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Alrite, here we go, chapter 10!

Chapter 10: Friend from the past – 2

The usual peaceful day, filled with annoying cacophony of Yokohama had been transformed instantly into the grim, chilling night resembling the very Dark Hour. The bluish sky had been truncated into the shuddering greenish sky. The blazing sun had suddenly transfigured into a massive, shimmering moon. No life forms were seen moving; every people had been magically changed into jet-black coffins. Everything was stopped but the falling rain which had been cryptically turned into endless stream of blood.

Those shocking events were enough to shake the silver-haired boxer, but the last occurring moment was like a thunder striking him directly.

"No, it should not be possible… It can't be happening…" Akihiko Sanada couldn't decode the vision he had just seen. Gripping tightly to the hovering Great Ruler of Rome shoulder, the young lad couldn't take his gaze off his possible bluish foe.

"What is it Aki? Thinking that your own eyes fool you?" The Blue Arcobaleno sassed the confused silver-head in casual tone as if nothing major happened. The long-lost face of Shinjiro Aragaki was facing his old, best buddy as his hair fluttered with the passing night wind.

Akihiko couldn't bring himself to reply his still questionable old friend words. This revelation was impossible to be believed by him. No, it's not that he couldn't believe it. He simply didn't want to believe it. His still functioning brain kept telling him that Shinjiro Aragaki had died a valiant dead by protecting Ken Amada two years ago. There's no way for him to be present now. The dead couldn't be resurrected, even with the power of Personas. Even if there was a way to recall a dead person, he wouldn't want to find that his friend was the same person in the video Mitsuru had shown him last night. He wouldn't want to know this ironic truth.

"You… You… are not… Shinjiro right?" The young lad uttered his question in trembling voice. The usual composure he had retained even in the most breathtaking moment started to blow to smithereens.

"I see that your mind is still not functioning, eh Aki. I could tell everything about you and the rest of the S.E.E.S if you want. I could even recall every moment we had shared back then in the orphanage if you insist," muttered the Blue Arcobaleno in a casual tone as if he was having a light chat with a friend of his. He paused for moment as he lifted his face to gaze upon the sky before lowering his face again with a stained grin. "I could even remind you about what you did when the fire which burned the whole orphanage was ignited. What a sinful act you did back then, Aki."

Akihiko was frozen even more with after hearing Shinji's answer. There's no person beside Shinjiro Aragaki who knew all of those information because she didn't tell a single soul beside him. Tch. But something was not right.

"Should I bring the topic about your little sister to convince you?" Added the hovering Blue Arcobaleno casually as he began to descend to match the height of Caesar.

Yes, something was obviously not right. He had known Shinji for ages and there's no way of him mistaking Shinji's attitude. Shinjiro was not a man to open old wound of his friend. He was a trustful man whom one could depend on. His presence here was a blasphemy in the first place. The man known as Shinjiro Aragaki had died, passed away, left this world, turned to be a mere corpse. There's no way to revive him from the land of dead. But, how if such ridiculous way was actually exist? No, he might be oblivious to that option, but his feeling spoke to him that this man was not Shinjiro Aragaki. He was an enemy who had insulted both Akihiko Sanada and Shinjiro Aragaki by becoming an impostor.

"You are not Shinji. Who are you!" The silver-haired member of S.E.E.S shouted his vaguely answered question once again to the supposedly-impostor. His grip on his Evoker and his Persona's shoulder tightened as he spoke his question.

"Tch. What a trouble. Why the hell are you being so persistent with your conceited way of thinking? Well, it's not that I endure the long voyage here to only have a talk about such insignificant matter, Aki." Shinjiro raised his right hand which was now brandishing an Evoker from nowhere. "You miss your little sister, don't you? Then I'll be more than happy to deliver you to her place! CASTOR!"

