Chapter 78:

Duel in the desert part 1: Live performance

Escape Witch

As Madoka and Yuni gazed happily at each other, Madoka suddenly went pale with fear.


Emeri and Serika leapt off the bed as Madoka grabbed the sheets. The four girls then each grabbed a corner as they all leapt out of the building, just as their room erupted in flames.

"I know its bad manners to sleep with your shoes in the bed, but turns out it payed off this time," Emeri stated.

"Yeah, glad I didn't undress at all, and kept my valuables on me," Serika said as they floated to safety.

As the girls landed, they suddenly found themselves being held in place by an invisible force.

"Awhahaha! You dumb girls thought you could escape? Foolish," a male voice rang out.

A bald, rotund old man in a suit and cane suddenly came into view. He looked to be quite ancient and had thick white eyebrows that practically covered his creepy dark eyes. His head was also shaped in a cone-like shape.

"Dammit, it's Max Thrasher," Emeri said.

"SENIOR SENATOR Max Thrasher to you. Now what are you doing way up in North west Arizona?" Thrasher sneered.

"Oi Thrasher! You're not supposed to use your power on them! I wanna beat Madoka without powers to prove I'm truly superior to her!" Jester shouted as he appeared next to Thrasher in a puff of smoke.

"Shut up, this is my state, my rules,"

"I brought them here on my airline!"

"I thought you said they wouldn't escape it."

"It was a lie! I expected this entire scene to play out! That's why I'm here to finish off my plan!"

"The council voted 11 to 1 to Capture the Ginkawas and take them to The inescapable gulag, not to allow you to do your vanity project."

"But then how can I get the credit!?"

"You don't. How bout we make a compromise, I take the Ginkawas to Gularctica, and you get to play with the scraps," Thrasher laughed as he suddenly flew away with Madoka and Emeri in tow.

Yuni and Serika were then able to move again, but before they could give chase, Jester's ninjas appeared and bound and gagged them. They then buried them up to their necks in the ground.

"Screw that asshole! Well, I'll consider this step one... and a half in my defeat Madoka plan. Kindaichi girl! Celery girl! I have captured you and will use your deaths to drive Madoka into despair! I'll even set a death trap that Madoka herself could have effortlessly saved you from JUST TO MAKE HER DESPAIR! BUWAHAHAAHAHA! What is it you ask? Why this lovely clear barrel, that's what!"

A ninja placed down a clear barrel filled with poisonous snakes, spiders, and scorpions. Nothing seemed to be moving though.

"Um boss, I think they all might be dead. We didn't put any airholes in it," a ninja said.

"Nah, at least one deadly critter should be alive, now set up the livestream and the timer. I gotta catch up with that egghead, but first..."

The ninjas nodded and immediately pulled out an array of instruments.

"Here's a special live performance to get stuck in your heads as you go to hell!" Jester laughed as he began singing.

“Yo Yoi! I am the greatest criminal from the depths of Edo. The great daimyo of organized crime. Everyone fears my name! For every atrocity, I have attained! Murder! Kidnapping! Drug Smuggling! None can match my Might! Theft! Assault! War Crimes! All now fear my wrath! With my evil ninjitsu I will conquer all that’s good. They say Jesters are the fools, WELL WHO'S LAUGHING NOW DUMBASS! Lalalalalala! Jester-sama is the evil, dastardly, wicked, inhumane, dark ninjutsu daimyo! Oh oh oh oh! Yooooooo!”

Jester and the ninjas then fled, leaving Serika and Yuni stuck in the ground. The timer for the release on the barrel began counting down from 1 hour.

"Mmph mmph!" Yuni said to Serika.

"Mmph mmph!?" Serika replied.

"Ugh, we can't even banter or brainstorm with each other thanks to these damn gags," Yuni thought.

"Ugh, I can't understand what she's saying. We don't truly have an hour, a wild critter could easily come up to us. But what the hell can we do? I can't move a damn inch," Serika thought.

Suddenly, a snake slithered out from a nearby buffalo skull. It hissed it's tongue as it rattled its tail.

"Shit. I was afraid this would happen," Serika thought.


Madoka and Emeri were bound and gagged as Thrasher kept them in place.

"And the trap is set. Get ready for a deluxe special of despair!" Jester laughed as he appeared.

"Excellent, I've spotted the target coming," Thrasher grinned.

"They better hurry up! Muramasa Jouzu's already taken control of everything south of the Gila river. If he makes his way north, the plan's screwed!"

"Which is why we laid our trap in the middle of nowhere in county that "our dear president" is popular in. They wouldn't expect a trap to be set here for our enemies!"

Madoka tearfully watched the livefeed before her.

"No, don't come! It's a trap!" Madoka thought.