|Crazy Fourth Son|
|Season 1, Episode 9|
|Air date||June 26, 2015|
|Strike Away, Akabane||Frog's Secret: The Multitype's Revelation|
Crazy Fourth Son is the 9th chapter of season 1, and 9th in the overall series.
Since meeting that boy, Weed had been thinking over on what kind of connection he felt. That had to wait though, as word of a pack leader, Kyoshiro Shirogane, was brought to Ohu attention. Time to go on a new trip.
That night was a bit quieter than it had been before. Back at home, Nagisa put Ren down on his couch so she could better handle herself. The hit she took from Giratina may not be a fatal blow, but Ren was still very sore in her torso, a huge grey bruise indented on her stomach. Nagisa was a bit worried for Ren, but was also scared over Giratina. Far as he knew, Ren was the strongest person he ever met, easily able to lift him over her head one-handed with little effort. And yet Giratina could cripple her with one blast? That's a pretty scary thought. Ren was a bit surprised too -though not showing it in her face. Not many things can ever knock her off her feet, and have that much of an effect from just one attack. Ren just laid on the couch, trying not to strain her stomach, as Nagisa stood next to her.
"Can I get you anything, Ren?" Nagisa asked after a bit. Ren looked up at Nagisa, hands over her bruise.
"Water please?" Nagisa nodded and went to the sink, getting Ren a cup of water. After a little bit, Nagisa sat down next to her, giving her the cup. Ren took a small sip of it.
"How're you feeling?" Nagisa asked. The girl just sighed.
"Sore. Very sore." Ren groaned again as her hands stayed on her stomach, trying to ease the tense pain in her skin. While Nagisa was watching her over, there was suddenly a knock at the door. A quick check, and it showed that Twilight had showed up.
"Hi, Nagisa, everything alright? I came soon as I heard."
"In a way, but Ren got hurt rather badly." Twilight was brought to Ren, who was still in a bit of pain. Twilight looked right to the hit bruise.
"Oh my, Ren what happened?!"
"It's alright... Just took a hit as all. I should be better soon... I hope." Another grown escaped her mouth, hands gripping the injury. Twilight and Nagisa glanced to each other before Twilight spoke again. Even if the hit was temporary, Ren was in rough shape.
"Should you check up on that?"
Ren looked to Twilight with confusion, head tilted.
"You know, medical attention?"
That didn't help...
"She means get healed, Ren."
"Oh. It isn't that big, I should be better in a couple of days, a week at most."
"Oh... If you're so sure..."
As if on cue, Ren's stomach growled a little bit. As if sureness wasn't bad enough, now she got hungry. Nagisa and Twilight both noticed her hungry stomach.
"Okay then. Say, Twilight, wanna help me out?" Nagisa asked. Twilight gave a nod in agreement, and the two went off to the kitchen, as Ren just laid there. While they were busy, Ren took the moment to look outside, seeing the slither of sun pass the concrete buildings. She'd much prefer her life back in Ohu, but if this is how humans lived, she had to get used to it... Even so, that didn't mean she didn't miss them...
"Smith-sama... Am I doing okay?..."
As the moon began to show into the clear night sky, miles away from the civilization, that very dog was looking up at the same sky. From the now monster-free Gaijou, Smith laid comfortably on one of its many rocks, thinking about his decision on Ren. The old dog was pretty preoccupied with his thoughts, until a familiar blue dog soon joined him on the ledge.
"Oh. Weed, can't sleep either, Huh?" Smith asked, seeing the pup walk over to him.
"Yeah. Can I Uh..."
"Go right ahead."
Weed walked over to Smith, and laid down next to him. At first both of them were a bit silent, looking up at the moon.
"...So, it's been quiet since Jerome left, huh?" Weed said eventually.
"Yeah, dog ran off minutes after that alien left. Wonder where he is?" Smith looked to Weed for a second, seeing the blue dog looking up to the moon again...
"So, what eating you?"
"...Smith-San, I...I've been thinking for a bit and... Well... Remember that human that came to Gaijou?"
"Which one? The red devil or the blue angel?" Smith joked. However, Weed just sighed.
