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16408 No. 16408
With a current vote of

[0] MORE business. It’s time to start talking with money-makers.
[2] Meeting up with Yuugi again.
[3] Fuck. Just relax with Koishi for the rest of the day. Fuck, man.

Thread 1 >>16139

Still voting phase
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>> No. 16473
[x] Sneak that shit. Get Shion and get out.

Now is the time for pragmatism over pride.
>> No. 16474
[x] Sneak that shit. Get Shion and get out.

Joon, this is a sneaking mission.
>> No. 16475
>>16472
[x] Sneak that shit. Get Shion and get out.
Just a single coin left behind.
>> No. 16476
[x] Sneak that shit. Get Shion and get out.
>> No. 16477
[x] Sneak that shit. Get Shion and get out

you must channel your inner Snake Joon
>> No. 16478
[x] Challenge

Be honorable!
>> No. 16479
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[X] Sneak that shit. Get Shion and get out.


... Know what?

If there’s even the slightest chance of getting through this without a fight, I’d better take it.

“Come on, Koishi,” I say, stepping now toward the spiders’ district, “let’s get shit in order before we’re finished here once and for all.”

[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts4axsSHlpA ]
[347 Midnight Demons - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)]

I punch my fist into my palm. Koishi brightens up, and nods.

~~

We got everything together for the gods through Yamame, or more like, Yamame gave us a good suggestion to see Koishi’s sister. See Satori’s acquainted an influential pair of gods from the surface that know a good amount about how a god can get by. Basically, that old bag Kanako will take care of them.

Other than that, I chose to leave Satori out of this stuff. Me and Koishi left without explaining a thing, and I wasn’t going to wait around long enough for the sister to try to stop me after hearing what I was trying to do. Girl’s too noisy... Koishi said we should get a guidebook to find Kane, and we did. I flipped through one at a bookstand uptown, near the Nobles’ District. Kane, Torakuma, even Ibaraki’s old place: everything was right there, on a map. There I was, thankful for a second time that the Underground had become a tourist destination in the last six years.

Of course, it could be Shion’s not there.

Could be that he’ll’ve had her locked away somewhere secret.

But here I am now, in the shadow of the Palace of Kane no Kinshi, crouched down and figuring the place out, looking at his name – 「金詩」 – displayed on the plaque of a defensive wall. It’s a pretty ordinary castle for Japan: tall and with obvious, distinct rooves. Looks like he didn’t bother with a moat or anything. Well, this is a world where pretty much anyone can fly I guess, so, fair. It’s also mostly peaceful down here in Hell. Guarding yourself in spite of that’d probably send a bad, “I can’t make friends” message. At any rate: it’s red and white... “Bad sign” colors.

Koishi pops out from under my arm, bunching up my overcoat in the process. I look at her and ask in a whisper, “Got any bad vibes, Koishi?”

She shakes her head, then asks, “How about you, Joon?”

“I was worried... but now I’m getting kinda amped up.” I look to the topmost part of the building. Five stories... How come I get the sense we’re going to be down in a basement right after getting in...? “Can you hide me again while we sneak in?” I ask, staring down at her.

She looks at me a bit painfully, which really just makes me confused. “I can try,” she says, “but, um... honestly. I’m kinda nervous... It’s hard to get rid of my presence like this.”

Huh... that’s “good”, but a lack of emotional progress would’ve been more useful here. Catching my mix of pride and disappointment at this information, Koishi eyes me suspiciously.

So, my gal wasn’t nervous about the slaves, but old Gold-Gospel out here’s giving her a bunch of second thoughts. Any abundance of thought’s at all could do that; break her “ability” (if that’s what you want to call it). “Don’t push yourself,” I tell her, “we’ll just do everything carefully. Stay quiet, and follow my lead. You’re not used to sneaking around without your third eye doing all the work for you. Let’s get moving... Need a kiss before we do?”

“I don’t!” she hisses, glowing with shame. I grin, turning back to the castle.

“Just saying...” I reply, “could be our last chance.”

She swallows, and I can feel the small flame of anxiety flickering inside her chest. I decide to reassure her.

“Let’s make sure I get as many chances as I want after this. I’m burning this death flag invitation.” I grip the cloth of my dress, and I start in on the palace.

I’ve got a good amount of experience with breaking and entering, but “easy work” is “safe work” is “best work”, and I’ve always been better with my tongue than my hands—uh, right. Like I can talk a mean talk, but “walk” isn’t much in my portfolio of skills. Still, I know how to do it. It’s good to know stuff, you know?

Koishi keeps at my back while I push to the outer walls of Kane’s castle. The best thing to do if you want to get in somewhere and out without being noticed is to never go in while someone’s already there, and I can sense an oni inside this place. The next best thing is to plan, but I didn’t have any time for that. So, I’m left with some basic keys of burglary. Stick to shadows, don’t make a lot of noise, and for fuck’s sake pay attention. I sidle along the heavy-looking red bricks of the wall (like fuck it feels like each one of these is half my height) until Koishi and I are behind it. Kane is in a part of the District not affiliated with any particular sovereign. From this side of his palace, all you can see is a mile of unused, uneven, underground earth. From the front, of course you can see a not-too-distant Former Capital.

I meet Koishi’s eyes, trying to ask her if she doesn’t notice anyone either. She gives me a go-ahead nod, and both of us turn to start scaling the thing by hand. Or, I climb the whole way up; Koishi gives at the ground, disappears, and I next see her waiting, crouched, at the top. So much for being nervous...

So... if a fight with Kane Kinshi is inevitable... and really, I should be thinking it is as a worst case scenario... what exactly do I do?

I can’t beat that guy, can I?

Guess I can try to wound him at least...

And what does that mean? “He wields disasters”? What?

Maybe I can convince him to settle this with danmaku...? The Hakurei Shrine Maiden managed to get Yuugi to agree...

Ha ha... yeah, that’s not happening.

I summit the wall. Koishi gives me an encouraging nod for not cheating by flying up here under a cloak of subconscious. I look at the castle, and the gardens.

First, there’s a Zen garden here in the back, unsurprisingly. Oni are really into that vibe, in spite of how crazy they usually are. The porch: can’t see anything on it from here, but I can’t really see it at all to be honest. Any open windows...?

Koishi looks in my eyes, expecting a next choice. Well...

I point down, to the gardens.

For now the two of us split up and take either side of the thing, we both carefully climb down the walls, keeping aware of any changes in energy through the air. When we reach ground level without any problems, we step softly over the stones of the garden and then onto the wooden step, reuniting in front of his opened back doors. Inside...

“So many lamps...” Koishi comments, and when I move to shush her, I notice she’s vanished again. This girl...

Anyway, yeah: looks like Kane-boy has a thing for paper lanterns, because there seem to be like fifty of them in this room before the garden, and I can see more on walls further in. That’s absolute shit for sneaking around, you know? I mean, they’re dim at least... but there’s an orange or yellow glow just about everywhere inside, it looks like: not a spot of darkness at all. Too bad I can’t collect ordinary flames using my godly ones. That’d make things easier.

I walk, crouching, into the castle.

Other than the lanterns, what really strikes me about this place is... god DAMN it’s big. I wasn’t paying attention maybe? These hallways are fucking massive, like clearance for truck passage massive. The floors are decorated with literal gold leaves, embedded into the planks below. The walls have either lanterns, or plain white space. I stop and listen for a bit, trying to hear or feel for any drafts ‘cause... I just know it. I’m really damn sure if Shion’s anywhere, it’s even further underground. I’ve... got theories, I guess.

I don’t feel anything, though. I think we’ve got to scope the place out. I point at (a once-more materialized) Koishi, then point to the halls ahead of us. I’ll wait in the standing-lantern room, she can go scout. She agrees, and I lose sight of her.

After a few minutes sitting in a pulsing room trying to look like I’m not there, Koishi appears before me, points up with one hand, and down with the other, moving both slightly my way like she’s asking a question.

I point down again. She confirms, and waves me to join her. While I do, I notice that I can “feel” her pretty clearly. Honestly, I think I’ve mostly only noticed this when we’ve had... I mean, I don’t think she’s turned on or something, but she... might be freaking out.

I watch the back of her head while we skulk the halls, and keep totally silent.

... And in a little time, we’re at a cutaway: where there would usually be wall there’s nothing, and at the floor there’s only a fifteen by fifteen foot square pit. Guess it’s... a change of pace from staircases. Is that really it...? Well...

... At the very least, the big guy is down there.

“...”

I find that I’m holding Koishi’s hand. She lets me squeeze her palm.

... Sis.

Uh, when I see her, what do I...?


[] Keep calm and in charge and leave as soon as possible.

[] Get her to talk, maybe learn something.

[] Hug her.
>> No. 16480
>>16479
[X] Get her to talk, maybe learn something.

Hey sis, how about you give some money as compensation for this breaking and entering to the homeowner.
>> No. 16481
[x] Hug her

nothing shall stop the hugs, not even spoiler text or crossed out words!
>> No. 16482
[x] Keep calm and in charge and leave as soon as possible.
>> No. 16483
[x] Keep calm and in charge and leave as soon as possible.


Keep risks at minimum.
>> No. 16484
[x] Keep calm and in charge and leave as soon as possible.
>> No. 16485
[x] Hug her
>> No. 16487
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16487
[X] Keep calm and in charge and leave as soon as possible.


Yeah. I’ve gotta just be like always—... like... what’s supposed to be always. The little sister, but the more responsible sister.

I nod at Koishi, and we start going down the pit together.

[ ♫: http://listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=-NOSIm79iXzM ]
[Static - Hotline Miami (El Huervo)]

The temperature fluctuates.

While we descend, it keeps getting either balmy or cool and dry; feels really bizarre... I don’t have a lot of experience with it but... like moving to other worlds? Or like barriers... Something’s funky.

Koishi keeps close to me, still holding my hand tight. I can’t see her, but I can hear her breathing. It’s kinda keeping me sane, if I’m being honest. This is, like, sensory deprivation...

Without thinking I ask, “The fuck’s going on...?” out loud. Koishi whispers that she doesn’t know either.

While we’re going, an updraft rolls over us and we stall for a second. I squint below, just thinking: what the hell was that? I don’t know how far down it is, but enough light starts coming in after a few minutes that we can just barely see each other. Koishi puts a hand over her chest and I get a sudden urge to hug her. She picks up on it, and shows me a half-confident smile.

