Chapter 13:

Chapter 7 Part 2: Freedom

Utopia Book 1: The First Journey and the Awakening (Volume 1: Green) *ON HOLD*


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Layo knelt down to the ground, wrapped his arms around Mayu and swooped her up in a bridal position. She was still unconscious and her body was burning like a melting candle. Layo looked down at Mayu’s face, it was calm and gentle, like a blooming flower in the sunset.Bookmark here

It seemed as though she was completely unaware of what was going on the outside. Unaware that she was burning, and that they were in danger. Layo hated the fact that she was in pain, It was all his fault for what had happened.Bookmark here

Layo bit his lip in anger.Bookmark here

“Damn it!” he said as blood began to draw from his bottom lip.Bookmark here

Layo looked down at Mayu’s sleeping face again. Inside he swore to himself that he wasn’t about to let her feel that kind of pain again and he cursed himself for what he was about to do.Bookmark here

“You! Squirrel! Get up here!” Layo yelled at the pet and pointed towards his right shoulder.Bookmark here

Rav looked up at the angry fool. He was planning on making a joke out of him by pretending that he didn’t understand, but then he looked down at Mayu, and realised now was not the time to be joking around.Bookmark here

Rav quickly ran towards Layo’s right leg and climbed up on to his right shoulder.Bookmark here

Layo was a bit surprised that the squirrel was able to respond so quickly, he looked to the right to see the squirrel staring at him as if it was waiting for a certain response. Layo was uncertain of what to do so he just murmured,Bookmark here

“Good squirrel.”Bookmark here

For a moment he thought he saw a smirk on the squirrels face, but just shrugged off the thought.Bookmark here

At that moment red lights began to flash, sirens began to sound and Phantom guards started pouring out from the cells.Bookmark here

“Already! I thought we came here undetected.” Layo said.Bookmark here

“Stupid, of course not!” a sudden voice spoke.Bookmark here

“Who is that?” Layo asked. He was looking around frantically for the source of the voice, but all he saw was the Phantom guards getting ready to pursue him.Bookmark here

“Down here dumbass!” The voice spoke again, but this time it was coming from below him.Bookmark here

Layo looked down and saw the beeping red light on his right wrist. His communicator was on.Bookmark here

“El when did you get here?” he askedBookmark here

“Ever since you messed up and got yourself caught.” She answered.Bookmark here

A Phantom guard dashed towards Layo and took a swing at him. Layo ducked gracefully, and spun his leg from beneath him, knocking him off of his feet.Bookmark here

“Get him!” A group of them yelled.Bookmark here

Layo jumped back and widened the space between himself and the guards. Quickly he brought his right hand towards his lips,Bookmark here

“El I’m kind of in a bit of trouble at the moment, could you get here any quicker?”Bookmark here

For a moment there was a silence,Bookmark here

“El… are you there?” Layo yelled at the com.Bookmark here

A bunch of static began to come from out of the communicator,Bookmark here

“Layo, sorry you’re breaking up! Alto must be trying to jam the signal. Meet… me… at… two” her voice had cut out.Bookmark here

“El! El!” Layo yelled, but not a sound came out.Bookmark here

“Damit! What did she mean by two?” Layo asked himself and picked his mind for the answer, but nothing came.Bookmark here

More guards started coming out before he knew it there were over a hundred men surrounding him and Mayu. Layo knew that they were running out of time, he looked around for anything that had to do with a two, when suddenly something caught his eye.Bookmark here

Across from the cells lay three big doors. Each door had a big number carved on it, numbering from one to three. Layo stared at it for a couple seconds, when finally something clicked.Bookmark here

"I can't believe I didn't realise this before!" Layo said enthusiastically.Bookmark here

Layo had figured out what he needed to do, but it was quite too late. He was now surrounded by the entire phantom fleet. For some reason they hadn’t tried to pursue him with any of their weapons, maybe it was because he had Mayu, but that fact didn't mean that they wouldn’t try to catch him.Bookmark here

“I guess I have no choice then,” Layo said sighing.Bookmark here

Layo took a deep breath and tuned out all the noise from the outside. He focused on the areas of his body and everything that he touched. Slowly he closed his eyes and visualised a small light surrounding his body.Bookmark here

“You can’t run. You might as well just give up the girl!” said the soldier, but not a response came from Layo.Bookmark here

The guard took off in a sprint towards Layo when suddenly a strong wind from around Layo began to surface and a blue light surrounded his body. The guard flew up into the air like a piece of paper gliding in the wind.Bookmark here

“Crap! He’s one of those Silver City freaks!” another guard yelled.Bookmark here

“You’ve got that right!” Layo said smirkin’ at all of the guards.Bookmark here

The Phantom guards began to charge in from all directions. Layo already knew that he couldn’t go through all of them without hurting anyone, so he had to come up with a quick plan. Layo shifted his view from the right and then to the left,Bookmark here

“Five… Four… Three…. Two… One!"Bookmark here

A burst of wind surrounded Layo’s feet. When the Phantom guards were at least ten feet away he leapt off the ground and into the air.Bookmark here

The guards charged into each other in a ball of calamity. Layo was now in the air above the confused guards, quickly he shifted his weight and used it to blow himself closer to the door.Bookmark here

“El, I’m at the door, when are you gonn-” Layo had been cut off from his speech when a strong breezy wind began to blow from in front Layo. Bookmark here

The door was opening. Layo’s feet began to leave the ground, he had to do something or he would be taken away by the wind. Layo looked around for an object to grab hold of, but there was nothing that didn't keep him from running into the guards.Bookmark here

