The surroundings grew noticeably colder as she continued, her words slicing through the air like a well-honed blade.
"It is not our duty to save him, but rather to ensure that I bring him back with me. Who would have thought that I would be stumbling upon something so intriguing in the process?"
Her demeanor brimmed with curiosity as she fixed her gaze on Gabriel, her thoughts inscrutable. It was as if she had stumbled upon a fascinating artifact that had piqued her interest.
Gabriel couldn't shake a growing unease as he observed the ever-shifting emotions on her face. He remained uncertain about her true motives and why she intended harm towards Ezekiel. He wanted to ask, but before he could, she spoke.
"I would relish a more extended conversation with you, but I must attend to another matter. Nevertheless, once I return..." she stated, a smile gracing her lips.
With those words, she produced a stunning silver compass, a peculiar device devoid of directional markings, bearing only a single arrow pointing in a specific direction.
Her eyes fixed upon that arrow, and in the blink of an eye, she vanished. It wasn't teleportation but rather a departure so swift it mirrored teleportation, leaving even the watchful Gabriel momentarily bewildered.
Unlike her, Gabriel was already aware of Ezekiel's destination. He couldn't be certain if he could rival her flight speed, but he possessed alternative means of travel. With his destination clear, he created a spatial portal before him.
His purpose was clear—he needed to reach Ezekiel before she did.
As dawn broke, the sun gently illuminated the world, ushering in a new day on Earth. While some woke up from sleep to embark on their daily routines, others made their way home after a night of work or celebration.
None of them knew what was to come. It was only when the sky suddenly turned dark in the middle of the day that they realized that something was wrong. It was as if the night had suddenly descended in the afternoon.
Confusion and concern spread among people on the streets, their footsteps quickening as they sought shelter and tried to make sense of the inexplicable phenomenon.
As the darkness loomed, whispers of fear and speculation filled the air, mingling with the fading sounds of everyday life. Even in places that were warm at this time of the year, freezing cold could be felt.
Panic started to pulse through the cities, causing a ripple effect of chaos and uncertainty.
Spatial portals appeared simultaneously across different regions of the world, giving way to mysterious figures cloaked in dark attire.
It was as if in the blink of an eye, the entire earth was taken hostage by an unknown force.
Many people saw the dark robed beings standing high in the sky above various countries, as if they had covered the entire sky of earth.
Many onlookers were left in awe, for the sight they beheld was unlike anything they had ever seen before. Some couldn't help but question if it was a mere illusion, fueling suspicions. There were even whispers of a potential terrorist incident involving the use of hallucinogens, further deepening the confusion.
Fortunately, the mysterious beings didn't slaughter the citizens. They simply remained still in the sky, their arms folding around their chest as they looked down on humans of earth.
Another portal opened, high in the sky. Ezekiel stepped out of the Portal, his eyes possessing a coldness like never before. This was his last task and possibly his last day.
"Janus..." He spoke softly, but his voice still reached every corner of the world.
Even the humans who were thousands of miles away from him heard his words clearly.
"I know you're here," Ezekiel stated. "Are you going to step forward so we can end this today? Or are you going to run away, forcing me to kill everyone in this world?"
The worst thing for him was if Ezekiel escaped. Another troubling thing was Ryder who could be an obstruction. Both these problems had one solution. It was to use the hostages so that no external force could interfere.
"I have come to offer you a chance," Ezekiel continued, his gaze unwavering. "A chance for you to have your revenge. Are you going to take this opportunity, or are you going to run with your tail between your legs?"
Everyone heard Ezekiel's words and both looked at each other's faces in confusion. Who was this Janus? Did their life really depend on the actions of this person? Wasn't it an illusion?
"I will give you thirty minutes to decide." Ezekiel went silent and started waiting. He could try searching for Janus himself, but it was counterproductive, since he wasn't certain if Janus could have some trap waiting for him.
Instead, he wanted to draw Janus to him.
With the sudden unexpected change, everyone was shocked but the Governments reacted fast. From the words of these people, it was clear that they could attack innocent humans at any time.
All the Government Leaders swung into action. They were taken to safe shelters where a temporary command center was established.
At the same time, the military was given command to start preparing for a potential battle against these...beings.
The military got into action fast. The Missiles were aimed at the beings who were stationary in the sky. Multiple missiles were even aimed at Ezekiel that could be fired at any moment.
Army Vehicles also rolled out, only to be stationed in the areas from where they could have a direct view of the dark robed beings.
Soldiers were on high alert, their fingers poised over the trigger, ready to defend their people and homeland in case these outsiders started attacking.
The tension in the air was palpable, as each member of the military held their breath, waiting for the moment when these unknown beings would make their move.
In response to the potential risks, other organizations were also actively involved in facilitating the evacuation of citizens from affected areas.