"I can't move."
A man was drifting along the infinite blackness of space. He appeared to almost be completely lifeless with his back curved.Whatever must have happened to him left him unable to move and therefore unable to save himself.
He was clad in black and white tights with golden highlights on the sides. A name tag with the initials "Ryker" was pinned to his chest.
"How long have I been drifting in space, hours perhaps days? I can't tell. God! My mind is foggy, my Astro tech is almost fully drained and once it dries out, so will my astral skin and I'll die from lack of oxygen."
He tried to move his body in desperation but to avail...
"This paralysis is that witch's hex. Is this how my story ends? Am I fated to die a loser? That too at the hands of the people I served for over a decade!?"
More hours passed and Ryker's situation did not change.
"It's so cold." He imagined hugging his body to stay warm but alas that was all he could do, imagine.
"They dumped me way out here without a planet or celestial body insight."
Lost in his thoughts, he felt regret. Regret for being a loyal dog that served the bounty hunters association.
"Even though I was a weak C-Grade Bounty Hunter, I completed all my missions, I did all their biddings. Even the tasks that seemed too degrading for Hunters of a higher rank. I gave my all. So why?"
Why would the people he served without questioning turn their backs on him?
"I have all this rage yet I can't even clench my fist. All this rage yet there's nothing I can do."
Ryker was overtaken by the feeling of hopelessness. He wanted to take revenge on the people that backstabbed him. But life is cruel and we don't always get what we want.
Hours passed and Ryker's Astro tech had finally lost all power. His astral skin was thinning out and with that, he saw his life flash before his very eyes.
He was weak at this point to the extent that he could not even garnish a thought?
His mind was completely blank as his body loses life with every passing second.Just then, a beam of light shone down on the seemingly lifeless body of Ryker. Completely engulfed in this radiance, his body was pulled up in the direction of where the light came from.
A black space cruiser floated above him as he was sucked into the shutter of the cruiser.
"My my, what do we have here?" A man wearing a brown coat stood in front of Ryker's body.
He bent down to check his pulse. He sighed in relief as he pulls out his hand from Ryker's neck.
"A few minutes more and you'd die from loss of oxygen."
He picked Ryker up and took him to a medical room where a female android wearing a nurse uniform stood in waiting.
"Patch him up will ya? He seems to be affected by a hex.""Yes, captain."
Ryker was then stripped to his shorts and kept lying on a bed. She strapped him to the bed and injected several chords into his body.
"Jeez, do you plan on turning him into a human porcupine?"A few minutes later...
"His pulses have stabilized captain," The female android said. "Although it would take an estimate of a day for his brain to regain all functionalities.""Thank you, Ming. I'll take it from here." The android bowed and left the room.
"You are one lucky bastard to survive getting stranded in the middle of space Uhm..." The man checked the tag on Ryker's clothing.
"Ryker was it?" He got up and made his way to the exit.
"Only a select few could look death in the eyes like you did and survive. Rejoice for your new life, lad."
He finished leaving the unconscious Ryker alone in the room."Ming, we've wasted enough time already, set us back on course."
"Next stop, Red Wine."
"Preparing thrusters for space warp. In 3...2...1..."
The cruiser released a blast of astral energy from its thrusters and displaces a couple of light-years ahead in the blink of an eye.
This was the power of a space warp. The power that revolutionized intergalactic travels and made the vast cosmos much smaller than it was.
A day has passed and Ryker was starting to regain consciousness.
He opens his eyes. Still weak, he scans the room he was in.
"I'm alive?" He said softly while sitting up.
"Am I in a cruiser? The designs don't look like any from the association perhaps it's a personal cruiser."
He removes the needles that were punctured into his body and released his strap.
Getting off the bed, Ryker stood up and immediately lost his balance, he felt dizzy.
"So hungry." He muttered weakly using the bed to support himself.
Just then, the door bursts open and the captain walks in carrying a tray with food in it.
"Rise and shine Snow-white!" The man exclaimed with a wide grin.
Ryker tilted his head and said; "Who the fuck are you?"
