Flames sprout forth from Yuno's ponytail and envelope her body whole. The fire rises up skywards before shrinking back inwards to reveal the undying bird. A corona appears around that thorny body and from it, great wings that could grasp the heavens unfold.
Phoenix Guildy has appeared before Souji.
I still struggle to come to terms with this reality but his eyes are bursting with conviction. I move back slowly, my heels pushing away at the sand.
"Don't... I don't want to fight you!!"
"Accept that you'll have to, Souji."
Why...? All I said was that touching twintails makes me happier more than breasts could! How did it come to us fighting!? You looked so happy too... How am I supposed to treat someone who laughed and loved being in this world so much as an enemy!?
"Tail Red is the goddess that would take on even monsters with conviction and grant them proper duels. That's what I'ved judged her to be. That is why the great Phoenix Guildy is here before you!"
So that form is your declaration of war? Or is he in that form because I still haven't put on my Tailgear.
"If you're so set on not fighting me then I could just let you run off with your tail between your legs. If that happens though, I'll just have to live up to being a monster and relieve the people nearby of their Elemera."
...what a low blow. Does he really expect me to buy that someone who fusses over justice as much as him is going to do something like that?
You might as well as be a kid with how lively you are all the time. I couldn't feel a fraction of that usual vigor in your words.
"You were so heated up before... but now I can't help but feel like you only just woke up, Phoenix Guildy."
"Yeah, I couldn't help feeling so drowsy. I made up my made a long while back but the guy I'm talking to is just so damned half-baked."
This isn't me giving in. I'm going to show him with my twintails.
I ready my right arm in front of my chest. This is a first for me. I'm about to call out my start up word in front of an Elemarian.
Enveloping myself in scorching fire, my body is swallowed up in an explosion of red light.
Twintails aflutter, my body and soul swell up with power.
As Mitsuka Souji, as the twintail warrior Tail Red, I will take your Ponytail on!
"Wow! That really didn't take long at all! Other than the instant transformation, it looked like there were all sorts of gimmicks thrown in there that you can't see from the outside!"
In that moment where he spoke, Phoenix Guildy's eyes sparkled the way they usually do.
"Bridging worlds together with ponytails, warrior of the sun Phoenix Guildy is here!"
The proud champion of justice yells on high.
"Now then Tail Red, try and make me put on my gear."
"This might sound selfish of me but fighting you in that form would make things a whole lot easier for me!"
"Yeah, I bet it would!!"
So he completely saw through me.
I kick the ground and touch the Force Ribbon at the same time and follow up by break right into a dash as I pull my weapon out.
Phoenix Guildy takes his gunblade out as well.
The flaming blades clash. The still windless beach is blown away by a raging inferno and we feel each other's inner fire blaze away at our bodies. We cut away and tie each other down with our convictions.
"Don't look down on humans Phoenix Guildy! Ultimaguil will never have their way with me! I will not be their Twintail!"
Twoearle doesn't think that Phoenix Guildy should have a grasp on all the teleportation points she's set up over the world but the pair that lost their tail headed to a location that's quite a distance away from the nearest teleportation point.
When a peeved Aika suggested they transform and pursue them on foot from there, Twoearle picked up on Tail Red's signal.
"They're fighting!? Souji and Phoenix Guildy are fighting!?"
Stopping mid-walk, Twoearle look from the terminal in her hand and looked to the rest of the girls.
"...I cannot search for Phoenix Guildy like I would with your regular Elemarian. I believe that the Tailgear Type-P probably has functionality similar to the effects of Imagine Chaff."
Why did they not realize that until the fight started? No, rather than that, they should have done whatever it took not to let them go off on their own this morning.
"I'll go there later! Aika-san, you and the rest head on ahead to Souji-sama!!"
"Got it! Let's go Prez! Acena!"
They nodded in agreement and started off to find a quiet place with no people around to transform but then Twoearle received new startling information.
"...wait a moment please... A different Elemarian has appeared."
"At a time like this!?"
"Yes and on top of that, it's moving towards Tail Red's location!"
It was an intensely strong signal with no regards for stealth. It was as if he was determined to do something and was making a beeline for Tail Red. The Elemarian was coming up straight from behind them all and heading towards where the two were fighting.
"It's Tyrano Guildy...!!"
"Do you still remember, Phoenix Guildy...? When Yellow asked why you turned into a human, you said you just wanted a simple transformation... You said you just wanted to become a ponytail."
We weren't cutting at each other, we were just striking the other blade with our own. While we kept pushing at each other, I started letting out what was weighing on my mind.
"The two of us are the same! The only difference were our starting points, as a human and an elemarian!!"
"Tail Red! You empathize way too much with elemarians! That kindness of yours is only going to drag you down!!"
Yeah. Aika said as much plenty of times...
But like why you keep on wandering from world to world, I have beliefs that I will not back down on!!
"I won't lose. Once I beat you, I'm going to keep on protecting this world as a twintail!!"
I pull out the diamond shaped Evolve Arms out and hold it in front of my chest.
I combine the Barrettas with the Force Ribbons and I shift my twintails to low tie.
The instant the Chain Custom activated, I grip the now split Blazer Blade in my hands and rush straight on at Phoenix Guildy for a close range attack.
"...This is the first time you've used that form against me, Tail Red!!"
When I fought him before, I didn't use Riser Chain against him. I was saving that as an ace in the hole but... it looks like he's caught onto my aim.
It doesn't matter. I'll just put everything into super speed and overtake his thoughts two whole steps ahead of him.
I raise the Blazer Blade up high.
The moment Phoenix Guildy raises his own sword above his head and blocks it, I detach one blade off my own and accelerate backwards.
I hold the second blade in a reverse grip and cut into his side.
"Thrust, thrust, thrust! So tying them low is a speed-focused form then!"
