Chapter 5: Black Dragon in Class Part 2
(Kamen Rider Ryuga turns to the screen, in a fighting stance as DragBlacker flies around him)
"Ryuuzaki Kiba?" Louise repeated, receiving a nod from Kiba, who gave a polite bow. Henrietta and Marcus were smiling at the exchange while Saito had a look of pure terror on his face.
'Oh crap! Why is the "Black Dragon of Tokyo" here? And even worse, WHY IS HE A RIDER?' Saito mentally screamed, trying to keep calm. Thankfully, Kiba hadn't turned his attention towards the nervous Rider.
"Now then, is there something you wanted to ask me?" Kiba asked Louise, who was a little unnerved by the intimidating presence Kiba held.
'It's like staring at Marcus… only….this guy is different…Like they're complete opposites…' "Umm…I was wondering if you'd tell me something…" Louise said.
"Sure, ask away," Kiba replied. Louise took a deep breath.
"Can you explain to me what a Kamen Rider is?" Marcus and Kiba froze at this. Henrietta sighed sadly.
"Actually, I've been meaning to ask the same thing…I mean, I've been a Rider for about 3 days but I still don't know the whole story…" Saito added. Kiba glanced at Marcus, who nodded with a sigh.
"Alright…I'll tell you about the Riders, but only on one condition."
"What you are about to hear never, and I repeat, NEVER leaves this room, got it?" Kiba asked, his glare intensifying. At the nervous nods from Louise and Saito, Kiba smirked briefly.
"Good. Now where to begin?" Marcus got up at that moment.
"I'm gonna go for a little walk, if you all don't mind…" he said, surprisingly without the usual cheer to his voice. With that, he left the room. Henrietta watched him leave with a hint of worry in her eyes.
Marcus sighed as he walked through the courtyard of the academy, looking at his deck every now and then, before stopping.
"I take it Kiba already told you everything, Princess?" Henrietta walked up to him, slightly surprised that Marcus knew she was following him.
"Well, he felt it was best if I knew everything about where he came from and why…but what about you?" Henrietta asked. Marcus gave no sign of emotion other than slight fatigue.
"What about me?"
"I know about your role in all of this…its not easy, is it?" Henrietta asked, worried.
"Life isn't easy, Princess…I'm the perfect example of that…" Marcus said with a sigh. Henrietta could see the pain behind the Phoenix Rider's brown eyes.
"Your pain…it's just like Sir Kiba's…"
"Unfortunately…my pain outweighs his own…" Marcus muttered, a tear forming briefly in his eye.
Meanwhile, Kiba was beginning his explanation of Kamen Riders for Louise and Saito.
"Long before any of us, even Amos, were born, there existed a world parallel to ours, accessible beyond the mirrors. As you may already know, that world is the Mirror World."
"Wait, but what about the Mirror Monsters?" Saito asked. Kiba glanced at him for a moment before continuing.
"The Mirror Monsters have inhabited the Mirror World for as long as I knew. I'm not sure how or why, but I do know that they feed off of human life, hence why they will usually drag people into the Mirror World to devour them. Unfortunately, that is somewhat of a common, yet unheard of to the general public, occurrence back home." Saito and Louise gasped at this, Louise more so.
"You mean to tell me that such creatures attack constantly in your home?" Louise asked. Kiba nodded grimly.
"That's where we the Riders come in. Originally, 12 decks were created, using energy drawn from the Mirror World. Each deck held a special Contract Card to literally capture a Mirror Monster and lend the user its strength, forming a partnership." Kiba explained, holding out his deck and DragBlacker Advent card. Saito did the same with his own deck and LeoGlider's card.
"However, despite this partnership, Contract Monsters are still very much sentient and are not to be treated as slaves, but more as equals. Otherwise, with some of the more tempermental Contract Monsters, the contract holder would soon find themselves as their Contract's next meal. Take Amos's secondary Contract, Volcancer." At the mention of the armored crab monster, Saito perked up. "He had originally belonged to another Rider named Scissors. However, due to some…less than pleasing actions on Scissor's end, Volcancer went berserk and ate his Contract holder.
"W-what?" Saito and Louise gasped. Saito looked at LeoGlider's card and gulped.
'C-could that happen to me?'
"Wait, you said 12 decks were made…why? And by whom? What is the purpose of the Riders?" Louise asked. Kiba sighed.
"Saito here already met the man who created the decks. Considering the Shard Deck he holds is the only one of its kind." Saito suddenly remembered his encounter with the mysterious man before becoming Shard.
"You mean that creepy guy that looked like a bum?"
In the center of the Mirror World, Shiro Kanzaki suddenly sneezed, dropping a mug of hot coffee on his crotch.
