Beyond The Stars
Chapter 20: Why Me!?
Narrator: Back to Zeth’s and Sasha’s battle against Crimson.’
*Zeth is still in tears and he shouts*
Zeth: Why me!? All I wanted to do was to go home!! That’s all I wanted!! All I ever did growing up was live a normal life!! I didn’t get involved in anything dangerous!! I go through hell in a rival clan’s prison for an entire year and when I finally get out, this is what I have to go through!!? Why is it my destiny to be consumed!!? Why am I this random freak’s target!!?
Crimson: Just stay quiet. It won’t take too long.
*Crimson moves towards Zeth and looks like he is about to punch Zeth with a lot of force but then holds back as he gets in range and does a lighter punch to Zeth’s face. Zeth is knocked on his back*
*Crimson walks up to Zeth and grabs him by the neck. Crimson lifts him up*
Crimson: Go to sleep.
*Zeth opens his eyes wide in sudden anger*
Zeth: No!! I’m going home!!
*Zeth struggles and breaks free of Crimson’s grasp*
Crimson: You’re making this harder on yourself.
*Crimson punches Zeth three times and then he grabs the back of Zeth’s head and shoves his face into the concrete. Crimson then kicks Zeth into a fence which destroys it*
*Zeth stands up*
Zeth: *huff huff* Why are you hitting me so lightly? What’s the matter? Can’t consume me if I’m fully dead?
Crimson: So you noticed? It’s true. If you die, I can’t consume you and you won’t go willingly so I intend to knock you unconscious. I will satisfy that voice in my head. I want it to stop.
Zeth: Is that so? (Now thinking to himself) Then I should focus my power on defense and find a way to escape! I have to accept that I can’t beat him in a direct confrontation and get someplace far away from him!
*Zeth raises his hands in the air*
Zeth: Starlight Shield!
*An energy shield emitting star light encases Zeth’s body*
Zeth: I never thought I would have a reason to use this since it decreases the strength of my attacks but I guess I do now. My defense is increased.
Sasha: It sure is bright though.
Crimson: You may have increased your defense but now in this darkness, you stick out like a sore thumb. You will be much easier to hunt.
*Zeth begins running inside a house*
Crimson: (Thinking) He knows I can destroy the entire house with one attack but knows I won’t because I wouldn’t risk killing him. Clever.
*Crimson enters the house as Sasha watches on*
Sasha: (Talking to herself) Why would Zeth run into a house? Zeth, I don't know what your plan is but please be careful...
*In the house, Crimson looks around a bit and then sees a glowing light around a hall. Crimson uses his destruction magic and blows that area up. He checks the hall and sees nothing*
*Now he sees the glowing light coming from upstairs and then he starts walking up the steps. As he reaches the top, he hears something drop down. He sees a hole in the floor with the glowing light moving down*
*Crimson drops down in the hole and then he sees the light go into the basement. He follows it*
Crimson: Zeth, this is pointless. You are not escaping me down here.
*As he searches the basement, he sees a bunch of gas tanks. He inspects closer and then he sees a red star next to them. Crimson’s eyes open wide*
*Zeth runs completely out of the house and the red star explodes. The whole house explodes with flames going up in the air*
Zeth: I hope you enjoy my Super Nova attack! Quick Sasha! Let’s get out of here! I doubt that explosion killed him but it should at least slow him down!
Sasha: But where?
Zeth: Anywhere but here!
*They begin to run out of town*
*A flame shoots out of the exploded and burning house and lands in front of Zeth and Sasha. The flame goes away and standing there is Crimson. However, he is injured*
Zeth: What does it take to slow you down!?
Sasha: He has to be a monster!
Crimson: *huff huff* You have not only hurt me, but you have also angered me! And now I will attack you with most of my strength!! I’m sure that Starlight Shield will defend you enough just so you only go unconscious! This is your end, ZETH!!!
*Crimson begins rushing towards Zeth with a lot of magic energy in his fist*
Sasha: What do we do!?
Zeth: This can’t be happening!
*As they expect the worst, electrical energy surrounds their bodies and then they vanish*
*Crimson stops moving*
Crimson: Where did they go!!? Damn it!!!!!
*Crimson is enraged and slams his magic-powered fist into the ground, causing a big rupture in it*
Narrator: Zeth and Sasha were unable to do anything to Crimson. Their sudden vanish leaves Crimson in frustration.
Chapter 20 END
To Be Continued in Chapter 21: What Lies in the Great Falls