Chapter Fifty-Two: Vatas Shadow Pridus VS Tenso Ukitaro
~ Here is the second chapter to be released on Friday! Fortunately, I had enough time to start on this.
"Turn around slowly," Senso ordered, gripping his lance. "Or you will die." Allon made no sound nor any resistance, slowly turning around. "Take off your hood," Senso said. "Slowly."
Silently, Allon lifted his right hand, and tugged his hood off. Allon had black shaggy hair; his eyes were lit bright, both in a different color, green and silver. He had low cheekbones, and wore a cool neutral expression. Senso widened his eyes in shock. "It's you!" he yelled in astonishment.
Allon replied, "Long time no see, Senso Ukitaro."
He immediately dropped the black marker. The black marker smashed into the concrete with a dull thud, as somehow, paper shot out everywhere. The black marker had been made out of those dozen pieces of paper. Senso widened his eyes once again, as his eyes narrowed. "Paper bombs?!"
Allon grinned. "Correct."
Tenso, continually crackled as he sidestepped to the right as Vatas's long katana stabbed through the air where he was. With a spin of his blade, Vatas sent the sickle chained to his katana at Tenso. The sickle shimmered in the light emitted from the enormous hole made from the earlier explosion. Tenso quickly ducked, as the sickle passed his head, cutting off half a centimeter of his red spiky hair. He quickly leaped back as Vatas swung his katana low in an attempt to slash at his legs. As Tenso jumped back, in midair, formed a handsign and mumbled, "Fire Style: Exploding Flame Orb!" Immediately, fire suddenly dispersed from out of nowhere, gathering around Tenso's outstretched hand and forming into a small sphere. After a couple of seconds, the flame orb was completed and with a wicked grin on his face, tossed the ball at Vatas, who quickly took countering strategy by forming several handsigns.
As the fiery fire orb rolled toward Vatas, steadily ticking, signally of when it will explode, dispersing its perilous flames.
Quickly realizing what it was, Vatas skittered back and immediately started stringing handsigns together, as the orb ticked loudly, signalling of its detonator. With less than three seconds left on the clock, he continued his handsigns, speedily. Just with one second left, Vatas stopped and murmured, "Darkness Style: Dome of Dusk!" Following that, shadows instantly lingered. Vatas's own shadow moved, raising up along with the shadows near it. The shadows had completed two-thirds of the darkness dome when the flaming orb counting to a zero, and exploded with a bang.
Smoke hung everywhere, slowly drifting into the large hole which had been made earlier. Laughing like a psychopath, Tenso stood in the midst of the destruction. He had quickly retreated when the fire orb had started its countdown, and way soon out of its range. Tenso gazed at where Vatas stood, waiting for the smoke to vanish, to see if his opponent was dead or not--
Tenso felt a blade against his neck. It was cold, and seemed familiar. He glanced behind him, slowly, and saw Vatas standing before him, in a higher platform as the sound of rushing water from the damaged pipes continued to flow around them. Vatas had survived the explosion, but not on good terms. He was still alive, but half of his clothes had been obliterated, burned in the explosion. The bottom of his black robe had been completely burned away, exposing his slightly sprained ankles. Vatas's left arm was also slightly scorched, as smoke hung from it. The sleeves of his left arm was gone as well. His mask had been almost completely destroyed, as only the upper right section of it was on him, covering his pitch black eyes. "Time to die, Tenso Ukitaro, like you should have, twelve years ago."
Tenso offered a broad smirk as Vatas coldy swung his long katana at Tenso's neck in an attempt to behead him.
Jinsoku Raikou (Swift Lightning)
, Tenso thought and disappeared, leaving behind a static sound. Vatas's blade sung through the air where Tenso's head had once occupied. Tenso then reappeared behind Vatas, who quickly realized it and swung his blade back, allowing the sickle to fly back as well. However, the sickle never made it. Barely saving himself from an injury, Tenso, who had only one nano-second left, formed a handsign. Fire Style: Kick of Flames!
He brought his leg up and kicked Vatas broadly, from head to knee, as Vatas was sent flying as burns appeared on his skin. His katana was sent flying as well, which flew out of his hand. The sickle, now within less than half a centimeter from Tenso's stomach, flew along with the katana, due to the chains which connected the two.
Vatas crash-landed into a chunk of the ceiling of the Underground that had been destroyed when Tenso had earlier used his oil/fire technique. He smashed through the huge piece of concrete, and finally slid to a stop on the moist floor, barely conscious. Tenso, wearing his smirk, slowly made his way to Vatas. "You are strong, boy--
~During the First Explosion Set Off~
As the fire sped toward the oil, that had conquered the water, Vatas grunted. He's planing a suicidal death?!
He then glanced at Tenso, who was seemingly vacant. Continually taking in his surroundings, Vatas glanced around him, and finally found his target: there was a small hole in the ground, freshly dug. He used an Earth Style technique!
Vatas realized. I don't have Earth Techniques to hide deep within the earth, nor Water Techniques to douse the flames, so..!
He then gazed as the paper bomb made its way into the flames. I have to stop it!
Vatas closed his eyes, realizing that he had less than a nano-second to stop it from reaching the fiery fire, which he couldn't by normal means. Concentrating as hard as he could, he only thought of the priority of stopping the paper bomb. And he disappeared. It all happened in less than a distance. To the normal eye, it seemed as if the boy had suddenly vanished, along with the flying paper bomb. In truth, Vatas was moving at the speed of light, even if only for a little. He knew there was a limit on doing this, and if he overcame if, he would certainly die. Yet he continued, and grasped the paper bomb, and threw it elsewhere, aimed at Tenso's hole.
However, something else had happened, as the fires, now some reaching up to the height of the tall ceiling, touched the ceiling dimly. One part the flames touched, however, had a paper bomb on it, one that the flames had touched.
And another explosion was set off.
"--You have poor reactions." Tenso finished and stabbed his lance into Vatas's stomach. Vatas grunted in pain, yet did not scream in agony, as blood shot out and splashing into the wet concrete. "Now, I am going to play with ya." Tenso said and grinned a wicked as well as disturbing smile. "My, my you surely have a strong will." Tenso murmured and skewered Vatas in the legs with his lance. Vatas continued glaring, although he was in great pain.
"You are very powerful, and skilled, to have been able to use Jinsoku Raikou (Swift Lightning) at such a young age." Tenso muttered and lifted his lance up, now dripping with blood. He brought the lance down and skewered both of Vatas's shoulders, as the young preteen finally yelled in pain. "Say, have you known the bes to kill someone if through the head? If you stab them anywhere in the lower body, they could still survive. A stab through the chest or heart could still survive. But in the head, without regeneration or revival, a person could never survive." Tenso brought his lance down, as someone appeared.
"Yo," Menrui muttered, "Could you keep the noise down please?"
To be Continued..