The sun is setting up on this new city, slowly rising in the horizon. Reflecting on the river at the bottom of it, little reflection sparkling like little stars while the place is coming to life. Around the middle of the city, a two stories house surrounded by a little garden stand quietly still in the middle of their neighbor. Although it seems someone in that house don't really seem to agree.
"Damn, you would think that after a full night in a real bed for once in so long I would wake up with less stiffness." I try to move and I got a hell of a time just to turn around or even lift an arm. "Why in hell am I stuck like that? Someone tied me up or what? I feel like my body weights
a thousand tons." I turn my head around and see that giant arm around my waist and a leg on top of mine. I grumble as I remember where I am and what happened last night. "I knew it; I should have slept on the roof or even on the floor and not listen to him." I know if I stay under here too long I am going to end up not able to breath soon, wouldn't want the big guy to get the wrong kind of dreams while he is holding me in his bed. I look at my situation and I realize I am still wearing my leather armor. I must have been really sleepy to be able to fall with my full
armor; either that or the bed is really comfortable. I have to get out of here, might be better to not wake my host though. Plus except the fact that we had and odd start yesterday and we did fight side by side after that I can't say I know a whole lot about his habits. Does feel good to be by the side of another lion for once, most of my kind had been decimated during the big event.
I try to slowly bend my muscle and move his leg out of the way first. Once that's done I slowly shift my weight on the side and move in rhythm with his breathing. Takes me a few minutes but it seems I made it. I look at him on the bed and realize that unlike me he really didn't keep a
whole lot to sleep, actually nothing at all. I get up and head down the stairs slowly exploring around a little. Cute little house, everything seems adapted for someone his size except maybe the bathtub. But well I guess unless it's made especially for him it must not be easy to get
something big enough for him. I would love to take off my armor right now but I don't even know how the people around here are, or how they will consider me. Plus from what I understood someone made quite a mess around here before I arrived so they seem pretty jumpy already. And I got quite a good idea of who it could be.
I find the back door and open it, looking at the garden. Pretty simple but agreable the kind of place where you can set up yourself and just relax or meditate, he is lucky. I am just there looking around I see some of the neighbors are staring at me, I am not really sure of what to do
so I just try to wave to them. The kids look at me with their jaw dropped on the floor while on the other side the parents seem scared. One of them just run toward her kid grab him and run away inside her house. The others seem to follow the example, really not the reaction I was expecting or hoping that is for sure. I guess I am going to have to tell Galen about his neighbor's reaction in case. I am just smelling the air and enjoying the sun when I hear banging on the front door. I go back inside just in time to see a foot break down the door from his hinges. A few guards following right after and start to point their spears and swords toward me, ok that can't be good. "Who are you? What did you do to Sir Galen?"
I lift my hands in a sign of peace trying to show them I mean no arm. "Excuse me sir but I think the one you are searching is just asleep upstairs." They obviously don't believe me since their reaction, as they start surrounding me directly.
"Who are you? Why should we even believe you? You are not from around here and some guards got killed yesterday night." I just give a big sigh in reaction and roll my eyes.
"What is it with you guys? Are you always saying the same thing or what? God, he told me the exact same thing yesterday just before attacking me. At least one of you go wake him up and ask him if what I say it's tr..."
Just as I say that of course two of them try to get their spears on me while another one tries to club me in the back of my head with the hilt of his sword. I crouch myself on the floor to avoid the blows as the spears go through each side of the guy that was behind me making him give a scream as he think he is history. I do a cartwheel from the floor and throw myself behind the group landing on the kitchen table. "Would you guys mind to calm down?" Of course only answer they seem to know is to let all hell break loose on me. One slashes at my legs with his sword, I lift my leg and step on his sword making him lose his grip. Two guards jump on the table on each sides of me. They start trying to fight me in hand to hand; I block them and try to resist the urge to hit them back every time I see an opening in their defenses. I just keep avoiding their hits and push them both off the table before I jump behind one of them and push him with my elbows into the others. "Damn it now, I don't want to hurt any of you but stop attacking me otherwise I am going to start punching back too." I yell at them and I start growling at them showing my fangs and claws.
