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Guardian Aelita's Characters part 1

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a character in “World 386”, as played by Guardian Aelita

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"Grr... Grr I say!! Why can't this fit in one part exactly? Huh? Oh, hey there! I'm Guardian Aelita, huge otaku and Creepypasta fan. I love writing up my characters and creating all kinds of stories~ That's probably why I was so drawn to roleplaying in the first place. I also enjoy video games though nothing can come close to the Persona or Pokemon series. Also, I love sweets~ Seriously, chocolate and ice cream need to become real and marry me. Kidding about the married part! Tee-hee~ Now, let's introduce my characters, shall we?"
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Mikuru Takano
"U-Um... P-Please go easy o-on me..."
Mikuru is a very timid person. She has a very crippling shyness brought on by bullying and the like. She mainly buries her head in a book to try and escape a world that could hate her. Despite wanting to be a marine biologist, Mikuru's parents wish that she would take control of the family restaurant when she turns 18. As such, when she turns 18, she plans to commit suicide. Her birthday is in less than two weeks however her newfound friendship with Ciel Khulaz la Faye, Misato Aokigahara and Misato Amane has slightly softened her judgment on committing suicide. Her home Roleplay is And You Are...? and she has a crush on Misato Aokigahara.

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Misato Amane
"Sorry, but I don't really have an opinion that matters."
Misato is average. He gets average grades in school but he makes up for this by being nice and energetic. He absolutely loves to have any kind of fun and tries to live his life as normally as possible. I say tries because he lives with an abusive father and his abused twin sister. He absolutely loathes his father but because of him being told he'll never amount to anything in his life, he's stuck with a laziness that he just can't shake off. Despite him wanting to better himself, he can only do it with some help. His home Roleplay is And You Are...? and he has a crush on both Ciel Khulaz la Faye and Mikuru Takano.

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Alexa Flarea
"Please, for once let me be happy... Please..."
Alexa is a tragic person. Her family was burned to death because of her split personality. In order to escape the police, she ran away from her hometown and now lives as a lonely street rat. She has no social skills and a somewhat timid nature. She is loyal to those who accept her for all of who she is and she'll also fall in love with that person. She tries to keep her distance from people due to Eradicator but ultimately her need for acceptance will overpower her defenses. After a chance meeting with Ataro Hatsuyuki, Arata Natari and Ayano Kujikawa, they all form something called the A-Brigade. Her home Roleplay is Unhappy Refrain and she has a crush on Ataro Hatsuyuki.

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Eradicator Sins
"Hehe~ Alexa belongs to me. Anyone who gets in the way can burn for all I care!"
Sadistic is one way to describe Eradicator. Another way to describe him is that he's a bastard. Eradicator is the one who burned down Alexa's home simply because they were too close to his beloved Alexa. He is possessive of Alexa and believes that she should be his and only his. The only reason he keeps Ataro Hatsuyuki, Arata Natari and Ayano Kujikawa alive is because he needs someone else to play with all the time. He's known as Heavenrend's most notorious serial killer and his popularity and playmates are only growing in size. His home Roleplay is Unhappy Refrain and he has a sick crush on Alexa Flarea.

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Arata Natari
"Someone's gotta help these kids, and I'm going to be the one to do it."
Arata is the nicest of the A-Brigade. He often acts as the big brother figure for Ataro Hatsuyuki, Ayano Kujikawa and Alexa Flarea. He protects them from all kinds of pain and wishes to shoulder their pain and make them feel happiness. He has his own demons though as he has an abusive father and a younger sister who committed suicide. Despite his own pain, he pushes it aside in order to help everyone feel happiness again. He works part time as a male nurse and is good at his job. His home Roleplay is Unhappy Refrain and due to being asexual, he has no crush.

So begins...

Guardian Aelita's Characters part 1's Story

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"Loser!"
"Moron!"
"Just die already!"
Mikuru was being kicked to the ground again. Coughing a bit, Mikuru looked up to see the much prettier trio of girls sneering at her.
"I-I'm sorry... I'll g-get your homework done s-shortly..."
"Tch, yeah, you had better do that, Takano. You are the smartest in the class after all so that 4 page long worksheet should be no problem for someone like you."
And with that, the trio of bullies laughed among themselves, talking about fashion and the like. Mikuru stood up slowly, sighing a bit to herself.
'This is why I want to die... I just waste oxygen...'
"Hey, Miku-chan!"
Mikuru turned to see her friend, Misato Amane, running towards her.
"Yo~"
Mikuru shyly looked away.
"H-Hi, Misato-san... Y-You're earlier than u-usual..."
"Heh, I actually woke up on time for once~ Hey... What's up with your eye?"
Mikuru touched her left eye and realized that she had a black eye.
"O-Oh, that? I t-tripped is all..."
Mikuru laughed nervously, hoping Misato would buy the lie.
"Well, if you say so. Hey, a little birdy told me something interesting~"
"W-What did you h-hear...?"
"You know how we're next to Taketori City? Well, turns out that the schools over there are on vacation. That means some cute girls may be headed our way real soon~!"
Mikuru couldn't help but giggle at Misato's enthusiasm.
"Ah, but don't get me wrong. You and Ciel-chan are still the most beautiful women I've ever seen~"
Mikuru's face went up in flames. Misato lightly blushed and scratched the back of his head.
"Too much?"
Mikuru could only nod, too shy to speak up. Misato smiled gently.
"I'm serious, though. You seriously have the power to turn some heads, Miku-chan. You just need to believe in yourself~"
Mikuru found her voice again after that.
"T-T-Thank y-you..."
"We better get going. I think Ciel-chan's waiting for us over in homeroom."
"R-Right..."
Mikuru smiled a bit as she and Misato silently walked. It wasn't an awkward silence but more of a comfortable one.
'I really am lucky to have friends like Misato-san and Ciel-chan...'
They eventually made it to the classroom and were alone.
"Huh? That's weird... Maybe she's chatting with Aokigahara? Seriously, what does that guy have that I don't anyway?!"
"M-Misato-san... You're okay t-the way you a-are..."
"Aw, thanks Miku-chan~ But that guy's a freaking chick magnet! I don't get it!!"
Mikuru giggled at Misato's over-reaction to Aokigahara's popularity.
"I-I think Ciel-chan w-will be coming soon..."
"Oh? So it's Ciel-chan now, eh~?"
Mikuru blushed.
"N-No! I-It's nothing l-like that! Hon-nest!!"
"I'm just teasing you, Miku-chan~ Relax a little~"
Mikuru hid her face in embarrassment while Misato smiled gently at her and ruffled her hair.

Alexa woke up slowly. Looking in one of the mirrors in the guest room, she noticed that her eyes looked more lifeless and full of sorrow than usual.
'Another dream about that night... At least Eradicator didn't attack last night.'
'I wouldn't count on that, Lexy~'
Hearing Eradicator's voice instantly gave Alexa a headache.
"What do you want?"
'How cold of you~ And do you really need to ask that question?'
"Did you do anything last night that I need to know about?"
'Unfortunately, no. Last night I was a good boy for once.'
"Prove it."
'Tch, fine. Let me see if I can recall anything~'
While Eradicator reflected, Alexa reflected alongside him.
"Looks like you're right."
'See? Have some faith in me~ I have the bare minimum of self control~'
The single laugh that came out of Alexa was flat and lifeless.
'I do! Honest~ If I didn't, I would've killed those idiots by now.'
Alexa flinched at his statement.
'Now that got your attention, didn't it? Honestly, why do you even stick around with them? None of them give a shit about you. Maybe Arata but that's it. And yet you still keep clinging to the idea that you'll be accepted... It's kind of sad, really~'
"Eradicator... Stop talking..."
'Aw, you're no fun. Fine~ But I'll be expecting a blood bath soon~'
And with a cackle, Eradicator faded from Alexa's mind... for now at least. Alexa sighed and stood up from the bed, making her way downstairs to have some breakfast. She found some instant ramen and decided to try and make that.
'Idiot... I already know that I won't be accepted. How can a monster like me even be accepted? But... I at least want to feel like I matter and that I'm not just some waste of time like Ataro and Ayano are treating this A-Brigade thing... Maybe I should move out from Ataro's house. If my staying here is inconvenient, I can go back to the streets... I'll ask him tonight.'
Watching the water boil, Alexa almost lost herself in her own thoughts. Then the water started to boil over and Alexa started to panic a bit.
"W-Wha!"
Alexa turned down the heat and put in the noodles quickly, sighing in relief that the water didn't burn.

Arata blinked awake, realizing that he slept in the hospital staff room. Yawning, Arata stood up.
"Looks like I pulled a really late night... I hope Dr. Akagi doesn't get mad."
He shivered as he remembered the loud and stern lecture Dr. Akagi gave him when he caught Arata asleep in the staff room. He mainly said that Arata shouldn't over-work himself and that he could go home when he felt tired.
'No offense, Dr. Akagi but if I could live here, I would...'
After all, all that waited for him back home was a drunken abusive father and painful memories of his deceased younger sister. He would much rather live in the hospital than go back home. Checking his watch he saw the time.
"Crap, is it that late?!"
Washing and fixing himself up, he ran towards the school where he also would rather be than at home.
"Oh, I guess I didn't have to run that fast. Ahaha~ Oh well. Better to be here early than to not show up. Besides, if I don't show up, I'll get juvie..."
That part was true. He, Alexa Flarea, Ataro Hatsuyuki and Ayano Kujikawa were all forced to attend a club after school for an hour in order to make Alexa, Ataro and Ayano feel happiness again. Arata was unsure why the school decided to care about those three in particular and why he and another student named Annabel Lee were tasked to help them feel happiness again but he didn't care. This club was just another excuse to get away from his abusive father.
"I better wait in the student lounge. If nothing else, I may be able to catch up with Miss Ayano."
And with a smile, Arata sat in the student lounge, waiting for Ayano to show up or for the warning bell to ring.

