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Hidekazu coughed, the fire momentarily disrupting his air bubble. He pulled himself into a crawl. I need to find Masa.Fire had sprouted from the hole Aihi had left through, blocking his escape route. Clearing the flames long enough to flee wouldn’t be a problem, but he wouldn’t leave without Masanori.If he’s not in front, he must have been thrown further back. Heat collected on Hidekazu›s back as a physical weight as he crawled deeper into the burning sweets shop. He leaned against the precarious thresholdbetween the two rooms, scanning the heaps of burning bamboo and cedar.A hand jutted from a pile of debris.Hidekazu’s heart leapt. He clawed at the rubble with his bare hands, using his ki where possible to make the effort easier. His ribs and muscles complained as he strained to pull Masanori free of the wreckage.Blood soaked Masanori’s face. He writhed in Hidekazu’s hold, falling over and coughing blood onto ash-smeared wooden floors. When he attempted to stand, he could barely rise from his knees.Hidekazu slipped Masanori’s arm over his shoulder, supporting him on wobbly feet.“Come on, Aihi’s all alone...” Masanori attempted to walk alone and stumbled, but Hidekazu caught him. His legs were also soaked with blood, too much to be just a scrape.Oh Goddess, that looks bad. It was impossible to see the wound over the loose legs of Masanori’s hakama, especially when he tried to move like he wasn’t in pain at all.Hidekazu had never been much of a healer; the practice was different from other powers. Whereas most could study and become majyu, healing was innate and honed, not taught.And it was exceptionally rare.Still, Hidekazu had memorized all of the healing kigou for emergencies. He steadied his hands and began to draw, grabbing hold of the stores of ki inside him and directing it into the symbols. Through sheerdetermination, he managed to squeeze enough power through to slow Masanori’s bleeding and ease his pain a bit.The wound was far from healed, but it was the best Hidekazu could do. Masanori managed to stand on the leg, lessening the burden on Hidekazu while he drew more kigou to make a path through the blanketof flames blocking their exit. His ki fizzled inside him and followed his instructions, smothering the flames in a small line.Needles jabbed into Hidekazu’s brain and he cried out, doubling over.Masanori grabbed his half-burnt haori and kept him on his feet. The ache in Hidekazu’s head and limbs was typical of when he used too much ki, but he hadn’t thought he was anywhere near his limit.Maybe I’m just not used to fighting. Hidekazu’s chest constricted as the ki empowering the flames flexed against his power and attempted to break free. Together they supported their weight and passed throughthe threshold of the building.

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