“I see, would you have aimed your sword somewhere else if this was a battle to the death?”
The Shinigami Doll
Artist: Carrotwine - Song: Dark Side Of The Road
The question wasn’t as easily answered as one would think. Naturally, if it was to the death, hitting a vital organ like the heart, or cleaving through the head would be far more appropriate. However, one needed to remember that any fighter worth their salt would try and have the most delicate of areas heavily guarded. So, while those areas could perhaps be ideal, the layers of protection might have made it an unlikely target nonetheless. Perhaps her hip would still be a favored spot. She was simply curious as to how his mind worked, and how it interlaced with the way he handled his blade in battle.
The next actions would be rather telling, both for him and her. It looked as though Tatsuya was about to employ a very different style, or rather a different approach to deal with her onslaught. That fact on its own meant that her own maneuver had been enough to prompt such a thing, and that was a good thing. As she closed in, she noticed one of her sword swings actually managed to hit right over his shoulder. Still, she hadn’t accounted for him having such a sturdy physical body. To be fair, had she made the hit two handily, it would have been a rather gruesome and scary outcome, but that wasn’t the case. The girl possessed unreal levels of physical strength, but she was only using one hand, and Tatsuya had a diamond like skin. In essence, it translated into a cut that couldn’t have been more than an inch or two deeps. It was certainly enough to be noticeable and cause bleeding, but it was nothing that would put him in grave danger, save for the potential waves of pain he might experience thereon.
More importantly however was his own counterattack. He had chosen the calm stillness of a kendo lack stance, which she knew given her downloads to translate and into a rather speedy and powerful delivery. But unfortunately, there was very little she could do at the time. Had she known beforehand she would have chosen a different approach, but it was too late. The speed she carried, and the momentum that pushed her along could not be stopped that easily. And even if she could, all she would managed was to run up on him and meet the same end that if she hadn’t. As such, his two-handed swing would actually hit her over her shoulder, in roughly the same area she had hit him.
Like Tatsuya, Angel possessed an incredible tough and durable body, the magnitude of which he was just now going to witness. Crystal and Tsubasa had made sure to engineer her body in such a powerful and durable fashion as to endure some of the harshest of physical punishments. And while that area wasn’t covered with the anti hierro items like her boots and gloves, it was incredibly resilient nonetheless. Still, she was dealing with an extremely powerful opponent that was very well acquainted with the blade and how to use it. Coming unscathed after being hit was nowhere near the probability readings she had scanned at the moment. Instead, as she was pushed back on her feet several feet, the two would be able to notice the rather jarring outcome. The cut had indeed been made, roughly of about four to five inches down her shoulder. It was both a testament to Tatsuya’s power and Angel’s resilience, as both had likely expected their power and resilience to had done more respectively. “That was Kendo. I can’t say I should be surprised, but I am. Nicely done.”
As she said this, a strange glowing green liquid leaked out from the cut, almost as if it was her blood. For anyone else, the pain from such an injury would have the crawling on the floor, crying and screaming for the agonizing torture to end. But to the Doll, she only seemed surprised to see it, almost as if she hadn’t noticed it had it not been for the liquid she felt running down her body. It would take a little bit, but it looked as though the outside of her shell closed up and healed, with time, almost as if the strange liquid was responsible for it; and it was. Thanks to Crystal and Tsubasa’s work, they had been able to replicate the sort of mending drug the likes of Mayuri had created centuries ago. “That’s fine. Let us go to an area where you’re more comfortable. However, my blades don’t have abilities of their own, may I supplement them with reishi when we resume?”
She had a point. Angel possessed many blades of different kinds, but neither had a real ability like zanpakuto did. Instead she relied on effects from her reishi spells or kido to supplement her swords or fists and their use. The Doll was curious as to which location Tatsuya would pick, but she was patient. She could only guess it would be an area much further away from civilization, as to avoid potential life loss. It was likely an area that was rather open and large, as to allow them to let loose without feeling constrained. As she waited however, the girl would dematerialize her two swords once more, and create single one, much different than the rest. It seemed as though she wanted to try a different strategy when they resumed, and this one would do nicely for the time being.