|Samson: Living Hell with Horns|
|Season 2, Episode 8|
|Air date||July 10, 2016|
Samson: Living Hell with Horns is the 8th chapter of season 2, and 20th in the overall series.
The cult leader buffalo, Samson, had finally come to rise, and has taken Karma away, and Hinata as sacrifice! Can they be saved in time, and without Korosensei for help?
"This is more like it."
Resting in the shade of an isolated tree, Korosensei was relaxing the day away with his favorite Hawaiian drink, and lounge chair. Wearing a colorful "loud" shirt, and sun hat, the alien chilled down, taking sips from his drink as he went. Korosensei's time in Africa on his shared trip had been going on quite a ride; starting off nice, and then dealing with a trio of destroyers topped with a demonic spider. Still, things had been taken care of, and he even got a silk blanket to boot - he was using it as a layout for his chair.
"Yeah, it is nice to be away from that school, and that Giratina too," Korosensei monologued, thinking he was alone. However, he chose his words at a bad time ...
"You wish that, eh Koro."
Giratina! The demonic dragon had slipped into the shadows of the same tree while Korosensei was relaxing, and since nothing else was around, it was just him and Koro. Korosensei was stopped cold, jumping to his tentacled feet, and seeing the dragon up in the trees. He looked smaller, about the size of a large dog excluding wings, but he was still there, and Giratina needed to be smaller to avoid the Africa sunlight.
"G-Giratina?! How-How long were you up there?!"
"Long enough," Giratina replied, crawling down from the tree with his six clawed feet. Korosensei didn't know what to say, as Giratina stood upright, growing in size to match Koro's height.
"I'm beginning to question your loyalty, Koro; you've been away from Japan for some time now, and in that time, I've yet to hear any sort of report," Giratina said, his tone almost venomous. Korosensei gulped, pulling on his shirt collar.
"I-I didn't forget you, if that's what you're thinking," Korosensei stuttered.
"Then what reports had you brought for me then, if you're so sure?" Giratina asked. Honestly, Korosensei had nothing to go on. Luckily for him, his mind had quickly gave him a way out. Once he got it together, the alien relaxed, and began.
"Alright, Giratina here's the scoop; the chosen are getting plenty stronger as we speak, sir. I saw both Ren and Weed defeat the Destroyers from the Desert, AND a giant spider from the jungle. I'd say they're getting plenty better." He didn't exactly see what happened with the spider, but when he saw Ren with the head of the spider, that was enough proof for him. Hopefully it was enough for Giratina though. For the demonic dragon, it seemed most of the strength was strictly from Ren and Weed, so the rest shouldn't be too hard. When he mentioned the spider though, Giratina growled.
"Giant spider - one of my demons, then?"
"Yes," Korosensei replied, rather quickly. Giratina considered, and was quiet for a worrying while. Korosensei dare not to run off on the dragon, though with the restrict space, he could easily do so. Eventually though, Giratina stared him right in the eyes. Korosensei was getting a cold sweat, as Giratina moved closer to him. Suddenly, one of his strong claws slammed him in the chest, and pinning him to the tree! The claws dug into Korosensei's chest, stinging him to no end, as the panicked alien struggled in vain to escape.
"Listen to me, and listen good. You are on very thin ice. You do not want me as an enemy, but you seemed to be pushing your luck," Giratina leaning in so he was inches away from the alien's face. "So. I'll give you one chance to prove your worth. It's simple enough for a bitch like you; when my next demon shows to face them. You look the other way. If you so dare as to lift a tentacle to help those blessed bastards again ..."
Giratina made his point painfully clear by raising his dark, spiked wing, and slamming the spikes into Korosensei's side! The hit was extremely painful, but not enough to kill the alien. Korosensei would scream in pain, but Giratina had his foot moved to cover his mouth.
"Am I clear?"
All Korosensei could do was nod. After that, Giratina removed the spikes from Koro's side, and moved back to give Korosensei some space. Even if he had room, Korosensei didn't move an inch as if he didn't. Korosensei didn't relax until he was sure that Giratina had gone, and only then did he slump back down. He really was on thin ice now. Korosensei still felt the holes in his side; three circular spike stabs in a triangular shape. No blood, but still painful all the same - not to mention noticeable as anything.
"What do I do now?" Korosensei thought. He couldn't leave them, for they were his responsibility on this trip. If he left them to die, then what would that do for him? ...