"Actually, the blue one. Nagisa I think he calls himself... I don't know it's just... Something's different with him."
"Is that so? I did sense something different in that child. An aura no normal human can hold... Is there something troubling you about him?"
"What no no, it's just... Just..."
"Just what, Weed?"
"Well... You know what, forget it. Say, why are you out here?" Smith knew Weed was just dodging the question, but he let him do such.
"I'm just thinking on Ren, as all. It's been weeks since she left, I'm just wondering how she's doing."
That answer made the conversation stop, as Weed and Smith just looked back up into the sky again. As they were doing so, another dog soon showed up, this time Weed's friend.
"Oh, hi GB," Smith said, getting back up upon seeing the english setter.
"What're you two doing out here?"
"Just thinking, GB. Actually, I'm just about to head in. Weed, you coming?"
"Oh, just give me a few minutes, Smith, I'll be in soon," Weed implied, as GB and Smith started to go back into Gaijou, as Weed remained on his rock, looking back up into the sky. His mind kept thinking over about that boy for a good twenty minutes, and what exactly he was feeling when he first saw Nagisa. What was that feeling he felt? A connection perhaps?...
"What was with that Human?..."
Before Weed could comprehend anything else, his ears began to pick up something else within the forest nearby Gaijou. It started out very faint, but soon began to sound very rough, like something was struggling to move. Weed began to look around, ears erect and alert until he noticed something slowly walk out of the shadows. It was another dog, some mutt, but what got Weed's attention was how mortally damaged he looked! He looked very weak, and upon seeing Weed, he collapsed in the pool of blood. Shocked, Weed immediately ran over to his aid.
"Oh my god, what happened to you?" Weed asked urgently, as the dog looked up at him.
Gin? Weed knew that this dog was that far gone, so all he could do was nod.
"South...attack south. Kyoshiro Shirogane. Please, you have to help..."
Weed didn't have any true clue on who this Kyoshiro Shirogane canine was, never mind where he was. Weed thought for a little bit but before he could say anything, the dog gave a deep sigh, and no longer reacted. Weed had just saw a dog die right in front of him. He didn't know what to think, but for what he could see, this Kyoshiro sounds like a very dangerous dog to confront.
Weed didn't come back inside until an hour later, but didn't say anything about the dead dog until that morning, telling it right out to Smith.
"That's right." Weed awaited for an answer as the others discussed a bit on the situation. For the time being, Smith took the moment to think it over until eventually he got up.
"Well, Weed, what do you think?"
"Weed, you're calling the shots now. So? What's it gonna be?" Smith asked. Weed took a step back in worry, that's his first time at being the leader, so this wasn't really something he was used to. The others looked over to him, some unsure, some willing to listen. Weed thought for a little bit, though a bit foggy on the matter. On one paw, he couldn't bother and stay out of trouble. But on the other paw...
"Alright. Let's go find Kyoshiro."
GB and Mel were shocked to hear such a quick decision, as Smith smiled at him.
"That's what I'd like to hear. Oh, and don't worry about Gaijou while you're gone, I'll keep it safe."
"You sure Smith-sama?" Kagetora asked.
"Course I am. What's worse: an old dog going to fight a killer, or an old dog guarding home?"
"Good point." Ken and Kagetora said in unison. GB and Mel went over to Weeds side.
"Hey Weed, you sure about this?" GB asked.
"It's worth a shot. If I am what Ohu needs, I might as well. Besides, how bad can it be?" GB immediately felt a lump in his throat upon that question: one that immediately jinxes whoever says it. Still, Weed seemed determined to get going.
Seemed the army's going places.
For the days to follow, Ken, Kagetora, GB, Mel and Weed went right off south as told, leaving Smith alone at Gaijou for protection. All Weed knew was go south, which is exactly what he did. Throughout the whole time, Weed had his mind more on that Nagisa. Weed heard of the idea that pets can resemble their master after a while, but this was too deep for it to be normal. Besides, Weed and Nagisa never met before, yet Nagisa might as well be Weed humanized, of all things!
