Kanda's eyes narrowed at the sight of his foe falling. That seemed much too effortless… he noted as he glared intently at the body of his defeated foe.

"You continue to look there, why?" the same amorous voice rang out in a whisper behind Kanda.

Kanda veered around, "Eight Flowers: Praying Mantis!" Next, a flash of blue energy took the shape of an eight-pointed flower, aimed intently upon his somehow-alive-enemy.

The robed figure batted it away with a single hand as they then yawned. "My plaything is starting to become boring…," the robed figure then elevated their right arm slothfully. "You were really fun to play with, I hope there're others as fun as you!" the person giggled as they then snapped their fingers dramatically.

Kanda appeared to have disappeared once again using his high speed. Once again, he reappeared directly next to his opponent and swung his Mugen at the antagonist.

The person sighed and caught the blade in their free hand without breaking in an effort. Next, they whirled, carrying Kanda into the air and flung him high into the sky. "Sorry, but you're no longer useful. Useless toys are trash, and what do we do with trash? We dispose of them," the person spoke coldly as their body glowed a pale, pasty light blue.

Kanda's eyes widened as he regained stability in midair. "Eight Flowers: Praying--" almost as instantly as he regained stability, the air around him began to decrease in temperature rapidly. Suddenly, his body stiffened as if it had been frozen as a loud, detonation-like sound could be heard. Damnit! he closed his eyes tightly and covered his ears. Sadly, the ringing it left behind shook him up, leaving him vulnerable.

"Hm, I thought it would actually hurt you…," the robed figure sighed tediously. "Oh well, at least I stripped you of your hearing ability," the foe giggled. "Maybe you might have some uses after all!" they then dashed over to the vulnerable samurai and brought their fist up. Their fist smacked upwards onto Kanda's chin, sending him flying towards the heavens. Huh? Did Aeon… Did he actually die? … Strange… he doesn't take a loss from his opponents so easily… the figure appeared deep in thought.

Kanda struggled to regain airborne stability. Damnit… this bastard's kicking me around whereas I can't do anything about this! He twitched to see if his left arm functioned. Perfect, it functions… Now to make it work! he then swung his katana as he called out, "Eight Flowers: Praying Mantis!" A large burst of blue, eight-arrayed energy shot forth, nearing his enemy slowly.

The foe looked at the energy and sighed, "Despite that you can't hear me, I guess I can't tell you my name, but I'll say it anyway. My 'name' is Maria, and now you are about to see what I really look like underneath this hot thing." The energy engulfed the enemy's entire existence, burning everything within its punishing light.

Got them! Kanda observed as the light sluggishly faded to nothing, revealing nothing but a mere dust cloud. The dust cloud breezed away, revealing a female-like figure that stood where the robed figure once was. She had short, blonde hair that ran down to her shoulders, ocean-like, blue eyes and a face of an innocent 18-year old.

"Told you that you'd like what you'd see,' she giggled as she then immediately ran over to Kanda.

Kanda prepared to swing his Mugen once again, but he froze stiffly and coughed harshly. Blood rained from his mouth as he struggled to remain standing. Damnit, not only is my vision getting blurry, but my body feels like it can barely move… To top that off, my own hearing's been disabled! How the hell am I to win with a completely disabled body? She seems to have the ability to control air contents, as well as poisoning me on the inside… Also, she had that strange ability to make the air temperature change drastically while giving me sudden loss of hearing…, he panted.

"Heh, looks like my plaything is giving up~" Maria giggled as she then raised her hand to the sky.

I guess there's really no other choices left… I'll have to leave this up to fate…, Kanda panted as he rested his free hand on the flat side of his blade.

Huh, so he head something else to use…

"… Mugen: Disastrous Future: Fourth Illusion; Draco Curse," Kanda's entire body slowly immersed itself into a darker aura of blue radiance. The sound of metal grinding and shattering screeched as Maria quickly covered her ears as the resonating sound became slowly high pitched. The battlefield suddenly darkened as silence befell.

Maria scanned the area, Seems like this kid wasn't joking. I guess I really can't think of him as a real plaything. I'll now have to consider him my foe…

A bright, blue light illuminated, slashing the darkness away. The light revealed Kanda, whom had no changes whatsoever once again. "Now then…," his voice echoed along the silence of the darkness. "Akuma… you shall feel the wrath of my curse…," Kanda grinned and instantly, he vanished.

Maria's eyes widened as she looked around. Damn, he's that fast? she quickly snapped her fingers, releasing yet another blue explosive. The explosive revealed Kanda, whom was positioned menacingly next to her.

He thrust his hand forward, grasping Maria by her throat, "As I have probably said before, I will not show mercy to you, I will make sure that you never receive my mercy. I will merely give you half my mercy… just so you don't feel depressed!" Next, he grasped harder and harder as his palm glowed with a black aura. Then, he calmly released Maria and booted her towards the sky.

