I was deep into sleep when the hot rays of the sun hit my face. I was leaning against a tree that I had made a makeshift bed. I saw my companions stretching their bodies waking up as well.
I didn't expect the sunrise to take us any further in this area. I thought the game would start yesterday when the Director suddenly let out a dark smoke that darkened the entire Center Wall.
"You're awake?" Clarice asked, just looking at me who was very drowsy.
"Yeah. Good morning!" I answered.
"It looks like the first game will start today," Ronnie said watching the Loowas around.
"Where's the Director? Why can't I feel him?" Vergel asked, already awake and feeling the surroundings.
"We may not see and feel him but I know he's around," Don said as he kicked at the weeds in front of him.
"It seems like Ruffa is too tired," said Darwin who had been looking at her.
"Hey Alvin, you're awake, aren't you? Why don't you get up?" Toffer sai
We were stopped by the ground suddenly eating away at a part of the Center Wall. It provided a way out of the place where we were. "In our first game, all you have to do is to run and run. Don't give up because your lives will be the price. Are you ready, Loowas? Let the first game begin!" His words echoed throughout the Center Wall. The Loowas ran quickly. I didn't know where they were going. But all I knew was they were following what the Director had said: run. "What? We're just going to run? Is that our first fight? Just like that?" Alvin asked, obviously underestimated by the Director's Game. "There's something hidden in this game. It's not just running. But as far as I know, we have to get through the Center Wall first before it closes," said Don and started running. I could see the two sides of the Center Wall slowly moving closer to each other! Don was right, we needed to get out of here before the two walls closed. "Run Ke
"We've been walking for a while but we still haven't found a place to sleep," Alvin growled. Ever since we entered the Dark Place I had heard nothing from him but incessant complaining. "Even if we go for a walk, there is no good place for us to rest. Let's stop first!" We all stopped walking. "Alvin is right. We've been walking for a while but there doesn't seem to be a good spot here except for the trees. Maybe we'll just spend time here. After all, the Loowas will be resting somewhere too," said Clarice. "Okay, all right. But where can we lie down here? My back hurts a bit," said Ruffa sitting at the root of the tree. "Is that okay?" Janet said as with just a flick of her fingers she made a cradle out of the tree branches. "Wow, Janet. You can make beds for all of us. At least a sofa if you don't want a bed," Toffer said, his eyes were twinkling. "Hey frog, thank me that you can still sleep because of me. Do you want to lie there on the gro
"Director's morning, gamers. I hope you slept enough right for our next game. I just want you to know that your number has been reduced to five hundred and forty-four. A lot of you couldn't make it to the first game. The question is will you be able to survive the next game?" he said with a horrible laugh. "Sh*t! That's how much is lost?" Ronnie asked stiffly. "Maybe it's better if we keep an eye on other Loowas while we protect ourselves," I said "Zeke is right. If we want anyone to survive till the end, we must help the Loowas win every fight." Don agreed with me. "Do you think they can't? Of course they can without our help! Look at them, they are strong. They also have powers that can help them win," Alvin groaned as if he didn't care about the Loowas at all. "Do you hear what you're saying, Alvin? I'll just remind you why we're here, to save the Loowas from the Director's hands. Now they're slowly dwindling because of this bloody game!" T
"Wait, guys did you see Alvin?" Toffer asked when we met again at the opening of the Dark Place. Even though they were always quarreling, Toffer was still worried. "There's no trace of Alvin anywhere," Lyka said as the ray disappeared from her eyes. I tried to look for him with my mind but I couldn't find him. "I can't feel him either," said Vergel who had been sensing the surroundings. "No way, he's gone?" groaned Janet, looking at the Loowas scattered at the opening of the Dark Place. "Don't think like that. Maybe he just doesn't want to show up for us," Ruffa said. "No. Because if he just doesn't want to show up to us, Lyka should have seen him, Alvin could have felt him and Zeke could have read where he was. Isn't it when the Loowas die in the game, they just disappear suddenly. I think... Am I thinking right?" Janet said. She had a point there. But if that is what happened, how did it happen? "Can't you watch the whole thing that
"Alvin!" Janet's shout made a loud noise throughout Amoras. The Loowas were in a commotion and some of them were noticeable and suddenly floated in the air and quickly became stars. "Ruffa, to your right!" Vergel shouted and Ruffa ran quickly. I didn't know what was going on because I couldn't see our opponent. We only followed what Vergel and Clarice said until we split up. "Zeke, be careful!" Clarice said and I followed. "Don't breathe, Zeke. You're inside the two Awaka. You're at their feet," I heard her say in her mind. I suddenly felt intense nervousness and fear. It was hard because I knew there were opponents but I couldn't see them. I wanted to breathe but as Clarice had said, I held my breath and didn't move at all. A few minutes and I could already feel a yawn clawing up my throat but Clarice still didn't let me move. "Zeke, don't move! They're still there," Clarice said. "I'm trying not to!" I said in her mind.
"Hey, Zeke! Ezekiel Montemayor!" "Oh, Ah. Eh, why?" I suddenly said screaming in Ronnie's ear. "You're asking me why? I've been calling you for a while. Why do you seem to be out of your mind?" he asked as we traversed the hot and dusty area of the Santello Desert. I stopped walking and looked at him. Should I have told him what I knew? "No. I'm just tired maybe," I lied instead. He grabbed me by the arm and looked at me seriously. "What did you find out?" he asked with his eyes barely blinking. "Ahm. Ehhh." "What? Tell me! We're the only ones who know. You didn't want me to see with my own eyes so you have to at least tell me what you saw!" he said and I stopped. I knew Ronnie had wanted to accompany me when he said he would. And I didn't want him to perish because of his curiosity. "What do you know that we don't know? What should you know, Ron?" Don asked to our surprise. He was on our side with
We all backed away and looked up to see the monster in front of us. He grew as tall as the giants. I could see his scary face made of hardened sand. Also noticeable were the grains of sand falling where we were. Suddenly tentacles appeared on our side and quickly swarmed Janet, Darwin, Ronnie, Ciara, Ruffa, and Clarice who were now floating in the air. The tentacles connected to the body of the sand giant gripped at them harshly. "It's started!" Toffer shouted as he quickly released lightning to hit the sand giant. Its face was quickly crushed but it reformed quickly using sand. Don Kenneth didn't have a strong wind to harden the whole body of the monster but after it froze, it was crushed for a while and its body was quickly rebuilt using the combined sand. Lyka released her hot beam from her eyes which made it scream but the monster seemed to be just pretending. My co-keepers, floating in the air, were trying their hardest to escape.
"What will you do?" Ciara asked as she followed me. "I'll rescue Fritzie," I seriously answered her. "But how? We're locked up here?" "I already thought of that," I said smiling. I looked up as she looked up as well. She and the Loowas also noticed a tunnel through which they could escape. "How's there a hole in the top?" she wondered. "With it," I said while pointing my finger at my head. "We're going to save all the Loowas who are here with the help of the other Keepers. They're already waiting at the top," I said and walked to the locked door of the jail. "What if they get caught?" "That's what we're waiting for to happen. If they're caught running away, it'll give a distraction which will be our way to get Fritzie," I said and she nodded. "But the Loowas can die because when that happens, the monsters will kill them," she said. But I had already thought of that possibility. "I know. So you'll be here