Chapter 5 – The Author’s War

My travels had taken me across to the deserts of a safe house where Daniel Phoenix and Vincent Lamour were ready with information regarding Valentine Blackburn. The entire group had reformed expect for the ThunderDragon who had returned to save his powers while he was being drained from the death of his element brothers. The safe house was a warehouse buried deep undercover as one of the areas that Phoenix kept when his UFO investigation became too hot and he need to become ‘off the radar’ from the government. There was a couple dozen chairs with everyone sitting waiting for the two of them to address them. I was in the front row with Wizard, Chisoutsa, Professor Walken and Percy Cyber who was curious to see what the update was.

“Evening everyone it’s been a hard time learning the deaths of the three that fought in the past war and the deaths of the weather elements. We believe have the information that links all these events together and it will finally make sense for everyone who has been trapped in this strange war that we have been forced into. Vincent and I have found a book about this man’s tales and how it all connects. Let me please begin.

In the middle of the 1600’s Valentine Blackburn was a known writer in his time. He was a genius of remembering novels and stories and he had enjoyed writing books on myths and legends back in the day. However all was what it seemed about Valentine. He had a dark side to him that many people didn’t know of. He had a thirst for power and to find a way to use his creative side to turn it into a powerful weapon against those who he hated. He becomes a criminal in his time because of something he found. Something that no one believed was ever true but was and no one in history believed it.

His search for a way to turn a simple writer into a powerful figure turned upwards for him when encounter a special book pictured here,” Daniel said starting the story holding up the image of a thick wooden book with a unknown symbol. Most of the audience in the room was blank on the book, by the look of it no one had seen it before.

“The special book had words telling him it was the most powerful object of all existence. Every universe, every world you could ever dream of, all of that power was inside this book. It also believed that a person of creative talent could the master of everything and help unlock it’s secrets in the book for total control over the universes. It is said it was created by the soul breakers. The body found  that was called Gladus was a soul breaker. Their talents was to cut deep inside people’s soul and destroy them with words. For all the fear and sorrow they gave it was returned in power. The book’s power is all the deaths, fears, sorrows, and evil ever done is placed inside those pages. You can imagine the sheer that has over people. It explains why Valentine could easily open portals and have a tower of that much electricity if you had the most powerful object of all time in your corner wanting to win for you.

He exchanged his soul for the use of the book. He needed to become a soul breaker and in so had to eat the heart of a soul breaker. The book told me of the frozen body hidden away in the dark forest and so he trekked all the way out of to deep the cold heart of him and ate it to become something that no one had ever dared to want to be. Now that he was a soul breaker he could start to use the book’s powers. His second order from the book was to murder and use the blood of his victims to write his journey from a successful writer to letting in the darkness of his soul and desire and begin his quest for total control. We discovered the sad story that…” Daniel told looking to a visually upset Vincent by his side for a moment before turning back to the group.

“That Vincent Lamour’s childhood friend was one of the people that were murdered. He was the only one too that was learning the murders and sins of Valentine Blackburn. He was closing in to trap him when sadly his plan failed and he was the final person of five victims that Valentine needed to kill and writer into the book.

The final order which is now happening is he revealed back than he that wanted Valentine to sleep for hundreds of years until a time when the book was able to use the blood of the good to take the blood of all. He was to sleep until he awoke. He was told the book’s title and name was called ‘The Author’s War’. While Valentine could use its powers and cause massive damages we have seen everywhere so far.  The book needs to have an official war to be fought across the universes of time and space in order for the three steps to be taken to help Valentine become God. The book allowed him to choose a rival writer as it started in the book’s rules that death of this writer’s soul and its blood used to seal the book’s power and finish the war story and for him to win everything and the deaths of everything we know.

This is the Author’s War and Chris is the key to defeating him. To defeat him, we must kill him and destroy the book and the war will be over. However Valentine has the same desires of the book. Both want the same result and he is near immortal which dwarfs anything we that can throw at him. This the greatest war we will ever live in and we won’t we live to see it through,” Daniel explain finishing the story.

