"No Astrid we will take him together!"
Erika shouted as Astrid ran forward towards Sombra, it was easy... too easy. Sombra wasn't a fool or at least he had planned this out for a very long time, and he probably had something powerful with him. Out of the dim light of the crystal came a beast that was made of a substance utterly alien to this dimension. It's very presence disturbed the fabric of reality and made Erika shutter, how could such a thing be allowed to exist in this plain, was it because of a crystal, the sacrifices, what in the world allowed it to be here in this world. This creature was the stuff of nightmares and it took Erika all her will not to just throw up where she stood upon seeing it. For most, it was simply terrifying, but for one who could change the natural law to their whim, it was the anathema. She felt an internal hatred towards this creature, and that is probably why Sombra had brought it here to fight against her, and now the two of them were trapped against it on a planet in the middle of nowhere. This was bad, perhaps the worst thing that could have happened to them, or at least one of them. They were in his court right now, and he had a weapon which had the potential to destroy everything that Erika could do in an instant, AND Astrid ran ahead like an idiot and was attacked.
For the first time, Erika stood paralyzed by fear as she looked on in horror as Astrid was grabbed by the beast and infected with some form of poison. Seeing it leaking out of her was sickening to the young dragon more than anything previously witnessed in her entire life, and she had seen some pretty sick experiments carried out during her lifetime. She saw Astrid writhe in pain on the ground but she couldn't force her body to move a muscle. She wanted to go and help her but the sight of such a creature made Erika unable to move. Was this what others felt against her when she had made them afraid? It was an alien feeling to Erika and one which disturbed her to the core. She didn't have much time to feel the fear for much longer as the beast returned to its master and seemed to mock Erika.
"Will you remember me now? I found this little creature in the nether to where I retreated to reform myself. He doesn't follow the natural laws at all, and by making myself of that dimension I can control him, but I suspect he is your worst nightmare."
"I'm not afraid of him."
"Don't lie to me, my magic makes it so your true feelings are amplified, or did you forget about that? How wonderful to see the two of you so easily defeated, perhaps everyone you care about back home will be easily defeated as well."
"Empty threats coming from someone who won't make it out of here alive!"
"Oh? Then come on..." Stretching his arms out to the side Sombra smiled, "Attack me, I'm wide open."
Erika tried to move closer to him, but she couldn't do it, her body was heavy and resisted, she felt fear and hesitation the likes of which she had never known before in her entire life. Erika looked down towards the struggling Astrid and even that couldn't get her to move closer to try and fight against him. He had Erika dead to rights, she couldn't move closer at all, that beast was so sickening and disgusting that it shook her to her very core. Leaping backward Erika launched a barrage of meteors towards Sombra with a loud cry that wasn't filled with pompous anger or attitude, but one filled with fear, fear of what would happen to her. Though the spell was powerful and could easily destroy the environment Erika only watched in horror as Sombra snapped his fingers and the creature's mouth extended to eat every single last meteor hurled. Erika's eyes widened at the spectacle, that spell wasn't just some little trick she had made, it was one of the more powerful spells she had on hand that came from her mothers magic, the magic which had learned in order to understand how to defeat her later on down the road... but now it was just nothing. She shuttered to think what would happen if she attacked the creature with her threads, probably just eat it all up and then leave Erika vulnerable to the same thing that happened to Astrid.
"That it? I expected better, a roar or something, trying to throw me into another dimension... pity you disappointed me. Poison the blue haired one, I wish to see her suffer and beg for my forgiveness."
With incredible speed the many mouthed beast rushed towards Erika, each one hungry for her flesh.
Screaming in fear Erika launched a massive wave of threads from her body towards the beast in an attack to destroy it with all her strength. The massive tide of threads pointed inwards as they engaged the creature, but as they made contact with the surface they merely were absorbed into it, and were dissolved with little resistance. Feeling her threads being destroyed caused Erika to spit up a bit onto the ground as it felt like her entire body was being violated by something alien, something corrupt to the core. Erika had always thought she was pure evil, beyond redemption, without a chance to fix the wrongs she had done, but upon feeling this creature with her magic she knew none of that true compared to it. The malice she had felt within her life was nothing compared to it, this thing wasn't just a beast, it was a poison itself, something with went against all beings of this world and corrupted them from the inside out. She HAD to help Astrid, but Erika didn't know what to do, her magic was only slowing the beast down, it wasn't hurting it. Retreating backward Erika launched wave after wave of attack, and with each new thread that made contact with the demon, Erika felt herself die on the inside. Tears flew from her face as she felt the beasts entire being start to affect her mind and body all in one fell swoop. It was unkillable, there was nothing she could do!
