With bloodshed taking place at the empire of spiders, their leader -a minotaur- was under a lot of stress due to the news that he received from the retriever crew. Slamming the table with it's massive hands, scattering their report in written form, he wails:
"WHAT?! JUST THIS MUCH?!" One of them tries to calm him down.
"Sir, we gave everything we got but they're just-" Out of a fit, the minotaur knocks the man over with a backhand. He continues to rant in front of the soldiers.
"ALL I HEAR IS 'WAH! THEY BEAT US TO THE PUNCH!' AND YOU MAGGOTS CALL YOURSELVES SOLDIERS?! YOU'RE GIVING YOUR GUNS A F@$#ING STAIN DUE TO YOUR SHIT PERFORMANCE!" He went on and on with heaven knows how long will it last. Outside of the very tent where the minotaur threw his tantrum on, a random soldier overhears the whole scenario. He approaches the guards and asks them:
"Wow!..What the hell happened there?" One of the guards answered:
"Well, he's a bit angry since we retrieved little parts from outside the field!"
"Heck, not even a extender in good condition. They beat us to it!" the second guard followed. The guy nods his head and said:
"Uh huh... That sure gives him a bad case of hemorrhoids..." Hearing his foot steps getting closer, the minotuar bursts out of the tent carrying 2 men on each arm. He throws them away where they landed on damp dirt. The Minotaur yells at them.
"NEXT TIME YOU GET THERE, I WANT SOME RESULTS EVEN IF IT KILLS YOU IDIOTS! NOW GET THE HELL OUTTA MY SIGHT!" The four took their leave. Everyone around their base of operations looked at him where he felt every eye focused on him. He looks at his surroundings and yelled:
"WELL? THE F@#$ ARE YOU ALL LOOKING AT?! GET BACK TO YOUR DAMN DEPARTMENTS OR WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT YOUR'E ALL DOING!" He went inside the tent and mumbled as he bumps the gossiper out of his way, barely losing his balance. Everyone went back to their own business. The man who got knocked over earlier went somewhere hidden within the base and took out his communicator, he contacts someone and waits for the call to get picked up. After 3 ring tones, the caller answers.
At the stop over, Ein was sitting beside Patuc, holding a phone. After exchanging questions and answers, the troll turned down his phone and said:
"Just as I thought. They've been scavenging whatever they can salvage back there!"
"You think that's the reason why the raiders rob the train? You think it had somethin' to do with the league?" Scratching his chin, Patuc answered:
"Well, could be. Usually there are others who just wanted to make a buck for it. Ya' know, those who have no particular sides."
"It's kind'a hard to point fingers at who or what's involved. Like I said, honest merchants who gave no shits on oppositions." Patuc stood up and stretched his arms just to take his mind off someplace else. Ein then stood up as well while carrying some bags of groceries. Patuc turned back and reached his hand to him saying:
"Want me to carry the rest of them?" He smiled and said:
"Sure thing friend!" They began to walk back to the train that they currently stay in. Out of the blue, Patuc asked him yet again.
"You think the girls would be gentle with out little guest back there?"
"Jyakki and Jean seemed to be very nice to them. Maria? I don't think she'd be pulling her punches after this trip's over."
Inside the train's guest quarters, Maria's been busy watching like a couch potato with the prisoner lying down next to her, wrapped from shoulder to feet like a cocoon with a dog-chain strapped around his neck. As she drinks her soda and ate her chips, Jean called out to her from her walkie talkie.
"Maria? What time is it over there?"
"It's been 20 minutes since they left. They're still not here yet."
"What's taking them so long? I've been board out of my butt here in the kitchen!"
"Pipe it girl.. I'm bored out of my ass here too."
"Anyway, how's fido over there?" Hearing him ask about their prisoner's status gave the said individual a cold sweat and a scared look on his face. Maria notices and told exactly what she sees.
"He just can't get you out of his head~!"
"Oh goodie~!" Jean giddily reaplies then Maria humors him.
"Hey! Patuc might get jealous if you toy with our prisoner here! Speaking of which, why can't we just give him to the police here?" Jean made a sigh and replied:
"Wish we can, but that guy's gotta be brought back to the Oberon couple. Dear's instructions. By the way, where IS jyakki? I haven't found her since then!" Before she could answer, she heard a knock on the door and answered while the walkie's on.
"We're back girls!" Patuc said.
"Oh, they're back!" Maria gave the walkie to Patuc and greets his spouse.
"I'm back dear! Ein found the freshest veggies he could find in the store!"
"Oh! Finally! Get here in the kitchen, quick!"
"Aye Sir! Don't forget to thank Ein though." Then he heads off.
