The second the door dropped, the examinees pushed through at once
and headed into a small opening before the forest. Knox,
standing at the back of the group, held his arms out. "Let's wait
"Why should we?" asked Blake. "We gotta get to the end before
anyone can attack us."
Knox didn't move a muscle. "Just watch."
In the small opening, half of the psychics rushed into the forest
while the other half stayed in the opening to get the chance of
eliminating as many as they can. They all fought with weapons
and fists, and not one person used their abilities."
"It's a smart move," said Tokar. "I guess everyone here has a
good idea that revealing their abilities could hurt them later
The fight continued on. Several psychic were either unconscious
or dead, and the MCG soldiers had already been dragging their
bodies off the field. In the middle, Saga, who's teammates where
already at the edge of the forest, slowly walked down the middle.
He examined the fights going around him, but nothing seemed too
impressive. What a shame, he thought. I was hoping that there
would be at least a few strong examinees. It'd be a shame if
that Knox guy was the only one worth my time.
Silver stood next to Bain as they both watched Saga slowly
progress. "Come on, now," said Silver, impatiently. "We have a
lot to do in 3 hours, so get a move on!"
Saga shouted back, "Relax, I'm just observing. I'll be there in
To the left of Saga, an examinee just finished off his opponent.
He quickly turned around, spotting Saga. Hey, I know that kid.
He's the freaking maniac that screwed up that one guy's leg. I
bet he thinks that he's all that, doesn't he? I guess killing
him now wouldn't hurt.
The man wiped his butcher knife off with his shirt and aimed it
at Saga's head, preparing to throw it. Without hesitation, he
chucked it at full strength at Saga, with perfect accuracy.
Saga glanced to his life, quickly catching the knife with his
"Ah, you little shit. You caught it!" Before the man continued,
he saw something that turned his skin pale. Blood trickled down
in several small streams from his hand, dropping drip by drip
onto the grass. The pain was irrelevant to Saga, as he saw it as
a simple scratch. "That freaking kid…just caught the knife by the
Saga carefully gripped the handle with his good hand and looked
at his messed up one, which had a small, but deep cut on each
finger. "Damn, this is annoying. I hope I can still grip my
sword." Saga looked up at the man, who was petrified. The man
stood, completely frozen as he stared into Saga's eyes. The
sharp eyes that displayed only one message. Death.
Saga flung the knife back at the man, penetrating his forehead.
The man fell onto the ground, and after a few seconds, he died.
Many other examinees, including Knox, watched the scene, and they
hated what they were seeing. Saga walked over to his teammates
and said, "You saw what happened, Silver. I'm almost certain
that no one can stop us."
Silver sighed. "You sure are cocky. That guy didn't even use his
powers. For all we know he could've been stronger than you, even
if the chances were slim. Besides, we still have to worry about
the other boy. You know, the one around your age."
Saga remained silent and started into the woods, with Bain and
Silver behind them. No one said a word for a few minutes, until
Bain asked, "Silver what was your trick?"
Silver shrugged. "Can you be more specific?"
"How did you get onto our team?"
"I was forced on. Weren't you paying attention?"
Bain stopped walking and towered over him. "Saga and I, we're not
retarded. We may not be geniuses like you and that black man,
but we're certainly not retarded."
Silver also stopped walking, forcing Saga to halt as well. "I'm
surprised you caught on so quickly. I honestly thought it was
perfected." Saga took a deep breath and sat down. "This could
took a while, so you may want to make yourself comfortable.
Well, during the feast, I overheard two guards talking about the
next phase. I couldn't make out every word, but they mentioned
teams. I hadn't made any close connections with anyone, but I
knew who was strong and would be the most helpful. I initially
wanted Knox on my team, but it wasn't as good because I was
unaware of the strength of the other 2 he hangs out with."
"Wonderful," said Saga, interrupting him. "Now get on with it
"Anyways, I saw you two for the best people to work with. Since
it's obvious that you both like working alone, I figured that you
wouldn't rush to join any teams, giving me the perfect
opportunity to force my way onto a team. I snuck into the
library and got a book, using it as a good excuse for being
distracted. I was hoping for Keira to be included, but the
blonde haired guy screwed that up."
Bain asked, "So, why didn't you think that the examiner wouldn't
eliminate you for not being on a team?"
Silver smiled. "You see, Bain, it's more obvious then you think.
I was 99% sure she wouldn't do it because she couldn't afford to
"To lose us?"
"That's right. During phase 2, when I told her that I was a
member of the Rao family, she was clearly impressed. It was also
obvious that she was impressed with you two, as well. She
could've eliminated us, but remember, the whole purpose of this
exam is to find the strongest psychic to help get rid of that
psychic assassin. Why would she eliminate the 3 of the best
psychics over something so petty?"
