Chapter 34:

The Beast's Awakening

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

"R-Ryota..."Bookmark here

Daisuke looked baffled at the unconscious body of his cousin.Bookmark here

"You..."Bookmark here

He bit his lips.Bookmark here

"You truly are pathetic."Bookmark here

He mocked his own cousin after his defeat.Bookmark here

"Man, it sure was shocking to witness how pathetic your performance was."Bookmark here

"Aren't you angry at me?" Kazuma asked despite not really caring about the answer.Bookmark here

"Angry? Nah, not really. It was to be expected that he would lose. But it was quite surprising how fast he lost."Bookmark here

Daisuke cracked his fingers.Bookmark here

"Don't worry. I'll assure you that you won't be able to get rid of us as fast as him."Bookmark here

This time, everyone except Kyouko took up their fighting stance.Bookmark here

"I guess, I'll watch for now." she said bored.Bookmark here

"Hey, Kyouko, didn't you hear Shinya? Everyone of us are to fight him!" Daisuke rebuked.Bookmark here

"But it's just one person. I see no need to participate just because he defeated Ryota."Bookmark here

"Let her be, Daisuke." Hirata said.Bookmark here

"O-oh, fine then."Bookmark here

Kazuma took a glance at each one of them.Bookmark here

"Three versus one? I don't complain but I would have enjoyed it more if it was just between us, Hirata and Shinya." Kazuma stated.Bookmark here

"Ah, I forgot!" Shinya said as he raised his finger.Bookmark here

"let me introduce you to them. These three new faces are Yame Kyouko, Toujou Daisuke and Toujou Ryota. And for your information, they were all part of the scheme to get rid of your parents." Shinya explained.Bookmark here

"Ah, I see! So he's the one you were always talking about Shin-chan!" Kyouko remarked as she lazed around at the nearby bench.Bookmark here

"I see..."Bookmark here

Kazuma got grimmer.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

Not wasting time anymore, Kazuma jumped at Daisuke and tried to kick his face.Bookmark here

However, his kick was caught bare-handed by Daisuke.Bookmark here

"Not bad." Daisuke commented with a sly grin.Bookmark here

"Tch."Bookmark here

The grip on Kazuma's foot tightened.Bookmark here

"Hirata!" Daisuke shouted as he threw Kazuma in his direction.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

"Ugh!"Bookmark here

Hirata landed a heavy punch on Kazuma's back.Bookmark here

"How the tables have turned, huh?" Hirata commented, watching Kazuma in pain on the ground.Bookmark here

"Hehe, all these years passed and you still throw those girly punches... Nothing has changed, you bastard." Kazuma mocked him while he slowly got up again.Bookmark here

"What did you say?!"Bookmark here

With a bulging vein, Hirata formed a fist.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

"Aargh!"Bookmark here

"Don't fall for provocations, Hirata. Especially not those from him."Bookmark here

Shinya kicked Kazuma in the sides just before Hirata punched him.Bookmark here

"You know that he was about to lure you into his psychological trap, right?" Shinya elaborated to Hirata.Bookmark here

"I-I'm sorry."Bookmark here

"Keep your head up."Bookmark here

"Daisuke! Let's do this together!"Bookmark here

Just like Shinya ordered, Daisuke came to him.Bookmark here

"I think you overestimated him too much, Shinya." Daisuke said.Bookmark here

"Maybe you're right..." Shinya replied.Bookmark here

He heaved a sigh of disappointment as he looked at the current state of Kazuma who was cowering on the ground.Bookmark here

"Was he really able to fend off Fujiwara's 20 people?" Hirata asked.Bookmark here

Kazuma got up again.Bookmark here

"Shinya... Hirata..."Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Tell me... what happened to you?" Kazuma asked with his breathing being unstable.Bookmark here

"What do you mean?" Hirata was confused.Bookmark here

"A few months after we established our group... you two started to behave suspiciously... Shiho told me that you would often come home with new injuries, Shinya."Bookmark here

"Ha..."Bookmark here

"Hahaha! I see! That's what you meant!" Shinya laughed hysterically.Bookmark here

"Well, isn't that obvious? We trained of course!"Bookmark here

Shinya's face got closer to Kazuma.Bookmark here

"Compared to you, we two were just some weaklings. So we trained to become as strong as you." Shinya said with a playful grin.Bookmark here

"And soon, we saw our results. Many delinquents and the older ones bowed in front of us out of fear..." Hirata added as he looked at his trembling hand.Bookmark here

"It was a truly ecstatic feeling!" he said with an excited expression while he formed a fist.Bookmark here

"So you two got drunk by power..." Kazuma concluded.Bookmark here

"So what? It feels incredible, after all! We can do anything we want and nobody can do something against it! The assault at your parents was the perfect demonstration!" Shinya responded.Bookmark here

Kazuma grabbed him by his collar.Bookmark here

"What did you say?!"Bookmark here

Daisuke and Hirata were about to meddle in but got stopped after Shinya gestured with hands to stay calm.Bookmark here

"You see, after you announced that you would leave us, we were naturally sad. But only for a short moment." Shinya's vile grin widened.Bookmark here

"It was the perfect opportunity to test our influence and power. I mean, did you really think that you could really leave our group without any backlash? Come on, you were our leader. Leaving everything to us out of nowhere was quite irresponsible, don't you think?" he added.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Kazuma was silent.Bookmark here

