[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 29 [Finale]

Colours of Change – Chapter 29

He was out of the room. He kicked off the slope that existed in front of the door outside the palace and started swimming as fast as he could back to the dock. The alarm sounded once more. It seemed like a very bad situation. Soldiers were swarming towards the entrance from all direction. Many came out of the palace, many ran from the marketplace.

“Excuse us.” Snow muttered and took a bow, before dashing out to catch up with Kierix.

“Such active youths we have here.” The Emperor smiled and waved in response.

“We were once like that four hundred years ago.” The Empress giggled in response. She could still fondly remember the time with the emperor when they were as young as the kids.

“It has been a long while.” he agreed.

He finally reached the tower. In front of him was more swarms of soldiers dashing into the tower. The tower have changed its mode to exit. The flow of water was reversed, pushing the soldiers up from the bottom as soon as they enter the tower. He waited for the crowd to clear before swimming into it and following the flow.

Just as he was about to enter the tower, Snow appeared from behind and swam into the tower at the same time as he did. The current was strong; without them swimming or pushing themselves upwards, they were able to be sent up the tower. It took less than five minutes to reach the top. That was a setting that was adjusted to during such emergencies. Many soldiers patrolled at the top. They held their two metre tall shields up, blocking in front of the tower. The great number of defence-based soldiers created a circular barrier around the tower. The shields link up together with a blue inscription band, and when all of the shields linked up, a hemispherical shield capped the whole area around them, covering the tower. The attack-based soldiers held lances and smaller shields that were more mobile. They stood on the water lining the inner side of the outer protective layer, preparing themselves for the upcoming attack. In the far distance, nearly the whole horizon was flooded with purple creatures approaching the dock at a tremendous speed.

Kierix hopped over the gigantic shield with his air step and watched the purple creatures move towards their current location above the defence-based soldiers. It was really quick. In less than thirty seconds, they arrived outside the barrier and started attacking it. The attack-based soldiers immediately reacted and started preparing to throw their lances at the threat that was facing them.

As soon as he saw the creatures that had purple strips on them, he could instantly tell that they were all class five virus that infected humans. He had better alert Alex to come up to help with the separation of the virus. He looked to his right, then left, spotting Snow.

“Snow, can you help me call Alex up here, I need him as fast as possible.” he said. He looked back to the battlefield. There was a little more time before anything else happens. For now, the quickest solution to deal with the situation was with Alex. However, if Alex did not arrive on time, the second quickest method would be to demolish each creature slowly.

In the next moment, all the lances were launched. As soon as the lances left their hands, they quickly moved, but slowed down immediately before they were about to leave the barrier. It was a beautiful scene to observe, all the lances moved slowly, if not stopped in the air. If one did not see the infected humans, they would have thought it was a grand performance. All the lances were thrown uniformly at the same time. On the lances were the bronze clocks, and the clock arms slowly ticked down. The soldiers muttered a spell each and the lances reappeared on their hands. Replacing the lances were lances that were made with highly pressurised water. The clock arms continued to tick down. The soldiers muttered another spell each, and the water lances started to boil, while keeping their shape. The first soldier from the left muttered a new spell to end the chain to the spells. At the same time, the clocks on the spears have finished their allotted time and shot out of the barrier. As soon as the first lance shot out of the barrier, the lance exploded, creating a chain explosion, causing the rest to explode along from left to right. Instead of a lance that could cut through one infected, the explosion created an explosion that threw all the infected that were nearest to the barrier and destroyed them completely, breaking the line of attack. However, there were more to arrive.

Mages behind the defensive line started to reinforce the shield. As soon as the lances blew, the reinforced shield shattered due to the impact and the old shield remained standing. The old shield were also quickly repaired by the mages. Looking at the scene ahead of him, he really could tell the soldiers had much training, seeing how the whole attacking sequence properly carried out without any flaws. Even after that hit, there were more infected ready to continue attacking. The soldiers started preparing for their next sequence when Alex dashed up.

“Start casting your spell. Rid the virus off them.” Kierix turned around to face his friend, getting a nod back as a response.

“Dispello Valens!” He whipped out his magic wand from his pocket and swung it. The white magic circle reappeared, and spikes started appearing out of the magic circle. The spikes shot out instantly when they were ready, piercing through the distant creatures, pulling the virus out of several humans and wrapping the virus, preventing the virus from reentering the humans temporarily. There was only ten spikes per shot, allowing only ten to be hit at once. The magic circle started spinning vigorously, reloading itself. When spikes appeared a little, the magic circle slowed itself down, and the spikes slowly extended, and in a short moment’s time, it shot out once more. The whole process took ten seconds. In a minute, about an eighth of the creatures had their virus detached.

Taking the opportunity, Kierix dashed ahead in the air and held his knife on the end most of the hilt with the tip of his fingers, giving him the greatest possible range. Right after, he jumped out of the barrier, before beginning to massacre at the floating virus strips. The creatures below began to look up towards him. He was a threat to them. The creatures began to jump towards him to attack him. As soon as one was about to reach him, he noticed it and instantly dodged away, but the next one jumped straight towards him. Just as it was landing on him, a white spike pierced through it and pulled the virus out, allowing the body to drop on the floor and the virus to stay afloat. Kierix cut it into two, allowing it to disintegrate before he moved on to the next. The whole process took a long while but the amount of infected seemed overwhelming.

“Move now!” Alex shouted to him. The highly pressurised water lances shot out in an instant, exploding in the infected’s faces. There were more that were reinforcing the ones ahead. He was not keeping up to the amount of viruses and soon, there were more strips of virus in the air than the infected. As soon as the next wave of spikes shot out, all the infected were no longer infected; their virus stayed afloat in the air and they were temporarily immune. The scene looked a little menacing even without the infected hitting the barrier. Kierix jumped away from all the strips, standing thirty metres away from the nearest one. Pressure seemed to emanate from the great amount of viruses.

The white spells were slowly corroded by the virus, and in no time, they were free. However, the strips did not return to their hosts. They started sticking to one another, creating one gigantic ball of virus when they were done.

Knowing it was not a great time to be outside the barrier, he wanted to head back in. But he had a feeling he had to deal with it. It looked very menacing. He could hear Alex shouting at him to go back in, but his body would not move. He looked back at the virus. He knew it was becoming a class eight virus. This class eight virus had no host yet could fight on. No one behind him could easily destroy it, neither could he. He knew even with the sequential hits, they could only deal minor damage to the thing.

He pulled out his magic book from the air instinctively. He just knew. He did not know how he knew what to do but he did. It glowed brightly. He flipped to the next page after the air step. The words reformed themselves. Air Flow. The page glowed with a bright gold, before settling back in the usual light brown of a book. The words themselves turned gold however.

“Aer Imperium!” he pointed his palm at the virus ahead of him. He could feel the wind blowing stronger and stronger, but he was not affected. He just wanted to destroy the virus, and he felt he could. He could feel himself with the wind. The calm wind started moving. From a transparent air flow, golden orbs started appearing in the air, flowing along with the wind. He commandeered the wind to focus around the virus. Big waves began to form around the area, but the dock was unaffected within the barrier. His hair was blown along by the wind, but it did not matter. He closed his finger and wrapped it into a fist, and the wind sped up instantly.

