Chapter 35:

Driven By Vengeance

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

It was currently noon. As the sky turned darker, the showdown between Kazuma and 'The Owls' reached the climax.Bookmark here

A countless number of delinquents gathered around the place to witness the match. No one of them dared to enter the field after they saw how mercilessly the Toujou cousins were beaten up by one person.Bookmark here

"What are you scared of, Hirata?" Shinya asked with a confident expression after he noticed that Hirata was trembling slightly.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"I tell you there's no need to be afraid. Remember, we trained hard for this day!"Bookmark here

Smack.Bookmark here

"Y-you're right!"Bookmark here

Hirata stood firm after he slapped his cheeks to find his resolve.Bookmark here

Thus, the two rushed at Kazuma who waited for them to be ready.Bookmark here

"Haaaa!" they yelled from the bottom of the longs in unison while they retracted their arm for a punch.Bookmark here

Just like last time, Kazuma fixed his eyes on one person. This time, he targeted Hirata.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

"Mmnng!"Bookmark here

"?"Bookmark here

Shinya looked shocked at his right side.Bookmark here

It felt like time slowed down as he burned the image in his mind. He witnessed how Hirata got kicked in his face by Kazuma who previously jumped in front of them.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

Hirata fell on the soil again.Bookmark here

"Hira-"Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

"Ugghh!"Bookmark here

Looking back to Hirata, Shinya loosened his focus and paid for it by getting kicked in the stomach.Bookmark here

With an agitated grin, Kazuma switched his targets again and jumped on Hirata. He held his arms down with his knees.Bookmark here

"G-get off me!" Hirata yelled desperately.Bookmark here

"And why exactly do you think I would listen to you?"Bookmark here

Kazuma's demeanor got more intimidating. His smirk left his face and any kind of emotion was nowhere to be seen in his now hollow eyes.Bookmark here

The only thing filling him was the urge to kill the two.Bookmark here

Bam. Bam. Bam. Bam.Bookmark here

Having no care for anything else anymore, he started to hit Hirata repeatedly on the face without a break.Bookmark here

Blood spilled and stained Kazuma's fists and the soil.Bookmark here

There was no sign of Kazuma stopping his attacks.Bookmark here

After a while, Hirata's body also stopped moving. He was unconscious.Bookmark here

But Kazuma did not care and continued.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

"You sick bastard!"Bookmark here

Finally recovered by the previous kick, Shinya hit Kazuma in the back of his head to free Hirata.Bookmark here

"Heh, now it's your turn again."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

At that moment, Kazuma looked nothing akin to being sane. His face was stained with drops of blood, his eyes were sharp and yet shallow at the same time and his mouth formed a eerie smirk again.Bookmark here

It was the expression of the boy who lost everything and was driven by revenge.Bookmark here

Shinya had to grab his right arm strongly to control the shivering. Despite appearing fine, deep down he also felt fear.Bookmark here

"Tch." Shinya clicked his tongue after he saw the state of his friends.Bookmark here

Hirata, Daisuke and Ryota were knocked out and Kyouko was currently taking a nap on the bench.Bookmark here

"Whatever."Bookmark here

"Let's do this, Kazuma!" he shouted.Bookmark here

Kazuma was brimming with excitement as he rushed at him.Bookmark here

"Take this!"Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

"Keh!"Bookmark here

"Ugh!"Bookmark here

The two hit each other in the face.Bookmark here

"I'm not done!" Shinya stated vividly.Bookmark here

Bam. Bam. Pow. Bam.Bookmark here

Both of them neglected their defense and mainly focused on attacking.Bookmark here

Shinya was hit everywhere. Be it the face, chest or stomach, he received fists, elbows, knees and so on.Bookmark here

But the same could also be applied to Kazuma.Bookmark here

This brutal exchange of blows continued even when their faces became bloody.Bookmark here

"Haaa... haaa..."Bookmark here

"Haaa... haa..."Bookmark here

The two jumped back to create some distance. The two started to become exhausted as they grasped for air.Bookmark here

"Shit... How could this happen?!"Bookmark here

Shinya was furious and confused by the fact that Kazuma was still standing. The elite of his gang were almost completely wiped out and he himself was on the verge of collapsing.Bookmark here

"Haha... Seeing your actions today, made me realize why I admired you so much back then..." he laughed weakly.Bookmark here

Then, Shinya's laugh and smile disappeared and instead, he gritted his teeth.Bookmark here

"Kyouko! Wake up, I need you!" he shouted aggressively.Bookmark here

"Mmh, don't wanna." she replied with a sleepy voice.Bookmark here

"Kyouko!"Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

"Get up! Now!"Bookmark here

"Fuaah! Fine, fine..." she replied after she yawned while she stretched her arms. Bookmark here

She rubbed her half open eyes before she analyzed the current situation.Bookmark here

"Oh! Are they all dead already?" she asked half-heartedly.Bookmark here

"No. Just unconscious." he answered.Bookmark here

"It doesn't matter. Hurry up!" he ordered.Bookmark here

"Alright. What do you want me to do?"Bookmark here

Shinya pointed at Kazuma who was also on the verge of collapsing.Bookmark here

"Let's bring him down together."Bookmark here

"Together? Can't you handle him alone?"Bookmark here

Shinya had to swallow his pride.Bookmark here

"As much as I hate to admit it but you're the strongest of us all and I can't beat him alone... He is just like an animal just like you." Shinya said with a stern look.Bookmark here

