Chapter 27: 10,000
My tears flowed down my face slowly, burning like knives as they tracked down my cheek. Setting my heart ablaze with anger and pain, my rage built as the army inched in towards me. I just wanted them to all die for what they had done. My mind went blank as the tears reached my chin. Moments later the army readied for their attack. They stepped in close surrounding me in a circle. Twenty of them took aim, as my tears fell from my chin.
My tears fell all in one drop. It moved slowly as if time was slowing down to mourn her death with me. The instant my tears hit her body my blades were already through the men that were closing in on me. The image of me holding Annabella disappeared and it was replaced by phantom copies all with blades threw the ones surrounding me. They couldn’t believe it, they were just about to fire on me and now my blades were running through their bodies. Then, before they could do anything, the phantom faded and I lost my mind with anger.
Moving through the army laying waste to them as thousands of phantoms appeared and disappeared. Cutting the army down by the thousands every second. My phantoms grew in number as my rage grew; I began to lose myself in my anger. My heart pumped adrenaline through my veins, pushing me to move faster and put more strength into every move. I began to push the number of phantom copies I have ever made, surpassing my pervious limit the by the thousands.
My mind started to go blank as an overwhelming amount of rage flooded threw every aspect of my mind, overflowing from my mind into my very soul. I screamed out in anger, and sorrow, my very soul raging against all that was. I could no longer hold myself together and I lost all control of who I was, I became more animal than anything else, my rage rushed out of my heat and into my blood. It boiled hotter as my eyes blurred with tears. Then I attacked with every bit of strength I had, attacking everything I saw in my path.
Within minutes the army was gone, all that was left was a field filled with bloody bodies. I stood still filled with rage and anger, not knowing what next to do, I had no one left to kill, but I was still filled with anger. I fell to my knees and cried out in pain, weeping my very heart out. I was alone again and I didn’t want to be alone again the pain was too much for me. *Click!* I heard something behind me, then a footstep. My mind blanked out again, it was time to destroy again.
I moved appearing in front of a tall man, my knives were reflected away from him without me even noticing. I looked down his hands had moved perfectly to let him block me with almost no effort. I swung again bringing my blades around, heading straight for his head. There was no way he could dodge my attack, no one could.
I stumbled into him a bit my blades only cutting his hair. “Clam down Daniel my…” I stopped him, I moved both my arms right to his stomach and heart. I moved with all my force and speed even though he tried to block it my knives went straight into him. Ripping through his body and out his back. I held him up in the air with his feet almost a foot off the ground, he struggled for a few moments then his body just went motionless.
I dropped him and stepped back slowly, I looked at what I had just done. From the army that was laying all around me down to the person laying on the ground with my blades sticking out of his chest. I fell to my knees, and screamed out. “Oh can you stop being so loud, I’m already in pain I don’t need my head hurting too you know.” A voice came from in front of me. I looked up and he was standing in front of me, with both my blades still sticking out of him.
He grabbed both of them and quickly pulled them from his body. As they left his body, the blood on them was pulled back into the wounds just before they closed. Then his clothes repaired itself as he leaned forward to me. “Please relax I’m not one of these guys, I didn’t have anything to do with the death of your beloved. I truly feel for you so please don’t do that again, it hurts you know.” He said then handed my blades back to me.
I took them and then vanished appearing behind him with my blades to his neck. “Who are you, what are you, and how do you know my name?” I asked, pulling my blade just to touch his neck. My questions were met by laughter as he stepped forward. My blade went through his neck as if it were air; he then turned to me with a smile and not a mark on his neck. “Your funny Danny boy, I know everything about you, your minds like an open book to me. My name is Will or William, which ever you want to call me they are both my names. And those silly little things, though they are very sharp they can’t kill me.” He said pointing to my blades, and then walked around me. “It also looks as if you are like me in a way, seems as though you will never know death yourself too.” He continued to say.
I looked at him, shocked but still very angry, and filled with so much pain because of what had just happened. “That’s great for you now remove yourself from my path I have something to do.” I said to him as I pushed him out of the way. “You know destroying the city won’t fix what happened. It was only the work of a few that did this to you. Why not just punish them in a way that would be worse than death. After all, we are both men of unusual power and we know that they are things worse than death.” He said with an evil tone, as if he enjoyed the suffering of others.
