HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!! As you have wated..here..is the next instalmment..of SCOCS.....now...enjoy my friends.
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I...I can hear it again.
“Give it back…”
N-no…why...why is it…no...
I quickly open my eyes as the voice gets louder. I’m in the dark space again. Everything is so cold. My body feels different. As I look around, trying to find a way out, a body length mirror appears before me. The iron taste of blood fills my mouth as the pain in my head returns. I can see my reflection, glaring daggers at me.
Wait, this isn’t…
The reflection of me suddenly seems to step out glaring at me, its eyes glowing menacingly a deep shade of red. His arms look…normal?
Wait, why does my reflection have normal arms?
Slowly looking down…I see my own arms. They are monstrous…even more so than before. I can see it...my skin it’s….a lighter grey instead of black. I can see black and purple vein like markings glow along my forearm. Why….why do I….
“I’m a human…I…I want to be…Human again…..Give…it…back to me…-”
The reflection speaks staring angrily at me. His left eye seems unnaturally wider than the right and he starts to sneer.
“It’s mine…I’m close……My...Body!!!” The reflection charges at me and as I raise my arms in defense, I find myself jolting awake clutching my head in pain. I feel sweaty; the room is dark except for the faint glow of a lamp on the other side.
Wiping my eyes and catching my breath I look up and see Soki on the far end…rocking back and forth in a chair; Shiki is asleep in her arms as she cradles her. Soki’s eyes are glowing a soft Azure through the blindfold, her expression emotionless. Why is she wearing the blindfold again? I can see the bandages over her arms and body. Rubbing my head as the pain dwindles to a soft tremor; my eyes go to the two.
“You are awake……..” Soki whispers as her bandaged arm seems to caress Shiki’s head with each rocking motion.
“Soki…..are...you okay?” I ask out of concern seeing her bandaged body.
“Worry more about yourself Sobata…..you are in worse condition…” She hollowly utters in a monotonous tone.
“What…happened?” I ask looking at her numerous bandages.
“Isn’t it obvious? You lost control shortly after you lost consciousness…..Kind of a bitch to deal with another monster after already getting our asses handed to us.” She scowls as she cradles Shiki.
“I…….er…damnit….” Clutching my head in pain once more I only feel disgusted that I lost control again, and…I hurt her didn’t I? Did I cause some of those injuries? I suddenly feel a tugging on my bed sheet. Looking down I see the familiar black and white hands of Whitey and Trimi, looking up to me with what I could only guess is concern.
“Don’t worry about it…” She mutters silently. She reaches up and caresses Shiki’s head as she cradles her. “Those two haven’t left your side….I guess they like you.” I stare down at the mysterious creatures and smile weakly. Their eyes seem to show satisfaction.
“How did you…stop me?” I can’t help but ask.
“I’ll explain later…” She once again continues her monotone.
“Well, what did Demicius mean when he called you Si-” My question is interrupted as the blue glow beneath her blindfold turns blood red.
“Shut…..Up….” She mutters darkly. While I feel no energy, all I can sense is that if I continue; I know she won’t hesitate to silence me. Soki…Who….What…are you? My attention is quickly diverted as I hear a knock on the door. I watch as it silently opens revealing Ren. He is wearing the same robe he’s always worn, but I can see that he had been ruffed up with the recent battle. I think I can see a tiny nick on his cheek.
“I apologize if I startled you.” He pauses looking at Soki, more like he was staring at her actually. “Are you alright Sobata?”
“Y-yeah….I’m..better…” I somewhat lie to him. To be honest I feel like I got hit by a truck, but he wouldn’t get the phrase if I dared say it.
“Ah, I see. That is good news indeed.” He once again pauses looking at Soki, and then he turns to me. “Whenever you are able, could you please come to our meeting table? We have some things that need to be discussed. I am also sure some of our allies would be happy to know you are okay.”
I find myself nodding in agreement, and he silently leaves the room…not closing the door. Once again I am left with an eerie silence from Soki. I realize that talking to her any further right now would just upset her, so I silently stand out of bed. Thankfully I appear to be wearing some sort of sweatpants-shorts; that’ just what they feel like. Walking to the nearby dresser I find my clothes neatly folded. I’m not sure who did it, but when I find them I need to thank them. Silently walking past Soki I step into the decent sized closet on the other side of the room and quietly change into the clothes. Strangely I feel like someone is staring at me, but I quickly brush it off and step out adjusting my shirt.
