King Python glared at the group as the Serpent guards closed in on them under his orders. The group instinctively backed away from their hostiles.
"It's naive to think that you two could get away with such a deed. To be frank it is quite impossible to hide with how much I have under my control to get the information I need." King Python said with much pride. "But I must say, those Ferrets were stubborn indeed, took quite a good beating before we could get a peep out of them."
"You fiend!" Alexander snarled.
The Serpent guards in the front line drew their weapons as King Python pointed at his soon to be captives; they were carrying staves with an orb and wings at the tip.
"Those are weapons of the demons!" Augustine exclaimed with horror.
"There is evidently no escape for all of you either; your only option now is to just give in." King Python said in a pressing manner. "Don't worry we will take good care of all of you." he said with a cunning smile.
The orbs on the Serpent guards' staves began to gather magical energy. Dark blasts shot out of the orbs few seconds later, flying towards the group.
"Run!" Augustine shouted as he pulled the nearby Priestess and Ferret away from the blasts' direction. Lisanna, Nisus and Alexander heeded Augustine's warning and did the same, dodging away from the blasts in the opposite direction. The dark blasts missed and hit the ground, dissipating into the air; however, dark trails were left behind where the blasts touched earth.
"Are those?!" Nisus was shocked at the sight.
"They look exactly like Malice!" Lisanna exclaimed. "What on earth were those blasts?!"
"Like Augustine said, these powers are of some demons that he saw when he was young." Alexander briefly explained to the two as he tried to catch his breath.
King Python continued to smile, giving a low, sinister chuckle. "I think they finally know what they are up against. Now seize them!" King Python demanded.
The Serpent guards turned and divided their attention amongst the now split up group, beginning to charge their weapons and fire at them again.
As Augustine saw their weapons being readied, he erupted in insurmountable rage, ferociously shouting, baring his teeth as he yanked his Great Sword and ran towards the Serpent guards. The closest guards stepped back, aghast by Augustine's abrupt uncensored display of fury, and immediately pulled back. Not all of them, however, were daunted and these reckless minions managed to fully charge their weapons, directed them at him, hands shaking, and fired.
"Augustine what are you doing?!" Xavier exclaimed.
"Goddess of Rescue! Shield him from impending attacks! Force Field!" Alicia quickly tried to help Augustine, casting a Force Field in front of him.
The blasts hit the Force Field, which formed in the nick of time, and dissipated, leaving the dark trail once more. Out of the dark trail, Augustine emerged as he pierced his Great Sword into one of the Serpent guards, who immediately wailed in pain as he fell to the ground. Witnessing this, the other Serpent guards quickly distanced themselves from Augustine and attempted to blast him once more. As Augustine withdrew his Sword, he suddenly had a look of hysteria on his face.
"Augustine! Snap out of it! We should run!" Xavier hollered at Augustine.
"Yea! Stop all your violent tendencies this instant!" Alicia shouted as him.
Augustine stumbled back from his victim's body for a moment, quickly scrambling to get away afterward as the dark blasts began to fire at him again, barely missing him, leaving a dark trail behind his escape path as he headed to the nearest Arena exit with the other two.
On the other side, Lisanna, Nisus and Alexander didn't confront the guards like Augustine did, immediately opting to flee from the onslaught of blasts towards the nearest exit they could find.
"What's gotten into Augustine?" Nisus asked.
"I don't know myself! I've never seen him so furious before!" Alexander said, concern etched on his rough face.
As Alexander led them to the exit, a cleverly aimed blast careened towards them. Alexander quickly pushed the other two behind him and raised the shield on his left arm to meet the blast.
"Thanks Alexander!" Lisanna showed her gratitude to the giant, awed by his protective instincts at the same time.
Alexander smiled at Lisanna. "I do all I can to protect people, that goes especially for you Lisanna. Now let's get out of here." Alexander said as he hurried them to the exit.
"So they think they could escape so easily." King Python muttered to himself, chuckling once more. "After them!" More guards mobilized upon his call.
Alexander's group ran down the hallway, the one he used to walk before an arena fight. They could hear the hisses of the Serpent guards who were in hot pursuit behind them. A dark blast flew past them, causing them to pick up speed.
"We should head for a turn!" Nisus quickly suggested.
"Up ahead." Alexander said as he ran to the front and guided them round a bend and up a flight of stairs, which soon led them into the grandstands after passing through a gate, which Alexander bashed open effortlessly. "No time to find a key." He shrugged.
To their dismay, there were several Serpent guards already awaiting their appearance at the grandstands, poised to fire any moment.
"Get back!" Alexander said, ushering his companions to crouch behind him as he blocked the blasts with his shield once more. "I knew this special shield would come in handy one day."
"What does it do?" Lisanna asked in amazement, seeing that it successfully protected them once again.
"It's blessed by the light of the sacrificial goddess, able to repel the Malice." Alexander said as he slowly lowered it. "Augustine got this for me, he thought it might be useful for some reason, I guess he thought right."
As the guards prepared their weapons once more, the group sought this chance to stop them before getting blasted again. Nisus knocked out some guards with his bare hands while Lisanna swept her pole across, hitting them. Alexander was evidently the main force of the team, knocking out a few guards in one swoop of his Trident. They quickly resumed towards the Coliseum exit.
They hurried across the grand stand towards the exit. However they failed to notice some guards hiding behind the seats, blasting at them from afar.
"Keep close to me!" Alexander said as he held on to Lisanna's hand and lifted up his shield to penetrate their offense.
"We're almost there!" Lisanna exclaimed as she tried to motivate them as well as herself.
Unfortunately, Nisus trailed a little too far behind. A blast shot straight towards his face, which he saw just in time to react by blocking it with his arms. This sent him flying off his feet, however, and down a few steps from where they were.
"Nisus!" Lisanna cried out as she stretched out her hand in vain.
They stopped for a moment and tried to turn back for Nisus, but the guards continued to bombard them with a barrage of dark blasts.
Nisus quickly hid behind the lower seats and shouted to them. "Run! Don't worry about me, I'll be right behind soon!"
Lisanna hesitated. "But...!"
"Have some faith in him." Alexander assured her, convincing her to follow him to the exit first.
As they got to the Coliseum entrance way, they faced an ambush of guards as expected, weapons charged and ready to fire. Alexander shielded Lisanna and himself from the blasts as much as he could with his shield as well as his own body. As the barrage of blasts came to a sudden halt, Alexander quickly took the chance to strike while the guards were charging again, sweeping the guards off their feet and smashing them into the walls with his large Trident. Lisanna didn't hesitate to assist him as well, knocking away Serpent guards attempted to charge at them. Soon, they managed to clear the entrance.
"That will help the rest escape a lot easier!" Lisanna cheerfully said.
Alexander nodded. "Now let's hide somewhere and wait for the rest to appear."
They went down the grand flight of steps and hid below the wall, making sure there were no more Serpent guards around.
Lisanna heaved a sigh of relief. "Thank you so much for constantly protecting us back there."
Alexander nodded his head. "It is in my natural instinct to protect those who I care for. Like I said before it especially applies to you, Lisanna."
"Especially me...? But why?" Lisanna did not understand why she was so special and had to ask.
Alexander smiled. "May I know your full name Lisanna?"
"That would be Lisanna Lavare." Lisanna replied.
Alexander gave a low chuckle. "Indeed I see the resemblance. Seems like I wasn't wrong at all. He…"
"Wait, you mean to say you met my father?!" Lisanna quickly interrupted, shocked at what the man before her had just said.