Chapter 4: Reaping Training
I remembered when we first met. It was when I was I was working Part-Time at our local Cinemark. She approached me, and I thought she was the greatest thing I ever saw, although I shook it out of my head because I knew that dating her would be impossible. However, after she got her popcorn, she gave me her number and winked me goodbye, and the rest was history.
I heard yelling and then I opened my eyes. I had fallen to the ground while holding a perfectly formed scythe, sort of. Its shape was like a regular one, but its shaft was a long bone with different holes in it. The blade was serrated like a steak knife. It was up to my temple when stood straight up, and it felt surprisingly light. I waved it around, almost skewering Akio.
“W-whoa…” Akio said in awe. I also looked down at my robes. They were waving, like there was a small breeze nearby. “You should take a swing at this dummy here,” It didn’t look too promising because of its lightness and being made out of a bone with holes, but I decided to swing at it anyways. I decided to make my first swing artistic by spinning around at stabbing it from the side. I pulled back and it went through the dummy like a hot knife on butter. I started taking multiple stabs and slashes, quickly adapting to it while circling around the dummy. I jumped in the air as a final hit and I swung straight down onto the skull attached to the dummy.
“W-whoa,” I said in awe at my self. I know it might seem arrogant of me, but I felt REALLY cool right now. I felt like I could destroy the Black dawn easily, no matter whom they were. However, I told myself that a dummy and a legion of shadow souls were two different things and that I had only started learning how to use a combat scythe.
“That’s weird,” Akio mumbled. “Why is your scythe shaped like that? It’s only at level 1. They change shape at level two…”
“You mean that there are TWO LEVELS?” I asked excitedly.
He jumped a bit when he noticed I heard him, “Yeah, but we need to hurry with this training. Fight me, please. When I activate duel mode, we fight to the death, but no one gets hurt afterwards,”
As he pressed some buttons, I nodded and tried to take it easy on him, but that was a big mistake. Even though he was very shy, his fighting style contradicted that. He lunged forward delivering powerful strikes that I could barely keep up with. His speed and aggressive style resorted me to being defensive; something that I quickly learned wasn’t my forte.
He spun around me delivering many cuts, while I couldn’t even get one on him. I could tell that he was holding back, though, slowing down after every hit, and leaving blind spots, but it still wasn’t easy to hit him in any way. I was quickly losing blood. Suddenly, time slowed down as I could sense everything. Was it my adrenaline kicking in, or was everything getting slower as I was dying in duel mode? It didn’t matter.
He spun his scythe around and tried to attack my throat, I bent my back so well that I could’ve won any limbo contest. I kicked his feet, tripping him as I delivered a large slash to his chest. His eyes lit up as he suddenly appeared behind me and stabbed my heart.
Everything reverted as it was before the duel. “What just- what just happened?” I asked, panting.
“Y-you’re the first rookie Reaper to have survived that long and have actually been able to get a hit on me… W-wow,” Akio stuttered. “Let’s go to the elevator and head out to fight for level four. I think you’ll do well,” He smiled as I ran to the elevator after taking some ration. Alice was there with a shorter scythe that went up to her shoulders and Alex ran up, with a scythe a bit taller than mine with a giant smooth blade. They all looked at me in awe as Akio explained what happened during the duel.
“You're just a wimp, Akio,” Giovanna scoffed. I could tell that she was hiding her being impressed. I felt pretty good this day. As we stepped inside and pressed -4, we journeyed down to the Realm of Shadow. I felt, extra powerful that day, but if I would have found out how the skirmish in the Realm of Shadow was going to be like, I would have felt as weak as an ant.
THANKS TO LOGANACE AND ZOMBIE RULER FOR GIVING ME THE IDEAS OF AKIO HAMAKA AND GIOVANNA RUSSO!