We land on a smooth floor made of black sheet stone. I look up, and it looks like we’re in a service or loading hallway or something. The ceiling is still high as ever, and the walls are far apart too. Only a two way split from here: forward or left. There’s some modern, but dull lights evenly spaced overhead, showing that whatever the floor is made out of, it’s being used everywhere. Koishi and I start gliding above it to avoid making echoes. I think, So Sis is down here, huh? and then I freeze.

Because I can feel it, like it’s unmistakable.

Shion’s pathetic spirit: it’s here.

She’s close.

My heart beats in my ears. Adrenaline pumps through me. I feel Koishi’s free hand rest over the one she’s already holding, and when I look at her I see that she’s worried. I tell her, “Wrap your arms around me, I’m going to run.”

She gets behind me and does that, around my shoulders and neck. I take a starting-line position, look up toward where I can feel her (the path to the left), and then I start dashing.

My heart beats twice for every second. My eyes focus like I’m in a low-odds fight. I can only hear that beat, and the rushing of standing air as I push through it in a mad blaze. Koishi holds on tight, and tighter, which reminds me I should be more careful but... I can’t help jumping the gun. She’s here.

She’s here.

Down this hall, in a room, I can nearly hear her.

Sis...

Sis...!

I start burning through the dim-lit hall almost like a rocket, with Koishi squeezing on to me for dear life. The hall is long, almost worryingly but not worryingly enough to overwrite this rush I’m getting, knowing she’s just there. There. There! In that room!

I screech to a halt, fire washing over the floor and walls, and Koishi almost flying off of me. I stopped in front of a metal door. I grab the long handle, and I throw it open.

[♫]

The room inside is bright and concrete.

It’s not a prison cell, and the door wasn’t locked.

It’s just an empty, pale room. Mostly... empty.

Except for Shion on the floor.

I stay still in the entrance way, hardly breathing despite how fast I was moving. I barely register Koishi coming off of me.

She looks terrible.

She’s... asleep. Her back’s lifting and falling, but she’s on the floor in the middle of the room, and she looks dirty and... thinner. If I’m noticing Shion’s thinner, then that’s... really fucked up.

She has bruises. How’d she get those? Looks like beating...

Has she been eating at all? I scan the floor for signs of old scraps or crumbs or something—I’m—I’m just assuming the worst.

She’s alive.

I walk over to my older sister and practically collapse in front of her with my hands up.

She’s alive... She...

I reach for her, and feel over her body, checking her condition. Nothing’s broken, but she hasn’t been taken care of for a while, it looks like. Even when things got to their worst before, she’d always have something she could eat.

I shouldn’t wake her up... I take her more into my hands, and when I start to lift her up I just stop, and I ask myself:

Is this really happening?

[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bp1PpiVOzY ]
[Keep On Dreamin - Yume Nikki Arrangement (PsiWolf)]

Hey... keep it together, Joon.

Yeah, it’s Sis alright. She’s right here.

I put my hands on her face, and hold her head up.

Fuck, it’s really her.

I didn’t fuck up, it’s really her.

She’s breathing... It’s her.

Before I can stop myself, the tears are falling from my face, and my body’s shaking.

“Kh... Sis... thank god...”

I sound like a wreck already. I put my forehead to hers, and feel my face screwing up. In a few seconds, I’m just sobbing.

Forget hugging her, I wanna kiss her. I can’t believe I let all this shit happen to her. I can’t believe I let her down. I start calling her name while bawling, and I can’t hold anything back. I kept thinking she was dead, or that something worse happened, and I was so fucking angry at myself. I didn’t want to admit it...

I hug Shion’s head, and cry into her hair. I feel my lips twisting and distorting. Thank goodness this stupid idiot sister of mine is asleep... I can’t ever let her see me like this...

This is her. Lanky and tall like a doofy-looking pole. Too much hair: dark blue hair, almost blanketing her like a weird comforter. There’s a weak flame spiraling around her ankle... She’s pale. It doesn’t look like she has her cat. Did she lose it? Her sweater and skirt are still a mess... There are bills and notices all over both... Holy shit... god damn, it’s her.

Koishi doesn’t interrupt me, and I’m careful not to wake Shion up. I let the emotions rush out of me until I’m just quietly holding her, the flames on my body burning off the filth on hers.

It feels like I haven’t seen her since she was a kid. It hasn’t really been that long, but I dunno... Usually I just yell at her and treat her like garbage, but before I left her last time, I’d never left her alone.

We just had a stupid argument. There wasn’t anything to it. I got fed up with her attitude, and her powers had screwed something up again, and I was pissed off about it.

I said “I’m gone”, and I meant it then, but I think I wasn’t being serious. When I went to check on her and didn’t find her, I told myself I wasn’t worried, but I was. I seriously was. I mean come on, Joon, you asked around everywhere for her. When you heard the rumor, you went into Hell just like that.

Saying it was for money, when you don’t fucking care about money.

You idiot...

I hold my sister warmly. It might be the first time I’ve done that.

“... Sorry about that, Koishi,” I eventually say, not looking at her. I don’t hear an answer, but can picture her shaking her head. I pull myself away from Sis, looking at her face one more time and feeling a pulse of anguish coming up again.

“Joon... we have to get out of here,” Koishi says.

I force myself to stand up, saying, “Y-Yeah,” but I can’t stop my voice from shaking. Well, this is me... at the end of the day a fuckin’ pathetic mess. I breathe out a few times, trying to get this pain, sadness, and elation out of my system. I have to hurry. This is great, but I need to make sure she gets out of here okay, too. I also need to keep Koishi safe...

I look at the satori, and see she’s hiding the lower half of her face with a hand. Her eyes are glassy, and she won’t look me in the eye.

Ahh... damn it, I love this girl.

“Koishi, can you carry her? I don’t think I’m mentally stable enough,” I admit, and seriously that’s true. I’ve been worried about this for so fucking long, just being close to Sis is ruining me.

“Okay,” Koishi agrees, and she floats past me to do that. I wipe my eyes with the back of my hand and look out of the door, checking to see if anyone’s there. There isn’t.

Once Koishi has Sis in her arms and tentacles, I take point and start leading us slowly back to the exit without a word.

Not a word.

Not an echo (since we’re flying there).

Nobody but us...

... And him. He’s somewhere down here, not moving. That kinda pisses me off.

It of course takes us slower to find the shaft upward than it was when I was running to Sis. By the time we make it there...

... where the exit should be, there’s a wall instead.

“Oh boy...” I mutter, whisper.

“It looks like it’s always been a wall,” Koishi notes. She’s right.

I step toward it, put my hand on it, and look around. I don’t see any hints that it slid in or something. I don’t know if it’s hollow either, but I’m not about to knock to find out.

We’re trapped down here right now. I don’t know how big this place is, but somewhere in here is an oni who can rival the best of them, and he bought Shion. He’s not going to let me steal her back. I guess he knows we’re here. Guess it’s my fault.

Koishi has Sis, my hands are free... I think that’s good. Before I came here, I think that might be how I wanted it. I think—no... Just straight up:
>> No. 16492
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[ ♫: http://listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=R42nlCEllzo ]
[Fortress of Regrets - Planescape: Torment (Mark Morgan)]

I have to make a call.

“Hey Koishi,” I address her while still looking into the wall, “take care of my sister.”

“I’m already doing that!” she tells me in a half-loud whisper.

“Yeah, keep it up.” I turn to her. “Bring her back to where you found her. Hide out. It’s safer if you two aren’t around and all hung up if... when Kane shows himself.”

“Joon...?”

“Don’t worry. I’m not planning to fight him,” I lie, “I’m just looking for another way out.”

Koishi frowns, and her brows push up and together. She repeats, “Joon...” Is she seeing into me? Then she’s gotta go now.

“Hurry up,” I talk blunt, cold, and walk past her down the hall we didn’t take before. I stop, and add, “That’s me you’re holding on to. You love me... right? Then, please keep her safe f-for me.”

Tch, shit—

“Joon, don’t go off by yourself.” She’s chastising me... “Didn’t you want me to come to help you? Let me do that.”

“You are helping,” I tell her while walking forward and trying not to choke up. “You’re the person I’m the most glad to’ve ever met. So, please...” I turn only a bit, not wanting her to see how I look. “Can you, please...?”

Don’t follow me.

Even if you come with me, it’s not even like we “might” lose...

More likely than not, I’m going to lose. Taking out the slavers, that was practically simple compared to this. Koishi, I’m not letting you or my sister die for some stupid bullshit.

“Joon, no... I don’t want to.” I hear the waver in her voice.

Forcing a grin, I point a thumb at myself. “Believe in me,” I say, “that’s the best you can do.”

I leave her behind, and can tell that she wants to shout after me, but she’s holding herself back. Fact of it is, if Koishi stays behind, and I die fighting Kane-douji, she can use her power to hide herself and Shion until a chance to escape shows itself. Like, the big guy’s gonna have to eat sometime.

But the “sacrifice” thing doesn’t suit me...

While stepping loudly down the black hallway, I realize I’m not striding with confidence or determination, I’m shaking with fear.

My chest is tight.

I’m already crying.

I’m not someone who honestly says they’re gonna do something, even when they know they can’t do it. I’m a god, but I wasn’t always, and even now I’m still a realist. I’ve gotten powerful since I first fought Yuugi. A whole lot of the Underground’s put their faith in me, from Ouzu to Satori, Doushi to Yamame...

Yuugi... Koishi...

I made money down here, but more than that I’ve made spirits grow.

But that isn’t enough, right?

I can tell just how strong my punch is, and it can’t knock out Yuugi.

I can tell just how tough my body is, and it can’t handle a real storm.

My odds here... are shit, and there’s no cheating my way out of them.

What exactly am I supposed to do...? Just want hard enough that I win? This isn’t a comic book, and I ain’t the Dragon God. I’ve felt how much passion can boost me, and it’s got a limit. I’m coming up against something limitless...

And I don’t really want to die, damn it...

I don’t want to fucking leave everything behind... I don’t want to not see Koishi again...

I don’t want to fucking die in a hole no one knows about.

I want this all to have a happy ending...

But if I have to die to get somethin’... even half-happy...

Then I’m gonna do it.

More tears roll down my face, and I force down hiccups. I’ve admitted it, over and over: I’m not strong.

