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The Nightwatcher Chronicles: Assassination - IWasAnonymous

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Chapter 4

The day of the mission was coming quicker than I wanted it to. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to save Mayor Mare's life, it was the fact that we might not get Mayor Mare out of city hall alive. Stopping the sniper would be the easy part, but stopping dozens of highly skilled Black Snake terrorists storming the building would be the hard part.

During the days leading up to the mission, Devin, Brody, Daniel, and I spent most of our free time training and planning. On Wednesday night, the guys going on the mission decided to spar. Applejack said that we could use a field on the back of her family's property. When Daniel, Brody, Devin, and I got there, I didn't expect to see the Rainbooms and the rest of the TMA. They brought lawn chairs, snacks, and drinks.

"Umm...what are you doing here?" I asked.

"To see you fight each other, silly," Pinkie Pie replied.

"This isn't fighting. It's just a sparring match," Brody said.

"So? Make it a real fight," Rainbow Dash added. "TO THE DEATH!!"

"Yeah, no," I answered, flatly.

"What about one of us have to give up," Dylan suggested.

I looked at the guys behind me. They thought it would be a good idea.

"We aren't going to screw up your property, are we?" I asked Applejack.

"Nah. We don't ever use this property for nothing," she responded.

"Okay. It's your funeral."

Brody and Devin were in the first fight. They removed their shirts and pulled out their bladed weapons. We decided beforehand not to use guns since we didn't want the police coming after us.

They stood about 20 yards from each other and about 50 feet from us. Devin got into a ihen no kamae stance. Brody got into a te ura gasumi stance. There was silence for a moment. Then, in the blink of an eye, Brody and Devin run at each other. When they near each other, Devin performs a helicopter strike. Brody parried the blow and swung his katana across Devin's abdomen. Much like before, Devin blocked the blow. Brody quickly reared up his leg and side kicked. Honestly, it is a nice switch from ninjutsu to taekwondo. He caught Devin off-guard, and Devin got kicked in the face. He went flying until he hit the ground. Everyone around me either said, "oh", or "that had to hurt". All of that occurred in under five seconds.

"I thought you could read minds?" Brody taunted.

"So you want me to try?" Devin sneered as he wiped the blood dripping from his head. "Your funeral."

Devin stood up and held his staff horizontally in a two-handed grip. Brody got into a jodan no kamae stance. Then, Devin began spinning his staff. He was spinning the staff so fast, I could feel the wind being generated. I could tell Brody became nervous by the look in his eyes.

Devin charged forward while spinning his staff. Brody charged forward. Using his powers, Devin figured out Brody's next move. Brody was completely defenseless. Devin stopped spinning his staff and swung at Brody's legs. It was only later I realized Devin changed his attack because he knew that Brody thought Devin was going in for another helicopter strike. Anyway, Brody was swept off his feet and landed on his back. Devin swung his staff like a baseball bat. The staff hit Brody's katana. I guess Brody didn't have a good grip on it because the katana went flying. It landed about fifteen feet away. Instead of diving for it, Brody got up and backflipped to get some distance. Then, I saw a familiar look in Brody's eyes.

"Hey, where are you going?! I'm not done kicking your butt!" Devin shouted.

"I'm not done kicking yours!" Brody replied.

Brody extended his right arm. I saw his veins, arteries, and his scars from getting electrocuted by lightning began glowing blue. Interestingly enough, the scars looked like streaks of lightning. Then, Brody shot lightning out of his fingers. Devin expertly dodged the lightning. He often used acrobatics and enhanced agility. Finally, Brody stopped his lightning barrage. Devin held his staff at his side. He had a defiant smile on his face, but he was breathing heavily from all of his acrobatic maneuvers.

"You could at least try to hit me!" Devin shouted.

"Wasn't trying to," Brody said.

Arcs of lighting began appearing all over Brody's body. The areas that glowed when Brody used his lightning began glowing again. This time, it began to pulse. In Brody's hands were balls of lightning. I heard what sounded like dozens of birds chirping, or bats squeaking. Justin went nuts.

"Holy crap! He's doing the Chidori!" Justin yelled.

"But without the hand signs," I added.

"Weebs," Dylan said as he slapped my back.

