A light beat can be heard at first.
Then another one, pound inside of my chest.
One more, but this time an even stronger one, that followed by many other beats.
I was alive again, as my lung begins to expand and contract. Inhaling the oxygen in the air and my heart pumping my blood to flow in my veins again. I let out a quiet gasp as I open my eyes.
I felt my clothes wet, it may have been the puddle of blood seeping into my cloth, but when my eyes glance at the floor, I can see the puddle of water. Searching for the source of the water, I see Lina tube has been broken, she is still on her knee, head down and no sign of movement. The water is dripping out from her broken tube.
I focus more on Lina, and glad to find that her finger twitching for a few seconds. She is unconscious. The machine lights up again and the shaking started again. I heard Catty cries of pain in my mind as the ceiling above her destroyed, revealing the night sky above. The crack in space is humongous, and the reality near it begins to shift and twist.
As pointed spike protrudes from the floor at one of the cracks in space. While another crack snow begins seeping through it. The weird one of the most is the crack that has an unearthly flora growing such as a purple leave tree and flowers that are so beautiful that It can't possibly grow on earth.
The machine lights dim again and the shaking stops.
My eyes gaze at Catty a large amount of silver glowing petals flowers on the floor surround her. Exhaustion and despair begin to show on her face. When my eyes finally look at Daiki, he is gazing at the night sky above.
You got one hour - I remember Aeterna words.
I place my hands under me and push to lift my body upward. Until I was on my knee, then I grab the Katana on my side and stab it into the floor. I use the Katana as a cane to lift my body up.
"Hey!!" I scream my heart out.
Daiki turns his body to face me, his face shows surprise and disbelief as he saw me. I place my finger on the side of my head, looking for a hole that was supposed to be there, but I didn't find any. Then I let out a smirk as I look at Daiki.
"You think, I would give up that easily?" I said
"That girl behind you is my family," I pointed at Catty behind Daiki.
"And I would do anything to protect her even coming back from the dead," I said with confidence as I clench my hands.
Catty cast her eyes at me, and I could see hope sprouting inside her through her beautiful, amazing, big silver eyes.
"Impossible!" Daiki bark in denial.
I stand straight and pointed my Katana at him.
"Let's end this!" I taunt him, then I immediately charge toward him.
"Stop!" Daiki ordered.
He tries to use his power on me, but it is futile. Aeterna gave me a protection against his command. I keep on charging, raising my Katana and ready for a downward slash.
"Stop!" Daiki ordered again, his face show panic.
"Stop!!" Daiki bellow, taking a step backward away from me.
"Impossible!" Daiki said as he finally in my range of attack.
I brought the Katana down on him, he raises his arm to block it. When I was about to cut his arm off, the sword suddenly stops a few inches away from his arm. I struggle to push the sword in but something is pushing the blade away. Daiki uses his other hands to land a punch on me, but I managed to back away before he landed it.
"If I can kill you once before, I can kill you again!" Daiki said calmly.
Daiki took off his blazer, then he pulls up his sleeve revealing sophisticated bracers. It looks like an advanced tech bracer. He throws a couple punches in the air and the bracers begin to assemble. Covering his hands, forming into a gauntlet with small spikes protrude at the knuckle area.
Those gauntlets must have stopped my blade. Daiki took the first attack by charging at me, he throws a couple punches my way. I evade, returning a few slashes toward him, but he blocks it with the gauntlet.
What the hell is that gauntlet, it stops my blade from getting near his gauntlet. I feint an attack by raising my katana for a downward slash. Daiki raises his gauntlet to block, but I use my foot to land a kick on his chest.
Daiki saw the kick coming and instinctively block it with the gauntlet, my boot makes contact with his gauntlet and managed to push him back.
My theories are that gauntlet repel away any metal that comes close to it. I need to test it, I look down at my right grapple gauntlet. I aim the grapple gauntlet and shoot the metal hook at him. Daiki raises his gauntlet to block, instead of the metal hook hitting the gauntlet. The metal hook bounces back and falls to the floor.
