Maybe Yoshitsune did dial it up mor than just one notch…
At first it did seem pretty good. Hanako could clearly see him when she attacked, up until he vanished in a cloud of dust. Did she really get him this time? Was he unable to move because of…
A rush of air behind her. A tap on her side. At first she expected to feel a cutting sensation, a scratch like the ones she inflicted upon Yoshitsune. But it was just the flat side of the sword, it seemed.
Hanako yanked at the chain and whirled around to bring her armored left arm up. Well...she tried to.
Bakumusha came flying towards her but as she caught it she found that her movement to face Yoshitsune was far less elastic and quick as she would have liked. Also, lifting her arm suddenly became something she noticed. She felt suddenly slow. Slow and heavy.
Hanako was not a light and small girl. She knew that. In the past she had been just tall and not much else. But her extensive training for almost a decade now had made her big, hard and heavy. She didn't actually know her own weight, but given her height 200 pounds would probably be conservative. And although most of her weight were nice and proportional muscles, that helped her carry that body around like it was nothing, she noticed when something was added. And a lot had been added.
Hanako began panting and felt the strain in her kegs, but she kept standing. It would be difficult to continue fighting but what would all that training and her strength be good for if she couldn't even support her own body with a few pounds extra.
She held her left arm before her body, like a shield, and her sword in her right hand, pointed at Yoshitsune. What should she do now? The gap in speed did just become a whole lot wider.'Use... ability?'
said there a deep voice inside her head.
'No, I don't want to use it on a friend. It doesn't feel right.' she thought back.'...honorable.'
answered the voice and fell silent again.
"So...Bakumusha suggested I should use his ability...his true ability against you." She said aloud.
"But I won't. I can't. I know now what it is and it isn't something you use on a friend. So I guess this will have to go the hard way."
With a visible effort she raised her right arm above her head and began swinging Bakunusha in a circle above her head. Faster and faster with small, sparing movements of her wrist. At first it was only a small circle, but then she lengthened the chain and created a five meter zone around her that would be hard to enter without getting hit by either the whirling sword, or the chain it was attached to.
Slowly she began creeping forward towards Yoshitsune, foot after foot. At the same time she began concentrating her energies, ready to fire a crescent blade of energy at any time, which manifested in a thin but bright flow around her skin.
Coding Altered From: [The Frost]