"Ow," I grumbled. I returned my focus to the fight.

Devin must have figured out what Brody was doing. He charged at him. He was spinning his staff again. When he got close to Brody, he jumped and tried to perform the deadly corkscrew strike. This time, Brody caught him off guard. He tossed the balls of lightning at Devin. The balls hit him in the chest and he went flying. Devin's staff went flying, as well. He landed about 100 feet away from Brody. As for Brody, his body stopped glowing, and the arcs of lightning disappeared. Brody started walking toward Devin, picking up his katana, along the way. Brody poked Devin with his katana, as Devin struggled to get up. He helped Devin up and walked him over to where we were sitting.

"That hurt," Devin groaned.

"Well...you did get struck by two balls of lightning," Dylan added.

"If it makes you feel better, that wasn't at full power. The real deal would have torn you in half," Brody explained.

"That doesn't make me feel any better," Devin grumbled.

Brody shrugged his shoulders and sat down on the grass. Daniel and I removed our shirts and laid them next to where we were sitting.

Daniel and I stood up and walked out to where Brody and Devin had stood. I twirled my katanas and just let my arms hang down at my sides. Daniel burst into his flame form. His long hair became a standing flame on the top of his head. Parts of his body disconnected and lava-filled in between. Lastly, his eyes transformed into lava. Two obsidian katanas grew from his back. He pulled them out and charged at me.

I waited for him to close enough, then I dodged him. I swung my katanas at his back. As I expected, they merely glanced off. Daniel is made of indestructible obsidian, so adamantium has a hard time cutting through it. Daniel turned around and shot fire out of his hands. I jumped over him just as a bit of the flame burned my pants. When I landed, I had to dodge a barrage of obsidian shards that were the size of kunai knives. Daniel threw another dozen obsidian shards, which I used my katanas to deflect. I figured out that Daniel knew that I was a close-quarters fighter so he was trying to keep me at a distance where his strength lay. What surprised me was that Daniel pulled his katanas off his back and charged at me again. I bent my knees, spread my feet to shoulder-width apart, and held my katanas at a raised position. When milliseconds, our swords clashed. The next few moments, all I could see was a blur of swords swinging and hitting each other. My only defense was my reflexes. A long time ago, I learned to rely on my reflexes rather than my skill with swords. Skill is useless when your reflexes are slow, and when you are missing a limb or two. Finally, we blade locked for a moment. The only thing I saw was Daniel's burning eyes. I felt him trying to overpower me. To break the blade block, I pushed with all my strength against Daniel using the locked swords. I performed what I call a spinning dropkick. You squat and spin around while sticking out your leg. The gained momentum will knock your opponent off their feet. I guess Daniel wasn't expecting it because he had a surprised look on his face as he fell. To put some needed distance between us, I single-handspring backward.

As Daniel got up and slid his katanas on his back, I decided to come up with a plan to beat him. I guessed that Daniel knew he couldn't beat me hand-to-hand, and I knew I couldn't beat him from a distance. Then, I noticed that Daniel's feet were no longer touching the ground. He was flying about ten feet in the air. At this point, my katanas were close to useless. I saw Devin's bo staff laying where he left it. Then, I dropped my katanas and took off running. Daniel shot fire from his hands. The fire made it difficult to get the staff but I managed to get it. I held it in an Ihen no kamae stance.

"Since when do you know how to fight with that?" Daniel asked.

"I'll let you know when I kick your butt," I replied.

I spun it around my body, to show off a bit, and held it in a charging position. Then, I charged forward. Daniel threw another barrage of obsidian shards. I let them bounce off my shield. Like a pole vault, I jabbed the staff into the ground and the momentum pushed me up. Instead of dropping the staff, I held on to it. Then, I swung the staff like a baseball bat. The staff hit Daniel in the head. The force sent him flying to the ground. He landed close to the audience. I could tell he was pissed off. His blazing body burned brighter and he was baring his teeth. However, his heavy breathing showed that exhaustion was weakening him. That was my advantage. I charged at him again, but this time, I strategically attacked all of his limbs. Daniel tried his best to block the blows with his katanas, but he was out of energy. Just because Daniel is indestructible, doesn't mean he can't feel blunt-force damage. Finally, I ended the fight with a blow to his left thigh. He collapsed and held up his hand to signify his concession.

