SPOILER ALERT FOR THE MANGA AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
“They’ve heightened security at Shibusen,” my temporary ally snarled. “They’ve assembled every available Death Scythe in the world. I hope you’re happy, dumb-ass.”
I smirked and examined my perfectly manicured fingernails. “Don’t worry so much. Even father dearest can’t catch a shadow.” I lovingly stroked my two lines of Sanzu. “Besides, since when are you afraid of Shibusen?”
Asura growled and swiped at the nearest piece of furniture, knocking over my perfectly constructed house of cards. “You dare call me a coward!?” he snapped, suddenly inches away from my face, his drooling maw baring its fangs. “I’m not the one who can’t even conquer himself!”
Unflinchingly, I returned his gaze. “You try having an OCD kid in your head. Kid’s so crazy I can’t even focus on my plot for world domination without worrying if the two rocks in this damn cave are exactly 8 inches from the wall on opposite sides of the room. And I thought you were the embodiment of fear.”
Asura snarled and grabbed my face, forcing me to look at his disgustingly asymmetrical face. “Don’t forget, brother, you are under MY command. You think you can just waltz in here with five lines on your face and take over? NOT ON MY WATCH!”
He tightened his grip around my throat and threw me against the wall. My head collided with the wall, resulting in a sickening crack. Black blood flowed down from a gash as I slowly stood, working the crick out of my neck.
“Was that really- ARGH!” I clutched at my head as a strong pulse wracked my brain.
Is that… light? A break in the sea of red and black? And the mean man was nowhere to be found. Was it safe? Was it worth leaving my little island? Maybe it was a trap?
My newfound friend came to stand beside me. “I’ve never seen that before…”
I turned to him curiously. “But you’ve been here longer than me!” I gestured toward his blood soaked clothes. “You even tried to escape!”
He smiled softly at me. “That doesn’t mean I’ve seen that before! You should check it out!”
Glaring at the sea of blood, I tried to think of a way to the gap of light.
Again, my friend got my attention, while grinning widely. “Do what I did!”
Frowning, I turned to face him. “Wha-!”
Giving me a firm shove, my friend got his point across as my face met the sea of blood. “Swim, dumb-ass!”
Once again, I felt blood flooding down my throat and through my nose. A spine chilling fear settled in my stomach, threatening to drag me down with its dead weight. I tried to cry out, but more of the red liquid poured its way into my lungs. I struggled in vain, my lungs gasping desperately for air.
People always told me you feel peace when you die. A sense of calm; of acceptance. Your soul is finally at peace. All I feel is pain. Pain as blood filled my lungs and darkness pressed at the edge of my vision. Pain as a soft blue glow illuminated the red in front of me. Pain as I felt a sharp blow to the back of my head.
I felt myself surface as if I had been underwater for hours. Coughing harshly, I found myself face to face with the Kishin, who was gazing at me inquisitively. Fighting to keep a neutral expression, I sat up from where I had apparently collapsed on the floor.
“Would you kindly get out of my face?”
The Kishin smiled maniacally and giggled. “Why, Kiddo-kun, you wound me! And after such a long time!”
I took an involuntary step backwards. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
The Kishin crept closer. “You lost a few lines, brother~”
I glanced as casually as I could toward the puddle of blood on the floor. My reflection confirmed his statements. The lines Insanity had had on his face were gone. I was also missing two of my lines of Sanzu. What the hell happened when I passed out!? How did I get here, and why did I feel so sad?
Abandoning my façade, I faced my opponent. “How did I get here? What do you want with me?”
The Kishin reclined in mid-air, crossing his arms. “Now now, Kiddo-kun-~”
“Don’t call me that!”
“It’s either Kiddo-kun or Fred!”
“Alright then, call me Fred!”
Asura giggled and turned himself upside down.“Ok then, Kiddo-kun, I’m not your cliché storybook villain! I’m not just going to tell you my whole plan!”
His smile suddenly disappeared, and he actually looked serious.
“I will however, tell you what YOU have done.”