"Ren, not again," Nagisa sighed, hand over her face as he saw the unhinged door flat on the floor, and Ren on the other side of it. He thought he'd fixed it, but Ren's strength knew no boundaries. Nagisa was writing another letter to Twilight back in Japan, when Ren knocked the door down - all she did was knock - for the third time since they got to Africa.
"Have you seen Korosensei?" Ren asked. Nagisa thought he'd come back at this point, as they saw him with Kimba in the Jungle already.
"Didn't he come back with us?" Nagisa asked. Ren nodded no, but then she noticed the paper Nagisa was working with. It wasn't very much so far, only a few sentences so far. Ren, curious, went over to see.
"Huh? Oh, I'm just writing something for back home. Hold on, let me finish it," Nagisa said. Ren watched him write down the rest of his letter, fairly quick and easy, until it was complete.
It has been fun over here in Kenya. I've been going around on safaris by Korosensei, and even got to visit a fortune teller over a week ago. I know this might be a bit surprising, but remember how Ren can understand what our dog friends say? Well, Korosensei gave me and the others some of these pills, and now we can understand them too. I know, weird, but then again we both had seen a lot of weird stuff before vacation started. Anyway, I hope to come home soon.
When finished, Nagisa got back up, getting his note. However, as Ren looked at it, she noticed that Nagisa left out the two incidents that had occurred so far. Nagisa also knew, for he didn't want Twilight to worry over him while he was away. All he needed now was to check up on Korosensei so his letter can go through.
"Can we look for him now?" Ren asked.
Ren turned to go, but her hand went out to grab Nagisa again. Nagisa wasn't having it this time, and quickly backed away from her that time. Not feeling Nagisa, Ren turned around.
"Ren, can you stop doing that? Normal people don't drag others to do anything," Nagisa explained. Ren stopped herself once she heard that, bringing her hand back down. She hadn't realized that - she was still trying to learn - and she didn't want to be a burden. So, she allowed Nagisa to walk on his own power rather than drag him outside. If normal humans don't do that, then she might as well stop. It didn't take very long before the two were outside. At this point, Naruto was showing off some of his ninja skills to Hinata and Karma. Ren still didn't enjoy Karma very much though, and moved away a little bit from him as well.
"Hey Karma. What's going on?"
"Ninja kid's showing us some fancy moves," Karma replied, a finger pointing to Naruto. He'd been improving well in his skills, and now his skill in the art was skyrocketing. The moves he was showing off though were his own design rather than Greninja's example. While it was impressive, Nagisa still had his letter, so, he at least wanted to handle that first.
"Had any of you seen Korosensei?" Nagisa asked.
"Eh, who knows? That alien could be flying off around the world by now," Karma answered, though he didn't seem to care that much for it. Ren tried Naruto next, walking right over to him.
"You seen Korosensei?" Ren asked. However, Naruto was a bit too distracted to pay much attention to her. Ren "compromised" by grabbing Naruto's leg during one of his kicks, making him stop.
"Okay okay, I haven't seen him today," Naruto immediately replied, Ren letting go of him soon afterward. Naruto didn't want to end up with a broke leg just for not listening to her. Nagisa really wished she stop doing that, though Karma found it amusing to see. When Karma saw the note though, he could pretty much guess what Nagisa was getting at.
"Another letter to your girlfriend, Nagisa?"
Nagisa immediately flustered on hearing that.
"She's not my girlfriend!" Nagisa insisted, but it didn't seem to be working well by Karma's smug grin. Still, Karma also knew how much the blue-haired kid had gone through already, so Karma didn't push it any further from there - as much as he wanted to. Suddenly though, Karma had the nerve to grab Nagisa's letter!
"Relax, Nagisa. Tell ya what; how about I give the octopus your letter?"
"... Wait, really?"
"Sure why not? Barely got to do much this season, might as well do this for ya," Karma said. However, then he turned to Hinata.
"Hey, Hinata right? Wanna come along?" Karma offered. Hinata didn't expect this question to just come up from nowhere, and she immediately blushed shyly, her fingers fiddling with her hair.
"Hey, you've barely done much at all other than just standing red-faced. It's just some walk anyhow," Karma noted. Hinata didn't feel much better, and Ren wasn't enjoying seeing him do this. Hinata considered, but it was hard to trust Karma.