The virus was surrounded by the raging wind and gold orbs gathered around it. The virus had a new form. It was a full fledged sentient creature, able to control itself. The virus started to move towards him, but the wind was too strong for the virus to get near him. The virus could not move. The wind was pushing him back to a position where it was and every time it moved, not only did the virus waste energy and spent a few virus strands, the wind cut it from all directions, damaging more of its virus strips, causing them to turn grey and disintegrate. The ball of virus was still huge, bigger than Kierix if they were compared.

She were confused. How was the virus not able to move? Suddenly, a great wind entered the protective dome barrier. The wind swept across the entire dome and her hair started flying. She saw gold glowing light orbs in the midst of the fierce wind and realised what happened. The book on his hands unlocked a new spell for him. She found it familiar. It was similar to the one she have seen before… Swift Zephyr’s spell.

The wind continued to blow fiercely from behind him. The virus was slowly getting smaller. The virus could not move. He looked at one of the guards, before speaking softly. “Cast the time spell and the explosive spell on my knife.” He passed the message instantly with the winds, allowing the guard to hear him over the sound of the wind. Everyone was looking at him from below.

The guard heard what he said and instantly began the casting procedure. The other guards looked back at the guard and noticed his actions. Instantly, a clock appeared on the knife. The arms have not yet began ticking. He held it on his hands and as soon as the knife was armed with the explosive spell, he flung it out. He moved his body to the opposite side of where he was facing, behind the virus and stood in the way of the knife. He counted down. The knife started to vibrate, and a bronze ring expanded from the knife when the time was up, allowing it to work as per normal and with the assistance of the wind, the knife instantly shot through the virus, exploding within and returning to his hands. The virus strips were instantly disconnected from one another, losing the tethered state, and started to disintegrate.

Kierix was tired. He have never casted such a spell with such strength, but he knew he did it. He closed his eyes, started to fall. The spell book disappeared as it left his hands. He did not know what happened after that, but he knew one thing. The change that occurred in the last moment allowed him to destroy the virus. Change was beautiful.

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[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 28

Colours of Change – Chapter 28

His reflexes tugged him back to reality. The world slowed down a little and he had time to react. He turned his body around and faced Snow. He used his magic, and stepped on a newly created magic circle that floated beneath him, kicking him upwards. Meanwhile his arms already caught on Snow, and pulled her along with him. He flew upwards, creating another air step to allow him to rebalance himself, standing ten metres above ground. It was definitely an infected.

The creature was unable to reach them. It was frustrated. It surfaced out of the water, to reveal itself. It was the kraken that was heard in fairytales and myths. It stood on the bridge. The bridge was surprisingly very strong, able to remain in one piece when the kraken sat on top of it. Its tentacles started shooting the two’s way.

As the tentacle shot his way, he immediately let go of the lady in his hands, allowing her to jump away, before he dodged the attack. He had no attacking power; he would only lose his knife in the depths of the sea if he threw it and he would be flanked from all directions from all the tentacles. There was no way he could attack without any ranged abilities. He could only dodge. He jumped away as another tentacle was sent his way. He looked to his side, Snow seemed to be able to damage the kraken easily, with the kraken lack in mobility.

She put her hand forward, and a magic circle appeared, splitting into two and separating outwards slowly. When her staff fully appeared, the magic circle faded and she gripped tight on it. She pulled the staff to shoulder level and assumed a throwing posture. Without hesitating, she sent the staff the kraken’s way. Mid flight, the staff shredded and reformed itself, giving the tip a sharper edge and becoming a sharp javelin which headed directly at the kraken’s head.

In reaction to her offence, the kraken pulled up a tentacle, protecting its head. The javelin flew swiftly and in a split second, there was contact between the javelin and the kraken. The next moment made Snow drop her jaw. The ice javelin bounced off the kraken and fell onto the ground. But after awhile of thinking, she knew why it bounced off. She reformed the javelin on her arm, and instantly jumped away, dodging the kraken’s tentacle that shot her way. She could detect magical signatures from her javelin. There was a defensive magic spell that was casted just before the javelin pierced the kraken.

“Stop, guardian. We’ll take over from here.” The one who used the spell appeared from the cylindrical structure. That was the only kraken that was left after the humans killed many of its race and now it was infected. However, they had to protect it and not let it fall by anything. Many human shaped guards appeared from behind the man and dashed in front, holding shields high up to defend themselves.They walked on water, surrounding the kraken which was shocked by its enemies’ sudden increase in numbers. For a moment, it did not know what to do, but the next moment, it swung its tentacle at the guard. The guard held up his shield to protect himself, which succeeded. But the shield started to melt from top down. Noticing the corrosion of his shield, the guard dropped his shield on the ground to protect himself. Within seconds, the shield melted completely and even left nothing behind. The kraken continued to swing its tentacle towards the man who spoke. The man swung his arm, and a similar magical barrier that protected the kraken from Snow’s javelin appeared, blocking the kraken’s attack at him. However, the barrier that protected him broke down into countless shards, disappearing into thin air.

He felt afraid. He did not know what would happen if he went down to have a close-ranged fight with the kraken. But that made him wonder. The kraken had no clear or transparent body parts, and the thing that tugged on before the kraken appeared did not corrode him. What was the creature? He had better be cautious. Looking at the guards, he saw the guards holding a needle each.

After awhile, the kraken began to sink back into it’s enclosure. A glass sphere way bigger than the kraken appeared from below, closing its door after the kraken entered it. The kraken had no motion after the creature entered the enclosure. To cause the creature to be tamed, they probably injected a tranquilizing drug into it.

“Let’s head towards the meeting hall shall we. We are running late already.” The man instantly turned around without introducing himself and walked towards the structure. The guards followed close behind.

Kierix looked at the man ahead of him. He did not like any bit of his attitude, but he walked back to the bridge. Surprisingly, both their shoes were still on the bridge, intact and untouched. He put on his socks and shoes and stood up, looking at Snow, who was done putting on her footwear. She looked impassive however and did not seem like she cared about the man at all. They slowly made their way to the cylindrical structure which looked beautiful. Kierix realised why the structure looked bright. It was not because there were artificial lighting. Light from the moon shone on it, and the structure spread the light and amplified it, while spreading the remainder downwards, lighting up the entire building. It was a crystalline tower, and had a high level of transparency. There was a staircase and a hole in the middle. Beyond the height they were standing at, it was completely filled with water. Walking on the stairs were not ideal with the water resistance. It would take a longer time. Taking the middle path and sink… Even worse.

“Don’t worry, just jump into it.” She spoke after she placed her finger on Kierix’s head. She casted two spells on him, one that allowed him to breathe in water and the other that allowed him to see without eye irritation. Seeing as to how he stood still and not jump into what seemed to be a never ending flooded hole, she pushed the finger, pushing Kierix down into the water before jumping into it. Every time the staircase reached the point where the staircase started, creating a full loop, the tower has a three-inch line of inscription that ran across the level. On other parts of the tower, there were windows that allowed others to view the places in the sea, but it was night time, there was hardly any light to be able to see the surroundings.

After awhile, they reached the base of the tower. It took about 5 minutes of sinking to reach that far, swimming downwards did not help to make it any quicker. At the base, there were signs to show the way, but rare. It was different from the Plant Kingdom, the marketplace was not located anywhere near the entrance, but the light of the marketplace was visible from the entrance. The noise of the crowd could be heard too. They looked at the signs. Following the one that said palace, they continued on. There was no sign that wrote meeting hall, but palace was the most relevant of all, so they went that way.