Leading it far enough away from Astrid and Sombra Erika turned the entire environment in the blink of an eye into threads, all of which moved to impale the beast. Screaming as she poured all of her energy into this blow the beast screamed out, but not in agony but bliss. Unleashing a torrent of energy all of the threads were destroyed in but an instant corroded away and changed to dust as it's many mouths chuckled with a sinister victory. Turning to face towards Erika, the one who felt all out of options the beast only laughed as she teleported away to try and survive. Erika had two options, to run away and escape this place leaving Astrid behind, to flee to the ship and live, and for the briefest of moments she considered it, this thing was her mortal enemy, she couldn't defeat it, but if she left then it would mean that Astrid would befall a fate worse than death. Was Astrid worth her own life? Was she worth dying for? Erika was torn on the decision, the only thing that had mattered before was her own life, and right now she felt it was the only thing she could preserve...
Then Erika remembered the face of the old man in the woods who had saved from near death... and her eyes glared at nothing but herself. "Damn it old man." Erika mumbled with a shaken voice. "You just have to show up in my mind right now..."
What would he do? He would risk his life to save a complete stranger who he knew nothing about, a person was a murderer and crook, one who had killed hundreds of people easily, and tried to dominate the entire world. Yet here Erika was trying to run away when someone she had feelings for was going to be killed all because she couldn't defeat a monster that was chasing her. Falling to the ground Erika began to cry and she didn't know why was it the fact she was a coward when it really mattered? Was it because she remembered kindness at the worst possible moment? Was it because she lov- shaking her head Erika focused forward and took a tentative but definitive step forward towards where she could sense Sombra and the demon were.
"I can't run, damn it, Eustace, you owe me something big when I get back!" Though despite her bravado Erika knew deep down she owed him more than he would ever owe her.
Moving the environment around her Erika quickly descended upon the area where Astrid was still in pain on the ground, and looking a lot worse for wear. Looking at her Erika could only feel her own fear rise, and with a weak attempt, she tried to silence it. It was then that Sombra manifested out of the dark light of the crystal behind Astrid and faced towards Erika.
"I would have sworn you would take the ship and run. Is it because of her that you stayed? Don't tell me you have a thing for this creature underneath me, she's so beneath you. Then again both of you are beneath me so I suppose it works out just fine. Actually, tell you what if aren't a very big challenge right now, how about you just run and I'll let you escape."
"Let me escape? You have to be kidding why... why would I turn and run against you!"
"Well... if I take away the very thing you are trying to save, why wouldn't you run?" Leaning over Sombra would grab Astrid's weak body and threw a smile towards Erika. "Don't worry my child." He started whispering into Astrid's ear. "Being my servant won't be so bad..." leaning in to try and bite Astrid's neck with his fangs, Erika would point her fingers like a gun towards him and fire out a small pair of panties. Without warning the demon manifested in front of the shot and easily blocked it.
Laughing Sombra pulled back if only to mock Erika as the creature moved to no longer obstruct the view to Sombra. "What a sad attempt, now watch as I take what you love." Leaning down Erika's eyes welled up with tears as his fangs lowered till they almost touched the surface of Astrid's kin. Reaching her hand out Erika screamed with all of her might, "NO!" and as his fangs were about to pierce Astrid, and Erika saw her failure almost completely unfold, tears filling her eyes and for the first time in her life experiencing powerlessness the entire scene faded from her view.
In an instant, Erika blinked and saw that she wasn't on the planet anymore, and she couldn't sense the demon, Sombra, or Astrid. Instead, she was on a slight slope at the dead of night, with the gentle breeze flowing over her skin and chilling her a bit. There were a few trees but otherwise, it was a barren landscape of grasses, and it looked very familiar...
"Oh... well this is a surprise."
Eyes widening, Erika flipped herself around to look towards the source of the voice and with baited breath, Erika could hardly believe what she was seeing right now.
"Shocker to see you appear out of nowhere kiddo, what are you doing out so late shouldn't you be sleeping after a day of training?"
"Day of training? I haven't trained in years, I was just on another planet and... Astrid... no, I have to get back and save her, I don't have time to be here I have to come up with a plan I need to somehow get past that demon and-"
A loud smack could be heard as Erika was bonked on the head by the other person. Wincing in pain Erika rubbed the top of her head with both hands and looked up towards her.