"Uh ... O-Okay ..." Hinata decided. Karma then took her by the arm - quite a bold move.
"That's better. Alright, Nagisa, be back -" before Karma could finish, Ren went over and forcefully pulled Karma's arm away, enough to make him let go of her. It was a bit painful, and out of nowhere.
"What was that for?" Karma snapped.
"Normal people don't do that," Ren said. Nagisa could feel his hand meet his forehead; he knew she was just going with what he told her, but she still had ways to go. As for Karma, his annoyance quickly changed to a devilish grin.
"Do I look like a normal person, Ren?" Karma asked ...
Ren didn't answer.
Moving off away from the vacation home, Karma and Hinata both were walking side by side through the open plains, Karma whistling a tune with the note in hand, while Hinata kept close. If she was to get into any danger, she didn't want to be alone. Even if that meant staying with the hell devil of a teenager like Karma. Karma didn't had much problem with walking through the Savannah though, and he looked down to Hinata. However, his smug grin mixed with his dagger-like look in his eyes didn't make Hinata feel any better ...
"... K-Karma. Can I go back?" Hinata asked, hearing the rustling in the tall grass.
"And miss out on what they've been doing? Bullshit to that. I'd rather have some fun."
"W-With me though?"
"You can trust me, right?" To Hinata, that question came with a forked tongue. Before the two could really go any further, they both then heard something close by, like a low and rough snort. Hinata got spooked, but Karma found it interesting. He stood tall, and looked around to see what was around. It didn't really take much time before something huge started lumbering through the tall grass, right towards them. He was a beast of a African buffalo, huge, in his prime, and showing no fear towards the two. Hinata stood behind Karma as the bull raised its head.
"Well, well, well," Karma simply said, mildly startled but not scared. The huge buffalo stopped with his snout inches away from Karma's face, giving him a good loud snort.
"Human demon. Can you understand me?" The bull asked, his voice low and thundering. Karma crossed his arms in confidence.
"Yeah, so what's on your mind bull?"
"That's all I need to hear."
Suddenly, the bull tossed his head back, and bellowed a loud moo. Karma was just left confused, and Hinata was left a bit more scared. The sound hung in the air for a few more seconds, until the two heard an audible thundering. The sound of his herd! Karma and Hinata both saw tons of muscle stampede around them, until the two were suddenly surrounded by a whole herd of male buffalo. Still, the one they saw call them was the largest out of the others.
"Damn. Couldn't ask for any bigger, huh?" Karma commented. Suddenly, four of the Bulls advanced in, and grabbed them with their teeth - one bull per shoulder. Hinata was scared, and tried to get herself out. Karma was more forceful though; biting on one of the bull's snout. The bull released Karma, only to have another bull biting down. The leading bull, and seeing them both secured and unable to escape, have another loud moo, and the whole herd started to move off.
"HELP! LET US GO!" Hinata shrieked, but all she got was the blunt end of a bull horn shoved in her mouth to keep her quiet. For safety measure, the same thing was done to Karma, though Karma was biting down on the horn rather than screaming - he wasn't a kid to just give up so quickly. Still, the herd went off further away from the Savannah.
Watching it all, farther away, the herd's acts were seen by the very alien that the two were trying to find; Korosensei. The alien had just seen enough to know who was caught in the herd, and began to worry himself sick, his head blue, chewing on the tips of his tentacle fingers.
"No no no no! Don't worry kiddo, Korosensei -"
Suddenly, he remembered what Giratina had said.
You don't want me as an enemy.
That made Korosensei stop cold. If he went down to help them again, then Giratina will be all over him, and he didn't want that in any way, shape, or form. Then again, he didn't want them dead, after all they were his students! All he could do was pace and worry himself silly.
"D-damnit! Come on, come on, think! Okay, on one tentacle; you can help them but then be condemned to hell ten times over by demon dragon. On the other tentacle; you can leave them alone, and have to deal with two dead kids back at the school, and get my teacher career tainted completely. Condemned to hell or condemned to broken record? UGH, this is so confusing!"
Obviously Korosensei was in deep trouble with his choices. Either deal with Korosensei or deal with the principal. Either way, it won't be pretty for him in the end. All he could do, if anything, was just go home ...
One dog, out for a day's walk though, went right back to the only help he knew...