I put my hand over my eyes while I march, and breathe out everything from my nose. Inside, I feel my heart straightening out. I feel ready.

I’m not strong, but I have to be.

Let’s not feel defeated before we even see the fuckin’ guy, Joon.

And hey, you’re crafty. Maybe you can work something out.

I put a smile on my face.

“Alright...!”

Deva? King? God or oni... Who fucking cares!

I barreled through practically all of Hell looking for you...

So yeah... Come on!

You wanna meet me? Then here I am.

I’m Yorigami Joon! Joon Yorigami!

Sure, I’ll see your ugly mug... and I’ll throw my fist right in it!


= =


The end is here...


[] Tackle this carefully.

[] Go 100% right off the bat.

[] Don’t do anything crazy, fight like you always do.

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I plan to try to get this done in the weekend!

[timer=19/02/24 01:00+9]

Can I get this timer to work...?
>> No. 16493
Roughly 15 hours from this post. That is what I wanted to do with the timer. That's when I'll start movin on, probably.
>> No. 16494
[x] Go 100% right off the bat

FACK EM UP
>> No. 16495
[x] Don’t do anything crazy, fight like you always do.
The classic amateur mistake is trying to do extraordinary things on demand. You either have the training or you do not.
>> No. 16497
AHA

Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2019/02/23(Sat)16:00

>> No. 16498
[x] Don’t do anything crazy, fight like you always do.
>> No. 16499
[x] Don’t do anything crazy, fight like you always do.
>> No. 16500
File 155096946826.gif - (3.27MB , 1500x2100 , Kane-douji.gif ) [iqdb]
16500
>.gif

++++++++

[X] Don’t do anything crazy, fight like you always do.

...

Well, whatever I do.... probably doesn’t matter, right?

I reach a staircase.

Each step looks like it’s a meter long.

... I get it already. Fuck, man, get the Miracle Mallet: you’re obviously too big.

I decide, fuck this, and stop walking to float down the stairs instead. Kane-douji’s at the end... He’s obvious. I’m not even sure you could hide this amount of youkai power. It’s kinda nauseating, but mostly it’s just putting me on edge. I swallow. I can’t look like a weak punk when I face him. Oni... generally don’t have mercy for those.

After a minute, I land at the bottom. A bit of hallway extends before me. I stop looking at my feet to look down it.

“You didn’t scamper off,” a voice croaks, loud and resonant, lifting every hair on my body. Far away, at the wall where the next room ends, there’s a demon sitting down on a throne. “I was sure that you wouldn’t. I took your blood.”

He sounds like a talking boulder. Every word he speaks sounds beyond sure: almost plain. Like every reverberation from his throat is an undeniable truth, said with no real inflection. I’m going cold hearing him, not moving a muscle.

“It’s only right that you come down here. I was holding out. Your sister suffered much. I needed her to, but I drew it out longer than needed. It didn’t feel right. You hadn’t been given the chance to take her from me.”

I start walking forward, eyes aimed down.

“You’ve impressed me;” he says, without sounding impressed, but without sounding mocking either, “evil gods haven’t lasted long in our world since the Hakurei were made to protect it. Gods, in the land of oni, are always eaten.”

“I’m not evil,” I say, still walking, “I have to be honest about that.”

“You are evil.” I shake at that statement. “I am evil.”

[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0MEIzRlM8s ]
[Battle B8 - (Lucifer II) - Shin Megami Tensei IV (Ryota Kozuka, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiki Konishi)]

“That so...?” I ask, my voice trembling. I’m an asshole, but I don’t think he’s right, no matter how convinced he sounds.

“I am Kane no Kinshi. Kane-douji. I became a name used to scare children. I rampaged. I was a chaos from the mountain.” I finally enter the room he’s in. “Joon...” I shiver at how he draws my name out. “No good man or woman does what you’ve done. I recognize it.”

“Yeah, whatever man,” I answer, trying to gather my courage to look at him. “I didn’t come down here for bedtime stories. I don’t suppose you can open the door out of here?”

I pick my head up, and the cocky smile I was sporting vanishes.

“No.”

From a distance I definitely got the impression he was monstrous, but this is fucking ridiculous. Sitting down in a stone chair, arms out on the rests and grasping their ends, is a giant, deep-red man. His maw of golden teeth, looking like shiny cave pillars and spikes, can’t even be held properly behind his lips. Two, like, tusks are coming up from the bottom of his jaw. And, calling him “muscular”...

This guy is just a bunch of huge rocks and plates made of flesh. Most oni I’ve met so far don’t fucking look like this. Look strong, I mean. If it was anyone else, I’d figure they were posing.

Kane no Kinshi stares right into me with small, but piercing yellow and blood-red eyes. His mane of silver hair is ridiculous too. It puts Sis’s to shame, spreading out crazy over his shoulders and I can’t imagine how long down his back. He has one horn, like Yuugi’s, unmarked and towering from the front of his skull. Shirtless, clothed like a ceremonial warrior or something all decked out in prayer beads, a skirted belt, and heavyset pants. His shackles are immense, and the chains on them seriously look like they could brain me.

So this is it, huh. This is an oni who wants to kill me.

I look around the room.

“This is where I meditate,” he says, still watching me. This room is the largest one I’ve seen in his castle yet. The roof reaches way, way up, and even though I can see Kane-douji clearly, he’s still at a serious distance (he’s just that goddamn big—like three and a half me’s tall, and wide like a fucking truck). The walls on either side of me go way back too. I guess... if this is the sort of place that settles your mind, then it’s perfect. Boring as hell, though. All this stone, so few lights... At least it’s pretty bright compared to higher up from here.

Kane stands.

I shift in a panic, raising my fists.

“I’m sure you want to know why I’ve done this,” he says.

“No,” I answer, shaking my head fast, “no, what the hell? I don’t care what you’re trying to do. Cut the crap. If you know about me, then you should know I’ve been trying to get this shit over with for a while.”

I hear something like an earthquake mixed with an avalanche and start getting worried. While looking all around, I catch sight of his face and she his eyes are closed and he’s... kind of smiling? Was that a laugh? Was he laughing?

“Fine,” he rumbles. “I will kill you, then, and eat your sibling’s flesh. It will be a simple matter to change the world order then. I will honor you. Your history will not go on lost. It will not disappear after today.”

“FFFffuuuck you, man! Seriously!?” I clench my fists, speaking through clenched teeth. “No! I don’t know what it’ll take for me, but I’m gonna fuckin’ beat you into the goddamn ground! I’m a god!”

He drops the cape from his shoulders, and the pauldrons that were keeping it up make a crack in his throne when they fall. He answers me, in a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an abyss: “I am an oni.”

And he says that... knowing I know damn well what that means.

“Alright,” he says, rotating both of his arms, flexing his hands, and pushing blood through his veins, “show me that my Sister was right to put faith in you.”

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[TURBO KILLER - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)]

A wind blows out, almost knocking me off my feet and to the stairs. My flames kick up immediately and I brace myself. Through the whipping force I see that Kane’s muscles are swelling more; that his skin is rippling and peeling in flakes. A ball of nausea rolls up in my stomach, not from that image, but from his blood-curdling energy.

“Come,” he begs, the hard ground getting crushed like snow under his bare feet, “it’s been too long since I last faced a god.”

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I wake up.

“Wha!? Who?” I speak, sounding parched as ever. There’s a good scent. Actually... don’t I also smell good? What’s going on?

“You woke up!”

A girl?

I lift my head to see that a little girl is holding me in my room. There are weird purple veins coming from her body, wrapping around me.

“Shion, right?” she says. I nod, twisting my eyebrows. “I’m Joon’s girlfriend.”

“‘Girlfriend’? Wai—Wha—Is... Is Joon here!?”

Huh!?

“Don’t worry, we’re gonna save you.” She smiles at me.

I start pushing myself out of her arms, and she starts panicking.

“Wait! What are you doing!?”

I fall face-first onto the floor. I put my hand on the ground and start lifting myself back up. “Joon...? Saving me...?” I ask.

There’s no way. I reach into my pocket, feeling around until I find it.

I take the coin I’ve been protecting for almost half a year, and I grip it tight.

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The ground under my feet shatters.

Kane-douji lands before me just as I get up into the air. He’s even more massive up close—more than I figured. Without trying, he split the earth. I hold my fist tight and get ready to swing at him. He swings first, and I disappear toward the ground.

His chain flies past my face and I almost fall on my ass from not expecting it. The force of his blow hits the wall, and craters it.

Fuck off.

I throw a punch into his gut, fire dashing all over the floor. It sinks in and he makes a noise before reaching down in a split second, grabbing my arm, and lifting me up to either throw me or slam me down like a ragdoll. I force my body around to get my foot over his face, and jet my sole down into his nose. He grunts, and lets go of me.

I blink to his lower right side and swing there too, landing it. He starts rotating to try and get me, I move over to his blind side and stomp down on his back, kicking off.

He doesn’t move to that, but does move to catch my leg. This time I can’t do shit. He yanks me from the air and flings me at the floor in front of him.

“GHWhahgh!”

I roll over twice, but it doesn’t hurt too bad. I get up, and see that he’s over me, ready to punch down on my face.

I slide out of the way and bring my own fist back while time slows. I lock on to his jaw and launch a jab there when I need to. His head rocks, but he makes it look like it didn’t hurt.

Alright, I’m out of ideas. I guess from hereon it’s just wearing him out. I’d go for his eyes, but they’re so small it’d be kinda hard.

While I’m thinking about where to go next, he puts those eyes on me. A shiver rolls through me, and I get the feeling I should skedaddle. I grab his arm and pull myself onto it, landing on him for a second before leaping away.

When I’m a few feet back, the winds around him intensify. Like, really, As in, it starts getting typhoon-tier scary. Since I’m not down on the ground, I can’t really fight against it, The wind catches me, shoves me to the right, then blows me down before buffeting me on every side.

My fires twist off of me and I can see that the typhoon’s turning into a tornado from that. Kane-douji stands in the middle, slowly standing back up while air violently spins around him. I put my fingers through the stone below me and grip as it gets stronger and stronger.

While I’m doing that, he stomps once, then jumps at me.

I let go as his fist comes roaring down where I just was, but that starts pulling me away. The floor tosses up in chunks, and those chunks burst and sparkle like fireworks. I call on my flame even more, fire turning in a whirlwind around me, reverse what’s going around Kane. Surprisingly, I can stay put like this. I bring the fire to my hand, and knock down into Kane’s skull.

