Chapter 35: Friendship

Linda’s house was part of a small cul-de-sac, which was surrounded on the north, east and west by cornfields for dozens of miles. The south had originally had a decent amount of houses, and there was a road that led to town, but it had been replaced by an absurd amount of gigantic tropical plants.

As for farms with livestock, once the mana-contamination spread through them, the cows, horses, chickens and other animals immediately became uncontrollable. At first it seemed like a massive outbreak of rabies, because they would mindlessly slaughter each other and even kill their owners if they were given the opportunity.

However, the ones who survived the longest, started to mutate and change rather dramatically. Occasionally, the beasts would be eaten by humans and cause those people to start transforming in various ways.

Michael was still sitting in bed, since he couldn’t exactly walk around with the fragile state of his leg bones and no suitable casts available. He complimented “This sauce is really delicious, hehe~. I honestly thought that spaghetti and chicken-livers was something that I invented… Well, normally, I’d put a ton of red-pepper on everything, but this is still great. Anyway, so you were saying something about mutations?”

Linda sighed, muttering “Yeah, we didn’t wanna eat them sick animals and weird plants… but everybody was starvin ta death. Betsy ma goat, she didn’t seem infected when I was drinkin her milk… Daddy changed after havin some bacon… Mama was a vegan, but she still… Well, regardless of what we all ‘look’ like now, we were still the lucky ones.”

He snickered, asking “I keep hearing gunshots in the distance… Is that your people or enemies?” There were some quiet popping noises, along with loud bangs and even what seemed like grenades exploding at times.

Her floppy goat-ears suddenly perked up as she walked over to the open window and looked outside, explaining “It’s probly jus John, Ralfy en Cathy out huntin fer food…” Beyond her yard was a seemingly endless field of seven to ten foot tall cornstalks. She murmured “Please God, dun let anythin bad happen ta them…” while clutching the silver cross pendant around her necklace.

When she turned around, she noticed that Michael was grunting and furiously devouring the noodles on his plate. Tomato sauce was covering his nose, mouth and cheeks, while his bright-blue, vulpine eyes glared up at the startled woman.

Linda nervously made her way around the edge of the room, avoiding the bed as much as possible. Once she reached the door, she swiftly ran out and slammed it shut, locking it from the outside.

It obviously wasn’t her first time seeing those terrifying eyes, but when he was ‘unconscious’, that ‘beast’ was sedated and subdued. Hearing the loud banging noise, a six-foot tall, bald-headed man with a pig-like snout and enormous potbelly came rushing over.

“Was wrong?!” He was wearing a white tank-top that didn’t covered the bottom of his stomach or flabby breasts, suspenders and baggy jeans. There was also a double-barreled shotgun in his hands, as he snorted and shouted “Dagnabbit Linda! Did dat bastard hurt ya again?! I toll-ja we should uh jus throwed-em out weeks ago!”

She refuted “It ain’t his fault! Sides, he finally woke up! He’ll be fine once he’s done eatin!” while crying and shaking her head. If she didn’t block his way, her father really would have entered the room and ‘attempted’ to kill the seemingly ‘feral’ man.

After calming down a bit, he advised “Fine, but dun go in der unarmed next time… Remember what happen when Jojo got sick? I know he’s yer ol friend, but if ya haff ta, den put em down an get it over with for anybody else gets hurt.”

The little goat-girl stared into the pigman’s bright-green eyes and nodded her head reluctantly. Then she went down the hall, up a staircase, into her bedroom and came back out with a loaded forty-four caliber magnum revolver, which was in a holster around her waist.

Her father, Andrew Day, had already left the house by the time she returned to the guest room door. She took a deep breath, then unlocked it, before turning the bronze-colored knob and cautiously entering inside.

Michael’s irises were still bright-blue and his pupils were vertical slits, but he had long since finished eating. He stared at Linda for a few seconds, before growling “Need… food, not enough… Still hungry…”

She asked “Umm, Mike, do ya still recognize me? Why’re ya talkin like that now?”