Of course, the rest of the kids and dogs soon saw him come back. However, Korosensei didn't go as quickly as he would go, going back at a snails pace. Korosensei was just hoping no one else was around to try to bother him, but the others weren't going to give him a chance it seemed, especially for what happened next.
"Wait, isn't Karma and Hinata with you?" Luffy asked.
"Shit! R-Really?" Korosensei thought. All the questions in the world, and that's their first one. Unlike before, he got nothing to go on, so any quick exits were blocked off in this case.
"T-They're off exploring with another safari - no big deal."
"But they left looking for you," Luffy reminded.
"Oh yeah, where's my head? I'll get right back to you on that."
And then he went right into the house. Cheap trick, but at least he can think over what to do. However, he also knew what suspicions could start up this way. Nagisa watched him go, clearly knowing something was wrong here ...
"UGH! Why did I say that? They'll be all over me for sure!" Korosensei thought, in his room. The alien was basically trying to get a good enough answer to give them something to work on, but it wasn't easy. He can't leave Karma and Hinata alone but he can't double cross Giratina either. In his worry, his tentacles had wrapped around his head, trying to think on what the hell to do.
"Come on, Korosensei, you got this. You can still help, just not directly. But how to proceed?" Korosensei wondered. Unaware to him, Nagisa was right on the other side of the door. After seeing that kind of display, Nagisa had to see and figure out the problem. For Korosensei, he hadn't noticed Nagisa nearby - his senses can easily tell him that otherwise - for he was too much in hysterics to catch that. The alien continued gnawing on the tips of his tentacle fingers, trying to get his mind to work straight.
"Okay let's see ... Disguise? No, which one will work for that anyway? How about -"
"How about nothing, paranoid slug."
Korosensei was about ready to launch off into space when he heard the familiar, yet horrifying voice. Soon, even with Nagisa watching in speechless shock, a familiar shape started to move from Korosensei's own shadow, and into the room; Giratina, again. Korosensei, though not flying out, did pin himself to the nearest corner in a huddle as Giratina turned back to the alien.
"Come on, bastard, you should get used to this by now," Giratina growled, moving over toward the scared alien, and towering over him. Neither had noticed just yet of Nagisa watching, as the blue-haired kid couldn't utter a word - one word will give him away for good - and could only watch.
"I thought I made it pretty clear to you on what's going to happen, right? Or are your own moral values overpowering your loyalty to me?"
"N-No, no, no, n-not at all! O-Only -"
"Only. What?" Giratina questioned, leaning closer to him. One false word, and Korosensei will have his head torn off, so, Korosensei had to get his act together. Finally, he got his answer.
"Because you needed time, don't you? Y-You're not at full power yet, and you should take your time -"
"I did give them time."
Korosensei's face turned white and blank in expression.
"... You did?"
"A little while, but yes. Don't get me wrong - I do want those kids dead and out of the way - but that Karma Akabane already toiled with that idea before leaving when I saw him last, and even a bastardized demon like myself doesn't want to face someone who lost their mind and sense. If I'm to defeat them, at least I want it fair, and at full power rather than a cowardly cheating," Giratina explained. Nagisa took each word in with intrigue and confusion. To think a demon lord would even consider worth and time towards his own enemy. Then again, the fact he wasn't even at full power yet, as Korosensei said, made it even more troublesome. Suddenly though, with his mind clear, something did struck him.
"Wait a minute. you can still see this stuff going on? Then why do you need me?!"
"Oh? You want me to replace you? I can do that easily, and you'll have your own spot ready down in hell."
That changed his mind immediately, as Giratina straightened his back.
"Look, I can spy on these bastards, but I have my own business, and I can't be everywhere at once, unlike you of course. Now I'll make it perfectly clear, for the last time; one lift of that tentacle to help them from here on out, and you won't have any arm, leg, or head to work with when I'm done with you. Am I clear now?"
"C-Crystal clear, o demon lord Giratina," Korosensei squeaked in defeat. Giratina nodded, and turned to go, but then he stopped himself, his back turned to Korosensei. To Nagisa's worry, Giratina turned towards Nagisa. Nagisa shuttered, and felt ready to go when -
"I know your there."
