“Congratulations Lightstrike, you won the fight. As promised the Grand Prize is a place with the Dark Hunters.” the Announcer
“Gasp…I never would have guessed” sarcastically thought Seihu.
“What do you have to say?” asked the Announcer.
The Phase Dragon heard this and went to Naho roaring and muttering.
Naho said, “Seihu is making the announcement”
“Good, now let’s move” said Zerkai, the Toa Mangai of Earth.
“I would like to take time to thank the managers” Seihu said before shifting the tone “…who deliberately set me up and lied to me about this being a Toa training program. They used me as a key for making money and taking over the Dark Hunters, going as far as to even recruit me to assassinate their leader!” Seihu pointed to Burosa and Sterok.
“Let’s give a hand to my intelligent managers behind this, Burosa and Sterok!” yelled Seihu as he clapped loudly and sarcastically.
The audience gasped.
Burosa and Sterok glanced at each other with a look of a mix of disbelief, guilt, and fear, because they were caught by Seihu, and looked across at the Shadowed One.
The Shadowed One was fuming as he turned his icy hot gaze towards Burosa and Sterok, with Lariska and Sentrahk following.
“Also, I will not take part in these games anymore. Endangering the lives of many for short-lived victories and money is not my life. No longer will I be set up for even the prize that is offered. ” Seihu yelled. “That is the difference between a warrior and murderer.”
Sterok asked, “Should we start running now?”
Burosa slapped him upside the head and yelled “Move!” as they tried to run.
As Seihu ran for them, he was antagonized by Hordika Dragons and 8 arena fighters, which were sent by the duo as a distraction. However, the ten Toa who watched over him came in and evened the odds.
“Lightstrike, we got you,” Zerkai said while brandishing his weapon.
“We’ll even out the odds to clear your path” said another Toa.
“What took you guys so long?” Seihu asked with a smile.
“We just wanted to make our appearance look good” a Toa joked.
Then a few arena fighters stepped forward to Seihu, Seihu had his guard up with adrenaline flowing through him like the Protodermis Falls through Ga-Metru.
Then the fighters turned around to help the Toa and fought the Hordika Dragons and other fighters.
Seihu eased his guard down a bit and shifted his eyes left and right puzzled.
One of the fighters looked back and charged, “What are you standing around for? Get Burosa and Sterok, and leave this to us!”
Seihu uttered and nodded, “Huh…oh”, then he ran to go face off against Burosa and Sterok.
As Burosa and Sterok left the Canyon, Naho and Iswo made an ice puddle that caused Sterok to slip and fall, and a wave of fire coming from Lhikan’s swords halted Burosa. Lhikan, Iswo, Naho and a few members of the Order showed up.
“Uh oh” Sterok complained.
“I thought I would find you two here again,” said Lhikan with one of his swords rested on his shoulder and another pointing at them.
“You were behind this plan, weren’t you Lhikan?” muttered Burosa.
“Not only them, but…” Seihu commented as he somersaulted over them from behind and then kicked them with both of his feet, “Me too”.
Burosa and Sterok fell after that hit.
“Nice kick” replied the one of the Toa.
Zerkai, some arena fighters, and some Guardian Toa came out with the pummeled Hordika Dragons on leashes.
“Burosa and Sterok, by the will of the city of Metru Nui and Mata Nui himself, you leave this city now or you will be forced out”, threatened Lhikan.
Burosa knew they had to leave, so he got Sterok and grudgingly left.
Seihu walked up to Lhikan after seeing Burosa and Sterok being escorted away by Hulgon and Zerkai.
“Lhikan, once again, I’m sorry for all of this mess, I should have known that they were what they were.” Seihu apologized, “What can I do to make things right?”
“There wasn’t too much damage done, but Turaga Dume and I’ll come up with something for you.” said Lhikan.
Seihu nodded with a grim but cooperative expression.
“But you did well, Seihu. I’m proud of you for coming to your senses and doing what was right. Mata Nui would be proud”, lauded Lhikan as he put his hand on Seihu’s shoulder, “Now let’s go home.”
Seihu smiled as he heard that.
The four arena fighters approached Seihu and the others;
“Wait!” cried out one fighter.
Everybody stopped for a moment.
“My whole life has been about fighting. When I was recruited by Burosa and Sterok, years back, they said I would fight for my hometown, but I ended up losing more than just my arm, I lost my friends and honor.” One fighter confessed.
“I’m also a result of their experiments. I’m a Hordika because of them, and my own home shunned me” said a native of Xia.
“I remember what it was like to have an honor like yours.” said another Steltian to Seihu.
“We also want out too. These years of fighting were an addiction to a lost cause.” requested the fourth fighter.
Seihu scrunched his eyes “Uhh…Okay”.
Hulgon walked up to Seihu and put his hand on Seihu’s shoulder. Seihu looked behind him at the former champion.
“They are telling the truth” reassured Hulgon.
“How can you tell?” asked Seihu.
“I see it in their eyes, and I learned how to spot a liar,” reassured Hulgon. “They need our help.”
“Okay, if you guys are serious, then we will help you,” said Seihu…
In another region, as Burosa and Sterok were getting their bags and leaving for new island in the Matoran Universe, they were hit with a stun dart by Lariska and brought to Odina, the lair of The Shadowed One.
Burosa and Sterok were upset about how they got caught.
“So, what was it about you assassinating me again?” inquired The Shadowed One twirling with his staff.
“Uhh…” droned Sterok.
Burosa trying to make an excuse, “Technically, it was Lightstrike who volunteered.”
“No, he was a naïve pawn in your schemes” calmly retorted Lariska with intimidation in her voice.
“Besides, as spectacular as his skills are, he is still small fry compared to the Toa and you two,” added the Shadowed One. “He couldn’t even harm a nail on my hand.”
“Sentrahk, take them to the dungeon…” ordered The Shadowed One.
Sentrahk dragged Burosa and Sterok away.
A few days later, it was a sign their last scheme was definitely their last scheme.
“Good riddance”, smirked The Shadowed One as he thanked his bodyguard Sentrahk…