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Chapter 44

Posted by PURPLEYHAN STORIES on Sunday, September 27, 2015


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Bago pa ako maabutan ni Kid ay pinunasan ko ang luha ko at pinigilan ko ang panginginig ng buong katawan ko. Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala sa mga nakita ko kanina. They were there. But I’ve already made my decision.

I can’t be with those people. I chose my tribe. I chose my responsibilities as a Shinigami and as a Royal.

“Rielle.”

Napalingon ako nang marinig ko ang boses ni Kid at nakita ko siyang papalapit sa akin habang hawak niya ang lance niya. Huminga ako nang malalim at hinarap ko siya.

“Let’s go,” I said while pulling my cloak to cover my face. Naramdaman ko ang pagsunod niya sa likuran ko kaya naman nagpatuloy lang ako sa paglalakad.

Tahimik lang kaming dalawa at thankful ako dahil hindi na siya nagtanong tungkol sa mga nangyari kanina. Kid might be playful and rude sometimes but he’s not that insensitive. Hanggang sa makalayo kami ay hindi pa rin kami nag-uusap and that gave me a breathing space.

“Here.” Nagulat naman ako nung bigla akong hinatak ni Kid papunta sa kaliwang direksyon. “Dito ang papunta sa Genome Organization,” seryoso niyang sabi. Nagnod na lang ako at nagpahatak sa direksyong sinasabi niya. Hanggang sa ilang minuto ang lumipas at binuksan niya ang Black Dimension sabay sabing, “We’re here.”

Nakarating kami sa loob ng isang building at mukhang nasa hallway kami ng fourth floor. Pagsilip ko sa baba ay napakaraming employees at lahat sila ay naka-black. Parang tuloy nasa base lang kami.

“Do you know where the girl is?” tanong ko kay Kid pero umiling siya.

“Maghiwalay na lang tayo sa paghahanap,” he suggested and he opened the Black Dimension again. Before I could say something, he was already gone.

Tss. Iniwan na lang ako bigla.

Naglakad-lakad ako sa fourth floor dahil wala namang masyadong tao rito. Mostly ay nasa first and second floor sila. Nung nakakita ako ng hagdan ay agad akong umakyat at may nakita akong plan na nakadikit sa pader. Mukhang eight-storey floor ang building na ‘to at ang laboratories nila ay nasa sixth floor. Agad naman akong pumunta sa sixth floor at pagdating ko doon, mas marami ang tao kaysa sa first and second floors.

That girl is definitely here.

I roamed around the sixth floor and used the Black Dimension to navigate inside the labs. Sa unang lab na napasok ko, iba’t ibang uri ng hayop ang nakita ko at napaatras agad ako dahil sa sangsang ng amoy. Ilang ganung lugar pa ang napasukan ko at may ilang bangkay din akong nakita. Pero sa fifth attempt ko ay may naramdaman akong kakaiba.

I entered that lab and saw several scientists or researchers, whatever you call them, inside it. And lying on the top of an experiment table is a naked girl with her eyes...crystal blue eyes open.

“Hmm...another unique specimen.”

Napalingon ako sa narinig kong boses at nakita ko ang isang lalaki na nakatingin sa akin. Ni hindi ko namalayang napansin na pala niya ako dahil nakafocus lang ako sa Huntres.

All of a sudden, I feel infuriated. I dislike the other Erityian tribes but seeing a group of humdrums experimenting on them enrage the hell out of me. How dare these humans mock our race? This is one of the reasons why I hate these low-life humdrums.

I glared at him and held my cards tightly inside my cloak. He teasingly smiled at me and pressed a red button behind him. Several men in black, about thirty in number, holding guns and other weapons entered the laboratory.

“Apprehend her but don’t kill her,” utos ng lalaki.

Lalo lang akong nainis dahil sa inasal niya.
Is this guy underestimating me?

“Bring it on, weaklings,” I said and after a long time, I felt the desire to slaughter these humdrums—a very strong bloodlust.

They all lunged and aimed their weapons at me. I positioned my cards between my fingers and before they could even use their weapons, I started attacking them. I continuously slashed and repelled my cards at them and before I knew it, the room fell quiet. The white walls and floor were now covered with blood and my cloak almost turned maroon.

They are all dead. Except him.

I looked at him and gave him a cold smile. I saw him flinched and his horrified expression made me feel better.

“You’re next,” mahina kong sabi pero nag-echo pa rin ‘yun sa buong room.

“W-wag k-kang lalapit!”

