After all of the teams were formed, Mia escorted the examinees
back outside as they waited for the blimp to arrive. Most of the
teams stayed fairy quiet, only talking to their fellow teammates
about what the next phase could be.
Blake, who with the rest of his team, slid up against the wall of
the Blessed House and asked, "Yo, Tokar. Since you're clearly
the genius here, what do you think this next phase is gonna be?"
Tokar shrugged. "Don't ask me, I'm no examiner."
Blake gave him an annoyed look. "You don't even have a guess."
"Well, If I had to guess, we'd have to look at what we haven't
been tested for so far. For starters, we were tested in the
first phase to see if we were capable of making it out of bad
situations, and in the second phase, we were tested to see if we
had what it takes to stand up against powerful attacks. There
are still many situations, such as testing our strength and
knowledge. I'm guessing that we'll have to take a written exam."
"Written exam?" asked Blake, nervously. "Man, that's unfair!
Intelligence is my worst trait!"
Keira rolled her eyes and said, "Everything's your worst trait."
Blake started to get heated up as he mumbled insults to himself.
He held himself back, however, after looking towards Knox, who
had an expression that told him that they needed to work
together, regardless of their differences.
A few more minutes slowly passed by until a huge shadow hovered
over the examinees. They all looked up, spotting a blimp that
was steadily descending towards the pillar. The blimp was
simple. The gondola of the huge airship was much bigger than
average, and would easily hold the remaining teams. The balloon
was colored white, with the letters MCG painted onto each side in
The contestants were eager to get onto the blimp, but they had to
wait for several painful minutes before it landed. Once it was
secured on the ground, Mia rudely barged through the examinees
and waited until a platform was lowered. From there, she
escorted the examinees on, one at a time, until all 84
contestants were on.
The interior of the blimp was much more impressive compared to
the outside. The walls, that formed an oval shaped room, were
made out of spotless, shiny wood, along with the abnormally
clean, scarlet carpet. The walls were covered with several
paintings of famous areas in Mercury City and past mayors.
Lastly, there were several elegant pieces of furniture, with at
least 20 couches that were spread far apart, giving the teams
their own area to talk.
"Well, here we are," said Mia. "Make yourselves at home, it'll be
at least 3 hours before we reach the area where the 3rd phase
will take place. By the way, one little tip. I advise you take
a good look around you and figure out who the threats are,
because from here until the end of the exam, the most dangerous
aspects are the psychics around you."
As Mia left the room, the room became very tense, and eyes
started to bounce. Most of the examinees, including Blake and
Tokar, glanced towards Silver, Saga and Bain, who showed to be
the biggest threats during the 2nd phase. Some people, including
Bugie, looked at Knox's team as well, but only for Knox, as he
proved he was just as dangerous.
Rather than sitting down with Tokar and Keira, Knox and Blake
went towards the window and watched as the blimp floated over
Mercury City. "Wow, it's so amazing from up here," stated Knox.
"No doubt, man," replied Blake. "Even the skyscrapers look like
insects from up here. Come to think about it, this is the first
time I've ever left the city."
"Yeah, same here. I've always wanted to kind of adventure.
Well, at least my dad told me all these stories about the amazing
places this world has to offer. But before he left, he said that
I have to become a 'real psychic' before I can adventure on my
own. I never really understood what he meant, though."
"Maybe your dad's just a little bit concerned."
"It's possible, but he never seemed like the worried type. He'd
normally let me and my sister do whatever we wanted to, just as
long as we never left the city."
"Damn, your dad seems pretty cool! I wish my dad was as awesome
Knox looked at Blake, who, for the first time he recalled, looked
a little down. "Why? Do you not like him?"
"Nah, I love my old man, but he's part of the reason I want to
get out of here. Both of my parents, believe it or not, own the
Mercury City University."
"Really? Isn't that one of the best school's in the country?"
"You bet. They're both geniuses. Anyways, my dad also has
psychic powers, and one day I asked him if he ever uses them, but
he responded with 'My psychic powers won't make me any smarter'.
It just kind of pissed me off because, well, he's been given this
gift, but he doesn't even use it! Ever since, I've decided to
stop focusing on taking over their school and start using my gift
for something more productive."
"Wow, that's a good way to look at life. You know, come to think
of it, you've never shown me your powers. I'm starting to think
you aren't a psychic at all."
"Nah, man, I got them, I just don't really want to show them now
that Mia said that the other examinees might be a threat. I'll
show them during the 3rd phase." Knox nodded, as they headed
back towards the couch where Tokar and Keira was sitting. As
they returned, Knox saw something in the corner of his eye. He
looked, spotting Saga, who was staring directly at him. His
sharp eyes made Knox freeze in his place, as he stared back,
trying not to show any signs of being frightened. Saga snickered
and turned away, allowing Knox to feel relief. He's so
dangerous, thought Knox. He's definitely the biggest threat
"Saga." Saga, who was dozing off, looked towards Silver.
"What?" he asked, impatiently.
"Are you frightened? Intimidated?" Saga widened his eyes. He
hated when people thought he was scared. As far as he was
concerned, nothing intimidated him whatsoever.
"What do you mean?" he asked.
"It's just that you were giving that boy, Knox, a strange look.
Are you scared of him."
Saga laughed to himself and closed his eyes. "Not at all. It's
just that everyone here is so weak, and he's the only one that
give a good impression."
"Do I give a good impression?" asked Bain, jokingly.