“Guhh!” he moans, and I grin. Then, the tornado dies, a typhoon returns, and I blast back in an instant right into the wall.

“Gho fuhck...” I manage to spit out. The wind feels like its punching me all over my stomach. I wince, looking to where the oni is. He touches his head a few times, and while he does, the winds keep shifting. The room starts to shake too, and the wall I’m on starts waving. I push myself off.

The air feels hot. The wind stops, and I feel water on my face. I force myself back to the floor and realize a storm is building. Well, that and more shit because I can barely stand on this floor.

Kane’s body clenches, and the floor has an upheaval while dark clouds fill the ceiling. Lightning bolts start fall, and so do the walls. I finally get it. I get what that bitch meant about his “disasters”.

A blizzard turns around his body as he turns to face me. This is bullshit. I can’t fight this! He starts stampeding toward me, and I get ready to move. He lifts his fist again, and wind pushes me from behind, sweeping me off of my feet and blowing me right into it.

Oh, my, GOD.

This can’t be right, When I’m up against his fist, it feels like every bone in my body breaks at once. He follows through, and I’m hurled into the wall again. I feel my fire crawling over me, rapidly trying to fix what just happened. I push myself up after crumpling to the floor, and find him dragging a horrific uppercut through the concrete toward me. Since I’m still in pain, I can’t do anything about it. It collides cold, and I’m catapulted high up to a different wall.

I feel like my leg detached, and I panic, but I can’t check. I rebound off the wall and the wind takes me into the storm clouds. Electricity runs through me, and lighting arcs straight through my core. I cough and gasp. I feel riddled with pains. This is fucking torture. While I’m looking through one eye, I see the clouds clear all at once. Kane-douji is up in front of my face, and I hear a sonic boom. He suddenly claps his hands over my body, crushing everything. He lifts me for half a second, then throws me down below.

I crash, and it feels like the whole room undulates from the impact. I don’t actually feel bad though. I can feel my divine flame coating all around me. My heart is pumping like mad. In a second, I feel mostly okay, which is good, because flipping onto my back I see Kane coming down toward me with his foot aimed at my ribcage.

I get outta dodge.

The floor flips up and slaps me, launching me for a second before I get my bearings and right myself again. I notice then that we’re in full-blizzard mode in here, and it’s goddamn frigid.

“Your flame’s almost full,” Kane tells me. He huffs. “I’ll have to deal with it quickly.”

He holds his palm up toward me. Shit, what’s this?

I notice the snow around it is rotating. What the—this fuckin—is he trying to vacuum me up!?

A tornado forms from his hand, reaching toward me.

Nuh uh! Fuck you!

I let myself get taken in the course, holding power in my hand. The tornado ignites, and at the last second he realizes I’m using his velocity to strengthen my fist. He cuts the tornado and gets defensive just when I’m a meter away. I throw my Chanel bag at him, and he’s distracted as it hooks around his neck. I flash down to his left side, all the snow around us melting in a flash from the gold and heat. I throw my knuckles into his abdomen like a wrecking ball, feeling something break, and he fucking flies

I teleport to him before he reaches the wall, grabbing my bag and revolving around him to pull it off. While we’re speeding on, I start flashing around his body and striking at soft spots on his torso. He takes the beating until we’re nearly to the wall. When we’re there, the wall explodes, and falls in an avalanche.

I back off.

Or, well, I try. He grabs my leg and throws me back into the mess, standing still while the debris slams over him. Me, I get swallowed in dirt and rock, almost suffocating while trying to burst most of it off with the Golden Flame. I realize somewhere along the way that he’s grabbing my leg again, through the avalanche. He tugs me out and throws me at the ground behind him, which is cleared. I look at the wall and see it’s totally reformed. What... does control of disaster mean he can reverse shit too?

He punts me toward another wall, jumps, and stomps on me before I can reach it. I try to escape, and me tugs my arm, throwing me to the right. It’s at this point I can tell he’s seriously not fucking around. He thinks I’m a threat.

Well, I think I’m going to die.

I’m amazed I’m keeping up with him, but he’s fuck he’s just not letting up. It seems, like Yuugi, he’s dealt with a Golden Flame before. He knows the ins and outs, and knows he can’t even give me a fuckin’ minute. When he punches me again and I realize it doesn’t hurt nearly as much as before, I see why. Oh, it hurts, but I’m literally on fire. My divine powers are working overtime to keep me going, so he’s working over that to destroy me.

He moves for another punch and I slip under it, upper cutting him in his jaw and sending out a geyser of spit. Then, he grabs me in his arms and starts using his strength to squeeze the hell out of me.

“Ghgh... khgkgk...!” I make noises while feeling like my insides are going to spurt out of my skin. Bad...! Fucking... HURTS!!

I manage to free a hand and start reaching toward his face. He figures I’m going for his eyes and jerks his head away, just when I grip firm on his bottom lip and tug down in a blaze.

His blood splatters on my face (burning off just as it touches) and he roars in pain. He drops me, holding his face and grumbling. I need to recover so I can’t keep up, but damn, that looked like it hurt. I almost feel bad for doing it.

“RRrrgh! GGhhrrgh...!” He moans, blood oozing from between his palms. It’ll definitely heal, since he’s an oni, but it’s probably a new pain huh?

Wait—uhh...

Something feels—

GRAH!!” He bellows in, his voice echoing, and I lift off of my feet from the force of his shout. Is that what it is? No, it’s—

Something fucks up. The space around him gets funky, and my perception distorts. Whatever sort of disaster this is, it’s not anything normal. It feels like... the world of fantasy’s getting torn up...

Well, that would be a kind of disaster.

Everything pulses in this awful, grotesque way, and I get pushed way back, putting me near the hall that leads into this arena. Kane doesn’t follow me. Around him, shit’s still distorting.

With a moment to myself I realize that the fire was mostly faking shit for me, because now that I can actually stop, it feels like a lot of shit got fucked up on and inside my body. I think it dulled my pain first before it started trying to heal.

... Honestly this is really not too bad, but if he keeps pulling new tricks out of nowhere I could be fucking majorly screwed. In the first place, I don’t know if I can really stop him. It’s more like... pecking down an enemy with too much HP, and my defense is alright but he’s got some shit that knocks right through it.

At any rate, I need to let my body get better. I wish I could think up a strategy to take him down, but nothing’s coming up...

Seems like I’m gonna lose here, it’ll just take a while.

Phew...

I dunno... Let’s hope.


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[] Koishi.

[] No Koishi.

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[x] Koishi

Of course
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[x] Koishi

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[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pwWghrkoig ]
[The Final Battle - Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne (Meguro Shoji)]

Kane eventually breathes out for a long time, the ripples in space around him finally settling down. My body isn’t perfect when he finally pulls his hands away from his face, but I can keep going.

“... I’m sorry about that,” I apologize honestly. “Guys like you, I always feel like I have to play dirty to win.”

He doesn’t answer me. He’s leaving his hand a few inches out in front of his face—maybe he still hurts?

I’ve been resting, crouched, until now. I stand up, wearing a smile. “Hey, at least I ain’t tricking you, right?” I offer. I hold my arms out, getting ready to fight. I decide to ask him, too, “You ready?”

He doesn’t budge, so I don’t either. I don’t want to try to attack when his guard looks down—that’s asking for something weird to happen. Like, I’d go at him, and the roof would fall down or something.

I’m staying put.

“Joon.”

A hand lays on the back of my shoulder and I flinch. Not to the touch, but to that voice. I turn my head and ask, “Sis...?”

Shion is floating behind me, looking out of breath.

—!

“Where’s Koishi!?” I shout.

She looks confused.

You’re confused? I’m confused.

“That girl...?” she asks. “I left her behind.”

“What the hell are you doing here, then!? Get out!” I yell, pushing her away.

“No...” she says.

“Sis, don’t grow a spine now! I’m not joking—go!”

She shakes her head, putting her hands over the one I’m using to push her. Tch...!

“I’m... I’m not letting you go...!” she says, her eye glittering just slightly. Damn it... I don’t need this right now...

“Don’t screw around! You can’t do anything, alright!? I didn’t come down here to have you die, and I sure as hell didn’t come here wanting to see that bastard eating you alive in front of me!”

I point at Kane, who seems like he’s getting his bearings. Fuck, fuck, fuck...!

“Joon! Hear me out!”

I turn my attention back on Shion. She looks fierce, no more tears in her eyes. “Trust me...” she whispers in a deep kind of voice. “I don’t know what you’ve been through, Joon, but are you really as strong as that guy...?”

I don’t answer her, I keep listening.

“I can help...” she says, looking toward Kane-douji with half-narrow eyes. “Come on... it’s been a while, right?”

A while since we...

Hmph. I smirk.

Maybe... this could work.

“You know what? You’re right, Sis. We’re the worst, most despicable and disastrous pair, aren’t we?” I say. Shion glows at that, smiling brightly, and my smirk becomes a grin for a second. I have to take it off to warn her seriously, “But be careful, alright? Stay behind me, and don’t get in the way.”

[ ♫: https://picosong.com/wSgtL/ ]
[Final Boss! - Penny Arcade's On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness Ep 4 (HyperDuck SoundWorks)]

She nods. Kane sighs again.

We both look his way as he looks ours. “The twin,” he says. Looks like he can talk now. “Here’s a threat: I’ll eat the girl if I think it’s needed. She’s ready by now.”

“Eating fire can’t be good for you, man,” I tease while Shion takes cover behind me. I jerk a thumb her way to point at her, saying, “If you say she’s ready, then she’s got some crazy power to rival mine, right?”

He answers bluntly: “Yes.”

“Then forget about it,” I say, punching my rings into an open palm. “You said you were a chaos from the mountain? We were the nightmare of a society,” I point at him, flashing my teeth. “Just you wait! We’ll show you an inferno you ain’t never seen before!”

Or... that’s what I’m hoping for.

I hold my right fist steady, flame jetting off that shoulder.

I clench my left fist, and fire blazes out of me.

Sliding the toe of my boot back, I put myself in a fighting stance as the golden flame stokes to its max at my back. I look at Kane no Kinshi, determined.

“Come on!”

—So here’s the deal:

I’m banking on something simple. Sis’s power over misfortune is greater than mine, and the fire she’s got means she might even be able to control it by now.