"Damn," said Saga. "So that was your trick, Rao. It was pretty
clever to say the least. Anyways, let's get goi-"
"Stay still, Saga. We can't rush getting to the lake."
Saga, who was annoyed, asked, "Why? What's the point in dealing
with the rest of these wastes of skin? I might as well just
eliminate myself now with the lack of skill."
"That wouldn't be wise, Saga. You think you're the strongest one
here, but you really aren't. As a matter of fact, I'm positive
that even I'm stronger than you."
Saga quickly filled up with rage. He rapidly stood up and in
less than a second, drew his sword and pointed it at Silver. "You
should've told me earlier. Come on, get up and prepare
"Saga, calm yourself. It's obvious that you will accept any
fight, but that's where you could end up killing yourself. Think
about it. Do you know any of my abilities?"
"No," said Saga, firmly.
"How about my fighting style, or my way of thinking in battle?
Wouldn't you consider that a disadvantage?"
"Of course, but that's a part of fighting a psychic. You have to
draw that information out of them using experience."
"Maybe so, Saga, but this isn't the case. I guarantee you that
if you go into battle with someone like Knox, you have no idea
whether or not you'll get out alive."
Saga looked down at the ground and thought about it. Silver's
absolutely right. "So, what are we supposed to do about it?"
Silver stood up and swiped of the dirt on the back of his pants.
"It's a complex procedure, but what we need to do is draw out
their information without entering battle with them."
Bain, who was halfway asleep, opened my eye and smirked. This
kid, he thought, relies on strategy. His brain may be more
powerful than his abilities.
Silver continued. "You just have to look at what you have so far.
In this case, we want to attack Knox's team, considering that
they're probably our biggest threat. Looking back a phase 2, I
was able to pick up that the black man can switch places with
people in a certain range, and that Knox can use a body enhancer
that increases his defense by 3 times."
"There's definitely more, though," said Saga. "There's no way
that someone like Knox has such a simple ability. There has to
be more to it."
"You have a good point, so we'll have to keep a close watch out
for him. As for Keira and the big blonde haired kid, it's still
"So, what's our next move?" asked Bain.
"I'm almost positive that they'll come to us. I have a plan for
when the time comes, so no need to worry."
Saga snickered and got up. "I have no reason to be worried.
We're playing with weaklings." Silver felt goose bumps crawl up
his arm from Saga's terrifying tone.
"Waiting isn't my thing," said Bane. His expression slowly
changed from normal to demented. "I want to kill someone…right
now." Silver took a couple steps back. I'm dealing with maniacs
"Well, if you two kiddies don't mind, I'm going to take a walk in
"What do you mean going on a walk? We have to stay together
until they come to us."
"I'm sure you two can do it alone. I just want to, you know,
spend my time wisely." With no more words, Bain walked into the
woods until the two could no longer see him.
After a few minutes, the open area was completely clear. Knox
nodded, and started walking with his team into the woods.
"This place is freaking ridiculous," said Blake as he stood next
to one of the trees. "These things gotta be at least 20 feet
wide. I don't even want to get started on how tall these
freaking things are!"
"Then don't," responded Keira. "We don't need to hear anymore
bullshit out of your retarded mouth."
Clearly angry, Blake turned around and clenched his fist. "I'm
seriously one inch away from beating the piss out of you!"
Knox got in-between them and stopped them from fighting. "Cut it
out, you two! If you want to fight, save for after the phase!"
Blake sighed and quickly calmed down. "Whatever, but she's gonna
regret it after this phase is over."
"By the way Blake, can you show me your power now?"
Blake nodded and sat onto the ground. "You guys are gonna love
this, it's literally the most amazing thing you'll ever see."
Blake rolled up his sleeves and held his hands out with his palms
facing upwards. In less than a second, two ovals appeared, one
in each hand. The one on the left was colored a milky left,
while the one on the right was a pitch black. He placed his left
hand on the ground, summoning a much larger white oval that
looked like it was painted on the ground.
Knox and Tokar stared at the oval, confused. "I don't get it,"
"Yo, hold up, dude. Here's where the magic happens." He places
his right hand next to the white oval, summoning a black oval of
the same size. This time, however, the colored insides of the
ovals disappeared, and the only thing that could be seen were the
top of the trees.
Blake stuck his hand into the white oval, and to Knox's surprise,
his hand came out of the black oval. "That's so cool," said Knox,
Tokar smiled. "So, your power pretty much works in a way that if
you enter one portal, you come out the other one? I could've
sworn that a gun came with that…"
"Yeah, man, it's freaking delectable. I can also place it within
a range of 100 meters. Well, at least last time I checked that
was the range."
