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Chapter 3: City of Ruins

The cold surface of the ground underneath Von registered on his mind as his dozy eyes opened.

'Sunrise..?' The horizon gave off a vibrant orange hue as the clouds, skies and surface took in a similar color. Von picked himself up the ground and cleared the dirt he had accumulated during his sleep. His eyes turned toward the horizon, bringing a feeling of calmness. His irises unfocused as he recalled what had occurred last night

Flashes of the night replayed in Von's head.

He had clearly got struck by multiple strong electrical current last night, so how is he sitting here alive and well? What made it stranger was that the currents last night seemed to have targeted him. It didn't disperse in many direction, nor explode. Instead, it had accurately struck him. He also did not have anything on him that could have attracted it...

Von's eyebrows furrowed in concentration as trains of questions and thoughts bugged him throughout the morning. Yet no matter how hard he thought, there were just too many questions and too little answers.

Von reverted to his usual tired expression as his eyes lazily drooped lower than normal.

"... Oh well"

Von had too many things that needed his attention to keep wasting his energy on the endless cycle of thoughts. He simply opted on staying away from those engines for now.

.....

It was time.

Von had waited long enough for any possible rescuers since he had gotten here one week ago. Not a single one had passed by. He had also used his time to try and get any signal from higher locations of this area, but also had no success. He even found a few more phones to try with during that time. His supply of food and water also slowly declined. Not because he couldn't find any, but because most food rotted during this time. Not to mention that many had been cracked and sent to the ground. This could also be the reason to why he noticed the numbers of bugs and insects increasing lately.

Von secured a bag full of necessities for survival on his back. The food and water would last him enough for a week and if he tried, maybe two weeks.

Von double checked everything on his bag. He didn't want to regret anything later. Von wasn't too excited, he would of preferred getting out of here and having lots rest, but it just seemed like that dream wasn't gonna happen anytime soon.

Von left with a tired sigh. Hopefully it wouldn't take long to find anything of resemblance to society.

.....

Von wiped his forehead as he gazed at an outline of a relatively large city not farm from him.

'It's only been two days..' While the results were seemed great at first, this was a bit too good. Roughly, Von could feel that he had at least traveled 100 km. Maybe more. And while that may seem like a large distance, he didn't think it was out of the city's range of detection. It was rare that nobody had actually noticed the large aircraft. Especially at this age where everyone was paranoid of missiles and nuclear bombs being launched by other countries.

Von frowned, but kept walking. There was nothing he could do about it now.

...A choice he may regret later

Not an hour later, Von had finally approached close enough to see everything about the city.

"What..?"

Von's tiredness was immediately wiped away as the sight in front totally bewildered him.

It was a disaster. A large one.

The houses, roads, buildings, everything, was filled with blood as people seemed to mindlessly limp all over the place with with no clear direction. The tall buildings at the center of the city seemed to have been through something equally terrifying as many windows were broken as collapsed to other floors, as if it a large weight had been put through it.

Von stared, dazed at the city's state.

"..." Von stopped, he could hear footsteps.. Von's raced before rushing towards the building closest to him. Even though he didn't know what happened to this place, he knew those people were no good signs. The blood scattered on their bodies just screamed 'danger!' in his mind. He didn't plan on getting close to any of them anytime soon.

Just as Von was about to breath out in relief, a growl behind him notified him of another one. Von quickly turned.. Towards the person, it starred at him in hunger as it opened its mouth to take a bite of him.

Milliseconds passed through Von's eyes as he pushed his legs as hard as he can towards the opposite direction. However, it seemed to make no difference as its teeth got closer and closer.

Von smelt its disgusting breath and felt its rough flesh. There was no way he could escape this. Its mouth quickly clamped close to Von's neck as it's rejoiced at the meal.

However before it could take it's first bite, a surge of power traveled through Von's body as he was launched meters away from his position in an instant.

[ Systems activated__ ]

[ 62% of power supply used.. 38% remaining__ ]

Von didn't get any time to read the weird panel that had appeared in front of him as he was sent rolling away from the building uncontrollably. Fortunately, Von managed to get his grips back as he ignored the floating panel as his eyes focused much clearly on the his opponent. It was the same, bloody clothes and a broken mouth leaking of more blood. Von took a deep breath in, turned and... Ran away..

.....

Von caught his breath inside an abandoned house. During his way here, he had encountered more of them and had come close to alerting it of his presence. It was lucky that he had not come close to larger groups as his stamina was not something even comparable to average.

"Now.." Von gazed at the panel he had ignored. The text were arranged like scripts as a dark square framed the texts.

Von closed his eyes and sighed tiredly... He knew where this was going to.


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