The Ancient Tree Chapter 11
Its time, Crono announced.
The small group was standing in front of the tree the next night, waiting for Kinishi to appear. They had stayed there all day, but nothing had happened.
Hell come. Lucca looked around. I dont see him yet, but it wont be too long now.
Yup, and I see something, Tosha said from the tree he was in. He was staying guard, because he had the best vision. Im not sure its him, but better safe than sorry. Prepare for combat. Tosha stood in the tree, ready to drop down when needed.
Crono stood next to the great tree, Marle next to him. Lucca was hiding in the bushes, nearby. The twins and Glenn were somewhere close by.
Yes, thats him alright! Tosha whispered.
At that moment, Kinishi appeared near the tree Tosha stood in. Tosha jumped out and landed on Kinishi, sword drawn. But Kinishi was quick; he moved away yelling:
You little brats! You wont ever win against me!
Yeah? Well thats what you think! Crono said, charging at Kinishi with his sword. But the evil man simply disappeared, leaving Crono standing there. Kinishi reappeared behind Crono and knocked him out.
Marle took a good shot with her crossbow; the arrow ripped Kinishis sleeve. Lucca and Celia fired their guns, only touching Kinishis arms and legs. Kirin was shooting arrows at him, hitting him occasionally. But Kinishi wasn t tiring, or didnt even seem hurt, even when Glenn sliced his left arm off.
Mwahahahahahaha! You cant kill me with simple weapons, poor people. Do you think I would allow that? No, of course not! His arm grew back.
Okay then! Marle yelled. Lets use some magic. Crono! Lucca! Delta Force!
Marle summoned her ice powers with Crono and Lucca summoning their lightning and fire powers. The three friends formed a triangle and their magic burst out. Kinishi fell to the ground, but got back up quickly.
Magic wont kill me either! Kinishi said. But he sounded a little uncertain.
Glenn, Lucca, Crono and Marle continued their magic spells while Tosha and his sisters attacked. Still Kinishi was standing, almost undamaged.
How in the world will we ever win?! Crono cried when he got knocked to the floor.
Kinishi was starting to use some magic of his own. He cast a spell, probably shadow magic, that knocked everyone to the ground gasping for breath.
Tosha and his sisters stood back awhile; they had never been in a fight before, so it was very tiring for them.
Listen, Tosha said. Celia, Kirin, I dont want you to get hurt.
We already are! Kirin cried. Kinishi maybe didnt hurt us physically, be he did hurt us mentally. He killed our parents, remember! And I wont let him get away! Not this time, Not ever!
Shes right, Tosha, Celia said quietly. Ill fight till the end.
Tosha sighted. Okay, but dont blame it on me if you get hurt. I feel the same way you do, and thats why Im worried. I already lost people I loved, I dont want to lose you, too. He looked around at his new friends battling. We have to find a way to beat the monster. How do we beat it? I dont know. He seems to be full of energy, but he started using magic, which probably means hes not so sure he can win anymore. But there has to be some way to
Lets continue fighting till we find something, Celia said. She and Kirin returned to the battle field and started firing their arrows and bullets again. Tosha too returned to his fighting position.
They battled till they didnt have any more energy. The twins climbed into a tree and stayed there awhile, regaining their forces.
We have to do something! Kirin raged. We cant let that that thing get us. We cant let him be all happy and rule the world. We cant let him destroy the tree. We cant let him kill more and more people. We cant let him live!
Kirin Celia said calmly. I know all that, but we dont have a weapon strong enough. We cant do a thing.
But, Celia Kirins eyes started gleaming with tears. We cant abandon. We cant lose hope She started crying.
Kirin, look at the others. Theyre all beaten up. Nothing can be done. Kinishi is too powerful. Hes going to kill us all. I dont have any hope left.
NO! No you still have hope! Remember what our parents used to say: Even when you think everything is lost, that there is nothing left, dont abandon, dont lose hope. Were not dead yet. We can still do some damage to Kinishi. We cant lose! Weve already lost enough! We cant lose ourselves!
Celia didnt reply. She looked away. Im sorry. She looked at Kirin again, tears streaming down her face. I love you, sis. I always will. The two girls hugged each other and joined their hands.
I love you too, Celia. Crying, they looked at Kinishi. He stopped attacking; so did the others.
Celia and Kirin started glowing. They closed their eyes and said in unison, This is for our parents, for Tosha, and all we love. This is for the people who suffered, who died because of you. The monster you are will die, and leave you as a scared boy to fear all. Kinishi, you wont die, you will suffer for eternity. You will be scared for ever!
The twins shot their hands toward Kinishi, and a bolt of electricity shot out towards him. The monster that had once been a vicious man disappeared, leaving only a long dark blue cape on the ground, wrapped around a shivering, scared little boy.
NO! NO! This cant be! Kinishi, the defenseless boy yelled. Nooooooooooooooooooo! he cried running away through the forest.
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