If I handle her right, I think... no—maybe I can definitely turn this over!

Just gotta keep her safe...

Kane slams his hand into the ground, we both shiver. The floor shifts, and yep: here comes an earthquake.

“J-J-Joon!? You can fight him!?” Shion chatters behind me.

“Just watch: your little sister’s changed a lot since you last saw her.” I throw her a self-assured smile, and rush in.

Naturally, I fly toward him, Shion lingering as a mist at my back (she can do that?). He only got me to fly to start something else, though. A tornado starts blowing around the whole room while the floor is breaking, so it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

I bring my hand back, into Shion’s smoke, and grab there. When I do I grip the front of her hoodie and feel a sudden surreal connection. I don’t know everything but... this flame of hers... I just kinda get it.

I was planning to hold her tight while I pulled a crazy dodge, but instead on instinct I decide to throw her down toward Kane-douji’s feet.

“WAaaAAaaGH!?” she screams as she flies in a dark blur. I keep in the air and get ready to use the same trick I pulled to speed up my fist before.

When Shion lands, she materializes again, unharmed but definitely freaked out. But forget about that: when she hit, a wave of black and blue power splashed out around her. Kane’s hand that he’s using to bolster his earthquake suddenly sinks way down past his elbow. He looks baffled, and I smirk again.

The wind takes me to the walls. I start running along them, leaping every few steps and catching speed, I spark my knuckles on the stones under/beside me, they ignite, and finally launch myself to make my strike.

I look like a golden comet, screaming through the air. Shion warps behind me once I’m pretty close, and she hugs around my shoulders as I bring my fist down on the oni.

“GRUH!!” he bellows. I brought it down on his skull. The power of the impact shoots out in a wave and he buckles. A crater blasts wide around him. I drive his arm further into the ground.

While he’s reeling I grab Shion again, this time by her collar. She clenches her teeth, I throw her into his back.

She squishes down on him, her misfortune falling out of her like she’s a bucket that just got knocked over. She holds onto his back, grimacing. I land, and punch Kane in the face.

“AGH!!” he yells. I jab his face again. I grab his hair, slide in, and start pounding on his mug.

However! Much it! FUCKIN’! TAKES!!

I keep beating my fist against him, until Shion yells, “Joon, careful!”

I warp behind her, just as lighting strikes where I just was. I grab her hood and lift off as Kane’s back flexes, his muscles moving like lava.

He rips his arm out of the earth, again making the debris around him crackle and burst. A chill goes down my spine, and I throw Shion away.

Kane turns on me, and the air goes still for a second. Then, it goes nuts.

A winter/summer storm starts raging, lightning and thunder crashing down and around everywhere while snow obscures everything. Kane meets my eyes, and I recognize his look. It’s the look Yuugi gives me when she just wants to fight. No bullshit.

I hold my hands up like a boxer.

Alright, dude, let’s go—!!

I punch toward him, and my fist meets his. The instant it does, I remember that Yuugi always held back when she sparred with me.

Crck.[/o]

“FFppff—!”

My right arm is [i]done
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Mother fuck is it done. I need to let my fire heal it.

I drop down under his next-coming blow and start trying to fake him out. With water splashing all over, I keep dodging in flashes all around him while he flails. He starts glowing. Shion grabs me from my right.

“What are you doing, Joon!?” she cries. I don’t know!

Rays of red energy fire off of his back, and a ring of bullets spreads out from him. For fuck’s sake! Danmaku, man!?

Shion drags me real fast out of the danger zone, holding me tight. I look past her to see Kane huffing and growling, surrounded by lights.

“Your arm’s broken!” my sister yells.

“Just give’t a minute...” I hiss, looking at the noodle-like thing. It fucking hurts, you know. I close my right hand and focus my fire around it.

“Joon, I can curse him.”

“Sis, no shit. What do you think I was doing?”

“No, I mean I can seriously curse him bad.”

I push myself out of her arms and stand up, feeling my bones start coming back together. “Oh yeah...? Then why haven’t you done that already? In case you hadn’t noticed, this guy’s almost invincible. We could use something like that, damn it.”

“I need to flick it at him.”

Huh? “Wha? The curse?” I look down at her, and see she’s holding something in her hand.

“The coin.”

Uwaa... what’s with all this misfortune and poverty? That’s insane... Makes me sick.

“Flicking it... makes the curse actually stick?” I ask.

She nods. I turn my head to look at Kane-douji.

“I’ll make an opening then.” I finally grip my right hand while flexing my arm. Feels better. I look into the bullet curtain and say, “Keep up!”

“Yeah!”

I start flying, Shion not far behind.

Kane’s danmaku isn’t really patterned. I think he’s just raging, or like he’s excited. Bullets and lasers of all sorts and sizes are shooting past me fast and slow, but moving through it is real easy (and reeeaaal dazzling). The thing that really sucks here is the cold of the blizzard. I start spinning fire around myself to keep warm... Spinning fire, hm...?

I start getting closer. “Hey Kane!” I call. “You—!”

I don’t get to finish.

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[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVTOMF9LV_I ]
[Nuadha, The Star above Falias – Mabinogi]

Kane turns toward me, his eyes shining brightly. He stomps his foot down and a tower of earth shoots up from below me. It catches me under my jaw and I feel my brain jostle. Then I feel like I’m getting caught in an avalanche again and




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“JOON!!?” I scream, stopping in the air. Joon doesn’t answer me, she just lets a wave of dirt take her. While she’s arcing back, I see her face: her eyes are closed and her expression’s nearly blank.

No...! Not now! Did my misfortune have to act now!?

Oh no, oh no, oh no!

J-Joon’s gonna die!

I feel tears in my eyes and I start hyperventilating. My breath is shaking. I can’t move!

I stay still while Joon starts to fall, then my whole body bounces in surprise.

Joon stops, just like that. Is she conscious!?

Huh—? No wait, there’s... somebody...

Looking closer I see somebody carrying her. It’s that girl from before... She takes Joon into one arm and aims her hand at the oni. A giant rose blooms out of her, then thorns, just whip out everywhere!

“Eek!” I duck, covering my head and shutting my eyes. When I peek one eye open I see the girl still there, and a bunch of light and flower buds all around the room. I hear a scary roar go out and feel like I’m gonna pee myself, but I stay calm. The girl comes over... What name did Joon say? “Koishi”?

“Take Joon and l-leave!” she orders, putting my sister in my arms. “I don’t care how, just go okay!?”

“What’s with you two!? I-I’m not gonna run away!” I yell.

My eyes fall on one of hers: a third, closed one wavering around her body. The veins are attached to that. Whoa... how weird...

“Listen... Shion. Joon’s—... your sister is unconscious. You can’t help here, so go!

“I can help!” I cry. “I was going to help! I can curse him! I can curse him!! Let me stay here, and we can wait until she’s better so we can try again! St-Stop trying to kill yourselves, god... god damn it!”

I’m practically screaming by the end, and out of breath. The girl looks at me, then toward my feet, thinking hard.

“Okay,” she says looking me hard in the eyes, “but please take care of Joon.”

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Feels like worms are crawling through my skull...!

“Aa... aaagh!” I yell, then I groan, picking myself up and holding my forehead. Fuck happened...?

I can see... issat—Shion? “Sis...” I manage to say, “what’s going on?”

“Joon!” she shouts, making me wince while she turns her head to look at me. She’s smiling... Looking at her, I realize she was just using herself as a wall between me and something else... Something else... Damn it, the sovereign-style oni...!

“Kane... Kinshi...” I growl, pushing myself from the wall behind me onto the floor in front of me, onto my hands. “Fire... heal me already...”

“Make sure you’re okay, Joon,” Sis insists. Huh...

“Why hasn’t he killed us...?” I need to know. It doesn’t make any sense. Did Shion run away and hide me?

“Because... your girlfriend...” Sis says... Girlfriend?

“Koishi...!?” I stand up in a flash, ignoring how bad everything feels to squint past my sister.

Koishi is in the air, looking seriously serious while she and Kane duke it out with... if not spell cards, definitely danmaku. A bullet whizzes past us (Shion squeals and shivers when it does) and blows up part of the wall behind me. Right on cue... this isn’t some upper world Gensokyo pussyfooting shit. It’s a life-on-the-line fight.

Koishi... Why the hell are you here!?

“Get out of my way, Shion...!” I grumble, trying to march forward and realizing everything’s too woozy for me to manage that. I stop, and hold my head with my eyes forced shut and my mouth in a tight frown. My brow keeps twitching.

“Joon, stop! Let yourself get better first!” Sis... you’re too mindful.

“ No...” I tell her. I open my eyes, looking at their fighting and telling Sis, “That’s someone I can’t lose up there. I can’t... let her get hurt either. I’m not letting... any of you get hurt...!”

I make a fist.

“So get the fuck out of my way, Shion. I’m saving her.”

After speaking darkly, I feel the flame trying to set things right inside me. I can’t wait for that...!

I dash past Sis and feel a wave of nausea, stopping and falling on my knees.

“Agh!!”

Eh!? Koishi’s voice...!?

I close my eyes again.

Come on... It wasn’t that bad of a blow was it!? Heal... Heal!

I feel Shion hug me around my back.

And surprisingly enough, I feel her faith in me.

“Fine, Joon. I’ll let you go,” she say, speaking against my spine, “but don’t be an idiot.”

Since she’s a god, her faith does nothing for me, well, practically... but...

“Okay...” I answer her, and exhale.

Sometimes a word of confidence is enough, you know.

I stop panicking to just concentrate on searing the pain and injury from my head. Sure enough, in a few seconds I’m feeling alright. I lift my head again and tell Shion, “Get ready with that coin. We’re making this happen, Sis.”

She nods against me, and I warp out of her grasp, instantly to Koishi’s side.

Just as Kane thought “screw danmaku” rules and rushed my girlfriend with a fist. I take her up in my left arm and meet his knuckles with mine. My clothing ripples and every bullet in our vicinity clears. Holding Koishi close, I ask him, “What’s with this weak punch? You holding back for a little girl?”

“What fire,” Kane remarks, still with his hand pressed into mine (and, seriously, dwarfing it), “it’s a shame it doesn’t suit my abilities.”

I frown. “If you tried to eat me, I’d make sure to give you indigestion.”

Koishi presses closer to my front, and I make her more secure. Kane laughs.

