He tossed Rei's limp body aside, and I watched in disbelief as her body crumpled to the ground like a rag doll.
I was in total shock, my eyes couldn't leave her body. Ozias waited, letting the realization of Rei's sudden death set in. Then, out of nowhere I heard him chuckle and then it turned into full blown laughter. It was deep, malicious, and full of elation.
I looked to see what he was laughing at. Kiko was motionless on the ground, her face buried into it as if groveling in penance. The ground shook slightly and then grew with intensity at the same rate as Ozias' laughter. The air around me became an icy chill that sent shivers all over my body. Then… complete silence. The only thing I heard was my breath leaving my body in a cloud of icy vapor.
Roju-Draven's reaction changed drastically. The cold, calculating man suddenly had an expression of fear strike his face as he released Kiko's body from underneath his foot. She didn't react to him, he was no longer a concern to her.
I zoomed in on her with S.E.E.S. but what I saw was no longer Kiko. She slowly got to her knees and stood up. Her hair was a mess, hanging down the sides of her face leaving her expression unknown. Her head calmly lifted up to face the man who had just killed her best friend.
As soon as I saw her face I was hit with a lightning bolt of overwhelming terror. Her mere aura petrified me with an emotion I've never felt before. Her eyes were now a dazzling bright blue, the brightest light in the night, but the most frightening part about her was the smile that crept across her face as she glared at the man she was now longing to tear apart, with her own bare hands.
A whirlwind of her pure aura began circling around her as all the Eyes of Red witnessed how much power she really possessed and what she was truly capable of. No one moved. No one even dared taking a breath for fear of invoking the waking demon.
"We should not have summoned the True Kai. She has completely lost all control and reason." Roju-Draven muttered with realization, "This… is now… just an untamed, killing monster."
Thunder rang in the distance and she disappeared without a sound. Roju-Draven frantically scanned the area, but even he was too slow to react. She reappeared right in front of him again mid-punch and let loose the most powerful blasting punch I've ever seen. The ground below them shattered and caved in like an invisible asteroid crash-landed in the direction that he flew. His body broke through the trees and slammed against the far rock cliffs leaving his body impression behind as he fell, dead on the ground.
All the Eyes of Red scattered at once after witnessing the quick defeat of the strongest of their species. Kiko stood there, smiling as they all ran away. She disappeared again and I heard screams of agony from their running direction.
I was left alone with Ozias who was waiting patiently for Kiko to return.
"She's beautiful isn't she?" he said with admiration.
This was no longer Kiko, it just a demon that resembled her. The loss of the one she swore to protect was just too much for her to bear. The Kiko I knew and loved, was lost within that body and I knew only I could bring her back. I told myself I would bring her back, or die trying.
After a few moments, the screaming stopped and Kiko instantly reappeared in front of Ozias. She stood there with the same frightening smile on her face, but it was now spattered with red blood from her freshly disposed victims. I saw she was holding no weapon in her red hands… so how did she kill them? I tossed the thought from my mind.
Another chill passed through every cell in my body, leaving behind a morbid residue and the feeling of death. I didn't feel safe where I was, even though the two Drogonians were now in the middle of the large field.
Getting to Rei's body was my first priority. I crawled on the ground to her body, ignoring the throbbing pain from the gash on my leg and stayed out of sight as much as possible. I'm sure they noticed me, but they took no interest, and I for the first time ever, I was thankful for be a simple, lowly human.
My heart tore to pieces as I coddled Rei's cold body in my arms. It was only a few minutes ago she had her head nestled on mine. This feeling… the pain… was all too familiar as I held another one of my lifeless friends against my body.
Only Kiko and I remained of the Jago crew, and yet Kiko's soul was lost within herself. I was the only one left to reach out to her and bring her back to this world… back to me. The only obstacle left was Ozias and his two stones, but his only concern at the moment was claiming the title of the greatest fighter in the galaxy.
"You're not the same Akiko I fought before. Back then you were Kai…" he said unsheathing a long, thick sword from his back and throwing her knife back at her. He must've swiped it from her before we got there. She caught her knife effortlessly, without batting any eye. "Now… I get to kill the True Kai…" His eyes widened with anticipation along with his joyous smile.
Kiko's knife transformed in her hand, the black blade extended into a crescent shape just a few inches from her clenched fist. The green-tinted sage that was coating the blade entwined itself with Kiko's blazing blue aura, glowing fiercely, and creating a blend of beautiful colors.