For a moment, I was beginning to create a plan to destroy them. Then a voice in my head spoke as though it was the voice of someone else. “Is this what you spent all those years searching for?” I looked around at Will, he was just smiling as if he knew what the voice in my head was saying. Then he spoke shocking a little sense into me. “Well, tell me is this what you searched all these years for. Is this what you wanted to become a destroyer or a saver, cause from where I stand you are a destroyer that makes even me the man who caused the destruction of his own race look like a man of peace.” His words calmed and shocked me at the same time. What was going on?
“You humans are all the same no matter what planet you’re from.” He said as he walked away from me. I watched him then I turned to the city, I just couldn’t let them go to keep doing what they were but I couldn’t Kill them all it wouldn’t be right, and I would become a monster if I did that.
With my anger raging over in my mind, I moved. I appeared under the city and then vanished. I flew up the main engines vent slashing my blades threw everything as I went up. Then, as I fell I aimed my blades straight down and cut right through the turbine. I hit the ground and the turbine exploded above me, and the city started to come down. The open valley that I was in was close by, close enough for the city to just reach as it hit the ground.
I was to protect this great city from what might destroy it even if what I protected it from was itself. I vanished and appeared at one of the four outer engines, in a flash I sent my blades threw it hundreds of times and it fell to pieces. I reaped this on all four main engines, then I sat looking at the final one as the pieces burnt. “I hope they learn their lesson by the time they get it all fixed.” I thought to myself looking into the flames
“See that wasn’t too hard and no one got hurt.” Wills voice came from behind me, I didn’t even see or hear him walk up to me, but there he was with a smile on his face. “Yeah, I might have made their lives a little bit harder over the next few months while they replace the broken engines, but in the long run I really haven’t done anything, they will just rebuild and remake the drug, then it will all start over again.” I said to him as I gazed off into the skies wondering if I made the right choice.
“Don’t worry yourself so much, how about we be friends after all we will be alive for a very long time might as well have someone to talk to once in a while right. And I think you could use a hand in making up for the amount of lives you took here today. Maybe you could use some help finding a way to keep these things from happening again.” He said to me as he walked around the burning engines, picking at parts of it. I looked over at him thinking, he must not be all there. However, if he could find a way to fix it so, the people in this city couldn’t hurt anyone again, without hurting anyone in the city; I would consider being his friend. I thought to myself watching him fiddle with the parts he was poking at.
“Well, say no more I know just what to do.” He said as if he was right there in my head, listening to my thoughts. Then, as I was about to speak, he walked away from me. “What is wrong with this guy?” I said to myself as he walked up to the edge of the city and placed his hand on the broken engine, closing his eyes and just standing still as if waiting for something. “Hey come now there is nothing wrong with me and I’m doing what you wanted, a way of stopping them without killing them.” A voice in my head spoke to me sounding just like Will but it couldn’t be he was too far away for me to hear.
“Man humans are not as smart as I thought, you know for someone that’s over 200 years old you sure are dumb. You can hear me, because I am here in your mind you fool. For a person that can’t die no matter what it should be easy for you to believe that a person like me is real.” The voice said again in my head. I looked over at him and wondered if he could read minds.
What’s he doing over there and how is this going to stop anything. “Ah, but you see only with your eyes, you see not only can I see into your mind and the minds of others but I can see into machines as well. However, there is a bit of a difference with machines I can control what they do. In this case, I can cause them to destroy themselves, preventing any of the systems in this city from working again. By doing this they will have to rebuild everything in the entire city from the ground up.” His voice continued in my head, then something else I didn’t expect came into my mind. A strange sight and feeling at the same time, of the people in the city. I could see and feel how they did things and I could see that with all the technology in the city destroyed, they would never be able to rebuild it, and would have to become a normal village. This meant the end of their technological control of others. I smiled this meant that I would have justice and at the same time, I would not be harming them, but protecting them from themselves.
