* Chapter 11: Fight! *
"Yeah, yeah, I'm coming..." Orin shouted, responding
to a knock on his door. He opened it, and found himself staring
face-to-sharp-pokey-end of a sword, held by Claude. Rena, Noel,
and Chisato surrounded him. "You're not here to sell encyclopedias,
are you?" he asked dryly.
"We know about you, Orin," Claude said slowly. "We
know what you're doing."
"I swear, it's medicinal!" Orin shouted, with a slight
grin on his face.
"Wha...no!" Claude shouted. "We know about you
and the Crest!"
"And let me guess...you're here to stop me from completing
and invoking the Crest, aren't you?"
"Well...yes..." Claude said.
"And I'm supposed to defend myself against your attacks,
to prevent you from stopping me in my plans, no?"
"Well, should we start fighting now, or do you want to
come in for a drink first?"
Chisato's impatience finally got the best of her. "Eat
electric death, scum!" she shouted, brandishing her stun
gun and thrusting it into his neck.
"Hey now, that tickles..." Orin said. Chisato was
stunned, until she looked at her weapon and found she was holding
not a 10,000-volt stun gun, but a joy buzzer.
"What the..." Chisato said, retreating. Noel then
went on the offensive. He rushed Orin; his hand claws ready
to strike. Before he could attack, though, Orin snapped his
fingers and then proceeded to take a semi-brutal beating from
Noel, now equipped with children's inflatable boxing gloves.
"How in the hell..." Noel said, looking at his new
"Try this!" Claude said, swinging his sword with
all his might. That, however, didn't work either. Orin plucked
the sword, now a shish kabob, from his hand and began nibbling
"Needs salt," he said. Suddenly, a loud cry came
from behind him, and he found Chisato flying towards him with
a kick plucked straight out of a martial arts movie. He grinned,
caught her foot in his hand, and gently tossed her aside. Chisato
rolled along the ground, dazed but unhurt.
"Well, well, well, look at the time..." Orin said,
checking his watch. "It's been fun, but I really have to
go now. Ta-ta." He walked into the shadow of his house,
where he disappeared without a trace.
"That was surreal..." Claude said. He checked his
weapon, and found it indeed was a sword again. The others' weapons
had regained their normal status also.
"Did anything strike you odd about that guy?" Rena
"What, you mean the fact that he changed our weapons into
toys and food at will?" Claude asked.
"Well, that too, but what about his demeanor, his odd
sense of humor? The fact that he almost seemed to control the
situation at all times. He seemed like someone we met before..."
The four thought for a moment. Suddenly, a flash of realization
went into Noel's eyes. "I've got it! He's just like..."
Before he could end the sentence, a gust of wind slapped a
small sheet of paper into his face. The paper had the words
"No I'm not" hastily scribbled on it.
"We can't be bothered with it now, though," Claude
said. "We need to find where he's hiding the Crest and
destroy it." The group walked into Orin's house. "Now,
where would I hide the key element to my plans of mass destruction..."
"Found it," Rena said, walking into the kitchen.
"Very funny, now help us look," Claude said, checking
under the living room couch.
"No, really, it's on the kitchen table."
"How can you be sure?"
"Because there's a half completed crest on it with the
label 'Crest of Annihilation -- Do not touch!'"
"Well, now that we've found it," Noel said, "how
do we destroy it?"
* * *
The four looked upon the smoldering remains of Orin's house.
"You didn't have to burn the whole thing down," Chisato
"Hey, it was an accident!" Claude replied.
"How so?" Rena said.
"You really think I meant to throw my cigarette butt into
that box full of oily rags?" Claude said.
"Claude, you don't even smoke!" Rena shouted. "You
just took a half-finished cigarette from his ashtray, took a
puff, coughed a lot, and then knowingly tossed it into that
pile of rags!"
"Ummm...can I say something?" Noel asked. "This
probably isn't the best place to be taking about who burned
"He's right," Claude said, seizing the opportunity.
"Let's get out of here..."
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