Everyone is the room was dead silence, Roger the Barbarian looked down at his broadsword as if it was a toy useless against the grand odds that Phoenix has told everyone. Fear had come to Chisoutsa’s face as Professor Walken placed his hand on the side of her face with a father’s smile. Percy Cyber had his face buried in his hands for man who knew many answers he had none. Hayden Normal leaned back in his chair in shock, he had seen paranormal sprits and many scary moments in his life but nothing shook him to the core like this. Wizard had his worried face on him. He had been through the most battles and wars than anyone else in the room but in the face of this he had a tired look bout him and that this was too much him.  My mind was blank. I felt like this was the ending that this was the story that was going to kill everyone. One voice did decide to speak from the back of the room.

“So the story tells of a immortal all powerful book in a deal with a completely evil serial killer writer to win a war to control all that exists. Are we really going to give up because of a fucking writer? No hard feelings on you kid,” aid the voice to me.

“None taken Mr. Umezu,” I replied.

“Look at the talent in this room. Not only we have the great Chisoutsa here, but her father and the leader of the Xtreme Squad. We have legendary Legomen who have fought what a fuck load of battles and had more experience than anyone that I know of. We have the best investigators who cracked this case in record time that took people hundreds of years and never got to the truth, a group of expert time travelers, and a barbarian who comes from a world who knows how to fight dirty to win. My old business motto was to win at all costs and side with the winner. That’s why I backed Chisoutsa over the demon lord years ago but for the first time I’m backing the ones who are the underdogs. The ones likely to lose. Why is that that you ask of me? It’s because it’s the first time I decided to do the right thing and over the years the Professor, Charles Thompson, Lucas Walken, Chisoutsa, Allegheri – those names showed me that anything that is thrown against them they fight to the end for it and that’s a good thing. They showed me up a few thing when I thought they couldn’t do it. It’s better to die in battle than to give up everything that you fought. It would have been a waste of fucking time if you did that,” he told the group in his usual way of saying things.

“Yeah everyone has fought things in the past but this is different on a grand scale. We did it in our own universes but this is on the biggest level that anyone could dream of. Look I investigate the paranormal, what use would I be or Daniel or Vincent.        This isn’t a war that we should be fighting in. Let the experts do it,” Hayden complained to Mr. Umezu.

“This is everyone’s war. War comes to everyone and it shows no mercy to anyone,” Roger replied behind him.

“You three did crack this investigation into Valentine. It would have taken someone like me weeks to figure this one out and it would have been too late,” Lucas Walken told Hayden.

“For hell’s sake I’m just a business man and I’m here. I know how to make things. That’s pretty much my skills here. Everyone here has different skills they bring to the table,” Mr. Umezu argued.

“I would like to remind people that the old Legomen was always about teamwork and using the best of everyone. Sure we did things differently to others but we always respected each other of what skills we had. Most of us maybe older now but we are wiser for what we went through many years ago. Our world is being kept safe by the very same people,” Wizard added in on the discussion.

“Why not, why not just have a go at this. I would die trying than sitting in the corner waiting for this shit to come get us,” Chisoutsa replied to everyone.

“We would have to work better as a team and make sure everyone knows their role. I believe our next plan should be to stand by to see what Valentine will be up to. For the moment there is no one here that truly knows what he plans,” Professor Walken said.

A mobile phone rang into the middle of all the discussions that was being had and Hayden grabbed it out of his pocket and answered it.

“Yes hello. Ah Sonia what’s up? Turn on the television? Alright I think someone here can turn on the television here somewhere?” Hayden asked.

Daniel walked over and turned on a old television and turned to a news channel. Everyone stayed in their seats and watched the news report.

“The terrible attacks from two dragons having appeared have shocked the world to its core. Now there are growing threats from the planet itself. Worldwide reports are coming in that the environment’s health has nosed dived in the past six to eight hours. Trees are turning black, all the leaves in bright summer have fallen to the ground and extreme reports that the planet is losing its heat. We will keep everyone informed of these breaking news moments as they come to hand.”

“So Sonia saw the news that the weather is being affected by the death of the elements so how bad is this?” Daniel asked the group switching the television off and looking back at them.

I stood up trying to think of the what will happen according to the death of the elements. It was worse than bad, it was a crisis in the making.

“The ThunderDragon’s power is weakening. When that happens and with the power of the elements gone the sun will blacken out and there will no air, no trees and the earth will be like a dead rock with life at all. The sun will be blacken out before we will stop breathing it will some time before that happens but this could have not happened at a worst time,” I replied to everyone .

“Doesn’t the ThunderDragon have these crystals that he spoke of?” Lucas Walken asked me.

