GALAXY: MISTY TRAIL
The 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.
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 him.
"You're looking as flamboyant as always, A-Grade bounty hunter, Mysty Gale." He complimented the woman for her strikingly beautiful looks.
She flushed a little but dared not to lose face in front of a figurehead like him.
"My gratitude, Flagmaster." She said raising her head. "How may I be of service?"
He keeps the documents and gets up.
With his hands crossed behind his back, he walked around his desk and made his way to the woman.
"I've heard you have taken out the trash as I asked." He smiled.
"Y-yes, sir." Mysty was overwhelmed by the pressure of the man in front of her.
Who wouldn't be? He was one of the 6 Flagmasters of the association. His combat skills were as topnotch as his tactical skills. What's more? He has the body of a champion, a handsome face to boot and Mysty felt glad that this man was single.
"It was for the sake of the association, sir."
"Good, that trash could have become an issue in the future if not taken care of. So," He grabs Mysty's hand much to her surprise. This time around she struggled to keep a stoic expression.
Her heart skipped a beat as time seemed to move slower. The man moved his lips and all she could pay attention was thr perfection in his every being.
"Please," He said. "Call me August."
"Y-yes, sir ahh Uhm, August."
"Great." He let go of her hand and turned to his desk picking up a piece of paper.
"Here," He hands her the paper which contained his signature. "Take a warship with you. That signature is all you need."
Mysty tilted her head. "And what is it that I am to do with a warship, sir?"
August smiled. "We received word that The Black Stallion was sighted along with the constellations of Red Wine."
Mysty gasped. "The Black Stallion!?"
As a bounty hunter, she has heard stories of the Black Stallion.
"Yes, that black stallion. I'm sure you've heard about it from your peers. The cruiser and ship of one of the most wanted men in the cosmos. The man who used to be my senior before he defected," August's voice turned darker as he said the last part. He clenched his fist and gritted his teeth.
His body released flashes of a faint red glowed briefly before disappearing. "The Black King, Captain Jackal."
Mysty felt a chill run through her spine. 'Speaking about him alone was enough to set off an astral pulse from him. Just what kind of history did this two share?'
She looked at August as he took a deep breath to regain control of his emotions.
"That said. I'm giving you the mission to bring me his head. Dead or alive."
She hardened her gaze as she stands in attention. "You can count on me, sir!" She left after saluting to the Flag master.
"Jackal..." August said softly to himself. "You chose the wrong time to resurface the cosmos. I will make you pay for what you did."
Ryker was munching down the food that was in front of him.
"Easy there lad, you don't want to choke now do you?"
Ryker darts the man a look before resuming his feast.
"Well, you're a vibrant one."
"Thank you," Ryker said to the man after gulping down a glass of water.
"For the food or for saving your life?"
"Well then, you're welcome Ryker."
"Tsk," Ryker glares at the man in front of him. "How did you know my name?"
"Oh, that?" The man laughed. "It was pinned to your suit."
"Oh," Ryker only noticed that he had his clothes changed.
He gasped and darts the man a look housing murderous intent.
"Hey old man, who changed my clothes?"
"That would be me." A female voice answered from behind.
Ryker silently gazes at the woman. "Good, I won't complain if it's a female android."
The man bursts into a stream of laughter slapping the back of Ryker.
"You're one odd kid you know that?"
Ryker mumbled some words in annoyance.
"Anyways, judging from your suit. You're a B-Grade or below bounty hunter is that right?"
"C-grade," Ryker answered.
"Okay then. Which begs the question... What on earth was a C-grade hunter who still relies on Astro tech to form his astral skin doing out in space? That too where no celestial bodies were nearby for the next couple lightyears."
Ryker clenched his fists.
"If I knew any better. I'd say you were dumped to die out, lad."
"You seem to have everything figured out. So, why are you still prying?"
"If I may, I would advice you to address the captain respectfully seeing as he saved your life." The android said.
A vein popped on Ryker's head. "And I'd advise you to mind your business you stupid tin can."
"Captain, why don't we return this piece of trash right where we found him?"
"Haha, forgive the lad's attitude, Ming. And boy, I'm a happy-go-lucky fellow. I don't mind you speaking to me in whatever tone you please."
"But," The man gave Ryker a petrifying look.
"I won't forgive anyone who badmouths Ming."
'Just who are these people?'
Ryker clicked his tongue as he turned to Ming. "Sorry."
"There," The man smiled. "Now we're all friends." He clasped his hands together.
"I'll prepare lunch for you captain since a certain somebody ate your ration as well." She left the two to themselves.
"Sorry I ate all your food. And I am truly grateful to you for saving my life. If it's not too much to ask, mind dropping me at the nearest planet with a warp pad?"
"Haha, I don't see why not. Right after a game of space cards!" The man grinned.
Ryker plopped to the floor comically.
"Haha. You're a mad man you know that?"
"I get a lot," The ma n joked.
"By the way, what do I call you?"
He gets up and points to his chest. "Hehe, I go by many names but you may call me Jackal. Jackal Night."
"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
LOCATION: BOUNTY HUNTERS ASSOCIATION, MISTY TRAIL GALAXY HQ.A man wearing a monocle on his right eye was seated in his office. This man was none other than the head of the Misty Trail's bounty hunter association division, Flagmaster August.He raises his head upon hearing a knock on the door."Come in."A man, tall with a firm muscular structure wearing a black long coat."Ahh, Commander Kane. Just the man I was looking for."The man named Kane saluted his superior. "You called for me sir?""Yes, have you heard any word from A-Grade hunter Mysty?"Kane paused for a moment. August realized that whatever it was he was hesitant to say was far from being good news."I believe you know me too well than to hide anything from me, especially something that has to do with that traitor." August darts the Commander