‘I was nearly killed...! I almost got killed..!"
The coolness of the air relieved the burning pain somewhat as he re-entered the maze of shadows. He could still feel the echoes of that boiling torture, but most of the burning sensations had died away into a dull throb. The skinny figure huddled into himself against a wall, eyes slitted open as he waited for his vision to return. His laboured breathing slowed in sync with the drumming of his heart. His entire body trembled with fatigue as his strength drained out of him. It was an exhaustion Accelerator had never experienced before; the only thing that was keeping him upright was the concrete block he was leaning on.
“Tch… Now I’m fucking jumping at shadows.”
Scowling, Accelerator continued his slow progress, trying to shrug the incident off as nothing. The uncomfortable feeling continued to prickle his skin though, and he wondered if it had actually been more than just a figment of his imagination.
‘What the hell…’
Suspicions were consuming his mind, eating away at his subconscious. Every little sound bothered his ears, every shift of the wind brushing against his skin put his teeth on edge.
He could not trust anything. Everything about this place—the mysterious apparition, the Railgun’s motives—piqued his paranoia. His apprehensive eyes roamed over every nook and cranny as he walked, wanting to miss nothing. He was quite certain that the Railgun had also lost her Esper powers, but that did not necessarily equate to zero possibility of further attacks on her part.
She could be just around the corner, waiting to pounce on him again… And this time, maybe she would kill him for real…
The chit thought she was better than him now that both of their powers were gone. It was true, as the Third-rate had proven, that she was physically stronger than he was in this current state. As much as he didn’t want to admit it, he would be a fool not to see that the Railgun was in a more advantageous situation than he was.
‘It’s only temporary,’ Accelerator thought with gritted teeth, ‘Only temporary until I find out a way to restore my powers… Until then, I need something to protect myself with.’
Righting himself from a dangerously close half-stumble, the albino let out a huff of annoyance and continued on his way, entering deeper into the dark alleys.
‘I need something to gain the upper hand here. Something to show her that I won’t be messed with...’
His pale lips twisted into a condescending smirk at the dark thoughts occupying his mind.
‘I’ll soon put you back in your place, Railgun.’