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A Week in Tokyo: Chapter 10
A Week In Tokyo
Chapter Ten: No Rest for the Wicked
An ocean of stars shone brilliantly over the kingdom of Fanelia twinkling softly in the evening sky. Two moons hung above the small houses and farmlands dotting the emerald valley. The moons were unusually large and were glowing brighter than usual. Everyone in the Fanelian countryside was tucked away in their beds, sound asleep. There was only one house that still had a chorus of artificial lights pouring out from its many windows onto the dark earth below. This was the manor of the ex-council member Vladimir Kent.
He sat at the desk of a large study, his dark blue eyes staring at an odd machine resting on the floor beside him. The machine rose up from the base of the floor to a few feet above his head. It started out as a cylindrical shape at the bottom and twisted into a spiral at the top. A giant brass handle reached down from the center of the device to the desk where he sat. Vladimir leaned his right hand against the lever of th
A Week in Tokyo: Chapter 09
A Week In Tokyo
Chapter Nine: Introductions
By the time the four men had arrived at Amano's place it was late evening. Van had managed to pull himself together long enough to introduce himself to all of Amano's roommates and help carry the duffel bag in. The other men were relieved that Van had finally come to his senses. It had been an interesting car ride in which Van brought up every positive thing that had ever happened to him in his life.
He had even started rattling off all of the positive things about their current situation. He had said things like, "You know, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Mystic Moon," and "This experience will definitely give us time to think about how we can straighten things out with the council when we get back," and even "You know everything in life DOES happen for a reason." It was disturbing to say the least.
Amano's housing complex was located on the campus of Tokyo University. The Gaean men were amazed at the University's sheer s
A Week in Tokyo: Chapter 08
A Week In Tokyo
Chapter Eight: Brief Goodbyes
After everyone had chatted for a while Amano thought it was best to get the group back to his housing complex. At some point during the visit he had called one of his roommates, Seji, and let him know that he was bringing four of his 'relatives' home later that evening. It was getting to be around that time now. The friends had spent so much time catching up that they barely noticed that it was starting to get dark outside.
When Amano noticed the time he told everyone he'd get the car ready. Yukari gave Amano a small peck on the cheek before he momentarily left the apartment to make room in the back of his automobile for more passengers. None of the men minded the arrangement. They were beginning to feel more confident about the plan after talking it over. They had even discussed famous landmarks that they could visit during their stay in Tokyo.
Van had been unusually distant while the others shot the breeze. He kept staring out a small win
A Week in Tokyo: Chapter 07
A Week In Tokyo
Chapter Seven: Living Quarters
In order to make sure that Van and the others really understood Japanese, Amano had written a small dialog on a piece of paper and had each man call various pizza parlors around the city, pretending to order 'the super deluxe ultimate supreme.' No pizza place in town actually had this food item on their menu so the phone call was relatively safe. Each of the men passed the test with flying colors, although they were not certain what a pizza was or had the faintest idea what calling the restaurants really had to do with them suddenly acquiring their new language skills.
Calling the restaurants was not an easy task. It had taken some time for Hitomi and the others to convince the Gaean men that the phone was not a cursed Mystic Moon item. The Gaean men couldn't understand how one could communicate with someone so far away without some kind of magic involved. Dryden and the others were finally satisfied with the explanation Yukari had given t
A Week in Tokyo: Chapter 06
A Week In Tokyo
Chapter Six: The Atlantis Pendant
Hitomi set to work finding something in the fridge to feed her companions with. Van didn't want his love to do all of the cooking by herself so he offered to help. He had asked her earlier if she needed any help in the kitchen but she had refused his offer. He was hoping that Hitomi would change her mind. He was disappointed when Hitomi shook her head.
"I'm fine, Van. Don't worry about me. I can manage on my own."
She pointed toward a blue dining room table that rested at the far end of the kitchen and gestured for him to take a seat in one of the light blue chairs surrounding it.
"You go sit at the table and wait for me to finish. I'll be done in no time!"
Van sighed and reluctantly left Hitomi to carry out the task alone. When Van settled down in his chair Hitomi politely instructed Gaddes, Allen, and Dryden to take a seat in the remaining blue chairs that circled the table beside him.
The men took their places around the table and wa
A Week in Tokyo: Chapter 05
A Week in Tokyo
Chapter Five: The Power Spot
Van continued to look at Hitomi with a hint of sadness in his eyes. He knew that he had to return to Gaea and set things straight with his council but a part of him wanted to stay with her, as selfish as the thought was. He didn't like the fact that Hitomi was so willing to send him back to his own world. Even if that wasn't what she had meant to say and was just trying to save herself from further embarrassment, the words still hurt.
Hitomi saw the strain on Van's face and gave him a look of concern.
"Van, are you alright?"
Van forced a weak smile.
"Yeah, I was just thinking of a way that we could get back to Gaea without a proper portal or energist."
Van felt like the most horrible man in both worlds for lying to Hitomi but he didn't want to burden her with his own insecurities. He managed to keep a straight face as the other men started to realize the gravity of the situation they were in.
Allen stopped teasing Hitomi and focused on the s
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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