Chapter 24:

The sun sets for rebirth, Part 2

The Divine Punishment

Inside the house lived a girl in her thirties, she got scared as soon as she saw me, but I understood her, it's not every day you find a guy who has become a demi-god.Bookmark here

"H-hi," I said.Bookmark here

"W-who are you! What do you want from me!!!" the girl answered, she had blonde hair and was quite fit compared to all the other survivors.Bookmark here

"I don't want to hurt you, I'm the guy with all the kamien who restored water and electricity to the city... I had proposed something to the senator's old friends, it was very dangerous, and they didn't accept, but I said I would do it anyway, and then he had started hunting me, but I ran away."Bookmark here

"And what do I have to do with it?"Bookmark here

"I couldn't go back to my house, they would have found me right away, so I went looking for a dwelling I could go to, and this one seemed uninhabited."Bookmark here

"Well, it isn't... so please leave"Bookmark here

"I don't want to hurt you, I don't want to kill other people."Bookmark here

"OTHER?!"Bookmark here

"I mean the senator's killers!"Bookmark here

"You killed them?!"Bookmark here

"I had no choice."Bookmark here

"... This house is inhabited, so get out!" she said fearfully.Bookmark here

"Please let me stay here until I find a way to do what I need to do."Bookmark here

"What are you supposed to do?"Bookmark here

"It's a long story, if we sit down somewhere, I'll explain it to you."Bookmark here

"O-okay, but don't hurt me."Bookmark here

"It's okay."Bookmark here

And so I explained the whole story to her starting at the beginning of the trip.Bookmark here

"So that's what happened," she said, calming herself down.Bookmark here

"Yes, and if you would accommodate me until I find a way to destroy the kamien, I would be grateful."Bookmark here

"Well, after hearing your story, maybe I could, but how can I believe you? Maybe they're after you for some other reason and you're lying to me?"Bookmark here

"Please...Earth's life depends on it, you have to believe me!"Bookmark here

"In this situation, everyone could say the same thing."Bookmark here

"You want proof of why I'm innocent? I would have killed you by now if I didn't care about other people's lives."Bookmark here

"You're letting me live so I can give you food."Bookmark here

"No, I could easily get it for myself with my powers."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Please believe me!"Bookmark here

"..... I'm not sure, but you sound convincing, I don't know how far a person can go acting, but if I were you, I would have already failed."Bookmark here

"...Thank you," I said appreciatively.Bookmark here

"...Well, my name is Sofia," she said, smiling at me.Bookmark here

"Huh... I'm Tenkei."Bookmark here

It had been a long time since I had introduced myself.Bookmark here

"Are you hungry, or do you need to go to the bathroom?"Bookmark here

"No, it's okay, I just need a place where I can make noise without bothering anyone, that's why I came here, I had guessed there was a bunker."Bookmark here

"Well, you have a very good sixth sense, not only do I have a bunker, but it's also huge, you can do anything you want there. My husband was a general in the German army."Bookmark here

"Really? Thank you so much!"Bookmark here

"You're welcome, go right now, there's also a bed, it can easily become your room. I never go there anyway because it's quiet and I wouldn't hear any sudden warnings from the "government"."Bookmark here

"Thank you, I'll go right now to try experiments to destroy the kamien."Bookmark here

"Wait, I'll guide you."Bookmark here

"Oh, thanks."Bookmark here

She walked me to the bunker, which, I guess, would have housed me for a while, it was very large so it was perfect and comfortable.Bookmark here

"Wow, it's amazing! I promise I won't ruin it, and when I leave, it will stay intact."Bookmark here

"Don't worry, as I told you, I never go there, so you can even blow it up, as long as it doesn't touch the house on top."Bookmark here

"Don't worry."Bookmark here

"Good, so I'll leave you to it."Bookmark here

"Thanks, bye."Bookmark here

I had found a place to do my experiments, and also a person who could get me food, I couldn't ask anything better.Bookmark here

Half a month later, on August 18, 2020.Bookmark here

It had been about half a month since I had started.Bookmark here

I was proceeding to try different ways to destroy them, I had even tried to destroy them with the powers of the kamien themselves, failing miserably.Bookmark here

One day, however, after several attempts, something unimaginable happened.Bookmark here

I had a pretty deep pain in my chest, exactly where the kamien of the void was.Bookmark here

"I've overstretched it...", I thought.Bookmark here

And I wasn't wrong. The pain was immense, a kick to the balls was nothing in comparison.Bookmark here

I bent down on my knees in pain, held my hand on my chest, and squeezed it to try and reduce the pain, but I couldn't.Bookmark here

Or rather, maybe.Bookmark here

Since I was kneeling, gravity was on my side: the kamien of the void came out of my body, emitting a strange noise, like when you open a bottle of wine.Bookmark here

There was no trace of blood.Bookmark here

In the bunker of Sofia's house, there was a mirror. I did not wait even a millisecond and slid in front of it.Bookmark here

It was empty.Bookmark here

My chest.Bookmark here

It was empty, as empty as my heart, as empty as the Sahara desert.Bookmark here

It was a clean hole, the flesh covered the sides. I almost looked like a donut.Bookmark here

Maybe that was it, I was empty inside, just like the stone.Bookmark here

I needed love, friends, and so much more. But I'd had it, so this argument didn't hold water.Bookmark here

I put the sentimental nonsense aside and focused on the kamien herself who was still on the ground, untouched.Bookmark here

"What if it's a power?" I thought.Bookmark here

I wasn't wrong. The kamien's true power of void was...well leaving emptiness.Bookmark here

