There are those in this world that try to defy fate...
Shards of embers flooded the snow white field, smoke rising in the air, the sky black from the clouds that blocked out the sun; another wasteland made from the mark of war.
But there weren't any bodies, no where around. The flames that spread through this land had already been put out from the snow around. Who knows what laid beneath that frozen tundra.
"Maleki" a soft whisper could be heard. Far into the east, overlooking a vast sea, were patches of hard rock, covered with snow. In the middle where a group of three, keeping warm from a dying fire.
"We've been running for weeks now Maleki. Maybe we should just give up", a blond haired, soft spoken girl said. Her hair was barely the length of her shoulders, dirtied by sweat and dirt, her normally porcelain white flesh stained by mud and ashes, and her dark blue eyes filled with fear and regret.
"And what then Claire? You saw what they did to our brothers, they'll kill us for sure" a red haired boy interrupted. He had a darker tone to his skinned, and dark brown eyes.
"Jaques, Claire, enough. We can't give up. I made a promise to Leroy that I'd get you two home safe" the older of the three finally spoke, his neon green eyes lacking emotion as he glanced over the fire to stare at his two companions. Besides him where to katanas, one with a silver and black handle, and the other with a red and black.
The two looked at him, but didn't say a word. The look, the seriousness in Maleki's face could only be defined as the look of when a superior looks down on you and you know, that you have to depend on this person. Dare they challenge it? They knew they couldn't. It was either that, or death.
Appearance wise, Maleki was simple, long black hair that reached just beyond his shoulders. His nose was small and short, and his eyes curved just slightly to give him a darker look, he also had some signs of facial hair, but never too much. He was dressed in a simple black pants, and a long black long sleeve shirt. Over it, he wore a long black jacket, to keep him warm from the cold.
There was silence for a while, as Maleki brought out the food. Standard military rations. It wasn't really much, but it would keep them going.
A small rock cut the silence, it bouncing off the rocks up the hill as it fell, echoing throughout the bay. At first Maleki passed it off as mother nature.
"So, we've found you, fiend." a harsh voice echoed loudly. That's when Maleki's green eyes short around, and he saw him.
Artemis Fowl, one of the most powerful hunters in the region. Maleki had hoped to avoid him at all cost, but how did he easily find his tracks? But there wasn't enough time for that.
"Claire, Jaques, run." That's all he said as he rose to his feet and drew his blades, Yamato and Hyuga.
That's when he saw a flash of black, and felt red rain fall from the sky; there wasn't even a scream, not even a sound. It was like not even a second had passed by.
A few yards away, was Artemis, his long sword drawn, tainted with blood. Maleki's companions laid there, soundly cut, without making a sound.
"Such speed..." muffled Maleki. The two had never faced before, but there were stories about the wild boar of the west. But he never thought they were this accurate.
No no. I have to shake this fear away, he thought to himself. He took a quick breath; that's when he saw another flash.
The sounds of the blades dancing against each other echoed loudly through the bay. Maleki and Artemis kept exchanging locks. The Katana's were no real match for the long sword Artemis held, but he kept his ground.
"So it's true. Your 'angel eye' can truly see everything" Artemis remarked almost sarcastically. He had a smirk on his face, his silver bangs covered his left eye. That's when he turned his left foot, and swung his blade sideways.
Maleki reacted in a second,using the dull sides of his katanas to deflect it as he jumped back. As long as he kept his distance, Artemis was bound to show an opening.
Another flash, and Hyuga went flying in the air as Maleki moved to evade. Such speed, it was nearly too much.
But not quite. Maleki caught himself in mid-turn, and slashed his sword right into Artemis' back. There was a loud grown, as the tip was able to pierce his flesh. Not a mortal wound, but enough to even the battlefield.
"You damn fiend. How dare you touch a disciple of god?!" Artemis growled out in rage.
Maleki scoffed, as he held his sword up with both hands, "Haven't you learn Artemis? In this world, there is no god."
The sounds of the swords hitting each other echoed even louder this time as both held nothing back. But even with his injury, Artemis still had an edge.
"Howl to the moon" he whispered. Maleki took a step back.
A light so bright shone that blinded Maleki for a second, a single second in time.
The next thing he heard was Ryukusan shattering, as he felt a piercing pain in his chest. The light he had seen had pierced his flesh, and sent him flying to the water.
He gasped for breath, but there was no air. Out of the corner of his eyes, he saw Artemis panting for air, as he glanced back at Maleki.
A wave crashed over Maleki, and he saw nothing else.