Li ch 1 pt 4

“-!?”

Li’s body froze as his cold eyes locked on to him.  It made him bite his lip in frustration. That glare struck him to the likes of a rat being stared down by a snake. In a fraction of a second, He found it harder to breathe. The glare had intensified!

Li saw something like at of a luminescent smoke surrounding the man.  It had raised a sense of crisis from his gut.

He could tell that man had killed many before somehow. His instincts told him so.

The indication of imminent death!

The end…

***

He didn’t know what he saw or whether it was real but his mind reeled. He wanted to escape this reality. He wanted to deny that of what he currently saw as a nightmare. Li jaw tightened and he stiffened.

He thought it was unforgivable…

If he did.

But he could not ignore what he could see. But all he could taste was a bitterness of fear and confusion. However, He had told himself that he didn’t want to die like this…

Li could not accept it!

 

***

A strange bitterness had grown then that had somehow snapped him awake. Like that of a rat willing to bite to the death with a snake.

If I was to die then it would be of my own hand!

That thought had brought a tiny bout of willpower. That spark ignited something hot within him and instantly revived his rationality. But he was also doused with an icy reality check. His mind raced to think of a solution.

Then something clicked…

Even as it was unlikely to succeed, he didn’t want to die.

The man readied his weapon.

He readied his mind.

he felt the tension all leave, and what remained was a calm that he hadn’t understood himself.

“So this is it…”

“Is this how I die?”

These question came to the surface of his mind but although he struggled to push them down, he maintained his focus on the killer.

He forced my eyes to remain open in hope to catch whatever movements he may have made. He had dropped his body center of gravity without realising.

However, as if reacting to this, the opponent vanished.

Between them were only about a few yards. Even though Li was unable to see him, as if triggered by this his body moved. It was a vague sensation but it was enough to spur his body into action.

Li’s muscle ripped and tensed, his lungs exploded as hot air was forcibly expelled. A power blasted out of his back. This tension was guided through his body like a machine. Down his waist and through the hips, legs until it dug into the ground as his shoes sank into the dirt.

A beastly sound left his ears, though loud was deaf to him as he was propelled towards an unknown outcome.

***

Hesitation was not allowed. In that span as he left the ground, the thought that he may soon become a rotting corpse almost took away his attention.

Almost…

‘I am the fastest!’

‘I am the strongest!’

‘I will not die here!’

‘I will survive this!’

He knew I was grasping for that slim chance where everything would be ok.

“The choice to be cut down right here is not yours but mine!”

As long as he had decide to not run away like then…

It was enough…

As he became airborne he instinctively closed his eyes.

However in that second, and only for a second he saw him!

In his right arm was the sword, raised in a high stance and primed to come down!

Li reflexively blinked.

Though fear had closed them he I forced them open!

A sense of timelessness could be felt if someone could have seen the world then through Li’s eyes.

In this serene world of silence he could no longer see the sword.

It was gone.

Outside Li area of vision vision, it hid. In that short span of time, he changed his handle of the blade from that which seemed aimed toward the vertical slash to that which he couldn’t tell. Actually he held the blade as so to be able to quick slash at his neck.

Li’s mind was unable to catch up.

But it was ok.

He had tried…

***

Blood dripped down the blade and onto the ground.

*Thud!*

His body had fallen onto the dirt. Li’s neck was bloody.

 

*Omph*

Behind him was the bare fist fighter.  But he didn’t leave any time for pleasantries and got straight to business by grabbing his collar, once again. However, he placed him onto his shoulders in a fluid motion. In an instant he had moved more than one hundred meter, an acceleration that would make a high-performance sports car blush. At the same time, the rocks underneath his feet blasted leaving the two men hesitating whether to follow him.

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