Through the Cracks Ch5 bit – Under the Law

“Leave her alone!” Yahiko got between them and the girls, not yet drawing his bokken. Kaoru had told him not to get into a fight, not unless he was about to get killed – and none of these guys were going to be that stupid. Right? “She’s just a kid!”

A smelly hand grabbed his ear and twisted. “Watch your mouth, brat!”

“Who’s the brat?” Yahiko fired back, squirming loose. “Did your parents teach you to eat with your hands, or did they dump you with the monkeys on Takeo-yama?”

And this, Yahiko realized minutes later, tied up and swatted by the blue-clad idiot’s swarm of friends, is exactly why Kaoru hits you with a bokken….

“You’ve heard the stories; you know what they’ve done to our people, even to the Heralds!” Jiki was goading his crew and crowd. “You know what they are….”

“Monsters!”

Which didn’t make sense, Yahiko thought dizzily, he’d lived in Haven for two years and never seen these people so unreasoningly angry, so willing to throw away reason and spill blood because of one man’s words-

It’s him! Yahiko realized. The anger. The hate. It’s coming from him!

Jiki smirked as if he could read the thought, swept the crowd with another hungry look. “And we know just what to do with monsters, don’t we?”

“You’ll untie them now,” a calm, quiet voice cut through before the crowd could answer, “and wait for the Guard to be summoned, that you will.”

Yahiko drew a breath of pure relief. “Kenshin!”

Bystanders melted back as the small rurouni walked toward them, violet eyes level, gait unhurried as the river. “For that is Haven’s law,” Kenshin said evenly, “The law all of us live under, who dwell in Valdemar.”

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14 thoughts on “Through the Cracks Ch5 bit – Under the Law

    1. He doesn’t have to be an akuma. Unfortunately there are those who delight in causing mayhem, even mayhem that ends in death and slaughter that are purely, 100% human.

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      1. Yeah, but where does he get the power to do what he is doing? He is somehow generating the anger, and simplicity suggests also the heat.

        There’s a motive for a demon to do this, that seems more plausible than for a pseudo-demon(youkai) or for a onmitsu.

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  1. And this, Yahiko realized minutes later, tied up and swatted by the blue-clad idiotโ€™s swarm of friends, is exactly why Kaoru hits you with a bokkenโ€ฆ.

    Exactly.

    Because you keep saying whatever comes to head, regardless of whether or not it is appropriate. Or wise.

    And she knew that running your mouth was going to get you into trouble.

    And, Yahiko, having a lack of brain to mouth filter would have got you into trouble in Yamato eventually too.

    Through to be fair to the kid, he’s not the only one whose mouth probably needs a two-key safety protocol at times . . . and some of those are adults.

    . . . small rurouni walked toward them, violet eyes level, gait unhurried as the river.

    Kenshin has experience with keeping his head in a crisis and has honed the cool as a cucumber thing to a fine art.

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      1. Yahiko needs some practice thinking before he speaks.

        He’s young enough to learn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        And a lot of people have a case of foot-in-mouth disease when they are young. If you are lucky and they are lucky, they eventually grow out of it (for the most part – even the people who usually do think before speaking can blurt things out).

        Of course, some people don’t grow out it.

        Or have to develop their own take on it because their inclination is toward blunt, blunter, and bluntest. Probably how one ends up with Saitoh’s reporting style: Short, to the point, not a lie. And to a degree, polite.

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