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"Oh, you guys are already here."
Aokigahara walked in their room in time to see Mikuru and the other Misato enter. He was carrying the trash bins as usual, and it seems they were looking for Ciel.
"Ciel arrived earlier today but left when a teacher called her. Apparently, we have some students coming as part of a joint program."
As Aokigahara set the bins down, Ciel came in through the front door, assisting another student in a wheelchair. She took a quick look around the room and saw that only her friends Misato Amane and Mikuru Takano along with Misato Aokigahara are there.
"Only you guys? This is the student who'll be sitting in with us as part of the joint program."
Ciel moved the disabled girl's wheelchair closer to her group of friends.
"Good morning everyone, my name is Setsuna. Ohara Setsuna. I'm what they call a student observer from Evening Star Academy. I was supposed to arrive here with a fellow student but unfortunately, he kind of got lost in the halls, looking for the canteen. Ciel-san here was nice enough to offer me assistance. I hope we all get along."
Setsuna introduced herself as fluently and graceful as she can. Her aura is nearly the same as Ciel.
"Our families have a long history of cooperation. Although, it's the first time I've met the Ohara family heir."
Ciel replied glancing at the girl in the wheelchair. She turned back to the other three and introduced them all.
"This is Mikuru Takano. And the boy with the purple highlights is Misato Amane. As for you--"
Ciel turned to Aokigahara. She didn't really know him that well so he introduced himself.
"I'm another Misato. Aokigahara Misato. I'm a part-timer in this place and part of the school's cleaning and support team so if there's anything I could help with, feel free to ask.
Setsuna smiled and nodded at all of them. This was going to be an interesting co-op, she thought.

Ayano was walking to school, early as usual. She stopped by the student lounge and saw Arata Natari there. He was friendly to her in the past so she thought having a conversation with him is a good way to pass the time. Regardless of how early you come to school, the doors to the building don't open until 6:30 AM.
"You don't have a shift today, Natari-san? Haven't Hatsuyuki-san and Alexa arrive yet?
Ayano sat next to the friendly nurse as she waited for the others to come.

Meanwhile...

Allan paced around the train station. He caught sight of a well-known bar in town. They have a huge tarpaulin with a blonde, side-ponytailed DJ as a cover. He recognized the girl as one of his targets, Momoko Hatsuyuki but so far, came up short. Now he was waiting for them to take this train to school, hoping to make a quick getaway as they get off. He left his car near the station where several well-known schools are located like Evening Star and Crescent.
"Really now, you think as a popular DJ idol, she would be a bit more public but--in any case, there is still that brother of hers standing in the way."
He took out a small packet of cookies from his packet and ate them. He had been here for three hours now, and he was already hungry.

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This day was not going well.
"Dammit." Kiro wasn't exactly in the best mood to even go to school. He had awakened with one hell of a headache, and now he remembered he still had to go to school. Muttering curses under his breath, he passed by an area that was mostly clouded by trees and--
"Whoa, you look like hell. Bad night?" His head snapped up to see an all-too-familiar figure, sitting on a tree. His mouth was set in a straight line. "You're not helping my mood or my head, Kanoko." "I wasn't planning to." She jumped down, landing on both feet with her bag slung over her shoulder. The boy sighed. "Do you have to wait for me everyday up on that tree?" "No. Yes--Okay, maybe." He looked away and started walking without another word. There was no arguing with her anyway.

"W-Where am I...?!" Alto looked around worriedly. His eyes kept darting around, lost in the halls. Worse, he was getting hungry. "If only Setsuna-chan went with me..." He thought, nearly teary eyed. Just then a boy appeared, with a girl at his side. "Hey, are you alright?"
He looked at the boy who had a crown of dark green hair. "A-Ah, I'm....kinda lost..." The girl blinked at him. "Hey, that cardigan....Are you from Evening Star Academy or something?" Alto looked at her. "A-Ah, yes, actually! I'm a student observer, or at least that's what they told me...I was sent here with my classmate, but we got separated." He explained.
The boy nodded. "Must be him. What are you looking for?" He asked. "Classroom E-4 or something..." "Hey, Kiro, that's our classroom, right?" "Yeah...You're in good time. We were just heading there so you can tag along with us." He cracked a small smile. Alto nodded.
"Ah, can I get your names, though? I'm Alto. Alto Skyefield." He introduced himself. The boy nodded. "The name's Kiro Kanato. And this--" "Geez, Kiro, I can introduce myself. I'm Kanoko Sei. Nice to meet you, Alto."
As they got to the classroom, Alto saw at least one familiar face. "Setsuna got here earlier than me, huh..?" He murmured.

--Meanwhile--

"This is stupid." Ataro frowned. "Really stupid." He strengthened further. "Oh come on, Onii-chan! It's only once." Momoko dragged him along. "I have to go to class too, you know." He persisted, trying to wrench his hand from hers. Momoko tightened her grip. "Nope! You're going to take me to my class first!" As they passed by the student lounge, Ataro recognized two faces- Arata and Ayano. He immediately jerked his hand away from his sister. "Let me at least stop by my group." Momoko raised an eyebrow and then started laughing. "Oh, so my brother's getting friendly now, huh?"
"That's not it, idiot!" Momoko giggled. "Alright, whatever you say, lover boy." He proceeded to the student lounge and greeted the two with a lazy, "Mornin'."

--In another place--

"Your girlfriend ditched you?" Basileus asked as they flew. "She just forgot, that's all!" Skye snapped, whacking him. As they neared the destination, Skye signaled to the dragon. "Drop it!" Basileus let go of him, as he drew his buster sword. The knight swung down hard upon impact, stunning some of the other soldiers. Basileus transformed from dragon mode to normal mode in mid-air, landing with a hard swing on the ground. He pushed away one of the larger automatons before swinging his claw at another.

--Near Heavenrend--

"Yeah, that seems like a good place to start. I'm getting thirsty too." Tsubaki agreed with the other girl. She looked around. Heavenrend was a big city, indeed, and the skyscrapers seemed to pierce the heavens itself. "I wonder how those two don't get lost here." She thought. On the other hand, Yoru struggled in Aoi's grip in a quite comedic way. "Lemme goooo!!!!" He whined. "I have to follow them!"

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"I knew it, Miku-chan~ I knew we'd be meeting another beautiful girl today- Ah? Miku-chan?"
Mikuru was hiding behind Misato, trembling a bit.
"Oh, right... Sorry about Miku-chan. She's shy to people she doesn't know yet. She won't bite you, Miku-chan. Go on, say hi~"
Mikuru peeked out from behind Misato.
"N-Nice to m-meet you, S-Setsuna-san..."
Mikuru then bowed politely to Setsuna.
"See, there you go~ No harm done at all. Now you mentioned something about a friend, right?"
Mikuru then heard the door open and saw Kiro and Kanoko walk in with an unfamiliar boy with messy black hair. Mikuru blushed at the sight of him.
'...He's got such pretty eyes...'
Misato noticed Mikuru's attention towards the new boy and grinned a bit.
'Well at least her attention's off Aokigahara. I'll try to help you out~' "Well, go on, Miku-chan~ Say hi~!"
And with that, Misato gently pushed Mikuru over to the unknown boy. Mikuru, at first, could only utter a few squeaks in protest before her tiny body bumped gently into the unknown boy's left side. Bright red, Mikuru hid her face with her hands, praying that he didn't hate her almost immediately.

Alexa finished her ramen and walked over to school. Her purple eyes stared dully into the quickly swarming classroom. She then noticed from the corner of her eye that Momoko was trying to find her classroom.
"Need some help?"
Alexa offered a small smile to the girl and walked alongside her, trying to help her find the elusive classroom.
"Hey... I have a question. Am I burdening you and your brother by living in your house? I can go back to the streets if I am."
'Damn, and I thought I was blunt.'
Ignoring Eradicator, Alexa was curious to see what Momoko's response would be.

"No, I actually pulled an all-nighter last night, so sorry about any yawning and nearly falling asleep in advance."
Almost as if on cue, Arata yawned a bit. He laughed in embarrassment.
"I haven't seen either yet- Ah, there's Mr. Ataro. Good morning. How are you and Miss Alexa holding up this morning?"

Grace nodded.
"Worry not, Miss Mercenary. You were only doing your job. It's me who should have been more skeptical."
The troops backed away only to reveal 5 huge automatons that looked to be brand new. Carried off by Miss Mercenary, they both hid behind the docks. Chloe told Grace to run since the armor of the machines were magic resistant.
'Looks like I'll only be an inconvenience. So much for getting stronger...' "Alright, I'll listen to you."
As Grace was about to run, she heard a familiar voice fighting against the soldiers. A small smile and a blush crept its way on her face.
"Skye..."
Meanwhile his friend Basileus was fighting off one of the automatons.
'Then Iruga shouldn't be too far behind. Looks like the tides have evened out to our favor. Still, there's no way Skye can handle thirty of those soldiers all on his own.'
Grace stood up from behind the docks.
"Sorry Miss Mercenary, but it seems like we may have a shot after all. Don't worry about me, though. I'm plenty capable even without my magic."
Grace dashed out of the docks, dodging the stray bullets and throwing two of her knives, incapacitating two soldiers that were planning to snipe Skye.
"Need a hand?"
Grace smiled a bit at Skye, a small blush dusting her cheeks.

Amiya's stomach growled.
"Ehehe~ I guess I forgot to eat breakfast. Well, let's get going!"
As they entered the shop, the waitress sat them down near a window seat.
"I guess now's as good of a time as ever to ask. Are we going to investigate the schools here at Heavenrend? I heard that some may know about the Spirit Dancer."
Amiya tilted her head to the side, curiously.
'Maybe I can meet hoodie boy again...'

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"It's okay, Mikuru-san right? Alto is a very nice guy. He's just a bit sickly though so he isn't really up for anything physically tiring."
Setsuna explained Alto's condition to the other students. Some girls from Crescent passed by the window and squealed upon seeing the young Skyefield.
"Though, if you didn't follow that scent you claimed to be hotdogs, you would have arrived earlier as well."
Seeing as they are already having fun, Ciel took a moment to check something. She typed away on her phone until she got the green light.
Realta has logged on...
She browsed through some messages on the forums she frequent before logging out and telling them of some news that she heard at the faculty office.
"Apparently, it's not only Alto and Setsuna who would be observing us today. There are also some students coming in from another high school tomorrow. I'm only 7.8% sure though."
"There you go again Ciel-chan, you always have such well-measured estimates."
Aokigahara told Ciel as he scratched his head and stretched his arms.
"Well, it seems it would be a busy time starting from now on, so best of luck to us!"
Aokigahara told the rest to get their spirits up. Setsuna laughed and agreed with his statement. These activities are bound to be exciting.

