Chapter 43:

Chapter 43 [Height]

Tasteless


"I can't believe you got me to agree to this," I said as the cold freezing night breeze hug my body sending a shiver through my body.Bookmark here

"Well what can I say, I am hard to say no to," Cindy said, as her voice come out from the earpiece I'm wearing.Bookmark here

Looking down; I can see the car and people passing by on the sidewalk down below me, my whole body right now is dangling on the side of the Ivory tower. The only keeping me from falling is the grappling gauntlet that I'm wearing.Bookmark here

"Oooh damn, I look down," I said.Bookmark here

"That your fault, not mine, just focus on climbing," Cindy said.Bookmark here

I grunt, as I grab one of the protruding rock design of the building and climb up.Bookmark here

"Can I ask you something?" I said.Bookmark here

"Yep, what is it?"  Cindy said.Bookmark here

"What did Kusagi said to you?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Nice try I won't tell you," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"Why not?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Because I promise her not to tell you," Cindy said.Bookmark here

I grunt; suddenly a strong gust of wind causes the hook to detach; I start to fall and quickly roll back the rope into the gauntlet; shooting the hook back to the wall. Bookmark here

The hook plant itself into the wall and swing me toward the wall; my body hit the wall and I grab the edge of the concrete very tightly hoping it doesn't detach again.Bookmark here

"What happens? Are you dead?!" Cindy ask.Bookmark here

"What kind of question is that? the hook just freaking detach itself and I almost fall," I said.Bookmark here

"You can climb again, right?" Cindy asks; my eyebrow raised.Bookmark here

"Thank you for worrying about me" I sassed.Bookmark here

"You'll be fine, besides you can heal right back," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"I can't! if my head explodes from the impact of hitting the sidewalk," I said.Bookmark here

"You getting close to the skylight, Ganbatte!," Cindy cheer.Bookmark here

I sighed and started climbing again, this time very carefully. Bookmark here

After 12 minutes of climbing the damn tower, I finally reach the skylight; I place my feet against a concrete slab and position myself, I look down the skylight; I saw some kind of satanic symbol in the middle of the room on the floor with burning candle around it but no living person in sight.Bookmark here

"Cindy, where is everybody? you said he will be here, don't tell me that I climb this freaking tower for nothing" I said.Bookmark here

"Just wait, he will be there," Cindy said; as she said the double door open, out five people in dark red robes, circling around the symbol and only one wearing a pendant.Bookmark here

I bring L115A3 a bolt action sniper rifle to the front of my chest and begins checking the magazine for ammo; satisfied I pull the bolt and loaded one bullet into the chamber. I stand near the edge of the skylight.Bookmark here

"Which one is Lorenzo?" I ask.Bookmark here

"The one with an evil ponytail, and wearing the pendant," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"I used to have a ponytail," I said.Bookmark here

"What you? you would look horrible in it, I can't imagine it" Cindy said.Bookmark here

"Geez, thank for the compliment," I said flatly.Bookmark here

Using the telescopic sight, I aim toward one of the people wearing robes, I took a long breath of cold air.Bookmark here

"Ready?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Ready" Cindy answers.Bookmark here

I squeeze the trigger and the bullet escaped the chamber, passing through the suppressor, breaking through the window, flew through the person's head leaving a trail of blood behind. They all look at the person who just falls down for no reason.Bookmark here

Before the can start panicking, I quickly jump into the skylight feet first, breaking the glass, and landed on my feet then turn into a roll, I stand back up and take another shot with the rifle.Bookmark here

The bullet hit one of the people wearing the robe on the chest; that immediately triggers the scream, and panic in the room.Bookmark here

"Ok everyone stays where you are or all of you will be shot" I yelled; my own voice is mute by the scream of the people inside of the room.Bookmark here

two of the people left except for Lorenzo, run towards the door while they are screaming.Bookmark here

"Well you guys make my job way easier than it supposed too," I said; I shot both of them in the back with the rifle.Bookmark here

"I did warn you guys," I said, reloading the next magazine.Bookmark here

I turn toward Lorenzo; he slowly moves backward while his hand up in the air.Bookmark here

"I will give you what you want just let me go!" Lorenzo pleads.Bookmark here

I look at the pendant; it has very intricate carving around it and a large red ball glass embedded in the middle of it.Bookmark here

"You got 5 minutes left" Cindy warned.Bookmark here

I quickly aim the rifle and pull back the bolt reloading the next bullet into the chamber.Bookmark here

