Along with Lola, Mick stopped walking and took a deep breath.
"Let's see, we got 2 hours to finish this phase, right? It
shouldn't take that long to finish her."
Keira clamped her teeth together and cracked her fingers. "You
guys should be a little more nice to a lady like me. 3 against 1
is kinda harsh, don't you think?"
Bugie laughed awkwardly, saying, "Well, more like 2 against 1.
I'm fixin' to stay out of this, hehe…"
"Don't think you can smart talk yourself into anything,"
continued Mick. "We don't give a shit about fighting with honor
or by any rules. We'll do anything to pass this exam."
"Yeah!" said Lola, excitedly. "I have no problem killing some
middle aged broad for my benefit."
Keira stood silently, staring Mick down with her fierce eyes.
She stretched her arms first, with her legs following, and with
one step at a time, she paced herself towards Mick. "Pick any
"A limb?" he asked. "Why?"
"Just do it!"
Mick did a cocky, but short, laugh. "Fine, I choose my left arm.
Now tell me why it matters."
Keira smiled deviously and gave Mick a look that turned his skin
pale. "It looks like you'll lose your left arm first, then."
The MCG blimp was flying at least several hundred feet above the
tree tops. In the mayor's blimp office, which was almost
identical to the office in the blessed house, Vauhan sat in his
leather chair, tapping his hands in a repeating beat on the desk
several times over. His patience was slowly running out.
From the other side of the room, Mia walked in, greeting him, and
talking a seat on the other side of the desk.
Vauhan clasped his hands together and smiled. "Mia, sweetheart, I
appreciate that you're putting all of this time and effort into
this exam, but I do have a small problem." Vauhan's smile
quickly altered to a frown. "It's taking forever."
"Please be patient," said Mia. "I understand that you want to
have the assassin eliminated as soon as possible, but this isn't
something that can be rushed. We have to make sure that the
examinees that pass this exam are top quality. In order to do
so, we have to test many different areas, including their trust."
Vauhan rubbed his neck and lit up his cigar. He took a big puff
before he started to speak again. "How many people are left so
"According to the bracelets, we have around 50 examinees
"I'm praying that none of the top notch competitor's have been
eliminated. You know, like those 2 boys, or the man with the
"Well, I checked about 10 minutes ago, and all of the ones that
stuck out are still in the running."
Interrupting the conversation, the door screeched open, with
Aster walking in rudely.
Mia widened her eyes. "What the hell? Where the hell have you
been? I didn't even know you were on the blimp."
"Me?" he asked, insolently. "You know, just hanging out. I
didn't plan on coming, but I felt kinda bad for you, sweetheart,
so I decided to come and give you company."
Mia turned away. "I didn't need your company. Everything is
under control as it is."
"Oh ho, so harsh. Well, I guess I could give you some exciting
news. According to those bracelets, it looks like a team has
surrounded a sole examinee."
"Really, who is it?" she asked, with a rushed tone.
"Wow, now you sound interested. I don't know, they showed me the
chart that matched the examinees with the bracelets, and whoever
is wearing bracelet #A-72 looks to be pretty screwed."
Mia thought about it for a second. "A-72...Oh, yeah. That's
Keira, the middle aged bitch. Damn, I got worked up for
"Wow, such hostility!"
Mick stood completely frozen in place as Keira walked towards
him. The closer she got, the more he could feel his heart drop.
This woman, he thought, is absolutely insane.
Before he even knew it, Keira started running full speed towards
him. She threw a punch to his face, which he just barely dodged.
Another two punches to the face, which Mick also evaded.
She's not the fastest, but it'll be a matter of time before I run
out of energy to dodge her punches. The only thing I can do is
go on the offense. Mick jumped towards her, kicking her in the
chest. She fell to the ground, but to his surprise, she jumped
right back up. Mick charged again, with a storm of quick
punches. Keira swiped them all away with ease, and with great
speed, she jabbed Mick in the stomach, causing him to spurt up
blood that stained her clothes.