"Hm," Ozias noted, "you're weapon changed types." His long, broadsword was gleaming with his own aura as the two most powerful fighters in the galaxy eagerly raised their strengths to their full potential, readying to engage in an epic battle.
Time stopped. Then Kiko and Ozias disappeared at the same time. When they reappeared they clashed and expelled so much powerful energy that the two opposing forces exploded like an amped up razalator. I tried to duck from it but it was pointless. The sheer power blew over even the thickest, strongest trees in the area. I must've flown at least a hundred feet away before grabbing ahold of a stationed tree, waiting for the explosion to pass. I held onto Rei the entire time. There was no way I was going to let her blow away like a piece of trash.
The intense pressure blew over and I dropped to the dirt along with Rei's body. It took a moment to get my bearings straight again. I thought about how I should approach Kiko but I wanted to put Rei to rest in a safe spot first. I arranged her body so it looked as if she were sleeping peacefully on a bed after star gazing in the sky deck of the Jago.
"Rei…" I croaked, swallowing back tears. "I'm sorry…"
I stood up, burning her memory into my mind before limping back to the raging battlefield. I couldn't afford to lose myself in despair so I left her body there, next to the tree that saved me, promising to come back for her.
It took all the mental strength I had to force myself to walk back to the field where any sane person would flee in an instant. I knew it wasn't safe, I could feel it in core of my bones and from the chill on my skin that I was walking straight to my death.
All the while I could hear and feel the vibrations in the air of their intense battle. I stopped at the clearing. They were easy to spot when they were actually visible, because they appeared and disappeared like flashing images. They seemed to be even in strength, but Kiko was eventually overwhelming Ozias, getting more hits in than he was.
They came to a stop. Ozias clutched his sword in fist, catching his breath. Kiko looked the same as she did when she first rose as a demon, cool, calm, and with a vicious half-smile of joy.
A similar smile came back on his face, "I will show you something that only the dead have seen…"
The S.E.E.S. enhanced his face where a black and white stone emerged on his forehead. The stone was mainly white with a black crescent toward the bottom of it.
"Surprised?" he asked rhetorically, "It only makes sense that the descendant of the True Kai's first killer should wield a part of the stone he severed from him."
He didn't allow Kiko to react. He swung his sword through the air towards her without moving from his spot. Somehow he sliced the air and ground itself with an invisible, large, devastating slash that ripped apart anything in its path. I saw Kiko put her arms up to guard the incoming attack and as soon as it finished Ozias swung at her again but this time he appeared at her side, leaving her with no time to block it. It slashed her and she stumbled back.
Whatever he did, empowered him even more because now he was the one dominating the fight. His attacks were relentless and strong. At the rate things were going, Kiko had no chance of winning. He pounded her left and right leaving large craters in the ground before picking her up by her face and throwing her, breaking through some large boulders and cracking the rock cliff nearly in half. From there Ozias held her against it, his blade held between her eyes.
He growled at her, "This time I'll be the one to shatter your soul stone, and the glory of killing the True Kai will be mine."
Another smiled appeared on her face, disrupting the flow of blood that was trickling from her forehead. It turned into a chuckle, and then into a chilling, full-blown maniacal laugh.
She calmed down enough to utter one word, "Pathetic."
A large, round, white stone emerged on her chest. Her knife-weapon in her hand transformed again into a long, thin, elegant blade. She held it up and Ozias was pushed away from her. His eyes narrowed, taken aback at her transformation. He slashed at her again with more force but this time she countered him with a swift motion of her own slash, exerting energy force that was larger and overpowering his own. The attack pummeled him like a thousand knives slicing through the air. She walked towards him, her sword glistening with a killing desire. He disappeared again but Kiko didn't even bother tracking him, she continued to walk forward. He appeared at her side with a physical attack this time and she readily stopped him with one arm.
He smirked at her in their deadlock. "Was I even a challenge for you?"
She smirked back and another whirlwind of aura surrounded her, igniting into wisps of blue flames. He summoned all of his power into his next attacks but Kiko swiftly blocked and viciously counter attacked with her free arm, crushing his leg and slicing off an arm. He continued to advance and she brutally snapped his other arm in half leaving him defenseless. He smiled at her as she held her black sword to his forehead. A moment later it plunged through his stone, and through the back of his head. The smile never disappeared as she withdrew her sword and watched his body fall face forward into the ground.
Ozias was dead, she killed him. I was relieved she won, so much in fact that I forgot that this wasn't Kiko. I only remembered when her head slowly turned in my direction, and the same wide-eyed, bloody, creepy, maniacal smile across her face.