has been followed for a long time.
But that is of no import to him.
If they come, he will crush them.
And that's all there is to it.
"Hmph. What a tremendous presence...
Now I know why Benimaru was so on
The man realizes he's been found
out. The reason he knows this is
because the red-haired man has gradually
begun to head for more secluded alleyways.
When he approaches a shadowy blind
alley, the red-haired man turns to
"What...do you want...?"
Hearing his target's voice, the word
"darkness" comes to Seth's mind.
Darkness...the thing all humans fear
primordially and continue to hate.
Yes, this red-haired man seems to
be "darkness" its very self.
Although there is a odious dryness
in his mouth, Seth addresses the
"Iori...Yagami, is it? I've been looking
for you...for quite a long time."
The area surrounding the confrontational
Yagami begins to flicker as if it
were shimmering with heat.
"Who are you?"
"Forgive me for my belated self-introduction.
The name is Seth. It's a pleasure."
"...I don't care who you are...What's
your business with me?"
"Pretty harsh ther, Yagami. Do you
know that you've been invited to
this year's King of Fighters?"
"...So, what's it to you?"
The surrounding space becomes even
more violently warped. Seth feels
like groaning within but continues
"If I told you that Kyo Kusanagi
will be entering, what would you
say to that?"
The expression on Yagami's face changes.
The surrounding area simultaneously
warps as if time and space were caving
in on itself.
A normal human would probably have
died suffering from these brutal
emissions of Iori's psyche...the very
power of Iori Yagami....
"...You're entering on my team...Did
you know that?"
"That's right. And there are two
more after that. ...So how about it?"
"...Yeah, I could enter with you...however...."
"If you stand in my way, I'll crush
you on the spot!"
Just then the wave of energy rushes
like a violent gale from Yagami's
body, causing Seth to involuntarily
kneel on one knee.
An instant later, Seth looks up and
notices the form of Yagami is no
where to be found. Seth rises, revolves
his neck around two or three times,
"...Wow, that was intense. Can that
guy be human?"
The amused voices of people enjoying
themselves with the crashing of the
waves can be heard all around.
It appears that it's another crowded
day at the indoor pool. A scene that
has little to do with combat fills
the field of vision of a girl chatting
on her cell phone.
"Yeah. I understand. I intend to
meet you today, too. See you later."
She sprawls out on her mat after
she hangs up.
"Ah, this is the life..."
She lays down her splendid limbs.
A group of men begin to gather around
her, transfixed by her charms. But
she appears to be completely indifferent
to their gaze as if dismissing the
gaze of these men, and fends off
"Wow! Now that's quite a view."
Emerging from the group of men, a
single man calls to her in a particularly
loud voice. The group of men assume
he's intending to claim the girl
as his own, but nonetheless scatter
and disappear, overwhelmed by the
man's well-sculpted physique.
"You've still got it."
"Oh, when did you get here, Ramon?"
The woman rises up and drinks from
a glass of juice as she sits down
in a chair.
"Well, when Vanessa calls, and we'll
always have last year's tournament,
"Ooh, it gives me tingles when you
put it that way. Well, I know it's
a little out of the blue, but we
decided on the final member of our
team for this tournament."
"Oh, really. Who may that be?"
Ramon screws up his face when he
hears Yagami's name.
"That's quite a big-shot addition...Hope
we can handle him."
"Well, I think we'll manage something,
don't you? And he does have more
than enough of the power we require."
Vanessa purrs, pouring some more
juice into her glass as she looks
back toward Ramon.
"Well, I don't care...."
Ramon motions to receive the glass.
"By the way, what time is it now...Oh,
no! The press conference is going
to start! Vaya con dios; until we
meet at the tournament!"
Ramon disappears in a flash, without
even drinking his juice.
"Oh, you're always in such a rush...Well,
so it goes. Things look like they're
going to get interesting."
Vanessa gulps down her juice and
makes her exit.