Climbing up the mountain, the silhouette goes to an exit through the trees, this leads Alex up the hill. As he crosses the exit through the trees, Alex can see the figure hurrying his pace, so Alex does too in pursuit, when he finally comes out, he is met with a surprise, he manages to see 2 people who are leaning on the hill, with their backs to Alex.
Alex: (Who are these guys?)
Alex looks carefully and notices that both are armed, with daggers at their sides and some flasks containing some kind of liquid.
Stranger 1: *sigh*.
How much longer do we have to wait?
Stranger 2: Not long, the rain is starting, in a little while we’ll give notice to the rest.
Stranger 1: Finally! I was already getting bored of waiting, we’ll have something to kill other than animals.
Stranger 2: Remember the objective and dont get distracted Kal.
Kal: Come on, you’re not going to tell me you’re not interested in killing them, Joa?
Ending another person’s life? Hearing their last cries for help?
Joa: Don’t waste this precious opportunity for our lord for your personal desires.
Joa directs his gaze as he draws his dagger and points it towards one of the houses in the village.
Joa: Finally…after all this time it seems that we can help him…
We finally rejoin Alex who approaches the strangers as they continue their chatter with each other.
Alex: (These guys…what the hell are they doing at this time of night?)
Finally something breaks through the silence of the night besides Kal and Joa’s voices, and this is Alex, having broken a branch as he approached them. Kal and Joa immediately turn around to see Alex standing there.
Kal: W-what the fuck-
From there Alex gets a better view of the strangers, their faces were hiding by a crudely painted mask which covers their faces.
I was already scared, it’s another brat.
Joa: Be careful with this one, i’ll signal the rest.
Kal pulls out the dagger he had and unsheathes it towards Alex, who simply responds with an angry tone.
Alex: I don’t know who you are, but you’d better leave.
At that moment a dagger passes quickly through Alex’s cheek, leaving a cut while the weapon sticks to a tree behind Alex, making him turn around to see it, in that moment of distraction, Kal lunged towards Alex with his other dagger in hand, but when he did, Alex grabbed him by the wrist, preventing the dagger from hurting him.
Joa: W-what the hell?!
Alex simply starts to push Kal backwards, eventually overpowering him and causing him to be propelled off and almost fall down the hill, Kal gets to his feet.
Alex: (This guy is weaker than the Old Man…even so…)
I’ve never been able to fight for real, this is going to be fun.
Kal: It won’t be so much fun when I start chopping you into little pieces, you fucking animal!!!!
Joa gets up and stands next to Kal.
Joa: Remember what he said, we have to be careful-
Kal: Shut up you brat, here he comes!
Alex breaking a branch of the same tree where the dagger was stuck, goes against Kal and Joa, which are separated to different sides.
Kal is the first to try to attack, he tries to go for Alex’s neck this time, but when he tries, Alex uses the branch to block the attack.
In a desperate attempt, Kal makes a sweep towards Alex’s legs, but when he does it, his strength doesn’t move him, even worse, it seems that Alex didn’t even react to the blow.
Kal pulls his leg back in pain before taking a blow to the left side of Alex’s face, sending him into one of the trees where he lands with his face planted there.
Joa readies himself with his daggers in hand, running towards Alex. He tries to attack him, but every time he does, Alex manages to dodge him with ease.
Why can’t I hit him?!)
Alex: (His attacks are very slow compared to the Old Man.)
A smile started to form on Alex’s face while Joa could only get irritated after seeing that none of his attacks connected, after a few failed attempts at his attack, he jumped backwards, where he started throwing a bunch of blades in Alex’s direction.
Joa: (I have to get out of here, this guy is not normal!)
Still, Joa was surprised when he saw Alex running straight at him, and made a leap into the air. Alex threw his branch in Joa’s direction, but Joa was able to move backwards, moving away in time for the impact of the branch against the ground, but he didn’t realize that this was a distraction, as he felt Alex’s foot hit him on his head, it took Joa everything not to fall to the ground by the pure impact of the kick, but it didn’t help him, because when Alex landed after kicking him, he grabbed the branch that was on the ground, and with a turn to his right, he gave him a horizontal blow to his chest, causing Joa to be propelled backwards, making him land against the trunk on his back, where you can see the air coming out of his chest while he spits some blood to the ground.
Joa: (This…was not planned but…it works.)
At that moment, while Alex’s attention was on Joa, Kal tries to go for a blow against Alex, throwing a dagger in Alex’s direction, who turns around in time to stop it with his branch, but the branch doesn’t manage to resist the impact of the dagger, going through it and heading for Alex’s right eye, Luckily he ducks in time for the dagger to miss, but when it does, the stranger knees Alex’s face, making him raise his head by force, at that moment, Kal directs the dagger towards his neck, but is stopped by Alex’s hand, who grabs the dagger by the edge.
Kal tries with all his strength to push the dagger towards Alex’s neck, but he doesn’t even make it an inch before Alex gives him a blow with his left arm, followed by a right one, when he finishes giving him that blow, he grabs him with his left hand by the neck before holding him in the air for a few seconds.
Kal : W-what the hell…are you?!
Alex doesn’t answer and simply lets him go, but not before hitting him in the chest with all his strength, throwing him in the air until he gets through with the dagger he had stuck in the tree before, first by the handle and then the edge, Kal remained conscious for a few seconds before losing his strength and letting death surround him.
At that moment, when Alex turns to look at the remaining Joa, he sees that Joa disappeared, leaving Alex alone, with his thoughts.
That felt pretty good, didn’t it?
Alex reflexively turns back towards the hill and gets into a position to fight, but all he sees is a person standing on the log looking towards the city, his appearance was impossible to make out even at the distance he was standing, the only thing he could make out was his dark humanoid silhouette.
Alex: Who are you?! Are you one of them?!
Those questions don’t matter.
Alex: They matter if you want to live, otherwise you’ll end up like that other guy.
The silhouette simply laughs as a glow begins to appear in the direction of the village. Alex is puzzled and asks the figure.
Alex: What are you laughing at?
I think it’s finally time to go for a walk.
At that moment Alex tries to attack the silhouette, but his attack goes through it, making Alex start to fall from the hill to the ground, as he falls Alex sees something really impressive, and equally terrifying, he sees the whole town of Dividente in flames, the houses, the homes, the park, everything wrapped in flames while he hears the sound of panicking people, and sees other dead people on the ground.
Alex: What is happening?!
Alex continues to observe the situation where he catches a crowd on the other side of the city, but more importantly, he manages to catch Kenai heading towards some of the citizens’ homes.
After a few slow seconds, Alex lands against the ground, causing a slight tremor as a crater forms around him, from there Alex for the first time feels worried.
Alex: (I have to go get Kenai!)