2-The wave of killer ducks strikes!(Part 2)
At the hearing of this explanation, everybody seemed shocked. General Animatronix pe however he was called didn't seem to be lying.
"And...how can we know if we truly have magic blood?" asked the blondie next to me, furrowing her eyebrows.
"That's the point where I wanted to get. At each five days, we have a fight in the Gladyus Arena. All kinds of magic or fight are admitted. Nobody dies, because when they reach their breakpoint and they just can't fight anymore, the recruits are frozen until the end of the game. Oh, speaking of Gladyus! You, beginners, are lucky! You got here in the gay of a fight! Follow me! And suddenly, his face lit up and he became so cheery as if the fights were some sort of parties.
He lead us to the back wall of the huge training hall. Next to the wall were some glass tubes, like the one we slided on to get there in the first place. They were really big, large enough that one person could easily stand inside one of the tubes. Next to each of the tubes was a small metallic panel, covered in lots of smaller and bigger button.
"Get in the capsules! They will get you straight to the top, in the Arena!"
I shared a worried glance with the blondie, gulped and turned to the glass tubes. I walked to them, alongside with the other new recruits. Right before we went in, The General stopped the younger messy haired boy.
"Oh no, you're not going there. You're way too young to enter the Gladyus Arena. You have to be more prepared."
"But...But... Please, I want to go kick asses too, begged the little boy. And I honestly couldn't understand his peculiar wish at all. Hasn't he seen the other recruits? If one ass is going to be kicked, that would be ours. Oh, how I wished to be a few years younger!
"No buts" interrupted the General rudely." You will go with Grook, the elf, to the kiddos of your age."
The little guy gave up and followed the dwarf (who actually proved himself to be an elf), and I kept watching them until they got lost in the sea of warriors(that sounded better in Romanian). The General pointed to the capsules, and we hesitantly boarded them.
The capsule was around two meters tall, and as I stepped on the glass, I almost felt as if I was floating. It was a strange feeling, I knew I was standing on something, yet nothing was visible underneath me. It filled me with insecurities. What if the glass breaks under my weight and I fall? What if it takes me in the wrong place? Well, you won't find out unless you try!
The last thing I saw was the General pressing a button on the panel, before the capsule unexpectedly sprung high up the tube.
I had again the feeling I had when I entered Iridyum, that my brain is harshly plucked out of my head by the fast air hitting me from all sides, while the capsules went higher and higher. The next second, I found myself stumbling in a huge, round arena surrounded by thick rock walls, that seemed to reach the clouds. Everywhere in the Arena were spread dozens of young warriors, wearing determined expressions. And the other new recruits couldn't be found, their capsules probably landed them in another corner of the Gladyus Arena.
The General's capsule landed in the middle, and when the man stepped out of it, the transparent glass oval disappeared. When he started speaking, I turned to hi, wondering how could I hear his voice so clearly, because there was a considerable distance between me and him.
"Don't forget these rules, my warriors! No major injures, you can use any tipe magic, but don't forget the weapons! A good weapon can make the difference between wining and losing a fight. You have many weapons at choice. Use them wisely," he finished, before turning and pushing forward a table full of knifes, swords, bows and arrows, spears and axes.
And then... Chaos! All the warriors ran to the table, almost stepping over me, pushing each other and yelling and grabbed a weapon, while I just stood there, thinking hopelessly that I'll be the first stunned recruit.
After everybody chose their weapons, I headed shyly to the table. The only thing left was a broken, rusty sword, that hardly seemed to be useful in killing mosquitoes. I was about to drop it when I firstly grabbed it, being so heavy and unfitting for me.
After that, Amiminorfis( I still don't remember his name) blew in a horn, and, as the sound echoed off the walls, the warriors started attacking.
The fight was of a ferocity I've never seen before. I figured out it won't last to much, considering that in the first few minutes half of the warriors were already stunned. Most of these fighters have never had more than a few minutes in the Arena, before they froze and lost any chance. But these few minutes were of pure adrenaline. You cold feel the blood running through your veins, the energy exploding inside, like fireworks, filling you with this strange dizzy feeling, making your feet tremble and your muscles hesitate, and euphoria, turning your blood to burning gold and making you feel alive. Your senses, sharp as blades. You're not human anymore, but a beast, guided only by the thirst of survival, of winning. Not only defeating the others, but yourself too. Defeating your fears, your hesitations, everything that could make you weaker. This is, probably, the best way to simulate a real fight.
I was absolutely shocked by the magical powers of the ones around me. Some of them had impressive forces, like invoking knifes,throwing fire balls and even turning into animals. But not all powers seemed useful. I noticed a girl that could invoke Adidas's and a boy that could make flowers grow. Not too useful in a life-and-death situation.
The fighters were becoming less and less. Around ten of them were still standing, unstunned, trying to defeat each other, attacking mercilessly, apparently not realising that a new-comer with no idea how to hold a sword and no magical talent was standing right in front of them, mouth gaping.
After a few minutes, they finally noticed me. They turned to me... And I wished I hadn't woken up from my bed this morning.
They were getting menacingly closer to me, weapons shining dangerously in their hands.
I begged in my mind:" Please, please, if I have a magical talent, show it to me!" I had no idea who was I begging for helped, but I could de nothing but hope it worked.
A tall, red-headed girl rose her sword, ready to attack. I shut my eyes tightly, preparing to feel the impact.
Suddenly, in the Arena rung the oldest quack I've ever heard. I opened my eyes, afraid of what I might see, to notice something big forming behind the warrior. It was pretty far from me, so I couldn't see what exactly it was . But the object, seeming to be a yellow wave, was getting closer and closer, bigger and bigger. And when it stopped above the fighters, I realised it was made of... Ducks!
"Attaaaack!". I looked around trying to find out where was the shout coming from, but all the warriors were mute in amazement. So I can only guess it came from the ducks.
The wave of ducks fell over the Arena.
Gladyus was a sea of ducks. Everybody was at the ground, under a layer of yellow, moody, quacking animals. Surprisingly, I was standing on the only duckless place in the whole Arena. I straightened my back, brushing the dust off my already too dirty pants. And then the horn was heard again. The General had declared the game over. All the stunned ones could move again and the ducks melted into nowhere.
Still not able to believe what just happened, the General announced:
"And it looks like today's winner is the new-comer Onyx Prior, that defeated all the fighters by invoking a killer wave of ducks! Now let's give her a loud clap!"
I guess it's needless to say that nobody clapped. They were all too busy rousing and glaring at me.
"Wait... I did that?"I asked, confused.
"It looks like you did,"answered the General promptly. "Now, everybody, turn back to Iridyum, for lunch!"
A capsule appeared next to each fighter, ready for the short trip. Maybe the others were used to it, but all this high-tech stuff could easily awe me. The General was just boarding his capsule, when I stopped him, earning a glare. Immune to his obvious annoyance, I asked:
"Animorphegus," he corrected me, his glare intensifying.
"Whatever. Look, this morning you said that I can stay here if I discover a magical talent. I did. So, can I stay?"
"I guess so. Now, go down and don't even think of disturbing me again."
I freed a breath I didn't even know I was holding in. I think, for some reason I even wished to stay here, I wished to be the one boarding this adventure, and not my sister. Even though my life became way more complicated and strange since I discovered I could invoke waves of ducks whenever I pleased.
Without any further addition, I headed to my capsule, the only one left in the otherwise deserted Arena.
Konichiwa everyone! Thanks for reading this! I really hope you liked it. Some feedback would be really useful. I know this may not be the greatest translation ever, but I stayed really late to finish it, so please unterstand.
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