After running for days on end, the Ohu group finally stopped for a bit to rest up. Good thing too, the group appeared very tired by that point. In fact, Mel was tired to the point of collapsing on the ground after stopping.
"Oy, Mel, you alright?" Ken asked. Mel just nodded as he laid there. Kagetora went over to Weed and GB. GB was trying to stay standing while Weed laid on a nearby tree.
"Weed, GB. You two handle hunting."
"Ohu rule, newbies are in charge of hunting, no exceptions."
"Screw that! We're nearly collapsing here," GB snapped. Ken and Kagetora weren't phased by GBs yelling. Weed looked to them.
"Ken, Kagetora, with much respect, I think you better do it. We've been running for days strait, they don't have the energy. You two are the only ones who have the energy. Please you two."
Ken and Kagetora looked around at the others, who were already asleep by that time. Weed too looked deeply exhausted, so he couldn't do it. Looked like it was just up to Ken and Kagetora for the hunting. The two just sighed, and as Ken began going, Kagetora looked back to them.
"We'll be back soon pups."
The duo went off ahead for a good while, going further into the forest. So far though, there wasn't very much luck when it came to exact hunting...by luck, that meant about nothing since leaving. No rabbit, no squirrel-not even a few birds. Ken worked off one side of the hunting while Kagetora tagged along behind. Truly though, they wished that one of the others would've went out instead of them.
"Nah, I got nothing. Try over there."
Kagetora sighed, and moved over to some bushes to find some sort of food. It was rather odd that there was literally nothing around the forest. Sure, no rabbit or squirrel he can understand, but no birds? Those are universal, aren't they? Regardless, there's no exact way to argue on it by that point. Still, it was a pain in Kagetora's neck all the same. Without much word, the Kai Ken went off and looked inside the bushes. At first he found nothing, but something then suddenly made contact with his nose. Rising up along with the other, Kagetora soon found out that the object in question was the snout belonging to another dog! The other dog in question was pure white, yet had scars all over it.
"Gotta problem, bitch?" The dog snarled in anger upon seeing Kagetora, the Kai Ken jumping back in surprise. Ken didn't exactly notice it just yet, looking in the opposite direction.
"Kagetora, did you find anything?" Ken asked. Kagetora backed up a bit until he was at Ken's side, not answering him right away. The dog still snarled, but not enough for Ken to hear.
"Kage, I said did you -" Kagetora silenced him by turning his head so he could see the angry scarred dog.
"Who are you two, thought I got rid of the other packs round here," he snorted. Obviously the dog's responsible for the attacks just from that statement. Ken and Kagetora glanced at each other first before saying anything.
"You got rid of them?"
"No shit, you see any other dogs around here?"
"Uh...and you are?"
The dog's face turn from anger to smug, as a smile was put on his face.
"Kyoshiro, Kyoshiro Shirogane."
"Uh right, we've been looking for you."
"Oh have you?"
Before Ken and Kagetora could say anything, they suddenly caught wind of more activity around them. At first it started out small, but soon began to grow and grow. The activity was from Kyoshiro's pack, multiple dogs suddenly appearing around them! The Great Dane and Kai Ken stood their ground, but they didn't seem to be in any good position. The fact that most of them seemed chuckling didn't help either.
"Then maybe you two dumbasses shouldn't wander alone, eh?"
Ken and Kagetora turned to Kyoshiro with worry, as the Kishu looked on with a smug grin. He knew they were owned from the start.
"You know who I am, you should know about my strength. It's a bit hard to fight against an entire pack, isn't it?" Kyoshiro turned to one of his pack members, a German shepherd-like dog.
"Oy, Rick, get a group out and look for the others! I got these two."
Hours had past, the sun shifting in the sky. Mel, GB and Weed were still awaiting for the return of Ken and Kagetora, rather lazily to be exact. GB was laying by one of the trees, as Mel say nearby. It was Weed who began to feel a bit worried about Ken and Kagetora, realizing how long they've been gone. It shouldn't take this long just to find some food.
"What's wrong, Weed?" Mel asked after a bit.
"Those two had been out for a long time. I dunno, maybe we should check on them."
