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    Part Nineteen

    Time flowed, and clubs were no longer showing off to the freshman students. Their grace period was now over so they would no longer be able to recruit as actively as before.

    It was the start of a new week which meant that many first-year students now felt more comfortable at their new home. Cliques in each classroom were being made, and it was easy to spot a few of the loners.

    Now that all the new students settled in, it was now the time for classes to select the class president and vice president.

    There were around ten different classes for each division, each class having two leaders. Giving a total of sixty students who were put in a leadership position.

    These sixty students would then be broken down once again at a later date to determine the representatives for that year.

    In the minds of many first-year students, they already knew who their representatives would be. The freshman four royals. News spread fast as three of the royals were known throughout the freshman community. But there was a mystery as to who the fourth royal was.

    People always wanted to draw attention to themselves to feel proud, to gain popularity, or for another reason. With no one claiming the last position many students claimed they were the last royal. The class clown, a famous delinquent, a top talent.

    On the school's internet board, this was a highly viewed and talked about topic. Everyone had their assumptions as to who the last royal was, but the people who truly knew were not many.

    The support division had Matthew as a royal. It caused many the chance to look at the support division in a new light.

    Matthew’s fame also spread across the freshman community like a wildfire. Along with his charming appearance, many female students took a fancy to him. It should also be known that his might in the arena drew the attention of even the upperclassmen. Besides being recognized as a freshman royal he gained a new title. Being dubbed the ‘Arena Prince.' So far he has only lost two matches since joining the club.

    With him leading the charge the support division was bound to be successful this year and the coming years.

    Scarlet was apart of the offensive division. Her childish face matched well with her small body, but she had a hot temper. Males loved her sassiness, and most of the females adored her. With her whip and her firey fighting style, she was a hot topic.

    If you asked anyone who could be the perfect match for her, many would say Arthur.

    Also being from the offensive division in the hearts of all the freshman there, he was their leader. His smile could melt the hearts of any female he came across. His elegant but powerful fighting style was unique in its own way.

    He was the only freshman to join the student council. The student council which overlooked the future development of the students! His status among his peers rose dramatically, and even the professors claimed he had the best potential they’ve ever seen for a male.

    From looks to power to status, he seemed to have it all. They no longer looked at him the same; he was someone they looked up to. He was not merely Arthur anymore; he was ‘King’ Arthur!

    With both of these divisions having at least one of the freshman royals it left many suspecting the defensive division had one as well. This was a natural assumption, but if they knew the truth, they would be gravely mistaken.

    Darius was standing in front of the classroom; he would not give them a lecture. Today he was not planning on teaching them anything at all. That was because today was the day they would gain their classroom’s representatives.

    The classroom was quite noisy today, as friends met up once again to talk about their weekend and other subjects teens talked about. Although it was a Monday no one seemed tired.

    In ordinary schools, kids would complain about coming to school on a Monday, and you would see many of them yawning throughout the day or sleeping. That was not the case here.

    Darius clapped his hands together causing a vibration to spread across the classroom. The students stopped what they were doing and focused on him.

    Maybe it was due to the fact that they had a bit more freedom with Darius, but he was a well-liked teacher. He explained things clearly, and if you did not understand he would use real-world examples if he could.

    That and his lectures did not last all day long; he taught them something for an hour or two then he gave them time to put what he taught to use.

    Unlike the others in the same year as them who had to sit through six hours of constant talking, they were lucky.

    “Today is the day we’ll choose a class president and a vice president. These two will represent our class in any future meetings as well as be my aid if I need help with anything.

    I have not been in a normal high school in a long time, so I'm not really familiar with how they would pick their representatives. Here, however, it is the two strongest students.

    These two students will also the responsibility of directing their classmates if needed. If any problems occur in the classroom or with one of our students, you can contact one of them.”

    From the looks on the students faces Darius could tell that many of them did not want to become the president or the vice president. Every year a similar situation would happen which would make the students perform lower.

    This year things would be different, the chairman was going all out for this year's new students as he prepared a special gift for the representatives.

    “Because of the burden of representing the class, the chairman has allowed each class representative the use of the essence pool. On the first of every month, they are allowed to use the pool for three hours.”

    “Darius, what is an essence pool?”

    The name sounded interesting so one of the male students could not help but ask.

    “Just as the name implies, it is a pool made of essence. Because the essence is highly concentrated, it actually made a liquid form. If a person soaks in the pool for one hour, it would be like training for three days. Any person looking to make an advancement should take this opportunity and run with it.”

    Instantly the looks on the students faces changed. Who didn’t want an increase in power? Three hours in that essence pool would be like nine days of constant training! This was a cheat they were willing to use.

    The burning passion in all of their eyes increased, they were not willing to pass up this chance.

    Seeing the faces of his students, Darius couldn’t help but feel a bit of joy. He always likes a nice friendly competition as it could help stimulate growth. Those other professors in the support division always bragged about their students.

    Since Darius was the youngest professor as well as the newest, the others always looked down on him. Coming into the support division, Darius did not have much hope as even he knew how hard it was being a support user. They had a wide variety of skills, but the actual use of those skills could only be used in certain professions.

    He would have been delighted to have one decent student like the other support professors. However, he had six of them!

    It was not that he was discriminating against his other students, it was just that they could be compared to the average EXO support user. Their growth rate was slow, their talent could be considered average, and they put in just enough work to get by.

    Inside their heads, they already knew the limitations a support user had, as well as their own strengths. A large majority of them would not be able to compete with anyone from the other divisions. The looks on their faces and the determination in their eyes told Darius that they really wanted to try harder. For once he was ecstatic to see what his students would be able to do.

    Although he enjoyed all his student's charming personalities, for this freshman competition that was coming up, Darius placed all his hope on six of them.

    “Alright follow me, we are going to the practice field. Weapons are allowed, and if you do not have your own, there are ones you can use on the field.”
     
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    Part Twenty

    There was a practice field in each divisions building. It was located where the basement would be, but since they did not have a basement they had this instead.

    A practice field is a giant space where students can practice their EXO abilities. It was made with the purpose of having students duel each other on different types of terrains under different settings.

    The large space was built with a special type of material. Essence ore. These ores were formed from pure essence, it took roughly a hundred years for one of these ores to form. The purity in each depends on how long it has been around for. With each essence ore having their own rating ranging from D to S rank.

    The practice field was built like a gladiator arena. The walls that were made of essence ore were silver in color and twelve feet high. It was built in a circular manner, and the boundary stretched a little over a mile. Inside the practice field were small blue circles placed in various places.

    These are the bread and butter of the practice field, as it makes it what it is. They project a visual image across the field to set up different terrains, buildings, animals, etc. The images are not real meaning if you kill an animal you can’t skin it or eat it. If there is a steak in a house, you can’t go inside and eat it.

    What you can do is feel the projections. You can touch them and feel the texture; you can destroy the environment surrounding you.

    Just being inside the space makes everything seem real, but it is not. Feels real, looks real, does not equal must be real in this situation.

    There are seats on the outer edge where spectators can watch a match. This area overlooks the whole field giving the spectators a bird's eye view of what is happening. If a person misses an attack and it just so happens to go to the spectator's area, they will not be harmed. A barrier protects them from any harm being able to withstand almost all S ranked EXO abilities.

    Lastly, there was a terminal which activated the field. There you could determine the setting. It made it seem like you were the creator of your own world.

    Darius led his students to the stands where they would be seated.

    “The matches will be set up in a tournament style single elimination. I have already broken you guys down into a bracket. When your name is called proceed to the field and prepare yourself to duel. I want each of you to take this as a serious match, although it is only to determine which of you will become class president and vice president. This is a learning experience that everyone can benefit from as long as you take advantage of it. Try your best and learn from your mistakes. Cover your weaknesses while making the best use of the environment to help you win. Every one of you can use a weapon. As much as it is tempting to want to try every single weapon, there is, stick with something that would suit you.

    First two up Nick and Frank.

    If you do not have a weapon, there is a rack down below right after you enter to field. Good luck.”

    Nick was followed behind by a bulky man with spiky hair. They both made their way from the stands to the field.

    Nick watched as the bulky man walked over to the rack with the weapons.

    Not everyone could afford a personalized EXO weapon. It was not rare for a student to have their own, but the ones who did were mostly in their third year or higher.

    Reason being was that compared to standard weapons, EXO weapons are made for EXO essence which can be channeled from the body or in the air. Different types used different forms of channeling.

    An EXO weapon could penetrate the hardest substance with ease. While a regular weapon would barely make a scratch.

