Being patient was her speciality. She had always been patient for everything, such as living in a new world for one whole year by herself or looking for a job; even her relationship with Koichi was built on patience, as they both had to get past a first step of embarrassment before going further. So she would be patient with Heikichi too, provided that the infernal did the same with her and accepted her as she was - shy, naive and in need for protection. In exchange she would accept him as he was, with his anger, hatred and problems. But all of this now seemed so far that it could be on another planet: all she was thinking about was the game, and once their time won she let out a happy exultation and laughed at Heikichi’s reaction. The boy didn’t really know how to accept being defeated… Maybe this was why he was so good at fighting in real life. “Ahah! We wooon!”. She clapped her hands happily, turning to the side to smile at Carlos. It was only thanks to the human boy if they won, obviously, but she would go on thinking that she had given her small contribution to the victory too. It was a good satisfaction to win on the very first time she was playing videogames. “We should think for a penance for you…”, she joked, throwing a look at Heikichi. She just hoped he wouldn’t get too angry though. She delicately placed the controller on the couch and stretched her arms: even if the boy wanted to play again, one match was more than enough for her.
If that was the case, then she could take it for enough time to see her relationship with Heikichi turn into something more pleasant and less hostile. This didn’t mean that he wouldn’t lash out if she suddenly turned back on the other boy. He was very protective around him after all. It was complicated for him to let someone in, given that people like her even annoyed him, but he could learn to deal with it. Right now there was nothing but a friendly game match in which Heikichi had just lost and displayed his anger with a big frown and the slightest form of a pout. He didn’t like losing in a fight, even if it was a cartoon one. “Yes we did! Suck iiiit, Hei!” he flicked his tongue at the infernal, who replied with a short growl. "Hey, hey, don’t get crazy or else you’re really going to get me mad for good." he lashed out when she suggested a penance, not even stopping to think that it was a joke. “Come on, now, we can’t be that evil with him. I’m going to get some water. You guys want anything?” Carlos offered as he got up from the couch, leaving the controller there. “Yeah, some water too.” the infernal replied, seemingly relaxing but he frowned again as he saw an animal passing by the room to place itself in front of the TV. A small brown cat with black stripes and a long ringed tail that ended in a white tip, resembling a brush. It simply sat down, watching it and curling its tail around its paws.Carlos had already left for the kitchen before the cat came into view, it seemed.
Running away was completely out of question, this was certain: first of all, that bothering guy wasn’t going to allow him to escape any easily. Then, Dante also had a certain amount of personal pride that wouldn’t let him run away from a fight, no matter how dangerous it was. And in any case he was still quite sure he was going to win despite the other’s unexpected elemental powers: he was stronger, faster and he had much more experience thanks to his age. He could still make it out of the fight alive. “Who said I’m running away…?”, he smirked a little. He dodged the latest attack with a simple step backwards and then he quickly grabbed one of Heikichi’s icy claws with both his hands: the sharp surface cut his palms and burnt his skin, but he didn’t care. He kept pressing on it until the ice broke in his hands, completely destroying part of the claw.
It was true that Dante would have more experience than the young infernal. No matter how much he had fought before, he couldn’t compare himself to someone who was several centuries older… but he had many tricks up his sleeve. For now, he only could smile at the confirmation that the other wouldn’t say no to a challenge. The move of catching one of his arms was unexpected and didn’t react for a moment, but when he noticed he was only trying to shatter it he couldn’t hold back a chuckle. "Seriously? You’ve forgotten already?" he mocked him before turning the ice surrounding his arms into fire again, engulfing the other’s and taking advantage of the move to jump backwards and finish his counter with a high kick to his shoulder or neck, whatever came in the way first.
Behind that mask of annoyement and constant bad mood, Heikichi was actually a nice person and he was showing it by how he had decided to allow Daken to spend some time with him too. The girl had always known that the red-eyed wasn’t so scary as he liked to appear, and she was glad to have found a confirmation to it - even if it was just for some hours; but it was already more than enough to her. Maybe she would actually manage to get a bit closer to Heikichi and, in the end, to even become his friend, but she wasn’t in a hurry. Such things needed a lot of time to happen and she was a patient person. And, meanwhile, she had also had the chance to meet a nice boy who was making her have a lot of fun. “Weeeh! Great!”, she said happily when the green dinosaur managed to catch the ball. Now Heikichi was going to get angry… which would make everything even funnier. The growls and protests of the green infernal had the only result to make her laugh even more and to confirm that he was the kind of person who hated to lose; but it was just a game after all, so instead of scaring her he was simply amusing her. “Sure—!”. Obeying Carlos’ request, she hurried to make her princess step away from the range of Heikichi’s attack just to move closer again and start hitting him too. Maybe they would actually manage to win now… even if two against one wasn’t much of a fair fight, but Heikichi was the one who had decided to put them in a team together so he was going to pay the consequences.
