Play 55: Dead Affinities

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I opened my mouth to scream, but nothing came out.

Sanan slid his sword out of Souji's chest and wiped the blood on his clothes casually. Souji knelt in pain, gasping desperately for air, and I reached out to help him.

"What are you doing!? You should have mind your own business!" I sobbed, trying in vain to hold back my tears. I clutched his sleeve and put a hand over his wound as if doing that would stop the heavy bleeding.

Despite how painful he must had felt, Souji just gave me a half smile. "I am minding my own business," he coughed, wheezing.

"This is very touching, but we don't have time," Sanan interrupted impatiently. "The sun is going to rise. I need your blood now, Akamine-kun."

Souji ignored him and tried to get up with my support. "Listen here, Jun. Run when I tell you to."

I couldn't believe my ears. "Are you kidding me? I will absolutely not leave an injured person in front of a madman!" I glared at Sanan who looked nonchalant.

"Listen to me, just this once." Souji grabbed my arm firmly. "I will be alright--have some faith in me."

My eyes met his, and I gritted my teeth. He might had the confidence to beat Sanan, but I didn't, for he was bleeding just too much, even for a fury.

"Go!" Souji pushed me out of the way and faced Sanan in determination. When I tried to go to him again, he staggered and slashed his sword at my direction. "Don't make me cut you down," he said, his eyes glimmering in menace.

I had no choice, hadn't I? I shook my head worriedly and took a step back. I was still skeptical about this, but I had to trust him. I took off running, glancing back at Souji who watched as I escaped in the other direction. I looked again, wanting to make sure that he was fine when I saw his mouth moving. I couldn't tell what he was saying because of my mind was racing, and was able to stop when Sanan smirked and moved in a flash behind Souji.

I wanted to scream. To warn him about Sanan.

But my voice failed to listen to me for the second time.

Everything was a blur.

The dull thud seemed to echo in my head.

The rustling of grass had sounded so loud that it deafened my ears.

The blood had somehow made its way to everywhere. The trees, the ground, Sanan, and myself.

My eyes widened in disbelief. This couldn't have just happened right in front of me, right? No, it had to be an illusion, a hallucination.

But it was all real.

Souji's body laid on the grass motionless, as Sanan licked the blood from his hands. I blinked several times as I felt the whole world came crashing down.

This isn't real. Souji isn't dead.

But the evidence was all there, displayed right in front of my very eyes. Souji's...head was completely separated from his body.

Sanan had managed to decapitate Souji.

I stumbled to the ground, my head spinning. My temples throbbed painfully, and I clung at them, groaning at the agony they were causing me.

"Now that he's gone," Sanan spoke. "I will have your blood..." His red eyes shone in anticipation.

"No, no, not him..." I murmured repeatedly under my breath, hyperventilating. "This is a dream."

Sanan reached out for me, and as soon as he touched my shoulder he quickly retrieved his hand, wincing in pain.

"What did you do?" He frowned at me, but I ignored him, crawling over to where Souji's head was. I picked him up with shaky hands and almost passed out when I took a glimpse at his face. He looked as if he was sleeping peacefully, but I knew better.

He was gone.

"Why? Why, why, why?" I broke down, hugging Souji to my chest. "I'm so sorry! I'm sorry, Souji! Please come back! I should have stopped you! I'm sorry so please don't die! Don't leave me!" I didn't know what I was saying--I kept rambling on as if doing that would bring Souji back from the dead.

It wouldn't.

I glared at Sanan, my soul completely filled with hatred. I had to kill him, not matter what. Whether or not it was because of revenge. An idea popped in my head

"You want my blood right!?" I stood up, still clutching Souji to my chest. "Get it, then!" I picked up my fallen short sword and stabbed my stomach. The pain made me drop to my knees, and I removed the sword from my gut, causing the blood to flow freely. Sanan hissed in anger and rushed up to me as he took out a small bottle and tried to scoop the blood into it.

While he was busy trying to get my blood, I grabbed his clothes, still soothing with anger, and released the hatred in my heart. The heat wave hit Sanan hard, and he was thrown against the tree. He recovered almost immediately, and glared at me.

I placed Souji next to his body and faced Sanan. He didn't say anything, but he understood my intentions. I was going to take him down with me.

I charged at him, and he readied his sword. To his dismay, I grabbed his blade and aimed a sucker punch at his face. Sanan fell back due to the impact, and managed to block my next punch with his other hand.

Shaking free, I jumped back and focused my blood into an orb. It formed in front of me, and I threw it into his face. With a yell, Sanan stumbled backwards, temporarily blinded, and I tackled him to the ground. I was on top of him, my hands curling around his neck. My vision turned red, and my head felt like it was about to explode.

Before I could kill Sanan, I blacked out.


Well, so there will be one last chapter before this book ends, and I will proceed to write the prologue of the aftermath.

I don't know if you guys will enjoy it, and I do hope so.

Seriously, I am very happy and grateful to the readers who managed to read up to this point--I thought my story may be a little too boring. Thank you very much to people who stick with me though the end...

Oh, what am I talking--there's still one more chapter to go, and even after that it's still not the end.

Still, I am really thankful to you readers--you guys are the reason why I get the motivation to finish this book. Thank you so, so much!

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