Her eyes opened to an overcast
sky. She looked around and saw that the trees
were replaced by buildings and a non-working fountain. A blast rocked her
so she got up.
"Mia, we have to get out
of here!" somebody shouted at her. She turned and
Ronins running down the street. She unconsciously picked up a spear and ran
They dodged rubble and falling
debris as they tried to get away from
Suddenly, youjas started to appear above them and follow them. Something
Mia's arm and without even thinking, struck it down with the spear. It was a
eventually went up in smoke.
"That'll teach you to mess with me." She kicked its head with disgust.
"Mia! Come on!"
Sage was inside a van. He beckoned for her to get to the
doors in the back.
"Get them!" an angry
voice bellowed behind her. She turned around and could
shadow of an armor on top a building. More youjas appeared.
"Mia!" another urgent
cry came from the van. This time Rowen had called out
He held out his hand for her to grab.
She grabbed it as the wheels
screeched. Several of the youjas grabbed the
of the van. She got in but an armored hand caught her ankle.
"Oh, man," Kento said.
He was tending to Cye who was on the floor of the
The Ronins were still in full
armor and lacked mobility. Ryo and Sage were
drive through a mass of youjas in front of them. Rowen and Kento helped Mia
"We've got to close this
door!" Rowen shouted. He shot another youja with
"Then back up!" Mia
stood up as much as she can in the van and swung the
held. It hit the remaining youjas hanging to the door and dropped them back.
quickly closed the doors.
Some of the fallen youjas got
up and started to follow the van again. They
by a voice.
"Let them go." A shadowy figure emerged.
"Why did you stop them,
Anubis?" another armored figure appeared next to the
"We could have ended the Ronins right there."
"There's no sense on killing
the sport while the game is still early, Kale"
one called Anubis. He knelt down and picked up something. "Besides, I think
He held up the object in his
hand and it caught a glint of light. It was an
with a delicate chain that held it together. Kale took off his helmet and
Anubis' shoulder. Anubis smiled when the light revealed a named on the
"And why do you say that?" asked Kale.
"Trust me." Anubis got up and palmed the bracelet.
"We barely got away that time," Ryo said.
"Yeah, it's almost like they were playing with us," answered Rowen.
"Whatever it was, we're
out of there," said Mia. "And don't even think about
back in there for food." She looked at Kento.
"So sue me," Kento defended. His lap served as Cye's pillow. "I was hungry."
"You're always hungry Kento,"
Cye said with effort. He cringed when he felt
through his side.
"Sit still will you," Mia commanded. "In case you didn't know, you're hurt."
"Calm down Mia," Sage suggested. "We're all a little on edge."
"A little?" She finished
with Cye then turned to Sage. "What do you mean, a
have been 'on edge' ever since you guys showed up. Watching the other people
in the city
get abducted was fine, but getting Yuli killed was another thing. Now, we're
to the city so we could get food. Don't tell me to calm down after that!"
"Mia, it's okay," sympathized Rowen. "We'll get through this."
She walked off a little ways form them.
"Guys?" she asked.
They looked at her. She was holding on to the wall,
looking down at
her feet. "Where's my bracelet?"