Flames and sparks fly all round. Phoenix Guildy takes a great leap back.
"But as always you go changing up the way it's tied up! You've got a real fussy streak to you Souji!"
I won't be giving you a chance to catch your breath!
In the time he fierily admonishes me, I make like a drill and dive into a spin retrieving the other blade as I do.
I strike from the blind spot my opponent's sword affords me. The moment it sinks into his defenseless shoulder socket however,
Phoenix Guildy brings out a flame wreathed chop and repels the blade away.
"Meeting my blade with a barehanded chop...!? You're just as ridiculous as always yourself!!"
We continue these turnabouts in mid-air and create afterimages of my twintails flying around wildly.
He swingss the Phoenix Slasher upwards and back in a flash and cuts at my Twintails.
"Even if they are afterimages, I don't like seeing my twintails get cut...!!"
As I ascertained the pain I felt from the scar cut into those invisible twintails, I also felt my body tell me that I had about three more seconds till I reached Faller Chain's limits.
Crimson twintail elemera particles scatter through the air out of the Faller Chain thrusters.
I soar at maximum speed whittling away at the surface leaving bursting waves of sand in my wake. I charge at Phoenix Guildy up to his face and circle around him. The circle I trace out thrusting around him becomes a sturdy Aura Pillar and binds him.
"Hoou, you're tying me up with fire are you...!!"
Just before time runs out, I change into Riser Chain. The backpack slides out and I separate the Blazer Blade and combine them with the Progress Barrettas. Blazer Blade Twin is completed.
As if readying myself for a great leap, I throw all of the bursting Final Boost into myself. I channel everything into the next strike and raise both my blades.
"Alright! Come at me Tail Red!!"
While I am facing off against him with my all, somewhere in my heart I do expect Phoenix Guildy to defend against this move. Knowing this guy's strength he's definitely not going down easy.
If we keep on squaring off evenly, I'm sure he'll come around in that time and change his stance on the matter.
'I was just overthinking things. If it's these twintails then everything's gonna turn out just fine.'
He can say as much as he wants but at the end he'll be straight with me and admit he was wrong. It's one of the good things about him after all.
This is a sandy beach. We'll fall down on our backs spread-eagled and have a cliche exchange where we'll go 'You're pretty good' and 'You're not bad yourself'. That's not such a bad way to round up this absurd date.
The incarnation of the phoenix gives way as another form projects itself over it. It was that of a smiling girl and her fluttering ponytail...
Not being too taken aback by this, I felt the sword cut through her whole body. Without breaking free of the binding like he always does, Phoenix Guildy took the strike in that body.
Covered in flames, Phoenix Guildy is drowned out in a grand explosion.
I let the blade drop to the ground in shock as the sight is burned into my retinas.
"...don't tell me that you... you let me cut you down on purpose!?"
Ponytail and Twintail... Just when I thought we could pull together and polish ourselves further, we got into an unavoidable fight. Twintail and Ponytail, I really believed that we would have been able to see eye to eye and understood each other...
Like before the fight, I tremble at the how very unreal this all feels.
"...goddamn it... Why!? Why couldn't we understand each other...!?"
Completely exhausted, the transformation comes undone. I fall to my knees atop the sandy beach.
The roaring sea takes on a mournful tone and the twintail in my heart is shaken.
Souji's group can't detect Elemarians unless they channel their Elemera in to their activities. It works the same way vice versa with the Elemarians. It is only when they transform do the Elemarians begin picking up on their Twintail affinities that is normally concealed by the Tail Brace's Imagine Chaff.
That's why when both sides are looking for each other, it is the twintails who catches wind of the other first.
Just when Tyrano Guildy embarks with pride like all the previous commanders did, he picks up on Tail Red's twintails.
Tyrano Guildy was one to be ferried about but he did not consider with whom he'd be fighting and simply headed to Red's location as fast as he could.
As if on their way to stand in the way of his assault, Blue, Yellow and Black chased after him and boldy stood in his way.
Tyrano Guildy does not bother to hide his agitation and screams at them,
"What is Tail Red doing...!?"
"She's sleeping in bed thanks to you!"
Tyrano Guildy swisthes his mantle and points a threatening finger at the warriors.
"Impossible! Those twintails roar out the whole world wide! There is no way I would not feel them!"
"You acknowledge that he's a twintail so why are you going after Red! Why don't you just turn around and go back to where you came from! We don't have time deal with you right now!"
"What a coincidence. I have no business with you all either... Tail Red on the other hand... The false maiden who tracks filth into Yuri... It is only by taking away that twintail affinity that I may retain my pride as the emperor of Yuri!!"
Black looks to either side of her and tells them their battle plan.
"That one is Dia Ino Rhombus' strongest. He's got bonafide power to him but he's got a weak mentality. Before he gets started we have to hit him fast and hard. At worst he'll retreat from here but that's good for now."
"...Ok. We have to catch up to Red quick. We can't let him and Yuno fight...!!"
The three of them nod in agreement and ready their weapons.
Black and Blue rush in from either side of him in tandem with Yellow's leaping mid-air fire. Tyrano Guildy pays her electric shots no mind as he stands there menacingly and blows Black and Blue aside with a flash of his weapon.
"So you made me draw it then, my holy sword, the Endless Ring of Yuri Pistils and Stamen, Arondight!!"
Tyrano Guildy holds the greatsword up high.
Capable of breaking any weapon to pieces and splitting any width in half.
It was truly a giant holy sword capable of killing all and it was in the hands of the emperor of the execution corps.
Without fussing over the attacking or receiving end, this meticulous double edged blade was the crystalization of his benevolence for Yuri.
Taking in the majesty before them only for an instant, Blue, Black and Yellow waste no time in recommencing their assault.