However, after yawning loudly, the bearded man’s eyes went back to their normal dark-brown. Then he looked down at the white ceramic plate in his hands and wondered “Hmmm, what the hell just happened?” All of the sauce had been completely licked up, but his hands and face were covered with noodle-bits and tiny tomato chunks.

A high-pitched, feminine voice was talking in his mind, “Fox-Bitch was just use-in your body Mike… Ya know, Inari? I ain’t seen any of the other cunts the whole time though.”

He stared over at the window and Linda did the same, because a pitch-black crow had seemed to materialized out of thin air. It’s purple eyes glared at the two of them for a few moments, before it asked “Dafuck you lookin at?”

“Sarah… have you been protecting this place the whole time I was unconscious?” Michael smiled at the mysterious bird and she casually fluttered over to his outstretched right arm.

The chubby goat-girl stammered “W-what is that thing?” She quickly removed the large revolver from her holster and pulled back the hammer with both thumbs, while aiming the muzzle towards that terrifying ‘monster’.

“Linday, calm down~… besides, it ain’t like that gun can actually kill this bitch, heh-heh~.” He used his left hand to strangle the strange creature, but it disappeared in a puff of smoke and re-materialized on his left shoulder, angrily pecking at his face.

When she watched that ‘beast’ tearing off Michael’s flesh without much effort, she hesitantly lowered her weapon. Linda asked “Uh, don’t that hurt? Yer gettin blood all over the bed!”

He complained “Okay, seriously, cut that shit out!” and the irritated raven ceased its furious rampage. Then he interrogated “You’ve been out for a whole month… Does that mean ya finally figured out how to actually use that weird birdy-body?”

The wounds on his cheek were rapidly healing, as Sarah proudly declared “Of course I did! Do ya think I’m a motherfucking dumbass like you?! Watch this!” After flapping her wings a few times, she was hovering a meter or so in front of him.

Michael casually handed the empty ceramic plate over to Linda, as the bird exploded into a black mist. That fog swirled around slowly for a few seconds, but eventually coagulated into a four and a half foot tall, obsidian-skinned elven girl.

Those glowing blue nipples stood out pretty significantly, on her nearly nonexistent breasts. A long, worm-like tail whipped around behind her back, when she slowly landed her buttocks directly onto his lap.

Her sclerae were dark-purple, while her irises were bright-blue, making her seem extremely inhuman. Of course, the size of her eyes was also a major factor, since they were unreasonably large. That long and straight silver hair was mostly draped behind her shoulders, but there were two fairly long and pointed elven ears, protruding from the sides of her head.

Sarah smirked, grabbing the right side of his face with her tiny left hand and then lunging forward, grinding her groin against his erection and biting down onto his neck. Michael instinctively hugged her tightly against his chest, turning to the shocked and confused goat-girl. “Umm~, so yeah, this is my girlfriend… It isn’t bestiality, because she isn’t actually a bird, heh-heh… heh.”

Linda started at him dumbfounded for twenty seconds, before asking “That’s what yer worried bout?! There’s a lil baby vamper succubus demon chuggin ya like a freakin juice-box! Don’t that even hurt?!”

He snickered, explaining “Nah~, I pretty much have an unlimited supply of blood… Now that I think about it though, I’m kinda surprised that I haven’t been able to heal properly, even though it’s been like a month.”

The little vampiric elf stopped drinking from his neck and admitted “Oh, that’s cause I’ve been ‘draining’ your ‘lifeforce’ every night, heh-heh~… What, it ain’t like you’ve never fucked me when I was sleeping! Besides, this body can’t generate mana on its own and compared to the air, your cum is way more potent. That’s probably why those damn shit-heads are always tryin ta eat ya…”

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42 thoughts on “Chapter 35: Friendship

  1. It just me, or has Sarah seemingly… Calmed down? She seems a hell of a lot more mellow compared to before… Seriously mellow, but still a lunatic by “Normal” standards. Inari seems to have mentally scarred Linda at one point, or it may just be because she is a “Apex” predator and has that sorta effect on “Beastkin” while in a starved state? Could be both!