"Just what are you blabbering about? Stop worrying so much."
"But you just don't understand!-" Smack, "STOP THAT!"
"NO YOU STOP THAT! How can you help whoever you need to help with that kind of attitude! How is being scared shitless going to help you win any situation!"
"But it's a creature not of this reality!"
"Its poison to the dimension!"
"Are you even paying attention to me Erika!"
"The ONLY thing I'm paying attention to are excuses for why something CAN'T be done, not how something CAN be done."
"But there is nothing that can BE DONE!"
Sighing the brown and pink haired girl went over to the top of the hill and sat back down on the smoothed rock. "Then I have failed." Reaching into her purse the pink and brown haired girl called Erika opened up a small bottle and started to drink it.
"How have you failed? I have mastered everything you have taught me, I'm basically unstoppable!"
"Yet you can't kill this thing?"
"Yep I failed."
"No, didn't you just hear I mastered everything you taught me!"
chugging the entire bottle the girl grew an annoyed looked on her face and threw the empty bottle directly into Erika's. Taking the blow Erika rubbed her forehead only to see her teacher standing over her.
"What happened to the young woman who I healed and had a fire in her eyes that couldn't be put out."
"Shut the fuck up, I'm not done yet. She appeared before me and wanted nothing more than to learn and grow, to become stronger to take revenge to conquer, to learn about the entire world, and NOW THAT SHE LOSES ONE FIGHT SHE JUST GIVES UP!"
Smack, "STOP!" Smack, "SAYING!" Smack, "YOU!" Smack, "CAN'T!" Smack, "AND!" Smack, "START!" Smack, "FIGHTING!" Smack, "BACK!" Sma-
Stopping the chop to her head with her right hand Erika looked up towards the girl with anger in her eyes. "THAT, RIGHT THERE!" Shaking her hand free the girl turned around and looked up towards the stars in the sky.
"That is why I taught you what I know, well almost all of it."
"Almost all of it?"
Turning around the girl smiled, "Well, of course, I can only teach you what I can perform myself."
"But you mastered this magic, you were the best thief in the entire world right? Nothing stopped you?"
"Kid, I've been stopped plenty of times in my life, and I'm not the most durable or strong anymore, in fact, I'm more of a has-been."
"But you went to steal stuff all the time, you stole all of those treasures!"
"I had already stolen them, I suffered an injury on the last job I took that made me lose a good portion of my strength, honestly I probably can't fight very well anymore."
"But that means all of it..."
"Was a big fat lie! How does it feel to know your teacher fooled you?"
"Pretty shitty actually."
"Well congratulations the same thing happened to me when I learned the magic."
"So let me get this straight, you tell me to relax because you are a big fat liar who didn't teach me everything!? How does that help me?"
"For someone who is so damn smart you can really be stupid. Isn't it good news that there is something that could help you, in fact you already can feel the power within you right?"
"I don't feel anything..."
"You don't? Focus Erika... you feel it."
About to yell at her Erika instead played along with it and tried to focus on what magical power she had left after her massive assault upon the beast a few minutes ago. Nothing appeared within her mind or feelings.
"Not on yourself but where you are, what is around you..."
Focusing on the environment Erika felt nothing, nothing... nothing... wait she didn't feel anything she didn't belong here! None of this was where she was supposed to be! She couldn't feel it because she wasn't real... Like a light switch in her head, Erika felt a surge of energy within herself and started to faintly glow white as she started to view where exactly she was. Faster and faster her mind filled with the different possibilities of where she was located, where... where... where... she found it, she was on the hill by the house where she had been trained and it was...
Suddenly her eyes widened as she looked her teacher in the eyes and Erika began to cry. "This is the night you went to go and fight those thugs isn't it..."
"Was my plan."
"But that means I'm actually on the night when."
"I die? Yeah, I've seen it in the future too."
"IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD DIE THEN WHY FIGHT THEM!"
"Its not about me."
"BULLSHIT! YOU ARE A FOOL FOR DOING IT!"
"Really? Am I a fool for going out and dying? That's odd I view it as the best decision I could make in my life."
"How could it be the best decision... I needed you..." Erika stated the tears freely flowing. Leaning in the girl wiped some of them away with her finger.
"Do you really? What are you?"
"What have you accomplished?"
"Well I infiltrated several guilds, learned the weaknesses of countless people, killed hundreds so I could get what I wanted, and become the leader of my own company as a front to try and use my money to fund my other research, oh and I stole my fathers inventions and perfected them for myself, and I also reconciled with him somewhat and..."