"Weed, hunting's not quick. I'm sure they'll be back in a bit," GB assured. Still, Weed wasn't as sure on it. However, as if on cue, the three suddenly heard something coming their way, all of them getting up as its footsteps could be heard. Before they knew it, a huge group of blurred shapes rushed around them, surrounding them in under a minute! GB and Mel were scared, yet Weed was more surprised by the sudden encounter.
"W-what the hell?!"
"Who are you guys?!"
Eventually, one of the dogs, Rick, stepped forward to confront them all, still snarling.
"You there, why are you in our turf?" He asked.
"Couldn't help but say why yourselves," GB stuttered, as Weed tried to remain calm to the pack itself.
"We're not here for a fight, sir, we're here looking for someone."
Another, female dog, then spoke from the crowd.
"Looking for trouble you mean? You and your bitches over there got no right here!"
"We're not here for trouble, and they're not my bitches. My name is Weed, pack leader. We're from Ohu, and we've been informed of attacks happening around here."
"Damn Weed, tell them your birthday while you're at it," Mel thought, looking at Weed with a blank expression. Another dog spoke up from the crowd.
"Ohu? No way you shits are from there!"
"Well we are! Had any of you heard of anyone named Kyoshiro Shirogane? I want to talk to him about the attacks." One of the dogs was about to snap again, but Rick stopped him, getting an idea in his head.
"You wanna talk to Kyoshiro, don't you? Well, follow us, and we'll show ya," Rick insisted, starting to move away. Weed, GB and Mel all were slightly unsure, the soon the other dogs forced them along instead. Not exactly the best way to find someone, but a way none the less.
After a little bit, Weed, GB, and Mel all ended up walking to the main area. The trio was starting to get a bit troubled from seeing the other pack members around them, all ready to attack them at the slightest provocation. The three kept in line for a while more until, eventually, they found out where Ken and Kagetora had ended up: tied up on the ground. Some of the dogs around them didn't notice at first until Rick went over to the crowd. Ken and Kagetora were tied down with rope on their paws, unable to move.
"Hey Weed, welcome to the party," Kagetora said sarcastically.
"You guys ok?" Mel asked.
"We're tied up and in the dirt, what do you think?"
"I doubt they do," a voice suddenly replied. The Ohu dogs looked around for a bit, eventually catching the sight of the one responsible. The other dogs moved aside to let him through. The scarred Kishu, Kyoshiro, moved right over to them with no fear. The sight of the young leader was something new, but not too far off.
"Correct, mutt. Perhaps some answers would be nice too."
"Kyoshiro, the pack had heard about some attacks happening in the local area, that true?" However, when Weed looked back, Rick was whispering something to Kyoshiro, distracting the Kishu from Weed's words. After a bit, Kyoshiro looked to Weed again.
"So you're from Ohu? Now that Alone is a bunch of bullshit, but now you go on as their boss?"
"Hey, we are, why's that so hard to believe?!" Mel snapped. Kyoshiro's expression of smug turned to annoyance upon the question.
"You shitting me? Ohu is full of strong, powerful adults from all across Japan, and beyond even that. And the pack they sent to me is you? How does that make any sense?"
"...Point made," GB said after a bit. Weed tried to keep professional.
"Kyoshiro listen to me, I demand some explanation behind these attacks! I know you don't think so, but we really are -"
"Shut it! How about you explain to me exactly why you don't got over twenty dogs with you? If you are really from Ohu, I think they'd send more troops."
"We didn't have that many to work with, you know!"
"Oh yeah? Then tell me what happened to you before getting here eh? Perhaps how you're heroics would be enough to spare you," Kyoshiro insisted, waiting to see what answer these mutts have to come up with. Weed, GB and Mel were a bit unsure about that kind of question, nor how to say it exactly. Ken and Kagetora couldn't help, being pinned down as it is.
"Uh, you mean when we became apart of Ohu, or what we've done or -"
"Whatever works for you, and maybe some explanation on lack of dogs." With GB and Mel behind him, Weed cleared his throat and began.
