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“No,” grunted Marcus. I was startled by his sudden voice. The glaze in his eyes was gone, but I could still see the struggle to stay sane in him. His will must have been mind bogglingly strong. Simon was one of them, but he couldn’t speak, Marcus was the only one that had almost all of his sanity intact.
Marcus rushed forward, I could feel and see the draw of his energy, swirling around his fist like a blazing fire. His hand made contact with the demon’s own dagger like hand, breaking off the blades in one hit. The demon flew backwards and slammed into the line of crates.
My eyebrow twitched, staring at the sheer power Marcus just used in the arm that he was just injured with. He tried to maintain an act, but then he suddenly hunched forward, shaking his hand in pain.
“Damn that hurts.” Marcus cursed, blowing at his fist in the attempt to cool it down.
I couldn’t help but chuckle at him. It just was to funny that I burst out laughing. Only Marcus would say something like that and look freakin’ badass.
He glanced over my way, looking at me funny. “What?”
“Nothing. Nothing at all.” I replied, wiping away my tears. I really needed that laugh. The tense atmosphere, the possibility of dying, and having someone here with me fighting against the monster that could easily obliterate our body made it that much more relieving.
“It hurts you know, hitting steel metal isn’t something my fist would usually win against. It’s usually the opposite.”
“I know, but you used your magic didn’t you.”
“Yea, my eyes.” I tapped the side of my head to remind him that I could still see the flow of energy.
“Well then,” He unwraps another lollipop and sticks it into his mouth, “let’s finish this and get the hell in the Garden.”
“Roger that.” A devious smile erupted on my lips.
Suddenly, the demon rampaged through the box of crates flew outwards every which way, raining down on us. Both Marcus and I ran and dodged towards the demon. He threw the crates at us in attempt to knock us out, but so far none of them landed on us. All I could say was the demon had a horrible throwing arm, and for once I was glad that there was something faulty about this demon. He wasn’t perfect, no, he was far from it.
“I’m hungry! Why don’t you give me your soul!” The demon yelled in frustration, his claws were regrown, and his hands were crawling with black flow of energy that wrapped around both of his arms. They were becoming furry like a bear, bulky with muscles, and even had a strange green glow of runic symbol, decorating his arms.
“Because we don’t want to bitch.” Marcus crunched his candy, he rushed in and threw in some hits like a pro-boxer. His feet shuffled, moving in rhythm with the attack of the demon. Each swing from the bear like arm almost grazed his shoulder or face, but he dodged it just in time. His punches were deadly, and the demon was being pushed backwards little-by-little away from the Garden itself.
I ran forward, sneaking in a slash or two, when Marcus pulled backwards. He barraged the demon with a one-two hit combo, stepped back, and let me swing. Every time the blade hit the metallic skin, it cut through into its arm like butter. This blade was awesome, and I loved swinging it every second.
Compare to the bullets that they had been using, Marcus’s fist and the energy covering my sword were actually damaging the demon’s skin almost effortlessly. We weren’t going to allow this demon to get in a jab in at us, we pummeled and slashed into its thick arms to the point where it was spewing out black goo substance like a fountain.
“You know what. You’re so annoying, always saying you’re hungry. Do you have tapeworms in your stomach or something? I swear, you’re like a glutton.” I scoffed at the demon. My blade cut into his arm, I had to pull back, so I wouldn’t be dragged along with him. “Actually, why not I just call you Gluttony.”
“Gluttony?” The demon tilted his head, I could tell that the words for some reason piqued his interest. It was strange that the demon followed my words like a parrot. “Gluttony. Gluttony. My name is Gluttony.”
I felt a sudden chill. Marcus came from the side, and slammed his fist into the Gluttony’s side. One of the Gluttony’s arm flopped, unable to hold against Marcus’ punches. He pulled back his punch and did a corkscrew, driving his fist into Gluttony’s belly. A loud ompfh could be heard from the demon as air escaped its lungs, and a fist size hole appeared as Marcus drew back, while I followed in and cut off its head.