The seabed was not as flat as they thought to be. There was many small underwater hills and trenches. The path they were walking on was built on top of a trench, so they were hidden by underwater hills from both direction. On the path, there were not many people going the same way. It was rather quiet. The path was lit up by glowing corals and rocks. After all that he have experienced, he was no longer surprised at the uniqueness of the world unknown to humans. While he swam forward, Snow followed close behind.

When a huge building came into view, they were out of the trench and they were in front of a somewhat flat seabed that surrounded the building. Instantly, he could tell they were there.

“Guardian, please head this way.” A uniformed fishman… or guard pointed towards the interior and lead them forward. Kierix gave him a nod and followed. The interior was huge, with much space within. It was well decorated, with red banners with golden lining that contrasted with the blue sea placed in many places, as well as golden chandeliers that held glowing candles. Every nook and cranny of the palace was intricately designed with complicated patterns. When they reached the meeting hall, the guard opened the door and left them behind, allowing them to walk in by themselves.

Inside the meeting hall was a large rectangular table, with the Emperor seated at the end of it. The Empress and princess sat left and right of him respectively. On the other hand, Calidis sat to the right of the other end, with Alex sitting next to her.

Still unfamiliar with the formal greetings, Kierix walked in and bowed down as he entered. Snow followed suit and took the seat next to him.

“Welcome to the Aqua Empire, Kierix, the guardian of the Central Party and Snow, the Ice Kingdom’s Princess.” The emperor greeted the ones that just joined with a smile. The empress and the princess gave a smile to their guests.

Kierix returned a smile, before sitting at the end, facing the king, while Snow sat at his right. The room was surprisingly big, and in the middle was the table. The emperor and empress looked like they were middle aged, if not very young. The princess on the other hand looked like she was between seven to ten.

“We’re very sorry to have come at such a late timing, we hope we have not intruded upon your resting time.” Kierix instantly spoke, breaking the silence. It was really late, and he hoped that they would accept his apology.

“No worry, guardian. Honestly, most of the people of the Aqua Empire hardly sleeps.” The emperor replied him. “We have to move most of the time, but when we rest, we do not really sleep like the other races.” The emperor understood Kierix’s misunderstanding of the Aqua Empire.

“What brings you here, Snow?” The princess spoke.

“I’m Kierix’s guardian.” Snow replied coldly, but she seemed to know the princess.

“The water around the empire is very polluted, and since the humans have been infected, their virus have been transmitted into water too, polluting most of the sea. Even with the sea’s natural filtration and recovery system, it cannot keep up with the input of trash. Fortunately, with the barrier that is constantly renewed by our mages, the virus cannot enter the Empire, just as how pollution cannot.” The king explained their situation.

“But what is the issue at hand?” Kierix asked.

“The virus is eating away at the barriers, creating small holes here and there, so the mages have to be on duty and be more active from now on. However, infected creatures are entering and with that our security is getting worse. We have our ways of dealing with the infected, but sometimes the number is just overwhelming. That is where we need help. We need help with foreign invasions.” He answered.

“There’s one about to begin right now.” The young princess frowned and looked up. She seemed to have sensed something. Nothing but the ceiling was above her, but she was not looking at that. In another second, the emergency alarm sounded.

“All citizens near the outskirts of the Empire, please return to your houses immediately. The guards will head out immediately to keep everyone safe. I repeat, all citizens near the outskirts of the Empire, please return to your houses immediately. The guards will head out immediately to keep everyone safe.” the alarm repeated itself.

“Where do we head to?” Kierix asked the princess who looked like she could detect the enemies.

“They are at the outside of the dock. There is an… ” the princess frowned and paused awhile, before continuing, “astonishing amount of them outside, stay safe.” She received a rub on the head by the Emperor.

“Then I’ll move out first, let’s resume our talk later.” Kierix pushed out his chair and immediately ran out of the room. Astonishing amount of them huh…

[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 27

Colours of Change – Chapter 27

Snow touched the door handle and paused for a second. The magic circle that detected the signature of the person appeared, showing the sixteen colours on each triangle outside the ring. After a split second, the colours turned green, unlocking the door. She pulled the handle downwards and the door opened.

She returned to the hotel room from her exploration. It was not exactly an exploration, though. As she moved from the hotel room towards a random direction without taking the main path, she somehow reached the market. After reaching the market, she was attracted to the different things that the different shops sold. But in the end, she did not buy anything, except for a bag of her favourite food – bright orange carrots. After that, she just headed back happily with her bag of orange coloured food.

It was not yet sunset, there was about another hour left. She held the bag on her left hand, opening the door with the right. Inside the room was Kierix, who seemed to be sleeping. There was only an hour left, two hours worth of sleep was usually not enough for anyone. She looked at the person who slept on his bed soundly as she moved towards her own bed. She decided to pull out another carrot, before sitting down on the bed. She began to nibble on the carrot. The only thing left to do was to wait for the time to come, which was an hour away.

“Wake up.” Snow pulled Kierix’s body up to a sitting position and shook his body back and forth.

“Wait, wait, wait, stop…” He opened his eyes slowly, looking at the blur white figure in front of him. He felt very disoriented, one moment he was resting perfectly, the next moment, he was shaken awake.

“You are going to get my brains squashed into brain juice if you continue to shake me…” He lifted his arms and rubbed his eyes. He felt a little bit more rested, but he would have felt better if he had a longer period of sleep. He stared past her and continued looking towards the far distance beyond the windows.

“It’s sunset now, we need to get to the lobby.” Snow hurried him, feeling a little impatient. She could imagine the others waiting for them in the lobby. They were probably there and wondering why they were not there yet.

“Alright alright, give me a minute.” Kierix pulled up his sling bag and made sure nothing was left behind before leaving the room. Following what Green instructed them to do, Kierix pulled out the card outside the room.

“Snow, put out your hand for a moment.” Kierix called.

Although not knowing what Kierix wanted, she pulled out her hand. She instantly received the card on her palm, with the side of her signature facing her palm and the other facing outwards. Instantly, Kierix placed his hand on the card above, connecting with her palm. Blue orbs of light shone outwards, floating upwards from the connection, before separating themselves and disappearing into their bodies. The card in between shook a little, before resting once more. When Kierix lifted up his hand, the signatures were no more. It became a blank room card.

He continued with Green’s instructions. He put the blank card and drop it into the small pocket that was barely visible due to being camouflaged in the wall. The card slipped downwards, and disappeared. His job was done.

“Let’s go.” Kierix mentioned as he completed the checkout for the room. Green also explained to him before hand that there was meant to be a fee for the room fees and they were supposed to head to the lobby to pay the fees, but those have been waived by the king as they came to the kingdom to help out.

He slowly walked towards the stairs and ran down the stairs. Snow followed close behind. He was probably not going to return to the Kingdom for a long time, there were other elementals slowly getting infected. The Plant Kingdom was supposedly safe, only if they quarantined themselves from the rest of the world. He hoped that the kingdom kept themselves safe; another infected kingdom was the possibility of ten around getting infected. Chaos would ensue.

