Chapter 2: Let Me Live
Mars lies there on the ground, as he looks up to see the Soul Ripper staring at him. It hisses at him as he stands up. “I knew I should have went after you” Mars pulls out an amulet, it was shaped like some sort of bird with both fire and darkness wrapping around it. He clutches it and his eyes glow a fiery red as the spirit of a fox engulfed in flames appears next to him. It growls as it moves forward, but Mars stops it. “We’ll do this together” he smiles at the fox as he begins to glow red and flames rushing out of his eyes.
The ripper dashes towards him, but he moves out of the way nd grabs it digging into it with fiery claws, he swings it into the ground. He goes to claw at it, but it vanishes into the ground. Mars pauses and closes his eyes. He hears something behind him, he turns around quickly grabbing someones neck, but he quickly lets go when he sees it Peter.
“What in the hell are you doing here?” Mars lets him go.
“I followed you, you have to let me tell you what you’re dealing with” Peter catches his breath, “You’re soul energy is more stronger than my mom led on” he chuckles.
“Not funny, now what the hell are you talking about? This is just some regular Soul Ripper who is about to get ripped” Mars said as the Soul Ripper sprouts from the ground and tries to attack Peter, but he Peter throws up his hands and blocks it with a shield.
“Nice save” Mars said as his eyes glow again, but this time dark purple as the spirit of a spider appears around him he opens his palms and dark purple webs made of energy wrap around the soul ripper, and he swings it into the air, he then focus his soul shadow soul energy into a powerful energy ball and blast into the sky and out of sight.
“Damn” Peter looks up into the sky, but then Mars entaggles him in web.
“You wanna talk, then let's talk” Mars grinned at him as a dark and purple spider crawled on his shoulder. The spider whispers something in Mars ear. “No, we’re not gonna eat him, at least not yet anyway.
Talking is Nice...I guess.
Mars takes Peter to his house, “Mom, I’m home!” Mars said as he snaps his fingers making the web vanish from around Peter and uncovering his eyes.
“Was any of that really necessarily?” Peter said as he stretches his arms.
“Look, I don’t know you. You show up in the graveyard, like you knew we were going to be there. Then this soul ripper which you claim to be different than the others just attacks and you appear out of nowhere. You’re. Damn. Right. It was necessary” Mars said as his mom came out from the kitchen.
“Marshall, Ruby and Markus were looking for you, they have something very important to tell you...and who is this young handsome man? A new friend? Boy…”
“Don’t even finish it mom, this is Peter he saved me tonight from some weird Soul Ripper” Mars goes into the kitchen and sits down at the table.
“Oh thank you sweetie, my little man maybe a powerful soul bearer, but he still needs saving every now and then” she hugs him and pulls him into the kitchen. “Have a seat, I made some classic, homestyle, soul food” a plate and cup levitates over to the table.
“Mom, where is the mac and cheese?” Mars says frustrated.
“Sorry boo!” his moms snaps her fingers and the table is covered with food, “you were late so I had to put everything away” she starts washing the dishes.
“Wow” Peter says to himself.
“So, what are you in this whole Magical world?” Mars’ mom asked him.
“Um, just a low-level witch” Peter said as Mars tilts his head.
“A low-level witch with shielding like that and a shield that can hold a soul ripper? Try again” Mars chuckled.
“Okay, maybe I’m not low-level, but I’m still a witch my dads side”
“And your mom?” Mars asked him.
“Ummm, she was like you, a soul bearer” he said as he rubs his arm revealing a tattoo Mars takes notice to it.
“She carried the spirit of butterflies” Mars smiled as he hovered his hand over it and it glows, “Your mom was a skilled soul bearer, so skilled, that she even gave one of her souls to you” he smiles.
“Awww cute” Mars’ mom says as she gets up, “Marshall, I’m leaving tonight don’t forget. Your father and siblings are waiting for me in New York. Peter it was nice meeting you and whatever adventure you have for my little martian please keep him safe” she said as she just vanishes into thin air.
“No problem Ms. Winters” he turns around to say goodbye, but she is gone, “Is she a…”
“Soul Bearer? No, mom is something else, let’s just say it skipped her. Back to you, what is it that you need to tell me?” Mars sits back eating his food.
“I just have a message for you, it’s from my mom” Peter looks down.
“So, tell me” Mars chuckled “I don’t do the dramatic pauses, honestly they do nothing for the story” Mars sits back and waits for him to speak.
“Just know that…” before Peter could even finish his sentence they hear something outside the house.
Mars glares at the door as jumps up and head towards the window, “How can you see out there?” Peter asked him as Mars clutched his pendant and begins to glow dark purple, his eyes glowing as the silhouette of an owl appears around him. “One of your spirits is an Owl” Peter grins a little as Mars scans the yard.
“I can’t see anything”
“That’s a good thing?” Peter asked.
“Just because I can’t see anything doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there” Mars said as something began charging at the door.
“You know it’s going to kill you right?” they both hear someone’s voice coming from behind them. Mars turns around quickly with a soulshadow energy ball in his hand. They turn around to see a young man covered in black, his eyes piercing like a cat.
“Who the hell are you?” Mars asked him.
“Someone who’s about to save your ass” they say as the door is blown open and both Mars and Peter fly backwards. They look up to see the soul eater, this time larger with wings and tentacles coming out of it’s back. Mars jumps up clutching his pendant allowing his fire soul energy to take over and the silhouette of his lion soul appears around him.
“This thing just won’t let me live” Mars said as he takes a stance as the soul eater charges at him, Peter and the Mysterious figure.
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