[OOC: Lots of us are getting flashbacks lately, eh?]
The cart ws finally loaded, and Rin hopped on the first horse-cart as
it made it's way back to Jiro's shop. For a second, he was lost in
thought, wondering if his life woudl have been all that different had
he stayed in the village; had not decided to find Sayaka.
*Urawa...* he thought, as the horse-cart pulled the load back to the
It was a typhoon day. The rain, wind, and angry howling kept most
sensible people indoors. Rin had chosen it as the day of his leaving
for many reasons; it made it hard to trace his trail, it was hard to
see through the rain, and that only the reckless--or suicidal would
dare go after him.
He had made a great distance when they found him missing.
Rin should have expected Urawa to be the one to first catch up to
him. In the clearing, where he caught his breath, he found the giant
of a man waiting.
"Where do you think YOU'RE going, little boy?" Urawa sneered. He had
always been there, older and stronger than any other in the village--
he liked to call Rin 'boy', as the elders and adults had. Also, he
was the only son of one of the elders. It showed how little respect
he had for anyone not of his stature, the way he lorded over all.
The "Mountain" as Urawa was called; he stood seven feet tall at the
age of nineteen; Rin at seventeen was a waif by comparison.
But appearances make not a man.
"I'm leaving," Rin replied, standing firm. "Nobody in the village
wants me around anyway; why won't you let me go?"
"HA!" Urawa flexed his mighty muscles. "Whatever father says is law.
And besides, we need someone to chop the firewood and fetch the
water. Important work--training to become the best assassins in the
world--cannot be interrrupted."
"I don't want anything to do with your your 'work'," Rin then steeled
himself. It was the promise he and Sayaka made as children. *We won't
follow what the adults say!* He kept his promise and oath clean. "I
don't care about the village's quest to teachers of the best of all
"You're just a cowardly waterboy!" Urawa laughed, shaking the forest
in spite of the loud rain and boom of thunder. "You'll never
understand the purity of soul required by the killing art forms! All
you're good for is carryign water!"
"Go get your own water," Rin answered. For a moment, he relished the
surprised look on Urawa's face--Rin had never talked back to anyone
before, much less Urawa the Mountain. The voice drew to a low
growl. "Walk away, Urawa. You don't want to stop me."
"THREATEN ME?" Urawa howled. He'd beaten Rin into the ground before;
the style of Bak Mei did not seem all that powerful to him. Oh, he'd
heard that Kazuki and Rin had sparred a few times, but he seriously
doubted the waterboy would pose a threat. "For that, I'll break you
in half, boy!"
Urawa took the first swing.
Rin met it, the rainwater aiding him as the fist slid past his arm.
The Mountain continued his attack, flurry after flurry of kicks and
punches. For a moment, he decided the waterboy was lucky, being able
to absorb his strikes.
Until Urawa realized that he wasn't connecting.
Soft, almost gentle hand movements give tiny pushes--small, almost
ignorable ones--but neough to throw his punches' aim off-course. Not
a single blow could land; not a single grapple achieved its goal. The
waterboy was parrying all of them--with no effort at all.
*This isn't right,* Urawa gaped. He had beaten the boy to a pulp
numerous times before...But never once did Rin fight back. As the
giant pressed his attack, his confusion grew. *Why did he never fight
That was when he missed his next, fast front kick--and at the same
moment he realized it, Rin had an opening toward Urawa's right flank.
The six hand movements of Bak Mei: Biu, Tsium, Tan, Fa, Tung, and
Chuk were simple and. But the number of combinations they could be
used in an attack or defense were beyond that of the stars in the sky.
A 'Fa' technique softly drew his leg out, pulling him off-balance.
Natural reflexes took over, and Urawa found himself floundering to
regain balance. As he did, he heard a wet SNAP.
A "Tsuim' technique, a hammerlike downward blow of great fierceness,
was brought down on the weakest part of Urawa's exposed leg--the
knee. The bigger man stared in disbelief--it wasn't pure strength
that broke his right leg, but leverage.
Leverage that Rin used to his advantage.
Letting go of the broken leg, Rin then went for the finishing move.
It was just a split-second, drawing back for the blow, but as Urawa
teetered, he knew he couldn't avoid it.
A solid Chuk slammed into his center of gravity, and to the big man's
surprise, it sent him flying...
...Into the nearest tree trunk. What few bones he still had intact
were broken on impact.
Urawa flopped to the rain-drenched floor like a wet rag doll, as he
felt his other leg snap in the fall.
"You..." he gasped, more of disbelief than anything. The pain only
reached him now; the movements were so fast that his mind did not
have time to register the pain from the broken limbs. "Kill me...You
must finish this!"
"No, " Rin muttered, looking down coldly at Urawa. "I swore not to
"COWARD!!!" Urawa screamed. Then, tears ran down his eyes, of pain
and of shame. "I won't go back to the village beaten by you. Not as
pathetically as this. Not by the waterboy! Kill me and be doen with
For a second, Rin paused. But he shook his head.
"I have no right to take a life, Urawa. Neither do you," Rin turned,
walking away in the rain. They would find Urawa, and would be too
concerned with bringing him back than to continue the search. He was,
for the moment, free to run. "You should think about that, now that
you can't even protect yourself. Tell them not to look for me
Rin paused, and shot Urawa one last cruel glance.
"You know, you don't need legs to carry water."
He disappeared in the rain, leaving Urawa to sob like a child. It was
made even worse, knowing that Rin had not left him there out of any
sense of pity.
The stronger ruled over the weaker, and in that humiliating moment,
Urawa knew he was weak.
As the cart moved on, Rin wondered if it were more cruel to have let
Urawa live instead.
[OOC: For you people who think Rin's just a big