I met Maru in midair and grunted. While turning my weight, I threw him off balance and sent him tumbling to the floor. With a flare of my stomach oven, I rebounded off of the far wall. "Over already?"
The haze of blackened fish was so heavy that I could taste it. When Maru's eyes began to glow, I fell to the carpeted floor. The energy around my body was gone. My bouncy ball had somehow broken earlier than it should have.
Unable to hide my fear, I trembled. "What ... did you do?"
Once his eyes stopped glowing, Maru panted. "Did I do something?" A smile crept across his creepy face.
It has to be that oversized toy in his bag. I grabbed onto a squeaky toy and lunged forward.
Maru's eyes began to glow again.
I felt my squeaky toy shatter. "That's ... impossible!"
Maru labored for breath. Each step he took seemed to drain more and more of his energy. "It's time I end this."
If he has the power to destroy my toys, why hasn't he destroyed all of them yet? After biting into my lower-lip, I stepped backwards. "I reached out with my mind. Three toys left: two stick-and-feathers as well as a squeaky-mouse toy. A plan formed in my head.
While narrowing his eyes, Maru purred. "Scared? That's perrrrrrrrrrrrfect." He moved forward.
Without thinking, I charged Maru. I hope this works! I reached out and grabbed the stick-and-feather toy.
Once I saw his eyes begin to glow, I released my hold on the toy and ran headfirst into him. He grunted. We both tumbled to the floor.
My stick-and-feather was still intact. I was right. "You lose, Maru!"
I grabbed onto the stick-and-feather. My fur grew and spikes ripped into Maru's flesh.
I released the toy and slapped him across the face with my paw. I bit into his left arm. When the coin-like taste of blood filled my mouth, I leaped to the side and grabbed the squeaky-mouse toy.
Maru rolled back to his feet. "I'll--"
After spitting the blood out of my mouth, I extended a massive claw, grabbing Maru's toy bag and tossing it across the room. That should be far enough away that he can't touch it. A second claw grabbed him by the chest and slammed him into the wall opposite his toys.
Maru coughed. Tears formed in his eyes. "Goo ... please ... I never--"
Another hint of burning fish entered the air.
A thin beam ripped through the wall and pierced Maru's heart.
My eyes bulged. "What?"
Ren strolled in through the same door I had used and grinned. "Now ... it's over." He sprinted across the room before scooping up Maru's toy bag and leaping out the window.
"Ren!" I sprinted to the window and glared down at my friend. "What's the meaning of this?"
Next: Part 33