Ah at last! The new and rewritten version of my revised story of Man is now starting!
To my readers, I really hope I didn't trouble you in waiting for so long! Please oh please forgive me! I know it's been a while more like...a month? Since I updated with something but now I will, because I've finally planned out everything that's going to happen.
This chapter is just the start people, so you'll have to stay tuned for the characters you want to come in and do their 'stuff'
I hope that you readers out there who are following this story like it!
Disclaimer: I don't own this amazing show, otherwise I'd probably have Allen/Kanda/Lavi all to myself. :) Haha.
Now...ON WITH THE STORY!
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Chapter 1: You Never Really Know
Now, where was it? I remember that I put it right here. I pondered as I stood in the lit room, arms crossed. Blinking in surprise I realized and grabbed a wooden ladder from the side, lifting it and placing it against the shelf of books. I took a step up and looked around for the name, dragging my eyes over the spines. Shifting my head, I spotted the title and stretched my arm up to grab the book that was on the top shelf.
I bit the bottom of my lip as my fingertips touched the spine of the book, moving it out just a little. Frowning, I went up on my toes to grab the book in my hand, pulling it out successfully. Grinning, I looked at the front of the cover, making sure that I got the right one before stepping down the ladder, jumping to the ground.
"Sir, was that all you needed?" I asked as I came out of the storage room, book in hand. The customer-a fragile old man with a bowler hat and coat smiled back at me, happy to see the book in good condition.
"Ah, yes. You are such a sweet girl to go and do that for me." He kindly thanked, taking the book in his hands and paying the money. I grinned and bowed to him, putting my hands together.
"Thank you for shopping here!" I said brightly as he laughed heartily, walking out of the store. I sighed as the fan whirred above me and sat up on the stool, slipping my favorite book out of my small shelf. About to turn to the page I had left on, a small cry came from the back of the room. I looked up and glanced around, seeing no one else but me.
Raising an eyebrow, I set my book down on the counter and made my way to the back of the store, surprised to see my neatly organized boxes fallen on the ground, its contents spilled out. Hm, my foot must've bumped it or something. I kneeled down and fixed the box, placing it upright, about to place the items back in when I caught something from the corner of my eye. I pushed aside and box and gasped softly as a dirty tiger cub innocently blinked up at me. The cub was backed against the wall, shaking in fear, her eyes wide. I cautiously drew my hand towards her, palm up as I stopped it in front of her muzzle.
"It's okay; I'm not going to hurt you." I whispered as a small smile appeared on my face. The cub had stopped shaking and leaned forward to sniff my hand, crinkling its nose at the strange smell. Its small tail swished against the floor as it took a sniff again. I laughed quietly, amused by its actions when it suddenly placed its own paw in mine.
My breath caught in my throat as it stared down at its own paw and looked up at me, the same expression I had on its face. We had some sort of exchange. Something that didn't seem real, but yet it was. Then, slowly it crawled into my hand and nuzzled my thumb with its small nose. I gently brought it up to my face and examined it, seeing exactly how dirty it was. Standing up, I took her to my room for a second and grabbed a towel from the bathroom. Sitting on the bed, I gently rubbed off the dirt and grime, stroking the tiger cub's fur.
"I wonder how you got in here. Oh that's right! I have to name you if I'm going to keep you." The tiger cub gazed up at me, wondering what this new world was. It seemed as though he/she was listening.
"How about Tara-wait, I don't even know if you're a girl or not." I gave the cub a quizzical glance and stared at it for a moment. "Are you a girl?" I asked out of the blue, knowing it wouldn't even answer. Names still spiraling through my mind, I almost didn't notice the small nod that the cub gave me. Freezing, I shook my head to clear my thoughts and looked at the cub once more.
"Did you just nod at me?" In response, the cub nodded again. I gasped, almost dropping her, but caught her just in time.
"W-what is this?" I softly uttered as the cub gave out a small mewl. She yawned, her pink tongue curling up. "Have I gone crazy?" I asked myself, only to see it shake its head in disagreement. It was as if she was trying to say 'you're not crazy! This is reality! Things like this happen all the time!' I scoffed and rolled my eyes, muttering under my breath.
"Sure they do. Oh yes; a name. What about Tigress?" The cub looked like she pondered about it for a moment and nodded, yellow eyes bright.
"Nice, now can you stay here for a moment? I've got to check if I've got anymore customers." Standing up, I set her down on my bed, stroking her head before washing my hands and heading out the door to the store. I noticed that someone was browsing through the store and stood by the counter, watching as they picked out a few things, placing them in a basket.
"Is there anything I can help you with?" I asked quietly, catching the attention of the person. I met their eyes and saw a strange look in their eye.
