Somewhere beneath the moonlight laid an average town, seemingly getting ready to turn in for the night. The lights were dimmed and the suburban areas grew dark. Stores put up their “Closed” signs and the streetlights turned on. Only a few late-night restaurants and a small police station were brightly filled, their light casting shadows through the windows. A dark forest at the edge of town began to be filled with small clicks and whistles of bugs and nocturnal creatures just getting up. Breaking the cool still of the night, a huge shadow loomed over several houses, its two pitch-black eyes scanning for its next victim. It bore claws and two huge, curved horns on its ugly head. On its chest was a peculiar pattern, but a giant “X” blocked whatever the faded fancy marks used to be. The bear-sized creature took giant leaps over the rooftops of the sleeping civilians below, using its hunting instincts to stay silent and ready for the kill.
The creature quickly turned around to see, standing on another house across from him are two…teenagers. A boy and a girl, seemingly of Asian descent but the darkness shrouded their faces. The monster, however, was in plain sight for them beneath the moonlight. It was the boy who had called out. He was tall, with a lanky, muscular build, and a flash of spiky orange hair held up by a headband. By his side, the girl, her head barely reaching over his shoulders, stood watching closely, ready for anything the enemy had for her. There wasn't anything eye-catching besides her long, dark black hair. It was as pitch black as the creature’s eyes, flowing through the small breeze.
The monster gives an eerie smile, “What? They sent kids after me?” Its voice was raspy and rough, like a growl.
“Yeah, they sent kids after you because that’s all you’re worth!” the boy replied.
The monster lunged at them. The two swiftly dodged, obviously having been trained for combat such as this. But the monster didn't stop; he had escaped! The boy cursed in Japanese. The two ran after him, leaping across the rooftops. It was a wild goose—er, monster—chase. The boy then realize where the monster was headed.
“He’s trying to escape into the forest!”
The girl nodded and signaled to him. The two separated, the boy still following their target. On the other hand, the monster had reached the edge of town. His spiky fangs glinted as he smiled again, seemingly successful in his escape.
“I don’t think so!”
The boy arrived just in time, and blocked the monster from his escape route.
“To a puny kid like you? Grr…where’s the other one?”
“I said you’re mine didn’t I?”
“Ha! I really didn’t wanna kill ye kid! You think you can stop me?!”
Suddenly a flash of light appeared in the boy’s hand! It vanished just as quickly as it came, leaving a huge sword that was almost as tall as the boy himself. The sword sparked once, the blade covered with intricate patterns that looked like a lightning bolt.
“Yeah, I think I can.”
And on that note, the two engaged in battle. The boy quickly swung his sword with ease, making the sword seem like it weighed as much as a light, wooden bat. The monster blocked with his clawed hands, then struck with his horns. The boy maneuvered around him and managed to slice off one of his horns. The monster growled with rage and charged again, only to barely miss getting cut in half. Seeing as how he had underestimated the boy’s strength, the monster attempted to escape once again. He leapt high into the air, out of the sword’s reach.
Out of the treetops, the girl appeared and landed a powerful kick, right on his head! The boy jumped up and slashed the monster through as he fell back from the kick. The body never reached the ground. The monster vaporized and all that was left was a small, white light. It floated up into the sky and the night was silent once again.
“Mission accomplished.” The girl walked to the boy with a small grin on her face. “Got him.”
“Uh, no, I got him.”
“I didn't even activate Soul Release. And you only got him ‘cause I kicked him to you!”
“You freaked me out! I thought I was gonna get crushed by the guy!”
“Just put your sword away and let’s go.”
“Yes ma’am,” he replied sarcastically and in the same flash of light, the sword vanished as quickly as it had appeared. “Hey, you think we can get some ice-cream before we go?”
“We can just eat back home!”
“But I heard this shop nearby has really good ice cream. And I’m—” his stomach interrupted him, “hungry…”
She sighed and admitted defeat.
“Cool! No scanning right?”
“No, we’re good. The people were all asleep, and fortunately, no property damage was caused either.” Soft purrs were suddenly heard behind their heads but silence fell once more. The boy tapped the girl’s shoulder.
“Ice cream now?”
“Yes, ice cream now, let’s go.”
They walked back to the town and headed for a late-night ice cream shop. They seemed what they seemed to be, normal teenagers hanging out at nighttime eating cherry chocolate-chip. No one knew about the battle that had occurred that night. No one noticed anything different, anything strange. There were no shadows, no monsters, and the young souls vanished, leaving the town back to its peaceful state. Only the night sky knew what had happened underneath its moonlight.