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David is a slayer, which means he hunts that which goes bump in the night. His missions are usually perilous, but this time he's warned that what he's going against is his most deadly foe yet.

The wind whisked away the fallen leaves, and colored the atmosphere with reds, yellows, oranges, and browns. David stood on a hill overlooking the city, while dusk crept up on the world, and the trees around him shed their more appealing pieces. The wind was growing weaker, but a cold front was coming, that much David could tell. He turned to return to the path leading back to his home on the outskirts of the city, when a figure enshrouded by a tree called out to him.

“Why, if it isn’t my rival, the Slayer David!” the figure said, tilting its head to the side and laughing. David knew exactly who he was dealing with. After all, there was only one person who called him his “rival”.

“Zero. So you’re still alive,” David said, smirking and walking past him. Zero took note that David was trying to ignore him and go about his business, but would not have it. He escaped the tree’s shadowy embrace and ran to face David, face-to-face.

“That’s ‘Monster Hunter Zero’ to you! It’s got a nice ring, I’d say.”

“If you aren’t going to leave me alone, you should get to the point and tell me what you want.”

“Impatient as always. Fine, I’ll tell you. Tomorrow you’ll be called on a mission, and a dangerous one at that.”

“So? I always go on dangerous missions. If I’m not putting my life on the line, I don’t feel like doing one in the first place. I always overcome the odds, why should this particular mission be any different?”

“It is, believe me. I’m not trying to tell you you’ll die, I simply want to help. Can’t have my rival dying at the hands of some monster, I oughta be the one to end you!”

“I’ll mull it over, Monster Hunter. But don’t hold your breath, alright? If I didn’t think I could deal with something myself, I would ask for help. I’m not one to just rush into things where I know there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that I’ll pull through, but that’s just the thing, I usually can handle the odds.”

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