I wake up to sunlight filtering through my window, lighting up the backs of my eyelids. I almost want to go back to sleep, or lay in my bed all day, bathing in the warm sunshine, but I know I should get up. With a sigh I push the covers off of me and sit up, opening my eyes slowly so that they can adjust to the light. I glance at the clock that reads 10:30 AM. Not too bad, I've gotten up way later before.
After taking a quick shower, I make my way to the cafeteria, hoping I'm not too late for breakfast. Ukobach is there in the kitchen, doing dishes I'm guessing are from breakfast. When he sees me I smile and he returns it.
"I was hoping I wasn't too late for breakfast," I say with a sigh.
Ukobach's eyes widen and he shakes his head, making gestures with his hands. The problem is I don't know what he's saying.
"He's saying it's fine, he can cook more."
I turn my head and see Ren sitting at my feet. I smile, glad she was able to translate for me, and turn back to Ukobach. "No, no, that's fine. I'll just grab something from town."
Ukobach makes some more gestures and Ren translates for me. "Are you sure? It wouldn't be any trouble for me."
"Yeah, I'm sure," I assure him. I begin to walk away, Ren at my heels. "Bye, Ukobach."
"He said to have a nice day," Ren says. "So, where are we going?"
"Into town to get breakfast," I reply to her. "So, have you met Kuro yet?"
I hear her sigh in my head. "Yes, he won't stop following me around."
"He lllllllikes you," I laugh. She replies with a glare, but I only laugh more.
Eventually, we make it to town and find a small restaurant that's still serving breakfast. I order for Ren and myself and we wait for our food. Our table is by a window so I stare outside as we do so. My mind wanders as I watch the people outside walk by, going about their usual business. I think about how strange everything has been lately. First, I end up in Gehenna somehow and scare the devil himself. Then, I'm taken back to Assiah, only to find myself enrolled in a school in Japan, including an exorcist school. Once enrolled, I find out that I have potential to actually become a tamer and a dragoon. Then there's the fact that I'm hearing voices in my head, growled at a demon, and had some weird vision about blue and green flames.
I'm so caught up in my thoughts that I don't even notice someone is talking to me until I feel someone poke my arm, causing me to jump. I look up and find Bon looking down at me, a plate of food in his hand.
"Oh, hi Bon," I say. "I'm surprised to see you here."
He sets down the food in front of me and rubs the back of his head. "Yeah, I work here part-time when I can."
"That's cool, I never thought an exorcist would need a job, but I guess it makes sense when I think about it."
"So, what are you doing here, don't you have Ukobach to cook for you?" he asks and takes a seat at the table.
"Yeah," I say as I take a bite, "but he was already doing dishes from breakfast and I didn't want him to have to dirty up more dishes because of me."
Bon smiles and nods at my response, standing as he does so. "Well, I better get back to work before I get yelled at. See ya later, Brie."
"Bye bye, Bon," I say with a wave.
"What's up with his hair?" Ren mind-speaks to me. I can't help but laugh loudly at her comment, earning some stares from other customers. I blush and look down at my food, rushing to finish it and get out of the crowded building.
When Ren and I are done eating our food, I pay the bill and we leave, waving at Bon as we do. I don't want to go back to the dorm yet, so I start to wander around town. I find out that there are lots and lots of shops, all selling different things. One shop I see is selling merchandise for some show. I swear I see Rin's face on one of the shirts in the window, but before I can look closer I hear a scream from down the street. Swinging my head in the direction of the scream, I see something that freezes me on the spot.
It's a huge hobgoblin, even bigger than the surrounding buildings. It's so big, I don't understand how nobody saw it before. Then I remember that only people with a temptaint can see demons, so nobody would have seen it. I can only imagine how scary that would be. I mean, seeing a demon is pretty scary, but not being able to see what's right in front of you seems scarier.
Right now, only one person, a woman, is screaming at the beast, others only look on as if she's crazy. It's only when the hobgoblin raises its huge paw and hits the woman, sending her flying against a building, that I unfreeze and run. But instead of running away, like I expect myself to do, I'm running toward the woman, toward the huge demon.
When I get to the woman I kneel next to her, hoping I can help. She has a huge gash across her stomach, leaking blood all around her. She looks terrified, her eyes staring straight ahead as she reaches her hand toward the wound. There are tears spilling from her eyes, mixing with the blood on her face. Her eyes suddenly look straight into mine, fear and pain evident in them.
"It's okay. You're going to be okay," I tell her, pushing my hands over the wound to try and stop the blood flow. I look around for help. "Someone, help! Please, I-I can't stop the blood!"
Someone rushes toward me, Bon, stripping off his shirt and giving it to me.
"What are you doing here, Bon?" I ask as I push the shirt against the woman's stomach.
"Heard a ruckus, and it didn't sound good, so I ran down here," he answers, facing the demon. He looks back at me. "Where's your familiar?"
