Thinking back now, Rin looked at her still-bleeding thumb and wondered when she cut herself. Only to realize when swinging the dagger, the blade was still sharp enough to cut her thumb and her thoughts to invocate into her blood...
This was terrible, if anyone noticed a Sky flame was within the mixture of that blast, her secret would be—
“Are you listening, Sawada Rin?!” Matsusashi’s voice yelled to gain her attention back from her daze—
Rin at once kneeled and bowed her head, leaving everyone in shock of her actions.
“I truly apologize for this unforgivable mistake I’ve made, Matsusashi-sama-sensei!” With no time wasted, she apologized.
Flabbergasted by the sudden actions, Matsusashi blabbered out. “Y-Y-Y-You... W-What devilish plan you are—?!”
Rin interjected. “Words may not be enough, but I truly apologize for the harm I’ve caused...!”
Everyone looked at her as sympathy flooded their hearts, standing at a perspective view. One male student amongst them spoke. “....... You know... It wasn’t much of his fault...”
“It’s only his first day. Maybe he’s just a student like us, it’s a new technology that’s just made by the Vongola.” Another student agreed with a slight nod from her head.
“T-True.... I would feel nervous if I were the one standing there.” A male student shuddered at the thought of showing in front of the class, especially the impossible feat needed to do.
“Then again.... He came into the school like us....” She, like everyone else, was also a student. Like everyone else, even the Shadow made mistakes. It wasn’t correct to push the blame on her.
Matsusashi’s jaw dropped. His students were siding with the ‘sly and cunning’ Shadow who ‘tricked’ everyone by winning ‘pity’ from them. Gritting his teeth, he growled, “Even so, you’re to receive punishment—!”
“Hey! Give Rin a break, Sensei!”
“That’s right, you were the one who asked him to show in front of the whole class!”
“R-Rin-kun was only trying his best to learn like all of us!”
Rin raised her head, surprised to see Jin, Chiharu, and Rein... Those three who she barely knew, standing before her. She understood people do it when they had forged a long friendship, but within hours? This was something she couldn’t understand.
Before she could tell them to stay back so they wouldn’t get into trouble too, another familiar figure had stepped forward and spoken. “As what Jin-kun had said... Even when Rin-kun being excused under the orders from the Decimo to not have her blood taken, you chose him to show still.”
Harsh glare shown on Matsusashi’s orbs, as he shouted. “There was no evidence the Decimo had excused the Shadow from it! He must’ve been lying—!”
“Lying?” Raised one of his brows, Shiku glared back and countered. “He didn’t get the chance to explain himself. You’ve been cutting off him every time he was to explain to you... Like how a student is trying to explain his reason to an actual teacher, unlike you.”
The face that turned red with anger, Matsusashi glowered. “I dare you to repeat it, Yukigami Shiku!”
“Sure, many times if you need.” A small smirk shown on his face for a second, Shiku informed coldly. “If you’re an actual teacher, you’d listen before you blabber accusation at a student for the ‘Great Vongola Decimo’. An actual teacher doesn’t go around spouting opinions that don’t involve you. And...
“A real experienced teacher and mafioso know better to get an inexperienced student to show both Storm and Cloud flames together. Unless said foolish and arrogant teacher used the certain death of the students here to blame on the Shadow.”
As expected for Shiku, Matsusashi’s face turned red like an angry bull. The glare from his eyes now filled with humiliation and fury, let out a loud outrage from his shout. “You... You... YOU insolent brat! How dare you insult our great leader?! And you even dare to accuse me with such baseless lies I would harm the young Undicesimo’s Shadow?!!”
Unfazed at the outrage he provoked, Shiku shrugged his shoulders and gave a pointed look. “Yeah, and I already did. So what, if it’s the great Decimo of the Vongola famigila or any great big mafioso Boss. If you don’t have the spine to admit the fault you did, then go ahead.”
“Punish us, every one of us, Sensei. Punish all of us for taking sides with Rin-kun instead of what you’ve planned.” Gave one last taunt at Matsusashi, the other three stood forward with a brave and determined glare to their teacher.
