but it had been sucked by Clark, with his own.Bookmark here

All the stench was from his radiation.Bookmark here

Emmy, Reid, and I headed out, out of sight, but we couldn't.Bookmark here

In fact, it was only a matter of seconds before Reid arrived at our location.Bookmark here

"Look out, Evan!" I yelled.Bookmark here

But he wasn't aiming at him. But at the house.Bookmark here

He had just headed for the house we had come out of. What did he want? Wait, it couldn't be...Bookmark here

"Evan, the kamien of infinity? Where is it?"Bookmark here

"Shit, I forgot it inside! Fuck!"Bookmark here

"Evan! Never mind, it's not time to cry about it, we have to stop it whether we like it or not!"Bookmark here

"You're right, I'll burn the house down! Kagu-tsuchi!"Bookmark here

"Wait Evan, you haven't fully recovered, don't use that techniq-"Bookmark here

"Tenkei," he said smiling, "it's okay."Bookmark here

So he created exactly eight fireballs at his back and launched 2 of them, to endlessly burn the shelter where we had been, forcing Reid out.Bookmark here

But when he came out, he already had the infinity stone in his hand.Bookmark here

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