I recall back the hook and ready myself in a defensive stance as Daiki charge toward me. I dodge, as he throws a punch directly at my head, I suddenly felt pain as that punch was a feint. Looking down, I realized that he has sneaked in a punch at my shoulder, tearing my cloth and skin underneath it.
I grunt as I felt the pain in my shoulder. I kick him in the chest, causing him to back away and let out a couple heavy cough.
The machines around the room light up again and the shaking begins. The crack in space begins to grow immensely and the area around it begin to deform. Some of the floors begin to turn into gold and diamonds shard begin to grow on the wall.
With the shaking going on, I charge toward Daiki, readying my Katana for another attack. I try a horizontal slash but he blocks it. He steps away while smiling at me. I realize that he tries to buy time so Catty would unleash her power.
I'm running out of time also. I need to end this fast. The machine light begins to dim, but Catty power has begun to become unstable as a tornado surrounds her. The tornado is sucking up the small debris around the room into its vortex.
"You're too late now. The end is coming," Daiki said.
"Not if I can stop it!" I respond back.
I throw my Katana at him while dashing toward him, He easily avoids it by moving to the left and the Katana flew into the tornado.
I jump in the air and ready my fist for a punch. As I begin to fall back to the floor, I throw the punch at him. Daiki smiles as he throws the same punch toward my oncoming fist. I open my fist in mid-punch and grab his fist with my hands. I felt pain as the spike puncture my skin.
My feet landed on the floor and I pull him closer to me. I then headbutt him on the face with my forehead. My forehead felt the bone in his nose break. Daiki scream in pain, I pull him close to me by hugging him and I focus my mind on the Katana.
"Let me go!" Daiki screams as he punches my side breaking a few of my spine.
I grunt as he kept barrage my side with multiple punches. Just like what happened to the soldier earlier, The Katana, pierce through Daiki spine, stabbing him from behind and me at the same time.
My eyes glance at the side of his face, I saw his face in shock as he felt the Katana in his back. I push him away from me slowly, I can feel the blade moving in me before the Katana completely unsheathed from my stomach.
Daiki fall to his knee, laughing.
"I already won, she can't control it anymore," Daiki laughed.
The moment he said those words, a wave of energy expended, throwing me and Daiki into the wall and destroying the wall behind Catty. Another wave of energy expands throwing a large piece of rock at me, I avoid it by jumping to the right.
Daiki was not lucky as another piece of rock slams his stomach and stuck him in place with his back on the wall.
He laughed and laughed, happy that he finally achieves his twisted dream. I walk up to him with my hand on my wound.
I call on my Katana, and the sword pierces through the rock. I catch it with my other hand. He looks at me with a satisfied smile on his face. Annoy by his face, I bring the Katana up in the air and slash his head off.
His head falls and rolls to the side as blood squirt from his neck. Then I turn back to Catty and run to her.
Another wave of energy expands, I planted my Katana on the ground, and hold on to it tight. The wave pushes me a couple feet backward, leaving a trail of a deep long cut on the floor.
I pull the Katana out and begins walking toward her again. Climbing the step that leads to her, another wave of energy suddenly burst, throwing me backward and into Lina tube.
My body slams into Lina hard, solid body that causes her to wake up. Lina looks around surprised while gasping for air.
"Haru?!" She said.
"You're alive?!" She said shocked to see me.
"No time to explain," I said as I try to stand up.
The movement causes me to cough out blood, and I place my hand on the wound to stop it from bleeding. Lina look at me worried as she saw my wound.
"Haru you're hurt!" Lina claims.
"Don't worry, it will heal back up, just like always," I said.
"But?" I Interrupt her words.
"Can you do me solid?" I ask.
"Anything!" Lina answer.
"Throw me at Catty, I need to reach her," I said.
"Okay!' Lina said as she tore the chains off her feet.
Lina grabs the back of my collar and pants. Then with all her strength, she throws me at Catty. My body flew up in the air easily covering the short distance and passing through the tornado.
My body slams on the floor and I plant my Katana into the floor to stop myself from sliding away. I stand up and pull my Katana out of the floor, then cut her chain off.
