The Shadow Within: The Beginning: Page 1
???: You’re leaving? But why, when are you coming back?
???: Well, I don’t know. I guess when you’ll need me the most, Zeeku.
Zeeku: But you’re the infamous Serge Koraiga. What if you get caught or worse… Killed by The Nexan?
Serge: Zeeku, don’t worry. With the skills I’ve attained over the years, let’s just say they won’t be able to catch me.
Zeeku: No man is strong enough to run from the entire Nexan organization. It would be suicide!
A voice is heard coming from a hallway near the room.
???: If he wants to leave his two sons, his only family all alone in the continent of Dodaedon; with how it is now, then that’s his choice
Zeeku! We obviously won’t need him anyway. So he can leave.
The voice, who is from Schawn, Zeeku’s brother, directs his attention towards Serge.
Schawn: Serge, remember this, if you leave, then don’t ever think about coming back. We will never forgive you.
Zeeku: Schawn, are you insane? Have you already forgotten what Serge has done for us, and especially you?!
Schawn: It doesn’t matter to me what he has done for us. If he is just going to throw it all away, and leave us here to die, then I don’t want him to come back!
Serge: It doesn’t matter, I’m leaving, don’t come looking for me.
Zeeku goes to grab Serge’s arm, reaching for it, Serge begins to slowly fade away, until finally disappearing from sight.
As soon as Zeeku finishes his words, loud, ear shattering pounding can be heard at the door. Schawn and Zeeku both look towards the door, as the pounding stops. After a few seconds, the door is kicked open and five medium sized men, and one kind of tall man; wearing a nicer uniform, known as a Nexan Commander, barge into the house with guns drawn. One of the soldiers has a piece of paper in his other hand. Schawn begins to back away, Zeeku stands up to face the soldiers.
Zeeku: What are you doing?! This is trespassing, get out of our house!
Commander: How dare a worthless child speak to Nexan Soldiers like that! We are by law, able to go anywhere at any time! No need for
anyone’s permission, or say in the matter.
Guard: Let’s calm ourselves, there is nothing to worry about, we aren’t here to harm you. We are just looking for Serge Koraiga, traitor to The Nexan Empire.. By any chance, do you know who, or where he is?
Zeeku: Well, Serge is our father, and we don’t know where he went. He just left. And won’t be coming back, I assume you’re the reason he left?
Schawn steps forward and drags Zeeku backwards and begins whispering to him in an angry tone.
Schawn: Are you dumb, Zeeku?! Don’t tell them anything and stop being so cocky, when they’re done with us, they’ll kill us!
Zeeku completely ignores Schawn, as he continues to speak with the soldiers.
Zeeku: I won’t them lea.. ’Cut off by the Commander.’
Commander: We’re thankful for that piece of information you did share with us, but we aren’t making any deals Non-Nexan scum. You’re
still going to die. How about this.. You give us all the information you have on Serge in the next five seconds, and maybe, just maybe, my men here won’t kill you and your brother back there.
Schawn: Are you serious?!?
The Commander begins laughing, as the other soldiers join in the laughter.
Commander: You make me laugh, kid. Guards, kill them both. We can acquire more information some by other means.
Zeeku dashes, and jumps towards the commander, as the guns begin unleashing bullets at him.
Zeeku: Schawn!! Get out of here.. Now!!
As Zeeku gets close enough to the Commander to deal any kind of damage, the Commander simply flings his fist forward and punches Zeeku in the stomach, sending Zeeku flying through the back wall of the house, causing the wall to crumble. Zeeku falls down unconscious. Schawn’s eyes widen while his body fills with rage.
Schawn: Zeeku!!!... You Nexan soldiers are going to pay!
Schawn holds his right arm out, and yells “Shadow Lancer!”, pointing to his shadow forming a dark blade up his forearm with a jagged point
at the end of the elbow.
Commander: A kid Gen user? How did his power progress this fast.. How have we not captured him? Guards, if you want to live.. Don’t waste any time in killing these kids!
As soon as the Commander finishes his sentence, Schawn appears in front of the Commander. Charging his bladed arm towards the
Commander, but he simply blocks the blade, catching the blade in the middle of his gun. He smiles then slings Schawn through the front door. Schawn maneuvers through the air so that he lands on his feet while sliding back.
Commander: Looks like I’ll be killing another today, I’d hoped not to get my hands to dirty, but you guards are worthless.
Schawn reappears a few feet in front of the Commander. Schawn letting out a ghastly yell ‘AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!’ Gathering all of his might in one attack rushes at him again, but as the Commander goes to block it again, Schawn swiftly ducks under his gun, slicing through the gun with his Shadow Lacer, simultaneously swinging his left arm upward slugging the Commander in the jaw. The Commander staggers back a few inches, Schawn recharges towards him aiming to slice through his stomach, instead only rips through the Commander’s shirt.
Commander: (That was a close one, looks like I may have to watch out for this one. I might actually have to start to try.)
The Commander continuously dodging Schawn’s Shadow Lancer slings his broken gun at Schawn, who dodges it, the Commander finally stopping pulls out a sword handle.