"Oh, n-no thank you, I'm just looking around." I raised an eyebrow as the figure disappeared behind some shelves, looking at some more things. Sighing, I nodded and called out.
"Alright then," I quickly darted into my room to see Tigress patiently waiting, lying down on the bed with her tail over her nose as she slept. Smiling, I came back out, only to notice that the person was gone. I couldn't hear anymore rustling or movement; poof.
"Hello?" I quietly called out, moving from around the counter. It felt as though the air around me dropped ten degrees, leaving goose bumps on my arms. I hugged myself and went to the spot where the figure was before and saw a small wooden box placed on the ground. There was the drawing of a little umbrella on the top, colored in purple. I bent over to pick it up and spotted a white envelope under it. Flipping it around, I checked to see if there was a name and opened it, seeing that there was none.
Someone important to you will disappear tonight. Be prepared for the consequences of this fate. Some choices in life cannot be made by you. Everything that has happened today will change you in more ways than one. Prepare for what is to come.
-The Millennium Earl
I tilted my head to the side as I read the name at the bottom. "The Millennium Earl? Who the hell's that?" I muttered to myself as I looked inside the box. My eyes widened as they locked on the items inside. What? No way…I reached inside the little container and pulled out a necklace and ring, a matching set.
"These were…my mother's, why are they here? They should be in her grave," I shakily said, my heart beginning to race in fear. The necklace's pendant was shaped like a fang, except its white color had changed to a light green, as well as the ring. They both looked like they were glowing, which freaked me out a bit.
"What's going on?" I whispered as I set the box and letter down, holding the two accessories in the palm of my hand. Something in the back of my mind said put them on! You've got nothing to lose! So slowly, I cautiously slipped the ring on my middle finger, seeing that it fit comfortably and clasped the necklace on carefully. As soon as they were both on, the strange glow that came from it vanished, leaving the colors of what was of before.
I walked back into my room dazed, when I saw that Tigress was still asleep on the bed. Smiling softly, I walked up to her and patted her head, petting her fur back. Her whiskers twitched as she woke up, blinking her bleary eyes open. The jingle of a bell brought me back to the present and I stood up and came up behind the counter to see a familiar face grinning back at me. His chocolate brown hair was spiked as he laughed, his silver eyes shining with excitement. We both looked the same yet we were four years apart.
"Hey Patrick," I greeted as my brother jumped over the counter to hug me.
"How's my little sis?" He asked with his hand behind his head. He and I were the only ones left of our family. Our mother had died only a year before and we had made a living with this store ever since.
"I've been pretty good, though we haven't been having many customers today," Patrick arched a brow as he leaned against the counter, waiting for me to explain.
"I guess it's just been a slow day for some people," I suggested, walking back into my room. He followed me and spotted the tiger cub on the bed peering curiously up at him.
"Oh, when did you get her?" He asked curiously, stroking her head gently. I sat down on the bed and looked down at her, smiling.
"I just found her today. She seems to take a liking to you." Patrick grinned and met my eyes, that old glint in them.
"That's because I've got a thing with the ladies Nova," I rolled my eyes as he chuckled, sitting down on the bed next to me. He fingered with my brown hair, twirling it in his fingers. I met his eyes, seeing them going distant.
"Hey, so how have you been? Did you enjoy trying to find some new material for the bindings on some of our books?" I asked, trying to bring up a conversation. All I received in return was a nonchalant shrug. Groaning, I grabbed his wrist for him to stop fiddling with my hair. His eyes met mine at that second, a blank expression.
"Are you alright?" I inquired, sitting up in concern. Patrick quietly sighed as he ran a hand through his hair, putting a hand on Tigress's head.
"No, actually this whole day has been a wreck. I was looking for some material like you asked me to, but I couldn't find any because the store had gotten moved to a different location and I didn't have time to go look for it. Then I was making my way back, this old man came up to me and told me a little 'fortune' I guess. Something about someone important to me disappearing tonight, it's been bothering me ever since." I froze as he recited the sentence that was in the letter under the note. He noticed this and tilted his head to the side. "You okay?" I could only nod as he kept going. He took a breath and squeezed his eyes shut before taking my hand.
"What if that 'someone' is you?"
That's exactly what I've been thinking.
"I can't stand to lose another member of the family."
Same here, Patrick
"Nova?" I shook myself out of my daze and stood up to grab the note from earlier. Handing it to him, he gave me a look and opened it, his eyes scanning over it slowly. I watched his expression as he read the name at the bottom. It was a look of recognition.
"No, not now," He whispered, making my heart steadily get faster every second.