‘Yes he does but even with that his own powers were weaken by the events of The Author’s War. Nature needs time to heal the wounds. In times of war you don’t get that chance,” I answered him.

“There might be a way to solve this mess quickly and easily,” Percy Cyber said to the group.

“We would love to know this idea of yours. Like hell anything else could work,” Mr. Umezu replied rudely.

“We could use time travel. Go to the 1600’s before when Valentine found the book and get rid of him. Now that might be seen as murder but what choices do we have?”

“Wouldn’t it make more sense to just go when the book was discovered and destroy it then and there? As Mr. Phoenix said the book needed time to draw the blood’s powers over hundreds of years to have the strength to carry out these attacks through the use of Valentine,” Lucas argued.

“We have never used time travel to solve our issues, even your father Percy Dr. Cyber said the use of time travel can create dangerous ties to the future. When we battled Zare all those years ago we only used time travel when he changed to change our past and even he knew there were certain events not to play with,” Wizard responded to Percy.

“Zare was not as powerful or far reaching as this person is. We have to take some form of action now and not later. Something to cut him at the knees,” Percy said getting frustrated.

The tapping of the cane was heard from the side of the room and Professor Walken was thinking, “I would believe this Valentine would have checked out everyone in this room. Have read all the books that Chris has written to gain insight into who we are. Now that doesn’t mean he knows everything about us but only knows what we have done in the past and not the future. We are writing the future as we speak He will use our disadvantages to his strengths. Is there such a thing as a time block or a way he could stop the means of time travel?” he asked Percy.

“There are some areas that he could do that. The book could have helped Valentine in blocking time travelling to certain periods and yes he may have thought of that already. He may have even blocked traveling to other events, when he took Gladus’s heart to become a soul breaker and even very recent events of the past year. The preparing for war to come, retrieving the bodies of Morcar and Draken too. We are back to square one I guess,” Percy answered sounding as defeated as the rest.

Chisoutsa stood up and waved her arms at everyone, “Hang on, what if we time travelled to a point in time that no one thinks is important?” she suggested.

“How does that work?” Daniel asked her.

“You had that book about Blackburn right? Vincent’s friend was killed so he never completed whatever investigation he did into him. Why don’t we travel to see the person who put the book together and talk about what else he knows about him.”

Everyone in the room was quiet for a moment slowly there was a few nodding heads around the place, “That’s a good idea. When people do reports like this there’s normally same things left out. There may be something that might not important or of interest that later on in time becomes important. Both Hayden and I have come across that plenty of times. The report book was made in 1922 by man called Tom Smith. Pretty standard name by the sound of it but can we find him is the big question.”

“We can find him indeed,” smiled Dr. Cyber who had been hiding in the corner seat listening to everyone, “We only have to contact the publishing house and find out his address from there.”

“Then it’s settled for our next plan. Is there anything else that we need to do?” Percy asked everyone.

“Everyone doesn’t need to go back in time to follow this up. There is the problem of trying to catch Valentine. I’m sure we will see him travel by himself becoming more focused on battling us but the problem of the moving tower keeps us guessing. We must find a way to ground the tower or limit the way it moves him around with ease. If we can trap him we can pin him and destroy the book too.’ Professor Walken explained to the group.

“That would require a powerful spell or magic to do so, Lucas might not be able to do that but maybe Wizard could,” Dr. Cyber suggested.

Wizard tossed his head at the suggestion of the idea sitting next to me, “It’s not possible in the areas of magic that I could do that. I would like to do but I just couldn’t.”

I turned around curious about his answered and whispered to him, “What do you think you can’t do it. You are the most powerful wizard that I know of.”

“My magic does have limits, especially in these events you can say. This could be solved through technologies or something to that effect,” Wizard answered in a rush.

I turned away unsure of why Wizard wasn’t keen to use his magic to help with the war. I knew in the past he only used his full powers when the time called and maybe he sensed this was not the time to do so.

“So Chris you are the leader I suppose on all of the movements of this war. Should we go ahead with this?” Daniel Phoenix asked me.

“Well I’m a leader by force not choice. I will go along with anything this group suggests. I mean I’m not a expert on any of these things. I’m just the writer. It would be nice to see what this person back in the 1920’s has to say about Valentine. It could be something important or not,” I answered him.

“Finally the boredom is over and we can do something. I felt like I was going die listening to all of you crapping on about stuff,” Chisoutsa said jumping up and stretching out.

