April 18th, 2013...
That was the most shocking things I ever heard from her mouth after almost a year we've met.
It all started this morning when she received an email from Rock Hard Gladiator Inc. about her turn's battle. Yes, a battle! Can you believe that? At the time she showed me that RHG Inc. forum (which according to me, it's really awful and bloody), I was responding it neutrally and trying not to question her weird excitement on that. She just recently registered on there though, from what she said to me. Then, there was one of our teacher (it's Blak a.k.a. Charlie, that mustache doesn't really help his disguise) who pulled me in when I passed the teacher's room, and directly explained me if she was going to one of those battles. Again as a person who possessed Eternal Reincarnation* he was always 100% right and this might affect her future career. I, as her only best friend on this high school, have a right to worry her. Doesn't she wants to go to college with better life and bright career?
"No," she said calmly when I asked that question when we were sitting on a 1 meter block at corridor right in front of our class, yet shocked me in silence, "I can't seem to think about future without my brother. The mail clearly state that he has become one of the best fighters there and I need to meet him."
"Wow, hold on there," I cut her said with several triggered questions, wanting to be exploded from my mind. "You never told me you have one! How is he? I'm also starting to questioning your presence on that forum there. Were you really, really just got yourself registered there? How could it be??"
She stared at me quite long time with elusive expression - bit looked suspicious to me - before asking, "Now I'm the one who is getting curious about you. Haven't you and Blak talked to each other this morning, at break time? 'We' have been watching you there."
Damn it, what does this girl not know about me?! I thought quite harshly, while keeping the neutral expression in front of her at the same time. Bet she was seeing me being pulled into the teacher's room at the National Exam's break time from our school's 3rd floor balcony which only had a mini greenhouse behind. It was facing right towards that room so that balcony could be a perfect vantage point for those who likes to look the whole part of this school, as well as school citizens.
I confessed, praised her self duplication ability once again from many times, "As a person who likes to use her powers properly, you're really good with that..."
"What? No," she denied my sentence (probably regarding to my praise with her power) by turning her head towards me with slight wonder yet somewhat full of confidence, and continued, "Don't you remember? You told me about my brother's popular presence there. I'm sure I heard that right."
Well, she got me. I didn't even remember it, at all. Might be my other persona or something, but I just carried on with my recent question I wanted to ask, "Consider I'm throwing that fact at the moment because there's something more important I'd like to know now. Something that you didn't tell me before, sis. Blak had told me several things about your upcoming battle from that silly forum you just registered, and I want to match the story with your version. Sorry if I seem to push you, but I think this is the only way." I closed my sentence by turning my face around and looking straight through the 10 × 5 m2 field, watching those school boys playing basketball. Now that's what I called real slam dunk! I praised at a player in silent, yet smirking a bit. He seemed to be a 12 Social 1 grade student with that specific punk hair, yet one of the smartest one in our school.
After taking a deep breath and opening her closed eyes while blinking them, Emerald started to tell me the whole story. Apparently her parents left her and also her brother at the time she was having her 5th birthday! They (or only her brother to be exact) then had lived as thieves with homeless for straight 5 years until some other stranger noticed their presence. She recognized him as 'Mr. Grey-with-sunglasses', giving cold looks for those who stared him. Without any specific reason, he killed - or that was that damn stranger thought - her brother by simply punching his chest. Red-Hot, Emerald's older brother, got down after several useless fight while that stranger left something like a card and quickly left that place without caring them anymore.
Emerald's dying brother then noticed something strange from his little sister when he got frustrated with his upcoming death. There was 2 Emeralds staring him with exact same voices to keep him alive and persist with his pain. It kind of worked, her (or their at that moment) brother did smile after seconds being confused - again. From that situation, he told Emerald everything about her power in which he already saw when she was still 3, while his body slowly turned into ash. They got merged afterwards because of the skin contact after hugging each other.
I saw Emerald almost drop her tears apart when she said that Red-Hot would still be alive and told her to find him after she had been prepared. Prepared for what? For the last time, I've been made drenched by her story, yet it also made my true expression easily noticeable.
She quickly organized her words, "I've been lurking through that forum since 2011, Mus. To be exact, since that year's 4-Day event. I was feeling graceful when meeting Black like we had been destined to meet each other. Soon he trained me by controlling my main power as well as another capabilities of mine for 8 years until I came here, our current high school to meet you, our creator. Anyway, you do know if that forum has a portal that contains their RHG and non-RHG uploaded videos, right? They need to hire some semi-visible hover cameras to record their battle, which each of those costs pretty expensive. Luckily each participants is given at least 3 free cameras for the starting point of their first battle, so you won't need your real money for that." Emerald explained thoroughly to me pretty quietly, cause not all students and teachers at school were all going home back then. Some were still prefer to stay for awhile for hanging out or cleaning up classes, some others still had to finish some school works. Thus, it made the school still kind of crowded, especially it was the end of 4-day National Exam.
I raised my right hand between our face, telling her to keep silence and bit whispered, "How did Blak know that I am the right person to do this all and keep your whole life secrets? And how did he know that I am the one who created you?"
"Because..." Emerald gave a dramatic pause between her sentence, while I was ready to wait for the continuation, "...you already told me just a second ago, without further confusion." Emerald confirmed her last statement before leaving me in another personal appraisal to the strangest girl with real superpower I ever met. In fact, she also had a not-so experienced spy as her mentor!
*a person who remembers most of his past lives and often receives message from the truth voice upon his/her relaxed state, usually during their sleep or when daydreaming. In this case, Blak is one from several people who possesses this ability.