In the streets of the protected town, David, Adler, Kale, Chronos, Kohaku, Ivan, and Kenji were walking. As they walked, David took note of their surroundings. He saw how much debris was scattered, but he also noticed some people looking at them with worn out looks.
“Are those people part of a faction?” asked David. Kenji shook his head saying, “They’re extras. They refused to join any faction, but now they look like crud.”
“That’s cruel calling them that,” pointed out David, but Kenji shrugged saying, “That’s just the way they look to me.”
David shook his head in disapproval, but then looked around again and asked, “So how much longer?”
“We should be arriving at the Strong Faction soon.”
Kenji readjusted his bag on his shoulder before making a turn and pointing down the road.
“That the college campus where the Strong Faction made their base.”
They looked ahead and saw a large building surrounded by a metal wire fence. It reminded them of a prison more than a school.
Kenji walked forward, but then began to walk in a zigzag motion.
“What are you doing?” asked David.
“The Strong Faction planted bombs along this road to keep out unwanted visitors.”
Kenji nodded and then instructed them where to step to avoid the bombs. As they walked, David glanced at Kenji and asked, “If they wanted to keep out intruders then how come you know where the bombs are buried?”
“I mentioned it before, but Exodia wants me to be part of her faction and that invitation is still open to me, so she told me where the bombs were located when she tries to recruit me.”
“She’s persistent, but at least we can enter unharmed,” commented David.
Chronos suddenly did a misstep and stepped on a soft spot and heard a click. Chronos froze in place with his eyes held shut.
“I think I stepped on one.”
David frowned noticing the red blinking light near Chronos’s feet and said, “You sure did.” David made the others go ahead as he knelt near Chronos’s feet.
“Can you disarm it?” asked Chronos with his form slightly shaking. David rubbed his chin and stated, “Sorry, but usually when I ran into this kind of situation, I would wish the person luck and then run off.”
“PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE!”
Chronos was practically in tears. David sighed assuring Chronos that he would not leave him, but his knowledge when it came to bombs was limited. David was about to unbury the bomb to examine it, but he suddenly felt a firm hand on his shoulder making him glance back only to see Ivan smiling at him.
“Let me handle this.”
“Don’t you remember why I was in the detention center?”
David sighed and moved aside to let Ivan dig up the bomb. The moment the bomb was revealed, Ivan chuckled muttering, “Amateurs.” Ivan pulled out a pick from his pocket and began to probe the bomb making David and the others sweat. Ivan then smirked as he did a final bend on the pick. The bomb blinked a few times and then the red light died off followed by a click. Ivan placed the pick back in his pocket saying, “All done, you can move now.” Chronos did as told with his leg shaking and then sighed in relief when he realized that he was not blown into multiple pieces.
Chronos, David, and Ivan joined the others and continued downt he remainder of the road.
As they walked, Kenji glanced at Ivan and asked, “So how were you able to disarm the bomb?”
Ivan smirked and stated, “I made bombs as a hobby.”
Ivan nodded clearly proud of himself.
David glanced at the bewildered Kenji and stated, “Ivan actually blew up a few unoccupied buildings in Genome before getting arrested.”
“…A mass bomber?”
“I guess you can call him that,” stated David as he peeked at the proud smile on Ivan.
It had been years since Ivan last touched a bomb and getting this chance to do so made him feel like he had finally found some light in this new world. Ivan had the urge to go back to grab a bomb to tinker with, but he was suddenly grabbed by David and shoved to the ground as an array of bullets flew over them.
“What is going on now?” demanded David as he glared at Kenji. Kenji frowned saying, “Looks like the gun trap was activated, but we should be fine as long as we crawl on the ground.” With that, Kenji continued to lead the others as they crawled on the ground with bullets flying overhead.
As they got closer, they began to see the machine gun that was firing at them, but what shocked them was the belt of bullets on this gun. It seemed to go on forever.
“Seriously, where did they get all that ammo?”
“Well I heard that they had a gun smith in their faction.”
David was cursing under his breath repeatedly, but stopped his slur of curses when he saw Kohaku adjust his hat and then pull a pistol from his belt.
Kohaku closed one eye absorbing all his focus on the firing machine gun. He then took a deep breath and fired one bullet. That one bullet soared through the air as if the flying bullets didn’t even exist and then entered the barrel of the gun. Within moments the machine gun burst leaving just burning metal.
Kohaku was the first to get up as the last bullet collapsed and adjusted his hat once again before placing the pistol back into his belt with a click of his tongue.
“I’m a little rusty.”
Kenji got up with the others with a bewildered look before he faced David looking for answers.
“Kenji was into archery, but he also practiced shooting in the shooting range before he entered the Detention Center.”
“…I see…Is there anything else I need to know?”
“Not really,” David answered, but Kenji had a feeling that they were still hiding their abilities from him.
They ran the rest of the way, but the moment they reached the final gate, they saw two buff guards at the gate carrying a rifle in their arms.
“So how do we get in?” asked David. Kenji gestured them to follow and then approached the men. The men were in instant alert, but let their guard down when they saw Kenji.
“Kenji, long time no see.”
“Long time no see,” Kenji greeted back and then added, “I came here to see Exodia.”
“Did you finally decide to join?”
“Maybe,” stated Kenji with a slight chuckle and then glanced at David and the others saying, “Let them in too. I can assure you that they won’t cause any trouble.”
The men glanced at David and the others with suspicious star, but after another reassuring nod from Kenji, they stepped aside allowing the group to walk in.
As they walked pass the men, Kenji glanced at one of the men saying, “You should get the machine gun fixed and replace one of the bombs.”
The men were confused at first, until they saw the smoke in the distance and their faces grew instantly pale.
Kenji shut the gate behind them and then glanced at the group saying, “Now we just have to find Exodia and then we will be able to find Eve.” David and the others nodded trusting Kenji’s words for now.
They entered the University with determination on their faces, not knowing that things were about to get a lot more complicated.
Area 40 Facility
Staff: 89 (Dead?) 1 (Alive)
Users: 8 (Alive) 8 (Dead) 29 (Unknown)
Genome Detention Center
Staff: 90 (Dead?) 0 (Alive)
Prisoners: 5 (Alive) 50 (Dead?)
Staff: 50 (Dead) 0 (Alive)
Students: 2 (Alive) 140 (Dead)
Earth Dome Faction
Members: 70 (Alive) 0 (Dead)
Members: 71 (Alive) 0 (Dead)
About 50,000,000,000 (dead) others (Unknown)