At that moment we hear a deep walk coming from upstairs followed by a big booming voice. "What the hell is going on here?" he asks. "About time you woke up, damn you can have a very deep sleep for sure." I tell him as I just relax my stance and look at the guards as they just stand their straight. "We were apprehending a suspect sir." I turn toward Galen as he walks down the stairs and point at him as I poke his chest. "You really got to teach your guards that stranger doesn't always mean guilty. But well it seems you have to learn that too."
Galen just puts a big arm around me and start giving a big laugh at me. "Perhaps this is true, but you have to understand that we lost a lot of guards lately and a lot of events went on so everyone is a bit on the edge." I just give a grumble at that and walk outside into the garden once again to leave him with his guards.
A few minutes later he joins me as I am playing around with a piece of wood for the fire outside, making it bounce around in the air with one of my foot. "Pretty impressive, you got a nice coordination for sure." I keep bouncing the piece of wood around without really looking at him so he keeps talking. "You have to excuse them and me actually. We were just doing our jobs you know."
As only answer I give one loud kick in the piece of wood I was playing around with, breaking it in half and throwing the two pieces on each side of Galen's head. "And so what? What you expect me to do then, wear a sign I am innocent? Or wear a sign I didn't ask to be here? Or maybe even better you got something that just says 'peace and love'?" He can feel I am pretty fed up by now to be attacked every time I meet someone new so he is on the defensive in case I lose it. I can feel in his scent that he is wondering about me, so I just lower my arms and breathe. "Sorry." I tell him. He looks at me and makes a few steps forward.
"Well for starters you could maybe try to wear some of the same kind of outfit we do instead of your armor." As he tells me that with that big smile I can't help but laugh at the craziness of the situation and I see him looking at me up and down wondering what he said so funny.
"Do you realize how much you aren't exactly in the position to talk to me about outfits right now?" He quirks an eyebrow and starts to open his mouth but I cut him off. "Before telling me how I should dress maybe you should start by wearing something. Not that I really mind the show but unless your people are nudist am not sure they expect a big guy like you just going around like that." He looks down and realizes that he didn't wear anything when he came out of his bedroom and goes directly inside the house while I keep laughing. A few minutes later he comes in front of a window and makes a sign to me to come upstairs with him. I make my way up there hoping that he got something on at least finally now. I get in the room and I see a pile of clothes waiting on the bed. "What is that supposed to be? Well except clothes of course."
That gives him a chuckle as he picks up one of the shirts. "Well like I said you should change in something more classic. So people don't get worried as soon as they see you."
I pick up one of the pants and look at it as I unfold it. "You know I might not be a small fry but I am still not as big as you are." He looks at the clothes and gives a sigh. "Well I think we need to go get you something then."
I go at the window and look down in the street. "And what am I supposed to do meanwhile until we get me regular clothes, hide in the shadows?" He just grabs my hand and pulls me toward the city with him without even an explanation.
As we walk through the city I am a bit worried, people are look at us as we walk down the street and my fellow friend lion isn't exactly chatty with me, makes me feel like I am a convict he is taking to jail or something. People look at him and smile give big waves toward him, and then they turn their head and see me and just look down on the floor. God I swear when I find that ass that got me trapped here I, I am beating him into a pulp for all that. I start to wonder if I will ever get them to not run away from me or if I should just give up and go live outside of the city by myself until I find him. At that moment I feel someone tugging on my tail, I turn around and I see no one behind me. Then I feel a hand around my knee, I look down and there is a kid looking at me with big eyes. I get down on one knee at his level, from what I see he is a Labrador. "What is it little guy, is there something I can do for you?"
He reaches an arm up and plays a bit with my mane. "Hello sir... can I ask you a question?" I try to give him a smile as my tail moves slowly behind me, in the corner of my eyes I see that Galen stopped and is looking at us from a few feet away. I am going to bet he is trying to judge me and feel my reaction.
"Sure you can, I will do my best to answer." He looks at me hesitating a little bit before he takes a deep breath. "Are... are you a real lion?" I can't say I was expecting this kind of question so I can't help but laugh at it a little before I answer him. "'Yes, I can assure you I am a real lion." He passes his hand through my mane and look around it like I got some kind of tint on me. "But, why are you all grey and black sir?" I put a hand on his head between his ears. "Sincerely I can't really be sure even myself. I am just a very rare kind." He looks deep in my eyes as his jaws drops open and says "Coooool". That gives me a smile, maybe I can be accepted after all.I get back up and I see the kid seems to have decided to come with us, at first I think I see a disapproval look on Galen but well the kid was so friendly with me that I wanted the feeling to last. I get on my knees in front of the kid and offer him to jump on my back. Which he does right away laughing as I get up and I start following Galen again toward the place he want to take me. As we go through the city more and more kids seem to get around us laughing, they even tried to see at some point how many of them I could carry at the same time.