    Thanks for the chapter my friend~

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      • Which reminds me, have him and Inari ever “Done the Deed”, or was the “Jailbait” blocker (It’s been like 50-100+ chapters since it was mentioned, hell if anyone remembers that without notes) stopping them from continuing? Or because they all “Fused” into 1 godlike being (Work in progress), does it no longer apply?

        I ask a shit ton of questions, I swear.

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      • Oi oi oi! This is time-travel after otherworld transfer?! I’ll have to check this out! Thanks for the recommendation dude, whimsical gods are just great.

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      • I was expecting it to be pretty fucked up, so I held out until the latest updated chapter before deciding to follow it/recommend it. I was satisfied with the level of… idk, fucked-upness? It was just right, not too much, not too little lol.

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      • I have to know, how do you rate stuff on a scale of “Fucked up”, for HCOP. Because I find it to be pretty casual about things 95% of the time, then 5% it’s like “Woah dude… Woah.”

        As long as I get no super Tragic moments or something stupid like NTR in my novels, I’m good. The world of Arcana has a really nice “No Rape” rule after all.

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      • Yeah, for me personally, everything’s fine as long as no one important gets raped or enslaved lol. Well, if the MC rapes and enslaves people, that’s really fucked up too. I also typically dislike prostitution… My main problem with it stems from the fact that most prostitution is sex slavery and by definition rape.

        So yeah, there were a few times I went “What the actual fuck did I just read?” when I edited chapters of HCOP roflmao. However, for the most part, it’s meant to be shocking in a funny way, not a “All of my characters are rape victims and former slaves, isn’t this awesome?” kinda fucked up bullshit that a lot of authors do to force drama to happen lol.

        As for Immortal Soul, the MC spends most of his time trying to ‘fix’ the world he ended up in… rather than simply destroying it and moving onto the next one.

        Well, Arcana may or may not be Karma from Immortal Soul… it’s still kinda-sorta up in the air. I mean, Karma still hasn’t actually ‘appeared’ within the Immortal Soul story as an actual character yet… lol.

        Also, I think it’s been pretty obvious but… for those who have read Immortal Soul, they should probably know that Iris ‘is’ the MC from Immortal Soul. Or at least, she’s one of his seven ‘personalities’ or ‘souls’. Hmmm, quite a coincidence, isn’t it? The fact that Players in Arcana’s universe are limited to 6 Companions… Or the way Michael was able to fuse his companions’ souls together with his own? Awfully similar situations… Or the way that the MC from HCOP randomly told that story about Michael, Helel, Gabriel, Raphael, Azriel, Uriel and Sariel… Of course, it was really half-assed and ridiculous, but it still revealed some really important secrets about their reality.

        Who is Dharma though? That’s the biggest question… Also, who is the narrator of Hardcore OP-ness and Questing?

        Is Luna related to Chaotica? Are Helel, Luxia and Luke the same soul? Is everyone in existence technically the same soul? Well, I’d have to say that all of those questions don’t really have answers at this point rofl. Also, there’s no guarantee that Michael’s half-assed history of how their reality began was actually accurate or if he just made most of it up off of the top of his metaphysical head…

        Anyway, the point is that things are super complicated if you try to think about them too hard… I mean, Hardcore OP-ness is even deeper than Alice’s gigantic draconic vagina. 🙂

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      • I swear to Arcana, this shit got so damn meta that I had to sit up from my bed and hunch over just to read this.

        I really need to go catch up on Immortal soul. I read up to chapter 6 in 1 day, then got distracted by some other updates and forgot about it. I saw you post a chapter of it last month so I assume it’s off hiatus now (Somewhat?) so I wouldn’t rip my hair out trying to wait for the dose to my addiction.

