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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 8 (v.1) - Revelations

Submitted: May 14, 2014

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Submitted: May 14, 2014



“I say, it has been a long time…Soli…” said George with a villainous smirk, “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m not here to talk to you… I’m here to deal with your grandson.”

Soli did not respond, but instead gave George an intense glare that very effectively conveyed his seething rage.

“Wait a minute, Louis-.”

“I wish I had been able to get my hands of Abi,” interrupted George, unaffected by Soli’s glare of death, “I’m sure Abi is a truly powerful spirit.”

The veins on Soli’s neck bulged as he clenched his fists and began to breathe heavily. He grunted as he bared his teeth like a fierce animal about to attack its prey, and George laughed in response to his behavior.

“Don’t get so worked up, Soli” said George, “After all…I have my own spirit now.”

Beads of sweat slid down Soli’s face as George chuckled.

“It wasn’t easy…but I obtained power, and without your help, Soli. All your efforts to keep me powerless were in vain.”

“What do you want?” asked Soli irritably.

George laughed a bit before he spoke. “I’ve done my research, so I know Reed Anthony is currently training your grandson. My men have been searching for Dante for the last nineteen months. I did not know what he looked like, but I knew what you looked like, so I sketched a picture of you and gave it to them with the instructions to search for someone who looked like you. It may sound like that plan was a bit of stretch, and maybe it was, but nevertheless, when your grandson walked into the bar, me and all my men looked at him as though we had seen his face before.”

Wait a minute…, thought Soli with a confused frown, If he had a feeling he knew what Dante looked like this whole time, why did he…?

George laughed as he noticed Soli’s look of confusion. “I have a feeling I know what you’re thinking,” he said with a smirk, “Why didn’t I go after your grandson all those years ago? I’m not that bad a guy. He was just a naïve kid back then, and he knew nothing of me, so I left him alone. I didn’t think I had to worry about him becoming a threat, but when I discovered that he had begun training with Reed, I realized I needed to take him out.”

“Both Reed and your grandson have the potential to stop my plans. However, picking a fight with someone as powerful as Reed, a man who knows all too well how to use his spirit thanks to many years of training and experience, might be a risk at my current level of power. As for your grandson, who has only been training to use his spirit for a short time in comparison to Reed, well…I think you know where I’m going with this.”

George smiled deviously as he took steps towards the four. Soli gasped, and got into a fighting stance as he looked at George fiercely.

“Stay where you are, you bastard! Don’t even think about it! I don’t give a damn if you have a spirit inside you! I’m telling you, if you attack my grandson, you will regret it! You won’t live to see another day!”

George laughed as he looked at Soli with a smug smile.

“What have you got to laugh about, you bastard?” asked Soli.

“Son,” George began as he looked at Dante, “do you know who is responsible for the fall of Bangkok? Do you know who destroyed your home?”

Dante’s eyes widened in shock as George continued.

“It was me. I’m the one responsible for the fall of your home.”

Dante’s eyes widened in complete shock at this unbelievable revelation. He could not help but remember how he had crawled out from the rubble that had once been his home, and had looked around to see nothing but devastation. He had been eating dinner with his mother and father, so when he had crawled out from underneath the rubble that day, he had seen his parents’ lifeless bodies buried under it only about a foot away from him. Tears had streamed down his face as he lost it and screamed a devastatingly loud scream that had echoed throughout the fallen city.

“George…Louis…” said Dante with rising anger, “You’re the one who killed my parents… You’re gonna pay for that…”

 “Wait, Dante,” said Soli as he reached for Dante’s shoulder, “Who knows what kind of power he-.”

Soli was about to grab Dante’s shoulder to keep him from trying to attack George, but Dante cracked his knuckles, and everyone watched as he suddenly released a massive amount of green spiritual energy from his body. The power of the energy radiating from his body was so great, his grandpa and friends covered their faces and found themselves slowly pushed back by the sheer force of the energy.

Whoa… thought Sixel in surprise.

What kind of power is this?, thought Sorb.

“Don’t get yourselves involved, guys,” said Dante fiercely, “This guy…is mine…”

George crossed his arms and looked at Dante in amusement as Dante glared at him with the intent to kill.

“Louis!” yelled Dante as his body shook and his eyes twitched furiously, “You’re the threat I need to deal with! You’re dead!”

Dante leapt at George with great speed, and yelled when he tried to kick him, but George blurred to the side to avoid the blow, and Dante grunted as he crashed into the wall on the other side of the bar.

George smiled deviously as he looked at Soli. “You told me not to attack him, but he wasted no time attacking me. What am I supposed to do when he attacks me again? Do you really think I won’t try to kill him when he next tries to kill me? Don’t be so naïve. I’m the one who destroyed his home, and as you can see, now that he knows that, he’ll do what he can to kill me.”

Dante wanted to come at George again, but Soli motioned for him to stay where he was. He reluctantly obeyed, for he knew he had acted impulsively before, but gritted his teeth and growled as George and Bingham walked towards the back door of the bar.

