PRICES GO UP AT THE GATE
Hello guys, here is a new manga writen by Yaidoll and I.
The prolog some of you have all ready read during the story contest. Anyways, this is a shonen manga with lots of conflict action and slight comedy. We hope u all enjoy it and pls, read and review. We look forwars to hearing from all u the readers.
Also, this closely fallows the futuristc story of our priorly made rpg group "Scelestus Chronicles the Ulti."
"wechseln: Prolog "
The castle was safe now; it had been defended well against the overwhelming numbers of enemy soldiers that laid siege to its walls. As the rising moon bathed its warm pale blue light over the field the victorious champion of the people stood up pulling his sword free from its corpse that held it like a sheath. The blood of those he had slain was coating his dulled battle-worn armor allowing a subtle glow in the moonlight to surround him. Through labored breathing and aching muscles he marched through the battlefield of death where the Lord Andros waited for him.
He knelt down at the lord’s feet saddened in the loss of so many, but relieved for the battle to be over. Lord Andros lowered his hands on the champion’s shoulders displaying a proud smile for the miraculous victory achieved. The lord grabbed him then by the sides of his arms insisting that he no longer kneel. “Champion Yusei, your name shall ring from these halls ever more! All praise Champion Yusei!”
The remaining soldiers gathered around the two shouting with Lord Andros in honor of their champion. All cried out his name for him to hear echoing through fields. “Champion Yusei! Yusei! Yusei!” They repeated their chant clashing their swords against their shields building the champion to a smile.
“Yusei! Yusei… Yusei! Yusei…Yusei…” Amongst the chanting there was another distinct voice that he could hear rising over the others in a different tone. He barely acknowledged it at first, but it was persistent refusing to give up calling to him. As each call to his name came the voice became clearer and clearer until he could tell that it was a girl’s voice mixed in with all of the men. The voice drew him away forcing his focus on it. “Yusei…time to wake up!”
The entire world went black suddenly washing away as though it had all been freshly painted pealing way under the pressure of water. All that he could see was the black void around him and then a narrow line of light that slowly widened revealing his desk and the soft warm glow of Tsayuki Nishimura’s green eyes shining in his blurring, not quite drooling yet face. “Morning Yusei!”
Chapter 0 – Pilot
“Huh? Oh…its homeroom…” he said pulling his head away from his arms to lean back in his chair. It was still early before the teacher arrived, but he already had fallen asleep, though it was more that his imagination wandered than it was about the sleep.
Tsayuki smiled at him keeping from giggling too much knowing how much of a daily occurrence this was with Yusei. It happened nearly every day that she could remember that she would have to wake him up from his dreams. Though there were times that he woke up the class getting a little too involved in his dreams and starting to act them out in his sleep. “Don’t want Ms. Kuniyoshi catching you sleeping. You know how she is.”
Yusei laughed weakly as his memory of the last time she caught him sleeping was still fresh in his mind (it was yesterday). The thought made him a little blue in the face, but he shook his head to get rid of the feeling. “Y-Yeah! Thanks, Tsayuki!”
“…Yusei…” Tsayuki walked away from Yusei smiling at him.
Yusei could not help but grin to himself before he was slapped on the back. “Hey, Yusei! Sweet talking with Tsayuki again?” Hiroshi said with a mischievous grin on his face as he pulled up a chair from another desk to sit down at his side. Yusei and Hiroshi had only recently become friends, when they started attending as freshmen at Monou High School a month and half ago, however that did not stop Hiroshi from acting very familiar with him as though they had known each other forever. It was always that way with Hiroshi, forward and pleasant with a joke ready whenever the situation needed it (or when it didn’t).
“W-What?! Hiroshi…” Yusei’s face became red as embarrassment took him over and he tried to deny Hiroshi’s claim. When his flush face became visible Hiroshi’s grin only increased making Yusei waving his hands trying to further deny it. “It’s not like that! I’ve known Tsayuki since we were little. We’re just friends!”
Hiroshi rested his arms on the back of the chair as he leaned in against the chair’s back resting his head on his arms. “Then why’re you denying it so much. Wish my friends would wake me up like that…”
“What girl would want to wake up a pervert like you?” a girl said from behind the two of him that cast a heavy dark shadow with the glowing eyes of a demon that pierced down upon Hiroshi.
Hiroshi turned blue in an instant as he pulled back away from Yusei. “S-Saya! How long you’ve been standing there?!”
“Long enough, Hiroshi… Yusei’s not like you and your twisted mind…”
“We were just joking, right? Yusei?” He looked over at Yusei for some assistance in calming down Saya.
“Good morning, Saya!” Yusei said as though the entire conversation had not occurred. He smiled up to her with an innocent very absentminded glow in his face. Yusei was the weakness Saya had turning her back into a normal high school girl smiling (also ignoring the last minute).
“Yeah…still getting used to the new coach…”
Hiroshi peeled away from the chair seeing his opportunity to get away safely. It made him thankful that there was at least one person that could control the wild girl, Saya. The look in her eyes was enough to scare most boys away immediately and her other talents made the rest disappear even faster. However, class was starting now that Ms. Kuniyoshi was entering the room making the stray students return to their seats.
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Lunch had arrived for everyone. Many of the students stayed in the class to have their meals, but Yusei was disappearing out of the class with a look that said he had to do something, even if there was some confusion mixed in with it. Hiroshi had tried to stop him, but Yusei was too fast for him to catch leaving it be. Unfortunately, Yusei’s speed was not what he needed in the halls as he crashed into three boys that were looking unruly. The collision threw their food up into the air spilling it out across the floor, completely ruined.
Yusei backed up away from them seeing the glaring glow of anger building in their eyes as they clinched their fists together leaning in towards him. “I’m sorry! I wasn’t looking!” He extended out his hands hoping to keep them back, but it did not seem to help as they pressed in making his hands fold up against his chest.
“Oh ya hear that? He’s sorry!”
