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#9. The Book of Burning Passion (3)

Flames are Like the Wind #9

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#9. The Book of Burning Passion (3)

72)
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1: It's the Kiriba clan!
2: Thank you for all your hard work. Our lord was very impressed with your accomplishments.
3: We plan to march the day after tomorrow. Please, come inside.

73)
1: Your main squad has already been sent to East Mino?
2: Yes. Our lord intends to leave that area to Lord Nobutada... Most of the soldiers have already departed for Iwamura Castle.
3: Then how many soldiers are still here?
4: I'd say... about 100.
5: Then, if the castle were to be attacked now...
6: If it were to be attacked, I suppose we'd simply have trust in you to defend it!
7: ...Indeed.
8: This is where Nobunaga sleeps.
9: We've worked for him for years now, so he shouldn't be expecting this.
10: That's the only thing we have working in our favor.

74)
1: Why did the senior officers change their minds so suddenly, though? This doesn't really sit right with me...
2: Don't think about it, Jitoumaru.
3: But why did they only send three of us? If we mess up...
4: Hah! What, are you afraid to die?
5: What?!
6: Sshh.
7: Whatever the case, sensei knows better than any of us just what will happen if Nobunaga finds out that we've turned against him.
8: That's why we have to do this.
9: He must have some plan...
10: Just stop thinking! Trust me, it's not going to help anything.
11: We're merely pawns, and that's that!
12: Anyway, Tetsuzou here's gonna be the one who claims his head! You two just need to focus on not dying and support me, got it?!
13: Whaaat?! I don't believe him! He's strong, but that mouth of his...
SFX: SNOOORE
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14: His strength is all that matters. C'mon, we should get some sleep too. We've got work to do tomorrow.

75)
1: Hey, Shirou...
2: Don't die.
3: You're... not allowed to. Not here... I don't want you to.
4: Who said I'm gonna die?
5: Because of the situation we're in, I can say it now... I've always been envious of how free you are.
6: I've always been too serious. I inherited it from my father...
SFX: SNOOOORE
7: But whenever I'm with you, I feel a bit more freer than usual... I love how honest you always are with yourself.
8: And I've always thought... if only I could be more like you. But you're you, and I'm me.
9: I can't be you...
10: Jitoumaru...

76)
1: I believe that our value is determined by just how well we can do with what we've been given.
2: I just need to live the best that I can... you know?
3: ...You're too nice.
4: You exist for yourself. And no one else.
5: You're the one who needs to value yourself more.
6: Your life has just begun!
7: Yeah...
8: Let's make sure we complete that mission tomorrow.

77)
1: Ready? Let's go!
2: Yeah.
3: Heh!
4: You think I'm gonna die here?
5: I'm gonna survive! No matter what!
6: I'm gonna make it back alive!!

78)
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1: Guards!!
2: Stop theeem!!

79)
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80)
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1: Shirou...
2: Go on ahead!
3: Goooo!!
4: I knew this was going to happen...
5: from the moment I heard about this mission.

81)
1: That idiot! He gave up the moment we started!
2: I'm sorry, Kei...
3: But I had no choice I'm Jitoumaru, of the Kiriba clan...
4: Dammit... It hurts...
5: I need... to hold out a bit longer...
6: My job isn't over yet...
7: In the end, I guess I was just like my father after all...

82)
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1: Heheheh... see?
2: Toldja you needed me...

84)
1: Lord Oda!!
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2: Lo...
SFX: STARE
3: Gh...
4: Ggggh...

85)
1: What are you doing? Kill him!
2: Kill hiiiim!!
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86)
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SFX: CRACK!
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1: No! That son of a bitch...
2: After him! He's almost dead!!

87)
1: He's over there!
SFX: RUMBLE RUMBLE...
2: Shoot him down!!
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88)
1: After him! Don't let him get away!
2: Kill hiiiim!!
SFX: GALLOP
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3: Kazanagi!!

89)
SFX: FLASH
SFX: WHINNY

91)
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1: I've always been envious
2: of how free you are...
3: Gh...
4: Gggh...

92)
1: Shirou's returned!
SFX: CRACKLE
2: Only Shirou? What about the other two?!
3: Shirou has returned.
4: Here sits the head of Nobunaga...
SFX: WOAH!