To prove the point, the door disintegrated, and Nagisa fell into the room, right at Giratina's clawed feet! Nagisa quickly got up, but Giratina wasted no time with swinging his spiked wing at him. Almost immediately, almost instinctively, Nagisa grabbed one of the spikes on Giratina's wing, making the strength stop. Giratina took a moment, looking Nagisa in the eyes, and sensing how scared and hysterical Korosensei was with this act. Giratina and Nagisa just stared at eachother, Nagisa scared for what Giratina would do to him at this point, but Giratina was seeing something in him. Something ... Interesting ...
"Your days of innocence are numbered. Nagisa Shiota."
And as quickly as it began, Giratina opened a portal under his feet, and disappeared, spike and all. Nagisa needed a moment, as Korosensei slumped up on the corner like a pile of jelly - he never had any bones in the first place - wondering what Nagisa was going to say or do to him.
"I'M SORRY!" Korosensei suddenly wailed, crying his eyes out in a dramatic way, his arms wrapped around him as his head was aimed to the floor. However, before Nagisa and Korosensei could go any further, they heard a set of footsteps coming right down to see them.
"We got an emergency! guys we -"
It was Naruto who showed, and he caught this odd moment right in the middle of it.
"... Am I interrupting something?"
"Uh, no," Nagisa said, Korosensei still weeping.
"Oh. Oh hell, what am I doing? Ngisa, it's Karma and Hinata - they're kidnapped!"
"What?" Nagisa gasped, Korosensei halting his crying for a moment to look to him.
"Weed went on a walk, and saw the two being taken away. Coem on, we gotta go get em' out," Naruto informed, panicked. After that, Naruto rushed off, Nagisa ready to go too. But not before he turned to Korosensei.
"You can wait here, Korosensei," Nagisa said. If Korosensei can't help, Nagisa can understand, and he went off out before Korosensei could say anything. At first, Korosensei was very quiet, as if a great weight was magically lifted from him. He gave a long sigh, and laid down on the floor in sweet relief. Sometimes the universe's just gives you a freebee.
"A herd of buffalo?" GB questioned at the front of the building.
"I swear, that's what I saw; Karma and Hinata were taken right then and there, and they just thundered off," Mel informed, still worried sick himself. Luffy, Weed, Ren, Nagisa and Naruto all were worried over what those bulls were going to do to them, or why they took them in the first place. It was just so much Mel could gather from where he was.
"Do you know where they went off to?"
"Who knows? First moment they were there, and then they disappeared in the grass. Not too long ago though."
"Then what're we waiting for, let's go!" Weed decided, getting to his paws, and ready to go off after them. However, as they began to go, Ren oddly seemed to not bother to go.
"Ren, aren't you coming?"
"Let him hurt," Ren blunting said. She still didn't like Karma much, and she made that blatantly clear. Everyone just stared at her, blank expression and slightly unnerved.
"... Let's just go," Luffy decided. Nagisa looked back to her, to make sure she was sure on her decision - she wasn't moving. So, it was without her this time around.
And the herd of buffalo had arrived to their destination, Karma and Himata giving up their struggle at this point (or just too tired anyway). For where they were brought to, the buffalo herd had moved away from the grassy Savannah, and instead made it towards a rocky canyon. The canyon was shallow, yet large enough for the herd to fit in, and a deep river flowed through it. It wasn't until they arrived here that Karma and Hinata were released, the two humans falling onto the ground. The leading bull moved over to them both, as Karma got onto his hands and knees.
"You got some bullshit to explain, you know that?" Karma scolded.
"Quiet. Bring in the platform!" the bull bellowed.
"Yes, sir Samson," a bull answered. A few of the buffalo were heard moving away from the herd. Hinata was scared for what they were going to do to them.
"W-What do you want with us?" Hinata managed to say. The huge bull didn't answer her. However, their answer soon came in from the wheeled platform being brought over. The platform was a large, square block, made entirely of stone, and there were also a lot of ropes attached to it. Karma - despite being a little impressed a bunch of cows figured this out - knew exactly what the bulls were going to do.
The bull grabbed Hinata first, lifting her off the ground, and tossing her onto the platform. Karma tried to get her, but the same bull slammed a heavy front hoof on his back.
"One at a time," the bull growled. Smaller bulls came up, and began to tie Hinata down to the stone. It took sometime to do considering they were using hooves and muzzles rather than hands, but Hinata found herself tied down to the platform in question; body and limbs stuck under tight rope. Karma used every ounce of strength just to keep from getting crushed. He knew she was in deep trouble. Farther away - though it took a long time for them - the others had just showed up. Luffy, Nagisa, Naruto, Weed, Mel, and GB were hidden just out of sight, on top of the incline of the canyon. They hunkered down to avoid being spotted, having a front row seat to the event going on.