The boy on the right laughed and snickered developing a mean smirk on his face. “Yea, if he’s sorry…”
“Then we’ve got no problems!” said the boy in the middle before he threw his fist into Yusei’s stomach knocking the wind out of him. The punch set him off balance and against the wall for support. The follow-up brought him to the floor making him an easy target for them to kick. All three boys took their opportunity to take advantage of a good bag to kick (Yusei) and physically worked on getting their apology out.
Then suddenly everything came to a grinding halt as though each frame was by held out in a camera shutter to display each moment as a knee came into frame planted firmly in the cheek of the leader. When time returned to normal he was sent flying speedily across the hall with students making way for him until he came flat against the wall cracking it with his impression. The two remaining boy’s face turned blue even before this happened and were still reeling in shock trying to understand what was happening.
The light pulled over the one with the flying knee strike as they stood up revealing it to be a female student with a darkened expression in her face as her eyes glowed once more like a demons. She spun around giving the two stunned boys the back of her foot and leg sending them flying down the hall to join their unconscious comrade in the wall. The students nearby the collision looked on a little frightened, but quickly went about their lunch. The girl turned around to face Yusei.
This was Saya Furukawa and her other talent…martial artist. She quickly changed her demeanor as she offered her hand out for Yusei. “Bullies again, Yusei? You need to watch your surroundings!”
“I’m sorry, Saya…” Yusei took the help up and dusted himself off. Most of the pain was already fading away, a trait that he was used to and developed. “You’re always saving me…” This too had become a nearly daily occurrence for Yusei to end up on the wrong side of a fist. He had the bad luck of always managing to find the roughest most violent students in school to bump into. Which meant that Saya, a long time childhood friend, would come to his rescue every time her radar went off.
Saya sighed softly and pulled Yusei away from the wall back into the middle of the hall. “If you weren’t so absentminded all the time… What happened this time?”
“I bumped into them on accident and ruined their lunch. I tried to apologize, but—“
“They didn’t listen, of course. Where were you going?”
“Huh? Oh! No! I’ve got to go!” Yusei jumped up alert and sped off down the hall in a panic leaving behind a trail of dust with a confused Saya staring on.
‘Hope I’m not late…’ he thought to himself as he finished running through the halls getting outside of the school. The school grounds were large surrounded mostly by a brick and iron bar fence wall. There were several sidewalks running through the grass connecting to the other doors and buildings as well as leading out to the track field. He slowed down his pace as he walked out towards the shed for the school that held most of the equipment for sports. When he reached the destination he pulled up his hand that held a small piece of paper. He read the contents once more just to confirm for himself.
‘Meet me behind the shed during lunch.’
There was nothing further in the note and no name either. He did not know what was going on, but he had read enough manga to get a pretty good idea (delusions and fantasy had been playing through class in his mind). The back of the shed held no one making him figure that he was still early and so he waited.
However, being Yusei he could not stand still for very long. His mind began to wander and his dream from the morning began to come back to him. It was playing from a different point, but he indulged himself. A rake was resting against the wall of the shed and it became an immediate target for him. He picked it up spinning it around his hands with surprising dexterity. It came to a stop as he rested it against his back pretending it to be a staff. He lunged forward with a thrust of the rake letting it pierce the air. Then he swiped through the air horizontally. It soon became a spear thrusting and poking it against the shed.
A few thrusts later he pulled it back and carried it in two hands as though it was a claymore. He sailed the blade through the air hearing it sweep through sharply. He took the chance to swing at the pole in the ground near the shed for some feedback. It took a few hits from the rake. On his last swing he went through the pole leaving it to topple over as he sheathed his sword to the shed. He wiped his imagination of the battle scars that he left on the shed not feeling as restless. He walked over to the pole when he realized that it was actually cut in two (thought it was his imagination). ‘What going on? I know sleep walk sometimes, but…’ Yusei reached out to touch the pole where it was cleanly cut through finding to be real to his touch. He knelt down to the other half of the pole attempting to pick it up (hoping that it was his imagination). His hand grabbed it firmly picking it up and dragging to towards the other half (it’s real!). “Did I really do this? I just broke school property!” Yusei began to panic turning his head side to side to see if there was anyone that had seen him do it. “Whatta I do?! Aiko’ll kill me when she hears about this!”
Yusei dropped the pole backing away from it already getting freaked out by his own imagination. His back clashed with the shed making him jump in fright. He stumbled over his feet backing into the claymore that was resting against the shed. The metal scrapping against the shed into a clatter on the ground that made Yusei’s hair stand straight up sending vibrations through his entire body. “What was that noise? That was…n’t…” He did not want to look fearing what he was going to see, but he could not resist it. It was as though his head had a mind of its own and turned itself to force him to see the claymore resting against the ground shining in the light reflecting his face in its polished blade.
Yusei fell back on his butt catching himself with his hands as the sword stared back at him through is divided legs. “No! You aren’t real!” He kicked his foot out trying to push around the sword, but it only crawled an inch. “I didn’t use you to cut that pole! It wasn’t me! I didn’t mean to! Honest!” He looked around the field again checking for anyone. ‘What’s happening to me? Did I finally go off the deep end?’ He could feel his heart pounding in his chest from the racing thoughts in his mind. A moment later, he pulled himself up to crawl over to the sword wanting to test his imagination. “It’s just a really vivid dream, right?! Right?!” Yusei’s hand reached out for the hilt of the sword shaking profusely fearing what this would mean. It took forever for him to reach the sword, pulling himself back repeatedly, to take hold of the hilt. The feeling was same as the pole (it was real). He held the sword up to him feeling the blade calling to him seeing his reflection glowing in it. He touched the blade with his hand taking in the smooth pounded surface and the sharp looking edge. His finger slid down the edge, wanting to test his reality, only to slice his skin open making him drop the sword back to the ground as he held his finger in his mouth to stop the bleeding.
