Chapter 11.2: First Battle – Twins
Racking his brains only to be met with a huge dilemma, Hiroshi groaned in frustration.
If only we could stop the hammer from sending the shockwaves… Wait, that’s it!
“Shun!” Receiving a revelation, Hiroshi snapped open his eyes and yelled to his brother.
“Ya finally done? That took fuckin’ forever-”
“Run straight at the B-ranker!” Before Shun could complain any longer, Hiroshi cut him off and issued a command.
“Are ya mental?! If I do that then-”
“Trust me! Just do it!”
Shun glanced towards the B-ranker, and saw that his hammer was rising upwards. Clicking his tongue, he ran towards him. This better work or I’ll have ya head! Sprinting full speed at the B-ranker, Shun cursed at Hiroshi. The B-ranker finally showed a reaction on his face, which had stayed unchanged throughout the fight, by widening his eyes. However, he still reacted in an instant by swinging down his hammer towards the twins. Gaining momentum, the hammer fell downwards, bringing impending doom with it. Shun cursed in his mind as he saw the gigantic hammer head making its way towards him. Why the fuck did I go alon’ with that bastard’s idea…
But what he saw next stunned him.
Hiroshi stuck up his arm, and the hammer impacted. However, the gigantic shockwave did not come. When Shun and the giant saw the results, or rather the lack of results, they widened their eyes in surprise. The hammer had connected for sure, but no damage had been inflicted.
“Shun!” Turning his head sideways, Hiroshi yelled at his brother and snapped him out of his shock. “Drop me and-”
“On it!” Before he could finish, Shun dropped Hiroshi and ducked in front of the B-ranker. The B-ranker recovered from his surprise after seeing him, but it was too late at this distance. Before he could react, Shun delivered a lightning fast kick to his chin – courtesy of Hermes – and grabbed his collar. Grunting, the B-ranker disappeared into a vortex.
“Wha… What the hell?!” The C-ranker had been paralyzed by the incomprehensible series of events, and seeing his gigantic teammate disappear had added the finishing touch to his shock. Unfortunately for him, this moment of weakness was about to be his downfall.
“Yeah, honestly, I don’ blame ya for ya confusion, cause I don’ have a damn clue what happened either.” Before he could realize what was happening, a figure appeared in his peripheral vision and he felt his neck being tugged a little before lightening. Grasping his neck, the C-ranker exited the stage.
“So…” Twirling the two new collars he had gotten around his finger, Shun looked back towards Hiroshi who was lying face down on the floor. “Ya gonna explain what the hell ya did?”
“Simple- ow, you couldn’t have dropped me a little lighter?” Hiroshi rolled onto his back while complaining. “That’s besides the point. Anyways, the shockwave was caused whenever he hit something with great momentum, right?”
“Sho, I guess.”
“So,”-Hiroshi developed a self-satisfied look-“I made his kinetic energy disappear. But I used a lot of mana so I feel pretty tired.”
“Huh?” Hearing an unexpected answer, Shun stopped twirling the two bands and blinked.
“He can’t create a shockwave if he isn’t actually ‘hitting’ us. By deleting all the kinetic energy, I made it so that it was like he touched us instead. It was a risk since I wasn’t sure if kinetic energy classified as something intangible.” Saying so, all of a sudden he broke into laughter so menacing, it could make anyone listening recoil.
“How’d ya know that deletin’ the energy would do that?”
“Well, he always raised his hammer high above his head, right?” Shun explained. “So, I just concluded that he needed a lot of kinetic energy to produce the shockwave. Also, the sizes of the shockwaves differed a little each time, so I knew something must have affected it.”
Hearing his twin’s reasoning, Shun stood still and sighed.
“And ya wonder why I call ye a machine bastard. Only someone like you coulda come up with somethin’ so… well, ya know.” As if he had been defeated or had given up on something, Shun sighed once more, letting his shoulders droop, and went to help Hiroshi.
“Shut up, bakani.”
Surprisingly, he did.