"Please! Wait. I'm coming." Maru said as he stood on shaky legs.
"You seem to forget something, kid." The ugly looking man reminded Maru.
"I'm coming, daddy." Maru indulged the sick fantasy of the ugly looking man. The weak have no right to complain. He was determined to do this and get it over with. Maru only wished to live through this ordeal.
"Hahaha! Smart kid! You will see your family again after this. I promise." The ugly looking man said to Maru. Lying was a way of life for him. He felt no guilt whatsoever in toying with the boy.
"Thank you, daddy." Maru replied towards the ugly looking man. There was hope as long as he still lives. No matter what he will go through, the word surrender would never be his. For he knew that there were people waiting for him to come back home safely. Maru would go through hell and back just to see them once more. To be with his mother and sister, that was all that mattered to him right now.
"Don't touch my son with your filthy hands, kid. Use only your mouth. Be sure to lick to first. Make it wet and slippery. Hahaha!" the ugly looking man said to Maru when he was about to touch the big hard member. It already stood tall and proud. The ugly looking man seemed stimulated by how much control he was wielding over the young boy.
"Okay, daddy." Maru replied to the ugly looking man. His unwillingness was evident in his voice. But these were the cards he was dealt with. He has to play them well since there was no turning back in this game called life.
"Do you want to activate the defense mode of the system, Maru?" a cold voice reached the ears of Maru. The Artificial Intelligence System was part of his soul. It understood the emotions from its host. As of the moment, Maru was experiencing extreme distress.
The details it gathered from the body of Maru was, sweating, trembling, hot flushes or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a choking sensation, rapid heartbeat, pain or tightness in the chest, a sensation of butterflies in the stomach, nausea, headaches and dizziness, feeling faint, numbness or pins and needles, dry mouth, a need to urinate or eject waste, ringing in Maru's ears, confusion and disorientation, et cetera. Thus, it offered this option towards Maru.
"Can you help me, Madame Ais?" Maru answered with his thoughts. His helpless eyes turned bright once more when he gained a possibility of escape from his current dilemma. He really did not want to put that thing inside his mouth nor lick it clean with his tongue. Maru even sensed a strong foul smell coming from that part. With his close distance with it, the stench was very palpable. He almost vomited again when he thought of doing the act.
"Affirmative, Maru." Madame Ais replied to Maru. Its voice remained detached and unaffected.
"Please help me, Madame Ais. I really don't want to do this." Maru said to Madame Ais. Tears rushed in floods from his eyes again with his silent confession towards the system.
"Hahaha! No need to cry, kid. Only the first time is tough. After that, it will become natural. Practice makes perfect, doesn't it? You'll have plenty of time to get used to it later. Hehehe!" the ugly looking man said to Maru. Young ones are resilient. They do not break but will only bend.
"This boy will have a lot of bending to do. Hahaha!" the ugly looking man thought cheerily.
"Affirmative, Maru." Madame Ais replied to Maru. His request was heard loud and clear.
"Hey! Don't space out on me again, kid!" the ugly looking man shouted after he saw the boy closed his eyes and stopped moving. He wanted to slap the boy once again but before he could complete his action the boy opened his eyes and smiled. The countenance of the boy changed to a flirtatious one, almost feminine.
"I'm here, daddy. Let me start serving you. Just relax and hold tight, okay? It's going to be a long ride towards heaven." The Artificial Intelligence System said to the ugly looking man while smiling sweetly at the same time. Madame Ais was the one in control of Maru's body and faculties. The Defense Mode uses multiple personalities to adapt to any kind of situation that the host may encounter. Maru was currently sleeping to get his well-deserved rest from the mental torture he experienced in the hands of the ugly looking man.
"What are you?!" the ugly looking guy asked. He was not born yesterday. His years in the wastelands had honed his instincts well. The complete change he observed from the words and facial expression of the boy was a clear sign that something wasn't right. He backed away from the boy as fast as he could but found that his steps were clearly mirrored by the boy. The distance between them didn't extend more than 5 feet. This boy was dangerous, he thought.
"What's wrong, daddy? Didn't you want me to suck you off?" Madame Ais asked after the ugly looking man stopped running. He ran for about ten minutes but he still could not escape the pursuit of this strange boy. The ugly looking man also lured him towards his pre-arranged traps in case of situations like this. But he did not find success in his plan. The boy would sidestep them with ease. Not triggering a single snare.
"Hahaha! You are good to be able to fool me this long. I don't know who your master is but you could still walk away from all this. I am a member of Sakar's Salvation. There is no need for conflict." The ugly looking man negotiated. The speed of the boy was not less than his. He might be facing an expert from the other groups around these cursed lands.
"Why stop now? We're just getting started." Madame Ais answered and arrived directly before the ugly looking man. He was not able to react on time before an emptiness below his waist emerged. Something felt missing. Within a half breath, the reality flowed together with time and he finally underwent an excruciating pain that made him howl in agony. The ugly looking man peered down and saw that his son was no more. It was just gone.
"No! My son! I will kill you! AHHHHHHRRRRRGGGG!" the ugly looking man dashed towards the boy. Both his adrenaline rush and the anger from his loss fueled his bloodlust. He wanted to chop the one who stole his son into pieces.