He crawled away becoming even more unnerved by what was going on. ‘It can’t be!’ Yusei picked himself up barely with his legs shaking up through his body trying to get away from everything. The unsteadiness in his limbs carried through to his core knocking him off balance into the shed. He landed against the floor of the shed painfully receiving the blunt force of the cement flooring into his shoulder. The shaking did not stop and so he rolled over to his back giving a moment to pause. An exhausted breath later he was feeling a little better, but still uneasy. ‘Just in my head! My head…’ He pulled himself up sitting in the shed trying to shake off the weirdness. “Oh the track gear…” he said as he looked over at the nearby equipment in the shed (still hasn’t realized yet). Yusei smiled to himself feeling better as he stood up testing his legs. “Now I just have to get out of the shed!”
A few seconds ticked by as he looked around the shed taking it in slowly (almost there…). “The shed…wasn’t I outside?” He could see that he was inside the shed and the doors were locked and no holes in the windows or anything (figured it out finally). “The shed… …What am I doing inside the shed?! How’d I get here?” Yusei could feel the shortness of breath coming back to him as panic rose up from his stomach. He approached the empty wall where he was certain he should have been trying to understand what was going on. However, as he approached the wall a part of it disappeared. “…What the…”
First, it was just at the bottom like a mouse hole or something small, but as he pressed on it grew in size until there was clearly a semi-circle cut into the shed. He stood in what would be the wall staring left and right to the cross sections of the wall almost in awe. Since the hole was present he walked through and back outside, but as he stepped away the hole disappeared. “This is crazier than any dream I could have…” He tested his mind and picked up a rock to throw at the wall thinking that it was an illusion or something strange. However, when the rock hit the shed and fell down he took a step forward confused. Yusei had to know if the hole was still there and approached the wall again finding the hole returning. He tried moving around starting to feel like it was a game almost and wherever he went it followed. It cut into anything it touched giving him cross sections of balls, vaults, rope, anything and everything in the shed. However, under the playful exterior Yuki was beginning to be freaked out.
He looked down at where it began seeing everything being cut into a hemisphere that surrounded him with him at the center at all times. It was then that he noticed that at his feet were blades of grass, while he was in the shed. He jumped up and away thinking he could get way, but it just followed him revealing, rather than moving, more grass. “What’s going on?! Is this a dream?” So much information was running through his head that he had nearly reached his limit. Yusei ran out of the shed and around the corner before he was grabbed by Tsayuki. “Tsayuki?! I-I…”
“Yusei?! What’s wrong? You’re sweating and… Yusei!?!” She could not even finish her words before Yusei collapsed passing out to the ground as everything following him disappeared. “Yusei!” Tsayuki tried to lift him up, but her panicked state could not hold anything as she ran off screaming for help.
* * *
‘…Do you ever…’ said an unknown voice from a black void.
Yusei shifted unable to move or open his eyes only feeling the emptiness that surrounded him. “Who’s there?”
‘…Have you ever…’
“What’s going on? Answer me!”
The voice was beginning to fade away going further out of reach. He struggled to pull himself up to strain against the void that was holding him back. “Tell me what you want?!” Black hands stretched out grabbing him by the shoulders and arms holding him in place so he could not follow as the voice disappeared completely. “Come back!”
“Yusei! Wake up!” Saya screamed slapping him across the face snapping him out of the world he was trapped in.
Yusei looked around the room seeing that he was in the nurse’s office of the school with Hiroshi and Saya both holding him at the arms to keep him from getting out of the bed. When he realized that he was awake and it had just been a dream he relaxed falling back into the bed. He let out a long sigh feeling like he been living a nightmare for years that he was finally released from. His head ached like it had been split in two and beat around with a hammer afterwards. “What happened…”
“…Yusei…” said Tsayuki from the foot of the bed that Yusei was resting in. She stared at him with swollen and longing eyes like she had been crying to herself for hours before.
“Don’t you remember, Yusei?” Hiroshi said leaning in from his side of the bed staring at Yusei. All he got in return was a shake of the head and a puzzled look that was unmistakable.
Saya lowered her eyes taking it upon herself to get him caught up. “Tsayukii found you collapsed out by the equipment shed. She panicked and came to get us so we could take you here.”
None of that was making any sense to him. He could not remember much of anything apart from feeling run down and fatigued for a reason he could not explain. “Doesn’t ring a bell.”
“What were you doing out there anyway?” Hiroshi said stepping back in once Saya had finished. “You missed lunch for it! You never miss lunch!”
Yusei’s eyes widened in panic when he heard what Hiroshi said. “I missed lunch! How could I miss lunch…” He quickly sank into depression as he could feel his stomach starting to become angry with him.
“Well he seems normal…” They could not help but smile and laugh at Yusei’s reaction, which was so typical of him. Things returned to normal for them dropping the tension and stress. Yusei was left to rest in the bed for the remainder of the school day given the unusual case of him fainting. When school ended he was released, late though, and could walk home with Tsayuki as he did on most days.
Yusei paused at his house looking up at it still trying sort through the fuzziness in his head. It felt like he was missing or forgetting something important, but could not place it.
“…Yusei? You feeling alright?” Tsayuki said coming up behind him.
He turned his head to look at her putting on a pleasant smile. “Yeah, just feel like I’m missing something. But I guess it must not be important.” Yusei stepped forward as the nagging poking in his head began to fade away. He stopped again just as Tsayukii was walking away to her house. “Hey Tsayuki? Want to come inside?”
Tsayuki’s face glowed bright red immediately when she heard Yusei’s invitation. She noticed that he was staring at her waiting an answer making her shake her head trying to push out the rush. “Wel-Wha-Um-I…B-But…”
“It’s alright! Aiko likes it when you visit!” Yusei pulled back and stretched out his arm behind Tsayuki’s back grabbing her by the shoulder to drag her into the house. She protested, but Yusei’s suddenly boisterous attitude and smile could not be stopped for long. “Hey Aiko! I’m home! And I brought Tsayuki with me!”
There were two stomping of feet down the stairs as Kenji and Junji came to greet Yusei at the door. Kenji kept a little more distance than Junji, who usually stuck to Yusei albeit always silent. Yusei’s little brothers smiled up to him grinning and greeting Tsayuki before running off through the house. Out of the kitchen in a store uniform came Aiko, getting dinner ready before she had to leave for her job. Yusei’s older sister had a tired expression on her face that quickly changed the moment that she saw she had a guest in the house. “Tsayuki! Welcome!” She held a large spoon in her hand coming to meet them at the door, Tsayuki still rough around the edges. “Why don’t you relax on the couch, Tsayukii,” she said with a pleasant smile. “I’m just going to speak to my little brother here.”