    Because the school was funded by the government, they had a lot of money to spend. Most of this money was used to buy materials to forge EXO weapons, which could then be brought on campus.

    A sophomore student would need to save up for one, while juniors only needed a month's worth of money to buy one. If you excelled in school, then you had a chance to be chosen to get one for free.

    Each EXO weapon had their own grade; the schools offered only the lowest rank. While you could buy a higher grade weapon once you graduate.

    The bulky man held up a few two-handed weapons before he finally decided the Warhammer was good enough for him.

    They both stood five meters away from each other.

    Standing in the stands hovering over the terminal Darius started pressing buttons.

    The plain white floor under Nick’s feet changed to a light brown color. Grass emerged in certain parts of the field.

    Giant trees grew out of nowhere, and one could hear the chirping of birds. The Bulky man who was in front of Nick disappeared as a large patch of grass-covered him.

    Nick could feel the wind push against his skin as he stood still. The sun off in the distance gave this place a realistic feeling. That was not what was noteworthy, what one had to take notice of was the position of the sun as it was going down. Making the environment a bit dark.

    Nick activated his EXO; he did not need to have a visual on the big male. In this somewhat dark environment, he was glowing. Light red essence flowed through his channels. As long as Nick could see his channels, there was nowhere for him to hide.

    He was moving through the large grass with his body lowered. From his slow movements, you could tell that he was trying not to make any sound.

    Placing his hand on the sheath of his sword Nick dashed in his direction. His body was slightly lowered, he moved like was a swallow.

    The bulky man ears twitched, he heard Nick approaching. He was not in the same spot; he even changed direction. So how in the world did Nick find him, and so quickly?

    He gave up on trying to go stealth. He roared while the muscles in his body grew bigger.

    ‘You think you can charge at me? Think again!’ He thought to himself as he rushed towards Nick’s direction.

    He caught an image of Nick and swung his hammer with all his might. He would send this guy flying!

    Bang!

    A figure went straight up in the air.

    The grassy environment changed back to plain white.

    Nick walked out of the field and headed back to the stands.

    The bulky young man suddenly jumped up from the ground and shook his head a few times. The Warhammer that was in his hand was some distance away from him now. A ting of red could be seen on his face as he walked to pick up the Warhammer.

    He could hear a little laughter coming from the stands which caused his entire face to turn red.
     
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    Part Twenty-One

    Everything that transpired did so in almost an instant. From Frank swinging his Warhammer to Nick’s quick roll.

    Before Frank’s hammer even began to swing Nick already rolled forward. Using that same momentum, he shot up like a spring. His two feet landed against Frank’s chin propelling him in the air.

    Due to Nick’s agility, Frank did not have any time to respond. He didn’t even know what hit him!

    Back at the stands, Nick’s classmates congratulated him on his win. During the first week in class Nick only really hung out with two people. He asked questions during lessons, and he was polite if you spoke to him. No one had any problem with him, and some girls even liked the way he presented himself.

    “That’s our ‘Silent Prince’ for you! Showing off even though it’s the first match.”

    Freya spoke as she watched Nick stroll back to his seat.

    “Can you stop calling me that? I’m not any type of prince or royalty Freya, i’m just so-so.”

    “I doubt the average support user could what you did.”

    She clicked her teeth making a sound as she looked disappointed.

    “The Arena Prince and Silent Prince, it’s not fair. I want a title too!”

    She protested.

    Matthew who was leaning back in his seat laughed at her. When they first met up no one knew who they were. Now him and Nick were widely known in their class, but she was not. Their classmates were giving them their own personal titles, he bet she felt left out since she was the only one in their group who did not have a title.

    “Just call yourself ‘Annoying Princess’ that suits you just fine.”

    Freya kicked Matthew in the leg, causing Matthew to get upset.

    “Just calling it like I see it.”

    “Just shut up, you… ugh, I can’t even find the word i’m trying to use.”

    The matches went by smoothly; the longest one took ten minutes and the shortest only a dozen seconds. As the number of people who climbed up the brackets shortened, it finally reached the final four.

    Everyone was talking about who they thought would win and become vice president. No one talked about who would become the president because in their minds they already knew Matthew was more than likely going to take that spot.

    He had a record in the arena as a freshman student. He was known to beat offensive and defensive EXO users in a duel. No one had any doubt that he was the strongest support user in their year.

    So far everyone knew what the top four EXO abilities were, as for what they did they knew two of them. Nick’s was the most mysterious as his had something to do with his eyesight so unless he told them no one would be able to guess its actual use. The other was Isabel’s whose ability also had something do to with eyesight. They’ve seen her use it in her fights but no one could figure out what it exactly did.

    Freya was upset that she was not in the final four, but she did make it high on the list. Making an appearance in the top ten, but once again her two friends left her behind.

    She was sulking in her seat with her legs tucked up to her chest.

    “It is not that bad Freya; you were just at a disadvantage. Next time things will be different.”

    “Ya, if the field would have been different you would have easily won.”

    Nick and Matthew tried to cheer her up, but they failed. She could accept it if one of the freshman four royals beat her, but she lost to someone who had a self-enhancement type EXO. She only lost that not due to her skills, but because of the environment.

    Choosing a sniper rifle was not a good choice in a spacious field with no hiding spots. No high ground was available either. She was doomed to lose unless she was able to quick scope. Sadly she was not able to do that.

    Freya was able to fight in close quarters, but fight barehanded against someone who had an ax? She was skilled, but so was her opponent. It was not likely she would be able to detach the weapon from his hand and win.

    Darius called up the next two. The winner would make it to the finals, and they would become president or vice president.

    “Lance and Nick, you two are up.”

    Once more Nick took the field. Across from him was a black haired male with a mirror in his hand.

    Lance was different from the rest of the people in his class as he did not use the same form of support skills. He was gifted with a control type EXO which allowed him to manipulate objects.

    The surroundings changed from plain white into an abandoned factory. With parts of machines scattered all over the place this was a perfect setting for Lance to show off. He could not help but smirk.

    “Nick I'll admit you are good, but this field was practically made for me. Look around; I can control anything here. If this was a different field I know I would lose, but god has blessed me! Give up now.”

    “No thanks. I’ve never given up anything in my life, and I don’t plan on starting now.”

    “You’re loss. Let the best man win.”

    Lance opened his arms wide as if he was looking for a hug. The shattered glass that laid on the concrete floor rose in the air along with metal bolts.

    If these hit Nick, he would not be damaged by them, but he would still feel them. If the field deemed Nick took enough damage to actually cause harm to him, then Lance would win.

    All Lance had to do was shoot these objects towards Nick. Dodging one or two was possible, but dodging them all? Lance did not believe Nick was capable of doing so. He just had to launch these, and once they hit, he would be crowned victorious.

    Lance moved his left hand forward causing all the objects on his left to shoot forward.

    Blasting off into the oncoming attack, Nick skillfully dodged each object that came his way. Some nicked his clothing causing a slight tear but no harm was done to him.

    He did not keep a straight course; he changed directions several times.

    Each piece had a small amount of light blue essence surrounding it. He was able to see which direction he should go in to dodge the various pieces. If they did not have a little bit of essence flowing through them, Nick would not be capable of doing what he is doing now.

    Because he is able to track the flow of essence he can determine where the attack is headed and dodge beforehand. He made the impossible, possible.

    His speed was quick, but that did not mean he was superior to others.

    What made it seem as if he was moving at an accelerated pace was the fact that he was dodging with the slightest movement. To others, his speed looked like it could compare to agility type EXO users.

    Lance was taken back by Nick’s movements. He was getting closer and closer; he had to do something to stop him.

    His right hand moved, and all the objects on the right side flew at under his control.

    Lance did not think it was possible to dodge every single object. In his mind he was going to win this with one move, so he did not need to hold back on controlling the amount of essence he used.

    The first attack used about a quarter of his total essence up. Now that he launched another attack, he was left with half the amount he started with.

    Even if he won this duel, without a proper rest, he would not win the next one.

    Nick was already dodging the objects flying at him directly; now there were more coming at him from the right side.

    As soon as his right foot hit the ground, it was like everything stopped. His eyes moved at a rapid pace determining what path the objects would fly in. Multiple faint images of him appeared.

    Each one of those images were in a different location in a different pose. The figures lead up to Lance.

    Nick moved his body to match himself up with each image.

    At times he would spin in the air, other times he would quickly remove his sword slightly from its sheath to deflect one of the small objects coming his way.