"There they are. Good job, GB," Luffy said.
"Don't mention it. Now, any idea on how to deal with these bulls?" GB asked. From what they could see, the entire herd was in the way, and without Korosensei or Ren to back them up, it wasn't going to be an easy task to do. Whatever they were going to do, they had to do it soon, otherwise they're going to have nobody to save. They could see the Bulls starting to move the platform towards the river, as Karma was forced to watch from his pinned position. It was more than they could stand.
"Get ready to grab them," Weed said, immediately going down!
"Wait, Weed!" GB pleaded. But, Weed was already running down the walls towards the herd. At first no one took any notice, as the blue dog moved over towards them. Weed wasn't sure what he was going to do, but one thing he did know; he had to get his friends time to get them free. It wasn't until Weed got about five feet away from the herd that they began to take notice of him. Weed skidded to a stop seconds afterwards.
"Who's there?!" A deep voice bellowed, most likely from the leading bull.
"Let my friends go!" Weed yelled. The buffalo herd was very intimidating though, Weed's ears bending back. As some of the bulls started moving in, a loud moo rang out to stop them. Some of the buffalo moved aside, as Samson marched up to Weed (he made sure some bulls knocked Karma out first). The giant of a bull was intimidating in of itself, but Weed wasn't going to turn tail and run.
"What's the meaning of this, pup?"
"L-Let them go! They're my friends!"
"No can do; we have a sacrifice to make. Send her in!" Samson ordered. The buffalo started pushing Hinata towards the water!
"Wait!" Weed yelped, though the buffalo didn't listen except for the leading bull in front of him.
"Maybe we can work something out?" Weed insisted.
While all of this was going on, the others crept along the canyon wall, out of sight of the other buffalo. If they can get this right, then they'll get them out no problem. Still, Weed needed to keep the herd on him.
"There's nothing to work out; we're making this sacrifice work, and you can't stop it."
"What sacrifice? What do you need my friends for?" Weed asked. The bull gave a low huff.
"I don't know if you're aware, but it's the dry season right now. The sacrifice to the only flowing river in the area will guarantee survival for us all. It worked before; the sacrifices brings the rain."
"That's the dumbest thing I ever heard!" Weed retorted, though from what Samson said, they done this before, and that made this situation more troublesome.
"It worked many times, it'll work here. Course, it's the first time using humans for this ritual. Now go or you'll be trampled," Samson warned, about to head back to the herd. Weed was getting desperate, and what he said next just came out at once.
"I'll fight you for them! Winner decides what to do with them!"
Samson stopped once he heard that. Weed didn't realize what he had just said until too late, but with a loud moo, the Bulls pushing the platform halted. At least Hinata wasn't going to be thrown in at the moment, and it will give the others time to get her. This also meant Weed was on thin ice, and facing a prime bull however.
"You're willing to fight me?"
All Weed did was nod, ears front, and trying to look more determined. Weed didn't like making fights happen, but if it must come to blows, so be it.
"Fine pup, I'll fight you. You win, I'll let them go. I win, they go in the river. No strings attached, and NO help."
"Understood," Weed replied. If this can keep the herd distracted, then they can get them back without casualties. Samson's front hoof scraped the ground, as Weed licked his teeth, ready to taste blood. The other buffalo started to watch the fight about to begin.
"Here we go!" Samson announced. The first move was the bull himself, charging at Weed with an old fashion bull charge, his head lowered and horns at the ready. For the fast dog, it was an easy attack to dodge, Weed having to roll on the ground to do so. Samson tried another five times to get his horns into the dog, but Weed proved just too quick. Weed finally made his move with a jump on Samson's back, his dog claws scraping his back. Weed didn't want a fight, but it was a good distraction. The others on the canyon wall found possibly their only chance.
"Come on, hurry up," Mel whispered, starting to slip down towards Hinata and Karma. Nagisa, Naruto, and Luffy followed but GB stayed put, a bit too scared to face against an entire herd of buffalo. The whole herd was distracted by the fight, so this gave them the opportunity they needed. The four soon got to Hinata, Mel and Naruto starting to cut the rope.
