Mind Linker ch. 20

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Drawn with a pen. It’s actual pelt is black.

Chapter 20

My head was dizzy as my ears started to ring. I knew this was bad, especially now that they were two. Wait, did I just hear another roar? Nobody informed us there was going to be three!

At least the third one sounded far off in the distance, which gave us a bit more time that we desperately needed. I looked towards Jones and motioned him that we needed to go.

He furiously shook his head, firmly rejecting any notion that he needed to move.. I couldn’t help but frown at him. He’s just acting like a scaredy cat, even if it is understandable.. All of our senses were screaming for us to run so we could fight the abomination in the other room. Thankfully, the pressure wasn’t as overbearing as the Gluttony, which gave me a better control of myself.

Throughout human history, fighting a demon was considered crazy. The power that they possess, their intelligence, and even their unknown abilities that often let them squash humans like a bug always brings fear in our kind. This fear was instinctual, and all the Ouroboros knew this fear very well. We had used this fear when we first awoke to survive to run as fast and far away as we can.

But now, it was different. I had to face my fears; the fear of the unknown that are called demons. Their power, their intelligence, and what they could do to us with just a snap of a finger was terrifying. Even if I was baptized by the Myth class demon, this Spirit type was no joke. The overwhelming pressure that they gave off… it was beyond dangerous. It screamed out that they weren’t to be trifled with. If any normal human could see them, they would’ve cowered, hidden, or even ran away, possibly even pissing their pants in the process.

Gripping my blade tightly against my chest, I took another breath, trying my absolute best to calm down my chaotic mind.

“I could do this. I can.” I muttered. I gave myself a small pep which actually helped quite a bit in calming myself down.

I peeked out from the side, and saw the demon cat prowling around angrily as it spit and hissed like crazy. Its red eyes glowed dangerously with the intent to kill. My body started to shiver. Just looking at those sharp teeths made me realize how crazy I was to go in there to wrestle with a lion sized cat. This wasn’t the cute kitty that was in my pocket, but the one that could eat me alive.

Unconsciously, my left hand let go of the blade for a brief moment, and went down to pet Daisy’s head, I felt a little bit better, feeling her soft fur. Awww~ the wonders of a pet. I definitely must protect her, keep her alive, and take her home.

“Mew?” Daisy spoke in a soft whisper, causing the demon cat to snap his head towards me in a flash. Our eyes met, giving me shivers up and down my spine. Great. Thanks, Daisy. Thanks. You just brought unwanted attention. I sarcastically chastised her in my mind.

A deep rumbled from the demon cat’s throat could be heard vibrating through the room. I knew then that I was found out, there was no way out of this fight even if I wanted to run away. The demon cat crouched down and sprung forwards towards me. I yelped, pulling back as my sword flashed before me.

The cat jumped through the door in one fluid motions, startling both me and Jones. It slammed into the wall, pushed off with its powerful leg, and sprung towards me with its ugly teeth and claw. Without thinking, my blade strike forward like a snake as its claws made contact with the blade from impaling me in the guts. Still, I wasn’t fast enough to block the other claw, and the arm swipe towards me, throwing me across the hallway.

I flew into the air and skid across the floor on my back. A jarring pain could be felt from the side of my body. Luckily, I curled up to protect Daisy from getting smooshed, I was afraid that I might kill her if I landed incorrectly. With heavy breath, I groaned and got up, shaking my head to get rid of the throbbing headache.

The demon cat swerved and bolted forward towards me. Jones raised up his gun and shot continuous bullets into the thick pelts of the demon cat rump. Majority of the bullets hit, causing the demon cat to howl angrily as it skid across the ground. It changed directions, unexpectedly, in a full 180.

Jones eyes bulged out in surprise, and he kept shooting, cursing out every three seconds. The demon cat swiveled out of harm’s way, missing the bullets by a hair breath. “Damn, cat!” He continually shot and jumped sideways, hitting his shoulder against the wall and fell forward.

Scampering on the ground, he pushed himself off the ground desperately out of harm’s way.  The cat demon impaled its sharp claws into the wall, repeatedly, trying to take Jones’ head off his shoulder. Its claw created a giant hole in the wall, causing it to be stuck for a moment. Ripping its heavy body forward, the cat swiped at Jones that was near him.

Jones stumbled backwards, his hands flailing around him as he fell onto his butt.