Looked at her back, her classmate’s expression was a mix of worry and anger too. Worry being, they would get caught along and received punishment for what they didn’t do. And anger, being provoked by Shiku’s words they were almost sacrificed as a pawn to blame the Shadow for her failure.
Regardless, it’s not an ideal circumstance. Everyone being punished by Shiku’s provocation would not be a good thing, especially if this incident spread.
It would disgrace her Master’s reputation because of her incompetence and the punishment that’s coming.
Stood up, Rin grabbed Shiku’s arm to catch his attention and whispered. “Shiku-dono, please step back...! None of you should receive punishment for what I had done, so please take back your words to Matsusashi-sama-sensei...!”
A knowing yet dubious expression shown on Shiku’s face, his eyes narrowed and whispered. “You’re to get punished by a sabotage from a spineless mafioso of the Vongola famigila. Yet, you’re still defending that teacher who tried to kill you?”
“He had no intention to do so from the beginning, Shiku-dono. Because if he did, Matsusashi-sama-sensei will be in a grave plight too.
“This is a land of peace, and the Decimo wished for all mafioso famigila to unite in forming an alliance under this land of peace.” Rin shook her head firmly and whispered back.
“Land of peace, huh...?”
Looked like Shiku wasn’t convinced, Rin was to whisper again until Matsusashi’s loud voice interrupted. “You! What do you think you’re trying to do?! Trying to manipulate Yukigami-kun aren’t you?!”
Turned her head, she saw the still-furious Matsusashi was pointing at her with his finger.
“How about he was trying to get his classmate to stay uninvolved from the problem? So that, they wouldn’t get punished too by a spineless mafioso manipulation?” Shiku answered with an annoyed sigh escaped his lips.
“Even when he is trying to protect us in great Decimo’s wish to form peace with spineless mafioso like you?” At the confession, Shiku had roused more of their classmate with a rather angry look.
Despite Rin was a student here, she was still a member of the Vongola had been upholding Decimo’s wish in this land of peace.
And Matsusashi, their own teacher who often preached the greatness of the Decimo, had caused nothing but trouble for them. The accusation Matsusashi was trying to kill them to place blame on the Shadow made to sound more sense to them.
Tables overturned, everyone was siding against the cunning Shadow instead of him.
The student who twist the favor from him, the cunning servant manipulated everyone’s heart again. And...
The monster manipulated his great Decimo, and Matsusashi was positive beneath the emotionless expression was the monster laughing at his failure.
Before Matsusashi could call out the truth on the Shadow’s nature, the bell rang for the next period of class.
Face still reddened with anger, Matsusashi tried to speak as calmly as possible “Remember to do your assignment, as I will go through them next week. Dismissed!” He stomped out of the room, irritation written over his face.
The students went to where their bags were to pick them up before leaving in their own groups to the next class.
No use crying over a spilled milk even if Matsusashi had chosen not to punish anyone... Rin felt horrible for her incapability which dragged innocent people into her mess.
As her friends turned to look her, what they did not expect was Rin kneeling down with her head bowed.
“I truly apologize for getting all of you involved in my problem, Jin-dono, Chiharu-dono, Rein-dono, and Shiku-dono!” The said Shadow apologized loudly.
“He’s way too polite!” Jin bluntly pointed out.
Rein squatted down beside Rin, trying to get Rin to raise her head. “I-It’s fine, Rin-kun! C-Come on, raise your head!”
“T-That’s right! We’re friends so it’s only natural we did so!” Chiharu joined Rein as well in helping her to get the apologizing Shadow to raise her head.
“We... Are?” At Chiharu’s words, Rin raised her head and only to stare at them dumbfounded. Friends, since when? In the last 1 hour and 58 minutes ago? Or was it she replied their introduction and conversed with them? This word ‘friends’ was foreign to her...
She remembered she took around 1 to 2 months to become ‘friends’ with Ienari’s guardians after she adopted by the Decimo. To take only hours to be ‘friends’... Rin felt wary; that she remained alert since there would be people who used her to get their hands of her Master—
Chiharu flicked her forehead, snapping Rin out of her thoughts, chided. “Yes, you idiot! Don’t you have any friends besides the Undicesimo-sama and his guardians?”
