Chapter 21: An Unexpected Attack

After the meeting with the Faction Leaders, Eve heaved out a sigh of relief saying, “That was nerve wracking.” The others nodded in agreement.

“I really do not like that Abeera girl,” whimpered Kale. Eve glanced at Kale saying, “I heard that Abeera loves to whip strong men, so I guess she took a liking to you.”

“So she was like that in your facility?” asked Kale. Eve and Chronos nodded making Kale whimper.

Adler crossed his arms and stated, “Well I didn’t like that Askook guy. He was really creepy.” Chronos nodded again and stated, “Back in the facility, he would always force me to look at the professors and then he would poison the ones he didn’t like. If I have to say, I would call him a sadist, maybe even worse than Abeera.”

Eve tilted her head in concern saying, “I never knew Askook did that and the fact that he is the leader of zombie sympathizers makes me worried.” All of them nodded.

Kohaku adjusted his hat and then stated, “I don’t know about you guys, but I have a bad feeling about Exodia…and of Theo.”

“Why Theo? He seems normal compared to the other three leaders,” stated Ivan.

“It’s hard to say,” stated Kohaku, adjusting his hat again and then walking ahead of the group saying, “I’m going to catch some sleep before tomorrow hits. I suggest you guys do the same.”

“At least tell us where you are going!” demanded David. Kohaku stopped in his tracks and glanced back saying, “I’ll be sleeping near the exit. I want a way out in case something happens.” Kohaku then walked off and turned a corner out of sight.

David sighed and glanced at the others saying, “Kohaku is being a jerk, but he does have a point. Make sure to sleep near an exit in case anything happens.” They all nodded and began to go their separate ways with Ivan being the first out of sight, but Adler and David both grabbed Eve’s hands and tried to pull her in opposite directions, only to realize that Eve was being held by the other.

“Eve needs someone strong to watch over her this night, so let go, Adler.”

“No way, David! I am just as strong as you, so I can watch over her properly.”

Before Eve knew it, she was in the middle of a tug of war with her as the rope. Eve cringed at the pressure of her arms and then stated, “I can just sleep in Tanpopo’s room.”

“Her room is nowhere near an exit, so stay with me!” Adler and David yelled at the same time making Eve give out a whimper.

Eve was suddenly yanked from the two boys and held to the strong chest of kale, who was glaring at David and Adler, who stared back with wide eyes.

“You two shouldn’t be so rough with Eve,” scolded Kale. Chronos nodded in agreement, while David and Adler showed guilty expressions. Kale looked at Eve and asked, “So who do you want to stay with?” Eve glanced at David and Adler and then at Kale asking, “Can I just stay with you?” Kale nodded and looked at the shocked expressions of David and Adler saying, “She will stay with me.”

David groaned and nodded, while Adler began to sulk. Kale nodded back and then looked at Eve asking, “Shall we go?” Eve nodded, but then paused and looked at Chronos asking, “Do you want to sleep with us?” Chronos nodded and took hold of Eve’s wrist.

The three of them began to leave with David and Adler watching. When they were out of sight, David and Adler glared at each other.

“I don’t get you, Adler. You know Eve would be safer with me, so why did you interfere?”

“What’s wrong with me wanting to protect Eve?”

“Knowing you, Eve would most likely be protecting you.”

“Don’t insult me!”

They glared at each other and then turned away from each other marching away in silence.

Meanwhile, Eve, Chronos, and Kale were walking through the open field of the Earth Dome as the sky revealed the shining stars above. Kale looked around and then spotted an opened tunnel and stated, “Those usually have emergency exits, so we can sleep there.” Chronos and Eve nodded.

Kale walked forward, but stopped momentarily when he felt Eve’s delicate hand grabbing his sleeve. He looked at her and saw the blush on her cheeks.

“Is something wrong, Eve?”

Eve nodded and held the blanket up saying, “I need to get pants and a pad.” Kale looked down at the blanket around Eve’s waist and noticed the blood trickling down her leg. Kale blushed and looked away saying, “We’ll locate Kenji before sleeping.”  Eve nodded with a small whimper, while Chronos rubbed her back in comfort.

Kale looked around the Dome trying to figure out where Kenji would go and then noticed a man walking near the tunnel. He began to approach the man asking, “Excuse me, do you know where Kenji is?” Kale got closer to the man, but he suddenly felt a chill and stepped back.

Eve glanced at Kale asking, “What’s wrong?” Kale held the flat of his hand to Eve and Chronos as he used his other hand to draw a butterfly knife from his pocket. He flipped the knife open glaring at the man.

“Hey, tell me: Are you part of this faction?”

The man suddenly smirked as he stepped away from the tunnel revealing the whip scars on his face.

“I came to do a pick up,” stated the man and ran at Kale. Kale immediately kicked the man away and then grabbed Eve and Chronos under his arms. He took off down the field in an incredible speed.

Kale only managed to reach the center of the field before a whip wrapped around his ankle making him fall to the ground with a grunt. Eve and Chronos rolled out of his arms cringing.

Eve glanced toward the man with the whip scars and saw none other than Abeera standing next to him with a sadistic grin on her face. Eve stood up quickly yelling, “What is this? Why are you attacking us?”

Abeera cackled saying, “I know of our agreement between us factions, but I just couldn’t resist new prey right in front of me and I need new followers since some keeled over the day before after our…session.” Abeera licked her lips and yanked her whip trying to yank Kale toward her, but Kale gripped the grassy ground as Eve held his body in desperation.

“Stop this!” yelled Eve. Abeera just chuckled and the next thing Eve knew, she heard Chronos gasp. She looked back at him and saw that Askook was holding Chronos with a glowing hand dangerously close to Chronos’s neck.

“Chronos!” exclaimed Eve with panic in her eyes. Askook smirked and stated, “Sorry to say, but Abeera and I have a temporary truce, so we are working together for this. She gets that Kale boy and I get Chronos. You are not involved, so move along.”

Askook’s hand got closer to Chronos’s neck making Chronos give out a whimper.

Eve clenched her fists and then glared at Abeera. Eve held out her right hand as a light began to take shape in her hand making Abeera and Askook’s eyes widen. Eve clenched the light revealing a katana with a fine polished blade and a black handle. She chopped the whip around Kale’s legs and then swung the blade toward Askook’s face making him stumble back and release Chronos.

Chronos grabbed hold of Eve whimpering, while Kale kicked the remnants of the whip off his legs glaring at Abeera.

Abeera stared at her damaged whip and then glanced at Eve with wide eyes.

“So you’re a User too?”

Eve nodded gripping the Katana in front of her in a defense position.

Askook also stared at Eve and smirked, saying, “Well played. I didn’t expect that there would be two Users in the group.” Askook chuckled and began to walk toward the tunnel saying, “I’ll withdraw.”

Abeera sneered saying, “I’ll withdraw too.” Abeera wrapped the remains of her whip around the scarred man’s neck and then led him off like a dog.

When the two were gone, Kale sighed in relief saying, “Thank God, you were here Eve.” Eve nodded as the katana vanished from her hand.

“We’re safe for now, but now I am really worried, if they can get in this easily.”

Chronos and Kale nodded. Kale stood up and grabbed Eve’s hand saying, “We have to report this.” Eve nodded and began to follow Kale back into the halls of Dome with Chronos behind her.

Unknown to any of them, Exodia was watching from the bleachers with a smirk.

“That girl is pretty strong,” muttered Exodia and then licked her lips.

“I want her so bad.”

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)

Earth Dome Faction

Members: 70 (Alive) 0 (Dead)

World

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

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