The four of them walked a bit further until they decided to rest.
"It shouldn't be too much further from here," said Tokar. "Only
another 40 minute walk or so." Knox and Blake continued to fool
around with Blake's power, ignoring him completely. "Would you
two cut it out?"
Blake banished the ovals and the two sat down with Tokar and
Keira. Blake started, asking, "So, captain Tokar, what's our
"Like I said, we're not too far away from the ending point, but
we still have 2 ½ hours. We should use the next 2 or so hours to
"So what are you thinking?"
"I'm think that we have to get rid of Saga's team this phase no
matter what. We have no idea whether or not the phases ahead of
us will have the same rule of being able to fight other psychics,
but we can't afford to find out. We have to do whatever we can
to hinder his team. Even if we eliminate one of his team
members, we'll be making good pro-"
"This is retarded!" said Keira, interrupting him. "Who cares
about that shitty midget samurai and his team of bitches. I have
no interest in getting myself killed by trying to take on 3 of
the strongest psychics in this exam. I refuse to follow your
Knox butted in, saying, "Keira, please listen. I've been around
Tokar long enough to know that he has an idea about what he's
doing. Please trust him, he won't get us killed."
"I don't get a crap! I'm already pissed off that I've been
teamed with you retards, so why should I have to follow these
"Because," started Tokar, "we just need to. You may not like it,
but we all have our own reasons for taking this exam, right? If
we just get through this, we'll have few worries for the rest of
"Whatever, I don't need to argue with you guys. I'm taking my
own path from here." Keira quickly got up and marched into the
Knox also got up, saying, "Guys, aren't we gonna go after her?
She could get ambushed by another team!"
Blake stayed silent and looked towards the ground awkwardly.
Tokar quickly stated, "I never said that this would be impossible
without her. 3 people can do the job."
Knox didn't he respond. He looked back at her, and she was
almost out of sight by that point. "I'm…the leader of this group,
Blake and Tokar looked at each other in confusion. Blake
responded, "Well, if you want to be, I guess you can."
"Then, if I'm the leader, I have to carry out the responsibility
of making sure my teammates are safe, right? If that's the case,
then I'm going after her. I'm not gonna let herself get killed."
"What, you're actually wasting time with that bitch? She hasn't
done shit for you, why do you care?"
"I already told you. I don't necessarily like her, but as long
as I'm the leader and she's on my team, I'm not gonna risk her
getting killed." Knox smiled at the two, even though he was aware
that they were unhappy. "I know you two will come up with a plan
to finish off Saga and his team, so good luck. I'll see you guys
at the end, alright?" The two nodded simultaneously. They didn't
agree with Knox's logic, but they had no intent to stop him.
Knox quickly sprinted through the woods towards Keira's
Deep in the east side of the woods, Bugie collapsed to his knees,
gasping for air. His two teammates, Lola, a thin and small girl
who's bright blonde hair was tied into a bun, and Mick, a middle
aged man with a surprisingly full head of gray hair and a blue
t-shirt that matched his pants, waited impatiently for him.
Lola sighed, saying, "This is like, the 4th time, Bugie. We
can't slow down. If we get to the end first, we'll be sure to
make it to phase 4."
Bugie slowly nodded his chubby neck. "I just need some…help…"
His partners pulled him up to his feet, and in no time, they were
back to walking.
Mick looked up at the sun, which was partially towards the west.
"We shouldn't be too far, maybe 30 minutes. We also got about 2
hours to spare."
"Awesome!" screamed out Lola. "We totally got this phase in the
A few moments of silent passed before Mick heard a crunch. To
him, it sounded like someone stepping on leaves. He stopped
walking and listened once again. The crunching sound got louder
by the second. After a minute passed, he could hear the sound to
his left. He quickly turned his head, and to his surprise, he
stood only a matter of a few feet away from Keira. Keira stared
back at Mick unemotionally.
"Heh," said Mick. "Look like someone got unlucky, right guys?"
Lola nodded as she walked towards Mick.
"How so?" asked Keira.
"Isn't it obvious? You're outnumbered 3 to 1, how do you expect
to win? Besides, we can't afford to keep you in the exam, it may
hurt us later! The more eliminated, the better."
Keira smiled deviously and said, "I guess we'll have to find out.
I was hoping for at least one fight before the end of this
phase." She took off her first shirt, revealing a black t-shirt.
Bugie butted in as Mick and Lola started to slowly circle Keira
from a distance. "Guys, maybe we should just go!"
Keira put her finger to her mouth. "Quiet, chubby. I don't want
you to ruin my fun. These guys will make great practice for when
I have to fight my true enemy."
"T-true enemy?" he asked, petrified.
"You heard me. TRUE enemy."