    Darius who was up in the stands was watching with wide eyes. Those movements, the way he controlled his speed. Everything was nearly perfect. If this was a test he would give Nick seven out of ten.

    Darius saw many types of EXO abilities and he was quickly able to detect what kind of ability Nick was using. It did not boost his body's strength. He could not manipulate objects, gravity or wield any type of element. He could not even heal himself or others. He was only able to ‘see’ it.

    There was no doubt in his mind that this was a strong ability, but just as quick as he caught on to the strength of such a skill. He also found out the weakness as well.

    “I wonder how he will overcome it…”

    Behind Darius all the students were amazed at what they were seeing. They just could not believe what their eyes was telling them.

    “Insane, i’ve never seen anyone move so fast.”

    “Handsome, silent but cool, and he has skill. I think I'm in love.”

    “Back off, my eyes were on him first!”

    Even Matthew was in a slight daze.

    ‘I can’t believe it, his natural ability… i’ve never seen anything like it. This is nothing like his previous fights, but even moving like that he isn’t even breaking a sweat.’

    Lance was in trouble, and his plan was a bust. He gritted his teeth as he did not want to lose this match. Above him were steel pipes held together by chains. He used all the essence in his body to make them fall.

    The chains started to vibrate, but it was already too late.

    Nick was in front of him. Body lowered, legs spread apart in a strong stance.

    His palm was placed on Lance’s abdomen.

    “Erupt!”

    Lance felt all the essence in his body explode causing him to lose his balance as well as the control of his essence.

    He lost, he knew it. Everything was over for him. At least he gave it his all… right?

    The students in the stands exploded with cheers and praises. What they saw was something people would see in movies!
     
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    Part Twenty-Two (Chapter 6)

    Nick was already making his way back to the stands when Matthew was coming down. Nick could see that Matthew had a fire in his eyes that he has personally never seen before.

    Matthew was walking by with his left hand in the air. It was like he was saying something to Nick. Maybe, tag me in?

    Nick smiled and hit Matthew’s hand with his own as he walked by him.

    “See you in the finals.”

    Matthew did not say anything as he continued to walk forward. As for his opponent, it was a young lady with silver colored long hair that was curled at the end. The tips of her hair were dyed greenish blue.

    She had a holster attached to her long slender legs. She walked a few feet behind Matthew. When Nick said ‘See you in the finals,' she was not angry as Matthew would be a tough opponent for her. No one thought she would win, but she would prove them wrong. All of them.

    Flipping her hair lightly as she passed by Nick she said some words very softly.

    Nick heard it as clear as day; she threw his words right back at him.

    “See you in the finals.”

    He laughed to himself as he continued his way to the stands. He was curious as to how she would make it to the finals.

    If she could make it this far, it showed she had skill. Nick saw her previous fights. Just like him and many others, her EXO had something to do with her eyes. There were so many different things a person could do with an eye ability and even for himself there was no way to tell what the ability would be.

    Nick was no idiot; he knew that his EXO had its own flaws and one of them would be what would he do if he could not see or sense the essence flowing through others body?

    He would not be able to tell what her eye ability did precisely, and since she would only use the essence for her eyesight, he could not dodge her attacks.

    No matter who won this next match, Nick thought they would be a good opponent for him.

    Darius saw Nick’s figure come up the stairs and he called him over. Matthew and the young lady whose name was Isabel both were on the field. Darius pressed a few buttons on the terminal, and the environment down below started to change.

    An enclosed area, no exit in sight. Broken pillars leaning to the side and spiderwebs all around. The white area below now looked like ruins.

    “Yes, Darius, did you need me for something?”

    Nick asked him.

    Nick thought it was strange for Darius to call someone over as he has never done so before. Besides him having interactions with his students inside the classroom, he never once called anyone to his desk. It didn’t even bother him if his students were arguing. Unless he got annoyed, he would not tell them to stop.

    Darius did not look at Nick as he watched the field below.

    “I’m curious as to who you think will win this match. Care to give me your opinion?”

    “It may sound a bit bias, but I'm inclined to think Matthew will win the match. With his control over gravity even I would have a hard time dueling him. Since Isabel’s EXO has something to do with her eyesight, I can’t determine the exact usage of it. Unless it is something that can negate his control or see the weak points in the flow of essence, it is hard to believe she will win this.”

    Darius nodded his head. Many people would come to the same conclusion as Nick had.

    “She is like you in a few ways. It is quite hard to get a grasp on her ability from a bystander's point of view. If you don’t know what to look for or have a deep understanding, you will mistake her EXO for something else. That is the reason why she is not what your class calls one of the freshman four royals.”

    Nick himself could not determine the ability of her. He was not some god, but with his EXO it would help him find out what her EXO was. Darius sounded like he understood exactly what her ability was.

    He was planning on paying attention to this match, but now it seemed like he needed to pay attention to all the details.

    Unlike others who used melee weapons, Matthew used a medium range weapon. He could use it for melee combat, but that rarely happened.

    He reached behind his back underneath his jacket pulling out two small sickles like objects. At the base of each sickle was a metal chain.

    Matthew pulled them apart, and the chain unwound itself.

    This type of weapon was known as a Kusarigama. They were not widely produced since not many people used it. Even in its home country Japan they were barely used.

    With the sickle itself, he was able to attack at close combat and unleash a flurry of attacks. Now that the chain was attached he was able to swing it as well.

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    “I hope you’re ready.”

    Isabel grabbed her sidearm from the holster revealing a revolver.

    “Bring it on.”

    Her black eyes turned golden in color.

    Matthew unleashed pressure on her causing Isabel to feel like her body weighed a ton. Her body lowered as she withstood the weight, she forced herself to look up at Matthew.

    Matthew felt something off when he gazed into those golden irises of hers. A grin spread across her face, he did not mistake it.

    He started finding it hard to breathe, then the pressure around him suddenly increased dramatically. His legs began shaking about to give way at any moment.

    Isabel stood up as if she was perfectly normal. A few of her bones made a popping sound, but other than that she was okay.

    Nick was surprised at the scene he saw before him.

    “Essence manipulation?”

    Darius couldn’t help but smile when he heard Nick’s words. This child was indeed something else in his eyes being able to see the real worth of Isabel's EXO ability.

    “As I said, she is just like you in some ways. The stronger her opponent, the easier it is for her to use her ability. If it her opponent's ability is not strong she won’t be able to manipulate it much. However, if her opponent is stronger than she is and has a good control over their ability, it is much easier for her to reverse the situation. In front of her, it is useless to use your ability.”

    Darius explained as he continued to watch the fight.

    “However there is a fatal weakness in her ability.”

    At this point, Darius once again agreed with Nick.

    “Every EXO has its strengths and weakness’ yours is no different. I’m curious as to how you overcome yours.”
     
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    Part Twenty-Three

    Essence manipulation.

    As the name implies, it is the ability to control and manipulate essence. No one could really get essence under their complete control. Just like a bullet, you could pull the trigger and watch the round go forward, but you had no control over its exact course. If a strong enough force came by, the bullet would drift away from its original path. The same could happen with essence.

    Isabel was under pressure from Matthew’s gravity at first. However, she redirected the gravity to a new target.

    Since Matthew was the one supplying this ability with his own essence, she didn’t lose much. He was fundamentally harming himself. The more he kept feeding his ability; the more pressure would be put on himself.

    Isabel's ability had a fatal weakness. He could just stop using his EXO ability, and she would no longer be able to manipulate it.

    That would mean those two would have a fight with their weapons instead. EXO abilities would be useless in front of her meaning it was no longer about who would have the superior EXO rank or control. It was all about their physical abilities.

    Matthew’s quick thinking, caused him to figure out what happened. He knew she did not have the same ability as him so how could she control gravity? She used some sort of ability to redirect the flow of his attack.

    He merely stopped supplying his ability making the pressure around him decrease.

    He would no longer be able to control gravity in front of her.

    “I've-”

    Isabel started to move as she shot her silver revolver.

    Matthew gripped his Kusarigama tighter; he quickly moved to the left. His left-hand grip loosened up a tad bit as he was now holding onto the chain attached to the Kusarigama.

    “Now that was rude, don’t you think?”

    Swiftly he threw the sickle in her direction.

    Isabel didn’t even flinch as she shot her a bullet that collided with the oncoming attack.

    “Not at all.”

    The sickle flew back, but it did not fall to the ground. It instead hovered in the air as it flew backwards. Matthew used the momentum in which the sickle was flying back to his advantage. He swung the sickle over his head before throwing it once again.

    Isabel did the same thing and shot a bullet.

