A Call for Distress
“I-I am… I am the cause of all of this, happening?” Starburst muttered, patting her chest. Connie nodded. “We discovered about Eirawen’s identity by Akira Shinji’s help. She reveals that you created him, along with a mysterious man’s help. However, he claims to belong to no one, despite the fact it was you who created him. That is the reason why Akira, your Hack Ring, despises you. You caused us to escape our home, and now we are in fear of exposure to public. But we cannot hate you, because you created us.”
The Gaian was stunned and couldn’t speak. “Tell me. Why is Eirawen that evil?” Connie questioned. “The Freezing Strike ring… was stolen away from me, the day after I created it. I doubt the guy who helped me is the same guy who stole it from me… I’m very sorry…” she mumbled, bowing her head down in regret. “How can I help you guys to pay my debt?”
“We were out of force to defeat Eirawen. If possible, we could go outside and find our owners, but with the various threats around, we prefer you to become our carrier pigeon, for you have friends you trust, which at the same time, the ‘owners’ of some Ring Hearts in this base. We need you, Starburst Colors. We must build stronger forces and obliterate Eirawen at all costs.”
“… Alright. I will help… I wanted to correct my mistakes.” Starburst said. She noticed a girl leaning on the door, leering angrily back at her. “Akira…” “Now you know…” the girl replied in a stammer. “That’s not the only thing you should know……” She left afterwards.
Starburst just silenced and hugged her knees. “She really hates me… That dream I had before…” She felt a warm pat on her shoulder, hence, she looked. “It’s alright… You didn’t mean to. Just give her some time to accept things. I believe, at least once, you had dreamt of us. If you could talk to her, and share what you feel, then, you could make friends with her again,” the person who touched her said.
“Dylan…” Starburst muttered, before touching the guy’s hand. “Were you scared last time? I’m sorry if I scared you…” Dylan shook his head. “You saved me, in fact. Those guys were chasing me everytime they see me. It seems as if I’m their target, even though there are more Ring Hearts around.”
“Ah, now I remembered. Starburst, as a part of your mission here, can you help us rescue the other Ring Hearts scattered around Gaia?” Connie talked, while looking at her computer. “I believe there are like twenty more Ring Hearts which are still roaming around. We must rescue them, before the authorities could even get them. I doubt they could cause harm onto our brethren.”
“Hmm… alright then. I will help you.” She looked around her pockets and bag, picking up a phone. “I must contact the… huh?” When she pressed the button, the PDA was shut off. “What the… why is this PDA not working?”
“Huh? I thought Duncan removed any items from her before we set her up for the test?” Connie took the phone and scanned it. “Bah… it sure is broken.” “I noticed though, Starburst has a bad burn on her right hip after that experiment,” Dylan muttered. “Possibly, the PDA could have sparked when she got electrified.”
“Ah, no wonder why you’re wailing in pain, although I set the power to the bearable level.” Connie laughed, face-palming. “We did a pre-test of the experiment with Diagnose, and we used the same voltage needed. It puzzles me why it looks painful when you tried it. Oh well, Diagnose had healed you already so worry no more with accident beauty marks.”
“By the way, Connie, I named him Dylan. I also named Divinity Damos, so that we won’t get confusions of who’s who. Who knows if we get to rescue another Divinity?” Starburst muttered, before looking at the bed she was on. “Oh, I didn’t realize I was still on here. Where are my clothes by the way?”
The Gaian and the Ring Hearts in the room went outside to explore the place. “This mansion is actually abandoned for many years ago. It turns out, however, that the owners of this place have left due to the troubles happening around,” Connie introduced. “After we discovered that this place has no contamination, we settled here and made this our temporary home… We only hope that no one could spot us here…”
“Don’t worry. I myself am free from any tracking device. If I get to have another device on me, I could have another burn on somewhere,” Starburst replied. “Hopefully, you don’t have any, besides we, uhh, destroyed your PDA.” Connie looked into the garage where Buster and his fellow Ring Hearts are fixing things. “Umm, can you guys fix our guest’s PDA? She needs it to contact your owners.”
