Stanners here. Kiran would tell you but he's lying on the bed and I'm not sure he's going to wake up.
About eighty percent of his soul lies inside the corpse of Emo Stalker - Enzo - which twitches and tremors from time to time. The part of Kiran's soul in him is unravelling and will eventually return to Kiran bit by bit, but the question is if he'll survive long enough for that to happen.
Asa monitors the computers. He saved Kiran's life - which is split in two parts - by killing Enzo with his katana. He also brought a machete and a fire axe. "Take your pick." He said. The fire axe was heavy, but I have no idea how to use a katana and I've seen the machete glow. I now have a fire axe.
Asa explained that he was the last of the Stalkers - at least the ones in this continent (I prefer not to think about what that might mean) - and he was the Rainbow Stalker. His striped hair and brightly coloured clothes - and even his tropical-painted fingernails! - show this. His purpose is to defend the victims of Janson. So far, he has succeeded zero times.
Now, Albino Stalker - Janson - is coming and our only hope of stopping him is Asa. His purpose is to protect the victims of Janson. That means us.
"What does Albino Stalker want?" I ask Asa.
"He grows stronger and stronger with each soul," answers the Rainbow Stalker. "Eventually he will be unchallenged."
"Why don't we run?"
He glances at me. "He would find us no matter what. I trailed Enzo and I think he trailed me for at least part of the journey."
Kiran groans. I hurry to him. His pupils have faded into his eye whites and his hair has fallen out. But he can see, here, feel and speak now. Big improvement.
Suddenly, there's a small thump on the floor above our apartment. We all look up as Janson bursts through the window. Asa tackles him and attempts to slice his belly open with the katana. Janson grabs the blade, squeezes and it shatters.
Janson bicycle kicks Asa out of the window. Great.
I charge Janson but he throws the shards of glass and metal clenched in his fist in my eyes. I stagger around, blinded, until I'm felled by a punch, but helped back up by an uppercut to the chin.
Janson's rose eyes go a much deeper red. I know what's coming. My soul will be gone.
Asa, meanwhile, is ignoring the cries of the people around him and simply trying
I hear the familiar pop as Janson's jaw dislocates. The claw will be out soon.
Kiran moans and Enzo tremors. I remember how the Emo Stalker fought Janson when we escaped the lair of the Albino Stalker. If only he could help us.
Four things happen at once.
Kiran sits bolt up like he's been stung, the claw shoots out of Janson's throat, I plunge the fire axe into his mouth, and Asa bursts into the room.
The claw recoils and is sucked back into Janson's throat. He hunkers down onto all fours, his throat split wide open and a fire axe still in his gigantic mouth (there's only room due to his dislocated jaw). Asa jumps on him knees first, and does a handstand so his full body weight pushes down on Janson. But I can see that Asa is very weak. An ordinary human would have died hitting the ground. Asa must have a few broken bones.
Janson grunts and tilts his body slightly. Asa, easily unbalanced in his handstand position, hits the ground hard. Albino Stalker crawls to him, taking the axe from his mouth. Asa tries to sit up but he's too slow to avoid the axe now wedged deep in his stomach. He saved the lives of both me and Kiran, but no-one was able to save his. I watch as he and Janson try and survive longer than the other.
I charge him as he sits up but he grabs me and, standing up, cracks my head against his knee. I try to regain consciousness as he snaps my neck. Luckily, my spinal cord didn't break, meaning I can enjoy all the pain without a danger of dying anytime soon.
Kiran screeches something I don't understand. Then he drops down by Enzo. I see something like mist but with a shape like a phantom drift from his chest to Enzo Stalker.
He's given the rest of his soul back to Enzo.
He's saved my life. Saved my life and doomed us all.
Emo Stalker charges into Janson. They grapple, each in control of each others' arms. Enzo wins easily, due to Janson's state. I watch as his body crumples like a rag doll and the Albino Stalker dies.
I try to feel remorse, but after the deaths of Asa and Kiran, I find there's none inside me.
Enzo turns to me. I suddenly realise that with Kiran's soul, maybe he now inhabits Enzo's body?
I'm half right. They both seem to be inside, fighting for control. Kiran had the machete, and as they lurch over to his body, Enzo gains control. He effortlessly picks up the machete and walks over to me.
Suddenly Kiran gains control. He plunges the machete into the left eye of Enzo.
Both of them die.
And I join them...