    Matthew did not waste any time as he rushed towards her. The sickle flew back into his hand as he was charging and Isabel started shooting in his direction.

    Matthew might not be able to use his gravity to attack her, but he could use a small amount to change the direction at which her bullets were going. Once again he threw his kusarigama at her, this time she dodged it as she quickly reloaded her revolver.

    He threw the other sickle at her while she was dodging and reloading.

    “Throwing away your weapon in the middle of a fight? Don’t tell me you’re giving up already?”

    Matthew grinned and slammed his palm onto the ground.

    “Nope!”

    Isabel suddenly felt her body become lighter. She slowly lifted up off of the ground and floated in the air.

    She did not have the same control over her body as she once had. On the ground she could quickly move her body to her will, now she could not. Isabel did not have the ability to fly. She found it hard to even move. There was nothing to step on that would propel her forward or let her skilfully dodge. In the air, she was a sitting duck to any attack.

    “Go on, use your ability.”

    Matthew told her as he floated in the air along with her.

    This was something he has not shown yet in any fight. He was planning on saving it, but he could no longer do that.

    Zero Gravity. It cost him more than half of the essence in his body to use this skill. If he used it on a single person, he wouldn’t even bother to care about the amount. But this kind was different; it covered the entire area.

    She could manipulate the essence all she wanted, but how would she reverse it on him? He was already in the air.

    “You’re still forgetting; you have no weapon. Neither one of us can attack, and you can only maintain this ability for so long. You are just dragging this out.”

    Isabel’s bullet would just float in the air because of this ability. They were both away from each other so how would they attack?

    “I think you are forgetting; I control gravity. Do you really think I would throw away my weapons?”

    Isabel realized what he meant as she turned her head. His Kusarigama was behind her floating in the air. In her eyes, it looked like a twin-headed snake that found its prey.

    Matthew made a pulling motion with his hand, and the two sickles flew in his direction. The only thing between them was Isabel, who was a perfect target.

    Clenching her teeth, her golden eyes looked at the incoming attack. She manipulated the essence within the weapon, making the attack that was going straight drift to the right.

    Breathing a sigh of relief, she looked back in the direction Matthew was at only to find he vanished.

    Then it hit her. She played right into Matthew's hand. Already having a hard time controlling her body that was in the air she turned her attention to his weapons. She made a mistake, taking her eyes off her opponent.

    She was not able to move as she pleased in zero gravity, but for someone who controlled gravity as if it was second nature, they would have no problem moving around.

    The right side of her body was hit, causing her to be sent flying.

    The instant before she was hit the gravity around her returned to normal, making her weightless body suddenly feel the weight of her body again. With the gravitational pull of the earth, she was going to fall to the ground.

    Instead, she was hit by Matthews attack instead.

    In zero gravity the attack would not hurt as much, but since the gravity turned back normal, she would feel the full force of the attack.
     
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    Part Twenty-Four

    Matthew was exhausted as he kept taking deep breaths. The ruins which were simulated disappeared turning the field pure white. He walked over to Isabel who was sitting flat on her butt and offered her a hand.

    She reached out her white hand, and Matthew lifted her up.

    “I didn’t think you would be so strong. I won’t underestimate you again.”

    He told her as he fixed himself up.

    Isabel pouted a little bit when she heard him; she honestly thought she was going to win.

    “For now you’re ahead of me, but I'll catch up and get you.”

    Biting her lower lip, she made a vow to herself.

    She saw his previous fights and prepared for everything he had to offer. She knew her chances of winning were high, but she truly underestimated his control over gravity. It was her own fault; she would work harder to ensure she would win the next time.

    “She’s pretty cute when she bites her lip. Maybe I should tell her that.”

    Matthew said to himself in a low voice. He wasn’t paying attention as he seemed a little lost in his own world. He didn’t even realize he was thinking out loud.

    Isabel who heard him couldn’t help but blush. Turning her beautiful face red like a rose.

    Isabel grabbed her silver revolver lying on the ground and placed it back in her holster. After which she left the field going back up to the stands.

    As she exited, Nick entered.

    “You are full of surprises, zero gravity? Even I'd find that hard to deal with.”

    He complimented Matthew in his own way.

    Matthew scratched the back of his head; there was no need for that compliment. He wouldn’t even be able to use it now! The amount of essence left in his body was enough to stop someone in place for about two seconds. His tank was running on empty.

    He was really looking forward to his fight against Nick. Finding people who were on your level to compare notes with would only help both of them improve. However, it seemed he was not destined to fight Nick today.

    Sure he would be able to recover his essence if he meditated, but that would take hours. Class would be over when he was fully rested, and at that time no one would be around.

    “You’d be surprised at what I can do.”

    Matthew responded back to Nick.

    “I’m tempted to find out; I've never fought a gravity user before. It will be good for my training. However… “

    Nick stopped mid-sentence as he turned to where the stands were located.

    “I forfeit.”

    Nick shouted out causing many of the students to yell in anger. What was this? They wanted to see a good show, not this! The battle of the titans, two male lions going at it. A fight would make them hop out of their seats, something that would make their blood boil until it exploded out of their bodies. That is what they wanted, not this crap!

    Matthew was confused; he was just thinking about doing the same thing. He had all reason to forfeit as he was not in his best shape. However Nick? He had plenty of time to recover the essence he used, so why would he give up this chance?

    “Nick, what are you doing?”

    “There is not much of a difference between the two positions, we both get to use the essence pool for the same amount of time. If it was not for the essence pool, I wouldn’t even try as much as I did today. Being class president or even vice president will not help me towards my goal. This position just puts more stress on the student as they will have to help cultivate their classmates, which takes time away from them. I could be using that time for other things; you are much more suited for the task than me.”

    Nick explained to him. This position did not give the person any benefit, and Nick only wanted benefits. He was happy that he was getting to use the essence pool, but he didn’t really care about this position.

    “Besides you are in no position to fight me, make it to the finals during the freshman competition. Then let's go all out and give them a real show.”

    Hearing Nick’s explanation, Matthew felt something warm inside his heart. He gave Nick a nod, and they both left the field.

    This friend of his was too kind. Nick has set the stage for them to duel again, all Matthew had to do was answer the call. He would work even harder from this day forward.

    Since the beginning, he never really had a goal or ambition. Just attending school, dueling others for fun, graduating and landing himself a job in the military would have been enough for him. That was no longer the case; he thirsted for more.

    In his eyes, he saw Nick as a bright light burning with hopes and dreams. It was something Matthew lacked, and he wanted it. Today was the birth of a new Matthew!

    He set the highest goal for himself he could think of, although he might not reach it. He had something to work towards, and on this path, he knew that him and Nick would meet again.

    They both walked back to the stands. As soon as the students caught sight of them, they started battering them with questions.

    “Why didn’t you two duel, it is such a shame.”

    “They probably came up with this plan. C’mon tell us, you did didn’t you?”

    “Personally I think Nick is too scared to face off in front of a mighty royal. It is true right Nick?”

    No one said it, but there was another thought going on in a few of the females heads. ‘It may be that the two were a couple and they didn’t want to fight each other.’ When they pictured those two together their hearts started beating fast.

    Nick and Matthew knew nothing about it, but later tonight they would the main characters in those females boy love stories.

    They took their seats next to Freya who was no longer sulking about her loss. She looked at both of them for a moment before she nodded her head.

    “I’ve decided. I want to become a Cardinal, and don’t tell me I can’t make it. I’ll rise above you both, just you watch.”

    The two guys couldn’t help but burst into laughter. She wanted to become a Cardinal? They just couldn’t picture her wearing such a holy outfit. It was not like her temper fit such a position either.

    Freya punched them both in the arm. Why were they laughing? She could do it! It was possible; nothing is impossible in the world.

    Neither of them doubted her ability to be able to become one as it was not extremely hard. It was just them picturing her as one that made them laugh.

    “It’s not that we doubt you Freya, it’s just that I don’t think it suits you.”

    Nick explained to her as he wiped the tear forming in the corner of his eye.

    “I agree, it doesn’t suit you. Do you really think you would act in a manner that one of them should? I mean… they work for the Bishop! The Bishop, they are like the embodiment of holiness. I just can’t see it, I mean look at you…”

    Freya bit her lip and threw punches at Matthew. She was like this now but who knew how she would be in the future.

    “Matthew… I hate you, I really, really do.”

    “Don’t be like that. Look, I'll tell you my goal. I want to become a Crusader. Can you picture me as one of those guys?”

    Hearing his goal, Freya, sure enough, couldn’t help but laugh. That was one of the highest positions an EXO user could have. Even the president treated them with the utmost care.

