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Sylux and Saber begin to stroll around Fallaway, eventually entering the noodle shop again.
“Aren’t we supposed to go to the mission?” Sylux asked. Saber shook his head and found a table.
“Try their noodles first. You’re too serious on the mission; try to cool down a little here.”
Sylux sighed and leaned back, while Saber went to the counter to order.
“Oh, it’s you again,” the owner said after remembering him from earlier.
“Two specials again, please. I just wanted to show a friend how good the food here is,” Saber said with a smile.
“Alright; just wait a moment...” he replied as he went to the kitchen to personally cook the special noodles.
Saber returns to their table, right beside the wall. It had two black chairs placed by a maroon, square table.
“Just wait a little,” Saber told Sylux as he sat down and waited.
After a few minutes, the chef comes out and personally approaches the duo to serve the dishes. The other people are surprised to see the chef to go out for a special order.
He then stood down beside Saber and handed them the utensils.
“Enjoy your meal,” he said as he smiled and watched Sylux’s expression change into a delighted look, both eyebrows raised and eyes wide open.
“This... this is great!” Sylux exclaimed. The chef laughed while Saber ate his as well.
“You seem to like noodles,” he told Saber, who still had noodles hanging from his mouth. He pulled them in his mouth and laughed.
“Well, it’s just that my mother cooked noodles for me all the time back then...” Saber replied.
“Really? What happened? Why did she stop?” he asked. Sylux finished the bowl and gave a big exhale of delight while smiling.
“She was attacked yesterday... She was killed in the event,” Saber mumbled as he looked down and his face looked gloomy.
“Some hooded man with weapons attacked her. I didn’t know what he wanted, but he mumbled the word ‘Trivoid’ before dying...”
Sylux’s eyes suddenly opened wide and he looked shocked. He stood up and wiped his mouth as he said, “I’m going to the gate now. Meet you there...”
Saber looks at Sylux walking out and the chef sits down on Sylux’s chair.
“I’m Basalt, owner and chef of this restaurant for 34 years. I hope to see you again here,” he said. Saber nodded and finished his bowl.
“Will do! I’m Saber, I’ll make sure to return and have another meal one day, Mr. Basalt!” Saber replied as he waved goodbye and left. Basalt looked at the running Saber and took a picture from his wallet.
“Saber... he reminds me of you... where are you?” Basalt mumbles as he holds it in his hands, a picture of him with his son.
“Hey! Wait up!” Saber shouted when he caught up with Sylux. Sylux exhaled deeply and looked at him.
“Trivoid... why would they attack you? Did you interfere with their plans?” Sylux asked seriously, which made Saber shocked and nervous.
“I swear, we are innocent! We were shopping one day, when we were just attacked!” Saber replies raising both his hands in the air as if he is surrendering.
“But... why would they attack innocents?” Sylux mumbled.
“Why? What is Trivoid, anyway?” Saber asked. Sylux grinned and brought Saber to the city exit, a green gate leading to a forest. He took his gun from the storage and sat down.
“Trivoid is an organization who researches and develops biologically engineered mutants and soldiers, all for the purpose of their tyranny. They starve for power, and always attempt to invade the land of Falrun, and soon the whole Kains. However, they have the equal counter force that repels their plans, Biohazard. They research on weaponry optimizing and war equipment to be used in liberation and repelling Trivoid. They are well known for having strong people with powers trained to protect the people. In my opinion, if you want vengeance, join Biohazard. Although, their standards are extreme,” Sylux explained. Saber was left speechless in amazement and smiled in his loss of words.
“That’s amazing!” Saber shouted. Sylux laughed and they stood up to go back to the gate. Sylux opened it and the first thing in sight was a split path.
“North leads to Grand Flower City; west leads to the fields. We better go west, if I ain’t stating the obvious,” Sylux said as they walked forward while Saber read the mission briefing.
“Eliminate the group of orcs up on the hill at Barren Fields. They have been stealing from passersby and occasionally threatens civilians,” Saber read out loud as they went into the jungle.
“Orcs... they’re physically strong, but mentally retarded. It’s fairly easy to beat them once you’ve outwitted them, though. At least, that’s the stereotype orc,” Sylux states as the skies darkened as they walked.
“We’re near...” Sylux mumbles as he looks up the horizon, seeing purple gasses and darkness in the distant land.
A few more minutes pass until they arrive at the target location, Barren Fields.
“Welcome to the dirtiest place in existence. This is Barren Fields,” Sylux said. Saber chuckled and looked around, who barely saw anything through the dark purple fog and the dark skies.
“By the way, when we do bring everything back to Fallaway, how will we bring it back?” Saber asks while he scratched his head and looks around again while covering his nose from the stench. Sylux begins to check his pockets and brings out a circular device.
“With this: a transport pod. It can take a small item to the DMOUR main building in a flash. From there, they can be delivered to the owners,” Sylux stated as he waved the glowing disc. Saber was impressed with DMOUR’s technology and smiled faintly while nodding. Suddenly, voices could be heard from a distant area. Saber took a closer look and hid behind a rock.
“Hey, take a look at this; at a ruined town, I found this necklace. It looks really rare!” an orc told another as they walked in the darkness. They held lanterns to navigate through the fog, which gave light to their ugly faces, snaggleteeth and huge nostrils, their greenish complexions made them even uglier.
