Mia bounced her harmless looking eyes back at Knox, who was
staring back at her fiercely, and smiled. On she went,
continuing down the line of examinees, one by one, continuing her
same motion. While it took her almost 20 minutes to finish the
3rd line, it flew by for Knox, Blake and Tokar like it was
nothing. She snapped her hand against the last examinee's neck,
causing him to fall to the ground.
Blake took a deep breath and a rubbed his eyes. "Shit, man," said
Blake, worryingly. "I ain't ready for this. I mean, she doesn't
even look tired." Both Knox and Tokar looked towards Mia as she
slowly walked down to their line.
"Worrying is only going to make things worst," said Tokar. Blake
nodded, though on the inside, he wasn't so sure about that. Mia
walked down the line, looking at each contestant one by one.
Most tried to keep a poker face, or even attempt to look
intimidating, but Mia could see right through them. A majority
of them were very nervous on the outside.
Mia quickly scampered her way towards Tokar, standing directly in
front of him. Tokar stood completely still and looked directly
into Mia's eyes, giving her the idea that he wasn't scared.
"You look pretty tough," said Mia, jokingly.
"Why do you say that?" he asked.
Mia giggled, trying to act innocent. Knox was still confused on
why she had so many different personalities. "I'm just saying.
You seem like a pretty strong psychic to me."
"Well, I am fairly experienced."
Mia's smile turned into a smirk. "Fine, if you're so tough, prove
it to me." Like always, she cocked her arm and prepared to swing
down. However, right before she attempted to attack, she heard a
voice coming from her right.
"What would be the meaning of this?" The voice echoed loudly and
angrily over the examinees, who, along with Mia, turned towards
the sound. It was hard so see from their location, but right
over the edge of the left side of the pillar, a pair of eyes just
barely peaked over. Mia quickly left Tokar and fast walked her
way to the person.
As she got closer, the more anxious she became. I don't get it,
she thought. How on earth is that person looking over the
pillar? I can't even see his hands, so he clearly isn't hanging
on. She finally arrived towards the head and examined the person
from what she could see. The person was obviously a boy, judging
by his pure black, spiky hair. He also had a pair of sharp eyes,
just like an eagle's, with light, black eyebrows.
Mia got on her knees and leaned over the edge. She immediately
widened her eyes in disbelief. The kid, who was rather small,
standing at around 5'3", wore black samurai robes, and walked
barefooted. It was obvious that he was foreign, judging by his
overall look. The thing that caught Mia's attention was that he
was standing on the edge of his sword, which was firmly stuck
horizontally into the pillar. How the hell did he do that? Mia
noticed that the sword was stuck far into the pillar, but she was
"Are you a dumb ass or something?" asked the boy. "I come here to
take your pathetic exam, and before I know it, the elevator
Mia, who was still in disbelief, took a second before answering.
"Well, uh, it was just part of the exam. It was technically the
The boy looked back at the examinees. "I doubt it. I can tell
just by looking at those pathetic fools that they had no troubles
with their elevator." The boy laughed to himself for a second
and glanced back at Mia. "Well, I guess the rumors were worst
than I heard."
"Rumors? What rumors?"
The boy leaped a few feet into the air and landed next to Mia.
"Everyone knows that this wretched city is infamous for its
discrimination against psychics. I guess you hate foreigners,
such as I, as well."
Mia started to grit her teeth in anger. She had just about had
it with the boy. "Listen, kid. You can talk all you want, but
how about you just get your oriental ass in line so we can get on
with this thing! If not, then you can just head back to
elementary school, alright?"
The boy laughed as he pulled his sword, which was a fairly long,
slim katana, out of the pillar and put it back into its scabbard.
"If you really give a shit, I'm actually 14 years old. I don't
care if you run this place or not, I could kill you and every
last fool over there in seconds. What do you have to say that?"
Mia took a deep breath and sighed. She was ready to break the
kid's neck, but she would have her opportunity when he got in
line. For now, she remained calm and escorted him to the fifth
While Mia was away, the majority of the examinees who were yet to
be tested were conversing with one another about how they were
feeling. Only a small amount felt confident in passing, which
Knox, Blake and Tokar were watching as Mia walked the new
contestant to the fifth line. Blake laughed to himself and said,
"Man, poor kid. He can't be older than 9 or 10, am I right?
He's just wasting his time taking the exam."
"That's not true," said Tokar. "There are very young psychics who
are born either very skilled or with an incredibly rare power.
For all we know, he could be stronger than everyone here."
"Yeah, but what are the chances?"
"Very low, but still possible."