    “See, there is nothing wrong with laughing. Nothing to be ashamed about, I just want to see how high I can climb. I might not reach it, but at least I'm trying.”

    “What about you Nick, what sort of goal do you have?”

    “Me? I just want to enter the Special Forces.”

    Freya and Matthew looked serious when they heard Nick’s goal. He would not look funny in their uniform. His potential was seen as one of the highest by the chairman of the school. Yeah… it was possible… seems like something he would do. That is what both of them thought when they heard him.

    “Wow, we have three different goals. If you think about it, we probably would have never met if my ability was not considered a support type. Or if we were placed in different classes. Man… this one week felt like a day to me, these four years are going to fly by. Before you know it, we’ll all be going our separate ways.”

    Matthew told them as he leaned back in his seat thinking about this one week he already spent at the academy. Middle school was fun, but it did not mean as much as high school. High school is where you would meet friends, make memories that would be in your heart for ages. It was the best time to live, but it was also a small part of your life.

    There was no college after this for them. They would become working men and women, and due to the paths they’ve chosen, they may never see each other again once they graduate.

    He took all of this in. Their time together may be short, but he felt a strong connection with these two.

    Matthew wished time would slow down, even if it were only for a moment.

    “Don’t be so worried about it; we still have four years ahead of us. Just enjoy the moment while we still can.”

    Nick told him that, but he could feel the weight of his words. Time would fly by, and before they knew it, they would be living in the real world. There was no time to dwell on such thoughts; it was best for them to enjoy the moment they were living in now.

    No one knew what the future foretold it was just a page they have yet to come to in the story.

    “Calm down there is no need to be upset.”

    Darius’ voice erupted causing the students who were having heated discussions to become silent. He knew everyone wanted to see them fight, one of the four freshman royals vs. another student who might just be as strong. Even he wanted to see what his students were capable of, but given the circumstances, he understood that the well being of his students came first. Matthew was running low on essence while Nick had a lot more stored up. Even if it were not Nick who was down there, any one of these students would have a high chance of beating Matthew when he had such low energy.

    “Congratulations to you both. There aren’t any special badges that identify as the class president, but everyone in the class knows, so that is the only thing that matters. Starting next month, you two will be able to use the essence pool along with the other class representatives.

    Now I would hate to throw responsibility on you two already, but there is a meeting with the board in two days. Arrive early and make sure you are adequately prepared as they will inform you of the objective this year.

    Lastly, I want to tell you all what a fantastic job you have done today. I have an even better understanding of your abilities and will work on a plan for every one of you. If you feel the path I have chosen for you does not align with your goals in life let me know and we can work something out.

    Since we have an hour left to kill, how about I treat you all to dinner?”

    “Darius you’re so cool!”

    “Teach I love you. Number one teacher of the year!”

    The only thing on their mind was free dinner. Who would be stupid enough to pass this up?

    Darius did not know it, but he would regret his words when he got the bill.
     
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    Part Twenty-Five

    Later that night a figure could be seen running across the pavement. There was not any specific destination.

    They came to a stop by a bench. Grabbing their phone that was attached to their armband, they looked at the screen.

    The number was not one they knew, but they still answered it.

    “Hello? Is this thing connected?”

    A voice called out from the other end of the phone. It seemed to be there first time using a phone by the way they spoke.

    “Sensei?”

    “Haha, it worked! I see you can still recognize my voice, Nick.”

    “Of course, how could I forget you? You taught me everything I know.”

    “Indeed. Listen, I wanted to tell you I won’t be in the States for a while.”

    “Why?”

    “Just listen, will you. I am going back to my hometown in Japan; I don’t know how long I'll be there so make sure you continue with your training. I’ll be sure to have your senior brother keep an eye on you. That unemployed lazy bum, I feel sorry for his parents.”

    Nick wanted to reply, but he held his tongue back. The parent you were feeling sorry about was yourself!

    “Alright. Was that all you called for?”

    “No, you attend Demeter academy right?”

    “Yes.”

    “Good. My friend's daughter will be transferring in, make sure you take good care of her.”

    “How’d… never mind.”

    Nick wanted to ask his sensei how would she transfer in when the academy was no longer accepting applicants. Nick gave up asking about it; his teacher's connections were vast it wasn’t unlikely that if she pulled a few strings, she could get someone to attend the academy.

    “Whats her name?”

    “Katherine McDonald.”

    “McDonald?”

    When he heard his sensei say one of her friend's daughters were transferring in, he was sure it was someone from one of the ten families. However, he has never heard of any family with the last name of McDonald.

    The ten families were the ten most influential people in the states. Their EXO abilities were passed down through genes since it was so strong and dominant. If a child was not born with their families ability, they were either tossed to the side or given a chance to be apart of the side branch. Which was not much different from being thrown aside, the only difference was you got to use their last name.

    “Don’t think about it too much, I have to go now. This guy keeps begging for his phone back and talking about calling the cops.”

    The phone call ended, and Nick stretched his legs out.

    Why did his sensei want him to watch someone else’s child? She could have at least asked him if he would do it instead of telling him to.

    Once he stretched his legs out, he continued with his night run.

    At this time the campus was empty of night, not one person could be seen. Nick made his way back to his dorm as he noticed someone coming out. They were wearing sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt. They both walked right past each other.
     
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    Part Twenty-Six

    Before he knew it, he was standing in the middle of a gymnasium. It was filled with students who were all freshman.

    Up on the stage were five students, three of them had blue badges the other two had orange badges on their collar. Those badges were not the first thing you would notice about them. Instead, it was the bright golden badge that signified they were student council members.

    A young woman with blonde hair and blue eyes stood at the podium as she adjusted the microphone.

    Knocking on the microphone a few times to make sure it was working fine, she fixed her posture a bit.

    “Hello, my name is Alicia Hill. I’m the president of the student council, and I would like to say…

    Welcome and congratulations to each and every one of you. You’ve shown that you are one of the many elites we have on campus and we would like to encourage you all to continue working hard. Your campus life may have just begun, but just like us, it will come to an end before you know it.

    All of us standing on this stage were in the same spots as you. I think I speak for us all when I say that standing there listening to us is boring, but in a few years you’ll look back and realize it still was. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you; you’ll learn something from listening to us. We are not here to teach you anything; we are just here to inform you of what the objective is for your class this year.

    Unlike the previous years, we have implemented new ideas. One of them is a camp. You and your classmates will be sent to Mt. Hessian and live there for two weeks. None of the professors will be around to support you; you’ll have to fend for yourselves during that time.

    With you guys, we want to take a different approach and improve your abilities not only through long lectures but actual experience. Our goal, your objective is to be combat ready by the time you all graduate.

    The world is not as calm as it use to be.

    Every year our academy’s ranking goes down, but the question is why? Are we not as good as the others? Do we not use enough resources? No! That is not the case; it is because our students lack live combat experience. We are sick and tired of being on the bottom, this year we shall become the black horse and rise in the ranks! This year marks the day of our comeback!”

    Her voice was rejuvenating causing the students to cheer with joy. They’ve never felt so motivated before; it felt like they were immortal.

    Nick had to compliment her; she had a way with words. Getting everyone here pumped up was not something just anyone could do.

    Alicia continued to talk, but every word that slipped off her tongue made others feel empowered.

    She informed them that the camp will start this Saturday and that every one of their classmates should be prepared. Mt. Hessian may be under their control, and everything inside of it would not pose that much of a problem for them. But it was best to be prepared for the worst than not be prepared at all.

    They would also be going to different parts of Mt. Hessian throughout the year so they could continue to gain live combat skills. As going once would not prepare them much.

    The board meeting ended as each of the students in the gym was given a folder that talked about what happened as well as what was going to happen. It was detailed and each activity built off of the previous one.

    Matthew and Nick walked out of the gym with the folder in their hands.

    “So that's the president huh. I was expecting… a little something more.”

    “What were you expecting exactly?”

    “Honestly… an overwhelming pressure. Something that would make me realize how far the distance is.”

    “You wouldn’t be able to feel it from her; she was restraining herself. Not everyone will want to let others feel how strong they are. There are some that like to hide their own strength. Being underestimated has a few perks as well.”

    Matthew sighed at Nick’s response.

    “Man, I really hope our class does not run into Scarlet's class during the camp.”

    “Well, that sucks for you.”

    Nick pointed forward were the petite red ponytailed girl was standing with her arms crossed.

    “Great!”

    “Matthew… you just can’t stay away from me can you?.”