Commander: Well, it’s not polite for me not to introduce myself before I kill you. My name is Zacchias Arsen, Royal Commander of the Nexan army. And this sword handle will be the weapon that takes your life. Be prepared.
Zacchias swiftly moves towards Schawn, holding the handle to the side, slowly swings it at as if he was actually swinging a two-handed sword at Schawn; Schawn jumps out of the way simultaneously, jabbing at Zacchias. Zacchias quickly turning smacking Schawn with the butt of the handle on the chin sending Schawn flying into a wall of wanted list fliers for the Nexan. Schawn’s shadow disappearing as blood begins dripping from Schawn’s mouth. Zacchias stands near with a light pink aura forming a blade extended from the handle.
Schawn: Wha… What was that?
Zacchias: This is my Gen. The Hypnogen. It allows me to control things with my mind, and do as I wish. For example, not decimating your puny body when I hit you with my impervious sword, you like everyone else in this world are pathetic.
A guard walks up to Zacchias.
Guard: What are we supposed to do? It seems like you have this taken care of.
Zacchias: Just go contain that other kid. If he’s any bit as tough as this one, then he should be getting up soon.
The guards walk over toward Zeeku surrounding him as one of the guards check his pulse realizing he is still unconscious.
Guard: Well, he still hasn’t moved. Let’s just leave him here until Zacchias finishes his fight.
As the guard stops speaking, Zeeku begins slowly moving, instantly his eyes spring open, they’re black as coal. The guards raise their guns yelling at Zeeku, exclaiming “Don’t move!” Zeeku, not saying anything, quickly dives out of the way as the guards begin firing at him. Ripping a rusted pipe out of the wall as he continuously dodges the guards, he jumps onto one of their backs, whispering in a much darker demented voice.
Zeeku: Are you ready to die?
Zeeku stabs the rusted pipe through the guard’s back, sliding it sideways obliterating through his chest causing blood to splatter everywhere. Zeeku, not stopping, throws the pipe at a guard, piercing through his skull, killing him instantly. Zeeku pushing off the obliterated chest cavity dropping to the ground slamming his fists, as four enormous dark shadowy spikes come out stabbing the other two guards, killing them off. They slowly disappear back into the ground as if nothing was ever there. Leaving one guard left, the guard noticing his life is near end drops his gun as he pleads for his life.
Guard: Don’t kill me. Please… Please. I have a beautiful family; wife, kids… They can’t make it without me.. I’m not ready to go!!
Zeeku: Don’t worry.. I’ll make sure that you’ll see them again… Soon.
Zeeku holds out his hands toward the guard, and then yells “Bone Crusher”, crushing every bone in the guards face. The guard simultaneously falls to the ground with a loud thud, as Zacchias looks over seeing the last of his guards fall, he begins running toward Zeeku holding his sword handle outward. Schawn staggering to his feet, dashes toward Zacchias with a smooth leap kicking off Zacchias’ head.
Zacchias: So you can’t get the hint to stay down, eh?
Schawn spins towards Zacchias with the Shadow Lancer covering both hands. Schawn slings his right arm, as he spins anticipating Zacchias to duck, catching him with his left arm already at his hip pointing directly at Zacchias’s face. Zeeku jumps over Schawn, kicking Zacchias in the forehead, which causes him to fall back onto the ground.
Zacchias: I’ve had enough with you!!
Zacchias vanishes for a few brief moments then reappears in front of Schawn, and slashes straight across his stomach with his mind-abled sword, knocking Schawn to the ground oozing blood; Zeeku becomes infuriated at his brother’s downfall. Zeeku appears in front of Zacchias, throwing punches, blasting him in the gut multiple times. Slowly working to nail him in the face, hit after hit, filled with tears in his eyes. Then, in one motion, Zeeku slams his hands on the ground and yells with his voice cracking “Shadow Spikes!” Zacchias tries to catch his breath, running all over the place holding his bloodied arm, finally jumps onto the roof.
Zacchias: I’m in no condition to fight him. His brother was one thing, but he’s on a whole other level!
Zeeku appears behind Zacchias kicking him off the roof, sending him flying towards the ground. Zacchias lands hard causing the ground to crack, splitting up the house, all the way up to Zeeku. Zeeku jumps down to Zacchias, staggers a bit, then walks over towards Zacchias. He holds out his hand, pointing towards Zacchias arm, speaking calmly “Bone Crusher”, crushing Zacchias’ arm until there is nothing but deflated butchered skin, blood, and bone fragments on the ground. Zeeku raises his hand to each limb, crushing them all until he’s done. Zeeku walks over Zacchias’s chest, and starts chuckling.
Zeeku: I’m going to enjoy this…
Zacchias: Well.. then.. what are… you waiting for? Do it.. now!! Kill me!!!!
Zeeku points his hand at Zacchias’ face, violently clinching his fist splattering blood everywhere, killing Zacchias instantly. After Zacchias dies, Zeeku falls over unconscious.
Zeeku’s eyes slowly start to open showing a figure standing above him.
???: Get up Zeeku!!! We have to move now, they’ll be here any second!!
(To be continued- The Shadow Within: Page 2: True Power.)