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BATTLE INTERMISSION

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Battle 2M: Friend from the past

Team: Akihiko Sanada

Level: 120

HP: 2890

SP: 1750

Persona: Caesar (Emperor Arcana)

Buffs: NO

Wild: NO

Insignia: NO

Set: NO

Enemy: Shinjiro Aragaki - Blue Arcobaleno

Level: 260

HP: 14023

SP: 12520

Persona: Castor (Hierophant Arcana)

Buffs: Shafts of Arcobaleno – Blue (All stats + 40%, Ice attack & defense + 75%)

Wild: NO

Insignia: NO

Set: Ring of Hanged Man – Bufu ( Magic & Vitality + 50%, Ice damage + 175%, Impersonation)

Location: Yokohama – Dark Hour

Objective: Defeat the enemy!

The familiar glass-breaking sound reverberated as the centaur-like brother's of the demigod emerged from the darkness with blowing wind. "Prepare yourself, Aki! Primal Force!" The supposed impostor casted his spell with roaring voice.

The black horseman hoisted his front feet as a void of natural energy began to envelope Akihiko's surroundings. Tch. "Ziodyne!" Caesar fired its concentrated lightning in a single, big burst from its feet, creating a recoil effect to evade the void blast.

"Too slow!"

Akihiko lifted his gaze only to be surprised by Shinjiro's presence right in front of him. The Blue Arcobaleno smashed Caesar down with a hideous strength, leaving it to fall to the expanding void.

"BLAAAMM!"

"ARGGGHH!"

The Great Ruler of Rome was blown into smithereens as the void exploded furiously. Blasted by the explosion, Akihiko let loose his clutch at Caesar's shoulder to evade taking full blast. The explosion was so massive that the recoil effect repulsed Akihiko to a business tower in front of the police office.

"Do you think it will end that easily?"

Just before Akihiko hit the shiny glasses of the gallant tower, his collar was grabbed violently by the Blue Arcobaleno, only to be smashed on his torso with a roundhouse kick toward the ground. As if the torture was not enough, Shinjiro shot his Evoker to cast another spell.

"Vile Assault!"

Akihiko could only see the shade of the appearing black centaur-like horseman before he felt a painful force smashing his entire falling body.

"Uargghh!"

Blood gushed suddenly from Akihiko's mouth while the pain was spreading to every corner of its body in an instant. Damn. Not having time to lament on the pain, Akihiko shot his Evoker to call Caesar again. "Ziodyne" As he caught the falling silver-head, the newly called Caesar fired his concentrated lightning once again in the opposite direction to create a recoil momentum. The lightning burst was enough to stop the gravitational force right before they crashed violently to the crowded street.

Argghh,… What the hell… Akihiko caressed his broken down torso and discovered that many of his ribs had been devastated by previous barrage of attacks. "Tch… My mediocre healing speel won't be enough for this. But, I have to focus on how to find a way out from-" Akihiko muttered his half-witted plan as he lifted his blood-covered face to catch a breath only to be greeted with Shinjiro's smile of malice in front of him.

"Trying to escape ne? How pitiful are you, Aki. God Hand!"

The high-tier physical spell hit Akihiko in a pointblank distance. Unprotected neither with any buffing spells nor with sophisticated protectorate, Akihiko was fiercely blown through buildings before stopped by a guard tower created from complete steel.

The silver-haired boxer was completely crushed by the destructive high-tier physical spell. His ribs had completely been devastated and his skeleton was one meter from complete destruction. Blood was gushing nonstop from his coughing mouth. He could barely see clearly as everything he did was painful. Even breathing brought intense pain as his nearly crushed lungs were unable to extract necessary oxygen for his nose was broken.

"Rui…ko…" Akihiko could not say anything but his long lost little sister. "Am… I… finally… Argghhh…"

"Stop that pathetic blabber of yours, Aki." Instantaneously, Shinjiro had appeared again beside the lying body of dying Akihiko. Kicking the moribund member of S.E.E.S on his devastated chest, the Blue Arcobaleno stood triumphantly with his right palm toward Akihiko's face.

"Sayonara… Akihiko Sana-"

"DHUAAARRRR!"