        But seriously, you’re so meta that it kinda hurts my head sometimes. There’s been a bunch of games that have been really Meta lately too.

        If you see an influx of “Likes” on Immortal Soul, going in chronological chapter order for the next few days, that means I’m catching up to understand your “Meta Multiverse” shenanigans!

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      • Well, I wouldn’t say it’s off hiatus, but there are a lot of relatively long chapters… you read up to chapter 6 of volume 1 or volume 4? lol Cause chapter 1-6 is like… Idk, not very long. Chapter 7 of volume 2 is 16k words long lol. That’s like a whole arc of HCOP.

        I have no idea what Meta means… Idk, a lot of authors do stuff like this though. It’s not that I can’t write a story completely outside of my ‘Meta’ whatever that means, I just like it this way better lol.

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      • Volume 1, I stopped early because I had to go to school or something like that. Meta means… I actually have no idea, let’s ask Google-sensei! “(of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.” is what it said!

        When I think of long chapters… I think of the lunatic that writes “Those Who Aspired to Become Gods : A darker fairy tale novel ©” with his recent update of 2 chapters, one being 40k the other 60k. The guy’s a lunatic. He did either 15k or a 25k chapter and thought it was too short also. I think he said that his regular chapter length will be 25k from now on though.

        I have no idea how we got to this point. This comment chain is long enough to reference itself now, therefore, we have a meta.

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      • Yeah, I will never write chapters longer than 6 or 8k again, because it’s just… pointless? I mean, I never really understood people who make ‘parts’ either lol. If the chapter needs parts, it’s not a chapter, it’s a fucking Arc and those parts are the chapters… Also, in my opinion, 60-100k is a volume. I’ve seen smaller volumes in light novels, but for the most part, 60-100k is fine. Volume 3 of Immortal Soul is only 66k, but I think when I go back and hardcore edit everything into actual books… I’ll probably add another 14k words in the form of small 2k chapters. People always had problems with Ethir for some reason… idk, some people loved him, but a lot of them complained that he just didn’t have enough character building. He did have the smallest personal chapter after all… Beatrix only had 1 chapter too, but she’ll probably have another one or two in volume 5. Then there’s Amber, who never had her own chapter, even though she was one of the main characters lol.

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      • I feel like I have no idea who these characters are, because I don’t. But I will eventually! How dare you not give a MC a personal chapter to build character! Evil person! But yeah, when I read the author’s note by him when he said the chapter felt too short my entire mind was yelling “Your short chapters are longer then a vast amount of books!”

        I think “Parts” should only be used if it’s dividing battle arc’s from their story parts. Like part 1 is pure build up to the fight, part 2-3 is the fight to the finish then part 4 would be the aftermath chapter. That is personally the only way I see parts as working as intended, since they’re literally 1 really long chapter, broken into parts. Or maybe for the sake of consistenceny? Like the parts are 2k or 4k (is this character or words, I forgot a long ass time ago) long and they want it kept in “Bite sized” pieces so they break it into parts from it’s original longer length to make it easier to digest and not lose interest in them? Cause honestly, it takes me like 10 minutes average to consume 2k-4k chapters, but like 3-5 hours average to consume 25-40k. 60k is like… half my day gone right there…. It fills in the “Break” spaces nicely if done right I find.

        How in the fuck did I even get into that tangent? Wow. I look back at my comments when I get replies sometimes and just go “How drunk/high was I when I said that?” even though I don’t do drugs or drink/smoke at all.

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      • Yeah, this is comment number 9073 on my site lol. I feel like, almost a thousand of them probably belong to me :P. The total amount of words from the comments is probably longer than the first book of HCOP(450k words)

        Anyway~, I don’t like the idea of parts. Even if it’s a battle, it’s still dumb lol. They usually just use that as an excuse to be lazy and not give individual chapter names. A good example is Reincarnator http://kobatochandaisuki.com/novel/reincarnator/ the one I linked earlier… The author was definitely just lazy at naming chapters lol. Instead, it’s just like… “Tutorial (1)” or “Gangnam Station (1)” and keeps using what is essentially just the name of the setting lol. Imo, that’s an Arc… He should at least ‘try’ to make interesting titles for his chapters.

