After walking in the forest for 12 hours, Kobi halted under a mango tree and turned to Javier, “Where the hell are we even going to?”
Javier stopped and looked at Kobi confused, “Right now?”
“Yes, right now.”
Kobi slapped his palm on his face, “Bruh!”
“If we keep walking straight, a city will surely show up.” Javier said with a smile, then he continued walking.
“We are so lost.” Kobi started moving his legs too. A huge lion suddenly jumped out from the forest blocking their path, it roared so loud the leaves on the trees vibrated in fear. A ball of wind from Javier palms shot the lion on the stomach, sending it back to the direction it came from.
“Why did you help those villagers?” Kobi asked
“I told you, everyone deserve their freedom.”
“Why did you let me follow you?”
“I think you want your freedom too.”
“My name is actually Kobi not Conan”
“Tell me, how exactly do you plan on becoming God?”
“I will create a guild, then travel to the Golden continent with my guild members.”
“That’s illegal too, so you haven’t found anyone yet? Or is there someone on your mind?”
“No and no, besides what is your own dream? Everyone has one.” Javier picks up a stick from the ground, then continued walking.
Kobi’s face turned red, “I can’t say, you’ll laugh.”
“Just say it man, if I laugh then so be it.”
“Okay…” Kobi clears his throat, “I want to join the church and eventually become the leader of the church… I know… stupid right?”
“No, it actually sounds cool”
“I know! I will get to protect the people by fighting against mercenaries, bandits, outlaws and,” Kobi turns to Javier with this glitter in his eye balls, “Evil magician, minus you of course. But,” A frown encroached Kobi’s face, “It is impossible for a nobody like me to join the church.”
“You need connections man, connections…”
“Finally!” Javier exhales with joy, then he ran off towards a town miles after the end of the forest, Kobi instinctively chased after him without even knowing why he was running.
“Ten bowls of ramen please!!!” Javier screamed enthusiastically in a restaurant drawing the attention of every other person there right after he gobbled up five bowls of ramen, Kobi tries to slide under the table while covering his face with his palm.
“You boys must be really hungry,” The pretty waiter said with a smile as she dropped a tray filled with five bowl of ramen on their table.
The doors of the restaurant opened and a group of six men dressed in long white gowns walked in, each had a sword strapped on their waists, and there was a cross insignia printed boldly at the chest area of the gown.
“They are from the church!” Kobi’s face lit up,
“Yes they are…” They pretty waiter said with a frown.
“Where is the owner of this restaurant, we’ve come to collect the daily tithe.” Zech, one of the men in white said.
A middle aged man, Clinton, skinny and dark skinned walked into the restaurant from the back. “But we already paid the tithe today…” Clinton said, confused.
“What are you talking about? You never paid, pay up right now!” Zech thundered.
“No… I am sure I paid today, it’s in my records”
A hot slap from Zech landed on Clinton’s face pushing him two steps back, “How dare you lie in front of men of God! Do you want to die?!” Zech shouted with a frown.
“What lie? I already paid, we haven’t even made any profit yet after paying that huge sum earlier, where do you expect me to get the money to…” a punch from Zech stopped the rest of the words from coming out of Clinton’s mouth, the punch was so heavy it sent Clinton to the ground. Kobi watched in horror as Zech started kicking Clinton whilst he lay on the ground, the five other men in the group soon joined in the beat down. They kicked and stomped, the restaurant was ice cold as that transpired until Zech grabbed his sword, drew it out of the sheath, lifted it up
‘Whoa whoa whoa’ Javier immediately jumped to his feet.
“Can’t a man have his siester in peace?!” A voice from across the restaurant yelled. Silence befell the restaurant, the beating halted. “Who dared to interrupt me?” Zech said angrily.
“Man take your shit out of this place,” the same voice said, then the person speaking stood up to his feet. The man speaking had a yellow, and a mark on both side of his face that looked more like whiskers. He was wearing black and black like a ninja but without the face covering.
“Fuck this, I’m outta here” The yellow haired guy yawned, then he proceeds to walk to the exit of the restaurant.
“Hold on there,” Zech said grabbing the yellow haired guy’s hand
“Let go of my hand in five seconds or you lose it,” The guy glares at Zech.
Zech takes his hands off the guy, and pulls out his sword, “You are under arrest for threatening a man of the lord.” The five other people in the group pulled out their swords too.
“Guess you won’t just be losing your hand today,” The yellow haired guy takes a fighting pose.
“Dad! Dad!! Dad!!!” a kid of six ran into the restaurant with tears in his eyes, he ran up to Clinton who was still lying down bloodied on the ground. “Dad what happened?!” They kid cried out aloud.
“Guess you will keep your hand for today,” The yellow haired guy said as he surrendered his wrists.
Zech puts cuffs around his wrists, “You are under arrest for blasphemy, Zoruto Kuzumaki”
“So you do know who I am.”
“I’ve heard stories of the rogue ninja that assassinates anyone he deems corrupt, those days are behind you now though. Take him away, we caught a big fish today.”
The other church guys grabbed Zoruto and dragged him out of the restaurant, Zech followed right after them.
“No... those guys can't be from the church" Kobi's voice vibrated as he spoke, "Why didn’t you do anything?” Kobi asked Javier who was still standing and visibly burning up on the inside.
“If I fought here, I’ll destroy the whole place in the process.” Javier spoke with a clenched fist.
"They are from the church," the pretty waiter said with tears building up in her eyes.
“What was that about tithe?” Kobi asked the waiter trying to find a good reason for all that.
The waiter bit her lips in anger, “The church was built on this town two years ago, everyone was happy about it, until it became active. First, they introduced a tithe fee of hundred dollars per month, they said it was for our protection. This town is a very peaceful place, so we said maybe they’re talking about protection against evil spirits. We gladly paid at first, then they increased the fee to 500 dollars per month, we protested against it. But our protest was met with violence, we were beaten to pulp for protesting, some people even died because of that. No one dared to question them again after that, now we pay one thousand dollars every day as tithe.”
“Who the hell is the leader in that church?” Javier asked, he is now calm.
“The leader is two brothers called Aul and Ilas Vont”
Sweat trickled down Kobi’s face, “I know them,” his heart started to race. "You cannot beat them"