“If I didn’t have to do what I’ve decided I have to do, I would have befriended you, Yorigami Joon.”

“I can’t say that goes both ways.” I pull my fist from his. “You creep me the hell out.”

“Hmmm...” he mumbles. I feel his energy building up. I take the chance to put Koishi beside me carefully.

“Are you alright...?” I ask her.

“Mostly...” she replies, but it’s a little weak. She looks more than a little beaten up, and her youkai healing isn’t nearly as fast as my divine flame’s.

“Sorry...” I apologize, for not being there to stop anything else that hit her, and for wanting her out of harm’s way even though we both decided... we’d be there together at the end, right? She nods, understanding my meaning from my heart. “Just stay safe,” I ask her.

She looks me in the eyes. Firm, she says, “You too.”

We both look at Kane-douji as a hurricane starts wrapping around his body. Seeing that, I start forcing my fires to spin around mine. Koishi slips out of our perception.

Alright, the two of us need to hold him in place long enough that Shion can shoot a coin at him without feeling nervous about it. First thing—

I make my flame expand outward while his hurricane is going. He looks surprised when the Golden tornado hits, stopping up his wind. While yellow is dancing over his eyes, I get near him. He senses me and gets ready to do something, but he’s probably not expecting this.

I dash to his back and clasp my arms around him.

“What!?” Wow! Wow! He actually sounds surprised. I get my fire going around me again. Koishi clicks with me like always and appears at his front, throwing her indigo veins around his upper torso and arms.

“Here we go, Koishi!”

“Yeah!!”

I lift him, fire billowing all over me, and all over him. He can still do something so I’ve got to make this fast. I bring him and myself upside down, Koishi struggling but still following suit. It’s a suplex. Specifically: an assisted Izuna Drop. Koishi helps me lug him over, and all three of us start spiraling downward while my fire increases our speed. Kane sounds completely baffled, struggling but not knowing what way to struggle first. Once we’re almost at the ground, I let go, Koishi lets go, and the oni’s head, shoulders, and chest get drilled into the earth.

I flip and land on my feet, sliding back. And I pump my fist. “Wooo!!” I cheer. That was awesome!

“Miss Shion! Get him now!” Koishi yells.

Shion, who was nearby waiting, aims the coin at his stomach, held between her thumb and pointer finger. She flicks it, and all three of us are shocked when a feeling of ill will falls over us. It’s only temporary, but it wipes any smiles off our faces. With black, ill signs manifesting around it, the coin fires right into Kane-douji’s gut, blue contrails sickly twisting around the arc it took to get there. The coin falls with a tink, tink, and after it rolls about until it’s flat, a vortex starts churning around him. The smoky, midnight-dark think gets almost violent before it’s suddenly sucked up into his body in a rush out of nowhere.

... We did it?

“... We did it!” I shout.

“Ha...! Ha ha...!” Shion laughs.

Koishi stares at Kane’s body, looking concerned. I don’t like that look.

“Everyone back off!” I order, and we all retreat toward Kane-douji’s throne. The oni, with his legs awkwardly up in the air, looks pretty damn funny. But if Koishi’s got a bad feeling, I’m not sticking around.

Even I can tell he’s still kicking. This isn’t over until we have a way out of here.

The girls get behind me and beside me.

When he gets up, I’m—


[] going to focus on destroying this room.

[] going to pummel the fuck out of him.

[] going to hang back, ‘cause I think now he’s desperate.
>> No. 16507
[x] going to hang back, ‘cause I think now he’s desperate.
>> No. 16508
[x] going to hang back, ‘cause I think now he’s desperate.
>> No. 16509
[X] going to focus on destroying this room.

No action story is complete without the escape from an exploding building scene.
>> No. 16511
[X] going to focus on destroying this room.

This is hype as fuck, man. Good job.
>> No. 16512
[x] going to hang back, ‘cause I think now he’s desperate.
>> No. 16513
[x] going to hang back, ‘cause I think now he’s desperate.
>> No. 16514
The vote's pretty much settled, but I won't be writing for a bit so I'm considering it open 'til I finish this.

Next update won't be the last for the story, but will be the last for the climax/this battle. Cheers, mates
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[X] going to hang back, ‘cause I think now he’s desperate.


[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6om-6N_yclo ]
[Battle C6 - (Masakado Battle Theme) - Shin Megami Tensei IV (Ryota Kozuka, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiki Konishi)]

Kane pulls himself out of the ground. Dirt falls off of him like water. He shakes his head a bit and pushes his body up so that he’s on one knee. Most of his clothes’ve turned into rags and strips of cloth, and they fall off, too, beads dropping to the floor and rolling into fissures. Only the foundation of his skirted belt is left.

“Let me be honest,” he says, and we all stiffen, “I don’t feel anything after all of that. I won’t call you weak, but if you want to slay an oni, you need to be much stronger than this.”

He breathes out, his voice rattling.

“You’ve celebrated too early.”

...! What!

He didn’t hear why we were cheering! Did he not notice Shion’s curse taking hold of him either? I can accept not noticing the coin bouncing off of those abs, but... Hm, is this a good thing or a bad thing?

“It’s too bad that you are strong, Joon. I can’t deal with you easily.”

“Right...” I give him a hesitant reply, smiling a bit nervously.

“I will have to...” he starts, lifting himself onto both feet and wavering, “RIP you apart, and dash you against the ground. I will have to...” He starts shaking. If he’s not, like, hurting from anything, then why’s he...

“He’s angry. You can’t tell, Joon?”

I mean, I can read emotions, but not as well as you, Koishi.

Wait, he’s angry...?

Oh god no...

Kane looks into his palms.

I pinch my nose bridge and close my eyes. A mad oni... I’ve only been up against a few, and really only one that genuinely wanted to kill me... Yuugi.

That was the first time I seriously understood fear of youkai. This might be the second.

“Koishi,” I address my girlfriend without looking at her, “I won’t tell you to leave, though if I’m being honest... I really want you to.” I turn to lock eyes with her, speaking from the heart: “Seriously. Don’t do anything risky.”

She thinks about that, her eyes moving just slightly as she looks off toward the floor. She nods, slowly, and says, “I won’t, Joon.”

“I’ll try not to either, but I can’t promise I won’t. Yeah... I know that’s unfair,” I reply, giving her an empty laugh. I look toward my sister and tell her, “Hey, in case we fuckin’ die here... I’m sorry for everything.”

She puts her thumb to her lips, the rest of her hand made up into a weak fist. Her answer: “No, it’s fine. I... knew that you couldn’t mean it all, and I thought you’d come back, but... I got caught.”

“Yeah, you did.”

“But we’re a team,” she says with a smile, “we’re twins. A part of one another, Joon.”

I think about that... I’ve basically said the same thing. I believe it, it’s right.

Kane-douji looks about ready.
>> No. 16517
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[ ♫: https://picosong.com/wSS5H/ ]
[最凶最悪の華言葉 -東方憑依華 ~ Antinomy of Common Flowers Arrange (ちぇあ/Chair)]
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thkA1PEhfJQ]
[Tonight Stars an Easygoing Egoist ~ Egoistic Flowers]

“Yeah,” I say. “I won’t leave you behind again.”

“Joon...” Sis whispers. I glance at her, and she beams, her eyes closed. “I love you!”

Ugh! “Tch! Come on, now!” I turn my eyes onto Kane-douji again. “Whatever!” I snap. “I love you, too!”

“I love you too, Joon!” Koishi cries.

“Aaagh! Shut the hell up, you two! Can’t you read the mood!?” God damn! You’re gonna make me pull my hair out! Sighing, I shake my head, stand tall, and punch my rings together once. I remind them, “Don’t forget, we’ve still gotta finish this! Quit getting sentimental, ‘cause we’re right at the goddamn end!”

... I can’t deny it though.

With the two of them smiling behind me, my heart feels like it’s covered in gold.

I’m happy...

I can’t help smiling too, from total happiness. Tears well in my eyes, and I force them down.

I sniff, I exhale, I face Kane no Kinshi, and feel confident.

I won’t lose here...

I’m gonna win!

No matter what... I’m swearin’ that here and now!

Don’t worry, Komeiji... Don’t worry, Sis!

I’m doin’ this for sure!


The world splits.

“Wha—?”

Shion cowers behind as reality starts rocking from several huge impacts. We can all see it, like glass, breaking from a beating and cracking like crazy. Kane starts floating with his arms out, and eight spheres manifest around his back.

Everything shatters.

The room is torn up and thrown away, the red giant stays aloft and certain before us, and we’re transported onto a plane of stars.

“Wh-Wh-What the heck is this!?”

“Chill out, Sis.”

“Joon, where are we?”

“How should I know...”

Looking again, it’s more than stars. I’ve see these neon grids in my dreams before. Plus, there are parts of the area that look like a blue and cloudy sky. What’s even weirder... I still feel like we’re in that meditation room from before.

“Don’t rush, alright!?” I yell, staying steady. “We’re dealing with a wrathful oni, here! Not sayin’ there’s no tellin’ what’ll happen... We all know that fucker’s dangerous!” I grin bright at the other two behind me. “But we’ve got the upper hand...! Don’t puss out, either!”

Koishi gets ready at my left side, Shion breathes out at my right.

I look right at Kane-douji.

“Let’s do this!” I shout.

“Okay!!” “Yes!!”

From us changing atmosphere so fast, winds are going wild everywhere. I squint at Kane through ‘em, looking at those weird, clear orbs behind him... That’s it! They’re set like Raijin’s drums!

Each one looks like it’s got sorta like... some kinda raging storm of elements in it—like earth, wind, fire... the eighth one, I can’t tell what it is just from looking. Yeah... those things worry me.

But they’re givin’ me thoughts, too.

“COME!!” Kane no Kinshi orders with a roar, his chest out. He poses like an old god, one hand before him, one arm bent with his elbow raised and behind him. One of his orbs shines: one that looks like it’s swirling. A windstorm shows up immediately, and it’s maybe ten times worse than the shit that was throwing me around before.

I bring up my flame and have it start rotating a whole lot to protect us.

“Koishi, I’m gonna need you to get out there! Keep at him from afar!”

“Roger!” she says, and without hesitating she slips out of my barrier and into the wind.

“Sis, stay close to me.”

She nods. After waiting a few seconds, shaking from the force of the wind, I blow out my fire and let it hit us, but not before grabbing Shion.