I dropped the staff and helped Daniel to his feet. Daniel seemed frustrated that he lost to me.

"Are you okay?" I asked him.

"I don't know. What do you think?" Daniel replied. I could hear the sarcasm in his voice.

"No reason to be sarcastic, dude. You lost fair and square."

"I know. That's what is pissing me off."

The Rainbooms and the rest of the TMA let Daniel and Devin rest while we picked up the field. We went home that night and got some much-needed rest. My body ached from the fighting. I was not used to that level of fighting, which was an eye-opener.

The next day after school, the extraction team formed a decent plan for the extraction. Brody, Devin, and I would leave for City Hall around seven o’clock. Daniel would stay behind so he could take out the sniper before eight and aid us by taking out the Black Snake terrorists entering City Hall. While Daniel flies to City Hall, we’ll use that time to try to convince Mayor Mare to leave with us. I had a feeling that she would be less than compliant. If she complies, we’ll have to fight our way out of the building. During that time, Orange Bunny will call the police and Canterlot Police Department to get Mayor Mare to a secure location. It's crude and far from flawless, but regardless of that, we would have to do it.

All-day Friday, the extraction team and I were nervous. The first period felt like it took hours. My first period was Physics. The class wasn’t what I hated. It was my monotonous 70-year old teacher who made it boring.

The second period was a band. That class was a little more eventful since we were practicing music for the spring concert While that was happening, I prayed to God that the plan would work properly.

The break came around and the extraction team and I went to my “special spot” in the library. There, we went over the plan multiple times. Our talk was interrupted by Sunset Shimmer, who found us and wanted to know what we were doing. I let her know, with a look that it wasn’t the time to hang out with Daniel.

The third period was English and that was the most disturbing period of the day, to say the least.

The teacher was the head softball coach named Fast Ball, and the class was mostly composed of the softball girls. The only people that weren’t softball players were Eric, Daniel, Sunset Shimmer, Pinkie Pie, and me. The coach and the softball girls mainly talked about the drama that was happening around the school.

Here’s the disturbing part: One girl exposed Daniel by telling everyone that he admitted to Flash Sentry that he thought Sunset Shimmer was attractive and had a crush on her. Daniel grew pale and laid his head on his desk. As for Sunset Shimmer, she blushed and played with her hair.

Eric, who was sitting by me, turned around, and he had a confused look on his face.

“¿A qué se debió todo eso?”

(Spanish) “What was that all about?” he asked.

“No lo sé. No sabía que Daniel sentía lo mismo por Sunset Shimmer.”

(Spanish) “I don’t know. I didn’t know Daniel felt that way about Sunset Shimmer,” I replied.

Coach Fast Ball began picking on Daniel. Poor Daniel began to groan softly and mumbling about the dilemma he was in. Then, to make things worse, Coach Fast Ball started that annoying chant that every couple hates. The problem was that Daniel and Sunset Shimmer weren’t even a thing.

“Sunset and Daniel, sitting in a tree,” Coach Fast Ball and the softball girls chanted. ''K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love. Then, comes marriage. Then comes a baby and in a baby carriage.”

I turned around and looked at both Sunset Shimmer and Daniel. Sunset Shimmer slumped down in her chair and stared blankly at the wall. As for Daniel, he just glared at me, like I had said something.

“Kradete go nožot nazad i izvadete me od mizerijata.”

(Macedonian) “Steal your knife back and put me out of my misery,” Daniel begged.

“Ik zou denken dat je snel en pijnloos wilt in plaats van langzaam en pijnlijk.”

(Dutch) “I’d think that you’d want quick and painless rather than slow and painful,” I replied.

“W tym momencie to nie ma znaczenia.”

(Polish) “It doesn’t matter at this point.”

“Bù, wǒ bùnéng. Nǐ jīn wǎn yǒu yīgè rènwù.”

(Chinese) “No, I can’t. You have a mission tonight.

Daniel laid his head back on the table. He mumbled something under his breath. Only God knows what he said because I couldn’t tell what he said.