"And what took you so long?" Maria asks. Ein went and sat down on the couch and greets the prisoner.
"How's it goin?" The prisoner replied:
"I'm soiled down under from being forced to wear adult diapers, thanks to your kakuen friend, then tied like a cattle - Yeah, I'm fine. And you?"
"I'm good, thank you!" Maria sat beside him and continues to ask him.
"You just ignored me like some ghost. So, what took you both?" Still ignoring her from reasons unknown, Ein makes a conversation with their prisoner.
"What made you guys raid the supplies?" He asked with a face, dead in the eye. The prisoner gave him his answer, seemingly familiar with where this is going to lead into.
"I told you a thousand times already man! I dunno! Only my boss and her elites know! We're just following instructions!" Ein nodded to him and then turned to Maria and asked:
"Maria, can I talk to you somewhere else please?" She groaned and agreed. As they walked to the hangar area of the train, the two made a discussion with what they've found out while they went out for groceries.
"So lemme get this straight, they got the extenders from scavengers and there's a possibility that this whole thing's a case of 'barter' trading?"
"Yeah, according to Patuc. But there's something about this whole thing that bothers me." Before they can continue any further, Ein opened the door only to find Jyakki seemingly startled, holding a pen and a small black note book with her phone lying next to her. They heard some beeping static sounds at the raider's extender suit in which Jyakki's sitting in front of.
"Ugh! There you are! Of all the places that you could just hang out, your'e here at the hangar... Why's that?"
"D'oh! Uh well, I was just writin' mah journal! Anytime soon, we might die here so I just wanna write every bit, ya see!" Maria went closer to her and asks:
"Mind if I take a peeksie?" Jyakki responded by raising her arms up, out of the were sheep's reach. As she jumps, Maria says:
"Come! On! Lemme! See!" Then she stopped and continued:
"Hmph! Frickin' girlzilla!..." This upsets the oni a bit, but still she persists on not letting her show the contents inside the journal. All while there's a beeping noise. Then, Maria noticed that her phone's lying next to her. She intends to use it for her mischievous goal, but Ein stops her before this could build potential friction.
"Oookay... Not so fast little lady, quit it." Then she threw a tantrum like a child deprived from making pranks.
"Gaargh! Put a sock in it Einie!" Jyakki felt really uncomfortable with her privacy interrupted by their presence. She stood up said politely:
"I'm just gon' write someplace else. 'Xcuse me." She took all her things and left, leaving Maria, undone.
"Aw look what you did!"
"Give her some privacy will ya?" As Ein tried to remember where they stopped, They heard Patuc from speakers above the hangar saying:
"Okay everyone! Food's ready! Get while it's hot! Courtesy of chef Jean!" Ein lost his thought, shaking his head. He then suggests:
"Let's go get some grub." They decided to leave the hangar as the static noise continues from the raider's extender.
Back home, Lisa, Cecil, and Aggryxia were sitting down along with other applicants at Abel's city hall to have the little jhonian registered as a citizen. As usual, Aggryxia saw different people in which excites her. Lisa and Cecil were talking about Ein and Maria their trek from yesterday.
"Whew... Still, that made me worried like hell! I mean - anytime, they might just get themselves killed!"
"You know what they say, the equipment can only do so much. It all boils down to skill." Suddenly the city hall's speaker announced a number.
"Applicant 618-A, please step forward! Applicant 681-A!" Both ladies looked at their tickets but doesn't match the description. Then a familiar voice greets the three, which caught Aggryxia's attention.
"Ahh! Big sis Hildr!"
"Why look who's here? What's my favorite lil' girl doing here eh?" She went to her and hugged Hildr. The other two noticed although Cecil met her the first time.
"Why here there! Lisa, right?" She shakes her hand.
"I'm glad you still remembered me, uh miss...?"
"It's Hildr.... And you are?"
"Cecil Oberon. Pleasure to make your acquaintance."
"Nice to meetcha. So what brings you three here?" Aggryxia answered enthusiastically, like any child.
"I'm gonna get a burth sertificake!" Her pronunciation at certain words made the three ladies chuckle in adoration.
"Silly, it's pronounced: BIRTH CERTIFICATE."
"Oh... THAT! Are you here to get yours too big sis?" Hildr pats her in the head and answered with a happy tone.
"Oh no! I'm WAAY to old for that! I'm just here to get a license for my shop! Aaand, we got some new clothes delivered! I'm sure your'e gonna love them once you tried them on!" Aggryxia's eyes glimmered and turned to Lisa asking:
"Big sis! Can we go there later after this? Please? Pretty please?" She replied,
"I'm sorry Aggryxia, but this process is gonna take the whole day. I don't think we got time to go there..." This shifts her gears from happy to sad. The jhonian pouts and said:
"Aww... Okay big sis.." Hildr took it upon herself to cheer and advice her.
