Chapter 37:

Conclusion To His Revenge

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

"W-what do you intend to do?" Shiho asked nervously.Bookmark here

"Beating him up." Yousuke replied as he stretched his arms.Bookmark here

"H-huh?!" she was perplexed.Bookmark here

"What? Of course I have to. Did you take a good look at him? There's no other way to stop him."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Yousuke heaved a sigh after he saw the glum expression on Shiho's face.Bookmark here

"I'll hold back. I promise." he said.Bookmark here

Woosh.Bookmark here

Sneakily, Kazuma tried to run back to Shinya, bypassing Yousuke.Bookmark here

"Not so fast!"Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

Yousuke pulled on Kazuma's shirt from behind and shoved him to the ground.Bookmark here

"Don't stop me!" Kazuma said fiercely.Bookmark here

"Sorry but it's my job to stop you."Bookmark here

"You leave me no other choice, Ikari-san."Bookmark here

Despite being already exhausted, Kazuma took up his fighting stance while holding the knife in his left hand.Bookmark here

"Are you sure? I'm a police officer."Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"No response, huh?"Bookmark here

Suddenly, Kazuma leaped off and formed a fist with his right hand.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

Not moving an inch from his spot, Yousuke caught the fist with one hand.Bookmark here

"First of all, drop the weapon."Bookmark here

Kazuma tried to retract his arm but Yousuke's grip on his fist was too much for him to handle.Bookmark here

"Don't make me repeat myself, Ichinose."Bookmark here

"Nnggh!" Kazuma groaned as he still tried to free himself from his grasp.Bookmark here

"I see."Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

Clatter. Thud.Bookmark here

"Uff!"Bookmark here

Yousuke dealt a heavy punch into Kazuma's abdomen, causing him to fall on his knees and to let go of the knife.Bookmark here

"It's over already, Ichinose. Just relax for now."Bookmark here

Seeing that Kazuma finally let go of the knife, Yousuke crouched down to collect it.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Woosh.Bookmark here

However, before he could pick it up, Kazuma swung his right arm at him.Bookmark here

Yousuke barely dodged it by jumping back.Bookmark here

"That brat..."Bookmark here

Like a zombie, Kazuma slowly got up.Bookmark here

"I suppose I have to render you unconscious to make you stop."Bookmark here

The two took up their fighting stances.Bookmark here

Kazuma ignored the knife, which was lying on the soil, for the time being and focused on his new opponent.Bookmark here

Again, Kazuma leaped off and began his attacks. Like a wild animal, he punched and kicked aimlessly in hope to land a hit on Yousuke.Bookmark here

Woosh. Woosh.Bookmark here

But he only hit the air. It was as if Yousuke was able to read every single one of Kazuma's moves. Hence, he dodged them all effortlessly.Bookmark here

"Hey, Ichinose. Why are you still continuing? The boy over there is already knocked out, right?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

No answer.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

For the second time, Yousuke was on the offensive and landed a punch on Kazuma's cheek. As a result from the hit, Kazuma staggered backwards.Bookmark here

"Could it be that you feel empty? Or dissatisfied?"Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Kazuma finally reacted.Bookmark here

"Seems like I guessed right."Bookmark here

"You feel dissatisfied because you were craving for more. You wanted to beat him up more. You wanted to vent out your pent up anger more on him. However, he lost consciousness far too soon and beating his immobile body wouldn't sit well with you, am I right?" he elaborated.Bookmark here

Woosh.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

"Hrngh!"Bookmark here

Not wanting to hear more, Kazuma continued with his attacks vigorously. But Yousuke avoided like always and followed up with a counterattack.Bookmark here

"And then you tried to accept that your revenge had to come to an end but it made you feel empty because it's your revenge that kept you going for the last years."Bookmark here

"Shut up!" Kazuma raised his voice.Bookmark here

Woosh. Woosh.Bookmark here

Pow. Pow.Bookmark here

"Ugh!"Bookmark here

The number of attacks increased just like the number of dodged attacks and counters.Bookmark here

Kazuma got even more enraged and desperate as he heard more of Yousuke's talk.Bookmark here

"I... I..." Kazuma muttered something as he approached Yousuke slowly and out of breath.Bookmark here

Realizing that he posed no threat to him anymore, Yousuke let his guard down.Bookmark here

Puff.Bookmark here

Kazuma hit Yousuke's chest softly.Bookmark here

"I'm not finished with him yet... He took the lives of my parents... So why am I not allowed to kill him?" Kazuma said while he looked down.Bookmark here

"Since back then, I only thought about killing him! I spent so much time to get information about him! And I finally found him today! There's no way in hell that I won't use this chance to kill him! No one will stop me! Not even you!" he said while his voice gradually got louder.Bookmark here

When Kazuma finally looked up, tears began to flow out of his eyes.Bookmark here

"This revenge is the only purpose in my life!"Bookmark here

Yousuke just gazed sternly at him.Bookmark here

"So please... Please don't stop me!"Bookmark here

Kazuma retracted his arm and prepared another punch.Bookmark here

It was impossible for Yousuke react quickly enough to dodge or fend off his attack.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

