Disclaimer: I own nothing but the idea for this story. Maybe. I don't know, but don't sue me.

~HoP~

Darkness. It was overwhelming. She couldn't think. She couldn't feel. She was dead. Then, her phone, which lay next to her, lit up.

"It seems that your life will wane at this moment. The choice to extend it is yours. Do you wish to perish?" someone asked. It was Tico. Chihiro felt the weight of everything then. The girl's will spoke for her.

"No way!" she said. The girl finally woke up. She was still in the subway station. The pain of various bones scattered didn't come, like it was supposed to. The black-haired girl surveyed the surroundings as she sat up. Everything she expected was there. However, the train was nowhere near her body.

A little red creature with what looked like a braid held the heavy machinery up from crushing her and her friends.

"Ow. What was that?" said Daichi. He turned, rubbing his head and saw Chihiro. "Hey, Chihiro. Are you alri-AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!"

He spotted the imp and shuffled backwards, away from it. Io woke up, trying to figure what occurred.

"Mm. Huh?" The bobbed-haired girl looked at the train. She saw the red thing for a split second and quickly scurried behind Chihiro with a loud scream. The blue-eyed teen could feel the other girl shivering at her back.

The little imp-thing then pushed the train. The vehicle crimpled and broke the wall it fell on.

"Jeez, that thing was heavy!" it said. It turned around to face the teens. It had suction cups on its palms, elbows, fingertips and stomach. It appeared very giddy.

A sense of dread washed over the small group. The three teenagers got up and ran toward the stairs. However, two beings, one that looked like a small and blue marshmallow kid and the other that was definitely a fairy, appeared in front of them, blocking the only exit they had. Chihiro peaked over her shoulder and saw the red creature running towards them.

'What the hell?! Why is this happening?' thought the girl.

"Hey! Don't run! I'm supposed to kill you!" said the red imp. The situation couldn't get any worse. They couldn't possibly live unless…

"We have to fight!" Daichi's eyes nearly bulged out of his head. Io's face was even paler.

"Are you insane?! They'll rip us to shreds!" screamed the scarf-wearing boy.

"It's the only way to survive this, Daichi! There's no other way." Then, a sudden Demon Summoning Program loading came from Chihiro's skirt pocket. She dug her hand in and whipped out her phone. On the screen was Tico.

"Hello again, Lady Chihiro," the AI said with a bow. The boy grabbed his friend's hand. He yanked it towards him.

"Tico, you better have a good explanation about all this!" Before he could receive a response, a ball of electricity hit the ground and nearly grazed his foot.

"It's not nice to ignore someone when they're trying to kill you," said the tiny fairy woman. She threw another one at them, but this time, it separated Io from the two.

"IO!" Chihiro and Daichi couldn't reach their schoolmate as the imp and the puffy thing blocked their way. The fairy flew fast at the brown-haired girl. She raised and crossed her arms in front. The winged woman clawed her. The sleeves were cut up and blood spilled from the wound. The hit caused the girl to fall. Behind and on both sides of her were risen and crumbled concrete from the ground and the ceiling.

Anger and instinct took over the black-haired. She maneuvered past the creatures and backhanded the blue creature that tried to close in on her. Then she swiftly kicked the pixie. It slammed against the wall with a grunt.

"Here." The bunny-hooded girl stretched her hand out to Io and helped her to her feet.

"Chihiro, how can you forget about me like that?!" The two girls turned and saw that Daichi was cornered by the imp and the blue puff. The red creature then grabbed his leg and bit it. The boy cried out, and then kicked the damned thing away from him. His leg bled, but not as much as he expected.

"Hey, you! Get ready to get your lights knocked out!" said the blue thing. It completely ignored the brown-haired boy and charged at the girls. Daichi noticed this and looked behind him to search for an object he could swing with. He found a metal rod protruding from the rubble, grasped it and dislodged it. Once it was free, he spun around and swung at the tiny blue being. It made contact with the blue creature.

"Okay, okay! You win! We won't attack anymore!" it said. The red imp and the fairy nodded in agreement with it and made their way to the group.

"I'm Pixie. That," it pointed at the blue thing, "is Poltergeist, and that," pointed at the red imp, "is Obariyon. Don't you dare waste us," said Pixie. It scowled and crossed its arms as it disappeared.

"Looks like we're going with you. I always wanted to know what it's like being contracted to someone," said Poltergeist, disappearing.

"Awwwww! But I wanted freedom! You owe me!" said Obariyon. It vanished like the other two creatures.

The three teens looked at each other. They all could've looked worse.

"Maaaaaaaaaaaan, what was that?!" said Daichi.

"Calm down," said Chihiro.

