Ten Years, two warriors, one fight. Miburu and Hitokiri, ready, unleashed.

What lies in stake maybe bigger than both their lives. But for this moment, it is the essence of the fight that drives them.

A peek into Kenshin's mind, as the (Dojo's)door slides open...

(MANGA EXTRACTS)...

Kenshin: He was the captain of the Shinsengumi third unit, Saitou Hajime. . .

Saitou: The vagabond who does not kill has made you weak. . .

Kenshin: Saitou. It doesn't matter to me what you think. . .

Saitou: These words of a hypocrite make me sick. . .

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And there, across the dojo, dyed in the dying day's last rays, stood what should have been me.

Those eyes, feral, angered.

He sees me, myself and the self that, within the darkest days, of embers and snow and rain, all red, he had found akin.

He sneers, past his painted sword. My eyes closed, breath held, opened again, shining.. for this moment, returned?

I cannot run, not now, not ever, myself in slivers, trailing the roads I left, between this day, these children, toughened yet pure and the day I lost for once to death, in a pool of blood that was both mine and not mine.

He sidles back, so sure, so familiar, lupine, terrifying... I have seen this before.. I have seen him. He wants to see me.

The girl, edging away, her breathing, rising, falling, distant. That boy, where?

There is Saito. It is time.

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Kaoru: No! That's not Kenshin! That's Hitokiri Battousai! It's Battousai! Stop them! Somebody stop them...

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Whew... this was fun to write, almost wrote itself.

150 word drabble...

Thanx shara gurl for the encouragement and aid, and to Sueb262 for the life saving beta and for standing my idiocy... Thank You.

And now for that thing we all know how to do.. u know that little thing... yeah that.. it really does help... Oh well.

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