At the moment of impact, I warp to wherever Koishi is, which turns out to be pretty far from Kane-douji to his right and behind him. She starts firing hearts and flowers at him (that he casually flits out the way of, though he barely looks like he’s moving (or even paying attention, really)), I start dashing toward him before he can realize where I am. The wind that was trying to get at me can’t find me anymore either. When I’m getting close, I jerk Shion forward.

“Grab the water one!” I yell, and I catapult her toward his back.

Shion flies, her arms outstretched, and Kane notices, turning around while his orb of fire flickers.

Too late though.

Just as a wildfire starts to bleed out from him, Shion grabs his water orb, her body flailing and the soles of her feet kicking pathetically into his face. It glows purple, and a flood turns out and around the two of them.

Kane bellows so loudly I hear it even though he’s engulfed in water. Shion’s cheeks are puffed out, but she’s looking okay. The water keeps filling the air until it can start swelling. It towers to the three-part heavens, and starts to fall down on us.

“Koishi, launch me!” I order.

“Got it!”

She latches onto my body and pulls me into a flower. Meanwhile I start gathering fire into my hand.

She fires me out of darkness toward Kane-douji just as the tsunami starts to crash down. I rush toward him, color blearing around me, until the water gets to me. I clench my teeth, hope, and it evaporates to the heat while my flames intensify. In a flurry of hot air and flame, I cut through the manifested ocean and hurl my fist not at Kane-douji, but at the orb of his filled with churning dirt.

It cracks for a moment, then shines brightly. I grab Sis and throw her out of the water before it finally consumes me. Kane reaches out to me, and I shake my head. The orb of earth starts spewing an avalanche out right against his head, turning into a mudslide, I start swimming and zipping the fuck away while he rages inside a total fucking brown and blue mess.

I breach the water, breathing fast and looking around until I spot Shion. I push my arm out of the water and cry, “Sis!! Get over here!”

She shouts, “Okay!” and comes toward me. She catches my hand and I pull her close while getting out the water all the way. Just then, it all rushes back toward Kane-douji, but not the mud he’s halfway trapped in. I had a feeling that’d throw him off!

I face him and start dragging Shion toward him. He throws a punch just to try to have the impact hit us, but we dodge it. Only one of his arms is free. I throw Shion behind him, and slide my way under his free arm.

He moves to claw at me while grunting. I grab hold of the chain from his wrist’s shackle and yank it while I move past him. There’s floating, wet earth all around us; I pull his hand toward one pile before letting go, teleporting to Shion, and kicking down on his back.

He stumbles, and his hand submerges.

“Get the fire one!” I tell Shion. She rushes to his right side and puts both her hands on his blazing orb. A brushfire spreads at once, and while it does I fight it off using my own flames to protect me and my sister. The mud hardens into clay, and I start backing away from him, Shion doing the same.

He won’t be stuck long! “Koishi! Let ‘im have it!”

Out the corner of my eye I see her aiming both her palms at him. A twisted helix of love then BOOMs out of her hands, firing fast down onto him and punishing him without even a moment of letting up.

“Phew...!” I sigh. Not like it’s done, but...

The air rumbles. Under us, I see Kane flinging his arms open, cutting through Koishi’s danmaku with ease. He touches the swirling earth orb over his shoulder, then throws his hand out. Like that, the air fills with dust and stones.

“... Hm??” What’s he trying to do?

He clenches his fist, and they all start jittering and jumping around the airspace, randomly. One smacks me across the cheek. After that pain, I notice a boulder hurtling toward me from my front.

Fuck!” I cry.

Kane points toward the sky, then throws his hand down.

A downpour ensues, drenching me and Shion (dunno if Koishi got caught in it). I sputter—I fuckin’... almost can’t breathe! Another rock hits me, slamming the right side of my skull. I can’t see anything! This is worse than the flood...! Rain is such a bitch!

I feel Shion clinging to my back, and I shield my eyes. As I do, I see Kane’s massive body before me, see lighting flash over his face, and hear thunder crashing.

I brace myself for him to pummel me.

Instead, he lifts his head, flexes his nose a few times...

... and sneezes. Thankfully without getting anything on me.

The rain lets up.

“Get away, Shion,” I tell my sister. I stay put. “... Come on, Kane. You want a little one on one again, right?” I beckon him with both hands.

He huffs, looking like he’s fighting another sneeze.

But then, he gets into his old-god fighting stance again, and waits for me.

I go under his arm and give him a punch in his side. He takes it.

I throw one at his stomach. He takes that, too, and puts his eyes on me.

Playing that game, eh...?

I punch his stomach again, hard. I pull back my left hand and punch at him again. I float to his other side and hit him there too. Yep, yep... this isn’t working!

I let my fires rise until he’s blinded and wincing. When he’s like that, I give him an uppercut and his jaw shifts. Now he’s noticing. I kick off of his chest and step on his left shoulder, putting my other boot on his face and firing it down. He moves to grab me and I flash to his other shoulder, planting my knuckles into his skull. He breathes suddenly, sharply, and starts coughing. I think he just breathed some water.

I punt him in the head and back off while he still thinks I’m hanging around there I drop low and start building fire in my hand. When it’s ready, I land it in his ribs.

“Rrgh...!” Finally, he buckles, and shifts. Seven of his eight orbs flash.

Uh oh.

With a hand that’s splitting with nature, he swipes at me faster than I can move. I wait to feel the hit... but don’t. He rips his clawed digits upward, and takes my overcoat with them.

Guess I’ll need a new one, but I’m okay with this!

Still, before I can move he throws a punch at me. I choose to grab it, my fire exploding out of me while it tries to dull the hit.

“Shion...!” I grumble. “The last one...! The orb he didn’t use!”

“You... Did the other god lay a hex on me!?” Kane asks while Shion flies toward us and Koishi watches over her. I hold his arm in place, but like... really fucking barely!

“Y—... You finally no... ticed!?” I manage to say. Shion gets close enough to grab the orb. I let go of Kane’s fist and teleport to her side, hugging her body before she can touch it. Like I expected, he swivels around to swipe at her. I blink us down to his feet, then around to where his back now is. He swings his arm behind to sweep us, and I bowl Shion over to his other side, trying to block his attack but not managing at all. It hits and I go flying. He gives chase. Shion leaps for the one weird orb behind his head, the one that glitters, but only barely.

I quickly set my fire to work on fixing the side of me that just got wrecked by his arm. I see Koishi throwing her tentacles over his body, trying to slow him down. Shion hugs on the sphere desperately, her eyes shut. I turn over and—

Reality starts to reset.
>> No. 16518
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[ ♫ It’s almost over!]

So... it was that...!

While the skies turn stone, and the stars blink out, I grin at Kane. He opens his arms wide, and his storms start up again.

“Guys, back off!” I growl, finally feeling right again. We’re moving toward the ceiling. I close my eyes and hold up my hands while he throws his fist toward me. Just before my eyes are completely shut, I spot Shion... holding desperately onto his leg and flapping like a ragdoll. “Sis...!”

I feel his strike miss me by a hair, flying past like a violent ripple. I open one eye and see Shion falling, Koishi catching her. Over me is Kane’s red chest, and behind me is the roof. We hit it in a flurry of water, ice, wind, sands, and fire. I grab Kane’s belt as he slips on and starts barreling through the foundations.

I keep holding on for what feels like a full minute, and then we’re out of the earth, flying over lava.

Of course, I freak out.

I let go of Kane and start flying back and upward. He squeezes his hands shut and trembles while settling his form and regaining his senses. He looks up at me, and then at the molten earth underneath him. He looks up at me again, and smiles. He opens his hands, another of his orbs flashes, and magma forms around him.

I throw my hand back.

He starts flying towards me through the smoke and cinders.

I make a fist.

I’ve gotta believe it...!

NO OTHER CHANCE BUT THIS ONE RIGHT HERE!

Luck! Misfortune! Whatever, don’t fail me now!

My hand catches golden fire while Kane nears me, totally swathed in primordial, Mother Earth rage. I put my other hand out and rush at him.

One by one, his orbs flash, hitting me with disaster after disaster...

But I’ve already said it.

I’m the most disastrous!

The fifth, the sixth, the seventh...!

In a hell of wrath, I push through, gritting my teeth, ignoring the stings and cuts.

Before his eighth can go off and he can fuck me over with reality-breaking bullshit, I throw a punch down on his collarbone.

He looks stunned, and then...

“Aughh...!”

He shouts in pain.

I felt that... I just broke his bone...!

He weakens, then cries out again as the lava he summoned touches his flesh. He starts recalling his powers, and his orbs start to break.

I follow through, putting more of my might behind the hit, until he folds, until he cries...!

I knock him down, and down he goes, ignited.

While he does, I see a light in his eye. This dude... won’t die.

He falls down the shaft. I think this must be the volcano...

But, Youkai Mountain is dormant, right...?

I feel the back of my shirt getting tugged on. I look behind myself and see Koishi pulling me with a totally, stone-panicked face. Shion’s wrapped up in her tentacles. We fly upward, and below us I see the glow of fire.

While I watch Kane’s summoned eruption near us closer and closer, I just know we’ll be fine.

This was just his last word.

Though lava nears my toes just near the end, Koishi gets us out of the cone and onto the mountain. A red geyser blows out behind us, but then promptly vanishes into black smoke.

All three of us lay in a girl-pile, looking at it curl, then slowly fade away...

... to a sky just before dawn.
>> No. 16519
Jesus fuck what a monster.

It was telling that what she felt after seeing a wave of lava burning his ass was relief of all things.
>> No. 16520
HOLY shit, okay. That was fucking great.
>> No. 16521
gg no re
>> No. 16522
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5:50 AM.




The Top of Youkai Mountain.






Gensokyo.



I lay my arm over Koishi’s back. Under her and in a pile of purple tendrils, Shion groans like she’s aching. I hold Koishi and pull her from my sister. We falls down backward, with her turning on top of me in the action. She breathes out over my front. She looks like she’s in pain, too.

I look toward the mouth of the volcano... but he doesn’t come up.

It’s done. That fight’s done.

Allowing myself to recognize that, I feel a ball of positive and negative emotions contorting inside of me. My composure breaks, and I start sobbing in that moment, clinging to her and saying, “Koishii...”

[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx58RUo53dg ]
[Imagine - Everlasting Truth (re:plus)]

She looks up at me in tears too, and we hug one another like it might be the last thing we’ll ever do. I squeeze her tight, and she bawls into my shirt.