Tsayuki walked off feeling a little out of place and sensing the ill aura between the two siblings. Aiko smiled until Tsayuki disappeared out of the hall and turned back towards Yusei. “Late and bringing Tsayuki! Yusei, you know I have to work in twenty minutes. You need to be here to watch your brothers after school!” Yusei passed around Aiko as she was quickly souring his mood as she always managed to do every time she opened her mouth. She grabbed him by the wrist to keep him from running off before she was done. “I found them alone again when I got back from class. You need to be more responsible, it’s just us to keep an eye on them, Yusei. You can’t be slacking off on this anymore.” Yusei was tired of listening to her lecture and pulled away his arm walking into the hall leaving Aiko at the entrance. “You’re fifteen! Yusei!” Aiko pushed back her hair that had fallen around her face as she sighed to herself. “You need to quit living in the past…”
Yusei stepped into the living room having heard the same speech from Aiko for longer than cared to remember. However, he felt some water drip on his forehead halting him. He rubbed it away with the sleeve of his school uniform and went back to walking around the area, but he was hit again. The sleeve cleaned himself again, but he was hit twice more before he looked up. “Blood? On the ceiling?” There was a red pool gathering on the ceiling that was quickly spreading across it. His eyes widened in shook as his iris shrank and he looked down at his sleeve checking to confirm it for blood.
“It’s everywhere!” Kenji said jumping up and down in an expanding pool of blood nearby them. He did not understand what it was only finding it to be a similar to water after it rained and just as fun.
Aiko and Yusei looked around the house confirming for themselves that the house was being covered in blood for no apparent reason. Yusei could see panic slowly wash over Aiko as he looked over at Tsayuki and watched Aiko run for Kenji and Junji. Yusei watched paralyzed as every surface was slowly engulfed in blood. Once all was crimson the ceiling above him suddenly gave way filling them up to their knees in a pool of blood. It felt like it was crawling on him and soaking through his skin. His paralyzed body could not move and his mind was empty screaming through his mouth that would not budge. All that Yusei could do was shake in uncontrollable horror as his house was pulled part.
“Yusei!?!” Tsayuki screamed as she tried to get away from the blood that was covering them quickly. She tried to reach out to him only to watch everything around her begin to fall apart as it turned into blood and collapsed. The cloudy late afternoon sky with thin rays from the sun poured down on them tinting the blood an eerie color. The house’s walls collapsed spilling out the countless gallons of blood that filled the house into the neighborhood. The sight was the same next to them as there was nothing, but a field of blood on everything. The neighbor’s house was falling apart in a bloodied mess accompanied by screaming.
A heavy splash like the sound of a foot echoed through the area into Yusei’s ear. The paralysis ended, but he collapsed to the ground in fear as every muscle in his body that had been tensed relaxed letting him go free. His mind was empty, but his body understood all too well. All he could do was sweat and shake violently making ripples in the blood. “…Yusei Hayashi...”
A man stepped forward towards Yusei. He was covered in blood it seemed while it had a silk like cloth appearance as well. Every corner or edge of the cloth dripped blood that the pool drank. This was only the clothes that he wore that the blood flowed; the skin remained untouched by the blood. The silk like material covered his large muscular chest as a solid piece and tied off firmly at the waist by a black belt. His pants seemed to continue on as though they were uninterrupted by the belt left a little lose around the legs. Leather boots covered in black and shining with crimson went up to his knees. His head and arms remained bare with only gauntlets covering his muscular arms. The man was as well built as he was tall and menacing, but none of the muscles were to excess simply being well defined. His entire presence breathed the sight of death.
Tsayuki’s mouth wavered as her eyes shrank in the horrors that she witnessed. She tried to scream for help, but fainted before anything could escape her lips. Yusei’s head jerked over to see her collapse in the pool of blood that ran out. Another foot step towards him pulled his head back. “Who are you?”
The man turned a wicked smirk when he heard Yusei speak. “Who I am isn’t so important. What is however, is that I’m going to kill you.”
“Kill me? Why? I don’t even know you! I didn’t do anything!”
He pressed his hands together pushing down the gauntlets on his arms. “True, that is true. And you won’t be able to do anything once you’re dead.” As the man took another step forward the right gauntlet changed its shape stretching the metal on top into a simple blade.
Yusei stumbled backwards crawling to get to his feet trying to keep his distance from the man that now stalked him with death in his eyes and on his blade. “What?! Aren’t you going to tell me why at least?” He did not understand what was going on hoping that if he delayed things that he would be able to hold out for the police to arrive in time to stop this nightmare.
The man could not help but smirk at Yusei’s stalling easily recognizing what he was trying to do. “This doesn’t work like fiction. I’m not going to be revealing my reasons or motives to you. You’ll die and then I kill your family. And then anyone that saw anything as well. The dead don’t need to understand.” He had closed the distance to Yusei during the conversation bringing him in reach to strike. His arm came up bringing the blade to bare swiping at Yusei, who managed to dodge out of the way nearly slipping in the process. “Hmm…got some eyes on you…”
“I don’t need good eyes to see you swinging at me!” Yusei said as he brought balance back to his body trying to keep his distance.
“Oh? Don’t like the blade? How about something more personal then?” He lowered his arm down as the blade retracted back into the metal gauntlet seamlessly. Then suddenly the blood pool pulsed in a wave almost alive reaching out towards Aiko, who was guarding Junji and Kenji. Countless ripples appeared in the blood around them as spikes of hardened blood shot out from the ground becoming more like tendrils reaching out for them in their escape. Junji was first ripped from Aiko’s hand followed by Kenji a moment later tying them up with several of the tendrils that held him in the air. Aiko was the last to be captured and suspended in the air. “How’s that?” Once they were bound more spikes drew up this time piercing Aiko in the back making her cough up blood. Even more grew out cutting and slicing in his family forcing him to hear their screaming.