“Hissssss!” The demon cat spat angrily, as it was trapped and unable to get out. Even still, it waved around its free hand and struck downwards in between Jones’ leg. With a partial gasp, he let out a small squeal. Part of his pants were torn apart as he saw how close the claws were.

“You’re kiddin’ me right?!” Jones scampered into a backwards crabwalk. The cat yanked itself out of the wall, pulling with it metal, wires, and wood.

I bolted forward. My blade swoop forward into an arch, clashing against the demon cat’s claw. The contact was jarring, shaking me to my very core. The demon cat pushed me back with all it’s strength, and my feet skid across the ground,  as I gritted my teeth trying my best to push back.

It was a power match between us two, and I wasn’t winning. Even against Gluttony, I was swatted around like a fly, blown around like a leaf with the wind.

With an angrily hiss, its large snout, filled with white sharp teeth, snapped forward. My head jerked to the side of my cheeks, missing the hot, sticky, foul smelling mouth. My stomach twirled in nausea as I felt sick from its rotten breath. A moment of weakness caused me to lose strength, giving the demon cat the edge it needed to swat me across the side.

Once again, I flew through the door, and crashed through the window of the second floor. I came hurling down like a comet and smacked on top of a moving car. A loud crunching sound of metal, shattering of broken windows, and a loud ear piercing squeal of the wheels erratically turned was heard. Followed by a howl of fear, from the driver, could be heard as the car swerved into an abrupt stop.

My head was throbbing, my arms were in pain, and I felt a couple of bruises here and there from that toss out the window. Luckily, I was still alive and breathing. Nothing was broken, and again, I couldn’t be happier that I was wearing this Dragon Scale Armor. On the bright side, I was glad that Crystal put on a temporary shock absorbing system near the neck and spine. Without that thick film she had put there, there would have been nothing covering my head from breaking upon impact.

All of a sudden, I heard another shout, followed by the sound of a crash with a crunch of metal. When I turned my head, I saw Jones stuck into the car not to far away from me. He fell flat, lying face down onto the ground. I really hope he’s not dead, but that tumble was something serious.

“Mew?” Daisy stuck out her head, and looking at me, no telling me, to get my butt up in gear. This cat seriously has the luck of a goddess. She didn’t even get hurt from the rough tumble. Should I just change her name to Lucky instead?

With a groan, I pushed myself out from the wreckage that I had caused. The man, who was actually in the car, pushed opened the door and stumbled out in hysteria. I don’t blame him, falling out of the sky and crashing into his car isn’t something that happen on an everyday basis.

I rolled towards my left, so I wouldn’t smoosh Daisy. With a thump, I fell onto the ground with my knees cushioning my descent. A trickle of blood dripped down from my head and towards my chin. If I get out of this mess alive, I’m definitely going to tell Crystal to put a bit more padding around the whole suit itself, so I would’ve had more cushion if I fell from a higher place. I had no doubt that I would’ve been dead if it was a couple stories higher, probably from my neck being snapped, but even still, the Dragon Scale did a wonderful job in lessening the impact to a slight throbbing pain.

A high pitched cackling could be heard from the building followed by another loud crash. The demon cat jumped through the window and landed in the middle of the street with a loud bang. A giant crater formed underneath it as a gust of stormed was sent outwards. Cars were overturned, dust and rubble were being picked up, and people were yelling out in confusion at the mayhem.

“What the hell is going on?!” A man dove towards the side, and hid behind a mailbox.

A high pitch scream could be heard all around us, breaking the tense air. The dust that covered the demon cat blew away, leaving behind the demonic creature standing proudly in the middle of the streets, annoyed as it tail flicked back and forth.

“What the hell is that?!”

“Oh my god! Is that a cat?!”

“What in the world-?”

“Are they shooting a movie?”

Static flickered around the demon cat as its immense body became clearer to the public. Some people ran away in panic, others stay behind rooted in fear, while a good majority of them stay behind, bringing up their phone to record everything.

“This shit is awesome!” A group of male teenagers were filming the Demon cat and walked up closer.

The demon cat puffed out hot air, swiveled its head, and took a nasty chomp out of one of the teenager’s body. A sickening crunch could be heard as half of its body was gone into the mouth of the demon. Blood splurted outwards, decorating the black pavement in red. Its paw, swiped from the side, causing the other to fly straight into the building as it body contorted into weird angles.