"Right here," Ren speaks to me, appearing by my side.
Bon nods at her. "Can you hold off this thing while I speak its fatal verse?"
Ren looks at me, seemingly asking permission, and I nod. She returns the nod and instantly grows to her more intimidating size, turning toward the hobgoblin in an attack stance. Bon begins the verse and Ren defends him as the goblin attacks. I look back to the woman, leaving the demon to Ren and Bon.
Her eyes are closed and her breathing is becoming more shallow, not a good sign. I shake her and she opens her eyes, looking up at me.
"You can't go to sleep now. Please, just stay awake for a bit longer," I plead with her.
Her eyes begin to droop again. "I don't know if I can. I'm so...tired..."
"No, you have to stay awake," I beg. "Tell...Tell me about yourself. Do you have kids?"
Her eyes brighten slightly. "Yes, two of them. A boy...and a girl."
"Yeah? What are their names?"
"Haruhi and...Senji," she says with a small smile. "She's six, and he's fifteen."
"Fifteen, huh? He a handful?" I ask, desperately trying to keep the woman awake.
She gives a weak laugh. "Well...he is a teenager..."
"Where are they now?" Her eyes are starting to droop again, and I can feel her breathing begin to get shallower. "With dad?"
She's looking at the sky now, eyes distant. "Do you believe in Heaven?"
I consider it for a moment. I had been an atheist before this experience, but I suppose if there is a Satan, there must God. "I think so."
"Do you think I'll go there?" she asks.
"You're not going anywhere. You're going to live, you're going to be okay," I almost shout, tears beginning to blur my vision.
She looks me in the eyes. "Do you think they'll be okay without me?"
"You're not going to die!" I shout, holding back a sob.
She gives me a sad smile. "Yes, you're right. But can you do me a favor?" Her eyes are dimming, her breathing slow. I nod, tears beginning to spill over, leaving wet trails on my cheeks. "Tell them...tell them I love them. Please...?"
I nod and can't hold back the sob anymore. "Yes. Yes, I'll tell them."
She stares back at the sky, closing her eyes. "Thank you, that's all I want. Thank you, thank you...so much..."
And then her breathing stops, along with her heart. I sob and lay my head onto her stomach, my tears mixing into the blood. This woman, this innocent woman, is dead. All because some demon decided to kill her. She had children, two of them, a boy and a girl, Haruhi and Senji, six and fifteen. So young, and now to have their mother ripped away from them by some goblin. They would grow up without a mother, without her loving caress.
From the grief, another feeling rises within me. I lift my head and look at the still-raging battle. Ren is still protecting Bon, who is speaking at a very quick pace. The goblin continues to attack over and over, each attack more desperate than the last. It knows it's going to die, and it doesn't want that to happen. The feeling in me feels like anger, but stronger, and I can't place it.
Then I realize what it is. A feeling I've never felt before.
I stand and walk over to Bon and stand beside him. He glances at me, but continues to speak the fatal verse. As he does so, something overcomes me, and I slap my hand over Bon's mouth, silencing him. He gives me a shocked expression and I just glare. Without another word I step forward toward the battle between Ren and the goblin.
"Ren. Stop attacking. Now," I speak to her.
"Are you crazy?! I can't stop! It'll attack you and Bon!" she yells back.
"Fine then," I say as I take the magic circle from my pocket. "I'll see you later, Ren."
I rip up her paper and, with one last shocked glance from her, she disappears. Nothing stands between me and the hobgoblin now, and we stare at each other. It snarls at me and I hear its voice in my head.
"That was foolish of you, human. How are you to protect yourself now?"
"I can protect myself!" I shout. "I refuse to let you die..." It gives me a strange look, but then I finish the sentence. "...by any hand that isn't mine. That woman's death was the last straw. I am going to kill you."
Its laugh echoes through my head. "Idiotic human. You cannot beat my all by yourself. You are not strong enough."
"That's where your wrong," I say with a smirk. "I'm much more powerful than I appear." As I speak, a long bow made of pure light forms in my hands. I grip it tightly and meet the demon's eyes as I reach behind me and pull an arrow from the quiver that is now slung over my shoulder. "You are about to regret ever coming to this world, demon."
I pull the arrow back and, with a small smile, release it and send it flying toward the demon. The goblin's eyes become wide as the arrow approaches, and it tries to dodge away, but it's far too late. The arrow hits the beast, slicing into it. The light of the arrow spreads around the goblin until its entire body is a ball of light.
"Burn in Hell for the rest of your pitiful existence," I say, and the goblin explodes into a million pieces, dead.
And then everything goes black.
Woah. Intense. I actually was tearing up a bit when I was writing the woman's death. This chapter basically wrote itself so I'm glad for that. The "he lllllikes you" was a Fairy Tail reference lol. So what do you guys think? What do you think Brie really is? And what's up with the crazy light weapon? Find out in the next chapter! Review and stuff! Laters!