“You bastard! Leave them out of this!” Yusei charged around the man to get to his brothers and sister, but two spikes from the blood shot up nearly taking off his arm if he had not stopped. Even stopping, they tore through his uniform grazing the skin. He looked down at his arm checking before looking back at the man with anger in his eyes developing.
Soon more spikes grew up around the siblings making it impossible to get close. “Anger now rather than fear. It’s an improvement, but you’re still boring me.” The man stepped forward raising up his fists giving Yusei two punches across the face. Aiko strained against her bindings shouting for Yusei. Yusei slid against the ground tasting his blood from the cut on his lip. He narrowed his eyes charging for the guy seeing that his options we limited, but he was stopped by a punch to the stomach that knocked the wind out of him. The man pulled back his other hand as three spikes form along the gauntlet around the knuckles before he released his punch cutting him across the face. Yusei took three more punches to the stomach and chest as his uniform received more tears and his own blood seeped into the clothes. Aiko was frantic screaming and trying to get free from the restraints seeing the man transform his gauntlet back into the blade while Yusei stood helpless to defend himself.
‘I feel so empty…my vision’s blurry…’ Yusei became taken in by a black void with its inviting warmth. ‘Am I going to die?’ It felt like his heart was slowing; the life was draining away from him out of grasp. ‘They’re going to…die…’ He wrenched his eyes closed still hearing the dull echoing screams from them. ‘I can’t do…anything…’ The voices would not stop pounding through his ears. ‘…It’s my fault…’ His muscles turned away losing strength no longer having the will to move. ‘…I…killed…them… …it’s me… …alone…’
Saya suddenly slapped Yusei across the face waking him up. She stared at him making it unable for him to look anywhere else. “Come on, Yusei!”
“You going to let them keep bullying you?”
“But Saya I can’t…this isn’t the same…”
“You’re a man right?”
“Stand up! You hear them shouting for you don’t you?”
“Yusei!” Aiko and Kenji’s voices rang out around him as though they had always been there calling for him.
A heartbeat pounded stronger once more returning from its silence. ‘But what can I do?’ His heart shouted again this time cracks formed along the void he was in. ‘…I must…I need…’ The sound pounded out again growing the cracks as some of the world started to fall down into dust. ‘…I need to save them...’ The beat echoed around fiercer drawing cracks up to the top. ‘…I need power…I need the strength…’ Yusei closed his eyes hoping, looking for anything that would give him that strength to save his family. “Give me the power to protect my family!” His heart pounded excited sending out shockwaves that cracked the entire world until it crumbled to pieces.
“AH! Give me power!” Yusei screamed through the plains of blood as his family were held to watch in horror as the man approached Yusei for the killing blow. ‘I don’t care what it is just allow me to save them!’ Blue waves continued to issue forth from Yuki violently responding to his desire. The walls had come crashing down. A bright light exploded from his body displaying an array of foreign letters wrapped in circles covering Yusei expanding outward. As the array expanded it reached the limit to which it could hold and shattered to pieces. Once the light came to fade away Yusei was standing staring down the man that tried to kill him and hurt his family. The man had been forced to stay his hand in the blinding display and stood waiting looking unimpressed.
Yusei slowed his breathing closing his eyes. A moment later he opened his eyes quickly shooting out a wave from his feet throwing back the blood plains in a massive wave. Behind the wave was a blowing field of tall grass and flowers that spread for as far as the eye could see. When the blood ended Aiko, Kenji and Junji were dropped from their restrains into the soft grass slowly dripping blood.
The man’s face wrinkled in frustration knowing what had just happened. He looked down at his feet to see that the only area of blood that remained now was at his feet. It looked like his feet were emitting blood where he stepped. This changed everything now. “…Your powers have awakened...”
“I shall protect my family!” Yusei shouted as he threw out his arm as though to grab something. The wind blew up around him dragging the grass. The grass was pulled free changing to green energy that gathered at his hand building in length until it shined as a whole. As the light from the energy faded away a massive sword appeared in Yusei’s hand far longer than he was. “I will end this now!”
Yusei’s face narrowed fighting emotions of anger and rage while barely being held back by the thin threads of reason. However, there was no time for reason with his family lying in the grass bleeding out. He could not wait any longer. He had to give in. Yusei screamed out loud charging forward with his sword held back preparing to swing. “This ends now!”
The gigantic sword was released while he was still running forward swinging down at the man with surprising force. In a flash it was over and the man stumbled backwards staring at his gauntlets and forward. It had gone through his blood shield that had managed to summon from what little field control he had left. After that Yusei had even shattered his shield gauntlets. The metal of the guards fell to the ground dully in the grass fading out of sight in the tall plants. ‘He’s completely overpowered me. So this is the power…’
The stranger barely summoned up a sword in time for the next assault, but it shattered to pieces taken over by the sheer power pouring out of Yusei. He had no room for control, but his own body. Yet that was not going to be enough for him. The sword came in for a third strike and he had nothing left to defend himself. He brought up his bare arms as the sword sliced down his chest and forearms spraying blood across his face. The man staggered backwards his arms at his side unable to lift them with his blood dripping quickly down his skin. The clothes that the man had been wearing suddenly evaporated revealing clothes of white underneath that were pants and a shirt that looked more like a cloth tossed over one shoulder and tied down at the waist.
Yusei stepped forward hanging the huge sword over his shoulder. “…D-Die…” he said breathing heavily as he began to move his other hand to the hilt of the sword. This man would suffer for what he did to his family and he was the one that could do it. He nodded to himself as he had spoken to confirm that he was correct. ‘He must die…he must…Die!’ Yusei heaved the sword up bringing it over his head to swing down at the helpless man. He was justified. This was the right thing to do.
The sword began to move while Yusei recited in his head the choice that had be made. His rage shouted violently in anger bringing the sword down with greater strength. This had to be done or else he would only come back again. It had to end here. He was certain of this. ‘Yusei!’ The sudden voice in his head jerked his hand opening his eyes to what was truly happening. However, the sword was already in motion and could not be stopped. The shining blade cleaved through hitting the firm ground behind coming to a stop.