It happened... It’s over. We... We did it....!

The two of us manage to get onto our knees, still holding each other. I kiss her, panting after and then just kissing her again. I pull her close, my warm tears mixing with hers on her cheek. “Thanggyu...!” I tell her. “Thanggyou sho muussh...!”

She brings up her arms under mine and shakes her head against me. “Id’s fhine!” she answers. “Id’s fhine...!”

We sniffle while still embracing, shaking. Everything... Everything came to this. I didn’t fail...

Thank you...

“Joon!”

Shion jumps onto my back, holding me from behind.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!!” she yells, breathing against my nape. It tickles. I laugh.

Koishi lets me go while I put my hands on Sis’s forearms. Shion nuzzles me, thanking me over and over.

“Sis...!” I say, half in complaint, giggling in reflex through my snot and sobbing. “Calm down!”

She hugs me, and I feel her lips trembling on the back of my neck, turning down. She twitches, and I feel something wet on my skin. Heat. She hiccups quietly.

I hold back my tears, and pulling down my left hand, hold her arm firm and safe with my right.

“I’m sorry...” she apologizes. I look at Koishi, who nods at me with a forced, but sincere smile.

I close my eyes and tell Sis, it’s alright. You’re not a burden.

I already promised: I’m going to keep being there for her.

~~

After a while, we all settle down, just as the Sun starts rising on the horizon, coloring everything golden.

Shion won’t let me go. I talk with Koishi while my sister holds on with her head against the back of mine.

Talk about how, now we’ve gotta go back down there. We still have to rescue the slaves under the Black Hand’s control.

Talk about seeing her sister and Yamame about other things.

I want to see Yuugi, too.

But then... what about after that?

I don’t know.

But I don’t think I’m gonna just settle down, at least not for long.

I swore I was going to save Koishi, too. I need to keep that vow. Plus, c’mon... However much I want to be a nice girl, I can’t help wanting to be a bastard.

Being a bastard got me here, so did doing good.

When I thought I was at the bottom months ago, I remember thinking: I’d get Old Hell under my foot someday.

Guess that’s today, huh?

I chuckle, once.

I don’t need riches and power to be happy.

Just being here, with the people I love, is way more than enough.

Whatever I do in the future, so long as I’ve got that... I’ll be good.

...

I look at the bands of the rings on my hand.

...

But let’s be real...

I close my fingers, and smirk as the gemstones glitter.

I was born for greatness.

Making money burns a fire inside of me.

I ain’t stoppin’ here.

Thinking that, I aim my fist at the Sun, feeling a zeal despite my exhaustion.

Yeah...

I won’t let it be over.

Son of a bitch, Yorigami Joon.

You ain’t never gonna change.
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Kane's 8 Masteries
Quakes
Winds/Storms
Mass Waste Events
Blizzards
Flooding/Tsunamis
Eruptions
Wildfires
Catastrophe/Reality Breaks

Credits

Kane-douji
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=39279425
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=42312143
https://seiga.nicovideo.jp/seiga/im3915372
https://seiga.nicovideo.jp/seiga/im4767137
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1633505

Joon
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=71177485
https://twitter.com/ARNUSI/status/1094978594458103809
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/3025888

Koishi
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1434120
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/2509072

Joon & Shion
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/2978781
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/3117745
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/3210987
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=70954065
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=70089222

Joon, Shion, & Koishi
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=70089222
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/3017155
https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/2993355


Yep, that's right: if you didn't recognize it already, the "Kane-douji" images were actually just edits of a guy's "what if Yuugi was a dude" fanart. I had found these before quite a while ago, randomly, but stumbled on them again when I was looking for random "oni" pictures through google, pixiv, danbooru and so on. Specifically found these through googling while LOOKING for Kane-douji (in kanji) and noticed that it was actually a series of crazy Yuugi pics. Kinda fitting. At any rate, lucky me.


Music

That arrange of Joon and Shion's theme is oddly hard to find outside of youtube/NND. You can grab it, and the artist's other work, over here:
https://ch.nicovideo.jp/chair/blomaga/ar691457
vol.7 (2017年6月~)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MIAI7YaWEF5UESUwv7DfWXfv6Fwvsecx

Soundtrack: https://mega.nz/#F!1BdBzIKZ!bhLzijfM3iyphpueDOKf0g
Escape from Midwich Valley - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
Disco Zombi Italia - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
Obituary - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
Blizzard - Feeelings (Light Club)
Voyager - Hotline Miami 2 (Jasper Byrne)
It’s Safe Now - Hotline Miami (Scattle)
Inner Animal - Hotline Miami (Scattle)
Guided Meditation - Hotline Miami 2 (Old Future Fox Gang)
The Engineer’s Epic - The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (James Silva)
Roller Mobster - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
Keyboards & Synths - Keyboards & Synths (Tesla Boy)
Fantasy - The Universe Made of Darkness (Tesla Boy)
Richard - Hotline Miami 2 (Dubmood)
I'm Back (to Rise) - Killer Instinct: Season 2 (Mick Gordon (feat. Omega Sparx))
D.A.N.C.E. - †[Cross] (Justice)
Funky Radio – Jet Set Radio (B.B. Rights)
Remorse - Visitors (Scattle)
Electric Dreams - Night Driving Avenger EP (Perturbator)
Turf intro - Turf (El Huervo)
Flatline - Hotline Miami (Scattle)
Sexualizer (feat. Flash Arnold) - Sexualizer - EP (Perturbator)
いつか見たもの - マジコカタストロフィ - Mágico Catástrofe (ShibayanRecords)
アナタガモトメルモノ - キセキ☆インパルス~emotional feedback (ShibayanRecords)
I love it (Feat. Charli XCX) - This Is... (Icona Pop)
Crystals - Hotline Miami (M|O|O|N)
around - walking around aimlessly (modulogeek)
Untitled - Expanses (The Green Kingdom)
walking - walking around aimlessly (modulogeek)
Dust - Particles (M|O|O|N)
Rust - Rust b/w Ghost (El Huervo)
Future Club - Dangerous Days (Perturbator)
New Wave Hookers - Waxwork (Vestron Vulture)
You’re Mine - Furi (Carpenter Brut)
Meet Matt Stryker - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
クライム・ストーリーときみのウソ - Adrastea (ShibayanRecords)
Lullaby of a Deserted Hell Acoustic – FlameZero16 (GJT/Spiderman)
Hotline - Hotline Miami (Jasper Byrne)
Abyss Intro - Hotline Miami 2 (LipPi Sound)
Abyss - Hotline Miami 2 (LipPi Sound)
Le Perv - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
No Laughing Matter - Transition (Modulogeek)
Black Tar - Hotline Miami 2 (Nounverber)
Interlude - Interlude (Chromacle)
Froze the Atlantic - Feeelings (Light Club)
Hydrogen - MOON (M|O|O|N)
Andromeda - Near Dark (DANCE WITH THE DEAD)
Acid Spit - 198Xad (Mega Drive)
Looking for Tracy Tzu - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
Sexkiller on the Loose - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
In The Face Of Evil - Hotline Miami 2 (Magic Sword)
Technoir - Hotline Miami 2 (Perturbator)
347 Midnight Demons - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
Static - Hotline Miami (El Huervo)
Keep On Dreamin - Yume Nikki Arrangement (PsiWolf)
Fortress of Regrets - Planescape: Torment (Mark Morgan)
Battle B8 - (Lucifer II) - Shin Megami Tensei IV (Ryota Kozuka, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiki Konishi)
TURBO KILLER - TRILOGY (Carpenter Brut)
The Final Battle - Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne (Meguro Shoji)
Final Boss! - Penny Arcade's On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness Ep 4 (HyperDuck SoundWorks)
Nuadha, The Star above Falias – Mabinogi
Battle C6 - (Masakado Battle Theme) - Shin Megami Tensei IV (Ryota Kozuka, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiki Konishi)
最凶最悪の華言葉 -東方憑依華 ~ Antinomy of Common Flowers Arrange (ちぇあ/Chair)
Imagine (Feat. The 49ers) - Everlasting Truth (re:plus)
Gotta Work - Fighting - Soundtrack (Amerie)
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[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HtEq0swB7s ]
[Gotta Work - Fighting - Soundtrack (Amerie)]

THAT

IS

IT!!


I consider Make a fist. my first completed full story, not just on THP but period. I've been a starter, but never a true finisher. I've completed projects, but never in a way where I've truly felt "that ended".

This was a real blast. I didn't think I could get as much mileage as I think I managed with a Stream of Consciousness narrative. I'm glad this story had fans, even after it took a sudden turn into "gay land". Koishi, or the idea of Koishi pre-subconscious insanity really ended up being a character I quite liked. I've always liked Joon. She's awesome.

Thank you for reading!! Thank you for voting!!! Leave whatever comments you want, positive or negative! Love you all! PEACE OUT!

SEE YOU IN THE SEQUEL!!!!
>> No. 16525
This was fucking awesome. Now gib oni.
>> No. 16526
>>16524
Son of a bitch, writefag Kizin.

Never change.
>> No. 16527
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Damn, son. I have to say, at first I didn't expect I would sympathize with Joon as much as I did, but now she's honestly kinda badass? Plus, I don't think anybody's gonna complain about Koishi's major role. That is what we wound up voting for, after all... This story was pretty short, considering how long things can get if they go un-checked, but imo that's just another strength of the work — it said everything that it needed to, and never risked overstaying its welcome.

All in all, fantastic work, and a fantastic (and suitably epic) conclusion.

>>16524
>sequel
>> No. 16528
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Cheers, your thoughts are massively appreciated. Have one last song for the time being.
[ ♫: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz1E0drlNgQ ]
東方 Touhou remix (Orchestral) Tonight Stars an Easygoing Egoist ~ Egoistic Flowers - Touhou Orchestral Music (Lowlands Blossom)]

I don't know when a second story will start following Joon and her new crew, but at the least I have ideas hammered out for it. I think I'll focus on finishing Unchanging Days ( >>/shrine/41060 (and just to be clear that is NOT close to an end of any sort)), and then give y'all a head's up about a sequel incoming. Most likely, it'll be over on /th/. Look forward to it.
>> No. 16529
is nice
>> No. 16530
>>16528
ah yeah, image: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=71800156
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