93)
1: The other two members of our squad were murdered in the castle.
2: They died honorably...
3: Mm. Good work.
4: Is there anything you wish for?
5: No. Nothing.
SFX: CRACKLE
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6: I see. Well, you did fine work. You're free to rest for tonight.
7: Shirou...
8: I don't believe it...
9: Tch! He should have been the one who died back there!

98)
1: I'm sorry...
2: Do you hate me?
3: No.
4: I'm glad you came back alive...

99)
1: Everyone's dead now. But there's no looking back...
2: I just have to keep staring forward.
3: What's this fear?
4: I love him so much, and yet...

100)
1: I don't understand what you're thinking...
2: Lord Soujin, this is...
3: So it isn't Nobunaga's head after all.
4: It's a double's? Did Shirou fail, then?!
5: No...
6: He did exactly what I hoped he would.
7: Excellent work, Shirou! Hahaha...
8: Now things are truly getting interesting!

101)
1: Princess...
2: Princess! The report from Yaroku is here.
3: Oh... Thank you.
4: Y-your hair...
SFX: AHH
5: I'll comb it myself. You may leave now...
6: What...
7: Mitsuyu?!
8: It appears that she is now a woman. I, Shigeno, swear that I have no mistaken what I saw.
9: I-I don't believe it... But with who?!
10: Who else could it have been but Shirou?

102)
1: So this is Kazanagi's child...
SFX: HUFF
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2: Shirou!!
3: Don't move!!
4: We're ordered to kill you if you resist!
5: Hey, what's going on here?! You owe your most recent success to this man!!
6: This was a direct order from our leader! It has nothing to do with us!
7: What?! D-don't tell me...

103)
1: Take care of the horse, OK, gramps?
2: Walk!!
3: C'mon!
4: I already thought up a name for him...
5: Nagisa (*The Water's Edge)
6: Hurry it up!
7: Walk!!
8: What?!
9: Princess!
10: Shirou?!

104)
1: Father!!
2: Please, please forgive Shirou!
3: Never!
4: I beg you! Please, just spare his life!
5: Absolutely not!!
6: Have you no dignity as a senior ninja?! I'm going to chastise him and rip him limb from limb!
7: Then I will die with him!
8: ...You dare threaten your own father?
9: No.

105)
1: Please, father...
2: I'm more worried about Soujin. What will he say?
3: Please....
4: Adopt Shirou as your son, and make him my husband!!
5: H...
6: Have you gone mad?!
7: You've let love rob you of all your senses! Wake up!
8: Please! You're the one who needs to wake up, father! If you continue to leave my uncle in charge of things, he will eventually destroy the Kiriba clan!
9: He isn't the same man he used to be. As we are now, the Kiriba clan is no different than a gang of mountain bandits!
10: If mother could only see us now, do you know how sad it would make her?!
11: Enough! Father, I know Shirou has what it takes to turn the clan around! Please think about it...
12: I will listen to no more foolishness!
13: Just do as I say from now on, and you will be forgiven!
SFX: SMACK
14: Father!!

106)
1: Ahh...
2: Princess...
3: It's over...
4: It's all over.
5: I can't do anything.
6: I'm totally powerless...
7: That's not true, princess!
8: It will all work out OK. I'm sure it will...
SFX: AAAHHH
9: It has to!!

107)
1: Dammit!!
SFX: CRACK
2: Not a single person around here respects me anymore...
3: Sir...
4: Oh! Soujin?
5: Have you heard about what Mitsuyu and Shirou did?!
6: Speaking of Shirou... I have come to beg you to forgive him.
7: What?!
SFX: CLANG

108)
SFX: SNAP
1: Shirou!!
2: Come, come out! You've been freed!!
SFX: STAGGER
3: Careful now!
4: That's it! Hold on tight!
5: Food...
6: Huh?
7: Give me food!!
8: Food?

109)
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1: Mm!
2: This is good!!
3: I haven't eaten anything good...
SFX: MUNCH MUNCH
4: for the past few days!
SFX: CHEW CHEW
5: You're pretty tough!
SFX: MUNCH
6: But how could you have been so stupid?
7: More.
8: And why do you think you were freed?
9: Apparently, Lord Soujin himself asked for it.
10: I don't have the slightest clue what's going on anymore....
11: or as to what anyone's thinking.
SFX: SLURP...

