"Come back to the Netherworld."
Mr. Harrison (History) stormed into the principal's office along with Miss Applegate (English), Mr. Lawson (Chem) and Mr. Johnson (P.E) . Mrs. Harold looked at her furious teachers and sighed.
"Let me guess, it has something to do with the Ali kids." She said.
"You're damn right it does. Those kids are outta control." Mr. Harrison said angrily.
"They blew up my lab. Again! Claiming they were making some kinda weird potion." Mr. Lawson raising his hands up in anger.
"They tried to conceive me that there's this place called the Netherworld and it's real." Miss Applegate said.
"That Isa girl scares me." Mr. Johnson said in a terrified voice.
"We're with you Joe." Mr. Harrison said as all the teachers shuddered.
"Yes, they have become a bit more outgoing these past two years. However, they're all good kids. Just let me speak to them." Mrs. Harold said.
The teachers grumbled as they all filed out. Mrs. Harold sighed again as she buzzed for the kids.
It's been two years since they've mysteriously vanished and just as mysteriously returned. They changed. They have seemed to have grown more confident, fearless and defiant. It normally would be a good thing but they seem to not know how to restrain themselves. The three kids entered her office. She watched them as they filed in. First there was Isa who on the surface seemed to be a nice young girl. But she had a sharp tongue and attacks anyone she didn't like. The next was Amy who was the most down to earth and mature of the group. However, if she(like her siblings) was crossed, she could be just as violent. The last was the eldest Nick. He was the most good natured of the bunch and the most easy going but here fused to see any kind of injustice. That was one of his most admirable traits and his biggest problem.
"So, what's up Mrs. Harold?" Idman asked.
"You know very well why you are here." Mrs. Harold said looking at us intently.
"Was it because we blew up the lab again?" Ayan asked.
"No, Mr. Lawson would have just accidentally blown it up on his own. That man's clumsier than you all put together." Mrs. Harold said.
"Was it because Idman threatened to suck the blood of half the students?" I asked.
"At least she didn't act on it this time." Mrs. Harold said wryly.
Ayan and I shuddered as we remembered. "Was it because of what I did yesterday?" I asked sheepishly.
"Yes,"Mrs. Harold said simply.
"It was an accident." I said uselessly.
Mrs. Harold looked at me. "Was it really? Try to remember." She said.
"Alright, we have a very special guest here. He's the instructor from the local karate dojo. He's here to speak to you all about self defense." Mr. Johnson told our class.
(For the best effect, imagine someone who looks and acts like the leader of the Cobra Kai from the original Karate Kid. Because it's funnier that way.) The man was accompanied by two teenage boys who didn't look all that happy to be there. He started speaking about basic self defense but for some reason it didn't sound like he knew what he was talking about.
"Now, allow me to demonstrate. You, come here." He said pointing at one of the boys with him.
The boy walked cautiously towards warning, he grabbed the kid by the arm and flipped him on his back.
"Your turn." He said as he knocked the other boy on his ass.
"Any questions?" He asked.
I raised my hand. "You, nerd boy." He said.
"Yeah, I don't buy that you know what you're talking about. You just seem to like knocking people on their butts." I said.
"Oh really, would you care to show me the right way?" He asked me with a smirk. I shrugged.
"Okay," I said walking towards him.
"So, come at me." He said going into a fighting stance.
"I don't want to hurt you. So, why don't you come at me?" I said smiling.
The class laughed and the man looked annoyed.
"Fine," He said coming towards me.
Without hesitation, I sweeped his legs knocking him onto his back. I followed up with a punch to the chest.
"Ooops, I didn't mean to do that." I said sheepishly. I looked at the man. I waved my hand in his face.
"Huh, I knocked him out." I said mildly surprised. The class looked at me in shock.
[End of Flashback]
"He ended up two broken ribs." Mrs. Harold said to me.
"I tried to apologize to him at the hospital but when I visited him he pointed at me and shouted "MONSTER!" really loudly. I think he was under medication or something." I said rubbing my chin.
Mrs. Harold sighed. "I know that you're good kids but you have to stop getting into to trouble. It's not going to convince the other teachers their wrong if you keep doing things like this." She said.
"Things were a lot easier in the Netherworld. No rules and I could beat the shit out of anyone who pissed me off." Isa said.
"Another thing, you have to stop mentioning this Netherworld. It doesn't exist." Mrs. Harold said.
I smiled. "We understand Mrs. Harold. We'll be good from now on." I said.
"Alright, then. Get to class." She said.
As we walked to our classes, my siblings looked at me.
"What? You know that no one believes us. It's better to just let it go anyway." I said.
"You don't really think that do you?" Amy asked me.
I grinned. "Just get to class guys." I said waving to them as I walked off.
Amy and Isa were right I thought as I drifted through my classes. I did miss the Netherworld. I missed the insanity of it. I missed the fun of it. But most of all I just missed our friends.
I sighed. But I can't go back. As long as we somehow pose a threat to the safety of our two worlds, we just can't take that risk. After school let out, I went to Mr. Harold's Bookstore which is where I always go when I need to clear my head.
"Oh hello Nick. What brings you by today?" He asked me with a smile.
"Nothing much. " I said in response.
"Did she chew you out today too?" He asked knowingly.
"Yeah, a little bit." I said smiling.
"You know that she has your best interests at heart." He said.
"I know but things haven't been going so well since we came back." I said sitting down in one of the old (but comfortable) reading chairs.
"You have changed quite a bit. But, you're still the same kid who would sit in that very chair, read all my books, and never pay me." Mr. Harold said with a twinkle in his eye.