"All wrong, what have you finally experienced?"
"I've..." Thinking for a brief moment Erika's gazed got determined, "Love... I've experienced love!"
"The student surpasses the teacher. I have never experienced such an emotion for another that wasn't related to me, I couldn't connect into the time of others, it's why I never mastered the magic, but you... you can. Focus on it not yourself but others, what is around you, see without thinking, experience without moving. Take what you can be not what you are, and make it who are you."
"I will... I have to, it's the only way I can save her..."
"Oh my a little lesbo are we?"
Erika blushed, "You know I can change into anything! It's not like that, just cause she has a female body doesn't-" Smack.
"Take a damn joke, and get out here kid, and save everything. Make what I am about to do worth it alright?"
Both of them smiled at the same time as Erika focused and started to fade away "I will Erika, and thank you for this last lesson."
"Of course, oh and be sure you put a ring on it before you fu--"
"Lalalalalalal can't hear you!" Fading away Erika couldn't stop laughing on the inside as she felt the sorrow of what would happen but the comfort of her teacher's word in her mind, renewing her spirit and casting out her fear. As she started to fade back to where she had been on the dark planet Erika could feel the threads of time all around her, every single one being cut off in various ways and ending in her death... all but one a thread that kept going one which never ended, a thread which Erika had never detected before, one which flowed with the power that she warmly felt within her body at this moment. As she took hold of the thread her entire body glowed as she felt her form fade away, cast off in exchange for a form which felt natural. With a thought, she saw in the past what she had looked like when she was born and what her dad and done to her to keep her alive. That weak body that felt nothing but pain now washed over her and only felt a surge of strength.
"Thank you, father... I can handle it from here." Taking on the form Erika's potential was unleashed, her full power was at her beck and call and unlike when she was a baby now she could control it rather than it controlling her.
Immediately before the fangs sank into Astrid's neck Erika shot another pair of panties towards Sombra and he laughed again, but this time it faded faster as he saw the faint glow around Erika's body as it seemed to be washed away into a new form by the said glow.
"Interesting, you attempt to trick me, very well kill her I grow tired of this charade."
Rushing towards her the beast howled from all of its mouths and caused the ground to shake, but Erika stood firm, her twin tails now a pearl white in color waved backward not from the roar but from Erika's own power, which Sombra didn't sense at all. Erika couldn't conceive it the man would surely panic from such an upsurge in power, but rather he didn't sense anything? How could he not sense anything, unless...
As the beast came down upon her Erika's only motion was moving her right hand to her side and manifesting the holy sword Excalibur within it. with a deep breath, Erika focused on all the potential outcomes that could happen and grasping the handle of the sword in both hands she raised it over it her head. When the beast came down to eat her, Erika swung downward as tie beast almost touched her with its teeth and with a single blow the entire serpent light beast let out a scream of agony that ripped at the fabric of dimensions. Instead of biting into Erika the beast was thrown to both sides of her and with its forward momentum crashed far behind Erika into the ground, and continued its unending wailing of torment. Sombra's face turned to pure horror as he watched his creature be bested by one who previously couldn't touch it at all. Blinking her saw the glowing figure of Erika before him vanish, and teleporting next to the crystal Sombra watched as Erika's blade swung exactly where his neck has been, and a cold sweat developed on his brow. This girl wasn't this strong a moment ago, what happened he couldn't sense her at all, it didn't make any sense he was powerful and she was... no...
Grabbing Astrid as she fell Erika looked down towards the pained girl and a small tear once again flowed from her eyes. "This may hurt but I think I can counteract what's in you." Piercing her skin with some threads Erika had them swim around Astrid's body towards the major concentrations of the poison and with some agony on Erika's own part had the thread attempt to lock down the poison. It wasn't perfect by any means but by using the blade Excaliburs holy energies she could at least delay it until the beast could be slain. Gently lowering Astrid to the ground Erika smiled towards her.
"Rest for a bit alright, don't worry... I'll make sure he doesn't get back up this time."
Turning to face towards Sombra Erika lowered Excalibur to her side and grasped the handle with both hands again and slowly started to walk forward. To Sombra it looked as if Erika was taking her time, but in Erika's mind she had already killed him a hundred times over, and she was merely trying to pick the outcome that would be most pleasing to her mood.
Post WC: 3993
Total WC: 13,449/17,500