"Now, now. Turn that frown upside down. You gotta listen to your elders 'kay?" Although for good reasons, they term annoyed Lisa. Enough to slightly rattle her tail. Witnessing what happened, Cecil made a slight chuckle in which Lisa noticed with eyes looking irritated, making Cecil to turn back and chuckle a bit more. Hildr stood up and and asks:
"So, mind if I sit next to you guys?" Lisa quickly puts on a facade and said:
"S-sure! Why not!" They went back to their seats and continued their chat.
"This license, what's it for?" Hildr answered:
"For my shop! I just wanted to have it renewed a week before so that it'll be done with immediately."
"That's quite productive! As for your clothes.." Cecil said, as she glances over at Aggryxia then continues "Are they age appropriate?"
"Well, I tried persuading the kid here, but she's REALLY loved these clothes. Plus she kind'a hates clothing that covers her legs and all." Then Lisa joins in.
"Oh, right... about that, Aggry's type of clothing are motion reliant. Last time, she tried a skirt. She tripped at every step, making her clumsy..." Tipping her glasses, Cecil replied:
"Is that so?" Aggryxia looks at her then asks, oblivious about their conversation:
"Uh, what's up Mrs. Oberon?"
"N-nothing pumpkin!" Hildr then asked Aggryxia what the birth certificate's for.
"So little tyke? Whatcha gonn' do with the birth certificate?"
"For schooling! But they said It's too late now so I have to wait until next year, big sis said..."
"I see... So whatcha gonna do until then?"
"I'm getting a 'Tutor'! Have I said it right big sis?" She answered then asks Lisa if she indeed got it right.
"Yep! You sure did! Good job Aggry!" She pats her in the head as she enjoys the praise. Another announcement was made on the speaker.
"Applicant 621-B please step forward! 621-B, forward!" Lisa looked at her peice of paper, matching it's description. The three of them stood up with Lisa saying:
"Right! That's us! It's been nice seeing you here today Hildr."
"No sweat! We should hang out sometime! Right Aggryxia?" She said while poking her in the shoulder playfully. Aggryxia giggled and replied:
"Sure! Bye Big sis!"
"We best be on our way!" Cecil added. As they left, Hildr waived at them. As they went to the service counter, Lisa took out the necessary requirements. As she presents it to the desk clerk, a male tikbalang, greets at the ladies as he works.
"So, how's it going ladies? And oh, a Jhonian! What's your name little kid?"
"I'm Aggryxia! What's your's?"
"Earnie! Mr. Earnie!" Lisa wondered how he was able to guess her age at first glance, so she joins in.
"How were you able to tell that she's a kid?" The desk clerk smiled at Lisa and told her his secret.
"Well, My fiance's a Jhonian. She's a single mom! And I'm guessing she's around 7-8 years of age?"
"I'm 6 years old Mr. Earnie!" The tikbalang smiled at her and said:
"Well, I be damned! Your'e around the same age as my step daughter!~ Aaand.." Then there was a beeping sound from his desk on his left below. He ripped the ticket, singed it, and gave it to Lisa.
"-Here's your ticket! 3rd floor, straight ahead, and 5th door to your right!"
"My goodness. Your'e such a nice guy! Thank you!" But the clerk gave them one more thing, but it was aimed for Aggryxia.
"Oh! Wait a sec! I got something for the little kid! Gimme a sec!" He gave her a colorful candy on a stick. It's colors allure the young jhonian, causing her eyes to glitter with her jaw wide open.
"WOOOW~! Thanks Mr. Earnie!"
"Now you ladies have a good time~!"
"Thank you so much Earnie! You have a good day too!" And off they go to floor above.
Back at the train, minutes before they they depart, the gang gathered around the table and began to eat Jean's cooking.
"Okay Everybody~! Feast you eyes on my special veggie hot pot!" As the smoke looms around the place, so is it's fragrance. The rest were bewitched by his cooking although Jyakki was on a different page.
"Mmmmm~! Smells nice indeed!" Ein said.
"Wow.. Patuc, your'e lucky to have a man- er i mean, girl like Jean!" Patuc wrapped his arm around his spouse and said.
"Good job dear!" Jean blushes and his husband and said:
"Thank you dear!" The two of them kissed, something that their prisoner cringed. Jyakki pointed out her opinions with the dish as they held their spoons.