“I... I do, Chiharu-dono... I have one friend beside my Master and his guardians.” Rin’s blank face and straight to the point answer.
This earned her a facepalm from Chiharu while Shiku sighed with exasperation from Rin’s answer.
Shiku advised in a polite tone. “You’ve spent too much time serving your Master, Rin-kun. Other than your Master and his guardians, you will need friends to fight for him. Friends to stand up for you and helped you...
“But regardless even if it’s for your Master, you need to stand up against spineless mafioso like Matsusashi-sensei.
“You should not have defended him and even he accused you of trying to manipulate everyone. Mafioso like them are the reason the Arcobaleno course should know their place.”
As Shiku chided her, Rin nodded in agreement. But his words again, made Rin narrowed her eyes with disagreement. She couldn’t say everyone wasn’t the same due to most of her experience with mafioso bosses. But, what she knew in her heart, Ienari and his guardians differed from what Shiku said about them.
‘If only there’s something to show Sawada-sama and everyone are different...’ Rin thought to herself.
Jin patted Shiku’s shoulder and reminded. “Hey now, it’s Rikkun’s first day in school. Besides, it’s a first for him to have friends like us!”
“I suppose that is something that cannot disagree.” Shiku sighed in resignation before showing back his polite smile.
An idea came to Jin’s mind and suggested. “How about we show you around the school? Let’s start with the workshop, Rikkun?”
“...... Sure, but not the combat arena, Jin-dono.” Rin’s only reply that came from the polite smile shown back on her face.
Surprised by Rin’s words, Jin grinned. “Maybe later, so you’re right. I won’t be going there just to see attack skills from the Arcobaleno course, I’m on a lookout for more inspiration in creating more Ino generators!”
“Why don’t we go together during lunchtime?” suggested Rein.
“Let’s do it once the Math lesson has ended.” Shiku agreed.
“Hm... No matter how you look at it, you should check out the arena first.” Jin said; his expression remained neutral from Chiharu’s cheerful suggestion.
The latter scowled. “I need not get reminded by a Brainiac like you.”
‘Well, two can play that game!’ Jin considered before shouting back. “What was that hot-headed idiot?!”
“Stop it both of you.... You’ve only met today, right?” Rein reminded.
‘I guess being opposite of each other increase compatibility’ Rin noted in her head. With a sigh escaping from both Shiku and Rin’s lips, the former helped to stop the bickering two while Rin stood up once more.
As she watched the scenario before her, a familiar gentle voice reminded her. ‘I also want you to enjoy your life as any child have. And, I’m positive Ienari wanted that too.’
Despite the chaos in the class she caused, that period of just attending class, listening to lecture from teachers, studying and working together with friends...
This must be what the Decimo mentioned.
Even if the importance was being Ienari’s Shadow she came into the academy... Ienari, her Master, desired for this to happen for his Shadow. And if he’s here, Ienari would most likely be happy that she found friends.
Nodding to herself, Rin jumped to help Rein and Shiku to separate them before it escalated into a full-scale fight. As they were walking out of the room after taking their bags, Jin and Chiharu were glaring daggers at each other before turning their backs to each other.
With this, a small smile curved up hidden on Rin’s lips as she contemplated in her mind. ‘The life of a normal student.... The wish that the Decimo and Sawada-sama wanted....’
Arc Cover & Summary|Terminology
Sawada Rin's bio
Sawada Ienari's bio
Yamamoto Sayuri's bio
Gokudera Fedele's bio
Ishihara Toshihiro's bio
Sasagawa Hizashi's bio
Minutes after Matsusashi had told them, colorful flames lit the room. Each student excited at the outcome of their flames and skills. The image they made became a reality!
Some still trying on how to create their own combat skills or even how to activate their generator, confused and clueless at what went wrong.
A bright Rain flame taking shape of the bow formed on Rein’s hand, much to her surprise. Her eyes sparkled as she thanked Rin. “Thank you very much, Rin-kun.” The Shadow shook her head as a reply.