110)
1: What are you going to do now, Shirou?
SFX: MUNCH MUNCH
2: You know this isn't the end of it, don't you?
3: Kozue, you may leave now.
4: B-but...
5: I'll wait here!
6: Just go. Please, take care of the rest of the chores for me.
7: ...As you wish.

111)
1: Thank you for coming.
2: What do you want?
3: Why the hurry? Here, have a cup of tea. I just put some on.
4: No thank you. Please, tell me what you want.
5: Shirou was freed.
6: Do you feel better now? I ordered his release.
7: What are you after? What are you trying to do with the Kiriba clan?
8: I'm simply trying to make them into the strongest ninja clan in all of Japan.
9: If we get strong enough, we could conquer everything. And I'd like to use you and Shirou to rally together our men!

112)
1: I don't want to conquer!!
2: Uncle...
3: Don't call me that. We were supposed to be husband and wife, remember?
4: Let's work together now, and...
5: Liar! You don't care about me at all!
6: Shirou's the only one you want!!
7: You wanted to make his strength and his freedom yours... You're a man who suppressed himself in order to survive, and that's why you admire his strength.
8: Even now, with your heart completely dominated... You still love him.
9: I know exactly how you feel.

113)
1: Uncle! Please, cast out the evil that's preying on your weakness!
2: Do you know why I let Shirou live?
3: Because there's something I have yet to show him.
4: And you as well!!
SFX: RATTLE
5: Lord Soujin, what are you doing?!
6: Kozue, watch out!
7: Please, stop!!
8: Grr... Wretched pest!!
SFX: SLASH

114)
1: Kozueeeee!
2: Kozue...
3: Kozue!!
4: P-Princess...
5: Kozue...
6: You monster...
7: Hoh... How brave.

115)
1: But that bravery will be your downfall.
2: If only you had been a little more obedient...
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3: You wouldn't have had to suffer like tis!
4: No, I won't let you kill yourself.
5: There's no need to keep up this facade any longer. I'll make you feel much better than Shirou ever could...
6: I can't wait to see his face... Hahaha...
7: Shirou...

116)
1: What's wrong, Shirou?
SFX: CRACKLE
2: Where's my katana?!
3: Wh-what's going on?
SFX: GRAB
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4: Hey, Shirou?!

117)
1: West...
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2: The teahouse!!
3: You have no more allies in this village.
4: Being stubborn at this stage will only...
SFX: DASH
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SFX: CLANG!

118)
SFX: BWAP
1: Shirou!!
2: Mitsuyu!
3: Stay back... I'll even kill you if I have to...
4: Sensei!!

119)
1: Hmph! Already acting like she's your wife, Shirou? Fine... if you want her that badly, then you can have her.
2: But in return, you need to work for me.
3: It's time for the Kiriba clan to be reborn. Now that I have gained Hiuri's power, I no longer have anything to fear...
4: Hiuri's...?!
5: That's right! I now have the one thing that everyone has wished for, but could never acquire!
6: I've been chosen! Yes,
7: A god is on my side!!

120)
1: Stop it...
2: The Kiriba clan will soon walk down a new path!
3: Follow me, Shirou! If you so much as wish it, you could join me...
4: Stoooop!!
5: I
6: believed in you... no, I wanted to believe in you.
7: I wanted to believe that the sensei I respected wasn't as weak as this!
8: But of all things...
9: Hiuri?!
10: You idiot!
11: You fool!
12: What did I ever come to this village for?!
SFX: HEH

121)
SFX: HAHAHAHAHA
1: How naive, Shirou!
2: The words 'sensei' and 'respect' mean nothing to a true ninja!
3: All we have to trust in are our blades! I thought I taught you that!!
SFX: WHAP

122)
1: Well? Do you see it now, Shirou?! This is my true power!!
2: Do not defy me... I want you to live...
3: I want you to follow me, Shirou...
4: with the rise of the new Kiriba clan!!

123)
SFX: HAA
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1: Dammit!!
SFX: SLAM
2: Mitsuyu, are you OK?
3: Shirou... Kozue...
4: Kozue...
SFX: AAAHH
5: Kozue...

124)
1: Mitsuyu, let's get out of here.
2: Kiriba's doomed. There's no point in staying here!
3: We need to get as far away as we can!
4: If we're together, I know we can survive somehow!
5: Let's go! Together!!
6: Shirou... Thank you...

