Chapter 20:

Numbers One & Two In-Command

The Forbidden and the Gifted

[8:07 a.m., August 9th, 2048, St. Petersburg, Russia. Shin, Yuki, Natsumi, Martial, Drift and Kohaku stand seven flights of stairs above an opened door, in which they see Fetistof, with a sadistic glare staring them down. With no hesitation, Shin lunges towards him, dropping his gun, and the other five quickly follow him down the stairs, dropping their weapons in the panic. The room they enter is the same as the one which Ryo, Fetistof, Frost and Katarov has been before, but the walls had been lifted to reveal the true size of the basement, which extends as far as the shot pans]Bookmark here

Fetistof [Jumps backwards, easily evading Shin]: Woah, woah, woah there buddy. No need to get that hostile. Bookmark here

Shin [Thinking]: Impressive, he dodged my jump like it was nothing. Bookmark here

Fetistof: Come on, come on, is that all you got big man? Come on… give me a fight, goddamnit!Bookmark here

[Fetistof lunges into Shin, punching and knocking him back into the wall. At the sound of Shin’s spine hitting the concrete wall, the other five enter the room]Bookmark here

Yuki [Yells]: Shin!Bookmark here

Shin [Gets up and cracks his neck]: Eh… don’t worry about me Yukes. Find Kat. That’s what we’re after here. Not this piece of shit.Bookmark here

Fetistof [Angrily]: Eh??? You think I’m just a fly on the wall, eh?Bookmark here

Shin: You sure as hell seem like it, ya loser.Bookmark here

Fetistof [Punches him in the gut, winding him]: Eh? You still think so, eh?Bookmark here

Yuki: Shin!Bookmark here

Shin: I told you, don’t worry! Get Kat!Bookmark here

Katarov [Appears from the darkness in the opposite corner of the room]: Oya, oya… you called for me eh Taiki? Little brother finally made it here, did he now? Bookmark here

Shin [Still winded, looks up towards Katarov, and his eyes immediately turn to a cold, fixed gaze]: So… it was you after all, you worthless piece of trash. Bookmark here

Katarov: Ehhhh? Whatever could you mean? I was only doing my due diligence by picking up that girl… that’s all. [Sarcastically] How could I have possibly known that this would be the outcome at the end of this?Bookmark here

Shin: Shut up, you lying, devilish piece of shit. You won’t live to tell your tale today, y’hear?Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh, I hear loud and clear… but see if you can come get me fir – Bookmark here

[As he’s talking, Yuki lunges towards him with incredible speed, punching him square in the cheek, pushing him backwards and leaving a large bruise on his face. He regains his footing and one foot, and looks up and smiles masochistically at Yuki]Bookmark here

Katarov: Wow, wow. I’m impressed now… even I didn’t see that one coming. You’re strong, missy. Whatever is your na – Bookmark here

[Yuki lunges at him again, but with his eyes fixed on her, he dodges the punch with ease, going low, while she immediately drops back into her initial stance] Bookmark here

Katarov: Come on sweetie, you’ll have to do better than that.Bookmark here

Yuki [To Shin, ignoring Katarov]: Do your best.Bookmark here

Shin [Nods, then stands up in front of Fetistof]: Yeah. You too.Bookmark here

Yuki [Yells]: Drift, Martial, Nats, help Shinzo! Bookmark here

Drift: Gotcha!Bookmark here

[Martial gets to Shin first, and punches Fetistof in the chest, but Fetistof looks at him, grabs him by the hair and flings him into the wall, over Shin. He gets up quickly, and stands beside Shin, as Drift, Kohaku and Natsumi get closer to them as well, before they’re suddenly stopped by another person who appears from behind]Bookmark here

Drift: And who the hell are you? The assassin? Good lord, if you are, then you’re one hell of a trashcan of an assassin.Bookmark here

Ryo [Pushes his hair back, and smiles maniacally]: Oh, I could only dream of being like him.Bookmark here

Natsumi [Looks at him in the eyes, then comes to a realization]: Wait… wait, you’re the same piece of shit from London – Bookmark here

Ryo [Punches her]: Shut up, kid. Bookmark here

Natsumi [Shakes it off, then looks at him in a confused way]: Wait, you’re Roy… aren’t you?Bookmark here