"Good morning."
Ayano greeted Ataro as he approached. With the three of them gathered, Alexa and Anna was the only ones missing. Just then, a teacher approached them.
"Oh, it's only you three? Alexa's not with you? Fine, you'll have to do. Relay to Alexa everything I'll tell you. Seeing as how you have some problems with your personalities, we signed you up for the Joint Cooperative involving other academies in the area. We need around thirty students to act as our representatives and you four are part of it. You'll be based in Crescent Academy along with Evening Star Academy. You'll depart early tomorrow, so be here at around five in the morning. Don't be late or else you'll do disciplinary action. Your teachers and administrators have already given their consent so there is no need to worry about other formalities. Also, you four have been given the day off so you can prepare.
With that said, the teacher left. Ayano sighed, regretting getting up early to go to school. She proceeded to get her things and decided to just kill time at the mall since she doesn't want to go home yet. She remembered the two men at the lounge though.
"Want to come along? We can pick up Alexa and explain to her on the way."
It has been long since she actually hanged out with peope she can call friends after all.

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Mikuru calmed down when Setsuna explained who Alto was. She felt a little bit of pity for his condition but kept it away as she shyly smiled at Alto.
"N-Nice to meet y-you, Alto-s-san..."
She was almost sure that he didn't hear her voice. Misato flashed her an encouraging smile.
"Yeah~! More people coming over! This really is shaping up to be interesting~!"

Arata nodded at Ayano.
"Of course I'd like to come with you. Besides, we need to relay the information to Miss Alexa anyway so we may as well try to find her."
Arata stood up and walked next to Ayano.
"Let's get going, Mr. Ataro."

Siren stared at Amiya through the café glass window. She then saw Yoru running towards the café. Every fiber of her being wanted to chase after him and then kill him but she hesitated.
'Hn... I don't want to get yelled at again. Maybe I should monitor him for now. Go ahead, Spirit Dancer... Prove me wrong. Prove that you have self control... And if you fail to prove it, I'll be there to save those three.'
Siren continued to watch from the cover of darkness.

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"Nice to meet you too, um...Mikuru, right?" Alto tilted his head while smiling.
Meanwhile, from his seat the green-haired boy was watching the scene. "Everyone's having fun, huh." "Yeah." And suddenly something sounded, coming from the girl's phone.
"Oh, he's online." "He's what!?" Saying so, Kiro took out his own phone and started typing at a rapid rate.

YuReiKa!! has logged on

YuReiKa!!: YOU! WE'RE NOT DONE YET!
LoRdSODA: Oh no not you again.
Eve: I'm not dealing with you two. Seriously, 8 hours straight...
--Eve has left the chat--
YuReiKa!!: COWARD!
LoRdSODA: What are you trying to do, pick a fight again?
YuReiKa!!: Well what about you? Maybe you're just scared to have another mod fight again!


Kanoko stared at her seething friend. "Seriously, the moment he sees that guy he flies into a fury..." She sighed. "Where's the upbeat and happy guy I knew back then?"

"Yeah, just a sec." Ataro sent one last taunting remark to his foe on his phone before excusing himself for a while and started to follow the others. He found Alexa with Momoko, just in front of her classroom. "Momoko! I have the day off, so you just drop me a call if you need anything!" The orange-haired girl glared at him. "Hold up a sec. Why do YOU have a day off?" Ataro stuck out his tongue mockingly at his little sister. "If that's the way it's gonna be, your folders are going online, buster!" "Your Let's Play videos and poems are gonna get leaked as well if you do that." Ataro replied smugly.

"You--! Banana, tree, moose, cactus, deer, desert, sundae-- You!!" Momoko stuttered at every word.

--In another land--

Basileus was fighting against the two automatons he had attacked. One of them grabbed at his head and he growled, shooting its arm off with his beam cannon and dealing the killing blows, barraging the automaton's chest with punches as so to crush the energy reactor inside. He ripped the machine's hand off his head. "Get your filthy paws off me, mutt." Skye looked at Grace. "Why didn't you tell me you were going out?" He asked before he bonded a soldier that was charging at them with his chains and dragged it back to him, slashing out with his sword and cutting the soldier in half.

--Just near Heavenrend--

"Yeah. Even though I heard Heavenrend is as closed off as Taketori is, news and rumors still manage to seep in here." Tsubaki sipped from her chocolate shake. "And no one's ever disappeared during ballroom events in this place, unless there's a Spirit Dancer copycat in this place." On the other hand, Yoru had lost control of his speed and-- "Shit! Shit! SHIIT--" The boy unluckily enough crashed into a wall, face first and fell to the ground. "Dammit Aoi!" He cursed the Blue Spirit for letting go of him so suddenly. Also, for rubbing lemon juice on his wounds, he had crashed into the wall of the cafe. Tsubaki somehow felt this and looked behind her. "Is it just me or did someone crash back there?"

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Mikuru's eyes lit up a bit as she heard him reply to her introduction.
"Y-Yes, that's my n-name- Ah! S-Sorry... I'm r-really nervous and s-stammer a l-lot..."
Mikuru twirled a lock of boyishly short purple hair praying that no one else besides Misato would notice her black eye. Misato on the other hand noticed Kanoko and Kiro off to the side.
"Oi~ Don't be a stranger! You can hang out with us too, you know?"
Turning his attention back to Ciel and Setsuna, he had the same grin he always does.
"So, what were things like back in Evening Star? I heard some rumors but I figured that I may as well ask the source directly."

Arata smiled gently at Alexa.
'Her eyes seem more distant than usual.'
Alexa looked up at the three dully.
"So, why does Ataro suddenly have the day off?"
"Actually, the entire A-Brigade does too. Since we all have problems, the school decided to send us over to Crescent Academy for a while. We're supposed to arrive here at 5 tomorrow. We've been given the day off to prepare but..."
"No one wants to go home... We could hang out around the mall again."
A small smile entered Alexa's face.
"That was the plan~ Well then, let's get going guys."
"By the way, Ataro?? I have something to ask you when we're done with today."
With that, Alexa and Arata started walking with Ayano and Ataro to kill some time.

"Oh..."
Truth be told, Grace was a little bit nervous to tell Skye her answer.
"There are two reasons. The first was that I didn't wish to worry you. The second was that I wanted to see for myself what TSL were planning to do with my magic. I figured that you and Basileus had enough problems with the paperwork, so I didn't want to disturb you from that. Looking back, I probably should have told you what I had planned to do. Forgive me."
As she said this, a soldier came up behind her. Grace narrowed her eyes and put a talisman to his head, setting him on fire. There were still roughly around twenty soldiers left.
"Damn. We may be over powered by their numbers..."
Despite the calm voice she used, she was still slightly trembling in fear.

When Amiya heard about the crash, her eyes widened.
'Oh no! Is whoever crashed alright?! Are they in pain?!'
Amiya's worry eventually got to her.
"Sorry, Tsubaki-chan, Misaki-chan, but if someone crashed back there, I want to make sure they're okay."
Amiya then bolted from her seat to outside of the cafe. She looked around and eventually found a figure hunched over.
"Sir, are you okay-"
Her eyes widened in recognition.
"Hoodie boy... Sorry! I just don't know your name. Mine is Amiya Domen..."

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"It's a nice academy. At least the staff is more active in interacting with the students on a regular basis. They have a special class for students that are like me. It is great, at least I don't feel left out there."
Setsuna explained about Evening Star a bit, in response to Misato's question. She noticed a strange couple on the side and ushered them as well.
"How about you two? Is it okay for us to occupy this room. I hope we aren't ruining your atmosphere."
Setsuna chuckled as she teased the blonde girl with her hooded boyfriend at the edge of the room. Ciel on the other hand, felt a strange vibration coming from her phone. The consistent vibrating reminded her that the forum was probably being boarded with notifications.
"Excuse me. I'll just check something out."
Realta has logged on...
Oi! Please keep conflict down to a minimum. If you absolutely must quarrel, please do so in the PM or in the battle arena, and not in the main message board. Failure to comply will result in a ban of your accounts for one month. Best regards.
Realta has logged off...

Ciel tucked her phone away after dropping that note. It was hard to be a moderator of the message board.



They managed to arrive at the mall after a few minutes of brisk walking. Ayano did a little bit of window shopping before asking the three people she invited.
"So, do you guys need to buy something for tomorrow? Or shall we have some lunch first? I think Ataro wants to eat at a certain place."


Iruga and Chloe arrived at Grace and the others' location. Twenty mercenaries remained, dragging out the fight longer. Chloe took out the SSG-08 and began sniping the distracted targets. She also hurled a grenade at mercenaries that have began to form in clusters. Iruga just shrugged at this and watched the short mercenary take out the remaining soldiers almost singlehandedly with the help of Skye and the others.
"Ah, a Mage, a Half-beast, a Dragon and a human working together. Makes you wonder if everything that transpired in the faction war was all a ruse and a farce."
When the conflict was over, Iruga walked up to the three.
"I must say, Ms. Aralis. You put up one hell of a fight. And a walking load of trouble for these guys. We should probably head back to Izumo. The council will want to hear about this. If we present your case, then we may be able to impose some restrictions on Schwarze's arms race."
Iruga headed to his assault booster. He saw that it was still in an operational condition.
"You and Skye take this and head back. Basileus and I will collect some parts and samples from those machines we totaled."
Iruga instructed the two Izumo dudes as he walked towards a fallen automaton.



Misaki also headed to the place where Amiya heard the loud crash. She saw a hooded boy slouched over and a large outline of his body on the wall. When she saw his face though, she suddenly felt panic rise up from her throat.
"G-g-ghost! He was t-the o-one I saw in m-my house!!!"
Misaki suddenly ran behind Tsubaki, hiding behind her.
Meanwhile, Aoi had arrived at a train station. She saw no one in particular save for a redheaded man who seemed like he was waiting for someone. She didn't know if it was only her spiritual instinct but she felt some sort of hostility from this guy.\
"Better watch this guy carefully. I don't know if he's plotting something or not..."

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"Hm...At Evening Star? Yeah, Setsuna-chan is right! They also have great food and the students are friendly to the ones in the special class."
Alto nodded enthusiastically.
"What about you guys? How is it here in Crescent?"
Frankly enough, the thought of exploring by himself has never crossed the boy's extremely oblivious mind.
On the other hand...
"We're not exactly--"
Kiro abruptly covered the girl's mouth before she could utter another word.
"No, it's alright, keep talking."
Turning around, Kanoko half-glared at him.
"The heck!?"
"Just because I hate humanity doesn't mean I'm gonna get friendzoned here."
He murmured before going back to his argument.