"Don't tell me to calm down! How can I calm down after what we've been through!?" The black-haired girl grabbed his shoulders and twisted him to face her.

"Yelling won't solve anything nor will it change anything, Daichi." He quickly shrugged her hands off.

"Don't touch me!"

"Daichi!"

"Um, guys?" said Io. The yellow scarf boy and the white hoodie girl stopped their squabble and turned to the bob haired girl. She lifted a shaky finger and their eyes followed to where it pointed. Chihiro's heart had stopped at that moment. She and her friends were lucky to avoid the blade of Death, but the other people with them in the platform weren't so fortunate.

Blood poured from the broken figures and mingled with the dust underneath the bodies. Broken glass was where a woman's torso hung through a window of the train. A head laid on a small pool of blood and nothing else.

"Oh, my god," breathed Daichi. The black-haired girl stared at the scene and her mind could not process. Her eyes stung, but she refused to let one tear fall. She finally turned her head away from the horrific sight and started heading for the stairs.

"Let's go to on the surface. It's not safe here," the blue-eyed said. Io hesitated, then tore her eyes away and followed the other girl. The boy looked at the girls, then the wreckage, then ran after them.

~HoP~

When the group arrived to the top, they saw crowds of people. The buildings were falling apart and wires were exposed. Some of the structures were on fire.

"What the hell's going on?! The city's in shambles! Is all this really caused by an earthquake?!" said Daichi.

"This is horrible," said Io.

The people gathered, and then the noise level softened as a news anchor delivered their report.

Just recently, a region-wide calamity struck at 1:00 pm. No specified detail was found and major casualties have been reported. I repeat-

The volumes of the survivors elevated as the news tuned off unexpectedly. The three teens heard complaints from those nearest to them.

Daichi's head felt heavy and his legs were close to giving out. Io paled and her eyes were moist. Chihiro heard her blood rushing in her ears and nothing else at that moment. The black-haired girl lowered her head. Then, she noticed something red. She looked harder and saw that the red was the blood streaming from her friend's calf.

"Daichi…your leg..." said the bunny-hooded girl. The boy looked at her, and then peeked at his legs.

"Oh, yeah. I forgot about that. Look, it's no biggie, really. Yeah, it's hurt, but hey. Battle scars," said Daichi. That reply didn't make her feel better. She shook her head.

"No. No, it isn't. Let's go find a bench for you to rest on." Chihiro turned to Io and saw blood leaking from her sleeve. "And fast, too. Come on."

The three students wandered around the flooded street. They were pushed, shoved and separated a few times, but they managed to find an unoccupied bench. The blue-eyed girl sat the two injured down, and ran off to search for disinfectants and bandages.

Io and Daichi sat there, facing different directions. The brown-haired girl had no idea how to approach the subject of him and Chihiro. The brown-haired boy's mouth went dry and couldn't come up with a conversation starter because about a foot away from him was The Io Nitta. The boy tilted his head in her direction, and then turned away as she looked at him. The bob haired examined her and noticed that the crimson fluid stopped flowing.

"Sooo…" said Daichi. He paused for a moment. He looked at his feet as he realized he had nothing to talk about.

"Um… I know this is personal, but…" Io started.

"Yeah?" The girl turned and faced the other brunette.

"Are you and Chihiro dating?" If this was a cartoon, the boy's eyes would've popped out their sockets. The girl raised her hands automatically. "! I'm sorry. Since you two were so close, I just thought-"

"No, no! It's perfectly fine! Although, you're the first one to assume that." Daichi could feel his face burning.

"So you're just friends?"

"Yeah. Pretty good friends, at that."

"I see. Though, thinking about it now, you don't look like the type of guy she'd go out with."

"You could say that again."

"Has she dated anyone?"

"Uh. No, not really."

"Really? She's really pretty, though. You would've thought she was taken."

"Yeah. No. I think she's a bit picky with guys. Of all the years I've known Chihiro, not once have I seen a guy that she was into."

"Quite an interesting conversation you two are having. Mind letting me in?" The two brunettes nearly jumped out of their seats as they looked up at the topic of their chat. She stood with a semi-amused, semi-curious look. In her hand was a small plastic bag. The black-haired girl held it up. "I managed to find disinfectant. No bandages, though."

"Well, do you have anything that can be you as bandages?"

"I'll have to improvise, but yes. Now roll up that sleeve and that pants leg." The brunettes did as they were told.

Chihiro pulled out a small box of squares soaked with rubbing alcohol and took two packs. She tore them open and wiped up the dried blood from Daichi and Io's wounds. She then stood up and unbuttoned her hoodie. Daichi's eyes grew large and his face reddened.

