Artist: Starlyte - Song: Titan - Word Count: 821
Shuten watched Ritsuko carefully as she made movements towards Shuten; likely to attack. She certainly did feel that Ritsuko was not very battle prepared. Physically and equipment wise? Possibly. However, when it came to being mentally prepared she seemed to shift. Currently, Ritsuko was prepared in all sorts of ways for a fight; ready to battle Shuten without a thought for her concern. At least, that's what it seemed like given how she was attacking.
Ritsuko seemed to want to lead off with a rather nice way to attack when it came to hand to hand combat; a leg sweep. Basic and rather dependable when it came to striking. Shuten let the kick hit her leg, but, Ritsuko would be the one to feel pain instead of her. Shuten would feel a slight tingle, but, being a Suika meant she was a bit more durable than most Shinigami; her skin was literally thicker. As was her muscles, bones, organs, you name it; she was a Suika and that meant greater durability. She popped her neck and then watched Ritsuko carefully still. Sure, the girl felt a tingle in her leg from where Ritsuko kicked her, but, it certainly was not enough to knock her off her feet. Shuten then quickly used a bit of trickery to counter what seemed to be a feint from Ritsuko.
Of course, Ritsuko seemed to be attempting to strike at her right side, to which Shuten would obviously block as it only made sense to do so. However, Ritsuko feinted at the last moment and in a jerk reaction Shuten threw a Kunai at Ritsuko's arm. In the split second she realized this, it would already be too late as the bladed weapon would likely impale itself into Ritsuko's arm. Due to the disparity in their tiers, the Kunai wouldn't be thrown too hard, but, since it was a jerk reaction, the placement of the Kunai would be too exact and may cause Ritsuko's left hand to be temporarily un-responsive for a single post. After all, Shuten was an assassin; disable and kill. Unfortunately, her body worked on the disable part on accident.
Shuten groaned softly as she threw her sake dish near the kido protected gourd. She shook her head and sighed."Shit, didn't mean to fucking stab you..."
The Suika sighed softly before she realized Ritsuko finished her attack. She felt the need to not attack since she technically retaliated mid attack, but, she needed to make sure Ritsuko wasn't letting herself be vulnerable to attack. Shuten grabbed her sword and then threw the blade right past Ritsuko's left ear. The blade was not meant to hit, in fact, it wouldn't hit Ritsuko at all; the blade would simply coast past her left ear and cause a bit of confusion while Shuten quickly grabbed Ritsuko by the neck and pushed her against a tree; the same tree that Shiazen impaled itself into. Of course, the force at which she pushed Ritsuko would be enough to hurt some, enough to cause Ritsuko to either cry out or groan from it. The speed in which this happened would indeed feel blinding to the girl. But, Shuten was trying not to overwhelm her; she really was. Shuten grabbed her sword from the tree and continued to hold Ritsuko there.
Shuten's fingers coiled themselves around Ritsuko's neck, not choking her or issuing pressure that would be too uncomfortable, but, what would become uncomfortable as the feeling of a blade poking the bottom of her neck. Below Shuten's hand, the blade of Shiazen was softly poking Ritsuko's neck. The blade was clearly sharp; possibly too sharp for a sword. It wouldn't draw blood, but, the slight poking would be uncomfortable enough. Shuten would stare at Ritsuko with her purple eyes and then ask a question that was rather interesting to ask while she had a blade to her throat."Tell me, do you have someone you love? Or, at least, someone who loves you? Most everyone does. Parents, friends, love interests, family, you name it. Hell, there may even be a girl who seriously does love you; you never know. Oh, also, how's your hand? I did not mean to stab it like that; jerk reaction..."
Shuten stared into Ritsuko's eyes as she asked the question, well, questions technically. Why might she have asked them though? Why, it was because while someone can have amazing resolve alone, but, when you fight for someone; to possibly live for them and fight for them, it works wonders. This meant that Shuten was trying to get Ritsuko to think of someone who loved her, and Ritsuko loved them right back. After all, if she had someone to fight for, she may be able to push herself past her limits.
Coding Altered From: [THEFROST]'s