Chapter 281: A Family Man
(Ten Years Ago)
(Unova Syndicate- Planet Rolaries)
“Daddy! Daddy! Pick me up!”
“No! Daddy you need to play with me first!”
Two adorable little girls named Anna and Sarah jumped around excitedly as their father had returned home for the first time in months.
A handsome man smiled as he embraced his two quarreling daughters.
The man had a muscular physique, but his facial features leaned more towards what could only be described as an androgynous sense of beauty.
His two daughters had completely inherited their father’s good looks and beautiful blonde hair flowed down both their shoulders.
Life was not easy for a mercenary living on Planet Rolaries, but Jason was a skilled warrior, so it was no problem to buy a house in the safer district zone.
Cross into the qi tide stage at the age of thirty-one was enough to receiver offers from numerous powerful organizations.
But family would always come first.
He already spent more than enough time away from home right now.
Joining a mercenary corps would just further restrict the precious time he had to interact with his loved ones.
“Where’s your mother?” Jason whispered softly as he poked Sarah’s chubby belly.
Anna stared at him with pitiful eyes until Jason also gave her head a gentle pat.
Sarah broke away from her father’s teasing finger and dashed towards the kitchen area.
“Mom! Daddy is back!” she yelled.
Jason laughed as he heard his daughter shout loudly enough for even the next-door neighbours to hear.
Sarah had always been an energetic child while Anna was the quieter one.
Footsteps were heard from across the two-bedroom home as a woman ran into the living room with tears in her eyes.
Miranda Oberyn was a gorgeous woman born as the daughter of a wealthy smuggler.
No man could resist her deep blue eyes or her sharp feminine features that resembled an untouchable enchantress.
She had been a queen willing to abandon her life of luxury in the Earth Federation to run off with a poor orphan.
“Welcome back darling,” Miranda’s eyes twinkled as she leaned over to plant a kiss on her husband’s lips.
Jason’s eyes darkened and passion surged behind his seemingly calm facade.
The look in his eyes caused Miranda to blush uncontrollably.
When the kids fell asleep tonight…. she could tell that this night was bound to be a sleepless one.
“Ewww dad! That’s gross,” a disgruntled cry interrupted the sweet moment between the couple as Sarah covered her face in disgust.
Who wanted to see their parents kiss in front of them?
Miranda shot Jason a helpless look and then bent down to pick up little Anna in her arms. She headed back to the kitchen but not before winking suggestively at her husband.
Sarah was not willing to be left behind and followed her mother like a tiny shadow. Soon it was only Jason left in the living room.
The mercenary could not help but take a glance towards the kitchen area with nothing but love filling his heart.
This was his family.
His children were the crystallisation of love between a poor boy and a noble princess who believed in him despite opposition from her family.
The only reason he could fight so well on the battlefield was knowing that his life was precious, and people were waiting for him back home.
That thought reminded him of an old saying in the business….
The best warriors are always men with nothing to lose or men with everything to lose.
Jason planned to head towards the bedroom to change out of his combat gear but suddenly he remembered something important.
He reached into his pocket and pulled out a thin sheet of paper.
It was the latest invitation he had gotten, and it was to join some mysterious religious group.
One of the older mercenaries who Jason had worked with in the past had passed along the note.
Jason did try to decline but seeing as the older man kept insisting, he decided to just put the invitation in his pocket and throw it away once he got home.
Still curiosity was a powerful thing and Jason despite his better judgement unfolded the sheet of paper and read the lines of text printed out in a simple font.
He narrowed his eyes as he saw the strange name of the organization.
Apparently, they called themselves….
The Hyperion Order.
(Unova Syndicate- Unknown Planet)
“Men! Immediately back up and assume gamma- delta formation,” Captain Dawn roared as the tremors in the sand got worse.
The ground was shaking so violently that even the air was affected but each hoverbike was equipped with state-of-the-art stabilisers so there were no problems when turning.
An enormous flower around the size of a two-story building rose up from the ground. Captain Dawn frowned as he recognised the species.
X’rean or more commonly known as ‘The Devil’s Handmaid.’
A spectacular pale- white flower with grace and beauty that was enough to charm any onlookers.
Provided you ignored the razor-sharp teeth and toxic green vines that would attack any living organism within a ten-mile radius.
Being struck by one of those vines would most certainly lead to death.
Captain Dawn had only seen one survivor and that was the hybrid girl he had picked up last week.
“Captain what should we do now?” a squire panicked as a rotten scent filled the air.
Green tendrils slowly moved towards the group in a snake-like manner.
“Leave it to me,” Captain Dawn simply replied with strong determination in his tone.
As a knight of the Hyperion Order, it was his duty to defend the safety of his squad.
The sun’s gentle rays shone down on the handsome knight as his dirty blonde hair swayed slightly under the wind.
Two faces popped up in his mind at the moment, but they vanished too quickly. He recognised them as the faces of his daughter who were now in heaven serving the sun god.
Captain Dawn vaguely felt like something was missing in his heart, but his thoughts soon turned towards the impending battle.
He pressed a button on the side of his hoverbike and a small compartment popped out of the dashboard.
Captain Dawn opened the compartment and saw a thin silver syringe filled with a murky reddish liquid that glowed when expose to the sunlight.
Without hesitation, the captain plunged the syringe into his arm and injected its contents into his veins.
The familiar flow of power almost caused the captain to moan in pleasure but soon the equally familiar bursts of pain brought him back to reality.
“Dear Sun God,” Captain Dawn chanted.
“May your mercy and grace guide your brave warriors on the battlefield of heaven.”
“I seek not your forgiveness but rather your strength.”
“May your flames baptise my enemies in the name of your holiness.”
Captain Dawn gripped his longsword, and the metallic weapon glowed a brilliant white colour.
The aura surrounding the captain’s body climbed and climbed until it reached the top of the qi tide stage.
One small push would be enough to cross into the void realm.
Captain Dawn’s figure instantly vanished and reappeared right above the monstrous foe who dared to disturb the Hyperion knights.
“By the light of the Sun’s glory!” Captain Dawn roared as he swung his sword downwards.
Sophie widened her eyes in horror as the same type of foe she had spent hours desperately fighting was cut down with a single strike.