Shin [Looks over for a split second, and his eyes grow even colder with rage]: Roy? Huh? You alibi using piece of shit… I guess no one here is worth a damn penny after all. Ryo… you scumbag. I thought you friggin died.Bookmark here

Ryo [Smiles]: Oh, how lovely… Taiki’s brother remembers me… how’s Takuya, doing well I presume? That rotten ape – just like your damn brother.Bookmark here

Shin: Don’t speak on my brother, goddamnit!Bookmark here

Ryo: Why not? It’s not like you’ve got any way to defend him eh? He’s dead. Maybe if you weren’t such a lowly piece of trash, maybe he wouldn’t…Bookmark here

Fetistof [Yells]: Ryo!Bookmark here

Ryo: Ehhh?Bookmark here

[As Fetistof yells, Drift connects with a heavy punch from his left arm, slamming into Ryo’s jaw]Bookmark here

Fetistof [Yells again]: Yo, shithead! Don’t take your eyes off the damn road! Damnit!Bookmark here

Shin [Yells to Ryo]: I guess a coward doesn’t have another side to him, eh? You went from being the top in Japan, to sending my brother on a suicide mission, just to please these losers? You’re human scum. The lowest of the damn low.Bookmark here

Ryo [Smiles, orienting himself towards Drift, but still talking to Shin]: Y’know… if your brother was a little more useful… [chuckles] or a little stronger… maybe we’re all in a different place right now. Too bad he wasn’t though…Bookmark here

Shin [Yells]: You spawn of the devil! I’ll kill you! I’ll fu – Bookmark here

Fetistof [Lunges at him, kicking him]: Shut up. Your opponent is me. Bring it.Bookmark here

Martial [Rushes over]: Can you stand?Bookmark here

Shin: Yeah. I can. I’m gonna get to Kat, alright?Bookmark here

Martial: Sounds like fun… let’s go, shall we?Bookmark here

[Martial and Shin split off in different directions, converging on Fetistof, escaping from his vision. In the background, Yuki can be seen gaining ground on Katarov, as them two exchange heavy blows, and on the other side, Ryo stands up to face Drift, who was still not at 100% shape from his fight with Aleksander, as well as Natsumi and Kohaku behind him]Bookmark here

Fetistof: You vermin… hiding won’t help you!Bookmark here

[He punches on anticipation that Shin was going to ambush him from his left, but anticipates a moment too soon, and Shin appears, with a punching aligned straight for his abdomen]Bookmark here

Fetistof: Too slow kid.Bookmark here

[Fetistof kicks at him with his opposite leg, sending him flying backwards, but from his other side, Martial lunges at him, grabbing onto his side and biting into his arm. Fetistof screeches in pain, before tearing Martial off]Bookmark here

Fetistof: What the hell is wrong with you? You friggin weirdo! Whad’ya think you’re doing?Bookmark here

Martial [Gets up]: I’m having fun, that’s what. Is there something so wrong with that? Bookmark here

Fetistof: Holy Jesus… you’re a creature and a half. Whatever. I don’t mind beating the pulp outta ya, alright?Bookmark here

[Fetistof again closes the distance between him and Martial quickly, punching Martial in the stomach, then kicking him in the ribs, which effectively winds him completely. In this short time, he loses all vision of Shin, who appears directly behind him, and kicks him in the head, just a moment before he could react to such]Bookmark here

Shin: How’s that eh?Bookmark here

Fetistof [Gets up easily]: Good speed… no power though kid.Bookmark here

[Fetistof punches him to the ground again, but Shin gets up, even quicker than before and spits out blood, before rushing towards Fetistof once again]Bookmark here

Fetistof [Thinking]: This kid’s crazy man. What the hell? We got a biter over there, and we got this guy here… I mean damn, I shouldn’t have expected anything better, but what the hell? Whatever. Boss said I could kill this Taiki bastard, so I won’t let him get to Katarov no matter what.Bookmark here

[Fetistof punches towards Shin, but Shin narrowly dodges it, much to Fetistof’s surprise. However, as he reaches into to punch Fetistof with a left jab, he leaves his left side exposed, and he’s quickly kicked to the ground by Fetistof, who picks him up and flings him backwards, into Martial, who was just regaining his feet]Bookmark here