Maria's skin began to rapidly become pasty as her skin began to wrinkle. S-shit! What did he do to me?! she began to panic as she started to pant in immediate exhaustion.

Kanda smirked as he then thrust a fist forward. Suddenly, blue energy screamed forth like an extension of his movements. The energy shaped itself into a hand and grasped his enemy as hard as possible.

"GAH!" Maria grunted in pain. Next, a black, liquid-like substance began to excrete from her body and travel towards Kanda's body using the energy arm as a means of travel.

"Yes, feed me! Feed me your precious life! I don't care how much of it you have left, just give it to me!" Kanda began to laugh frantically as his body absorbed the black substance.

Damnit, I feel like… my time… is… almost over… Maria thought as she continued to pant with rapidly exceeding exhaustion.

"I guess you're wondering what the hell is going on here, eh? Well, I might as well explain so that you know why you died once you re-enter the Void… What's going on is a very easy process. Kanda loses life force the more he uses his Mugen, so just to keep him alive, I'm feeding him what he needs, more life force. It doesn't matter whom it belongs to, it's just life force in the end! THAT IS MY POWER!" Kanda cackled.

Maria's eyes slowly began to droop with her fatigue. Her time of death came closer and closer as the sands of time within her began to rush a turbulent downwards motion. Heh… sorry… Lord Deceit… Master Emperor… I guess… I failed the both of you… she thought as she struggled weakly to move.

"SAY GOODBYE!" Kanda cackled as he watched her began to crack. Suddenly, chips of her fake flesh fell and disintegrated, revealing metallic, lustrous bones. Next, her entire existence shattered into glittering, metallic dust as the black substance entering Kanda came to an end. Finally, the energy around Kanda dispelled as the battlefield returned itself to normal. He fell face forward, knocked unconscious.

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Akatsuki chuckled as the detonation's miasma vanished into thin air, seeing the Pope, defenseless and severely wounded. "Like I said, you failed at using my own attack, so I taught you what I could not release before…," he scanned the outside, seeing snowfall. He took note of a pile of bones and organs, laying in a heap with bones surrounding it. "What in the hell could that be?" he questioned out loud.

The deceptive Pope rose to his feet, panting and gasping for air, "Hehe… You wanna know whom that belongs to?"

"What in the hell do you mean by that?" Akatsuki looked to the Pope with a cold glare in his eyes.

The Pope raised his arm, revealing that he was still holding Akatsuki's blade, "Your brother… whom you will join VERY soon!" He swung the blade down, releasing a gargantuan ray of blood red energy.

Akatsuki's eyes widened after those exact words resonated within his mind. "… YOU FUCKER!" he instinctively batted the ray of energy with his arm as if it were a mere feather. "SO YOU THINK FUCKING AROUND WITH ME IS FINE?! I'LL MAKE YOU PAY! I'LL MAKE YOU PAY WITH YOUR GOD DAMN LIFE!" his body emitted a blood red glow as it then discharged into the room, blinding the Pope with bright fury.

The bright light dispelled, revealing Akatsuki with a monocle on his left eye, chain attached from the monocle, down to a sword constructed of energy. "I don't need my own weapon to kill you… I'll just make you pay… feel my wrath… You'll love it since you're such a lover of pain…," Akatsuki chuckled as his voice echoed throughout the room.

The Pope's eyes widened as he stumbled onto his back.

"YOU LEFT YOUR GUARD OPEN! GOODBYE!" Akatsuki lunged forth, leaping high into the air as he then rapped his energy blade in the Pope's direction. A sphere of crimson energy screamed forward, puncturing a large hole in the Pope's body. Next, it expanded, detonating as it finished piercing the Pope. Akatsuki then calmly walked over to the Pope and grasped his Innocence with his free hand. He then disappeared in a majestic, crimson light and reappeared several feet away as the red light absorbed the Pope.

It then shrunk into the size of a rice grain and flew towards Akatsuki. The rice grain-sized light then came into contact with the monocle glass as it then glowed blood red, absorbing the tiny light into its entity. Finally, the monocle cracked into nothing and the energy sword in his left hand dispelled. He panted with exhaustion as he then fell face forward, knocked out as well…

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"Hmph… the Exorcists better think that this war is not over… Heheh… for its JUST BEGUN!" the Emperor cackled morbidly.

Shin watched with an entertained smile on his face, "Don't you think he's right… Brother Deception?" he looked over to a dark corner, looking at the dark figure hiding within.

"Hmph, he's right… Just stop trying to steal my kill, after all… Akatsuki is my family… Heheheh… HAHAHAHAH~!" the figure laughed as well.

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Author's Note: Tis be the end~

Disclaimer: I do not own D. Gray-man…