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Ataro snapped out of his hunger-induced daze when he heard his name mentioned by Ayano.
"I, uh, um.....do we have the money?
He had been staring at a restaurant, actually.




"Roger that, Iruga-sensei."
Skye nodded at his mentor and turned to Grace.
"Come on, I'll operate."
He started to walk off to the assault container.
Basileus crossed his arms behind his head.
"Man, more work huh?"
He headed to the automaton Iruga was checking out, looking for some still useable parts- if there were any after he ripped out the machine's wires-.




"Ow...Oh, uh, it's you!" Yoru saw Amiya, and....he inwardly gulped.
The girl who had nearly threatened him with a baseball bat in the past was staring him right in the face, the scary as hell Tsubaki Hayashi. Her eye was twitching.
"You....." She drew out threateningly.
Just then he also saw another girl, the one that saw him when he was exploring his old house, Misaki Aokigahara. Now that he looked at her again, she kinda looked like his sister.....But she hid behind Tsubaki, much to his dismay.
For even more lemon on his wounds, she pointed out to Tsubaki that she saw him in her house.

Tsubaki looked behind her.
"Wait, that was the guy you were talking about..?"

Yoru felt his heart stop in his chest.
"Please God, if you can still hear a damned soul, SAVE ME FROM THESE WOMEN!!!!!"

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"Personally, I wouldn't know too much about it. Miku-chan and Ciel-chan are experts at it though~"
"E-Eh?! W-Well..."
Mikuru fidgeted a bit before getting the courage to speak up.
"C-Crescent Academy is a pretty u-unique academy. We're m-mostly known for our personality t-types... F-For boys, there's Outgoing, Worker, Anti-Social and Average... O-Outgoing boys are, well, outg-going... T-They're usually the class c-clowns and are a-always seen out and a-about. W-Worker boys are those with p-part time jobs... They're t-the most polite out of a-all of them... A-Anti-Social boys will come off as unappr-roachable. They k-keep to themselves and d-don't talk much... A-Average boys are... um... W-Well, there's n-not much to say other t-than they're average... F-For girls, there's Smart, Weird, Cunning and Tomboy. S-Smart girls are the one's w-who do well in school. T-They don't have that many f-friends... W-Weird girls have h-hobbies that girl's d-don't usually have... B-But they're still nice, though... C-Cunning girls will t-tease the Anti-Social boys... They d-don't usually interact w-with other people that much... T-Tomboys hang out with mostly b-boys... They're also incredibly indep-pendent... H-Hope that helps..."
"I'm the Average type. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble but that's just me~ Miku-chan and Ciel-chan fall under the Smart category and Aokigahara is a Worker. The girl with the hoodie is definitely a Cunning girl and the silent bob over there is Anti-Social as hell. We'll figure out personality types for you and Setsuna-chan as we get to know you two better~"

Arata smiled a bit.
"The doctors decided that they want to pay me for doing my job now so I should have enough to cover all of you."
Alexa nodded.
"Then, let's go inside-"
Alexa could hear a man yelling at God for help. Turning to see what the commotion was, she saw a girl with black hair hiding behind a green haired girl and a blonde girl kneeling down to eye level at the only guy there. A small smile flickered across her face.
'If Ataro was one who would talk, I bet that would be what he would say in that situation...'
A headache went through her.
'Lexy~ Let me take over! I have plans for those three~'
'No, Eradicator... I won't let you hurt those three... Just...'
But Alexa was soon put to sleep and Eradicator briefly took over for a minute. Keeping his physical form away for now, he needed to dissuade the kids.
"Alexa? Are you okay...? You seem a little pale..."
"Oh... sorry. I just have a headache is all. You guys go on in. I'll catch up later..."
"If you say so..."
Arata, still suspicious, walked into the restaurant nonetheless. Eradicator grinned, walked over to an alleyway and felt his body come out.
"Perfect~"
Eradicator then walked over to the three girls and the lone male, a sadistic grin on his face. The blonde turned to face him first.
"Um... Sorry about my friends~ They're just fighting is all... Hey... What are you doing with that-"
Eradicator cut the girl off with a swift stab to the abdomen. Her eyes widened in pain before falling to the ground and clutching her stomach to stop the bleeding.
"Whoops~! Did my knife accidentally stab you? Oh, my apologies, Miss. This thing sometimes has a mind of its own~ Bad knife!"
Despite the apologetic words, the insane grin never left Eradicator's face. He then turned to the other three.
"Now then, I think a game of hide and seek is in order~ I'll go first! One, two, three~"
Eradicator continued to count down to ten, hoping that someone would either run away or fight him.

Grace nodded at Skye.
"Right..."
Grace climbed in the cockpit first. The young mage never had that much experience with flying so she was grateful that Skye was taking control of the plane. Somewhere, she could feel a brief chill go through her as she could've sworn that someone was watching her.
'Perhaps I'm just imagining things...'
Little did the mage and knight know was that in the shadows, purple eyes stared at the two from a distance.
'The Spirit Dancer seems to be good today so I'll let him off the hook. But... I wonder why Heavenrend and Taketori City are secluded from here. What made those two cities immune to the horrors of this world? Perhaps if I follow these two, I may find some answers...'

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Hearing all those teasing which you can't tell if they're compliments or not, Aokigahara approached Kiro who was seated in the corner.
"Is Kiro really that unnoticeable? He's been with us for like three or four years now."
Ciel looked on and answered back.
"Can you really blame us? Guy doesn't talk much. I've only heard him speak 35 times out of all those years I've studied here."
Setsuna laughed at this. She was amused at how many types of students this school has.
"Well, Alto may fit in well with Ciel-chan and Miku-chan. He's smart like them. I'm only normal so I don't have anything much."



Ayano headed inside with the rest. Alexa suddenly went somewhere and disappeared on them. She somehow felt suspicious. She looked at the two boys and asked.
"Shall we follow her? This place is rather unforgiving."



Iruga took out a semi-functioning main camera from the automaton's head. He also grabbed a few bits of wiring from the main shell, unveiling the huge reactor beneath.
"This thing is too huge for me to carry without breaking it. Basileus, you carry this. This should be enough proof for us."
Meanwhile, Chloe surveyed the place a bit more. She watched as the booster took off, followed by Iruga and a huge dragon-automaton hybrid. Despite the carnage and arson they had done, she somehow felt that this place isn't completely deserted yet. She silently muttered some words to herself and one of her eyes turned green. She saw an ethereal figure observing from the shadows. She walked over to a pole on the outskirts of the harbor and called someone on her phone.
"Well, at least half of TSL's fighting force is down for now. You will maintain your end of the bargain right?"
The company she called was SMSC. TSL's rival company stationed in the Vatican.



Misaki's eyes widened in horror as Amiya was cut by this sudden stranger who walked up to them. He has a crazed look on his face further adding to her anxiety. She felt her chest tighten a bit as she fell behind Tsubaki as she struggled to breathe, her vision fading to almost black.



"That's a rather scary face you have there, young lady."
Aoi was taken aback by what this man said.
"He managed to notice me?! Then--!"
Aoi removed her cloaking, exposing her full form in front of this man. She turned around to face him, only to feel a sudden warm sensation on her stomach.
"Sorry. I'm not too comfortable with scary women staring at me."
Allan chuckled to himself as he motioned to re-holster his Glock back on the belt. Suddenly, he felt cold steel scrape his fingers, sending the gun flying onto the tracks. He turned around to see that the girl was unfazed by his shot.
"What the f**k?! Is she even human?"
He kept his gaze down on her and watched the girl take out two knives from her skirt pocket. He laughed and was impressed by this display.
"So that's how you want to play eh?"
He took out a knife he kept on his leg and pointed it at Aoi. Aoi merely shrugged it off and went into position, preparing to engage this man in a fight.
"Cocky, are we human? I want to see you try this!"

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"H-Hey, I can hear you..."
Kiro murmured, looking at the others with a- slightly- cautious eye.
"Kana-kun can be sociable when he wants to. The problem is, he doesn't want to."
Kanoko shrugged, laughing.
"Thanks for stating the obvious."
Kiro rolled his eyes at the girl.
"Now now, we shouldn't fight! Everyone should be friends with each other and there are no exceptions to that!"
Alto declared proudly, and Kiro could swear that he saw the boy sparkling. Alto had a fist on his chest and a hand on his hip and his head was raised high, a confident smile on his face. Then he turned to Setsuna.
"Ahaha~! But Setsuna-chan, I'm not a girl, remember?"
He pointed out innocently. And then he turned to the two.
"Ah, you two, I have something to ask..."
"Go on, shoot."
"Are you two lovers?"
Kiro went red at this and Alto could swear he saw steam radiating from his head. Kanoko was blushing furiously too.
"A-Ah! You've got that wrong! We're practically just, uh, really close friends, you know! Haha!"
"But while we were walking, Kiro-kun glared at a bunch of guys that were looking at you--"
"W-What are you talking about? I was looking at the classroom tags so that we knew we were on the right track..."
Kiro lied to the other boy.
"Ah, I see....but are you two--"
"Alto, please! No more questions!!"
"Um, okay..."
Alto stared at them both. Why were they acting so weird?




Ataro looked at Ayano. He was pretty worried too. Alexa's eyes had gone pink again just a while ago, and he never saw her put on color contacts. He scratched the back of his head, the other hand fumbling with his scissors.
"Well....I don't know about you guys. If you go after her, I will, too."




Basileus nodded, taking the reactor from Iruga, carefully enough as to not damage it.
Then he turned to his mentor.
"So, uh....I guess this is the part where we start flying for 3 hours?"
The automaton-dragon still had his radars on in case anyone else was around. He was detecting a strange presence, but...
He looked around.
He couldn't see anyone.

Skye, on the other hand was maneuvering the assault container as well as he could. In his training classes, he was taught how to drive and pilot it, so he didn't have to rely on Basileus to get around on the skies all the time.




Tsubaki's eyes widened as Amiya was stabbed.
"Ami!"
But just then she felt Misaki practically faint behind her, and with a hand she caught the shorter girl.
"Misaki! Damn!"
Yoru had recovered from his crash a while ago, and when he saw Misaki fall, mixed with the blood Amiya had shed and the look of surprise and shock on Tsubaki's face.....
Something in his head snapped.
It looked just like how his sister died.