"What was a man without his son?" The ugly looking man thought. He brought a dagger up to decapitate the one who has stolen something precious from him. A part of him that was unique and irreplaceable.
The dagger aimed for the fatal spot in one of the carotid arteries located at the neck of the boy. The ugly looking man was successful in his right handed slash but the tip of the dagger missed by a mere centimeter. His attack was dodged. He tried to do a second combination offense by throwing a left punch but he was stopped in his tracks by a heavy force."Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get out. Too bad you lasted prematurely. I would have loved to give you a ride you won't forget. Goodbye." Madame Ais said in farewell. Her right hand had gone through the ribcage and crushed the ugly looking man's heart, literally. Her victim tried to open his mouth to say his last words but he was not given the luxury of it. He died with his eyes open in disbelief."What happened, Madame Ais? Maru asked when he was forced to awake from his slumber."The target has been eliminated, Maru." Madame Ais replied."Is he dead
"I know, brother. I'm big now and very responsible." Uwyn said as she smiled at Maru. He was the foundation of the family since her mother succumbed to sickness. She looked at him with love and adoration."Yes. You're a big girl now, Uwyn. Wait here." Maru said to his sister. He went outside to kill the light from the torch in order to conserve it for further usage."Come here, Uwyn. Don't make a noise, okay? We don't want to disturb mom's sleep." Maru said after he went inside and closed the door of the hut. He was now sitting on his bed. Both then huddled in the corner, away from their mother's ears."Okay, brother. Where's the surprise?" Uwyn whispered to her brother. She looked at Maru's hands to see if he was holding something but was disappointed. Her brother's palms were empty."Wait a moment, Uwyn. Just stay quiet for now." Maru said to his sister. He deliberately closed his eyes to give a mystical effect on
"Okay, brother." Uwyn replied. Her eyes were wide in excitement as she waited for her brother to do some magic."How come I know which are the food fabricator and the medicine fabricator, Madame Ais?" Maru asked the system after he closed his eyes in front of his sister. He and Uwyn don't know how to read. Even his mother, Olivia, also didn't know how to read and write. No books were present in their humble home. They could barely find food to eat. How could they afford those expensive books which contain knowledge from their ancestors? But Maru could see the different letters in the book and instinctively knows which is which between the two books."You are connected to the system, Maru. Items on your inventory will be recognized by you spontaneously." Madame Ais replied
"Okay. But first wait, Uwyn. I have something left to show you." Maru said to his sister."What is it, brother?" Uwyn asked Maru. She was curious about what other magical things her brother would let her see. Maybe another delicious food, she guessed cheerfully."It's a secret for now. Let me concentrate, okay? So that my magic can work." Maru asked his sister, Uwyn.".........…." Uwyn didn't reply with words but only motioned a zipping action with a hand on her mouth as her bright big eyes waited for another surprise, expecting to see her brother's magic once again. She was quite playful and energetic after she consumed one Fairy Yumyum and finished her milk.
"Get your sister to her bed, Maru." Olivia said to her son. After ten minutes of crying, she saw her daughter had fallen asleep already. Her position was quite uncomfortable as her knees were alighted in the hard wood of her brother's makeshift bed. Maru perfectly mirrored her situation."Okay, mom." Maru answered his mother. His voice was hoarse from crying so much. He went around his mother's cot and lifted Uwyn. Although he was thinner than his sister, that doesn't mean that he was weaker. His year in the slums, hiding and running away from the bullies, had raised his strength as well as his physical endurance. Maru even felt stronger now since Madame Ais had healed him. Uwyn weighed like feathers in his arms."Can you tell me what happened, Maru? Why were you two cryi
"Thank you, Maru." Olivia whispered while her son was hugging her after she cried for about two minutes. Both rarely had the opportunity to talk but that does not mean that the love they felt inside was any lesser. She thanked the heavens that she was given a son like Maru. Her husband may have left her. But he also left behind two wonderful gifts. Her children were her life now. They were the ones that sustained her to fight this sickness."I have something for you, mom." Maru said in reply to his mother. He disengaged from the hug and a basket appeared out of thin air between them. Her mom wasn't aware of the magical thing before her. She only saw her son reached for something in his front and then a bottle magically materialized atop his outstretched hand."So it's rea
"Yes we will, Uwyn. Not tomorrow, okay? But someday, we will." Maru replied to his sister. He knew that being isolated out here in the wilderness was not good for them. They can live here indefinitely but that would also mean that they could not relate with other people. Uwyn misses her friends and even if she doesn't show it, she misses the city very much. Even though life was still hard there, at least she could have fun with children her age and play until sunset. That was why she cried so much when they left the city before."You promise!?" Uwyn asked her brother immediately. Her hope of coming back into the city was renewed after she heard Maru's words. She wanted to know how her friends were by now and if they were missing her also. What she felt was the intense longing of returning to their home. It was also home here. But their home ins
"Thank you and goodnight, Madame Ais! Talk to you tomorrow, okay?" Maru said to the system when he could think of no more things to do. He finally let sleep take him away into the land of dreams after he saw that his world energy did not amount to a thousand. Hopefully tomorrow he could already buy the Armor Fabricator for Uwyn and his mother, was Maru's last thought."Affirmative, Maru." Madame Ais replied to its host. But her words were no longer heard by Maru. Only a child's snore resounded inside the modest hut."Activating System Defense Mode…1%2%