As Keira went to attack Mick, who was defenseless, Lola jumped
into combat. At full strength, she punched Keira in the middle
of her spine. Keira flew a few feet away, and as she got up, the
pain started to kick in. She could feel her hands shaking and
her back aching.
"Good one…Lola…" said Mick, who was just able to get back onto
"Right? This bitch isn't going to be a problem. I say we start
using our powers now."
Mick nodded and put his right knee to the ground. As he placed
his left hand on the ground, the earth around it started to
crack, causing the dirt and leaves to fly into the air, until a
long, but narrow, hole formed in the ground.
"What the hell..?" asked Keira. Mick said nothing as he pulled
out a cutlass, but it wasn't ordinary. The cutlass was made out
of solid earth.
Mick smiled, gripping the earth cutlass tight. "I can't wait to
cut her freaking head off!"
The two charged simultaneously, and already Keira felt
overwhelmed. A punch from Lola came, but Keira swiped it away,
countering with a kick to her leg. As Lola fell to her knees,
Keira roundhouse kicked her to the face, causing Lola to fly back
From behind her, Mick went for a punch to the head. Keira ducked
and rolled around him, followed by an elbow to her spine. She
then grabbed the back of his head, and with full force, slammed
his head into the dirt. She kicked him in the ribs, causing him
to screech out loudly.
From the back, Bugie watched while shivering. Along with his
teammates, he was in total disbelief.
Lola wiped the blood off of her mouth, but had little strength to
get up. "Damn, she's pretty fast…"
Mick turned his head as he rose from the ground. Little bitch,
she's pretty smart. I don't know if she knew that she was
stronger than us, or if she just assumed. Either way, she pulled
it off pretty well. When we first attacked her, she probably
only used part of her strength to catch us off guard, but when we
attacked again, she took it up a level. There's two things that
could hurt us. One is that we don't know if she's used her full
physical strength yet, and two is that we don't know her ability.
All we can do is attack until we draw it out of her.
Keira laughed and wiped the sweat off of her forehead. "What's
wrong, guys? Had enough already? We've probably only been
fighting for about 3 minutes, but you guys are already tired.
What a shame."
Lola blushed, saying, "Shut up! We haven't even shown you half
of our strength. Besides, once Bugie jumps in, you're screwed!
No answer came, as Bugie was hiding behind a tree to avoid
Mick brushed the dirt off of his pants and cracked his knuckles.
"It doesn't matter, we don't need the fat ass to beat her.
Besides, I have an idea." Lola walked over to him as he
whispered into her ear. Keira watched both impatiently and
curiously, wondering what their strategy was.
"Wow, good thinking, Mick! We can totally beat her now!"
"Good, so we're ready. Let's get this over with." Mick charged
first, going for a head on attack.
What a retard, thought Keira. I can just attack him straight on
before he can hit me. These guys don't even learn, do they.
Keira flung her hand, but to her surprise, Mick ducked. "Got ya!"
he yelled as he rolled around to her back. He quickly grabbed
both of Keira's arms and held them together.
Shit! she thought. It was a trap! He anticipated me to attack
rather than dodge, so he used that opportunity to disable my
Mick struggled to keep Keira's arms locked together. He yelled
out, "Lola, now's the time."
She nodded, and with one of her pampered nails, she cut a small
slit on her left shoulder, just barely summoning any blood. She
dabbed her finger on the cut, staining her finger. Lola slowly
walked over to Keira and wiped the blood on her right eyelid.
"What the hell is wrong with you?" asked Keira.
Lola giggled and started to explain. "You see, my power is that
my blood attracts animals, so by putting the blood on you, the
animals will attack. It's only a matter of time before they
Keira wasn't worried at all. She found Lola's explanation funny,
to say the least. "Weren't you listening to the blonde bitch
before they started the phase? The animals here are practically
the size of insects. Even if they do come, they won't be able to
do shit to me."
"I know, which kind of sucks for me. That's why I put the blood
on your eyelid. The animals may be small, but they still have
the strength to rip your eye out."
Keira growled. She's right, they will attack my eye.
Keira quickly smiled and quickly kicked out Mick's left leg,
tripping him. She slid out of his hands and punched him straight
in the face. Mick flew into a tree, and despite the large size,
his body dented the wood.