Just as the mystery man said three, Yoru had teleported behind him and kicked him hard in the head, making sure to put full force in his kick. Plus, he was wearing boots, so he expected it to hurt a lot. Not giving him time to recover, Yoru shoved him against the wall of another building and smashed his knuckles into the other's face with no mercy. He wasn't gonna let it happen.

"You messed with the wrong people today, bastard."

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"Hey, come on. Don't put yourself down like that, Setsuna-san. I'm sure there's something about you that's worthy of a title~ Hm... Well, even though Smart Girls don't have that many friends, they are nice~ So you're a Smart type. As for Alto... I definitely see him as Outgoing based on that earlier stunt~"
Mikuru looked at Kanoko and Kiro, a pang of jealousy going through her.
'Even if they're denying it... I wish I had a similar situation...'
Then panic went through her.
"Ah! That's r-right!!"
Mikuru quickly went to work on the three copies of homework. Misato quirked his eyebrow at this.
"What's with the three copies? I know you didn't forget your homework so what gives?"
"U-Um... W-Well, it's because t-those three p-popular girls f-forgot theirs so t-they're making m-me do it... I-I accepted b-because I didn't w-want them to fail... S-Silly me~"
Mikuru shakily laughed.


Arata frowned.
"I'm worried as well... Come on."
Arata stood up and went out with Ayano and Ataro. His eyes widened at what he saw. A blonde girl on the floor bleeding, a green haired girl holding a nearly fainted black haired girl and a boy in a hood relentlessly punching the infamous Eradicator Sins. Arata's leader instincts kicked in.
"Ayano, get the green haired girl and black haired girl out of safety! Ataro, come with me. We'll figure out what to do with Eradicator after we fix up this girl!"
Arata then ran over to the blonde girl and knelt down to her side.
"Hey, stay with me! Alright?"
The blonde looked up at Arata and smiled weakly.
"I'm... okay... See? It was... just a... flesh..."
"Try not to talk so much, okay? Ataro, hold her down!"
Arata pulled out a sewing kit.
"Don't panic. I'm a nurse... I know how to treat wounds like this."
Arata pulled up the stabbed girl's shirt enough to see where she was stabbed.
"Looks like he didn't stab you too deep but it can still lead to a huge problem if untreated."
Arata then began to stitch the wound, sewing the flesh together. Eradicator in the meanwhile was preoccupied. His smile never left his face and he let the boy wail on him for a while.
"What... is your deal?!"
Eradicator then kicked the boy off of him.
"Seriously. You asked for God to help you with your girl troubles and I'm the closest thing to him in Heavenrend city~ You should be thanking me! Oh well, it doesn't matter."
Eradicator wiped off some blood from his mouth.
"I haven't had a good fight in forever anyway. So let's get to it shall we?!"
As Arata finished up stitching the girl's wound, he looked over at Eradicator. Frowning he looked over at Ataro and Ayano.
"This is going to be a stretch but... I think Eradicator may be Alexa's split personality. Why else would her eyes turn pink for seemingly no reason? Plus, it would explain the mood swings and why she always regards herself as a monster..."


As the plane landed in Izumo, Grace got out first. She felt a pair of eyes staring at her again. Grace sighed.
"If you have something to say then come out and say it. I don't particularly care for stalkers."
Grace didn't hear an answer for a moment she thought she went crazy.
"Fine, I'll come out."
Out came a girl with long black hair and piercing purple eyes. She stared at the mage and knight.
"My name is Siren Yoshitake. I'm a Spirit as you could have probably guessed. I was assigned to look after something called the Spirit Dancer but... for now, he can wait. I mainly want to ask the magician something."
Grace raised an eyebrow.
"I'm listening..."
Siren looked Grace in the eye.
"Would you mind using some of your magic to help me and a friend regain their memories? Also... I want to ask you some questions regarding Heavenrend and Taketori City and why those two areas are secluded from this world."

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"Three girls? You mean those Kru-keri-something? They picked on you again? Maybe we should report this incident to the administration. Or I could always drop by and give them a piece of my mind...
Aokigahara felt a surge of anger when he learned that Mikuru was being bullied to make her do their assignments. He felt a hand on his shoulder and saw it was Ciel.
"You can't get involved with cases like these. If things backfire on you, your scholarship grant may very well go out the window. I'll deal with it. If you want, I can issue a complain right now."
Ciel presented herself, knowing that she does have enough sway and confidence to issue a formal complaint on Mikuru's behalf. Setsuna then moved closer to Mikuru.
"Don't worry, there are a lot of us and only three of them right? I'm sure everyone here is willing to give you a hand."
She turned to the two Misatos, Alto, the couple at the seats and Ciel.
"Right?"



Ayano helped Misaki up and accompanied Tsubaki out of the scene. She dropped them off at a bench and was about to head back when she noticed that Misaki had a hard time breathing. Hurriedly, she took out her phone and called for an ambulance.
"Hello? Yes, I need help here on the Seaside Mall, Heavenrend immediately. We have two injured people here, please hurry!"
Ayano put the phone down and looked at the green-haired girl.
"Is there anything else I can do?"



After three hours...
"Ah! Finally we're here. Hey! Could you tow these parts to Axion for analysis? Those are automaton parts manufactured by TSL. We ran into them back at Order territory."
Iruga gave instructions to some workers stationed at the landing bay. Axion was Izumo's main manufacturing division. They produce a lot of hardware and electronics for the whole faction. This includes gadgets, appliances, vehicles, weapons, mechas and automatons. It was the place where Iruga received the beam weapons he uses. A worker then approached Basileus as he landed.
"Sir, you are scheduled for parts fitting in one hour. Please proceed to Axion's manufacturing plant C."

Meanwhile...
Chloe had retreated back to her hotel and freshened up. She opened a small box after changing her clothes, containing a wolf emblazoned on a crescent moon. She remembered the talk she had with Schwarze's Chairman. He was convincing her to return to Schwarze and take up arms again for a possible upcoming battle.
"Here."
The Chairman handed Chloe her insignia, counting on her loyalty to the cause.
"X-chevals wear those..."
"I thought it's best that I don't inset you into the regular military chain of command. This additional authority will prove handy in the battlefield. Go on, you've earned it. If necessary, I want you to use that extra power to execute your own decisions."
Now, as she stared at that badge of honor again, she finally decided that her time as a standstill must end now. She pinned the badge on the collar of her coat and took out another object from the box: A key, and a map displaying some coordinates.
Upon arriving there, she was led into an underground hangar. The lights consecutively flicked open, revealing a new Variable Mecha stored beneath. Chloe breathed deeply as she boarded her new machine.
"Something has taken root, and began to grow. I don't know whether it's good or bad. However, in order to find my own answers, I have to go out there and see for my own eyes. Time moves forward for everyone, and so I have to keep on living even if fighting is all I can do for the moment."
"You are cleared for launch. XCVL-03 Phenex Breaker go ahead."
A voice giving her the green light sounded throughout the radio of the large machine. Chloe took one last backward glance and headed out.
"Phenex Breaker, Chloe S. Victoria. Launch!"
With that, the mech's eyes activated, it's thrusters blazing more as its pilot hit the command for it to start flying. It emerged from the hangar in a hazy light and headed for its first assignment.



Aoi was struggling with the red-haired mercenary at the outskirts of the last Heavenrend station. They were engaged in brutal combat. Despite being a Spirit, Aoi was on the losing side. The mercenary only had one huge knife but he was more than enough for a match against her, managing to land several slashes all over her body.
"I got you this time!"
Allan yelled as he swung his knife towards Aoi's chest. Aoi managed to dodge in time but the blow had grazed her right shoulder, making it hard for her to coordinate her dominant right hand. She can't feel the pain, but there's no denying the effects wounds have on her body. She retaliated by forcing a few stabs which Allan just warded off with his own. No matter how you look at it, the more experienced mercenary had the upper hand.
"Well, how's that shoulder, Monster-san?"
Allan leapt forward and attempted to stab Aoi as she lay struggling to maintain her footing. She managed to notice and blocked his blade with her own.
"Tch! How are you moving with this injury?"
Allan sent a kick into her stomach instead, sending her reeling back. He ran toward her, with the intent to strike at her heart this time.
"I can't lose here yet. Not yet!"
Aoi's intent to survive grew stronger. Despite the fact that she can't die under normal circumstances, something inside her won't accept losing to someone like him. It was like-- that time when she was still alive. Like when she fought that old samurai. Determined, she let Allan's blade pass as she slid down, letting the blade take a few strands of her hair. She remembered a scene from her past.
She was face to face with a Samurai wearing a dragon-shaped mask. His armor only had a few measly scratches as he stood defiantly in front of her. On the other hand, Aoi left arm was bleeding, staining her black garb as she clutched the hilt of both her swords. The samurai gave a last shout and charged at her at full speed, his Daitou raised high over Aoi's form. She clutched the swords to her chest and gave one last push amidst the falling rain.
Not wanting it to end like that, she headbutted Allan, sending him back. Before he could recover, she swung her blade at his right arm, forcing him to drop the knife he was holding earlier. She pushed him back by swinging her knives at him until he was almost at the edge of the station. Their trains were elevated above the ground and a fall could mean the end of Allan. Luckily, as Aoi swung her knife, a tuck carrying hay slowed down. Allan took this opportunity and jumped off, the hay cushioning him as he fell. Just as Aoi had realized what he's done, the truck sped off, leaving her at the station.
"I was able to manage...this time..."
She collapsed on the cold pavement, her entire body tired from the fight.

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Alto nodded.
"Un! Setsuna-chan and the others are right! And besides, we're student observers. We could report them, you know."
Just as Aokigahara mentioned the name, Kiro could swear that Kanoko froze in her spot. Almost as if she suddenly took a bullet to the brain.
"Kanoko, calm down..."
The boy was starting to fear for his own life. Kanoko could be in a terrible mood if she wanted to. And when she was in a terrible mood, anyone, not even him, would ever want to mess with her. Just then she seemed to snap out of her daze, looking at him.
"Huh? Were you saying something, Kiro? Sorry, I wasn't paying attention."
Before he could utter another word, the girl pressed a finger to his lips and whispered into his ear.
"Sorry, Kiro, could you let me talk to Mikuru for a little while?"
She walked over to the other girl, leaving a blushing Kiro in his seat.
"Well, yeah, the others have a point. Though, you should try to refuse them too, with all your might. If they force you physically, then feel free to call us."
She added a friendly wink after that.