Two people were instantly dead, and the horrible bone crunching could be heard as the cat demon gulped down what it just ate. Ear piercing screams echoed as people scattered like roaches. The cat demon sprung forward, attacking any pedestrians it could get its hands on.

People were squashed, cut in half, mauled, and even eaten alive without a second thought. Blood was everywhere as massacre continued as pieces of torn limbs, head, and even guts were splattered onto cars and walls.

Chaos was apparent and they were no stopping the rampage. I peeked out from the side of the car, leaning backwards to still my breath. Summoning the golden energy inside of me, I wrapped it around my blade. It wasn’t as vivid and strong as the first time I ever conjured it correctly out of my own free will.

“Mew?” Daisy squeaked, head poking back out of my pocket.

“Stay back inside.” I grunted, pushing her head back in.

“Mew!” She struggled, the cuteness overload made me flinch. Those eyes! I had to tear my gaze away, and pushed her roughly back in.

With my gold energy coated around my blade, I watched for any openings that the cat demon had. The rampage this demon cat caused was no joke: poles were bent, cars were being flipped over like pancakes, and people were being eaten alive as if they were some kind of dessert.

I scanned for Jones, and saw him up, hidden behind a car. He had his hand rested on the hood of the car with his gun as he aimed. Gun shots were fired, drawing the cat’s attention to him. The demon cat turned around, anger that its rump was being filled with bullets.

I knew then this was my chance to go in and attack, the demon cat went straight towards Jones with the intent to kill him. Just when the demon cat jumped into the air, I rushed forward. The blade whistled in the air as its outstretched paw was hacked off.

The cat demon tumbled forward, losing its balance because of its lost arm. Jones dodged to the side, out of harm’s way. He quickly got on his feet and did a perfect spinning roundhouse kick to the demon cat’s jaw. A bone crunching sound could be heard on impact, he twirled around and did a follow up kick, causing the demon cat to lurch backwards.

I ran forward, my blade itching for another swing. Turning my hips and bringing power up my torso and into my arm, the blade cut through a deep incision into the demon cat’s side. Black blood splurted outwards, I jumped backwards, trying to not get swamped by the blood.

The cat demon hissed angrily, and snapped towards me. I dove to the side into a diving roll. When I got up, I twirled and slashed towards its neck, leaving behind another deep incision. Black blood flowed out like rain, and the cat demon growled one last time, its body shuddering as it large head dropped onto the floor with a loud thump.

“Is it dead?” Jones walked over carefully, he nudged the demon cat with his feet.

The demon cat twitched, causing Jones to jump back. Even I flinched, my sword was brought up before me to use if it moved. Going into round two wasn’t something I hope to go through.

“I think so?” I replied, lowering my sword.

“Good. Glad that’s over with-”

Crash!

On second thought, Jones spoke way too soon.

The sound of windows breaking could be heard from across from us from where we were thrown out. Another demon cat was flung out the window with Marcus wrestling in midair. My eyes became wide in complete disbelief as I saw Marcus boxing the crap out of the demon’s face with his own bare hands.

They fell from the third story building and into the broken streets. Marcus was riding the cat demon on top, mercilessly beating the demon cat. Red energy swirled around his fist as black blood splurted outwards around him. With a loud thump, the cat demon fell backwards onto its back, hitting its head onto the ground. Marcus pulled back his hand and slammed his glowing fist into the demon cat’s head as it exploded.

A large ugly hole opened up in the demon cat’s head as blood and brain tissue sprayed outwards. Marcus was covered everywhere with its guts, looking like a mad demon himself with those swirling red energy in his hand. He got up, brushed off the blood as if nothing just happened, and stepped off to the side.

Another thundering crash of window breaking could be heard. A demon cat, three times larger than the other two that we just fought, jumped out from the window with Timothy holding on, with his dear life, on its tail. He reminded me of a flag, fluttering behind.

“Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllp!” Timothy screamed, both hands were tightened around the tail.

When the demon cat landed on the ground, it whipped it tail, throwing Timothy into the air. Rearing up on its hind leg, it’s large mouth opened up, ready to gobble Timothy in one gulp.

I bolted forward, pushing off the ground and jumped onto the car in front of me, before launching off the car with the sword over my head. Timothy was swallowed in one gulp before I got to him.