This time, the punch connected.Bookmark here

But he still stood firm even though he received a hit in his face.Bookmark here

"Your only purpose in life? Cut the crap, you brat."Bookmark here

"Do you really think that your parents would be happy to hear that? And not just your parents. There are still other people around you who would feel the same!"Bookmark here

In that moment, his eyes widened a little. Kazuma recalled the memories he shared with certain people.Bookmark here

"Spare me your optimism!" Kazuma yelled while he clenched his fists again.Bookmark here

He rushed to him again. But this time, Kazuma intended to give his punch everything he had. He prepared to finish this fight.Bookmark here

Then, a sigh was heard.Bookmark here

Pow.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

With a great amount of strength, Yousuke dealt the finishing blow.Bookmark here

The punch, which Kazuma received in his abdomen again, caused him to fall to the ground. One soft punch was enough to make him lose consciousness.Bookmark here

"Deep down in your heart, you know that I'm right." Yousuke stated.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Seeing that Kazuma had no strength anymore, Yousuke turned around.Bookmark here

"I'm done with him." he said with his usual relaxed demeanor to the two girls.Bookmark here

Kyouko and Shiho could only act as bystanders during the one-sided fight.Bookmark here

"Kazu-kun!"Bookmark here

Shiho rushed worriedly to Kazuma's side and tried to help him get up.Bookmark here

"See? I was right." Yousuke remarked as his mouth formed a smirk.Bookmark here

"Shut up..." Kazuma said weakly.Bookmark here

Then, his eyes closed and his body stopped moving. He lost consciousness.Bookmark here

Woosh.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Someone ran past Youske.Bookmark here

"Die!"Bookmark here

It was Shinya. He regained his consciousness again and despite being also exhausted, he was brimming with energy for this moment.Bookmark here

"Shinya, stop!"Bookmark here

Shiho stood up and got between the unconscious Kazuma and Shinya who was fiddling with one hand in his pocket.Bookmark here

"Damn it!" Yousuke was caught by surprise and tried to stop Shinya.Bookmark here

"Out of my way, Shiho!" Shinya shouted.Bookmark here

Shinya finally found the object he searched for in his pocket.Bookmark here

It was also a silver shining sharp object. Another knife.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Shiho flinched when she saw the knife in her brother's hand.Bookmark here

"Dodge it!" Yousuke yelled in panic.Bookmark here

But Shiho did not react. As much as she wanted to dodge, her body did not listen to her. The fear overwhelmed her completely.Bookmark here

Deep down, she thought that Shinya would only try to intimidate her with the knife. After all, these two were siblings even though she did not want to admit it.Bookmark here

However, after looking at his eyes, which were filled with insanity, she was not sure anymore.Bookmark here

Was she about to get stabbed by her own brother?Bookmark here

Her body could not stop shivering and she felt her knees becoming weaker.Bookmark here

"Kazumaaa!" Shinya cried.Bookmark here

He was devoured entirely by madness. He would not listen to reason. Nothing could stop him.Bookmark here

The grip on the knife tightened and he was about to thrust it into her belly.Bookmark here

"Shin-chan!"Bookmark here

Kyouko appeared from behind and tried to pull him back from Shiho.Bookmark here

"Kazumaaa!" Shinya still shouted Kazuma's name as he tried to push forward.Bookmark here

"No! Just stop already! We've lost!" Kyouko tried to bring him back to his senses desperately.Bookmark here

"Enough!"Bookmark here

Yousuke finally arrived.Bookmark here

Without wasting time, he pulled him back with Kyouko.Bookmark here

Overwhelmed by the power, Shinya flew backwards, letting go of the knife.Bookmark here

Thud. Clatter.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Kyouko looked at the knife as if it was a ghost.Bookmark here

"Hey, you! Are you alright?!" Yousuke asked Shiho who had trouble standing.Bookmark here

Drip. Drip.Bookmark here

Fluids dropped on the soil below Shiho.Bookmark here

"We need an ambulance!" he notified some of his colleagues who also arrived at the scene.Bookmark here

Kyouko's mind could not keep up anymore.Bookmark here

"Ugh..."Bookmark here

Then, Shinya slowly got up.Bookmark here

"S-Shin-chan... What have you done?" she asked with a pale face as she pointed at Shiho.Bookmark here

Shiho was currently holding her stomach while she bend her upper body slightly to the front. Her white shirt reddened in the area which she held with her hands. But it was not enough to stop the red fluid to drop on the ground.Bookmark here

"So she's still standing..." Shinya muttered indifferently.Bookmark here

"H-huh?!" Kyouko thought that she misheard him.Bookmark here

"A-are you crazy?! You stabbed your own sister!" she yelled at him while she grabbed by the collar.Bookmark here

"She was in the way." he replied plainly.Bookmark here

"W-what?"Bookmark here

"Stop it, you two!" a voice behind her ordered.Bookmark here

When she turned around, she saw a horde of police officers surrounding them.Bookmark here

Following them, more and more police officers barged into the scene until the ambulance finally arrived.Bookmark here

Thus, the decisive brawl between Kazuma and 'The Owls' met a horrendous ending.Bookmark here

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