You deserve to be happy too.
I don’t want to grow up.
You’re the reason I keep going.
I’m sending you a love letter.
Note: I should do these more often. Is this the best piece of writing I’ve ever made? Ha! Who knows…
I wonder if she misses me.
Santoria. Lior’s house.
Guard 2: There doesn’t appear to be any sign of struggle or foul play.
Guard 1: That makes it even more strange. I can’t imagine Lior being defeated so easily. What do you think?
Guard 2: Someone may have murdered him, but I think he could have done this to himself, given his situation.
Guard 1: What do you mean?
Guard 2: The war’s been taking a toll on all of us.
Guard 1: He’s always appeared to be fine as far as I know though.
Guard 2: Being depressed isn’t a prerequisite for suicide.
Guard 1: That’s true, but knowing Lior’s personality, if he felt this was something he had to do, we would have at least found a note. There is none.
Guard 2: You think there’s more to this?
Guard 1: I believe so. But I think it’d be better to get a second opinion from Master Jephthah since he’ll be arriving soon…
In the alleyway
Jephthah: *Thinking* Lior’s the latest to perish. I wish it wasn’t true. I’d like to know how and why. He’s not…
Jephthah: Oh, are you alright?
Seilah: Yes, I’m fine. Actually, I wanted to ask you something.
Jephthah: I’m sorry but I’m in a bit of a hurry.
Seilah: I said I wanted to ask you something. It will only take a bit of your time.
Jephthah: *Sigh* Fine, what do you need?
Seilah: Do you know where I can find this man? *hands over photograph*
Jephthah: Advisor Aaron? He should be at the plaza.
Seilah: Where is that?
Jephthah: You go down here toward the front of the church and just keep going left. you can’t miss it.
Seilah: That’s all I needed to know.
Jephthah: Huh? What am I doing standing around? *starts running* I’m finally here.
Guard 1: Ah! Master Jephthah, up here!
Jephthah: *Levitates into the room* Well, let me see the body. *Lifts white sheet* Good lord…
Guard 2: His whole torso has been blown. It looks like he concentrated his energy to take his own life, sir.
Jephthah: Yeah, whoever killed him wanted to make it seem like that.
Guard 2: Whatever do you mean, sir?
Jephthah: I’m saying that there’s no way he killed himself. I know him, and he would never do such a thing.
Guard 2: But sir, all of the evidence points to it being the only conclusion.
Jephthah: And I’m saying it’s not possible!
Guard 2: …
Jephthah: There’s gotta be something! Have there been any witnesses?
Guard 1: We’ve been asking around and no one so far has come forward.
Jephthah: Lior is one of the happiest people I know, he would never do this.
Guard 1: Exactly.
Guard 2: There is a possibility something else is up, but the current evidence doesn’t support it, sir.
Guard 2: I don’t want to accept it either, but…
Jephthah: Wait, hold that thought. Can one of you get in contact with Your Highness?
Guard 1: Yes sir! *Exits to other room*
Guard 2: If I may ask, why must you call Your Highness?
Jephthah: To make sure they made it to the palace.
*Back to Jericho and Hiram*
Jericho: So how do you like your new attack?
Hiram: No complaints so far. Let’s just hope I’m never in a position where I have to use it.
Jericho: That’s true.
Hiram: Damn shame you didn’t learn anything new today.
Jericho: It’s alright. I’m still stronger than you.
Hiram: Hmph, keep taunting me like that, and I’ll use it on you first.
Jericho: I’ll be more than pre…
Jephthah: Jericho, where are you now?
Jericho: We’re still heading to the palace right now. Is there something wrong?
Jephthah: I think it’d be best if I stay in contact with you until you make it back.
Jericho: That’s fine with me. Did you find any clues?
Jephthah: Nothing that can gives us a lead. I still think there’s more to this though.
Jericho: I believe so too. I just wish we could find something to prove it.
Jericho: Hm, what’s up, Hiram? You haven’t said anything for a bit.
Hiram: …! Sorry, I was thinking.
Jericho: About what?
Jephthah: It’s nice to try new things.
Hiram: Anyway, I’m feeling some strange energy.
Jericho: Where is it coming from?
Hiram: I can’t pinpoint exactly, but it’s coming from the other direction.
Jericho: You sure? I don’t sense anything.
Hiram: I’ll go and check it out to be sure.
Jericho: I’ll go with you.
Hiram: It’s fine, you go and see Abi.
Hiram: You can iron out the details when I get back. I don’t think this is something I want to ignore.
Jericho: Okay, you go and handle it.
Hiram: Thanks, bro!
Jericho: Stay alert!
Jericho: You heard that?
Jephthah: Yeah, I wonder what it was he sensed.
Santoria. The church.
Jericho: Hey, Jepthath! We’re here!
Jepthath: Ahhh, it’s my favorite students!
Hiram: I bet you tell Abi the same thing.
Jepthath: Yeah, but with my daughter I mean it.
Jericho: It’s nice to see everyone’s lively. But Jepthath, Abi said you have some business with us.
Jepthath: Yes indeed.I have new attacks I hope I can teach you two.
Jericho: That’s great!
Hiram: Wait. Before we learn anything new, we have a problem we’d like to address first.
Jepthath: What is it?
Hiram: The unison attack…
Jepthath: What’s wrong with it? I thought you two had it down.
Hiram: Yes, we can when I lead the attack, but in brother’s case…
Jericho: So we wanted to know what we’re doing wrong.
Jepthath: Alright then. Show me.
