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I landed, painfully, onto the hard floor at the end of the long drop downwards deeper into the Sacra base. Thankfully, the pain from landing on my feet didn't last long. I drew myself to my feet, surveying my surroundings.
I was in what looked to be an operating room. Blood was splattered all across everything from the once clean floor to the expensive looking machinery surrounding a single operating table. Whatever had been going on in here was rushed to be finished, and whatever needed the work was gone. For now. After seeing the bat creature from before, I was just about ready for anything. I mean, seriously, who wouldn't be?
Cautiously, I began investigating the room, looking for anything that could help me on this rescue mission. Sitting on a table just out of reach of the blood was a set of papers hastily placed there, someone was in a rush.
I thumbed through them, nothing obviously helpful. Most of the paper talked about "The Project," which I figu
ARCANE: chapter eight8
"How do you think Specs is doing?" Backhand asked. "I mean... as far as fighting a giant bat-man goes."
I shot a stern look at him, knowing Specs was all that was on Redhead's mind at that moment.
We trudged through the caves, the light fading out in my Coredriver, the battery wearing down from the excessive usage. The caves went on for what seemed like forever, journeying deep underneath Metro City.
"He loves me." Redhead said, "You two heard that, yes?"
"Whether or not we heard that, we definitely saw it Rose." I said.
Her face looked distraught, her eyes filled with worry.
"I should've stayed behind with him, he needs me."
I stopped her, wrapping my arms around her.
"He will be fine. This is Specs we're talking about. Keep calm and focus on the mission now, okay?" Sure, wasn't my best pep talk, but it got the point across. "Let's keep moving, we have to get out of these caves before my Coredriver dies."
We started walking again, journeying deeper into the dar
ARCANE: chapter seven7
The entrance to the sewer system burned out our nostrils, the smell of human waste flooded out of the broken down grating. I nearly puked again, it just wasn't my day. Specs and the others were right behind me, covering their mouths and noses with their hands, trying to block out as much of the smell as they could.
"Do we really have to go in there??" Backhand asked, looking quite green.
"Yes. We do," I responded. "everyone's counting on us to rescue the hostages from the Sacra. We're going in."
I led the way, using my Coredriver as a light source, bringing every inch of the slime covered walls to light in a pink glow. We trudged through the muck for what seemed like forever, following the sewer path wherever it led us, deeper and deeper into the underground catacombs of Metro City. Redhead followed directly behind me, with Backhand behind her, and Specs taking up the rear.
My nose, by that point, had basically burned off from the smell, leaving me to focus my mind on getting to the
Forgive.For years we fought side by side. Battling away devils and demons, beasts and foes. We were inseperable. We fought anything that threatened us. And we weren't alone, we had friends, we had allies. People who stood by our sides and battled back the darkness with us. Together you and I were strong, with them, we were invincible. But then, we had never fought against a threat from within our ranks. A foe we had never seen before. It was strong, because it lacked emotion, it lacked feeling. It was a mystery determined never to be solved. I tried my best to tell you to stay away, to protect you from it, but, something about it drew you in, attracted you. You wanted the dark. We fought about it night and day, slowly, the darkness tore you from me, cutting into me with its devilish guise. No one saw it for what it really was until it was too late, until we had lost it all. How could you have destroyed what we had? You tore it down like it was nothing. Like everything we worked for was worthle