"What do you want? Wealth, Fame, Power, or Freedom?" he asked. The host was in his 40's and waiting for the girl to answer.
"None of these," she replied while her gaze suddenly changes to the crowd.
The host was surprised by her answer, as it was the same answer he heard a long time ago. As he looks at the girl, she was still young but her skill in fighting was unbelievable.
She tightly grips the knife while her hand was still shaking. He followed the gaze of the girl where she was looking.
"But!" she shouted, her voice echoing to the whole arena and eyes were burning with fire, "I only want to kill that man!"
She points to the man at the top of the VIP seat that was also looking at her, smiling deviously.
Two youngsters were fighting inside the wide circle stage of the arena. They were being watched by a crowd of audiences who were betting on them, waiting for who will win... or Die!
Most of them are thrilled to watch blood splattering, players killing each other, screaming, and crying. It always makes them hip and alive.
In this kind of hell, one of the players is named Mizu Sodomaki, a 15-year-old girl who's one of the youngest players in the arena. At this peak of a thrilling moment, she was fighting a player that is twice her size on the stage.
Even though the crowds are cheering thunderously. She can still hear her heart beating loudly.
Mizu's left arm was already numbed because of the excessive gushing of blood out of her new wound. It was a deep, long slice on her skin with a length of 3 inches that kept the blood from dripping all over her arms. Not minding the wound, she stayed focused on the fight on hand. Like they say in this 'Survival Game' they called, "hesitation and losing your guard will lead you to death." It was either to crush or be crushed!
Stepping into this arena was already like a gateway to hell.
Looking at her opponent, Mizu felt her hair rising. This tall, thin boy in front of her was licking the bloodstain on the blade of his knife while staring at her with those piercing and bloodshot eyes. Ready to taste blood and excited to kill her.
On guard, she holds the silver knife firmly. Pulling up all her strength and courage, she attacks him first before he can manage to hit her a second time. But unfortunately, her opponent was undoubtedly fast. He dodged her strike several times that were aiming at his trunk.
In a split of a second, this tall man swayed his arms again and playfully slashed her back and kicked her hard. This made her kiss the solid and rugged floor. And because of the excruciating pain, she groaned. At that moment, Mizu somehow managed to step forward, this move lessened the impact in her back. But unfortunately, she wasn't able to predict the tall man's second move.
Lying on the floor, Mizu immediately rolled over. She barely avoided the sudden jump of the tall man on top of her, that was aiming to stab her head. She then immediately stands up, in a stance to defend herself. She knew that her opponent will not waste any time to attack her.
"It won't take any longer... Obviously, player A will win this game. What do you think?" One of the ladies sitting on the VIP seat asked the man beside him, who was watching the fight with interest.
"Hmm, Let see... I think... in just two strikes, that boy will lose his life," he said confidently while eyeing the girl on the stage.
"That's absurd. Her opponent is even twice her size and in perfect shape," she argued while still in disbelief. The man's gaze was now on the woman he was talking about. "My lady, my eyes never lie," he said calmly with an evil smile on his face.
Mizu observed her opponent, thinking how on earth would will she defeats him. "If this took much longer, I would die here." Looking at her own wound that is still bleeding profusely.
She calmed herself in the next second, putting all her courage for this next move. The boy ran nimbly towards her aim at her back once again with such confidence that this time he knew he will able to kill her. But Mizu already predicted his attack and habit in the fighting. Sacrificing her hand is the key to all of this plan. And so, she immediately turned around on the side, dodging his attack, and bent her knees to slash the leg of her opponent.
Striking the leg minimized his fast movement and by just being able to wound him, his ego ultimately crashed. His weakness was his own leg and that was the source of his strength and confidence.
The tall man lost his balance with quite a shock on his face and fell to his knees. This is what Mizu was waiting for! A split of a second... A chance to kill him! Mizu didn't waste any moment and with a strong sway of her arm, she swiftly slashed the man's throat with her sharp blade.
The scene was too fast to comprehend that everyone outside the stage was silent in awe. Mizu grips her knife tightly. The thick filthy blood dripped on the blade as she raises her right arm confidently to declare victory!
"Wow! I can't believe this! This little girl is awesome! She's worth watching for."
The silent crowd suddenly turned into a loud cheer, so hype as they shouted her pseudonym. Their scream was so loud and ear-splitting, very deafening that it filled the arena. It took quite long until she can't hear it anymore.
All her surroundings seem to turn from hazy gray to black.
"Mizu! Mizu! Hey! Stop spacing out!" A familiar voice of a boy shouted beside her. "Hurry! We need to run!" When she regains her consciousness, the first thing she noticed was that she was running with a bunch of kids following her. They were being chased by a grown-up with an apron tied to his waist.