*continued story* "I need these fight against this Kimiko! Do you expect me to fight with my fists, Mazari?" Toshiro explained indignantly. "Now where're Keoshi and the others? When do we leave base? What're the battle plans? Who's the commanding general?" Mazari looked ready to laugh, and also had pity in her eyes. "I--I'm sorry, Father, but Keoshi and the others have already left. I called you here to help protect Shizume while they're gone." Toshiro exploded. "What? How the he** do they think they're gonna defeat this woman without my help? How long ago did I leave? I can catch up to them!" Shizume could've cried as she watched Toshiro's energetic banter. His rants were somehow soothing. "No Father, they've been gone too long. You'll catch up now. Besides, I wouldn't want you going with them anyway!" Mazari fired back with Toshiro's same energy. "This woman is powerful and evil beyond anything you've ever seen, she could kill you! And you're too old to handle such a dangerous mission!" Toshiro scowled, not liking the term "too old". Mazari continued. "Please, you're needed much more with me, with all of us, because we don't have your strength and weaponry." she remarked, glancing at his guns and everything else. Toshiro snorted. "And," Mazari kept up. "Shizume needs a man with your power to protect her. We need you more here. Don't you want to help her, Father?" She finished, glaring him in the eyes. Toshiro stared of at Shizume, softly. "Fine." he at last agreed. "Good." Mazari smiled in triumph. "Kamajii will be glad to have extra firepower. He's been loading up all our guns all morning. This will make him feel better." Toshiro approached Shizume, resting his wrinkled hand on her head. "You've grown so much like your mother, Shizume. I wish she could see you now." Shizume began to feel the tears coming all over again. Mom...she had no idea how much danger she was in now. "But I promise you, I'll make sure to keep you safe, for her sake. And your father's too."