"Sure, you give a good impression if someone wants to get
Silver sighed. "Such hostility. I understand you 2 aren't
exactly happy about being on a team, but look at it this way.
All 3 of us are powerful, so it's almost guaranteed that we will
pass the exam."
Saga rolled his eyes. "Whatever, but I won't hesitate to cut you
two in half if you get in my way."
"Ma----n, those freaks are creepy as hell!" said Blake, as he
pointed towards Silver's team. "I can't even imagine how screwed
we are if they come after us later on."
Tokar shook his head. "We can't worry about it too much, Blake.
Even if they attacked us head on, we still have the majority in
"Maybe," said Keira. "but considering that Blake is useless, we
technically only have 3 capable psychics."
Blake raised from his seat and yelled, "Honestly, I'm about to
Stopping Blake's words, Knox said, "I'm almost 99% positive that
Silver's team won't attack us like that. And even so, it
wouldn't be directly on."
"Really? What do you mean."
"Well, I can't predict exactly what they're gonna do, but I can
tell you that Silver will use some type of strategy if he wants
to come after us."
"A-are you positive?"
"Like I said, 99% positive."
Blake shrugged, unsure of Knox's prediction, but he had no
argument against it.
Back in the cave, Rain sat quietly among 2 of his comrades, Magi
and Kaden. They remained out of sight ever since they
assassinated Momo, and they planned to stay there for a while.
Suddenly, Kaden got up and raised his right hand, which was
outlined by a sparkling purple aura. After a minute of
concentrating, he created a black rectangle that resembled a door
that also had a purple outline.
A man walked slowly out of the door, which immediately
disappeared afterwards. The man wore a pure white winter hat,
along with a winter coat, snow pants and boots that were also
white. Despite all the matching colors, he wore black gloves and
had bright yellow eyes. "I'm back," said the man.
Rain opened his eyes and sighed. "What took you so long, Snow? I
thought I told you that it wasn't safe to be out in the open."
Snow giggled. "Oh, you know, just taking some walks."
"Yeah, taking walks in the middle of summer with winter clothes.
I don't understand you one bit."
Snow giggled once again. He took off his right glove, revealing
his hand which was stained with blood. "Cold hearted people need
warm clothing. Especially you, Rain. By the way, I couldn't
"Are you serious?" asked Rain, who was clearly annoyed. "What an
asshole, I bet he's taking that putrid exam. I swear, if he
tries to take out Vauhan, I'm gonna gauge his freaking eyes out!"
"Well, that's what he's probably doing, knowing him. He's always
getting into trouble, looking for a fight. I don't even see why
you recruited him, Rain."
Rain smirked and shut his eyes. "Because, he's dedicated and
strong, and that's what we need. Everyone else, they're just
Mia reentered the room and coughed loudly, getting everyone's
attention. "Well, everyone. The time has come. We'll be
reaching the testing zone soon, so right now I'll be explaining
the rules. This next test will be taking place in the Dakon Ga
Forest. Of course, this isn't just some average forest, so just
look through the window and you'll see what I mean.
The examinees all crowded around the few windows, and every last
one of them were in shock. The trees stood so high that the
blimp, which was 3000 feet in the air, was just barely above
them. The width of them was just as impressive, as they were
around 50 feet in length.
"Holy shit!" yelled out Blake. "Those are some big ass trees."
"That's right. Dakon Ga is known for its humongous wildlife,
specifically the trees. Ironically, the mammals that live in the
forest are the complete opposite, as they are much smaller than
the average animal. Look here." Mia held out her hand, which
held a small, gray wolf that was no bigger than her ring finger.
"Amazing," said Silver. "I've seen pictures of this place, but to
see it in real life is astonishing."
"Well, getting back into the important details. You've been put
into teams of 3-4. During this phase, you have one simple goal.
There is a lake in the middle of the forest, and your only
objective is to reach that lake." When hearing this, a majority
of the examinees looked relieved, but also confused by such an
"Of course, we don't plan on making this easy on you. The first
twist is that only 42 of the 84 examinees are allowed to pass
this phase. In the case that more than 42 make it to the lake,
than feel free to attack any others until only 42 remain. This
leads into the second twist, which is that all of you have
permission to attack opposing teams during this round."
The room started to look tense as people glanced around, hunting
down their targets. "The last twist is this. You can still pass
the round if your teammates are eliminated, just as long as you
don't eliminate someone in your own time. Trust me, we'll know
who is and who isn't on your team." A soldier walked over to Mia
and handed her a box that was filled with metal bracelets that
had a red light on them. "We'll have soldiers watching every team
from afar, so don't think you'll get away with it. These
bracelets also have tracking systems in them, so don't worry
about getting lost. Of course, you only have 3 hours to reach
the lake before you're eliminated."
An examinee raised his hand from the crowd and asked, "Hey, you
keep saying something about eliminating people. How do you
Mia laughed. "That's an easy question. There's 2 ways to be
eliminated, either you declare that you quit, or your heart stops
beating." The crowd of examinees remained quiet, and almost
everyone felt ready to puke. Well, almost everyone, as Saga and
Keira could care less about the elimination process. As a matter
of fact, Saga was excited for this phase. It's about time things
get interesting. I was about to think that this exam was just a
waste of my time.
The blimp started to slowly descend, and every second that passed
was a stressful one. As soon as the blimp landed, everyone
grabbed a watch and gathered towards the exit, huddling with
Mia moved away from the exit as it opened, saying, "Let the 3rd