125)
1: But I can't go...
2: I'm the daughter of the leader of this clan.
3: I can't just run and leave my father and everyone else here alone...
4: What have they ever done for you?! There's no point to protecting these people any longer!
5: But still...
6: I belong to the Kiriba clan!
7: Abandoning it means abandoning who I am...
6: Then just throw it all away!
7: I've always survived with nothing but the skin on my back, no matter where I've gone. You don't need to worry about that!
8: I'll pick up the pieces! Just let yourself be reborn!!
9: I'm sorry, Shirou...
10: If you stay here, they're going to kill you!!
11: I can't go.

126)
1: Fine.
2: Then I'll stay here.
3: And I'll protect you, no matter what it takes!!
4: Don't worry.
5: Shirou...
6: There's something I need to show you.

127)
1: What's this?
2: Mushou-ji Temple. It's an old temple that's belonged to the Kiriba clan for many years.
3: A spiritual barrier?
4: It was placed there in order to keep people out. Come in...

128)
SFX: STARE
SFX: CREAK...
SFX: CREAAAAAK....
1: A stone floor...
SFX: POOF

129)
1: These are...
2: All objects that are connected to Hiuri.
3: My ancestors did research on Hiuri that led them very close to finding out the truth...
4: But several generations ago, it was all sealed away, and only passed down through the women of the main line. For some reason, they were afraid of letting all these artifacts out of the temple...
5: Perhaps because they knew it would all be used for evil during the wars.
6: What's this?
7: A model of our world... One of my ancestors made it, I believe. It's just like one of those globe things the barbarians have.

130)
1: Our world looks like this?
2: A globe...
3: I only first entered this room recently.
4: I wanted to know the truth... And after doing some reading, I found out that there exists a true Hiuri, as well as a false Hiuri that's actually a horrible evil spirit.
5: It controls human hearts, toys with them,
6: and feeds off chaos...
7: Is that what's feeding off sensei?! We need to get it out of him, then!
8: In order to do that... first, the victim needs to regain strength in his heart, and wish for the evil to be expelled. I'm sure he resisted at first... but as of now, he's a demon incarnate.
9: He thinks he's Hiuri...
10: But then...

131)
1: That's why... we need to fight Hiuri with Hiuri!
2: There's a prophecy here that says when Hiuri grasps the sun...
3: the evil power will weaken,
4: and the child of Hiuri will destroy all the evil.
5: When Hiuri grasps the sun?
6: The eclipse.
7: When the eclipse happens, Hiuri's power will become capable of suppressing the evil.
8: In ten years, there will be another eclipse.
9: Ten years?!
10: But we also need a body for Hiuri's power to pass through.
11: The "child of Hiuri" who will appear from the east in ten years...

132)
1: We need to utilize his power along with the eclipse!!
2: That's what will allow us to defeat my uncle!
3: But...
4: How do you know it'll really happen?
5: We'll have to wait... ten whole years...
6: Because...
7: We have no choice but to believe.
8: I know I have no right to ask this of you...
9: but will you help me, Shirou?

133)
1: No matter what may happen to me, just promise me, you'll...
2: Stop it!!
3: I said I'd stay here, but that's only because you'll still be here!
4: Shirou!
5: No! If you're going to talk about it that way, then I refuse!!
6: Shirou!
7: If you let my uncle do as his please, soon, this problem will spread beyond just the Kiriba clan!
8: The world itself could...
9: There's no telling what may happen. That's why...
10: We must lay his soul to rest...

134)
1: And... return the Kiriba clan to what it originally was.
2: Only if we can do it together...
3: Together!
4: If you can't do that, then I can't either.
5: So you have to survive until then! No matter what, you have to survive!
6: Like I said before, I'll protect you! So don't you ever talk about giving up ever again!!
7: I won't permit it! Got it?!
8: Together...

135)
1: Shirou, are you sure about this?
2: Is this how it has to be?
3: What am I living for now? What am I living for?
4: Freedom...
5: It sure brings back memories.
6: I wish I was a kid again...
7: But you can't turn back the clock. I can never go back...
8: Freedom.
9: Freedom...
10: Peace of mind...
11: Warmth...

136)
1: Shirou, are you sure about this?
2: Yes, I am.
3: I'll protect her.
4: I'll chose my own path.
5: And I've made up my mind!!

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