After He Was Gone – Chapter Four


Hei ducked in time to feel the tail end of the air blast fly past him. It hit the tree behind him, shattering it into a thousand pieces. The Syndicate sure didn't fight fair as he was attacked on the other side by another air blast – from the second enemy. But of course they wouldn't. They were trying to kill him after all.

Despite the vision disadvantage, both of them seemed to be doing just fine. They could pinpoint his location in the dark. They must have been purposely trained for the sake of hunting him down. He was stuck on the defensive as both were unrelenting in their attacks. He needed a plan and he needed one quick. If he could just take out one, it would be a piece of cake to take out the other.

He had purposely picked this place because not many people travelled by. He knew that because he had Yin surveillance the area all week. But they didn't know what types of powers they had and now he realized he had a disadvantage. They blasted through the trees, which meant he had no coverage to hide behind.

There had to be a limit to their power, even if they did train. By now, they had to be getting tired. All he had to do was take out the weaker one first. As he dodged, he concentrated his thoughts on find the weaker of the two. They were smart; keeping separate to attack on both sides. But there was a flaw in the fact that they could only hit in one direction.

He realized that they only aimed in his general direction because they couldn't control the movement of their power. Using his wire, he pulled himself up into the tree. Waiting, the tree shattered beneath his feet a moment later. He launched himself up through the debris toward the center between them. When he was about to land, he positioned his body to recoil like a spring.

At the same time that he was travelling up, he threw his blade; a second later sending out the wave of electricity to accompany it. He didn't miss his mark. The man seemed stunned, but he was dead before he even hit the ground. He had enough time to dodge the other attack. Since he had only been retreating before, they had been confused when he switched into the offensive mode.

He was about to attack again when he sensed something nearby. Distracted momentarily, he barely escaped the last attack and a fragment of the broken tree sliced across his upper arm. Not wasting any time despite the injury, Hei rushed head first towards him. He took the bait. Easily dodging it, he circled around him, simultaneously throwing his blade the second time. A blast of electricity knocked him dead like his comrade.

For now, there were only two. Next time, he didn't know how many there would be or what types of powers they might have. For tonight, it was safe again. He could sense her in the vicinity, the reason why he had hastened to kill the second man. No matter what, they couldn't find out about her.

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Misaki crept through the garden as quietly as possible. The further in she had moved, the more noise she heard which was what she had been following. She thought she had seen a spark of light, but it disappeared so quickly. She wasn't used to going in alone. Her heartbeat sounded extra loud in her ears, now that she couldn't hear anything else.

A hand touched her shoulder and she turned around in surprise. She could hardly see anything. The same hand pressed for her to put away her weapon and she realized that it was Li-kun. How did he even know she was here? What happened to the others? Kanami had stated that there had been others with him.

"Misaki, what are you doing here?" he asked in a hushed whisper as he pulled her close.

"I was looking for you. I knew something was going to happen."

"You shouldn't be here."

"How can I not?" she retorted. "You're in danger..."

He sighed as he tightened his hold on her. How precious she was to him; that she would willingly put herself at risk for his sake. But she couldn't help and he couldn't risk it. He had to protect her the only way he knew how...

"Yin," he called out.

"Yes?"

"Make sure no one is around. Let me know if there is."

"Okay," came her response.

"Misaki," Hei said. "Come with me. We need to talk, but not here."

Before she could respond, he picked her up and all she could do was wrap her arms around his neck. She wasn't sure what he meant when he said not here. There was no one else around. They would be too spooked to enter the park anyways.

She couldn't tell how far they had moved, but eventually, he set her down by the trunk of a tree. She felt, more than saw, him kneel down beside her as he took her hands in his. Even so, he didn't say anything. She tightened her grip on him, relieved that he was alive and relatively unharmed from what she could sense.

"Li-kun, what is it?" she finally asked.

"It's Hei."

"Hm?"

"Hei, my codename," he replied. "I told you before that Li-kun doesn't exist anymore."

"Then Hei, what are you doing here? I heard you were gone."

"I was hiding, but I will be gone soon."

"I don't understand," she replied in confusion.

"There's a lot I need to tell you," he answered, touching his palm to her cheek. "Will you listen?"

Misaki nodded in reply. She would listen to anything and everything about him.

"I'm not only a Contractor, but I'm human too. My sister Bai. I had been searching for her the entire time. But when she passed on, I inherited her powers. I was part of the Syndicate, but they were trying to take out all Contractors. Bai found out, which is what she had been fighting against along with Amber or February as you might know her. Now that I betrayed them, the Syndicate is trying to kill me and Yin."

"Is that who those were?" she asked, a shiver of fear running down her spine.

"Yes."

Pulling her close once again, Hei wrapped his arms around her. Out of everything he had ever done, he thought this was the hardest thing he had to do. She was already so close... But he knew better than that. He was just reluctant to let her go. It was the first time he had ever felt this way; the first time he had allowed himself to explore his humanness and now he was going to lose that chance.

"Hei?" she asked, wrapping her arms around him.

"I never expected you to be here. But now that you are, I have to say good-bye – again."

"No... Why can't you stay?"

"Didn't you listen to what I said? The Syndicate is trying to kill me," he repeated. "If I stay here, everyone will be in trouble – especially you."

"But where will you go?"

"I don't know."

"Hei..."

"Don't do this," Hei pleaded. "I don't want to leave you either, but I can't put you in danger."

"But..."

He did what he had to and kissed her. To have her bargaining with him over a life and death situation, her life and death situation, was something he couldn't stand to hear. She didn't resist him, instead wrapping her arms around his neck. If he had only this one moment, he would use it to show her exactly how much she meant to him.

He gentled his kiss and took his time, savouring the moment; the feel of her lips against his; the way her fingers played with his hair; the weight of her on his lap. His arms held her as close to him as physically possible. She sighed against his lips and he pulled away.

"Hei..." Yin called out to him.

He was running out of time.

"Misaki, listen to me," he said, putting both hands to her face. "And listen to me carefully. If there's only one thing I want you to know, it's this. I love you."

"I love you too."

"Thank you. I have to go."

"When will we meet again?" she called out as he was already walking away from her.

"After I eliminate the Syndicate."

She heard a sound like something flying in the wind... And he was gone. If she wasn't already sitting, she would have collapsed to the ground beneath her feet. As she touched her fingers to her lips, she felt the tears well up in her eyes – such a bittersweet good-bye. She understood it all too well, his words. They would never meet again. The Syndicate was a global conglomeration, much too large for him to eliminate...

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A/N: Last chapter! I hope I didn't disappoint anyone with how the story ends... Of course I thought it'd be totally sweet and totally awesome if they really got together, but considering how much danger Hei is in at the end... I just don't see it happening. But at least, I wanted to see more happen between the two of them :P The fight scene was probably kinda lame since I'm not the greatest at that type of scene and yah... I hope you enjoyed it!

Stay tuned for the seqeul~ I got an idea for a continuation thanks to Dear4Life's comment! Now I just need to work on the story itself ^^