“Why don’t Hayden, me and Dr. Cyber go for this trip alone. It would be nice to talk to the old doctor about time travel and compare notes on things,” Daniel said out to the group.

Dr. Cyber came up in his white lab coat and grey hair with his black glasses smiling at the young investigators, “That sounds like a great idea to me. Its people like you that keep me young and I hope we crack this little nut of ours and find out some secrets. Because it’s always fun to find new things aren’t it?” he asked everyone.

“It always is,” answer Vincent Lamour out from the front of the room with a wry smile still thinking about lost of his friend.

The decision had been made and that the new plan would be to gather more information on Blackburn and how it all leads to today.

March 24th 1927

The Time Cruisers appeared like flash driving down near a river around large thick trees when Dr. Cyber, Hayden, and Daniel looked around the area to see if it was safe to get out and explore. Dr. Cyber opened the car door and poped out to adjust a brown suit and hat he put on before the trip was made.

“Blending in with the crowd of the time period is very important and you can’t be waving your device scanner around too much Daniel or too Hayden.  We have to make sure that we are safe and that no problems are created. We can’t also change things here because it will affect the future in some or a great degree,” he told the pair who came out of the time cruiser to have a look around.

“First time as a time traveler this is just amazing to even be here,” Hayden said to Dr. Cyber.

“This man’s house is not far from we are so it’s only a short walk away from here.” Dr. Cyber explained to them.

The three of them wandered up the town where they saw markets and horses wandering around with some old cars driving by.

“The roaring twenties it was a good period for plenty of people,” Daniel Phoenix commented on looking at the people around the town.

They soon arrived at a small and nicely made house where the writer of the book about Blackburn lived. Hayden tapped on the door and soon enough the door opened with a old man appeared.

“May I help you?” he asked.

`”Are you Harold? The man who wrote the book on Valentine Blackburn. We have a great interest in your stories about him and wish to talk more about it,” Dr. Cyber asked him.

“Why yes I did write that book a while ago. You may come in and we can talk. I’m surprised that anyone would be keenly interested in it,” Harold said letting the three of them inside.

It was neat and cozy lounge room Harold had as Dr. Cyber sat down as Harold served them tea. A radio was heard in the background while Hayden and Daniel were looking around the house still soaking in the idea of being a time traveler.

“We have read the whole book and we think the events that you wrote will have impacts in the future. What we wanted to know was if there was anything that was left out of the book you know something that the publishers didn’t want in it?” Dr. Cyber asked.

“They left out some of the details of the murders he created during the time he was alive. The book that Blackburn uses is a cursed and wicked thing. I always thought the two were in sync. They both want t achieve the same things in life and that is to rule the world in what they desire the most which is this world. Blackburn always felt left out of the social world because he was a writer and thought different to others.  His obsessions grew and the line between good and evil blurred to a point where it didn’t exist to him anymore. His life goal was more important than life itself.

I believe the war will come and the person that he and the book will pick will have similar struggles to him,” Harold replied to Dr. Cyber.

“What struggles do you think they have together?” Daniel asked curious on the statement.

“Well they will both be people outside of the normal social world. They would feel like outsiders. His other author in the war would be battled scared in life,” Harold answered.

“Let’s say we know this other person maybe in the future and that he hasn’t been in a war or battle himself. What do you say about that?” Hayden asked Harold.

“No, that’s not what I meant. What I meant was this person has problems inside of him. Personal battles within him a damaged soul through time. This person deals with life like everyone else but questions the point of his life on the inside. He may be able to create worlds of wonder but there is a darkness within that he struggles with and each of those characters he creates there’s a seed in them all questioning why the decisions they make and why does the life that unfolds and the cruel nature of events always happen to them. I’m sure his characters like have been battled scare for many years without question as to why,” Harold answered.

“I’m sure that his characters think that every day,” Dr. Cyber said quietly with Daniel and Hayden pausing for a moment thinking of their own losses and questions in life.

“There was one more thing to talk about. A man came a few days ago talking about the very book. I am so silly for not saying this first. He called himself Vulture,” Dr. Cyber cut into Harold’s words with a sudden worry.

“We do know him and he’s a dangerous person. What did he do while he was here?” he asked.