“Mmh? You mean boss Al?” the matured man, Buster, answered. The other guy, Ancor, took the phone and gave it to Buster. “Ohh… bad damage. Still fixable… You can go back after about 2 days… I guess…”
“So I have to stay in this place for several days with no contact to my friends at all?” Starburst stuttered. “Well, yes, you have to, until your PDA is done. Anyway, you don’t have to worry about food and water here, because Fanta gathered them last time…” Ginger said.
“So mainly, you were already settling here after the explosion? But Gran told me you were all scattered. How come you managed to regroup here without getting spotted by those guys in black?” the girl questioned. “We Ring Hearts are different from you. We can spot each other by looking at the auras. So any other Ring Heart comes here safely,” Dylan spoke.
“Uh, ok… so…” Starburst muttered, looking around. “When shall we start the rescue?” “Umm, actually, we should plan about our movements to do the rescue,” Connie said, before facing a door which she opened. “Here, we could start our meeting. Have a seat everyone…”
When Dylan, Ginger and Starburst took their seats, Connie caressed her hair first and groomed herself. “A little moment- I forgot to go to the dressing room!” “Uhh, Ginger, did she always do that in front of people?” Starburst whispered to Ginger, which is apparently near her. “Well, yes…” the Ring Heart replied with a soft chuckle.
“Alright… here we go. About our rescuing, we can’t possibly start yet,” Connie started talking. “Well why so?” “As you may know, we Ring Hearts, unlike normal Gaians like you, have unusual G’hi within us. We are materializations of selected rings which were in contact with the pulse you created. Hence, such force we have can be detected, and people might find us as unusual persons who appeared out of nowhere here in the Game World.”
“It reminds me- Dylan has been chased by those guys in black back then. So one of your concerns is the authority, such as GCorp or any other organizations studying G’hi or maintaining balance in Game World,” Starburst stated, and Connie nodded in response. “They are targeting us because we are not from here. Still they are our most concerns, since the army of Eirawen is still trapped in the Dream World, which is good for an amount of time.”
“So how are we gonna destroy Eirawen?” Starburst questioned. Connie thought for a moment. “I still don’t know…”
“LEADER! MORE RING HEARTS ARRIVED SAFELY!!”
A shout from the vintage intercom called Connie’s attention. “Alright, what Rings are they?” “A Shuriken and a Dervish! Girls… and no traces of black-suit guys and Eirawen on them…”
“Great. Let them in. Ensure that no foreign presences are around.” And Connie beeped the intercom. “Okay, back to talk…”
“So Ring Hearts really tend to gather here…” the girl asked. “As Dylan had explained to you, we Ring Hearts share the same power wavelength, hence we can find ourselves. Somehow, we are also worried that the threats might find us here, because when we are together, our G’hi glows like a flock of fireflies in the dark. The other fireflies will come to the flock and stay, but then the predators will come too and eat them… ”
“If that’s the case, then rescues aren’t needed, but with the ‘predators’ you said, then either one of us must go out there to gather the other Ring Hearts who are miles away from here. But how?” Starburst questioned. “That’s the reason why you are here, because we need you and your friends to execute the mission. But with your PDA down, it may take time, still… ” And Connie silenced.
“Well, how can I tell them right now? I doubt GCorp will be after my head after I did that,” she muttered while looking down. “I got chased before… but since my powers became normal, they stopped. But now, with these guys telling me they existed because of that explosion I made? I might be chased again… Not only me in fact…” She looked at Ginger. “Hey, is it possible you guys can contact your masters?”
“No, because we are not in the Dream World…” Ginger muttered. She appears to play with a ginger-colored butterfly with bandage-designed wings. “But I can send distress messages using my bandiflies. It’s not that easy for a Ring Heart to track our place, unless some of us take action by sending messages. But at this case, I doubt I could contact my owner, because the message might be caught by a bug-catcher or so.”
“Well, what’s the safe time to release those?” Starburst questioned. “I’m not sure, but usually I summon them at noontime so that they won’t be easily seen. I also wanna try nighttime, but then they glow, that they could be spotted easily.”
