The Darkness Within

The Arrival - Act I

"Man is nothing else but what which he makes of himself."

- Jean-Paul Satre


I could still see.

I was stumped; my eyes were covered by bandages, which should block my view. And yet I could see. I could see clear as day.

I began to move my head closer to the mirror, to maybe clue myself into what the hell was wrong with me.

But I didn't see anything. I just saw the bandages, my hair, and those wretched horns that kept on reminding me of what I was. A freak. A monster of some sort.

And that thought almost scared me to death. The very idea that I was something so inhuman that I was decried as a monster, as something that children would check under their bed for.

Were these bandages even real? I felt the soft fabric in my hands, but why could I see through them? It didn't make sense. It just... it didn't make any sense!

After a short while, when I had regained what was left of my sense, I walked out of the room. This time, my legs didn't begin to hurt like all hell, and so I decided to walk. The white hospital gown I wore was extremely thin, so it basically felt like I was naked. But luckily, the atmosphere was reasonably hot, so I wasn't freezing too much, but I was still rather cold.

My bare feet felt like they became harder and harder as I walked across the cold, hard concrete, and soon, I was in another room. Just like the first room, this room was massive. Perhaps even bigger than the other room.

To my left, was a door leading into another room, with letters on the door saying 'Duel Gear Storage'.

I slowly walked over to the door and tried to open it. It was locked. Out of frustration, I pulled hard on the doorknob, and what happened right after shocked me.

I tore the door off its hinges, and the door crashed behind me making a loud "KRASH". I was taken completely aback. How could I be this strong? How? I tore it off like it was made of cardboard!

No time to reflect on that, I thought. Right now, I wanted to find out what was behind that doorway.

I walked in, and gave a look around. I saw shelves, and on each one laid that piece of white elegant engineering. I recognized what it was. Duel Disks. They were all a brilliant white color, but one caught my eye.

This one was shaped differently. This one was shaped almost like a blade, and it was colored a mix of black and red. I slowly lifted it off the shelf. I didn't know why, but I liked it. It felt like it spoke to me.

And in a way, it did. For as I put it over my left arm, straps sprouted out from below the piece of machinery and wrapped around my arm. And as it fastened itself around my arm, it said a confirming *beep*, before the playing field itself shifted towards the Life Point display, and fastened.

Then, it quipped: "User recognized; Alkain, Jay."

Jay…Alkain? That's my name? This Duel Disk was apparently mine. Heck, it even knew my name. And there even was a Deck in it. Why didn't I notice it before?

But heck, I'd seen weird things before. I had horns, I could see through my bandages, and I tore a door off its hinges and threw it away like it was made of paper. So right then, I didn't really care.

As I stepped out of the storage, I got a good look at the room. In the middle of the room, was what looked like a Dueling stage.

It was battered and scraped. But most of the scraped and scratches were clean. So they weren't new. What was this place?

I decided to leave as quickly as possible. I probably wouldn't stand a moment longer in this place. So, I found another door, but this time, I simply opened it.

On the other side, was something that sort of looked like a… an indoor courtyard. Yeah, it was a little hard to describe. It was a big, open concrete room, with cells lining the walls.

As I began looking around, I began to hear voices. One, no two, maybe three voices were chatting not far away. I could hear their steps. They were laughing. My eye twitched involuntarily, as instinct kicked in and I immediately turned my head, looking for a hiding space.

I quickly tried to find somewhere to hide from the incoming people. No doubt I would terrify them. I quickly found a desk with a computer that I dove under, just in time to see the doors in the other end of the courtyard open.

In walked three men, who looked to be about 25 or so. They were laughing and spitting all over the place. But I couldn't help but notice, that one of them was carrying a Duel Disk.

The moment I saw that familiar machine my instinct to hide was replaced with an instinct to fight. Now I felt memories about tactics, about methods, cards flooding my mind. Instinct made me stand up to fight.