What concerned me, with this particular situation, was that Daniel might be pushed over the edge. You may remember that I told Sunset Shimmer that he had an innate temper that was savage. Also, I was worried that he would not be focused that night. Eric must have felt the same way because he addressed the class.

“You need to quit acting like a bunch of middle schoolers. It is very pathetic that you are acting like this,” Eric announced.

“What are you, our dad?” asked one of the softball players.

No, I’m not. Daniel has an important event tonight and his focus doesn’t need to be elsewhere,” Eric replied.

“What is he doing tonight? Punching Sunset Shimmer’s V-card?” a softball player named Fast Pitch, who was sitting in the front row, asked.

That comment set Daniel off. He picked his head up off his desk and glared at the softball player with a familiar look of burning anger in his eyes. I knew this would end badly.

Daniel grabbed his pen and threw it like a knife. The pen flew and stuck in the wall near Fast Pitch's head. Everyone in the room was surprised by the pen-throwing, including me.

After that, Daniel got up and paused in front of the desk of the softball player. He told her that she was lucky he missed her head. Then, he stormed out of the room.

I told Coach Fast Ball that I would try to calm Daniel down. He let me leave the classroom and I went after Daniel. By the time I left, Daniel was about halfway down the hall. I ran and called after him but he wasn’t happy to see me.

“What do you want?” he asked gruffly.

“I want to know what the heck you were thinking back there?” I replied.

“You want to know what I was thinking? I was thinking of how many ways to kill Fast Pitch,” Daniel growled.

"We’ve talked about this. You can’t do crap like that. Now her dad might press charges.”

“Does it look like I care?”

“You should, Daniel. She isn’t one of the guys. We can shrug off that kind of thing, but she might not. I understand how being embarrassed like that feels. I wanted to give the kid, who embarrassed me, the Royal Flush, but I chose not to. You got to think these things through, man.”

“I was mainly pissed at Flash for saying something I told him to keep quiet.”

“That’s understandable. Although, you handled that situation like an undisciplined student, though. I don’t think-”

I hesitated. I remembered how I wanted Daniel to find out about Sunset Shimmer crushing on him. Well, I almost told Daniel about it. Stopping in the middle must have been strange to Daniel because his mood changed. It went from angry to confused.

“You don’t think, what?” Daniel asked, returning to his previous mood.

“Never mind that part. It wasn’t important,” I responded.

“Sure, it wasn’t.”

“As I was saying, don’t ever do that again. Everything you do is my responsibility.”

“What are you, my father?” Daniel asked.

“No, but the CIA made me responsible for you and everyone else. I chose to be responsible for you guys. One goof up, I would lose my job,” I responded.

“I don’t want to be under your ‘watchful eye’ anymore. You're not my dad, you can stop spewing your dad's wisdom on me.”

I was truly hurt by Daniel’s words. Not that I was sensitive to it, but I was the only guy willing to give Daniel a shot at being a friend.

“Daniel, this is not-”

“Shut up, Matthew. Just shut up. Consider tonight’s mission my last, then I’m out. In fact, to Hell with the mission. Don’t expect me to show up.”

“If that’s what you want, I won’t stop you. Give me your resignation in the form of a letter.

“Fine.”

Daniel walked away and left the school. I was stunned that Daniel would quit like that. Not only did I lose a valuable component to the TMA and TOCB, but I also lost a friend that needed one. For the first time in years, I began to feel defeated.

I slowly walked back to Coach Fast Ball’s room. I began to ask God what was going on. Why on Earth would he walk out on his friend? Daniel wasn’t acting like...you know, Daniel. He may have a temper, but he is loyal to his friends.

I walked back into Coach Fast Ball’s room with a dazed look on my face. Then, I sat down and hoped no one would talk to me but Eric turned around and spoke.

“What happened out there?” he asked.

“Daniel’s out. He is out of the...band,” I replied.

“What about the Teen-”

Pinkie Pie was about to say, Teen Mutant Alliance, until Sunset Shimmer told her to shut up through gritted teeth. Pinkie shut her mouth and slumped down in her chair.

Then, the fourth period came about. That period was a bit less intense. It was the Audio Visual class. Devin, Dylan, Justin, and Levi were in that class. I spent that period editing videos that were recorded a couple of days later.

