Chapter 17:

Even gods and geniuses sometimes lose their swords

The Divine Punishment

"EEEVAAAAAN!" screamed Emmy, panicking.Bookmark here

Tenkei was still lying on the ground, unconscious.Bookmark here

Emmy went to check Evan's body while he was still lying on the ground.Bookmark here

"Shit, shit, shit, shit!!!"Bookmark here

She tried to feel his heart, it wasn't beating, in fact, it wasn't even there: his belly had a huge hole in it.Bookmark here

"He's been a worthy opponent, now it's your turn, Emmy Mancker," Reid said.Bookmark here

"Please... Reid... if you are a true fighter who respects your opponents... let me spend these last moments with Evan and...Tenkei..." replied Emmy.Bookmark here

"Tenkei...he's fine..." replied Reid.Bookmark here

"W-what do you mean?"Bookmark here

"His stone is still in its place, and Clark escaped, my master is also in serious condition. So they're both alive, but they'll be out of action for a few hours minimum. So it's just going to be me against you, Emmy Mancker."Bookmark here

"I don't believe you... let me check Tenkei's body too."Bookmark here

"Go ahead, I won't stand in your way, just know that if you try to escape, I will eliminate you both."Bookmark here

"....."Bookmark here

Emmy then headed towards Tenkei's body, which was 100m ahead.Bookmark here

Thanks to Susanoo, she was able to quickly fly to the place.Bookmark here

"Tenkei, a-are you alive?" asked Emmy.Bookmark here

"...yes..." replied Tenkei, with a swollen eye and a messed up face.Bookmark here

"Stay here...I won't tell Reid that you've already come to your senses, just rest, I'll come back alive. I promise it because I... I love you." said Emmy, in tears.Bookmark here

"....." Tenkei didn't have time to realize what Emmy had just told him that Reid asked:Bookmark here

"Emmy, come on, are you done checking? You saw that, didn't you? His heart is still beating."Bookmark here

"Y-yeah," replied Emmy.Bookmark here

After that, she walked over to Reid's exact position where they had begun the fight.Bookmark here

"You have to know that I will not hold back, I will use every last ounce of strength I have, even though your friend Evan gave me a hard time."Bookmark here

"I will not make Evan's death in vain!"Bookmark here

Emmy began to form some sort of wind shurikens, which she continuously threw at Reid, who tried to dodge them, almost always failing. 6 of the 10 shurikens went to hit Reid.Bookmark here

You could tell he had been badly beaten up from fighting Evan.Bookmark here

"Cough! Shit."Bookmark here

After that, Emmy readied shurikens on her fists, and combined them with the Fujin, bagging Reid with blows and yelling "ORAH" for every single punch.Bookmark here

Reid was defending himself, with his arms modified thanks to the radiation, but thanks to the "blades" of the wind shurikens on his fists, Emmy was able to penetrate his defenses, every time.Bookmark here

Reid, therefore, stepped back, to form a radiation bubble. But Emmy's Fujin allowed her to keep hitting Reid even while remaining at a distance, so Reid was now in very bad shape.Bookmark here

"AAAAAHHH!!! AWAKENING!!!" yelled Reid.Bookmark here

Slowly his muscles took the shape of a tree, he seemed to be a man-plant, that had to be his final form.Bookmark here

He had become huge, his arms had branched out, from the elbow down.Bookmark here

His neck was practically attached to the "trunk" that had formed with the mutation.Bookmark here

Since this was the perfect form of any living thing because it mixed the benefits of the plant with that of the animal, Reid was in so much pain, blood was teeming from every pore. It was a horrific scene to behold.Bookmark here

Emmy couldn't bear to watch such a scene.Bookmark here

"I-I have to do this, this thing is so scary, but I have to do it. For Evan...for Tenkei. I'm the one who will write the future! Perfect Susanoo!!!"Bookmark here

Emmy, from the ground, rose into the air, she was kicking up a huge fuss, it seemed like she was changing shape too.Bookmark here

Actually, not her, but the wind and the dust she had kicked up.Bookmark here

The wind mixed with the dust took the form of a god's head.Bookmark here

The god Susanoo, one of the gods of the Japanese legends that Acuro had quoted.Bookmark here