        In the first book of HCOP I went through a lot of effort giving 295 relatively funny names to chapters. I mean, some of them weren’t… but there were 295, so it’d be ridiculous if each one was hilarious or especially witty. As for book 2, it’s actually a lot more serious than most of book 1… though there aren’t very high standards of seriousness rofl.

        Ugh, I need to stop giving random 1000 word replies lol. Idk how long they actually are, I’m just saying 1k words because it sounds like a lot in this context :P.

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      • Both of our points on “Parts” are valid since they are opinions, even if at exact opposite ends, I personally enjoy your chapter names since I go into the chapter thinking “Well, how the fuck does this name correlate to the chapter in any way this time…”. But in the end, they’re just our own opinions so it doesn’t really matter in the end.

        But seriously, we have to stop this comment chain, it’s like at least double or triple the word count of the actual chapter right now. Stop the madness!

        But seriously, what was the friendship this chapter? With goat girl? Probably goat girl. I only see it as goat girl.

        I really was hoping that Dragon-rat has some sort of significance in the story, but it died by a car (I think) instantly… I was hoping it became a world-boss class entity…

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      • YES! THE DRAGON-RAT SHALL REIGN SUPREME! It’s still my favourite character so far in book 2. You can’t beat a Undead Dragon-Fucking-Rat. Thanks for the non-spoiler spoiler.

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      • There is a character that you might like, which I haven’t even written about so far… Ugh, I really wanna say it, but I feel like it’s kinda a super-spoiler lol. It was also a relatively weak animal before mutating…

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      • I personally wouldn’t mind spoilers since I rarely care about the end fact, and more about the process to get to said fact. Reason spoilers don’t matter to me at all really. But knowing this is a comment, and that others would see it, I say to not post a spoiler like that, for their own mental health if anything (people really hate spoilers apparently).

        When I read about such a character though, I feel like I would love it. Praise the awesomeness that is “ABSURD EVOLUTIONARY MUTATION” my friends!

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      • well hmmm… Okay, I’ll do this, since it isn’t really a hardcore spoiler anyway.

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        The Demonic Emperor Penguin Emperor

        Use your imagination lol.

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      • I won’t lie, the second I read that, I thought of a certain Penguin off of RoyalRoadl that seems to make a uncanny number of appearances in a bunch of novels… Was his name “Dok”?

        But seriously, that sounds horrifyingly adorable.

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      • Yeah, haven’t totally decided on the name or specifics yet… However, I just thought it’d be funny to have an ‘Emperor Penguin’ Emperor lol. I was trying to think of the best kinda animal for a character that I’m going to be writing soon and just randomly thought about how if it was a Xianxia, they would give the character a redundant and ridiculous sounding name like “Emperor Penguin Emperor”… anyway, I should stop talking about it, since I might give spoilers for like 30 chapters from now rofl.

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      • Do you seriously think anyone would read the what… 5-10k worth of words to get to the minor title/species spoilers that are only there for a good giggle? Probably at least 1 or 2 people… Probably.

        I should really go to sleep. I’m at that limbo part of sleep deprivation where you feel like you’re on a 70’s acid trip… Or was it 80’s? I can’t even get my jokes right! This is serious!

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      • Roflmao, I’m sure that anyone who would, probably would be offended by the spoiler :P. Yeah, go to sleep, and goodnight. I’m probably going to sleep too, soon.

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      • You have a nice… Night? It’s technically morning where I am… But it’s like… Really dark outside… Farewell my supplier of casual apocalyptic scenarios in a casual format!