The fifth period was athletics. Since it was Friday, Coaches Pig Skin, Fast Ball, and Hammer Curl allowed the boys to play two-hand touch football which quickly turned into a brutal game of tackle football. What I mean by brutal is that a couple of boys had broken noses and fingers. For about thirty minutes, I forgot about the incident with Daniel and the mission that night. The only reason I was reminded was that Brody was playing quarterback and I suggested he give the ball to Daniel since he had a knack for being an amazing fullback. Lance had to remind me that Daniel had left.

Lunch was quiet. By this point, everyone at CHS heard about Daniel’s blowup Some of the students became afraid of us while most of the kids thought it was cool that Daniel was able to get the pen on the wall.

The rest of the day was filled with ignoring teachers and mentally preparing for the mission. During the eighth period, I went to the office and paid forty dollars to get my knife back. Principal Celestia warned me not to bring it to school again. I complied and walked out of the office.

Finally, the bell rang and school was out for the weekend. Devin, Brody, and I rushed home. We had to get our gear. As we jogged home, Brody suggested we prayed after we got ready. Brody, Daniel, and I agreed to his proposal. Except now, Daniel probably wouldn’t even join us for that.

When we reached the apartment, we tossed our school stuff in a pile near the door. Orange Bunny promptly cussed us out for “being fucking sloppy”. I ignored her and went straight to my room. On the way to my room, I saw Daniel lying on his cot. He was asleep and showed no sign of getting up.

I closed the door and got undressed. Then, I put on my Nightwatcher gear. Devin and Brody knocked on my door and told me they were ready to pray. I opened the door, let them in, and closed the door behind them. We got down on one knee and began to pray.

Brody began and prayed for our safety and the safety of Mayor Mare. Then he prayed for His strength and help to stay focused and that our weapons wouldn’t fail. Devin was next. He prayed for the mission’s success. He prayed that the mission wouldn’t have too many flaws, since Daniel wasn’t going to show up. Finally, he prayed for patience, courage, and strength.

My prayer was different from everyone else. Well, the experience was different.

“Dear, Heavenly Father-”

As soon as I said those three words, a strange feeling came over me. Everything around me seemed to be frozen, including Brody and Devin. That was probably the strangest thing that happened to me.

I stood up and looked around, but no one else was in my room. At first, I had the suspicion that Dalton was pulling a prank. That idea soon faded when a blinding flash filled my room. It only lasted for a few seconds. I turned around and saw two angels standing on each side of my bed.

They had on armor that was ancient Israeli armor but it was gold. Both had spears that were about the same height and the angels that were held in their left hand with gold spearheads. In their right hand was a gold ancient Israeli shield. On their left hip was an ancient Israeli sword. I drew one of my katanas and got into a sasagakure no kame battle stance. The two angels didn’t seem fazed and looked at each other and grinned. They looked back at me.

“Who are you and what do you want?” I asked.

“Make way for the Prince of Peace,” an angel on the left ordered.

I stood up straight. Just as I did so, a bright light flashed. The room was filled with light and nothing could be seen except the angels. After about five seconds, Jesus came out of the light. This time he looked extremely different.

His hair was much shorter and his beard was groomed. Instead of blue eyes, He had hazel eyes. Also, His skin wasn’t white, it was close to Eric’s skin color. Jesus’s clothes were also different. He wore flowing robes with a golden sash on His chest that read King of Kings and Lord of Lords. On Jesus’s head, he wore a golden crown that had twelve spokes. Each had a different precious stone in it. The stones I could see were carnelian, chrysolite, and beryl. He looked like a king. A king that should rule all nations for eternity.

Not out of fear but out of respect for my king, I knelt and bowed before Him. I placed my katana in its sheath.

“My son. Please rise,” Jesus said.

Following Jesus’s command, I stood up. He looked at the angels and spoke to them. He told them to return to Heaven so Jesus and I could speak alone. The angels obeyed and with the same blinding flash, disappeared. As for Jesus, He reached out and hugged me. I hugged him back.

“It’s good to see you again,” Jesus said.

“Same here. How’s Mom and Dad?” I replied.

“Perfect.”

“I should’ve figured. What do I owe for pleasure?”

“You know, the usual.”

"Right. I don’t know of anything that requires your help. That is, besides the mission.”