"Normally, we Onis can eat anything. I'm not a fan of veggies though but the smell kind'a trick me into thinkin' there's meat in it!" The couple stared at each other and then back at Jyakki. Patuc asks her a question:
"Well, why not try it out and see for yourself? It's a shame we can't stuff ourselves since raider might come and attack us!" Then Ein joined in and told her a much detailed and technical reason.
"Besides, having a full stomach during a battle could cause indigestion and performance issues! Most soldiers prefer to be light and lean should the situation arises at any given moment." Her face paints reluctance but nonetheless, she digs in.
"Welp... Here's goes nothin'." As she took a bite, her eyes got wide from shock and disbelief and continued to chow down. With each bite and sip, she said:
"TARNATION! IT'S MIND BLOWIN'! HOW'D DID IT GET TO BE 'THIS' TASTY?!" Jean giggled and said:
"It's my family's trade secret~!"
"PLEASE! I BEG!" She said with a gesture. The rest of them had a good time with Maria irritated at the fact that she's feeding their prisoner. Throughout the feast, they were like a family until the train starts to move. Perfect timing since they were all done. With Maria helping out Patuc clean the dishes, Ein and Jean walked around the train just help with their digestion.
"-and that's how you do it Ein. Got all that?"
"Uh huh! Can't wait to get this mission over with already!"
"Listen, this 'forest island' that you speak of, It doesn't show itself anywhere in the map according to my phone." Ein went closer to Jean just to see his phone.
"Is that thing updated? Haven't been using any apps in years." Jean looked at him dead in the eye and replied:
"Updated since last week. They release updates once every 3 months or so since prospectors are still treking their butts across this planet..."
"Huh.. Wish I named that Island: Pumpernickel Isle."
"Ugh, Pumpernickel breads make me poop.."
"Seriously?!" As they went to the hanger to check up on their suits and equipment, they saw Jyakki yet again, Inside writing her journal with her cellphone, In front of the raider's extender suit with that same static beeping sound.
"Well, look who's here again! Writin' down how tasty Jean's hot pot is?" Ein said making Jyakki startled yet again. As the noise irritates Jean however, he rants.
"Ugh! THAT NOISE! IT JUST BUGS ME TO NO END!"
"Which is why I hang out here all the time. I just wanna have some time for my self. Looks like yer the type that's sound sensitive.." She said with a grin.
"Anyway, let's her be. Say Jean, in the mood for weapons round check? Prepping beats guessing when trouble brews!" Ein proposes. With his hands covering his ears, Jean was able to hear him and said:
"If you got earplugs, I'm in!" Ein lent him his head set were Jean made sure that it's snugged nicely with his enormous ear. With only a few pitches of sound, Jean spoke louder and said:
"IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, JUST PAT ME ON THE SHOULDERS OK?" Ein made a thumbs up and the two went to work. Seeing both men do their jobs, Jyakki felt some sort of respect due to their diligence and decided to do the same with her weapons. All three of them were absorbed with their activities.
Aggryxia peeled her lollipop's wrapper and indulged herself as they're on their way to the said room. Out of hunch, Cecil asks Lisa:
"By the way, has Aggryxia gotten any shots?"
"Hmmm...Since, she grew up in the forest, I'm guessing no." All of a sudden, her concern towards her grew as she remembered her feats of strengths. Sweat fell down from her forehead which in turn, made Cecil worry as a result. About to ask, the reached in front of the room where Aggryxia will be having the said procedure.
"A-anyway, we're here! I'll take it from here Cecil!" However, she insisted not.
"It's okay. If anything, I should give an extra hand. In case something went awry." Then Aggryxia, oblivious as always, asks both ladies:
"Uh, what's 'getting a shot'?" With the lack of knowledge, their worry grew more. Regardless, Lisa said:
"W-What getting a shot? I-I uh, it's when a doctor had something in his hand called a 'syringe'!"
"U-uh yes! That! Then, there's this-" Before she could even finish, Cecil grabbed Lisa's shoulder and said:
"Just get in..." The three went into the room where the doctor is waiting on his desk. Noticing her surroundings, Aggryxia said:
"Wooow! It's so white and bright here! And it smells good too!" As the doctor, a human, turned around, Lisa and Cecil where shocked that his face had some bruises with his left eye completely shut due to having a lump as if he was hit really hard. Cecil asks:
"Woah! Where'd you sustained those injuries?!" The doctor made a sad laughter and replied:
"Jhonians. Young and had no experience with a needle."
"So that's why.." Lisa said. The doctor took something from his cabinet and donned an anti ballistic armor from face to toe. This theatrics caught Aggryxia's attention, still oblivious to the whole process. The doctor Notices the lamia and asks her a favor:
"Good timing! I could use you long body to 'wrap' her around." She noticed that it was coded, so she was able to comply.
