Join Date: May 2009
Location: Northrigde, California
IGN: Hekutaa / Yaripon / Flins
Guild: Mirage Coordinator
Chapter 21: Einfall
Chapter 21: Einfall
The four entered the fortress, along with the guards. The incandescent light bulbs inside the fortress, along with its cramped, brick hallways made Einfall more military-wrought and all the more disdainful to Heku. Will the constant reminder of war ever end? To Hekutaa, the constant surmise of the nation-wide war would never wane until he unwillingly accepted his task.
The guards led the four into a situation room, where uniformed senior military officers eagerly awaited for the group.
Kalech gave a look of confusion. "We're having a briefing? At this late of an hour?"
The military officers seemed to laugh. The elderly and experienced men shot Kalech with a quizzical look. "No matter what the hour may be, one must always be ready for any type of situation." An officer stated. "Now then, have a seat." He said with a more cordial tone, gesturing to four empty chairs in the center of a rectangular table.
Everyone except Heku took a seat. Heku glared at all of the pompous military commanders, generals, and other high-ranking members of the Lumisian army. Their meeting had been in vain. He clearly knew that anything they would discuss would inevitably end in a complicated, superfluous plan that involved the relentless massacre of Lumisians.
"What is the point of all this?" Heku began. "The plan will always end with the same conclusion: Have Erina, Cerise, Kalech, and I charge in like worthless refuse, kill everything in sight, and have you buffoons laugh in amusement while you cheer us on."
The men frowned in contempt.
"Is that war is to you?!" One man barked. "You think this is all just a game where you somehow always win without any planning?"
"Isn't that always the case?" Heku replied with the same cold emotion. He walked slowly out of the room. "I have no interest in listening to this moronic drivel." He mumbled while he exited the room.
Kalech jumped out of his seat. "Get back here, Hekutaa!" Kalech commanded, enraged.
"Just let him go." Erina said, remaining in her seat with her arms crossed. She did not bother to even look at Heku.
Kalech returned to his seat. He tried to regain his composure by shaking his head and trying to explain Heku's recent attack on Lumisade and how it broke his morale to fight.
The other officers quickly forgave Heku's words, saying that they would be surprised if he did not act like how he did. They asked if they could do anything to help him. All of the men's actions seemed false; from Kalech's point of view, they simply wished to maintain the status quo with Heku. They understood that even the tiniest thing that caused Heku to feel entrapped would cause him to turn against anyone.
The officers began to sift their subject to more pressing matters: The total annihilation of Lumisade.
"What?!" Cerise yelled. "But you'll be slaying hundreds of innocent people!"
"We may be," one officer said, "but we believe that there may be… irremovable remnants from the Lumisian army if we keep the townspeople alive."
"This isn't a war, it's genocide!" Erina roared, standing up. "What on Earth do innocent children have to do with a theory that every Lumisian that still breathes is suddenly in the military?!"
"I assure you that -"
"Enough of your lies!" Erina roared. By this time, she had been screaming at the top of her lungs. Her once stoic-like tendencies had been replaced with that of complete rage. She understood how much pain, how much injustice existed in Frostig. "Is this is how you envision peace? Under the graves on innocents? Do you feel content knowing that a child that does not know how to count is resting underground, and not stabbing at your flimsy, fat back? Is it alright that an fully-trained armed gunman can mow down a dozen Lumisians that don't even know how to even use a kitchen knife, let alone fight back? Can you finally get your abhorrent, flesh-encrusted medal of so-called gallantry after you've bathed in the blood of an invisible enemy? Can't you see? Or is your military uniform draining your intelligence? Nay, is it feeding off your conscience?"
Erina stormed out. Before she left, she gazed at all of the military officers. She said, "And you think Hekutaa is a complete demon spawned from the Inferno? At least he killed those who had a tangible connection to the Lumisian army. You should have seen him when he killed someone completely innocent. It damn near tore him apart. And what of you? Are you too stupid to even understand one tiny iota of actual piece?"
"A-A-And what of you?" The officer asked, trying to empower himself.
"See if you live long enough for your plan to initiate."
Erina slammed the door behind her.
Kalech and Cerise also rose. Kalech shook his head in disdain. The two left in dead silence.
"It would be best to have a gun under your pillow and a good reason why you shouldn't die when you run out of bullets for the night." Kalech advised sadistically.
Kalech closed the door.
The military officers looked at one another in pure terror. Every single one of them began to chatter in panic.
"We've stepped into the lion's den and now we're going to be eaten!" One yelled.
"Why would this happen?! I thought complete destruction would appeal to them!" Another despaired.
"Pandora's box has opened, and it's dragging us to Hell!" A third roared.
The panic began to wane after several moments. All of them understood that going against their strongest troops, especially if their troops consisted of a tangible god, meant an irreversible death sentence. The officers attempted to create an excuse for their deplorable decision, but all of their efforts amounted to nothing.
"Why did it have to end like this?" One officer said, tears of bitter realization rolling down his scraggy cheeks. "Maybe we have-"
The door flew open. Heku stood with his sword ready, along with Erina, Kalech, and Cerise. All their weapons had been drawn. A sensation of a biting frost entered the room heated by the men's effortless squabble at a second chance at life.
"This is a revolt against the chaotic!" Cerise yelled.
"This is a coup from the oppressed!" Kalech roared.
"This is an uprising of the enlightened!" Erina yelled.
"This is the wrath of a soldier scorned by the likes of you." Heku said.