If he knew how easy it had been for her to figure out that he was nicer than he made himself look like he would have gotten angry. Looking angry was his protection, his defence against the world. Every time he let someone in, he ended up regretting it. Of course he wanted to make his relationship with Daken better, but there were boundaries he wasn’t willing to go through. She would have to be patient, very patient. And yes, he was the sorest loser on Earth. This was confirmed when his character finally went over the edge of the screen and a slow-mo explosion followed by the announcer’s scream of ‘End of the match!’ confirmed that he had lost. He growled loudly and threw the controlled on the couch, then folded his arms on his chest. The screen changed to a plain background where the princess cheered and the dinosaur made a happy dance, with the loser clapping on the background. “Ha! We won! Never underestimate the Wonder Team!” Carlos grinned. "Yeah, whatever, next time we won’t be going in teams. And I want electroplankton’s level." the infernal complained. He seemed to be willing for a re-match. Toko, tired of not receiving any affection, decided to get up and walk out of the room.
It wasn’t the first time the vampire was dealing with another supernatural creature and he knew that many of them could control one element and use it as a weapon in a fight. So he wasn’t too surprised when he found out that the bothering guy in front of him could control fire, even if this was certainly a huge disadvantage for him: it was true that he could control a minimum amount of flames too, but at the moment his conditions didn’t allow him to use that power. He was too weak for that and it would make him get tired too soon and even risk to lose consciousness in the middle of the fight, so he discarded the idea and decided to go on with simple yet strong punches and kicks. He was quite a good fighter from that point of view, even if he couldn’t deny that his opponent was younger and he probably had more stamina. He profitted by the short break to catch his breath and throw a quick look at the other to try and understand what his next move would be: he didn’t really expect the flames to turn into ice, though. He had never met anyone who could control more than one element… What kind of creature was he fighting against? He gasped and hurried to jump back to avoid the first slash, that could probably cut him in half judging from how sharp those icy claws looked. He had to keep himself as far as possible from the other, so he quickly ran backwards.
He had already assumed that his opponent wasn’t a creature that could harness elemental power, which was good for him, but in return he seemed to be stronger and faster than normal people. He was really starting to consider the other as a vampire even if he hadn’t had a confirmation yet. While it wasn’t the most difficult fight, he would have to be wary since he was nowhere as strong or durable physically. In any case, Dante was unlucky to have bumped with Heikichi in a foul mood like that, but at least that’d mean he’d make mistakes out of being reckless. He chased down the other, not allowing him to back away and shashing with his claws as soon as he got close enough. "Hey, hey, don’t chicken out!" he growled, almost happily.
Daken would make sure to tell Koichi also about how nice Heikichi was being with her, aside from telling him about her victory… hopefully. At first she was surprised too at the red-eyed’s proposal to spend the afternoon together anyway even if she thought her plans had been cancelled, but now she was really happy to be there. She had met a new person who would probably become a new friend, and she was also having a lot of fun with that game even though, more or less like Heikichi, she was just pressing random buttons and seeing if anything happened. It was fun, like an experiment, and the best part was that it wasn’t dangerous at all - even if she would surely feel sad if her cute princess got hurt or died, despite her simply being a videogame character. “Uhm… so I just have to swing this controller…”, she pondered, looking down at the stick-shaped controller in her hand and deciding to try that ‘special attack’ later against Heikichi. The flashing screen called her attention and she hurried to look up at it: if that special ball could give them the chance to hit Heikichi’s character, she would get it. She followed the green dinosaur towards it, imitating it as she tried to jump to catch the ball. She had never had so much fun in her whole life and it was weird to think it was only thanks to a game; she had even forgotten about Toko’s presence in the room, which was incredible.
He was surprised him himself as well. Now that he thought about it, making up that plan out of nowhere was quite unlike him, but in any case, he didn’t want to think about it too much, that’s why he was being somewhat annoying on purpose at the same time. Maybe he could invite her over to play a racing game some other time… even if he was even worse at those than at fighting games. Carlos, meanwhile, wouldn’t mind. He was always willing to make more friends even if they met very casually. “Yep, that’s it.” he confirmed the girl. He wasn’t expecting her to pick up all of the controls on the first go, obviously. The level of expertise of the human showed up in the race for the ball, as it was the green dinosaur the one who picked it up at the end. Carlos made a mock of an evil laugh “Aha! You’re toast!” he cheered before pressing the special attack button. Surprisingly, the character grew wings on its back and began breathing fire as it pursued Heikichi’s character around the screen. "You son of a bitch!" he growled, trying to retaliate by attempting to hit the poor princess when he wasn’t being burnt by the flying dinosaur. “Help me out here! We’re going to end him for good! Wooo!” meanwhile, the poor infernal looked quite disgruntled.