Shin [To Martial]: Get up. Can ya stand?Bookmark here

Martial: I can, yeah.Bookmark here

Shin: You got a better plan than me? Bookmark here

Martial: I don’t know if it’s any better, and I can’t read this guy like I could read Kat… this guy’s a full meathead. He’s probably that right-hand man that you guys were talking about before, Fetistof or whatever his name was. Yeah, him. Bookmark here

Shin: But still, we gotta think of something. I have decently high endurance, but I don’t know about you. Even if you do, this isn’t something that can work forever. Bookmark here

Martial: Well… there is one thing I can think of.Bookmark here

[The two of them discuss for a few seconds, with Shin nodding his head, before turning around being punted backwards by Fetistof]Bookmark here

Fetistof: Eh? You think this is a game? You think I’m gonna give you time to prep? Get real, you sappy shithead. You ain’t strong at all, mate. Give up.Bookmark here

Shin [Laughs, with blood dripping across his face]: Hahahaha, you think I’m gonna give up – to a second in command? You’re friggin crazy. Get real.Bookmark here

Fetistof: It’s funny, cause me, our second-in-command, is probably double the person you are – both physically and mentally. Hell, I’d think Aleks could probably sock you in a fight one-on-one. Too bad that bastard’s dead.Bookmark here

Shin: Eh? I thought we didn’t have time for chitchat, shithead? Bookmark here

Fetistof [Surprised, then laughs]: Oh, my bad, my bad. Let’s finish this then…Bookmark here

[He lunges at Shin with his right leg, connecting with Shin’s upper body, while Shin rolls slightly to the right to avoid full contact. Fetistof easily regains his balance, and swings at Shin, connecting with his shoulder, and Shin tries to gain some distance before standing, but Fetistof again closes the gap with ease, lunging towards him with his right fist and missing, before connecting with his left]Bookmark here

Fetistof: Eh? You scared chap? You’re gonna let the other guy do the heavy lifting here eh? You don’t wanna fight me? I’ll let you know, of the two of you, you hit harder. He’s just a biter, nothing else. Don’t think you’re winning if he’s the one ambushing me.Bookmark here

[Right as Fetistof finishes, Martial appears from a corner, lunging towards Fetistof with his left arm extended, and he punches Fetistof. Fetistof barely reacts, looks at him and laughs, looking back at Shin. He then turns himself around completely and focuses entirely on Martial, landing two right hooks and a left in quick succession, but Martial looks at him, smiles, and latches onto him]Bookmark here

Fetistof: Eh???Bookmark here

Fetistof [Thinking]: Eh? The hell’s this guy doing now?Bookmark here

Martial: You’re strong… y’know that? I like a good fight…Bookmark here

Fetistof: You’re insane kid.Bookmark here

Martial: Oh, but the insanity’s what makes it fun. The more of a thrill I’m having, the more numb I am to the pain…the blood rushes through me, y’know? I love it.Bookmark here

Fetistof: Eh? The hell are ya saying?Bookmark here

Martial [Lowers his voice, and speaks only with a pin drop silence in the room]: I said… I love doing this. It’s what I’ve been missing for all these years… oh this insanity, oh this adrenaline, oh it feels so good!Bookmark here

Fetistof [Grabs him from his shoulder, and tries to rip him off, but Martial holds onto his side with all of his strength]: Get off me you insect!Bookmark here

Martial [Smiles]: I would, if I could feel the pain at all!Bookmark here

Fetistof [Angrily]: Why you…Bookmark here

[Fetistof increases his strength and is finally able to tear Martial off of himself, flinging him into a corner, with Martial’s leg’s taking the brunt of the impact. Fetistof rushes towards him and punches him squarely in the face, and raises his hand again, before remembering what had been told to him earlier by the boss]Bookmark here

Fetistof [Thinking]: Shit… that’s right. I only have permission to kill that Taiki bastard… I can’t kill this one. Shit… whatever. He shouldn’t die from this. Sucks that I can’t kill him though…Bookmark here

[Fetistof gets up, and turns away from Martial, but Martial grabs his arm. Fetistof turns to look at him, and sees his bloody face, which continues to smile maniacally] Bookmark here

Fetistof: The hell do you want?Bookmark here

Martial: Why didn’t ya finish it? Finish the job, ya coward.Bookmark here

Fetistof: Why you aggravating asshat…Bookmark here

Martial: You can’t do it? Why? I thought you were a right-hand man. Shouldn’t you…Bookmark here