“You’ve finally arrived. Late as usual.” Calidis joked. Kierix’s hair was a mess, it was as if he did not clean up for a long while. “Just woke up I assume?”

“Kind of…” Kierix rubbed his eye. If there was a whole day for him, he could sleep until the next day’s noon.

“So, are we ready to leave?” Calidis asked once more.

“Yup.” Alex replied, but the rest remained silent.

“Silence means consent. I’ll create the link then, give me a moment.” Taking all their words as a yes, she instantly pulled out her wand and threw at it at the ground. It pierced through the ground and disappeared. Water took its place at shot out of the hole, and started to move on its own. It spread outwards forming a magic circle with a water drop in the middle. It was the symbol of the Aqua Empire. It glowed magnificently, the blue light outweighing the moonlight from the outside.

“Stand within the circle.” Calidis spoke with the tone of a teacher instructing her students. Everyone instantly moved into the circle. The circle glowed brighter, before everything changed.

He lost footing once more. There was literally nothing to stand on. The floor below him became water instantly. The brown of the Tree of Worlds and the green of the leaves blurred out and disappeared. Darkness replaced the lights. He was sinking into the depths of the water, he could not even swim upwards if he tried. But in a short moment, the surroundings returned. It was a huge blue sea, instead of the insides of the tree. He was slowly sinking down and losing breath quickly. Just as he thought he was about to suffocate, a hand gripped his wrists, pulling him upwards. Tolerating the urge to breath in, he pushed himself upwards with the other hand, along with the pulling force of the other hand. As soon as he resurfaced, he took a deep breath and attempted to float.

The hand that gripped his wrist belonged to Snow. The others were on the water, standing on an ice platform that Snow created. He could not use the magic he had; he was in water. He hook his arm over onto the ice platform’s edge, and with the force of Snow’s pulling and his arm, he was able to move up onto the platform and stand on it.

“Eh?” He could see nothing in sight. It was just the vast sea from all directions. Dark blue came from all directions, moonlight shone and reflected off the sea, making it a really beautiful scene. One thing was wrong however, there was no Empire whatsoever, wherever he looked.

Seeing Kierix look around with a confused look, she knew what was happening. “If you can see it in plain sight, then humans should have been able to see it and detect it with current technology.” She smiled to Kierix, who still had a confused look on his face.

He stared behind her blankly. There was nothing there, nada. Elementals would want to hide themselves from the human to prevent chaos would they not? He realised. The reason why he could not see it was because he was not meant to in the first place. It was done so that he could not see.

“Let’s continue moving.” Snow mentioned. People can be watching them from afar or anything, and to prevent that, moving into safety regions should be their first priority. The platform extended slowly, as far as Calidis stepped; she was leading the group into the empire. The platform sublimed from behind slowly. As she slowly walked forward, she let the wind blow against her. The mild salty smell of the sea was familiar.

He felt a slight resistance coming from the front as he walked with the people around him. He could but barely see a thin layer of translucent white in front of him. It hardly differed from the background around. There were multiple such layers, he felt different resistance when he entered each of them.

“We are nearly through. We just got past a few of the Empire’s barriers, there are more ahead of us before the Empire is visible.” Calidis mentioned as she continued to walk in. Suddenly, she disappeared from view, after she walked ahead. It was probably the stealth layer at the end, where nothing can be visible from behind.

Kierix looked behind. He was the last. He felt really scared; he was left behind once more. The platform slowly sublimed towards him. He had to move, yet he could see no one. He stepped another step in, his leg disappeared. Not caring about anything else, he continued moving in. When his head passed through the stealth layer, he was on a wooden dock. Ahead of him was a small island, connected to a wooden bridge that floated above the sea before reaching a large cylindrical structure.

It was the same bridge that had no fences on it. That was the same place she met his parents. She could imagine their presence, but they were not there. Where did they go? She really felt like sitting down by the bridge.

“Calidis, can you go ahead without me? I wanna rest.” He felt tired. He wanted to continue his sleep. It was about to be the time he slept. He could forgo with that though and take a short break while enjoying the scenery though. Receiving a nod from Calidis, who walked away with Alex to head to the inner depths that were unfamiliar to him, he took off his shoes and socks and placed it beside him. He sat on the edge of the bridge and looked down.

Snow looked at Kierix. Did he read her mind or was it all coincidental? She could not tell, but she followed suit, pulling out her high heels and placing them beside her. She swung her legs, whilst enjoying the waters, just like a few years ago. She could reminisce the past. Something was wrong though. The water had a slight tinge of purple. It was heading her way at a dangerous speed. She pulled her legs up and stood on the bridge before the purple liquid reached her. Kierix should be safe, due to him being immune, but it was dangerous however.

He could observe lights from below and around. He turned his head to his right and he could see the remainder of the bridge as well as the cylindrical structure that extended deep into the sea. Lights followed downwards to the seemingly endless depths, washing the entire structure that extended deep with light. Below him, he could also see white glows, perhaps they were housing structures but it was far to distorted to be able to tell. He heard a squeal to his left and saw Snow jumping up. He looked back down to the direction where Snow looked at. A translucent purple covered the white light, causing him to cock his eyebrow. What was that?

The purple swirled around his legs and tugged on him. While the purple looked like it was a liquid and felt soft, it had a strength that was beyond imagination. The sudden action caused him to not be able to react. It happened all too fast. He turned around and held the bridge, hoping he would not slip and fall. The same hand that gripped his wrist before did the same thing and pulled him backwards. This time, he recomposed himself and kicked the thing that tugged on him. It flinched for a moment, letting him loose. However, the tension caused him to be flung towards Snow and they fell backwards, to the other side of the bridge. Purple swarmed to the other side of the bridge’s water. They were in trouble.

[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 26

Colours of Change – Chapter 26

“Now everyone is here, let’s enter.” Green mentioned, before leading the rest in to the King’s residence.

The huge wooden door opened once more in front of all of them and allowed them to enter.

“What do you think is the reason for the huge door? It is so huge…” Alex asked her homeroom teacher as he slowly entered the room.

“I have no idea about the Plant Kingdom, but in the Aqua Empire, huge doors were made for the larger sentient creatures, allowing them to pass through.” Calidis stated what she knew.

“I think that is pretty much what huge doors are made for. There are huge trees that may want to visit the king or may have been summoned by the king, so the huge doors were made to allow Elementals of all form to enter.” Dioris, who was sitting on Alex’s shoulder, added what he knew, elaborating on.

“King Grandior.” Green began, with a bow. Everyone in the room followed, muttering the same phrase and bowing at the same time. The king returned with a bow.

He felt a little weird. The king was supposed to be more well-respected, and yet Green seemed to not bother about traditions and just entered and lead them into the room without any form of announcement. Would the king not be angry? The king seemed to be happy and had no sign of annoyance or irritation.

“I would assume that the Kingdom is clear of infected now?” The king spoke with high expectations.

“There was only two fully infected plants. The two viruses that infected the plants were class seven.” Green explained.

“Class seven? It mutated once more?” The king asked.

“Yes, but many were used as a medium for that.”

The king turned around to look at the person who replied him whilst cocking his eyebrow. “What do you mean?”

“There is a pattern for their mutation. Let me ask, how many were there in the enclosure, infected, discounting Dioris?” Kierix continued.

