The Restart — Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – ‘A Piece of Panic

 

Despite his protests, Levy succeeded in getting him to eat with her. He decided on a simple hamburger, while she picked up a sandwich and some candies that were being sold. Judging by her gaze focused on the candy, it looked like she wanted to eat them all right then but was holding herself back.

“Hmm? What’s wrong?” Her black hair, worn in a braid that continued down to her waist, shifted slightly along her shoulder as she looked at him with her green eyes. “Is something wrong with the hamburger?”

He’d heard something coming from the road next to the cafeteria. It sounded like a lot of students shouting at each other.

He thought to himself, “A commotion this early? That’s unusual…”

“No, I’m fine with them.”

He deliberately took a bite to placate her; after all, he still didn’t feel that hungry. The hamburger tasted good, though the lettuce had definitely already wilted. She smiled, popping a round green candy into her mouth. She ignored the sandwich.

“That exam earlier really was hard, though! I’ll be happy with even a B grade on it.” She sucked on the candy furiously. “I don’t know how you did it,” she began, but after a moment of silence, “… Well, whatever!” Her expression changed as though putting it aside entirely, her lips forming a smile.

All Aden could do was laugh slightly, he was still trying to avoid that subject.

Just then the shouts increased. He heard a scream as well.

This time, Levy noticed it as well, “What’s going on? I wonder if something happened?”

“HELP! Call the medics, quick!”

Someone ran by cafeteria since on his way to the closest staff building.

He realized just then, “He came from the martial arts building!”

Given the day’s events, how could he not expect the worst?

Standing up, he hurriedly apologized, “Sorry, Levy! I’ll be back in a moment!”

He got up from the table and ran towards where David was at full speed.

“H, hey! Wait up for me!”

She grabbed the hard candies she’d bought and got up, following him at a run as well. Although she wasn’t out of shape by any means, for some reason she couldn’t keep up to him at all. It was as if he was a bullet. He was still accelerating before reaching the building.

If he were being timed by someone right now, they would faint from his speed. He ran the approximately two hundred meters in less than fifteen seconds.

She was shocked, “So fast!”

Dashing into the building, he pushed his way through the crowd that formed in the hall to see what happened. After weaving through quite a few students, he finally arrived and saw what everyone gathered for.

In the center of the large practice hall filled with training equipment, in the sparring ring.

It was David.

“Huh? What the…”

His dobok, the traditional outfit for taekwondo practitioners, was torn from the knees down. That wasn’t the surprising part, though. Aden saw his legs.

They were pitch black and glossy, like obsidian!

David was panting heavily with a shocked look on his face and was otherwise unmoving, as though he stopped in place the moment he realized what had happened.

In front of David was what seemed to be his sparring partner, a young boy one or two years their senior, on the floor clutching his chest. A rib could be seen poking through the skin near his heart and the surrounding area collapsed towards the lung. He was having extreme difficulty breathing, with blood covering his dobok and pooling on the floor. Amongst the panic, a few students had apparently rushed to get emergency supplies from nearby until help came. Others were shouting incomprehensible words towards David and his legs.

The student on the ground suddenly stopped gripping his side, his arms collapsed to the side, and he stopped moving altogether.

David was still standing there, his legs gradually returning to a more human coloring.

Aden didn’t know what to do. This scene shattered his carefully constructed barricade against the events from earlier. He stumbled forward, grabbing David’s shoulder to get his attention while he did all he could to remain calm.

Shocked out of his daze, David slowly turned his head. His eyes were unfocused, his voice cracking, “A, Aden… I… I… d, didn’t…” Tears had welled up in his eyes.

While David stuttered out those words, Aden heard a small gasp from behind. At some point, Levy had arrived and stood next to him, lightly gripping the edge of his shirt as she saw the gruesome scene in the middle of the ring. He ignored her.

Rather, he didn’t have a chance to react to her.

Thump.

His heart beat loudly in his chest, his pulse beating faster and more intensely than last time. Every time it thumped, the world around him slowed down more and more.

Unbeknownst to him, the fox from before stood nearby watching him with her golden eyes focused on him; becoming increasingly less ethereal as Aden’s heart beat on.

Fire hot enough to melt rock. Ice cold enough to shatter iron. The same sensation from this morning engulfed Aden’s entire existence. He knew nothing outside of the war raging inside his body.

The agony spread from his chest.

First his legs, then his arms. When it reached his head—

—Thump.

His consciousness flew away.

Thump.

Hellfire, frozen wastes.

Thump.

An eternity of torture.

Thump…

Suddenly, it stopped. All at once, everything shattered.

He saw a man. Raggedly dressed, an unkempt beard, struggled breathing and reciting a name to himself over and over. The hood of his blackened, torn cloak covered his face.

“Elena… Elena… Elena… My dear Elena…”

Droplets—tears?—fell from his face towards the ground. He was on his knees, holding two fingers against the stone floor as blue streaks were left where they passed over.

The man looked towards where Aden was. At least, where Aden was viewing from.

His eyes were clouded, almost entirely white. He tried to smile at Aden, but it seemed as though seeing Aden’s face threw his heart further into despair.

“You have her eyes…”

Blue light surrounded him, and his body seemed to fill the room. He felt warm. Somehow, impossibly, he felt himself become many balls of fire.

“Hah… Hah…”

His voice shook weakly.