    “What are you talking about? This is the only exit closest to our division if anything you can’t stay away from me! The offensive division is on the west side, so why are you over here?”

    “Humph! Keep dreaming. I was just waiting here for Arthur and happened to see you looking in my direction not to mention you were walking over here.”

    Matthew made a variety of hand motions, and he wanted to say something to her, but he didn’t. He knew it was best not to say anything and just move along.

    “Let's go, Nick. I don’t have time for this; there are better things to do.”

    Matthew went ahead of Nick. Nick felt like he should say something, but he did not understand exactly what happened between them.

    He looked at Scarlet's face for a moment; he could see a complicated look in her eyes.

    “You should try a different approach next time.”

    Nick softly told her before he walked off.

    Scarlet did not know what he was talking about.
     
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    Part Twenty-Seven

    The two of them made their way back to the classroom. Darius was watching over the student's practice and guided them if they made a mistake.

    He noticed Nick and Matthew enter the room.

    “We’ll stop our lesson here for today.”

    Darius told the two young students before he walked over to Nick and Matthew.

    “So, what do you have for me?”

    “There is a camp they want us to go to and live there for two weeks, called Mt. Hessian. We need to start packing for it now; we move out on Saturday.”

    Matthew replied as he handed Darius the folder which explained all the details.

    Darius flipped through the pages quickly and handed the folder back to Matthew.

    “Alright then, inform your classmates of what is going on. Class is over as soon as you are finished, I am going to start preparing as well.”

    Darius exited the room, giving those two the control of the room.

    “As you know we went to a meeting that was to discuss what will happen with our class and what we will be doing in the future. It turns out we are going to live at a camp for two weeks, and we will have to fend for ourselves.

    We as a whole class will group up with a couple of other classes from different divisions. It is to help us interact with each other and prepare for future situations. We do not know of what other groups will be going along with us, but if we find out, we will be sure to inform you.

    To survive, we need to work together. So I'll be dividing the class up to take care of the task, if you are good at something let me know. If anyone has any problems, they don’t want to bring up in front of the class see me after and we will try to settle it.

    Lastly, we will be given EXO equipment once we get to the camp. That is because inside the camp, called Mt. Hessian there are various types of beast. As you are aware, we are not the only ones who have awakened these special abilities. Although they do not pose us that great of a threat at Mt. Hessian you should always be vigilant.”

    Matthew explained to the class what was going on and what was going to happen.

    The classroom started getting loud as many students began asking various questions.

    “Are we allowed to bring our own personalized EXO weapons?”

    “What about hygiene, will there be places to wash? What about living arrangements?”

    “When you said fend for ourselves, does that mean teachers are not allowed to come with us?”

    “What is the purpose of this camp? What happens if something goes wrong?”

    Questions came one after another not giving Matthew any time to reply to them.

    “We will send out a detailed report at a later time until then hold your questions. What Matthew forgot to inform you of was that we leave in two days time. I suggest you start packing now.”

    Nick cut in. They had time to answer questions, but with all the questions being thrown at them one after another, they would never have a chance to answer them. Instead, they’ll give them all the information that they knew. Hopefully, it answered a majority of their questions.

    “Class is dismissed for today, use this time wisely.”

    As soon as they heard that class was done for today, they packed up and dismissed themselves.

    “So, what are you two going to do now? My club has no activities this week.”

    Freya asked them as she walked over.

    “I got called in to go to the Disciplinary Committee. I was planning on visiting them since it has been a while since I've last been there.”

    “My club does not have anything going on today, so I'm free.”

    “Then how about you tag along with me since you’re free.”

    “Do I have to? I think I'll be able to find an attractive young lady to spend my time with instead.”

    “What do you mean, Freya’s lacking in some area’s but she is still attractive.”

    Nick gave a gentle smile, causing Matthew to look at him strangely.

    “Nick… no, look at her. She is not even girly, if not for that small lump that stuck out on her chest I'd mistake her a guy.”

    “Oh shut it. I’ll have you know there are a few guys who’ve tried to court me before.”

    “Something must have been wrong with them in the head.”

    Matthew threw in a small comment, causing Freya to roll her eyes.

    “Thanks for the…. Complement(?) Nick. At least someone here can see true beauty for what it's worth.”
     
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    Part Twenty-Eight

    Nick walked into the Disciplinary Committee office and spotted Cassandra having a discussion with Fred.

    Fred did not look like he was sleepy today and the way he was acting was not like last time either. He seemed to be more professional.

    “So you’ve decided to show up again huh newbie?”

    Darren spoke to Nick while he was lazing around in the leather chair with his legs laid out on the table. In his hand was a black card that he continued to make appear and disappear.

    “Well, I am a member. Why wouldn’t I show my face?”

    Cassandra noticed Nick come into the room.

    “Nick, come here for a second.”

    She told him just as he was about to take his seat.

    “Cassandra, do you need me for something?”

    Nick asked as he arrived in front of her.

    “Yes, it has to do with a few things. Fred, if you would.”

    Fred tapped a button on the desk in front of him. From the center of the desk the top was split, and they moved towards the edge revealing a transparent board underneath.

    “A virtual computer?”

    “Yes.”

    Fred moved his hands on the transparent screen, and a 3d model appeared on the screen.

    It showcased a fairly large mountain range that was enclosed by a giant wall.

    “This is Mt. Hessian. The student council has decided to divide the entire range into four quadrants. Each one will hold a mixture of students from different divisions. We don’t know what quadrant your class will be located in, but we will need you to meet up with us at the center.”

    Fred moved his pointed at a location, and the coordinates appeared.

    “Here, this is where we will meet up on the first day.”

    Nick furrowed his eyebrows, why are they going when this camp is only for freshman?

    “I thought this camp was only for freshman students?”

    “The camp is, but do you think the school will allow students to roam around freely with no sort of protection in place? Four of us from the Disciplinary Committee has been tasked to protect the students from the shadows.”

    Fred answered Nick’s question.

    “The camp should be fairly safe, no?”

    “Should be, but nothing can be too certain. Lately, there has been movement from certain organizations, such as AEU (Anti EXO User).”

    AEU or Anti EXO Users was an organization whose goal was to kill off all EXO users from the face of the planet. EXO users while they are powerful that does not mean everyone uses their powers for good.

    There have been many cases of EXO users killing ordinary people for their own goals. During war as well, EXO users are to be blamed for any sort of damage by these people.

    AEU wanted to take the fight back to those who have harmed them and their families. They built themselves into a mighty empire that has been trained to take down EXO users.

    While they want justice the way they are going about it is wrong, and they are considered terrorist.

    “AEU? I thought they were being taken care of by the ATU (Anti Terrorist Unit)? Why would they target a school built to train EXO users? That is simply foolish.”

    ATU or Anti Terrorist Unit is a specially designed group of elite soldiers mixing with both ordinary Civilians and EXO users. Their objective is to get rid anyone who commits terrorist acts on US soil.

    “Because there will be no one to stop them if they get inside Mt. Hessian. They’ve been trained to take down EXO users, and a whole lot of freshmen students who have yet to develop fully are the perfect target.”

    Cassandra gave him the answer.

    Nick had to admit that this was a perfect target for such a group to strike. Kill them before they can bear their fangs.

    “We’ve surveyed the area and narrowed down four possible points of entry, which just so happen to be separated by a large distance. It is impossible for a single person to cover all four entryways, and if you dispatch a small team to the four points. It will cause the students to worry.”

    Fred spoke as he changed the 3d image to show four different entryways.

    “And the student council president is allowing us to go knowing we’ll be a target.”

    Nick didn’t understand how the student council president could put the students in danger. Her job is to protect and guide them, not lead them to their deaths. He couldn’t help but remember that face of hers, and she talked right to them knowing what was going to happen. She’s a cruel person.

    “It was not like she had a choice in the matter, none of us did. It came from the chairman himself.”

    “Terrific. So what is the plan?”

    He wondered why the chairman himself would put them at risk.

    “Locate and eliminate. We are working from the inside, but around the border, there will be various elite EXO users who will be waiting on standby. The moment you see anything strange, signal them and they’ll come rushing in. If everything goes as planned, none of the other students will know about this, and the training can proceed as it was meant to.”

    “A pity we know nothing ever goes as planned. What is the chance for them to actually show up and how did they find out about this?”

    Just because they were making preparations for AEU to show up does not mean they actually will. If they did show up then it would be a suicide mission, there would be no way they would be able to leave. However for there to be preparations means they have a high chance to show up.