We finally arrive at the place, seems to be good old kind of tailor. I admit from where I come from we mostly got armors and weapons or potions, so this is kind of new. The guy got all kind of different stuff, from classy to more functional. As the owner gets close to us I first grab my money from my side pocket. I show him a few copper, silver and gold and he seems to be more than ecstatic and from what I understand it's not that the money is worth anything to them but that the material they are made off can be worth a whole lot. I can't imagine the jump through the ceiling he would do if I show him one of my platinum coin. "Come with me dear sir, I got some very good stuff for a man as rich as you are." I quirk an eyebrow and take a look at Galen to make him understand he better take care of this, so he does. "I think you misunderstood, in case you didn't notice my friend here is a fighter. He doesn't need to show off; he needs fighter gear like the kind I wear." He looks a bit disappointed, probably hoping he could have sold me some of his most expensive outfits. He shows me a few outfits and still tries to show me some with golden designs in it. But I get more interested in some very classic black or grey pants, and a few shirts. I still decide to keep my shoes and gloves out of habit. At first I just grab the stuff and think about heading back out to change but Galen just put a hand on my chest and stops me. "Now that you got new stuff why don't you wear some right away to be able to be more conspicuous in town?"
I look at him a little surprised before I ask. "What here, right in the shop with the kids around and all?" He just chuckle at me before he answers. "Why you not wearing anything under?" I just roll my eyes at that question. "Well yeah. But from where I am coming from you don't take
off your armor in public, and you really don't put your stuff on the floor if you hope to still leave with it."
Understanding that there is no point arguing I start to try to undo the back of my chest piece and I feel the store keeper walking behind me. "Here let me help you with this strap sir." I just jump as a reaction on the table in front of me and on top of the shelf holding some clothes;
Galen gets automatically in a fighting stance and looks around to see what happened. "What the hell are you doing up there?" I point at the store keeper down the shelf and I just say. "You, don't ever touch my armor like that. You really wouldn't like the results, believe me." And
I jump down the shelf keeping my back on the wall so I can undo my strap myself. As I take off my chest piece and bracers and put them inside my belt pouch under the amazed eyes of everyone while the giant armor pieces disappear inside this tiny pouch. I look up wondering what's wrong and the only answer I get is Galen grumbling "I hate magic."
As I take off my undershirt and underpants to wear the new stuff I bought I see everyone staring at me again, but this time Galen gets close to me. He looks at my body up and down and brings a hand to trace the symbols on my chest. "What the hell is that on your whole body?" I just shrug at it. "Are they markings?" he adds as he traces one that is on my arm.
"Not exactly... they are magic symbols, a kind of seal. Or more simply they are tattoos." He seems to have a hard time processing it as he rubs the fur around and on my tattoos. "How is that possible, how can you get something like that on your fur?" I shrug once again and just tell
him "I just got them added on me when I was a kid, always had them and will always have them until I die... or until he gets free." I look down on the floor and lace the belt around my pants and put a shirt inside my pouch as I don't feel like wearing it yet. Then I look at Galen and ask
him before he can ask a question I don't want to answer "So how do I look?" He just gives me a kind of toothy smiles and heads out of the shops so I follow him. As we head out I take out my bandana from my pouch and attach my mane in the back as a ponytail to get it out of the way.
As I get out of the shop I look at Galen and I see him staring at me so I look back with an interrogation look on my eyes and wait for him to say something. After a few minutes I decide that this is lasting a little bit too much by now and I want to know if I got something on my face
or what "Why are you staring at me like that?" He points at me and says "What did you do to your new clothes already just coming out of the
shop?" Not understanding what he is talking about I look down at my new pants and see that they ripped off in different spots, and the fabric look strained to the point that I am wondering if I will keep pants on for very long. After looking at me for a minute and seeing the pants still breaking I manage to spit out "What in the nine hells is happening? Did your guy sell me crap?"
He takes a few steps toward me and I hear him gasp so I look up and we both realize that now I manage to look at him in the eyes while before he was slightly taller than me. "How in hell did you manage to grow like that in just a second?"