The rucksack filled with the head flew up in the air and fell down with a sickening thump. It rolled and stopped a good couple feet away from the body. I let out a sigh of relief at the battle that was over. It wasn’t as hard as we thought, and we both beat a Myth type demon together. The body fell forward, a gunk of black blood seeped outwards.
“Nice job.” Marcus replied, finishing up his candy with na crunch. “I wouldn’t put it any other way.” He turned around, and started to head towards the Garden.
My lungs were gasping for air, my muscles tightened from the strenuous activity. I took a moment to catch my breath, and when I finally had the strength to walk, I walked up over towards him, elated at the battle that was won. It was finally over, all we need to do now was get in and it was done.
We walked over towards the pod, Marcus hoisted himself up and made himself comfortable.
“I’ll be seeing you later,” said Marcus. He punched me lightly on the shoulder.
“Yea, I’ll be seeing all of you guys later.”
The pod started to close, Marcus closed his eyes, and the machine pulled the pod into the Garden. With a loud mechanical click, the machine churned to life, and it began to glow once again, only this time the energy around the dome was a lot stronger and powerful than before. I could feel the wash of energy flow through my body, giving me the extra energy that I needed.
Suddenly, the dome gears started to crank and shudder, levers and unknown pulleys started to move into action, condensing the large dome smaller. I stepped back confused, wondering why I haven’t been called in yet. Was it because I didn’t inhale the blue energy like the rest or maybe I wasn’t in the system.
The thought of being left alone with demon by myself didn’t sit to well with me. I had to take in a deep breath in to calm myself, and shake this nervous feeling out of my body.
When the dome stopped shrinking, another high pitch sound of metal contraption turning could be heard. Four giant pillars that reminded me of an obelisk appeared out from the ground, surrounding the dome on all four sides. Static blue energy erupted from each point, charging the obelisk with electricity.
My hair stood on end, my body was buzzing with energy, and I could feel all my exhausted muscles repairing itself quickly. Just when I thought the high density energy was over, I felt and powerful evil and malicious energy from behind me. I froze and slowly turned.
The body that was decapitated and with a whole was spazzing out as if it had epilepsy. The rucksack with the head burst out into a frenzy laughter. “Tehehehahehahahahaheheheaha!”
I ran over towards the sack and kicked it as hard as I could. It was just way too creepy to hear it still alive, and I felt a little bit better from kicking the crap out of it. Even still the laughter didn’t die down, the body that was on the floor with a hole in its chest started to rise up like a zombie.
Why of all times did the demon have to wake up? Why can’t it just stay dead? Doesn’t cutting off one’s head, and having a hole in its body not enough? Do I need to completely obliterate its whole body into nothingness to make it disappear?
I sprinted forward towards the body with the sword in hand, before it could even attempt to rise up any further, I slashed downwards. The demon’s hand rose up, catching my blade before it could even cut through.
Gluttony’s body hardened, his hand becoming bigger and growing into animal like claws. His body began to rip through the clothes that it had on, showing bare, pimply blackish skin, as he slowly turned into a monster. The body slowly stood up, pushing me backwards. I gritted my teeth, my muscle tensed and pushed with all the power that I had, but it didn’t do a single thing.
With a flick of his hand, I flew backwards, crashing into one of the obelisks. A stunning pain, shook my head, causing me to see white. I was glad that I had on this Dragon Scale, even if I did look stupid in it, it saved my life more numerous times than anything I have ever went through. Looking to the demon as it stood up, I could see it had an overbearing body that towered over me, thick muscles, two large bear claws, while the hole in its stomach closed.
“Teheheheheheheheheh!” The rucksack with the head rolled in towards its body, trailing behind it black blood. With a scoop of its large hand, it picked up the head on the floor, and brought it up towards its neck. A plop with a mix of bone crunching like sound was heard, meshing the neck and the head together.
It’s black claws caught on the rucksack, pulling back the face that I had been curious about seeing. What stood staring back at me was an atrocity face that couldn’t even be called human. A frog face mixed with a smile of a toad, boils, pimples, and nasty blisters that popped white oozee every moment, giving off a foul air.