"Patrick, what's wrong?" Instead of answering, he stared at me for the longest time and suddenly moved, startling Tigress.
"Where did you get this?" He asked hurriedly, his eyes getting frantic. I stood up and showed him the box and explained how I saw it on the floor with mother's ring and necklace inside. Patrick finally noticed the necklace and ring, his eyes widening gradually.
"You're wearing it," He said, reaching out to touch it. I nodded my head slowly, getting a bit worried for him.
"Yeah, and?" Patrick darted back into my room and pulled open my closet, digging through the pile of junk inside.
"Hey! What're you doing?" I exclaimed, standing behind him as he continued pulling through as if his life depended on it. He grabbed my suitcase and opened it on the bed, throwing a handful of clothes at me.
"Here, pack all of these inside that." He quickly said, tossing more and more on to the bed, moving so fast that my head started to pound.
"Wait! Just-tell me what's going on!" I yelled, sitting down on the bed, arms crossed. My brother stopped moving and faced me, the look of terror gripping his face. He grabbed my shoulders and looked deep into my eyes as if that were the last time he'd ever see me.
"I'm the person who's going to disappear," He whispered as he continued to throw my things on the bed. I shook my head in disbelief.
"What? That can't be true! How do you-"
"Please Nova, just start packing." He interrupted, heading into the bathroom for a second. He seemed so serious about it, and I could do nothing but obey.
"Y-yeah alright," I quietly said as I stood up and started folding clothes, stuffing them in my suitcase. Patrick appeared outside once more, toothbrush and toothpaste in his hand. He gave them to me and took a hoodie out of his own closet, slipping it on.
"You have to get out of here Nova, this'll be the last time you see me." He softly said, pulling me into a strong hug. Everything was moving too fast. I couldn't comprehend exactly what was going on, but I did know that Patrick was going to die. He knew it too.
"I-I don't understand," I whispered, tears threatening to fall from my eyes. He pulled a drawer open and took out an envelope, handing it to me.
"This will help you understand. Remember Nova, what mom and I did all these years, were just to protect you. Once I step out of this store, something will come after me. You shouldn't face it, so you have to go out the back door. I'd risk my life in order to save yours." He gave me a kiss on the forehead and held my hand for one final moment before letting go.
"As soon as I say go, and you've finished packing, I need you to leave immediately. Understand Nova?" Patrick instructed, reaching into his pocket for something. I sniffled and went back to packing my suitcase as fast as possible.
"Y-yeah," I had everything in there, my closet entirely empty. I placed the envelope on top and shut the suitcase, putting on my sweater and shoes. I picked up Tigress and placed her on top of my shoulder, hoping that she'd stay on. I glanced out the window to see the sun beginning to set. This would be the perfect time for someone to disappear.
"Ready Nova?" Patrick said, getting close to the store door. I walked over to the back door, meeting his eyes, my hand already on it.
"Alright…I love you Nova," My heart swelled up as I saw tears roll down his cheeks.
"Love you too Patrick,"
"No matter what happens, don't come back here. Got it? Now go!" I pushed open the door at the same time he did his, and we went sprinting in the opposite directions, our fates now decided for us. I panted as I glanced over my shoulder to see smoke rising from our store, causing a commotion from the neighbors. Salty tears blurred my vision but I kept running, ignoring the expressions on the people's faces as I passed them.
"Patrick," I whispered, gripping the fang that was around my neck.
Little did I know that my mother and brother were both exorcists.
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Patrick looked up at the creature floating in the sky and grinned, the memories of his past flying back. The Black Order used to be his home. He had lied to Nova, saying that he was on a long term job. Mother knew about this however. She was an exorcist just like him.
"It's nice to see you again, Earl." He greeted in a rough voice, pulling his Innocence out of his pocket. It activated without words, changing into a double death scythe, the colors of blue and black on each end. The floating man laughed as he adjusted his rounded glasses, his yellow eyes blazing with anger.
"And same to you, Patrick, I see you told your sister about what was to come." Patrick narrowed his eyes in anger and pulled his scythe behind him, ready to fight.
"Why did you give her that? My own mother's Innocence?" He growled, eyes burning with a long hatred. The Millennium Earl spun in a circle and jumped from the spot he was on, getting higher up into the air.
"That is how life plays out sometimes, you never really know. And you'll never get to see why because you'll be dead!" Patrick yelled as he appeared in front of the Earl, scythe already coming down when reinforcements flew in. The Earl disappeared in place of an akuma who disintegrated as soon as the blade touched its skin.
"Tell me Earl!" Patrick bellowed, appearing behind him, ready to strike again. However, the Earl grabbed him with his hand and threw him down on the ground hard.