Not really understanding either I think about the last events that happened to me. I been through the transport in dimensions due to that jerk, then I nearly died and Megamisama saved both of us and opened the lock of my powers in the process. Could it be it? After a few seconds
I look back at him and roll my eyes before I say "I think with all that happened in the last days to me, and well you yesterday night, I had an input of magic." From the look on his face I could already guess that I wasn't making any sense to him so I had to explain differently, damn I hope I won't have to draw it out for him. "Okay since you seem a little bit thick on the subject of magic let's go back in the shop before I get naked and while I pick up new clothes I explain you."
We walk back to the shop and I see the tailor nearly faint at the view of what happened to his work. After a few minutes of explaining him it's not his fault he directs me toward a more sturdy material in my size and assures me that this one should be more fitting for my need. I think he was still feeling bad about his old clothes and didn't fully believe us about the fact it wasn't his fault since he gave me a discount on the new ones. While I am finishing the tear off what is left of the old pants to put on the new ones I launch myself in the explanation for Galen. "Okay so let's try to make this clearer for you. In the past day I have been in a fight with that demon I am hunting, I have been healed a certain amount of times by my group during the invasion of his fortress. Then he and I passed through what seems to be a door between dimensions. And last, but not least, here my goddess saved us both, me an inch from death, and seem to have unlocked my elemental powers." I take a deep breath and take a look at him until he gives me a nod so I know he is still following me before I go on.
"So, granted I am far from being a magic scholar, but I have been exposed to a lot of magic in a short period. And I think it ended up giving my body a kind of a boost that I really wasn't expecting more than you."
After a few seconds he finally closes his mouth and I see him clenching a fist before he says "And people dare to wonder why I hate magic... damn it." Then he takes few steps toward me and look like he is checking that I didn't grew up more while we were talking before he says. "Okay so what do we do now? Should we try to find a mage to see if someone can send you back? Should we be worried that you grow to the size of a giant? What are we supposed to do, you know more about magic than I do." and he pokes me in the chest with an accusation look on his face.
I swat away his finger with a movement of my hand and take a step backward before I answer him a little louder than I was planning to. "Listen, I didn't ask to be sent here... I didn't ask for sure for this" I add showing my body. Then I go on "Like I told you I am no magic scholar, I know fighting styles and weapons, I know a few tricks okay granted. But I don't know more than you except for ONE thing." I see is taken by surprise at my anger spill out and it seems to me that my voice got a deeper growl than before too during the change I went through. But I don't let it stop me and I go on "The only thing I know is that I have been assigned the task to get rid of that... that... 'Thing'. And I don't care whatever places he is I will search for a way of going back to my place when he is history. What you don't seem to realize is that in all this mess I am the one that lost more than you. This is not my world... those are not my people... my friends I always had by my side are not around... this is all YOURS." And I bump my fist on his chest lightly to add to my point before I add "So please keep your tamper in check and your sanctimonious crap in a box for a few because I think I got more reason to be pissed off than you are." As I am panting and growling at him I realize the kids are looking at us from outside the shop with their mouths wide open in surprise. While the shopkeeper is cowering in a corner worried that it will end up badly in a way or another but to my surprise the Labrador from earlier arrives and hugs my leg gently and says "Wow sir... you look even stronger and impressive without your armor on." Realizing that I am making a show of myself and I might end up scaring people even more I just take a deep breath and look down at the kid with a grateful smile while he looks up at me with stars in the eyes. I gently grab him in my arms and give him a gentle hug while he grabs my mane and I tell him "Thank you... thank you a lot kiddo."
Meanwhile Galen was looking about ready to jump on me to protect the kid but looks now even more surprised the way I am behaving completely different with him. He takes a few steps and put one of his big hands on my shoulder before he says "Okay I got your point, I can imagine you must be even more on the edge than me. And you, I admit, got more reasons than I do." Then he takes a few steps away and looks a bit ashamed before he adds "So in any case what I am trying to say is I am sorry. And... Well I am happy to have another good fighter by my side especially if that guy is as strong as you say."