I could take it off at will from now on. However, I didn't understand what the trigger that allowed me to gain this kind of power was.Bookmark here

So I went on experimenting and found out that I could even remove individual stones from the kamien of the void without moving a finger.Bookmark here

It was as if I could command the kamien out of my body, but not only with the void kamien, but also with the others.Bookmark here

So I tried the others, the water one first, and got a big surprise.Bookmark here

The rock was slowly cracking using the force of the water.Bookmark here

It didn't have a body, an organism that could withstand the force of the god sealed inside, that it allowed itself to get out.Bookmark here

Without a second thought, I picked up the kamien and headed outside.Bookmark here

The bunker was just a cover for sleeping, eating, and socializing. But it wasn't a place for experiments, because, if I wanted to, I could have done them even miles away from where I was, where no humans nor the guards were looking for me.Bookmark here

The ideal place for experiments was, indeed, outside.Bookmark here

But first, I said goodbye once and for all to Sofia.Bookmark here

"Sofia... I was successful with the experiments. I thank you for these weeks spent together, you've been like a big sister to me," I told her.Bookmark here

"Tenkei...thank you. It was nice. If we ever meet again, I'll be your girlfriend!" she said smiling, obviously joking.Bookmark here

"I'm sorry to disappoint you Sofia, but my heart belongs to someone else!" I answered her tearfully.Bookmark here

"She must be really lucky then. Well, good luck Tenkei. Goodbye!"Bookmark here

"Bye..."Bookmark here

I headed far enough away from the city, I had promised her no harm done to her residence.Bookmark here

I continued to activate the water kamien without having it on my chest.Bookmark here

The rock that contained the essence cracked until it broke.Bookmark here

The god inside, or rather, the essence of the energy rose into the sky like a soul after death. Only to have the entire atmosphere covered in black. Nothing could be seen.Bookmark here

When the light returned, the water had returned.Bookmark here

The river next to where I was had filled up. The water was back everywhere.Bookmark here

Without waiting too long, I did the same with all the others.Bookmark here

Everything came back.Bookmark here

The electricity, the wind, everything.Bookmark here

What I called "The Post-Apocalyptic Storm" happened.Bookmark here

I had never been so happy to see rain, tornadoes, and lightning in my life.Bookmark here

All the essences of the gods rose to the sky.Bookmark here

Every single energy came back, even the somewhat useless ones, like the black hole. In fact, the black hole reformed exactly where it was, in the galaxy.Bookmark here

I could see it thanks to the ultra vision I had inherited from Izanami.Bookmark here

All the kamien. The rocks were not destroyed though, they were now just hard stones. They were back in my chest. They no longer contained energies, but the power of Izanami.Bookmark here

Izanami's power also included that of the kamien, so I had not lost my powers. I could still use them freely as if I still had all the kamien, it was great. I was still a demi-god, but I didn't feel superior to the others, everyone had given their best for the Earth.Bookmark here

I had saved the world.Bookmark here

Everything I had been looking for had been finally resolved. My dream was accomplished.Bookmark here

The restoration of the world, however, had only begun.Bookmark here

It would have been a long time before we could have returned to full civilization and reconquered the meteorite-destroyed territories.Bookmark here

January 9, 2021, Berlin.Bookmark here

I was walking in front of the crowd, everyone was cheering me on. I had just turned 18, January 3 was my birthday.Bookmark here

It had been five months since all the energies had returned. Everyone was back to living comfortably. But this world was missing something, or rather, someone. It was far from civilization. That was why I was there.Bookmark here

During these months, the "apocalypse" center had moved to Berlin for convenience.Bookmark here

There were various presidents, senators, and other people governing, but no one trusted them. Many had become corrupt over the years, except for Mr. Weber, who was the only one the whole of Europe trusted.Bookmark here

But he hadn't been around for a year. A new leader was needed. A person people trusted.Bookmark here

I walked up the stairs on a red carpet.Bookmark here

I felt like some kind of celebrity.Bookmark here

Up the stairs, I found two of the representatives of the post-apocalyptic center of Berlin.Bookmark here

They welcomed me and shook my hand.Bookmark here

The corrupt Frankfurt guards were gone. Now there were only trusted people, real guards who would know how to do their job.Bookmark here

And among those trusted people was me.Bookmark here

My name now echoed throughout Europe, I was famous.Bookmark here

I had saved the Earth, after all.Bookmark here

"Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new president and leading figure of the New European Union. At only 18 years old, he has made his way among the most important people in the world. He is... TENKEI NOWAK!" said an announcer with a microphone.Bookmark here

"YEAAAAAAH!" the choruses shouted.Bookmark here

It was the best day of my life.Bookmark here

The announcer handed me the microphone and I had the honor of expressing my opinion.Bookmark here

"Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for the warm welcome. I am truly pleased to be here today, I will be here forever from now on. I will lead the New European Union to civilization and the reconquer of the world. I will not promise anything unfeasible like the politicians. I promise that in the next 15 to 20 years, we will be able to bring the world back to brightness, but be careful, danger can always show up. Thank you all."Bookmark here

With the speech over, the bodyguards (not that I needed them) took me into the office. This was originally the palace of a powerful German governor.Bookmark here

I sat down, picked up my pen, and signed the first paper when a young man came into the office carrying even more papers, to be read and signed. The real work had only begun.Bookmark here

"Good luck with your work, sir Nowak!"Bookmark here

So the phenomenal rehabilitation of the entire world had begun.Bookmark here

The end.Bookmark here

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