Blake shrugged. "Hey, Knox. You can kind of, like, read how
strong people are right? You know, like with what you did with
Silver. What about this guy?" Without saying anything, Knox
looked at the boy and studied him for a few seconds.
Surprisingly, he felt a very low level of power, almost as if he
wasn't a psychic at all.
Knox shook his head slowly and said, "I really don't feel
anything. He's actually got a very low level of power among most
of the people here."
Blake pointed at Tokar and excitedly said, "See, I told you, and
you're supposed to be the smart one!"
Tokar face palmed himself. "I never said he was strong, idiot. I
was just stating a possibility."
Soon enough, after the kid was placed as the final contestant in
the back of the line, Mia came back to Tokar. "Sorry about the
dilemma. Anyways, let's get on with this." Once again, she
prepared her hand once again and swung. Right before she
connected, she noticed something odd. She followed through, but
Tokar wasn't there. As a matter of fact, Tokar was right behind
"What the hell?" she asked. "How did you do that?"
"It's simple. My power allows me to switch the position of
anyone that I'd like, as long as I'm in a 10 meter range." Mia
finally understood when she realized she was right next to Blake.
"So, did I pass?"
Mia nodded, confirming that Tokar could move on. She shifted
herself over to Blake, who was so worried that he couldn't even
focus on her gorgeous body, which was a common hobby of his.
"So, you're pretty big, aren't you?"
Blake played off a fake laugh. "Yeah, well, bigger than most
people my age!" Mia didn't seem to find his statement amusing.
"Alright, so tell me about yourself."
"Shit, where do I start. Well, the name's Blake Rivers, age 17.
I pretty much like getting high, but only when I'm stressed out,
and, uh, hanging with the crew and some bitties."
"The crew?" she asked.
"Yeah, the crew. They're my boys back home in West MC. We're
the most bad ass people at our school, you feel me?"
Mia shook her head. "The only thing that I feel is that you're a
"The hell are you talking about. I got plenty of ambition, and
as a mat-" Before Blake could continue talking, Mia quickly
chopped him in the neck. He fell to his knees in deep pain, and
just about to collapse to the ground.
"So, are you finished?" she asked, in a devious voice.
"Damn, no way!" Blake, who was in an immense amount of pain,
raised himself of the ground and kept himself standing, even on
Mia, in an attempt of being a jerk, waited another minute as she
watched Blake struggle to keep himself up, before she said that
he passed. The moment he heard those words he fell back onto the
ground, breathing heavily.
After over an hour of waiting, Knox had finally gotten the chance
to talk to Mia again, being the first time since they met at the
market. Mia could tell from Knox's impression that he wasn't
happy with her, but she could care less. Now that he was here at
the exam, everything was working out perfectly.
"It's good to see you again, Knox."
Knox remained silent for a moment. He clenched both of his fists
in anger with his arms crossed, but he couldn't risk attacking
her. "Is she alright?" he asked.
"I don't know, you'll have to pass the exam to find out. And for
all I know, she could be dead."
You bitch! I swear, if anything happened to her, I'll make you
pay for this!
"So, are you ready?" Knox simply nodded, uncrossing his arms and
entering a defensive stance. She slowly raised her arm up,
taking her time until she couldn't bend her arm back any further.
Soon enough she was ready, and with devilish eyes, she looked
down at Knox, who was taking repetitive deep breaths. Right
before she was about to swing, something odd happened. She
expected him to summon the same red aura from before. An aura
was summoned, but this time, a sparkling blue aura surrounded his
body, rather than red.
"It's blue?" she asked. She was confused why the color was
different, but she swung her arm anyways. As soon as she
connected with his neck, she could feel her fingers being
crushed, as if she just attacked a plate of metal. She stopped
her attack as soon as she could, knowing that if she continued to
follow through, her fingers would break.
"I don't understand," she said. "I thought you could only enhance
"Well, that's just one part of it. I can choose between either
enhancing my strength, like at the market, or my defense, like
here. Not to mention, there's more to come."
Mia felt a chill run down her spine. Knox was powerful enough as
he was, but the thought of him having 2 different enhancements
was terrifying. This boy, he was so much potential. I know for
sure that I would never want to face up against him.
"You pass," she said. Knox smiled, knowing that he was one step
closer to getting to Celia. Celia, he thought, I'm really close.
I'll definitely rescue you.
It was a great thing to know that Knox, Blake and Tokar passed,
but they were still just barely into the exam. They were all
well aware that they had a long ways to go, and every phase would
be more difficult than the last.
