Last Stand an Inevitable Fight
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fan, for fun simply as an expression of my fandom and as such I mean no harm in
its creation. Additionally, for the
less legally conscientious reader, this fanfic contains scenes of graphic
violence, if these things are upsetting to you, you should probably leave now.
Other then that, well, that’s all my warnings.
Hopefully you will enjoy this short little work.
staggered back, grabbing her ear, for a moment she wondered if her deafness was
caused by the actual sound of the impact shattering all the tiny bones in her
ear, or if it was simply the result of her eardrum exploding.
Pulling her hand back she confirmed that it was covered in blood, but had
to immediately leap to the side to avoid another strike.
She swooned a bit as she tried to regain her footing, blood from the
forehead and numerous other cuts on her face trailing down her skin and managing
to invade into her eyes, the salty concoction akin to opening ones eyes while
submerged in the ocean. She blinked
away the salinity and tried to wipe it away but that had been a mistake.
Another strike caught her squarely against the side, she felt more then
heard the popping, her ribs not able to withstand the force, some breaking, some
cracking, and a very few managing to bend successfully with the force.
Against all of her resistance her body reflexively pitched foreword as
the backward momentum inflicted on her midsection carried her in two different
directions. Desperate and knowing
that she had been put into a situation where she was setup for a killing blow
she threw herself to the side, the staff catching just the edge of her head,
tearing off some hair and skin but missing her vitality.
tried to catch herself before hitting the ground, bracing with her hands, but
she was reminded, however painfully that her right arm was crippled due to one
of the first hits she had taken. It
dropped out from beneath her, and her head crashed into the ground, fighting
through the pain Lina continued the foreword motion of the rest of her body,
using her good hand to push off the ground and into a half-roll, which brought
her back to her feet, but facing away from her attacker.
“Burst..!” She called
out, turning but not quick enough, another sharp impact nearly crippling her
leg, hobbling her, but thankfully she felt nothing snap.
She dropped down to her knees, adrenaline pumping her injuries only made
themselves apparent when she abused the injured muscles, like she was now,
already trying to get some more distance and knowing she was a hairs breath from
being decapitated Lina dropped to her side, and rolled like a log several turns
as fast as she could, using that centrifugal force to spin herself onto her feet
and into a crouch, however unsteadily, “Flare!”
She called out, ethereal flames licking around Lina’s hands for a
fleeting second before there was an explosion of light, sound and heat, fire
engulfing Xelloss as he advanced.
believing for a second she did anything but buy herself a moment Lina quickly
tried to break into a run, her leg inhibiting her to a great extent, but still
moving her from her prone position just in time to see a dozen needles, finer
then human hairs silver their way through the air and into the ground next to
where she was once crouched, their fine perfection being their only visual
indicator of existence, shimmering in the fading fire light.
The moment of distraction was so short it didn’t register with Lina
that she had even been distracted, but Xelloss had moved behind her, she sensed
him too late. With a wet thud he
slammed his staff into the back of her skull, the vision in her left eye
instantly gone, the optic nerve disconnected by the force of her head moving
heaved, vomiting as she tried to flee a few steps foreword, reaching around to
feel the back of her head she suddenly wished she hadn’t, the most conspicuous
feature on her skull now was a valley at the back of her head, soft to the touch
she honestly had to wonder how she was still alive.
Feeling that her time had come to an end Lina spun to face her attacker,
again the blood clouding the vision in her good eye.
Almost absent mindedly Xelloss sung out with his staff, not even
following the arc of it with his eyes, striking Lina again squarely in the knee. The cartilage between the joints scraped away like crust
pealing off bread. Lina went down,
the bottom part of her knee going one way and the top going the other, the
respective joints pressing at strange angles into her skin beneath her outfit.
stopped a moment, “You knew this would happen one day, didn’t you?”
Lina grimaced, swallowing hard, the terrible metallic taste the furthest
thing from her mind. It didn’t
help though, she still had a mouth full of blood.
Defiant as ever Lina replied, blood nearly pouring from her mouth. “Yeah...
I knew this would happen...” Xelloss
smiled, “I’ve always been fond of your emotions Lina, and when the order
came down to kill you, I was more then happy to oblige.”
Lina smiled a bitter smile, only one corner of her lips rising, a
crippling numbness spreading over the right side of her face, a stroke, heart
attack, she didn’t feel the necessity to dwell on it.
She tried to stand, muscles straining against cloth and skin in her knee,
and keeping her weight on her opposite knee she managed to get to her feet.
Xelloss to repeat his treatment to her other knee.
“Fuck!” She cried out, forced to use what was left of her other knee
to slow her ascent as more damage was inflicted on her rag doll of a body.
Blood started to pool beneath her, a compound fracture, straight through
the skin. Xelloss smiled all the
wider, “ I believe breaking you will be one of the most fun things I’ve done
in a while.” Lina glared at the
Mazoku, “You will not break me...” Lina’s
will was definitely going to be the last thing to go.
She wiped her lips, she knew she didn’t have long.
Xelloss had realized that there had been few things Lina could do to
deter him, and by keeping up the relentless attack he managed to cripple Lina,
leaving her worried to attempt any spell for fear that if she tried she would be
maimed before she could finish.
words though had caused Xelloss’ innate curiosity to fire, his demeanor
changed ever so slightly, less serious, and he took a step back, still smiling.
“And what can you do Lina, I’ve destroyed your body.”