The intermittent transmission brings me back to reality. I pull the Twirlphone out of my pocket.
["Souji-sama! Can you hear me!? You weren't responding at all...! I had to force my way to connect to you from my end...!"]
The transmission was from Twoearle. She must have been shouting out for me over and over.
"I saw that your transformation was undone... Are you alright!?"
"Sorry about that... I was in a daze after the fight so I didn't hear you... Twoearle... Phoenix Guildy is..."
Just as I was about to tell her about the outcome, I feel this pressure that pierces at my heart and makes my hair stand on its ends. I turn back around.
From the middle of the concentric circles engraved into the beach where Rising Blazer had scorched it, a giant pillar of fire rises. I quickly cut off communication with Twoearle so I don't worry her any more than she does right now.
"...Now that I think about it, I didn't see the Ponytail Elemera orb drop out when I beat him...!!"
A grand wing of fire quivers against the dusk sky.
After the flames gathered back together, there he stood in a daunting pose as if nothing had happened - Phoenix Guildy.
Phoenix Guildy who raises his hand candidly at this joyful reunion of some several minutes.
The undying bird... The Phoenix...!
"Did you really just...!?"
I catch my breath at having come upon that one aspect of the legend everyone would be familiar with.
"You got it! My ponytail is indestructible!"
An undying body... Complete regeneration! That is the true worth behind Phoenix Guildy!!
"But seriously, I thought we were going to pace things out a bit but... did you really not know all this time?"
Getting cut down on purpose my foot... He just had a lot of leeway thanks to that invincible ability of his!!
"You weren't holding back then... Don't tell me that was all you got in you, Souji!!"
So he thought that I was holding back on account of his regeneration powers then. That's the reason he took the Rising Blazer the way he did. He wanted to try it out.
This has got to be a joke! That was as full power as I could get...!!
"Okay then. Let's get cracking on round two, Tail Red!!"
"The hell you talking about rounds for!?"
When Acena said that she got worn out halfway through she must have been talking about this special characteristic of his.
But the phoenix having an undying body goes beyond the legend itself.
As a mental-based lifeform this guy has to have a limited amount of lifeforce. There's no way he can just keep on regenerating himself. He has to reach that limit at some point.
The problem here however... is whether or not I can take him all the way to that limit...
Flames once again rose forth roaring from Phoenix Guildy's body. I cannot suppress a groan at it.
I rush to gain some distance away from the the dangerously burning heat. The fire gathers around him like a cocoon and envelopes the undying bird.
As if to take in a fresh breath of air, the blaze imbued cocoon breaks finely to pieces. Emerging from it, her incandescent dress adorning her soft fair skin, was the goddess of flames - Iwabane Yuno.
She was already holding the Phoenix Slasher in her hand.
My heart sinks in resignation. I step forth to meet the pontytailed girl halfway.
"I love you, Souji!"
Hearing that sudden confession, I raise my head without thinking.
It wasn't to make me drop my guard. There wasn't the slightest hint of pretense in her beaming smile.
I can't meet her resolve head-on if I keep looking down!!
"At first, I was captivated by the way you just broke every rule there was. You were an irregular among irregulars... An exceptionally huge idiot who mastered Twintails even as a man... somewhere along the way, you took my buddy's place."
Phoenix Guildy. You may not have realized it at the time but you were already acting just like a human would...
"I want to protect you too. Just like your friends do..."
"If you're really telling me that you love me then... Yuno! Fight with us! As one of the twintails...!"
I haven't given up either. One last try... I want us to understand each other.
"You're fighting with the tailgear your buddy left behind aren't you!?"
You inherited your buddy's ponytail as a memento of him.
Me, I was entrusted with Twoearle's heart and twintails.
If can just get her to concede a little more.
Twintail and Ponytail can definitely be buddies. We should be able to pool our strength together.
"Souji. Let's get started."
With that one-sided declaration though, the last flicker of hope is extinguished.
...no. It hasn't gone out. I've grabbed hold of it.
This time I've got to give it everything I have... I've got to show her that I won't get swallowed up my twintails. I'm gonna knock that straight into that rock hard head of hers.
You're not leaving me any other choice, Yuno...
"...okay. I get it. Come right at me Yuno."
I raise my right hand in front of me and make the Tail Brace turn visible.
With the wave of her flame-wreathed right hand, the Relief of the ponytail affinity materializes from the middle of the path she traces out. She holds down the grip of her beloved weapon, the Phoenix Slasher, and pushes it in.
The ebbs of the tide hush themselves. Our surroundings is blanketed in a deafening stillness.
We take our stances and stare each other down like gunmen with their hands at the ready on their holsters.
We fire our triggers together at the same time. Our start up word share no gaps between them.
Beyond what we could see for ourselves in that moment, the blazes we unleash rage at each other.
Incandescent armor and the blue muffler that embodied hottest flames.
Clad in the tailgear imbued with the power of Ponytails, Yuno rides into battle with joy.
"BRING IT ONNNNNNN!!"
Yuno comes at me with her sword. Those supple slender arms surge with an incomparable strength unlike before.
I get forced down on my knees just from blocking it. I retreat back and she whittlese away at the sandy surface with her undaunted momentum.
Flicking her wrist and springing the grip upwards, the blade opens up to reveal the gun barrel.
Changing the Phoenix Slasher to gun mode conveyed her intentions on locking onto my twintails loud and clear. I reach for the Progress Barrettas in response.
I switch into Faller Chain amd just barely dodge the unrelentless hail of fire bullets by a hair's breadth as I put some distance between us.
"Oh no you don't!!"
Shifting her firing angle, Yuno continues to fire on me as I take to the air to avoid them.
This is nuts. It's like she's firing missiles at me with a gatling gun. This isn't suppressing fire, each one of those shots has enough power behind them to be finishers on their own. They're on parabolic arcs and every shot that lands in the seas sets off one steam explosion after another.