Mia quickly finished off the 4th line, eliminating just about the
same amount of people as every other row. She was glad to know
that only one last line remained, and also anxious to get to the
end. She glared back at the spiky haired foreigner, who stood
perfectly still for his entirety there. Just for that, she
quickly went through the line, until she stopped at a man she
found to be interesting.
The man was much taller than average, standing at around 6'6".
He wore the typical wife beater that every buff man wore, which
matched his skin head, along with loose gym shorts. What truly
stood out to her was his tattoo, which was an orange snake with
black blots that coiled and his neck and went down to his right
wrist. Out of any examinee that she met, this one definitely was
"I like your tattoo," said Mia, trying to not sound scared.
The man looked down at her and widened his huge, brown eyes,
along with a creepy, wide smile. For every second longer that
the buff man stared down at her, the more Mia could feel goose
bumps run up her arm.
The man interrupted her, saying, "Name, Bain. Age, 24." Bain's
deep voice didn't help anyone. Not only did he look terrifying,
but he also sounded terrifying.
"I see, Bain. Well, good luck, even though you probably won't
Due to being so much smaller than him, Mia jumped into the air
and smashed her hand into his neck. As she expected, he didn't
move a muscle from the attack. As a matter of fact, Mia was
probably felt more pain than him.
"Very impressive, Mr. Bain." Bain Smiled cockily, knowing that
she had no chance of hurting him. "You pass.
Another 10 minutes had passed, and only a few contestants
remained, including the samurai boy. She quickly knocked out
another examinee until she finally arrived at the 3rd to last
To the boy's left, and skinny man with a long face and messy
haircut looked down at him. "Heh, you're pretty calm for a little
kid. Too bad you're about to get your ass kicked."
The boy stayed quiet, which angered the man. "Well, why aren't
you pissed off? You know that you won't pass, so why don't you
just leave before that woman breaks your little neck."
The boy smiled and gave the man a demented look. "You should shut
up, before I seriously hurt you."
"Hurt me? Are you kidding? Shit, you couldn't even hurt a fly!
I'd like to see your ass try."
"Fine. Prepare to suffer." The boy raised his hand, summoning a
dark red aura around it, similar to Knox's. With great speed, he
gripped the man's lower leg and dug his fingers into the muscle.
Before the man could even feel the pain, the boy ripped out a
large chunk of the man's leg, throwing it onto the ground. Blood
started flooding out of the wound immediately, but it took the
man a few seconds to even notice. As soon as he did, he screamed
a cry of mercy, falling to the ground in affliction. The screams
sounded like a banshee, penetrating the ears of all of the
contestants. Mia, who noticed the bleeding man, quickly ordered
some soldiers over to the scene, helping him up. She was in
disbelief when she saw the large chunk of muscle on the ground.
What scared her the most was that the boy didn't even feel bad
about it. To be precise, he was actually smiling.
From the 3rd line, Knox could feel a disturbing feeling forming
in his stomach. It was definitely the aura of a psychic, and it
was pointing straight at the boy.
"What's wrong?" asked Blake, who was still on the ground.
"Him," said Knox. "I've never felt such a strong power from a
psychic before, other than my dad. He's…really dangerous." Both
Tokar and Blake felt uneasy about Knox's words.
"Damn," said the boy. "He's screams almost made me go deaf."
"I think that's hardly the problem," replied Mia. "And because of
you, he's out of the exam."
"Well, if he could be defeated by someone like me so easily, he
never stood a chance anyways."
"I guess you have a point. Anyways, tell me about yourself. You
seem very powerful, and I really want to know more about you."
"Really now?" asked the boy. "Alright, let's see. My name is
Saga Yamada, age 14. Obviously I'm a samurai, and the reason
that I came here is for a challenge."
"A challenge?" she asked, curiously.
"Yes. When I heard about that assassination, I knew that I would
want to fight this guy. I live for testing my strength and
trying to get stronger, plain and simple. Also, I guess this
exam won't be half bad, even though the first 2 phases have been
a joke so far. I'm more interested in some of the other psychics
here. They look like they could provide a challenge."
"That's interesting. Good luck, kid. Let's hope that scene you
just pulled off will prove how strong you really are."
As Mia positioned herself one last time, she watched as Saga
unsheathed his sword and place the dull side against his neck.
"Swing if you want," he said. "but don't cry when you lose your
fingers." Without a second thought, Mia lowered her arm and told
him that he passed. She went back to the front of the crowd and
counted out the remaining examinees.
"Congratulations to the 84 psychics that are still remaining.
Luckily for you guys, we've set up a feast before we start phase
3, but don't get too comfortable. We'll be starting in just 3
hours, so let's go!"