"It was a few months ago when me and my friends found Ohu. We were guided there by an Ohu veteran, named Smith, who insisted I'd go back to Ohu as apart of my father's legacy. When we arrived though, a horrific beast had taken control over Gaijou, named Kaibutsu. Kaibutsu fought against what remained of the Ohu soldiers, almost wiping them out completely. We found him inside Gaijou, along with some human hunters and together, took charge and fought against him again. The battle lasted for a while, until another almighty creature soon appeared, finishing him off for our side. Honored, we took back Gaijou. And that's our story."
...silence. Nothing but silence amongst Kyoshiro's pack members as they all just stared at Weed. At first, Weed felt like he convinced them with his story... But then, the silent forest suddenly bursted out with the entire pack laughing like crazy! It was to the point where some dogs even fell over laughing, as the mocking passed around.
"HAHAHA what kind of bullshit was that?! HAHAHA"
"Did you rehearse that?! BWAHAHAHA!"
"But it's true, really it is!" GB yelled.
"Okay, humor me, what does this 'thing' that stopped this monster look like?" Kyoshiro managed to ask between laughing.
"Oh. Well he looked nine feet tall, yellow, tons of tentacles and wore some teacher school uniform I think."
That just resulted in more laughing from whoever heard it in Kyoshiro's pack. Kyoshiro was laughing so hard, he too was on the ground laughing. GB, Mel, and Weed had got nothing by that point. While the pack laughed their heads off, Ken and Kagetora tried to get themselves out of their restraints. Ken got out of his first, gnawing on his front straps, then his back straps before getting up.
"SHUT THE HELL UP!!" Ken screamed, his voice so loud it overpowered all the laughing in the pack. Those closest to him stopped immediately, turning to him with a jump. Ken ran at Kyoshiro, ramming him off his feet! Weed and Mel stepped back as Kyoshiro landed.
"That story is true, damnit! My whole platoon was whipped out, and you're just gonna sit there and laugh?!" Ken yelled. Kagetora got out of his restraints and soon joined in.
"Yeah, hundreds of lives were lost in that battle, and here you are laughing at their deaths! What kind of screwed-up pup are you?!"
Kyoshiro began to grow into rage, getting up into his four paws again. The Kishu snarled at them both, but before he could charge at them, Weed jumped in the way.
"Get out of the way!"
"No, I'm not gonna stand by and watch you kill my friends!"
Kyoshiro growled some more, but then thought over the options to Weed's bravery. Kyoshiro could see that Weed was rather willing to fight him, so Kyoshiro gave the akita a grin.
"...K, you wanted to see me, right? How about I make you a deal?"
"A deal?" Weed wondered.
"Right. You and me duke it out right here, one on one, no one else is to involve in the fight. Whoever is left standing wins. If I win, then you all have to leave."
Weed can already feel himself getting a bit worried over the fighting idea.
"And if I win, Kyoshiro?"
"...Alright. If I win, then you have to let every pack member you force out back home. And promise me you won't drive them out again."
Kyoshiro then looked upset, Weed have him two different ends, thus putting odds against him! The Kishu was not gonna handle that kind of deal!
"Hold it dipshit, that's two! As such, I get an extra!"
"Ok ok, and the other deal?"
That's when Kyoshiro got his plan going. Sure, he has his doubts over this mutt being in the Ohu army, let alone the leader. But, if this pup really is the Soudaishou as he claimed to be, then Kyoshiro can end up in the lap of luxury...
"Well, in tradition, if one leader is defeated, then the territory belongs to the victor... So, to put it simply... If I win, I'll get Ohu for myself. As a bonus, if I loose, I'll just leave. Deal?"
Ken, Kagetora, GB, Mel and Weed were simply shocked beyond belief; Kyoshiro wanting Ohu?! To think, this started off so small and suddenly became the risk of a lifetime, and all for what?! Weed thought for a minute or so on the matter at paw, and quickly got the obvious answer.
"NO DEAL, I didn't come here to give up Ohu!"
"I know you're not, but that's what's gonna happen anyway. Besides, if you are the Ohu leader, then you wouldn't want your record to include chickening out on a duel."
"I'm not afraid to fight, Kyoshiro."
"Then come at me bitch."
Still nothing triggered any reflexes. In fact, Weed turned away from Kyoshiro.