Much to Saito and Louise's shock, Kiba was rolling on the ground, laughing as though he heard the funniest joke ever told.
"That man was Shiro Kanzaki, possible creator of the Mirror World and the father of the Advent Decks." Kiba said, regaining his composure. "He had created the Advent Decks and sent them out to find their proper owners, all save for the Odin deck, which Amos wields. Due to its strength as the original Advent Deck, Kanzaki chose to keep it himself and hand pick the user for it. My Ryuga deck is the mirror twin to an already existing deck, whose user is possibly even more oblivious than Amos."
"I get it! So you're saying that Shiro Kanzaki created the decks to protect people from the Mirror Monsters, right?" Saito asked, only to look on in confusion as Kiba shook his head sadly, fists clenched.
"No…its the exact opposite." Louise and Saito looked at each other before looking back at Kiba.
"Wh-what do you mean?"
"The purpose of the Rider decks is for the W-" Kiba was cut off as he and Saito suddenly heard the shrill ringing of the Mirror World. At the same time, they heard a crash outside.
Henrietta watched in fear as Marcus was fighting off several humanoid Mirror Monsters that jumped out of several trays. They were all red with black and silver accents, with dome shaped head and large windmills attached to their backs. Marcus quickly pulled Henrietta out of the way of one of the monsters before kicking it in the chest and leading Henrietta to safety.
"Keep out of sight and stay safe!" Marcus said before dodging the windmill weapon of one of the monsters and punching it away. "At least its only a few Gelnewts…otherwise, we'd really be in trouble."
With that, he charged back in, jumping over one of the Gelnewts and slamming his foot down atop its head. He then grabbed its windmill weapon and slashed at several others. One was able to hit him in the head from behind, making him stumble.
"!" Seeing this, Tabitha, who had just walked out to see what the noise was, was ready to cast a spell only to feel a hand stop her. Looking up, she saw a cloaked man of average build, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and wearing glasses.
"I believe they can handle this on their own." The man said, pointing back to the fight, where Kiba and Saito joined in. Kiba was using his knife to slash several Gelnewts while Saito took an iron bar and was swinging it around, bashing some Gelnewt heads. Suddenly, the Gelnewts spread out and jumped into whatever reflective surface they could find as Marcus, Kiba, and Saito regrouped.
"We have to take them out before they can gather a larger swarm!" Marcus said, receiving nods from the other two. The three then ran towards the largest reflective surface they could find, being the large iron door to the academy. Thrusting out their decks and summoning their belts, the three went into their poses.
"Henshin!" In a flash, Odin, Ryuga, and Shard jumped into the Mirror World.
"Those decks…" Tabitha whispered, before noticing the man from before was gone.
In the Mirror World, the three Riders charged at the large swarm of Gelnewts, drawing their cards and slotting them in.
Odin began teleporting throughout the swarm, slashing Gelnewts with each passing. Shard used his whip to send several into the air, followed up by Ryuga cleaving through them with his Dark DragSaber. As more Gelnewts began appearing, the three Riders grouped together before Odin drew out a card.
"Time to even up the score." He said before slotting it into his Goldvisor.
There was a loud screech as Goldphoenix came flying through, engulfed in divine flames, burning away Gelnewts. However, soon, more Gelnewts began to take their place as the Riders were surrounded.
"There's too many of them!" Shard cried. Odin was silent before reaching for his deck, drawing a card. Ryuga froze when he saw the card was Odin's personal Final Vent card.
"Amos, what are you doing?" he demanded.
"Get ready to run when I slot it in…" Odin replied coolly, only for Ryuga to grab his arm, much to Shard's confusion.
"Like hell I am! You cant use that card! Remember what it can do to you?" Ryuga growled.
"Its either this or we-GAAAH!" Odin was cut off as the Gelnewts attacked at once, brutally striking the three Riders until they were thrown to the ground. As they struggled to stand, the Gelnewts came closer.
"I…I can barely move!" Shard said in shock, as Odin and Ryuga both realized that they couldn't move as well. That was when Odin saw a strange green substance latched onto his chest.
"What is this?" he asked, only to gasp in alarm as the Gelnewts got ready to strike again. However, before they could, a flash of red moved through them, and several Gelnewts exploded.
"What the hell?" Ryuga demanded, only to stop at the sound of footsteps. The three Riders turned to see an armored figure walking towards them from the shadows. Once in the light, the figure was revealed to wear a full bodysuit with silver bracelets on their ankles and wrists which stretched over their forearms. The figure's shoulders had spikes on them that jutted upwards. On their chest was a stained glass flower pattern. The figure's helmet had blue eyes styled vaguely like bat wings with a snake's head in between the two eyes. The helmet also had a crown on top. The key flute in the figure's hand had a thin red blade extending from it. Around the figure's waist was a black strapped belt with what could only be described as a silver UFO with eyes and fangs and a blue plate with white markings on the top.
