Blake laid down on the boat and closed his eyes. "Ug---h," he
groaned. "How long have we been out here?"
Tokar looked around him, but he could barely see anything in the
thick layers of fog around him. He could just barely see Mia's
boat ahead of him, with a few others to his side. "Probably an
hour by now, at least. It's getting pretty late."
"Damn, I swear to god, if we're stuck out here for another hour
I'm drowning myself."
Knox butted in, saying, "There's no need. Look." He pointed in
front of him, noticing that the fog was getting less thick.
Mia's boat was getting more clear, as well as he could see the
water sparkling from the sun.
As the examinees escaped from the fog, everyone was in shock at
what they saw. No one said a word, as they were too amazed to
speak. "H-h-h-h-holy guacamole," mumbled Blake, with his eyes set
in the sky. "This can't be freaking real."
"I've heard of it in books," said Tokar," but I never knew it
actually existed. It's very hard to locate because of the fog,
despite it's grand size…"
On an island, a tree, much bigger than any other tree in the
forest, stood, occupying almost all of the island's land. The
tree was at least 40x as fat, and 4x as tall. The top of the
tree was completely out of sight. The contestants could just
barely see the first branch.
Saga's eyes were widened as he focused on the first branch. "The
first branch is all the way up there? That's easily 2000 feet."
Silver nodded. "Indeed. This tree is called The Universal Plant,
and for good reason. It stands as the tallest and fattest tree
in the world."
"I can tell…"
Blake stretched his arms all the way out. "Dude, the trees back
in that forest were freaking gigantic, but this…I mean…all I can
say is that this is a big ass tree."
"Amazing…." muttered Knox. "This tree is incredible…"
"Incredible? Man, the word incredible just got more incredible
because of this tree. I mean…just…holy jeans!"
The examinees docked at a small beach, right at the edge of the
tree, that completely shadowed over them. They stood in front of
Mia, waiting until all of the examinees and soldiers docked their
boats. They spent their time chatting in their groups about what
might be ahead of them.
"Alright, let's get started," yelled out Mia, in a military like
tone. "This will be the testing zone of phase 4. This tree is
called The Universal Plant, obviously because it's the largest
tree in the world. The point of this phase is to truly test your
all-around skills, from use of strength, powers, intelligence,
dealing with other psychics, will power, and much more."
"The objective of this phase is to climb to the top of the tree
and achieve a universal plant, which you can use like a parasail
to fly down to the bottom. We predict that the climb will take
at least 4 days, and that's if you continue without any breaks."
Blake's jaw dropped as he felt his heart drop with it. "Four days
with no breaks?" he asked, astonished. "Are you shitting me?"
Keira chuckled. "Four days isn't that bad. One time when I was
22 I was forced to survive on only water for 20 days. Don't be
such a rich kid about it."
"Well, yeah, but you're a psycho bitch…"
Tokar shrugged. "That's not too bad. I once had to stand
completely still for 12 days during boot camp when I graduated
from high school. If I moved even once, I would be beaten."
"W-w-what the hell…" Blake rubbed his head. "Man, these people
are crazy, right Knox?"
"That's all baby stuff," claimed Knox, with his arms crossed. "If
I ever screwed up during my training with father, he'd beat the
shit out of me, wouldn't let me eat for 15 days straight, with
the exception of a little water just to survive, and made me
stand outside for all day from sunrise to sunset…without my
"What? I thought you said that your dad was a good parent."
"He is a good parent."
Blake turned a deep breath and felt a harsh shiver run down his
"Unfortunately," continued Mia, "phase 5 has special
"Requirements?" mumbled Silver.
"In other words, out of the 40 of you left…only 10 of you will be
legible for phase 5."
The examinees stood silent and stiff. The new rule made this
phase a lot more stressful. "Feel free to take your rests," she
added, "but don't fool around for too long. A few more things I
would like to quickly point out…" The examinees all listened
carefully. "I will inform you now that this tree is not just a
monument, but a living area for a forest tribe known as the
Siiragondi, known for their distinctive, green, leaf-like hair.