I wanted to hurl from the stench that was coming off its body, it was three times worst than before, turning my stomach into loops.
The laughing stopped, and the green eerie eyes that I saw through the rucksack opened. Frog-like eyes stared back at me with interest. A slimy grin erupted on its face. “My name is Gluttony.” Gluttony replied, pleased with the name. “And I am hungry.”
With a crack, his back started to pop. He arched backwards, a green glow lit up on his stomach. His belly expand three times its normal size, giving it a obnoxiously large potbelly. A bleaching like sound could be heard as he hacked out a green goo that flew towards me.
I scrambled onto my feet, dived just in time before I could be covered head-to-toe. I didn’t know what that gunk was, and having barf covered up all around me sounded like a bad idea.
A hiss followed after, the green gunk ate through the metal around the obelisk, but couldn’t go through the obelisk itself. I had to wonder what kind of material was made from the green gunk for it to be unable to break the obelisk. Even runic symbols started to glow just like the black dome was shown as it hissed away the green gunk into nothingness.
“Can’t you just leave me alone?” I replied, hoping that he would comply.
“No. Why should I?” Gluttony replied with a straight face, the green eerie glow in his stomach started to quiet down.
I was completely surprised that he answered my question, I thought he would go off on a repetitive tone of voice of saying ‘I’m hungry’ over and over again. This was telling me that this being actually had a higher intelligent in the body that he has now.
“Uh, because I don’t want to die.” I know it was stupid to answer back a demon, but I was trying to find something to kill this demon as quickly as possible. My eyes were darting around looking for a solution.
Gluttony rubbed his belly, he tilted his frog face. “Why would I do that?”
“Because I gave you a name?”
It was then I saw what I needed to do; not too far away from me was the shotgun that Jones had used not to far away from me. I understood the basis of how to use it, and knew that this was going to be gamble.
“A name?” Gluttony thought it over. “Yes, you did. But you see, because you are my benefactor of naming me, I must eat you.”
What kind of logic is that? “I don’t think that works out that way.” I replied, trying to divert his attention. My feet started to slowly creep towards the shotgun in attempt to get as close as possible. “As your benefactor, shouldn’t I be welcomed with open arms and be held in high esteem? Not in anyways in killing me?”
Gluttony chuckled, his large potbelly that was filled with green energy jiggled up and down. “You don’t get it do you.”
“All newly born demon that are given a name becomes a solid existence in this world. Names have power, and I thank you for giving me a name. So as a ceremony of a newly awaken, I’ll eat your soul.”
I was kicking myself for giving him a name, the thought of naming him made me feel like I was the creator of the monster in front of me, and that made me feel a lot worse. “I’ll pass.”
“But you see, your kind of soul tastes the best. I can’t let such a delicious morsel go loose.”
“Please do. I don’t taste good. You’ll get a tummy ache.”
Gluttony snorted. “Highly unlikely, instead I’ll just get stronger.”
My lips became a thin line as my eyebrows furrowed. Why did I had to meet this kind of demon in the first place. Why couldn’t it be something easy? Maybe a kitty demon or something? I don’t know.
“How about this.” Gluttony lip’s turned into an upward curl, giving his face a whole different look. I couldn’t help but feel a disgusted as more white puss broke from his skin, because of that smile. “Let’s play a game of tag.”
“What if I say no?”
“You can’t, because either way you’re it, it’s just the time you have left to live longer depends on the game itself.”
I grinded my teeth, my feet was crossing over the other in the hopes to get to the shotgun as quickly as possible. “Fine. What’s the rule.”
“It’s really simple. If my energy touches you, you lose.” Gluttony rubs his glowing green belly. “Let the game begin.” His stomach begun to widen.
I went into a full out sprint, my hand reached down, picked up the shotgun in hand. A loud blurching sound could be heard as green energy flew towards me. My feet pushed down harder into the ground, I ran with everything I got to dodge the falling acid throwup.