I grinned. "At least you think so. Hey, do need any help? You told me you were getting a new shipment today." I said jumping out of the chair.
"Now that you mention it…" Mr. Harold said with a glint in his eye.
He pointed toward a massive tower of boxes stacked to the ceiling. "Whoa, it's the Tower of Bookbel." I said in awe.
"You can handle this if you can go around putting people in the hospital." He said smirking.
I rolled up my sleeves. "Stand back old man. This might get ugly." I said running headfirst into battle.
I was finishing helping Mr. Harold put the books away when I noticed something in the corner. It was a small fort built out of old books. I smiled. This was where Jack and I played as kids. All the stupid adventures we used to go on. I sighed. Jack moved away just after we had come back. There was a better physical therapist in the town he had moved to so there might be a chance he could walk again. I was sad but I was happy for him. We promised each other we'd met again.
"Then we'll finally settle our score." He said to me with a grin.
"You think you can take me on little man? I've learned a few tricks." I said with a smirk.
"We'll see dude. I kicked your ass when we were kids and I could do it again." He said.
I smiled. "I'm glad you did. I kinda deserved it." I said softly.
Jack got a serious expression on his face.
"Don't let your past get you down ever. Things are different now." He said.
I nodded. "I know. Good luck Jack." I told him.
He waved as he wheeled himself onto his car lift. His brother helped fasten him down. Jack's parents nodded at me and they drove off.
[End of Flashback]
"It's getting late Nick. You should probably head home. I'll finish up here." Mr. Harold shouted from the front.
"Coming!" I said as I left the fort behind.
I came home tired but content.
"I'm home." I said as I unlocked the door.
"Mom and Dad are out with friends." Isa shouted at me.
"If you want food come here before Ian eats it all." Amy said poking her head out the kitchen door.
Ian looked at me too with a large piece of chicken dangling out of his mouth. He swallowed it whole and went back to snag another one.
"Don't mind if I do." I said going to grab some grub.
I went up to my room with the room intending to do some homework while I ate. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a blue hardbound book with the words "Book of Legends" written in silver lettering across the front. That was the thing that took us into the Netherworld. I looked it over a few times but aside from having all of our adventures written down it, nothing seems to be different about it. It hasn't glowed or written anything since.
One thing did bother me about it. All our adventures in the Netherworld were collected under the title "Disgaea: Fate Awaits" but there was another part called "Disgaea: Driven Destiny". The weird thing was that nothing was written in it. What could that mean? I thought. I shrugged. I'll figure it out eventually but for now let's do some Algebra. I began working but it wasn't long till I stopped. My mind slowly became fuzzy and the numbers began to blur. What's going on? I feel really sleepy all of a sudden. I guess a power nap can't hurt I thought as threw myself onto my bed and laid my head down.
"Come back to the Netherworld." I heard a familiar voice say.
I woke up. I was in a large green field. The Netherworld? How did I get here? I thought. I looked over and saw Yuki. She looked at me with a pained expression on her face.
"Yuki, what's happening?" I asked her.
"Enigma." She said softly.
I walked over to her. She suddenly disappeared. She was replaced with a large dark figure.
"Who are you?" I asked.
"It will belong to me. There is nothing you can do to stop me." It said in a horrifying scratchy voice that seemed to echo in my head.
I felt an incredible mana pressure coming from this being. It was like nothing I have ever felt before.
"Everything that ever was and shall be belongs to me." It said as it enveloped me.
I tried to get away but I couldn't move. It laughed manically as it swallowed me. I was scared more scared than I had ever felt in my entire life. Then everything was dark and still.
I woke up with a start. My heart was still beating furiously and I was covered in sweat. I breathed deeply. It was dream. Only a dream. But, it felt so real. I could feel that thing's horrible coldness surround me. Suddenly, my room began to light up. I looked over and saw the Book of Legends. It was glowing just as it had the night it took us to the Netherworld for the first time. It then became very still. I grabbed it and turned the page. Under the Disgaea: Driven Destiny part, it started with a single sentence that turned my blood to ice.
"Come back to the Netherworld." I knew what I had to do.
"I've got to go back." I said to myself.
"What do you mean your dream came true?" Idman asked me in confusion.
"Guys, I had this dream. In it Yuki tells me to come back and look what's written here." I said pointing to the Book of Legends.
Darkness came across their faces. "They're in trouble aren't they?" Ayan asked softly.
"I think so." I said.
"Well, then what the hell are we waiting for? We have to go back to save them." Idman said jumping.
"But, we fought so hard to come here. If we go back, what if the prophecy comes true? What if we end up destroying both worlds?" I asked.
"We can't just stay here. If your dream comes true, then shit is gonna get messed up anyway. We have to go. We can't just leave them there." Ayan said.
They were right but I don't want to go back because I was scared the prophecy might come true. I don't want to hurt people. I promised myself I wouldn't ever go back to the way I was before. I felt my little brother's arm on my shoulder. He had a determined expression on his face.
"If our friends are being hurt by the bad guys then we go beat the crap outta them." He said to me.
I smiled. "Okay, we're going to go back." I said.
"Well, how leader boy?" Idman snapped.
I grinned and held up the Remnant. "You still have that?" All my siblings cried in shock.
"Duh, it's not like it evaporates or something." I said.
In the human world there is a lot less natural mana in the world to tap into but it should be enough to…. The Remnant began to glow with a warm light. I picked up the book and opened it up so it was standing upright. It was on the part of "Disgaea: Driven Destiny". My siblings and I all held onto the Remnant and poured all our mana into it. The book began to glow and things in my room began flying around.
Just you wait guys, we're coming to save you I thought.
In a burst of blue light, we were gone.