“At last, I’ve fulfilled my oath to her…”

The man collapsed.

With this, Aden blacked out.

 
 
 

He felt people holding his hands. While his body felt like it had just rested for days, his mind was on the verge of collapsing from stress. Opening his eyes weakly, he saw the ashen-faced David and teared up Levy hovering above him.

Looking around slightly, he saw trees. He was laying on thick grass. He tried to sit up, but something stopped him.

It was the voice of someone that shouldn’t exist.

“Welcome back, Master.”

 
 
 

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23 thoughts on “The Restart — Chapter 4

      1. Ziru right now im well and truly mindf*cked cause i aint got no idea WTFH just happened. Its the same feeling i get when watching an episode of Lost.
        Did he faint while his friend was like that and the girl was getting an eyeful of the gore?

  1. Just started following this one. Gonna hold off on a verdict until the pieces start coming together (sorry, couldn’t help myself), but colour me intrigued for now.

    My thanks to you, Ziru.

  2. Hmmm. I really like the setting. Since my own grammar is way too poor I’ll refrain from commenting on it myself hehe. Did not notice any major problems though ;D

    Now: Just for thought section:

    MC is getting strong very fast AND very easy.
    He’s getting a smarts upgrade and from what I figured out his body also begins to surpass human standards. And all of this is simply happening overnight.
    1. What kind of fiction is this? Is Action primary focus? Or it is just a tertiary feature? If it is a primary one then you have to remember that his foes also need to be equally strong. Otherwise it all ends in one move.
    2. Psychological impact. What will happen to our MC once he realizes his power? Dark Side Whisper #1: Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Who is there around him to stop him from going rampage? Is he able to stop himself from temptation of abusing his powers? How? Why?
    3. Surrounding characters. Your MC is getting a large Power Up, and in future I foresee that he will continue to grow at this pace. How will others keep up with him? Will they just become a background while he battles his way through? Will he get an ability to Power them Up? If so be mindful of point 1.

    Hehe that’s all. Just for thought.

    All in all, a very interesting setting. However it’s far too early to make a proper judgement ^^”
    That little foxy is most probably one of those statues hehe. And I’m curious to find out his heritage.

    Also, I’m quite curious about the basics behind that ‘Time Stop’ thing. Is is his own power? If that’s so then it sounds very OP hehe, even if he is not able to harm his opponent it still gives his a nice Insta-Teleport like ability. What kind of restrictions binds it? Or is it ability that is supported by the Rules of the World? Hmmm… So many possibilities hehe, I guess we will find out later ;D

  3. Hmmm, now the only thing that is left are monsters… LOADS of monsters!!!! HEHEHEHEHE let him plunge into the battlefield! Let him wade through the bloodstained fields and spread death and gore in the name of ‘friendship’ and a ‘higher cause’ – let him become the ‘valiant’ hero, trying his best to protect others from nightmares taking on physical form and from his own powers hahahahaha

    Seriously though, nice story. Looking forward to more chaotic and creepy twists of consciousness of the MC and his endeavours from now on. 😀

    1. Im slightly disappointed its another “summoned to a different world” story, yet it makes alot of possibilities. Oh and emphasis on “slightly”. I still love where its going so far. Just wish MC would seem more mature. Well no thats not it. More like. . . Calm and collected. That would be nice, having him be the dependable type you can feel safe with. I wanna read something like that. Damn Tatsuya was the perfect badass example of that. Shit i only got to vol 8 beore it was licensed.
      Well this MC doesn’t seem like Tatsuya material yet but he still has time to grow, to become the guy you dont fuck with, like Hajime and Tatsuya. He seems a bit weak, physically and mentall, but it isnt too bad. He aint no noodle dick like Yukiteru was in Future Diary at least.

      Heh, i like your thinking, Vlad. Slaughter has a certain ability to forge the best MCs.

      I take back what i said.
      I say make him OP as fuck and go about doing what he wants, killing kings and poppin’ cherries wherever he goes. 🙂
      LET THE BLOODBATH BEGIN!!!

      1. He isn’t as weak minded as he’s seemed so far. Lack of sleep and major unsettling events shook him far out of his comfort zone.

        I’m going to attempt to increase chapter length by at least four times from now on. Also, considering switching to first person PoV from third person omniescent… Though I would have to first restructure the prologue.

        Just some thoughts I’ve had.

        1. I think I would be in favor of this. From what I’ve seen, there are a few details that seem like they’re mostly there for dramatic effect.

          One example that stood out to me was the fox standing nearby. Maybe it was significant, but even if it was, as a reader we don’t have any idea why it’s significant so it seems to slightly disrupt the pace. In this case, it’d have been better for Aden to either notice the fox or for it to simply not be mentioned until it’s important at which point you’ll simply mention the part about Aden not noticing.

          By switching this to first person PoV, all irrelevant details become relevant because Aden is noticing them, which can also be justified by his new mental calculating speed and possibly perception.

          All intended as constructive criticism, so that I’m clear. I’m excited to see where this blank slate will take us. 😀

          1. I decided to leave it in third person omniscient, though I’m going to fix the flow of the story in the next chapters.

            This is my first work and is a large learning experience for me. I apologize in advance if it seems clunky and sincerely hope you keep reading! *bows*

            There will probably be extra/intermission chapters done in first person PoV later on, though. It’ll be interesting to see things through characters’ eyes, ne? 😉

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