He slid down the vertical incline of the building using his pick only
to slow his fall and maintain balance. He watched the world slow to a
standstill as the glowing red energy blades sliced by his face, chest, and
knees each slicing open a portion of his clothing. "Ayami, why do you
continue this?" he spat as he plunged his sickle into the wall and planted
his feet on a pain of glass.
"It is a new world, Kage." She began dodging a flaming orb by jumping
down a few feet on the wall. "The overlord now has control of the world.
You cannot stop this flood of order." She finished with another strafe of
three energy blades and a charge toward him.
"The balance of chaos over law can only be set by one versus one
Ayami, you know that." He countered as he parried a double slice form her
blade. He spun low bringing his sword up neatly slicing the white silken
obi from her small waist. After all these years she still was a beautiful
woman, he thought as the obi fluttered the fifty stories down to the
He gave a smile and a wink as he parried another slice, then jumped
off of the wall about twenty feet and angling down as the hang-kite swooped
below him. His body flattened and spun to find position in the vehicle and
turned the glider into the night. He couldn't hear what his opponent was
saying but he saw the energy blades whirl over him.
Next time fight me with everything you have Ayami, he thought to
himself as he dropped to another rooftop three miles away from the
skyscraper. This building was smaller than the skyscraper he had traversed
thirty minutes ago. From the outside it looked like a ramshackle house that
had stood too many years to even be considered livable. The roof itself
seemed to almost contour to the young warrior's feet as he landed the hang-
kite. The growl that met him seemed to frighten him more than the unsteady
It stood before him, its metallic claws digging into the soft roof as
its crystalline eyes scanned the intruder with intense scrutiny and a low
growl as it watched the man pull Cypher from his back. Looking at the sword
it padded over, its huge tiger-like legs leaving huge paw prints on the
unstable roof. It softly sniffed the blade and opened its fanged mouth to
softly lick Kage's hand.
It's a cyborg, he thought as he moved the blade back and let the
saber-toothed animal get used to his presence. Moving slowly he walked to a
corner of the roof, the saber-toothed cyborg in toe as he lifted a hidden
entrance and dropped in. The cat dropped in as well, landing softly to the
left of Kage, and walking down the narrow hall and into the very far left
The hall they landed in seemed much like any other inn, doors lined
each side each numbered and an equal distance apart. The ceiling now looked
as if brand new, no mark or sign of wear or weather marred the tile planks.
After surveying his surroundings, Kage followed the cat to the door and
This room was filled with machinery. Blinking lights, automatic
weapons, and constant blips were the main attractions here. Standing at a
computer at the very far end of the room was a hunching man in a lab coat
with long black hair down to his back. He seemed to be interested with
whatever was on the screen and never noticed the approaching Strider.
"What are you staring at Cyto, you dirty old man?" Kage asked as the
man literally jumped three feet in the air spinning to face the intruder.
Kage could get a better look at his friend now.
His face seemed very young; his high cheek bones never letting his
mouth seem to leave a smile. His eyes, however, seemed more troubled, the
spark of life still there but somewhat diminished as he calmed at the sight
of his friend and the cat. "I see you have met Legion," He said, dropping
the "gun-bunnies" site he had on his computer and handing Kage a ring,
"this ring will allow Legion to track you and find you anytime, just give a
whistle and he'll be there."
Kage took the ring and nodded to him. "It was Ayami this time."
"Ayami's joined Overlord?" Cyto asked shocked.
"I don't know," Kage answered with a sigh, "but it does seem she has
"What are you going to do?" Cyto asked genuinely concerned.
"What I must to stop Overlord" he said with renewed resolve, "I'll do
what I must if she tries to stop me again, as well."