“It's not the mission to save Mayor Mare that I’m here for.”

“Then what?’

“I’m here in regards to Daniel Baxter. Not your mission.”

“What you're saying is that you are here to help me so I can help Daniel with his current predicament? Am I right?”

“You are correct, Matthew.”

“Okay, what am I supposed to do? Trying to talk to him was a bad idea.”

"It was a good idea but you chewed him out for his actions for most of the conversation. I’m not saying that Daniel was right for throwing a pen at Fast Pitch. You handled that, okay, but you made the situation worse by not letting him express his feelings and not trying to comfort him. He is truly hurt about the softball girls making fun of him. Remember the last time something like that happened to Daniel and what you did.”

I thought back to high school. As I mentioned, Daniel had an explosive temper that was sometimes close to controllable. He was kind of withdrawn and quiet when he arrived at Harleton High School. He remained that way for a good while. Mainly, he was still emotionally scarred from his father leaving. Daniel told someone about his past. Then they spread it around the school to see how Daniel would react. Not too long after that, he beat the crap out of the boys who spread it. Afterward, I found Daniel and calmed him down. It worked and that’s when I found out he had powers.

“See, you should have done that instead of chewing him out the entire time,” Jesus said.

“You're right. I’m sorry,” I apologized.

“I forgive you, my son. Just remember that you need to talk to him, not at him,” he added.

“Roger that.”

“Before I go, remember that my Father and I are always with you, your family, and your friends. Including your new ones.”

“I will.”

“Until next time, goodbye, my son.”

“See ya.”

A blinding light appeared behind Jesus. He waved as He backed up into the light. Jesus disappeared and a thunderclap boomed in my room. My vision went black but returned to normal. It seemed as if it had resumed and I was back on my knees. For some odd reason I said, Amen, and everyone stood up.

“Good prayer, Matthew,” Devin said as he patted me on the back.

“Umm..thanks,” I replied.

“ I’ve got one question, though. Why did you pause for like twenty seconds,” Brody asked.

“I...had to...think of the right words to say. Tonight is a tense night.”

“That's fair.”

I glanced at my watch, as I walked out of my room. It was five o’clock. We had three hours until the Black Snake sniper took the shot. Brody suggested we leave at seven so we could have time to go over the plan once more at City Hall. Daniel rolled over on his cot and told us to shut up. I didn’t even realize we had woken him up.

Devin pointed out that no one else was in the apartment. I pulled out my phone and texted Jessie where everyone was. About three minutes later, she sent a picture. It was a picture with everyone in the gym. Including the Rainbooms and Flash Sentry. The rest of the Teen Mutant Alliance were in a circle, with their arms around each other. Jessie said they were praying for us. Hannah was in the background with the Rainbooms and Flash Sentry. She had her Bible in her right hand, with it open. I asked Jessie what Hannah was doing. She replied and said she was teaching them to pray. Hannah was using the passage where John asked Jesus how to pray. Better known as the Lord’s Prayer.

I showed the guys the picture. Devin and Brody grinned and encouraged each other. Daniel overheard us talking about the photo. He asked for the picture. I went over to him and showed him the photo.

Here’s the thing. I could’ve sworn that look of remorse came over Daniel’s face. Also, Daniel might have said, Holy crap. What have I done?, in Hawaiian. I was hoping the photo would help him decide to have a change of heart about the mission.

I told Devin and Brody to be ready to leave at 6:55. They gave me a thumbs up and then I returned to my room. I spent the next fifty minutes listening to our music. Eventually, the time came to leave so I put my phone on my nightstand and left my room.

“Gentlemen. It’s showtime,” I announced.

Brody grabbed his katana and slid it into its sheath. Then, he slipped on his mask which looked like a ski mask. Devin grabbed his bo staff and put it on his back. There is a large magnet on his back. Then, he put on a breathing apparatus that was similar to mine. I did the same with my breathing apparatus.

We left the apartment and went to our vehicles. After that, we got on them and cranked them. We drove off to prevent an act that we performed many times.

Author's Note:

Sorry for the late release, this chapter took longer to write than I thought. The fight scene at the beginning of this chapter took a while and college preparations also contributed. Hope you enjoyed it.