The 2nd phase was finally over, and every remaining examinee was
relieved. Mia caught their attention and started walking towards
the Blessed House at a moderate pacing, with the contestants
right behind her. As they expected, the walk was at least 5-6
minutes long across the dreadfully long pillar, but they made it.
The second Mia opened the door, every examinee was in shock.
Well, almost everyone. Saga kept the same expression since he
had arrived. The others looked around in shock, spotting out the
beautiful details of the pure white house, from the perfectly
aligned columns to the gorgeous paintings. Knox had never seen
something so incredible in his entire life.
"This place," started Knox. "It's so big and clean. It must've
cost fortune to build this place."
Blake nodded half-mindedly, as he still was distracted by the
house. "Man, if me and my boys owned a place like this, I don't
know what I'd do!"
From the front, Mia, who was surrounded by 2 soldiers on each
side, cleared her throat and said, "Attention everyone! Please
take a left here and take a seat anywhere you'd like at the
table. You should also feel free to eat immediately after you've
With no hesitation, all of the examinees hastily walked to the
dining room. As soon as the doors flung open, everyone's minds
were on the food. The smell alone made their mouth's water and
stomach's grumble. One by one they took a seat at the table,
digging in at once to the large selection of food, to perfectly
cooked chicken to juicy stake, and that wasn't all. Knox counted
out several other items such as fresh fruit, spaghetti, turkey,
stuffing, onions, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce and boiled
ham. As both Knox and Blake waited in line, watching one
contestant sit down after another, they were itching to sit down
and start feasting.
As soon as they reached their seats, they hogged the food and
started eating. Blake was literally stuffing the food down his
throat in handfuls.
"You have interesting table manners," said Silver, who was
sitting across from him and Knox.
"How can't you eat like this?" asked Blake. "You only get a few
chances in your lifetime to get good ass food like this!"
"Yeah, I agree," said Knox, intruding the conversation. "You
can't go wrong with rich people food." Silver shrugged and
started to cut up his turkey.
Above the table on a balcony that stood at least 10 feet above
the ground, Mia watched over them silently. From a door behind
her, Vauhan walked in, looking both unpleased and curious.
Mia bowed before him and said, "Hello, sir."
Vauhan didn't answer right away. At first he looked over the
balcony and watched for several seconds as the psychics ate. He
gave off a disgusted expression. "First you let those things into
my house, and now they're contaminating my precious food?"
"I understand you're not happy about us feeding them, but the
next phase is going to be much tougher than the last 2. We're
even ordering a blimp to reach the examination site."
"I see," he said. It was obvious to Mia that he still wasn't
pleased. "So, how did the first 2 phases go?"
"Well, we originally had about 300 or so psychics, but the first
phase caught most of them off guard when the majority of the
elevators broke, so we only had about half of that number
Vauhan brought a vile look upon his face. "They must've had quite
a fall. A good way to scare them shitless before they die." Mia
felt uneasy about Vauhan's trash talking against psychics. She
didn't necessarily favor them, but she found it disturbing how he
enjoyed their demise so much.
"The second phase was meant specifically to learn more about them
and give me a better idea on who I should look out for and who is
"Well," said Vauhan, impatiently. "Give me some details. I wanna
know who is worth my time."
Mia nodded and pointed at Silver. "That boy with the silver hair.
I forgot his real name, but he told me to just call him by
"Silver? What is he, retarded? Who the hell names themselves
after the color of their hair?"
"I wouldn't just judge him by his name, sir. His psychic power
allows him to manipulate wind."
"Big deal, he can make wind blow, so what?"
"You see, sir, from what I understand, he may be fairly powerful.
He told me that he's a member of the Rao family."
From hearing the word 'Rao', Vauhan took a deep breath and lit up
a cigar. "I see, the Rao. Maybe he's strong, but what if he's
"That's a good point, sir, but I wouldn't let it bother you. He
told me that he's a runaway, so we can guess that he might be
here for a different reason."
Vauhan nodded, but he still didn't feel safe. "Just have a few
extra soldiers around him just in case things go wrong. Anyways,
Mia quickly pointed towards Keira. "Her name's Keira. A feisty
woman for sure, but she seems to have great endurance. I don't
know her power, but she definitely makes an impact."