“Ten… Oh!” Green noticed, and clapped his hands together once. There was only…

“Two. Two were all we found back at the enclosure. Where did the rest of the eight go? We noticed something like this back in the human world, when we witness the mutation of the virus from Class five to Class six.” Kierix explained, “when they were class five, the virus could leave the host, returning them back to their previous state, the human form. That’s not the point though. When the virus left their hosts and clustered together, a new form was born, the class six. However, the class six was able to infect the Elementals…”

“Thinking about it, if the virus strands were to use that pattern to mutate, they would be unstoppable. No one would even wish to find out what class they were on. Seeing their slow growth, they probably have a prerequisite to their mutation.” Calidis added. “They are probably not like us where our class level is determined by our strength and capabilities.”

“Their strength and capabilities are determined by their class level, on the other hand.” The king nodded as he comprehended.

“Now we know the prerequisite of the mutation from class six to seven. It is to gather multiple infected elementals… We don’t know the next requirement though. The next requirement would be their next target…” Kierix tapped his forehead.

“But in any case, the Plant Kingdom is safe for now, right?” The king asked his guardian, who stood at the side..

“About that… Yes. It will be safe for now. The infected we cleared are Dioris’ parents. They were the test subjects for the mutation. The other eight were the sacrifices… In the end, we dealt with his infected parents and now he is a orphan. He told me he wanted to join the army and protect the kingdom.” Green replied him, looking at the kid behind him. Even if he was a small child now, it did not mean he could not become a strong soldier in the future.

“I will protect the kingdom and not let any infection get pass the walls!” He felt his will pushing him on. He will never let any one else suffer from the same fate. He will protect the kingdom with his body, even until his body crumbles.

“I see. I wish you luck in becoming a great soldier in the future. Stay strong, little kid.” The king smiled at the young child. It was a really familiar sight. He saw himself in the kid. He was once like that too, all determined to become a strong soldier to avenge his family. Of course, after a long period of time of reigning the throne, he still have not forgotten his past, but the feeling have dampened, he no longer feel the urge to take revenge.

“I have a letter for you, young guardian. It’s from the Central Party.” Grandior pulled out a white envelope from the table behind him and stretched forward, passing the letter to Kierix. “There is nothing else now, and since the infected have been dealt with in this kingdom, your task here is complete. I greatly appreciate your help, young guardian. I hope this experience will aid you in your journey in the future.”

Kierix took the envelope from him, bowing down. “Thank you, King Grandior.” he muttered, before moving back. He felt more confident of his missions. It have not been very tough, except for taking much hits from the leaf blades. He sincerely wondered what would he face when he reached the Aqua Empire.

“Green, help me make the necessary adjustments to move this young plant to the Young Soldier’s Academy. Guardian and the guests, you are all more than welcome to stay in our hotel for a longer period of time if desired. I thank you once again.”

“Thank you.”

Everyone took a bow, before heading out the door.

The door shut behind him with a loud bang. He stood at the edge of the platform, leaning on the fence. He pulled out the white slip of paper from the envelope.

Dear Kierix,

I have heard that your team have succeeded in clearing the newly mutated class 7 creatures. You have my congratulations for that. It is also your first mission that you have completed!

However, there are more issues. The Central Party is aware about the evolving prerequisites of the virus and since the only way for viruses to mutate from class six to seven is to combine the virus from multiple class sixes of elementals, we should move quickly. There will be more class sixes, hiding to invade the Elementals from all about the world. You must be prepared to tackle that challenge. I would like you to head over to the Water Empire to assist them. They are the second most human interacted empire, as water is one of the mediums of human’s transports. They are very vulnerable to the viruses and the water have already been infected with the virus. The virus is slowly spreading to other parts of the water, so better head there to assist them out, in case of any virus outbreaks in the sentient creatures.

As usual, to properly enter the Empire, you have to show your wrists to them, allowing them to verify that you are a guardian and are not hostile to them. However, unlike the other kingdoms, Empires generally do not take action on creatures that get near them. They have higher securities on where no one are supposed to go, hence that means that the place is easily invaded and the security is not strict. Therefore, many things, even dangerous people can enter the Empire. I wish you all the best.

Good luck.
John

He closed the piece of letter before continuing on to his room. Calidis asked him to meet at night at the lobby, before heading towards the Aqua Empire. He kept the paper in his bag and started walking down the stairs and into his room. It was now afternoon, and in about two hours, the sun would set and it would be the meeting time. He better catch on some rest before moving out. That might take a while if he was to be walking for such similar distances. He opened the door of his room, and jumped onto his bed.

Snow said she wanted to explore the place on her own, so she was not in the room. She probably knew how to access these doors, he thought. With that, he closed his eyes, and started resting. Two more hours was all he had.

[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 25

Colours of Change – Chapter 25

He opened his eyes. He was still in the room. Even from the height his room was, the sound of the crowds in the market was still audible, albeit a little soft. But that all worked for the better, it allowed the person next to him to sleep soundly without any interference. He stood up and walked to the window, staring out to the open space. He stretched his arm. He have not been sleeping well ever since infected began invading his life, but for once, he felt more reinvigorated for some reason he could not tell. His body was no longer screaming pain at him. He lifted his arms and noticed his wounds have all healed up. The medicine that he used was definitely very effective in what he was doing. As expected, the Plant Kingdom had better medication.

He looked to the lady that lay on the bed beside his. She seemed to be sleeping soundly. The red lines that blemished her light coloured skin disappeared, and she looked like the Snow when he first met her – flawless and beautiful. Another evidence that proved that the kingdom’s medication was second to none. He have never seen such fast recovery in deep wounds, that was his first. In any case, he should let the lady continue with her beauty sleep. Remembering that there was the market, he felt that he should head there to explore. He have never seen a place like that, so he might as well explore while he had the opportunity to.

He picked up his sling bag, before moving towards the door. Not forgetting about Snow, he quickly took the keycard and placed the other side of the keycard which was blank on her finger. The magic circle appeared, imprinting her signature on it. She now had the ability to enter and exit on her free will. Finishing what he had to do, he placed the card back in his pocket and left the room, heading out.

He felt a little sad, not having the ability of teleportation. Everything would be faster and he would not be tired after reaching the market, he thought as he slowly walked down the stairs. There were so many floors that it was frightening. He remembered the height of the tree itself. It was tall, but to first hand experience moving up such great heights, he felt scared, rather than mesmerised by the majestic size of the tree. His impression changed. How did he not notice the amount of floors the entire place had when he was climbing up?

In another ten minutes, he finally reached the ground floor. He passed by many people as he headed down the lofty tree. Many people were also heading to the market, similar to him. He suddenly remembered. He was not in the human world, how was he to pay for anything he bought? He hoped that they accepted human currency…

In the morning, the scene was more beautiful that he expected. Warm soft light passed through the leaves from the Tree of Worlds and hit the grass on the ground. The grass on the ground reflected through the dew and created a sparkly effect on the ground. Flowers of varied colours lined the path that he was walking on. He felt like jumping on the patch of grass and lying on it, relishing the warm sunlight that was not strong in this weather. Further ahead, he could see short trees and a smaller crowd than before. The noise from the crowd was contradictory though. It was rather deafening. Fortunately, the crowd was smaller, and with that, he concluded that if the crowd grew, he should leave as soon as possible.

