I've got a bit of bad news. Or it could very soon be bad news, for those of you who care. I've been toying with deleting this story for a while now... there is not a lot of interest on either my part or the part of the readers. I have no inspiration and frankly, it's awfully written, one of my very first fanfics. I just don't like it. The only way I would continue this story is through heavy revision, which has a chance of happening of slim to none.
If you'd like to put in your two cents, there's a poll on my profile, and you are free to review this chapter to tell me your feelings on the matter. I'm leaning heavily toward deleting it at this point, and it's going to take a lot to sway me. Please, don't feel obligated to say that I should continue. I want your honest opinion.
EDIT: Wages of Sin will stay online, but is on a permanent hiatus.
Since I won't be continuing most likely, I'll give you a brief summary of what I had in mind initially for the conclusion of this particular arc.
The battle! Soo, everyone's fighting, blah blah blah, but suddenly Kazuma turns on Ryuhou and we learn that he had a chip implanted into his arm that gradually took control of his mind, which explains his recent smarts. He and Ryuhou engage in an all-out battle which nobody is able to stop. Near the end, it comes to our attention that all the power of Kazuma's alter has completely destroyed the little chip and he is now fighting Ryuhou simply for the sake of fighting him. Then they open up 'the Other Side', large explosion, blah blah blah, everyone is scattered everywhere, Ryuhou and Kazuma disappear, et cetera, et cetera. I'm sure that I had Mimori and Co. doing something as well, but I can't quite remember what it was.
Anyway, everybody eventually finds each other again, big battle ensues again Mainland ppl/that crazy gremlin guy whose name I can't remember, Ryuhou goes emo when people die, et cetera et cetera... I was thinking of an angsty finish, but I was undecided.
So that was the gist of the rest of the story. Oh, Mimori loses her alter power in the Alter Forest. Because she wasn't supposed to have one in the first place, it was destroying her body and shortening her lifespan.
The quote that inspired it all: "The wages of sin is death, sweetheart, that's all I'm saying." - from a musical I performed in called Bat Boy. Very campy, I loved it. Also, totally unrealistic, like this story.
Thanks for a good time, everybody!