Several hours later, I woke when I felt a presence nearby. My head didn’t feel right and I instantly could recognize what was happening. I knew I’d been pushing myself too much and that this was going to happen. I just didn’t think I’d be around others when it did. I also thought that I’d be able to overcome it this time. Unfortunately, my own hunger was just feeding into it more and more.
When I saw light before me, I couldn’t remember where I was. My mind felt like fog and I couldn’t place a name to the other student who was just sitting at the table minding his own business. I did my best to try and keep myself in order and go over to make some coffee. It was going to happen eventually, though. I couldn’t hold it off forever. I was much too exhausted, anyway.
“Hey.” He said with total disinterest.
“Yeah?” I looked over at him, the name still not coming to me.
“Just saying hi…I’m Ryland, if you haven’t heard.” He said, his tone revealing he was on guard.
At that time, someone else had come into the room as well, but I couldn’t break my focus. For some reason, I now saw Ryland as a target along with the other one he’d been with last night. The hunger I felt was just unreal and it was then I knew I had no control anymore. My other side had its own ideas and I had no say in it. I’d just have to pick up the pieces later…if there were any, that is.
“I know who you are. You had that totally delicious-looking shadow last night, yeah? Where’s he at?” I asked the second the last bit of my guard was forced down. It kept showing me flashbacks of Kioshi and how vulnerable he’d been.
“Delicious?” Ryland stared at me in disbelief and with anger in his eyes. “You’re like four years older than us, you creep…”
“Oh, there’s no need for that. Just stating the obvious.”
“Well, don’t you dare make a move at Kioshi.” He stood up, clearly angry.
“Or…What?” I smirked, a part of me loving this kind of attention.
“What is wrong with you?”
“Who says there’s something wrong with me?” I asked, my voice still lighthearted despite all this.
The last thing I saw was Ryland standing up and then my mind once again covered over by haze. I thought that would’ve been the end of it and maybe he had some sort of ability that could overcome this terrible other personality of mine. It felt like hours had passed while I was in that fog until it cleared up a bit. That same feeling was there, too, meaning my other half wasn’t done with me yet…
I came to and took in what happened. The confusion and lack of answers ticked me off. Ryland had also gone. I tried to put up a fight when I noticed that Nalar had came downstairs and I’d wandered over to him. Things were going to just get worse…I hoped he’d forgive me after all of this.
“Oh, hey there, hot stuff…” I couldn’t believe what I was saying.
“Had an epiphany about me during the night?” He grinned before going over to the other side of the counter. “Someone’s messy.”
“Epiwhat? You’re really funny, mister.” Shut up! Shut up!
Nalar laughed, brushing it off. “You would think as a human you would have a better mastery of English then I have.”
“Welllll, I’m sooo sorry. Maybe just tell me what it means, yeah?”
He looked at me and then to the other student who’d joined us. I think it was Leo, but I wasn’t sure.
“Bardiche, scan for dimensional anomaly, I believe I may have been transported to another earth.”
“Sir, I must remind you that is not one of my current functions.” The weapon replied and my attention went to the voice.
“I was joking…” He said back to it.
“Ooo…Who’s that handsome voice?” I said, my stupid other half revealing a lot more than they, or anyone would ever need to know.
I was caught off-guard when I was grabbed and held against the counter by him. “You are either a terrible imposter, or playing a game with me that I do not enjoy.” He snarled.
“My, my. Aren’t you a little rough? Are you suuuure that’s good for you?” I said, that stupid smirk still on my face.
He took the weapon in his hands. “Force Blade activated.” The weapon says and a thin forcefield axehead formed at the edge of it.
“Oh, you’re a fighter, are you? I’m sure you’ll show me a good time in that case, yeah?” I really wanted this to just be over already…
I didn’t even get that last word out as I’d been thrown down on the ground, with Bardiche inches away from me. “Firing mode, ionic.”
“Yes, Sir.” The weapon reconfigured itself.
“What game are you playing?” He asked in a serious tone.
“Clearly one you’re losing, mister…” I glanced at the weapon and felt the familiar anticipation in the form of lightning run up my arms.