The small crowd enabled his body to manoeuvre easily around the place, compared to the time where he followed Green past the market district. That time, he was forcing his way through, pushing here and there. He took a look at the shops around. There were a great variety of things the shops sold, ranging from trinkets to food to daily necessities. The shops together could make up an entire supermarket.

He went to the first shop from the left. He planned on visiting most of the shop. Usually if such a unique thing occurred to one, it would be a one time experience. Therefore, he planned to make full use of such an experience. He had a bit of time. The sun was nowhere near the top.

The first shop was a stationery shop, with unique stationery placed throughout the counter. There were pens that had the shape of small logs, erasers with the shape of leaves and much more, there were too much to count. Not intending to buy any stationery, he moved on to the next shop. It was a shop full of different styled hair clips on the counter. He remembered. He picked up two hair clips, one white clip that was ornamented with a snowflake and one pink clip with a cherry blossom on it.

“Um, hello.” Kierix held the two hair clips that he decided on purchasing.

“Welcome to my store! How may I help you?” The female shop owner looked back at her possible customer with a smile.

“How do I pay for this?” Kierix tried to smile back but failed miserably and it ended up with an awkward smile.

The female instantly giggled. She knew he was not local when he said that. “We don’t have a currency, most of the time, we barter!”

Realising what he was supposed to do, he stared downwards. What did he have that could be worth any value? He instantly thought of the money he had back in the human world. That might work. He pulled out a piece of two dollar note, passing it to her. “Does this work..?”

The female gave a shock. She could not believe a customer had such a rare object to find. Hardly would anyone have a piece of dollar note from the human world. In the elementals’ world, human objects were rare to obtain, just because they fear to go near them. Only the few brave ones that managed to perfect their human form would head out into the human world to work and live there. They were hard to come by, even.

“Yes it works! You can even take a few more if you would like to!”

He shook his head. He did not need any more. But obviously, the human currency was worth a lot in the elementals’ world. He did not expect it to work, but it did. He put the clips into a small tote bag that was passed to him by the shop keeper, keeping it there before placing it in his bag. He continued on to the next shop before he heard more giggles from behind. He could feel that many were gazing towards him. He knew that he was getting attention because of the worth of what he had. He had better leave before anything happens.

His stomach grumbled, breaking the tense mood. He felt hungry. Looking left and right, he finally found a food store. He needed to fill his stomach, he had not eaten much the day before. He looked at the stall in front of him, standing about three foots away, looking at what they had to offer. There were labels labelling the food the shop sold. Listed there was fried apples, fruit salads and the most unique of all, lettuce-wrapped fruit mix. The lettuce was not a small piece. In fact, the meal was a whole bowl with several layers of large sized lettuce, with fruits within. That looked the most appetising for him, and he decided to purchase it.

“Two bowls of lettuce-wrapped fruit mix please.” He took out another two dollar bill from his wallet. The man behind the stall happily accepted the bill and passed him the two bowls, each with a fork and spoon in it. After receiving the bill, the man turned around and started inspecting it with excitement. He have probably also never seen a two dollar bill before. Kierix decided not to purchase anything else. If he gave out any more of the bills, the economy in the marketplace would be ruined. Looking at the sky, it was still far from midday. He better bring back the bowls, she would probably be famished when she woke up.

She sat up straight and opened her eyes. Her body felt as light as before. Pain no longer haunted her from every corner. She was fine, her wounded body was healed. She looked around, an unfamiliar setting. The last thing she remembered is using two spells in succession and destroying Dioris’ mother. She felt guilty. She turned her head around, noticing Kierix’s presence. He was sitting beside on another bed looking at her. They shared the room for the night? Snow felt a little weird.

“Want something to eat?” Kierix held up the bowl of fruits that were wrapped with pieces of lettuce.

Her stomach grumbled softly as she saw the food. She quickly adjusted her hair, before picking up the bowl and tucking into the meal. Her fringe drooped down and went in the way of her food. She pushed it to the side of her head, before continuing. Not long after, a hand pushed her hair to the side and the obstruction was no more. Kierix also passed a tote bag to her. She looked up to look at Kierix, who smiled at her. She did not bother to look back, and continued on her food.

When she was done, she threw the disposable bowl and utensils away, and cleaned herself up. She jumped back on her bed, opening the tote bag. Inside was a clip, a pink one with a cherry blossom ornament on it. Then what was the thing he used to keep her hair there? She pressed on it, unclipping it, and a white clip fell onto her hands.

“Two to change around if you liked to.”

“Thank you.”

Kierix stood up from his bed.

“It’s already nearly noon, let’s head to the entrance of the king’s residence. We are to meet there.” The day before, before they entered, they had already determined at the corridor to meet at midday outside the king’s residence for a meeting.

“Okay.” She nodded, wearing her shoes. She looked at Kierix, before heading towards the door.

She looked back down. What was that weird feeling?

[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 24

Colours of Change – Chapter 24

Dioris looked back once more, past the huge body that held him. They were no more. The change occurred a little too early, he felt. That change was drastic, but was merely a part of changes that happens daily. He felt angry that it happened to him, but that was irreversible. He could not help it that they were gone. He was then on, alone and would have to be independent, without parents guiding his way. His tears dried, and he remembered the phrase his mother uttered before she saw him last. Stay strong. He had to brave on the journey he had and move on with life.

They continued moving back, before Green stopped.

“Let’s teleport back, the sun is setting. We better treat to both of their injuries as soon as possible too.” Green turned back to look at the rest of the group.

Kierix instantly wanted to throw his knife at the person that spoke. However, his hands were full… They walked so much, from the gate they entered from to the Tree of Worlds and to the other side and Green finally mentioned that they could teleport. He should have told the whole group that he could, and his legs would not have been as tired as they were. He glared at Green.

The oblivious tree just continued to chant the teleport spell. A portal instantly opened in front of them, seeming to have been connected to another within the Tree of Worlds. Green entered immediately, followed by Calidis, Alex and Dioris, then the only ones left was Kierix and the lady on his hands. He dreaded the moment. It was the same scene, and it was as if someone was trying to play a prank on him, forcing him to go last into the portal every time.

He stared at the portal. It was either he walk or enter it. Frustrated, he walked in. His first leg entered fine with no issue, but when his second leg moved into the cylindrical area, he lost footing. He felt nothing when he tried to move his right leg down to touch the ground and get himself balanced. He was going to fall. The next moment, the surroundings changed, it was no longer outdoors, but rather the lobby of the king’s residence. That was the good news, he probably did not have to climb the stairs. Bad news, he fell down. Even worse news, his hands were carrying Snow, and as he fell, she fell on top of him. Fortunately, she was too tired to be conscious, and did not notice his blunder. He could imagine that if she was awake, there would be a really awkward silence awaiting him.

“You still have more to learn, Kierix.” Calidis sneered at him. The serious mood in the air was instantly lifted. Everyone began to laugh at him.

Kierix looked away, ashamed of himself. But either way, at least people began to laugh. He wriggled out, letting himself be free of Snow’s clutch, then kneeled down on one knee, restarting to carry her back on his arms. He looked at Green, who went into the King’s residence. He was probably going to make a report on what happened at the restriction zone. Everyone else just waited outside, patiently waiting for Green to reappear. He looked down at the lady that was sleeping. The peaceful look made him smile.