Susanoo's head however was opaque, you could see Emmy. She was bleeding from the kamien, this technique required a lot of strength from her, she had never used so much. For any technique.Bookmark here

The clash of titans was about to begin, Reid's final form looked very similar to the god Ebisu, another Japanese deity from the legends of Master Acuro.Bookmark here

It was a clash of titans, no longer a clash of humans.Bookmark here

"Reid, this is the end for you!" shouted Emmy.Bookmark here

"We have passed the step of humanity, Emmy Mancker. We can no longer compare ourselves to humans now, so there is no concept of end. Let's fight!"Bookmark here

"....."Bookmark here

With the giant tree-shaped arm, Reid managed to strike Emmy and destroy the eye of the perfect Susanoo.Bookmark here

The deity was related to the technique Emmy was using, so she also lost sight from her left eye, she had to be more careful or she would have gone blind.Bookmark here

"Infinite Fujin Shuriken!" shouted Emmy, preparing around her a hundred shurikens like the ones from before, she threw them in bursts at Reid, who was however protected by his final form, Ebisu.Bookmark here

He wasn't unscathed though, the shurikens destroyed Reid's arms, but he was able to recreate them in no time, thanks to the final form. Otherwise, it would have taken him about 30 seconds to fully regenerate them.Bookmark here

"You'll never reach my strength, Emmy."Bookmark here

"Just the fact that I forced you to use this form means that I have surpassed your human strength. Now all that's missing is the next step, overcoming your divine strength. But you don't seem to have any weaknesses."Bookmark here

After finishing the speech, Emmy concentrated a powerful Fujin punch, using the god Susanoo's arm. It was huge, it hit him directly, destroying all his plant protections.Bookmark here

"Don't think you can win so easily, I have no weak points."Bookmark here

He didn't have time to finish the attack that Ebisu immediately regenerated his body.Bookmark here

Maybe he didn't have any weaknesses...Or maybe he did...Bookmark here

"Do you think my move is over here?" replied Emmy.Bookmark here

The Susanoo-Fujin's fist turned into a tornado, which went into Reid's, or rather, Ebisu's, body like a drill.Bookmark here

Emmy had aimed at the exact spot, the only weak point of the kamien users. The kamien itself!Bookmark here

She did indeed aim for the chest, Reid however was unscathed, the wound regenerated instantly.Bookmark here

"Tsk... you think I didn't foresee this attack as well?"Bookmark here

"Shit!" thought Emmy "Think, Emmy, think, his kamien changed position, he would be dead by now when I hit him his kamien wasn't in the right place. Where could it be? In the head? No...the center of energy, where everything flows... An appropriate answer to this dilemma could be "the heart" but having hit him in the chest, the kamien was not there. The center of where everything flows and everything is born...Born...There I am!"Bookmark here

Emmy repeated the same move, with the Susanoo-Fujin's fist then turning it into an extremely sharp tornado.Bookmark here

"What are you doing? Are you repeating the same move? It's no use, the kamien isn't in the hear- COUGH!"Bookmark here

Reid fell to the ground and returned to his original human form, Emmy did the same thing, she was just tired though.Bookmark here

She slowly walked towards Reid's body on the ground.Bookmark here

"Cough! Emmy did you know about the..." said Reid spitting blood.Bookmark here

"At school, I study anatomy...and not only that...I'll tell you more, according to yoga and tai chi, the center of energy and meridians is also where everything is born, the thread that binds you from birth to death...the belly button."Bookmark here

"I caught just the smartest opponent...shit. You won, Emmy Mancker...but I'm not leaving you the stone."Bookmark here

He used all his last strength to try and destroy the stone.Bookmark here

His body exploded and was reduced to bits scattered across the battlefield.Bookmark here

But he hadn't succeeded, the kamien was still there, on the ground. Maybe they are indestructible, those stones.Bookmark here

It was a horror for the eyes, but Emmy didn't have time to worry about the kamien, using the final form of the perfect Susanoo, for the last time on that day, he brought Evan's dead body and Tenkei's unconscious body safe from any attack, be it zombies or enemies.Bookmark here

"I did it...Tenkei, I promised you..." she began to tear over Tenkei's body.Bookmark here

But Tenkei wasn't dead and the tear that fell on Tenkei's face woke him up.Bookmark here