Not being able to dodge it in time, I deflect a shot closing in on my shoulder away with a Blazer Blade.
I wasn't trying to turn right it back around but the bullet blows the sword right out my hands sending it into an arc until it stabs itself into the beach.
It was like trying to hit back a fastball with a pencil. Faller Chain has nowhere near enough power to take her attacks.
Deploying her armor's wings, Yuno sets her sights on me and takes off with a bang.
She switches over to sword mode in mid-air and carves out a trail of fire with it as she homes in on me with a full powered strike.
"That Dark Grasper chick gave out in the middle of things. How far do you think you're going to stick it out for, Tail Red!?"
I take the impact on with the remaining blade I had in my hands.
"Acena is no longer Dark Grapser..."
Acena parted ways with that name on her own. I won't let her get called that anymore.
"She's Tail Black now!!"
Since I can't handle that strength of hers, how about I just turn it against her.
I might not be as good as Aika when it comes to martial arts but, even so, I did get in some tricks to cancel out that strength out.
I spin with along with that force and shoot off Faller Chain's thrusters. I hit Yuno with resulting power from combining her own force and my thrust.
The explosive force blows her away into the sea creating a huge swell where she crashed.
I drop down to the beach and shift into Normal Chain. Inbetween the intervals, I let elemera flow through my whole body.
I find myself looking down the end of a gigantic sword of fire just as it reels back up into the sky.
She split the ocean in two.
Did she want to reenact Moses' decalogue?
Yuno calmly strolls towards me right in between the two waterfalls on either side of her.
"You got stronger again, Tail Red... It makes me happy that you did... And unhappy at the same time!!"
Since she loves fighting strong people, that must mean my current power is at critical levels for it to mar Phoenix Guildy's smiling face to that extent.
"You gotta be really tired by now. I don't think you'll have the strength to stop me when your transformation gets undone. When that happens... I'll be taking your brace and put an end to this."
As if they were pulling hard at my cheeks, Yuno's words stab my heart with sharp pains.
I charge in as I shift into Riser Chain. I retrieve the other Blazer Blade buried in the sand as I do and scream out my guts at Yuno as brandish the swords.
"You can slice my arm right off but I'm still not handing this brace over!!"
"Oh? That's some real spirit you got there! Talk all you want but that's not going to stop me!!"
So nothing I say is going to make you change your mind...!?
Bring it on then! I'm not backing down anymore!!
The battle with Tyrano Guildy was presenting itself to be something of a stalemate.
Every time Blue closed in for an attack, Tyrano Guildy would open up the distance between them even further while muttering something in a low voice.
It sounded a lot like "She's scary!". It was one thing if this was a mook but this was a commander they were dealing with here.
It was the three of them against an army. Battle strength aside, the countless Ultiroids Tyrano Guildy in were more than enough to put pressure on them by sheer numbers alone.
While this was an occassion where she could blow everything away to her heart's content, Yellow was saving up her equipment for someone else and had stopped firing her guns.
This ran counter to them attacking and defending themselves but her intention to reserve her power for when they make it to Red's location kept her in check.
"Twoearle, forget about us and go support Red! We'll be okay on our own here!"
["I can't! If I call out to Red carelessly right now, it's just going to draw her attention away and put her in danger... Phoenix Guildy is already fighting with her Tailgear on!"]
The girls felt the pressure on them intensify at that transmission.
Blue and Yellow have already had a taste of the huge power gap between them when Yuno has her gear equipped and Black had to retreat from Yuno even before she put her gear on.
"All we can do now is wait for the right time... Wait, I got it! Blue! Yellow!"
Twoearle seemed to have come up with some sort of secret plan and she was now communicating the details to the two of them.
The night sky sees two streaks of fire blaze trails across it as Phoenix Guildy continues to dive in on my Faller Chain with close ranged attacks. As we did so though, we found ourselves right back to the abandoned construction site where we first met up today.
I thought it was boorish of me to think that it'd make for a good battleground when I first saw it this morning but it looks like that she chose the place just in case we decided to pick a fight right off the bat.
I bear with the tempestuous inferno Yuno was unleashing from her body and keep swinging my sword at her. Being at the very center of this storm and feeling like I could get blown away any second, I can't help but compare it to holding your umbrella out in hopes that it'll itself will hold out against the winds.
Gouging out scars in the concrete flooring, we keep up this back and forth combat.
"...in that case, have a twintail punch!!"
The boosting armor on my right arm deploys. Clad in a swirling vortex of light, it meets Yuno's straight right head on.
What followed after though was the armor on my right arm up breaking apart and me getting blown away.
"That was a sweet punch! You even named it too!!"
Yuno praises me without batting an eye at the the smashed up bits of armor.
"Hey, Tail Red... I know I was giving you flack for empathizing too much with Elemarians but there are loads of good guys among them... Elemerians are beings born from hearts after all. That means there's no way they can get stronger from clouding up their own. The leader however is different. I don't what screwed him up so bad but... He is just the worst thing there is."
I grab hold of my sword in my numbed right arm and charge at the girl who embodied the undying bird.
The blue flame wrapped around her neck senses my attack coming.
Here we go. The all in one offenseive and defensive muffler that toyed around with the three of us. I've see it work once before. I've got figure out how to break this deadlock...!!
"I won't let him get his hands on you!"
"Nobody wants that more than I do! I won't let our twintails fall into such wicked hands!!"
["Can you hear me Red!?"]
Twoearle must have connected our comms as the seemingly timed transmission from Blue startles me.
["Me and Yellow will be fine so go ahead and use the Tribraid elemera!"]
["Getting stripped by my master from far away will be a unique occasion and power my heart. I'm certain that our equipment will reach you!!"]
