Cross Gun: Chapter 180 – Fated Fight – Face-Off

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Chapter 180: Fated Fight – Face-Off

As the six quirky individuals were duelling it out in the training room, the two being represented by them were watching over the entire battlefield from above, observing the brawl from their seats in the spectator’s gallery.

Of course, as the battle unfolded, both Junichi and Gabriel expressed shock, albeit to different degrees and by different developments. The former displayed subtle intrigue upon witnessing Karen and the 〚Witch Doctor’s〛 capabilities, while the latter was utterly astounded by the startling coordination that the [Scarlet Ashes]  displayed.

But then again, it couldn’t be helped that Gabriel was completely dumbfounded. After all, the ponytailed 〚Assassin〛 aside, he could never have dreamed that the green and orange amateurs would display such matured combat senses. To the point where they’d even pulled one over the seasoned [Alpha Team], no less.

「Truly remarkable. I tip my hat off to you, Mister Saito.」

Gabriel Gaston spoke, commending the youth for his achievement as he turned towards the dark-haired figure, whose eyes were glued to the match taking place below. Yet, finding no malice in the youth’s lack of reaction, the bulky commander stroked his chin as he once again found himself revelling in amazement.

He was impressed. No, he was more than impressed. Training complete amateurs into fighters that could hold their own against soldiers in a matter of weeks was no easy feat. Therefore, the fact that Junichi was able to do just that was beyond astonishing and even a little scary, especially considering his young age.

Nevertheless, even though some might think that Gabriel should be wary of the [Scarlet Ashes’s] dramatic growth, considering that their increased prowess threatened his chances of winning his bet, that was actually not the case at all. In fact, contrary to belief, a smile was plastered upon his stocky face.

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Cross Gun: Chapter 179 – Fated Fight – Probing

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Chapter 179: Fated Fight – Probing

One of the pure white training rooms that was at the 【Organisation’s】 disposal had been designated as the arena for the fated fight. There was no way of telling for sure, but the room possessed a remarkable resemblance to the one that Junichi and 《Cross》 had fought each other in last time, which was just as well considering the expansive space had already been furnished with a spectators gallery.

That being said, this choice of terrain was not as ideal for the [Scarlet Ashes], as its tactical qualities had already tipped the scales of victory towards their opposition before the fight had even began. A wide open field with nothing that could be used for cover was a poor match for the Rin’s fighting style which heavily relied on sneaky confrontations,

immediately nerfing her ability as an 〚Assassin〛.

—or at least, that’s what it seemed like at first.

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Cross Gun: Chapter 178 – Fated Fight – Introduction

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Chapter 178: Fated Fight – Introduction

Monday – August 8 XX29.

A perfectly normal day. A day like any other. Like every other Monday, teenagers would wake up to the morning sun as they prepared themselves to face a new week.

Some, like usual, would be groggy and annoyed at the fact that their weekends had come to an end. Others would start their routine of feeling disheartened by the coming onslaught of boring classes, and so desperately wished that the week would end before it had even begun. There were those that, as per the norm, would be excited to spend time with their friends, and there were a select few who, as always, were eager to approach their studies with a diligent vigour.

Needless to say, to the average person going about their daily business, today was but the same as every other day.

However, that did not hold true for everyone. Especially for the group of youngsters that had gathered here.

After all, today was the day. The day that signalled a month after Saito Junichi and Gabriel Gaston had started their bet. And it was the day where said bet would finally be settled.

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Cross Gun: Chapter 177 – Falling Out

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Chapter 177: Falling Out

After Junichi had been briefed, Cocoa’s turn to be examined had come. As a part of the process involved the examinee to undress, however, the dark-haired youth deemed that it would be rather inappropriate for him to remain, lest he be accused of unsightly ogling at a 14-year-old.

Therefore, in order to avoid such a tragic fate, Junichi tactfully excused himself, giving his mercenary partner some privacy as he walked out of the room at the risk of leaving her at the 〚Witch Doctor’s〛 mercy.

Or, at the very least, that’s how the boy’s actions had been seen on the surface.

Now, the boy’s intent of sparing Cocoa the embarrassment of having him see her bare torso was unchanged. Yet, if that was all there was to it, then the youth would have simply just stood outside the infirmary door and waited for the dark-skinned hacker to finish her examination.

The very fact that he chose not to and instead walked a fair distance away from the examination room further reinforced the theory that there was another motive behind Junichi’s departure.

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Cross Gun: Chapter 176 – A Doctor a Day

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Chapter 176: A Doctor a Day

「*hic*……I…I’m sorry. I don’t know what came over me…」

Managing to pull herself together after a few minutes passed, Cocoa Valentine withdrew herself from the dark-haired youth’s embrace as she used her sleeves to wipe away the tears from her face. And, while her eyes were red and a little sore from the rubbing, the girl with liquorice hair had more or less returned to normal.

Still, seeing how she had ashamedly buried her head in the man’s chest, Cocoa’s complexion quickly reddened as the knowledge of the damp patch in Junichi’s shirt being her doing compelled her to become quite restless. Despite having perceived her rosy cheeks and fidgeting fingers, however, the dark-haired youth chose not to comment on it, instead gently tapping Cocoa’s head a few times as he gave a reassuring smile.

「That’s alright. As long as you’re feeling better now.」


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Cross Gun: Chapter 175 – New School Life – The 〚Wizard’s〛 Circumstance

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Chapter 175: New School Life – The 〚Wizard’s〛 Circumstance

『Level 5 start.』

At the same time as the artificial voice spoke in a monotonous tone, a figure with dark hair kicked the floor, propelling themselves forward with a tremendous amount of momentum. The propulsion of their launch allowed the figure to cut through the air with little resistance as their hands instinctively reached to their hips, wrapping around a pair of lightweight pistols.

Upon doing so, the figure’s eyes gleamed, shining brightly as they swiftly scanned the perimeter in an instant. No matter where they looked, the sight of a person-shaped silhouette could be seen lurking in the shadows. Their appearances ranged from big to small, and old to young, but despite this, there was one thing they all had in common.

They were all designated as targets.

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Cross Gun: Chapter 174 – Training – Reversal

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Chapter 174: Training – Reversal

Now, some might consider Mayumi’s idea of detonating her smoke bombs in her area to be quite stupid. However, there were merits to her decision which could not be dismissed out of hand.

For instance, by shrouding herself and her teammates, Mayumi had effectively deterred the enemy from making an advance on their side. For, if they entered the perimeter of the smoke cloud carelessly, then they may be subjected to an unexpected ambush. Additionally, the lack of visibility through the sea of fog concealed the [Scarlet Ashes’ ] figures, allowing them to move as they pleased without being seen by the opposition.

Yet, the most crucial side-effect that Mayumi’s actions produced was the change in the flow of the battle. Continue reading