It would be bad to let her get close,
Kang thought to himself, taking a stance with his right arm outstretched. He could not see his opponent charging at him, but he could tell. In his mind's eye, he could see her. He could feel her presence, just like he could feel the presences of all living things in this world. It was all too much; they needed to be silenced. Pulling his arm back, Kang suddenly thrust his arm forward with a great force, causing shockwaves to ripple outwards form his blow and towards Rei. Fortunately, I have the advantage in range.
The shockwaves would intercept her when she was about ten meters away from Kang. The old monk could hear the sound of stone shattering, as the ground beneath the fighters cracked, heaved, and shook from the force of the punch's shockwaves.
A tremble passed through Shingen's heart, as he felt his courage waver. He could not know what Rei had seen, or if she had seen the same thing at all. Regardless of whatever it was that she had seen, it had shaken her. Her voice quaked, and it spread an unease through the chuunin. What could she have seen that would have shaken her so? Who was this foe that had startled Shingen's invincible senpai? It was enough of a shock to stifle Shingen's brash confidence, but he forced himself to his feet anyway. He watched Rei launch forward, clad in crackling lightning, caught in the heat of battle, yet stilling looking every bit as brilliant as she had on that serene night in the snow.
A sense of anger rose in Shingen's gut, clutching at his heart with its long claws. Will you let him get away with scaring her like that?
taunted the formless temptation, nothing more than a soft whisper in the back of Shingen's mind. The chuunin could feel it again; the familiar offering of great power. However, staring at Rei's back, with all of her dazzling radiance, he didn't feel the need to give himself over to the beast. The seal controls you. I control you,
Shingen insisted, causing the voice in his head to sneer. I know my limits now. I'm taking some of your power, but it's not to hurt him. It's to protect her!
A cloak of blue erupted over Shingen's form. It danced and flickered like flame, with two tails flickering behind him. It was an unfortunately familiar feeling, but Shingen felt no fear. This much, under Kyousuke's teaching, he had learned to control. What came next gave the boy more reason for concern. It's now or never...
he thought, clutching his hands together. Sensei, wish me luck.
A second coat of blue erupted around Shingen. Unlike the first, which was simply an aura resembling fire, this was a cloak of purest fire. It shimmered blue, white and silver, covering Shingen's body and overpowering the appearance of most of the Nibi's cloak. The two blue swishing tails were joined by seven silver tails, burning with intense heat. Atop Shingen's head, a helmet of blue flame formed, in the visage of a tiger mid-roar. An intense heat radiated from the boy's form, which caused a great pain and discomfort to Shingen himself, but he grit his teeth, unwilling to falter now of all times, as he recalled his sensei's words.
This process will feel, for you, similar to the feeling of the Niibi's chakra cloak.
Try it as you retreat, Shingen. Know that it will hurt, and will always hurt, but that you can control it—the pain and the fire—and that you can use it.
It'll hurt... but it won't consume me! I can control it!
Letting his training weights fall from his legs, Shingen dashed forward, to join the battle. He wouldn't let his senpai fight alone. The jinchuuriki dashed far to Kang's left, intending to flank the old monk while Rei drew most of his attention. He noticed the shockwaves hurtling outwards from Kang's fist, and Shingen moved a bit further to the left, giving additional room on the left flank if Rei decided to dodge to the left. Whatever she decided, Shingen aimed to close the distance between himself and the fallen monk, his flame-cloaked hand extended, his claws ready, to swipe at his foe.
"The dragon and the tiger, what unlikely allies!"
Sohei - B-rank
Initial Jinchuu Mode
Okiru (730/500) - S-rank, A-rank cost
Training Weights: Release - E-rank
Strength: Average, Major Advantage
Con: Average, Major Advantage
Stam: Masterful (Major Advantage w/ Nin)
Agi: Legendary, Major Advantage
Dex: Average, Major Advantage