Chapter 30 the terminal

The room lit up.

No high pitched zing of the switched power converter.

Nor was there any clicking noise often held from mechanical components.

There was no sound of electronics…

And yet…

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Li Chapter 29

How long had he ran…

How long had he been in this place…

such questions had crawled understandable into his mind as he used a wall for support.

His breathing heavy and his skin was drenched in sweat…

Thirst had began to assail Li.

Under the direction of the voice, he had manged to escape into the nearby ruins.

It was already a bit of a trial to breathe within the gear he had equipped.

But he pushed himself hard to get far.

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Chapter 28 Escape the darkness


Li’s mind raced to find meaning in her words.

She delegated her next command regardless of his state of mind.

As her voice echoed in his head he turned to the direction he had delegated.

…Go right

Not waiting to think beyond her former words, he did as she instructed.

His body twisted as he quickly turned, with an abruptness he would have found difficult to achieve before.

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Li chapter 25

In this sensory desolate land, the only thing that he could reliable trust was the sound of this own breathing.

Not even this body was that he was born with…

His motivation into this place was one of survival, the irony of which was that he had been delivered into the jaws of the unknown.

But was this any different from anywhere else in this world?

Li was unable to tell how long he had walk since his earlier encounter with the strange beast…


He couldn’t stop…

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Li chapter 21:Within the darkness

Four days had pasted since Li enter the Green Sea.

It was a somewhat ‘quiet’ journey so far with nothing major happening.

Though he had felt many “eyes” on him, they kept their distance.

Though at first wary, what had eventually come to mind were several markings on his gear that Old wolf had mentioned to conceal him.

However, his face had grown unkempt underneath his mask meant to filter the air.

His body was caked in a thin layer of mud and decaying leaves, remnants of an earlier encounter with a unstable outcrop in a swampy region…


There a sharp transition in the surrounding area.

He froze as he felt it.

There had been a sudden temperature drop as if he had entered a layer of chilly air .

but then again, he still felt the humid warmth as he inhaled.

He felt as if a snake had coiled around his limbs and body.

As if being pressed by a weight in all directions, even breathing became more difficult.


Hesitation was clear as Li’s foot slowly touched the forest floor.

Only the faint sound of leaves entered his ears.

And there was nothing else…

Only a pure “Blackness” remained here…

Li’s sight had been immediately robbed.



He mumbled.

He felt uncertain as to whether he should continue.

The only solace was that he was vaguely able to sense the surroundings with his sixth sense.

He could make sense of the information from this sense but only up to a feet. Anymore and the clarity after the limit dropped as the imaged swayed and crumpled chaotically

As he stood, his brain seemed to become more refined in interpreting information from this strange sense.

“…Just what is this ‘sight’?”

In this blacken world, he was still able to gather sensual information. B focusing, the mental picture became more clear.

But as he did, he felt a his mind become a bit hazy which were to him signs of increased mental burden.

“…I shouldn’t stay here for long”

His throat had become dried out, possible due to the long time he drunk water.

But it took him a few minutes to register this, however he refrained from drinking the water contained in the bottle at his side.


He felt a warmth raise within his wares.

Using the same ‘sight’, he could sense faint undulations along his skin.

The pressure lessened as the undulations became more defined, then suddenly both vanished as if cancelling out one another.

But a warning did come to mind regardless.

“Do not stay more than five days.”

He never told him why…

But Li now began to understand why this limit was imposed while in this harsh land.

Li rose his head to the canopy.

At his feet were vines that came into his sensory field from above.

On the ground, the butts of trees and their roots were as before.

At the least, this had not changed.



The first was heavy…



Then silence resumed its cacophony…


Li’s frowned.

He could have seen just enough to edge forward.

But then he took out an item and placed it into a pocket on the back of his left glove. It was oddly shaped oval gem like stone.

Nothing happened.

He then concentrated on an image of the back of his hand.


Slowly the area that he could have sensed rose by a few feet, it had expanded to at least twice the size of what it was normally.

He had become a bit more relaxed as his ‘world’ had expanded.


However, a few seconds later, it fell back to half of its previous size few seconds for a short period of time before resuming its original range. He panicked as it had lessened beyond it normal range but again became calm when it returned to normal.

“…I got it. This is like an amplifier, isn’t it?”

But as he did he also noticed something as a dim source of light.

The dim light was something that had had to be looked out for while in this place.

Though it appeared different to what he thought it would like.

Old Wolf had again stressed this point.

He could feel a slight pulling force on the back of his glove towards the light.

He took steps towards the light.


Each step though small brought him closer to the light source until he found himself on its edges.


As Li entered the light, the direction of the pulling force changed this time to outside the sphere of the illuminated surroundings.

In the center of the area was a large crystal. Unlike outside, there was no resting spot.

From what he could see, the place gave of an archaic impression. Ancient trees rose beyond his sense. Their sizes could not be compared to those outside.

A slow hot and humid  wind crawled, its languid movement whispered the very essence of quietness.


Some time later within the confines of the light, a burst of laughter of self ridicule would have been audible at its edges had someone stood there…

The fear of the dark.

It was something much more fundamental than that.

For it is never the dark itself that is scare but what lays beyond it.

Li knew this, but even at this late stage he still held doubts as to the necessity of this trip.

Sure he was forced but…

“Just how old am I!”

He bellowed at his apparent lack of courage…

He knew that he had gone too far in.

What was there to hesitate for?

It wasn’t like he was making any preparations to improve his safety now.

He was just wasting time…

“Just how old am-?”

A faint feeling of deja vu came up.

He remembered a time when he was younger.

At that time he was being ridiculed by his younger sister.

But at what would have evoked feeling of nostalgia, feeling of fear, guilt and longing also rared themselves.

Before he knew it, a his face had contorted into a strange expression.


“I wondered how she was doing?”

“No… This isn’t the time for this”

But a shook came through my system.

That it was no good.

I shook my head. A bitter laugh softly patted my lips.

“…How shameless of me”

It been three years and he had not spoke to her.

Though, this was not entirely of his will.

“…But when if get back, maybe I should try to get her.”

But was he blameless for him being here?

But he felt that this wasn’t the time reminiscing.

reminiscing wouldn’t change anything…

Li took a few breaths.

He once again activated the gem in his hand.

Again, he took in a few deep breaths.

He had walked to the edges of the light and the beginning of the darkness, in which the later parted leaving the area around of him to navigate.

As he left, the only words he left behind were…

“…Lets go”