Posted Oct 20 2011 - 09:15 PM
Chapter Six: The Voyage Begins Krekka and his allies flew towards their prey, ready to crush them into atoms. Tolok, Bokla, Carvun, and Vezok all pulled out their weapons, preparing themselves for the coming battle. The translator was so terrified that he could barely stay on his feet. "We don't stand a chance against all of them." Bokla said nervously. "Tolok and I barely held our ground against one of them. How are we going to stop over a dozen of them?" Tolok's eyes widened. This usually meant he had come up with another one of his 'great' plans. "I have an idea." He said as he aimed his Flame Blade at their incoming foes. Concentrating, the Toa created a wall of fire in front of the group. He then attempted to expand the fire around them, but they simply flew over it. Tolok quickly tried a second time, but it ended with the same result. "What are you trying to do? Stop them with an obstacle course?" Carvun fearfully asked Tolok. "I'm trying to form a cage of fire around them." The Toa replied, ignoring Carvun's sarcastic remark. "But its taking too long for me to make it." "It won't if I help." Vezok quickly said to him. "Hit me with a lukewarm fire bolt. "What are you..." "There's no time to explain! Just do it!" Vezok cried. Krekka's and his Steltians were seconds away from attacking the group. Unsure if the Skakdi had lost his insane mind, Tolok complied and hit him in the chest with a lukewarm fire bolt. Vezok ignored the slight burn left by the blast and activated his ability to copy the powers of others used on him. Fire erupted from his hands, much to the shock of everyone except Carvun. "How did you do that?" Bokla asked him. "Later." Vezok growled. "Toa, create another fire wall! Fast!" Tolok threw up another wall of fire in front of their attackers. Vezok then used his newfound fire powers on the wall, helping Tolok expand it like before. This time, the process went twice as fast. Before Krekka or any members of his group could escape, they were all trapped in a fire cage. Tolok then increased the temperature of the flames into the hundreds. The now super hot fires consumed all the air in the cage as well as around it. Everyone in Krekka's group dropped their weapons and grabbed their throats as they began to suffocate. After a minute, all of them pasted out and fell to the ground. Tolok and Vezok then cut off their powers, allowing the cage of fire to fade away. "Are they still alive?" The frightened translator asked. Tolok nodded. "Yes, they are still alive. Though we better not be in the area when they come to. I have a feeling they'll be in a bad mood." "Then lets get our voyage going, shall we?" Carvun suggested. Everyone except the translator nodded. They then walked to the 'Death of Rahi' and boarded her. "I see you made good use of the Cordak Blasters I got you on my last assignment." Vezok remarked to Carvun as the Skakdi boarded the boat. Bokla, who was in front of him, overheard this. This ran through his along with Vezok's other comment about 'terms' he had made moments ago. Putting two and two together, Bokla suddenly realized Vezok's true occupation. But before he said anything, he noticed Vezok pulling the translator by his chains onto the boat along with everyone else. "Why are you bringing him aboard?" The Le-Matoran asked him. Carvun walked up to him. "He needs to come with us, my friend. I know these Steltian types. If we have...um, Vezok, what's his name?" "Optui." The Skakdi replied. "Yes, Optui." Carvun said. "Well, if we have him translate the tablet, then let him go, he'll go to the beings that are looking for us and tell them where we are going." "How do you know that?" Tolok asked. "Steltians keep grudges." Carvun replied. "And besides, Krekka will most certainly put a prize on all our heads for our actions against him." Vezok walked over the large pole in the center of the boat, pulling Optui with him. The pole held up the boat's sails, allowing the winds to blow it in any direction necessary. Vezok tied the loose ends of Optui's chains to the pole, making sure the knot was tight. He just got done checking it when he noticed Bokla approaching him, an angry look on his face. "I know who you are." The Matoran said angrily. Vezok's only response was a puzzled look. Bokla then pulled out his Ax and aimed it at the Skakdi. "You're a Dark Hunter!" Tolok and Carvun saw what the Le-Matoran was doing and rushed over, surprised by his actions. "Bokla, what are you doing?" Tolok asked his friend. "He is a Dark Hunter! I know it!" Bokla replied. "What makes you say that?" Vezok asked. "What have I done that makes you think I'm one of them?" Bokla pointed with his free hand to one of the nearby Cordak Blasters. "I've heard lots of information in my lifetime. I know that one of the few places that makes Cordak Blasters is Xia. And you, Vezok, just said a moment ago that you got these for Carvun." "So what if I got them from Xia for Carvun?" Vezok questioned. "What about that makes you think I'm a Dark Hunter?" "I've also heard about Skakdi." Bokla replied. "They are filled with anger, hatred, and a distaste for Toa and Matoran. So I highly doubt that a lone Skakdi would take orders, or 'assignments,' from a deformed Matoran. Not