Ataro glanced at the two fighting men, and recognized Eradicator from the mall. Though he was leaning on supporting the mysterious, pale blonde-haired man that was Eradicator's opponent. He turned to Arata.
"Arata, I'm going over to back up that guy, the blonde one, if you don't mind."
He turned to the fight. His fingers were itching to use his scissors again, anyway.




Basileus tilted his head.
"Haah? Parts fitting? That's kinda tiring..."
Nevertheless, the automaton-dragon started to head off to the said plant, his tail dragging along behind him.
On the other hand, Skye stared at the Spirit.
"Spirit, huh? But what would a being like you want with two secluded cities like them? The factions have long forgotten about them that they'd been on neutral grounds for years now."




Yoru glared at the enemy, then released a twisted laugh.
"You? A god? Hahahaa! What a fool you are! Maybe you think you're such a 'god' because no one stands up to you in this forsaken place. What do you have against another god?!"
He was engulfed in a black smoke as he disappeared, reappearing every now and then to taunt his opponent.

On the other hand, Tsubaki looked at the girl that had come to help them out.
"Try to keep Misaki alive for me. I gotta go back up that idiot over there."
She told the other as she looked over to the man and Yoru.
"God, Hayashi. You just really want to die, do you?"

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Mikuru couldn't help but blush at all the support being offered.
'But... none of this makes any sense. I thought I just waste oxygen... And, Aokigahara-kun is defending me from something, even threatening violence... Is... Is he...?'
Mikuru shook off the thought.
'He likes you as a friend, but that's it...'
A shy smile crept up to her face.
"T-Thank you all... I-I think I'll take K-Kanako-s-san's advice. I-I don't want t-to be b-bullied by t-them but t-they usually just ve-verbally abuse m-me... T-The black eye h-here was just a r-rarity... S-So, I th-think the sc-school will n-need more proof... S-So, w-when they do get p-physically a-abusive, I-I'll call y-you guys... T-Thank you..."
Misato smiled at Mikuru.
"I guess that makes sense... I mean with those three bitches, they could easily turn the tables around Mikuru. Unless someone were to accompany her everywhere."
A red haired girl suddenly walked over to Mikuru.
"So, do you have our papers ready-"
She was cut off when she noticed the eyes staring at her. Mikuru fidgeted a bit, wondering what would happen.


Arata nodded.
"Go for it, Ataro. Just... Just be careful in case Eradicator really is Alexa's split personality."
The ambulance quickly arrived.
"Ayano just stay with me, alright? We still don't know if that blonde guy is sane either. He called himself a God as well and disappeared into smoke. I don't want to think about what might happen if something were to happen to you or Ataro."
Arata held Ayano's hand with his left and comfortingly patted the bleeding blonde's head with his right. The three were on their way to the hospital as two stretchers wheeled the blonde and the brunette in the hospital.
"Just relax. You and your friend are going to be just fine."
"Thanks... Um... Who are... you...?"
"I'm Arata Natari. This is my friend, Ayano Kujikawa."
"Arata and Ayano...? Ah! That's right!!"
The blonde suddenly started to stand up.
"H-Hey, take it easy... Those stitches could easily come out."
"Oh, right... I'm actually the same as you guys, one of the student representatives along with Tsubaki-chan and Misaki-chan~ I'm Amiya Domen."
"Really now... Still, how did you know us specifically?"
"You guys are a huge hit where we come from~! The internet is raving about this A-Brigade thing. I used to think it was just a myth but now it was actually true. Ah~ I can't wait to meet Ataro Hatsuyuki and Alexa Flarea!"
Arata was now starting to be a bit frightened of this girl.
'How can she be this cheerful all the time?'


Siren narrowed her eyes.
"I see... Well, unfortunately the grounds may be neutral but the people aren't. There are two killers loose in both cities. One is a man named Eradicator Sins. I'm not too sure about him but I do know that he's deemed insane by most people. The other is the Spirit Dancer and he's a Spirit, just like I am. He's also dangerous... What I want to know is if people from whatever you like to call yourselves can enter these facilities or if humans from over there can enter here."
Grace blinked.
"Unfortunately, that's not for me to say. You'd have to talk to one of the higher ups of Izumo, I'm just their mage."
Siren looked over at Grace.
"Hn... Then you're probably just as useless as the other humans I try to communicate with."
Grace flinched.
"I don't think me telling you that I can't help is worthy of calling me a useless human."
"It's worthy to me. What about you, dog?"


"Oh come now, three against one? Am I the only one who finds this just a tad bit unfair?"
Eradicator's eyes narrowed when he saw Ataro.
"I thought someone looked familiar. You know, keep this up and I'll regret offering you to be my partner~"

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Alto looked at the newcomer who had just come into the room. He recognized her as someone he passed by while walking with Kanoko and Kiro, and he had noticed that back then she had been staring at him strangely. He had asked Kiro what the stare meant, and the green-haired boy had grudgingly replied,
"Don't mind them. She looks at every guy who catches her interest like that."
Alto had no idea why the two looked so annoyed at the girls that were like that, but....
"Well, Kanoko-chan did tell me not to ask any more questions and she looks busy as she is already..."
For now, the young Skyefield decided to keep quiet. He brushed a lock of his dark, messy hair in slight nervousness as he waited for the fire to break out.
On the other hand, Kiro finally stood up and started to drag Kanoko away. Fear, anger, anxiety and every negative feeling had been welling up inside him the whole time he watched her, and he was not going to deal with them while Kanoko was in a very bad mood. Besides, when they were young....
Flashback...

"I said, DON'T GODDAMN TOUCH HIM!" The young boy watched as his friend literally swung a chair at the bullies surrounding them. The metal part of the chair hit one of them, causing him to fall to the ground. Kiro was dazed. He wasn't sure how his friend, the sweet yet teasing Sei could ever do such a violent thing. Sure, he was sure someone like Haya-chan could do it- she had threatened him when they first met with a deadly glare- but her? It just scared him slightly.

Then she grabbed his hand and started to lead him away, running. Once they were out of sight- she dragged him into a warehouse and locked the door-, she let go and grabbed him by the shoulders instead. "Kana-kun, you idiot! You should try to defend yourself at the very least!" He was half-frightened by her outburst. "S-Sorry..." She sighed. "Seriously...."


Kiro snapped out of his daze as he felt her try to jerk her hand out of his grip. He turned to her with a glare.
"Don't get involved in this."
He whispered sternly.
"Why not?"
He pulled her out of the classroom and out, to the back of the school. Once they arrived he let go, pinning her to the wall instead.
"I just don't want you to get hurt, dammit. You're not Haya-chan to be throwing yourself into trouble."
"I'm not exactly sure if you're strong now. Are you?"
She taunted with cold, yellow eyes.
"Well, what the hell do you want me to do? I'm not who I was before, remember?"
"Yeah, right...How much time has passed doesn't matter. You're still the Kana-kun I've known before."
He finally loosened his grip and she turned back.
"Let's just go back to the classrom. We're clear here, yeah? Forget everything that happened."
He grudgingly followed her back.




Ataro rolled his eyes at Eradicator.
"I don't remember you ever offering me to become your killing buddy. Besides, I kill for a reason."
Yoru sneered.
"Unfair? Hah, so much for the 'god' of Heavenrend. What, can't take on three?"
He taunted, a devilish grin on his face. Tsubaki finally arrived at the scene, and Yoru noticed her.
"Keep him occupied."
Her glare at him seemed to tell him that, so he continued throwing taunts at the enemy. Ataro was reaching for his scissors in his pocket, trying to spot any space where he could plunge his blade and cause a lot of pain. Tsubaki, making the best out of her 'invisibility', lifted a metal baseball bat- some guy from a gang must have left it there- and swung, aiming for Eradicator's head.




"No, we cannot. The factions don't even care about the two closed off cities. Nor can we set foot on neutral ground- We'd be ground into fine meat and might as well be cooked for hamburgers."
Skye frowned. As much as he'd like to hit the girl right now for talking like that to Grace, it was in his code of honor as a knight to not hit ladies.
"What would a Spirit like yourself be doing outside, anyway? Most especially on the harbor of a weapons supplier of Schwarze...."



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Eradicator's grin only widened at Ataro's words.
"Oh, right~ Because your bloodlust had overtaken you at that point."
Eradicator then turned to Yoru.
"I never said I couldn't handle you all~ I just said it was a bit unf-"
His words were cut off when the bat Tsubaki swung made contact with his head. Something inside him changed in that instant and Alexa bolted awake.
"Ow..."
To the outside eye, Eradicator's voice grew noticeably softer and more feminine.
"I'd be thanking you for smacking some sense into him but unfortunately, you hit me too..."
Looking up, Eradicator's eyes had turned into Alexa's normally purple hue.
"Why are you guys staring at me like that- Wait, Ataro? Then that means..."
Alexa's violet eyes widened as she realized what was happening. She was in Eradicator's body right now and there was a good chance that Ataro now knows everything. The only rational thing Alexa could think about doing at the moment was to run so that's what she did. She bolted past the three and ran for the nearest alleyway she could find in an attempt to lose them in the darkness.


Mikuru continued to fidget as the bully stared at the others.
"Well, well, well~ It seems Takano has more friends than I thought she did~ I'll just get our homework from her and we can move on."
Despite the sweetness coming from her voice, the girl was pissed that Mikuru had friends. Mikuru just shakily handed over the homework, avoiding eye contact. Misato looked over at her.
"She was one of the bullies, huh?"
Mikuru just nodded, losing her voice due to fear.

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"Well, that was a bit mean. I'll have to bring that up when we meet with the administration later on."
Setsuna made a mental note to herself reminding her to state that problem when she makes the report later on. Ciel looked on as the events transpired, wondering if the girl saw her annoyed gaze.
"Guess she got cold feet after seeing all of us. Can't do anything much about it for now, I guess."
She sighed, sitting back into her chair. Aokigahara approached Alto in the meantime.
"If you need some evidence regarding the bullying, I can ask the security firm for some footage. I'll get it after class."
He volunteered, wanting to do all that he can for now.



While Arata was making small talk with the blonde who was slashed, Ayano looked over to the collapsed girl on her side. She was breathing normally now albeit, unconscious. Strange but, this girl kind of reminded her of someone. Someone she met a long time ago.
"Why do you look familiar? Have we met somewhere before?"
Ayano said in a whisper, even if the person she was addressing couldn't hear her.