The only word that came into my head was “that sucks”, and my brows scrunched up tightly together.

Timothy was swallowed, and my sword followed behind, entering down its throat. I used the momentum of my fall to split open from its neck to its stomach. A burst of black blood sprayed outwards, hitting me in my face and chest.

A nasty, foul smelling air smacked me in the face, causing me to stumble backwards. I pulled my blade backwards, trying to hold in a hurl. Timothy flopped out from the belly of the monster, and onto the ground covered in blood, slime, and demon gunk that I didn’t even know what it was. The demon cat shuddered and fell onto its side, dead.

“I’m never ever doing that again.” Timothy groaned in pain. He was shook up badly from being eaten alive. His hands desperately rummaged through his pocket. Pulling out the epipen, he stabbed himself in the leg and sighed in relief.

I sheathed my sword, and gave him my hand. Timothy gratefully took it without a second thought as I pulled him onto his feet.

“Nasty piece of shit.” Timothy spun around, scowled angrily, and spat at the corpse. Well, looks like Timothy was back to his old self.

“I bet.” I took a step back, my nose scrunched up. He had that same foul smelling air around him.

“Meow?” Daisy jumped out of my pocket without me noticing. I stared as Daisy just waltzed up towards the dead demon cat without a single hint of fear. It brought its cute furry paws up and placed its on the demon’s hide as if it was staking it as its own.

“Daisy?!” I called out in alarm, I walked over to scoop her up.

“You named the cat?!” Timothy cried out in disbelief. “That shit could be a damn demon!”

I didn’t listen to him, and went to scoop Daisy up. But before I could grab her, she tilted her head to the side, and all of a sudden, the side of her mouth started to rip open. Without realizing it, I froze, staring at her in disbelief.

“I told you! I told you, it’s a demon!” Timothy stumbled backwards in hysteria.

Daisy bite into the demon cat’s body. It was as if they were some kind of vacuum in her mouth as she sucked up the Demon cat in one go. I stared flabbergasted in what I was seeing. What was even more surprising was that there was even a slight white aura around Daisy as she continued to eat up the demon before her. Not even less than a minute the body was gone.

With a loud burp, Daisy let out a satisfied cry. Both of us stared at her dumbfoundedly at what we just saw. Was she a demon eater or is she a demon herself? I didn’t know.

Daisy flicked her tail, and made her way towards where Marcus’ kill was and did the same thing. I trailed after her, completely stunned at what I was seeing. There were a couple of times, when I rubbed my eyes or even pinched my cheeks just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. This cute little white furball was eating the demon cat as if it was supper!

Marcus stepped forward, he bent over towards Daisy.

“Marcus watch out! It’s a demon cat!” Timothy cried out to warn Marcus.

Marcus chuckled and shook his head. “No, it’s not. I thought it was as first. Then I had a feeling that this cat was something more.”

“What do you mean?” I came over, Marcus was petting Daisy’s head as if nothing was wrong. Jones came up and stared as if he was just seeing this for the first time as well.

“This here is unique animal spirit. Usually, these little guys come over and make contracts with certain people. Mostly, they don’t come in kitten size shapes, but in other larger animals. You remember what I told you about the Contractors?”

“Yea?” I slowly stated.

“These animals are what we usually contract with. You don’t see many of these little type of creatures just roaming around the streets. I’m glad we found one. Did you get contracted with her?” He look over his shoulder towards me, waiting for an answer.

“Uh, I don’t know?”

“I think you did,” said Marcus. “She stayed with you the whole time, didn’t she? As well as drew blood from you to make a contract.”

“Drew blood?” I realized what he meant.  “Oh!”

Marcus got up, Daisy ran over towards the third demon carcass and swallowed it up without any difficulties. When it was done, she ran back over, climbed up my pants, and made herself comfortable in my pocket. I frowned, seeing how she just easily made it her home.

“Well, now we know what you are. A contractor.” Marcus spoke with amused expression. “We should go before we bring unwanted attention.”

I look at him funny, we already brought unwanted attention, but then I didn’t wanted to stay here and get swarmed by police. We could hear the sounds of siren coming towards us. All of us quickly walked out in hurried steps, leaving behind the empty streets as if nothing happened as we made our way back to Seventh Sanctum. I was glad that our ordeal was finally over.

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