It has been a whole month since I haven’t posted anything on the lore, I am really sorry if some of you have waited for the next chapter, but the lore is not over yet. It’s my fault if I wasn’t posting new chapter this month because I was doing very little work on it, and it makes me feel bad.
Anyway, I let you read this one. Happy reading.
Chapter 14: The fallout
Date: Beyond 2379
Coordinates: New Calico
Deep in his sleep, Edward wake up in a metalic boat with seats holed everywhere. Trying to stand up on the oscillating boat, the battle between the Allies and the Nazis raged on the beach.
A light fog of smoke was hovering above the terrain, clouds were sprouting out of the soldiers’ rifle before bullets travel through their clothes.
A group of soldiers run to the dune standing in front of the boat. One of them had a familiar face however, he was the leader of the group.
Sitting against the dune, the soldier’s face lighten up from the rising sun. It was Edward himself with his comrades at his side.
It was a complete reconstruction of his memory back in World War Two, were all began.
Edward follow his double as he see himself getting over the wires, getting shot multiple times, then falling, bleeding, suffering. The time slow down as his clone dies in front of him, until the world stops.
Everything froze, the bullets had no velocity, the soldiers were immobile like statues, the planes in the sky could not reach their destination. Only himself except his clone was able to react.
The field was silent, but until then, a harsh voice call for him.
“You…humans.” it was the dark Wraith again, still as mysterious as the previous nightmare.
Quickly, he grab the rifle from his corpse and search for his target. The dunes, the houses, the beach, nothing.
“I know you’re hidding, show yourself!”
The Wraith did not show up, nothing had moved in the field but the voice remains.
“Unconscious…like all that lives…” it spoke with hate and disgust, like in the other nightmare.
Edward turn back, his corpse was gone, only the traces of blood on the dirt remained.
The atmosphere took a drastic change, only to induce fear and doubts.
A sound of wind goes behind Edward. Turning back, a shadow quickly disappear out of his sight.
Edward hold his Garand tight and instinctively lift it to his eye.
A noise of water puddle at the left distract him. The teeth clenched, hesitating, he roll his eyes to the origin of the noise.
At his left, a soldier was standing straight, the head slightly curved, the eyes half closed, the face emotionless. His skin was white, a few holes on his body flowed with dry blood.
The man was the corpse of Edward, he slowly walk towards Edward, dangerously.
Edward shoot a bullet at the man, the shot pierces through his clothes, but the man does not react. Instead, the bullet goes through Edward’s chest, forcing him to kneel at the ghost’s mercy.
The walking corpse open his mouth and speak.
“You cannot escape death…no one, can escape death…”
The bullet in Edward’s chest makes him suffer with an atrocious pain, the ghost grab Edward by the neck and lift him.
“All that lives…die…”
“N-no…you’re not…cough…you’re not…real…” Edward’s throat burned in suffering, his legs were agitated and his hands were holding the man’s arm, struggling to breathe, fighting for his life.
“But you DIDN’T…” With an inhuman strength, the dead launches Edward a few feet further into the mud.
After a hard landing, Edward take a heavy breath. His clone disappear in a blink, the plain lose its colors, transform to take the form of the broken pod.
A muffled voice echoes from everywhere, it felt young, like a girl. Each echo cleared the voice, it was repeating something.
“Oohm mohm, wooh uh! Hvwohd! Hoowey!”
“Hom on, ith sime to wake up!”
Those last words were very clear, Edward had to wake up. He open his eyes and a massive head faced him, it was Sandrine.
“Wake up Edward! We have to hurry!”
Standing quickly, Edward sees Sandrine in panic while Caira was staring at the duo. The sky was bright red with black clouds of smoke in the stratosphere preventing the sunlight from passing through.
Meteors were travelling through the sky at high speed, there was a large crater cleared through the buildings of the city, reaching the wall with now a large hole in it.
The situation became a lot more sinister and dangerous. The forest is on fire, the generator is leaked and leave blue smokes out of it.
Sandrine begin to fly above the wall and call for the rest of the group.
She was flying, hovering in the air like a balloon.
“Wha…how in the hell are you able to fly!?” Exclaim Edward with surprise.
“I don’t know, I’ll tell you later. Now hurry! You too Caira!”
Caira travel through the gate and follow Sandrine still flying.
Edward follow them without asking questions, only wondering where they could shelter.
The forest was dying in the fire, some burnt trees fall heavily on the ground, letting themselves consumed by the heat.
A tree fall on their road, Sandrine ignore it, Edward jump over it like an athlete, Caira avoid it sideway and lose of her momentum.
An entire crowd of animals with mixed species was running away from the forest, from the most tiniest to the largest, none thought fighting each other.
Sandrine was spying the area in hopes of finding a place to hide from the fire and the meteors, there was mountains everywhere but lacked of caves big enough for three large monsters.
“You see anything Sandrine?” Ask Edward to Sandrine who is above the forest.
“Nope, only trees, trees everywhere.”
“You better find us a shelter quick or else we die!”
“Don’t you see I’m searching already?”
“Guys! Wait for me!” Scream Caira in the distance.
The conversation end abruptly by a meteor passing close over Sandrine, the impact shred through the forest with a deafening sound.
Fragments from the impact flies above the forest, spinning at great speed and tearing leaves from the nearby trees.
The surprise was inevitable, Caira’s heart beat hard and fast, one of the fragments hit Sandrine and make her fall, Edward almost tumbled.
The meteor left a large gap of burnt dirt and wood, Edward never saw a meteor this close.
Sandrine was hardly trying to get up, her fall must have been tough, judging by her hand on the back.