"Oh, Naruto, Weed, thank you," Hinata quietly said.
"Just keep quiet," Mel encouraged, gnawing on the rope. Nagisa and Luffy went over to Karma, who slowly began to wake up.
"God damn, my head," Karma groaned.
"Come on Karma, let's go," Nagisa said. At this point, Karma was on his feet, and Hinata was freed from the rope. Karma wanted to get even with those buffalo, but the others wouldn't exactly let him do that. Now they had to go. As Weed kept Samson busy, the others quietly started to go back the way they came. Unfortunately ...
Caught. The herd then noticed the starting to leave, and their quiet slip away turned into a mad scramble up the canyon wall. Weed suddenly stopped the fight, and bolted away from Samson, who was extremely furious.
"GET THEM!" Samson bellowed. The whole herd began to move in, trying to get them back. Most of the group just managed to get up and out of the canyon, thus out of reach, but it was Nagisa who got in deep trouble; one slip and one bite got Nagisa's foot in a buffalo's mouth! Naruto tried to grab him, but the buffalo swung Nagisa towards the center of the herd, the boy tumbling in the hard earth. Samson himself took the liberty of pinning Nagisa down, the kid flailing under Samson's large hoof. As for Samson, he felt deeply cheated; a fight over the fate of those kids, and it was just a bluff for a sneaky getaway. Still, Samson looked down to Nagisa, giving a bull snort right on his strained face.
"You'll do fine."
With that one statement, Samson clamped his bovine jaws on Nagisa's shoulder, and started flailing him about!
"Nagisa!" GB gasped. What could any of them do though from where they were? As for Nagisa, not only was this painful, it was deeply disorientating, which the bull was hoping for. Samson knew the platform wasn't the best option as the ropes were cut away, so Samson decided to go old fashion; he rushed towards the river, and tossed Nagisa's body right into it! Nagisa was slammed into the water, going underwater right away, as the bulls mooed away at the sacrifice made. If the water doesn't kill him, the crocodiles will.
Nagisa, still disoriented, just floated in the river for a bit. He didn't float up to the surface, but he didn't float off downriver either. He really felt completely out of it, almost passed out at this point. The water around him gently cradled and covered his body for the moment, Nagisa finding the moment ... Oddly relaxing. It was strange to even think after the beating he took, but, it really was. Nagisa could still hear the buffalo on the shore, celebrating what they thought was a successful sacrifice.
He was going down like that.
Back on shore, Samson turned back to the others up the cliff.
"You'll all make this sacrifices worth while. Everyone, get them!" Samson ordered. While most of the bulls did so, some were still looking in the water. Samson noticed, and followed their eyes to where they were seeing ...
Something's about to happen.
The water itself began to faze, and shift, until suddenly everyone in the area was taken by surprise, by a gigantic geyser of water shooting out of the river! It was enough to make every creature at the canyon stop for a moment to see what was going on. The huge water spout couldn't just happen by itself, and many of the kids knew this. The water spout rushed high into the air, and the top of it opened up to reveal the one responsible.
"W-what?!" GB gasped.
"Nagisa?!" Added Luffy.
Nagisa had both his arms out, controlling the water on where it goes. His eyes were glowing deep blue, so something must've happen in the river to trigger this sudden burst of power. The herd began to get nervous, even Samson himself. There was no way he was going to continue with this surprise! Nagisa wasn't going to give him the chance though; his arm raised up, and swung forward, causing a wave from the river to breach out, right for the herd! The herd tried to run, but all of them were simply swept away downriver. It was quick, painless, but it got the job done. All of Nagisa's friends couldn't believe what they were seeing, or how quickly the herd was dealt with. Karma though smirked, arms crossed.
"Well damn; Nagisa's got a hold of his multitype thing before any of us, who would've guessed? Great story for Greninja back home," Karma thought. With the buffalo gone, the group started down, as Nagisa slowly lowered himself onto the riverbank, the water retreating back into the river. When the water receded, the glow faded away, and Nagisa collapsed. Hinata managed to catch him though.
"Nagisa, you okay? Nagisa!"
"Relax, he's just worn out. How bout we clear out of here?" Karma insisted. The decision didn't take very long to figure out, and with Karma carrying Nagisa, they started off back home. Nagisa was going to have quite a surprise once he wakes up ...