Keira jumped back and wiped the blood off with her right hand
instantly. "You guys are pathetic! I can't believe you actually
thought you could hold me down long enough to-"
Keira stopped as she felt a sharp pinch pierce her hands. She
looked down, and saw two small streams of blood trickle down her
hand. Near her wrist, she saw a fly sized wolf chomping away at
"Those smart bastards," she muttered. "It was a win-win situation
from they from the start. In case that I broke away from the
man, like I did, they knew the first thing I would do is wipe the
blood off of my eye. Of course, that means the blood would be on
my hand. Either way, I would have to sacrifice my eye or hand."
Keira smiled innocently a picked the few wolves that were biting
her hand. "Looks like my hand is useless now. You guys sure know
how to strategize."
"Mick pulled a few pieces of bark out of his back, causing blood
to spurt out. "Give up now. You can't win with only one hand."
Keira looked back at her hand, which now had some more wolves
biting at it, and frowned. "We'll…just have to see about that.
But first, I want to show you something. I think it's about time
that you see my power." Mick and Lola simultaneously widened
their eyes in wonder.
Keira rolled up her left sleeve, revealing what looked like to be
a tattoo of a black clock. What surprised the two, however, was
that the minute hand of the clock, which was at 9, was slowly
"I set my timer to 12 minutes," said Keira. "That gives me 12
minutes of use of my power. It corresponds with any number, as
well. For example, if I set it for 50 minutes, I get 50 minutes
of use out of it."
"Use?" asked Lola.
"That's right. When I use the word 'use', let's just say that
you'll see…" Keira's face started to summon a shadow, a shadow
that sent a shiver down the spines of Mick and Lola. "…12 minutes
of hell." She slowly started walking towards them. "We've been
fighting for about 9 minutes, so we have 3 minutes remaining
until my timer goes off. Run away now if you want a second
chance of life."
Lola gulped and turned to Mick. "She's just bluffing, right?"
Mick said nothing, as he knew nothing.
Bain yawned as he continued to walk aimlessly around the forest.
Crap, I think I'm lost. I wonder if I'll even pass. It's going
to pretty hard if I don't know where the ending point us.
Bain halted as he heard someone's footsteps. They were faint,
but he could hear it just to his left. In curiosity, he followed
the sound. The footsteps got louder as he advanced, and before
he knew it, he could see 3 figures in an open area. "What do we
have here?" he asked himself.
He hid behind a bush that was close to the area, and from there,
he could see Keira walking towards Mick and Lola. A fight? He
summoned a devious smile as his eyes flew open. This is going to
be SO entertaining!
Keira darted towards Lola with a punch, who dodged to her right.
Keira followed with a swarm of punches. Lola easily dodged them
at first, but as time went on, she became overwhelmed. Keira
nailed her in her face, conjuring blood from her newly broken
nose. She followed with another punch to the stomach, and then
to the ribs.
Lola fell to the ground, completely defenseless, but the beating
continued. Keira stomped her foot onto Lola's back, aiming to
snap her spine. Lola groaned in pain, knowing that she was no
match for Keira. Keira picked her up by her head and threw her
into a tree, busting open several spots on her scalp.
From behind Keira, she heard the air being ripped. She quickly
turned around to find that Mick had thrown the cutlass directly
at her head. She moved to the right, but instantly felt her
right leg drop. Lola, mustered the rest of her strength to
attack Keira's leg. Mick quickly retrieved his cutlass and
jabbed at Keira. She just barely dodged, only leaving a long,
cut on her cheek.
Keira jumped back, but quickly went back in. She threw 3
punches, all of which missed Mick. Mick countered with a kick to
her head, sending her flying into a tree. Keira could feel the
blood rushing out of her head, arms and legs. Her vision was
blurry, and the sound of each individual footstep that Mick took
as he moved towards her made her brain beat.
Mick grabbed her ripped overcoat by the collar and pulled her up.
"I'll give you credit for trying. You actually did pretty well
for a 2 vs. 1 fight. Unfortunately, we don't have time to screw
around with you, so die." He pulled the cutlass up to her neck,
and started to slowly dig into her neck.