“Well, why not try sending a message to Annabelle right now? At least, tell her I’m here and you need help,” the Gaian smiled. “Okay then…” Ginger then wrote something on paper, before giving it to her bandifly, and releasing it to the window. “Heal Annabelle for me…”
Starburst looked at the butterfly and somehow snapped her finger for an idea. “I got it! We can use couriers to send messages to the gang, and tell them about the situation!” “You seemed right, Starburst. However, such method can be really risky. But alright, I guess we should start right away…” Connie said, before standing up. “Dismissed for today. You may go back to your workplaces.” “Yes, Leader!”
“Hmm, it’s been a while…” Outside, Annabelle mumbled, checking her PDA. “Starburst lost connection yesterday. We have no clue where she was now…” “Hmm, aren’t we supposed to look around for strange people like the one pictured in Wanda’s laptop?” Alice muttered, looking around the public.
“Well Alice, why not try to use your ability in distinguishing auras?” Alastair said. “Who knows if we can detect people with weird G’hi?” “As if I still have my owner’s powers? Well shucks, it’s been a year already when our owners released us and left in charge of our duties here. So we’re just normal avis like the rest of the Gaians here…” Alice grumbled, leering at every passer-by. However, her eyes caught some men in black suits, talking to each other.
“Hmm, Gaians in Black eh…” Alastair said, until he noticed two of them were holding a woman with white hair and in a countryside dress. Alice’s eyes suddenly shriveled, gazing at the woman. “I was wrong- I can see weird G’hi from that girl!”
Annabelle and Alastair were startled after she said this. “It seems we have found one of our targets… But those GiB…” “I have a bad feeling about this. We must rescue her at all costs!” Alastair shuddered in panic, but Alice muffled him. “Stay here, you two. I’ll try to rescue that girl.”
Alice sneaked her way to the men in black while hiding herself within the crowd. The two Gaians kept their eyes on the men and the girl. “I hope she won’t fail. If that happens, she could be arrested or worse.” “Don’t worry. Just like her owner, sis is skilled in sneaking,” he said, before the authorities moved in the alleyways, pulling the struggling girl.
“Oh no! What should we do?” Anna stuttered, pulling Al’s scarf. The guy was still not moving on his spot until he heard a yap from the alley, and started to chuckle. “Well, there goes my sis…” Annabelle looked at the alley, but then she felt something crept on her hand. “Hmm… Huh? A…”
“What the! HEY!!” One of the men shouted, seeing his passed-out fellow, but then he also fell out cold. The third one, which is holding the girl, stuttered while turning around, “Who are you? Show yourself out!” “I don’t need to show you…” From above, Alice used a rope to swing down to the man, before knocking him out dazed with her Bump.
“Easy to take down… Now,” Alice looked at the girl which was still tied. “Huh? Oh, you saved me…” she stuttered, trying to stand up. Alice released her. “Naah, just a little warm-up. Anyway…” Alice grabbed a piece of cloth from a nearby hanger, before wrapping the girl up. “You have to come with us!”
The girl was startled and let her hand go. “What? Who are you to talk to me like that?!” “Is that the way you thank your savior?” Alice muttered lowly, stunning the girl. “You have to come with us. Don’t worry- we and those men are not close friends at all. Let’s leave before they get you again.”
The two speeded out from the alleyway to the plaza where Alastair and Annabelle are waiting. “Guys, I’m back and saved the girl.” “Oh Alice!” Alastair stuttered. “I hope you aren’t hurt…” he said, healing his sister with Diagnose. “Sheesh, Al, you don’t have to burn stamina to heal me.”
“Huh? A ringmaster…” The girl with white hair uttered in mind, before talking. “Are you guys having missing rings at the moment?” The twins turned to her and nodded. “Not only us, in fact. There are more out here having the same problem.”
“We were actually investigating something unusual here and it seems we were slowly moving our way to the uhh…” Alastair looked at Annabelle, which was reading an envelope. On her hand is a little beige butterfly, resting.
“Anna, what’s that?” Al questioned the lass. The girl looked at them with wide eyes. “Guys… I think we should head back home and talk about this. I think… Ginger just sent me a message!”
“Ginger? Who’s Ginger?” they stuttered in surprise.