Burning. That was all the small child knew. Running through his little section of town, a small japanese child, covered in burns. A strange humanoid creature resembling a bat speaking an unknown tongue rushed after him. The boy tripped over a body as other civilains ran by. Falling to his knees, the child began to try shaking the two bodies below him awake.
"Okaa-san! Otou-san!" (Mom! Dad!) The young boy shouted. The bodies below him were charred by the flames, and almost unrecognizable, if not for the bracelets he had made them weeks earlier. "Please, don't go!" Tears streamed down the boy's cheeks as he tried to shake them awake. The monster grew ever closer to the boy, making a gesture with it's hands, and said something else in it's ancient language. It stood just behind the boy, and raised a clawed hand. The boy, accepting his fate, closed his eyes.
It was not meant to be.
A black and red arm came out of nowhere, and punched the monster away. The boy opened his eyes, seeing his savior. A black body, with pale gold knee pads, anklets, and wrist cuffs, with red armor on the torso, shoulders and lower arms. A beetle like face was on his head, with a pale golden stag beetle horn rising from his brow, and two red bug eyes. The most prominent feature was his belt, which was mostly a silver color with ancient runes on it, and a single red orb in the center.
"Kuuga..." The monster uttered, eyeing the strange bugman. The boy watched as his savior, apparently named Kuuga, punched the creature again, sending it flying back.
The red and gold warrior known as Kuuga walked towards where the monster landed, and held his hands over his buckle, causing the center to change to blue. A whirring sound rang out as the boy watched his savior make a movement with his arms.
"Cho Henshin!" (Super Transformation!) Shouted the voice of Kuuga. Instantly his body changed in a flash, the red of his body changing to blue, and gaining a more plain chestplate. His shoulder pads vanished, leaving behind bare black shoulders. The eyes of helmet changed to blue as well. Grabbing a nearby pole from a destroyed house, the warrior readied himself for combat. The pole morphed into a long pole arm, mainly blue in color, with gold orbs at the ends. Kuuga spun it around a few times, then struck, the beast not even getting a chance to retaliate.
The boy was awe struck. Despite the flames, despite the death... A hero had arrived to save the people still alive! His awestruck eyes caught sight of the beetle warrior performing a new holds barred beatdown on the beast, using just a pole arm. It was amazing!
Kuuga held his hands over his belt again, the orb shifting back to red. "Cho Henshin!" Doing his hand motion once more, his body changed back to it's previous form.
The beast was now on the ground, bleeding and in serious pain. It said something in it's tongue, to which the warrior did not react. Instead, flames began to gather around his right leg. Getting a position, he took off running, each step of his right foot gathering more and more fire and energy to it. The flames and energy flew down to his foot as he lept into the air, and then descended down onto the beast. The attack connected, and a symbol was left on the monster. Said symbol began to glow, and the monster said something that sounded like he was cursing the warrior.
The monster was then engulfed by a rather sizable explosion as the warrior landed back on the ground, the ground beneath him cracking slightly. Turning around, he stood, then spotted the boy, and gave a thumbs up.
The boy grinned widely. It was such an amazing display of power and finesse! He got up and ran to the warrior, and hugged his leg. "Thank you for saving me, mister!" The warrior leaned down and pat the boy on the head. "But... who are you?"
A chuckle could be heard as Kuuga's body turned transparent, then started to shrink into a human body hidden beneath it. The man had black hair that reached his chin, and brown eyes. He wore a heavy coat and pants with sneakers. "I'm Yuusuke Godai! Kamem Rider Kuuga!" He struck a pose, and the boy let out an awestruck sound. Yuusuke chuckled again.
"I'm sorry about not getting here sooner..." He apologized with a bow. "I truly am! I was dealing with another one in the next town over... but... protecting some smiles in this town... Is preferable to having them all fade." He went on, smiling down at the boy. The boy smiled back. "Come on, let's give the fallen here a proper burial." The man held out a hand, which the boy took, and he was hoisted to his feet. "You never told me your name, kid. What it is?"
The boy smiled again and looked up at Yuusuke.
"Nazo. Nazo Michi!"
AVIUS THEORETICAL 1: END