They carved out the inside of the tree and built houses on the
inside, including on the walls. It would be pretty neat to see,
but…the Siiragondi don't really like tourists and will attack
anyone if they even touch the tree, so be careful."
"Lastly, I'm glad to inform you that if you see any forest
creature here that you saw back at the forest, their size is back
to normal. See it as a ratio thing. The tree got bigger, and so
did the animals."
Silver looked back to when he saw the oversized caterpillar. I
pray we don't come across any of those guys, he thought.
"So, any more questions?" Everyone stayed silent, eager to begin
Blake gulped. "Man, this is really freaking high. How the hell
are we supposed to do this anyways?"
"It's easy," claimed Tokar. "Blake, this tree is the same species
as the trees back in the forest. That means the bark is the same
type, so you can climb this bark like you did with the other
"Well, shit, that's good to know…" Blake looked over to Saga,
who was leaning impatiently with his teammates against the tree,
and smiled eagerly. "I'm totally gonna get him this round."
Keira shrugged and looked up at the top of the tree, reaching her
hand out. "I'm so close," she whispered. "So close to destroying
Tokar reached down, scooping up some sand. Four days, huh? Four
days closer to what we need, right?
Knox, standing in back of them, smiled. They all have something
that they need to achieve, he thought. Just like I need to get
Celia back… He looked up at the sun, tinted with a beautiful
orange outline, which was setting fast. Nothing is going to stop
them, as long as I'm around.
Knox walked past them and placed his hand on the tree, gripping
the iron-like bark. "Let's go."
Mia whistled, signaling the start. "Begin!" she yelled.
Kaden scooped some dirt into his hands out of boredom. He
scouted out the damp cave, examining Magi, and his leader, Rain.
Rain sat completely still against the wall, like he had been for
Rain's phone buzzed. He opened it up, reading a quick text from
Snow. "Let him in," commanded Rain. Kaden raised his hand a
summoned his purple door, allowing Snow into the enclosed cave.
"What's up?" asked Rain, curiously.
"Oh, nothing," responded Snow. "Just thought I'd stop by for a
Rain opened his left eye, with a fierce look to it. "Don't play
dumb with me, especially in times like these."
Snow chuckled to himself, and said, "Well, I figured I'd tell you
that I saw a little something-something down in East MC today."
"A psychic revolt. A group of 50 civilians or so were going on
about how psychics are the demons of the world and that they
should just go off somewhere to die." Suddenly, Rain stood up,
clenching both of his fists. His eyes were twitching in anger as
he gritted his teeth back and forth and started to groan.
"Excuse me…" said Snow, sarcastically.
"Not you, those freaking protesters. God…ah shit!" Rain turned
around and punched a hole into the rock. His fist started to
bleed from the incredible impact. His breathing got lighter
after a second. "How long ago did you see them?"
"No more than 5 minutes ago."
"Good. Kaden, get up. We're having a little talk with them."
Kaden didn't think twice about it, though the look on his face
gave a different impression. "Yes, sir." He opened up a blue
portal, inside showing off Mercury City. Rain slowly walked
through it, going from the cave to the city in a second.
"Well, go on," said Snow.
Kaden clenched his stomach, with his face starting to turn pale.
"Why does he do this?" asked Kaden. "Why does he have the
ambition to hurt innocent people?"
Snow winked, ignoring Magi's obnoxious laugh in the back ground.
"Why don't you ask him? Oh, I know why. Your selfish side
doesn't want to lose hope of getting your family back like the
boss promised, right?"
Kaden said nothing. He stared at the ground with a depressed
look, taking a deep breath a second later. He walked through the
door closing it as soon as he appeared in the city.
Rain examined the empty streets, noting the low population. He
looked up to the sun. "It's about 4 o'clock right now…let's get
things done here before anymore people show up. There's probably
a high amount of soldiers on guard since the assassination."
