Chapter 224: From Samurai to Descendent of Samurai
Copyright© 2011 by Murasame
The next day. Excerpt of the report submitted by Shin'ichi Saburou. At that time, I didn't understand the truth of what had happened. A flash of light, a sudden gust of wind and a roaring sound--I thought lightning had struck before my eyes, but I was wrong. An instant later I realized that the great man had fallen face-up, and a swordsman had appeared in my field of vision. He was truly--awe-inspiring! Aoshi: ... Looks like he found his answer.
Saitou: I wonder.
Misao: Awright! Let's do it, Himura!
Megumi (brandishing her medicine chest): But let me look at you first!
(He pulls himself to his feet.)
Officers: Augh, he got up! He's still gonna fight?
Misao: Persistent bastard! There's no way you can win! Go home!
Megumi: It's no use. He still hasn't returned to his senses.
(Kujiranami fires, but Kenshin runs in faster.)
Hiten Mitsurugi-ryuu Ryuushousen!
(The upward blow knocks the gun clean off his arm.)
Megumi: His eyes have changed color...
Aoshi: The source of his madness was the loss of his right arm. When he felt the same blow, his senses returned. Or ... they were forced to return.
Saitou: They're back to where they started. How will he follow this up? Cut off his left arm this time?
Kujiranami: Finish it. With the new age the Ishin Shishi stole the honor of the samurai. And you stole my death from me. I failed again; I won't speak of Earthly Justice. But this time let me have death by your hands! This is your duty! Finish it!
Kenshin: I cannot. Whatever the reason, I will not kill again.
Kujiranami: You think I'll accept that answer? Kill me! Kill me or I'll take the rounds I have left and kill us all where we stand--
Yahiko: I won't allow that.
(He stands alone, on Kujiranami's other side.)
Misao: Idiot! Get out of there!