Wraith No More, Ch8Resignedly, I crawled inside the transport. Of course I did. What were my options? It was either get in and fly the thing, or lose my head in a very literal sense I had no delusions that Zero would even hesitate before applying her deadly sword to my tender neck. I was about to punch the ignition button when a thought occurred to me.
Wait a second, how are we going to get Koa through the checkpoint? I asked Zero, daring to get my hopes up that the little demon wouldnt have to come with us after all. Isnt there some sort of ID check on the way out?
Zero looked at me with a very bored-looking expression, staring into my eyes and straight through to my soul, waiting until Id opened my mouth to say Never mind before she answered. Instead of a verbal explanation, however, she whipped off her cloak and tossed it onto Koa, covering the girl up completely. Then, a heartbeat later, Koa was gone. I stared for a second; despite knowing
Wraith No More, Ch7Of course, just because it was official didnt mean I had to be happy with it. After all, there are all sorts of instances in history of people rebelling against something they didnt agree with No taxation without representation, right?
No way, even if she looks normal, that doesnt mean anything. I protested, pulling myself gingerly to a sitting position. I wasnt nearly as sore as I was earlier, and wondered idly how long Id slept. She may look and quack like a duck, but theres no way shes a duck.
Riley Madison, she neither looks nor quacks like a duck, Zero corrected, clearly missing the meaning of the expression, and offering me a blank, confused stare. She is coming with us. If you would rather I leave you here and have her act as my REM, then that is your own decision to make.
W-what I meant to say is, shes probably a fantastic mechanic! I nearly shouted in
Wraith No More, Ch6When I regained consciousness, I found myself sprawled out on the decently soft cushions from my transport, with cloth bandages wrapping my left arm and forehead. I supposed that Zero had bound my wounds, and then pulled the cushions out to make it easier for me to rest, since the transport was in such poor condition. I would have to remember to thank her later, if she didnt kill me for forcing her to do such menial tasks.
The transport! Images leading up to my current predicament suddenly began to trickle back to me: The demons latching onto the transports hull; Zeros sudden appearance, the subsequent dispatching of the demons, and then her sudden disappearance; and finally, crashing through the window of one of the giant, decrepit buildings which dotted the landscape of the Outer City.
My first instinct was to jump to a sitting position, but after not even making it half-way before pain shot through my side, I thought better of it. Instead, I chose to carefully exam
Wraith No More, Ch5I was completely speechless. Of course I was what possible response can there be to such a story? There was more depth to that story than I realized at the time, and I suspect that even now I cant understand the full meaning of her words.
What I did understand, however, was that here was a woman who needed help, and she had come to me. Sure, she wasnt exactly a maiden in distress, and I was certainly no knight in shining armor heck, I probably was more likely to be the one in distress than she was but while it wasnt a usual setting for me to suddenly become a hero, it was still a setting. I had never before even imagined that I could find such a setting at all, so regardless of its unconventional nature, I was glad to jump into it.
As I hurried to catch up to Zero she was already at the door, and I suspected she would not be pleased to turn around and find me not right behind her a thought occurred to me: Just how was I s