Fetistof [Punches him in the head again, which loosens Martial’s grip on his hand]: Shut up kid.. You ain’t worth my time. I don’t care how many screws loose you’ve got mate. I couldn’t care less. You’re one special maniac though, you friggin weirdo. Bookmark here

Martial [Looks at him, and coughs blood]: If only you knew how long I’d been waiting for something like this… to finally get to be apart of it. Oh, you wouldn’t understand. To be an informant for so long, and to finally be freed from the shackles… oh Shin, oh Katarov, how lovely you both are!Bookmark here

Fetistof [Thinking]: This guy’s completely off his rocker. He’s of no use. I could kill him here and now, but that would upset the boss. Let’s see what shall come…Bookmark here

Fetistof [To Martial]: Let me go now, asshole. Bookmark here

Martial [Still smiling]: I won’t. This is all part of it…Bookmark here

Fetistof: Eh? Won’t you give it a rest goddamnit!Bookmark here

Fetistof [Thinking]: Wait… wait… wait, shit, where’d the Taiki bastard go? Huh? Wait… who gives a shit? He ain’t strong enough, who cares?Bookmark here

[Fetistof hears footsteps coming his way from a short way away, and he readies himself. The footsteps suddenly stop, and within a second, Shin is behind him, but Fetistof reacts accordingly, turning himself backwards and punching Shin square in the face. However, Shin gets knocked back hard into a wall, while Fetistof screams in pain]Bookmark here

Martial [Looks to Shin]: You get him?Bookmark here

[The lights begin to raise in brightness]Bookmark here

Shin: From that reaction, I think I did. Bookmark here

[The lights reach full brightness, and a knife can be seen lodged into Fetistof’s back, but its lodged low enough that it doesn’t damage any vital organs immediately]Bookmark here

Shin: Shit, I didn’t hit him high enough to down him.Bookmark here

Martial [Laughs]: It’s alright. That should keep him down a bit. Bookmark here

Shin [To Martial]: Can you stand? We’ve gotta use this to our advantage now that he’s leaking blood and can’t do anything about it. We’ve gotta throw everything we can at him/Bookmark here

Martial [Grimaces]: I think I can, yeah. The adrenalines slowly wearing off, yeah. Bookmark here

[Shin pulls Martial up, and they both look towards Fetistof, who has already pulled out the knife that was lodged into his side. Fetistof yells loudly, and they can see the blood leaking slowly from his side, and he throws the knife towards both of them, narrowly missing]Bookmark here

Fetistof: You dirty pieces of shit! Come and get me then!Bookmark here

Shin [To Martial]: Looks like it’s on then… let’s go man!Bookmark here

Martial [Catching his breath, spits out blood]: I’m down for some more action man, let’s friggin do this!Bookmark here

[Shin and Martial run at Fetistof, who looks them dead in the eyes, before, switching his sole focus to Shin, and grabbing his arm, punching him in the head twice with his right, then once with his left, then switching to a kick straight to his abdomen] Bookmark here

Shin: Is that all ya got, ya sack of shit?Bookmark here

Fetistof: There’s more where that came from!Bookmark here

[He lunges at Shin again, hurling Shin into Martial, but they both stand up, Shin pulling Martial to his feet, and they both wipe off their sweat and blood, looking directly at Fetistof]Bookmark here

Fetistof [Yells]: Bring it on!Bookmark here

[Shin and Martial rush towards him, as he rushes towards them again, and the scene quickly pans to Katarov and Yuki]Bookmark here

Katarov [Looks towards Fetistof, Shin, and Martial, on the other side of the room, with concrete foundational beams blocking the shot]: Ehhhh, that piece of shit’s giving you trouble eh Fet? Who would’ve thought?Bookmark here

Yuki [Kicks him, and he dodges]: Hey, dumbass. I’m your matchup here, alright?Bookmark here

Katarov: Of course, m’lady! Why would I ever take my eyes off the prize right in front of me?Bookmark here

[He rushes at her, punching her with his right arm, but she receives it with her left, and he pushes back, gaining distance]Bookmark here