Why did it have to be acid throwup? Why couldn’t it be something less disgusting?! I cursed in my mind so many times that it was becoming my own personal world record.
Turning, my fingers pulled back the trigger, and the sound of a thunderous gunshot rang out loudly. My ears started to ring, the recoil startled me, making me half falter. The bullet left in a large hole in its stomach, but just as quickly as it appeared, it was closed.
“Not bad.” Gluttony replied with a glee. “This game is gonna be a lot more fun than I thought.”
HIs large body jiggled as he took a step forward, and his foot grinded into the ground, breaking the stone. Then in an instant, he flew over towards me and punched me in the guts. I didn’t have the time to react, but felt the full force of the punch.
Pain riddled my whole body, numbing my senses. Even the sound of metal hitting on metal could be heard as I bounced around the wall and the ground.
I coughed up blood as I shakily got up to my knees. The pain from that punch was mind blowing painful, I glanced down to see if there was a hole, but there wasn’t. What was miraculous was that the Dragon Scale didn’t even have a single dent, but the absorption of the power from that punch was only a half, meaning I felt the other half of the punch.
Gluttony ran over, his tongue slipped out and licked his lower lips. My sword raised up just in time to make contact with Gluttony’s fist. A high, piercing ping-like sound ricocheted outwards, with the sword blazing gold as his black fist was blocked. His eyes creased into surprise that I was able to block his attack.
The vibration of the gold energy intensified, my body pushed against his fist, trying to stop him from pushing me backwards. A hiss could be heard as the blade slowly cut through his fingers, completely surprising Gluttony. He pulled backwards in alarm, his stomach glowed green and expanded. With a blech, he shot out another nasty green guck at me.
I stumbled backwards as the gunk hit the Dragon Scale. A sizzling sound of metal being eaten could be heard, I quickly brushed the goo off my stomach. Luckily, I got rid off most of the gunk, stopping from eating all the way through. This was the only protection that I had, and the thought of losing the Dragon’s skin protection made me panic, causing me to let go of my sword as it clattered onto the ground.
Gluttony fired off another barrage of goo at me, I dove forward, picked up the shotgun on the floor, and fired. I didn’t needed to aim too far, Gluttony was right in front of me, taking out the calculations that I needed to do as much as possible. I pumped the shot again and again, until they were nothing left.
I threw the shotgun away and slid across the floor to pick up my sword that I had dropped. From a downward position, I swung into a horizontal strike, lopping off both of his legs. With a stumble, he fell like a tree, his arm flailing around as the green light in his stomach started to wane.
Turning over, I stabbed downwards. Gluttony rolled his fat body to the side, the sword missed and stuck into the ground. He raised up his hand, and fired off his toy yoyo that I hadn’t seen him use again until now. The impact threw me backwards, taking the sword along with me.
“Damn humans.” Gluttony spat, green gunk spilled out of his mouth as he tried to get up. His stubby feet was heavily bleeding with black blood, making this whole scene into a horror film. “Why can’t you just stay still for me to eat your soul?! Why go through all this trouble? Don’t you understand how at peace you will be when you become my fuel? No more worries about living in this wretched world, and being free from all this agony.”
“I rather live in this wretched world going through the agony. It tells me that I am alive and can make the most of this life. Besides, becoming a part of you sounds like a horrible idea and I want no part of it.” I hissed, rolling onto my stomach, I pushed up quickly onto my feet.
“Then so be it.” Gluttony angrily shouted. Green glow started to expand in his stomach, his belly started to enlarge five times his normal size, continually becoming bigger and bigger.
I had a horrible feeling that whatever that he was going to spit out was going to be one hundred times worse than before. My hand raised up with the sword in hand, and aimed directly towards his heart, where I saw a second faint but powerful glow.
Just when I was focused on throwing the sword, I felt a sudden hard pull from the dome. In the corner of my eyes, my name and number was displayed. A loud metallic like clinking sound was heard as the pod opened, waiting for me to enter. The pull from the dome was no joke, it made my mind into a weird scramble, making focusing difficult.