["I'll send my scythe along with the masochist's big cannon. Make sure you give that roasted chicken a good beating!!"]
Yellow and Black chimed in after her.
I nod in response and hold the elemera orb up with my left arm.
"Elemera Orb: Tribraid!!"
Out from the edge of the sky, I see the blue spear and yellow artillery come flying towards here. I also spot the black scythe following behind them.
With the red swords that had fallen to the ground, the weapons become one in a blinding flash of light. The Fusionic Buster is completed and suspends itself between us as if to stand in Yuno's way.
My body seems to move on its own as my twintails get tied low and I find myself in front of the giant cannon.
Yuno readies her herself with her sword.
I grab hold of the Fusionic Buster's grip and accelerate at maximum speed to crash myself into Yuno.
The Satelite Sword, Blade Saber, shoots itself out mid-thrust. It draws the attention Yuno's blue muffler, her automated defense.
Yuno still tries to escape away into the air from the surprise attack.
Her attempt however is thwarted by the blade that binded her leg to the ground, the Darkness Glaive. It was attached to the Unite Weapon but the recoil from earlier had dislodged it with little resistance and shot it forwards.
The shoddy combination did not rely on elemera and had been forced into the configuration like the way a child would have done... And it is precisely because of it's lack of elemera that it escaped the attention of the Elemera watchful Yuno.
The three of us couldn't stand up to Yuno before... But this time, we have the power of four twintails on our side!!
I dig the cannon's barrel right into Yuno's body and fire the thing off at zero point distance.
The Fusionic Buster crumbles away at the blast and the shards of our weapons fade away into the explosion of light and fire.
Yuno and I follow suit after them.
"Whoa! That scared me for a sec!!"
Tyrano Guildy falls on his rear and backs away from the sight of Yellow suddenly purging her armor right in front of him.
Blue and Yellow's Unite Weapon, along with Black's Darkness Glaive jammed inside, takes off to the sky and flies to the aid of their comrade's predicament.
After seeing it off with her own eyes, Blue visibly resigns herself to what comes next and takes out her Eternal Pads. She promptly stuffs them into the gap between her chest and her undersuit.
At the smooth, resistanceless slot-in of her pads, Blue's whole body bursts into a flash of blue light.
The blue relentless god, Tail Blue Eternal Chain, has descended.
Now facing this towering wall-like mass of domination, even the emperor could not be expected from openly expressing his grief.
"We don't have time! You two go on ahead!"
Figuring that defeating them all quickly would be the strategy to go for, the three of them had stayed here without splitting up their battle strength. In order to preserve that strength though, they had to refrain from using their power-ups in the sweep from the get-go. Since the cards they were dealt looked bad all around, Blue decided they should split up here.
Black accepts Blue's plan and nods in agreement.
Mega Ne transforms into her Megane Winger mode.
"Get on, you Masochist!"
Black holds out her and gestures to Yellow to sit behind her.
"Huh!? You're just going to take that!?"
Parting ways with an angry retort from the other side of the sound barrier as a parting gift, the trio get ready to disappear into the night sky but then, suddenly,
"I won't led you~~~~~~~~~~~!!"
A tranquil yet determined accented voice rings out towards the Megane Winger and falls fast down on them.
Taking an unforseen kick from above them, Mega Ne panics and transforms back into humanoid mode making all three fall back to the ground and land on their feet.
Tyrano Guildy had not expected this sudden aid and forgets himself as the emeperor as he trains his eyes on him.
"B-Brachio Guildy... You... What happened to your livestream on that video site!?"
"Yeah. If we don't bag guikly then Imma gunna hab to tag id with abandoning my boss..."
Smiling at gratefully at his suboordinate's disposition, Tyrano Guildy turns back to Blue.
So as to not to cut at the spirit of his men behind him, he faces forward with the dignity of an emperor who would pulverize and eliminate the enemies in front of him. This is only natural for him when he has a reliable man watching his back for him.
Blue Eternal Chain and Tyrano Guildy.
Black, Yellow, Mega Ne and Barchio Guildy.
Within this ever shifting tide of battle, it is now just the Twintails who feel the heat of it all getting to them.
"Come on then! Let's get this done and over with!!"
"Just now, it seemed as though the pads supplemented your chest but... as if it were the devil's sea itself, the pads were swallowed up and not even a single milimeter of growth is permitted in that ocean of imaginary numbers! Have you fallen so low in your quest for huge breasts that you'd walk down the fiendish path of fake breasts, Tail Blue!?"
Narrowing her eyes to a point at the emperor's pity, Blue charges in.
"For someone who kept on stuttering on air and blows his fuse, you sure talk smooth when you want toooooooooooo!!"
"Only when I'm looking at chests as smooth as yours!!"
The emperor's holy sword clashes with the Wave Lance Exceed.
"...what is this? As far as I can tell, it doesn't seem like your power was raised by it but... I see! It's the same as your meager chest!!"
"Of course my power went up! It went up just like my chest did!!"
Screaming out as if to hint at the potential within the boundlessly cruel future, Blue's slashing attack accelerated.
Tail Blue Eternal Chain's greatest characteristic is its ability to activate elemera orbs instantaneously.
The Elemerition releasing on her right arm was the gravity manipulating elemera orb, Bloomers.
Lacking the strength to compensate for the increased gravity on the lance, it cuts at him.
Tyrano Guildy tries to get away but his back slams into a wall he didn't expect to be there.
What was waiting behind him was the power of Small Busts materialized as a hard impenetrable wall. But that wasn't all there was.
"Mmmh!? I can't move away!?"
He tries to break away from it but he finds himself bound to it by the birdlime-like stickiness of the wall. Blue had activated the Waist elemera together with it.