“Check this out, you two!” Turning their head around, a broadsword shape formed out of the Lightning flame generated from Jin’s gloves. Both Rein and Rin surprised and amazed by how fast he could forge out just weapon with Dying Will flame after Shiku guiding him and—
A kick engulfed with Sun flames swung downwards and broke the broadsword. Shocked, Jin stared at his shattered weapon in exasperation. Chiharu retracted her leg with a cheeky grin. “How’s that for a trick?”
“You could have killed someone, you know!” Jin growled.
“Hey, I controlled my output okay!”
Shook his head with exasperation, Shiku let out a heavy sigh and muttered. “Looks like it has started again....”
Sighed too, Rein remembered something and turned to Rin. “Ah, didn’t Matsusashi-sensei said we have the assignment to do?”
Nodding in confirmation, Rin replied “Yes, it’s written on board there, Rein-dono. I shall take the notes down for everyone.”
With a polite bow, Rin took her leave and headed towards the board. Picked up an unused tablet in the rack below, she slid the screen and tapped onto the note app. Searched and keying the fields of hers and her teammates’ email, Rin typed the notes.
It was focusing on stabilization of flames and creating another two new combat skills to show in class. One of the key foundation learned was to practice on when using Ino. The combat skills were practices in using Dying Will flames for fights, learning how to use is important.
While typing, Rin alerted when footsteps approached her. She turned to see that Matsusashi approached her, nothing but disgust expressed on his face. “What do you have to say for yourself, Mister Vongola Undicesimo’s ‘Shadow’?” emphasized on her role scornfully.
“Pardon me...?” wondered Rin.
“You must be pleased standing here in my classroom. Thinking even after you’ve threatened the examiners of not taking your blood, you’ll be able to pass my class by manipulating the Decimo to your biddings.”
As she noticed the familiarity in this position she’s in, Rin turned her body to face her teacher.
“The situation you had heard was nothing but a complete misunderstanding, Matsusashi-sama-sensei,” Rin explained with a blank expression on her face.
She continued. “On the day of the entrance examination itself, I’m ordered by the Decimo-sama to not give my blood to the examiners. Decimo-sama had a good reason—!”
“I’m not misunderstood, Shadow.” With a deadly glare, Matsusashi venomously spat. “Our great Decimo would never be as foolish to give a special treatment to a low-life like you in this academy.”
‘It seems words isn’t enough to explain everything...’ Rin thought to herself.
Her blue orbs calmly looking back at the glare, try once more. “It was not a special treatment, Matsusashi-sama-sensei. I have evidence that the Decimo-sama had ordered me to—”
“The only solid evidence you have is you abusing our staff to get away with what you wanted.”
Shook his head, a spiteful smirk shown on Matsusashi’s face and sneered. “You have not only twisted the story to our great Decimo.
But, also manipulating our young Undicesimo to convince him into studying with Neutral Course.”
‘So this news had spread wildfire...’ She noted to herself again, she had assumed it was only on her entrance exam that was the misunderstanding. But her role with her Master being switched while she was still ‘Sawada Ienari’ got involved.
With a blank face, Rin gave yet another try, to give an important explanation why her Master had to attend the Neutral Course ordered by the Decimo.
Before she could open her mouth, an index finger raised to stop her from doing so.
“I’m willing to bet it’s another excuse that our great Decimo desired for this? There’s a limit to your lies to hide your inexcusable failure, Shadow.” Matsusashi decided. This was getting to a troubling situation, seeing it had become impossible for her to convey any of her words to him.
Rin was about to open her mouth once more to clarify. But, if she attempted to explain herself again, it would drag her innocent Master into her problem more involved than needed.
“I apologize for my inexcusable attempts by using my Master’s and Decimo-sama’s name, Matsusashi-sama-sensei.” Rin had decided to bow down and apologize.
The apology Rin gave only made Matsusashi grew furious at the plain indifference by her emotionless face.
Let out an irritated grunt, Matsusashi growled. “You’re ‘sorry’? What a load of crap from your arrogant face! You are anything but sorry, useless Shadow!