"You got it! Aggry? Why not take a sit right over here?"
"Okay!" As she sat down, Lisa wrapped around her gently from her legs to her belly while keeping her arms tucked in. Curious, Aggryxia asks:
"Big sis? Why are you wrapping me around?"
"Because I love you sweetie! This'll be your first time at a hospital, so big sis just wants to make sure that your'e tucked in NICE and SNUG~!" She lies. Cecil tipped her glasses while Aggryxia started to feel Lisa's embraced to be somehow tight as time passes. She begins to ask why.
"Uh Big sis? Your'e getting a bight tight around me." Lisa quickly put's her index finger on her lips and said:
"SHHH... It's okay. Just relax." Cecil then said to herself as she notices:
"If this keeps up, she might eventually find out. The doctor should've prepared first. What was he thinking?"
At the train, Maria and Patuc just finished washing the dishes. As they tidy the plates, they noticed a stampede outside due to the rumbling noise that they heard although faint due to the train's sound of momentum.
"Woah! Looks like it's that time of the year! Wanna go check it out?" Maria asks.
"Why sure! Lemme call the others first!" He used his walkie and said;
"Yo Dear, Ein, Jyakki! There's a Staggo stampede goin' on outside the train!" Jean replied via-walkie.
"Really? 'kay, be right there!" As Patuc wipes dried his hands and Maria closed the cabinet, The troll asks:
"Now let's go take some pictures!" They went to the guest's quarters to get a better view. The gang gathered but Jyakki and watched the said specie's herd run in numbers. They were all fascinated at the sight.
"Wow... Look at how majestic they are dear!" Jean said as he leaned toward his husband. Maria took her cellphone out and made a video out of it. Jean did the same thing. Both men observed how the two of them enjoyed themselves. Patuc nudges at Ein's shoulders and asked:
"Say, do you know where these herd of staggos headin'?" Ein replied"
"I dunno. Mating season, these beasts are gifted at finding oasis on such a vast desert. Or perhaps they're running away from a perceived threat. Why'd ya ask?"
"Nothing. It's just that regardless of what caused it, it's somewhat beautiful to see things like these. I dunno, maybe I was getting a bit sentimental." Ein stretched for a bit and told Patuc:
"I'll watch the rest of the the video. I feel like going to the bathroom. Been stinking since yesterday.."
"Alright, have fun!" Ein went off while Patuc went to the two by the window and continued their stampede gazing. At the clinic, the doctor finished prepping his syringe as the jhonian grew increasing impatient.
"Big sis... I can't move! How long is this gonna take?" She pleaded while Lisa continues to lie.
"Just a little bit more pumpkin!~ Five more minutes!" Then the doctor turned around with his syringe ready to take her blood sample. The sight of the needle gave Aggryxia a momentary paralysis of fear. At the train the train, as Maria finished recording, she saw a flash of light beneath a herd of Staggos. It's dust trails made it hard to see but it was faint.
"H-Hey? Did you see something?" She asks Jean as she reached out to his shoulder.
"I dunno, it was a flash of light or somethin!" Then there was another flash of light beneath the trail of sand dust which made them a bit more curious.
"Ooh! Your'e right!" Patuc took notice of it as well. He went a little bit closer to the window's glass in hopes to have a closer look. Meanwhile, As the doctor approaches Aggryxia, Lisa gently tightened her grip on her, not noticing that she's incapacitated. The doctor said as he gently comforts the little girl:
"Don't worry. After this, I'll give you some candy as a reward okay? This will only hurt-" Outside of the train, shrouded beneath the dust, a man in a sniping position said:
"-like a mother f!4eR!" The sniper pulls the trigger. The doctor pushes the suction. As both sharp objects came into contact on their respective targets, Patuc and Aggryxia yelled out in pain. As the needle lodges into her arm, Aggryxia puts on quite the struggle. Luckily, Lisa made a preemptive move but despite her constriction, she felt pain due to her sheer strength. A natural trait of a young jhonian of her age. As the the man pulls the suction from the syringe to get a certain amount of blood sample, Aggryxia's eyes went ferocious and exerts such effort that Lisa's snake half felt such pain that she was forced to loosen her grip on the child. As the bullet penetrates through the glass, The three were knocked back from the shattered glass. Patuc was shot on his right eye. Knocking him against the other end of the corner. He laid down bleeding. As Jean recovered, he was horrified at what he saw and quickly crawled to his husband, screaming his name.