Originally the Waist elemera was used to make the ground bulky and heavy to entrap the opponents waists and legs and root them to the spot but by activating it together with the Small Bust elemera she was able to set the effect on its wall instead.
"Guh... Such sorrowful firmness... Is there nothing you would do without debasing your own chest!?"
"Just how many jabs at my chest have you thrown at me in these past few secooooooooooooooooonds!!"
Flashing off his spirit, Tyrano Guildy uses all his strength to free himself from the wall's bindings and knocks down Blue's lance which had been about to strike him.
"In that case!!"
Blue leaped up with her lance in hand and tossed it at him with a great swing.
Serenely, Tyrano Guildy readies himself to meet her attack but then suddenly the Lance's form disappears right in front of his eyes.
He sweeps his gaze over his surroundings but couldn't spot the spear anywhere.
But then he feels the bloodlust swirl all around him as if there were a tornado of it there.
Falling back on sheer instinct, he swings his blade around in response.
Tyrano Guildy realizes that he had just sent the spear flying when it was just a hair's breadth away from him.
"An invisible spear... No, that's not all there is to it, is it!?"
Blue had taken to the air but the spear did not return to its master's hands. The bloodlust was still coming after him.
"From over here now!?"
Blue was using her Eternal Chain's special ability to activate three elemera orbs simultaneously.
She had used the Cruel elemera to make the spear imperceptible and made it close to invisible. She then uses the Bloomers elemera to amplify the gravitational forces acting on it to attack him.
But since this was the Emperor Tyrano Guildy she was dealing with, he had managed to grasp hold of the invisible spear's bearings using his bastle instincts and deflected it way.
That's where the cheeks elemera, Puff, comes in with its prided ability to allow weapons and attacks to spring back and forth mid-attack. It was thanks to this new elemera orb's effect that the Wave Lance Exceed was able to fly all about in the air.
"You're not getting away from me anymore, Tyrano Guildy!!"
The invisible spear flew in and out as it attacked with its amplified strength.
Being pushed in towards the middle of this killzone, Tyrano Guildy is chased into a figurative corner. Caught in this raging dance where the spear would speed up several times over when it flies, Tyrano Guildy makes his distress apparent.
At the same time however, Blue was also finding herself in a tight spot.
"...th-three is already drains so much... At this rate activating all seven at once would be..."
Looking over the seven Elemerition loaded onto her Tailgear, Blue's footfalls are beleaguered with exhaustion.
To make sure Tyrano Guildy won't see its true value any further than this, she keeps herself from using Eternal Chain's ace, Break Elemerize, the ability that allows her to take her opponent's ability for herself.
With the way things are going, she'll just have to tear him to shreds in one go with a finisher.
"Damn you, just how long are you going to keep this up...!!"
It was the moment that he had ascertained Blue's victory was upon them. Tyrano Guildy takes out a gem that glowed black light.
"...da one who's gonna use dat is be!"
But jumping in from the side with agility that did not match up with his huge body, Brachio Guildy snatches "God's Breath" away from him.
"What do you think you're doing!?"
"D-Da baddle plan was for be to dake on dis vour and draw dem away. I'm da one who needs it more so I'm gonna use it!"
"No you fool! That is not some convenient tool to be trifled with!"
He rushes forth in a panic to retrieve it but Blue's zipping spear beats him to the punch and plunges itself into Brachio Guildy's shoulder socket. The heavily accented voice roars in anguish and raises the gem up high.
"You really... You can't eber dage a hint...! Just leab dis to be and dage obb lige you said you wud! Why won't you lemme hab my moment!!"
Brachio Guildy slams God's Breath into his chest.
The black gem is absorbed into his flesh and his body begins discharging the electricity that normally comes out right before exploding and after taking a fatal blow.
"...you got down on all vours and begged sayin yud win agains Tail Red... Dat was so cool. Ib id's you Kabdain den I dow you won't lose...!!"
Brachio Guildy's normally torso-buried neck springs ouut and extends. Like a catapult, he uses it to launch himself away from Tyrano Guildy.
"Ahh! Brachio Guildy's...!"
This sudden unforeseeable charge of his makes way towards a panicking Yellow.
Brachio Guildy's body ceaselessly discharges wild streams of electricity. Having finished his duty to see Tyrano Guildy off, he whips his neck at the four of his opponents.
"You cur! What is that...!? What have you done!? That's not a complete final form is it!?"
"Bodt burree poot ad... bomt badder memor!!"
Black relexively steps back at the atmosphere quaking howl.
"Hmmm!? Brachio Guildy's speaking words of an unearthly origin!?"
"That's not it Black-chan. That's just his dialect!"
["...his dialect has been taken over by his affinity...!!"]
As roundabout as it may have been, both the accented Mega Ne and the analytical Twoearle reached the same conclusion.
"Bay daun end zday dauuuuuuuuuuuun!!"
The hoof of his shoulder swells up in size and he pays them a visit with a formidabble tackle.
"I can't really get ya but ya can hear my voice can't ya!?"
The good will in Mega Ne's words falls on deaf ears and his attack does not slow down even a little.
Throwing all else away, this was the form of a man who bet his life on his dialect.
"Gamt dobb oww! Godd burk to edd dumm!!"
Dialects are... things locals would be proud of. But when people outside their home can't penetrate through them, they should still have words they can use to get a warm laugh out of them.
Brachio Guildy who was forcing down his dialect on them one-sidedly clearly had abandoned his heart and had become an existence that let his battle impulses reign over him.
"Mega Ne! We need to use Infinite Combine...! I won't hand your address over to him but... I will let this man have a requiem in its place!"
Black decides her course of actions and touches the underrim of her God Glasses.
"...Acena-chan... Thanks for this..."