The two walked around the streets, surprisingly getting no
attraction from anyone. Kaden claimed, "They must not have made
your face too social yet. A real surprise, too, since you were
seen by plenty of people that day…"
"Yeah, and I want it to stay that way…" Just a block ahead,
around the corner, Rain and Kaden could hear a faint sound of
yells and footsteps from around the corner. They both sped up,
turning the corner. Rain smiled angrily at the sight of a mob of
people, led by a middle aged man with a thick, brown beard,
wearing a blue shirt that said, Rid This Town Of Demons. Support
us at www.stoppsychics.org.
The mob was yelling different chants, similar to the signs that
they were holding, saying phrases such as, A Psychic Took My Son.
Is Yours Next? As well as, End The Supernatural, Start The
Rain walked up to the mob, saying, "Look what we got here…this
should be fun…"
No one recognized Rain at first, up until a young woman dropped
her sign and clasped her mouth.
"What's wrong?" asked the man next to her.
She pointed towards Rain. "It…it's him! The assassin of Momo!"
The mob all looked simultaneously, and they all reacted the same.
They all dropped whatever was in their hands and screamed out in
horror. Some instantly ran away looking for help.
"Halt, followers!" The crowd all stopped, looking at their
"Mr. Klemons…" said a man.
Mr. Klemons walked up to Rain, looking him directly in the eye
with a confident stare. "Is it true?" asked Klemons.
Rain arched an eyebrow. "Is what true?"
"Are you truly the assassin? The most hated of the demons?"
Rain raised his arms up. "Yes, I am, and I'm back to do some more
Klemons said nothing. He sighed and looked back at his
followers, all of whom were frozen in fear, but wanted to stay
loyal to their views. "I understand. You truly want to kill us."
"Of course." Kaden, standing around the corner, pushed his hands
together. "Please, Rain," said Kaden. "Please don't do it…"
"I see," said Klemons. "I suppose…may we ask you if there is any
way of you letting us go."
"Sure," said Rain. "Keep your retarded opinions to yourself. You
have no clue what you're talking about."
"I understand. You see, we hate psychics because we've all lost
something precious to them, so…it's just…"
Rain grabbed his shoulder. "Just get out of here, all of you. Go
complain somewhere else, please."
Klemons, with a depressed expression, nodded. "I…suppose we're
off." As he turned around he smiled deviously. With agility, he
slyly took an army knife out of his pocket, spinning it in his
hands several times. He lunged with the knife aiming for Rain's
Rain chuckled. "Grave mistake," he whispered. Rain stuck out his
right hand. The blade connected with his right hand, and to
Klemons' surprise, the blade snapped with ease. Klemons stared
at the broken blade in horror and disbelief. "N-n-n-n-no," he
muttered. "It's not possible."
Rain shrugged, saying, "You wanna hear a funny joke? It's called
the fat guy trying to fight back for his views." He pulled
Klemons towards him, pushing his palm into Klemons' stomach. "It
just doesn't work that way. Trust me, I know."
Suddenly, a blue aura lit up around Rain's hand. Klemons could
feel a painful heat forming in his belly. The heat got more
intense with each passing second, until it was so unbearable that
he was forced to scream from the pain. Klemons started to cough
up blood in front of his followers. They all watched, horrified,
but they couldn't move. The fear was too overwhelming.
In a second, a hole busted through Klemons' body. He puked a
large amount of blood and fell to his knees, trying to get up.
Rain, smiling with glee, stepped on Klemons' and pushed him to
the ground, up until he dead seconds later. "It feels so good,"
said Rain. "Knowing that some more of you scum are gone."
Rain hid his hand behind his back, beginning to charge up an
energy blast. What started from a small ball slowly grew in
size, from covering his hand up until the light was clearly
visible to the mob in front of him.
Kaden rushed around the corner, charging towards Rain. "Don't do
it, please!" As Kaden approached Rain, Rain kicked him back,
knocking the breath out of him. "Shut up, Kaden. You just don't
realize how dirty these people are…"
Rain stuck out his palm, instantly firing his attack. The energy
blast rushed towards the mob with blazing speed, and the heat of
the blast could be felt from several feet away. The mob ran
away, screaming for help, but it was no use. The blast ran right
through the middle of them, completely disintegrating anyone who
was directly hit. The people towards the side were knocked into
the buildings with incredible force. The ones who weren't killed
instantly were either without at least one limb or bleeding out.