to mention that you also said that Carvun's terms 'had been accepted' a couple minutes ago." Vezok opened his mouth to respond, but Carvun held up his hand to silence him. "Alright, he's a Dark Hunter." He confirmed. "Now can you put the Ax down?" Bokla then gave a nasty glare at Carvun. "And you. Why didn't you tell us he was a Dark Hunter? Afraid Tolok and I wouldn't let you two come with us if we knew?" Tolok looked at Vezok, then at Carvun, then back to Vezok, unsure what to think. Dark Hunters were some of the most evil beings in the universe. They would steal items, vandalize villages, even murder innocent beings, if the price was right. Carvun wasn't looking like a good guy at the moment either. He had kept Vezok's true occupation a secret from him, after all. But for some strange reason, Tolok found himself not caring about Vezok being a Dark Hunter or of Carvun's secrecy about it. All he could think about was the Staff of the Great Beings, and how it would give his life back to him. If working with a Dark Hunter was the way to get it, so be it. He walked over to Bokla and placed his hand on his friend's Ax, making him lower it. Bokla gave him a perplexed look. "Normally, I'd be just as angry as you about this, Bokla." Tolok said. "But we don't have time for another fight. And Vezok, despite being a Dark Hunter, has proven his worth." Bokla gave his best friend a shocked look. He was expecting Tolok to side with him. How could we willingly want to work with Vezok? Tolok turned to Carvun. "Get the ship going and sail south." Carvun nodded and walked to the boat's wheel. Vezok started to follow, but paused momentarily next to Optui. "If you so much as weaken this knot, I'll cut off your hands." The Dark Hunter threatened to the frightened Steltian as he followed Carvun. Bokla put his weapon away and stormed off. He glanced over his shoulder at Tolok, giving him a look of hurt mixed with confusion and disappointment. "Bokla, wait!" Tolok called out as he pursued his friend. Vezok watched him go, then turned to Carvun. "You know, you never told me that you owned a boat." He said to his employer. Carvun simply shrugged. "I don't." Vezok slowly nodded. "And the items on the boat?" "Oh, they're mine. Just the boat itself doesn't belong to me." "This is Krekka's boat, isn't it?" Carvun simply looked ahead, not even looking at the Skakdi. His silence gave Vezok his answer. "And do the Toa and Matoran know this?" Vezok questioned, not even trying to hide the smile on his face. Carvun shrugged again. "What they don't know won't hurt them." ***** Within ten minutes, the 'Death of Rahi' was sailing away from the island of Stelt. It moved over the calm sea like a Phrase Dragon running full speed on land. It would only be a matter of time before Stelt would be nothing but a speck in the distance. Tolok, however, wasn't even thinking about this. He was concerned for Bokla. The Toa had no idea what his friend's problem was, but he was going to find out. After searching the entire boat, Tolok finally found Bokla on the boat's back end. He was sitting in a corner, head down, as if he was lost in thought. Tolok walked slowly up to him. Bokla looked up at his friend, frustration in his eyes. "I never thought I'd see the day where a Toa willingly agreed to work with a Dark Hunter." Bokla said quietly. "I thought it could never happen. But I guess I was wrong." "We need him, Bokla." Tolok said. "Just as we need Carvun and Optui." Why should I trust your judgment on this?" Bokla asked. "Why should I trust your judgment at all?" "What are you talking about?" Tolok asked, confusion in his voice. Bokla got to his feet glared at his friend. "All of your decisions lately have only made situations worse. Like burning down half of Mongo Koro the other day!" "Its not my fault the wood on our home island is unusually dry." Tolok responded. "And if I recall correctly, my 'actions' that day scared off the Rahi and got no one killed. I'd call that a success." "And what about our throw down with Krekka yesterday?" Bokla asked bitterly. "You trapped his body in glass and expected it to pin him down. What kind of judgment call was that?" Tolok was speechless for a moment. "Well, I admit, that wasn't my best idea. But you didn't complain about it, if I recall." "That's because I trusted your judgment!" Bokla cried. "But now, because of your 'judgment calls,' we're working with the most vile organization in the known universe!" Bokla threw his hands into the air. "What next? Are we going to become Barraki and invade the Southern Continent?" "Hold it right there, Bokla." Tolok said. "If we made Vezok leave, he would've gone to the leader of the Dark Hunters and told him what we're doing. Then we would've had a bunch of Dark Hunters coming after us. That would've been just another distraction in an adventure that will be filled of them." "That might be true," Bokla said as he began to walk away. "But at least we would be standing against them, and not working with one of them." Tolok watched his friend go, wondering if their friendship had been too damaged to be saved. Review Topic
Edited by The Smoke Monster, Oct 21 2011 - 02:41 PM.
Everyone is one choice away from being the bad guy in another person's story.