up at the sun.
Without trying to avoid this, Iori
does nothing but keep gazing up at
the sun in the sky.
Same as ever, he is unable to find
the whereabouts of Kyo. But they
Pursuing a premonition that resembles
certainty, he has become stronger.
Right before he covers his eyes,
the clouds in the sky hide the sun.
When he returns his glance to the
ground, warning bells go off instinctively
...An enemy. It isn't Kyo. But he has
come across this sensation before.
When and where was it? He tries to
pick out from his memory the place
where he sensed this same sensation.
His instincts sharpen his senses,
further accelerating the speed of
His temperature rises and his body
begins to ready himself for combat.
It gradually draws near, but he has
focused on the sensation he must
A number of men among the passing
throng of people do not blink.
He feels another similar sensation
a short distance from him.
Simultaneously, a vague memory becomes
clear to him
"NESTS...A bunch of lackeys..."
What is even more interesting to
Iori is that he determines that the
person following him is keeping his
distance while other men closer to
him are focusing not on him but another
Who are they pursuing? ...The answer
stands right in front of Iori.
It is a woman.
To Iori, this is just another female.
But the pursuers close in with the
woman at the center.
It would be no problem to let them
go about their business. But it sure
would make a sorry sight.
The lackeys make their way past Iori.
Iori is easily able to sense the
tension his enemies feel toward him.
He drops his shoulders.
He is right on top of them.
With his back to them, Iori extends
an arm to a man on the left with
his back to him in a similar manner.
Along with a dull thud, all things
linked together separate at once
and he feels the sensation of further
The feeling goes through his fingers
and directly stimulates his instincts.
"Let's have a little fun, then."
Iori says this with an expression
that's even icier than any he's issued
Looking over the shoulder of his
limp victim, he can see that the
remaining thugs are turning and coming
Besides that, the position of the
gaze he previously felt continues
to focus on him.
Iori ignores the feeling that he's
being watched along with the crow
and runs toward his prey, using the
man he just dropped as a shield.
In seconds he closes in on the men.
What one of the men sees is the spectacle
of his friends closing in on him
for an instant, followed by the ground
far below him, and the people standing
there looking up at him.
The weak thud of the man falling
from a height of less then two meters
The vacant space begins to grow at
the center of the crowd around where
the unfamiliar thud of the man was
As the remaining men continue to
overtake the woman, Iori frantically
attempts to chase them down.
Before they can ready themselves
for the onslaught, a similar dull
thud is heard.
Just one more to go.
Iori makes a beeline for the woman.
The woman is bewildered at the situation
around her. When she turns to survey
the situation, Iori appears in her
field of vision.
The man who's clearly out of his
element heads her way-directly at
Like a snake enthralled by a frog,
his body does not move. In no time
they are squaring off against each
"You're being followed."
Iori's words come as a complete surprise
to the woman.
Looking at Iori who is fixing his
attentions behind him, the woman
confirms for the first time the fact
that someone is pursuing her.
The two parties continue to stare
each other down with the woman sandwiched
in between Iori and her pursuers.
Iori can't help noticing the smiles
that momentarily twist the men's
In the direction where the men had
looked and smiled, he catches the
other figure who had been focusing
"So this is where you were."
The words and Iori's actions occur
simultaneously. Iori scoops up the
woman and crouches down.
The woman is unaware of what is happening,
confused by Iori's sudden actions.
But at the moment she was scooped
up she was sure she heard the sound
of a gunshot.
"Get out of here. If you don't want
His words are neither a threatening
or coercive. They were just something
Iori uttered to her indifferently.
Behind her she can see the figures
of the men breaking off and slowly
The woman realizes that the gunshot
was not just in her imagination.
The woman heads for no place in particular.
Iori rises up and pursues the direction
he heard with his eyes from the place
where a man lies.
Far off in the distance he sees a
man holding a rifle with a scope.
Iori matches his line of vision with
the direction the shooter's scope
He faces his body toward the gun
and takes a step forward. Whether
he is confirming Iori's movements
or not, the man lowers his gun and
Iori looks back in the direction
of the voice. The woman has waited
for Iori, the though of escaping
never occurring once to her.
"Thank you. It looks like you saved
"It wasn't my intention."
The woman continues, unfazed at Iori's
"You are a strong one, aren't you?
You resemble someone I know."
"Resemble someone? Me?"
Iori feels drawn to what she says.
The woman remains unaware of the
change in Iori's heartbeat.
"I haven't seen him in quite a while,
Why was NESTS pursuing this woman?
Why did she come across me?
The dots just don't match up. It
must be, this is his girl.
"Do you think I'd be able to meet
Iori turns his back on the bewildered
girl and begins to leave.
"I think it can be arranged."
His feet stop. The woman calls to
him from behind.
"He always keeps his promise. I guarantee
The woman is unable to see the expression
on Iori's face.
Without responding to the woman's
words, Iori vanishes into the crowd.
Gazing up at the sun.
In spite of such an incident, nothing
unusual or frightening remains.
Maybe it was because she sensed the
same "smell" from the man who saved
her and the other familiar man she
knows who resembles him.
Yuki gazes up at the sun in which
Kyo's gloved hand appears, it is
a sight she has temporarily forgotten.
It's been a long time since she's
Kyo, who left as he always did on
that fateful day, has yet to arrive
The only thing that has returned
to Yuki is Kyo's beat up glove she
carries with her.
She doesn't believe he's dead. The
groundless confidence grows stronger
with each day.
Along with the events of this day,
her belief now changes into something
The cloud cover breaks and the sun
Yuki puts the glove back into her
bag and gazes up at the sky for a
while. The sin glitters brightly.
"I'm waiting for you, Kyo."
Yuki begins to walk away as the sun
continues to shine down on her.
Glaring up at the sun.
Kyo arrives at this place as if drawn
her by some force.
The battle with the Orochi ended,
this was to be the place that all
would come to an end.
But everything has once again originated
from this place.
This glove he had supposed to have
lost was why they first met.
This scuffed and torn-up glove.
The light of the setting sun brings
out all the scratches and tears on
the sun that decorates his glove.
Each of these scratches and tears
appear now to be a part of his very
He has not returned from that day.
Until he settles his score with NESTS,
he cannot go back.
Kyo has reached this firm decision.
Kyo removes an envelope form his
pocket. It is an invitation to KOF;
from where it originates he does
He is sure that here he can find
the answers he seeks to a great many
questions. At least there's some
value in entering.
Soon all will be settled. And then
he will be able to return home.
It appeared gradually, but it begins
to light up glare with a light different
from the sun.
Through the breaks in the clouds
shine the rays of the moon. Unknown
to him, the sun has already set.
As he gazes upon it, the clouds separate
and the sky clears. A crescent moon
appears in the sky.
It emits a strong glow disproportional
to the space it takes up in the sky
that illuminates Kyo.
The image of the man whose back is
decorated with a crescent moon appears
in Kyo's mind's eye.
"It won't be long."
Turning his back to the light of
the sun, Kyo slowly begins to walk
It doesn't take long for him to melt
into the darkness where the moon's
rays do not reach.
The rays from the moon continue to
pour down on the space where Kyo
was standing, as if demanding for