“I’ll be out shortly….” Soki silently whispers and I nod.
“Yeah…..see ya…..” Leaving the awkward silence, I walk out into quite a scene.
“O..ow! Yeesh that hurts…” the young man I recognize as Drake is sitting in a chair where an unfamiliar woman seems to be touching his neck. At first I find myself thinking it is Estelle, but I quickly realize this woman is different. I can’t tell what it is, but she has a sensation that reminds me of Ren. However, this feeling is…stronger.
“Don’t fuss, I am simply making sure there is no more poison in your body. So, stay still.” This new woman’s voice is almost reminiscent of something I heard in a song. Her voice was almost hypnotic and so…calm. Taro and Zypher are sitting and chatting to some mysterious dude I don’t recognize with brown hair and a scowl, sitting next to yet another guy I don’t recognize with pitch black hair and a mysterious tattoo under his eye that makes it look as if he is crying, when suddenly the black haired youth stands; no…is…he floating? Upon closer inspection I notice he has bandages tightly wrapped around his whole body, save for his head, shoulders and feet. There are also mysterious symbols on the bandages that I don’t recognize.
“Br….o..t..her…..” The black haired one says startling me. I notice now his eye is that of the Knightmare’s eye, Black sclera, Gold pupil; he is definitely a Knightmare.
“I…I don’t know what you are taking about? I’m not your both-“
“So….ba…..ta…” he suddenly says once again startling me. Ren comes up toward us.
“Perhaps it would be best, for us to share what happened in our individual groups?” his hand is on my shoulder.
“Now then…forgive my rudeness and mysterious nature..” The new woman starts. “I did not intend to offend any of you, so allow me to introduce myself…..My name is Alyssa….but...you may call me Alys.” She has a soft smile that seems to calm everyone at the table, except for the mysterious brown haired guy. Ren’s composure seems different though, as if he was flustered or something. I can tell, his cheeks seem a tad bit red. I quickly return my attention to Alys as she starts speaking again.
“Now, if it were merely a name I had to give this would be a short introduction. However, I must tell you. I am also known as the Sin Demon Lord of Envy.”
Taro and Zypher are completely floored by this, as am I. This woman, is a Demon Lord? Wait, that term. Sin Demon. That is what Demicius called Soki, is she one too?
“Wait wait wait…” Estelle starts. “That can’t be right, I know for a fact that the Sin Demons were..”
“Exterminated….Yes” Alys starts, interrupting her. “However, Sin is eternal. In the end, another will be chosen for each Sin, and they will inherit these titles becoming a new Sin Demon. As I speak, the final Sin Demon will have been chosen, or rather...will have awakened. The final Sin, Pride.”
“So, there are seven Sin Demons? I mean...ya know….Pride, Sloth, Envy, Wrath, Lust, uhm...” Zypher pauses mid-count and then counts on his fingers. “Oh! Greed and Gluttony!”
Alys silently nods. “Yes, I know of the others who have been chosen and awakened, including the last one whom is among your ranks.” The Pride Sin Demon is with us? Is it..
“That’s enough…..Sister….” I hear her voice, turning to her.
“It’s good to see you well Soki.” Alys smiles at her. Soki’s expression remains emotionless.
“How did you end up in this place Alys? Do not tell me you were-” Soki starts.
“I am afraid I was. I know nothing of our other siblings, whether they were trapped here, or are still at our home world.” Alys strangely continues smiling at Soki. Taro and the others are about as lost as I am. However, I notice Ren’s expression turning serious as he looks at Soki; as if he suddenly realized something. Did Ren know, or…was he about as clueless as the rest of us?
“Soki….where…” I start only for her to quickly interrupt.
“Shiki is fast asleep…” She says silently yet calmly. Ren closes his eyes, his arms crossed.
“Sobata….back to matters we need to discuss…” he starts, staring at me.
“Yeah I know……” looking down at my hands...no…I guess they can’t be considered hands…more like...claws. I start by explaining how our mission went. Zypher and Vaebrae told us how their battle with Aurvangr ended.
“So….I don’t know what it was, but he just suddenly got mad and exploded!” Vaebrae exclaims. “My only thought is that he let his power go to his head.”
“Aurvangr was like a child….in the end he died like he did back in my world.” As I say that, I suddenly feel a sharp pain hit my head.
