Kagekao stopped; the blades of the staff were just inches away from the demon. His mask no longer showed an angry face, but one of confusion.
The demon eyed the deadly blades and sighs when he sees that they were no longer moving towards him. He took a few deep breaths to calm himself down. He slowly starts to get up.
The face on Kage’s mask changed back to an angry one, and he shoved the blade forward, causing the demon to fall again.
“おまえだれ！？” (Who are you!?) Kage snarled.
“まて、おまえ-!” (Wait, you-!) The demon replied hastily, raising his hands a little to show that he wouldn’t attack.
“どのようにオレの名前を知っていますか！？” (How do you know my name!?) Kage demanded angrily, feeling himself getting weaker.
“落ち着く!” (Calm down!) The demon said, trying to sound calm himself.
“くそ、話せ！” (Dammit, talk!) Kage moved the staff forward, the blades now pressing against the demon.
The demon hastily looked for words. Kage, growing impatient, threw the staff down. The demon thought that he had calmed himself down, so he stood up. Kage walked over to the demon, and then grabbed him by the neck and slammed him against the wall.
“オイ、おまえはただ落ち着く！” (Hey, just calm down!) The demon shouted.
“話せ！” (Talk!) Kage hissed, pressing his claws against the demon’s skin.
“まて！オレは-” (Wait! I-)
Kage snarled and pressed his claws harder.
“お-おまえの写真！” (Y-your photo!) The demon managed to say through choked breaths.
“写真!?” (Photo!?) Kage said, confused. “何の写真！？” (What photo!?)
“お-おまえの -グア!- 写真、オレ -グア!- がみ-みつけた！！” (Y-your -choke- photo, I -choke- f-found it!!)
“オレみせて！！” (Show me!!) Kage snarled, his grip loosening due to the bite on his arm.
“ウワア！ い-いまもてない！” (Uwah! I-I don’t have it right now!)
Kage’s breathing gets harder, and he drops the demon. The demon falls to the ground, choking and gasping for air. Kage stumbled backwards and leaned against the wall, trying to stay conscious.
Kage’s vision blurs and he coughs violently. The demon sees him struggling and grabs the bladed staff. He opens a latch on it, close to the two blades at the top. Inside there is a small compartment in which a vial is located. The demon pulls out the vial, which is filled with red liquid.
He then reaches into his coat and pulls out another vial, this one containing a purplish blue liquid. He puts this one where the red one had been, and closes the compartment. He then moves a tab at the base of the blades. Small beads of blue liquid appear at the end of the blades, showing that they are hollow.
With the staff in hand, the demon moves towards Kage. Kage moves away, hissing angrily. The demon grabs his arm, but Kage manages to break free. Getting weaker, Kage falls to against the wall, still hissing. The demon grabs his arm again, and Kage feebly tries to get out of his grip, but fails.
The demon stabs the blades into Kage’s arm. Kage’s mask goes blank, and he falls to the ground.
* * *
Kage wakes up on the ground. His vision slowly returns to normal, and with the exception of a few pains, he’s alright.
He groans and turns his head to the side, seeing the demon. The demon is sitting next to him; he has his bladed staff in his hands, and is switching the blue vial with the red one.
“What did you do to me?” Kage growls, struggling to sit up.
“ん？” (Hmm?) The demon looks up, noticing that Kage was woken up. “Oh, I always carry some antidote to my venom; just in case.”
Kage manages to sit up, and leans against the wall.
“You’re lucky you’re a demon, the venom would have killed a human pretty quickly.” The demon informed.
Kage is silent, confused by how this demon who had attacked him was now conversing with him casually.
“Hey, uhh . . .” The demon says, kind of quietly. “Sorry about attacking you, I . . . I thought you were going to attack, and I’d rather attack than be attacked.”
“Yeah, no big deal; only I almost died.” Kage says bluntly.
“Again, sorry. It’s just that I’ve never really met another demon who wasn’t hostile. And in this city, I’ve never met another demon.”
“Really? Never?” Kage inquired.
“Yeah, it’s just me and two of my friends. There aren’t any other demons here, well, except for you; I’ve never seen you around here before.”
“Wait, two friends?” Kage asks, intrigued.
“Yeah, but that’s it in this city. The city over in that direction,” The demon pointed towards where the next city was. “I think that one might have a shinigami in it. But over here it’s just me and him and her.”
“Could you, umm, show me?” Kage wondered.
“Oh sure, I guess to make up for attacking you. Again, really sorry.” The demon picked up the bladed staff and began to walk. “And I’ll show you that picture of you too.”
Kage followed, a bit anxiously.
“オイ、おまえのなまえは何?” (Hey, what’s your name?) Kage questioned.
“オレのなまえはアカドク.” (My name is AkaDoku. [Red Venom])