Chapter 7:

Scars

Mages and Dragons in a New Land? They Obviously Haven't Seen a Modern War Man! Book 2


My head hurts.

I messed up big time.

Why am I like this?

Ever since then I was nothing but a pushover. Couldn’t fight, couldn’t defend myself at all.

All I did was grovel in the ground like a little baby. All I do is run away…

Hugo opened his eyes. He was on a bed with a blanket draped over him.

“The infirmary…”

He tried to sit up but pain shackled his whole body. He looked around him.

The room was empty. Not a soul was around. His eyes then fell on a piece of paper on a table near him. He reached out for the paper and took it.

I didn’t take you to the infirmary because I was worried about you.

I did it because it was better than lying on the dirty floor.

Told you that you can’t handle it.

I’ve can’t stand just watching this shitshow anymore.

Don’t follow me.

-Eri

Hugo was shocked. Ignoring the searing pain all over his body, he jolted out of bed.

“Eri you dummy! Why?”

Then he heard some noise from above him.

“They must be on the top floor.”

The place was dark. Only illuminated by the light outside. The sun was slowly setting.

Hugo suddenly slipped on something and landed on his face.

He groaned in annoyance and pain.

“What is this.”

On his hand were a shade of crimson.

Blood.

He looked around him. Everything was a mess. Broken objects, dents on doors. A struggle

“Eri…”

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Hugo hastily ran until he found a flight of stairs. The voices got louder and louder. Voices of desperation.

What he saw next had him quivering with anger. The beating of his heart rang in his ears.

Eri lay unconscious in a corner covered with blood and gagged with a white cloth, she body was lit by the light outside. Two figures towered over her. Kicking the already bruised and bloody girl.

“Eri!”

Footsteps echoed in the huge room as the taller figure came to the light.

“Well, look who it is.” Nico announced, “The little wimp came to save his girlfriend? How touching!”

“Why the hell did you do this?”

Hugo anger kept growing as another voice responded.

“Because she came to us first, dumbass!” Luna responded, now standing beside Nico, “Besides, people like her piss me off the most. Stubborn dummies who just don’t know who to stay away from.”

She went back towards Eri and dragged her towards Hugo, and half-threw him to his feet.

“We did beat her up for some time now. She could be dead.” Nico said this in a nonchalant way which fueled Hugo’s anger even further.

“Not that it matters. Because you won’t be able to do anything. You are a Big. Fucking. Wimp.”

With a punch coated with Dark Magic, Hugo was sent a few feet above Nico. With a leap, Nico delivered a decisive uppercut. Hugo was too much in pain and too surprised to react.

He tried to fight magic with magic, defending himself with Earth Magic only to be thwarted by Nico’s overwhelming strength. It was getting darker and darker. Hugo had no time to transform into a werewolf. It became harder and harder for him to see and Nico was not slowing down.

“Sweet dreams.”

With an axe kick, Hugo was sent back to the ground. The impact disoriented his vision. Everything blurred and turned foggy. Hugo screamed in pain as Nico landed on top of him. He stood on him and took his hand. Pain shot out as Nico burned his hands using Fire Magic.

His hand was getting numb and searing hot as everything turned black…

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What is this eerie feeling?

It’s cold but…soothing.

Quiet… Peaceful.

But chilling.

He was okay. He stood overlooking the two siblings.

“What should we do with her?” Luna asked.

Nico looked at her with a serious expression.

“Toss her out of the school.”

‘Eri!’

He wanted to reach out. He wanted to save her. He wants to fight back.

‘But what’s the use? They would still be stronger. I am weak. The weak should just watch as the strong assume dominance.’

But his mind didn’t let that slide.

“No!”

He heard a voice echoing.

Do you want to stay like this? Unable to overcome that past?

Hugo had a look of sadness on his face.

“How?” he shouted, “I am not strong! I hide beneath a mask that is close to breaking. I want to handle everything myself but-”

But look where that has led you. Pathetic! The person you love and respect the most is dying. She’s losing blood. It’s only a matter of time. What will you do, huh? Will you stay inside your shell, watching as those around you get hurt? You try and try, you want to face it all. But in the end, it’s those around you that are affected. What happens when everyone around you ends up like her?”

Hugo pondered over this. Moments followed with silence. He wanted strength. He wanted only one thing.

Give in, Hugo. You have pent up anger… Sadness... Fear.

Hugo closed his eyes. He had all that pent up feelings. It was time he took the next step.

He needed the strength.

“Use it. Let it all out…”

Hugo exhaled as a dark flame burned within him. His wishes. His regrets. His desires… His strength.

That’s it. Grab the chance. Strength will come to you. As long as you know where to look.

Anger… Sadness… Fear… Regret…

They are all the bane of our kind.

But they are also. Our greatest weapons…

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A cold wind began to blow from where Hugo’s body was.

Nico and Luna were alarmed.

“What in the world...?”

A huge ball of Dark Magic began to form around Hugo. Like a cocoon, it encased him.

Hugo heard the voice of Sullivan.

“You finally put yourself together, master.”

Hugo smiled.

“Yeah,” he responded, “And all it took was a big push in the right direction.”

“Let’s get started, shall we?”

The ball broke apart revealing a dark-cloaked silhouette. A silhouette cloaked in dark armour, his head covered with a helm and wielding a long, sharp blade made of Dark Magic.

Furves Equea

Before Nico could react, Hugo zoomed toward him and delivered a blow to the face.

“This is payback for earlier.”

Nico was immediately slammed downwards by Hugo. Going underground. But then Hugo was interrupted by a ball of Dark Magic from behind. He saw Luna desperately trying to counterattack.

Within a split second, Hugo chopped her in the neck and knocked her out.

“That was for Eri.”

He turned toward Nico who held his own sword made of Dark Magic.

I can only keep this up for another minute.” Sullivan warned, “End this quickly.

“A minute is plenty!” Hugo responded and charged at Nico.

The swords clashed. Nico’s attacks were being parried by Hugo one by one. Hugo led Nico aboveground. He would have a larger area.

Nico recklessly followed but was careless to get hit by volleys of Dark Magic flames. He was losing speed and unable to keep up. When they reached aboveground, Hugo wasted no time at all. He went barehanded and sent punches at Nico. The superhuman strength he got was coming in handy. Nico was unable to keep up at this point. He kept on getting pummeled.

‘So this is what it’s like to experience defeat…’ He thought.

Be imprisoned in the shackles that will ground you forever.

Bind!

Suddenly, Nico was unable to move. He was paralysed from head to toe and fell down on the ground.

Hugo’s form returned to normal. He was in his werewolf state by then.

“Thanks again, Sullivan.”

Go help her now.”

Hugo nodded and went past Nico.

“Stay there. I have no time for you now. Don’t worry, your sister is fine.”

Nico stayed silent.

Hugo went towards Eri.

“Sullivan, can you keep this up for a little while longer? I have one last trip to make.”

I’ll try my hardest.

He first cast Healing on Eri until the bleeding stopped. Taking her in his arms, he looked at her with a grateful smile.

“Thank you…”