Not that knowing what kind of creature he was fighting would change anything in Dante’s intentions, but before killing that guy he would make sure to ask him exactly what he was - just for the sake of satisfying his own curiosity and learning something new, which was always pleasant even after five centuries of life. He chuckled even though he didn’t actually manage to hit his opponent the way he wanted, but at least he had managed to damage him a little. Still not enough as revenge for his burnt arm, but he was patient and he was sure to win. “Of course I am”, he confirmed, grinning. He had to use his speed once again to step back and thus avoid getting hit by a flaming punch, even if he could feel the warmth of the flames touching the skin of his own face. He profitted by the short distance to attempt to knee the other’s stomach, even if he didn’t like being so close to those flames.
Since Heikichi was a stubborn one when he wanted to, the vampire’s curiosity would probably not be satisfied. And he was also confident about winning, of course. For him, this was more of a curious training exercise than an actual fight. So his opponent was sure that he was stronger… then he’d have to play it ranged if he didn’t want a broken rib. After the failed punch, he quickly tried to step back and guarded his torso with his arms, proving itself to be the right choice as he felt a knee hitting his forearms harshly. He growled before taking a few steps back. It was time to show off what he could do better… unlike Koichi, he was able to transform the element of his power on the run, while he wasn’t effective at long distances. Knowing this, he extended his arms, making fire circle them further and spreading from his hands in small tentacles. The fire suddenly froze solid. His forearms were wrapped in ice, and had created long claws on the end of the hands. A nice, improvised mid-range weapon. He tried to claw at Dante with all the speed he could.
Now that he had a clearer view over the other’s face he was starting to notice some details he hadn’t seen before. Judging from his features, the younger male wasn’t exactly a full-blown human - but that was already understandable because of those flames - but if he wasn’t a demon, what was he? Dante had never heard of infernals, so there was no way he could guess the other’s identity by himself. Not that he cared so much, though. At the moment, his priority was to kill him after making him suffer a lot. “Who said you won’t be my dinner anymore?”, he replied, putting on a smirk despite the pulsing pain consuming his burnt arm. He couldn’t move it anymore, so he would have to rely on the other one… and on his teeth. He dashed forward and charged a violent punch, aiming at the other’s face. He was much faster than a human, but the need for blood made him weaker than usual.
And Heikichi wasn’t in the mood to explain yet another person what an infernal was. Truly, his species had certainly known how to keep themselves secret, which was a pain at times. Certainly, this weirdo didn’t look all that discouraged, which fuelled his eagerness to fight even more. "You’ve made a terrible choice but at least you’ll give me some entertainment." he commented. He almost didn’t expect the other to move so fast and could only try to guard his face with both arms in what seemed like a boxing stance. He did have some training, after all. Still, he couldn’t quite block it and had to retreat, with both arms bruised badly. "Fuck, you’re strong." saying this, he covered both of his arms in flames and lunged at the other, aiming for a jab at his jaw.
It didn’t happen very often for her to immediately feel comfortable with someone after having just met them, but this time it was happening and she was thankful for it: in this way she was spending a pleasant afternoon even though Koichi wasn’t there, and she had the feeling Heikichi was having fun too - despite him being closer to being defeated, but that was less important in her opinion. She wasn’t that kind of person who always wanted to win in any way, but it would be nice to manage to defeat the red-eyed - just for the sake of seeing his face. It would be less scary than seeing him get angry for other reasons, that was certain. “Seriously?”. She leaned ahead and checked the screen to see if she actually had two lives too, and she was surprised to see it was true. “Aah… I didn’t notice it! Well, it’s better”. It was strange she hadn’t ‘died’ in the game yet, but it was probably only thanks to Carlos’ suggestions. She was usually a disaster when she had to try new things but for some reason this time it was a bit easier than usual. Maybe because it was a videogame and not the real life. Heikichi’s unexpected attack made her gasp, but she hurried to press the jump button as Carlos was saying to stop the fall. “Mh… Can I use this kind of attack too, then?”, she asked, obviously planning a revenge against Heikichi. Seeing the green dinosaur being all cute again made her giggle sweetly, but she had to focus on the game. She didn’t want to lose, not against the infernal.