"Wait!" she yelled. "Look…at my left wrist."
Mick obeyed her, and quickly looked down. As he saw the clock
tattoo's minute hand hit 12, his heart dropped to his stomach.
In an instant, Mick could feel a tremendous aura coming from
Keira's body. He jumped back and watched a terrifying sight.
The ground beneath Keira started to crack, and the dirt started
to rise before disintegrating. Her somewhat long nails start to
curve into points, her teeth started to resemble a wolf, and her
muscles bulked up immensely. The part that scared both Lola and
Mick the most, though, was her eyes. Her round eyes were now as
sharp as an eagle's, with dark outlines. Her entire appearance
"W-w-what the…what the hell is that?" said Mick, who was shaking
Keira turned to Lola, and with incredible speed, she ran towards
her, kneeing Lola in the face. Lola flew back, slamming into
another tree. She was now on the edge of consciousness.
Keira grabbed Lola by her neck and squeezed with incredible
strength. "Please…forgi…" said Lola, trying to speak.
"Forgiveness? Give me one good reason why you should be able to
live, and I'll let you."
Keira quickly dropped Lola to the ground. "I…I'm just a young
girl!" yelled out Lola, as blood came out of her mouth. "I'm only
19, so please let me go!"
Keira stood silently for a second. Suddenly, she busted into
laughter. "Get this, bitch! It was a trick question! I'm going
to kill you no matter what!"
Before Lola could react, Keira grabbed her by the back of her
head and slammed her face first into a tree. She listened to
Lola screaming and gasping for air. After about a minute, Lola's
arms dropped, and the screaming ended. Her dead body fell to the
Mick watched from a distance in disbelief. He was truly frozen
by fear at this point. Keira turned towards him and immediately
Shit, am I going to die? he thought. No, I just need to stay
focused. If I can, then I'll be able to defeat her. He gripped
his cutlass as tight as he could and charged at her. He swung
vertically at her, and to his surprise, she didn't try to dodge.
The second the cutlass connected, it broke into several different
"N-n-n-n-o way..! My cutlass is stronger than anything ever hand
made, there's no way that her body could shatter it!" Keira sent
a rapid punch to the face, following another one, until it became
a pattern. For several minutes, she punched Mick at full
strength in the face over and over again. His face became so
numb that after a while, he couldn't even feel anything.
Suddenly, Mick jumped back, but was on uneven footing. His
vision was swaying back and forth, and he saw no end to the
beating in sight. At this point, he wanted to die.
Keira widened her eyes and smiled. "I just remembered something!"
In the blink of an eye, Keira rushed towards him and dug her
nails into his left arm. Quickly, she ripped his entire arm off.
Mick fell to his knees, holding his right arm over his new wound.
It took him a few seconds to realize that his arm was gone.
Instantly, he screamed as loud as he could.
"Don't be too upset," said Keira, in a baby voice. "Anyways, now
that your left arm is gone, choose which limb you want to lose
next. We'll go until there's nothing but a body and a head.
Mick responded by running as fast as he could away from her.
Keira sighed and quickly banished her power, making her original
appearance come back. She sat down and rubbed her limbs, which
were aching so terribly that she couldn't even move them. "My
ability's incredibly strong, but my limbs will ache for about 2
hours after I use it. I honestly should've just not used it.
It's gonna be impossible to get to the finish line like this…"
Mick kept running, ignoring the tears that were filling his eyes.
He was on the verge of passing out, but his brain continued to
tell him to run.
Without his noticing, he ran through a bush, and bumped into
something. From the bush, Bain arose, and stood almost a foot
taller than him. Mick stood there with his jaw dropped.
Bain patted Mick on his head and said, "It's alright, I'll put
you out of your pathetic misery."
Suddenly, Bain punched Mick in the side of his head so hard that
his head was positioned sideways.
"How…the…" said Mick. Seconds later, he fell to the ground,
Bain placed him palm over his face and laughed. "Oh god, that
woman! Her power…is too much. I need her…now!