"Way to go, Emmy, you did a great job," said Tenkei.Bookmark here

He was still lying down but recovering.Bookmark here

"How's Evan?" asked Tenkei. "Were you able to heal him?"Bookmark here

Emmy was crying and Tenkei understood the situation, got up, and checked Evan's dead body.Bookmark here

" did your best...I'll miss friend," said Tenkei, and then burst into an even bigger cry than Emmy's.Bookmark here

He had lost the only friend left on the face of the Earth.Bookmark here

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH" cried Tenkei.Bookmark here

The scream was also heard by Clark, who although wounded, had managed to escape and was returning to the battlefield, to get the kamien.Bookmark here

The first one he recovered was Reid's, whose body was in the middle of the road, all destroyed.Bookmark here

No one saw it, but even he couldn't see the body of his last remaining subordinate: it was smashed and scattered around.Bookmark here

Clark, though a man with ambitions above human understanding, let a tear flow.Bookmark here

*Flashback*Bookmark here

February 2, 2015, 1:48 A.M., Blackville, Canada.Bookmark here

"L-let go off me, or I'll hurt you, bastards!" said a guy, short blond hair, looked to be in his early 20s.Bookmark here

A small gang was bullying him, his body was slim and he couldn't defend himself against these boys.Bookmark here

"Pull down his pants and take a picture of him! Haha! Then steal his wallet!" said the thugs.Bookmark here

"Fucking stop it, I'll report you to the police!" said the boy.Bookmark here

"What's this?" said one of the thugs, then threw it at his boss.Bookmark here

"Ahahah! Reid Regan, huh? Born October 17, 1995, a young man, take it all!"Bookmark here

"Nooo! Stop!" replied the boy they were robbing and abusing, named Reid.Bookmark here

A man approached the scene, he looked to be in his early thirties, he was very muscular, had a stylish mustache, and had short black hair.Bookmark here

"Leave him alone!" yelled the man.Bookmark here

"S-shit! This guy is dangerous! Let's run!"Bookmark here

The thugs then ran away, leaving Reid's papers and wallet on the ground.Bookmark here

The mystery man picked them up.Bookmark here

"Reid Regan, huh? Pleased to meet you, my name is Clark Anderson, I'm 27 years old and I've come here to offer you a deal."Bookmark here

"A deal? Well first of all thanks for saving me but...I don't trust you much."Bookmark here

"No need to trust me, I've already recruited several people, we have a great plan in mind."Bookmark here

"A great plan? What does it consist of?"Bookmark here

"Follow me, I'll tell you all about it in my base."Bookmark here

"No! I don't trust people, they always mistreat me... I work the night shift to save my mother who is very sick and during the day I study, sleeping only 5 hours a day!"Bookmark here

"You have big ambitions too...That's okay, I'll tell you about them here, because I trust you, Reid. Although I've already recruited a lot of people, you're going to be my right-hand man."Bookmark here

"Please explain the plan here, Clark, I don't have much time to waste, I have to go to work!"Bookmark here

"If you join me, you'll have lots of money and be able to save your mother without having to work anymore. You'll just have to serve me. Anyway, the plan is very simple but complex at the same time: we will restore the world, without diseases, without scum, without thugs who rob you every night, without any evil."Bookmark here

"I agree, criminals must be eliminated to make the world a pleasant place to live... but how exactly will we do that?"Bookmark here

"I'm going to be very complex, but believe me: thanks to one of our spies, we can know for sure that on June 15, 2023, internal fights will happen in North Korea. Enough to detonate a nuclear bomb that will wipe out the entire world...except..."Bookmark here

"Except?"Bookmark here

"Except those who will be using the special masks we are developing, they are anti-radiation. But I know you're studying nuclear physics, you'd be a great help."Bookmark here

"W-well, Master Clark...I'll give you a hand."Bookmark here

*End of Flashback*Bookmark here

"Reid...Everything we predicted didn't happen. But better things have happened... I'll continue with the endeavor and recreate the world from scratch with your power. Ahah what a coincidence, a radiation expert with the radiation kamien, that's exactly why you used it sublimely. Thanks for everything Reid."Bookmark here

After finishing his speech, he absorbed the radiation kamien and went off to find the others.Bookmark here

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