"PATUC! NOOOOOOO!" At the hospital, Aggryxia lunges at the doctor to the floor. She used her claws and begins to scratch through his armor. Pure aggression took over Aggryxia. The doctor cried for help. Cecil, shocked at what she saw, went and tried to restrained her. However, due to her build she was unconciously knocked back. As she was able to peel his protective gear, revealing his face. Aggryxia almost killed the doctor out of instinct. All while the syringe was in her shoulder.
"No!... Please! Don't! Please!" Lisa was able to get a second wind and just as she was about to see Aggryxia kill the doctor, she swings her tail at the young jhonian's head, rendering her unconscious. She laid down on the side, unconscious. Lisa was shocked at what she's done.
"Oh nononono! I didn't..." Both women rushed to her quickly to check if she sustained any injuries. It was only out of defending both doctor and child.
"Oh god no! Please be okay. Oh Aggry!..." Tears begin to fall down her eyes. As she wrapped herself around Aggryxia. Cecil took this chance to finish the doctor's job and was able to extract some blood sample. Perhaps a little bit too much. The the train station, Maria was briefly stunned at what she saw. She took a peek outside the window, checking as to where the shot was fired. Ein then rushed into the quarters and saw the scene.
"Patuc... No... Please don't leave me!" Jean cried all the way through. Ein quickly rushed to check in Patuc and saw what just happened. He checks for his pulse and felt a pulse but it was getting weaker.
"He's still alive! But he's fading!"
"Wh-What?!" Blood kept leaking out from his eye socket. Time was of the essence. If they wanted to save him, they have to move fast. Maria went over and took over as she assessed the situation.
"Gun shot on the eye... It wasn't deep..His brain's safe thanks to the glass and his kind's dense body parts... Ein! Get me a kit! Now!" Ein nodded and rushed to the nearest area in the train where he can find a first aid kit. Maria comforts tries to comfort Jean as he weeps.
"Shhh! Jean! Listen! We can still save him! Put your hand to apply apply pressure to stop the bleeding okay?" As she puts his hand on the wound, Jean asks:
"Is he gonna be alright!?..*sob*"
"Wer'e gonna save him!... Together! Be strong! He needs you more than ever now!" At the hospital, Cecil was able to descern that Aggryxia sustained no injury which is good news to Lisa.
"It's okay Lisa... Don't worry, you just knocked her out cold. You did nothing life threatening." This gave her a relief, she embraces Aggryxia out of regret however and said:
"I wasn't thinking straight! I should've took another way!" As she wipes her tears.
"There was no other way. You did what you should. I'm just glad she's quite sturdy... for her age.." She gave the syringe to the doctor, who was still in shock and perhaps have gotten traumatized from the experience. He looked pale and spoke gibberish. Cecil gave him a mild slap on his face. The doctor screamed, but Cecil calmed him down.
"Shhh... It's okay doc. Are you hurt?" The doctor nodded although still a bit scared of what happened.
"I-Is this kid for real?!" Cecil looks at the two then back to the doctor and asked him a favor.
"How much to keep this from leaking out?" The doctor looked at her and asks:
"What?!" The doctor, pale and sweating, shakes his head. Then he answers otherwise at first.
"H-Hell No! THAT KID ALMOST KILLED ME!" Cecil holds him in both shoulders. The doctor put up quite a struggle but she yelled at him in order to snap him back to his senses. Assuming that this happened to him when with younglings of Aggry's kind.
"SHE'S JUST A KID! I'm sorry this happened to you but I want-" Before she could even finish, the doctor told her:
"She's the first of her kin to react THAT way!" Her eyes went big out of fear. Shivers crawl down her spine. She went to Aggryxia and checked up on both girls. They both looked at each other out of concern towards Aggryxia.
"I'll go call my husband. See what we can do with this." She went outside of the room and made a phonecall while Lisa's preoccupied with cradling Aggryxia out of conscience.
At the train, Ein and Maria were cleaning the area while being on guard since the mirror's broken. Sweeping the broken glasses on the floor, Ein asks Maria about Patuc.
"So how did the operation went?"
"It was... Difficult. Somehow we manage to take out the bullet out from his eye socket. Good thing his kind's tough or else, that thing could've pierced through his skull."
"And how's Jean?" As she puts the huge vase back to the table, she sighed and told him:
"Still distraught I tell ya.. I don't think he'd be in tip top condition anytime soon." He reacted by putting his palm in his face and stated:
"When you work with you loved one. A simple injury can bring quite the worry!"
"If I got shot? Would you cry for me?" Ein was caught off guard. He turns around and looks at her only to see that she's quite serious and looking fragile. Something that he never imagined he could see from a tough as nails and outgoing woman.
