Chapter 1:


The Guardian

   (You may be wondering what I'm doing here, at twenty feet high, standing on a... "flying bridge?", face to face with a mysterious person, with his face covered by a hood and holding my sister in one hand and in the other hand a shining sword with a blue blade pointed at me... well how all the adventures have a beginning, mine started like this.)

 [2 hours ago, Japan, year 2018, A small town near a forest]

My name is Nakamura Eric, 17 yers old, just an ordinary high schooler. I said ordinary because nothing is too special about me. All my life I lived under my older sister shadow. She is better than me at everything. From sport to studying or social life, she has anything that I don't. My parents always complain how can I be so incompetent and how she had so much better results at school than me but for their complains I can say a single thing... WHO CARES!!!Bookmark here

    It's not like my results are bad but her are ridiculous high. She is with two years older than me and we were in the same middle school.
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    All the complains from my teachers about how can I not be the same as her annoyed me so much that I almost punched some of them... Bookmark here

     Ahem, anyway, It's not like I care to much about what people say now, I am me and no one else. When I was little I thought I was special and wanted to be a super hero, a secret agent, or a powerful fighter but the word in not so kind as how I tough. The reality is more painful than anything and soon I discovered that.Bookmark here

     I wasn't strong or smart and everything about me was average, in the face of real talents like my sister I was nothing, and that's why I started to isolate myself a little bit but soon I accepted who I am. Who said you need to be special to live a good life. There are a few geniuses and a lot of normal people but the world is still fine. Now I just want to live a normal and peaceful life... or that was what I thought.
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     It's summer right now and I'm currently on a tree, looking at the sunset over the forest. I like to come here because is pacefuly and I can relax myself. I don't feel really good in my own howse so I usually spend my time outside. As I was in my pacefuly corner(well... tree) I heard an annoying sound that interrupted my line of toughts. Bookmark here

"Hey, Eric..., Eric, the dinner is ready!" Bookmark here

    At the base of the tree, looking up at me was my older sister. Is not like I hate her and she doesn't treat me so bad(well, she usually ignore me) but to eat food in this family is a pain so I'll pass. Bookmark here

"I will eat later!" Bookmark here

    "No, come now, do you want mother to be more mad at you" Bookmark here

("And who's fault do you think it is!") Bookmark here

"Don't worry, just go!" Bookmark here

     While I continued to look at the almost set sun at the line of the horizon I saw something like a human-shaped shadow over the trees. Bookmark here

("What the..., that looks like a human...") Bookmark here

     I turned my head to look at my sister for a second opinion. Bookmark here

"Hey, did you see that !?" Bookmark here

"See what?" Bookmark here

     I pointed my finger to the place where the human-shaped shadow was just to see that there was nothing. Bookmark here

"That..." Bookmark here

    " Hmm? All I can see are trees, did you hit your head or something?" Bookmark here

    I turned my head to give her an annoyed look but I lost my balance and falled hitting my head of the hard ground loosing my conscience. Bookmark here

    The next time when I opened my eyes it was already dark outside. My head hurts like hell but at same time I could feel something soft under it. My eyes started to get used to the darkness and I could now see a familiar face above me. It didn't took me too much time to understand what heppened. Bookmark here

    ("So this is the lap pillow that I heard so much about... it would be much better if it wasn't my sister who did it...") Bookmark here

     "How much longer do you plan to stay here? If you are alright just get up already!" Bookmark here

      In that instant I jumped on my two feet staying with my back at her. Bookmark here

"Sorry about that..." Bookmark here

"You sure should be!" Bookmark here

     ("That sound like an angry voice, I don't dare to look at her, I should change the subject.") Bookmark here

"How much did I sleep?" Bookmark here

"Around 20 minutes." Bookmark here

      "Oh, I thought it was longer, well altough I don't know why did you stay here to help me... I should say thanks!... I guess..." Bookmark here

"..." Bookmark here

       No answer come and that wasan't surprising so I turned to look at her expecting to se her leaving but it wasan't anyone here. Bookmark here

    ("Hm? Where did she go and how didn't I hear anything?")

      I looked around but I was the only one here. What was more weird here was that near me were some blue ice-like stairs that were going up around several meters. Near the end of the stairs was a person climbing them with someone on his back. I didn't have enough time to think about what was happening because the base of the stairs started to disappear.Bookmark here

     I jumped on the bridge before it was too late and I followed to the person who abducted my sister. I fast climbed the stairs and on top of them was a bridge or more like a path what was going above the trees in the direction where the sun set. I ran after the kidnapper of my sister for some time before he noticed me. Bookmark here

     After around 15 minutes of running he stopped and turned twords me. He muttered something, and suddenly a shiny sword with a blue blade appeared out of nowhere. I stopped about ten meters away from him and he pointed his sword at me. Bookmark here

And we are back to the present. Bookmark here

("I'm dead... now what should I do?") Bookmark here

      I didn't know what to say and the person in front of me didn't say anything either. After a long silence, the man in front of me finally spoke... or should I say girl? Bookmark here

      "You shouldn't have been following me, Eric, now you're an extra hassle."

("A girl?") Bookmark here

     The person in front of me had the voice of a girl and now that I looked better under the hood was a half-masked face but some long wait hair come out from there. So many questions come to my head and now that she told my name things were more weird. Bookmark here

     ("How did she know my name? No, more importantly, since she took the leisure to talk with me means she is not planning to kill me since words with a dead men are useless. Should I try my luck?") Bookmark here

      "How do you know my name and why did you kidnapped my sister?"