Jericho: Are you ready, Hiram? *Gathering soul energy*
Hiram: Of course! *Gathering soul energy*
*Soul energy disappears*
Hiram: And it always ends up like this, the energy disappears and takes a lot out of brother.
Jepthath: Hmmmm, that is strange. I’m honestly not sure what to tell you two.
Hiram: What!!? Why!!?
Jepthath: Calm down, Hiram. It’s because from what I see, neither of you are doing anything wrong. I made the attack so the users could combine their strength for a marvelous result. It is strange though. you two are brothers, so Jericho would be the most important Angel to you and vice versa.
Hiram: Exactly, but I also wonder why I don’t become tired.
Jepthath: It’s simple, it’s because you’re not the one leading the attack.
Jericho: So what can we do to make it work?
Jepthath: I don’t know, but I have no doubt you’ll be able to do it one of these days.
Hiram: What makes you say that?
Jepthath: I’ve seen it. Both of you have gotten stronger. I think both of you are underestimating your potential. Especially you, Jericho.
Jepthath: I know it’s frustrating, but you’ve done well for yourself so far. You can only get better. I know you want to end this war so no more lives are lost so I have no doubt you’ll be able to pull it off eventually as long as you keep at it.
Jericho: Abi said something like that.
Jepthath: *Smiles* I’m not surprised. She learned from the best!
Hiram: Give me a break.
Jepthath: I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. I have something I’d like to teach you, but if you’re going to be a smart ass I’ll keep it to myself.
Hiram: You’ve been holding out on us!? C’mon old man…
Jepthath: Old man? It was this “old man” that taught you what you know!
Jericho: Again, it’s nice that we’re all lively here. But guys don’t need to squabble.
Jepthath: Hahaha, Hiram knows I’m just messing with him.
Hiram: Yeah, brother. We’re not being serious.
Jericho: It’s hard to tell with you two.
Hiram: We’re just that damn convincing.
Jericho: Anyway, Jepthath, if you will…
Jepthath: Of course. I was being serious about teaching Hiram a new technique.
Hiram: Well, what is it?
Jepthath: Settle down, Hiram. I’m about to tell you. To be more precise, Hiram will be the one to teach the attack to himself.
Jepthath: Have you ever tried to combine your light and dark energy?
Hiram: I never thought about it.
Jepthath: Since you have the power to manipulate ice and fire, it would definitely give you the edge if you can combine them in some way. Do you want to give it a try?
Hiram: Hell yeah!
Jericho: I’d knew you’d say that. I guess I’ll train in the meantime.
Jepthath: Don’t worry, Jericho. I have something to teach you as well.
Jericho: Can’t wait.
Jepthath: Now then Hiram, are you ready?
Hiram: Who do you think I am? I was born ready!
Jepthath: Good. Very good!
Hiram: Alright, this should come in handy.
Jepthath: I should note that you should only use the attack when there are no other options.
Hiram: Why’s that?
Jepthath: It’s an attack that gets weaker the more times you use it.
Hiram: I’ll make sure to keep it in mind.
Jepthath: Now then, Jericho if you would…
*Circulus starts ringing*
Jepthath:Oh shi.. I’m sorry, if you’ll excuse me. *Exit him to backroom*
Jericho: I hope this call is good news.
Hiram: For real, it’s be a nice change of pace. We’ve been getting calls and news of our friends dying for some time now.
Jepthath: What is it? I’m busy teaching Your Highness.
Guard 1: I’m sorry to interrupt you sir, but I have something to tell you.
Jepthath: Well, speak up! What is it?
Guard 1: The thing is, we’re at a death scene…
Jepthath: Wait, don’t tell me…
Guard 1: It looks like a suicide.
Jepthath: Dammit, who was it?
Guard 1: It was… Lior.
Jepthath: WHAT!!? HOW!!?
Guard 1: It looks like a self-inflicted wound.
Jepthath: That’s even less believable than him being killed! I know Lior! He wouldn’t do such a thing!
Guard 1: But all evidence seems to suggest it was the case.
Jepthath: Where are you now?
Guard 1: We’re at his house.
Jepthath: Stay there, I’ll be there shortly.
Guard 1: Ah, but sir!
*Turns off Circulus. Enter him back to Jericho and Hiram*
Hiram: I’m guessing it wasn’t anything good.
Jepthath: I’m going to Lior’s house.
Jericho: Why? What happened to him?
Jepthath: He’s dead.
Hiram: No way!
Jepthath: From what I’m told, he killed himself.
Jericho: That can’t be true! Lior isn’t the type of guy to do that!
Jepthath: And that’s why I’m going over there.
Hiram: But what about Jericho?
Jepthath: I’m sorry, I’ll teach him another day.
Hiram: Then we’re going too!
Jepthath: I’m sorry, but I think it’d be better if you went back to the palace.
Jepthath: Abi should be done with her research now. Knowing how studious she is.
Hiram: That may be true, but we can’t ignore this!
Jepthath: Which is why I’ll be going. I’ll fill you on the details later.
Jepthath: Please! I’m asking you!
Hiram: *To Jericho* Well, what do you want to do?
Jericho: Alright, we’ll head back. You must have your reasons, I guess.
Jepthath: Thank you! I promise I’ll make up for this later. *Exit him to the front entrance*
Hiram: He sure took off in a hurry.
Jericho: I have a bad feeling about this.
Hiram: Now it’s Lior’s time to die? I don’t understand it at all.
Jericho: Beats me too. But we left the investigation to Jepthath and the guards. Let’s go back and see how Abi’s doing.
Hiram: Alright. *Both exit out of the church to the main street*