"I'm not putting Ohu in that kind of risk, thank you."
"Why not, scared?"
"No, I have sympathy and common sense!"
Kyoshiro didn't like where this was going, that stubborn pup won't fight him, yet he showed up for no apparent reason. However, the Kishu knew what buttons to push and at what time...
"Damn pup. What did your dumbass parents teach you when you were little?"
Weed stopped, not turning to him. GB and Mel were a bit more worried on the situation by that point. Weed himself just stood there, eyes casted down to the ground.
"You heard me! What's wrong, mom and pop spoil you? Whoever taught you the ways of the world needs their brains checked. This world ain't no goddamn fantasy, it's real -"
"QUIET!" Weed yelled finally, getting Kyoshiro to shut up. Mel and GB rushed to Weed's side in worry.
"Weed, don't let him get to you!" Mel begged.
"He's just looking for kicks!" Added GB. But Weed seemingly didn't hear them as he started walking back to Kyoshiro, not looking at him directly...
"...What do you know about my parents?... Take that back. Now..."
Weed looked to Kyoshiro in the eyes, the Kishu seeing anger in them.
Just what he wanted.
Weed began his strike first, though Kyoshiro dodged him with little effort. The Akita was simply blinded with rage by that point, as he tried over and over again to attack the Kishu in front of him. Some of the pack tried to keep their distance from the tussle, the Ohu soldiers included. They would fight, but they also remembered Kyoshiro was still handling his deal with the Ohu army, evident in the pack not helping him at any point in the fight. Speaking of that deal, Kagetora thought a bit more on this 'deal' of his. While watching, Kagetora nudged Ken to get his attention.
"Hey guys, this fight ain't fair."
"Ain't fair, how do you mean?" Mel asked.
"That deal they made. Think about it: what did Weed ask for?"
"Him to let the other packs back and stop his violence?" Ken wondered.
"Good, and Kyoshiro?"
"He asked for Gaijou basically," Mel answered
"And for us to get the hell out, what's the point?"
"That's just it. If he wins, he gets Gaijou for himself, but if he looses and just leaves, there's no precautions."
"What're you talking about, Weed said he has to -"
"He doesn't have to do a damn thing expect go away, that's the problem! No matter who wins, Kyoshiro made that last-second loop hole so he won't end up punished. And even if we leave, he can just come back whenever he wants to." They all realized that he was right. If they win, then go back to Gaijou, Kyoshiro can easily come back do the exact same thing, and if he wins, Gaijou won't even be a home for them! They looked back to the fight, Kyoshiro having the upper hand on Weed by that point. Weed tried fighting back, but Kyoshiro had got a grip on Weed's back foot, and throwing him into one of the trees. Weed didn't even have time to regain himself, before Kyoshiro began his own tactic: he turned around and started digging like mad, the dirt and gravel bellow hitting Weed directly in the face. The rock pummeling lasted for a full minute, Kyoshiro finding a larger rock in the ground. In one swing, Kyoshiro knocked the rock right between Weed's eyes, knocking him out momentarily. Mel couldn't take it anymore, after seeing his friend fall in the dirt, the golden retriever rushed blindly to his friend, standing between him and Kyoshiro!
"That's enough, leave him alone!" Mel demanded, snarling at Kyoshiro. Ken, Kagetora, and GB rushed over as well.
"Hey, outta the way, No one else involve in the fight!"
"You've done enough, this fight's over," Ken announced, as GB picked Weed up, who was still knocked out. Kyoshiro tried to get the pup again, but Kagetora jumped at him, slicing his left cheek! The cut added another scar to his damaged face as the Ohu army left.
"GET BACK HERE! What about our deal?!"
"He didn't accept any deal, we're keeping Gaijou and Weed. We're not dealing with loopholes anyway," Kagetora said, as he ran off to join the others. Kyoshiro looked in anger but was actually surprised that a they actually caught that.
"Should we go after them?" Rick asked eventually. Kyoshiro thought for a brief moment before answering...
"Hm...You know what, let them go back to Gaijou or whatever. I wanna see if they're the real deal..."