“Huh?” the stranger said in shock to having been spared by the kid. He stepped back not certain what this meant for him.
Yusei tilted his head up to the sky with his eyes pulled back in pain. ‘Mother?’ He let go of the hilt of the sword staring down at his blood stained hands almost choking on the thought that he had nearly killed someone. ‘I-I almost…I let it…control me…’ His hands tightened up as he realized how close he came to the edge. Yusei dropped to his knee falling between the tall blades of grass watching the blood drip down his arms crawling in horror at the sight.
Before Yusei’s eyes a sword pierced through the back of the man and out the front releasing blood into the air as the final breaths of the man escaped his lips. He collapsed to the ground disappearing in the plant life when the sword was extracted. Standing over him was Tsayuki with a cold dead expression on her face holding the sword thickly coated in the man’s blood. “Why did you hesitate?”
Yusei’s eyes had widened in shock at seeing his childhood friend do something so terrible as to take a life. “What? Y-You killed him!” Yusei stood up on his legs barely feeling the strength in him from the devastating reaction of seeing someone so innocent covered in blood with a merciless stare. “Tsa-Tsayuki? Why? Tsayuki?”
“Because you didn’t. This man was sent to kill you.” She looked down at the dead man’s body, her sword held in her hand, while her school uniform dripped in blood. “He was going to kill your family!” She pointed to Aiko and his brothers, now safe, barely visible in the tall grass.
“B-But…why Tsayuki?! I’ve known you since were little! This isn’t you!”
“That was a lie!”
Yusei jerked back unable to accept her answer. “No! It can’t be!”
“I create false memories of me in your mind, your family and your class. So I could get close to you and watch you.” She removed the sword from sight letting it disappear into the grass. “I, we, have the power to create anything with our imaginations. This was just an extension of my power.”
Yusei could not believe what he was hearing from her. He shook his head unwilling to believe that the years of memories he had with Tsayuki were just lies. ‘I remember…it was real…’ He looked at her seeing the tone in her eyes that were telling a truth he could not accept. “Why?! Why is this happening?”
“It’s because of you. My people have lost their leader and we’re in chaos without an heir. Or so we thought until I discovered you. You’re the rightful heir and the power you displayed is proof of that. But some want control for themselves and you’re a threat to them. This won’t end here. There will be more assassins, because you hold the power to stop them!”
“But I haven’t done anything! I don’t even know what you’re talking about.”
“Ignorance will not save you any longer. You’re the rightful heir to my people, your people, and the land of V’lynn.”
To be continued…
Always guarding your heart where ever u go.
Here is Chapter 01, wher our intriqued story will begin.
It was a dark moonless night in the kingdom of V’linn, the streets were empty, not a soul dared to walk by at such hours of the night. The kingdom of New Ora was the most prosperous kingdom in the entire universe, but lately it had fallen prey of a brutal war from the neighboring kingdoms. The conjoined empire of Bakara and the dragon kingdom had plagued to help their sister kingdom during these times. Over many years of fighting, the kingdoms could finally rest in peace, tonight was the first of many to come, all thanks to a treaty proposed by the charming and smart queen Melody. Though she knew this wouldn’t hold for long, it was better than a war.
Tonight everyone at the royal grand castle slept in peace, all but one, the young king Trent was looking through the old arcades at the large library of knowledge. In his hand he held a large thick book. Its jacket was made of highly elaborated silk with ancient scriptures all embroidered in gold. Trent laid it on a table and pulling a chair sat down to read the one book his brother in law and sister spoke off earlier. As soon as he turned the book open and gazed at the first page the entire room was engulfed in a bright white light, which caused King Trent to grunt and shield his eyes from the blinding glow. As his eyes began to adjust to the light he could depict shadows coming to live on the page, first as blackened figures, than they slowly began to take shape, soon they regained color and features; it was as if the pages themselves came to life in front of the king’s eyes.
The castle was safe now; it had been defended well against the overwhelming numbers of enemy soldiers that laid siege to its walls. As the rising moon bathed its warm pale blue light over the field the victorious champion of the people stood up pulling his sword free from its bloody sheath. The blood of those he had slain was coating his dulled battle-worn armor allowing a subtle glow in the moonlight to surround him. Through labored breathing and aching muscles he marched through the battlefield of death where the Lord Andros waited for him.
He knelt down at the lord’s feet saddened in the loss of so many, but relieved for the battle to be over. Lord Andros lowered his hands on the champion’s shoulders displaying a proud smile for the miraculous victory achieved. The lord grabbed him then by the sides of his arms insisting that he no longer knee. “Champion Yusei , your name shall ring from these halls ever more! All praise Champion Yusei!”
The remaining soldiers gathered around the two shouting with Lord Andros in honor of their champion. All cried out his name for him to hear echoing through fields. “Champion Yusei ! Yusei ! Yusei !” They repeated their chant clashing their swords against their shields building the champion to a smile.
“Yusei ! Yusei … Yusei ! Yusei…Yusei…” Amongst the chanting there was another distinct voice that he could hear rising over the others in a different tone. He barely acknowledged it at first, but it was persistent refusing to give up calling to him. As each call to his name came the voice became clearer and clearer until he could tell that it was a woman’s voice mixed in with all of the men. The voice drew him away forcing his focus on it. “Yusei…time to wake up!”
The entire world went black suddenly washing away as though it had all been freshly painted pealing way under the pressure of water. All that he could see was the black void around him and then a narrow line of light that slowly widened revealing his bedroom ceiling and his older sister, Aiko’s brown eyes staring over him.