"Wah, w-w-w-whatareyoudoing?" The girl rolled her eyes and continued 'til the last button. She grabbed the end of her turtleneck, tore off two strips and wrapped them around her schoolmates' injuries.

"There. Better?" Io glanced at her arm, then at the other girl.

"But, your shirt…"

"Don't worry about it. I'll live." The bob haired girl sat there for a few moments until she realized something. She dug through her bag and took out her phone.

"There's no signal!"

"What?!" The other two pulled out their phone and the screen told the startling truth. The scarf wearing boy shifted through his menu and found a peculiar item.

"What the hell is this?! Demon Summoning app?" He pressed a couple of keys. "I can't take it off!"

Chihiro skimmed through the menu and found the Summoning app. She tried to delete it, but it stayed where it was and won't be going away anytime soon. Io bolted up, which startled the other two, and ran off.

"Wha-" The girl came back sadder.

"I asked a cab driver if I could use his radio. There was no signal at all."

"I don't know anymore…" Daichi rested his elbows on his thighs and coved his face with his hands. Chihiro glanced at her companions. Then, she looked at her phone and noticed that someone sent two messages. Before they could be read, footsteps came up from behind.

"Excuse me. You came from the subway platform, right? Can I take a look at your cellphones?" The three teens glimpsed at a dark blue-haired woman that was near them. She wore a black and yellow uniform with white boots. She had a stern expression on her face.

"Why do you need them?" asked the bunny-hooded girl. The scarf-wearing boy stood up and stepped toward the girl.

"Hey! I don't think it's a good idea! We should run!" he whispered. She turned to him and raised a brow.

"Excuse me." The woman started walking toward them. The sudden moment freaked the boy.

"C'mon!" He grabbed both Io and Chihiro's wrists and dragged them as them ran from the supposed officer (from what they could tell from her outfit).

After a few minutes later, they reached Shibuya 901. The male brunette released the girls and dropped to the ground. The three students rested there until they could breathe easily again.

"Ok. Honestly, I don't understand why we have to run like that," said the blue-eyed girl

"It's just a feeling I got," he said.

"Yeah. I don't know why, but she seemed really intimidating," said Io.

"I'm just glad we got out of there." Chihiro peeked at the time.

"We should really get home."

"Oh, yes, we should." The boy stood and brushed off the dirt. "Where do you live? Chihiro and I live in the same neighborhood, so we'll be walking in the same direction."

"My home's in Ariake."

"It's that far?!"

"I could always walk there, but truth be told, I never went on foot before."

"Then, we're going with you."

"She's right. It's too dangerous to go alone." Daichi looked at the rubble and fallen buildings around them. "Eh… Which way is Ariake?"

"There," said Chihiro, pointing east.

"Uh huh, that's right."

"Then, this is a great time to put my walking exercise to good use."

"Ok. But, don't strain yourself," said the white-hooded girl.

~HoP~

The three students made it to Roppongi and already, Daichi was more than exhausted. His wounded calf didn't make the small journey any better. They stopped and the boy collapsed to the concrete and panted loudly.

"My legs are burning!" he said.

"I have a bottle of water," said Io. She search through her bag and pulled out a plastic bottle that was half empty. She handed it to the male. "It's used, though. I hope that's not a problem."

"I can have this? Really?" He held it and his face lit up.

"Good for you," said Chihiro. She gave the scarf-wearing boy a big smile.

"You know? It's good to be alive."

The group heard chatter. It became louder and they saw a group of four. Two men, a woman and a child.

"We finally made it!"

"I thought we never get out of there."

"How long will this go on?!"

"I want to go home. Why can't we go home?"

The four strangers talked some more. Daichi noticed something colorful falling from the sky. It dropped in the middle of the cluster of strangers. The unidentified object had a rainbow cone and a pink, round top. It resembled ice cream.

Instantaneously, their cell phone alerted them. On the display was the Demon Summoning app, viewing the unusual being. Next to it was a list of "skills" and above that was the word Dubhe.

"Holy shit!" The pink top grew bigger.

"What is this?" It grew even bigger and started pulsing.

"It doesn't look dangerous." At that point, the round thing got so huge they were all surprised that the cone didn't snap under its weight. One of the men reached out.

"Don't touch it!" said Chihiro. She didn't know what possessed her to say it. The sudden outburst shook the random group.

"Dammit, don't scare me like that, kid!" Just then, the object exploded. The four people around were reduced to ashes. The area received burns from the unexpected detonation. The pink object came back and the thing moved closer the teens.

"Oh, crap!"

"Move it!"

At the last minute of their escape, it discharged.

~HoP~

There. Finally done. What a bad cliff hanger.