“He was quite the charming person when he was here. He wanted to know about the book and discuss about the Quill Knife. It is a weapon that I didn’t put in the book because there wasn’t enough information on it. It is rumored to be the piece that can help destroy the author’s war book that Blackburn owns.  He said if someone called a Cyber came to see me that you should visit him at the local hostel down the road. It’s the only one we have in the town. He seemed concerned about events in the future stating he was trapped here. I still don’t know what he meant by that,” Harold said.

“Thank you for telling me that. We might go and see him now and what he has to say,” Dr. Cyber said.

They quickly shook his hand went out of the house with a smiling and waving Harold at the door. Hayden and Daniel noticed Dr. Cyber jogging down the main street of the town, “Is this Vulture person a threat to us?” Daniel asked him.

“He’s been a problem for my family and the Legomen for decades. He tends to try to change time periods to suit his future. Despite only catching him a few times, he always a way to escape even when Zare our biggest threat to our world was defeated. There’s the hotel right there,” he replied to Daniel.

The three of them pushed open the doors quickly to see Vulture sitting down having a drink looking squaring at Dr. Cyber with a grin. He wore a black hat with his well known beard and military black suit. He raised his drink to Dr. Cyber, “I thought you would have retired by now and let young Cody do all the leg work. Even your son Percy is getting too old for this caper. Is he and Sandra still fighting over nothing in their marriage of theirs?” he asked the scientist.

“I like to know why you are here in the middle of this great danger. Don’t you know you are messing with something bigger than all of us together?” Dr. Cyber asked him.

“Of course I do,” Vulture answered standing up, “I’m trapped here because of a bloody time block on my time machine. I can’t travel back to my own time because something related to that book you are reading is doing this to me. They might not like Vulture helping you out in the present day or trying to find out something new in this time period. You will be time blocked out of everything very soon so you should be hoping on the time cruiser as soon as possible.”

“What’s a time block?” Hayden asked Dr. Cyber.

“It’s when time machines or any device can’t travel to a certain time period based on a technology or magic blocking system. Blackburn is a few steps ahead of us and maybe didn’t think we would be going to see Harold at all. So Vulture you are actually helping us for once?”

“I don’t want to leave my time period without my time machine and I can stay here to protect this person so he write the book and give you and whoever poorly dressed people you are within this time period the chance to actually solve this problem for me. You see it’s all about getting what we want in life. I help you with this problem you have and you don’t drag me back to LegoLand for all the major crimes I have done. You know I never killed anyone under Zare’s control. If only he figured out a real plan to beat the Legomen he would be your ruler and I would free control of time and space,” Vulture replied to Dr. Cyber.

“Can we not get into you two’s bitter history about your home for a moment? Let’s just take Vulture by his word. He wants the time block to be removed so he can freely move around in time and we need him here to protect Harold from any problems. We have to go now and make sure this information is given to the rest of us,” Hayden told the two of them.

Dr. Cyber and Vulture nodded in agreement and Dr. Cyber turned to Vulture for a last time to ask him something, “Why would you do this for us? Why are worried about Blackburn and what he can do to us. Zare has similar feelings about the world too. Why help us now?”

“I may have been to escape every time against your family but what Blackburn has in store for all of them is something I could ever run away from. He will find us all and destroy us. You cannot run from a writer who controls the minds of all that exists. I do fear him and I know if your family is helping to stop, there is a small chance of winning than no chance at all,” Vulture replied to him.

Dr. Cyber was silent; it was likely the nicest words that Vulture will ever say about the same family that has thwarted all his plans over the years, “Thank you. We will try our best and we will meet again. I’m sure.”

The three headed outside of the hotel to decide to return to the time cruiser to go back to their time period to fill in the blanks of the Blackburn story.

It was in the afternoon when I was resting my head against the wall in the hide out area that Wizard and Daniel Phoenix had worked on and we had been making our plans inside. Roger the Barbarian came up to me and nodded towards me.

“You’re not someone built for war are you?” he told me.

“No I’m not and I know you have been through many of them,” I replied.

“I have paid for my sins over the years and I feel that I have redeemed myself when I took the role of being in the band with Walter, Levi, and Duncan,” Roger replied.

“I wish I could these worlds and see it with my own eyes but with what Blackburn is doing he’s blocked access to the people that you and other care about. The people here I think are the ones who will have to come together to make this work,”

Roger sat down next to me dwarfing my already slim body and mind when he wanted to ask me something, “They said these people have a connection to you. What is my connection to you?” he asked me.