Katarov [Smiles sadistically]: You’re strong, eh? We’ve been going at this for some time and you’re still not gassed, eh? You a monster?Bookmark here

Yuki: I don’t like to think of myself as that, no… but you can think of me as whatever you want, I could care less really.Bookmark here

[She lowers her head and rushes at him, raising her right leg and roundhouse kicking towards his head, which she slightly grazes, as he ducks low]Bookmark here

Katarov: Too slow bitch!Bookmark here

Yuki [Laughs]: Really?Bookmark here

[She drops her foot down from the air, connecting directly with Katarov’s spine, which he grimaces at, before rolling to the side and kicking her opposite leg in while she was off-balance. She jumps back, twirling in the air as she jumps, raising the same right leg at Katarov’s chest, which he easily dodges, as he jumps backwards again] Bookmark here

Katarov [Smiles]: I like you, y’know… you’re tough as hell. Maybe a bit of refining on some of those techniques but – Bookmark here

[Yuki takes the split-second of distraction to close the gap between them, throwing a punch towards his head, but he dodges at the last second, much to her surprise]Bookmark here

Yuki: Eh? What the?Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh honey… don’t tell me you came here as ill-prepared as that boy’s [motions to Shin] brother, did you?Bookmark here

Yuki: Hell no man. We know who ya are. I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about your ‘gift’ though.Bookmark here

Katarov: Well, that’s just being ignorant, isn’t it? And let me tell you, what you’re doing isn’t bliss at all. You’re just willingly ignoring facts now, aren’t ya?Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: He’s smart as hell, but even he can’t have predicted that we’ve come here with about the same information on him as Ichigo did all those years ago… I need information if I want to beat the brakes off him, and he’s cocky enough to spew it.Bookmark here

Katarov [Confused]: Ehh? You’ve grown awfully quiet, haven’t you?Bookmark here

Yuki: Shut it, moron.Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh my, oh my… are you still trying to concoct a plan to beat me? Are you? I’m telling you girl, it’s pointless. You can’t beat someone who’s able to see what’s coming.Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking, but shocked]: ‘See what’s coming’?!?! What the hell? Is that what this damn gift is? If it is, then we’ve got no damn shot… even if it’s only for a second, we’re screwed! For someone this smart, it’s over man! Shit. I’ve gotta confirm this.Bookmark here

Yuki: Huh? You think you can see what’s coming you friggin moron? Not if I get to you quicker than you can react…Bookmark here

Katarov: I’m telling you, it’s fruitless – Bookmark here

[Yuki jumps towards him, throwing out a left punch which misses, then a right which misses, and then a left which grazes him, which causes him to jump backwards again, but she jumps right with him, surprising him, before throwing a flurry of punches, most of which miss, but the last punch is pulled, as she raises her leg fully and kicks straight upwards, landing a hit directly on Katarov’s chin, causing him to spit out a large amount of blood, before regaining his composure and smiling at her]Bookmark here

Katarov: You truly are special… you really are! You’re the closest thing to he was when we fought on the train, hell, you might be better than him! You truly are amazing! You – Bookmark here

[She leaps towards him again, missing another kick, but she stabilizes and stands directly in front of him. Before she can react though, he goes on the offensive, throwing a punch towards her abdomen which she blocks, and then kicking her side, which she partially blocks with her other hand. He then stands up straight and lunges at her with both his feet aimed at her head, but she ducks and rolls off, and he sticks his landing. They both breathe in deeply, before turning to run at one another again, both of them disregarding any form of defense, with each of their right fists raised. They meet, and both of them land a heavy right on the others face, sending each other flying backwards, but both of them quickly stand and stare down the other]Bookmark here

Katarov: I’m telling you, you’re special! You’re one of a kind – you truly are! I haven’t seen someone with this type of speed and power in years! You’d make a great replacement for Aleks! You truly would, I mean it!Bookmark here

Yuki [Scoffs]: Oh, save your shit, you ass. I ain’t ever gonna join you bastards. Not over my dead body, that’s for sure. You killed Ichi. That idiot isn’t the only one who holds a grudge against you for what you did that day.Bookmark here

Katarov: But sweetie, I did it to create this empire! To make the people happy! And look where it’s taken me! Look around at this place! Look at Eastern Europe! It’s a hundred times better than before we started, and we’re only beginning! That man, he was only a steppingstone, you see – Bookmark here

