Yuho's form crumpled to the ground, released from Shingen's transformed grip. Skin would begin to reform, similarly to the way the Jinchuu's own was beginning to. The elder Yamanaka pulled himself to his feet, dashing in front of Ty Lee. He would stretch out his arms, a stance of protection for his young heir. "Don't worry Ty Lee, dear. I'm here for you, he won't hurt you, I promise." The man's yellow eyes flicked back to Shingen's mismatched set, It's sad honestly, but this is only the truth of the world. Boys hold no value in the world of men. The sun will eventually set and darkness will eventually take it's place. You value yourself as a light, but you seem to forget; the brighter the light, the deeper the shadow. Regardless of what comes today, the harder you try, the more you will push Ty Lee away. The more love you show her, the more it will hurt her when you leave her. The more compassion you demonstrate, the more her heart will break when you die. Face it, Mangetsu, you never had a chance. She's been a lost cause since before you were born, and she will remain so long after you die. That's why she was chosen.
During the unheard conversation, Ty Lee's hand shook before her eyes. She was trembling all over, completely traumatized at what she had done. She had a feeling this time would come but did not think it would be now or that it would be so...easy. She hadn't even stopped to think about her actions, instead she thoughtlessly assaulted her sensei. You made the right choice. He was trying to kill me for no reason. He must be here on a mission. You told me they stopped trailing you with ANBU correct? Of course they did, they have him now. Yuho's expertise with the Yamanaka's mental prowess was astounding. Centuries of practice would have that effect on any man. Ty Lee's body trembled with more intensity now, but the trauma ebbed with fury once more. "STUPID! HOW FUCKING STUPID!" The girl ducked under Yuho's outstretched arm, her finger pointing knowingly at the cowering Jinchuu in front of her, tears running down it's face. "You planned all of this from the beginning. You showed up that day with Kanbe with Kyosuke in tow. You told me you'd have him call off the ANBU but that was only because you were the one watching over me now. I thought I had my freedom, but all you did was change my shackles. You lied to me about accepting me, you forced Yui to lie to me. She was the first one that made me believe what I was doing had some greater meaning! You, it was all you! You asked me to bring you here today so you could kill Yuho. So you could begin your war against Jashin, against my savior! You!
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!"
The girl's scream and Shingen's cry mixed as the Jinchuu's tails carved wounds into the stone. His howls shook the rock to it's foundation. Dust and small debris fell from the weaker parts of the ceiling. The girl's outstretched finger folded backwards with a sickening crack as waves of pressure emanated from the Jinchuu's form. Ty Lee's expression didn't change however as her finger fell limp. Yuho took a step forward and placed a reassuring hand on her shoulder, "There's only one outcome of today, darling. It's him or it's us. Remember what I've taught you and you'll be fine. Remember, we are in the house of the Lord and we shall fear no evil."
Both sets of yellow eyes dug into Shingen's transformed state as Ty Lee unraveled her rope dart and Yuho raised his hands, palms out. I know a part of you can still hear me, Mangetsu. Do not worry, you won't be sacrificed like some pig, you're more special than that. At least, that thing inside of you is, you, the shell, are more than replaceable.
"I thought you were different. I believed in you. I thought I loved you. You're nothing but a mirage the dunes brought in. An oasis that I could drink my fill from, only to realize I was drinking sand. Your words are as hollow as your promises. You attacked an innocent man for no reason and then became the so-called monster that you despise. Has anything you've ever said to me been true?"
A single word echoed throughout the girl's mind, repeating endlessly.