I am taken by surprise by that last statement which washes away the last of my building anger, so in reaction I keep the kid in one arm and get closer to Galen to give him a healthy back slap on his back making him take a step forward. Looking at my hand after that, in surprise, I realize that my size must not be the only thing that changed with that transformation; I hadn't put that much strength in it after all. And yesterday I wasn't making him move that easily when we were fighting together. I look up at him and ask "Can I ask you to spar with me for a few in a 'safe' place? I think there are more changes in me than 'esthetic'. I would prefer to check in case before I get surprises during an important fight." He still rubbing the back of his shoulders from my slap but nods and understands my point, so he makes me a sign to follow him and we exit the shop once again. As we are going through the city I see the kids, which were hesitating at first, decide to join us. I am going to make a safe bet that they heard what Galen and I talked about and they hoping to be able to see a sparring between us, kids always seem to enjoy it. Even if in my place most kids are generally forced to watch to learn new technique as soon as they can walk. A few minutes later we arrive where it seems to be the camp of operation from their militaries forces. As I look around I can see why he brought me here, the walls are sturdy, and there is equipment and probably first aid too.
The way they are all looking at me and grabbing weapons or getting in fight stances I would bet he got another idea too. Just after we passed the main doors I see him making a sign toward me to wait there, so in case I hold the kids with me and wait. He keeps walking toward the middle of the area and just like they were waiting for it, several guards get around him between us. So in reaction I put the kids behind me and get ready to stop them in case. They look surprised of what I did, I bet they were all expecting me to use the kids as a shield or hostages, but then Galen moves again and stand between them and us before he starts talking. "Guards of the city, as chieftain of the guard I request your attention. This lion here is not a fiend; he is my guest and here to help us. He is been sent to us, against his will, to fight the responsible of the massacres a week ago. He made it clear that his priority is to complete his mission, and he won't search for a way back until he did." He then looks around to be sure he got their attention before he goes on. "From what he said this fiend is not the classic opponent we ever saw, he comes from his world. He got different techniques and power than what we are used to. I admit I made the same mistake as most of you when I saw it at first. But he is here to help us. Now I request all of you to leave us room so we can spare him and me, try to examine his techniques and see the difference with ours."
People start to scatter around leaving us room and, as I see him standing both fists in front of himself waiting for the usual "friendly fist bump", I slowly get toward him. My tail is wagging happily in the excitation of a good friendly fight and wondering to know about my new abilities. As we bump our fists he tells me in a big grin "And these times don't hold back. Fight seriously" In only answer I give him a big toothy smile and jump backward three feet from him before I get in a fighting stance. Now is the time to know if my body really changed or not, I think to myself. As soon as the kids got into a safer spot with the guards we start circling each other's before we attack. We both know we are not low level opponents and we both want to make this "demonstration" a worthy one. From his stance I already imagine a few possible scenarios for his attacks, and just decide to wing it. I dig my foot on the floor and launch myself toward him by surprise, as I expected he starts with a direct punch toward my head. I lower myself and as I am on the floor he must have expected a swipe at his feet to make him fall flat, but instead I manage to roll on the side and stop myself thanks to my claw before I stand on my hands upside down and give a kick just behind his back sending him forward a few feet. He stops himself and then starts running toward me while I am still upside down. I block a few of his punches with my feet and then launch myself backward in a back flip.
I launch myself toward him again and he does something I wasn't expecting. Even in his position he is preparing a hammer kick to pin me down on the floor. Since I am already on him I can't even change my direction all I got time to do is put my hands above my head with a "Damn it" and then something new happens. In the excitation I seem to have called forth for energy on my body and sent an electric shock on Galen's leg that sent him backward on his butt. I look at him with my jaw open wide in surprise before I run toward him to check on him "Oh by the goddess I am so sorry... I don't know what happened." I just lower myself next to him while he slowly shakes his head and sit on the floor.
He starts rubbing his leg where I hurt him and grumbles "I know I told you to don't hold back but I didn't imagine you would go to that point."
I look at him with wide eyes as I say "I said I was sorry, I didn't even think I would do that. I just tried to parry and then... then this happened." After that I give a punch on the floor leaving a hole where I hit "Damn it... I don't know what I am supposed to do at this point." And I just stare at my fists on the floor. After a few, still looking at my fist, I say "I think... that since I am possibly dangerous... I better leave your city and hunt him alone."