Vauhan shrugged, seeming uninterested. "Who else?"
"Him, the one with the snake tattoo." Vauhan examined him
carefully, and so far, Bain was the only one who stuck out. "Like
Keira, he's got great endurance, but he had kind of a demented
feel about him. It was kind of hard to explain, but I can tell
you that he's something special."
"Yes, he does look strong. Maybe he's one of the very few idiots
here that are worth having. Anyone else?"
"Yes, sir. I saved these 2 for last because they definitely
stuck out the most to me. Their names are Saga Yamada and Knox
Blood." She pointed them out for Vauhan, who took his time to
study them both.
"Them? They're just little kids. We should've put an age limit
on this test to avoid this kind of thing!"
Mia shook her head. "You've got the wrong idea, Mr. Vauhan.
These two aren't normal kids, they're special. They've both
proven to me that they have what it takes to take out the
"Really?" he asked in disbelief. "How so?"
"The small boy, Saga. He was able to penetrate the pillar!
We've tried with some of the strongest steel on earth against the
pillar, but none of it has worked, yet this kind found a way
through it. You must agree that that is very impressive!"
"You're right, that is incredible. And the other boy? Knick, or
whatever his name was."
"Knox, sir. You see, he-" Mia wanted to speak about Knox's
father, but she knew that revealing something like this during
such harsh times wouldn't be appropriate. "You'll know soon
enough, sir. He's not an average psychic, I can tell you that."
Back at the dining table, both Blake and Knox were sitting back
in their chairs with their hands placed over their full stomachs.
They were both exhausted from eating all of the food, but it was
so delicious that they need more. "I…must…eat more!" said Blake,
as he tried reaching towards the stuffing.
Tokar smacked his hand away. "Stop being ridiculous," said Tokar.
"If you two eat anymore, your stomachs are going to burst."
"No way, man. I got an iron stomach, I can eat ALL the food."
"I'm doing this for your own sake, Blake. The next phase starts
in about an hour, and if your stomach starts to ache in the
middle of it, you'll regret it."
Blake shrugged and giggled. "Dude, it's totally worth it."
"Second that," said Knox, as he fist bumped Blake and went to
reach for more food. Tokar simply rolled his eyes.
"Get away from me you perverted freak!" The high pitched scream
startled everyone at the table, causing them to go silent. They
all looked over at Keira, who was holding a slightly overweight
man by the collar. He wore a small pair of glasses and his head
was on the verge of balding. His scruffy beard was definitely
the factor that stand out the most, other than his light blue
shirt of the popular T.V series, KuKuKu KuKu KuKu.
"What are you doing, babe?" asked the overweight man. Knox,
Blake and even Tokar had to hold back their laughing after
hearing the man's nerdy voice. "You shouldn't get mad at the
super otaku himself, Bugie."
"I don't give a shit, fat ass! I should whoop your ass for even
looking at my tits, let alone touching them."
Bugie smiled attempted to slick back his brown, balding hair.
"Yeah, I'm pretty sexy, ain't I?"
To responds, Keira smacked him across his left cheek, leaving a
red handprint. Some of the more immature examinees, such as
Blake, busted into laughter. "Holy shit," said Blake. "That was
Tokar sighed and rubbed his eyes. "You should stop laughing,
Blake. She might come after you next."
"Man, you worry too much."
Knox tapped his soldier, and tried muttering some words with his
mouth full of food. "Seriously, Blake. It's not that funny
"Eh, whatever. You guys are no fun."
"Listen, girl," Bugie winked his eye and tried putting on a sexy
expression over his chubby face. "You need to calm down and
accept that Bugie is you new man." Keira's face went bright red
"You freaking creep!" she said. "Take this, asshole!" She took a
nearly full bowl of mashed potatoes and dragged it near her. She
then grabbed Bugie's head and shoved into the potatoes,
continuing to push it down. Some of the examinees near her
started going crazy, laughing so hard that they were on the
ground. She continued to drown Bugie's head in mashed potatoes
until a couple of guards had to pull her off of him.
Knox and Tokar watched Blake laugh so hard that his face went
red. "Holy shit!" he yelled out. "I'm freaking dying right now!
