Kuro blinked, seeing the scars that the man had. Someone, or a lot of someones, had missed their mark. Looks like a lot of sloppy work to me.
The Captain thought to himself, examining them much more closely than most people would probably have been comfortable with.
For Kuro Okami, the question was not one of terrain. He was a Captain of the Stealth Force. He could operate in nearly any conditions, attack under any circumstances. His skill with his particular form of shadow technique was a sight to behold. A sight that Tatsuya seemed eager to see."Understood."
The man who was considerably shorter than Tatsuya replied, putting both hands out in front of himself. There were not many things which could really capture Kuro's attention. However, the sight of a figure willing to undergo pain for what he wanted... that captured the Shinigami's attention.Purpose.
The man had a purpose for what he did, the way that he acted, the pains he was willing to go through. Kuro could not decide if he felt glad or upset over that fact. In truth, he lacked the words to properly describe those feelings. His heart beat in his chest as he looked at Tatsuya, with his full focus.
Kuro developed habits, more out of necessity than purpose. The raw killing intent that Tatsuya's ego was rocked with was a perfect example of one of those habits. Kuro did not do it consciously; but the way his mouth grimaced, his body tilting forwards, his battered and beaten Haori billowing about in the wind.
Tatsuya's thoughts may have been of hope and the future, but the presence of the Shadow Shinigami may have been enough to snap him out of that. Kuro's fingers worked around his blade, unsheathing it with Iaijutsu as he released the handle, tossing the balde up and into the air.
Kuro's hands fell to either side of his body, still looking directly at Tatsuya. Both eyes examined every fiber of the man's being, before finally acquiring his target. He was here to inflict pain. He was not looking to torture. That meant that drilling was out. He then considered a multiple location attack. Maybe something that created scissor-like blows along the man's wrists, lips, and ankles, while dealing the most potent blow directly to his stomach.
That was the option which Kuro would have preferred for such a situation; but he was dealing with a trained individual. Finally, he made a decision.
"Everyone leaves a shadow... Akai no me Kuroi.. Inu."
Kuro's hands both opened, as the sword falling onto his head dispersed, flowing as a dark cloud into his shadow. Out of the shadow, two more clouds appeared, and in both of Kuro's hands now lay a dagger. "...and now..."
Kuro looked upwards towards the sky, crossing both arms over his chest.
The shadows in the area shook, Kuro's own shadow sliding up his legs, covering his entire body. The dark mass continued to build from Kuro's own energy reserves, writhing and struggling to escape his mental control but unable to break free.
At last, Kuro felt it; the shadows beginning to slide back into himself. At that moment, he threw both arms to the side, attempting to perform hoho rapidly. Captured within the high speed movement, the dark energy erupted, black streaks shooting out around Kuro's body like bolts of dark lightning. For several feet around Kuro's body, the ground shattered, as if smacked.
At last, the red color of the star-shaped scar on his forehead came back into view. Standing there, bolts of the dark energy continued trying to escape from Kuro's exposed skin, but appeared to be reined in by something, returning to the man's body each time.
Kuro's lips actually formed into a smile, looking at Tatsuya as he moved his shoulders this way and that, appearing like some huge weight had been taken off of his chest. "I've decided to use both my weapons in the attack. This is the last time I'll ask: are you certain you want to go through with this?"
Kuro's typically dry tone actually seemed to have a bit of... life behind it. Like eagerness. He seemed genuinely happy about Tatsuya's decision, and just wanted to make sure he was still alright with it after seeing the state in which Kuro would be attacking him...