Chapter 25:

The Inevitable

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

The next day, at Goro’s tavern...Bookmark here

Roman woke up. “Uh, my body hurts all over.”Bookmark here

“Hey, stupid little brother!” Julia said.Bookmark here

“Uh, what happened?” Roman asked, puzzled when he saw Shinra, Julia, and Torou sitting around him.Bookmark here

“Roman, you lost control of yourself, then you attacked all of us. Kenue and Kong were seriously injured. Don’t you remember what happened?” Shinra said calmly.Bookmark here

“I remember when Kenue followed me into the forest. He said ‘Don’t worry Roman. I’m your friend. You can tell me all your problems. You have helped me. It’s my turn to help you now.’ After that, my head hurt so badly. I don’t remember anything after that.”Bookmark here

“Okay, take it easy. Take a rest,” Torou said.Bookmark here

Shinra told Roman what happened to Kenue and Kong. The two of them were the worst victims of his rampage.Bookmark here

“Where are they?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Last night, they were immediately taken to the castle by the Torto. He said he left all his medicines there. Instead of having to go back and forth, it’s better to take them there,” Shinra replied.Bookmark here

“They were escorted by Goro,” Torou said.Bookmark here

“The three of us have to wait for you to wake up and make sure you don’t go berserk again. You stupid little brother!” Julia said.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Roman, let me explain. Darma and Terry are now married. They have children, you see? Brahma needs his parents’ attention. They are torn between two choices: to keep training with you or to focus on living life with their child. They definitely still think of us all as family. Roman, we are all family. We take care of and protect each other,” Torou said.Bookmark here

Twenty years ago...Bookmark here

Lyra had a rare, incurable disease. On her deathbed, she told Roman:Bookmark here

“Roman, you’re a good boy! I believe one day you’ll be stronger than your father and protect your older sister. I believe you’ll grow up to be a brave man who never breaks his promise. I’m so sorry, Roman. I can’t stay with you any longer because I have to rest. Promise me that you’ll take care and love everyone around you: your father, your older sister, your friend, your teacher, your friend’s friend, and especially you must be able to take care of yourself and love yourself. Because we’re all family.”Bookmark here

“I will, Mom,” little Roman said.Bookmark here

Moments later, she breathed her last. She left behind so many beautiful memories for Satria, Julia, and Roman. Satria could not hold back his tears. He bent down before her lifeless body.Bookmark here

Currently...Bookmark here

Roman cried and lowered his head. Instantly, he remembered Lyra’s words. His memory had recovered completely.Bookmark here

“I remember everything. I remember everything that happened in the past. I remember everything Mom and Dad said. I remember training with Torou and Big Sis. I remember Mom and Dad’s faces clearly. I can remember everything!” He couldn’t stop his tears.Bookmark here

“Is that true, Roman?” Julia immediately hugged him tightly. “I’m so happy!” she said with tears in her eyes.Bookmark here

“Welcome back, Roman!” Torou said.Bookmark here

“Congratulations, Roman,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Thanks, you guys never left me even when I can’t remember anything in the past.”Bookmark here

A few days later...Bookmark here

“Torou-sensei and I are going back to the castle. We’ll meet a few months from now. Don’t stop training either, okay?” Shinra said to Julia and Roman.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, I’ll continue to train my Inner Power. I’m sure, once I master it, I’ll be able to defeat those monsters!” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Take care, okay?” Julia said, waving to Shinra and Torou.Bookmark here

Shinra waved back. “See you later.”Bookmark here

“See you, Julia and Roman!” Torou said.Bookmark here

Shinra and Torou returned to the Sacred Hawk Kingdom. Meanwhile, Roman continued his training with Julia. He trained his Inner Power and Julia trained her strength. They were getting stronger by the day.Bookmark here

A few days later, in the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

“Hey, Shinra, what are you doing?” Kong walked over to Shinra who was sitting on the training ground.Bookmark here

He stood before Shinra. “Shinra, what are you doing?” he asked, bringing his face closer to Shinra’s.Bookmark here

“Whoa!! What are you doing, Kong?” Shinra asked, startled. He fell from his chair.Bookmark here

“You were silent when I called you.”Bookmark here

“Ah, no. I’m doing breathing exercises.” Shinra made strange movements out of nervousness.Bookmark here

