Zeno arrives at the Acheron, and meets with Rafi prior to his debut as one of Ms. Sabine’s fighters.
“Rafi, pass this to Ms. Sabine as soon as possible. It is my list of questions that I would like answers for. As I did get this to her late, I would prefer money as my payment for this fight.”
“Ok Zeno, you know what you are fighting?”
With a predatory smile, “It doesn’t matter. Though I will be using my weapons in this fight. Now I have to go prepare so I am not late.”
“Ok, umm… good luck.” Rafi says but Zeno has already left for his locker room.
“I wonder why I got these VIP tickets” Noel says to Jay Becker, her “sports” writer.
Jay Becker mostly writes stories that attempt to prove that non-humans, enhanced humans, or even aliens play American sports, giving their teams unnatural advantages.
“Well I am just glad Zeno couldn’t make it. He might know the wilderness better then… well anyone, but I have a far better eye for sports and competitions.” Jay responds.
“Ladies and Gentlemen” the announcer booms. “Welcome to tonight’s fight. It plans to be an exciting no holds bar anything goes fight. Entering the arena now another of Ms. Somme Sabine favorites standing at 6’ weighing 175lbs, The God of Hunters Artemis!!!!”
Zeno walks into the arena wearing the Mad Hat and a scarf covering his face. He is also wearing camo pants and a camo shirt with a bandolier with stone knifes across his chest and more stone knives strapped to his legs. (14 total Knives total)
“Now his opponent the fighter who kill most of the contestants in the last fight standing at 6’ and weighing 1200lbs, a beast without equal the NEMEAN BEAR!!!!!”
Charging in from the opposite side of the arena the nemean bear is released, and charges straight for Artemis.
“What is this?” squeaks Noel.
“He is going to be slaughtered” Jay says weakly.
As soon as the bear starts it charge Zeno throws 2 knives, both of which bounce off the bears hide. As the bear reaches him Zeno does a flip over the bears head as it tries to bite him and attempts to force a dagger into the back of the bears neck, and fails as the bears hide is too strong. As Zeno lands behind the bear its rear leg kicks Zeno but luckily he only receives a light scratch, but is thrown back 10’. Zeno is able to get to his feet before the bear reaches him and dodges the swipe that was aimed to take his head. In return Zeno was able to bound away and was able to deliver a knife into the armpit of the bear. it was unable to sink all the way in but it did lodge there until the bear knocked it out with his muzzle.
Though the fight just started Zeno was already having to control his breathing, and was sweating lightly. Deftly twirling a knife in his hand waiting for an opening. Thinking to himself. “This is a worthy fight. One I have not had since his awakening. Nothing had been hard for me. The zombies the night Astaria awakened were stupid and simple creatures. My hunts versus the wildlife in the forest are painfully easy, since most beasts cower and freeze when I’m near. Now for the first time since I awakened I might get hurt.”
The bear roars, and starts circling Zeno.
“This beast is smart, it thinks, it plans, and it is able. What fun this will be.” Zeno joyously thinks. Frowning slightly “I feel bad for Felix, being unable to recognize the joy of the fight, the hunt, the kill. He is small minded, thinking he is the only one able to defend himself. Wasting a chance like this for a truly fine kill. He is probably the softest of us siblings.”
The bear charges and Zeno feints and dodges easily.
“Astaria at least has a goal, though she does act spoiled. Thinking the world will do whatever she wants, because she is Zeus. Even the Zeus of legend never got everything he wanted, and not everyone bowed to him.”
Zeno flings another knife at the bears head narrowly missing its eye.
“I do not know what Ophelia wants, but she has a task that she does and does it well. The divine mailman” Zeno snickers. “She at least lets others pick their own path, and helps when asked.”
The bear charges and Zeno retreats to the arena wall, runs up it and does a back flip over the bear, launching 2 more knifes at the bear as it crashes into the arena wall.
Sourly thinking “But Felix… all he does is complain that we don’t sit in a box and stay safe, or he complains when we don’t do want he thinks is best. He has the most growing it seems.”
The bear charges. This time Zeno Goes under the bear, surprising it and this time, Zeno is able to pierce the soft flesh of the right rear knee joint. Though the effort it took to pierce the joint slowed Zeno just enough so that before he could recover the bear is able to spin and swat him. He takes massive damage and his left arm breaks as he is thrown 20’ into the wall of the arena. Zeno is stunned but the bear who doesn’t seem to feel pain is still hobbled by the knife embedded into its leg. As the bear hobbles towards Zeno it roars again, but this time Zeno is waiting and flings a knife down the throat of the bear. This stops the bear cold as it tries to cough the knife up. It realizes its mistake in taking its eyes off Zeno too late. As the bear jerks its head up Zeno jams a knife into its left eye vaults up as the bear roars lifting its head then throws another knife into its right eye, with enough force that it disappears into the beasts head. The bear’s death roar is pathetic as there is a knife in its throat. It stumbles twice then collapse. Zeno rushes forward throwing a knife into the bears jugular, barely lodging it in then jump kicks the knife in to lodge it, followed by stepping on the knife effectively slitting the bears throat, ensuring its demise.
“We have a Winner. The God of the Hunt bests the Nemean Bear.” The announcer yells.
“That is not possible” Jay says. “No mortal can move like that. No beast should be that big. No it had to be a trick. I can’t write about this it was a movie. This is a joke, a scripted farce. Lets go Noel, we wasted our time.”
“I…I can’t move. Jay” Noel stutters. “But, yea it had to be a trick. Why am I so scared. Why am I More scared of him then the bear?” Noel says pointing at the man in the witched hat.
“Don’t worry about it. It is all fake. Lets go.” Jay states with mild disgust, offering his hand to Noel.
“Yea… Lets go.”