"I see you've improved on your speed ever since you stopped fighting. However you won't need it anymore! FIRE!" Then, the akuma's lined up together and shot out thousands of poisonous bullets, aimed straight for one target: Patrick.
The brown haired teen's eyes snapped open as he rolled on his back, leaping up to avoid the bullets. He jumped back even more as one large one hit the ground right where he was standing before. Patrick deflected some bullets with his scythe, melting it in an instant; however that just made the monsters even angrier.
"Die exorcist!" They all screamed, a rain of bullets coming down from up top. Patrick rolled forward, only to have them shot into his back. He cried out as he fell to the ground, a pool of blood surrounding his dying figure. Panting, with a shaky hand, he gripped his Innocence and glared up at the Earl who grinned at him. His last moments stood here of him dying, as he faced the laughing face of the Millennium Earl.
"Nova will defeat you."
"We'll just have to see."
Patrick took his last breath as his hand relaxed its grip on the staff, the black star shaped pentacles appearing all over his body. He slowly shut his eyes, the memories of his life flashing before his mind. Within seconds, his body exploded into dust, leaving only the clothes he had worn, burned and dirty. The Earl turned his gaze to the small black cat on the roof and grinned.
"Destroy his Innocence, Lulu Bell. Akuma's! Find the girl and destroy her! Make sure she turns into dust just like her brother here!"
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I couldn't stop running, not now. Not when I had to get as far away from here as possible. Tigress had dug her claws so far into my shoulder that it became numb from the pain. My legs felt like jelly but I pushed on, needing to-
"Wait, the letter!" I stopped for a second, about to open my suitcase to grab it when suddenly; the sky had turned darker than it was supposed to be now. I looked up and I saw thousands of monsters grouped together in the sky, all looking down at me. They were a mix of winged creatures, huge metallic clown balls, or giant baby heads.
"W-what are they?" I stuttered, realizing that they were after me. I made a move to step forward when I fell to my knees. What? I tried to stand but to no avail for my legs had lost all of its energy. I heard cackling and glanced up to see the creatures smirk down at me.
"Do you see that? She can't even walk from running so much! How weak humans can be!"
I narrowed my eyes in anger even though I don't know why. I had no hatred against them, yet what was this boiling feeling? I felt this surge of power enter me and glanced down at the ring on my finger, it was shining that light shade of green again, just like before.
"Look at that! She's got Innocence!"
"Innocence?" I mumbled to myself, watching the ring twinkle.
"C'mon! Let's kill her! It's what our Master ordered!"
Shadows descended upon me and I looked up in shock, only to bring my hand up to my face for protection. I heard them scream, but….felt nothing. Opening my shut eyes, I gasped as a large green shield had opened in front of me, blocking the monsters from getting to me. I saw that the ring that was on my finger did this.
"What?" I said in a daze, seeing the shield start to shrink. I looked back up at the monsters to see them grinning.
"No!" I yelled as they charged. An explosion blew me off my feet and into a wall behind me. I shook my head to clear the ringing in my ears and rubbed my eyes to see a woman with blonde hair dressed in a black and gold coat. She wore thick gauntlets around her arms that showed exactly how much power she held. Next to her was a large monkey that had a large ball of energy in its hand.
"Go Lau Jimin! Artillery Shell Fracture: Lau Guns!" The monkey threw the large ball of energy at the pile of monsters, managing to hit all of them. They yelled in pain and exploded into bits of metal, hitting the ground. He launched another attack, and another till all the creatures had exploded or run away, then turning back into its normal size. It climbed on the woman's shoulder and ate some blue cheese she handed it.
I sat up and held my head as it pounded, surprised as two feet stepped in front of me. I glanced up and saw the blonde woman giving me a sympathetic look with kind eyes. She gave me a hand and pulled me up smoothly, patting the dirt off of my sweater.
"Are you alright?" She asked softly, a hint of concern in her smooth voice. I blinked and stared at the ground quietly.
"Yes, thank you for saving me."
"Hm, you look as though you were having a problem here." There was a hint of humor in her voice as I listened. I watched as the lady looked at the destruction she caused.
Wait, how do I know I can trust her? Who am I to tell her what was happening to me anyway?
The woman gave me a quizzical look and chuckled, putting a hand on my shoulder.
"Don't worry; I've been through exactly what you have experienced. If you want, I could explain to you what those creatures were." Before I could respond, my head pounded hard against me once more, causing me to lose my balance. My vision was getting cloudy and soon enough, the black had engulfed me. The words that had reached my ears were very hard to comprehend but I'm pretty sure I made out, Black Order, and Innocence.
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