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      • I feel like I’m lying to myself just to reply to this and therefore make it the 29th comment in the chain… But it’s like 1 Am and I feel rebellious to my nature tonight!

        It’s too hot for being in the North. Canada should be colder then this. I blame the heat for keeping me up (Even when it’s only like 20-25 Celsius, which for some people, is like absolute zero.)

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      • Fml, I can’t believe I just wrote another long ass rant… I really need to stay away from facebook when I’m tired lol. It’s like… I don’t know what it is atm. However, earlier today it was like 76 degrees. That’s like spring temperature here and it’s only March rofl. This winter has been ridiculous so far… Christmas was warm, it didn’t get cold until the middle of January and then hell literally froze over for a month and a half. Now it’s warm again lol. Wonder if you can find my comment? https://www.facebook.com/sharonosbourneofficial/?fref=nf Ah, don’t say my last name though, it’s a secret shhh~ lol.

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      • You know, I would normally take you up on this challenge… But no, fuck you, hell to the no. I refuse to search through the metric-shit-ton of comments! Have you no soul!? “Go find my comment on a Public Figure’s Facebook page!” You are a evil person. It’s 2am, lets face it. I probably wasn’t going to go to school this week anyway…

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      • Meh, I’ll just copy-paste it lol. No one would ever get to read it on there anyway rofl.

        “When I read most of these negative comments, it actually hurts my brainbox a bit. Maybe I’m just desensitized from watching ‘real’ porn for most of my life, and some things that are impossible to unsee… Anyway, the point is that as long as there is no actual sexual content, then no amount of nudity will make a picture pornographic. Even then, the difference between porn and art really depends on the individual observer. However, regardless of all that… What’s wrong with sexualizing our bodies? If someone watches someone else expressing themselves in a sexual or sensual way and wants to do the same, why would that be a bad thing?

        There’s nothing wrong with craving attention either… we all do, it’s natural. At least, anyone who would complain about someone else seeking attention, is definitely envious and attempting to ‘steal’ some of that attention for themselves lol. I have no idea who’s dumb idea it was that ‘rich people’ are the enemy… Money and fame can both be gained and lost. Just because you’re poor now, doesn’t mean that you always ‘have’ to be poor. I certainly hope to be rich and maybe famous one day, but it’s not some magic trick. There is a lot of luck involved, but it takes a lot of hard work and patience to get ‘that’ lucky lol.

        In conclusion, if someone ‘feels’ empowered by doing something, then they’re empowering themselves by doing it. No matter how much you try to tear someone down for feeling good about their body, life, or whatever, it’s meaningless. The ‘mind’ is part of the body, but they’re both just tools in the end. They’re what ‘we’ use to get what we want, one way or another.

        Ugh, I probably shouldn’t go on facebook when I’m tired… I always end up writing unnecessarily long rants about everything I see lol. #Tired #Rants #Tookmeforevertofindthehashtag”

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      • Mike, the motivational speaker. Using that brainbox of his to make philosophical Facebook comments. Don’t think I didn’t see you like your own comment either mister! I liked it also, so it doesn’t really matter either way!

        But yeah, society is really messed up in the oddest of ways. I had no idea why I was looking at a 90’s style anime censoring (or is it 80’s?) photo of some celebrity on FB. Apparently some celebrity news happened again? I usually avoid any/all news on them.

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      • It’s not a nude since the nudity was censored and therefore it’s basically… A nude without nudity… What in the hell have they created!? It’s like dividing by zero! Our universe can’t handle this level of power!

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    • Foxes, Coyotes, Bears, Wolves, Cougars, and Raccoons. Don’t expect any of those animals to get along with a farmer, or farm animal for that matter. Considering Linda is duel specin both it’s not wonder she doesn’t get along with Inari.

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      • Well, she’s mostly human though, Inari is just like… Idk, do you remember that one time, when she mind-controlled a woman and tore the woman’s face off with her own hands? Yeah, Inari has no chill lol.

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