As Iruga was walking back to their main hall, he passed by Grace talking with some strange looking being. She seemed human but, her flow was slightly different. He had seen this race before, when he fought in the war against the Nephilim a long time ago. She was a Spirit, remnants of the deceased that somehow managed to remain on earth.
"Ooh...catfight..."
He started walking towards them, just in time to see Skye address the issue at hand. He laughed at how knight's always tend to stay to their code no matter what.
"Excuse me, Ms.Spirit but technically we can enter neutral states with proper permission. The thing is, those two cities have fallen behind in terms of everything, be it technology, energy source and even politics. Therefore, negotiations cannot be done properly. Besides, as you can see, our factions are currently in the middle of a grand zero-sum game with each other. The peace between them hangs by a thread. Only those hard-pressed diplomats and the treaty of that was agreed on during the last Faction War is the only thing that prevents the two sides from firing shots at each other. Our higher-ups may not have the time and manpower to spare to resolve some issues in non-member cities.
Iruga tried to explain the situation at hand. Unlike Skye and Grace, he can be considered as one of the higher-ups. He leaned back a bit.
"Still, calling Grace a useless human is kind of a low-blow. She is a refugee here coming from the Order. Izumo's policy is to always help out refugees that seek shelter. The soldiers here is ready to open fire for her sake at a drop of a hat. Technically, you are no longer human but so are a majority of citizens here. We are more than capable of destroying ethereal beings. I suggest you accompany these two to the meeting grounds. You can plead your case there as they plead theirs. If fate is on your side, then maybe they will offer their aid after all."
Iruga proceeded to walk past them, hoping that he managed to clear up some things.

Meanwhile...
Chloe flew through the skies of the territories of the European Union. This was the center block of several existing factions. Schwarze is based on Germany and encompasses several nearby territories with some blocks stationed in Russia, some parts of the states and a few territories in Asia. The Order originated from Britain, the origin of the earliest Knights and includes those with shared ideologies. The Vatican is the smallest yet most influential block of all. They are concentrated in Vatican City and encompasses all territories within a large radius. It was in this block that Chloe originally has business with.

Reaching the main military harbor, she transmitted a call to inform the coast guard of her statues and affiliation. Her Phenex Breaker is currently in Fighter Mode and has limited combat capabilities.
"Vatican control. This is an envoy from Schwarze Abend. Requesting permission to board the Innocence X that is currently docked here."
The response surprised Chloe though. Soon, two flight-capable mecha took off and headed out to intercept her, firing at her with their rifles. Chloe managed to evade them without much difficulty but the reason why was puzzling her.
"Vatican control! What is the meaning of this?"
"This is the Vatican territory coast guard. We have severed ties with your faction as of yesterday. In accordance with the new treaty with our allied faction, the Order, we will shoot down any vessel or craft not belonging to either one of us that tries to enter our skies."
"What?!"
Chloe looked up and saw the two mechs have started to close in on her. They were the Vatican's main mass-produced machine, the Inquisitor. Annoyed at this, Chloe performed a quick mid-air transformation, going from fighter to mecha in a matter of seconds. She took out her plasma blade and retaliated. There were two enemies but in terms of engineering, Schwarze had the better specs. She maneuvered in between them, disabling both machines by cutting off their main arm and binders, sending them crashing to the sea. She reverted back into fighter mode and left the airspace.
"Well, it seems that the rumors regarding Vatican and the Order was true. They have formed an alliance and are no longer on friendly terms with us. They even attempted to shoot me down."
Chloe reported back to the Chairman of her faction. He only shrugged it off and assigned a new mission this time.
"They got us on this one. Head to Izumo's main block for now. I'll prepare the necessary arrangements. Try to see if you can get them to form an alliance with us."
"I'll try but, don't we have bad blood with that faction? We were its main enemy during the last Faction War after all. Personally, I don't see this ending well."
"It can't hurt to try Chloe. Besides, now that those two European hotshots have merged, Izumo might have a slight change of mind. In this war, no one stands a chance alone."
The transmission ended there. Chloe maneuvered to head to Izumo as well. Izumo was a block that sprung up to accomodate several refugees, regardless of race. It had become a neutral sanctuary of sorts. The Order's citizens were mostly composed of Half-beasts and Mages. Vatican has some angels but most of the celestial and infernal races went back to their respective domains after the Faction War. Their citizenry is mostly Human and Automaton. But Izumo boasts the largest diversity of all. It is a block that sprung up based on old U.N policies and is centered on former Japan and US. It was now the next destination.



As Aoi rested on one of the benches, exhausted from the fight, she sent a telephatic call to Siren, the only Spirit with a strong enough signal.
"We are you now? Your presence suddenly disappeared from this city."

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Grace felt a bit happier when Izumo and Skye defended her. She was blushing a bit when Skye defended her. Siren on the other hand just raised an eyebrow.
"So the neutral grounds are savages compared to what is available around this area... Interesting little detail."
Siren then turned to Skye.
"As for where I come from, dog... I come from one of the two neutral grounds. Figure out which one it is yourself."
Grace's eyes narrowed.
"Hey... I would appreciate it if you stopped calling Skye a dog. He's a half beast and a knight."
"Is that supposed to have a meaning to me?"
"It means that you are supposed to address him with respect. I do not care if you degrade me. I do not care if you regard me as useless, but you do not treat Skye like dirt. Otherwise... Let's just say that Order members are less merciful than Izumo members, even if they have turned to Izumo."
"So the mage can show emotion. How long have you had this silly crush on him anyway?"
Grace felt herself blushing when Siren mentioned her crush on Skye. Shaking it away, she offered Siren a glare.
"Does that matter to you? I thought all you cared about was getting your memories back."
"I do. It's just... fascinating to see how useless of a person you really are. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure your magic is amazing but that means nothing when one has an abandonment complex like yourself."
Grace froze in place as a memory came back.
"Mother!!! Mother, please wake up! Please... Don't leave me all alone..."
Grace's 13 year old frame was shaking as her mother passed on. The tears constantly flowed down from her eyes.
"Maybe... Maybe my magic can revive her!"
Her eyes became slightly more hopeful as she put her hand over her mother's heart.
"Please, please work... Revive!"
Nothing happened. Grace tried over and over again but the same thing happened. Grace cried alone that night, voices taunting her that it was her fault that she was dead, that no one else will ever come near her again and that she should just give up and accept her fate of isolation. For the longest time she was convinced that it was the case. Not once did she speak to anyone in the Order until a chance meeting with Skye.

The flashback had ended and Grace was seething at this point.
"There are some lines you should never cross... And you just crossed one of them with that very sentence."
Siren's eyes narrowed.
"I'm not afraid of you. I'm aware that you both can kill me but I can just as easily kill you. So-"
Siren's eyes widened when she got a message from Aoi. Her eyes closed as she sent a message back.
'Right, I'll come back. I was merely exploring...'
Her eyes opened.
"As much as I would love to continue this debate, I have something worthy of my time that needs to be accomplished. Don't worry, I won't come back so you don't need to press charges."
The Spirit disappeared in the blink of an eye shortly after. Grace sighed and failed to notice that tears had been built up. All she was focused on at the moment was calming herself down.
"It... It's not true... I... I won't be alone... right...?"


Siren appeared before Aoi, her eyes grew worried when she saw her in an abused state.
"Aoi!"
Siren ran to her and knelt down to her side.
"What the hell happened to you?! I know I'm not supposed to worry since Spirits heal naturally, but... We still need to get you to a safe area. Spirit Dancer could try and take advantage of this situation and I do not feel like fighting him at the moment."
Siren picked Aoi up bridal style and teleported over to a dark alleyway. She breathed a sigh of relief as she set Aoi against the nearby wall.
"We should be safe here..."
Siren could then hear footsteps. Drawing out her bow and arrows, she was prepared for anyone to come at her. The person in particular was a white haired male with violet eyes. He seemed to notice her and Aoi and his eyes widened.
"N-No way... That's impossible. You died! I saw your dead body!!!"
Siren's own eyes widened a bit.
"Maria... How are you still alive?!"
'Maria... That name sounds so familiar... Come to think of it, so does he. But, something's not right... His eyes... they don't match the rest of his body in what hazy glimpses I get of him.'
As Siren was ready to ask questions, the man suddenly remembered something.
"Shit that's right! I can't let Ataro and those other two find me. If they do... Maria, let's meet again, okay? I'll be in a different body this time, a female one with black hair and the same eyes. Try to find me... Goodbye until then!"
The man then dashed off almost as quickly as he appeared. Siren couldn't help but feel confused.
"Maria... Maria what? The least he could have done was give me a last name! Well... at least I have something to go after in terms of getting my memories back."

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"Ah, thanks Aokigahara-kun..."
Alto drifted off into a daze of thoughts. His eyes went blank, but two finger snaps to his face finally snapped him out of his self-inflicted daze.
"U-Uwa!"
"Didn't you see me?"
He blinked, staring at the man that was in front of him.
"Ah, Kiro-kun! I was wondering where you guys went..."
Kiro shrugged, his hand reaching up to run through his dark green hair.
"Kana-kun! Just because I said we're going back to the classroom didn't mean you had to go first!"
A panting Kanoko finally caught up to her friend, stopping to catch her breath. Alto stared at the two.
"Did you leave her behind?"
"Eh, her fault."
"How the hell was it my fault, Mr. Cold-Hearted? I can hear you by the way!"
"It just is."
Then she felt a hand on her head, looking up to see the boy with a triumphant smirk on his face.
"I win this round."
Alto smiled at the two. He wasn't entirely sure how people in Crescent were, but well, he just guessed he had to get used to it if he wanted to get along with everyone. And they'd all be smiling and--

Stab.

Alto's eyes widened as he felt that pain again. He gripped at his vest, gritting his teeth.
"Please....not now..."




Ataro looked in awe at the green-haired girl. Yoru whistled.
"W-Whoa."
"As expected of dear Tsubaki-chan~"
Tsubaki glared at him before looking at the man she had hit. He had spoken in a more feminine voice and this surprised the young Hayashi. Yoru blinked as she ran away. Ataro snapped out of his daze.
"Shit! Alexa! Alexa come back!"
He started running after the girl, ignoring that she was Eradicator Sins all along. Yoru and Tsubaki were left behind, Yoru with his arms crossed behind his head.
"Split personality?"
He shrugged, trying to walk away.
"Not my problem, so I'll be on my way now--"
"Goddamn I forgot!"
Tsubaki grabbed him by the back of his hood. Yoru struggled against her comically.
"Whaaa--!! Lemme go, Tsubaki-chan!!"
"No, you idiot. You're comin' with me to the hospital."