“Wow, Umm I mean you display some of my anger in life. Seeing the injustice and that you have caused some sins yourself and how do you live with that, how do you cope with those feelings and what do you do in the future. I’m always wondering about tomorrow. What it might bring for me and what challenges there are. You are one of the strongest people I know and that you learnt how to be kind and understanding to others and didn’t want to walk down the past like you have before. We need people like you. How we can change for the better,” I answered him.

“Do you learn much from us at all?” Roger asked me.

“I think I learn from you all that the struggles that we have can be overcome. No matter how big they are. At least I try my best to believe in that.”

“Can we win this war? Can we seriously do this?”

“I don’t know. Since I started this with everyone I feel a strange pain inside me. Almost like a sadness but I can’t describe it.” I replied still wondering what the problem was with me.

Professor Walken and Chisoutsa came up to us with some news, “We have heard back from Dr. Cyber who just arrived here. There are time blocks everywhere and the portals to our worlds have been shut down. We are all getting the feeling that Blackburn is moving in for the kill. He’s trapped us all in your world. There is a something called the Quill Knife and that we have located the area where it’s been kept. We are taking a team out there to get it. We want you to go with us and see it for yourself. This is will able to test out your power suit in battle,” the Professor said to me and Roger.

“Who’s coming with us?” Roger asked.

“I believe myself, you two, Chisoutsa, Lucas, and Cody Cyber. This unit is about getting the knife and getting out there alive. It’s located in a ghost town due to this war. There has also been word that most of our universes are under heavy attack from Blackburn’s armies. The Kingdom of Evermore is close to falling. I’m sorry to tell you that Roger,” Professor Walken replied.

Roger smashed the ground with his hand in a fit of rage, “I should be there and not here. They lured me here to cut me off from my home.”

“He’s done it to everyone here. City of Demons is being bombed as we speak. Allegheri the Vampire and the Xtreme Squad are under major pressure to call on the public to fight with them.  There’s nothing I can do being trapped here but the source of the problem is here too,” Chisoutsa answered Roger’s rage.

The group moved off towards this ghost town that they spoke about. We wandered through the empty buildings and burned items found on the ground. Cody Cyber went behind me to fix up my power suit and added a power block to it. It gave a slight zap to myself when he inserted it into the suit.

“We can’t have it flashing red for danger. Keep it green and safe I tell ya. You know Chris there’s something I don’t understand about this author is that we haven’t seen any characters from him. All we have seen is him,” he asked.

“That is a good subject you have brought up. I don’t understand that too,” Professor Walken replied.

“He has armies of foot soldiers, cold and cunning creatures of aliens. You remember all the images from his tower. He doesn’t have any known characters he writes about himself mostly and his own struggles for power. It’s his thoughts and willpower that is his greatest character. He doesn’t have to create characters, it’s what he uses myself is where the real power and destruction will come from,” I explained to the group.

“Like seriously he’s fucking enough of a problem for all of us. I don’t want to deal with more shitheads like him,” Chisoutsa added in.

“Well yes words to that effect I agree with,” I answered with a smile.

We moved into one empty building when Chisoutsa and I moved to a smaller room. Chisoutsa moved around an army official checking any movement with a black eagle gun. As I turned around to see her the doors all shut on both side of the room and a shadow appeared in front of Chisoutsa, Valentine appeared knocking Chisoutsa to the ground and he came towards me. I could her cries and noises from the other room as Roger and Cody trying to break down the door to get inside.

“You’re here to find the Quill Knife too?” I asked him.

“No I’m here for you. The knife is useless in the hands of your characters, they are weak and have no backbone like yourself,” Valentine said to me. He grabbed me and pushed me against the wall.

“Your power suit is impressive but the type of pain I want to come from you won’t be shielded by your suit. It’s starting to happen, the stress upon your soul,” Valentine told me.

I looked out the window to see his soldiers looking around the ghost town in the cold looking for the knife. They were heavy built looking machines but I also something else. The reflection of my hair has shades of grey in it. I had no idea how that happened. I did not have grey hair not even a hour ago. Valentine dropped me to the ground where I checked my hair to see the grey.

“What is this, what does this mean to me?” I asked.

“I am a soul breaker and we are very much alike. The death of the Ice element was hard on you and hearing of the damages that your fantasy worlds you created will be crushing to your soul .That there is no way you can go to protect them. The star players are trapped from the outside worlds helplessly watching their cities and their homes burn because of me.  But I want to help you understand what you truly are,” Valentine said.