"Wait! wait!!!" Lorenzo yell.Bookmark here

As I was about to squeeze the trigger; a sudden shift of wind from my left side cause me to recoil my head backward as a large dark misty blade cut my rifle into two half.Bookmark here

"Shit!" I cursed.Bookmark here

I let go of my broken rifle and proceed to unholster my CZ- 75b 9mm semi-automatic pistol; I flip backward getting some distance between me and the attacker.Bookmark here

"What happens?" Cindy ask.Bookmark here

"There someone else here!"  I said.Bookmark here

"The masked woman?!" Cindy exclaim.Bookmark here

"No, it not, the masked woman wield a sword, the one who attacked me is wielding a very large scythe," I said.Bookmark here

"What woman?, she not appearing on any of my screens, no thermal, no X-ray, not even a speck of her is showing up," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"But here she is standing in front me," I said as I look her up and down.Bookmark here

She is wearing a tattered cloak with a hood on, every part of her body is cover by it except for her mouth but that just normal, the weird part is the black mist coming out from the bottom of her cloak and out from the dark blade of the scythe.Bookmark here

"Who are you, people?!" Lorenzo ask.Bookmark here

"Even Lorenzo see her, that's means I'm not crazy," I said.Bookmark here

"Could it be another powered?" Cindy ask.Bookmark here

"It could," I said; clicking my tongue.Bookmark here

"3 minutes left, the window is closing, I can't keep stalling the guard," Cindy said.Bookmark here

I quickly aim my CZ- 75b at her and squeeze the trigger, the sound small explosion inside the gun can be heard, a bullet flies through the chamber and toward the woman.Bookmark here

The woman easily twirls her large scythe, like it weighs nothing and stops the bullet by blocking herself with the blade.Bookmark here

I keep on firing and she keeps twirling her scythe; blocking the bullet path.Bookmark here

The guns make a clicking sound as the magazine finally emptied and not one bullet hit her, I take out the magazine out of the CZ- 75b and load another.Bookmark here

I take a shot toward Lorenzo but the woman blocks it with her large scythe.Bookmark here

"2 minutes left!" Cindy warned.Bookmark here

I quickly launch myself to a run heading toward the woman; I unsheath my kunai, holding it in my left hand.Bookmark here

I keep taking a shot at her using my CZ- 75b while dashing toward her and she keeps on twirling her scythe blocking the incoming bullet.Bookmark here

The moment I got close to her, I launch a horizontal slash aiming for her chest area, she blocks it with the staff of the scythe.Bookmark here

I let out a smile inside my helmet.Bookmark here

I bring it CZ-75b close to her and I shot her point blank, the bullet casing to the floor and it dings off the floor.Bookmark here

I was surprised to see a smirk form on her mouth.Bookmark here

My eyes widen as the bullet passes through her like she was nothing and hit the wall behind her, she raised her scythe up in the air and in a moment of panic, I roll backward moving away from her as she brings the blade down to the floor.Bookmark here

"1 minutes left" Cindy warned again.Bookmark here

"You're not helping,"I said.Bookmark here

"Well do something before the guard breaks down the door!" Cindy said.Bookmark here

"I got an idea," I said.Bookmark here

I slowly took a couple step left and the woman took a couple step right; circling each other almost like a Mexican standoff.Bookmark here

I check the ammo in my CZ-75b handgun; one bullet left. I dash forward toward her, causing the woman to raise her guards up while waiting for me to strike. Bookmark here

I bring the kunai closer to my handgun, the moment I step into her range; I quickly launch an attack with my kunai; I slash vertical and keep on slashing, the woman block every slash.Bookmark here

Spark fly as my kunai blade hit her scythe, I duck my body lower and try to roundhouse her legs but she jumps before my leg hit hers.Bookmark here

I raise my gun and squeeze the trigger, the bullet escaped the handgun, I could see her smirk under the hood but this time I will be the one that smiling.Bookmark here

The bullet passes through like I predict but what she was not expected was the bullet hitting directly at Lorenzo's head and leaving a hole in his skull. Lorenzo body falls back to the floor.Bookmark here

"Got him!" I said.Bookmark here

"Now go get the fingerprints," Cindy said.Bookmark here

I stop as I saw the woman backing away and clicking her tongue in annoyance.Bookmark here

Suddenly the whole room starts to shake causing the remaining glass beginning to fall to the floor, candle stands fall to its side, cracks beginning to form on the wall and ceiling.Bookmark here

I was shocked to see...Bookmark here

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