“Sooner or later,” began George with a smirk, “your grandson and I will fight, Soli. You won’t be able to stop him from doing so, and if he’s not powerful enough when we do fight…I will kill him...painfully.”

Soli’s body shook with anger, and he breathed heavily as George and Bingham left the scene.

Damn bastard!

Meanwhile, a young woman took a shortcut down an alleyway to get to her home, when a man appeared before her from out of nowhere. She judged from his clothing that he was a member of the TAYZER organization, a paramilitary force meant to protect the people of Thailand.

“Hello,” he said as he advanced towards her, “Don’t you look beautiful this evening?”

The woman cringed as he touched her shoulder, and tried to back away from him, but he pushed her and pinned her against the side of one of the buildings in the alley.

“Please!” she cried, “Don’t hurt me!”

He covered her mouth, and she struggled to scream as he spoke.

“Don’t worry,” said the man, “I don’t want to hurt you. I just want to give you the time of your life.”

Dante and the others hurried over to Reed and Dante’s house, and Reed joined them in a discussion.

“I’m sorry, sir,” said Reed, “I didn’t catch your name.”

“I’m Soli Thai, Dante’s grandfather. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“We need to have a serious talk, grandpa,” said Dante, “There are so many questions I have, so many things I don’t understand.”

“Well…I can’t blame you for that,” said Soli.

“So how do you know that British jackass?”

“Many years ago, while I was still a scientist in Bangkok, that man came to me with questions about spirits. I don’t know how, but he knew I had been secretly researching spirits. The only other person who had known about my research was a man named Chris Mullen, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t tell anyone about the research. Louis probably had someone spying on me back then. He seemed like an honest man, so I shared with him what I knew. I even told him I had managed to obtain a spirit that I kept sealed in a crystal in my office. That turned out to be a huge mistake.”

“One day, he threatened me, and said I would pay if I didn’t hand over the spirit. He said he would come back later that night with a bunch of men to collect the spirit, so before he came back that night, well…”

Soli grew solemn as he spoke. “…Dante…”

Dante was not sure what he meant at first, but it did not take long for him to realize what he was talking about.

“In order to keep that man from getting the spirit…” he said with widened eyes, “…you sealed it into…me…”

“Being the old man I was…I didn’t want to attract attention to myself, so…I failed to contact the police. George and his men came and knocked me out. When I woke up, I found myself stranded on an uncharted island in the middle of the ocean.”

“Damn…” commented Sixel with raised eyebrows.

“So how did you get back here?” asked Sorb, “You were stranded, right?”

“What I want to know is how you managed to deflect every bullet that was shot at us tonight,” said Dante.

“The inhabitants of the island, which only had about twenty people, had trained their bodies to work much better than those of average humans. They trained me…and I grew faster and stronger over the course of my stay on the island.”

“That’s an understatement,” said Dante.

“So how did you find your way back here?” asked Reed.

“I swam…” said Soli, to everyone’s disbelief, “After having trained with the inhabitants of the island for many years, I used my newfound strength to swim back to the Thailand shore. I found some old friends to stay with when I came back, and I had been staying with them for the last three weeks. After doing my best to lay low…here I am.”

No one knew how to respond to Soli’s story, so the room quickly experienced awkward silence. About fifteen seconds passed before Reed decided to be the one to break it.

“So…what is George like?”

“Judging from the information me and my associates have on him, he’s a man who will do most anything to get what he wants… I’m sure he has big plans for this world.”

“Speaking of which, my associates and I recently discovered one of George’s plots. After the destruction of Bangkok, a paramilitary force known as TAYZER came to the country, promising to protect it from future threats. The reality is, this force is secretly led by George Louis, and for the past nineteen months, they had been searching for Dante so they could deal with him. That was their primary goal, but ever since they got here, they’ve been taking advantage of their positions. They’ve been consummating with prostitutes…”

Meanwhile, a number of TAYZER officers were doing just that in a hotel.

“…beating up civilians…”

Somewhere, a crowd of people watched as a TAYZER officer shot a man for not giving him the food he had bought using the little money he had.

“…and drinking excessively…”

Elsewhere, people screamed and ran as a number of TAYZER officers engaged in an unruly bar fight.

“I can tell the citizens of this country are just about ready to lose their minds, but because they believe this force will protect them from future danger, they just take whatever TAYZER does to them. I don’t know how, but somehow, we’ve got to put a stop to TAYZER.”

“I’ve seen these guys,” said Sorb, “Those people have caused a lot of trouble, and have hurt a bunch of innocent civilians to intimidate people. They need to be stopped.”

“Man, you basically repeated what the old coot just said,” commented Sixel.

“Obviously, you’ve been training,” said Soli as he looked at his grandson, “Do you think you’re ready for this? Who knows how strong your enemies will be. Do you believe you have what it takes to handle this threat, the one I warned you of all those years ago?”

Dante closed his eyes as he cracked his knuckles.

“Just watch, grandpa. I’m going to train every day…to beat Louis and all his men… I’m going to become as powerful as I can be!”

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