“Sobata? Are you alright?” Sonia looks concerned as she sits next to Alter; I’m still confused how those two have separate bodies now. This pain in my head, it flares up each time I try to recall what happened back in my world. Like my friends……I…wait…did I have friends back then?
“Sobata…if you are still in need of rest, then we can continue this discussion later.” Ren silently stares at me; concern showing in his eyes.
“Nah, I’m..fine…anyway…Aurvangr, despite being I don’t know how old….he is still like a child….a child who had too much power he couldn’t control.”
Vaebrae pauses thinking to himself as Zypher speaks up.
“I did notice he and I shared a similar power…but he clearly didn’t know the basics of manipulating dimensions.” Zypher actually brags. Strangely his light hearted attitude makes me smirk, ignoring the pain I felt.
“Wait..you are capable of manipulating dimensions?” Alys suddenly speaks up.
“Hmm? Well.yeah..it’s about the best I can do…well...besides some swordplay. Why?” Zypher quirks an eyebrow.
“Would you be willing to join Ren and me later? It is for…researching purposes.” She seems to have a mischievous smile.
“You have need of my aid, my lady?” Ren looks baffled and I can see his cheeks turning red. I think this is the first time I have ever seen his cheeks red. Alys nods and I can see her cheeks lighting up as well. Zypher just looks in my direction and shrugs his shoulders. I notice Estelle’s eyes darting back and forth between the two like she is focused.
“Excuse me…as much as this conversation is sooo interesting…care to tell me why I was dragged here?” the brown haired dude simply mutters irritated.
“Sterben calm down will ya?” Taro sighs sipping from a drink I could only assume was soda…..or Vodka.
“Listen…I don’t do groups alright?” Sterben grunts.
“Says the guy who traveled with me big…uh…Alexander over there.” Alter smirks calmly, twirling his finger in a glass of ice tea, the clinking noise of the ice strangely calming. Sterben merely sits back in his chair with his arms crossed.
“Hell, if it lets me do my own thing you can keep this weirdo….makes my life easier…”
“You are sort of a dick aren’t you…” I suddenly say, only causing Sterben to smirk.
“You get it right? Why tie yourself to a group...they’ll just get in your way.” He continues to smirk at me.
“True..you could say that…..but..i don’t like to believe that….” I retort.
“Heh…..regardless…I’m gonna go my own way..you guys can figure out what you want to do…I already know what I’m doing.” Sterben suddenly stands and starts to walk away.
“Knowing your attitude, we probably have the same goal.” Vaebrae sits back in his chair.
“I doubt it…..” Sterben starts to walk out only to stop suddenly. “I’m sure we will be seeing eachother again…your campy group seems to draw a lot of weirdos together.”
“You calling yourself a weirdo dude?” Taro smirks causing Sterben to clear his throat and briskly walk out.
“Okay I’m still sort of confused. Why did you call me your brother?” Turning to this black haired guy I could only assume was named Alexander I notice his Knightmare aura is eerily similar to my own.
“From what I can surmise….his name is Alexander.” Ren mutters.
“I tried searching his thoughts, thinking I could find something that might help, but I noticed he seems to have some…strange mental blocks. I can only assume it is linked to these seals.” Alys motions to the bandages all tightly wrapped around Alexander. He is floating silently, which makes me wonder. How the hell is he just...floating when I can clearly tell he isn’t exerting or using any power whatsoever.
“Seals? Like...magic seals?” Vaebrae asks.
“No…these...are definitely of Hell origin.” Ren silently mutters, examining the bandages.
“I’m…..kind of confused.” Angel mutters rubbing her eyes.
“Why do you think he was sealed up?” Zypher asks scratching his head. Alexander…he’s a Knightmare…but…why was he sealed up?
“Hmm, this requires more research.” Alys mutters silently. Okay, this conversation is now random and I’m getting a headache…again.
“Perhaps we all go our separate ways for today…we can continue this afterward.” Ren mutters as he is still blushing.
“I concur…” Alys smiles softly at him and I see something I thought was impossible. Ren actually blushes even more and he averts his eyes in embarrassment. Estelle’s eyes are lit up and practically glowing. Bunny is just tilting her head confused.
As everyone at the table goes there separate ways, Drake sits silently, blinking confused. “Did….did they forget I was here?”