Hearing my statement, the guards that had gathered around us start to chatter about it, I can't understand them all but I know the majority seems to agree with me. So I get about to leave and something I wasn't expecting happens. Galen without a word just punches me in the face sending me on the floor. I don't even try to look at him until he suddenly starts yelling at everyone to shut up. Then he turns to me and kneels next to me before he says "Like hell you do. We said we will do this together so you not about to use this 'minor setback' as an excuse."
Then he offers his hand to help me get up and adds "Plus I promised to your 'goddess' to take care of you and you expect me to go back on my words to a woman?" he grins as he says that and I can't help but chuckle and grab his hand, at first hesitantly because I am worried to do something wrong again then really. After that he spends the next five minutes insisting that we start sparing again against my protests. An hour later we are both sweating as hell but I seem to get the hang of it. I more or less manage to control when and how much, unless I get excited I would say.
We both seat on the floor and drink some water that the kids and soldiers brought for us and out of the blue I tell him "You are protecting your stomach too much." He got a surprised look on his face and is about to complain to me I just add "I guessed that it was a big weak point for you, that you don't stand hits there but that leaves big openings on way more dangerous spots on your body." I hold up three fingers and say "Three times I made a faint to hit your stomach and you went directly to protect it leaving your head and heart free for a quick kill."
He just grumbles and spits some water on the floor "So what, you saw one of my weakness?" then he starts drinking more. I slowly get up and stretch a bit before I tell him "Nothing special if it's me... but you been a good friend for me since I 'landed' here. I just wouldn't want to see you die." And I turn around to talk with the kids just after I saw the stunned look on his face. As I laugh and play around with the kids, under the looks of several guards, and catch my breath I start feeling something is not in his place again. It's daytime, they shouldn't be coming out that boldly during the day but I am SURE it's them again. As I feel the direction I just say "By the nine hells..." and start running toward the direction. Galen seeing my reaction seems surprised but then starts trying to keep up with me as I run where what I feel is coming from.
Seeing he is about to lose me, he holds a hand out and screams "Where the hell are you going!" But I don't even listen to him as I keep running toward the direction if eel the dark magic coming. The moment I am through the gates I reach for a roof and climb on it to run faster without being stopped by peoples. I jump and bounce from roofs to roofs until I reach the spot. I look down on the street and see it. Someone, and I guess I know who, opened a gate down the street in the middle of the city. That means soon some demons will be coming out of there. I jump in the street and start yelling around me "GET AWAY FROM HERE... GET AWAY SOME DEMONS ARE COMING!!!"
I know Galen is damn good in fights, and I kind of wish he would be by my side, but he don't seem really used to demons that's why I decided to just come alone. I give a big roar and make the last persons running away from the plaza before I get in position in front of the magic gate and wait for it. The moment I see the three scouts coming out I know the game is on; I get in front and say "Hey girls, came here to get some dates? I am sorry but we don't do this kind of dump agency here." One hisses at me and starts jumping on me, I dodge him and grab his hand before grabbing his "arm" and twist it around before I break it and stick his face into the floor.
I look at the other two and know they are just trying to win time before the bigger guns arrive... if only the rest of my team was with me to seal this thing. Only thing I can do is keep killing what is coming and hope to get off with that wave. I just hope it's not a big one at this point...I jump forward and break the neck of the second one that was standing closer to me at this point by putting my legs around his neck and twisting my body around. I then look at the last one and feel the fear going through his body, but before I can do anything another hand comes through the portal through his neck turning him into dust. The moment the rest of the army comes out I know they are superior levels and I can just hope that I can contain them before they attack the city. I just hope I am lucky enough that they aren't a "full army". I stand there as nonchalantly as I can while I look at the first one coming out, thinking this is going a bit too slow. I look around and see a stack of pretty wide planks on the floor. I kick one of them up with my feet and grab it into my hand to cut it into three pretty good "homemade spears" thanks to my claws. The moment it's done I throw them directly into the portal at what should be a neck level with all the strength I can muster.
At that I am surprised to hear a loud scream of pain and see a demon fall forward through the portal before exploding into dust with each of my "spears" falling on the floor. I look with big wide eyes at it and wonder what kind of wood was that. Normally that should have just pissed him off not killing it right away.
At that moment I hear now screams of rages, two maybe three, and coming from inside the portal. There are a few tricks and rules to do follow when you fight demons and you are outnumbered. First rule: pretend that every lucky strike you got it was made on purpose. So I stand there confidently in a ready position while the three others come out and snarl at me. Hard to not betray my worries and show confidence when the three opponents in front of you are nearly as tall as if I was standing on Galen's shoulders but I do my best.
