Edited by: Waning_Crescents
“You didn’t know,
right?” Axis grinned as he looked at Sigal. “That he lied to you about it all
“So what?” Sigal remarked unaffected, “You really think I give a shit about names?” He narrowed his eyes. “But what I really give a shit about is that gorilla over there holding onto him with his filthy hands.”
Cal’s chest fiercely heaved up and down and only somewhat calmed as Sigal’s words reached his ears. He slowly lifted his head, gazing in surprise.
“Really brave for someone in a tight spot.” The woman of the trio of masked people leisurely walked over to Sigal. Although the mask hid her eyes and slightly distorted her words, the arrogant tone in her voice still clearly echoed through.
“Brave?” Sigal gave a mirthless smile. “I don’t have to be brave if I am not scared of scum like you.”
Without any visible warning, the woman sent a kick into his stomach. “Maybe you should be.” She looked down on him, her stance as arrogant as her voice.
Sigal squinted one eye shut and coughed some, this came so unexpectedly fast that he didn’t even notice her hauling her leg at him, let alone give him any room to react.
“No!” Cal struggled. “Leave him be!”
Axis laughed amused. “This is so great. I love your temper, Chloe.”
“Don’t say my name, asshole.”
“My bad.” Axis flung his arms into the air as a sign of resigning. “But that was a nice swing, even I barely saw it coming.”
Sigal coughed a few times more, but his expression didn’t change, the smirk on his face still visible, if anything he even widened it in provocation. “Feeling better now? Got it out of your system? You are just ‘brave’ cause I am restrained. You think I wouldn’t hit a woman? Sorry, but a criminal is a criminal, I am not making distinctions.”
He might not make any distinctions, but he indeed controlled his strength more if the culprit turned out to be a woman. A man with honor but not a monster without principles.
“You really don’t know when to shut up, do you?” The woman set up for another round of beating but got stopped by Axis before she landed another blow.
“Chloe! Calm down. I need him intact.”
She stopped her fist right in front of Sigal’s face, who didn’t even flinch, and clicked her tongue. “Annoying.” Then she walked to the right side of the investigator and crossed her arms, displeased.
With the woman not blocking his sight anymore, Sigal let his eyes wander around, scanning his surroundings thoroughly for the first time. Everyone but Axis and the man that pointed the gun at him, wore black masks with a green snake across the middle. Even though this mark was different from the one regarding the case, it still depicted the same animal.
“Who are you?” Sigal grew suspicious. “Are you with them?
“Oh right, I am sorry. Where are my manners?” Axis shifted his gaze to him. “My name is Axis, and I am his brother.” He pointed at Cal, while a smile formed on his lips.
Sigal’s eyes partly widened, but before he even could say something, Cal intervened. “You are not my brother!”
“Huh?” Axis glanced at him, feigning disappointment. “How cruel of you to say that. I mean, yeah, we are half-brothers, but that’s just nitpicking now.”
Cal clenched his left hand to a fist, reeling in some dirt beneath his palm. “You will never be anything to me. Just get lost and leave me alone.”
“What a rude thing to say to the one who basically raised you.”
“Shut up!” Cal’s breathing quickened. He just wanted his half-brother to disappear to wherever, just out of his sight and more than that he wanted him to stop involving outsiders.
Half-brother? Raised him? Sigal wondered while he glanced at his partner, the frustration visible in his demeanor. Cal…
If this was true, why hadn’t there been any records about a brother? This raised more questions than it answered, but at the same time Sigal couldn’t care less about that because there was something else that bothered him. Throughout the whole time, Cal seemed tense, frightened, even terrified of Axis. What did that man want or what did he do in the past?
Sigal’s eyelids drooped slightly as he recalled what Cal said to him on different occasions:
‘Thanks for saving me, no one has ever done that for me.’
‘You shouldn’t do that…not for me.’
‘Don’t leave me alone.’
Aside from that, he also recalled the bandages he discovered the other day, wrapped around Cal’s torso. Even though he didn’t know what this all indicated, a terrifying realization rose inside of him.
With a serious expression, he gazed at Axis and asked, “What do you want?”
“What I want?” Axis glanced from Sigal to Cal. “I want to take my little brother home to where he belongs.”
“Bring him home for what?”
On Axis’s lips formed a grin, a nasty one, full of eagerness to tell all the stories in excitement, yet he just said, “To put him to good use.”
Sigal actually had more questions, but from the corner of his eyes he spotted Cal slightly flinching. This told him more than enough.
“You are some nasty
bastard, alright.” Sigal’s eyebrows drew together, and his voice turned
ice-cold. “Do you really think I will let you take him away?”
“What could you possibly do about it?” Axis asked with confidence.
“You are underestimating me, aren’t you?”
“Not at all,” Axis replied, “But I know how to restrain you. Let’s set-up a new rule here.” The corner of his mouth curved up as he took out a gun, hopped off the railing and walked over to Cal where he pressed the muzzle against his head. “If you move, he will face the consequences.”
“He won’t kill me, “Cal said through gritted teeth, “He needs me…”
“That’s right!” Axis nodded. “However, I only need you alive, it doesn’t matter in which state your body is. Broken bones, maybe missing limbs? That won’t matter to me.”
Cal’s eyes widened in shock. He…he got even crazier than before.
Axis repeatedly tapped with the tip of the gun on Cal’s scalp as if playing with a toy. The impact wasn’t strong, yet it was domineering. “If you don’t mind seeing him suffer, please, be my guest.”