     "Don't worry, your sister is safe!" We will not harm her."

     ("Wouldn't you worry if you were sitting on a FLOATING BRIDGE with someone who made a sword appear out of nowhere?")

     The mysterious girl didn't waste to many words with me and made a bridge appear that lead down to the ground.

"Get down right now!" Bookmark here

    "First of all, you don't help if you keep making things appear out of nowhere and secondly, I don't go anywhere without answers and by no means do I leave without my sister!" Bookmark here

     ("That, and we are in the middle of a forest and it's pitch black down here, go there yourself!") Bookmark here

    " You complicate things more than you should! Don't make me take you down by force!" Bookmark here

    "That's an option... or you can let me come with you."

    "And what make you sure I wouldn't choose the first one?" Bookmark here

"... well... my intuition?" Bookmark here

    For several second we looked in each other eyes and finally I could hear a sigh. Bookmark here

     "Haaa... fine... you can come but remember that I won't wait for you if you can't keep up with me.

     After finishing her sentence, she ran away again, and I followed. I ran and ran for a mile or so, I was tired but the mysterious girl didn't seem to slowed down.Bookmark here

     Eventually we reached the end of the bridge. Here we descended the stairs and came to what appeared to be a camp. The base of the stairs was in front of a huge tent that could have accommodated twenty people. Here we went into it.Bookmark here

     In the tent were around five people at a circular table and all of them were teenagers girls except one who looked around her early twenties. None of them seemed too happy to see me. Bookmark here

    ("Why do I always keep receiving this look?") Bookmark here

     As I entered the tent, the twenty-or-so years girl asked immediately.

"What is he doing here?"

     " Well, long story, short, after I took Yuki, he followed me and refused to go home without his sister, so I had to take him with me."

     After finishing the sentence, one of the girls in the tent bursted.

"Oooooo, how cute!" Bookmark here

     The one who exclaimed was a girl dressed in light clothes, a yellow T-shirt and shorts, and surprisingly her hair was pink. Bookmark here

     I hadn't noticed up until then, but they all had the hair color quite unique. One had purple hair, another one had it yellow, the twenty-year-old girl, dressed in a blue long skirt, had it white and the last one had it green. Bookmark here

     The girl who kidnapped my sister put Yuki on a chair and took down her cloak and mask. Under them was a very beautiful girl, with blue eyes, and pale skin. After taking all of them down she turned her look at the twenty-year-old girl. Bookmark here

   "Irra, don't you know any spell that can wipe memories?" Bookmark here

("You want to do WHAT?")

Irra laughed softly at her question. Bookmark here

     "My dear sister, you should know more better than me that there is no such a thing. Also, we will need to tell his family the truth anyway so he'll find out sooner or later." Bookmark here

     "Uh, fine but can I hit him hard enough to at last forget about the last hours?"

"Hey, I'm still here!" Bookmark here

     ("Why do I feel like it was a mistake to come here? No, wait, I'm sure it was a mistake to come here!")

      While telling myself all of these, the girl with green hair got up from her seat and come near me. Bookmark here

     "Hey, is alright, don't take Alice seriously, that's how she is. She won't really do that...probably." Bookmark here

"Probably?" Bookmark here

    I started seriously to regret coming here. I shallowed my saliva praying to see the next day. Bookmark here

     "Don't think to much about it. Come, take a sit. I will make you my special crystal flower tea while we wait for your sister to wake up and then we will explain everything to both of you." Bookmark here

     The girl with green hair had a soft voice and apparently a good personality that made me think that there are still kind people in this world. Bookmark here

      I took a seat and while I waited for my tea, the girl named Irra started the presentations. Bookmark here

     "Well, that's a good idea, unitil then, Eric, I'm Irra, she's my sister Alice."Bookmark here

"Hmp...!"Bookmark here

   "And they're Clarissa (she pointed to the girl with purple hair)"Bookmark here

"What's up!"Bookmark here

    "Lyna (she pointed to the girl with the tea)."Bookmark here

"Sorry for not introducing earlier..."Bookmark here

    "Ari (she pointed to what with yellow hair)"Bookmark here

"Hi!"Bookmark here

    "And Iris (she pointed at the girl with pink hair).Bookmark here

"Nice to meet you!"

"Nice to meet you all... I guess." Bookmark here

    "I know that you have many questions but please be patient." Bookmark here

"And how much it will take that?" Bookmark here

    "I don't know. Alice, what did you did to her?" Bookmark here

     "Nothing, I just went to her and then she fainted when she saw me."

    "Oh... well, we just need to wait for her to wake up then" Bookmark here

"The tea is ready!" Bookmark here

     While Irra explained to me all of that, Lyna's tea was ready and she served it to us. I took a sip and that tea was the best thing that I've tasted ever. Bookmark here

    I took my time drinking it but eventually I got bored of waiting and asked Lyna.

"Can you give me a glass of water?" Bookmark here

"You didn't like my tea?" Bookmark here

     "No, it was the best thing I tasted ever. I need the glass of water for other reasons."

"OK...?" Bookmark here

   She didn't asked more, in a minute I received the glass of water, took it and went in front of my sister.

"It takes too long, just wake up already!"

     Without any hesitation I threw the water in front of her face and Yuki woke up suddenly and surprisingly she looked much more confused than me.
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("Suddenly, my night is much better.")Bookmark here

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