“Help me with what exactly?” I asked still up against the wall watching his every move.

“You are a damaged soul like myself. Years of your depression tearing and striping pieces of your soul away from you. You have tried so hard to hide it from the world and from the people you know. I want to show the world what you truly are, a soul that is breaking into pieces. Let’s not hide the hurt and the pain anymore. Let’s show the world your depression, your fears the voice inside your head that doubts the life you live and if you wish to finish it all,” he replied to me.

“My depression is a personal battle that only I can fight. It has nothing to do with the war.”

“It has everything to do with the war. Look at Chisoutsa and how she can’t figure out how to unleash her pain of no childhood. The years missed having parents or a real family. Look at the weather element of Ice who was never loved and left to die by themselves with only you a young boy who was there. Does that remind you of a past moment in your life that destroyed your world? The ThunderDragon is angry and bitter at the world for the problems that has happened to him and how helpless he is now. He had his chances and now everything is gone for him.” Blackburn reminded me.

“Those issues are in my past now. I have dealt with them now,” I answered determined not to let him win.

“But it still hurts doesn’t it. I have made sure your depression, your pain and anxiety will show in a psychical form. The hair will change color and the world you will see will turn dark and black and that ray of hope and light that you dream of will be gone soon enough. Your pain will shown to the world and your characters will see their leader will all hope gone that they win the war and they will break too.”

“This won’t break me. I’ve been a lot in my life so far and this won’t stop me,” I told him.

“You can only go through so much pain. This is just the beginning and I will make sure of it,” Valentine replied turning around pointing at the soldiers to keep looking for the Quill Knife. I went over to Chisoutsa to see if she was ok.

“Are you hurt, are you fine?” I asked her.

“I’m fine, just a fucking headache. What did he do to you?” Chisoutsa asked getting back up and rubbing her head.

“Just abit of stress I think. I’ll be fine,” I replied.

The door busted opened with Roger coming in with his broadsword out, “Where are the solider moving?” he asked.

“Over to the other building. Valentine told them to search that building it’s the last one around here. We have to move to get that knife now,” I told Roger.

“Leave it to me,” Roger said heading out and smashing down the door in front of him. Cody Cyber and Chisoutsa moved out with him towards the soldiers.  A squad of twenty turned around with their guns and started firing at them. Roger took off grabbing one soldier’s body and throwing it across into the wall of a building. Chisoutsa fired a round of bullets at a group. Roger dodged a line of bullet and slit the throat of one the soldiers coming at him. Professor Walken grabbed me and took me around the building site and we pushed our way into the back room. We saw the Quill Knife oddly enough lying in the side of the room.

“For something so important to left here of all places sounds weird,” I said to the Professor.

“If no one think it’s so important it doesn’t if it’s safe or not. No one thought it would be this important. Go and get the knife and I’ll keep watch on you,” Professor Walken said.

I charged into the side of the room when a group of soldiers came in and fired at my back. I grabbed the Quill Knife and ran back to the Professsor and we shut the back door on them.

“Shit I was shot. They shot me! And I’m not dead?” I cried half in shock.

“It’s a war and you are wearing a power suit. This item created by Mr. Umezu is working like a charm. You have to remember to watch the power levels too. If it blinks orange you have lost half of your power, if it’s red you need to recharge the suit as soon as possible,” he replied.

The two of us took off back where Roger and Chisoutsa were throwing the soldiers around the place leaving a blood bath on the ground. I started feeling sick looking at the dead and moved away to a corner to not be sick.

“Shit I forgot about people not used to this,” Chisoutsa said to Roger.

“He’ll have to live with it. There’ll be more on the way. Did you notice where Valentine went?” he asked Chisoutsa.

“Nah, couldn’t find him after he knocked the back of my head. He appeared and disappeared like nothing. At least we have this knife despite not really knowing what it does,” she answered him.

Professor Walken and I appeared with the Quill Knife and showed the pair the object in my hands, “We need to protect it if it is important to our quest,” Roger commented on the object.

“Let’s get the hell out of here and return it home. I’m slightly tired from all of this. The body feels funny like a stress or something,” Chisoutsa replied.

I noticed what she said the words that Blackburn told me earlier but I didn’t want to believe much of it. I kept quiet and went with them back to the home base. We had won the first battle but at what price was not known.

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