Second rule: the more you piss off your opponent the more they will take harsh decision and make the fight a big easier for you. So I look at them and lift an arm slowly before I say "Well good thing your resistance is not equivalent to your stench." While shaking my hand in front of my nose I add "First one sure fell off damn easy... was he the runt of the litter?"
As I was hoping one of them lose his temper and starts running at me which is the queue for rule three to five: keep moving around, use your surroundings the best you can and don't hesitate to hit with all your strength every-time you see an opening in your opponent. I dodge his punch by spinning myself on the side and hit his ribs with my elbow putting all my weight into it. As I do I am surprised to hear some ribs breaking into his body, not enough to kill him but enough to make him fall on the floor. I do a side jump and stand on his back before I glance at the other two; they look even more shocked than I am, so I push my advantage further "Would you guys mind to give me a minute to finish of your friend?" As I prepare to strike another one of the other jumps toward me and I jump as high as I can to give a hammer kick on his head sending his own horns into the back of his comrade on the floor killing him in one hit.
I cartwheel out of the way and give a throaty chuckle at that and say "You guys are really clumsy you know that?" In only reaction they snarl at me and dodge automatically, freaking idiot me didn't pay attention that there was another bigger demon coming out of the portal and started to launch a magic on me. I barely have time to dodge before I realize I am trapped between them. The last one isn't as big as the others, but you can feel that the two others fear him.
Only thing I can do is keep in fighting position and do my best. The two giants from earlier start attacking me together now that their chief joined them and all I can keep doing is dodging and trying to attack them each time I can. As I keep dodging around that's when the problem of rule number four shows itself to me. I have to say not knowing the surroundings really well isn't helping when at times you have to avoid a bad roof or a smaller wall. I would prefer to not destroy another barn roof like when I "arrived". I decide to let my emotions get a hold of me like in the training fight against Galen and hope that maybe some magic burst will come out. At the moment I concentrate to let my rage come out I see the young Labrador from earlier coming from a corner. At the moment he pops out he looked like he was about to say something that just turned into a scream seeing the demons. The moment their boss sees him, he must just consider it's a free snack because he turns around and throws a ball of energy toward the kid. Seeing that I jump in the air and just throw both my boots on the face of the two demons, giving them a bloody nose, and throw myself toward the kid to try to save him from the magic that is going toward him. As I arrive near the kid I grab him on the fly and twist us around so I land under him.
Problem is that now I can't avoid the attack from one of the demons sidekicks. At that moment I just think about protecting the kid and turn us around to be his lion shield. At the moment I brace myself for the hit a big tree flies through the air and squishes the demon in the ground.
Before I realize what happened I hear someone say "I told you that I don't come back on a promise I made, especially to a woman."
Looking up I can't help but chuckle when I see Galen standing right next to us and ready to fight. "Took you quite some time to join the party" I tell him with a chuckle before I get up and tell the kid to leave. The moment the kid is out of the way I get up and dust myself before I walk right next to Galen and tell him "You get the twin of the one you just killed... I take the other bastard."
He looks at the two different and says "I know the first one died pretty easy but... looks to me like you leaving me the hard job."
I roll my eyes and, as I change my fighting stance for something more acrobatic, I tell him "Keep comforting yourself by thinking that while you can big guy." Seeing me change my stance seems to get an interest from the demon in front of me as I see him getting into a fighting position also. All four of us are staring at us, trying to find an opening into the opponent. Not wanting to risk more "things" popping out of the magic gate I just launch myself forward while the bigger demon tries to get in my way. I bend a bit more and use my hand to jump on his shoulder then him as a step sending him into Galen's arms "All yours my friend."
He grins and says "Not my favorite kind of gifts but thanks." Before the demon is on him he put an arm backward and punches with all his strength in the, already bloody, nose of the demon that is falling toward him. In reaction the demon growls and tries to slash at him so he just dodges it by doing some sidesteps.
Meanwhile me I am still in the air and concentrating myself for one of my classic attacks, not wanting to rely on that new energy that I am not sure I really control yet, having the sun behind me I hope I can surprise him. As I get closer to him I say "HELL FIRE KICK" and flame starts to get around my feet, first I manage to hit him on the cheek then I spin around and try to hit his stomach but he blocks me and retaliates with a punch on my chest. I slide a few feet backward then step forward right away to keep on trying to attack him.