“Messing with an Erityian,” sabay tingin ko doon sa experiment table, “means you chose death over a peaceful life. Maswerte ka pa nga at ako ang tatapos sa buhay mo. The Huntres tribe will torture and slowly kill you if they found out about this.”
Lumapit ako sa kanya habang tinatanggal ko ang kumapit na dugo sa isa kong card.

“W-wag...w’wag—” I slashed his head and his body fell to the floor with a loud thud.

“Shut the hell up, humdrum.”

Nakatayo lang ako sa gitna ng kwarto habang nakapaligid sa akin ang bangkay nilang lahat. It’s been a long time since I last felt this serenity after killing people. If I could just stay like this forever; if I could just forget all the things that happened, my life would be less chaotic.

What frustrates me the most are those people. I already made my resolve and chose my responsibilities rather than my desires but they keep on appearing near me. I...I don’t want to see them anymore.

“K-kill...m-me...”

Nagulat ako nung narinig ko ‘yun kaya napalingon agad ako at nakita kong nakatingin sa akin ang Huntres na nakahiga sa may experiment table...

...and she’s crying.

“P-please...”

Nung nakita ko ang expression niya ay nakaramdam ako ng awa. Maybe this girl wants to die the moment she was captured but she can’t and they would not let her.

Lumapit ako sa kanya at niready ko ang card ko. In the first place, my mission is to bring this girl’s eyes, and to do that, I need to kill her.

Nung nakita niyang hawak ko ang card ko at nakatutok sa kanya ay bigla siyang ngumiti at pumikit. It’s like she’s sleeping peacefully and I know that she’s ready to die.

‘Thank you.’

After hearing that, I raised my arm and decided to end her life. But before I could do that, the walls exploded and a sillouette of a man appeared.

“Nahanap ko rin. Kyo, they’re here!” Pagkarinig ko ng pangalang ‘yun ay kusang nagreact ang katawan ko at napaatras ako hanggang sa mapasandal ako sa experiment table. And that voice, I remember it.
Siya ang muntik nang makakita sa amin ni Hi—sa akin sa library. If I remember correctly, his name is…

“Don’t blow off every room you enter, Tora.”

Nung numipis na ang usok sa loob ng room ay nakita ko silang dalawa na naglalakad papunta sa direksyon namin. As usual, may hawak na sigarilyo si Kyo habang si Tora ay inaayos ang gloves niya. Sobrang ramdam ko ang pressure ng presence nila at kung kakalabanin ko sila ay paniguradong hindi ako tatagal. But I don’t want to run away. That Kyo already spared my life once and I don’t want to be humiliated again.

“So you already shed your skin,” sabi ni Kyo habang nakatingin sa mga katawang nakahandusay sa sahig.

“Whoa. What a scary kid,” dagdag naman ni Tora.

“Stay away from me,” sabi ko habang nakatutok sa kanila ang cards ko.

Damn. This is not good.
Nasaan na ba si Kid? Kung nandito siya, baka may pag-asa pang makaya namin sila.

“Are you referring to that brat with a lance?” biglang sabi ni Tora kaya naman tinignan ko siya nang masama.

“Nasaan siya? Nasaan si Kid?!
Anong ginawa mo sa kanya?!”

“Chill, kid. He’s fatally injured but not dead.”

“I’m going to kill you—”

Hindi ko na natapos ang sasabihin ko dahil bigla silang nawala sa harapan ko. Nagulat na lang ako nung naramdaman ko ang presence nila sa tabi ko, and before I knew it, Kyo tied a cloth to cover my eyes.

“Bitiwan mo ako!” sigaw ko dahil hawak niya ang magkabilang braso ko sa likuran ko.

“Ikaw si Minerva, ‘di ba?” rinig kong tanong ni Tora at saka ko lang narealize na baka ‘yung Huntres ang kausap niya pero wala na akong narinig mula roon sa Huntres. “Hiniling nina Ark at Glace na tulungan namin silang iligtas ka kaya h’wag kang mag-alala. You’re now in good hands.”

Magsasalita na sana ako pero bigla akong nakaramdam ng panghihina at unti-unting nawawala ang malay ko. Naramdaman ko rin ang sakit sa batok ko. What did just happen...

“Sleep, kid. You are going with us,” rinig kong sabi ni Kyo.

“N-no...”

I don’t want to go back there. Please. Anyone, save me.

Kid...

“Let her go, fucking old men.” Gusto kong sumigaw nung narinig ko ang boses ni Kid pero hindi ko siya makita dahil sa blindfold na ‘to at nanghihina na rin ako.

Please Kid, save me.

‘Don’t worry. We’ll go home together.’

After hearing those words, everything went black.


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