"Hey! What are you doing here?" I exclaimed in order to get the attention of the three. They quickly turned around to meet my gaze. They were all three rather muscular, and they looked like they could tear my head off with one hand, and weren't afraid to do it.

"Well, well, well." The biggest one said, who was also the one with the Duel Disk. "Looks like the circus is in town!" The three roared with laughter.

"I-I challenge you to a Duel!" I stuttered, as I raised my Duel Disk. I didn't activate it just yet, I would wait for his response. His response was a loud, roaring laughter.

"Are-are you being serious? Are you challenging me? The great Sam Stone?" He roared with laughter again, as he pulled out his Duel Disk.

"Yes. Yes I am." I responded.

"Well, it seems that today just got a whole lot better! Not only to we get to loot an entire facility for stuff to sell, but I also get to crush some little brat!" He and his two thugs laughed again. "Bring it, freak!" He said as he activated his Duel Disk. I activated mine in response.

We both stared each other right in the eyes as we slowly drew our hands. He was itching to wipe the floor with me, I could tell. Hopefully, I could use this brashness of his to my advantage.

"Duel!"

Sam: 4000 Jay: 4000

"I'll begin!" Sam declared, as he drew his card. "I'll summon X-Saber Anu Piranha, in Attack Position!"

X-Saber Anu Piranha Lv: 4 Warrior/Normal ATK: 1800 DEF 1100 (ATK)

An elegant warrior woman leaped out from the ground, and drew her long sword, that was long and curled like a fish. She and her 1800 attack points were literally staring me down.

"Then, I end my turn!" Sam declared, passing the turn to me.

I drew my card in silence. I had drawn Nova Geomancer. It felt familiar... like I had seen it before. I knew how to use it. "I Summon Nova Geomancer in Attack Position!"

Nova Geomancer Lv: 4 Spellcaster/Effect ATK: 1800 DEF: 600 (ATK)

Forth to my side of the field came a young boy. He was wearing a big, flowing red cloak, and when he stretched out his hands from underneath the cloak, two red orbs of energy formed in his hands.

"Nova Geomancer's effect activates! All 'Nova' monsters I control gain 200 Attack Points for each face-up 'Nova' monster I control! Since I control one, Geomancer's Attack Points increase!"

Geomancer (ATK): 1800 - 2000

"Nova Geomancer attacks! Go, Red Landslide!" I called out, and Geomancer threw his orbs into the ground, and a crevice opened up underneath Piranha, and the swordswoman fell to her doom.

Sam: 4000 - 3800

"Then I Set a card face-down, and end my turn," I declared, as an oversized face-down card materialized in front of me, and two orbs appeared once again in Geomancer's hands.

"It's my turn! Draw!" Sam declared, and drew his card. "I Summon XX-Saber Boggart Knight!"

XX-Saber Boggart Knight Lv: 4 Beast-Warrior/Effect ATK: 1900 DEF: 1000 (ATK)

Boggart Knight was a stout, red-caped warrior claid head to toe in metallic shining armor. He wasn't even wielding a blade, rather his armor had ferocious claws.

"And Boggart Knight allows me to Special Summon a Level 4 or lower X-Saber monster from my hand! And I'm picking X-Saber Galahad!"

X-Saber Galahad Lv: 4 Warrior/Effect ATK: 1800 DEF: 800 (ATK)

Galahad was a strange frog-like creature wielding a sort of spear, wearing golden armor.

"Battle Phase! Galahad attacks Geomancer!" Sam declared as Galahad brandished its spear and charged at the robed magician. "When Galahad attacks, its Attack Points increase by 300!" Sam declared, as Galahad began to glow blue.

X-Saber Galahad (ATK): 1800 - 2100

"Slay him, Galahad! Charge!" Sam yelled, very into it as the hologram charged forwards and impaled my Geomancer, destroying it.

Jay: 4000 - 3900

"And now, Boggart Knight attacks directly!" Sam yelled eagerly as his monster charged forward. I, however, was ready for him. "Trap Card, Defense Draw!" I declared, as my face-down card flipped face-up, revealing itself.