'Haru I can't control it anymore' She said in my mind.
The Tornado around her begins to worsen as it grows wider and bigger.
'You need to do it Haru. Kill me before I kill the world!' Catty said in my mind.
'Please Haru, grant my wish' Catty plead.
I plant the Katana into the floor and take a seat in front of her.
"Do I look like a genie to you?" I joked then laugh as a tear flow down my cheeks.
'Haru pleases, there is no other way' Catty stressed.
"My uncle told me that there always another way, if you look hard," I said.
Catty looks at me with pain and confusion on her face. I keep on smiling as I search for my pockets when I reach into my pants pocket, I felt it, the silver pendant. I took it out with my hands and leans my body close to her.
"Everything's going to be fine," I assure her.
Catty begins to cry as she leans closer to embrace me.
'I don't want to hurt people anymore,' Catty cried.
"I know," I said calmly.
I place the pendant around her neck, A bright light glow between me and Catty. I back away to see the silver pendant merge into her chest, turning into a heart-shaped mark. Chains marking begins to grow from the heart-shaped mark.
The chains marking, spread through her entire body, from her neck to her feet. I also notice that the suppressor collar behind her neck, suddenly fall to the ground.
The light on her chest dims away and the tornado around us begins to slowly dissipate into nothing. The crack in space also begins to shrink and disappear. I place my hand on my wound as I smile while looking up into the clear night sky.
When I look back at Catty, her face was a mixture of confusion and happiness as she gazes at her hands where the chains marking is visible.
Catty suddenly hugs me, surprising me and causing me pain at the same time as her body push my hand into my wound. I clench my teeth, but keep on smiling. I place one of my free hand on her back. Catty looks up at me shocked, her power is completely gone, she can't speak to me. Tears flow down her cheek as she opens her mouth, struggling to say something.
She tries to say something again, but nothing came out.
"It's okay, I know, you're welcome," I said.
A big smile grew on her face as tears begin flooding out of her eyes. My head felt woozy as I struggle to open my eyes.
"Haru!" Lina called out.
Lina joins our hugs, I grunt as both of them is pushing my hand into my wound. Lina back away as she heard my grunting.
"Your wound?!" Lina exclaim.
"I think we should go," I said.
I let Catty go and stand up with all my strength. Lina quickly grabs my arms as I was about to fall, Catty stand up and hold my hands. We both walk out of the facility with no resistance. I think all the soldiers have been evacuated or run away. Walking past the truck wreckage, we arrive outside of the facility open space.
"Lina, I'm sorry I couldn't be with you," I said suddenly.
"What?" Lina said, confused by my words.
I look at the broken gate and saw Aeterna standing there, sadness dawned on her face as she gazes at me. My own tear slips out of the corner of my eyes and flows down my cheeks. My heart pounding loudly, I'm scared of dying again. Death is so more painful than anyone could imagine.
"I always love you, Lina," I said.
The most painful thing doesn't come from the physical aspect, It's knowing that you are going to leave the people you love behind, and the thought of not seeing them ever again.
"I love you too, Catty," I said as I pat her head.
"And Kusagi too, tell her that for me, Ok?" I continue.
"Haru?" Lina called out.
I walk to Aeterna when I reach her, she offers her hands to me, I took her hand in mine.
"This is the most painful part doesn't it?" I ask Aeterna.
"Yes, seeing you leave your own family behind," Aeterna said with sadness in her voice.
"I have seen it so many countless times," Aeterna continue.
I turn my head, seeing my own body on its knee with his eyes closed and a peaceful smile on his face. Beside him, the love of my life, crying her heart out as she realizes that I have passed away and the child who I treat like a sister to me. No, she is my little sister, holding tight to my body as she too cries without any sound.
"Aeterna, can I ask you something?" I ask.
"Yes?" Aeterna said.
"Can you see their future? If you can, tell me did they live a happy, fulfilling life?" I ask.
"Yes, they did," Aeterna answer.
"Thank you," I said as I sniff my tears away.
I turn to her and smile as I said, "Take me away."
On that cold night, Haru Tashikawa died for the fourth time and last time.