The day of the exams arrived faster than Kant had expected. Under the drilling of Jarvis the previous night, he had thoroughly studied the different subjects asked in the theoretical exams and he was confident in getting a high score.The System had alerted him the previous night that he had leveled up but he didn't feel any different so he wasn't exactly sure about the practicals.He knew that the chances were slim that his soul was anything special. The chances were higher if his parents had special genes which they didn't. He hadn't even bothered to tell his mother about the exams because he didn't want to disappoint her again. Despite being on the lookout, the days that passed had been uneventful . Other than Ralph's immediate burial and the somber outlook of some of the students , the school went on as usual. He had tried to keep a low profile along with Tom and Kumiko but for some reasons, people still pestered them. Ralph's friends b
"You know how everyone thought Ralph skipped school to avoid questions. Well, he hasn't been in school because he has gone missing""What? Where did you hear it?" Kant asked Tom in surprise, in between biting an apple.It was lunch break and they were in the school cafeteria eating. "I overhead his classmates talking about it. His mom has reported it officially. He was last seen by his friends on the day of the attack." "No need to panic yet. He could be with a friend or something" "That's what you think but I suspect whoever sent that monster hunted him down""That's a wild theory bro. Where did that come from""It isn't. Isn't it obvious. They're after us.""What are you two barking about."They both stopped in mid speech to see Kumiko holding a food tray, standing at their table."Is there space. Mind if I join you guys" She said rais
Nagata Kumiko could feel her thumping heartbeat relax as she walked back to the car. It hadn't gone as bad as she thought it would. At least, her father hadn't shown up. Perhaps he was too busy as usual or didn't get the memo. Fortunately, he wouldn't be at home to inquire why she was coming home early.She brushed her driver's hand aside as he made to open the car door for her. She hated people treating her like a little child. He took the cue and got into the car."Otou-san!" She exclaimed in surprise as she opened the car door and saw her father sitting leisurely inside the car. "Get in the car." He said crisply.She got in and shut the door behind her. She looked out the window at the students passing by just as the car engine purred and sped away. They drove for a while in silence. She knew better than to talk without being addressed to first."What is the most important rule we have.""Staying
Kant felt a hundred pair of eyes turn to look in his direction. Beside him, Mrs Fletcher looked at he and Tom, equally stupefied. "What's this, Tom?" She asked. Tom couldn't reply as they both stared blankly at the principal. Some of the students started murmuring amongst themselves. "It can't be, Kant and Tom take down a monster?. What a joke." "Must have been Ralph and the new girl.""She must have been saving her boyfriend. I heard she only hangs out with Kant."The din grew louder steadily. They could see Ralph already standing up proudly and going to the stage. "Kumiko, I can see you trying to sneak off. Come to the stage."She stopped in her tracks and faced the crowd when she realized that she had been caught. "Come on to the stage now, don't be shy" The principal urged them from the podium beckoning them over with his hands.
"Sounds nice but we have to find the other guy before he blabs to someone" Tom said. "We'll find him" Kant said with surety. "Our safety depends on it" Kumiko said in a worried tone. "Try to clean up yourself in the restroom. Your face is covered with blood. I'll clean Tom's face as much as I can. We'll join the rest of the students when they come out" Kant said, dragging Tom with him to the boys room. "Okay, later then" She said, as she walked off. He turned back to look at her for a while then opened the door to the boys room. He rummaged in his locker and brought out a small first aid kit. It was a familiar procedure for them. They often got bruises from being bullied so they took turns treating each other injuries. Kant tore off a bit of cotton wool and soaked it in methylated spirit. He dabbed at the wound just above his eye brow. Tom winced and gritted his teeth at the pain
"You heard the Principal, let's find Miss Susan,'' Kant said to Kumiko as he grabbed his backpack. He had no intention of facing another Rank c creature anytime soon. "Sure, wait up. Need to pack up my books" She said, as she saw him about to hurry to the hallway. "Be fast" He said, pacing the place restlessly and occasionally glancing at the door. They were now the only ones left in the library. Even the librarian had scampered to safety somewhere else. "You're so worked up. Be calm" She said looking up at him. "Alright. Let's go now. I'm done.""Worked up? Do you have any idea of what a Rank C creature can do in a school full of teens" He said surprised at her indifference. "Yes I do," She answered calmly. He looked around as they walked, the whole place was deserted and he jumped at the slightest sound he heard. He saw that that wasn't the case with Kumiko. She was humming a song under her b
"Tom, what do you know of Black magic." Kant asked as they walked down to school. It was a chilly morning and they were both bundled up in huge jackets. "Only that it is forbidden. Pops said you could even be stripped of your powers if you are caught practicing it. Why do you ask?" Tom said, looking at him intently. "Oh nothing, was just wondering" He hurriedly said. "You can't just say that. There's a reason you're asking" He said, looking him over in suspicion. "Whatever it is, talk. Have you tried practicing it.""Hell no. Why would I do that"He asked, wrinkling his face at the thought. "I don't know. You and your girlfriend stayed in the library all through recess and then you ran off again home without waiting for me."Kant gritted his teeth at the mention of girlfriend. He opened his mouth to defend himself but realized that there was no reasonable excuse he could come up wit
Far away in the outskirts of a place called Tehran, there was a group of people gathered at a huge temple. Their fanatic eyes and swaying bodies showed that they were religious zealots. Temple attendants in white robes flocked around and it gave the impression of a religious carnival. A tall looming figure looked at the crowd in distaste. He was dressed in black clothes and had a hood around his face to conceal his identity. His clothes and lean figure concealed a well built body. He was obviously trying to blend in with everyone else but there was something menacing in his carriage and the crowd gave him a wide berth as he brushed roughly past them without an apology. He hated everything about the city. The whiskey he had drank earlier at a bar had failed to warm him. He reasoned that nothing could get you warm in this Godforsaken city. And there was no escaping the smell, the throat-choking stew of bilge and wet stone that seemed to have soaked i