“You are gloating in your heart! Expecting you can get away with it, just like that mission with Buscemi famiglia! Did you assume no one knows? No one would know of useless Shadow who didn’t protect his Master—” While chiding on, Matsusashi didn’t notice footsteps coming to them.
Footsteps of walking turning to a brisk walk, with an angry familiar voice that shouted. “Hey! Who are you to decide that Rin was a failure in protecting his Master?!”
Snapped her head to the source, Rin noticed Chiharu had stepped right beside her with a furious expression. Teeth gritting and her hands balled into a fist, Chiharu continued. “You’re not the Decimo or even the Undicesimo, so why are you declaring that mission was a failure when you’re not involved at all?!”
Matsusashi whose glare remained on Rin didn’t bother to look away from the Shadow and answered. “The same could say too, Tendon-kun. Students who are not part of the Vongola famiglia have no rights to interrupt. And, I’m voicing my opinion to the young Undicesimo’s Shadow on how he could improve on his duties.”
Before Chiharu snapped, Rin raised her right hand to tell her not to get involved into this. The Shadow remained unfazed even this and replied. “That mission was no doubt a failure, Matsusashi-sama-sensei. It was no doubt my ignorance to my Master’s welfare had caused it.
“Even if I lack power now... Even if my blood is not taken for an Ino generator, I’ll do whatever it takes just to protect my Master. I’ll find any means to protect Sawada-sama.... Matsusashi-sensei.” Her determined blue orbs gazed back at Matsusashi’s cold glare joint with her strong-willed words to protect her Master.
Matsusashi clicked his tongue in disgust and glowered. “You may be the young Undicesimo’s Shadow. But, you’ll not get away with threatening and manipulating all of us, especially in my class.”
After Matsusashi turned around and walked off in anger, Chiharu stuck her tongue out. Sounds of footsteps approached both, Jin watching Matsusashi walking with a slight glare grunted. “What’s his problem?”
“It was just a misunderstanding that Matsusashi-sama-sensei had about some incident, Jin-dono,” Rin replied.
“It’s obvious enough he’s trying to find fault while the Undicesimo isn’t here.” Shiku pointed out while glaring at Matsusashi’s figure.
“Argh, seriously! What’s his problem?!” Chiharu let out an angry yell, ranting. “He’s not a higher-ranking member in the Vongola famigila, why is he butting onto things that are not his problem, anyway?!”
With a timid yet reassuring look, Rein assured the Shadow. “D-Don’t let his words bother you, Rin-kun!”
“I’ll note that, everyone...” Rin nodded at everyone’s assurance, despite meeting them only minutes ago.
But, this was not the first time Rin herself had to deal with this ‘criticism’ towards her position.
More often than not, an incident like this often gave evidence to the Decimo of why she’s unfit from being Ienari’s Shadow.
And an incident like this, she would the one on the receiving end of her classmate’s gossip on the attack.
Afterward, during this incident, Rin remembered the Decimo’s office would often flood with the proposal of a candidate who was worthier than her to be the Shadow.
But, even so, Ienari still insisted on her to be his Shadow. The mafioso had to remind her by pointing out the uncountable list of facts she and Ienari have nothing in common. Rin knew because she wielded the Sky flame with the exact matching Wave energy as Ienari, she was chosen; a fact that had remained unknown to everyone else.
If there was a choice, she would have advised her Master to pick others who are worthier to stay by Ienari’s side and protect him. It was better than having a blood-thirsty monster like her to be the Shadow of him.
The group moved on to where their classmates gathered after being called by their teacher. Cleared his throat, he asked, “I hope everyone could practice on activation and your own techniques you have learned today.”
“Another thing about Ino generator, unlike the rings which can only ignite a specific flame. The Ino generator allows its user to ignite multiple flames at a time.
“Now I need a volunteer to show.” His eyes darted across the crowd before setting them on a certain person. “Ah, how about you, Sawada-kun?”
Heads turned to Rin, her friends bewildered that their teacher had picked Rin on purpose. Even knowing she had been excused from the entrance exams. He was smiling a little too polite at Rin, no doubt taunting her into an unknown trap–or at least what Rin assumed.
“Understood, Matsusashi-sama-sensei,” Rin replied with a nod a second later.