Yuki [Interjects loudly]: Huh? Did you just call Ichi a steppingstone? A fucking steppingstone? Ichi was a thousand times the man you are, you rotten, sadistic, twisted piece of shit!Bookmark here

[She runs at him with her right fist raised, as he stands in one place, staring at her, smiling sadistically. She raises his fist to punch him, but he dodges her once again. She looks down and kicks towards him, missing again, and he jumps into the air, double roundhouse kicking towards her head, missing her on the first attempt, but connecting on the second, weaker kick, which winds her]Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh, you poor thing. Even you can’t keep up with me, can you? Your reactions are getting slower and slower. But really, no human can beat me. Not him. Not you. Not any of your guys. None of my guys. Bookmark here

Yuki: Shut the hell up. Your reaction time ain’t all that. ‘Seeing into the future?’ Cut the crap, asshole. I’ve connected with you on multiple occasions.Bookmark here

Katarov [Looks at her, then laughs]: Oh honey… is that the scouting report they gave you? Well, to be fair, it’s better than the nothing that he got all those years ago. Still, wow… [He laughs again]Bookmark here

Yuki: Eh? Scouting report? The hell are you talking about?Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh, come on, don’t play dumb with me now. Come on… but let me correct you on one thing, alright?Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: This is what I wanted now…Bookmark here

Katarov: It may seem like I can see into the future, but theoretically speaking, I can’t. That just ain’t possible. But what I’m blessed with – which stems from my gift – it’s this incredible reaction speed. It’s inbuilt babe… that’s why I can keep up with anyone.Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: Stems from… wait, so his gift ain’t this reaction speed then? What the hell? But if it stems from it, that means the gift itself has to do with his reactions to attacks, right? That means… wait, is the gift defensive then? [Realizes] Wait, wait, wait, that all makes sense… Ichi would never be overpowered, not by this shitbag… no, no, no, it was just that it was impossible to overpower this guy. That has – Bookmark here

[Ichigo kicks her in the stomach, causing her to grimace and fall backwards, but she quickly regains her footing]Bookmark here

Katarov: I know I’ve been sweet-talking you, but all you hurl at me are insults and threats… don’t expect me to just let you drift off in the middle of a fight!Bookmark here

Yuki: Hmph, well, I guess your power ain’t all that special after all, eh?Bookmark here

Katarov: Eh? The hell d’ya mean?Bookmark here

Yuki: Reaction speed? Please. What kind of lame trash is that? You think that would win me over? Please.Bookmark here

Katarov: Are you dense?Bookmark here

Yuki: Huh?Bookmark here

Katarov: I said that that stems from my gift, damnit!Bookmark here

Yuki: Damn, don’t care, a defensive gift is lame as hell. No wonder your punches don’t feel like shit at all.Bookmark here

Katarov [Irritated]: Ehhhh? You wanna say that, you bitch?Bookmark here

Yuki: Oh look, you’re mad. Can’t keep your cool you friggin donkey?Bookmark here

Katarov [Leaps toward her]: Why, you bitch!Bookmark here

[He jumps towards her, but she dodges his punch. He lands on both of his feet, before jumping into the air, with his right leg in a kicking position]Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: Got him right where I want him… the friggin moron.Bookmark here

Yuki [Mockingly]: Hey, shouldn’t you keep your cool, Dreadknight leader?Bookmark here

[His right leg nears her head, but she dodges it with ease, kicking backwards and then kicking her foot towards his vulnerable head]Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: Hmph, no way he can dodge this. That’s why you don’t jump into the air with a full head of steam… idiot.Bookmark here

[She kicks towards his head, but he dodges it, much to her shock, and his left leg, which had been flailing behind his kicking right leg, kicks at her with incredible force, hitting at her side and throwing her backwards. She looks up, and sees him standing up, regaining his composure]Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: What hit me… what?Bookmark here

Katarov: You really thought I lost my cool there? Really? You really are dense… Bookmark here

Yuki: Eh?Bookmark here

Katarov: You calling me out for having a shit gift ain’t enough to make me turn hotheaded. Besides, there’s only one person can judge these gifts, and that person isn’t you… no matter how much I admire your strength. Bookmark here

Yuki: Oh… so even you have someone you admire, and someone you care about, don’t you?Bookmark here