“Shit…my back, that meteor got super close to me.” Say she alone
“Good thing you’re still alive, you scared me for a moment.” Say Edward
“I’m fine…I just fell, that’s all.”
“Can you walk?”
“Y…yes, don’t worry about me. I…sigh…I can handle it.”
She stand on her legs, her back slightly curved. She walk forward before running on four.
The search continues but the dangerous environment makes it difficult, trees keep falling from everywhere. The forest keep burning, the creatures are all gone, there is only Edward, Sandrine and Caira left inside.
A goliath, smaller than Edward, was approaching the group. Caira notices it and warn the others.
“Careful over there, a minion!”
“A minion?” Say Edward in his misunderstanding.
“A tiny goliath I mean.”
The small goliath run away, feeling too weak to approach the trio. It kills a strider on the way and dig its claws in the animal, the minion eat the corpse savagely and leave the guts and bones untouched.
“This one seems too wild to be like us.” Ask Sandrine.
“Monsters are very aggressive whatsoever, they eat everything that’s on their way to become stronger.” Say Caira.
“What if he’s human instead?” Ask Edward.
“Didn’t you see how it ate that strider? It’s clearly not human!” Say Sandrine.
“Anyway, get rid of that one before he evolve and cause us trouble.” Say Caira
The trio follow the little goliath who was running a bit awkwardly, it turns back and see the group following it.
The tiny goliath give up its run and counter attack Sandrine with a breath of fire. The fire did not affect her, but her armor glow to the contact of fire.
Sandrine had her eyes closed and couldn’t react to the fire. Edward on his side, dash and punch the tiny goliath in the jaw with an uppercut, killing it in an instant.
The minion fall on the dirt with blood flowing out of its mouth like a fountain. Sandrine open her eyes and see the dead goliath in front of Edward, who was glancing at his own fist.
“Man, I have never felt that strong in my whole life.” Say he.
The girls stood silent.
Another meteor flies above Edward, destroying a large tree and leaving lava splashing on the ground.
Edward lose his balance and fall down, lava flew from the tree, spreading on the ground where Edward fell.
Quickly, he recover but the lava already came to him, flowing through his feet.
“GET OUT OF HERE!” Scream Sandrine panicking.
But Edward had already realised something, the lava could not hurt him, it was flowing through his feet like water without burning his skin.
“It…it doesn’t burn.” Say he, still standing in the lava.
“It’s normal, your armor is made of an ablative coating. That means monsters are very resistant to heat.” Explain Caira.
“Wait, how do you know that?” Ask Sandrine.
“I studied the mon…”
“Oh yeah, I forgot. Nevermind then.”
The forest has become so burnt, the sky was cleared from the leaves, showing a mountain above the trio.
“Hold on, I have an idea!” Exclaim Caira.
“What is it?!” Respond Edward.
“Those meteors fall from a degree and they come from the same direction. If you look above you, there’s a mountain nearby that can help us hide from the meteors.”
“But how could we hide with just a mountain?”
“You’ll understand when we’ll get where I mean to go.”
“Oooh, I see what you mean! Quick, let’s get to cover!” Say Sandrine relieved.
Following the side of the mountain, the group quickly get to Caira’s destination. Here, no meteor can land nearby, some trees survived from the chaos and the ashes were covering much less ground.
“Phew, we’re safe here now, hopefully.” Say Caira.
“That’s…ho…how did you knew about this place?” Ask Edward still confused.
“It’s rather simple, meteors fall from the West and since they can only hit the West side of the mountain, no meteor can hit the East side, where we are now.”
“That’s what I found out when she talked about the mountain. I’m glad to have you with us, Caira.” Say Sandrine.
Edward grab one of the nearby trees and pick their branches and leaves. He stack the amount of wood he can collect against the wall and begin to dig the ground at specific areas.
“Uuh…what are you doing?” Ask Caira.
“I want to make a house for us three, so we have a real camp this time.”
“That’s a good idea, but I do the construction.” Say Sandrine.
The two monsters get into activity, grabbing all the branches they can get and stack them in the pile. Caira was only observing, she felt inactive.
She approach the active workers and ask.
“Can I give you a hand?”
“Oh, of course you can. You can carry the branches to that pile while we bring them to you. Can you do that?” Say Sandrine.
“I can do that.”
“Here.” She give her a handful of healthy and strong branches.
Caira take the branches in her hand and transport them to the pile. She goes back to the workers and repeat the process.
“By the way Sandrine, you still haven’t told me how you learnt to fly.”
“Oh, that! To be able to fly is the best thing in the world that can happen, really. I always dreamed of flying, to see things from high. What happened is that I was waking up to see meteors falling from everywhere and there was that one who landed through the city, right beside us. It surprised me, I jumped…and it happened like that, like a snap. Pure luck.”
“I wish I could fly too now…”
Later on, Sandrine begin to work on the shelter with enough wood to spend for a roof, supports to hold it, a table, three beds of leaves and some tools on the table.
The shelter was well made, it looked solid and pleasant to see, like a camp site.
Sandrine walk back and admire her work.
“Would you look at that, we now have a proper shelter for us three, some beds and a table. Does it look nice?”
“It does, but the table might be a bit too high for Caira.” Respond Edward
“Don’t worry about her, she’ll evolve eventually…I mean, if she can handle the pain.”
“We all have to evolve one day or another, it’s inevitable. But thanks a lot for the beds, I am really tired from this night because I had to sleep standing up.” Say Caira.
On those words, she walk to her bed and let her fall on the leaves.
“Hooo yeees, finally some rest!” Say she alone before falling asleep.