Skye approached the mage who was in near tears.
"Grace, are you alright?"
He asked softly, his hand resting on her back in an attempt on comforting her.
"You're not alone, you must be sure of that."
He spoke in his most comforting tone possible. That Spirit must have went and stepped on a landmine.
On the other hand....
Basileus sighed as he tried to stand up, what with the cannons attached to his back. He grumbled.
"This is too damn heavy!"
"Don't worry, sir, you'll get used to it."
"Still..!"



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Misato saw that Alto was clutching his chest.
"Oi, Alto! Are you okay?!"
Misato walked over to him.
"Take some deep breaths, okay? Miku-chan, do you think he needs to go to the Nurse's?"
Mikuru snapped out of her fear and went over to Misato and Alto.
"I-I can't t-tell... A-Alto should k-know if it's s-serious. Although it l-looks serious... W-Will you b-be okay...?"
Despite her questions, Mikuru was considering taking Alto to see a nurse. Misato turned to Setsuna.
"Setsu-chan, do you know how to deal with situations like this?"


Alexa eventually made it to a dark alley. She hid in the darkness in-between two trash cans leaning against the wall. Silent tears ran down her face.
'Why...?! Why did they have to find out about who I am?! Why did Eradicator have to kill my family?! But... Maria is back somehow... How though? She doesn't seem to know who I am... That really hurts but I could teach her. I'll have all the time in the world to teach her now that Ataro will undoubtedly kick me out...'
As Alexa continued to mull over her situation, she could hear footsteps and saw a hooded figure. Alexa's eyes widened and she kept her breathing as quiet as she could. She shut her eyes tightly, stopping the flow of tears, and hugged her knees tightly.
'I can't let him find me... If I keep as quiet as possible, maybe he won't find me.'
Alexa silently prayed that her plan would work and then listened in to what Ataro would say.


Arata and Amiya continued to make small talk while waiting for Amiya's friends to arrive.
"Arata-kun? How is Misaki-chan doing? I'm a bit worried about her, Tsubaki-chan and Hoodie-kun..."
"Misaki should be alright... I'm not too sure about the other two though. They were fighting against Eradicator but..."
"But what...?"
Arata fell silent. He was still somewhat reeling over the idea that Alexa could be Eradicator.
"Arata...? Please tell me what's going on. I may be okay with being stabbed but I don't want to have any of my other friends hurt..."
Sighing, Arata then turned to Amiya.
"Then... I guess I should tell you the whole story from the beginning."


Grace was snapped out of her focus when she heard Skye comforting her. She would have normally started to blush and stammer but she was too emotionally drained to do so.
"You're right... I'm not alone. Forgive me if I came off as unreasonable in my discussion with that Spirit. I just... I just couldn't stand it when she spoke horrible things about you and I. And then she figured out my fear of being alone... Heh. I really am useless, huh?"

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Seeing Alto hunched over, reeling in pain, Setsuna approached him and took out some pills from her pocket and made Alto take one.
"That's a strong but safe painkiller. It will help with the pain but you still need to go to the Nurse's office. Aokigahara-san, Amane-kun, could you please help him get to the Nurse's office?"
"No problem. Here, let me help you up."
As Aokigahara let Alto helped Alto up on his feet, he realized that despite his height and stature, Alto was surprisingly light and frail. Well, it only means that they'll be able to get him to the nurse's office easily.
"We gotta go. Come on Amane-kun. Hang in there Alto-san."
As they left the room with Alto, Ciel approached Setsuna.
"Will he be alright? What was that pill you gave him anyway."
"Oh, this? It's something I use for my legs when they start acting up. It helps the muscles relax. Don't worry, I've done my research. It's perfectly safe for even him to take."
Setsuna smiled at this, happy that she was able to find a way to help despite her condition.



Ayano watched the sleeping form of the woman lying on the bed in her hospital room. She couldn't help but wonder. She thought that she saw this girl before. She just couldn't quite remember where or when it was. Suddenly, the girl stirred and slowly opened her eyes to the white surroundings around her.
"W-where a-am I?"
"You're in the hospital. You passed out when you saw your friend get stabbed."
"E-eh? Ayano-chan?"
Ayano was surprised that the girl recognize her and even called her by name as well. She was even more puzzled now.
"Sorry, I don't remember...?"
"It's me, Misaki. Aokigahara Misaki."
"Ah..."
Ayano finally remembered. Misaki was her childhood friend when they were still living in the country. They always played under an old tree for long periods of time. Hard for her to believe that it was only seven years.
"I'm surprised that you still remember who I am."
"W-well, you haven't change much at all Ayano-chan. T-then I heard about your c-club so, I-I remembered."
"Can't say the same for you. You look older than your age."
Misaki and Ayano reminisced about the past a bit. Ayano, for one, was glad that she could see an old friend again.
"S-small world huh?"
"Small world."



Chloe was now flying over neutral waters. She passed by a series of islands that was ravaged during the old war. Nature has started reclaiming several parts of the islands but, ruins of old machines and fallen automatons still litter the area. Chloe landed on one of the islands where she saw a house. As she walked around, she noticed a bunch of kids; human and half-breeds, hiding behind some of the ruined parts. A middle aged man approached her with some kids trailing behind him.
"Forgive me, these children are not used to seeing outsiders."
Chloe was invited inside the house where the man gave her some water. The television was turned on to the news broadcast announcing the new Vatican-Order alliance. Their provisions include: environmental purposes, rehabilitation of ravaged areas, arms trade and joint cooperation in research and development.
"That was quite unexpected. Do you think it will work out well?"
The man asked Chloe.
"No. Not without problems at least. The Vatican is too discriminating and a bit too traditional to accept some policies of the Order. Not to mention that the Order is quite open to witches and ex-demons who are not commonly accepted in the Vatican."
"I see. Too bad, I was hoping that they could do some rehabilitation around these parts."
Chloe felt a little bad after crushing something this man is looking forward to. She quietly finished the water that was given to her and thanked the man. She noticed a kid had walked up to her with an angry expression on his face.
"I hate Schwarze! When I grow up, I'm gonna kill all of you! Urgh!"
The child tried to kick Chloe's leg but she managed to move it away in time. Enraged, the kid stormed out of the room, while others followed him behind.
"Hey, that was rude. Sorry about that. He lost his family when Schwarze retook Austria during the last war."
Chloe left a few minutes afterwards. Now that a very influential and discriminating faction has allied itself with another one, the future of Schwarze in case a war breaks out is bleak. They'll practically be standing alone and the fact that they are mostly normal humans doesn't help. She shrugged off these thoughts from her mind as she approached Izumo airspace just as the sun is starting to rise.



Aoi watched as the weird man walked away from her and Siren. She loosened her grip on her knives and relaxed a bit. She turned to face Siren and asked.
"Hey, have any of your memories come back lately upon arriving at this city?"
While waiting for Siren to answer, she continued narrating the incident earlier.
"I fought a man at the train station earlier. He was only human, but he managed to cause this much damage. I remembered a scene from my past after that incident."
Aoi tapped the part on her shoulder where she was stabbed. She remembered her sudden flashback. She fought that dragon-masked and fully armored samurai. Aside from that, the rains were heavy and they were in a forest. She wasn't sure but somehow, she realized that the scene didn't look anything like the modern times.
"Hmmm...I think I'm older than I thought."

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Alto gasped for breath after taking the painkiller Setsuna offered him. He panted a bit more, as he felt his heart relax just a bit as the pill's effects took place.
"H-Ha... T-Thanks, Setsuna-chan..."
He took a deep breath as he was taken to the clinic to rest. Later the two that had walked him to the classroom came in.
"I'm guessing that was your disease."
He nodded weakly, staring at the green-haired man.
"Yes... If Setsuna-chan didn't give me the painkiller, I would have fainted right away after the chest pains."
"That means you shouldn't burn yourself out too much, right?"
He nodded again, then looked at the others with his usual smile.
"Ah, thanks for bringing me here....everyone."




Ataro ran on, nearly getting hit by a truck in the process. He scrambled to his feet and started running again, his black and red sneakers thudding against the ground. Finally reaching a dark alleyway, he looked around, panting.
"Alexa! Where are you!?"
He looked around once more until he swore he saw something- no, someone shivering just in a corner. He approached quietly, breathing finally stabilizing.
"Alexa? Hey..."




Skye frowned, rubbing her back.
"No, you aren't useless. Don't worry. Besides, I wouldn't have made it out of the Order if it weren't for you."
On the other hand, Basileus looked at the workers that were checking if the new parts had a positive reaction to his body. Nodding, one of the scientists looked up at him.
"Sir, you may want to see something. Follow us, please."
"Cool, so can I take off the new armor for a while?"
"Um, sure."
He ejected the armor, then followed the scientist into another hangar, where he saw many workers and even more scientists.
"What's going on here?"
"Sir, we're glad to present you this."
The lights flipped on, showing two other dragons, unconscious. Basileus hadn't sensed their essence- Maybe they were put to sleep for something? Parts, like the new one he was fitted with, were being attached to the dragons.
"Sweet, I get my own dragon-automaton comrades?!"
He exclaimed, feeling nostalgia well up in him. He hadn't seen a dragon in so long....




Yoru and Tsubaki were now walking side-by-side. The green-haired girl had grown calmer now, her hands shoved into her pockets.
"By the way, you."
"Hm~? The great Tsubaki Hayashi wants to ask me something? I'm honored~"
"Who are you, anyway?"
Yoru stopped walking and turned to her with a smirk.
"Ah, well. I guess it's time for me to say it already, right?"
He grinned as he took a bow in front of her.
"I am Yoru Yurasaki, at your service."
She raised an eyebrow at him.
"Huh? So you came from that family?"
"Aww~ Did your family tell you about ours?
She nodded, stopping her walk too.
"Being someone who came from the Hayashi bloodline, I should definitely know that. The Yurasaki family, who originated from England. Shot down by nobles who were after your blood from England. Your family transferred into this place in a futile attempt to hide, didn't they?"
Yoru grimaced. Then he smirked at her again.
"You know a lot."
"It's my job."
Tsubaki flashed him a grin before walking again. Upon reaching the hospital, Tsubaki went to Misaki's room. Yoru decided to go to Amiya to introduce himself properly or something.
"Ah, Misaki, you're awake already?"
"Yo~ You better already?"