“Here goes nothing!” Layo thought. He closed his eyes in preparation for what he was about to do. A blue light surrounded Layo’s body once more, and in a swift motion him, Mayu, and Rav were thrown out into the sky. Bookmark here

Layo could now feel the wind blowing above his ears. Layo brought Mayu towards his chest and held her tight, he wouldn’t let her go no matter what, but then there was something else… There was something that he was forgetting.Bookmark here

“The Squirrel!” Layo yelled.Bookmark here

He looked around drastically for the small creature, the sky was blue and vast like the ocean. This would be difficult.Bookmark here

Layo continued in a desperate search for the squirrel, he looked up, and saw the Alto Phantom flying off in the distance, he looked to left, and saw the flying eagles, he looked to the right but there was nothing but an empty space. Finally, he looked down and suddenly,Bookmark here

“Thud!”Bookmark here

Layo rolled over in pain, he turned his head to the left and right to see his arms and legs spread out on a brown surface. Looking over his chest he saw Mayu sleeping soundly on his hurting body.Bookmark here

“Good, she’s alright,” Layo said sighing tiredly.Bookmark here

He rested his head back on the hard surface and closed his eyes. Layo was tired and aching all over. "How far did I drop?" He thought, but his head was hurting too much for him to actually think of an actual answer. Layo felt weak and sleepy, he was about to close his eyes when suddenly he felt something wet on his fingers.Bookmark here

“Wet? How can I be-” Layo stopped. Slowly he turned his head to the right, and staring him in the face was a squirrel.Bookmark here

“Rav?... You’re alive!” Layo rejoiced.Bookmark here

“Wait… How are you he-” Layo stopped and looked up above Rav. Quickly his attention was drawn to the three teared up leather seats behind him. He looked further beyond the back two seats and saw a short brown ponytail  sticking up above the front seat...Bookmark here

“El-phi-na?… How did you… I thought I was…” Layo was lost for words.Bookmark here

Ignoring the numbness in his body, he slowly got up and lifted Mayu up from off of his chest. He then walked over to one of the seats behind Elphina and placed Mayu down, in a seating position.Bookmark here

Without wasting any more time he ran to the edge and looked over.Bookmark here

“No way! Were in the air. I thought you said you wanted me to wait by the door, not drop out it! What if you missed us? What if I decided not to use SL? What would you do if-”Bookmark here

“Layo shut up!” she yelled.Bookmark here

Layo had begun to sense the tension that he was creating and stopped. Elphina did not turn around from the face of the steering wheel to answer Layo, instead, she just looked forward and focused on the sky before her.Bookmark here

Layo blew down nervously and turned back around to watch the blue serine ocean. As he watched it he realised that there wasn't much diversity from within it, maybe it was because they were so high up, any way to him, it was getting quite boring. Soon Layo decided that just watching the ocean aimlessly was not worth the time and he began to the does off.Bookmark here

He placed his head down on the wall of the rover and let the warm winds blow through his hair, he was about to shut his eyes when,Bookmark here

“Ahh!”Bookmark here

Layo jumped up in shock as a terrible scream echoed through his ears. He turned around to see Mayu awake and full of energy,Bookmark here

“Huh… Who are you?” Mayu asked as she pointed a finger towards the front seat.Bookmark here

“Oh, the sleepy head is awake. My name is-”Bookmark here

“Stop don’t tell me… you’re another kidnapper!” Mayu interrupted.Bookmark here

“Wait I think you’ve-”Bookmark here

“Oh no, no, no… You’re not getting me this time!” Mayu said. She began to slowly get up from her seat when suddenly,Bookmark here

“Bonk!”Bookmark here

“Owe! Owe! Owe!” Mayu cried out. Somebody had hit her on the top of her head.Bookmark here

“No, you idiot!” Layo said as he scolded her.Bookmark here

Mayu turned around to see Layo with a pissed off face.Bookmark here

“Why did you do that?!” She asked him.Bookmark here

“Can’t you see that she’s trying to-” Mayu stopped.Bookmark here

“Wait… Layo?” Mayu said shocked.Bookmark here

“That’s right idiot!” Layo answered, and gave her another soft chop on her head.Bookmark here

“That’s the person who saved us,” Layo told her.Bookmark here

“Saved us?” Mayu asked confused.Bookmark here

Slowly Mayu turned around to face the front. She stared at the back of the driver's seat, and a sudden heat of embarrassment began to rush over her shoulders.Bookmark here

“Umm-”Bookmark here

“It’s Elphina.” The Lady interrupted.Bookmark here

“Umm Elphina… I’m sorry about… what I said.” Mayu told her, looking down towards the ground, feeling a little ashamed.Bookmark here

“Ahhh don’t worry about it!” She replied Lazily.Bookmark here

The engine started revving, and the rumbling of the engine had made Mayu notice that they were moving. Mayu slowly got up and was hit with an unexpected gust of wind. Her hair raised up into the air as the warm wind blew over her face. Bookmark here

"Where is all this wind coming from?" she wondered.Bookmark here

“Folks… were almost there,” Elphina called out.Bookmark here

“Almost where?” Mayu askedBookmark here

“You’ll find out!” Elphina responded.Bookmark here

The winds began to seize, a sudden light began to shine in Mayu’s face. Mayu raised her hands up to shield her eyes from the bright light,Bookmark here

“What is that?!” Mayu asked.Bookmark here

"Oh, it's the city lights," Layo responded casually,Bookmark here

"The city lights?" Mayu asked confused.Bookmark here

Mayu had tried to get a glimpse of what was before her. Slowly she opened her eyes and tried to peek at the glowing light. Mayu stepped forward when suddenly her hands fell... she stood in shock... for what was shining before her… was a Silver City.Bookmark here

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