Katarov: Of course I do…Bookmark here

Yuki: So, if we found and killed them – Bookmark here

Katarov [Bursts out laughing]: You morons? Kill him? Please… that’s the funniest shit I’ve heard in a long time! Holy shit! Bookmark here

Yuki: What? Your family can’t be in any state to fight us if we held em hostage. You’re the damn anomaly, and even you aren’t all that strong.Bookmark here

Katarov [Continues laughing]: Family? What? Are you mental? Oh, I haven’t laughed like this in a long time! Oh, if only Fet could hear this and wasn’t dealing with those morons over there. [He tries to compose himself] Bookmark here

Yuki: Eh… are you insane?Bookmark here

Katarov: No, no sweetie, you’re the one who’s insane. You can’t beat him… even I can’t beat him.Bookmark here

Yuki: But you just said there’s no one who can beat you?Bookmark here

Katarov: I said there’s no regular human who can beat me… which human d’ya think unlocked this type of power within me eh? You think I’m a damn wizard who just magically turned myself into this? Hell no. There’s only one, and he’s stronger than any of us… that damn fallen angel he is.Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: What the hell?Bookmark here

Yuki: That’s bullshit. I don’t care what ya say, but that ain’t right.Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh, believe me, believe me… you don’t wanna cross paths with this guy. [Laughs even harder] Oh wait… did you think he was a fallen angel because I said it that way? Oh please, you’re too gullible, you really are.Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: Wait… now what’s he talking about? What?Bookmark here

Katarov: He ain’t a damn real evil spirit, you moron. He’s a human who’s mastered these gifts and given himself away to these types of powers. At that point, can I even call him a human anymore? No. He’s a fallen angel by then.Bookmark here

Yuki [Shakes her head]: Whatever the hell you say… you sure as hell just sound deluded man.Bookmark here

Katarov [Throws his head back]: Well then sweetie, I’ll ask you again, although I know your answer… you wouldn’t want to come to our side, would you? You seem more useful than Taiki’s brother, and you seem competent enough… why not? You guys are only gonna fall here, after all. It doesn’t matter what you do.Bookmark here

Yuki [Scoffs]: Please. I already told you, my answer. It’s a fucking no.Bookmark here

Katarov: Even if I made you my second in command? You could be the Juliet to my Romeo as we take over everything… you could boss all of my people around. Even then, you’d still say no?Bookmark here

Yuki: Hmmmmmmmm, no. I told you already. I ain’t joining your damn group, no matter what you offer me. I’m not leaving my post with Shinzo to join you and be your damn second-in-command, because you’re a vile, egotistical, maniacal sack of shit. I could care less to ever come to your side. And please… be the Juliet to your Romeo? I’ll never have any interest in you, and I have my own Romeo, thank you very much. Bookmark here

Katarov: Aw really, you do? That’s a shame.Bookmark here

Yuki: It really isn’t… cause he’s a million times the person you are. In every way.Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh, really now?Bookmark here

Yuki: Oh yeah, he is.Bookmark here

Katarov: Then I guess I’ll beat the brakes off you first, and find him, and then kill him in front of you to prove how deluded you are – alright?Bookmark here

Yuki [Scoffs]: Like I’d ever allow that, you moron.Bookmark here

Katarov [Cracks his knuckles, then wipes some blood off his lips]: Let’s finish then, shall we?Bookmark here

Yuki [Walks towards him]: With pleasure… Bookmark here

[The two once again run at one another, with less speed and power in their steps. Yuki throws the first punch, which misses Katarov’s head. He responds with a flurry of a left, right and then another right, but only the second right connects with Yuki’s arm] Bookmark here

Yuki: Tch! Damn.Bookmark here

Katarov [Laughs]: Keep your guard up!Bookmark here

[Yuki creates separation, then runs at Katarov once again, and he punches towards her, but she grabs the punch, and twists his arm, which causes him to grimace. He pulls that same arm backwards, yanking her towards him, but just as he attempts to punch her, she knees him in the chest, with no room to react. As he grimaces, she kicks him in the groin, which prompts a loud yell from him]Bookmark here

Yuki: Even with all that reaction time, you still can’t defend that? You’re pathetic.Bookmark here

