Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Final Bit)
My eyes didn't open—It felt as if they'd crusted shut. Had I been crying that much in my sleep? With weakened arms, I found the VR headset clasps, and undid them. I struggled to get it off, but after several attempts, wiggled it free.
“Man, that was something else,” I whispered, my voice hoarse.
I scanned the hospital room, blinking several times for the blurriness to go away. A steady beeping caught my attention. I glanced at the heart monitor, which had a few different numbers. They meant nothing except that my heart still beat. Another beep came from my bedside table. My phone sat there, plugged in and charged. I reached over, grasping it with numb fingers.
The lock screen message read, '178 new emails'.
“How long have has it been?” I wracked my brain, trying to remember.
With a sigh, I o
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 40)
BIT 40: ONLY ONE
Pan, Clari, and I charged Lord Kilo. The mighty vampire slammed his palms together, sending a shock wave jettisoning in our path. I slid while Clari and Pan leaped over the impending attack. On Pan’s tail, I held Dark Goddess out to the side, my eyes trained on the prize; Kilo’s ugly face. Out shot the vampire’s fist, faster than I could register, but Pan saw it and leaped onto his arm. Kilo shook his limb, forcing the Assassin to fall back.
Pan skipped back. “Distract him!”
I offered a quick nod, and screamed, activating Battle Cry. Kilo’s eyes landed on me, but I’d come too close for him to grab. I ran past the undead and jumped onto his throne as Fire Bombs and gunshots rang out.
Kilo turned just as I leaped at him and thrust Dark Goddess. “Lightning Jab!”
He hurled his hand
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 39)
BIT 39: KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT
“Zimea, no!” I used Dark Goddess as a shield, as her endless barrage of bullets rained upon me.
I blocked every incoming shot, but each sent vibrations through my hands and arms, both which quickly numbed.
“Fight back!” Clari called out.
I ducked as Zimea fired high. “I can’t! She’s our friend!”
“Helluva a friend she’s turned out to be!” Orion cried. “Should I use Holy Shield?”
“No!” I gritted my teeth. “Don’t waste it. The recharge is too long.”
“Then what are we going to do?” Joker asked. “She’s lost it!”
“Everyone stay back!”
The moment came where Zimea stopped firing and I ac
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 38)
BIT 38: FACING TRUTHS
Clarissa X stared, jaw agape. After a few moments of silence, I shrugged. “I’m serious, you know. As Z said, a storm is coming.”
“And you are the storm? You can’t possibly succeed!” The War Priestess slashed the air with her hand. “You’re on your own! You can't even beat Lord Kilo!”
“Do you really believe that after what you witnessed with your eyes?”
“How often do you think you’ll get those crazy power-ups?” She closed her eyes. “Lycanthropy, and then whatever the hell just happened?”
I grinned. “Don't worry about me relying on them. I’ll depend on myself, and my friends.”
She rubbed the bridge of her nose. “You losers and your power of friendship. I don’t see your friends
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 37)
BIT 37: DEATH BATTLE
“Clarissa?” My eyes widened, as the woman fell to one knee, breaking into a coughing fit. When it ceased, she stood, eyes closed, rubbing her neck. With a deep sigh, she popped her shoulders, and stretched out her arms, extending each finger to its full length.
“Clarissa X?” I swallowed hard. “Say something.”
She kept her eyes closed and whispered, “Why do you keep saying that name? You know who I am.”
Chills ran through my soul, followed by a parade of goosebumps. I tightened my grip on Dark Goddess and swallowed my fears. “You hacked her!”
His voice stayed calm, “Ding, ding, ding, we have a freaking winner. Oh, this is a weird feeling. She’s angry! Imagine having a voice screaming in your mind. This must be what schizos experience.
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 36)
BIT 36: THE HUNT
Bianca nodded as the crippling realization came over me. At the Weapon Shop, we found Pan’s dagger pinning the note to the table, but it was Zimea who caught him by surprise and knocked him out. Then she brought the unconscious Assassin to Lord Kilo in exchange for her sister. She’d betrayed us, and I couldn't stand around doing nothing.
I rushed to the door, but Bianca held out her hand. “Where are you going?”
“I gotta hurry, or Pan will die!”
“You don't think it's a trap?”
“I don’t care! Pan’s our friend. We came here expecting to kick his ass for kidnapping Zimea, but she kidnapped him!”
“Yes, that may be true, but Lord Kilo works for Z. He isn’t just a typical boss, but a complicated AI put in place by Z himself! No playe
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 35)
BIT 35: SECOND CHANCES
“Zycuh?” a girl's voice came. “Is that you?”
My eyes were open, but only darkness existed in all directions. I stood, and found I no longer had claws; my hands were tan flesh. The werewolf transformation had ended, but what happened?
“Where am I?” my voice echoed.
“I’m not sure. It’s what you would call the recycle bin, perhaps? There are so many others here, but I can’t see anyone, only hear them.”
“But you can see me?”
“No. I can’t. You were mumbling something; a name. I think it was Zimea?”
I sat on the unseen floor. “So, this is it, huh? I’m dead.”
“We all are.” She sighed. “One w
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 34)
BIT 34: KILL OR BE KILLED
Joker and Orion's jaws dropped at my transformation, but at that point, I didn't care. As for Keffex, he fled. He ran the hall thinking he might get away, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. With my wolf agility I leaped through the air, kicking off a column and propelling myself towards the Necro-coward.
“No!” he screeched as I landed inches behind him.
I swung my arm and knocked his legs from under him. He fell forward, tumbled and tried to crawl away. Again, I lunged and landed, stomping my werepaw onto his back.
“You can’t get away!” I snarled.
“The hell I can’t!” He waved his wand and the ground on both sides rippled and the violet summoning circles appeared. Skeletons leaped out and landed in front of us. “Kill him!”
One skeleton wi
Dark Dayz: VR Dawn (Chapter 33)
BIT 33: HACKS
Even with the picked lock, the door didn’t budge. Zimea pushed her shoulder against the wooden barrier and shoved. She grunted, and braced her feet, but it moved only a smidge.
With that, she sighed and threw her hands in the air. “Can’t get this stupid thing open!”
I climbed the stairs, but she blocked my path. “Let me try.”
The Sniper shoved a finger to my chest. “You think you’re stronger than me? The door will not open!”
I tried to duck under her.
She lowered her arm, blocking me yet again. “I don’t think you can. Let’s find another way.”
Orion grimaced, a suspicious look in his eyes. “Just let him try.”
“You stay out of this!”