His newfound friends who heard this, Jin protested. “Are you even able to activate the generator that isn’t of your own blood, Rikkun?”
The said Shadow replied with a blunt tone. “To be honest, I don’t know.”
“What?!” Jin and Chiharu shouted in unison. Chiharu warned. “Then why?! You realize how crazy to go unsure, let alone unprepared.”
“I agree with Chiharu-san’s words, Rin-kun.” Shiku nodded with a grim expression, he continued. “What Matsusashi-sensei had requested isn’t lighting one, but two flames at the same time. Are you sure, Rin-kun? If not, I could take your place—”
“It’s alright, Shiku-dono. I’ll be fine and I wanted to do this.” Rin interrupted with a faint assuring smile on her lips, added. “I volunteered to go up because I want— No, I needed to try.”
“Try…?” Rein repeated.
Rin nodded. “I need to find out my abilities to protect my Master better, so it’s a good opportunity for me, Rein-dono.” She walked off to the front despite the worries and concerns on her friends’ face.
The Shadow was unaffected by the glares and disgusted expressions on her classmate’s faces. Matsusashi was smiling with false politeness and handed. “Show to the class how to use both Storm and Cloud flames together.”
Taking the dagger into her hands, Rin took a quick look from the blunt blade of the dagger to the end where the blood capsule stored. Still staring at the dagger, Rin asked. “Is it alright to use both flames together, Matsusashi-sama-sensei?”
“Yes! Since you’re the Undicesimo’s ‘Shadow’, I’m sure you can do it. Now, let’s not make everyone wait, shall we?” The mocking tone hidden under the gentle words brought encouragement towards the students in the class to wait in anticipation.
In this situation, the key was to force the victim into stage fright, and it would be a great strategy in getting the enemy to surrender.
The main concept in achieving was... Fear, rendering the enemy unable to battle in their state of mind–Rin recalled from Reborn’s lessons.
But, she didn’t feel nervous or even frightened by this because she noticed, no one emitted the killing intent from their presence. They were just waiting in anticipation like how she had waited for the magician to his trick when Setsushi brought her to a traveling circus in town. So, the problem now is...
Storm flame, it carried the disintegration characteristic.
And, the Cloud flame carried the ability of Propagation.
With the two together, the Storm flame’s ability would multiply when used with the ability of the Cloud flames.
This technique could create powerful destructive attacks and absorb the flames from the enemy. But, this was a classroom. Constraint area like here would not work well especially if the user didn’t know how to control their flames.
They would create powerful attacks that could not only kill everyone and themselves too.
Did Matsusashi notice the two flames properties when she had asked earlier?
Regardless, she needed to do this... For the sake of Ienari, she needed to prove to him and every single mafioso to join his leadership.
His Shadow, to be competent of something like this, despite the need of hiding the secret nobody should have realized. At the first swing by her arm, only a puff of smoke generated.
The next swing, an even bigger and darker color puff of smoke appeared.
The third swing, the puff of smoke became larger than the earlier. Now, there was a faint mix of something red within the smoke.
Swing by swing, there would be a red or purple glow within the smoke or even a burst of flames made. It wasn’t just the shape just the shape and power Rin had targeted. But, it wasn’t helpful when the jeers increased.
“Are you trying to make a fool out of us?!”
“Don’t waste our time, you bastard!”
“You’re a disgrace to Undicesimo-sama!”
Rin kept swinging, determined to get the power and Will she intended to achieve to show. The jeers, the worried look from her friends and the smirk on Matsusashi’s face did not affect her, working even harder to prove he worth in front of everyone.
‘Almost there...!’ Thinking to herself aloud, with her arm swung yet again to get what she wanted. By the next swing, something unexpected happened. Rin noted something cut her skin before she saw a large blast of white light flew towards the wall, followed by a blinding explosion...
End of Part II
Arc Cover & Summary|Terminology
Sawada Rin's bio
Sawada Ienari's bio
Yamamoto Sayuri's bio
Gokudera Fedele's bio
Ishihara Toshihiro's bio
Sasagawa Hizashi's bio
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