"I'm an animal? That's rude, Shin-chan!" she pouted.Bookmark here

"Geez, spare me your complains for now and help me out." he stated as he held his head as if he had a headache.Bookmark here

"Okay." she answered with a carefree attitude.Bookmark here

Realizing that they were ready, Kazuma was about to attack Shinya again.Bookmark here

Pow. Crack.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

Before he could even come close enough, Kazuma was sent flying after he was kicked in the ribs. He fell on the ground.Bookmark here

"Pheeew. It amazes me every time, seeing your kick." Shinya whistled and complimented Kyouko.Bookmark here

"Hehe, of course!" she puffed out her chest arrogantly.Bookmark here

Shinya walked to Kazuma.Bookmark here

"It sounded like some bones were broken. No wonder, Kyouko is a national champ at kickboxing after all." he explained as he crouched down.Bookmark here

"Aargh!" Kazuma let out sounds of agony while he pressed the location where he was hit.Bookmark here

"Are we done now?" Kyouko asked.Bookmark here

"Not yet."Bookmark here

"Huuuh? But why? There's no way he can stand up again."Bookmark here

Shinya ignored her and focused on Kazuma.Bookmark here

"Hey, Kazuma. Maybe you're right. Maybe I was just envious of your parents who managed to win you over. Maybe I just wanted you to stay with us."Bookmark here

He pulled on Kazuma's hair until they saw into each others' eyes.Bookmark here

"So how about this? Return to us. If you decline now, we will get rid of your girl. What's her name again? Nagisa Yui, right?"Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Kazuma's eyes widened in shock. On the other hand, Shinya grinned again.Bookmark here

It was grin full of vileness.Bookmark here

Bonk.Bookmark here

Kazuma gave him a headbutt.Bookmark here

"Ahrg! You piece of shit!"Bookmark here

Despite having to endure immense pain, Kazuma managed to stand up.Bookmark here

"I dare you to repeat yourself."Bookmark here

Kazuma looked menacingly at Shinya.Bookmark here

"Shit! Kyouko!"Bookmark here

"First, you killed my parents and now you want to get rid of her, too... As if I would let you do it again!"Bookmark here

Kazuma's eyes were filled with rage and hatred as he was about to launch a punch.Bookmark here

Pow. Crack.Bookmark here

Kyouko interfered between the two on time. She launched a kick to stop the fist.Bookmark here

"Tch." she clicked her tongue.Bookmark here

Unlike last time, Kazuma was not sent flying.Bookmark here

Both of them retracted their leg and arm slowly.Bookmark here

"What the hell..." she muttered in a serious manner.Bookmark here

"What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"That guy... He broke my ankle when my foot and his fist met."Bookmark here

"W-what?!"Bookmark here

"If I hadn't stop him, then you would have had to say goodbye to your nose."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Shinya was baffled. he found it impossible to believe that a national champion at kickboxing was on equal footing with an ex-delinquent.Bookmark here

While the two were talking, Kazuma cracked his knuckles and his wrist.Bookmark here

"Seems like I gotta take this serious." Kyouko stated as she took up a proper fighting stance.Bookmark here

"Let's finish this already!" Shinya said after he straightened his posture.Bookmark here

Whereas the two were full of energy, Kazuma had already trouble keeping his eyes open. He reached his limits. Everything was blurry and despite not even moving, he began to totter.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Kyouko relaxed her posture.Bookmark here

"What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"Just take a look at him. One punch and he's out."Bookmark here

"I see. Well, I'll finish him off alone." Shinya said with a confident smirk.Bookmark here

"No."Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

"Let me do this. After all, my broken ankle is his fault."Bookmark here

"Geez, fine. I guess I can beat him up all I want after we take him with us." Shinya shrugged his shoulders.Bookmark here

With a stern expression, she approached the worn out Kazuma.Bookmark here

"It woulda been interesting to see who would emerge as the winner between us two if it was a fair match. Don't think badly of me, okay?"Bookmark here

Kazuma did not even notice her presence as he still looked at Shinya.Bookmark here

"Sorry."Bookmark here

Kyouko formed a fist and launched it at Kazuma.Bookmark here

"Stop."Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Suddenly, someone grabbed her arm from behind.Bookmark here

"What are you doing here, Shiho?" he asked while his eyes got grimmer.Bookmark here

"Isn't that obvious?" Shiho replied provocative.Bookmark here

"Let go!"Bookmark here

Shiho jumped backwards after Kyouko swung her arm to free herself from the grip on her arm.Bookmark here

"Geez, do you still think you can handle this alone, Kazu-kun?" she asked, ignoring the other two.Bookmark here

Hearing her voice, his face became a bit livelier.Bookmark here

"Shiho? What are you doing here?" he asked surprised.Bookmark here

"To help you."Bookmark here

"What? I told you already I-"Bookmark here

"Can you beat her?" she pointed at Kyouko.Bookmark here

"..." he averted his gaze.Bookmark here

"Thought so."Bookmark here

Then, Shiho also took up a fighting stance.Bookmark here

"Don't be stubborn and let me help you. I'll take of that girl, okay?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Kazuma was against the idea but he knew that he had to accept.Bookmark here

"Fine." he said unwillingly.Bookmark here

"Heh." she smirked satisfied.Bookmark here

Thus, the third and final round was about to unfold.Bookmark here

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