"Who are you?" Shard managed to ask.
"An ally," the figure replied in a young, male voice before raising his weapon calmly. "But you can call me…."
The blade then extended and lashed out like a whip, striking down more Gelnewts in one fell swoop.
Insert Song: Roots of the King –Tetra Fang
"Kamen Rider?" Odin and Ryuga exclaimed in unison. Saga didn't answer and instead charged forward, slashing with his sword as Gelnewt after Gelnewt fell. When he was surrounded, Saga smirked before raising his sword above him and began twirling it around, the red blade becoming a whip that cut through the surrounding Gelnewts like a blur.
"He's skilled…" Odin observed.
"But can he be trusted?" Ryuga asked warily, Odin sharing the same feeling. Shard however…
"So cool!" he exclaimed in awe as he watched Saga go through the Gelnewts as though they were nothing. Seeing that there was only one left, Saga suddenly pulled out what looked like a small white whistle with a blue wave pattern on it.
"Time for your execution." He said calmly before inserting the whistle into the mouth of his buckle, eliciting a somewhat feminine voice, much to the three Mirror Riders' surprise.
Saga then took his flute like weapon and inserted the end of it into the slot on the buckle before quickly pulling it out, causing the plate on the buckle to spin. The sky turned dark as a blue crescent moon floated in the air. Saga stood like a fencer with his Jacorder in front of him and his other hand behind him. He then thrust it forward, the blade turning into a whip which ensnared the Gelnewt. A bright red symbol appeared in the sky resembling a pair of curved bat wings with a crescent moon on its side above them. Saga jumped up and through the emblem before coming back down from a different part of it. He landed on the ground as the Gelnewt was pulled up by the whip, struggling and screeching. Gripping his Jacorder, Saga announced, "For your sins against humanity, your fate is death!"
With a final cry, the Gelnewt exploded in a brilliant light as the Jacorder's whip retracted back into the Jacorder. Saga stood up and twirled the Jacorder around a few times before pointing at where the Gelnewt once stood.
"That was amazing…." Shard said in awe. However, when Saga turned and began walking towards them, Jacorder raised, the three Riders tensed, only to blink when they saw the green substance on their armors dissipate.
"There, all better!" Saga said before turning and walking away.
"Wait!" Ryuga called out, only to gasp when Saga disappeared in a silver veil. Before anything could be said, the three Mirror Riders saw their armors begin to fizzle.
"We better get out of here." Odin said before the three limped towards the nearest exit.
Louise and Henrietta gasped in surprise when Marcus, Kiba, and Saito fell out of Louise's mirror in a heap. That surprise turned to worry when they saw the injuries the three had sustained.
"You were saved by another Rider?" Louise asked in surprise as she bandaged Marcus's arm.
"Yeah…but he wasn't like any Rider I've seen before. He didn't even have an Advent Deck or use any cards." the Phoenix Rider said, wincing every now and then.
"But how?" Henrietta asked.
"We're not sure. The only new Rider that we were aware of is Hiraga over here." Kiba replied, irritated at what had happened during the battle.
"Maybe that Kanzaki guy made another Rider after me?" Saito asked, leaning against a wall.
"I highly doubt that. Kanzaki-teme may have a lot of secrets, but if it involved new Riders, Amos would be the first to know." Kiba said, Henrietta nodding in understanding while Saito and Louise were confused.
"Why would Marcus be the first to know?"
"I'm sure Kiba already told you about the origins of my Odin Deck, right?" Marcus asked, receiving nods. "Well, as the chosen wielder, Kanzaki trusts me more personally than the other Riders and as such, gives me more information to keep me up to date. If he had something to do with this 'Saga' guy, then I would've already known."
This brought on some silence in the room before Saito's eyes widened.
"Guys! I think I get it now!"
"What do you mean?" Kiba asked.
"Well, you see how you, me, and Marcus landed in this world from a world where the Riders existed?"
"And also the fact that being here proves other worlds might exist?" When Saito said this, Marcus and Kiba's eyes widened in realization before Saito continued.
"What if….what if there's other worlds with their own Kamen Riders?"
A silver veil swept over a grassy hill a few miles away from Tristain Academy, revealing Saga. As soon as the veil disappeared, the white buckle on Saga's belt detached and hovered around him as his armor shattered away, revealing the cloaked man from before.