LOCATION:GALAXY: MISTY TRAILPLANET: SKRULLThe sky was died a meshy green by the radiance of the planet's green sun.Skrull was one of the leading developing planets in the Misty Trail galaxy and also home to the galaxy's branch of the Bounty Hunters Association (Or BHA).A man was going through some documents inside his office. He wore a white blazer with trousers of matching color.As he was browsing through the documents, he heard a knocking on his door. He crosses his legs and cleared his throat."Come in."A woman in her early twenties walked in. She takes a few steps forward and then bows her head. "You called, Flagmaster?""Ahh," The man raises his head revealing a monocle on his right eye. He couldn't help but smile at the sight of the beautiful woman in front of
"So,"Jackal, Ryker, and Ming were at the dining table."You ready to tell me how you wound up in the middle of literally nowhere?"Ryker paused his eating as he balls his fist.His past flashed before his eyes. Jackal and Ming could feel the rage and anguish that overcame the white-haired man.He recalled working diligently for the association even though he was of the lowest ranks. He worked tirelessly hunting down petty criminals with his Astro gear.He also recalled being left for dead by the woman he respected the most."Life is cruel, snow-white. So you don't have to talk if you don't want to."Ryker took a deep breath. "No, I owe you two for saving my life. So it's the least I could."He stands up and begins his narration."As you already know, I'm a C-Grade bounty hunt
"Those bastards!" Ryker cursed."Captain," said Ming. "We're surrounded by an association warship and a dozen mini-cruisers."Haha, they went all out didn't they? That too on my second day since resurfacing."Boom! The Black Stallion was receiving heavy fire from all directions."Argh!" Ryker yelled. "What do I do?" He yanked his hair. "I'm one unlucky bastard aren't I?"He cursed his bad luck. First, he was betrayed and attacked by the association for no reason whatsoever. When he had given up on life, he was saved by an unknown cruiser.Now, it turns out that the cruiser belonged to one of the most wanted men in the Cosmos!"My fate is sealed, I'm doomed to die at the hands of the association." He plopped to the floor and hugged his knees."Hey, Snow-white."Ryker rai
LOCATION: RED WINEInside the warship of the association, Mysty was slamming her fists against the wall."How is this happening? Why're they losing against one man?"She was checking the heat scanners as she saw the fate of her subordinates."Is this the strength of the most wanted man in the cosmos?"She had sent waves after waves of hunters to the Black Stallion but the result was the same.They were beaten and knocked out with single blows by one man.Mysty was unaware of the fact that it wasn't Jackal who was beating up her crew."I guess, I'll just have to go there myself."...Jackal had a bucket of popcorn in front of him as he and Ming indulged themselves with the sight of a one-sided bea
"I'll show you creeps the power of a true hunter!"Mysty swung her blade forward with full force. Ryker sidestepped her thanks to his boosted reflexes.She clicked her tongue and went further with her assault. Not dialing down a bit, she continues with a flurry of swings yet Ryker avoided each one with little to no difficulty.Mysty gritted her teeth. "How are you doing that?""Are you getting scared?""Scared?" Mysty scoffed. How dare a measly C-Grade talk to her like that. "I will make your death slow and painful."She swings her sword again with more ferocity than before.'Everything feels so slow.' He was amazed by his newfound abilities as he avoids her attack once again.Ryker smirked seeing the agitation on Mysty's face. He was enjoying the way he was tormenting her.
"Where am I?"Ryker found himself in an odd place. It was plain white and he could not see the ceiling or walls."What is this place? Is it a dream?"He walked around the place for what felt like an hour trying to reach the end. "Last thing I recalled was fighting that witch." He uttered clenching his fist. "And I lost.""Argh!!!" He shouted from the bottom of his lungs. "It's so frustrating. I had her on my clutches and what did I do?"He yanked his hair. "I toyed with her, I had the power to end her with a single strike, I knew I did."He continued walking through the infinite space."Wait, what happened after she knocked me out? What if I died and this is the afterlife?" He plopped to his knees.Ryker balls up his fist and slammed the floor making an odd "Thud" sound."I'm such a loser!"He shouted feeling nothing but rage and regret. He continued slamming the floor."Only a loser will die like that..." Ry
"I'm back!"Ryker finds himself back inside the Black Stallion."Then again, that thing did say that I never left." He looked around the room he was in.It was different from the room he was kept earlier when Jackal saved him.Ryker jolts up from the bed and makes his way to the hallways in search for the captain of the cruiser."Where is that sneaky bastard?"Ryker had his back against a door as it opened up and he fell through."Oh good," Jackal was standing atop him with his hands resting on his waist. Besides him was Ming."I was just about to come to get you."Ryker winced in pain as he lifts himself. "Where are we?" He looked past the two and scans the room in awe."Oh, this? Hehe, that was why I wanted to come get you" Jackal explained wearing
"Huff. Huff.""You're almost there..." Jackal was holding a stopwatch to keep a record of how long Ryker can keep his astral skin on."This is annoying!" Ryker was getting tired and angry. Keeping the black astral skin on took a lot of mental focus which placed a strain on him."I'm afraid you're going to have to deal with it, snow-white."The first lesson for Ryker was to learn how to properly use his astral skin."You wouldn't want a repeat of what happened the other time now would you?"Ryker clicked his tongue. As much as he'd hate to admit it, Jackal was right. There was no point in being stubborn.The black astral skin is one of the rarest colors that a person could harness. It provides an incredible buff in strength and speed as shown by Ryker when he easily took care of over a dozen B-Grade bounty hunters. He would have beaten the A-Grade Mysty too had he not exhausted his astral."I appreciate you going through t