“I’m done!” Green opened the door such that only he could fit through, before jumping out and closing the door. “Let’s head to our resting locations. To introduce to you guests, the Tree of Worlds is not just a place that the King lives in. As you saw while we climbed the stairs in the early afternoon, there were many lobbies on different floors, and each lobby actually connects to the entire floor’s hotel rooms.” He began speaking.

Wait, those were all places that connected to more rooms? Kierix stared downwards to the other floors from the edge of the entrance that was fenced off. There were countless amount of floors. The whole tree was so tall he could not see the base from his height. He looked back at Green with horror, but his question was soon answered.

“There are an unimaginable amount of hotel rooms, but they were all created for one sole reason. I believe you have seen the marketplace. There are many people of different race, that came from all over the world. The rooms were made for these vendors and customers that visit the Kingdom. This tree was initially ordered to be made into a hotel by the King when the Kingdom was still small. After a few years, it began to function.” He continued to elaborate on the history of the Tree House. He pointed to the stairs and started walking. “Let’s head down. The designated rooms are not too far, only a few floors below us.”

After walking down eleven floors, they finally reached. Kierix began to doubt Green’s words. That was by no means not too far. He stared at Green with horror. Everyone entered the lobby, before walking to a corridor that was full of doors that led to rooms.

“We were designated three rooms, we will be sharing rooms in pairs, except Ms Calidis, who will take a room for herself.” Green passed a key card to Kierix, Alex and Calidis. Kierix held it with his hands, while his arm continued to support Snow. He could not see the card, but turning his head, he noticed the same magic circle that appeared on his magic book appearing on the card. The card had sixteen squares, eight on each side of the card, lining the outer sides with squares. The middle was the symbol of the Kingdom, and on top of it was inscriptions. He assumed the inscription said Tree of Worlds. He could see the glow from the magic circle brightening the area. That was probably his signature automatically inking onto the card.

“These cards are special though, do not lose them. There is no lock on the door, only the handle. Once you have imprinted your signatures, the card recognises you. When the card is within the door’s detection radius of five metres, the people with the signatures on the card will be able to open the door by turning the handle of the door. People that have signatures that are not on the card will not be able to turn the handle.” Green explained the logic behind the locking mechanism. Alex’s eyes sparkled, finding the key interesting. He moved to another’s door turning the door handle. As soon as he touched the other doorknob and tried to turn it, he got a shock and he instantly retreated his hand.

“I forgot to mention that there is a security feature in built to prevent forcing open the door. When the door handle is pressed or if the door is rammed against, the system will create a shock that will hurt but will not kill.” He rubbed his head as he added on. He almost forgotten to say it… But he was already too late.

Alex was shocked. He moved back to his previous position before glaring at Green, who gave a “I’m sorry” awkward smile in response.

“Well, it’s rather late now, I’ll be heading to take a rest, if you need any help, ask any guard that would be patrolling around the area later.” Green turned and walked away, after he explained the details. He left his guests to take their rest.

Calidis pulled on her room’s handle, entering it instantly. She was tired, it was already rather late in the night. Alex still held Dioris on his arms, and while doing so, he entered the room. Kierix was once again the last. He moved his arm without the key card and awkwardly bent down his legs, pushing the handle down without moving his arms. Barely able to open the room, he pushed the door with his legs, creating enough clearance for his body and Snow to enter the room.

He felt awkward. Was there not supposed to be a rule about males and females being in a room together? He dismissed that thought instantly with the excuse that he was no longer in the human world. Moreover, he was not going to do anything to Snow. The door closed automatically and locked behind him after he entered the room. He quickly moved to the nearest bed and set Snow on the bed, allowing her to lie down, rather than on his hands. His hands were very tired, having held Snow up for the past twenty minute or so. He tried to shake off the aching but to no avail. The room was a spacious room, with a window at the end, allowing the room’s user to be able to see the entire Plant Kingdom from above. In the room, there was a showering room, as well as tables and chairs. Further in was two beds, placed next to each other.

He looked at the person that was supposedly his guardian and gave a sigh. Her body was still full of red lines, from the encounter. Some had healed, but most were still around. He looked around the room, finding a first aid kid without breaking a sweat. He instantly administered the special medications that the first aid kid contained that was meant to cure heals on both himself and Snow. If plants were used by the orientals for curing many different diseases and the like, he was not surprised that the plant kingdom were superior in medication and tonic to other kingdoms. After that, he bandaged the wounds together, before keeping the first aid kid in where it was before.

He stared through the window. The lights were bright, the market district was surprisingly still active. He turned around, and jumped on his bed. He had better sleep early, to let his body recover faster. He closed his eyes.

[Raw] Colours of Change – Chapter 23

Colours of Change – Chapter 23

He stared at the scene in front of his eyes while a square appeared beneath them. The perimeter was made of four lines of blue, inscriptions on the lines. Ignoring the water spouts that was shot from the lines, he continued watching. He prayed hard that his parent’s were still able to be saved like he was. Even as the water spouts solidified into ice poles, he did not shift his vision. But it began to blur. His heart sank immediately, seeing the body purple. Warm tears start to flow down from his face. He felt arms going around his small body.

Alex sat down, pulling the small plant close to him. Silence remained in the air. No one wanted to break it. Everyone just stared as Dioris’ parents broke apart from their enclosure. Purple mist exploded out as soon as there was a gap for it to leave. Realising the danger, the guards that were in the area started to run from it. If they did not run, the only outcome was becoming monsters themselves. Being committed to protecting their kingdom, they could not do such a thing. Instead, they left the job to the ones that had the ability to deal with infected, the guardian of the Central Party.

Kierix looked back to the little one, before turning back to the class seven creatures in front of him. They looked as if they were expanded and dipped into purple paint, nowhere close to what Dioris looked like. They were nowhere close being able to be saved. The whole body have been infected. He felt a little sorry for him. Being so young and losing his parents… No one deserved such treatment, but changes occur. Spinning his knife carefully, he held the knife backwards, pointing the blade outwards. There was no other way to deal with those creatures, if their body have already been overtaken. He hoped the little one had mentally prepared himself for this day. He lunged forward.

Snow dashed forward, following Kierix’s movement. She pulled her staff forward. The staff shredded from the front to the back, revealing the blade within. Holding the sword ahead of her, she spun it around, before stabbing the sword into the ground, and swinging it upwards. A small path of ice was created in front of her. She stopped in her tracks, and with a swift bent downwards she jumped. Midair, her white stiletto heels melted, turning into a flat blade beneath her her shoes. She landed on the ice platform, and continued to slide forward. Her heels became snow blades, sliding on the thin ice that was form from the atmosphere when she pulled her sword up. The platform formed in front of her, forming wherever she wanted to go, giving her the freedom of movement. Moving up was no problem, with the ice pulling her upwards from behind. The platform that was left behind after she slid past sublimed instantly. She was heading directly towards the creatures flower.

Calidis stayed behind, watching the duo move ahead. She had to stay behind to take care of the ones in the cage. She walked backwards, before leaning on the ice cage. She was not suitable for combat either, in this situation. Her type of spells would not help in the situation.

“Dioris, you want an apple?” Green pulled out a bright red apple and put it in front of the young plant that was excessively losing water.