Will walked up to me and smiled. “I have a question for you and your answer to it is very important.” He said to me with a smile I just nodded and waited for him to ask. “Well, I have seen what you have done here; your power is amazing beyond anything I have ever seen. So are you going to be a destroyer and destroy all that gets in your way, is that the reason for your power?” He asked me, which left me a bit shocked, I didn’t think someone would ask a question like that after what I had just done. “Well, I know what I did, but I was born to protect others, I have gained all these skills to do just that, but now I no longer have a reason to do it.” I said to him with pain in my voice.
“Daniel, is strong and powerful and your name will go down in history as the most destructive person who ever lived, but is that what you want.” He said to me. I looked at him and wondered, did I want to be known for destruction, or did I want to be a savior. “No, I want to be a person that saves others.” I said to him. He smiled at me and then closed his eyes. “You can no longer go by the name Daniel, that is human I think it is best that you go by something else. Something powerful, something that brings hope and something that will ring through the ages. Well, you can pick a name in a while, for now I have something for you to help you decide. Close your eyes and open your mind.” He said to me, confusing me a bit. His words were somewhat random there was no real logic behind them.
As I was thinking about what he said, I felt a strange feeling of love. Overwhelming my mind and pushing out all of the anger and pain. I opened my eyes and looked at him, he just smiled. I didn’t understand what this feeling was then I felt something very familiar. “Aw, come on, don’t you get it by now I’m giving you the greatest gift, the last thoughts and feelings of the one you loved so much.” He said closing his eyes as his face got more serious, what I felt at that point was beyond words.
My mind was lost I couldn’t tell how much time was passing all I could feel was Annabella’s love engulfing me completely. Then I heard her voice, it was faint at first and wasn’t speaking words, but I understood what she was saying somehow. She was happy, so happy that she got to spend the last two years together peacefully. I had saved her from the life that was destroying who she was and I gave her a life that was filled with joy. I smiled and fell to my knees weeping with joy.
Will opened his eyes and spoke. “She loved you to the very end and didn’t blame you for anything, and I have something to tell you, that she wanted you to know that you might not have been able to understand. She wanted to tell you that you gave her so many reasons to be happy and she wanted to do the same for you.” I looked up at him smiling.
“What did you mean by I need a name that carried my power with it.” I asked. “Pick a name that will carry your power with you and not just anger.” He replied. “But I have none that I can think of I just want to leave this place and be done with it all.” I said back to him. It was silent for a while, then he smiled as if he figured out something. He walked over to Annabella’s body and I turn to see what he was doing. He leaned over her and as he moved her coat to the side, I drew my blades and attacked him. Running them right through him. “Get away from her you don’t have the right to touch her!!” I yelled at him, he just grabbed onto something she had with her as I lifted him with my blades and threw him across the field.
He hit the ground and I appeared above him as he landed, my blades headed straight for his neck. He held up a piece of paper in his hand to defend himself. “Wait, she was going to give this to you after the fight.” I stopped right as my blades were going to go through the paper. I held one blade to his neck as I took the paper from him. It had one line on it.
“You gave me Ten Thousand reasons to love you when I only needed one.”
I put away my blades and reached down to help Will back up. “I think I know what name I’m going to use now.” I said to him as he dusted himself off. He just smiled “Well then my new friend shall we give her the Burial she deserves.” He said to me walking back to her body.
We stood at her grave looking at the tombstone I had made for her. “My first love, the one that taught me the meaning of the word love and showed me what was worth fighting for, I will miss you for the rest of time, and I will honor you by saving all those who need to be saved.” I said then turned to Will, looked at him for a second then just walked away. “Hey, wait up, where are you going?” Will said as he walked behind me. I looked back at him. “People need saving out there and I’m going to go save them.” I said as I walked and he followed me.
He walked behind me quietly for a few minutes. I looked back as I walked, wondering what he was doing following me. I was going to ask what he was doing behind me then he spoke. “I’m coming with you, of course, after all, you can’t save the world alone Daniel, or should I say Ten Thousand.” I smiled a bit and glanced back at him, then I replied to him. “Will and Ten Thousand the Cursed Heroes saving the universe, Hmm, I do like the sound of that.”
Thank you for reading, However the adventurers never stop for the next much more wild adventure check out The Adventures Of Crazy And Lazy or Maybe you would like something more romantic. We have that to so give It Wasn’t Fate a read see if it gives you a fancy.
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