    “This camp is no secret; all the academies know we are going to Mt. Hessian to train our freshman. To put you all in danger was not what the chairman wanted or any of us, we are just being pressured.

    Just when you think you are free from all restraints, someone comes and chains you down again. There is always someone with more authority than you; we just have to do as we are told.”

    Fred explained why they knew about the existence of a camp. All of the academies knew about it and if they knew organizations that wanted EXO users gone, also knew.

    What interested Nick more was the fact that someone had the power to pressure the chairman into making this decision. If such an influential person was the one moving the pieces around, he thought about who it could be. AEU while they are not a group to be taken lightly, it would not cause for one of the more powerful figures to make a move like this.

    “And the likely chance?”

    “Seventy-five percent.”

    “Darren will transport two others with him. Travelling such a distance with two others will deplete him of his essence. This is to be kept a secret, be sure to keep it that way. You’re dismissed.”

    Fred let Nick go; there was no need for him to stay. He was already informed of the matter at hand; now he just had to prepare for it physically and mentally.

    “Well, what do you think?”

    Cassandra couldn’t help but ask Fred his opinion.

    “About?”

    “The current status of our academy. To use our students as bait to lure in AEU is a bit uncalled for.”

    Fred turned off the virtual computer, and the desk returned to normal. His facial expression darkened.

    “I’m not even sure if we are going to be dealing with AEU.”

    “Look on the bright side, at least this way you can see if the newbie is ready, right?”

    Darren told them what he had to say. They wanted to know if Nick was able to join, and a perfect opportunity presented itself.

    “This matter is not something to be taken lightly!”

    Darren seemed like he was making a joke to Cassandra, so she could not help but get angry at him.

    “So, who are we sending?”

    Not minding Cassandra’s shout, Darren asked Fred a question.

    “Roland, his skills will be needed, and I'll be going as well.”

    “If you go, who is going to lead the other activities?”

    “I think she is more than capable of handling those matters. She didn’t inherit the title ‘Queen’ for no reason.”

    “It’s safe to assume we can take off the safety?”

    “I approve.”

    Fred nodded his head; there was nothing wrong with them taking the safety off their EXO weapons.

    The phone in his pocket vibrated. He checked to see who it was, and answered it.

    “Hello, chairman.

    Yes, I've picked members as you’ve requested.

    Nick Wilson? He is aware of the situation.

    A transfer student? Now? Right… I'll be there.”

    As he hung up the phone, a couple of members turned to look at him.

    “I’ll return shortly.
     
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    Part Twenty-Nine

    The weekend came, and all the freshman students were up bright and early in the morning. The sun was not up yet, and it was slightly chilly outside.

    With their luggage, the freshman lined up in multiple lines. There was a line for each different division, and the people in each line were filling up buses which would transport them.

    Freya yawned as stretched her arms out.

    “Why’d they have to make us get up so early? A beautiful woman such as I needs her beauty sleep.”

    Matthew was standing behind her chuckled upon hearing what she said.

    “What sort of beauty calls themselves a beauty?”

    Freya turned around to look at him but did not react as she usually would.

    “It’s too early for this Matthew, just wait until later when I've had my proper rest. Then I'll kick your ass, ok?”

    “Get as much sleep as you need, we have a whole ten hours ahead of us before we make it to Mt. Hessian.”

    Nick told her as he was seated on his large suitcase.

    The lines were moving slowly as they had to take down everyone's name to make sure students were accounted for. He was not in a rush anyways, and they would be waiting for instructions once they reached the camp. Today was nothing but a hurry up and wait type of day.

    “What kind of beast do you think we are going to run into?”

    Matthew asked Nick for his opinion.

    The beast had ranks, and these ranks were given to them by the government based on the threat level they pose. While each one is dangerous and able to kill ordinary humans off swiftly, to an EXO user some are not worth their time.

    “Nothing too serious as this is just training. More than likely there will be some lower ranked species hanging around, but nothing we can’t handle.”

    “That would suck bro; I don’t want to face any Omega’s. They are like the bottom of the food chain.”

    “You’d be the first one running if anything higher ranked appeared.”

    Freya replied in a somewhat lazy tone. She did not even have the energy for this.

    “Whatever, I'd crush any Beta.”

    “Yeah… yeah… yeah. Keep bragging, tell us more about how powerful our Arena Prince is.”

    “Still jealous because you don’t have a title. If you want, you can have mines.”

    This time Freya did not respond to Matthew. Instead, she looked forward and stayed silent.

    “Whats her problem?”

    “Probably got tired of dealing with you, she’ll be at it again in no time.”

    Nick told him. The amount these two went at it he was surprised neither of them got tired of each other yet. They always found something to fight over.

    “And who is that behind you?”

    Nick turned and saw Darren standing behind him. His sunglasses on at this time of day didn’t give him a cool kid feeling.

    “Darren, what do you need?”

    “I was told to drop her off to you. Fred said that you must look after her with care since that is what he was told.”

    Darren moved to the side revealing a beautiful young woman. Long straight purple hair that looked like it would never get tangled and gorgeous silver colored eyes. The school uniform stuck to her body like glue revealing her womanly features. She had a body many girls would die for.

    “Anyways newbie take care of her.”

    Darren vanished leaving no trace of his presence.

    “Katherine I'm assuming?”

    “And you must be Nick. Sorry to inform you, but you do not need to pay me any mind, and I don’t require any sort of protection.”

    Her voice was angelic if she had wings on her back someone would mistake her for an angel.

    “Alright then.”

    Since the lady did not want his protection, that was less of a burden for him. He would pay her less attention, but he would still keep an eye on her to make sure she was safe. His sensei told him to take good care of her; he knew what that meant.

    Katherine could fuss if she wanted to, but Nick would still do what he was told.

    “Hold up Nick, how do you know such a lovely lady?”

    Matthew made his appearance and slid in front of Nick.

    “Katherine, that was your name, right? I’m Matthew, nice to meet you.”

    He stuck out his hand, but she showed no signs of taking it. Instead, she took one glance at him then looked back at nick.

    “A friend of yours I take it. Why is he trying to befriend me? His approach is weak, and his hair is a mess. He does not seem like someone you would hang around but then again who am I to judge when we barely met.”

    Katherine barely looked at Matthew for five seconds, but she already had an opinion of him.

    “Hear that Matthew, you don’t suit us.”

    Freya couldn’t help but laugh when Katherine's words hit her ear. This was the best thing she heard so far; she already liked this new girl.

    “I think he fits, and you should not be so quick to judge.”

    Katherine shrugged at Nick’s response. Why was she exactly transferred to this school? Her mother would not tell her; the school was the safest place for her to be. Any school would have been fine, so why change?

    From the corner of her eye, she looked at Nick. What was so special about him that she needed to be in eyesight of him?
     
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    Part Thirty

    After a few hours of waiting, they finally got loaded onto a bus. It was two to a seat, and Nick was sitting by Freya.

    Right across from them was Matthew who just so happened to be next to Katherine. Katherine had a book in her hand, and she was absorbed into reading it.

    Freya adjusted herself in the seat to find a comfortable position then closed her eyes.

    “Wake me up when we get there if you don’t mind Nick.”

    “It’s no problem, just make sure to dream of me.”

    Freya smirked a little at his reply; she would just let her mind wander.

    “If it happens, it happens.”

    Nick wanted to keep the conversation going, but it is better if she gets her rest. It was six in the morning after all, and they had to wait outside for an hour before this.

    His class had three buses, Darius was on this bus, but he was in the front. He was having a conversation with two of the female students that seemed to be intrigued by what he had to say.

    He turned his attention to Katherine, and he asked himself what was so special about her. Besides her seeming to be cold towards others, he could not find a fault with her.

    He gave up trying to think of a reason, no need to rack his brain on this matter.

    Nick rested his eyes, but just because he could not see what was going on did not mean he couldn’t sense it.

    “What is so special about him?”

    Katherine who was staring into her book asked.

    Matthew was the only person next to her, so she had to be talking to him. He glanced Nick’s way and saw that Freya’s head slowly tilted until it rested nicely on his shoulder.

    “What do you mean? Why do you think he is special?”

    “He has to be special to be trained by Furuta-sensei, but I just can’t figure out what makes him so special.”

    Katherine started nibbling on her fingernail. Anyone would think the way she was acting now was cute.

    “Who is this Furuta person?”

    Katherine looked up from her book, glanced at Matthew then back to her book again.

    “Nevermind, forget I said anything.”

    Was she talking to him, or was she just talking out loud to herself? Matthew was not sure of the answer.

