Chapter 15: Strong Faction

The bus roared down the road jumping each time it ran through a pit hole. As the bus rolled down the road, Eve glanced outside the window, noting that the town they were in had a bit more destruction compared to the first town she entered. It was as if the town had gone through an era of war and it wouldn’t really surprise her considering that she was practically in the apocalypse.

At passing one final pit hole, Eve began to see people walking along the roads with carts and bags over their shoulders. Some of the people were wearing white robes like they were monks or priests. Eve also noticed that there were few children and elderly. From Eve could guess it as the faction that believed that the weak should be eliminated that was responsible for the few children and elderly.

Eve cringed when she also noticed that some of the people had needles sticking from their arms and cuts on their cheeks. They looked self-inflicted form her point of view.

From what Eve could see, she could already see two factions in play in the streets of this town. Eve felt a hand on her shoulder and glanced back at David, who smiled at her and whispered, “You’ll be fine.” Eve nodded leaning her head against David’s shoulder. David in turn held her close.

They drove through the road and Eve began to notice that the people were staring at the bus with hate in their eyes. The next thing Eve knew, a rock flew at her window making her gasp in surprise and hold onto David tighter. David glared at the people, who glared back at him.

“I guess they really don’t want us here.”

They all nodded in agreement, but Kenji suddenly hit the brakes making them lean forward in their seats.

“Why are you stopping?” asked David as he got up from his seat. Kenji pointed forward with seriousness in his eyes.

They all looked forward and saw that a row of people in white robes blocked their path. Kenji unbuckled his seat belt and looked at the others with seriousness in his eyes.

“Stay in here, while I sort this out.”

They nodded and watched as Kenji exited the bus. Kenji made sure to instruct Tanpopo to keep the door shut as he left the bus. Tanpopo shut the door and held the handle of the door tightly refusing to let go.

Adler leaned toward Tanpopo and asked, “Is your friend going to be OK?” Tanpopo nodded and added, “He’s pretty strong, even though he is not a User.”

Kenji approached the people, who held different weapons in their hand. He then stood before them with crossed arms.

“So why are you blocking the path?”

One of the robed people stepped forward with a glare.

“We heard that you brought more survivors.”

“News travel fast…especially when you have a spy at the entrance,” stated Kenji.

“So you noticed?”

“Of course.”

“And yet you still spoke with the strangers and had them even brought here. Are you so foolish to starve us all by bringing more mouths to feed?”

Kenji scoffed stating, “Like you guys even share your food. Theo wants more survivors to survive this ordeal, so step aside or I will run you down.”

“Such a threat. How about this? Leave one of those survivors with us and we may let you pass.”

“So you want to take in a survivor, that’s a surprise?”

“We never said we would let that survivor live, though he may survive if he is strong like us.”

Kenji frowned saying, “No deal.”

“Then…”

Before the man from the other faction could reply, Kenji swung his fist into the man’s jaw and sent him flying into a wall of a broken building. The other members of the enemy faction looked at their fallen comrade and then back at Kenji, who crunched his knuckles as he glared at the group.

“So how about letting me pass?”

The members looked to one another with uneasiness in their faces.

“Kenji, Kenji, such violence,” stated a feminine voice and then added, “You really should join my faction.”

Kenji glared up and saw a woman maybe around her twenties. She wore a white skirt with a slit that revealed her smooth thighs and a white tank top that revealed the size of her bust. Her hair was long and blonde like the Goddess Aphrodite, in fact she was like a Goddess from a myth with her unparalleled beauty. She sat on the edge of the broken building and then raised her arms as the metal poles began to rise and began to create a stairway in front of her in front of Keiji.

The woman walked down the made steps not tearing her eyes from Kenji.

Kenji glared at her and stated, “So you were here too, Exodia?” The woman, Exodia, chuckled and then stepped in front of Kenji placing her index finger under his chin.

“Are you not happy to see me?”

“Who would be?” stated Kenji with a scoff. Exodia chuckled and then looked at her members and then back at the bus.

“Do you really need to save so many of those weaklings?”

“It’s Theo’s orders and don’t call them weak. They did manage to live in a desert on their own.”

“My, so you see them as strong. I would love to test that for myself.”

Exodia clenched her fists and Kenji suddenly heard Tanpopo scream. Kenji’s eyes widened and saw that the door of the bus was being forced open. Kenji glared at Exodia saying, “Leave them be.” Exodia just smirked clenching her fists tighter.

The door of the bus was suddenly slammed shut making Kenji and Exodia’s eyes widen in confusion. Kenji looked the bus of the window and saw David raising a thumbs-up with Kale holding the handle of the door with Tanpopo and Eve.

Kenji smirked saying, “See they are strong to stand against your power.” Exodia frowned and then smirked flicking a stand of hair behind her ear.

“All right, I will let them off this time, but you know that as newcomers they have to see ALL of us before they can settle down.”

Kenji nodded. Exodia chuckled and then urged her people to follow as she walked off.

Kenji sighed in relief and then walked back into the bus. He smiled at the group saying, “Glad you guys have muscle.”

Eve glanced in the direction Exodia went and asked, “Was she the User?”

“That’s right. That’s Exodia, part of the strong faction and their leader.”

Tanpopo puffed her cheeks and stated, “I hate that woman.” Kenji nodded in agreement.

Kenji looked at them seriously and stated, “I forgot to mention this: you guys will have to meet the other factions this night since you are new.”

“Are you serious?”

“That’s the agreement to prevent faction battles between us, but like I said, just choose our faction for now and you guys can leave in a week.”

David nodded and then headed back to his chair with Eve. Kenji went back to the bus seat and began to drive again.

As they were driven, Eve remembered the wicked smile of Exodia as she looked at Kenji.

Exodia, User number 15, metal manipulator. She was known as one of the most dangerous Users…she even killed a professor.

Eve slightly shook hoping that Exodia wouldn’t hurt any of her companions.

Area 40 Facility

Staff: 90 (Dead) 0 (Alive)

Users: 8 (Alive) 8 (Dead) 29 (Unknown)

Genome Detention Center

Staff: 90 (Dead?) 0 (Alive)

Prisoners: 5 (Alive) 50 (Dead?)

School

Staff: 50 (Dead) 0 (Alive)

Students: 2 (Alive) 140 (Dead)

World

About 50,000,000,000 (dead) others (Unknown)

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