Well I don't think I'll be able to match my incredible pace for Motion Sickness or even it's second version. Not with Basilisk going on at the same time.
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My mothers couldn't stop me. Sure they disapproved but even being maidens they couldn't stop me. That was my demigodhood. And I would avenge my father. They'd rather I played it safe and hid behind the cliffs of Beacon. But that wasn't my way.
So I rolled up on Junior's. It was easy enough. I could fly. I reached behind me and squeezed the too long pommel of my father's sword. I set down. I entered the building. They said Junior's wasn't what it used to be but it was still a hot joint. My snow white hair was up in spikes. Like my father's. Girls often threw themselves in my path but I didn't have a mind for them. I sought one thing. Vengeance. For what had been robbed of me.
I made my way up to the bar.
"ID?" The man carded. I handed mine over.
"Tell Junior I'm here."
"And who should I tell him is here to see him?" The man looked over glasses at me despite having my ID in his fingers.
"Cloud Strife's son." I answered. He left easily. He left quickly. My father had been well respected. Not always in the best circles. I had learned that quickly enough with enough time spent with Neo. She'd trained me as much as my mothers had.
"Nebel Strife!" Junior greeted from the top of some stairs. He came down and shook my hand in both of his. His hands were large. He was a large man. "Can I get you something to drink?" I took my ID back from the man behind the counter.
"I'm underage," I answered. I was all of sixteen. My mothers would be disappointed enough I was here. Let alone drinking. I could probably get away with it if I wanted. I was a powerful hunter. And for powerful hunters the rules were plastic.
"Something harder, then?"
"Did my father ever?"
"Weed sometimes. Earlier. He later told me he abstained on behalf of his wives."
"My mothers yet live and have a certain fury I would dread. No. I want information from you."
"That'll cost you."
"Does it?" He had to wonder.
"What if the people I want taken care of you want taken care of too?"
"Your father's killers?" He guessed. He was sharp. Never let it be said Junior was slow.
"Precisely," I answered.
"And I'm supposed to believe that a boy all of sixteen is a match for Saphron Arc and her sisters." He shook his head.
"You once believed in my father's power. I wield that power. My birth mother is a Schnee. She takes in that which makes them stronger."
"That power got him killed."
"I'm told," I drawled. "That I possess fewer of my father's weaknesses and more of his strengths."
"You have a lower body count."
"For now. It's rare that I need to bring my full power to bear within this world. People as strong as I am need temperance."
"Now you sound like your father." He grunted again.
"So I am told," I drawled once more. "Have you seen the Arc sisters? You know where they are?"
"They have a certain fury I would dread," he echoed.
"Fear my fury," I responded.
"I don't want to piss you off kiddo."
"But you don't fear me. You should."
"Don't call me son. Don't call me boy. I will make you hurt."
Someone walked in. I glanced over her. Away. Then back. It was my sister with her sniper rifle glaive. Garnet. She made a beeline towards us.
"Someone you know?" Junior asked me.
"This is my little sister. Garnet. Garnet Strife."
She put her hands on her hips.
"I'm not that much younger than you, you know. What are you doing here?"
"I'm hunting father's killers." What part of that was out of character for me?
"How many of you are there?" Junior wondered.
"There are six of us."
"Six of you and six Arcs. Good lords above." Junior sounded tired.
"Come home," Garnet demanded of me.
"Where's home? Garnet? Is it Beacon? Or is it Patch with father?"
"Our parents wouldn't want this for you," she murmured.
"All of them? All the time?" I shot back. "Fly home, little sister."
She shook her head. She could fly. Like her birth mother and like father depending. Depending on her mood that was. Garnet was fast though. Faster than me. But still weaker than I was. I had father's power where she had something like mom Ruby's. I wasn't sure what the distinction was but Garnet was faster than Mom Ruby. She may even be outright stronger. That was father's blood coursing through her veins. Our father was strong.
"What are you doing? You can't take on all of Saphron's gang alone!"
"Sure I can," I shot back.
"Give it up. Come back to Beacon."
"I don't think I will."
"Everyone hurts. We all hurt at the loss of father. Even Carnal."
"Carnal hardly remembers what he was like. The way he held himself. He was above this. And so am I."
"You're only the strongest man on the planet Nebel. Saphron is dangerous. I don't want to lose you too."
"Now you sound like our mothers."
She growled. "Damnit Nebel. Be reasonable."
"If being reasonable means going back to that prison I'll have none of it."
"Beacon isn't a prison. it's home."
"Say it again. Louder this time. Maybe I'll believe it. Carnal has never even been to a grocery store."
"Yes she has."
"Does she remember it?" I pressed.
"Then it doesn't count." I rolled my eyes. "You should be on my side Garnet. You're stronger than mother Ruby."
"This isn't about strength."
"Obviously not or you'd leave me alone."
"Just because you have father's power doesn't make you stronger."
"Obviously not." I rolled my eyes again. "I'm stronger because you lack the will to power, Garnet. I know what it takes to conquest."
"What about Glynda?"
"That old hag? Mother Weiss has telekinesis too. So does Pearle. I'm stronger than both of them together and I know what it takes to win. I have father's spirit. That's the real reason I inherited his semblance."
"I hate to see the suffering you're going through."