Chapter 1 – Kyo no Yume
“I see that you’re awake now, Yusei,” Aiko said with a warm smile that she always managed to have. Now that she was satisfied that she had breached through Yusei’s sleep she stood back up straight watching for another moment. She flipped back her ponytail of black hair that fell to the middle of her back just below the shoulder blades. Her short bangs adjusted themselves from leaning over.~I thought you weren’t going to wake, every morning is the same~
Yusei scanned his room quickly feeling a little disappointed that it was only a dream again. He was back in his bedroom normal and ordinary Yusei a fifteen year old high school student attending Boshi High School in Isesaki, a small prefecture near Tokyo. A slow drawn out yawn escaped his mouth leaving him to feel suddenly tired and his bed was still very warm and comfortable. His dream might still be there for him to grab before it was too late. Yusei’s eyes closed rolling over. “Just a few more minutes, Aiko,” Yusei mumbled through his pillow.
Aiko rested her hands on her hips, not surprised by this, narrowing her eyes at him. “Come on, Yusei. You have to get up. I’m not going to be nice anymore.” She leaned in against his bed one more time staring at him to look for a change, but there was no movement only the words that escaped Yusei’s lips. “Night sis.” A faint sigh escaped her lips before she mounted Yusei’s bed and sat down on top of him.
The sudden weight on his chest and air forced out made Yusei nearly yelp as he was sprung forward in surprise. His eyes were widened ready to fall out as he tried to recover himself. “Aiko?! What are you doing? I can hardly breathe.” He flailed his arms at his older sister in an attempt to force her off of him, but she was able to easily prevent him.
She gave him a wicked smirk back pleased to see that she finally had his attention. “Gotta toughen you up a little,” Aiko said roughing Yusei’s hair up a little enjoying the moment.
“Fine…fine! I’m awake. You can get off me now!” Yusei pushed at Aiko as she gave him some room to move. Once he was freed from her hold he dragged himself out of his bed quickly standing recovering himself fully.
Aiko swiftly departed his room shouting back to him before she returned downstairs. “Get your brothers up before you go to the shower.” There was a momentary pause as Yusei was about to say something back. “Because I have to finish making your lunches and breakfast. You have responsibilities in this house too.” Once she was finished her presence was completely gone and Yusei narrowed his eyes slightly.
‘You were already up here. Why can’t you wake them up?’ Yusei reluctantly pulled his legs along to Kenji and Junji’s, his two younger brothers, room where their door was left slightly ajar. ‘what a drag’ He pushed the door open slowly, his eyes still half closed waking up, and walked into their room towards their beds that sat on opposite walls in the back of the room. The lumps in their beds told him that they were still asleep. However, he was suddenly attacked from behind by a small weight, but plenty to knock him over to the floor.
“Good morning, Yusei!” Kenji said cheerfully having mounted his back with a proud smile across his face. He rocked around to Yusei’s displeasure and pain, even if it did wake him up further. Kenji, the older of the two, age ten was beaming his dark black eyes down at his older brother while his spiked black hair seemed to have even more excitement than him.
Yusei reached his hand out to Junji seeing him stand near his own bed watching silently. Junji at age nine and youngest held a nearly blank silent look at Yusei with his dark blue eyes appearing like a void that could drag you in. His black hair nearly matched Yusei’s in style, but was evenly cut across before touching the shoulders while Yusei had opted more for an uneven cut.
“Can you get Kenji off me, Junji?” There was a moment where nothing happened as though it was sinking in and then Junji moved towards him. Unfortunately, Junji took a hold of Yusei’s hand looking happy as well, if not distant. “No…Junji,” Yusei whined, “You’re suppose to help me.” Yusei let out a heavy sigh considering his misfortune and how he was going to get free. The pounding on his back was getting to the breaking point after already being assault by his sister only a short few minutes earlier.
After a couple more bounces he had had enough from Kenji and finally broke through his sleep fogged mind to realize that he could just stand up. Kenji slid down looking very disappointed as Yusei walked out of their room. Kenji ran up to Yusei grabbing at his leg giggling as though he was playing a game with him. Junji silently joined him on the other leg to Yusei’s exasperation.
“I’ve got to get ready for school, as you do.” Yusei pulled on his legs trying to pull free, but only found heavy resistance that was too strong to break. “Guys, come on.” Neither of them seemed to be listening to him not wanting to let go. ‘This is too much energy for so early in the morning. I’m not ready to deal with this.’ He stopped trying to drag his legs free and quickly separate the two from him sharply with his hands “come on.” Then he disappeared before anything more could happen.
Yusei stepped into the bathroom staring in the mirror for a moment thinking about his dream. ‘And it was such a fun one too. Oh well... there’ll be another tonight. Can’t wait.’ He roughed up his hair a little still feeling a little tired. It was difficult to tell, but if closely stared it he actually had very dark blue hair rather than the typical black that most Japanese did. He never understood it, but seeing as no one noticed there was no problem. The contrasting light brown eyes he had blinked one more time before he stepped forward to wake up the rest of the way.
A shower and a quick breakfast later Yusei was working his way out the door. Aiko called out to him before he was able to get too far. “Don’t forget your lunch! And remember you need to return home quickly since I’ll be at work late after class.”
Yusei gladly took the wrapped lunch and tried to ignore the rest of it emptily nodding to Aiko as he opened the door. “Yeah…sure… whatever…”
“I’m serious. You need to be here when Kenji and Junji get home. I won’t be here and they can’t be alone.” Yusei shrugged it off and disappeared out the door as Aiko finished her reminder that he had heard time again before. “Yusei!” she said not surprised, but still annoyed that he merely shrugged it off. ‘He never changes in that remark. He has to step up eventually.’
His house was finally behind him now making Yusei feel a little more relaxed and at ease now sliding his bento into his blue school bag and strapping the flap back down. He tossed it over his shoulder letting it tap against his back and slide his free hand into his pants’ pocket taking a short easy step to resume his walk to school. It was still a little early so he would not have the other students walking around him just yet leaving him to enjoy the street alone.
‘She’s always going on about that like I haven’t heard it countless times before. You’d think she’d get tired of repeating herself.’ As much as Yusei wanted to relax he was still distracted partly from Aiko’s bothersome reminder. ‘She sure knows how to completely ruin a perfeckly good morning.’ He did not have any where better to go, that was true, but he did not want to always be watching his brothers. She was always leaning on him with them and he tried to crawl away as fast as he could. He did not want to be their parents, just a brother and one that wanted to have his own time not weighed down by so many responsibilities. He was still in high school after all. ‘Why does she get to me? I need to focus on something else.’
