1 week had passed since that faithful day. The day when everything changed for the trio. They now found themselves in a museum, where an original copy of Sun Tzu's Art of War was being displayed.
"Mai... How much longer are we gonna have to walk?" Ken complained behind the purple cloaked girl. His brother stood nearby, sighing.
"Ken, we're dead, remember? We don't get tired." Hiiro said, turning around to look his brother in the eyes. Mai just stared ahead, walking toward their prize.
"This is it, right? The Art of War by the legendary Sun Tzu?" She whispered. "...How do we make an Eyecon out of it?" She looked back at her companions, who just shrugged in response. They hadn't been told how to make Eyecons.
"Well... I can help with that." A voice said behind the group. Swinging around, Mai's Ghost Driver materialized. "Woah! Woah! Don't hurt me!" The voice had been coming from a strange creature with an entirely black body, and silver boots and gloves. two oddly shaped, entirely blue eyes sat on it's face.
"Who... Or what are you?" Hiiro asked apprehensively, reaching into his pocket.
"I am a Ganma. It seems we have a common goal, you three and I... We both need Eyecons. And I know how to make them!" The creature, called Ganma said. Mai slowly nodded in understanding, but didn't dismiss her belt.
"Ok... Well, I would appreciate you telling us right now please. We need to get 15 of these things, and soon." Pointing his finger at the Ganma, Ken glared while speaking.
"Well first, you need the object in question to have a strong connection to the legendary spirit! 2nd, you need someone to have a strong connection to that spirit! And 3rd, and SUPER IMPORTANT, you need to draw an Eye Seal when the item and person begin to glow. Do you understand?" The Ganma's body language was that of a teacher teaching small children. Hiiro looked around, taking note that no one seemed to notice the Ganma at all. Nor them...
"Yeah, I understand." Mai said, looking towards a man who seemed to be drooling over a display showing... a Gameboy?
"The original prototype for the first Gameboy... I can't believe they have it on display here!" The man said with excitement in his voice. "Yokoi-san... If only I could be as great as you!" Hiiro seemed to notice the man glowing.
"Yeah, like that guy. He's an examp- WAIT!" The Ganma began to say, before finally realizing what the glow implied. "Quick, somebody make an Eyecon!" Hiiro nodded and got closer, his own belt materializing.
"Ok... So he said 'Make an Eye Seal'... Does that mean just draw an eye in the air or something?" He muttered. He lifted his right hand, and drew an oval in the air with his finger. Instantly, a large eye appeared where the drawing had been, possessing 3 horns near the iris. It passed through the man and over the Gameboy. Everyone watched with anticipation as a silverish smoke cloud appeared, before it reformed into a large, sleeveless hoodie resembling a Gameboy.
"Who calls upon me?" A voice echoed from the coat's hood, where two neon green eyes sat. It looked down at Hiiro. "Was it you, young man?"
"Are you... Gunpei Yokoi?" Hiiro asked after a moment.
"Indeed I am! Why have you called upon me?" Yokoi asked, floating down to eye level.
"...We need your help. We need to gather 15 Eyecons so we can come back to life... And avenge our mother." Mai said, stepping forward. Ken walked forward as well, nodding.
"I see... Very well! I shall lend you my power!" With that, the coat flew into Hiiro's belt, and an Eyecon with a neon green casing fell out of the eye. Almost instantly, it was snatched out of his hands by the Ganma.
"Perfect... It's perfect!" It said inbetween laughs. Hiiro instantly turned around.
"Hey! That's ours, you jerk!" The young man shouted. He lunged for it, only to get a kick to the face.
"Not anymore it's not!" The Ganma said. "I must thank you three. You did well getting me this... Sadly, Now I'll just dispose of you and take your belts for myself." He lifted the Eyecon, which glowed purple for a second, before pressing the button on the side. The red iris changed to one showing a 24, and it was absorbed into the Ganma a second later. Instantly it began to mutate, gaining a warped version of the Yokoi coat from earlier. It's face changed to be more boxy in shape, with a green visor over the blue eyes. "This power... It's incredible! Hehe... I can definitely demolish you three with this!"
Swinging it's arm, it collided with a display, which came crumbling down. However, aside from the 3 ghosts, none could see what caused it, and began to run away in fear as other things came crashing down. Hiiro looked up in anger.
"Lying to us... Tricking us... You're just... evil. I had a feeling we shouldn't have trusted you... But now I KNOW we shouldn't have." Reaching down to his belt, he pressed the button on top of it, causing it to pop open. He reached into his pocket, and removed an Eyecon with a black casing and a red iris, which he held out to the side. "I'll take you down myself, and reclaim that Eyecon!" He pushed the button of his Eyecon, causing it's iris to change to one showing an I. He swung his arm in a full circle, before dropping the Eyecon into his belt, and shutting it with his free hand.
[EYE!] From the eye of the belt came a black, short sleeved hoodie with red trim. Pulling out the orange handle, Hiiro held out his right hand in front of him, palm facing the Ganma. His wrist turned, and his hand clenched into a fist. [BACHIRI-IKEI! BACHIRI-IKEI!] (Watch in awe! Watch in awe!)
"Henshin!" Pushing the handle back in, the eye of the belt blinked as red lines spread out over Hiiro's body. A large blue eye symbol made itself known in front of his chest, and motes of lights collided into his body, forming into a black, armored bodysuit. The coat flew over and slid onto him.
