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|[Flashback] Thinking About Immortals|
|Topic Started: Jan 25 2011, 06:47 PM (173 Views)|
|Post #1 Jan 25 2011, 06:47 PM||Orius|
Failure after failure after failure. From the shooter to the immortal girl to everyone in between was completely unfit to travel with.
It was pretty sad, really. Even though Kerb had grown up on the island of Saint Reia, he thought that there would at least be one person that wasn’t corrupt, rude, or had any other horrible personality flaws that would end up with someone dead at the end of the day.
Though Kerb wasn’t perfect himself, he was hoping that there would at least be one person that he could find to help him out. Going through the Grand Line alone was almost the same as suicide. But, after the fifteenth attempt of the day failed, the bounty hunter was almost ready to completely give up and try his luck at going solo.
Ha, like he would survive that.
Though it was still early in the day, Kerb made a mental promise to himself. If he wasn’t able to find at least one recruit by dusk, he would leave the island all by himself. It would be hard, of course, but he might find someone on the way, hopefully. Low chance, of course, but he did need to get to the Grand Line as soon as possible.
Without a proper schedule, reaching his goal would just scoot further and further away until he would just be stuck in the same cycle of doing nothing productive all day, staying on Saint Reia until he eventually died, becoming one with the island.
While that wasn’t totally a bad ending, considering what the island had done for him throughout his life, it definitely wasn’t up high on his to-do list. He needed to spread his essage, helping out those that needed it, while stopping those that went against the divine cycle, such as the immortal girl and all of her kind.
Kerb still hadn’t gotten over her existence, though. It still puzzled him on how something that pervasive… that vile could ever exist in the world. The very thought of her existence puzzled him. Something that broke the cycle of life and death that badly needed to be eradicated some way or another. Yet, even though he knew that she had to die and even though the chance was in his hand, he wasn’t able to do it.
Something had stopped him.
Was he too weak to kill a girl?
Was killing those that needed to be put down outside of his own abilities?
Surely not… He was given a chance. He was able to do it. He could have left her, letting her die without any blood on his hands.
If that was so, why didn’t he?
Even though Kerb had never killed another human, or even an animal if it wasn’t strictly for food, he still halfway expected himself to give into his anger, killing the girl. Not even just leaving her there, but, brutally murdering her as best as he could, killing every part of her body, leaving nothing left.
Instead, he didn’t. Kerb had held himself back, for reasons completely unknown to himself. That could be the one thing he worked on, even if it was a bit morbid and normally immoral. There were those in the Grand Line that would kill a person without any notice, care, or remorse for who or what they were attacking, from the stories that flowed throughout the port island of Saint Reia.
Money and greed were the two most driving forces of these types of murders and devastation, with beli filling their eyes and minds, killing for only those reasons, not caring about anything else.
Maybe that was why Kerb couldn’t kill the vampire girl. He just didn’t want to be like the people that he had heard about that just killed everyone that looked at them the wrong way, just to earn some extra beli or some power of some sort.
But was that really the same thing?
His motivation for killing definitely wasn’t for greed, since he was already pretty well off, not really needing any money for much of anything. He had everything he needed, from his spear, to food, to his boat. Even so, he still kept his costs down, since he always tried to get his food naturally, picking berries and all that. It was a lot cheaper this way, since he didn’t have to barter or deal with others, getting the food for almost free. Plus, the girl didn’t really look like she had any beli on her, judging only on her appearance.
Judging the book by its cover was never good for getting to know someone, but, for some judgments like this, it was rather fine, since it wasn’t too important.
His reason for killing her was a much, much different sin. Rather than greed, it was wrath. Simply put, Kerb was mad and angry that the vampire even existed and continued on living, nothing more, and nothing less. Beli was completely irrelevant to his murderous thoughts and intent.
It was weird, though.
Normally, he wouldn’t ever get that mad, or, even mad. Yet… was his way of life so threatened by something so small and normally insignificant?
Well, not really small…
According to her own words, there was an entire island of those abominations. That was probably the main thing that was truly scary. Not only was this immortal vampire alive, but there were many, many more where she came from. Kerb hadn’t been to many islands, so his perspective of them were pretty limited, but, if the island was even close to the size of Saint Reia, then there were enough vampires to take over a lot of lands before being having to hide in the darkness. The sheer number was frightening, even if it was just an estimate.
It was pretty scary, though, even if Kerb’s philosophy wasn’t a factor of his train of thought. From the perspective of a marine, the idea that hundreds of immortals could, in a single night become a massive swarm of undeath and destruction, almost entirely unbeatable would send shivers throughout the marine’s ranks.
Even though he wasn’t a marine, it was still easy to think of what would happen if the vampires did want to destroy anything in their way, especially with Minou being one of the weaker ones, just a child.
Maybe that would be one of his goals in life.
But, would that really be moral at all? Death was supposed to be entirely natural, with life bringing death and death bringing about new life. That’s what made death, decay, and disease so beautiful. They were completely out of control of individuals, making the cycle of life pure and divine. Sure, doctors and such got in the way, but they were just speed bumps, slowing down death before it hit full force.
Ah, what a dilemma…
Killing the girl and all her kind, or just letting them live on, doing their own thing and letting the marines handle them.
At the moment, at least, Kerb was stumped. His body wanted him to kill the girl, to let the cycle of life continue on, uninterrupted, being back to its pure and natural state. But, his mind and moral compass were telling him to stay calm and think things through. He didn’t really know which path to choose, since both were very, very tempting.
So many ways to be pulled, yet on completely separate sides.
Without a single soul coming up to him, his thoughts were rather free, but, he didn’t need many distractions. He needed to stay focused and maybe try to be a bit more assertive, asking those that appeared to be interested, rather than just wait for him.
Yeah, that’d be it.
Thinking was getting rather complicated, at the moment, after all.
|Post #2 Jan 27 2011, 07:45 PM||Rounin|
Orius~2 DP, 700,000
Edited by Rounin, Jan 27 2011, 07:46 PM.
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