“Blue’s necklace!” Saber mumbled as he ran up the rock and charged at the two orcs.
“Saber! What are you doing!?” Sylux warned, but he was too late. Saber falls into a trap and was knocked unconscious.
“Intruders... luckily he was dumb enough to fall into a trap!” an orc said as he looked behind the rock, and he saw Sylux.
“You take that man to the temple. I’ll take care of the other one,” the orc commanded to the weaker-looking one, who nodded in reply. He began to carry Saber to be brought to the temple while the other orc ran and chased Sylux, who made haste to escape.
“Saber, you’re paying for this!” Sylux said as he ran faster, accelerating to inhuman levels. After a few more accelerations, his ability is revealed: he can teleport short distances repeatedly to make greater distance. The orc was left behind while Sylux laughed and stopped by a wall, unnoticed by the orc. The orc continued to run ahead, Sylux left behind and safe.
Saber, however, did not end up as great as Sylux did. He was tossed in a room to be kept captive. Saber growled and checked his pocket, relieved that his gun, which Drozone gave him, was still there.
Saber looked to the left, then to the right, and smiled for the coast was clear. He backed away and shot the door down, and began his escape. Orcs arrived soon, and began to chase him. Saber smiled and dodged their spear throws and stopped to turn around and eliminate the orcs. His accuracy didn’t fail him; and he knocks all the orcs down.
“They didn’t stand a chance...” Saber mumbled as he laughed, blowing the excess smoke from his gun. Suddenly, loud footsteps sounded behind him, which came from the leader of the orcs. His massive size towered over Saber, and his menacing red eyes glare at Saber. All across its body, scars were scattered. His tattered clothing gave him even more formidability, but Saber disregarded all of his looks and faced the leader without fear.
“You may look tough, but that won’t stop me from beating you!” Saber taunts and the beast smiles and draws a huge club.
“Let’s see about that!” Saber shouted as he charged with his gun. He shot only thrice, until the gun jammed and stopped shooting.
“Why now!?” Saber groaned as he tossed the gun to the orc, which made it furious. He raised his club and slammed it down, but Saber dodged it easily due to its slowness.
Meanwhile, Sylux progresses through the temple, following the noise from the two battlers. He finds the source and teleports to it, finding himself in front of the two, still battling each other.
“Alright! Let’s see what I can do here!” Sylux yells as he draws his gun and cocks the first bullet. He fires and it pierces the orc’s arm, bringing it into more anger.
“Even a thousand of you can’t stop me!” the leader shouted, slamming his club. It narrowly missed Sylux, but knocked him down. The transport pod fell out of his pocket, and the club smashed it into pieces. Sylux growled was hurt a little but he failed to stand up in time due to the minor, but extreme pain in his foot. Saber looked at the leader and frowned.
“I won’t let you hurt him!” Saber shouted, jumped and roared to the leader. His aura developed and the blades once again revealed themselves. Saber’s actions were again uncontrolled, which turned him into loose cannon. He lunged and knocked the leader down, but hurt himself in the impact.
The leader laughs and flings Saber away, but he fails and gets attacked by Saber. He once again falls down, this time falling into his defeat when Saber pierces his chest with the two blades. The leader growls and tries to get back up, but the wounds hits the heart, critically damaging him. Saber’s blades go back to his knuckles and it vanishes once again, and returns command to Saber.
“What was that!?” Sylux shouted as he got up, unharmed. Saber jumped off the orc and smiled. The other orcs surrendered, after they saw their leader’s fate. Sylux demanded answers while Saber calmed him down.
After Saber explained himself, they searched the temple and looked for the stolen items.
“So you have an amazing power, but you cannot control it?” Sylux asked. Saber nodded in reply and smiled.
“I hope I can control it though. Back then, rage was able to bring my power out. Now, it wasn’t rage. I need to inform Drozone about this,” Saber mumbled as he bumped into a door, which led them to the storage room.
“They’re all here!” Saber exclaimed. They scavenged around the items for hours, placing them into sacks while Saber inspected them to find Blue’s necklace. He wasn’t able to find it and he went outside to ask every orc. He threatened them, until the orc who had it gave it back. Saber smiled and went back to Sylux, who hauled all the sacks outside.
“Why are you bringing them out?” Saber asked. Sylux gave him a sarcastic smile and showed him the broken pod, which made Saber disappointed.
“We’ll bring them all back manually...” Sylux mumbled as he began to tug the sacks. Saber sighed and joined Sylux in the long delivery.
Hours passed, night came. They were barely halfway and they began to give up.
“We’re hopeless at this rate; we won’t be back there until tomorrow!” Saber sighed. Suddenly, a light from nearby surprised the duo.
“I’ll help you!” An eminent voice shouted. They turned and saw Basalt on a horse-drawn carriage. They smiled in relief and carried the sacks onto the carriage.
“It’s great that you came!” Sylux said as he let out a big exhale of relief. Saber smiled and the carriage travelled back to the city.
The next day...
Saber went into the building, his face still pleased from yesterday’s success. He went upstairs to see Drozone, but he was shocked at the sight that Drozone was not there, but a large, gaping hole in the wall was present. The papers were scattered, glass was shattered, and destruction was everywhere.
“What happened...?” Saber mumbled as his mouth was left hung open and he stared into the hole.