Volume 1, Chapter 3 - Leonardo vs Intravenous, Part 1
Chapter 3 - Leonardo vs Intravenous, Part 1
The door closed behind me pretty loud, I hope it didn’t spook Mori…
Poor kid, not only does he have to deal with all of this, but I can’t even protect him from a single scratch!
“Oy, you look pretty distracted Leonardo. We’re gonna begin our fight soon, you’d probably be off if you cleared your mind. Well, not that it matte--”
“Stop saying that name,” I said quietly.
“Hah? Could you repeat that for me, Leonardo?”
I know he heard me the first time.
“Stop saying that name, my name which is Leonardo. Don’t say my last name either. Every time my name comes out of your mouth I feel like I want to throw up, and then wonder how such horrendous garbage gained the ability to speak,” I said, only slightly louder.
His expression changed from his cool demeanor to a serious glare, just like before. His true colors were showing.
“Hmm? Okay, okay, I got it. Boy, it’s gonna be fun killing you. Before, I was only going to let you die quickly and easily. The situation has changed now, 51. After I’m done with your body, it’ll look like a pincushion”
51. It all clicked in one moment. So that’s what the marks on his cape meant, huh?
“You are correct, the situation has definitely changed. This time around, I might actually have to kill you,” I confidently replied.
A strong bluff on my part.
“A man who fears bloodshed and death is weak. If you cannot face that truth, then you’ve already lost, 51. We were speaking of names earlier, correct? Then let me introduce myself. I am Intravenous, one of the organization’s best assassins with 50 kills in one month, and the man who will tear you to shreds. Now then, on the count of three, one, two…”
I’m going to make him move first in order to confirm my hypothesis. Time to brace for his attack!
I quickly check my surroundings and focus back on Intravenous. He didn’t move at all since we started talking.
“You haven’t realized it yet, have you, 51?”
What? Wait, has he---
“The attack on you has already begun! Slash!”
At that moment, two long cuts appeared on my arms. It was so fast that I didn’t even feel any pain for the first few seconds, and there was no trace of an attack. The blood was on the floor next to me, and the pain began to set in slightly.
“Oh don’t worry, those first few cuts won’t be too painful. But soon, you’re gonna be begging for mercy after being hit dozens of times. You’ll have no clue as to what’s going on, and you slowly accept your fate as you begin to doubt your own senses. What a great way to die!”
So that’s how it is.
“Hahahahahahhaahhahahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahahahahhahahhahaha….that really is interesting...hahahahahahahahahaha,”
“Oy, 51. Have you already gone mad? I haven’t even gotten to the real torture yet, how boring,” he said with a disappointed look.
“Your ability, what a horrendous ability indeed. I wouldn't wish a Machina like this on my worst enemy.”
“My ability? Tricks won’t work on me, Leo. If you’re trying to fool me to escape, you should remember what I told y--”
I rose up like the sun in the east on a new, bright, summer day.
“Blood. It's blood. Your Machina ability, allows you to freely manipulate the blood of other people! Back when you attacked Mori, the cut went through a bandage he had put on earlier, and the wound was still visible and bleeding, in other words, it was an open wound. He was probably too rough and kept cutting the same spot throughout the day doing some task. When you attacked me just now, you hit my arms, and there was blood on the floor.”
“The wound I had was not deep enough for such a pool of blood on the floor. Meaning the blood wasn’t mine. If it wasn’t my blood, then whose blood was it? Guess who was next to me when your attack began. One of your henchmen, brutally slashed with blood pools around him!”
Now that I’m saying this out loud, I’m starting to feel even more disgusted.
“You used the blood of your own henchman to slash my arms quickly, and the reason you talked to me before for a while before the fight was to move the blood closer to me without me noticing!” I finally said before stopping to catch my breath.
“Very, very interesting. This is the first time one of my targets has figured out my Machina ability. Thanks for telling me all that, I’ll put that info to good use!”
I felt a chill go down my spine as he looked at me with the strongest killing intent I had ever witnessed.
“ You know my ability, 51. And what of it! You’ve already put yourself in a terrible situation in order to figure that out! I can use the open wounds on your arms to take out your blood! In fact, I think I’ll turn the blood into long strands, and make them slash and strike you until your corpse is unrecognizable! What do you think of that, 51!”
Well, he has a point. Honestly, the things I do to make sure I’m right.
“Take this! Bloodied Chain Whips!”
But just as I made quite the blunder, he hasn’t realized his biggest mistake.
That he decided to fight someone like me.