Suddenly though Xelloss slanted his eyes, opening them, his supply of
pain and suffering stemming from Lina was... fading. Lina cracked a bloody smile, “I will not give up!”
Spats of blood flew from Lina’s mouth, landing ineffectually on Xelloss
despite the several feet between the two of them.
Xelloss chuckled but his face was serious, “Maybe I can’t break you,
but I can kill you.” Again his
eyes closed and his smile returned in full force.
Lina meanwhile reached down to a small pouch on her belt, clicking it
open. “Oh, and what’s your ace in the hole this time
pulled something from the pouch, knowing that once it had been removed from its
hiding spot Xelloss would be able to sense it, she felt no need in keeping it
hidden any longer. A small piece of
coal. Maybe the size of a
fingernail and just as thin. Seriousness
was again permeating into Xelloss’ voice, “What is that?”
He deadpanned, trying to instigate the hopelessness of her situation.
“How long have you been watching me Xelloss, have you been watching me
since the first time I defeated a piece of Shabranigdo?”
She was struggling now, breathing was very difficult, but she had to put
on her front, Xelloss could read her emotions, heck, he could taste them.
As she expected he shook his head no, “But I do recall you were able to
defeat him with a combination of your ‘special spell’ and the Sword of
Light, neither of which are in your ability to use at the moment.” Lina swallowed hard, trying to force a deep breath but nearly
causing herself to gag in the process, “This...” She started out, motioning with her hand, “Is my memento of
stood up on his toes, the act itself unnecessary as he could see perfectly fine
from his vantage point, but the further he brought up Lina’s confidence, the
farther and more deliciously it would fall shortly, so he humored her.
“I knew that you would do this some day Xelloss...”
She paused to catch her breath, her body sinking down further on broken
knees, “There are two ways to defeat a Mazoku of your power, either I can call
upon the power of a stronger Mazoku and use its power to defeat you...”
Xelloss nodded but Lina’s grin turned downright diabolical, the blood
glinted off her dangerously in the light of the fires left from her battle.
“But you can also be trapped, by a sufficiently strong magical
it was time for Xelloss to laugh, not his normal chuckle, but an almost human,
honest to goodness laugh. He
pointed mockingly at his hand, intonating with his staff, “And that’s your
idea of a joke right, that piece of dirt is a magical talisman strong enough to
trap me.” Obviously amused with
himself he nearly doubled over laughing, Lina swallowed again, hoping against
hope that she had the power to pull it off, sure, Xelloss could feel a power
come from whatever it was she had, but it was nothing.... “This a piece of the
Philosophers stone Xelloss, and with it I can do whatever the Fuck I want!”
She cried out, suddenly the piece of debris in her hand took to life,
shooting out ethereal light in all directions, tiny delicately engraved words on
its surface suddenly becoming visible, illuminated from within.
humor was gone from Xelloss, “No!” He
tried to raise up his staff, his form fading from the corporal plane as he tried
to flee, disappearing entirely. Lina’s
heart dropped in her chest, she’d lost. Then,
there was a terrible scream, Xelloss’ form dragged back into the physical
realm. Screaming his voice ragged
just as he had when Gaav nearly ripped him in two, so long ago. But the screams didn’t stop.
A terrible rain of dazzling light shot out from the rock, fish-hook barbs
tearing into his flesh, blackness bleeding out. And he kept screaming as more of himself was tore away, as
his substance in the material plane was halved, dark matter fell from his body,
decomposing to putrid puddles of decay on the ground below.
His form started to shift, for a moment becoming unclear and as Lina
watched she beheld Xelloss’ true form. Bleeding
and torn the barbs now coming from the rock ripped him limb from limb, gouts of
darkness rising into the air.
screams were no longer human , wailing coupled with the sound of insects.
The sky and all light around Lina had been blotted out.
And she felt sick from the evil. Her
vision in her good eye started to blackout, her blood was running out.
She didn’t have long. Her
eyelid started to droop, then she saw it, Xelloss’ core, maybe the size of her
fist, dripping with darkness like a freshly harvested organ, it writhed and
pulsed, then slowed, and stopped. Everything
was still, the stone still hovered in the air, just in front of Lina, and the
luminescent tendrils held ‘Xelloss’ at length.
Then, all at once the tendrils recoiled into the stone, bringing with
them the ball of icor.
Hovering for a moment longer
the brilliance of the stone dimmed, then, just as quickly it simply dropped to
the ground. “Got ‘cha...”
Lina managed out, dropping onto her butt and finally onto her back.
That was it though, she couldn’t move, completely drained.
She tried to lift her hand. But
there was nothing there. She
started to close her eyes, her heartbeat soothing her and the blood now covering
her body making her warm all over. Drifting
away, she faintly heard yelling. She
tried to open her eye... there was someone coming... She could hardly hope for
anyone though, her brain was too fuzzy to hold out that hope.
But slowly into view, she saw them, her three closest friends, and she
knew everything would be all right.
I hope you enjoyed it.
It was just a little neat sounding ‘fight scene’ that I felt the need
to write out. Pretty fun to write
too, my only serious liberty is that Lina somehow has a piece of the
Philosopher’s stone, but seriously, Rezo eats the whole thing and falls apart.
It is an insanely powerful magical object and it’s not completely
ridiculous that maybe Lina searched around and managed to find a tiny piece of
it. Additionally, she’s no fool,
she realizes Xelloss’ nature, and given that information as motivation, might
have taken the time to inscribe some magical symbols on this piece of the stone
to make it function as a way to entrap a powerful Mazoku, like Xelloss.
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