Meanwhile Galen is on a very close fight with the demon in a kind of proof of strength. Both of them are holding the other hands and pushing. The problem is that demons got a very "unnatural" strength so it's Galen that is sliding backward slowly. Used to fights as he is Galen just lets his arms slide on each side of his body and head-butts the demon before throwing him on the side. He then tries to step on the demon on the floor but the demon retaliates by slashing at his legs. In reaction it provokes imbalance in Galen's posture and make him limp backward.
At that moment I am still exchanging blows with my adversary, I give him a punch and avoid a claw to my heart but get a slash on my rib by his tail. I realize that fire isn't doing much to him so I go back to another one of my classic. "Megamisama give me the strength... MJOLNIR FISTS."
Calling forth the energy of electricity and punching him as often as I can while he still managed to enjoy the taste of my blood, getting stronger in the process. We keep on fighting and I start being pushed backward too because of the blood I am losing with all those scratches when I suddenly hear Galen roar in pain. I glance around and see him with a big wound on his shoulder. I go "SHIT" I could bet at that moment the demon found his habit to protect his stomach and leave the rest open, as to prove me right he does it again. He faints toward the stomach to hit at the shoulder again with a big grin. Once again the demon is about to do the same and with his injured leg Galen can't dodge as easily except this time the demon got his face of blood lust on.
This time he, for sure, is aiming for a fun time he wants a kill. I scream "NO!" while unleashing a bigger energy at the body of the demon in front of me and launch myself toward Galen and his opponent. As I thought the guy is trying to aim for Galen's head this time. I get there in time to throw Galen on the floor and take his place. My claws goes, still with the full electric energy, through the demon's throat while his gets me in the chest and sends me flying backward through the wall of a house.
Seeing this Galen gets back up and tries to come toward me but the demon I was fighting got back on his feet after the surprised electroshock and stands in his way. Galen seems pissed off by what happened doesn't care about his wounds anymore. He keeps on fighting and unleashing all he got on the demon. Kicking, punching... anything he can touch. He doesn't care about the demon just wanting to get rid of him to check on me. He keeps doing chains of hits in different spots managing to push the demon toward my "crashing site" and worrying him with his blind rage.
While Galen keeps fighting the guy with all he got I am coming back to my senses and feel the pain from the wounds and the hit. The last one to my chest is damn deeper, but I am glad I managed to kill the demon at least. I push the rubbles from my body and start getting up, it hurts but I am still managing. I look at how the fight is going on outside through the broken wall. The demon seems surprised by Galen blind rage and chain of attacks but I am worried that won't last long and when it moment is over he will probably go for a death hit. I need to take advantage that he is focusing on Galen to get rid of him, and since the state we both are I probably will have only one chance. At that moment I touch my earring and say "Please Megamisama, I beg for forgiveness, but allow me to use the secret arcane of chaos. I have to save my friend and the people in this city." I feel like a kind of kiss on my cheek that gives me a smile before I get ready for it. I know I will have only one chance, especially for this technique.
I concentrate energy on my left punch, mixing my chi, life energy and magic energy all into one. During that process I see that Galen nearly managed to bring the demon right in front of me, none of them paying attention to me. I take a few slow steps forward, and once the distance is perfect I jump just behind him and punch his spine screaming "CHAOS PUNCH... DESTRUCTION!"
The energy flows through his entire body making him explode, leaving nothing between us.
Galen looks at me with wide eyes and says "What the hell was that?"
I fall on the floor panting and say "Something... I don't like to... and can't use too often." And I hold my chest wound.
I take a look at the portal and see it closing slowly, but just before it's fully closed, I hear his deep maniacal piercing laugh coming from it. Just another sign that this is just the beginning.
The guards finally arrive and tend to our wounds, and I see Galen looking at me oddly. I say "Why you looking at me like that?"
He sighs and says "That was 'him' wasn't it?" I just nod after a few seconds in answer and he adds "Well I am glad you are here to help us then my friend" holding his hand out in front of me with a smile. I chuckle a bit then smile before I shake his hand by grabbing his fore harm in a warrior way and can't help but wonder "Will I be enough to help against him without the rest of my group?"
Only time will tell at that point.