"This card reduces all damage I would take to zero, and let me draw a card!" I declared as a golden barrier phased in around me, blocking Boggart's claws, and I swiped out the card for me to draw.

The card I drew was Nova Empowering Spirit. A Tuner monster. Synchro Summoning... knowledge of the usage of Tuner monsters flashed before my eyes in an instant.

"It's my move, correct?" I said, and Sam growled in frustration. "I'll take that as a yes. Draw!" I declared, swiping the new card into my hand in a dramatic fashion.

"Since you control a monster and I do not, I can Special Summon Nova Destroyer from my hand!" I declared, and when I placed the card onto my Duel Disk, a massive warrior wearing thick crimson armor, and wielding a massive blade came forth beside me.

Nova Destroyer Lv: 6 Warrior/Effect ATK: 2200 DEF: 600 (ATK)

"And then, I Normal Summon the Tuner monster Nova Empowering Spirit!" I declared, and beside the massive hulking figure of Destroyer came a small spirit of crimson light with a mischievous grin.

Nova Empowering Spirit Lv: 2 Fairy/Tuner ATK: 600 DEF: 300 (ATK)

"A Tuner monster?!" Sam's flunkies exclaimed, clearly caught off-guard. A gleeful smile grazed my lips.

"Now, I tune my Level 6 Nova Destroyer with my Level 2 Nova Empowering Spirit!" I declared, as the mischievous spirit laughed, before being enveloped in red energy. The red energy then split into two spheres, that began to rotate faster and faster until they became two rings.

Then, Nova Destroyer folded out what appeared to be frame-like wings from the back of his armor, and jumped into the rings. The soft light shone through his figure, until he became completely see-through, and one could see six blinking stars inside. Then, out of nowhere, a bolt of red light shone through the rings, and quickly grew to massive size.

A terrible wind began to howl throughout the room, sending chairs, tables and rubble flying. "Synchro Summon!" I declared, and the light faded to reveal what monster had appeared from the light.

First one saw a long tail, ending in blades not dissimilar to a battleaxe. Then came a pair of scaled arms, though humanoid in appearance, and with vicious claws for fingers. Then scaled legs, also humanoid in shape, and then multiple pairs of wings out from the light, all dragon-like. And finally a horned head that could scare any child witless.

I recognized this monster. I felt a bond with it. It was me, and I was it. It was called Supernova Dragon.

Supernova Dragon Lv: 8 Dragon/Synchro ATK: 3000 DEF: 2100 (ATK)

I felt great. I felt empowered, full, I felt alive! I felt energy coursing through me! Wings of red energy had grown from my back, and I could see a thick red aura surrounding my body.

I licked my lips in glee. "When Nova Empowering Spirit is used to Synchro Summon a monster, that monster gains 1000 Attack Points!" I let out a short laugh as I saw the fallen form of Sam and his flunkies, having been knocked over by the wind and looking at me in fear.

Supernova Dragon (ATK) 3000 - 4000

"When Supernova Dragon destroys a monster in battle, you recieve damage equal to the destroyed monster's Attack or Defense Points. And since all your monsters are in attack mode and Supernova Dragon's Attack Points are 4000, that means 4000 damage to you," I said with a smug smile.

"No... no! Please!" Sam begged, terrified for his life. "Talk to the hand! Supernova Dragon! Attack!" I roared, and my dragon let loose a massive burst of fire that enveloped Sam's monster and sent him and his flunkies screaming through the air.

Sam: 3800 - 0

Then the Duel was over. My high began to fade, and I began to feel cold. The thin hospital gown I was wearing was not enough in any way to keep me warm, so I scurried over to the fallen forms of Sam and his people and pulled some clothing off of them. They were dead, bodies broken when they hit the wall.

After having quickly put the clothes on; I noticed why I felt so cold; my attack had blown the room open. As sirens began to approach, my eye began to twitch and the glee for destruction came back.

And my laughter echoed through the chambers.

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