It would be an awkward explanation for the red-eyed to give in the notes later, as Koichi wouldn’t really believe that he had convinced Daken to play videogames, but at least it earned him some points. He WAS being useful after all and he was making an effort at accepting his girlfriend. It was good (and also strange) that Carlos was cooperating so willingly. Maybe he was in a good mood. Maybe the fact that the girl hadn’t died yet was because Heikichi was going easy on her, aside that he wasn’t exactly a pro either. He often just pressed all of the buttons expecting something to happen. “Yep, you can. They’re slow, but they hit good.” Carlos confirmed. Meanwhile, the game screen flashed for a second as a strange ball began roaming the screen and the crowd cheering suddenly said a collective ‘ooooh!’ "Smash ball!" Heikichi said, directing his character to its direction. “If you hit that ball enough times it gives you the chance to use a special attack that most of the time kills everyone once. Let’s go get it before he does!” the human explained before trying to jump and catch it. It wasn’t an easy task as most of the time it wasn’t on the character’s range without jumping a lot. At least Heikichi seemed busy pursuing it to remember hitting her.
This was something he wasn’t expecting at all. He thought the kid would try to react somehow, maybe by trying to struggle out of his grasp, but who would ever expect flames appearing randomly? He screamed out of surprise and pain and quickly hurried to let go of the other’s hoodie, stepping back to a safe distance and looking down at his own arm. The fabric of his elegant jacket was burning, consuming his skin down to his flesh. He used his other hand to suffocate the flames: the damage was bad, and considering that he seriously needed to drink blood, it would take ages before it would heal completely. He shot a raging glare at the other. “What the hell are you? A demon?”, he spat out, trying to control his own breath. It wasn’t the moment to lose control… not yet.
That reaction for sure was a disappointment, but he wasn’t going to back down or let him go. It had already taken him enough to look for something mildly worth his time. He straightened his clothes once he had been put down and pulled down the hood completely, revealing most of his features as well as making his eyes and teeth more noticeable. “Nah. I guess you aren’t either or you’d be less surprised.” he replied, surprisingly calmly and even placing his hands in his pockets “What’s the problem? Wasn’t I going to be your dinner?” he asked cockily, grinning while showing his fangs. That sharp-dressed vampire (or whatever he was) wasn’t going to last long for him. He wasn’t looking forward to a kill, but knocking him down unconscious wouldn’t prove itself to be hard.
For some reason, at the moment Daken was feeling perfectly comfortable even though she was in a stranger’s house and she was doing something she had never done before. She was even having a lot of fun, which was the most incredible thing: usually she felt very nervous when she had to spend time with people she didn’t know, and doing something new always made her feel under pressure and afraid to make mistakes. But now it was different, and she felt like she had been knowing Carlos for ages instead of less than one hour. She had to keep in mind to thank Heikichi for that opportunity - after having defeated him in the game, of course. That was the absolute priority at the moment. “Okay—- I’ll pay attention to it”. For sure she would, as she really wanted to learn how to use those funny objects that kept popping out here and there. Once the armored woman was blown out of the screen, Daken raised her hands up to celebrate and laughed happily. “Ahah!! You exploded!”. But her joy lasted only until Heikichi’s character appeared again. “Aww… you have two lives? It’s not fair”, she pouted. It would have been great to have defeated him already, but this meant she had the chance to have some more fun. She grinned and clapped her hand onto Carlos’, realizing later on that it was the first time in her life she was giving a high-five to someone. For now, though, she pushed her princess towards the ‘enemy’ and proceeded to hit the attack button.
Carlos had always been someone who wanted people to feel comfortable and, besides, he already had experience with Koichi and knew that kind of people only needed a bit of a push and many smiles. After all, the girl wasn’t proving herself to be clumsy at all. If the infernal ended up being defeated, he’d get mad and want to play again until he managed to win, that was for sure. He was a bit of a sore loser. “You have two lives as well and I ain’t complaining.” he growled back to her as he made the character jump out of the platform and pushed the other movement stick to a side, a control Carlos hadn’t told the girl about yet, apparently. The armoured woman jabbed forward with the cannon and a tiny explosion sent poor Peach flying away. “Hey! I hadn’t told her about those attacks yet!” Carlos complained, then hurried to give the girl a suggestion before her character was thrown out of the screen. “If you’re flying away, you can stop the fall by pressing the jump button. The attack he used are… big hits I guess, they are launched by moving the movement stick of the right to a side.” he told her calmly. He knew the character wasn’t going to get eliminated and Heikichi had been thoughtful enough to not pursue her up in the air and keeping attacking. Instead, she seemed to be charging the cannon for a big shoot. Carlos followed the princess with his character by making it wiggle its legs on the air again. Somehow, it managed to float a little doing that until it put on a tired expression and fell.