"W-what made you ask that?" Both had a moment of silence with her looking more vulnerable, until her mind's presence kicks in and asked another question.
"Say, while sh!@ was still hitting the fan, where the f@#k was Jyakki all this time?" The snap back catches her off guard yet again.
"Huh.. Come to think of it, I have no idea!" Right after that, Jean came out looking a bit relieved. His concern over his spouse's condition still has the better of him. He went to the two of them and said his thanks.
"Thank you for saving my husband.. I was so afraid that I-" Maria walked to him and pats him in the shoulder. Cheerfully, she said:
"Aaah Don't sweat it! He'll be back in no time!" Ein joined and comforts Jean.
"Yeah, she's right. We're here for ya buddy." They both gave him a hug.
"Thank you... so much!.." Jean whispered. Then suddenly, Jyakki enters the room which surprised the trio.
"WOMAN, WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?! DID YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?!" Maria said.
"Yawwn... Sorry 'bout that folks. I was asleep! You know how we Onis are!" Jean just looked away from here and noticing the window's glass was gone, she finally got the hint.
"Something happened here ain't it?" Her face went serious as she spoke.
Back at the city, Oberon, who's still in lamenting about their sale's shrinkage due to his competitor's sudden, receives a phone call.
"Hello dear wh- wait what?...uh huh... on my way!" He turns off the phone and calls his cab and after that, he left the office saying:
"Oh lord... One problem after another.."
Aggryxia woke up at a familiar room. Looking at her surroundings, she's happy to be back at where she grew most of her life.
"Aggryxia! Breakfast's ready!" Said Mira said. She jumped off of bed and went down but she saw no one there. She checked everywhere and heard Lisa's voice beyond the door.
"Aggry? Over here! Outside!" The young jhonian never expected her to be in the forest.
"Big sis? In the forest?" Curious, she opened the door and a flash of light envelops her. The light slowly fades and she finds herself at her current residence in the city.
"Wait, What? Hmmm.. Hello? Is anybody home?" She checked everywhere from living room to the garage downstairs. Still she couldn't find anyone. Then she heard voices. Muffled and many. As they slowly became clearer, she heard Cecil, Richard, and Lisa talking to people. In an instant, everything went dark and Aggryxia slowly woke up only to see herself strapped in a bed from the chest down to her feet.
"Big sis?.. Where am I? I can't!.. Get up! *grunt* Help!" A doctor lays a hand into her chest with another syringe in hand. As the three adults were talking, Lisa took a short glimpse and saw that the same thing might happen. She took no hesitation on knocking the other doctors just to sheild Aggryxia.
"NOO! Please! Don't hurt my baby! She's been through enough for today!" The doctor complained against Lisa's intrusion.
"Ugh, look miss, we're in a middle of-" But Lisa pleaded to the doctors.
"I tried constricting her during the process! She's too strong! And not even these restrain belts can hold her for long! Trust me, I tried!" She said while grabbing the doctor in both shoulders with dead set eyes. The doctor sighed and asks:
"While I was showing her the syringe, her face went shocked. I was hoping to find out what flipped her switch until YOU came and get in the way!"
"It was when the needle was lodged into her skin." Richard said as he was carried by his wife Cecil.
"I appreciate the testimony but that kind'a killed the procedure!" The doctor took off his gloves and puts down his syringe out of disappointment. As he went out, the other doctors stared at the three of them then went to Aggryxia. Loosening the restraints. Lisa helped Aggryxia get off from bed and embraced her.
"Oh my god, Aggryxia... Thank goodness I was there to stop you."
"W-what happened big sis? Why am I here?" Cecil and Richard stared at each other, making it clear that she remembered nothing.
"Aggry, are you sure you don't remember anything?" Richard asks as the couple went near to them.
"Nope!.." She said as her face paints nothing but innocence.
As the hired guns reached their next stop over, Jean and Ein carried Patuc, who just gained consciousness, to the nearest medical facility.
"Ugh...I'm sorry to have you worried guys."
"Shhh, calm now dear. It's ok."
"Easy big guy." Maria watched the two leave by the window as she took her hand carry bag. Looking for Jyakki, she already guessed where she should look for her. She groaned as she thought of it.
"Hey, Jyakki! Wanna board off the train and buy somethin'?"
"Nah, I'm good sugar-cube! Gotta stay here and keep an eye on this prisner' here." She said while feeding him.
"Well holy crap. I just noticed that he's cooperatin' with ya." Maria said. Jyakki winks at her and replied:
"It's all about these!" Then she points to her chest. With the continuous irritating sound from his extender, Maria could no longer take it and head out.
