Child Of Darkness
The school was shaken with the tremors that ran throughout the campus and the floor rumbled which sent a shiver of absolute terror down Aiden’s spine.
“The Enigma is here,” announced the Jaeger.
Another explosion shook the building as the duo were knocked off their feet, the force of the explosion throwing them against the wall. The right side of Aiden’s face felt sunburnt. The mystery girl seemed to be out of it. He guessed the girl hit her head on the wall trying to cushion Aiden’s crash with the wall.
His breathing came out heavy, trying to catch his breath as all his breath had been knocked out of him due to the collision. The fumes from the fiery explosion only made it harder for him. The floor rumbled once again, with no explosion this time to accompany it. This time the rumbling was due to the approaching footsteps of the Enigma that rattled the entire building.
“It’s time we end this game of tag, my dear Jaeger,” spoke the Enigma at last, with a dangerous edge to its tone.It was a type of voice Aiden had never heard of before, cold and demonic. It made a chill settle into his systems as if the cold of a winter long past had taken it’s residence into his body, made his bones feel as if they had cracked and splintered; never to be repaired.
However, there were no feet to look at; only a razor sharp claws dripping with fresh crimson blood. But Aiden had always been curious and his subconscious took over his fear struck mind. His eyes slowly guided higher than the claws to the Enigma’s body. Its body was covered with thick white armour that looked like an overgrowth of bones.His subconscious urged him to look at the creature’s face and his gaze slipped onto the Enigma’s face only to find its dark, swirling pits for eyes staring into his. The Enigma smirked at him, its blood coated fangs for teeth coming into Aiden’s view, ready to rip its prey into shreds at any moment.
Aiden’s heart lurched in his ribcage with fear and his stomach turned to lead. The breaking reality of this moment hit him in the face with full-force. This was a monster standing in front of him.Aiden braced himself as he saw the monstrous creature open its mouth, however the impact never came. What happened next shook him to his core. The Enigma let out a frightening screech but it wasn’t just a normal screech - it was as if hundreds of demons were screeching from the depths of hell, begging to be able to walk the mortal world again.
‘She had said that Enigmas were people who disrupted the Natural Law and Order of the world,’ Aiden thought to himself in despair. ‘So I had imagined it as any other human being like her, only with an evil intention… But never a monster!’Reality and logic finally caught up with him as his fight or flight response finally became active. His clutched at his chest to calm his racing heart and tried to focus and think rationally otherwise he would end up dead.
The Enigma screeched again but with lesser intensity than last time.
‘Damn, why am I shaking?!’ he screamed in his mind. ‘Calm down,’ he continued helplessly. ‘I’m not scared of something like that!’“Ah!”
Instead of the raging flames, the classroom was now filled with slowly fading white smoke from the explosion. The young Guardian was praying to anyone who would listen, hoping against all hope that it wasn’t who he was thinking it was. He prayed that it wasn’t her because she would not have rushed here, should not have rushed here, just to make sure that her student was alright.Alas, fate is a cruel mistress!
Her hazel eyes were filled with despair. She knew she was going to die. This was going to the end of the road for her. But before she did she wanted to save him, save Aiden because she did not want any of her students to die on her watch.
*Her voice sounded so low that Aiden would have missed it if he was not paying attention.
“Lightning nature,” he chanted as he had a hundred times before, calling upon his power to perform his signature move in an attempt to fight. “Fulgur Armis.”
Black symbols like tattoos appeared all over his body before slowly dissolving into his skin. His entire body started to emit black tendrils of lightning as the Astarte particles present within him accumulated at his feet and at the tips of his fingers.He curled the lightning infested fingers into a fist and leaped up into the air. His body looked as if it was just a blot of black lightning moving towards the Enigma. The smell of ozone filled the room and he rushed towards the Enigma still in the air with immeasurable speed as the lightning screeched loudly in his ears.
However the young Guardian’s body was too fast to stop on its own. Originally, he had planned to stop when his fist came into contact with the demonic claws of the Enigma. He didn’t expect the Enigma to be able to dodge his high speed attack. The result of underestimating his enemy caused him to crash head first into the blackboard which was hanging on the wall behind the Enigma.
The force of the crash rattled his bones even through his black lightning armor around his body. A jolting pain possessed his body. He could barely feel the warm blood trickle down his left cheek, so overwhelming was the pain. He didn’t dare to look down to see how much blood had fallen to the floor as he turned his focus back on saving Kudelia.
‘I have to save her,’ he thought. ‘I won’t let anyone die in my presence again.’
He attempted the same move again and had almost grasped his teacher this time, when a demonic voice started to invade his mind –
‘Give up. You can never save anyone.’
Suddenly he felt unbearable pain rage through his skull. He felt as if he was going to drop unconscious but he fought through the pain to be able to stand upright.
His left eye felt as if it was burning. A lone bloody tear rolled down his cheek as his pupil turned red. His vision started to get blurry.
‘Am I going to fail again?’ he questioned himself, despair starting to creep deep into his bones. He didn’t want a repeat of last time. ‘I don’t want to fail again.’
“You’ll always fail!”
The demonic voice echoed through his skull, sending shockwaves of pain throughout his body.
“You are a failure, Aiden Kualasis. You always will be.”
His vision started to swim and everything around him seemed to become distorted as the world around him was dyed in crimson red and then everything turned black. He dropped to the floor, unconscious.