Yusei looked forward down the street seeing the cars parked along intermittently narrowing his eyes for a moment. He pulled his arm up looking at his free hand stretching his arms out a little before tightened them slowly. Each finger slowly closed creating a fist as a sound escaped his lips attempting to mimic his knuckles cracking. There was a thin smile from his lips as a building excitement within him began. Once he was satisfied he thrust his hand out with his palm flat and opened. He continued to walk while focusing his mind on his palm allowing a faint purple glow to gather from the ambient air.
Numerous tiny particles continued to gather in thin countless streams to his palm all the while he continued to smile. ‘Yes…this is it.’ He would not be normal, not for them. Once enough had been pulled together there was a small orb floating just away from his hands shining a bright purple that began to tint the environment around him the same hue. He lifted his hand up to stare at its beauty directly letting it wash it’s blue paint over his face.’waa!’ It made his excitement grow in his mind even more. His muscles tensed up along his arm that was struggling to keep everything whole. The stress was tolerable for him. For this it was nothing to him. He began to pull at his fingers feeling the stretching along his forearm of the muscles against the pressure.
Slowly the orb was surrounded by his fingers while it fought desperately lashing out with purple beams of light that pierced harmlessly through the sky. His fingers clashed with the orb as though it was a solid object that he was taking hold. It was cool to the touch even with the fierce light that he had drawn out. He pulled his arm back quickly and then thrust it straight crushing the orb in his palms just as suddenly. The particles were pulled into his hand making his fingers and then his entire hand glow purple. He could feel it coursing through his skin and bones with the cool touch to give him strength. From a distance, not far away a shadow was staring intently at Yusei and his doings.
As he continued to walk down the street he raised up his hand, as it glowed brighter, and pulled it down in an arc unleashing a stream of energy from his fingers that beat at the ground. He moved his hand around several times seeing it dig through the concrete of the street as he walked. A path of cuts along the ground trailed forward as he viewed the effects. He sliced his hand through the air in a flat horizontal arc as though striking at something invisible, but rather producing a blue arc of energy that cut through a tree bringing it down upon a red car. Within his mind he could hear the sound of glass shattering and metal groaning under the weight.
“Hmm…what’s that?” Yusei said detecting a slight presence as the tree came to a rest on the ground. He whipped around staring at the wrecked remains of the car and tree. The air was still with a strange feeling through the wind that made his hair stand on end.The figure, who sported a pair of bright intimidating green eyes continued to take everything in, now from the top of a building. Yusei could taste it making his skin sweat a little for a reason that he could not understand. His body knew something that he did not. “Something’s not right. Who’s there?!” He moved his eyes over the ground and houses looking for anything that would narrow in on the ill feeling that was building up inside his body. It was churning his stomach and drying his throat until it seemed like there was no water inside him. He attempted to moisten his lips, but they just stuck together. The very life seemed to be drained from him.
‘Who is this being to cause such a thing to me?’ All he could do was feel the tension in the air as he turned his body still seeking his opponent. His muscles tightened through his arms making his shoulders ache with stiffness. Even the end of his nerves was ringing at him shouting out through his body. ‘Got to calm down…I won’t find them like this.’
Yusei attempted to breathe, but found it strain even his chest feeling the heavy pressure against him. He tried to walk forward grasping at the air as to take hold, but nearly fell forward. This sensation was unlike anything he had experienced before. He had never felt anyone like this before to be able to do this to him without even touching him. There was not going to be a chance for him like this. He was wide open.
He heard a noise behind him of the enemy approaching, but he could not pull his body to turn. His eyes widened in surprise at his legs unwillingness to listen to him. He was going to be struck without even seeing who it was. “So I have found you!” a dark mysterious voice said to him. Yusei suddenly felt a hand on his shoulder roughly snapping all of the tension in two leaving his body weakened.
“So I have found you!” a girl said to him.
Yusei turned now that his body was his again to see that it was Saya Furika standing behind him smiling. He let out a sigh of relief letting the frightened look that he had the moment before fade away. “Oh, Saya it’s you. You scared me.” Yusei bent over feeling the aching of his body, a little still, from nearly jumping and the stress he had put on it.
Saya changed her smiling expression to confusion before she understood, somehow. “You were daydreaming again weren’t you, Yusei?” She leaned in at him making sure that she had his attention looking like she was ready to scold him.
“Daydreaming?” Yusei said looking a little sheepish. He knew what she was talking about. He gazed over her shoulder looking at the street that he had just been down it was normal unaltered by what he had done to it. It had simply been him making an otherwise boring walk more interesting. But he became serious for a moment thinking to himself. ‘There was something strange about it though. It was unusually real this time. A little frightening. Guess I don’t know the power of my mind.’
“Are you listening to me, Yusei?” Saya said grabbing him by the arm and pulling him on track to school. “Honestly Yusei, I don’t know how you can tell reality from fantasy with how much you are daydreaming. You need to focus on reality and what’s in front of you.”
Yusei rubbed the back of his head a little laughing innocently at Saya. “I’ll try, Saya.”
“You can’t laugh it off, Yusei.” Saya turned her head looking back down the street seeing the school in the distance. She let go of him and jogged up ahead of him for a moment before looking back at him. The frame paused for Yusei for that moment as the wind blew up around them. Saya Furika, the same age as him, was his closest and longest friend that had stuck with him through everything that he had been through. She had shorter black hair now that stopped at her shoulders and a gym bag for her track team clothes.
Yusei rushed up pulling her along forcing her to recover her balance to join him. “What you standing around for we’ve got school soon,” he said with a wide smile.
“Hey! I’m going to fall! Yusei!”
Once the two disappeared behind the slope of the street a tree finally after all of it’s struggling to stay up fell over hitting the car underneath it setting off the alarm. The passing students pulled back in fright not certain how the tree had just mysteriously fallen out of nowhere.
To be continued…
Always guarding your heart where ever u go.