"I think I'm allergic to Souji..." she thought irrationally. 

"Okay, enough of this. We need to get back to the dojo. Let's go find Asai-san, and Heisuke....do something about that nosebleed" Hijikata said, somewhat sounding a bit tired.

The group set off in search of Rin's father, asking shop keepers and people.

Rin suddenly felt an extremely negative gut feeling; something was wrong.

She quickly bit onto her slightly quivering lower lip and clenched her fist, hoping her actions went unnoticed. As they walked on, her plan of staying non-existant obviously didn't work.

"Hmm? You look pale...well, paler than usual. Are you okay?" Souji asked her, poking her shoulder, his voice hinting a slight bit of seriousness.

Rin shook her head as she stared at the ground frowning. "I've just got a feeling that something's not right...I donno-"

"Yeah, i heard a single guy's taking on a whole group of samurai"

Rin and Souji stopped in their tracks and turned to the direction where they heard those words.

"The fight nearly destroyed the whole north east side of the market. That man's a demon!" the voice continued as Souji and Rin eavesdropped on the conversation two men were having.

"I know where dad is" Rin grumbled under her breath. "WHAT WAS HE THINKING??!" she suddenly yelled out, making Souji cringe at the sudden loudness and the rest turn around to face her questioningly. "We're heading to the North-East side of the market" the teal eyed girl declared, giving everyone a "don't-question-me" look. "We need to move quick. There's a fight going on there and i can bet on my katana that my father's involved" she added.

Soon enough, the group found themselves being led by Rin to the North East side of the market and were welcomed to the area with the sound of metal clashing against metal. Half the stalls were destroyed. The streets were abandoned and no civilians were visible. Rin's father stood- slightly panting- in the middle of an ambush of around 20 masked men. Corpses lay scattered among the pool of blood on the ground around the mini circle.

Immediately, Hijikata, Heisuke, Souji, Rin and Shinpachi drew out their katanas and dived into the crowd of samurai, Sonosuke using the spear that he always carried around. All of them avoided hitting their opponent's vital spots, but hit them hard enough to pass out.

"Dad! What happened here?!" Rin yelled over the loud racket of the fight as she stood back to back with her father.

"Long story cut short: They asked me for something and i didn't give it to them" Ren said through gritted teeth as he stabbed someone's arm.

"WHY DON'T YOU JUST GIVE THEM THE THING THEY WANT??!" Rin yelled angrily. Taking advantage of her distraction, the enemy disarmed her. Dodging a slash, Rin swiftly whipped out a throwing knife she always kept with her and threw it; the knife caught the man's shoulder as he let out a blood curdling scream and doubled over onto the ground.

Grabbing her katana off the ground, Rin returned back to fighting. She had been getting disarmed quiet often, which infuriated her to no end. She returned back to her original place near her father.

"Unless you don't want a bunch of zombiefied vampire human-demons being mind controlled by some other oni who's trying to take over the world, you'll stop questioning my motives; even though an oni rule over the world sounds tempting, i cannot allow it to happen" Ren said loudly enough for only Rin to hear, answering Rin's previously asked question.

"What?" Rin asked, completely lost. What her father said barely made sense to her.

"You'll understand later. Right now, all you have to know is that there will be a time in the future when you will have to selfishly protect yourself for the sake of protecting everyone around you"

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