[KAIGAN! IKIRYO! INOCHI NO SUKUU! USHINATTA EIYU! HOGO GHOST!] (Awaken! Ikiryo! Save the lives! The lost hero! The Protective ghost!)
A red faceplate with two, fang like black eyepieces flipped up onto Hiiro's new helmet, his brow adorned by 3 sharp horns. Pushing down his hood, the one now known as Ikiryo stood. He held his hand out in front of his belt, and a broadsword with an eye symbol on the crossguard appeared from it. Taking a battle stance honed by years of Kendo practice, he readied himself for the Ganma. It charged, and so did he.
A clash of a pixalated sword like hand and sword blade rang out to all who could see the fight. Mai summoned her belt and got her own Eyecon out, inserting it into the belt and transforming. As she was about to charge in, she spotted the knocked over display of Sun Tzu's Art of War. Walking over to it, she examined the now ruined copy. "A piece of history... Ruined by battle. Ironic, given what it is..." She said, looking out of the corner of her eye as her friend ducked under a slash and kicked at his foe. Her eyes trailed back to the book, written entirely in Chinese. "The first great man I learned about... I've always wanted to see this... But not like this."
Ken had gone about trying to hold things up from falling, and saw Mai out of the corner of his eye. "Wait... Mai... You're glowing." He pointed out. The girl blinked and looked down at her hands, which were indeed glowing. Her eyes drifted back to the book, which had a similar glow.
"Wait... Then that means..." She held out her hand and drew an eye symbol in front of the book, which passed over her hands and then the book. A green cloud of smoke brought forth a bright green coat with gold trim and paint brushes hanging off it's short sleeves.
"Hmm? Awakened from my long slumber, I have been, to a sight of battle." The spirit of Sun Tzu spoke in a wise voice. "Tell me, was it you who summoned me, young woman?" Looking down at Mai in her Shinigami armor, he questioned, green eyes shimmering.
"Yes, it was. I need your help. Please, lend me your wisdom, so that I may help my friends!" Mai answered. The spirit thought for a moment, and then, with a nod, flew into her belt. Out came an Eyecon with a white iris, and a bright green shell. Mai's eyes flashed over to the battle, where the Ganma has gotten the upperhand, and was beating back Hiiro. "Hold on Hiiro..." She muttered, and pressed the button on the new Eyecon. Opening her belt back up, Mai removed her Shinigami Eyecon, and replaced it with the new Sun Tzu Eyecon. She slammed the lid shut and began to walk over.
[EYE! BACHIRIKYOFU...] With a pull and push of the lever, the coat of Sun Tzu flew out of her belt and descended onto her form. [KAIGAN! SUN TZU! TAISEN NO GEIJUTSU! WRITER NO DENSETSU!] (Awaken, Sun Tzu! The art of war! A legendary writer!) The coat replaced her Shinigami coat, which vanished into motes of light. The paintbrush arms folded up onto the sides of the sleeves, and a new faceplate depicting two,crossed green swords with a paintbrush in the middle clicked into place. The blade of her scythe adjusted itself, becoming a curved glaive. She spun, hitting the Ganma directly across the chest. Black blood flowed from it's wound as she landed beside Hiiro. The Ganma fell to his knees in pain, a glare showing itself from behind his green visor.
"I'll kill you... I'll kill all three of you!" It shouted. It stood and charged at the 2 in front of it, aiming to pierce right through their chests. Moving aside, Mai shifted her glaive into a rifle and fired several rounds at her foe, while Hiiro pushed a button on his sword, which split into two seperate daggers. Rushing in, the young man slashed several times across the Ganma's body.
"What do you say we finish him off?" Mai asked, holding her weapon, now a glaive once more, near the eye of her belt.
"Yeah." Hiiro responded, placing the eye symbol of his daggers in front of his own belt's eye.
[DAIKAGAIN!] A shout rang out, black mist appearing to hold the weakened Ganma down. The lines on both ghosts' suits began to glow in the darkness as two chants rang out, energy gathering around their weapons.
[GANGANKYOFU... GANGANKYOFU...] (Look on fearfully... Look on fearfully...)
[GANGANIKEI! GANGANIKEI!] (Look on in awe! Look on in awe!)
With a press of a button, the two began to run towards their weakened foe.
[OMEGA CLEAVE!] [OMEGA STAB!] Hiiro went first, stabbing numerous times into the Ganma at high speed, black blood shooting out from it's wounds. A couple slashed later, he rolled out of the way as Mai jumped up and came crashing down, her glaive slices right through his body like butter.
"Fall into darkness, and sleep for eternity..." Mai said under her breath. The Ganma screamed as his body exploded, sending the Yokoi Eyecon flying. It landed near Ken's foot, who reached down and grabbed it after he finished putting a pedestal back in place.
"That was so cool!" He shouted. The two reached down to their belts, removed the Eyecons, and closed them back up, causing their armors to vanish into thin air. Sirens came from outside, and, going invisible, the 3 checked from a window. Outside were numerous police and ambulances, as well as news crews.
"...We should leave." Mai said quickly. The three phased through a wall, moving past the barricade set up. A later news report would claim everything had been a terrorist attack, but only 3 knew the truth. 2 Eyecons now in their possession, the 3 friends continued their journey.
SHINIGAMI RE;BIRTH 4: END
"Everyone is searching for a world where they belong. A place of light, free of falsehood. We are on a never ending journey to reach that world." -Tsukasa Kadoya