    He rested his cheek on his arm as he gazed at Katherine. If he had to pick a person to become his future wife, he would pick her. Granted, earlier she ignored him… and now… she also seemed to ignore him. However, he could not get rid of this strange feeling in his heart.

    Out the window, he saw a small light that seemed to be getting bigger and bigger as it got closer. His body felt something was wrong with that light; it kept telling him ‘move away, it is dangerous to be here.’

    A vast majority of the students were sleeping; still, he seemed to be one of the only ones to notice.

    Darius who was seated in the front snapped his neck in the direction of the light.

    “Matthew!”

    Nick shouted his name. He knew, there was no need to say it.

    “I know already!”

    Matthew hurried and replied with a shout of his own.
     
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    Part Thirty-One

    Up on the rocky mountains, two men dressed casually were standing around. On the back of one was an overly large black bag.

    “You sure you can do it?”

    One man asked, only his green colored eyes could be seen. He had an entire scarf covering his face.

    “Please, I'm the best damn sniper there is.”

    The man with the overly large black bag bragged about his skills as he sat the bag down and started unloading what was inside.

    There were six different pieces nicely spread out in the bag.

    He started picking up pieces and assembling them together.

    “I’m not asking about your skill; I'm talking about the target. Are you sure you can kill a kid?”

    He just finished putting together the massive rifle. He locked together the two feet of the rifle and let it lay on the ground.

    “It’s just another target. Age doesn’t matter when there is money to be made.”

    As he finished his sentence, he reached into his pocket and grabbed a cigarette. Although the time was further ahead than the twenty-first century, these things were still around and popular.

    “This is not just any target; it is the child of the one who could jeopardize our mission. She escaped our clutches last time, but this time we will finish her off. Did she think we wouldn’t find her?”

    The man with the scarf said.

    With his cigarette lit, he took a long drag on it before he puffed out smoke.

    “I don’t care about the details, just make sure our tracks are covered after. Now is not the time to start a war, especially with one of the academies.”

    “Don’t worry, from this distance no one can see us and just to be sure I've placed an illusion around us. No one will spot this coming.”

    He reassured the sniper.

    “Better get to work, the buses are headed this way.”

    The sniper took one last drag on his cigarette then he flicked it away. Laying down on the ground next to the sniper rifle he got in a comfortable position and looked through the scope.

    This sniper rifle was custom made just for him. It enhanced his ‘Hawkeye’ ability by twenty percent. Everyone through this scope was as big as a balloon; he was not going to miss.

    He glanced through the first bus; she was not there. The second, third, fourth… tenth, he looked through them all. All he needed was a face that matched the picture he was given, as long as he saw that he would shoot.

    Finally, he saw the target he was looking for on the fifteenth bus. She was in her seat reading a book, and her eyes were completely focused on it. He looked at her picture, but now that he was seeing her through this scope he had to admit it would be a shame to kill her.

    This rifle was made to take down a demon beast, taking out a teenager would be no problem.

    He steadied his aim and steadied his breathing.

    “If you don’t hurry up and shoot.”

    The sniper did not respond with words; he did so with his actions. Small little blue lights went into the vent of the sniper rifle. The gray meter on the side was being filled up with the EXO essence in the air.

    He heard a ding sound, and he pulled the trigger. His body jumped a little due to the recoil, and a small blue light blasted out from the sniper rifle.

    He let out a cool breath as he got up from his position. He started taking apart the sniper rifle, putting the pieces back into the bag.

    “Is it done?”

    The sniper laughed at his question.

    “No one is surviving that, the output was a bit higher than required, but since she is a medium threat level target… I believe the output should not matter. With this, our problems are done.”

    He himself did not need to see the end results as he knew his skills. Those were children who were just learning about their abilities. He was a veteran, no one on that bus would be able to stop his bullet.

    “Let u-”

    The man with the scarf covering his face felt something. It was like something scanned his body, but that could not be the case. No one was capable of breaking through his illusion, and with the speed of the bus, no one would be able to see them up on this mountain.

    “Get it together man; we’ve finished the job.”

    The sniper threw the black bag over his shoulder.
     
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    Part Thirty-Two

    In a small room, there was a small coffee table, a shelf filled with books, and a computer desk. The room overlooked the city, and outside the city was filled with lights on this dark night.

    The computer was on, and the screen light lit up an older aged man's face. His face had a few wrinkles signifying his old age, but it did not stop the charm of his facial features. Instead, it added a certain touch to it.

    The metal door to the room opened up as a middle-aged man entered wearing a black and red suit. A folder in his hand, he walked up to the computer desk and threw the folder it.

    “What is this?”

    He questioned the older aged man.

    “A manila folder, I did not think they made them anymore. Where’d you find it?”

    The older man did not have a smile on his face, and it did not seem like he was joking. He placed his hands on the folder inspecting it, and then he opened the folder up. Revealing the image of a young man and sheets of paper.

    “I’m not talking about that! Why was he sent out on the mission? He just graduated the academy his skills are not ready! This task is too important for it to fail!”

    The older aged man rubbed his temple. He was having a bad day already, and now with all the shouting going on, he was going to get a headache.

    “Do you have any rights to question me? You put two agents in a dangerous position causing them to nearly lose their lives. They are severely wounded and barely alive. I think your actions are no different than mines, and he is a lot more ready than you think he is.”

    The older man argued against his point. He would not send an agent to the field unless he was confident they were ready. His position is not just for show, and he has been sitting in this seat for more than a decade.

    “No, he is not!”

    “You are only saying that because he is your son! When he joined he knew what he was getting himself into, you knew what he was getting into. He is a soldier, stop treating him like some child.”

    Although the middle-aged man in the suit was shouting, the older man was calm. He would not lose his temper over this matter; everything was already put in place all that was left was for the pieces to start moving.

    “He is a child! Did you forget his age, or need I remind you?”

    “That is only if we consider him human, and frankly I'm not a hundred percent sure he is. You’ve seen his mother, and she was no human.”

    “That does not deny the fact that he was born human, it doesn’t matter if she was one of them. We’ve ran the test, checked the DNA and kept him under surveillance. He is human.”

    The middle age man paused as he pointed at the folder on the desk. Then he continued his sentence.

    “We do not know how he will react when he goes through puberty. For all, we know he could get too attached to the subject and cause the mission to fail. There are a lot more people more qualified for this operation; I demand the immediate deactivation of him. He needs to be replaced with a more suitable soldier.”

    Standing up from his seat, the older man walked over to the window. With his hands behind his back, he glanced at the multiple lights.

    “Do you know why he was chosen for this task? It is because he just graduated because his skills although ahead of many others his age can still be compared. He knows what his mission and he has been trained to execute that mission. The threat to our world is no laughing matter; I will not accept any other person for this task. End of discussion.

    Do not think of contacting the president; this mission is unofficial. If you want his cover to be blown as a student of the academy then, by all means, go ahead. But the second his cover is blown, and all those close to the president finds out, the mole will also know. Then this whole mission will be a bust and the time we’ve invested in this will go to waste! No one and I mean no one will get in the way. Believe in that son of yours he has not let us down yet.”

    “One-day old man, I'll overthrow your position. Just you wait.”

    “Until then, I'll be waiting son.”

    The middle-aged man left the room with his fist clenched. He could not accept this. It is just that his child's behavior does not fit the temperament a student should have. He listens to everything his superiors say and gets the task done with outstanding performance. As his father, he was sure that if something was standing between him and his goal he would lose control of himself. The moment he did, he would be unstoppable.

    He reached tapped his ear where a small microphone was embedded.

    “Do you have anything to report?”

    “I’ve placed myself well within the student body, and I have found one thing that could be considered noteworthy. I’m sending it to the lab now.”

    A voice said from the other end of the line.

    “There was no need to call for that. Only contact me when it is something about ‘Delirium.'”

    “Roger that.”

    Feeling as though the call was about to end, the middle-aged man could not help but stop him from hanging up. There was still something on his mind.

    “Eh… wait. Has he been behaving well? This is his first time interacting with anyone his age I'm worried people will notice that his behavior is not normal.”

    “Nothing to worry about chief, he is fairly popular and befriended quite a few people so far. If you did not tell me he was an agent, I would think he was a normal civilian.”

    “Right. Just make sure he doesn’t make you out.”

    “You’re kidding, right? He’s never seen my face before I doubt he would know who I am.”

    “Don’t get ahead of yourself. That kid's specialty is finding things that do not want to be found.”

    “Oh? Then maybe I should show out a bit more.”

    “Just make sure you restrain yourself.”

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