Would her heart, her Kansai accent, be able to get through to Brachio Guildy. Her neck spins around and slips through gap it reveals. Mega Ne disassembles herself and the pieces of her silver armor scramble around as they melt into the night's darkness and radiantly pile onto jet black.
Flying towards their Infinite Chain combination was a regenerated Darkness Glaive. As it approached them, Mega Ne's parts piled onto it as well to form the Darkness Glaive Mebius and black and silver wings that razed the sky expanded out from her back.
Blue and Yellow took this as their final notice and drew back.
She readies herself with the Darkness Glaive as it changes from a scythe into a bow and draws out her arrow from her God Glasses.
Taking the sacred infinity mark in the chest, the light returns to Brachio Guildy's eyes.
"Wad a bool I... I..."
He walks forward serenely and magnificently, just like the herbivorous Brachiosaurus. His heart and his original accent walk with him.
"Geez. Juz one more time and I could hab cleared the broadcaz... Dake rezponsibility for dis, Kapdain..."
The one battle-long friend to Tyrano Guildy who had lost his sworn friend. Without any regrets to be found hiding behind his words, this time in his dying moment, he is rightfully covered in electricity.
"Thank you for dat, Mega Ne-san... Since id wuz you who beat me, I don't got nothing to complain about..."
And parting with his admired speaker with the utmost gratitude, Brachio Guildy scatters himself with a maginificent bang.
The embers remained on the battlefield but they did not have the time to remain there and be sentimental.
"...Come on, let's go. We have to get going before Tyrano Guildy reaches Red...!"
Even after taking the blast from the Fusionic Buster... Yuno's Tailgear type-P comes out without a scratch.
My own Tailgear however is in shambles. Riser Chain's armor is making miserable noises where red sparks are flying out of. Just barely making the time limit I shift the hair decorations and switch back to Normal Chain.
"You've got be feeling it now. Somewhere down the line, your twintails started growing out wrong."
A thirst for twintails so relentless that I'd pull on a passerby's just to drown it out. If it gets any stronger I just might start going after them myself, is that it?
"Just hand me your brace, Tail Red... I won't be taking your away twintail affinity. I'm just making sure you won't be able to keep fighting as Tail Red!!"
"I said so before... this is the only thing I can't let go off. Just like how that Tailgear is your buddy's mememnto... My own Tailgear means more to me than my life!"
"...there's no way around it then. I'm going to have to take away your twintail affinity instead...!!"
I'll leave the worries for later. Right now, I just need to take this fight as far I can I go and protect these twintails!!
The voice rang out loud and clear. I look to the roof the abandoned construction site. There stood the girl with her labcoat flapping away in the night breeze.
Kamen Twintail... Twoearle forgoes her usual intro and walks towards us.
"Why are you here!? You know that this is no ordinary Elemarian we're dealing with here!!"
More importantly... Twoearle herself was afraid when Yuno said she wanted to meet with her...!
"Red, don't worry about anyhing this one is telling you. Yuno-san, you seem to have given Souji-sama a feel of your boobs... And because of his lack of reaction to them, it seems you came to a strange misundertsanding, correct!?"
"Yeah I did! This guy is man who'd choose twintails over breasts!!"
"Then I'm afraid that I have to inform you that Souji-sama's hands get their fill of fondling my boobs whenever he wants it! It's only natural for him to feel nothing at those halfassed portions!!"
Kamen Twintail takes hold of that voluptuous chest and unabashedly shakes them around to provoke Yuno.
"Okay, I guess there's something to that... Still! That doesn't change the fact that this guy is running headlong down a dangerous road!"
Kamen Twintail turns back to me... and gently touches my right arm.
"Red... Please take off your brace and hand it over to Phoenix Guildy."
"I can just make another brace. For now, let's just come up with a way to get away from this one. That one there has an immortal body... Even if we wait for Aika-san and the rest to get here, we will have to keep on fighting so long as those goals of hers stay unfulfilled. I cannot go along with that!"
Behind that visor, Twoearle smiles as if it has nothing to do with her.
"We can't... You can't just make another one of this brace... You of all people know that best!!"
...Twoearle's feet. They're shaking... Yeah, there's no way she's fine with this...
["Souji-sama should stay as Souji-sama..."]
I hear Twoearle's pained plead in the back of my head.
I'm sorry but I... I want to protect your twintails.
"Yuno... If it's Tail Red you're after... Then I'm going to fight to protect Tail Red."
"No! Don't Souji-sama! Please don't push yourself any further than you already have!!"
Twoearle's expression changes as she clings to me. I take a big leap and put sufficient distance between us.
What I'm about to do... I can't let Twoearle get wrapped up in it.
I draw out the Progress Barettas and combine them with the Force Ribbons without changing my hairstyle. By using an improper method and by courting disaster with my Tailgear, I let the power that comes from straying from the intended enhancement method circulate through my body.
"...hey, what the heck do you think you're doing, Tail Red!?"
The attack power boosting armor parts pile onto my upper body.
"My trump card where I combine the powers of Riser Chain and Faller Chain into one..."
And my lower body follows in turn with the speed boosting armor.
Those individual sets of boosters were split between and entrusted to those two respective styles of twintails.
So then, what happens if I decided to go for something in between them...
Yuno's eyes narrow at me. Those definitely weren't looks of approval she was sending my way.
Even I get it. What must I look like from where she stands.
A roar like that of a wild beast's surges out from inside me. I can't stop myself.
Am I running? Or am I flying... It takes everything I have to shake off the rampaging madness of the twintails. All my remaining sensation in the rest of my body have almost completely gone.
Within my faint, dimming consciousness, I direct my battle impulses at the enemy in front of me.
It seems like our swords are clashing. And fists are being thrown.
My sense of time has been cut off too. My consciousness gets lost in the scorching heat.
"Fallriser Chain huh.... You'll go and do something as stupid as this just because someone puts you in a tight spot!!"