Katarov [Thinking]: Endure it. Endure it.Bookmark here

Yuki [Yells] Come on… leader!Bookmark here

[Katarov punches towards her, but misses her, and she lunges towards him but also misses. She raises her leg to kick him square in the stomach, but he drops low and kicks out both of her legs, causing her to fall to the ground]Bookmark here

Katarov: What were ya saying?Bookmark here

[She gets up, and kicks at his legs, attempting to knock him down, but he karate hits her with one arm in the back of the neck, which rings out and winds her. She looks at him and lunges at him again, closing the gap at a furious speed which Katarov can’t respond to]Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: I can do this… I can do this!Bookmark here

[She tries to kick him in the side, but he dodges that, and then dodges her next three punch attempts, followed by a fourth upper cut. He then turns on the offensive, attempting to punch her in the head, but missing slightly, then he kicks at her leg, but the leg only moves backwards, and she keeps her footing. The two then look each other dead in the eyes and trade blows, with Katarov landing most of his and Yuki only landing one, before Yuki attempts another kick, which Katarov defensively responds to. As he dodges the kick though, she looks him dead in the eyes and laughs, and from her side comes a punch which connects deeply into his abdomen, pushing him back]Bookmark here

Yuki: That should do it, eh Katarov? [She laughs, but he slowly regains his footing, to her shock]Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: Huh? What? What? But that caught him off-guard too. I even beat his reaction time… is this what Ichi felt? No, no, no, I can’t lose! I can’t! Bookmark here

Katarov [Regains his footing] You did well, girl. You really did. I really do like ya. Bookmark here

[He lunges at her with his remaining energy, which is still surprisingly high, and is evidently higher than hers. The two continue to trade punches, with Yuki still in shock at how her punch wasn’t able to knock him out, and Katarov still on high alert. Suddenly, out of the blue, Katarov extends his hand in a punching motion, but quickly retracts it, to Yuki’s confusion]Bookmark here

Katarov [Thinking]: NOW!Bookmark here

[Out of the corner of the scene, from the stairs, past the open door, the loud sound of a sniper recoil can be heard. As the scene shifts back to Katarov and Yuki, the bullet can be seen lodged into his abdomen, but it doesn’t pierce through him. A silver hue can be seen around him, as even Fetistof, Martial and Shin stop their fighting to look at Yuki and him – he scoffs and then laughs with pure insanity, which piques Martial’s interest. In a side corner, Ryo and Drift can still be seen throwing punches at one another, with Natsumi chiming in when Drift gives her a go-ahead]Bookmark here

Katarov: I fucking knew it!Bookmark here

Yuki: Huh? A sniper? What?Bookmark here

[From the stairwell, as the light shines on him, appears Hachiro, with his sniper rifle pointed towards Katarov. From behind him, up the stairs, Naomi and Ashe look on, while the others continue to spar with the remaining Dreadknight. A new face, Matthew Finnigan, the leader of the English troops, can be seen back-to-back with Electra, beating up the Dreadknight guys, along with Karina and Daisuke]Bookmark here

Hachiro [His hair blows past his face, and he cracks the mint in his mouth]: Damn. I missed, eh? Damn.Bookmark here

Katarov [Yells]: No sonny, you didn’t miss! You got me square on, in fact!Bookmark here

Yuki [Looks at the bullet lodged into his body]: Oh my God. There’s just no way.Bookmark here

Katarov [Gets closer to her, in punching distance]: Now you understand, eh?Bookmark here

Yuki [Thinking]: But he wasn’t using it before… he was waiting to use it, because he predicted that he’d be sniped by someone… he knew this would happen. If it was unlimited… he wouldn’t have waited and let me have my way with him, even if it was only punches. There’s a condition to this. There has to be. So now that he’s used it, I’ll be able to take him down when this immunity ends, cause it’s sure to take a shitton of energy. I can win… and unlike Ichigo, I have backup with these guys. He won’t be able to win and tire me out like he did with Ichigo… because…Bookmark here

Yuki [Ignores Katarov]: Shinzo! You ready, ya sadist?Bookmark here

Shin [Pushes Fetistof, who tries to grab his leg, but misses]: Perfect timing, ya bitch!Bookmark here

[Yuki runs towards Shin and Fetistof, and Shin kicks Fetistof back and runs towards her as well, with both of them leaping towards one another with each of their left arms extended]Bookmark here

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