Fierce hell fire rose from Ikki’s feet, swallowing him in a split second. Ikki punched instinctively and blew off the fire with its shockwave. Yet the hell fire had already taken him to the abyss in the realm, a place surrounded by boundless void and creepy wails, which made Ikki feel dizzy upon arrival.
Ikki: This is not my original world! Who brought me to this crappy place!
Ikki: Damn it! Show yourself!
Ikki’s yell was absorbed by the surrounding void. Not even a weak echo was reflected. His eyes opened widely, but he could see nothing but darkness. Meanwhile, bizarre whispers sounded in all directions. Gasping rapidly, the distracted Ikki started punching towards the voices. His tongue and nose were getting numb.
Pacing in the dark, spending a few minutes here made him feel like months of torment, as if he was imprisoned in the space of solitude.
After wandering for a while, a vivid image appeared in front of Ikki——a bunch of skinny men with a body full of fangs struggling in fire. They were tearing each other apart with the beast-like fangs.
This reminded Ikki of Death Queen Island. The dazed Ikki threw punches aimlessly.
Ikki: Go away!
A giggle echoed in the dark, as if it was mocking at Ikki’s ignorance. Meanwhile, Ikki kept swinging his fist in a trance. A stranger thing, lurking in the dark, was waiting for Ikki falling into madness.
???: Cruel murderer…Cleanse your sin with your blood…
Ikki: Where am I…What am I doing…My body is heavy…
The paralyzed Ikki knelt on the ground. His consciousness was fading while an ominous whisper was approaching.
???: Lay down…Devote your vessel…
Ikki: Am I dying…
???: Sleep tight…This is where you belong...
Ikki: True…This place is so me. I feel at home here. After all I’m the man who’s destined to be in hell.
Ikki: But even a man like me is loved by someone else. I’ve got friends who trust in me. I can’t go down in here!
The feeling of losing balance triggered Ikki’s alertness. Ikki hit himself with Phantom Demon Fist. The image brought by Phantom Demon Fist drove away this haunting illusion of darkness.
Ikki: Weaklings mumbling over there, I’m the man who can always reborn in hell! You punks stand no chance against me!
Ikki: Fiery Phoenix!
A blinding light brightened up the surroundings, revealing a lurking monster. When this creature waved its hands, the blasting airstream resembled the image of a phoenix; the rogue flames tore everything in the proximity apart.
Ikki gasped for breath after cracking the illusion. When his consciousness and five senses were recovering, a familiar voice called him from afar.
Despite the fact that Ikki was stabbed, he saw though this imitator right at the moment Shun attacked. He dodged the kill shot in a split second.
Knowing that the chain only stabbed his shoulder, a disappointed expression appeared on Shun’s face.
Shun: Brother, you lied…
Ikki: Why would I lie? I’d go to hell for Shun and eliminate everything on my way.
Ikki: But I ain’t fool enough to die for a phantom.
Shun: …That can’t be happening. I need to water the garden with brother’s blood.
Ikki: How dare you fool me by disguising as Shun. I’m not done with you! Fiery Phoenix!
Shun wielded the chains in his hands to gather the monsters, attacking at Ikki. The chains coiled his leg like a serpent; then those monsters opened their mouth and pounced on Ikki.
Before Ikki could fight back, Shun was one step ahead and trapped Ikki with the chains.
The monsters grabbed the chance and slashed Ikki. When Ikki shed massive amounts of blood, dozen flowers blossomed on the ground.
Shun: Just go to hell, brother.
Trapped by the chains, Ikki’s Cosmo suddenly radiated despite his massive blood loss. Next second, the phoenix broke free, spread its wings and burnt all the monsters into ashes.
Shun: How can you still ignite with the injuries you have…
Ikki: You know what? Phoenix always reborns in fire. As long as my will exists, I can revive even in ashes!
Ikki: I’ll never be defeated by a phantom like you! Fiery Phoenix!
While Ikki pulled Shun over by the chains, an immense energy radiated, burning out the phantom of Shun. Then Ikki sensed a few familiar Cosmos outside the abyss.
Ikki: Looks like Seiya, Shun and everyone were teleported to this realm too.
Ikki continued his journey and headed to his friends.