Artist: N/A - Song: Legend of Dragoon Medley (Metal Cover) - Word Count: 1,762
Valus, in his limited time that he had spent wandering the world, had never encountered an entity like this before. Much like Steiner, he was new to the whole dynamic of there being creatures such as the young lady who was assaulting him, and as he watched her utter every word, Valus remained calm. Resolute, in the face of oppressing power that he had yet to even see, nor had true scope of. No, Valus stared hard at Murai, his purple hues piercing through her being as he watched her getting closer, and more than notably he paid close attention to her hands which she seemed to be fiddling around with slightly. Curling and uncurling each individual finger for some unknown purpose that the Proto-Ziamichi spirit could not truly gauge. Yet, something told him that nothing good could come from her fiddling fingers, and even more so he began to tense up, he had to focus now on counter attack, and play around with the thought of what her play was.
He had no idea what she could do and even more so, no idea of just how strong she truly was, but to Valus that didn't matter. All that mattered was that his host was in danger and that, though he had flung himself in to this situation himself, this threat was not someone that Steiner needed to be trained by. Valus listened to her words, she seemed to always want to pick at him, and bring up the fact that he was a leech on this boy, yet she didn't understand the dynamic. How could she understand something as complex as the relationship between Steiner and himself. They both drew strength from each other, in fact as of right now he was fighting a losing battle because of that fact. Steiner was a conduit for both of their powers and when he was unconscious it was much harder for him to draw out his own latent energies. This was due to the fact that though he had been living in this body for a couple months, he still had no idea how it truly worked, in fact this was his first time actually "taking control", and fighting with it. He groaned as she babbled on as she relayed her intentions to shatter Excalibur.
Excalibur wasn't just some clunky sword from a stone, no Excalibur was a blade crafted by a divine figure, and as such it would be hard for the dainty arms of his opponent to do as she said. Valus remained quiet as he listened to her, testing his own-self internally to discover to just what extent he could push the young body, and seeing just what sort of limits Steiner had. During taking that mental inventory, his eyes would go wide as the young lady's gloves shredded, revealing underneath bones, and nothing but bones. Valus glared at her confused and bewildered at the spectacle of her tightening her hands into fists made of pure bone. Yet that bewilderment turned into caution as the female arrancar put her foot down on the floor. For a moment nothing happened, but it was quickly followed by a little hole opening in the floor, no bigger than a thumb, and from that hole came a long pole of bone aimed for Steiner's genitals.
If it had been someone who had been reckless at this point, he would have more than likely been cradling his ball sack, and screaming at the top of his lungs, but Valus wasn't reckless. Unlike Steiner he was thinking with his head and planning what he would do if assaulted, Steiner was more about relying on his natural talents, and the skills he had honed. Which was fine for someone who knew the body he was in, but for Valus this was a new experience, and as such he had to use his centuries of experience to bridge the gap between not know his host's body, and not really knowing Steiner's own limits. So, in reaction, Valus jumped back slightly, dodging the bone thumbing just barely, and feeling a gust of wind inches from his own face. If he had been any slower and had not been on high alert, he probably would have received some rather painful punishment.
"Nice try, but you will need...to...
", Valus said confidently, but had that confidence shattered as he looked up to see his threat now airborne. It wasn't like he had thought the arrancar wasn't truly physically gifted, but now he was seeing that she had just enough athleticism to jump taller than him, and in that moment of surprise, Valus would receive a pounding. Receiving a rather hard slam across his head, Valus would fall to the hard dirt of the grassy field where they were fighting, and grunt in physical pain as he lay motionless in pain. For a few moments he would lay there, but deep inside he felt something stir, no, not something, but someone. Ugh, the hell is going on?
For a moment time stood still, this would be their first talk since they had been at the top of Cirno's mountain, and it was clear that they had a lot to talk about, but for now things were extremely serious. I took over for a moment so that the arrancar wouldn't rip you to shreds, but now that you are up it is time to get to work on beating this bitch.
As Valus spoke to Steiner inside of his head, Steiner lifted up his own head, his eyes blue once more, and looking around in a daze. How did you...what happened to the skeletons?
Steiner asked internally as he began to get up off the ground, holding his head as a bit of blood trickled down from the top of his head over the front of his face. No time for that, Steiner. She is getting serious and if we don't work together to stop her, we are going to be taking a dirt nap.
Valus shouted into Steiner's mind causing him to snap out of his daze long enough to take grasp of the current situation. He stared at Murai, realizing the situation was dire as he saw her there, grinning with childish glee at the fact that she had just knocked him down.
Furthermore, her fists were made of bone, and that was more than likely why he was bleeding from a huge knot up on top of his head. For a few moments Steiner was frightened, what he had been afraid of was happening, and there was no way to turn back now. He had been afraid of Murai getting involved in this fight because he felt that she would more than likely put him down if things went south. She was way stronger than him and that much he could sense, if she had wanted it, he would have easily been dead by now. Stop thinking in absolutes! Power isn't everything, what is everything is accepting defeat before it has come. Look, I understand you are afraid, but you are powerful now...you have potential and Cirno was the one that told you that. She believes you, hell I believe in you otherwise I wouldn't have chose you, and now it is time to make this Arrancar believe in you. So, snap out of it, and get ready to square up because you are not alone in this...I am here with you and together there isn't anything that we can't accomplish.
Steiner nodded his head as he grabbed Excalibur from the dirt and pointed it toward Murai. It was true, alone he would have been overpowered, and over-run by this being in front of him, but Steiner wasn't alone. He had an ally, someone on his side that would never leave his corner. He had Valus and by that line of thinking, Steiner had one of the greatest allies that a young warrior could ever ask for. Now dig deep, Steiner. Pull out that power that you have yet to draw upon, pull out that hidden potential that Cirno saw, and show that arrancar what you are capable of! Show her the power of a hero!
Steiner roared from the encouragement, the two voices belonging to Valus and himself mixing together to form one voice, and in that moment Steiner was engulfed by a bright white light. For a few moments the light surrounded Steiner until it began to equip him with armor, divine armor that he could only weild, and as the light faded Steiner stood before Murai, evolved. One eye's iris purple and the other the familiar blue of Steiner's original form.
"Now we fight as one!
", the combined voices shouted at Murai as they both launched at the creature in front of them with the might of their Soul Dash combined with the augmentation of their Steam propulsion. It would be more than enough speed to catch his opponent off guard and in that moment, the both of them decided to show Murai that she could indeed be cut by the blade of Excalibur. As he neared his opponent he began to dance, much like before his dancing was part of his self-taught technique Danse Divine
. His blade glowing faintly and oscillating different colors into Murai's eyes, the effect would make it appear as though Steiner was attacking from multiple directions, but these multiple attacks were merely a few flurries of sword swings. In fact, most of the attacks were hallucinations caused by optical illusions that the oscillating colors of his blade, and the faint glow of his sword created.
In essence, Steiner was assaulting Murai, but not aiming for lethal attacks, his purpose was to main, and injure her to the point where she would need to make a retreat or she surrendered. Two things that probably wouldn't happen, but none the less, Steiner had to try, and as such he would dance with his sword, aiming to take her down a few pegs. Internally, Valus knew Steiner couldn't push himself too hard, or he would exhaust himself, but the best course of action was to tire her out, something that Valus didn't think Steiner could do. Not at his current level or understanding of his own powers. It would take time for him to grow stronger and as such there was great deal that he would need to, but for now he needed to take Murai down a few pegs, and win this fight. Both of their lives depended on it.