"Why aren't you saying anything? Is it because everything I said was true?"Bookmark here

"It's rather amusing how flawed your way of thinking is." Kazuma said.Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

Kazuma punched Shinya in the face as he let go of his collar.Bookmark here

"Ptui." Shinya spat on the ground.Bookmark here

"Now you've done it!"Bookmark here

Hirata rushed at him with a fist.Bookmark here

Woosh.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

Kazuma barely dodged the punch and countered by hitting him in the stomach with his knee.Bookmark here

"Uff!"Bookmark here

After receiving a blow, Hirata jumped back, allowing Daisuke to attack. He aimed at Kazuma's sides with a kick.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

Kazuma had to launch a kick with the same force to parry it.Bookmark here

"Tch."Bookmark here

Daisuke lowered his leg and was about to hit him in the face.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

To Daisuke's surprise, Kazuma was able to get a hold of his stretched out arm before it connected with his face.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

Using this opening, he punched Daisuke in the face.Bookmark here

"Heh, seems like he got serious." Daisuke stated while rubbing his nose.Bookmark here

With a disappointment look, Kazuma heaved a sigh.Bookmark here

"You punished me for leaving the gang? Furthermore, the death of my parents was to test your influence and power within the gang network in Tokyo? I can't understand it. Shouldn't you be happy that I left? Only due to my absence you were able to succeed as the leader. Isn't that contradicting?" Kazuma asked.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Shinya's excitement faded and he turned serious for the moment.Bookmark here

In contrast to him, Kazuma's smirk got wider.Bookmark here

"Why can't you just tell me that you were jealous of my parents for winning me over? I suppose you wanted me to stay the most and therefore you killed them in hope that I would return to you."Bookmark here

"Nonsense." Shinya rejected his speculation sternly.Bookmark here

"Oh, really?"Bookmark here

As the two were conversing, Daisuke looked for an opening to attack while Hirata gritted his teeth and averted his gaze from them.Bookmark here

"I said it's nonsense!"Bookmark here

Enraged, Shinya ran to him fully resolved to attack.Bookmark here

"Hirata, now!" Daisuke signaled Hirata.Bookmark here

"Y-yeah!"Bookmark here

Thus, the three were about to attack simultaneously. They ran side by side with Shinya on the left followed by Daisuke and then Hirata.Bookmark here

However, Kazuma fixed his vision already on a target.Bookmark here

"Shinya!" Kazuma shouted even more enraged than Shinya.Bookmark here

When Shinya was about to get hit by him, the other two let down their guard due to them being surprised by Kazuma's kamikaze attack.Bookmark here

"Just kidding." Kazuma muttered.Bookmark here

"Huh?" Shinya was confused.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

"Bluaargh!"Bookmark here

Daisuke's throat was hit.Bookmark here

"D-Daisuke!" Hirata's gaze focused on him.Bookmark here

"Where are you looking, Hirata?" Kazuma taunted him.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Pow. Pow.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

First a heavy punch in the stomach and then a hit on his back, as he bowed his upper body, with his combined fists.Bookmark here

Hirata got slammed on the soil with his whole body.Bookmark here

"Wha-"Bookmark here

"Taste this!"Bookmark here

Shinya's words got interrupted by Daisuke whose eyes were filled with killing intent.Bookmark here

He took up a fighting stance typical for a boxer.Bookmark here

Seeing that, Kazuma began to make small hops on the spot with his fists raised up.Bookmark here

"Haaa!" Daisuke yelled energetically.Bookmark here

"Tch."Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

"Ugh!"Bookmark here

Despite jumping back, Kazuma was still hit in the chest. If he would not react quickly, it may have been the end for him.Bookmark here

He wanted to hold his chest reflexively but he had to secure the opening of his enemy.Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

Daisuke tried to retract his punching arm, however, Kazuma grabbed it firmly.Bookmark here

His eyes were fierce and his grin malicious. Kazuma had no intention to let go.Bookmark here

Pow. Pow. Crack. Pow.Bookmark here

While he held his arm, Kazuma started a barrage of punches aimed at his face. Not being able defend himself properly, Daisuke had to receive most of them. In the process, some cracking sounds were heard.Bookmark here

Noticing that he had not enough force to pull his arm back anymore, Kazuma finally let go.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

With his face being bloody and full of bruises, Daisuke fell on the ground. Thus, the count of unconscious people rose up to two.Bookmark here

"W-what the..."Bookmark here

Hirata, who tried to get up, could not accept reality after he saw how brutally Daisuke was beaten up.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Even Shinya was shocked and took a few steps back without realizing.Bookmark here

"Haha... What a beast..." Shinya laughed nervously.Bookmark here

"Hey Hirata, stand up already! This is the moment we've been waiting for!" he said.Bookmark here

"Y-yes!"Bookmark here

The both of them stood side by side.Bookmark here

Shinya's nervousness changed into excitement in contrast to Hirata who began to sweat nervously.Bookmark here

Akin to Shinya, Kazuma flashed a grin of excitement on his face which was stained with a few drops of blood from Daisuke.Bookmark here

"Let's begin round two!" Kazuma announced.Bookmark here

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