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Slowly rising, the sun filled the sky with warmth and lit up the ground below. It chased away the darkness and woke up a few of the early risers, but one female had been up since midnight. She went by the name Nina and she sat on the grass in front of the small forest just beyond the large city. The trees did little to shield her from the harsh sun that only got stronger by the day.


Nina’s eyes remained tightly closed, in an attempted to block out the sun’s light. She was still, carefully listening to every noise. It was mostly silent, and she enjoyed the gentle breeze that blew her shoulder length hair out of her face. She wasn’t sitting by the forest for the peaceful atmosphere however. She was waiting for something, and she didn’t intend on moving until she had to.


Suddenly, Nina’s eyes flew open. The ground around her began to rumble. She swiftly got to her feet, and her amethyst eyes stared forward in anger. Her gloved hands curled into tight fists. They were coming and she was ready for them. She was determined.


The noisy machine stopped before her, and a man in a suit climbed out. “Get out of the way!” he yelled in annoyance. “I have direct orders to cut down some of the trees here,” he told the woman, who just casually ran her elbow length gloves along her purple outfit.


Nina looked up at him for a moment, before turning her head to the side, only to see the tree stumps that surrounded what was left of the small forest. She then eyeballed the man and stepped forward. “You don’t understand,” she replied with a careless wave of her hand. “I don’t care what your orders are,” she added with a smirk, “because soon enough, they won’t matter.” She held out her right hand. “Catori!” she called.


On cue, purple mist swirled around Nina’s hand, forming a sword that she held tightly. It may have looked like a normal sword, but on the hilt was a blue gem that glowed. The man was shocked at how the sword appeared in her hands and stumbled back. He fell to his knees.


Nina just continued to get closer to him. “You don’t know the danger you put yourself in,” she laughed and swung the sword in her hands. She then raised the sword, but stopped with it still in the air. She slowly lowered it, confused at the strange feeling within her soul. The blade in her hands glowed and she stared at it for a moment. She closed her eyes and a thought crossed her mind, you must stop the Nyx.


“The Nyx?” Nina said to herself as she opened her eyes again. “What are the Nyx?” She looked at the man on the ground, but she then just shrugged off the thought like it never happened. She had more important things to worry about, like the man in front of her. She smiled at him but then drew her sword back and speared him through the heart. When she removed her sword from within him, she watched the crimson blood leak out.


Nina didn’t stand around for long though. Her next target was the machine he had been driving. She ran her sword through the front wheel as she walked around the side of the giant thing. She looked up at it and then began to slash words into it. When she was done, she leaned against the machine in exhaustion. She looked up at her name above her head that she carved into the machine. Her sword then vanished from her hands.


Nina pushed herself away from the machine and walked around the side of it, but then she stopped in her tracks. She heard something. She was about to spin around to see what was behind her, when hands grabbed onto her arms and yanked her back. “What!?” she exclaimed in shock. She tried to wriggle out of her captors grasp. “Let go of me,” she growled out, but it wasn’t long until she grew tired and was being dragged against the ground. “You’re getting me dirty.” Her eyes narrowed in annoyance. “Your end is inevitable now.”


Nina’s abductors merely chuckled at her as they pulled. Suddenly, a bright light flashed so she closed her eyes for a moment. When she opened her eyes again she looked around in confusion. She was no longer outside. She didn’t even have a clue where she was. She was then chucked into a metal wall. “Ow,” she said, brushing her purple hair from her face. She swiftly lifted her head to see the men that brought her there close the door to the room. Darkness was quick to envelop her and her eyes widened in panic. “No!”

Submitted: December 25, 2015

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The tension in this chapter just feels so real, and I love it.

Fri, December 25th, 2015 11:19pm


This was an interesting chapter! Def a little shorter than the rest so I didn't get to learn as much about Nina as I would have liked but at the same time I think the fact that there wasn't a lot of exposition told me some stuff about her as well. Like I enjoyed the fact that she was patient enough to wait for these guys to approach her, from the way that she talks you'd think she was a hothead but apparently not she is calculating. I also liked that she was a big fan of trees which I think is SUPER interesting considering she's a dark magicke user. It seems funny that one of her favorite things and the thing she's defending in this chapter use light and the sun to exist! :) I thought it was a nice little juxtaposition for her to have and makes her a little more complex as a character. I could see her loving trees and getting angered by the destruction of them being a nice little running gag for her! Either way I think this was a great introduction for her a little on the shorter side of the other chapters but def full of character and fun! I can't wait to see what happens with her next chapter!

Sat, December 26th, 2015 1:27am


Wow. No sympathy. I think one of her strongest qualities against the enemy will be the fact that she won't be afraid to kill them all.

Sat, December 26th, 2015 3:07am

Tyrannos Senpai

Excellent work here. I gotta say, Nina really is quite the nature lover. I can sense how she feels about the environment. I could see, feel, and breathe everything she did.

Mon, December 28th, 2015 5:22pm

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