"What... was that..."
"I know I called you on out being fussy and to pick the best style but, that is not what I meant... Do you really think things are gonna work out when you just very barely have a handle on it!?"
My body sways and shakes. Did I get blown away...!?
"Activating two specialized forms together at the same time... That basically means you need twice the power for it. Then tell me Tail Red... Just where exactly do you think you're pulling that power from!? The world isn't such a convenient place where you can just take whatever you can get anytime you want it!"
"You're getting pretty argumentative about this Phoenix Guildy! I just..."
Take whatever I can get.
That's how I meant to finish that retort on just how much I'd put on the line for twintails. But then magma gushed out right through my cosnciousness.
"...have to put in twice as much spiriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!"
"You know, you're right! I do talk too much when I turn human!!"
The cutting edge of the Phoenix glimmers just like a star.
"And I just love keeping things clean and siiiiiiiimple!!"
I swing my sword at each one of those lights as they burn into my sight.
It's strange though. I can't feel the time limit at all,
How long have I been in this form...?
["Souji-sama! You're in danger!"]
I wonder how many times has she screamed out to me. I finally hear Twoearle's warning ring out through my head.
["Pain is the signal your body gives you when you're hurt or sick... It's a warning! The Fallriser Chain takes away those signals that you when you're overloading! You've already breached past the limit for an extended amount of time now... Souji-sama, to put it in simpler terms, you're running a marathon and not realizing your bones have broken!!"]
So basically, I've gone way over the 22 seconds... No. Even if that's true, so long as my body can move... I will fight!
"I wanted to protect one person's twintails..."
My soul swells up and I swing the Blazer Blade.
"I wanted to protect all those twintails..."
I remember the little girls who walked hand in hand with their mother.
"And I hoped to protect every single one of those twintails that will be born radiantly from here on out!!"
It seems that my both my upper and lower body were acting of their own accords disregarding the other.
Maximum attack power and maximum speed. Like a magnetic field, they push and pull at my body and explode out from the center.
Shivering, tormented by the vision of my body being torn in two, I concentrate on reigning the rampaging horse in. While these two powers are antagonistic, they are also twintails. I just have to picture my whole body as one big twintail.
Deflecting the Phoenix Slasher upwards, I continue to sweep the Blazer Blade at Yuno's abdomen. A small amount of distress flits across Yuno's face.
Little by little, my upper and lower body start engaging each other with their unceasing assertions.
On the other hand, the blazing fire coursing through my body intensifies as well.
Compared to the pain of losing your twintais, this is nothing...!!
I strain my willpower to shoot out the Blazer Saber. Then I take both the Progress Barettas off from the Force Ribbons and shift them into Slash mode as I fling them out in front. I proceed to draw out the short blade, the Blazer Edge, from out of Riser Chain's backpak and line them all up with a throw.
The All Blade Divider
The abandoned forbidden form even the Break Release would not use. Fallriser Chain's final trump card. Losing sight of all power, these hands pull it in and prepare for its one sole deployment.
Within my flickering consciousness, the twintails in my heart are enclosed in a rapidly growing barrier of fire.
I use all my might to swing the weapons of Riser, Faller and Normal Chains and around me, the ground, concrete, metal and even the air gets scorched and melts away.
Flames burst out wildly from all the weapons any thing in their path is cleared away and smashed to bits. Yuno comes to face me directly and we lock blades.
"Tail Red... What's filling up that head of yours right now!? Is it pain!? Is it suffering!? Or is it twintails!!"
"What is so wrong about having twintails drive me alongside my emotions!?"
"You just can't see it, can you!? They're not existing side by side with your emotions, they're ruling over them!!"
Yuno's blue muffler wraps itself around my arm and pulls me in towards her.
"Not joy, but twintails! Not anger, but twintails! Not sorrow, but twintails!!"
With great fury, the muffler takes me into a blazing spin and my body is tormented a tremendous amount of centrifugal forces.
It throws me at the peak of the spin like a piece of junk and I flail about in the air.
"...not pleasure but twintails...!"
As soon as I hit the ground, she's there to greet me with a powerful side kick.
"You can't call something like that a heart or anything else! That's what it means to become a twintail!!"
[You just might end up turnning into those very twintails yourself!!]
I recall Arachne Guildy's words.
Was that really what he meant?
That my twintails would not be residing in my heart. Instead, my heart would end up becoming twintails...!!
"Now then Tail Red... I think it's about time I show you my Break Release!!"
The Phoenix's Break Release...!?
Amidst this battlefield turned mountain of rubble and scrap iron, Yuno floats in the air covered in flames like a sun in the night sky.
Spreading out majestically from the back of her Tailgear Type-P is a phoenix-shaped corona just like from before she transformed. The wings unfold themselves with great power and the heat wave that it brought forth razed everything around us in the blink of an eye.
An Aura Pillar that could be called hell in itself. Fire everywhere the eyes can see. Even if I could move around freely, what difference is there between this and an unbreakable bind.
Phoenix Guildy has surpassed this world of death many times now. I could only look on in awe.
Yuno held the Phoenix Slasher up to the heavens, its grip yet to be put back into place, the gun barrel opened up in between the blades and a gigantic blade of condensed flames forming around it.
It shouldn't be distracting me but its form was a counterpart to my own Blazer Blade's Break release.
Just how far did it extend? The sky? The moon? Maybe even to the sun.
Dividing the heavens as it swung down with the strongest flash, it unleashed itself in a grim fashion.
"BURNING... FORCE! FINIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISH!!"
The Blazer Blade disintegrates as my body suffers the streaming inferno.
It didn't just take out the Fallriser Chain... I couldn't keep the Tailgear itself up.
The transformation is undone and I return to my manly form.
Devoid of strength, I collapse onto the ground...