Akihiko's drowsy eyes caught images of burning jet of flame devouring his questionable old friend. Hit by intense flame, The Blue Arcobaleno sprang upwards to avoid further damage. Surprised by the sudden attack, Shinjiro instantly turned his gaze to direction the flame burst out.

"Who is there!"

Answering the Blue Arcobaleno demanding question were footsteps. Unraveling himself from the shadow behind the towering guard tower was the pale-haired Persona. His face showed nothing but shuddering calmness, the calmness that one would show to indicate one's alarming anger.

"Tch. So you finally show yourself eh, Flame of Heaven?" Inquired the hovering Blue Arcobaleno with a cornered smirk.

"That question should be in my courtesy. You are fully aware of your action attacking 'outsiders', aren't you? Are you trying to break the Pact?" Noid countered his foe question calmly with a question of his.

"Outsiders? What blasphemy are you talking about? He, along with the snoopy group of his, is in no way outside the Pact, Flame of Heaven. He participated in the previous clash side by side with the Key Bearer. That fact is legitimate enough to put him inside the Pact scope. Now, if you excuse me, I'll finish him off." Shinjiro uttered his defensive statement as he readied himself to grab the kill.

"Unfortunately, I don't, and I'll never, give my consent. If you are to take even a single step, I'll conclude it as a hostile approach." The pale-haired Persona retained his composure as he declared his position.

"Tch. Fighting you now will surely put me in disadvantaged position, but..." Shinjiro gritted his teeth as he clenched his fists. "I can't let myself out of this excitement! Castor!"

Noid, turned his sight on the dying silver-haired Persona-user. "Please hang in there, Akihiko-san. The others are on their way here."

The severely wounded man nodded slightly to answer the pale-haired Persona's statement. Noid reverted his sight back to the flying Shinjiro who was now being accompanied with his persona, Castor. "So be it."

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BATTLE INTERMISSION

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Battle 3M: The Flame's Battle

Team: Noid

Level: 875

HP: 729050

SP: 642900

Persona: -

Buffs: Flame of Heaven (All stats +100%, All attack & defense +50%, Fire attack & defense + 300%, Tenpa Jyousai)

Wild: NO

Insignia: NO

Set: NO

Enemy: Shinjiro Aragaki - Blue Arcobaleno

Level: 260

HP: 14023

SP: 12520

Persona: Castor (Hierophant Arcana)

Buffs: Shafts of Arcobaleno – Blue (All stats + 40%, Ice attack & defense + 75%)

Wild: NO

Insignia: NO

Set: Ring of Hanged Man – Bufu ( Magic & Vitality + 50%, Ice damage + 175%, Impersonation)

Location: Yokohama – Dark Hour

Objective: Defeat the enemy!

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"How's his condition now?"

"He's sleeping calmly. I guess he will be just right."

"Why do something like this has to happen right before we are about to visit Senpai? This is not fair!"

"I do share the same feeling with you, Rise-san, but we can't just abandon a man in need."

An epicurean room was seen on the play. The room was built and arranged in traditional Japanese style, but it was furnished with opulently magnificent furniture. Two girls were seen sitting on the edge of a queen-sized bed with a bowl of water, small towel and several medicines each. A man, covered in bruise and wounds, was sleeping fast on the comfortable bed.

"Geez. I couldn't stop to think about that moment you know? Seeing a man, covered in blood and dirt, suddenly came out from a TV you were watching was surely not a sight to behold." Sighed the teen idol as she brushed the man's wounds gently.

"It surely was. I was also shocked to see someone coming out from that TV." The Detective Prince pointed his index finger toward her plasma TV. "If I recall it correctly, we never enter any TV beside the one in Junes."

"Now that you say it. Anyways, this man's wounds are really severe. What horrible things had happened to him?" Muttered the pony-tailed girl as she began to take care of the boy's intense injuries.

"I have a bad feeling about this…" Commented the dark blue-haired girl before joining her friend's lead.

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