As soon as every last person was damaged, Rain stopped the blast.
"Holy shit…that feels so much better."
Kaden tried to get up, but he was too horrified by the damage
that Rain had done. The middle of the road had a long crater in
it, and all around it, people were moaning and crying for help.
Kaden watched some people die as they struggled to escape. He
blocked his ears from the sounds of despair and pain. He
couldn't take it much longer. "What's…" he mumbled. "What's wrong
Kaden looked to his side, his eyes widened. He clenched his
stomach and started to feel as if he were going to puke. He
almost passed out as he watched a little boy, no more than ten
years old, struggle to walk away. His crying was pitiful, and he
was in unbearable pain from a huge gash on his back.
Kaden didn't hesitate for a second. He sprinted around the
corner, looking for the boy. As soon as he turned the corner,
the boy collapsed. Kaden got to his knees and with shaky hands,
he touched the boys neck. Nothing.
Kaden dug his nails so deep into his palm that blood spurted out.
"That bastard," he whispered. "Why am I so selfish? If I could
just think about other people for once, I'd actually fight
against him…" Kaden wiped off the forming tears in his eyes and
walked away, trying his hardest to forget about the little boy.
He looked towards Rain, who stood silently in the middle of the
massacre. Rain glanced over to him, not looking as pleased as he
did before. "We're leaving."
Flora was humming to herself up until she could see the
glistening lake. "Oh, look, Rem! Yay, we're here!"
Rem squinted his eyes, noticing a wooden boat in the water. He
also saw the stationary blimp, just barely being able to see the
words MCG inscribed on it. "Yep, this is it. Hopefully they'll
give us a boat."
"Yeah…I wish sis was still alive, then she could move all the
water for us!"
Rem shrugged. "It's not like we were old enough to even know her…
Anyways, let's not focus on that for right now. We need to get
moving before another one of us dies."
Two MCG soldiers picked up the spare boat out of the water.
"That's the last spare one," said the soldier on the left.
"General Mia told us to get the blimp running and meet her on the
first branch of that big tree."
The other soldier laughed. "Yeah, if we don't get shot down
before that. Those green haired people living in the tree are
total maniacs. You know that they used to have a tourist
business up here, but some foreign family simply touched the tree
and were killed on the spot by some of their soldiers…"
"Yeah, I heard…those guys are so screwed. Very few people are
even able to get to the top, let alone being chased down by some
crazy ass-" The soldier fell the ground from bumping into
something. He noticed the tall shadow overcoming him. He looked
up, staring Rem down curiously. "What the hell?" asked the
Flora popped up from behind Rem. "Sorry, Mr. Soldier, but we need
that boat, like, right now."
"What? Sorry, but phase 3 ended at least an hour ago. You guys
must not have been alerted."
Rem looked towards Flora, confused. "Right…so can you give it to
The soldier shook his head. "Weren't you 2 just listening? The
phase is over, you guys failed! Now get-"
"What's going on out here?" Both soldiers simultaneously dropped
the boat and stood still with perfect posture. Flora and Rem
turned around, watching Vauhan exit the blimp. "Do we have a
problem here, soldiers?"
"Yes, sir!" yelled the first man. "These 2 have failed the exam
but insist on going onto the next phase!"
"Oh, really?" Vauhan stared at the two, trying to intimidate
them. It clearly didn't work on either of them. He circled the
two curiously, noting their hair and eyes. "Ah, I see."
Vauhan smiled and shook Rem's hand. "Yes, you two! Of course, I
was expecting you to show up later. Why, just take that boat
over there and head on off. It shouldn't take more than an few
hours to get to the island! Just tell Mia when you arrive that
I've sent you, alright?"
Rem smiled back. "Thanks, we appreciate it." Rem and Flora
snatched the boats from the two astonished soldiers and plopped
it into the water. "Let's go," said Rem. "We can't afford to
waste anymore time."