That bitch is freaking crazy!" Unfortunately for Blake, Keira
just happened to hear him.
"What was that?" she asked, as she struggled to escape the
guards. "How about you say that again, you retard!"
Knox tugged Blake's overcoat, getting his attention. "Seriously,
Blake, cut it out. You've pissed her off enough today. If this
continues you two could get disqualified."
"Are you kidding, Knox? I'm not letting some middle-aged broad
boss me around. We got a mind of our own for a reason." He got
out of his seat and glared over at Keira, who was staring angrily
back. "Listen bitch, you need to smoke a blunt."
Tokar looked at Blake as if he was an idiot, which Tokar
ultimately thinks Blake is. "Of all insults to say, you tell her
to smoke a blunt? You must be joking!" Knox stayed speechless
and acted like he never even met Blake.
She finally made her way out of the guard's arms and ran to the
table, getting close to Blake. "You cocky little shit, I'm going
to mess you up so bad!" She prepared to throw a punch, but right
before so, a loud voice echoed over the room. A voice that
could've shattered windows if it wanted to. The only person it
could've been is Mia.
Mia stood over the balcony. "Both of you, cut it out! If you
don't, then you die." It was then that both Blake and Keira
realized that two guards had assault rifles pointed at the back
of their heads. Blake felt his limbs shaking as he slowly sat
back into his seat. Knox gave him a smart ass look that said,
'You shouldn't have done that, retard'.
"Now, can we continue onto the third phase. Before we begin,
this phase will be done in groups. I want groups of 3-4 psychics
only! I'll give you 5 minutes to form teams, so get to work!"
All of the examinees got up immediately, trying to be partners
with the most intimidating psychics. Bain was instantly
surrounded by a group of 10 psychics, but he refused to join
Knox looked over at Blake and Tokar and said, "I'm guessing we'll
be partners, then?" They both nodded as the team was formed with
ease. Before they knew it, 5 minutes had passed, and almost
everyone had a team.
Mia came down to the 1st floor and looked around before asking,
"Does anyone not have a team mate?"
Silver looked around with an astonished look and examined the
room. "Team mates?" he asked. "Since when have we needed team
"Well," said Mia, who was clearly annoyed. "if you were paying
attention instead of reading, you'd know what's going on.
Besides, where'd you even get that book?"
"Oh, this? I borrowed it from your private library during our
lunch." Knox and Blake looked at each other, very confused.
They didn't even notice that Silver had left the table during
"I see. I instructed the guards that no one was to leave the
dining room during lunch, but you still somehow got out. You're
a sneaky bastard, aren't you?" Silver respond with a small
laugh, and continued reading. What a weirdo, thought Mia. I
wonder if the rest of the Rao family is like him.
"Who else?" she asked. She counted out 3 hands, which came from
Saga, Bain and Keira. "I see, so you guys must not be very
social. I'm surprised, Saga. You were really impressive in
phase 2, so I expected people to come to you."
"Kill yourself," he said, firmly.
Mia sighed and thought to herself for a second. "Alright, since
you 3 boys refused to listen, I really should disqualify you
guys, but I'm feeling generous, so I'm going to put you 3 into a
Silver looked away from his book and looked towards Mia, smiling.
It seems my plan worked, thought Silver.
Both Bain and Saga could careless about their team, but the rest
of the psychics felt uneasy. Blake didn't understand why both
Knox and Tokar looked worried. Blake said, "I don't get it,
what's the big deal."
"It's unfortunate," explained Tokar. "It just so happens that 3
of the strongest psychics are on a team together, which means
that they're an essential threat to our game. It's going to be
tough with them around."
"Yeah, good point. The exam just got a lot deadlier with them
"And of course," continued Mia, "my good friend Keira. It seems
you and the druggy over there had a bit of a quarrel, so for your
punishment, you can be on the same team!"
"What?" yelled out Keira. "Of all teams, you put me with him.
I'd rather be with the demented samurai then him!"
Mia giggled mockingly and walked away, saying, "You should've
thought about that before you flipped." Keira dug her nails into
her palm and watched angrily as Mia left the room.
"You know what, guys," said Blake, "it's not that bad. I mean if
worst comes to worst, we can just use her as a sacrifice!"
"Oh, shut up!"