“Woah, man,” Leo’s voice could be heard coming from somewhere. “What’s going on here?”
Nalar took notice to what was happening and fired his weapon without remorse. I would’ve let it hit me if I had even an ounce of control, as it definitely would’ve been enough for me to regain control. My other half saw this coming and got out of the way, seemingly taking note of Nalar’s inexperience in battle.
“So, I assume you’re taking this serious, dear? One of us has to, yeah?” My guard rose and excitement filled my mind along with all the other hellish nonsense that was taking place there.
“Seriously, guys…? It’s way too damn early for this crap.” Leo groaned from annoyance.
Nalar’s expression had gone cold as he came in close and fired again. I had enough control at that point to hold myself down and take the hit point blank. My other half attempted to block it with the limiters on my arms, which Bardiche ended up shattering them from it’s might. I was also thrown back a bit and I expected to regain myself, but for some reason, it only entertained my other side even more.
“You know, I once knew someone like you. Killed him dead, I did!” I said with excitement and this had me wondering just who the hell I was even talking about.
“Is that all you’ve got? Even he gave more of an effort.”
When he fired again, my grip on myself slipped away. It didn’t allow me to get hit this time. Right now, it was planning to get a hold of Bardiche to use as explosion-fodder. I felt sick just thinking about doing such a thing!
Fortunately, it all came to a stop once a number of blades appeared in front of us. “If you two are going to fight, do it outside.” Leo said in a tired, yet ticked voice.
“Would you mind helping me get this idiot cold?” Nalar says to Leo, a little annoyed. “So I can get his stupid head checked?”
When I felt it stare down the swords, I felt something strange, yet familiar. Something like this had happened before? For some reason, my other half finally stood down and I regained control of myself. The fog in my mind came quickly after and my recollection of what had just happened was wiped clean.
I wasn’t sure how long I had been out, but I assumed it must’ve only been a few seconds as I saw Nalar and Leo in front of me, both standing at the ready with their weapons out. I had no idea what was going on and I backed away. It must’ve taken over…that was the only explanation I could come up with right now.
“Uh…what…are you two doing?” I asked, hoping that my suspicions weren’t correct.
“Trying to stop two kids from destroying the kitchen.” Leo groaned as he touched his head. “Can you please just not…?” He shook his head and looked over at Nalar and I.
“What are you even talking about, hero?” Feeling some rather intense pain, I looked down and saw some pretty serious-looking burns all over my arms where the limiters would usually be. “What…happened here?” I asked out of disbelief.
Nalar relaxed slightly. “You were being aggravating and aggressive, you even did something to anger Ryland by the looks of how you were when I found you.”
I took a moment to process this. The swords Leo had summoned faded away. Nalar forced me to my feet while looking bothered and annoyed. “We’re getting your brain checked.”
“Ow, geez…what’s wrong with you? I don’t remember doing anything.” I flinched from the burns being touched.
Nalar’s expression relaxed slightly. He took out something from his pocket which seemed to be like some kind of spray. It stung a little when it made contact with the burns, but the sensation along with the pain died down quickly.
“Good. And sorry about being a bit grumpy, Nalar. Had a long night and seeing a fight this early doesn’t help.” Leo said, for once his voice was oddly reassuring.
“Yeah, a little…thanks. Everything’s all fuzzy…” I rubbed my head and felt a strong headache coming on.
“Come, let’s get you to the medic. Maybe a chaplain, exorcise whatever that was that was controlling you.”
“Um…controlling? No, that was…he’s a part of me. I’m sorry you had to see that.” I said in the most apologetic way I could manage.
I saw Leo take off at this point, not saying anything else. I didn’t think he’d be one to see me like that, either. There was a bit of shame in the back of my mind whenever I thought about it.
“I’m not taking a no.” Nalar said, pushing me towards the door.
“There is nothing wrong with me, that sort of thing always happens.” I tried to convince him even though I knew it was pretty freaking pointless.
“Nine.” He snarled in a way which had me give in.
“Okay…I’ll…go along with it…” I replied as the fatigue started to take its toll on me.