"You're an empath. Like mother Ruby. But this is my path."
"Don't make me make you come home."
"Where is home, Garnet?" I responded and drew my father's longsword.
She drew her glaive. She leveled it at me.
"Hey! Outside!" Junior demanded. I ignored him with a snort.
He didn't fear me. He would.
Garnet feinted right and went left. It was one of her favorite habits and I read it totally and completely. I smashed her through two glass pillars easily. I had time to wind up too. It didn't matter that she was faster than me if I could read her. I landed in front of her outside where she struggled to rise.
"I'll take you home Garnet. Don't worry."
"That was a sucker punch."
"I have so much in store for you, little sister." Glass rained down on me from the bar. I had exited the building in a clean stroke.
She got to her feet. She swept her glaive at me and struck me twice. My semblance activated and suddenly she was moving through comparative molasses. I knocked her off her feet. I knocked her into a neighborhood building.
If I could catch her once with my semblance I would win. She rose quickly and feinted before vanishing. She teleported behind me and shot me in the back of the head. I growled. She knew I could take it but that didn't mean it didn't hurt. She caught me with her blade and scissor slashed me back into the building. Glass rained down on me once more.
Long sword in hand I hovered to my feet. I swept in and jabbed it at her vertically. She dodged expertly. She tried to rip me off my feet with her glaive but I just floated. She swore and I was on top of her. I gestured and telekinetically bounced her off the ground with my magic. I swept my sword through her space but she vanished into petals.
I was wrong when I attempted to read her. She came at me from the side and bust the cuts out on me. I grunted when she slashed me in the head and tore out a chunk of my pure white aura. I brought my sword down through her and met air. When she next attacked me I used my magic and shattered the road for fifty meters. A bubble burst and energy washed over her in every direction.
We were making a bit of a mess.
I dropped the bar on her. She couldn't vanish in time. I spent my semblance and took out a load bearing wall. The bar slid off it's foundations and onto Garnet.
She struggled and tried to pull herself free of the rubble. I was on top of her and smashed her over the head with my blade. She collapsed with a gasp and flare of soft red aura.
I gathered her in my arms and took off in Beacon's direction. I ignored the oncoming sirens.
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I set Garnet on her bed in her dorm at Beacon. "Neb?" Cherry started. "What did you do?"
"I didn't do anything Cherry," I sighed.
"Neb what happened to Garnet?"
"We fought. I won." What else was new.
"Why'd you fight? What happened?"
"Nothing happened. Leave me alone Cherry."
Here I was. Back home. Back in our little prison.
I turned and almost ran right into mom Weiss. She had her arms folded disapprovingly. I wilted under her gaze. She did, after all, only want the best for me. The best for all of us. It was hard to hate that even if I hated our current predicament. Mother Weiss and Ruby and Auntie Blake and Yang could only do so much, however. They needed boots on the ground in the battle against Saphron. My boots specifically.
"So Junior's bar is now a pile of rubble. Fourteen injured in the collapse. A scuffle between two unknown hunters. Care to share where you've been all night little boy?" Mother Weiss pressed.
"I was at Junior's," I confessed openly. "Garnet and I fought."
"Millions in property damage. All for what?"
"I was trying to hunt Saphron! None of that would have happened if Garnet left me alone."
"Leave Saphron to your mothers and your aunts."
"No," I shot back. "You're not doing enough. You need me out there fighting her. She's running roughshod over Remnant while you keep me cooped up. How many more people should I let her tear apart?!"
"You think you have the power to stop her?"
"I know I do."
"I know you miss your father-"
"Am I the only one who does?!"
"Don't. Don't even go there young man. Your father was strong and Saphron tore him to shreds."
"So let me go after her! She doesn't deserve to walk around free when my father is burnt to ash. I'm stronger than you and you're a maiden."
"Your father was stronger than Cinder Fall and she was two maidens. And he still lost to Saphron and her gang." Mother Weiss stretched out a hand and cupped my cheek. I looked away from her. "My sweet baby boy. You're so much like your father. I couldn't bear to lose you too. Your father was obsessed with vengeance as well. He had bloodthirst. But in the end it brought him no happiness. You would do well to spend time with family. Go to school. Get a team. Forget about Saphron and the Arc sisters."
"I can't let go. I just can't. How can you? It's like I'm the only one who cares about getting justice for my father's life."
"We care about your safety. We want to see you blossom and grow. You're so strong. And you're only just getting started with life. We'd hate to see that cut short. Revenge is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die. Revenge is the ouroboros. It feeds itself. Would you be happy if Saphron and her gang were dead? Be reasonable. That wouldn't make you happy. Happiness comes from family and friends. Not murder."
"It's not murder. It's justice. And since I'm the only one willing to do anything to falls on me."
"Don't be so arrogant," mother Weiss snapped. "I want justice too but seeing my babies safe is more important than that."
I growled. "So what? I should give up? Like Garnet?"
"I don't think for a moment Garnet has given up. She's just more patient than you. She knows her time will come."
"She should be on my side."
"She is on your side. Just not if it gets you killed. You should be getting ready for Beacon."
"I should join the Atlas military. I've outgrown schoolwork."
"You still have much to learn. About Remnant and about yourself. Go to bed now. Rest well."
I growled. "Yes mother."
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