I apologize for keeping anyone waiting here. It's gotten a little more difficult to divide my time now that I've begun sketching. Anyway, let's start Chapter Nine.
Chapter Nine: Clashing Blades Under a Moonless Sky
Part One: Warrior of Darkness and Trickery
The blare of a horn rang out through the arena as the match started. However, Sigment did not move at all. His opponent seemed confused by this, as if charging him head on was supposed to be a given action. "Do your legs not work anymore, Human? Or perhaps you are paralyzed with fear?" A smirk worked its way across his face as he continued. "That is what it is, isn't it? You have become scared out of dem Kopf!
" Dietrich smiled, laughing as he relished the idea.
So much so that he failed to notice that his opponent was now behind him.
The audience cried out in shock and amazement as Sigment let out a kick that sent Dietrich across the arena. Sigment watched as the Vampire recovered, trying to comprehend what had just happened. "Was ist das
...? You were in front of me the entire time! No mere Human is that fast!" He regained his footing, pulling out the daggers that Jaeger had mentioned. "This will not... happen again..."
Dietrich closed the distance between them, swinging his daggers over and over without hitting the swordsman. The entire arena watched as a man with one eye covered dodged strike after strike from all directions. "Was zum Teufel sind Sie?!
" He leaped back, seeming to have realized that this tactic was useless. Putting away his daggers, he brought his hands together and began to chant in his race's tongue.
Little by little, the shadows spread throughout the arena began to come together, taking shape as a dark copy of their master. As both of them equipped their blades, Sigment began to unsheathe his sword. His opponent laughed once again as he saw the blunt edge of his blade before once again charging towards him. Now wielding his blade, Sigment alternated between dodging and blocking. With two opponents, it had now become more difficult to maneuver.
After a certain point, Dietrich sped up, leaving Sigment with only blocking as a defensive choice. As he continued his defense, the doppelgänger grabbed him from behind and immobilized him letting the last of its master's strikes cut across his chest. The Vampire put away his blades, a twisted grin on his face as he began to punch Sigment. "They said... we can't kill... our opponents." It wasn't long before blood began to stain Dietrich's gloves. "But that... doesn't mean... that I can't..." A solid blow to his stomach had Sigment coughing up more of his blood. "Bring you within an inch of your life!"
The shadow copy held Sigment up, preventing him from falling as Dietrich continued his strikes. After the final blow, the crowd watched as the copy released him, dissipating as he hit the ground. The Vampire listened as the announcer began to count down to the end of the match. Kneeling down, he picked up his opponent's head to whisper to him. "Anything to say before I win?"
A smile formed on Sigment's face as his eye opened. "I thought you'd hit harder..."
Sigment planted his fist, sweeping his legs around and into Dietrich's side. The strike once again sent the Vampire through the air, but this time Sigment followed him, striking again from the opposite direction with Ryū to send him up. As Dietrich reached the peak height of the launch, the swordsman reappeared, bringing his opponent to the ground with his sword.
The crowd roared in response to the sudden turnaround. As the dust cleared, Sigment stood over the defeated warrior as the announcer counted down. "Three! Two! One! That's it! The first match goes to Sigment Kurosaiii!" The swordsman sheathed his blade, turning around to exit the arena. "Take a rest, young warrior! You've earned it!"
"First Dietrich, now this guy... And people say I talk too much.
Sigment returned to his room to wash the blood from his face. Afterwards, he ate the food provided by the coliseum. As he finished his meal, Jaeger entered along with Sonya. "Apologies, sir. She insisted that she be brought to your room."
"It's fine, Jaeger. Could you leave us alone for a minute?" With a nod and a bow, he complied. Without a word, Sonya sat down next to Sigment. "So... you wanted to say something?"
"The hell's the matter with you?" His only response was a sigh. "In a place like this, you don't play around. You know as well as I do that you could have dealt with that shadow before it grabbed you."
"It was more for the crowd than anything."
"I think you, of all people, would not want to advertise yourself."
"I knew I could take the hits. To be honest, you hit a lot harder than he did." Sonya stared, maintaining a stern look but dropping the subject. "So... Who's next?"
"You're not up for a little while. Rest up while you have time to spare." Sonya left the room, being replaced by Jaeger. The Vampire switched on the monitor that keeps track of arena matches, and Sigment switched positions at the table to watch. Keeping track of the other competitors would help him know what he'd be up against for the rest of the tournament.
"Jaeger... let me know when I'm up next."
Phew... tired. Sorry that I took so long on this. Honestly, I think this could have come out better, but I'd appreciate other opinions on this. Not sure when I'll put out part two, since I'm juggling this and my sketchwork. There's not gonna be anything for a little while, at the least. With my family in town, spending time with them comes first.
Anyway, Here's hoping Part Two will not take too
long. Jikai made!
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