“No…” Dioris’ red eyes turned to look at the apple that was placed on the green grass for a split moment, before turning back to the scene ahead of him.

“Run away from here, find a way to recover and live a better life.” His father told him. He knew it was time to part.

“If you found a cure, stay strong, Dioris… We cannot follow you, we are too tired…” The mother with a purple rose told her son, who have only one purple petal. He was nowhere near fully infected, there was time for him to find a way to recover.

“But… how about you two…?” He said as tears dripped onto the ground.

“Well, you cannot be with us forever, we’ll be leaving to a better place. Now go.” The father said as he gestured for Dioris to move from the location.

Looking back for one last glance of his parents, he headed straight and ran, not knowing where to go. He wiped his tears away, trying to stop his tears but to no avail.

The mother started crying in the father’s shoulders as soon as the shadow of Dioris disappeared. The father hugged the mother and tried to comfort her. He could not help that he had to leave Dioris, everything changed in a short moment when they walked into that purple mist. But that kid was too young…

Dioris continued running forward. He could only run forward, and run away from the situation. He could not bear to lose his parents. He did not want believe anything was true. Ahead was the only way to go. In a short moment he was out of the kingdom. Beyond the kingdom was also patches of grass, but there was so little variety to what lived in the area. Everything was so foreign to him. Running at his fastest speed, he could, in no time, slowly see his surroundings change in colour.

He have entered human territory. He looked at the tall foreign creatures that was known to have occupied most of the world. He decided to ignore them, and continue running straight. By then, he have already had another of his petal turn purple.

“Let’s go together.” A voice came from behind. It was his neighbour, along with his other friend. Both of them had two petals infected, just like him.

Nodding, Dioris joined the duo, and they continued moving ahead. After hours and hours of running their petals were finally fully infected. They lost control of their own bodies, and started expelling purple mist in the area. Dioris and his neighbour unknowingly entered this open house that had some form of attraction, and stood in the middle of the house. At that time, he had no control of his body at all, and he became huge. But he did not have any idea what happened next; he blacked out.

Dioris opened his eyes once more. He was lying on the floor, without his flower. But that also meant he was no longer infected, without any purple spots on his body. Was that the way to cure? Probably. He could always regrow the flower in future. He was really happy. But there was no one around him. His neighbours were no where to be seen. They probably ran away or went back. Since he found the cure, he had better get back to the Plant Kingdom. Time was running out.

He ran back to the Plant Kingdom, taking half a day to reach. It was midday when he arrived. But the gate was sealed. Even the place his parents were in was sealed. The place was marked as a restricted zone. Only those who had permission from the king could enter such zones. Annoyed, he turned and ran along the outside perimeter, heading to the other gate. In a short moment’s time, he got to the Tree of Worlds. He was excited though, there was a cure for his parents! He ran up to the lobby outside the King’s Residence. He could request for access to the restriction zone to save his parents!

And he thought he could save his parents! He ran so far, and when he could save people with that method, save himself with that method, why could he not save his parents? He was very angry. Was the world against him? Did he do something wrong that he deserved that?

He just wanted to get close to his parents. He stood up with a shocking speed, causing Alex to jump. Dioris swung his small leaf blades at the ice that blocked his way. He could not hold back the feelings that were spewing out. Anger fueled his strength. In no time, the ice pole broke, and gave way. The magic beneath began to work once more, spewing water out. Standing within the water, he felt reinvigorated. His body started to grow as he took in water that spew out. When he felt full, he dashed as fast as his legs could provide.

Calidis noticed her magic reactivating. She looked to her left, noticing the lack of ice pole. In its place was what used to be a small plant. It lost water from tearing, but after standing in the water, it regained what it lost, allowing it to grow.

Petals filled the air as he lacerated the flower into two. Instantly, a vine was shot out of the laceration, whipping Kierix with such as strength that he passed through the magic circle he was on which shattered to the impact. He still have not mastered the ability yet, but he recreated a magic circle below him, kicking off it immediately, and repositioning himself to a standing pose before creating another magic circle, allowing him to regain footing. He fell a long way though. If the height he was at was a little lower, he would have probably lost his life to the impact even if he used the ability to create platforms beneath him. The only methods to stop the virus in that scenario was to either end the creature’s life by forcing the virus to deplete the host’s energy or destroy the virus itself. Destroying the virus was out of the question in that situation. The virus have already expanded itself to the whole body, removing it with Alex’s spell was near impossible, considering that he could not even pull the class six’s virus out before. He had to try to damage the plant as much as possible to the point it could not recover.

Snow found a way to stop the creature from moving. It’s body was mainly made of water, which allowed it to remain sturdy and turgid. If the water could not move, the body itself would not be able to move. Her body have already been hurt badly, by the leaf’s swinging. Fortunately, she haven’t faced anything fatal, she dodged most of the attempts to cut her into two. She held her sword by the hilt, in a pose where one would hold a javelin, and held it tight.

“Crystallos Desillunt.” She muttered. A silver magic circle appeared on her hand. The shape of the snowflake that formed from the middle of the magic circle extended out of the magic circle by a little. It branded on a two dimensional plane where her palm met the sword. “Tempus Tardus!” A bronze ring expanded out from where she was, greying out the surroundings by a little. Her motive was not to prevent humans from seeing anything, but to delay her magic. She threw her javelin and the silver magic circle followed, before expanding slowly. There were two bronze clock arms on the magic circle. One remained still, but the other spun clockwise as the javelin travelled. When it pierced through the creature, the clock arm that was moving matched with the still one, and the arms disappeared. Colours returned to the world, and the silver magic circle expanded outwards. The javelin glowed a bright white, before expanding, growing with a similar way that crystals grew, except within a second, the crystal expanded to about a floor’s height before staying in place. The creature did not have time to react before it’s body started to turn white, and the entire body started growing frost. The creature was settled in a minute. There was no longer any life in that thing, within the extreme cold temperature.

He felt a drop in temperature. It did not help with his sadness. And there went his mother. He continued to cry.

By then, both he and the creature was filled with cuts that lined throughout the body. The drop in temperature was abnormal. He turned to the right, Snow have already finished her side of her job. He had to be quicker. He looked at his knife. To cause maximum damage… He jumped his way to the top of the creature, dodging the hits that went his way. He stared at his knife was more. He needed speed. On the knife, a magic circle appeared. It was of translucent grey. He threw it straight from the top. He felt something cut his finger as he threw the knife. The knife was like a bullet that was fired from his arm. The knife shot out of his hand, and in an instant, the knife landed on the ground with a thud. It created a gigantic hole in the creature. He did not know what happened, but the creature’s life was ended.

Both creatures landed on the ground, and started disintegrating. The purple mist was expelled from the host’s body, allowing the plant to lose their purple colour. The purple mist turned grey, before falling on the ground as ash, disappearing as the wind blew. No one spoke after that. Kierix ran to the princess that fell onto the ground. She seemed to have used her energy up once more. Kierix picked her up and held her on his arm, before walking away. He felt really guilty.

And that was his father. Both were gone now. He was nearly there, nearly able to touch his parents for the last time. They were gone.

Calidis lifted her magic. The cage that melted poured onto the ground. It allowed Alex to run to Dioris.

Alex picked up Dioris, put it in his arms and hugged him tight. The silence was painful.