"Ugh! Fine! But if you changed yer mind, just call me jyak!"
"Okay! See ya!" Outside the clinic's waiting area, Ein was on the cellphone talking with Lisa.
"Sigh... One problem after another.. Listen, tell the couple that I owe them big time. Okay honey?"
"You too! Be careful out there! Hon?"
"I love you."
"I love you too honey. Now tell Aggryxia to brush her teeth. We'll comeback alive. Bye." Ein drops the phone and with his old picture of him and Lisa back when they were younger. He turns the screen off and puts his phone back into his pocket. He wandered around the building in order to chill a bit until he bumped into someone. A female human accompanied by an orc. Bags fell to the ground in which Ein quickly picks them up and gives it back to her.
"N-no! I'm sorry! I wasn't paying attention!"
" *snork* Watch where you going next time Betty! You'll never know what hit ya if you doze off!" Ein then bids them farewell and continues to wander off.
"Anyway, Have a good night you two." The orc tips his hat while the girl looks at him. The orc said:
"Such a nice person! We better hurry up before they start eating each other!"*snork*"
"Hah! That I'd be dying to see!" Inside the clinic, the doctor just finished treating the patient. Patuc and Jean listened carefully to the doctor's advice and head out. Leaning to his husband for support since he's still recovering, Jean said:
"You heard what he said. Every 6 hours okay dear?"
"Yeah yeah... but it just still hurts like hell! Can't we just sear it so that it'll be over?"
"UGH! That's much worse!"
"I prefer that better than having to bother feeling the pain OVER and Over..." Then the talk went a little serious, reflecting from what happened. Still fresh from the experience, he's almost breaking down as he speak.
"I thought.... I was g-gonna lose you there dear. It scared me to death!.. *sniff*"
"Thanks for taking great care of me dear. I owe it to you and Maria.. And don't worry, I won't leave ya behind.." With tears falling into his eyes, Jean replied:
"You know dear, suppose we may not make it back alive, don't you think we should inform the rest of our folks back home?"
"Yeah.. Maybe we should." A spur of the moment overcame Patuc and whispered on Jean's ear:
"Hey dear, when we get back, I'll go transgender so we can have kids of our own!" Jean blushed and said:
"WH-WHAAA? Dear, do you even know how much pain your'e gonna-"
"Haha.. If i took a bullet in the head, what more at giving birth, right?"
"Aw dear!..." They kept talking as they walked.
Miles away from their current location, The woman and the orc met up with their group who just set camp.
"Well look who's here! We almost ate our emergency rations If you two didn't kept us waiting for so long!" said the Goblin who's putting twigs at the camp fire.
"I think these two are busy making out back there.." said the other goblin.
"Now now boys, be nice! *snorks* Just get the casserole and help betty over here!" Then another voice joins the conversation.
"Speaking of help, I caught myself a big game! How's that for impractical?" Boarding her extender, she showed off her kill in front of the others. The goblins were amazed at her prize.
"WOAH! STAGGO MEAT!"
"DIBS ON BRAIN!" said the twins. The human girl seemed displeased and said:
"Do you really have to rub it in my face karen?" She took off her night vision, revealing to be a cyclops.
"Protein is crucial at times like these. And besides, hunting's cost effective!"
"Unless you want to buy more ammo at every shot you missed!"
"Girl, I never miss!"
"Like the time that-"
"Enough!" Yet another voice joined the fray from beneath the tent.
"Save the energy for them tomorrow..No use having a cat fight." The orc approaches their squad leader and asked:
"S-sir, since we're now here, why can't we just storm and flush them out?"
"Well, If we do that my friend, we won't be receiving any Gigawood since these hired men are properly registered through their system, compromising our mission."
"I'm *snork* sorry if I asked sir. It's just that it's my first time raiding in these lands!"
"At ease soldier. As for you ladies, help the twins prepare dinner. We've spent such a long day, chop chop!" They put aside their differences and does what he said. The orc and the commander sat down in front of the campfire and continued their conversation.
"As for tomorrow's activity, when are we going to initiate are assault sir?" The man closed his eyes and took a sip of whiskey and gave his answer.
"We attack at afternoon once the train's mile's away from this stop over. If your'e asking why again, it's because we need some access to other supplies and rations. Complete with clever disguises.."
"R-Right... And one more thing sir, any word from them?"
"The one in charge of communication survived the shot.."
"What?! W-well *snork* if that's the case, it STILL should put him out of commission! I have to let her k-" The squad leader stopped him there.
"Do that, and our sniper would be out of commission as well. She's dead serious about her work!"