Saikō no Chitsujo

Chapter 2.1.1: Night Raid

was followed by a large explosion as an abnormal wave of lava shot out of the fissures widening them. A tsunami of lava covering the entire mountain produced tentacle-like projections intent at restraining the scythe user who weaved and cut through the projections. Lightning struck the lava several times throwing it and sparks about as both attacks were obliterated. A sudden cut behind the swordsmans knee forced him to stumble forward startled, winding up to land another blow the scythe user was knocked back by a wide swing and a set of blows which were either swiftly parried, blocked or hit their mark.

Magma and flames swirled around the two figures who clashed dispersing fire and streaks of lightning, noting his opponents plan the scythe user shot into the air surrounding himself with a layer of wind which instantly cooled some of the risen magma.

”Running away again? ” the swordsman said with gasps as part of his armour began to crumble and fall, blood following.

”Fighting an enemy in their field of advantage would simply be stupid and also like you I cannot maintain this form for much longer as my body is already burning out ” the scythe user replied as he gazed at his left hand which had its armour completely damaged and was scalded. He tightened his grip around the scythe.

”Should you really be telling me that? Doesn matter anyway since Im gonna end this now ” the swordsman yelled as he lifted up his sword and supported it with his left hand.

” I intend to as well ” the scythe user mentioned with a frown as he lifted his left hand into the air and the rumbling of thunder greatly increased introduced by multiple bolts of lightning. In response the magma at the feet of the swordster bubbled and rose coating the entire mountains peak and flowing down the slopes.

”Here I come !! ” the scytheman called as he swooped down, several bolts of lightning trailing him. The swordster set his blade at his torso and leapt up, waves and tendrils of magma circling him, the clash of the lightning coated scythe and the flaming sword alongside the magma and lighting produced a blinding light and a thunderous explosion which ruptured the mountain, sending flaming debris streaking across the sky and crashing down burning anything it set itself on- be it living or not.

Hours had passed before the panicked screams of the towns people had died down, smoke and ash momentarily blotted out the full moon as they drifted away from the crumbled and charred remains of the battlefield. Amiss the destruction only two bodies remained breathing, but not unscathed. The silver-haired swordsman had most of his hair coated in ash, red fiery cracks ran from his crimson and black right arm to the left side of his chest whilst what seemed like burn marks coated his chest, abdomen on his sides. The blue-haired man was in a similar state with a large amount of bruises but both arms which were once a fair tone were covered with burns. With visible effort, the swordsman lifted up his right arm studying the bright red cracks, gritting his teeth in pain he slowly set it down, gazing up he noticed the ash coated blue hair of his adversary and his breathing form. ”Still alive? You stubborn bastard ” he whispered with underlying annoyance.

”Would say the same about you. It seems with so much power sometimes we forget we are still human…at least mostly ” the scythe user softly replied, his gaze on the ashen sky.

”Tch at least those Empire bastards don think that ”

”So what will you do? Kill them all? ” the scythe user tilted his head up awaiting the swordsmans reply

”Would have done it if it wasn so tedious, may as well take out the ones responsible or the head himself ” he replied taking a deep breath afterwards

”Taking out the emperor?! Would that not be as tedious? ”

”Easy for the one whose people weren massacred to say ”

”Just saying. I agree the empire has rotted, so instead I will use not just my power but position and whatever I can change it from the very rotten core ” the swordster chuckled before wincing in pain, frowning the scythe user return his gaze to the night sky.

”Not bad, as expected from a man of chilvary. Well I myself have always been better in killing than negotiation ”

”Not that I stand for it but as long as it is the rot and not the innocence I may let it slide. As effective as it may be it is not my strategy ”

”Its settled then ” the swordster said before rising up from the ground clenching his jaw in pain well reaching for his blade, upon grabbing it he gazed around as if noticing the burning homes and forest for the first time.

”So much damage for what we could have just talked out. ” the scythe user mentioned frowning as he rose with the support of his weapon

”This was bound to happen sooner or later. ” the swordsman replied with a sigh as he brushed the ash from his hair

”But I do not want to ever be the cause again. ” the swordster turned to his opponent and noticed the intensity in his gaze ”So what are you gonna do? Make an oath to never use your trump again? ” asking tauntingly the swordster chuckled at the scythe users annoyed expression.

”I will take an oath to never battle you again. ” raising a brow at his intense gaze, the swordster realised he was one to stand by his word, with an exasperated sigh, he adjusted his stance using his sword as support, he then mentioned ”So you wanna take away the satisfaction of having your ass kicked by me huh? Whatever then, one sided battles are never fun ”. The scythe user offered his hand to the swordsman who hesitantly shook it ”By the name of the supreme order and the lightning blade, I, the Order of the Storm, Arata swear to never engage in combat with you fellow member of the supreme order, the Order of Flames. ”

”Tch…same here. Now if youll excuse me… ” the swordster stepped back and lifted his sword out from the ground ”…a large jug of beer and some meat calls out to me right now. ” with this he disappeared into the ash covered ruins of the town.

”Two times left huh? ” The scythe user said with a sigh as he shifted his gaze to the sky.

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