I had to shake my head, bite my lower lips until it bleeded. My will to stay sane overpowered the pull and strengthened the blade. Gold energy swirled densely around the blade, becoming brighter and stronger than before. I eventually pushed the pull back into the corner of my mind, my hands pulled back over my shoulder, and I threw my sword straight into the belly of the beast.
Like a javelin, the sword flew straight and embedded itself into Gluttony’s heart. His stomach started to shake and rumble, the green glow started to turn ghastly until finally he burst. Goo flew out everywhere, I scurried and dive underneath the nearest table. Splotches of goo was littered all around me, making me feel a bit disgusted.
Peeking out from the side, I saw that Gluttony’s belly had ripped open, and was bleeding profoundly with black blood. He stumbled forward, completely lost in thought in what just had happened. An unearthly high piercing screech wrung out loudly as he wailed nonstop.
My hands came up to my ears, I clenched my head, trying to block out the horrible sound. It went on forever until I thought my eardrums would pop. Eventually, the howling stopped. With great difficulties, I shakily crawled out from the table, and got up onto my feet.
Hundreds, thousands, possibly even millions of green orbs slipped out of Gluttony’s beating green heart. A large portion of them disappeared into thin air, while a handful headed straight towards the dome. The soul like orbs disappeared into the dome as if it was absorbed, leaving no trace of the orbs’s behind.
“Nooooooooooooo! My food!” He cried out, trying to catch every orb that was escaping from him. “Stop!”He stumbled, and fell on his knees.
Gluttony’s muscles were becoming shrunken and stick-like, to the point of only showing bone. “No! No! No! No! No!” He cried out in pure fury, but his voice was getting weaker.
A single small green orb flew, and went inside me. I felt a weird surge of energy as if a missing part of me was back. I just didn’t know what, but I knew something in me felt a bit more complete. Strange.
In that moment, a blast of dark energy shot forward, cutting an even larger hole that was took away half its body. Gluttony gaze down, completely surprised, than he looks over towards his shoulder. The little demon girl was standing on the stairs with her hand stretched outwards.
“You.” Gluttony mouthed slowly.
“I’m tired. Let’s go home.” The demon girl let out a bored and tired breath.
Gluttony’s whole body shuddered, and crumbled into nothingness. A green emerald fell onto the ground with a clatter. A drone flew by hurriedly and picked up the green emerald. It flew it back over towards the girl. The drone dropped it into her hand, she gripped it tightly and turned around, and started to head towards the exit.
I was completely surprised that she didn’t attack and left without doing anything. Relief flooded over my whole body, but then not even a moment later, a wave of dragonfly drones flew outwards and headed straight towards me.
Without a second thought, I scrambled onto my feet and ran towards the pod that was waiting for me. I didn’t know if it could protect me, but it was better than nothing. So far, Gluttony wasn’t able to damage the dome or the obelisk with its power.
Taking a leap of faith, I dove into the pod made myself as comfortable as I possibly could.
“Come on. Come on. Come on.” The glass door slowly closed, I cursed at how painfully slow the glass was closing. It was just taking so long to take to close. My hand reached over, and attempted to force it to close faster. All it did was make it close even slower, making me grind my teeth in frustration.
I gave up in attempting to close something that wouldn’t close any faster, and laid back tensed. My mind was in turmoil, praying that the machine would work in my favor.
The swarm flew over, diving towards me from the air, when I finally heard a clink of the glass door locking. Blue energy swirled outwards, zapping the dragonfly drones in the process. Each and everyone of them crumpled onto the ground, unable to move forward.
I felt the pod shake, and the machine crank, the pod moved backwards as my eyes became heavy with sleep. The last thing I saw was the door closing, and the dragonfly drones getting destroyed. After that, I welcomed sleep with open arms as I fell into a deep slumber.
Author’s Note: The first arc of this volume is over! wheeewww~ Took a bit longer than expected, hold on tight, b/c the story is going to start speeding up a bit.