“Suit yourself. I want to tell you that Darma and Terry sent you a letter. Tomorrow is their son’s third birthday. Are you going?”Bookmark here

“Will Julia come? Ah, I mean will others come, too?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know. They might or might not come. They invited you because you’re Brahma’s uncle.”Bookmark here

“I see. That means Julia won’t come,” Shinra said in a low voice.Bookmark here

“Well, I’ll be going out for a bit to find a gift for Brahma.”Bookmark here

“Okay.” Shinra couldn’t wait to see Julia again.Bookmark here

The next day...Bookmark here

“Hello, little Brahma.” Shinra came to Darma and Terry’s house.Bookmark here

“Hi, Big Bro. I heard that Roman got mad because of me and Darma, huh? I’m sorry. I’ve sent an apology letter to Roman and he has replied. How is Kenue doing now?” Terry asked.Bookmark here

“He’s getting better. Several of his ribs were broken. Roman is absolutely terrifying. I didn’t know he’s that much stronger now.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, that’s right. I was shocked, too. His punch was so strong, maybe on par with Satyr. If it wasn’t for the pill Torou gave me, I might’ve died. Luckily, I heal faster than humans, as long as you don’t stab my heart,” Kong said.Bookmark here

“Hahaha. Thank goodness, Kong,” Darma said. “I haven’t had the chance to see Kenue yet. Maybe I’ll visit him again tomorrow.”Bookmark here

“It’s okay, he’s recovering little by little,” Kong said.Bookmark here

Then, they celebrated Brahma’s birthday. Shinra looked less than happy. He wished Julia had come.Bookmark here

“Stop daydreaming, Big Bro,” Terry said.Bookmark here

Shinra walked out of the house.Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s right. Lately, he’s daydreaming a lot. I don’t know what happened, either,” Kong said.Bookmark here

“That means he’s in love. I was like that once. Haha,” Darma said.Bookmark here

Shinra plopped down in front of Darma and Terry’s house. When he was daydreaming there, Julia and Roman came up to him.Bookmark here

“Yo, Shinra,” Roman greeted.Bookmark here

Still daydreaming, Shinra replied, “Hey, Roman.”Bookmark here

Roman walked on and entered Darma’s house. “What’s with him?” he asked Terry.Bookmark here

“Beats me.”Bookmark here

Julia approached Shinra. “Hey, Shinra, how are you?”Bookmark here

“Hey, Julia, nothing much. Eh?? Julia??” Shinra was shocked and could nt believe what he saw.Bookmark here

“You look like you just saw a ghost,” Julia said.Bookmark here

“Wow, is that really you, Julia?” Shinra looked at her up and down.Bookmark here

Julia slapped him in the face. “You pervert!!” She walked into the house, leaving him behind.Bookmark here

They exchanged stories. Roman showed his Inner Power that he had been training all this time.Bookmark here

One month before the monster leader election...Bookmark here

“Firouza, Lord Vladmir is calling for you,” Ghoul said.Bookmark here

“Really? I’ll be right there,” Firouza replied.Bookmark here

Firouza and Satyr were half-brothers. They shared the same father but different mothers. Their father was the Monster Prince. Actually, Firouza did not like Satyr because Satyr was chosen to replace him as the monster leader on Earth. He thought that Satyr was too young and emotional. Being a leader required stable emotions and wise decisions. He was 2,800 years old and Satyr’s was 1,500 years old.Bookmark here

“Firouza, I want you to do something for me,” Vladmir said.Bookmark here

“What is it, Milord?”Bookmark here

“Find out what’s happening on Earth. Looks like something is amiss.”Bookmark here

“Very well, I will be going to Earth soon.”Bookmark here

“Remember, don’t be late. The monster leader election is less than a month away.”Bookmark here

“I will not be late. Excuse me.”Bookmark here

Vladmir suspected that something bad was happening on Earth. Then, he sent Firouza to investigate.Bookmark here

Vladmir was the Supreme Leader in the Milky Way. All the movements of monsters on Earth and on some of the surrounding planets were at his command. He had subordinates, namely: Tormentor as the Warlord, Shadow Ghoul as the General, and Ghoul as the Deputy General. They had an elite monster army of 10,000 soldiers. These elite soldiers were tasked with raiding and colonizing planets. After they had conquered the planets, they sent some monsters to occupy the planets.Bookmark here

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