"Had fun, Eric?" came a young male voice as a figure stepped out, his face hidden by the sunlight. He wore a white buttoned up shirt beneath a blue, violet lined jacket, and blue jeans. He was tossing a silver cellphone into the air a couple of times.
"Meh, it was just some infected Gelnewts. No problem." Eric replied, straightening his glasses.
"So then the Infected have appeared in this world as well…" Came a younger male voice, belonging to another figure who wore a white and gold jacket over a black shirt and jeans. On the side of his jacket was a golden symbol resembling a cross.
"It would seem so." Eric said, sighing.
"Then that means we have work to do." The three turned to see two more males walk up, one wearing a grey shirt beneath a black sweat jacket with a red scarf and the other wearing a black trenchcoat and jeans, with a dark green shirt and a green Blackbird camera around his neck.
"But first… I want to see just what the Riders here are really capable of…"
At that moment, as the black and green clad male held up a strange card, everything turned grey before shards converged to form Shard's deck.
Next Time: Red Dragon's Search
Now its time for the winner of our Omake challenge!
Seeing as how only one person entered, Id like to thank my friend and fellow Author Fighter Roscoso for submitting this hilarious omake to me! For your participation, you will be getting a surprise cameo in the next chapter as well as an added surprise to be revealed at a later time!
Now, without further ado, I present Ross's challenge winning omake!
Omake: The Song of Louise
In the middle of a one of Tristain Academies classes, the teacher who seemed to be a slightly pudgy woman wearing a Dark Purple cloack and Witch hat was standing before the class, with symbols on the board, of a Dot, a Line, a triangle and a Square, sitting in the middle of a column of desks were Louise, Saito and Marcus.
"Alright Students, today we will learn about the many different classes of Mages, now as you can see here, each symbol represents how many elements a mage can use, now as you all know, the four Elements are Fire, Water, Air and Earth, a Dot Mage is the lowest class and can only use a single Element, a Line mage can use two elements, though the mage can simple add onto the first element, Triange Mages are three elements and Square Mages are four elements, a Square mage can either have all the elements or 4 of the same Elements making it even stronger," The woman said before noticing a hand extending belong to Kirche,
"Excuse me miss, but we have an exception to that rule, there is a Mage here with No Element at all, ZERO element," Kirche said as ALL eyes turned to Louise, which Saito and Marcus noticed.
"Louise?" Saito said in his mind as Marcus raised an eyebrow, while Louise had a scowl at Kirche's jab at her magic skill.
The one Mage and two Kamen Rider Familiars walked through one of the hallways.
"Now I get why the students kept calling you Louise the Zero, Zero Element and 0% success in magic," Saito said with a small smirk on his face, his arms behind his head, his hands linked as he walked beside Louise with Marcus to her other side.
"You gotta admit it's a little funny," Saito said before he smirked and without Louise noticing sneaked towards Marcus and whispered some words to him, Marcus whispered something back, though the words looked like, "Are you nuts!"
"Trust me...it'll be worth it," Saito said grinning as Marcus sighed as they both walked ahead and turned around to face Louise.
"Oh master, your humble Familiars have created of a song just for you," Saito said in a sweet tone milking this for all it's worth.
"Go ahead then and sing it.." Louise said as Saito chuckled.
"As you wish!" Saito said as he clasped his hands and began singing.
"Lou Lou Louise, the hopeless Louise the Zero!" Saito started as Marcus joined in.
"She can use Zero Magic what a Hopeless Sorcerer! But it's ok! Because, Louise the Zero is a girl!" Marcus said
"Because Louise the Zero is a Girl," Saito finished as he laughed at the song but Marcus noticed Louise shaking and her fists clenched showing white knuckles.
"Uh...Saito.." Marcus said causing Saito to stop and noticed Louise's reaction..
"How...how...how...can the-these...these Familiars...s-sa-say such a thing to...t-th-there...Master!" Louise whispered as she shook with rage causing both of them to take a step back in fear at this girl..
"I think she's angry..." Saito said to Marcus.
"No shit sherlock," Marcus muttered as Louise glared at them both.
"FOR EACH ZERO YOU BOTH SAID! NO MEAL FOR BOTH OF YOU!" Louise yelled in rage causing both of them to go pale with widened eyes.
"No wait wait! Please don't!" Saito said as he pleaded and fell to his knees
"No exceptions!" Louise yelled as she stamped away, leaving the two males alone, Marcus's hand twitched before he lunged at Saito.
"Ack! Marcus wait!" Saito said as Marcus wrapped his arm around Saito's neck and seemed to be choking him.
"THIS IS YOUR DAMN FAULT! " Marcus yelled as he continued his choke hold on Saito until lunch...