Chapter 109: Fists of Conviction
Copyright© 2011 by Murasame
(Sanosuke attacks again and again, with little effect.)
Saitou: If they're not using the Futae no Kiwami, it'll be a long fight. But he hasn't got a prayer against that wall of muscle. The deciding factor is going to have to be the Futae no Kiwami. Look how Anji is focused on his right hand.
Kenshin: Sano knows that. He hasn't used his right hand at all.
Yumi: Enough already! How long are you going to waste time with that boy! I'm sorry about what I said before, okay? Just hurry up and finish him!
(Sanosuke is sweating and breathing hard; Anji looks untouched.)
Anji: It may be unsportsmanlike, but it's time we settled this. It's too bad I must kill a man who could master in a week what took me a full month. At least you can taste for yourself my salvation of the world as you die!
Saitou: This is it. If you're going to stop them, it has to be now.
Kenshin: You seem pretty worried about Sano.
Saitou: Don't be ridiculous. What I'm worried about is the effect his death is going to have on your morale.
Kenshin: It's all right. Sano won't lose.
Sanosuke: Let's do it!!
Yumi: I knew it! When it comes to fists, Brother Anji is definitely the best!
Anji: From the nether world assure yourself of the world's salvation!
(He punches Sanosuke full in the chest.)
Yumi: He got him.
Anji (raising a hand in prayer): Namu Amida Buddha.
Sanosuke: Hang on there. It's a little too soon to start praying for the dead.
(He has blocked, like Anji, by punching himself at the exact same instant.)
Anji (thinking): It couldn't be--the Kiwami Hazushi?
(Sanosuke smashes him in the face.)
Sanosuke: That's the fight!
(Anji is sprawled out on the floor; Kenshin, Saitou and Yumi come down from the balcony.)
Saitou: A win's a win, but that was a one in a million fluke.